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New Health in Digging in The Dirt

Coutesy of Reuters, Kim HongJi

Park Iktae of Reuters has a nice article on how some Koreans are rediscovering the countryside as a way of living better and are moving back to a slower lifestyle.  Considering the financial crises in the rest of the world, this might be a reasonable alternative.

Not Just in Korea – More Chinese Fishing Boats

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 . . .

Godwin’s Law in China

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.

Dangerous Korean Paintball Players Run Amok

The police in South Korea are clamping down on paintball teams in South Korea under the guise of security ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul.  There is no word of or comment from the police about fight clubs however.

Stupid S*** TSA Asks You When You Are Returning to Korea

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”.

Flavor of the Month – Another Ghost Airport?

Park Geun-hye wants to build a new airport, ahead of elections.  Instead of wasting more tax money, why not simply build a tall diving platform where she and members of her newly named party can jump off and flap their arms?

Lee Myung-Bak For President (America that Is)

Which country am I in??“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.

Dirty Spaceman Gone Wrong

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!

Flavor of the Month — A Virus Scare

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 . . .

Flavor of the Month — How To Lick Korean and Come Out A Head

A Longer Tongue to Help Lick Korean Pronunciation

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.

Flavor of the Month — A Golden Opportunity

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.

Shooting in Norway

I would just like to express my condolences to to those who lost friends and loved ones in yesterday’s shooting and bomb attack in Norway.

Horrible, horrible stuff. No justice can be too severe for this guy.

I Wonder If Guys Have the Same Problem . . .

South Korean women march during a “Slut Walk” demonstration in Seoul, South Korea, (Korea University) Saturday, July. 16, 2011. About 100 protesters took part in the rally against a Toronto police officer’s comment that women shouldn’t dress like sluts if they want to avoid being sexually assaulted.  More about this here and here. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon (ht to Dinkus Maximus and Roboseyo’s great blog)

Forget That It Is Illegal — It’s Summer Fun

They're back in Gwanak-Gu, cough, cough.

Samsung Is Streamlining

Samsung Electronics Co has dropped a counter-claim (suit) against Apple, Inc. that claimed Apple copied many of Samsung’s innovations.  Apparently Samsung is “streamlining” their legal defense, according to a company spokesman. or abandoned its own infringement claims against Apple and putting them into counter-claims in their original suit.  Samsung is also “streamlining” its executives as well.

Apple took its iPad patent infringement suit against Samsung to the next level on Friday when it asked the U.S. District Court to issue a preliminary injunction against sales of a Samsung tablet and phones.  This injunction would force Samsung to quit selling their devices in the U.S. if successful.

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