Coming soon to a country near you

Desperate governments do desperate things. Some of those things qualify as theft if you or I do them. This is one of those things.

The Irish government plans to institute a tax on private pensions to drive jobs growth, according to its jobs program strategy, delivered today.

Without the ability sell debt due to soaring interest rates, and with severe spending rules in place due to its EU-IMF bailout, Ireland has few ways of spending to stimulate the economy. Today’s jobs program includes specific tax increases, including the tax on pensions, aimed at keeping government jobs spending from adding to the national debt.

Yeah. Call it a tax. “Theft” is such an ugly word.

The article contains a link to a slide show of 17 countries that appear poised to use this same tactic. Surprisingly, the USA wasn’t one of them. Il Duce must be slipping.

South Korea was #4 on the list: someone warn bingbing!

Coming in at #1 was — drumroll, please — Japan, a country with an aging population and two decades of economic stagflation under its belt.

But don’t worry if your country wasn’t on the list of those ready to pounce on your hard-earned retirement nest egg. They’ll get to you soon enough.

Kim Jong Il looking at things

Kim Jong Il looks at corn as DPRK functionaries look at him

the look of love. He'll never be ronrey again.

from the Kim Jong Il looking at things blog.  It also includes DPRK functionaries looking at him looking at things.
In the photo above, most of the people in the back seem unbearably sad that dear leader is fingering their lunch.

Sometimes I wonder if Kim Jong Il and Bono call each other to chat about sunglasses.

Wonderful Korea

Having one of those days. Bastards want to pay me $6/class for some extra classes next week instead of the $20 that is clearly stated on my contract. Why? Because it’s “policy”.



“I hate Korea” days don’t come up very often, but they still do come up from time to time. Some Vegemite will be a must have today.

PS Nooo, it’s not like in those videos for most people most of the time. They’re more a collation of shit that has happened to someone at sometime… rare, but not nearly rare enough.


Some bloke made an xtranormal video about overtime pay in Korea.

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Paging BingBing

Dude, what’s the mood in Korea? Freaking out? Taking it in stride?

UPDATE [bing]

Taking in our stride. The local media and pollies on both sides are calling for the president to have done more and to do more.

As for the rest of us, it was a little tense/exciting yesterday and Tuesday but today was pretty much business as usual.

Folks were a bit tired on Wednesday.

But yeah, nothing else has happened so everyone’s just gone back to their daily lives.

I can’t read people’s minds, but I think people were geared up for more, and almost disappointed in an odd way that it’s just all fizzed.

Not that we really want to deal with a war (the economy!), but Tuesday was a big reminder of how much of a conundrum the Nork issue is and that it’ll all have to end one day… somehow.

You might be able to ascertain my mood at least here and here.

I don’t think I’m the only one who’s gone through a range of emotions and still haven’t really settled on the right one.

North Korea set to make succession official

Going, going…

It really looks like North Korean “Dear Leader”, Kim Jong-il, is on the way out.

North Korea has summoned a Chosun Workers’ Party delegates conference in early September, the first such event in 44 years.

This is most likely to make it official that his third son, Kim Jong-eun will take the reigns.

Complying with precedent, the apparatus of the Workers’ Party and its leading officials are likely to be reshuffled in September, most likely in order to set in place the Kim Jong Eun ruling core. There is also the possibility that Jang Sung Taek, who just became a vice chairman of the National Defense Commission during the last Supreme People’s Assembly session, will be elected to the Standing Committee of the Politburo.

Cheong Seong Chang, a North-South relations researcher at the Sejong Institute explained, “It may be that through this conference Kim Jong Eun’s succession is publicized across the country. This may be done by selecting Kim Jong Eun as a core official on the Central Committee or the Military Committee of the Party.”

The kid is only in his late 20s, so it’s unlikely this succession is being announced just for the heck of it. Most of the Nork leadership is a very old bunch of men and that would indicate that any announcement of Kim Jong-eun’s succession would occur when he’s older… unless, of course, time is not on his father, Kim Jong-il’s, side.


Socialism’s “logical” conclusion

It’s perfectly demonstrated in the latest actions of North Korea’s Kim Jong-il (who must surely be on death’s door by now).

Considering what the North needs most urgently at the moment is fertilizer, it would have been natural for Kim to visit the nearby Hungnam fertilizer plant. But instead he went to the vinalon plant, a symbol of the failed socialist planned economy. Vinalon, a synthetic fiber North Korea has developed using carbide extracted from anthracite, is a poor-quality and no longer economically viable. At the same cost, more, better-quality fabric can be imported from China, so no other country in the world produces vinalon for clothing. North Korean founder Kim Il-sung spent no less than US$10 billion on a vinalon plant in Pyongyan Province, which turned in the end into scrap metal. That was a decisive incident that led to the economy’s collapse. The February 8 Vinalon Complex was shut down a long time ago.

With the mass rally for its reopening, Kim evidently intended to demonstrate his pathetic determination that nothing will change in North Korea, ever. There will be no reform nor market opening, even if its economy collapses or it is driven into chaos, and although the prime minister apologized for the failed currency reform. It is a clear signal that Kim will go his own way against the current of history and regardless of what outsiders think. Under these circumstances, how likely is it that Kim will make a forward-looking choice in the nuclear issue?

*cross-posted at James Board

Sound extreme yet, eerily, a tad familiar? Socialism is dehumanising, heartbreaking stuff.

US Citizen? Sign the petition against cap n’ trade

If you’re a man-made global warming sceptic, or if you think the science perhaps isn’t settled, or if you are worried about a potential communist world government, or if you are worried about giant non-sovereign world taxes being imposed on all of us, or if you think the governments of this world already have too much power, or even if you’re not convinced yet either way, and don’t want a road paved that there’s no turning back on in just two short weeks, then sign this petition.


People literally right now are speaking at Copenhagen presenting the other side to this man-made CO2-driven man-made climate change/global warming argument. They will also be speaking tomorrow. Time is of the essence.


This post differs from the original. It came from watching the latest Monckton videos (the end of Part 4 of which part 1 was posted by 1.6 below), about a GLOBAL problem – but unfortunately only US citizens can sign that petition. Hence, first update removed, replaced with this.

Sunday Soju Sloshup

Try saying that after a few “rounds” of Korea’s national…

What is Korea’s national? Why, soju of course! But since a picture can tell a thousand words, here’s a Ph.D

So anyway, after dinner, lady bing and I were at the supermarket last night – most are open til midnight or are even 24 hour – to pick up some hot dog rolls for Sunday Brunch. Well, they didn’t have hot dog rolls, so we bought a French breadstick instead…But I digress. Next to the bakery section was the booze section… and most likely still is.

And boy oh boy, did they have some… booze that is, not grammatical nuances.

Now it’s not like I haven’t seen soju or booze at a supermarket before (at least outside Australia), but boy oh boy have they come up with some, er, innovative marketing ideas… re soju.

Yet I can’t say any of them are actually that much of a surprise, considering I, um, know about this beverage quite well.

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In class recently

This part of the class involved me asking the question, and the kids calling out the answer…

bing: Let’s play soccer!

One kid: Sorry, I can’t. I am a cold.

More momets here, here, here, and here.

Man bites dog

A SOUTH Korean worker defected to North Korea this week after crossing the heavily fortified land border, Pyongyang’s state media said on Tuesday.

As a mate who alerted me to this said, “What an idiot.”

Cultural Differences

There’s cultural differences and then there’s cultural differences. And thank goodness some cultures are becoming a little more Western. Anecdotally, I can tell you the following kind of stuff is happening much less in Korea nowadays and certainly not in schools anymore… or barely. There’s probably a few recent cases someone could dig up if they really wanted to.

A KOREAN man who beat his teenage sister-in-law for not doing homework or running fast enough has avoided jail thanks to cultural differences in discipline.

But no real punishment at all? What a crock. The man was in Australia, under Australian Law. You can’t just say, oh it’s okay in my home country so I should be allowed to do it here. Just follow that “logic”. For example, the age of consent in South Korea is 13. Do the math.

The Australian legal system has failed that adolescent girl. Shame on them and shame on Judge David Searls.

And speaking of which, Judge David Searls has a bit of a track record when it comes to not adequately protecting our children.

A Brisbane judge spared him a criminal conviction so as not to jeopardise his future career, but the would-be doctor who tried to give an 11-year-old boy a penis massage might not be so lucky a second time.

Dear oh dear, David.

That said, he’s arguably not as bad as some Korean Judges.

WARNING: That last link is not for the faint-hearted.

Pure evil

Definitely not for the feint-hearted. In fact, all of this post is going below the fold. It happened to a nine-year-old Korean girl known as Na-young. The 57 year old man is Jo Du-sun. Read the rest of this entry »

At my Korean workplace

So it’s break time, and as such, I pop onto one of the many computers to check the blogs. This computer is unique. All the desktop icons are pink. The mirror next to the computer is pink, as is the pencil sharpener and stapler. A few other items are pink, too. The mouse icon is Winnie the Pooh.

bingbing: Whose compuer is this? Ms Jo’s? All the desktop icons are pink.
bing’s co-teacher: No. That’s Ms Song’s. She’s a virgin.


Time to close this blog, perhaps… at least on this particular PC.

Lost in Translation

Bing’s friend, on the phone: Hi. What are you doing?
Korean lady: I’m playing with myself.
Bing’s friend: Why are you doing that?
Korean lady: Because my boyfriend isn’t here.

Subtlety of language was later explained to said lady…

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Fascinating View Inside of North Korea from a Defector

In what has to be one of the most illuminating looks inside of North Korea ever, a high profile defector speaks to FOX News.

“Now a visiting fellow with the Washington, D.C.-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, Kim is described by veteran analysts as the first English-proficient defector ever to escape the Hermit Kingdom.

Trim and sharply dressed, his bushy head of hair dyed jet black, the 42-year-old Kim, once an English professor at a computer college in Pyongyang, speaks polite and fluent English, albeit in a halting style and with a heavy accent.

An interview with FOX News in late June marked Kim’s first with an American TV news channel. Kim recounted his extraordinary experiences working for the Northeast Asia Bank and Korea National Insurance Corporation, where he handled accounts worth hundreds of million of dollars.”

So, this guy had an insider’s view, and here’s what he saw.

“He described two economies in North Korea: one administered by the North Korean Cabinet and nominally oriented toward serving the needs of the people; and a “Royal Court economy,” financed by illicit enterprises worldwide and providing the stream of hard currency that keeps Kim Jong Il, and his cronies, ensconsed in power and luxury.

“Kim [Jong Il] himself enjoys a lavish lifestyle,” said Kim Kwang Jin. “He is giving gifts to his associates: the Mercedes-Benz[es] and whiskeys, first-class room and [air]fare from Japan. Everything’s provided to his aides….Kim Jong Il himself is now ruling the country with [the] dollar, hard currency….Without hard currency they cannot rule the country.”

Kim Kwang Jin described a society in which bankers demand bribes from clients, doctors from patients, professors and teachers from students.

“Everybody tries to make use of their position, their authority…to survive,” Kim said.

The former banker said the regime’s largest source of hard currency comes from the clandestine manufacture and sale of weapons of mass destruction. After that comes the regime’s multibillion-dollar insurance fraud business, in which the authorities stage arson and bogus accidents to collect multimillion-dollar payouts from international banks and insurers.

“The state — Kim Jong Il himself — controls all these funds,” said Kim Kwang Jin. “It is funneled to him. And then he’s using all these revenues according to his regime’s priorities, which are now the missile program and nuclear weapons development.”

Kim Kwang Jin believes the North Korean government has never negotiated in good faith with the United States and its allies at the Six-Party nuclear disarmament talks.”

Is anyone surprised by this? Except the left, I mean. You really need to read the whole enchilada.


Sunday Brunch

In Korea, there’s a phenomenon known as ‘anju’, which means side dish, meaning you can’t just walk into a Korean establishment and start plugging away the soju. Koreans eat when they drink as opposed to grabbing a 3am kebab. Side dishes usually involve some kind of funky kimchi, or dried anchovies, maybe some tofu soup. Consequently, you can usually find bingbing at Burger King (aka Hungry Jacks) around 8am Tizona time on a Sunday. Hence, afterwards, any 11am Sunday Brunch would probably have to be a side dish, so to speak.

Some of you may have guessed the Tizona’s Sunday brunches are scheduled, not posted live, as apart from last weekend when my wallet was lifted, there’s no way in hell I’m up at that ungodly hour (11am Tizona time… 9am Korean time [either way]) on a Sunday.

Anyway, in the spirit of side dishes and Koreans occasionally getting things right, Tizona’s presents, with special thanks to bing’s Korean girlfriend who alerted him to it, today’s Sunday Brunch! Praise Jesus!


Yes, that photo was taken in Korea (you can tell by the viser cap, second from the left)… probably not in the North, though.


The Sunday Shooter!

In class today

The students are finally starting to get off their butts (as I should with regards to my apartment!) for this English contest coming up at the end of the month. One student in particular found something written in Korean which she directly translated into English. And I mean directly. That said, she’s no expert yet either. Whilst her effort so far has been admirable (there’s more to come on Thursday although it won’t be as ‘good’ since a higher-level student helped her out with the rest), it’s taken a little touching up…

It was written in pencil, then photocopied so the scan didn’t come out so well. So, I’ll just write what she wrote.


Good morning!

With smile You’ll be happy this moment. From xxxxx-dong [‘dong’ means ‘suburb – bing] office angel of smile give you greeting.

To smile is happy. This word is reasonable psychologist from France Robert Je Jork saies. This is after all smile over come cancer. And give the best happiness.

Now let’s go sea of smile.

Body is surprised suddenly to smile.

650 muscles are. To smile 235 muscles are.

So let’s light exercise.

Finger and finger toward for 5 seconds, to left for 5s, to right for 5s, backward for 5s wit haa and 1,2,3 after we hand lift down.

OK. Good. Once repeat. Thank you.

Now let’s clap ours hands in applause.

Long ways to go. Long ways to go…

Still, on second thoughts, maybe I should have just left it.

BTW, her English is better than my Korean.

BingBing, Please Answer the White Courtesy Phone: NorK Attack “Imminent”

Things may have reached a tipping point with North Korea.

“U.N. Security Council resolutions are almost always a waste of time, but not always, and yesterday’s resolution presents North Korea with a major problem, and represents an escalation point in the continuing crisis. Just a few days ago, when the resolution was presented before the Council in draft form, North Korea issued a new threat, using the words “offensive” and “nuclear” in the same sentence maybe for the first time:

“Our nuclear deterrent will be a strong defensive means . . . as well as a merciless offensive means to deal a just retaliatory strike to those who touch the country’s dignity and sovereignty even a bit,” the state-run Minju Joson newspaper said in commentary carried by the official Korean Central News Agency…

* For these reasons, it is possible that North Korea’s economic situation is now so desperate, that North Korea is willing to go further than ever before in forcing the U.S., China, and others to pay up. Another nuclear test — or perhaps a military strike or other kind of attack against some nation — could be imminent.”

You really need to read the whole enchilada.


It is high time this dastardly regime was toppled, IMO. What’s the mood in the south, Bing?

In class today

At the end of this month, the adult students will be participating in an English contest whereby they’ll perform a short skit or song. One class decided to perform a traditional Korean folktale called Hungbu and Nolbu. The students ripped a script off the Net which, after first glance, I offered to modernize. Yes please, teacher. Please modernize for us.

Looking at it now (a few hours later), there’s a few bits that could use some further editing, but anyway, bingbing presents a traditional Korean folktale adapted for the modern era. Read the rest of this entry »

And still more on Roh Moo-hyun

From the eyes of a Korean. Yes, I’ve been checking the Korean blogs out a bit more. After all, I do live here and I’m not really interested in chk-chk.

Spreading myself too thin? Probably. There’s Paco, Beck, Milquetoast, Kae, Sharpie, Margos, Kaboom, Andrew, Tim, Bankstown, the original bing all up waiting to be read, but it’ll just have to wait.

In the meantime…

Having said that, it would be foolish to be blind to the many failures of the Roh presidency. He was generally a poor diplomat who did not always have a smooth relationship with the U.S., Korea’s most important ally. It is also fair to say that Korea’s economy grew during his term despite his economic policy rather than thanks to it, as Roh’s policies focused more on distribution rather than growth, e.g., the extremely harsh property tax on the homeowners on certain ritzy parts of Seoul.

But the greatest failure of Roh was that he created a toxic partisan environment in which he relied on the small number of ardent supporters push through his agenda while alienating the greater public. In such a situation, successes during Roh’s presidency became discounted, while failures during Roh’s presidency – however attenuated Roh’s involvement is – were magnified. Toward the end of presidency, it was a common half-serious joke that if your toilet backed up, it was Roh Moo-Hyun’s fault.


In essence, Roh’s governing style combined the worst elements of Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush, two of the worst American presidents since World War II.

That enough to hook yas?

Do you have a boss like this?

I work with idiots.

No, not my fellow teachers. They’re great. And no, not my students, either. I work for a city council in Korea, providing free English classes to the public, both to adults (usually housewives), and elementary school kids. As a result, the powers that be are bureaucrats. You can kinda see where this is headed, right?

Well, twice a year, the council likes to put on an English contest for the adult students. Sounds fine in theory, but this time ’round, not many of the students were interested despite being encouraged multiple times to participate. I can understand that. They’re busy and it usually takes over a month to prepare for their skit or song. Add that up. Students can end up spending three months of the year preparing for a five to ten minute performance.

Anyway, with a lack of interest abounding, another teacher at the meeting this morning suggested we hold a picnic somewhere, perhaps at some kind of significant landmark. The advantages were thus. Students would be able to use their English in a real world, natural if you will, environment. Think tourists. It wouldn’t be rehearsed or out of a textbook. It would be a more relaxed occasion. It can be quite nerve-racking for some getting up on stage in front of a bunch of strangers whilst also having to speak a second language. It would be free advertising for the program. Everybody likes picnics. Housewives in Korea are quite busy. There’d be less preparation time involved, and it’d be more fun.

I ran this by my morning class. Whereas none had really been interested in yet another contest, all were interested and excited at the prospect of a picnic. The weather is beautiful this time of year, we’d be outdoors, students could meet students and teachers from other offices… overall it would be a nice outing. They could each bring along a plate of food. A great day for the wider community.


Our supervisor, our English speaking liaison with the non-English speaking, non-trained in the field of education bureaucrats who “run” the English program, namely a Mr S, wouldn’t have a bar of it. Well, to be fair, our supervisor was open to the idea at first, but when she ran it by the big cheese, nup. And she was quite, er, abrupt with her explanation. It would be too expensive hiring the buses and organising insurance. One teacher knows someone and can get two buses for free. No. Students would be prepared to pay a nominal fee, about five to ten dollars, to help (if not completely) cover costs.


And attendance, once voluntary, is now compulsory, even though this program is run for free. Apparently now, if students don’t attend, that means we are bad teachers. We didn’t do enough.

Trying to reason with my liaison proved fruitless, as is always the case. Our current liaison, and her predecessor, are/were young women at their first job. As a result, there’s no way they can really “fight” for us in this patriarchal society. Still, even the first liaison was a man, yet younger, and/so he hit nothing but brick walls with the higher ups, too.

The “logic” is such. The contest must be held in order to assess students’ progress (the irony being there’d still be a contest held around Christmas time, anyhow). But how this will be achieved is beyond me. Our new supervisor has been at the job barely two weeks. How can she assess any progress? Mr S doesn’t speak a word of English.

In further efforts to reason, negotiate, and be flexible, I suggested, as a measure of improvement, it could be noted that students previously on textbook X part one, page one, are now nearly finished textbook X part three. No. Then how about visiting the classes and asking the students how they felt? No. A questionnaire? Two questions; Has your English improved and; By how much has your English improved? (Remember, these students are housewives doing this in their limited free time. It’s a free program, a community program. Why do the students need tests?!)


(Most of the Korean education system has students studying for the test, not the real world. And they wonder why they can’t quite learn English. And besides, we’re talking about housewives here! But, I digress.)

No picnic. No to what the teachers wanted. No to what the students wanted.


So anyway, now I’m in a position where I am having to force students to do something that has always been voluntary. And for the stupidest of reasons. The only “reason” I can fathom is that Mr S is saving face. The contest is his idea. The picnic was the idea of someone ranked under him in the hierarchy, younger than him, and a foreigner. What an embarrassment to be outdone by such!

But this isn’t the first time something like this has happened. It’s always been his way or the highway. Any new idea, any new initiative, any new improvement, if it doesn’t come from his bureaucratic brain, doesn’t stand a chance. Countless times we are asked for ideas, we brainstorm… but to no avail.

To add insult to injury, even as I tried to reason, offer solutions, and be flexible, I was talked down to by someone with two weeks experience in the education field.


My contract is up soon. Not that I was going to re-sign anyway, but any slight feeling of regret I might have had certainly disappeared today.

Ten weeks. Then I’m free.

Do you have a boss similar to this? A co-worker, perhaps? Share your stories.

Vent volcanic vast right wing conspirators!

CNN’s NK wrap

It’s actually pretty decent. With more resources and collective time than this blogger has, it’s worth a look.

Still, grain of salt. Air raid sirens still go off here every month or two (usually on the 15th or so) to remind people. Yawn. And we all know how the 24/7 media cycle works. They’ll flog it til something else comes up.

This shit always comes up. Real question is; how will Obama deal with it? This has all been to get Obama’s attention.

Obama’s actually done well getting SK to sign on to the Proliferation Security Initiative… and this has pissed the shit outta NK, hence the latest missile tests and a declaration of war. But as much as I disagree on Obama on most things, he cannot be blamed for this.

Anyway, how serious is this? Some schools and academies have been closed for swine flu (ha!) but all this is not enough to get me outta going to work tomorrow but, d’oh.

Remember, Kim Jong-il is about to cark it and NK still needs to be noticed by Obama and CNN.

Good night, folks.

More on Roh Moo-hyun

Sorry, not much research, just the Wiki article on him. More just pondering. Tell ya what, but. Korean politics is something else.

His presidency was a disaster, an utter disaster, although, somehow, the little-nation-that-could managed to persevere. I still haven’t worked out how South Korea got from where it was to where it is. Sure there was the armistice, US military presence here, President Park putting the country under the whip, the pro-democracy protests of ’80 and ’87, the Chaebol — but it still all doesn’t quite add up. There’s gotta be something else there. I’m not sure I’ll ever truly understand these people. My cousin’s granddad, a retired army general, on hearing I was moving here for the first time, noted that in all his travels, the Koreans were the hardest people he ever had to deal with. No kidding. And yet, on that note, I feel a kinship, LOL!

Do click that link. It’s an interesting read, if nothing else. Er, the first one anyway. You’ll be here forever if you read through the others. And sure, I understand that back home Korea isn’t too much of an issue… even with what’s been going on the past week or so.

I have owed to too many people. The amount of burden I have caused to them is too great. I can’t begin to fathom the countless agonies down the road. The rest of my life would only be a burden for others. I am unable to do anything because of poor health. I can’t read books, nor can I write. Do not be too sad. Isn’t life and death all part of nature? Do not be sorry. Do not feel resentment toward anyone. It is fate. Cremate me. And leave only a small tombstone near home. I’ve thought this for a while.

(Original text in Korean) 너무 많은 사람들에게 신세를 졌다. 나로 말미암아 여러 사람이 받은 고통이 너무 크다. 앞으로 받을 고통도 헤아릴 수도 없다. 여생도 남에게 짐이 될 일밖에 없다. 건강이 좋지 않아서 아무것도 할 수가 없다. 책을 읽을 수도 글을 쓸 수도 없다. 너무 슬퍼하지 마라. 삶과 죽음이 모두 한 조각이 아니겠는가. 미안해 하지 마라, 누구도 원망하지 마라, 운명이다. 화장해라. 그리고 집 가까운 곳에 아주 작은 비석 하나만 남겨라. 오래된 생각이다.

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Korea’s swine flu farce

Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that swine flu has been spreading. And in a sense, governments are right to quarantine people with cases and/or suspected cases of it.

But surely that quarantine should be done properly and effectively.

The Korean government is arguably not doing this. First, there seems to be a double standard going on. Koreans who may have come into contact with H1N1 are being quarantined in their homes whilst when it comes to us foreigners, we’re being rounded up and being put in a sub-standard quarantine facility which, according to eyewitness reports, is conducting sub-standard practices.

It’s all quite a joke, except it isn’t very funny. The reports from foreigners in quarantine are quite alarming. Examples include their trash overflowing the bins, the same thermometers being used on different ‘patients’ without being cleaned, a guy handing out brochures for a restaurant freely walking in and out of the building, the building is not equipped for such a role, excessively high temperatures inside the building, a nurse wiping the blood off an injection point with her bare hand, the list goes on. Check out other pages from those blog links for more info and/or updates.

It’s not all bad, but at best, it’s a farce.

And the US embassy doesn’t really seem to care. According to one blogger, this is how the conversation went…

Me: “Hiya! I just thought the Embassy should be aware that 30+ U.S citizens have been quarantined right outside Seoul for suspicion of swine flu exposure.”
Operator: “Okay, well it’s a weekend, and we’re closed. Monday’s memorial day, so could you call back on tuesday?”
Me: “You…you’re serious?”
Operator: “Is it an emergency? Cause if it is we have someone we can call.”
Me: “Um…let’s see, there’s 30 americans in quarantine for swine flu exposure. Basically, we’re arrested. It’s totally cool, don’t worry—we’ll call on tuesday—”
Operator: “Okay, thanks for calling.”
Me: “No wait—”

Now, sure, a few grains of salt should probably be taken here, and I don’t necessarily believe all the eyewitness reports or agree with all the sentiments people are expressing (in one pic, there’s a bloke wearing an Obama shirt…EEK!), but if even just half the stuff is true, it still paints a very disturbing picture. It appears governments don’t really care about this but after the media beat-up (before Kim Jong Il fixed that), they had to be seen to be doing something.

H/T Brian and Roboseyo.

Drudge Calls Kim a Nigger

I kid, I kid.

N-BOMB is also PC-speak for Nigger

This made me blow coffee through my nose this morning. For you non-Americans out there, N-Bomb, F-Bomb and the like are PC-speak here to avoid saying nigger and fuck in polite company… which we’re not, obviously. So, in my sleepy stupor, my brain processed that as, “Kim Jong Ill, Nigger” instead of, “Kim has a Nuclear Bomb.” LOL!

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