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Open Thread – The Stupid Politician Edition

Our stupid politician for this edition is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who claimed that Muslims were in America long before Columbus or Amerigo Vespucci.  Erdogan made his outrageous claim during a conference of Latin American Muslim leaders in Istanbul (The Hugo Chávez Memorial Pork Bar-be-que) which is fitting since Erdogan and Chávez have much in common – an appetite for saying crazy shiz and dishing out corruption.

Open Thread: Nov. 9, 2014

Have a good weekend, folks!

Open Thread – October 11, 2014 – The Economic Dinosaur Edition

Just because the Korea Economic Research Institute hires old-school idiots that love felons does not mean you can’t enjoy this beautiful fall weather.

Open Thread: September 28, 2014

Out and about on amazing Autumn weekend.

Open Thread: September 21, 2014

Lost Count + 1

Open Thread: Chuseok 2014

I just wanted to wish you all a happy and healthy Chuseok holiday.

Open Thread – The Dog Massage Edition

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So Koreans will die out, household debt is probably going to explode and the next president might be an ex-felon – you should learn to relax.

Open Thread: Little League World Series Edition

Congratulations to the South Korean and Chicago little league teams for advancing to the finals game.  The game is tomorrow at 3pm U.S. Eastern Time on ABC.  Chicago beat Nevada to get to the title game and Korea beat Japan (twice).

Good luck to both teams!

Open Thread – The Pope in The Rain Edition

The pope is in town and it is a rainy Sunday; the perfect time to go puddle splashing.

Crap I read today

- It’s amazing nobody’s been charged with murder for this yet:

The death in April of a young Army conscript who allegedly suffered constant physical abuse by his fellow soldiers was directly caused by a particularly brutal assault incident by his peers, a human rights official said yesterday, urging the military to charge the suspects with murder.

According to Lim Tae-hun, the head of the Center for Military Human Rights, the 23-year-old private, surnamed Yun, died not from choking, as previously stated, but because he lost consciousness after being severely beaten.

Lim also claimed that Yun, who served in the Army’s 28th Infantry Division, was already dead by the time he arrived at the hospital that day, not a day later as reported.

Abuse doesn’t even begin to explain what happened to this kid:

Four of the alleged assailants were indicted three days after his death on manslaughter charges, with the others — a staff sergeant and a private first class — charged with assault.

“We decided to modify the indictment to bring sexual harassment charges against a sergeant surnamed Lee,” said the senior Army officer said, requesting anonymity.

“On the day of the incident, Lee allegedly forced Yoon to apply ointment to his sexual organ. Lee told the prosecution he did it because Yoon responded to him in a nasty way,” he added.

The prosecution has also been mulling whether to apply “murder charges against the four suspects rather than manslaughter, and will make a final decision within a week,” according to the officer.

For more than a month after being dispatched to the 28th Infantry Division, Yoon allegedly had been beaten almost 100 times per day, according to the prosecution. The suspects also often forced him to stay awake until 3 a.m., hold a horse-riding stance for hours during the night and lick their spit from the ground.

I’ve heard a lot of folk ask why they should send their children to the military when this is the kind of shit that awaits them.

– Well, this is embarrassing. I’m sure Yu-na doesn’t approve, either.

– K-pop isn’t hypersexual, eh? Obviously, John Power doesn’t agree.

North Korean planes are falling out of the sky and Pyongyang’s latest military hardware is decades old. How much longer can the regime last? Being a pessimist when it comes to North Korea, I’d have to say, “Pretty long.” UPDATE: And experts seem to be saying “10–20 years” (HT to Jonathan Cheng)

– The US is concerned about South Korean espionage? Shocking.

Seven urban wastelands in Seoul.

Open Thread: Aug 3, 2014

Hope you all had a good weekend.

If you’re bored, I’ve posted some shots over at Ye Olde Photoblog, including some photos of the spectacular sunset over Seoul on Saturday night.

Open Thread: July 7, 2014

Have fun, folk.

PS: Regular blogging to restart from this evening.

Open Thread: the Monday edition


Sunrise over Yangsu-ri

Sorry for posting this so late—had a very long and very busy weekend. It happens.

Open Thread: June 21, 2014

Have a good weekend, folks.

Open Thread: June 7, 2014

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Incheon’s Bukseong Pier at sunset.

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