Categorized | Features, Media

Report: North Korea Lands Astronaut on the Sun

 

Maybe.  It’s Possible.

(VIDEO)

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

The source for this is something we’ve never heard of
before today – a web site called
Waterford Whispers News.

There was also a report last year from Investors Business Daily that the North Koreans– Norks for short– had announced their intention to put a man on the sun.  If you haven’t been to North Korea lately, and many of you haven’t, you should know that the world is their oyster.  Might as well throw in the universe, too.

We can’t find anything about this on the English-language version of the KCNA, which is the Norks’ official news agency site, but the report says it was uttered in the State News Agency of North Korea televised newscast– for which they offered no video as backup.

We don’t know.  We suppose it says everything about the madcap nature of this regime that one finds to hard believe anyway.  Surely they could make such an outlandish claim and one can never be entirely sure of what they may or may not be up to next.  Kismet happens, you know.

And we want to believe!

It reported that astronaut Hung Il Gong left for the sun on a specially designed rocket ship at approximately 3 a.m. yesterday morning:

Hung, who traveled alone, reached his destination some four hours later, landing his craft on the far side of the lonely star.

 “We are very delighted to announce a successful mission to put a man on the sun,” a North Korean central news anchor man said on a live broadcast earlier.  

“North Korea has beaten every other country in the world to the sun.  Hung Il Gong is a hero and deserves a hero’s welcome when he returns home later this evening.”

The specially trained astronaut was expected to return back to earth at 9 p.m, where he will meet his uncle and supreme leader Kim Jong-un.

 It is understood that the 17-year-old ‘space explorer’ traveled at night to avoid being engulfed by the sun’s rays, and that this genius approach has brought the nascent Soviet state to the top of the global space rankings.

While on the sun, Mr. Hung collected sun spot samples to bring back to his supreme leader as a present.

The 18 hour mission is already being called the ‘greatest human achievement of our time’ by the North Korean central news agency.

 

Oh please, don’t tell us some knucklehead made this up. 
Or that the Norks aren’t really making this claim.

After all, they did claim Kim Jong Il shot somewhere between 5 and 11 holes-in-one– and that was the first time he ever played golf.  He may be short, stout and portly, but c’mon now.  Move over, Tiger.  That Kim got swing!

And don’t believe the stereotype that Asians can’t drive.  Kim Jong-un learned how to take the wheel at the age of three and drive like the gifted speed demon child that he is.

Then there was that other story.  You remember the one.  The unicorn lair that was found near Pyongyang in 2012.  Now that’s one for the science books.  Move on over, Bigfoot; there’s a new dog moving on in.

Those possibilities are slightly less plausible than this, but the Norks clearly aren’t too concerned about incredulity from the masses.

But wait, you say . . . they’re crazy, this is just too much!  To the sun and back in 18 hours?  He “traveled at night to avoid being engulfed by the sun’s rays”?  

He brought back “sun spot samples” as a gift for Jong Jr.? 

And… the 17-year-old’s name was Hung Il Gong?

Come on.  This has got to be the work of some wisecracking crackhead and not the usual hardworking North Korean propagandists working overtime extolling the virtues of their Triumphant First World Nation State.

Our initial theory?  Both could be true.

You see, who’s to say there’s not some village idiot who wormed his way into the propaganda ministry – someone who has a clear understanding of how insane all this is, but noticed that Kim Jong Un and his inner circle are so divorced from reality that, no matter how absurd the material is, they keep signing off on it.  So why not have some fun, push the boundaries, and get away with it?

They let you put out that business about Kim Jong Un’s uncle being fed to starving dogs?  Hey!  Up your game, buddy!  If you can’t make it, fake it.  How about landing a man on the sun?  Surely you’re not going to get that one through . . . whoa, ha-ha, chuckle and whoopee!  The sun’s the limit!

Hey, it’s plausible.  It could happen.  Maybe they really did it.  Maybe that undying faith Obama, Bush, Boehner, and Pelosi have in the great power of government doesn’t go far enough like what the Little Big Man can do. 

But alas, all good stories must end.

Spoiler alert:  If you’re a fan of the alternately horrifying and fascinating news coming out of the Hermit Kingdom’s squalid dictatorship of starving masses and gulags, read no further.  We’re warning you.

Ok, you stuck with us this far.  Here’s the skinny of what happened:

Where the joke originated:  Did North Korea really claim to put a man on the sun– or do people just like making Kim Jong-un look like a super-duper extra sillypants after palling around with Dennis Rodman several weeks ago?

Despite outlandish Norky propaganda, this article originally appeared on the Waterford Whispers News, a satirical Irish site (think The Onion) running headlines like ”Ground-Breaking WIT Study Finds Link Between Obesity and Over-Eating” and “World Leaders Renew International Lie-To-People Pact.

Believing this story was genuine propaganda would require an assumption that North Koreans are either blindingly stupid or all carbon copies of Winston Smith at the end of Nineteen Eighty-Four, both of which are clearly untrue.

North Koreans aren’t scientifically illiterate enough to believe you can land on the sun.  In fact, depending on who you ask, North Korea can’t even build real missiles.  A pair of German missile experts says that the ICBMs North Korea is so fond of parading around are low-quality mockups.  Other experts disagree, saying the mockups are evidence that the North Koreans are getting closer to building an ICBM capable of striking the continental United States.

Either way, they can’t even launch satellites properly, so the sun seems a little bit out of their league.

Let’s do the math.  Traveling to the sun in 4 hours would mean traveling at 23,240,000 miles per hour.  That would be 640 TIMES faster than the current spacecraft record of 36,373 mph– or 30,500 times the speed of sound.  Another way to see it:  Mr. Hung guy flew at 1/28 the speed of light.

Whew.  That’s fast.  Very fast.  And the sun is hot.  Very, very hot.  Even at night.

Well, our hats could have been off to the North Koreans for shattering all previous speed records to smithereens and setting a new milestone for the epic discovery of the sun. 

Sadly, they didn’t pull it off after all.

Darn.  We so wanted to believe.  In unicorns and hole-in-ones and gifted children.  And now this happens.

* * * * * * * * * *

 

 

(Sourced from YouTube/PolicyMic/Canada Free Press/and others)

Please share with others and follow us on Twitter and Facebook

2 Responses to “Report: North Korea Lands Astronaut on the Sun”

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. [...] Report: North Korea Lands Astronaut on the Sun | Humboldt Sentinel __________________ I'm a signature. [...]

  2. [...] Originally Posted by calder12 Report: North Korea Lands Astronaut on the Sun | Humboldt Sentinel [...]


Leave a Reply

HumSentinel on Twitter

RSS Progressive Review

  • Learning Vietnam
    From 50 years of our overstocked archives. The following documents some of the steps your editor went through to arrive at full opposition to the war in Vietnam. It may be helpful - and perhaps hopeful - to those trying to change minds about the current conficts.] Sam Smith - Although a researcher stumbling upon The Idler, the predecessor to the Progressive […]
  • Pocket paradigms: Corruption
    1. Hit the corrupters at least as hard as the corruptees. The real danger in corruption is what the bribe buys, not the soul of the bought politician (which probably never was in that great a shape anyway).2. The worst corruption tends to be legal, therefore hardly anyone notices it. Remember that corrupt not only means dishonest, it also means without integ […]
  • Word
    When it shall be said in any country in the world, 'My poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive -- when these thing can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and government. -- Thomas Paine […]
  • Median net worth of Americans declines
    Washington Post - The median net worth of American households declined between 2000 and 2011, the Census Bureau said  in a report that showed the steepest drops experienced by minorities and people under age 55.The wealth drop in the bottom 60 percent was so great that it more than offset healthy increases in the net worth of the top 40 percent. As a result, […]
  • 16th state wins federal court decision for gay marriage
    ACLU […]
  • Distressed house sales drop
    Foreclosed or 'short sale' properties have dropped below 10 percent of sales for the first time since the Great Recession. In 2009, more than 1 in 3 home sales were distressed. […]
  • Word
     Made in America […]
  • Mike Michaud does it again
    The only candidate for governor in the US who is a Democrat, gay, member of the steelworkers union, and endorsed by the state police association, has done it again. Working Maine - The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine treleased its grades for Maine candidates for governor. The organization gave U.S. Rep. Michaud, the Democratic nominee for governor, an A-, noti […]
  • Helicopter parenting out of control
    Reason -  A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that.What's more: 43 percent feel the same way about 12-year-olds. They would like to criminalize all pre-teenagers playing outside on their own (an […]
  • Military bans the Intercept
    Popular Resistance - The U.S. military is banning and blocking employees from visiting The Intercept in an apparent effort to censor news reports that contain leaked government secrets. According to multiple military sources, a notice has been circulated to units within the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps warning staff that they are prohibited from r […]
  • Word
    Corrupted by wealth and power, your government is like a restaurant with only one dish. They've got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side. But no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen - Huey Long […]
  • Pocket paradigms
    The rise of corporations truly represented a counter-coup against the values of the American Revolution. It dramatically undermined both political and economic freedom, corrupted politicians and ransacked national assets. It replaced the feudalism of the monarchy with the feudalism of the corporation. - Sam Smith […]
  • The immigration myth
    From 59 years of overstocked archivesSam Smith, 2006 IT IS taken as a given in the immigration debate that our current system for dealing with the issue has some sort of historical logic. It doesn't. The story of immigration in the U.S. is a mishmash of hospitality and hatred, encouragement and restriction. The Naturalization Act of 1790, for example, s […]
  • Small town on Pacific island to be first to move because of climate change
    Think Progress - A small town on Taro Island — the capital of Choiseul Province in the Solomon Islands — is planning to relocate its entire population in response to climate change, Reuters reports. It’s the first time that a provincial capital in the Pacific Islands will have done so.The islands that make up Choiseul Province and the rest of the Solomon Isl […]
  • Word: A public defender on being black and poor in Ferguson
    Thomas Harvey, executive director and co-founder of ArchCity Defenders:  His group represents low-income residents of St. Louis County in municipal court proceedings. Clients reported being jailed for the inability to pay fines, losing jobs and housing as result of the incarceration, being refused access to the courts if they were with their children or othe […]