Seeing some light for the first time in weeks, I post some stuff I found mildly interesting:
- It’s probably not a good sign that the guy heading the investigation of the NIS’s alleged interference in the last presidential election was certain the former NIS would get a “not guilty” verdict and didn’t even think he should have been indicted. The Justice Ministry can apologize all it wants for the infighting within the ministry, but between the Chae Dong-wook fiasco and Yoon Seok-youl getting removed from the case, this whole case stinks to high hell, and you don’t need to be Moon Jae-in to think so.
- Yoon Seok-youl Fan Fact—As the prosecutor at a mock trial during his student years in the early 1980s, he asked for the death penalty for then-President Chun Doo-hwan. Keep in mind, not only was Chun in power, but every student knew the intelligence services had moles everywhere at campus.
- According to the Kyunghyang Shinmun, NIS agents spent time retweeting press releases from then-candidate Park Geun-hye, too. Great. If you’re wondering why it is that North Korea seems to be having so much fun launching cyberattacks on the South, might I suggest one reason is that Seoul’s cyberwarriors have been preoccupied with fighting flamewars about the Four Rivers Project.
- OK, so the New Right guys will make the government-recommended changes to their history textbook, but the lefties won’t? I suppose given how this whole mess started, there’s some irony in that. Unsurprising irony, but irony none the less.
- I wonder if the ROK Navy uses the same batteries in its destroyers as I do in my Samsung Galaxy Note, as we seem to be experiencing much the same problem.
- So, the guys from Nakkomsu were cleared of defamation. Interestingly enough, they were cleared in a jury trial.
- I’m inclined to think Sejong City is a waste of money—sure, LMB handled that with his usual political hamfistedness, but he was probably still right. That said, at least somebody managed to put up a pretty piece of architecture there. In fact, S.A.M.O.O. has managed to put up some truly inspired stuff recently. While we’re on the topic of architecture, though, I think I’ve found one of my favorite works, an old house in Gongju remodeled for use as a teahouse. Truly beautiful.