Archive for the ‘North Korea’ Category

Pyongyang Restaurants: Have it Kim’s Way!

January 23, 2015

Pyongyang Restaurants: Have it Kim's Way!

Can’t make it to North Korea for dinner? While famine is kind of an issue there, you can dine like Kim Jong Un’s best bud at a Pyongyang Restaurant near you. They’re conveniently located in Beijing, Shanghai, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Siem Reap, Vientiane, Kuala Lumpur, and Amsterdam. Coming soon: Scotland? Cream of Puppy Soup is not on the menu in Europe, but reviews rave more about the chain’s singing, dancing musician-waitresses than the food anyway.

More:

“Dining With Dear Leader,” Daniel Otis, Slate

“Pyongyang Restaurants Extending Reach in Southeast Asian Cities,” Yong Nie, VOA

“Pyongyang: Northern Exposure,” Kyle Long, Culinary Backstreets

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Where in the World in Kim Jong Un?

October 10, 2014

Where in the World is Kim Jong Un?

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Marshal of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, First chairman of the National Defense Commission, First secretary of the Workers’ Party, Chairman of the party’s Central Military Commission, and Supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, didn’t show up at the huge ceremony commemorating the 69th anniversary of North Korea’s only political party, which he heads, like his daddy and granddaddy before him. In fact, Mr. Kim hasn’t been seen in public since September 3rdWhat’s up with that?

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Best Burger in North Korea?

September 3, 2014

Best Burger in North Korea?

In Pyongyang, Kim Jong-eun did a stately pleasure dome decree … and built a goofy water park.  A hamburger at Munsu Water Park will cost you $76.00. You want fries with that?

Elsewhere, the UN Food Programme continues to provide nutritional assistance to North Korea’s starving women and children.

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Animal Welfare in North Korea

January 3, 2014

Animal Welfare in North Korea

Folks in North Korea might be feeling a bit peckish these days, but they sure do treat their puppies well. Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un is reported to have killed his uncle and fed his body to 120 hungry dogs.

Or maybe not ….

Update:

“North Korean execution by dog story likely came from satire,” James Pearson, Reuters

 “Story about Kim Jong-un’s uncle being fed to dogs originated with satirist,” Jonathan Kaiman, The Guardian

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Powerful Threat from North Korea

March 8, 2013

Powerful Threat From North Korea

North Korea has threatened the United States with nuclear attack. The communist regime is reacting to new UN sanctions it received after being caught conducting a third underground nuclear test last month.  Pyongyang has specifically targeted Washington DC, and we residents of ground zero are a bit more edgy, even though the USA has Dennis Rodman playing man-on-man with Kim Jong Un.

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North Korea — Alternative Theory

May 31, 2009

North Korea -- Alternative Theory

The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center detected a 4.7 magnitude seismic event in North Korea last week:

While the USGS cannot positively identify the seismic event as a nuclear test, it was shallow and located in the vicinity of the 9 October 2006 North Korean nuclear test.

What other type of powerful process could it have been, buried slightly underground? That’s the traditional way to store Korean pickled vegetables, and a  magnitude of 4.7 is considered “mild” by kimchi aficionados.


The USGS event report is here; scientific formulae on the Korean pickle here

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