North Korean rulers attempted to enter the west using Brazilian passports

Being a despot sucks. International sanctions keep you from being able to import Game of Thrones DVDs or yellow cake uranium. No one ever tells you that there's food on your face and the anguished cries from your nation's gulags keep you and the rest of your family from getting a good night's rest. When you're not busy threatening the world with nuclear annihilation and when even having your enemies torn apart by dogs doesn't make you smile, it's time to melt away and take a vacation – get outta yer secretive nation!

Oh, if you happen to be from North Korea, you'll likely want to do it with a Brazilian passport.

According to Reuters, the despotic family of North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il attempted to leave their humanitarian crisis of a nation to visit western countries using illegally obtained Brazilian passports. It was long rumored that the Kims had been using forged travel documents for years to venture into the west in search of rest, relaxation and all of the shit that we don't want them to have because they're a terrible family doing horrendous things to millions of people. But up until now, no one, at least outside of the intelligence community, had ever seen any proof of it. That all changed this week when security sources provided Reuters with a photocopy of passports with Kim Jong Un and Kim Jong Il's photos in them. Unsurprisingly, the Brazilian government doesn't have much to say on the matter. Read the rest

Pretty-looking, RFID-blocking passport and ID card sleeves

I got a new Passport and Passport card, time for new RFID sleeves.

The new REAL ID stuff in the US is a pain. My California drivers license still doesn't emit any RF I know of, but my US Passport, Passport card and a few other forms of government ID I sometimes carry do.

This lovely-to-look-at set includes 10 card sized sleeves and 2 passport for $7.29. More than I'll likely need.

Credit Card Holder Protector Passport Holder Protector Sleeves 10 RFID Credit Card Sleeves, 2 RFID Passport Sleeves via Amazon

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Hatred of cowbells is grounds for denial of Swiss passports

Nancy Holten moved to Switzerland 34 years ago as a child, but she's just been denied a Swiss passport because her campaign to end the tradition of Swiss cowbells is "too annoying." Read the rest