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North Korea’s been Strangled Between Two Superpowers for 70 Years – Can You Blame The “Rocket Man” for his antics?

9 Mar

By Mike McGee

In my humble opinion the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will result, in 2018, in the denuclearization of North Korea, the withdrawal of all US troops, and the establishment of ties between the two Koreas. Trump and Kim are very much alike. They should have no trouble negotiating a deal.

There is a lot of history leading to this point. Let’s look at how we got here.

China and the United States, for different reasons, have conspired together since maybe 1949 to keep North Korea poor and isolated. The historic reasons were perhaps adequate 70 years ago, even 40 years ago. South Korea was able to establish itself as a first-world economic power using Capitalistic means. That’s a good thing.

The lack of examination of the need for near total strangulation means that this ancient history has led in a straight line to today. And history does not create the same outcome as it did back in 1949. We need to pay attention to what’s going on now. For the last 30 or more years the American rationale for continuing to blockade and strangle North Korea has faded from year to year. Our government has ignored these changes and has acted. This includes Clinton, the Bushes, Obama and Hilary Clinton. All have been in denial and turned the other way.

The most catastrophic current consequence of the imposed isolation and blockades are the impoverishing and weakening of the 25,000,000 civilian citizens of North Korea. North Korean defectors who make it across the border to South Korea are almost always underweight and undernourished. Many are infected with dozens of parasitic worms, some as long as 11 inches. These type worms were eradicated in South Korea in the 1970’s. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/world/asia/north-korean-defector-parasitic-worms.html

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Global Warming: Darwinian Evolution in Humans?

12 May

By Mike McGee

Most scientists have a difficult time looking at the possibility of the Darwinian evolution of the physical form and structure of human beings in responses to challenges from the environment. We can easily see how a plant or a lower animal can alter its structure and very being, or become extinct either locally or widespread, under evolutionary pressures exerted over only a very few years.

Global warming is almost certainly a product of the increase in the population of the earth from 2 billion to 7.5 billion souls in the span of less than a century. It is mathematically definite that the increase in body heat and cooking fires and auto engine heat alone will raise the natural planetary temperature to some degree. Add on factories and HVAC and land denuded for agriculture or meat, and other things needed to sustain a larger population, and there is even more natural and inevitable pressure increasing the planetary temperature. Continue reading

Repeal Obamacare: don’t fall for the BIG LIES

25 Apr

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By Mike McGee

Nancy Pelosi, a Democratic member of the US Congress, said as a flat-out fact recently: “Health care is a right for all, not a privilege for the few.” Hilary Clinton recently said that changing Obamacare and a few other things “will take our country in the wrong direction.” Both of these are Big Lies. If you’re going to call out Trump for lies, you have to do the same for the opposition. Continue reading

Dismantling Mass Incarceration by reducing recidivism, reoffending and the revolving door

16 Mar

By Mike McGee

It’s a fallacy to look only at the prisons and the police to find solutions to reduce mass incarceration in America. Reoffending and going back to prison generates a lot of the prison population. There are many ways to reduce the prison population by reducing reoffending. Continue reading

The Flint Water Crisis: Practical and inexpensive solutions, and a hint of scandal

5 Feb

Flint Water Tower (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Without minimizing the culpability of those who created and have perpetuated the Flint water crisis, much less the pain of the citizens, I want you to consider that the crisis in Flint, Michigan, is not quite as catastrophic as it seems. Continue reading

Why the Academy Awards Are Now Irrelevant: The times, they are a-changin’

27 Jan

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

By Mike McGee.

The Oscar nominations for 2015 demonstrate that the Academy Awards and the whole structure behind them are rapidly becoming obsolete and irrelevant. Actually they may already be irrelevant, holding on only to past glory. The racial issue is only one more symbol of the obsolescence of the formerly great institution. Continue reading

America Needs Russia as an Ally

14 Jan
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, passes by US President Barack Obama, left, as Chinese President Xi Jinping smiles, at right, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in Beijing. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service)

(AP Photo/RIA Novosti)

By Mike McGee

President Obama and John Kerry and Congress are making a big mistake by constantly working at odds with Russia at this time in history. Russia is in a position to be a natural ally of the US, and we should not chase them off. Continue reading