- one of the things that I think Westerners generally mis-interpret is that freedom doesn't not necessarily require choice. If that were the case, the Middle East and many parts of Eurasia would have fallen apart a long time ago. Look at the way the Chinese government has handled their overheating sharemarket. In the West, investors and institutions would blame the government (for recent massive/drastic falls) but would understand that that is part of life. In China, interviews with some people is identical to the response that is given by a lot of former Soviet spies. Failure and betrayal are much more closely aligned
- people keep on arguing about how much they spend on defense and how spending equates to quality. The problem is that price doesn't necessarily equate to value. Anybody who has lived long enough knows this.... Who cares if it's cheap or expensive if it's effective in fulfilling it's goal?
- guess this answers my previous thought about how far the Chinese are willing to project out. With respect to the functioning of the UN it is fascinating to see how the persepectives of the Russian and Chinese will play in the future especially if they continue their pathway towards strong, sustainable economic growth. What has surprised me is how early (relatively) they've been to push outhttps://www.rt.com/news/316705-china-syria-isis-fight/https://www.rt.com/news/316592-russia-syria-islamic-state/http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/29/world/middleeast/un-general-assembly-syria-isis-refugees.html?_r=0https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_aircraft_carrier_Liaoning
- people (any country) get hysterical at times in this discussion on who will 'lead the world' in future. Moreover, it is at this point that power projection and deterrance begin to take on bizarre dimensions. Think about how strange it sounds when the someone who projects power considers that it a deterrent against someone who considers an immobile object a deterrent
- I don't think China wants to win back Taiwan (or other contested territories) by having to have armed conflict. They want these territories to come back willingly to the 'motherland'. If they don't have that choice they want to have the exact same option that Russia has to it (with other former states of the USSR). Moreover, if they invade/take over contested territory they want their military to be strong enough such that they don't have to resort to nuclear weapons to intimidate others into backing down. They don't see it as that either. They see it as recovery of lost territory that has been documented (the same goes for other countries in the region though)http://thediplomat.com/2013/09/surprise-japan-still-has-strongest-navy-air-force-in-asia/http://nationalinterest.org/feature/what-should-america-do-the-south-china-sea-ask-fighter-pilot-13994http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/08/22/defense-official-china-grabs-50-percent-more-land-through-man-made-islands/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3257396/Russia-moves-deadly-new-weapons-equipped-thermobaric-warheads-Ukraine-world-s-attention-Syria.htmlhttp://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/world/europe/nato-russia-warplane-turkey.html?_r=0http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-10-05/ukraine-has-no-choice-but-to-live-with-putin
- with some of the moves of recent in the Middle East one has to wonder how much respect countries in that region actually has for the West?http://www.defenseone.com/threats/2015/09/pentagon-scrambling-know-what-us-secrets-iraq-tells-russia/122372/http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/amid-new-taliban-gains-u-s-military-favours-keeping-troops-in-afghanistan-1.2587706http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/bombs-away-russian-air-strikes-reveal-bankruptcy-us-policy-13984http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-02/russian-embassy-slams-suggestions-syria-motives-not-trustworthy/6824106
- if you've never heard of Chomksy his perspective on the world can come off incredibly paranoid if you've never heard too many other non-Western perspectives. It is interesting little (and how much at other times) separates many of us though
Bernie Sanders + Noam Chomsky: Deciphering Foreign Policy Jargonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvZRsdHgxgA
Noam Chomsky: US is world's biggest terroristhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRbnPA3fd5U
Noam Chomsky: US terrorism (2015)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=272vNvH0-jc
2014 "Noam Chomsky": Why you can not have a Capitalist Democracy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mxp_wgFWQo
"Who does control the world?" - Noam Chomsky - BBC interview 2003 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqznqIpkZz0
Noam Chomsky: Rebel without a Pause - Documentaryhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZJ-vd7ggrk https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=noam+chomsky
- the more you read the more obvious it is why there are so many defecters from from the West rather than the other way around. While things are brutal in many non-Western countries they are more up front. In the West things are at a different level, often less obvious and often hidden in the shadows. Potential agents, employees only get an idea of what the 'real world' is like when they join the service/s. I guess this is also the reason why if there are non-Western defectors they are often based on idelogical groundshttps://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/senior-navy-intelligence-official-indicted-in-covert-weapons-deal/2015/10/02/6abc7a68-690f-11e5-9223-70cb36460919_story.html
- if you know enough about finance and economics you'll realise that most GDP figures are distorted since everyone chooses different constituent parts. It's not just an issue related to China alone. In fact, in the past there were stories about them under-reporting GDP figures because technically their measures were differenthttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeremy-haft/donald-trump-wrong-china_b_8227680.html?ir=Australia
This script is to facilitate automated retrieval of music from the website, http://www.soundcloud.com/
after it was found that existing website download programs such as Teleport Pro, HTTrack, and FlashGet were too inefficient.
It works by reverse engineering the storage scheme of files on the website, the lack of need for registration and login credentials, and taking advantage of this so that we end up with a more efficient automated download tool.
Obviously, the script can be modified on an ad-hoc basis to be able to download from virtually any website. As this is the very first version of the program (and I didn't have access to the original server while I was cleaning this up it may be VERY buggy). Please test prior to deployment in a production environment.https://sites.google.com/site/dtbnguyen/soundcloud-1.09.sh.zip
OS X: About OS X Recoveryhttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201314
How to Make an OS X Yosemite Boot Installer USB Drivehttp://osxdaily.com/2014/10/16/make-os-x-yosemite-boot-install-drive/
How to install Windows using Boot Camphttps://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201468
How to Create a Windows 10 Installer USB Drive from Mac OS Xhttp://osxdaily.com/2015/06/22/make-windows-10-install-usb-drive-from-mac-os-x/
If all you want is to try a later version of Mac OS X then try virtualisation...http://www.sysprobs.com/guide-install-os-x-10-9-mavericks-on-vmware-workstation-with-windows-7-or-windows-8http://www.macbreaker.com/2014/05/os-x-mavericks-in-virtualbox-with-niresh.html
I can log into my iTunes account but can not access my account details, what's wrong?https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3971810?tstart=0
Came across a bizarre wireless bug recently on Mac OS X Snow Leopardhttp://osxdaily.com/2012/11/30/resolving-stubborn-wi-fi-connection-problems-in-mac-os-x/http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/144223/macbook-freezes-when-connected-connecting-to-new-wireless-router
This is a bunch of quotes that I've collected recently.
- Colonialism was neither romantic nor beautiful. It was exploitative and brutal. The legacy of colonialism still lives quite loudly to this day. Scholars have argued that poor economic performance, weak property rights and tribal tensions across the continent can be traced to colonial strategies. So can other woes. In a place full of devastation and lawlessness, diseases spread like wildfire, conflict breaks out and dictators grab power."http://www.dailylife.com.au/dl-people/dl-entertainment/taylor-swifts-wildest-dreams-video-draws-backlash-for-racism-20150903-gjewvt.html
- The United States makes an improper division between surveillance conducted on residents of the United States, and the surveillance that is conducted with almost no restraint upon the rest of the world. This double standard has proved poisonous to the rights of Americans and non-Americans alike. In theory, Americans enjoy better protections. In practice there are no magical sets of servers and Internet connections that carry only American conversations. To violate the privacy of everyone else in the world, the U.S. inevitably scoops up its own citizens' data. Establishing nationality as a basis for discrimination also encourages intelligence agencies to make the obvious end-run: spying on each other's citizens, and then sharing that data. Treating two sets of innocent targets differently is already a violation of international human rights law. In reality, it reduces everyone to the same, lower standard. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/09/frances-government-aims-give-itself-and-nsa-carte-blanche-spy-world
- Australian actively managed global funds continue to deliver woeful returns, with 67 per cent performing worse than the S&P benchmark indexes, rising to 85 per cent over three years and almost 90 per cent over five years.
"On average, international equity funds posted a strong gain of 23.4 per cent in the past one-year period. However, the majority of funds in this peer group, at 67.3 per cent, underperformed the S&P Developed Ex-Australia LargeMidCap, which recorded a return of 25.5 per cent over the same period," Ms Luk said.
Every single Australian bond fund has underperformed the index this year, and the longer term results are not significantly more promising: 83.4 per cent underperformed over the last three years, and 86 per cent over five years.http://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/index-outperforms-most-active-funds--except-small-caps-20151002-gjztxp.html
- Thursday’s speech was not the first time the Pope has spoken out about the arms trade. He referred to it as “the industry of death” in a talk with Italian schoolchildren in May. “Why do so many powerful people not want peace? Because they live off war,” he said.
“This is serious. Some powerful people make their living with the production of arms and sell them to one country for them to use against another country,” he said. “The economic system orbits around money and not men, women. … So war is waged in order to defend money. This is why some people don’t want peace: They make more money from war, although wars make money but lose lives, health, education.”https://theintercept.com/2015/09/24/pope-decries-shameful-culpable-silence-arms-sales-drenched-innocent-blood/
- A politics and solidarity that depend on demonizing others, that draws on religious sectarianism or narrow tribalism or jingoism may at times look like strength in the moment, but over time its weakness will be exposed. And history tells us that the dark forces unleashed by this type of politics surely makes all of us less secure. Our world has been there before. We gain nothing from going backhttp://www.globalresearch.ca/putin-asked-obama-what-is-the-meaning-of-state-sovereignty/5479684
- The fall of Kunduz may also be a good time to look at whether the Afghan Army needs to shuffle assets around, he adds. In the immediate aftermath of the Taliban takeover, the government in Kabul rushed well-regarded Afghan commandos to the region, for example.
That’s to be expected, but “militarily, you want to make sure you know what the situation is before you throw a bunch of forces into it,” Barno notes. This includes assessing the level of training and capability of Afghan forces posted up there. “Are there enough forces, and were those forces trained and led properly?” he adds.
Finally, it’s worth keeping in mind that up until this point, there have been essentially two models for dealing with non-governed spaces in the post-9/11 world, Scharre argues.
“First, you can send in 100,000 troops in and occupy and try to rebuild it – that’s a model that has costs millions in dollars and thousands in lives,” he says.
The other model is drones and air attacks, “which don’t seem to ever fully solve the problem,” Scharre adds. “In Syria, in Anbar, Iraq we’re grappling with this.”
Kunduz could underline the need to consider new models, he says – “one where US soldiers aren’t fighting, but some level of support is reasonable.”http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Military/2015/0929/Taliban-topples-Kunduz-what-that-means-for-Afghanistan-s-security
- “Many military conflicts started with the silent connivance to the ideas of one people’s superiority over others. In this sense the modern ideologies of exceptionalism are extremely dangerous,” Naryshkin stated.http://www.rt.com/politics/311146-third-world-war-would-be/
- In the heady days of the Cold War, Americans tended to view Soviet decision making as a black box: You know what goes in, you know what comes out, but you are clueless about what is happening inside. Soviet policy was thus believed to be both enigmatic and strategic. There was little room for personality or personal philosophy; understanding the system was the only way.http://www.afr.com/opinion/worry-less-about-vladimir-putin-and-more-about-russias-coldwar-style-state-20150812-gixzvq
- There's a quote that's often attributed to Winston Churchill: "Russia is never as strong as you fear or as weak as you hope."http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/09/08/437515197/in-russia-a-show-of-force-as-the-military-tries-to-modernize
- Both sides of the debate are correct—but neither side is telling the whole story. As a good friend on the Hill recently told me: “In political communications, facts are an interesting aside, but are completely irrelevant. What we do here is spin.” That’s exactly what’s happening here—both sides are selectively cherry picking facts to make their case—spin.http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/americas-f-35-vs-russia-or-chinas-best-fighters-who-wins-13802
- Danny Dalton: Some trust fund prosecutor, got off-message at Yale thinks he's gonna run this up the flagpole? Make a name for himself? Maybe get elected some two-bit congressman from nowhere, with the result that Russia or China can suddenly start having, at our expense, all the advantages we enjoy here? No, I tell you. No, sir! Corruption charges! Corruption? Corruption is government intrusion into market efficiencies in the form of regulations. That's Milton Friedman. He got a goddamn Nobel Prize. We have laws against it precisely so we can get away with it. Corruption is our protection. Corruption keeps us safe and warm. Corruption is why you and I are prancing around in here instead of fighting over scraps of meat out in the streets. Corruption is why we win. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365737/quotes
- Bryan Woodman: But what do you need a financial advisor for? Twenty years ago you had the highest Gross National Product in the world, now you're tied with Albania. Your second largest export is secondhand goods, closely followed by dates which you're losing five cents a pound on... You know what the business community thinks of you? They think that a hundred years ago you were living in tents out here in the desert chopping each other's heads off and that's where you'll be in another hundred years, so, yes, on behalf of my firm I accept your money. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365737/quotes
- “The ‘Russian’ attitude,” Isaiah Berlin wrote, “is that man is one and cannot be divided.” You can’t divide your life into compartments, hedge your bets and live with prudent half-measures. If you are a musician, writer, soldier or priest, integrity means throwing your whole personality into your calling in its purest form.http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/11/opinion/david-brooks-the-russia-i-miss.html?_r=0
- Russia is a more normal country than it used to be and a better place to live, at least for the young. But when you think of Russia’s cultural impact on the world today, you think of Putin and the oligarchs. Now the country stands for grasping power and ill-gotten money.
There’s something sad about the souvenir stands in St. Petersburg. They’re selling mementos of things Russians are sort of embarrassed by — old Soviet Army hats, Stalinist tchotchkes and coffee mugs with Putin bare-chested and looking ridiculous. Of the top 100 universities in the world, not a single one is Russian, which is sort of astonishing for a country so famously intellectual.
This absence leaves a mark. There used to be many countercultures to the dominant culture of achievement and capitalism and prudent bourgeois manners. Some were bohemian, or religious or martial. But one by one those countercultures are withering, and it is harder for people to see their situations from different and grander vantage points. Russia offered one such counterculture, a different scale of values, but now it, too, is mainly in the past.http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/11/opinion/david-brooks-the-russia-i-miss.html?_r=0
- 1) Xi removed over 28,000 officials in 2 years. This is old data from early 2015. Officials no longer go to high-end restaurants, wear luxury. Most senior officials who sent their kids and wives to foreign countries have recalled their kids and wives back. Those who didn't was told crystal clear that they will be sidelined. Can any other leader around the world do that, at such a large scale?
2) CCP turned itself from a communist dictatorship and autarky in 1978 to a capitalist technocratic oligarchy and largest trading country in 2015, gradually, without major political turmoil. (Viewed from today's color revolution standard, Tiananmen Square in 1989 is child's play.) Can any other polity in the world claim the same success?http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/how-china-russia-plan-crush-americas-stealth-aircraft-13708