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Open Thread #268

Just say "no"

Much to my surprise, seen on the number 2 Green line this week.

This is as a summation of various threads on the blog this week.  Have a good weekend.

About the author: Psst, want to buy some used marble cheap?

  • CactusMcHarris

    First, Bro.

    There, another life ambition fulfilled.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    What was your other one?

  • Jieun K

    Bro (Jashin D), I remember your prediction a couple of years back on the incumbent eventually becoming a one-term president.

    So, what’s it gonna be—four more years or a fresh start?

    This weekend’s Open Thread is special. Let’s pump it up.

  • CactusMcHarris

    #2,

    That’s awfully assumptive that there are only two (there aren’t).

  • CactusMcHarris

    R, Elgin,

    Does that lady not have any pants / skirt on? Kind of defeating the purpose, isn’t it?

  • Charles Tilly

    Much to my surprise, seen on the number 2 Green line this week.

    Show it to the folks handing out the E-6 visas.

  • DLBarch

    Man, I just cannot wait until next week…”Skyfall” is coming out here on the 9th. Woo-hoo!

    BTW, that’s an excellent public campaign going on in that poster. Would like to see more of that. Everywhere.

    And long overdo.

    DLB

  • Anonymous_Joe

    #4: “That’s awfully assumptive that there are only two….”

    …and that they were in the past tense. :shock:

  • slim

    I want to hear from our resident bro how Sandy was a hoax engineered by a cabal of Obamaites, a risen dead George McGovern, mainstream media, homosexuals and Jews to steal the election from Ron Paul.

  • R. Elgin

    Per #5, if you knew any victims of this trade, maybe it would not be so funny. I do and I found this poster to be depressing.

  • JW

    US Stocks FALL after a monthly jobs report handily beat expectations. The hell is going on here? Schizophrenic motherfuckers!!!!

  • judge judy

    I want to hear from our resident bro how Sandy was a hoax engineered by a cabal of Obamaites, a risen dead George McGovern, mainstream media, homosexuals and Jews to steal the election from Ron Paul.

    i’m sure we’ll hear it soon if brendon or railwaycharm don’t beat him to the punch. is it just me or does it seem like tinfoil hats have become a requirement on this blog?

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

    Why do Koreans continue to refer to America as 미국 instead of “America” or to the Statue of Liberty as 자유의 여신상 instead of its real name, “Statue of Liberty”? And, by the way, why do Koreans continue to refer to the sun and the moon as 태양 and 달 instead of their real names “sun” and “moon”?

    It is totally unacceptable, and I demand that Koreans start referring to them by their proper names.

    “Apple Maps reference of Korean Dokdo islets ‘unacceptable’”

  • Anonymous_Joe

    #11 JW: US Stocks FALL after a monthly jobs report handily beat expectations. The hell is going on here? Schizophrenic motherfuckers!!!!”

    I’m going to take a stab at this with one caveat: I don’t know what else is happening in the news cycle.

    The reason that stocks often fall after a surprise positive report while emerging from a recession is that recovering employment means that the Fed will likely leave the discount rate unchanged or maybe even look to increase it in the near future to stave off inflation. The stock market is a leading economic indicator and has been near historical highs. The Fed under the last three chairman has been hawkish on inflation even at the cost of employment.

    Other reasons, off the top of my head, could be the following:
    1) A major bell weather company (e.g., WalMart) in a major industry sector (retail) could have reported and did not meet expectations.
    2) News. For example, oil distribution disruptions in the Middle East.
    3) A butterfly flapped its wings in the Amazon rain forest….

  • slim

    @12. I think the bro is on a different planet than those two fairly conventional conservatives.

  • DLBarch

    It never surprises me, Gerry, how frequently and easily the mandarins of Korea’s bureaucracy feel they can dictate terms to private industry…even outside the kingdom’s borders!

    It’s the “unacceptable” part that makes the whole thing so precious. Gawd, what a Ministry of Douchebags those clowns are.

    DLB

  • JW

    Ok good point about the Fed, but i think we should still be UP, at least by a little. Wait no, I think I get it. Perhaps the ADP report came out so strong that positive results were baked in going in. That would be my best guess. This is just too damn hard.

  • http://paulhastings.com/ProfessionalDetail.aspx?ProfessionalId=113741 Ryan Russell

    Um…guys – the jobs report isn’t that strong. We’ve been measuring the size of acorns for too long….

    And there are always plenty of reasons (in spite of a slightly larger acorn this month) for stocks to tick down. You may not have heard, but there’s been a spate of bad weather that could cost a pretty penny to clean up around here….

  • JW

    NO no no, it doesn’t matter that they are strong or weak on their own. Fact is they beat expectations by a SIGNIFICANT margin. Price movements are almost always dependent on results vs expectations, AFAIK.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    #18 Ryan Russell: “And there are always plenty of reasons (in spite of a slightly larger acorn this month) for stocks to tick down. You may not have heard, but there’s been a spate of bad weather that could cost a pretty penny to clean up around here….”

    When did Wall St. learn of (or to use its jargon, discount) this news?

  • Anonymous_Joe

    After capturing the market animus in a nutshell, I will say this. I’ve seen the financial news talking heads virtually nightly attribute market moves to some easily pointed to news or other event, and it simply didn’t happen. I think that we just like to have a sense that things not only happen for reasons but also that we can understand those reasons.

  • slim
  • Q

    Gerry, when you inaugurate as a Professor Emeritus or Department Chair of Prostitutology and Whore Studies at Dokdo campus, you would like to advertise the department being located at Liancourt rocks, not Dokdo, that could help attracting crApple fan boy international students.

  • Seth Gecko
  • MrMao

    Department Chair of Prostitutology and Whore Studies

    - At least he did his field-work in the right country.

  • MrMao

    The criticism was probably the first time the South Korean mature student had ever failed at anything in his life.

    - Korean families are closer than Western families.

  • Q

    Don’t forget Prof. Bevers make sure the curriculum present Behavioral Science of Western men attracted to Asian whores.

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

    Mr. Mao wrote (#24):

    Department Chair of Prostitutology and Whore Studies

    - At least he did his field-work in the right country.

    In the late 1970s, it was nearly impossible to find a girlfriend in Korea who wasn’t a prositute. Only licensed prostitutes were were allowed to socialize with the US military, at least near the camptowns. I am not sure about Seoul. If the police saw a US serviceman with a Korean woman they didn’t recognize as a prostitute, they would stop him and ask to see the girl’s VD card. If she didn’t have one, they would haul her away and leave the guy standing there.

    When I came back to Korea is 1982, things had changed a little, at least in Seoul. You could date girls who were not prostitutes, such as the girls who worked in the department stores, but when Koreans saw you walking down the street with the girl, they assumed she was a prostitute and would often call her a whore in Korean as they passed. One of the few places in Seoul foreigners could walk with a Korean girl without being harrassed was in Itaewon.

    Today in Korea, girls are a dime a dozen, and you don’t even have to pay them the dime. Also, you can walk down the streets of Seoul with a Korean girl without someone calling her a whore. The foreign guys in Korea now are lucky.

  • Q

    Prof. Bevers, Department Chair of Prostitutology and Whore Studies, that story sounds so familiar to me! Toshiyuki Tanaka’s “Japan’s Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution during World War II and the US occupation” presents the topic in a better organized way:

    The nationwide “off limits” policy suddenly put more than 150,000 Japanese women out of a job. Desperate to survive the extreme poverty, many women left re-light districts to become “streewalkers,” loitering around US bases and city centers frequented by GIs. In Tokyo, for example, the main shopping quarters of Ueno, Shinjuku, Yurakucho, Shinbashi, and Ilebukuro were flooded with the so-called “Yopan” – “hookers specializing in Westerners.” As “voluntary prostitution” was not illegal, neither the Japanese police nor the MPs could make arrests to control the sudden rise of :open market prostitution.” As one Australian soldier later claimed, in the eyes of the men of the occupation troops Japan became “one big brothel.” This put GHQ in a position in which it could not control the GIs’ sexual activities, which hitherto had been confined to limited quarters. Prostitutes suddenly became conspicuous to many ordinary Japanese citizens and visitors from the US and other Allied nations. Thus, both GHQ and the Japanese authorities faced a far more difficult situation in controlling VD.

    In response, GHQ firstly tried to repress the situation by adopting the “non-fraternization policy.” Finding almost immediately that this policy had no effect at all, GHQ instructed the Japanese police to “round up” streetwalkers under the auspices of the law by which suspected VD patients could be forced to undergo VD examinations and medical treatment. Thus, on August 20, the first nationwide “round up” was implemented using the pretext of “VD check-ups.” This involved a large number of Japanese police and MPs of the occupation forces. It is reported that 15,000 Japanese women were “rounded up” on this day alone. These “round up” operations were carried out a number of times each month until September 1949. One of the results, however, was that many girls and young women who were just passers-by were caught up in “round up” operations, forcibly taken to the hospital, and detained at the hospital for three days until the result was known. For them it was an extremely humiliating experience. This “violence of civil rights” became a serious controversy and enraged some women politicians and members of various women’s organizations. Yet the Japanese government and GHQ ignored the criticism and continued the operation.

  • Q

    Incidental insertion of “:” before “o” created an emoticon. :)

  • Q

    typo: re-light district –> red-light

  • Q

    red-light districts.

    I’d like to apologize for missing word.

  • slim

    Let’s remember The Marmot is from Long Island, NY, many parts of which were hammered by Sandy. Robert, here’s hoping that your family, friends and property are safe and sound and able to quickly dig out from the mess.

  • DLBarch

    Yes, absolutely. I echo Slim’s sentiments wholeheartedly.

    DLB

  • iMe

    So, a bunch of whores, um, I mean, pundits are talking about how there’s a really good chance that while Romney will win the popular vote he will lose out on the electoral votes. Since all these corporate media whores are sending out this signal, I believe this is what will likely happen next week. We’re screwed no matter who gets “elected,” so whatever. I would like to see Obama get frogmarched out of the White House, however, for war crimes, killing innocent civilians and stealing trillions of dollars and transferring it all to his bosses on Wall Street. But since this is the USA, LLC, that will never happen. God speed, everybody.

    BTW, that chick in the poster is pretty.

  • bumfromkorea

    So, I’ve been in L.A. this whole week and won’t leave until Monday. Any good restaurants and/or stuff to do? So far went to a whale cruise, cirque du soleil, book of Mormon, universal studio, griffin observatory, county art museum, and farmers market.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    28 Q: “Prof. Bevers, Department Chair of Prostitutology and Whore Studies, that story sounds so familiar to me! Toshiyuki Tanaka’s “Japan’s Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution during World War II and the US occupation” presents the topic in a better organized way.”

    So, what’s your point? That GB’s experience is not uncommon? GB’s writing skills need tightening? GB needs to clean his refrigerator? …What?

  • CactusMcHarris

    #35 Bum,

    Cannot recommend highly enough the Getty Museum(which I’ve not been to, asshole recommender that I am) of the Huntington Museum and Gardens (many times). If you’re lucky, they’ll let you turn a page in the Gutenburg Bible they have there – also get your picture taken with Blue Boy, as well as tour the (surprise!) world’s best (or one of them) cactus gardens – they have other gardens too, if you like those sorts of things.

  • CactusMcHarris

    #10,

    If I offended you, I apologize. I’m sure what you say is true.

  • broona

    #35, I second the Getty and Huntington library. I also recommend Norton Simon museum. If you’re in the Pasadena area (Huntington and norton are both in Pasadena), I recommend Saladang, a Thai food restaurant.

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

    gerry, you’re one gross looking dude, trust me. you still payin for it, gerry. dont try to tell that lie.

    oh, btw, how you son?

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Slim, Mr. Barch: Thanks a lot. Fortunately, my immediate family now lives in Florida and Southern California. Just talked with my Dad, though, and he heard from relatives up there that some neighborhoods aren’t doing so well with the flooding and looting. Heard Fire Island got hammered, too.

  • Jashin Densetsu

    Trump: Obama snub proves foreign birth ‘This may go down as the greatest con in the history of American politics’ http://www.wnd.com/2012/11/trump-obama-records-very-bad/

    “Despite the $5 million donation billionaire Donald Trump promised would be delivered to Barack Obama’s favorite charity if the president just provided his college and passport records, there was no deal.

    And that makes Trump think the worst.

    “For President Obama not to accept five million dollars (or much more) for his favorite charity can only mean one thing – the records are very bad,” Trump stated on his Facebook page.

    “Obviously he wasn’t born in this country or, if he was, he said he wasn’t in order to receive financial aid and in order to have a clear and very easy path into a college or university,” Trump said.

    “Only a very stupid person would believe otherwise. There can be no other reason that so much money would not be so easily and routinely collected for charity.””

    “In the latest statement, Trump confirmed Obama’s failure to “take advantage” of the offer for charity.

    “The fact is, this may go down as the greatest con in the history of American politics or, perhaps, the greatest con of all time,” said Trump’s statement. “Vast numbers of Americans want to know the truth.

    “When these records actually do surface in the future, people will say, ‘Donald Trump was 100 percent correct.’ The press should no longer protect this president but should demand immediate transparency.””

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

    And I thought the demands made on Tablo were endless . . .

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

  • mitchel-murray

    Hyundai and Kia busted for lying about good gas mileage in order to sell more cars.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/03/business/hyundai-and-kia-acknowledge-overstating-the-gas-mileage-of-vehicles.html?_r=0

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Bro, if God does not exist, may he strike me down in the next five minutes.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    …it’s been five minutes; ergo and e pluribus unum, God exists.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Bro

  • Awarren

    Pawi – why do you keep on bringing up Gerry’s son – especially after insulting him? What is your point? Do you know this is something that mobsters do as an in implied threat?

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

    well gerry is man who paid for tang his entire life. its made him immune to morality. i just hope his son can stand hearing the truth one day.

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

    btw, for korean speakers: tang is short for poontang 푼탱. this word can also be shortened to poon. means same thing. poontang means a woman’s private part. its a dirty word but less dirty than some other words that are used to describe that part of a woman’s anatomy.

  • Bendrix

    the marmot’s hole has some strange dynamics among its regulars. I think I’ve posted on one other Internet forum where there was such open hostility, sniping and snarkiness yet everyone would just keep coming back for more. like a f****d up family.

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

    Pawi wrote (#49):

    well gerry is man who paid for tang his entire life. its made him immune to morality.

    I paid for it during my navy years in Korea (’77 – ’79) because the South Korean government would not allow us to get it any other way. At that time the Korean government encouraged prostitution and helped the pimps force poor, uneducated country girls to become prostitutes so they could earn foreign exchange for the country by selling sex. It was the women’s patriotic duty. In fact,the women were required to hang the Korean flag above their beds and sing the national anthem before each sex session. I still get a hard-on when I hear the words “무궁화 삼천리.”

    Anyway, at that time the Korean government seemed to think of their women only as a money-making commodity. The government didn’t want us sleeping with them for free. In fact, it was practically illegal to sleep with a woman who wasn’t a prostitute, and police patrolled the streets to make sure we paid for every piece of Korean poontang we got.

    In the 1970s, Korea was a whoremonger’s paradise. It was about $15 for an all-nighter and $5 for a short-time.

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

    By the way, the $15 usually included kimchi and a bowl of ramyeon.

  • Jashin Densetsu

    thousands of mole people lived underground in NYC in the tunnels. most of them probably got wiped out. i don’t think they even knew what was coming. they probably won’t get counted in the official death toll though.

  • broona

    Oh, buminkorea, check out woo lae ok in Beverly Hills. It’s a Korean restaurant, where the waiters are very good-looking actor/model types. The funny thing is that when you order, you might have to point to the item in the menu because they aren’t particularly well-versed in Korean. However, the food is really good. At least I think so. :)

  • broona

    The waiters, in case it wasn’t clear, are non- Koreans.

  • broona

    Oh, they have a very good dessert menu as well…

  • Pyotr

    Anonymous_Joe wrote:

    A major bell weather company

    That should be “bellwether” – a castrated ram (a wether) that leads the flock and wears a bell around its neck.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Pyotr, I did not know that and am almost certain that I had not heard of the etymology of the term before. Stuff like that sticks with me, so I won’t scapegoat the spellchecker and am thankful to have learned something.

  • Jieun K

    Apple loses one loyal customer who, in the course of 13 years, has purchased “two iMacs, a number of iBooks, countless Macbooks . . . an iPhone for almost five years, an iPad since the very beginning; iPods, iPod touches, iPod nanos.”

    And the reasons? Read on for details.

  • Jashin Densetsu

    btw, the mole people of NYC are no urban legend. thousands were estimated to live down there. there are documentaries about them that you can find on youtube. i don’t think they’re going to even try to recover their bodies.

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

    I was in ROK the week of Oct. 21st. I wanna thank the people who hosted me a few nights. You guys know who you are.

    Any ways, my stop into Korea was just for a few days before I had to go to Shanghai. Wow. The air quality in Shanghai is half a pack a day bad. I didn’t care too much for the local cuisine either. I did find out the Chinese are dead serious on developing economically. Good on them. Americans are gonna have to find new ways to be more productive. That’s just how the cookie crumbles folks. Them Chinese are hard charging, that’s for sure.

    Shanghai is kinda like Seoul 20 years ago. Dirty, shady and barely breathable.

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

    JD, if that’s true, it’s the one thing you’ve posted that’s saddened me, since I know what life’s like one paycheck from the dregs at the bottom of the barrel . . .

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

  • Q

    Prof. Emeritus Bevers, please do not disregard your proud seniors (선배님들) who had paved the way well before you:

    At Camp Sendai, there were two different kinds of lists. One was similar to […] officers’ lists with “MV” (abbreviation of Military Victory) marks instead of lip marks. The other was a series of pictures of all the female Japanese workers. These pictures were pinned on the wall and above some of the pictures a cross was marked to identify that that woman had lost her virginity. According to Itsushima Tsutomu, one of the former interpreters at this camp, of the 200 photos only about ten photos did not have cross marks; they were all newly employed women. These lists were organized by a group called “Charming Members to Musuesan.” This group consisted of about 500 officers, including all the junior officers at the camp. They competed with each other over how many women they had “conquered.” GIs called this competition “hunting for moose,” punning on the similarity of “musumesan” (“young women” in Japanese) and “moose.” Holding parties was only one of their various strategies to create opportunities for them to rape Japanese female workers. According to another former interpreter, he often heard GIs discussing how to take the “virginity” of newly employed women. Indeed, some GIs proudly gave him detailed accounts of the rapes they had committed.

    […] With reference to a couple of the cases above, one may question why a woman would return to an office after she had been sexually abused by one of the staff there, or why a woman would continue to consent to sex with an officer because he had forced her to sleep with him the first time. To understand the patterns of rape and sexual exploitation in the early occupation of Japan, it must be remembered that the economic conditions in immediate postwar Japan were appalling and most Japanese civilians were desperately struggling to survive from day to day. Many families lost their breadwinners – fathers or young able-bodied sons – in the war, leaving mothers or daughters of poverty-stricken families to seek any means to earn a living. In these circumstances, to be employed by the occupation forces was an extremely attractive option. Salaries were relatively high compared to those of ordinary Japanese workers and “free lunch,” which was provided, was particularly attractive, given the general food shortage. The following extracts from a letter home from an Australian soldier of the BCOF(British Commonwealth Occupation Force), who traveled from Hiroshima to Osaka during leave in 1946, clearly illustrate this point:

    Up in Osaka some thousands of people sleep in the enormous central railway station, and each morning half a dozen stiffs are carted off to the potter’s field, or its Jap equivalent… It is a pathetic sight to see women with breasts little thicker than paper trying to nurse babies who themselves look like skeletons. There is nothing one can do, personally, to alleviate the position. Money wouldn’t help because all that one could afford would be a drop in the bucket and the odd scrap of food that one could smuggle from the kitchen would probably be vomited up again… I was talking in Osaka to a Christian, English-speaking Jap who is assistant managing editor of the Osaka ‘Mainich’, and English language newspaper. He told me that each Jap is allowed 500 yen monthly plus 100 yen for each member of his family. This bloke gets 800 yen. He had that day bought 4 cho (about 10 lbs) of rice which, if spun out, would last the family ten days. And the cost? 400 yen… Until the rice came to light his family had no food for two days.

    “선배님 발자취 따라갈래요.” — Gerry Bevers and graduate students at Department of Prostitutology and Whore Studies at Liancourt sh*t rocks campus.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Q, I saw Bevers wear a pair of Nike’s once, so I’m going to post a long irrelevant post about child and sweatshop labor and pin it all on Bevers.

    Bevers, commit ritualistic suicide and be done with it.

  • http://www.chinasmack.com/tag/funny/page/3 Jakgani

    Apple loses one loyal customer who, in the course of 13 years, has purchased “two iMacs, a number of iBooks, countless Macbooks . . . an iPhone for almost five years, an iPad since the very beginning; iPods, iPod touches, iPod nanos.”

    Some people are a bit slow.. it took the guy 13 years to figure out apple sucks?

    I bought my first apple product in 2010 (an iPhone) – kept it 2 years then threw it.

    I would never waste my money on apple again – why? because from the start – they were too controlling – gave me no freedom to do what I wanted to do with what I had spent my money on.

    Samsung note – android – much better – it lets me do whatever I want to it.

    lay off Beavers… his history lesson on the Korean prostitutes in the 70″s and 80′s today was educational.

    Things were a little the same when I was here in 2000, you couldn’t walk down the street with a Korean girl, without Korean men hurling insults at both of you and trying to get into a fight with you – simply because you were with a Korean girl.

  • http://www.chinasmack.com/tag/funny/page/3 Jakgani

    WHO are they??

    The five foreigners I can see in this picture (including the small white boy, center at the top of the pic) – who are they?

    what is their role? who is the small boy?

    http://dok.do/Hq2b5w

  • http://www.chinasmack.com/tag/funny/page/3 Jakgani

    Ok – I worked out who the foreigner was behind Kim JongUn – with the blondish hair and glasses –

    He is Felix Abt – the asshole Swiss guy who has been running businesses in NK since 2002 and recently moved to Vietnam to run businesses there.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Abt

    Still like to know who the other foreigners are?

  • Sonagi

    Wangkon wrote in comment #61:

    Americans are gonna have to find new ways to be more productive.

    American workers lead the world in productivity: http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500395_162-3228735.html

  • Jieun K

    If you have an hour to spare this weekend and want to get a glimpse of plutocracy from the center-left perspective, watch this conversation featuring Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone magazine and Chrystia Freeland, author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.

  • keith

    @59 – Apple products are not really very good, and are too expensive. I’ve never understood the hype, but I did buy the iTouch MP3 player. I wasn’t impressed and when the screen broke I wasn’t particularly upset. It gave me an excuse to purchase something better! I hated iTunes with a vengeance, whoever designed that stupid piece of software should be hung, drawn and quartered. With my HTC Android phone I can drag and drop my files wherever I want them and I don’t have to deal with all that Apple bullshit.

    I’m not anti Apple, not my choice some people like them. I used them a lot at university. I was studying music at the time and found it bizarre that my antique Atari ST actually was better at sequencing music with MIDI than the Apples in the uni studios. Very odd, and my Atari cost me about 80 pounds, and that’s including a B&W monitor! A bargain to an impoverished student. A Yamaha SY85 and an Atari ST was my composition gear at home, and it proved a very solid set up. I was always annoyed when I took a disc into the studio and the Apple crap computer would speed up and slow down randomly the tempo of the music. It was subtle but very annoying, the fact that an antique like an ST had a better clock than an expensive computer was most odd.

    Maybe Apple stuff has been hyped so much that unless you’re a ‘convert’ to the church of Apple, you’re bound to be disappointed. Or maybe their stuff simply doesn’t live up to the hype. I’d go with the latter.

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    the marmot’s hole has some strange dynamics among its regulars. I think I’ve posted on one other Internet forum where there was such open hostility, sniping and snarkiness yet everyone would just keep coming back for more. like a f****d up family.

    Well, some of the regulars have been posting here since 2003. The snarkiness is just our way of being friendly.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Snarkiness on an anonymous internet chat forum? Heavens to Betsy! The next thing you know people will be using the internet to surf for porn.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    I was studying music at the time and found it bizarre that my antique Atari ST actually was better at sequencing music with MIDI than the Apples in the uni studios.

    The Atari ST was designed with a built-in MIDI interface while the Mac was not. Your surprise was misplaced.

  • R. Elgin

    I agree with Brendon. OSX and MIDI works well together so long as you configure the machine properly.

    Regarding bath salts and their abuse, this video is intended as a warning about letting people spike your drink:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coJ5hUsIiUQ&feature=share&list=UUZEM_gswfc_hoEVKlh8kZpQ

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    This is the last Open Thread before the election on Tuesday.

  • jkitchstk

    Duh!

  • http://www.chinasmack.com/tag/funny/page/3 Jakgani

    The election is on Tuesday?? How dare they put the election on “Melbourne Cup Day”

  • Arghaeri

    What election is that?

    Where’s my polling card?

  • RolyPoly

    I am not voting this time. I am not going to waste my time thinking about who among the two liars is better, one figurehead for Chicago mob and another blood-sucking tax cheater.

    What happened to this great country? Why there are no honest man who can move mountains? Why only these losers to vote from?

    It is time for Asian-American politicians to step up the plate and deliver honesty, ingenuity and direction to America. Like Michelle Rhee did with Washington DC school system.

  • RolyPoly

    Obama: I have no plan for America. I am going to fatten my Chicago bosses.
    Romney: I have no plan for America. I am going to fatten my bosses (Mormons?).

    No vision. No plan. No nothing. Small men.

  • RolyPoly

    At least Herman had some Voodoo meal plan deal, the 9-9-9.

    I still entertain the possibility the allegations are manufactured. So, Herman, your bosses are not as strong as Romney’s.

    Politics are not as simple as Restaurant business.

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

    Keith & Brendon,

    I had an Atari St. Most fun out of that thing from any other computer I’ve ever had. I still play some of the games in emulation mode on my PC.

    Ah, memories.

    Sonagi,

    Americans are very productive because they have a lot of capital equipment and infrastructure that makes parts delivery and inventory more timely, not necessarily because they work more efficiently per person.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/january_february_2012/features/the_myth_of_american_productiv034576.php

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    WangKon — I’ve had every computer under the sun since the MITS Altair in 1974, and was a subscriber to BYTE in elementary school. Computers were much more fun back in those days.

    Anyway, anyone who knows the history of the computer industry must admit that its greatest visionary to date was Mr. Steve Jobs, tyrant though he was. Mac OS X and the Internet are the realization of his vision way, way back in 1986 — amazing. Talk about changing the world.

  • http://www.chinasmack.com/tag/funny/page/3 Jakgani

    all these people refusing to vote…

    that reminds me of how LMB got into power…

  • Jashin Densetsu

    steve jobs had nothing to do with the internet. OS X is just Unix.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    The Internet, and the World Wide Web in particular, would not exist in the form we know it if not for the vision Jobs had of what computer networking could be. If you knew what NeXTStep was doing in 1989, you wouldn’t be saying that, bro.

  • jkitchstk

    Quick and hurry and watch…
    Louis C.K. – on SNL – Australian Screen Legends
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB9obislrcM

  • provIdence

    I used IBM typewriters with printing ball, bought Wang machines, CPTs, Xerox machine which operated like Mac, then Mac+, IICx, IICi, IIFx, PowerPCs, installed a lot of accelerators, distributed PC8201s to those who helped us to collect data over telephone lines using acoustic couplers, used a lot of AppleTalk couplers, and ethernet gears. Ethernet cable for Xerox was awful. Now I am mainly using MacBooks. Old machines have mostly been thrown away.

  • Jashin Densetsu

    carr,

    if you weren’t such a homo for steve jobs, you’d know that the PLATO network from the 60s had and implemented such a vision decades before jobs. and there were others predating jobs. actually NeXT was really just a copy of the PLATO network with unix since NeXT was supposed to be about education and networked education that PLATO had already pioneered decades before.

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

    Anyways, I was in Shanghai during the week day (after I visited Korea) and took the opportunity to go to a North Korean restaurant, you know, one of the ones that are set-up by the government to raise funds. I wanted to meet some genuine North Koreans.

    Well,went to the one in Jingguo Hotel and it was an interesting experience. Mostly South Korean and Chinese patrons and the food was just okay. Seemed like most of the food was South Korean dishes. I heard that dog meat was an off menu item. The banchan was just oi kimchi and some various chopped and seasoned roots. Recognized the tastes, but didn’t remember the particular names. They charged extra for kimchi. I asked the waitress if North Korean kimchi was any different then South Korean kimchi and she just said it’s special kimchi directly from Pyongyang and smiled a lot.

    Completely understood the waitresses, so doesn’t seem basic Korean has changed a lot between the two countries. They do call Korea differently. Where as the South Korean would call Korea “Han-guk,” North Koreans call it “Chosun-guk.”

    The waitress were charming and very polite. Reminded me of Korean Air stewardesses. Cut like stewardesses too. All chondaenmal to the extreme. I chatted a few of them up and they were all recent college grads from Pyongyang from 21 to 24 years of age. Asked a lot of politically safe questions like how our parents were doing, etc. They said that a few Koreans from the U.S. do visit them, but most of them spoke bad Korean, which they thought was pretty sad. Chosun saram shouldn’t forget Chosun mal, etc. They seem to work about 6 months in China and rotate back to home. They didn’t allow any pictures taken and the girls covered their faces when cameras were pointed at them.

    One last thing to mention is their sattori (dialect/accent). Sounds funny to me. Kinda pretentious and self important sounding, but cute and etherial. Found myself imitating it just for shits and giggles.

  • jkitchstk

    Forget about political ideologies, Mitt Romney is wrong about everything…
    Romney: Federal Disaster Relief Spending Is ‘Immoral’
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhXyJeKaj8E

    Mitt Romeny tried patching things up by buying 5 thousand dollars of canned goods, gave them to his supporters who pretended to be handing them out to victims of hurricane Sandy reminiscent of Paul Ryan(V.P. hopeful) pretending to be washing the dirty dishes of homeless people.

  • jkitchstk

    Glacier National Park used to have 150 glaciers but it’s now down to 26. The sun doesn’t have constant 90% ice cap to reflect from anymore so there is an accelerated rate of ice melt altering atmospheric circulation and weather conditions. The climate is on steroids, to visualize the ice melt see James Balog photos or documentary Sundance Film Fest. winner “Chasing Ice” trailer.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIZTMVNBjc4

    Nor’easter: New York, New Jersey May Get Hit By Snow Storm Around Election Day
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/03/noreaster-new-york-new-jersey_n_2068916.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D229706

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

    I may be dyslexic, Roly Poly (#83), but can’t you see that the Herman Voodoo meal plan deal is 6-6-6!

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

  • brier

    Weekend was ok. Worked Saturday to help cover Jr’s kindergarten fees. A shame for what a beautiful autumn day it was. Today took jr to yeoido hangang park. Rented a two seater bike and tooled clear around the island. Very nice wetland park on the back of the island. Rain stayed away mostly though had wicked head wind while riding. We saw some huge colorful kites early on for a kite festival was being held. And closed out the weekend with a jug of Max from the supa!

  • Sonagi

    Americans are very productive because they have a lot of capital equipment and infrastructure that makes parts delivery and inventory more timely, not necessarily because they work more efficiently per person.

    Do you have any objective evidence to back your perception formed after a week-long whirlwind visit to Shanghai? After living and working there four years, I did not reach the same conclusion. The Chinese maintenance, custodial, and secretarial staff at my international school seemed to exert the same effort as the American staff at my present school. Maybe people in LA have a different work ethic that makes the Chinese look industrious by comparison.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    Romney: Federal Disaster Relief Spending Is ‘Immoral’

    This is a huge distortion. Romney’s objection, clearly stated here, is the same as mine, and has little to do with disaster relief spending. It’s immoral to keep borrowing and borrowing and borrowing. It’s immoral for the Federal government to spend money that it does not have. He’s right.

    And, sorry to break this news to you, jkitchstk, Mitt Romney is going to win on Tuesday. He’s probably going to wipe out the electoral map and “win this motherfucker”. This weekend’s rallies for President Awesome have been pathetic: Puppet Show and Barack Obama-type pathetic.

    Romney’s a good man. I didn’t want him to be nominated — I preferred far more “conservative” candidates — but over the course of the campaign Romney has really impressed. He will be a good President.

    I’m not looking forward to the riots which I believe Barack Obama will instigate and condone.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    84 WangKon936: “Americans are very productive because they have a lot of capital equipment and infrastructure that makes parts delivery and inventory more timely, not necessarily because they work more efficiently per person.”

    I think that you need to look up what economists mean by “labor productivity.”

    Even without that understanding, you, by your statement, must be willing to concede that American labor must be more high skill.

  • Sr Noob

    You claim the US budget deficit is immoral, but you are going to vote for the guy (and the party) that is most determined to explode the deficit through crazy (and mathematically impossible) economic policies? Brilliant.

    I cannot begin to express the deep and profound joy I will feel on Tuesday evening seeing your misery and the misery of the lunatic-fringe-right when Barack Obama wins the election. But, in the interest of time, feel free to start whining now about how Romney lost only because the media was so unfair to him. Or whatever resentment-filled whine floats your boat.

  • Sr Noob

    Oops. My last comment was directed at Mr. Carr’s in #98, of course.

  • jkitchstk

    “This is a huge distortion. Romney’s objection, clearly stated here, is the same as mine, and has little to do with disaster relief spending.”

    No, you’re distorting it. The debate question was about whether the Feds should assist with disasters, Romney basically said “NO” because it is “IMMORAL,” he said the states should do that and/or private enterprise. So, according to you Mitt Romnesia didn’t answer the question?

    “…looking forward to the riots which I believe Barack Obama will instigate…”

    Right, the Teabaggers rioting would be Obama’s fault just like hurricane Sandy was. You should use a few Q-tips, then listen closely to the video, instead you attack a visually impaired person. Does Obama have a history of causing riots and condoning them, where in the world are you getting this?

  • bballi bballi Paradise

    the latest line on the election
    Obama 1.25
    Romney 4.10

    Those are massive odds in favour of Obama, so Carr, if you’re so sure, then lay some money on your boy Romney and collect a nice payday….

  • JW

    More proof that Brendon Carr is lying, this time from The Economist

    Yet far from being the voice of fiscal prudence, Mr Romney wants to start with huge tax cuts (which will disproportionately favour the wealthy), while dramatically increasing defence spending. Together those measures would add $7 trillion to the ten-year deficit. He would balance the books through eliminating loopholes (a good idea, but he will not specify which ones) and through savage cuts to programmes that help America’s poor (a bad idea, which will increase inequality still further). At least Mr Obama, although he distanced himself from Bowles-Simpson, has made it clear that any long-term solution has to involve both entitlement reform and tax rises. Mr Romney is still in the cloud-cuckoo-land of thinking you can do it entirely through spending cuts: the Republican even rejected a ratio of ten parts spending cuts to one part tax rises.

    http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21565623-america-could-do-better-barack-obama-sadly-mitt-romney-does-not-fit-bill-which-one

  • Anonymous_Joe

    98 Brendon Carr: “…Mitt Romney is going to win on Tuesday. He’s probably going to wipe out the electoral map….”

    I don’t see that happening. IF (the overused but often appropriate big “IF”) he wins, he wins a squeaker.

    Romney’s a good man. I didn’t want him to be nominated — I preferred far more “conservative” candidates — but over the course of the campaign Romney has really impressed. He will be a good President.

    Whom did you prefer? I saw Romney as the least weak in a feeble Republican field. I really saw him as the only sane one, politics aside, in a group of nuts. As far as “good man” goes, he’s no George W. W., again politics aside, was a decent man.

    I’m not looking forward to the riots which I believe Barack Obama will instigate and condone.

    Wow. …just wow.

  • jkitchstk

    # 103,
    The Romnesia and Teabaggers political game plan has been to forget the facts and attack the Democratic(1964 Republican moderates) strengths. Ala republican swift boaters attack on John Kerry in the 2004 presidential campaign. What made “swiftboating” so effective? It attacked a competitor at the very heart of his greatest strength.

    Obama is ahead, that is a Democratic strength but Mitt Romnesia is attacking the facts by using words like “gaining momentum” and “enthusiasm.”

    “Why campaign “momentum” is usually a bad sign”
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/11/02/why-campaign-momentum-is-usually-a-bad-sign/
    “There’s an argument out there that the idea of “momentum” is largely a conceptual error. Momentum means something in physics: A car rolling down the hill gathers momentum as a result of it rolling down the hill. But that’s not obviously true in politics. There’s no reason to think that a candidate experiencing a few good days of polls or news will, by virtue of that good news or good polling, experience more good news and good polling.
    “Momentum” narratives, in other words, tend to signal that the race is somehow detaching from the fundamentals. Sometimes, there’s reason to think the change will persist. But in most cases, the safe bet is probably that whatever is causing the “momentum” will end, and the race will drift back to pretty much where it’s been.”

    4 days ago Mitt Romnesia said Barack Obama “sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China” at the cost of American jobs…
    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/oct/30/mitt-romney/mitt-romney-obama-chrysler-sold-italians-china-ame/
    Our ruling:

    The Romney campaign ad says Obama “sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China” at the cost of American jobs. The ad leaves the clear impression that Jeeps built in China come at the expense of American workers.
    The ad miscasts the government’s role in Fiat’s acquisition of Chrysler, and it misrepresents the outcome. Chrysler’s owners had been trying to sell to Italy-based Fiat before Obama took office. The ad ignores the return of American jobs to Chrysler Jeep plants in the United States, and it presents the manufacture of Jeeps in China as a threat, rather than an opportunity to sell cars made in China to Chinese consumers. It strings together facts in a way that presents an wholly inaccurate picture.

    We rate the statement Pants on Fire!”

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    Your tears on Wednesday morning will be delicious, gents.

  • slim

    I assume bbali bbali’s odds are from the UK?

    UK media coverage of the election — other than say the Economist and the FT — was highly lopsided, which could have skewed perceptions there.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Slim, if these are real gambling house odds, it shouldn’t matter. If the locals are skewing the local gambling house odds, then an arbitrage opportunity would exist, and an arbitrageur could play Vegas against London.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    Whom did you prefer? I saw Romney as the least weak in a feeble Republican field.

    Gary Johnson, Herman Cain, and Newt Gingrich, in that order. Rick Santorum also impressed me with his sincerity; I don’t agree with everything Rick Santorum believes, but I respect the fact that he really does believe in something and will respectfully engage people who are aggressively hostile to him. I think we’ll see Rick Santorum again. And I hope that Mitt Romney finds a place in his administration for Gov. Johnson.

    I also think we’ll be seeing plenty of that asshole Barack Obama as a progressive éminence grise on MSNBC, alas. He won’t have the courtesy of fading into the woodwork like W and Clinton. Good thing nobody watches MSNBC.

  • Charles Tilly

    Your tears on Wednesday morning will be delicious, gents.

    I’ll grant that it’s very possible the President won’t get a second term. Aside from that, a lot of what Carr’s writing is his usual claptrap bullshit.

    I don’t agree with everything Rick Santorum believes, but I respect the fact that he really does believe in something and will respectfully engage people who are aggressively hostile to him.

    See what I mean?

    He won’t have the courtesy of fading into the woodwork like W and Clinton.

    This largely works for W but not Clinton. But in any case, sorry that Obama can’t be that shuts-his-mouth/knows-his-place house nigger you need all black people to be.

  • jkitchstk

    Carr,
    Whether you say M. Romnesia answered the question, or that he only meant increasing the debt is “immoral” by your thinking then everything must be “immoral” if it increases the debt including defense spending which is among the largest social welfare programs?

    I’ll remember that next time Missouri homes get twisted next spring or yet this fall/winter. Look how much the state of Missouri recently “immorally” sucked off FEMA…
    http://www.fema.gov/news-releases?field_state_term_tid=All&field_state_term_tid_1=67&items_per_page=100&=GO

    Mitt Romnesia never answered the question about women and equal pay.
    “Binders Full of Women: A Meme That Means Something”
    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/10/binders-full-of-women-a-meme-that-means-something/263740/
    “Not so, according to the Boston Phoenix’s David Bernstein, who found through his reporting that no such study was ever conducted by Romney’s camp…”

    Would Mitt Romnesia ever remember his “Binders full of Women” statement? If so, are we to believe he would actually hire women? Right. That’s what makes him a “small-government conservative.” Romnesia’s first piece of legislation would probably be to repeal Obama’s first major legislative act – the Ledbetter Act – Romnesia would want to make it more difficult for women to sue for equal pay.

    What else does Mitt Romnesia’s “Binders Full of Women” really say about him?

  • Sonagi

    Obama is heavily favored by US national betting pools and respected forecasters like Nate Silver:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/nate-silver-election-odds-2012-10-z

    I’m looking forward to casting my vote in a heavily contested swing state evenly divided between either two major candidates.

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

    look at the top three most viewed videos for youtube this week. all korean. yeah, i know, it’s a conspiracy by koreans with f5 key.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/psy-dominates-youtube-charts-with-gangnam-style

  • jkitchstk

    Romnesia won’t win his home state of Michigan or Massachustettes where he governed. People who know M. Romnesia best don’t like him, so I’ll cut Carr some slack since he doesn’t know him.

    Folks in the middle of Mormon country endorsed Obama – Salt Lake Tribune -
    “Tribune endorsement: Too Many Mitts
    Obama has earned another term”
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/55019844-82/romney-obama-state-president.html.csp
    “More troubling, Romney has repeatedly refused to share specifics of his radical plan to simultaneously reduce the debt, get rid of Obamacare (or, as he now says, only part of it), make a voucher program of Medicare, slash taxes and spending, and thereby create millions of new jobs. To claim, as Romney does, that he would offset his tax and spending cuts (except for billions more for the military) by doing away with tax deductions and exemptions is utterly meaningless without identifying which and how many would get the ax. Absent those specifics, his promise of a balanced budget simply does not pencil out.”

    “Where, we ask, is the pragmatic, inclusive Romney, the Massachusetts governor who left the state with a model health care plan in place, the Romney who led Utah to Olympic glory? That Romney skedaddled and is nowhere to be found.

    And what of the president Romney would replace? For four years, President Barack Obama has attempted, with varying degrees of success, to pull the nation out of its worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression, a deepening crisis he inherited the day he took office.

    In the first months of his presidency, Obama acted decisively to stimulate the economy. His leadership was essential to passage of the badly needed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Though Republicans criticize the stimulus for failing to create jobs, it clearly helped stop the hemorrhaging of public sector jobs. The Utah Legislature used hundreds of millions in stimulus funds to plug holes in the state’s budget.”

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

    Don’t forget, Sonagi (#113), that Democrats vote on November 7th this year.

  • RolyPoly

    Brendon Carr says Steve Jobs built internet as we know it today. Wow. It is like Republicans taking credit for social security.

    Brendon stick to the field that you know something about. Like law.

    Steve Jobs is a just a crazy f***er. His computer ideas did not make business sense and he was a nut case. A complete failure.

    When he came back to Apple, some good engineers to help him to build a non-computer, a media player. And, somehow, it worked out. Some more good engineers got hired and they made a telephone, iphone and somehow it worked as well.

    But as far as computers are concerned, Jobs was just a loser.

  • RolyPoly

    And, Jobs’ father was a middle-eastern grad student. Brendon may not have known this. The man he admire is a non-white bread.

    That is why Jobs is so smart; he got his intelligence from his father side.

    Non-whites are smarter.

  • RolyPoly

    Jobs made computers that had no buyers. Next computers were too expensive but they were no match for IBM main frames. Jobs was a loser to make something nobody wanted. And, he probably thought that Next computer company can beat Apple -”people will want a better machine”. Not necessarily. The price has to be right.

    When he came back to Apple, Jobs re-invented himself. He concentrated on design and advertisement, ie sales aspect. Technology was a secondary.

    He learned to survive in consumer world – by abandoning technology and concentrating telling lies (advertisement).

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

    RolyPoly wrote (#117):

    Steve Jobs is a just a crazy f***er. His computer ideas did not make business sense and he was a nut case. A complete failure.

    Then 4 minutes later RolyPoly wrote (#119):

    That is why Jobs is so smart; he got his intelligence from his father side.

    From which side of the family did you get your intelligence, RolyPoly?

  • Arghaeri

    Non-whites are smarter.

    I take it you’re very very white!

  • JK

    Obama will win. And the country will be about as united afterwards as it was after the 2004 election. Sigh

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    From which side of the family did you get your intelligence, RolyPoly?

    The backside, obviously.

  • jk641

    Sorry JK.
    But I’m putting my money on Romney.
    :)

  • RolyPoly

    JK,
    There is no reason to be united. It has to go forward.

    Some losers will want protect whatever little they have – by blocking college tuition aid, letting the poor die and chocking the old.

    Blood-suckers.

    Then, they say they represent Christians. They are pigs.

  • Jashin Densetsu

    That is why Jobs is so smart; he got his intelligence from his father side.

    no bro. that’s why he’s overrated and overhyped by liberals. just like obama.

  • jkitchstk

    To all republicans: After Obama wins ya’ll might want to read Margaret Hoover’s book called…American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party

    Otherwise you’ll be doomed in 2016 and beyond.

  • Jashin Densetsu

    After Obama wins

    obama will win alright……win a one-way ticket back to kenya bro.

  • dogbertt

    Hey bro, Ron Paul’s been awful quiet, bro. Does he have a “November surprise”, bro?

  • Wedge

    After the last four years, we all need a good dose of Romnesia.

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

    the japanese are just some of the nastiest people this world. ‘BUT T
    THEY APOLOGIZED!’ screamed the creep

    Shiro Ishii–received immunity from responsibility for war crimes from the United States. He could not be appointed to any more important posts after the War. He was escaping the USSR’s pursuit of war criminals. He was not able to take part in society like the other former members of Unit 731 did after the War. In 1959, he died of laryngeal cancer at the age of 69.

    Hisato Yoshimura–had been the main scholar of the research on frostbite. He became a member of the Antarctic Special Committee after the War, together with Commander Masaji Kitano. After that, he became the president of Kyoto Prefecture Medical College and Chairperson of the Japanese Biometeorological Society. In 1982, however, he was charged with conducting human experiments and forced to resign from the post of Chairperson.

    Ryoichi Naito–founded a business enterprise. In 1951 Ryoichi Naito, who belonged to the Epidemic Prevention Laboratory, established the Japan Blood Bank Company (currently the Midori Juji Co., Ltd.) with Masaji Kitano, Hideo Futagi, and others involved in Unit 731, as promoters. After that, Naito took office as CEO of Midori Juji Co., Ltd.

    Dr. Tachiomaru Ishikawa–once a pathologist of Unit 731, who had brought home with him thousands of human pathological samples, became a professor at Kanazawa University. He eventually became president of the university’s medical school.

    Dr. Kozo Okamoto–pathology squad leader at Ping Fan between 1938 and 1945, who carried out human vivisection experiments, later became a professor of Kyoto University and director of the university’s medical department. He went on to become an emeritus professor of the university and then medical director of Osaka’s Kinki University.

    Dr. Hideo Tanaka–Unit 731′s expert on the mass production of fleas, later became Director of Osaka Municipal University’s School of Medicine. For his research, he received an Order of the Rising Sun in March of 1978.

    Dr. Yukimasa Yagisaw–Unit 731′s plant disease expert for a decade, subsequently became secretary of the Japanese Penicillin Association, joined the Society of Antibiotics, and worked at the NIH.

    Naeo Ikeda–runs a clinic specializing in blood diseases in a suburb of Osaka. When he was asked about the documentary evidence that had been found that indicated that he had supervised injections of tetanus into the heels of prisoners of war, and to which his name was attached, he declined to answer. He muttered that he was “too old… it was a long time ago.” He shuffled away.

    Shiro Kasahara–researched Songo fever at Ping Fan and published medical papers undoubtedly based on his experiments on human beings at Ping Fan. He became Vice-President emeritus of the Kitasato Hospital and Research Unit in Tokyo. When he was asked about the work at Unit 731, he replied: “I feel very guilty about what I did…. I think I did wrong.”

  • Flyingsword K

    #131…

    He thinks he did wrong?!?! Wow.

  • http://vmphotography.com.au hoju_saram

    Things I learnt from Brendon today:

    1. The internet wouldn’t exist without Steve Jobs.

    2. Mitt is going to “wipe the electoral map” this coming Tuesday.

    3. Mitt’s a “good man”.

    4. Following Mitt’s landslide victory, Obama will “instigate and condone” riots.

    You’re on a roll today, counselor!

  • Avaast

    Will this have an impact on Hyundai/Kia’s brand image overseas? Well, at least they’re not shipping cars with faulty brakes.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20201950

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    hoju_saram — Here’s another: A mistake has been made with regard to one Nate Silver, who has inexplicably been anointed a wise man by the usual pack of slavering liberals. Do not confuse respect with respectability. That guy’s a clown show, bro.

  • Jashin Densetsu
  • JK

    Obama will win. Period. The question is, will the Republicans in the House and Senate still stand in his way and be just a hindrance to progress?

    Mitt Romney IS a good man, from what I can tell. And in terms of the economy, I think he would have done a good job. But from the way I see things, WHOEVER is elected President on Nov. 8 will be presiding over a strong economy in this upcoming term.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    133 hoju_saram: “Things I learnt from Brendon today:

    4. Following Mitt’s landslide victory, Obama will “instigate and condone” riots.

    Yeah, wow.

    …just wow.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    136 Jashin Densetsu: “he’s also literally gay”

    Wait, what??? He’s GAY :shock:

    Well that changes everything! His analysis and conclusions are now invalidated for everything except floral arrangements and interior decoration, in which realms he is figuratively king.

    …or literally queen.

    I don’t know, but you get the picture in pastels.

  • broona

    Chris Rock gives reasons why white people should vote for Obama.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDxOSjgl5Z4

  • commander

    If you step back from the political charades that all candidates have to play, Romney is a pretty impressive candidate. His track record in academia and business is outstanding. He was a highly respected and effective governor of Massachusetts, beating the odds as a Republican in a Democratic state that includes liberal hotspots like the People’s Republic of Cambridge. I was living in Massachusetts at the time and most people, including Democrats (begrudgingly) admitted that Mitt did a great job. He would probably do a good job as POTUS but one does wonder if his Mormon beliefs may hinder him from acting swiftly and decisively in military matters or whether the only thing to fear is if he may ban the consumption of caffeine.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    [O]ne does wonder if [Mitt Romney]’s Mormon beliefs may hinder him from acting swiftly and decisively in military matters…

    Only if one knows nothing about Mormons. They’re not Quakers. The US military is chockablock with Mormons.

  • provIdence

    I am wondering whether we can think of ABCC as a US version of Unit 731 with experiments on live Japanese and Koreans.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_Bomb_Casualty_Commission

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

    the us dropped two types of atomic bombs on japan. was that in part an experiment? yes, it was. japan deserved every bit of it too.
    your had no problems with the above mentioned monsters living openlyamongst them.

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

    sorry, mobile. your people had no problem with these monsters living right out in the open amonst you. your people are a shamless people.
    disgusting.

  • commander

    #142 Is it really true that the military is “chockablock with Mormons”? Do they bear arms and fight to kill? I honestly don’t know what their views on the military are. Your link just shows a nice sidestep by Mitt, who deftly turns the question about serving the military to one about serving the Mormon mission and never directly answering the original question.

  • commander

    OK just did a quick google search and it does appear that Mormons bear arms and have served in the military.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Bro, do you think that Obama is using that Area 51 alien to control the weather and wash out Romney? Think about it: a hurricane crashed the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and now there’s a storm of the century around NYC from the New England to mid-Atlantic states. Didn’t we just have a storm of the century last year? That’d be two storms of the century in two years. Acts of God should not be conspiring against God’s candidate.

    What particularly disturbs me is the blackout and suppression of this information. Holed up, I can see through my triple-pane, vacuum sealed, one-sided mirrored windows jets sprayin’ forget-me dust with their chemtrails.

    I hope they haven’t gotten to you too. …bro.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Hold the phone, bro. Hold the phone.

    Maybe Obama is that Area 51 alien, which explains why he doesn’t have a birth certificate.

    Oh crap, bro. This is big. This is really, really big.

    …Bro.

  • provIdence

    Beyond my English comprehension and imagination.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    Commander — Good for you to check it up. Yes, the US military is chockablock with Mormons, at least the intelligence/cryptology function in which I served. We bore arms.

  • Jashin Densetsu

    rallying cry for election day:

    hey hey!

    ho ho!

    o-bongo

    has-gotta-go!

    hey hey!

    ho ho!

    o-bongo

    has-gotta-go!

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

    Commander, you weren’t thinking of Jehovah’s Witnesses, were you?

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

  • Jieun K

    Bro, whatever happens on Tuesday night, you gotta keep it together.

  • CactusMcHarris

    CBC is reporting that the ROK has shut down two nuclear power plants due to finding parts of questionable origin.

  • yuna

    Yes, Cactus, I read that and got distracted by entertainment news.
    And to think the LMB was patting himself on the back on peddling it all over the place when the Fukushima Tsunami happened, sigh.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    CNN reported the reason as “forged quality certificates.”

    “South Korea said Monday that it had shut down operations at two nuclear reactors after discovering that they were using parts supplied with forged quality certificates.”

  • bballi bballi Paradise

    Redskins won, you know what that means……

  • bballi bballi Paradise

    ooops, they lost, shit

  • RolyPoly

    Wow,
    What we may think as an American election actually could be cosmic fight between two alien species – Obamarian and Romnians.

    Mormons believe they will go to a star when they die. Cosmic destination. Romney could have come back from a star.Obama came from area 51 spaceship.

    They can bring storms, hails, mass hysteria, diarrhea, drop in birth rate, and unimaginable horror.

    This may be bigger than I thought. Maybe I should stay up on Tuesday night with my aluminum wrap on my head so that they radiation cannot penetrate my brain.

    I think the ray had been affecting some of the bloggers here – especially the republicans.

  • slim

    “Maybe I should stay up on Tuesday night with my aluminum wrap on my head so that they radiation cannot penetrate my brain.”

    That spaceship has long ago sailed, RP. Never change!

  • slim

    An endorsement we can all take to heart:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltCIEbLMaQg

  • DLBarch

    Well, the New Yorker must have a new kyopo associate editor or something. A few weeks ago, the magazine ran a whopping 9-page feature on the development of Kpop, and this week, the cover features a Sandy-themed cartoon with typeface in English, Spanish, Chinese, and…Korean:

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine?intcid=magazine

    When all things Korean start making regular appearances in the New Yorker, you know the country is experiencing its moment in the sun.

    DLB

  • slim

    Agree with DLB. Good to see it’s no longer all Kim Jong-il and his corpulent spawn hogging media bandwidth.

    On Sunday, FOX ran a feature on the comfort women and interviewed the Korean-American deputy mayor of East Palisades. (I caught it in passing in a Mexico City hotel, so didn’t see the whole thing, but I’m sure links are out there..)

  • DLBarch

    Well, it certainly looks as though Koreans have an overwhelming (58%-9%) preference in the U.S. election…

    http://globescan.com/images/images/pressreleases/bbc2012_obama/GlobeScan-BBC_US-Election-Poll_Oct2012.pdf

    …but you’ll have to click on the link yourself to find out which candidate rocks the kingdom.

    DLB

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    I’m in Hong Kong attending the International Bar Association’s Asia-Pacific M&A Conference, and the organizer did a fun poll of the attendees asking “Who will win the election on Tuesday?” Mind you, the question was not “Which one do you like?”

    That room full of goofs returned 90% saying Obama will win, 6% some joke candidate like Kinky Friedman, and the balance Mitt Romney. And then the moderator and room full of goofs — like 200 of ‘em — all sniggered about how the joke candidate is more likely to win than Mitt Romney. Just demented.

  • DLBarch

    Ya know, I can understand why some might be a little cynical about PGH’s recent (and self-serving) 성혁명시대 campaign, but honestly, the recent outrageous comments by Prof. Hwang Sang-min, coming on the heals of equally boneheaded comments by DUP Reps. Jung Sung-ho and Park Jie-won — and even Moon Jae-in himself — show just how prevalent the douche-bag virus continues to infest “modern” Korea.

    Ugly, ugly, ugly! I’m actually hoping for a popular backlash to put these odious little basement dwellers back in their place.

    DLB

  • JW

    Who’s more likely to be demented in a fairly random group of 200 people — the 4 percent minority or the 90% majority? What would the bell curve tell us? Brendon Carr, I’m sure you can figure out the rest.

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

    Kinky Friedman is actually running? Damn, I wasted my time writing his name in when I could’ve just checked a box!

    They ain’t making ‘em like Kinky anymore . . .

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

  • Q

    I read an interesting chapter from Toshiyuki Tanaka’s “Japan’s Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution during World War II and the US occupation” and would like to share with you, since this open thread is tagged with “Prostitution”:

    During the war, the highly valued US currency induced many Australian prostitutes to serve the GIs, and therefore some of these professional women literally became “camp followers” of the US troops. There were some groups of women who followed the US troops as the forces moved to different areas within Australia: for example, not long after some US forces moved to Townsville in the northern state of Queensland around February 1942, a large group of prostitutes moved in to this town and boarded at civilian houses. Some of them rented the houses and started “living with” Americans. The local and federal government authorities were gravely concerned that the flood of these “immoral women” would lead to a decline of morals in Townsville.

    The economic power, smart uniforms and flamboyant lifestyle of the American soldiers also attracted young civilian women in Australia. Many girls dated GIs rather than “diggers” (i.e. Australian soldiers), which caused deep resentments among Australian men. US troops were described as “over-sexed, over-paid and over here.” This situation created tensions between American and Australian servicemen, and in fact led to a few groups in major incidents of street fighting between the two groups in major cities. On November 26, 1942, 3,000 soldiers from both sides and some civilians were involved in a two hour battle in Brisbane, which resulted in the deaths of two men and many injuries. Fighting continued the following day. Similar but smaller-scale battles also occurred in Adelaide and Perth. In February 1943, fighting took place in Melbourne between two forces involving 2,000 men.

    This kind of street fighting was also seen between two groups of US soldiers: white against Afro-African soldiers. It was tragic that the largest contingent of Afro-African soldiers on overseas service in 1942 was sent to Australia, a country with a strong “white supremacy policy.” Many of these black soldiers were sent to Queensland, where the policy of racial segregation against Australian blacks (Aborigines) was rigorously implemented. Fighting between white and black GIs started in a red-light district in south Brisbane on March 11, 1942, and lasted for 10 days. Detailed information on this conflict is still not available, but it seems that the fighting broke out when black GIs were refused access to some brothels that white GIs were using. This conflict was therefore a combination of racial and gender problems.

    The series of violent racial incidents over 10 days triggered by this incident probably led the US forces to set up some special brothels for the black GIs in Queensland. The existence of such houses was referred to in the report Civilian Morale in North Queensland. The report was co-authored by Physiology Professor R.D. Wright of Melbourne University and Dr. Ian Hogbin, an anthropologist from Sydney University, and was submitted to the Prime Minister’s Committee on National Morale in February 1943. It says:

    It is commonly believed in the southern states that there are licensed brothels in Queensland. This is not so, though the police insist that girls living in certain houses, who are known to be prostitutes, shall have regular examinations. In Brisbane, there are some twenty of these houses, and in Townsville, two or three. The American forces have set up several such places, with Australian girls, for the use of Negro troops, much to the disgust of many civilians. The inducement to the girls to enter such places must be strong, for Sir Raphael Cilento stated that one increased her Savings Bank account by £3,800 during twelve months.

    It is clear from this report that the US forces used pecuniary incentives in order to secure the service of Australian girls for their colored troops. Such arrangements, which breached the “white Australia policy,” angered one of the cabinet members of the Australian federal government, who read the report. On April 14, 1943, H.P. Lazzarini the Minister for Home Security, wrote an indignant letter to the Prime Minister John Curtin, complaining that:

    This seems to me to be something so outrageous to Australian psychology that it is likely to become the gravest possible menace to Australia’s war effort, and I think myself deservedly so. Perhaps nothing embittered the German people more and provided such a fertile field of exploitation by Hitler in the early days of the rise of National Socialism, than the compelling of the German people to provide white German women to satisfy the lust of the African Negroes, and the mere suggesting that the Americans are allowed to use Australian girls to satisfy the lust of American Negroes seems to me incomprehensible. I myself will not stand for it, and whenever it is raised I will attack it with all the vigour of which I am capable, and will dissociate myself at all times from such a vicious practice.

    There is an interesting contradiction in this letter: Lazzarini implies that it was vital to keep a racial segregation policy in order to avoid the rise of fascism, and thus virtually supported an unprecendented racist policy similar to that of the Nazis! It is not know how the prime minister responded to such vicious criticism from one of his own cabinet members. However, it is presumed that John Curtin remained silent and did not raise this mater with the US military authorities, knowing that American co-operation was so vital to defend his country against Japanese invasion.

    Plate 4.4

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasfisherlibrary/6820992518/in/photostream/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasfisherlibrary/6820992264/in/photostream/

    Japanese knew the tension between American and Australian soldier over Australian women, and tried to exploit this situation in order to further enhance the antagonism between two groups of the Allied forces. To this end, they produced various propaganda leaflets, and left them in the battlefield in New Guinea, hoping to demoralize the Australian soldiers who would read them. (Source: Australian War Memorial, Japanese leaflets 7/42/3).

  • Arghaeri

    — like 200 of ‘em — all sniggered about how the joke candidate is more likely to win than Mitt Romney. Just demented.

    BC, what do you expect in a room full of lawyers?

  • Anonymous_Joe

    #166 Brendon Carr: “…the organizer did a fun poll of the attendees asking ‘Who will win the election on Tuesday?’

    That room full of goofs returned 90% saying Obama will win, 6% some joke candidate like Kinky Friedman, and the balance Mitt Romney. And then the moderator and room full of goofs — like 200 of ‘em — all sniggered about how the joke candidate is more likely to win than Mitt Romney. Just demented.”

    I see no problem with their honesty or their taking the poll seriously except for the 6% who opined for Kinky Friedman. The general sniggering might have been more comic hyperbole than genuine sentiment.

    If you want to find out what people really think, have them put some skin in the game. If you offered even payout for all candidates for the results of “Which candidate do you think will win”, I would not necessarily be surprised by that 90% number. I’m guessing the 6% for Kinky Friedman would fall off considerably.

  • CactusMcHarris

    6% for the Texas Jewboy – he’s going up in the world. I remember him for his unique term for his bowel movements – ‘taking a Nixon’ is what I think it was.

  • jkitchstk

    The “IMMORALITY”
    The Feds(FEMA) are giving away free gasoline…
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/nyregion/gas-rationing-is-new-burden-after-hurricane-sandy.html?_r=0
    “Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, and the Pentagon made an all-out effort to speed gas to the troubled region. Mr. Christie ordered odd- and even-day gas rationing. Mr. Cuomo waved a tax for fuel barges, and told New Yorkers they could get 10 gallons of gas without charge from fuel trucks across the region provided by the federal government. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said police officers had to be sent to service stations to keep order.”

    More “IMMORALITY,” and what the hell is the defense dept. doing helping natural disaster victims, doesn’t that raise the national debt leaving our children with the burden of having to pay for it decades from now?

    “As part of expanding efforts to help the region, the Defense Department said Saturday that plans had been put into motion to provide fuel directly to gas stations in New York and New Jersey that have run dry. The department will send generators — along with National Guard troops to operate and secure them — to gas stations unable to pump fuel because they are in areas still blacked out by the storm, officials said.”

  • R. Elgin

    I read an interesting chapter from Toshiyuki Tanaka’s “Japan’s Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution during World War II and the US occupation” and would like to share with you, since this open thread is tagged with “Prostitution” . . . blah, blah, blah

    If you look at the top of the thread, what does the poster say and where was the poster found? (small hint) It was not found in Japan or America.

  • R. Elgin

    # 155-157: http://www.rjkoehler.com/2012/05/31/a-nuclear-cover-up/
    This is old news and it does need more public awareness, IMHO.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Obummer vs. Mittens: The most popular nasty nicknames for the candidates—a Slate infographic.

    Obama:

    nobama (620), barry (109), hussein (46), obummer (29), obozo (16), soetoro (7), bammy (3), obama bin lyin (2)

    Romney:

    mittens (162), r money (43), robme (14), myth romney (8), mitt the twit (4)

  • Wedge

    #166: Imagine that, a room full of lawyers favoring Obama. You’re the only GOP-leaning lawyer I know…uh, scratch that. I know one in Chicago as well. Also, I know only one conservative mainstream journalist, whose name shall not be spoken lest it cost him his career.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Wedge, the question wasn’t “whom do you want do win“; the question was “whom do you think will win.” I see nothing extraordinary in the 90% number.

    Example: In a room of 10 people, they ask the “who do you think will win” question. Nine people think the chance of an Obama win is 51% based on the broad scientific sampling of the broad cross-section of American that they know, the news accounts, their amazing understanding of the electoral college and which states are in play…. The tenth person thinks a Romney win is 80%.

    There’s your 90% of the people surveyed think that Obama will win.

    As an empirical example, in 1984 the Ronald Reagan/Walter Mondale popular vote was not quite 60/40 (approx 58.xx% for Reagan). The electoral college was 525/13 or about 97% for Ronald Reagan. That 97% would be about the percentage I would expect for double R for the percentage of people who honestly answered the question “whom do you think will win?

  • Anonymous_Joe

    sorry, whom sb who

  • http://vmphotography.com.au hoju_saram

    It was tragic that the largest contingent of Afro-African soldiers on overseas service in 1942 was sent to Australia, a country with a strong “white supremacy policy.” Many of these black soldiers were sent to Queensland, where the policy of racial segregation against Australian blacks (Aborigines) was rigorously implemented.

    Tragic? The experience of African Americans – particularly US servicemen – in Australia in the 50s was mostly positive (at least from civilians, if not officially by the government), in extreme contrast to their treatment by the US military at the time.

    The white American troops resented the fact that—surprisingly given the dominance of the White Australia Policy—many Australian servicemen and civilians welcomed the African-American troops, in breach of the prevailing segregationist policy in the US.

    I’m not suggesting Australia wasn’t racist back then – it was – but racism was directed at Aborigines, and African Americans were actually welcomed with open arms – much as they are today. In Queensland US servicemen were billeted with local families, and the overwhelming request by Queenslanders was for African American soldiers.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    ya’ know what this presidential election was missing this time around? Pai. In 2008, everyone was eatin’ pai, talking ’bout pai, tastin’ pai. Obama ‘n pai, Biden ‘n pai. Pai, pai, pai.

    Where’s the pai? I’m hungry, my belly empty, and I (much like Isabelle Sanford) want a piece of the pai.

    http://youtu.be/L5L3M8Pn9KU

    (I wish there were a compilation clip about all the Obama/Biden pai.)

  • dww

    Anybody know where I can buy a box of good cigars in Seoul that is reasonably priced (80,000W approx.)? I used to regularly smoke Arturo Fuente’s in the States but find that cigars are insanely overpriced in Seoul when you buy them individually (like at ‘Burn’ in Noksapyeong).

  • mitchel-murray

    Anyone catch the Little Orphan Romney show? Tomorrow! Tomorrow!

  • R. Elgin

    “dww”, I do not believe there is any reasonable source for such in Korea. Like many commodities, there is an import barrier for such and few importers who are not going to gouge when possible.

    You are allowed fifty cigars at a time when you fly into South Korea, according to customs, so I would purchase abroad or have someone fill an order for you.

  • Q

    If you look at the top of the thread, what does the poster say and where was the poster found? (small hint) It was not found in Japan or America.

    It’s the same sh*t, bro.

  • Q

    At least gonorrhea does not discriminate colors.

  • Arghaeri

    Did you ask?

  • CactusMcHarris

    Some local colour of unfortunate adjacency.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v124/cactusmcharris/DSCN5398a.jpg

  • Avaast

    “Japan Invading China, and Other Frightening Memories Recreated at a Chinese Amusement Park”

    http://kotaku.com/5958008/japan-invading-china-and-other-frightening-memories-recreated-at-a-chinese-amusement-park?tag=war

  • Arghaeri

    Cactus, as about as efficient a supply chain system as you’re ever going to get.