Lawrence Solomon: The strategy behind Trump flattering China and praising Kim Jong Un
- Trump’s praise for the North Korean dictator — and hopes for a breakthrough in negotiating peace — won’t surprise his detractors, either.
- “Kim Jong Un has become yet another authoritarian ruler that Trump simply can’t resist praising,” scoffed Slate, one of many media outlets mocking Trump’s presumed naiveté in foreign affairs and shallowness in judging character.
- In Trump’s high-stakes poker game with Kim, Trump called Kim’s over-the-top threats and raised them, finally forcing “Rocket Man” to fold.
- With Kim browbeaten to the negotiating table and sanctioned to the hilt, Trump then proffered his praise, to save Kim’s face and strengthen his standing at home.
- In coercing Kim to abandon nuclear weaponry, Trump will wield his sticks but also dangle carrots, including the prospect of North Korea as an economic power — a prospect that Trump may sincerely envisage, given South and North Korea’s common goal to reunify.
81-year-old is sole resident of remote, disputed island
- Seoul, South Korea (CNN) - In 1991, Kim Sin-yeol and her husband made the unusual decision to move to a lonely outcrop of islands at the heart of a long-standing territorial dispute between Japan and South Korea.
- But since the death of her husband, Kim Sung-do, last October, the 81-year-old has been the only permanent resident on the volcanic islands.
- Japan says that South Korea is illegally occupying the rocky islands, which it claims have been its sovereign territory since the 17th century.
- South Korea says its claim to the islands, believed to be home to underwater gas reserves, dates back to the sixth century.
- As Kim's health falters, however, her daughter and son-in-law are planning to register as permanent residents of the isolated islands and live with the octogenarian.
Great whites may have wiped out the biggest shark that ever lived
- To estimate the extinction date the team used the densely sampled rock record of California and Baja California, Mexico, and found that genuine fossil occurrences were present up until 3.6 million years ago.
- This means that the megalodon extinction is not immediately related to the mass dying of seals, walruses, sea cows, porpoises, dolphins and whales around 1 to 2.5 million years ago, said Boessenecker.
- Instead, the newly evolved great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, likely played a role in the extinction of the megalodon, after great whites with serrated teeth spread from their initial home in the Pacific Ocean some 6 million years ago to seas around the world by 4 million years ago.
- Emma Bernard, curator of fossil fish at the Natural History Museum in London, said that the study is a major step forward in improving our understanding of the extinction of one of the largest sharks ever to have swum the oceans.
Why Apple Is Putting Older iPhone Models Back in Stores in Germany
- Apple’s ongoing feud with Qualcomm (qcom) forced the Cupertino colossus to remove certain iPhone models from stores in Germany two months ago.
- Qualcomm is the world’s largest producer of modem chips, and Apple says it has abused its global dominance in the smartphone market.
- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission says Qualcomm forced Apple and other smartphone makers to use its chips exclusively in exchange for lower licensing fees.
- On Tuesday, South Korea’s Supreme Court backed up a fine from the country’s Fair Trade Commission against Qualcomm in 2009.
- The FTC had fined Qualcomm 273 billion won ($242 million) in an antitrust case spanning the years of 2000 to 2009, and it has been under appeal for nearly 10 years.
- The South Korean court said Qualcomm must pay 200 billion won of the original fine.
One of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives has been killed
- An Apex police officer spotted a vehicle in a hotel parking lot that was associated with Carlson, said John Strong of the FBI field office in North Carolina.
- When agents entered his hotel room, an altercation over a gun ensued and Carlson was killed, said Paul Delacourt, assistant director of the FBI's Los Angeles field office.
- Carlson was accused of a burglary in Los Angeles on July 13, 2017, during which he tried to sexually assault a woman while using a weapon.
- A local arrest warrant issued for Carlson charged him with burglary, assault with intent to commit rape and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the FBI.
- DNA tests also linked Carlson to two other assaults from 2003, Los Angeles Police Capt.
- A federal arrest warrant issued in December 2017 charged Carlson with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Newly discovered titanosaur fossil had a heart-shaped tail
- During the Late Cretaceous period, when the other sauropods had disappeared, the titanosaurs flourished and diversified.
- But a lack of well-preserved fossils has caused questions over their evolution, especially early on, and few of their fossils have been found outside South America.
- The researchers, funded by the US National Science Foundation, were suspended by ropes to excavate the fossil from a cliff wall in the quarry by the Mtuka River in southwest Tanzania.
- The fossil is one of the more complete titanosaurs recovered in Africa, and it includes teeth, ribs, vertebrae and limb bones.
- This titanosaur is similar to the Late Cretaceous titanosaur Lithostrotia species, which means this was the missing early stage of evolution that led to titanosaur diversity.
- This fossil from southern Africa is also similar to fossils found in South America.
Google says it'll invest $13B in U.S. data centers and offices this year
- Google today announced that it will invest $13 billion in data centers and offices across the U.S. in 2019.
- That’s up from $9 billion in investments last year.
- Many of these investments will go to states like Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia, where Google plans new or expanded data centers.
- Though like most years, it’ll also continue to expand many of its existing offices in Seattle, Chicago and New York, as well as in its home state of California.
- Given Google’s push for more cloud customers, it’s also interesting to see that the company continues to expand its data center presence across the country.
- Google will soon open its first data centers in Nevada, Nebraska, Ohio and Texas, for example, and it will expand its Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia data centers.
He taught himself this skill in prison. Now he's using it to brighten the lives of cancer patients
- Kurt Stapleton learned to crochet in prison a decade ago.
- Now he's making hats for cancer patients who've lost their hair.
- Now the Madison, Wisconsin, resident ships his caps to cancer patients all around the world, free of charge.
- People as far away as Thailand, South Africa and the Philippines are wearing his hats.
- Stapleton knows all too well what chemo patients need.
- In 2006, he lost his father to bladder cancer.
- The death of his father was part of a tough period in Stapleton's life.
- During his three years behind bars, Stapleton learned crocheting.
- It was comforting for him, so he spent a lot of time learning how to do it.
- Wendy Oren of Edgerton, Wisconsin, is fighting ovarian cancer.
- She wears one of Stapleton's caps like a suit of armor.