Kim Jong Un
Young North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has been terribly misunderstood. The man doesn’t want to start a war with the United States - he just wants president Obama to call him up so they can chat about basketball.
That’s the verdict of ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman, who just returned from a friendly visit to the authoritarian, communist country. Rodman and Kim Jong-Un are chums. Dennis thinks the dictator is an “awesome guy”.
Ok then. We’ve heard from Dennis; now let’s hear from you. What’s on your mind today?
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Never fear, comrades!
North Korea has permitted mobile internet for foreigners. All 30 of them. But natives aren’t allowed to use them.
It’s the weekend! What’s on your mind, Punchers?
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Until Siimon Reynolds came along when I was 11 years old and scared the living daylights out of everyone with his Grim Reaper AIDS advertisements, the biggest abstract bogey man I remember was nuclear war.
Those Russians, they had the bomb, and they were possibly going to use it. It didn’t help matters that in 1986 Chernobyl fulfilled the nuclear nightmare, conflating two separate issues into one terrifying specter.
It’s probably a good indication of how little I had to worry about being a child in the 80s in rural Australia that I remember “the bomb” being on my mind every now and again.
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The Korean War stopped for practical purposes in 1953, but technically, it never ended.
This is a matter of theory for most people around the world, but clearly for the North Korean leadership – and many of its brainwashed people – it’s a brutal reality.
This week’s shelling by North Korea of the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong was just the latest illustration of this attitude.
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