Monday, May 03, 2010

North Korean Camps, and Tea Parties

This short documentary is basically an interview with the only escapee from one of North Korea's most brutal prison camps, and the unspeakable horror he assumed was de rigeur, world-wide. 

We were always hungry. Shins most vivid memory of his life in the camp is the constant hunger he felt, food made me escape, even if it was going to cost me my life. The only thing that interested me was the food. Before his escape three years ago, he didn't even know that a world existed beyond the barbed wires. Until then, his life had been one of torture, hard labour and complete isolation.

After watching this, I got hooked on a series of 14 short (about 5mins)  films titled  The Vice Guide to North Korea (Part-1 link).   No way can I describe to you  how bizarrely interesting the series is. In one, part 6 I think, the film maker visits a tea house out in the sticks.  He notes that no other cars were seen on the road, and that he was the first customer the tea hostess had seen in ten months.  Yet she, and his "guides," played it all with earnestly straight faces.  I'm not trying to be snarky here, but at some point I was reminded of all the similarly bizarre goings-on in our own United States since c. 2000.  Stuff that made me think we'd slipped into a parallel world, with the government media blithely ignoring it all, la-la-la.   Very much in the spirit with this NorK scenario. 

Prediction: A good many of you will be endlessly fascinated with both of these productions.  You're welcome.


Anonymous said...

I read a book several years ago about some one and their entire family imprisoned in a NK camp for some crazy thing, I think their 5th cousin said something bad about Kim, whatever.

It was horrible, freezing starvation about sums it up.

He got out into China where unbelievably he was caught and returned. Escaped again and wrote this book.

I'll tell you if I was King, NK would be gone. Instead we've let it fester into a boil that is getting closer and closer to killing us. Notice President Diapers and his "strong" response to the NK's latest submarine suicide. Oh wait, you haven't heard anything other then the shitberg telling us he was right on top of the Gulf Spill "from the start"

INCOMPETENCE-Only the Obamabots aren't seeing it. And baby this is incompetence of Biblical proportions.

Anonymous said...

I hope that fucking NK troll gets worse than Ceausescu. Kim deserves a special torment in the inner rings of hell.
Lt. Col. Gen. Tailgunner dick

Anonymous said...

I heard a stroy about a guy who was shown a picture that was supposed to depict the impoverished south. In it, it showed two guys who were crouched down going through some trash. One guy had a sweater with a zipper on it and the other had a pen that clicked to make it work. Both of which are considered a luxury in the NorK. He deceided that if the poor could afford such things that it must not be that bad after all. So he escaped.


renojim said...

The Aquariums of Pyongyang.

pdwalker said...


The lives saved were mostly that of the army and loyal government officials. The people had to eat dirt.

Anonymous said...

How many more election cycles before speaking out against the president or congress yields a similar result?

Kristophr said...

Mark: Sending food to third world shitholes is extremely counterproductive.

You might feel good about it, but ALL of the aid ends up stolen by government thugs and cronies, and, as pdwalker said, the starving still get to eat dirt.

All famines are caused by governments. The best way to prevent famine is to use low yield enhanced radiation tac-nukes on governments that starve their slaves. Get as many of the ruling elite as possible quickly without killing all of the victims.

Anonymous said...

PD Walker and Kristopher
Thanks, and I'm awake and aware enough to know that the Food Aid programs were never about altruism.
I'll ask you again to think about what you are suggesting when you propose nuking or starving out the Norks -- you may/may not get the target that you are aiming at (remember how 'Shock-and-Awe' missed Saddam Hussein), but Kim and his henchmen have gamed the whole thing so that whatever we do or don't do the proles are definitely going to bear the brunt of the suffering and dying.
Okay, back to our regularly scheduled news, snark and barely disguised tittilation material.
Mark in Arlington

Kristophr said...

Shock and Awe broke Saddam's regime. Catching and hanging his ass was inevitable after that.

Bin Laden is just as dead ... he died in Tora Bora with his command structure under heavy bombardment.

Sometimes force is all that works.

How many innocents are you willing to let monsters like Saddam toss live into shredders? Someone needs to stop them. It should be us.

pdwalker said...

No Kristopher, it should not be us.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and your intentions are as faultless as any of those who have gone down that road before you.

The real solution is to protect your own and to be an example of freedom to everyone else, not to enforce your ideas of freedom on people who may not want it, or be suitable for it.

If the people that Saddam was feeding into shredders wanted to get rid of his yoke, then it is their responsibility.

Freedom not earned is freedom not gained. No one truly appreciates or values a gift that has no cost to them.

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