|This picture is quite extraordinary. 1970 and 21st century : they are the same, even the machines. If there’s a difference to nitpick, it’s that the workers from 1970 seem dressed better than now.|
|Standing-only bread store in North Korea|
Recently in North Korea, the slogan of “Less time to eat, more time to spend in the field to build a great nation” has appeared everywhere in the streets. I guess that’s a euphemism for “we don’t wanna give you guys even enough time to eat lunch everyday.”
Kim Jong-Il’s ridiculous thirst for this ‘great nation’ can be seen in many other places these days. A while ago, a store in Pyongyang that used to sell beer has been forcefully transformed into a bakery, and removed all chairs from the restaurant so people would not stick around and eat for a long time. In a soap opera called “Baek-Geum-San”, a wife tells her husband who is eating too fast, “you should eat slowly”, to which the husband replies, “In order to achieve General Kim Jong-Il’s dreams, one minute for a bowl of noodles, and three minutes for a meal is plenty long enough.”
North Korea has set the year of 2012 as the year to become “the greatest nation ever”, but certainly that has not been achieved, though 2011 is almost over already. So Kim Jong-Il’s government is pushing their citizens in every way possible to make them work even a minute longer. Can you imagine having only 3 minutes for your lunch break?
|Couldn’t find the actual poster, so I’m linking it from a Korean news website.|
Source : 美 선교단체, “美 정착 탈북들에게 선물을 보냅시다”
According to Voice of America, PSALT is putting together a plan to send Christmas presents to North Korean refugees living in the United States. PSALT is “a 501c3 non-profit Christian ministry that works to educate others about North Korea and carrying out work to help the North Korean people – particularly the North Korean refugees.” According to the exec. director of PSALT said on the 27th, “in order to share the pleasure of Christmas with North Korean refugees in the US, we have started a movement to send “Box of Hope” to North Koreans living in the US.” PSALT will gather presents and donations from local organizations and churches and give the gifts to North Koreans on the 3rd of December.
PSALT has been sending gifts to North Korean in the US already, but it has been unofficial, until now. Durihana church is also planning to send cards and small gifts to single-mother North Korean families in the US.
There are 124 North Korean refugees living in the US, trying to overcome many things as immigrants with extraordinary circumstances : language barrier, separation from their families, different ideologies, democracy, capitalism, and culture shock. They are largely spread out in 10 cities, living harsh lives.
For more information, or to help out…
PSALT NK Website, Durihana
And to read more about PSALT, I’ve found an interview with their exec. director.
|ROK Chairman of JCS with his American counterpart|
General Jung Seung-jo, who has been the nominee for chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been officially seated in his position. During the ceremony, which was attended by high-profile military officers from not only Korea but other allied nations such as the USA, he gave a stern warning to North Korea.
“The army general said in a confirmation hearing at the National Assembly on Tuesday that if any enemy attacks the South, he would make sure they pay a heavy price.
Jung said if he had been the chairman of JCS during North Korea’s artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island last year, he would have advised the president to use fighter planes in response.
The general added the right to self-defense should apply not just to the location where the attack started but also against the regime that orders such provocations.”
So, since the shelling of Yeonpyong islands, Republic of Korea has replaced its Minister of Defense and now the chairman of JCS(Joint Chiefs of staff). Both new officers have promised a much stronger response to North Korea’s further provocations. Let us wish that this will stop North Korea from committing any more meaningless murders and atrocities.
Source : Choson Daily
So, North Korea’s national airline, Air Koryo, has been given a 1-star rating by leading airline revier SkyTrax. It is the lowest possible rating, and Air Koryo is the only one with a 1-star rating.
|Apparently the plane gets fogged up by vapor, “as if by a fog machine”|
|Straight from… I dunno, 1960s?|
|All you get is propaganda papers|
|This plane was made in 1960s. So. Old.|
|And you can never forget the glorious leader!|
|The website of the airline. Either North Korea owns Hotmail or they can’t even afford an email server.|
Nalparam(날파람) is a word that describes a gust of wind caused by a fast-moving object or person. So you get the gist of the title.
Action films in North Korea are pretty rare, unless you count those blatantly propaganda-isque movies as action films. During the 80s, “Hong-Il Dong” and “Order 027” were the action movies of the decade in North Korea. Then the industry was pretty much dead until 2006, when this film appeared.
Here’s the brief summary of the plot. North Korean Taekkyon(a traditional Korean martial arts) masters fight against Japanese invaders. I haven’t been able to find the full movie yet, but I’d assume that it’s all because of their glorious leader, or one of those lines. I’ve found a video highlighting the key scenes of the movie. Behold! It was 2006, and you shall experience the 21st century special effects and sound quality… North Korean style.
Korean Idols from SM Entertainment went all out in Madison Square Garden in New York last night. In Madison Square Garden – what Korean news media described as “the Mecca of pop culture” – popular K-Pop stars such as Dongbanshingi, Girl’s Generation, SHINee, f(X), and BoA performed in SMTOWN LIVE NYC 2011.
This performance was part of a world tour that began in Seoul, then LA, Tokyo, Shanghai, Paris and then finally NYC was the last destination. I included a fan video of Girl’s Generation performing “The Boys”, which was performed live for the first time.
Just a side thought. A couple days ago, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit eastern Turkey. Thousands of buildings collapsed, and many more people were buried inside the debris. I was watching the morning news as they reported that more than 1,500 people were dead or injured. It is a total catastrophe.
Turkey has been diplomatically and militarily closely tied with South Korea for a long time. Koreans are taking this situation seriously. I really hope that Korean government will send some sort of aid group over to Turkey ASAP, and the aftermath will settle down soon.
Pyongyang is the city of nobles, it’s the home of the aristocrats, it’s where the rich live. Pyongyang is the center of the paradise North Korea advertises itself as, and what’s left of it’s materialistic prosperity in all of North Korea is all concentrated in this one city.
And now we know how they mow their grass to make the city look clean. Scissors, and poor people.