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Australian Lefty on Politics, Governance, Science and Info Management

The CEO of Pyongyang

Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-05-26


Yes, the self-congratulatory waffle from North Korea about advanced bombs leading North Korea into a bright future is pretty stupid – and would be hilarious if it didn’t relate to nuclear weapons.

For a moment I wondered whether the original statements were just as ridiculous, or whether the tone was created by translators who were either incompetent, or hoping Borat notices their work and offers them a job scripting his next film.

Then I realized, the language is hardly any more self-congratulatory, any less grounded in reality, than the crap we hear from suited droids in corporate announcements

Translations in Western media have included the following:

….safely conducted on a new higher level in terms of its explosive power and technology of its control. The test will contribute to defending the sovereignty of the country and the nation and socialism and ensuring peace and security on the Korean peninsula and the region.

Meanwhile, in Korean, the announcement available on YouTube (here) has the following subtitles:

… as part of the measures to bolster up its nuclear deterrent for self-defence in every way as requested by its scientists and technicians… The current nuclear test was safely conducted on a new higher level in terms of its explosive power and technology of its control and the results of the tests helped satisfactorily settle the scientific and technological problems arising in further increasing the power of nuclear weapons and steadily advancing nuclear technology. The successful nuclear test is greatly inspiring the army and people of the DPRK all out in the 150-day campaign, intensifying the drive for effecting a new revolutionary surge to open the gate to a thriving nation.

Seen any statements lately from corporations saying how much they are concerned about the environment, Corporate Social Responsibility, or how new initiatives of senior management will make things better for workers and shareholders?

Come to think of it, why pick on our poor big business-people?

Seen any statements from our politicians on their Climate Change initiatives?

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One Response to “The CEO of Pyongyang”

  1. Jacques Chester said

    Bullshitese affects all systems, sects, ideologies, parties, religions, countries, businesses and blog comments.

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