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IRLS416 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 3 Semester Hours Course Description This course will explain how an alliance of nations, formed to protect its member countries from a re-emergence of post-World War II Germany, transformed itself in order to protect Western Europe from the Warsaw Pact. It will delve into how an alliance that was purely defensive in origin evolved into an organization that conducted offensive operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and attacked a sovereign nation in an attempt to bring peace to Kosovo. It will conclude with a study on the possible future of NATO in the changing environment of Europe and America. The scope of this course focuses on the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) since it’s founding to the present. The course includes the formation of the Alliance, the study of the member countries military forces, the organization and purposes of the various NATO Headquarters, the role of NATO in the Cold War, and the role NATO is playing today in the stabilization of Europe.
I'm thinkin' that there will be plenty to discuss in September. Funny thing, though. Two years ago in my very first Int. Relations class, my discussion group made a prediction that Russia would eventually intervene in Georgia, probably to completely control the oil supply to the Black Sea. As I recall, though, the heavy-duty part of our discussion was: What will NATO do when Russia does the inevitable and sticks her bear-ish nose in? NATO stuck up for Kosovo's bid for independence from Serbia, after all; how is the possible breakup of Georgia different? Do we or do we support breakaway Republics? Not bad for a bunch of newbies to the study of foreign relations, eh? Too bad there is no good answer yet.

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...who explained the phenomenon of "Rick-rolling" to me.
I disliked that song in the Eighties. The song (unlike your humble correspondent) hasn't improved with age.

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Published on August 8 2008

One Nation, Under a New Obama Salute - Washington Whispers usnews.com
George Bush had his three-fingered W salute that supporters flashed when greeting him at presidential campaign events in 2000. And now, if a Los Angeles creative agency gets its way, Sen. Barack Obama will see fans meet him with his own salute like the one above.
Anybody see any similarity to this gesture, from the movie 1984?
Na-a-a-a-h. Me neither.

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Published on August 8 2008

You all remember Kevin Barrett? He's the former UW lecturer who taught a single semester course on Islam during which he expressed his personal view that 9/11 was an "inside job" planned to justify a longterm war in the Mideast, in the name of Empire created by the globalist plutocracy. Well, now Barrett is running for Congress. (not from my district) These statements are a few weeks old, but here are some predictions from the Wisconsin congressional candidate who even managed to piss off Noam Chomskey. Wisconsin Politics:Kevin Barrett Campaign: Barrett predicts Brett Favre will return to the NFL 7/14/2008
Today, while campaigning in Lone Rock, Wisconsin, 3rd District Congressional Candidate Dr. Kevin Barrett predicted that quarterback Brett Favre would return to the NFL, throw at least 20 touchdown passes, and lead the Green Bay Packers back to the Super Bowl. Kevin Barrett says; "A Brett Favre comeback will be good for the war-ravaged Wisconsin economy."
Well, I guess we have to give him partial credit, right? Other Predictions by Dr. Barrett:
1) The Milwaukee Brewers will make it to the World Series and possibly win it, further boosting Wisconsin's economy. 2) Barrett refuses to predict a championship for the Milwaukee Bucks next season, noting that the NBA East has several stronger teams and that the San Antonio Spurs always win the title in odd-numbered years. 3) Barack Obama's flip-flop on the FISA bill and telecom immunity will be proven to be just the tip of the iceberg, for those who think Obama may be an anti-Empire candidate. 4) Despite the flip-flop, Obama will win the presidential election by more than 10%. Hence, since John McCain won't win, Barrett urges you to invest your vote with either Libertarian Bob Barr or Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney. 5) Man will someday colonize the Moon, and life will be found somewhere else in the universe. 6) Someday, we will dispose of nuclear waste by shooting it into space. 7) In 2020, Wisconsin farmers will lead the nation in producing hemp for fiber, food and fuel, and more than half the milk sold in Wisconsin will be raw milk, which scientists will have determined to be healthier. 8) The Catholic Church will eventually canonize Galileo Galilei. 9) Supercomputers will determine that the Ramsey number R(6,6) = 117. Current scholarship places the value of R(6,6) to be between 102 and 165, inclusive. 10) A new official investigation of the 9/11 attacks will begin in 2010. 11) The final NIST report on WTC 7 will not appear until George Bush is out of office. 12) Based on comparisons with the Soviet and Roman Empires, the United States central government will collapse in the year 2125 (approximately), because of economic problems brought on by high taxes, budget deficits, and militarism. Appendix: "If an alien spaceship were to come to Earth and demand that we tell them the answer to R(5,5) or they will kill us all, it would take all the computing power in the world to find the answer for the aliens. If they ask for R(6,6), we should try to kill them."
Um. Yeah. Actually, the appendix quote is attributed to a famous Hungarian mathmetician, so I'm not exactly sure why it was included on the WisPolitics page. It does seem to fit, though.

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Edwards admits to affair, denies fathering child - Yahoo News
WASHINGTON - Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday admitted to an extramarital affair while his wife was battling cancer. He denied fathering the woman's daughter. Edwards told ABC News that he lied repeatedly about the affair with 42-year-old Rielle Hunter but said that he didn't love her.
Is it just me, or does the "didn't love her anyway" seem like the worst part?
"I want to see our party lead on the great moral issues — yes, me a Democrat using that word — the great moral issues that face our country," Edwards tells the crowd. "If we want to live in a moral, honest just America and if we want to live in a moral and just world, we can't wait for somebody else to do it. We have to do it." The sound track for the six-minute video is the song "True Reflections" which begins with these words: "When you look into a mirror, do you like what's looking at you? Now that you've seen your true reflections, what on earth are you gonna do?" The video entitled "Plane Truths," opens with Edwards relaxing in his seat on the plane, telling the unseen woman that "I actually walked the country to see who I am, who I really am, but I don't know what the result of that will be."
Huh? "I walked the country to see who I am, but I don't know what the result will be"? I've heard better philosophy from rap music.
Edwards adds: "But for me personally, I'd rather be successful or unsuccessful based on who I really am, not based on some plastic Ken doll that you put up in front of audiences, that's not me, you know?"
Am I ever glad I washed my hands. And in other news of the day, Russia attacked Georgia, figuring nobody would notice a little invasion of a former satellite state and prospective NATO member since we're all glued to the Olympics and the Edwards saga. Not like they need to worry about the EU or the UN, after all. John McCain offered up his wife as a contestant in the Miss Buffalo Chip contest at the Sturgis Rally rally the other day, as well. I guess 50,000 rowdy bikers shouting "show us your t**s" might have affected his judgement just a teensy bit; but it sure would have made for an interesting election!!

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Published on August 6 2008

Favre saga over as QB gets fresh start with Jets - Yahoo News Yeah, yeah, yeah..... more power to him and all that. Woulda been better he'd gone to the Vikings-- then they could have retired his number while he was in Lambeau for opening day-- dressed in purple, lol. Thank God it's over, though. Off to more important things. Like elections!!

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Published on July 31 2008

Genital artist projects himself on buildings | Metro.co.uk Genital artist? There is such a thing???
Like every red-blooded male he has a completely out-of-proportion view of his manhood and shows off his genitals because he says building are "organs of power".
Um, yeah. Most of the red-blooded males I know don't feel the need to project themselves on Spanish Cathedrals. I'm just sayin'. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ And no, I'm not going to post on the explosion at work, except to say it's been a very sad couple of days here. The local papers and TV stations have enough news. Some things just aren't meant for blogs, I guess. The deaths of my coworkers, friends and relatives are one of those things.

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Published on July 25 2008

He ventured forth to bring light to the world
....And suddenly, with the men appeared the archangel Gabriel and the whole host of the heavenly choir, ranks of cherubim and seraphim, all praising God and singing: “Yes, We Can.”

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My own birthdays have never bothered me. (My brothers, on the other hand, are really getting up there on the old age scale. That's scary!) But reading this.... man. I listen to geezer rock?!?!?!
The Press Association: Sir Mick ranks high in sexy stakes Mick Jagger is still officially sexy as he reaches the milestone of 65.
Well.... happy birthday, Sir Mick!

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