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OPEN THREAD #284

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  • Adams-awry

    Fist of fun, bro.

  • keyinjpop
  • Kev

    Has anyone else noticed the roads on Osan AB are falling apart?

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

    Now if the courts would have the integrity to reject the “entrepeneurship” defense in the cases of chaebol owners…

  • brier

    Another Saturday of work for coin. Kindergarten fees really eating away at my budget. I wish the new daycare law covered legal foreign nationals but it doesnt. At least a got an hour of sunshine outside in the late afternoon.

  • Arghaeri

    Are you absolutely sure it doesn’t, is it something you’ve just been told, or have you actually checked the law?

  • yangachibastardo

    Speaking of Korean entertainment:

    http://www.allkpop.com/2013/02/actress-park-si-yeon-investigated-for-propofol-abuse

    Propofol, the new Special K..should we call it the Special P ?

  • brier

    Well my son’s kindergarten told me to go to the local Dong citizen center and sign him up. When I went there the staff said no, not for foreigners. She called the Gu office to confirm, but who knows how well they know the laws. 17 years of paying taxes in Korea and kids whose parents drive imported cars, free kindergarten, and I am the only parent paying out of my pocket at his school now.

  • que337
  • Kangaji

    I translated an Ilbe post on “5 rules for foreigners to live by” in Korea that suggests getting Korean women pregnant, stealing their wealth, divorcing them after getting citizenship, and starting a trainding company.

    http://animemangasociety.com/koreablog/2013/02/5-rules-for-foreigners-living-in-korea-ilbe/

  • Arghaeri

    I have often found it the case that the local persons implementing, don’t know all the rules. sometime ask three different officers / bank officials or the like and get three different answers.

  • Arghaeri

    Sometimes just passed of with an easy “no” just cos its safe and easy and doesn’t require any effort.
    The quote them rule and regulation, can be funny to see them scrabble to recover.

  • Arghaeri

    Can’t be sure, because the constitutions provisions against discrimination refer to “citizens” not people per se, but this was described as a universal benefit and often these are applied to all resident tax payers.

  • Arghaeri

    So definitely worth checking the original legislation to see if in fact there is any such express bar on foreigners.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    I am watching Arirang’s telecast of PGH’s inauguration. Gyopo reporter said that PGH opted for an open air ceremony, while other presidents choice indoor venues. Token whitey anchor asked her “why did some of her predecessors choose indoor auditoriums?”

    Female Gyopo reporter started to stammer and then said, “well as you know some were military dictators so their inaugurations were more solemn and not open to the general happiness of the public.” (or words to that effect)

    I literally did a spit-take.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Here is the Korean president’s oath of office:

    “I do solemnly swear before the people that I will faithfully execute the Office of President by observing the Constitution, defending the State, pursuing the peaceful unification of the homeland, promoting the freedom and welfare of the people and endeavoring to develop national culture.”

    I did not expect that “pursuing peaceful unification” would be formally enshrined in the presidential oath. I really expected something more along the lines of the U.S. president’s oath:

    ““I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    *******************************************
    (BTW, I didn’t have to look up the latter. I’ve had it memorized just in case. I just didn’t know that the case would be to compare it to the Korean president’s.)

  • brier

    Thanks for the reply. I plan on doing some research and questioning so I will see what happens.

  • Jang

    While you were watching the boring PGH, I was watching Mrs. Obama open the envelope to announce Argo as Best 2013 Movie. Do you know what director Ben Affleck made the actors playing hostages do to prepare for their roles? He made them live like hostages for 2 weeks, that’s called method acting.
    http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/06/16/ben-affleck-taking-hostages-for-argo?icid=acm50liveblog

    Could I offer PGH a little something for artificial insemination, I don’t have to live in the Blue House. She should have a mixed race baby while serving as president, she ain’t too old is she?

  • Jang

    CNN Video gets confiscated of U.S.A. vs. Iran in World Cup Wrestling, Iranians are crazy about wrestling. But don’t worry here is a video copy… http://www.flowrestling.org/speaker/398-Jordan-Burroughs/video

  • http://twitter.com/holterbarbour Andrew Barbour

    I’m just as surprised by the inclusion of “endeavoring to develop national culture”.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Because as we all know culture is a top-down directive.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Good job.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    I’m a have my cake and eat it too kind of guy. The inauguration was at 11, and after she said her piece, I switched over to the Oscars.

    The big winner on the night appears to be Nate Silver.

  • Merriam Coll

    ‘Sup Bitches. Jews and blackface. If I recall, these two topics often stir up the shit here at the Hole (i.e. Koreans don’t like Jews ’cause they got those Nazi bars; why the fuck do Koreans do blackface?). No I present to you both topic in one neat little package:

    Assemblyman Defends Wearing Blackface to Party

  • wangkon936

    Nah, not done in Korea by a Korean so will lack an effect here at TMH.

  • wangkon936

    Regarding the “reunification” bit it really isn’t a fair comparison. The U.S. is unified.

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

    Did someone say “Dokdo”?!

  • gbnhj

    Koreans don’t like Jews ’cause they got those Nazi bars

    Jews have Nazi bars?

  • que337

    She is a 61 year-old halmeoni. Are you gerontophiliac?

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Yeah, but I don’t think Lincoln said anything about “peaceful reunification” in his oath after his reelection in 1864. ;-)

  • Jang

    “Samsux expects you to hold an 8-inch tablet up to your face.” Adrian Covert(CNN Money) better not expect to be allowed entrance into S. Korea after what he said about the galaxy note 8. He once joked that one day you’d see a 7 inch phone, well now you got an 8 inch phone but maybe not in the U.S.?
    http://money.cnn.com/2013/02/23/technology/mobile/samsung-galaxy-note-8/index.html

  • ChuckRamone

    omg, Korea got totally snubbed on this list of 50 best restaurants in Asia. http://worlds50best.asia/asias-50-best-restaurants.html#t1-10

  • dlbarch

    Hard to believe. It was only a year or so ago that there was talk of Michelin coming out with a Red Guide for Korea.

    (I’ve been told that Sorabol in Hong Kong was awarded a Michelin “fork” rating, which is one notch down from a Michelin star.)

    Still, as a pretty dedicated foodie, this is pretty amazing.

    DLB

  • Jang

    Awww, the S. Korean government can’t be very happy about it’s failed push to promote Korean food aye? And its own restaurant in Manhattan must not have helped convince anyone. What’s the name of that thing anyway, does anybody know?

    Those Diners Club Members sure do know their food though! Other nations that have better food/restaurants/service etc…are Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Micronesia, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam.

  • Jang

    In Oct./2012 NYT ran a piece titled “Gritty Koreatown Block Turns Hot With a Taste of Home” that included this gem about the S. Korean gov’t sitting on property for 3+ years…”the Korean government purchased a development parcel at 122 East 32nd, between Park and Lexington Avenues, in 2009 for $16 million, according to Real Capital. The site is intended for a Korean cultural center, but plans have not yet been unveiled.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/17/realestate/commercial/a-gritty-koreatown-block-turns-hot-on-a-taste-of-home.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

  • Jang

    Samsux acts like they “don’t want to be in Barcelona” says David Pierce of theverge. And Samsux takes page from Apple’s wallet passbook app. Sound familiar?
    http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/27/4035064/samsung-wallet-app-apple-passbook-features

  • Cloudfive

    Psy sets Rodman straight.

  • Cloudfive

    What’s the name of that thing anyway, does anybody know?

    Schadenfreude.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Yeah, I’m stealin’ that.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    It’s the perfect one-liner. It combines the sophomoric inanity of Airplane

    “You’d better tell the Captain we’ve got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.”

    “A hospital? What is it?”

    “it’s a big building with patients. But that’s not important right now.”

    with the intellectual obscurity of Woody Allen,

    “I got expelled from college for cheating during my metaphysics final. I got caught looking into the soul of the guy next to me.”

  • Kangaji

    I explain an internet meme involving Chon Du Hwan turning into a tank and blowing up other internet memes.

  • wangkon936

    Ah, they turn him into an M-48 Patton. That’s the only proper tank that could represent CDW.

  • Jang

    FIFA bans 4 S. Koreans in match-fixing and corruption probe(includes death threats by mafia).
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2013/02/27/fifa-bans-74-for-match-fixing-in-italy-skorea/1952859/
    “FIFA said the four new South Korean cases follow worldwide sanctions imposed on 10 people last year and a further 41 last month.”

  • pawikirogii

    apple done lost again!!!!! hahahahaha. slavish copying? dont think so.