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North Korea’s Best, Brightest Rewarded with ‘Ski Camping’

Is it really possible to be “boundlessly happy” in North Korea? When the narrative is being written by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), absolutely.

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Seven Million Dollars a Second

If we go with the highest-end estimates of what it cost North Korea to burn up the sky this past Friday the 13th, we’re left with a staggering bit of DPR-Kaput math. The sum of $850 million U.S., divided by 120 seconds (e.g. the roughly two minutes the rocket flew), equals a new benchmark for the dirt-poor country of seven million dollars per second.

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Three ‘Chukbae’ for North Korea’s First European Restaurant

It’s not quite as momentous as the decision to defiantly launch a satellite to commemorate the 100th birthday of Kim Il Sung. But the recent opening of North Korea‘s first officially sanctioned restaurant in Europe is still cause for some DPRK celebration.

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Korean War Hero Sparks Solo Midwestern March

On September 11th, 2011John Moore departed Gallup, New Mexico on foot carrying a large wooden cross on his back. Exactly two months later, Veteran’s Day, he arrived at his destination of Pilsen, Kansas.

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Crappy Birthday, Kim Jong-un!

DCInside.com sounds more like a Beltway gossip hub than an online meeting place for South Korean hackers. But it is on that ROK website, today, that some are taking credit for the mother of all hacks against pro-North Korea Twitter, YouTube and website accounts.

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  • France's Ecole Nationale d'Industrie Laitiere says "non" to idea of NK "cheese diplomacy." bit.ly/QDPhKX 1 day ago
  • Following intl reports of NK woman's execution, American couple in 2013 sat down next to her at Pyongyang opera. bit.ly/1raE6GN 2 days ago
  • Scottish brewer: "Some of these [NK] guys had never seen plastic cups. They were hoarding them. And toilet seats..." ind.pn/1r7xwir 4 days ago
  • No surprise, really: At least one of the NK drones recovered in SK was... made in China. bit.ly/1nziDoY 4 days ago
  • Ouch. One foreign competitor in Pyongyang marathon forced to run in jeans after his kit deemed “ineligible”. ind.pn/1nzhYUz 4 days ago
  • Would have been OK if it said DPRK. China-based tour operator's "Experience NK" T-shirts, posters confiscated. ind.pn/1nzhYUz 4 days ago
  • They don't need no stinkin' 4/15 badges. Source says KJi/KSI memorial pins going straight to black market. bit.ly/1hYpp8u 4 days ago
  • Source: Kaesong workers pooling to receive larger, single-shot black-market ready supplies of Choco pies, Ramen. bit.ly/1eT4P9g 4 days ago
  • Documentary repeat on NK state TV 4/15 features ominous edit: footage of Jang widow/KJu aunt, gone. bit.ly/QncBwR 4 days ago
  • KCNA goes Scooby Doo: "Great irony was that they [U.S.] let such riff-ruffs...appear @UN Security Council..." bit.ly/RylxQQ 4 days ago
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