Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Trump and Obama foreign trips show the contours of the new ‘culture’ wars

Friday, July 13, 2018

For Trump, Failure Is the Only Option

For Trump, Failure Is the Only Option

Paul Krugman
Opinion Columnist
  • 07/12/18, The New York Times
President Trump speaking to the press Thursday in Brussels after the NATO summit.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times
So Donald Trump went to a NATO summit, insulted our allies, then made the absurd demand not just that they increase defense spending — which they should — but that they raise it to 4 percent of G.D.P., much higher than the bloated military spending in his own budget. He then claimed, falsely, to have won major concessions, and graciously declared that it is “presently unnecessary” to consider quitting the alliance.
Was there anything our allies could have done that would have mollified him? The answer, surely, is no. For Trump, disrupting NATO doesn’t seem to be a means to an end; it’s an end in itself.
Does all of this sound familiar? It’s basically the same as the story of the escalating trade war. While Trump rants about other countries’ unfair trade practices — a complaint that has some validity for China, although virtually none for Canada or the European Union — he hasn’t made any coherent demands. That is, he has given no indication what any of the countries hit by his tariffs could do to satisfy him, leaving them with no option except retaliation.
So he isn’t acting like someone threatening a trade war to win concessions; he’s acting like someone who just wants a trade war. Sure enough, he’s reportedly threatening to pull out of the World Trade Organization, the same way he’s suggesting that the U.S. might pull out of NATO.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fall of the American Empire

Fall of the American Empire
By Paul Krugman, The New York Times, 06/18/18

The U.S. government is, as a matter of policy, literally ripping children from the arms of their parents and putting them in fenced enclosures (which officials insist aren’t cages, oh no). The U.S. president is demanding that law enforcement stop investigating his associates and go after his political enemies instead. He has been insulting democratic allies while praising murderous dictators. And a global trade war seems increasingly likely.
What do these stories have in common? Obviously they’re all tied to the character of the man occupying the White House, surely the worst human being ever to hold his position. But there’s also a larger context, and it’s not just about Donald Trump. What we’re witnessing is a systematic rejection of longstanding American values — the values that actually made America great.
From The New York Times, 06/18/18

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Why Online Degrees are More Popular Than Ever

Why Online Degrees are More Popular Than Ever

Andrew / 2018-05-17
With college degrees becoming increasingly necessary in the workforce and the costs of brick and mortar schools rapidly rising, online degrees are becoming more and more of a viable and well-respected option. Learn why.
There once was a time where online universities were not a very realistic replacement for higher education degrees, but that time is not now. For multiple reasons, these online programs should be seriously considered by anyone who might not think collegiate programs were made for them, their schedules, or their wallet.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Donald Trump’s demolition theory of foreign policy won’t work

Donald Trump’s demolition theory of foreign policy won’t work

Even if the president strikes a deal with North Korea, his approach will harm America and the world
PICTURE this: next week in Singapore President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un crown their summit with a pledge to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. A few days later America and China step back from a trade war, promising to settle their differences. And in the summer, as sanctions bite, the streets of Tehran rise up to cast off the Iranian regime.
These gains would be striking from any American president. From a man who exults in breaking foreign-policy taboos, they would be truly remarkable. But are they likely? And when Mr Trump seeks to bring them about with a wrecking ball aimed at allies and global institutions, what is the balance of costs and benefits to America and the world?
From The Economist, 06/07/18

Friday, April 27, 2018

South & North Korean Summit


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The leaders of North and South Korea agreed on Friday to work to remove all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula and, by this year, to declare an official end to the Korean War that ravaged the nation from 1950 to 1953.

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korean Leader to Pursue Peace Deal, Denuclearization

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korean Leader to Pursue Peace Deal, Denuclearization

Leaders agreed to take further steps to dial down tensions, start talks with the U.S.

Mr. Kim’s message in the Peace House visitors book: ‘A new history starts now. An age of peace, from the starting point of history.’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in gesture after signing agreements.

Mr. Kim and Mr. Moon talk and stroll in the truce village of Panmunjom.

The pair shake hands after planting a commemorative tree at the Joint Security Area in the Demilitarized Zone, Panmunjom.

Mr. Moon and Mr. Kim walk together in Panmunjom.

Mr. Moon and Mr. Kim meet in Panmunjom.

Mr. Kim shakes hands with Mr. Moon.

The leaders of the two Koreas cross the military demarcation line from North to South and South to North.

The outcome of the meeting is set to determine the future of relations on the Korean Peninsula and lay the groundwork for the North Korean leader’s planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

The two leaders’ handshake is broadcast at the press center at the Korea International Exhibition Center in Goyang, South Korea.

People in Seoul watch live footage of the leaders strolling.

A South Korean man weeps while watching a broadcast of the summit. In a statement, North Korea’s state media said Mr. Kim would ‘openheartedly discuss’ with Mr. Moon ‘all the issues arising in improving inter-Korean relations and achieving peace, prosperity and reunification of the Korean Peninsula.’

Goodwill messages posted outside City Hall in Seoul.

The leaders attend a welcoming ceremony in the truce village of Panmunjom.

Mr. Kim and Mr. Moon review an honor guard in Panmunjom.

Messrs. Kim and Moon, trailed by Mr. Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong, walk a red carpet into the Peace House building, the venue for the negotiations.

After posing for photos together, the two leaders introduced the members of their respective delegations.

Central questions in the talks are what North Korea might demand, and what concessions the South might offer, to sustain the conciliatory climate and further negotiations aimed at persuading the regime to relinquish its nuclear weapons.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in gesture after signing agreements.

GOYANG, South Korea—The leaders of North and South Korea agreed to pursue a peace agreement in historic talks on Friday, but steered clear of specifics on the question of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons, leaving uncertainties about the regime’s willingness to cede ground on its arsenal ahead of a meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.

After an 8½-hour meeting in the demilitarized zone that was heavy on shows of amity between Mr. Kim and Moon Jae-in, his South Korean counterpart, both men agreed to take steps to dial down tensions and start talks with the U.S., and perhaps China, aimed at declaring within the year a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War. The conflict ended in an armistice that has held, despite some skirmishes, for 65 years.

Click here to see the entire article, pictures and video in The Wall Stree Journal

Historic Korean Summit

North and South Korea have been technically at war for almost 70 years now, but their leaders are meeting each other for talks in the demilitarized zone.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Repeal the Second Amendment

A musket from the 18th century, when the Second Amendment was written, and an assault rifle of today.CreditTop, MPI, via Getty Images, bottom, Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

By John Paul Stevens, The New York Times, March 27, 2018

Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society.

That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms. But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.

Click here for the entire article by Retired Justice John Paul Stevens

Sunday, March 18, 2018

12 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Eat Eggs

12 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Eat Eggs
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By Grant Stoddard

Eggs might just be the easiest, cheapest and most versatile way to up your protein intake.
Beyond easily upping your daily protein count— each 85-calorie eggs packs a solid 7 grams of the muscle-builder—eggs also boost your health. They’re loaded with amino acids, antioxidants and iron. Don't just reach for the whites, though; the yolks boast a fat-fighting nutrient called choline, so opting for whole eggs can actually help you trim down.

When you're shopping for eggs, pay attention to the labels. You should be buying organic, when possible. These are certified by the USDA and are free from antibiotics, vaccines and hormones. As for color, that's your call. The difference in color just varies based on the type of chicken—they both have the same nutritional value, says Molly Morgan, RD, a board certified sports specialist dietitian based in upstate New York. Here are 12 incredible effects the mighty egg can have on the human body.

From, 03/18/18

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Trumpeting a New Era

A Reuters report on October 17 described the concerns of a young Chinese woman working in the United States that she might miss out on the new development opportunities in China and her change of mind about whether or not to return to China. "This time back in China the feeling that I have is one of worry that it would be very easy to be left behind if I return to the U.S.," Zuo Aining, a tax consultant in Washington, D.C., told Reuters.

"My life is going as I planned five years ago," she said. But, "if there is a better platform and opportunity for me to do what I want to do, I will come back without any hesitation."

From Beijing Review 11/09/17

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Incredible New Year’s Celebrations Around The World

Incredible New Year’s Celebrations Around The World

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From the London Eye to Athens’ Acropolis, here are some of the most breathtaking scenes from New Year’s celebrations around the world. 


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Fireworks explode over the Brandenburg Gate during New Year’s festivities on January 1, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

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From the Huffington Post, 01/01/2018