I’ll do this every now and then — no real schedule. Here are some of my favorite stories from North Korea’s official news outlet, the Korea Central News Agency.
New Plant Discovered in DPRK: Yes, this refers to vegetation. It’s named the Hyangsan cuckooflower, or the less entertaining Cardamine hyangsanensis S.K.KO et J.O.Ri, Sp.nov.
Hu Jintao Invites Kim Jong Il to Visit: Where else in the world does an invitation become major news? It’s like “Migrant Blogger invited to get 20% off any bestseller (paperback only) at Barnes & Noble.” Yeah, KJI and I are among the elite.
UN Day Observed: Observed, but as you’ll see from the article, not with much zeal. Best conclusion ever: “Speeches were made there.”
U.S. Urged to Drop Its Ridiculous Scenario to Stifle DPRK: This is just bizarre, especially at the end, where the United States is “advised to drop its foolish scenario to stifle the DPRK by force and swim with the trend of the times toward detente and peace [emphasis mine].”
The fliers have spoken: London’s Heathrow Airport sucks.
A poll of 14,500 frequent fliers, all participants in the Priority Pass airport lounge program, has again ranked the best and worst of the airport world, with Heathrow hitting rock-bottom for the second year in a row. Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris landed second from the floor.
Los Angeles International Airport was third worst, despite having poured $1 billion into a recent overhaul. Frankfurt International and Miami International round out the lowest five. In the United States, voters reserved their venom for Chicago, Atlanta and JFK, along with those awful enough to make the global list.
A friend of mine e-mailed me last week to ask where I write. He can’t sort it out through all the tweets and links and so on. I can understand; I’m all over the place. So, if you’re interested in following my work, see the following links:
Gadling (travel): http://www.gadling.com/bloggers/tom-johansmeyer (If you want to read about hostels and backpacking, go read someone else. I tend to roll upscale)
BloggingStocks (finance, economics and markets): http://www.bloggingstocks.com/bloggers/tom-johansmeyer (I do a bit on the clean technology sector, venture capital, private equity, hedge funds and social media for this blog, in addition to all my work as a generalist)
DailyFinance (finance and economics): http://www.dailyfinance.com/bloggers/tom-johansmeyer (I don’t have a specific beat, though I do write a lot about cleantech, social media and the alternative investment space)
Envy (travel): http://envymags.com/index.php?s=johansmeyer (It’s not a regular gig, but I am starting to do more with this magazine)
The locals don’t like to have their pictures taken. So, to get some shots of the people of Marrakech, I had to click without being seen. This meant holding my camera by my side, trying to aim and hoping for the best. Most of you won’t notice a difference, as I’m a shitty photographer. But, at least you’ll get a sense of what these folks look like.