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9651  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: China on: September 14, 2010, 01:11:33 PM
http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Investing/JubaksJournal/bubble-bubble-chinas-trouble.aspx

Up to this point, the scenario sounds incredibly similar to the run-up to the housing bust in the United States. But there are crucial differences. Let me describe a few.
No. 1: Chinese buyers aren't nearly as leveraged as US buyers were
Down payments in China were a high 30%; in the U.S., at the height of the frenzy, lenders were bundling two mortgages together so that a buyer could borrow the required (and much smaller) down payment as well. Homebuyers effectively were putting nothing down.

And Chinese homebuyers started off with a much larger base of savings. In 2009, the Chinese savings rate was about 40%. In the years just before the end of the U.S. boom, Americans' savings rate had actually turned negative.

As a result of those differences, I don't think a real-estate bust in China would set off the huge contraction of family balance sheets and consequent steep drop in consumer spending that have resulted from the bust in the United States.
9652  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Corrections and Prison on: September 14, 2010, 08:14:49 AM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jbozFoD7ai7PU9HXytFTL2TZ_oqQD9I785C80

Attack on SC prison guard renews phone-jam debate

By MEG KINNARD (AP) – 17 hours ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina authorities who have helped push for permission to block cell phone signals inside prisons say an officer in charge of keeping out contraband was nearly killed at his home — in an attack planned with a smuggled phone.

Corrections Department Capt. Robert Johnson was getting ready to go to work at Lee Correctional Institution about 50 miles east of Columbia one day last March. Around 5:30 a.m., a man broke down the front door of Johnson's mobile home, shooting the 15-year prison veteran six times in the chest and stomach.
9653  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy on: September 13, 2010, 10:24:07 PM
Law enforcement investigations have always been based on the correlating of information. There is a digital element today there wasn't in the past, but aside from the technology/forensic science, homicide investigations today are done much as they were when Jack the Ripper was stalking Whitechapel.
9654  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy on: September 13, 2010, 09:53:39 PM
The majority of human history, there wasn't much in the way of privacy. Hunter-gatherer tribes or agricultural villages, you were known and given the living conditions, most everything about at all times was seen/heard/smelled by those around you.

Only in recent times, in cities and suburbs with individual dwellings, did we develop a sense of privacy that we have now.

Were the 4th about "security", then why did the law enforcement of the time of the founders not have any restriction imposed on it by this concept?

The founders were accustomed to the redcoats kicking in doors to search without anything more the the authority of the crown. They imposed the 4th to insure that American law enforcement obtained a warrant from an independent magistrate prior to the door kicking. You'll note that they did not forbid search and seizure, just imposed standards that had to be met before it could be done.

9655  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: India and India-afpakia (and China?) on: September 13, 2010, 05:59:34 PM
President Bush did a lot to develop ties with India. Our current resident of the white house has done his best to undo those improved relations.
9656  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy on: September 13, 2010, 05:28:33 PM
http://jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com/2009/10/democrat-goon-charged-with-snooping-on.html

Looks like one got a wrist slap at the most, in the JTP snooping scandal. Disgusting.

I know that sheriffs have gone to federal prison for using NCIC to run their election opposition.
9657  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Conditioning on: September 13, 2010, 05:20:05 PM
I think that lesson was conditioned right into the deepest part of my brain.  cry
9658  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Conditioning on: September 13, 2010, 01:47:08 PM
Just started working out with kettlebells. Got a good reminder how important proper form is when I started to stand up a bit too early while doing two arm swings.  shocked

Lucky it was the smallest kettlebell and I had mostly stopped it's motion....  rolleyes
9659  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Stretching on: September 13, 2010, 01:36:50 PM
Thanks 5Rings.

I had no idea. I will have to educate myself on dynamic joint mobility strategies.
9660  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy on: September 13, 2010, 10:37:57 AM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i_29YKZdSnooBzedGCwrNGaqfyDgD9I4IR7G1

Lt. Gary Lewis of the State Highway Patrol said Thursday that the agency audited databases in May and found files on Bowersox had been improperly accessed eight times.

Lewis says the audit reflected a 2009 state law cracking down on unauthorized record-checking. It was prompted by checks done on another Ohio celebrity, the 2008 campaign figure known as "Joe the Plumber."
9661  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy on: September 13, 2010, 10:24:52 AM

At the Bureau of Motor Vehicles headquarters on the Hilltop, clerk Jay Wright, 47, of the Near East Side, was fired from his $43,434-a-year job on June 22 for checking Bowersox's vehicle-registration information Feb. 24.

The 17-year state employee said he was merely curious. "I saw she was indeed from Ohio ... and thought, 'Great, a local girl may have a shot at making it big' and that was that. At no time did I take her personal information, print it or commit it to memory for any financial or personal gain," Wright told officials.

He was indicted last month for unauthorized use of property, a fifth-degree felony carrying up to a year in prison. Wright pleaded not guilty Friday. Patrol spokesman Lt. Gary Lewis said the case was the only one in which the patrol had jurisdiction.
9662  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy on: September 12, 2010, 10:53:27 PM
http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/ncic.htm

Security and quality controls: The head of the CJIS Systems Agency—the criminal justice agency that has overall responsibility for the administration and usage of NCIC within a district, state, territory, or federal agency—appoints a CJIS systems officer (CSO) from its agency. The CSO is responsible for monitoring system use, enforcing system discipline and security, and assuring that all users follow operating procedures. NCIC policy establishes a number of security measures to ensure the privacy and integrity of the data. The information passing through the network is encrypted to prevent unauthorized access. Each user of the system is authenticated to ensure proper levels of access for every transaction. To further ascertain and verify the accuracy and integrity of the data, each agency must periodically validate its records. Agencies also must undergo periodic audits to ensure data quality and adherence to all security provisions.
9663  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy on: September 12, 2010, 10:41:25 PM
Yes. Also from the state of Ohio, If I recall correctly.
9664  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy on: September 12, 2010, 10:09:17 PM
Those databases can only be accessed only by dedicated terminals. Without getting into the techno-structure, they are very secure. It's not something you can access by the internet.
9665  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Not happy news on: September 12, 2010, 07:49:16 PM
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.a64b6fa820c23d9ef2058a22276ce3a1.2c1&show_article=1

 Boston University professor Laurence Kotlikoff,  who warned as far back as the 1980s of the dangers of a public deficit, lent credence to such dark predictions in an International Monetary Fund publication last week.

He unveiled a doomsday scenario -- which many dismiss as pure fantasy -- of an economic clash between superpowers the United States and China, which holds more than 843 billion dollars of US Treasury bonds.

"A minor trade dispute between the United States and China could make some people think that other people are going to sell US treasury bonds," he wrote in the IMF's Finance & Development review.

"That belief, coupled with major concern about inflation, could lead to a sell-off of government bonds that causes the public to withdraw their bank deposits and buy durable goods."

Kotlikoff warned such a move would spark a run on banks and money market funds as well as insurance companies as policy holders cash in their surrender values.

"In a short period of time, the Federal Reserve would have to print trillions of dollars to cover its explicit and implicit guarantees. All that new money could produce strong inflation, perhaps hyperinflation," he said.
9666  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: September 12, 2010, 06:35:11 PM
The "peace talks" are a waste of time and energy. The "palestinian" endgame is the end of Israel.
9667  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Door Work, Bouncing, Bodyguarding on: September 12, 2010, 04:14:39 PM
Not dissing the Security Guy, but I've read/heard that Doormen/Bouncers say if their soft skills have not deescalated the situation and that they have to resort to hard skills then they didn't perform their duties well. Or maybe it was something Dalton/Patrick Swayze said in Road House lol


SG, would you please post this on the DBMAA forum too?

Done.



Can't comment on bouncing work, but I can apply 14 years of LEO experience.  Verbal de-escalation works 98% of the time, if properly applied.  That still leaves 2% of the time that the universe has just determined that there WILL be a fight no matter how smoothed tongued you are.

Agreed.
9668  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security and American Freedom on: September 12, 2010, 09:29:43 AM
http://www.frumforum.com/the-myths-of-911

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-09-10-flights-terror-targets_N.htm

Two relevant articles.
9669  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy on: September 12, 2010, 07:54:28 AM
You'll note that accessing the state and federal databases are felonies. The systems are auditable, meaning that you cannot access them without leaving a digital "paper trail".
9670  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Stretching on: September 11, 2010, 04:31:48 PM
I'm running more these days, and I'm not near as limber as I used to be. Any good stretching routines for the lower body, especially the hamstrings?
9671  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 9/11/10 on: September 11, 2010, 10:50:55 AM
http://michellemalkin.com/2010/09/11/911-remembrance-set-your-alarms-and-steel-your-resolve/
9672  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 9/11/10 on: September 11, 2010, 10:43:16 AM
http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2010/09/11/5-heroes-to-remember-this-september-11/

Never forget.
9673  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: India and India-afpakia (and China?) on: September 11, 2010, 09:36:30 AM
Yup.
9674  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Science vs. God on: September 10, 2010, 04:57:51 PM
Ok, how does an alarm system disprove a religious mystery?  huh
9675  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics on: September 10, 2010, 04:45:12 PM
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/09/10/the_nanny_state_has_blown_the_bank_107091.html

Will the death of the nanny state be the death of us?
9676  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Communicating with the Muslim World on: September 10, 2010, 11:42:48 AM
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/285123/christians_in_gaza_fear_for_their_lives.html

What if muslims started burning bibles and crucifixes? Oh, wait.....
9677  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / What are Chinese troops doing in Kashmir? on: September 09, 2010, 07:42:00 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/sep/04/troops-kashmir-alarm-india-pakistan

The claim that more than 7,000 Chinese troops have been handed "de facto control" of Gilgit-Baltistan, a northern part of Kashmir, by Islamabad, has set alarm bells ringing in Delhi. India – which, like its nuclear-armed rival Pakistan, claims the entire state – has long been worried that the People's Liberation Army was working on roads and railway projects in the Karakoram mountains.

What is true is that China plans a massive highway linking western China to the port it is building at Gwadar, Pakistan, on the shore of the Arabian Sea. The benefits are obvious: the journey time from factory gate in, say, China's wild west, to container ships bound for the Gulf will be cut from weeks to a few days. Eventually it may even become a key energy supply route.
9678  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Afghanistan-Pakistan on: September 09, 2010, 07:25:41 PM
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/KH27Ad02.html

Chinese troops offer an Afghan solution
By Francesco Sisci
9679  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics on: September 09, 2010, 11:22:50 AM
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ca09873c-bb6c-11df-a136-00144feab49a.html

Goldman forecasts emerging equities bonanza

By Stefan Wagstyl in London

Published: September 8 2010 18:32 | Last updated: September 8 2010 18:32

China could overtake the US in terms of stock market capitalisation by 2030 as the market value of equities in emerging nations soars, powered by expanding investment and by economic growth, says a report by Goldman Sachs.
9680  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Communicating with the Muslim World on: September 09, 2010, 10:45:14 AM
http://michellemalkin.com/2010/09/09/what-else-is-new-muslim-initiates-burn-the-stars-and-stripes-day/

What else is new?
9681  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: September 09, 2010, 10:41:06 AM
Good find!
9682  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Islam in America and the rest of the western hemisphere on: September 09, 2010, 07:55:30 AM
The muslim celebrations of 9/11 in the US will be even more subdued and covert.
9683  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Legal Issues created by the War with Islamic Fascism on: September 08, 2010, 07:24:32 PM
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/08/ninth-circuit-feds-can-use-state-secrets-privilege-to-block-lawsuits-over-terrorist-renditions/

BwahahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!

9684  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gender issues thread on: September 08, 2010, 06:23:16 PM
Default - a value that a program or operating system assumes, or a course of action that a program or operating system will take, when the user or programmer specifies no overriding value or action.
9685  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: September 08, 2010, 03:41:25 PM
It does sound plausible, but a quick glance at his site seems to show he's a truther and anti-semite conspiracy loon.
9686  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gender issues thread on: September 08, 2010, 02:31:00 PM
I would rather have a child raised by a gay couple than "raised by the state". I don't have a problem with homosexuals adopting if that's the alternative, but if there is a choice between a normal couple and homosexuals, then the default should be for normalcy.
9687  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: education on: September 08, 2010, 10:27:30 AM
http://pajamasmedia.com/rogerkimball/2010/09/05/back-to-school/?singlepage=true

http://pajamasmedia.com/victordavishanson/rule-by-professors/?singlepage=true

Two important articles on our leftist academia.
9688  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gender issues thread on: September 08, 2010, 10:14:39 AM
I don't applaud single mothers who are single by choice.
9689  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Criminal Justice system on: September 08, 2010, 08:27:41 AM
http://history.sandiego.edu/gen/soc/prison.html

Nothing new under the sun when it comes to the "rehabilitation" of criminals.
9690  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Science vs. God on: September 08, 2010, 08:19:10 AM
It's funny how much faith is required to be an atheist.  grin
9691  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Criminal Justice system on: September 08, 2010, 08:15:52 AM
If Israel did nothing about the rocket attacks, do you think the death rates would be the same?
9692  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Islam in America and the rest of the western hemisphere on: September 08, 2010, 07:56:59 AM
http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/09/ground-zero-mosque-imam-rauf-in-a-true-peace-israel-will-in-our-lifetimes-become-one-more-arab-count.html


"Moderate" Ground Zero mosque Imam Rauf: "In a true peace, Israel will, in our lifetimes, become one more Arab country, with a Jewish minority"

Ground Zero mosque Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's "moderate" facade continues to be exposed as the exercise in deception that it is. He has said of Israel, according to audio revealed by Pamela Geller, that "a one-state solution is...more coherent...than a two-state solution."

By that, of course, he meant a Sharia state with Muslims holding all the political power and Jews relegated to the institutionalized discrimination of dhimmi status. Any doubt of that was dispelled when he said: "In a true peace it is impossible that a purely Jewish state of Palestine can endure. . . . In a true peace, Israel will, in our lifetimes, become one more Arab country, with a Jewish minority."

Moderate!


9693  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gender issues thread on: September 07, 2010, 11:01:11 PM
It's about deconstructing western civilization.
9694  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Tea Party, Glen Beck and related matters on: September 07, 2010, 08:12:24 PM
If the republicans don't get it right this time, time to build a new party.
9695  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Afghanistan-Pakistan on: September 07, 2010, 03:53:45 PM
Well, the Chinese have been killing/keeping their boot on muslim populations within their borders for a long time. A long border with various 'Stans makes a Chinese city even more vulnerable to ugly things like a loose nuke. It's much easier to use land based transportation rather than sealift to project military power. Translate "Monroe Doctrine" into Mandarin, as I'm sure Beijing feels that way about it's immediate surroundings. A shrinking America will leave a vacuum of power that will require filling by someone and China needs natural resources from that part of the world.

Just a few off the top of my head....
9696  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Afghanistan-Pakistan on: September 07, 2010, 12:12:12 PM
Ideally we can get China directed towards the 'Stans rather than the Pacific as it finds an outlet for it's excess male population.
9697  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security and American Freedom on: September 07, 2010, 11:21:36 AM
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/07/ice-considering-changing-catch-and-release-to-just-release/

Let's just stop law enforcement. This should turn out well.
9698  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Communicating with the Muslim World on: September 07, 2010, 09:32:55 AM
This just in.......


The existence of non-muslims found to inflame, provoke muslims.  rolleyes
9699  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security and American Freedom on: September 07, 2010, 08:31:46 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_effects_arising_from_the_September_11_attacks

Exactly how many 9/11s are we supposed to just shrug off?
9700  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Criminal Justice system on: September 06, 2010, 09:56:22 PM
The various states do try to get some return from inmate labor, but most individuals housed in anything above minimum security are not the inmates you want out in public.
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