Today is Monday, April 4, and in the United States of America, we are discussing Condoleeza Rice's upcoming testimony, the acquittal of a stone-throwing babykiller mom and steroids in baseball. In North Korea, here is one of the day's headlines:
Kim Jong Il Inspects Cattle Ranch of KPA Unit
Pyongyang, April 4 (KCNA) -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, inspected the July 18 Cattle Ranch of KPA Unit 580. Going round the exterior and interior of the ranch including cattle sheds, an ensilage processing ground, an epizootic prevention centre and a technical study room, he acquainted himself in detail with the construction of the ranch and breeding.
The cattle ranch has been built in favor of the management and anti-epizootic work and the quality of the construction been ensured on a high level, he said, highly praising the soldier-builders for devoting all their wisdom and enthusiasm to creating one more precious asset conducive to the prosperity of the country.
This ranch can rapidly increase live-stock products as it is located in a good place and its grass field is wide, he said, adding that it should be developed into a large-scale stockbreeding base by making an effective use of its favorable conditions.
In order to build up the ranch prospectively, it is imperative to finish within a few months ahead of schedule the projects which are envisaged at the second stage including the construction of the cultural and welfare facilities and the pavement of roads of the grass fields, he noted.
Saying that what is most important in producing more cattle meat is to choose good stock, he stressed the need to carry through the Party's policy of effecting a radical turn in raising animal breeds.
In order to increase live-stock products, he said, it is necessary to be fully equipped with facilities for scientific research and deepen research and, at the same time, steadily improve the technical level and skill to put breeding on a scientific and technological basis.
He put forward the task of building up a fodder base.
Then he chose the site of a duck farm to be built by servicepersons.
To increase the production of meat, eggs, fish and other subsidiary food is a heavy yet honorable revolutionary task to realize the centuries-old desire of the people, he said, expressing great expectation and conviction that they will perform feats in the struggle to boost the stockbreeding industry of the country at a new higher stage and bring about a decisive turn in improving the standard of the people's living.
He was accompanied by KPA Generals Ri Myong Su, Hyon Chol Hae and Pak Jae Gyong and First Vice Department Director of the WPK Central Committee Ri Yong Chol.
Let the record show that North Koreans are in need of a better news service. And a better country. But first things first, I suppose. Like the location of their duck farms.
All kidding aside, this excerpt is textbook state-run media. You can only think how many of its citizens are angered at this heaping slice of the propaganda pie on the buffet of injustice. If the War on Terror is indeed against all terrorists, then the IRA, hypothetically, should not be too far behind al Qaeda. If the war against brutal dictators and human rights violators is indeed that as well, North Korea will be the next country we shall "liberate."
However, the nation does have a few things going for it. The CIA World Factbook states that the country boasts a 99 percent literacy rate, meaning that all but one percent of the population over the age of 15 can read. If what I have pasted for you is normal reading, then that one percent needs to get on the ball.
My article, a rough draft about small-town professional wrestling, beckons me. However, read all about North Korea's ills at:
You'll have to cut and paste that, as blogger is incredibly uncooperative as of late. Good night to all.