Sunday, October 09, 2016

Sunday Post


And a merry Hangul Day to all y'all...

You're welcome.

South Korea can solve its territorial waters problem by levying HUGE tariffs against China and making companies that invade South Korean waters pay the costs for ships sunk by the South Korean navy (step it up, South Korea):

South Korea on Sunday filed a protest against China after two Chinese boats illegally fishing in Korean waters sank a Korean coast guard boat in their attempt to flee.

According to Incheon Coast Guard, the vessels, assumed to be 100-plus ton steel ships, on Friday deliberately crashed into an Incheon coastguard’s 4.5-ton speed boat, which was patrolling the area for illegal fishing in waters off Incheon in the western side of the peninsula, and fled the scene.

A 50-year-old marine officer fell into the water and was rescued by a nearby patrol boat. No others were injured.

The Foreign Ministry in Seoul filed a formal complaint to Beijing’s consul-general after the Coast Guard condemned the incident earlier Sunday.

“South Korea will keep a close eye on the matter as the root of the problem derives from illegal fishing by the Chinese,” the ministry said. 

Lee Joo-seong, head of the Coast Guard’s central region, called the action “attempted murder.”

This is the same China that oppresses its growing Christian population and forcibly returns or kills North Korean refugees.

Trudeau and his voters have no problem with this.

Curious given the lengths to which the Liberal government will cover for known liars yet sees no problem with China's human rights abuses against its own citizens and North Korean refugees.

(Sidebar: of course, Monsef could always get in front of her deception by releasing her papers but I digress...)

An estimated 400,000 North Korean soldiers are used as slave labour:

North Korea is forcing an estimate 400,000 young soldiers to do hard labor and confiscating up to US$900 million from ordinary people every year, an activist group here said Wednesday.

The International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea, in a report based on in-depth interviews with 18 defectors, said middle school graduates who either have no connections in the Workers Party or perform poorly in physical tests are forced into hard labor at construction sites while training as commandos.

They must live in cramped shared accommodation and labor for around 10 years building roads, apartments, railways and power plants. 

They spend around 10 years in service, laboring four hours in the morning and five in the afternoon for little or no pay. When pressed to meet deadlines, they labor until midnight and spend their breaks in indoctrination classes. 

They are fed just one bowl of corn rice per meal, and beatings and accidents are rampant.

How the next president (if he cares to) can hamper North Korea in the event that proper sanctions do not work:

Even if pursued with equal determination, a strategy of hub-blocking, progressive diplomacy, and political subversion could take anywhere from one to five years to threaten the survival of the regime in Pyongyang, and make effective diplomacy possible. 

The risky — and until now, unsustainably risky — option of limited strikes against North Korea’s WMD facilities may now be necessary to buy enough time for non-violent (or less violent) strategies to work. At a minimum, it should now be the declared policy of the United States, Japan, and South Korea that they reserve the right to intercept all North Korean missile launches. As dangerously risky as that sounds, I maintain that putting North Korea on a path to the domination of South Korea, unrestricted global nuclear proliferation and cyberwarfare, and a direct North Korean nuclear threat to the United States are all much more dangerous.

Remember - Bill Clinton enabled North Korea to be the merging nuclear power it is today. Bill Clinton is the philandering husband of Hillary Clinton whose chuckles aimed at a twelve year old rape victim are deemed irrelevant for some odd reason.

Carry on.

Federal coward Stephane Dion bravely gave a thumbs-down gesture to a woman who plead for her kidnapped children:

A B.C. woman whose four children were abducted by her ex-husband to Iran says she was shocked to see Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion make a dismissive thumbs-down gesture when her ordeal came up in the House of Commons.

Liberals have a habit of fostering contempt for children and their voting parents.

Remember this guy?

A Liberal backbencher who landed in trouble after his constituency office called police on the mother of an autistic child tried to defuse the situation with an apology....

After Premier Kathleen Wynne told him to apologize, Bob Delaney released a statement of apology Tuesday, four days after police knocked on Melanie Palaypayon's door.

Of course, this wouldn't be a problem if people stopped voting for them anyway but self-respect is not in the Canadian character.

Also - violating rights is alright when some people do it:

Unfortunately, the framing of the consultation shows minimal regard for privacy and civil liberties, says the Citizen Lab report.

“It is primarily preoccupied with defending the existing security framework while introducing a range of additional intrusive powers,” the paper states.

There is no discussion of the need for judicial oversight of Canada’s foreign intelligence agency, the Communications Security Establishment, or regulation of the agency’s surveillance activities, the report says. And the documents do not provide any detailed suggestions for improving accountability or transparency around existing surveillance and investigative tools, it adds.

One must give intelligence agencies the ability to do their jobs.

Not that I would trust the government or unelected judges to ensure that, however.

Oh, dear:

Dire predictions that the Arctic would be free of sea ice by September have proven unfounded after satellite images showed there is far more ice now than in 2012.


Rather than put in a carbon levy, which Wall suggests may not even reduce emissions, he proposes a different approach to tackling climate change.

That includes investing in technology such as SaskPower’s $1.5 billion carbon-capture project at Boundary Dam 3, which according to the province is providing electricity to about 100,000 homes 10 times cleaner than other coal units. It has been in operation since 2014.

Adapting to the changing climate and boosting renewable energy sources are other areas of focus for Wall, who has tasked SaskPower to be using 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

All of those, he thinks, would serve the province better than the federal carbon levy plan.

Or he can call "climate change" the nonsense that it is.

I'm sure this has nothing to do with vociferous and irrational hatred of the police:

In the minutes before three Palm Springs officers were shot, two fatally, the suspected gunman's father told a neighbour his son was armed, "acting crazy" and wanted to shoot police.

Today in "lone wolf" news:

Four police officers have been hurt, two seriously, when their cars were set ablaze in the troubled Paris working class housing estate Grande Borne on Saturday.

"Lone wolves" aren't born; they're made:

The Washington Post interviewed five boys whose families escaped from Islamic State territory, including Taim, a Syrian refugee interviewed near his temporary home in Europe. The location of the refugee facility is being withheld by The Post at the family’s request. The newspaper also reviewed videos, reports and transcripts containing the stories of dozens of other boys and girls whose experiences are broadly similar to those interviewed.

Some, such as Taim, also ended up in the terrorist group’s schools and training camps, where they were force-fed a diet of Islamic State ideology and gory videos. Isolated from their families, they were taught to shoot rifles and throw grenades, and also encouraged to volunteer as suicide bombers, a role extolled by their instructors as the highest calling for any pious Muslim youth. Several described being made to witness — and even participate in — the executions of prisoners.

And now, autumn in South Korea. Enjoy.

(Kamsahamnida to all)

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