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November 21, 2007

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Saltation

quite so.
this becomes most apparent when different cultures make agreements which are identical in writing but wildly different in implied context.
i was reading about a rather painfully lovely example of this just this weekend, where a large german/russian joint venture in the ukraine is in the process of leaving the german multinational utterly stuffed by the russian supernational, by dint of the russians just refusing to comply with any of their obligations, and playing all sorts of multi-regime and technicality games to stall indefinitely.

having said that, i'm a big fan of getting stuff in writing. people's memories are like water, particularly when their own self-interest lends itself to a little self-righteous reality editing.

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