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Here come the Euro-Peronistas:

The effect on European domestic politics may be significant. Even though it is not part of the single currency, the current problems impact upon the UK elections and the prospects of Euro-sceptic parties such as UKIP. In France, Germany and Finland, it provides impetus to nationalist anti-Euro parties such as Front National, AfD and the True Finns.
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Luther, fetch me my catch-rope. Here comes more free stuff.
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String it across the road at windshield height.
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Very stupid move. Daesh makes more unforced errors than any other terrorist organization I could name. 
An anonymous reader writes in with this story about the latest weapon used by ISIS: doxing. "Middle East terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) has called on its followers take the fight to 100 members of the United States military residing in the US. A group calling itself the 'Islamic State H...
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“Forgiveness is between them and God. It’s my job to arrange the meeting.”

Let's hope the JDAM's speed their meeting Allah. 
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My favorite part of doing a ride along with a port state control officer is verifying the charts.

Real life incident: Due to negligence of a navigating officer a vessel was not allowed to enter a port for 2 days. After 2 days special permission was granted by USCG to the vessel upon request by the agents. The vessel did not have the latest edition of approach charts for the Port of Baltimore. The new edition had been published 4 weeks ago and vessel had received notification of the same. The USCG during their annual inspection pointed the error and the vessel was fined and allowed to berth after two days only when agents procured the new edition.
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Exactly.  The West Coast of N AMerican North of... well... LA counts.
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Neature is bad. ass. Shake things up a little!
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That's how you get the mountain beasts to come!
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Oh my goodness, this is embarrassingly preliminary work. The image is the Internationally Recognized Border (IRB) between Senegal (SEN) and Mauritania (MRT) as of 2014. I'm considering developing a conflict risk model for this and other semi-arid regions by working backward from accounts of the dumb fight that took place here 1989-91. I still haven't read much about it. Nor do I know whether it will fit in with the overall report, but you have to start somewhere.

My very superficial hypothesis about the conflict is that it was mainly cross-border raiding with logistical bases on the friendly side of the IRB. The red buffer I put down is 20km wide. My assumption is that irregular and indifferently trained units will have trouble conducting a one-day raid beyond this buffer. Of course I'm imagining platoon and company-sized operations that are carried out mostly on foot. I was just sitting down to note these assumptions when I thought, hey maybe +Brian Train and +James Sterrett or others in my circles (+Francois ZUIG ?) might educate me. 

I'll develop my map as I go along. I have a roads layer, but I want to read a little more before I get to making decisions about which ones to depict. 
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Yep, you have our interest Neal... (and I see I have yours James! Thinking about raids and how to simulate them, danger and hard choices at every turn...) Pickup truck-mobile would give the raiders a range of up to 100 miles in a day, even over unroaded though flat terrain ... as James says, in this case carrying water and fuel are the critical points. But why are they raiding - what are they looking for?
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Le roi Mohammed VI, qui est aussi Commandeur des croyants (Amir Al Mouminine*), a inauguré aujourd'hui à Rabat un institut de formation d'imams marocains et étrangers visant à promouvoir un islam malikite « tolérant », du « juste milieu » (dîn al wasat), un pilier de la stratégie du Maroc contre ...
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His own kind of domestic radicals... Good pets for a while if you feed them nice things...
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Anyone else see Jon Stewart's head explode while trying desperately to find a joke or applause line during his interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali last night? There are many reasons for this but I would suspect that one of them is that, in spite of Stewart's overt multicultral values he also believes that capital-C culture is an inviolable force that must not be criticized or changed. The kiss off line, "You just want to sell your book" was painfully at odds with Ms Hirsi Ali's gravitas. Would that she had met it with silence rather than a diplomatic smile.
Daily Show: Ayaan Hirsi Ali describes the group of religious reformers who are risking their lives to combat Islamic extremism in her book "Heretic." Jon Stewart wonders if Islam is going through a reformation period because it's a "younger religion" compared to Christianity and Judaism.
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Kasimir, I really appreciate your ideologically ecumenical take on US reactions to Islam. I think Stewartesque nausea is partly continuing backlash against the direction GW Bush adopted in 2001. But, of course, this does nothing to help us now to re-examine the damage done by this gratuitously divisive president. Maybe it's generational, but I respect a "pox on both houses" approach to US politics and attitudes. As with AHA's courage in critiquing Islam, it is the only way we'll get out of these increasingly bloody impasses. Throughout these dire considerations Samuel Huntington's specter rattles its chains. 
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Bloody useful. 
GIS GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out): A checklist of data errorsGARBAGE IN GARBAGE OUT: This is one of the most famous acronyms in the history of computing. What this means is that it doesn’t matter if you have the most brilliant software and hardware: if your data is rubbish then your outputs or analysis will be rubbish as well. When I am working with data, particularly migrating or loading data between systems I check the accuracy of that data as ...
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Quick--how do you say "Stop pushing the bow!" in Cantonese? 
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Thanks to the author, Vance Strickland! It's apropos that he should say near the end of the review, "It’s akin to a smaller scale version of GMT ‘s popular COIN series." Vance may not know, but man...
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‘Back then, the people who were making those censorious, misanthropic arguments about culture determining behaviour weren’t youngsters like you,’ I said. ‘They were older, more conservative people, with blue rinses.’ A moment’s silence. Then one of the Stepfords piped up. ‘Maybe those people were right,’ he said.
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As adults I agree, young impressionable kids on the other hand. 
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    Anthropology and Philosophy, 1986 - 1990
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