"...yes, we’re an incredibly violent and cruel species that is capable of mind-boggling horrors when we’re trying to survive. Hell, some of the things we do when we aren’t desperate are still nightmare inducing. But what most people forget is that in our darkest moments, we’re capable of immeasurable acts of compassion and altruism."
In advance of a potential military clash between the US and North Korea, the Japanese government is preparing for 5 distinct responses: i) Logistical support by SDF in the event of a local conflict; 2) use of force by the SDF in the event of a full scale war; 3) Protection of Japanese citizens in South Korea; 4) Preparation for armed attacks against Japan; 5) Civil protection and response to evacuees.
Yesterday was the deadline for companies to submit bids for Trump's "physically imposing" yet "aesthetically pleasing" border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. And while the U.S. government has said they won't disclose bids, rather just the names of companies actually awarded contracts on June 1st, some of the companies decided to disclose their plans themselves. Here are a couple of our faves...
The global cyberwarfare scare washed ashore the British isles this weekend after UK nuclear power stations and airports were told to tighten defenses against terrorist attacks in the face of increased threats to electronic security systems, after intelligence agencies concluded terrorists could plant explosives in laptops and mobile phones that won’t be caught by normal security screenings.
South Africa's sacked finance minister Gordhan told reporters that he and his deputy "learnt our fate from the TV screen. Not from any phonecall, chat or conversation. So that was I’m sure as interesting for us as it was for you."
Few appear to have been prepared for the aftermath of the Westinghouse Electric bankruptcy, which has set off a showdown between Toshiba and a major U.S. utility, has left the fate of four half-finished nuclear reactors and is threatening to drive a wedge between the US and Japanese governments over the fate of industries each considers vital.