School Of Rock Guitar Prodigy Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer Added To Brooklyn Comes Alive

first_imgThis year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive features an incredible roster of over 50 performers, including members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, Primus, RatDog, Dopapod, and so many more. Today, the festival announces a new lineup addition, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer as an artist-at-large.The thirteen-year-old guitarist, who has been playing the lead character in Broadway’s School of Rock The Musical, will make his way over to Brooklyn for an incredible night of unique supergroups, jam sessions, and once-in-a-lifetime collaborations. Having already jammed with Buddy Guy, members of the Allman Brothers, George Clinton & The Parliament Funkadelic, Dumpstaphunk, Jon Batiste, Lettuce, and most other living idols he may have had, there’s no telling what the teenager has in store.Set for October 22, 2016, the event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. Tickets to Brooklyn Comes Alive grants you access to all three venues, and can be found here. More information can be found on the festival’s website. Stay tuned for more lineup announcements!In the meantime, see if you can guess what Brooklyn Comes Alive might be in store from the following lineup:Brooklyn Comes Alive Artist Lineup (supergroup formations TBA)Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead & Company)Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood)Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident)Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science)Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/Mike Gordon)Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band)Alan Evans (Soulive)Neal Evans (Soulive)Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)Jesus Coomes (Lettuce)Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce)Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce)Roosevelt CollierMichael League (Snarky Puppy)SkerikTodd Stoops (RAQ)Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green)Borahm Lee (Break Science)Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power)Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power)Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)Courtney J’Mell Smith (The Nth Power)Manic Focus (special guests)Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio)Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)Jay Lane (Primus/RatDog)Rob Compa (Dopapod)Eli Winderman (Dopapod)Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)Holly BowlingBrasstracksFareed Haque (Garaj Mahal)Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green)Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule/The Black Crowes)Dan Edinburg (The Stepkids)Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Johnny Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Rob Marscher (Matisyahu)Rob Somerville (Kung Fu)Benny Rietveld (Santana)Samora Pinderhughes (Emily King, Branford Marsalis)Raul PinedaFarnell NewtonDanny SadownickBrandon “Taz” Niederauer (Artist-At-Large)Showcase Sets:RIPEOrgan FreemanMore information on Brooklyn Comes Alive can be found here.last_img read more

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Freekbass Announces Upcoming 2019 Studio Album

first_imgBassist extraordinaire Freekbass has announced that he will release a new studio album in 2019, via Eddie Roberts‘ new Color Red record label. Color Red will release a new single “Fre3KroNomoKon” on January 15th, with a full-length album expected in May 2019.Freekbass is a decorated performer as a soloist and as a member of the funktronica trio, Headtronics, also featuring DJ Logic and Particle keyboardist Steve Molitz. The famed bassist has six full-length albums under his belt, as well as collaborations with Bootsy Collins, Adam Deitch, Mike Gordon, Skerik, Jennifer Hartswick, and others.Recently, Freekbass and Turkuaz’s resident lady-in-pink, Sammi Garett, have been collaborating and playing live shows together, with Garett set to be a part of Color Red’s upcoming release. In May, the pair released a collaborative funky new single titled “Love In Your Pocket”, paired with a psychedelic and theatric new music video. Freekbass and Garett’s “Love In Your Pocket”, was produced and co-written by Grammy-winner and Groove Collection co-founder Itaal Shur, with its wild music video directed by Angie Wilson. “Love In Your Pocket” taps into Turkuaz’s fun-loving, extravagant feel, highlighting Garett’s influence on her co-collaborator. However, Freekbass makes his presence felt on the new track as well, giving the song a more eclectic edge, with his robotic, gritty vocals.Freekbass ft. Sammi Garett – “Love In Your Pocket”[Video: TheFreekbassChannel]In August, Freakbass released another new single-video titled “Steppin’ Outta Line”, with special guest Sammi Garett on vocals. Produced by Grammy Award winner Itaal Shur and co-written by Lonnie Marshall (Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray), the funky and cosmic dance groove is paired with a comical video, featuring an ’80s-style dance party. Freakbass’s drippy and splashy bass bombs are accompanied perfectly with Garett’s powerful vocals, with additional backup singers assisting on the funkadelic new tune.Freakbass ft. Sammi Garett-“Steppin’ Outta Line”[Video: TheFreekbassChannel]Head to Freekbass’ website for a full list of his upcoming tour dates and ticketing information.[H/T Jambase]last_img read more

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Pforzheimer Fellowships program renewed

first_imgFollowing a successful program launch this year, the Harvard Library will welcome its second cohort of Pforzheimer Fellows in the summer of 2015.The program, which seeks to foster intellectual and professional partnerships between professional librarians and graduate students in the humanities, is named in honor of Carl H. Pforzheimer III and his generous contributions to Harvard and its libraries.Interested graduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences must state their interest in one of 16 proposed library projects from nine repositories and three departments of the Harvard Library. Projects touch on the intellectual issues of librarianship via work on collections and services. Read more about the program, proposed projects and applications here.The deadline for students to apply is March 1, 2015; the program runs from June 1 through July 31, 2015. The 2015 Fellows will be awarded a grant of $5,000 each and will be announced in the spring.last_img read more

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Confession app draws attention

first_imgSince their recent launch of an iPhone app meant to guide Catholics through confession, Notre Dame doctoral candidate Ryan Kreager and his business partners Chip and Patrick Leinen have sold thousands of apps and received a great deal of media attention. The app, titled “Confession: A Roman Catholic App,” is based on an examination of consciousness by Fr. Dan Scheidt, pastor of Mishawaka’s Queen of Peace Church and a Notre Dame graduate. Scheidt originally developed it for use in his own parish. “The examination of consciousness at its very nature is a general diagnostic tool,” Scheidt said. “I took what I thought was most helpful from several and developed one for the adults in my parish.” Scheidt said the app helps Catholics focus during confession. “The app helps people who are so anxious about confession that they forget some or all of what they were going to say and it helps focus their thoughts,” Scheidt said. “An unanticipated way in which it is helping is students who have special needs. They use their iPhone to help focus on what they want to say.” Kreager said they launched the app through their business Little i Apps, LLC. He thought of the idea by talking to his sister’s boyfriend. “John [Deng] and I were just talking about confession,” Kreager said. “He made a comment about making confession easier and we thought there should be an app for that.” Deng did not want to be involved in the app development process, so Kreager took the idea to the Leinen brothers. They jumped at the chance. The three self-described “Catholic Geeks” did have some experience in programming and web development, but had never developed an app before. “There was a learning curve on the app development side,” Kreager said. “But for us, this was an evening and weekends project.” After about six months, they released a prototype of the app to a few close friends and a local youth group. Soon after their beta testing ended, the app was released. The app received an imprimatur, an official statement from a bishop that states that there are no doctrinal or moral errors. Bishop Kevin Rhoades, of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese, granted the examination of consciousness the imprimatur. “As far as we know, we are the first app to receive this,” Kreager said. “It gave the app a credibility that it wouldn’t have had otherwise.” The examination of consciousness the app uses is what specifically received the imprimatur. Scheidt said non-Catholics also use the app just to look at their life and examine the choices they are making. “This gives non-Catholics who are unfamiliar with confession the ability to see and learn more about the sacrament,” Scheidt said. Even though the app has proved to be helpful, Kreager said there has been misleading media coverage of it. Originally, coverage was only picked up by some Catholic blogs and news sources, he said. Other media outlets eventually picked up the story of the app and some even reported that the Catholic Church had approved confession via iPhone. Some news sources retracted their false statements, while Kreager said others did not. “The Vatican released a statement saying that they are not opposed to the app as long as it is used correctly,” Kreager said. “We also issued a statement saying that we stand fully behind the Vatican’s statement and that the app is just an aid to confession, not a replacement.” Scheidt said the confession app “has generated a conversation about confession that would be difficult to pay an advertising company to replicate. It has gotten people talking and that’s a good thing.” With all the coverage, the app was even mentioned in jokes on both Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno’s television shows, Kreager said. Currently the team is working on adding new features such as customizable sin lists, porting it to the Android and translating the app into several other languages.last_img read more

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Borrello Demands Legislature Stop Ignoring Rural Student Broadband Access

first_imgALBANY — Senator George Borrello is calling on the Senate Democrat Majority to take immediate action to provide internet access not only for downstate students, but for neglected rural students without broadband access.Borrello said a Democrat broadband tax is keeping taxpayers in rural areas from having any internet access at all, forcing students to find central locations like library parking lots to study remotely during the pandemic.The New York City dominated Senate Majority failed to heed Borrello and other Republicans call to repeal the Democrat tax that stalled broadband expansion in these areas, and has done nothing to improve access upstate, Borrello said.Democrats recently introduced a bill to provide WiFi in New York City homeless shelters, where downstate students also lack access, he said. “We must bridge the digital divide for all students, not just some. It shouldn’t matter if you are a homeless student in New York City learning remotely or a student upstate whose family desperately needs broadband. We cannot leave our children behind at this critical time. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats have turned their backs on rural students by implementing a tax on broadband and severely hindering expansion in rural areas,” said Borrello.“It’s long past time to act. We must rescind the Democrat broadband tax to deliver access to Upstate and ensure every student, regardless of where they live, can learn,” Borrello added.Broadband access had been moving ahead until Democrats took the Majority two years ago and passed into law the new tax which is now hindering broadband installation, Republicans said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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JK Adams Awarded the Forest Stewardship Council Chain-of-Custody Certification

first_imgJK Adams Awarded the Forest Stewardship CouncilChain-of-Custody CertificationFirst to Receive this Certificate in the Kitchen Products IndustryDorset, VT – September 22, 2008 – JK Adams was awarded, this week, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification. The FSC is the leading forestry stewardship system in the world with the mission to ensure forestry practices that are environmentally responsible, socially equitable, and economically viable.”We have been working on obtaining this certification for over a year,” said John Rodrigues, Vice President of J.K. Adams. “The FSC Chain-of-Custody certification allows us to put the FSC label on our products certifying that our products are tracked from the forest where the wood is harvested through the manufacturing process and that each step of the way meets rigorous environmental impact guidelines. We believe that through the FSC we can help create a marketplace that demands well-managed forestry practices.”According to Rodrigues, consumers now have a choice. “It’s like reading the ingredients on a food label – you know what you’re buying and you’re making an educated decision. Because of the FSC labels, consumers can now make knowledgeable purchase decisions when buying wood or paper products. They can purchase products that come from environmentally responsible practices or purchase products from companies that cannot account for the environmental and social impacts of their lumbering.”” We have worked hard to raise the bar and set new standards in our industry, both in terms of design and in environmental practices and are thrilled to be the first in the kitchen products category to receive the FCS Chain-of-Custody certification,” added Malcolm Cooper, President of J.K. Adams.J.K. Adams will debut new products in January 2009 that will all carry the FSC label. These include cutting boards, servers and kitchen accessories.The Forest Stewardship Council, founded in 1993, is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes the responsible management of the world’s working forests. FSC standards have been applied on more than 170 million acres of actively managed forests in more than 60 countries, and growing steadily. Standards support biodiversity, reduce chemical use, protect streamsides, conserve old growth, ensure protection of high conservation value forests, give stakeholders a voice, and ensure long-term timber supplies.The Forest Stewardship Council reports that forest products account for $260 billion of the annual U.S. economy, placing constant pressure on global forests. With 37 national offices and representation in every major forest producing country, FSC and its partners use FSC standards as an important land conservation tool and a way to differentiate product in the marketplace.For more information about J.K. Adams and its products, call 800-451-6118 or visit www.jkadams.com(link is external). For more information on the FSC, contact, FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL-US at 202.342.0413 or visit: www.fscus.org(link is external).###last_img read more

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Outdoor Updates: Mysterious seeds are arriving in mailboxes across the southeast. Do not plant them

first_imgMysterious packets of seeds are arriving in mailboxes across the southeast. Do not plant them Construction begins on new visitor center at Tennessee’s Henry Horton State Park According to a news release from the N.C. Department of Agriculture, the seeds are likely a product of an international internet scam known as “brushing,” in which foreign, third-party sellers use your address and Amazon information to generate a fake sale and positive review to boost their product ratings.  New report shows some NC beaches tested positive for fecal matter in 2019 Appalachian Ranger District appoints new District Ranger Nepal’s Ministry of Tourism has announced it will issue trekking and climbing permits for autumn, 2020, Alan Arnette, who runs a mountaineering blog, shared on his website. Nepali press are reporting that climbing permits will be issued for some of the highest peaks in the world, including Ama Dablam and Manaslu.  A woman swimming off the coast of Maine has been killed in a shark attack, the Maine Marine Patrol announced on their Facebook page. The woman was swimming near Bailey Island and White Sails Lane when onlookers say she was attacked by “what appeared to be a shark.” Kayakers brought the woman to shore where she was declared dead at the scene. There has been only one other unprovoked shark attack in Maine. Experts say that the shark likely mistook the woman for a food source.  Nepal announces they will re-open to trekking and climbing in the fall Woman killed in rare shark attack off the coast of Maine The videos-for-newbies will be released once a week. The first video, which explains how to properly pack and fit your pack, is up on their website now.  The beaches in North Carolina with the highest number of potentially unsafe days were Colington Harbour Beach in Dare County (6 unsafe days out of 33 days tested), Pamlico River- City Park in Washington in Beaufort County (5 unsafe days out of 19 days tested), Public Beach Southside of Dawson Creek Bridge in Pamlico County (5 unsafe days out of 20 days tested), and Ragged Point in Beaufort (5 unsafe days out of 34 days tested.) Authorities seek information on Tygart River hit-and-run boater Viral video shows black bear sniffing hiker’s hair The hiker was praised for remaining calm during the incident, though experts point out that if a black bear approaches you should make as much noise as possible to scare the animal away. A Public Information Officer for N.C. State Parks said it wasn’t known how or why the boy fell, but that he was fortunate he didn’t fall further and was lucky to be alive.  Visitors to Tennessee’s Henry Horton State Park will soon have brand-new facilities to enjoy. On July 15, construction began on a new two-story visitor center and a new 6,381-square-foot restaurant. The visitor center will feature a 2,154-square-foot exhibit and interpretive area, as well as a conference room, office space, a gift shop and an information desk. The restaurant will seat 120 people indoors and 52 people outdoors. 717 acres added to North Carolina’s DuPont State Recreational Forest Sierra Club to remove John Muir monuments over ties to white supremacy “It is a privilege to be selected to serve on the prestigious National Forests in North Carolina,” Barnhart said. “I’m looking forward to serving a district of employees who are hardworking, knowledgeable and passionate about public land management.”  The country also announced that Kathmandu’s airport will open for “selected” international flights beginning mid-August. The verdict is still out on whether climbing during COVID is wise or safe, as climbers share close quarters while at base camp.  Kelty launches video series to help beginning backpackers hit the trail Recently, however, the lake has begun to fill up again. Its natural process of filling and draining makes the lake basin unique. “It’s about a third full right now and it seems to be holding,” Mountain Lake Lodge’s General Manager Heidi Stone told CNN. “The guests get very excited because for so many years it’s been dry and looked more like a meadow. It’s the prettiest when it’s filled with water.”  A heart-pounding video showing a black bear walking directly up to a hiker and sniffing her hair has taken the Internet by storm. The hiker and her friends were hiking in an ecological park in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico, when a bear approached, stood on its hind legs, and began sniffing the woman’s hair. The hiker appears calm and stands motionless as the bear smells her head, takes a few light swats at her leg, and moves on.  Photo: Scenic view of Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina by Vixterd courtesy of Getty Images Wednesday, July 22 Feel the urge to escape into the backcountry but aren’t sure you have the skills to pull off a backpacking trip? Backpack brand Kelty has released a series of videos aimed at introducing novices to the joys of backpacking. The 8-part video series explores backpacking for beginners.  Fun events planned at Sugar Mountain Resort this summer Fans of the famous movie Dirty Dancing travel to Virginia’s Mountain Lake Lodge to see landmarks made famous by the film. But one thing hasn’t remained the same—the lake where actors Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey practiced their signature move—the lift—dried up in 2008. Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains Association are hosting a series of hikes called ‘Smokies Hikes for Healing,’ which use the backdrop of the park to provoke conversations about race and racial bias. Eight hikes will be held August through December. During the hikes, a facilitator will lead discussion around race and help participants learn to identify biases through a deeper level of self-awareness and reflection, WKRN reports. Space is limited to 10 participants per hike. To learn more or to apply to participate visit smokieshikesforhealing.org.  The National Forests in North Carolina announced that Jen Barnhart will oversee management and operations as the new District Ranger on the Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest, the agency said in a news release. Barnhart has most recently served as District Ranger on the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire and Maine. Last year, during the first phase of the project, the organization added 402 acres to the forest. Now complete, the tract includes 717 acres of new public land. “The incorporation of the Continental Divide tract will enhance [DSRF] further by protecting water quality, preserving an important wildlife corridor and creating future opportunities for public recreation,” said Conserving Carolina’s executive director Kieran Roe.  People around the country, including in the southeast and mid-Atlantic, are receiving packets of seeds from China that they did not order. Experts are warning the public not to plant the seeds because they could be a pathway for introducing invasive species, insects, and plant diseases. Great Smoky Mountains National Park hosting hiking series focused on diversity and equality Sugar Mountain Resort in Sugar Mountain, NC has a fun-filled calendar this summer. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the bike park is open. On August 8 & 9, the Downhill Southeast and NC Downhill Mountain Bike State Championships will take on the resort’s downhill tracks.  Teen falls 30 feet while hiking at Hanging Rock Virginia’s famous Dirty Dancing lake is filling up after going dry 12 years ago “Our state parks are a great source of pride for Tennessee, and this project underscores our commitment to providing Tennesseans with modern facilities to accompany the natural beauty at Henry Horton State Park,” Gov. Bill Lee said.  A 17-year-old male is in critical but stable condition after falling 30 feet while hiking at Hanging Rock State Park in Danbury, N.C last Saturday. Rescue crews were dispatched to Hanging Rock Trail where the teenager had fallen. He was airlifted to the hospital. An analysis of North Carolina beaches showed that 93 of 209 beaches tested were deemed potentially unsafe for at least one day in 2019. Beaches were considered potentially unsafe if fecal indicator bacteria levels exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Beach Action Value” associated with an estimated illness rate of 32 out of every 1,000 swimmers, the report says. Muir, who played a crucial role in preserving the Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Forest, made derogatory statements about Black and indigenous people, The Hill reports. The organization said Muir’s words “continue to hurt and alienate Indigenous people and people of color who come into contact with the Sierra Club.” On August 14-16, the three-day juried Avery County Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival will be held at the resort and is free of charge. All summer long, clay tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course are open to the public. Check out their website for more details.  The Sierra Club has announced they will remove monuments to its founder, John Muir, over his racist history. Muir, a renowned conservationist, founded the club in 1892. On their website, the Sierra Club said that as the country confronts the troubling history of Confederate statues, “it’s time to take down some of our own monuments, starting with some truth-telling about the Sierra Club’s early history.” Conserving Carolina added 315 acres to the N.C. Forest Service, south of the main body of DuPont State Recreation Forest (DSRF), the organization said on their website. It is the second phase of the Continental Divide Tract- a long-sought conservation priority that provides the “missing link” between DSRF and a vast conservation corridor spanning over 100,000 acres. Witnesses describe the boat that hit the swimmer as a white runabout speed boat that may have yellow zig-zag patterns on its sides. The boat was occupied by approximately five white, middle-aged individuals and was driven by a white male. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Marion County 911 Center at 304-367-5300 or the DNR District 1 Headquarters at 304-825-6787. A man swimming in West Virginia’s Tygart River on Saturday, July 18 was struck and injured by a boat that then fled the scene, authorities said in a news release. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section is seeking the public’s help to identify the boater. The 22-year-old victim was struck around 4:35 p.m. near the east side bank of the river and sustained serious injuries.last_img read more

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What’s your biggest compliance challenge?

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Keeping up with regulatory compliance changes and updates isn’t an easy task.In fact, it’s the biggest struggles many credit union professionals at the CUNA Regulatory Compliance School cited as their biggest compliance challenge.“I struggle to keep up with new regs and how fast they come out. I have no time to implement a new process before it changes. It is very hard to keep up,” one attendee said Monday.Other key challenges attendees face:• Lending. “It is so complex, from different loan product offerings to ‘target’ groups to mortgage loan officer annual training to questions on rate sheets [in-house versus outside brokers]. There’s so much to know and monitor.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Eye on payments 2019: Convenience trumps security

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For the second year in a row, PSCU set out to uncover payment preferences among credit union members and other financial institution customers (“non-members”), and we saw some interesting shifts in results over the past year.This year’s release of our annual Eye on Payments study was developed to gain a better understanding of the factors that influence consumers when it comes to their choice and usage of different payment methods, and how these factors may vary among different life stages. For our credit unions, this data shows how you can better meet these preferences and needs to drive member experience and growth.Convenience and ease of use trumped security in 2019, and were reported as the main drivers behind a consumer’s choice in payment method. Last year, consumers were most motivated by convenience and safety. A decrease in the number of consumers impacted by fraud over the past year, coupled with mobile card alert advancements that give consumers greater control over their transactions, may help explain why security and safety are no longer the key deciding factors behind how consumers pay.While our Eye on Payments study is available for download now, here are a few highlights from this year’s findings that you can put to use today. continue reading »last_img read more

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Don’t be fooled by North Korean charm

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI’m appalled at recent articles from the New York Times printed in The Gazette, and similar stories from CNN and NBC, which treat North Korea as a normal nation and Kim Yo Jong as charming. North Korea may be the worst place on Earth, thanks to Kim Yo Jong and her brother. I lived in Seoul for a year and recently traveled back there, and I follow Korean politics. It’s difficult to summarize how the tragic history tears at the hearts of the Korean people. Koreans are one people, yet a significant fraction of them live in an Orwellian dictatorship in North Korea, where people suffer with diseases that would be easily treatable in South Korea, where hospitals often have no running water, where people even starve to death — except for the few who live like Kim Yo Jong. Even friends of the dictator sometimes fall out of favor and are brutally murdered (his own aunt and uncle). You may read the shocking tales of defectors, if you have a strong stomach. Those suffering are the close relatives of the free people of the democratic South.As for South Korea, current president Moon Jae-In (whose name, appropriately, is a homonym of problem person) won the recall election with 41 percent of the vote because the opposition split votes amongst several candidates. He has always been a strong proponent of closer ties to the brutal dictatorship. This “reunification at any cost” cry may resonate with college students and some others, but not with those who remember the horrible invasion of South Korea by Kim Jong-Eun’s (and Kim Yo Jong’s) grandfather and its aftermath. The entire nation suffered under Japanese occupation, and suffering was prolonged for all by the actions of the North. Sadly, for those in the North, it continues to this day, despite the ludicrous charm offensive.As terrible as the news coverage of Kim Yo Jong has been, it’s matched by the outrageous comment of NBC’s “Asia expert” Joshua Cooper Ramo about “every” Korean respecting Japan. But that’s another story.James T. OrrNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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