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Developing advanced weapons capabilities in IRAQ

I recently came across this job posting for the DHS:
Title: ADVISOR, CYBER CRIME AND CYBER DEFENSE
Salary Range: 73,100.00 - 227,300.00 USD / year
Duty Locations: vacancy(s) in one of the following locations:   1 vacancy - Iraq Major Duties:
ADVISOR TO INTELLIGENCE AND FEDERAL INVESTIGATIVE COMPONENTS OF THE IRAQI SECURITY FORCES (ISF) TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A MINISTERIAL CYBER CRIME INVESTIGATIVE AND CYBER DEFENSE DETECTION, SURVEILLANCE, AND PREVENTION CAPABILITY. ... AIDS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ROBUST CYBER CRIME INVESTIGATIVE AND INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM(S) WITHIN NIIA IN SUPPORT OF IRAQI NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY.  AIDS IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSFER OF CYBER CRIME AND CYBER DEFENSE CASES FROM FEDERAL INVESTIGATIVE TO JUDICIAL (MINISTRY OF JUSTICE) CHANNELS IN ACCORDANCE WITH IRAQI LAW. ASSISTS WITH CYBER CRIME AND CYBER DEFENSE INVESTIGATIVE METHODOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION.  ... ASSISTS AND ADVISES IN THE IDENTIFICATION AND EXTRACTION OF CYBER CRIME INVESTIGATIVE DATA …

Timeless investing advice

Quote of the day 2009-11-24

I think agriculture is a great investment. They've been doing that shit for like 10,000 years now.

-- Rob Leshner

A look at primary sources from the Great Depression

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Many people have forgotten about the Great Depression. This is unfortunate because the lost arts of modesty, saving and skepticism have passed with the last generation. A time has gone in America since great strides have been made. Now, since 2001, there is question of when America will again make progress. Please consider the Tytler Cycle:

Some people have started to compare the current recession to the Great Depression (1, 2, 3). Many of these people are making comparisons based on their own subjective claims, or worse. My research in this article is to present you with a view of primary sources from the depression (page scans from the New York Times at various dates) which show analysis, politicking, and misguided attempts to handle the situation, ultimately leading to failure and World War II. Some commentary is provided, but I strongly encourage the reader to read these, and other, pages of primary text -- and then compare this to what is available in the media today -- so you ca…

Recessions make people smart

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Recessions make people smart... the hard way. This concept really
permeated my head recently when I saw two poster advertisements:1: on i76 eastbound after 30th street station:
Ever had leprocy? Thanks to animal research, you haven't. Researchsaves.org2: on the 5:18pm R3 Elwyn:
Are you good without God? Millions are. Phillycor.org

Seeking books supporting US aid for Israel

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Hello all, I am seeking a book recommendation in support (from an American's perspective) of US direct aid to Israel. The ideal book would argue that support for Israel has a positive, measurable effect on United States interests. A lame book would talk about a moral or religious case for the existence for Israel (since this is orthogonal to US national interests, and a little thing we call the First Amendment).

I will read your recommendation as a contrast to my previous book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, which I have reviewed on my reading list.
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Low calorie diet in a bar

Quote of the day 2009-11-01

Waitress: what can I get you guys to drink?
WenYen: I'll have a Guiness
Will: Ill have a water
WenYen: Water? That's interesting... I never heard of that type of
beer before