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The trial balloons being launched by the young literary critics today are especially nationalistic.
I conducted more interviews, launched trial balloons in the August and October 1997 installments of "CEO Journal," read a few books, talked with other consultants, and still couldn't come up with an acceptable explanation for why these events were taking place.
Perhaps the extreme positions outlined in the Federal Register notice were mere trial balloons.
Those in the region who bank on such apocalyptic scenarios should pay close attention to the issue as more and more trial balloons are floated.
It's also tougher to float trial balloons on ideas because workers are too willing to agree with the boss.
There were no "Draft Dean" Web sites or trial balloons floated by his fellow governors.
the Saudis launch trial balloons for Middle East peace.
The recent to-and-fro over China and its nuclear weapons program may have been intended to send up trial balloons.
Physicians who float their resumes as trial balloons to determine the viability of their candidacy or leverage their current positions are wasting a recruiter's valuable time.
Now is the time of year for trial balloons, entertainments not yet entertained except in someone's hopes.
The names of "favorites" for certain ministerial portfolios are routinely tossed around, and these trial balloons often carry the names of the brothers, cousins, sons-in-law, and brothers-in-law of leading figures, signaling the degree to which national politics remains a "family affair.
The Pentagon and Department of Housing and Urban Development have floated trial balloons proposing to replace most tenured civil servants with contractors and fixed-term employees who can be separated with relative ease--something that is happening incrementally all over government.