North Korea Ain’t Trying To Hear That

This is a picture from space of a country that does not allow its citizens to go online. A glimpse into a black hole, courtesy of The New York Times:

[T]he stark realities of life in North Korea were perhaps most evident in a simple satellite image over the shoulder of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld during an Oct. 11 briefing. The image showed the two Koreas — North and South — photographed at night. The South was illuminated from coast to coast, suggesting that not just lights, but that other, arguably more bedrock utility of the modern age — information — was pulsating through the population. The North was black. While other restrictive regimes have sought to find ways to limit the Internet — through filters and blocks and threats — North Korea has chosen to stay wholly off the grid.