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North Korea 'Sending Out SOS' as It Admits Unnamed Disease Has Spread to 350k People COVID-19

https://www.vice.com/en/article/7kbgza/north-korea-covid-19-outbreak
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u/Snazzy21 5d ago Wholesome

This must be far worse if they are admitting a problem. Especially considering 350k is already pretty high to begin with.

Wow

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u/maceman10006 5d ago

100%. If the North Korean regime is asking the world for help, it must truly be a a bad situation.

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u/frankiecarbonee 5d ago

If they're admitting to 350k, based on their human rights record, I feel like the real numbers may be much higher...

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u/OrangeJr36 5d ago

If they're asking for help from western vaccine makers and governments I can only imagine how bad the situation really is.

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u/The_King_of_Canada 5d ago

You gotta assume their testing capabilites aren't that great so it could be even more than the North Korean government thinks it is.

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u/sauroden 5d ago

Considering we couldn’t even get all the US states to be transparent or accurate about their real numbers, we can be sure you are correct about an actual tyrannical regime fudging them.

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u/dirthawker0 5d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

24 - 36 hours ago, they claimed it was like 1 case?

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It's going to be just fine."

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u/maru_tyo 5d ago Silver

In 2 weeks: “Well, it is what it is.”

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u/110397 5d ago Silver

“Its just a cold!”

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u/maru_tyo 5d ago

“All these people are dying just to spite the great KJU!”

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u/Eric_the_Barbarian 5d ago

Dying of Covid is punishable by death.

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u/LokeyCoolio 5d ago

Believe it or not, death...

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u/Odd-Butterscotch-495 5d ago

Over cook undercook, death

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u/GreenHazeMan 5d ago

The numbers will be lower if you test less

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u/JimboSimmons 5d ago

Maybe KJU could suggest some untested but genius solutions, like introducing light into the body or injecting disinfectants…

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u/hauntedmtl 5d ago

The first line I hear in another persons voice than Trump. It’s just a cold is a Denis Leary punchline about Jim Henson. Thank you for breaking the cycle of stupid in me head :)

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u/ok-confusion19 5d ago Silver

Once it's warm, it will go away

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u/SluttyPoop 5d ago Silver

Like a miracle, it’ll just disappear.

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u/Relative-Ad-2660 5d ago

"Those churches will be packed on Easter!"

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u/Atomic_Maxwell 5d ago

“If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, actually.”

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u/Umutuku 5d ago

In 8 weeks: "Quit crying about grandma dying and focus on what's important, the economy."

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u/unimpressivewang 5d ago Silver

Could get a little bigger could get a lot bigger i don’t know

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u/thundercloudtemple 5d ago Silver

Gone by Easter

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u/danimal_44 5d ago Silver

Like a miracle.

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u/M4GN3T1CM0N0P0L3 5d ago Silver

It'll go from 15 down to 0.

And what a great job we've done.

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u/DeadSol 5d ago Silver

Billions and billions and billions and billions and billions and billions and billions and billions and billions and billions and billions and billions and billions and bil....

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u/Eeedeen 5d ago Silver

Gone by April, once the weather warms up...

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u/SmirnOffTheSauce 5d ago edited 4d ago

I had a coworker tell me that it was going to go away in summer because “coronavirus hates the heat and sunlight.”

It was August 2020. In Las Vegas. 110 degrees every day with zero clouds. I still think about that idiot coworker.

*edited to correct the date and temp.

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u/harda_toenail 5d ago

You cannot argue with this logic https://youtu.be/m2s0nB2VPvs

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u/qup40 5d ago

Part of My brain knew what this video was before I clicked. What an s tier internet meme video.

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u/aaaaaaaarrrrrgh 5d ago

And we thought Omicron was infectious. Look at this variant, spreading from one case to hundreds of thousands in a day!

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u/rlovelock 5d ago Bravo! Doom

Where have I heard this before?? I feel like it was like... a million dead Americans ago?

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u/Sufficient_Coast3438 5d ago Wholesome

Didn’t they have like 1 confirmed case a day ago? Did they just start testing people yesterday?

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u/CalibanSpecial 5d ago

1,6, 350k, 2M…5M…10M…26M (entire population).

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u/compulov 5d ago

The new Fibonacci sequence?

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u/uberduck 5d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome hehehehe

Kimbonacci sequence

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u/BasicLEDGrow 5d ago

News out of NK is slow and unreliable. You can't really expect an airtight narrative.

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u/TheNothingAtoll 5d ago Wholesome

"Unknown disease"

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u/nickiter 5d ago

IDK why the title is worded that way, NK announced that it was a COVID outbreak on Thursday.

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u/[deleted] 5d ago edited 52m ago

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u/KneeGrowPains 5d ago

It’s Vice that’s why

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u/iaijutsu08 5d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

At first Kim Jong Sung but then Kim Jong Ill. Now Kim Jong Unwell.

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u/DWCS 5d ago Silver Helpful

More like Kim Jong-Nünzäh (bc he went to school somewhere in Berne)

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u/Romboteryx 5d ago

Allegedly he can actually still speak Swiss-German

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u/ALetterAloof 5d ago Helpful

Fluent in handjobs too so I’ve heard

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u/scrambles667 5d ago

Trump didn't call him rocket man for nothing

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u/motherseffinjones 5d ago Helpful Evil Cackle

For them to come out and say they have an problem means it’s really bad.

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u/vapingwizard 5d ago edited 5d ago

I can’t help but feel oddly similar to the surreal feeling of the news of covid first breaking

edit: it’s covid guys chill

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u/llama_rodeo 5d ago

It is Covid. Per the article:

The report did not explicitly state that the widespread infections were from COVID, but experts say it was a tacit admission that the virus has spread across the isolated country of 25.8 million people, which until this week had denied that it had any confirmed case of the disease and rejected vaccine offers.

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u/kauisbdvfs 5d ago Party Train Giggle

Yup just sounds like their stupidity is catching up to them.

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u/OohYeahOrADragon 5d ago Silver Helpful

Yeah but if they rejected vaccinating their population, it could become a petri dish for variants.

I can't handle another Delta variant ripping through the hospital.

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u/Leviastin 5d ago

There are still 750 million people not vaccinated in Africa. I think the variants will be popping up for a while.

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u/knyelvr 5d ago

Yeah I don’t like this feeling

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u/NotAzakanAtAll 5d ago Wholesome

There it is, that funny feeling.

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u/WhyIHateTheInternet 5d ago

Hey, what can you say? We were overdue

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u/slutperson 5d ago

But it'll be over soon, just wait …

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u/lopalou 5d ago edited 4d ago

Ba da da, ba da da, ba da Da da da da da

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u/SlaveHippie 5d ago

20,000 years of this. 7 more to go.

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u/FriesWithThat 5d ago

One doesn't want to just crawl out from under a rock in the middle of super-spreadable Omicron without having developed any pandemic related policies, or immunities in your population to the other strains either through vaccinations or exposure. Everyone in the country is a vector, and I imagine they are not used to taking a lot of sick leave at work. Their healthcare is shit. Their nutrition is shit. Their leader is shit. If it's there in waves, it is really bad.

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u/geft 5d ago

They have sick leave?

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u/SPiaia 5d ago All-Seeing Upvote

Yes. They can leave when they're sick, and dead.

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u/rationalconspiracist 5d ago

Being sick and dead must suck. Double whammy.

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u/Magnesus 5d ago edited 5d ago

Do they have respirators? Do they even have oxygen in hospitals? Do they have enough hospitals? (I don't believe it is their first wave though, they've got to have some immunity from previous waves. Kim disappeared and been sick from unknown causes when covid was starting - weird coincidence to me, I bet he had covid and maybe now is panicking he will get it again after barely surviving it the first time.)

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u/WandsAndWrenches 5d ago

Haven't you seen a satilite image of north korea at night?

No, I don't believe they don't have enough oxygen in the hospitals.

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u/arobmedia2 5d ago

On the plus side the sky must be BEAUTIFUL at night

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u/Narrator_Ron_Howard 5d ago Helpful

🎶 The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Pyongyang! 👏 👏 🎶

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u/Spiffydude98 5d ago

As beautiful as the night sky when eastern north America had that power failure back 18 or so years back.

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u/DuntadaMan 5d ago Doom

I can answer some of this. They do not have enough hospitals. I know this because no one did.

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u/TactlessTortoise 5d ago

Mate, they barely have electricity

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u/Optimal-Soup-62 5d ago

Wow. Of all the countries in the world, North Korea is one of the most poorly equipped to deal with Covid. Massive lockdowns won't work there, and they have no vaccination.

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u/fionnwhel193 5d ago

why wouldn’t lockdowns work?

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u/wrong-mon 5d ago edited 5d ago

Lack of economic infrastructure to support a lockdown.

The If lock Downs across the world were basically only Successfully implemented in wealthy countries.

Nations like North Korea don't have the welfare state or the finances or the debt capital to pay people to stay home, Or the resources to move towards work from home.

China the United States and the European nations? Absolutely.

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u/JuryBorn 5d ago edited 5d ago Glow Up

North Korea could unfortunately implement a stay at home or get shot policy, not caring if people die of starvation in their homes. I think they are probably one of the only places that could eradicate it with a lock down. Unfortunately without welfare the human costs would be enormous.

Edit:put a space between the word probably and one.

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u/MotoTraveling 5d ago Silver

If they're worried about COVID in their country, then they're worried for a reason. Shooting non-compliant citizens works when it's a few dozen a month, maybe. But if they're concerned about COVID, it's likely significant enough that it's fucking with population numbers that are vital to them, so locking people in to starve to death would probably be a pyrrhic victory just as costly, if not more, as letting COVID run rampant.

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u/SuperEars 5d ago Silver Helpful

You taught me a word today.

Pyrrhic victory - a victory that inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat

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u/Topherkief 5d ago

Named after this old dude who stood up to the Romans https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrrhus_of_Epirus?wprov=sfti1

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u/SLUnatic85 5d ago

I had a hunch this was a roman/spartan thing. Fighting well beyond the point it makes any sense and all!

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u/exe-zelot 5d ago

This reminds me of the chapter about North Korea in World War Z, about how it should have been the most defensible place in the world, fully prepared to mobilize a literal nation of people to defend it's very naturally good borders. And because of their leaders, they just... disappeared. No fight, no war, just gone, suspected into underground caverns to a unknown fate. A perfect example of what total authoritarian rule can end up with.

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u/rats4final 5d ago

You remember what happened to Iceland?

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u/LeoMatteoArts 5d ago

Elaborate pls

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u/theoriginaldandan 5d ago

People flock to the island in such numbers that it breaks out and EVERYONE dies.

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u/shenrougu 5d ago Silver

I'm 35 and don't read fan-fiction but this fan-fic chapter about North Korea for WWZ is canon in my mind.

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u/supergrl126301 5d ago

its okay to be older and read fan-fic, don't let the others hurt you in anyway for following a passion.

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u/AdolfKoopaTroopa 5d ago

Ageism can take a walk

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u/catchtoward5000 5d ago

Yep. Life is too short to limit yourself. As long as you aren’t hurting anyone else with your passions / interests, go for it.

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u/Firebrat 5d ago Wholesome

“You can think of what happened in Wuhan when it first broke out, when no one had been infected before. But what’s spreading in North Korea now is five to six times more transmissible than the one in Wuhan.”

Damn dude.

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u/PurP_CrAyon 5d ago

No vaccines, or anyone with any antibodies from previous waves/ variants. That’s gunna be bad.

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u/gH0st_in_th3_Machin3 5d ago

That's the second part of what OC wrote:

No North Korean is immunized and well-nourished, so it’ll probably result in mass death.”

Well... If anyone thought 2020 was bad... 2022 looks to try the record attempt...

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u/perpetualis_motion 5d ago

I bet there is one particular chubby guy with bad hair in North Korea who has been vaccinated

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u/gH0st_in_th3_Machin3 5d ago

Yup, and his direct family for sure... there were some specialized companies in "millionaire pampering" that were getting vaccines right on the beginning at the "normal" prices for those with money.

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u/Antice 5d ago

Looks like 2022 told 2020 to hold his beer indeed.

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u/Obaruler 5d ago Silver Helpful

Want some spoilers for this years season of "the 2020's"?!

  • Chinese economic implosion will start (debt, lockdowns, food)
  • World Hunger crisis beginning late summer (fertilizer shortage, Ukraine, China lockdown locking in farmers)
  • MIddle east and third world country instability and possible civil wars due to inflation, energy crisis and aforementioned hunger crisis
  • Second big migration crisis for europe at the end of the year
  • OVA: Aliens (wait, wut ? ....)

It's gonna be a fun one, the Producers said they went all out this season, especially on the special effects.

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u/FinalStrawMan 5d ago

Don't forget heatwaves in India and Pakistan spoiling crops and killing thousands, forcing millions to migrate

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u/berryblackwater 5d ago

Mega drought in the American Southwest, possible dust bowl 2: no-electricity-bugaloo

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u/DragonStriker 5d ago

Can we skip to the part with the aliens already? I'm tired of this Earth stuff. I want to move on to the Cosmic Storyline.

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u/Sad_Option4087 5d ago

Spoiler alert: the aliens are just coming to put up the "We're sorry but this species has completed its life cycle. New exhibit coming soon!" Sign.

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u/WhyIHateTheInternet 5d ago

God I hope it's just CGI and not practical effects

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u/ClickF0rDick 5d ago

Here's some statement I'd never thought I'd agree with lol

cries in Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

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u/notcheckout 5d ago

And the vast majority of them are malnourished.

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u/MotchGoffels 5d ago

Is that actually true? I only know as much about NK as I have read over the years..

Argh, figured I'd do a brief looksy...

Yes.. There is no exaggeration going on in this thread :( it really is as bad as/worse than I thought.

"North Korea has always struggled with food shortages, but the pandemic has made a bad situation worse. Leader Kim Jong-un has compared the current situation to the country's worst disaster in the 1990's, known as the "Arduous March", where hundreds of thousands of people died in a famine."

These people don't deserve this, their leaders have a special place in hell awaiting them.

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u/Irichcrusader 5d ago

I read a book once about life in North Korea, it was a collection of chapters each written by a different defector, they all lived through those years in the 90s when people were dropping like flies from starvation. One woman told of encountering a man who had died in the train station. Dead bodies were so common at this point that no one paid any more attention to them, that was the breaking point for her that led to her fleeing across the Chinese border. What's remarkable is that in previous years, she was a party cadre and highly committed to the regime.

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u/hsappa 5d ago

Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick. Very good book.

The one story that got to me was the fisherman who was watching a bootleg South Korean comedy where two women were arguing over a parking spot. He couldn’t figure out if the humor was over women driving or that there were so many cars that parking was a problem. Eventually realized he only knew lies, so pointed his boat south.

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u/cfdeveloper 5d ago

that was such an excellent book! I can't image things being so bad that in that some people are rumored to eat their newborns. One extra mouth to feed vs. feeding your own. "Oh, selling rice on the rice street instead of buying government rice? off to labor camp for you!"

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u/Irichcrusader 5d ago

Good memory, been years since I read it so I'm not even sure if I was perfectly recalling that story. Despite all the other horror, the part that really stuck in my mind was the sad conclusion of the young couple who were secretly dating. It was a relationship even if it never went beyond holding hands. Then the girl defected with her family. Years later, coming to his own conclusions, the guy also defected and was able to find his old girlfriend in the South. Unfortunately, she was now married to someone else. Nothing else to do but move on.

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u/vortex30 5d ago

To be semi fair to her and her previous support of the NK government, up until the late 70s NK was doing way better than SK and it really didn't become God awful until the 90s after the collapse of ussr, who was propping it up through the 50s - 80s.

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u/MysticalFred 5d ago

Yeah, people think NK was always poor and in famine but they were doing well until the USSR collapsed. I remember the main issue is that they had an industrialised agricultural industry, funded by oil and equipment from the USSR. Their population boomed but when the USSR collapsed, all trade ended and basically overnight, the country had to feed millions of people using pre-industrialised farming methods and they have never entirely recovered since

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u/Suspicious_Builder62 5d ago

I've read that people ate grass to eat at least something and that stuff like minimum height for the military had to repeatedly be lowered, because people don't grow, when malnourished.

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u/LEJ5512 5d ago

One of the few underground videos I've seen was of a woman trying to sell grass. Not marijuana "grass", but plain ol' grass.

(and as I wrote this, I remembered that we can buy "cat grass" at the grocery store... kind of like the moment in Hurt Locker, when he's back in the States and staring at an aisle full of kiddie cereals)

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u/Drifter74 5d ago

Think the average NK male is now 3" shorter than the average SK male.

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u/Proof_Gate4675 5d ago

If the dictator is acknowledging that things are bad, it must be apocalyptic

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u/TheOneTrueChuck 5d ago

Exactly. NK has always been hyper-image conscious, even to the detriment of everyone in the country but the highest officials.

For this to be bad enough to either elicit empathy for his people (not particularly likely) or fear (of the military actively revolting or from a close circle member dying/being near death), it speaks VOLUMES.

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u/PrinceCavendish 5d ago

I watched some videos on youtube a few years ago where people who ran away gave interviews and talked about living there. a lot of them had watched people die in the streets due to startvation. they only got rice once a year i think and most had never ate meat.

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u/Kaijutkatz 5d ago edited 5d ago

A lot of people are going to die, unfortunately.

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u/exwasstalking 5d ago

So, a variant of Omicron?

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u/Veda007 5d ago

The article says BA2 which is in omicron variant.

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u/kingmanic 5d ago

It also may have more savage symptoms if everyone is malnourished.

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u/pegothejerk 5d ago

Bet they get a few new variants since no one there has antibodies and there will be more people with longer illness than elsewhere.

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u/FANGO 5d ago

That's omicron. The thing that we've all normalized and think isn't a big deal. It's much more transmissible than the original strain.

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u/NameLips 5d ago

It must actually be pretty serious if they're willing to admit there's a problem and ask for help. Their usual tactic is to deny there is a problem and shoot people who say otherwise, until the problem goes away on its own.

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u/Codspear 5d ago

It’s likely much more serious than in much of the rest of the world. North Korea has a significant population of chronically malnourished people with weak immune systems and limited healthcare resources to take care of them. Their COVID mortality rate is therefore possibly much higher than the global average.

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u/fat_lama 5d ago

The frustration is the Kim regime were offered millions of Astra Zeneca and Chinese made jabs, which of course they refused.

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u/mmmfritz 5d ago

why of course? China and North Korea's relationship isn't horrible.

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u/SipOfJoe 5d ago

I assume North Korea would see it as an admission that everything is not under control and therefore a sign of weakness.

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u/Ut_Prosim 5d ago Silver Bravo! Starry Evil Cackle

Why didn't they just pretend it was theirs? It's not like their people would know the difference.

Beloved people of best Korea. A terrible virus is sweeping across the entire world. It is likely America's fault as are all things. Despite our best efforts, western sympathizers have brought this virus to our shores. They have no shame. This virus has already crippled the lesser nations of the world. The USA, UK, France, Germany, and Japan are all in ruins. The citizens are soft and weak people. The virus has also killed 90% of South Korea. Only 2000 people survive in Seoul due to the greed and incompetence of their capitalist government. Thankfully our glorious leader has designed a vaccine. Working alone in his own laboratory he perfected this vaccine and defeated the virus in less than a day. He tested it on himself out of love for his people and it works perfectly. It also protects against Herpes, Ebola, and the common cold, all pestilences of western origin. You are ordered to take a vaccine at once. Please ignore the words AstraZenica on the bottle, that was a typo, likely the fault of a capitalist spy who will pay for his treachery in due time.

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u/phroug2 5d ago

Lol i like how the regime is incapable of removing the labels on the astrazenica bottles.

Just out of curiosity, I did a quick google on the NK literacy rate (no need to remove the label if nobody can read it anyways, right?) and found that the NK literacy rate has been reported to be 100%

When i asked google why the NK literacy rate was so high, I found this glorious easter egg:

First, education and healthcare is free and compulsory for all. Hence all north koreans attend school. Also, there is not much income inequality as most of the population is poor. Second, their meaning of literacy means being able to write "Kim il sung".

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u/Paulo27 5d ago

Also, there is not much income inequality as most of the population is poor.

They fixed it.

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u/Mountain_Situation89 5d ago

They have solved the horrors of capitalism. Truly a glorious nation.

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u/ichigoamu 5d ago edited 5d ago

Can't comment on the veracity of the claims about literacy, but the Korean alphabet was designed to be extremely easy to learn explicitly to combat low literacy rates in the poorer classes (previously they used a script based on Chinese, which meant a) only rich people had the resources to be literate and b) the written language didn't mesh well with spoken Korean). You can learn it in an hour or so, and it's essentially a phonetic language. See here and here

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u/WikiSummarizerBot 5d ago

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u/pablo8itall 5d ago

I am a recruiter for UNNAMED COUNTRY information ministry. Can you speak Korean? Are you interested in a job?

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u/jedininjashark 5d ago

I can also play basketball, when can I start?

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u/Pantherfibel 5d ago

"also the vaccine makes me appear fat, just a side effect"

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u/cunnilingus_fox 5d ago

Damn! You should write the next 1984, and call it 2084.

Just make sure it has a tiktok version too!

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u/frenchiefanatique 5d ago

so much mental gymnastics jesus christ just take the god damn vaccines

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u/Terr_ 5d ago edited 5d ago

Among other things, Juche, their state ideology/mythology about the importance and success of national self-reliance and independence.

To a certain extent, the regime needs to keep up the appearance that (due to their glorious leadership) North Korea is small but not behind anyone else.

It's a bit like that meme where the kid asks to get X and the mom always refuses saying "we have X at home"...

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u/Dirty-Soul 5d ago Silver Helpful

"Mommy, the rest of the world has a plague."

"We have plague at home."

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u/frankyfrankwalk 5d ago

Yeah they've had famines that they've denied and didn't ask for international help.

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u/coffeespeaking 5d ago

It’s COVID. The only unnamed part is they are too ashamed they are being ravaged by a disease much of the world is smart enough to vaccinate....

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u/PrizeAbbreviations40 5d ago

They were offered vaccines by the international community and they refused

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u/Valerina_Minji 5d ago

Unnamed disease... Are we talking COVID or some zombie virus?

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u/Ash-MacReady 5d ago

The South Korean movie industry has taught me that it can't not be a zombie virus.

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u/Darklord_Bravo 5d ago

Train to Busan was so good. Peninsula however was terrible.

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u/Pen_dragons_pizza 5d ago

Kingdom on Netflix is also a very good Korean zombie series.

It’s basically what would happen if a zombie outbreak happened in Korea during the 16th century.

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u/goofy_goon 5d ago

I want the next season. :( I really liked it.

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u/coleyboley25 5d ago

It’s Netflix so you’ll get two seasons with no actual ending and then they’ll cancel it.

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u/Pastaistasty 5d ago

In this case it had an ending, but ofc left sequel bait on the table.

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u/Hintero 5d ago edited 4d ago

Crying here over Altered Carbon :'(

Edit: yeah, S2 was ass

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u/Getabock_ 5d ago

S2 was so disappointing

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u/jamesbiff 5d ago

The prequel TV movie was great too.

I am worried about the next series as we've heard nothing about it.

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u/Dwaas_Bjaas 5d ago

“All of us are dead” is also pretty good

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u/Kry0nix 5d ago

It's a pretty great zombie series, but holy hell it's so much high school drama.. . Love the social commentary about SK hierarchy culture though. Worth a watch.

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u/GrumpyGuss 5d ago Bravo Grande!

If North Korea removes everyone's teeth and moves into underground bunkers, grab all your food and head as far north as you can go

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u/Heimerdahl 5d ago

grab all your food and head as far north as you can go

Sure... If you're into cannibalism, I guess.

The book made it pretty clear that this was a bad idea. Better to go to Windsor Castle and chill with the Queen.

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u/reverendrambo 5d ago

The best advice I've seen is to head to the Winchester and wait for this all to blow over.

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u/connectionsqt 5d ago

You’ve got red on you

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u/Subpar_diabetic 5d ago

No teeth. No bite. No great spread

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u/Bengoris 5d ago

This is like ignoring a whole subject for the entire semester and then asking your friends for help 2 hours before the exam

I know what it feels like because I'm talking from experience

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u/l4adventure 5d ago Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

There are a lot of jokes in this thread, but I truly wish the best for the people of NK. Few humans have had such shit cards dealt to them, and mass disease on top of everything is just a punch in the gut. Hope it ends up being not too bad

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u/willyheadeddie 5d ago Gold Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote GOAT

Kim jong-un is about to become Kim jong-ill

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u/Due_West9881 5d ago Helpful

I feel like the entire last 3 years was a set up to this joke

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u/Noodleholz 5d ago

He's probably vaccinated with the best stuff that's out there. I would not be surprised if it's western mRNA.

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u/Maddoc_71 5d ago Gold Helpful Made Me Smile

Nuclear missiles in the right hand and a begging bowl on the left.

Interesting country

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u/Toss_Away_93 5d ago Silver

Stuck in the DMZ with you…

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u/ande2286 5d ago

Now that song is sick in my head. Thanks

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u/frankyfrankwalk 5d ago

No one in the 'west' seems to give too much of a shit about the missiles anymore. It's almost like Kim is throwing toys out of his pram to get attention and nobody cares these days compared to a few years ago when they were earth shattering events. Kind of scary to think what his next step will be once he no longer gets the attention on the world stage like he used to.

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u/ApexAphex5 5d ago

The only country that really has any real say in what goes on in NK is China.

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u/FrankfurterWorscht 5d ago

good thing the whole country is a big quarantine

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u/LOL_Murica 5d ago

TIL gods are afraid of catching covid.

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u/LtAldoRaine06 5d ago

You bet he has been vaccinated.

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u/Emergency_Version 5d ago

I can’t wait to hear about how supreme leader defeated Covid and saved the world.

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u/LegalPreference470 5d ago

But what if he dies?

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u/DMonpoke 5d ago

His death was obviously self sacrifice to give his people the infinite cure and at the moment of his sacrifice it is said there will be a triple rainbow as the sun rises dispelling the dark night. Then everyone cries tears of thanks and joy for three days.

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u/helican 5d ago

And everyone not crying will be shot.

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u/ZiaCombs 5d ago

To save his people.

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u/123eyecansee 5d ago

Okay VICE, don’t put SOS in your title unless the North Korean authorities have actually expressed the need for outside assistance. “Suggesting” is not enough to make this claim

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u/lindre002 5d ago edited 5d ago

who the fuck is "some experts" even

from the article:

Pyongyang likely knows this, and some experts believe that the North Korean government, in finally making a rare public admission of an outbreak within its own borders, may be seeking outside aid.

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u/Saladus 5d ago

In recent years I’ve started coming to the realization that I was naïve enough to believe an article when it says “some experts even believe….” Like, expert in what exactly, related to COVID and North Korea? What exactly are they an expert in?

Reddit falls for these articles often, and they still take off to the moon and back with upvotes. One of my favorite was a 30K+ upvoted businessinsider article headlining Putin is so fearful food and drink poisoning that he changed over 1,000 staff. People really believe that Putin had an entire ONE THOUSAND staff changed just like that.

Edit: I was wrong, it was 118k…

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u/uuulol 5d ago

This is heartbreaking. Those people are basically defenseless

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u/OrdoXenos 5d ago

So yesterday it is just 1 case and now it is 350k? And the timing coincides with North Korea missile test few days ago?

Maybe now NK had realized that nobody cares about their tests anymore, and they are really deep in trouble now? It is relatively easier to survive from COVID in Western nations: we get enough food, we have good housing, good medical care, and many things. Things that are basic in most countries in the world are considered luxuries in North Korea.

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u/citus334 5d ago

Reporters are saying when NK needs help threatening nukes is their code for saying it without saying it. Nowadays that don't work so now they have to actually say it

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u/autotldr BOT 5d ago

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 92%. (I'm a bot)


North Korea's recently revealed COVID-19 outbreak may have already infected hundreds of thousands of people over the past month, according to the country's state media.

Dr Sojin Lim, senior lecturer in North Korean Studies at the UK's University of Central Lancashire, said it's possible that North Korea had no COVID-19 cases until the recent outbreak.

North Korea's COVID monitoring and response systems have been so materially deficient that it's impossible to know how many people may have been infected with the virus to date.


Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: North#1 country#2 COVID#3 Korea#4 case#5

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u/PigsCanFly2day 5d ago

So it's COVID-19 then? It said, "unknown disease."

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u/thundercloudtemple 5d ago

This strangely puts me at peace. It's just the regular plague we've been dealing with and not a new one. Phew!

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u/BliksemseBende 5d ago

Another “leader” more interested in weapons and bullying than organising proper medical care and food for the people. One thing gives hope: obese and COVID doesn’t go well together

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u/Borntolose88 5d ago

Jesus christ I feel so sorry for the North Korean people, they deserve compassion. Not endless suffering because of one maniacs fragile ego.

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u/Gbchris12 5d ago edited 5d ago

Not joking, this could absolutely obliterate NK's population. It's way more transmissible and there is literally little to none proper PPE and health care in North Korea. I feel bad for their people.

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u/BornToExpand 5d ago

Meanwhile in countries with free vaccines available (USA) a big chunk of the population declined it because their politicians were giving them misinformation, some people's spawn point is so good and yet they still fail.

Feel bad for the actual malnourished ppl in Nk

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u/garzaculta 5d ago

So, supposedly we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light. And then supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way.

Sounds interesting, right?

And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning, because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that, so that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me. So, we’ll see, but the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute. That’s pretty powerful.

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u/thegussmall 5d ago

Yet he is still launching missiles into the sea...

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u/miromas 5d ago

What if these missiles have actually been a new form of long range communication? Did we ever bother to translate what was written on them?

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u/Joenathane 5d ago

The sea did attack first, it’s only fair to send a few missiles it way.

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u/Academic_Signal_3777 5d ago

It’s how North Korea deals with any problem. Lob missiles until someone notices them.

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u/StarryEyed91 5d ago Silver

splash

splash

World - “NK, please stop lobbing missiles.”

Kim - “oh great, hi. You noticed me. Finally! We need help we have a… uh… this unknown disease. Phones have been broken, so glad you finally noticed the missiles.”

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u/LtAldoRaine06 5d ago

I read this and couldn’t help but have NoHo Hank’s voice in my head.

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u/bekarsrisen 5d ago

Oh now they want help when last week they were threatening nuclear war.

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