North Korea Aims Nukes at US, Using Mercator’s Projection | The Beer Barrel

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SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Friday ordered preparations for strategic rocket strikes on the US mainland and military bases in the Pacific and South Korea. The order, issued at an overnight emergency meeting with top army commanders, was a direct response to the use of nuclear-capable US B-2 stealth bombers in ongoing US joint military drills with South Korea, Kim said. In the event of any ‘reckless’ US provocation, North Korean forces should ‘mercilessly strike the US mainland… military bases in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in South Korea,’ he was quoted as saying by the official Korean Central News Agency. With tensions soaring on the Korean peninsula, two B-2s flew training bombing runs over South Korea Thursday to underline US commitment to its military alliance with Seoul in the event of any aggression from the North. Quot Euclidis discipulos retrojecit Elefuga quasi scopulos eminens et abruptus, qui nullo scalarum suffragio scandi posset! Durus, inquiunt, est hie sermo, quis potest eum audire? Last week North Korea declared war on South Korea (in the sense that they said any provocative stunts would be met with a war like response, not a peaceful one). No one seems to have noticed — for the reasons discussed above. hostage in orbit, and aren’t afraid to nuke *all* the whales. That guy with the big hat on the right is a red shirt, I think, who won’t outlive this episode. North Korea released a statement that Kim Jong Il had “ratified the plan of the Strategic Rocket Force for firepower strike” against “the U.S. mainland, their stronghold, their military bases in the operational theaters in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam…” Eagle-eyed observers noted the white chart that showed various targets. If you squint a bit, you can make them out. Three are pretty obvious: (3) I make the target in Southern California to be San Diego, which happens to be the principal homeport of the Pacific Fleet and a pretty big military town. The North Koreans have recently been complaining about cyberattacks against their networks. (Rodong Sinmun and KCNA both seem to have been offline for recent periods.) On March 15, KCNA carried a statement stating that “intensive and persistent virus attacks are being made every day on internet servers operated by the DPRK,” asserting the attacks are “timed to coincide with the madcap Key Resolve joint military exercises being staged by the U.S. and other hostile forces,” and warning that North Korea “will never remain a passive onlooker to the enemies’ cyber attacks…” My squinting probably leaves something to be desired, but that map looks like a Mercator projection, and straight lines on a Mercator projection are not great circles, the paths that missiles would take. Quot Euclidis discipulos retrojecit Elefuga quasi scopulos eminens et abruptus, qui nullo scalarum suffragio scandi posset! Durus, inquiunt, est hie sermo, quis potest eum audire? Source.

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