North Korea Strikes (like twice)

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Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, defied the UN by firing two “medium” missiles into the Sea of Japan. Rumors have circulated that they were meant to attack Japan/ South Korea (allies of the US, though relations between the two aren’t friendly.) Either way, the North Korean government could be trying to provoke the US. Since then, more sanctions have been put in place and strengthened by the US. It’s estimated that North Korea has 10 to 16 nuclear warheads, and currently working on an intercontinental ballistic to deliver them.

UPDATE: Five more missiles were launched into the Sea of Japan. They were short range and North Korea plans on putting more nuclear tests into action. China, North Korea’s only large supporter, is advising them to stop.

The UN is very upset and has demanded that North Korea completely and irreversibly dismantle their nuclear missile testing program. Apparently they have been testing missiles for a while until they were found by the US- sanction representatives to have a large amount of uranium in their possession.

The Cruelest Show on Earth

circus-comic Everyone has memories of going to a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show: your mother screaming at you for eating too much cotton candy, the flashing strobes of blue and red, and telling your 8 year old self that the circus life was always another option if all else fails. But behind all the tricks and glitz is a world far from what the circus portrays on stage. A major part of the show is the animal portion wherein elephants, camels, tigers, and other animals are put on display.

Many don’t know what these animals have to endure backstage. Whips and hooks are used by trainers to “tame” the elephants. They dig into the sensitive skins which causes infections and scars. Along with the physical abuse these animals have to go through, they are also pushed to the brink of mental insanity. Isolating them by themselves for long periods of time has made some of them go mad. One case of this is an elephant named Tonka. She was so abused both mentally and physically that she has developed ste4035.Ele_5F00_ringling_5F00_465reotypical behaviors: Tonka sways back and forth, bobs her head, and kicks her right foot. These animals usually die during their show life from infections, diseases, and sheer ignorance when dealing with them. Other cases include Mike, a 2- year old elephant who died from endotheliotropic herpesvirus. One 8- month old elephant’s legs were shattered by a circus trainer holding a bullhook. Circuses may project a facade of fun and happiness but it is anything but for the animals that are tortured and eventually die.

Morse Code: Wasted Effort Edition

Translate the following message into Morse code using the attached image; assume that all characters are lower case.

…. – – .–. —… -..-. -..-. -… .. – .-.-.- -.. — -..-. -.. .- -. –. . .-. -.- . . -…

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