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In the middle of Trump's war-mongering against N.Korea, we all need to understand the context. To most people, N.Korea seems like a bellicose state run by a dynasty of nutcases. Why shouldn't we slap them down?

tl;dr - in 1950-53 the USAF killed 20% of N. Korea's civilian population through bombing. By the end of the bombing, starving, surviving N. Koreans lived underground. This experience polarized N.Korea, and permanently transformed its outlook to a siege mentality, that naturally regards the US as its major adversary. And today N.Korea has nuclear weapons.

(PLEASE RESHARE WIDELY - America needs to hear this)

N.Korea is the way it is because of an earlier years-long asymmetric military attack by the US. The Korean peninsula has long been subjugated and occupied by its larger neighbors, China, Russia, and Japan. When Japan lost WWII in 1945, it also lost its Korean colony. Korea was carved up (just like Germany) between Russia (North Korea) and the US (South Korea). Two separate Korean governments each controlled one half of the country. Neither government recognized the other, and in June 1950, after provocations both ways, civil war broke out.

America was in the throes of the cold war, a time when communists (rather than fascists, drug addicts, hippies, terrorists, Iraqis, immigrants, Mexicans, muslims etc) were the scapegoat of the era. The very unamerican McCarthyism held the US hostage to red scares for years. Our most talented strategic thinkers came up with the (foolish and wrong) "domino theory" that communism would spread between neighboring states. In that superheated, polarized environment, it was easy to commit US military force to take the South's side in the civil war.

The Korean civil war lasted 4 years, 1950 - 1953. This was before cable tv and live action reporting. Our military was free to do whatever it wanted, without public overview. General MacArthur was relieved for insubordination.(MacArthur believed he, not the president, had the authority to order use of nuclear weapons on Korea. MacArthur was wrong. President Truman considered, and the USAF practiced, but nukes were not used).

Quoting from the Washington Post, "The (conventional) bombing was long, leisurely and merciless, even by the assessment of America’s own leaders. “Over a period of three years or so, we killed off — what — 20 percent of the population,” Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay, head of the Strategic Air Command during the Korean War, told the Office of Air Force History in 1984."

"Dean Rusk, a supporter of the war and later secretary of state, said the United States bombed “everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another.” After running low on urban targets, U.S. bombers destroyed hydroelectric and irrigation dams in the later stages of the war, flooding farmland and destroying crops."

"Although the ferocity of the bombing was criticized as racist and unjustified elsewhere in the world, it was never a big story back home." And that's why N.Korea today bitterly resists American military posturing.

Trump is very, very foolish to threaten N.Korea. The Koreans remember their past savage treatment, and today will resist any threat from America, using nuclear weapons if they even think an attack is coming. We are facing a completely unnecessary escalation by an inexperienced and impulsive president Trump. There are 38,000 American soldiers in S. Korea who will immediately be killed in the first nuclear strike from the North. What is Trump doing this for? How do you think China and Russia will react to American aggression against a small neighbor? What can we possibly gain? A better approach would be a sincere apology for the civilian holocaust we brought. We should also give war reparations and civil aid to N. Korea to help it at last rebuild and recover, 67 years after America's war crime against its civilian population.

PLEASE SHARE - let's get the facts in front of the people.

More info: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-us-war-crime-north-korea-wont-forget/2015/03/20/fb525694-ce80-11e4-8c54-ffb5ba6f2f69_story.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_War


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A solid takedown of the Politico article on how much fun it is to cover the White House. Sigh.

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Slashdot is doing a thing on everybody's first home computer. This is the one I wanted most: http://heathkit.garlanger.com/hardware/systems/H11/

Just reading the ad copy 35 years later gives me a wave of nostalgic lust.

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Approach to SFO can be quite lovely at times.
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Finding myself unwilling to read articles today in case they are non-obvious 4/1 jokes. This would be a good year to keep them obvious.

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You may (if you are that sort of geek) recall my post the other day (https://plus.google.com/+TedLemon/posts/gVFU3952Ft7) where I had taken apart my NetGear Nighthawk X4S R7800 router. The goal was to be able to access the console, and I sort of succeeded, but was unable to get it to actually work: no matter what baud rate and parity settings I chose, I would get gibberish most of the time, clear text occasionally.

After some poking around, I concluded that it was a grounding problem, and that my cable was trash (I actually tried two cables, neither of which worked). So I bought this cool little device from +Adafruit Industries: a little FTDI chip on a board, plus some female-to-male jumper wires (sold separately).

A couple of nice things about this: first, the serial chip is now on the far end of the cable rather than the near end, so it's USB signaling down the length of the cable, which is more reliable because it's differential and noise-tolerant. Second, the transmission line down which I am running my 115200,N,1 serial connection is now 1' instead of 6'.

The upshot of this is that I plugged it in and it worked the first time. And because the signals on the AdaFruit board are labeled, I can tell which signal is going into which header pin on the router board. And so can you, if you happen to need to hack on this particular router, which is why I've included this info here.
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As with any sculpture, it is not so much that one makes something out of the medium, as that one takes away those parts of the medium that are obscuring what is beneath. Ultimately, the form that was there already is revealed.

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It's blizzarding! :)

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Oh my god. Slow clap. This guy fucking nails it.

Plus, ... #VoteForKang

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+Colm Buckley might find this informative. Thanks to Chuck for sharing it.
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