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Woe is me... [Aug. 5th, 2012|12:19 am]
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Syrian rebels take 47(ish) Iranian shia pilgrims hostage. And I'm all outta popcorn.

Oh wait, found some more. All good.
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I haven't heard K curse much lately... [Aug. 2nd, 2012|12:29 pm]
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Here ya go...

The Inca Empire may be the only advanced civilization in history to have no class of traders, and no commerce of any kind within its boundaries. How did they do it?
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Yuir moment of zen... [Aug. 2nd, 2012|04:35 am]
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More Kali doom...

The state's Legislative Analyst's Office said Wednesday that "hundreds of millions" of dollars in assumed tax revenues may never materialize due to the continued slide in Facebook's stock price.

Menlo Park-based Facebook closed Wednesday trading at $20.88 per share, a new low 45 percent below the initial price. The state Department of Finance assumed the social media giant would trade at $35 by November, while the Analyst's Office believed it would trade at $42 at that time. The November marker is significant because another wave of insiders becomes eligible to sell shares at that point.

The Analyst's Office said today that much of the Facebook income tax revenues will still come in. But the LAO added that "if the company's stock price remains depressed, hundreds of millions of income tax dollars assumed in the 2012-13 state budget plan are at risk."

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Doom pr0n [Jul. 31st, 2012|04:50 pm]
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The suspicion that the United States is secretly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood sounds far-fetched, in part because it is. I remember first hearing a variation on the theory from a top Egyptian official in January: He spoke at some length of a U.S. master plan to install a grand Islamist alliance in government, including not just the Brotherhood but also more radical Salafists. Initially, I thought he might be making a meta-commentary on the absurdity of conspiracy theories. He wasn't.

More here...
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Freaking awesome... [Jul. 27th, 2012|03:33 pm]
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A treatment for rabies.

Even though his specialty was infectious disease, Willoughby knew almost nothing about rabies. “For the board exams,” he says, “you only needed to know one thing: that it was 100 percent fatal.” He telephoned the CDC to ask if there was any treatment somewhere in the research pipeline—some promising new therapy, perhaps, not yet published in any medical journal. The CDC had nothing. Not one person had ever been shown to survive rabies without having gotten at least partial vaccination before the virus reached the brain.

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You might enjoy... [Jul. 19th, 2012|02:16 pm]
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Europe from 900 ad to present.
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Just got around to watching The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence [Jul. 15th, 2012|02:17 pm]
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Good lord that was a dark movie. I mean... I thought The Searchers was dark... but there are demons in some of these movies.
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Oh lord... [Jul. 14th, 2012|09:02 am]
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Once, during a meeting at my university, a biologist mentioned that he was the only faculty member present from a science department. When I corrected him, noting that I was from the Department of Psychology, he waved his hand dismissively, as if I were a Little Leaguer telling a member of the New York Yankees that I too played baseball.

More here, if you have the fortitude...
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For the P [Jul. 11th, 2012|10:18 am]
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Some light reading for the K [Jul. 6th, 2012|01:33 pm]
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Piece on Syrian Intel...

Since the Alawis have been in power, roughly since November 1970, there has been some diffusion of Alawi settlement outside of Latakia, notably in the Damascus area. What exactly has happened to traditional marriage clan patterns over the past forty years is fairly esoteric knowledge that only specialists in Syria can be expected to know. I don’t know, but my guess is that marriage patterns have broadened somewhat among the Alawis, especially including the Damascus-based families closest to the core of the regime. Intelligence analysis of the patterns of influence with the regime needs to know who has married whom in order to make sense of the influence networks within the elite. In the past, the CIA has been notably obtuse to such data: What we didn’t know and didn’t bother for a long time to find out about tribes in Iraq is a case in point. You will never find Jordanian intelligence making that mistake, and it’s probably not entirely a coincidence that the largest CIA analytical station in the region in located in Amman. Do I know for certain if U.S. intelligence personnel studying Syria are using this significant asset we have in our relations with Jordan? No. I just know that we should be.

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