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Rain or fire? Be careful what you wish for

The news is understandably preoccupied with the horrid but spectacular fires in California. Just last year California was bemoaning their horrible drought. The grass is always greener on the other side, especially if it rains. Then it rained, and rained and rained. Everybody was delighted and the reservoirs are now full. Streams ran wet and welcomed fingerling trout promising an end to the disaster of having been dry for years. The problem is that the grass is greener on the other side, only if it rains.

Four minutes for tears, joy and shared humanity at Mexican border

In 2015, the two Koreas agreed to allow families split by the demilitarized zone to cross the border to visit, albeit briefly, with family members whom they had not touched in as much as 60 years. This month, the USA and Mexico allowed a similar family moment in a time of scarce altruism.

North Korea’s sudden change of heart: Are things actually the way they seem?

Why would North Korea suddenly change their declared objective of being a nuclear power even before they had played all their cards to maximal advantage in hopes of improving their reputation in full view of the international community? North Korea, at least topically, blew up the entrances to their nuclear labs before they had used that demonstration to its best use as their trump card in negotiations with the Trump himself. Why?