Editor’s Note: The Nightshift will be published in abbreviated form for the next couple of weeks due to outside scheduling commitments. Weekend editions will be full-pack, but weekday commentary will be very streamlined.
Good Morning, It’s Saturday, 15 April 2017, and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed. It is Easter Weekend.
The world’s attention is focused on North Korea and the Korean peninsula this morning. North Korea has vowed to conduct a new nuclear test and the United States is intent that it will not. China is advising both sides to cool it even while American forces are gathering in the region. The U.S. cannot make a strike against North Korea without first consulting with South Korea–the U.S. ally–because South Korea will be in the direct line of fire from North Korea if hostilities erupt. South Korea has a real economy; North Korea does not. The North Koreans would be wise to stop with the trash talking and get on with building their nation’s economy and improving the life of their citizens. Goose stepping soldiers don’t faze the U.S. military; we’ve seen them before.
The wild card is the new administration in Washington. It’s unconventional in its’ approach and unpredictable in its’ response. After Syria, no one knows how the U.S. will handle the standoff.
Word has leaked that Apple is working on a self-driving car. No one has seen a prototype and no one knows for certain if Apple’s interest is seamless software or hardware or the entire vehicle. It’ll be interesting but one key fact to remember: Tesla–not Google and not Uber–has been a major recruiter of Apple engineers and employees. And Tesla’s cars are already in the market (the company now has a market value larger than that of GM). Always bad to bet against Elon.
Turkey will have elections this weekend; it is expected that Erdogan will win and continue on the path of moving Turkey from a Democracy to a dictatorship. Seems to be a trend these days.
This is the last weekend before the U.S. Federal Income Tax returns are due. Something else to take your mind off world affairs.
An alarmingly disrupted and unsettled world on this holy Easter / Passover weekend. Let’s hope everyone comes back to a point of reasonableness and rational thought.
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