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Old 2nd August 2010, 05:07
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Duthill -

I've provided an informal version of my CV, more or less, to another poster on my blog who asked the same questions you are asking now. Essentially I typed out a whole educational and employment history in the comments section of my blog. I believe that was posted appended to the second Scotland post on my blog if you're that interested.

I still have my OSCE ID, and the T-shirt! Actually the shirt also reads "PAE", Pacific Architects & Engineers, which is something of a front I would suspect for American intelligence. Certainly a contractor. In part PAE paid me and in part the OSCE paid me and in part the US Dept of State.

The OSCE is no doubt also connected in some tenuous way to MI6, if that makes you feel better (or worse?).

I haven't ever worked directly for the CIA (unless you count our tax money, in which case all Americans do in a strained sense). I wouldn't be interested.

Don't worry, I don't think there's too much CIA activity in the the highlands. They concentrate on London because its the capital of a country.
That means nothing . We already know that 'quizmasterchris' is a liar .
More lies are merely that , more lies
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Old 2nd August 2010, 05:09
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Duthill -

If I take nothing else from this experience I'll always cherish the bridge we two have built between us.
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Old 2nd August 2010, 05:13
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If I take nothing else from this experience I'll always cherish the bridge we two have built between us.
More dribble from the idiot
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Old 2nd August 2010, 05:17
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No, you look up varying definitions of words in various dictionaries until you find one that matches what you'd like to "prove."

You haven't even been consistent with that, because when I follow up with the dictionary editions you mention each defines the UK, its parts and the word 'country' not only differently but in ways that contradict each other from one page to the next.

Wrong again. I accept all the definitions I see. For example, "country" means "sovereign nation." It also means "non-sovereign nation."

I've cited OED, Random House, Cambridge, Encarta, Merriam-Webster, 10C, American Heritage, Collins, and whatever is downstairs, too far away for me to see the covers.

The multiple definitions don't bother me. I don't get upset if a word means something I don't approve of. You, apparently, do. You've declared them all to be "wrong" because....you say so.

Your CV is interesting, but not particularly relevant. Working for the CIA is news to me. (Once people mention that, men in white coats visit shortly after.)

Your CV still doesn't beat Jeffrey Jowell's. His stack of degrees is bigger than your...one.
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Old 2nd August 2010, 05:17
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Duthill -

If you can't be civil or read for meaning, or add anything to the discussion, could you at least not quote the entire comment you reply to every time you reply? Perhaps a local school child keen on computers could be paid a small sum to show you how that might work..?
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Old 2nd August 2010, 05:34
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I accept all the definitions I see. For example, "country" means "sovereign nation." It also means "non-sovereign nation."
Unfortunately you have accepted a number of definitions from a number of dictionaries that don't match each other, sometimes even from one page to another.

Your various dictionaries are not in agreement as to what the UK is comprised of, yet you quote them all at me in whole or part.

I ask again how you've determined which edition of which dictionary from which side of the Atlantic is the proper tool for this, overriding all others.

Country and nation DO NOT MEAN THE SAME THING. A nation is group of people with a common history who might have their own country (this is a "nation-state"), or might live in a number of countries, or all live in a larger country with other nations. A country is a political designation for a state which could have any number of nations, including zero, living in it.

Why do you think we even have a term "nation-state" if nation and state mean the same thing? What sense would that make?

A country has citizens, a nation does not have citizenship to offer.
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Old 2nd August 2010, 05:48
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Your CV is interesting, but not particularly relevant. Working for the CIA is news to me. (Once people mention that, men in white coats visit shortly after.)
I just specifically typed that I never worked for the CIA and have not been interested in that, and you've twisted that into me claiming that I did, and am likely crazy because of it!

"Your CV is interesting, but not particularly relevant."

That again!

Usually people are smug about having a solid education and professional experience, but somehow you manage to be smug about not having either.

Explain in what fashion a political science and geography background is not relevant to a political science and geography discussion.

Multiple times now you've claimed to be an expert on the UK despite NEVER HAVING BEEN THERE because you watch Graham Norton reruns on BBC America, and my 14 years of university education and professional experience in this field is "not relevant!"
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