Saturday assorted links


1. Corruption is okay as long as it stays at home. The problem with the descendants of the corrupt is that they don't wish to reside in China and wish to take the family fortune elsewhere. Bad move. All was fine when the first generation corrupt took their ill-gotten gains to Singapore, because the gains eventually found there way back to China (where Singapore's sovereign funds mostly invest). Investing in real estate in the US and Canada (as do the Russian corrupt) is an insult that won't be tolerated in China (Anbang anyone?). One might call this the "China First" policy.

Don't mess with Stamford, a poor bluejack, sap like me.

3: Cue the Dems whining that we didn't attack North Korea... from now up until the point that they can complain that we did attack North Korea.

If we don't use every world event to stoke our prejudice about fellow Americans ..

this seems risky gambit. Saying "look buddy, we don't really want to kill you" is not really the same as "love, love, love."

I suppose you think that is funny, but it is in fact a way to destroy a great nation.

Which elected Democrats are saying that?

3 uhhh, because he's the leader of a sovereign nation? Or are assassinations acceptable now? Or maybe this is just a shitty click bait article...

Well I'm a dope. The article is actually pretty interesting. Never judge an article by its headline

#3 The US had a clear shot at killing Kim Jong Un

...what a wonderful, rational, ethical US foreign policy --- US government should just kill people it doesn't like, especially foreign national leaders.

of course the US has done a lot of that already and the results are just great (?)
Obama established Presidential "authority" to summarily kill anyone in the world (including American citizens).

North Korea has nuclear weapons for the very sane reason of deterring US attack... and it works very well.

Even non-nuclear war with North Korea would be catastrophic for all parties.
These armchair-generals are extremely bold with other peoples' blood.

@#3 - I think this article is clickbait, the "Business Insider" has a habit of printing suspect articles. While technically assassinations violate a Congress passed law (and arguably unconstitutional law), the real beef with this article is it is from an unverified source of doubtful authenticity: "When North Korea launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile in the early-morning hours of July 4, US military and intelligence personnel watched for a full 70 minutes, a source told The Diplomat's Ankit Panda. "

I don't even think the US satellites, granted there is a Hubble telescope 'pointed in reverse' that can supposedly read a license plate from outer space, have the range to watch somebody for a full 70 minutes. Recall that unless you are a geosynchronous orbit, you cannot 'hover' for a long time in outer space, but rather you sweep by. So if the US has a network of satellites constantly sweeping by North Korea, they cannot observe Kim for a full seventy minutes.

Could have been a stealthy drone, could have been an armed drone. In fact that is probably the interpretation Kim is supposed to take.

Killing a belligerent tyrant who repeatedly violates the terms of the armistice (a truce means that the war isn't over) and other international agreements is absolutely morally acceptable (sorry, pseudo-Kantians).

3. Should Trump be impeached for failing to take out Kim? I recall Sean Hannity lashing out at Clinton for failing to take out Osama bin Laden. Of course, Kim might have the capability to wipe out entire cities, while bin Laden could only crash high jacked commercial airplanes into buildings. Who is the greater threat: Kim or Hannity?

6. Larry Summers' stock went up a good chunk after my read of his excellent piece on Kenneth Arrow. Thanks for the link.

The stock of Larry Summers did not especially go up all that much for his comments as I see them as part of an egomaniacal self-promotion, it repeatedly being pointed out that he was Arrow's nephew, not to mention also Samuelson's. So, the greater Arrow, the greater Summers, implicitly.

That said, it is indeed an excellent piece, and it fits well with what I knew of Arrow, which was nowhere nearly as much as Summers knew. Whatever one thinks of Summers, Arrow seems to have been not only supremely brilliant, but a very fine and nice and honorable person, someone to be both deeply respected and liked.

Look Summers got fired for saying men are smarter than women. And it's true. But what were the next ten words? No one game a chance to say what he thought in his mind which was that also, Women are Stronger than Men.

Sorry, Rayward, you are wrong. That weakened him, but senior Harvard faculty supported him on that one on academic freedom grounds. He had also been weakened over the Cornel West matter as well as messing with the Law School.

What did him in was lying to the Harvard faculty about getting some admins to go easy on Andrei Shleifer after Harvard had to cough up $22 million to get him off the hook for his shenanigans with AID money in Russia, which Summers had a hand in providing. Those senior Harvard faculty who had previously supported him did not like this and went to the Corporation Council. That was it. Dave Warsh has published accounts of this.

A Harvard faculty member told me that the real reason for Summers' firing was his campaign to end some dubious practices regarding research funds controlled by faculty members. I don't remember the details, but it sounded reasonable that faculty members would be angry about having their extraordinary privileges monitored or reduced.

5. Place is great, thank god I went there two months ago, before you and NYT blew this place up. if you want sweetbreadmeta meals.

I like the item on the menu labeled "Fried Gluten Ball". Must try.

I can't believe you lie on your twitter handle profile

That's not my twitter handle. Hazel Meade is the name of a character from a Heinlein novel , so obviously more than one person could be using it.

#5. Did the low carb diet trend end and I not notice? If so why? What's up with the grain bowls?

I'm not sure if it got its eviction notice, but it's in the shade of circumstance. It's mostly a breakfast thing. I will do research and reporting on findings.

3: How do we know that was actually Kim Jong Un instead of a decoy? It would be to say the least embarrassing to violate who knows how many international laws and covenants by flinging some missiles at the guy -- only to discover that the real Kim Jong Un is still alive.

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