S. Korea Soldier Sentenced to Death for Killing 5 Comrades – NYTimes.com

Shooting rampages by bullied soldiers are not unusual in South Korea, which requires all able-bodied men to serve about two years in the military in the face of threats from North Korea.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/02/03/world/asia/ap-as-skorea-border-shooting.html?_r=0&referrer=

You know you a immature and insecure population when going on rampages are “not uncommon”.  Could that Roth laws that encourage such behaviour (I.e. damages awarded based on how much “face” is lost, not the actual damages accrued).

Think I’m kidding?  A foreign friend of mine was hit by a car, broke his leg, when they went to court to sue the taxi driver, he was awarded by how “bad he looked in the public eye for being weakened” and not the actual leg breaking.

Another Korean friend was riding his bike with his family. This old Korean lady stepped put on front of him WHILE HE WAS ON THE BIKE PATH, got hit and successfully got money damages awarded top her all because she didn’t look where she was going.

On a lesser note, I saw a similar attitude happen right on front of my eyes. I was out with a Korean friend, who was pishing her daughter on a swing, this old Korean woman walked by and complained that the MOTHER should be more careful because the old woman almost got hit by the swing!  It is quite an insanity to witness.

Theses are some of the things I won’t miss when I leave ;)

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“In South Korea, Preaching Peace Is Now a Deportable Offense”

For the past two months, the Korean American housewife had made daily headlines in South Korea after her speaking tour on her travels to North Korea sparked controversy and became the target of right-wing attacks. At one of the events, the detonation of a homemade bomb forced the evacuation of 200 people.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/28871-in-south-korea-preaching-peace-is-now-a-deportable-offense

Seriously, this is pretty fucked up.  I have seen a slow and creeping action against citizens of Korea for utter non-sense ideas.

I do have a rather large question about this part though:

Seol-gyeong talked about her boyfriend, and another guide worried about his children’s education.

I would need much more context but in my experience, Koreans are NOT that open to people they don’t know.  Yet one thing I do hear tons of, is how Pyongyang is their ‘propaganda city’.  Meaning everything is very different there than anywhere else in the country and purposely designed to make things look better than they really are.  I’ve not read her book but it would be interesting to see what she covers in it and note what seems plausible and what does not.

South Korea ‘nut rage’ gets airline exec 3-year prison recommendation

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South Korean prosecutors on Monday recommended 3 years in prison for the former Korean Air executive charged with endangering flight safety after a tantrum over how she was served macadamia nuts.

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/02/south_korea_nut_rage_prison.html

“recommendation”…..“recommendation”? You realize that if she spends a year in prison, that’ll be a miracle.

“Last week, cabin crew told the court they were pressured by Korean Air executives to cover up the incident and to lie to investigators.”

In case you were wondering just how ‘far’ these ‘unfettered powers’ reached, let me give you a little story.

I know someone who used to be a flight attendant.  Keep in mind that Cho was Korean Air’s head of cabin service, and thus my friend’s ultimate boss.  The concern about not ‘upsetting those in power’ is so bad that they put the prettier girls farther back in the classroom when Cho came to speak with them so that she wouldn’t feel ‘threatened’ by a younger, better looking woman.

The story does feel to be calming down but what will finalize it is what the actual sentence will be.  I can almost imagine the others in the Chaebol being annoyed that they are now under scrutiny because of this.  Pretty sure a lot more sons & daughters of the powerful will be a little more careful of their actions after this.

North Korea Slams Israel as a Rogue ‘Nuclear Threat’ | The National Interest Blog

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry slammed the “shamelessness of Israel” on Friday, calling the Jewish State a “rogue group” that “poses a nuclear threat” and commits “terrorist attack[s]” against neighboring countries.

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/north-korea-slams-israel-rogue-nuclear-threat-12118

Pot calling the kettle black??!!

Smh…

Samsung Buffet

Today we went to the Samsung Buffet. Totally amazing! Here is a video by someone else that cover it well.

Not: This is not my video and I have no idea what he says at the beginning.

What was missing from the steak part was the adding of spices and sauce. Below is the end result.

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It was cooked to about a medium-rare and was juicy and tasty as all get out!

They only do it at certain times and if you waited to long to get in line, and it’s not a small line, you’d have to wait for an hour. I was lucky, also a bit greedy, and got two servings while we were there for 1.5hrs. I was properly stuffed!

Drinking in public places to be banned in S. Korea – The Korea Times

Drinking and selling alcohol will not be allowed at schools ranging from elementary schools to colleges.

http://www.koreatimesus.com/drinking-in-public-places-to-be-banned-in-s-korea/

I didn’t realise that they allowed drinking in elementary schools?!

And this won’t go over well at all. URL be another law that will simply be ignored because the police won’t enforce it at all!  But hey Korea, I would be glad to be proved wrong!

SCORE!!! Update!

I’m counting this round as a 2.5.

First, the usual “Oh a foreigner, can’t sit beside him.”

Then it was , “Oh, a foreigner…. but there are no other seats…. So I’ll sit there but I’ll be real uncomfortable about it.  Oh, next stop, a free seat that is 20ft away, I’ll rush over there before it gets taken and leave the bulky bags I brought on the subway by the door I came in.”

Couple of stops later, another lady just sits beside me fine. When another end seat becomes open, she moves. Gonna add a .2 because end seats are generally more desirable but no way to talk of that was the only reason she left.

Total 2.7

Surprise! North Korea’s official news site delivers malware, too

A security researcher examining the website of North Korea’s official news service, the Korean Central News Agency, has discovered that the site delivers more than just the latest photo spread of Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong Un inspecting mushroom farms. There’s a little extra surprise hidden in the site’s code—malware. The news site appears to double as a way for North Korea to deliver a “watering hole” attack against individuals who want to keep tabs on the “activities” of the DPRK’s dear leader.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/01/surprise-north-koreas-official-news-site-delivers-malware-too/

So, want to read up on this little fiasco this side of the planet?  Might want to re-think that….