They Both Seem Like Giant Bluffs
To be fair, no one really knows the true launch capabilities of North Korean missiles. But their missile failures are well documented, and to date, none of their vague threats have amounted to anything. It seems Kim Jong Un, like his predecessor, just likes to rattle his swords every once in a while to stay on the front page.
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Real threats to world peace have more than one telephone.
Mars One is the pet project of an eccentric rich person that currently exists in no form beyond his own imagination except a promotional video and a website (again, we cannot stress this enough). This project has no science behind it whatsoever -- it's some guy who wants to build a city on Mars. Additionally, the fundraising goals are stunningly unrealistic -- $6 billion in sponsors is a lofty goal for the Super Bowl, yet Mars One is assuring potential investors that 4 billion people will be tuning in to watch its Mars colony reality show. That's more than half the planet, and we're not sure all of them own televisions.
The people at Mars One actually seem to be aware of this, since they've already revealed what they plan to do with the money just in case the project doesn't reach its goal. Curiously, "disappear to Mexico" doesn't appear to be on their list of contingencies, although in all likelihood this is what Mars One will do either way.
"Mexico, Mars, it's all desert anyway."
Check out XJ's $0.99 science-fiction novella on Amazon here, with the sequel coming out very soon. And of course, you should look at his writing blog and poke him on Twitter.