Thursday, November 24, 2005

a bird-brained idea

This link popped up in my Korean news search, and it had two headlines smashed together:

When `Animals Predict Disaster;'
Uncovering Korea's Ugly Underbelly

With limited time on the 'Net, I glance over things too quickly, sometimes to my own detriment. When I saw this paragraph...

Another striking documentary shows that the world's bravest filmmakers may be the dissidents in North Korea exporting their work through underground channels. "Undercover in the Secret State," is on "CNN Presents" (CNN, Sunday, 8 and 11 p.m.).
...I put two and two together and thought they were saying something about North Korean dissidents using animals to smuggle in and out their documentaries, notes, and other things.

Um, but that's not what it was.

Animals are not the underground channel. Not even close. And here I am, 100% sober.

But then I thought, "Why not?" Why not train millions of homing pigeons or something to fly into North Korea to deliver messages, videos, letters from loved ones. And then take stuff back.

Of course, this would be expensive to train them all, and there's a danger the birds would be eaten by North Koreans not in the know, or shot by North Korean guards who are in the know, but it would be better than what we have now, which is nothing.

If no one else is willing to try, then I volunteer. Just as soon as I figure out how to apply for a multi-million dollar government grant.


At 11/29/2005 3:01 PM, Blogger hardyandtiny said...

Just a note: You take pigeons, usually by car, away from their home and then release them and they find their way back. You can't train them to leave home, go to a certain spot and then come back home. They'll never leave the area around their home.

At 11/29/2005 7:46 PM, Blogger Rachel Lynn said...

What about badgers or something? They'd have to be equipped with some kind of mine-detection device. Or dolphins, thus avoiding the DMZ. The whole thing is far-fetched enough that you can let your imagination run wild!

At 11/30/2005 8:49 PM, Blogger hardyandtiny said...

We have been doing it with people for more than 40 years.


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