Monday, April 15, 2013

News Nuggets 1219

DAYEE PICTURE: The Naxi, Yi, and Bai ethnic minorities in China hold ceremonies at Jade Mountain in Yunan Province in China.  From the Daily Mail of the UK.

The Nuggetsman will be in transit tomorrow all day so the next posting will be on Wednesday.

The Biggest Threat To China's Economy (Gordon Chang) from Forbes Magazine 
"... events since early last month in North Asia—the tearing up of the Korean War armistice, Pyongyang’s promises of pre-emptive nuclear strikes on the U.S., and the deployment of North Korea’s mobile missiles, to name just a few of them—suggest the biggest threat to the Chinese economy may be the least discussed one: turmoil in the region."

How China’s Jets Threaten Russia (Richard Weitz) from The Diplomat 
"China’s suspected proclivity for copying weapons systems has made Russia wary of exporting its technology. Still, the Russians may one day end up with a taste for ‘Made in China’ hardware."

Inside North Korea: A Rare Dispatch from Deep Within the Lunatic Rogue State Enslaved by Zombie and Sons from the Daily Mail [of the UK]
"John Sweeney enters the secretive state to see 'the true North Korea'.  Travelled undercover as a tourist as journalist are barred from the state. He found the regime 'a more frightening tyranny than Saddam's Iraq'."

Young Adults Getting Critical Health Services Under Obamacare (Joan McCarter) from Daily Kos
"The ADM cohort was more likely to incur claims related to mental health, substance abuse, and pregnancy.” This group had higher health care spending than the otherwise insured 19-26 year old population because they used more medical services and because of higher hospital inpatient spending."

President Obama, Republicans Fight the Class War (Martin and Harris) from Politico
"That fundamental reality of the Obama years — that the president won a second term in large part because he gave new life to an old brand of class-based politics — continues to echo six months later as the dominant factor shaping American politics this spring, as the parties slog through the latest fiscal fight. Both parties are in the midst of intense and far-reaching debates about how to respond."

Conservatives to Obama: Spend More! (Peter Beinart) from the Daily Beast 
"From Sarah Palin to Paul Ryan and now Greg Walden, why do Republicans keep attacking Obama for trying to save money? Peter Beinart explains this weird phenomenon."

Republicans Fear Clinton in 2016 (Zeke J Miller) from Time Magazine 
"... more than two dozen operatives and officials expressed worry that none of their party’s potential 2016 candidates can take her down. One early primary state RNC member put it simply: “If she gets in, we’re toast.”"

Rand Paul Forces Suffer Setback vs. GOP Establishment from Politico 
"In the GOP’s ongoing establishment vs. grassroots saga, chalk one up for the establishment. Since Mitt Romney’s loss, the Rand Paul wing of the party has been on the ascendency. But libertarians hit a roadblock Friday as the Republican National Committee opted at its spring meeting to keep in place a host of rules rammed through by the Romney campaign at last year’s national convention."

The Endless Vetting Of Marco Rubio (McKay Coppins) from Buzz Feed
""Rubio is just 41, but he has already served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. And his quick rise to national stardom, along with his long, varied career in state politics, well-known financial troubles, and ties to an embattled former congressman have combined to prompt many in the political class -- including some of his most enthusiastic boosters -- to speculate that the Senator's pristine political brand will collapse under the weight of national scrutiny.""

The Albany Machiavelli (Chris Smith) from New York Magazine
"For all his speechifying about the 'us' of government, he runs a government of one, controlling decisions large and small. And the way Cuomo wins his battles--strong-­arming and horse-trading; a mastery of talking past inconvenient questions and facts--tends to antagonize enemies and allies, as in the most recent round of budget wrangling, in which he managed to chafe both liberals and business fat cats. People are afraid of him..."
He's positioning for a presidential run.  Politically, he sounds like someone who could be a formidable candidate -- but in all other respects h sounds like bad news!

Spokesman: Gov. Deal Won't Comment on Wilcox Prom from WMAZ-TV [of Macon, Georgia]
"Better Georgia asked Deal and others "to publicly support the students of Wilcox County who are fighting to end a 'separate-but-equal' high school prom." ... Wilcox County High School has no official prom, but for years, some parents and students have organized a private whites-only segregated prom. School officials say they have no control over that and have issued a statement in support of the integrated prom."

20 Foxes And The People Who Keep Them As Pets from Buzz Feed
"While some say that foxes are destructive, smelly and hard to train, these animal lovers see them as the perfect pet. And who can blame them?"

Police Seal Off House on Holiday Island After Seven Meter Wasps Nest Found from the Daily Mail [of the UK] 
"The nest was reportedly found at a property on the island of Tenerife.  It is said to have been 22ft long and covered nearly an entire room. Experts believe wasps migrating from Africa may have created it."

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