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April 19th, 2014 - 4:30 pm

One of the most powerful political weapons in the world today was — is —  self-hostaging.  A party threatens to harm itself unless demands are granted. “Then it will be your fault.” This tactic was on full display in the Middle East.

BREAKING: Palestinians Threaten to Dismantle the Palestinian Authority.

Will the crisis in the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations soon lead to the dismantling of the Palestinian Authority? Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas gave a veiled threat stressing that he will dismantle the Palestinian Authority in his meeting with Israeli Knesset members in Ramallah, but now it seems that the implicit threat might soon become an official position in peace negotiations….

In recent times, the Palestinian Authority has examined how they can dissolve themselves in the event that the talks fail with Israel. In this case, the Palestinians state that the burden will fall on Israel. As of today, the Palestinian Authority receives over $2 billion per year in donations from other countries across the globe.

Refugee ships headed for Europe are sometimes admitted on an analogous threat.

Almost 1,000 illegal immigrants landed in Italy yesterday after threatening to throw babies into the sea if their rusting ship was turned back.

The 240ft Monica had been spotted in international waters during the night.

When Italian coastguard boats drew alongside, the crews were shocked to see men and women on board begin dangling the infants over the side.

The refugees – mostly Kurds and many said to be heading for Britain – calmed down only when they were assured they would not be turned away from Italy.

“If you don’t let me kill you I’ll kill myself and then it will be your fault.” This used to work real good.  Who knows how many victims admitted their killers on that basis?

The Boston Bombers, for example, were granted permission to enter America on asylum. “The Tsarnaev brothers reportedly were granted asylum by “derivative” status through their parents. After entering on short-term tourist visas, the mother and father (an ethnic Chechen Muslim) won asylum and acquired U.S. citizenship. Next, younger son Dzhokhar obtained U.S. citizenship. Older son Tamerlan, whose naturalization application was pending, traveled freely between the U.S. and the jihad recruitment zone of Dagestan, Russia.” The West admitted people because they pitied them, even though the objects of sympathy neither pitied the West nor even themselves.

The biggest virtuoso of self-hostaging was North Korea. For decades it starved its people to build nuclear weapons and rockets to target America, which is ironically one of North Korea’s biggest providers of food aid. Talk about biting the hand that fed you. This was a case of preparing to nuke the country which kept you from starvation.

This bordered on the absurd. However few American officials dared cut food aid to Pyongyang because the Left would accuse it of “using food as a weapon”. The absurdity was never obvious to the left. Aid had in fact been recently restarted to Pyongyang when it began new missile tests, causing it to be suspended again. The Los Angeles Times wrote in April 2012:

For decades,North Korea’s leaders have bet heavily on a stark calculation: In order to survive, they need to nurture their rocket and nuclear programs at the expense of feeding their people. Rarely have the consequences been as clear. …

Moreover, in the wake of the test, the U.S. has canceled a Feb. 29 agreement to provide North Korea with emergency food aid. The U.S. and other powers fear that the launch masked an effort to test a delivery system for a nuclear warhead.

But the withholding of food aid seems unlikely to sway North Korea.

“Telling the North Koreans you’re not going to feed their starving people if they launch a missile is like telling your 2-year-old you’ll take away their broccoli if they don’t behave,” said an American aid official who asked not to be named because of the ongoing efforts to help feed the North’s population.

More than a million North Koreans died of starvation in the 1990s, a result of disastrous economic policies and the collapse of the Soviet bloc.

“The North Korean regime considers military success a question of survival — that it’s better to be famished than let the insidious Americans kill you,” said Andrei Lankov, a leading scholar of North Korean history.

Only two months passed before Morton Abramowitz asked in the Atlantic: “Why Is the U.S. Withholding Food Aid From Starving North Korea?”

Last month, Congress denied food aid to a half-starved nation. Some Senators tried to pass legislation blocking nutritional assistance to North Korea. A determined effort by Senators John Kerry and Richard Lugar successfully inserted an amendment allowing the administration to provide food if “the President issues a national interest waiver.” …

By our own standards of human rights and humanitarian principles, the United States should stop stalling on the issue of food assistance and work toward a solution. If Washington is too uncomfortable dealing directly with Pyongyang, then the World Food Program and other UN agencies stand ready to communicate with North Korea on our behalf and find some way to get food to some of the North Korean people badly in need. Washington seems unprepared to take any steps — a remarkable performance for the world’s leading food donor.

“Why Is the U.S. Withholding Food Aid From Starving North Korea?” The correct answer of course is because the food aid makes no difference. Maybe the food aid suspension will last this time. People are beginning to catch on to the game. Last month the New York Times carried a column by Joshua Stanton and Sung-Yoon Lee explaining that food aid to the Nokors is merely diverted. It doesn’t save anybody.

The United Nations Commission of Inquiry’s report on North Korea, released last month, contains so many tragic findings that it is difficult to grasp the scale of the crimes described. But the world owes it to the North Korean victims, both living and dead, to focus on a figure buried in paragraph 664 of the commission’s report: $645,800,000.

That is what the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, is said to have squandered in 2012 on “luxury goods,” including cosmetics, handbags, leather products, watches, electronics, cars and top-shelf alcohol. In that same year, Mr. Kim also spent $1.3 billion on his ballistic missile programs. …

According to one expert witness testimonial before the commission, the North Korean regime, at the height of the famine, could have closed its food gap by importing between $100 and $200 million worth of food each year, which is just 1 to 2 percent of its national income. Yet rather than using foreign food aid to supplement its own commercial food imports, the commission found that Kim Jong-il used aid “as a substitute for” them, cutting back on commercial food imports when more aid arrived. By contrast, the State Department estimates that in 1997, at the peak of the famine, North Korea’s annual military budget was $6 billion….

North Korea’s willful enforcement of hunger casts doubt on the capacity of outsiders to feed its people, absent fundamental political change in Pyongyang. Coping mechanisms that regular North Koreans have learned — such as food smuggling, growing of food on hidden plots and black market trading — have probably done more to end the famine and change North Korean society than aid or “engagement” programs.

Perhaps one day the Left will understand that it’s not the lack of aid that kills. It is tyranny that kills.  The Left sees tyranny as a means to achieve social justice. In reality tyranny is just a means to achieve tyranny.

Propping up despots in an effort to make them our “partners for peace” or paying the Danegeld to “engage” evil men is not enlightenment. It is stupidity. It’s not an act of pacifism. Complicity is the right word. Now the Palestinian authority has issued an ultimatum: “take one more step and I’ll shoot myself.”  One day someone will answer, ‘well go ahead’. Who knows but that it may occur even to John Kerry?

Astonishingly, reality gets its due. God actually wins in the end. Nobody ever beat arithmetic. Not even president Obama. The New York Times reports that president Obama has rediscovered George Kennan.

“That is the strategy we ought to be pursuing,” said Ivo H. Daalder, formerly Mr. Obama’s ambassador to NATO and now president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “If you just stand there, be confident and raise the cost gradually and increasingly to Russia, that doesn’t solve your Crimea problem and it probably doesn’t solve your eastern Ukraine problem. But it may solve your Russia problem.”

The manifestation of this thinking can be seen in Mr. Obama’s pending choice for the next ambassador to Moscow. While not officially final, the White House is preparing to nominate John F. Tefft, a career diplomat who previously served as ambassador to Ukraine, Georgia and Lithuania….

In effect, Mr. Obama is retrofitting for a new age the approach to Moscow that was first set out by the diplomat George F. Kennan in 1947 and that dominated American strategy through the fall of the Soviet Union. The administration’s priority is to hold together an international consensus against Russia, including even China, its longtime supporter on the United Nations Security Council. …

That represents a remarkable turnaround from the start of Mr. Obama’s presidency, when he nursed dreams of forging a new partnership with Russia. Now the question is how much of the relationship can be saved. Mr. Obama helped Russia gain admission to the World Trade Organization; now he is working to limit its access to external financial markets.

Do you hear me now?

Do you hear me now?

But the slow awakening — assuming Obama doesn’t go right back to sleep — will exact its price. Some part of the peace in which the world grew to prosperity has now been irretrievably squandered. It’s the price of the Left’s biggest vanity purchase: the empty Lightworker. Maybe the world make it out of the woods, but nothing will go back to the way it was.

News sources described how the recent Korean ferry disaster which drowned hundreds of students occurred in part because the captain ordered the passengers to shelter in place for 40 minutes while the whip went down. Control was more important than common sense. And those forty minutes cost hundreds of lives. The NYT describes Obama still clutching at straws, inflicting his 40 minutes.

Mr. Obama seems intent on not letting Russia dominate his presidency. While Mr. Obama spends a lot of time on the Ukraine crisis, it does not seem to absorb him. Speaking privately with visitors, he is more likely to bring up topics like health care and the Republicans in Congress than Mr. Putin. Ukraine, he tells people, is not a major concern for most Americans, who are focused on the economy and other issues closer to home.

Since returning from a trip to Europe last month, Mr. Obama has concentrated his public schedule around issues like job training and the minimum wage. Even after his diplomatic team reached the Geneva agreement to de-escalate the crisis last week, Mr. Obama headed to the White House briefing room not to talk about that but to hail new enrollment numbers he said validated his health care program.

Even that’s a fantasy, but arithmetic will teach him a lesson. The mills of the gods grind slow but they grind exceeding small.


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toadold,
Remember in modern America Obama screws you.

Calling someone a Nazi does not work against Nazis. In fact real Nazis not only would have smiled and said yes they are but unlike in the post war dramatizations where they were giggling sadists pursued by ghosts they usually ate well, slept well, and showed few signs of neuroses or other maladjustment. That is except for the detail about considering millions of other people to not be human beings. That however may be the norm for humanity and not a deviation. Nazis were not conflicted any more than Islamists are.

Morton Abramowitz gets to be a public idiot because doing so is cost free. Will he be denounced by name in Congress? Will serious people force Charlie Rose or the chin tuggers and spectacle adjusters on Sunday mornings to listen to why Mr. Abramowitz is not just wrong but responsible for death suffering and evil? Will Mr. Abramowitz face any loss of position or income from his act of public onanism, or will he in fact profit from it?

The way to deal with the people threatening to kill their children is to say anything to get them into custody and then toss them off on the beach in Tunisia. For those who are here we should sick Child Protective Services (CPS) on them. That'll show 'em.

The reality is that in NYC the new /old Police Commissioner, the grandstanding Bratton who get canned by Giuliani, just shut down the PD unit that was tracking Jihadi threats. Maybe the hope is that NY will become like Milan, housing the threat that kills people elsewhere. Given the number of Jews in NYC that is unlikely. I expect some events designed to impress on the Jewish population, especially the more politically conservative Orthodox communities, that NY is no longer safe for them.

Much of the Left agenda seems predicated on replacing the population they have with one more compliant or even one simply more ideologically desirable. There was a news report of university administrators complaining that their students are to white and need to be replaced. Is the recent spate of vampire zombie and body snatcher rip offs a sign of public unease or an indication of wish fulfillment by script writers?.
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Self-hostaging only works against a people who a) values the life of the individual, including individuals who are not their own people, and b) has a sense of morals and ethics. Those people are becoming rarer and rarer, and the reason is that those who lack those attributes are making such values, morals, and ethics too expensive to be maintained. I will leave to the Gentle Reader to make their own lists of which countries have those attributes, and which do not. The discussions over the different lists will be .... interesting.

Such tolerance is also a product of sufficient prosperity, a design margin, that makes the inevitable costs bearable to a society in the long run. It has been noted here, that one thing that the Left and the Bipartisan Governing Party have been deliberately doing is destroying and looting that design margin.

I have noted that I am not what would be considered a "nice" person. If the world wants a zero-sum game; I am more than willing to give it to them in spades, cruise missiles, and/or megatons. And I understand all others around the world who are giving up their illusions for the reality of life in Anno Obama.

If the sogannante Palestinians want to give up their bogus authority, no problem. Either they become loyal citizens of the sovereign government of the area, or they can starve till they are deported.

Refugee ships swamping Europe? After the first two are sunk out of sight of land, that will be the end of it. North Koreans building nukes? Every neighbor within missile range of North Korea needs to nuke up, because every country is on their own. And if they feel that they are threatened or under attack, then they need to take what steps they feel are necessary for their own defense. That may include striking third countries who it is believed are behind the threat.

If decency does not work, then the default is the world of all against all. And perhaps remembering that an armed society is a polite society.

Not long ago, I had occasion to have an email discussion with our host on the concept of range law when catching rustlers or horse thieves in the act. This being before the courts arrived in the American West, and the Common Law dealt with the problem. There was justice, not law. In either the fields of foreign or domestic affairs, if what passes for law makes justice and survival impossible, it becomes necessary to choose justice.

Oh, and for those of our own urban underclass who think that the threat to burn down their own cities will always carry weight; don't make book on it. Our country is learning its lessons well, with the help of our own government.

Subotai Bahadur
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Self hostaging only works on the weak minded, Wretchard. No one would try that sort of tactic with a Stalin or Mao, which just goes to show you that hostage takers know they are dealing with the weak. It is times like these that truly wish the US really was the bloodthirsty imperialist monster of Leftist fantasies. If we were truly ruthess and cruel our problems with Islamic terrorism and North Korea would be over very quickly.

You know, I really doubt anyone will try the baby hostage gambit with the Chinese coast guard. A threat to allow chaos in your neighborhood would arouse amused contempt from the Bashar Assads of the world. It is only the West, the weak, foolish, spat upon West, that is expected to be a goody two shoes all the time. I cannot speak for anyone else but I for one am thoroughy sick of it.
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O/T - But some of the regulars may find this report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau about faulty accelerometers and the autopilot of a Malaysian Air 777 in a 2005 incident interesting.

http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/24550/aair200503722_001.pdf

The pilots had to go to hand flying the plane to land safely.
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In the Seventies, my Mother in Law worked in the Projects Liberal Style in a place called Marin City.

Even though the houses were new, and the views better than most of Sausalito, Liberal Policies still worked their magic.
It was an odd locus, with San Quentin just to the North, and the Streets of SF to the South.
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"Oh, Joy!" sez I as i joyously see
a looong string of comments by the might-as-well be
me handling race topics so delicately.
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The Black Panthers, Soledad Brothers, and "Guerrilla Family" need to be handled delicately because one might offend their delicate sensibilities?

It all happened, regardless.
I thought a Judge with a shotgun taped to his neck was kinda sorta related to hostage taking, although he certainly did not set it up himself.

I heard the joke in an homage to brilliant young comics by Jay Mohr, who I don't consider insensitive. I consider him a comedian.

He was referring to a young homeless black man in Boston who supported himself as a Comedian. Even got auditioned at SNL, but was rejected when they found out he couldn't read. (Neither could Adam Carolla at that stage of his life.) SNL went with a young Comedian named "Eddie Murphy" instead, whoever that is.
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On second thought, I think I heard those stories told by Mohrs Buddy and Agent, Barry Katz.

Katz was around in Boston at the same time.

...while nobodies looking, is it "Mohrs Buddy" "Mohr's Buddy" or "Mohrs' Buddy"?

I was given another lesson here, but I'm a slow learner on this stuff.

I think the lesson taught that "Mohr's Buddy" is wrong because it would represent "Mohr is Buddy"
Is that correct?

I do know that Mohr is not you.
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I also consider it sad and disgusting that someone like Angela Davis is a Professor at UC.
I feel the same about Obama's Buddy, the Murderous Mr. Dohrn.
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Forget which of their brilliant young Boston Comedians it was who grew up dirt poor in East St. Louis, went on to Harvard, graduated, but still chose what he really likes to do:
Make People Laugh.
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We were staying with her about 10 miles from San Quentin, and even closer to the Marin County Courthouse when the Marin Massacre occurred.
Some of their associates had stopped by the house.
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On August 7, 1970, George Jackson's 17-year-old brother Jonathan Jackson burst into a Marin County courtroom with an automatic weapon, freed prisoners James McClain, William A. Christmas and Ruchell Magee, and took Judge Harold Haley, Deputy District Attorney Gary Thomas, and three jurors hostage to demand the release of the "Soledad Brothers." Haley, Jackson, Christmas and McClain were killed as they attempted to drive away from the courthouse.

Eyewitness testimony suggests Judge Haley was hit by fire discharged from a sawed-off shotgun that had been fastened to his neck with adhesive tape by the abductors. Thomas, Magee and one of the jurors were wounded.[12] The case made national headlines.

Angela Davis, accused of buying the weapons, was later acquitted of conspiracy, kidnapping, and murder. A possible explanation for the gun connection is that Jonathan Jackson was her bodyguard. Magee, the sole survivor among the attackers, eventually pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping and was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1975.[13] Magee is currently imprisoned in Corcoran State Prison and has lost numerous bids for parole.
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Much more here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Jackson_(Black_Panther)

During his first years at San Quentin State Prison, Jackson became involved in revolutionary activity, as well as assaults on guards and fellow inmates. Such behavior, in turn, was used to justify his continued incarceration on an indeterminate sentence. He was described by prison officials as egocentric and anti-social.[4] In 1966, Jackson met and befriended W.L. Nolen who introduced him to Marxist and Maoist ideology. The two founded the Black Guerrilla Family in 1966 based on Marxist and Maoist political thought.[5] In speaking of his ideological transformation, Jackson remarked "I met Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Engels, and Mao when I entered prison and they redeemed me."[6]
As Jackson's disciplinary infractions grew he spent more time in solitary confinement, where he studied political economy and radical theory. He also wrote many letters to friends and supporters which would later be edited and compiled into the books "Soledad Brother" and "Blood in My Eye," bestsellers that brought him a great deal of attention from leftist organizers and intellectuals in the U.S. and Western Europe. Jackson's political transformation was seen as insincere by prison officials, with San Quentin associate warden commenting that Jackson "was a sociopath, a very personable hoodlum" who "didn’t give a sh!t about the revolution." He did, however, amass a following of inmates including whites and Hispanics although with less enthusiasm than his fellow black inmates.[7]
According to David Horowitz, Jackson joined the Black Panther Party after meeting Huey P. Newton in jail.[3]
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Angela had a Seventeen Year Old with semi-autos as her bodyguard!

Heady Days, The Seventies, Professor Davis!
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Hostage Taking by Fire

Fire breaks out in The Projects.

The weather is sub-zero, it's 4 am in the morning.

On the Fourth Story a black man stands on the balconey in his bathrobe.

The Fire Dept arrives and yell at him to jump to save his life.

Man responds "F.ck You! This is the first time this building ever had heat."

- Charlie Barnett
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...not the famous Bandleader.
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uddy arsen: That would be The Cremation Of Sam McGee (ghetto style)!
Cheers!
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Ruchell Magee, otoh, still lives, see above.

I grew up not far from where he now resides, Corcoran Prison.
Heck, it might even be on My Uncle Bob's Farmland!
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A Small bit of Country Joe's "The Harlem Song" Lyrics:

"Well, it looks like I'll be shufflin' off, y'know.

Ya, well, with all that natural rhythm, you can probably shuffle pretty good.

Discover glorious Harlem in New York City,
There's thrills and chills in the land of Rhythm and Blues.
Bring the family to Harlem in New York City,
You'll have fun in the sun doing what the black folks do.

And every little pickaninny wears a great big grin
Just hanging 'round waitin' for some white folks to drop in.
But if you can't go to Harlem, that's New York City,
Maybe you'll be lucky and Harlem will come to you.

Um, gowwa, buwanna."

https://www.google.com/search?q=country+joe+and+the+fish&oq=Country+Joe+&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.15466j0j8&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=0&ie=UTF-8#q=country+joe+and+the+fish+harlem+song
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Annoy Mouse:

If Africans want to adopt our model because it works better, who are we to “help” them to develop their own model when they really want ours? That was the mistake of white Afrikaners in South Africa; defenders of Apartheid wanted their own homeland independent from Britain, so they blithely assumed that all Africans must naturally want to live within their own independent homelands.

Some people do want separation and to live within their own model. Pakistan and Israel are examples of that. Others don't. When black children in Soweto organized a school boycott in 1976, they weren't demanding to get taught in Zulu, Xhosa, or Sotho. They demanded to have their lessons taught in the international language English – and not in the local language of Afrikaans.
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Were it not for the existence of the Academie Francaise, the French language might have continued its hegemony rather than losing it to the English language. The French Academy ossifies the language and ensures that French lacks the ability of English to coin new words or take words from other languages. Beyond the role of English as a language of empire, it is its flexibility that has turned English into a juggernaut. I don't know what people will be saying or how they will be saying it in five hundred years, but there's a good chance that much of it will be spoken in something called “English”.

If French ever regains the importance it once had, let alone the attainment of global linguistic hegemony, it will be because the French literary establishment stops worrying about the “purity” of the French language. When movies in Quebec French aren't regarded as French enough – when the Parisian dialect is regarded as the standard for all French – Francophone parochialism looks silly. A nation is not admired when it indulges in envy; a nation is admired when it is envied.
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the academie française tell you F** off

your globalist eonomy is ending to the Wall andall the Obama policies

do you know what is french "purity" MERDE !

the french movies are very priced in CHINA, sorry your Hollywood plots don't impress anymore, they lack of subtility

and you're te coon8ss for which we willnever vote

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Ah, the real marie comes out.
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yeah, or the Muscadet's angel part

;-)
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pove conne

the french anguage is increasing despite of your wishfull thinking

in 2050 it is said that francophones speakers will be the rule

but that anglophones will loose their hegemony for spanish and chinese

so, that will make the french language in the top 3 most languages spoken in the planet

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I once worked for a very prominent French multinational company. Once upon a time a few years ago, we were having a meeting in Houston for people that worked for this company in all the Americas (north and south). At breakfast one morning, I was the only person who was an English speaker first. They all were talking to each other in English, but darned if I could understand it very well.
A couple of years ago, I was walking around Shanghai to see the sights around the neighborhood my hotel was in, and a Chinese spoke to me in perfect English, "Hello". English is all over, but who knows if it is always English?
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that meansthat you're a gros con americain, the chinese, the germans will tell you of your botomline


ahahah
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Long ago when the world was new, before I carried a government badge, I worked for the corporate security division of a Canadian/American multi-national that was re-developing a goodly part of downtown Denver. Better than half of the company was Canadian, which led to some interesting bits of culture shock. We [actually I, unfortunately] were sent a transfer employee from Quebec. He started having loud conniption fits that everything was not bilingual French-English. I had to sit down with him and come to a meeting of minds. He did not enjoy it. The concept that Canadian law did not run in this country disturbed him. As did being informed that most people in Colorado who are bilingual speak our variant of Tex-Mex Spanish, and not French. He actually tried to find some equivalent of the Canadian Commissioner of Official Languages to file a complaint with. Since we have no such critter, he was disappointed.

Fortunately, we were able to get rid of him soon; as he was caught in flagrante delicto on the job with a male outside contractor we were investigating.

Subotai Bahadur
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tu fais chier

why would your bloody language being the internatioal rules?

I'm glad that Putin is showing you yurr limits

enough of the american empty suit hegemony

you have NoTHiNG to contribuate to our society butyour illness

we do not you abythig buttoilet paper money

F*k off of this planet I' am wondering who will miss your trivial pursuits

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Bwa hah ha haw!!

Seems the sad, pathetic collapse of Frogreich into global irrelevance has made you cranky.

Hey- notice you're spending your time on an English language site?

Why is that, if you could just express yourself in the global community of important French-speaking nations- whoops, you can't, because that community doesn't exist.

But thanks for playing, and enjoy your booby prize of a language academy in Frogreich that tells people they can't use acronyms like "cd-rom."

Acronym. You know what word means, right? Because you speak English?

Hmmm. Why would you bother, except- well, you need to, if you want to be understood, globally.

That must suck. But to avoid the present reality France needed to win the Seven Years' War.

Oh. You didn't.

:(




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"But the point still stands: French is still a fast-growing, global language. The other mooted language of the future, Mandarin, despite being excruciatingly hard to learn for most Westerners, will probably not be that given China’s certain demographic slide. Meanwhile, French will be present on all continents, and particularly predominant in a continent that, by 2050, should be a fast-growing economic powerhouse–Africa."

dans ton c*l, gos naze

ahahah
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Thank you for telling us about the bright future of French.

In English.

Bwa ha ha haw...
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it's not fer your serin mindset's sake that I did
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some people of your sort believed that "Mein Kampf" was Bible
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Years ago in Madrid I encountered some tourists, a young Japanese couple, who were trying to find the Royal Palace. Our common language was Spanish, and we got the job done, but all agreed the other's accent in Spanish sure sounded strange.
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It looks as though Manuel Quezon had his own “Fugu Plan”...
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I like the way those guys hit on the idea at a poker game and just went out and did it. Maybe the moral of the story is that if you wait for "big moment" to act it will never come. But if you can save 1,200 people on the QT nobody can interpose an objection.
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Sadly the victims of the Korean ferry disaster died because of Korean culture and values. This has been described by Malcolm Gladwell in his account of a Korean airlines crash which could easily have been avoided.

The captain of the ship is not to be questioned. Seniority, rank, and pride are paramount. If you question a senior Korean no matter how wrong they may be they will take vengeance upon you for the insult. I know this from experience. The North Koreans take this to depths well beyond any rationality, but it is a cultural norm in both north and south.

Americans may seem puzzled by this, as we should be, but it is just a fact. Koreans are bright, hardworking people. Still we need to be mindful that in some ways we are more different than we know.
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They are great at defending their small businesses, though, as anyone who lived near Watts can attest.
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I recall a similar thing in an article written by an American airline captain who had worked with the Korean pilots, I believe as a trainer. He finally gave up.
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Relevant to several of Richard's recent posts, this article by Janet Daly in the Daily Telegraph clears a lot of brain cobwebs away. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/ukraine/10775658/Ukraine-crisis-New-world-order-Its-just-like-the-old-one.html

She concludes with - "On this reading, the most pernicious delusion is the assumption that the historical danger is over once and for all: the dream of “the war to end all wars”, “the peace dividend”, or “the end of history”. Perhaps this isn’t a game for idealists, with their endless talk of values and competing social solutions, at all. Maybe there is some inextinguishable primal impulse to batter the other lot senseless at regular intervals, and then retire exhausted until the next time when the battle can be resumed with a new set of excuses."

It is worth reading the entire article.
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Then there is the sacrifice of Isaac.

Which may explain why such threats have any effect at all.
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There was a time when certain ship with refugees from Nazi Germany was turned back from the shores of the USA and than perished.
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And what ship was that? I can only remember ships leaving Europe in route to Israel, stopped by the Brits. Methinks there may be significant error here.
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MS St. Louis was a German vessel with 937 Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany aboard in 1939. She was turned away from Cuba [which we functionally controlled] and the United States [Florida], and was forced to return to Europe. The passengers ended up in death camps. Basically, Roosevelt did not want the political hassle of admitting Jews.

I note that at the time we had the design margin to support helping the refugees, but as in much of Europe; the political leadership either did not have the moral and ethical sense, or calculated it was to their political benefit to expel them.

At the time, we had the ability to help others without being consumed or attacked by them. Bygone days.

Subotai Bahadur
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the problem was that no Anglo-Saxon was ready to accept Jews

Only Spain and Portugal borders were opened
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As 937 Jews were being sent back to Germany by FDR, 1,200 Jews were being admitted to the Philppines on the efforts of president Manuel Quezon, Colonel Dwight Eisenhower and US Ambassador Paul McNutt, plus a few Jewish cigar manufacturers.

For comparison, Schindler's list was 801 names long.

The NYT has a review of a video documentary: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/29/movies/rescue-in-the-philippines-by-russell-c-hodge.html


The fascinating documentary “Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge From the Holocaust,” with narration by Liev Schreiber, recounts a little-known chapter of World War II heroism that is as heartbreaking as it is courageous. While much of the world was reluctant to help early victims of Nazi Germany, an effort devised in Manila during late-night poker games eventually delivered more than 1,200 European Jews to safety in the tropics.

The players included Dwight D. Eisenhower; Manuel Quezón, the first president of the Philippine Commonwealth; Paul V. McNutt, the United States high commissioner to the Philippines; and the Frieder brothers, businessmen from Cincinnati whose cigar business was based in Manila. McNutt helped facilitate the refugees’ entry to the Philippines by granting visas. The Frieder brothers, Jews themselves, not only raised money to help with expenses but also provided jobs. They all felt frustrated about doing the right thing while still having to turn away so many others.

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blah blah

do you think that jews could flee so far

they had difficulties to cross the Loire first, so excuse me, the abroad destinations were mere excuses that only were wind farts
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David the Last: "I think the next big push will be in the Pacific, as the Chinese will occupy the Senkakus."

Reasonable hypothesis. Another reasonable hypothesis is that the Chinese will instead push into Venezuela.

Venezuela is a self-inflicted basket case (the future of Soetero's Amerika?) -- they need lots of outside support. China has an overly-large stock of dubiously-valuable US Treasury IOUs, which she might as well spend. China needs imported oil. China needs new markets for her vast industrial production, and would undoubtedly prefer a client who pays in oil to one who pays in IOUs.

Seems like a marriage made in heaven. The Leftists of Venezuela get a lot of help from a fellow "Communist" regime. China gets lots of oil, and the run of Venezuela. Ship the oil back to China through the Panama Canal, which China already effectively owns. (Thanks, Jimmy Carter!). Of course, once China occupies parts of Venezuela, "defensive" military installations and missile would follow. It would be a nice move in the Great Game of carving up Obamaworld.

China has apparently been doing something similar in Africa for a number of years, with not a squeak from the Usual Suspects in the West. Just like those bleeding hearts for the "Palestinians" never stop to ask about China's occupation of Tibet.

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Quels naifs !
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It has been widely noted - although not so much in "reality-show" obsessed America - that China is investing heavily in agricultural enterprise in the continent of Africa. An article Pambazuka: "China in Africa - The New Imperialism" [http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/32432] has an illuminating quote:

Though China won its original oil exploitation bid in Sudan in 1995, it was Washington’s decision to cut ties two years later which gave China its opportunity to step in. While Washington still maintains partial oil sanctions against Sudan, China has become Sudan’s biggest trading partner, taking 60% of the country’s oil exports, amounting to 9 per cent of China’s total oil needs.

“We started in Sudan from scratch” said Li Xiaobing, a Chinese Trade Ministry deputy director dealing with Africa. “When we started there, they were an oil importer, and now they are an oil exporter. We've built refineries, pipelines and production." He dismissed a question about Sudan's human rights record, saying, "We import from every source we can get oil from." [8].

In return China has used the threat of its Security Council veto to stall or dilute resolutions on Darfur. According to China’s assistant Foreign Minister Zhou Wenzhong: “I think the internal situation in the Sudan is an internal affair, and we are not in a position to impose upon them.”

This combination of infrastructure investment, trade and political support at the UN constitutes what has been called a ‘complete package’[5].

The favour is reciprocated. According to Awad al-Jaz, Sudan’s Energy and Mining Minister, “the Chinese are very nice. They don’t have anything to do with politics or problems. Things move smoothly, successfully”[5].


The rest of the article is plenty eye-opening. I'm sure you other readers can find better examples.

What I do find intriguing is the question of just precisely how China would actually guarantee delivery of agricultural products and oil in times of international conflict and crisis. Consider the logistics of harvest/extraction, packaging perishable foods or filling tanker railcars or trucks, transporting those through hundreds of kilometers of likely hostile territory to ports that must be defended, loading onto sea-going vessels which must then travel thousands of kilometers of open ocean, where we know air superiority is crucial for their protection from hostile submarine threats...

Even though []bama is gutting US offensive capabilities, this self-mutilation is not necessarily happening with other nations which might contest the seas with China.
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