If you don’t understand parody, just study it out and ask Psy about it.
This is intended as a public service, as to warn and remind people about opening their door to strangers, here in Korea.
While South Korea is a much safer place to live than many other cities I’ve lived in, there can still be problems that need to be avoided, for example: early this morning, I was awakened by the door bell and the sound of my young daughter talking to someone at the door. When I came out, there was a man standing outside the doorway, wearing a black and white striped rugby-style shirt. The man caught a glimpse of me and ran off. This man claimed that he was from the water company and that there was a leak in my bathroom.
There is NO LEAK and water company workers DO NOT make house calls on Sundays nor do they show up without a prior invitation from home owners.
Bill Moyers, one of the best newsmen today, has a very deep and provocative interview (link here) with former NY Times reporter, Chris Hedges on the very dark and impending dangers of the “Inverted Totalitarianism” that is currently America and how this can impact our future and that of the world.
This is one of the finest interviews I’ve ever listened to, thus I encourage everyone to take the time and listen. Here is one excerpt from the interview:
. . . Long-term unemployment or underemployment (USA) — you know, probably being 17 to 20 percent. This is an estimate by “The L.A. Times” rather than the official nine percent. I mean, the average worker at Wal-Mart works 28 hours a week, but their wages put them below the poverty line. Which is why when you work at Wal-Mart, they’ll give you applications for food stamps, so we can help as a government subsidize the family fortune of the Walton family.
It’s, you know these corporations know only one word, and that’s more, and because the mechanisms of governance can no longer control them, there is nothing now within the formal mechanisms of power to stop them from the creating, essentially, a corporate oligarchic state.
BILL MOYERS . . . and you say, though, we are accomplices in our own demise. Explain that paradox; that corporations are causing this, but we are cooperating with them.
CHRIS HEDGES This sort of notion that the corporate value of greed is good. I mean, these deformed values have sort of seeped down within the society at large and they’re corporate values, they’re not American values.
I mean, American values were effectively destroyed by Madison Avenue when, after world war one, it began to instill consumption as a kind of inner compulsion, but old values of thrift, of self-effacement, or hard work were replaced with this cult of the “self”, this hedonism, and in that sense, you know, we have become complicit, because we’ve accepted this as a kind of natural law and the acceptance of this kind of behavior, and even the celebration of it. is going to ultimately trigger our demise. Not only as a culture, not only as a country, but finally as a species that exists, you know, on planet Earth.
A Chinese fisherman was killed and 25 more are in custody after a confrontation in Palau waters. One fisherman was killed (accidentally) Saturday after police fired on the fishing vessel as it tried to ram the officers’ boat. This sounds familiar . . .
A state-run Chinese website has launched a bitter attack on the Dalai Lama, accusing the exiled Buddhist leader of “Nazi” racial policies and of inciting Tibetans to set themselves on fire.(1)
As Mike Godwin observed, “given enough time, in any online discussion—regardless of topic or scope—someone inevitably criticizes some point made in the discussion by comparing it to beliefs held by Hitler and the Nazis.”(2)
This is all very rich, considering how the current Chinese Government modeled part of their Olympic Complex in Beijing (2008) after Nazi themes, even employing the grand-son of Hitler’s architect for the Third Reich: Albert Speer.
Well played, indeed.
This is from an answer/question episode that occurred between the ticket gate and the actual plane that was flying me back to Korea.
“Where are you going?” (Guess what the response was)
“How long will you be there?”
“What do you do there?”
(“male exotic dancer” or “professional drunk” are my favorite responses)
“Do you have any large amounts of money on you?” and
“how much money do you have (on you) now?”
My answer was “four dollars in cash”.
“One thing Mr. Obama and I agree on is jobs, it was three years ago that I met President Obama, and there was one thing that we talked about, and that was on President Obama’s mind, and that was how to revive the U.S. automotive industry.”. . . “Let me tell you one thing, that is not true, I am here with President Obama today to give this promise to you: The Korea free trade agreement will not take away any of your jobs(US auto workers), rather, it will create more jobs for you and your family. This is the pledge I give you today.”(link)
I’d vote for him, especially since he is neither Republican or Democrat and since the idea of public transportation is out of reach for most of America, maybe a few canals might help.
Bad Lip Reading has got some of the funniest remakes of videos I’ve ever heard, in fact, I would say they are more creative than the originals and make more sense. One of them, “Dirty Spaceman”, is pretty sick and it’s got Hangul all through it (Korean wave in motion?) in the background so take a listen and turn on the captions!
Has the GNP gotten a virus? Why would we bring in a vaccine doctor?
— from an anonymous GNP member upon hearing that Ahn Cheol-soo, the founder of Korea’s biggest anti-virus software company and a pioneer in Korea’s software industry, may run for the Seoul mayor (link). Maybe there *is* a sickness going ’round . . .
A student who “dreams of living and working in South Korea once she finishes university” has gone to the lengths of having her tongue surgically lengthened so that she might speak Korean better. Ms. Brooksbank-Jones had her tongue lengthened because she found that she could not properly pronounce certain sounds. Without a doubt, Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones deserves all the flavor she can get.
Korea tops up gold stocks for first time in 13 years (+1 billion USD worth – cite) because of American and European economic foolishness and conniving is catching up with them. The “Real Cassandra” that I know worries that the radioactive chickens are coming home to roost and that I should buy gold and plant cabbages. I only hope that jeonse come down to an affordable level.