Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FICTION: Swan song of the Moon

"This is INI Headlines with Veracious Tidings," announced the crisp, professional voice.

VERACIOUS TIDINGS: Good evening.  Let's get right to our top story: the breakup of the Moon.  Here's Luna Buzz, our chief investigative correspondent.

LUNA BUZZ: Veracious, China has been sending manned rockets to the Moon since 2018.  As you remember, a group of settlers died mysteriously later that year.  The Chinese subsequently discovered that their food was contaminated with melamine, resulting in everyone being poisoned.  You'll remember that melamine was the industrial chemical that was found in baby milk, with many Chinese children dying as a result, in the second half of the previous decade.

Then they discovered that the building materials were contaminated with sulfur, benzene, and a few other noxious chemicals.  The settlers were forced to live in a pure oxygen environment to compensate for the noxious fumes.

China never confirmed it, but experts suspected that China was drilling many, deep holes for mining.  It was clear from orbital analysis of the returning rockets that something heavy was being carried back to Earth.  The Moon is a rich source of helium-3, essential for nuclear fusion and fourth-generation nuclear weapons and we suspect that is what China was mining.

It appears that a spark was generated somewhere.  This caused a fire, and in a pure oxygen atmosphere, a fire is explosive, as we learned with the tragedy with Apollo 1 in January 1967.  The fire quickly spread to all buildings, killing most of the settlers.

However, the fire kept spreading, even beyond the walls of the buildings.  We are only speculating based on images taken of the moon by the James Webb Space Telescope, but it appears that China had manufactured either fertilizer or explosives in liquid form.  As Tim McVeigh showed us, fertilizers and explosives are often flip sides of the same coin.  These liquids were very dense and they spread slowly to the buildings housing the nuclear reactors.

VERACIOUS TIDINGS: How many nuclear reactors were there?

LUNA BUZZ: Only three, but these settlements were all interconnected by long tubes, passageways, in a triangle pattern.  Allowing the settlers to work without space suits drastically increased their productivity.  The burning liquids eventually ate through the walls and caused the nuclear power plants to explode.

VERACIOUS TIDINGS: I thought nuclear reactors were designed not to result in a nuclear explosion?

LUNA BUZZ: These explosions were not nuclear ones, only conventional ones.  Experts believe that the explosions were part of the breakup of the reactors.  And the design did not include a containment building, so the reactor cores melted through the floor a few meters down into the surface of the moon.

VERACIOUS TIDINGS: The China Syndrome!

LUNA BUZZ: Exactly.  Enormous cracks caused by the explosions were then filled with the burning liquids.  The fires caused the cracks to expand.

VERACIOUS TIDINGS: How could the liquid burn on the moon with no oxygen?

LUNA BUZZ: This is what makes experts suspect that the liquid was an explosive of some kind.  Just like underwater demolition requires explosives to be formulated with oxygen in them, these liquids obviously contained sufficient oxygen to burn.

Then something we do not understand at all happened. Below a number of the buildings, massive explosions occurred.  Experts believe these were caused by enormous hydrogen bombs.

VERACIOUS TIDINGS: I thought you said the reactors could not explode!

LUNA BUZZ: Experts believe these were nuclear weapons stored on the moon for purposes as of yet unknown.  Perhaps the usual safeties were disabled by the fire -- or perhaps they never had any safeties.  Nuclear weapons all contain conventional explosives to start the chain reaction and those explosives can be triggered via intense heat.

To give the Chinese the benefit of the doubt, it is possible that they had stored hydrogen bombs for use against comets or asteroids.  However, it is equally possible the bombs were stored for use against satellites and/or spacecraft of other countries, similar to how the Soviets were going to use the space platform seen in the movie Space Cowboys.

The massive explosions cracked some of the Moon.  The Moon's lack of an atmosphere allowed the Sun to add to the fracturing by means of direct heating, and then as the Moon rotated in orbit, the dark side cooled rapidly to absolute zero, causing more stress fractures via thermal cycling.  Eventually the cracks ran through enough of the Moon -- keep in mind that the numerous mines also contributed to the cracking -- to allow gravitational and orbital forces to split it in many pieces.

VERACIOUS TIDINGS: Is there any danger to Earth, the Space Station, or satellites?

LUNA BUZZ: No, the laws of physics ensures that the Moon fragments will remain in the original orbit, much like Saturn's rings.  But their erratic spin precludes any further attempt at colonization, or even prospecting.  Anyone left alive on the Moon fragments is doomed to certain death because rescue is impossible.  And the effect on Earth's tides will be immense.  Severe tides as seen at places like the Bay of Fundy are a thing of the past.  There is a good possibility of future collisions between the pieces, guaranteeing that the spectacle will be closely monitored by both scientists and amateur astronomers.

VERACIOUS TIDINGS: The moon is a harsh mistress.  Rather, was.  Thanks, Luna.

We'll be right back.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Fiction reference points

This post can be considered to be the extended footnotes for my fiction.  I consider my best story to be The demise and resurrection of North Korea.

The NATO-EU coup is probably my weakest fiction, but I wanted to add a prequel to Finland is persuaded to join NATO.  I reused names from my other fiction -- Smegma Phallusconi, Byez Rubashka, and Mettle Snickersnee -- but only the last has continuity.  Charilaos Florakis was General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece from 1972–1989.  Nikos Zachariadis was General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece from 1931 to 1956 and a major player in the Greek Civil War.  Mehmed Reshad was the Ottoman Empire sultan in command during the bloodiest years, 1909-1918, of the genocides against Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, and other Christians, resulting in almost 1.5 million deaths.  Abdul Hamid was the sultan who preceeded Reshad, in command during the Hamidian massacres of the mid-1890s when two to three hundred thousand Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, and other Christians were slaughtered.  Lucre Buchanan's first name is a synonym for money.  Torygraph is slang for the Daily Telegraph, a newspaper which slavishly supports the Tories and Britain's version of Wall Street.  Inorbit was the best I could do with the last name of Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orban.

As is typical for him, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan blathered: "The West's hypocrisy is obvious.  As Muslims, we've never taken part in terrorist massacres.  Behind these lie racism, hate speech and Islamophobia ... Games are being played with the Islamic world, we need to be aware of this."  Erdogan sided with the Charlie Hedbo murderers in Paris when he said: "French citizens carry out such a massacre, and Muslims pay the price.  That's very meaningful."  Many people believe that Barack Obama's politically motivated reaction to the Chapel Hill murders was precipitated by Erdogan.  Erdogan and Obama are far more concerned over the murders of three Muslims in the U.S. than the genocide of Yazidis and Assyrians in Syria and Iraq.  Don't ever say anything negative regarding Erdogan or you will end up in jail like the former Miss Turkey.

The Atlantic Magazine, generally one of the more liberal ones, published a surprisingly honest article regarding the reasons for Daesh's actions, What ISIS Really Wants.  To make a long story short, Daesh is interpreting the Koran literally.  Erdogan has a similar view and probably thinks of himself as the true caliph.

Turkey really is considering the purchase of Chinese missiles, with a NATO official in Brussels understating the case by stating that "It is premature at this stage to say whether Turkey's acquisition will be able to operate with the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System."  Greece really has become a friend to Russia, playing Russia and Europe against each other for its own purposes.  The part about Greece reducing the funding of its tax collection agency was the focus of a Deutsche Welle European Journal video piece a few years back, but European Journal appears to have bitten the dust.

Just as Vladimir Putin is leveraging Russians in Eastern Europe, Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban has granted ethnic Hungarians in surrounding countries, especially Slovakia, Hungarian citizenship.  He has hinted, though never actually proposed, the reattachment of the "lost territories" of Hungary which were separated from the Austro-Hungarian Empire after its loss in WWI.  Putin visited him in Budapest in February, just two days after the signing of the latest ceasefire, yet Orban stated: "Ukraine's territorial integrity was infringed.  In violation of international law, Russia has launched an action against Ukraine.  We need to support Ukraine in this matter."  Orban has criticized sanctions against Russia, though, so far, he has supported them.

Speaking of the farcical ceasefire in Ukraine, a bomb exploded in a rally in Kharkiv, killing three people and injuring at least ten.  Ukrainian forces cannot yet comply with the terms of the ceasefire, i.e. withdrawing its heavy weapons to specified lines, until the Russians stop shelling them.  Russian forces are gathering to the east of Mariupol in anticipation of the battle there to complete the contiguous land bridge from Mother Russia to Crimea.  And Lithuania is definitely worried about Putin turning his gaze to the Baltic States next and is reintroducing conscription.

Bulgaria's corruption is almost triple the EU average.  The corruption is so entrenched, Bulgaria's judicial system has failed to ever find a top political figure guilty of corruption.  Its citizens are so despondent over the situation that some of them have resorted to self-immolations as a form of protest, the same as is happening in Chinese-occupied Tibet.

Greece's debt is currently at 324 billion euros ($368 billion), with around 2/3 of that owned by the EU.  Greece's unemployment sits at 25%, with youth unemployment almost double that, and debt of 175% of GDP.  It is difficult to see how Greece can pull itself up by its bootstraps without being able to print its own money as the U.S. does.  That said, Greece's exit from the eurozone, often called Grexit, would be problematic to say the least.  Der Spiegel commented on the potential: "In order to prevent people from making a run on the banks, the country would have to temporarily introduce controls on money flows.  Transfers abroad would be banned, limits would be placed on withdrawals from automated teller machines and supplier contracts would be suspended.  It's possible that medicines and foreign food products would only be available on the black market and that they could be purchased exclusively with hard currencies."  Still, Iceland essentially went bankrupt in 2008 but is doing fairly well today, though there is a vast difference in the honesty levels of Greece and Iceland.

Operation Yazidi Forget-me-not is my daydream of what should happen to the Yazidi girls and women who have been kidnapped by Islamic State (a/k/a Daesh).  We should have rescued them as soon as they were taken, especially since they are now being sold in Islamic slave markets.  There are many online articles regarding the kidnapped Yazidi females, but readers can peruse some of the best ones here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

"The international community isn't investigating. They don't believe such a large number of women have been kidnapped by IS," said minority expert Khidher Domle, with that number being around 3000.  He has been able to talk to several captive Yazidi females via mobile phones.  He verified that girls as young as nine have been sold as sexual slaves.

France24's Leela Jacinto blogged that sexual tourism is a prime reason why IS has specifically enslaved Yazidi girls, with most IS savages joining because it is their only chance to rape many girls, especially virgins.  She noted that the IS publication "The Revival of Slavery Before the Hour" ends with the authors pining for the good old days of slavery and includes the following justification: "The desertion of slavery has led to an increase in fahishah (adultery, fornication, etc.), because ... a man who cannot afford marriage to a free woman finds himself surrounded by temptation and sin ... many Muslim families who have hired maids to work at their homes [face this problem] whereas if [the maid] was his concubine, this relationship would be legal."

This was not the first time that Islamists targeted Yazidis.  In August 2007, al-Qaeda detonated four simultaneous car bombs, killing 796 and injuring 1562.  It was the second-worst terrorist act in history, with only the 9/11 attacks surpassing it.  The Yazidis did not release casualty breakdowns, but this was probably the largest death toll of children in the history of terrorism, exceeding even that of Beslan.  Yazidis are specifically targeted because they are not "Peoples of the Book," i.e. Jews and Christians.

Obama announced support for Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF), the former of which was the same group with whom John McCain posed for photos, but they are not rebels in the Western point of view.  The SRF allied itself with al-Nusra in the past because both have the goal of removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power, but al-Nusra is a franchise of al-Qaeda.  Both groups applauded U.S bombing of Daesh, yet they decried bombing of al-Nusra.  Air strikes against Daesh were denounced by al-Nusra as "a war against Islam."  This is why many people are opposed to arming any Syrian groups because it is likely that their arms will end up in the hands of Daesh just like it was able to acquire stockpiles of weapons from the Iraqi army.

There is a growing movement to kick Turkey out of NATO for its explicit support of Daesh (view France 24 video of Daesh recruits crossing the Turkey-Syria border).  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his predecessors have fought with Kurdish groups for many years even though Kurds and Turkey are both Sunni.  Erdogan dislikes Syria's Assad because Erdogan is an Islamist Sunni and Assad is Alawite, a version of Shia, with Assad having the audacity to crack-down on Sunni "rebels" who threaten his hold on power.  Erdogan supports Daesh even though it has buried alive some of its victims, including women and children, as well as sexually enslaving hundreds of women and girls.  He has refused to allow the U.S. to use Incirlik air base to fight Daesh, even though it is by far the closest base.  Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the vehicle used in the latest car bombing came from Turkish territory.

Erdogan has not forgotten to pamper himself, having just unveiled his new presidential palace with 1,000 rooms, costing in excess of $615 million and built in a national forest, similar to how Russian President Vladimir Putin built a personal palace on the Black Sea.  Erdogan gave us a window into his soul when he ludicrously proclaimed that "Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus."  He gave us another with his misogynist comment: "You cannot put women and men on an equal footing.  It is against nature."  He referred to a female journalist as a "shameless woman," telling her, "Know Your Place!"  He pines for the return of the Ottoman Empire, just as Putin pines for the return of the Soviet Union, with Assad stating that "he [Erdogan] personally thinks that he is the new sultan of the Ottomans and he can control the region as it was during the Ottoman Empire under a new umbrella.  In his heart he thinks he is a caliph."  There's a lot of that going around today.

Erdogan's war against Kurds is typical of his hypocrisy.  He declared in front of a Turkish audience in 2008 in Cologne, Germany: "I understand very well that you are against assimilation.  One cannot expect you to assimilate.  Assimilation is a crime against humanity."  Yet Turkish leaders have insisted for years that Kurds are not actually a separate people, called them instead "mountain Turks," prevented them from speaking Kurdish, and forced them to assimilate into Turkish society.

Erdogan and Obama are two peas in a pod.  In his first presidential campaign, the latter promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide in which almost two million Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, and other non-Muslims were annihilated by the Ottoman Empire starting in 1894 with the Hamidian and Adana Massacres, but then he failed to make good on his promise.  He had another chance with the Armenian Orphan Rug, woven by 400 Armenian orphan girls living in exile in Lebanon.  It was originally given to Calvin Coolidge in 1925, with his family donating it to the U.S. government in 1982.  Since then it has mostly been in storage.  It was scheduled to be displayed at the Smithsonian in 2013, but the Obama administration cancelled it for reasons of their own, but certainly having to do with the fact that Turkey denies that its ancestor, the Ottoman Empire, committed genocide.  The rug is now on display in the White House Visitor's Center, but it is mixed together with other foreign gifts to the White House in a display called "Thank You to the United States: Three Gifts to Presidents in Gratitude for American Generosity Abroad."

After a woman is raped in Islamic countries, she has little chance of marriage, with rape victims viewed as outcasts, even as prostitutes.  Obama could give these girls and women a second chance by opening the immigration door to non-Muslims, especially Yazidis and Christians (Coptics, Armenians, Assyrians, and others) who have been the victims of Islamists.  He should even things out by closing the door to any more immigrations by Muslims, as we have had too many instances of local jihad as it is.

The Russian President's last day in office is a sardonic, sometimes bawdy take on Putin's misadventures in Ukraine.  Byez Rubashka translates to "without shirt," paying homage to Putin's practice of posing for photos without wearing a shirt.  The president's floozie is modeled after Putin's rhythmic gymnastics girlfriend, Alina Kabayeva, with Gimnastka translating to "gymnast."  Putin really does have a $1+ billion palace on the Black Sea.  Boobs-R-Us refers to Femen, the feminist organization famous for displaying breasts as a political protest, with "boobs" having two meanings.  The juxtaposition of Rubashka and Boobs-R-Us removing their shirts is intentional.  Femen is originally from Ukraine, but is now based in Paris.  Ubistvo Lyubovnik translates to "murder lover."  Ciao Kakao is Russian, rhyming slang comparable to a 1950's song, "See you later, alligator," and cannot be taken literally.  Kakao is the Russian word for "cocoa," referring to the chocolate factory Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko owns.  Labia Likov's last name is pronounced "lick-off."  Onher Chappedbutt was the best I could do with the name of Anna Chapman, the Russian spy and outstanding sex partner who was deported in 2010.  Sneg translates to "snow" (then add "den").  All other names can be researched via an English dictionary.

Currently there are more than 800,000 Russians from Ukraine who have moved to cities in Russia because their house or neighborhood was bombed.  It is unknown if they will return, especially given the animosity which has developed between Ukrainians and Russian separatists.  And the separatists who have stayed are ridiculing, beating, kidnapping, and imprisoning people with different points of view, as was true in the Soviet Union they idolize.  Whether volunteer mercenaries or Russian regulars, troops with modern weaponry arrive via Russia on a regular basis.  Some separatists fear that that the Ukrainian army will impress them into service, just as Bolsheviks did during the Russian Revolution, but as usual, the separatists have it backwards.  Russian soldiers are being sent to Ukraine to fight, and if they are captured, Russia disavows all knowledge of their orders and declares them to be traitors, similar to what happened after the end of WWII when recently released Russian POWs were sent to the gulag after arrival back home for allegedly consorting with the enemy.

The murder of 333 children, parents, and teachers at Beslan was Russia's 9/11, just like the downing of MH17 was the Netherlands' 9/11, with separatists not concerned that their side was responsible for the murder of 298 children, women, and men.  And just like George W. Bush who attempted to derail the 9/11 Commission because he knew it would accentuate his incompetence, Putin never supported an honest investigation of Beslan.  The mistakes made in Beslan ten years ago are many: ignoring warnings, allowing the savages to bribe their way through checkpoints, possibly allowing the pre-positioning of weapons in the school building, never securing the scene to prevent amateurs from triggering a bloodbath (there are photos on the Internet), and the lack of a coherent plan.  To this day it is unclear exactly what happened.  Another national screw-up was the Moscow Nord-Ost siege where many hostages died because Moscow planners failed to account for the highly toxic gas used to incapacitate the savages, with many hostages drowning in their vomit because no one was told to simply turn them onto their stomachs to allow them to vomit the poison out.  For further insights into the people of the Caucasus, search for "kavkaz" (or "Кавказ") on YouTube to find lots of videos of dancing at weddings, but also some videos (here's one) of wolves, pretty local women, and minarets interspersed with drawings of assault rifles and other military weapons.  Not surprisingly, the Islamic State has now declared the Islamic countries of the Caucasus, Chechnya, Ingushetia, and Dagestan, to be the location of their next Islamic war.

The West must draw a line and not one of Obama's amateur-hour red-lines.  If Putin wants a proxy war, then we must give him one.  Supply Ukraine with missile-firing drones, M270 MLRS, M142 HIMARS, and other relevant weapon systems, and train Ukrainians how to use them effectively.  We can bleed Russia dry by trading drone missiles for battle tanks and armored vehicles, not to mention eliminating the many Grad, Buk, and other rocket/missile systems.  And we'd better have a plan ready in case Putin's green men appear in Estonia and Latvia.

Finland is persuaded to join NATO is my daydream of what a competent politician could do vis-à-vis Vladimir Putin's hints at annexing the portions of Eastern European countries with large Russian populations.  This story is a fictionalized version of The guerrilla solution to Vladimir Putin's threats to invade Finland if it joins NATO and Barack Obama's potential JFK moment, although Obama actually appears to be a deer frozen in the international headlights.  The story starts with a mention of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 1939 which divided Eastern Europe between two ruthless dictators, Hitler and Stalin, and installed Trojan Horses in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in the form of large numbers of ethnic Russians.  Russian soldiers keep getting lost in Ukraine, so it's likely Putin has ideas about Finland too.  Herbert Hoover was given the credit he deserves for his many humanitarian missions around the world, starting during WWI and continuing past WWII.

Press conference regarding the Malvinas reconquest by Argentina is a possible outcome of an obvious gap in the UK's defense strategy.  For a number of years, Britain will not have any carriers capable of carrying fixed-wing aircraft and will only have one helicopter carrier starting at the end of 2014.  The window of opportunity will only last until the first of the new carriers is ready in 2017-18.  Argentina would never get another chance like this.  The time frame of the press conference is February 2015.  I got the idea for this story from the online comments of Brits who believe their country is the British Empire of old, even though Britain today is the land where Muslim men groom, rape, and share Sikh and other non-Muslim girls as young as 11 and police treat the victims as "stupid, naughty" girls.  The UK is the origin for a large number of ISIS killers.  And Birmingham is ground-zero for the Islamist Trojan Horse plot to surreptitiously convert public schools into madrasahs.

The demise and resurrection of North Korea is my hopeful vision of an implosion of North Korea.  Originally it was the main narrative of a larger story called The war of immiscible ideas which was presented in multiple chapters (TWOII was deleted).  Looking back with 20/20 hindsight, it is obvious that TWOII was a terrible name, though not nearly as bad as Saucy Mugwump.  I updated the narrative to reflect current events, added some characters, and improved the writing.  It all started with a BBC News story on South Korean women becoming military officers after the sinking of the Cheonan and other provocations by North Korea.  The concept of historical fiction came from B.R. Myers' book, The Cleanest Race, which noted that North Korea publishes sycophantic historical fiction regarding the life of Kim Il-sung, though I took it in a decidedly different direction.  I continued my research in Could an implosion of North Korea result in WWIII? which speculated on the events which would follow a collapse of the DPRK.

Originally, Bling Ka-ching was meant to be a rip-off of Jang Song-thaek, Kim Jong-un's uncle, but I made him a minor character, the mayor of Pyongyang, after he was executed.  Jang's real-life wife is Kim Kyong-hui who became Kim Tip-ple in the story.  She is reputed to be an alcoholic and in poor health.  The mayor and Aunt Kim are not related, though her snickering at dog food refers to the apocryphal story of him being eaten by dogs.  Yoo Tok-ki (whose name was created using the Korean word for rabbit) was the woman seen in a surreptitiously filmed North Korean video, with her frail body just about to give out.  The scenes involving orphans originated from stories in Radio Free Asia, the Telegraph, and PBS Frontline.  I obtained a point of view of China from a dissident, Bao Tong, via his Under House Arrest column.  Christian Talvela is, of course, my Jack Ryan, albeit with absolutely no explanation of his background.  This story just might be the longest blog post on the Internet.

The take-down of the labor camps was intentionally sparse because, for me, the immediate aftermath is the most interesting portion.  Also, I do not believe I could do justice to the dynamics of a raid along the lines of the one at Son Tay.  That said, it is fairly well accepted that prisoners in the labor camps would be executed during an implosion.  A UN report stated that guards "received orders to kill all prisoners in case of an armed conflict or revolution so as to destroy the primary evidence of the camps' existence."  The report "also explained that specific plans exist on how to implement the order and that drills were held on how to kill large numbers of prisoners in a short period of time."  Kim Il-sung was the creator of that strategy, as well as for Songbun, the DPRK's caste system, and the scheme where one's relatives suffer the same punishment as the accused.

From a project management point of view, the removal of Kim is critically essential.  He would need to be killed or at the very least, arrested and jailed, but Kim Jong-un has personal bodyguards in the Guard Command.  Soldiers from the 43rd Infantry Brigade recently fired on a vehicle carrying soldiers from the Guard Command, killing one of them.  As RFA noted, Kim "came unglued" and replaced the entire leadership of the Brigade.  It is likely that the Guards are pampered and therefore loyal to Kim, in contrast to the Brigade which is a special forces unit.  To eliminate Kim, one would need to penetrate the Guards.  Given the problems with the Brigade -- "Gunfights within the army show how lack of discipline has become a serious problem," said a source -- perhaps there is great resentment within the regular army for the special treatment of the Guard.  Or perhaps this was merely an incident of soldiers choosing to shoot rather than risk subsequent dereliction of duty charges if the vehicle had contained a lesser class of North Korean, similar to what happened in 2008 to when a South Korean female tourist walked over a forbidden line at the Mount Kumgang tourist resort.

China would not readily relinquish control of North Korea.  As I first mentioned in North Korea is China's useful idiot, China uses North Korea as a buffer zone against the West.  North Korea's rare earths deposits are essential to keeping China's industry humming.  China has done whatever it took to maintain the status quo in the DPRK, including deporting North Korean refugees back to almost certain death, as my posts In memory of nine North Korean orphans and China is murdering North Korean refugees noted.  And both China and Russia covet North Korea's ice-free port of Rajin.  A likely scenario, in a Chinese remake of Sherman's March to the Sea, is that Chinese armored forces blaze a trail east, with the people trapped north of Chinese forces possibly doomed to die of starvation while the armies danced.  U.S. and ROK forces intervening to prevent mass starvation could easily trigger a five-way war, including Russia trying to safeguard its railway to Rajin, given that China would not negotiate any line of demarcation and would demand that interlopers leave immediately.

The U.S. versus the accelerated dragon requires some knowledge of chess history on the part of the reader to be fully appreciated.  All character names were taken from famous chess players and the "accelerated dragon" from the title is a playing strategy.  The insects mentioned in the story actually exist and appear to be cousins of bed bugs.  Demand CS will kill them, but applying it properly and safely is crucial.

Bao Tong's commentaries, 'Mao And Deng Were The Same, And We Should Ditch Them' and Deng Xiaoping 'Opened The Floodgates' For Corruption, explained how China migrated from crazed communists to corrupt capitalists.  Another RFA editorial, The Only Thing Left For China Now is Revolution, by Wei Jingsheng, someone who served 18 years in Chinese prisons for "counterrevolutionary" activities, noted that China is essentially controlled by "26 hereditary family groups," in other words, China is no different than other oligarchies.  Last but not least is 'Everyone is Responsible For This Evil' which pointed out the evils of Mao's Red Guards who were instrumental in the millions murdered in the Cultural Revolution.  The photo on this last commentary is worth a thousand words, as it depicts a Chinese bride and groom dressed as Red Guards, suggesting that Red Guards are to China what Elvis is to the U.S.

The British Prime Minister's last day in office is fairly long and meanders through many current events and potential outcomes thereof.  It was triggered by comments from some of the survivors of the Utøya Island massacre in 2011 that they were planning to increase immigration for and give special rights to Muslims, heedless of what is happening in Britain with respect to local jihadists, in protest against the mass murder by the neo-Nazi fruitcake, Anders Behring Breivik (named Beavis, from Beavis and Butthead, in the story).  The names of the prime minister and other politicians were satirically designed, with the names of the two journalists borrowed from British and American literature.  Sweden, where headscarf fiction becomes reality was a follow-up post.  I would not write it again in its present form as it deals with too many issues.  Many people misunderstood my main point that throwing the baby out with the bathwater is not a recommended practice.

Europe has a serious problem with out-of-control Muslim men.  One Muslim man struck and killed a 22-year-old woman in Germany (see video here) after she came to the aid of two teenaged girls who were being harassed by a small group of Muslim men in a McDonald's restroom.  Germany has seen a proxy war erupt between Daesh supporters and ethnic Kurds, similar to the real war going on every day in Kobani and other places in the Middle East.  More than 1000 people have left France and possibly more have left the UK to join Daesh.  British Muslims have tried to take over schools in Birmingham and convert them into madrassahs.  Teenaged girls have been groomed for sex by Muslim men in Birmingham, Burton-upon-Trent, Manchester, Oxford, Rotherham, Telford, and many other cities throughout Britain because Muslims do not respect non-Muslim girls.  One British police officer said regarding "rape jihad": "There isn't a town, village or hamlet in which children are not being sexually exploited.  We should start from the assumption that children are being sexually exploited right the way across the country."

In Norway, a Norwegian-Pakistani imam, Fayed Sarased Ali Bukhari, seeks to establish a madrassah for 200 children in Grønland, a Muslim neighborhood in Oslo, and said: "If a person doesn't fast during Ramadan, he is mocking Islam.  And if the person is in a Muslim state, the authorities must behead him."  And an Islamic group demanded that the country cede territory for a sharia mini-state located only a five to ten minute walk from Oslo Central Station or a 9/11-style attack will commence:
We do not want to be a part of Norwegian society.  And we do not consider it necessary either to move away from Norway, because we were born and grew up here.  And Allah's earth belongs to everybody.  But let Grønland become ours.  Bar this city quarter and let us control it the way we wish to do it.  This is the best for both parts.  We do not wish to live together with dirty beasts like you.

Religious sex dolls is a one-off, disparaging religions and pretentious celebrities via bawdy humor.  It's more of an extended dirty joke.  Only people who pay attention to the American national soap opera will fully appreciate the humor.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

FICTION: The NATO-EU coup

"So, Bucks, there is absolutely no doubt it is happening tonight?" asked NATO Secretary General Mettle Snickersnee.

"You have no idea, no idea whatsoever, how difficult this was.  I cannot believe we were able to keep the news of currency printing from the psychopaths in the press, especially the British," replied Lucre Buchanan, EU Finance Minister.  "Replacing euros in ATM machines will go on for days.  I would have preferred to wait another week, but a Torygraph reporter asked me about some specifics this morning, proving that we have an internal leak.  We really had no choice but to go tonight.  At least border controls won't be much of an issue, given Greece's location at the end of the EU world."

"We'll be okay," calmly assured Snickersnee.

"And I will tell you that there are many, many people who truly regret allowing Bulgaria into the EU.  I was buttonholed again today about converting it into a non-voting member the same as ..." paused Buchanan as a few people walked by them.

"Yes, the corruption is really out of control there.  How could the bureaucrats have missed that?  Romania is bad enough, but Bulgaria is world-class at it.  I really wonder how badly our alliance is affected by it," added Snickersnee.  "At least we didn't add Bulgaria to Schengen."

"I know exactly why Bulgaria was added: EU fever.  There are many bubble-heads who believe that somehow the events of the 1930s and 1940s were perpetrated by a different species and not by humans.  Magically, everything is different today.  They are only now grudgingly acknowledging that Hungary's Inorbit is close to channeling his inner Adolf with the potential for ethnic cleansing of Slovaks and other peoples, but he's also a Rubashka groupie who admires a despot.  The only reason Hungary was not added to the agenda tonight is that, so far, it has backed sanctions against Russia.  There are rumors of an assassination plot against Inorbit," continued Buchanan.

"It's time," interrupted Snickersnee.

Both of them made their way to the large, round table in NATO headquarters in Brussels.

"It truly pains me to be the first secretary general to violate NATO's long-standing policy of consensus," began Snickersnee.  "But circumstances left us no choice."

Charilaos Florakis, Greek ambassador to NATO, scowled.  He had heard the rumors.

"We even paid for a number of prostitutes to keep certain generals and politicians busy tonight.  We needed to avoid having someone sound the alarm," continued Snickersnee.  "We were even able to entice a number of former Italian Prime Minister Smegma Phallusconi's bunga-bunga girlfriends to play a role.  I'm sure I will be pilloried over that in the coming days."

"Might that have something to do with a large number of aircraft departing Incirlik?" queried Abdul Hamid, Turkish ambassador to NATO?  "Starting about two hours ago, U.S. fighters, tankers, and other aircraft have been leaving en masse."

"I guess we did not hire enough hookers," deadpanned Snickersnee.  "Yes, but that's only part of the story."

"I believe most people will consider that to be only a sideshow of the evening's events," began Buchanan.  "Rumors are already starting to fly, but I can officially tell you that Greece will be ejected from the eurozone as of midnight tonight."

The murmur from the crowd was surprisingly loud given that the audience was composed mainly of military men accustomed to hearing terrible news, often involving the maiming and killing of a large number of people.

"Months ago, it was suggested that we plan for an ejection from the eurozone -- just in case.  We were informed of the final decision just this morning.  I gather that Greece will not be required to print drachmas because truckloads of them are speeding toward Greece as we speak," interjected Florakis.

"Truckloads," confirmed Buchanan.  "We need to have enough drachmas to allow business to continue unimpeded, so we printed exact copies of the last ones to be used.  Of course, Greece is free to print ones with images of Prime Minister Nikos Zachariadis, Russian President Byez Rubashka, or Marx -- Karl or Groucho -- if it wishes."

"This is not really the surprise many of you think it is.  Billions of dollars have been leaving Greece for months now.  Unfortunately, the wealthy have been able to shield their assets as they always do.  The poor and middle class will be the ones to suffer the greatest hardship.  But now Greece will be able to print money and take control of its economy.  I don't want to get into the details here in this forum, but the EU will provide some bridge financing to reduce some of the pain," continued Buchanan.

"But what ..." began Hamid, but Snickersnee raised his hand to silence him.

"I will admit that I was very disappointed in the previous government.  It claimed to be in favor of austerity, but then it drastically reduced the budget of the government agency responsible for going after tax cheats.  Given that Greece has a cash-flow problem largely due to the wealthy and upper middle class finding ways to avoid taxes, this was the last policy which should have been implemented," resumed Buchanan.  "I am heartened by the plans of Zachariadis to finally force Greek ship owners to pay taxes, because for decades they have been getting a free ride, literally and figuratively."

"This is all very interesting, but what does it have to do with NATO -- and Turkey," inquired Hamid.

"Let's finish with Greece first," responded Snickersnee.  "Greece has been using sanctions on Russia as a bludgeon, playing Russia and Europe against each other.  This was unacceptable.  We were unable to remove Russia from the Swift banking system, which will bring Russia to its economic knees.  Sorry, Bucks, that's your area."

"It's okay, I'm used to it," retorted Buchanan.  "As Mettle was saying, doing this will sever Russia's access to the banking system.  None of you really believed Rubashka's claims that Russia could stand alone, did you?  This, along with ... well, I won't step on Mettle's shoes like ..."

"I deserved that.  We were finally able to convince the U.S. government to supply counter-battery radars and hand-held and vehicle-mounted anti-tank weapons.  I am not currently at liberty to say where funding is coming from, but AT4s in quantity are arriving directly from Saab Bofors Dynamics.  Also, the Americans are diverting some drone assets, both missile-firing and purely observation, to the region.  There are some other assets I cannot speak of, but the tide in Ukraine will soon turn," continued Snickersnee.

Hamid cleared his throat.  Snickersnee held up one finger to signify just one more minute.

"And another thing.  I really should not say it like that because this is another major announcement.  Greece is being placed on probation with respect to the EU.  It remains in the EU, but its veto powers are eliminated.  On top of everything else, we believe it likely that Greece will stop worrying about immigration restrictions to save money.  Schengen rules will remain in place at airports for now, but we have contingency plans to exclude Greece if necessary.  Its neighbors preclude additional border and customs checks for the most part, but Schengen won't be valid for Greek passport holders at ports in the Med.  Essentially Greece has been placed on a performance improvement plan.  It is possible that Greece will exit the EU as well as the eurozone, but we'd rather it not come to that," finished Buchanan.

The Hungarian ambassador to NATO slightly nodded his head at the implied risk for his country as well.

"There's one more important detail with respect to Greece, but first we will discuss Turkey," added Snickersnee.  "Ever since Mehmed Reshad became prime minister and then president, Turkey has changed from a trusted ally to a fair weather friend.  For years, if the government attempted to revert back to Islamic control, the military intervened.  Reshad was thrown in prison for this activity.  But he kept trying.  Eventually he was able to eliminate generals with integrity and replace them with his sycophantic cronies.  Now, all of the good generals are retired, in prison, or dead.  The Ottoman Empire has been reborn."

"Reshad forbade the use of Incirlik for actions against Islamists in Syria and Iraq, while at the same time allowing Daesh recruits to travel freely through Turkey and onto the killing fields," scolded Snickersnee.

"This is all innuendo and propaganda," interrupted Hamid.

"There are quite a few videos on the Internet showing Daesh recruits walking across the border in plain view of Turkish guards," countered Snickersnee.  "But much worse yet from the perspective of NATO, Turkey is buying a Chinese missile defense system from CHICOM, a firm which remains under U.S. sanctions for dealings with North Korea, Syria, and Iran.  Not to mention that this system will be incompatible with NATO systems, as well as allowing Chinese spies access to NATO systems and data."

Hamid lowered his head and attempted to use his smart phone.

"And it's not any of NATO's business per se, but Reshad has also asked that Islamic judges try Muslims in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and other areas for crimes committed in those countries.  Possibly even worse, he is asking that Islamic judges try non-Muslims in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and other areas for crimes committed against Muslims.  In other words, he wants to implement sharia, Islamic law, all around the world.  Reshad's views are mutually incompatible with the values of NATO members," opined Snickersnee.  "Turkey has completely changed since the days it was a valued ally in the Korean War."

A few military policemen from NATO member countries walked into the room.

"I said at the outset that this will not be a consensus decision.  We have already discussed it and we will now take a vote.  Turkey is to be removed from NATO.  Finland, a country which joined the Partnership for Peace program in 1994, will join.  Greece will remain, but its voting powers will be temporarily suspended.  Turkey and Greece will not be allowed to vote for obvious reasons.  We always ensure in advance that votes are no surprise, but let's have a show of hands," prompted Snickersnee.

All representatives except for Turkey and Greece raised their hands.

"As expected, it is unanimous.  All of this will become effective as of midnight tonight, but since Finland's parliament needs to approve it, it will not become official until then.  I will be making a speech in Helsinki tomorrow morning on the subject," offered Snickersnee.

The military policemen walked behind the representatives from Turkey and Greece.

"As for the representatives from Turkey and Greece, I apologize, but I must inflict one last indignity.  We cannot allow you to communicate any of this until midnight, so the gentlemen standing behind you will take your phones, laptops, and tablets and escort you to guest quarters.  Room service will provide all reasonable requests.  We have disconnected the telephones in the rooms, but there are magazines, books, and televisions -- sorry, not smart ones -- available for you to while the hours away," added Snickersnee.  "You can communicate with anyone via paper and pencil and censoring NSA translators loaned to us for the day."

Some people chuckled because of the recent news reports explaining how smart televisions are listening to the conversations of viewers, sending the data direct to third-party data brokers.

"We need to give sufficient time for all air assets and as many ground assets as possible to leave Incirlik and the other NATO bases in Turkey," informed Snickersnee.  "Some of you have already figured this out, but we disconnected and/or jammed all wireless signals within the building as of the start of this meeting.  Things will return to normal very soon."

"And the EU will officially terminate Turkey's accession as of midnight," added Buchanan.  He switched-off his microphone and whispered to Snickersnee: "I'm out of here.  Time for the real show to begin back at the office."  He collected his things and stood up.

Hamid shook his head.

"We will meet again after the business in Finland is resolved," concluded Snickersnee.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Texas Nationalist Movement dances on thin edge with Russian separatist dalliance in Ukraine

The mission of the Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM) is to "secure and protect the political, cultural and economic independence of the nation of Texas and to restore and protect a constitutional Republic and the inherent rights of the people of Texas."  Nowhere on their mission page does it say anything about consorting with terrorists and mass murderers.

The TNM confirmed that a meeting with the Donetsk People's Republic (in Russian, Донецкая Народная Республика, or ДНР or DNR) took place in Moscow in December.  The DNR is also meeting with the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America which was founded by that great champion of liberty, former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

The DNR is not remotely the same as the Scottish independence movement which has been peaceful.  The DNR is much worse than the Basque separatist movement as exemplified by ETA, an organization responsible for well over 800 deaths.

The DNR and other Russian-assisted groups are responsible for:

Russia offers fabrications regarding its direct involvement in Ukraine even though social media posts by Russian soldiers on the battlefields demonstrate Russia's complicity.  RT and other Kremlin-controlled media outlets never air contrary opinions even though Russian soldiers are coming home in coffins, with their parents being given falsehoods instead of the truth about where their sons died (read here and here).

Yet the DNR is one of the TNM's allies.  The TNM's attitude toward Russia is pretty much the same as we saw from Walter Duranty who famously denied the repression and Ukrainian famine of Stalin's USSR.

The U.S. Constitution includes the following in article I, section 10: "No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation ... No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay."

And treason is defined as: "The crime of betraying one's country.  Treason requires overt acts and includes attempts to make war against the state, sharing government secrets with other countries, espionage, or materially supporting the enemies of one's country."

Given that the DNR is under Treasury Department sanctions, as well as Russia in general, and that the TNM trumpets the values of our "constitutional Republic," TNM leaders are dancing on a thin edge of treason and hypocrisy via their dalliance with the DNR.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Henry Kissinger is both right and wrong regarding China and North Korea in his book "World Order"

Joseph A. Bosco's article in The Diplomat, Henry Kissinger and the China-North Korea Reality, pontificated on Henry Kissinger's recent book, World Order, especially with respect to North Korea.

Kissinger was correct when he said that the Korean War symbolized "China’s determination to end its 'century of humiliation' and ‘stand up’ on the world stage."  You can see this manifested in the comments on articles in The Diplomat from Chinese nationals.  Some of them are downright foaming at the mouth against the U.S. for China's treatment over the years, though one would have guessed that Chinese anger would be greatest against the British.

Kissinger is also correct that "China and the United States have taken parallel positions in the UN Security Council demanding that North Korea abandon – not curtail – its nuclear program," because their rationales are entirely different.  The U.S. wants to eliminate a mad dog with ever-growing teeth, while China does not appreciate the DPRK's upsetting the status quo of maintaining North Korea as a buffer zone against the West.

China is somewhat like Russia in this respect.  Russia has become unhinged due to NATO creeping ever closer to its gate, even though there was never any written promise by NATO to refrain from doing so.  That said, China's attempt at controlling the South China Sea is much worse than Russia's attempt at creating Новороссия (new Russia) using Crimea, southern and eastern Ukraine, and Transdniester, because it is aggression aimed at many countries which never had anything to do with China.

But then Kissinger returned to his usual self with this statement: "In 1979, China changed course and, under Deng Xiaoping, proclaimed a nonideological foreign policy."  In truth, Kissinger and Tricky Dick got snookered by Mao and Deng.  Deng was much craftier and more foresighted than the West knows.  He realized how he could leverage the bluster and unfettered capitalism of the U.S. to make China a great power.  The proof is the vast amount of trade the West has with China, when there was never any significant trade with the USSR.

Bosco opined that the proof for the DPRK's increased aggression is the "sinking of the Cheonan and shelling of Yeonpyeong Island," but he seems to have forgotten about the 1976 DMZ ax murder incident, the 1987 bombing of KAL 858 which resulted in 115 deaths, and many other provocations which occurred before Kim Jong-un became Kim 3.0.

The police state of North Korea has remained pretty much the same the same since Kim Il-sung first created the DPRK in 1945 with the able assistance of the Soviet Union.

The CIA needs to create a poison pellet gun as small as a pencil loaded with polonium 210.  No one will notice when a brave general has it in his hands in the sycophantic crowd surrounding Kim Jong-un, because as we often see in photos, everyone in the crowd is carrying a pencil and notepad recording the ostensible pearls of wisdom emerging from Kim's corpulent cheeks.  If the CIA does it right and makes the weapon quiet, the general might not even be noticed in the act.  The Soviets were able to accomplish essentially the same thing in 1978 when they assassinated Georgi Markov in London using an umbrella as the poison pellet delivery system.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tie corporate taxes to the percentage of Americans employed there

The U.S. system of labor is broken.

Apple pays almost no U.S. corporate taxes, yet it is the fifth-largest corporation in the world.  Both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook have used subcontractors to obtain slave labor with plausible deniability.  During Saint Steve's reign, in 2010, one Apple subcontractor, Foxconn, became infamous for having 14 of its employees commit suicide by jumping off the roof of one of its factories.  Perhaps that's where Walmart obtained its idea for falling prices.  Employees were required to work 12 hours per day, and often even 16 or 18 hours in a day.  Jobs assured fawning Apple devotees at a U.S. conference in June 2010: "Foxconn is not a sweatshop" and "We're all over this."  The only thing which was "all over" was the blood of the 14 workers.  If I had been CEO at the time, I would have flown there the very next day to see for myself what the problem was.  I would have remained there until a fair and safe solution was crafted.  Jobs did not do that.  Also in 2010, 137 workers of Apple supplier Wintek were injured while using n-hexane to clean iPhone screens.  Near the end of Jobs' watch, in 2011, four workers were killed in two different explosions caused by ignited aluminum dust from iPad polishing.

More recently, BBC Panorama filmed workers at a different Apple subcontractor, Pegatron, while they were sleeping at their work stations due to over-work and fatigue.  A BBC reporter masquerading as a worker was required to work 18 12-hour days in a row and experienced shifts as long as 16 hours.  Tim Cook's reaction was somewhat different than his predecessor.  He channeled his inner Kim Jong-un and declared that Apple is "deeply offended" by the BBC investigation.  Like Jobs, he did not soil his hands by personally investigating the matter.  At least he did not refer to the BBC as "human scum."

H-1B visas are often touted as job creators, yet the vast majority of them are used for people with only a B.S. degree, usually from India.  Politicians often claim that these visas are only used for highly-skilled people, but that would only apply if they were used for people with M.S. or PhD degrees.  H-1B visas are mostly used to replace American workers with cheaper foreign ones, often after having to train their replacements.  Microsoft's Bill Gates appeared before Congress many times to plead for still more H-1B visas, with Microsoft being world-class in outsourcing jobs to other countries and using H-1B visas in the U.S.  And note that "immigration reform" calls for still higher numbers of H-1B visas to be issued.

The majority of jobs being created in the U.S. are low-paid ones, with many people being forced to work multiple part-time jobs.  The BLS U6 statistic notes that 11.2% of the population remains either unemployed or underemployed, a far cry from the farcical official figure of 5.6%.

President Bill Clinton promised that granting permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to China would "increase U.S. jobs and reduce our trade deficit."  Doug Bandow of the libertarian Cato Institute opined: "It is primarily U.S. exporters who will benefit ... the silliest argument against PNTR is that Chinese imports would overwhelm U.S. industry.  In fact, American workers are far more productive than their Chinese counterparts.  Moreover, Beijing's manufacturing exports to the United States remain small, about half the level of those from Mexico.  PNTR would create far more export opportunities for American than Chinese concerns."

In fact, giving China PTNR and allowing it to join the WTO has caused our trade balance to drastically increase (graph uses Census data).  And Obama's newest free trade treaty allows foreign corporations operating within the U.S. to appeal key American legal or regulatory rulings to an international tribunal with the power to overrule American law.


We need a more equitable solution.

Congress should repeal all corporate tax law and replace it with one that is inversely proportional to the percentage of American employed by that corporation.  There will be two components, direct and indirect.  Direct refers to actual employees anywhere in the world.  Indirect refers to parts, products, tools, and means of production and sale.  For example, Walmart has a large work force in the U.S., but it has an even larger one overseas manufacturing all of its products.  So Walmart and Apple might pay a 60% corporate tax, while a shop selling nothing but toys made in the USA would pay 0%.

Politicians would ponder over whether all employees should be counted the same or whether those with advanced degrees should count for more than those with only a high school education.  Both approaches have their merits, but all employees should be counted equally for two reasons.  First, it would be more difficult to calculate a mixed work force.  And second, jobs requiring only a high school education are becoming rare, except for retail and restaurant, so this would further motivate companies to move factories back to the U.S. for a tax advantage.

There would be problems, to be sure.  For example, should farms be included in this scheme given that they would pay a near-zero rate?  And what about firms which do nothing but R&D with local materials?  If R&D firms obtained a near-zero rate, politicians would need to close the obvious loophole of firms attempting to paint themselves as R&D to avoid paying taxes.  Tim Cook would be the first one in line for that loophole.

Pessimists would note that after companies brought all production back to the U.S., corporate tax collection would be drastically diminished.  We should be so lucky.  But in reality, this would result in many Americans being hired, with them paying more taxes, so the problem would somewhat even out via the best possible implementation of trickle-down economics.

If we don't repair our labor system, we will soon live in a country where the wealthiest 1% own more than everyone else.  Jack Welch, former GE CEO, was given a going-away present of $417 million, but just imagine how many middle class jobs that amount would have funded.  To paraphrase Carly Fiorina: there is no golden parachute that is American CEOs' God-given right anymore.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A peace treaty to end the Korean War

The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, has proposed talks at the highest levels, saying: "Depending on the mood and circumstances, there is no reason not to hold a high-level summit."  He announced that Seoul, Pyongyang, or any other Korean city would be acceptable for the talks.  If he traveled to the ROK, it would make him the first leader of the DPRK to visit South Korea, though a South Korean president, Kim Dae-jung, did travel to Pyongyang for a summit, albeit for a substantial bribe to Kim's father, Kim Jong-il, during the dark days of the Sunshine Policy.

Kim made his announcement after Sony released The Interview, proving that the movie was not a deal-breaker.  Many Americans laughed at the portrayal of Kim in the movie, but perhaps they should have laughed equally loud at Sony, which negligently used a song in it without signing any agreement, not to mention that it would be a violation of federal law for Sony to release a movie depicting the assassination of a sitting U.S. president.

At first glance, this would appear to be a momentous step for the third leader of the DPRK to take.  But then he added a prerequisite familiar to DPRK watchers, saying: "In a tense mood of such war-preparatory exercises, trust-based dialogue can't be possible, and North-South relations can't move forward."  He was referring to the actions of the U.S. military, participating in war games with the ROK and flying B-52 bombers in a not-so subtle hint that the U.S. could easily convert the DPRK into a barren wasteland.

Kim does not appear to understand the current U.S. appetite for cost-cutting.  If a permanent peace treaty were to be signed, the U.S. Tea Party and other groups would quickly demand an end to the 28,500 U.S. troops being stationed on the Korean Peninsula.  In 2012, the U.S. spent $3.1 billion to retain troops there, with South Korea adding $765 million (the 2014 figure for the ROK was $866.86 million), with the U.S. military being in the middle of a $11 billion modernization project.  The U.S. Defense Department is pinching pennies everywhere it can, including proposing to eliminate $1 billion in subsidies to military commissaries, a much-appreciated system for the benefit of military families which has been in existence since 1879.  The DOD has proposed to eliminate the infantryman-loved A-10, saving $3.5 billion over the next five years. And in Europe, the U.S. is closing 15 military bases, projecting to save half a billion dollars each year.

The peace treaty would need to be comprehensive and serious.

Perhaps the most important issue is the massing of 10,000 artillery pieces just north of the DMZ, with these pieces being able to hit Seoul.  They are a mix of traditional artillery pieces, many with chemical munitions, and the Katyusha-style rocket launchers which can quickly send large numbers of warheads.  These weapons would need to be moved completely out of range of Seoul.  And weapons inspectors, ROK and international, would need to be free to inspect the old sites without prior notice to ensure that they do not somehow find their way back home.  Currently these weapons are situated in reinforced bunkers.

A conversation would need to be had on the subject of the DPRK's regressing back into its old habits.  Given its history, it is possible that Kim would interpret the above as weakness and an opening, i.e. as soon as U.S. troops left, the artillery pieces would be moved back into position.  It would need to be made clear to Kim that the reaction of the U.S. would be the elimination of the assets by air interdiction before they were moved back into position.

A major sticking point would be North Korea's nuclear weapons program.  The DPRK's propaganda holds that nuclear weapons are essential to maintaining an independent country, but the world would not accept an ongoing nuclear program.  North Koreans have been told on a regular basis how it was the South which invaded in 1950, when in fact it was the reverse, and that "the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet warmongers ... are challenging the DPRK's measures," with the U.S. and the ROK's "despicable reptile media" misinterpreting the DPRK's position.  The world would require unannounced visits to all nuclear facilities by international weapons inspectors and an end to nuclear weapons production and testing.

Both sides would need to accept military observers from the other side who would be embedded in important military functions.  This would serve two purposes.  First, it would make it difficult for any hostile actions to be initiated.  And second, it would insidiously change the attitude of northerners who would see with their own eyes the successful South.  If the ROK's leaders are smart, they would propose that police officers from both sides work alongside their counterparts for a day or two at a time.

Another sticking point would involve its labor camps, which in many respects resemble Nazi slave labor camps, where as many as 200,000 people are being held in sadistic conditions.  Kim would first need to acknowledge that the camps exist, something which the DPRK has always denied, with the massive amount of evidence, including satellite photos, providing the proof.  All political prisoners would need to be released and sent home.  It would be necessary for a team of North Korean and South Korean judges to review the charges against the prisoners to ensure that all political prisoners were set free.

Kim would need to agree to stop imprisoning or executing North Koreans who attempt to escape, policies which only repressive countries such Cuba and China have implemented, with many of these people traveling via an underground railroad, often to Thailand.  This policy best exemplifies the DPRK's attitude toward its people, that they are mere chattel.  Both Koreas would need to have a chat regarding the disposition of people the DPRK deemed undesirable, with the best outcome being deportation to the ROK.

One area which would need to be handled by the UN or NGOs concerns orphans.  The DPRK abandons them like yesterday's fish, but the ROK gathers them up in orphanages with southerners rarely adopting them.  Given that orphans often die of starvation and exposure on the streets, the two Koreas would need to agree that the ROK could rescue them, perhaps via NGOs, simply by driving buses to all cities and searching for them.

There would be some side benefits of a permanent peace treaty.  The U.S. would finally be able to completely eliminate its stores of land mines, as the Obama administration decided to get rid of all of them bar the ones used in the DMZ, where over one million currently reside in deterrence to over 4000 North Korean tanks and a plethora of special forces troops which would stream across the DMZ in case of war.

After the DMZ is cleared of mines and Korean War casualties removed, it can be transformed into a nature preserve, something unique in Asia, though the mine clearing would need to be done slowly and as quietly as possible to avoid having the wildlife run away.  The nonprofit DMZ Forum notes that the DMZ and the contiguous Civilian Control Zone contain Asiatic black bear, leopard, lynx, Siberian musk deer, hundreds of bird species, and white-naped and red-crowned cranes, many of which are endangered, as well as five rivers.  It might help to mention to Kim that he would be fondly remembered for the creation of one of the world's premier nature preserves, similar to the European Green Belt which was built along the route of the former Iron Curtain.

Business interests in South Korea are planning to build-out the DMZ after a peace treaty is signed.  They have already announced their desire to build in one of the river deltas.  This would need to be stopped cold because once building started, it would continue until the DMZ looked like downtown Seoul with the addition of a small fountain named Crane Park.  The Potemkin village of Kijong-dong should be eliminated and Daeseong-dong and Panmunjom prevented from growing.  All future roads and railways would be built in tunnels under the DMZ and when existing ones require major reconstruction, they would be razed and moved underground.  Luckily a number of tunnels already exist (a little North Korean humor there).

Perhaps Kim would agree to the creation of a coast-to-coast hiking trail in the DMZ where Koreans can peer out over wildlife and nature and where rangers, teams of northerners and southerners, prevent poaching.  The DMZ kept Koreans apart for over 60 years, but now it would bring them together.