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(The Atlantic Wire)   Best Korea gives a "Hero of the Republic" medal, to an unknown female beat cop, meaning either she can write one HELL of a parking ticket, or more likely foiled an assassination attempt on Kim Jong Un that was disguised as a traffic accident   (theatlanticwire.com) divider line 48
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vpb [TotalFark]
2013-05-09 11:25:17 AM
...satisfied the Supreme Leader in some major way.

I think I can read between the lines here.  He doesn't have any money or Choco-pies so he has to trade medals to get laid.
 
2013-05-09 11:42:03 AM
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No, you imbecile,  I said, 'I want a gyro!'
 
2013-05-09 11:51:05 AM
Republic?
 
2013-05-09 11:54:19 AM
That's actually sort of sad.  She's probably beaming with pride over what amounts to absolutely nothing of worth whatsoever.
 
2013-05-09 12:18:25 PM

nekom: That's actually sort of sad.  She's probably beaming with pride over what amounts to absolutely nothing of worth whatsoever.


well I'm sure it has worth to HER,  I figure a "hero of the Republic" probably rates an extra 500 calories or so in her family's daily rations and her supervisors are gonna think twice if they ever want to give her shiat about something
 
2013-05-09 12:18:42 PM
Traffic cop? Just how much traffic is there in North Korea?
 
2013-05-09 12:38:28 PM
or one hell of a BJ
 
2013-05-09 12:40:26 PM

Magorn: nekom: That's actually sort of sad.  She's probably beaming with pride over what amounts to absolutely nothing of worth whatsoever.

well I'm sure it has worth to HER,  I figure a "hero of the Republic" probably rates an extra 500 calories or so in her family's daily rations and her supervisors are gonna think twice if they ever want to give her shiat about something


Sure, and on some level it IS good for her.  No doubt they will keep her and her family in Pyongyang, which if you absolutely HAD to live in best Korea, I suppose that's where you'd want to be.  So as for her lot in life, I suppose it has just improved to just about the highest extent possible.
 
2013-05-09 12:43:20 PM
So some poor sap is probably in a hard labor camp because he swapped paint with the wrong farking car.
 
2013-05-09 12:43:32 PM
What we hope she looks like

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2013-05-09 12:43:37 PM

toraque: [www.squidmobile.com image 307x200]
No, you imbecile,  I said, 'I want a gyrno!'


What I see there. Is that what you did?
 
2013-05-09 12:43:46 PM

Sybarite: Traffic cop? Just how much traffic is there in North Korea?


Well they have lots of roads, but nobody owns a car. It's too bad they don't have any money too though I could make a killing on shin splint suppressing footwear.
 
2013-05-09 12:43:53 PM
The epaulets on the traffic cop uniform sure do add a sense of gravitas.
 
2013-05-09 12:44:24 PM
Sybarite


Traffic cop? Just how much traffic is there in North Korea?

I hear its murder.
 
2013-05-09 12:45:22 PM

vpb: ...satisfied the Supreme Leader in some major way.

I think I can read between the lines here.  He doesn't have any money or Choco-pies so he has to trade medals to get laid.


My first thought
dlewis.net
 
2013-05-09 12:45:29 PM
Maybe she foiled a traffic accident that was disguised as Kim Jong Un
 
2013-05-09 12:49:19 PM

Sybarite: Traffic cop? Just how much traffic is there in North Korea?


This is rush hour in Pyongyang:

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Explaining the "traffic accident" reference in the headline --  There is a very strange trend in North Korea. To wit:

If you are a simple peasant and raise the ire of the regime, sending you and your entire family to a gulag is no big thing. Happens all the time.

However, if you are politically well-connected, it's a different issue. Sending you and yours to the gulag is problematic. Your sudden absence would be noticed, and would arouse suspicion that the Kim regime was not all-knowing, and somehow let a traitor to the revolution high up into the Inner Party. Indeed, at least the warden and guards at the gulag would see you and perhaps talk amongst themselves of the famous traitor they must correct. Doubt slipping into their minds is dangerous to the regime's presumed omniscience, so a gulag is right out. So is public execution/humiliation/exile, and so on. What's a ruthless police state to do, then, to rid itself of such undesirables, while still maintaining the outward appearance of infallibility? Well, the state news service has the answer....

"Good evening, fellow warriors to the juche ideal! Tonight, we are sad to report that Military Council Member and Great Revolutionary Patriot Park Sung-ho died tragically in a traffic accident while traveling to Rason. Mr. Park was traveling with his family at the time, and none survived the horrific accident. We are certain the Parks will be given their just rewards by the glorious and benevolent Eternal President."

None of this is a joke.
 
2013-05-09 12:50:23 PM
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Another person with the title Hero of the Republic.

Might get along well with Kim Jong Un, they seemed to have pretty similar political ideology.
 
2013-05-09 12:51:35 PM

Sybarite: Traffic cop? Just how much traffic is there in North Korea?


Not much, apparently ....

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From here: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/09/recent_scenes_from_north_kor e a.html
 
2013-05-09 12:54:20 PM

nekom: That's actually sort of sad.  She's probably beaming with pride over what amounts to absolutely nothing of worth whatsoever.


um, preventing military hard-liners from staging a coup in Nkorea is something of worth. as shiatty as the Kim dynasty has been, it can get worse.
 
2013-05-09 12:56:05 PM

BKITU: Sybarite: Traffic cop? Just how much traffic is there in North Korea?

This is rush hour in Pyongyang:

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]

Explaining the "traffic accident" reference in the headline --  There is a very strange trend in North Korea. To wit:

If you are a simple peasant and raise the ire of the regime, sending you and your entire family to a gulag is no big thing. Happens all the time.

However, if you are politically well-connected, it's a different issue. Sending you and yours to the gulag is problematic. Your sudden absence would be noticed, and would arouse suspicion that the Kim regime was not all-knowing, and somehow let a traitor to the revolution high up into the Inner Party. Indeed, at least the warden and guards at the gulag would see you and perhaps talk amongst themselves of the famous traitor they must correct. Doubt slipping into their minds is dangerous to the regime's presumed omniscience, so a gulag is right out. So is public execution/humiliation/exile, and so on. What's a ruthless police state to do, then, to rid itself of such undesirables, while still maintaining the outward appearance of infallibility? Well, the state news service has the answer....

"Good evening, fellow warriors to the juche ideal! Tonight, we are sad to report that Military Council Member and Great Revolutionary Patriot Park Sung-ho died tragically in a traffic accident while traveling to Rason. Mr. Park was traveling with his family at the time, and none survived the horrific accident. We are certain the Parks will be given their just rewards by the glorious and benevolent Eternal President."

None of this is a joke.


Yep.

Actually, I'd say that pretty much anyone who isn't a nationally known figure or local party boss is subject to gulagification, but those above that level are problematic, and plausibly deniable assassination is the easiest ideological route for them.
 
2013-05-09 12:56:30 PM
What a HERO of the republick may look like ...

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Well at least to me. hehehe
 
2013-05-09 12:57:46 PM

Sybarite: Traffic cop? Just how much traffic is there in North Korea?


Since they have constant brownouts, traffic lights can fail at a moment's notice.  The traffic cops are placed at intersections to make sure people don't get stupid in those circumstances.
 
2013-05-09 12:59:11 PM
Hmmm.... sounds like the North Korean version of Comrade Lei Feng.

Which apparently is a lot of BS as well.
 
2013-05-09 01:00:19 PM
I'm sorry, but what the hell is a "Hello of the Republic" medal? Some kind of greetin...oh. I get it. My mistake.
 
2013-05-09 01:00:32 PM

mudpants: What a HERO of the republick may look like ...

[24.media.tumblr.com image 850x1275]
Well at least to me. hehehe


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There's a dick in those jeans
 
2013-05-09 01:01:29 PM

Man On Fire: nekom: That's actually sort of sad.  She's probably beaming with pride over what amounts to absolutely nothing of worth whatsoever.

um, preventing military hard-liners from staging a coup in Nkorea is something of worth. as shiatty as the Kim dynasty has been, it can get worse.


In what way?

Even military hardliners are going to be rational, after a fashion.  They know what they are up against, and they know that they would lose, and that they'd might even have to fight a 2 front war if they push it too far (PRC from the north, ROK and US forces from the south).  When they get in power, it will be evident to them that to stay in power they need to stay alive, which won't happen if they go to war.

Remember, North Korea isn't a mighty industrialized nation like Nazi Germany was.  Hitler had a plausible (if unlikely) path to victory based upon Germany's size and industrial, engineering, and scientific prowess.  The DPRK has none of that, and anyone in the DPRK who could possibly pull off a coup is going to know that they between a rock and a hard place, from a strategic point of view.
 
2013-05-09 01:02:35 PM

fireclown: mudpants: What a HERO of the republick may look like ...

[24.media.tumblr.com image 850x1275]
Well at least to me. hehehe

[a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com image 600x690]
There's a dick in those jeans


But here isn't in these genes
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2013-05-09 01:03:58 PM
i.stack.imgur.com
 
2013-05-09 01:05:05 PM
Yeah but this guy:  http://www.amazon.com/Long-Road-Home-Testimony-Survivor/dp/0231147465  will tell you, getting a Hero of the Republic honor won't keep you out of Camp No 14.
 
2013-05-09 01:07:36 PM
Would
 
2013-05-09 01:11:51 PM
In that society, even as a traffic cop, you probably never know when you are going to get sent to a labor camp or locked in a hole for 50 years. I'm surfe she was just overwhelmed with RELIEF when she found out that her summons to the big HQ wasn't one that included a bullet with her name on it
Also, she almost faints because those poor damn people have NO FOOD!
 
2013-05-09 01:23:44 PM

fireclown: mudpants: What a HERO of the republick may look like ...

[24.media.tumblr.com image 850x1275]
Well at least to me. hehehe

[a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com image 600x690]
There's a dick in those jeans


Either you have a really small dick or you just really want there to be a dick in those jeans.
/If I had a dick I'd want it in her jeans too.
 
2013-05-09 01:25:02 PM
Well, if she did thwart an internal attempt on Kim's life, I hope for her sake that medal is gigantic and bulletproof.
 
2013-05-09 01:28:18 PM
She was Best Korea's Video Game Model of the Year

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2013-05-09 01:40:01 PM

Sybarite: Traffic cop? Just how much traffic is there in North Korea?


Search for Poontang Pyongyang Traffic Girls
 
2013-05-09 01:40:13 PM

mudpants: What a HERO of the republick may look like ...

[24.media.tumblr.com image 850x1275]
Well at least to me. hehehe


That's a tranny baby!!

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2013-05-09 01:41:23 PM
lemonysprite:
either you have a really small dick or you really want there to be a dick in those jeans...

Uh, dude looks a lady?   I like Asian gals (being Asian myself).  But she is NOT attractive, unless you like your gals having the body of a 12 year old boy.

Hey, I'm not judging you man.  Whatever floats your boat.
 
2013-05-09 01:45:41 PM
she probably just got a medal for doing a country a great disservice
 
2013-05-09 01:55:06 PM
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Best korea does rock the big hats, don't they?
 
2013-05-09 02:17:47 PM
www.coolfunpics.com

Maybe he was stuck.
 
2013-05-09 02:18:18 PM
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2013-05-09 02:50:47 PM
Is it big hats or small heads?
 
2013-05-09 03:12:22 PM
More likely than anything else, she has proven herself able to suck the Royal Weasel right down to the hilt.

Her name really is Suk Long Dong, isn't it?
 
2013-05-09 04:36:22 PM

dittybopper: Man On Fire: nekom: That's actually sort of sad.  She's probably beaming with pride over what amounts to absolutely nothing of worth whatsoever.

um, preventing military hard-liners from staging a coup in Nkorea is something of worth. as shiatty as the Kim dynasty has been, it can get worse.

In what way?

Even military hardliners are going to be rational, after a fashion.  They know what they are up against, and they know that they would lose, and that they'd might even have to fight a 2 front war if they push it too far (PRC from the north, ROK and US forces from the south).  When they get in power, it will be evident to them that to stay in power they need to stay alive, which won't happen if they go to war.

Remember, North Korea isn't a mighty industrialized nation like Nazi Germany was.  Hitler had a plausible (if unlikely) path to victory based upon Germany's size and industrial, engineering, and scientific prowess.  The DPRK has none of that, and anyone in the DPRK who could possibly pull off a coup is going to know that they between a rock and a hard place, from a strategic point of view.


Kim is at least a "know quantity" (or as close as we can get in Best Korea." A coup is uncertainty and if an ideolog gets in who ISN'T a rational strategic thinker, like you describe, then problems happen.

What if the person who takes over believes the rhetoric that South Korea and USA are the devil and deserve to be wiped out? They may say "fark it, launch the nukes and if we all die in the process, we will have done the world some good."
 
2013-05-09 05:05:09 PM
BKITU:
"Good evening, fellow warriors to the juche ideal! Tonight, we are sad to report that Military Council Member and Great Revolutionary Patriot Park Sung-ho died tragically in a traffic accident while traveling to Rason. Mr. Park was traveling with his family at the time, and none survived the horrific accident. We are certain the Parks will be given their just rewards by the glorious and benevolent Eternal President."

None of this is a joke.


Interesting idea.  If you want to plan a coup in a country with such a relentless personality cult as DRNK, you better have a good explanation as to why God is dead.  Not so sure how it will fly in Pyongyang, where people are fully aware of just how much traffic there is, but those who know enough will keep quiet about it.
 
2013-05-09 08:04:33 PM

mudpants: What a HERO of the republick may look like ...

[24.media.tumblr.com image 850x1275]
Well at least to me. hehehe


Those are some ripped abs.

/are you sure that's not an incredibly fit cross-dresser?
 
2013-05-09 10:38:49 PM
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Perhaps some of the real traffic girls will help. I cannot photograph these girls enough.

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The traffic girls are heroes every day. If you saw how the party chauffeurs drive you would know how brave you have to be to stand in the streets.
 
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