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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Connecticut parents seek guarantee they can opt students out of standardized tests

Connecticut parents seek guarantee they can opt students out of standardized tests

Your health care: Obama's $18,000 broken promise | Fox News

Your health care: Obama's $18,000 broken promise | Fox News



How would you feel if someone promised to give you a car, and then reneged on that pledge?  That’s how all Americans should feel when it comes to ObamaCare -- because Barack Obama’s failed and discredited campaign promise to lower health insurance premiums has cost the average American family an amount equal to the price of many new cars.
During his 2008 campaign, one of then-Senator Obama’s most audacious promises was that his health plan would reduce premiums by $2,500 for the average family.  His repeatedly made his pledge on videotape; you can view those promises here.  But health insurance premiums have continued to rise -- not just despite ObamaCare, but in many cases because of the law’s new regulations and mandates.
As with any balky automobile, it’s time for the American people to trade in this ObamaCare lemon, and replace it with something that works. 
new analysis by the think-tank America Next, where I serve as honorary chairman, quantifies the massive scope of the broken promise.  Compared to 2008 -- the year President Obama was elected -- Americans have faced a cumulative $6,388 per individual, and $18,610 per family, in higher costs because President Obama’s health plan has failed to achieve its promised premium reductions.  Overall, that amounts to $1.2 trillion in higher premium costs due to ObamaCare’s failure to deliver.
The administration has put forth all sorts of excuses about why its law hasn’t met the expectations the president himself set. One of them is that the law’s major provisions only took effect in January, so ObamaCare needs more time to achieve savings.  
But, in July 2008, Jason Furman—then the Obama campaign’s economic policy director, and now the Chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors—told the New York Times that “we think we could get to $2,500 in savings by the end of the first term, or be very close to it.”  
The fact that Democrats delayed full ObamaCare implementation until 2014 to hide the legislation’s true cost shouldn’t absolve President Obama for failing to deliver on his promise one whit.
The administration also now claims that ObamaCare is working, because premiums are “only” rising by 6 or 8 percent per year.  But that’s not what then-candidate Obama himself promised in 2008; he spoke frequently of “cutting,” “reducing,” and “lowering” premium costs.  Whether premiums go up by 1 percent or 101 percent, any increase represents a promise broken.
In August 2012, Politifact nicely summed up ObamaCare’s discredited premium pledge: “An author of the $2,500 figure has disavowed its use as it relates to premiums alone.  An independent health care analyst projects that premiums will go up for the typical family.  The federal agency implementing [ObamaCare] did not provide evidence that premiums will go down for the typical family.  We rate this a Promise Broken.”
Even as ObamaCare has failed to deliver, there is a better way.  The America Next health plan can provide the relief from rising costs that Americans need and deserve.  Rather than focusing on a massive expansion and restructuring of the health care system, the America Next plan focuses like a laser beam on reducing health costs. The plan creates incentives for states to reform their insurance markets, thereby reducing plan premiums. It also includes other reforms with a proven track record of lowering costs, including tax equity between employer-based and individually-purchased insurance plans, lawsuit reforms, and new incentives for Health Savings Accounts. 
Analysis by independent, non-partisan experts confirm the plan’s effectiveness.  When considering proposals similar to those in the America Next plan, the Congressional Budget Office concluded in 2009 that they would lower small business health insurance premiums by 7 to 10 percent, and reduce individual health insurance premiums by 5 to 8 percent.  Compared to the premium increasesprojected under ObamaCare, the reforms in the America Next plan could provide thousands of dollars in real relief for families struggling from high insurance premiums.
The America Next report confirms that the average American family has paid a price equal to the sum of many new cars because ObamaCare has failed to meet the president's commitments. And, as with any balky automobile, it’s time for the American people to trade in this ObamaCare lemon, and replace it with something that works. Coupled with ObamaCare’s full repeal, the America Next health plan can provide what the American people need—real relief from skyrocketing health costs.
Republican Bobby Jindal is Governor of Louisiana and Honorary Chairman ofAmerica Next, a conservative policy group that focuses on winning the war of ideas.

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CBO Long-Term Spending Projections | Cato @ Liberty

CBO Long-Term Spending Projections | Cato @ Liberty



The Congressional Budget Office has released new long-term projections of federal spending and debt. Without reforms, spending is expected to rise steadily and dangerously as a share of the economy in coming decades. The chart below shows spending under CBO’s “extended alternative” scenario, which assumes that politicians keep current policies in place. Spending would rise from 17.6 percent of GDP in 2000, to 20.4 percent this year, to 31.8 percent by 2040.
Under that scenario, federal debt held by the public would rise from 74 percent of GDP this year to a giant 170 percent by 2040. But if spending and debt were to rise along that trajectory, we would surely have a major financial and economic meltdown long before we got to 2040.
Our fiscal outlook is actually much worse than reflected in this scenario. That’s because under the basic extended alternative, CBO does not take into account the negative effects of rising spending and debt on GDP over the long term. CBO does have a special chapter in their report looking at some of these negative effects—but only some of them. In this testimony, I mention reasons why the outlook is worse than under the CBO baseline.
    

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Ahead of Next Week's Trial, The Family of Leopoldo López Fights for His Freedom | Elaine Heinzman

Ahead of Next Week's Trial, The Family of Leopoldo López Fights for His Freedom | Elaine Heinzman


While Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López remains behind bars as he awaits the July 23 start of his trial, his family has worked not only to get him released, but also to highlight the government's attempts to punish him for speaking out about the country's economic and political turmoil.
His wife, Lilian Tintori de López, and parents have been doing interviews with Latin American media and using social media to share his calls for government reform. Back in the U.S., his sister Adriana López Vermut is fundraising to support a legal team for her brother in Venezuela and abroad.
Pro- and anti-government crowds have clashed, sometimes fatally, during protests over Venezuela's inflation rate (just over 62 percent) and rampant unpunished crime. Earlier this year Leopoldo launched "La Salida" ("The Exit"), a movement as much about protest strategy as constitutional maneuvering. His political party, Voluntad Popular (People's Will), and other opposition groups have organized non-violent demonstrations to demand better security and an end to shortages of food while also trying to pressure President Nicolás Maduro to leave office.
"La Salida" also seeks a voter referendum on whether Maduro should remain as president or for new elections via a constitutional amendment; the president is in his second year of a six-year term. Leopoldo (above photo, draped in the Venezuelan flag) has been the country's primary opposition voice for the last few years, serving as mayor of the Chacao district of Caracas and having briefly run for office in 2011 against late President Hugo Chavez.
The government sought to detain Leopoldo after some protests turned violent; four anti-government demonstrators and a government supporter died in the days leading up to his arrest in mid-February. Human-rights groups have described the charges against him (public incitement, damage to property, fire damage and "association for conspiracy") as politically motivated. He's being held at the Ramo Verde military prison outside Caracas.
His sister Adriana observed that since press coverage of the protests has dwindled, no other figure has emerged as a leader to maintain the opposition's momentum and calls for political change.
"There was so much energy around [Leopoldo] turning himself in, and all of a sudden it seems like everything is dying," Adriana said. "There's a constant back and forth between the opposition and the government on what to do to resolve Venezuela's crises. But no one's really rallying around change."
In May, foreign ministers from the Union of South American Nations and representatives from the Vatican, the Maduro government, and the opposition met for talks to try to reach a consensus on, among other things, what to do about Venezuela's economy and rising crime. Those dialogues have since died, and Adriana worries they won't be revived.
She also worries about the toll that Leopoldo's imprisonment is taking on him and the family. His wife Lilian has said that he's being punished for writing letters and for speaking with friends on the prison payphone, both of which are entirely legal. He's currently in solitary confinement, and no one from the family is permitted to visit him. Lilian and their two children celebrated Leopoldo's 42nd birthday without him.
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The López family also has struggled to figure out what they're supposed to contribute to Leopoldo's and the opposition's cause.
"Understanding our role has been the biggest revelation of the whole process," said Adriana. "What are we supposed to do that will help him? We're not professionals in human-rights management. Should we speak politically or just as Leopoldo's family?"
In the U.S., she and Leopoldo's wife have served as public faces of his cause. Three months after his imprisonment, Leopoldo became the first alumnus to receive in absentia the Harvard Kennedy School's Alumni Achievement Award. Adriana read a letter her brother sent from prison, which thanked the school for the recognition and urged his supporters to keep fighting on his behalf:
The resolution of our crisis is a priority for the world. If abuse and injustice prevails with little consequence, it will send a terrible message to dictators and would-be dictators in other countries. You have an opportunity to send a far different message: that the weight of the global community is on the side of human rights and dignity.
Leopoldo could face at least 10 years in prison if convicted for conspiracy, arson, and other crimes the Venezuelan government charges him with committing. Before his trial begins, Lilian Tintori de López will present a report about her husband's case at the National Press Club in Washington on July 21.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Student Loan Debt Owed to Federal Government Up 463% Under Obama | CNS News

Student Loan Debt Owed to Federal Government Up 463% Under Obama | CNS News



(CNSNews.com) -- Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the amount of outstanding federal student loan debt owed to the government has skyrocketed, increasing by 463 percent. The balance owed currently stands at $674,580,000,000.00 compared to $119,803,000,000.00, where it stood in January 2009, according to the Financial Management Service’s latest monthly treasury statement.
Student Loan Debt Owed to Federal Government Up 463% Under Obama
Student Loan Inforgraphic. (Ali Meyer/CNSNews.com)
Direct federal student loan spending began to rise rapidly in fiscal year 2010, when the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act – one of the two laws that make up Obamacare -- gave the federal government complete control over federal loans for education, the Direct Student Loan (DL) program.  This aspect of HCERA became effective July 1, 2010, when the amount of outstanding loans stood at $178,806,000,000. Since then, the balance has increased by 277 percent.
“Under the DL program, the federal government essentially serves as the banker – it provides the loans to students and their families using federal capital (i.e., funds from the U.S. Treasury, and it owns the loans,” explained the Congressional Research Service.
During President George W. Bush’s time in office, the amount of outstanding loans increased from $67,979,000,000 in January of 2001 to $119,803,000,000 in January of 2009, an increase of 76 percent. This means that under President Obama the amount of federal direct student loans increased 509 percent more than under President Bush.
Direct-loan financing increased more than seven-fold over the last decade (2003-2013) with the amount of outstanding student loans standing at $90,795,000,000 in September of 2003.


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Taraxacum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Taraxacum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



As source of natural rubber[edit]

Dandelions secrete latex when the tissues are cut or broken, yet in the wild type the latex content is low and varies greatly. Using modern cultivation methods and optimization techniques scientists in the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) in Germany developed a cultivar that is suitable for commercial production of natural rubber. The latex produced exhibits the same quality as the natural rubber from rubber trees.[42] In collaboration with Continental Tires, IME is building a pilot facility. The first prototype test tires made with blends from dandelion-rubber are scheduled to be tested on public roads over the next few years. [43]

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

One in Six Say Immigration Most Important U.S. Problem

One in Six Say Immigration Most Important U.S. Problem



With thousands of undocumented immigrant minors crossing the nation's southern border in recent months, the percentage of Americans citing immigration as the top problem has surged to 17% this month, up from 5% in June, and the highest seen since 2006. As a result, immigration now virtually ties "dissatisfaction with government," at 16%, as the primary issue Americans think of when asked to name the country's top problem.

Why the State and Local Pension Problem Will Get Worse by Steven Malanga, City Journal 9 July 2014

Why the State and Local Pension Problem Will Get Worse by Steven Malanga, City Journal 9 July 2014



When unions agreed to a deal last month with Detroit city government to freeze the city’s underfunded pension system and create a new, less expensive one, some experts hailed it as a model that other troubled cities might adopt. News reports prominently mentioned governments with deep retirement debt, including Chicago and Philadelphia, as candidates for similar reforms. But the agreement came about under a Michigan emergency law that applies to struggling cities like Detroit, which is in bankruptcy. In many states, by contrast, local laws and state court rulings have made it virtually impossible to cut back retirement benefits for current government employees, even for work that they have yet to perform. These state protections, which go far beyond any safeguards that federal law provides to private-sector workers, are one reason why so many states and localities are struggling to dig themselves out of pension-system debt, amid sharp increases in costs. It will take significant reforms to state laws—or bigger and more painful bankruptcy cases—to make a real dent in the pension crisis.

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Hamas Rocket Strikes Gaza Electric Supply, Israel Cannot Fixing It Without Being Attacked by Hamas | The Conservative Papers

Hamas Rocket Strikes Gaza Electric Supply, Israel Cannot Fixing It Without Being Attacked by Hamas | The Conservative Papers



Seventy thousand Gazans from Khan Younis and Deir el-Balah were in the dark Sunday night after a Hamas rocket hit the power line that supplies electricity to those places. It’s not clear when Israel Electric Company workers will be able to repair the system, but they are apparently in no rush to do so. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the IEC not to risk the lives of its employees in trying to restore power to the affected sector in Gaza, an operation that could take hours.




You won’t believe where the Obama Administration plans to house illegal immigrants… | Young Conservatives

You won’t believe where the Obama Administration plans to house illegal immigrants… | Young Conservatives



Instead of directing funds to border security and deportation,  Obama is giving $50 million to a luxury resort hotel to make accommodations for some illegal minors.






Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SHOCK VIDEO>>> Illegals Arrive in Bus and Shop at Walmart With EBT Cards | The Gateway Pundit

SHOCK VIDEO>>> Illegals Arrive in Bus and Shop at Walmart With EBT Cards | The Gateway Pundit



We all know that this has been happening, however, the sheriff of her town had said that they weren’t allowing any illegals to be shipped in, so it would appear as if the Obama regime is once again placing undue burdens on the states and not even letting them know what’s going on. What’s worse is that in the comments under the video she posted to Facebook, Sylvia said that when she was in line behind them that they were using government-issued EBT cards to pay for their purchases.

White House Defies Subpoena from Darrell Issa

White House Defies Subpoena from Darrell Issa



The White House is defying a congressional subpoena by keeping a top political aide to President Barack Obama from testifying



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Another Shock Video Catches Planned Parenthood Teaching Teens S&M Sex: Gagging, Whipping and Asphyxiation | LifeNews.com

Another Shock Video Catches Planned Parenthood Teaching Teens S&M Sex: Gagging, Whipping and Asphyxiation | LifeNews.com



A second shock video has busted the Planned Parenthood abortion business, where its staffers are teaching teenagers about S&M-based sexual relationships and concepts such as gagging, whipping and asphyxiation.




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Obamacare Misses Its Target on the Uninsured by Half | The Weekly Standard

Obamacare Misses Its Target on the Uninsured by Half | The Weekly Standard



In March 2010, Obamacare was about to be voted upon by the House of Representatives, and the Democrats were in the process of deciding whether to ignore public opinion at their peril.  At that time, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that Obamacare would cost $938 billion over a decade and would reduce the number of uninsured people by 19 million as of 2014 (with a reduction of 1 million prior to 2014 and 18 million in 2014 alone).  Unimpressed, the American people overwhelmingly opposed the intrusive overhaul — with 20 of 21 polls taken that month showing it to be unpopular, most of them by double digits. The Democrats willfully passed Obamacare anyway and lost 63 House seats that November.
Two years later, the Supreme Court declared Obamacare’s coercive Medicaid expansion to be unconstitutional as written, and the CBO adjusted its projection for the number of uninsured accordingly.  Itprojected that Obamacare would reduce the number of uninsured by 14 million as of 2014 (2 million before 2014 and 12 million in 2014 alone), at a 10-year cost of $1.677 trillion — or $739 billion more than the 2010 projection.  (This February, the CBO projected that Obamacare’s 10-year cost would eclipse $2 trillion.)
In February of this year, the CBO projected that Obamacare would reduce the number of uninsured by 13 million as of 2014.  In April, the CBO had seen enough of the Obama administration’s skillful rollout of Obamacare to reduce that estimate to 12 million.
Now the Urban Institute finds that Obamacare has actually reduced the number of uninsured adults by 8 million since the rollout began last fall.  (Gallup shows a similar number.)  That’s far short of the number of newly insured that the CBO projected in April of this year, in February of this year, or in 2012 — and it’s less than half the tally the American people were told Obamacare would hit when they opposed it in 2010. 


Yet Paul Krugman says that “health reform is — gasp! — working.”  Only in Washington could something that fails to hit even half of its original target be considered a gasp-inducing success.  No wonder Obamacare is every bit as unpopular now as it was before the party that passed it took its initial Obamacare-induced “shellacking” four years ago.
It’s time for a well-conceived conservative alternative that will fix what the government had broken even before Obamacare was passed, shift things in a conservative direction from the pre-Obamacare status quo, and lead to the full repeal of perhaps the worst legislation in American history.

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Okla. Supreme Court upholds Common Core repeal | Fox News

Okla. Supreme Court upholds Common Core repeal | Fox News



House Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, said he was pleased with the decision. The legislation that repealed the standards also instructed the board to revert to educational standards in place before June 2010 and develop new state educational standards by 2016.

Israel attacked on 4 fronts, 3 of which it previously withdrew from for “peace” : Jihad Watch

Israel attacked on 4 fronts, 3 of which it previously withdrew from for “peace” : Jihad Watch



Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in May 2000. Prime Minister Ehud Barack’s government thought that the withdrawal  would show that Israel was serious about making peace, and would bring to an end the relentless attacks against Israel at the United Nations and in the international media. Israel withdrew from Gaza in September 2005. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s government thought that the withdrawal would show that Israel was serious about making peace, and would bring to an end the relentless attacks against Israel at the United Nations and in the international media. Israel withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula by 1982 as part of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty resulting from the Camp David Accords. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s government thought that the withdrawal would show that Israel was serious about making peace, and would bring to an end the relentless attacks against Israel at the United Nations and in the international media.
Israel carried out all three of these withdrawals in pursuit of peace. But peace never came.

Chinese-Owned Ralls Can Question U.S. on Project Denial - Bloomberg

Chinese-Owned Ralls Can Question U.S. on Project Denial - Bloomberg



A Chinese-owned company blocked by President Barack Obama from developing a windfarm near a Navy base opened a crack in the secret process used to weigh the national security risks posed by foreign investors.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today ruled that Ralls Corp., owned by two Chinese nationals, must be allowed to challenge evidence the president drew on to decide the company must sell all assets and operations connected to the Oregon wind-farm project.
“The presidential order deprived Ralls of significant property interests,” the court said. “This lack of process constitutes a clear constitutional violation.”

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Monday, July 14, 2014

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Independent panel urges NIST to develop internal cryptography expertise - FedScoop

Independent panel urges NIST to develop internal cryptography expertise - FedScoop



A group of outside experts recommend the National Institute of Standards and Technology hire more cryptographers and lessen its reliance on the National Security Agency for approving cryptographic algorithms, according to a report released Monday.
The report is the work of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology, an independent body established by NIST last year to review the agency’s cryptographic standards development process. NIST has been criticized harshly in the aftermath of leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that showed the standards-setting agency approved a random number generator, known as Dual EC_DRBG, that had been deliberately weakened by NSA. Because it did not have enough cryptography experts on staff, NIST was overly-reliant on NSA for expert advice on the standard and failed to notice problems even as private sector researchers were raising concerns, the report concluded.
“In order to be better positioned to exercise independent judgment on critical technical questions regarding cryptographic and security standards, NIST should strive to increase the number of technical staff with such expertise,” the report states. The group of experts, led by the likes of Vint Cerf of Google and Princeton computer science professor Edward Felton, also recommended that NIST expand its efforts to seek input from experts in academia and the private sector.
“NIST may seek the advice of the NSA on cryptographic matters but it must be in a position to assess it and reject it when warranted,” the report states, recommending that senior NIST officials review “the current requirement for interaction with the NSA and requests changes where it hinders its ability to independently develop the best cryptographic standards to serve not only the United States Government but the broader community.”
The report comes one week after a group of privacy advocates called for NSA to be stripped of its information assurance mission and for Congress to pass legislation that would make it impossible for NSA to covertly influence commercial product design or NIST standards development.
“NIST is a body that needs to rebuild its credibility,” Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, said during an event July 7.  “They claim they didn’t know what was happening in 2006 when this compromised standard was issued. They’re facing a trust deficit right now.”
The allegation that NSA had deliberately undermined Dual EC_DRBG calls into question all cryptographic standards developed by NIST, according to the report.
“The reconstruction of events showed that the issues with the DRBG had been identified several times – formally and informally – during the standards development process, and that they had been discussed and addressed at the time,” the report states. “NIST now concludes, however, that the steps taken to address the issues were less effective than they should have been, and that the team failed to take actions that, in the light of hindsight, clearly should have been taken. The root causes of the failure were identified as trust in the technical expertise provided by NSA, excessive reliance on an insular community that was somewhat impervious to external feedback, group dynamics within the standards development team, and informal record keeping over the course of a multi-year development process.”
In a June 6 assessment attached to the report, Felten said NSA’s signals intelligence mission gives the agency “an undeniable incentive to influence standards in ways that allow NSA to defeat the standards’ security.” As a result, although NIST is required by law to consult with NSA on security standards, Felten recommended NIST keep its distance from NSA.
“NIST should be very careful in its interactions with NSA regarding standards,” Felten said. “NIST should draw on NSA’s expertise, but NIST must not defer to NSA on security-relevant decisions. NIST itself, and the cryptographic  community that looks to NIST’s standards, must be able to conclude confidently that NSA did not have any opportunity to undermine any NIST standard.”
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Mr. Robot: USA Network Picks Up New Drama Pilot - Seriable

Mr. Robot: USA Network Picks Up New Drama Pilot - Seriable



MR. ROBOT is a contemporary, culturally resonant drama about a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that he cares about. Elliot will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations that are recruiting him to bring down corporate America.

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Anti-Dollar Alliance Prepares Launch Of BRICS Bank | Zero Hedge

Anti-Dollar Alliance Prepares Launch Of BRICS Bank | Zero Hedge



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Economists warn the IMF's legitimacy is at stake, and they say U.S. standing abroad is being eroded.

Reign of Terror - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Reign of Terror - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



The Reign of Terror (5 September 1793 – 28 July 1794),[1] also known simply as The Terror (Frenchla Terreur), was a period of violence that occurred after the onset of the French Revolution, incited by conflict between rival political factions, the Girondins and the Jacobins, and marked by mass executions of "enemies of the revolution". The death toll ranged in the tens of thousands, with 16,594 executed by guillotine (2,639 in Paris),[2] and another 25,000 in summary executions across France.[3]




Opinion: The danger of North Korea is no joke - CNN.com

Opinion: The danger of North Korea is no joke - CNN.com



North Korea must be held to the standards of the civilized world. For decades, diplomats and nongovernmental organizations alike have excused Pyongyang's transgressions, lies and crimes out of a desire to maintain relationships with it at all costs.
The consequences of such appeasement are telling: Aid doesn't get to the hungry, disarmament deals collapse, U.N. sanctions leak, and a regime sustained by hate and contemptuous of human life and dignity acquires the bomb. Pyongyang uses its access to the civilized world to supply its increasingly wealthy elite with cash, while, according to the United Nations, 84% of North Korean households have poor or borderline food consumption. The world cannot sanction and subsidize the same regime at the same time. It must first pressure Pyongyang into understanding that change is its only choice, by taking the enforcement of U.N. Security Council sanctions seriously.
For once, actions must have consequences. For Pyongyang to enjoy the benefits of civilization, it must live by the standards of civilization. Accepting Pyongyang's hate at face value is a first step toward credibly presenting Pyongyang with that dose of reality.

Opinion: The danger of North Korea is no joke - CNN.com

Opinion: The danger of North Korea is no joke - CNN.comThird, North Korea is not a problem the Obama administration can keep ignoring. North Korea has been caught assisting Syria's nuclear weapons andchemical weapons program; has sold ballistic missiles toIran and Syria; and has sold arms to Hamas and Hezbollah. Yet, it has not been penalized for most of these actions. Indeed, North Korea may be the most influential regional actor in history in relation to its economic, political and cultural power, and the size of its territory and population. Over the past two decades, this poor, aid-dependent, isolationist state has outplayed the biggest and wealthiest nations in the world, including the United States, China, Japan, Russia, and South Korea, on high international politics -- nuclear diplomacy.

Fourth, North Korea can't be appeased or patronized away. Since the mid-1990s, Pyongyang hasreaped billions of dollars from the U.S. and its allies in return for empty pledges of de-nuclearization while forging ahead with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Since 2008, North Korea has refused to show up at six-party de-nuclearization talks, in spite of U.S. and South Korean offers of aid. Despite years of aid and engagement, North Korea shows no interest in reform, has become more dangerous to South Korea as well as to its own people, and has become more hostile to the U.S. and the world. Today, North Korea is on the verge of a fourth nuclear test.

Opinion: The danger of North Korea is no joke - CNN.com

Opinion: The danger of North Korea is no joke - CNN.com



First, North Korea's remaining defenders on the far left do not deserve to be described as liberal or progressive. Although increasingly fewer in numbers, these ideologically committed apologists echo Pyongyang's justifications for its nuclear weapons programs, deny its responsibility for crimes against humanity, and -- despite Pyongyang's repeated violations of the 1953 Armistice -- insist that only a peace treaty can prevent war. To defend Kim Jong Un's rule, they must also defend its racism, its sexism, its homophobia, its class discrimination, and its extreme repression.
Second, we should stop infantilizing North Korea and dismissing it as ridiculous. The temptation is understandable. The North Korean regime's very weirdness causes much of the world to dismiss its invective as the rant of a regime that is merely isolated, eccentric, and misunderstood.
But North Korea is not just a bizarre abstraction --- an impoverished kingdom ruled by a young, overly well-nourished hereditary leader with an affinity for the National Basketball Association. It is a murderous regime that is approaching nuclear breakout, and whose human rights violations, according to the Commission of Inquiry, "have no parallel anywhere in the world." North Korea's words reflect the character of its political system. They manifest the malice of a regime that practices hate and inflicts it on its own people and its neighbors alike. It's time to treat Kim Jong Un like the threat to civilization that he is.

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