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"Dutch capital was employed to purchase goods in one country and sell them in another: so that the Dutch became carriers for others, instead of manufacturing and carrying for themselves. 

Thus circumstanced, Holland was gradually sinking, when political troubles, the end of which it is not easy to foresee, put her at the feet of France.  When Holland was not rich it resisted Spain in all her glory; when Holland was wealthy, it did not even attempt to resist France."

Successful Revolutions and Unsuccessful rebellions follow a common pattern: those who hold the heavy armored weapons and aircraft usually win in the street.  This is one major reason why the participation of elements of the military are very often critical in revolutions, and why the Egyptian revolution succeeded in the way that it did while other attempts at revolutions such as the 1989 Tienanmen square attempt failed, the Shiite uprising in 1991 failed, and the Iranian Green movement also failed.

President Obama's recent actions have set a clear black line which repressive governments now cannot cross.  By targeting and destroying Qaddafi's heavy weapons, navy and air-force, in the timely and precise way the US military is specialized to do, it shows when, and what the United States is willing to do to enforce international humanitarian norms, while also limiting the roles the US is willing to play in such enforcement, if NATO and other countries will step up and affirm their obligation to international norms of human rights.  This line is crossed when dictators use heavy arms or aerial bombardment on their own people

Watch the videos in this YouTube channel carefully: http://www.youtube.com/user/SaveLibya?feature=chclk and you will realize that the people being mowed down in the street are by and large kids, 35 and younger.  Young people, students wearing hipster clothes.  They are dressed like us.  Wearing the same shoes as us. 

Facebook has always been plagued with privacy issues, such as revealing to third parties personal information which may be used to sell you goods and services.  While to some, this may seem like an invasion, I like it when people try to sell me things, and I have no problem saying no.  However, there is a far more insidious algorithm embedded in facebook.  By a few refreshes and a few clicks, you can easily see who has most recently been looking at your facebook profile, down to a timeframe of 36 hours, as well as who your overall top stalkers are.  Of course, they may not be exactly stalking you, but they are watching you. 

A Proposal for the District Community Jury Style Bank:


Executive Summary:

A Jury Style Bank would be a wholly innovative form of banking and community development which can expand the formal banking system while also increasing the community’s financial literacy and human capital.  Furthermore, economic development funds are recycled, and actual funds injected into the community would far exceed the seed money.  Establishing such an institution in Chinatown would result in a vast inflow of capital from China if the institution is also structured in a way to help facilitate EB-5 visas for High Net Worth foreign investors.