Daily Archives: January 23, 2017

South Korea Forms Special Unit to Kill North Korean Leader

South Korea (SCF) – Much has been said about North Korea’s nuclear program and missile tests. An all-out war is hardly an option and the prospects for talks are bleak enough. There is a great possibility the problem will be solved by a commando raid. Decapitation strikes are delivered to eliminate an adversary’s leadership to disrupt or destroy its chain of command at the time of crisis about to break out. North and South Korea are still technically at war as they signed an armistice but not a treaty following the end of the Korean War in 1953.

South Korea is about to wrap up the US-backed plans to take out North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It is forming a special military brigade this year tasked with removing North Korea’s leadership as Seoul looks for ways to counter the Pyongyang’s emerging nuclear missile potential.South Korea’s defense minister Han Min-Koo said the special unit known as the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation (KMPR) plan could launch its attack this year. The prime target is North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The operation would be under the command of South Korea but US special agents provide assistance.

Source: South Korea Forms Special Unit to Kill North Korean Leader – The Fifth Column

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ABC orders refugee crisis drama with a sci-fi twist

ABC kicked off pilot season with two dramas ordered Thursday, including one that depicted an American refugee crisis with a big twist.The Crossing tells the story of refugees from a war-torn country who start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. O

nly the refugees are from America in the future — 250 years from now — when the country is in chaos. Characters include a local sheriff with a past, a federal agent, and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter in what’s described as “an allegory with a surprising conspiracy at the center.” Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie (Criminal Minds) are the writers-executive producers.The second drama pilot is from uber-producer Greg Berlanti and Legends of Tomorrow writer Chris Fedak.

Source: ABC orders refugee crisis drama with a sci-fi twist

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Kazakhstan Cracks Down on Anonymous Internet Comments – The Fifth Column

Kazakhstan (EAN) – The government in Kazakhstan plans to force internet users to register on websites with their mobile phones if they wish to post comments, the deputy head of the communications and information technology committee, Mikhail Komissarov, has told media.KazTAG news agency cited Komissarov as saying that law is to be changed to reflect these requirements. Under the changes under consideration, websites will be obliged to create the technical means to enter one’s phone number and receive an SMS so as to be able to complete the authentication process.The aim of this regulation is purportedly to combat what Komissarov referred to as “information war.”

“We are all witnesses to how certain articles, which do not always have an unambiguous meaning, can be interpreted ambiguously by the public, and then in the comments section information wars will break out, often taking on uncivilized forms and leading to the incitement of inter-ethnic and religious hatred,” Komissarov said.Introduction of this type of authentication will, Komissarov believes, lower the temperature of online discussions.“A person that has registered will think three time before writing a message that could incite somebody to something,” he argued.

Source: Kazakhstan Cracks Down on Anonymous Internet Comments – The Fifth Column

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The Mind-Body Politic PETA’s “Animal Ethics” Is Mass Slaughter Of Pets 

“Ingrid Newkirk has unapologetically described herself as a tyrant: “‘This is not a democratic organization,’ she said. ‘I never pretended that it was. I don’t know where exactly it would go if it were a democracy. And I am not willing to give it a try.’”One place it might go: towards ending PETA’s mass slaughter of dogs and cats. It’s hard to imagine that every one of her employees feels all warm and fuzzy about working for an outfit that has — in one blood-soaked location — killed 27,561 pets.

Newkirk just hates it when you describe her pet organization as a cult: “I can’t stand to hear that word,” she told Michael Specter of the New Yorker. “If you put that cult stuff in, nobody will take what we do seriously.”So I’ll let you come up with a word of your own, keeping the following information in mind.If you intern at PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk, you are expected to condone the killing of shelter animals. On the official application (which you can download here), the only question that requires a response longer than a couple of factual words is:Have a look at our Web site, review our stance on euthanasia, and let me know if you agree or disagree with it and why.

Now perhaps that means they hope to take in clever interns who disagree with them, so that they might have fruitful and interesting conversations while they tend to the cheerful business of killing animals.The chances of this are small. They are even smaller than the chances of a healthy kitten surviving PETA’s headquarters. Three percent smaller, to be precise. (Do the math: 97 percent of animals delivered into PETA’s care are summarily slaughtered; hence a kitten does in fact have a 3 percent chance of dodging Ingrid’s hypodermic.)”

Source: The Mind-Body Politic PETA’s “Animal Ethics” Is Mass Slaughter Of Pets | The Mind-Body Politic

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Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self Censorship

A NEWLY PUBLISHED study from Oxford’s Jon Penney provides empirical evidence for a key argument long made by privacy advocates: that the mere existence of a surveillance state breeds fear and conformity and stifles free expression. Reporting on the study, the Washington Post this morning described this phenomenon:

“If we think that authorities are watching our online actions, we might stop visiting certain websites or not say certain things just to avoid seeming suspicious.”The new study documents how, in the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations (of which 87 percent of Americans were aware), there was “a 20 percent decline in page views on Wikipedia articles related to terrorism, including those that mentioned ‘al Qaeda,’ ‘car bomb’ or ‘Taliban.’

” People were afraid to read articles about those topics because of fear that doing so would bring them under a cloud of suspicion. The dangers of that dynamic were expressed well by Penney: “If people are spooked or deterred from learning about important policy matters like terrorism and national security, this is a real threat to proper democratic debate.”

Source: New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship

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NASA Is Making New Robots That Can Control Themselves 

NASA wants humans and robots to work together as teams. To ensure that, the space agency’s autonomous robotics group is currently developing new technology to improve how humans explore the solar system, and how robots can help.”We want to interact with autonomous systems. We want to be able to create systems that we can trust in all kinds of circumstances,” said Terry Fong, senior scientist for autonomous systems at the NASA Ames Research Center, in a recent NASA Ames Youtube video on autonomous robots.When NASA began working with remotely operated robots several years ago, Fong said the scientists needed a piece of software that would allow them to look at terrain and sensor data coming from autonomous robots. That led to the creation of VERVE, a “3D robot user interface,” which allows scientists to see and grasp the three-dimensional world of remotely operated robots.

Source: NASA Is Making New Robots That Can Control Themselves | Motherboard

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