Kim Yo-jong Dictator In Waiting
With multiple news and government sources now reporting or at least strongly suspecting the young man who has ruled North Korea with an iron fist has died, rumors are swirling about who might take his place.
So far strong bets are on his sister, 31 yr old Kim Yo-jong, who is believed to be the daughter of Kim Jong-un’s father by mistress Ko Yong Hui, who is also Kim’s mother. Though she is the youngest of the siblings she has been growing in power and influence and is now considered to be the most powerful woman in the country.
While there is some doubt that a female would be allowed to take the lead as Supreme Ruler it would likely mean the choice between accepting a woman in charge or ending the Kim dynasty. And it increasingly appears they have made their choice.
Japanese news sources are reporting that Kim Yo-jong began being prepped back in late 2019 for the potential role as temporary ruler should her brother’s health deteriorate.
“Soon after, many directives were being sent to the party and the military in Kim Yo Jong’s name,” the source said.
Wikipedia lists her official job as “Vice Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers’ Party of Korea.” Other sources agree though the title itself various slightly from report to report.
It is the mission of this department to work behind the scenes to set the guidelines for North Korean propaganda materials released by North Korean media outlets. They are also in charge of censoring outside news before it is released within the country.
It is Kim Yo-jong who has crafted and cultivated her brother’s celebrity status among the people.
All major public events reportedly go through her as do his “man of the people,” ordinary guy photo shoots. She often accompanies him on his official trips and appearances including the meeting with President Trump in Vietnam.
In 2017, Reuters reported that the US blacklisted several senior North Korean officials, including Kim Yo-jong by name, for “human rights abuses and censorship.”
“The North Korean regime not only engages in severe human rights abuses, but it also implements rigid censorship policies and conceals its inhumane and oppressive behavior,” acting OFAC Director John Smith said in the statement, adding that the move “aimed to expose the individuals responsible for the abuses.”
Her first public statement came in early March of this year when she called the Seoul protest of NK’s missile tests a “frightened dog barking.”
This was an abrupt turn around of her previous friendly behaviors toward the South including her unprecedented trip to PyeongChang, the first Kim to travel South since the Korean War, for the Winter Olympics in 2018.
In an attempt to gaslight the world she proceeded to claim it was complaints such as this by the South that “magnify our distrust, hatred, and scorn for the South side as a whole.”
“By having someone like Kim Yo-jong – who has been a dovish figure towards the South and acting as a soft and friendly messenger – issue such a strong statement condemning the current government, the North is raising its pressure,” said Go Myong-hyun, an analyst at the Asian Institute for Policy Studies.
While doing research for this article I couldn’t help but notice that much of what is written about Kim Yo Jong is prefaced with phrases such as “it’s been reported” or “it’s believed.” Not surprising really that a person in charge of the flow of information could remain a mystery if she chose.
Considering her years working with the chief propaganda entity of the country, and her clear ability to maneuver among the power players, affecting sincerity where needed, even recently being elevated to the position of “alternate member” of the Politburo, it’s very possible that, if she does ascend to Supreme Ruler, the world may wish for the Devil we Knew rather than his creator.
by Jennifer Keller-Puebla
If You can’t smell, things may not be swell.
Early reports on symptoms thought to be distinguishing factors of COVID-19, included some references to unprecedented factors.
Dr. Sedaghat, an associate professor in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, released a statement outlining yet another differentiation between this coronavirus and the erroneous comparisons between it and the common cold or seasonal allergies:
“COVID-19 is not associated with the symptoms that are typically associated with a viral cold such as nasal blockage or mucus production. This distinction is also why it is fairly easy to distinguish COVID-19 from seasonal allergies.”
The distinction? It’s a loss of one’s customary sense of smell.
The research paper Dr. Sedaghat and his team published in the journal Investigative Otolaryngology, tags the diminished capacity of smell as a reliable early indicator of SARS-Cov-2 infection.
Among the findings in the study are the following:
- Neuropathies associated with COVID-19 were initially thought to be rare, but as the pandemic progressed experts began to observe punitive effects on the nervous system.
- Some of the patients analyzed in Wuhan, China occasioned stroke-like symptoms, including trembling and numbness.
- A growing number of recovering patients in the United States experienced a tingling fizz sensation after their fevers began to subside.
Public health officials are adding this factor to the list of questions for screening of those who are symptomatic and may be subjects for testing confirming the infection one way or another. “A sudden loss of one’s sense of smell wouldn’t trigger most people to think they have COVID-19,”
Dr. Sedaghat continued. “These individuals could continue business as usual and spread the disease as a carrier. The guidelines for when to formally test for COVID-19 remain fluid in the setting of limited tests. But if someone experiences anosmia without nasal obstruction, aside from quarantining, it would not be unreasonable to reach out to one’s primary care physician about getting tested.”
The research also established a high degree of determinate value of loss of smell as a reliable sign of infection. Dr. Sedaghat’s meta-analysis of 19 previously conducted studies, reported that sinus and nasal complications were cited by patients more often than any other consistent symptom.
In one study of 55 participants, 94% of the study pool who reported diminished or absent olfactory senses tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
“The occurrence of sudden onset anosmia without nasal obstruction is highly predictive of COVID-19 and should trigger the individual to immediately self-quarantine with presumptive COVID-19.”
by Richard Cameron
As Jennifer Keller-Puebla outlined in her report in today’s Writer’s Lounge, there is a considerable amount of momentum behind the likelihood that Kim Yo-jong, will soon be in the seat of power in North Korea.
So much so that satirical memes are already popping up on the internet. Here’s one we saw and grabbed: