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« Reply #14133 on: Jan 10th, 2016, 07:17am »
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New York Post
How North Korea kidnapped hundreds & brainwashed them into spies
By Maureen Callahan January 10, 2016 | 6:00am
One by one they disappeared — men, women and children vanishing from coastal towns of Japan. It began in the fall of 1977, when a security guard, vacationing on the shore, went missing in September. Two months later, a 13-year-old girl on her way home from school never made it. She was last seen just 800 feet from her house.
Weirder were the couples. The next July, one pair parked at a lovers lane went missing. Their car was left intact, no sign of a struggle, no evidence of foul play. That same month, another couple who’d ridden bicycles to the beach disappeared. They’d gone to watch a summer fireworks display, but no one reported any suspicious behavior.
The vanishings were so odd, so clinical and inexplicable, that local newspapers compared them to alien abductions. Or maybe there was a serial killer on the loose? Or maybe the couples just took off, and the security guard was in debt and committed suicide, and the 13-year-old ran away, and it was just a coincidence they all went missing almost at once.
In fact, one of the wildest plots of the 20th century was underway, one not even the most ardent conspiracy theorist could’ve conceived: North Korea, as part of a government program, was kidnapping young people by the thousands, housing them for decades in a barbed-wire compound known as the Invitation-Only Zone. There, the abducted were brainwashed, to be deployed in their homeland as spies. Or maybe they’d serve in clusters, working to destabilize their countries.
Or something. The North Korean government, it turned out, hadn’t really thought it through — and as the Hermit Kingdom rattles its saber again, claiming to have tested a hydrogen bomb last week, this story is a reminder that it may be the maddest nation on Earth.
Kaoru Hasuike was 20 years old the night he disappeared; his girlfriend, Yukiko Okudo, was 22. Kaoru was a law student, top of his class, Yukiko a beautician, and they planned to marry once Kaoru graduated.
The couple were biking to the fireworks that summer night, and it’s their story that propels Robert S. Boynton’s new book, “The Invitation-Only Zone.”
After ditching their bicycles, Kaoru and Yukiko had walked past the crowds to a darker, more secluded part of the beach. Four men were walking their way. One had a cigarette and asked for a light, and as Kaoru went into his pocket, the men pounced. They bound and gagged the couple, threw them into canvas bags. Kaoru was tossed in an inflatable raft.
Kaoru saw his city lights through the bag getting smaller and smaller. He was drugged and woke up 24 hours later in North Korea, told that Yukiko had been left on the beach in Japan.
“This is a violation of human rights and international law!” he told his captor. “You must return me to Japan immediately!”
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #14134 on: Jan 10th, 2016, 10:52am »
Mountain lion found with unusual deformity
Published January 10, 2016
Mountain lion was found with a set of teeth and whiskers growing out of its head. (Idaho Fish and Game)
A mountain lion, which was legally killed by an unidentified hunter, was found to have a set of teeth growing out of the side of his head.
The Idaho State Journal reported the lion was harvested near Weston on Dec. 30 and baffled wildlife officials after a conservation official sent a picture to the Idaho Fish and Game’s Southeast Regional Office in Pocatello.
“It has all of us scratching our heads,” biologist Zack Lockyear told the State Journal. “It’s a bizarre situation and a bizarre photo.”
Idaho Fish and Game said in a news release Friday officials cannot fully explain the abnormal deformity on the lion’s head, but did offer some theories as to why the lion had teeth and apparently whiskers growing out of the part of its head.
“It is possible that the teeth could be the remnants of a conjoined twin that died in the womb and was absorbed into the other fetus. It is also possible that deformity was a teratoma tumor. These kinds of tumors are composed of tissue from which teeth, hair, and even fingers and toes can develop. They are rare in humans and animals.”
Lockyer told the State Journal that another possible theory could be that the lion suffered an injury to its jaw and it healed in an odd way. However, he said that theory is probably unlikely.
Officials added in the statement that biologists in the region have never seen this kind of deformity before.
The mountain lion was killed at the end of the year. It was initially seen attacking a dog on the hunter’s rural property in Weston. The lion was chased off, but its tracks were followed through other properties in the area and then through the hills.
Within three hours of the attack, the hunter tracked the animal with the use of hounds and killed the big cat legally. The hunter’s dog survived the mountain lion’s attack, officials said.
Mountain lions can be legally hunted in Idaho and are treated as big game animal much like elk and mule deer. They can only be pursued during certain seasons in areas that are open to hunting and have the proper license and tag.
A body has been discovered by tourists at the infamous Dyatlov Pass in Russia’s Ural Mountains where nine hikers mysteriously died in 1959. Emergency services have reportedly momentarily lost contact with the group.
An unidentified body has been discovered by tourist-hikers at the infamous Dyatlov pass in Sverdlovskaya region, according to local security officials. A group of nine tourists reportedly from Perm contacted emergency services overnight on Friday.
Following a message from the group via satellite phone officials lost contact with the hikers, reported V-kurse.ru. Due to bad weather conditions emergency groups are unable to reach the barely-accessible site where the body was found. Some reports suggest that it is a male of about 50 years old. he travelers began their journey on January 1 trekking along one of the most difficult paths starting from North Ural to the town of Ivdel, according to the emergency services.
The site where body was reportedly located is infamous for the tragic and mysterious deaths of nine hikers in 1959. The causes of their deaths are still unknown while the case is surrounded with controversy. Read more A cloud of snow and debris triggered by an earthquake flies towards Everest Base Camp on April 25, 2015. (AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt) Shocking moment: Avalanche ripping through Everest camp captured by climbers (VIDEO)
The Dyatlov pass was named after the leader of the hiking group that went missing, Igor Dyatlov. The group consisted of graduate students from of the Ural Polytechnic Institute. Their plan was to trek 350 kilometers on skis through the forests and Northern Urals to Mount Otorten (which is translated from the local Mansi language as ‘Don’t go There’). Initially there were 10 people in the group, but one of the hikers fell ill and was forced to abandon the venture.
On February 12, 1959 the nine failed to report to the scheduled end-point at a village called Vizhay. As a result of rescue efforts, the group’s tent was found on the slope of the Mount Kholat Syakhl (“Mountain of the Dead” in Mansi) on February 26. Investigators later determined that tent had been was cut with a sharp object from the inside.
The skiers also left all their belongings in the tent while apparently trying to urgently flee the campsite. After following footprints down the hill for about 1.5 km – some of those fleeing were wearing only socks, some were even barefoot – the search party found five bodies.
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