FOD Fireball’s Observations of the Day August 4th thorough 7th 2017

Additional Sanctions Imposed on North Korea

The UN Security Council is credited with imposing ‘tough new’ economic sanctions on North Korea.  Good.  It’s also important to note the Security Council was unanimous in approving these sanctions including support from both China and Russia.  United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson currently at the ASEAN summit in the Philippines indicated, “The best signal that North Korea could give us that they’re prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches. Those sanctions; they will take time to have an impact. Secretary Tillerson said the US will be monitoring implementation of the sanctions to ensure they are enforced by all countries.  Will they at last bring Pyongyang to the realization that a nuclear ICBM capable will not be tolerated?  I doubt it.  In the 25 through 27 July edition of FOD, I noted I don’t believe Kim Jong Un will be persuaded, as he is still able to control all aspects of his government’s supply and demand systems.

He allowed his people to suffer widespread famine and all previous attempts to isolate he and his “family business” government have neither deterred nor abated the progress of his nuclear development program.  For him, this is just more of the same and he can point to outside nations as responsible for his people’s further hardships.  The only way he will discuss any change of direction of his nuclear program is if he is assured regime change and the reunification of the Korean peninsula is somehow not a long term goal.  Then of course we would be supporting another dictator with an abysmal record on human rights.  What you think Friends of FOD?

 

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FOD Fireball’s Observations of the Day April 22 through 24, 2017

March for Science

Lovers of science braved the rain on Saturday, the 22nd  to march in Washington DC.  There were obvious political overtones, but generally, Science Lovers Hit Streets to Demand Respect and Funding I was impressed by the signs:  “I just came for the pi,” Without science, it’s just fiction,” and the best one, “No Science, No Beer.”  Organizers are concerned about the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to health and science.  If we want to lead the world, we must lead with scientific knowledge.  Coincidentally the National Endowment for the Arts is again under attack.  Not so much for what they have been doing as much as a desire to cut their funding in total.  In March of 2017, a proposal to eliminate all federal funding for the program was put forward by the Trump administration.  I can’t believe we can’t find $150M to fund this important endeavor.  Let’s cut out a couple trips to Mar-a Lago.  Science helps us to live, but the arts are what make us human.

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