China ‘ready to abandon North Korea’

 

 

Wikileaks cables reveal China ‘ready to abandon North Korea’ | World news | The Guardian.

China has signalled its readiness to accept Korean reunification and is privately distancing itself from the North Korean regime, according to leaked US embassy cables that reveal senior Beijing figures regard their official ally as a “spoiled child”.

…younger generation Chinese Communist party leaders no longer regarded North Korea as a useful or reliable ally and would not risk renewed armed conflict on the peninsula,…

The article points out that China would see a massive flood of refugees if DPRONK collapses, but would be willing to take in only 300,000.  Then they would use their military to close the border.

Although the leak of diplomatic emails is totally wrong, it does shed some new insight into relations between China and North Korea.  Unfortunately, it won’t change how Kim Jong-il runs the country, and it won’t avert a probable power struggle for control of the isolated nation when he dies.

 

Migration Map

Map: Where Americans Are Moving – Forbes.com.

Really cool map from Forbes – clink on the link to see the map.  You can then click on any county in the US to see in and out migration,  check out California and the Northeast!

Hot Times

via As Glaciers Melt, Science Seeks Data on Rising Seas – NYTimes.com.

Scientists long believed that the collapse of the gigantic ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica would take thousands of years, with sea level possibly rising as little as seven inches in this century, about the same amount as in the 20th century.
But researchers have recently been startled to see big changes unfold in both Greenland and Antarctica.

Rising sea levels threaten the livelihood of millions of coastal residents, but no one is planning for the time when they must move.  The biggest problem is that climate scientists are unsure of how much the level will rise – anywhere from 3 to 6 feet, according to the best estimates.  But it could be more.

To a majority of climate scientists, the question is not whether the earth’s land ice will melt in response to the greenhouse gases those people are generating, but whether it will happen too fast for society to adjust.

Sea level has changed many times in the past 4 billion years.  The problem now is that many millions of people live in land that could be underwater by the end of this century.  And half of the of the world’s 6billion-plus people live within 150 miles of a coast, and could be endangered by storm surges.

“The past clearly shows that sea-level rise is getting faster and faster the warmer it gets,” Dr. Rahmstorf said. “Why should that process stop? If it gets warmer, ice will melt faster.”

Cartogram of the Midterm Elections

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无户口人员也须普查登记–江西新闻网 – Chinese Census

无户口人员也须普查登记–江西新闻网.

My friend is teaching English at a small university in China.  She and her colleagues were counted as “foreigners” in the first Chinese census in a decade.  When the census worker arrived, so did the photographers.

100 Years Abroad – U.S. Presidents On the World Stage

Features: 100 Years Abroad – U.S. Presidents On the World Stage – The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies – Grand Valley State University.

One-hundred years ago this month, just days after the 1906 midterm election preserved a Republican majority in Congress, President Theodore Roosevelt and First Lady Edith Roosevelt headed south for Panama on board the U.S.S. Louisiana.  Not for the first time in his presidential career, Roosevelt was breaking new ground.

Since 1906, eighteen U.S. presidents have taken 243 trips abroad — throughout the western hemisphere, to Europe, to Africa, and to Asia.[3] They have demonstrated the beneficence and bellicosity of the United States, helped design post-war settlements, negotiated and signed treaties, and inspired foreign peoples with memorable words.  Perhaps most significantly, they have signified the expansion and evolution of American interests.

We talked briefly about this in class today, with regards to President Obama’s trip to India. The full article is worth reading.  Clink on the link above.

NYTimes maps the Election

The Map Room: The New York Times Maps the 2010 U.S. Midterm Elections.

Detailed, immersive, easy to use — really well done overall.

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