Report: North Korean Government Dictates Operations of AP’s Pyongyang Bureau

2005 North Korean Parade/AP

The Communist government of North Korea has at least partial control over hiring, news collection, and story selection for the Associated Press’ Pyongyang Bureau, according to a report from NK News. The report hinges on a 2011 draft of an agreement between the AP and the state-run Korean News Agency of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (KCNA) obtained from sources within the AP, and on interviews with 14 current and former AP staffers.

The Simpsons Might Actually Be Worth Watching This Week

Simpsons City Contest

While many longtime Simpsons’ fans have lost interest in the show in recent years it seems FOX may be giving everyone a reason to tune back in this week. It turns out that 25 years ago now-famous comedy writer Judd Apatow wrote and submitted a script for a Simpsons’ episode. This week that episode will finally be made and broadcast.

Paramount Bans ‘Team America’ Screenings

Kim Jong Il Dead

In response to Sony’s refusal to release The Interview over threats of violence from hackers believed to be angry over the comedy’s plot involving the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un several theaters said they would screen Team America: World Police instead. However, Paramount won’t allow their North Korean dictator assassination comedy to be screened either.

Nerdy Dragon RPG Neither Proves Nor Disproves Gamergate Gripes

Dragon Age

I just read two competing reviews of a dragon-based role playing game. And, what’s worse, the main focus of both reviews is the political implications of the dungeons and dragons rip off. So, dear reader, after the kind of torture I just went through you’d better read this entire piece.

I mean, this is an actual line in one of the reviews: “healing magic, for example, has been entirely removed from the game.”