No posts last weekend as I packed the wife and offspring off to visit her brother & niece in New York (state, not city) and was able to do quiet, restful things like visiting the local farmers' market for bread and other goodies (much better than eating the supermarket sliced!).
Saw the season opener of "Wire in the Blood" last night on BBC America. I don't know how old these are from England (a year, perhaps) but they're definitely one of the best thrillers around right now, on a par with a good Sherlock Holmes. Certainly not kiddies stuff, though.
So the Chinese now are asking for sanctions against the North Koreans. Ask yourselves: what earthly effect will sanctions have on a country that is willing to let its citizens die in order to have self-sufficiency ? Sanctions worked in Rhodesia, but took how long ? 10 years ? Likewise in South Africa ! How long do you think North Korea, which has no legitimate trade anyway, will survive without trade ? I suppose one could blocade the ports and seal the two borders, but that would only starve the workforce, not impact the leadership. Not that the people aren't starving anyway ... Perhaps massive deliveries of food directly to the people might help. hmm.
To end, a valedictory exhortation: eat more walnuts