It was the oddest of couples embarking on the most excellent of adventures: Google executive chairman and geek-in-chief Eric Schmidt joined politician Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor and one-time U.N. ambassador, in a three-day tour of North Korea. The two headed to the Hermit Kingdom on a diplomatic mission to call for greater Internet freedom and technological knowledge for the country’s 24 million people. Media access in North Korea is tightly controlled, but cameras did follow the duo around as they looked at things — as seems to be quite common in North Korea.
Hiding from the world is proof enough that the North Korean and Iranian regimes cannot withstand scrutiny even from their own people -- less they should find out that the regimes have fully succeeded in stifling economic development. Yet North Korea and Iran could just as easily have excelled economically as well as technologically -- for the greater good of their citizens. As things stand now, Iran has abandoned all paths to the country's Persian greatness, and daily North Korea has to face the glaring economic disparities with its sister state. Exactly how long will it take for these regimes to realize that in today's world a country's might is measured in economic terms?Indeed, even if the North Korean and Iranian regimes on their own somehow managed to amass Russia's military might, neither would be further ahead economically. So what's the point in trying?
Eric Schmidt didn't actually call for Internet freedom. He merely spoke in a general sort of way about how there was an economic advantage to Internet connection, and if North Korea didn't connect more, it would be "left behind".
The entire trip empowered the wrong sort in the regime -- who are in any event already connected to the Internet and have no interest in connecting anyone else.
So Skyfall is not a total fiction at all.
Even CIA is eyeing at nerds as new recruits. Eric, hide your radio properly.
Is Mr Schmidt in North Korea to repatriate Yushino to North Korea? Seems that way: http://www.bringyushinoback.blogspot.com/