USFK Personnel Operate UAVs to Help South Korea Provide Security at Winter Olympics

From Yonhap News:

Ryu Hee-in, a senior official of the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, visits a security control center of the PyeongChang Olympics Organizing Committee in the northeastern alpine city of PyeongChang in this photo provided by the ministry on Jan. 17, 2018.

The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) is providing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and other assistance to help ensure security during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Sunday.

The USFK’s UAVs have been mobilized for surveillance activities around all stadiums to prevent possible terrorist attacks and accidents during the Olympics and the Paralympics. The Olympics run through next Sunday, while the Paralympics will take place from March 9-18.

“The USFK is offering UAV support in close cooperation with South Korean and U.S. military authorities, as well as the Olympic organizing committee, the ministries of foreign affairs and defense, and the U.S. Department of State,” the JCS said.

“This clearly shows that the solid South Korea-U.S. alliance is shining more at the scenes of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics,” it added.

The UAVs are producing live video feeds, which the Olympic security control center uses to protect Olympic venues from any potential dangers.

The type of UAVs remains unknown. But the USFK is known to operate small ones, such as the RQ-11B Raven and the RQ-7B Shadow.  [Yonhap]

You can read more at the link.

What Would Have Happened If Chloe Kim Was Born In South Korea?

Via a reader tip comes this BBC article that explains how many on South Korean social media are wondering what would have happened if American Winter Olympic Gold Medalist Chloe Kim was born in South Korea?:

The teenager’s name was the most searched on Naver, South Korea’s largest portal, as many swelled with pride at her performance. Kim’s parents are South Koreans who emigrated to the United States in 1982.

But some social media users in the country are keenly imagining alternative lives for the unstoppable 17-year-old Californian, asking could she have achieved gold if she’d been born in South Korea?

“If she grew up in South Korea, she would be stuck on the bus going to academies (hagwon) all day,” one Naver used commented, referring to the country’s culture of encouraging long hours of studying and suggesting she would not have had the opportunity to become an athlete.

“If you were born in my country, you would be doing extra study at this hour. Envy you, American,” another wrote.  [BBC]

You can read more at the link, but if she was born in South Korea and her parents wanted her to pursue a sports career it likely would not have been in snowboarding because of the lack of facilities to train.  She likely would have been a speed skater considering the emphasis put on the sport in South Korea.

Picture of the Day: North Korean Cross Country Skier Finishes 107th

N.K. cross-country skier Pak Il-chol

Pak Il-chol of North Korea competes in the men’s 15km cross-country skiing event of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics at Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre in PyeongChang, east of Seoul, on Feb. 16, 2018. He finished 107th among 116 contestants who completed the race. (Yonhap)

The True Villain of the Winter Olympics is Not Shaun White

Here is a really good take down of the media’s love affair with Kim Yo-jong at this year’s Winter Olympics:

Kim Yo-jong

After a slow start, the media has its designated bad guy at the Winter Olympics. No sooner had Shaun White won the half-pipe than he became the snowboarding version of Harvey Weinstein.

Stories surfaced of sexual harassment allegations made against White in 2016. Reporters went into full #MeToo mode, repeating salacious details from a lawsuit filed by Lena Zawaideh, the former drummer in White’s rock band.

White’s dark background suddenly became the Big Story. I’m not here to defend White. If he did what was alleged, it is indefensible.

I’m just wondering why the selective outrage?

When it comes to dark backgrounds, the gold, silver and bronze medals at Pyeongchang all go to Kim Yo Jong. She is the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, though from media reports you might only know her as “The Ivanka Trump of North Korea.”

Yeah, she’s just like the president’s daughter except for the death camps, the mass enslavement, the public executions, the starvation of her people, the torture and murder of a U.S. student Otto Warmbier and the threats to turn California into a nuclear wasteland.  [Orlando Sentinel]

You can read more at the link, but not only shouldn’t Kim Yo-jong be celebrated, but she and the rest of the North Koreans should not have been even allowed to even attend the Olympics.  Apartheid South Africa  was not allowed to attend the Olympics and they did not have no where near the same level of human rights violations as the Kim regime.  Additionally Apartheid South Africa was not a threat to world peace like the Kim regime.  Yet during the years of Apartheid did anyone see political and media figures championing that regime like we saw during the Winter Olympics with Kim Yo-jong?

Picture of the Day: Kim Jong-un in Pyeongchang?

N.K. leader impersonator at Olympics

An unidentified man impersonating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears in front of the North Korean cheerleading squad during a Korea-Japan women’s ice hockey match of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, east of Seoul, on Feb. 14, 2018. He was removed by security officials soon after. (Yonhap)

Chloe Kim’s Gold Medal Win Causes Focus on Immigration Debate

Chloe Kim is America’s latest Winter Olympic star and this has caused the media to focus on the immigrant past of her father:

Chloe Kim

Seventeen-year-old Chloe Kim made headlines on Tuesday after she won gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in the women’s snowboard halfpipe final with three incredible runs. And her devoted father has also found himself in the spotlight after his daughter’s spectacular show.

Jong Jin Kim watched from the grandstand at the base of the halfpipe with a sign that read “Go Chloe!” while shouting “American dream!” as his daughter made history.

Jong Jin Kim was an immigrant from South Korea who arrived in South Carolina in 1982 with just $800 to his name, reported CNN. His first job in America was a dishwasher at a fast-food restaurant before he graduated to cashier at a liquor store.

But had Kim’s family attempted to enter the U.S. under the administration of President Donald Trump, it is uncertain whether they would have been permitted.

During his January 31 State of the Union speech, Trump urged Congress to pass legislation that promotes “merit-based immigration,” describing it as a system that “admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society.”  [Newsweek]

You can read more at the link, but clearly Mr. Kim wanted to work and contribute to society.  So the crux of the issue becomes he wasn’t a skilled worker when he entered the US.  While in the US he studied and became a skilled worker later.