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Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

ILLUSTRATIONS: A map showing some of the countries in which the United States has interfered in the political process (grabbed from Geology.com). Below: U.S. CIA Director John O. Brennan, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candid… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

Things Are Good: Seoul Starts Vertical Farming

Vertical farming is a possible food production solution as suburban sprawl consumes arable land. The new style of farming essentially is a farm in a skyscraper; they have yet to demonstrate commercial value but it’s inevitable that these farms will be normal fixtures in urban centres; Korea wants to be on the leading edge of . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Seoul Starts Vertical Farming

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Troubled Economics, and the Curious Politics, of the Canada-Korea Trade Deal

There are many motivations to explain the Harper government’s rush to sign free trade deals. Since coming to power, the Conservatives have implemented 6 FTAs, have “concluded” 2 more (with Korea and, purportedly, with the EU), and have fully 14 other FTA negotiations on the go.

To some extent Conservatives actually believe in these things. . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: The Troubled Economics, and the Curious Politics, of the Canada-Korea Trade Deal

Things Are Good: Plastic From Bacteria and Algae

This short news report covers some cool new plastic production from bacteria and algae done by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology.

Via Reddit.

Eclectic Lip: Back from Happy Hawaii

Synchronized phoning, coming soon to a summer Olympics near you…

Trivia note: Swedish supergroup Abba’s “Why did it have to be me” was originally titled (and lyricized) as “Happy Hawaii”. But those of you who also secretly bought the 4-CD ABBA box set without admitting it to your friends, already knew that! 🙂

. . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Back from Happy Hawaii

Bill Longstaff: U.S. feeds Japanese militarism

China, with its paltry aid to the Philippines and its announcement of a new air-defense zone over the East China sea, has not been making friends in its region these days. But the country to worry about in the Far East is not China. It is Japan.

Countries such as China and South Korea . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: U.S. feeds Japanese militarism

Bill Longstaff: Wildlife flourishes in human dead zones

We all know what the big problem with planet Earth is—people. Homo sapiens. The most destructive of species. Ever since we walked out of Africa 70,000 years ago, we have been an enemy of nature. Long before we invented agriculture, we were annihilating other species. The only big land animals left on Earth, live in . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Wildlife flourishes in human dead zones

Polygonic: The emperor’s new clothes: North Korea keeps on marching

Sometimes, you just want to give them a hug.

Pyongyang put on this earnest show of transparency around its rocket launch, inviting foreign journalists into the heart of their futuristic Space Control Centres (SCCs).

Witness the marvels of our microcomputers and our, umm, extraordinarily large antennae!

It was one part quaint, one part . . . → Read More: Polygonic: The emperor’s new clothes: North Korea keeps on marching

The Scott Ross: North Korea is no Iran

Iran has an elected President. Iran allows for protests against the government. Iran does not have nuclear weapons and is years away from having the capability to build them.Iran has not declared war with any country.

North Korea has a dictator who doesn’t hold elections. North Korea does not allow protests of any kind. . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: North Korea is no Iran

World Headlines Review: China: Fear of its Rise is Fear of Ourselves

A recent Economist article, The dangers of a rising China, leads a 14 page report loosely discussing the dangers posed to the world by China’s eclipsing of the USA’s international economic and military order.  The article attempts to draw parallels in the power-balance shift between Britain and Germany which led to the first World War, . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: China: Fear of its Rise is Fear of Ourselves