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More Marvelously Surreal Material from the North Korean News Agency,

found by Jules Crittenden. His opening example, though there's more:

Pyongyang, January 29 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Il's famous work "Songun-Based Revolutionary Line Is a Great Revolutionary Line of Our Era and an Ever-Victorious Banner of Our Revolution" was reportedly carried in the Internet homepage of the National Alliance for Democracy and Reunification of south Korea on Jan. 18. After its publication in the Internet homepage, the work is said to have been widely disseminated amid the keen interest of Netizens.

And Crittenden's commentary: "When the public face of Kim Jong Il's regime is this ridiculous, you might forget he is enslaving and starving millions of people, and murdering untold numbers, next door to wealth and freedom. But as you slog through this forced joyousness and other torturous convolutions, it becomes apparent how bleak even a life of privilege must be in a cesspit like that. In a world full of obscenities, this one may take first prize."

Allen G:
I recommend www.nk-news.net as a great place to find other fun NK news items.
1.30.2007 3:36pm
Kim Jong Il (www):
A better place is

http://chunkydonkey.blogspot.com

I post all my musings there.



KJI
1.30.2007 4:13pm
JohnAnnArbor (www):
What a sad place NKorea is.

I wonder if there's any clever way to drop leaflets or even radios to average citizens. Balloons?
1.30.2007 4:48pm
DaveN (mail):
North Korea's news agency has a website found here. Anytime I look at it I feel like either I just fell down the rabbit hole or am seeing what the internet would be like had George Orwell been accurate in his predictions. Either way, it is pretty scary.

Note, by the way, that the North Korean News Agency's website is based in Japan—which means that for a deranged few, the worker's paradise in Pyongyang beats Tokyo.
1.30.2007 7:52pm
Tom Holsinger (mail):
I recall somewhere coming across an automatic North Korean press release generator which you could insert names into. It was marvelous.
1.30.2007 8:17pm
Colin (mail):
for a deranged few, the worker's paradise in Pyongyang beats Tokyo.

More likely that an avaricious few are willing to spend Kim's yen in Tokyo. And from a certain perspective, wouldn't it be a fun job? How many paying Dadaist gigs are there in the world?
1.30.2007 8:34pm
ZTE:
This is nothing, a couple years ago KJI scored 18 on a golf course.
1.30.2007 11:06pm
nrein1 (mail):
ZTE you lie. Clearly our dear leader would never have claimed something so outragous, he only claims what is true. In one round he shot 9 holes in one and finished with a 36. Then he personally tutored all the members of the DPRK Asian games golf. (If I recall correctly this story was from early 2003)
1.30.2007 11:18pm
Bill Poser (mail) (www):

I wonder if there's any clever way to drop leaflets or even radios to average citizens. Balloons?

There actually is an organization that smuggles small, easily concealed radios into North Korea. North Koreans actually are allowed to own radios. However, they are required to be tuned permanently to a single frequency, that of the official DPRK station.
1.31.2007 1:25am