Dead Drop: February 4

SLIM KIM, RIDING INTO THE SUNSET: Don’t read too much into that.  Pyongyang leader Kim Jong Un has dropped a bunch of weight and is pictured in a new 110-minute North Korean documentary riding a white horse on a dimly-lit beach. But he doesn’t appear to be going anywhere fast. Reuters says the video lauds Kim for tackling his country’s, “worst-ever hardships,” and struggling “to walk down makeshift stairs during a visit to a rainy construction site.”  The film’s narrator says: “This video showed his motherly side where he completely dedicated his own body to realize people’s dreams.” Motherly? It is unclear if the narrator is still with us.

YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SPACE FORCE: There is always someone who doesn’t get the word.  According to, among the uninformed was a Spirit Airlines ticket counter agent who was faced by a Space Force captain who wanted to score the discount the airline offers to those in uniform, allowing them to check bags for free.  The agent refused to believe that there really was such a thing as a Space Force. Fortunately, a supervisor was called who either knew (or was willing to accept) that Space Force Guardians are a thing – and that their bags were declared ready for launch – free of charge.

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