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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

More Nork Mischief

The Hammer

First a little Blog housekeeping. Virtual Mirage welcomes "The Hammer" (aka CrackerBoy) to the blog. You can read his wit and wisdom as you are moved to. His blog is on the bar to the left. He was exiled from another blog, so make him welcome here if you will.

From his blog:
I, am just a Redneck from an obscure little tobacco town in Eastern NC. I joined the Army at 18 because my girlfriend dumped me. Three years Spec/4, public college on the GI Bill. I've been to DC three times in my life, once on a junior high field trip.
Now back to business and the Norks

On 7 March, North Korean authorities banned all Malaysians in North Korea from leaving until the two countries settle the diplomatic confrontation over the assassination of Kim Jong Nam in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 13 February. This means that the Malaysians in North Korea are hostages. That's just how it works in the big bad world.

Malaysia reciprocated by banning all North Koreans in Malaysia from departing.

A Malaysian official said there were 11 Malaysians in North Korea: two UN World Food Program workers, three embassy staff and their family members. The Malaysian ambassador and his wife were recalled after Kim’s death. 

At least 300 North Koreans work in coal mines on Sarawak on Borneo Island. One estimate reported 1,000 North Koreans are in Malaysia. 

The North Koreans in Malaysia are a potential problem because of their numbers; their discipline enforced by Party overseers and because North Korean leaders are prone to threaten and use disturbances to obtain what they want. The North Korean numbers are sufficient to cause local trouble, if ordered.

The diplomatic standoff could be settled after Malaysia transfers the body of Kim Jong Nam to North Korean custody. The Malaysian demand, however, is reasonable – positive identification by a next of kin. There are plenty of Kim family members who could establish the identification. North Korea’s refusal to facilitate positive identification and its fictional narrative that the deceased is just a North Korean citizen who had a heart attack are risible. The reasons for North Korean obstinacy on this matter are not clear, but they make the North look more foolish than usual - just when you thought that wasn't possible

On 8 March, NHK posted a short video of an English-speaking Korean young man who claimed to be the son of the late Kim Jong Nam. In the video, Kim Han Sol said that his father was killed a few days ago. He also said that he and his mother and his sister are together. He showed to the camera his North Korean passport, but it was blacked out. According to the press report, the three family members have sought refuge with a North Korean defectors’ group. South Korean authorities said they are trying to confirm the identity of the young man. If his identify is confirmed, he would have a stronger claim to the body of Kim Jong Nam than his uncle, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This young man is a potential spoiler.

The DPRK (Norks) are still diligently working on the people's ICBM to launch at the United States. They hope that the nuclear warhead detonates somewhere in the US (or possibly Mexico or Canada) to show the world that North Korea is not to be trifled with. Naturally when the North Korean land mass is turned into a sea of radioactive glass, the cause and effect will be condemned by the UN as a move by the US to stop a sovereign nation from exercising their right of self-expression.

Cause and Effect (Drama in China)

At the daily Foreign Ministry press conference on 7 March, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang restated China’s opposition to the South Korea’s new missile defense system.
Geng said, “What I want to stress is that we firmly oppose the deployment of the "THAAD" (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) anti-missile system by the United States and South Korea in South Korea; will firmly take necessary measures to maintain our own security interests, and all the consequences resulting from the deployment will be borne by the United States and South Korea. We once again strongly urge the relevant parties to stop the relevant deployment process and not to go farther down the wrong path.”
According to one report, about 20 South Korean Lotte Mart department stores in China, owned by the Lotte Group, have been closed for fire safety violations. This is a retaliatory measure for the THAAD deployment. THAAD is being set up on land formerly owned by the Lotte Group. (More here). Read Old NFO's blog post regarding this issue (here).

China took other punitive measures including the cancellation of a concert tour of South Korea by the Beijing Symphony. China also ordered travel agencies to stop selling group tours to South Korea. Last year about 8 million Chinese visited the South.

There will be other measures put in place by China to punish the Republic of Korea (South Korea). However, if China reigned in Kim Jong Un its satrap, North Korea, it might solve a lot of problems for them regionally. Blaming South Korea and Japan for wanting to protect themselves is foolish. Dealing with the Norks is productive.

Hump Day Follies

It's a General Strike

Today, March 8, 2017 is the Day Without Women. If you see a person who self-identifies as a woman working today, zhe's obviously a traitor to his/her gender. 

Bruce Jenner, Woman of the Year
This does fly in the face of the progressive doctrine of gender (and racial) fluidity (you are only what you think that you are). Thus my sense is that if you're progressive, you have to go on strike no matter what gender you are today, March 8, just in case you decide to be a woman today (or tomorrow, etc.).

Will Bruce Jenner be on strike too? I don't think that he does much besides hang in his cliffside Malibu mansion and dress up like a woman - but he is woman of the year so he should consider taking to the streets and asserting the rights of all women whether or not they have a penis.

And in honor of the strike, I share this bit:

Progressives self-identifying as women are protesting today. It's difficult to say
how many of them were self-identifying as men yesterday.
Those Lovable Norks

I comment a lot on North Korea, because they are the most likely to engage in nuclear war at the moment. It's not a good situation. As a result, I keep the forty or so of you who drift by the blog up to speed.

Fat Little Murderous Dictator
The US Defense Department confirmed that four North Korean ballistic missiles splashed down in the Sea of Japan. It also said that North Korea might have launched more than four missiles, but it did not test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). “There were four that landed. There may be a higher number of launches that we’re not commenting on. But four landed and splashed.”

On 7 March, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published a report entitled, “Kim Jong Un (Dear Leader) Supervises Ballistic Rockets Launching Drill of Hwasong Artillery Units of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) Strategic Force.”

I include the direct quotes from the Norks because they are funny.
“Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army (KPA), supervised a ballistic rocket launching drill of Hwasong artillery units of the Strategic Force of the KPA on the spot.”

“Involved in the drill were Hwasong artillery units of the KPA Strategic Force tasked to strike the bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in Japan in contingency.”

“Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un learned in detail about the preparations for fire strike (sic) while going around the ballistic rocket launching grounds.”

“At an observation post he was briefed on a launching plan and gave an order to start the drill. Feasting his eyes on the trails of ballistic rockets, he appreciated that Hwasong artillery units of the Strategic Force are very good at organizing and commanding fire strikes and strictly ensuring rapid and simultaneous fire strikes.”

“The four ballistic rockets launched simultaneously are so accurate that they look like acrobatic flying corps in formation, he said….”
The report concluded with Kim’s congratulations to the launch units and the scientific team and the mention that he had a photo op with them.

China is Not Amused:  The first pieces of equipment for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system arrived in South Korea on the night of 6 March. But China has only itself to blame as South Korea builds up its ballistic missile defense system.


A person from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) dropped by 'my domicile' to ask a few questions about somebody who is having their background investigation updated. It used to be called a 'broad scope SBI' and now it's a Tier 5 background investigation/update. And the job is being taken away from OPM and I think that it's being picked up by the Federal Department of Homeland are the tiers:
Tier 1 (uses the SF-85 form)
– Non-Sensitive Low Risk positions/Physical and/or Logical Access (HSPD-12)
Tier 2 (uses the SF-85P form)
– Non-Sensitive Moderate Risk (Public Trust) positions
Tier 3 (uses the SF-86 form)
– Non-Critical Sensitive positions requiring Confidential, Secret or “L” (Department of Energy or DOE) Access Eligibility
Tier 4 (uses the SF-85P form)
– Non-Sensitive High Risk (Public Trust) positions
Tier 5 (uses the SF-86 form)
– Critical Sensitive positions requiring Top Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), or “Q” (Department of Energy or DOE) Access Eligibility
All this may be changing because it's now a DHS operation. The gears of the bureaucracy grind on. 

I mention this not because of the CIA story (below). CIA's Office of Security conducts its own background investigations as does the the background/update wasn't for either of those agencies. The investigator spent a lot of time asking about Wikileaks. Do I know if said person ever read a Wikileak, etc? 

There seems to be a lot of sensitivity to Wikileaks these days and I don't know how much longer Julian Assange will be living. The Ecuadorian Embassy in London may not be secure enough... Now moving onto the story.
(Fox News) WikiLeaks on Tuesday released what it said is the full hacking capacity of the CIA in a stunning 8,000-plus page disclosure the anti-secrecy website contends is “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.” 
The 8,761 documents and files -- released as “Vault 7 Part 1” and titled “Year Zero” -- were obtained from an “isolated, high-security network” at the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Va., a press release from the website said. The trove had been “circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors,” one of whom “recently” gave the archive to WikiLeaks. 
“We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents," a CIA spokesperson told Fox News. 
The collection of purported intelligence tools includes information on CIA-developed malware -- bearing names such as “Assassin” and “Medusa” -- intended to target iPhones, Android phones, smart TVs and Microsoft, Mac and Linux operating systems, among others. An entire unit in the CIA is devoted to inventing programs to hack data from Apple products, according to WikiLeaks... (click the link above to read the whole story)
USGOV does seem to have a difficult time keeping secrets - which helps explain my reluctance to believe a lot of the really outlandish deep conspiracy stories.  In my lifetime I've been read into programs that are Top Secret/SCI Codeword/NO FORN/WNINTEL/LIMDIS/ORCON, etc. blasted across the news media. Of course I won't comment further because I don't want to go to prison.  There have been other things that were not -- but most of this stuff ends up coming out because USGOV has a difficult time keeping it's metaphorical mouth shut.