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(Reuters)   Best Leader surprises the hell out of everyone by ringing in the New Year asking to remarry Worst Korea   (reuters.com) divider line 166
    More: Interesting, North Korean leader, nuclear technology, North Koreans, South Korean navy, Kim Jong  
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2013-01-01 03:48:08 AM  

log_jammin: Crudbucket: We, America, need the boogeyman of North Korea to be around, so that South Korea and Japan will continue to buy weapons from us, is what he meant to say.

I know.


Do you?
 
2013-01-01 03:54:25 AM  

Crudbucket: log_jammin: Crudbucket: We, America, need the boogeyman of North Korea to be around, so that South Korea and Japan will continue to buy weapons from us, is what he meant to say.

I know.

Do you?


I do.
 
2013-01-01 04:01:59 AM  

Drunk Astronaut: Embrace.
Extend.
Extinguish.

Works in business and I bet you money that's what Best Korea is trying here. Play nice, reunite, and then take over the whole show, this time with major industrial infrastructure and technology.

Truly, I believe history well demonstrates that the best thing to do with NK is not to trust a single word that comes from their mouths.


Go home, Astronaut, you're drunk. ; )

But seriously, you don't think there's any way to even begin discussions to opening a half assed line of communication between SK and NK?
 
2013-01-01 04:02:34 AM  

Dull Cow Eyes: arenaninja: The reason this isn't a newsflash is because North Korea does this, or some other seeming act-of-good-will, repeatedly every few years, to gain the goodwill of the international community and abuse food donations.

Why would (my guess) a mostly agrarian economy need food donations?


Because North Korea's agricultural system is a total disaster, just like in every other country that has applied Soviet-style central planning to agriculture.
 
2013-01-01 04:11:09 AM  

shArkh: Matrix Flavored Wasabi: Wakosane: ArcadianRefugee: And this isn't a [img1.fark.net image 54x11]?

*looks at other "newsflashes"*

Holy shiat, this site sucks.

Yeah, as a long time user, it's definitely gone downhill in the last two or three years. The moderation isn't that good, and it's cheaper to go to reddit than to buy totalfark.

The commentary at reddit sucks, and is what keeps me here.

Shah, wtf are you talking about? I know re(ddit)post has it's issues but to say the commentary on fark is the breadwinner?

[i219.photobucket.com image 679x517]

Nothing but bullshiat and shills, and at least that crap gets downvoted out of most threads and off the frontpage, as opposed to the active encouragement of it here. Sometimes it's nice to see actual discussions about topics as opposed to shiatslinging. Still hate adviceanimals though, jesus.

/oh, and good for Best Leader, if he manages it


Oh please. The average Farker has two or three times as much wit as the average Redditor. For every article that has a light response, there's another article that has a few hundred responses, most of which actually intelligent, unlike the aforementioned circle-jerk of 'karma' AWs.

If you haven't had an intelligent conversation on Fark, keep trying. It took a while, but people here actually speak to me, unlike the collection of horny teens which mainly comprise Reddit. They're even worse if you're female and dare to stand up for yourself in opposition of the 'men's world'.
 
2013-01-01 04:11:19 AM  

Gosling: North Korea does this all the time. The stance is that, regardless of how much better off economically South Korea is, deep down they secretly want to reunify with North Korea. On North Korea's terms, of course.

South Korea's stance towards the whole thing is basically 'Meh. We can wait around until you either stop being giant dickbags or starve to death. We've got no preference. Until one of those two things happens, just go on and keep running your mouth.'


I teach adults in Korea, and they talk about it all the time. They want it so much they actually turn a blind eye to nearly everything NK does. After the Cheonon, after Yangpyeong-do, within a couple weeks the conversation was back to Japan's claim (though not occupation) of an essentially uninhabited pair of rocks in the sea. I love Koreans, but sometimes I'm baffled by how quick they are to forgive NK.
 
2013-01-01 04:18:24 AM  

anfrind: Dull Cow Eyes: arenaninja: The reason this isn't a newsflash is because North Korea does this, or some other seeming act-of-good-will, repeatedly every few years, to gain the goodwill of the international community and abuse food donations.

Why would (my guess) a mostly agrarian economy need food donations?

Because North Korea's agricultural system is a total disaster, just like in every other country that has applied Soviet-style central planning to agriculture.


North Korea has far less quality farmland than South Korea. If it was well run they would have enough to feed everyone and not much left over. It isn't well run.
 
2013-01-01 04:20:40 AM  

pvrhye: I love Koreans, but sometimes I'm baffled by how quick they are to forgive NK.


This is when the ethnic nationalism comes into play. Japan does the same thing.
 
2013-01-01 04:22:57 AM  

ladyfortuna: Oh please. The average Farker has two or three times as much wit as the average Redditor. For every article that has a light response, there's another article that has a few hundred responses, most of which actually intelligent, unlike the aforementioned circle-jerk of 'karma' AWs.


Step 1: Ask "Has anyone played this game before?", post link to box art for Super Mario Bros.
Step 2: 3,000 upvotes.
Step 3: ???
 
2013-01-01 04:24:48 AM  

SweetHomeNowhere: Japan does the same thing.


what do you mean?
 
2013-01-01 04:26:50 AM  

log_jammin: Crudbucket: log_jammin: Crudbucket: We, America, need the boogeyman of North Korea to be around, so that South Korea and Japan will continue to buy weapons from us, is what he meant to say.

I know.

Do you?

I do.


Then I now pronounce you man and wife!
 
2013-01-01 04:27:53 AM  

ShawnDoc: bmihura: I like your positive outlook.

Thanks.  Just look at Burma and the progress they made in just two years.  If you'd asked me 3 years ago if they'd change during my lifetime without a full scale civil war or western involvement, I'd have said you were crazy.  They've still got a long ways to go, but the developments have been very positive.

You've got a brand new leader in North Korea, he's got his country making peace noises for the first time ever, and my guess is provided he can avoid a coup and keep a hold on power, he just might be serious about making things better for his people and international relations in general.


Don't forget that Burma had the deadliest and most costly disaster with Cyclone Nargis in 2008. 140,000 deaths and $10 billion in damage(more than 10% of Burma's GDP!) is enough to start serious change in any country.
 
2013-01-01 04:29:41 AM  
1funny.com
 
2013-01-01 04:30:41 AM  

ShawnDoc: He's got to keep the military on his side, and the culture has had half of century of being told how evil the rest of the world was, and how great their country is.


They are gonna be so pissed when they find out the truth
 
2013-01-01 04:35:59 AM  

Mike_LowELL: ladyfortuna: Oh please. The average Farker has two or three times as much wit as the average Redditor. For every article that has a light response, there's another article that has a few hundred responses, most of which actually intelligent, unlike the aforementioned circle-jerk of 'karma' AWs.

Step 1: Ask "Has anyone played this game before?", post link to box art for Super Mario Bros.
Step 2: 3,000 upvotes.
Step 3: ???


*shudder*

(Also, there was supposed to be an 'are' in front of intelligent, but my intelligence steadily reduces after midnight, then by a factor of 3 after this much wine...)
 
2013-01-01 04:36:33 AM  
There's something very Game of Thrones about all of this.
 
2013-01-01 04:41:34 AM  

Crudbucket: Then I now pronounce you man and wife!


now I have to kiss someone
 
2013-01-01 04:55:08 AM  

ShawnDoc: Its a step in the right direction.  If I remember correctly he's been educated outside North Korea, and knows what a big beautiful world is out there, and just what a shiathole his own country is.  He's new to the position, and doesn't have as much face to lose as his father did, so this could be the first of many steps towards some sort of peace agreement and moving North Korea out of sanctions.

Regardless of what you think of their government, the people of North Korea deserve a better life.


Exactly.
 
2013-01-01 05:08:08 AM  

MorrisBird: My baby is being deployed there in February. There shall now be a crisis. Happy farking new year.


I was a soldier in Korea when Kim Il Sung died in 1994. Try not to worry too much. It was a life changing experience for a 22 year old, and not in a bad way. Encourage your baby to see the country. Visit if you can. It is worth it.
 
2013-01-01 05:12:07 AM  
North Korea has been wanting to, uh, "join" South Korea forever. It's a euphemism for "taking over," since South Korea obviously has such a difficult time with its prosperity. NK has used "reunification" before, but it's FAR from being an olive branch.
 
2013-01-01 05:42:19 AM  

Mazzic518: MorrisBird: My baby is being deployed there in February. There shall now be a crisis. Happy farking new year.

They deploy babies now?


They wait until they're eighteen so... yes.
 
2013-01-01 05:51:31 AM  

Wakosane: tinfoil-hat maggie: TheGhostofFarkPast: tinfoil-hat maggie: Matrix Flavored Wasabi: Wakosane: ArcadianRefugee: And this isn't a [img1.fark.net image 54x11]?

*looks at other "newsflashes"*

Holy shiat, this site sucks.

Yeah, as a long time user, it's definitely gone downhill in the last two or three years. The moderation isn't that good, and it's cheaper to go to reddit than to buy totalfark.

The commentary at reddit sucks, and is what keeps me here.

This!!!

I agree with this to. Reddit is great if you are between 14-26ish and you feel that you are the center of the world and only your world view is correct. Not to mention moderation is worse than here and run by a bunch of ego maniacs to say the least who are always power tripping. It's just not worth putting up with I would rather stay here.

And you haven't even gotten to the comment formatting craziness, but yeah all those other things as well.

I actually prefer Reddit's comment tree structure. No searching up and down a wall of text. Replys automatically sent as a message with notification. A tree structure to keep different topics from getting mixed together. The ability to minimize a comment section you have no interest in reading.


This. I've bailed out of following so many interesting conversations here out of sheer laziness or frustration over a pointless threadjack. And I don't know if I'm missing something because I always check fark from mobile or I need a totalfark but is there a way to choose to get notifications when someone replies to another user's specific comment but not for every new comment on the whole goddamn post?
 
2013-01-01 06:16:37 AM  

lemonysprite: I've bailed out of following so many interesting conversations here out of sheer laziness or frustration over a pointless threadjack.


I wonder how many people tried to read through this thread and gave up because of all the posts about Reddit.

/Reddit kinda sucks
 
2013-01-01 06:54:26 AM  
A united Korea is not in the interests of the United States and thus cannot be allowed to happen.
 
2013-01-01 07:05:52 AM  

milkyshirt: lemonysprite: I've bailed out of following so many interesting conversations here out of sheer laziness or frustration over a pointless threadjack.

I wonder how many people tried to read through this thread and gave up because of all the posts about Reddit.

/Reddit kinda sucks


Yeah. I've been on there a few times and was not at all fond of what I saw.
/I see what you did there.

lemonysprite: Wakosane: tinfoil-hat maggie: TheGhostofFarkPast: tinfoil-hat maggie: Matrix Flavored Wasabi: Wakosane: ArcadianRefugee: And this isn't a [img1.fark.net image 54x11]?

*looks at other "newsflashes"*

Holy shiat, this site sucks.

Yeah, as a long time user, it's definitely gone downhill in the last two or three years. The moderation isn't that good, and it's cheaper to go to reddit than to buy totalfark.

The commentary at reddit sucks, and is what keeps me here.

This!!!

I agree with this to. Reddit is great if you are between 14-26ish and you feel that you are the center of the world and only your world view is correct. Not to mention moderation is worse than here and run by a bunch of ego maniacs to say the least who are always power tripping. It's just not worth putting up with I would rather stay here.

And you haven't even gotten to the comment formatting craziness, but yeah all those other things as well.

I actually prefer Reddit's comment tree structure. No searching up and down a wall of text. Replys automatically sent as a message with notification. A tree structure to keep different topics from getting mixed together. The ability to minimize a comment section you have no interest in reading.


It looks like there is an option to include comment text excerpts in e-mails at the bottom of your notifications page.
 
2013-01-01 07:33:26 AM  

phrawgh: MorrisBird: My baby is being deployed there in February. There shall now be a crisis. Happy farking new year.

Many babies have been deployed here. Tell him to go to the Imjin Pub, we'll take care of him.


My husband served in Korea for 6 years as part of the ADA ( air defense artillery or alcoholics defending America) and he absolutely loved everything except the freakishly cold weather.
 
2013-01-01 08:17:53 AM  

Notabunny: I want' to believe, Dude Jong-un, but Best Korea's track record with clear and honest communication isn't all that I'd hope it to be. How about if you start with free, unfiltered, universal internet access for all your citizens? Let them see what the real world is like. In exchange, we'll airlift in buttloads of food and medicine. Full minds and full tummies are a good starting point.


i like you. this coupon good for free sex.
 
2013-01-01 08:51:39 AM  
That's...interesting. It certainly shows promise. But the North will have to follow up with good faith and good behavior, two aspects distinctly lacking from its repertoire.
 
2013-01-01 08:58:01 AM  
Let's hope this signifies a part of an ongoing, concerted effort by Kim Jong Un to bring North Korea to some semblance of modern society. We have established he is Western-educated, and I'm sure he had given himself access to the outside world (as in like Internet and such) so he knows what people outside North Korea are saying. I wouldn't imagine he would think any more than we do that keeping North Korea a messed up, backwards state is a good thing, but the question is would he be able to transition it without a massive war or famine or otherwise disastrous change?

I'm certainly hoping for the best and would be very keen to go visit an open North Korea at some point in my life.
 
2013-01-01 09:17:53 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: And this isn't a [img1.fark.net image 54x11]?

*looks at other "newsflashes"*

Holy shiat, this site sucks.


Of course this does not warrant a "newsflash" tag. The fact that you don't see dear leader's comment as anything other than another obvious and tired old ruse that's been used before shines a spotlight on your gullibility and inability to think critically. In this way, your own post lets us know that you like the faculties required to form an opinion that counts on any matter.
 
2013-01-01 09:34:31 AM  

cman: When he means "compromise", he means it like the GOP definition.


So actual compromise? Or is your definition the Obama definition of doubling demands and laying blame from day 1 of negotiations.
 
2013-01-01 09:50:28 AM  

MyRandomName: cman: When he means "compromise", he means it like the GOP definition.

So actual compromise? Or is your definition the Obama definition of doubling demands and laying blame from day 1 of negotiations.


www.citywidemoonwalks.com
 
2013-01-01 10:16:48 AM  

shArkh: Matrix Flavored Wasabi: Wakosane: ArcadianRefugee: And this isn't a [img1.fark.net image 54x11]?

*looks at other "newsflashes"*

Holy shiat, this site sucks.

Yeah, as a long time user, it's definitely gone downhill in the last two or three years. The moderation isn't that good, and it's cheaper to go to reddit than to buy totalfark.

The commentary at reddit sucks, and is what keeps me here.

Shah, wtf are you talking about? I know re(ddit)post has it's issues but to say the commentary on fark is the breadwinner?



Nothing but bullshiat and shills, and at least that crap gets downvoted out of most threads and off the frontpage, as opposed to the active encouragement of it here. Sometimes it's nice to see actual discussions about topics as opposed to shiatslinging. Still hate adviceanimals though, jesus.

/oh, and good for Best Leader, if he manages it


Mostly because the shiat that gets upvoted is incorrect and the whole site is one big circlejerk of know-it-all 20 year olds. I've had so many kids that were undergrads or younger try to argue with me about my research that I gave up on the science subreddits altogether. Comment threads are entirely predictable and there's really no good conversation, mostly just nerds with no depth of knowledge trying to look smarter than the last one.
 
2013-01-01 10:35:09 AM  

BronyMedic: Yoyo: Seriously, the cease fire was almost 60 years ago.

Cease Fire. Not peace treaty. Technically, the North and South are still at war, and it marks the longest official conflict that the United States has ever been in, the GWOT being the second longest followed by Vietnam.


91 Gulf War still going strong.
 
2013-01-01 10:45:47 AM  
Really?

i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-01-01 10:48:23 AM  
Stop me if you've heard this one...

Checks calendar; nope it's not April 1.

Huh.
 
2013-01-01 10:52:06 AM  

Notabunny: I want' to believe, Dude Jong-un, but Best Korea's track record with clear and honest communication isn't all that I'd hope it to be. How about if you start with free, unfiltered, universal internet access for all your citizens? Let them see what the real world is like. In exchange, we'll airlift in buttloads of food and medicine. Full minds and full tummies are a good starting point.


Free universal internet access?
We don't even have that in this piece of shiat country.
 
2013-01-01 11:03:49 AM  

EngineerAU: What would happen if Best Korea suddenly decided to open the border and dissolve its government? Millions and millions of starving people would suddenly be the responsibility of South Korea, who could hardly refuse to help their fellow Koreans. My guess is that it'd take down the South Korean economy and a good part of the world economy at the same time.

If there is going to be one Korea, it's going to have to reunified slowly and carefully. Hopefully this is a first step.


It would be interesting, and has been done before with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Though of course the East-Germans weren't starving at all, they just had a smaller selection of food available to them.

Why would it bring any economy down though? "oh you're starving, so our economy must crash!"?

Were does the crashing come in? We know they lack food all seeing them would change nothing.
 
2013-01-01 11:17:56 AM  

bmihura: ShawnDoc: Its a step in the right direction.  If I remember correctly he's been educated outside North Korea, and knows what a big beautiful world is out there, and just what a shiathole his own country is.  He's new to the position, and doesn't have as much face to lose as his father did, so this could be the first of many steps towards some sort of peace agreement and moving North Korea out of sanctions.

Regardless of what you think of their government, the people of North Korea deserve a better life.

I like your positive outlook.


Moi aussi.
 
2013-01-01 11:39:17 AM  
Dull Cow Eyes: arenaninja: The reason this isn't a newsflash is because North Korea does this, or some other seeming act-of-good-will, repeatedly every few years, to gain the goodwill of the international community and abuse food donations.

Why would (my guess) a mostly agrarian economy need food donations?

NK isn't an agrarian society though. Their focus is heavily on the industrial, with farming a close second. The Wiki page shows in great detail the little that we do know of their economy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_North_Korea

Although a large number of people in NK are peasants growing their own food, there's not enough rice being grown to sustain the population, so it's prioritized to the military.
 
2013-01-01 11:40:01 AM  
Crap. Non-bold reply:
NK isn't an agrarian society though. Their focus is heavily on the industrial, with farming a close second. The Wiki page shows in great detail the little that we do know of their economy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_North_Korea

Although a large number of people in NK are peasants growing their own food, there's not enough rice being grown to sustain the population, so it's prioritized to the military.
 
2013-01-01 11:48:31 AM  
"Give us aid and we'll stop our research in (insert project here). *Snicker*
/Suckers!
 
2013-01-01 11:54:14 AM  

doczoidberg: Notabunny: I want' to believe, Dude Jong-un, but Best Korea's track record with clear and honest communication isn't all that I'd hope it to be. How about if you start with free, unfiltered, universal internet access for all your citizens? Let them see what the real world is like. In exchange, we'll airlift in buttloads of food and medicine. Full minds and full tummies are a good starting point.

Free universal internet access?
We don't even have that in this piece of shiat country.


butt loads of mcdonalds and oxycontin? sounds fun!
 
2013-01-01 12:26:51 PM  
marry me mcdonalds!

it's a DEAL!!
 
2013-01-01 12:59:38 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: doczoidberg: Notabunny: I want' to believe, Dude Jong-un, but Best Korea's track record with clear and honest communication isn't all that I'd hope it to be. How about if you start with free, unfiltered, universal internet access for all your citizens? Let them see what the real world is like. In exchange, we'll airlift in buttloads of food and medicine. Full minds and full tummies are a good starting point.

Free universal internet access
We don't even have that in this piece of shiat country.

butt loads of mcdonalds and oxycontin? sounds fun!


This is the time of the year where Best Korea pulls their badassery to alarm most of Asia and their allies. Then close to February, they play nice to get food to last them until spring.
 
2013-01-01 01:26:04 PM  

ShawnDoc: Its a step in the right direction.  If I remember correctly he's been educated outside North Korea, and knows what a big beautiful world is out there, and just what a shiathole his own country is.  He's new to the position, and doesn't have as much face to lose as his father did, so this could be the first of many steps towards some sort of peace agreement and moving North Korea out of sanctions.

Regardless of what you think of their government, the people of North Korea deserve a better life.


^^^^^^^^^^^
llllllllllllllllll

this should be repeated
 
2013-01-01 02:41:05 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: And this isn't a [img1.fark.net image 54x11]?

*looks at other "newsflashes"*

Holy shiat, this site sucks.


This has been there official stance since the 1960s, so yeah... why would it be a newsflash.
 
2013-01-01 02:55:06 PM  

The Jami Turman Fan Club: Before it was photoshopped, there was only one mic.


img132.imageshack.us
 
Oak
2013-01-01 03:13:38 PM  

ShawnDoc: Its a step in the right direction.  If I remember correctly he's been educated outside North Korea, and knows what a big beautiful world is out there, and just what a shiathole his own country is.  He's new to the position, and doesn't have as much face to lose as his father did, so this could be the first of many steps towards some sort of peace agreement and moving North Korea out of sanctions.

Regardless of what you think of their government, the people of North Korea deserve a better life.


s1.reutersmedia.net

That's rather a lot of face.
 
2013-01-01 03:22:18 PM  

spawn73: Maybe he really wants the best for the North Korean people, if he's been brainwashed into thinking that is his duty, he might annoy be assassinated by all the generals by for actually trying to do what is best.

 
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