Rumors of Wars

In the last couple of weeks we have been greeted with news that North Korea has developed an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach out and touch US 10,000 miles away.  And that they have probably miniaturized a nuclear warhead to fit to one.  The POTUS has threatened them, that if they threaten us, there will be “fire and fury” the likes of which the world has never seen.  Both sides have abrogated the Armistice, and North Korea says it is no longer bound by the Armistice.

That means we are at war.

Hold on there.

I suppose it is worth noting that the NorKs are famous for rattling sabers they don’t exactly have, with a history of parading models of arms instead of working arms being on parade – but still.  The rhetoric is at a recent high just now, and we have heads of State on both sides pointing fingers in each others’ face and saying the other needs to tone it down or else.  But the situation recently changed in a different way than anyone seems to have expected.

Trump.

President Trump has got the Chinese to agree to sanctions against North Korea (along with literally everyone else on the U.N.S.C.) and that is big league.  The best case scenario I think is the Chinese government is convinced to lean hard enough on North Korea to give up either its nuclear program or its dictator, or both.  Preferably both.  I hope it doesn’t devolve into war but aside from a limited number of possibly-pretty-bad missile strikes from submarines and ships, I like to think it would be a lopsided conflict and it would last as long as the USA wanted it to last.  I think I don’t flatter myself too much when I think we could pave the entire peninsula in rubble.  I don’t put it beyond the crazy in North Korea to have dug a bunker for himself deep enough that we couldn’t blow it up, but we can surely deprive him of all his military might in a relative hurry.

We’ll see.  Time will tell that tale.

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Also, relatively unreported-upon in the USA press, a civil war is breaking out in Venezuela.  They have finally reached the logical end-stage of pure Socialism and the society has collapsed.  The people are starving and the military is apparently waking up to reality.  A “former” Lieutenant led a small strike force into a military base in Valencia and stole some arms.  Half his force was captured or killed, which is a terrible ratio but maybe his luck turns better in the future.

It has repeatedly happened, that full-scale warfare followed from a few guys with a few guns, who managed to steal some more guns from the government they were trying to overthrow.  Will this armed rebellion in Venezuela result in the overthrow of Maduro, or will it be crushed?

We’ll see.  Time will tell that tale, too.  But you probably won’t hear much about it in the USAmerican news.

Cuba from A Cuban Perspective

I’m working on my voter guide. It’s taking a long time because this ballot is much longer than usual.  While researching candidates, I found that one of them translates articles from Cuban authors.  These are very interesting to me, and perhaps they will be to you as well.

Have a look: http://translatingcuba.com/category/translators/translator-mlk/

Your Grandkids Won’t Own Cars.

They’ll call up an autonomous transporter to pick them up at their Point A, drop them at Point B, and pay a small fare. Whether this is a governmental or private service depends on how stupid is your local government. Prices will be lower and services better where this is a private service.

The future has arrived. It is currently in testing phases.

Environmental “Science”

Because it’s all about the science and not about politics AT ALL just pure science and we all agree* – and because it’s costing money to fight back against people who disagree, plus making our sweet, sweet grant money for Science research look in doubt…

Dear President Climate Believer,

Please prosecute these people making our financial future look in doubt under organized crime laws, because their science disagrees with the science all the Right Sorts of People agree with.

Love,

A whole bunch of Climate Religionists

*you remember when we all agreed the Earth was the center of the solar system? They persecuted the skeptics of THAT theory also. But who was right- the Consensus or Copernicus?**

**orignally, I had put “the consensus or the people still asking questions” but this flows much better 🙂

The Problem With Socialism

…is that, eventually, you run out of other peoples’ money.  All along the way to abject poverty being spread across the general populace of a Socialist nation, we have the same thing:  Fellow-travellers and Communist/Socialist sympathizers in places that are not (yet!) Socialist keep going on about how great the Socialism is, and how if only we would do what they do our place would be better, like their place is.

And then they refuse to give cancer patients their medicine.  I long ago grew tired of hearing advocates for single-payer healthcare saying how well it works where it’s been tried.  Next time, I’ll remember to ask them if this is what they mean by “it works.”

h/t: instapundit

Bernie Sanders, Nazi?

I don’t usually quote other bloggers, which goes a long way toward explaining the scarcity of recent new posts here.  I figure if you want to read someone else’s take on a subject, you will go to their blog vs. mine.  But this one is solid gold.

On the tail end of a lengthy quote from (socialist) Bernie Sanders:

“I think from a moral responsibility we’ve got to work with the rest of the industrialized world to address the problems of international poverty, but you don’t do that by making people in this country even poorer.” -Bernie Sanders

Glenn Reynolds quips about the logic employed by Sanders: “So it’s okay to have socialism, but it can’t be international socialism, it has to be socialism in one nation. A sort of national socialism, I guess.”

h/t: Instapundit

If you went to a public school in the last few years, the reference is to this.

 

What Would He Do Differently?

… or, “With Friends Like These…?”

So we have signed a deal with Iran that has the same effect as an international treaty.  It guarantees Iran will be able to have nuclear weapons.  It guarantees we will not inspect their research sites.  It guarantees we will defend Iranian nuclear sites against attack – including the most likely aggressor nation Israel, our best friend in the entire region.  Oh, and our Secretary of State never actually read the whole bargain, and never even KNEW about the side-deals that make it even worse.

And now we have word that to make the Jews feel better, the Obama offered them a bunch of ballistic missiles.

Um, derp hello?  If this President were TRYING to start World War Three, this is the sort of lamebrained shit he might pull.  And he still has a year and a half to go.

I Thought We Were Done With Slavery?

The big deal with Greece is they are broke.  German banks have lent them a pile of money so  they can pay off their creditors which are primarily German banks.  The question is how much money Greece will borrow from Germany to pay Germans.  The answer is, as much as Germans are willing to lose.

Because as stated before, Greece is broke.  They couldn’t pay back 46 billion Euro, and they sure as [deleted] can’t pay back 400 billion Euro.  So the German banks are going to lose in the end.  They are trying to get as much interest money from Greece as they can before it leaves the Euro zone.  Which it will.  The only question is, who will be blamed.

QOTD 02/25/2015

Mish brings the smart!  This really blew my hair back, and explains a lot.  They say the truth has a certain ring to it – and this rings very LOUD and clear.

“It would be difficult to find a central banker on the planet that is truly competent. By definition, no one competent could even take the job because they would not believe in central bank planning in the first place.” -Michael Shedlock, 2/25/15