Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Repeal the Second Amendment

A musket from the 18th century, when the Second Amendment was written, and an assault rifle of today.CreditTop, MPI, via Getty Images, bottom, Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

By John Paul Stevens, The New York Times, March 27, 2018

Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society.

That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms. But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.

Click here for the entire article by Retired Justice John Paul Stevens

Sunday, March 18, 2018

12 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Eat Eggs

12 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Eat Eggs
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By Grant Stoddard

Eggs might just be the easiest, cheapest and most versatile way to up your protein intake.
Beyond easily upping your daily protein count— each 85-calorie eggs packs a solid 7 grams of the muscle-builder—eggs also boost your health. They’re loaded with amino acids, antioxidants and iron. Don't just reach for the whites, though; the yolks boast a fat-fighting nutrient called choline, so opting for whole eggs can actually help you trim down.

When you're shopping for eggs, pay attention to the labels. You should be buying organic, when possible. These are certified by the USDA and are free from antibiotics, vaccines and hormones. As for color, that's your call. The difference in color just varies based on the type of chicken—they both have the same nutritional value, says Molly Morgan, RD, a board certified sports specialist dietitian based in upstate New York. Here are 12 incredible effects the mighty egg can have on the human body.

From, 03/18/18

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Trumpeting a New Era

A Reuters report on October 17 described the concerns of a young Chinese woman working in the United States that she might miss out on the new development opportunities in China and her change of mind about whether or not to return to China. "This time back in China the feeling that I have is one of worry that it would be very easy to be left behind if I return to the U.S.," Zuo Aining, a tax consultant in Washington, D.C., told Reuters.

"My life is going as I planned five years ago," she said. But, "if there is a better platform and opportunity for me to do what I want to do, I will come back without any hesitation."

From Beijing Review 11/09/17

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Incredible New Year’s Celebrations Around The World

Incredible New Year’s Celebrations Around The World

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From the London Eye to Athens’ Acropolis, here are some of the most breathtaking scenes from New Year’s celebrations around the world. 


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Fireworks explode over the Brandenburg Gate during New Year’s festivities on January 1, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

Click here to see the New Year's Day Celebrations around the world 

From the Huffington Post, 01/01/2018

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Life in North Korea

Photos from North Korea’s east coast show how tough life is away from the capital

Cyclists passing along a road on the outskirts of the industrial city of Chongjin on North Korea's northeast coast on Nov. 19. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

TOKYO — North Korea, according to the North Korean regime, is a “socialist paradise” where well-dressed citizens take to the streets to celebrate their spectacular advances in missile and nuclear technology.

Click here to see the life in North Korea outside of Pyongyang

From The Washington Post

Saturday, November 25, 2017

25 Best Inventions Of 2017

‘TIME’ Magazine Reveals The 25 Best Inventions Of 2017

What do a robot, ice cream, fidget spinners, and a Mars lander have in common? They’ve all been named one of the 25 best inventions of 2017 by TIME.

The magazine’s annual round-up of the year’s best people, places, and things is underway, honouring everything from novels, to gadgets, to influential teens.

To compile the unranked best inventions list, TIME considers hundreds of innovations from around the world. Contenders are making the world better, smarter, or in some cases, a little more fun – solving problems you didn’t think could be solved, and problems you didn’t even know you had. Past inductees include the floating lightbulb and the desktop DNA lab, as well as the real-life hoverboard and alcoholic coffee.

This year’s cutting-edge products come from a wide range of industries. There are the obvious electronics, including Apple’s latest flagship smartphone. There are cars and gaming consoles. There’s clothing and cosmetics, food, viral toys, baby gear, and vehicles for space exploration.

Click here what those Best Inventions in 2017 are

From Time Magazine, 12/04/2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Water flow between the mountains

Life under Kim Jong Un

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Recent North Korean escapees relate how the secretive country has changed under the “Great Successor.”

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Xi Jinping’s Marathon Speech: Five Takeaways

President Xi Jinping of China delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the 19th Communist Party congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. Credit Andy Wong/Associated Press
BEIJING — As Xi Jinping’s first five-year term as China’s leader ends, he gave himself a shining report card on Wednesday — and a big to-do list for his next five years. Speaking at the start of a Communist Party congress in Beijing, Mr. Xi gave a work report that summed up his achievements so far, while also laying out where he wants to take China in his second term, which starts after this congress. Sitting at a podium before 2,300 delegates, he spoke for 205 minutes, long enough that his predecessor, Hu Jintao, pointed at his watch when Mr. Xi finally finished.

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From The New York Times, 10/18/17

Friday, September 29, 2017

There’s a way out on North Korea

There’s a way out on North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Korean Central News Agency/Reuters)
Opinion writer Opinions

The confrontation between the United States and North Korea is in a more dangerous zone than at any point in decades. Each side has announced tough positions, issued threats and underscored that its positions are nonnegotiable. Each side is now boxed in, with little room to maneuver. How to get off this perilous path?

The Trump administration has made a huge mistake in ramping up its rhetoric without any solid strategy to back it up. It remains unclear as to why it has done this. Partly, it seems this White House wants to reverse every Obama-era policy. Partly, it is the undisciplined approach that characterizes so many of this administration’s policies, with top people freelancing and showboating. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, for example, appears to take a hard line in order to outflank Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, effectively auditioning for his job.

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From the Washington Post 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Americans once carpet-bombed North Korea. It's time to remember that past

donald TrumpAs they always do on the anniversary of the armistice, North Koreans celebrated their “victory” in the Korean War on 27 July. A few days later, President Donald J Trump remarked that if the North Koreans made any more threats, they “will be met with fire and fury, and frankly, power the likes of which the world has never seen”. No American president has uttered words like this since Harry Truman warned the Japanese, between Hiroshima and Nagasaki, either to surrender or face “a rain of ruin from the air, the likes of which has never been seen on this earth”. Trump’s nuclear bluster, made off-the-cuff between golf rounds, was widely condemned, but a few days later he doubled down on it.  Click here to see the entire article by Bruce Cumings Email from Aiyoung Choi

Sunday, August 6, 2017

These Photos Show You Just How Crazy North Korea Is Right Now

These Photos Show You Just How Crazy North Korea Is Right Now

You have probably heard something about the crippled nation of North Korea but there aren’t a lot of genuine photos that show the harsh conditions. Korea used to be one nation until the country was divided following World War II, with the North becoming a communist state while the South became a democracy. It is very rare for Western photographers to document the poverty-ridden society under the dictatorship of Kim Jong-un. It is a risky adventure since it is illegal to take photos of everyday life and show them outside the country. Here are some incredible photographs that were smuggled out of the country:


Tuesday, May 30, 2017


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God's Plan For Ageing

God's Plan For Ageing

Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His wisdom God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God saw there was another need. In His wisdom He made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend, reach & stretch. And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise.  God looked down and saw that it was good.

So if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it’s God’s will. It is all in your best interest even though you mutter under your breath.


Nine Important Facts To Remember As We Grow Older   

#9  Death is the number 1 killer in the world.

#8  Life is sexually transmitted. 

#7  Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

#6   Men have 2 motivations: hunger and hanky panky, and they can't tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.

#5  Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.

#4  Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.

#3  All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

#2  In the 60's, people took LSD to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.

#1  Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today may be a burning issue tomorrow.  

Please share this wisdom with others while I go to the bathroom.

Email from Kyung Haw Lee

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Excerpts From a Chinese Historian’s Speech on North Korea

A military parade was held in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Saturday to celebrate the birthday of the founder of the country, Kim Il-sung, and to demonstrate its missile capabilities. Credit Wong Maye-E/Associated Press
BEIJING — Shen Zhihua, a Chinese historian known for his groundbreaking research on the Korean War, has urged Beijing to rethink its longstanding support for North Korea. Mr. Shen made his case in a speech last month that has ignited widespread discussion in China, reflecting growing debate about how tough the government should be on North Korea. Here are some excerpts:
“Chairman Mao said long ago that who is our friend and who is our enemy is the question of first importance in a revolution. Getting to grips with that is also of the first importance in the foreign policy situation of northeast Asia. Just who is our friend, and who is our enemy? If you can’t distinguish between friend and foe, how can you fight and whom do you fight? Of course, friends can also have conflicts, and sometimes there’s also compromise and cooperation with enemies.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

As Economy Grows, North Korea’s Grip on Society Is Tested

New apartment towers along Ryomyong Street in Pyongyang, North Korea, which has experienced a construction boom. Credit Wong Maye-E/Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea — Despite decades of sanctions and international isolation, the economy in North Korea is showing surprising signs of life.

Scores of marketplaces have opened in cities across the country since the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, took power five years ago. A growing class of merchants and entrepreneurs is thriving under the protection of ruling party officials. Pyongyang, the capital, has seen a construction boom, and there are now enough cars on its once-empty streets for some residents to make a living washing them.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

‘One word says it all. Asian’

An Airbnb host in California has been banned after an Asian American guest claimed her reservation was canceled at the last minute because of her race.

Airbnb host reportedly leaves guest stranded because of her race