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(Business Insider)   FARKER spent the fall teaching computer science in Pyongyang. Here's his Instagram   (businessinsider.com) divider line 94
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2014-01-06 09:31:35 PM
That was fascinating.
 
2014-01-06 09:39:56 PM
An inspirational sign at the school Will taught at. It says: "Put your feet on the ground and let your eyes behold forever."

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I knew it, ya damned Commie!
 
2014-01-06 10:24:53 PM

Gonz: That was fascinating.


This.  +1.  Rare look into what is quite literally the end of the world.
 
2014-01-06 11:28:44 PM
Some Farker you are. Sharing with Reddit before us. For shame.

/cool shiat though.
 
2014-01-06 11:44:45 PM
Did you help them sight in their 15,000 artillery pieces on Seoul?

WTF is wrong with you?
 
2014-01-06 11:45:24 PM
I don't have a lot of interest in travel, but if I could go anywhere, it would be there.
 
2014-01-06 11:46:57 PM

Confabulat: I don't have a lot of interest in travel, but if I could go anywhere, it would be there.


Why?
 
2014-01-06 11:55:06 PM

Confabulat: I don't have a lot of interest in travel, but if I could go anywhere, it would be there.


I'd be pretty torn.  On the one hand, strangely enough I'd probably feel safer there than I do at home.  Crime against tourists is said to be virtually non-existent (probably because the tours are strictly monitored), and as long as you play the "when in Rome" game you should be able to avoid running afoul of the regime.

But on the other hand, everyone knows it's an absolute sham tour.  Plus you are propping up (albeit in a very small way) one of the worst dictatorships the world has ever known.  Something would just seem so VERY wrong about eating a 12 course meal while knowing that not too far away, people are being starved, tortured and/or worked to death.

But on the other other hand, it would be unique, that's for sure.  Not sure I'd want a DPRK stamp on a passport though.  Do they do the thing Cuba is said to do where they'll just *wink wink nudge nudge* staple a piece of paper and stamp that so it can be easily removed?
 
2014-01-07 12:10:14 AM
A spaceship play structure in the lobby of the Pyongyang Children's Palace. Will and his group were scolded when they tried to look at the cockpit area.

They don't want you to see all the dead hamsters in there.
 
2014-01-07 12:27:15 AM

NewportBarGuy: Confabulat: I don't have a lot of interest in travel, but if I could go anywhere, it would be there.

Why?


Because it would be the most like visiting a sci-fi city I'm likely to experience in my lifetime.
 
2014-01-07 12:32:30 AM

Confabulat: Because it would be the most like visiting a sci-fi city I'm likely to experience in my lifetime.


You know they eat human beings there? Right?
 
2014-01-07 12:37:26 AM

NewportBarGuy: Confabulat: Because it would be the most like visiting a sci-fi city I'm likely to experience in my lifetime.

You know they eat human beings there? Right?


I've read all the good books. Nothing to Envy, Pyongyang, Escape from Camp 14. I've watched all the documentaries. I keep up with the news. I figure I know as much as North Korea as any American who's never set foot in there.

And the cannibalism tales seem to be pretty overrated and more like folklore at this point, though it may have happened in the 90s or even now in rare occasions. But it's hardly something that happens on a daily basis.
 
2014-01-07 12:39:42 AM

nekom: Confabulat: I don't have a lot of interest in travel, but if I could go anywhere, it would be there.

I'd be pretty torn.  On the one hand, strangely enough I'd probably feel safer there than I do at home.  Crime against tourists is said to be virtually non-existent (probably because the tours are strictly monitored), and as long as you play the "when in Rome" game you should be able to avoid running afoul of the regime.

But on the other hand, everyone knows it's an absolute sham tour.  Plus you are propping up (albeit in a very small way) one of the worst dictatorships the world has ever known.  Something would just seem so VERY wrong about eating a 12 course meal while knowing that not too far away, people are being starved, tortured and/or worked to death.

But on the other other hand, it would be unique, that's for sure.  Not sure I'd want a DPRK stamp on a passport though.  Do they do the thing Cuba is said to do where they'll just *wink wink nudge nudge* staple a piece of paper and stamp that so it can be easily removed?



That. I'd love to see a place which is so different from what I see here in the US, but I cannot justify giving a cent of my money to a despot.
 
2014-01-07 12:46:10 AM

Confabulat: NewportBarGuy: Confabulat: Because it would be the most like visiting a sci-fi city I'm likely to experience in my lifetime.

You know they eat human beings there? Right?

I've read all the good books. Nothing to Envy, Pyongyang, Escape from Camp 14. I've watched all the documentaries. I keep up with the news. I figure I know as much as North Korea as any American who's never set foot in there.

And the cannibalism tales seem to be pretty overrated and more like folklore at this point, though it may have happened in the 90s or even now in rare occasions. But it's hardly something that happens on a daily basis.



Hey, it is what it is. Glad you made it back.
 
2014-01-07 12:49:20 AM

NewportBarGuy: Hey, it is what it is. Glad you made it back.


I'm pretty sure they don't let you wander off the tourist trail long enough to meet the cannibals you know.
 
2014-01-07 01:02:09 AM
FYFA: "I think people conform happiness to whatever situation they're in."


yep.
 
2014-01-07 01:34:35 AM
This link is full of Nguyen
 
2014-01-07 01:34:49 AM
I'm about two-thirds of the way through Nothing to Envy.  Pretty grim.

Interesting link--quite an experience.
 
2014-01-07 01:37:38 AM
I hate to be "that guy" that's always in fark threads, ready to shiat on something that's pretty cool...but...the cynic in me says that teaching CS over there is kinda helping the regime. the average north Korean isn't going to benefit from it, only the elite. The last thing NK needs is people teaching them how to get awesome frames in battlefield 4.
 
2014-01-07 01:51:28 AM
What the pictures show is the life of the very elite of North Korea. Nobody without party connections would be allowed into a school like that.

So, unless he was asked by the CIA to take on the job, what he did was nothing less than supporting a murderous regime and getting paid by blood money.
 
2014-01-07 01:55:24 AM
You know, as Nothing to Envy points out, the people in the party are not necessarily evil and many of them are just trying to support their families and get by like everyone else. Living in Pyongyang may be "elite" by North Korean standards but they are not automatically bad human beings. And hell, lots of them starved in the 90s too. And lots of them have worked very very hard their entire lives to get where they are. I don't think they are people I'd condemn. Their rulers, sure, but not some poor guy who was lucky and smart enough to get an apartment in a high-rise in Pyongyang with 2 hours of electricity a day and a television with 1 channel.
 
2014-01-07 02:05:03 AM

Confabulat: Living in Pyongyang may be "elite" by North Korean standards but they are not automatically bad human beings.


I certainly wasn't implying that. But those probably not bad human beings, are still cogs in a very bloody machine and are being taught skills that will only be used to help that machine. It won't benefit the people in any way, as far as I can see.
 
2014-01-07 02:06:28 AM

log_jammin: I hate to be "that guy" that's always in fark threads, ready to shiat on something that's pretty cool...but...the cynic in me says that teaching CS over there is kinda helping the regime. the average north Korean isn't going to benefit from it, only the elite. The last thing NK needs is people teaching them how to get awesome frames in battlefield 4.


You never know what knowledge will help you till you have it.
 
2014-01-07 02:07:08 AM
True, but I go through most of my days benefitting absolutely no one. And one of the only ways North Korea can evolve is to have education and encounters with foreigners. One on one meetings with people you've been taught are monsters are good ways to learn otherwise. I would always encourage this sort of thing, personally.
 
2014-01-07 02:08:15 AM
At what point does one wake up in the morning and say... Hey, I think I'll go to North Korea to teach North Koreans computer science? South Korea have too much food and warm weather? WTF were you thinking.

They keep telling us they want to send a few nukes our way and you go teach them computer science. You need your head examined.

What. Were. You. Thinking...and why were you not stopped from doing it.
 
2014-01-07 02:11:05 AM

farkingismybusiness: Some Farker you are. Sharing with Reddit before us. For shame.

/cool shiat though.


Probably has nothing to with the fact that fark is a shiatty little dirt road while reddit is a 8 lane superhighway as far as traffic is concerned.


/saw it on reddit it way before it hit fark.
 
2014-01-07 02:16:49 AM
I think people' borderline obsession with North Korea is very strange.  It seems to be an affliction of right-leaning news addicts.
 
2014-01-07 02:20:46 AM
gothelder:/saw it on reddit it way before it hit fark.

Me too. Me too.
 
2014-01-07 02:22:16 AM

karmaceutical: I think people' borderline obsession with North Korea is very strange.  It seems to be an affliction of right-leaning news addicts.


I'm far from right-leaning and I think it's a fascinating place. And I was bored with Scientology.
 
2014-01-07 02:22:47 AM

gothelder: Probably has nothing to with the fact that fark is a shiatty little dirt road while reddit is a 8 lane superhighway as far as traffic is concerned.



If only fark looked all purty, like reddit, eh?
 
2014-01-07 02:23:16 AM

karmaceutical: I think people' borderline obsession with North Korea is very strange.  It seems to be an affliction of right-leaning news addicts.


They're looking for examples?
 
2014-01-07 02:28:05 AM

Confabulat: karmaceutical: I think people' borderline obsession with North Korea is very strange.  It seems to be an affliction of right-leaning news addicts.

I'm far from right-leaning and I think it's a fascinating place. And I was bored with Scientology.


Same here. Lefty lib here, and I find North Korea endlessly fascinating.
 
2014-01-07 02:28:12 AM

TheXerox: That. I'd love to see a place which is so different from what I see here in the US, but I cannot justify giving a cent of my money to a despot.


+1 on that.  I know a couple of people who've gone and it'd be a fascinating trip but I can't bring myself to pay money just to get a propaganda tour that will ultimately help prop up a regime commiting some of the world's worst human rights infractions.

On a sidenote, F Dennis Rodman.
 
2014-01-07 02:29:45 AM
Incomplete without pics of Dennis Rodman....
 
2014-01-07 02:32:51 AM

karmaceutical: I think people' borderline obsession with North Korea is very strange.


Police Chief Wiggum: "What is your fascination with my forbidden closet of mystery?"
 
2014-01-07 02:33:30 AM

Confabulat: And one of the only ways North Korea can evolve is to have education and encounters with foreigners.


valid point.
 
2014-01-07 02:38:54 AM
Why would we help NK?
 
2014-01-07 02:43:13 AM

karmaceutical: I think people' borderline obsession with North Korea is very strange.  It seems to be an affliction of right-leaning news addicts.


Or hipsters.  At least when nobody knew to be fascinated with this place nobody knew about--i.e., before it was cool.
 
2014-01-07 02:51:51 AM

Begoggle: This link is full of Nguyen


Not bad, but that's vietnam.
 
2014-01-07 02:53:21 AM

yagottabefarkinkiddinme: At what point does one wake up in the morning and say... Hey, I think I'll go to North Korea to teach North Koreans computer science? South Korea have too much food and warm weather? WTF were you thinking.

They keep telling us they want to send a few nukes our way and you go teach them computer science. You need your head examined.

What. Were. You. Thinking...and why were you not stopped from doing it.


Not sure how he landed the gig, and not saying it was a "good" thing to do overall, but for his own personal gain it must be a pretty unique and thus helpful thing to have on his resume.  Some potential employers/publishers/whatever might recoil at the notion, but most probably will welcome it as a rare experience.
 
2014-01-07 02:53:36 AM

Yankees Team Gynecologist: karmaceutical: I think people' borderline obsession with North Korea is very strange.  It seems to be an affliction of right-leaning news addicts.

Or hipsters.  At least when nobody knew to be fascinated with this place nobody knew about--i.e., before it was cool.


I read Pyongyang back in like 2006, is that long enough ago to make me a hipster?

wtf is wrong with you people. Seriously? I wonder what you're fascinated by.
 
2014-01-07 03:00:40 AM
North Korea?  Sure, their first depotic dictator was good.  I"m into this up and coming warlord who is really ready to blow up.  You've probably never heard of him.
 
2014-01-07 03:02:40 AM
What's not to be fascinated about with North Korea, anyway?
 
2014-01-07 03:03:51 AM

log_jammin: The last thing NK needs is people teaching them how to get awesome frames in battlefield 4.


When you look at the picture of him sat in front of the computer I don't think we have to worry about being caught in the crossfire between a screaming NK teen and his SK counterpart about who's the most gay.  I think something around the Deuteros or Carrier Command era is their limit.
 
2014-01-07 03:11:39 AM

Rezurok: Begoggle: This link is full of Nguyen

Not bad, but that's vietnam.


1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-01-07 03:33:18 AM
vice guide to north korea, a must see for anyone interested in the mind bending weirdness of that insane place.  my favorite thing i have seen on it.
 
2014-01-07 03:39:15 AM
Those same students will one day be sitting at these desks preparing to rain fire down upon the cowardly infidel dog Americans.

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I can't support that.
 
2014-01-07 03:43:45 AM
I wouldn't if you paid me. You look at the wrong person or building and the next thing you know you're waiting on Clinton or Rodman to come visit and convince the regime you're not a spy and please let you go home. Fark that noise.
 
2014-01-07 03:48:20 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Those same students will one day be sitting at these desks preparing to rain fire down upon the cowardly infidel dog Americans.


Excellent paranoia.  Peeing yourself in fear about something that has a .000001% chance of happening in the next 20 years....  +1 for the infidel comment.  NK is Muslim now?

Chances are infinitely greater that one of your fellow Americans will murder you for your stuff than any country attacking you.
 
2014-01-07 04:21:08 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Those same students will one day be sitting at these desks preparing to rain fire down upon the cowardly infidel dog Americans.

[img.fark.net image 850x553]

I can't support that.


They've already destroyed America already! Jeez, haven't you read any of the news stories they release?
 
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