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North Korea erasing most anti-US propaganda

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If we could just get the US media to do the same, that’d be great.
From NY Post: Nix the nuclear warheads, cue the doves. The North Korean government is erasing much of its anti-U.S. propaganda following dictator Kim Jong-un’s forays onto the world stage.
Gone are the posters depicting the U.S. as a “rotten, diseased, pirate nation” and promising “merciless revenge” on American forces for an imagined attack on the totalitarian country.
In their place are cheery messages touting praising the prospects for Korean reunification and the declaration Kim signed in April with South Korean President Moon Jae-in promising “lasting peace,” according to reports.
Still the most isolated country in the world, very few North Koreans have access to news and information from the outside world. So state propaganda plays a huge role in shaping their views.
Murals, banners and posters displayed throughout the capital, Pyongyang, have for decades depicted the U.S. as a brutal, imperialist aggressor hell-bent on destroying the North Korean regime. South Korea and Japan were also frequently targeted as willing allies of the U.S.
But things started to take an Orwellian turn in the run-up to Kim’s June 12 summit with President Donald Trump, with the old posters vanishing since then.
“All the anti-American posters I usually see around Kim Il-sung Square and at shops, they’ve all just gone,” Rowan Beard, a tour manager at Young Pioneer Tours, told Reuters. “In five years working in North Korea, I’ve never seen them completely disappear before.”
Infamous posters and postcards showing North Korean missiles on their way to Washington are a thing of the past. Also removed are the anti-American trinkets that used to be sold to tourists as souvenirs. In their place are items showing themes of Korean reunification.
The change extends to the country’s government-controlled media. News reports that once depicted the U.S. as hostile, and its involvement in places like Syria as proof of imperialism, are no longer critical. The Financial Times said the main newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, hasn’t featured a direct attack on Trump since March, when he agreed to meet with Kim.
The paper was filled with pictures of the two together at the summit, and is no longer reporting anti-U.S. news. Other international events, like Kim’s visit last week to China, are being reported right away, rather than after a waiting period, and in more neutral language.
“This is fascinating,” Peter Ward, North Korea expert and writer for NKNews, told the BBC. “Generally speaking, neutral or positive coverage is normally reserved for countries that Pyongyang has friendly relations with.”
In one sign that relations are improving, the U.S. military said it positioned at least 100 wooden coffins at the border of North and South Korea on Saturday to prepare for the return of the remains of U.S. service members missing since the Korean War.
While the preparation suggests that the repatriation could happen soon, details about timing and location remain unclear. Kim agreed to return the remains during the June 12 summit.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says 7,697 Americans are unaccounted for from the 1950-1953 war. About 5,300 of those are believed to be in North Korean territory. Roughly 400 remains have been recovered from North Korea since 1990.
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Loser Hillary says Trump and China should soften up on North Korea

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Grandma, you ain’t president. Go back to the woods.
From NY Post: Hillary Clinton used a conference in Beijing to blast both President Trump and the Chinese over their stance toward North Korea — saying it needs to soften up soon before things get out of hand and nuclear war breaks out.
Serving as the keynote speaker at Caijing Magazine’s three-day annual conference on Tuesday, the former secretary of state called on Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping to avoid “bluster” and “personal taunts” when dealing with Pyongyang, according to Bloomberg.
She reportedly criticized the Trump administration for retreating from diplomacy in recent months and said she hoped that China wouldn’t follow suit.
While Clinton focused much of her sentiment on the US stance toward North Korea, she took most of her jabs at the Chinese — claiming they, too, were taking the wrong approach to the situation and making things worse with their “secret” military buildups.
“Beijing should remember that inaction is a choice as well,” Clinton said.
Like the Trump administration, the Chinese have chosen to avoid diplomatic talks with the North Koreans as tensions continue to escalate in the region.
Clinton said Tuesday that she hopes the six-party talks — multilateral negotiations held between China, Japan, North Korea, Russia, South Korea and the US on denuclearization — will be brought back after being shelved in 2009.
The Chinese have called for a resumption of the process in the past, to no avail.
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Dog with no legs leaves South Korea for new life in Arizona

Grab a hanky…

In this Saturday, March 12, 2016 photo, Chi Chi, a golden retriever mix, lays down in the yard of her new home in Phoenix. The 2-year-old dog has spent two months in a veterinary clinic in Seoul learning how to live with prosthetic paws. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)

In this Saturday, March 12, 2016 photo, Chi Chi, a golden retriever mix, lays down in the yard of her new home in Phoenix. The 2-year-old dog has spent two months in a veterinary clinic in Seoul learning how to live with prosthetic paws. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)


Via AP: A dog that was left in a garbage bag behind a meat market in South Korea has a new life — and new limbs — on the other side of the world in Arizona.
Chi Chi, a golden retriever mix, hit the ground walking but not quite running Saturday at her new home in Phoenix. The 2-year-old dog spent two months in a veterinary clinic in Seoul learning how to live with prosthetic paws. Now she will be living with Richard and Elizabeth Howell and their 12-year-old daughter Megan. “She can run. She can walk,” Megan Howell said. “She can pretty much do anything a real dog can do except go up the stairs.”
Chi Chi was shepherded over by Los Angeles-based Animal Rescue, Media & Education, or ARME. Chi Chi, which means “loving” in Korean, was likely intended to be slaughtered for food, president Shannon Keith said.
Ju Yu, who heads an animal rescue group in South Korea, said the dog was found among the garbage outside a meat market in the countryside. In Korea, dogs are considered a traditional delicacy and have only recently become popular as pets. Chi Chi’s legs were bound with wire. Her tendons and bone were visible.
The rescuers whisked the dog away to the veterinary clinic where it was determined that for any chance of survival, all four legs would need to be amputated. Afterward, the dog was fitted with prosthetics.
ARME has been showcasing Chi Chi’s recovery on YouTube and Facebook, which is how the Howells learned about her. Ardent supporters of rescuing dogs, they were initially just going to give money.
In this Saturday, March 12, 2016 photo, Richard Howell carries Chi Chi, a golden retriever mix, at his home in Phoenix. The 2-year-old dog has spent two months in a veterinary clinic in Seoul learning how to live with prosthetic paws. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)

In this Saturday, March 12, 2016 photo, Richard Howell carries Chi Chi, a golden retriever mix, at his home in Phoenix. The 2-year-old dog has spent two months in a veterinary clinic in Seoul learning how to live with prosthetic paws. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)


“When it came down to it, the biggest need was that she needed a place to live,” Richard Howell said. “I think ultimately as we progressed with her story, we just felt a connection with her. Chi Chi is different. She might actually change the world.” The family has three other dogs.
The Howells know Chi Chi will require a team for the rehab she has ahead of her, Elizabeth Howell said. “We are still in the process of figuring out what she needs,” she said. “She’s already got some appointments this week.”
Chi Chi’s apparent triumph over adversity, however, could make her the perfect therapy dog. “Maybe she can encourage people who have to have amputations themselves like soldiers and kids,” Richard Howell said. “We want to use her story to make the lives of humans better. I think if we do that, we’re doing something positive in the world.”
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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un had his uncle fed to 120 ravenous dogs

Simply put, we have in North Korea, a psychopathic country ruled by a sick and evil psychopath.
Lest we forget, the U.S. and North Korea are technically still in a state of war. The Korean War (1950-53) ended with a cease fire; there never was a peace treaty signed. Today, the U.S. still maintains a “forward presence” on the Korean peninsula, with 28,500 American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines stationed in South Korea.
H/t FOTM’s joworth
 
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U.S. to bomb North Korea?

Reportedly, according to the InvestmentWatchBlog, the United States is dropping leaflets on North Korea, warning them to get out of Pyongyang (the capital) because we are ready to bomb them.
If so, all hell will break loose.
Assuming this “breaking news” is authentic, my guess is this is the U.S. military doing a psychological warfare number on the psychotic and psychopathic North Korean regime. For surely if we are about to bomb them, we’d be stupid to announce it first. Although, truth be told, what the Obama regime hopes to achieve by dropping leaflets escapes me.
Below is the news article from InvestmentWatchBlog in its entirety. The article cites its sources (without embedded links – always a suspicious sign) as South Korea’s Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) and an American named Paul Horner. Last night, I made an effort to verify the sources but found that:

I wasn’t going to publish this, but decided to do so for two reasons:
  1. To expose InvestmentWatchBlog for publishing unverified “news” for sensational reasons, and the hoaxer, Paul Horner, whose SuperficialNews is the source for InvestmentWatch’s article.
  2. To sound a warning in case the leaflet-dropping is true. In response to an email I had sent out last night about this, a source I do trust who works in the Australian government’s military intelligence wrote back that In the last 24 hrs the South Korean Govt has advised all nationals in North Korea to get out. They’re pulling out all of the factory workers, and this time the South Koreans in North Korea appear to be taking it on board. There is a mass exodus happening.”

H/t FOTM’s joworth.
~Eowyn

Dr Strangelove North Korean style
https://investmentwatchblog.com/breaking-us-stealth-bombers-dropping-millions-of-leaflets-over-north-korea-warning-of-attack/

BREAKING: US Stealth Bombers Dropping Millions of Leaflets Over North Korea – Warning of Attack!!

April 28th, 2013
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean officials are telling the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) that B-2 stealth bombers are currently dropping leaflets over the city of Pyongyang warning its citizens of an impending attack. At the time of this posting, the U.S. government or its military has not made a statement regarding this late breaking story.
34-year-old Paul Horner who is in Donggang, China on business told CNN that it is possible to see the leaflets being dropped over Pyongyang. “I went up to the roof of my hotel where they have a telescope that allows you to view different parts of North Korea. Right now there are literally thousands of packages being dumped everywhere in Pyongyang. I can’t see the planes, but these packages have parachutes attached to them and then when they get close to the ground they open up or something because suddenly there is just paper everywhere. It’s actually quite an amazing site to see.” Horner continued, “Also, if you ever get a chance to visit over here, I highly recommend it. The girls here are super hot.”
CNN has obtained a copy of the leaflet that the B-2 stealth bombers are currently dropping on the city of Pyongyang:
Translated into English:

ATTENTION NORTH KOREAN PEOPLE. EVACUATE PYONGYANG NOW!
Read this carefully as it may save your life or the life of a relative or friend. In the next few days, the city of Pyongyang and its surrounding military bases will be destroyed. Unfortunately, bombs have no eyes. So, in accordance with America’s humanitarian policies, the United States Air Force, which does not wish to injure innocent people, now gives you warning to evacuate Pyongyang and save your life.

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North Korea: "I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down!"

big bad wolfMore Porky Pig than Big Bad Wolf: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un

The psychotic regime in North Korea has become even more unhinged lately.
After the UN voted to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test, the regime threatened a pre-emptive nuclear attack on the United States.
Then, protesting the beginning of annual joint US-South Korea military exercises, Pyongyang unilaterally declares it has voided the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, and warned that the next step was an act of “merciless” military retaliation against its enemies.
Because the Korean War was concluded with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, the two Koreas have always remained technically at war. Voiding the ceasefire theoretically opens the way to a resumption of hostilities, although observers note this is far from the first time that North Korea has announced the demise of the armistice.
Pyongyang’s huffing-and-puffing has inspired The Civilian, a prankster “news” site in New Zealand to post the alarming news that Pyongyang is threatening a nuclear attack on New Zealand, Iceland, and Turkmenistan! (H/t FOTM’s joworth)

So how credible and how effective are North Korea’s threats?

From The Guardian: Although North Korea boasts of nuclear bombs and pre-emptive strikes, it is not thought to have mastered the ability to produce a warhead small enough to put on a missile capable of reaching the US. It is believed to have enough nuclear fuel, however, for a handful of cruder devices. The White House said North Korea’s threats would only lead to Pyongyang’s further international isolation and declared that the United States was ‘fully capable’ of defending against any North Korean missile attack by quickly and easily intercepting any incoming missile.
From Reuters: Even North Korea’s sole ally, the People’s Republic of China, is backing away from Pyongyang. China’s U.N. Ambassador Li Baodong said Beijing wanted to see “full implementation” of the new Security Council resolution, which tightens financial restrictions on Pyongyang and cracks down on its attempts to ship and receive banned cargo.
See also my post of Jan. 27, 2013, “North Koreans driven to cannibalism from famine and govt mismanagement.”

Update (March 15):

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today that the U.S. is deploying 14 new ground-based missile interceptors, probably in Alaska. While officials didn’t say specifically why the missiles are being deployed, but the announcement comes as North Korea has been making bellicose threats to void the armistice that ended the Korean War and launch a nuclear attack on the U.S. The U.S. and South Korea began annual military drills this week despite the North Korean threats.
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No resemblance to 9/11? Yeah, right…

Just a coincidence?

South Korea Building to Resemble 9/11 Exploding Towers

GlobalPost: The Dutch firm MVRDV has released a preview of a planned luxury residence in Seoul that looks uncannily like the Twin Towers right after they’d been hit on Sept. 11, 2001.  The resemblance is clear. What’s less clear is MVDRV’s intentions.  The screengrab above is from the Weekly Standard.
The “cloud” design feature around the 27th floor is apparently used to connect the buildings.  So, what was MVRDV thinking?
The firm has already published an apology in English to its official website, saying they didn’t see the resemblance in the planning process.

It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks nor did we see the resemblance during the design process.

Apparently not everyone has seen this image...

But, as the Weekly Standard points out, they did previously admit to considering the resemblance during the design process in a Dutch publication.  Jan Knikker of MVDRV:  I have to admit that we also thought of the 9/11 attacks.
From their website: “MVDRV is a global operating architecture and urbanism practice with an progressive ideal engaged in solving global issues.”
Let them know how you feel about this design!  Their email information is here.
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North Korea Prepares For War

By now, you must have heard/read about what happened last Tuesday in the Korean peninsula.
On November 23, 2010, the looney regime in Pyongyang bombarded an island near the disputed sea border between North and South Korea, killing at least two South Korean marines, injuring 15 soldiers and 3 civilians, setting dozens of buildings ablaze and sending civilians fleeing for shelter. The extent of casualties on the northern side is unknown.

South Koreans watch the North Korean commies shelling Yeonpyeong island


The clash, which put South Korea’s military on high alert, was one of the rivals’ most dramatic confrontations since the Korean War ended in 1953 with a truce but without an armistice or peace treaty.
The skirmish began when Pyongyang warned the South to halt military drills in the area, according to South Korean officials. When Seoul refused and began firing artillery into disputed waters, albeit away from the North Korean shore, the North retaliated by bombarding the small island of Yeonpyeong, which houses South Korean military installations and a small civilian population. Yeonpyeong is only 7 miles from, and within sight of, the North Korean mainland.  In all, North Korea fired dozens of rounds of artillery in three separate barrages that began in the mid-afternoon, while South Korea returned fire with about 80 rounds.
Since then, both sides are vowing retaliation, while the United States has condemned Pyongyang’s bombardment as “a provocative, outrageous attack.” A U.S. aircraft carrier strike group set off for Korean waters Wednesday after Obama pledged America would stand “shoulder to shoulder” with South Korea and stage joint military exercises in response.
The U.S. military is already stretched thin in Afghanistan and Iraq (still), and we can ill afford — in both manpower and dollars — to fight yet another war. So I’ve been watching events since Tuesday, hoping that tensions will die down. Alas, the latest news is ominous: North Korea is recalling its expatriates from Russia, in preparation for war.
And who do we have in the White House? None other than a Commander In Chief who can’t even throw a ball like a man. Meanwhile, the American sheeple are in a post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy (let’s accumulate even more credit-card debt!), oblivious to the mounting tensions in Asia and in denial about America’s stalled economic “recovery.”
~Eowyn

Expats recalled as North Korea prepares for war
 By Shaun Walker in Moscow – The Independent – Nov 27, 2010
A mass exodus of North Korean workers from the Far East of Russia is under way, according to reports coming out of the region. As the two Koreas edged towards the brink of war this week, it appears that the workers in Russia have been called back to aid potential military operations. Vladnews agency, based in Vladivostok, reported that North Korean workers had left the town of Nakhodka en masse shortly after the escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula earlier this week. “Traders have left the kiosks and markets, workers have abandoned building sites, and North Korean secret service employees working in the region have joined them and left,” the agency reported.
Russia’s migration service said that there were over 20,000 North Koreans in Russia at the beginning of 2010, of which the vast majority worked in construction. The workers are usually chaperoned by agents from Kim Jong-il’s security services and have little contact with the world around them. Defectors have suggested that the labourers work 13-hour days and that most of their pay is sent back to the government in Pyongyang. Hundreds of workers have fled the harsh conditions and live in hiding in Russia, constantly in fear of being deported back to North Korea. “North Korea’s government sends thousands of its citizens to Russia to earn money, most of which is funnelled through government accounts,” says Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist who discovered secret North Korean logging camps in the northern Siberian taiga. “Workers are often sent to remote locations for years at a time to work long hours and get as little as three days off per year.”
Now it appears that some kind of centralised order has been given for the workers to return home. Russia’s Pacific port of Vladivostok is thousands of miles and seven time zones from Moscow, but only around 100 miles from the country’s heavily controlled border with North Korea. In 1996, a diplomat from the South Korean consulate in the city was murdered with a poisoned pencil, in what was widely believed to be a hit carried out by the North’s secret agents. There are even two North Korean restaurants in the city. It is not known how many of the workers in other Russian towns have been called back to their homeland this week, or whether the exodus is permanent or temporary.

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