김병만

Comedian Kim Byung-man from popular comedy show “Gag Concert” has revealed that he is registered to marry his girlfriend, a single mom who is older than him.

Joongang Ilbo, November 30, 2011

Credit to the funnyman, he’s better looking than Lee Hyori’s new beau, who is more funny looking than funny.

이효리의 애인

Posted by Errol, filed under Funny, K-girls. Date: November 30, 2011, 1:33 am | No Comments »

조선녀

Professor Park Young-ja of the Ewha Institute of Unification Studies stated that her interviews with recent North Korean defectors revealed a preference for younger husbands, so that the woman can; “take the leadership position in the spousal and familial relationship”.

Joongang Ilbo, November 30, 2011

Posted by Errol, filed under Battle Report, K-girls. Date: November 30, 2011, 1:08 am | No Comments »

Dead set. This is a (translated) quote from Kim Young-chul, a researcher at the KDI:

“As long as women adhere to the traditional attitude that their husbands must be better off than they are in all areas, it will be difficult for them to find anyone to marry.”

Which areas?

1. Financial
2. Educational
3. Fidelity
4. Manners
5. Appearance

장동건-고소영 결혼식

장동건-고소영 결혼식

Not everyone is going to be as fortunate as Go So-young.

심은아와 누구세요?

심은아와 누구세요?

Posted by Errol, filed under Battle Report, K-girls. Date: November 23, 2011, 7:00 am | No Comments »

The Prosecutor’s Office seems likely to succeed in its second attempt to arrest former vice-minister for culture, Shin Jae-min, for accepting bribes from SLS Group chairman Lee Kuk-chul who was arrested last week for bribing Shin.

Shin Jae-min studied politics at Seoul National University and after graduation worked for MBC.

With three decades of service in the entertainment business, Shin must know a lot of people and what’s in their closets.

SBS News, 23 November, 2011

신재민과 이국철

신재민과 이국철

Posted by Errol, filed under Crime, Economics, Politics. Date: November 23, 2011, 6:42 am | No Comments »

서울자전거

서울자전거

“More than 11 million people live in Seoul, and 2.8 percent of them now use their bicycles to get around, four times more than 10 years ago, according to research by the Korea Transport Institute.

With soaring petrol coasts (sic)*, the government is trying to encourage communities to better support people on bikes.”

The Korea Herald, 2011-11-18

* The Korea Times has sacked a load of sub-editors?

Posted by Errol, filed under Economics. Date: November 20, 2011, 4:18 am | No Comments »

Lee Chong-sik, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Pennsylvania was interviewed by The Joongang Ilbo about his views on Stalin’s role in instigating the Korean War.

Here’s the cutdown version.

In Manchuria, the Chinese Communist Party engaged in a fierce civil war with Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Party. By August 1945, Stalin had decided that the Communists could not win. As such, he encouraged them to stop fighting while he sought ways of forming a secret alliance with the Kuomintang.

But this all changed after the London Conference, when Soviet-U.S. ties switched from a framework of cooperation to confrontation. Stalin even ordered China’s 300,000 Communist Party soldiers to be dispatched to Manchuria. This led to intense fighting between the Communist Party troops backed by the Soviets, and the Nationalist Party troops backed by the United States.

In the beginning, the nationalists lost ground, but they managed to turn the tide by mobilizing more soldiers. The Communist Party troops retreated to the region now known as North Korea in May 1946.

North Korea was [then] turned into a rear base for the Chinese Communist Party from May 1946 at the order of Stalin, and the North became involved in China’s internal war. Just as Manchuria was off-limits to U.S. forces during the Korean War, North Korea, between May 1946 and 1948, was a sort of a holy place that could not be trespassed on by the national party.

The Communist troops were reorganized in the North and trained by Soviet forces. Due to Stalin’s desire to use the region as a rear base for China’s Communist Party, the division of the Korean Peninsula seems to have been inevitable.

Chinese Civil War: Sept-Nov 1948. History Department of the United States Military Academy

Chinese Civil War: Sept-Nov 1948. US Military Academy History Department

Posted by Errol, filed under Battle Report, Verus Historia. Date: November 19, 2011, 4:18 am | No Comments »

SBS has been running a series of inconsequential sidekicks for Yoo Jae-seok. The more inconsequential the better, lest a temporary replacement replaces Kang Ho-dong in the hearts and minds of gagmen addicts.

강호동과 유재석

강호동과 유재석

Lee Chul-ho (sic)* of the Joongang Ilbo puts in an online plea for the return of his idol.

Lee Chul-ho (sic) then has a gratuitous (and apparently irresistible for Joongang crew members) shot at Ahn Cheol-soo, by claiming that building a company from nothing is less experience than being a salesman for an already established construction company, in the middle of a building boom.

* Chul vs Cheol. One is 21st C spelling and t’other is old-style.

Ahn is well on the way to forming 안민당.

Posted by Errol, filed under Funny, Language, Politics. Date: November 19, 2011, 1:10 am | No Comments »

순천향대학교병원

순천향대학교병원

Late last month, the diplomatic corps in Korea sent a strongly worded letter to the Korean government calling for an independent inquiry into the death of the Thai ambassador’s wife.

The letter questioned the level of professionalism in many Korean hospitals and the level of English communication available.

According to the Thai Embassy, the ambassador’s wife complained of pain throughout her time at Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital in Yongsan District, Seoul, and her condition deteriorated to the point of passing out while waiting for an X-ray on Sept. 17.

But “the hospital made no effort to call any doctor, nurse or CPR team to rescue her,” the official said.

Moon Gwang-lip, Joongang Ilbo, November 16, 2011

Posted by Errol, filed under diplomacy, Science. Date: November 16, 2011, 8:14 am | No Comments »

What does this mean?

If you get a higher than expected CSAT score you can dump your early admission choice university for a better university. To maintain cashflow for 2012, 77 universities accepted students prior to the kidz sitting the CSAT.

There are 80 universities that only use CSAT scores for admissions. The bulk of the CSAT-only universities are the national universities and the high end private universities.

Yim Seung-hye, Le Samsung Ilbo, November 16, 2011

Posted by Errol, filed under Economics. Date: November 16, 2011, 12:11 am | No Comments »

On the south side of the Imjin River, the Korea Communications Commission has twice withheld approval for the discontinuation of KT’s 2G mobile phone service, as there are still approximately 160 thousand subscribers and there were insufficient user protections.

‘The Hankyoreh acquired an audio file Monday of operational orders given in mid-October at a KT branch in the greater Seoul area. In it, specific mention is made of causing disruptions to customers’ landline phone service and approaching the customers to urge a change to 3G service.

A supervisor is heard gathering employees and giving specific orders, stating, “Today, we are going to cause disruptions. I’ll give you a list, and you go in pairs to take care (of) it appropriately, by taking out the terminal box key or cutting the line or whatever have you.” ‘

© 2006 The Hankyoreh Media Company, November 15, 2011

ROK on the way to becoming a first world capitalist nation.

North of the Imjin, the Kim Gang are doing their best to uphold Han Pride in ripping people off.

‘ “In April last year, the North granted to two foreign companies the exclusive rights to develop a mine that a European venture capital firm had invested earlier. Upon learning this, the chairman of the venture firm reportedly visited the North in October last year and demanded an explanation from North Korean officials.

Another European entrepreneur who had been running a joint venture pig farm with the North since 2008 moved to halt operations there, citing unpaid account receivables. He then faced a murder threat.” ‘

The Donga Ilbo, November 15, 2011

DPRK still Number 1 capricious, hereditary monarchy.

Posted by Errol, filed under Economics, Law, Scams. Date: November 15, 2011, 12:34 am | No Comments »

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