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Is China preparing for war? What does eliminating the 1-child policy have to do with it?

Is China preparing for war? What does eliminating the 1-child policy have to do with it? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

by David Murrin         In my new book, The Roads to Wars, I outline a ten step process that nations walk before they initiate a war of expansion.  Key to that process is the commitment to resource acquisition, economic power and military growth, which are the combined starting point for expansionary policies. China's execution of this plan of action has been consistent with such ambition.

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Economic Fairness: Voters See Less Economic Fairness for Those Who Work Hard

Economic Fairness: Voters See Less Economic Fairness for Those Who Work Hard | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

Rasmussen Reports: Voters increasingly think the U.S. economy is unfair to small business owners and those willing to work hard.

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Republicans pick approach to attack Hillary Clinton

Republicans pick approach to attack Hillary Clinton | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Republicans who want to taint Hillary Clinton are going to lengths to link the former secretary of state with President Barack Obama and his sagging poll numbers.
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Obama needs Iraqi Kurds to fight Islamic State. But they have their own troubles.

Obama needs Iraqi Kurds to fight Islamic State. But they have their own troubles. | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The U.S. strategy to combat the Islamic State leans on the Kurds, but they have problems of their own.
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A Radical But Possible Plan to Connect African Nations With Cargo Drones

A Radical But Possible Plan to Connect African Nations With Cargo Drones | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Let me detail here what I mean by cargo drones and why I think hoisting time-dependent goods into the sky and moving them about with a flying robot is, like the mobile phone before it, a good idea in Africa—and beyond.
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Argentina appeals to a higher authority in fight with creditors

Argentina appeals to a higher authority in fight with creditors | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Argentina’s battle with holdout creditors is taking on ever-broader dimensions as Cristina Fernández, the president, appeals for support from the UN this week after meeting billionaire George Soros and Pope Francis. In New York, Ms Fernández hopes
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Caffeine: the world’s most popular drug

Caffeine: the world’s most popular drug | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

Via Julian Buchanan
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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, Today, 2:47 AM

Society is not against drugs nor has it waged a war against drugs - caffeine is incredibly popular! We have had a war between drugs or a war against particular drugs.
And in very high dosages in rare cases it can be lethal too. 

Felix Jackson's curator insight, Today, 2:17 PM

I suspected as much,

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Retired Head Of Marine Corps: Obama’s ISIS Strategy Doesn’t Have ‘A Snowball’s Chance In Hell Of Succeeding’

Retired Head Of Marine Corps: Obama’s ISIS Strategy Doesn’t Have ‘A Snowball’s Chance In Hell Of Succeeding’ | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Gen. James Conway doesn't like what's going on.
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David Gergen: ISIS war rollout resembles launch of Obamacare site

David Gergen: ISIS war rollout resembles launch of Obamacare site | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
David Gergen says the White House's war against ISIS is getting off to a rough start and needs to be set right.
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The fight of their lives: The Kurds vs. ISIS

The fight of their lives: The Kurds vs. ISIS | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The U.S. wants the Kurds to do two potentially incompatible things: fight ISIS and resist seceding from Iraq. Dexter Filkins reports.
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How Gary Hart’s Downfall Forever Changed American Politics

How Gary Hart’s Downfall Forever Changed American Politics | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The press once considered a politician’s personal life off-limits – until one week in 1987.
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France's Sarkozy makes comeback TV appearance, attacks far-right party

France's Sarkozy makes comeback TV appearance, attacks far-right party | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
PARIS (AP) — Nicolas Sarkozy says he's learned a few things about himself in the two-and-a-half years since his bitter defeat in France's 2012 presidential elections.
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Feinstein: ISIS is beheading children

Feinstein: ISIS is beheading children | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

"This is the mentality of the group that we are so concerned with," she said.

 

Feinstein said Congress, after the Nov. 4 election, will need to vote on a broader authorization for use of military force in the war against the militant group.

 

“We need to deal with this on a more comprehensive basis,” she said.

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Three Afghan Military Officers Go Missing in US

Three Afghan Military Officers Go Missing in US | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Three Afghan national army officers have gone missing while in the United States for a joint military training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, U.S. military and law enforcement officials said.
They arrived in the country on Sept. 11, and were reported missing by base security personnel late...
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Delinquency Rate on Credit Card Loans at Historical Low

Delinquency Rate on Credit Card Loans at Historical Low | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

It is well known that labor markets have been improving slowly but steadily since the end of the recession. A similar trend, perhaps less noticed, is observed in delinquent loans (those past due 30 days or more and still accruing interest as well as those in nonaccrual status) measured as a percentage of end-of-period loans, or the delinquency rate....

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Silly French Numbers: Four Twenties and Ten = Ninety?

Silly French Numbers: Four Twenties and Ten = Ninety? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

If you're being made miserable by French's absurd counting system, never fear! "Itchy Feet" creator Malachi Rempen will lead you back to sanity - this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Maybe this article will help us understand why the French are less interested in math and science than in music, food and, uh, other things. Most people these days live in a Base 10 world. The French, bless them, live in their own world, even in the former Belgian Congo.

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Kerry: 'Mother Nature is screaming at us' on climate change

Kerry: 'Mother Nature is screaming at us' on climate change | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
"It doesn't cost more to deal with climate change, it costs more to ignore it," Kerry said.
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China Floods U.S. With Near-Perfect Fake Driver’s Licenses - CBS Chicago

Investigator Dave Savini reports these bogus licenses are being sold online and could pose a risk to homeland security.

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Why the GOP loves to eat its own — and Democrats don’t

Why the GOP loves to eat its own — and Democrats don’t | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Republicans are very unhappy with their party's performance on key issues.
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U.S. begins airstrikes against ISIS in Syria

U.S. begins airstrikes against ISIS in Syria | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
President Obama authorized the first strikes against against the militant group earlier Monday, the Pentagon confirmed
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A look at this chart may convince you that Gov. Pat Quinn (D-IL) can get reelected.

A look at this chart may convince you that Gov. Pat Quinn (D-IL) can get reelected. | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
RealClearPolitics Polls
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Missing Afghan Soldiers Found Near Canadian Border

Missing Afghan Soldiers Found Near Canadian Border | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The three Afghan soldiers who went missing from a Cape Cod military base over the weekend have been found at the Canadian border, a United States defense official told ABC News.
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Why ISIS emphasizes beheading - The Boston Globe

Why ISIS emphasizes beheading - The Boston Globe | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
There are other ways to terrorize, other gruesome means of mass murder — suicide bombings, poison gas, hijackings. Why the emphasis on beheading?
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Steve Rowan's curator insight, September 22, 11:02 AM

Brutality causes fear.

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The Hillary Letters to Saul Alinsky: What do they reveal?

The Hillary Letters to Saul Alinsky: What do they reveal? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

NOTE: Previously unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky reveal new details....

 

“Dear Saul,” she began. “When is that new book [Rules for Radicals] coming out—or has it come and I somehow missed the fulfillment of Revelation?”

 

“I have just had my one-thousandth conversation about Reveille [for Radicals] and need some new material to throw at people,” she added, a reference to Alinsky’s 1946 book on his theories of community organizing.

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POLITICO's exclusive interview of Lois Lerner: “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

POLITICO's exclusive interview of Lois Lerner: “I didn’t do anything wrong.” | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Employers won’t hire her. She’s been berated with epithets like “dirty Jew.” Federal agents have guarded her house because of death threats. And she’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending herself against accusations she orchestrated a coverup in a scandal that has come to represent everything Americans hate...
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American Airlines makes back-to-back emergency landings at Dallas-Ft. Worth

American Airlines makes back-to-back emergency landings at Dallas-Ft. Worth | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
American Airlines flights to Buenos Aires and to Fresno, Calif. turn back and land within two minutes of each other, the carrier says
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