“She pissed off the Queen, now she’s dead ”Why Brits Are Loopier Than Americans Re: Fruitcake Conspiracy Theories?

Why Are The Brits Even More Loopy Than Americans When it Comes to Fruitcake Conspiracy Theories? By Nate Thayer February 24, 2013 Some may recall that in December 2012 a couple of radio disc jockey pranksters in Australia called the London hospital where the pregnant Princess whatever-her-name-is was staying having taken ill with tummy troubles. […]

Korean Sex, the Atlantic magazine, and Ted Koppel: What visitors wanted to read in 2013

My 2013 statistics for my blog, natethayer.wordpress.com (now moved to www.nate-thayer.com), have been summarized and broken down. They provide for interesting, sometimes disturbing, sometimes humorous, sometimes enlightening,and to me, fascinating insight into how and why people decide to visit an online site, via what social media networks, from where the readers live, and what topics […]

Fleeting Thoughts on the Death of Human Interaction in the Digital Age

Momentary Fleeting Thoughts on the Death of Human Interaction in the Digital Age By Nate Thayer November 14, 2013 I have had dozens of communications with people today–by text, by email, by Google and FB Instant Messaging, from all over the globe. I have been communicating with people for nearly 12 hours, uninterrupted. But just […]

Pyongyang Porn: “Some readers may find the book objectionable” @NKNewsorg

Excerpts from Pyongyang Porn “Some readers may find the book objectionable” BY NATE THAYER , AUGUST 23, 2013 For the full story, go to NKNews.org at http://www.nknews.org/2013/08/pyongyang-porn/ , the news organization that comprehensively provides quality journalism on all North Korea. Below are excerpts……. Artwork by NK News illustrator Cammy Smithwick   Mhari Yi, who moved to Edinburgh to attend Napier University […]

I’m leaving, on a jet plane–Edward’s excellent spy adventure

I’m leaving, on a jet plane: Edward’s excellent spy adventure A young whistleblower named Ed Was wanted by agents, so fled. Abbetted by hackers He’s off to Caracas For Snowden, red’s better than dead! From the limerick Tweeting Mick Twister By Nate Thayer June 24, 2013 It is a journalists worst nightmare. Tricked by international spies […]

A Peak In the Public Mailbox: Debate on state of journalism runs from supportive to, well, very not–with a dash of the amusing and odd.

A Peak Into the Public Mailbox: Debate on state of journalism runs from very supportive to, well, very not–with an entertaining dash of the amusing and odd. Maybe the North Korean Ministry of Agitation and Propaganda are on to Something By Nate Thayer April 13, 2013 In the last few weeks I can’t help but […]

Social Media Frightens Me: The Thoughtful Confessions of a Confirmed Skeptic

Social Media Frightens Me: The Thoughtful Confessions of a Confirmed Skeptic By Nate Thayer April 12, 2012 In all honesty, I don’t feel comfortable engaging in this whole social media thingamagig. But I am not an idiot. I knew I had to get with the program. I was confronted with this realization when recently I […]

Oops….Sorry About that Austin, Texas

Oops….Sorry About that Austin, Texas: An Otherwise Excellent Example of Great Journalism was Also a Tad Off The Korean Central News Agency Friday sent out one of the thousands of meticulously staged propaganda photographs they do each year, this one with a caption which included the description of an “urgent operation meeting on the Korean […]

My Friend, Arthur: the World’s Biggest Dope Trafficker

Herb Trader Arthur Torsone

Herb Trader: A Tale of Treachery and Espionage in the Global Marijuana Trade A Book Review, Sort of….. Excerpts from Sympathy for the Devil:A Journalist’s Memoir from Inside Pol Pot’s Cambodia. (To support the publication of Sympathy for the Devil, and to read other excerpts, see the right hand column of this website) (Copyright Nate Thayer. […]

The Atlantic feels the heat from journalism for no pay business model: “Our Freelance Rates Vary” says Editor James Bennet

The Atlantic responds to my blog post that has gone viral with more than 100,000 viewers to this blog since this morning, and thousands of retweets, reblogs, online discussions, and news articles from a global community concerned about the critically wounded state of professional journalism. I will be writing more on this topic in the […]

Has Kim Jong Un Had Plastic Surgery? China Says: No Comment: Pyongyang erupts following reports circulating in Chinese media

Has Kim Jong Un Had Plastic Surgery? China Says: No Comment Pyongyang erupts following reports circulating in Chinese media by Nate Thayer , January 24, 2013 http://www.nknews.org/2013/01/china-issues-censorship-order-on-official-north-korea-reporting/ NKNews.org In the wake of North Korean state media Thursday issuing vitriolic objections of the “sordid hackwork of rubbish media” who alleged their young dictator underwent plastic surgery to look […]

Out of 7,000 Internet Readers of This Blog Today, Exactly Zero Came From North Korea and Precisely One From China

Out of 7,000 Internet Readers  of This Blog Today, Exactly Zero Came From North Korea and Precisely One From China A Brief Data Report Addressing the Thousands of Speculative News Stories in Recent Days on the March Towards an IT Revolution by Pyongyang and a Commitment to a Free Press In Beijing By Nate Thayer […]