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North Korea Looking for an Ear

Copy of dprkThe reclusive Communist state wants to talk – but only to the United States. After a year of silence, it’s willing to revisit the issue of nuclear disarmament, but it wants one-on-one time instead of the usual six-party format.

A DPRK official visited the United States last week, a rarity, in what has been called a “’charm’ offensive” by Reuters. The country is desperate for money and aid.

Reuters reports that a DPRK Foreign Ministry spokesman said to the Korea Central News Agency, “The conclusion we have reached is that the direct parties, which are the North and the United States, must first sit down and find a rational solution.”

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International Visitation Up 9 Percent In First Eight Months Of 2008 Spending At $96.3 Billion For The Year

dsc03140The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that 34.9 million international visitors traveled to the United States during the first eight months of 2008, an increase of nine percent over the same period in 2007. In August 2008, total visitation was 5.6 million, an increase of six percent over August 2007.

International visitors spent $96.3 billion from January through August 2008, an increase of 24 percent over the first eight months of 2007. In August 2008, visitors spent a record $12.7 billion, an increase of 20 percent over August 2007.

The Official International Trade Administration press release on the August 2008 international arrivals is located on the web at: http://trade.gov/press/press_releases.asp

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Is Liberalism a Mental Illness?

A friend of mine is, like me, something of a tree-hugger. So, she wrote a letter to a US Senate candidate in Michigan, where she lives, to support a clean energy policy. The nutjob, Mike Nikitin, is running with the US Taxpayers Party of MI / Constitution Party. No, I will not run a link to his website or that of his party. His reply to my friend’s thoughtful letter was nothing short of shocking:

Dear [name removed],

If climate change is a ‘serious concern’ for you, I’m afraid I have serious concerns as to whether you are mentally competent.

Scientists can’t predict the weather tomorrow 100% accurately and you think they know what our weather will be like in 50 years?

One volcano eruption puts more polution in the atmoshere than all the cars ever have combined. To suggest we are hurting the planet to the point we are affecting the weather globally is insane.

The dinosaurs were here for millions of years, and didn’t build one SUV. The Earth killed them.

When I was in high school, human pollution was supposed to cause the new Ice Age by the year 2000. It is the same group of communist anti-capitalist anti-American traitors pushing the same agenda – just with a different threat.

I urge you to use your brain and quit accepting every crisis the left promotes to rob you of your money and freedom.

Sincerely,

Mike Nikitin

US Senate Candidate – MI,

US Taxpayers Party of MI / Constitution Party

My friend tried to engage this wacko–

Well Mike,

I see that you are a scary person and I am glad I do not have to see you in person.  Having had a parent in politics while I was growing up, I can see that you would not be a very good one.  Telling someone, who would repeat what you say, that they are mentally incompetant is not the way to gain the confidence of a voter.

I will pray that you are able to find the help you so obviously need.

His reply was even more insane!

I stand for returning this nation back to the Constitution – that made us great – and I am the scary one?

I stand for returning citizen’s property and rights back to them – and I am the scary one?

If you had a parent in politics, it was probably a socialist (Democrat) that pandered and lied to get votes. You are right, I don’t make a good one of those.

Liberalism is a mental illness. Not one liberal policy has ever worked in the history of mankind, and yet people still follow the socialist/communist mantra.

I call that a mental illness. No amount of truth, proof or history stops liberals from voting for their own eventual death or slavery.

If you pray for anyone, pray for yourself. You are the one with the sickness.

My site has my platform and the proof as to why I am right and every liberal is wrong. Pray for the strength to face the truth, and then come join me to save this country before it is too late.

The future of private equity

After having taken a break from recreational financial writing, I’m finally back in action on Digital Journal. Using the latest data from Private Equity Intelligence, Ltd, I have written about private equity inflow trends and the differences in how North Americans and Europeans invest in China.

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