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Even in North Korea, it all comes down to business

Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:40 pm
by mdsimpson92
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/24/world ... purge.html

Though inevitably I find the whole corruption issue kind of selective in that state of all places.

Also, I found out that meth is a pretty popular thing there...chalk another thing that makes that state resemble 1984

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2 ... korea.html

Re: Even in North Korea, it all comes down to business

Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:58 pm
by Magritte
Instapapered for later. North Korea is like the cult of Scientology as it was run under Hubbard, blown up to the size of a nation. It's endlessly fascinating.

Honestly, nothing would surprise me about that place any more. They have nukes - so weird. Does that mean they have reactors? Or are they getting refined fissionables from China? The thought of starving meth fueled North Koreans running a reactor is nightmare fuel.

BTW Frontline just did a documentary on them. Want to see it but it's not available in Canada. I'll have to torrent it or use a proxy.

Re: Even in North Korea, it all comes down to business

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:35 am
by mdsimpson92
Magritte wrote:Instapapered for later. North Korea is like the cult of Scientology as it was run under Hubbard, blown up to the size of a nation. It's endlessly fascinating.

Honestly, nothing would surprise me about that place any more. They have nukes - so weird. Does that mean they have reactors? Or are they getting refined fissionables from China? The thought of starving meth fueled North Koreans running a reactor is nightmare fuel.

BTW Frontline just did a documentary on them. Want to see it but it's not available in Canada. I'll have to torrent it or use a proxy.
I would say, to paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, that North Korea is if somebody read 1984 and thought "let's give it the good old college try".

Re: Even in North Korea, it all comes down to business

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:36 pm
by Metacrock
exactly! North Korea is the prefect atheist society. :mrgreen:

Re: Even in North Korea, it all comes down to business

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:57 pm
by mdsimpson92
Metacrock wrote:exactly! North Korea is the prefect atheist society. :mrgreen:

Which has little difference from an ancient theocracy, except it has the tools. It even has its own God-king.