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Nuclear submarines are primarily and currently not weapons to be aimed at a specified enemy, but a tool needed to achieve Great Power status.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 06:52:16 AM EST
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What are the benefits of having great power status?
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 09:21:16 AM EST
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permanent membership of the security council of the UN, and hence veto powers.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 09:25:01 AM EST
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I don't know why the EU has to have two permanent seats on the UNSC.

The peak-to-trough part of the business cycle is an outlier. Carnot would have died laughing.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 09:34:04 AM EST
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well the UK more often acts as a second US seat.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 09:46:38 AM EST
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I don't know why Oceania has to have more than one seat either.

The peak-to-trough part of the business cycle is an outlier. Carnot would have died laughing.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 09:51:57 AM EST
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with Russias capital being in Europe, does that make Europe have 3 seats?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 10:02:42 AM EST
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Our noble allies in Eastasia need us ...

... oops, a doublecheck of Wikipedia reveals I have that backwards. Its needed because of the threat of Eastasia. Eurasia has always been our ally against Eastasia.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 09:06:45 PM EST
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