Saturday, January 21, 2017

And More

There often is...

And this is why you've been screwed:

Joseph Angelini, 33, served two tours in Afghanistan and was injured in a roadside bomb attack.
Last Friday at a town hall in London, Ont. he asked the prime minister why it had taken him months to get a pension cheque. 

He also raised concerns about waiting to hear if he'd get benefits for his parents who retired to care for him — both physically and financially. 

Angelini got an answer earlier this week and said he hasn't been able to sleep since.

In a phone call, his case manager told him his application for a family caregiver allowance had been denied.

"I don't understand," he said. "It was devastating."

Veterans Affairs tells CBC News they cannot comment on specific cases, but to qualify for the Family Caregiver Relief Benefit, an applicant's need for care must be connected to their disability and expected to last at least 12 months or more.

Angelini said he doesn't fault Trudeau —the prime minister promised to look into his pension file and Angelini said his file was expedited after the town hall — instead, his frustration is with Veterans Affairs.

Thank you for your service.

Get used to being ignored.

I have a better idea: why don't you stop telling kids that they are victims and that they should leave northern ghettos for towns and cities where the educational and professional opportunities are plenty and that parents should start taking a vested interest in their children's well-being instead of expecting everyone else to do their work for them:

Day's comments came as Wapekeka First Nation revealed this week that it had asked for help to prevent a suicide pact in the remote community, months before two girls, both 12, died by suicide in January.

Today in "we could have had an adult lead this country" news:

Former prime minister Stephen Harper says he is taking a "glass half full" approach to the ascendancy of Donald Trump to the White House, while acknowledging the U.S. election is to blame for a great deal of uncertainty. ...

"Trump is going to reverse the cornerstone of American foreign policy," Harper said. "He is going to reject and reverse the idea that the U.S. has an overreaching responsibility for global affairs. The U.S. will cease to view the rise of China as essentially benign."

Harper said Trump is simply reflecting the mood of his voters by taking a stronger stance against China, with which the U.S. has run major trade imbalances.

The former prime minister also said he thinks large, multilateral trade deals are "dead."

He said Trump's position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership makes it a "certainty" that the 12 country trade pact — which his government negotiated — will not see the light of day.

"You may be surprised to know I'm not entirely unsympathetic to Mr. Trump's view on this. I'm not entirely sure where he's going, but … what I share in common with Mr. Trump is I've actually negotiated deals."

Trump, in opposing TPP, is simply reflecting the anxiety of the U.S. voters who were not adequately "brought along," Harper said, unlike Canadians who were broadly supportive of his government's push to pen more free trade deals because there was a widely held belief they stood to gain from such policy moves.

He said, in that vein, there is always a danger of leaders falling out of touch with their supporters, and that good governance has to be paired with a knack for sales.

"We always have to remember [as world leaders] we are accountable to ordinary people and to explaining to them how — what we are doing — is impacting and improving their lives and if we fail to do that, we run into problems."

My God, it was like he was making sense. 

Remember when Stephen Harper was mocked all over the media for saying The Liberals would introduce a Netflix tax?

... Liberals are pushing for the HST, the sales tax to be applied to Netflix and other foreign streaming services, like Google Play or Apple.


Far fewer people attended President Donald Trump's inauguration Friday than his predecessor's swearing-in eight years ago.

Yes, about that:

Protesters disrupted President Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, smashing storefronts, burning vehicles, blocking security checkpoints and leaving a trail of damage as supporters celebrated the new president.

When you're quite done carrying water for an unemployed Jew-hater, popular press, perhaps you could return to your day-job.

Whatever that is.


Watching Canadian elected officials swoon over a foreign leader was disrespectful of the place in which they stood.

Obama has that effect on people.

But he was no friend to Canada.

His North American legacy is most notably defined by his indecision and ultimate failure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

This one decision set our economy back billions of dollars and denied employment to many Canadians, because Obama put his anti-development ideology ahead of smart policy and economic growth.

But Obama’s mistakes vis-à-vis Canada were a drop in the bucket compared to his foreign policy blunders and the disastrous international impact of his presidency.

The world is less stable, more chaotic, and less free than it was eight years ago.

The Obama doctrine of “leading from behind” has left power vacuums across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, which have been happily filled by nefarious, rogue regimes including Iran, Russia and China.
Obama ignored mass protests in Iran in 2009 over a fraudulent election, and passed up on an historic opportunity to encourage peaceful regime change.

Instead, Obama engaged with the wicked regime in Iran and, pretending it had taken a moderate turn, struck a convoluted deal to lift sanctions, remove long-term barriers to Iran’s nuclear program and provocatively undercut America’s long-time ally, Israel.

When it came to the civil war in Syria, Obama had an opportunity to stop dictator Bashar al-Assad before he ramped up his deadly rampage responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands of Syrians.
Obama drew a “red line” on Assad’s use of chemical weapons.

Assad crossed it, using chemical weapons to murder civilians, and Obama did nothing.

He was called on his bluff, and exposed as an isolationist — a president more comfortable using drones to drop bombs from afar than dealing with the threat of a regional mad man backed by Iran and Russia.

Obama also led the charge of appeasement towards Islamists, refusing to name the enemy or identify the religious motives of terrorism.

Obama - the now has-been - embodied the arrogance, mental dissonance and undeserved sense of entitlement that Canadian L (l) iberals carry around with them like a stench. Liberals/liberals live such insular lives that they have no idea (or want to have an idea) of what their actions mean to others.

It must be earth-shattering to learn that people's patience for that sort of thing runs out.

Will Trump put North Korea back on the terrorism sponsorship list?

1. North Korea sponsors terrorism.

Three years ago, I decided I’d had my fill of “experts” writing that North Korea doesn’t sponsor terrorism without having made any apparent inquiry into the evidence or the law, so I sacrificed my Christmas leave to write a hundred-page, peer-reviewed report laying that evidence out, analyzing the legal standards for listing a government as a state sponsor of terrorism, and applying North Korea’s recent conduct to that standard. I’m not going to repeat that entire report here, but I should probably at least give you a taste of it: in the last ten years alone, North Korea has armed terrorists, sent hit teams to murder defectors and dissidents, held the kidnapped citizens of other countries as prisoners, harbored hijackers, launched cyber attacks against newspapers and nuclear power plants, and threatened movie theaters across the United States with terrorist attacks if they showed a film parodying Kim Jong-un. For which, Barack Obama did approximately nothing. …

6. It’s easy.

There’s no act of Congress required for this. All the Secretary of State would have to do is sign a one-page letter invoking section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act. If a pissed-off POTUS is looking for something nasty to do to Kim Jong-un the same day he has the red mist, this is the easiest thing to pull off the shelf.


And now, Japan wants Christian sites and remote islands as UNESCO natural and cultural World Heritage sites:

The government said Thursday it will submit a proposal to add a number of islands and several places linked to the history of Japan’s persecuted Christians to UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural World Heritage sites.

The natural sites are Kagoshima Prefecture’s Amami-Oshima Island and Tokunoshima Islands, the northern part of Okinawa Prefecture’s main island and Iriomote Island, also in Okinawa.

For the cultural sites, places in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures associated with the history of Japan’s persecuted Christians will be recommended.

(Sidebar: I don't know why Japan would need this sort of validation but whatever...)

New Day

Donald Trump was sworn in as the forty-fifth president and the Earth did not open and swallow everyone, no matter how many utterly infantile, pants-wetting, deluded fracking morons smashed windows, burned trash cans and went into complete tantrum mode.

I shant link to any of their exploits (no doubt covered by wealthy benefactors who shall remain nameless - for now). I'm tired of drawing attention to these losers at life who cannot, for one moment, be adults and accept that the majority of Americans - tired of Barack Obama's incompetence, sloth, arrogance, allegiance to anyone and anything but the country he was elected to lead and vindictive sh--iness coupled with the urbane arrogance of celebrities whose opinions no one ever, ever asked for and policies and attitudes that added burden and harm to a citizenry that found itself either under-employed, unemployed and saddled with debt - decided to vote for a guy who promised them the opposite of they had been living with for the past eight years.

This was bound to happen.

Even as the walking fungus that is Obama was leaving (and he just couldn't bring himself to do that), polls pointed out how divisive and sh-- disturbing he is.

But now is a new day.

Now is the time to remind Trump and every single fat cat in every political capital of every country that he works for the people, not the other way around. For the past eight years, Americans forgot to make Obama accountable. In Canada, not even those who voted for Trudeau trust him to dress himself let alone handle a fire extinguisher or maybe steer the country away from economic icebergs.

He is so damn useless, just as useless as the electorate that doesn't remind this feckless twit that we don't owe him a g-d- thing!

Anyway, it appears that Trump is making himself useful by repealing Obamacare, ending American funding for foreign abortions, cutting funding to the NEA and reviving the coal industry.

So there's that.

The Chinese red pheasant with the Trump coiffure.
Donald Trump is president in the Year of the Rooster and is as coiffed as this golden pheasant. Coincidence? I think not.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

But Wait! There's More!

There often is....

Oh, dear:

Premier Paolo Gentiloni is urging Italian authorities to redouble efforts to reach people isolated by new earthquakes and unusually heavy snow, as he sought to deflect criticism of the rescue efforts.

Gentiloni told reporters Thursday that the priority is to reach all isolated towns and hamlets that have been buried under snowfall for days and then jolted by four powerful quakes on Wednesday. ...

Italian news reports say that some guests at a mountain hotel struck by an avalanche sent text messages to emergency numbers advising they were trapped inside.


A historic high-rise building in the heart of Iran's capital caught fire and later collapsed Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and leaving their stunned colleagues and bystanders weeping in the streets.

The disaster at the 17-story Plasco building, inadvertently shown live on state television, came after authorities said they repeatedly warned tenants about blocking stairwells with fabric from cramped garment workshops on its upper floors.

Firefighters, soldiers and other emergency responders dug through the debris into the night, looking for survivors. While it was not clear how many people were in the steel-and-concrete building, witnesses said many had slipped through a police cordon while the fire burned to go back inside for their belongings.

The Canadian Revenue Agency is spying on Canadians' social media:

The Canada Revenue Agency is scrutinizing the Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other social media posts of Canadians it suspects could be cheating on their taxes.

That's just one example of the agency's increasing focus on what it can learn by collecting and analyzing many kinds of data — both its own internally generated information and what it calls "publicly available information."

"The CRA does practice risk-based compliance, so for taxpayers identified as high risk, any relevant, publicly available information relating to the specific risk-based factors for the taxpayer may be consulted as part of our fact-gathering processes," said spokesperson David Walters.

Among those considered high risk are wealthy Canadians with offshore bank accounts, said Jean-François Ruel, director of CRA's Strategy and Integration Branch.

"If we go with high-risk, high-wealth individuals that do offshore [banking], then we would look at all information that is public for compliance action."

Tobi Cohen, spokesperson for the privacy commissioner, said CRA notified it of its plan to collect publicly available information from social media in connection with "tax fraud and non-compliance risk analysis, audits and investigations."

Also: "Maybe"? You mean - no one likes it when you're a rude, arrogant @$$hole who has contempt for over fifty-seven percent of the population?

What could the most  "transparent" government in the country's history be hiding?

If the carbon tax actually does reduce pollution, then why has a large portion of a federal memo been heavily redacted?

Reporters were briefly invited in. Wynne seemed to be doing little but commiserating and agreeing that Canadians shouldn’t have to turn off their heat in the middle of winter. But the premier has a gift: even more so than her predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, she is very good at appearing engaged, interested and genuinely concerned about the problems she is addressing.

And when Keenan stepped out, she had been properly mollified.

“Have we made progress here today? Absolutely,” she enthused. “And what I’m so proud of is that as Canadians, this has not taken marching up and down, threatening tear gas. … This is the most polite revolution I’ve ever seen in my life, and that’s what makes me proud to be Canadian.”

Crisis defused, then, for now.

Ontarians will believe anything.

ISIS beheaded captives in what remains of Palmyra:

The Islamic State group has killed 12 people it held captive in Syria’s ancient Palmyra by shooting and beheading them, with some of the slayings carried out in the city’s second-century Roman amphitheatre, activists said on Thursday.

Several North Korean diplomats have recently defected to South Korea but the news has been kept quiet, the former No. 2 in the North Korean Embassy in London said Tuesday.

"A significant number of diplomats came to South Korea," Thae Yong-ho said. "Even now, there are a number waiting to head to the South."

Thae was speaking at a conference hosted by conservatives who defected from the Saenuri Party to launch their own. Intelligence sources say there has been a marked increase in defections among the North Korean elite since last July, when Thae fled to the South with his family.

One intelligence source said, "The number of North Korean diplomats who defected to South Korea last year stands in the double digits." The source added that includes not just diplomats but also high-ranking officials from Room 39, the Workers Party office that manages leader Kim Jong-un's private coffers, and military officers.
If this many high-level defectors are running, this could indicate a heavily cracking Kim dynasty. 

Something is coming down the pipe.

The Kremlin is planning to build an exclusive health clinic for President Vladimir Putin and senior officials, according to documents seen by Reuters and to medical sources familiar with the project.

The proposed three-storey building, in the grounds of the Kremlin-run Central Clinical Hospital in a Moscow suburb, will have space for 10 inpatients at a time and communications systems that under Russian law are reserved for the president, prime minister and other senior figures, according to design and planning documents.

The clinic, estimated in the documents to cost 2.9 billion roubles ($48.11 million) to build, will be fitted with VIP suites, a swimming pool, rooms where patients can hold meetings, and posts for aides, the plans show.
In a written reply to Reuters questions, the Kremlin's property management department said the clinic was being built but said it was for hundreds of state officials whose care falls within its remit, including but not limited to the president and prime minister.

The Central Clinical Hospital was for decades the place where senior members of the Soviet and then Russian leadership received medical care. Staff are vetted by state security, former managers at the hospital said.


 That’s all very well, but how many family doctors would you need? It simply doesn’t fit into the system of a free universal national health service.” “It’ll fit into a universal national health service, but it won’t fit into a free health service,” said Oreshchenkov, rumbling on and clinging confidently to his point. “But it’s our greatest achievement, the fact that it’s a free service.” “Is this in fact such a great achievement? What does ‘free’ mean? The doctors don’t work for nothing, you know. It only means that they’re paid out of the national budget and the budget is supported by patients. It isn’t free treatment, it’s depersonalized treatment. If a patient kept the money that pays for his treatments, he would have turned the ten roubles he has to spend at the doctor’s over and over in his hands. He could go to the doctor five times over if he really needed to.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,
Cancer Ward

Carry on.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mid-Week Post

The molten core of the work-week...

Speaking of molten cores:

A series of three strong earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an hour Wednesday, shaking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year and has been buried under more than a metre of snow in recent days.

There were no immediate reports of casualties but tremors were felt as far away as Rome, where the subway was closed as a precaution and parents were asked to pick up their children from schools.

The first tremor, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3, hit the region north of Amatrice at about 10:25 a.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A second quake with a magnitude of 5.7 hit the same area about 50 minutes later, and 10 minutes later a third was measured at magnitude 5.3. 

Aftershocks continued to rock the area.

Heavy snowfall in the quake-zone over the past week, which has dumped more than 1.5 metres in some places, was complicating transport and emergency response efforts. Mayor Maurizio Pelosi of Capitagno, near the epicentre, said even before the quakes many roads into and out of the town were blocked due to the snow.

A hotel worker in town, Giuseppe Di Felice, told state-run RAI radio people couldn’t get out of their homes. “It’s apocalyptic,” he said.

The mountainous region was shaken by three quakes last year, killing nearly 300 people and causing significant damage to older buildings. The tower of one of Amatrice’s churches toppled in Wednesday’s quakes.

(Sidebar: Italy is prone to earthquakes due to volcanic activity and to the fact that the country is sitting near two tectonic plates.)

Also: sometimes one must make one's own fun:

I bet by now PM Hair-Boy is wishing that he went to Davos:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused Tuesday to respond in English to several questions put to him in English in Sherbrooke, Que., telling the town hall meeting that because he was in Quebec he would speak French.

This is learned behaviour. As his father had contempt for English Canada and anglophones, so does the mincing prat whose contempt and rudeness were once again on display in a country with two official languages and in a province that is not officially bilingual.

This makes the requirement for the future Tory leader to speak French less and less relevant. Why cater to the francophone oligarchy that has alienated both anglophones and francophones?


Alex Ayton and Kathleen Olds initially requested a selfie with Trudeau, who gladly obliged. Once the prime minister leaned into the photo, one of the students casually asked about his promise to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Trudeau’s camera-ready smile quickly turned into shock as he backed away from the camera and the questioning women. He then said, “absolutely, yes, for sure” continuing to distance himself.

Leftists can be the most demanding mistresses and - as this article affirms - more wily than one would give them credit for.  PM Hair-Boy is a vain sucker for selfies. He walked right into that trap!

Kelly Ellard, who helped murder Reena Virk, has not been allowed day parole - yet:

A two-member parole board deadlocked Wednesday on whether to allow convicted killer Kelly Ellard to temporarily leave prison to take her baby into the community.

After questioning Ellard for two hours at a hearing at the Fraser Valley Institution this morning, board members Kim Polowek and Catherine Dawson said they couldn’t agree on her request for up to five escorted temporary absences for 90 days.

Parole Board spokesman Patrick Storey said afterwards it was rare for board members to be deadlocked. He said a new panel with two new members would hear Ellard’s case again in a few weeks.

Corpulent director truly believes that Donald Trump will ban Muslims from the United States:

Not only will he follow through on building the wall, but Moore also believes that Trump will find a way to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

Yes, about that:

Speaking in New Hampshire, the presumptive Republican nominee framed the Orlando shooting as largely an immigration issue. “Although the pause is temporary, we must find out what is going on,” Trump said of halting Muslims entering the country. “We have to do it. It will be lifted, this ban, when as a nation we’re in a position to properly and perfectly screen these people coming into our country. They’re pouring in and we don’t know what we’re doing.”

That's hardly a Saudi moratorium.

Whatever it takes to stay relevant, eh, Michael?

And now, Kyoto in the snow. Enjoy:

 Heavy Snowfall In Kyoto

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

For a Tuesday


An Ontario farmer gets a chance to hear Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne lie to her face:

Libby Keenan’s Facebook rant over soaring hydro costs has prompted a face-to-face meeting with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne this Wednesday at Queen’s Park.

Not many people get a chance to hear lies upfront, Miss Keenan. How lucky for you.

Also: this must be embarrassing:

The Fraser Institute report, Did the Coal Phase-out Reduce Air Pollution, looked at the impact of closing the plants on the level of fine particulates, nitrogen oxides and ground-level ozones in Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa.

The small and, in some cases, statistically insignificant improvements in air quality in a few locations could have been achieved more cheaply with pollution control devices like scrubbers, the report concluded.

And to think that it cost Ontarians $1.1 billion to close gas plants and then to lie about it.

Whatever could Trudeau be hiding?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau twice refused to answer questions Tuesday about whether he had ever before vacationed with the Aga Khan, the billionaire leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims.

But... but... people said that there would be no slippery slope!

Euthanasia became legal in Canada in June and by December Quebec bioethicists had already published an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics calling for organ donation after euthanasia.

Britain decides to leave the European Union, an experiment in centraisation that just didn't pan out:

Theresa May set out a 12-point plan for Brexit on Tuesday as she promises there will be no “partial” membership of the EU “that leaves us half-in, half-out”.

Making her most significant speech since becoming Prime Minister in July, May confirmed that Britain will leave the single market and customs union after Brexit.

Inside the flat of a killer:

Abdulkadir Masharipov confessed to carrying out the Istanbul nightclub massacre, Turkish officials said

Neighbours of the Istanbul nightclub attacker were shocked to learn of his identity and find their building at the heart of a large-scale police operation.

On Monday night, Turkish police captured the man who authorities say killed 39 people and wounded scores of others in a New Year’s Eve attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The suspect, who switched clothes during the attack, fled the scene by blending into the crowd of survivors. He succeeded in evading police for more than two weeks, reportedly collecting his son in a working class neighbourhood of Istanbul before hiding out in a luxury apartment at another low-income district. …

AP reporters visited the suspect’s apartment on Tuesday, finding doors with broken locks, food and garbage on the floor and clothes outside of the closets. They also saw a woman’s purse and money of various currencies including Egyptian and Sudanese pounds. A Reuters photos showed a Koran sitting on top of a cabinet.

A note found at the scene said: “Do what ever u want… I will not care anymore and I can’t help any one of course I can’t help myself. But if you want this it’s okay but I will be in other place away from her (sic).”

Authorities seized nearly $200,000, two guns and two drones during the suspect’s arrest.

Obama commutes the sentence of pretend-woman Bradley Manning:

President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning on Tuesday, allowing the Army intelligence officer who leaked scores of classified documents to go free nearly three decades early.
Manning, who will leave prison in May, was one of 209 inmates whose sentences Obama was shortening, a list that includes Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez-Rivera. Obama also pardoned 64 people, including retired Gen. James Cartwright, who was charged with making false statements during a probe into disclosure of classified information.

But everyone knows that you're a traitor and liar, Brad, just like the other guys that Obama released.

Quite frankly, I wouldn't want to have a lazy Jew-hating blowhard at my golf course, either:

Some members of the historically Jewish club have said they would not welcome Obama, who has played there four times during his presidency, because of his recent decision not to veto a UN Security Council resolution criticizing Israeli settlements.

Also: Christians are leaving Bethlehem and it's not because of anything Israel did:

Christians living in Israel enjoy the same democratic human laws as all other non-Jewish citizens; their community is consistently increasing as they experience the freedom of the Jewish State. Before providing any assistance to the Palestinian Authority or rushing to create another Arab state on historical Jewish land, the West should put pressure on Arab leaders to assure democratic human rights, security, equality and freedom for the Christian community and the Jews who might live under their control.

PM Hair-Boy refused to call honour-killings "barbaric":

Zeenat Rafiq had been married to her husband for just one week when her mother showed up at the couple’s home in June offering to throw them a wedding celebration.

It must have been strange for the 18-year-old Pakistani woman. Her mother, Perveen Bibi, had never approved of her relationship with Hassan Khan, a classmate. Nor had other members of the family, who had rejected multiple marriage proposals from her husband before the couple eloped.

But now, all was forgiven, her mother told her. Come home to celebrate so you’re not branded as an eloper.

Rafiq nervously agreed.

But there was no celebration on her return to the family’s home in Lahore, Pakistan. Instead, her mother and brother beat and strangled her, then tied her to a cot, doused her in kerosene and lit her on fire, according to reports at the time.

After the attack, Bibi ran outside and yelled, “I have killed my daughter for misbehaving and giving our family a bad name,” the mother’s sister told Agence France-Presse at the time.

North Korea is stockpiling plutonium:

North Korea's plutonium stockpile has grown to some 50 kg, enough to make two or three more nuclear weapons, according to South Korea's 2016 defense white paper.

The white paper issued by the Defense Ministry on Wednesday carries latest information on the North Korean military, including its nuclear, missile and conventional military capacities. It says the North has about 50 kg of weapons-grade plutonium from reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel rods.

The amount is calculated by tallying the plutonium acquired from the reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear facility, which reopened in 2013 and subtracting the plutonium spent on recent nuclear tests, a military spokesman said. It was estimated jointly by the U.S. and South Korea.

The white paper also notes that the North "has made significant progress in a highly enriched uranium program and miniaturizing nuclear warheads," but gives no specific data.

The ministry previously estimated the North's plutonium stockpile at 40 kg since 2008 but has come under fire for making no efforts to change that estimate despite two more nuclear tests since then and the reopening of the Yongbyon reactor.
The white paper also notes the North's deployment of new 300-mm multiple rocket launchers with a range of some 200 km, which are capable of striking the U.S. military base in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeryongdae military headquarters in South Chungcheong Province from the demilitarized zone.

It also notes new Scud-ER missiles with a range of 1,000 km. The North fired three of them toward Japan on Sept. 5 last year. The Scud-ER could be capable of delivering nuclear warheads to any target in South Korea from the rear. The most effective defense is believed to be the U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery planned for deployment here.

The white paper says the North has an intercontinental ballistic missile in development that could threaten the U.S. mainland and is developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

And now, fun passports: