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  •  Errors on names are not fun to deal with when... (2+ / 0-)
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    DRo, PhilJD are traveling internationally.

    I always have to remember to use my wife's maiden name whenever I but tickets, or we could be out a lot of money.

    Stop the NRA and the NSA
    Repeal the Patriot Act and the 2nd Amendment

    by dream weaver on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 12:41:44 PM PDT

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    •  You would think (2+ / 0-)
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      they could afford a proof reader for something this important.  ;-)

      Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

      by DRo on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 12:47:51 PM PDT

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      •  If you take HK's word for it. nt (4+ / 0-)
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        I was gonna listen to that, but then, um, I just carried on living my life. - Aldous Snow

        by GoGoGoEverton on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 12:49:58 PM PDT

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        •  From naked capitalism (8+ / 0-)
          Yves here. There’s another layer I believe may have been operating in this contretemps. Various reports of how upset American officials were about Snowden exiting take the tone, “We were working with the HK officials, they didn’t tell us anything was wrong.” Even if that was true, look at the underlying assumption: the US and the HK government agreed Snowden was extradition material, it was just a matter of formalities to get him back to the US. It’s almost as if they assumed there was an agreement in principle and any details could be worked out or fudged as appropriate. This is basically a dealmaking view of the world: the important people will sort matters out. By contrast, the HK bureaucratic rigidity looks to be much closer to how Americans think laws work: rules are rules, and they are applied strictly and impartially (mind you, that is not to say the bureaucratic approach didn’t also serve HK’s political needs).

          Fits with my dealings in HK and China.

          There's room at the top they're telling you still But first you must learn how to smile as you kill If you want to be like the folks on the hill

          by taonow on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 01:51:16 PM PDT

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        •  I wonder if Hong Kong thinks (1+ / 0-)
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          there will be no reprisals at all in the future from the U.S. due to their game playing.

          The United States on Wednesday accused Hong Kong of having feigned confusion over Edward Snowden's middle name so as not to detain the former U.S. intelligence contractor before he fled to Russia.

          Hong Kong responded to the U.S. demand for Snowden's arrest on espionage charges by asking for a clarification of Snowden's middle name, a U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman said.

          Speaking on condition of anonymity, the spokeswoman said that because Snowden's image was widely available through news outlets, Hong Kong's request for information was not genuine.

          "That Hong Kong would ask for more information about his identity demonstrates that it was simply trying to create a pretext for not acting on the provisional arrest request," the spokeswoman said.

          "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

          by FiredUpInCA on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 05:01:39 PM PDT

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