Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Do you support a North Korea travel ban?



There is no doubt that North Korea is a brutal communist dictatorship. The stories of atrocities are legendary. In a UN report concerning the North Korean legal system, the report highlighted a case in which a cleaning woman was sent to a concentration camp for accidently breaking a picture of Dear Leader. In another episode, a man was sent to prison for using a newspaper to clean up a drink spill. It seems the newspaper used to clean the spill had an image of Dear Leader.  And this sort of heresy cannot go unpunished in North Korea.

Based on the legal history of North Korea, it is obvious Otto was not persecuted for being an American. Any North Korean citizen would have received the same fate for stealing a propaganda poster.

However, most Americans who visit North Korea understand the rules and are careful not to run into legal problems. It is estimated that approximately 1,000 American citizens visit North Korea every year. And in the past ten years, only 16 Americans have been detained out of the approximately 10,000 who have visited - less than 1%. Not bad odds.

Travel to such oppressive countries does have some strategic upsides. A prison state runs into long term problems when it allows its citizens have contacts with outsiders. Yes, even when the tourists are carefully monitored, ideas slowly seep out to the populace. Ideas that maybe, just maybe, Americans are not all the evil devils as they have been taught since childhood.


I am a firm supporter of strong borders. But I am also an advocate of tourism and interacting with people of other cultures. While visiting North Korea has some risk, the benefits are worth it. 

17 comments:

  1. Pyongyang has lots of swinging singles bars where a good time can be had by all, just ask Dennis Rodman.

    ReplyDelete
  2. 15rs hard for just stealing a political poster - outrageous!
    They'll be punishing people for using the wrong gender pro-nouns next....oh, wait..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He didn't get 15 years of hard labor, he was beaten to death.

      Delete
  3. North Korea is probably safer than London or Paris.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Right! Kim Jong Un might indeed be preferable to Sharia and Korean women are generally much more attractive then Mooslim women wearing mobile tarpaulins....

      Delete
  4. It is probably a good idea for Americans who want a trendy 3rd world adventure to stay away from North Korea since the US and North Korea are technically still at war with each other. There was no peace treaty only a ceasefire agreement.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Pyongyang is beautiful this time of year and the tree bark and grass sandwiches are too die for, literally! I'm am against a travel ban because the more college dipshits who think that Communist dictatorships are hot vacation spots that they actually travel to them the better! That boy learned the hard way that his college professors misrepresented the nature of Communism in classroom lectures. As tragic as it was and as cruel as I sound that boy was maturing into a typical Progressive, he was well on his way to being a SJW and knee jerk Democrat! He should have went to Florida with the rest of the Spring breakers to drink, drug and screw with his peers but he passed it up to take in the sights and culture of lovely Pyongyang instead. What kind of man would he have matured into? I'm not saying I was perfect in my early twenties, I did my share of assholery but visiting Pyongyang is a bit extreme. There was something very wrong with that boy's perspective and I blame his college professors for misrepresenting geo-politics to him so badly that he lost his fear of the North Korean Dictatorship! His parents must have also been asleep at the wheel to allow and or fund his itinerary.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Slim Trim 2000

    You have decided on the correct diet which is suited to your private eating style. `If you take a close look at the color of the majority of fast food chains, you are going to see that this works! The same is true for those who suddenly begin starving themselves.

    Rejuvalex

    ReplyDelete
  7. Warlord Optin

    These posts will assist with the local search engine rankings. If you prefer to start, then use the advice in this report to serve as a starting point in expanding your understanding of online marketing. Keep tabs on the most frequent words utilized in your specialty, then use those words in your advertising copy to demonstrate that you understand what you are referring to.

    Diabetes and Blood Sugar PLR

    ReplyDelete
  8. 7 Things That You Never Expect On Forex Master Levels - http://www.forexmasterslevels.com/


    ReplyDelete
  9. Seven Hidden Inbox Blueprint Features That Will Make Your Life Easier -
    http://www.reviewengin.com/inbox-blueprint-review/

    ReplyDelete
  10. Why You Must Experience 7 Figure Cycle At Least Once In Your Lifetime - http://7figurecyclediscount.com/

    ReplyDelete
  11. 5 Things About 7 Figure Cycle You Have To Experience It Yourself - the7figurecyclereview.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. Why Most People Will Never Be Great At Profit Engine

    In the introductory chapter, you will learn about the role affiliate marketing has in online marketing. Nevertheless, telemedicine and online pharmacies businesses in India must comply with existing techno legal laws of India. But this is not happening as on date and many e-commerce portals have been facing heat of law enforcement agencies of India. For instance, Maharashtra's FDA has already ordered filing of FIRs against Snapdeal, its CEO Kunal Bahl, directors and distributors for online sale of prescription drugs. Similarly the Indian government has just clarified about the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in e-commerce sector of India so that foreign exchange related violations can be better tackled. The Delhi High Court has already ordered the government to investigate 21 e-commerce websites for possible violations of foreign direct investment (FDI) laws. But as on date the techno legal compliances for e-commerce industry in India are not complied with by a dominant majority of e-commerce businesses.

    Ecommerce has allowed firms to establish a market presence, or to enhance an existing market position, by providing a cheaper and more efficient distribution chain for their products or services. One example of a firm that has successfully used ecommerce is Target. This mass retailer not only has physical stores, but also has an online store where the customer can buy everything from clothes to coffee makers to action figures. Amazon, by contrast, is a primarily an ecommerce-based business that built up its operations around online purchases and shipments to consumers. Individual sellers can also engage in ecommerce, establishing shops on their own websites or through marketplaces such as eBay or Etsy. Such marketplaces, which gather multitudes of sellers, serve as platforms for these exchanges. The purchases are typically fulfilled by the private sellers, though some online marketplaces take on such responsibilities as well. Ecommerce transactions are typically be done through a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone.
    http://www.reviewengin.com/profit-engine-review/

    ReplyDelete
  13. She has not shown at all how she has made revenue with this Loyalty program or any productive real time results. Also, she mysteriously checks into her group with odd posts unrelated to this product in weird intervals. By using proper planning, automation tools, and scheduling your time appropriately, you can see your e-commerce business take off - even if you're only able to dedicate 15-hours per week. For an e-commerce store owner looking to grow their business with minimal time investment, creating an affiliate program is a great option. Focus on fundamentals: Ask people what their problems are, identify a solution, pre-sell it, over-deliver with execution, go where the customers are, and show them how it solves their problem. As an e-commerce business, you want to consider which can bring in the most traffic that will ultimately convert to sales.

    Print on demand dropshipping is a great business model for graphic designers and artists. Here are a couple pros for print on demand dropshipping. Either way, your ecommerce presence is an extension of your brand. If your website or trading page looks cheap and badly made, it will discourage customers. For books containing colour images, we can either scan straight to e-book or, if print is required, we have local contacts who have specialised services in this field. Enter the retail price of your book. This is the price that your title will sell for in the retail stores. Print-on-demand is also used to print and reprint "niche" books that may have a high retail price but limited sales opportunities, such as specialist academic works. An academic publisher may be expected to keep these specialist titles in print even though the target market is almost saturated, making further conventional print jobs uneconomic.

    Product to sell: Most importantly, small business owners need something they can sell. The good news is that with the internet, this can be basically anything. Big or small, expensive or cheap, any item can be sold online. Also, since the business is run online, e-commerce owners have the option of selling digital goods that can be downloaded to a customer's computer or mobile device. Books printed on-demand are still created by presses,” but this term is misleading because there are no plates in digital printing that are pressed” to paper. Digital printing is derived from the Xerox technology developed in the 1950s, which relies on a laser imaging system for transferring image data to the paper. Early digital printing systems suffered from lower resolution (300 dpi or lower), fewer colors and slower machines, but the last 15 years has seen a revolution in equipment—more pages per minute, more colors and up to 2400 dpi.
    http://www.reviewengin.com/print-profits-review/

    ReplyDelete