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Watching the News

So, trying to direct my thoughts to other things, I’ve been reading a lot of news. And there’s so much news, especially if you watch Rachel Maddow.

The Korean leaders walking across the borders between their two countries got me teary-eyed, because I’ve read so much about the famine and poverty of North Korea, so sad because it sits right beside one of the most successful countries in technology.

I keep thinking that maybe a part of what spurred Kim Jong-un to take part in this was that he ran into someone crazier than himself (Trump) which must have been life-changing, and then received something he badly wanted — recognition from the U.S., by being visited by Mike Pompeo.

Wasn’t it a Camp David meeting when that former pariah, Yasser Arafat, was obviously overjoyed by being invited to the U.S.? He was definitely a controversial person to bring here. I remember him grinning with all his teeth showing and shaking Clinton’s hand like a nut. Just a bit later in 2001, there Arafat was on TV, donating blood for the Americans injured in the terror attacks — acting decently. During another news clip, he was heard scolding some people around him who displayed happiness about the attacks. It’s not always bad to speak to your enemies, treat them as human beings.

It’s as if the Trump administration has had the unintended result of diplomacy, something they have been trying hard to kill up to now.

After watching online the Fox and Friends Show, where Trump called in and rambled for half an hour, my friend Mike says he thinks he should call Rachel Maddow. He believes that Trump takes nootropics, these popular “brain pills” that the White House doctor, Ronny Jackson, has been said to carry around and hand out to White House people for “alertness.” I think it is not impossible because I’ve talked to people who’ve taken them. They’re very strong and a whole pill is enough to rev you up for a couple of days.

posted on Apr 27, 2018 9:02 AM ()


Nothing has happened yet--I have a wait and see attitude. I was in the Korean War and I would love to see the country united but I, personally, don't think this is it.
comment by greatmartin on Apr 28, 2018 12:33 PM ()
The only realistic thing I might hope for is that eventually -- some time in the long future -- that we will be able to deliver humanitarian aid directly to North Koreans. They need it.
reply by drmaus on May 1, 2018 9:17 AM ()
I suspect a trap and I am not paranoid as a rule but I do not trust Kim Jong Un one single bit.
comment by elderjane on Apr 28, 2018 6:12 AM ()
No reason to trust Jong-un, he's the same as he always was. N. Korea needs money, and every time funds he gets from the U.S. were threatened, he'd run another missile test. This time he had to do a softer kind of posturing, because the threat of being trigger-happy & nuts didn't work so well now that the U.S. president is already trigger-happy & nuts.
reply by drmaus on May 1, 2018 9:15 AM ()
After I read this, I saw the news item showing the two Korean leaders holding hands as they stepped back and forth across the border. It's surreal to think that some Trumpish reverse psychology made a difference. I think the Jehovahs Witnesses say that one of the signs of the coming end of the world as we know it is when it is declared that the whole world is at peace.
comment by traveltales on Apr 27, 2018 7:34 PM ()
You understand I don't believe in magic, either, and don't imagine that the 2 countries are actually going to make significant moves to align or join. I think it's a public show that was really unexpected. I think even to acknowledge S. Korea as a neighbor is an enormous concession in Jong-un's mind.
reply by drmaus on May 1, 2018 9:09 AM ()

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