SCORE-ish…

Today I give myself a half point. Last for on the subway, was standing beside me. When she looked down and saw me, she immediately moved to the other side of the subway.

There maybe since who doubt this and want to write it off as purely coincidence but when she looked back at me, the look on her eyes said it all.

Before I leave, I’ll have to total up me SCORE :)

(Digital) Papers please!

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So yeah, this is what you get, now that Korea obviously has an agreement with Google and how to control content while talking it’s citizens what they feel is appropriate or not. Which is rather an oxymoron given the videos that do get played….. I mean really…. They cut out swearing/drinking? Like that is really going to make and damn difference to the population and their already rather larger drinking problem, not to mention the overtly sexually suggestive videos of k-pop that already exist!

I have seen this before. What is sad is that this kind of censorship of at complete odds with the reality that goes on in the schools. Kids swear in English and the Korean teachers give every kind of excuse as to it’s not a big deal.

Good thing I know tons of ways around this kind of BS.

North Korea Warns US of ‘Disastrous Final Doom’ – ABC News

Korea’s National Defense Commission took to the airwaves today to threaten the United States with the “most disastrous final doom on its mainland,” warning that “the time of the nightmare” is near.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/north-korea-warns-us-disastrous-final-doom/story?id=28711834

This article is so laughable that I almost decided not to share it. Then I thought, you guys could use a good laugh.

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 ;)

“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.