July 10, 2009

Four For Friday

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Q1 - North Korea: According to a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, a majority of Americans think the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's pursuit of ballistic missile technology and weapons of mass destruction poses the biggest threat to the security of the United States of America. Which do you think North Korea wants more... war or attention? Related: How big a threat do you think North Korea's nuclear ambitions pose to your life today?

Q2 - Tasks: Fortune 500 companies have been outsourcing tasks for years, accessing the globe to get their work done, cheaply and effectively. If you could outsource 10 hours of work a week to someone overseas, what would you have them do for you?

Q3 - Travel: "Travel will be down significantly this summer since tourism tends to track with the economy," says Carl Winston, director of San Diego State University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. How is the current economy affecting your summer travel?

Q4 - Evening: Plan the perfect evening out... what does it involve?

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1- I think its an attention grab, but I think they're hatred of all things American is probably bust.

2- I kinda like my job, and there's not really any parts of it I dislike that much nor are there any major inconveniences.

3- I think I've traveled more this year already than I do in a typical year, and I foresee plenty more of it.

4- It probably becomes a night in with pizza, a movie, and 'going to bed' early.

Posted by: Greg at July 10, 2009 2:28 PM

#1 - attention.... I dont think NK is looking for a fight, especially one they HAVE to know they couldnt win(does anyone REALLY win though?)... a threat to my life? ...well, if I still lived on the EAST coast, I'd say not much. This close to LA, representing probably everything HATED by NK? ...a little more perhaps :)
#2 - I would LOVE to outsource 10 hours of my work week!... hmmm... I wonder how much hiring my own temp would cost me? I would hire out some of my mundane work tasks, or the stuff I HATE doing.
#3 - not much, since I hadnt really planned on going anywhere anyway? over all I may drive less to "local" (2-3 hours) places, due to gas, etc.(and a sucky 11 year old SUV)

#4 - currently not in a position to plan one... BUT - something relaxing would be in there for sure, and probably cooking a great meal..and maybe a sunset....

Posted by: RST at July 10, 2009 2:43 PM

1. I think N. Korea does want attention. They'd get a better response from us if the government decided to show it was moving in a more peacful direction. I try not to worry or think about their missile threats.

2. I'd outsource the annoying people I work with, and let others deal with then for 10 hours, so I could enjoy the peace and quiet.

3. My summer travel plans would probably be the same in a good economy. I don't have anything planned at the moment anyway.

4. Perfect Evening Out: Me and my peeps at the free outdoor concert of bands and open restaurants on a warm summer night.

Posted by: Vera at July 10, 2009 3:16 PM

Q1. I have played ostrich with world news lately, so I'm happy to say that I have no idea what is going on and have no opinion on the matter ;).

Q2. Since I'm a student, I think I'd outsource my math homework and tests :P. Though having someone come clean my house for me would seriously rock!

Q3. I have made many more little trips this summer than I have in awhile. I don't spend a lot of money, but I am getting out of the house as much as possible.

Q4. Perfect evening out, hmm....probably sending the kids off with friends so they are out having fun, that will make me feel less guilty ;). Then a movie with popcorn and cherry coke, come home to a clean, quiet house and maybe some chocolate syrup and my Hunny, tee hee

Posted by: Meadow at July 10, 2009 3:54 PM

Q1 - North Korea: Knee jerk reaction is to say it's a cry for attention. But being that Kim is crazy, it's hard to say. He might just think nuclear missiles are how he can resurrect his dead pet bunny rabbit.

Q2 - Tasks: Hypnotizing the people of the world to become my minions.

Q3 - Travel: I rarely travel in the summer, so no change.

Q4 - Evening: Hypnotized minions doing my bidding, an hour long body massage, and probably some chocolate syrup.

Posted by: StuTheWise at July 10, 2009 4:10 PM

Q1, I think that the leadership of North Korea is crazy enough to be willing to use nuclear weapons on the "enemy du jour" not necessarily the US. Kim Jung Il would nuke everybody in his country if he could be assured that he would be safe.

Q2, I would outsource cleaning the dishes, the house, and the workshop.

Q3, We spend our vacation time watching our granddaughters softball games; no chance since we moved to Florida.

Q4, Perfect evening out:
Dinner - Onion soup, steak, mushrooms, baked potato, ice cream
Concert - Symphony, Buddy Guy, James Taylor or Jimmy Buffett
Finally - Fireworks on the beach

Posted by: Mike Linn at July 10, 2009 4:12 PM

Q1-North Korea: I've thought that North Korea was the biggest threat to the security of the U.S. for about 3-5 years now...and I think that Il mainly wants attention, but when other world leaders decide to treat him like the child that he is and not give him the attention he craves he's gonna go retarded and bomb the crap out of some tiny country and the U.S. is gonna come sailing in with its superhero cape and save the day, which will just turn NK's rage on us, they'll bomb us, we'll bomb them...and then the whole world will loose their nukes on eachother and the world will end in a fiery ball of nuclear dust. I don't fear war. I don't fear death. I don't fear Iraq or North Korea. I'm more afraid that I'm gonna end up leading an empty life in a podunk little town in the Midwest.

Q2-Tasks: The only tasks I could outsource over the last few weeks are sleeping and watching movies. I need a job...

Q3-Travel: Please refer to my answer for Q2.

Q4-Evening: Theatre, either performing or viewing...both would be great; drinking, but not to excess; friends, close ones, and we'd have a long, intimate, and passionate talk about the way the world works...and we'd solve all of the world's problems, only to forget the solutions when dawn awoke us. Maybe a bonfire...

Posted by: Fezzik at July 11, 2009 12:03 AM

Q1: Countries and people who have little or nothing to lose pose the greatest threat, and North Korea falls into that category. I do not feel that North Korea is an imminent threat, but I believe it could become one very quickly. However, I am more worried over the self-destruction of the United States than any danger posed by foreign countries or groups.

Q2: Well, I could outsource tasks to people in other countries. Nothing is really keeping me from doing so other than the fact that I don't like to outsource anything. Even having someone clean my house makes me uncomfortable.

Q3: I will travel more this summer than I have in the last 10 summers combined, because I owe so many people visits and decided for some odd reason that this would be the summer for catching up.

Q4: Bar hopping with my significant other or a best friend on foot in walking distance of my home or a hotel room with no cops en route to pick me up for public intoxication... weather permitting.

Oh yeah, I stopped drinking... in that case, I'd have to say a great dinner with a concert afterwards, preferably an outside venue, with my significant other and a couple close friends.

Posted by: Joe at July 11, 2009 2:54 AM

1. I agree with Joe that N Korea has little to lose and is therefore is a huge potential threat, but for now I think it's an attention grab, at least internationally. It's an implied threat not only to us, but to the citizens of N Korea. 'We're willing and able to nuke the USA and we're perfectly willing to do the same at home if you act up.'

2. In this day and age I wouldn't want to outsource any job-related tasks. I'd gladly outsource things like washing dishes and (in a month or so) yardwork.

3. Not at all. My vacation time is already budgeted for 1) unpacking after moving into my house and 2)taking time off when my dear friend Becca visits said house.

4. I could go several ways here, so I'll give them all.
Perfect evening A: Dinner with a group of friends at one of my favorite restaurants followed by an evening of music and friendly conversation either on someone's porch or an outdoor table at a local pub

Perfect Evening B: A small bbq on the patio with Boy X followed by a good movie and whatever else would transpire.

Perfect Evening C: A good book, good music, and a nice bottle of wine to sip on whilst enjoying the book and music.

Posted by: mike at July 11, 2009 4:28 AM

North Korea �claims to be a socialist republic but is widely considered by the outside world to be a defacto totalitarian Stalinist dictatorship�. SOURCE: Wikipedia

On the recent cyber attacks over the July 4th weekend� http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/10/technology/10cyber.html?hpw

The real threat is not from an easily detectable attack, but one that is less conspicuous. North Korea has been testing devices which have the same strength as the ones developed during World War 2. These are on the order of 15 kilotons. Though such a bomb is literally thousands of times weaker than ones the US has tested, detonation of such a weapon high in the atmosphere could create an EMP that would cause a surge in any unprotected active electronic device (and burn it out) over an area of potentially thousands or even millions of square miles. North Korea�s Taipodong-2 could lift a nuclear device to sufficient height near the Western US, but would likely be shot down before detonation. A more efficient use of such a weapon would be either to smuggle it into the area of use (via ground or sea) or utilizing the fissile materials in a dirty bomb. Such a device, if exploded in a large enough metropolitan area, could sicken and kill thousands of people and render the attack site useless for an extended period of time.

The state of the situation is such that extreme caution must be exercised. We cannot afford to ignore North Korea, yet we are able to simply invade the country as we did Iraq and Afghanistan. It is not immediately clear what the long term goal of Kim Jong Il is but if North Korea decides to utilize it�s fledgling nuclear arsenal it would surely provide a challenge to our advanced security and defense systems, one that they could likely meet. In any event, it seems that North Korea has utilized it's nuclear arsenal in the manner most sucessfully demonstrated since their invention; as a deterrent to war and invasion.
SOURCE: http://www.examiner.com/x-13449-Albany-Science-News-Examiner~y2009m6d17-How-much-trouble-can-North-Koreas-nuclear-weapons-cause

Posted by: at July 11, 2009 6:22 AM

Q1- Attention. Although they may be deluded enough to think a fight is a good idea too.

Q2- Dealing with my masses of paperwork at the office and laundry at home. Oops, I think that's more than 10 hours worth!

Q3-Thus far, I have no plans and that is unusual for me. I'm hesitant to spend the big bucks necessary to go on a great trip.

Q4- Dinner with my girlfriend at a top-notch restaurant (although we have so few of those here) and a bottle of Opus One. Perhaps a drive with the top down on the Beemer and a walk on the beach (although we don't have one of those at all!)

Posted by: Lisa at July 11, 2009 8:01 AM

Q1 - North Korea: They want attention. They're trying to out bully the world's largest bully (us in case you didn't get it) as the only way they feel like they'll get what they want. Their nuclear ambitions pose a threat for sure, but probably incrementally to just the fact that a nuclear world is never more than a button push away from a hell of a mess. Someone with nukes backed into a corner probably isn't that good of a situation.

Q2 - Tasks: I would have someone transcribe my hair-brained ideas and experiences so that then I could edit them and post all of that infinite wisdom on my languishing blog.

Q3 - Travel: We definitely had planned to lay low on family and personal travel, and now with my accident, that makes it a lot easier, can't travel anyways.

Q4 - Evening: Hiking at twilight down some trail in some wilderness area and listening to the crickets chip while it gets dark and you flip on your headlamp.

Posted by: Jeremy at July 11, 2009 2:19 PM

mine is up!


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