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2012-07-25 08:32:44 AM  
I shudder to think what has become of the many women he has had in the past and which ones in this instance did not meet this expectations.
 
2012-07-25 08:36:53 AM  
Well done, subs. I really hope he goes for polygamy, just so the next time we can use the headline: "Km Jong Un Deux Marries."
 
2012-07-25 09:22:35 AM  
I guess I am curious about what is going to become of NK. They are basically an irrelevant country - their main exports are metal ores and the like, and those barely amount to $2B a year.

So 20 to 50 years from now, what will become of them? They are so damn isolated, militaristic, brainwashed against the "evil Westerner" and worship the leaders like they are Gods...it would take a few generations to just deal with the brainwashing let alone deal with the labor camps, famine and utter lack of infrastructure.
 
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2012-07-25 09:36:01 AM  
I guess he would Un marry by putting his excellent horse like lady out to pasture.
 
2012-07-25 10:03:39 AM  
Typical imperialist running dog lackey media. The Great Successor has actually married 7 women, all of whom are co-Ms. Best Korea and who orgasm at his slightest touch.
 
2012-07-25 10:05:41 AM  

Endive Wombat: I guess I am curious about what is going to become of NK. They are basically an irrelevant country - their main exports are metal ores and the like, and those barely amount to $2B a year.

So 20 to 50 years from now, what will become of them? They are so damn isolated, militaristic, brainwashed against the "evil Westerner" and worship the leaders like they are Gods...it would take a few generations to just deal with the brainwashing let alone deal with the labor camps, famine and utter lack of infrastructure.


From a few reports in the past weeks, NK has purged some of the old guard advisers from the ranks. Especially, the higher ups in the military, who controlled the country's spending. Apparently, Un wants to make some major changes. I'm curious to see where this will lead.
 
2012-07-25 10:08:04 AM  

neritz: Apparently, Un wants to make some major changes.


I don't want to be a pedant, but his given name is Jong-un.
 
2012-07-25 10:15:15 AM  

TwistedIvory: I don't want to be a pedant, but his given name is Jong-un.


Yes, but that doesn't sound as funny.
 
2012-07-25 10:43:42 AM  

TwistedIvory: neritz: Apparently, Un wants to make some major changes.

I don't want to be a pedant, but his given name is Jong-un.


Too Jong; didn't read
 
2012-07-25 11:05:36 AM  
I ROR'd.
 
2012-07-25 11:30:44 AM  
Woo! Broke my main page submission cold streak!
 
2012-07-25 11:31:22 AM  
Rooks rike a rerative.
 
2012-07-25 11:31:54 AM  
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7231867/78291501#c78291501" target="_blank">PaulMKelly</a>:</b> <i>Woo! Broke my main page submission cold streak!</i>

with a Twitter feed. For shame.
 
2012-07-25 11:32:33 AM  
Un marry somebody? There's a Winchester for that.
 
2012-07-25 11:32:40 AM  
I heard he chose her over Fus Ro Dah.
 
2012-07-25 11:32:41 AM  
The happy couple are registered at Bed, Bombs and Beyond?
 
2012-07-25 11:33:07 AM  
I'd like to un-marry...
 
2012-07-25 11:33:32 AM  
www.karolinagames.com

/ so sorri
 
2012-07-25 11:33:56 AM  
Wonder what happened to her previous husband, the poor guy.
 
2012-07-25 11:33:59 AM  
Did he un-marry her on his un-birthday?
 
2012-07-25 11:37:29 AM  
The new leader's style is considered more similar to his grandfather, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, who built homes, parks and schools and was often shown alongside his wife, Kim Jong Suk, and with children in his arms.

Yes I am 12 years old.
 
2012-07-25 11:38:24 AM  
He married a Ju?
 
mjg
2012-07-25 11:39:35 AM  
By the looks of it they're gonna have some round kids.
 
2012-07-25 11:40:49 AM  

AnotherOldFart: He married a Ju?


That's all we need! A Ju-ish princess.
 
2012-07-25 11:41:32 AM  
at the wedding they served meth + kim chi . NK's two biggest exports
 
2012-07-25 11:41:47 AM  

AnotherOldFart: He married a Ju?


www.wearysloth.com
Approves.
 
2012-07-25 11:42:07 AM  
The sex is Un believeable.
 
2012-07-25 11:44:39 AM  
Un et Un fonts deux.
 
2012-07-25 11:45:36 AM  
Doh, it's called divorce. you're welcome.
 
2012-07-25 11:46:54 AM  
I bet there was a lot of cake.

/I get the impression he likes cake
 
2012-07-25 11:49:23 AM  

Endive Wombat: They are so damn isolated, militaristic, brainwashed against the "evil Westerner" and worship the leaders like they are Gods..


Don't want to threadjack, but when I read this the first thing that popped into my head was the Tea Party and the Cult of Reagan.
 
2012-07-25 11:51:11 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-07-25 11:52:29 AM  

Lonewolf45100: I bet there was a lot of cake.

/I get the impression he likes cake



"I love you like a fat dictator love cake."
 
2012-07-25 11:54:10 AM  
it looks like they're standing next to giant pokeballs.
 
2012-07-25 11:54:32 AM  
This is probably the most high profile example of a case in which the euphemism "takes a wife" is more literally accurate than the term "marriage."
 
2012-07-25 11:56:25 AM  
She should know better to let crazy stick in her.
 
2012-07-25 11:57:47 AM  
www.newstalk1010.com

How do you un-marry someone? Well first you need a swimming pool...
 
2012-07-25 11:58:49 AM  
 
2012-07-25 12:01:25 PM  

Jubeebee: Typical imperialist running dog lackey media. The Great Successor has actually married 7 women, all of whom are co-Ms. Best Korea and who orgasm at his slightest touch.


This comment is Best comment
 
2012-07-25 12:02:00 PM  
And her name is Morgan Fairchild! Yeah, that's the ticket!
 
2012-07-25 12:03:32 PM  

Endive Wombat: They are so damn isolated, militaristic, brainwashed against the "evil Westerner" and worship the leaders like they are Gods...it would take a few generations to just deal with the brainwashing let alone deal with the labor camps, famine and utter lack of infrastructure.


It feels like it should take generations. But, seriously, they're no more isolated, brainwashed, or generally 'wtf mate' than gang of four China around, say 1974 or so. And that massive change was in a pre-cellphone/internet information speed age.
 
2012-07-25 12:03:44 PM  
 
2012-07-25 12:04:53 PM  

Endive Wombat: I guess I am curious about what is going to become of NK. They are basically an irrelevant country - their main exports are metal ores and the like, and those barely amount to $2B a year.

So 20 to 50 years from now, what will become of them? They are so damn isolated, militaristic, brainwashed against the "evil Westerner" and worship the leaders like they are Gods...it would take a few generations to just deal with the brainwashing let alone deal with the labor camps, famine and utter lack of infrastructure.


They're not forced to be isolated by any stretch. South Korea's domestic manufacturing costs have spiked and now the companies are offshoring to China and the Philippines. Those same companies would love to have access to the 20 million workers north of the DMZ. They work for cheap and already speak Korean. There were some special economic zones set up (and a functional rail link between the Koreas) for just that purpose until Kim Jung Il went all pants on his head retarded in his later years. There was this glorious time period where Kim Jung Il wasn't actively nutso and South Korea had a liberal government that could board a train in South Korea and end up in North Korea. That was closed down after the Cheonan and I'm not sure if it ever reopened or not.

Really the whole road map for reunification is still in place. Sign some kind of formal peace agreement, let the RoK companies to exploit to the labor and in a couple decades once the North Korean standard of living has risen and the North has some politicians with a passable grip on sanity, the two countries merge back together in some fashion.

Un actually appears to have initiated a purge of the military, specifically to break their control in economic areas (import/export). Likely to open the door to allow for him to supervise letting Samsung and the like set up more factories. In a generation or two his family won't be dictators anymore, but they'll be filthy rich from skimming off the top.

/also some of the people I work with in China have indicated China is stick of throwing money in the North's direction
//China's real interest is making sure that all those American troops don't move up to the Yalu River since they're paranoid we'd just mimic the Japanese in the 1930s
 
2012-07-25 12:05:15 PM  

Sybarite: I wonder if it's that chick he's been seen with a lot recently. If so, then she isn't the pop singer he had an affair with that a lot of sources were speculating she was.

[resources0.news.com.au image 650x366]


He's a bit young and naive and married the first woman able to find his penis
 
2012-07-25 12:06:26 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: at the wedding they served meth + kim chi . NK's two biggest exports


I don't think they export a lot of Kimchi.

/China, on the other hand...
 
2012-07-25 12:07:15 PM  
But will she stay at his side if he loses the next election? That's the real test.
 
2012-07-25 12:07:43 PM  
Kim Jong Un marries. How do you Un marry someone?

It's Un possible.
 
2012-07-25 12:08:01 PM  

degenerate-afro: Here's an actual article for those who don't feel like looking around for one


FTFA "The North Korean leader breaks with tradition by showing up with his wife in public."

Nice farkin' culture!
 
2012-07-25 12:08:34 PM  
She's the North Korean Pirst Rady!
 
2012-07-25 12:09:50 PM  
I wonder how long she'll last if she doesn't produce a male heir
 
2012-07-25 12:11:43 PM  

neritz: Endive Wombat: I guess I am curious about what is going to become of NK. They are basically an irrelevant country - their main exports are metal ores and the like, and those barely amount to $2B a year.

So 20 to 50 years from now, what will become of them? They are so damn isolated, militaristic, brainwashed against the "evil Westerner" and worship the leaders like they are Gods...it would take a few generations to just deal with the brainwashing let alone deal with the labor camps, famine and utter lack of infrastructure.

From a few reports in the past weeks, NK has purged some of the old guard advisers from the ranks. Especially, the higher ups in the military, who controlled the country's spending. Apparently, Un wants to make some major changes. I'm curious to see where this will lead.


Well he IS western-educated and lived abroad in his younger years, which, coupled with his most recent moves, creates the tinest sliver of a possibility that his motivation in playing "the game of thrones' against his brothers was to take over so he could tear the system down
 
2012-07-25 12:15:10 PM  

sgnilward: degenerate-afro: Here's an actual article for those who don't feel like looking around for one

FTFA "The North Korean leader breaks with tradition by showing up with his wife in public."

Nice farkin' culture!


You mean the culture of a family of autocratic dictators? Or do you think that the "tradition" TFA is referring to is common to all (North) Koreans?
 
2012-07-25 12:16:14 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

MALLIED?
 
2012-07-25 12:16:27 PM  

ha-ha-guy: In a generation or two his family won't be dictators anymore, but they'll be filthy rich from skimming off the top.


Seriously, it has to be tempting. Even just $10 million or so and a sweet little chalet in Switzerland? Or, absolute-dictator-of-a-shiathole? The latter doesn't sound very fun very long.

As for the brainwashed people/soldiers, you can buy them off with Choco-Pies.

/ honestly, you can buy my loyalties with Chocopies, too. They're farking addictive.
 
2012-07-25 12:18:53 PM  

ha-ha-guy: Endive Wombat: I guess I am curious about what is going to become of NK. They are basically an irrelevant country - their main exports are metal ores and the like, and those barely amount to $2B a year.

So 20 to 50 years from now, what will become of them? They are so damn isolated, militaristic, brainwashed against the "evil Westerner" and worship the leaders like they are Gods...it would take a few generations to just deal with the brainwashing let alone deal with the labor camps, famine and utter lack of infrastructure.

They're not forced to be isolated by any stretch. South Korea's domestic manufacturing costs have spiked and now the companies are offshoring to China and the Philippines. Those same companies would love to have access to the 20 million workers north of the DMZ. They work for cheap and already speak Korean. There were some special economic zones set up (and a functional rail link between the Koreas) for just that purpose until Kim Jung Il went all pants on his head retarded in his later years. There was this glorious time period where Kim Jung Il wasn't actively nutso and South Korea had a liberal government that could board a train in South Korea and end up in North Korea. That was closed down after the Cheonan and I'm not sure if it ever reopened or not.

Really the whole road map for reunification is still in place. Sign some kind of formal peace agreement, let the RoK companies to exploit to the labor and in a couple decades once the North Korean standard of living has risen and the North has some politicians with a passable grip on sanity, the two countries merge back together in some fashion.

Un actually appears to have initiated a purge of the military, specifically to break their control in economic areas (import/export). Likely to open the door to allow for him to supervise letting Samsung and the like set up more factories. In a generation or two his family won't be dictators anymore, but they'll be filthy rich from skimmin ...


While that is all good and fine...you know for sure that there will be humanitarian organizations that are going to lose their goddamn minds over NK producing goods that are shipped to the US. Especially if the workers and their families are moved from the mining labor detention camps to some random Samsung or Toshiba factory.

Also what you do mean by "politicians with a passable grip on sanity?" I always assumed it was more or less all dictated by well...whoever is the current dictator.
 
2012-07-25 12:22:11 PM  

Magorn: Well he IS western-educated and lived abroad in his younger years, which, coupled with his most recent moves, creates the tinest sliver of a possibility that his motivation in playing "the game of thrones' against his brothers was to take over so he could tear the system down


I would presume that the military leaders have always had a military coup contingency plan. So, in the event Mr. Un here decides that he wants to free all from the labor detention camps, open up trade with the rest of the world, and make peace with the West, they would overthrow him and maintain the status quo.
 
2012-07-25 12:24:14 PM  
"The late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il arranged his youngest son's marriage in a hurry after suffering a stroke in 2008," Mr Cheong said.
Ms Ri studied science and is from an upper-class family, her father being a professor and her mother an obstetrician, he added.
~BBC

Well, he didn't go for looks.
 
2012-07-25 12:26:19 PM  

Endive Wombat: I would presume that the military leaders have always had a military coup contingency plan. So, in the event Mr. Un here decides that he wants to free all from the labor detention camps, open up trade with the rest of the world, and make peace with the West, they would overthrow him and maintain the status quo.


Yeah. They're the main people who derive benefit from maintaining the status quo. End the whole mess, and wtf are they going to do afterwards?
 
2012-07-25 12:27:20 PM  
Well you can fark them in the but, spoo on their back take $40 out of their purse and leave out of the window. or as i like to call it Friday night

// miss you Sam
 
2012-07-25 12:32:58 PM  
What happens when you shout Ri Sol Ju in Skyrim?
 
2012-07-25 12:35:19 PM  

Lawnchair: Seriously, it has to be tempting. Even just $10 million or so and a sweet little chalet in Switzerland? Or, absolute-dictator-of-a-shiathole? The latter doesn't sound very fun very long.


That is really what I think the big hope is. Basically you buy off the top of the brass and exchange for them retiring from politics/leaving the country, you don't touch the 7+ figures in their bank account. It's cheaper than bombing and occupying the place for sure. So the rest of the world shuts up, lets the old guard get rich on Samsung bribe money, and waits for Korean spring.

Endive Wombat: While that is all good and fine...you know for sure that there will be humanitarian organizations that are going to lose their goddamn minds over NK producing goods that are shipped to the US. Especially if the workers and their families are moved from the mining labor detention camps to some random Samsung or Toshiba factory.

Also what you do mean by "politicians with a passable grip on sanity?" I always assumed it was more or less all dictated by well...whoever is the current dictator.


No one complained about the North Korean goods in the early 2000s when the first special economic was set up. Even if there was biatching in the US market, Samsung could just send those shipments to East Asia. East Asia as a whole is larger market than North America (the US just happens to be the world's single largest market, but China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines is a larger market than Canada, America, and Mexico). No one over there really cares, because all the stuff had "Made in the Republic of Korea" stamped on it since they shipped all the parts back over rail links and did the final touches in Daegu or Busan. Given the general attitude in East Asia is "fark the other countries", no one is going to give a shiat about North Korean workers rights in say Taiwan.

As for stable leaders, the point is the educational system. Un was educated in Switzerland. However to enact his reforms he needs the support of a bureaucracy. That requires them to be both technically competent and open to dealing with the West, as opposed to brainwashed idiots produced by a subpar North Korean educational system. Under the last regime the military generals ran basically independent fiefdoms. That was because Il had strong ties to the military and could count on those guys/knew how to keep them happy. This new guy appears to purging those guys which means there is a power vacuum. He's going to need new regional leadership and there is no guarantee he has access to it given how few North Koreans are educated abroad. At best he has a cadre educated at state schools in China who are willing to mimic the CCP's "capitalism with Chinese characteristics" idea and there is no guarantee those people have a high technical competence.
 
2012-07-25 12:44:50 PM  

Lawnchair: Endive Wombat: I would presume that the military leaders have always had a military coup contingency plan. So, in the event Mr. Un here decides that he wants to free all from the labor detention camps, open up trade with the rest of the world, and make peace with the West, they would overthrow him and maintain the status quo.

Yeah. They're the main people who derive benefit from maintaining the status quo. End the whole mess, and wtf are they going to do afterwards?


The North Korean military is not a unified structure. There was a military rebellion in Chongjin in the early 2000s (the port city up by China and Russia). Jung Il crushed it and some of the losers fled to the Korean community in Yaniban China. There is now significant Russian and Chinese investment in that city and rumors it could open the west soon. Chongjin was always a bit more business oriented than the rest of the North and rumor was the military leadership was trading under the table with Russia and China. So they were ordered to stop, they didn't, and that lead to at least one North Korean Army be transferred to crush the military command in Chongjin.

Under the previous regime the military had control of exports and supposedly some of the generals, like the one sin Chongjin, got a taste of the private sector and really liked it. Those who remain are the ones likely to support Un, while the ideologically pure old guard (the morons who stayed loyal to the old ideas through two famines) are the ones being purged. By most reports there aren't that many of the latter left. They've realized that you can get really rich by having control of foreign investment in a region and want in on that.

/see also the Chinese Military and Chinese Communist Party
//Mao's ideas went by the wayside the minute they did the math and realized it involved billions of dollars
/aside from old old guard who were purged out
 
2012-07-25 12:47:50 PM  

Lawnchair: ha-ha-guy: In a generation or two his family won't be dictators anymore, but they'll be filthy rich from skimming off the top.

Seriously, it has to be tempting. Even just $10 million or so and a sweet little chalet in Switzerland? Or, absolute-dictator-of-a-shiathole? The latter doesn't sound very fun very long.

As for the brainwashed people/soldiers, you can buy them off with Choco-Pies.

/ honestly, you can buy my loyalties with Chocopies, too. They're farking addictive.


Ooooh, Chocopies. Love those things so much.

Also, Kim Jong Un looks like someone who spends his time sitting around playing Star Fox and eating Chocopies, not a dictator.
 
2012-07-25 12:50:59 PM  

MadMonk: What happens when you shout Ri Sol Ju in Skyrim?


You resurrect all the dragons you've killed, summon them into a 500 meter radius, and all of them aggro. And they're immune to Dragonrend, and you can't recollect their souls.

Props to Kim Jong Un. She's pretty cute. Where's he hiding the shock collar?
 
2012-07-25 12:51:53 PM  
NK seems like a poorly organized Hunger Games.
 
2012-07-25 12:53:51 PM  
She looks a honey, he's punching above his weight there
 
2012-07-25 12:54:10 PM  
I wouldn't kick her out of bed for eating Kimchi.
 
2012-07-25 12:59:05 PM  

Gordinho: She looks a honey, he's punching above his weight there


Money and power will allow that.
 
2012-07-25 12:59:39 PM  

misanthropologist: This is probably the most high profile example of a case in which the euphemism "takes a wife" is more literally accurate than the term "marriage."


Yeah, maybe, but how much convincing would it take?

You can marry the Grande Leader, have access to every material comfort, and be treated like a demi-goddess by a kingdom of brainwashed toadies. Or you can work 16 hours a day in an ammunition factory until you die from malnutrition at age 50 or you get disappeared for some imaginary slight against the state like the rest of the peasants.
 
2012-07-25 01:02:58 PM  

Lawnchair: As for the brainwashed people/soldiers, you can buy them off with Choco-Pies.


Random story, back when I was a sacrificial lamb that sat on the DMZ we'd toss food across to the North Koreans. For us it started out when we're out on patrol and the saddest looking teenage conscripts you'd ever seem come hurrying up on the North Korean side to contain us. We had a good chuckle over the idea of the two midget 15 years actually stopping us if we wanted to cross the border, everyone took a turn look at them through binoculars and making smart ass comments since one of them didn't even have a magazine in his weapon. Then a couple people felt bad and decided to toss some food on. Turns out it's common practice for US and ROK personnel to toss food over whenever senior DPRK officers aren't around. A packet of ramen is pretty easy to underhand toss. You don't throw it to their feet (to avoid any misunderstands that you might be throwing something lethal) but just in their direction where they can see where it lands. Then just walk on your way and they'll come collect it.

It was such a common practice for ROK and US troops to do it actually ended up as part of the plot-line in a few South Korean movies. Just make sure they are no high level officers around from either side to be biatchy about the fact you're throwing food to the 'enemy' and don't throw it around areas with known mines. Sadly I'm sure at least a couple North Korean guys were maimed trying to collect the food when it landed near a mine.

I always encouraged it when I become a NCO because I figured it might make some of them defect or at least half a second to slow pull the trigger if anything went down. In the 1990s three soldiers came over getting a pair of American nail clippers. They're sitting there looking at the nail clippers and saying "These are amazing compared to ours, how do the Americans make stuff this good?". Finally one of the soldiers goes "If the clippers are much better, how much better must their weapons be?". They defected a week later.

/JSA is good and streamable on Netflix and is the best known for using the food tossing thing
//the ROK troops told us sometimes they'd get thank you letters tossed back saying how the guy had smuggled a sack of the food home to his malnourished family and the like
/most of the northern soldiers were likely reselling most of it for a profit though
 
2012-07-25 01:04:45 PM  
funny, she doesn't look juish
 
2012-07-25 01:05:17 PM  

proton: I wouldn't kick her out of bed for eating Kimchi.


This is relevant to my interests.

/Who's Kim Chi?
 
2012-07-25 01:07:36 PM  

proton: I wouldn't kick her out of bed for eating Kimchi.


i bet he would though
 
2012-07-25 01:08:11 PM  
check it out - if you're a fa tass living in a country ravaged by disease, famine and death you might be a douche.
 
2012-07-25 01:15:55 PM  

Lawnchair: Endive Wombat: They are so damn isolated, militaristic, brainwashed against the "evil Westerner" and worship the leaders like they are Gods...it would take a few generations to just deal with the brainwashing let alone deal with the labor camps, famine and utter lack of infrastructure.

It feels like it should take generations. But, seriously, they're no more isolated, brainwashed, or generally 'wtf mate' than gang of four China around, say 1974 or so. And that massive change was in a pre-cellphone/internet information speed age.


East Germany wasn't nearly as economically backward or politically isolated as North Korea is, and after 20 years of reunification and investment in the East, it still hasn't caught up to the West's economic standards.

The DDR was relatively poor and had its own brand of authoritarian political bullshiat, but their populace wasn't reduced to eating grass and twigs to stave off hunger and they had an educated workforce and decent infrastructure as a starting point..
 
2012-07-25 01:27:52 PM  

indylaw: misanthropologist: This is probably the most high profile example of a case in which the euphemism "takes a wife" is more literally accurate than the term "marriage."

Yeah, maybe, but how much convincing would it take?

You can marry the Grande Leader, have access to every material comfort, and be treated like a demi-goddess by a kingdom of brainwashed toadies. Or you can work 16 hours a day in an ammunition factory until you die from malnutrition at age 50 or you get disappeared for some imaginary slight against the state like the rest of the peasants.


If I was in her situation I'd marry him too. Don't forget all the Cognac you can drink.

I swear the Vice guide to NK is one of the best documentaries I've seen about it, he's blitzed the entire time and I'm surprised he didn't get arrested for "crimes".

You can buy off your guards with cigs and booze and the whole goddamn country is putting on a show for you.

I wonder if this guy will actually help the country or just continue the atrocities.
 
2012-07-25 01:43:36 PM  

indylaw: East Germany wasn't nearly as economically backward or politically isolated as North Korea is, and after 20 years of reunification and investment in the East, it still hasn't caught up to the West's economic standards.


No, nor has the rural PRC caught up to China. The last 25% is a drag... Best Korea would be the South's biatch for decades. But, based on China's example, I don't think it would take generations for the bulk of the transition, either.

The other problem would be emerging into the world at a time when the world cares less and less about cheap low-end labor. Cheap labor's nice and all. But, there's 4 billion Chinese/Indians/Indonesians/Africans who will work for just about nothing, too. Sometimes, it's cheaper to automate even if the labor's virtually free.
 
2012-07-25 01:46:20 PM  
They say his head grew three sizes that day...
 
2012-07-25 02:04:49 PM  

shortymac: I wonder if this guy will actually help the country or just continue the atrocities.



I think he might do both. I think there are signs that North Korea will open up to more foreign investment and economic reforms, and the open-ness might lessen the worst atrocities, though it would still likely be a brutal police state. The world has shown that it will do business with cruel dictators as long as there's a profit to be made.
 
2012-07-25 02:34:45 PM  

miss diminutive: I wonder how long she'll last if she doesn't produce a male heir


I'd say that it would be inversely proportional to the number of blumpkins she gives Un a day.

/ don't ask what a blumpkin is; you don't want to know
 
2012-07-25 03:29:21 PM  
The very same way that the U.N. Un-nazied the world forever.

With a gun.
 
2012-07-25 03:30:31 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: at the wedding they served meth + kim chi . NK's two biggest exports


Fake $100 bills and singed rocket parts.

FTFY
 
2012-07-25 03:30:45 PM  

protectyourlimbs: [www.newstalk1010.com image 213x217]

How do you un-marry someone? Well first you need a swimming pool...


I....found that to be...very....amusing....damn you for....making me....laugh....at something...so....horrible.
 
2012-07-25 03:57:10 PM  

Stoj: The new leader's style is considered more similar to his grandfather, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, who built homes, parks and schools and was often shown alongside his wife, Kim Jong Suk, and with children in his arms.

Yes I am 12 years old.


Yeah I thought it was kinda weird that (among other things) KJI's worship wasn't accompanied by much knowledge about his basic life situation. Officially, there's no information on who he'd married. There was at least one who he was supposed to be married to, and at least 2 mistresses who may or may not actually be a wife/wives. One of which was kinda filling the role of First Lady but wasn't declared as such. And at least 4 children.

But none of the women or children were depicted in the press around him, or any portraits. Some Kim-Il Sung portraits DID include Kim Jong-suk, and some buildings are named after her. There's a portrait with KIS, Kim Jong-suk and infant KJI too- although I'm not sure when this dates from. The curious part is that KJI didn't mention his family- the women or children in his life.
 
2012-07-25 04:12:44 PM  

Lawnchair: Endive Wombat: They are so damn isolated, militaristic, brainwashed against the "evil Westerner" and worship the leaders like they are Gods...it would take a few generations to just deal with the brainwashing let alone deal with the labor camps, famine and utter lack of infrastructure.

It feels like it should take generations. But, seriously, they're no more isolated, brainwashed, or generally 'wtf mate' than gang of four China around, say 1974 or so. And that massive change was in a pre-cellphone/internet information speed age.


They're not as "brainwashed" as you think. The SYSTEM requires them to act a particular way, they know that.

For example, every foreigner who's managed to get a tour of DPRK gets assigned at least two government minders at almost all times. Why two? Because they need one to watch the other, and rat them out if the conversation ever gets "honest". The significance here is that there's actually a real risk of that, even though there's only a small number of visitors and hand-picking your minders for them is easy.

They don't let them talk to people on the street who haven't been "approved". Because a lot of people probably do have something to say about the state of things.

Socially, they've been exposed to a lot more western (well, southern- South Korean) media than will be publicly admitted.

There have allegedly been demonstrations, riots, and graffiti against the regime, but it's well-guarded against being recorded.

I will say this though- they're politically and economically inexperienced. It's troubling because they may not like the administration, but still have no concept of a functioning democracy, nor how private investment works, nor free markets, nor media culture, nor even the basic principles of modern farming. The farming collectives have been documented a bit, and they use pisspoor techniques. Partly because of the embargoes against fuel, they often have no farm equipment and are largely manual labor. That's difficult to turn around into a profitable situation.
 
2012-07-25 04:20:17 PM  

sgnilward: degenerate-afro: Here's an actual article for those who don't feel like looking around for one

FTFA "The North Korean leader breaks with tradition by showing up with his wife in public."

Nice farkin' culture!


I find that funny if that's his way of being the "edgy" son of Kim Jong.

Our Supreme Leader shook hands with a rebellious citizen! Such a troublemaker! What would his father think?

/Would make a boring comedy, though
 
2012-07-25 04:34:03 PM  

ElFugawz: Well, he didn't go for looks.


How can you tell?
 
2012-07-25 04:53:18 PM  
Pretty amusing incident at the Olympics, they just showed the South Korean flag on the big screen by accident when the NK team was playing, causing them to get all Great Leadery and walk out.
 
2012-07-25 06:21:35 PM  
Link
Excellent horse-like lady video.
Not the gal in question but what the hell.
 
2012-07-25 06:22:35 PM  
No pics of Baron Unterbheits exes?
 
2012-07-25 06:59:33 PM  
As the New York Times notes, Kim is breaking with the traditional invisibility of North Korean first ladies by bringing his wife with him to official functions.

Baby steps man, baby steps.
 
2012-07-25 07:42:26 PM  

Stoj: The new leader's style is considered more similar to his grandfather, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, who built homes, parks and schools and was often shown alongside his wife, Kim Jong Suk, and with children in his arms.

Yes I am 12 years old.


I think CNN is correct on this point:
' Definitely a wife, Lankov stressed, because the public appearance of a leader's girlfriend or lover would be unthinkable. Even the wives of his father and grandfather stayed firmly in the shadows during their decades in power.
"When his grandfather's first wife, if you like the founding mother of the dynasty, was alive, her name was never, never mentioned in media. Her existence was never even hinted at," Lankov said.
There was no reference to Kim Il Sung's first wife before her death and for many years there was no mention at all of his second wife, Lankov added. "It took 15 years before the existence of his wife, his second wife, was ever mentioned in press," and even then it was in passing, he said. '

She wasn't a figure in her time, but idolized afterwards, when it didn't matter, she can't effect policy from the grave.
 
2012-07-25 07:56:18 PM  
Dammit subby, haven't you ever heard of UNWED mothers?
 
2012-07-25 10:39:04 PM  
obvious answer:

"Consider that a divorce!"
2.bp.blogspot.com

ya'll are slippin'...
 
2012-07-26 11:23:18 AM  

MythDragon: protectyourlimbs: [www.newstalk1010.com image 213x217]

How do you un-marry someone? Well first you need a swimming pool...

I....found that to be...very....amusing....damn you for....making me....laugh....at something...so....horrible.


yes it was horrible but his 911 call was gold.

SHATNER: "Oh, my God!..."

911 DISPATCH:: "What's your problem there, sir?"

SHATNER: "My wife's at the bottom of the pool!"

911 DISPATCH: "Okay, did you get her out of the pool yet, sir?"

SHATNER: "No, not yet."

911 DISPATCH: "I want you to take her out of the pool right now."

SHATNER: "She's at the very deep end..."
 
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