Friday's HOT MIC
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A North Korean soldier who managed to escape to South Korea despite being shot 5 times by his compatriots had "an enormous number" of parasitic worms in his body.
South Korean doctor Lee Cook-jong told reporters that an 11-inch worm was the longest parasite removed from the soldier’s intestines, the Guardian and the BBC reported. The team discovered the worms while operating to save the man's life.
"I've never seen anything like this in my 20 years as a physician,” Lee said.
People can get worms and other parasites through drinking contaminated water, eating undercooked meat and infected vegetables, being bitten by insects, coming into contact with feces and walking barefoot on larvae-infested soil.
The worms — along with corn found in the man’s stomach — are believed to give a rare insight into life in the reclusive nation.
“Although we do not have solid figures showing health conditions of North Korea, medical experts assume that parasite infection problems and serious health issues have been prevalent in the country,” said Choi Min-ho, professor of the college of medicine at Seoul National University, according to the Guardian.
“(The soldier’s condition is) not surprising at all considering the North’s hygiene and parasite problems," Choi added.
The North uses human feces as fertilizer, according to the BBC. If untreated feces are used to fertilize vegetables that are then eaten uncooked, the person who eats them can get worms.
This pretty much confirms the reports earlier this year that North Korea is in the midst of another famine. It was always believed that the North Korean government went to great lengths to adequately feed its soldiers -- for obvious reasons. A hungry soldier is an unhappy soldier. And an unhappy soldier could become a rebellious soldier.
But if Kim can't even adequately feed the troops, imagine how bad it is for ordinary citizens.
We can certainly hope so.
I'm not sure I believe a word of this, but I'll get to why after this brief excerpt.
“We are at a watershed moment,” Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, declared Thursday, calling on Congress to overhaul its fairly toothless internal process for dealing with sexual harassment.
It was evident the national outpouring of disturbing accounts of sexual harassment and assault and the furor surrounding Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, was prompting an examination of the culture in Congress. Though Congress has often shown a reluctance to police itself too strenuously, some lawmakers were demanding a legislative response as well as a recognition that attitudes and activities accepted in the past should be exposed and punished.
“I think we need to, as a country, have a much fuller conversation about this kind of behavior — how wrong it is, how toxic it is, how harmful it is, and how we need to support survivors and make sure that there is a place for them to not only tell their story, but to get some measure of justice, some measure of transparency and accountability,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York. She spoke in an interview for the New York Times podcast “The New Washington.”
Congress has long been a natural locale for inappropriate sexual behavior, with thousands of young and ambitious aides striving for advancement while working for bosses who hold power beyond typical superiors in a business given their political stature.
Congress can make all the laws and rules it wants, but it's difficult-to-impossible to regulate what goes on behind closed doors.
In the end, there's only one way to stop the abuse of money and power in Washington -- and that's to remove the money and power from Washington.
So this happened:
"The Navy holds its aircrew to the highest standards and we find this absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value and we are holding the crew accountable,” said officials at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in northwest Washington.
I sure hope that cocky pilot was reprimanded.
Your Daily Dave:
We need a sunshine law for misbehaving congresscritters and any public moneys spent on their behalf -- but good luck getting anything like that through Congress.