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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hey Comrade!

So Tam throws some first grade snark out there on the North Koreans no less.  

So I went down the rabbit hole and found this: "In the mid-1990s, an automated exchange system based on an E-10A system produced by Alcatel joint-venture factories in China was installed in Pyongyang. North Koreans announced in 1997 that automated switching had replaced manual switching in Pyongyang and 70 other locales.[2] North Korean press reported in 2000 that fiber-optic cable had been extended to the port of Nampho and that North Pyong'an Province had been connected with fiber-optic cable".

I think that the landlines they DO have are in better shape than here. 

Aside from eating sawdust and dirt clods they do have these traffic signals in the Capitol City. 

Hmm... Comrade if I make an illegal turn do I go to the gulag? I mean really. They have cars? 


  1. They are just a 'wee' bit behind the rest of the world... just sayin...

  2. Do they have cars? Well of course they have cars!

    In a joint venture with the Unification church, the equivalent of $55 million dollars has been spent on building a car factory. The annual sales for each year number in the hundreds of units. and almost half a million dollars was remitted back to the foreign investors!

    1. Really? 55 million dollars (American?) to start a plant and selling hundreds of units? Hmmm. I have four cars in my driveway right now. With a population of oh, about 25.5 million in that country color me unimpressed. Traffic girls look good though.

  3. I think you can get little jewelry boxes at the gift shop at the North Korean airport that has one of those girls instead of the little ballerina.

    1. See? Exactly the point! THE airport. For a Country no less! I would never wander to the Hermit Kingdom to get one. I have a friend that served in ROK and he said he did not know if we were there to stop the DRPK more than to stop the ROK.

  4. yup, they have cars and they used every one they have to make that video. The central committee hotly debated attempting to make the video 68 seconds long, versus the 34 we see in the video, but feared someone would notice the same car passing by again and it would undermine the public relations impact of the video.
    As a footnote, a small NK village starved to death the day of the shoot as the truck used in the video was unable to make its daily delivery of grass clippings.
    Almost sounds plausible, no?
    I may take up journalism when I grow up.