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Postby Gormwood » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:19 am

Kim Jong Un May Be Hiding a Hog Apocalypse From the World

It seems African Swine Fever is popping up in Best Korea's hog population.

Rather serious as given how the Hermit Kingdom is, it could become the epicenter for ASF contagion that'll hit neighboring countries like South Korea and China, affecting supplies of pork and prices. Any other country quarantine and control would at least be possible. It's the global equivalent of an antivaxxer's kid let loose in Disneyworld.

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Postby An Alan Smithee Nation » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:52 am

I feel sad for the people who will starve.
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Postby TURTLESHROOM II » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:55 am

North Korea deserves whatever famine it gets. The common peasant of North Korea does not. The good news, I may add, is that North Korea is so restricted and obsessed with autarky that there's a high chance that it will become a de facto quarantine by limiting potential pig exports that could infect other nation's pigs.
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Postby Imbalistan » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:55 am

As a muslim, I cant even eat pork, so, this doesn't effect me. And, meat is already rare among the common people of North Korea, but, there will definitely be some starvation.
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Postby Empire of Ur » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:57 am

I hate Pork, so this dos not affect me.
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Postby Kowani » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:58 am

I’m sure this will go well. Kim will respond to this with foresight and competence, securing a food source for his people.


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Postby Aureumterra » Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:01 am

Not too bad as long as its in NoKo. The minute is spreads to China though…. :shock:

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Postby Aeritai » Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:07 am

First of all, I love the title pun and second I hope the disease doesn't spread too far to neighboring countries.
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Postby Greed and Death » Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:27 am

An Alan Smithee Nation wrote:I feel sad for the people who will starve.


Meat is not their staple food there. So this affect on pork availability will be limited.
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Postby Ifreann » Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:29 am

Shit, now they'll have to start eating unicorn meat.
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Postby An Alan Smithee Nation » Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:09 pm

Greed and Death wrote:
An Alan Smithee Nation wrote:I feel sad for the people who will starve.


Meat is not their staple food there. So this affect on pork availability will be limited.


It's not the only food shortage they have though is it? They've had a really bad drought this year.
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Postby Greed and Death » Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:11 pm

An Alan Smithee Nation wrote:
Greed and Death wrote:
Meat is not their staple food there. So this affect on pork availability will be limited.


It's not the only food shortage they have though is it? They've had a really bad drought this year.


Its the lack of Rice that will kill them. Pork is likely reserved for party members only.
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Postby Dogmeat » Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:40 pm

My understanding is that even with this, and the drought, the food situation is nowhere near as bad as it was in the 90's.

This is mainly going to slow NKs barter economy, as food hoarding sets in.
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Postby Gormwood » Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:01 pm

TURTLESHROOM II wrote:North Korea deserves whatever famine it gets. The common peasant of North Korea does not. The good news, I may add, is that North Korea is so restricted and obsessed with autarky that there's a high chance that it will become a de facto quarantine by limiting potential pig exports that could infect other nation's pigs.

Do you seriously believe famine will directly hit the Best Korean elite?
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Postby US-SSR » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:58 pm

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Postby Bombadil » Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:51 pm

If it's in NK they likely got it from China, who've been dealing with this outbreak over a year now.. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/10/busi ... rices.html
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Postby Katganistan » Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:18 pm

Gormwood wrote:Kim Jong Un May Be Hiding a Hog Apocalypse From the World

It seems African Swine Fever is popping up in Best Korea's hog population.

Rather serious as given how the Hermit Kingdom is, it could become the epicenter for ASF contagion that'll hit neighboring countries like South Korea and China, affecting supplies of pork and prices. Any other country quarantine and control would at least be possible. It's the global equivalent of an antivaxxer's kid let loose in Disneyworld.

What's your take?

We had antivaxxer kids let loose in Disneyworld. And Disneyland. And measles outbreaks in 2015, 2017, and 2019 associated with them.

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Postby Dooom35796821595 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:59 pm

Isn’t this how the pandemic in Contagion got started? A bat passing a disease to a pig, which was then passed to humans due to lax health and safety? (Butcher didn’t clean his hands)
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Postby Auze » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:27 pm

I doubt it will spread to South Korea, considering the difficulty of crossing the border. I don't recall Flu spreading by mosquitoes, so they will probably be good.
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Postby Bombadil » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:32 pm

Auze wrote:I doubt it will spread to South Korea, considering the difficulty of crossing the border. I don't recall Flu spreading by mosquitoes, so they will probably be good.


South Koreans rush to eat pork as swine fever cuts supply and threatens entire industry
On Wednesday, tests confirmed the country’s sixth case on a farm in Ganghwa, near the border with North Korea
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Postby GLDF » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:18 pm

And China's breeding larger pigs, because pork is a staple food and becoming more popular. This could mean trouble. The disease would ravage the region if it gets past NK borders.
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Postby Bombadil » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:33 pm

GLDF wrote:And China's breeding larger pigs, because pork is a staple food and becoming more popular. This could mean trouble. The disease would ravage the region if it gets past NK borders.


It hasn't started in NK, it's already across the region as I've linked a couple times above. The issue is not larger pigs it's that pigs have become homogenised so there's no variety and thus no resistance to the disease.
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Postby GLDF » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:37 pm

Bombadil wrote:
GLDF wrote:And China's breeding larger pigs, because pork is a staple food and becoming more popular. This could mean trouble. The disease would ravage the region if it gets past NK borders.


It hasn't started in NK, it's already across the region as I've linked a couple times above. The issue is not larger pigs it's that pigs have become homogenised so there's no variety and thus no resistance to the disease.

I'm not saying it will make it worse, but the fact that China is actually doing so points to how much pork they are consuming. There is a lot of demand for pigs and that will make an outbreak worse.
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Postby Bombadil » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:46 pm

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It hasn't started in NK, it's already across the region as I've linked a couple times above. The issue is not larger pigs it's that pigs have become homogenised so there's no variety and thus no resistance to the disease.

I'm not saying it will make it worse, but the fact that China is actually doing so points to how much pork they are consuming. There is a lot of demand for pigs and that will make an outbreak worse.


Yeah so they're already consuming reserves and the state media is messaging that actually everyone should eat less pork, not because of the swine flu, the extent of which they're trying to hide, but for health reasons. As it is pork prices have risen to the extent that many can't afford it anyway, especially with tariffs on imports.
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Postby Pretty Much God » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:47 pm

I had to read the title and OP twice to convince myself this was real life, and not a simulation.
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