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    Posted at 1 33 PM Tagged ukraine Russia oil oligarchs Viktor Yanukovych Viktor Yushchenko Yulia Tymoshenko enemies Cold War world war II Vladimir Putin soviet union commonwealth of independent states democracy iron curtain politics economics pan russian ism Iron Maidan Nov 28 A victory is a very dangerous opportunity General Andre Beaufre 1902 1975 on the creation and failure of the Maginot Line a series of fixed fortifications built along the border between France and Germany following World War I When the Germans did invade in 1940 they simply went around it 1 note Permalink Posted at 9 10 AM Tagged france germany world war II world war I Short term thinking Political Theatre Sep 10 The End Of Empire It all seems so long ago already Last week the Democrats made their big election pitch each Convention speaker selling us on why we ll be much better off electing Democrats rather than Republicans For the most part it s a pretty easy case to make No one made it better ironically than the Republicans at their own openly lie filled convention And yet there was one element of the Democrats case that we should worry about because it s a mindset that drives each of their major policy decisions just as strongly as it drives those of the Republicans and it makes the difference between the parties at this point less a matter of what they want as much as who they want it for Politicians at both conventions had pop songs playing them on and off stage like pro athletes The one best fitting our current hopes and fears is one they d never play Let s Hang On To What We ve Got by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons We know things have been bad we know we can t go on the way we ve been going but we also can t bring ourselves to admit that we need to change ourselves to fix it And that s the Democrat s problem Change sounds great when we think it applies to somebody else but we resist it when it applies to us because we equate personal change with failure Change everybody else is what we want to hear And that s what the Republicans have been selling They ve been steering the country further and further to the Right with it for decades and steering the rest of us into a ditch while they were at it That s not shocking That s what the right wing does That s what it s always done What we should ask ourselves is this If we re so smart and evolved then why do we let the right wing steer the rest of us into a ditch and why do the Democrats follow The answer is selfishness We have something we like having it and we don t want to lose it For the aggressively selfish which is to say the right wing nothing is more essential to them getting what they want than everyone else having something to lose something they can promise to help them defend like a title That title could be champion or Lord or greatest or small business owner or even healthy The truth is we don t even need others to lead us down this path We do it to ourselves everyday Take for example an aging professional sports team like this year s Boston Red Sox They had a long stretch of success with a dozen years of playoff appearances and two championships the last one five years ago One of Major League Baseball s wealthier teams they paid well and restocked their lineup at will signing and trading for players who d had success with poor franchises that couldn t afford to keep them It was a great model for the rich teams especially during the steroid soaked era that was ending just as the Red Sox were at long last succeeding The problem came when the players they paid for got old and the few young players left in their depleted farm systems weren t capable of stepping up to take their place They weren t built for the long term and it caught up with them This summer the Red Sox owners and management acknowledged what anyone watching could see and traded away anyone they could to whatever sucker offered to help them restock their farm system The Los Angeles Dodgers another rich franchise obliged The Red Sox weren t alone The Philadelphia Phillies were built the same way they rewarded past performance with high paying long term contracts and like the RedSox realized too late that players get old a lot quicker than they did a decade ago They still hold onto the dream that their core players can return from multiple disabled list appearances to the level that won them a championship but odds are they won t Even in the past few years before they fell apart both teams lack of fiscal discipline had given them diminishing returns Younger teams with smaller but not too small payrolls kept passing them by Even the New York Yankees richest and most free spending of them all haven t been immune they of course can afford the luxury tax payments other teams can t The Red Sox and Phillies doubled down on big contracts to try to get back where they were and only seeing it fail a second time did they go from buyers to sellers Fans of these teams remained enthusiastic while they were winning and paid through the nose for ever rising season ticket prices and merchandise Winning will do that Losing on the other hand means less money coming in which means less money to pay for new talent The rich team becomes a less rich team and with so much money tied to just a few players on long term contracts a quick fix just isn t going to happen They need

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    Hitler s march into Europe Putin tells young historians Tom Parfitt The Telegraph November 7 2014 Permalink Posted at 6 06 PM Tagged Vladimir Putin Joseph Stalin adolf hitler world war II munich neville chamberlain peace in our time ukraine

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    Adolf Hitler s march into Europe Putin tells young historians Tom Parfitt The Telegraph November 7 2014 Permalink Posted at 6 06 PM Tagged Vladimir Putin Joseph Stalin adolf hitler world war II munich neville chamberlain peace in our time

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    for Adolf Hitler s march into Europe Putin tells young historians Tom Parfitt The Telegraph November 7 2014 Permalink Posted at 6 06 PM Tagged Vladimir Putin Joseph Stalin adolf hitler world war II munich neville chamberlain peace in our

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    Putin tells young historians Tom Parfitt The Telegraph November 7 2014 Permalink Posted at 6 06 PM Tagged Vladimir Putin Joseph Stalin adolf hitler world war II munich neville chamberlain peace in our time ukraine soviet union nazis fascism right wing nationalism eastern bloc cold war II Political Theatre May 24 Ahead of Ukraine elections a generational split on nationalism The Washington Post Michael Birnbaum Frederick Kunkle 05 24 14

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    Adolf Hitler s march into Europe Putin tells young historians Tom Parfitt The Telegraph November 7 2014 Permalink Posted at 6 06 PM Tagged Vladimir Putin Joseph Stalin adolf hitler world war II munich neville chamberlain peace in our time

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    that the killers in Paris Beirut Libya and elsewhere were recruited and funded and knew that as they died others would carry on doing the same In this way terrorism is viral It jumps from carrier to host killing each host in turn so long as it can find more Like any viral epidemic it must feed There are many ways to fight a virus but they all involve starving it of resources Do so and it cannot grow it cannot multiply It will wither and die What then are the resources terrorism thrives upon Identify them and remove them Understand what makes a group s base its base though or it will never stop Daniel Ward Permalink Posted at 2 57 PM Tagged terrorism shepherds looking for a flock call and response politics paris beirut libya iraq syria afghanistan al qaeda isis islamic state aggressive selfishness instant gratification hate religion epidemics deference to authority dramaturgy Call And Response pt 1 Sep 24 Accepting The Call We could be forgiven for thinking all the entire world wants to think about is Pope Francis visiting the United States His is an impressive story a man plucked from seeming obscurity to lead a powerful influencial institution and effecting real change in the world and the way the American media have been covering it all other news seems almost un newsworthy For instance it would be easy to forget that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker quit running for president That may be a testament to how forgettable his campaign was which in turn probably has something to do with how forgettable he ultimately will be as a man but we must try remembering why he became so forgettable all the more so because of that man garnering so many headlines today The conventional wisdom on why Walker quit is that his campaign ran out of money That they say is why all unsuccessful campaigns end However that explanation is more of a where than a why It stops a step or two short of the real why answer people stopped listening For some perhaps many the lasting impression they ll have of Scott Walker if they have one is something along the lines of a little boy gleefully burning ants with a magnifying glass If that sounds a little extreme for someone so forgettable we must remember what made him a proverbial flavor of the month in the first place He viciously scapegoated public sector unions in his state and did so not because they were greedily syphoning off money from the states taxpayers but because they were a big hard to define group that had economic protections at a time when so many in Wisconsin felt they had none That makes for a very attractive target especially to a politician like Walker As he showed during his campaign Walker is something of a shepherd looking for a flock following his herd rather than leading them He knows the audience he wants and will

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    used religion to justify that hatred and committing atrocities they would not otherwise have had the courage to do but why they chose murder and murder on that scale was because they believed it gave them power They believed that power was having control over a world that to them felt so very out of control They were terrified by that world They needed a world that was simple that required less of them only obedience and structure This is what makes good killers they view what they do as defence Keeping the threat of complication and confusion as far away as possible becomes at once their need and their purpose There is something dramatic in an act of terrorism and that is very much the point Those who carried out the murders saw themselves as performers playing to an audience one made up of those they terrorized and far more importantly their base Their first goal was to demonstrate to their base that what they did could be done They wanted to energize their base and to build on it drawing out recruits and perhaps even more important donations It is a call and response similar in many ways to an old fashioned revival meeting one they themselves at one time responded to Those they attacked and even more important those now afraid of being attacked are merely another means to this end Fear and rash over reaction create more recruits and donations than any attack could on its own The aftermath of an attack is a far greater resource than the attack and our failure to understand this is something terrorists hope for and expect We want to ascribe some kind of finality to an act of terrorism as though it is an end other than a means

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