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posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:23 PM
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Since North Korea is such a hot topic at the moment, let's take a more in-depth look inside and see what is really going on and enlighten ourselves a bit more of this mysterious place before it is nuked out of existence.

Insightful video; 50 mins


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Some Fascinating Facts:


1. The founder and first leader of North Korea, Kim Il Sung, created the country's policy of juche or "self-reliance," which cut off North Korea economically and diplomatically from the rest of the world, even in times of great need, such as famines.

2. Kim Jong Il, son of the country's founder, has performed amazing feats, according to state-controlled media: He scored a perfect 300 the first time he went bowling and sank 11 holes-in-one the first time he played golf.

3. During its seven-decade existence, North Korea has been ruled by three generations of the same family, all brutal dictators. Kim Jong Un, 33, grandson of Kim Il Sung, came to power in 2011, following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il.

4. Between 150,000 and 200,000 North Koreans live in prison camps surrounded by electrified fencing, according to South Korean government estimates and Human Rights Watch. The worst camps are for those who commit political crimes, and offenders can have their entire extended family imprisoned with them. As many as 40% of camp prisoners die from malnutrition while doing mining, logging and agricultural work with rudimentary tools in harsh conditions, according to a 2011 Amnesty International report.

5. North Koreans must abide by one of 28 approved haircuts. Unmarried women must have short hair, but married woman have many more options. The hair of young men should be less than 2 inches long, older men can go as long as 2¾ inches, according to a Taiwanese website WantChinaTimes.

6. All legal televisions are tuned to state-controlled domestic programming. The Internet does not exist other than a closed domestic network. Few North Koreans know anything about world events apart from how they are described by North Korean state propaganda.

7. North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests since 2006, in violation of international law. Two were conducted in 2016, including one that North Korea said was a powerful hydrogen bomb. However, the United States doubted that claim. The North is believed to have an arsenal of nuclear weapons but the size is unknown.

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8. North Korea's missile program was first developed with help from the then-Soviet Union in the 1970s. Its long-range Taepodong-2 missile is being developed to reach U.S. territory. Other medium-range missiles have been fired over Japan.

9. The border between North Korea and South Korea is one of the most militarized in the world, according to the State Department. Pyongyang has about 1.2 million military personnel compared with 680,000 troops in South Korea, where 28,000 U.S. troops are also stationed. Nearly 6 million North Koreans are reservists in the worker/peasant guard, compulsory to the age of 60.

10. In 1978, North Korean agents kidnapped South Korean film director Shin Sang Ok and his wife, actress Choe Eun Hui, to create a film industry in North Korea. The couple escaped to the West eight years later, after having made dozens of films.

11. Kim Jong Un's older half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, was assassinated at the Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia on Feb. 13 by two women who used a deadly nerve agent, according to Malaysian authorities. The Malaysian government blamed North Korean agents for his murder.

12. As many as 2 million people died as a result of famine in the 1990s caused by erratic government farming policies and flooding, according to the United Nations. Asia Press reported that a recent return of famine in the farming provinces of North and South Hwanghae has forced some to resort to cannibalism.

13. Annual GDP per person was $1,800, in 2014, among the lowest in the world, according to the CIA World Factbook. The GDP per person in South Korea in 2016 was $37,900, according to the Factbook.

14. North Korea's regime gets much of its income by exporting to Japan and elsewhere counterfeit pharmaceuticals, such as Viagra, narcotics such as methamphetamine, counterfeit cigarettes and fake $100 U.S. bills, and by selling small arms and missile parts to terror groups and rogue nations.

15. North Korea has a network of informants who monitor and report to the authorities fellow citizens they suspect of criminal or subversive behavior. Unauthorized access to non-state radio or TV broadcasts is severely punished





posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:23 PM
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Some more fascinating facts

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1.North Korea follows a “three generations of punishment” rule, meaning that if one person violated the law or sent to prison, their children, parents and grandparents are sent to work with them.

2. In the 1990’s, it was made compulsory for all teachers in North Korea to learn how to play the accordion.

3. A fake propaganda village called Kijong-dong was built in the 1950’s after the Korean war to put up the front of a peaceful, prosperous place and to encourage people from the South to defect. 

4. Kim Jong-il kidnapped prolific South Korean director Shin Sang-ok and forced him to remake famous Hollywood films in propaganda style.

5. North Korea’s most popular attraction is visiting Kim Jong-il’s preserved body.

6. Elections are held every 5 years in North Korea, but only one name appears on the ballot list. If a voter wishes to choose someone else, they can do so by crossing the name out, but without any anonymity and privacy.

8. Human faeces is used instead of fertiliser in North Korea, due to the severe lack of resources. The supply shortage is so extreme that the citizens are forced to provide it.

9. Kim Jong-un was once caught with a bondage magazine during his school days in Switzerland.

10. It is the year 105 in North Korea, not 2016 because the country marks years from the birth of Kim Il-sung, not Jesus.

11. Distribution, possession and consumption of cannabis is legal in North Korea, and in fact, is recommended as a healthier alternative to tobacco.

12. In North Korea, the Internet is limited to a very small circle of the elite (only 1,579 IP addresses exist for a population of 25 million). They also have their own operating system called Red Star and the content is pre-filtered by the state.

13. North Korea enlists around 2000 attractive women as part of a ‘Pleasure Squad’ who provide entertainment and sexual services for top officials.

14. Border relations between North and South Korea are so tense that when soldiers from the South open the door to the North in the Demilitarized Zone, they hold hands to avoid being physically pulled into the other side.

15. The North Korean regime has long enforced strict rules on styling one’s hair; most of the barber shops in Pyongyang advertise photos of government-sanctioned haircuts.

16. There are an estimated 34,000 statues of Kim Il Sung in North Korea – one for every 3.5 km, or one for every 750 people. All North Koreans are also required to wear a badge featuring his face as a mark of their loyalty to the founder of the nation.

17. Public transportation connecting the main towns is nearly non-existent as citizens need permits to go from one place to another even within the country. Because of this, the streets in North Korea are so empty that children use them as playgrounds and soldiers can be seen hitchhiking on the highways.

18. A night image of the Korean Peninsula taken by NASA illustrates the sheer isolation and underlying electricity problems in North Korea. Compared to its neighbours South Korea and China, it is completely dark

19. According to data that the government of North Korea provided to the UNESCO, the country’s literacy rate is 100% and it boasts that it is on par with the U.S

20. Kim Jong-il was apparently born under a double rainbow and his birth caused a new star to appear in the sky; he learned to walk and talk before 6 months and has the ability to control the weather by his moods, according to the official government-released biography of his life.

22. North Korea is the world’s only necrocracy: a government that still operates under the rules of a former, dead leader.

23. In 1974, Kim Il-sung took 1,000 Volvo sedans worth €300M from Sweden to North Korea and never paid for them. They were never returned and are currently still being used.

24. In North Korea, possessing Bibles, watching South Korean movies and distributing pornography may be punishable by death.

25. North Koreans don’t celebrate birthdays on July 8 and December 17, since those are the dates that Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il died.

26. The national animal of North Korea is the Chollima; a mythical winged horse that supposedly symbolizes heroism and the country’s indomitable spirit.



After taking all of this in, I'm at a loss for words, so instead I'll just end this with a..

..Enjoy!



posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:28 PM
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God, I feel bad for all those people trapped there



posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:30 PM
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Most of those things listed sound like propaganda.

Not NK propaganda either.



posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:32 PM
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a reply to: Hazardous1408

Are you saying that some things on the list aren't true?



posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:35 PM
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originally posted by: knowledgehunter0986
a reply to: Hazardous1408

Are you saying that some things on the list aren't true?


I'd bet money on it.



posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:37 PM
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a reply to: Hazardous1408

If you got the time, you should watch the video.
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posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:37 PM
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originally posted by: knowledgehunter0986
a reply to: Hazardous1408

Are you saying that some things on the list aren't true?


Yea, 11 holes in one on the first time out is a bit of a stretch. I only got 8.



posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:38 PM
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Screw your list man.

You don't even mention how the last Kim invented the double-bread-with-meat sandwich.

Propaganda, pure and simple.






posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:39 PM
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a reply to: network dude

Obviously that is NK propaganda. That was issued by state controlled media.

Just like this

20. Kim Jong-il was apparently born under a double rainbow and his birth caused a new star to appear in the sky; he learned to walk and talk before 6 months and has the ability to control the weather by his moods, according to the official government-released biography of his life. 

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posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:44 PM
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originally posted by: Hazardous1408
Most of those things listed sound like propaganda.

Not NK propaganda either.

Typically propaganda is meant to make the opposing side seem like animals that need to be put down.

Most things on that list have a opposite effect..soldiers having to hitch rides, endless imprisonment...it doesn't make you want to nuke the country..it makes you want to hire some sniper squads to take out the head of the snake and watch the people go from mud eaters to people who can enjoy a quality of life.



posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:44 PM
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originally posted by: Shamrock6
Screw your list man.

You don't even mention how the last Kim invented the double-bread-with-meat sandwich.

Propaganda, pure and simple.





Hey! He was only able to do that because he could actually afford the meat. Everyone else was doing it with grass and treebark.



posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:45 PM
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originally posted by: network dude

originally posted by: knowledgehunter0986
a reply to: Hazardous1408

Are you saying that some things on the list aren't true?


Yea, 11 holes in one on the first time out is a bit of a stretch. I only got 8.

I only got 5, but I was working with a broken arm and was blindfolded..so, not too bad.



posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:45 PM
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originally posted by: ketsuko

originally posted by: Shamrock6
Screw your list man.

You don't even mention how the last Kim invented the double-bread-with-meat sandwich.

Propaganda, pure and simple.





Hey! He was only able to do that because he could actually afford the meat. Everyone else was doing it with grass and treebark.


...so Vegans then...



posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:47 PM
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a reply to: ketsuko

Few other articles said that he spent 700k annually on Hennessy.

ETA: Kim Jong Il
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posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:54 PM
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Still, they seem to have more sensible laws on cannabis than the UK does and we have to pay for the privilege of watching our state owned propaganda TV.



posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 04:58 PM
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a reply to: SaturnFX


...it makes you want to hire some sniper squads to take out the head of the snake and watch the people go from mud eaters to people who can enjoy a quality of life.


You mean "regime change" & "nation building"???

Bring them that democracy Western style, amirite?



posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 05:12 PM
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a reply to: knowledgehunter0986

ahhahhahhahah im laughing hard right now



posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 05:13 PM
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a reply to: knowledgehunter0986

that first photo looks very shopped
either that or we live in a lie



posted on Apr, 24 2017 @ 05:13 PM
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originally posted by: Hazardous1408
a reply to: SaturnFX


...it makes you want to hire some sniper squads to take out the head of the snake and watch the people go from mud eaters to people who can enjoy a quality of life.


You mean "regime change" & "nation building"???

Bring them that democracy Western style, amirite?


Oh no! I think the very best thing that could happen to those people would be to send them radical ISIS style Islam. Whaddaya think?

I think it would be a big hit.



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