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February 22nd, 2010

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11:06 am - Six inches?
"Here are the two most shattering facts about North Korea. First, when viewed by satellite photography at night, it is an area of unrelieved darkness. Barely a scintilla of light is visible even in the capital city. (See this famous photograph.) Second, a North Korean is on average six inches shorter than a South Korean. You may care to imagine how much surplus value has been wrung out of such a slave, and for how long, in order to feed and sustain the militarized crime family that completely owns both the country and its people."
Christopher Hitchens, reviewing B.R. Myers' book The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters at Slate.com

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