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Old 12-01-2008, 01:45 PM
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:30 PM
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This diavlog was worth every penny Matthew and Robert were paid for conducting it.
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Old 12-01-2008, 05:24 PM
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My thought exactly, bj. I learned we should probably put forth some minimal efforts to keep the seas safe for trade. And that some people like turkey.
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Old 12-01-2008, 05:56 PM
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My thought exactly, bj. I learned we should probably put forth some minimal efforts to keep the seas safe for trade. And that some people like turkey.
And don't forget the key insights that hostage situations are tricky and laws regarding piracy are outdated. Who'da thunk?
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:54 PM
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...and what grog is!

It seems Farley is closer, although peaches are never manly, unless metaphorical and from Georgia.
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Old 12-01-2008, 05:38 PM
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Good heavens, gentlemen, piracy is done for money, not ideology. The pirates merely wrap themselves in the cloak of ideology in order to forestall justice coming after them. Like the Taliban and the poppy crop in Afghanistan, the jihadists are after the pirates too, in order to get hold of the cash flow.

Piracy is a money-maker; it has absolutely nothing to do with jihadism except as an untapped source of funding terror. So long as the pirates are successful, jihadists will imitate their actions.
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:50 PM
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Piracy is a money-maker...
Kind of like defense contracting.
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:35 PM
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Default Re: The Grog and Sextant Edition

I don't think Matthew Duss took his, with Information Dissemination's help, Afghani poppy parallel far enough: both Afghanistan and Somalia are the result of blowback. The question is: how does America reverse its own bad American policies, in both cases toppling regimes by proxy. The Malacca Straits piracy might be, or was, apparently related (i.e., pirates), but not Islamic-related. It's possible the pirates are just the detritus of clan warfare the Islamists have not been able to radicalize. Like the current situation in Afghanistan, what Duss and Farley are talking about is complicating what is already a bad foundation of policy-making to begin with.

Instead of trying to destroy governments through proxies or legal instruments, maybe the US should try to co-opt competent political elements to create better governments and give them aid and instruction. It's not as fun as assassination, war, naval reviews, privatization, and wholesale mayhem, but it might be more efficient. I'm sure no red-blooded American, academic or not, could stomach such reasoning.

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Old 12-01-2008, 08:19 PM
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A fine diavlog. I have been eating and cooking Turkey for years and I never realized before that it was such a difficult meat to cook. It seems that the right stuffing, coating and the judicious use of temperature probes would solve the most difficult culinary problems.

The disclosure that one of the critics of turkey was Canandian was a big hoot. Having lived next to Canada for years (yes, you can see it from near the Peace Bridge and on a clear day across from Lake Ontario), I don't think a blogger whose country that sells goose regularly in their markets should talk about the difficulty in cooking a turkey!
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Old 12-02-2008, 05:33 PM
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My only comment on all this:

KEEP THE TURKEY!!!!!!!

its simple. brine the turkey for 24 hours before roasting. perfect, delicious, tender, juicy turkey mmmmmmm.
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