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Old 11-26-2010, 10:06 PM   #31
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I wasn't referring to his comments on NK. But thanks.
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Old 11-26-2010, 11:37 PM   #32
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You betcha.
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Old 11-27-2010, 01:04 AM   #33
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....It is an extremely interesting and unpredictable situation.
very volitile......
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Old 03-11-2016, 03:36 AM   #34
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Speaking of North Korea, I was looking at some pictures taken on a trip to North Korea, and the author/photographer made a comment that stopped me dead in my tracks.

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Not only are the North Koreans shorter on average because of malnutrition (Christopher Hitchens called them a nation of racist dwarfs) [4], it also makes one in four of young men too mentally retarded for military service [5] - too slow to even follow orders...
25% too mentally retarded for military service?! WTF? I mean the whole army can't be high tech specialists, gotta be some grunts.

So I immediately... no that's a lie, I looked at a couple more pictures before it bothered me so much I had to come back to this statement. Now I know it's on the internet so it must be true, but I had to look up the footnote. The footnote is a quote from a book called, "Getting to Yes in Korea" By Walter C. Clemens Jr.



Yup, that's what it says on Google Books. My only question is define young men, but that doesn't matter much.

The book is on Amazon for $155 hardcover, $29.46 paperback, and $27.99 Kindle.

So who the hell is this guy and does he know his shit?
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Walter C. Clemens, Jr. is Professor of Political Science at Boston University and Associate, Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He is the author of America and the World, 18982025: Achievements, Failures, Alternative Futures (2000) and a dozen other books including the highly praised Dynamics of International Relations (2d ed. 2004). His op-eds have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Clemens has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense, State Department, and Arms Control Disarmament Agency, and has lectured in Asia, Europe, and Latin America for the U.S. Information Agency and Fulbright programs.
Hmm, that doesn't make the statement true, but the guy has creds. 25%
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Old 03-12-2016, 07:08 AM   #35
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"Too retarded for," or "the military can afford to put intelligence requirements in their qualifications" because there's no shortage of people needing a precious state job?

I bet even McDonald's rejects one in four applicants... and no, the pool of fast food applicants is not a representative sample, but the point remains. Turned down 25% is not the same as 25% are retarded.
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:51 AM   #36
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In North Korea the military is compulsory, so it's one in four of every male reaching military age. Because of malnutrition a lot of them don't.
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Old 03-12-2016, 02:52 PM   #37
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Well that's true, dead is a pretty retarded pace.
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Old 03-12-2016, 04:12 PM   #38
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Speculation is that one of their submarines may have just gone to that retarded place. If they've simply defected, I hope we're showing them a good time.
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Old 03-12-2016, 07:37 PM   #39
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We were tracking them when they disappeared. I'm betting they are hiding on the bottom... permanently.
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Old 03-12-2016, 10:00 PM   #40
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Maybe the crew were borderline 25%ers.
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