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June 12, 2014
Kim Jong Un wants North Korea’s weathermen to know that getting the weather wrong is NOT OK.

Kim Jong Un wants North Korea’s weathermen to know that getting the weather wrong is NOT OK.

16:10 // 2 months ago
April 16, 2014
guardian:

North Koreans complain to London hairdresser about Kim Jong-un poster
Seeking an arresting image to promote a special offer, a hairdressers in west London attracted more than just extra customers when it used a large poster of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in its window.
When M&M Hair Academy in south Ealing put up the 1-metre-by-1.2-metre poster featuring Kim’s distinctive short back and sides with longer centre parting and the words “Bad hair day?”, they received a visit from disgruntled North Korean officials. Full story
Photograph: M&M Hair Academy/PA

… From the embassy down the street. It’s not like they visited from Pyongyang.

That said, fun little encounter.

guardian:

North Koreans complain to London hairdresser about Kim Jong-un poster

Seeking an arresting image to promote a special offer, a hairdressers in west London attracted more than just extra customers when it used a large poster of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in its window.

When M&M Hair Academy in south Ealing put up the 1-metre-by-1.2-metre poster featuring Kim’s distinctive short back and sides with longer centre parting and the words “Bad hair day?”, they received a visit from disgruntled North Korean officials. Full story

Photograph: M&M Hair Academy/PA

… From the embassy down the street. It’s not like they visited from Pyongyang.

That said, fun little encounter.

6:54 // 4 months ago
April 12, 2014
I’m beginning to think there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States.
Mike Huckabee, everybody. Remember when this guy ran for president? Oh wait, he’s probably running again.
18:51 // 4 months ago
February 5, 2014
10:07 // 6 months ago
January 12, 2014
Absolutely not. I think I am astute enough to understand the dynamics, especially collecting monetary dollars from North Korea. No, we did not get paid from North Korea at all.
Former NBA star Charles Smith, denying that the North Korean government paid him, along with other players who took part in Dennis Rodman’s basketball diplomacy trip last week.
19:21 // 7 months ago
January 9, 2014
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has apologized for comments he made on Wednesday which many took as a sign that Rodman believed imprisoned American Kenneth Bae was actually guilty of the crimes the North Korean government has charged him with, Rodman apologized to Bae and his family, other players who also made the trip to North Korea, the CNN reporter he berated and anyone else offended by his comments, attributing them to a combination of too much alcohol and poor spirits. (Photo courtesy of AP/Kim Kwang Kyon) 

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has apologized for comments he made on Wednesday which many took as a sign that Rodman believed imprisoned American Kenneth Bae was actually guilty of the crimes the North Korean government has charged him with, Rodman apologized to Bae and his family, other players who also made the trip to North Korea, the CNN reporter he berated and anyone else offended by his comments, attributing them to a combination of too much alcohol and poor spirits. (Photo courtesy of AP/Kim Kwang Kyon) 

14:11 // 7 months ago
January 7, 2014
Kenneth Bae did one thing … If you understand what Kenneth Bae did. Do you understand what he did in this country? No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me. Why is he held captive here in this country, why? … I would love to speak on this.
Dennis Rodman • Speaking to CNN host Chris Cuomo (via satellite from Pyongyang, by the way) about Kenneth Bae, the American missionary currently imprisoned in the country on charges of attempting to overthrow the North Korean government. Many critics believe that Rodman’s comments imply that he thinks Bae is guilty.
19:16 // 7 months ago
January 3, 2014
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful uncle was stripped naked, thrown into a cage, and eaten alive by a pack of ravenous dogs, according to a newspaper with close ties to China’s ruling Communist Party.

NBC News (via brooklynmutt)

Um, er, uh …

(via brooklynmutt)

9:33 // 8 months ago
January 1, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 1, 2014

New York City has a new mayor. Bill de Blasio took the helm of the city today, calling for an end to the inequality that has defined the city in recent years. (See: Stop-and-frisk.) “And so today, we commit to a new progressive direction in New York,” he said in his first speech as mayor. “And that same progressive impulse has written our city’s history. It’s in our DNA.”

“My wife and I forgive Karl Pierson for what he did. We would ask all of you here and all of you watching to forgive Karl Pierson. He didn’t know what he was doing.” That’s the father of slain high schooler Claire Davis, forgiving the teen who killed her in an attempted mass shooting.

In a heartwarming, family-friendly statement to the people of North Korea on New Year’s Day, Kim Jong-Un described the execution of his uncle as the cleansing of “filth.” Maaaan.

Snapchat got hacked, but the worst part is that they knew about the exploit months ago.

Good news for llama ass-whippers: Winamp isn’t dead after all. It just got sold.

19:52 // 8 months ago
December 17, 2013
The hateful and despicable nature of the anti-party, anti-state and unpopular crimes committed by Jang was fully disclosed in the course of the trial conducted at the special military tribunal of the DPRK Ministry of State Security. …The [death sentence] was immediately executed.
A release from North Korean state media • Describing, in lengthy and condemning terms only hinted at above, the alleged crimes of Jang Song-thaek, the uncle of dictator Kim Jong-un who was purged and executed last week. Today marks the two-year anniversary of the former dictator Kim Jong-il’s death, and it’s not hard to view last week’s high-profile execution as a show of power, to harden the permanence of the younger Kim’s ascension — one reason his uncle had to be killed, after all: “[Jang] behaved so arrogantly and insolently as unwillingly standing up from his seat and half-heartedly clapping” upon the awarding of a new military title to his strongman nephew. They pin much of the country’s dire economic straits on him, as well, a clever slight-of-hand for a ruling party and family that’s presided over decades of crippling hunger and economical decay. source
21:02 // 8 months ago