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Open Thread #280

What would you sacrifice for your country?

  • Adams-awry

    Fist of Fun, bro.

  • Scott N

    Japan is the future, man.

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

    What would I do for my country? Stay off the welfare rolls, maybe sign some online petitions, stand for the national anthem…

  • que337

    “Hurry up and die” for your country. – Mr. Aso

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    I wouldnt sacrifice a thing for my country. I would reject it instead.

  • GeorgeSmith

    Japan is the nuclear disaster country.

  • Jieun K

    Will the torch of nationalism ever be extinguished? Will anarchism ever take hold as a new Zeitgeist? I’d say it could. It probably would at some point in the future.

    Anarchy (as absence of a central political authority) will start to make more sense to more people in the First World in the 21st century and beyond. I’d rather live stateless in anarchy than in a state of ongoing nationalistic frenzy and demagoguery.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Seasteading is a trend that I am certain will grow strong in the future. When we realize that we do not need governments anarchism will come naturally. But we have a daily, non-stop brainwashing going on aimed at keeping us dependent on government.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Watching the women’s tennis final. Wonderful example of government ineptness: 15 minutes of fireworks in the middle of the 3rd set. Don’t those morons in city government have televisions? Gee, the biggest sporting even in your country this year and you go and ruin it with a lame fireworks show? Truly, government can never get things right.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    http://www.ussc.gov/ Anonymous is starting a thermonuclear war. Now, the SC justices are catfish sized but I would think Anonymous has some dirt on the sharks in that sewer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cactusmcharris Jeff Harris

    That comment just adds to your aura as MH’s resident sociopath.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cactusmcharris Jeff Harris

    In the ‘Koreana for $2.00 (C) or Less’ category, I’ll have you Holers know that I got ‘A New History of Korea’ by Ki-baik Lee and Fred Lukoff’s ‘An Introductory Course in Korean’, most of which I know but it’s a good refresher, as well as reliving the frustration of trying to understand a few grammar stems (the ‘ha go don’ stuff) – these two books were on the for-free table at a thrift store.

  • dlbarch

    That “last full measure of devotion.”

    But I’d try my best to take as many of America’s enemies with me.

    DLB

  • yangachibastardo

    What would i do for my country ? Kill a bunch of French, German, Spanish, British etc. fucks who are the biggest, scummiest thieves in the world and still have the guts to patronise us while their dirty, retarded banks are costing me tons of my tax money.

    Not gonna happen ? Well a man is allowed to dream, isn’t he ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=783315197 Shelton Bumgarner

    I only post this because it’s an open thread, but here’s a link musing on if North Korea is still a “rational actor.” I, for one, would be willing to join the American military to defend South Korea, but I’m too old. Sigh. http://www.asiapundits.com/regions/korea/is-north-korea-still-a-rational-actor/

  • Jieun K

    I recommend an awesome soundtrack for your daydream of a righteous rampage. A non-stop, sonic bombardment that will make you a Headbanga.

  • yangachibastardo

    Wait you 2, i don’t consider myself a nationalist as i have no love for my country neither i think my culture is superior to anyone or things like that. I just tend to stick to people who resemble me the most in terms of language, superficial cultural and genetic traits etc. as a i basically detest the foreigners around us, and by that i don’t mean the immigrants, but our esteemed EU **brothers**

    In my case nationalism is not a goal it is just a mean to fight what i consider the enemies of my individual interests and while i can get along with persons from countries i profoundly detest and despise, still i wish every ill to their host nations.

    I call it self-defense nationalism, some sort of tribal allegiance based on self-interest

  • http://kuiwon.wordpress.com/ Kuiwon

    Indeed, no man is an island.

  • keyinjpop

    What would I do for my country? Not much, just pay taxes and not start shit with anyone lest they retaliate by brute force or blackmail/extortion. Besides, my country has done (still doing in some cases) some pretty stupid things and I’d rather not defend that.

  • RElgin

    I would sacrifice this thread for my country.

  • Jang

    SKorea don’t know how to volunteer but get credit anyhow-http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/571400.html

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    and no man is by birth a slave of the collective, we are fed such bullshit as patriotism

  • http://kuiwon.wordpress.com/ Kuiwon

    I don’t need to see this Randian nonsense.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    As if your bankers and your industrial war complex aren’t swallowing the lion’s share of your taxes.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Narcissistic nationalism? That’s a new one.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Am I the only one who thinks that’s hilarious since he’s an old geezer?

  • http://www.bcarr.com/ Brendon Carr

    Boy, those are some classics. I remember them from 20 years ago.

  • judge judy

    the phoenix rises.

  • Jieun K

    Sure, it’s natural to think that way. Self-preservation is the first law of nature. So, we can think of a nation as a sophisticated organization (with legislative, executive and judicial branches) founded essentially on a pact that we watch each other’s back for survival and prosperity.

    And the thing is, nations are not the only means. (Even in anarchy, we should have some sort of rules and ad hoc bodies for contingencies.)

    We’re seeing signs that national governments are increasingly subordinated or cozying up to the will and interests of a privileged few individuals. Governments no longer seem to represent the entire public. We are left but with the only choice to watch them dissipate the treasury we dearly contributed to and receive little service in return.

    So are we just going to continue to have blind faith and hope for the best? The future is hanging in the balance.

  • Arghaeri

    Yeah, right cos a game of proxy tennis is way more important than Australia Day.

  • Yangachibastardo

    Sociopaths often spek the truth, even if it’s an unpleasant truth

  • imememememe

    I’d sacrifice California for my country. Well, maybe just the southern part.

  • keyinjpop

    Dude, that track was awesome.

  • keyinjpop

    This one is also awesome.

  • que337

    I thought that too. Might be called ‘harakiri’ or ‘kamikaze’ style economic solution. Mr. Aso could lead by example and people following him might get entitled to be enshrined at Yasukuni.

  • keyinjpop

    First bro.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    is Rand the only name you know?

  • http://www.gofundme.com/1k98a8 Jakgani

    Thanks for that link Shelton – I read the article then started clicking around on other links (khmer440.com) in the article – found some hilarious stories about foreigners living in Cambodia – (shoplifters + pedo’s) – makes me feel safe here in Korea..

    http://www.khmer440.com/chat_forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=27924

    http://www.khmer440.com/chat_forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=28021

  • JW

    If you can read and understand Korean — check out episode 879 of 그것이 알고싶다 which aired on 1/26 — titled 공모자들 – 누가 그녀를 가뒀나 . I can’t seem to link to the URL here for some reason. This is some crazy crazy shit. Basically in Korea right now you don’t need a judge and a doctor’s permission to kidnap a family member and put him or her in a mental hospital against the person’s will. And it’s all legal. It matters not an iota that the person’s mental functioning is perfectly normal. The SBS investigative team follows the son in this case who at the command of his rich father kidnaps his own mother and legally puts her in a hospital against her will. I will save the incredible ending for the viewer. What a heroic effort by this SBS team.

  • JW

    If you want to see it just google “공모자들 – 누가 그녀를 가뒀나” and the top link should work.

  • Jieun K

    Dude, good you clicked it.

  • provIdence

    Korean elders, on the other hand, will be a bit happier soon.

    http://media.daum.net/issue/419/newsview?issueId=419&newsid=20130111010703570

  • que337

    That’s kind of universal problem in rapidly aging countries, to which Mr. Aso suggested very Japanese solution.

  • provIdence

    In addition to those under terminal care, there are many patients in Japan flocking at doctor’s. When they don’t see someone, they suspect that he must be sick.

  • ChuckRamone

    Did you guys see this NY Times article about a Korean guy that was arrested in America for possessing an old Korean cultural artifact that he bought from an online auction?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/28/nyregion/korean-artifact-bought-online-leads-to-arrest.html?ref=asia

  • http://www.gofundme.com/1k98a8 Jakgani

    Samsung is about to release a cross between a smart phone and a tablet – called the Galaxy Fonblet 5.8.

    When they do, I will trade in my Galaxy Note 2 for it – so I can use the Jellybean 4.1 and be able to download a more variety of apps.

    Reports further suggest that Samsung is targeting the European markets with the new device. As of now, it is being called Galaxy Fonblet 5.8 and will be launched first in Europe, followed by a worldwide release. Samsung will officially announce their plans regarding the Fonblet in the days to come. The rumors have also suggested that the device will be white in color initially. It is not known whether other colors will follow in due course.

    The most important thing consumers today want to know about new devices is the platform they will be running on. As far as the Fonblet is concerned, it is going to run on Android Jellybean 4.1. This means that users will be able to download a wide range of games and apps from Google’s Play Store. The choice of OS also means that Fonblet will join a select few devices which run on Jellybean by default. Till now, the choice for fans of Android versions 4.1 and 4.2 is limited.

    Up till now, it does seem as though Fonblet is going to be a great device to own. After all, it combines the features of smartphones and tablets hence serving a dual purpose for the users. Its features and the fact that it will have the same display as Galaxy Player 5.8 ensure that Samsung has a surefire winner on its hands.

  • http://www.bcarr.com/ Brendon Carr

    It’s hard to imagine a “Fonblet” from any manufacturer other than a Korean company.

  • silver surfer

    “Fonblet” is an example of what Korean companies might call an “Ugport”.

  • silver surfer

    Yeah! He should practice what he preaches.

  • bumfromkorea

    What a crock of bullshit this is. I love how the Korean conservatives, so deathly allergic to North Korea, just fucking love to have the same mode of thought as them.

  • Jang

    Congratulations to all males in S. Korea http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2013/01/30/2013013001376.html

    …as the Korea Institute of Criminology(KIS) says you’re the “Biggest Clients of Prostitutes in S.E. Asia.”

    And
    “The U.S. State Department’s annual report on human trafficking also points to Korean men as being the main clients of child prostitutes in Southeast Asia and Pacific islands, and added that the Korean government has yet to crack down on offenders or attempted to curb the trend.”
    Why?
    “The KIC report speculates that the main cause of the situation is a lack of guilt among Korean tourists about paying for sex” and “were not aware that paying for sex overseas is an offence under Korean law.”

    I wasn’t aware that the U.S. State Dept. annual report said that. S. Korea is a Tier 1 country after all so says humantrafficking.org

  • dlbarch

    My condolences to anyone who has worse Superbowl office pool pix than I.

    I mean, c’mon, 2-2 (or 12-12) after the first quarter? WTF?!?! What’s that, EIGHT field goals?!

    GROAN!!!

    DLB