The Hand Kim Holds

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarKim So Yeol Facebook Twitter Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” SHARE Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion center_img Analysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center By Kim So Yeol – 2011.12.20 3:19pm Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? North Korea announced officially yesterday the death of Kim Jong Il. For Kim Jong Eun, today is the first day standing alone after his father’s death. This clearly marks the end of the era of Kim Jong Il, and the start of the era of Kim Jong Eun.Some anticipate that having served under his father for a short time, instability could follow the ascension of Kim Jong Eun. However, indicators of an emergency situation have yet to be seen, and this can be taken as a sign that things are proceeding according to Kim Jong Il’s instructions. In actual fact, North Korea seems to be minimizing the fallout from Kim Jong Il’s death and using ‘somber rememberance’ as a means to effect a smooth transfer of power to Kim Jong Eun.Propaganda mediums inside the North, following the news of Kim Jong Il’s death, reported that the military and people will vow to take upon Kim Jong Eun’s leadership. In official interviews, it has been stated that, “We will trust in the leadership of Comrade Kim Jong Eun and turn our sorrow into strength and courage…”. For internal solidarity the media focused on the words, “Our revolution will succeed today and in the future because of our great leader Kim Jong Eun” in order to instill a sense of solidarity with Kim Jong Eun in the people of North Korea.Kim Jong Eun’s succession was publicly announced at the Party Delegates’ Conference last year but it has been noted that his succession has taken place over a far shorter period compared to that of Kim Jong Il’s and therefore this has been interpreted as a sign of weakness. Especially because North Korea is a one leader system, experts doubt whether the young 29 year old Kim Jong Eun can solidify his grip on the leadership. Conversely, others have opined that the succession will be relatively stable because, since last year, Kim Jong Eun has placed people close to him in positions of power and begun the process of taking control of the bureaucracy.Some have speculated that Kim Jong Eun will inevitably use the ‘last instructions’ of his father Kim Jong Il. In particular, this is because experts note that it would be difficult for Kim Jong Eun to establish authority among the elder cadres, or legitimize his reign independently of his father and grandfather. Therefore he is expected to maintain the system of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung.At present, Kim Jong Eun’s official positions in North Korea are member of the Central Committee and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission. He will likely be assigned an important position at the Supreme People’s Assembly next year April.North Korea will likely roll out large-scale events on April 15th (100th birthday of Kim Il Sung) and April 25th (80th year of the establishment of the People’s Army), this will be done in order to project an image of continuity and strength.By that first date next April, with the elite group beginning to take control, will be able to determine whether this new era will be one of stability or not. The Hand Kim Holdslast_img read more

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Honoring Arnie, Se Ri; awaiting Tiger

first_imgNAPA, Calif. – In an opening-day edition, Cut Line showcases the end of an era in South Korea, the beginning of more speculation regarding Tiger Woods and the monotony of the PGA Tour’s wraparound schedule. Made Cut A class above. On Wednesday, Emiliano Grillo was named the 2015-16 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, becoming the third player from the high school class of 2011 to claim the honor in the last four years. Grillo staked his claim to the award with his victory at last year’s Safeway Open, and the race heated up even more when Smylie Kaufman won the next week in Las Vegas. But what turned into one of the tightest races in recent memory for the rookie award may be a precursor to this year’s class, which includes a host of blue-chip prospects including Ollie Schniederjans, Trey Mullinax, Bobby Wyatt and Wesley Bryan, a three-time winner on the Web.com Tour last season. Because of small print in the Tour’s regulations, Andrew “Beef” Johnston, Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm, who is in the hunt this week in Napa, don’t qualify as rookies but certainly add to the notion that a new wave of young talent is poised to make its mark. Fit for a King. Officials with the Central Florida Expressway board announced a plan this week to rename a portion of State Road 408 after Arnold Palmer, who died Sept. 25 at age 87. Considering everything the King meant to central Florida, the Arnold Palmer Expressway, which still must be approved by Florida legislators, seems like the least officials could do to honor him, but for your scribe this is personal. When Cut Line isn’t following the traveling Tour circus, we always try to park as close as possible to Palmer’s personalized space at Golf Channel HQ, eat in Arnie’s Café, and now will commute to work on a road named in his honor. Battling traffic and paying tolls suddenly seems much less concerning. Pak’s place. Se Ri Pak played her last competitive round Thursday at the KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea, a planned farewell to one of the game’s most inspiring players. It was a testament to her reach that a host of players, both Korean and American, were waiting for her as she finished her emotional final turn, including Inbee Park, who wasn’t even participating in the event. Pak’s impact on the growth of golf in Korea can’t be truly measured, but as a sign of her reach consider that in 1998 when she won the U.S. Women’s Open she was the only South Korean playing on the LPGA tour. Today that number has grown to 34. In August at the Olympics, Pak talked of Park’s gold-medal winning performance, telling reporters the victory in Rio would create a legacy for other South Koreans to follow. After a life of leadership, she would know. Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF) Tough choices. Nothing brings out armchair analysts like Tiger Woods; the second-guessing reached a frenzied level on Monday when he announced he would not be playing this week’s Safeway Open. Speculation raged from those who now believe the former world No. 1 will never play another PGA Tour event, to conspiracy theories that he withdrew because officials were going to pair him with Phil Mickelson for Rounds 1 and 2 in Napa. Both assumptions seem wildly off base. Various sources this week confirmed to Cut Line that both Woods and Mickelson, who shared leadership duties two weeks ago at the Ryder Cup, embraced this week’s potential pairing; and despite the withdrawal from Napa, Tiger remained committed to playing his own Hero World Challenge in December. Although it’s not an official event, a start later this year in the Bahamas would qualify as a step in the right direction. Only Woods knows his body and his game, and no athlete should be criticized for taking the long road back from injury, particularly if that athlete is Tiger. Tweet of the week: @Bowdo83 (Steven Bowditch) “Don’t WD Tiger! Come play a couple of practice rounds with me. Your confidence will go through the roof!” You have to give the Australian the award for most deprecating after all he endured last season. Twelve of Bowditch’s 71 rounds last season were in the 80s and he missed his last five cuts. It turns out Woods did miss a show. On Tuesday, Bowditch made a hole-in-one during a practice round and tweeted: “One thing worse than having a hole in one on Tuesday, making it against (Boo Weekley). #Natylite #unluckytiger” Missed Cut Off and running. The long wait ended this week as the 2016-17 Tour season got underway at Silverado Resort & Spa (insert eye roll). “After five solid days off, it’s exciting to start the year,” smiled Mickelson in a not-so-subtle shot at the Tour’s non-existent offseason. It’s been exactly 17 days since the final putt of the 2015-16 season dropped at East Lake, which makes it hard to embrace this week’s event with anything even close to opening-day excitement. Tour types will compete in the fall because they largely have to or risk falling behind in the season-long points race, but that doesn’t mean the quick turnaround is good for the players or the fans.last_img read more

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Listen: West, Boyer, and the “Darwin Woodstock”

first_img A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Intelligent Design Listen: West, Boyer, and the “Darwin Woodstock”Evolution News @DiscoveryCSCApril 22, 2018, 2:02 AM They discuss German paleontologist Günter Bechly, who changed his mind about Darwinism after reading a book by the main protagonist of the film, Dr. Behe. This was in the context of Dr. Bechly’s organizing a major museum exhibit celebrating the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species. What an irony for evolutionists to suffer such a major defection in the middle of what Boyer amusingly calls the “Darwin Woodstock.”Download the podcast or listen to it here.West also shares a fascinating postscript to the story. And he and Bowyer go on to discuss an upcoming Discovery Institute film, the award-winning Human Zoos, which explores Darwin-inspired scientific racism in the early 20th century. Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Evolution “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guidecenter_img Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Recommended Human Zoos premieres in Seattle on May 8. The Seattle screening is free, but registration is required, and you can register now.Photo: Woodstock Festival, opening ceremony, with Swami Satchidananda, by Mark Goff [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. TagsCharles DarwinDiscovery InstituteForbesGermanyGünter BechlyHuman ZoosID the Futureintelligent designJerry BoyerJohn WestMichael BeheOn the Origin of SpeciespaleontologypodcastpremiereRevolutionary: Michael Behe and the Mystery of Molecular MachineSeattleSwami SatchidanandaWoodstock Festival,Trending Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos On a new episode of ID the Future, podcaster and Forbes contributor Jerry Bowyer concludes a conversation with John West about the intelligent design documentary film Revolutionary: Michael Behe and the Mystery of Molecular Machines. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Sharelast_img read more

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‘We are all at risk,’ says St. Louis mayor as string of fatal child shootings climb to 9

first_imgBrian Sevald/iStock(ST. LOUIS) — For the second time since classes resumed at public schools in St. Louis this month, grief counselors will be on hand at an elementary school on Monday to comfort friends of 8-year-old Jurnee Thompson, a third-grader gunned down while standing in front of a restaurant with relatives following a football game.Since April, nine children under the age of 17 have been killed by gun violence in the city of St. Louis, and authorities say no one has been charged in any of the slayings.“We are all at risk,” a frustrated St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said at a news conference on Saturday. “If you are as outraged as I am … please help.”Saying the child killings have reached a point of “urgency,” Krewson announced a $25,000 CrimeStoppers reward for information leading to an arrest in any of the unsolved cases.“The message now for these shooters is when you engage in this type of violent behavior, there will be a significant incentive for people to give us information to lead to your arrest,” Krewson said.But Lisa Pisciotta, executive director of St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers, said the reward money will only be available until Sept. 1, and encouraged people with information on any of the case to contact police immediately, adding that all tips will be kept anonymous.“It expresses the urgency of the situation,” Krewson said of the time limit put on the reward.Less than 24 hours after Krewson announced the reward, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department homicide investigators responded to the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy. The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was discovered on the southeast side of the city at 6 a.m. on Sunday with a bullet wound to the head.Police said no arrests have been made.The fatal shooting came about 35 hours after Jurnee Thompson was shot in the head and killed on the northeast side of the city after she attended the football jamboree, the city’s annual kickoff to the high school football season, police said.St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said Jurnee had attended the jamboree at Soldan High School and was waiting for a food order with her two teenage cousins outside a restaurant when gunfire rang out.St. Louis Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams said counselors will be at Herzog Elementary school on Monday to provide support for classmates and teacher who knew the girl.“I don’t know that there are words to explain how difficult it is for the families that are hurting, and the impact this has on the community,” Adams told reporters on Saturday.The girl’s death came just 12 days after 7-year-old Xavier Usanga was killed by a stray bullet while playing near his St. Louis home. Xavier was slain a day before he was to start the second grade at Clay Elementary School in St. Louis.A funeral for Xavier was held on Saturday.“I miss your smile, your laugh, your hair. I couldn’t believe that you were gone. Why would someone take your life away?” Xavier’s 10-year-old sister, Trinity Usanga, told mourners who packed her brother’s funeral at a St. Louis Catholic church, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper.Federal authorities said in court earlier this month that a 23-year-old man, who was arrested and charged with stealing $50,000 from an armored car company he worked for, had confessed to firing the shots that killed Xavier. St. Louis police continue to investigate the killing, but state prosecutors have yet to charge him in the homicide.On Saturday, Chief Hayden read off a list of other fatal shootings of children that have yet to be solved and pleaded with the public to come forward with information.He said it was time for people in the community to be less concerned about retaliation for coming forward with information to police and more concerned about “what would happen to little children if you don’t.”Hayden said other unsolved homicides of children include the April 30 killing of 2-year-old Kayden Johnson and his 18-year-old mother, Trina’ty Riley, who were shot to death while hiding in a closet of their home after an intruder broke in.He said Kennedi Powell, 3, was shot to death on June 9 when she was standing on a sidewalk near her father’s car with other children and a gunman drove up in a vehicle and opened fire.Four other children and three adults were injured in the incident. No arrests have been made.Eddie Hill IV, 10, was killed in another drive-by shooting on July 19 as he stood on the front porch of his home with his father, Hayden said. No arrests have been made.Other youngsters killed by gun violence were Kristina Curry, 16, who was found shot to death in the parking lot of a high school on May 23; Derrel Williams, 15, who died on June 25 after being discovered shot on a street; and Jashon Johnson, 16, was found shot multiple times on a street on June 8.“In each of these cases, police investigators know that people were at or near the scene of these homicides. Please help us find the shooters,” Jimmie Edwards, the St. Louis public safety director and a former juvenile court judge, said at Saturday’s news conference. “If you or someone else you know may be hiding a shooter, please turn them in. Your failure to turn in people that have committed these types of offenses may also cause you to be charged with a crime.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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