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Comment NK is the embarassing little brother to China. (Score 1) 282

Having lived in China for 5 years, I don't think they actually like North Korea that much. There is a sense that they are like family given past alliance and similarities, cult of personality, etc. But while china now advances and moves forward, NK is like their little embarrassing little brother that dropped out of high school and they reluctantly have to try to keep them out of trouble.

The feel of China is that the top leadership are hell bent on making themselves the dominant world power of the 21st century. outsourcing, currency manipulation, and American debt are all parts of this plan. China would get pissed at an invasion of NK, not because they like them, but because it would be an invasion of "their" territory and sphere of influence.

Comment What about "Wag the Dog" ? (Score 1) 282

Or this "threat" could just be a false flag attack from Sony, and just another way to build hype for a movie release. It gained a lot of attention and curiosity from people who would not otherwise be interested, mainly because of said terrorist threats. Nothing gets people interested in watching something like saying "you aren't allowed to watch this."

Comment Re:A Few More Notes (Score 1) 90

also, the kind of philanthropy and charity they usually indulge in wouldn't "get them into heaven" anyways. microsoft office donations to schools was designed to lock kids into using their software from an early age. large scale donations to universities and such are done on the condition that the construction company they own does the work. all such folks generally feed the poor, but keep them reliant on handouts instead of empowering them. and all of the mentioned tend to give them tax credits so its not like they really lose money on doing this stuff. I'm sure you all could find a lot more if you really want to start digging.

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