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You have to love this! August 12, 2017

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Source: Yahoo News, Popsugae

LOL!

He just doesn’t care August 12, 2017

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To save money on the payroll, Trump has to fire all 755 state dept employees expelled by Putin.

Source: Yahoo News

Being a business man, Trump should know this at least. Apparently he doesn’t. Maybe he want to let them go.

Well, the State Department budget will be cut by 25% anyway. The layoff of 755 in one fell swoop will help to speed up the process a lot.

Let’s get the pink slips flying. American’s State Department has done a lot of bad things to other countries in the world for 70 years already. A 25% cut across the board in that department is a good start.

The next target: DoD?

I told you so August 3, 2017

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Just like what I’ve predicted that a grand jury will be formed by Mueller for Trumps and their cohorts a day or two ago.

Grand jury assembled in Trump-Russia investigation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40820863

How come a grand jury is panelled so fast into Mueller’s invedtigation? What Mueller have on Trumps?

Is it all Sessions’ fault?

Will indictment be next for Trump Jr. and/or Kushner?

Will immunities be offerred to Flynn and Manafort to get a bigger fish?

Will Trump, Trump Jr. and Kushner be forced to answer questions under oath?

Is it too late to fire Mueller and Rod Rosenstein?

Will Trump be impeached by the House after 2018 election after Republican lose the House to Democrats?

Will Trump resign?

All interesting questions and Trump probably can’t help but ask himself in days and weeks to come?

That’s your government at its best August 3, 2017

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Spending our money! 

More of it by a Republican-controlled Congress.
Republican Party = Democratic Party

Both parties are shameful, wasteful, deceitful, corrupt and reprehensible.

This is American democracy at its best.

Do you want it? You can have it.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/08/02/john-stossel-trump-budget.html

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Source: NATIONAL DEBT CLOCKS . ORG

Mueller and Grand Jury August 2, 2017

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It takes many lies to cover up the first lie.

We all knew how it got started; an innocent email promising dirt on Hillary:

This was how the first lie got started from the very top:

Then there was the 2nd lie to cover the first one:

Then the third:

There will be more lies later. Just wait and see. Some lies have already said behind closed doors but we don’t know what they were. More lies from Trumps will come and the situation isn’t pretty for Trump or the Jr.

We all know they lied. Trumps all know that we know they lied. Mueller knows that Trumps lied. Trump and Junior are betting that the Mueller can’t proof anything.

If he can, Trump has to step down and Jr. may have to spend some quality time behind bars.

Trump and Jr. are scared because they have too many skeletons behind closed doors and some Republican Senators are doing their best to protect Sessions from being axed by Trump.

Don’t believe for a moment that there won’t be any more leaks from the WH despite Kelly’s appointment.

2nd Korean war July 31, 2017

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Source: BBC News

Is it a S. Korean problem?

No doubt about it. 

Instead of raining cats and dogs, DMZ, Seoul and a big chunk of S. Korea will see bombs of all sorts raining down from the sky before the U.S. can surgically nuetralize threats from N. Korea missile sites. There might be nuclear, bio and chemical varieties.

S. Koreans won’t like Trump’s call for actions either because millions of S. Koreans have relatives in the north. They don’t want to see them die from American bombs. 
Will S. Korea invade the North without U. S. participation? 

No.

Will S. Korean soldiers kill N. Korean soldiers and vice versa?

No, if they have a say. They are all Koreans after all.

So, let me get this straight:

After Trump tweets out the order to bomb the hell out of N. Korea, it is the Koreans who will suffer the most and it is the Koreas which will endure the most damages. 

It isn’t a good picture and it doesn’t make any sense for Mr. Moon at all.

Is it a problem for Japan?

Definitely. Japan had twice occupied Korea in the past, slaughtered many Koreans and ruled Korean people for centuries. For that, Koreans hate Japan and that’s why N. Korea wants nothing less than total revenge against Japan if a war breaks out between the U.S. and N. Korea. 

Then there is the issue of Japan denying the roles of comfort women during WWII. 

Once war breaks out, N. Korea will try to do all it can to inflict damages to Japan and its people one way or the other. 

Is it a problen for Russia?

Nope. There might be nuclear fall outs in Russia if nukes start to fly. Russia will contunue to supply all the weapons N. Korea wants and provide intelligence data which N. Korea needs to fight the war.

Putin should benefit the most from the war between the U.S.A. and N. Korea.

Is it a problem for China?

To some degree. China may see thousands of N. Korean migrants crossing over the Yalu River if Trump decides to bomb N. Korea. Nuclear fall outs in China can’t be dismissed either. 

But, N. Korea will not invade China and it will not send missiles to the direction of China either. It is annoying to China because of all the tweets from Trump but the war isn’t a problem for China per se.

In the end, China will stand behind N. Korea in spirit but will not fight for the country like it did in the first Korean war. If N. Korea requests weapons, China will provide them so that Kim’s regime can defend itself.

After the war, China will offer N. Korea interest free loans and help N. Korea re-build. China’s excess capacity gets new orders and N. Korea gets new factories, new roads and new railroads. It’s a win win situation.

Is it a problem for the U.S.?

Yes. 50+K American soldiers in DMZ and Camp Humphreys will be in harms way. Nukes, bio and chemical bombs could come down on them. Andrews AFB will become a busy place. Body bag makers will see a rush of new orders. Bomb makers will work overtime to re-stock the pile. U.S. economy gets a small boost. 

American ship and carriers in the vicinity of Korea and Japan and other regions in the Pacific Ocean may face threats from N. Korean subs even though these subs are old and out dated. 

American soil will be spared just like all world wars in the past. But, N. Korean spies will try to cause damages to American assets in the world. 

Can America do a surgical attack on N. Korean targets just to give Kim a warning?

No. 

The U.S. won’t. It has to do a “shock and awe” job in the beginning to eliminate major threats from the N. Korea. 

To do that, America has to amass a large number of fighter planes before bombing starts. If America wants to invade N. Korea either with S. Korean troops (preferred by America, of course,) or American soldiers, they need to move soldiers to the DMZ. That will give N. Korea ample chance to strike the first blow to American soldiers and South Korean urban centers. It can get pretty ugly very fast.
Is it a problem for North Korea?

Certainly. Millions of N. Korean soldiers and civilians will die if the 2nd Korean War drags on. Infrastructure in N. Korea will for sure be damaged.

Will Kim die? Probably not. He’ll be hidding in the bunker which can stand direct hits from Mother of all bombs. 

Will Kim be captured? Not likely unless America sends in foot soldiers into Pyongyang to mop up the floor clean after devastating N. Korea.

Whose war is it anyway?

So, is Kim more of a problem for S. Korean people or is it a problem for Trump and America?

The answer is clearly the latter. Koreans don’t want a war. Moon want a dialog with Kim and it is Trump and American generals who are more eager to start a war between two Koreas. 

So, why is Trump so eager to stir up the pot? Because Trump is in trouble at home with low voters approval ratings and Mueller. The real reason for Trump’s N. Korea tweets is that by kicking the N. Korea conflict up a notch it might divert media’s attention away from Russian investigation. 

A bigger question

Shouldn’t S. Koreans have more to say about a war between the two Koreas instead of Trump?

Moon should make it very clear to Trump on this important point unless Trump is sending American soldiers into the North too.

A Black Swam from the Korean peninsula?

So, is the 2nd Korean war a “black swan” event for the world financial markets to worry about?

Not by the action of three major indices. All three are either at or near all time highs. 

The only logical conclusion one can make is that despite all the tweets from Trump, the 2nd Korean war won’t happen.

Cool bikes, NYC July 30, 2017

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New York City, Manhattan, lower east side. Near Houston St. and Eldridge St. On Sunday afternoon about 3:30 pm.

The pitfall of American democracy  July 28, 2017

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Once every two years American voters head to the polling places to elect their congressperson. Once every four years they choose about one third of their senators. And of course, they choose their president when they vote for their senators.America called this democracy. Basically, it is a government where majority rules. No matter the majority is 50.01% or 80%. 

Because these these representatives, be it the congressperson or senators, want to keep their jobs the next time around, it creates some very funny situations before elections. It’s really human nature which is at work here: Greed, power grab, fear of losing their jobs and pass the can to the next guys so that I can keep my job.

Democracy creates politicians who usually lie when they open their mouths. 

Why?

Because they want to keep their jobs. 

And what standard do voters use to decide which one to vote for?

Simple: the more pork these politicians bring back home, the better chance he or she will have at the ballot box.

It is simply a giant bacon feast at Washington DC around this time every year when federal spending budgets are being decided by 535 people plus the vice president.

Democracy also corrupt politicians’ souls because they have to lie for the sake of his or her re-election.

Democracy brews hatred among different classes of people because politicians take from one group and give it to another. 

Democracy incites class warfare because politicians stir up conflicts between ethic groups for the sake of their politcal future.

Democracy is poisonous because it encourages politicians making promises they can’t keep after election.

Democracy makes voters gullible because they choose what they like to hear and block out things they don’t wsnt to know.

Democracy is a game of bending with the wind because politicians conduct polls in their own district to determine which bill to vote for and which one to block.

Democracy is powerless to do the right thing, like cut spendings, because to do so is to offend a group of people which increase the possibilty of  eliminating his or her own job.

Democracy is a game of winning that 0.01% at the ballot box. To hell with the 49.99%. I win. You lose. It is that simple.

Democracy is susceptable to impass by default. A majority of 50.01% doesn’t produce any mandate by any measure. In addition, the structure and special rules of American Senate make passing any bill a difficult one. As a result, many bills languish in the Senate and the country waits and progress gets delayed.

What if all politicians can serve only one term, say 8 years with no chance of re-election?

There is a problem with that too. Politicians will make as much as he or she can for him or herself while in the office. Politicians everywhere do that all the time. Legislators in Taiwan come in mind. Only a few unlucky ones, like a few ex-presidents of Korea and Taiwan for example, got caught and served jail time after their terms finished. The majority are laughing to the bank and live a comfortable live at tax payers expenses, e.g., 李登輝 of Taiwan.

Such is democracy America practiced and promoted to the world.

And who got shafted?

The tax payers.

America’s big brother is watching you 24/7/365 July 28, 2017

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In the U.S. government language, this is called “The Universal Survellience” and NSA in Maryland is doing this 24/7/365 even after Snowden.

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This is the de facto ‘ultimate’ Big Brother ever.

The U.S.A. used to be a free country. It is no more.

It’s scary.

Saturday Night Massacre – Act II July 26, 2017

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Whom will Trump fire this Saturday night?

Sessions,

Rod Rosenstein, or

Trump’s enemy no. 1, Robert Mueller?

If Trump got rid of Mueller with a Saturday night tweet, Sessions and Rosenstein will for sure resign. 

Democrats will revolt and call for Trump to step down. Trump will tweet and refuse. The U.S. of A will be a mess. White House will grind to a halt but Twitter will get all the attentions it can stand. It will be high drama time inside the Beltway.

Republican party will for sure lose majority on Senate and possibly on the House in 2018 too. 

The question will then be: can Trump survive that long?