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This is the Doomsday Clock set up by the Organisation of Atomic Scientists, to show graphically how close the world is to nuclear omnicide. It used to be five minutes to midnight, and I remember the New Cold War of the 1980s, when Thatcher and Reagan nearly started a nuclear conflict. As did a computer malfunction over on the Soviet side. The only way we served that is because of an heroic Red Army officer, who insisted on visual confirmation because he correctly didn’t trust machines. The man was reduced to a nervous wreck afterwards, but he’s a hero. He saved the world.

Now we’ve moved closer to full-scale nuclear war. The scientists blame Trump, his stupid remarks on Twitter, and his sparring and provocation of Kim Jong-Un.

The man’s a menace. For the safety of all humanity, and our beautiful planet, he has to go. Now.

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n a cold, clear night in September 2014, a man I’ll call Ahn walked up to the edge of the Tumen River on the Chinese side of the heavily guarded border between China and North Korea. At its narrowest points, the Tumen measures a little over 150 feet wide, and Ahn could easily see the North Korean side from where he stood. In two bags, he was carrying 100 USB drives filled with films, television shows, music, and e-books from around the world.

Almost anywhere else, such material would be considered completely innocuous. At this border, however, it constitutes highly illicit, dangerous contraband. In the totalitarian state of North Korea, citizens are allowed to see and hear only those media products created or sanctioned by the government. Pyongyang considers foreign information of any kind a threat and expends great effort keeping it out. The regime’s primary fear is that exposure to words, images, and sounds from the outside world could make North Koreans disillusioned with the state of affairs in their own country, which could lead them to desire—or even demand—change.

Ahn is a defector who escaped from North Korea in 2004 and now lives in the South Korean capital, Seoul, where he runs a nongovernmental organization that sends information into North Korea. He is one of the dozens of defectors from North Korea whom I have interviewed in the past ten years. Defectors’ testimony is not always reliable, nor is it enough to piece together an accurate portrait of life inside the opaque and secretive country. But when combined with other information, defectors’ stories offer invaluable insights.

At the edge of the river that night, Ahn knew precisely what to do; he had made this kind of trip to the border many times before. With his senses on high alert, he scanned the area for guards. Once he felt certain that he wasn’t being watched, h

 

Source: The Opening of the North Korean Mind


ukgovernmentwatch

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/858758/Tony-Blair-Brexit-UK-Iraq-Labour-Syria-Middle-East-EU-Jean-Claude-Juncker

Timbo01
No change of view in our house Tony. The Iraq war removed a controlling dictator for no reason, and allowed the defeated generals and soldiers to fester away building up their resentment, leading to the formation of ISIS. There were no WMD’s and if Sadam had been left in place the world would have been a much safer place. The UK and the USA would also have trillions less in National Debt.
On top of this North Korea would not have felt under so much threat, along with Iran, and the Arab spring might never have happened, leaving Europe in tact as is was in 80’s.
So thanks for nothing Tony Blair.

*TrueBeLeaver*
I can sense that public opinion is shifting towards a more measured analysis – and now almost everybody is sure that this piece of filth should be sitting in jail, not giving his warped and…

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Donald Trump has said the US may may have no choice but to “totally destroy” North Korea. In his first address to the UN General Assembly – and with North Korean diplomats sitting just yards from him – Mr Trump said he will have no option to resort to such actions if Pyongyang does not halt the development of its nuclear weapons programme. In perhaps the most striking piece of sabre-rattling yet, Mr Trump said that unless North Korea backed down, “we will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea”.

Source: Donald Trump vows to ‘totally destroy North Korea’ if it threatens US: ‘Rocket Man is on a suicide mission’ | The Independent


North Korea has fired a ballistic missile over northern Japan for the second time in less than a month, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday.

Source: North Korea launches missile over Japan – CNNPolitics


The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution to impose new sanctions on North Korea on Monday — a move that comes just one week after the rogue nation carried out its sixth and largest nuclear test.

Source: UN passes fresh sanctions on North Korea – CNNPolitics


Political Concern

A comprehensive briefingupdated in June, forwarded by the author of Three Generations Left

The BBCreports today that after President Donald Trump warned North Korea it should be “very, very nervous” if it does anything to the US, Defence Secretary James Mattis warned that armed conflict with North Korea would be “catastrophic” and said diplomacy was bearing fruit. “The American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results,” he said.

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At a series of intergovernmental conferences starting in 2013, extensive evidence was presented of the enormous ‘humanitarian consequences’ should nuclear weapons ever be used again in war.

One study published by the organisation Article 36 was a detailed analysis of the impacts of a single modern nuclear warhead exploding over a typical city within an industrialised nation. The target was Manchester in the UK as a model medium-sized modern city. The yield…

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There goes a great President, but great as what is the question, certainly not Presidential.

If Guam was not worried before, they certainly will be now.

The SKWAWKBOX

During the Cuban missile crisis, John F Kennedy became a hero to much of the world’s population, credited with pulling the world back from the brink of nuclear disaster with statecraft, a little help from spies in Russia and great oratory.

Donald Trump’s phonecall – of which a transcript is now in circulation – to the governor of the Pacific Island of Guam, which is feeling threatened by the prospect of North Korean missile tests, will certainly propel Trump into his own, unique historical bracket.

Not in a good way.

The official White House press release about the conversation was succinct and professional:

wh statementTrump’s conversation was not:

trump actual guamRambling. Inane. Narcissistic. Vacuous. An empty vessel making the most noise. An empty vessel with his finger on the nuclear button.

The governor apparently told Trump that Guam has never felt safer.

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EternalBlue (the hacking tool) has now demonstrated the ROI (return on investment)

Source: Oddities in WannaCry ransomware puzzle cybersecurity researchers | Reuters


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