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Has Russia Bought Themselves Another Afghanistan?


We all know that Afghanistan didn’t go well for the Soviet Union when they invaded in 1979.  Indeed, it hasn’t gone all that well for us since we invaded in the aftermath of 9/11.  Certainly, there are lots of lessons we could have learned from the Soviet experience that I’m guessing we didn’t, and there are even more lessons that the Russia of today could have learned from our experiences there.
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Five Things That Microsoft’s New CEO, Satya Nadella, Should Do Immediately

With a new CEO, it’s time for some changes.  There are probably a whole lot of things that Mr. Nadella should be doing right away, but I’ll start with 5 of them.  You have any other ideas, leave them in the comments.

1. Fix Desktop Windows

Really.  The Metro interface – or whatever it is called now – is a disaster on a large screen and should never have made it to the desktop OS.  On a big screen it looks like the Teletubbies might waddle their way across the screen at any moment.  It looks childish, it’s klunky, and I don’t want it on a computer that I use for work.

Is Metro nice on phones and tablets?  Yes, it is rather nice.  But I’m sure it wasn’t designed for a desktop and it should not be there.

Give us back the Start button the way it was, and for god’s sake get rid of the crap that floats out from the right side of my screen every time my mouse passes there…that is so annoying.

Without these gripes, Windows 8.x is actually pretty good.  So fix it and gain millions of customers.

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An Open Letter to Xi Jinping, President of The People’s Republic of China

Dear President Xi Jinping,

Soft power. It’s a term we hear used now and then in the West, and it is something to be coveted. For outsiders to view your nation in a positive light is a good thing, not to be given up lightly.

These days, most of what we hear in the news about China relates to earthquakes, aircraft carriers, the South China Sea, Diaoyu, pollution, Taiwan, and so on. Not a lot of positive there.

I know China has more. One of the longest recorded histories and a proud people that have triumphed over great adversity. As a Canadian, I have great admiration for China and its abundantly rich history than you might think.
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Deep-Sea Oil Spill Action

Oil spills being what they are – blights on the Earth – I have to say that watching the action almost 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico has become something of a ritual for me.

As I sit here right now, a wire-cutting machine is making its way through the riser tube on the top of the blowout preventer.  And through the cut that is being made, an absolute torrent of oil is coming forth.

Just a couple minutes ago @ 11:07PM:

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The Email Warning

I don’t know how many emails I’ve gotten from how many sources, but there seems to be one piece of the standard trailer on many, many emails that must have a common origin:

This e-mail and its attachments are confidential and intended for use by the above named recipient(s) only. If you are not the intended recipient, please note that any use, modification, dissemination, edition or reproduction (either in whole or partially) of this e-mail and/or its attachments, or of the information contained herein, is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail by mistake, please notify the sender immediately, and immediately delete this e-mail with its attachments and any copy of it from your computer system.

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