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  1. Default Flagpoles as critical infrastructure

    Not really, just wanted an excuse to post this:

    "10. Kijong-Dong is a city built in the 1950s by Kim's father, set on the border as an example to South Korea of their superiority. No one lives there, but every effort was made to make it function like an actual city. The buildings have no glass in the windows and no rooms: They are just concrete shells. It's also home to the world's largest flagpole."

    This is from Gawker's list here: http://gawker.com/5869210/giant-rabb...of-kim-jong+il

    I'm wondering if our resident Socialist Hunter™ from Ward 7 York West is aware of this.

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    Apparently the North Korean flagpole has been topped (from the wikipedia entry on Kijong-Dong at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kij%C5%8Fng-dong):

    In 1980s, the South Korean government built a 98.4 m (323 ft) tall flagpole with a 130-kilogram (287 lb) flag of South Korea in Daeseong-dong. The North Korean government responded by building a taller one, the Panmunjeom flagpole, at 160 m (525 ft) with a 270 kg (595 lb) flag of North Korea in Kijŏng-dong, only 1.2 km (0.7 mi) west of the border with the South Korea, in what some have called the "flagpole war". The flagpole was the second tallest in the world at the time, after the flag of Azerbaijan in Baku at 162 m (531 ft). Both flagpoles have in 2011 been topped by the Dushanbe Flagpole in Tajikistan, at 165 m (541 ft).
    I think we can beat Tajikistan.

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    There's a certain family resemblance.

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    Vancouver had the tallest (86m) during Expo 86.
    It's now in Surrey BC.


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