‘Basketball Diplomacy’ Between The U.S. And North Korea

‘Basketball Diplomacy’ Between The U.S. And North KoreaDennis Rodman has just returned from a “basketball diplomacy” mission with the most mysterious communist state in the world — North Korea. And just like that, he gushes with compliments for that country’s leader, Kim Jong Un.

“I love him. The guy is awesome. He was so honest.”

‘Threatens war with its nuclear power’

As much as we’d like to think the flamboyant Rodman has been successful in bridging the gap of hostility between his mother country and NoKor, we cannot erase the fact that the latter is home to a leader who threatens war with its nuclear power and starves citizens in prison camps.

Still, we have to give credit to “The Worm” for being able to get up close and personal with the young dictator without having to creep around. He just walked in with the Harlem Globetrotters and Vice magazine and voila! He beat the secret services to getting thisclose to Kim Jong Un. Isn’t that quite an achievement for a retired NBA champion?

‘Perfect candidate’

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ “This Week,” Rodman was seemingly apologetic when it came to his friendship with the young dictator.

“I don’t condone what he does, but as far as a person to person, he’s my friend” and then went on to the fetid well of moral equivalence to dismiss the prison camps and reports of mass murder as “just politics.”

They say Dennis Rodman was just the perfect candidate for that task. He alone can pull off this kind of stunt. And they say maybe his “diplomatic visit” can indeed forge a meeting ground for the U.S. and North Korea. He even dished out a “diplomatic advice” to President Barack Obama — that the president can start with basketball to establish a bond with NoKor. Would that be effective?

Despite all these reasonings, the boundary between diplomacy and hostility is still not quite clear. So, do you think “basketball diplomacy” is really possible between the U.S. and North Korea?

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Lobstermen Hauling In More Colorful Catch

When a 100-pound shipment of lobsters arrived at Bill Sarro’s seafood shop and restaurant last month, it contained a surprise — six orange crustaceans that have been said to be a 1-in-10-million oddity.

Reports of odd-colored lobsters used to be rare in the lobster fishing grounds of New England and Atlantic Canada. Normal lobsters are a mottled greenish-brown. But in recent years, accounts of bright blue, orange, yellow, calico, white and even split lobsters — one color on one side, another on the other — have jumped. It’s now common to hear several stories a month of a lobsterman bringing one of the quirky crustaceans to shore.

Lobsters come in a variety of colors because of genetic variations. It’s been written that the odds of catching a blue lobster are 1-in-2 million, while orange comes in at 1-in-10 million. Yellow and orange-and-black calico lobsters have been pegged at 1-in-30 million, split-colored varieties at 1-in-50 million, and white — the rarest of all — at 1-in-100 million. But those are merely guesses, and nobody knows for sure. What is known is that colored lobsters have shown up in greater frequency in certain areas over the years.

Aside from their color, the lobsters are apparently normal in all other ways, Bayer said. They all turn red when they’re cooked, except for the white ones since they don’t have any pigment, and diners wouldn’t notice a difference.

Scientists say it’s possible the lobster population as a whole has a greater percentage of misfits than it did in years past. The off-colored lobsters are more susceptible to predators because they stick out more on the ocean bottom, rather than blending in like normal ones, said Diane Cowan, executive director of The Lobster Conservancy in Friendship, Maine. Lobstermen have brought Cowan countless colorful lobsters over the years. The prettiest one, she said, was pink and purple.

Why do you think there is a surge in finding oddly-colored lobsters nowadays? Would you want a lobster for a pet?

Source: Yahoo News

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