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North Korea: the nightmare of living under a god

Posted by: Phineas on April 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas There’s an interesting and frightening interview posted to Business Insider today with Yeonmi Park, a woman who escaped from North Korea with her family as a teenager, but needed years to get over the brainwashing she endured there. An indoctrination so intense, she believed the late Kim Jong Il could read her […]

 

North Korea: Kim III orders execution by flamethrower

Posted by: Phineas on April 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Sometimes I wonder if Kim Jong Un, a reputed heavy drinker, doesn’t sit around late at night nursing a bottle of scotch and fantasizing about the various outré ways he can whack people who have ticked him off: A senior North Korean official has been executed with a flamethrower after Kim Jong-un […]

 

On climate change, Tony Abbott tells Europe to stuff it

Posted by: Phineas on April 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm » 6 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Australia is scheduled to host the annual G20 heads-of-state meeting this year. The G20 is an informal grouping dedicated promoting international financial stability, and the host country gets to set the agenda. For some strange reason Tony Abbott, Australia’s Liberal prime minister, has decided that the G20 should stick to its brief […]

 

Russia on the march: 10 reasons Putin is likely to invade eastern Ukraine

Posted by: Phineas on March 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm » 7 Comments

**Posted by Phineas There’s a good article by Michael Weiss giving a list of reasons why Russia’s Vladimir Putin is probably going to make a move soon to take over Ukraine’s largely ethnic-Russian eastern regions. It’s well-worth reading; Weiss covers the realities of power, political considerations, and Russian military movements (1). He also brings up […]

 

Worst Department of State, ever

Posted by: Phineas on March 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas This is someone’s brilliant idea of an effective strategy to deal with Putin over Ukraine: To echo @BarackObama today-proud to stand #UnitedForUkraine World should stand together with one voice pic.twitter.com/VeMt578UdY — Jen Psaki (@statedeptspox) March 26, 2014   Word of advice to Secretary Kerry and President Obama: Communitarianism is not a foreign […]

 

North Korea: all men must now wear Kim Jong Un’s hairstyle?

Posted by: Phineas on March 26, 2014 at 3:11 pm » 6 Comments

**Posted by Phineas When you’re the boy god-king of the world’s largest prison camp masquerading as a nation, you can get away with weird, petty stuff like this: If you are a man in North Korea, we sincerely hope you have a round face. It’s the shape that will work with your new haircut. That […]

 

Aborted babies incinerated to heat British hospitals

Posted by: Phineas on March 24, 2014 at 2:09 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas Just horrifying: The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found. Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat. […]

 

QOTD: Mitt Romney on the failed foreign policy leadership of Pres. Obama

Posted by: ST on March 18, 2014 at 6:19 pm » 2 Comments

Not quite a “Toldjah So” piece, but close (via): Able leaders anticipate events, prepare for them, and act in time to shape them. My career in business and politics has exposed me to scores of people in leadership positions, only a few of whom actually have these qualities. Some simply cannot envision the future and are […]

 

Crimean “election” and our feckless foreign policy

Posted by: Phineas on March 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas News has been coming in indicating that the Crimeans have voted with about 93% in favor (1) to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. Funny how that works, isn’t it, when there are tens of thousands of Russian troops all over Crimea, not to mention these… “campaign workers:” Anyway, I had planned […]

 

VIDEO: Russia Today anchor resigns on air over Putin coverage

Posted by: ST on March 6, 2014 at 11:47 am » 1 Comment

Via the Washington Free Beacon’s YouTube channel: Fox News Insider provides a recap and background: A Russia Today anchor announced her resignation on the air, saying she could no longer work for a network that “whitewashes the actions” of Vladimir Putin. Liz Wahl, who worked out of the Russian broadcaster’s Washington, D.C. bureau, said her […]