Tagged: North Korea

Happy Easter! We’re still here; North Korea hasn’t started World War III yet

So now we know the real reason for all this North Korea news and sabre-rattling you’ve heard about lately: it was the “Day of the Sun” celebrations honouring the founding leader of North Korea, so that meant a big military parade in front of Kim Jong-un and the leadership. I actually tuned into this online — RT was running a live feed of it. 

All I have to say is: my God. I cannot believe in this day and age that a regime like the one in North Korea exists. It was like watching old newsreels of parades the Soviet Union would put on back in the day, when the Politburo would stand there saluting as the tanks rolled by. It really was a throwback to the old days: a bad throwback.

Worse yet, it seems like that place is on a permanent war footing: it’s all military all the time. They just tried another missile launch the other day, but fortunately it failed. Still, it was enough to scare the heck out of the civilized world. People are increasingly worried — especially the Americans — about the ability of North Korea to do major damage.

Let’s all hope for more “failed missile tests” in the future — I don’t want to find out what transpires from a “successful” one.

Anyone else concerned about all this North Korea nuclear war talk?

What a way to start a long Easter weekend: by going online and seeing stories like this one in the Mail Online. “War at any moment.” 

Well, I guess this is one way to get everyone’s attention off of Syria.

You know, some of us just want to sit at home this weekend and watch the Stanley Cup playoffs. We don’t need to have our hockey-watching interrupted by breaking news coverage of North Korea starting a nuclear war

The world is hurling itself off a cliff! Good grief.

Spending a relaxing evening watching N. Korea missile test coverage

NORTH KOREA ANTICS, CYPRUS CHAOS, AND THE REST OF THE NEWS FROM NOWHERE

Welcome to the “World is Going to Heck” edition of News from Nowhere. Seriously, what is going on? Financial chaos, tinpot dictators, Jarome Iginla traded — you name it.

First I want to talk about the financial mess in Cyprus, with the bank accounts being raided by up to 40 percent to bail the country out. The banks are now back open but under tight controls.

I don’t know nearly enough about this mess because I’m too busy covering provincial balanced budgets in our recession-free jurisdiction (what recession?), but all I have to say is this is not the kind of thing that is going to inspire confidence in the banking system. Banks ought to be places where you have confidence in placing your deposits there. If you put your money in a bank and then lose a hefty chunk of it because of other peoples’ incompetence and bad decisions, why bother putting money in a bank? You’re better off hiding it under the bed.

Next I want to talk about Kim Jong-un, the crazed dictator of North Korea who has been busy tearing up peace agreements with South Korea and threatening all week to attack the United States. So far the Americans are treating this guy like an annoying bug who deserves to be squashed, but isn’t.   

Obviously this calls for some shuttle diplomacy, from the hilarious Dennis Rodman.

Seriously, though, I worry this nut Kim could do some serious damage and inadvertently start World War III. Hopefully this latest sabre-rattling will end the same way all the previous sabre-rattling ended, with nothing happening, but I have to wonder.   

Other news:

Lots of rumors going around that Jay Leno could be leaving the Tonight Show to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon.  

As well, the possibility is that the show could end up moving back to New York after, oh, 40-some years in beautiful southern California. Word is the show could move to take advantage of some New York film-and-TV tax credits. 

I have to say — wow, wouldn’t this be Leno’s final come-uppance after what happened to his other rivals over the years. Still, nothing’s official yet and we will keep you posted on this developing situation.

The other thing I have to say is why don’t we do something here in Saskatchewan like what New York is doing with film and TV tax credits? Then maybe we’d be in the running for Jimmy Fallon.

Ha ha ha — my big unfunny joke of the day. Right now we’re barely in the running to attract Punxsutawney Phil, let alone any TV shows.

Did you hear about the story about that Ohio prosecutor who wanted to have Phil criminally indicted for his lousy early spring prediction? And then some handler for Phil fell on his sword and took responsibility for “misinterpreting” Phil’s prediction? I don’t buy it.

Phil got it wrong and and this is nothing short of a cover-up. Phil should go to jail. All these groundhogs need to spend some time in the slammer for getting all our hopes up. Right now it’s still minus temperatures where I am, not to mention plenty of snow, and in fact the forecasters here say it’s going to be cold next week, too. We’re going to be seeing minus temperatures in April. This weather here is terrible. Anyway, it’s too bad the indictment was dropped, because Phil is a fraud and he should go to jail.

In other legal news, the Jodi Arias murder trial continues to lurch and get great ratings for HLN, and this is where you can find out all the latest and be caught up. Mind you, I have not been able to follow much of the trial due to my work commitments. So I have plenty of catching up to do myself.

The trades are ramping up in advance of the trading deadline in the NHL next week, and the biggest one just happened this week as Jarome Iginla has been traded from Calgary to Pittsburgh. 

Of course, TSN ended up with egg on its face when they reported all day Wednesday that Iginla was going to go to the Bruins. It turns out the Bruins were definitely in the running, but the deal never got done.

While this was going on our local Saskatoon Blades were melting down in Medicine Hat. And with the  Swift Current Broncos also punted in Calgary last night, it means the WHL playoffs are over for all the teams in Saskatchewan.

All I have to say is the Blades’ performance this week was a disgrace and yet another humiliation inflicted on the hockey fans of Saskatoon. People should definitely be fired over this. What is stranger still is the fact that the Blades will play again in the Memorial Cup tournament in May, just because they are hosting the tournament. That’s the only reason they are there – they’re certainly not there on merit. If the Blades wind up winning the Cup after this week’s debacle, you can bet the knives will also be out to change the Memorial Cup format.

In horse racing news, the Dubai World Cup runs Saturday and here is a Forbes article talking more about that richest race in the world. 

In auto racing, IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe is a national hero now after winning in St. Petersburg, and the NASCAR race in Fontana ended in wild Mike Tyson-fight fashion. In golf, his win in Bay Hill means Tiger Woods is back on top — likely due to his love life picking up again. What Lindsey Vonn sees in this guy, I don’t know.

Finally in Saskatchewan news, bye bye to retiring CBC Saskatchewan news anchor Costa Maragos. His final newscast was Thursday evening and you can read more about his final day here and about his appearance on the Morning Edition show that morning.

That is all for now.