Animal’s Daily Stupid Tourist News

Why the hell do people travel – voluntarily – to dangerous shitholes?  People should know better, but not everyone does.  Excerpt:

North Korea has returned one of its American prisoners — a University of Virginia student sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly stealing a regime propaganda sign who reportedly fell into a coma shortly after his sentence began.

“At the direction of the president, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea. Mr. Warmbier is en route to the United States, where he will be reunited with his family. The Department of State continues to have discussions with the DPRK regarding three other U.S. citizens reported detained,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement this morning.

“Out of respect for the privacy of Mr. Warmbier and his family, we have no further comment on Mr. Warmbier,” he added.

At a State Department briefing later in the day, press secretary Heather Nauert said the government is “pleased” to have Otto Warmbier back in the United States. “What an incredible day that one of our fellow American citizens who’s been detained in North Korea for more than a year — as we had difficulty, as you all are very well aware, in reaching him,” she said.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m delighted that the loony Norks released this young man, I am sympathetic to his health issues and earnestly hope he recovers quickly and completely.  I’m likewise happy for his family and can appreciate the relief they must feel that their loved one is finally on his way home.

But really, why the hell was he over there in the first place?  Why would any rational American visit North Korea (and not that I used the disclaimer rational, which excludes Dennis Rodman) or Iran?  You are asking – nay, begging for trouble visiting either of these shitholes.  It’s not like either of them are luxurious vacation spots.

What gets into these people’s heads?   Why the hell would anyone choose to go to a place like North Korea, that hellhole ruled by a stunted little gargoyle with bad hair from a long line of stunted little gargoyles with bad hair?  Does anyone have any idea what the hell was going through Mr. Warmbier’s head?