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February 14, 2014 - 7:29 am

At least it’s not another nuclear weapons test.

 

How does a donkey learn “Juche principles”?

Update: More importantly, how I learn not to get taken in by great parodies?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Juche principles work better than Obama Care!
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Hey may be the Democrats should learn Juche principles and move to Chagang Province!
44 weeks ago
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"lost donkey intrepidly finds way back to happy family in Chagang Province!"
It's a joke? Aww, I thought Dennis Rodman was out of rehab and back into the loving embrace of Kim Jong Un . . .
44 weeks ago
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I used to work for the United States Information Agency, transcribing foreign news broadcasts. Some of them were from North Korea, and they were BAD. Real, old-fashioned Marxist "American Imperialist Running Dogs" stuff. I used to laugh.

This one's funnier than anything I read back then. I guess Twitter has given the North Koreans a new outlet for comedy.
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Isn't this a parody account?
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Things that would seem like parodies anywhere else are very real in North Korea. Theodore Dalrymple reported several such examples in one of his books and some of his essays. He's a bit of a daredevil and often travels to places that are off the beaten path; in this case, he joined a delegation of Marxists travelling to North Korea and pretended to be one of them, although he very definitely isn't Marxist at all.

He recounted an incident where they were given a tour of a department store in Pyongyang. The store looked fairly normal and there was actually a fair range of products, much more than was typical in shops in the former Soviet Union. He watched for a while and found that all the Korean shoppers were looking at articles but none of them ever bought anything. He realized that this was essentially a Potemkin store: fake shoppers looked at the many goods available so that the tour group would get a feeling of normalcy and be fooled into thinking that the country was prosperous with lots of consumer choices. But the items were never actually sold: the whole store was basically just theater for the tourists.

Dalrymple also noted something that I've also seen mentioned in documentaries. The broad avenues of Pyongyang have many women that control the flow of traffic, functioning much as traffic cops do here but with a rather elaborate set of moves to indicate when a given vehicle should turn or stop or whatever. But unlike our cities, the traffic in Pyongyang, the North's capital, is negligible. The roads are built wide like major streets in Western capitals, but almost no one has a car. The traffic ladies are basically dancing to an empty house, not really controlling traffic at all. They just go through the motions.
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Yes, it's a parody account. One of the Popehat contributors is behind it, if I recall correctly. It's hilarious and PJ Media isn't the first news service fooled. http://www.popehat.com/2009/07/22/north-korean-twitter-account-not-genuine/
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Yeah, I'm a dope on this one. At least Obama never fooled me.
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Juche principles work better than Obama Care!
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