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Waitress in the sky

September 29th, 2012 . by Errol

When I pass my TOEIC Test
I’m going to the job that is best
When I have the magic S Line
I’m going to be a waitress in the sky

I’m going to be a waitress in the sky
It’s a job that is so fine
It’s a job with a lot of stress
But I get to wear a cocktail dress

Kim Jung-yoon, Joongang Daily, 29 September 2012

Waitress in the sky

Park Geun-hye like a battle tank general; Moon Jae-in an uninspiring and unclear speaker; Ahn Cheol-soo a listener and doer

September 26th, 2012 . by Errol

The Korea Times has published analyses of the speaking styles of the three candidates for the Presidency of the Republic of Korea by Choi Jin, president of the Seoul-based think tank Institute of Presidential Leadership, .

Park Geun-hye

Choi described Park as a field commander with a heavily armored vehicle, referring to Park’s lineup of aides and campaign strategists with stellar resumes.

Moon Jae-in

Choi’s analysis of Rep. Moon Jae-in of the main opposition Democratic United Party (DUP): “(Moon’s) speech is not inspiring because it lacks a strong message.”

Ahn Cheol-soo

Ahn is a listener Choi said.

“He listens carefully to his audience before offering them pieces of advice. He achieved a lot but rarely showed off his accomplishments. This makes him special.”

“Instead, Ahn tries to give the right solution to his audience after listening to their side of the story.”

Korea Times 26 September 2012

Korean prostitution bosses demand return of Korean prostitutes (and their money) from foreign climes

September 26th, 2012 . by Errol


Workers and bosses in the Korean sex industry are demanding the scrapping or revision of anti-prostitution laws.

Since the enactment of the anti-prostitution laws in 2004, tens of thousands of Korean male and female prostitutes have left Korea to work in Japan, the USA, Canada and Australia.

Prostitution is legal in some parts of the last three countries, reducing the need for pimps, bongo van drivers, fruit cutter-uppers and waiters; this enables Korean prostitutes to retain a larger share of their earnings, than they would be allowed to keep by their Korean bosses.

Korea Times 26 September 2012

Propofol addiction rife in Gangnam

September 26th, 2012 . by Errol

“Propofol – the drug that killed Michael Jackson – has become a public health menace, particularly in Gangnam, the wealthiest and trendiest region of the country.

Despite the government’s effort to prevent the abuse of propofol, it’s not hard to get, even on the Internet. When the JoongAng Ilbo posted “propofol selling” on Korean Internet portal sites, messages that read “We sell propofol, e-mail us please,” were found easily.

Propofol is a hypnotic agent used to induce sedation. Recreationally, it can produce a feeling of euphoria and also a feeling of having slept well, which is what Jackson used it for.

According to a study conducted by the National Forensic Service, a total of 36 people died of overdoses of propofol between 2000 and 2011. The study said 28, or 77.8 percent, were women and 15 of them, or 41.7 percent, were doctors, nurses or hospital workers.”

Kim Min-sang, Kwon Sang-soo Joongang Daily, 27 September 2012

Not hard to get

Even on the internet

Messages that read

“We sell propofol,

e-mail us please,”

were found easily.

Canuckistani sub-editor at the Joongang Daily is a poetry major? Have we witnessed the publication birth of the next PSY of Gangnam?

Korean Broadcasting cuts transgender show

September 16th, 2012 . by Errol

트랜스젠더 토크쇼 방송 보류에 ‘비난 봇물’

“KBS network has decided to cut* its latest talk show “XY She” after complaints about the program that boasts a panel of transgender contestants.

A network spokesperson said it is too early to tell if the show will be scrapped altogether.

“It will be the nation’s first transgender talk show,” said a spokesperson for KBS in August.

“Obviously, we thought there would be no one better to host the show than the nation’s first ‘out’ celebrity, Hong Suk-chun.”

Carla Sunwoo, Joongang Daily, 17 September 2012

* Yet another Canuckistani sub-editor giggling all the way to the bank

Park Geun-hye = Lee Myung-bak? Jaebol poised to increase stranglehold on Korean workers

September 16th, 2012 . by Errol

“(C)ombined revenue (of jaebol) represented 52.6 percent of Korea’s GDP from 2003-2007 and 69.1 percent from 2008-11.”

Joongang Daily, 17 September 2012

“The chairman of the New Frontier Party’s committee for “public happiness” has been openly critical of his party’s, and presidential candidate Park Geun-hye’s, apparent unwillingness to take action toward economic democracy.

The source of Kim Jong-in’s displeasure appears to have been Park’s noncommittal stance on the issue.

Kim also said a close acquaintance, Hansung University professor Kim Sang-jo, told him he would be “used and discarded” by Park.

“It’s still not clear at all that any of them [Park and the NFP] have any determination to pursue economic democracy,” he said.

Kim also made reference to his resignation as emergency committee member in March following the party’s nominations for the general election.

“It looked to me like not a single person who got nominated for the party would take action for economic democracy, so I said, ‘I can’t do this,’” he explained.”

15 September 2012 © 2012 The Hankyoreh Media Company

Hankyoreh confused by “Customer is King” concept

September 15th, 2012 . by Errol

“In 1992, the city of Songtan and USFK signed an off limits agreement stating that they would ban soldiers from any establishments in the area that violated the law in terms of sanitation, health care, fire safety, or general safety.

Pyeongtaek asked the USFK to scrap the agreement in 1997 after continued complaints that it was an illegitimate exercise of authority by USFK. But USFK continues operating the system by itself – another ongoing form of sovereignty violation.”

The Hankyoreh, 13 July 2012 © 2012 The Hankyoreh Media Company

Sovereignty violation? Sovereignty violation? The only sovereignty violation is that the second sentence may as well read: “Pyeongyang ordered USFK to scrap the agreement in 1997 after continued complaints that it was an illegitimate exercise of authority by USFK. “

Korea No. 1 runner up in Unfaithful Men Stakes

September 15th, 2012 . by Errol

In a poll of 29,000 men and women from 36 countries by Harris Interactive for condom maker Durex, 34 percent of Korean men answered that they had been unfaithful to their partners, second only to Thailand’s 54 percent.

Malaysia ranked third with 33 percent, followed by Russia (32 percent) and Hong Kong (29 percent).

Chosun Ilbo, 8 December 2011

Chosun Ilbo claims Korea has a “chronically low birthrate”.

September 12th, 2012 . by Errol

“The number of elementary school students in Korea has fallen below the 3-million mark for the first time, reflecting the country’s chronically low birthrate and aging population.

The education ministry said on Tuesday that as of April 1, their number dropped by almost 6 percent on-year, falling to around half the level seen in 1980. This marks the 10th consecutive year that the number has fallen.”

Chosun Ilbo, September 12, 2012

The low birthrate “problem” in Korea – associated with the younger generation of Koreans – is a sensible response to the abandoned children “problem” associated with older generations of Koreans.

“(B)abies born into unprepared (Korean) families are likely to be sent to one of the 30,000 children’s orphanages across the nation where more than 1 million children are currently taken care of.”

The Korea Times, 1 August 2012

Shinichi Mochizuki has released a proof of the abc conjecture, which proposes a relationship between whole numbers

September 12th, 2012 . by Errol

“The abc conjecture, if proved true, at one stroke solves many famous Diophantine problems, including Fermat’s Last Theorem,” says Dorian Goldfeld, a mathematician at Columbia University in New York. “If Mochizuki’s proof is correct, it will be one of the most astounding achievements of mathematics of the twenty-first century.”

Mochizuki has developed techniques that very few other mathematicians fully understand and that invoke new mathematical ‘objects’ — abstract entities analogous to more familiar examples such as geometric objects, sets, permutations, topologies and matrices.


“At this point, he is probably the only one that knows it all,” says Goldfeld.

Brian Conrad of Stanford University in California, says the abc conjecture “encodes a deep connection between the prime factors of a, b and a+b”.

Conrad says that the work “uses a huge number of insights that are going to take a long time to be digested by the community”.

Philip Ball, Nature, 10 September 2012

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