Yang Xiyu is a senior fellow at the China Institute of International Studies. Previously, he was in charge of Korean peninsula affairs at China’s foreign ministry from 2004-05 and also was involved in the six-party nuclear talks. He is one of China’s top experts in Korean and US affairs.
Yang told the South China Morning Post that China would never accept North Korea as a nuclear power and that Pyongyang’s recent diplomatic slur had been humiliating for China.
Yang continues, “The deterioration of bilateral ties is rooted in the widening divergence on the nuclear issue. It is because North Korea changed, not China. The problem is that the once shared goal of China and North Korea to denuclearize the Korean peninsula had been shattered because Kim Jong Un reneged on the commitments made by his father Kim Chong-il and grandfather Kim Il-sung,.”
Yang continues, “Now, China and North Korea do not have a shared position on the nuclear issue, because North Korea’s current leaders have completely abandoned Kim Il-sung’s initiative,” he saidYang said that while China needed to be prepared for different outcomes, its “dual suspension” approach – which calls for the US and South Korea to suspend their joint military drills in exchange for North Korea suspending its weapons program – was still the right way to go.“If we step back from the goal of denuclearization now, it would be a failure of the will of our nation.”“If the international community allows North Korea to develop nuclear weapons it is a collective failure … More importantly, it is a huge threat to China’s national security. Therefore, on this issue, China has no room for compromise.”“Developing nuclear weapons won’t guarantee North Korea’s security, and will only make things worse,” Yang said. He also judged that if Kim wanted to maintain his regime, he would eventually have to move money away from developing weapons and channel it into the economy.
Photos of War
Exhausted U.S. Army nurse Amy Stuart, 5th MASH unit in Saudi Arabia naps on a cot while hugging a teddy bear sent by her family during Operation Desert Storm. (Feb. 22, 1991)
A Gurkha of 1st Btn 7th Gurkha Rifle on anti air defense… June 1982, Falklands War
Sometimes Photos Pop Up
This photo was taken in Chicago, 19 years ago and my hair was white then (I’m second from the left). The ever dapper Mike W. who comments on this blog sometimes made the photo too. A friend posted it on facebook, and I said, “hey, I’m in the photo.”
British Army Update
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has announced the British Army will be reduced by 4,000 from the current size of 76,500 regular troops to 72,500 but will “not require redundancies”. There will be 148 upgraded Challenger 3 tanks. This blog reported (based on reliable sources) that the British would keep between 170 and 150 tanks. They dropped that number.
In 1930 the Indiana Bell building was rotated 90°.
Over 34 days, the 22-million-pound structure was moved 15 inch/hr… all while 600 employees still worked there. There was no interruption to gas, heat, electricity, water, sewage, or the telephone service they provided. No one inside felt it move.
Proof of Collusion (finally)
Russia, the People’s Republic of China, the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States are each ruled by oligarchs now. They’re not the same oligarchs, and they have different, but global agendas. They support nations in much the way that people support professional sports. Supporting the Arizona Diamondbacks because I live in Arizona – doesn’t support anyone who is from Arizona, since the players are all professionals and are traded around. The regional identification is an artifice (not unlike Rollerball) that works. An oligarch living in Seattle, for example, might draw most of his wealth from China, or Cobalt mining in the Congo to build batteries for electric cars, or wherever.
Enter Alexei Navalny. A Russian court rejected an appeal today that Navalny mounted, to secure his release from jail.
Russian authorities recently detained several of his allies and warned social media companies about promoting more protests after tens of thousands rallied across Russia last weekend demanding his freedom.
Appearing in court by video link from jail, Navalny denounced the criminal proceedings against him as part of a government campaign to intimidate the opposition.
The real question you should ask yourself is which oligarchs support Navalny and which support Putin. Putin is reliable but he’s getting ready to fade into the sunset. Meanwhile, Navalny, his heir apparent is saying, “You won’t succeed in scaring tens of millions of people who have been robbed by that government,” he said. “Yes, you have the power now to put me in handcuffs, but it’s not going to last forever.”
The 44-year-old Navalny, the best-known critic of President Vladimir Putin’s government, was arrested Jan. 17 upon returning from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. Russian authorities have rejected the accusations, but there is little doubt that they did it.
Is it all kabuki theater to convince the Russian people that he’s an outsider will fight for them. Meanwhile, who is paying his bills?
Navalny’s supporters are organizing another round of rallies for Sunday. Police on Wednesday searched Navalny’s apartment, a rented accommodation where his wife, Yulia, has been living and the residences of several of his associates and supporters.
If he wins, or when he wins, will the Russian deep state calm down and embrace him?
“Oft in the woods is a listener nigh.” – The Saga of Grettir the Strong
The Great Reset
(link) For decades, progressives have attempted to use climate change to justify liberal policy changes. But their latest attempt – a new proposal called the “Great Reset” – is the most ambitious and radical plan the world has seen in more than a generation.
At a virtual meeting earlier in June hosted by the World Economic Forum, some of the planet’s most powerful business leaders, government officials and activists announced a proposal to “reset” the global economy. Instead of traditional capitalism, the high-profile group said the world should adopt more socialistic policies, such as wealth taxes, additional regulations and massive Green New Deal-like government programs.
It’s about a world government, run by elites, administered by the UN and in order to make it work, you will need to disarm yourself. It won’t work any other way.
As you might expect, Joe and Ho support the Great Reset. …read more here
Do you remember when we had a space shuttle?
You can not change what you do not choose to confront…
Stay thirsty, my friends…
Don’t forget that the Donkey’s choice for President flew his son Hunter to China in Air Force Two, to pick up a US$1.5 billion bribe in addition to the Ukraine scandal. Naturally the corrupt, lying, mainstream media will ignore it.
“For 25 years, forces of the Russian Federation have been illegally based on the territory of the Republic of Moldova. We ask you to support our initiative to transform the mission in the Dniester region of the Republic of Moldova into a multinational civilian mission, as well as to withdraw the Russian army and its munitions in accordance with international obligations,” he said.
I’ve discussed this issue on this blog before. This is merely an update.
Predicting Jeffrey Epstein
Coffee Served On Porch Of Ante-Bellum Mansion, At Party For Cadets From Local Army Flying School, Mississippi, US, 1943
This photo from Life Magazine reflects a very different time, nearly 80 years ago. How times have changed. Not all for the better, not all for the worst.
A group of cowboys lay out a blanket and throw the dice, a common game of chance in the Old West. Money was often at stake—or tobacco or other small items.
This colorized photo shows another view of change, cultural dynamics before the onset of the information age. People haven’t changed but the situations of life certainly have become more complicated.
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
Barbie Shoes and Leggos
As the father of four girls, it was always the Barbie shoes, waiting in the carpet on the stairs.
As a grandfather, it’s Leggos.
Phoenix (AZ) has Changed
Good then, Good now, Just plain good.
You’ve probably heard about the latest proposal that financial institutions be REQUIRED to turn over and report ALL bank or brokerage accounts to the IRS where the yearly transactions total more than $600. Assuming the account holder isn’t deceased, that would probably include every financial account in the USA held by every person or taxpaying entity.
This seems ludicrous and wastefully expensive when the supposed purpose of the bill is to ferret out unreported taxable income and capital gains of the “wealthy”. Apparently, someone at the IRS seems to think wealthy tax-evaders are hiding their assets in accounts where the yearly activity might hover just above $600.
The cost of this reporting wasn’t really explored in the proposal, and the privacy issues were actively scoffed at in public interviews of the Treasury Secretary and other administration folks.
Just trying to locate this particular provision is difficult because it is buried in the 107-page Dept. of the Treasury proposal which encompasses a broad variety of reforms and new proposals including a new top tier tax bracket and corporate tax percentages, “green energy” incentives, etc.
Most of the proposal seems to hover between leftist fluff and idiotic.
It is an example of the clustering of items that each deserve separate examination, public debate, and separate votes in Congress. Instead, we get a package which only the most steadfast tax-nerd could read through and understand or leastwise not fall asleep. If you would like to try to wade through it, here is the link.
Identify the Tanks
354 police personnel have refused to submit vaccination records by SPD’s deadline of October 5.
Interim Seattle police chief, Adrian Diaz, gave the department a deadline of October 5 to submit vaccination records. That timeline has now come and gone. The final date to submit records to the city is October 18; however, these stats provide a close estimate as to how many officers the Seattle Police Department is predicted to lose.
This comes on the heels of a record-breaking number of officers – about 300 — leaving the agency last year in response to the Democrat “defund the police” movement, which destroyed morale and facilitated horrific treatment from the Seattle City Council. Moreover, they’ve lost another 100 so far in 2021, according to the Post Millennial. What’s another 350? I’m sure that the citizens won’t care.
|Capt. Paul Watson|
(TMZ) Paul Watson, the star of the reality show “Whale Wars” LIED about the fate of the show’s most famous ship … falsely telling the media it sank due to a crash with Japanese whalers, when in fact he secretly SABOTAGED the boat himself for publicity … this according to a new lawsuit.
(Fox News) Gil claims Watson’s motive was to spur outrage over the ship’s sinking and urge people to donate to his anti-whaling organization. Gil alleges he only allowed Watson to use his ship for “Whale Wars” under the condition that Watson keeps it in the best condition possible. Now, Gil is suing for $5 million saying the destruction of the boat violated their agreement.
Watson recently resigned from his post as the head of the Sea Shepherd society.
Who is Paul Watson?
(The New Yorker Magazine) When Watson is separated from land, he tends to behave like Captain Nemo, which is to say that he does what he thinks is right, even if it involves a violation of custom or the destruction of property. There are a number of rules belonging to civilization that outrage his sense of morality, among them the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which asserts that sovereign states alone are the ocean’s enforcers. If such rules interfere with his agenda, then, as far as he is concerned, rules be damned.
|Japanese Whaling/Research Ship|
A diplomat might say that the Japanese whaling fleet is technically complying with the rules of the I.W.C., and that to stop it one must first upset the status quo that permits the fleet to hunt whales. Watson, who cannot be bothered with the legal nuances of international regulations, insists that the Japanese fleet is breaking the law, and that, because the I.W.C. refuses to act, he and his crew must. He calls his fleet Neptune’s Navy, and he regards it as a law-enforcement agency. Moments before ramming a vessel, Watson will radio its captain and say something that sounds very official, such as “Please remove yourselves from these waters. You are in violation of international conservation regulations.” At times, he loses his cool. “We’re no protest ship,” he once told an intransigent captain. “Now, get out of here.” His sense of urgency, his impressive ego, his argumentativeness, his love of theatrics, his tendency to bend the truth, his willingness to risk lives or injury for his beliefs (or for publicity), and his courage (or recklessness) have earned him both loathing and veneration from those who are familiar with his activism.
|LL’s daughter, son-in-law and grandsons|
Following a staggering loss in Massachusetts recently, the Party of Barack Hussein Obama struck out in interesting and somewhat terrifying ways to retain power. There have been posts CLICK HERE that indicate the Obama Nation is working hard to recruit high school students in Ohio (and perhaps elsewhere) into their own particular cult of politics.
“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”
The Planck length is the scale at which classical ideas about gravity and space-time cease to be valid, and quantum effects dominate.