North Korea has a lot of rare earth minerals (REM)

Forbes recently put out an article highlighting the massive amount of rare earth minerals North Korea possesses.

It was revealed recently that North Korea is sitting on approximately $6 trillion worth of natural resources, which the country lacks the technology or expertise to extract. The impoverished nation is quite literally sitting on a goldmine, a significant portion of which is made up of rare earth metals.

Rare earth metals are not – as you would expect – exceptionally rare, but are generally found in small trace quantities underground. What is rare is to find them in high concentrations, which is exactly what experts believe is present beneath the soil of North Korea.

Not only are these resources difficult to obtain, they’re also crucial to many of our most advanced technologies. “The magnetic and conductive properties of these elements allow our modern technologies to be lighter, faster, and stronger, making them more efficient,” says Dr. Julie Michelle Klinger, an assistant professor of international relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. Among other things, they’re used in MRI scanners, cancer treatment drugs, nuclear reactor shielding, aircraft engines and smartphones.

“Without rare earths and the miniaturization capabilities they provide, computers would be the size of classrooms instead of the size of smartphones,” says Dr. Klinger. She points out that although the likelihood of rare earth elements beneath North Korea is high, they are obtainable elsewhere in the world. The concern, therefore, is not over where these elements can be found, but rather with where they are already being mined.

Today, around 90% of the world’s rare earth elements come from China (mostly in Inner Mongolia). Between January and September 2016, China exported 35,200 tons of rare-earth materials, a 50% increase (PDF) compared to the same period in 2015, according to the USGS. Other nations such as the U.S. have been attempting to build out their own refinery systems, so as not to be so dependent on China’s supply, but progress has been slow. The one refinery that the U.S. has established was shut down last year, and was sold last month to a Chinese consortium.

As I wrote about earlier today China realizes how smart President Trump is.  You’re fooling yourself if you don’t think President Trump realizes the cache of REMs available under their feet and is positioning the United States to at least have a chance of competing against China for them in North Korea.  None of this would be possible if he’d gone with the neo-con war approach the establishment so desperately wanted him to do.  He is a master of far east politics and has treated Kim Jong Un with respect for him to save face and played hardball to be respected.  Great vid below from styxhexenhammer666 about why President Trump is succeeding in the far east regarding foreign policy.

China gets it

Great article over at American Thinker about how China views President Trump.  Rightly so, they see him as a strategic and tactical genius.

Few Chinese think that Mr Trump’s primary concern is to rebalance the bilateral trade deficit. If it were, they say, he would have aligned with the EU, Japan and Canada against China rather than scooping up America’s allies in his tariff dragnet. They think the US president’s goal is nothing less than remaking the global order.

They think Mr Trump feels he is presiding over the relative decline of his great nation. It is not that the current order does not benefit the US. The problem is that it benefits others more in relative terms. To make things worse the US is investing billions of dollars and a fair amount of blood in supporting the very alliances and international institutions that are constraining America and facilitating China’s rise.

In Chinese eyes, Mr Trump’s response is a form of “creative destruction”. He is systematically destroying the existing institutions — from the World Trade Organization and the North American Free Trade Agreement to Nato and the Iran nuclear deal — as a first step towards renegotiating the world order on terms more favourable to Washington.

Once the order is destroyed, the Chinese elite believes, Mr Trump will move to stage two: renegotiating America’s relationship with other powers. Because the US is still the most powerful country in the world, it will be able to negotiate with other countries from a position of strength if it deals with them one at a time rather than through multilateral institutions that empower the weak at the expense of the strong.

My interlocutors say that Mr Trump is the US first president for more than 40 years to bash China on three fronts simultaneously: trade, military and ideology. They describe him as a master tactician, focusing on one issue at a time, and extracting as many concessions as he can. They speak of the skilful way Mr Trump has treated President Xi Jinping. “Look at how he handled North Korea,” one says. “He got Xi Jinping to agree to UN sanctions [half a dozen] times, creating an economic stranglehold on the country. China almost turned North Korea into a sworn enemy of the country.” But they also see him as a strategist, willing to declare a truce in each area when there are no more concessions to be had, and then start again with a new front.

It’s funny how everyone in the liberal West think President Trump is a clown; somebody who is stupid and got by on daddy’s dime.  As if they could turn a $1 million dollar loan into a billion dollar empire.  There really is the 2 standard deviation communication gap at play with most Americans.  Really low IQ people think President Trump is really dumb, because they are too dim to see what true genius looks like.  Most people agree people from the far East are on average higher IQ, and it’s no surprise that they recognize the genius of President Trump and take him seriously.

This is a magical time we’re living in.  We have just the right hero to take on the globalist Cabal, with the FU money required to not be bought, bribed, or blackmailed.  He has the composure and business acumen to make difficult decisions under the most high pressure situations, and a deep understanding and knowledge of the dark inner workings of the Cabal.  My hope is he inspires enough patriots to continue his work when he is gone, though I do fear he is just delaying an inevtiable collapse.  But that’s loser talk.  He needs all the help he can get.  The sacrifice he has made for his country and Western civilization will never be forgotten.

Asteroids abound

It’s helpful to step away from some of the problems we’re dealing with on Earth and think BIG picture now and then.  NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab released this cool little video a few days ago about all known asteroids in the solar system.  As our technology gets better these become more detectable.  Obviously the goal is to detect a big one far enough in advance to do something about it.  Some large ones are sometimes only detected very late that whiz by Earth rather close.  Yet another reason we need to focus longer term on projects for life on new heavenly bodies.

In other asteroid news, China is planning a mission to find suitable asteroids to hunt and capture for mining.  This is very cool future game changing stuff.  Their goal is eventually to put it into an orbit around the Moon and mine the valuable metals and minerals.

Nasa announced a plan earlier this year to send two spacecraft to asteroids in 2021 and 2023.

The later mission will explore the asteroid 16 Psyche, which is 210km wide and probably a remnant from the core of an ancient planet no longer in existence.

The Chinese programme, however, is much more ambitious.

The plan is to capture an asteroid by landing and anchor a spacecraft on its surface, fire up multiple rocket boosters and project it into the orbit of the moon.

This is the kind of competition we need to propel us forward.  This is good for everyone.