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Open Thread #274

It’s surprisingly pleasant out here. Enjoy the weekend.

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  • http://twitter.com/KTLit Charles Montgomery

    First Bro!

  • Keith

    It’s a lovely day out. I might have to pop out on the bike for some much needed exercise.

    Horrendous stuff in Connecticut, it’s very very sad and the survivors are going to be traumatised for life. Korean kids might have a lot of stress at school, but at least they don’t have to worry about being gunned down by some low life piece of shit.

    The US really must do something about it’s ridiculous gun laws. I don’t think all guns should be banned, but there certainly needs to be a lot more restrictions on ownership. The US is the only developed country where horrendous tragedies like the Connecticut massacre happen on a such regular basis. I know that apologists for America’s daft gun laws say that if you outlaw guns only the criminals will have them, but most of these massacres are not carried out by gangsters or career criminals, they’re carried out by crazy people. Letting lunatics own or have access to firearms really is not very sensible.

  • dogbertt

    Leave it to the chav to pile on the anti-Americanism. Go scold the Norwegians, asshole. Our gun laws wouldn’t be the way they were if your daft ancestors hadn’t been such jackasses.

  • http://twitter.com/KTLit Charles Montgomery

    I’m not quite sure how Keith’s comment qualifies as “anti-American?”

  • keith

    So it is Britain’s fault that the US has such retarded gun laws? That’s news to me.

    I’m not ‘anti American’, but rather anti stupid. That’s why I’m not too fond of really daft cun#s like you dogdirt. If you think that letting mentally unstable people have access to firearms is sensible then fine, it’s a bit strange, but then you are a bit of an odd one. What happened in Norway was shocking and unusual, what happened in CT was, sadly, business as usual. I’d personally rather live in a country that doesn’t allow its mentally ill to arm themselves with assault weapons, but then that’s just me.

  • keyinjpop

    Another day, another shooting in the US.
    On a personal note, I’m trying to get my own franchise started.

  • dogbertt

    Yes, keef, the 2nd Amendment is a result of the misrule of George III. Read a history book some time. You Europeans love to fell so smugly superior, but the fact is that such incidents are not, in fact, “business as usual”. I suppose Germans murdering millions of Jews, Russians murdering millions of everyone, and incidents in the Balkans dwarfing the tragedy in Connecticut are all “shocking and unusual” — it is only the U.S. that has these problems. I’m glad you don’t live in the U.S., you wouldn’t last long in any event. Korea certainly has its share of crime, including mass murders via gunfire, knifings, and a run of molestation and murder of school children. In the U.K., there have been school shootings in Scotland, Jamie Bulger, and God knows what other depravity. Yes, it is time to get off your high horse.

  • dogbertt

    The reason the right to bear arms is enshrined in the Constitution is because of the terrible abuses and misrule of Keith’s forbears. For him to blame “daft gun laws” that he knows really nothing about simply shows his ignorance.

    And of course, never having lived in the U.S., and being of limited intelligence in any event, he has absolutely no idea that regardless of what laws are amended, revised, or passed, it is literally impossible for the U.S. government to confiscate firearms from their owners. Gun control will never work — problems such as this must be addressed by other means.

  • bumfromkorea

    Oh my God.  I cannot believe the day has come when I finally get to tell Dogbert this, but… here we go!

    It was hundreds of years ago.  Get over it.  ;)

  • Jakgani

    What changed?  The first person now stays up first?

  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Change the sorting at the top.

  • Jakgani

    A sad day.  20 kids + adults shot in USA, 22 stabbed in China.

    Americas daft gun laws changing won’t help the situation.  It might prevent some new guns being sold, but the USA is already FULL of guns – even if stricter gun laws are introduced, it won’t stop the spread, sale and purchase of all the guns already on the streets in the USA.

    It does seem that the schools need stricter security and perhaps even secure “panic rooms” built in.

  • Jang

    I do not get paid to post pro/con Korean Inc. comments.  All those hard drives do look nice and shiny though – http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2964015&cloc=joongangdaily|home|newslist1
    “A sign reading “President war room” in English was hung on the wall
    inside the office, commission(National Election) officials said. The commission also
    confiscated computers and documents from the office.”

    I’ll go to the Cannes Film Fesitival in May for this – I don’t know if you can still donate…?
    The crowd funding event will continue until the end of the month(Nov.) at the Good Funding website (goodfunding.net),
    [ Movie depicting Samsux leukemia victims’ struggle will soon be released ]
    http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/558744.html
    “The parents (who lost their daughter to leukemia) then faced a struggle against the massive corporation to uncover the truth of her daughter’s death.”

  • Jieun K

    Robert, you really sticking with the current change?

    Aww… (I’m not protesting.)

  • Jieun K

    Anyway, I’m back to work, but here’s something for your entertainment, guys.

    Roll it up and watch the playback (warning: graphic scenes) for a change.

  • JW

    Hey has anyone yet commented on the fact that North Korea SUCCESSFULLY launched their satellite into orbit? This is what South Koreans have been trying to do with their Naro rockets only to see them come crashing down, right?  I realize that I know nothing about the details, such as whether the Norks were able to somehow make their launching much easier than what South is trying to accomplish, but damn dudes, on the face of it it looks extremely embarrassing. 

  • cactusmcharris

    Several days ago, in fact.

    http://www.rjkoehler.com/2012/12/12/breaking-news-north-korea-launches-rocket/

    No reports on whether KJU was giving on-the-spot guidance and telemetry.

  • cactusmcharris

    Hi Robert,

    Just want to thank you for now giving us the ability to edit posts. Another one of my favourite blogs also recently did so, so it must be the season of giving the power of amending.

     

  • cactusmcharris

     Jieun K,

    I don’t play those games, but that soundtrack’s more than a little kick-ass.

  • Bob Bobbs

    George III killed those children. Mad indeed. Then why doesn’t this terrible tyranny continue in monarchist Canada: http://guncontrol.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/moregunsmoredeaths2012.pdf

  • imememememe

    this is why i picked up another glock two weeks ago at a gun show and will be picking up more in the weeks ahead. i’m not giving up my guns. NEVER as long as i’m living in this shitty city full of cholos, gangbangers and other subhumans.

  • imememememe

    dude,
    last week some philly sixers fans shot a bulls fan for being a bulls fan. that’s just how we roll in this country.

  • Bob Bobbs

     Wow. ‘Park has neglected the so-called comfort women who were forced into
    sexual slavery by the Japanese military during the Second World War.
    This event must be addressed as it is not only the worst humiliation
    Korea has experienced in its entire history, but indeed the single
    greatest tragedy in the long history of female suffering.’ http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_editorial/565534.html

  • ig5959292ee

    govnar

  • Jieun K

     Glad you like it! I agree. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.brandt.3914 John Brandt

    Jieun K,
     
    Wow, what a coincidence.. I’ve been playing Villa Piranesi a lot lately and there it is in your video. Good stuff.

  • Jakgani

    Typical of Park – her father was after all a Chinilpa  Collaborator with Imperial Japan along with Syngman Rhee, Choe Nam-Seon, Kim Ok-Gyun, Yun Chi-Ho and Hong Sa-Ik.

    It runs in the family to betray your country, support the enemy and make a profit from it.

  • Arghaeri

    Get real, Dogbert needs his gun, after all he needs to watch his back as the Brit tax inspectors could come any moment for his forbears overdue taxes.

  • Name Here

     There’s quite a bit of open source – if you don’t live in the South – pics of KJU observing the launch and giving guidance…I think KCNA stopped short of crediting him with telemetry, though.

  • RElgin

     Guy, you *can* buy a gun but the skill and mind to use it correctly is a different issue entirely.  I seriously thought of doing such myself but gave up the notion after I realized that I could avoid accidentally shooting someone by not having one.  There is a greater chance of that happening than shooting someone who needs shooting.
    Also, I discovered that if I spent more time being aware of my surrounding and reading people that I could avoid most anything that was dangerous.  If you walk in a bad part of town, your chances of needing emergency medical help increase so just don’t do it and keep your eyes open.  If you get a gun, you must work on the training that comes with that great responsibility.

    P.S. IMHO, the Glock is a bad choice for many because the trigger is too sensitive.  That’s why so many more shootings occurred when DC cops first started using them.

  • Django

    Since you disabled your “A Korean Christmas Gift Idea to Add to Your List” thread comments I will here; why buy a gift when most Koreans tell me “S. Korea doesn’t celebrate Christmas,” so does S. Korea just celebrate it to copy western countries?

  • Anonymous_Joe

    It’s the second Monday after the first Wednesday in December, and you all know what that means.  Yes, it’s officially election day in the U.S.  Polls open soon.  Any opinions about who will win?  I’m taking Obama with about 61.71% of the vote.  Of course, we won’t really know for sure until around January 6.

    This time it’s for reals. 

  • R.elgin

    Well “Django” some expatriates may celebrate Christmas and, if they want to buy gifts made in Korea that are original and not too expensive, etsy is a interesting choice and it supports local makers.  Many Christians here also celebrate Christmas too.

  • dogbertt

    Again, read some history, Pom.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    South Korea celebrates it, just not in the Western sense (a must family gathering). Most people have trees and presents for children. Where it’s different is that they buyChristmas cakes . They usually celebrate the actual day with their gf/bf or lovers, and do the family stuff for the New Years day.
    Anyway Korea now celebrates most occasions for which one can spend money.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    A federal judge has denied Samsung’s request for dismissal of Apple’s verdict and for a new trial based on allegations of jury misconduct, saying Samsung should have done more work during jury questioning.
    In seeking to have Apple’s $1 billion verdict arising from software patents on mobile devices overturned, the South Korean electronics giant argued it was tainted by the jury foreman’s failure to disclose previous litigation with Seagate Technology, a company in which Samsung is a major investor, as well as an alleged bias made evident by statements made to the media after the verdict. Samsung said Hogan should have revealed to the judge during jury selection that he had been sued by Seagate — his former employer — which led to his filing for personal bankruptcy in 1993.
    ….
    “Samsung has a substantial strategic relationship with Seagate, which culminated last year in the publicized sale of a division to Seagate in a deal worth $1.375 billion, making Samsung the single largest direct shareholder of Seagate,” the company said in its October motion. “Mr. Hogan’s failure to disclose the Seagate suit raises issues of bias that Samsung should have been allowed to explore in questioning.”
    ….
    The orders represent the first major ones to come out of the court since the trial wrapped up in August. Still expected is a ruling from Koh that could change the damages tally. During the three-and-a-half-hour hearing earlier this month, Apple made its bid to increase damages while Samsung predictably argued to lower them.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    From an article in the Chosun Ilbo, How Long Can Kim Jong-un Stay in Power?

    “The regime has blown about US$900 million, enough money to feed the entire population for six or seven years, on rocket launches. Since it has no economy to speak of, it urgently needs aid or investment from abroad. “

    Are they even capable of reality checks before they print this stuff?  Do they think that their readers aren’t capable of such?

    Here’s a little bit of math and some generous rounding for simplicity:  let’s say the rocket launch cost US$1 billion, spread that over only five years, and estimate the NorK population at 20 million.  Then the average NorK can be fed on US$10 per year.