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  • In Seoul, Sadness and Skepticism After Trump Cancels North Korea Summit

    05/25/2018 1:28:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    City Lab ^ | May 25, 2018 | Sam Weber and Matt Neuman
    SEOUL, South Korea—Early Friday morning, a crowd of commuters waiting for trains at Seoul Station gathered around big-screen televisions to watch the news that U.S. President Donald Trump’s highly anticipated summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was officially off. Un-jun Lee, a 50-year-old professor at Cheongju National University of Education who was traveling with her elderly parents, learned that Trump had cancelled the meeting with Kim not long before she went to bed on Thursday. She woke up feeling depressed. “It’s such sad news,” Lee said. “We hope for peace.” The announcement of the failed talks came as...
  • Trump should make clear to North Korea that the Libya model is indeed on the table

    05/25/2018 11:39:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 25, 2018 | Marc Thiessen, The Washington Post
    After months of pretending to be normal and reasonable on the diplomatic stage, North Korea's mask has slipped, and Pyongyang is back to threatening a "nuclear-to-nuclear showdown" that will "make the U.S. taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even imagined up to now." Why is Kim Jong Un's regime lashing out? It's not because it is offended at talk of a "Libya model." It's because it was hoping to follow the "Iran model" -- sanctions relief up front and weak inspections -- and is starting to realize that is not going to happen. When national security adviser...
  • White House Team Might Still Head to North Korea Summit Site

    05/25/2018 11:25:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Roll Call ^ | May 25, 2018 | John T. Bennett
    A White House “advance team” slated to head to Singapore in preparation for the president’s canceled summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un might still make the trip. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders left open the possibility and reiterated that President Donald Trump still wants to meet with the North Korean leader about a nuclear disarmament pact. That came one day after Trump canceled the June 12 meeting, concluding the North’s change in behavior from receptive to chilly to hostile meant Kim had gotten cold feet. “We’ll see. We still have a few hours before that takes...
  • DoD Official: U.S. Military Continues ‘High State of Vigilance’ in Korea

    05/25/2018 9:26:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Department of Defense ^ | May 24, 2018 | Lisa Ferdinando
    The U.S. military continues its “maximum pressure campaign” in regard to North Korea, and U.S. forces on the Korean Peninsula are “ready to fight tonight,” the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson said today. Dana W. White confirmed Defense Secretary James N. Mattis spoke with President Donald J. Trump today, ahead of Trump announcing that he has terminated the planned June 12 summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. U.S. forces on the peninsula maintain their usual high state of vigilance, White and the director of the Joint Staff, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., told reporters in...
  • Confusion and Protests. How Seoul Reacted to President Trump Quitting the North Korea Summit

    05/25/2018 9:02:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | May 25, 2018 | Joseph Hincks in Seoul
    South Korea sought to reassure its northern neighbor Friday after President Donald Trump abruptly canceled his planned June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. South Korea’s Unification Ministry said it would “do its part” in working toward improving relations with North Korea and formally ending the Korean War as agreed in a historic meeting between the two longtime foes on April 27. Officials in the South were left blindsided Thursday after Trump penned a letter telling Kim he was canceling the summit because of “tremendous anger and open hostility displayed” by the North. President Moon Jae-in called...
  • Royal Wedding Bishop to Lead Anti-Trump Protest

    05/24/2018 10:30:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Bishop Michael Curry is using the attention he received while presiding over the Royal Wedding to lead a new anti-Trump protest. According to sources, Curry and other Chrisitan leaders will host a candlelight vigil to protest the “dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches” — crises that put “the soul of the nation and the integrity of faith” at stake. The event will kick off with a church service beforehand right in front of Lafayette Square, which is across the street from the White House. Who’s going?
  • The Future of American Manufacturing

    05/24/2018 8:30:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 23, 2018 | Michael Stillwell
    “Made in the U.S.A.” has been in decline for decades, but in the last few years it has shown signs of an incipient comeback. Even as the number of manufacturing jobs has decreased, manufacturing output—the value of goods made here—has increased substantially. We still make $5.4 trillion worth of stuff annually here, and 12.4 million Americans still work in the manufacturing sector. But Trump administration tariffs, speculation about a trade war, and the continued march toward automation make the future of American manufacturing less certain. For this special report, we surveyed 26 of the largest manufacturers in the country—and a...
  • Humana hiring 100 for phone sales, Medicare enrollment assistance

    05/24/2018 8:15:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | May 23, 2018 | Malena Carollo, Times Staff Writer
    Kentucky-based health care provider Humana is hiring 100 phone sales employees in Tampa Bay. The new hires will field sales calls and offer enrollment assistance for Humana’s Medicare plans and other products. The positions, which are being added to help with the Medicare open enrollment period in the fall, will start between this week and July 9. Humana will pay for phone sales associates to get their health insurance license, in-depth certification and sales training. "Successful candidates," the company said, will have a high school diploma or equivalent and be available to work any shift from 7 a.m. to 11...
  • 19 Percent Of Amazon Merchants Made More Than $1M In Sales

    05/24/2018 7:45:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    PYMNTS.com ^ | May 24, 2018 | Staff
    A survey found that 19 percent of third-party merchants that sell goods on Amazon have made more than $1 million in sales this year, an increase from 10 percent in 2017. It also found that 3 percent made more than $10 million, an increase of 1 percent from last year. Feedvisor, an eCommerce company that helps merchants price goods on Amazon and other online marketplaces, surveyed 1,200 Amazon merchants this year and 1,600 in 2017, and was distributed to the same sellers both years. Nearly 50 percent of the merchants surveyed sell almost exclusively with Amazon, with revenue from the...
  • North Korea says still open to talks with US

    05/24/2018 6:30:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | May 25, 2018 | AFP/de
    SEOUL: North Korea on Friday (May 25) said it was still willing to talk to the United States after President Donald Trump cancelled a summit between the two countries, a decision Pyongyang described as "extremely regrettable". "The abrupt announcement of the cancellation of the meeting is unexpected for us and we cannot but find it extremely regrettable," Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister, said in a statement carried by the state-run KCNA news agency. "We had set in high regards President Trump's efforts, unprecedented by any other president, to create a historic North Korea-US summit," said the...
  • The White House is hinting it could ramp up sanctions against North Korea

    05/24/2018 4:23:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Vox ^ | May 24, 2018 | Zeeshan Aleem
    A senior White House official says that the US is “still short” of applying maximum pressure to Pyongyang. Hours after President Trump canceled his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump’s administration hinted that it might ratchet up sanctions against his country. A senior White House official told reporters on Thursday that the administration’s goal is to “achieve maximum pressure” on Kim’s government using sanctions, and that “we’re still short of that.” “It’s like painting the Golden Gate bridge,” the senior administration official said. “It starts peeling as soon as you finish, and so you have to keep...
  • Trump warns Kim about ‘massive and powerful’ U.S. nukes

    05/24/2018 3:15:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 24, 2018 | Cristiano Lima
    President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled his planned summit with Kim Jong Un, scolding the North Korean leader in a letter for "tremendous anger and open hostility" while also bluntly reminding Kim of the United States' nuclear prowess. The scuttling of the meeting, which had been scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, is a blow to U.S. efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, as well as Trump's desire to land a legacy-making deal with the hermetic nation. It also raises the risk of conflict in East Asia and has rattled U.S. allies South Korea and...
  • A Crypto-Trading, Floating Island Nation Promises Utopia, If It Happens

    05/24/2018 2:48:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Futurism ^ | May 18, 2018 | Dan Robitzski
    Imagine a world where millions of people abandon the land to live on the sea. On their floating habitats, and free from governmental overreach, people can dine on sustainable algae and live in harmony. They can sail from their own artificial island micro-nation to whatever country they’d like to be part of for a day. Plus, the people would trade exclusively using the cryptocurrency Varyon. But this isn’t just a strange thought experiment. The Floating Island Project is a very real collaboration between the Seasteading Institute and Blue Frontiers. The latter intends to build floating island habitats after selling enough...
  • Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan to discuss march on the Pentagon

    05/24/2018 2:01:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    LNP Newspaper ^ | April 6, 2018 | Earle Cornelius
    On the morning of April 4, 2004, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Austin Sheehan was an altar server at the Palm Sunday Mass at his military base in Iraq. By nightfall he was dead. Sheehan’s death led his mother, Cindy Sheehan, to question why the U.S. was involved in the war. The rationale behind the war, she said, kept changing. She founded Gold Star Families for Peace and, in August of 2005, famously staged a month-long protest encampment at then-President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch. This Friday, Sheehan will speak in the auditorium of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 321 W. Chestnut...
  • Trump won't be Charlie Brown to Kim's Lucy with the football

    05/24/2018 1:31:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 24, 2018 | Michael Auslin
    There’s little reason to be surprised that Donald Trump canceled his anticipated summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. While some quarters will criticize Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton for raising the specter of Libya and the 2011 overthrow of strongman Muammar Gaddafi, the fact is that the administration from the beginning pursued a tactic of combining “maximum pressure” and accommodation. The White House never wavered in dangling both the stick and the carrot in front of Kim, seeing that approach as the surest way to avoid getting played by the North Koreans...
  • Rebooting food: Finding new ways to feed the future

    05/24/2018 1:16:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 24, 2018 | Thin Lei Win
    VIENNA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Banana trees that fit in a test tube. Burgers made without a cow in sight. Fish farmed in the desert. Robots picking fruit. Welcome to the brave new world of food, where scientists are battling a global time-bomb of climate change, water scarcity, population growth and soaring obesity rates to find new ways to feed the future. With one in nine people already short of enough food to lead a healthy, active life, supporters pushing for a Second Green Revolution argue without major changes hunger will become one of the biggest threats to national security...
  • Area greenhouse that supplies large grocers preparing to open, hiring 30 (Ohio)

    05/24/2018 1:03:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Dayton Daily News ^ | May 23, 2018 | Kaitlin Schroeder, Staff Writer
    A new greenhouse in the region that will sell produce in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati is about to start operations. BrightFarms said in a statement that the company is hiring 30 for its Wilmington greenhouse, which will grow greens, herbs and tomatoes year-round. BrightFarms produce is sold at major grocery chains like Wal-Mart and Kroger. The Irvington, N.Y.-based company markets its produce as a local option instead of shipping in produce from other states or out of the country. In 2016, BrightFarms raised $30.1 million in funding to expand beyond the three greenhouses it was operating at the time in...
  • Bowery Farming is growing crops in warehouses to create food like customized kale

    05/24/2018 12:20:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 24, 2018 | Lora Kolodny and Magdalena Petrova
    •Bowery Farming is using robotics and software to raise crops in warehouses outside of big cities. •Jose Andres, Carla Hall and David Barber are among the star chefs who have invested in Bowery's indoor farming venture. •The U.N. projects that by 2050, food production will need to increase by about 60 percent to feed the growing global population....
  • Here are the counties with the fastest job growth

    05/24/2018 12:07:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Market Watch ^ | May 24, 2018 | Jeffry Bartash
    More Americans work in or near Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City than any other U.S. metro area, but that’s not where the fastest job growth is. For that look to states with low taxes and those that produce fuel for your car and home. The biggest increase in employment last year took place in Midland, Texas, an area between El Paso, Dallas and San Antonio. Hiring in Midland county jumped 11.5% vs. the national average of 1.5%. It’s the third straight quarter that Midland has led the U.S. in job gains, reflecting its prominence in oil and gas...
  • United Technologies plans to hire 35,000 and spend $75 billion with suppliers....

    05/24/2018 10:29:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Republican ^ | May 24, 2018 | Jim Kinney
    Aerospace and technology giant United Technologies Corp. said Wednesday it plans to hire 35,000 people -- including thousands in Connecticut -- and spend more than $15 billion on capital improvements and research and development over the next five years. UTC also announced plans to spend an additional $75 billion through local procurement of products and services, money that could include components from Springfield-area precision manufacturers....