Volume 2 Post 3
Quote of the Day:
“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”
Welcome to the latest edition of The Daily Bonkers. This is going to be one of the lengthiest editions currently out due to the time I have to kill as I write this to paper in class, on top of the fact that there is so much to talk about! First is the Smart-Ass Weather Forecast for today. Afterward, I will talk about the main piece to this edition, which discusses the ins and outs of our current adventures in United States foreign policy. Soon after, I will make a brief comment about sports, specifically baseball. Finally, I will give a literary update on the three pieces I have been working on this month. Thanks for reading, and let’s start the show!
Smart-Ass Weather Forecast for 4/13/17:
Currently, it is partly cloudy here in Central Arkansas. Expect the high temp to be around 80 today. I am going to declare a 50% chance of precipitation because it might or might not happen. Also it might or might not get cloudy or windy.
How To Discipline A Disobedient World Leader- North Korea Edition
by Shane Johnson
We were treated to an exquisite show of force by the United States last week in regards to Syria. It has been difficult to find exact info on how many of the 59 tomahawk missiles hit the air port, or the casualty count from this strike and even the chemical attack from Assad. The Syria strike itself seems rather un-important now and the damage seems to not have hindered Assad’s capabilities. To me, I was more interested in what was going on in the background of things.
During the time the strike was ordered, President Xi Jinping of China was at Mar-a-lago with President Trump, discussing various matter as well as general introductions. Oddly enough, it seems as if the two are getting along surprisingly well. I remember clearly when former President Obama made a visit to China and he was visually not received well. They didn’t even formally greet him and Air Force One as it landed in China. Our relationship with China in terms of geopolitics has been on a vast decline. It seems our economic dependencies between each other has been the main bridge remaining. I am also surprised Trump and Jinping are able to talk peacefully and easily, even after Trump verbally eviscerated China during his campaign.
After the strike on Syria occurred, it seems as if it sent a message to other world powers. China is finally realizing that we need to talk about geopolitics. The key issue to discuss is the wildcard in North Korea. Keep in mind, in terms of geopolitics in general, the United States, Russia, and China are playing on the complexity equivalent to Go. A lot of countries are playing on the complexity of chess, as we see with the E.U., NATO nations, and perhaps even Iran. The rest of the countries that are insignificant are playing checkers but the bigger countries in some cases are feeding them the illusion of playing chess by letting them be in the U.N. and etc. North Korea matches the latter case just mentioned.
For the longest time, North Korea was the unpredictable problem child nobody wanted to touch. See, we let them do their own thing for so long that eventually we are to the point to where we know at the very least they have missiles. In terms of nukes, that is the biggest wild card of all. It makes sense to pre-emptively take care of business before they get too brave.
The United States have been licking at the chops for what seems like decades with our lust to take care of North Korea. The country in our way has been China all along. You have to understand it is in their best interest to keep influence so that the United States does not have the opportunity to add more bases, as we have done propping up South Korea.
President Trump has the unique challenge of proving it is in China’s best interest to take out North Korea. This is where the Syria strike comes into play. Economically, China gets coal from North Korea. Turns out, China has agreed to quit buying their coal. Therefore, they will probably buy from us now. In that regard, Trump can fulfill one of his promises to the coal workers by increasing demand. China has sent troops outside North Korea, and as I write this, they have agreed to handle North Korea with us on the condition that it is peaceful. All the cards are in place.
So, with this agreement, everyone wins. China keeps their buffer and the United States gets more economic activity with China. The world benefits by not having to worry with a tame North Korea. President Trump will get a domestic victory helping coal demand and a successful negotiation with a country we had a strained relationship. This sounds like the square deals we have not seen since the likes of Teddy Roosevelt. Want to know the kicker? This all got initiated with a strategic, non-consequential missile strike in Syria.
Now that major league baseball has begun, it is no secret among my peers that I am a St. Louis Cardinals fan. As the usual Internet hysteria drums up, people are concerned about the rough start for the red birds. All I have to say to those rapid fans is to chill the eff out. We are not even ten games into a super long season. So, here is the deal about the Cardinals: They are a young team. The Cardinals are deep in the process of building up a farm system, via the minor league affiliations, to fill in spots on the team. Essentially, they reward the best of the minor league up-and-comers a spot on the Cardinals team. This provides key benefits in that there is stiff competition to play your best at both levels, as well as not having the burden of many superstar-level contracts giving a short term gain and a long term burden. It should also be mentioned that the farm system has its flaws as well. These losses are far more manageable and more sided on short term loses. There will be cases where players will be pushed too early and another simple case is the time invested for the new players to get acclimated to the atmosphere of the major league. This latter case is what the Cardinals are dealing with. So, let’s give manager Mike Matheny a break and some time for the young guns to adapt. It will work out, we can see a successful farm system in the WWE as well as NASCAR. It works, just need to have patience young padawans.
I have made some progress on all fronts from my last discussion regarding my writing projects in the midst of a busy personal schedule. I will continue my 48 Laws of Power in (more than) 48 Days. The style has been good and I am still only scratching the surface of the material in Robert Greene’s book because it truly is a fascinating piece. In terms of my Masonic working tools series, expect the first piece to be uploaded for consumption as May starts. I am leaving out the deeper interpretations so that I can expand this work in the future. Regarding my larger and more intensive short story work, I have around six pages handwritten and the general outline of the story in my mind. Which is major progress compared to my other stagnant ideas, for sure. I am excited to see the result but it will take a long while still. Thank you all for reading this edition of The Daily Bonkers! I will end this by adding bonus quotes from the two brilliant men that have made it to Heaven. Rest in peace and enjoy eternal life, Mr. Don Rickles and Mr. Charlie Murphy.
“When you stand alone and sell yourself, you can’t please everyone. But when you’re different, you can last.”
On Chappelle playing Rick James in a skit: “Dave should have got an Oscar, he nailed it. He nailed it as good as Jamie Foxx nailed Ray… And I don’t think he met Rick until after it was shot. Dave was going strictly off the narrative of what I told him.”