They are each prepared to devote high-level attention and resources to support the monitoring and destruction mission of the OPCW, both directly and in cooperation with the United Nations and other States concerned Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons by U.S. Department of State

As far as the destruction of chemical weapons goes, Russia is a veritable expert. In the past year, Russia has destroyed some 75% of its chemical weapons stock, 30,000 metric tons. To date, the US has destroyed only 45% of its stockpile.

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And to shape a political settlement Address to the Nation on Syria by President Barack Obama

Moderate Syrian Christians appear to generally support Assad remaining in power, along with the majority of Alawites (Shia Muslims). As one Christian woman put it:

Look what has happened in Iraq and now in Egypt…Assad in power means that won’t happen here.

Both secular and religious Sunnis have also expressed support for Assad or, at least, opposition to the rebels who have arrived since April of 2012, which coincided with the significant increase in casualties:

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Buses are pretty expensive, but if you figure in the price of a hotel room for everybody In the band and crew, they’re actually about the same cost The Problem With Music by Steve Albini

Buses range, typically, from $2000 to $3000 to rent, per day. But for a band, you need the deluxe one with beds and a mobile kitchen, right? So why not just buy one? Try a price anywhere from $100,000 to several million dollars.

Those hotels? Even if you stayed at a $200 a night hotel, each 5 members in a different room, every night of the year, you would spend some $365,000.

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Butch Vig is out of the question-he wants 100 g’s and three points The Problem With Music by Steve Albini

The famed producer of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit and drummer for Garbage was in high demand in the 1990s. He used his notoriety, close in fame to Rick Rubin at the time, to charge exorbitant fees.

Points? Consider these to be royalties percentages. Here, for example, Butch Vig would have gotten 3% of royalties off of the whole album for producing it. This can be on the song or album level.

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What they do is present the band with a letter of intent, or “deal memo,” which loosely states some terms, and affirms that the band will sign with the label once a contract has been agreed on. The spookiest thing about this harmless sounding little memo, is that it is, for all legal purposes, a binding document The Problem With Music by Steve Albini

The legality of such notes is highly questionable — the theoretical nature, coupled with non-specific, broad “terms” means that, in many states, they cannot be held in court. It depends highly on the state in question. Most deal memos now exclude broad terms for specific minimums, a contract legal everywhere and binding.

Interestingly, the label is also bound by the terms it promises. However, most small bands lack the resources to effectively challenge the document. Who can afford to sue when you need the money from the contract to pay for the case?

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Make no mistake about it: once a band has signed a letter of intent, they will either eventually sign a contract that suits the label or they will be destroyed The Problem With Music by Steve Albini

A third option has appeared, especially in the rap era: a third party buying out a contract. Even if a promissory note exists, the legality of which depends on the state, many rival labels will offer the host label a massive sum to rent our buy out a band. For the original label, it is a direct influx of cash at no loss.

As you can see in the paragraph that follows, though, the potential cost of this will frequently scare away labels who may be interested in the artist

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Drake loves moms "Canadians Are Weirdos" [NYT Magazine Interview] by Willy Staley (Ft. Earl Sweatshirt)

it’s true

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Submission (guillotine choke) MMA Fight Record by Jason High 4

It was a…brutal takedown:

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"Clearly we had passed through the heliopause, which is the long-hypothesized boundary between the solar plasma and the interstellar plasma." Voyager Leaves Solar System by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

While possible, this is not quite guaranteed — the data is not robust enough to support the hypothesis through to accepted science. One cannot take a hypothesis in one part of a sentence, then assert it as fact just a few words later.

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Voyager is in a transitional region immediately outside the solar bubble, where some effects from our sun are still evident Voyager Leaves Solar System by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

The reason that so many announcements of “Voyager leaving the solar system” have cropped up in the past year is because of this issue: the sun’s effects are evident, to some degree, far beyond what can be called the solar system. Because of this, everyone uses a vastly different measure — NASA uses one lightyear as the distance, while others use a ratio of particle origin. Essentially, there is no real line, and thus, no firm determination.

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