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(The Wire)   North Korea set to hold Parliamentary elections where ordinary North Koreans will be given the choice of voting for the approved candidate or condemning themselves and their family to a prison camp for the rest of their lives   (thewire.com) divider line 13
    More: Obvious, North Koreans, general elections, North Korean government, voters, political structure, recess, rubber-stamp, secret ballots  
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2014-03-06 03:46:13 PM
2 votes:
The local school board sent around a poll that was like the junior league version of this.  All of the questions were like "Would you like little Johnny to have more artistic expression if we built a theater in his school?"  Or like "Would you like little Sally to be a better scientist by building a lab in her school?"

Of course everyone voted "yes" because what kind of person wouldn't?  "No, I want my kid to continue a humdrum grind ending in their inevitable death as a middle-level drone."

And yet everyone will be shocked when their taxes go up, again.
2014-03-06 03:27:30 PM
2 votes:

durbnpoisn: generallyso: naughtyrev: I was going to ask why they bother spending the money to hold elections that are clearly a sham, but when you double it as a census I guess it makes sense to have the people come to you, rather than you going to them.

It helps keep people docile even if the result of every election is simply more of the same. Works the same in any country.

If you're implying that the same is true for this country, let us examine that point...

In this country, you get to freely vote for whatever candidate is on the ballot.  That's what is popularly believed.  Yes, you can vote for one of the smaller parties.  But since they don't stand a chance of winning, you are effectively either giving a vote to the favored winner, or simply throwing it away.

The candidates for the BIG parties are chosen by those parties.  The closest thing you have to a say in who that will be, is being able to choose from their selections for who to choose.  Efectively simply narrowing it down, and nothing more.
In the end, you vote for who they allow you to vote for.

Other than the possibility of imprisonment for treason, it pretty much sounds exactly the same...


And other than the "being murdered by a crazed actor" thing, the time I saw   Our American Cousin at Ford's theater in DC was exactly the same as Abraham Lincoln's experience there
2014-03-06 02:32:24 PM
2 votes:

dittybopper: Diogenes: They should do this on Survivor.  That dog of a show needs a breath of fresh air.

Actually, they should hold it somewhere cold.  Make it a *REAL* survivor show.  Maybe Elephant Island, just for the historicity of it.


I would love to see Survivor be what I originally thought it was going to be.  Basically a version of Survivorman or Naked and Afraid  that was also a competition.  Drop them off by themeselve somewhere remote with little or nothing in the way of tools, and the last one to cry "uncle" and ask for rescue gets $1 million
2014-03-06 01:03:48 PM
2 votes:
I thought North Korea is a prison camp.
2014-03-06 04:26:28 PM
1 votes:

durbnpoisn: So it's, vote for who we say over here, or get executed over there.
Either way, they have a good tab on their citizens.

Wow...  What a horror show that place is.


Yup, on Fark you only get accused of racism for failing to support the approved  politicians, movies, etc, etc.
2014-03-06 03:43:07 PM
1 votes:

olddinosaur: As opposed to Amerika where the people always get f*cked no matter which Party wins.


+1

yep.   the dems/'pubs keep trolling us, and we keep letting it happen.
2014-03-06 03:20:59 PM
1 votes:

generallyso: naughtyrev: I was going to ask why they bother spending the money to hold elections that are clearly a sham, but when you double it as a census I guess it makes sense to have the people come to you, rather than you going to them.

It helps keep people docile even if the result of every election is simply more of the same. Works the same in any country.


If you're implying that the same is true for this country, let us examine that point...

In this country, you get to freely vote for whatever candidate is on the ballot.  That's what is popularly believed.  Yes, you can vote for one of the smaller parties.  But since they don't stand a chance of winning, you are effectively either giving a vote to the favored winner, or simply throwing it away.

The candidates for the BIG parties are chosen by those parties.  The closest thing you have to a say in who that will be, is being able to choose from their selections for who to choose.  Efectively simply narrowing it down, and nothing more.
In the end, you vote for who they allow you to vote for.

Other than the possibility of imprisonment for treason, it pretty much sounds exactly the same...
2014-03-06 03:12:45 PM
1 votes:
Good News: Elections in North Korea
Bad News: You live in North Korea
2014-03-06 03:12:38 PM
1 votes:
VOTE FOR ME....taken to a whole new meaning.
2014-03-06 03:05:58 PM
1 votes:

Magorn: dittybopper: Diogenes: They should do this on Survivor.  That dog of a show needs a breath of fresh air.

Actually, they should hold it somewhere cold.  Make it a *REAL* survivor show.  Maybe Elephant Island, just for the historicity of it.

I would love to see Survivor be what I originally thought it was going to be.  Basically a version of Survivorman or Naked and Afraid  that was also a competition.  Drop them off by themeselve somewhere remote with little or nothing in the way of tools, and the last one to cry "uncle" and ask for rescue gets $1 million


I'd watch that show every time it was on.
2014-03-06 03:04:44 PM
1 votes:

ChipNASA: Worked here ....twice



/bites


Here, they just call you racist for not voting 'bama....
2014-03-06 01:21:07 PM
1 votes:

RedPhoenix122: I thought North Korea is a prison camp.


prison camp is a euphemism for murdered in their sleep and dumped in a shallow grave.
2014-03-06 01:07:38 PM
1 votes:
I wonder if you could get away with writing in Kim Il-Sung?
 
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