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    The_Maddog Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2009 at 7:38 am
    Link: North Korea: Where A Smile Is Hardly Seen - News stories about North Korea have been quite frequent recently. Looks depressing to me!
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    steve17 Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:08 am
    `News stories about North Korea have been quite frequent recently. Looks depressing to me`
    well it is a totalitarian dictatorship with a dictator who is detached from reality
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    thebandit Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:29 am
    anyone else notice the fence made out of giant cigarettes?
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    thubanstar Female 50-59
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:35 am
    Looks like the main activities are throwing stones and gathering water from streams.

    Kinda tells you where there at when people have to get water directly from the river. I feel for `em. Hope their idiot leader dies soon.

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    GrayFox Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:52 am
    I thought it was kinda funny when they showed the N.K. Solders getting pissed at the photographer, other then that life sucks there
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    Habute Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:56 am
    Look at it this way, stone throwing and water gathering can be quite good exercise... no overweight people in these pictures...
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    Painter13 Male 40-49
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:57 am
    This is what happens when people allow others to think for them. Apathy maybe easier at the time your rights are being stripped away, but look at the price you pay.
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    Binary101 Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:59 am
    N Korea is more worried about weapons than feeding the people who make the weapons. I guess they think they can threaten to launch nukes at everyone and demand food as a randsom. I bet they think they can also take over the worl.......*

    *<Message edited by Kim Jong-il party>

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    odeed Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 7:08 am
    "This is what happens when people allow others to think for them. Apathy maybe easier at the time your rights are being stripped away, but look at the price you pay."

    I can see strong undertones of comparing North Korea to the Western world, rest assured, they are very different. This didn`t happen because of apathy, or some emo notion of `the man` oppressing slowly. This was communism, look at South Korea, they are wealthy, stable, and capitalist.

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    GRadde Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 7:20 am
    I laughed dryly at the pics of soldiers seeing "and reacting to" the photographer.

    ...and they mysteriously disappeared. They have never been heard of or seen since then.

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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    May 31, 2009 at 7:22 am

    The best evidence against communism I know of.

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    MrFibbles Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 7:28 am
    I dont see whats wrong with the photos other than the very out of context captions
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    MrFibbles Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 7:29 am
    not saying that things are dandy over in Nkorea, just that some people just try to find something bad in everything.
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    Binary101 Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 7:34 am
    MrFibbles - Most things in NKorea is bad in comparison to the western world. Thats why people are making a big fuss about this and how they could be using the nuclear technology to feed their population
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    May 31, 2009 at 7:49 am
    I feel badly for them, but I know that having stuff doesn`t automatically bring a great deal of happiness so capitalism isn`t necessarily at the top of my list of personal priorities. The things of real value in life aren`t bought.

    Having access to food and water however, that can certainly make life less miserable, I think the greatest loss these people have suffered is their self determination. Their hope and ability to aspire to something better on their own. They are bound to the whim of someone that has demonstrated his apathy toward his people and that is tragic.

    I would bet that, given the opportunity, some great artistic expression could originate in North Korea. It`s sad that they`re lead by a man without a soul.

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    Mindless2164 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 8:01 am
    I-Am-Sad-and-Depressed.com
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    jhe394 Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 8:02 am
    its possible that this is true because its a communist nation with a dictator, but thats just a guess.
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    odeed Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 8:09 am
    "I feel badly for them, but I know that having stuff doesn`t automatically bring a great deal of happiness so capitalism isn`t necessarily at the top of my list of personal priorities. The things of real value in life aren`t bought."

    Capitalism isn`t just ipods, and televisions, it is a stable system, which allows people access to the bare resources. It gives them the opportunity to do well for themselves, rather than the flat planed communism, where a doctor gets paid the same as a factory worker.

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    outfire Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 8:34 am
    "The best evidence against communism I know of."

    for first time, i agree with you.

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    kairobert Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 8:53 am
    Have you seen pictures of villages in Africa?
    A poor nation is a always poor nation, capitalism or not.
    Communism has actually never worsened things for a nation, capitalism has, many times.

    People think that communism is a system that drats up a country. This is not true, it is drated up countries that have to resort to authoritarian communism, because they have few options other than getting drated in the ass by de-facto-imperialism.

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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:04 am
    "A poor nation is a always poor nation, capitalism or not.
    Communism has actually never worsened things for a nation, capitalism has, many times."

    Yea, That`s why China and Vietnam and even Cuba are starting to turn away from it. There is no room for Imagination, Innovation or Invention in a society that demonizes profit and private ownership. That results in countries locked in time, They can`t progress.

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    Grumpdock Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:10 am
    Sure, North Korea wouldn`t be top of my holiday list, but "where a smile is hardly seen"?...very OTT.

    Almost all the images in this photo album are on the borders...of course there are going to be guns and soldiers.

    Completely lopsided page, 1*.

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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:15 am
    I agree with CrakrJak.

    Also, thats one brave photographer.

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    Tdogg111 Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:23 am
    well said crakjak
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    hyybrucewayn Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:28 am
    This was really incredible.
    It`s really too bad that one man has the power to control the lives of so many people. Kim Jong Il thinks N. Korea is HIS country, and that means he can dictate the lives of everyone living in that area. that is really sad.
    It is still nice to see images of regular people and kids living and playing there.

    That being said, N. Korea is definitely NOT communist. its more of a dictatorship.

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    habbazoot
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:29 am
    communism: good in theory, not so much in practice
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    habbazoot
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:33 am
    the worst part is the people believe everything they are told, and that all of the nuclear crap ia justified
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    tornadofdoom Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:45 am
    North Korea only claims to be communist, it is a dictatorship.

    Full blown communism doesn`t work,the gov`t simply can`t control everything. Read "The Road to Serfdom" by Friedrich von Hayek...(to be frank, I haven`t read the whole thing myself lol...but I have read summaries and tidbits)

    I actually think stuff like "Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics" i.e authoritarian gov`t, capitalistic economy works, it just sucks for the quality of the life for the ppl, but it makes the country powerful and competitive (i.e China, Russia, those sorts of countries).

    Capitalism needs order before it can start; Kairobert: that`s why capitalism can`t succeed within Africa. There`s no order. Libertarians (unlike me) like Hayek and Adam Smith state that gov`t is needed, but only to keep order (I disagree w/ that statement), but everybody agrees that w/out order, capitalism can`t succeed. Authoritarian capitalism thus works (albeit inefficiently), while the African style, f

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    tornadofdoom Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:47 am
    Also, Kim Jong Il probably has a bit of a Napoleanic complex. Kind of funny, really.
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    kairobert Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 10:20 am
    "Yea, That`s why China and Vietnam and even Cuba are starting to turn away from it. There is no room for Imagination, Innovation or Invention in a society that demonizes profit and private ownership. That results in countries locked in time, They can`t progress."

    True, socialism is often misused. But it is not something to look away from. Socialism is about changing way people think. If people are permitted to stomp on other peoples heads to achieve something, no progress in achieving this will be made. Despite this, you don`t need to disregard progress in favor of equality, this was done wrong in the communist states.

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    SuperSmash Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 10:21 am
    "the worst part is the people believe everything they are told"

    Who knows if they actually believe everything they`re told, but they better pretend that they do. If not, they will be crushed.

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    kairobert Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 10:28 am
    One thing is for sure though:

    Communism is damn good at producing tanks and rifles.

    If they just threw dictatorship out of the mix, maybe communism could produce food and clothing in abundance as well.

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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    May 31, 2009 at 10:51 am
    kairobert: Here is the problem when the govt. controls production. From a story I remember about Russia. Back in the 80`s, When the Iron curtain was still up, A nail factory manager was told the factory would be paid "per pound" of nails produced. So they only produced the heaviest largest nails they could make to increase the weight. Problem was it`s really hard to hang a picture on the wall with nails that large. So, the govt. changed it`s mind and told the manager they`d pay them "per nail" made. So the factory made the smallest brads and nails it could in order to increase the number of nails made. But you can`t build a house with little nails.

    This is why govt. should stay out of controlling production, It would end disastrously.

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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 12:00 pm
    wtf is this
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    becauseican Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 12:13 pm
    i hate people. i dont care about anyone like this because they probably are fine and its blown out of proportion. I dont care if there`s some conspiracy or if im being controlled by the government, because i`m in love with someone and all i need is love.
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    SuperSmash Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 12:15 pm
    CrakrJak, inject even the smallest amount of common sense into your story and the situation wouldn`t be so bad. Couldn`t the government just have specified the size of the nail needed?

    I`m just asking questions here.

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    videogamer Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 12:41 pm
    How about: "Everything humanity does is wrong and we all deserve to die."

    There. Now everyone`s happy.

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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 12:51 pm
    Kind of a dead and sad looking place...
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    GravyZombie Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 1:09 pm
    Well we now know they don’t have any artillery!! Bombing time!
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    May 31, 2009 at 2:09 pm
    You ever noticed that anybody who disagrees with America instantly becomes an enemy to the US. And how America does everything in their power to villainize them.
    Korea Is actually a beautiful and wondrous place. all the photos we see are taken in the winter and are usually poorer neighborhoods. Where are all the photos of spring wind all the flowers are in bloom or of the nice neighborhoods where everyone has plenty of money to tend to their beautiful homes and Gardens?
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    May 31, 2009 at 2:18 pm
    A list of communist ideals alive and well in the United States of America. Just to name a few:
    1. Affirmative action.
    2. Labor unions.
    3. Futures \commodity markets.
    4. Welfare
    6. Low income housing communities.
    7. State-funded hospitals.
    8. The federal minimum wage.
    9. Luxury tax.
    The point is communism or capitalism is neither good or evil. There are upside and downside to both.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    May 31, 2009 at 2:31 pm
    P’y&#335;ngyang
    http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topi...
    here`s a view of the capital city of North Korea
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    TrixieBlue Female 40-49
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    May 31, 2009 at 2:36 pm
    That`s so sad
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    oceanbeast Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 2:53 pm
    "The point is communism or capitalism is neither good or evil. There are upside and downside to both."

    states who declare themselves as communist usually have a much larger population of people below the poverty line than those who are capitalist. a government system in itself is neither good nor evil but the people who run them and their intentions are what makes them what they are

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    msieg007 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 2:58 pm
    Hey dm2754, if you like North Korea so much, go there.


    Frickin commie.

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    Sossboy Male 30-39
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    May 31, 2009 at 3:07 pm
    Start a war with them, that`ll cheer them up, thats what americans are good at - invading other people s countries to make the residents lives `better`.
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    kairobert Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 3:19 pm
    "kairobert: Here is the problem when the govt. controls production. From a story I remember about Russia. Back in the 80`s, When the Iron curtain was still up, A nail factory manager was told the factory would be paid "per pound" of nails produced. So they only produced the heaviest largest nails they could make to increase the weight. Problem was it`s really hard to hang a picture on the wall with nails that large. So, the govt. changed it`s mind and told the manager they`d pay them "per nail" made. So the factory made the smallest brads and nails it could in order to increase the number of nails made. But you can`t build a house with little nails."

    The soviet party consisted of incompetent revolutionary apes. Still, communism, under such poor administration, did more for Russia at that time than the tsarist regime or capitalism could have ever done. It turned a sack of poo into a piece of poo.

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    Neagle Male 30-39
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    May 31, 2009 at 3:23 pm
    Beautiful country, piss poor leadership. One day it could be considered a tourist destination the question is will it be like Hawaii or White Sands, N.M.?
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    kairobert Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 3:32 pm
    "Frickin commie."

    And this is why South American socialist presidents are mysteriously assassinated before or upon election.

    I feel like Cookies, Ice-cream and Apples.

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    i-am-bo-red Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2009 at 3:36 pm
    i like the guy with the guitar!!!
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    lucehLOW Female 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 3:46 pm
    wow

    it`s a lot less developed than i imagined

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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 5:48 pm
    If it weren`t for the government, I wouldn`t mind going to North Korea. But like said, the government has sever problems over there.
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    vitaliy Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 6:18 pm
    What a sh*thole, those poor people
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    ShadowRyder Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 7:31 pm
    So depressing. It`s not fair when you have to do everything someone tells you or else you get killed or seomthing...
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    MauserTM Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:11 pm
    Theres a fine excuse to go killing people, not as strong as weapons of mass destruction, but i guess it will do
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    hyeonkim0805 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:25 pm
    Looks like South Korea in the early 60`s... poor bastards ended up on the wrong side of the fence T_T
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    TicaVerde Female 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 9:27 pm
    Yeah north korea is depressing. But these pictures weren`t really bad. I don`t know. They just looked like people doing things, and some were even smiling. Maybe I don`t get it?
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    Sociophobic Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 10:40 pm
    Wow, it`s just like Mercenaries.
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    dragonshadoz Female 18-29
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    May 31, 2009 at 11:43 pm
    It`s like a whole other world. It`s awe-inspiring.
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    kairobert Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 1:22 am
    I seriously do not believe North Korea is as bad as the media projects. The victors always determine history.
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    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
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    June 1, 2009 at 5:47 am
    not many cars around, that`s why they are fit?
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    quaintness Male 13-17
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    June 1, 2009 at 6:50 am
    I would not want to go here. It`d be a waste of time and money.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    June 1, 2009 at 9:30 am
    msieg007: I would say grow up and educate yourself. But as an ignorant redneck I know you won`t.
    North Korea is a country that is filled with wealth and power. They are currently building one of the tallest hotels in the world.105 floors. Personally I would love to visit the place sometime. And yes I like the idea of communism (to an extent)having nationalized health care would be great!
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    Standards Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 12:37 pm
    I agree that the ideals of communism is wonderful. The problem lies in human nature; greed, etc. It`s a shame that there is no perfect communism (I think)
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    tangello Female 13-17
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    June 1, 2009 at 4:49 pm
    damn thing won`t open! ><"
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    odeed Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 6:11 pm
    "msieg007: I would say grow up and educate yourself. But as an ignorant redneck I know you won`t.
    North Korea is a country that is filled with wealth and power. They are currently building one of the tallest hotels in the world.105 floors. Personally I would love to visit the place sometime. And yes I like the idea of communism (to an extent)having nationalized health care would be great!"

    Hahaha, nice (was a joke, right?) :<

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    ImmortalZach Male 13-17
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    June 1, 2009 at 6:31 pm
    "Communism will never work cause people like things" FZ

    And ya free heathcare is great but not being able to say Jesus loves you without being shot isn`t. Communism sucks, no freedom what so ever.

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    odeed Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2009 at 8:15 pm
    "And ya free heathcare is great but not being able to say Jesus loves you without being shot isn`t. Communism sucks, no freedom what so ever."

    Or Allah loves you, or your wife loves you, exactly right, because Communism is like fertilizer to dictators.

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    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
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    July 13, 2009 at 1:10 pm
    point?
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    SeamusDeSade Male 18-29
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    July 25, 2009 at 8:18 pm
    see, you all preach about how communism sucks when you base it off of examples like Russia and North Korea. There is no country in the world that is truly communist- you think that Kim Jong ill (idk if thats right at the end) would walk around with a handcart? Stalin working on a farm? No nonono! that poo would never happen,

    ehh, once the machienes take over you will really see what communisim is

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