Over the last 10 years this graduate of New York University, daughter of two computer scientists and otherwise rational adult in her 30's found herself spending more money on the services of tarot readers, palmists, clairvoyants and clairaudients (they hear voices) than some young actors spend on their cars. She paid one woman to read the sediment swirls at the bottom of a cup of Greek coffee.Silly girl. My mom would have read it for her, for free.
SEOUL, South Korea Mar 7, 2006 (AP)— North Korea reiterated its pledge not to return to nuclear disarmament talks after a meeting with U.S. officials about the communist regime's alleged illicit financial activity, a top North Korean diplomat was quoted as saying Wednesday....but fired two surface-to-air missiles in an impotent attempt to intimidate Japan as well. Unfortunately, they fired them in the wrong direction, toward China. That's got to put a warm fuzzy feeling in their Chinese benefactors' hearts, eh?
At Tuesday's meeting in New York, the Americans emphasized that moves against a Macau bank where Pyongyang held accounts were part of regulatory moves "to protect the U.S. financial system from abuse, and not a sanction on North Korea," according to a U.S. Treasury Department statement.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea test-fired two short-range missiles Wednesday, an unsettling reminder of the reclusive communist regime's ability to cause instability in the region where a standoff persists over its nuclear program.Now if we could do something for all those exported slaves in Europe....
Japan's Kyodo News agency gave conflicting details about Wednesday's launches, saying a security source in China told it the missiles were fired by mistake in the direction of China and apparently landed in North Korean territory.
However, the agency also quoted a Western military source as saying the missiles were test-fired from North Korea's eastern coast toward the Sea of Japan. At least one missile landed in the sea about 60 miles northeast of the launch site, Kyodo said, citing a Japanese defense official.
"Indications are that North Korea launched two short-range missiles," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said in an e-mail to reporters traveling with President Bush. "We have consistently pointed out that North Korea's missile program is a concern that poses a threat to the region and the larger international community," he said.
If you've studied much military history, you will know that creating an army is extremely difficult. Creating an Arab army that can come close to Western standards, especially US and Israeli standards has never been done. This is actually a huge rebuke to those who think that the Arab world is incapable of change, and are doomed to be our enemies, all of them.Weidner's fisking of an article on the Democratic party's desperate quest to pretend it has a mission statement is also essential reading.
And yes, yes, I know that lots of things can still go wrong. But if I had said a couple of years ago that a major upheaval in Iraq in early 2006 would be dealt with without the need for US intervention, and without any (that I've heard of) failures or mistakes by the Iraqi Army, most people would have called me a crazy dreamer.