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All relatives of Kim Jong-un’s uncle executed too

Posted on January 26th, 2014 at 13:06 by John Sinteur in category: News


All relatives of the executed uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, including children and the country’s ambassadors to Cuba and Malaysia, have also been put to death at the leader’s instruction, Seoul’s Yonhap news agency quoted multiple sources as saying Sunday.

Jang Song-thaek, the once-powerful uncle, was executed last month on charges of attempting to overthrow the regime, including contemplating a military-backed coup. All direct relatives of Jang have also been executed, the sources said.

“Extensive executions have been carried out for relatives of Jang Song-thaek,” one source said on condition of anonymity. “All relatives of Jang have been put to death, including even children.”

The executed relatives include Jang’s sister Jang Kye-sun, her husband and Ambassador to Cuba Jon Yong-jin, and Ambassador to Malaysia Jang Yong-chol, who is a nephew of Jang, as well as his two sons, the sources said.

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  1. It seems to mean that KJU is worried. $10 he doesn’t last the year.

  2. At this rate, he may be the only one who lasts the year.

  3. I’ve never understood why someone doesn’t take this POS out. Why don’t they just cruise missile his palaces? Why fight wars when you can just make life miserable for the leaders of rogue nations? Why do the leaders get a free pass?

  4. @chas
    I can see two reasons they don’t try to take him out.
    1) No oil.
    2) China supports N. Korea.

  5. @Gene, #2 is the reason for everything lately. Seems like a few import tariffs could resolve that issue. The real reason is the 1% don’t give a damn. They probably admire the nut for what he’s been able to do.

  6. China and S. Korea (and everyone else) are freaked by the prospect of the inevitable NK collapse.

    The whole country is dependent on a centralized food supply controlled by the “government”. If/when this collapses (the senior rats will start running off) there could be millions of desperate people on the move within days.

Australian teen takes control after pilot faints

Posted on January 26th, 2014 at 12:54 by John Sinteur in category: News


A teenager described on Sunday how he took the controls of a light plane for more than half an hour after the pilot passed out during a joy flight over rural Australia.

Troy Jenkins, 19, said the single-engine Cessna 150 was only 10 minutes into a flight from the New South Wales state farming town of Forbes on Saturday afternoon when the pilot Derek Neville, 61, lost consciousness.

Jenkins said he had taken the controls before while flying with Neville, a family friend. Jenkins flew circles around Forbes airport at a steady altitude of 610 meters (2,000 feet) for around 45 minutes before the pilot came to.

I’m glad he didn’t have the fish. It’s a whole different kind of flying altogether now.

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  1. Now, the kid needs to learn how to land the darned thing! 🙂 Still, he kept his head, and I’m sure if he had to, then under direction of ground control, he would have been able to do so. Kudos to him!

  2. “It’s a whole different kind of flying”.

    Nah, kids should be kept from learning to land, because only terrorists – oh wait, I guess they’re the only ones who DON’T need to learn to land.

    Kudos to the kid for keeping the airplane going, but wouldn’t it have made more sense to get the plane back on the ground in case the pilot wasn’t just taking an unplanned nap?

A Gem From The Archives: We Revisit A Mac Doubter

Posted on January 26th, 2014 at 11:54 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


PETER MCWILLIAMS: I think they’re hoping people are going to fork out $2,500 for a computer for their home. And I can’t see it.

ADAMS: What do you get for the $2,500 now?

MCWILLIAMS: What you get is a screen, a nine-inch screen. You get a keyboard. You get 128K of RAM, which is internal disk storage. And you get a 3-1/2-inch disk drive.

ADAMS: Let me translate a bit here or try to translate. You’re saying it has a very good memory. It has a 3-1/2-inch disk drive, which is not compatible with other computers. What’s the standard size, then?

MCWILLIAMS: The standard is five-and-a-quarter inch. And they have made a corporate decision that the 3-1/2-inch drive is going to make it. I don’t see it myself. But this whole computer is a calculated risk on Apple’s part. If the world is ready to accept a brand-new standard, this machine will make it. If it’s not, the machine won’t make it.

And it will have certain specialized applications like in architectural firms and so forth. But on the whole, it’s gambling that the world is ready to accept a new standard. My personal point of view is that the world is not.

BLOCK: That’s the late author Peter McWilliams, talking with our former host Noah Adams 30 years ago tomorrow, January 25th, 1984. They were talking about Apple’s Macintosh computer, which had just been introduced.

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  1. Because generally authors make great tech commentators. *eyeroll*