10 Bizarre Cold War Tales Left Out Of History Books

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I found this list fascinating.


Although we already know a bit about the famous affairs that happened during the Cold War, that particular era spanned more than four decades—enough time for a lot of wackiness. Aside from learning about the slew ofridiculous government projects, let’s also get to know some of the other little-known, extremely strange events which took place in that period.

10North Korea And The US Almost Went To War Over A Tree


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This one arguably ranks somewhere among the most bizarre reasons to start a war. Known as the Poplar Tree Incident, the whole fiasco started on August 17, 1976. American soldiers tried to trim a huge poplar tree that had been obscuring visibility in the middle of the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone. Previously, the North Koreans had refused to allow the men to trim the tree. Now, they murdered two of the Americans and injured another nine.

In the aftermath, the US debated whether to strike back. Instead, they decided to cut down the tree while showcasing an overwhelming display of force against the North. On August 21, and in full view of their North Korean counterparts on the other side, a convoy of American and South Korean soldier-engineers drove up to the middle of the DMZ and cut the tree down. Dozens of helicopters and assorted aircraft also flew overhead as a deterrent to the hapless North Koreans who could only watch the event unfold.

While the incident triggered fears of a war, it instead led to North Korean President Kim Il-Sung conveying a message of “regret” to the families of those killed—a rare statement at the time.

9The US Created A Ring Of Copper Around The Earth


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At one point the Earth had its own man-made ring of metal—thanks to the approximately 500 million copper needles the US launched into space in 1963.

Known as Project West Ford, the operation resolved to cure a major American weakness against a perceived Soviet attack on its undersea cables, which would have disrupted its long-range communications system. To prevent this, the Americans looked to the ionosphere, which was beyond the reach of the Soviets but still at the mercy of unpredictable solar storms. Then sometime in 1958, Walter E. Morrow—a scientist from MIT’s Lincoln Labs in Boston—suggested placing a copper ring around the Earth, which would be immune to both Soviet attacks and solar disruptions.

After a first attempt failed in 1961, the US finally launched the copper needles in 1963 and also successfully tested it out. While most of the needles have since fallen back to Earth, it is estimated that thousands of clumped ones are still in orbit today.

8The US Air Force Used Bears As Test Pilots

Think sending cats, dogs, and monkeys into space isn’t enough? How about using a sedated bear to test out the ejection capsule of a supersonic aircraft? We’re not kidding. The US Air Force regularly used black and Himalayan bears to test out the ejection capsule of its supersonic B-58 bomber in the ’50s and ’60s.

The premier intercontinental bomber of the Air Force, the B-58 Hustler, could reach Mach 2 and had been designed to carry nuclear bombs deep into Soviet territory. While superb in its design, the B-58’s poor-quality ejection capsule killed several crewmembers during one test flight. This particular incident forced the designers to design a better capsule, which they then tested on the ground using unemployed people. When it came time for live runs several thousand feet up in the air, however, the designers opted to use man-sized bears as test dummies.

After being sedated, these bears were strapped inside the ejection capsules and hurled out of the streaking aircraft before parachuting back down to be examined by its developers. While no deaths occurred during the tests, the animals did suffer major injuries, including broken bones and internal bleeding.

7The Zambian Schoolteacher’s Strange Space Program

While we know the United States and Soviet Union were the two major players in the Space Race, Zambia also had its own space program. Sort of.

Edward Makuka Nkoloso—a small-town elementary schoolteacher with an impossibly big dream—started his ambitious project in 1964 by recruiting 10 of his countrymen, a missionary, and a 17-year-old girl (along with her cat) and training them in his one-of-a-kind space training program. He rolled his trainees downhill inside barrels and had them ride swings that he would then cut after they reached the highest point. He claimed these methods would help the trainees get used to the weightlessness of space. When it came to simulating walking on the Moon and eventually Mars, Nkoloso taught his trainees the “correct method” of moving around by having themwalk on their hands.

For all his enthusiasm, however, Nkoloso failed to get any government support for his strange program. He also complained that his trainees seemed to be preoccupied with other matters. The 17-year-old, for one, ended up pregnant.

6The US Built An Underground Nuclear Ice Fortress In Greenland

If the British could come up with an aircraft carrier made of ice, then only the Americans could dream up something as radical as going under tons of ice for nuclear missile launch sites.

Wanting to know if nuclear missiles could be successfully stored underneath ice, and because they needed a location closer to the Soviet homeland, the Americans launched Project Iceworm in 1960 and set about building a massive underground complex called Camp Century in Greenland. At the time of its construction, the US officially billed the project as part of its scientific research to allay suspicion from the Danish government and the Soviet Union.

Virtually an underground city, the nuclear-powered Camp Century featured dozens of tunnels and trenches as well as a host of buildings that could accommodate up to 200 men. While the project seemed initially successful, the ever-moving ice sheets made Camp Century untenable, forcing the US to abandon the project in 1966.

5The British Annexed A Single Rock Islet





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Amid the shadow of the historically more significant Falklands Islandsstands the uninhabited single rock islet of Rockall. Standing at just 20 meters (70 ft) and surrounded by miles of water (it is situated roughly 500 kilometers (300 mi) away from the British Isles), Rockall nevertheless received ample attention from the British government for security reasons. Specifically, they feared the uninhabited islet could be used by spies onboard Soviet submarines as an outpost to view missile tests.

Under orders from Queen Elizabeth, a contingent of Royal Marines landed on the islet in 1955 and planted a Union Jack flag along with a plaque. Due to the size of the island, the Marines noted the difficulty in using a helicopter to land them safely. One of them, a veteran rock climber named Brian Peel, even nearly got swept away by the waves after he tried to get some seaweed samples below the islet’s waterline.

4The Soviet Union Tricked Castro Into Giving Up His Nuclear Missiles


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As fate would have it, the Cuban Missile Crisis didn’t end with the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its nuclear missiles from Cuba in October 1962. The true ending came on November 22, 1962 when the Soviet Union successfully tricked Fidel Castro into giving up the remaining warheads still under his control.

Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev had contemplated letting the warheads, believed to number more than 100, stay in Cuba as a consolation to Castro, who believed the Soviet Union sold Cuba out in the negotiations. To complete the secret negotiations, he sent out First Deputy Premier Anastas Mikoyan to personally haggle with the Cuban leader. However, Mikoyan, after observing Castro’s bouts of paranoia, believed giving the missiles to a madman would be nothing short of suicide.

In the end, he told Castro how a Soviet law—which was really nonexistent—prevented the Soviet Union from providing other countries with nuclear missiles. Amazingly, Castro bought the lie and allowed the Soviets to ship the remaining warheads back home by December 1962.

3Joseph McCarthy’s Campaign Against Gays


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While Senator Joseph McCarthy will forever be known as the demagogue who led the communist witch hunts of the ’40s and ’50s, he’s largely forgotten for his role in the lesser-known but more devastating Lavender Scare.

In a paranoia-filled atmosphere, the government feared that gay employees sympathetic to the communist cause would be weak-willed enough to give away state secrets. The federal and state governments responded by firing hundreds of employees who had been otherwise loyal Americans. In fact, themajority of civil servants who resigned from their posts were accused not with communism but with homosexuality. McCarthy himself inextricably linked communism with homosexuality, claiming that those who opposed him must either be gay or communist.

According to historians, the Lavender Scare had two lasting effects. It forced the gay community to go underground and become social activists, and it influenced American foreign policy to become more “macho,” thereby dragging the United States toward the Vietnam War.

2The US Airdropped Tons Of Candy On Berlin

We’ve previously discussed how World War III could’ve started with Germany as the battlefield again, after the Soviet Union blockaded the Allied-held parts of Berlin to force the Allies to withdraw. Unfortunately for the Soviets, their scheme failed after the Allies conducted a massive airlift to supply blockaded areas with foodstuffs and other necessities.

In the midst of this massive operation, one US Air Force pilot named Gail Halvorsen began dropping candy bars to children near Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport after he witnessed their resolve in one prior encounter. Halvorsen, touched by the children’s appeal not to abandon them to the Soviets, promised he would lift their spirits up with candy.

Pretty soon, news of the Candy Bomber and Uncle Wiggly Wings (he wiggled the wings of his plane so the children would recognize him) reached his commanding officer, who reprimanded him for flouting regulations. However, overwhelming positive media reaction convinced airlift chief General William Tunner to let Halvorsen continue his candy drops.

Soon, “Operation Little Vittles” involved the entire Air Force dropping tons of candy donated by the American Confectioners Association. Halvorsen—who later became a hugely beloved figure in Germany—revealed how one child told him the candy drops symbolized hope more than anything for the Berliners during those dark times.

1Nikita Khrushchev And Richard Nixon Squared Off Inside An American Kitchen



Known as the “Kitchen Debate,” Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Vice President Richard Nixon had a day-long debate on which ideology could provide a better living standard for their respective peoples. Nixon—who was in Moscow on July 24, 1959 to grace the opening of the American National Exhibition at Sokolniki Park—argued how capitalism enabled the American people (especially the working class) to easily acquire affordable yet luxurious homes. To prove his point, he toured Khrushchev inside the kitchen of an American home on display and showed him all the appliances.

Never the man to back down, Khrushchev dismissed the items and said the Soviet Union would surpass American technology in a few years’ time. He also boasted how Soviet homes were built sturdier than the American ones. Amid the gesticulations (Khrushchev even cursed during off-the-record-moments) and grandstanding, however, both men ended up agreeingfocusing on kitchen appliances sounded a whole lot better than arguing about military weapons.



Gallup: Only 4% of Americans Think Gun Control is an Important Problem

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 I bet the anti-gun squad has their panties in a knot.

They will start screeching about this poll is wrong.

Mayor Loonberg will trot out number that will fill

his warped anti-gun agenda.


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A rack of AR-15 rifles stand to be individually packaged as workers move a pallet of rifles for shipment at the Stag Arms company in New Britain, Conn., Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

( – Only 4


( – Only 4 percent of Americans think guns and gun control are an important problem facing the country, according to Gallup, and far more Americans are concerned about the economy, unemployment and the federal debt.

In its poll from Apr. 4-7,  Gallup surveyed 1,005 adults by telephone and asked, “What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?”

Respondents answered in the following order:


Economy in general                                      24%

Unemployment/Jobs                                     18%

Dissatisfaction with Government                16%

Federal budget deficit/Federal debt             11%

Healthcare                                                     6%

Ethical/Moral/Family decline                            5%

Immigration/Illegal aliens                                4%

Education                                                       4%

Guns/Gun control                                            4%

Situation with North Korea                              4%

Lack of Money                                                  3%

Welfare                                                            2%

Lack of respect for each other                         2%

Poverty/Hunger/Homelessness                        2%

Foreign aid/Focus overseas                              2%

Taxes                                                                 2%


Despite the Obama administration’s strong push for more gun control legislation, few Americans are concerned about the issue.

As Gallup reports, “Few Americans mention guns or immigration as the most important problems facing the nation today, despite the current attention lawmakers in Washington are giving to these issues.

The economy still dominates as the top concern, followed by jobs and dissatisfaction with the general way in which Congress and the government work.”

These data “underscore the prominence of economic issues in Americans’ minds,” said Gallup.





North Korea states ‘nuclear war is unavoidable’ as it declares first target will be Japan

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This is from The U.K.Express.

We should have been bombing the missile sites.

We also should have been bombing  Pyongyang and that little

pot-bellied dog eater.



NORTH KOREA has warned Japan that Tokyo would be the first target in the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula, as it increased threats of an attack.


In a commentary carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the communist country lashed out at Tokyo’s standing orders to destroy any missile heading toward Japan, threatening such actions will result in a nuclear attack against the island nation.

If Japan executes its threat to shoot down any North Korean missile, such a “provocative” intervention would see Tokyo — an enormous conurbation of 30 million people — “consumed in nuclear flames”, KCNA warned.

“Japan is always in the cross-hairs of our revolutionary army and if Japan makes a slightest move, the spark of war will touch Japan first,” the report added.

An official at Japan’s defence ministry said that the country “will take every possible measure to respond to any scenario”, while the US Secretary of State John Kerry warned that a North Korean missile launch would be a “huge mistake”.

“The rhetoric that we are hearing from North Korea is simply unacceptable by any standards,” he told a news conference in Seoul alongside South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se.

“The United States, South Korea and the entire international community… are all united in the fact that North Korea will not be accepted as a nuclear power,” Kerry added.

Japan is always in the cross-hairs of our revolutionary army


However, the North has declared it is “confident of final victory” against its enemies.

“The enemies should know that it is the era of the great Marshal Kim Jong Un, leader of the most powerful country and invincible great Paektusan nation,” KCNA stated.

“The DPRK has won victories in confrontation with the U.S. in spirit and is waging an all-out action with it, with confidence in final victory.”

The torrent of war cries is seen outside Pyongyang as an effort to raise fears and pressure Seoul and Washington into changing their North Korea policies, and to show the North Korean people that their young leader is strong enough to stand up to powerful foes.

South Korea fears Pyongyang could launch now launch multiple missiles after weeks of threats, according to local reports.

Observers believe a launch is most likely in the build-up to Monday’s anniversary of the birth of late founder Kim Il-Sung, for which celebrations are already well under way in Pyongyang.

The Korean Peninsula has “been reduced to the biggest nuclear hotspot in the world”, the North said in more fiery rhetoric today, “making the outbreak of a nuclear war on this land unavoidable.”

The reclusive state is dedicated to “defending the sovereignty and dignity of the country with its own strike mode and means,” it said.

“No force on earth can block the just cause of the army and people of the DPRK,” the chilling message concluded.

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Is Obama Looking for a War to ‘Fix’ Economy?

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This is from Godfather Politics.

Obama and Emperor Franklin the first have lots in common.

Their socialistic  ideology and they think the are better

and smarter than anyone else.

Roosevelt was Hell bent on getting into war to rescue

his  failed economic policies.

Could Obama be looking to doing the same thing?

One of Barack Obama’s heroes is President Franklin Roosevelt, and the Left loves to compare him to his socialist predecessor.

There are many parallels to their presidencies. Both presided over a crippled economy. Both pursued socialist policies that extended Americans’ suffering far beyond what should have occurred in a free market. Both were inexplicably popular with voters.

And both led the U.S. into a war that ended up “fixing” the economy.

Wait a minute, Obama hasn’t done that last one … yet.

As North Korea postures and makes noises about war, the question on everybody’s mind is whether this younger Kim is hot-blooded enough to make good on his threats, unlike his father, who made a hobby of rattling the sabre every time he wanted some concessions or aid from the United States.

The other question that everyone should be asking is whether Obama’s seemingly lackadaisical attitude toward the whole brewing business is a sign that he wants us to go to war.

Obama’s economy is not going well. Despite repeated assurances from the Administration, from the street-level view, the economy is not in “recovery” and hasn’t been since Obama set foot in office. With the latest jobs report, it’s clear we’re on the precipice of another sharp downward turn.

It’s a testimony to the perversion of Obama’s policies that a decline in the jobless numbers, from 7.7 to 7.6 percent in March, represents a worsening of the economy. That’s because only 88,000 jobs were added last month, a little over a third of what was expected and not nearly enough to keep up with population increase.

The seeming improvement in joblessness is because 496,000 — that’s about half a million — people dropped out of the labor force completely, just gave up even hoping for a job.

And with the Fed continuing its misguided policy of pumping more cash into the economy, effectively printing money and decreasing the value of every dollar in your pocket or bank account, things are only going to get worse.

Even Obama’s pocket media agree this jobs report shows how shaky things are. They are trying their best to blame the numbers on Republicans, saying the weak showing is the result of the sequester cuts, which are supposedly the fault of Republicans who didn’t agree to let Obama raise taxes. In reality, the cuts were Obama’s call, and he has been making sure they fall in the most punishing way on public services, such as White House tours, to further the anti-conservative narrative.

But Obama’s falling popularity numbers seem to indicate most of the public puts the sequester blame on Obama’s shoulders, and the narrative about the sequester cuts causing the weak jobs report falls apart because the professional services sector, which is the most likely to be affected by cuts in government contracts, increased hiring last month in line with previous months. So objectively, the sequester cuts haven’t even hit the economy yet.

What really impacted the jobs situation was the tax increases that hit in January because of Obamacare and other Administration-backed programs. As Obama’s policies have driven up costs, businesses have started cutting jobs and not filling open positions.

During the election, Obama was able somehow to paint a rosy picture of his record while demonizing Mitt Romney, who actually would have been good for business, but harsh light of reality is beginning to dawn even on some Obama voters.

Which brings us to the current showdown with North Korea.

Obama is by nature a warmonger, more so than President Bush ever was. Obama has instigated, supported and even funded the overthrow of multiple Muslim nations, ensconcing the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists in power. He has been fueling Syria’s civil war.

His foreign adventures have brought us into conflict with Russia and Iran, dragging NATO into the arena for good measure.

Now we are facing a desperate North Korea, which is supported by both Russia and Iran, and which is ready to start hurling nukes under the hotheaded influence of the young Kim Jong Un.

Obama might just be content to let a full-scale war happen. He must realize his star is falling at this point because of his failure to deliver on economic promises, and Obama is enough of a narcissist that the thought of completing his FDR fantasy and becoming a war-hero president must be appealing to him.

After all, the persistent liberal myth is that World War II ended the Great Depression, when in fact it was the easing of government controls after the war that led to the post-war boom. Obama’s also shown repeatedly a willingness to sacrifice American personnel to further his own agenda. What has he got to lose?

As Secretary of State John Kerry and the rest of the Administration dither, the North Koreans are maneuvering arms and personnel of one of the largest armies on Earth into position, Russian pilots have been practicing taking out U.S. missile defenses such as those we’ve moved to Guam, and Kim has ordered his forces to be prepared to launch nuclear missiles.

Despite Administration and media assurances that North Korean missiles don’t have the range to hit the mainland U.S., there is a danger to folks back home.

Just a few months ago, in December, North Korea successfully put a satellite into orbit. The rocket used is estimated to have a range capable of hitting the U.S., though its accuracy is unknown.

More importantly, the North Koreans could theoretically put a nuclear warhead into orbit and then use simple maneuvering thrusters to drop it on any target they want.

If North Korean scientists are smart, or if they’ve just watched U.S. news media that have practically spelled out how to do it, a nuclear warhead exploded in the proper place in the upper atmosphere could theoretically collapse the U.S. power grid with an electromagnetic pulse.

But all that aside, the real threat of North Korean aggression may come from the White House, from a president hungry for history to recognize him as more than a bumbler who couldn’t get people back to work.

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Embassies staying put in North Korea despite tension

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This is from Yahoo News.

Will the people in the North Korean Embassies end up like

Ambassador Chris Stevens?

Will an attack by allowed to distract the sheeple?

These Embassies should have been shut down and

All Personnel Evacuated and I mean All.


A North Korean soldier films military vehicles carrying missiles during a parade to commemorate the 65th anniversary of founding of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic


SEOUL (Reuters) – Staff at embassies in North Korea appeared to be remaining in place on Saturday despite an appeal by authorities in Pyongyang for diplomats to consider leaving because of heightened tension after weeks of bellicose exchanges.

North Korean authorities told diplomatic missions they could not guarantee their safety from next Wednesday – after declaring that conflict was inevitable amid joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises due to last until the end of the month.

Whatever the atmosphere in Pyongyang, the rain-soaked South Korean capital, Seoul, was calm. Traffic moved normally through the city center, busy with Saturday shoppers.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted a government official as saying diplomats were disregarding the suggestion they might leave the country.

“We don’t believe there’s any foreign mission about to leave Pyongyang,” the unidentified official was quoted as saying. “Most foreign governments view the North Korean message as a way of ratcheting up tension on the Korean peninsula.”

North Korea has been angry since new U.N. sanctions were imposed following its third nuclear weapons test in February. Its rage has apparently been compounded by joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises that began on March 1.

China’s Xinhua news agency on Friday had quoted the North’s Foreign Ministry as saying the issue was no longer whether but when a war would break out.

Most countries saw the appeal to the missions as little more than strident rhetoric after weeks of threatening to launch a nuclear strike on the United States and declarations of war against the South.

But Russia said it was “seriously studying” the request.

A South Korean government official expressed bewilderment.

“It’s hard to define what is its real intention,” said the official, who asked not to be identified. “But it might have intensified these threats to strengthen the regime internally or to respond to the international community.”

The United Nations said its humanitarian workers remained active across North Korea. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, however, remained “deeply concerned” about tensions, heightened since the imposition of U.N. sanctions against the North for its third nuclear arms test in February.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi repeated Beijing’s calls for dialogue to resolve the tensions in a phone call with Ban.

“We oppose provocative words and actions from any party in the region and do not allow troublemaking on China’s doorstep,” a statement on the ministry’s website said, citing Wang.

The appeal to diplomats followed news reports in the South that North Korea, under its 30-year-old leader Kim Jong-un, had moved two medium-range missiles to a location on its east coast. That prompted the White House to say that Washington would “not be surprised” if the North staged another missile test.

Kim Jong-un is the third member of his dynasty to rule North Korea. He took over in December 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, who staged confrontations with South Korea and the United States throughout his 17-year rule.

North Korea has always condemned the exercises held by U.S. forces and their South Korean allies. But its comments have been especially vitriolic this year as the United States dispatched B-2 bombers from its home bases to stage mock runs.


North Korea’s government daily newspaper said tension remained high because the United States was “waging madcap nuclear war maneuvers”.

“This is aimed at igniting a nuclear war against it through a pre-emptive strike,” the Minju Joson said in a commentary. “The prevailing situation proves that a new war, a nuclear war, is imminent on the peninsula.”

A television documentary broadcast on Friday quoted North Korean leader Kim as saying, during a provincial tour last month, that the country needed to “absolutely guarantee the quality of our artillery and shells to ensure a rapid pre-emptive attack on our enemies”.

But some commentators examining the outcome of meetings in Pyongyang last week – of the ruling Workers’ Party and of the rubber-stamp legislature – concluded that Kim and his leadership were more concerned with economic than military issues.

Internet site 38 North, which specializes in North Korean affairs, cited the reappointment of reformer Pak Pong Ju as prime minister, the limited titles given to top military and security officials and the naming of a woman to a senior party post.

“These personnel appointments make a great deal of sense in the context of Pyongyang’s declarations … that its economic policy will be modified by introducing systemic reforms while also continuing the development of nuclear weapons,” 38 North commentator Michael Madden wrote.

“(They) appear to be important steps in moving key economic development products and production away from the control of the military to the party and government.”

North Korea has not shut down one symbol of joint cooperation, the Kaesong industrial zone just inside its border. But last week it prevented South Koreans from entering the complex and about 100 of them who have since remained were due to return home on Saturday, leaving a further 500 there.

The barrage of North Korean threats has created jitters in South Korea’s financial markets.

Shares slid on Friday, but analysts said much of the decline was linked to the Bank of Japan’s monetary easing policies and one analyst said further major falls were unlikely.

“In a sense, for now the yen is of greater concern than the North Korea risk,” said Ko Seunghee, a market analyst at SK Securities. “There is a sense that the KOSPI (index) will not fall sharply or drop below the 1,900 level unless big news about North Korea breaks out.”



Sequester Day 1: U.S. Spent $70,717 to Send 20 ‘to Discuss’ Manufacturing in Korea

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This is from CNSNews.

Retirees,the disables will see their COLA get delayed or not 

or not get them at all.

Yet the government will waste money on this unnecessary trip.

The Obama‘s and Slow Joe Biden are still living it up and

globe trotting on the taxpayers dime.

The military’s ability to protect us is being compromised.

Our borders unsecured will let in illegals and terrorists.

Money will be spent by the government like water.

South Korea – The National Science Foundation awarded $70,717.00 to pay for 20 researchers to attend a two-day manufacturing workshop in Seoul, South Korea in March. The awardwent into effect on March 1, 2013, officially the first day of across-the-board spending cuts, the sequestration.

“This award will fund a United States delegation of about 20 experts to attend a workshop in Seoul, Republic of Korea (ROK), to discuss advanced manufacturing with a similar number of researchers from the ROK,” the grant abstract states.

The workshop, held last month, was designed “to identify research topics of mutual interest to academic researchers supported by National Science Foundation domestically, and by the Korean National Research Foundation in Korea,” the abstract states.

“The workshop discussions will focus in four topical areas: industrial robotics, manufacturing mathematics, materials processing and sub-micron and nano-manufacturing,” the abstract states.

Participants will also tour manufacturing research facilities in Seoul. The trip and workshop will “promote international collaboration in academic research,” according to the abstract.

The abstract states the grant “start date” as March 1, 2013 and that it “expires” Feb. 28, 2014 (estimated).

“The workshop will be preceeded by two days of tours of important Korean manufacturing research facilities to give the United Stated delegation a better understanding of the areas of expertise and research facilities available in Korea,” reads the abstract. “The workshop itself will also be two days in duration. The result of the workshop will be a report detailing areas for beneficial collaboration between Korea and the United States with the expectation that it will be followed up with proposals for research in these areas.”

The National Science Foundation is “an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 ‘to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; to secure the national defense,” according to its Web site.

The agency, which has an annual budget of around $7 billion (as of FY 2012), funds “approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.”

The sequester budget cuts went into effect on Mar. 1 and will equal $44 billion in 2013, or about 1.2 percent of the entire federal budget.

Hagel calls N. Korea ‘real and clear danger,’ as US plans defense system in Guam

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This is from Fox News Politics.

We should be dropping tons of ordnance on this pot bellied

dog eating thug want to be.

We should send the B-52″s,B-1’s and F-22’s over hourly.

Until this pot bellied dog eating want to be thug gets the message.


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that North Korea’s rising threats pose a “real and clear danger,” as the Pentagon continued to take precautions with a plan to deploy a missile-defense system to Guam.

A senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that the military will deploy an Army system shown as a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery to Guam. The system is capable of shooting down short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

This follows the positioning of two U.S. destroyer ships in the region, along with plans to have two sea-based radar systems in the western Pacific.

At the same time, North Korea seemed to ramp up its rhetoric even further Wednesday, warning that it’s military had been cleared to attack the U.S. with “smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear” weapons. The National Security Council responded by saying such “unhelpful and unconstructive threats … only serve to further isolate North Korea.”

Hagel, speaking Wednesday at the National Defense University, said the cascade of threats out of North Korea must be taken “seriously,” given the country’s nuclear and missile-delivery capacity — though analysts say the country still could not fire a nuclear-tipped missile all the way to the continental United States.

“As they have ratcheted up (their) bellicose, dangerous rhetoric — and some of the actions they’ve taken over the last few weeks present a real and clear danger and threat to the interests, certainly of our allies, starting with South Korea and Japan,” Hagel said. He also cited the “threats that the North Koreans have leveled directly at the United States regarding our base in Guam, threatened Hawaii, threatened to the West Coast of the United States.”

The Kim Jong Un regime has toggled in recent weeks between threatening the U.S. and threatening South Korea.

In addition to announcing through an unnamed army spokesman that it had cleared a strike plan for a potential attack on the U.S., North Korea said Wednesday it had decided to bar South Korean managers and trucks delivering supplies from crossing the border to enter a jointly run factory park called Kaesong.

The Kaesong industrial park started producing goods in 2004 and has been an unusual point of cooperation in an otherwise hostile relationship between the Koreas, whose three-year war ended in 1953 with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

The Kaesong move came a day after the North said it would restart its long-shuttered plutonium reactor and a uranium enrichment plant. Both could produce fuel for nuclear weapons that North Korea is developing and has threatened to hurl at the U.S., something experts don’t think it will be able to accomplish for years.

The North’s rising rhetoric has been met by a display of U.S. military strength, including flights of nuclear-capable bombers and stealth jets at annual South Korean-U.S. military drills that the allies call routine and North Korea says are invasion preparations.

In a telephone call Tuesday evening to Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, Hagel cited North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles and said Washington and Beijing should continue to cooperate on those problems.

“The secretary emphasized the growing threat to the U.S. and our allies posed by North Korea’s aggressive pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and expressed to General Chang the importance of sustained U.S.-China dialogue and cooperation on these issues,” Pentagon spokesman George Little said in a statement describing the phone call.

Little also disclosed that Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will visit China later this month. It would be Dempsey’s first trip to China as head of the Joint Chiefs.

Hagel also invited the Chinese defense minister to visit the United States this year.

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US Navy shifts destroyer in wake of North Korea missile threats

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This is from NBC’s World News.

If the little dog eating North Korean thug acts will Obama

have the gonads to pull the trigger?

I seriously doubt Obama will have the gonads.

I say the F-22’s and B-52’s should have been dropping a wake up 

call for this pot bellied dog eating fool.

The U.S. Navy is shifting a guided-missile destroyer in the Pacific to waters off the Korean peninsula in the wake of ongoing rhetoric from North Korea, U.S. defense officials said.

The USS McCain is capable of intercepting and destroying a missile, should North Korea decide to fire one off, the officials said.

Still, U.S. defense officials insist that there is nothing to indicate that North Korea is on the verge of another launch.

The White House on Monday said the United States hasn’t seen large-scale movements from North Korean military forces in the aftermath of harsh rhetoric from the reclusive government.

“I would note that despite the harsh rhetoric we are hearing from Pyongyang, we are not seeing changes to the North Korean military posture, such as large-scale mobilizations and positioning of forces,” Carney said

The McCain in December 2012 was moved to be in position to defend against a impending North Korean rocket launch.

On Sunday, The United States sent F-22 stealth fighter jets to South Korea as part of military exercises in a move aimed at further deterring threats from North Korea against its neighbor.

It was unclear if the McCain was also part of the ongoing military drills.

It was earlier reported that the USS Fitzgerald, another guided missile destroyer, would be moved to the area, though it was only among the ships under consideration for the deployment.

Also Monday, South Korean President Park Geun-hye appeared to give her country’s military permission to strike back at any attack from the North without further word from Seoul, saying she took the North’s escalating threats “very seriously,” South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

“As commander-in-chief of the armed forces, I will trust the military’s judgment on abrupt and surprise provocations by North Korea,” she said, according to Yonhap.

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Two U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth jet fighters fly near Andersen Air Force Base in Guam in this handout photo dated August 4, 2010.

The deployments and Park’s remarks came as tensions approached an all-time high between Pyongyang and Washington.

Kim Jong Un has ratcheted up the rhetoric against both South Korea and the United States in recent months, and in February violated U.N. sanctions by ordering a nuclear weapons test.

On Saturday, North Korea said it had entered a “state of war” against South Korea, according to a statement reported by the North’s official news agency, KCNA.

In an interview on CNBC Monday, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the United States needs to be “very concerned” by North Korea’s recent weapons test and “level of bellicosity” and do everything necessary to defend U.S. allies and interests.

Panetta said while Kim Jung Un’s actions appear aimed at his internal situation the U.S. should “take nothing for granted” and be prepared.  The greatest danger right now, he said, appears to be the possibility of a miscalculation.

“The reality is we don’t have as much insight as we should,” Panetta said of Kim’s motives.

The stealth aircraft – two F-22 Raptors — were deployed from Japan to the Osan Air Base in South Korea from Japan where they will remain on “static display” as part of the military drills, Pentagon spokesman George Little said. The F-22s are not expected to actively participate in any exercises, however.

This is the fifth time F-22s have deployed to South Korea. Exercise Foal Eagle began on March 1 and will continue until the end of April.

Kim has also recently threatened to “settle accounts” with the U.S. and posed near a chart that appeared to detail bombings of American cities.

The F-22 jets’ arrival follows other recent displays of air power by the U.S. in South Korea. Last week B-52 bombers and B-2 stealth bombers were sent to the country for the annual exercise.

In North Korea, meanwhile, KCNA reported on an Easter service at which it said “the participants renewed the firm resolution to put the warmongers [the US and South Korea] into the red hot iron-pot of hell as early as possible.”

North Korea’s stance, however, can be notoriously difficult to interpret.

In a later release Monday on KCNA, Pyongyang announced the adoption of a law “consolidating” its position as a nuclear power that would use its weapons only “to repel invasion or attack from a hostile nuclear weapons state and make retaliatory strikes.”

Among the law’s pledges were that North Korea would store its weapons responsibly, that it would not use them against non-nuclear nations, and that it would participate in nonproliferation talks — though the last clause came with the condition that there was “improvement of relations with hostile nuclear weapons states.”

Dennis Miller Takes on Sequester & Rodman in North Korea

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It is Miller Time.

Dennis Miller tells it like it is.


Korea cannibalism: Claims famine behind North Korean cannibals

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This is from The Examiner.

This Commies in North Korea are slowly falling apart.

Take a real good look at the things around the world because Socialism.

If we are not real careful and stand up for America.

This could be America in a few tears.

While Korea cannibalism is not news to residents of the isolated country, allegations that families are eating children are shocking elsewhere, especially in developed countries. Sources say a “hidden famine” is behind cannibals eating their own and Korean officials are masking the human rights issue.

Citing a story on Jan. 28 from the Atlantic Wire, stories are cropping up in various news agencies about a disturbing revelation in the troubled country. Suggestions of Cannibalism in North Koreasupposedly comes from eyewitness accounts.

“While his wife was away on business he killed his eldest daughter and, because his son saw what he had done, he killed his son as well. When the wife came home, he offered her food, saying: ‘We have meat.’

“But his wife, suspicious, notified the Ministry of Public Security, which led to the discovery of part of their children’s bodies under the eaves,'” one unnamed source explained about Korea cannibalism in their region.

Still, another witness told the story about a man who was arrested for digging up the remains of their grandchild. Allegedly, he was driven to hunger due to food shortages that he was forced to cannibalize the remains.

North Korea is notorious for sharing propaganda-driven news. As such, stories like this about humans eating the flesh of others are difficult to confirm. Most of the information has come from citizen reporters like the two shared above.

Because the country, led by Kim Jong-un, operates under a veil of secrecy, talk about thousands of people dying in “hidden famines” is unsettling.

The controversial country continues to be isolated and hit with sanctions that directly impact its ability to gather resources and capital from the outside. And with another nuclear test threat looming, the country’s condition is not likely to improve in the near term.

With access to outsiders cut off, hopefully, Korea cannibalism is merely fable, not fact.


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