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North Korea plans our destruction

As JD Rucker noted yesterday, President Trump and the media have America’s collective attention turned towards childish athletes and how Americans should handle the dishonor they bring to this nation. It’s a big topic, but it’s not the topic that should be dominating our current news cycle.

We should be talking about Obamacare, Iran, the new travel ban, and dozens of other important topics, but the threat posed by North Korea is, in my humble opinion, the most important topic right now. It’s an existential topic, one that has potential consequences that reach much further than whether or not we should watch football on Sundays.

Kim Jong-un is a mad man who might have nuclear weapons capable of hitting our allies at the very least and the mainland United States in the worst-case-scenario. The words sent back and forth last week during and after the United Nations summit were more than rhetoric. They truly want to destroy us. When the least-predictable world leader thinks he needs to destroy America, this shouldn’t be a topic relegated to page 3. The NFL #TakeTheKnee story is a cultural blip on America’s radar… at least it should be.

A North Korean ambassador declared that an attack on the United States is “inevitable.” This is far worse than the aggressively defensive stance the isolated nation has taken in the recent past. Meanwhile, the White House is making it crystal clear that all options, including a preemptive military strike, are on the table. We even buzzed North Korea over the weekend with a bomber and a squadron of fighters to remind them we’re here and we can take them down.

Before our patriotic nature kicks in and we start calling for Neocon-level interventions, we need to look at the situation for what it really means. Depending on how thing go down, it’s very possible that any military conflict with North Korea could be the first domino that brings in China, Russia, and other interested nations. We’re not talking about an isolated MOAB being dropped in Afghanistan. We’re talking about a major world power with tenuous but intact relations with the largest nation on the planet.

Do not take this lightly. We could be on the brink of a world war. We’re actually closer to that being the case than we have been since the end of the Cold War. The difference is that today we have a truly deranged man with the ability to force our hand sitting in Pyongyang. We also have President Trump on the opposite side who seems to be much more hawkish than he claimed to be during the 2016 campaign.

Take a look at these perspective stories below. Share them. It’s time to turn the conversation away from football players and start focusing on the important topics of our day. North Korea is at the top.

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North Korea Says a Nuclear Attack on the United States is Inevitable

https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2017/09/23/north-korea-says-nuclear-attack-united-states-inevitable/North Korea’s foreign minister was front and center in the highly coveted Saturday afternoon slot to give his speech to the UN General Assembly. He did not disappoint. Apparently, someone threatening to nuke us is not important enough to merit a transcript so I’m working from several news reports.

Steven Mnuchin reiterates ‘all options on the table’ against North Korea

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/steven-mnuchin-reiterates-all-options-on-the-table-against-north-korea/article/2635415President Trump has asserted a strike by North Korea against the United States or its allies would be met with an overwhelming response. During United Nations remarks this week Trump referred to Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, as “Rocket Man” and warned of potentially obliterating the country.

Trump cranks up North Korea threats as Pyongyang holds anti-U.S. rally | Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-trump-un/trump-cranks-up-north-korea-threats-as-pyongyang-holds-anti-u-s-rally-idUSKCN1BZ02MNorth Korea’s state-run television KRT aired a video on Sunday showing tens of thousands of people attending an anti-U.S. rally at Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang.

Trump: NK May Not ‘Be Around Much Longer | The Daily Caller

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/24/trump-north-korea-might-not-be-around-much-longer/Speaking in Alabama Friday night, the president said that the U.S. will handle North Korea because “we can’t have mad men out there shooting rockets all over the place.”

Can America Convince China to Subdue a Nuclear North Korea? | The National Interest

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/can-america-convince-china-subdue-nuclear-north-korea-22430First of all, China might well have a high interest in gaining assurances that if the North Korean regime collapses and the two Koreas are unified, the United States will not move its troops to the border with China. (It may well prefer for the entire Korean Peninsula to become a neutral buffer zone). This is a no- or low-cost proposition for the United States, because once the North Korean nuclear program folds or the regime collapses, the United States should be quite content not to move its troops north.

N. Korea: strike on U.S. is “inevitable” – Axios

https://www.axios.com/n-korea-strike-on-u-s-is-inevitable-2488813392.htmlContext: Trump called Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man” in a recent tweet, which he restated during his UN speech, saying “Rocket Man” is “on a suicide mission.”

North Korea Stages Anti-U.S. Rally in Battle With Trump – Bloomberg

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-24/north-korea-stages-anti-us-rally-in-battle-with-trumpA huge crowd gathered Saturday in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square, named for the current leader’s grandfather and founder of North Korea. They listened to speeches from senior officials excoriating the United States and its president.

Here’s what could happen if North Korea detonates a hydrogen bomb – Technology & Science – CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/north-korean-hydrogen-nuclear-1.4303136It’s impossible to predict precisely the effects of a North Korean nuclear blast because so much depends on the type, size and method and elevation of the detonation, says Danny Lam, a Calgary-based defence analyst with a PhD in environmental engineering.

New North Korean Propaganda Shows Attack on U.S. Air Carrier

https://www.redstate.com/sweetie15/2017/09/24/new-north-korean-propaganda-shows-attack-u.s.-air-carrier/In Pyongyang, where anti-U.S. sentiment runs high, a rally was held in Kim Il Sung Square on Saturday. According to the official news agency, KCNA, tens of thousands attended to hear speeches from fired up officials, while demonstrators held up signs that said, “Death to the American Imperialists,” and others shouted about the total destruction of America.

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  1. Dale McNamee

    September 25, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I’m not distracted by the putrescence called the NFL…

    I’m very aware of North Korea’s antics…

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Binge-worthy show: Counterpart works because J.K. Simmons is incredible. Twice.

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With season 2 of the Starz hit Counterpart getting going, I thought I should go ahead and binge the first season to see if it’s one to follow going forward. Despite a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and universal acclaim, I’ll admit I probably wouldn’t move forward to season 2 if it weren’t for two letters and a surname: J.K. Simmons.

Very minor spoilers ahead for the sake of understanding why you should see this show.

Imagine if the world we know copied itself 30-years ago. These two worlds continued without knowledge of each other, save for a select few on each side who are aware of the tunnel below a building in Berlin that connects the two worlds. Now, imagine if both sides kept the existence of this secret from everyone, even most of the world’s governments, and instead ran a shadow organization in the building above the tunnel that allowed the two sides to cooperate.

That’s the world of Counterpart.

This is where it gets interesting. J.K. Simmons plays Howard Silk… twice. In the “alpha” version of the world he’s a mild-mannered operator working in the building above the tunnel but unaware of what it does or the role he plays in everything. The “prime” version is a badass secret agent who must travel to the “alpha” side to foil a plot that would bring the two sides to war.

The premise is pretty clever, albeit not completely unique. There have been stories of alternate realities playing with or against each other in everything from comic books to Star Trek shows. This is the first I’ve seen that plays it more as a spy game in an inter-reality Cold War setting, but nonetheless it’s a relatively common premise. What Star Trek fan doesn’t remember evil Spock?

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On the merits of the story alone, I’d see this as an acceptable show to watch. Not quite binge-worthy, but a nice aside while waiting for the next season of The Expanse for sci-fi fans. What pushes it up to the binge-worthy level is the dual performances of Simmons. Despite the parallels between the two characters he plays, the audience is never confused about which one they’re seeing. He doesn’t even have to speak most of the time. We can tell by the way he carries himself, the expressions he makes, and the bearing he holds when looking at people.

That’s actually not that hard. What Simmons does masterfully is he accomplishes this without exaggerating the differences. He brings them to light with subtly, giving us just enough understanding of who the characters are without overplaying those differences.

There’s one more thing that the show does well that should be noted since it almost lost me otherwise. Just when you’re getting a little bored with the mundane aspects of the spy game, it slams you across the face with an unexpected twist or impromptu action scene. Even a simple conversation about arranging travel can turn into a gun versus fireplace poker fight to the death.

Great actors can take good material and turn it into something special. Though we’ve only seen one full season of Counterpart, it’s clear that J.K. Simmons makes it worth the watch.

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Travelers season 3 launches tonight and fans are going nuts

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Technically, it will be launched tomorrow at midnight, but who wants to get technical?

Time traveling science fiction has never been as great as it is with Travelers. This is one of the most binge-worthy shows on streaming television for a reason.

Binge-worthy show: Travelers season 3 is here. Time to catch up on the first two seasons.

http://noqreport.com/2018/12/05/binge-worthy-show-travelers-season-3-time-catch-first-two-seasons/Season 3 will be released on December 14 and I’m truly pumped. I haven’t been this excited about a new season of a show since the last season of Sherlock (which was admittedly disappointing). Season 2 ended with a world-changing cliffhanger. Luckily for those of you who haven’t seen the show yet, you have plenty of time to watch the two 12-episode season on Netflix.

Here’s a very brief overview of the premise:

Hundreds of years in the future, humankind isn’t doing so well. The planet is dying. The people are dying. All they have going for them is advanced technology that allows them to carry on with their dismal existences. Things are so bad, they decide to go back to the past – 2016 – and change things in a systematic way that will create a better world.

Season 2 ended on an extreme cliffhanger, one that will change the fabric of the story completely. It was so intense that by the last few minutes of the episode it almost seemed like a series finale. That’s how drastic it was. That’s how much things are about to change.

Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms are buzzing over the new season dropping. The Canadian-American show has resurrected an interest in time-travel entertainment while never getting too nerdy. It’s almost contradictory that the science invoked by an understanding of the space-time continuum is able to exist within an excellent cast and a tight storyline that keeps viewers so engaged.

The new season of Travelers drops on Netflix at midnight, PST. Fans should prepare their excuses for calling in sick tomorrow. The Director has a mission for you.

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Of course an 8-team college football playoff system makes sense

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Of course an 8-team college football playoff system makes sense

In just over two weeks, we’ll get to see who’s going to play for the national championship in college football. It all happens in two games with the current playoff system; the winner of #1 vs #4 will play the winner of #2 vs #3. It’s simple, elegant, and so far it’s been working better than any previous attempt at crowning a national champion.

It’s also inferior to what it could be. An 8-team playoff system would be ideal.

Detractors (and there are fewer and fewer all the time) have two primary complaints. The first one isn’t really an argument. Traditionalists believe the playoff system in general harms continuation of the rich history of the old bowl system. This is true, and frankly there’s no going back at this point.

The second concern is about where it stops. If 8 is better than 4, is 12 or 16 better than 8?

Let’s put that one to rest now. No. 8 is the ideal number for the playoff system. It is fair enough to allow all the teams that deserve a shot without being so big that undeserving teams might sneak in and make a mess of things.

Today, there are seven teams who have a legitimate claim that they deserve a shot at the national championship. The four teams that are in – Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma – are the teams that had the best seasons this year. Oklahoma avenged its one loss in the Big 12 Championship game and the other three teams are undefeated.

Added to the mix are the three teams on the outside looking in. #5 Georgia had the two best losses of any team and is arguably the second best team in the country despite those losses. #6 Ohio State won the Big 10 Championship and has only one loss. #8 UCF is undefeated for the second year in a row. While #7 Michigan didn’t really have a shot at the top 4 after losing badly to Ohio State, they would round off a solid 8-team playoff if that system were in place today.

It would be perfect.

Not every year would end up like this one with 8 clear top teams, but even in disputed years where #9 or #10 complained, they would do so knowing they could have gotten in by winning. This year, Ohio State was penalized despite being the Big 10 Champion and having only one loss. UCF demonstrated it doesn’t matter how well they play for how long. Two undefeated seasons wasn’t enough to earn them a spot.

An 8-team playoff system with automatic bids for the champions of the five major conferences and three at-large bids would extend the season for one week, allowing the first round to be played on or around Christmas. It would make the whole bowl season more interesting and offer hope to teams like UCF who would otherwise need a perfect storm of major conference losses to earn a spot.

This really should be a no-brainer. ESPN won’t mind. Their contract lasts until 2026. They would happily expand to include another round of four games. Those who are making the decision should make it fast. We can get this up and running by the 2020 season.

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