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  • Fired Samsung Worker Ends Tower Protest [354 days!]

    05/29/2020 10:07:36 AM PDT · by Rio · 5 replies ^ | May 29, 2020 | Kim Tong-Hyung
    A former Samsung employee who spent nearly a year protesting his firing by living atop a 25-meter (82-foot) traffic camera tower in South Korea’s capital was helped back down Friday after the business giant apologized over his plight. Kim Yong-hee, 60, waved a banner with a Samsung logo and a protest slogan while a rescue worker on a fire-truck ladder escorted him down from his perch along a street near a Samsung Electronics office in Seoul. Kim was fired from the company in 1995 over what he says were his attempts to organize a labor union. Kim's decision to end...
  • Sam Johnson, former Texas congressman and Vietnam POW, dead at 89

    05/27/2020 8:13:12 PM PDT · by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 27, 2020 | Will Weissert
    Former Texas Rep. Sam Johnson, a military pilot who spent years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before serving more than two decades in Congress, died Wednesday at age 89. The conservative Republican, who lived in the northern Dallas suburb of Plano, died at a Plano hospital of natural causes unrelated to the coronavirus outbreak, said his former spokesman, Ray Sullivan. Johnson flew nearly 100 combat missions in Korea and Vietnam. He was flying a bombing mission in 1966 when he was shot down and wounded. He was imprisoned in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" for nearly seven years, mostly...
  • North Korea mysteriously locks down major border city (Russian border. Rason, a city of 20,000)

    05/14/2020 6:56:35 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5-13-2020 | Lee Brown
    North Korea has mysteriously locked down a major border city, a move reportedly connected to either the coronavirus — or a planned event for missing-again despot Kim Jong Un. The Hermit Kingdom — one of the few nations on Earth claiming to be coronavirus-free — barred entry earlier this month to Rason, a city of 20,000 that is a major hub for trade with Russia and China, sources told Radio Free Asia Tuesday. The notoriously secretive nation has refused to tell its citizens why the city was suddenly locked down, RFA said. Many fear that it could be a sign...
  • North Korea ousts spy chief, head of Kim Jong Un’s security: report

    05/14/2020 6:05:25 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 14, 2020 | Lee Brown
    North Korea has axed its spy chief as well as the long-running head of Kim Jong Un’s security — signs of a major shakeup during the ongoing mystery over the dictator’s status. Jang Kil Song was ousted as head of the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB), the North’s military intelligence agency, according to the Korea Herald, citing a report by South Korea’s Unification Ministry. The RGB is behind the Hermit Kingdom’s most high-profile attacks as well as spy missions, including those against the US, the report says.
  • Tracing South Korea’s latest virus outbreak shoves LGBTQ community into unwelcome spotlight

    05/12/2020 8:32:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/11/2020 | Min Joo Kim
    South Korea is in a race to contain a new coronavirus outbreak in a Seoul party district, prompting a return of social distancing just as the country was easing restrictions. Tracing who was there, however, runs up against the feelings of a gay community that prefers anonymity. At least 79 cases have been linked to nightclubs and bars that the cluster’s suspected “patient zero” visited the previous weekend, according to South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 29-year-old patient went barhopping across Seoul’s trendy Itaewon neighborhood days before receiving a covid-19 diagnosis Wednesday. His case was the first...
  • South Korea scrambles to contain nightclub coronavirus outbreak

    05/11/2020 3:19:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2020 | by Hyonhee Shin, Josh Smith
    SEOUL - South Korean officials scrambled on Monday to contain a new coronavirus outbreak, searching for thousands of people who may have been infected in a cluster of cases linked to nightclubs and bars in the capital Seoul. Officials reported 35 new cases as of midnight on Sunday, the second consecutive day of new cases of that magnitude and the highest numbers in more than a month. Twenty-nine of the new cases were linked to several Seoul nightclubs and bars, many of them catering to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. That has raised complications...
  • BTS, ‘Parasite’ and Now Baseball: South Korean Pop Culture Is Having a Moment

    05/09/2020 4:50:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 8, 2020 | Jared Diamond
    Not long ago, Americans’ knowledge of South Korean products didn’t go much beyond Samsung Galaxies and Hyundai Elantras. That is no longer the case. Less than a decade after “Gangnam Style” nearly broke YouTube, the wildly popular boy band BTS was scheduled to tour some of the U.S.’s largest football stadiums before the coronavirus pandemic intervened. In February, “Parasite” from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho became the first foreign language film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Now another Korean cultural export has an unexpected opportunity to find an audience on the other side of the world: its...
  • Seoul city orders clubs, bars to close following group infection in Itaewon

    05/09/2020 4:18:47 AM PDT · by untenured · 19 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | May 9, 2020 | Yonhap
    The Seoul city government on Saturday effectively suspended business at clubs and bars in the city after recent infections in the city's popular multicultural neighborhood of Itaewon put health authorities on alert over a possibly bigger outbreak. Under an administrative order that has gone into effect immediately, all clubs, bars, "room salons" and other nightlife establishments across the capital will be banned from hosting crowds of people, virtually suspending businesses at such venues. "Such facilities have to suspend business immediately and will face strict punishment if they breach (the order)," Mayor Park Won-soon said in a press briefing, adding the...
  • What’s Behind South Korea’s COVID-19 Exceptionalism?

    05/06/2020 11:44:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 6, 2020 | Derek Thompson
    On February 16, a Sunday, a 61-year-old woman with a fever entered the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, South Korea. She touched her finger to a digital scanner. She passed through a pair of glass doors and proceeded downstairs, to the prayer hall, where she sat with approximately 1,000 other worshippers in a large windowless room. Hours later, she exited the building and left behind a trail of pathogens that would lead to thousands of infections, triggering one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks in the world.
  • What No One Realizes About Kim Jong-un's Sister Kim Yo-jong

    05/05/2020 5:26:16 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 29 replies
    Youtube the Talko ^ | Apr 28, 2020 | TheTalko
    Video at link. (11 minutes) Interesting review of what is known about Kim Yo-jong.
  • Trump Says He’s ‘Glad to See’ Kim Jong Un Back

    05/03/2020 5:45:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 05/03/2020 | Jack Phillips
    President Donald Trump responded to reports about North Korean despot Kim Jong Un, reposting state media photos that purport to show Kim attending a ceremony at a fertilizer factory. “I, for one, am glad to see he is back, and well!” Trump wrote on Twitter. Kim’s attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony was the first public appearance he’s made in about three weeks, and it comes amid speculation about his health. Several news outlets in Asia had reported that Kim, 36, was brain dead or had died, although South Korean officials said he was alive and still in control of the...
  • South Korea says troops exchange fire along North Korean border

    05/02/2020 10:39:34 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 8 replies ^ | 5/3/2020 | HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North and South Korean troops exchanged fire along their tense border on Sunday, the South’s military said, blaming North Korean soldiers for targeting a guard post. The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said in a statement that North Korean troops fired several bullets at a South Korean guard post inside the heavily fortified border. South Korea fired two rounds in response after issuing a warning broadcast, it said. MORE AT LINK
  • N.K. defector claims he is '99 pct' sure that N. Korean leader died

    05/01/2020 4:36:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Yonhap News Agency ^ | May 1, 2020
    SEOUL -- A North Korea defector elected as a lawmaker in South Korea claimed Friday that he is "99 percent" sure that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un died after surgery amid speculation over his health. Unconfirmed reports about Kim's ill health have mounted since he has not appeared in public for nearly three weeks. News reports described Kim as being in "grave danger" after surgery or hiding out at a coastal resort to escape the coronavirus pandemic. Ji Seong-ho, who earned a proportional representation seat of a minor party in the April 15 elections, claimed that he is 99 percent...
  • (LEAD) Recovered virus patients retest positive due to 'dead' virus fragments: experts

    04/30/2020 1:58:26 AM PDT · by fluorescence · 25 replies
    Yonhap News Agency ^ | 13:49 April 29, 2020
    SEOUL, April 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korean health experts said Wednesday that recovered coronavirus patients may have tested positive again due to traces of virus fragments that have been inactivated. As of Tuesday, a total of 277 people who recovered from COVID-19 have retested positive here, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). The country's central clinical committee for emerging disease control said there was no live virus present in such cases, positively refuting theories like the virus being reactivated or reinfection. They said that apparent reinfection cases came because fragments of the virus remained in...
  • God Economics

    04/27/2020 1:21:24 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    My Kingdom Economics are derived through "Thanksgiving"for it was in this manner the waters parted for Moses and the snakebites were of no consequence(I will lift my eyes to the hills) for as The Son Of God is lifted up doors open and miracles begin ! My endowment to Him( Jesus) is you( My children of Light ) and so it is as your love for Us is poured out ," Truly " it is returned flowing down upon your heads pressed down shaken together and flowing over into My very Will. So enter My Courts with Thanksgiving "YES" but...
  • Kim Jong-un's pleasure train: It offers fresh lobster, fine wines, and a harem of girls for entertainment. Now, as it’s claimed the North Korea leader has died, will the key to the mystery be found on his luxury locomotive?

    04/28/2020 4:55:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 28, 2020 | Neil Tweedie
    Dictators love their personal trains. Hitler had ‘Amerika’, an armoured beast equipped with anti-aircraft guns, which he used as a mobile headquarters for much of World War II. Mussolini and Stalin both insisted on luxurious bespoke carriages when travelling long distances. Fitting, then, that one of the world’s last old‑fashioned despots should also travel in his own unique version of this tyrant’s status symbol: one that may provide a vital clue as to the whereabouts of this stricken — and possibly deceased — autocrat.
  • North Korea Reports Kim Jong Un Is 'Most Alive Person In Universe'

    04/26/2020 1:44:41 PM PDT · by DFG · 33 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 04/25/2020
    The Democratic People's Republic of Korea reported today that Kim Jong Un is not dead and in fact is "the most alive person in the universe." "American fake news says Supreme Leader is dead, but we found that he was more alive than anyone ever in history," said a spokesperson. "If he lies in still vegetative state, it is only because he is stuffed so full of life like a big meal and needs time to properly digest all that life. So much life. Such great life." According to the official statement released by the Korean Central News Agency, the...
  • When It Comes To The Demise Of Kim Jong Un, Be Careful What You Wish For

    04/26/2020 2:45:02 AM PDT · by PIF · 29 replies
    The War Zone ^ | April 25, 2020 | By Tyler Rogoway
    Reports that Kim is either dead or is in very poor health are increasing, but what comes after his demise is far from certain and could be horrific. Regardless, there is a lot of sentiment that seems to celebrate his demise. Be careful what you wish for in this regard, here's why. He also presides over a nuclear arsenal and a massive conventional military force that could lay waste to large portions of South Korea and bombard American interests and its allies in the region with ballistic missiles. If Kim goes, it is far from clear what we will get...
  • Kim Jong-un's doctor 'botched heart surgery as his hands were shaking', sources claim

    04/25/2020 9:54:47 PM PDT · by cba123 · 104 replies
    Mirror ^ | Today | BY ANNA MACSWAN
    North Korea ruler Kim Kong-un is dead or gravely ill after a stent procedure went wrong because his doctor's hands were shaking, according to reports, amid questions over his health -- Kim Jong-un is dead or on his death bed after a heart operation went wrong because his doctor's hand were shaking, reports claim. Rumours surrounding the health of the North Korean despot have been rife since he missed a celebration of the birthday of his late grandfather and the country's founder, Kim Il-sung, on April 15. A Japanese weekly magazine, Shukan Gendai, now reports that the leader is in...
  • Russia Sends Flowers to Still-Absent Kim Jong Un While U.S. and South Korea Hold Air Drills

    04/23/2020 11:34:48 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 10 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 23 April 2020 | Tom O'Connor
    Such maneuvers, though routine, have typically stirred outrage in North Korea, which considers them provocative. The secretive, militarized state has yet to issue any official warnings, however, as its 36-year-old head of state has not been seen publicly and is on the minds of the international community.