I appreciate the assistance. I figured something was going on with the TeX features but as you can see, it's a little wonky. It seems to be dollar signs in pairs that cause the issues, and single uses don't need the backslash, but I will have to play around with it some time. As for this China fantasy that they're somehow going to pay to clean up the mess Putin and Assad just made, if China were to loan Assad $300 billion to be repaid in oil deliveries, and all of Syria's oil production went straight to Beijing, Assad wouldn't be able to pump out enough oil per day to even pay the interest costs. And you still have to factor in all the Russian companies expecting a cut of the profits. This is where your fantasies about Russian power and Assad's legitimacy become so blatantly detached from reality that one doesn't even need to read the news to know how far you've stuck your head up your ass.