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The Reliable Kim Jong Il

With apologies to Ben Franklin, nothing is certain in this world except death, taxes and North Korea's president reneging on a negotiated promise.

In related North Korea news, apparently their scientists do more than develop clandestine nuclear weapons, they've also engineered a super-noodle that "delays the feelings of hunger." [Via Patrick Fitzgerald]

Welcome news for a communist nation repeatedly wracked with massive, man-made famines.

Foreign Policy magazine has an article on the North's leader by his former tutor, Kim Hyun Sik.