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North Korea Launches Missile Towards Japan - Passes Over Okinawa

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Now that is a rattling sabre. While markets for now are seemingly shrugging off this 'fly-by', we suspect the people of Okinawa were more than a little surprised:

  • NORTH KOREA LAUNCHED ROCKET AT 9:51 AM LOCAL TIME: YONHAP
  • N. KOREA ROCKET LAUNCHED IN SOUTHERLY DIRECTION,JAPAN GOVT SAYS
  • N. KOREA ROCKET PASSES OVER JAPAN'S OKINAWA, NHK SAYS
  • JAPAN GOVT: NO ORDER GIVEN TO SHOOT DOWN N.KOREA ROCKET
  • N. KOREA ROCKET EXPECTED TO FALL IN SEA EAST OF PHILIPPINES:NHK

What is most surprising is not the rocket launch: it was largely expected and overdue after the humiliation from the last one; it is that Korea has brazenly defied US warnings and the threat of sanctions just to make a rather meaningless political point. The imminent escalation in sanctions and N.Korea's response is what is the true variable here, confirmed by the markets who have not even blinked as a result of the rocket launch.

From BBC:

North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, South Korean news sources have reported.

A previous launch in April failed when the rocket broke up after take-off.

North Korea says it plans to put a satellite into space, but many countries believe the tests are a cover for weapons development.

The US and other nations had previously warned the launch would constitute a test of long-range missile technology banned under UN resolutions.

South Korean television network YTN said the rocket was launched from a site on the west coast of the North.

The Japanese government, which put its armed forces on alert ahead of the launch, said the missile appears to have passed over Okinawa.

It said it had not attempted to intercept the rocket.

The rocket was scheduled to pass between the Korean peninsula and China, with a second stage coming down off the Philippines before launching the satellite into orbit.

Map showing projected path of rocket
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Wed, 12/12/2012 - 05:23 | 3055024 akak
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Make me ho ho ho!

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:17 | 3054057 LongSoupLine
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lol, stupid fuckers...I'm surprised it was able to hit a target the size of the ocean.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:18 | 3054067 Tippoo Sultan
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Is not USMC Air Station Futenma on Okinawa ?

A municipal constabulary in "Middle America" can deploy a drone to spy on some rancher's herd, yet the military allows an NK missile to pass near an active duty air installation ?

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:47 | 3054208 Row Well Number 41
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It's one thing to be able to shoot down a missle, but that doesn't make it a good idea.  Shoot it down and YOU are responsible for where the pieces land, leave it alone and North Korea is.

#41

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 22:03 | 3054288 NeedtoSecede
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Kadena Air Force Base also on Okinawa. Some very sensitive (expensive) assets have been rumored to fly out of there over there years... Some interesting scuba diving to be found in the area if you know where to look. USA: Proudly in decline since 1913

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 23:34 | 3054589 knukles
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They were ordered to stand down in celebration of the successes in Benghazi.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:19 | 3054068 surf0766
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Did it explode before hitting the water? That is the real question.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 00:46 | 3054757 Real Estate Geek
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yeah baby!  Wild launch pad explosion.  Falling balls of fire; incinerated cars; the works!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL1xUWgBlFw

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:22 | 3054085 XOFnews
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This is not funny. This is news. Breaking. s/

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:23 | 3054090 Row Well Number 41
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If china can't keep their dog in check, they may have to put it down.

#41

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 03:57 | 3054963 MeelionDollerBogus
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If America can't keep its Yiddish export dog in check then no need to keep NK in check either.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:24 | 3054097 Hedgetard55
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Did any of you stupid cocksucking fucks ever spend a day in the military? What, no? Shit for brains douchebags, go fuck yourselves.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:29 | 3054125 Al Gorerhythm
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Why is that important, General?

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:32 | 3054143 economics9698
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I spent 1462 days in the military.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 23:52 | 3054645 Al Gorerhythm
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2192 here. Mostly wasted.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 01:08 | 3054791 Abitdodgie
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2192 days commited to trying to kill other humans , now thats somthing to be proud of.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 07:47 | 3055120 mvsjcl
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5,840. The only thing I killed was time.

Edit: And a lot of brain cells. But they were all mine.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 08:04 | 3055136 Al Gorerhythm
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"Hmmmm" said Al, looking around. "That's one mighty fine kangaroo court that you're running here, judge".

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:30 | 3054129 XOFnews
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who cares angry one? what did your "service" give us fucks?

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:40 | 3054171 lolmao500
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It gave freedomz and candiez to the childrenz.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 23:33 | 3054590 CaptainObvious
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Well, let's see...

I no longer have to worry about being ruled over by an English monarch.  Instead, I have to worry about being ruled over by an American monarch.

I no longer have to worry about the spread of fascism in European nations.  Instead, I have to worry about the spread of fascism in my own nation.

I no longer have to worry about the spread of communism in Asian nations.  Instead, I have to worry about the spread of communism in my own nation.

I no longer have to worry about mythical weapons of mass destruction in Middle Eastern nations.  Instead, I have to worry about the genuine weapons of mass destruction my own nation deploys on Middle Eastern nations, causing them to deploy much cruder, yet vastly more effective weapons in my own nation.

Gee, thanks for your service.  Now I don't have to read about things that happen all the way over in Wherethefuckisstan...I can just open my front door.  Progress!

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 01:47 | 3054846 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Thanks Captain Obvious!!

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:30 | 3055547 bigkahuna
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this comment should be read by our generalty.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:37 | 3054157 inevitablecollapse
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yes

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:46 | 3054203 inevitablecollapse
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not that it fucking matters, especially as it pertains to this specific story - tourette's guy, is that you???

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:51 | 3054220 unrulian
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i think most people here probably went to school

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 22:39 | 3054427 Jack Burton
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I did, so what's the big deal? It was an obligation I thought needed filling. Millions of men do it!

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 23:56 | 3054534 willwork4food
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Hedge:

You're one of the reasons people these days  fear military uniforms in airports. We don't know when you are going to decide to follow orders and corral us to FEMA camps or protect us from the evil ones. It's pricks like you that give America and your uniform a bad name and yes, to answer your question, I have been in the military and received an Honorable Discharge, as many here have.

Remember one thing: If the shit hits the fan, which seems very likely, and you do not honor your duty to the  citizens you were sworn to protect along with your duty to constitution of the United States I assure you, you will be the first to be targeted.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 08:35 | 3055169 sumo
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 "your duty to constitution of the United States"

Yeah, this is the thing. I don't hear very much from the gung-ho warrior class about defending the constitution from its enemies, especially those enemies who are in Government, on Wall St and on K St.

Because taking on real power, now with new improved NDAA inside, is fucking scary. It takes someone with balls of steel, like Chris Hedges, with his calls for civil disobedience, to even begin to do it.

 

 

 

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 08:53 | 3055206 Freewheelin Franklin
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Did any of you stupid cocksucking fucks ever spend a day in the military? What, no? Shit for brains douchebags, go fuck yourselves.

 

He's a hero. We lowly, average citizens should kneel down and suck his cock.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:24 | 3054099 Global Hunter
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North Korea and Japan jump out as early odds on favourites for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:35 | 3054154 Savyindallas
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I think North Korea is ahead  - by offensively shooting missiles they are bringing attention to the need for missile proliferation and the need for  world peace. I still think the US can win the next Nobel if we would just go ahead and bomb and obliterate Iran  -to prevent them from threatening Israel and much of the rest of the world. What better way to poreserve the peace than to destroy all countries that could conceievably obtain WMDs. Makes sense to me. The Nobel Committee understands Stalin's rationale that sometimes to make an omelette, you have to break a few eggs.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:57 | 3054264 Central Bankster
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I spit out my drink.  Thanks!

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 23:36 | 3054601 CaptainObvious
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Obomber and the European Union will be in good company, then.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:27 | 3054104 Yen Cross
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  All the Japanese and South Koreans were given free "spit wad" shooters in case it strays off course...

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:27 | 3054113 chump666
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And China, diplomatically, will just sit this out.  A warning shot via Nth Korea from China.

 

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 23:37 | 3054608 knukles
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Yorp,

Just like the Chinese sub surfacing in the middle of a US carrier battle group

Just like the missile launch off LA....

My oh my, does nobody pay any fucking attention?

OK honey! I'll be right there for the Dancing with the Stars reruns!

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 01:59 | 3054860 chump666
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Oh yeah, China gaming Japan/Philippines through Nth Korea, hell, I'll bet they were on the ground to make sure the thing took off. It's all about the Spartly Islands and south China sea. 

We got war coming...Obama knows this, as does those loons at the Fed hence they'll go large with twist ending follow on for major print job infinity reboot. 

HFTs and war.  Nice combo. 

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:31 | 3054132 krispkritter
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OT but this just in; http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/11/reports-gunfire-at-oregon-mall/

Friend of mine was stuck in the mall and messaged out.

More 'ammo' for the anti-gun nuts dammit!

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:45 | 3054205 lakecity55
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Maybe Hoffa started the civil war he's promised, and got the state wrong.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:49 | 3054219 krispkritter
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If he did then he's dead. Shooter and 2 victims are down.  Said the guy had a white mask on and some messages coming out said it was a Guy Fawkes mask. They're releasing people in the mall while checking things out. He thought he was going to be hiding a long time...

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 22:39 | 3054422 disabledvet
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I almost forgot this was an article on North Korea actually. Maybe we could launch the teamsters at North Korea in retaliation?

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 23:38 | 3054610 CaptainObvious
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Sure, if you want that retaliation to happen over the course of ten years, plus 6 years for mandatory coffee breaks, accrued vacation time, and strikes.  Hell, that's how long it takes the union to fix a one-mile stretch of highway in my state.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 23:43 | 3054623 knukles
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Another False Flag

Mad gun nut shooter in mall killing innocents whilst wearing Guy Fawkes mask

Anti gun propaganda
Anti "revolutionary" propaganda (Watch your P's and Q's)
Pro law and order (search everybody going into and out of malls...DHSTSA)
Pro limit your freedoms propaganda
Pro crush the Liberty/Constitutionalist movements (Guy Fawkes/Anonymous, etc)
Add any number of obvious additions here....

Way just too fucking convenient.
 Oh, never mind just another coincidence....

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:37 | 3054148 XitSam
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NK got a little ego boost this weekend when it went to see Red Dawn at the Pyongyang SinglePlex.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:39 | 3054172 inevitablecollapse
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i was assuming they just received a copy of the '84 version 

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 22:03 | 3054283 XitSam
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Original was Cubans and Russians. This one the North Koreans have the starring role. That is, after the People's Republic of China objected during production to being the bad guys and the script was changed to make them happy.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:43 | 3054186 lolmao500
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We still don't know where the fuck the missile is.... they say DEBRIS landed off the Philippines but that's it.

IS IT IN ORBIT?? Or did it explode? Or did it land somewhere in the sea??

Tell us!

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:43 | 3054195 inevitablecollapse
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currently in re-entry, at which point it will break apart into several individual warheads over the US, with each targeting a starbucks

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:42 | 3054188 centerline
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Bitch slap on Japan.  Come on guys, keep it interesting.  It takes alot these days for me to say "holy shit!"

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