World watch – Friday

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  1. chrism56

     /  September 15, 2017

    Things are so bad in Venezuela that they are stealing animals from the zoos to eat them:
    Where are the defenders of the shining light of socialism?

    • Patzcuaro

       /  September 15, 2017

      No point in defending the indefensible, not much fun for the Venezuelans though, spare a thought for them.

  2. sorethumb

     /  September 15, 2017

    Controversy Explodes over Renewable Energy

    Our core realization was that scale is the biggest transition hurdle. This has implications that both Jacobson et al., and Clack et al. largely ignore. Jacobson’s plan, for example, envisions building 100,000 times more hydrogen production capacity than exists today. And the plan’s assumed hydro expansion would require 100 times the flow of the Mississippi River. If, instead, the United States were to aim for an energy system, say, a tenth the size of its current one, then the transition would be far easier to fund and design.

  3. sorethumb

     /  September 15, 2017

    A spokesman for the regime told news agency KCNA: “The army and people of the DPRK are unanimously demanding that the Yankees, chief culprit in cooking up the ‘sanctions resolution’, be beaten to death as a stick is fit for a rabid dog.

    “There’s limit to patience. Now is the time to annihilate the US imperialist aggressors. Let’s reduce the US mainland into ashes and darkness.

    “Let’s vent our spite with mobilisation of all retaliation means which have been prepared ’til now. These are voices of the Korean army and people.

    “Also heard in the DPRK are strong accusations against the Japs who have zealously joined in the US racket for sanctions.

    “The behaviours of Japs, sworn enemy of the Korean nation, are enraging us. The wicked Japs should not be pardoned.

    “A telling blow should be dealt to them who have not yet come to senses after the launch of our ICBM over the Japanese archipelago.

    “The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us.”
    Juche is the North Korean ideology, which mixes Marxism and self-reliance.

    Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga called the regime’s statement “outrageous”, saying it “escalates tension in the region and is absolutely unacceptable”.