Thursday, June 18, 2020

♓️ Sun Series: Pisces ♓️


Hello and welcome back to Astrology Thursday!! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

We finally made it!!! This is the last article in the Sun Series up next is the Moon Series!! I don’t know about you but I am sooooooo excited to dissect some moon signs. :)

Per usual a lot of the information on this first page is going to be pretty similar to what I put on my other sun series articles. (What is a sun sign, more about the series, etc.) So if you wanna skip ahead to the Pisces part go ahead.

Every Thursday I do an article about something Astrology related. I’m starting with going through the sun signs, then the moon signs, then the rising signs, and proceeding from there through the planets and houses. I know that a lot of people don’t believe in astrology and that’s fine, these articles aren’t gonna be about convincing you. (Although I probably will try sometime in the future). I just find astrology fascinating and informative. I’ve also discovered a huge community of like-minded individuals who have the same beliefs about it as I do and this is my blog and I can do what I want here.

So let's get into some astrology shall we?

First, if you’ve never heard of a sun sign here’s the basics. Each astrology sign holds unique properties which influence our lives in different ways. Although people often refer to each of these signs as ‘their sign’, the correct term is ‘sun sign’ which means the position of the sun in the Zodiac the moment you were born.

Overall Astrology is extremely complex and the sun sign is just a very small part of who you are as a person. If you are a Gemini and don’t really relate to these traits it’s likely because you have many strongly placed other signs in your chart that dull the quality of your Gemini sun.

A sun sign is basically the sign that governs your personality and is a reflection of your soul, your ego, your inner self and determines your basic approach to life. You also have your moon sign and your rising sign which contribute significantly to your character, dreams, relationships, and temperament.

Astrology has an impact on your approach to life and how you respond to any given situation. For instance, if your sun sign is Cancer you may use emotional appeal to get things done the way you want and generally just as the crab walks sideways you take an indirect approach. If you were an Aries however, you would take a more direct and physical approach to get things done.

You also have a moon and rising sign, which - very basically, breaks down to your moon is your emotional self and your rising is how you appear to the outside world. It's also your gut reaction to things. For an Aries rising, your typically knee-jerk reaction to things would be to get angry.

Sun Sign key words: basic nature, basic personality traits, values, the “big picture” of your overall personality, consciousness, basic identity, basic ego


NOTE: You are a Pisces Sun sign if you are born between February 20th and March 20th although the exact time varies every year so if you were born near the transition you should check to be sure what your sun sign is. I really like the website astro.com. Just type in your birthday, time of birth, place of birth, and it will give you your accurate sun, moon, and rising sign.

♓️ Sun Series: Pisces ♓️

Pisces is the final sign in the Zodiac. They are considered the “most evolved” sign. An old soul. Their symbol is the fish and their sign is also considered the “Jesus sign.” They are a water sign, the other water signs being Cancer, and Scorpio. If you are a Pisces moon you can definitely relate to these traits.

Pisces is ruled by mystical Neptune, the planet of mystery and illusion. So it’s a very interesting planet to be ruled by. They are the most sensitive sign and considered to be the most “watery” of the water signs. They just have so much depth.

Water signs in general are considered more connected to the other side but Pisces in particular are very connected to the spiritual world and the spiritual side of things. They have a good sense of the point of life. They feel the deeper meaning. A lot of them end up being religious.

A lot of astrologers believe that Pisces are more likely to be reincarnated souls or souls that have lived a long time. Pisces feel the emotions of people around and this really tires them out. They are also extremely sensitive themselves and can get their feelings hurt easily. They have a strong compassionate intuitiveness.

They have a hard time saying no to people and will fall for anyone's sob story. Pisces can be taken advantage of because they are too nice and they don’t usually stick up for themselves. They see the world with rose colored glasses and always see the good in people. They always try and save people and take on people as projects and it's not always a good thing.

Pisces like to help others and serve others. They can be very susceptible to drugs and alcohol. They need to learn that the world isn’t all happy and magical like it is in their minds. They like to wine and love to complain. They have such deep emotions it can be hard for them to cope.

They are too sensitive. They get offended by any little thing. They need to learn to be a little stronger and not to take things so hard. Some things aren’t meant to be taken so hard.

They can be lazy. They don’t really understand the grind till you die mentality. They are obsessed with music, they can feel the emotions in songs more than other people. They typically become musicians and their lyrics are very important to them. They have a need to escape reality and use music as a way to do that.

Pisces are the biggest daydreamers and biggest dreamers. They usually have intense dreams. They are not the type to be loud or obnoxious. They are usually very wise. They can be too trusting. They’re not into people who are superficial or vain.

They are very accepting of others and tolerant. Pisces is very open-minded. They tend to doubt themselves. They need to stop caring what other people think of you.

Every sign brings certain traits to the world, Pisces brings their connection to the other side and their dreaminess.

Keywords: deep, mystical, emotional, psychic, magical, watery,


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Thursday, June 11, 2020

♒️ Sun Series: Aquarius ♒️


Hello and welcome back to Astrology Thursday!! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

Per usual a lot of the information on this first page is going to be pretty similar to what I put on my other sun series articles. (What is a sun sign, more about the series, etc.) So if you wanna skip ahead to the Aquarius part go ahead.

Every Thursday I do an article about something Astrology related. I’m starting with going through the sun signs, then the moon signs, then the rising signs, and proceeding from there through the planets and houses. I know that a lot of people don’t believe in astrology and that’s fine, these articles aren’t gonna be about convincing you. (Although I probably will try sometime in the future). I just find astrology fascinating and informative. I’ve also discovered a huge community of like-minded individuals who have the same beliefs about it as I do and this is my blog and I can do what I want here.

So let's get into some astrology shall we?

First, if you’ve never heard of a sun sign here’s the basics. Each astrology sign holds unique properties which influence our lives in different ways. Although people often refer to each of these signs as ‘their sign’, the correct term is ‘sun sign’ which means the position of the sun in the Zodiac the moment you were born.

Overall Astrology is extremely complex and the sun sign is just a very small part of who you are as a person. If you are a Gemini and don’t really relate to these traits it’s likely because you have many strongly placed other signs in your chart that dull the quality of your Gemini sun.

A sun sign is basically the sign that governs your personality and is a reflection of your soul, your ego, your inner self and determines your basic approach to life. You also have your moon sign and your rising sign which contribute significantly to your character, dreams, relationships, and temperament.

Astrology has an impact on your approach to life and how you respond to any given situation. For instance, if your sun sign is Cancer you may use emotional appeal to get things done the way you want and generally just as the crab walks sideways you take an indirect approach. If you were an Aries however, you would take a more direct and physical approach to get things done.

You also have a moon and rising sign, which - very basically, breaks down to your moon is your emotional self and your rising is how you appear to the outside world. It's also your gut reaction to things. For an Aries rising, your typically knee-jerk reaction to things would be to get angry.

Sun Sign key words: basic nature, basic personality traits, values, the “big picture” of your overall personality, consciousness, basic identity, basic ego

NOTE: You are a Aquarius Sun sign if you are born between January 21st and February 19th although the exact time varies every year so if you were born near the transition you should check to be sure what your sun sign is. I really like the website astro.com. Just type in your birthday, time of birth, place of birth, and it will give you your accurate sun, moon, and rising sign.


♒️ Sun Series: Aquarius ♒️

Aquarius is the 11th sign in the zodiac. Their sign is the water bearer. Despite their misleading name they are actually an Air sign, the other air signs being Gemini and Libra.

Aquarius are very unique and weird people. They are ruled by Uranus and Saturn. Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision. People born with this sign are change makers and are extremely humanitarian motivated. Their symbol is the water bearing meaning they bring things to others. They live to serve the world and to improve humanity.

Aquarius are extremely kind and generous. They genuinely care about other people and about improving humanity. They’re usually involved in charity, donating, or giving back in some way. A lot of them end up in careers where they’re helping people.

They have the biggest hearts and all they want is to better the world. They’re not motivated by money. Aquarians are very kind, grounded, humble people. They’re also just weird and goofy. They know this. They are the type of people to have some odd hobbies. They’re also very intelligent, all air signs typically are. They are logical and usually very attractive people.

They are usually very artistic and live in their own little world. They march to the beat of their own drum and they don’t care what other people think of them. They are born knowing who they are. They can come across as awkward or strange.

They are all about new things and changes. Many of them are brilliant minds who are creators and inventors. They are smart but they tend to be more street smart than book smart. Knowing about people and the world is what is important to them. They are always looking for new knowledge.

Aquarians are weird and are not judgemental of other people at all. They’re comfortable, nice people to be around. They can be friends with anybody. They don’t feel the need to show off or be flashy. They don’t care about that kind of stuff. People open up to them easily because they’re just so accepting of everyone.

They are very free and independent thinkers. They are known to be somewhat detached from their emotions. It may be hard to tell if an Aquarius likes you. They’re not the sign to cuddle or want to touch to show affection. They don’t like hugs are things like that. If you’re dating an Aquarius it may be hard to tell if they like you. They just don’t really show affection, it’s not that they don’t like you, it’s just not something they think about.

They can be emotional because they care so much about humanity. They hide it well and don’t cry or show emotion in front of people usually. They are very independent and need to feel free at all times. They can have commitment issues. But they just like their own independence and freedom.

Aquarius are shitty liars and typically very honest. They hate conflict and or extremely non confrontational. They have a problem with overthinking. Aquarius has a lot of friends but are very choosy about their inner circle.

Every sign brings traits to the world, Aquarius brings their much needed humanitarianism.

Keywords: intelligent, goofy, inventive, charitable, kind, giving, attractive


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Thursday, June 4, 2020

♑️ Sun Series: Capricorn ♑️


Hello and welcome back to Astrology Thursday!! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

Per usual a lot of the information on this first page is going to be pretty similar to what I put on my other sun series articles. (What is a sun sign, more about the series, etc.) So if you wanna skip ahead to the Capricorn part go ahead.

Every Thursday I do an article about something Astrology related. I’m starting with going through the sun signs, then the moon signs, then the rising signs, and proceeding from there through the planets and houses. I know that a lot of people don’t believe in astrology and that’s fine, these articles aren’t gonna be about convincing you. (Although I probably will try sometime in the future). I just find astrology fascinating and informative. I’ve also discovered a huge community of like-minded individuals who have the same beliefs about it as I do and this is my blog and I can do what I want here.

So let's get into some astrology shall we?

First, if you’ve never heard of a sun sign here’s the basics. Each astrology sign holds unique properties which influence our lives in different ways. Although people often refer to each of these signs as ‘their sign’, the correct term is ‘sun sign’ which means the position of the sun in the Zodiac the moment you were born.

Overall Astrology is extremely complex and the sun sign is just a very small part of who you are as a person. If you are a Gemini and don’t really relate to these traits it’s likely because you have many strongly placed other signs in your chart that dull the quality of your Gemini sun.

A sun sign is basically the sign that governs your personality and is a reflection of your soul, your ego, your inner self and determines your basic approach to life. You also have your moon sign and your rising sign which contribute significantly to your character, dreams, relationships, and temperament.

Astrology has an impact on your approach to life and how you respond to any given situation. For instance, if your sun sign is Cancer you may use emotional appeal to get things done the way you want and generally just as the crab walks sideways you take an indirect approach. If you were an Aries however, you would take a more direct and physical approach to get things done.

You also have a moon and rising sign, which - very basically, breaks down to your moon is your emotional self and your rising is how you appear to the outside world. It's also your gut reaction to things. For an Aries rising, your typically knee-jerk reaction to things would be to get angry.

Sun Sign key words: basic nature, basic personality traits, values, the “big picture” of your overall personality, consciousness, basic identity, basic ego

NOTE: You are a Capricorn Sun sign if you are born between December 22nd and January 20th although the exact time varies every year so if you were born near the transition you should check to be sure what your sun sign is. I really like the website astro.com. Just type in your birthday, time of birth, place of birth, and it will give you your accurate sun, moon, and rising sign.

♑️Sun Series: Capricorn ♑️

Capricorn is the 10th sign in the zodiac wheel. They are an earth sign, the other earth signs being Taurus and Virgo. Capricorn's symbol is a Sea-Goat.

Capricorns are the least likely to believe in astrology. Or really anything they can’t fit into a box. They probably don’t believe in conspiracy theories, aliens, ghosts, etc. They are skeptical by nature. The world is very black and white to them. They are very logical and need to see tangible evidence for them to believe in things. They always need proof for everything. They’re not very open-minded.

They can be a little conservative. Especially about tattoos and piercings. They do things for practical uses. They’re the sign of practicality and they’re stubborn about it. Debating with a Capricorn is like talking to a brick wall. They can come across as a know-it-all.

They’re very good at remembering things and doing math. They’re the kind of person who’s smart who doesn’t really have to try to be smart. They can come across as kind of preachy sometimes, this is because they just believe so strongly that they’re right about things.

Capricorns need to learn that their way is not always the best way for everyone. They have a hard time letting things go when someone disagrees with them.

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn and Saturn is a difficult sign to be ruled by. Saturn represents live lessons, restrictions and challenges. (Every person will go through a Saturn return at some point in their life. This is when Saturn returns to where it was when you were born. This time is usually considered your midlife crisis or a time of challenge and change. Your Saturn return is usually every 27 years.) Saturn represents personal growth, Capricorns become stronger and tougher the older they get. Being ruled by Saturn gives Capricorns a lot of challenges in life.

Capricorn is not a very lucky sign. Many of them struggle with addiction and difficulties throughout their life. This just makes them stronger.

Capricorns are especially ambitious but they have to be the one that decides to pursue that goal. If their motivation doesn’t come from within, it can be hard for them to work towards that goal. Earth signs in general are career driven but Capricorns in particular are especially career driven.

They are independent people. They don’t feel the need to be in a relationship but if someone catches their eye and they are committed. A Capricorn is very choosy and if they choose you, they are choosing to be committed for the long haul.

They are good critical thinkers, they have good practical ideas. They work smarter, not harder. Capricorns are responsible people. They’re excellent planners and are never flaky. They like to make plans and they stick to them. When someone flakes on them, they get really offended.

They are logical, and masters of self-control. They’re the sign to survive an apocalypse because they’re resourceful. They are always looking for validation and improvement. They are very hard on themselves thinking that they don’t work hard enough.

They are very stoic and can come across as emotionless. They’re good at putting on an act. When they allow themselves to have fun, they have a lot of fun. Work hard, play hard attitude. They can become a completely different person when they drink.

They are solid life-long friends. A great person to help you with a practical solution. They are extremely loyal but they do get annoyed easily. They can have a negative attitude about things.

Capricorns need to practice self-love more.

Keywords: Logical, Rational, Ambitious, Methodical, Strategist, Reflective, Stubborn, Obsessive, Controlling, tough


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Monday, June 1, 2020

⚒ North Korea & The Short Life of Otto Warmbier ⚒

Otto Warmbier was an American man who went on a daring trip to North Korea back in 2016. North Korea is a very hostile country and relations with them are always extremely tense. They censor their people to the extreme. It's truly like the entire country is a giant cult.

The rules when going to North Korea is that you are not allowed to bring almost anything. They control everything, including what you’re allowed to see. Absolutely no cell phones, no computers, no printed material, no music, no camera that is too sophisticated, nothing. When people go to North Korea like Otto did, they are forced to watch these propaganda videos saying how horrible the US is and showing how much food North Korea has. They are extremely Anti-American.

North Koreas "Great Leader" Kim Jong-Un
(photo Credit: thefinancialexpress.com) 

Occasionally, North Korea allows some US citizens to come in, although they are extremely choosy about who they let in and it's all pretty much to shove propaganda down their throats and try to make it seem like the people in North Korea are doing well. They control everything and you only get to see what they want you to see. It's truly bizarre. There are videos you can watch of North Korean kids performing and singing songs and the whole thing is so rehearsed and not natural at all.

North Korea broadcasts these videos showing how the people worship their great leader and they show videos of people crying and cheering when they see him but the whole thing is very off and extremely fake. When Kim Jong-un’s father Kim Jong-il died in 2011 the entire nation was shown crying and weeping in a huge display of overwhelming grief. That would obviously never happen in a country where people are free to have their own opinion. In North Korea you can be imprisoned and tortured for minor trifles, like not mourning the death of their great leader enough. People are sent to a kwan-li-so for being related to someone who displeased the state, or they face a kangaroo court trial and possible public execution for a long list of political or economic "crimes."

(photo credit: The New York Times)

North Korea as a whole is a very very poor country and their people are literally starving. Many many people try to flee north to China at extreme risk to themselves and their families. When anyone comes to North Korea to film things for documentary reasons they are only shown what the state wants them to see and a lot of the homelessness and poverty goes undocumented.

There is this really funny (but also very sad and horrible) video where North Korea literally faked showing their people doing google searches. This documentary team went to this school or library and showed this group of students sitting at computers where they were just sitting and staring at the computers and not even touching it. There was only one man there who looked like he even knew how to use a computer and of course that was the one man that they wanted them to meet.

This North Korean man was filmed just sitting and staring at the google page. He never even touched the computer.
(Photo Credit: businessinsider.com)

These people are SO controlled it's actually hard to fathom. Their entire reality is warped and people who have gone there have said that it’s like walking around in a real life Truman Show.

(Photo Credit: news.harvard.edu)

This is the story of Otto Warmbier. Honestly I’m shocked and a little disgusted at how little coverage this story got and the fact that it got swept under the rug so quickly. Otto was a 21 year old man from Cincinnati who went on a daring trip to North Korea in 2015. He was taken by the North Korean authorities for allegedly trying to steal a poster of their great leader and was sentenced to 15 years hard labor. Otto was released by North Korean authorities in 2017 and sent back to the United States in a deep coma which he never came out of. He died on June 19th, 2017 at the age of 22.

(photo credit: wikipedia.com)

Otto was born on December 12th of 1994. His parents are Fred and Cindy and he has two other siblings, Austin and Greta.

Otto was a very smart individual with some of the highest grades in his school. People describe him as being enthusiastic, energetic, and eager to learn. He was Prom King, an athlete, and he even gave a speech at graduation. He was very well-known in his area and very well liked. Everyone who knew him really liked him and he was just kind of a zany guy with a weird sense of style. He wasn’t the type to be super into himself and he was just a super down to earth, solid type of guy.

After high school Otto enrolled in the University of Virginia and was double majoring in commerce and economics. He was also very interested in international relation/studies, and had a minor in global sustainability. Otto really liked to travel and he had actually already been to quite a few countries. His friends said that he was very daring and that he wasn’t afraid of anything. He really searched for that adventure in life. In 2015, Otto signed up to do a trip to North Korea because that was just the kind of adventurer he was. 

Otto speaking at his highschool graduation.
(photo credit: CNN.com)

Otto signed up through this group called Young Pioneer Tours and this tour group really advertised themselves as “places your mother doesn’t want you to go.” Meaning that these were dangerous trips. Specifically on the North Korea trips they really advertised how wild and fun it is. They made it seem like the hotel was super nice and that you were gonna have a really fun time in North Korea. (“fun time in North Korea” I know right?)

(photo credit: youngpioneertours.com)

North Korea is extremely dangerous and they HATE Americans. They literally sing songs and have posters up everywhere that say things like “Death to America.” It’s obviously not the people's fault that it’s like that because they’re brainwashed to hate Americans but still… it’s not a good place for an American to be. But Otto was fearless and wasn’t scared. He really was just looking for a cool adventure.

So Otto went with this tour along with 10 other Americans and he didn’t know anyone else on the trip personally when they left. The tour he signed up for was a 5 day tour around New Years Eve. They were shown a bunch of cool places around Pyongyang and were staying in this super nice hotel. Pyongyang is pretty much where all of the nation's money goes to make it look super nice for when other nations come to visit. It’s all part of the illusion that their country is “powerful” and “strong.”

Whenever North Korea has visitors from other countries they all stay in this super nice hotel that is literally built on an island and where your every move is watched. The thing that is super weird about this hotel is that there is allegedly this 5th floor where guests are not allowed to go to. No one really knows what's going on on this 5th floor, people speculate that it’s probably where the North Koreans keep an eye on their guests. The elevator in the hotel even skips the 5th floor.

Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang North Korea
(photo credit: youngpioneertours.com)

Otto, being this adventurous kind of guy allegedly wanted to go to the 5th floor. There’s actually been some reports of some tourists who have come and stayed in that hotel, and have gone to the 5th floor before. There is even a blog post written by one of those tourists that talks about the 5th floor and she even has pictures and video of it. Apparently on this floor there is just a ton of Anti-American propaganda and Pro-North Korean posters. There’s some stuff online about it and it kind of seems like going to the 5th floor was just kind of a tour thing that a lot of people did.

Allegedly, Otto and his tour group were celebrating New Years Eve and after celebrating and drinking in Kim song-il square, they decided to go to the 5th floor. Which is SUPER ballsy and something you probably shouldn’t do. North Korea is super serious about rules and punishment and many people speculate that maybe he had been drinking and just wasn’t thinking straight. However his friends on the trip say he never removed the poster from the hotel and that he was in bed on the night of the alleged theft. Otto was a smart individual and he knew how serious North Korea was, he wouldn’t have risked his life to steal a poster.

North Korea claims that Otto and a couple other people went to the 5th floor and that Otto stole a poster off the wall. There is video footage that North Korea claims is Otto that shows him taking and rolling up a poster with an image of their great leader on it. Now North Korea is CRAZY obviously and they have insane rules about the image of their great leader. You cannot fold, roll, or mess with the image of their leader at all. It’s a serious crime to do anything to his image.

Alleged video of Otto taking a propiganda poster. 
(photo credit: twitter)

The video of “Otto” has been under a lot of scrutiny. North Korea doesn’t have any fair kind of justice system and it’s all pretty just a Kangaroo Court. In the video it’s not really clear that it’s even Otto, for all we know it could have been staged by North Korea (which it probably was). We really just don’t have any facts and North Korea can, and does lie to the US (and the rest of the world) frequently. Many people think that he never even went to the 5th floor and that North Korea just accused him so they would have an American Prisoner.

As the tour group was about to leave Otto was taken by North Korean authorities and that was the last time anyone would ever see him. At first his tour group didn’t think anything was wrong but as the plane was boarding he never showed back up. When the plane was closing up the tour group started freaking out and demanded to know where he was. The North Korean authorities told them that Otto was sick and that he couldn’t get on the plane. His tour group knew this was a lie because they had just been with him but they had no choice and were forced to leave without him.

North Korea doesn’t really have a justice system. If you are accused of a crime you’re forced to confess even if you didn’t do it.They do these super fake trials to make it seem like they have a trial system but none of it is real. They give statements for the defendants to read and they have act exactly how they want you to act. Otto was forced to do one of these “trials” and “confessions.” The North Korean authorities televised this and there are videos you can watch of it although I will say that it is extremely disturbing.

(photo credit: timemagazine.com)

In his “confession” the values highlighted are on par with Confucian values. The language, vocabulary, and body language used are exactly the same as many of the North Korean reporters. He was forced to say things like “I can’t believe I was fooled by the American government,” and “I have come to realize how the US Administration has lied to its people so that they can overthrow the DPR Korea.”

Otto was found guilty of his crimes and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. North Korea has these labor camps which are basically concentration camps similar to what the Nazi’s had in WW2. Some of these camps are huge, one is the size of New York City, another is the size of Washington DC. No one really knows what really goes on in these camps. Some Americans have been held prisoner in these but their reports vary a lot. Some say that it wasn’t that bad and some say that they were starved, beaten and tortured.

Some said that people would catch frogs and rats and eat them raw because they were starving so bad. Some prisoners have been able to escape and tell their stories. There's even a book out by a man who escaped called Escape from Camp 14. He is known to be the only person to escape from a "total-control zone" grade internment camp in North Korea.The prisoners there are forced to do hard labor and are barely fed. They’re tortured, beaten, and are treated as inhuman. 

Satellite image of one of North Koreas labor camps. 
(photo credit: timemagazine.com)

Otto’s sentence officially started in January of 2016. His family tried everything they could to get him back but it was super super difficult and they were basically told to stay quiet because “you don’t wanna upset the North Koreans.” And honestly…. The US government really didn’t do anything to help get him back. They might have done some things behind the scenes but it really seemed like nothing was being done to try and get him home.

In 2017, North Korea finally admitted that Otto was in a coma. Nobody knows how this happened. Specialists who have looked at him think that this happened to him just weeks after he was sentenced. Meaning Otto had been in a coma for over a year. They think that his coma was not caused by any head trauma because his brain tissue was damaged throughout his whole head. Specialists think that it was from lack of oxygen. Some people think that the North Koreans did as a torture but some people actually think that Otto tried to commit suicide right after his sentence so that he would die in North Korea and cause a lot of problems with the government. No one really knows how this happened and we probably will never know. 

Otto after he was sentenced.
(photo credit: voanews.com)

North Korea finally released Otto “on humanitarian grounds” but that's total bullshit because if they actually cared about being humanitarian they would have released him as soon as he went into a coma. US authorities think that North Korea just didn’t want him to die while in their possession and that the only reason they gave him up was because they knew that he was close to dying.

In June of 2017 he was officially released by North Korean authorities and flown home to the US. His friends and family weren’t really aware of the severity of his condition so when his plane landed they were all really excited to see him again. However his severe condition became clear when he carried him off the plane. He was limp, unconscious and when doctors took a look at him it was clear that he had no chance of survival. On June 19th of 2017 Otto was taken off life support and passed away a short time later.

Otto being carried off the plane after his release from North Korea. 
(photo credit: The New York Times)

Truthfully I don’t really have a good ending to this story. Nothing was really done to get justice for Otto and his story was swept under the rug really quickly. I feel like his story deserved to be told and shared and it’s something we shouldn’t forget.

It’s fun to talk about conspiracies and speculate but this shit is real. This government is real. We read books about dystopian or futuristic societies being mentally controlled and heavily censored but this is REAL and happening right now. 

Ottos parents, Cindy and Fred Warmbier. 
(photo credit: vox.com)

May Otto rest in peace. So much potential for such a short lived life.


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