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Kim Fatty the Second has to be KDC, surely?

China has banned the search term “Kim Fatty the Third” or ?”Jin San Pang”.

China has blocked internet searches for “Kim Fatty the Third”, a popular term that is used in China for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The term “Jin San Pang” failed to produce any results on Baidu, China’s main search engine, or the country’s hugely popular social networking platform, Sina Weibo.

China’s army of internet censors have previously blocked searches for insulting names of the North Korean leader, including “Kim Pig the Third”.

The Apple Daily, a pro-democracy newspaper based in Hong Kong and Taiwan, said the recent ban was enforced after officials from Kim’s rogue regime asked Chinese officials to act.

The phrase Jin San Pang uses characters which roughly translates to ‘Kim’, ‘three’, and ‘fat’ – in reference to both his weight and his lineage as the third in the Kim dynasty. ?? Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Holiday at the Dictator’s Guesthouse

Jeffrey Edward Fowle is an American citizen arrested in North Korea in May 2014 for leaving a Bible in a nightclub in the northern port city of Chongjin.?

On the morning of August 1, 2014, Jeffrey Fowle woke before seven in his room at a guesthouse in Pyongyang, North Korea. Soon a young woman arrived with his breakfast of rice, broth, and kimchi. She smiled as she set the tray down on the large desk at the foot of the bed, then walked out of the room and locked the door behind her. It was Fowle?s 87th day in custody.

He sat at the desk, watching a shadow play across his window. An opaque vinyl film had been applied to the glass, so Fowle could see only silhouettes walking past. That April, when Fowle had travelled to Pyongyang, he?d felt that God wanted him to help North Korea?s oppressed Christian underground. His attempt took the form of a Korean-English Bible, left behind in a bar bathroom; he was taken into custody as he tried to leave the country. Fowle poured the broth over his rice and began to eat.

An hour later, Mr. Jo, Fowle?s interpreter and minder, appeared at the door: His slacks were ironed, and he?d traded his usual polo shirt for a crisp dress shirt. ?Today is the day,? Mr. Jo said. ?Be ready.?

A few weeks earlier, Mr. Jo had told Fowle that he might be allowed to speak with international media. It would be his first chance to tell the world about his situation, and to remind the U.S. government that he needed help. At noon, Mr. Jo led Fowle to a conference room on the other side of the guesthouse, reminding him of his talking points along the way.

?Emphasize your desperation for wanting to get home and that your family needs you back,? Mr. Jo said. ?Put some emotion into it.? He suggested that it might be good if Fowle cried. In the conference room, Fowle was seated at a long table with a couple of North Korean journalists from the Associated Press Television News. Instead of press badges, each reporter wore a pin with the smiling face of Kim Il-sung.

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If you get sacked from your job in North Korea things become pretty dire

Job security is important in North Korea, because if you ever get sacked from your government position there are dire consequences.

North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader.

The news comes amid heightened tension surrounding isolated North Korea after its Sunday launch of a long-range rocket, which came about a month after it drew international condemnation for conducting its fourth nuclear test. ? Read more »

McCully is really really cross with North Korea

Murray McCully is really really cross with North Korea.

New Zealand has joined others in swift condemnation of North Korea’s launch of a long-range ballistic missile.

North Korea’s decision to conduct a launch, and the nuclear test they carried out on January 6, are irresponsible and fly in the face of international opinion, Foreign Minister Murray McCully says.

North Korea said its intention was to put a satellite into orbit, but the US and its allies believe it was a cover for a test of a ballistic missile that could carry a nuclear warhead.

Mr McCully said New Zealand would work with other UN Security Council members on an appropriate response to the launch. ? Read more »

And now there is shooting

South Korea has fired warning shots across the border at a North Korean drone.

South Korea has fired warning shots after an unidentified object from North Korea was seen flying close to the rivals’ border, the South’s military said.

Media reported that it was a drone. The incident comes amid a deepening standoff between the Koreas in the wake of the North’s nuclear test one week ago.

The North Korean object turned around after the South fired the shots, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. It did not say whether the South Koreans hit the object. Yonhap news agency reported that the South fired 20 rounds from machine guns at a drone.? Read more »

North Korea needs to call in the noise abatement officer, or they may go to war

The North Koreans set off a nuke, scare the pants off people and then get all pissy and start threatening war over a few loudspeakers blaring K-Pop at them.

South Korea’s loudspeaker broadcasts aimed at North Korea are pushing the rivals to the “brink of war”, a top North Korean official has told a propaganda rally.

North Korea’s fourth nuclear test on Wednesday angered the United States and China, which was not given prior notice, although the US government and weapons experts doubt the North’s claim that the device it set off was a hydrogen bomb.

In retaliation for the test, South Korea on Friday (local time) unleashed a ear-splitting propaganda barrage over its border with the North. The last time South Korea deployed the loudspeakers, in August 2015, it triggered an exchange of artillery fire. ? Read more »

Who does Auckland Council think they are kidding?

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Auckland Council’s own property developer – Panuku Development – is intending to ‘lead development’ with transformations of parts of Auckland starting with Onehunga and and the Manukau CBD.

Forgive me for rolling off my chair with laughter. So humorous is this proposition and at the same time – infinitely arrogant.

For a start, Auckland Council staff at Panuku have got to be kidding if they think they are leaders.

Let’s be clear – the organisation is mostly staffed by once upon a time has-been development and property managers along with a ratty assortment of consultants-cum-experts in everything. They are leader fodder in the same way that Kim Jong-un is world leader material.

They couldn’t smuggle snow into Antarctica let alone coordinate and lead an industry to transform suburbs.

The sheer scale of the supreme arrogance of Council and Panuku Development knows no bounds.

Some people might think they have the right stuff. I disagree. And I have proof. ? Read more »

What is it with Fat Power Crazed people called Kim?

Kim Jong-un had executed his chief of defence…for sleeping…by shooting him to bits with an anti-aircraft gun.

North Korea executed its defence chief by putting him in front of an anti-aircraft gun at a firing range, Seoul’s National Intelligence Service told lawmakers, the latest in a series of high-level purges since Kim Jong Un took charge in Pyongyang.

Hyon Yong Chol, 66, who headed the isolated country’s military, was charged with treason, including disobeying Kim and falling asleep during an event at which North Korea’s young leader was present, according to South Korean lawmakers briefed in a closed-door meeting with the spy agency on Wednesday.

His execution was watched by hundreds of people, they said.

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The lawmakers said Hyon was executed at a firing range at the Kanggon Military Training Area, 22 km (14 miles) north of Pyongyang.

The U.S.-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea said last month that, according to satellite images, the range was likely used for an execution by ZPU-4 anti-aircraft guns in October. The target was just 30 meters (100 feet) away from the weapons, which have a range of 8,000 meters, it said.

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Will Fenton Wilson be bringing this to the Hawkes Bay?

Fenton Wilson acts like a North Korean dictator, especially over his dodgy socialist dam project.

The real North Korean dictator has recently re-instituted “pleasure troupes” for himself...I wonder if Fenton ‘Jong-un’ Wilson will try this at the Hawkes Bay Regional Council.

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has ordered the creation of a new “pleasure troupe” of young women to entertain him.

Mr Kim ordered the group of women that was hand-picked by authorities loyal to his father and predecessor, Kim Jong-il, to be disbanded shortly after his death in December 2011, according to South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper. He has now decided, however, to resurrect a source of entertainment that has become a tradition for North Korean leaders.

“After he came to power, Mr Kim trusted no-one and ordered thorough investigations into every official in the regime, from the highest to the lowest”, Toshimitsu Shigemura, a professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University and an authority on North Korean affairs, told The Telegraph.

With that process now completed, as well as the conclusion of the three-year official mourning period after the death of Kim Jong-il, the new North Korean dictator is free to select a new generation of female companions, Prof. Shigemura said. ? Read more »

Rodney Hide on Sony and Hacking

Rodney Hide gives the NZ Herald editors a little lesson in freedom of speech.

But were they reading it?

George Clooney called it correctly: “We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty.”

What’s next? The tyrant wanting to dictate news? The hackers’ success will only embolden them and others. What happens if news networks come under fire because of how they report news?

What is it about free speech that makes it so easy to toss away? We don’t give in when hostages are under threat. Why give in when they aren’t?

It’s not the first time. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in 1989 ordering Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie for his book The Satanic Verses.

Muslim fanatics in 2006 rioted and attacked diplomatic missions and killed dozens in the wake of a Danish newspaper publishing offensive cartoons.

There was a great hullabaloo in each case and each instance produced precisely the chilling effect that the oppressors desired.

Newspapers and publishers don’t need the grief. Authors don’t want to become targets. Our freedom to reason and debate is bit by bit eroded. ? Read more »

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