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Two Terrible Centennials: VIDEO

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On April 15th, 1912, the Titanic sank in the icy north Atlantic. Some 1,500 human beings lost their lives to drowning and hypothermia. On April 15, 2012, hundreds of other human beings take to the oceans to pay their respects.

At the same time, thousands of North Koreans take to the Pyongyang streets to mark the 100th birthday of Kim il-Sung in Mangyeongdaeguyeok. Though it made fewer headlines at the time, hindsight has proven the birth of Kim il-Sung a far crueler tragedy than the Titanic's sinking; Kim and his progeny have killed well over a thousand Titanics' worth of human beings through starvation, war, and political oppression. Nevertheless, the commemorations of the birth are rather less somber than those of the sinking. Watch an excerpt from North Korean TV AFTER THE JUMP ...

 

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  1. Of course North Korea gets no comments on Towleroad while Brad and Angelina goes to two pages. Does anyone wonder why we get called that word?

    Posted by: David Hearn | Apr 15, 2012 2:38:31 PM


  2. While the life of Kim il-Sung was tragic (for others), his birth was not, so the tragedy is that North Koreans are compelled to celebrate the centennial of his birth as a way of celebrating his horrible life. Meanwhile, progress in marine safety over the past one-hundred years is something to celebrate. The Titanic feels very distant while N. Korea was in the news this week.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 15, 2012 2:51:54 PM


  3. Good to see the N. Korean newsreaders are still squeezing out those tears. It's hard to make any sort of comment on that video, except to stare at it bewildered and then get on with your day. @DavidHearn's comment doesn't warrant a response, internalised homophobia much? As for @Charlotte it would be nice if the Towleroad admins could get around to blocking that account, since it's been spamming every comment tread.

    Posted by: Sean | Apr 15, 2012 3:36:54 PM


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