Pyongyang and the Wide Orbit of Truth

On April 13th, North Korea carried out its most recent act of defiance against the West, all of which past similar acts have been met not even with a slap on the wrist but with a stern finger-wag, by launching a ballistic missile, which subsequently exploded and fell apart in the Yellow Sea. This act, however, is quite different: for one, it “shot down” President Obama’s engagement policy with Pyongyang (as Chris McGreal cleverly quipped in The Guardian), and secondly it affirmed the West’s fears that Kim Jong-Un would proceed in the role his father and grandfather had laid out in the totalitarian state.… [Read more]

What’s Said vs. What is Meant…

Who isn’t used to double-talk?  We see/hear it in the news every day; it’s all around us.

I belong to a close-knit group of women; every once in a while we take time to vent our frustrations about what takes place on the job, in relationships, with family, etc.  The following is one of our attempts to turn into a game the things that annoy us and decipher fact from fiction.   … [Read more]