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VeeJay says, "North Korea? Is the hypocrisy necessary?"
Probably more so now than ever.

The convoluted web of hypocrisy which America foists upon Asia is certainly amusing. That the governments and news media of the countries affected by the, "Kaku KaiHatsu Mondai," do their best to perpetuate and enforce this preposterous version of reality for the benefit of the, "Bully in the China Closet," is the most amusing part of it. America twitches its nose whereupon Korea and Japan beat themselves on the head with hammers.
Would you rather they put their heads together and called America's bluff. What if they chanted Yankee-Go-Home? But that'll never happen.You gotta love it!

Don't you remember when Billy Graham visted North Korea's leader for a week or so to, "deliver a message." Billy Graham's message? Did Billy Graham instruct North Korea's leader on how to put the conclusions of Schockley's shock experiments to use on the North Korean populace? It almost seems that way. It was after that visit that the big man became more bellicose and belligerent by orders of magitude. And the Kita Chou Sen populace became more and more galvanized to the point of behaving like a collectively wired zombie. Japanese can watch rebroadcasts of North Korean television any day of the week to view the results. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not. After each non-official vist thereafter the Dear Leader became bolder and bolder and recieved more "positive reinforcements."

The dear leader must have liked what the other Slick Willy had to say. After meeting with the Reverend Billy Graham, he became louder, bolder, more confident, and richer.
Separation of Church-State? Dream on jelly bean. Franklin Graham preaches to the faithful at the Pentagon. Like father, like son.
After meeting with the then Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, Kim Jong Il became louder, bolder, more confident, and richer.
After the Economic Summit meeting in Milan in 2000, where Bush and Putin had a separate one-on-one meeting, Vladimir Putin rushed back home. Kim Jong Il, with 150 North Korean secret service agents to protect him, travelled to Russia to have a one-on-one with Putin. After meeting with Vladimir, the Dear Leader became louder, bolder, more confident, and richer.
After meeting with Billy Richardson, Kim Jong Il became louder, bolder, more confident, and richer.
Is there a pattern here?

VeeJay says, "What's Religion got to do with it?"
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North Korea would have ceased to exist long ago without aid from South Korea, Japan, and The USA. North Korea is helped to aquire nukes. North Korea is given plenty of time to develop nukes and missiles. Then those same nukes are aimed at Japan and South Korea. What a beautiful strategy of playing both ends against the middle. How do you get millions of South Koreans to go about business as usual?
Can you say Corruption? The corruption in South Korea is legendary. Can you say revolving door? First elect them then jail them. The last four presidential administrations have witnessed as presidents and their family members have gone through that revolving door. Here is but one example of what South Koreans see daily.
South Koreans Ponder Just How Far Corruption Reaches
January 27, 2004, by Barbara Demick, LA Times
"As prosecutors dig into the financing of the last presidential election, they're unearthing some unseemly secrets. In the months before the December 2002 contest won by Roh Moo Hyun, about $50 million in illegal contributions changed hands as South Korea's largest corporations tried to curry favor with the political parties. More than a dozen people - assemblymen, party hacks and moguls - have been arrested so far. Because South Korean currency comes in such small denominations that it is a logistical feat to make a payoff of any consequence, the scandals have taken on a quality of high farce. When LG Corp., one of the country's largest conglomerates, allegedly gave $12 million to conservative opposition candidate Lee Hoi Chang, a truck stuffed with cash was reportedly left at a highway rest stop and the keys given to one of the politician's aides. Hyundai Group allegedly delivered its money using a sedan packed so tightly with cash it could barely be driven. The spectacle has left voters clucking their tongues in indignation. But it also has prompted some serious soul-searching among the South Korean public about the role that under-the-table payments play in almost every aspect of life, be it academia or health care. It used to be common in South Korea for parents to give gifts to their children's teachers to secure front-row classroom seats - dating from a time when most people were too poor to buy eyeglasses for near-sighted children - or for businessmen to prepare envelopes of cash for journalists before being interviewed."
Story ...

North Korea Says It Plans to Test Nukes, by Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press, August 28, 2003
"North Korea told a six-nation conference that it has nuclear weapons and has plans to test one, a U.S. official said Thursday. However, other participants said delegates agreed on the need for a second round of talks."
"Asked to verify a Russian media report that all six would meet again within two months, he said: 'It's possible, but you have to wait until tomorrow morning.' Russian Alexander Losyukov, the deputy foreign minister and the head of Russia's delegation, earlier had said the six reached a 'common understanding' to meet again within the next two months, probably in Beijing, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported."
Story ...

Rokka-Koku-Kai-Gi? What will be the result of more "talking" and more diplomatic BS-ing?
The same as the first round of six nation talks. Result One: The reiteration and further legitimization of North Korea's posession of nukes through the process of attention attenuation. Result Two: The buying of more time to build more nukes. These results benefit both the puppeteer, America, which needs the excuse to keep its armed forces in strategic locations in Asia, and the puppet, Kim Chong Il, who aims to give the puppeteer the excuse it needs. It's a beautiful strategy. Korea and Japan are bound to support America who is the principal support for the nation which is threatening them with its nukes. A strategy of playing both ends against the middle could not be more beautifully executed.

"The remarks by North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Yong Il set a negative tone at the conference and raised questions about the success of the negotiations, which were scheduled to conclude Friday morning."
Story ...

Questions of success? Only in the minds of the those who don't understand the strategy. Those who have read the newspapers for years should remember that were it not for the logistic support from both America and Japan, North Korea would have collapsed long ago. Those who remember the North Korean submarines captured by the Japanese Coast Guard over the years will remember the television images played over and over again. Those images showed clearly the engines built in the USA and the electronics made in Japan. Yet we see this comical charade being acted out wherein America's Kelly and Armitage put on poker faces and pretend that they aren't in control of the situation. For them the whole charade is a complete success.

Rumsfeld himself was instrumental in continuing a policy of support for Kim Jong Il which in effect not only aided his Pyongyang regime in its need for energy, but also provided additional sources of plutonium. Key materials? Exactly what key materials? For two nuclear reactors? 150 third world countries would kiss arse for two nuclear reactors. But who does America give them to? One country which is the most belligerent, the most bellicose, the most threatening to South Korea and Japan. And the USA encourages these two most vulnerable countries to give the vital ODA to North Korea which it needs to ensure that it will not collapse but will instead continue to be a conventional threat until it can become a nuclear threat as well. In essence when the USA twitches its nose, the governments of South Korea and Japan obediently beat themselves on the head with hammers. The USA maintains its excuse for a massive military presence in Asia. Nice strategy, or what?

ABB says it no longer has any involvement with the North Korean nuclear plants since the company has finalised the sale of its nuclear business in early 2000 to the British-based British Nuclear Fuels group, BFNL. Isn't that convenient? The buck is passed to BFNL. And the trail fades away into obscurity.


The Two Faces of Rumsfeld May 9, 2003, by Randeep Ramesh, The Guardian, UK
"Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, sat on the board of a company which three years ago sold two light water nuclear reactors to North Korea ...
The sale of the nuclear technology was a high-profile contract. ABB's then chief executive, Goran Lindahl, visited North Korea in November 1999 to announce ABB's "wide-ranging, long-term cooperation agreement" with the communist government. The company also opened an office in the country's capital, Pyongyang, and the deal was signed a year later in 2000. Despite this, Mr Rumsfeld's office said that the defence secretary did not 'recall it being brought before the board at any time'. "
"Many members of the Bush administration are on record as opposing Mr Clinton's plans, saying that weapons-grade nuclear material could be extracted from the type of light water reactors that ABB sold."
"Light water reactors are known as "proliferation-resistant" but, in the words of one expert, they are not 'proliferation-proof'. The type of reactors involved in the ABB deal produce plutonium which needs refining before it can be weaponised. One US congressman and critic of the North Korean regime described the reactors as 'nuclear bomb factories'. "

Even if the two light water reactors are not used to produce material for nuclear weapons, they allow the activity at the Yongbyon nuclear complex to be devoted exclusively to nuclear weapons production by providing alternative sources for electricity now provided by the Yongbyon reactor. North Korea and the US together must simply stall for more time. More time for what? Until North Korea's nuke hobgoblin can morph into a cold hard fact of life.

Timeline 12/02/2003: North Korea's nuclear programme. Key dates in the history of Pyongyang's development of atomic weapons.

Rumsfeld was on ABB board during deal with North Korea, Swissinfo, February 24, 2003
"Weapons experts say waste material from the two reactors could be used for so-called 'dirty bombs'."
Dirty bombs would not require extensive refinement technology.

"What did Donald Rumsfeld know about ABB's deal to build nuclear reactors in North Korea? And why won't he talk about it?" What else isn't Rumsfeld talking about?

Timeline North Korea Since 1991

Interactive, The history of North Korea

N.Korea Shows U.S. Delegation 'Nuclear Deterrent', by John Ruwitch , Reuters, January 10, 2004
"North Korea said on Saturday it had shown a visiting U.S. delegation its "nuclear deterrent" and hoped this would provide a basis for a peaceful settlement of the row with the United States over its nuclear activities. The U.S. group, which flew to Beijing on Saturday after a five-day visit to North Korea, were the first outsiders allowed into the Yongbyon nuclear complex since U.N. inspectors were expelled a year ago. "
"Lewis, a professor emeritus at Stanford University, and others on the unofficial delegation told reporters in Beijing they did not wish to comment on what they saw or discussed with officials until they had briefed the U.S. government. But Lewis said North Korea's Foreign Ministry had allowed the U.S. visitors to do everything they had requested."
"This week, North Korea offered to freeze its nuclear activities, a move that has raised hopes for a second round of talks, which analysts say may happen in February. "
Story ...
Another visit to North Korea. Another veil of secrecy.

CIA Factbook, North Korea:
"North Korea, one of the world's most centrally planned and isolated economies, faces desperate economic conditions. Industrial capital stock is nearly beyond repair as a result of years of underinvestment and spare parts shortages. Industrial and power output have declined in parallel. Despite a good harvest in 2001, the nation faces its ninth year of food shortages because of a lack of arable land; collective farming; weather-related problems, including major drought in 2000; and chronic shortages of fertilizer and fuel. Massive international food aid deliveries have allowed the regime to escape mass starvation since 1995-96, but the population remains vulnerable to prolonged malnutrition and deteriorating living conditions. Large-scale military spending eats up resources needed for investment and civilian consumption. Recently, the regime has placed emphasis on earning hard currency, developing information technology, addressing power shortages, and attracting foreign aid, but in no way at the expense of relinquishing central control over key national assets or undergoing widespread market-oriented reforms. In 2002, heightened political tensions with key donor countries and general donor fatigue have held down the flow of desperately needed food aid and threaten fuel aid as well."
"KIM Chong-il has ruled North Korea since his father and the country's founder, president KIM Il-song, died in 1994. After decades of mismanagement, the North relies heavily on international food aid to feed its population while continuing to expend resources to maintain an army of about 1 million."

population, 22.5 million
Size, slightly smaller than Mississippi, 120,000square miles.
Natural Resources, coal, lead, tungsten, zinc, graphite, magnesite, iron ore, copper, gold, pyrites, salt, fluorspar, hydropower.
Labor Force, 9.6 million, agricultural 36%, nonagricultural 64%
Industries, military products; machine building, electric power, chemicals; mining (coal, iron ore, magnesite, graphite, copper, zinc, lead, and precious metals), metallurgy; textiles, food processing; tourism
Electricity - production by source, fossil fuel: 29% hydro: 71% other: 0% nuclear: 0%
Electricity consumption, 27.91 billion kWh
Oil Consumption, 85,000 bbl/day
Economic aid recieved yearly, $Not Available; note - nearly $300 million in food aid alone from US, South Korea, Japan, and EU in 2001 plus much additional aid from the UN and non-governmental organizations. This aid goes toward balancing most of the $470 million difference between imports and exports and also keeps the dysfunctional North Korean economy from collapsing. The additional aid includes non-food aid (such as vehicle machinery engines and electronics equipment).
Exports, $842 million/yr
Export Commodities, minerals, metallurgical products, manufactures (including armaments); textiles and fishery products
Imports, $1.314 billion/yr
Import Commodities, petroleum, coking coal, machinery and equipment; textiles, grain
Military Expenditures, $5,217,400,000 (FY02)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP, 33.9% (FY02)
GDP Composition by Sector, agriculture: 30.4% industry: 32.3% services: 37.3%

Thousands of images of North Korea, from Yahoo! search:

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North Korea's "Dear Leader" reportedly buys Mercedes Benz cars by the dozen and is said to be one of the world's biggest importers of Hennessy's cognac. His 60th birthday, in April, is a national holiday, as is that of his father Kim Il-Sung who died in 1994."

US nuclear threat in the Korean Peninsula: The Bully In The China Shop Edward W. Miller, July 28, 2003

Revealing? Hardly. But the title is appropriate.

This obedient puppet doeth whatever King George commandeth.
Both Asian and American lobotomatons still don't get it.
Millions of South Koreans have been pounding the table about it for years.
What could be more amusing?
No American ODA, No North Korea. No North Korea, No excuse for American forces in Asia.
It's really simple. In fact, it's really, really, really simple.

NASA photo showing the night lights of China, Taiwan, Japan and the Koreas. Note that North Korea is almost completely dark except for Pyonyang and a couple of other cities. What does this indicate? It is an indication of the paucity of North Korean industrial capability.

"According to The Asia Times, China Has Just Moved 150,000 troops to its border with North Korea and is widening the roads for armor. Former West Point instructor and retired Special Forces veteran Stan Goff makes sense of an increasingly dangerous situation."
"This, as China and Japan battle over the proposed route of a Russian oil pipeline from Siberia that will determine which nation functions and which does not. "
Emphasis added.

VeeJay says
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1. Before (or during) your next meeting, seminar, or conference call, prepare yourself by drawing a square. I find that 5"x5" is a good size. Divide the card into columns-five across and five down. That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.
2. Write one of the following words/phrases in each block:
* synergy
* strategic fit
* core competencies
* best practice
* bottom line
* revisit
* expeditious
* to tell you the truth (or "the truth is")
* 24/7
* out of the loop
* benchmark
* value-added
* proactive
* win-win
* think outside the box
* fast track
* result-driven
* empower (or empowerment)
* knowledge base
* at the end of the day
* touch base
* mindset
* client focus(ed)
* paradigm
* game plan
* leverage
3. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words or phrases.
4. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand up and shout "BULLSHIT!"
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Wise Man?
Court Jester?

Lady Britomart
There is no moral question in the matter at all, Adolphus. You must simply sell cannons and weapons to people whose cause is right and just, and refuse them to foreigners and criminals.
No: none of that. You must keep the true faith of an Armorer, or you don't come in here.
What on earth is the true faith of an Armorer?
To give arms to all men who offer an honest price for them, without respect for persons or principles: to aristocrat and republican, to Nihilist and Tsar, to Capitalist and Socialist, to Protestant and Catholic, to burglar and policeman, to black man, white man, and yellow man, to all sorts and conditions, all nationalities, all faiths, all follies, all causes and crimes.
The first wrote up in his (munitions) shop
    If God gave the hand, Let not Man withhold the sword.
The second wrote up
     All have the right to fight, None have the right to judge.
The third wrote up
     To Man the Weapon: To Heaven the Victory.
The fourth had no literary turn; so he did not write up anything; but
    he sold cannons to Napoleon under the nose of George the Third.
The fifth wrote up
     Peace shall not prevail save with a sword in her hand.
The sixth, my master, was the best of all. He wrote up
     Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.
After that, there was nothing left for the seventh to say. So he wrote up, simply,

Near the end of Act lll, Major Barbara, GB Shaw.

The Carlyle Group is unashamed. Just keeping the Shags in line.

The Carlyle Group - Meet The Carlyle Group Former World Leaders and Washington Insiders Making Billions in the War on Terrorism. Chronology: The Bushes and the Carlyle Group.

How will President George W. Bush personally make billions from the War on Terror and Iraq? The old fashioned way. He'll inherit it

"I will make you fishers of men."
-- Jesus Christ


I'd rather be fishing

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