Come on.
Yes, I understand the U.S. has a marine mammal program, but "satellite images" aren't evidence of the DPRK having one. What's more likely is that this is another case of a thing the U.S. does itself projected onto an enemy of the state.

*could also be a fish farm

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tbh out of all the things the west has made up about China, the "social credit system" has got to be one of the weirdest
I shouldn't say "weirdest," more like really off-base, or misunderstood. From what I understand "social credit" as it exists is aimed at enterprises/businesses rather than individuals. It's not a tool of social control for the average person...
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Chinese propaganda poster from 1970.

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Those small dishes you eat in Chinatown, “dim2 sum1” means “to touch the heart”
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political: as a gov’t, China is imagined as an authoritarian regime, a human rights disaster, lying/deceitful, a political crisis to be solved thru implementation of West. liberal democracy 2/
Cultural: as a people, China is imagined as morally inferior, a “backwards” civilization, barbaric, filthy, diseased, so cruel that they will eat anything that moves 3/
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