Sparky talks North Korea's A-bomb ...We can start here: Missiles, nuclear weapons program, and the six-party talks
On October 9, 2006, North Korea announced that it had conducted its first nuclear test, although it has not been confirmed. Wikinews has news related to: North Korea announces it has conducted a successful nuclear test.
China was given 20 minutes notice of the test, and China subsequently warned Japan, Russia, and the United States. The seismic activity is disputed; the United States Geological Survey measured it as 4.2 on the Richter scale, while South Korean scientists placed it as 3.58. According to the Korean Central News Agency "no radioactive material leaked from that test site". On October 11, 2006, a second nuclear test was reported by Japanese sources. However, data available on the World Wide Web indicates that no seismic events have occured in North Korea since October 9th.
North Korea has in the past stated that it has produced nuclear weapons and according to many intelligence and military officials it has produced, or has the capability to produce, up to six or seven such devices. It also has a certain quantity of Rodong-1 and 2, Scud, and the long-range Taepodong-1 and 2 missiles. It has test-fired each of these missiles more than once, despite the Six-party talks, initiated in 2003. The Six-party talks have been the diplomatic route used to resolve the concern brought about by North Korea's nuclear weapons program. These talks are a series of meetings with six participating states - the People's Republic of China, South Korea, North Korea, the United States of America, the Russian Federation and Japan and were a result of North Korea withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003. The aim of these talks is to find a peaceful resolution to the security concerns raised by the North Korean nuclear weapons program.
According to Richard Saccone, an expert on Korea, in April 2006 : "After decades of hostile exchanges and months of stalled negotiations about its nuclear weapons, North Korea quietly put forward a positive signal that it is prepared to talk."
North Korea is not a signatory of the Missile Technology Control Regime and states that it has the sovereign right to test its missiles and pursue its weapons program. The DPRK's stance on the 2002 Pyongyang Declaration with Japan is that the agreement is now void due to Japan's failure to normalize relations with the regime. US sanctions following the six-party talks are also cited by North Korea as a reason to continue missile tests and other aspects of its weapons program. 
North Korea announced on October 3, 2006, that it was going to test its first nuclear weapon regardless of the world situation, blaming 'hostile US policy' as the reason for the need for such a deterrent. However, it pledged a no-first-strike policy and to nuclear disarmament only when there is worldwide elimination of such nuclear weapons. On October 9, 2006, the state claimed to have conducted its first underground nuclear test successfully. The response from the international community was for the most part condemnation. The UN and NATO quickly held meetings to decide how to react to this situation, and North Korea has since stated that any sanctions imposed upon them will be viewed as an 'act of war'.
“... Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States would not attack North Korea, rejecting a suggestion that Pyongyang may feel it needs nuclear weapons to stave off an Iraq-style U.S. invasion.
Rice told CNN that President Bush has told the North Koreans that "there is no intention to invade or attack them. So they have that guarantee. ... I don't know what more they want."...”
Not that Kim isn't a first class nut job but maybe he want assurances from people who aren't like him. You know like cowardly liars and torturers?
October 10, 2006
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A North Korean Military official has said that if the United States does not "resolve its standoff with Pyongyang" that North Korea may conduct additional tests and deploy nuclear weapons on its missiles.
"We hope the situation will be resolved before an unfortunate incident of us firing a nuclear missile comes. That depends on how the US acts," an unnamed N. Korean military official told the South Korean news agency Yonhap.
The official goes on to say that the test of a nuclear weapon was an "expression of intentions" to get the U.S. to face the country.
"The nuclear test is an expression of our intention to face the United States across the negotiating table," said the official.
The official also said that the sanctions against N. Korea are "not a solution." and "never" will be a solution.
"We have lost enough. Sanctions can never be a solution. We still have a willingness to give up nuclear weapons and return to six-party talks as well. It’s possible whenever the US takes corresponding measures," said the official.
The U.S. has declined an offer by N. Korea to have talks with the country one on one saying that the U.S. will not be "intimidated" by N. Korea.
- Associated Press "Get ready to face nuclear missile, N Korea warns US". Mumbai Mirror, October 10, 2006
- "NKorea warns of further tests, warhead deployment on missiles - Yonhap -UPDATE". Forbes, October 10, 2006
Russia's defense minister, Sergei Ivanov, said Monday in televised comments that North Korea's nuclear test has been confirmed and yielded as much as 15 kilotons of TNT; which was the size of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. That would be far greater than the force estimated by South Korea's geological institute of just 550 tons of TNT. Other international estimates have ranged from the sub-kiloton range — less than equivalent to a thousand tons of TNT — to upwards of 12 kilotons.
Other Asian neighbors said they registered a seismic event, but Russia is the only country which said its monitoring services had detected a nuclear explosion.
"We know the exact site of the test. The ecological situation is normal, including on Russian territory in Primorye." Ivanov said, referring to the Russian province that borders North Korea.
- AP "Russia: N. Korea Test Greater Than Reported". Yahoo, October 9, 2006
- Steve Gutterman "Russia: North Korean nuclear blast had a strength of up to 15 kilotons of TNT: Russia". AP, October 9, 2006
- AFP "Success, failure or bluff? Scientists pore over data". Khaleej Times, October 9, 2006
- CNN "Nervous Asia worries over 2nd test". CNN, Oct.11,2006
Even worse it seems it's all the Bush II Junta's Boy King's fault as well - as per the to be trusted Greg Palast: How GEORGE BUSH gave KRAZY KIM The Bomb
“ ... [Tuesday, October 10th 2006] How did a berserker like North Korea’s Kim John Il get the bomb in the first place? Answer: He bought it from the Dr. Strangelove of Pakistan in 2001 — while all our President’s men ordered our intelligence agents to keep their eyes shut tight.
On November 9, 2001, BBC Television Centre in London received a call from a phone booth just outside Washington. The call to our Newsnight team was part of a complex prearranged dance coordinated with the National Security News Service, a conduit for unhappy spooks at the CIA and FBI to unburden themselves of disturbing information and documents. The top-level U.S. intelligence agent on the line had much to be unhappy and disturbed about: a “back-off” directive. ...
This call to BBC came two months after the attack on the Pentagon and World Trade Towers. His fellow agents, he said, were now released to hunt bad guys. That was good news. The bad news was that, before September 11, in those weeks just after George W. Bush took office, CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) personnel were told to “back off” certain targets of investigations begun by Bill Clinton. He said there were particular investigations that were effectively killed.
Which particular investigations? The agent was willing to risk his job to get this story out, but we had to press repeatedly for specifics on the directive to “back off.” The order, he said reluctantly, spiked at least one fateful operation. As he talked, I wrote in my notebook, “Killed off Conn. Labs investigation.” Connecticut Laboratories? I was clueless until my producer Meirion Jones, a weapons expert, gave me that “you idiot” look and said, “Khan Labs! Pakistan. The bomb.” Dr. A. Q. Khan is known as the “Father” of Pakistan’s atomic bomb. ...
Now, in 2006, comes what the spook-world calls, “blow-back,” the ugly consequences of playing hide-and-don’t-seek with the Saudis five years ago. Kim has finally decided to unwrap his gift from Pakistan — and our President is, once again, in that toxic mood we all know so well: both befuddled and belligerent.
Well, I suppose George can do what he usually does in a crisis: offer Kim a big fat tax cut.”
The Reverend Doctor Christopher Syn is the smuggler hero of a series of novels by Russell Thorndike. The first book in this series, Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh was published in 1915.
Doctor Syn was a brilliant scholar who also possessed many swashbuckling skills such as riding, fencing, and seamanship. He was content to live the quiet live of a country vicar until his wife was seduced away by a pirate.
Syn set out on a quest for revenge, in the process assuming the guise of the pirate Captain Clegg. With the end of his quest, Syn settled down to a more respectable life as the vicar of Dymchurch in Romney Marsh, Kent, and resumed his original name.
Syn learns that his parishioners have been smuggling goods from France to avoid the extravagant customs duties the government charges. Realizing that the townsfolk are falling into an ambush, Syn races to their rescue. A suit of clothing borrowed from a scarecrow makes an improvised disguise.
After this rescue Syn decides that he can only protect his people by becoming their leader. He makes a more elaborate scarecrow costume complete with eerie luminous paint. At night the respectable Dr Syn became "The Scarecrow", the feared head of the smugglers. Together with the church sexton (and former pirate colleague) Mr. Mipps, he organizes the smugglers into a well-organized band of "night riders", called "The Devil Riders" with macabre disguises and code-names. Syn's cunning is so great that the smugglers outwit the government forces for many years.
The Dr. Syn books detail his adventures and attempts to evade the Excise. There are seven novels in the series written by Thorndike:
- Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh (1915)
- Doctor Syn on the High Seas (1935)
- Doctor Syn Returns (1936)
- Further Adventures of Doctor Syn (1936)
- Courageous Exploits of Doctor Syn (1938)
- Amazing Quest of Doctor Syn (1939)
- Shadow of Doctor Syn (1944)
In 1960 American author William Buchanan used the character in his novel Christopher Syn. This is essentially a reworking of Further Adventures of Doctor Syn with a different conclusion and some conflation and renaming of the supporting characters. Christopher Syn became the basis for the 1962 Disney production (see below). There was also a book adaptation of the Disney theatrical version. This was titled Doctor Syn, Alias the Scarecrow and was written by Vic Crume.
Three film adaptations have been made of Dr Syn's exploits. The first, Doctor Syn, featured noted actor George Arliss in the title role. The second, The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, was produced as a television miniseries by Walt Disney in 1964 and starred Patrick McGoohan of The Prisoner fame (it was re-edited and released theatrically about six years later with the title, Doctor Syn, Alias the Scarecrow). That same year Captain Clegg (released as Night Creatures in the US) was produced by Hammer Film Productions with horror movie actor Peter Cushing in the lead role. Because Disney had a stronger claim to the copyright, the main character's name was changed to Dr. Blyss.
In 2001 the first ever stage adaptation was performed at churches throughout the Romney Marsh, the final night being performed in Dymchurch itself. The cast combined professional actors such as Daniel Thorndike (the author's son), Michael Fields, Steven Povey and Ben Barton, along with various amateurs from the marshes. Although covered heavily by the press and filmed, pressure from Walt Disney (who still own all rights) has ensured that this production will never be released on video.
The "Days of Syn" festival is held every even-numbered year (e.g. 2004) by the residents of Dymchurch for fund-raising purposes. The 2006 "Days of Syn" was on 26th-28th of August (UK August Bank Holiday weekend) and featured a talk on Dr Syn at the Anglican church at 6.30pm, on Sunday at 3pm there was a church service where Dr Syn and the cast appeared in period costume and on Monday starting at the Bowery Hall scenes were reinacted from Dr Syn and during the day along the Dymchurch shoreline and in the Ocean pub.
Dr. Syn was also mentioned in Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. He was a member of an 18th century league that predated the one lead by Mina Murray. Moore has also stated he intends to create a new volume of the graphic novel, focusing on Dr. Syn and his contemporary heroes.
- Doctor Syn at the Internet Movie Database
- Captain Clegg at the Internet Movie Database
- The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh at the Internet Movie Database
- The Life and Times of the Rev. Doctor Christopher Syn (describes the Wold Newton family meta-canon , not the Thorndike canon.)
- Dymchurch Online Information about the character, novels and movies, with contact information for the Days of Syn Committee.
- "Days of Syn" 2006 Information on the 2006 Doctor Syn Festival.
October 9, 2006
Jamie Lee Curtis, 47, has stated that her she will end her acting career, but said that she will continue writing.
"I'm not an actor anymore," she told Access Hollywood host Nancy O'Dell. "I really don't imagine I'll do that again." She later said in the conversation, "I'm just focused on my family and just can't imagine anything that's going to pull me away from them right now."
Curtis appeared on the Access Hollywood show to promote her newest children's book, Is There a Human Race?. The interview she participated in with O'Dell will appear on the show's weekend episode.
The picture book writer had this to say about ending her acting career, "No. I don't want to be somebody else anymore."
The last film Curtis starred in was the 2005 film The Kid & I.
- Lowri Williams "Jamie Lee Curtis Quits Acting". Entertainment Wise, October 9, 2006
- "Jamie Lee Curtis Quits Acting To Focus On Family". The Associated Press, October 6, 2006
- "Curtis quits Hollywood". Virgin.net, October 2006
4 year-old Boy on U.S. No-fly List
October 11, 2006
A 4 year-old boy's name is on the no-fly list due to an unlucky coincidence. The boy, Sam Adams, has a name identical to the suspected terrorist Samuel Brady Adams, which is on the American National No-Fly list.
According to the director of the National Terrorist Screening Center, it's a "...regrettable inconvenience for those with these names to go through extra screening at the airport, but it's the price American's have to do to protect national security."
"Is this a joke?" she recalled telling Continental Airlines agents Dec. 21 at Bush Intercontinental Airport. "You can tell he's not a terrorist."
"I don't want to be on the list," the 4-year-old said. "I just want to see my grandma."
Ted Adams, the boy's father, said that "...they had 'ought to be able to have some sort of system set up where you can get a card, and say, 'Yes, I'm Sam Adams, but I'm not Sam Adams the terrorist.'".
- KFBM "[ 4-year-old's name on no-fly list]". CNN Video, October 10, 2006
- Associated Press "4-year-old on government 'no-fly' list". MSNBC, October 10, 2006
- Kate Sheehy "'TERROR' Tot". Michalmoore.com, October 10, 2006
Next time maybe we'll attack Jesus again. As some idiot evangelist got up into my face yesterday. - Sparky