Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Kim Jong Il Remembered in Cuba"

Will Cuba congratulate Kim on his victory over certain Imperialist media companies? In the meantime there's this:
A remembrance meeting took place in Havana, Cuba on Dec. 12 on the occasion of the third anniversary of demise of leader Kim Jong Il.

Displayed at the venue of the meeting were photos dealing with his revolutionary life and feats.

Present there were personages of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples and the Cuban Committee for Supporting Korea's Reunification and masses.

The DPRK ambassador to Cuba and his embassy officials were present on invitation.

Juan Jose Leon Vega, first vice-chairman of the Cuban Committee for Supporting Korea's Reunification, said that Kim Jong Il will always be with the glorious Workers' Party of Korea, the Korean People's Army and the Korean people.

He went on:

Kim Jong Il is boundlessly revered not only by the Korean people but also by the progressives as he developed in depth the revolutionary idea of President Kim Il Sung and performed the great feats for the building of socialism, reunification of Korea and cause of global independence.

The Cuban Committee for Supporting Korea's Reunification will make positive efforts for Korea's reunification in the future, too, true to the intention of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il who dedicated themselves to Korea's reunification till the last moments of their lives.

The Cuban people believe that the Korean people would certainly build a thriving nation with the might of Songun, true to the behests of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il under the wise leadership of Marshal Kim Jong Un.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

"Iran Asks US to Stop Racist, Inhumane Crackdown on Blacks" (Fars News)

Maybe Iran could offer to give up a few thousand centrifuges to induce the US to comply with its little request?
The Iranian Foreign Ministry called on the US administration and judiciary officials to stop police brutality and racist and inhumane treatment of minorities and colored populations in the country.

"The US administration has continuously criticized other countries and made an instrumental use of human rights and adopted double-standard criteria in the last few decades, while it has ignored domestic situation at home," Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Sunday.

She stressed the necessity for the US administration to show respect for human rights and set aside its politically-tainted view on the issue.

"It is expected from the US administration and judiciary to comply with their duty and take lawful and just actions in dealing with their citizens and stop the practice of racism and inhumane behavior," Afkham said. [...]

Sunday, November 30, 2014

"Noodle Contest among Famous Restaurants Held"

Do I need to state that this is from KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY of DPRK? "14 famous restaurants in the city which specialize in serving noodle"! Not to mention all the non-famous and/or non-noodle restaurants:
A noodle contest among famous restaurants here took place at Okryu Restaurant on Nov. 25 and 28.

The contest brought together 14 famous restaurants in the city which specialize in serving noodle.

The contest was divided into groups A and B. The three best units in each preliminary competed in the finals.

The participants fully displayed their unique technique of preparing noodle they cultivated in their service.

The jury included cooking experts and teachers and researchers of Kim Il Sung University, Kim Chaek University of Technology and Pyongyang University of Architecture.

Okryu Restaurant placed first in the finals held on Nov. 28.
The Architectural vote was decisive, I hear.

Mehr News: "Iranian researchers could manage to develop a cancer cells annihilator device"

The title is "Iranian researchers invent alternative for chemotherapy," but the article is a bit fuzzy about whether anything has actually been developed. In any event, the future is undoubtedly bright:
Using nanotechnology, Iranian researchers could manage to develop a cancer cells annihilator device which can destroy cancer cells in an invasive procedure.

In an interview to Mehr News, the head of knowledge-based Pars Nano System Company Reza Saber said they could manage to build a system of hyperthermia or the cancer cells annihilator device which kills the damaged cells without harming healthy ones.

He said the device, using nanoparticles and the resulting heat from the strong and powerful magnetic field, destroys the cancer cells in the body.

Tehran University of Medical Sciences faculty member Reza Saber explained that a Patton (receptors) is connected to the drug nanoparticles, saying that metallic nanoparticles with magnetic properties such as iron or Fe2O3 are produced by connectivity to the cancer cells Patton (receptors) in vitro.

He added that the nanoparticles are later supplemented to the target tumor or the cell culture. Cancer cells are then destroyed using a powerful magnetic field and heat around the target cells.

Reza Saber announced that the related tests are implemented in Imam Khomeini (PBUH) Hospital’s research laboratories and will be adopted on the animals in near future. [...]

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fars News: "Iranian Students Stage Gathering to Reiterate Nuclear Progress"

To paraphrase this article concisely" "Hell, yes, our nuclear program is military":
As talks between Iran and the six world powers are underway in Vienna to strike a final deal over Tehran's nuclear activities, a large number of Iranian university students gathered in front of the building which hosts Tehran nuclear research reactor on Sunday to stress that they would never allow retreat on the country's nuclear path.

The Iranian students chanted slogans, including "Arak heavy water reactor is our redline", "Iran's missile industry is not negotiable", "Nuclear energy is our inalienable right" and "We as the students don’t allow the country's progress to stop".

They also called on the Iranian negotiating team to keep vigilant against plots hatched by the US and its allies to prevent Iran's progress in the field of nuclear technology.

The students issued a statement at the end of their gathering.

"We only accept an agreement which respects our redlines for continued nuclear progress, operation of research centers and our centrifuges, as well as removal, and not suspension, of all sanctions and of course, no inspection (of the nuclear installations) beyond the safeguards," a part of the statement read. [...]
That's my mission, pointing out the glaringly obvious.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A post which accepts a certain amount of drinking, and even drunkenness, on Simchas Torah, but warns against overdoing it

Barf! huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Uh-huh
Barf! huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again, y'all

Barf! huh, Gevalt!
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me

Ohhh, Barf, I reprove
Because it means destruction
Of innocent booze

Barf means tears
When mothers view the muddle
With their sons face down
In a single-malt puddle

I said, Barf! huh
Gevalt, y'all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again

Barf! Gevalt!
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me

Barf! it ain't nothing
But a tragedy
Barf, friend only to the distillery
Ooooh, Barf
It's an enemy to all Yid-kind
The point of barf blows my mind
Barf has caused unrest
Within the younger generation
Engorgement then disgorgement
Who wants to barf
Aaaaah, barf-huh
Gevalt y'all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it, say it, say it
Barf! huh
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me

Barf, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Uh-huh
Barf, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again y'all
Barf! huh, Gevalt
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me

Barf, it ain't nothing but bad for Jewry
Barf, it's got one friend
That's the brewery
Ooooh, barf has shattered
Many a young man's seuda
Made him discolored, bitter and putrid
Yom Tov is much too short and precious
To spend unconscious these days
Barf can't give simcha
It can only take it away

Ooooh, Barf! huh
Gevalt y'all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again

Barf, whoa, Gevalt
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me

Barf, it ain't nothing but bad for Jewry
Barf, friend only to the brewery
Simcha, joy and moderation
Tell me, is there no place for them today
They say we must binge to have our simcha
Hashem knows there's got to be a better way

Ooooooh, Barf! huh
Gevalt y'all
What is it good for
You tell me
Say it, say it, say it, say it

Barf, huh
Gevalt y'all
What is it good for
Stand up and shout it
Nothing

Gut Yom Tov!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Yom Kippur

Gemar Chasimah Tovah!

Easy Fast!


Here is "Yom Kippur in a Nutshell" from chabad.org:
Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year--the day on which we are closest to G‑d and to the quintessence  of our own souls. It is the Day of Atonement -- "For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G‑d" (Leviticus 16:30).

For twenty-six hours--from several minutes before sunset on Tishrei 9 to after nightfall on Tishrei 10--we "afflict our souls": we abstain from food and drink, do not wash or anoint our bodies, do not wear leather shoes, and abstain from marital relations.

Before Yom Kippur we perform the Kaparot atonement service; we request and receive honey cake, in acknowledgement that we are all recipients in G-d's world and in prayerful hope for a sweet and abundant year; eat a festive meal, immerse in a mikvah, and give extra charity. Late afternoon we eat the pre-fast meal, following which we bless our children, light a memorial candle as well as the holiday candles, and go to the synagogue for Kol Nidrei services.

In the course of Yom Kippur we hold five prayer services: Maariv, with its solemn Kol Nidrei service, on the eve of Yom Kippur; Shacharit--the morning prayer; Musaf, which includes a detailed account of the Yom Kippur Temple service; Minchah, which includes the reading of the Book of Jonah; and Ne'illah, the "closing of the gates" service at sunset. We say the Al Chet confession of sins eight times in the course of Yom Kippur, and recite Psalms every available moment.

The day is the most solemn of the year, yet an undertone of joy suffuses it: a joy that revels in the spirituality of the day and expresses the confidence that G-d will accept our repentance, forgive our sins, and seal our verdict for a year of life, health and happiness. When the closing Ne'illah service climaxes in the resounding cries of "Hear O Israel... G-d is one" and a single blast of the shofar, followed by the proclamation, "Next year in Jerusalem." Then joy erupts in song and dance (a Chabad custom is to sing the lively "Napoleon's March"), followed by the festive after-fast meal, making the evening after Yom Kippur a Yom Tov (festival) in its own right.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

(North) Korean News: "Pyongyang in Ecstasy of Joy at Asian Games News"

A little "deep care" from the "supreme leader" works wonders:
Sportspersons of the DPRK are registering admirable successes at the ongoing 17th Asian Games. They won eight gold medals as of Sept. 27.

Their achievements have lashed the citizens in Pyongyang and other parts of the country into a great jubilee.

Jong Su Chol, a department chief of Korea University of Physical Education, told KCNA that the world public is struck with admiration at the progress of the DPRK's sports, which is rapidly developing under the deep care of supreme leader Kim Jong Un.

Expecting more gold medals to be taken at the Asian Games, Tong Tae San, a general officer of the Korean People's Army, said:

"We, servicepersons mobilized in the construction of Wisong Scientists Street, are all delighted at the happy news of our players at the Asian Games.

The looks of our sportspersons raising the DPRK flag with playing of national anthem at the games encourage us to work greater feats in the street construction."

Hwang Tong Chol, an official of the Kumgang Guidance Bureau, said:

"What arouse my wife's greater interest are our sportswomen's results at the games. She got mad with joy at the news that DPRK women's football team beat its Vietnamese rival 5:0 in its first match. When our sportswomen bagged four gold medals, she declared that women are better than men.

I, too, wanted to dance for joy at the news that Jong Hak Jin and Kim Ji Song took gold medals in the wake of weightlifters Om Yun Chol and Kim Un Guk, who set world records. And I'd love to extend thanks to those sportspersons for having added brilliance to the honor of the country and given vigor and pleasure to my family."

Ri Kuk Il, a student of Kim Chaek University of Technology, said that the main topic of conversation among university students at present is news of the Asian Games, about DPRK men's and women's football teams which respectively advanced into quarterfinals and semifinals in particular.
Think they can stand all that joy? I guess they're used to it.