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    Not so ignorant after all.

    He must have been pretty good at it.

    For us Westerners, the French Revolution has had a defining impact on Western history, which is why just about every high school student in the world studies...
  2. I heard that for business owners there is clear...

    I heard that for business owners there is clear advantage to letting large numbers of women into the workplace. By increasing the size of the labor pool through massive increase of women seeking work...
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    Let's remember that the Chinese have had a long...

    Let's remember that the Chinese have had a long history of (limited) contact with the West, so Western ways of thinking are not entirely lost on them. Weiqi is a game of long-term strategy - you...
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    Exactomundo! IS believes in what they are doing....

    Exactomundo! IS believes in what they are doing. If the US and allies are wishy-washy in their dealings with ISIL, but ISIL is 100% committed to their vision, when guess who's going to win in the...
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    I found these two articles from the National...

    I found these two articles from the National Interest magazine.
    http://nationalinterest.org/feature/isis-worst-nightmare-the-us-russia-teaming-terrorism-12216...
  6. Something that has not been mentioned here is...

    Something that has not been mentioned here is that, if China does ultimately decide to invade NK, the groundwork will likely be done well before the first PLA units cross the Yalü. For one, Beijing...
  7. Which is why NK is engaged in a fair bit of...

    Which is why NK is engaged in a fair bit of sabre-rattling; P'yeongyang cannot let the world know the true condition of their military. (The US has a VERY powerful military and, as far as I know,...
  8. Those nukes are important!

    This alone would be a good reason for the Chinese to invade the North at the first sign of trouble. The last thing Beijing wants is a terrorist outfit like East Turkestan Independence Movement or...
  9. JST was probably thinking of taking KJU's place;...

    JST was probably thinking of taking KJU's place; he was, for many years, Kim Jong Il's right hand man. Even if KJU did not actually think that JST wanted him out of office, JST's "mismanagement of...
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    In the 18th and 19th centuries, most immigrants...

    In the 18th and 19th centuries, most immigrants to North America came from the British Isles and Northern Europe. Hence most of the US and Canada was (Nordic) White. Immigration from Southern Europe...
  11. Would it be possible for NK and SK to duke it out...

    Would it be possible for NK and SK to duke it out on their own? This would be the ideal situation, I think, but Korea would be "too big to fail", so US and China would have to get involved, even if...
  12. I was not thinking of this during my last post....

    I was not thinking of this during my last post. Sorry.

    For millions in China and Korea, the legacy of the Japanese occupation of Korea has a personal meaning to it, one of them being the comfort...
  13. Hmm. Bullshit, you say? Looks like someone's been...

    Hmm. Bullshit, you say? Looks like someone's been stringing me along all along. I'll need to go back and read the history books again.

    You are much better informed than I am about the history of...
  14. I was referring to SK. NK may want reunification...

    I was referring to SK. NK may want reunification anyway as it would mean one Korea under Northern rule.


    The North just claims sovereignty and realizes that no military invasion is forthcoming,...
  15. Even if East Asia has modernized like crazy in...

    Even if East Asia has modernized like crazy in the last 50 years or so, the past is not entirely forgotten. For example, there is the Battle of Ganghwa Island in 1871, fought between Joseon Korea and...
  16. I was wondering whether the Koreans really want...

    I was wondering whether the Koreans really want reunification, or if they prefer the current state of affairs.

    Perhaps ROK should just cut off all aid to DPRK, even at the risk of a military...
  17. Thanks to all for the comments so far. If the...

    Thanks to all for the comments so far. If the Koreans want reunification so bad, why not make them pay the lion's share of it?

    I was thinking that a modest improvement in living conditions in...
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    Which is why I believe global warming to be a...

    Which is why I believe global warming to be a good thing, generally speaking. With higher average temperatures come greater penetration of monsoons, which will bring more rain to currently arid areas...
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    An observant commentator

    It is not very often that one finds informed commentary on the comment threads following most articles online. In fact, the vast majority of comments make their original publishers look foolish....
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    The imminent collapse of our civilization

    Below is an article found at TheGuardian.com, dated Friday, 2014-03-14 and published by a Dr. Nafeez Ahmed
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