North Korea Accuses Trump of Declaring War on Twitter

What’s next? Trump is all over the board. Calling world leaders madmen, then flipping back to his war with the NFL.

North Korea’s foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country and said Pyongyang had the right to shoot down US bombers.

Ri Yong-ho said this could apply even if the warplanes were not in North Korea’s airspace.

The White House dismissed the statement as “absurd”. The Pentagon warned Pyongyang to stop provocations.

A UN spokesman said fiery talk could lead to fatal misunderstandings.

Mr Ri’s comments were a response to Mr. Trump’s tweet that the North Korean leadership would not “be around much longer” if they continued their rhetoric.

“The whole world should clearly remember it was the US who first declared war on our country,” Mr Ri told reporters as he was leaving New York, where he had addressed the UN General Assembly on Saturday.

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One little faux pas and it’s off to the hard labor gulag.

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“Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make counter-measures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.”

Mr Trump’s tweet followed Mr Ri’s fiery speech to the UN on Saturday, when he described the US president as a “mentally deranged person full of megalomania” on a “suicide mission”.

The latest North Korean threat to shoot down US warplanes comes in the wake of a recent US patrol that took its B1-B Lancer bombers and their accompanying F-15 fighter escorts over waters to the east of North Korea – the furthest north US warplanes have flown for several months, albeit still outside Pyongyang’s airspace.

The US believes it has every right to do this but if one day Pyongyang judges that these aircraft are on an offensive mission – what then?

US Bombers Fly Near Military Demarcation Line Between Two Koreas

Trump and Kim call each other mad

Kim Jong-un has said remarks by “mentally deranged dotard” US President Donald Trump have convinced him he is right to develop weapons for North Korea.

In an unprecedented personal statement, Mr Kim said Mr Trump would “pay dearly” for a UN speech where he threatened to “totally destroy” the North if the US was forced to defend itself.

Mr Trump responded that the “madman… will be tested like never before”.

The two countries have engaged in ever more heated rhetoric in recent months.

China responded to the war of words, warning that the situation was “complicated and sensitive”.

“All relevant parties should exercise restraint instead of provoking each other,” said Foreign Minister spokesman Lu Kang.

Russia also urged restraint. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow was “deeply concerned by an escalation of tensions”.

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Iranian Interpreter Omits Key Parts of Trump’s UN Speech

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time.

He reaffirmed his pledge to put America first, said the US might “have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” and roundly criticised Iran as a “rogue state”.

But some viewers watching in Iran may not have felt the full force of President Trump’s criticisms.

Iranian state broadcaster IRINN’s interpreter omitted parts of the speech.

While the full speech was broadcast live and unedited on Iran’s English-language Press TV, IRINN’s broadcast included a simultaneous Persian translation with a softer interpretation of President Trump’s comments.

The interpreter behind the omissions, Nima Chitsaz, has defended his actions following widespread criticism on social media.

What Trump said (and how it was translated)

President Trump included a number of marked criticisms of Iran in his speech, some of which are below. Mr Chitsaz’s translations of the remarks are in italics.

“[The Islamic Republic of Iran] has turned a wealthy country, with a rich history and culture, into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos.”

In our opinion, the life of Iranians could be better

“The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear most.”

The US military is strong. The people of Iran are also strong.

“This is what causes the regime to restrict Internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protestors, and imprison political reformers.”

There are so many things happening in Iran that we consider to be unacceptable.

In a short video shared widely on social media, Mr Chitsaz explained why he neglected to translate parts of President Trump’s speech.

“Trump made some remarks in his speech at the United Nations against Iran which I did not translate,” he said.

“Why did I decide not to translate them?

“First, these remarks were untrue. Second, they were against my country and they were against Iran.

“I think if it was anybody else, they would have done the same.”

Mr Chitsaz claimed that because President Trump could be heard in the background it would be “obvious” what he had really said.

“I do not think it would be good if I spoke against my own country on my own national broadcaster,” he added.

North Korean front:

North Korea: Trump’s UN speech amounted to ‘the sound of a dog barking’

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Guess this won’t be happening anytime soon.

Kim Jong Un is full of crap.

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Trump’s new nickname, ‘Rocket Man,’ for Kim Jong Un is brilliant

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President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. Trump at UN: ‘Rocket Man’ Kim Jong Un ‘is on a suicide mission’  President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. Trump at UN: ‘Rocket Man’ Kim Jong Un ‘is on a suicide mission’
A wave of shock rippled through Twitter and the media after President Trump called North Korean President Kim Jong Un a “Rocket Man” in his speech before the United Nations Tuesday.
“‘Rocket man’ made the TelePrompTer?!?!” “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd tweeted.
Another person wrote on Twitter that Trump’s use of the term showed that he doesn’t grasp the severity of the situation.
Oh, I think Trump knows EXACTLY what he is doing.
Remember when he ran against “Lyin’ Ted” Cruz and “Little Marco” Rubio in the primaries? Then, when he beat all of his GOP contenders, he ran – and won – against “Crooked Hillary” Clinton in the presidential election.

Kim Jong Un might be using missiles as his weapon of choice but when President Trump goes into battle, his weapon of choice seems to be ridicule – and a catchy nickname to make it stick.

Trump first debuted the nickname “Rocket Man” on Twitter over the weekend but pulled it out again at the United Nations on Tuesday, saying in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly:

“No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles. The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing, and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about. That’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do.”

Oh, it’s hard to count the multitude of ways this new moniker in the Trump ridicule machine works on so many levels. It’s insulting without being vulgar. It pigeonholes Kim down to his missile-test mania. And it’s even the title of one of the most popular pop songs of all time making it so easy to remember, parody, and enjoy. So you know who’s responsible when you hear “Rocket Man” on the radio even more than the usual 150 times per week right now.

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President Trump may be the Commander-in-Chief, but he’s really the Marketer-in-Chief. And he may now be on the verge of marketing Kim Jong Un right out of power.

Think about it: Kim Jong Un’s most important commodity at his disposal is fear. That nuclear and missile program-created fear makes him a factor in a world that would otherwise not even care if he existed. Kim is certainly not loved outside his own country, and maybe not even in his own country, but he is not ignored or taken lightly.

Look for the president and the entire Trump team to start using this title when discussing Kim Jong Un more and more in the coming days and weeks. Trump’s already made it clear that he’s not afraid to use it anywhere — even on the floor of the United Nations.

The other brilliant marketing move President Trump used in his U.N. speech was repeating the term “America first” and explaining that idea in front of the entire world. That kind of naked patriotism may seem out of style in many parts of the world, but it’s part of the branding that got Trump elected especially in heartland states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. And saying something as nationalist as “America first” in the very building where nationalism is supposed to be supplanted by international common ground is brilliant marketing from a president who won’t ever stop branding and marketing himself.

If the U.N. weren’t such an abject failure in its stated mission to stamp out nationalism and aggression, perhaps President Trump’s words today would be an outrage. But the U.N. has failed to quell everything from North Korea’s nuclear tyranny, Iran’s funding of worldwide terror, a Syrian civil war that’s left hundreds of thousands dead, Russia’s bullying of its neighbors, and these are just the bad things that are happening this year.

Only a cloistered group of academics and self-important pundits would miss the fact that rhetorically defusing one of the world’s most feared dictators by calling him “Rocket Man” is a winning move.

Getting a ridiculous name, along with the catchy song it evokes, to stick will be absorbed by the populous and will likely help Trump gain support from voters in whatever strategy he decides to implement against Kim Jong Un – even if it’s something drastic like a removal strategy.

Think about it: If people have been saying “Rocket Man” and “suicide mission” around the water cooler for six months, they’re going to be a lot less shocked if they hear something in the news about Trump wanting to take out Kim Jong Un – and a lot more supportive of the solution.

Donald Trump may still be a political neophyte. But he knows marketing and branding and, if we’ve learned anything in the past year, it’s that it works.

God knows what the little devil is up to here?

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That green soylent must be pure steroids. In the Soylent Green movie (1973 starring Charlton Heston), the stuff is dead human remains processed into food. Mass cannibalism.

 

Think Tanks

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I find current affairs programs are always bringing on experts from think tanks. I got thinking about the term think tank and realized the two words just don’t go together very well. Think connotes an intellectual endeavor, tank on the other hand conjures up images of big metal or glass containers. Not to mention battle tanks.

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The two words are completely incongruous together. No matter, I digress, what are these think tanks?

A think tank, policy institute, or research institute is an organisation that performs research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology, and culture. Most policy institutes are non-profit organisations, which some countries such as the United States and Canada provide with tax exempt status. Other think tanks are funded by governments, advocacy groups, or businesses, or derive revenue from consulting or research work related to their projects.

One of the biggest Think Tanks in the world is RAND Corporation. RAND (“Research and development”) is an American nonprofit global policy think tank originally formed by Douglas Aircraft Company to offer research and analysis to the United States Armed Forces. It is financed by the U.S. government and private endowment,corporations,universities and private individuals. The organization has expanded to work with other governments, private foundations, international organizations, and commercial organizations on a host of non-defense issues, including healthcare. RAND aims for interdisciplinary and quantitative problem solving via translating theoretical concepts from formal economics and the physical sciences into novel applications in other areas, that is, via applied science and operations research.*

Headquarters in Santa Monica. Right off the beach, nice.

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RAND has approximately 1,700 employees. Its American locations include: Santa Monica, California (headquarters); Arlington, Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the San Francisco Bay Area; and Boston, Massachusetts. The RAND Gulf States Policy Institute has an office in New Orleans, Louisiana. RAND Europe is located in Cambridge, United Kingdom, and Brussels, Belgium. RAND Australia is located in Canberra, Australia.

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