Cyber-war columnist, Charles R. Smith, one of America's leading experts on cyber technology, war, and gaming, discussed North Korea's nuclear capability, as well as the history and idiosyncrasies of their dictator Kim Jong Il.
Recent satellite imagery shows the North Koreans have been digging deep into a mountainside and building large viewing stands nearby. According to Smith, this data points to a coming underground nuclear test on the Korean peninsula. If Kim Jong Il develops a nuclear weapon, Smith hypothesized, he will probably use it on South Korea and/or Japan. Kim "really doesn't care" about the repercussions of launching a nuclear attack against his enemies, Smith said.
Smith detailed some of the weapons in Kim's arsenal, including 200 Nodong missiles with a 1,000 mile range and capability of carrying nuclear weapons, 650 to 800 Scud missiles, and a longer range missile-type called Taepo Dong. Much of the technology used to create North Korea's weapons came from China, Smith reported. "North Korea is to China as lips are to teeth," he said, suggesting their weapons program has been significantly advanced by the Chinese. Smith also forecasted that China may one day take over North Korea as it attempts to "reunify lost cultures back to the motherland."
In the first hour, researcher John Erb revealed the dangers of consuming the food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG). MSG was invented in the early 1900s, Erb explained, and used by the Japanese to make bad army rations more palatable. Some common reactions to MSG include nausea, asthma-like symptoms, and headaches.
According to Erb, the absence of the words "monosodium glutamate" on a food label may not guarantee that a product is free of MSG. He pointed out that it is often disguised in processed food products as textured protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed protein, as well as a host of other names he lists in his book, The Slow Poisoning of America. Erb said the best way to avoid eating MSG is to become an informed consumer.
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