China and Japan are playing dominance-games:
China and Japan’s worst diplomatic crisis since 2005 is putting at risk a trade relationship that’s tripled in the past decade to more than $340 billion.
Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. halted production at some plants while Panasonic Corp. reported damage to its operations in China as thousands marched in more than a dozen cities on Sept. 16. Shares of automakers fell in Tokyo after protesters called for boycotts of Japanese goods and in some instances smashed store fronts and cars after Japan last week said it will purchase islands claimed by both countries.
Read the whole article. It’s a litany of bad Asian economic news.
And things are not better in EUrope.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney has his own “bitter clinger” moment in the press. Unlike last time, however, expect to hear about this every day for the next two months.
While I type this, my wife is in the living room watching In the Land of Blood and Honey, a charming little film about the 1990’s war in Bosnia. It begins with a little paragraph of background:
Before the war, the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina was part of one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse countries in Europe. Muslims, Serbs and Croats lived together in harmony.
And then they didn’t anymore.
I do not like the parallels I’m seeing.
Fuckit. I’m going to fire up Left4Dead2 and deanimate some zombies.
UPDATE: Tam says it’s not 1938 again, it’s 1914. My only quibble – this time everybody’s got machine-guns and tanks.