Coronavirus: North Korea executes official who visited public spa in China

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/02/14/coronavirus-north-korea-execu.html

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I realize that blood isn’t the typical route of transmission; but given how much spatter and aerosolized droplets you can get from a bullet wound this seems like an…incautious…method of showing seriousness about quarantine procedure.

Not so messy as the past reported executions by antiaircraft gun or mortar bombardment; but considerably less sanitary than past reported executions by flamethrower.

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Just be aware how many of these stories about North Korea are fake. It’s a closed society where little reliable information reaches the rest of the world, and the vacuum is filled by rumors or intentional desinformation.

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All reports of executions in North Korea should be treated with caution. People who were reportedly executed have a habit of turning up alive.


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On an extremely regular basis.

South Korean or American media are not reliable sources regarding the DPRK.

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The US runs a well-oiled propaganda machine, no matter how regarded its president is.

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But we listen to them anyway because the DPRK is an even less reliable source regarding the DPRK.

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I know this seems ridiculous and unbelievable,
but then again I wouldn’t really be suprised were this true because I’ve heard many unbelievable things coming from NK

President North Korea: “Close all the ports!”

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Was that a typo? Couldnt be sure.

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I used to work with an ultra-progressive guy who insisted that North Korea was a Socialist paradise and the only reason we never heard anything about this was that the evil capitalist countries did their best to cover up how perfect a system they had. He was also a writer for rabble.ca, so take from that what you will.

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So no happy ending then… :wink:

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I think that’s not really progressive thinking.

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The economy of the DPRK is about the same size of the eonomy of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. From this perspective the country is certainly punching above its weight.

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Good point

Well, thats ONE way to deal with that…

I’ve read, although I don’t know, that the South Korean intelligence agency report that was put out of the North Korean general being executed by anti-aircraft gun was total malarkey.

I have no idea, but it wouldn’t surprise me either way.

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And, since this thread appears to be heading that way, I’ll repeat:

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So has Dennis Rodman declared their stylist or their fermented food habits [are these rotted pine needles still good?], or is it just the FBI handing out prophylactic 8-balls [‘ask again’–>‘apply directly to the forehead’] that’s the trouble? Is it just a generic nationalist kept plugged into the potato batteries and taking quarantine cues from the mainland as if Indonesia ‘being seen’ but perforce not at Aspen.

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I don’t mean whether one thinks of THIS president as good or bad.
I mean across time it doesn’t matter who was in, the US has proven to be a propaganda factory. Both for internal consumption and external.

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