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(BBC)   Whether planning a vacation or a defection, Google now has expanded its maps of North Korea to cover your needs   (bbc.co.uk ) divider line
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2013-01-29 10:03:27 AM  
The Bukchang Gulag Camp #18 looks charming.
 
2013-01-29 10:10:09 AM  
Hey look kids! i
Its the Office of Gulag Director!
 
2013-01-29 10:52:03 AM  
Did anyone else see "defecation"?

/me neither
 
2013-01-29 10:53:53 AM  

Dave Lister: Did anyone else see "defecation"?

/me neither


You know how I know you've been lurking in the poop thread?
 
2013-01-29 10:55:06 AM  

vernonFL: The Bukchang Gulag Camp #18 looks charming.


I prefer the Kaechon Camp for Glorious Education of the Eternal Revolution in the spring, myself
 
2013-01-29 10:58:25 AM  
Great! So when will it show up on Zillow?
 
2013-01-29 10:58:31 AM  
What if you just decide to defect-in-place. Is that a "stayfection"?
 
2013-01-29 11:01:58 AM  
Great! Now I can finally use my automated stealth-hot-air-balloon to help Best Korean peasants to defect to the south.
 
2013-01-29 11:04:18 AM  
I wonder what driving directions in Best Korea would look like...

Turn left at the portrait of Glorious Leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jon-Il
Bear right at unicorn
If you see people cannibalizing fellow citizens, you've gone too far
 
2013-01-29 11:05:00 AM  
They'll soon have their own version of Youtube. It will be called Wetube and will feature videos of the great leader doing stuff. Every video will have 25 million likes, one for each citizen.
 
2013-01-29 11:05:26 AM  

Dave Lister: Did anyone else see "defecation"?

/me neither


i dont feel alone any more......
 
2013-01-29 11:09:16 AM  

what_now: Hey look kids! i
Its the Office of Gulag Director!

We're going to eat you!


/FTFY since there was a thread yesterday about starving Best Koreans eating their own children
 
2013-01-29 11:10:06 AM  

dittybopper: What if you just decide to defect-in-place. Is that a "stayfection"?


I got a stayfection for the girl two houses down when I was fifteen.
 
2013-01-29 11:11:10 AM  

Big Man On Campus: Great! Now I can finally use my automated stealth-hot-air-balloon to help Best Korean peasants to defect to the south.


Don't laugh. People have used home-made hot air balloons to defect from communist nations in the past.
 
2013-01-29 11:14:26 AM  
If you don't mind being the regime's token celebrity spokesperson, defecting wouldn't be too bad. They would love to have an outsider come in and tell all the peasants how horrible life is on the outside and how lucky they are to live in Best Korea. Of course, you need to remember that you're expendible, and any sign of remorse or faux pas is likely to result in your immediate execution.
 
2013-01-29 11:24:10 AM  
you can even get some pictures as street view
 
2013-01-29 11:25:01 AM  
tvrefill.com

Oblig.
 
2013-01-29 11:26:53 AM  

cgraves67: If you don't mind being the regime's token celebrity spokesperson, defecting wouldn't be too bad. They would love to have an outsider come in and tell all the peasants how horrible life is on the outside and how lucky they are to live in Best Korea. Of course, you need to remember that you're expendible, and any sign of remorse or faux pas is likely to result in your immediate execution.


Dresnok Like Typing Detected
 
2013-01-29 11:28:36 AM  

cgraves67: If you don't mind being the regime's token celebrity spokesperson, defecting wouldn't be too bad. They would love to have an outsider come in and tell all the peasants how horrible life is on the outside and how lucky they are to live in Best Korea. Of course, you need to remember that you're expendible, and any sign of remorse or faux pas is likely to result in your immediate execution.


Execution? Hardly... they'll just hand you over to Comrade Joe Dresnok, who will be happy to give you the "John Wayne Gacy" treatment until you agree to be a good little citizen again.

/google the name
//then google it combined with "Larry Abshier" and/or "Charles Jenkins"
 
2013-01-29 11:32:43 AM  

SnowPeas: Dave Lister: Did anyone else see "defecation"?

/me neither

i dont feel alone any more......


My brain slipped that 'a' into 'defection,' as well. I blame the subject of the story for making the subconscious suggestion.

/but glad wasn't the only one
 
2013-01-29 11:41:41 AM  
North Korea needs a better PR/advertising department. They should convert some of the gulags into "health resorts" for the obese. Get dear leader junior on TV right after the Zumba commercials between the Chuck Norris workout. It could work!
 
2013-01-29 11:48:06 AM  

Dave Lister: Did anyone else see "defecation"?

/me neither


Poop is coming out so, yep.
 
2013-01-29 11:49:43 AM  
I want to know how they know that Officers' Restroom is a restroom.

And what happens in the Food Factory? Was that previously the morgue?

Can't they zoom in closer?
 
2013-01-29 11:54:10 AM  

Three-Fifty: I want to know how they know that Officers' Restroom is a restroom.


it got a good review, maybe you want to check it out in person to confirm:

Quality ExcellentFantastic
refreshments for guards in need of rest. The quality of the facilities is so good that you'll forget where you are, and lose yourself in the high-end interior decoration, though even if you look through the windows, you will be greeted by an incredible view of the inescapably beautiful mountain landscape that surrounds the area. I was unable to take photographs whilst inside the facility, but the sheer quantity of aftershaves/colognes offered by the staff blew me away. Perhaps some members of society will be used to such luxurious conditions, but I was not, and I would definitely go back for the experience again. Please be aware that it is customary here to tip the toilet attendants, and things can get pretty ugly if you don't.
 
2013-01-29 11:56:20 AM  
When I visited the border region of DPRK and China a few years ago, I think I spent hours looking at Google maps to try to discern what region and features I was looking at.

It was actually quite helpful as I'd see small villages,the random railways and other "markers" on the DPRK side but there is no guidebook or signs on the Chinese side to tell you what exactly are the landmarks on the other side.

An update is pretty nifty.
 
2013-01-29 11:57:59 AM  
Aww the Ryugyong Hotel is looking like an actual thing now instead of the ghostly hollowed out fuel of my nightmares.
 
2013-01-29 12:05:44 PM  

Wrath of Heaven: Aww the Ryugyong Hotel is looking like an actual thing now instead of the ghostly hollowed out fuel of my nightmares.


Yeah, from the pictures of the interior it's coming along quickly now.
 
2013-01-29 12:07:43 PM  
Do you know how many Kim Il Sung Boulevards there are in North Korea? It's like trying to navigate in Atlanta.
 
2013-01-29 12:34:05 PM  

SoupJohnB: SnowPeas: Dave Lister: Did anyone else see "defecation"?

/me neither

i dont feel alone any more......

My brain slipped that 'a' into 'defection,' as well. I blame the subject of the story for making the subconscious suggestion.

/but glad wasn't the only one


Might have something to do with the preceeding vacation. It might have tricked my brain into pronouncing the next -ction as a rhyme.

QUICK - SOMEBODY DO THE SCIENCE!
 
2013-01-29 12:35:28 PM  

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: cgraves67: If you don't mind being the regime's token celebrity spokesperson, defecting wouldn't be too bad. They would love to have an outsider come in and tell all the peasants how horrible life is on the outside and how lucky they are to live in Best Korea. Of course, you need to remember that you're expendible, and any sign of remorse or faux pas is likely to result in your immediate execution.

Dresnok Like Typing Detected


Jesus.

If I were disaffected by family and country, I sure the hell would find a better place to defect to than Best Korea. China, maybe, but that's it. Even Iran would be a paradise compared to that hell hole...
 
2013-01-29 12:38:02 PM  
Even Somalis look at Best Korea and go, "Damn. I mean... damn!!" And then they'd shake their heads, and glance at each other knowingly.
 
2013-01-29 12:43:00 PM  

xanadian: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: cgraves67: If you don't mind being the regime's token celebrity spokesperson, defecting wouldn't be too bad. They would love to have an outsider come in and tell all the peasants how horrible life is on the outside and how lucky they are to live in Best Korea. Of course, you need to remember that you're expendible, and any sign of remorse or faux pas is likely to result in your immediate execution.

Dresnok Like Typing Detected

Jesus.

If I were disaffected by family and country, I sure the hell would find a better place to defect to than Best Korea. China, maybe, but that's it. Even Iran would be a paradise compared to that hell hole...


The positions weren't open at the time. And, let's face it, any police state is paradise, as long as you're the police.

/nice house, plenty of servants to clean, entertain, and supply you with food as long as you aren't a picky eater
//you even get to pick a wife from any woman in the world you can kidnap
///it's good to be the king, even if it's the king of hell
 
2013-01-29 12:49:28 PM  
christopher hitchens is remembered for many things, but none finer than his characterization of heaven as a "celestial north korea." Google it.
 
2013-01-29 12:50:00 PM  

xanadian: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: cgraves67: If you don't mind being the regime's token celebrity spokesperson, defecting wouldn't be too bad. They would love to have an outsider come in and tell all the peasants how horrible life is on the outside and how lucky they are to live in Best Korea. Of course, you need to remember that you're expendible, and any sign of remorse or faux pas is likely to result in your immediate execution.

Dresnok Like Typing Detected

Jesus.

If I were disaffected by family and country, I sure the hell would find a better place to defect to than Best Korea. China, maybe, but that's it. Even Iran would be a paradise compared to that hell hole...


Shiat, I (as a female) could go to Saudi Arabia, drive solo to a town square, and burn a Qur'an, and get off easier than just simply being present in North Korea. There is absolutely nothing that is redeeming about that place.
 
2013-01-29 12:50:52 PM  

Tatterdemalian: xanadian: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: cgraves67: If you don't mind being the regime's token celebrity spokesperson, defecting wouldn't be too bad. They would love to have an outsider come in and tell all the peasants how horrible life is on the outside and how lucky they are to live in Best Korea. Of course, you need to remember that you're expendible, and any sign of remorse or faux pas is likely to result in your immediate execution.

Dresnok Like Typing Detected

Jesus.

If I were disaffected by family and country, I sure the hell would find a better place to defect to than Best Korea. China, maybe, but that's it. Even Iran would be a paradise compared to that hell hole...

The positions weren't open at the time. And, let's face it, any police state is paradise, as long as you're the police.

/nice house, plenty of servants to clean, entertain, and supply you with food as long as you aren't a picky eater
//you even get to pick a wife from any woman in the world you can kidnap
///it's good to be the king, even if it's the king of hell


But would you run across an active minefield to get there?

/desperate times I guess...if I was about to get court martialed for forging documents to go AWOL I would probably consider leaving as well...
//Although... U.S. Military prison vs. N. Korea celeb...Man, tough call
 
2013-01-29 01:14:03 PM  
Tatterdemalian

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2013-01-29 12:43:00 PM
xanadian: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: cgraves67: If you don't mind being the regime's token celebrity spokesperson, defecting wouldn't be too bad. They would love to have an outsider come in and tell all the peasants how horrible life is on the outside and how lucky they are to live in Best Korea. Of course, you need to remember that you're expendible, and any sign of remorse or faux pas is likely to result in your immediate execution.

Dresnok Like Typing Detected

Jesus.

If I were disaffected by family and country, I sure the hell would find a better place to defect to than Best Korea. China, maybe, but that's it. Even Iran would be a paradise compared to that hell hole...

The positions weren't open at the time. And, let's face it, any police state is paradise, as long as you're the police.

/nice house, plenty of servants to clean, entertain, and supply you with food as long as you aren't a picky eater
//you even get to pick a wife from any woman in the world you can kidnap
///it's good to be the king, even if it's the king of hell


Depends how close you are to your friends, family or even living the typical American middle class lifestyle. I can see it being fun for about a year or two and then old real fast. You wont be able to see your friends/family as they really cant travel to the DPRK and you cant travel to see them. You cant leave the country as there is a risk the US will try to cooperate with the local authorities to grab you or maybe they wont even bother with cooperating and just kidnap you. Oh, and how often can the fabulous night life of Pyongyang really be that interesting? Basically, you are living in the shiatiest backwater in Asia. Even the poorest country in East Asia has more interesting clubs/bars/night life people - I'd bet on it.

Obviously its not a close comparison, but expats overseas often tend to get sick of living in their host country after 2, 3 years. You miss all the comforts of the home country and little things like hearing English. If you are only getting back to the US once or twice a year, it gets old fast.

If you are actually stuck with no choice in DPRK... yeah, sorry... no amount of comforts is going to make you feel better.

And fact is all that stuff you mentioned above, none of those defectors really got all that stuff. At best, they were living the same standard as a lower middle class family in the US... no house (just a shiatty 3rd world apt) and no car. Yeah, awesome.
 
2013-01-29 01:15:33 PM  
I'm mostly disturbed that the Gulag Officers' Restroom has the knife-and-fork "restaurant" icon next to it.
 
2013-01-29 01:20:49 PM  

buckler: I'm mostly disturbed that the Gulag Officers' Restroom has the knife-and-fork "restaurant" icon next to it.


I came in here to say exactly this. That would be lol-worthy in other countries, but since this is Best Korea, there's a serious chance that SOMEBODY has to eat there.
 
2013-01-29 01:22:28 PM  

Tricky Chicken: SoupJohnB: SnowPeas: Dave Lister: Did anyone else see "defecation"?

/me neither

i dont feel alone any more......

My brain slipped that 'a' into 'defection,' as well. I blame the subject of the story for making the subconscious suggestion.

/but glad wasn't the only one

Might have something to do with the preceeding vacation. It might have tricked my brain into pronouncing the next -ction as a rhyme.

QUICK - SOMEBODY DO THE SCIENCE!


The brain associates current cognitive experiences (perceptions/sensations) with previous ones, in order to analyze, categorize and interpret them.

/may be void in Fark threads or where prohibited by law
 
2013-01-29 01:36:30 PM  

Dave Lister: Did anyone else see "defecation"?

/me neither


Yes, came here to say that
 
2013-01-29 02:30:54 PM  

SirEattonHogg: If you are only getting back to the US once or twice a year, it gets old fast.


Not always :)
 
2013-01-29 03:03:56 PM  

DownDaRiver: Dave Lister: Did anyone else see "defecation"?

/me neither

Yes, came here to say that


Yep
 
2013-01-29 03:43:00 PM  
Cajnik

2013-01-29 02:30:54 PM
SirEattonHogg: If you are only getting back to the US once or twice a year, it gets old fast.

Not always :)


Yeah, it depends of course on the person. I'd say after year 4 or 5, it got old. But, hey that's me.
 
2013-01-29 03:51:08 PM  
I just finished reading The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson. It's incredible. It's fiction but if you are interested in Best Korea it's a great read.
 
2013-01-29 06:07:07 PM  
anyone else see there is a Moranbong Park in Pyonyang?
 
2013-01-29 08:37:18 PM  

Dave Lister: Did anyone else see "defecation"?

/me neither


::hangs head in shame::
 
2013-01-30 03:56:40 AM  

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: Dresnok Like Typing Detected


Your user name considered, this post is now Meta...


/strangest mix of infringing on my turf I've yet seen..kudos, Good Sir/Madam..
 
2013-01-30 05:06:37 AM  

Dave Lister: Did anyone else see "defecation"?

/me neither


You spend your vacation your way, and I'll spend mine my way.
 
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