• cmxc

    Despite all the problems Korea has, and what country on earth doesn’t have them? You have to appreciate the view, especially of legs, when the weather gets warm.

  • whitewalker

    More 1952 color slides of Korea (and Japan) here:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/58451159@N00/with/14013477214/

  • whitewalker

    More 1952 color slides of Korea (and Japan) here:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/58451159@N00/

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    Amazing! Thanks for posting.

  • DavidSmith

    Here’s a strategy for the Sewol Tragedy victims’ families:

    1. The Korean government should support the family members through free counselling sessions

    2. All medical expenses related to the Sewol Tragedy should be covered for free

    3. The mothers and fathers of the victims should receive bonuses such as free childcare, free child healthcare and additional payments to encourage them to have children. For the couples approaching 50 years old+, they should be offered fertility treatments if they want to have children again.

    It is UNFAIR on these families to have their children killed because of corporate and government incompetence. It would be beneficial if these families have a chance to have children again.

  • Sumo294

    Thank you–some of the photos make me emotional. Korea has come such a long way–it is so obvious.

  • Sumo294

    One and two are already in play–and its obvious that the families will get direct and indirect assistance. There is over ten million US dollars amassed by private charities to help the families.

  • Sumo294

    You posted that pic because I politely asked you for more female diver pictures. That women are female divers in Busan may debunk a working theory that a taxation edict was responsible for sending women into the water on the island of Jeju. However, it just may be that women taught other women how to dive for food–its hard to say for sure.

  • whitewalker

    I have another set of photos that should be ready to post on Monday-there are two more of the divers in the water like this one.

  • RElgin

    The Vice President of the PRC has warned Hong Kongers about their Occupy Central Movement, stating that it is illegal:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/26/world/asia/chinese-vice-president-warns-hong-kong-over-protests.html

  • DavidSmith

    Three also needs to be considered. Charity to help what?

    These families need more than just support and money. They want their children back.

    And the closest thing to getting their loved ones back is to have children again. They wont replace the lost ones, but more children will give a glimmer of hope to Danwon District of Ansan.

  • Sumo294

    Those goggles look handmade to me for some reason. I wonder if those goggles are made out of wood and glass and tied with rubber string?

  • redwhitedude

    Looks like the PRC is trying to meddle in HK in violating of two countries one system that they approved. Not sure if HKers will take this lying down.

  • redwhitedude

    Not sure if these families would want to raise kids when they will be significantly older while these new kids are growing up.

  • redwhitedude

    Korean news excessive coverage of the ferry disaster. CNN excessive coverage of the Malaysian Airlines disappearance. I wish both would tone down their coverage.

  • pawikirogii

    humor in any language is difficult to appreciate when you’re not a native speaker. here’s a funny joke that plays on words:

    two gay guys go into a gay bar. they’re about to sit down at the bar and one gay guy say to the other gay guy: ‘here, let me help you push in your stool!’

    speaking of gay, here’s bryan singer’s new movie poster!

  • Koreandumbdumb

    This headline in JoongAng is a lie. http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2988466
    All Obama said was to “consider”. October this year? Last year, it was “Spring this year”. Why don’t the US just get rid of the transfer? Postpone it indefinitely. Why not? This half-way stance makes Korea very uncomfortable. Even give more voice to Korean Commies. America, just make full commitment to protect SK. F*** Rho. He was a Commie. People in Korea do not want the wartime command transfer. Postpone it forever.

  • Sumo294

    No–the Hkers will take this lying down–the real dissidents are living in Vancouver. The ones in HK are there to make money.

  • Sumo294

    No–one day the ROK must go nuclear. Nine hundred ICBM missiles will make everyone polite or the whole world is gonna get blown up.

  • Sumo294

    The only diving and swimming this fat mentally disturbed girl has done is in Krispy Kreme donut shop. You can just look at her and see she can’t fit into a Korean made wetsuit. She needs a special order size 12 from America. http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2014/04/21/woman-investigated-for-making-false-claims-about-rescue/

  • A Korean

    I did a double-take to understand the “inappropriate”. Sigh.

    The photos at top seem to be interleaved with what I’m guessing are photos of Japan. They are also quite interesting, but would be good to demarcate between them with proper context.

    The thing I note are the sights of hills/mountains – completely bare of any trees, like the scenic shots of of Southern Afghanistan.

    Thanks again for sharing the photos.

  • whitewalker

    Flickr used to be set up differently, and it was easy to keep photos separate and in proper context-a year or so ago, they decided they wanted to appeal to the Tumblr/smartphone kids, and just made everything a jumbled-up shambles. I can still put the photos in “albums”, but they just appear in the main page all together, with no separation possible. Until something better comes along, I’m stuck with that format. Yes, some of the photos were taken in Japan, and I tried to note that in each caption.

  • redwhitedude

    Still meddling and it is HK’s loss. These Chinese don’t realize that they are killing the goose that lays the golden egg.

  • Sumo294

    You have not seen nothing yet–wait till the economy slows down to five percent–then you are gonna see something worth seeing–but it still won’t be HK but the Mainlanders.

  • sloppycho
  • sloppycho

    Hands down the best photo ever taken at a dog show.

    Damn conformists. Why they gotta be following the dogs style like that.

  • rowan

    which one won?

  • DavidSmith

    Why is Korea still one of the top exporters of babies for adoption?

    Why does Korea hate its own children?

  • dans

    I would be very sceptical about where that money ends up. This is Korea.

  • JW

    Regarding PGH’s use of the words “살인과 같은 행위” I’m wondering if the translation to the word “murder” is wrong and thereby causing a whole lot of unnecessary confusion and negative reaction among non-korean speakers. If you look up the word 살인 it just has “사람을 죽임” as the definition which means that it should be translated to “homicide” since the definition makes no mention of intention. Furthermore, there is talk in Korean media about the possible incrimination of the captain using the law called 부작위의 의한 살인 which roughly translates to “negligent homicide”. If any experts out there, I would welcome your weighing in. Also, I do realize that most Koreans themselves would probably translate 살인 to murder in their minds, so it’s probably still a bad choice of words, but technically speaking it appears that what she said is not wrong.

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    Without a citation, this comes off as a troll question. And there is no evidence to suggest that Korea “hates” its own children.

    Nonetheless, you’re right that SK is still a top 10 country of origin for international adoptions (as of 2011). What’s puzzling is that SK is the only highly developed country in the top 10. http://www.hcch.net/upload/2013selmanstats33.pdf

    So why is this?

    – Poor sex education in schools.
    – Birth control (excluding condoms) is still somewhat taboo, despite its low cost and ubiquity.
    – Being a single mother is socially frowned upon. Marrying a single mother is also socially frowned upon.
    – Adoption is still an unpopular option, but this seems to be changing.
    – The perceived cost of having children. I say “perceived” because many Koreans consider expensive private education to be essential.
    – Korean workplaces are not friendly to maternity. There’s still the old fashioned notion that the husband works and the woman raises the kids. Which is fine and dandy, unless there is no husband.

    The real problem is that the government is trying to phase out international adoptions because they don’t like SK’s reputation as a major country of origin, which means more orphans who could have had families abroad. Sad.

  • DavidSmith

    It just reflects Korea’s attitude towards children in general.

    I wasn’t trolling.

    I’m just frustrated that Korea isn’t doing enough for Korean children. The Korean birthrate is the world’s lowest. The Sewol Ferry tragedy killed 300 potential future babies. Every single baby is important for Korea’s birthrate.

  • bumfromkorea

    Interestingly, almost all of your points are also the reason why the birthrate is so depressed in South Korea. I’m sensing a two-birds-one-stone situation.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    Maybe, it’s an interesting idea.

    However, I hardly think that a politician making a strong condemning soundbite in this sort of situation would necessarily mean it to be “manslaughter” in the first place, or choose to make that distinction.

    Can you imagine, the head of state of any state saying, “This is deplorable, an action akin to manslaughter!” or “대통령, “부작위에 의한 살인과 같은 행위”” for the headlines? Sounds too close to the actual judge’s verdict, no?

    She meant murder.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    As for lost-in-translations, this German “section headline” doesn’t mince words.

    Das Mädchen des Schlächters

  • redwhitedude

    It will be fun watching from the sidelines.

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    If only….

  • JW

    I agree with you, so does this mean that the dictionary definition of 살인 is wrong or misleading?

  • Sumo294

    The haters abort and kill their babies–the ones who love their children realize that adoption will give their babies a better chance at a decent life. No mother wants to give up her baby–but you guys kick a poor heartbroken single mom in the head. You hate adoptions because it shows how heartless you are that you did not dignify your babies with the gift of life.

  • Bob Bobbs

    Kids die. Women can have kids later than they think possible. Try again.

  • Bob Bobbs

    Why do you love hyperbole?

  • redwhitedude

    Sure. But will they choose to have kids much later in life? Bringing up kids is tough but not everybody wants to go through that at a later stage in their life.

  • redwhitedude

    By extension Korean workplace attitudes need to change as well. Some of their practices would be considered sexist in western countries.

  • Bob Bobbs

    I have seen stranger things happen.

  • redwhitedude

    So, doesn’t change the point that I am making.

  • redwhitedude

    Just feeding Korean obsession to comparing to Japan.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-27/japan-loses-to-south-korea-even-with-yen-slide-chart-of-the-day.html

    I guess Abenomics really isn’t working yet. South Korea gains while Japan has lost.

  • redwhitedude

    How come Europeans respect Germany? They don’t have nukes. Gaining “respect” solely by having nukes and rubbing that in will mean that you are a thug in the neighborhood. Just look at Russia it is a thug of a country with what they are doing.

  • Sumo294

    The British and even the Frenchies have nukes. Germany does not get to have nukes because of that whole “Hitler” and kill all the Jews thing that they did a while back about seventy years ago. The Americans could care less about Russia’s special forces–they are scared of Russia’s working and very capable of nuking of all the world missiles.

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

    I’m also sensing a slow day at 2ch.

  • bumfromkorea

    You, by being blissfully unaware of the results.

  • DavidSmith

    The Korean government is focusing too much on supporting multiculturalism and multicultural families.

    Why doesn’t the Korean government care about Koreans?

    Why isn’t all the welfare money going to Korean people? Why are they being directed to the multicultural families? Does the Korean government care about Koreans anymore?

  • redwhitedude

    Doesn’t change my point.

  • redwhitedude

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G04E7OjroPc

    Not so nice commentary on the ferry incident. She’s probably trolling.

  • wangkon936

    The North calling Park a “prostitute” due to the South’s relationship with the U.S.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/27/north-korea-attacks-south-president-park-geun-hye-obama

    I’d call this comment very ironic given that the North routinely takes it up the ass from China. Chinese oil keeps that regime afloat.

  • wangkon936

    “- Poor sex education in schools.”

    I don’t think this is related to the abundance of baby exports at all.

    South Korea has among the lowest teen pregnancy rates in the world:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenage_pregnancy#Worldwide

    Your other points are pretty decent though.

  • wangkon936

    Saying that:

    “… Korea hate its own children…”

    Is not only untrue, but rather inflammatory and if no one else knows anything else about you, can appear rather trollish. You can’t blame people for thinking that you are a troll if you open with such an obviously untrue and blanketly stereotypical statement like that.

  • wangkon936

    Abenomics is like cocaine. Gets you hyped up in the near term and makes you think you are really productive for a given day, but the effects wear off quickly.

    Abenomics has no provisions for long term structural reforms, something the Japanese economy has sorely needed since 1989. Abenomics is a monetarist’s trick. Like a doctor who doesn’t know what’s wrong with his patient and gives him a shot of vitamin B12 to make it look like he’s got more energy for the short term. Nothing more.

  • wangkon936

    She qualifies for “pretty” to the 2ch crowd.

  • wangkon936

    The Japanese expectation was that the sliding yen would make their products more competitive with Korea’s. The Japanese have the belief that their products are much more superior to Korean products, but due to the lower won vs. the yen, they are merely out priced by the Korean products. The Japanese, as a whole, don’t believe that the Koreans have matched or surpassed the Japanese in terms of quality and innovation in many areas such as televisions, smart phones, cars, ships, semiconductors, IT hardware, etc.

    Japan’s closed markets have contributed to their reality distortion field. Because one cannot sell large quantities of Korean products to the Japanese, the Japanese public does not know of how advanced many of the Korean products actually are. This fuels Japan’s underestimation of their competitors, which at the end of the day isn’t good for Japan.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    Unfortunately, a lot of the stuff this woman says about the current Korean government *is* true.

    The only thing is she is wrong about in this video is that, there *has* been stuff in the Korean media about the government turning down the Japanese offer of assistance (I just don’t remember whether it was the main media. A social phenomenon which has really arisen out of this tragedy is that people get the information from non-main Korean media), but I would say the reason would lie more in the bungling up of the whole rescue operations due to inept decision making and procedures (after all, look at the whole mix-up w.r.t the deployment of the diving bell) than any personal feelings against Japan.

  • bumfromkorea

    Hey, isn’t that the netouyo chick from this post?

    http://www.rjkoehler.com/2013/10/31/who-said-japanese-right-wing-bigots-cant-be-cute-too/

    Well, at least she has somebody‘s support here. That’s always good to see.

  • redwhitedude

    All he is doing is treating the symptoms not the fundamental problem. Abe like Park in South Korea is more of a status quo guy.

  • redwhitedude

    She’s been boosting her popularity with her videos about comfort women and colonial Korea about how much Korea “owes” japan.

  • redwhitedude

    That’s the stupid thing. If you don’t have a compelling product then no matter how inexpensive it is people aren’t going to be able or willing to buy.

    Longterm that is going to be very detrimental to Japan. Imagine a whole generation of Japanese setting policy and they grew up being spoon fed this notion that Korea products are still cheap quality. Not to mention that they were solely victims of WWII. They just aren’t going to understand why Chinese go apeshit over it and Koreans get pissy about it (granted it is going overboard at times). It’s one clumsy diplomacy after another. Also this notion of foreign products being cheap, that perception is the invisible trade barrier that countries like the US has been complaining about for quite a while. Japanese constantly reinforcing that to their consumers.

    However I’m not quite ready to say Korea has caught up to Japan yet. The ferry disaster justifies the mediocre ranking in corruption of South Korea. In areas like aerospace Japan has a significant lead. Defense industries japan is ahead. Seoul as a city needs to put in place proper laws which require a shift in Korean mindset so that it could be a better place for non Koreans to engage in business and invest despite North Korea with its Korea discount.

  • redwhitedude

    It’s the institutionalized corruption that seems to have reared its ugly head. Who was there to check that the ship was in proper shape. Not overloaded, lifeboats could be deployed, emergency drills held regularly, sign off on the ship after all those additions and modifications, and the cargo properly secured. There were so many oversights it isn’t even funny. Why were the ferries even allowed to operate with this many red flags? Each one of these violations would have merited at least closer look to the whole operation. This is a national tragedy.

    Unfortunately this is nowhere near the level of national tragedy of the earthquake/tsunami which turned into nuclear disaster of Fukushima in 2011. The Japanese were so closed off about the clean up they refused to let foreign companies who had expertise in cleaning up something like this instead they just gave it to local firms that weren’t quite up to the task.

  • redwhitedude

    Yup.

  • redwhitedude

    You’re sounding like Korean sentry.

  • riobravo
  • redwhitedude

    I’m sensing this kind of discussion is better left to academics. Internet banter doesn’t get anywhere aside from perpetuating myths.

  • redwhitedude

    NK practicing selective amnesia just like everybody else in the neighborhood.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    SBS does a funny.

    They bring a “News Flash from Yunpyung 연평” about North Korea’s shooting exercise during an interview with a Yunpyung resident, ask him if he can hear the shots, to which the resident replied “No, I cannot hear it yet”, then the anchor man asked “so you are connecting with us at the evacuation building” and the man goes “no, my house is near the evacuation center so I am still home.”

    The man then goes onto say “please do not create this sort of atmosphere (by these sort of scary reports)”.

    29일 방송된 SBS ‘뉴스속보’에서는 북한의 사격훈련 소식을 전하면서 연평도 현지 주민과의 전화 인터뷰를 진행했다.

    앵커는 현지 주민에게 “지금 북한이 사격을 시작했는데 포 터지는 소리가 들리십니까?”라고 물었다. 이에 현지 주민은 “아뇨. 아직 안들리는데요”라고 답했다.

    또한, 앵커는 “그럼 지금 대피소에서 저희와 전화 연결이 되신 거죠?”라고 질문했고 주민은 “아뇨, 저는 대피소 가까이에 집이 있어 아직 집에 있는데요”라고 답해 실소를 자아냈다

    from
    http://sports.donga.com/3/all/20140429/63134017/4

    이어 이 주민은 “이런 식으로 긴장감을 조성하면 경제 문제라던가 외지에서 오는 사람들이 경계를 하게 되고 방문을 꺼리는데 이런 분위기를 조성하지 않았으면 좋겠어요”라고 말하기도 했다.

    from

    http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/04/29/2014042902577.html

    I mean, it used to be a common thing, in the old days, North Korea always timed its belligerent shenanigans every time people got pissed off with the South Korean government. Also during the LMB administration, it used to be a common thing to to have some big massive scandal involving a celebrity come out..maybe JYP 박진영 will go down this time.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    And “great rescue operation”????

    http://www.huffingtonpost.kr/2014/04/28/story_n_5225851.html

    Looks like that crazy woman Hong was right according to JTBC!

  • http://jushinjok.blogspot.com JinJoo

    You shouldn’t believe everything JTBC and HuffingtonPost say!

    수색작업, 갈등의 실체…구조의 오해와 진실 30 (종합)
    http://news.nate.com/view/20140424n21010&mid=n0400?modit=1398320829

    Quite 객관적 news, I reckon!

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    That report you linked to(maybe because it is older) doesn’t have any explanation with respect to the issues raised by the last people interviewed by the JTBC, especially charges made against 언딘, that they asked the first other 민간업체 who discovered the bodies to keep it quiet and make it look like it was discovered by 언딘/official partners.

  • http://jushinjok.blogspot.com JinJoo

    According to 민간잠수사들:

    “언딘의 고위 간부가 민간잠수사들의 배로 건너온 뒤 시신을 인양하지 말아달라, 언딘이 한 것으로 해달라”고 했다는 것. 보도에 따르면, 당시 언딘은 “민간 잠수부가 구조할 경우 해경의 구조능력에 대해 의심을 살 수 있고 윗선에서 다칠 사람이 많다”고 했다.

    “비밀로 해주면 언딘에 고용시켜주겠다는 약속을 했다”고 보도했다.”

    According to 언딘:

    1. “날씨가 안 좋았기 때문에 우리가 인양하겠다고 한 것이며”

    2. “잠수사들의 실력이 좋아서 고용문제에 대해 이야기한 적은 있다”고 했지만,

    3. “윗선이 불편해진다거나, 언딘이 한 것으로 해달라는 식으로 말한 적은 없다”

    = Doesn’t exactly sound like they (언딘) requested the private divers to KEEP IT QUIET and MAKE IT LOOK LIKE IT WAS DISCOVERED BY 언딘/official partners.

    Anyway, I take everyone else’s words with a grain of salt at the moment. Especially 손석희’s…. . 손 described 이종인 as a god-sent rescuer, how the government try to stop 이종인 from rescuing people and all the BS….and how did it turn out?

    “이종인 대표, 방송 발언 번복, “20시간 물 안 작업 불가능”
    손석희 앵커, 방송사..검증없이 이종인 대표 발언에 의존

    http://www.newdaily.co.kr/news/article.html?no=201409

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    You must make certain to take the NewDaily with a barrel of salt then.

    I must re-emphasize, it is all to do with initial response, whatever they let 이종인 or anybody do many days after the ship went down is virtually meaningless in actually saving lives.

    Anyway, even scanning your linked article v.quickly, and quoting directly from it:

    First 이종인 says in the interview with JTBC
    It is possible to work inside the diving bell underwater for around 20 hours.
    20시간 정도 연속 작업할 수 있는 기술이다

    Then in the interview with New Daily he says:
    It is impossible to work over 20 hours underwater.
    20시간 이상 물 안에서 작업한다는 것은 불가능하다.

    And then the New Daily article says in the heading:
    이종인 대표, 방송 발언 번복, “20시간 물 안 작업 불가능”
    Lee Jongin changes his words during interview “20 hours of underwater operation impossible”

  • http://jushinjok.blogspot.com JinJoo

    “You must make certain to take the NewDaily with a barrel of salt then….”

    => If they write without verification, of course!

    Lee Jongin changes his words during interview “20 hours of underwater operation impossible”

    => Lee ADMITTED IT ONLY AFTER trying underwater operation with his Diving Bell on the 28th and 29th April.

    http://www.newdaily.co.kr/news/article.html?no=201369

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    So, JTBC conducts another interview with a diver after the언딘’s response.

    http://media.daum.net/tv/jtbc?newsId=20140429221910543&regdate=20140429

    Conclusion:
    The first people to discover the body were not Undine’s.

    There was a request to delay and also 양보 the first body 인양 by Undine to the other private divers.

    And most importantly, this diver interviewed who was there, doesn’t know why there was so much delay in what could have been a much more effective and fast diving rescue operation

  • dlbarch

    In other Samsux news, round two of the Apple-Samsux slugfest (also almost completely ignored here on MH) wrapped up closing arguments today in federal court here in San Jose.

    One noticeable aspect of this trial commented on by the various legal eagles opining on this story is that while Apple pulled out all the stops in having some of its heaviest of heavy-weights (Phil Schiller, et al.) testify at trial, Samsux has kept its execs safely back in Suwon (or whatever podunk cowtown they’ve set up in).

    One can read too much into such things, but if a show of confidence is what Samsux was going for, that’s a strange way of going about it.

    DLB

  • redwhitedude

    I take it you are siding with Apple in this frivolous world wide lawsuit fest.

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    You’re right. I’m not really sure why I included that now that I think about it. Korea does have an incredibly low teen pregnancy rate.

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    The tutoring obsession is less about education and more about keeping up with the Kims. Most hagwons are an expensive waste of time. Students would do better with 8 hours of sleep so that they can actually learn in public school.

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    Nice analogy, haha.

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    I worry that will start seeing the same thing with Chinese products. A large part of Korea and Japan’s success is based on the fact that most Chinese products are crap. But quality is slowly starting to improve in some areas.

    My Chinese Yongnuo camera flash is excellent, despite being less than half the cost of its Japanese equivalent.

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    I hope this isn’t implying that Suwon is also a podunk cowtown!

  • redwhitedude

    Or an excuse for hagwons to make money off of people. Terribly inefficient educational system. Nobody in Korea has the guts to change it. The excuse is “we inherited it from the Japanese”. Cut down on the number of subjects. Make college admissions more about character and grades. Universities in Korea are an indication of social stratification unlike the US where you could have a grad from an ivy studying along side a grad from somewhere State U in grad school. They don’t really get the gist of the american educational system yet they tinker thinking they are going to make it more like america.

  • dlbarch

    Uh-oh! Sorry, MiG…hope this isn’t hitting too close to home!

    DLB

  • dlbarch

    Sorry, RWD, but if you want to move the ball down the field for Samsux, you’re going to have to be a better quarterback than that!

    As MHers will attest, I am more than willing to go round and round on why Samsux is now indisputably THE global serial abuser of the international patent regime, par excellence.

    But with one word, you’ve lost any credibility you may have on this issue. Apple’s worldwide effort to prevent Samsux from continuing to free-ride on innovation developed (at great cost) by others may be criticized on any number of levels, but “frivolous” it is not.

    That said, it is almost impossible to have a dispassionate conversation with Koreans on anything related to Samsux. The company is just so huge and so dominant that chances are that any given Korean — if they don’t actually work for Samsux themselves — either has a relative or friend who does, or else has some business or economic connection to the company.

    After all, Samsux represents something like 25% of the Korean economy, which is a Third World number if ever there was one.

    If may be understandable that Koreans are proud of a Korean company that has risen to such global heights, but that, too, is a classic parochial Third World phenomenon.

    Either way, Samsux is THE poster child for the serial abuse of the intellectual property of others. Apple is right to declare, “Enough is enough!”

    DLB

  • redwhitedude

    Serial abuser of IP? Oh Samsux is much worse than that. Heard of workers dying of cancers because they were working with carcinogenic chemicals which Samsux didn’t really disclose to them and is refusing to get them compensation to their families. Frankly I don’t give a dam about IP when you see such incredibly A-hole attitude of these chaebols. In addition their predatory behavior to SME in Korea on top of that. It’s really chump change this IP issue. Come to think of it what the f*ck are these chaebol heads doing when the whole country is mourning this ferry disaster? Are they donating?

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    In the great city of Suwon, people are even prouder of Samsung than Koreans elsewhere. My 부동산 once asked why I was shooting a Nikon instead of a Samsung. All I could do was shake my head.

  • redwhitedude

    Well, what did you expect? You could say the same of hometowns of drug cartel heads who invest in their hometowns in latin america.

  • dlbarch

    RWD, you and I are going to get along just fine!

    DLB

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    I expect someone who comments on cameras to know something about cameras. Though I do like having Samsung here. It adds diversity that can be lacking elsewhere.

  • redwhitedude

    Your comment was about attitude towards Samsung in Suwon and camera was thrown in to reinforce that.

  • redwhitedude

    Oh and about Korea and chaebols. It is like their own little playground, Korea. They know the law doesn’t have the guts to come down hard on them.

  • dlbarch

    MiG, if and when you ever wanna return to the REAL world, let me know and I’ll pick you up at SFO!

    Cheers,
    DLB

  • bumfromkorea

    All we need is a 그것이 알고싶다 episode or two, demonstrating that a regular 8 hours of sleep + daily exercise significantly improves a student’s ability to memorize/learn/etc over the 3-4 hours a day crap.

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to sound rude in my last comment. I do understand Koreans’ love of Korean products. I wish Americans cared more about domestic production as well.

  • Koreandumbdumb

    Japan is ahead in automobiles, aviation, ship design, computers, laptops, robotics, rocketry,space exploration, satellites, chip-making, banking, food industry and general entertainment. Areas where Korea is ahead are cell phones, skyscrapers, ship building, memory chips and trade with China. Japan is well-ahead. SK has to worry about NK and it does not matter how things look good for SK for now. One missile or one artillery shell from NK and SK is over. I mean OVER. Things are built on sand. SK is.

  • dlbarch

    Read a story this evening about how Anthony Kim (you golfers out there will know about whom I’m talking) has not only quit the pro circuit but isn’t even golfing for fun anymore.

    Dang. I always had a good impression of Kim. Young, poised, confident without being cocky…my kind of player. Plus, a refreshing antidote to all them Korean chicks who’ve all but taken over the LPGA.

    Poor Kim. I struggle to stay in the high 70s/low 80s, but can’t imagine completely leaving the sport. It must be heartbreaking for a kid like that with so much talent and such a short pro career.

    Like I said, Dang!

    DLB

  • Sumo294

    Golf is one of those sports you can come back to–it ain’t the NFL. But that is not the main news–this is–http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/star-wars-episode-vii-cast-698480. Abrams is doing STAR WARS!!! Death to the Ewoks!!

  • Todd M

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes a comeback later. He is a tremendous talent, but it’s rumored he enjoys the nightlife a little too much.
    When I was young, I dreamed of playing pro golf. After a couple of years at small local pro events and a couple of Canadian Tour events, I realized I was deluding myself. I gave up my Canadian P.G.A. license many many years ago and now play only 4-5 times a year in Korea.

  • http://jushinjok.blogspot.com JinJoo

    Wonder who is telling the truth…

    “언딘이 시신 인양 지연? 3자 대면해 밝히자!”

    언딘 “JTBC 보도는 ‘오보’..법적 책임 묻겠다”

    “첫 번째 시신 발견된 날, 구조 과정 찍은 동영상 있어”
    “언딘이 ‘시신 인양하지 말라’는 얘기 정말했는지 검증 가능”

    http://www.newdaily.co.kr/news/article.html?no=201571

    Let’s wait and see….

  • redwhitedude

    Whatever. I don’t buy stuff because it is from samsux or from Apple.

  • redwhitedude

    Looks like these chaebols owners heard my b*tching about them showing no remorse. I see Samsux paying respects/kissing PR butt.

  • Sumo294

    1989? Structural reforms before their property bubble burst would have been a good thing. They had a chance to kill their commie unions in the 1970’s but nope–now there is only one way Japan’s economy is going to go–and that is a twenty year Argentina style implosion.

  • Sumo294

    Chinese products have improved dramatically and does so every year–ten years from now and they will overtake consumer electronics from Korea and in fifteen years they will own the retail computer market.

  • Sumo294

    No Japanese banking is not ahead–in fact–its about to jump off a cliff soon–no need for Korea to follow that example. Korea’s entertainment is ahead of Japan–its proven ability to export to other nations is proof of this. Ship design—hmmmnnn–questionable, I would say that since the Koreans are building more ships and faster with greater efficiency and winning bids–then hats off to the ROK.

  • Sumo294

    Nothing to do with you–one of the family killed herself and now the family is thinking about social issues. Another daughter believes her father is responsible for their deaths and now the family is starting to take sides in the matter. Certain members of the family have influence over certain groups and the overlaps provide the necessary protection and lubricant necessary for their businesses to run efficiently–so the fact that family itself is not united on the issue of factory girls and how it was handled means that it will be addressed until the opposing family members are mollified with the efforts to make amends.

  • redwhitedude

    That was a long time ago and irrelevant. The issue with factory girls need to be settled in a way that is deemed fair.

  • dlbarch

    I don’t mean to complain, but with all the different folks who’ve been tasked with posting privileges on MH, is it too much to ask for a least one new original post per day, to keep the Great Conversation rolling?

    I mean, jeez, what’s a guy gotta do to get his daily fix of Koreana?

    DLB

  • JW

    Wow. This is pretty badass. Mom saw a pit bull attacking her toddler and responded by sticking her fist inside the dog’s mouth and proceeding to rip off the ear of the dog…with her mouth. Mom and daughter are from Alvin, Texas.

    http://reuters.donga.com/View?no=24317

  • JW

    Why the hell aren’t pit bulls just banned?

  • dlbarch

    I feel ya, TM. In another life, I shoulda been an extreme backcountry skier, and in a life before that, shoulda played second base for the SF Giants with a .300 batting average!

    Now, I just struggle to make par!

    Cheers,
    DLB

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