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You Will Delete That!

Posted: December 17th, 2015 in criminals, North Korea
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And now, from this page, some serious stuff regarding one of my special interests… right up there with Mars. Well, close anyway.

In monitoring my online haunt, I was snagged by a thread with a title magnetic.

From the very brave efforts of Eric Lafforgue, a pdf of photos he was told to delete, culled from six (Six!) trips before being banned. He gives the reason they gave for needing him to delete the pics. The Horrible Hermits™ are apparently unaware of a certain type of software. Goofballs. Albeit dangerous ones.

Many of the 57 are really quite powerful so it’s worth a look.

Linky to the pdf north-korean-delete-this

Image from his home page.

Kim, a young french military speaking guide at the Army Museum. Women may represent more than 10 percent of the entire North Korean People's Army. North Korea is the most militarised country in the world.According to the US State Department, North Korea has the 4th largest military in the world, at an estimated 1.2 million armed personnel for 23 millions north koreans. Even if many think NK has nuclear bomb, the guns, cars, military equipment seems to come from the 50's... The Korean People's Army is the military of North Korea. Kim Jong Il is the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army . The famous Bush's Axis of evil includes Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. In NK, every young man stay for 6 years in the Army. It means that for 6 years, he won't have many news from his families because there is no email, mobile and very few private phones in North Korea. La Coree du Nord est le pays le plus militarisé du monde. Ils possederairent la 4eme armée du monde, avec 1,2 million de personnels armés pour 23 millions d'habitants. Le pays possederait la bombe nucleaire, mais son materiel militaire ressemble à celui en circulation dans les années 50. La Coree du Nord fait partie de l'axe du mal denonce par George Bush. En Coree du Nord,le service militaire est obligatoire , dure environs 6 ans, ce qui coupe completement la recrue de sa famille pour une longue diree en raison du manque de moyens de communication: pas de mobile, pas de mail, pas de telephone privé...

Kim, a young french military speaking guide at the Army Museum. Women may represent more than 10 percent of the entire North Korean People’s Army.
North Korea is the most militarised country in the world.According to the US State Department, North Korea has the 4th largest military in the world, at an estimated 1.2 million armed personnel for 23 millions north koreans.
Even if many think NK has nuclear bomb, the guns, cars, military equipment seems to come from the 50’s…
The Korean People’s Army is the military of North Korea. Kim Jong Il is the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army . The famous Bush’s Axis of evil includes Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. In NK, every young man stay for 6 years in the Army. It means that for 6 years, he won’t have many news from his families because there is no email, mobile and very few private phones in North Korea.
La Coree du Nord est le pays le plus militarisé du monde. Ils possederairent la 4eme armée du monde, avec 1,2 million de personnels armés pour 23 millions d’habitants. Le pays possederait la bombe nucleaire, mais son materiel militaire ressemble à celui en circulation dans les années 50. La Coree du Nord fait partie de l’axe du mal denonce par George Bush.
En Coree du Nord,le service militaire est obligatoire , dure environs 6 ans, ce qui coupe completement la recrue de sa famille pour une longue diree en raison du manque de moyens de communication: pas de mobile, pas de mail, pas de telephone privé…

Kim, a young french military speaking guide at the Army Museum. Women may represent more than 10 percent of the entire North Korean People’s Army.
North Korea is the most militarised country in the world.According to the US State Department, North Korea has the 4th largest military in the world, at an estimated 1.2 million armed personnel for 23 millions north koreans.
Even if many think NK has nuclear bomb, the guns, cars, military equipment seems to come from the 50’s…
The Korean People’s Army is the military of North Korea. Kim Jong Il is the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army . The famous Bush’s Axis of evil includes Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. In NK, every young man stay for 6 years in the Army. It means that for 6 years, he won’t have many news from his families because there is no email, mobile and very few private phones in North Korea.
La Coree du Nord est le pays le plus militarisé du monde. Ils possederairent la 4eme armée du monde, avec 1,2 million de personnels armés pour 23 millions d’habitants. Le pays possederait la bombe nucleaire, mais son materiel militaire ressemble à celui en circulation dans les années 50. La Coree du Nord fait partie de l’axe du mal denonce par George Bush.
En Coree du Nord,le service militaire est obligatoire , dure environs 6 ans, ce qui coupe completement la recrue de sa famille pour une longue diree en raison du manque de moyens de communication: pas de mobile, pas de mail, pas de telephone privé…

The most bizarre country on the planet, comparable to no other. The entire country is a prison, stuck in time and it seems to these eyes profoundly delusional. Creepy. Scary.

The things those lucky enough to escape say are truly horrific. I have seen more horrific images, but no matter, these convey well the situation there, shared even by the military, these are great and by a superb photographer.

The following photo is a very telling piece, however and I do think it is worth way more than the proverbial 1,000 words…

 

nklites

They don’t have electricity in North Korea, you see, or precious little of it at best.

Here is a photo from Mr. Lafforgue’s pdf that shows the electricity issue up close and personal, as does one of the Vice documentaries. Both in places intentionally chosen to represent the place in all it’s glory. At least now they realize that the things should be, you know, like, ON!

nkputers

Time warp.

Prison.

Whoa.

We hear a lot about how fab their military is and the marching on Tubes looks great but this photo also from the Lafforgue piece tells a different story – along with a few others showing soldiers.

nksoldierwood

Peace.

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North Korean soldier smoking pot. Presumably.

For reasons that should be obvious, the UN doesn’t have statistics about marijuana consumption in No. Kor. We do know, however, that weed is totally legal. As Russ Belville mentioned in a comment on this thing I wrote — yeah, brah, I saw it — weed literally just grows on street corners in North Korea. And everyone smokes it. Whereas South Koreans can get seriously fucked for smoking weed even if they’re not in the country when they smoke it. It’s a weird weed world.

The comment mentioned above:

Russ Belville ·  Top Commenter · Boise State University · 204 subscribers

And yet North Korea… completely legal and unregulated. It grows along the sides of the road. People smoking in public are common. · August 29 at 1:20pm

Learning of this pleases me.

I got this via Facebook in a post from High Times magazine. The post that the picture and caption are from is about the five highest countries in the world, based on UN data for consumption within the population. Read it here if you care to,

North Korea received an Honorable Mention as Number 6.

The link in the caption and comment are from a post about the five worst countries to get caught in.

Why does this news please me? At first glance I was surprised because pot is illegal most everywhere for whatever dumb reason. And North Korea, being the most horrific place one can be, well, I just assumed the Kims would just as soon kill you for it as look at you!

This is the first I’ve heard of it so I am not at all sure it’s true, but let’s assume it is.

For all the fear the people of the DPRK go through every day of their lives, whether they are outwardly “into it” (the regime) or not, it is very nice to know that they can use what nature has provided to help calm themselves for a while. I like that.

Inner peace is a Good Thing.

Peace.

ROFL Mao!

Clearly, these people have no clue.

diagonaluk Uploaded on Sep 29, 2011

Welcome to the world’s best new tourist destination. Welcome to North Korea.

Hahaha! A North Korean cruise ship.

This is what happens when you impose 100% isolation on yourself and your people for 60 years.

The initial premise that it is for needed revenue is plausible as they know that there are cruises and that those cruises are pretty popular. Been on two myself. The problem here stems from the rather  likely fact that… no one’s ever been on one!

And… what to do about putting on influences from the outside world, like the shopping the Chinese tourist suggests… can’t have that! No! Duty-free cigs? Ha!

It’s apparent right from the standardized “tour” that visitors are taken on and shown in just about every doc you see about visiting the DPRK. Never cease to amaze, the Northern ones.

Seriously, the realization that they seem to fully believe in their hearts that we would not see right through the well-planned situations created and in every one of the places meant to impress us, huge places, completely devoid of visitors. So bizarre. So bizarre.

Isolation.

Quite sad, in a way. 25 million people prevented from participating in the daily life of planet Earth. Or even knowing that it exists.

It’s changing, though, albeit excruciatingly slowly. Through goods smuggled back in, (which is an act of heroism, surely). That spreading of knowledge must continue.

Ah, well, have a laugh.

Peace.

This is so different from other films I have seen… I had to share it!

Etherium Sky

Published on Mar 28, 2013

North Korea lies somewhere between a 1930′s Soviet Union frozen in time and a dark, futuristic vision of society… as imagined back in the 70′s.

“Land of Whispers” invites you to visit arguably the most unique and isolated travel destination in the world – not to criticize, but to observe and listen. Aside from usual highlights such as Pyongyang or Arirang, this unique one-man documentary brings you to areas such as Chongjin or Wonson, still virtually unknown to even google or wikipedia. There, I attempt to pierce through the ever-present ‘national mythology’ and as much as possible, I try to connect with people – such as the waitress mesmerized by tablet computers, or a tour guide cautiously fascinated by modern pop culture.

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Nice film, dude!

As regulars might imagine, I watch a lot of films about North Korea. Well… this fellow has managed to do something that I’ve never seen done before in any significant way… and that is to truly engage with and stimulate feelings of friendship and wonder in North Korean people. That… is cool.

One of those people is a member of the official team of government “tour guides.” It got to the point where the guide nearly gets himself into trouble. Impressive, that… an achievement, surely.

Perhaps the filmmaker’s cleverly arranged cover as a videographer making a travel film for the agency arranging the trip, well known to the authorities, helped a great deal. Actually I’m pretty sure it did, as he’d then rank at least a notch above a more standard “tourist.”

The decidedly non-standard outlook taken throughout the journey, combined with a personal quest for truth likely plays the most important role of all, however.

Well… Bravo and all that!

Peace.

Published on Dec 5, 2012 NOTE: This video has apparently been removed from all web sources. Sorry.

Documentary on the secretive existence inside North Korea. This video has been uploaded to YouTube for research and educational purposes.

I haven’t done a North Korea post in a while. Regulars will be aware of my deep loathing of the place. It is freakish, bizarre and unbelievably cruel. Hundreds of thousands of it’s citizens live in concentration camps.

Yes, real live concentration camps that’d make the SS blush, and if they looked real close, throw up. There they produce much of the country’s goods, food and mining wealth. None of which the population at large gets to enjoy.

This is a good documentary. It features lots of raw footage smuggled out of the country by some seriously brave people. Some of whom smuggle material from the outside world back in, which is arguably even more brave.

But it is a most noble gesture, as the populace is gradually becoming aware that there is a world outside their border. And that that world is the good one. North Koreans as a rule are not allowed access to the outside. If caught… you’re in one of those concentration camps along with three generations of your family. Usually for life.

Of course only the lucky ones get to see the DVDs and tapes smuggled in, as electricity is an exceptionally rare thing in North Korea. But they see it… and they will whisper it to their friends. And that is good.

Now while it is true that Kim Jong Il is dead and there is a new leader, the Western-educated Kim Jong-un, in command, there has been no evidence whatsoever that there has been any improvement at all in any of of the conditions that you will view in this film. I would dare venture that things have actually gotten worse for the people since this film was made.

That is so sad.

Pray for the people.

Peace.

This is so weird. Seriously. As I watched this film, I experienced the strangest contradictory feelings.

That is because this is obviously a North Korean government production, or at the least made by some entity closely aligned and I don’t know who that might be, unless it’s this Sabine character (who is quite likely a NK government agent) so I am sticking with government made propaganda… The production values are quite high and it is rather well made.

As we all know, the DPRK is the most repressive country on Earth and treats the people unfortunate enough to live there as slaves, yes, prisoners, even, in freakishly bizarre conditions decidedly difficult for we the civilized to imagine living through.

The people are akin to automatons, not of their own choosing, but because they have been trained from birth in doctrines of superiority and to worship whichever Dear Leader holds the throne as a superhuman God. They know no other reality.

So the thing is, the majority of the information presented is simply spot on, as anyone who has done any looking into the realities of our Western society and culture will clearly recognize.

There are also a few blatant untruths contained within as I’m sure you will notice, as well. And what is said of the Australian people frankly pissed me right the f7^k off.

All this is presented by a ‘professor’ of some sort who is clearly a government spokesman himself. I find it quite amusing that his face is blurred, given the context of his glorification of the leader, a man directly responsible for the deaths of millions of his own people, many through the most heinous system of punishment yet devised by man. It’s incredible. Seriously. And I had to keep watching it. So strange.

In the description it’s said the film is not for internal consumption. Well, duh. Only those priviledged enough to be allowed to live in Pyongyang have regular television, assuming the sporadic electrical supply is operational, which is usually not happening. The rest of the country has basically none. Additionally, it would not be a good idea to let the prisoners, I mean population, see any glimpses of anything available outside their jail, er, country. Remember, this is a country where you need a permit to visit relatives across town, a country where you can not go to the beach, a country where something as small as inadvertently sitting on a state newspaper with a picture of the leader facing upwards will get you either shot dead in a public display or a lifetime sentence in a concentration camp.

This is such a strange and accurate, for the most part, presentation of the evil we here live under – given by what amounts to the most evil and frightening place on this earth. It is, in a word, hypocrisy… of the highest order.

Here it is:
PROPAGANDA | FULL ENGLISH VERSION (2012)

Published on Jul 13, 2012 by 

Here is the formal statement I gave to Federal Police on 16 June 2012:

On a trip to visit family in Seoul in April, I was approached by a man and a woman who claimed to be North Korean defectors. They presented me with a DVD that recently came into their possession and asked me to translate it. They also asked me to post the completed film on the Internet so that it could reach a worldwide audience. I believed what I was told and an agreement was made to protect their identities (and mine).

Despite my concerns about what I was viewing when I returned home, I proceeded to translate and post the film on You Tube because of the film’s extraordinary content. I have now made public my belief that this film was never intended for a domestic audience in the DPRK. Instead, I believe that these people, who presented themselves as ‘defectors’ specifically targeted me because of my reputation as a translator and interpreter.

Furthermore, I now believe these people work for the DPRK. The fact that I have continued to translate and post the film in spite of this belief does not make me complicit in their intention to spread their ideology. I chose to keep posting this film because – regardless of who made it – I believe people should see it because of the issues it raises and I stand by my right to post it for people to share and discuss freely with each other.

Sabine

I have translated this film, laid in the English voice over and subtitles, and on legal advice have blurred the identity of the presenter and/or blacked out certain elements.

0:00 Introduction
6:54 Creating Ideas & Illusions
16:48 Fear
19:35 Religion
25:00 Beware the 1%
28:10 Emulating Psychosis
31:21 Rewriting History
41:15 The Birth of Propaganda
45:49 Cover Ups and Omissions
54:10 Complicity
58:05 Censorship
1:01:50 International Diplomacy
1:06:14 Television
1:08:11 Advertising
1:14:36 The Cult of Celebrity
1:22:34 Distraction
1:28:01 Terrorism
1:35:00 The Revolution Starts Now

Please share and discuss with as many people as you can, and if you have questions for me or want to discuss the content further, please do so below or go to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Propagandafilm/427263763965283

Note: I just went to that Facebook page… and was shocked to see that someone on my friends list had liked it. That creeped me right out!

Peace

Stramge North Korean display.

OK, I’m sorry, folks, but this is just too strange to resist.

I got this picture from this post located deep within One Free Korea’s WTF? heading.

And they in turn got it from this post at the Chosun website.

I have no idea what this photo really shows, besides the bleedin’ obvious.

What’s with the two fans?

What’s up with that? Is that photo printed on some weird self-combusting paper and they want to be “ready?”

Oh, dear… they’re… not… trying to cool off the people in  the photograph, are they?

Do the poor droogies lucky enough to be allowed the privilege of gazing upon this photo get so excited that they get all hot and bothered and are in danger of swooning?

Is the fact that there are only 3 lights lit out of 4 some sort of symbolic gesture… or is it your basic technology fail?

These people are scary. Really.

This is the Google translation of the text that appears in the source article. As you will see, it… doesn’t help.

North Korea specialist internet newspaper ‘New Focus’ idolization of Kim Il Sung, the vain and naked reality show a picture unveiled on the 11th.

A large framed photograph hanging on the wall in front of the wings, two electric fans look vigorous turn holds. This man is not North Korea fans that play in the frame of the framed picture in the reason for Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, Juche Tower, because passing.

New Focus, “framed in the summer of Kim Il Sung North Korea deoulkka Look Frames These two fans placed in front of that play,” said “North Korea’s idolized beyond imagination,” he said.

Netizens, “His Majesty the Emperor of Japan rather than linen, and attract more crazy,” “Oh, the reality of our society to see North Korea to praise them a lot of power,” “Gag Concert Gag Why have not you include this in Guernsey” showed a reaction.

I’m tellin’ ya, you can’t make this stuff up. Seriously.

Peace.

Uploaded by on Jan 3, 2012

Dezember 1950: Das Video zeigt beeindruckendes Filmmaterial vom dramatischen Rückzug der US-Marines aus dem kommunistischen Nordkorea nach der Schlacht um den Changjin-Stausee (Chosin Reservoir) und die anschliessende Evakuierung der Marines aus dem Brückenkopf von Hungnam nach Südkorea.
December 1950: The film portrays the withdrawal of the Allied troops from North Korea as a result of the Battle of the water reservoir Choisin and the subsequent evacuation of Hungnam bridgehead.

Translation (by Google)

December 1950: The video shows footage of the impressive dramatic withdrawal of U.S. Marines from communist North Korea after the Battle of the Changjin Reservoir (Chosin Reservoir) and the subsequent evacuation of Marines from the beachhead from Hungnam to South Korea.
December 1950: The film portrays the withdrawal of the Allied troops from North Korea as a result of the Battle of the water reservoir and the subsequent evacuation of Choisin Hungnam bridgehead.

Hmmm.

I’d meant to post this when it happened but was very tired and didn’t want to have a North Korean overload here at WATT.  Which, as regular readers know, is an ever-present danger. Hehe. So, I went to bed.

What happened was… shortly after posting this thread, wherein I mentioned a boyish fantasy of flying a fighter plane and blowing up some really nasty folk’s personal stuff, I was casually looking at a couple of other ‘related videos’… and this  appeared.

Now, I don’t believe in coincidences, you see… as everything is connected.

Just thought it was a mighty strange one.

An interesting piece of history.

I worked for many years alongside one of the men that was flown out of that hell on the medi-ships, the dear man known as John Lionetti. Lots of memories, although we never really spoke of the war. Was very nice to think of him again.

Peace.

Part 1

Part 2

Uploaded by on Apr 8, 2011

This video is not intended as a complaint against the communist regimes and other boring things but instead it wants to show what a totalitarian regime can do: while a small proportion of the population live in luxury the rest of the population lives in extreme poverty.

This video shows some of the luxury residences of Kim Jong Il.
While he can afford to choose where to stay home, NGO workers report that in some villages, the food situation is so serious that the population is forced to feed on wild grasses

Program used: Google Earth 2011(All Right Reserved)

Part 1 Coordinates:
1° 39°02’27.47”N 125°42’53.53”E 2° 39°12’00.26”N 126°01’13.83”E 3° 39°06’22.11”N 125°59’05.73”E

Part 2 Coordinates:
4° 39°37’20.32”N 125°49’53.12”E 5° 39°48’16.33”N 125°46’23.01”E 6° 39°02’41.00”N 125°51’13.25”E

p.s. Sorry for my bad english. I apologize in advance for any misspellings in the video.

A slap to the face of the people.

Ah, the decadence of the psychopathic mind…

While the citizenry at large suffer through a famine-level food supply, brainwashing from birth and, as evidenced by the previous post, a severe lack of even electricity, their maniacal “God” builds obscenely grandiose palaces all over the place. Mostly for himself, but as you will see there are a number of smaller places where those in the ruling class have their own little “kingdoms.”

I would doubt, though, that any normal North Korean knows anything whatsoever of the existence of these places.

Don’t know if it’s a good thing, the people not knowing, it would just add to the horror of their lot, but, back in reality, there’s just no way to tell them. So it is, sadly moot.

This is somewhat little-boy fantasizing on my part, but, you know, I would really like, very much, to fly one of our nice fighter planes around there and take them all out… as spectacularly as possible… if only to drive a little reality into the puny, selfish little minds of the slave-driving owners, don’tcha know. WAAAH!

All that can be done is to make the rest of the world aware, so that perhaps someday this prison masquerading as a country can be corrected. Sadly, as Ive said many times, theres no oil involved, so they are seemingly free to carry on.

It’s not that this sort of mansion-building thing doesn’t go on elsewhere, I mean there are a whole bunch of ‘em in the town I live in, but we the people here don’t live under the thumb of a self-proclaimed “God.”

Thank God.

Peace.

Really, there isn’t.

And here, folks, is the undeniable photographic proof.

The DPRK, at night, from space. Click to enlarge.A photograph, from space, of the Korean peninsula at night.

Someone, it seems, has kindly added borders.

The lights at the bottom are that evening’s electrically generated photonic output of the South Korean populace.
The big, central green and pinkish-white blob is Incheon and Seoul and other cities in the vicinity.

Note the rather large dark chunk just above all that.

That’s the DPRK, or, North Korea.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Satan.

There is no electricity there.

Just one more thing the people must deal with.

(Screen capture from the film Kimjongilia.)

Peace.

Decided to continue my infrequent series and have another peek inside the insidious hell hole known as North Korea, or, DPRK. Yeah, I’m a bit obsessed with the place. Why? I don’t know. The unprecedented cruelty is a part of it. The fact that no other power does anything about it except feed their army at our expense is a part of it.

Looked in my forlornly full drafts folder and dug this out from last October, when I tried to shut it out of my mind for a while.

Readers need to understand that this sort of thing goes on all the time there. It’s not by any stretch of the imagination a rare event that would spur big time coverage in the news, as it would anywhere else. The fact that they don’t actually have news is neither here nor there. Just understand that this is very much just another day in the life of a North Korean. And the people have to watch… or else.

Just like they had to cry over the death of the head bastard, oops, excuse me, Dear Leader, Kim Jong-il. Out in public? You cry.

The unfortunate thing is, the situation is not going to get any better. It’s just not. That can be assured as the Great Successor, the fat little 27 year old psychotic twerp Kim Jong-un, son of the Dearly Departed, said it would not. Directly.

Uploaded by on Mar 10, 2009

The blurry film – apparently from a hidden camera – appeared to show one man being shot in Yuson town near the border with China on March 2, 2005. The condemned faced the firing squad shortly after a brief trial in which a judge found him guilty of trying to cross into China and smuggle others there.
Three gunmen each fired one shot at the prisoner who was tied to a pole.

Another female defendant was sentenced to10 years of labor camp.

The video was carried out of North Korea by several defectors. It was filmed by unnamed residents of the Stalinist state.

It decided to publicize the tape after determining witness accounts of the executions matched the images captured on film, the statement said.

A Seoul-based group called the Commission to Help North Korean Refugees said last month that North Korea had executed 70 defectors who were captured in China and sent home to discourage its citizens from fleeing the country.

The number of people fleeing North Korea decreased drastically following the executions, the group said.

A trickle of defectors from the communist North has swelled into a steady flow in recent years as more attempt to flee hunger and political repression in their homeland. Nearly 1,900 North Koreans defected to the South last year, an increase of almost 50 percent from the year before.

More than 100,000 North Koreans are living or hiding in China, the Commission to Help North Korean Refugees has estimated.

I can hardly imagine the balls whoever managed to film this had. Because if caught, they’d have hauled his or her ass right up there to that little spot – right then and there – and the show would have gone on.

Peace.

Sorry I missed posting on the day of the death of Kim Jong-il. Just couldn’t come up with much to say. And… I still can’t.

We are not supposed to celebrate the death of a man, but this man has created horror beyond imagining, the ongoing deaths of millions of his own people and the most bizarre country on earth… the entirety of it is, quite literally, a prison. The “Hermit Kingdom,” they call it… for good reason.

To lighten the load a bit, the following is a little bit of humor. The first two images are from the Kim Jong-il Looking At Things website, which is where the title is derived from, obviously. I like it not only for the not-so-subtle humor regarding this unimaginably despicable man’s mental makeup, but also because, to me, it makes as a result a nice mockery of the ridiculous claims made throughout his rule by the propaganda department that he was responsible for every good thing that’s ever happened. A few of those claims can be found compiled in this post at al-Jazeera.

– lunacy –

looking at the kitchen cabinet
looking at the kitchen cabinet

– transition –

looking at kim jong-un
looking at kim jong-un

The next two are from the brand new website (made within hours of the announcement of the Dear Leader’s death), Kim Jong-un Looking At Things.

Seems a good representation of the future,
a future  that I feel does not bode well for the people of North Korea.

looking at his new general
looking at his new general
(Kim Jong-un, youngest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il,
listens to an official speaking during a parade in Pyongyang)

– creepy –

looking at YOU
looking at YOU

I don’t like the look in this kid’s eyes. Like father, like son, as they say. Not a lot is known of him, but he is usually portrayed as a nutcase. Quite likely. Some quietly hope that his Swiss boarding school education will soften any ruthlessness. I doubt that. Some say that since he was catapulted overnight from civilian to 4 star general, the military will not play nicely with him. I doubt that, too.

Because in the North Korean culture, just like his father and grandfather, this kid is now God.

All we can do is…

Pray for the people of North Korea.

Peace.

Soldiering on with the sporadic series on the crimes against humanity committed in that most vile of places, ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong Il’s North Korea. For this one, please note that “Number 15” is just a small part of this astonishing ~100 square mile ‘complex’ at Yodok. Keep in mind that there are known to be at least two dozen similar ‘facilities’ scattered amongst the mountain ranges. So far, no one has done anything to stop them as the sole concern is nuclear politics.

Uploaded by on Dec 26, 2009

Yodŏk is a concentration camp in North Korea. It is located in Yodŏk-gun (county) in South Hamgyong Province. The official name is Kwan-li-so (reeducation center) No. 15.

In the 1990s, an estimated 30,000 prisoners were in the lifetime area, and around 16,500 prisoners in the revolutionizing zone (many of them family members of prisoners and people repatriated from Japan).

Yodŏk camp has a lifetime-imprisonment “total-control zone,” but also “revolutionizing zones,” from which prisoners are sometimes released. That is why there are testimonies by refugees about Yodŏk.

The whole encampment is surrounded by a barbed-wire fence measuring 3 to 4 meters and walls 2 to 3 meters tall topped with electrical wire. Along the fence there are watchtowers, and patrolled by 1,000 guards armed with automatic rifles, hand grenades and guard dogs.

Labor operations at the Kuŭp-ri section of Yodŏk include a gypsum quarry and a re-opened gold mine, where some 800 men worked and accidents happen frequently. There were also textile plants, distilleries and a coppersmith workshop.

Kang Chol-Hwan, prisoner from 1977 to 1987, estimates around 4% of prisoners in the Kuŭp-ri revolutionizing zone died per year, mostly because of malnutrition and disease. Although complete families (including children) were imprisoned based on the claimed guilt of one member, any sexual contact between prisoners is not allowed and pregnancies are forcibly aborted. Guards, however, sexually abuse female prisoners, who are then punished if they fall pregnant. Kang described life in Yodŏk camp in the book The Aquariums of Pyongyang.

Lee Young-kuk prisoner from 1995 to 1999, estimates that around 20% of prisoners in the Taesuk-ri revolutionizing zone died per year, while new prisoners arrived each month. As cells were not heated, most prisoners suffered from frostbitten ears and swollen legs during the winter months.

Both revolutionizing areas have public executions by hanging and shootings for prisoners who had tried to escape or who had been caught stealing food. In at least one case an attempted escapee was tied and dragged behind a car in front of the assembled prisoners until dead.

In 2004, a Japanese television station aired what it said was footage showing scenes from the camp.

Sorry to interrupt, but just to be clear, the video shown above is the footage shown in Japan. How FujiTV got this… I can only imagine… and can well imagine the fear the crew, or whoever it was, almost certainly felt while shooting, not to mention before and after. One should be aware that North Korean footage of any kind is highly valued and in big demand in Japan, with any footage whatsoever of the camps themselves naturally representing the Holy Grail.

The Japanese pay high prices. This I think may actually be a good thing, as there has been an increase in footage escaping the country, shot by some very brave individuals. They are driven to use whatever money they get to smuggle themselves or family out of there. Let the veil drop… however slowly. Maybe someday, someone, somewhere, will actually do something.

In a note of a rather gross nature, sorry, it has been claimed that the people carrying the buckets near the end are transporting their fellow inmate’s excrement for use as fertilizer in the fields. I can certainly believe it.

Edit to add: Regarding the above paragraph, this is to be found on Wikipedia’s page on Yodok: […] Primary school children have to carry heavy logs 12 times a day over 4 km (2.5 mi)[38] or a dung buckets of 30 kg (66 lb) 30 times a day.[39] […]. (Emphasis added)

And, while I’m adding… here is a strangely titled page with a handy embedded Google map for your perusal. I do not know where in here No. 15 is. The extent of the place boggles the imagination and I have a very good imagination. Yes, Virginia, it is the entire valley. And then note that Yodok is not the largest camp in the DPRK’s system.

In 2008, a new documentary, Yodok Stories, by Andrzej Fidyk came out, telling a story of a small group of people that have managed to escape from Yodŏk camp. Here is the film’s website.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yodok_concentration_camp

Okay, thats enough emotional exhaustion, surely.

Sigh. Peace.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il. Image: Daily Mail UK. Click for article entitled North Korea puts handicapped in camps, U.N. report says. There are two dozen concentration camps in North Korea called “Total Control Zones.” Two dozen. They’re not kidding about the designation. They started up in the 1950s and hold, all estimates say, at least 200,000 and probably more like 300,000 prisoners. Hidden in remote valleys between mountains, each one covers around 70 to 100 square kilometers. They are farms. They are mining operations. They are factories. Out of those well-maintained population levels, only two people have successfully escaped. In sixty years. Think about that.

If you are in one, you are there for life. Your family are there with you, or will be shortly. Five of your neighbor’s families will be there, too. Three generations worth. You will work 18 hours a day. Every day. You will get 200 grams of corn gruel to eat for the day. If you completed your task, that is. You will be beaten and tortured, frequently, on someone’s random whim. You might be taken away on a specific and official order for you – and your family – to be transferred to and used  at one of the places designated as a “Ward” for biochemical and biomedical experimentation. While the scientists watch you all die through the glass walls and roof of your test chamber.

The governments of the world, especially the United States and South Korea, are complicit in these operations.

They do not participate directly (as far as we know, but more on that in an upcoming thread) but offer the regime tremendous amounts of aid to carry on. They have done so for decades. They know exactly what happens there. They know exactly what happens to the aid. [Seventy five percent of the food goes the the army. Twenty five percent is sold on the black market.] They do not care. They care only about the regime’s nuclear weapons. Although the fear of the possible devastation that could be wreaked by the psychopathic Kim Jong Il is understandable on a level or two, the humanity in me still asks… Why? Well, folks, as it is so often said…

North Korea has no oil and it’s far away.

WAAAH!This just in… As I’m writing this thread a bit of positive news has come in… according to LiNK: Liberty in North Korea, South Korean officials are pressuring China to not forcefully send 35 refugees back to North Korea. Two of them reportedly already hold South Korean nationality. More here: http://j.mp/oHXPah. [China is a long-time supporter of the regime. But what about the tens of thousands of other refugees? – Ed.]

Back to the matter at hand… here is an excellent and powerful documentary that discusses the concerns noted above the update. While a government guided tour will not tell us much besides a good indication of the level of mental conditioning that the North Koreans exist under, the filmmakers go well beyond that… and even piss off a general! So fearful the North Koreans are of foreigners – and of what those foreigners might inadvertently see.

“Access Of Evil,” A Film by BBC This World.

Access of Evil
59:15 – 5 years ago

BBC This World documentary, follows crew across North Korea on a gov’t guided tour. With Korean 한굴 subtitles.

I have, since January, been both outraged and fascinated by the decades of horror going on unabated in Kim Il Sung’s Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) or North Korea. Yes, I know he’s dead. He’s still the president, though, even so. Strange? Very.

There is simply no comparing this place with any other on this Earth. There are no personal rights, no human rights. None. You would be amazed at what innocent actions would (will!) result in your death (if caught)… either immediately, or, more likely, years after you are sent to spend the rest of your life toiling in a concentration camp, the likes of which would make an SS officer hurl.

I plan on doing quite a few threads on the situation in North Korea. Even George Bush, Jr. got it right for once when he called the place a rogue state and part of the “Axis of Evil.” Believe me, it simply does not get any more evil than “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il’s freakish aberration of human existence inflicted upon generations of forgotten people.

I did a thread a while ago called North Korean Reality: Repulsive! Children of the Secret State, but the need seems even more palpable now, as all the world’s governments know full well what’s happening, but do absolutely nothing about it… with the exception of aiding and abetting the madness.

I’ll restart this project off mildly with a showing of this excellent documentary based mostly on what foreigners are allowed to see in a week’s stay in the eerily creepy capital of Pyongyang… with some extra insight mixed in.

Uploaded by on May 27, 2007

The winner of the 2001 International Emmy award for Best Documentary, Welcome to North Korea is a grotesquely surreal look at the all-too-real conditions in modern-day North Korea. Dutch filmmaker Peter Tetteroo and his associate Raymond Feddema spent a week in and around the North Korean capital of Pyongyang — ample time to produce this outstanding film.

Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs; from http://www.archive.org

North Korea started cropping up in my stream lately. Didn’t really give it much mind at first. I didn’t pay attention at all when they were firing spuds in the direction of South Korea. I was inclined to somewhat ignore it all as some sort of asinine Commie saber rattling. And when nothing seemed to come of it the country slipped away again.

Then just this week there was a photo thread on AboveTopSecret loaded with pictures from the inside the likes of which no one’s ever seen. That being because the place is run by one of the wackest psychopaths on earth besides being the last of the pure Stalinist dictatorships. The pictures were weird. Bleak. Surreal. Creepy. And Scary.

You can see them here for the time being… North Korea. I strongly recommend you see them and read the rather interesting comments from the Russian photographer… especially considering Russia was once a communist country too. The photos represent an extremely rare glimpse of the reality of North Korea that is just peeking over the top of the almost impenetrable wall of secrecy. Like I said… weird.

The ATS thread is here… Inside North Korea, Photos You Haven’t Seen.

While still on page 1 of the ATS thread, member veryinteresting posted a link to part 1 of the video you are about to see.

This is a very powerful documentary. Very. The video goes way beyond what the photographer above was able to capture. Using hidden camera footage taken by a hero who is now very likely dead, (10 years ago) the actual reality of the people of this country will not only bring tears to your eyes it will make you sick to your stomach. If you think I’m kidding, I’ve got news for you… Just wait till Part 3 hits you.

And even well before that bit, there are orphans, hundreds of thousands of them picking up bits of rice off the ground while adults are eating right there beside them ignoring them… what the frack is that all about? It shakes one’s faith in what it means to be human.

Gets more amazing by the minute, it does, I’ll give it that. It’s nearly got me speechless, but not quite. I will say it is the strangest place I’ve seen in a long time… it seems alien almost… it’s that far removed from my reality. The cruelty, the bleakness… it’s all a bit much.

It is quite clear that not one kernel of the billions in food aid has ever reached it’s intended person. Not one kernel. Ever. It is quite clear that the rat bastard psychopaths that run the joint, led by paranoid delusional dictator Kim Jong Il have trashed the entire country and turned it into a giant opium farm. Perhaps that’s why the Western governments are so tolerant of this place.

To these synapses, tolerance of this regime is tantamount to a crime against humanity. Period. End of discussion.

Watch this and see if you don’t agree…

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

YouTube canned the account listed below, so the need to switch to the Dailymotion vids above was just realized as no one said anything, but I’ve left the description as it is quite good.. Sorry about the ads. I have found that if you hit mute on the first ad, and then set your level when the video starts, subsequent ads will stay on mute while the video track remains normal.

col888888 | November 28, 2010

This documentary first aired in 2000.

North Korea, a country of 22 million. Up to 3 million of its’ people have starved to death in the last 10 years. More than 40% of North Korean children now suffer from chronic malnutrition. Children of the Secret State is an investigation into North Korea, considered by many as the last Stalinist dictatorship, a hidden and sealed country riddled with propaganda and saturated with hostility to democracy and the West. Joe Layburn and the Hardcash team discovered a young North Korean, known by the pseudonym Ahn Chol, who has been filming undercover so that the world can see what is going on in his native land: the country where his parents both starved to death.

His devastating footage shows some of the estimated 200,000 street children, mainly orphans, foraging for food in the mud and the gutters, ignored by the adults around them and ignored by the state which claims they are at its bosom.