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North Korea continues to expand nuclear missile program after Trump’s false promises of safety

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A new review of satellite indicates that North Korea is continuing to expand and improve a facility for manufacturing nuclear missiles. This follows a similar study last week which showed that dictator Kim Jong Un was carrying on with construction at a plant to produce plutonium used in weapons production. Both expansions have continued, or even accelerated, since Kim’s meeting with Donald Trump. Taken together, the two studies indicate that the substance-free agreement signed by Trump and Kim, which Trump has presented as an end of nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula, is being taken much less seriously in Pyongyang.

As the Wall Street Journal reports, the analysis by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey shows not just continuing operations, but a “major expansion” at a plant that manufactures both ballistic missiles using solid-fuel boosters along with re-entry vehicles used by long-range missiles. This follows another image review by the Stimson Center’s “38 North” group showing expansion of a nuclear material research facility.

Well before the brief Singapore summit, Trump had been handed an analysis by US intelligence indicating the likely outcome.

“Pyongyang’s commitment to possessing nuclear weapons and fielding capable long-range missiles, all while repeatedly stating that nuclear weapons are the basis for its survival, suggests that the regime does not intend to negotiate them away,” U.S. officials said in a February assessment.

However, Trump not only reassured Americans that the threat of war had ended and they could now “sleep well,” but surrendered joint military preparedness exercises with South Korea—a key North Korean demand. It’s not clear that Trump got anything in return, other than a photo-op and a day of highly favorable headlines.

Compared to the very real work happening on the ground, Trump’s foreign policy appears to be nothing but smoke and mirrors. And there’s not even much smoke—except for that being produced by North Korean efforts to build more nuclear missiles.

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As questions swirl around Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and how truly awful a person he has possibly always been, the conservative forces in our culture are working relentlessly to discredit Professor Christine B. Ford. Ford has accused Kavanaugh of attempting to sexually assault her back in high school, and Republican officials continue to expose themselves for the sorry misogynists that they are, with right-wing media misinforming the public at every turn. Even our sexual assaulter in chief’s children have gotten into the game of slut-shaming, and of spewing deep-state conspiracy-theory rhetoric that incites their minions to threaten Christine Ford’s life.

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A group of over thirty women and a handful of men convened at Ford’s home in Palo Alto in a show of support on Thursday. The Mercury News reports that the supporters chanted “We believe Christine. Her story is our story!”

“I’m here today for all of my friends who are too retraumatized to come, who say ‘I can’t go through this again,”” said Jill Rege, who lives in Palo Alto. “They can barely get out of bed because it puts them right back where they were 25 or 30 years ago. They hid, they shoved it down, but they all remember.”

We believe Christine.

 

 

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Raw Story Reporting Allegation That Trump Flack Jason Miller Slipped Stripper GF Abortion Pill.

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If this allegation is true (along with others) than it is apparent that Trump supporters oppose abortion except in cases where the fetus is an inconvenience to the father.

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“According to a court filing, President Donald Trump’s former aide Jason Miller allegedly gave a pregnant stripper an abortion pill without her knowledge.

The court document obtained by Splinter News was filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court. The stripper’s name was not identified and the report referred to her as Jane Doe.

After engaging in a sexual relationship with Jane Doe, Miller discovered she was pregnant. He then “Unbeknownst to Jane Doe, [gave her a] smoothie  [that] contained an abortion pill.”

The pill had traumatic effects on Jane Doe. “The pill-induced an abortion and Jane Doe wound up in a hospital emergency room, bleeding heavily and nearly went into a coma. The unborn child died,” the report stated.”

Fortunately, the male involved suffered no consequences. /s

Yet.

 

 

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Trump Offends Poland This Week By Disrespecting Polish President

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Polish President Andrzej Duda visited the White House on Tuesday, and although he was pleased with the visit, many other polish citizens were left less than thrilled. In fact, Trump managed to offend the Poles so deeply that the fallout was all over Polish news sites on Wednesday morning.

At the end of the meeting between Duda and Trump, the two leaders signed a strategic partnership pact to boost defense, energy, trade and security ties.  The moment was captured in a photo that was…uh…awkward.

Polish radio correspondent Pawel Zuchowski commented, “It’s nice of President Trump that he moved a bit, because otherwise our president would have had to sign the document on his knees.”

International diplomacy scholar Janusz Sibora called the incident an “offense” in an interview with Gazeta, a polish news site, which also compared the meeting with Trump’s ceremonial signing of an agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un earlier this year, when both leaders sat at the same table.

“The message is clear: Americans do not respect Poles,” Sibora said. “If we sign such an important document in that way, we should ask ourselves whether this wasn’t detrimental to the honor of Poland.”

Pawel Zalewski, of the opposition liberal-conservative party wrote, “Signing a Polish-American declaration at the desk of the American president, while he is sitting, and [the Polish president] is standing is a symbolic confirmation [of] @AndrzejDuda as a customer [of] @realDonaldTrump. We have never been so low.”

Even Former President and Nobel Prize winner, Lech Walesa had a negative opinion of the encounter.  Walesa appeared to troll Duda on Facebook with a photo of Walesa sitting with Trump standing next to him.  “You find difference,” read the caption.

Znajdź różnice.You find difference.

Posted by Lech Wałęsa on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

There was no sign, however, that Duda himself was bothered by the photo. He rejected the criticism and posted a more pleasant view of the visit on Twitter, hailing it as a success.

You can follow me on Twitter @maymepolitizoom         

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