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North Korea launched missile that flew over Japan

by on Aug.28, 2017, under 2017 Year

(CNN) North Korea has fired a missile over Japan which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called the “most serious and grave ever” threat to the country.
The missile was fired just before 6 a.m. in Japan. The launch set off warnings in the northern part of the country urging people to seek shelter.
It flew over Erimomisaki, on the northern island of Hokkaido, and broke into three pieces before falling into the Pacific Ocean, about 1,180 kilometers (733 miles) off the Japanese coast.

The missile was in flight for about 14 minutes, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at an emergency press conference. “There is no immediate report of the fallen objects and no damage to the ships and aircraft,” he added.

Abe told reporters he had a 40-minute phone call with US President Donald Trump to discuss the missile launch. The two countries have requested an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council, according to Japan’s ambassador to the UN, Koro Bessho.
“The international community has to put more pressure on North Korea,” Ambassador Bessho said.

The missile was launched near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, which is rare.

CNN’s Will Ripley, who is on the ground in Pyongyang, said the news had not been broadcast to people inside North Korea as of 9:45 a.m. local time.

First time since 1998

Though North Korea has been on a tear when it comes to testing missiles this year — Tuesday’s test was the 14th since February — the launch was the first time North Korea has successfully fired a missile over Japan since 1998.
Then, it sent a satellite launch vehicle over the country. The only other time is a failed 2009 launch of a missile which landed in the Pacific.

Analysts believe Tuesday’s launch shows a new level of confidence from the North Koreans.

“It is a big deal that they overflew Japan, which they have carefully avoided doing for a number of years, even though it forced them to test missiles on highly lofted trajectories, and forced them to launch their satellites to the south, which is less efficient than launching to the east (due to the Earth’s rotational motion),” said David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“This will make it more difficult for the US to get Japanese support for diplomacy, unfortunately, at exactly the time when the situation is heating up.”

US Senator Lindsey Graham quickly weighed in on Twitter, calling the launch a “a big-time” escalation of conflict.

“Trump Admin must forcefully respond to convince N. Korea their efforts to destabilize the region & world will not be allowed to mature,” he said.



‘Reckless act’

Minutes after the missile was launched, residents in northern Japan received a text message urging them to seek shelter in a strong structure or a basement. “We were awoken by sirens and messages from the government telling us to take cover,” one local resident told CNN.

The first message came in at 6:02 a.m. Japan time:

“Missile launched. missile launched. It seems that the missile has been launched from North Korea. Please evacuate to building with strong structure or go to the basement.”

The second alert came in about 12 minutes later:

“Missile passed. Missile passed. A minute ago, the missile seems to have pass the airspace of this area. If you find anything suspicious, please don’t come close to it, report to the police and firefighter directly.”

Prime Minister Abe condemned the launch as a “reckless act.”
“We have fully grasped the movement of the missile immediately after their launch and have been taking every possible effort to protect the lives of people,” he said. “It is a serious and grave threat which impairs the safety and peace of the region.”
Pyongyang’s missile tests are banned under United Nations Security Council resolutions.

But that hasn’t stopped current North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from attempting to rapidly develop his country’s nuclear and missile programs.

Analysts say North Korea believes developing a nuclear weapon that can fit atop a missile powerful enough to reach the United States is the only way Pyongyang can deter any US-led efforts at regime change.

The country has long maintained that it will only abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons if the United States ends what Pyongyang calls the American “hostile policy” to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as North Korea is officially known.

“They cross line after line in an effort to say this is the new reality and you should accept it and go easy on us,” said Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Center for American Progress. “There have been essentially four missiles launched in four days. I think that’s a pretty unambiguous signal that they’re no longer going to be restrained by the United States.”

Tuesday’s launch comes just three days after Pyongyang test-fired three short-range ballistic missiles from Kangwon province — of the three, one failed.

Peaceful pressure

The administration of US President Donald Trump is pursuing what it calls a strategy of “peaceful pressure” to rein in North Korea’s weapons programs. The goal is to put enough diplomatic and economic pressure on Pyongyang in order to push them to the negotiating table.

Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Trump hinted that the strategy appeared to be working.

Trump mused at a rally in Phoenix that Kim might now respect the United States. At a State Department briefing Wednesday in Washington, Tillerson said the brief respite in the missile launches may have been an example of North Korea demonstrating restraint.

“If Trump and Tillerson believed North Korea backed down, they were sorely mistaken,” Mount said.

“They’re not going to volunteer to do this (give up their weapons). Ever,” he said. “It’s a matter of bargaining. And North Korea has signaled over and over again that the price is really high.”

North Korea may also be considering more actions. Another US official says US spy satellites had been observing preparations for a ballistic missile test that would be most likely an intermediate range missile that could reach Guam, the small US territory in the Western Pacific that Pyongyang threatened earlier this month. The official says the assessment is ongoing.

‘Very dangerous’

The launch was also likely a signal to Japan, analysts say, as it comes the day after the Northern Viper military drills ended between the United States and Japan on Hokkaido.
Analysts say it’s likely part of a North Korea strategy to drive a wedge between the US and its two main allies in the region — Japan and South Korea.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga told reporters this launch “could endanger peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region. It is also very dangerous and problematic in terms of the traffic safety of planes and ships.”

“The launch is an obvious violation of UN resolutions. We cannot tolerate these repeated provocations by the North. We condemn this in the strongest possible way,” he added.

The United States is currently participating in its annual 10-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercises with South Korea, which began on August 21. Those drills are more logistical and defensive in nature — though Pyongyang sees them as provocative — whereas the Northern Viper drills could be considered more operational, Mount said.

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry condemned the North Korean launch as “yet another provocation despite grave messages of warning,” in a statement Tuesday.

“The North Korean regime needs to realize that denuclearization is the only true path to securing its security and economic development and needs to come to the path for nuclearization dialogue instead of conducting its reckless provocation,” the statement said.

Earlier, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs issued a statement that North Korea “fired an unidentified projectile” from an area near Pyongyang, toward the sea east of the Korean Peninsula, that “flew over Japan.”

The Pentagon confirmed a launch had been detected. Spokesman US Army Col. Rob Manning said they were still in the process of assessing it.

Manning said that NORAD determined Tuesday’s launch did not pose a threat to North America.

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Endtimes: Fleas are testing positive for the plague in parts of Arizona

by on Aug.13, 2017, under 2017 Year

Officials in two Arizona counties are warning the public after fleas in the region tested positive for the plague, the infamous infectious disease that killed millions during the Middle Ages.

Navajo County Public Health officials confirmed on Friday that fleas in the area have tested positive for the rare disease. The public health warning follows a similar notice from Coconino County Public Health Services District in Arizona warning of the presence of plague in fleas found there too.

Both counties are situated in the northern part of Arizona.

“Navajo County Health Department is urging the public to take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure to this serious disease, which can be present in fleas, rodents, rabbits and predators that feed upon these animals,” the public health warning states. “The disease can be transmitted to humans and other animals by the bite of an infected flea or by direct contact with an infected animal.”

Officials also urged persons living, working, camping or visiting in these areas to take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure, including avoiding sick or dead animals, keeping pets from roaming loose, and avoiding rodent burrows and fleas.

While the warning may ring alarm bells for people who only know of the plague from history books, the findings are not without precedent.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that studies suggest that outbreaks of the plague occasionally occur in southwestern U.S. states like Arizona during cooler summers that follow wet winters.

Symptoms of plague include sudden onset of fever, headache, chills, and weakness and one or more swollen, tender and painful lymph nodes, according to the CDC. If untreated, the bacteria can spread to other parts of the body.

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Dr. Keith Ablow: Loneliness is now more deadly than obesity. And we still don’t we have a plan to reduce it

by on Aug.12, 2017, under 2017 Year

Speaking recently at the 125th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Brigham Young University, wisely focused on the toll that loneliness is taking on Americans. 

Dr. Holt-Lunstad presented findings culled from two massive 2010 analyses of data from hundreds of studies involving millions of individuals. Among the data: Social isolation, loneliness or living alone was each a significant factor contributing to premature death.  And each one of these factors was a more significant risk factor for dying than obesity.

Think about that: Loneliness now eclipses obesity as a cause of premature death in America. The AARP estimates that 42.6 million Americans over the age of 45 are suffering from loneliness, with nearly one quarter of the population living alone, marriage rates declining and the number of children per family dropping. 

And we don’t have any credible plan to reduce loneliness. In fact, all indications are that it will continue to rise.

-I” We’re increasingly a people who pose. And posing leaves the poser and his or her audience feeling empty–and alone. -”

No one knows precisely why loneliness is surging, threatening the lives of many millions of people, but it does seem that the burgeoning use of technology may have something to do with it.  Personally, I would contend that technology may be the chief factor fueling it.

Multiple studies have indicated that frequent Facebook users don’t feel more connected to others; they actually experience feelings of loneliness, decreased self-esteem and depression. 

I believe the same will prove true of Snapchat and Tinder.
Apps aren’t the only offenders. With email and texting replacing phone calls (and even phone voice messages), the ability to rapidly share written thoughts has disembodied our communications with one another, sucking the intonation and warmth out of much of our day-to-day communication. 

You can’t really say, “I miss you,” through text, in the same way you would say it by phone–sounding earnest, or, perhaps, even melancholy. You can’t say you love someone through text the same way you would say it–provided you really meant it–by phone (never mind, in person).

Emails lack the humanity of typed letters, let alone handwritten correspondence (which has all but disappeared from our interpersonal repertoire). 

When the daughter of a friend of mine received a postcard from her friend vacationing in Europe, I watched her exclaim, “She sent me a postcard!” Then, she grimaced slightly, squinting at the cursive writing. “Wait, I think it’s by a computer . . .”   She moistened the tip of her finger and ran it over the characters.  “Yeah,” she said, obviously a little dejected, “it doesn’t smudge.  She must have sent it to a bunch of people.  It looked so real.  Well, at least she didn’t just text.”

That young woman’s disappointment at the loss of some part of the potential human, feeling connection between her and her friend may not be catastrophic, but it is happening to millions upon millions of people trillions of times a day. And I believe these trillions of micro-doses of estrangement are exacting a human toll.
“LOL,” the omnipresent reply to a text or Snapchat communication, may mean someone is actually laughing, I suppose, but, more often, it probably means the person texting it is mildly amused. It may even be a complete lie, hiding a person’s actual disdain for what he or she has just received.

We’re increasingly a people who pose. And posing leaves the poser and his or her audience feeling empty–and alone.

Add to this the number of people opting for virtual reality–whether simulated games or simulated sex or simulated travel–and the gravitational pull of technology toward a solitary existence would seem evident.
Marshall McLuhan, the genius who authored the classic “Understanding Media,” wrote, “The medium is the message.” 

As an unintended side effect of using technology, with all its scale and convenience, we may well be communicating to one another–and to ourselves–that we don’t really value one another enough to visit, or write to one another by hand or call one another by phone. And the toll of this micro-dosing of estrangement–as incredible as it may sound–may well be early death for millions of us. 

Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. 

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Spirit of Vanity – White glamour model with 32S breasts who uses tanning injections to make her skin darker records bizarre video claiming it’s the first time she’s visited Los Angeles as a ‘black woman’

by on Aug.01, 2017, under 2017 Year, Spirit of Vanity

– Martina Big spent £50,000 on surgery to transform herself into an ‘exotic Barbie’
– She used tanning injections and a sun-bed to give herself ‘crispy brown’ skin
– The former air hostess has visited Los Angeles for first time as a ‘black woman’

A white glamour model who spent £50,000 on surgery in a bid to transform herself into an ‘exotic Barbie’ recorded a video claiming she is visiting Los Angeles for the first time as a ‘black woman’.

Former air hostess Martina Big, who claims she is 28 and a size 6, has boosted her breasts to a size 32S, and used tanning injections and her own powerful 50-tube sunbed to achieve her ‘dark, crispy brown’ complexion.

The German tanning addict, who claims her breasts are ‘Europe’s biggest’, adder her dream was to ‘get darker and darker and see what the limits are’.

Before the surgery and injections

After the surgery and the injections.

Extreme: The former air hostess wants to ‘get darker and darker and see what the limits are’

In a recently uncovered video, Martina is seen standing in front of the Hollywood sign in a leopard bikini top and shorts.
She said: ‘ The last time I visited this with blonde hair and white skin… And now I’m a black woman with African hair [sic].’

The video has been slammed by viewers. One wrote: ”I’m not pleased or supporting this mess.
‘I’m a black woman as you can see and I don’t think this is cool. It’s sad. It’s pitiful.

Before the ‘tanning’: Martina said last time she visited Los Angeles she was ‘white and blonde’

Bizarre: In the video the glamour model claims she is now a ‘black woman’ with ‘African hair’

Martina first began dabbling with surgery in 2012, when her boyfriend encouraged her to take up modelling.

She once aspired to look like Pamela Anderson or Katie Price but has since decided they’re ‘not curvy enough’.

Earlier this year Martina had three melanin boosting injections that have turned her a deep shade of mahogany.

Still fair-haired but with a noticeably smaller bust, Martina is pictured before she spent £50,000 on surgery to transform into her idols Barbie and Jessica Rabbit.

Martina first began dabbling with surgery in 2012 and has since spent thousands on her look

Martina first began dabbling with surgery in 2012 and has since spent thousands on her look

Martina with her boyfriend Michael, who has also had tanning injections himself, and encourages her extreme look

She recently visited Los Angeles plastic surgeons Paul Nassif and Terry Dubrow and asked them to give her enormous butt implants to ‘balance out’ her extreme figure.

Appearing on reality TV show Botched on E!, she said: ‘I have the biggest boobs in Europe but I need my butt to match my boobs.’

However she eventually conceded she needed a less ‘extreme’ procedure.

In the television appearance Martina was not sporting a darker skin colour. It is not known when the recently uncovered video was filmed.

New dream: Martina achieves her look with injections, sun-bed sessions and hours in the sun

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