Part 1, but refused to accept Part II, THREE STRIKES AND YOU'RE DEAD! So I posted THREE STRIKES AND YOU'RE DEAD in this blog, and followed it up last year. Duarte bypasses the judicial process! Red countries have the death penalty.
...and threatened to leave the UN. Stay tuned on the Philippines War on Crime.
Oh, he also informed John Kerry that the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg is a "gay son of a bitch." They got into an ongoing feud when Duterte made a joke about a rape having occurred in his city and Goldberg, certainly rightfully, responded in reprimand.
On a lighter, but heavier, side, the Philippines today reported on the largest pearl in the world, a 75 pound, 2 feet wide colossus:
Turns out that a fisherman found it 10 years ago and just let authorities know about the existence of this rarity. It probably came from a giant clam, which can weigh up to 900 pounds:
Japanese Olympian Asuka Teramoto weighs 82 pounds:
Moving to the east and north, it's that time of year when South Korea and the United States conduct their annual large-scale military exercises, involving 50,000 SK and 25,000 USA soldiers. True to form, North Korea threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike if anything provocative occurs. How serious is this? They already launched a warning missile from a submarine today. Can you believe they have 70 subs?
Where is Dennis Rodman when we need him? Oh well, I'm in Bangkok, 2312 miles away from Seoul.
I leave for Sydney tomorrow, but I'm still in Bangkok, where the most interesting news of the day is the removal of a 2.5 pound tumor near the heart of a privately owned 13 foot long, 110 pound Anaconda:
There are now eight ocean storms:
In the Atlantic, Gaston is just about now attaining hurricane strength, but will strengthen into a Category 2. However, all models show a veering off to the north and east away from the USA:
The interesting combo is in the West Pacific, where Typhoon Lionrock, once headed for Okinawa, has increased in strength, reversed courses and seems now headed back for Japan: