Quoting a source in Hoeryong, North Hamgyong Province, the Seoul-based shortwave station said the wives of active-duty servicemen "are bravely deciding to flee the North, leaving their husbands behind, because they find it impossible to eke out a living there."
The source claimed a broker of his acquaintance helped four women who are married to soldiers flee the North in February alone. "They suffered even more severe hardship than ordinary people," the source added.
According to the source, platoon leaders (second lieutenant) and company leaders (first lieutenant) are paid a mere 2,000 won (approximately W750 in South Korean currency, US$1=W1,120) a month. Under these circumstances, it is difficult for their wives to buy even a pair of shoes or a suit of clothes.
Lieutenant colonels and majors commanding a battalion are paid about 5,000 won, just enough to buy 1-3 kg of rice.
Despite this the regime has banned soldiers' spouses from engaging in any independent business, so the only thing they can do is tend kitchen gardens, the source added.
Besides these hardships, these women are also apparently motivated by privileged information their husbands can provide, especially by news about South Korea and China from traders who visit military units.
Amy Proctor says, Gee thanks, Obama! You party, refuse to do your duty as Chief Executive and meanwhile the USA begins to fade economically...
I bet Kim Jung-Il is still partying, too. If you are not the dictator or someone on the "inside" with the administration, your best hope is that you get selected for a "reunion."N.Korea 'Fattens Up' People for Family Reunions (from December 2010)
The U.S. Embassy in Seoul filed a report on the reunions in August 2009 that said North Koreans are selected for the reunions based on their loyalty to the state and "transported to Pyongyang and then fattened up with regular meals and vitamins to mask the extent of food shortages and chronic malnutrition in the North."
The same report recounts the experience of a South Korean delegation to the North, who were reportedly asked to provide a "gift" and required to pay "US$50 per person" themselves for a banquet arranged for them.
Another cable, filed by the U.S. Consulate General in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang in 2009, touched on North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. According to the dispatch, one businesswoman, who is powerful enough not to fear the North Koreans, met Kim Jong-il at his guest villa on Mt. Myohyang, where she found the dictator "in good health and spirits." She said she got the impression that Kim, "detail-oriented, charismatic and with a good memory," was in control of everything.
Kim, thought to be seriously ill, seems not to be following doctors' orders and concerned about his health at all," the cable said. He "lit a cigarette as soon as the formal one-hour meeting ended, drank champagne before dinner, whiskey cocktails during the meal, and continued to chain-smoke throughout the private dinner."
It added the businesswoman recalled Kim's mistress, "Kim Ok, sitting on a separate sofa and taking notes."
What did country singer Craig Morgan do after his ninth tour of Iraq? Oh, just save two kids from a burning house.
Morgan, best known for songs “Bonfire” and “International Harvester”…..is now being heralded as a hero after rescuing two children from a burning house in Charlotte, Tenn. last weekend.
“My 14-year-old son Jerry looked up and saw a house on fire, so we pulled into a gas station and ran up there,” …………
“The lady who owned the home came out with a fire extinguisher. I tried to put it out but it didn’t work. One thing led to another and in a matter of just a minute, the side of the house was engulfed by flames.”
It was then that the homeowner informed Morgan that her children were inside.
Country Singer Craig Morgan Rescues Children From Burning House
Using his skills and training as a former EMT, Army paratrooper and sheriff’s deputy, Morgan took immediate action.
“I opened the door and the house was filled with smoke. There was a little two-year-old over in the corner with his face in the couch and when he saw me come in he got scared and took off running,” Morgan said.
“But I snatched him up, then the older child, about six or seven, came out of the bedroom. I grabbed him and took them out to their mom.”
So now I gotta dig him for way more than his music eh?
Men just motivated to serve.
No matter the personal risk, they stand unshakable in the face of adversity..."
I hope you go to Angel's blog and read the entire post. Hoorah, Craig Morgan!!!
How far is the trip from Republic to Socialist State?
The finale - Amaze Your Friends!
Amaze your friends and co-workers and make yourself irresistible to women with the power of ENERGY STATISTICS
What is a Megwatt hour? It’s simple kids, just go around your house and turn on ten 100 watt lamps for an hour. That’s a kilowatt. Now imagine you’re not going to turn on ten lamps for an hour, but one thousand. That’s a Megawatt. Or as Gore calls it, “atmosphere lighting for my Nobel.”
SUBSIDY STATS MEASURED IN MEGAWATT HOURS:
- CLEAN COAL $29.81
- WIND $24.34
- SOLAR $23.39
- NUCLEAR $01.59
- HYDROELECTRIC $00.67
- COAL $00.44
- GAS $00.25