Photo Tells All You Need To Know About North Korea

North Korea is the darkness. Having just read Adam Johnson’s incredible novel The Orphan Master’s Son with its horrific tales of life in North Korea, this photograph from NASA really illustrated for me just how dark things truly are:

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The one point of light in the dark gap between South Korea and China is the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, where the electricity isn’t too reliable either, according to Johnson’s book.


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13 Comments on "Photo Tells All You Need To Know About North Korea"

  1. Calypso_1 | Feb 25, 2014 at 6:22 pm |

    They should spin this as progressive anti-light pollution. The People’s Stargazing Paradise.

    • Cortacespedes | Feb 25, 2014 at 11:54 pm |

      I suppose both “Natural Bridges National Monument” and “Bryce Canyon NP” would also fit the “dark skies” bill.

      They seem to put “The People’s Stargazing Paradises” in the darnedest of regions.

      Bit of a toss-up on which would make the more “enchanting” sojourn.

      Best bet is Death Valley in August.

  2. Rhoid Rager | Feb 25, 2014 at 6:37 pm |

    Since when did extravagant consumption of electricity, like leaving lights on all night, count as a measure of civility as a society?
    The electric grid infrastructure in the rest of the world will be faltering in a few years time and most countries will start to look like North Korea at night. Absorb the graph below. Absorb it deeply, then toughen up.

    • Thurlow Weed | Feb 25, 2014 at 7:22 pm |

      But, lights out isn’t a green national plan in North Korea, it’s the result of how poorly the infrastructure is maintained, and how many cases of brandy and cigars are consumed by the ruling clique in Pyongyang.

      • Rhoid Rager | Feb 25, 2014 at 7:28 pm |

        North Korea is ahead of the curve on that one; the effects of elite parasitism are just taking longer to manifest in our countries.

      • Well, I for one wouldn’t mind a little less electricity about. People have too much of it, as far as I am concerned. It ruins the views from my shore house, seeing all those middle and lower middle class families burning their electric candle-lights all night long, spoiling the natural views of the Pacific I like to take in with a tight Bourbon and Cuban. It’s how I like to relax after a long day making deals. A steep rise in electricity prices is the only way to go. Maybe then people will appreciate things more, hmmm..

  3. BuzzCoastin | Feb 25, 2014 at 6:42 pm |

    Photo Tells All You Need To Know About China

    see that big sprawl of light above north korea?
    that’s considered the middle of nowhere in China

  4. Thurlow Weed | Feb 26, 2014 at 11:35 am |

    If every front/fake blog run but Internationalist Socialist Organization members and sycophants went offline think of all the electricity savings that would be realized.

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