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(Global Post)   North Korea declares martial law. Citizens excited about their newfound freedoms   (globalpost.com) divider line 58
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2013-02-01 06:32:53 AM  
Oh offs.
 
2013-02-01 08:53:56 AM  
Is the great fatty mcleader going to eat them one by one in single file.
 
2013-02-01 08:55:13 AM  
Subby has no idea how Marshal Law works, does he/she?

Even for NK's standard.
 
2013-02-01 08:57:07 AM  
Now they're even pissing off China. I've been wondering for a long time when that would happen.
 
2013-02-01 08:57:07 AM  
North Koreans under martial law.  STILL ALIVE
 
2013-02-01 08:57:14 AM  
So how does martial law in North Korea differ from whatever passes for normal there?
 
2013-02-01 09:06:15 AM  
Can I get myself knighted Sir Phobos?
 
2013-02-01 09:06:40 AM  

mayIFark: Marshal Law ?


Troll?
1/10

And you may have missed the joke.
 
2013-02-01 09:10:06 AM  

NutWrench: So how does martial law in North Korea differ from whatever passes for normal there?


This martial law goes to eleven.
 
2013-02-01 09:13:37 AM  

Arkanaut: Can I get myself knighted Sir Phobos?


Arise, Sir Phobos, Beater of Ass.
 
2013-02-01 09:15:12 AM  
I often wonder how tuned in to the world the leadership is there.  I know the average person there gets only government media, but what about the generals and chief communist party officials?  Do they realize that best Korea stands exactly 0 chance of winning any war with anyone?  Do they realize that if they send their army over the DMZ it will all be over?  Are they aware of the B-52s in Guam?  And finally do they know that when the shiat hits the fan, China will NOT be willing or able to help them?
 
2013-02-01 09:21:15 AM  
Wow, I wonder what changes?  Revilee at 5:30 am instead of 6:00?

I wonder if this changes the color of our homeland security threat?

Say, anyone know what the current threat level IS?  Have not seen it in a long time....probably green from mould now.
 
2013-02-01 09:24:51 AM  

nekom: I often wonder how tuned in to the world the leadership is there.  I know the average person there gets only government media, but what about the generals and chief communist party officials?  Do they realize that best Korea stands exactly 0 chance of winning any war with anyone?  Do they realize that if they send their army over the DMZ it will all be over?  Are they aware of the B-52s in Guam?  And finally do they know that when the shiat hits the fan, China will NOT be willing or able to help them?


I tend to think so. If they really believed their own propaganda, they would have attacked south Korea years ago. This is just macho posturing.
 
2013-02-01 09:25:04 AM  

bmwericus: Say, anyone know what the current threat level IS?  Have not seen it in a long time


They ditched the color-coded system a couple years ago.
 
2013-02-01 09:30:04 AM  
just moves to help little kim consolidate power.
 
2013-02-01 09:35:16 AM  
You mean what they were living under before wasn't actually martial law? I always thought it was, even in name.
 
2013-02-01 09:37:49 AM  

nekom: I often wonder how tuned in to the world the leadership is there.  I know the average person there gets only government media, but what about the generals and chief communist party officials?  Do they realize that best Korea stands exactly 0 chance of winning any war with anyone?  Do they realize that if they send their army over the DMZ it will all be over?  Are they aware of the B-52s in Guam?  And finally do they know that when the shiat hits the fan, China will NOT be willing or able to help them?


This is, no doubt, exactly why they want nukes so badly. I'm not sure the leaders of North Korea are quite far enough off the deep end to actually use them, but they saw that while MAD is not a very nice form of deterrent, it gets the job done. They want that for themselves.
 
2013-02-01 09:42:41 AM  

Millennium: You mean what they were living under before wasn't actually martial law? I always thought it was, even in name.


Exactly.  "DPRK declares martial law, nobody notices."
 
2013-02-01 09:47:36 AM  
Great headline, subby.
And we didn't even have to invade!
 
2013-02-01 09:48:34 AM  

dukeblue219: bmwericus: Say, anyone know what the current threat level IS?  Have not seen it in a long time

They ditched the color-coded system a couple years ago.


See, and a color-code system would mean that Obama could come out on TV wearing a pair of sunglasses and say "the threat level.....is black" or something like that. Then he could reveal that his suit was made of Osama Bin Laden's skin or something.
 
2013-02-01 09:50:04 AM  

bmwericus: Say, anyone know what the current threat level IS?  Have not seen it in a long time....probably green from mould now.


They ditched the color coding after it became obvious the black guy was going to win the Presidency anyways.
 
2013-02-01 09:52:11 AM  

mayIFark: Subby has no idea how Marshal Law works, does he/she?

Even for NK's standard.


Thatsthejoke.jpg
 
2013-02-01 09:54:10 AM  

nekom: I often wonder how tuned in to the world the leadership is there.  I know the average person there gets only government media, but what about the generals and chief communist party officials?  Do they realize that best Korea stands exactly 0 chance of winning any war with anyone?  Do they realize that if they send their army over the DMZ it will all be over?  Are they aware of the B-52s in Guam?  And finally do they know that when the shiat hits the fan, China will NOT be willing or able to help them?


They know they could never, ever win a war against any country, but that's not the point. They want to be able to posture up and say "Sure we'll get destroyed, but before that time we'll rain unholy nuclear fire on your country."  They're all about MAD
 
2013-02-01 09:58:33 AM  

Millennium:
This is, no doubt, exactly why they want nukes so badly. I'm not sure the leaders of North Korea are quite far enough off the deep end to actually use them, but they saw that while MAD is not a very nice form of deterrent, it gets the job done. They want that for themselves.


That certainly would make sense, but wouldn't 50 years of us and worst Korea NOT declaring war on them maybe get them thinking that we have no intention of it? They are half a century behind the rest of the world in almost every field, doesn't it ever occur to them that maybe playing nice with the rest of the world might be in their interests?
 
2013-02-01 09:59:55 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: nekom: I often wonder how tuned in to the world the leadership is there.  I know the average person there gets only government media, but what about the generals and chief communist party officials?  Do they realize that best Korea stands exactly 0 chance of winning any war with anyone?  Do they realize that if they send their army over the DMZ it will all be over?  Are they aware of the B-52s in Guam?  And finally do they know that when the shiat hits the fan, China will NOT be willing or able to help them?

I tend to think so. If they really believed their own propaganda, they would have attacked south Korea years ago. This is just macho posturing.


They are still reeling from a ongoing famine and drought.  This is how they will get food.
 
2013-02-01 10:10:17 AM  

nekom: Millennium:
This is, no doubt, exactly why they want nukes so badly. I'm not sure the leaders of North Korea are quite far enough off the deep end to actually use them, but they saw that while MAD is not a very nice form of deterrent, it gets the job done. They want that for themselves.

That certainly would make sense, but wouldn't 50 years of us and worst Korea NOT declaring war on them maybe get them thinking that we have no intention of it? They are half a century behind the rest of the world in almost every field, doesn't it ever occur to them that maybe playing nice with the rest of the world might be in their interests?


Maybe that's the problem. They're 50 years behind so this should be the first year they start to realize we don't want to blow them off the face of the earth.
 
2013-02-01 10:13:11 AM  
How are people going to get out to get their bark, dirt, sticks and dung to eat?
 
2013-02-01 10:21:10 AM  

nekom: That certainly would make sense, but wouldn't 50 years of us and worst Korea NOT declaring war on them maybe get them thinking that we have no intention of it?


A sane person might get that idea. We're talking about the leaders of North Korea.
 
2013-02-01 10:25:11 AM  
What about Sammo Hung?
 
2013-02-01 10:32:01 AM  
The worst disease any leader can have.
Petrification of the brain.
Solid, hard, unyielding...There seems to be an excess in these Asian countries.
And the Vatican.
 
2013-02-01 10:48:13 AM  
Rock and roll, cola wars, I can't take it anymore
 
2013-02-01 10:54:53 AM  

Millennium:
A sane person might get that idea. We're talking about the leaders of North Korea.


Isn't Kim Jong Fatty western educated though? He's got to have at least a vague notion that the rest of the world exists and would absolutely destroy best Korea. If they haven't already destroyed them, it's because they don't want to.
 
2013-02-01 11:02:54 AM  

nekom: Millennium:
A sane person might get that idea. We're talking about the leaders of North Korea.

Isn't Kim Jong Fatty western educated though? He's got to have at least a vague notion that the rest of the world exists and would absolutely destroy best Korea. If they haven't already destroyed them, it's because they don't want to.


He's Western-educated, but that doesn't mean he's well. The man was raised by Kim Jong-Il; I don't think it's fair to expect anyone in that situation to come out sane.
 
2013-02-01 11:10:50 AM  
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2013-02-01 11:10:56 AM  
Martian Law?
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2013-02-01 11:15:23 AM  

nekom: That certainly would make sense, but wouldn't 50 years of us and worst Korea NOT declaring war on them maybe get them thinking that we have no intention of it? They are half a century behind the rest of the world in almost every field, doesn't it ever occur to them that maybe playing nice with the rest of the world might be in their interests?


The Kim family's retention of power at this point is chiefly based on being on a perpetual war footing with South Korea and the US; to keep the people always right on the very brink of war but never actually launching a war. The people responded better to Kim Il Sung than they did to Kim Jong Il. Kim Il Sung didn't need to respond to perpetual threats of war to keep his people in line. Kim Jong Il needed to do so occasionally. It's looking like Kim Jong Un is going to need to do so constantly to keep his legitimacy up.
 
2013-02-01 11:16:44 AM  

lifeboat: NutWrench: So how does martial law in North Korea differ from whatever passes for normal there?

This martial law goes to eleven.


Couldn't you just make 10 a little louder?
 
2013-02-01 11:31:01 AM  

nekom: Millennium:
This is, no doubt, exactly why they want nukes so badly. I'm not sure the leaders of North Korea are quite far enough off the deep end to actually use them, but they saw that while MAD is not a very nice form of deterrent, it gets the job done. They want that for themselves.

That certainly would make sense, but wouldn't 50 years of us and worst Korea NOT declaring war on them maybe get them thinking that we have no intention of it? They are half a century behind the rest of the world in almost every field, doesn't it ever occur to them that maybe playing nice with the rest of the world might be in their interests?


Fun fact: technically speaking, the SK's and us are still at war with them, since there was never a formal end to hostilities of the Korean War.
 
2013-02-01 11:36:42 AM  

mayIFark: Subby has no idea how Marshal Law works, does he/she?

Even for NK's standard.


....That's the joke.jpg...

New here?
 
2013-02-01 11:37:13 AM  
Maybe this is just a prelude to civil war? Where Kim makes a first strike against the old guard, begs for western intervention, and opens the country up in order to become wealthy.

Or maybe that is just a farking dream I had and the US should start making freedom strikes on the Korea and nuke China if they decide to get uppity.
 
2013-02-01 12:11:54 PM  

nekom: And finally do they know that when the shiat hits the fan, China will NOT be willing or able to help them?


China does not want South Korea on its border. North Korea is a buffer for them the same way as Eastern Europe was for the Soviet Union. They will prop up the North to an extent, but an uninhabitable wasteland between China and South Korea would be just as good for them.
 
2013-02-01 12:14:07 PM  
"monrning" "schol"

Seriously, did they even run a simple spell check? Christ...
 
2013-02-01 12:21:34 PM  

Mr. Eugenides:
China does not want South Korea on its border. North Korea is a buffer for them the same way as Eastern Europe was for the Soviet Union. They will prop up the North to an extent, but an uninhabitable wasteland between China and South Korea would be just as good for them.


I get that impression as well, but I don't understand it. Worst Korea is in no way a threat to anyone. Why not have a neighbor to the south that you can trade with? A new market for cheap Chinese goods. Railroad lines from Seoul to Beijing. I don't see why that would be so bad for China. It wouldn't be bad for the South either, I'm sure they'd rather have a border with China than a border with Best Korea. Worst Korea is geographically a peninsula, but politically an island. I really don't see how Best Korea is serving ANYONE'S interests, including their own.

Unless it's some kind of deflection. "Hey, China, knock that stuff off!" "Don't look at us, go yell at crazy Kim! Just look what crazy thing he's doing now, look at it!"
 
2013-02-01 12:22:00 PM  

NutWrench: So how does martial law in North Korea differ from whatever passes for normal there?


They pass out an extra clip of ammo to the guards?
 
2013-02-01 12:23:31 PM  

Mr. Eugenides: China does not want South Korea on its border. North Korea is a buffer for them the same way as Eastern Europe was for the Soviet Union. They will prop up the North to an extent, but an uninhabitable wasteland between China and South Korea would be just as good for them.


I'm not so sure about that. I'm getting the impression that China is getting ready to write off Best Korea as a lost cause. Meanwhile, Russia is another wild card; Moscow wants to turn the Trans-Siberian Railway into a major Europe <-> Asia shipping route, even to the point that they have upgraded and dual-gauged the North Korean rail line from Rajin to the Russian border at Tumangang (NK)/Khasan (Russia). I'm sure they wouldn't appreciate having their investment turned into a smoking crater.
 
2013-02-01 12:27:27 PM  

Fubegra: Russia is another wild card; Moscow wants to turn the Trans-Siberian Railway into a major Europe <-> Asia shipping route, even to the point that they have upgraded and dual-gauged the North Korean rail line from Rajin to the Russian border at Tumangang (NK)/Khasan (Russia). I'm sure they wouldn't appreciate having their investment turned into a smoking crater.


But again, wouldn't being able to extend that rail line into Seoul be even better yet for them? What could the Norks possibly produce that Worst Korea couldn't produce more of better?
 
2013-02-01 12:33:42 PM  
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2013-02-01 12:36:55 PM  
People seem to forget that North Korea is starting to get outside investments from Middle East companies as well as Russia and China. While they're not wildly popular, they're not as much of an international pariah as the American media makes them out to be.
 
2013-02-01 12:36:58 PM  

nekom: What could the Norks possibly produce that Worst Korea couldn't produce more of better?


Slave labor.
 
2013-02-01 12:40:49 PM  
Interesting article.  One thing though...Proofreading: It's not difficult.  Grammatical errors, spelling errors.  I guess I'm in the wrong business...Should be an editor.

"...following a resolution condemning its a North Korean rocket launch..."
"...Institute at Johns Hopkins Schol of Advanced International Studies..."
 
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