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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    They're more important than anything else as far as sound international relations analysis is concerned.

    Yes, I agree, I suppose I simply do not have a mind for it. I'm not even good with personal finances =X

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    Quote Originally Posted by jontherobot View Post
    Yes, I agree, I suppose I simply do not have a mind for it. I'm not even good with personal finances =X
    No worries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    As far as the Middle East is concerned... the opening line of this scene from Syriana echoes my thoughts.
    Doubled profits at what expense?
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    Doubled profits at what expense?
    This was the applicable quote:

    They think that a hundred years ago you were living in tents out here in the desert chopping each other's heads off and that's where you'll be in another hundred years

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    Quote Originally Posted by jontherobot View Post
    We are the strength of the weak. I wish nay-sayers would see that, or I could turn a blind eye.


    Sounds like a lovely woman.
    Then the US should charge countries for the service.

    No?

    I didn't really think they'd want us in that case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal+ View Post
    Then the US should charge countries for the service.

    No?

    I didn't really think they'd want us in that case.

    The lovely American taxpayers pick up the tab, say thank ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    This was the applicable quote:
    So tax money and the lives of soldiers don't count as expenses? Or are they just acceptable expenses?
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    So tax money and the lives of soldiers don't count as expenses? Or are they just acceptable expenses?
    What are you talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    What are you talking about?
    I guess that's your answer.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    I guess that's your answer.

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