Korea in the news

Well, I figure I should do more news reports.  So much is not known about things in this part of the world…or things that are related to Korea.

Report: 9 North Korean defectors repatriated after being caught in Laos, sent to China

SEOUL, South Korea — Nine North Korean defectors have been forced to return to their country from China after being captured in Laos, a South Korean news report says.

Laos had been assumed to be a safe route for North Koreans leaving their mostly poverty-stricken homeland. Activists say that defectors who are returned to North Korea can be punished or even killed by the regime, considered one of the world’s most repressive and brutal.

Surprise surprise.  I just can’t really fathom a country that goes to such great lengths of control.  It simply can’t last.

North Korea sanctions hit aid groups, some forced to carry cash by hand due to bank clampdown

PYONGYANG, North Korea — New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea’s nuclear weapons program are having unintended consequences: halting money transfers by foreign humanitarian groups working to help those most in need and forcing some agencies to carry suitcases of cash in from outside.

Sometimes I am a little mixed.  I mean, people should be allowed to do what they want but at the same time, if other people want to do something different, then it should be so.  If you simply cannot bear to think on you own and let someone else run your life, that’s fine by me but you should be aware of the alternatives and make an informed decision.

Dangerous double-jaw surgery on the rise in South Korea

A painful plastic surgery usually only performed for medical reasons is being embraced by South Koreans as the latest way to improve their appearance.

Double-jaw surgery is a radical solution to correct facial deformities and is usually carried out on people who are unable to chew properly due to an excessive over or underbite.[emphasis mine]

First, I could easily tell from the pic that it was a fake ‘before’ image.  You start to see these ‘advertisements’ all over the place where it’s rather obvious the ‘before’ pic is simply an edited version of the ‘after’ pic.  I especially like the one poster where they changed the size of the ‘after’ to make it look even more dramatic :)

 

 

 

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Stop with the hype already…geeze….#North Korea ain’t going to do squat

The term Sheeple is insanely accurate when it comes to those who listen to the news.  It is absolutely ludicrous for anyone to be afraid of a war actually happening.  Do you know why?  Let me tell you:

First, and this should be a rather LARGE clue.  Not a single embassy has issued a travel advisory.

From the Canadian Embassy Site:

SOUTH KOREA – Exercise normal security precautions

There is no nationwide advisory in effect for South Korea. Exercise normal security precautions. (emphasis mine)

Unlike their warning for North Korea.

NORTH KOREA – AVOID ALL TRAVEL

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against all travel to North Korea (officially named the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) due to the uncertain security situation caused by North Korea’s nuclear weapons development program and highly repressive regime.

There is no resident Canadian government office in the country. The ability of Canadian officials to provide consular assistance is extremely limited.

Do you SEE the difference?

Here’s the US Embassy in Seoul.

A Security Message for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that despite current political tensions with North Korea there is no specific information to suggest there are imminent threats to U.S. citizens or facilities in the Republic of Korea (ROK). (emphasis mine)

The US Embassy on North Korea:

Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of

March 14, 2013

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens about travel to North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK).(Actually, they go into rather LARGE depth in their warning.)

So stop your belly-aching and whining and fear-mongering about North Korea.  The news is NOT your friend in this (or any other really) matter.  They are there for one reason and ONE reason only….to make money but oh, they got you sooooo good.  There are people who are listening to some fear because of fancy words put into the media, fueled even further by paranoid families that they have decided to quit their English teaching jobs here and go home.  They don’t put a single, solitary REAL thought into the possibility of it actually happening.  They only listen to the media (yay for profits!) and give up to their fears.

Have a nice flight home you people.  Those who don’t bother to look into things for themselves.  Those who let others make decisions for them.  Those who have no spine.

War does NOT make a ruler popular.  The Kim dynasty has a history of making threats after leadership change.  This is all ‘sabre-rattling’.  It is a ‘war of words’.  It is all talk.  If you think the vast majority is poor now, how do you think they could possibly handle any-type of prolonged fighting?  Hell, even China is getting pissed at them, and China is their only real friend (not counting the Iran connections…).

Nothing is going to happen.

If it does, you have my explicit permission to say “I told you so.”  Till then, Grow a pair!