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Oh, men and Englishmen, the down-trodden operatives of Coketown!
Such too, to a greater or less extent, is the condition of the operatives of every denomination in England, which is the great workhouse of the world.
There is something more than this struggle between the organic beings on this earth; want, which is supposed to bring this struggle about, is not so common as is supposed; some other force must be operative. The Will to Power is this force, "the instinct of self-preservation is only one of the indirect and most frequent results thereof." A certain lack of acumen in psychological questions and the condition of affairs in England at the time Darwin wrote, may both, according to Nietzsche, have induced the renowned naturalist to describe the forces of nature as he did in his "Origin of Species".
Addressing operatives of the Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Markets and Motor Parks at the Government House Port Harcourt, the Governor said, 'magistrates will sit at the various locations to prosecute offenders of the law banning street trading.
The research has shown that according to the perception of the members of co- operatives leadership is necessary for a successful running a co-operative and co-operative development.
The success story, of course, is the tale of how a handful of Agency operatives armed with bagfuls of cash allied themselves with the Northern Alliance and, with the invaluable help of U.S.
The Italian government, once regarded as a key Bush administration ally in the "war on terror," is seeking to prosecute 13 suspected CIA operatives involved in the February 17, 2003 abduction of radical Muslim cleric Hussain Mustafa Omar Nasr in Milan.
This article tests the attitudes of operatives in the construction industry, from the introduction of national collective bargaining shortly after World War One through to the period of alleged modernization in the 1960s.
All law enforcement agencies using minor operatives should consider adopting such guidelines as standard operating procedure.
Tapper's only scoop--and only support for his charge of the illegal "plot" mentioned in the title--is that an unnamed Republican operative told him that, on November 10th or 11th, a conference call was held in which word was passed to get GOP operatives to encourage overseas military personnel to send in their absentee ballots--in other words, to vote after the election.
(Among other escapades, as one of the agency's more celebrated "cowboy" field operatives, Clarridge guided CIA development of the Nicaraguan contras, became involved in the Iran-contra scandal, and was indicted for lying to Congress, only to be pardoned by President Bush before his case came to trial.)