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  •  The most important news of the week (5+ / 0-)

    http://www.cnn.com/...

    This should be front page news here but we will be lucky if it even makes it to the recommended list.

    •  it's everywhere. (2+ / 0-)
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      Jeff Y, DeadHead

      but the armed drones on US soil aren't.

      (well, i know what you mean, but we DID have to dig out from this little nor'easter here, ayah.)

      There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

      by greenbird on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:49:38 PM PST

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    •  Then, you should rec the diary that just posted: (7+ / 0-)

      Reuters: "likely" nuclear test in North Korea 2 hours ago

      I agree, it's terrifying. They must be stopped.

      •  How? n/t (6+ / 0-)

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:54:25 PM PST

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        •  I have no idea. (5+ / 0-)
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          JeffW, Aunt Pat, Jeff Y, greenbird, Eric Nelson

          But I hope somebody knows.

        •  Options that have been discussed (2+ / 0-)
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          greenbird, Calamity Jean

          First, ignore anyone described as a North Korea "expert". There are none.

          Pressure can be put on Chinese companies to stop trading with NK. Overseas bank accounts can be frozen. Exports from NK can be blocked under international law against trading goods made with slave labor. Less foreign currency means fewer ways for the regime to buy internal support.

          The exact opposite might also work. More trade bolsters the emerging merchant class. Eventually they might undermine the government.

          There's room to increase news broadcasting into the country. Some fraction of the population has radio and TV receivers that can be tuned away from the government channels. Illegal as hell, but it happens. Creative things might be done with stealth drones.

          Every time the regime tries to clamp down on smuggling, the new border guards develop a mutually profitable relationship with the smugglers, and are then able to bribe the special anti-corruption inspectors.  Foreign DVDs get into the country all the time. South Korean soap operas are teaching North Koreans that there is prosperity south of the border. If someone offered more money to Chinese smugglers to smuggle in more memory sticks of contraband, they would do it.

          China could be negotiated with to move up their plans. They probably aren't letting Kim Jong-Il's oldest son live in China by accident. Rumor speaks of large troop deployments along their border with the DPRK. One report claims the PLA has their own troops providing security at a "special economic zone" inside NK.

          Someone could offer Kim a few billion dollars and residence in China. He could live even better there, and without worrying about insurrection.

          Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

          by Dogs are fuzzy on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 09:51:31 PM PST

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          •  make tunnel from (0+ / 0-)

            cape cod to the vineyard THEN to china ...
            get rich making bumper tags ...

            There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

            by greenbird on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:30:20 PM PST

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      •  I saw that (4+ / 0-)
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        Aunt Pat, Eileen B, Eric Nelson, JeffW

        It's sounding more and more like that idiot kid who's in charge over there is even more unhinged than his old man was.

        I wonder if his middle name is "Dubya"?

        "I'm so happy 'cause today I found my friends, they're in my head. Light my candles, in a daze 'cause I found god." - Kurt Cobain

        by Jeff Y on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 09:01:12 PM PST

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    •  Why? Every mention I have seen has essentially (0+ / 0-)

      a Cavuto mark in the wording.  (may, could, unconfirmed)

      "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

      by MTmofo on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 09:02:19 PM PST

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      •  Because its a nuclear bomb (0+ / 0-)

        in the hands of one of the top 5  fricking crazy nations in the world.

        They are using those terms because it just happened.  It takes a few moments to publicly declare a top secret nuclear test as proven.  

        If you must hold onto doubts until the absolute last moment fine but I personally find it more likely that NK did a nuclear test than that NK developed some kind of magic earthquake machine.

        •  After preparations at their nuclear test site. (1+ / 0-)
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          greenbird

          After threats to test a bomb.

          We'll know with more confidence after the seismic readings have been analyzed and the source pinpointed. We'll know even more if radioactive gas escapes.

          Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

          by Dogs are fuzzy on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:01:31 PM PST

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    •  rec a posted diary enuf and it is guested to fp (0+ / 0-)

      via one of the fp olympians.

      i seen it.
      so go rec the diary -- unless you have so little power, the starz have gone out and you can't. like me.

      so post a comment, at least that might help get it on the lookame list...

      gimme a break here: i'm still squinting from having no light or heat and it hurtz !!

      There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

      by greenbird on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:28:20 PM PST

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