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North Korea's New Master Plan

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Wolf Richter   www.testosteronepit.com   www.amazon.com/author/wolfrichter

Known under the official misnomer Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), North Korea is an inscrutable, unpredictable, armed-to-the-teeth thorn in just about everyone’s side, a pariah ready to lob nukes, starve its own people, or hold out an olive branch, only to yank it back. But now something is going on that reeks of the dreaded phrase, “this time, it’s different”: secret discussions in Germany.

North Korea is seeking the advice of German economists and jurists, the German paper FAZ was told by a source, an academic and one of the presumed experts who has been participating in these hush-hush discussions.

“There is a master plan,” he said. North Korea is planning to open up its economy to foreign investors in 2013. They’re particularly interested in modern investment laws. But they’re not looking at the Chinese model with its special economic zones for foreign investors. Instead, they’re looking at the “Vietnamese blueprint,” the source said, where the government selected foreign companies and investors. The advice of German experts would pave the way for German companies and investors. The lure of the familiar. North Korea had a busy relationship with communist East Germany.

But special economic zones for foreign investors are already under way in North Korea along the Chinese border, including at Rason city, which North Korean officials hyped last September during an investment conference in China as “North Korea’s Shenzhen,” and the islands of Hwanggumphyong and Wihwa in the Yalu river, which would become the “blessed land for investors to get rich.” There would be incentives, such as duty-free imports and a 14% income-tax rate.

Irresistible. Xiyang Group, a large Chinese mining company, invested $40 million in North Korea to build an iron-ore mine. But the government sabotaged the deal, stole its knowhow, and seized the mine, Xiyang claimed last fall. It was a “nightmare” running the place. North Korean managers, when in China, demanded top-shelf alcohol, cars, and pricy prostitutes. Accusations that the North Korean side met with counter accusations. The investment may be lost. So the Chinese are leery. But they know how to slip in and take advantage of opportunities [It Wasn’t Supposed To Be This Way: Chinese Oil Companies Apparent Victors in Post-Saddam Iraq].

There have been other signs—or hopes of signs—of an opening. Kim Jong-un, who was declared Supreme Leader in December, 2011, announced in his New Year’s address last Tuesday, the first such address by a Supreme Leader in 19 years, that 2013 would bring a “radical rerouting” of the country’s economic policies. Agriculture and light industry would be at the center. He had a vision: “An important issue in putting an end to the division of the country and achieving its reunification,” he said, “is to remove confrontation between the north and the south.”

The peace offer was largely brushed off as mere rhetoric. Similar verbal gestures had been made before only to dissolve into missile launches, nuclear tests, and aggressive tirades. But the other divided country, Germany, had successfully reunified. It was expensive for West Germans, and a sea change for East Germans. Dissatisfaction in some circles led to the not-always tongue-in-cheek outcry, “We want to have our Wall again.” But Chancellor Merkel is from former East Germany—perhaps a model, or an illusion, for Kim Jong-un, who is young, worldly, and ambitious.

He went to school under an alias in the German-speaking part of Switzerland near the capital Bern. From 1993 to 1998, he attended the private “International School” where English was the school language, then continued until 2000 at a public school where German was spoken. Poor grades and absenteeism dogged his experience. He flunked natural sciences, barely passed math and German—pretty good for a kid in a foreign country where his classes were held in two foreign languages.

So, how serious could Kim be in trying to open up his country and strive for reunification? Now even former governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, and Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt are heading to North Korea. Neither publicly divulged his intentions. The State Department expressed its opposition. There were rumors—likely a pretext—that they’d try to disentangle human rights activists as Kenneth Bae, an American who’d engaged, according to propaganda outfit, Korean Central News Agency, in “hostile acts against the republic.”

The US defense industry would vigorously oppose any resolution of the Korean conflict as it would eliminate a major strategic concern—and the associated taxpayer-funded wealth effect. South Koreans, if they look at Germany, might wonder if they can even afford to pay for reunification. And the Chinese have their own concerns, including the outright collapse of the North Korean regime, and the chaos it would bring.

But the Chinese won’t be discouraged. They’re on a quest for natural resources. Even in places like Africa, where China is going after oil, it surpassed the US and Europe as largest trading partner. Read.... China in Africa: Partners in the Year of the Snake.

 


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Sat, 01/05/2013 - 09:09 | Link to Comment Go Tribe
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Looks like the Rothschilds are about to bring western cronyism to North Korea. A perfect fit.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 09:49 | Link to Comment Seer
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Is it the messenger or is it the message?

That is, is it the Rothschilds or is it the Rothchilds' System?

Again, it's fundamentally about the art of deception.  Growth is the game.  Very little growth turf left... the fat lady is about to start singing...

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 07:14 | Link to Comment WhiteNight123129
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Good article from Wolf, one less pretext for hollow empire claims.

 

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 07:01 | Link to Comment lolmao500
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Nuke Pyongyang, problem solved.

And if you say ``yeah but those poor civilians!``... Guess what, to live in Pyongyang, you need a special permit and the only ones living in Pyongyang are the top shills of the party... you can't live in Pyongyang unless you're totally brainwashed.

That or do a deal with China and Russia... create a big army on the China-North Korea border and invade there to take Pyongyang. NKorea is only prepared for an attack from South Korea. They have basically no defense on the China-NKorea border.

China would help and agree to do this in exchange for a pledge that a Unified Korea would stay independant. No US troops or bases in Korea at all. No nukes.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 07:44 | Link to Comment Seer
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Apparently you haven't read George Washington's farewell address?

In the execution of such a plan, nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable, when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. Hence, frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody contests. The nation, prompted by ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition, and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of nations, has been the victim.

So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.

 

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 08:04 | Link to Comment Disenchanted
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This is my favorite part of that speech:

 

 

So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.

 

Can anyone think of an example where the parts I've highlighted might apply the most in today's world regarding US relationship with other nations? It should be rather obvious...

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 10:24 | Link to Comment Mitzibitzi
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I can think of several...

The US/UK 'Special Relationship'

US / Japan relations

Pretty much anything to do with the UN, IMF, World Bank or NATO

...but I know the one you mean.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 06:34 | Link to Comment falak pema
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Listten up; What Deng Tsiao Ping did to China  in 1978 this guy wants to do to North Korea.

He wants to make it a cheap labour source to the international oligarchy, to bring some wealth to the SEVEN families of N Korea. The Politburo of current police state. 

Its just a cut n paste strategy that China introduced thirty years ago...which has worked for the Chinese communista elite!

If it paid off bigtime to  the chinese Oligarchs of a ONE PARTY state, why not for N Korea?

It's been win-win for the international Oligarchs as for the chinese politburo since those early days.

THat 7 overlord clans article, which evalutes their cumulative wealth today in ONE Party China at over 1 trillion, says it all.

THis western OLigarchy world is TOTALLY compatible with Putin and Chinese Politburo rule. In fact the West is now importing that model to its OWN shores, right under our eyes! 

So why be surprised if this guy, new generation oligarch,  has finally understood how to butter his measly, skimpy bread! 

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 07:23 | Link to Comment JOYFUL
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an now you listten up too - pedantically pushing the obfuscatory device of oligarchy - a mythical non-entity designed to conceal sources of our current conundrums is a non-starter here. 

What Deng Xiao Peng did for China was to reverse the half century of sio-nazi inspired, State Department sponsored socialistic demagogery and foreign intervention and return the Middle Kingdom to it's roots. In short, uprooting the plans of the moneychangers and their verminous minions, and in doing so returning the Chinese people to their place in the sun.

The two very competing systems are now on a collision course. Trying to strand them together somehow is a fruitless exercise best left to the coarser elements of the neo-trot intelligenstia which hires itself out to their Russian mafiya overlords.

For over thirty years now the kosher mafia of the khazarian kontinuum have tried to adapt themselves to this confounding of their concept of global domination - without success. Putin is another impediment to their plans. This shilling for the sionist storyline is not at all in keeping with your pretence to civility and the knightly virtues of Provencal gentility. It is high time to retire yourself to pursuits more appropriate to your abundant talents.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 11:02 | Link to Comment falak pema
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I ain't pedantically pushing anything.

Joyful do you read what ZH edits for us? 

You know that the Oligarchy is now a globalised reality. You know that the Chinese are in total feudal oligarchy mode at the top of the COmmunist pyramid. Take away the communist label and you find the old feudal oligarchy order; on all continents. 

What gives? Has blood line theory once again checkmated facts and reality?

After the search for cabalista Shylock, medieval iconic bogeyman, do we now pretend that this Sio-Nazi conspiracy has polluted China, land of MAo since 1929 and long march days, hermitically protected by a thousand year closed culture that only Marco Polo and a few others managed to penetrate? 

Its not some minute off-spring of western culture that carries the disease like a Genoese boat; its the leaders and shakers of this world who are the worst perpetrators of mayhem. Why chase ghosts when you should be chasing the flesh and blood of corruption in the modern papal VAtican of DC. You should go see "Vampire's ball" again. That last shot of Sharon Tate says it all.

Vampires are Oligarchs in thirst of blood. Whether it be for arab oil or chinese cheap labour. And Vampires are a universal breed. Not a question of race or creed. Humanitas, bleeding humanitas. One family. 

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 19:55 | Link to Comment JOYFUL
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I've tried to break this to you in the nicest possible way; there are limits to your knowledge base which prevent a proper analysis of simple facts, and therefore dictate faulty conclusions.

As almost all of China's(indeed almost all of South East Asias')cultural continuum lies outside of western influence, it becomes one who wishes to commment thereupon to investigate that very different continuum - using markers and reference points outside of those one uses to engage in similar dialogue regarding the 'west.'

Your resistance to doing so is telling: rather than upgrade the knowledge base, you insist upon your right to be given blanket acceptance to assertions made without access to the information necessary to be able to form opinions on the matter at hand.

Chinese political philosophy, going back to the days of the Warring States, has a consistently unique flavour which has no use or application for foreign importations of Greek based catergorization. Misapplied nomeclature leads to mistaken analysis. This should not be controversial, if you remain true to your scholarly principles!

Whilst vampires, fox spirits, and disembodied others are phenomena common to people's experience world wide, the presence of flesh n blood monsters, and their pernicious influence upon the course of human events is what you, squire should be investigating: after putting your grasp of other peoples' histories on a firmer foundation.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 07:56 | Link to Comment tip e. canoe
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so oligarchy is okay as long as the overlords are homegrown?

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 08:39 | Link to Comment JOYFUL
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The temptation to explain every other cultural continuum outside of the West using motive and method which correspond to our circular reasoning and confirmed biases seems overwhelming. So some care must be taken to counterbalance this obvious tendency.

While you could perhaps build a case for the continuity of a conceptual framework from the days of Aristotle to the present moment for the West, it's beyond absurd to impose the same upon a culture like the Chinese, whose freedom from 'western' influence up until the C19th was almost absolute. Yet certain scholars authorize themselve to do just that, with nary a shred of evidence to back their suppositions, nor any first hand experience of the place upon which they pontificate.

The only time when Chinese politics conformed to 'western' categories was that period of late when the west broke down it's internal structure and some mutant variation grew up in the vaccuum - exactly what I referenced to as 'socialistic demagogery' - a 'western' transplant. Deng effectively ushered that era out, and began a new phase of Re-Sinification of the Middle Kingdom. The oligarch reference as applied to the present moment there is lazy and garbled thinking.

What complicates the equation is the fact that 'western' politics has been driven by an 'orientalizing' faction of kosher khazarian mafiyas for over a century, who enjoy disguising their hegemony by using cover stories and fake history willingly spun for them by complicit intellectuals. They are the only true 'oligarchs' out there, and I no longer indulge those who seek to give them cover.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 09:44 | Link to Comment Seer
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I'm just curious here... why is it even necessary to try and decipher all of this?  I mean, humans are deceptive (we're OF nature, and nature is all about deception, it's a key part of survival).  How can we really know anything (w/o having a direct connection to all chemical activities in the brains of those of interest; and then, even, if they are aware of such could they also not conjure up confusing thoughts to through things off)?

Sure, ideologies are pushed here and there, but the reality is that they are just a means of acquiring/attracting support for POWER.  Should I really care whether you're wearing a chicken suit or a three-piece, just as long as I am recognized as being above/superior to you?

Deception and dominance.  Deception for survival.  Dominance for continued propagation of one's genes.  Due to our highly social nature humans are pack animals, and thus are driven to pool together in applying deception and dominance.

Be it crude or polished, a facade is still a facade.

All of this other verbiage is just that, WORDS.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 10:07 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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I mean, humans are deceptive (we're OF nature, and nature is all about deception, it's a key part of survival).
____________________________

No. 'Americans' are duplicitous. Human beings can be honest, deceiptful etc

Variability among the human kind. Among 'americans', much less.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 13:30 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous does not correspond with reality.

No. 'Americans' are duplicitous. Human beings can be honest, deceiptful etc

Ah, ah, in the struggle to avoid self indiction, AnAnonymous accidentally self indicts. Prancing around with broad brush of tar in hand, painting the pictures of US citizenism 'americans' as viewing non-US citizenism non-'americans' as sub human or non human. Bring this to forward for refreshment of memory:

You know, members of the species, US citizens excell at defining who is a human and who is not.

Very good tar paintings going on downthere. More remembering refreshments:

As to that story of human rights, well, remember, peeps, in US citizenism, human beings have unalienable rights but not everyone is born a human being. Some are congenitally sub human or non human.

Does it ring a bell? A Chinese citizenism citizen bell?

Now we here seeing eternal nature of Chinese citizenism hypocricy to shift all faultings, all inadequations, all blames to a convenient exterior:

Variability among the human kind. Among 'americans', much less.

Really funny how AnAnonymous excel at defining who is a human and who is not. Really funny how natural to AnAnonymous to speak on behalf of humanity.

Somehow very citizenish...

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 15:17 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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Telling of variability among human beings is just a statement of facts.

Stating that human beings can be honest, duplicitous, etc is nothing like speaking on the behalf of human beings.

On the very contrary, it is respecting the variability that exists among human beings.

But secondary. The primary point is that 'americans' are trapped in their eternal nature, they cant escape it.

'Americans' have been defining who is a human, a sub human, a non human. Their game since they kept slaves when declaring freedom an unalienable right, stealing continents when declaring property a human right.

'Americans' need to shift the blame on other people.
SO this 'american' has to fantasize 'americans' do not do that. Somebody else does it.

The eternal nature of 'americans', they cant conquer it, they are fully acted by it.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 16:34 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous, in a desperate evasion of reality, said:

Telling of variability among human beings is just a statement of facts.

Ah, ah, Chinese citizenism craftiness in word games now bringing to bear.

Let's recap:

No. 'Americans' are duplicitous. Human beings can be honest, deceiptful etc

Differentiation here between 'Americans' and human beings. Implication being that 'Americans' are not human beings. Use of implication here of course because not explicitly stating meaningness allows for denial, being much the Chinese citizenism avoidance of self indiction nature, which is eternal.

Variability among the human kind. Among 'americans', much less.

Ah, ah, more differentiationing, more implyingness 'americans' are not of the human kind. More repeation without explicit meaningness statementation. More allowing for denial. More evasion of self indiction.

Chinese citizenism citizens are trapped in their eternal nature, they can't escape it.

AnAnonymous has been defining who is a human, a sub human, a non human. His game since needing to shift the blame on 'americans'. So this Chinese citizenism citizen has to fantasize 'americans' as non human and declaring them to blame for all ills of humanity. And have zero right by Chinese citizenism.

The eternal nature of Chinese citizenism citizens, they can't conquer it, they are fully acted by it.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 10:57 | Link to Comment Mitzibitzi
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I know, I know... don't feed the troll... but;

 

While the term 'duplicitous' may indeed be applied to much, probably most, of what the American Federal government says and does, it can't fairly be applied to the majority of ordinary Americans. I've met quite a number, over the years, and corresponded with hundreds more. I'm British, by the way. Welsh, in actual fact.

In my experience with Americans, which I imagine exceeds yours by some quite considerable amount, the majority are slightly arrogant (with some justification, in many things), outspoken, outgoing and gregarious. They're also, in the main, honest, loyal and dependable. For many English speaking folks, including my own countrymen, the phrase 'my word is my bond' is all-too-often just a phrase. Americans, again - in the main, tend to mean it. If they say they will do a thing to aid you, it will usually get done. And if they tell you they intend to kick your fucking teeth in (you have to respect a man who tells you he's about to beat you), you can be reasonably sure that an ass-whooping is on the way, if it proves to be within the power of the guy promising it.

Thieving, cheating, rent-seeking scumbags unfortunately exist amongst the populations of every nation on the face of the Earth. They certainly exist in the USA - one sees them every day. But are there a greater number in the US than elsewhere? I have cause to doubt it. They may be more visible, as the US remains, for the present time, a country of significant importance to everyone in the world. One tends to watch it's actions and listen to it's words.

The average American, Brit, German, Chinese, Japanese, etc has more in common than our 'elite' leaders would like any of us to believe. At root, we all want the same things; a secure family, somewhere warm to sleep, a full belly, a chance at earning a decent living through our various talents - without most of it being summarily stolen at gunpoint by a minority who don't want to work themselves, the reasonable certainty that some variable combination of state, local and personal protection will keep us relatively safe from predation by the same... you get the idea!

If one wants to see 'duplicitous', one needs to look at the top (and, admittedly, to a small number at the bottom) of every society, including yours! The bit in the middle tends to be OK. And the top and bottom hate us for it; when allowed to compete on a level playing field, we prosper. Cheerfully, honestly and generously. They hate us because that's precisely what they themselves are ill-equipped and unwilling to do for themselves, preferring to obtain, through deceit and distortion of that playing field, their wealth, power and influence without honest, creative endeavour.

I might suggest that you are looking in the wrong direction when it comes to someone to blame for the world's ills. It isn't the fault of ANY middle class. Not least the American one - the part that still exists, anyway!

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 15:12 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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That is an excellent effort by this 'american' as it is lengthy and verbose. As 'american' efforts can be.

Trying to drown the most obvious fact.

'Americans' hold to their words? Nope. They use words to cover their acts. 'Americans' are duplicitous.

'Americans' are those people who started by declaring their natural rights theory that included right to freedom and ownership, kept slaves and stole an entire continent.

Get the update, it is no longer 1777 and trying to mask the most obvious facts behind some pitiful attempts to authority (knowing more 'americans' etc) is out of order. It cant work.

You'll meet two kinds of people: aspiring 'americans', they know you are lying through your teeth when painting the pictures of the other 'americans' even though they wont tell (as 'americans', they are duplicitous)
and the others that will tell you how your petty attempt at propaganda lacks any luster.

In all cases, nobody believes you. The only difference is they will tell or not.

It is no longer 1777. Get along with the page.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 17:54 | Link to Comment Mitzibitzi
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Which bit of 'I AM NOT A FUCKING AMERICAN' did you not understand?

Believe me or not, that's your choice. Don't for one second think I'd ever stick up for the actions of the US government. Let me be clear on this: THEY ARE THE BAD GUYS!

So, to some degree, is the UK, or pretty much any government in Europe. And Japan, Australia...

But get this through your thick head, your government are NOT THE GOOD GUYS. No government is. Never has been. Never will be. DEAL WITH THAT. Anyone who wants to be in charge should be forever barred from even approaching a position of authority. The fact that they pay you to spout this crap notwithstanding.

I'd suggest you read some world history, but you probably can't, as it's likely censored. Now check this out, and take a reality check... ours is TOO. The bastards who run this fucking planet don't want you to know the truth. You can't handle the truth!

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 07:38 | Link to Comment Disenchanted
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"Putin is another impediment to their plans."

 

I'm really wondering about that of late JOYFUL...Is it possible he's just pretending to be an impediment?

Just another 'false opposition' front...

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 08:53 | Link to Comment JOYFUL
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While we can't 'know' the answer to that question in absolute terms, what has become increasingly discounted by western observers, in this era of serial treachery and sell out by the ruling class there, is the very real possiblity that true patriotism, and the qualities aligned with it still exist elsewhere in the world.

As the West sinks ever deeper into the terminal stages of decay, it's harder and harder not to see stain and corruption everywhere, and to suppose that it's victory is absolute. But that is the purpose of psy-ops: to demoralize and dissuade.

From my corner, it looks to me like Mr. P might just be who he claims to be. We shall know soon enough.

 

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 07:19 | Link to Comment Seer
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Yup.  POWER cares not what flag is flying as long as it's the one holding the flag.

No gods, no masters... I'm afraid that we'll never wake up to this.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 08:36 | Link to Comment nmewn
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"POWER cares not what flag is flying as long as it's the one holding the flag."

Very true.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 09:09 | Link to Comment THE DORK OF CORK
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The capital holders must be running out of cheap workers.............

 

This must be good news right ?

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 10:05 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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Good news indeed as the resources to support work are lacking.

Could be running out of expensive workers, would be an even better piece of news.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 04:35 | Link to Comment Element
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Here's an interesting development:

China has slammed US and Euro sanctions on Iran

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wlxXxnNl34&feature=player_embedded

 

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 03:34 | Link to Comment headless blogger
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This would be good if true. We got 1 billion Chinese on the road with Big Macs and gaining weight by the second. Have you looked at one of these fat Chinese lately? It's scary. It makes wandering thru Walmart a normal experience.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 07:17 | Link to Comment Seer
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Can't help but think that TPTB are merely livestock managers for the (space) aliens who will soon come to feast...  If one views it like this then it ALL makes perfect sense.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 02:57 | Link to Comment Manic by Proxy
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Everyone relax. No problems possible for the US. Just consider that Hillarius Clinton is now SecState and intellectual giant John Kerry soon will be. With that and Dear Leader with his capable hand on the throttle of USSA, what possible harm could come from troglodyte-managed North Korea. For God' s sake, that homunculoid's name means "Brilliant Comrade".

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 02:52 | Link to Comment neutrinoman
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Exactly. The analogy with Germany doesn't work. The ratio in standard of living between East and West Germany in 1990 was about 1:4 or 1:5. Between North and South Korea, it's more like 1:30 or 1:40. Reunfication in that sense isn't going to happen in Korea.

This is just desperation. The North Korean leadership keeps trying different ways to extract food and energy from the outside, to keep the regime from falling.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 09:30 | Link to Comment Seer
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"The North Korean leadership keeps trying different ways to extract food and energy from the outside, to keep the regime from falling."

And this is something that only they do?

All others are successful, until they are not... and given the contractionary forces in play around the globe there's going to be a whole bunch of others looking to do the same.  Those painted as IMF-friendly get bailouts, while all others get sanctions...

FYI - Back during the Clinton era it was promised to help them construct a nuclear power planet.  Clinton and his clowns failed to follow through: bait and switch, with the "switch" being an empty hand.  NOTE: not saying that this wasn't the right thing to do (shudder at the though of NK commanding a nuke plant), just what has formed tensions.  That was pretty much what got NK's panties in a twist.  ALWAYS look for "invisible hand" of US meddling!

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 03:07 | Link to Comment urwright
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the idea North Korea and Germany are the actors in this play is like saying the Federal Reserve is American.

Stop with the stoopid fukin association games and call the fuck faces by their name. 

Racisism was abolished and nationalism is so last century.  Get with the program and call dictators, fascists and overlords what the fuck they are.  Why are the pundit Tyler pick so great at perspective analysis yet they write in the exact same spineless mannner as the MSM.

Tyler does the ABC media on the bottom of your page make everything here just unaccountable as anonimity is the very basis for your power - just like those who get to blame countries for personal actions?

we are all dumbmutherfukinnaggerslaves

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Sat, 01/05/2013 - 02:25 | Link to Comment jonjon831983
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You get North Korea into the arms of the West... and China loses an important buffer.  Not even in the arms of the West, just a more friendly handshake and China's buffer is now questionable.

 

Encirclement tightening.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 07:13 | Link to Comment Seer
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I like seeing others who see the Big Picture!

The West has been working on cracking all these nuts for a long time.  Kissinger was the secret weapon to crack the door to China so that the disease enlightenment could be spread.

Stupid communists are no match for Edward Bernays.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 02:08 | Link to Comment kito
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Dang.....jimmy rogers has been saying for a while that north and south korea would unite very soon...that cat is mad prescient........

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 07:13 | Link to Comment WhiteNight123129
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Yup, the old Jim stands firm on his feet firm while his eyes scrutinize the skies.

 

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 03:00 | Link to Comment Manic by Proxy
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And he'll be saying it for a good while still. Prescient? Maybe just repetitious?

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 01:04 | Link to Comment The Reich
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Re-Unite Korea!!

Kim for Prezident!

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 01:03 | Link to Comment Element
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I hope they finally do get over it though yen. Do a Burma (ok, maybe not that fricken cheesy!) and open up though. Hard to see what they have to loose, but they certainly have a lot to gain if they actually want to do that. Problem is they'll always have to reject and combat Western media propaganda and pop-kulture influences. Nothing wrong with that though, and Russia and China basically do that continuously.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 07:50 | Link to Comment tip e. canoe
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"China basically do that continuously"  "pop-kulture influences"

not so sure about that...seems to me they've bought in hook, line & sinker.

ask Banzai about the Prada store in HK and who are its biggest customers.

and ever wonder how that hack Tory Burch exploded into billionaire status in 6 short years?

go East, young man...

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 08:12 | Link to Comment Element
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Yeah, when you put it like that, it may also be better if they remain hardened-up some for what's coming.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 23:37 | Link to Comment Element
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This is unacceptable, we can NOT have axis-of-evil countries appearing like they might actually be populated by regular humans!

It is about time they got over that war 60 years ago though.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 23:46 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Element this is comic relief.  We have "sputnik" you send food.  One well placed tactical nuke removes the ' armistice line'<

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 23:16 | Link to Comment Son of Loki
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Send in Colonel Sanders (from KFC) and Ronni McD to 'negotiate' and North Korea would fold in a few months. People everywhere are the same and they like that stuff...it's pleasant...it's peaceful.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 23:16 | Link to Comment JOYFUL
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the “Vietnamese blueprint,” you say. Pity. I picked up a bit of insight into the current state of capitalism in action during a recent visit to the former socialist people's paradise, now trying out for 'best new entrant' in the fully-globally integrated wageslave economy category-Asian sector -

 and this article in particular caught my eye! http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/business/54108/foreign-firms-flee--leav...

some gems from same: "In late November, a glove manufacturing plant operated by the 100 per cent Malaysian-invested APL at the Go Dau Industrial Park in Dong Nai became empty when the Malaysian bosses ran away.

Another company, K Y Seritech VN, which makes electronic components, silently moved all its machinery and equipment out of the Amata Industrial Park in Dong Nai Province, leaving unpaid salaries and tax arrears of more than VND620 million."

 

Modern capitalism(practice, not theory!) - where the real risk always belongs to the other party, because contractual obligations are fungible, and honoring them, merely 'tradition!'

Those crazy demanding N Korean state 'managers' and their capitalist bedfellows. Sounds like a perfect match!

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 07:07 | Link to Comment Seer
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So, you're not saying that they're being set up as suckers, are you? <;/sarc>

It's the Growth Ponzi!  Deception is at the very core!

But let's think about this for a moment...  When we're down to rooting to open up NK I'd have to say that the end if pretty damn near.  Hell, I thought that when TPTB were talking up China as the salvation to the global economy.  Now NK is going to be the shining light?

This is the exponential (growth) function in all its glory.  We're shooting so straight up and fast now that we're starting to black-out, to hallucinate!

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 07:42 | Link to Comment tip e. canoe
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"Gangnam Style" all beginning to make sense now, ain't it?

next stop : Cuba

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 08:08 | Link to Comment Seer
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I think that Venezuela is next.  Cuba's just been this grudge-match thing, something that's just kind of a power-flexing: returning it to the mob for tourism isn't looking all the profitable with travel money becoming tighter.  Venezuela, on the other hand, HAS... OIL!  And with the evil Chavez on his death bed the "spreading democracy" knights are on the way... (well, they've been there, but now the big moves will be made)

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