1. 17 April 2014

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  2. georgy-konstantinovich-zhukov:

    Why do North Korean Border Guards Look at Each Other, and Not Across the Border?

    As with anything you hear about North Korea, you have to take information with a grain of salt. “To prevent detection” *seems* like a pretty reasonable explanation, right? But that’s not it at all. This is the Kim family after all that we are talking about.

    What is actually going on is a staring contest, with pretty huge stakes. The garrison charged with the duty of guarding the border are the absolute most trusted members of the DPRK military, and there is really no concern about them defecting. They are fully prepared to hold their hair back to make for a cleaner cut if Glorious Leader decides that they were to be beheaded. All for the greater good! (My Journey on the Line*, by Ganz Betrüger, 2004 [He is a Swiss journalist who spent a year living at the North Korean DMZ building, and built a real raport with the guards. A very unique look at life there])

    So anyways, as I said, there are high stakes here. In 1984, Kim Il-Sung decided that he wanted to liven things up and instituted this contest. The garrison is made up of forty members working in pairs, and the schedule was made up so every member of the guard has guard duty an equal number of times with each other member (US Military Intel Brief 2749-B(3.S), 1985, Declassified in 2010) . During their 8 hour shifts, they must stare directly at each other. The first one to break eye contact, the other guard gets 2 points. Any break of eye contact after that results in 1 point. Scores are tallied at the end of the shift, and the winner earns one ‘Kim’ (Glorious Leader, Glorious Layup: Sport Culture in the Hermit Kingdom,* Charles Taylor, Adolf Dassler, 2012). Before 1993, the winner in ‘Kims’ was simply that, the winner. This changed in 1993 under Kim Jong-Il, who created a conference system, so two groups of 20 would see each other much more often, and only members of the other conference once during their year long rotation, until the finals held in December where the top five of each conference had to face off in a double elimination tournament (US Military Intel Brief 61257-P\4.4, 1996, Leaked in 2010).

    What are the stakes you ask? Well, the winner gets to have him and his family smuggled into Japan to visit Disney Land Toyko for a week. The runner up is provided with a years supply of two-ply toilet paper (G. Betrüger, 2013 Revised edition). The guard with the lowest point score had to serve as Glorious Leader’s foot-stool for the next year, but rumor is that Kim Jong-un has really upped the ante, and now requires that the loser’s entire family provide a complete set of human furniture. (But Will They Match the Drapes?: The Impact of Border Guard Behavior on North Korea’s Luxury Furniture Market, by Bob Kaufman and Gene Rosenberg, published in Furniture and Cabinet Maker’s Quarterly, Summer, 2013).

  3. priceofliberty:

    Americans laughing about North Korean elections…congratulations you have a whopping one choice extra.

    you can get fucked by a red dildo

    or you can get fucked by a blue dildo

    Take your pick, kids.

  4. fotojournalismus:

Tingri, Tibet
Kazuyoshi Nomachi

    fotojournalismus:

    Tingri, Tibet

    Kazuyoshi Nomachi

  5. stevemccurrystudios:

This boy was photographed in Litang, Tibet.  
UPCOMING EXHIBITION Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany, February 21 - April 22, 2014

    stevemccurrystudios:

    This boy was photographed in Litang, Tibet.  

    UPCOMING EXHIBITION 
    Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany, February 21 - April 22, 2014

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  7. 7 April 2014

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  8. Notions of the proletariat

Or

Desecration Theory For Any Age

    Notions of the proletariat

    Or

    Desecration Theory For Any Age

  9. My boss just called me “sweetie” in a text message and my ass hurts.

    My boss just called me “sweetie” in a text message and my ass hurts.

  10. rollingstone:

Game of Thrones asked the Hold Steady to record “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” which appeared at the end of last night’s episode of the epic fantasy series. The raucous drinking song was written by the show’s composer, Ramin Djawadi, with lyrics by Game of Thrones author and mastermind George R.R. Martin. Click here to listen to the track.

I don’t even like Game of Thrones but i give this 2 word ups.

    rollingstone:

    Game of Thrones asked the Hold Steady to record “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” which appeared at the end of last night’s episode of the epic fantasy series. The raucous drinking song was written by the show’s composer, Ramin Djawadi, with lyrics by Game of Thrones author and mastermind George R.R. Martin. Click here to listen to the track.

    I don’t even like Game of Thrones but i give this 2 word ups.