– Thought Cheonghaejin Marine could look any worse than it already does? Think again (HT to King Baeksu):

The owner of the sunken ferry Sewol refused coverage of funeral costs for part-time employees of the ship, according to Kookmin Ilbo Wednesday.

The development sprouted from the deaths of Lee, 19, and Bang, 20, who worked in Sewol distributing meals to passengers. After the accident, their bodies were recovered Tuesday on the ferry’s fifth floor lobby.

The report said Cheonghaejin Marine, the ferry’s owner, notified the city of Incheon that they will cover funeral expenditures only for its regular employees and not for part-timers.

The company is also being accused to hiding evidence following the sinking.

– And just when you thought things could get any seedier, we have people wondering what the hell the captain—who was wearing just his underwear when he was rescued—was doing with a middle-aged Korean woman and a Filipina singer. See more here (Korean).

– At least John Mayer wants to help.

– President Park’s going to apologize again. Or so it appears, anyway. Let’s hope it goes down better than her last one, but I’m not holding out hope. I admit that an apology is politically necessary at this point, but as for what, exactly, the government needs to apologize for, I think we’re going to have to wait for the follow-up investigations and hearings before we know. I think it’s safe to say that the government dropped the ball BEFORE the accident by allowing Cheonghaejin Marine to operate, but as for its handling of the accident itself, honestly, I don’t know what’s true and what ain’t. There’s just too much shoddy journalism, grief-driven anger and political point-scoring for that. I do recommend Aja Aja’s comments in this thread, though.

– To add to Kuiwon’s comment here, I do find it odd—you know, given the way Confucianism and other aspects of Korean culture have come under scrutiny following the Sewol sinking—that nobody’s asking what role Baptist theology and American missionary activity may have played in the tragedy. While we’re on the subject, see Dogbertt’s comment here:

Interesting to me that so many are eager to blame “Korean culture” for the actions of the captain, etc., but I haven’t seen anyone praise “Korean culture” for the incredible, selfless sacrifice of those crewmembers who gave their lives knowingly and willingly to save passengers. I would rather praise that as “Korean culture”.

– The Dong-A Ilbo ran an interview with former 2ID commander Russel L. Honoré, who is better known State-side as the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina. As you’d imagine, the interview deals with leadership in times of disaster, but it also talks about the lessons he learned from the 2002 Miseon-Hyosun Incident.