Category Archives: Politics and Economics

On the Official Report of the 5th Plenum of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea

The official report on the 5th plenum of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea was long and Kim Jong Un provided much for us to ponder. Continue reading

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The First Day Session of the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

The 5th plenum of the 7th Central Committee of the WPK has begun its deliberations and we have some clues as to what the future may hold in store. Continue reading

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North Korea Convenes the 5th Plenum of the 7th Central Committee of the WPK and the Return of Tension to the Korean Peninsula

The more we other the North Koreans the more we make peaceful coexistence with North Korea impossible. Continue reading

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North Korea’s October KN-25 MLRS Test, the Recent Politics of Denuclearisation, and the Agenda for 2020 and Beyond.

North Korea’s October KN-25 MLRS Test. The recent politics of denuclearisation as a blame game, and thinking about the agenda for 2020 and beyond. Continue reading

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First as Tragedy, Twice as Farce: Decoding Iran’s Resumption of Enrichment at Fordow and Advanced Centrifuge R&D at Natanz.

The same fuckwits who helped push North Korea to a secret uranium enrichment plant are now pushing Iran toward one or two of its own. Continue reading

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Sundries and Extras

Philosophy: Rationalism, in part, is the idea that there’s such a thing as innate ideas or innate knowledge. Rationalism as a philosophical, or better still scientific, thesis should not be confused with rationalism as ideology. These are two different things. … Continue reading

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Nenoksa and Chernobyl: Will a New Arms Race Make the Sky Fall in on Mankind?

Parallels have been drawn between a mysterious explosion, on August 8, near the Russian village of Nenoksa, and the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986. The explosion was accompanied by an, albeit brief, spike in radiation levels detected at Severodvinsk, a … Continue reading

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When Physics Became a Gigolo: Superprofits For Supergravity.

“Is the end in sight for theoretical physics,” asked Stephen Hawking at his inaugural lecture as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Hawking defined “the end” of theoretical physics to be the successful development of a complete, … Continue reading

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Yongbyon Dismantlement for Snapback Sanctions Relief: Deal or No Deal?

Reports continue to emphasise that the upcoming working level meetings between US and North Korean officials, following the third Kim-Trump meeting at Panmunjom, will discuss an interim Yongbyon plus deal involving what’s called a “nuclear freeze” for limited sanctions relief. … Continue reading

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Lost in 7

There’s a good interview with Lee Smolin at Quanta on his relational view of nature, which you can also find in his Three Roads to Quantum Gravity. His view is inspired by Leibniz’s metaphysics in The Monadology, and it reminds … Continue reading

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