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Open thread #234

Erin go bragh!  Its Saint Patrick’s Day!

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    Obama picked the Missouri Tigers for the Final Four. It’s somewhat endearing, but I do worry about the “Obama Touch” (which is sort of a reverse Midas Touch) queering the whole deal for Mizzou. It will make me more trepidatious about the Norfolk State game for sure.

    Thanks, Barack!

  • http://www.wm3.org/Updates iheartblueballs

    Brendon, I hope you found a nice high quality stream of the game. Mizzou’s monumental choke deserved to be seen in HD.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    My only regret is the emergency Slingbox purchase.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936
  • gbnhj

    C’mon WangKon, you know that’s not necessarily robbery. Normally, companies that retain their profits rather than disburse them to common shareholders increase in value, which reflects in increased share value at the bourse. The real problem here lies with the activities of folks holding the preferred shares.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Here’s something for tomorrow’s hangover:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_-Hpb0I_bE

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936
  • http://dok.do/4aVK41 Year of the Dragon

    Got your lotto in? http://www.645lotto.net/

  • http://dok.do/4aVK41 Year of the Dragon

    Apparently Chrome is the safest web browser – http://tiny.cc/5whabw

  • http://throughwhiteyseyes.blogspot.com whitey

    Is the Korean Blog Aggregator gone for good? I miss it.

  • http://adamsawry.wordpress.com Adams-awry

    St Patrick was English. Now that’s one in the eye for the Paddies!

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    Erin Brockovich brags enough already, so don’t encourage her!

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

  • gbnhj

    Agh, St. Patrick’s Day – haven’t we seen enough of it? Frankly, at this time, I’d like to see Erin go bragh less.

  • cm

    Here is a site for Joseonjoks in South Korea, discussing North Korean defectors. It is opinion that stories of North Korean defectors are fake orchestrated by South Koreans.

    http://bbs.moyiza.com/bbs/view.php?bbid=story_society&no=14283

    Their views are completely different from what we know, and their loyalties to PRC’s view seems unquestionable. There have been many clashes between South Koreans who think Joseonjoks are nothing more than “Chinese who know how to speak Korean”, and the Joseonjoks who consider South Koreans as, “running dogs of America”, often criticizing South Korea for trying to undermine China’s great rise. The Joseonjoks have been educated under the PRC education system, and they view China as their homeland, and South Korea as a small subordinate country.

    Politically and culturally, there is a great divide between South Koreans and the Joseonjok newcomers, that’s wide as the Pacific Ocean. It’s going to be a Herculean effort to try to bridge this gap, if everyone is going to have to live together.

  • DLBarch

    That Missouri loss to Norfolk State (who?) was actually a pretty good game, and definitely the early upset that no one saw coming.

    Beyond the humiliating loss, though, was that it pretty much screwed up the brackets of half the country, including one of mine. (I have two entries in our office pool…one with Missouri getting to the final four, and one with Marquette getting there instead, so at least one of my brackets remains competitive.)

    Strange there’s so little chatter of March Madness on MH…it’s pretty much the only thing going on in offices across the United States, and maybe just another example of how out-of-touch American expats are with life back in the home country.

    (I once tried to organize a March Madness pool among the numerous expats at one of my old jobs back in Seoul, and barely got a single taker. Total dicks!)

    DLB

  • CactusMcHarris

    Uncle B,

    I want you to know we was a rootin’ for the Tigs tonight, but they fell but one short, eh? Sorry to see it end so soon.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    The Mizzou game was actually a great game, and the ironic thing is that Missouri played well. Norfolk State just played better. As a basketball fan, it’s always great when David sticks it to Goliath, although I must admit I enjoyed the Lehigh-Duke game a little more than the Norfolk State-Mizzou game.

    Both games, by the way, could be found in pirate streaming sites and viewed in real time. I would much rather have paid the NCAA its US$3.99 (or US$9.99, or US$14.99) to be able to legitimately view these Tournament games via a lawful service.

  • gbnhj

    DLBarch, do you think it works the other way? You know, in that persons who used to live in Korea, but haven’t for a long time, might be out of touch with life back in the home country?

  • Jashin Densetsu
  • Creo69

    Jason Russell is a “born again” nut….there had to be a bizzare twist to the end of this all.

  • Jashin Densetsu

    Significant evidence of Algorithmic vote flipping. http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?363915-We-NEED-more-hands-on-deck.-Significant-evidence-of-Algorithmic-vote-flipping

    “Where we are – it appears we have strong evidence of vote flipping in the Primary. Or at least, anomalies have been discovered that are incredibly difficult to explain away, though a simple algorithm would explain them.

    Much of the research focuses on South Carolina, but we have extremely suspicious data on most other states as well, though we need to be careful since some states are primaries and others are caucuses, which need to be kept separate, even if both end up being fraudulent.

    The basic summary:
    1) Romney is always the only benefactor.
    2) There is evidence of vote flipping going back to the 2008 primary.
    3) The algorithm(s) being used are rather crude, often basic 1:1 flipping.
    4) Votes are often, but not always, siphoned from a single candidate. This candidate is often Ron Paul, but has also been Gingrich, Santorum, and even Huckabee in 2008.
    5) Romney benefits as precincts increase in size, and this increase is algorithmically ‘clean’ with little or no ‘white noise’ common to non-altered candidates. For example, we might see a steady 10% rise in Romney’s votes from precincts sized 50% to 80%, at which point it increases to a steady 15% (far after any differences in size should matter).
    6) Demographics are not at play, though this is the ‘debunk’ most often brought up by people new to the thread.”

  • Jashin Densetsu

    BTW similar anomalies have been found in the 2008 Democratic primaries. so Obama’s likely illegitimate.

  • Jashin Densetsu

    here’s a good visual representation of the fraud that has been and is going on right now http://i.imgur.com/lHqIa.jpg

    graph on left is from 2012, right is from 2008. and that’s one example of many. you can clearly see the 1-for-1 vote flip for the Romney and Gingrich lines on the left graph, and the Romney and Huckabee lines on the right graph. they’re likely slipping in name updates in the software to steal the votes.

  • Jashin Densetsu

    “Affected counties show a systematic, no-noise algorithmic increase in Romney’s votes from a specific hinge point to a specific hinge point, with the votes coming from different opposing candidates in different counties (sometimes neighboring). This is not based on the rural/urban divide, for we see this same precise incline even when looking at precincts within a specific city (in affected counties)… counties that show no evidence of anomalies have the expected, flat results for all candidates.

    Has this always happened?

    Well, here is a historical look at a couple counties in NH. Note that, no, this has not always happened. In fact, we get flatlines going back to 1996… except for Romney in 2012. http://i.imgur.com/x7rsY.jpg

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    Shorter version: There is no conspiracy theory unattractive to Jashin Densetsu.

  • Iang nio

    Celebrating St. Paddy’s with a twist….

    This is a great and very funny (if you get satire and irony that is…) link that combines graphic photoshop art, current affairs, political and financial shenanigans from across the globe with an acidic twist … Excellent photo-creativity, thought-provoking and funny.

    Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

    Colonel Flick’s photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/expd/

  • Jashin Densetsu

    don’t listen to me. look at the link, look at the data, and most importantly, look at the graphs. it’s staring at you in the face. it’s blatant.

  • http://dok.do/4aVK41 Year of the Dragon

    Police told reporters that Russell, 33, was allegedly masturbating in public and vandalizing cars, possibly while under the influence of alcohol.

    Officers had responded to calls about a man “in his underwear” who was running into traffic and screaming, NBC San Diego reported.

    what a wanker!!!

    I already thought he was a wanker, when I watched his “documentary” in which he explains to his ‘young’ son, about killers, and how bad people are killing, etc etc…

    poor son, having that info put into his mind…

  • Creo69

    “it’s staring at you in the face.”

    The only thing staring you in the face is four more years of economic recovery being led by Barack Obama!

  • df

    Insect O. – Four [Striesen Re-Dub] – Melted 008
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XGkyNnj21I&fmt=22

  • Iang nio

    #25 Brendon, do you not remember Bush Jr.’s vs Al Gore in Florida in 2000 (the chads endless recounting) fraud? It isn’t conspiracy (yes, it might be easier to label it as such). Unfortunately, Densetsu isn’t necessarily wrong – it’s just all rather ‘agreed upon’ behind closed doors – and this has been going on much longer than most of us here care to know.

    Politics behind closed curtains (I’m not talking about the communist regimes here) are owned by major political organisation that run on a global level rather than solely on a national and they run both sides of the aisle. The whole dog & pony show (whether it be in Canada, the US, Oz, Europe or wherever else) that is referred to as ‘elections’ is merely carried out to have the sheeple buy into the idea that they are ‘free to choose’.

    The whole political debates are a bloody farce and TPTB laugh at the idiocy of those that actually ‘buy into’ that idea. The vile and ugly side of politics is so despicable, the Kony incident, if seriously offputting, pales in comparison what is really going on.

    To even think that there is ‘true’ choice, one has to be rather too oblivious to how the deep rabbit hole is.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/

  • Iang nio

    That was meant to read “major political organisationS”.

    The military-industrial-complex is just one. The financial-political ‘lobbying’ ties in with all manner of political ‘interests/parties’ and their respective agendas (hence, the agenda BEHIND the agenda as mentioned one of my earlier posts).

    The infiltration of so-called ‘special interest groups’ (one could also refer to them as moles) is common practice in business, community affairs etc., etc. Religion is another major tool in having people comply with a certain ‘spiritual’ (cough) outlook. Africa – them nuns and missionaries – and South America are prime examples of this, with the Jesuit soldiers being extremely influential in Argentina and all the other previous Nazi ‘refugee’ havens).

    To this day, the Vatican is one of the powerful forces running the globe and the richest nation on the face of this earth – I kid you not.

    When it gets to extremes, ‘pro-lifers’ do not have a problem assassinating doctors that help women abort or abducting and kidnapping children in order to ‘save’ them, as happened after the Haiti earthquake, and undoubtedly elsewhere across the globe.

    That’s politics for you.

  • df
  • Creo69

    “do you not remember Bush Jr.’s vs Al Gore in Florida in 2000 ”

    Every American should remember that…look what we ended up with for eight years. Look how long it will take the USA to recover from those eight years.

    Cheaters never win in the long run.

  • Iang nio

    #33 Keiner will ‘Wetten dass…” übernehmen… nicht dass ich mir DIE Show jemals angekuckt hätte. Diese ‘abertausend Hände’ erinnert mich irgendwie an Synchronschwimmen…

    #27, This is just a ‘teaser’ that goes into more depth behind the whole KONY ‘show’. It’s a worthwhile read and as always, with Global Research (an independently run news and media website), thought-provoking, educational and looking at from a ‘root cause’ p.o.v. leading up to the current ‘AS IS’ “drama” and headline catching footage ore news coverage….

    QUOTE
    KONY 2012: Merchandising and Branding Support for US Military Intervention in Central Africa

    Edward Bernays believed that society could not be trusted to make rational and informed decisions on their own, and that guiding public opinion was essential within a democratic society. Bernays founded the Council on Public Relations and his 1928 book, Propaganda cites the methodology used in the application of effective emotional communication.

    He discovered that such communication is capable of manipulating the unconscious in an effort to produce a desired effect – namely, a capacity to manufacture mass social adherence in support of products, political candidates and social movements.

    UNQUOTE

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29652

    Both videos were meant to trigger a specific response (…) and both were successful in achieving this end.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    don’t listen to me.

    It’s a deal!

  • fanwarrior

    #17, why? If they don’t want your money, why should you care if they get it?
    They’re not your friend, they’re not your buddy, they’re a business and you’re a customer. If they don’t want to provide you the product on your terms, which they should have absolutely no problem doing at all, this whole artificial region restriction stuff is such BS, then why feel concerned that you had to watch a “pirate” feed?

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    If they don’t want to provide you the product on your terms, which they should have absolutely no problem doing at all, this whole artificial region restriction stuff is such BS, then why feel concerned that you had to watch a “pirate” feed?

    Because the whole thing had me jumping through my own butthole in order to be able to see the game — a nominal fee for a better experience is worthwhile to me.

  • paulhewson

    Hey baby!!!

    My alma mater beat Duke!!!

    HELL YEAH!!!

    Go Lehigh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://globalasianculture.com Liz

    @14

    Interesting link. Thank you.

    ===

    I recently discovered a YouTube channel for a video production company in Gyeongsang Namdo that produces beautiful footage of major towns in that province. Makes me wonder why everyone flocks to Seoul, when there’s just as livable, more scenic, and less expensive places to live in Korea.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/lbiz777

  • http://atlantarofters.blogspot.com The Sanity Inspector

    I second the wish that the Aggregator come back. It’s a wonder portal to a lot of great K-blogs. I hope it isn’t too much of a headache to keep it correctly operating.

    What’s that? Tipjar? Whoops, gotta run, look at the time…

  • Iang nio

    #40 “Makes me wonder why everyone flocks to Seoul, when there’s just as livable, more scenic, and less expensive places to live in Korea.”

    I wanted to move to Busan but somebody suggested I live in Seoul (as an adoptee, I am no longer fluent in Korean) because of the ‘accent’ being rather distinctive (even if does NOT compare to the one in Mokpo! Talk about ‘BROAD’…even I could pick it up without being fluent in Korean).

    I gather it is like speaking British English compared to American. The Seoul accent seems to be clearer and less obvious (and thus, easier to understand).

    In Britain, with the ‘wrong’ accent you are immediately put into a specific social background, even if (like me) one is not even British – it gives away your level of education.

    I have no real ‘attraction’ to Seoul – way too muggy for my liking, too expensive and too many people. I love the ocean, and the mountains in the background are a nice touch to the landscape – besides, it is one of the few places in Korea that I’ve seen where the buildings don’t overtake the natural surroundings. It is precisely because Busan is less hectic and less expensive that I just kinda fell in love with Busan and decided to live there. That’ll have to wait a little bit longer until I get a proper grip on Korean but that’s where I eventually want to live.

    And I love fish!

  • http://globalasianculture.com Liz

    @42

    I feel the same way about big cities in Asia in general. Traveling in Southeast Asia, I’ve noticed it’s always the smaller towns that are more attractive than the bigger metropolises. In Malaysia that’s Penang over chaotic KL, in Thailand Chiang Mai is so much more interesting than traffic choked Bangkok. And though I haven’t been to Suzhou, it’s definitely more of a culturally enriching experience than Shanghai. Or so I’ve been told.

    Hope you do eventually make it to Busan.

  • Sonagi

    In preparation for the Olympic Games, Suzhou and other host cities got new or renovated public facilities like parks and boardwalks that are open to all residents. I had never heard of Qingdao prior to being offered a job there and found it surpassed the positive reviews I got online from former residents. Congestion, smog, and high prices? No, thank you.

  • http://globalasianculture.com Liz

    @44

    Well if these photos are any indication, the Marmot himself owes Qingdao a visit.

    German buildings:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mokmf23/sets/72157600474265671/

  • gbnhj

    You know, if you’re going to steal some signal, you could do worse than cadging a few episodes of Showtime’s ‘Shameless’. Very entertaining cast and storylines.

  • numberoneoppa

    Funny open thread this week.

    Anybody have any idea why St. Patrick’s day is celebrated so widely?

    1. There aren’t actually that many Irish in the US.
    2. Nobody really likes the Irish.

  • Granfalloon

    numberoneoppa,

    1. There are a fuck ton of Irish in the US. I can’t imagine how you’ve missed ‘em, they’re freaking everywhere. If anything, we should be asking how such a small island is origin for such a massive demographic.

    2. Maybe you don’t like ‘em. Fair enough. But anyone who likes literature, folk music, beer or whiskey has to give at least a grudging nod to the Irish.

  • http://www.busanhaps.com Bobby McGill
  • Cloud

    @Jashin Densetsu
    Obama WILL be re-elected. Deal with it.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    No, he won’t.

  • r.rac

    OMG, I actually agree with Brendon on an issue. I would surely pay the NCAA (or Turner Sports who actually owns the website) heck even $20-30 to watch the tournament legitimately than have to rely on pirate streams. Just for the convenience of watching games later. I have a class during the National Finals as was planning to watch it later now I’m fucked

    I’ve seen a lot US radio stations etc now blocking listening from overseas which really sucks. I’ve gotten 2 different reasons why this is done from people in the business. 1) Int listeners dont generate revenue for the advertisers so they wont pay a higher price for ads 2) There are copyright problems with streams going abroad (again why for some stations while others including KUT in Austin have no problems is beyond me) 3) For sports the rights holder might be trying to generate revenue from international broadcasting rights which sucks because Korean networks dont want to pay for international events, thats why we have no NFL, NBA etc when they used to show them in the recent past

    If a station tells you “its too expensive now to allow international listeners to their stream” you know its total bullshit, this comes from a program director friend of mine for an FM station in the states

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    r.rac — If it’s any consolation, the national championship game is sure to be widely torrented, so you’ll be able to time-shift that way, assuming you avoid all English-speaking human contact and the Internet until you can get your download. It’s the earlier games that require jumping-through-your-own-butthole efforts.

  • keith

    England thrashed Ireland in the 6 nations 30-9! Happy St. Patrick’s day indeed. LOL

  • http://dok.do/4aVK41 Year of the Dragon

    Makes me wonder why everyone flocks to Seoul, when there’s just as livable, more scenic, and less expensive places to live in Korea.

    It’s all about education…

    Koreans wish to live in Seoul so their kids can go to good schools, good universities and get good jobs.

    Even those who live in beautiful rural areas within Gyeonggi-do often tell me they wish they could live where I live (Jamsil) because their kids would be able to go to better schools. Meanwhile I wish I could live where they live, for the peaceful quietness, friendly neighbors and fresh air.

  • Iang nio

    #47 Where have you been living? All of New York is chock full of ‘em, the entire East Coast of the US at one time was invaded by the Irish (the potato famine in the late 19 century had a lot do with that).

    Have you ever watched ‘Father Ted’? It’s a hilariously (just silly, really) funny sitcom in a very Irish accent about three priests in (very, very Catholic Ireland) on godforsaken little ‘Craggy Island’ IN Ireland – which is almost like breaking a taboo – you’re not supposed to take the piss on the frock wearing ‘men of God’! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqM_9_5SCdU

    “Lord of the Dance” (Irish step dance has been taking the world by storm with Michael Flatley) a very unique Irish dancing style and quite fiery. And they like to DRINK! And sing and then get into a good brawl. And you don’t know why St. Paddy’s is celebrated?

    #49 Bobby McG (remind me of Janis Joplin’s song), I thought about putting that up here, too… The cultural pressures need a vent…and because ‘therapy’ is a no-no (lose of face and everything that comes with that), it’s ‘better to be addicted’ than ‘afflicted’…so-to-speak.

    #55 YotD, That’s the impression I got, too… Quality of life is a different matter all together but as far as the good universities are concerned (such as the SKY tripod…), that’s all concentrated in Seoul – unfortunately.

  • Arghaeri

    If anything, we should be asking how such a small island is origin for such a massive demographic.

    Potato Blight !

  • http://dok.do/4aVK41 Year of the Dragon

    #55 YotD, That’s the impression I got, too… Quality of life is a different matter all together but as far as the good universities are concerned (such as the SKY tripod…), that’s all concentrated in Seoul – unfortunately.

    Meanwhile the BEST schools in Korea – Daewon, Goyang, Sangsan, and Yongin High Schools (each producing at least 200 of the 2012 school year’s admittants to the SKY schools (Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University) – HALF of them aren’t even in Seoul.

  • Q
  • numberoneoppa

    ^What do you expect? Koreans don’t think very much.

  • numberoneoppa

    @Granfalloon: You’re right, there are too many.

  • Iang nio

    “Meanwhile the BEST schools in Korea – HALF of them aren’t even in Seoul.

    #58, and a real shame, that. And an enormous economic burden on the parents – which might go some way to explain why S. Korea has one of the lowest birth rates in East Asia. It’s ironic then, that in spite of this factor, Korea still sends children abroad for adoption (taking the much contorted attitude and cultural conditioning of ‘blood relations’ relevance into account…). As was related by an anonymous (American teacher) contributor in an article over at 3WM, it’s still loaded with stigma and a taboo to adopt orphans in Korea proper; a secret to be taken to the grave….

  • Iang nio

    #58 of course I meant to say ‘universities’ not being more equally distributed across the Korean island. From a strictly geographically speaking p.o.v. and looking at the map – S. Korea (like Britain) is an island (wink).

  • Q

    Many Koreans are sick of urban life. Some decided to leave big city and live in rural area with great landscape. But how many Koreans do you think can afford to make that big life style change, even though they are sick of competitive stressful life in the city.

    노루목 하연이네 is one of the family of courage who decided to live in rural area:

    http://youtu.be/fCsHJOGlGWY

  • http://globalasianculture.com Liz

    @55 @58 @61 @62

    To me it’s fairly obvious the root cause of Korea’s education crisis runs deeper than just some hypercompetitive students and their nagging parents who want bragging rights to their SKY children. It’s a pity but it’s true — in Korea education is not really about education, but a meal ticket to joining the 1%.

    This dawned on me only because I kept running into some pretty weird surveys about what Koreans in their 20s and 30s consider an ideal marriage partner. Weird because according to these surveys what matters isn’t personality compatibility but the material benefits and prestigiousness of your spouse. Weirder because the parents’ occupation and their net worth are important factors of consideration!

    This is just one survey conducted by matchmaking service Sunoo, seen here on a personal blog. As the blogger remarks at the end, why even bother with marriage when these conditions are completely unattainable for so many.

    Just a few highlights since the survey is in Korean:

    -The ideal husband should make at least 200 mm won (<USD 200,000), his net worth at least 1 bn won (<USD 1million), his father should be a PhD.
    -The ideal wife should be a professor with a PhD, her parent's assets should be at least 2 bn won, and she should enjoy photography and yoga.

    Either die laughing, or help yourself to some Advil.

    Link: http://cafe.naver.com/babohwany.cafe?iframe_url=/ArticleRead.nhn%3Farticleid=1126&amp;

  • Q

    인간극장 – 굿바이 서울: http://youtu.be/xSj2JEKBBHQ

  • Iang nio

    #63 “in Korea education is not really about education, but a meal ticket to joining the 1%”

    Yes. I totally get that… I also remember reading about the ‘criteria’ (…) for the “ideal” (cough) partner for marriage (f/m). Globalisation has truly and verily arrived in Korea. I’m not sure whether that’s good or a bad thing – as always, nothing is ever as clear-cut as one would prefer it to be.

    The other day I was reading this very peculiar article on ‘lights off Wednesday’, sending people home early to … engage in “adding to Korea’s population” via company/government ‘decree’ (ahem…). Of course, it also touched on the fact that the deeply ingrained Confucian work ‘ethic’ is phenomenally counterproductive (in more ways than one) to actually conducting a content and having a happy marital ‘private life’ and thus ‘naturally’ producing more children.

    Whether ‘Advil’ or Prozac it boils down to the same – it’s all rather depressing (see #49). I think it was the Chosun Ilbo that recently published an article on people choosing to marry later in life (early 40s or thereabouts) and thus have more ‘freedom of choice’ in terms of economic independence. But then again, if one knows that women still get fired upon getting married (or pregnant) I do understand the rationale behind women’s ‘logic’ of having a well-to-do hubby even if he’s not at home (…). The concept of romantic marriage is even by Western standards, a fairly new one. Which just seems to confirm the saying:

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Same old, same old.

  • Q

    The Daum cafe of 귀농사모/한국 귀농인 협회 has over 115 thousands members who have interest in living in rural area.

    http://cafe.daum.net/refarm

  • Sonagi

    Do you think having a premarital checklist is unique to Korea, Liz? Young Chinese are similarly calculating. In the past, the only meal ticket of sorts was becoming a Party official or marrying one; China’s post-Deng billionaires have changed the playing field but rather than leveling it, it’s become even hillier.

  • CactusMcHarris

    ‘ it’s become even hillier’

    And I thought we had the hillocks of pillocks here!

  • Sonagi

    Indians and Pakistanis are very particular about choosing spouses, according to American friends with parents who immigrated from those countries. In addition to having a degree from a prestigious university, a high-paying white-collar job, and wealth, prospective brides advertised themselves as “fair” in matrimonial ads seeking men of the same socioeconomic background. I’d expect young unmarried people in the Middle East and many African countries also to have “high eyes.”

  • http://globalasianculture.com Liz

    @65

    Do you think having a premarital checklist is unique to Korea, Liz? Young Chinese are similarly calculating.

    No actually, I do not think it’s unique to Korea. And why bring the Chinese into it? Can we not talk about the Chinese at this point? This has nothing to do with the fishing dispute or China’s burgeoning social problems.

  • Q

    Most affluent Chinese kids studying abroad, especially in the US, are from faithful communist party member families. Chinese who writes fluent English and advocating PRC are 십중팔구(十中八九) are spoiled brat of wealthy communist party families.

  • yuna

    I guess it’s more that it can be broadly sweeped under “third world/developing economy” mentality. Korea is still far behind (or ahead to stretch it a bit- whichever you want to look at it) in its mass group-think of social climbers as well as a number of other things – luxury brand craving and blatant money-flaunting by not just the rich and but *everybody*.

  • Sonagi

    I mentioned the Chinese because you seem to have only nice things to say about China and generally negative things to say about Korea. As someone who has lived in both China and Korea and speaks both Chinese and Korean, I find your pro-Chinese, anti-Korean viewpoints rather odd. If you’d rather not discuss China, well, okay by me.

  • http://globalasianculture.com Liz

    @69

    Korea is in a weird warp of sorts — I think that’s what you’re referring to here, and if so, I agree. Developing countries are highly stratified by class. Countries that come to mind where people aren’t as socially mobile are India, maybe even Cambodia, Thailand. You’re born into a station in life, and you accept the abuse and corruption of the more powerful because your accept it. And you definitely don’t try to flaunt or pass yourself as wealthy or a member of the elite.

    Korea probably was no different, but because it broke away from this mindset a while ago many Koreans probably find themselves juggling contradictions. And I think it’s tragic when stories like these seem to emerge. Like you mentioned in your comment about luxury goods, lavish weddings are not just for the rich anymore, even young couples who cannot afford the fancy ceremony at Shilla Hotel are diving in, borrowing frightening sums of money, only to take on a heavy debt that brings them down.

    http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/03/19/2012031900157.html?news_Head1

  • yuna

    #71 LOL, I just wrote a post on the very same thing, then refreshed the page to find your comment.

  • yuna

    #71 I think this is mainly because of the lack of foresight by the educated and the wealthy class in pre-modern Korea to keep maintaining it by conceding wisely. The equivalent of “guillotine” happened too late (along with its modernization) and in a tumultous way. It’s brought about the 개나소나 mentality in the worst possible way.

  • yuna

    However, getting away from the doom and the gloom, that’s why we have “dynamic” Korea, eh?

  • yuna

    tumultuous innit.

  • Jashin Densetsu

    Missouri Caucus Goes Into Meltdown As Officials Commit Republican Voter Fraud http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeYdA2U0v9g

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    its good to see iangnyo has all the answers regarding korea’s low birthrate. perhaps she could tell us white folk has such low birthrates. could she tell us that? my thinking is, western ladies dont have kids becuase they’re too into materials needs to bother w children. thats just my opinion of course but anyway, how come white people have suchlow bithrates? my black friend told me its because white men beat their women. i am not sure i believe that though.

  • http://dok.do/4aVK41 Year of the Dragon

    South Korean Birth rate: 8.55 births/1,000 population (2011 est.)

    South Korean Death rate: 6.26 deaths/1,000 population (July 2011 est.)

    Statistics Korea recently reported that the birth rate among women of peak childbearing age rose slightly, from 1.149 to 1.226 children per woman in 2010.

    The rise was attributed to three factors: more women than men in the age group getting married and capable of giving birth, as these women are the children of baby boomers born between 1955 and 1963; stronger economic growth last year than in the previous year; and government’s birth incentives, including financial support for education and lunch fees.

    Still, Korea’s fertility rate is below the average of 2.1 children per woman needed to maintain current population levels.

    Pawi, your black friend told me its because Korean men beat their women. I am not sure I believe that though.

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    wait a minute, dragon. i thought u were black. i had an australian friend once. thsts how he referred to the koori. anyway why are white peopkes birth rates do low? i mean wrsterners love to talk about low asian birth rates cuz it fits their stereotype of asexual asians. of course they never explain their own dismal birthrates. why is that? its just like them criticizing korean men leaving all those babies around asia while leaving out the fact they’ve done the same thing. can you offer an opinion of why western birthrates are so low?

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    here’s an interesting look at european demographics from the wilson quarterly. i highly recommend it. pay special attention to what the author says about china. that’s why korea needs nukes and big friends. check out the comments too. many are skeptical to the author’s thesis. interesting all around!

    http://www.wilsonquarterly.com/article.cfm?aid=1408

  • http://dok.do/4aVK41 Year of the Dragon

    wait a minute, dragon. i thought u were black.

    Hate to educate you Pawi, but Koori’s aren’t black. They have a brown skin color, many have light brown to whitish skin.

    My mother has light brown skin, my brother and sister light brown skin, brown hair, brown eyes, I have olive-colored skin, hazel green eyes – people often mistake me for being Italian and mistake my mother for being Greek.

    All of these kids are Koori (Indigenous Australian Aboriginal) – notice their skin color is NOT black… http://tiny.cc/6tyebw
    http://tiny.cc/jtyebw http://tiny.cc/5syebw

  • Iang nio

    #82 “perhaps she could tell us white folk has such low birthrates. could she tell us that? my thinking is, western ladies dont have kids becuase they’re too into materials needs to bother w children. thats just my opinion of course but anyway, how come white people have suchlow bithrates?”

    I don’t have all the answers nor I care for them. The social engineering that started with women’s lib in the mid 60s (and the pill) and the changing ‘landscape’ of the dynamics between f/m ‘workforce’ (…), rising costs of child-rearing/living, unemployment, financial crisis’ with no end in sight, social disintegration (as a result of social engineering), nutrition increasingly being loaded with chemicals & the abuse of medication (having an immediate effect on fertility in both sexes) are all part of an extremely complex and multi-faceted issue. It’s not like the world has to worry about going extinct anytime soon, though. It’s just that the ‘wealth of children’ are more concentrated in those countries where women still have no say and means to control what happens to their body (and is not theirs to begin with).

    The materialistic (money grabbing) mentality is a universal phenomenon that is also not not gender specific and most decidedly not limited to ‘Western ladies’…

  • YangachiBastardo

    Developing countries are highly stratified by class. Countries that come to mind where people aren’t as socially mobile are India, maybe even Cambodia, Thailand

    MMH how about the US ? Social mobility in the US is pretty much the lowest in the western world, even lower than some Mediterranean nations, once trailer trash, always trailer trash: the American Dream is pretty much dead and buried

    in Korea education is not really about education, but a meal ticket to joining the 1%”

    Really ? The West instead is populated of introverted, pious, morally rect thinkers of deep intellect who devote the most fruit-bearing years of their life to a relentless, uncompromising search for the Truth…get a life

  • AED

    The folks at Vice have another North Korea related video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awQDLoOnkdI

  • jkitchstk

    Apple to buy gnusmaS with its $100 billion.
    MG Seigler, “To that end, maybe crazy, but what about buying gnusmaS?”
    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/what-will-apple-do-with-its-100-billion-cash/71831
    Apple to Announce what to do with Money…
    http://parislemon.com/post/19539255336/apple-to-announce-what-theyre-going-to-do-with-their

  • Iang nio

    #89 What a pretentious idiot that dude is – that patronising, rambling style is so NOT interesting – I only watched the first part. By contrast, this story is stomach turning upsetting and right from the horse’s mouth.

    How one man escaped from a North Korean prison camp.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/mar/16/escape-north-korea-prison-camp?fb=native&CMP=FBCNETTXT9038

    The article is long, it’s absolutely devastating and disturbing. So, if you have ADD, don’t even begin reading it. From reading the article, he seems to be the only person to ever have managed to escape and tell the tale.

  • slim
  • http://dok.do/4aVK41 Year of the Dragon

    #91

    How one man escaped from a North Korean prison camp.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/mar/16/escape-north-korea-prison-camp?fb=native&CMP=FBCNETTXT9038

    If the story is completely true, I think in the event of NK’s regime collapsing, it’s best not to allow North Koreans to leave NKorea until they have been fully trained to act like real human beings.

  • Jashin Densetsu

    Pandemonium at Missouri GOP Caucus as Republican Party Leaders Seen Attempting to Steal It From Ron Paul Supporters http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9192

  • Q

    Coup d’etat in China? 중국내란, ‘삭제·검색 불가’ 강력 인터넷 통제 중

    http://news.sportsseoul.com/read/life/1019253.htm

  • http://koreanlanguagenotes.blogspot.com/ gbevers

    Near Flagstaff, AZ on the first day of spring:

    PHOTO

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    I posted a link to the news that Mike Hurt has suffered a stroke, but the comment is in moderation, I suppose.

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

  • bumfromkorea

    @96
    Arizona – a stunningly beautiful state filled with horrible people. You know, to balance everything out.

  • http://askakorean.blogspot.com thekorean

    I posted a link to the news that Mike Hurt has suffered a stroke, but the comment is in moderation, I suppose.

    I don’t see any pending comment…

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    I posted a link to Zen Kimchi’s blog, but I guess the comment was lost. I can’t access ZK now for some reason, so I’ll link to Kevin Kim’s blog: Big Hominid.

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

  • http://www.sperwerslog.com Sperwer
  • Jashin Densetsu

    Mar 21, 2012 AN ASIA TIMES ONLINE EXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION
    Insider trading 9/11 … the facts laid bare http://atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/NC21Dj05.html

  • http://askakorean.blogspot.com thekorean

    This was an interesting interview with Kim Ki-Hwan in the WSJ. Particularly interesting for me was this part:

    “We will say Korea should make its currency fully convertible without delay. Under the Roh Moo-hyun government, Korea should have achieved full convertibility by 2011. That commitment was made partly because of our own advocacy. Since then, two things happened. One is the global financial crisis. The other is the Lee Myung-bak government. The Lee government has failed to appreciate the primacy of financial services.”

    And this part:

    “Bifurcating the supervisory organization at the beginning of the Lee Myung-bak government was a step backward. But more importantly, they [financial services industry] should have full professional supervisors.”

    If there was one area I would have picked the LMB administration to do right, I would have picked finance sector.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Meet the new LG. Less laid back foreigner and more crabby ajosshi:

    http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2012/03/133_107404.html

  • Iang nio

    #94 This is the man answering the questions in the article you linked. Get it straight from the horse’s mouth. He’s got a style of his own, all right… Very knowledgeable, sharp and – ‘on the money’ … The enfant terrible of the financial anarchists, he was one of those that ‘developed’ algorithms by which computer systems self-activate trading by just hitting one key. One of the most unreported events was the ‘flash crash – fat finger’ “error” in May 2010 where in the space of 20 minutes half a billion (you read that correctly) were gone – zap – poof! – bye, bye… It turned out it was deliberate… In disgust of the insider trading that was going on at WS, he left NY and lives now in Paris, protesting against the ripping off of ‘da banksters’ screwing you every which way they can.

    Keiser has a huge ego but he’s still worth listening to every once in a while…

    http://maxkeiser.com/

    The insider trading on 9/11 was a major give-away as were the (cough) Israelis that were told to stay at home the morning of 9/11. As the saying goes: “follow the money and maybe you’ll find some honey”.

    9/11 was the pretext by which the whole financial system was to be forever altered with the long-term agenda of establishing a one world currency and the fight for resources on the entire African, Minor Asian and South American continents. Keiser mentions the currency wars almost ad infinitum on his website – which explains why the whole €/$/¥ and now the other currencies are under constant attack and ‘forced’ to play by the financial oligarchy’s imposed ‘rules, regulations and orders’.

  • http://askakorean.blogspot.com thekorean

    Jeremy Lin in the last four games, otherwise known as the Mike Woodson era: 14 points, 6.75 assists, 1 steal, 3.5 TO per game, 54.8% shooting. Take out the Portland game in which the Knicks’ starters barely played the second half (as they were leading 55-29,) the three-game average is: 16.7 points, 7 assists, 0.7 steal, 2.7 TO per game, 55.6% shooting.

    The slight downturn in the numbers is mostly attributable to the fact that Lin’s minutes are slightly down, to around 27 minutes per game. (Around 29 mpg after taking out the Portland game.) As long as he keeps improving (a reasonable assumption when it comes to NBA point guards,) my projection of 18 ppg and 9 apg is eminently within Lin’s reach.

    But, as someone will indubitably screech, it’s too early to make a long term projection.

  • http://www.wm3.org/Updates iheartblueballs

    I don’t think 18 and 9 over a season is within reach, and if it is, it’s probably a bad sign for the Knicks because he shouldn’t be bearing that much of the offensive load. Lin’s reduced role in the Woodson era so far (in terms of minutes and shots) is exactly what it should be, and will benefit his development more in the long term.

    15 and 7 is a much more reasonable target. A reduced role, 25-30 min and 10 shots a game is reasonable, and will do a few things that’ll help him become more consistent:

    (1) Reduce the pressure on him to carry the team or be a huge factor offensively, which he is not built to do over any sustained period, and with Melo/Stat back he should never be in that position again anyway.

    (2) Lower the wear and tear of defending opposing PGs for 35-40 mins a night, which he absolutely cannot do, and which was probably the biggest factor in his recent offensive struggles and was a big factor in the long losing streak when opposing PGs were piling up huge games against the Knicks.

    (3) Allow him to pick and choose his opportunities for offense and be a low-volume/high efficiency offensive player. The trap he fell into during the losing streak when he was shooting more and his FG% was diving, was forcing penetration and shots, which was likely a result of overconfidence from the Linsanity era. The fact is, the Knicks don’t need him to score much. He needs to find Melo coming off screens, run the pick and roll w/ Stat, and be able to penetrate and kick. He only needs to shoot and score enough to be a threat, preventing other teams from sagging off of him or doubling with his defender on Melo/Stat.

    (4) Let’s him learn from his mistakes, adapt to being an NBA starter, develop better habits on offense (rather than the terrible ones he was developing when asked to carry the team and put up 20 shots in 40 mins), cut down on the turnovers, and the most difficult one — learning to defend good PGs….all without the Linsanity pressure.

    All-Star and Hall of Fame PGs play heavy minutes, put up big offensive numbers, are generally good or at least avg at defending opposing PGs (and if they’re not…paging Steve Nash…they better be phenomenal offensively to make up for poor D), and they do all of those things consistently year after year against both bad and good teams, at home and on the road. My point the entire time was that Lin was not even close to being at the level required to do all of those things simultaneously, and his performance since Linsanity is solid evidence of that point.

    Right now he’s probably an average NBA point guard (although more prone to large production swings than most), all things considered. Like any rookie getting his first taste of consistent minutes, he’s going to fluctuate a lot and have considerable periods of hot and cold. And given that earlier this year he was in the D-League and on the verge of release, that’s a significant accomplishment. It should be enough to celebrate that accomplishment alone, without exaggerating either his performance or his potential going forward.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    Thanks, coach, for the hot shot of piss in our cornflakes every morning.

  • http://askakorean.blogspot.com thekorean

    I don’t think 18 and 9 over a season is within reach, and if it is, it’s probably a bad sign for the Knicks because he shouldn’t be bearing that much of the offensive load.

    When I say 18 and 9, I mean that as his “peak” stats as he goes through the prime of his career, not this season. If he does that while keeping the FG% nearly 50%, that’s in Kevin Johnson territory.

    But it’s too early. As long as he plays well, it will be too early.

  • http://www.wm3.org/Updates iheartblueballs

    Thanks, coach, for the hot shot of piss in our cornflakes every morning.

    If only I lived in Brendonworld. You know, the world where Sarah Palin is prime world-leader material and Herman Cain was the GOP savior, where Obama had no chance of being elected in 2008 and again has no chance in 2012, and where apparently Jeremy Lin = the next Michael Jordan.

    If that’s the alternative, gimme the urine-soaked flakes with lots and lots of extra piss.

  • http://www.cfekorea.com nayaCasey

    106 thekorean and 107 iheartblueballs, about 15 and 7 or 18 and 9.

    At the moment, there are exactly ZERO players in the NBA averaging 18 points and 9 assists per game. Only 2 players are averaging at least 9 assists per game.

    At the moment, there are SIX players in the NBA averaging 15 points and 7 assists per game (Lawson and Lin are both just below that, although Lin is above that average in his starts).
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/stats/byposition?pos=PG&sort=25&qualified=0&conference=NBA&year=season_2011

    As a reminder, 3 of those six with the 18 and 9 combo were #1 draft picks (Paul, Rose, Wall), #3 (Williams), #24 (Lowry), #28 (Parker). Lin, undrafted, and stats wise, with 15 and 7 as a standard, then Lin is doing quite well. So in that case, he would be ABOVE average when it comes to point guards.

    As a starting guard, Lin is averaging 19 points, 8 assists per game.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/4795/splits;_ylt=AtQBt3aULcl_lrzc_vynUiikvLYF
    4 other players are above that combo. Paul (#1 pick), Williams (#3 pick), Rose (#1 pick), Parker (#28).

    The Knicks won again although the Knicks shot only 36 percent as a team and Lin was 4 for 17 (almost as bad as Kobe Bryant’s recent 3 for 20 night).

  • http://www.cfekorea.com nayaCasey

    Reset: As a reminder, 3 of those six with the 15 and 7 combo were #1 draft picks (Paul, Rose, Wall), #3 (Williams), #24 (Lowry), #28 (Parker). Lin, undrafted, and stats wise, with 15 and 7 as a standard, then Lin is doing quite well. So in that case, he would be ABOVE average when it comes to point guards.

  • http://www.wm3.org/Updates iheartblueballs

    Dear lord, in my haste I forgot my favorite dispatch from Brendonworld: That Jerome Corsi’s blockbuster best-seller and investigative phenomenon Where’s The Birf Certificate? was going to finally “clear things up” regarding the birthplace of the Muslim Manchurian Candidate. Oh man, good good times looking back on that one.

    See Brendon, when your diet includes a daily bowl of cornflakes served up by the likes of Palin and Corsi, you should be begging for piss in your bowl, if for no other reason than to save yourself the embarrassment of having associated yourself with such charlatans and carnival barkers.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    blueballs — Here’s what I remember about Birfergate: You and all your Obamunist friends confidently declaiming the legal impossibility (Impossible! you said) of Barack Obama himself obtaining, upon request, a copy of his Hawaii birth certificate. Yet somehow he did. But I thought it was impossible?

    You guys hew so closely to the Order of the Day I would welcome you on our quarterdeck any time.

    But you definitely need to lay off the asparagus.

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Can somebody tell me why the Jets just traded for Tim Tebow?

  • bumfromkorea

    @Robert

    Have I got a meme for you.

  • 깊은 구멍 속에

    Because the Jets suck? If he starts a game again in his career I’ll be surprised. Who pays that much for a shitty back-up, seriously?

  • http://www.wm3.org/Updates iheartblueballs

    You and all your Obamunist friends confidently declaiming the legal impossibility (Impossible! you said) of Barack Obama himself obtaining, upon request, a copy of his Hawaii birth certificate. Yet somehow he did. But I thought it was impossible?

    State law forbid that process, and still does. Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy made an exception with the blessing of the State AG and at the request of the White House. Sad that an extralegal process was required, but pantsing the tinfoil brigade was worth it.

    The Obamunists and their friends lured all you birfers out into the middle of the school cafeteria, turned out the lights, pulled your pants down, and then flipped the switch for all to have a hearty laugh. And let’s face it Brendon, your Obama Derangement Syndrome marked you all along as ready and willing to be duped. You basically loosened your belt and put your hands in the air all by yourself.

    Burning questions remain though, Brendon: Did Corsi’s book clear things up for you? There are a couple hundred 5-star reviews for his birfer masterpiece on Amazon, so can we safely assume you’re among them? Are you still waiting for Trump’s investigators to file their final report? Does the prospect of the new “investigation” and “stunning discoveries” from Sheriff Joe in Arizona get you all chubbed up and ready to order more books from fools peddling to easy marks? Have you managed to contact Orly Taitz yet to offer your professional support for her continued quest to uncover the truf about the birf certificate of our so-called President? Do you scan World Net Daily on an hourly basis in search of the smoking gun of what Obama is hiding? (Gotta admit, my favorite part of that birfer thread I linked to…your continued insistence that Obama just HAD TO BE HIDING SOMEFING!!!!! [cue scary music])

  • http://vmphotography.com.au hoju_saram

    Thanks for the laugh, IHBB. I haven’t been as entertained since Trump was roasted at the Correspondents Dinner by the Moslem Kenyan Charlatan Himself.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    blueballs — I done tole you already, I wasn’t ever a birther. Haven’t ordered Corsi’s book, don’t subscribe to any newsletters from World News Daily or Orly Taitz. I’ve not doubted Obama’s birth in Hawaii myself. What intrigued me was the supposed impossibility of producing the birth certificate once it emerged as some kind of issue.

    Anyway, I know you must be having some fun misrepresenting my position. So laugh it up.

  • Granfalloon

    “Obamunist?” It’s okay when J-Dense uses that word: he’s functionally retarded. But counselor Carr? Aw fuck it, why not? It doesn’t make any sense, but that doesn’t seem to stop anybody these says.

  • judge judy

    Anyway, I know you must be having some fun misrepresenting my position. So laugh it up.

    gotta say i had a hearty a chuckle. i’ve often assumed brendon’s got the nicest tin foil hat money can buy.

  • Jieun K

    Q: What might the final chapter of an ill-conceived political doctrine look like?
    A: Sisyphean survival of self void of even the filial sense, much less morality.

    As a wake-up call for humanity on how not to fall for a quasi-utopia of an ideology, a journalist reconstructs a a man’s escape from a North Korean prison camp:

    The document was a family rap sheet. . . . The unforgivable crime Shin’s father had committed was being the brother of two young men who had fled south during the Korean war. Shin’s crime was being his father’s son.
    . . .
    She scanned the crowd and found Shin. He refused to hold her gaze. When guards pulled away the box, she jerked about desperately. As he watched his mother struggle, Shin thought she deserved to die.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    i’ve often assumed brendon’s got the nicest tin foil hat money can buy.

    It’s pretty old. I bought it when Skylab was falling.

  • slim

    The US is enjoying/suffering/experiencing a new boy/girl band revival.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/big-time-rush-one-direction-the-wanted-the-boy-band-is-making-a-comeback/2012/03/20/gIQAxsvCSS_story.html

    I was expecting to find K-pop groups mentioned but in all the ink spilled so far, I’m not seeing it. Is this an oversight b the US music press? Has the Wave crested and receded?

  • http://www.wm3.org/Updates iheartblueballs

    I done tole you already, I wasn’t ever a birther.

    Of course, my mistake. Instead of embarrassing yourself by aligning directly with the balls-out birfers, you embarrassed yourself by trying to thread the needle of maintaining a safe distance from birfer crazytown and all the laughter that went with that, while at the same time latching onto their belief that somefing about the Muslim just wasn’t right, that he was clearly hiding somefing. And if only he and his fellow Obamunists would stop obstructing the truf-seekers, we could finally get to the bottom of whether or not he’s a real Merkun, because hey, that’s an honest question that needs to be answered for the good of the country, and until it is answered, the entire republic is in danger.

    Your words:

    I don’t necessarily believe that Barack Obama was born outside the United States. I simply don’t have enough information. It is precisely because we don’t have enough information that so many are suspicious. There’s a book coming out in a few weeks which may clear things up.

    I’m 98% convinced Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. But I do think he’s hiding something and wish our press would do its job instead of carrying his water. And if the thing he’s hiding turns out to be birth abroad… What a shocker that would be!

    So congratulations on being a level 6 birfer on a scale of 1-10. The fact that you were deluded enough to think that Corsi’s Birfer Bullshit would actually clear things up tells us two important things: One, that you were gullible enough to believe it was murky in the first place and needing clearing up. Two, that the person you most trusted to clear it up was a 9-11 trufer and dedicated level 10 birfer who spent the last few years pushing the birfer conspiracy to dupes. That seems to be pretty solid evidence that on the sprectrun of sane to birfer, you were very much on the birfer end of the spectrum. If being Orly Taitz lite instead of the full nutball version makes you proud, then well done.

    And by the way, that needle-threading routine was the Fox News and conservative media go-to move for a solid year. Let’s face it, when your core audience is eager to believe bullshit conspiracy theories and easily manipulated, but you’re still in the position of having to pretend to be Fair N Balanced, you try to straddle the line in exactly the same way Brendon did:

    “Now I’m not necessarily saying that Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. I’m just saying that we don’t have enough information to definitively say that he’s not a Muslim born in Kenya. There are reasonable suspicions surrounding this guy, and we simply don’t have all the information necessary to decide if our current President is or is not a Muslim born in Kenya. The biggest reason for the suspicion is because the potential Muslim born in Kenya has been actively orchestrating a cover-up, and it’s clear to all that even if he’s not a Muslim born in Kenya, he IS hiding important information from us. And if he IS a Muslim born in Kenya, then that would make he, his agenda, and the entire Democratic Party illegitimate and un-Merkan. But we just don’t know whether that’s true or not, so be careful about jumping to conclusions until all the information is available. See, I’m not a birfer. I just want the truth about the potential anti-American foreign radical leading the country to emerge from under the cloud of suspicion enveloping him. Wink wink wink.”

  • http://www.wm3.org/Updates iheartblueballs

    When I say 18 and 9, I mean that as his “peak” stats as he goes through the prime of his career, not this season. If he does that while keeping the FG% nearly 50%, that’s in Kevin Johnson territory.

    Fair enough, I still think that’s ridiculously optimistic. I would say the odds of JL averaging 18/9 w/ close to 50% FG for an entire season, at any time in his career, are about 20,000:1. If you drop the FG% to 45, probably 5000:1.

    For comparables, the players in NBA history that went 18/9/50%: Magic, Nash, Oscar R, Kev Johnson, C Paul, Jerry West, Deron W. Drop the FG% to 48 and you add Isiah Thomas, Sleepy Floyd, Tiny Archibald, Reggie Theus. In other words, some of the greatest PGs in history, and a few very very good PGS who had one phenomenal season and outstanding careers. Sustaining those numbers over an entire season makes you a no-brainer All-Star, and a likely HOFer if you can do it over a period of several seasons. Even dropping to 45% only adds Mark Price, Rod Strickland, Sam Cassell, and Tim Hardaway. All greats.

    Lin, undrafted, and stats wise, with 15 and 7 as a standard, then Lin is doing quite well. So in that case, he would be ABOVE average when it comes to point guards.

    I said 15/7 was the target. I would be surprised if he maintained that over an entire season. Of course it also depends on what goes along with 15/7. If he’s shooting 47-50% with reasonable TO rate, he’s in the top 6-8 PG in the league. If he goes 15/7, shoots <40% and has 4 TO/gm, he becomes average or below average.

    Here's a pretty simple analysis: Break up his stats into the Linsanity period (first 11 games, mostly home games against sub .500 teams) and the Linept period (last 13 games, more road games, more good teams).

    Linsanity: 23.9 pts, 9.2 ast, 50% FG (9-2 record)
    Linept: 15.2 pts, 6.9 ast, 39% FG (6-7 record)

    It’s not a stretch to say he’ll never put up Linsanity-level stats again in his career. The question is, has he bottomed out? Is he a 40% shooter? Can he put up solid levels of pts/assts efficiently (without the low shooting % and TO) and consistently?

    If you’re looking for trends, the last 13 gms have to figure far more strongly than the first 11 in predicting future performance. Like 95/5 strongly.

  • slim

    Go for the trifecta, IHBB, with a cornflake urination on boy bands!

    (Sadly The Temper Trap sold out 3/31 before I could get my ticket act together.)

  • http://vmphotography.com.au hoju_saram

    Go for the trifecta, IHBB, with a cornflake urination on boy bands!

    In fairness, he’s already urinated on K-pop, wouldn’t want him to start spraying it too thin. Having said that, I could have done with some liquid asparagus assistance on cm a few days ago.

  • Jashin Densetsu

    you don’t have to be a ‘birther’ to know that something’s up.

    Lord Monckton: ‘I’m no birther,’ but Obama birth certificate ‘plainly a forgery’ http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/22/lord-monckton-im-no-birther-but-obama-birth-certificate-plainly-a-forgery/

    “On Dennis Miller’s radio show Thursday Lord Christopher Monckton, a former policy adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and an activist against global warming “alarmism,” went all-in on questioning President Barack Obama’s citizenship.

    Monckton, the 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, hinted about his position on the issue in April 2010 at a tea party rally on the National Mall near the White House. But on Miller’s show, he said the birth certificate issue was far more important that combatting so-called anthropogenic global warming.

    “I mean, hey you got a president who has a false birth certificate on the Internet, on the White House website,” Monckton said. “It’s not even clear where he was born”

    ““I don’t know whether he is Kenyan or not,” Monckton said. “The point is that if I were you, I would want to make absolutely sure that he was born here before allowing him to be elected. And the birth certificate that he put up on that website, I don’t know where he was born. But I do know that birth certificate isn’t genuine.”

    Monckton firmly asserted that the birth certificate on the White House website wasn’t real, and claimed it could be dismantled with software.

    “It appears in layers on the screen in such a way you can remove quite separately each of the individual dates,” Monckton said. “You use Adobe Illustrator and each of the individual dates is in its own separate layer. This thing has been fabricated. Sheriff [Joe] Arpaio of Arizona has had a team on this for six months. And he has now gone public and said there’s something very desperately wrong with this and of course nobody is saying anything because the entire electorate has been fooled.”

    “I’m no birther, don’t get me wrong,” Monckton said. “I haven’t a clue where Obama was born and I wouldn’t want to entreat into the private grief behind investigating. But the point is, is what he has done on the White House website is he has put up a document which he is plainly a forgery and I would regard that as a very serious matter.””

  • αβγδε

    Things Mitt Romney has lied about (in his recent ads against Obama):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvfz_tf-ZD4

    There’s a lot about Obama that I don’t like – namely that he’s not liberal enough and too compromising when he doesn’t need to be.

    But there’s a lot that’s been consistently admirable and endearing about him, even for the little things like his recent remark about the Trayvon Martin shooting, remarking that, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” That’s certainly a better response – a nobler response than the kind of crap coming from the Right about the same issue:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fgGgamrjUs

    Republicans these days – always on the wrong side of history!