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It might be important to keep in mind that while Kim I fought a harsh battle to take the country and Kim II may have distant childhood memories of adversity, Kim III has spent his entire lifetime being taught that he is indeed a minor deity descended from same.  It's pretty much impossible that he has anything resembling a realistic worldview. 

 

Combine this with a nation ethnically indistingiushable from his a few miles away, where he is mocked and there is a determined effort among his own age group to duplicate the culture of his greatest enemy (watch K-Pop videos some time, I pretty much guarantee he does).  As long as he's in power, anything's possible....

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North Korea declares Seth Rogen and James Franco movie an act of war

 

Continuing an escalation that future history students will someday find in their textbooks, right alongside the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, North Korea has declared the upcoming release of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s The Interview an “act of war that we will never tolerate.” As was reported earlier this week, the nation that is normally pretty chill about everything reacted to trailers for the film—in which Rogen and Franco embark on a comic misadventure to assassinate dictator Kim Jong-un—by denouncing it as more evidence of the “desperation of the U.S. government and American society,” and even worse, not as good as James Bond.

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North Korea: No, We Didn't Hack Sony

 

Despite rumors that Sony Pictures would officially blame North Korea for the recent hack that exposed everything from its payroll to its employees medical records to unreleased scripts, a North Korean diplomat now says his country didn't do it. The New York-based official says it's just "another fabrication targeting the country."

 

The unnamed diplomat added, "My country publicly declared that it would follow international norms banning hacking and piracy."

 

It's easy to see why people would think North Korea did it though. After all, Sony Pictures is about to release The Interview, a movie about assassinating Kim Jong-Un. There are some other disparate clues, too. While the hackers identified themselves as "Guardians of Peace" or #GOP, the attack itself bears the fingerprint of North Korea's hackers. Last year, North Korea was blamed for a very similar attack on three major banks and two broadcasters in South Korea. Just as Sony Pictures' computer screens were taken over by a message from the hackers, those victims saw their screens go blank and their networks rendered useless. The malware was also apparently written in Korean—at least partially—but that's hardly a smoking gun as it appears to have been cobbled together from other malware.

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North Korea declares Seth Rogen and James Franco movie an act of war

 

Continuing an escalation that future history students will someday find in their textbooks, right alongside the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, North Korea has declared the upcoming release of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s The Interview an “act of war that we will never tolerate.” As was reported earlier this week, the nation that is normally pretty chill about everything reacted to trailers for the film—in which Rogen and Franco embark on a comic misadventure to assassinate dictator Kim Jong-un—by denouncing it as more evidence of the “desperation of the U.S. government and American society,” and even worse, not as good as James Bond.

 

Team America II:  We're Super Bad!

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Top Five Theater Circuits Drop 'The Interview' After Sony Hack

 

The country's top five theater circuits have decided not to play Sony's The Interview, a knowledgeable source tells The Hollywood Reporter.

 

Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment have all decided against showing the film.

 

"Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres," Regal said in a statement to THR Wednesday.

 

Carmike Cinemas confirmed its decision to drop the film on Tuesday. Sony had no immediate comment.

 

Hackers raised the threat level directed at the movie, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, on Dec. 16, but Sony refused to back down from its plans to release the film on Dec. 25. Instead, in discussions with exhibitors, it told the exhibitors it was up to them whether or not they played the movie and that Sony would support whatever decision they made.

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Could this film possibly get any more publicity than this? THis is reminiscent of The Satanic Verses by Salmon Rushdie.

 

Top Five Theater Circuits Drop 'The Interview' After Sony Hack

 

The country's top five theater circuits have decided not to play Sony's The Interview, a knowledgeable source tells The Hollywood Reporter.

 

Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment have all decided against showing the film.

 

"Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres," Regal said in a statement to THR Wednesday.

 

Carmike Cinemas confirmed its decision to drop the film on Tuesday. Sony had no immediate comment.

 

Hackers raised the threat level directed at the movie, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, on Dec. 16, but Sony refused to back down from its plans to release the film on Dec. 25. Instead, in discussions with exhibitors, it told the exhibitors it was up to them whether or not they played the movie and that Sony would support whatever decision they made.

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Wouldn't an actual H-bomb have been significantly larger than the other three tests they've done? I'm reading this registered quite similarly to the last three tests they've done.

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Wouldn't an actual H-bomb have been significantly larger than the other three tests they've done? I'm reading this registered quite similarly to the last three tests they've done.

 

It would, which is one of many reasons no one actually believes they have an H-bomb.  Heck, you barely even hear about America, China, and Russia having H-bombs anymore.  Fusion is d@mn hard to produce without an actual star.  Remember, a fission weapon is an actual component of an H-bomb.  Not to mention that tritium, the hydrogen isotope used in H-bombs, is even harder to come by than weaponizable plutonium.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tritium

 

Note the part in that article about Ontario Power Generation having a special tritium removal facility for heavy water from nuclear reactors, where it processes about 2500 tons of water every year and yields about 2.5 kilograms of tritium.  Tritium is also unstable and decays into helium-3, so for example, the entire U.S. stock of it was recently estimated at 75kg.  Of course, a little bit can go a very long way, but it takes a mountain of effort to get even a little bit of it, generally with enormous facilities that are even harder to hide than uranium-enrichment centrifuges.

 

Is it theoretically possible that North Korea has one?  I guess.  But the overwhelming odds are that this was just another fission weapon test (which, of course, is bad enough, but 6kT is a long way from thermonuclear/H-bomb yields), and done mostly for internal propaganda reasons.

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Breaking News Feed ‏@pzf  5m5 minutes ago

BREAKING NEWS: Satellite placed into space by North Korea is "tumbling in orbit." CBS


"Nearly every problem that we have in the USA -- unaffordable health care, prison overpopulation, hyper militarization, climate change, racism, gun violence, poverty, poor education, urban sprawl and others -- cannot be positively addressed because bribery and conflicts of interest are legal under campaign finance laws which protect the uber-wealthy and the narrow self-interests who grossly benefit from our afflictions."

 

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Breaking News Feed ‏@pzf  5m5 minutes ago

BREAKING NEWS: Satellite placed into space by North Korea is "tumbling in orbit." CBS

 

If it even orbited once, they proved their point.

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North Korea Conducts Fifth Nuclear Test

 

North Korea confirmed it has conducted its fifth test of a nuclear weapon, the second this year. The test occurred Friday morning local time.

 

The North's state TV said the test "examined and confirmed" the design of a nuclear warhead intended for placement on a ballistic missile. It said there was no leakage of radioactivity. China's Ministry of Environmental Protection said radiation levels in its border region with North Korea were normal.

 

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff estimates the yield was 10 kilotons, which is almost twice that of the January test and would be the country's largest blast yet. But analyses of yield in North Korea are notoriously difficult, given the country's mountainous terrain. South Korea says further analysis will continue.

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Will Trump be indicted before he starts World War III?

 

Russia reportedly moved military vehicles (Air Def) toward Vladivostok not far from the border w/ North Korea ? VIDEO


"Nearly every problem that we have in the USA -- unaffordable health care, prison overpopulation, hyper militarization, climate change, racism, gun violence, poverty, poor education, urban sprawl and others -- cannot be positively addressed because bribery and conflicts of interest are legal under campaign finance laws which protect the uber-wealthy and the narrow self-interests who grossly benefit from our afflictions."

 

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North Korean official warns of preemptive strike in response to Trump http://hill.cm/XOpkcSh


"Nearly every problem that we have in the USA -- unaffordable health care, prison overpopulation, hyper militarization, climate change, racism, gun violence, poverty, poor education, urban sprawl and others -- cannot be positively addressed because bribery and conflicts of interest are legal under campaign finance laws which protect the uber-wealthy and the narrow self-interests who grossly benefit from our afflictions."

 

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Unfortunately, this type of rhetoric only stabilizes Kim Jong Un's regime. He desperately needs external threats in order to cling to power.

 

Every downturn of the regime can be blamed on economic sanctions by the West, and as long as Western Nations - plus Japan and SK - are sold as violent aggressors, the citizens of NK will continue to believe that they need their military to protect them.

 

I visited Cuba in 2013 and was STUNNED at the amount of deficiencies the Cuban government blamed on the US and, in turn, the Cuban people believed to be true. If we were to normalize relations with both countries, the respective regimes would fall once their people had the first taste of a free market. Granted, the Hermit Kingdom may soon be nuclear-armed and is different from Cuba. Nonetheless, sanctions and rhetoric hurt the citizens and embolden the leadership.

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The North Korea situation is mighty dicey. You can't predict how a maniacal cult leader with a huge army will react. Or Kim Jong Un either.


"Nearly every problem that we have in the USA -- unaffordable health care, prison overpopulation, hyper militarization, climate change, racism, gun violence, poverty, poor education, urban sprawl and others -- cannot be positively addressed because bribery and conflicts of interest are legal under campaign finance laws which protect the uber-wealthy and the narrow self-interests who grossly benefit from our afflictions."

 

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The North Korea situation is mighty dicey. You can't predict how a maniacal cult leader with a huge army will react. Or Kim Jong Un either.

 

Well, consider that one of those armies bases promotion strictly on political loyalty.  We're not like Turkey, but the professional military is one of the less talked about parts of our checks and balances.

 

Otherwise AO might have put Bannon in at SecDef instead of a guy that was harshly critical of him during the campaign.

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Entire U.S. Senate to go to White House for North Korea briefing

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-usa-senate-idUSKBN17Q1LR

 

Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea, senior Senate aides said on Monday.

 

All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the aides said.

 

While top administration officials routinely travel to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy and national security matters, it is unusual for the entire 100-member Senate to go to such an event at the White House, and for those four top officials to be involved.

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Scary stuff.  Hopefully PTD realizes that there is no requirement that he take pre-emptive action and invade another country during his first term.  I'm sure he doesn't want to look like yet another Bush.

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Scary stuff.  Hopefully PTD realizes that there is no requirement that he take pre-emptive action and invade another country during his first term.  I'm sure he doesn't want to look like yet another Bush.

 

No, that's why I think he's fairly likely to do it.  It's a totally different technical situation than Iraq in 1991 or 2003.  And the political prize is much greater -- if Trump can end the nonsense in Korea that has persisted for the past 70 years, his fans won't care about his inability to follow-through on any of the domestic stuff. 

 

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President Trump's secret weapon?

 


 

Dennis Rodman making surprise trip to North Korea

 

http://nypost.com/2017/06/12/dennis-rodman-making-surprise-trip-to-north-korea/

 

Former NBA badboy Dennis Rodman is making a surprise trip to North Korea on Tuesday amid high tensions on the nuclear-armed peninsula.

 

The one-time contestant on “Celebrity Apprentice” was spotted at the Beijing International Airport and would not disclose details of his trip, according to CNN. The network confirmed Rodman’s ultimate destination with North Korean officials.

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If Trump was a real leader with the brass balls that he and his constituents make him out to have, he would attempt to talk to Kim Jong-Un 'man to man' in person and try to come to an understanding. You don't see that though. In fact, it's hardly happened throughout history with our presidents. We shouldn't need random D-List weirdos like Dennis Rodman acting as ambassadors and representing our country in an attempt to heal old wounds with the very large and very under-reported threat that is N. Korea.

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If Trump was a real leader with the brass balls that he and his constituents make him out to have, he would attempt to talk to Kim Jong-Un 'man to man' in person and try to come to an understanding. You don't see that though. In fact, it's hardly happened throughout history with our presidents. We shouldn't need random D-List weirdos like Dennis Rodman acting as ambassadors and representing our country in an attempt to heal old wounds with the very large and very under-reported threat that is N. Korea.

 

I dunno, just as it might make sense to send a Muslim as a representative to an Islamic country, it makes sense to sent a random wierdo as a representative to North Korea.

 

Besides, Rodman and AO have a WWE connection as well as a CA.

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I dunno, just as it might make sense to send a Muslim as a representative to an Islamic country, it makes sense to sent a random wierdo as a representative to North Korea

 

All the more reason to send The Donald

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Interesting development:

 

Tillerson: North Korea releases imprisoned American student serving 15-year term

 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-north-korea-student-otto-warmbier-20170613-story.html

 

Tillerson says that Warmbier is on his way back to the U.S. to be re-united with his family. He says in a statement that the State Department secured Warmbier's release at the direction of President Donald Trump...

 

...Warmbier is a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati.

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Apparently the dude from Cincinnati has been released from prison and is on his way back to the United States.  I'm sure there will be a publisher waiting for him at the airport and a $1 advance with his name on it. 

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Meh.  If you're stupid enough to visit a country we're at war with that's run by an unstable dictator then you deserve to spend some time in their jail.


"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." - Warren Buffett 

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I'll blame the kid for being an idiot and trying to steal a banner from his hotel. But I won't blame him for visiting North Korea. Regardless, the 15 year sentence was obviously ridiculous.

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Maybe it's just me but it seems like this guy's story wasn't as big as the guy who got caned in Singapore back in the 90s.  I think a lot of people in the United States are okay with foreign governments punishing our citizens in ways that aren't legal here.  If I recall correctly the caning guy keyed a number of luxury cars, a relatively serious crime as compared to stealing some signage for a frat house decoration, or whatever it is that the guy from Cincinnati was doing. 

 

It's kind of interesting that they keep saying this guy is from Wyoming, Ohio.  I grew up in Cincinnati and didn't know where Wyoming was until sometime after I turned 20. 

 

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Greater Cincinnati has a lot of obscure neighborhoods and townships. That's one of the things about Cincy that always fascinated me. They're not easily accessible and you never hear about them. Everyone I've ever met from Wyoming, actually comes from a well-to-do family. For a community with some wealth, it's weird you don't hear more about it. It is called, "Wyoming," though. Who the hell would think they should care about a place called "Wyoming?"

 

The guy who got caned in Singapore got off pretty easily, IMO. Maybe I'm not well-informed enough but that seemed like a petty human rights violation compared to how some people are in a prison labor camp for years or decades. Enduring very short term pain by getting your a$$ whipped by a martial arts expert is a small price to pay for vandalizing or destroying a bunch of property in a foreign country. That's how I look at it, anyway.

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So it turns out the guy has been in a coma for over a year. For a place as backwards as North Korea, it was probably a huge expense (and use of what has to be limited medical equipment) to keep him alive while in such a state, and they were likely scared of the repercussions if he had died while in their custody.

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So it turns out the guy has been in a coma for over a year. For a place as backwards as North Korea, it was probably a huge expense (and use of what has to be limited medical equipment) to keep him alive while in such a state, and they were likely scared of the repercussions if he had died while in their custody.

Wow that is sad. Good luck to him and his family.

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I dunno, just as it might make sense to send a Muslim as a representative to an Islamic country, it makes sense to sent a random wierdo as a representative to North Korea

 

All the more reason to send The Donald

There's a duty to protect a Prez, but apparently none to protect a representative, even an ambassador.

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Among other gifts, Dennis Rodman provided the leader of North Korea with a copy of "The Art of the Deal:"

 

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Among other gifts, Dennis Rodman provided the leader of North Korea with a copy of "The Art of the Deal:"

 

I see a copy of "Where's Waldo?", but the question here is "Where's Chubby?".

 

Allegedly, not-so-lil-Kim has always been an even bigger fan of American pop culture and sports than his dad.

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Even though Donald Trump represents capitalism like no other president we've ever had, I think if any president understands the mentality of the Kim dynasty and could potentially appeal to Kim Jong-Un and reach an agreement that would officially end the war or at least ease tensions significantly, it's Donald J. Trump.

 

It's funny, I talked to someone in their early 20s who is into both sports and politics, about N. Korea and Dennis Rodman going there; they asked me who Dennis Rodman was! You probably have to be like 28 y/o or older to truly understand how hilarious and weird this is.

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Also, there are some reports that the poster theft, including the video, was completely fabricated by North Korea.  If so, Kim Jong Il trolled us all.  In retrospect, there was no way for our media to verify the video released by North Korea and so should have never aired it. 

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^ Yeah, even if it's really him in the video clip, there's no way of knowing whether he actually did try to grab the poster, or if was randomly grabbed up for being a bit too good of an example of an All-American boy, and forced to play a role. And of course, there's no way to confirm it even is him.

 

Ultimately, this should serve as a vivid reminder of what the North Korean government subjects its own people to on a daily basis. Even if he did exactly what they claimed, there's no place on earth that should be anything more than a small fine. The governments left that think that 15 years hard labor - in this case, a death sentence - is an appropriate punishment should be on our list of governments to wipe off the face of the planet.

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