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8/20/2020

Reportedly: North Korea Confiscating Pet Dogs To Feed Its Starving People

Filed under: General — Dana @ 2:17 pm



[guest post by Dana]

Because only horrible news comes out of North Korea:

The North Korean government is reportedly ordering more “decadent” citizens to hand over their dogs so that other people can eat.

According to Canadian news outlet the National Post, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo reported that President Kim Jong-Un calls pet ownership a byproduct of “bourgeois ideology” and is ordering dog owners to surrender those pets so they can be slaughtered and fed to hungry North Koreans.

“Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down,” a source reportedly told South Korean media.

That report states that common folks in the communist “Hermit Kingdom” raise livestock for sustenance, but owning an animal for companionship is a luxury enjoyed by people of privilege. The fact that some North Koreans can afford dogs has “stoked some resentment.”

Some of the confiscated dogs are reportedly headed for state-run zoos, as well as becoming a source of food:

“Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down,” the source said.

Some of the confiscated dogs head off to the Korea Central Zoo in Pyongyang and other animal sanctuaries — and dinner tables, the paper said.

Dog meat is a popular food in the country, and a recent food shortage has made it an all the more viable eating option.

The poor pooches’ owners are “cursing Kim Jong Un behind his back,” but there is nothing they can do, the source said.

Kim Jong Un reportedly owns any number of dogs, including “a collection of Shih Tzus, German shepherds and other breeds…”. His father also had pet dogs.

Why round-up pet dogs now?

“If the National Post story is correct, Kim’s orders indicate either desperation or a change of heart for the dictator. In January 2018, he donated 30 pet dogs to Pyongyang’s recently revamped Central Zoo, where canines are a popular attraction. That collection included seven breeds of dogs, including bulldogs.”

I know which option I’m going with…

On a side note: I saw this description of Kim Jong Un when reading about the round-up of dogs in NK:

The kooky leader renewed the call to round up the household pets again in July, a source told the South Korean newspaper Chosen Ilbo.

This description strikes me as all sorts of wrong. To refer to Kim Jong Un as “the kooky leader” made me cringe because it is not a word typically associated with murderously brutal dictators. Kim Jong Un is not simply a “kooky” individual. He is a ruthless leader who regularly starves his own people, and does not hesitate to murder those who cross him or are suspected of crossing him, including members of his own family. Further, he “disappears” citizens, and tortures and imprisons them. Kim Jong Un is not “kooky”. He is a deadly monster.

Over at Merriam-Webster, “kooky” is defined as: having the characteristics of a kook : CRAZY, OFFBEAT

Below that were samples of how to use the word in a sentence, including actual recent uses of the word. Here’s a real gem:

Swathed in pastel satiny gowns, Doris Day sparkles in this frothy musical as a Far Rockaway singer caught in a kooky love trap on a cruise ship faux-docking in Havana, Trinidad and Brazil.
Donna Bulseco, WSJ, “18 Movies to Stream Instead of Taking a Vacation,” 20 June 2020


–Dana

82 Responses to “Reportedly: North Korea Confiscating Pet Dogs To Feed Its Starving People”

  1. Hello. I should add that dog meat is regularly consumed in South Korea. One report described a special summer soup with dog meat that is very popular there.

    Dana (292df6)

  2. Reminds me of the dog eating scene in King Rat. A prisoner was forced to give up his dog because it killed some chickens raised by another prisoner. George Segal cooked it up for his crew. Reportedly the other actors ad-libbed their reactions.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  3. Send Misty 0’Bama over, he’ll settle their hash…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  4. Probably not all pet dogs. I’m sure the pet dogs for the regime members will be allowed to live.

    For now.

    Hoi Polloi (dc4124)

  5. This is psychological warfare against his own people. A way to demoralize and dehumanize them even more.

    Every pet dog in the country probably couldn’t feed one city for a day, so there would be zero point in confiscating them as a food source.

    Nic (896fdf)

  6. Every pet dog in the country probably couldn’t feed one city for a day, so there would be zero point in confiscating them as a food source.

    That’s not how it works, comrade. The dogs will not be eaten by cities. They will be eaten by the lower-middle ranks of the bureaucracy, police, and military.

    nk (1d9030)

  7. This story is so horrible and disgusting, I can’t wrap my mind around it.

    I’ve been thinking about getting a dog lately. It’s going to take some time, probably months to get this whole inheritance mess sorted out, but eventually it will just be me, alone.

    All of my siblings and relatives live far away, as do almost all of my friends, so harely anone comes to visit. When my parents were alive, they would come down for practically every holiday, but when it’s just me, I doubt any of them will. I might get the occasional phone call or tow, but that’s about it.

    So I’m thinking about A Boy and His Dog, one of my favorite science-fiction novels by Harlan Ellison. It’s such a great read, and if any of you haven’t picked it up yet, you should. It’aslo a good short movie. What a great story, one for all time.

    I figure that’s the way it’s going to be in the not too distant future and probably for the rest of life, just me and him, a boy and his dog. I’m thinking of a young German Shepherd puppy, and I’m going to name him Sinbad. I want us to bond together as he grows up, and with a good personal trainer, he will make an excellent companion pet, service animal and guard dog.

    I realize that a German Shepherd is not really suited for condo living, but hey my condo has a large open living area, a nice wood-fenced patio, and comes with a large courtyard, in addition to two empty quarter-acre lots behind the complex, perfect for running around and playing in. Also, there’s a very nice open park just a few blocks away.

    So he won’t lack for anything. I’ll keep him well fed and well exercised. And I will never purt him in a cage, not even for transport to the vet. He, he can sit in the passenger seat and wear a seat belt, that’s good enough for me. If anyone has a problem with that, they’re going to have a problem with me, and I am not someone you want to have a problem with.

    The thought of someone, anyone, I don’t care who it is, taking my dog, locking him in a cage, killing and eating him is anathema to me. That will never happen. I keep a loaded Ruger Blackhawk .357 magnum to prevent anything like that, and I will not hesitate to use it.

    Me and my dog, that’s the way it’s going to be. The two of us against the world. And you don’t want to mess with either of us. Sinbad will attack, and I will shoot, without hesitation.

    That’s the way it has to be, when it’s just us, a boy and his dog.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  8. @6 Then they might get 1-2 days of food. Still no point in confiscating them other than as psychological warfare.

    Nic (896fdf)

  9. @7 A well trained shepard is a Good Dog. They are smart and energetic though, so you have to keep their devious brains busy otherwise they get Their Own Ideas. And they do make harnesses for seatbelt use with large dogs, to keep them safe. Also, you might want to keep in mind that dogs like to den, so a crate to sleep in, especially when they are young, can help them feel safe.

    Nic (896fdf)

  10. Okay, comrades. You vote! Which is the more demoralizing, dehumanizing, fascist obedience training psychological warfare against the population?

    This week, German Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner proposed an animal welfare ordinance that has some pet owners barking mad: a mandate to exercise one’s dog twice a day.

    The ordinance would require that dogs be “permitted to exercise outside of a kennel at least twice a day for a total of at least one hour,” according to the ministry. “This is to ensure that dogs are given sufficient exercise and contact with environmental stimuli.” https://www.npr.org/2020/08/20/904283260/germanys-proposed-dog-walking-law-stirs-consternation-among-pet-owners

    This is how you get the populace to not only march other people into ovens on orders, but to march into the ovens themselves on orders.

    nk (1d9030)

  11. GG,

    I have a German Shepherd. They’re terrific dogs. Loyal, gentle, whip smart, and strong. They make for great companions. They thrive with exercise, discipline and attention. And of course they need to know that you are the alpha of the pack, not them. Being top dog is a pretty strong urge in them that consistency on your part will help set them straight. I hope you end up with such a good friend. They’ll love you always.

    Dana (292df6)

  12. teh north koreans
    say stop by Barky mangia
    have something to nosh

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  13. @10 er, taking your pet away to eat it is more demoralizing.

    I don’t think this would be very enforceable. Also, what kind of SOB keeps their dog caged for 23 hrs a day?

    Nic (896fdf)

  14. iowahawkblog #ObamaDogRecipes tip: to tenderize a good steak, let age a week – or 1 day in human time.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  15. @6 Then they might get 1-2 days of food. Still no point in confiscating them other than as psychological warfare.

    Spoken like a true American who eats meat three times a day. Most North Koreans probably do not eat meat three times a year, if ever in their lifetime.

    nk (1d9030)

  16. Puppies on a Log: Extremely large stalk of celery… peanut butter… add puppies and voilà!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  17. they have to eat tree bark to survive, but wendy sherman deemed worthy of receiving millions of dollars, for their nuclear program

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  18. try “Barry’s on teh Dogwalk”
    you make your dining selection from the famous puppy tank just inside the entryway…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  19. Sickening.

    Send them Never Trumpers, Democrats, and condemned prisoners from the USA.
    This will solve many problems.

    Eyefull (fd0e2c)

  20. make sure you ask for the “Perros Panchero”
    Ay chihuahua!

    bow wow wow wow wow
    chihuahua

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N54K6JOIzo0

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  21. We eat chickens, ewww! Have you ever smelled a chicken coop? And don’t get me started on swine. Still, I might not be so cavalier if I had met Arnold, the pig. Maybe that’s why dogs save human lives – we go wayyy back!

    It’s a sorry way to repay dogs, but that’s man thrown out of Eden. A certain book (Tobit) mentions a dog. Mayhap a dog accompanied Adam and Eve as they were led out?

    felipe (023cc9)

  22. gives new meaning to
    “mmm, mmm, mmm” 0bama chant
    this will dog teh Man

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  23. @15 Not really. ( I mean, yes, I am a true America who generally eats meat at least once a day, but that wasn’t a factor in my calculations). N. Korea has been food-strained for a long time, so the circumstances where a person could keep a pet dog seem limitted, because they do have to eat meat, which is a severe shortage and even if the dog is hunting and eating vermin, a high population of dogs would still not be viable since predators need a large territory to keep themselves fed. So even if they turned the pets into soup, which is the most effective way to stretch a meat source, it still isn’t likely to go far.

    Nic (896fdf)

  24. maybe dr evil, whose mcclellan project is a fan of the pla running counsels, would like to remonstrate korean nationals,

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  25. “The tender terrier tots will leave you scratching your belly, your taste buds tingling, and make you want to roll-over for more!”

    – former President Barack 0bama

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  26. nk (1d9030) — 8/20/2020 @ 3:28 pm

    Only the most loyal among them.

    felipe (023cc9)

  27. mesquite-seared Basenji in bed of rice, covered with rich, creamy spaniel sauce with just a hint of rosemary

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  28. Is there some comrade here who can tell Comrade Nic about Cuban children who get a ration of one cup of milk a week? A banana if they save up to buy it on the black market, and then they have to eat it right away because the police will stop and frisk them for it and “confiscate” it? While the apparat has steak and lobster?

    nk (1d9030)

  29. This story is so horrible and disgusting, I can’t wrap my mind around it.

    teh Roast Spotted Dick, a la Dalmatian will have you wrapping yo’ lips around it.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  30. Hot dogs

    mg (93877f)

  31. the humor’s lost on me, coronello, we see the clear difference between the north and the south of the country, between starvation and some semblance of a middle class, maybe it’s no longer one of the tiger countries,

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  32. Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 8/20/2020 @ 3:50 pm

    Mow that’s what I call doggeral!

    doggerel
    [ˈdôɡərəl]
    NOUN

    comic verse composed in irregular rhythm.
    “doggerel verses”
    synonyms:
    poetry · versification · metrical composition · rhythmical composition · rhyme · rhyming · balladry · poems · lyrics · rhymes · poesy · Parnassus

    felipe (023cc9)

  33. @28 If you are going to feed the entire army and lower to mid Bureaucracy (as stated above) you’d have to do it with soup and even that wouldn’t stretch that far for long. How much broth do you think you could make even with all the dogs in N. Korea? If you were only feeding the upper echelons, that wouldn’t be soup, but it still wouldn’t last long because they’d be eating some kind of recognizable to them possibly process but maybe not, meat product.

    Nic (896fdf)

  34. Mary had a little lamb,
    A little toast, a little jam,
    A little pizza and some cake,
    Some French fries and a chocolate shake,
    A little burger on a bun,
    And that’s why Mary weighs a ton.

    nk (1d9030)

  35. “Mow is a triple entendre
    1. As a misspelling of “now.”
    2. As a misspelling of “meow.” I am a cat lover.
    3. As a homophone of “Mao” Another communist douche-bag.

    felipe (023cc9)

  36. I guess they ran out of bats.

    beer ‘n pretzels (419030)

  37. nk (1d9030) — 8/20/2020 @ 4:08 pm

    LOL!

    Let reword one of my own:

    Naughty Mary took an axe
    Gave poor nk forty wacks
    when she saw what she had done
    hid his body with her bum!

    felipe (023cc9)

  38. Chow Mein!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  39. 33. Is your misunderstanding willful? Picture NOT an entire army, just the junior officers, and NOT for daily sustenance but a weekly or even monthly banquet to allay the monotony of boiled millet and pickled cabbage. Maybe that will help.

    nk (1d9030)

  40. allay alleviate

    nk (1d9030)

  41. Chow Mein!
    Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 8/20/2020 @ 4:12 pm

    Ha!

    felipe (023cc9)

  42. nk (1d9030) — 8/20/2020 @ 4:12 pm

    Somehow I doubt it. Here comes kimchi in 3, 2,…

    felipe (023cc9)

  43. “Doggeral,” on the other hand is a misspelling! This is why I can’t say nice things.

    felipe (023cc9)

  44. @39 Then it isn’t being used as a food source. It’s being uses as a luxury food item, like oysters or something.

    Nic (896fdf)

  45. “Pardon me, would you have any Greyhound Poupon?”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  46. Hot Puppie Pockets® !

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  47. For some reason I’m recalling the ex-NFL’r on ESPN Radio who defended Michael Vick for killing dogs by electrocution, drowning and slamming their heads on concrete by equating his actions to deer hunting.
    _

    harkin (cd4502)

  48. 31… I hear you, narciso. No, it isn’t funny at all.

    Human misery is no laughing matter.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  49. Medallions of Mastiff?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

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    _

    harkin (cd4502)

  51. bolivar de gris (7404b5) — 8/20/2020 @ 3:59 pm

    I, too, would like to offer my apologies to you and the others who, soberly, find no humor in our fellowman’s suffering.

    felipe (023cc9)

  52. My tires are Hankooks. That’s a Korean company. Maybe that’s why no dog has ever chased my car?

    nk (1d9030)

  53. I normally try not to get too excited about word choice; journalists make so many important mistakes that &tc.

    But you’re right, “Kooky” is entirely the wrong word. Would they talk about “Whacky” Pol Pot or that “Zany” Pinochet?

    Anyone confusing authoritarian thugs with circus clowns really needs to read a book.

    john (cd2753)

  54. Doggie Bags; the cat’s meow.

    “My name is Pussy Galore.” – Pussy Galore [Honor Blackman] ‘Goldfinger’ 1964

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  55. Audra Favor : I can’t imagine eating a dog and not thinking anything of it.

    John Russell : You even been hungry, lady? Not just ready for supper. Hungry enough so that your belly swells?

    Audra Favor : I wouldn’t care how hungry I got. I know I wouldn’t eat one of those camp dogs.

    John Russell : You’d eat it. You’d fight for the bones, too.

    Audra Favor : Have you ever eaten a dog, Mr. Russell?

    John Russell : Eaten one and lived like one.

    Audra Favor : Dear me.
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061770/characters/nm0000056

    nk (1d9030)

  56. Yes, Mr. Nic, there is a place in the world, there have always been places in the world, where a slice of dog meat is the equivalent of your Sunday dinner.

    nk (1d9030)

  57. One guess, felipe: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/780600547892782105/

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  58. Thanks, John. I really was astounded that “kooky” being used to describe a monster made it past the editors.

    Dana (292df6)

  59. @56 I am aware of that. My original point was that it couldn’t actually be necessary to take the pets as a core food source, and therefore it was simply dehumanizing for the people.

    Nic (896fdf)

  60. And if we leave the Fifth Avenue fancy boy who was almost certainly buggered by Roy Cohn in the White House for another four years, America might very well become one of those places.

    nk (1d9030)

  61. Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 8/20/2020 @ 5:18 pm

    HA! Hey, I like cats and the jokes about them!

    felipe (023cc9)

  62. HAHA! Laughing out loud! I was nearly “assassinated,” too! Whenever I experience a chill up my spine I always say “Whoa, a cat just walked over my grave!”

    felipe (023cc9)

  63. Cats were worshiped as gods in Egypt and they have never gotten over it.

    nk (1d9030)

  64. This is psychological warfare against his own people. A way to demoralize and dehumanize them even more.

    Given that we know the worker bees are not the dog owners in NK, because they can’t feed them, the owners are those with the money to feed them, and have food of their own to eat. Starving people, I suspect, are going to welcome any kind of food, no matter *what* it is. Anecdotal, but many people, ordinary everyday people who found themselves hungry during the Great Depression, made head cheese (boiled pigs head, eat the entire thing) and were thankful to have it. I don’t think we understand what it’s like to be starving, and how little we would care about *what* is that we are eating, just as long as it’s food.

    Dana (292df6)

  65. The contrast between German Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner’s ordinance that mandates dog owners to exercise their pets twice a day and Kim Jong Un rounding up dogs to feed people is simply staggering. Imagine what the starving North Korean, happy to eat *any* kind of meat would think about laws being enacted so that a pet dog (or perhaps more accurately for them – a food source) be exercised.

    Dana (292df6)

  66. Moana, a friend of mine from xmas island “The Keeper of the Bonefish” came to Colorado trout fishing one April barefoot in shorts. Went to the store to get groceries and he was confused with all the varieties of dog food. He thought we ate it. Xmas Island is my favorite 3rd world nation.

    mg (8cbc69)

  67. Dana (292df6) — 8/20/2020 @ 5:56 pm

    There are many places that cook pig and cow heads and them scrape every morsel to eat in tacos: Barbacoa de Cabeza.

    Although the Vera’s Backyard name suggests classic Texas barbecue, its tasty specialty is “barbacoa de cabeza” (barbecued cow’s head) prepared the historic way: the meat buried underground in a brick-lined pit and smoked over wood coals for up to twelve hours. (Modern Texas barbecue is cooked in an above-ground pit or a smoker, and the barbacoa typically sold in taquerias and restaurants is cooked on a stove.) Vera’s is the only restaurant in the state still permitted by health authorities to use the underground method.

    I believe the health dept. made them update the way they did things.

    felipe (023cc9)

  68. “ Human misery is no laughing matter.”

    – Colonel Haiku

    Clown nose On Off

    Leviticus (14d8a0)

  69. Mad cow disease. The Greeks have stopped eating sheeps’ brains too.

    nk (1d9030)

  70. INSPIRATIONAL STORY: HARD WORK…

    Every morning, the CEO of a large bank in Manhattan walks to the corner where a shoe-shine is always located. He sits on the couch, examines the Wall Street Journal, and the shoe-shine gives his shoes a shiny, excellent look.

    One morning the shoe-shine asks the Executive Director:
    – “What do you think about the situation in the stock market? ”

    The Director asks in turn arrogantly:
    – “Why are you so interested in that… that topic?”

    “I have a million dollars in your bank,” the shoeshine says, “and I’m considering investing some of the money in the capital market.”

    – “What your name?”, – asked the Director.

    – “name is John Smith H.”

    The Director arrives at the bank and asks the Manager of the Customer Department:
    – “Do we have a client named John Smith H.?”
    – “Certainly, answers the Customer Service Manager, “he is a highly esteemed customer. He has a million dollars in his account.”

    The Director comes out, approaches the shoeshine, and says:
    ” Mr. Smith, I ask you this coming Monday to be the guest of honor at our board meeting and tell us the story of your life. I am sure we will have something to learn from you.”

    At the board meeting, the Executive Director introduces him to the board members:
    “We all know Mr. Smith, who makes our shoes shine in the corner; But Mr. Smith is also our esteemed customer with a million dollars in his account. I invited him to tell us the story of his life. I am sure we can learn from him.”

    Mr. Smith began his story:
    ” I came to this country fifty years ago as a young immigrant from Europe with an unpronounceable name. I got off the ship without a penny. The first thing I did was change my name to Smith. I was hungry and exhausted. I started wandering around looking for a job but to no avail. Suddenly, I found a coin on the sidewalk. I bought an apple. I had two options: eat the apple and quench my hunger or start a business. I sold the apple for two dollars and bought two apples with the money. I also sold them and continued in business. When I started accumulating dollars, I was able to buy a set of used brushes and shoe polish and started polishing shoes. I didn’t spend a penny on entertainment or clothing, I just bought bread and some cheese to survive. I saved penny by penny and after a while, I bought a new set of shoe brushes and ointments in different shades and expanded my clientele. I lived like a monk and saved penny by penny.”

    “After a while I was able to buy an armchair so that my clients could sit comfortably while cleaning their shoes, and that brought me more clients. I did not spend a penny on the joys of life. I kept saving every penny. A few years ago, when the previous shoe shine on the corner decided to retire, I had already saved enough money to buy his shoeshine location at this great place.”

    “Finally, three months ago, my sister, who was a whoah in Chicago, passed away and left me a million dollars.”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  71. @66 True. My gr. grandmother mixed sawdust into the flour in WWII France to stretch it enough to make enough bread. I don’t think the people would care what kind of meat it was or that having them eat dog was meant to be dehumanizing, but the confiscation of people’s pets to make them into a luxury food item is.

    Nic (896fdf)

  72. @72 Have you ever read “Sin in the Second City?” Apparently you could do quite well as a lady of negotiable virtue in Chicago back in the day.

    Nic (896fdf)

  73. My mother grew up under Nazi occupation. The Germans confiscated all the wheat to feed their armies. The Greeks made bread from acorns and lupins. Grown up and well off, my mother would not have any other kind of bread except white bread made from bleached wheat flour in the house. Corn, oats, rye, and wheat bran were animal feed only.

    nk (1d9030)

  74. I doubt they have any flower left in north korea, probably not even sawdust.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  75. @72 Have you ever read “Sin in the Second City?” Apparently you could do quite well as a lady of negotiable virtue in Chicago back in the day.

    The oldest profession in the world, ruined by #MeToo.

    nk (1d9030)

  76. @75 It was too hard to starve out Normandy, though God knows the Germans tried. There’s too much fertile ground and too much water for it to be effective. My grandmother’s family was one of the better off as well. They had some money and her grandfather had a lot of farm contacts (and her parents and older sister were runners for the Resistance- my grandmere was too young-, so they kicked in a bit of food every now and then).

    Nic (896fdf)

  77. @77 Nah, a woman can still sell her virtue voluntarily, her boss just isn’t supposed to inflict the sale of it upon her.

    Nic (896fdf)

  78. My in-laws survived on head cheese. They boiled the head, the eyes, the snout, everything. Then they would throw in the entrails of any animal that had been slaughtered, the skin. etc. Nothing was wasted because they were that hungry. In their old age, they still lived very frugally and ate every organ from a chicken, cow, or pig because they had far too many memories of what real hunger was like. This in spite of being quite well off by then, and living in a tony part of the city. But nothing could erase their share memories of hunger.

    Dana (292df6)

  79. The khmer rouge, was only active for three years in power, the legacy of the embrace of mao, the kim patriarch was even as big a resistance figure as ho chi minh

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  80. Ah, the joys of socialism.

    As one of the great ones of the last century said:

    Capitalism is the worst form of economic system. Except for all the other ones.

    Bored Lawyer (7b72ec)


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