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Breaking news: North Korea is a very, very happy and prosperous country!

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Happiness is a water park for the elite oligarchs!

You knew it had to happen.

If Castrogonia is promoted as a very happy place and a tourist destination, why not also North Korea?

Yes, of course, North Korea is a very happy place.  So happy, in fact, that it makes Castrogonia look sad.

I don't know about you, but the way I see it, our world becomes more and more like that of Orwell's 1984 with each passing day.

Either the world is getting dumber and easier to fool or the propaganda experts are getting smarter.

Any way you look at it, we're screwed.

Mr. Pan did not find this display of mass coercion the least bit scary

Happiness is a stadium full of identically dressed human beings performing the same exact motions like trained seals!

From The Daily Mail, the very best in tabloid journalism:

Tourist who took a camera inside North Korea and expected to find 'really, really sad people' was shocked to find a happy country

Unlike other tourists who have visited the country, Mr Pan did not have to hide the photos and video he was taking from inside the country - he simply asked for permission.

'I have been curious about North Korea for many years. The average person has probably seen more photos about outer space than of North Korea. It's one of those great mysteries that I wanted to discover for myself and I figured it might just be possible,' Mr Pan told MailOnline.

He decided to set about planning a trip in 2012, by writing and asking permission to do a photographic project.

'It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. I didn't want to do a sneaky, undercover project as I didn't want to get into any trouble,' he said.

Explaining how he got inside the secretive state, he explained: 'I sent several mails and faxes to multiple North Korean contacts, all of which are easily available online if you do a search. Then one day someone actually replied and I met their representative. It was a lot easier than I expected.'

Mr Pan, a commercial photographer by day who specialises in 360 degree panoramic virtual tours for real estate, hotels and automobiles, has now been on two visits to North Korea and plans to go on a third this autumn.

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Mr. Pan: The world's most perceptive tourist

'Coming back from my second trip, many things still puzzle me. I've travelled from Pyongyang to Hyangsan to Wonsan to Kumgangsan, to Kaesong and back. The things I've seen and photographed tell me that the situation isn't as bad as I thought,' he said.

'People seem to go about their daily lives and everything looks so incredibly normal. Some of my friends tell me that everything I've seen must be fake and all that I've photographed are a massive mock up.

'But the more I think about that logic, the more it doesn't make any sense… would anyone mock up miles and miles of crops as far as my eyes can see and orchestrate thousands of people to seemingly go about their daily lives?'

Mr Pan believes that to fake everything on such a massive scale would mean North Korea's organisation skills are 'far beyond that of any developed country'.

He was escorted throughout his time in the country but said he had no schedule to follow and was given the ability to move around 'quite freely'.

Continue reading and being delighted by Mr. Pan's happy photographs HERE.

Happiness is a country without electricity, as proven by this satellite photo of North Korea at night.

Happiness is a country without electricity, as proven by this satellite photo of North Korea at night.

2 comments to Breaking news: North Korea is a very, very happy and prosperous country!

  • "would anyone mock up miles and miles of crops as far as my eyes can see and orchestrate thousands of people to seemingly go about their daily lives?" You're right Carlos, we are indeed screwed.

  • Honey

    I am reminded of a book about China where the author attempted to prove to useful idiots how people get impressions from Red China.
    TheyChinese learned that a tour was coming through a particular area too late to fix everything in time. So they choose a particular house to exemplify living conditions in China. the hapless inhabitants were told to cooperate or else. Chinese workers went to work and overnight "fixed" an apartment to look good. But when the tourists arrived and wanted to go to see the bathroom, etc. those who live in the apartment didn't know which door led where and seemed addled to the visitors. The abundant food in their refrigerator also was a stunner for them, since most of the time they lived in near starvation conditions. As soon as the tourists left, gone was the food and the new furniture. As written it was a comedy. But imagine being those people and their and imagine their confusion.

    Aslo, Star Crest, a mail order company, sends out pictures of small items that you never thought you needed but find you do. The items are inexpensive and fun. It is QVC for those who don't want to spend a lot of money. I was stunned when I opened the most recent package of offerings to see that one of the items is a movie of the joys of current day Cuba. I will call them up and complain and request that they discard this item from future packages.