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Hope: The Koreas Cooperate On Olympics

Yesterday, 19:26

Opinion from Coss;

There is a remarkable development in the Koreas. Remarkable, considering Trumperbelle's Threats  on N.K.

Not only did the two Koreas, quietly get together and sit down to talk about the forthcoming Winter Olympics, they've come together, in probably, the closest, to moving towards reconciliation and unification, since the Korean War.

Also not chucking missiles at each other during the proceedings...

They'll field a unified women's ice hockey team. If the team does well, we can expect warm feelings about a unified Korea all over the place.

Even though Trump has already claimed credit for the Koreas talking, I think you'll find that the USA had fuck all to do with it, other than prolly, monitoring it and trying to get information, that would be useful for military purposes.

A link below, you can Google to find more.....

https://www.koreatim...702_242655.html

Police To File Human Trafficking Charge Against Owner And Staff At Victoria Secret

16 January 2018 - 06:58

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Investigation into the Victoria Secret massage parlour raid by the police deepens with the Royal Thai Police are considering to file human trafficking charge against its owner and about 20 staff after three of the 113 women rounded up are proved to be underage girls.

Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Sriwara Rangsibramanakul said the Police General Hospital has applied MRI test (magnetic resonance imaging) on the bones of the women to determine their ages.

The first test on some of the 27 women showed three of them are underage or under 18 years old, he said.

With the bone examination protocol by the hospital, he said the police now have substantial evidence to file human trafficking charge against the proprietor of the massage parlour as it also found to operate sex service, he said.

He said Wang Thong Larng police was ordered to file human trafficking charge against the owner and the staff today.

According to Pol Gen Sriwara, the operator is a woman identified only as Ms Sasithorn.

He said human trafficking charge would be imposed on her who is the licence holder, and 20 others who included her accomplices, manager/overseer, cashier as well as the agent in charge of looking for girls

He said the Victoria Secret case is similar to the previous raid on Natalie massage parlour in June last year where the actual owners, permit holders, manager/overseer, cashier as well as the agent in charge of looking for girls were all held accountable for human trafficking offences.

But one difference in this instance however is the strong possibility of links to organized crime as the owner was found to own a number of similar businesses and all of them have been ordered to be checked and other persons involved in the organization to be monitored.

Investigators believe that the actual owner of Victoria Secret is still in the country, he said.

Meanwhile Pol Col Srongsak Raksak-Sakun, deputy director-general of the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) confirmed that they had evidence implicating the owners of Victoria Secret involvement in human trafficking operations involving women aged under 18 years.

Most of the under aged girls are illegal aliens who have been brought into the country by agents who deal with similar establishments in the capital and the provinces to supply girls.

http://englishnews.t...ictoria-secret/

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Could someone who knows, please comment on the use of magnetic resonance imaging on bones to determine age?

My understanding is that an MRI could tell you that a person was pre or post puberty and possibly assign an estimated bracketing of age.

i.e. 15~25 years, 25~40 years, 40~60 years etc.

Comments?

Morons And Technology.

15 January 2018 - 19:38

This is what the tech giants selling us stuff rely on.

A/. Buy the latest widget, put a credit card number in it and tell it to buy whatever.

or

B/. buy the widget, learn how to set it up and enjoy the widget for it's utility.

Which one are you?

Sanders calls out Amazon after 2-year-old orders Batman toy using Echo

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is calling out Amazon after her two-year-old child was able to use the Echo to purchase an $80 Batman toy.

Sanders used her official White House Twitter account on Sunday to complain that the company’s Echo device allowed her young son to purchase the toy by mistake.

"Alexa, we have a problem if my 2 year old can order a Batman toy by yelling 'Batman!' over and over again into the Echo,” Sanders, who has three children, tweeted on Sunday.

She posted a photo of an order confirmation for a $79.99 “Batman vs. Superman” action figure made by Sure Things Toys. The receipt says the product will arrive on Tuesday.
The Amazon Echo, which is voice-controlled, lets users buy items online on Amazon using the Alexa app by speaking to it.

Amazon has not responded to Sanders’s tweet.

http://thehill.com/h...-toy-using-echo

Russian Foreign Minister Berates Us For 'destabilizing' World

15 January 2018 - 19:29

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Moscow (CNN)Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the United States of destabilizing the world, airing a list of grievances over the Trump administration's foreign policy.

Lavrov dedicated the opening of his annual press conference Monday to castigating the US, which is expected to soon issue a fresh round of sanctions against Russia over its interference in the 2016 US election. Russia has long denied meddling in the vote.

Lavrov criticized the US for issuing regular "threats" in relation to events in North Korea and Iran, saying they had "further destabilized" the global situation.

He did not mention President Donald Trump by name, but the US President has issued stern threats to North Korea and Iran, sending a series of fiery Twitter posts attacking the leadership in both nations.

Trump has openly ridiculed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Twitter over Pyongyang's missile and nuclear testing and threatened military intervention. He recently lambasted the Iranian leadership for being repressive, "brutal and corrupt," and supported anti-government protesters challenging the government in six days of rallies.

Lavrov accused the US of provoking tensions on the Korean peninsula.

"The United States quite plainly says that the military confrontation is inevitable, however, everyone understands the catastrophic consequences of such recklessness," he said.

He also criticized the US for expanding its military exercises around North Korea, "which provoked a new escalation of tensions," while others were working through diplomatic channels to resume talks with Pyongyang.

Lavrov warns US on Iran deal

Lavrov warned the US not to back out of the Iran nuclear deal. Trump had vowed to tear up the 2015 agreement, brokered by the Obama administration, alongside several European allies, Russia and China. The deal obliges Iran to restrict its nuclear program in exchange for eased sanctions.

Trump signed a waiver on Iran sanctions Friday under the deal, but signaled that he would not do so again. He has been under pressure from foreign allies and, according to US officials, his own national security team to stick to the deal.

The day he signed the waiver, however, Trump also announced new separate sanctions on 14 Iranian individuals and entities, in a move that has rattled Tehran.

Lavrov said that US threats to walk away from the deal would undermine any future agreement with North Korea.

"It's sad that United States once again gives a reason to doubt their ability to be reliable contract partners," he said.

"And if this agreement is being taken aside and Iran is being told — you stay within the frame of agreements but we will return the sanctions -- well, put yourself in place North Korea's place. They are being promised that sanctions will be lifted if they say no to their nuclear program, what if they do it but sanctions are still there?"

Relations between Moscow and Washington deteriorated in 2017, as several US investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election got underway. The US tightened sanctions against Russia and closed several of its diplomatic compounds in the country, while Moscow forced the US to cut back on its diplomatic staff in Russia.

Lavrov laughed when CNN asked if he regretted Trump's ascension to the presidency, given the diplomatic tumult, and whether he might now prefer it if Hillary Clinton had won the election.

"This is not what diplomats do -- regret something that has happened. We work with facts, and facts are what we have today, so we just do what needs to be done to advance Russia's interests under the current circumstances," he responded.

US officials have not publicly responded to Lavrov's comments.

http://edition.cnn.c...intl/index.html

Erdogan: We Will 'strangle' U.s. Backed Force In Syria "before It's Eve...

15 January 2018 - 19:13

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BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to “strangle” a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria “before it’s even born,” as Washington’s backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies.

The United States announced its support on Sunday for plans for a “border force” to defend territory held by U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters in northern Syria.

The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad responded on Monday by vowing to crush the new force and drive U.S. troops from the country. Assad’s ally Russia called the plans a plot to dismember Syria and place part of it under U.S. control...

https://www.reuters....n-idUSKBN1F41HJ


It is worth noting, that the US position has obviously changed, vis a vis, Kurdish-led fighters in northern Syria, if we are to believe that Trump runs the US government.



Trump praises Turkey's Erdogan as a friend

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday praised Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan as a friend despite tensions between the two countries over Turkish security officials involved in street fighting with protesters during a visit to Washington in May...


Trump hailed Erdogan’s leadership in Turkey and said Erdogan “has become a friend of mine.”

“I think now we’re as close as we’ve ever been,” he said.

https://www.reuters....d-idUSKCN1BW2SJ