(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JUNE 11, 2018) — They have arrived. Early.

Folks, we have unfolding a breathtaking moment. Someone, apparently, not only thought but actualized the unthinkable. Slam the two major participants in what is the most historic diplomatic outing since 1950 if you insist, but doing so ignores reality. Two men who couldn’t at once be more alike and opposite have tuned out the naysayers to plow ahead for the good of the globe.

There’s no understating the importance of tomorrow morning’s planned summit between DPRNK president Kim Jung-un and President Donald Trump. THE PLANET has no expectations for this improbable meeting, rosy or otherwise. We simply stand agog that it is happening at all, in any way, shape, form, appearance, or attitude. It is, regardless on one’s personal feelings about these two men,  a diplomatic breakthrough not seen ever in the Post-WWII era.  Compared to this, the tearing down of the Berlin Wall was tinker toys, since it took place not with diplomacy but following the collapse of the Soviet Union over the internal weight of its unsustainable military spending.

Trump said he would know Kim’s intentions within the first minute, flying on the dual instruments of “feel” and “intuition.” Maybe, maybe not — but the fact that a U.S. president is meeting at all with the supreme leader of North Korea speaks for itself. Trump and Kim have succeeded where their predecessors tripped up owing to foolish pride and stupid ego. The two elder Kims, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush II, and Obama failed where Kim the Younger and Trump have succeeded. Is a joint Nobel Peace Prize in the offing, doctor?

Kim has a side to him that most Americans don’t realize. He is a realist of the first order, but not above the self-deprecation unheard of from his father and grandfather, who were portrayed as divine beings descended from on high. In March, when Kim met Thomas Bach, head of the Olympic Committee, he joked: “Even if it may not look like it, I love to play sports, especially basketball.” He loves the Chicago Bulls and rightly thinks Celtics’ great Bill Russell is the G.O.A.T. THE PLANET wonders if Trump will show off the Super Bowl ring presented to him by buddy Robert Kraft.

The Western-educated Kim, the “obscure” third son of Kim Jung Il, defied all odds. When he took over from his late father, the “experts” East and West predicted he would be overwhelmed and either ousted or, more likely, controlled by the Old Guard. It didn’t happen. Kim eliminated the Cold War fossils among the military and civil leaders and replaced them with younger people loyal to him, not to “the old way.” He headed efforts to achieve scientific progress faster than anyone thought, culminating with ICBM capabilities. And why should he not have done it? Does the DPRNK not have the right to nukes? Where’s the fine line that “divides” the “good” possession of these hell weapons from the “bad?”

When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Kim as a preliminary round to the historic Trump-Kim summit, he called the North Korean leader capable and willing to negotiate. The looming hand of China rests on Kim shoulder, to be sure, and there’s every reason to believe the summit with Trump will be productive, simply because it allows for the possibility of opportunity to end a stalemate that’s 70 years stale. Nothing but nothing beats face-to-face, look-em-in-the-eye diplomacy as the sugar substitute for the brew of world peace.

Our favorite Kim story comes from his meetings in April with the president of South Korea. At once point, Kim apologized for the “early wake up calls” prompted by the test launch of missiles. A joke, you see, reveals more than a threat. In Kim, we see man who realizes his place at the table. The United States, the world, has literally seen nothing like it from the North Korean part of that peninsula.

This is a brave, new world.


“Make it new” —Ezra Pound, on his literary and life philosophy.



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  1. dusty
    June 10, 2018 at 11:34 pm #

    China and North Korea are two of the remaining five communist countries. China is not going to let NK get too cozy with America.

    Vegas odds are that Trump walks out in the first five minutes.

  2. Paul Jakacky
    June 11, 2018 at 2:19 am #

    dusty, you’re always the optimist.

    • dusty
      June 11, 2018 at 3:37 am #

      not the first time I have been accused of that

  3. The school committee
    June 11, 2018 at 4:46 am #

    Russia loves this new America.

    • dusty
      June 11, 2018 at 4:55 am #

      yes he does…because he sees a future Russian colony

    • Pat
      June 11, 2018 at 5:10 am #

      Our attitude toward Russia should be, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”. President Trump is completely right on this. A Russia and Putin off by themselves is not good for the world. We need to keep them public as much as possible. They will always have their secretive side, but keeping an open dialog with them is essential to keeping them in check.

      • dusty
        June 11, 2018 at 5:27 am #

        So keep Russia close and treat your allies like crap? Got it! That should work well the next time we start a war and want others to help us out.

        • Pat
          June 11, 2018 at 5:35 am #

          Canada will always be our friend even with this issue between us. Even friends and allies have to re-negotiate issues from time to time to keep everything fair.

  4. NIB
    June 11, 2018 at 5:21 am #

    If Hillary was prez NK would still be firing ballistic missiles and moving ahead with their nuclear weapon program. And she would have stood by and did nothing, just like her buddy Obama.

    • dusty
      June 11, 2018 at 5:29 am #

      That is good information. I am going to write that down so I don’t forget it.

      • NIB
        June 11, 2018 at 8:03 am #

        If you have to write down something that obvious you should get checked for dementia.

  5. Pat
    June 11, 2018 at 5:28 am #

    Finally North Korea has met an American leader that makes sense to people in that culture and part of the world. Our previous leaders wanted only to placate by throwing tons of money at North Korea with the message “now go away”. It was probably insulting to them and they then went on to use all that money to create nukes thinking how stupid and weak we were to give them all that money.

    President Trump projects strength and they get that. Most importantly, they respect that. America has chosen wimpy Republican and Democrat leaders until the election of President Trump. Finally with a strong leader in place we have a chance of reaching out to people in that part of the world in a language they understand. Peace through strength. President Trump is the right leader at the right time.

    • dusty
      June 11, 2018 at 5:40 am #

      yah but yer not as strong if you piss off all your allies so that they may not want to back you up Pat. That kind of weakens your position.

      Plus, or in addition, why should Kim Jung trust anything Trump says when he is crapping all over his friends?

      • Pat
        June 11, 2018 at 6:03 am #

        I doubt Kim Jung even thinks like that. He is thinking about his own country and his own circumstances and what is best for North Korea.

        I don’t see it as “crapping all over your friends”. I see it as re-negotiating the terms of the relationship with our allies to make everything much more fair for everyone.

        • NIB
          June 11, 2018 at 8:01 am #

          Pat, only progressives/liberals think negotiating trade deals to make them more fair to the US is crapping all over their allies. Afterall, bleeding heart liberals like Dusty care far more about foreigners and foreign countries than they care about Americans and the US.

          • Pat
            June 11, 2018 at 8:57 am #

            Just like they care more about the issues of illegal immigrants far more than the issues of law abiding citizens.

          • The school committee
            June 11, 2018 at 9:46 am #

            Conservatives been on charge for 38 yearss

          • dusty
            June 11, 2018 at 10:31 am #

            I don’t think Trump had to say “there is a special place in hell” for the Canadian prime minister. That sound like something a feckless cunt would say.

          • Mr. Fritz
            June 11, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

            Dusty, as usual you are spewing false information. Trump did not say that – that is a quote from Peter Navarro, WH National Trade Council Director. Get your facts straight.

  6. UAlbany
    June 11, 2018 at 6:53 am #

    this is a historic meeting of grand proportions. Obama gave them $$ because he was a chicken $hit – good for Trump – let’s hope he’s a little more polite than he was to Canada though –

    • dusty
      June 11, 2018 at 11:02 am #

      But if this NK meeting fails, for any reason real or imagined, just remember it is Obamas fault. Obama did it and he cannot deny it. He made things impossible for Trump unless they are things that are going good which in that case Trump did it hisself and should get not one, but two Nobel prizes plus a bag of airplane peanuts.

    • The school committee
      June 11, 2018 at 5:16 pm #

      Russia is Trumps Daddy

      • 12 Gauge
        June 11, 2018 at 5:47 pm #

        Pour yourself another one.

  7. Dilly Dally
    June 11, 2018 at 7:00 am #

    I believe it’s Jong-un, anyway, if Trump and Jong-un come to a compromise, who exactly will oversee the denuke of that Country?…very curious what N K gets beside our protection, N K isn’t exactly Switzeland.

    Do Jong-in and Stormy both get a Noble Award?

  8. Shakey shakey
    June 11, 2018 at 9:10 am #

    interesting to see the armchair ambassadors posting on this site. Pat is now an expert on international affairs and dictator psychology.

    Regurgitating talking points from whichever daytime news program watched.

    • Pat
      June 11, 2018 at 9:36 am #

      Are you saying that a woman can’t come up with these ideas on her own? That I need to be spoon fed my thoughts from FOX news or some other conservative site? I haven’t heard the things I’m saying said in any other places. The last I heard from FOX was on the Sunday talk show when Chris Wallace was grilling a Republican on why Trump was so worried about including Russia in the G-7 talks. They certainly didn’t give the answers I am giving. Of course the liberal channels use no thought at all and keep repeating the idiotic phrase that, “Russia must have something on Trump”.

      Of course they can’t come right out and say “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”. That wouldn’t be politically correct which is why I’m saying it now and I believe that is what President Trump in thinking.

      • dusty
        June 11, 2018 at 10:33 am #

        Oh, Trump likes to be politically correct now? When did that start?

      • Shakey Shakey
        June 11, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

        Mu comment is because you are not that bright.

        I make no judgement was to whether you are female, male, or a non-binary gender.

      • U
        June 11, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

        Michael Corleone said that in the greatest movie of all time. Another quote I’m sick of hearing around here is take care of each other….Jerry Springer’s tag line. Get some new material you guys. And Jonathan …..Pleeeze stop using copy and paste to crucify Luciforo. The pot thing is fine though as are the Street Gig,like that.

        • Jonathan Melle
          June 11, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

          I am not crucifying Luciforo or anyone else for that matter! Nuciforo victimized me and my family since the Spring of 1996. In all of the time that has passed by, no one from the Nuciforo network ever once apologized to me and my family. Nuciforo is a very mean-spirited person who manipulates people in conspiratorial situations! He is the dark, inbred prince of Pittsfield politics who local people fear.

          • GMHeller
            June 11, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

            Mr. Melle,
            It’s 22 years now that you’ve been carrying on your crusade against crooked Pittsfield Democrats, yet you appear unable for some reason to make the connection between crooked Dems in Pittsfield and their equally sleazy brethren at the state and national level.
            Has ANY Democrat anywhere ever apologized to anyone that a Democrat slimed?
            Has Bill Clinton ever apologized to Juanita Broaddrick?
            Did Teddy Kennedy ever apologize to the family of Mary Jo Kopechne?
            So why would you ever expect Andrea Nuciforo Jr. to apologize to you?
            Get over it, bro!

          • Jonathan Melle
            June 12, 2018 at 9:03 am #

            @GMHeller- As I have written to you many times before, I have criticized or spoken out against Democrats and Republicans! However, I refuse to group all “Dems” in the same basket because of one or two bad apples. I agree with you that Bill Clinton is a case study in “bad boy behavior”. Everyone knew about Bill Clinton prior to his 1992 campaign for U.S. President. It is disingenuous for people to link Bill Clinton’s “bad boy” past to today’s #MeToo movement. I agree with you about Ted Kennedy’s cover-up of Mary Jo Kopechne drowning. It was wrong and a tragedy!
            As for Luciforo, from the Spring of 1996 through present day, some people still post their writings that I am “crucifying” him, and the like. What am I supposed to do about that? If I don’t respond, it makes people feel that Luciforo is the victim. When I do respond, people like you get frustrated with me.
            As I have stated many times before, since I first met Luciforo at a Dalton Democratic platform in the Spring of 1996, Luciforo conspiratorially had people bully me on his behalf without Luciforo leaving behind his own fingerprints or DNA. Luciforo filed multiple “ethics” complaints against my dad from the Fall of 1997 – Spring of 1998. Luciforo filed secretive complaints against me to the Pittsfield Police Department during the Spring of 1998 to try to send me to Carmen Massimiano’s Pittsfield jail. Luciforo had possibly Denis E. Guyer spread vicious rumors against me during the Summer of 2005 that I “stalked a Jewish woman from Otis” to the people of the Pittsfield area. The woman’s father was one of Luciforo’s bullying henchmen.
            I am not “crucifying” Luciforo! I am defending myself by telling people the truth about Luciforo’s mean-spirited harassment of me and my family over the past 22 years!
            – Jonathan Melle

          • Shakey Shakey
            June 12, 2018 at 10:35 am #

            Heller, politicians on both sides of the aisle are equally scummy. Just because Massachusetts has lots of scummy filthy Democrats doesn’t mean there are not as many evil disgusting Republicans concentrated elsewhere.

  9. Pat
    June 11, 2018 at 9:59 am #

    Also understanding the culture we are dealing with is good thinking. Progressives consider themselves so worldly, but they have little idea that speaking in the cultural language of a country would get positive results. North Korea respects power and strength not weakness. President Trump is dealing with them in just the right way which is why they will soon be in an historic meeting.

    • The school committee
      June 11, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

      Conservative s been running this show for years

      • 12 Gauge
        June 11, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

        take another sip

  10. May Hemm
    June 11, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

    So, Dennis no child support for his kid Rodman, has arrived and as written here on the Planet last year,Rodman a former Trump Apprentice is the go between for this session.

    • h
      June 11, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

      Good call on Rodman,you can’t make it up

  11. Cosbies
    June 11, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

    Trump has no scientific advisor with him in Singapore. He should have a Jet dispatched. To Pittsfield to pick up Gaetani, the Wiz would know how to deal with J Man. He has a lot of experience dealing with the Chinese and the koreans are similar to the Chinese. Trump might get an agreement with the G Man by his side. But without him the prospects are very poor. Gaetani is our city’s science advisor and could go head to head with any scientist.

    • Mr. Fritz
      June 11, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

      You can’t even work with the Pittsfield City Councilors.
      Trump will get the NK issue resolved, I have no doubt. And he will be re-elected in a landslide.

  12. dusty
    June 11, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

    Putin has been helping KIm JUn with his nuclear arsenal for years. And he is not going to let Donald Trump take them away from him. That is the bottom line.

    You may see a lot of bobbing and weaving and rope a dope movements to distract and confuse but those missiles are not going anywhere anytime soon.

    and yes you may quote me on this

    • U
      June 11, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

      I’m thinking tag sale. I wish the scum would stay off the streets.

  13. U
    June 11, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

    Jong comes out to meet Trump,and right off the bat Trump disrespects him. I don’t want anything to eat right now?

  14. U
    June 11, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

    Whoa… Jong comes right back at’d you get those powdered donuts around your eyes!

  15. U
    June 11, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

    I’m lip reading, here’s a little taste…T- who does your hair… j…why you like it? Not bad, I got a guy, we’ll talk. J…I’ve never seen someone where a Fox on their head, you have a bald spot….T…funny,very funny. J….How’s your old lady? T….great, she just had major surgery. J…we are talking about Stormy,right? T…very funny J, you should have been a comedian. J..whatever, let’s get this done,Dennis is waiting for me, another one on one. T…you got no chance against the worm! J…really?

    • NIB
      June 12, 2018 at 5:14 am #

      Are you drunk or high?

  16. GMHeller
    June 11, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

    Singapore Summit:
    Anyone want to guess the odds against a Democrat being elected President in 2020?

    • Mr. Fritz
      June 12, 2018 at 4:24 am #

      Trump will be re-elected. No contest.

    • The school committee
      June 12, 2018 at 5:10 am #

      As a democrat and fiscally conservative I see no chance of us winning unless we have another unregulated bank meltdown.This country is firmly in the hand of the regressive wealthy corporate power using white fear to keep the money flowing.
      The rick have never been so rich,the powerful have never had more power and the rest of America has never felt power or wealth .

    • Gigi
      June 12, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

      Slim and none, and slim left town. Can’t replace a somebody with a nobody. And the Dems have NO ONE!

  17. Halo
    June 11, 2018 at 7:17 pm #

    Trump and Jong do have one thing in common. Both are very, very wealthy. Trump is making the media networks, all three mega millions, they love him as do the wealthy making a fortune with no risk.

  18. V P of Lurning
    June 11, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

    It ain’t working Dan.

  19. Halo
    June 11, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

    So you give N K the kitchen sink because they blackmail trump. So, Countris now in a trade war (allies) can start building nukes and do the same thing. It ain’t a great plan Mr. Orange.

  20. mi
    June 11, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

    This is why giving Iran cash was a good idea. No deal dizzy don.

  21. dusty
    June 12, 2018 at 12:45 am #

    There is an article in iberkshires about the city of Pittsfield spending money. Did they just approve spending $150,000 to UPGRADE the bathrooms at clapp park? Seriously? My house is not worth that much. Should we not put that money fixing roads?

    Apparently they rejected spending $64,000 to replace carpeting at PHS. I do not remember there being any carpet when I went there. Sounds like a ludicrous proposal to me. Exactly who suggested this?
    Steve Wynn would question spending that much for his casino in Vegas but Pittsfield apparently has plenty of money for luxuries.

    • Mr. Fritz
      June 12, 2018 at 4:28 am #

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe there’s also money in the budget for a new police station. The out-of-control spending continues….

      • dusty
        June 12, 2018 at 4:34 am #

        Tyre spends like the whole Kardashian family on a shopping trip in Paris. Difference is that they use their own money while Tyre giddily spends seniors social security

    • Spider
      June 12, 2018 at 6:33 am #

      Exactly, Dusty. I don’t remember seeing carpet at PHS. Anyone know where it’s located? But wherever it is, it should have been rejected.

      • dusty
        June 12, 2018 at 10:27 am #

        used to be a city councilor that was in the carpet business..perhaps he knows something about it

    • Wilson
      June 12, 2018 at 10:53 am #

      city of trashcans and toilets

  22. Mr. Fritz
    June 12, 2018 at 4:37 am #

    “The unthinkable has happened.” The demonic empire, NK, agrees to denuclearization. President Trump will go down in history as the greatest President ever. Even House Democrats are praising Trump’s efforts. It’s a great day to be an American. The Globalists’ plans are unraveling.

  23. NIB
    June 12, 2018 at 5:13 am #

    Congrats to Trump for getting NK to agree to denuclearize. Still alot more work to go but it’s a very positive beginning.
    Again, if Hillary was prez this would never have happened.
    But on a side note, net neutrality laws have expired. This is one area where Republicans failed miserably and caved into special interests.

  24. h
    June 12, 2018 at 5:42 am #

    Is it against the law to walk the streets with your pants down to your knees and underwear showing?

    It’s going g to be a long summer.

    • dusty
      June 12, 2018 at 10:32 am #

      I was told that it is customary in the hood that whenever you have had beans for lunch you drop your drawers to half mast to facilitate the fumigation process. May even save on laundry detergent.

      • H
        June 12, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

        I guess it’s cool? It’s time for a Generalisssimo Special!

        • dusty
          June 12, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

          How much would you pay to see a half pants down Generalissimo?

  25. Two Cents
    June 12, 2018 at 10:51 am #

    I heard it is a new procedure being implemented by Parole and Probation officers to prevent those with criminal records from being able to run from police if they attempt to commit a crime.

  26. V P of Lurning
    June 12, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    Norms have changers for what you can do to somebody against their will. Bill Clinton

  27. mi
    June 12, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

    Odds are fritz and hell or are the same person. Odds are they are both erred up. Trump is not a president, he’s a comedienne, who is serious
    Y f uped

  28. mi
    June 12, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

    How can you have checks and balances when either party or even here at C C ,are eternally nepotistic.It’s , Short term Mayor going all in and Potus the same. Fox looks foolish agreeing with everything,foolish.

  29. H
    June 12, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

    Talked to the G-Man he is optimistic on the new water run off pun intended. Dow was Down Again today. Trumps not fooling Anyi g one, nor is Ryan and gullets McConnell.

    Please City Council, tell us no lies, you didn’t cut shit and you increased the budget.That’s a Fact.

  30. Halo
    June 12, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

    The Kushners-Trump made 82 million in outside income, but are a salary -less income family. Thank you so much for foregoing your salaries, we love you!

  31. Halo
    June 12, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

    Gaetani was fantastic tonight at Ity Council! You have to admit he is flawless. Lookout!

  32. Shellly Liver
    June 12, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

    Is the Budget a super majority vote?

  33. CosbiesLadies
    June 12, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

    Trump secured nothing in Singapore for the United States, absolutely Nothing.