The Dear Leader wishes you a safe and pleasant flight

North Korea, easily the most bizarre regime on earth, invests huge resources in erecting a facade to appear to foreigners like a normal, reasonably prosperous country. But one doesn't have to be terribly observant  to notice the small details revealing the insanity animating the regime. Little snippets observed by foreign visitors make their way to the internet. For instance, the person who stood and watched "passengers" taking the escalator down Then there is the 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel, planned to be the tallest hotel in the world when construction started in 1987. It is still not finished, though it is claimed it will open soon. Meanwhile, Dubai --  which actually gets substantial numbers of foreign visitors -- has constructed an even taller hotel. For the record, Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport receives three flights a week from Air China, in addition to Air Koryo's handful of flights to international destinations. Meanwhile Pyongyang boasts at least...(Read Full Post)