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Side-show Kim and his North Korean army of clowns looking to get into the invasionary action?

 

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North Korea dictator was 'seriously ill,' his sister says, blaming South Korea for COVID-19

Kim Yo Jong's bellicose speech, broadcast in full, included threats to retaliate against South Korea

The Associated Press · Posted: Aug 11, 2022 8:06 AM ET | Last Updated: 2 hours ago
 
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Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, is shown in a 2019 file photo in Hanoi, Vietnam. South Korean officials called her accusations about COVID-19 preposterous. (Jorge Silva/Reuters)

 

In a striking speech before thousands of North Koreans, leader Kim Jong-un's sister said he suffered a fever while guiding the country to victory over the coronavirus. She blamed rival South Korea for the outbreak and vowed "deadly" retaliation.

 

Kim Yo Jong, a powerful official in charge of inter-Korean relations, glorified her brother's leadership during the outbreak in her speech Wednesday at a national meeting where he jubilantly described the country's widely disputed success over the virus as an "amazing miracle" in global public health.

 

"Even though he was seriously ill with a high fever, he could not lie down for a moment thinking about the people he had to take care of until the end, in the face of the anti-epidemic war," she said in remarks broadcast on North Korean state television.

 

Kim Yo Jong called the country's virus outbreak a "hysteric farce" kicked off by South Korea to escalate confrontation.

 

"[South Korean] puppets are still thrusting leaflets and dirty objects into our territory. We must counter it toughly," she said. "We have already considered various counteraction plans, but our countermeasure must be a deadly retaliatory one."

 

North Korean state TV showed some people in the audience of thousands crying as she spoke about her brother's fever — a reference that wasn't further explained. The crowd applauded and cheered as she vowed North Korea will "eradicate not only the virus but also [South Korean] government authorities" if the "enemies continue dangerous acts that could introduce the virus into our republic."

 

While Kim Yo Jong's profile has increased in recent years, Thursday appeared to be the first time North Korean media have broadcast the complete video and audio of one of her speeches, South Korea's Unification Ministry said.

 

'Amazing miracle': Victory declared over COVID-19

North Korea first suggested in July that its COVID-19 outbreak began in people who had contact with objects carried by balloons launched from South Korea — a questionable claim that appeared to be an attempt to blame its rival.

 

South Korea's Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs, expressed strong regret over North Korea's "extremely disrespectful and threatening comments" based on "ridiculous claims."

 

The North's official Korean Central News Agency said Thursday that Kim Jong-un declared victory over COVID-19 and ordered an easing of preventive measures just three months after the country first acknowledged an outbreak.

 

Since North Korea acknowledged its coronavirus outbreak in May, it has reported about 4.8 million "fever cases" in its population of 26 million but only identified a fraction of those as COVID-19. The country, which likely lacks test kits and other public health tools, has claimed the outbreak has been slowing for weeks and that just 74 people have died.

 

"For a country that has yet to administer a single vaccine shot, our success in overcoming the spread of the illness in such a short period of time and recovering safety in public health and making our nation a clean virus-free zone again is an amazing miracle that would be recorded in the world's history of public health," KCNA quoted him as saying.

 

WATCH | North Korea keeps a lid on COVID-19 toll:

 
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North Korea refuses offers of help to battle COVID-19 outbreak

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There are looming fears of a COVID-19 disaster in North Korea as officials reject offers of vaccines and help from other countries. The surge in cases is partially being blamed on a series of national celebrations in April where huge unvaccinated crowds gathered, likely spreading the virus.

 

Several weeks since last missile test

For Kim to declare victory against the coronavirus suggests he wants to move on to other priorities, such as boosting the country's broken and heavily sanctioned economy, which has been further damaged by pandemic border closures, or conducting a nuclear test, said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor of international studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul.

 

South Korean and U.S. officials have said North Korea could be gearing up for its first nuclear test in five years amid a torrid series of weapons tests this year that included its first launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles since 2017, with the last missile test in early June.

 

Kim Yo Jong's bellicose rhetoric indicates she will try to blame any COVID-19 resurgence on South Korea and is also looking to justify North Korea's next military provocation, Easley said.

 

North Korea's claim about the origin of the outbreak contradicts outside experts, who believe the Omicron variant spread when the country briefly reopened its border with China to freight traffic in January, and surged further following a military parade and other large-scale events in Pyongyang, its capital, in April.

 

In May, Kim Jong-un prohibited travel between cities and counties to slow the spread of the virus.

 

At the virus meeting, he called for the easing of preventive measures and for the nation to maintain vigilance and effective border controls, citing the global spread of new coronavirus variants and monkeypox.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/north-korea-kim-covid-19-1.6548032

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Not much is known at this point, but Salman Rushdie has been taken to hospital with what are thought to be stab wounds to the neck, after being attacked while giving a lecture in New York....

 

https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/12/us/salman-rushdie-attacked/index.html

 

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Salman Rushdie -- a celebrated author and winner of the world's top literary prizes whose writings generated death threats -- was attacked and apparently stabbed in the neck on stage Friday before giving a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York, State Police said.

A state trooper at the scene took the suspect into custody, police said.
Rushdie was airlifted to a local hospital, police said. His condition is unknown. An interviewer also suffered a minor head injury, police said.
A man on the stage was seen "punching or stabbing" the novelist before the event, according to an AP reporter who witnessed the attack.
Medical staff and police were called to the amphitheater, according to a Chautauqua spokesperson who would not elaborate or confirm details about the incident.
 
A witness in the audience told CNN he saw Rushdie attacked on stage.
The witness could not confirm what was used in the attack, adding that he was 75 feet from stage.

 

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8 minutes ago, RUPERTKBD said:

Most likely.....but so far, they haven't said anything about the attacker, other than the fact that he is in custody....

Crazy Christian, extreme Muslin, right wing whacko, or left wing nut job.  We live in a world where violence seems to too often supersede thought.  

I remember when that crazy person murdered John Lenin.  Why?  

 

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https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/saudi-woman-sentenced-to-34-years-in-prison-for-her-twitter-activity/ar-AA10NTjP?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531&cvid=4c96fcd1c5e944a8810a497b498a80f5

She went home for a vacation. Now a Saudi woman is facing 34 years in prison for sharing her views on social media, human rights groups say, in a case they have condemned as the latest worrying sign of the kingdom's crackdown on dissent.

Salma al-Shehab, a 34-year-old mother of two, was an active user of Twitter while studying for a PHD at the University of Leeds Medical School in the United Kingdom. She posted her own tweets about human rights issues as well as retweeting activists.

Al-Shehab, who is a Saudi citizen, was arrested while visiting her home in January 2021, according to multiple human rights groups based in Europe and the United States.

After initially being sentenced to six years in jail, the sentence was increased to a record 34 years earlier this month following her appeal, the rights groups said. Al-Shehab was also slapped with a 34-year travel ban that will take effect following her release, they said

The charges against her included sedition and spreading false and malicious rumors on Twitter, according to the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights, a Berlin-based group critical of the Saudi government.

“They charged her for 34 years over 280 characters,” Nada Zamel, ESOHR’s head of advocacy, told NBC News.

She said the tweets that got al-Shehab into trouble were relatively anodyne, expressing support for freedom of speech and the lifting of rules that limit freedom for women in Saudi Arabia.

Zamel added that the sentence raises concerns about other activists facing similar charges. 

Given the harsh sentence for an account with only around 2,000 followers, Zamel said, “imagine what will happen to other activists who were arrested in the same period.” Though she noted al-Shehab can still appeal to the Saudi supreme court.

The Saudi Embassy in London and the Saudi Ministry of Media did not respond to requests for the details of and comment on al-Shehab’s case.

A spokesperson from the University of Leeds said in a statement, “We are deeply concerned to learn of this recent development in Salma’s case and we are seeking advice on whether there is anything we can do to support her. Our thoughts remain with Salma, her family, and her friends among our close-knit community of postgraduate researchers.”

'Getting worse by the day'

Bethany Alhaidari, the Saudi case manager at the Freedom Initiative, a Washington, D.C.-based group that advocates for prisoners in the Middle East and North Africa, described al-Shehab’s tweeting style as “sweet and diplomatic” rather than fiery or aggressive.

One of the causes al-Shehab supported was that of imprisoned women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, who drew global headlines for her campaign to get women the right to drive in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Hathloul’s sister, Lina, was one of the activist accounts that al-Shehab retweeted in the months before her arrest. She’s now Head of Monitoring and Communications for ALQST, a group that focuses on human rights in Saudi Arabia.  In an interview she said the sentence shows “that Saudi Arabia’s promises on women’s rights reforms are only words, it’s ink on paper, and that the situation of women and women’s rights activists is not improving, but getting worse by the day.”

Al-Hathloul said it’s difficult to know how al-Shehab will be treated in jail, but that “we have heard of many cases of women’s rights activists being tortured in prison, being held in solitary confinement, and threatened with rape.”

Alhaidari said her organization was seeing a shift toward harsher penalties for dissent in Saudi Arabia, which she attributes to Western countries welcoming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman back into the fold following a period of estrangement after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

“This is a new shift that is a consequence, a direct consequence, of the international community kind of brushing aside horrible human rights violations,” she said.

President Joe Biden bumped fists with the crown prince during a visit to the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah last month that outraged critics of the desert kingdom’s de facto ruler, while former President Donald Trump recently hosted a Saudi-backed breakaway golf tour event at his course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Asked about al-Shehab’s case during a briefing Wednesday, State Department spokesman Ned Price said that “exercising freedom of expression to advocate for the rights of women should not be criminalized, it should never be criminalized.”

Price added that “far from I think, giving Saudi Arabia license to act with greater impunity, our engagement” with the Saudi government has made clear “the fact that human rights is central to our agenda. It is always on our agenda, and it is always high on our agenda.”

A White House spokesperson said, “We are studying the case and the sentence. As a general matter, exercising freedom of expression to advocate for the rights of women should not be criminalized.”

The  spokesperson added that while in Saudi Arabia in July “the president privately and publicly underscored the United States’ conviction that respect for and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms promotes stability and strengthens national security.”

Twitter declined to comment on al-Shehab’s case.

The lengths that Saudi Arabia appears willing to go to use social media to crackdown on criticism were also on display last week, when a jury in California found a former Twitter employee guilty on charges relating to him helping Saudi Arabia access dissidents’ personal information.

 

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If I was still drinking, I would be stocking up right now...

 

B.C. Liquor Stores now limiting purchases as strike hits shipments

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-liquor-store-limits-strike-bcgeu-1.6556192

 

 

And, yes it will affect private shops...

 

https://upjobsnews.com/liquor-store-purchases-limited-in-b-c-amid-strike-more-latest-news-here/

 

Guignard said private liquor stores won’t be forced to introduce limits. However, Legacy Liquor Store implemented new limits Friday, including 12 bottles of wine and 6 bottles of spirits per day.

Legacy Liquor Store general manager Kieran Baldwin says some items won’t last long.

 

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2 hours ago, bishopshodan said:

If I was still drinking, I would be stocking up right now...

 

B.C. Liquor Stores now limiting purchases as strike hits shipments

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-liquor-store-limits-strike-bcgeu-1.6556192

 

 

And, yes it will affect private shops...

 

https://upjobsnews.com/liquor-store-purchases-limited-in-b-c-amid-strike-more-latest-news-here/

 

Guignard said private liquor stores won’t be forced to introduce limits. However, Legacy Liquor Store implemented new limits Friday, including 12 bottles of wine and 6 bottles of spirits per day.

Legacy Liquor Store general manager Kieran Baldwin says some items won’t last long.

 

This is going to hit Warhippy hard....B)

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https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/24/us/dog-attacks-postal-workers-state-rankings/index.html

 

This piece was written in response to a story about a US Postal worker being mauled to death by 5 dogs in a northern Florida neighborhood. One line stood out to me:

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The assault on Rock was especially gruesome, with authorities not ruling out criminal charges against the owner of the dogs.

....."not ruling out"? :wacko: A women is dead, because these people didn't keep their dogs contained......criminal charges should be automatic, FFS.

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The firing of Lisa Laflamme by Bell Media seems to be backfiring quite spectacularly....Bell gave some vague excuse about "changing viewer habits" or something, but it's since come out that Laflamme was let go because she stopped dyeing her hair....

 

It's already prompted an article about ageism and sexism in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/08/23/lisa-laflamme-gray-hair-workplace-sexism/

 

.....and an ad campaign by Dove Soap https://torontosun.com/news/national/dove-soap-winks-at-lisa-laflamme-debacle-in-new-campaign

 

....and now Wendys is getting in on the action: https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/other/wendy-s-canada-backs-lisa-laflamme-swaps-mascot-s-red-hair-for-grey/ar-AA116wM7?cvid=644299839e35436f9c15b711655ccab1

 

Wendy's Canada backs Lisa LaFlamme, swaps mascot's red hair for grey -  National | Globalnews.ca

 

 

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On 8/25/2022 at 4:17 PM, RUPERTKBD said:

The firing of Lisa Laflamme by Bell Media seems to be backfiring quite spectacularly....Bell gave some vague excuse about "changing viewer habits" or something, but it's since come out that Laflamme was let go because she stopped dyeing her hair....

 

It's already prompted an article about ageism and sexism in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/08/23/lisa-laflamme-gray-hair-workplace-sexism/

 

.....and an ad campaign by Dove Soap https://torontosun.com/news/national/dove-soap-winks-at-lisa-laflamme-debacle-in-new-campaign

 

....and now Wendys is getting in on the action: https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/other/wendy-s-canada-backs-lisa-laflamme-swaps-mascot-s-red-hair-for-grey/ar-AA116wM7?cvid=644299839e35436f9c15b711655ccab1

 

Wendy's Canada backs Lisa LaFlamme, swaps mascot's red hair for grey -  National | Globalnews.ca

 

 

CTV executive Michael Melling taking a leave after Lisa LaFlamme’s dismissal

 

Michael Melling, the vice-president of news at Bell Media, is taking a leave effective immediately, after two weeks of tumult around his role in the dismissal of marquee anchor Lisa LaFlamme.

 

In a memo sent to staff Friday evening, Karine Moses, Bell Media’s senior vice-president of content development and news, said Mr. Melling was making the decision to spend time with his family.

 

“His decision reflects our shared desire to support the newsroom and do what’s best to help the team move past the current circumstances to focus on delivering the stories that matter to Canadians,” she wrote.

 

However, later Friday evening, Bell Canada CEO Mirko Bibic put out a statement saying that Mr. Melling “is on leave effective immediately, pending the outcome of the workplace review that is proceeding.”

 

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-michael-melling-stepping-down-ctv-laflamme/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Breaking News&utm_content=2022-8-26_19&utm_term=CTV News executive taking a leave after ouster of Lisa LaFlamme &utm_campaign=newsletter&cu_id=t7%2BP3rI%2Bt%2FYx5Iui%2B6yRZxVYYZ6TE%2BGK

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On 8/25/2022 at 4:17 PM, RUPERTKBD said:

The firing of Lisa Laflamme by Bell Media seems to be backfiring quite spectacularly....Bell gave some vague excuse about "changing viewer habits" or something, but it's since come out that Laflamme was let go because she stopped dyeing her hair....

 

It's already prompted an article about ageism and sexism in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/08/23/lisa-laflamme-gray-hair-workplace-sexism/

 

.....and an ad campaign by Dove Soap https://torontosun.com/news/national/dove-soap-winks-at-lisa-laflamme-debacle-in-new-campaign

 

....and now Wendys is getting in on the action: https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/other/wendy-s-canada-backs-lisa-laflamme-swaps-mascot-s-red-hair-for-grey/ar-AA116wM7?cvid=644299839e35436f9c15b711655ccab1

 

Wendy's Canada backs Lisa LaFlamme, swaps mascot's red hair for grey -  National | Globalnews.ca

 

 

 

On 8/26/2022 at 10:04 PM, UnkNuk said:

CTV executive Michael Melling taking a leave after Lisa LaFlamme’s dismissal

 

Michael Melling, the vice-president of news at Bell Media, is taking a leave effective immediately, after two weeks of tumult around his role in the dismissal of marquee anchor Lisa LaFlamme.

 

In a memo sent to staff Friday evening, Karine Moses, Bell Media’s senior vice-president of content development and news, said Mr. Melling was making the decision to spend time with his family.

 

“His decision reflects our shared desire to support the newsroom and do what’s best to help the team move past the current circumstances to focus on delivering the stories that matter to Canadians,” she wrote.

 

However, later Friday evening, Bell Canada CEO Mirko Bibic put out a statement saying that Mr. Melling “is on leave effective immediately, pending the outcome of the workplace review that is proceeding.”

 

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-michael-melling-stepping-down-ctv-laflamme/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Breaking News&utm_content=2022-8-26_19&utm_term=CTV News executive taking a leave after ouster of Lisa LaFlamme &utm_campaign=newsletter&cu_id=t7%2BP3rI%2Bt%2FYx5Iui%2B6yRZxVYYZ6TE%2BGK

They tried to use the ACTUAL Wendy Thomas in their commercials a while back, but there were problems, either with her age or her weight, giving the wrong messages for a fast food chain, so they quickly replaced her with a young, attractive redhead. But now Wendy's Canada is turning their mascot's hair grey as a supposed show of support for a very distinguished female news anchor that was fired because she wouldn't dye her hair to hide her grey. Brands are not your friends, everything is marketing. Every recolored logo, every sassy Tweet. BRANDS ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS.

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9 hours ago, Playoff Beered said:

 

They tried to use the ACTUAL Wendy Thomas in their commercials a while back, but there were problems, either with her age or her weight, giving the wrong messages for a fast food chain, so they quickly replaced her with a young, attractive redhead. But now Wendy's Canada is turning their mascot's hair grey as a supposed show of support for a very distinguished female news anchor that was fired because she wouldn't dye her hair to hide her grey. Brands are not your friends, everything is marketing. Every recolored logo, every sassy Tweet. BRANDS ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS.

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I remember those ads....I had no idea why they stopped using her, though....

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On 8/20/2022 at 6:13 AM, bishopshodan said:

If I was still drinking, I would be stocking up right now...

 

B.C. Liquor Stores now limiting purchases as strike hits shipments

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-liquor-store-limits-strike-bcgeu-1.6556192

 

 

And, yes it will affect private shops...

 

https://upjobsnews.com/liquor-store-purchases-limited-in-b-c-amid-strike-more-latest-news-here/

 

Guignard said private liquor stores won’t be forced to introduce limits. However, Legacy Liquor Store implemented new limits Friday, including 12 bottles of wine and 6 bottles of spirits per day.

Legacy Liquor Store general manager Kieran Baldwin says some items won’t last long.

 

Good news, workers are going back to the warehouses while in negotiations.  Liquor and Cannabis shall flow again through the province.  

Ldb back to work tomorrow. Thank goodness!

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Saudi Arabia needs to be boycotted and sanctioned, absolutely barbaric place, its disgusting that we support this country in any way.

 

Secretly recorded footage showing the moment Saudi police storms a girls orphanage in Khamis Mushait to punish striking female employees, who had previously demanded their worker rights & rights within society.

https://twitter.com/Al3wwami/status/1564785237409808387?ref_src=twsrc^tfw|twcamp^tweetembed|twterm^1564785237409808387|twgr^40c2e3e04e0f9b81970411efa012bd82bdddce9d|twcon^s1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fpublish.twitter.com%2F%3Fquery%3Dhttps3A2F2Ftwitter.com2FAl3wwami2Fstatus2F1564785237409808387widget%3DTweet

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