Duc, sequere, aut de via decede!

Aussie Kyopo try to kick out Korean women (and men) working legitimately in Australia

August 30th, 2012 . by Errol

“Korean communities in Australia are campaigning to call for a crackdown on Korean prostitutes who have entered the country on working holiday visas.

More than 2,000 Koreans living in Australia have expressed their willingness to join a street campaign in Sydney, an alliance of the communities said Thursday.

“It’s known that about 1,000 Korean prostitutes are working in Australia. That’s about 17 percent of all prostitutes in the country,” the group said in a statement.

Unlike Korea, prostitution is legal in Australia.”

Korea Times, 30 August 2012

Crackdown? I think the kyopi should put the crack pipe down.

Lee Myung-bak desperate to boost housing demand artificially

August 29th, 2012 . by Errol

After Chuseok, prices are gonna tumble down.
After Chuseok, realtors are gonna frown.
Lee Myoung-bak is gonna stimulate some action;
But we’re not gonna get any satisfaction.

JJ Cale and Eric Clapton

Park Won-gap, head of the real estate business department at KB Kookmin Bank.

“Let’s face it, apartments will never be the low-risk, high-reward financial item they were during the housing boom. The nation is too heavily in debt and we simply don’t have enough people willing or able to continue rolling the dice like that.”

Korea Times, 29 August 2012

At least 77 000 Korean condoms slipped off during premarital and/or extramarital sex in the last decade

August 26th, 2012 . by Errol


“Statistics Korea said that 9,959 babies were born (in the Republic of Korea i.e. not including the Republic of the Philippines) following premarital and/or extramarital sex last year, marking a year-on-year rise of 3.3 percent, or 320; producing a total of about 77 000 babies born after premarital and/or extramarital sex in the last decade.”

Korea Herald, 26 August 2012

One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

August 25th, 2012 . by Errol

Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies at 82



When Apollo Mission Astronaut Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, he not only gave his famous "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" statement but followed it by several remarks, usual communication traffic between him, the other astronauts and Mission Control. Just before he re-entered the lander, however, he made this remark "Good luck Mrs Kim."

Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning a neighbour with cancer. However, upon checking, there were no Kims living near Armstrong at the time. Over the years many people questioned Armstrong as to what the "Good luck Mrs Kim" statement meant, but Armstrong always just smiled.

On July 5, 1995 in Tampa Bay FL, while answering questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26 year old question to Armstrong. This time he finally responded. Mrs Kim had finally died and so Neil Armstrong felt he could answer the question.

When he was a pilot in the Korean War, he was playing baseball as an outfielder with some navy buddies in the compound. The batter hit a fly ball, which landed just in front of the bedroom windows of the neighbouring house. The occupants of the house were a Mr & Mrs Kim.

As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mr Kim shouting at Mrs Kim in Korean. Armstrong asked the pitcher, who was a USN interpreter, what the Korean man was yelling. "More than two minutes of sex! You want more than two minutes?! You'll get more than two minutes when that yankee flyboy walks on the moon!"

True story.

Samsung Judgment Day: An Opportunity for Ahn Cheol-soo

August 25th, 2012 . by Errol

The Olds’ Days of blatant copying, which worked in manufacturing, based on a culture of bullying of Youngers, exemplified by the slave-master mentality of the Yusin Constitution, are GAME OVER.

Who best to take Korea into those shining uplands of future prosperity than the Professor of Innovation and Convergent Technologies: The next President of Korea.


The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

Gag King Kang Ho-dong to fill Korean screens again

August 23rd, 2012 . by Errol

“Kang signed a contract with SM C&C on Aug. 17. According to the agency, Kang is reportedly mulling over a return to programs including SBS’s “Star King”, which he hosted before he announced a tentative retirement following a tax evasion scandal.”

Rachel Lee, Korea Times, 23 August 2012

Seoul City to help foreign women retrain to serve coffee and paint nails

August 23rd, 2012 . by Errol


“Seoul City (Government) said Thursday it plans to create a social enterprise at which immigrant women can work as baristas and manicurists, in a bid to create jobs for those seeking a stable source of income and job stability.

Shops will be operated in collaboration with private firms in spaces provided by the city to give them job opportunities.”

Kim Bo-eun, Korea Times, 23 August 2012

Seoul City stimulated to take a leaf out of the coffeehouses in Orange County, California?


Wacky Waste Management

August 22nd, 2012 . by Errol

In the summer time when the weather is high
You can chase right up and touch the sky
When the weather’s right
You got wastewater, you got wastewater on your mind
If you have a drink, take it to a lab
And see what you can find


So Cool

So Cool

Piano Cascade, an artificial waterfall and children’s playground relies on water from Namyangju City’s Hwado Sewage Disposal Plant. Piano Cascade has about 190,000 visitors per year; children included.

At least 10,000 tonnes of untreated wastewater has been poured into a tributary of the Han River and Paldang Lake since 1997 after Namyangju City installed a secret wastewater outlet.

Joongang Daily, 22 August 2012

1600 employees protest sale of Korea Aerospace Industries: Lone Star Funds fails to make a bid

August 19th, 2012 . by Errol

After Lone Star Funds took over Korea Exchange Bank in 2003, some KEB employees embarked on a policy of go-slow campaigns and poor service in an effort to return KEB to its rightful owners.

The campaign was ultimately successful and Lone Star Funds sold KEB to Korea’s 4th largest finance group, Hana Financial Group, in early 2012 for USD 3.5 billion.

As Lone Star Funds is cashed up with billions, and with Korea Aerospace Industries signing massive deals with customers – such as Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence – and only wanting a USD 970 million equity injection, it is a mystery why Lone Star Funds had no desire to buy into the Korean corporate market, given Lone Star’s corporate memory of Korean business practices.

Joongang Daily, 18 August 2012

If you want Kim Seung-youn to stay locked up; who should be the next President of Korea?

August 16th, 2012 . by Errol

“Hanwha Group chairman Kim Seung-youn was jailed for four years on Thursday for causing W302.4 billion in losses to his conglomerate and evading W1.5 billion in taxes (US$1=W1,135).

According to Chaebol.com, a conglomerate research firm, seven heads of family-owned conglomerates have been indicted for financial crimes since 1990, and all of them received suspended sentences and were eventually pardoned by (successive) Korean presidents.”

Chosun Ilbo, Aug. 17, 2012

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