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Odds and Ends: May 16, 2012

- The UPP: the gift that keeps on giving. Now the leader of the 1982 burning of the USIS library in Busan in claiming in an open letter that Kim Jong-heon, another potential UPP proportional rep, really was a Pyongyang-trained North Korean agent.

- The four South Koreans arrested in China for helping North Korean defectors are being charged with violating China’s version of Korea’s National Security Law. Chrickey. And this is probably not these guys’ first experience with such a law—all of them are former Juche-loving “National Liberation” movement-turned-North Korea democracy activists.

- Why is Kim Tae-hee wearing makeup in the shower? And what’s a “B-cut”?

- Korean gamers defeated the final boss in Diablo 3 in just six hours, prompting cultural critic Jin Jung-kwon to comment that Koreans are truly a great people.

- The monk who broke the story about his fellow monks drinking, smoking and gambling is now claiming four monks got “full-course” service at a room salon. Who knew the Jogye Order looked like an epsiode of “The Borgias”?

- The Dong-A Ilbo, citing East German documents uncovered by the Woodrow Wilson Center’s North Korea International Documentation Project, reports that in 1975, with Vietnam and Cambodia on the verge of going communist, North Korea asked China for support in invading South Korea. Dicks. China, for its part, shot them down out of concern of harshing detente with the United States. Instead, the Chinese told them to restart dialogue with the South.

UPDATE: See, I told you the whole “monks playing poker” thing wasn’t what it looked like!

In an attempt at damage control, Ven. Jaseung made an appearance on a radio show Wednesday and denied the accusations of prostitution and said that the gambling was merely a “pastime,” just like other games played by the elderly to prevent dementia.

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  • R. Elgin

    Robert, you have created a really fine conglomeration of links with this thread. It is epic; I read most of them already but, put together I don’t know whether to laugh or be sad.

    Diablo III in 6 hours!
    This is really proof that South Korea should develop the world’s cheapest and best remote controlled attack drones and use gammers to control them. They could then attack and destroy the evil that is North Korea’s Government, en masse – if they could avoid jamming or killing their own developmental engineers with the very drones they are working on.

  • http://populargusts.blogspot.com/ bulgasari

    You can see the Northeast Asia Trade Tower in the background of the photo in R. Elgin’s link. I guess, being as empty as it is, why not test drones there?

  • Creo69

    The monks received the “full course?” I guess when you walk into the room salon with a BILLION WON in your pocket you damn well should expect the full course.

  • http://www.sperwerslog.com Sperwer

    @3 I think they overpaid.

  • Rambutan

    I wonder if the axe murder incident the following year (August 1976) was the North’s attempt to provoke an attack on them by South Korea and the US, having been told by China in 75 that an invasion of the South wouldn’t be supported.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    “Why is Kim Tae-hee wearing makeup in the shower? And what’s a “B-cut”?

    Probably for the same reason that she’s wearing bra and panties.

  • characteristic

    I think the Jogye Order should rename itself the “Bearded Jogye” Order.

  • gbnhj

    These days, if you want full service, just tell them you’re having the Jogye Order.

  • bibimbong

    for those familiar with micro-expressions, that’s classic “contempt” on the monk’s face at 24 seconds into that video.

  • Creo69

    “for those familiar with micro-expressions, that’s classic “contempt” on the monk’s face at 24 seconds into that video.”

    I consider myself a student of micro-expressions and what I see in that video is the classic kid got caught with his hands in the “coochie” jar expression :)

  • bibimbong

    @10 except that particular monk (in the vid) is the one who reported the wrongdoing.

  • PeterDownUnder

    North Korean agents have successfully created a revolutionary counter party in the South. Soon they will be democratically elected North Korean agents running the country…

    Reminiscent of pre-war Vietnam with all them NVA agents rousing social discontent throughout the South before all out war.

  • Creo69

    “@10 except that particular monk (in the vid) is the one who reported the wrongdoing.”

    I give it a few more days until the spotlight turns on his blessed doings.

  • R. Elgin

    . . . gambling was merely a “pastime,” just like other games played by the elderly to prevent dementia

    Haaahahahaaahaaahaa! Gag concert time with demented monks. I’m so glad the monk friends I have are not like these doofus guys.

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

    Good one, gbnhj (#8)!

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • TonyK