Monday, September 10th, 2012
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And Now a Word from the North Korea Tourism Department

"We encountered locals at the mass games, film studios, world's deepest underground metro, art schools, and delicious restaurants. This is not a society voluntarily marching in lockstep. Like Iranians and Cubans, they are told one story but increasingly encounter the other viewpoints through media and tourism. Our appreciation of their beautiful cultural offerings reminds them that they are a rich civilization temporarily trapped in an anachronistic state."
"Parag Khanna is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation" and a bizarre shill for the North Korean regime, though I guess they didn't take him to the gulags or execution-planning meetings? (via)

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Counterpoint : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Red_Chapel

Seriously, Wikipedia's description doesn't do it justice — it's simultaneously the most ballsy and frightening film I've seen all year. And it's on Netflix! Treat yourself!

Alternate take : http://www.npr.org/2012/03/29/149061951/escape-from-camp-14-inside-north-koreas-gulag

bdm (#209,578)

@Gef the Talking Mongoose Counter-counterpoint: http://www.paragkhanna.com/?p=111

@bdm : Wait, so you're saying I've just been trolled by a made-up character from an Onion article?

Alternate take : I eagerly await Mr. Khanna's TED talk on how hot chicks always flake out on splitting the check.

TheRtHonPM (#10,481)

@Gef the Talking Mongoose There's also this. http://www.guydelisle.com/english/py/pyongyang_en.html

From the purely venal perspective, yes, North Korea is the last place you can go and still be treated like a visitor from another planet who must be placated and fawned upon at all costs. This is not a touristic experience you can get in Acapulco or South Padre. so, sure, if you are a dick, the vacation of a lifetime awaits you in fabulous sun-starved NoKo, you cock.

hershmire (#233,671)

@My Number Is My Address Kill 'em with kindness.

deepomega (#1,720)

@My Number Is My Address "Is there any way to have the experience of being the nephew of a dictator for a week?"

hershmire (#233,671)

"Soviet support and fuel subsidies collapsed in the early 1990s, and food security has been tenuous ever since."

"Food security?" Really? Try "famine."

David Roth (#4,429)

There's something obviously gross but also kind of queasily predictable about the authoritarian temptation among alpha TED Talkin' public intellectual types like Khanna. This is the dude that's going to move to techno-authoritarian Singapore because of how "efficient" it is, right?

deepomega (#1,720)

@David Roth It's just so CLEAN!

deepomega (#1,720)

"North Korea does indeed have plenty to offer. Its largely mountainous territory is rich in gold and magnesium." This is something an interplanetary overlord would say about colony planet.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

@deepomega Also, I hear the chocolate ration went up to 25 grams this week.

Adam Olmayan (#208,682)

Khanna's a tool, but he need not have traveled so far. There are weekly execution planning meetings in the White House. And we also have a variety of gulags to choose from. Is the Caribbean not to your liking?. Perhaps a high plateau in Central Asia would suit you better? But then again, we're also knee-deep in shills. I guess that there was too much competition.

Turboslut (#1,036)

@Turboslut : Haha, I hadn't read that before, and I love me a good takedown.

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