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Harold Pinter

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On December 25, 2008
R.I.P. Since I need to go open presents and such, allow me to delegate to Roy’s old appraisal. Make sure to stick around for the decimation of the inevitable Aesthetic Stalinism that followed his Nobel Prize (“Why don’t Kimball and Steyn go make a Thatcher Prize medal out of paperclips and a yogurt lid and […]

A piece of the true cross

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On December 23, 2008

I’ve been away from the intertubes for most of the last few days, so perhaps I’m the last person to hear about this inspiring business success story. Although his assertion has been imposs

The "Invoking A Meritocracy That Never Existed" Gambit

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On December 23, 2008
Quebec premier Jean Charest has, for the second time, selected a cabinet with equal numbers of men and women, perhaps establishing this as a norm for future premiers. Lysaine Gagnon is displeased: This development is being touted as a progressive move by Mr. Charest. It certainly added a touch of gloss to what would have […]

"Self-Liquidated"?

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On December 23, 2008

Russian submarine launched ballistic missile tests not going well: “After its firing from the submarine Dmitry Donskoy, the Bulava missile self-liquidated and exploded into the air” – Russia

Maintaining the Balance…

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On December 23, 2008
Surface to Air Missile technology is one of those areas where small shifts in tactical capability could have large strategic effects; if reliable, effective, difficult to counter surface to air missiles become cheap and available, the most common manner in which rich countries pound the bejeezus out of poor countries loses much of its attraction. […]

From Colony to Superpower 7.2

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On December 23, 2008

Paul reminds me of one of the most interesting parts of Chapter VII; the 1891 war crisis between Italy and the United States. The good people of New Orleans saw fit to lynch eleven Italians for roughl

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