US Student, Otto Warmbier, Serving 15 Years Hard Labor in North Korea Is Released Early, But Comatose

Submitted by: dapperaardvark 5 months ago in News & Politics


The tragic ending everyone saw coming.  

Last year, North Korea's highest court sentenced Otto Warmbier, an American tourist, to 15 years in prison with hard labor on Wednesday for subversion. 

Warmbier admitted to attempting to steal a propaganda banner from a restricted area of his hotel at the request of an acquaintance who wanted to hang it in her church. Warmbier, a 21-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student, was convicted and sentenced in a one-hour trial at the North's Supreme Court. He was charged with subversion. No further details were immediately available. 

North Korea paraded the student before the media last month in Pyongyang, where he tearfully apologized for attempting to steal the political banner.

He sobbed as he begged for forgiveness for the 'hostile' act, claiming the attempted theft, from a staff-only section of the hotel where he had been staying, had been at the behest of a member of a church back home who wanted it as a 'trophy."

He returns to Ohio today, but he comes back in a coma after he contacted X in his prison cell. 

One of the political pundits in the video above asks the question, What is North Korea expecting from this? She's positive that North Korea did not release Warmbier out of the kindness of their heart.




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Male 35
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EOvny8bBSA
Family of Otto Warmbier confirms that he has in fact died.  A sad end to an unfortunate story.  My inner skeptic is curious as to why he has suddenly died after such a long time in a presumably lower level of medical care, especially after hearing that he is not on life support of any kind and knowing the family has asked all information regarding his condition and prognosis to be kept confidential, but I'm choosing to (somewhat) ignore it.
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Female 62
Hey North Korea borrowed my VCR back in 1988, and have returned it in 2017 say, "Your VCR its broke". Don't trust North Korea with your VCR. Just putting that out there.
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Male 1,525
This will solve the issue. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0TYCEXmi90&vl=en
Set up a bunch of pit BBQ's next to the DMZ and the smell will have them overpowering the little runt pronto.
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Male 3,336
So he thought he'd be cool and act up in what is a very hostile to Americans nation - and got caught.
What a dumbass.
Then, in a transparent - and predictably doomed - bid for leniency, he throws his ethics to the wind and plays their game for the camera. We know he was not sincere, they know was not sincere, everyone knows he was not sincere.
He apparently couldn't watch his back well enough, so NK sent him home rather than fund his medical costs, or face the music if they pulled the plug.
Fortunately, he earned his Darwin Award before he could further contaminate the gene pool.

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Female 62
captkangaroo Why am i agreeing with you?
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Male 3,336
aladinsballs 
Because you are a smart intelligent, with it kinda guy - with an impressive ability to discern wisdom.
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Female 62
captkangaroo My god your a mind reader. How many fingers am i holding up?
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Male 4,377
Don't break the law and you won't have to worry 
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Male 304
We should just nuke the shithole.
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Male 1,891
Fojos That sounds like a great idea until you realize that doing so would halt relations with China and shut down both of our economies.  
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Male 3,336
insaneai 
Bullhockey.
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Female 4,651
insaneai need to send some elite teams in.  Wipe out the upper echelon from the top down and then begin the task of rehabilitating an entire nation.  They have NO idea what the real world is really like.
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Male 5,413
melcervini There you go. That's a much better option than what was suggested by another commenter. "Nuking" a nation becomes a lot less fun to talk about when you consider the millions of innocents--men, women, children--who would be vaporized or turned to charcoal.

And before someone responds with "People deserve the government they get," how much of a choice do North Korean children have in choosing their country of birth or form of government?
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Male 765
As you all know, I try to stay out of everything as much as possible. I don't rock the boat or voice my opinion about anything :-p.

But honestly, 'Murkins - please eliminate the dictatorship there, clear the DMZ and hand it over to S Korea so they can get on with damage control.

There are currently 49 dictatorships in the world.

Everything else aside (human rights, atrocities) most of them are only a threat to themselves.

China, Russia - opaque dictatorships. They also somewhat balanced, they know that they are powerful, but they are also restrained. As big as they are, they know that even if they won the fight, they'd still lose the war.

NK is that little cunt kid that is just too stupid to work it out for themselves. They need someone else to take their homemade guns, slingshot, knives and bottle rockets away from them.

If this was a business and a CEO was thrown for being a dick, no one would think twice.

I support anything that will make the number of dictatorships 0. That includes taking a fuckwit dictator out and putting a smarter one in as a stepping stone.

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Male 4,377
stifler then keep an eye on your politicians. America helps most of the dictators maintain their power
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Male 5,413
stifler Hmmmm. How 'bout this: We'll invade North Korea if you give us Natalie Tran.

Natalie Tran, Australian YouTuber (or, as the Aussies say, "YouTuba").
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Male 402
squrlz4ever Gentlemen. I give you Grace Park.
http://imgur.com/zL0rkga I say we invade her, thereby killing two birds with one stone - She's Korean AND Canadien
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Male 5,413
dkm458 *RAWR* Yes, please. Sign me up for that border incursion. She's amazing.
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Male 765
squrlz4ever I can't find any reason to keep her.

Not on the list:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_comedians

Nothing worth mentioning:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3720297/

Just another wanker with a camera:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalie_Tran

Consider her yours!
I reckon I could get her to you in a 5Kg parcel post pack. Whats the delivery address?!

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Male 5,413
stifler Good grief, man. I was thinking more along the lines of repatriation, not dismemberment. Don't you touch a hair on her pretty head!

Seriously, I've been a fan of Natalie Tran's for more years than I can count. That woman virtually grew up on YouTube. You weren't familiar with her? Here (below) is a typical example of her humor. (You're a hard one to please, so I'm guessing you won't like it, but perhaps some others reading will.)

"Who Measured Taylor Swift?"
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Male 765
squrlz4ever nope! Ugh, and her accent ffs!

Like trying to masturbate with a cheese grater..
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Male 5,413
stifler God, I love her. Oh well. De gustibus non disputandum est, as they say. Who's a comedian you like? So I can get some kind of a fix on your sense of humor?
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Male 765
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Male 5,413
stifler I've seen those before except for the egg one (but I watched them again because they're so great). My favorites are the freedom and guns ones.

By the way, can you try to explain what's off-putting about Tran's accent? I don't know the Aussie accents at all, really, so I'm interested in the opinion of an Australian. It sounds--? Affected? Twangy? Weird? Too girly? Very curious.
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Male 765
squrlz4ever Hard to explain, if you were Aussie you would just understand!
She sounds like she might be from Paramatta. She is West Sydney.

The Aussie accent that overseas get is typically Queenslander. If someone puts on an Oz accent for OS, that is what you will get. (Steve Irwin)

She reminds me more of Housos' Shazza.

Housos Ep1 Shazza

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Housos
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2103538/

So hard to explain, unless I knew of a low rent low income suburb in your town!

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Male 5,413
squrlz4ever Regarding Natalie Tran and her accent, thanks for the info. She comes from a well-educated family that fled Vietnam in 1981. Her father was a lawyer, her mother taught literature. Resettled in Australia, Tran's mother got a job with the postal service and her father taught public school.

From some of her early videos, I get the sense Tran grew up in not the best neighborhood, so it makes sense that if she's picked up a lower-class Australian accent, it may have been from her childhood environs. That's just conjecture, of course. As I've said, I know next-to-nothing about Australian accents and have always liked her voice.
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Male 5,413
stifler Oh, I like him too. Very funny guy.
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Male 765
squrlz4ever earlier is better.
I have seen his new tv show (came out a week ago?), we will see. I am not sure he will be able to keep it up for several seasons.
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Male 21,084
Obviously a case of "Let's make an example out of him, boys."
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Male 3,706
The news station is still using Windows XP?!

They know that that operating system is no longer supported and easily hacked, right?
Right!?
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Male 4,373
DuckBoy87 A couple years ago I saw a pic from inside an F-15 that had XP running on a laptop device for the pilot.
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Male 4,145
Dude will end up in the poor house once he gets the bill from the doctor, from one jail to another.
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Male 5,413
daegog Maybe he'll be lucky and the Republicans will repeal Obamacare before he comes out of the coma. Then, when he comes to, his provider can declare the coma-related damage was a preexisting condition, refuse treatment, and he can die relatively debt-free.
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Male 5,413
Good grief. All this for attempting to steal a propaganda banner. Moral of the story: When visiting North Korea, don't even think about pulling any stunts.

Let's hope American medicine can get this young man well. Great first post, Aardvark!
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Male 35
squrlz4ever Danke schoen
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Female 4,651
squrlz4ever better moral:  Don't visit North Korea :D
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Male 21,084
melcervini I was just going to say the same thing.
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Male 719
melcervini Hey! North Korea is a nice place, from what I've read on their websites.
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Male 5,413
melcervini Hear, hear. I don't care how ronery Kim-Jong Un gets!
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