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Fox News Uses Footage of Random Sad Asians Instead of South Korean Mourners

Fox News Random Sad Asians Footage

Instead of using footage of actual Korean mourners when reporting on the South Korean ferry tragedy, Fox News mistakenly used some other footage they had on file of what appeared to be a bunch of random sad Asians.

With the ferry death toll standing at 248, you’d think there would abundance of footage of grieving South Korean families, but Fox News, assuming that once you’ve seen one sad Asian, you’ve seen them all, opted for a clip of some seemingly random Asians crying, ignoring the actual footage of grieving families who lost loved ones in the sinking of the Sewol ferry.

The only problem? The mourners they showed weren’t even Korean. The Fox footage turned out to be Tibetans mourning following the recent avalanche at Mt. Everest. Classic mistake!

“You show that to any sort of Korean immigrant who lives in the United States, and they’ll say those aren’t Koreans,” said Rick Phillips of the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Fox News, surprised that its viewers could actually tell the difference between Asian variations, admitted its screw-up.

“The wrong video was mistakenly pulled from the international feed. We regret this error and have corrected the footage online and will address it on air, as well,” says David Clark, Fox News’s executive producer for weekend news and programming.

But in their defense, Fox isn’t the only news outlet to screw up their video footage.

A Danish news station once showed an image from the video game Assassin’s Creed, apparently mistaking it for the Damascus skyline. And on another occasion, the BBC tried to report on the UN Security Council, but ended up showing the logo from the United Nations Space Command in Microsoft’s Halo. Oops.

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Not So Friendly Fire

Current Event Cat - NS Korea Not So Friendly Fire

North and South Korea exchanged some not so friendly fire on Monday over a poorly marked sea boundary.

During military exercises on Monday, North Korea reportedly fired hundreds of artillery shells across the Northern Limit Line into South Korean waters. South Korea wasn’t just going to sit pack and let Kim Jong Un drop a few hundred loads of ammunition into their water, so in response South Korea fired K-9 self-propelled artillery into North Korean waters. Although no shells from either side were fired at any land or military installations, the fish must be getting pretty tired of this shit.

South Korea is calling the North’s artillery firing a provocation aimed at testing Seoul’s security but North Korea doesn’t understand what the big deal is. North Korea routinely test-fires artillery and missiles into the ocean and they had sent South Korea a clearly worded fax early Monday morning informing the country of live-fire drills near the line. Ok, I think I see where the miscommunication happened… South Korea probably didn’t receive the warning fax because NOBODY USES FAX MACHINES ANYMORE – outside of North Korea that is.

Tensions are always high between the Koreas in late March/early April because of the North’s anger at annual joint military exercises by the South and the US. And since Kim Jong Un takes his March Madness pretty seriously, a tirade of bullets into the sea seemed inevitable.

Still, while Monday’s exchange was relatively mild in the history of the Koreas and their water/everything disputes, the White House released a statement calling North Korea’s recent actions “dangerous and provocative” and claimed they would only isolate the country further. You know what else would further isolate North Korea from the rest of the world? Their constant use of FAX MACHINES!!!

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North & South Koreans: Reunited And It Feels So Good…

Koreans Reunion

An emotional six-day family reunion began on Thursday between dozens of elderly South Koreans and North Koreans in a rare sign of cooperation between the two countries.

Separated for six decades, the families met for the first time since the Korean War at a resort in North Korea. More than 100 mostly elderly South Koreans travelled through the snow to meet their children, brothers, sisters, spouses and other relatives. They carried gifts, including clothing, medicine and food for their relatives to the North – apparently North Korea is a little short on medicine… and food. Needless to say, it was an emotional day with a ton of hugging and crying.

“It’s hard for people to understand what it’s like when you’ve been separated so long,” South Korean resident Lee Du-young told the BBC before he left for the North.

“But it’s a true miracle; I’m so elated. All that was missing in my life was my brother, and now that I can see him again, I’d have no regrets whatsoever if I were to die tomorrow.”

Well that’s good to hear, because he’s headed to North Korea so he might actually end up dying tomorrow. You never know with Kim Jong-un – the whole thing could be a trap!

But a trap would be pretty surprising since this isn’t the first time that the Koreas have allowed family reunions. They tend to happen from time to time whenever the Kim Jongs are feeling extra generous – although this is the first one in three years.

In South Korea, only about a hundred or so relatives are chosen through a lottery system to take part in the reunion. About 72,000 South Koreans are on a waiting list to join the family reunion events. Nearly half of them are over 80.

In North Korea, no one knows how the families are chosen – most likely it’s whoever claps the hardest for Kim Jong-un.

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North Korea Threatens South Korea Via Fax

North Korea Fax

North Korea sent a fax to South Korea on Thursday, threatening a “merciless” attack without notice in response to anti-North protests in Seoul this week.

North Korea said the South insulted North Korea’s “highest dignity,” after rallies were held protesting the secretive regime on the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il. The North was so angry that there was nothing left to do except send an angry message via their most advanced secret technology: the fax machine.

The message warned that North Korea would strike if “the provocation against our highest dignity is to be repeated in the downtown of Seoul.”

Threatening messages from Kim Jong-un are nothing new – and apparently neither is North Korea’s technology. If you’re 30 years old and you have to send a threat via a fax, then how much of a threat can you really be? Second of all, doesn’t the fax count as notice? You can’t send a notice saying you’re going to attack without notice!

Anyways, South Korea responded to the North Korean threat by faxing back. When in Rome…

“The reply was sent through wired message and in the fax message, we warned that if North Korea is to carry out provocation, we will firmly retaliate,” said Kim Min-seok, the spokesman for South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense.

Meanwhile, Dennis Rodman is still in the North trying to convince a team of ex-NBA players to join him in a basketball match in honour of Kim Jong-un’s January birthday.

“I’m just telling them, you know, don’t be afraid, man, it’s all love, it’s all love here,” Rodman told the AP after tryouts at the Pyongyang Indoor Gymnasium.

North Korea: decades old technology, tyrannical leaders, washed-up basketball stars, and random executions for half-hearted clapping. What’s not to love?

Via: CNN

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North Korea Executed People for Watching South Korean Entertainment

Executed South Korea TV

According to a South Korean newspaper, North Korea publicly executed around 80 people last month, some for minor offenses such as watching South Korean TV shows, prostitution, and  being found in possession of a Bible.

The gruesome massacres public executions happened in Wonsan, where authorities packed 10,000 residents into a stadium and forced them to watch the firing-squad executions. The condemned were tied to poles, hooded, and then executed by a firing squad.

“I heard from the residents that they watched in terror as the corpses were so riddled by machine-gun fire that they were hard to identify afterwards,” the newspaper’s source was quoted as saying.

Yikes. When you think about all the people they put in prison death camps/execute over the slightest thing AND take into account the mass starvation North Korea is facing – how do they even have any population left? Kim Jong-un even ordered his ex-girlfriend Hyon Song Wol to be executed back in August (among with an assortment of other entertainers).

Watching unsanctioned foreign films or TV – especially those from the evil capitalist South – is a serious offence in North Korea but isn’t considered a capital crime. South Korea believes that these public excutions for non-capital crimes were carried out as a way of discouraging interest in “corrupting foreign influence.” 

“The regime is obviously afraid of potential changes in people’s mind-sets and is preemptively trying to scare people off,” said an official of the defector-run North Korea Intellectual Solidarity website.

I hope the South Korean TV shows were at least of decent quality. Imagine watching Real Housewives of Atlanta and then being executed for it? Although, you’d probably want to kill yourself anyways after watching that crap.

Via: The Los Angeles Times

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South Korea Shows Off Its Giant Missile – Parade Style… And Other News

South Korea Parade

Someone’s showing off…. South Korea proudly displayed its longest-range missile – capable of striking all of North Korea – as well as some other sophisticated weaponry at a massive military parade on Tuesday.

I guess North Korea isn’t the only Korea that likes to brag about its weapons. The display of military force at the Armed Forces Day parade was meant to show North Korea who’s boss and warn them that any attack would have grave consequences. And also Koreans just love a good parade! At the parade South Korean President Park Geun-hye said, “We have to build strong deterrence against North Korea until the North abandons its nuclear programme and makes the right choice for the people of North Korea and peace on the Korean Peninsula.” Nothing says peace on the Korean Peninsula like holding a giant cruise missile parade and rubbing it in Kim Jong-un’s face! CTV News

ShutdownThe Nazis couldn’t stop them, and neither can the government shutdown! About 90 World War II vets from Mississippi, who are likely around 90 years old, arrived in Washington DC on Tuesday to visit the World War II Memorial, which was recently closed because of the government shutdown. But the vets were determined to get in – shutdown or no shutdown! “We didn’t come this far not to get in,” one veteran proclaimed. So the wheelchair bound veterans pushed aside the barricades and knocked down the gates and they visited the sh*t out of that memorial. The Park Police didn’t really know what to do so they just kind of stood to the side and let the vets go about their business. But what will they do when a dozen more tour buses filled with angry elderly veterans visit this week? Stars and Stripes

Breaking-BadThere are only two things that are trending in the news right now: the government shutdown and Breaking Bad. Coincidence? Did Breaking Bad end and the government was so upset they lost the will to govern? My sources (aka my cats) say no. But one thing is for sure – Breaking Bad is a lot more popular than the US government right now. The drama series had 10.3 million viewers Sunday night, smoking its previous record viewership of 6.6 million the week before. As for the plot of the final episode, the Twitter consensus is that is was “the most satisfying series ending for any show on TV, ever.” CBC News

Scissor AttackThis is why you’re not supposed to run with scissors. At least five people were stabbed or slashed in New York City’s Riverside Park this morning after what can only be described as an “emotionally unstable” man went on a scissor rampage. Four of the victims, including a father and his toddler, were rushed to the hospital after the scissor attack, which happened in a busy section of the park. The emotionally disturbed scissor nut was taken into custody then to Bellevue Hospital for what will likely be a lengthy evaluation. New York Times

Oh CanadaOh Canada! The Canadian national anthem is too sexist according to a group of Canadian women — including former prime minister Kim Campbell and author Margaret Atwood — who want to change the national anthem to make it more gender neutral. The group is launching a website – restoreouranthem.ca – to promote their cause. More specifically, the campaigners want to change the lyric “in all thy sons command,” replaced with “in all of us command.”  Meh. It’ll just give Canadians something new to mumble at the beginning of hockey games. National Post

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Current Event Cat of the Day: South Korea

Current Event Cat - South Korea Threat

South Korea has raised its alert level to “vital threat” amid growing fears that North Korea is preparing for a missile test. A “vital” level threat is second only to what is used during wartime.

North Korea is believed to have completed preparations for a missile launch after it moved two Musudan missiles to its east coast. US and South Korean sources say that North Korea has one ballistic missile with an estimated 3,000km range that could be launched “any time now.”

Even U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is pessimistic about the whole North Korea situation. On Tuesday he said the Korean crisis may become “uncontrollable” and he urged Kim Jong-un to tone down his “provocative rhetoric” and keep open the joint industrial complex at Kaesong. Yikes.

I never thought it would be possible, but I kind of miss Kim Jong-il...

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