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Scooter on the sidewalk

October 2nd, 2012 . by Errol


Scooter on the sidewalk

Ran over me

The cops just looked

Don’t care ‘bout me


They only thinking of a restaurant

that’s got glass tables

They can watch the girls

While they are …ing


Scooters on the sidewalks

Cops just can’t stop it


Every day all over the country

It’s just like Vietnam

Don’t give a stuff about

the humble pedestrian


Only care about themselves

Just a thousand reflections

of their own sweet selves, selves, selves


Scooters on the sidewalks

Scooters on the sidewalks

Scooters on the sidewalks


Tossing out pamphlets

Of girls sitting on glass tables

Doing things for ajeossi


Ajeossi laps it up

And says it’s fun

Gets on the table

Drops his daks

And waves his bum



Scooter man on the sidewalk, admiring his reflection, in his wing mirror, scooter man …

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. “

North Korea claims Chinese company baited and switched: Chinese company counterclaims that North Korean regime baited and switched.

September 5th, 2012 . by Errol

“North Korea’s state-run media has issued rare criticism of a Chinese mining company that accused it of being a “nightmare” to do business with.

Chinese firm Xiyang was working on an iron ore venture, but said it stopped after facing unreasonable demands.

Xiyang failed to honour investment promises and was to blame, KCNA news agency says.

A North Korean spokesman issued a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) saying that Xiyang “is chiefly to blame from the legal point of view”.

“It [Xiyang] has carried out only 50% of its investment obligations though almost four years have past since the contract took effect,” the spokesman said.

Xiyang said it invested more than $37m (£23.32m) on the project, but shelved it after North Korea asked for significant changes to the contract.

The company also said that North Korea violated its own investment laws, telling Reuters news agency that it had been “cheated”.

“They just don’t have the conditions for foreigners to invest. They say they welcome investment but they don’t have the legal or social foundations,” Wu Xisheng, vice-general manager, told Reuters.”

BBC 5 September 2012

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

Korean Olympic Committee claims that Korean footballer is unable to read 5 syllables of Korean

August 12th, 2012 . by Errol

After South Korea beat Japan 2-0 in the bronze medal play-off last Friday, Korean footballer Park Jong-woo ran around, holding up a sign with the Korean national flag and a slogan saying: 독도우리땅 (Dokdo Our Land).

The Dokdo Rocks are known as Takeshima in Japan and have been disputed territory between Japan and Korea for more than half a century.

The Korean Olympic Committee claims that it was not Park’s sign, but a flag he had seized from a fan, stressing that the provocative incident was not preplanned.

The IOC committee said it would withhold the bronze medal from Park until the case is reviewed by FIFA.

The statutes of both the IOC and FIFA prohibit political statements by athletes and players.

NSW Supreme Court jury returns verdict of not guilty to murder for Korean man who: “lost control”.

July 10th, 2012 . by Errol

Joachim Won’s barrister, Winston Terracini, SC, said: ”It’s a very satisfying result and Mr Won, through his legal representatives, had offered to plead guilty to manslaughter from the very beginning but the Crown rejected it.”

Joachim Won came home from work sick in May 2010 to find his 44-year-old wife, Anna, having sex with his friend Hyung Mo Lee.

Won, then 56, went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife, and stabbed Mr Lee, 48, seven times, allegedly shouting ”you must die” or ”he must die”.

The Crown prosecutor, Paul Lynch, said the affair between Mrs Won and Mr Lee began after they and their spouses began playing golf together through a Korean social group called the Fantastic Association in 2008.

Mr Lee’s wife suspected the affair after finding explicit pictures on his phone and Mr Lee admitted to his wife that he was having a relationship with Mrs Won when she confronted him in late 2009.

Mr Lynch said soon after Mr Lee’s wife confronted Mrs Won in a car park at Eastwood, telling her: ”I know everything”.

By Easter 2010, Mr Won and his wife were having marriage problems and began sleeping in separate rooms.

Several weeks later, Mr Lee, who was unemployed (백수), offered to do some painting work (Lee must have been watching too many Benny Hill re-runs whilst unemployed) at the Won’s Pendle Hill home.

The defence of provocation was abolished in Tasmania in 2003 and Victoria in 2005, following a recommendation by the Victorian Law Reform Commission which found the law ”partly legitimates killings committed in anger”.

Read all about it in the Sydeny Morning Herald

Where's the wheelchair?

Green hat, we all know what that means in Chinese culture

Nora Challenge at Aloha Tower

July 10th, 2012 . by Errol

GI Korea at ROK Drop asked his readers to accept The Kushibo Challenge.

“How would everybody feel if our buddy Kushibo was parking by the Aloha Tower and got beat down by a bunch of Kiwis?”

USS Crommelin at Aloha Tower

USS Crommelin at Aloha Tower


Some droll replies:

11:58 pm on July 9th, 201214
“How would everybody feel if our buddy Kushibo was parking by the Aloha Tower and got beat down by a bunch of Kiwis?”

Bobby Ray
1:05 am on July 10th, 201216
“How would everybody feel if our buddy Kushibo was parking by the Aloha Tower and got beat down by a bunch of Kiwis?”
Maybe it would knock some manners into that boy’s head. I never saw nobody run his mouth with such uninformed nonsense and then not have the common courtesy to apologize when he was found out to be all kinds of wrong.

3:07 am on July 10th, 201220
Bobby Ray, beating a guy up doesn’t help him. ChickenHead beat me up, and now I’m a retard.

3:58 am on July 10th, 201221
kushibo would enjoy it, if Nora did the beating.


Reminded me of The Nora Challenge almost exactly six years ago.

They smack him down here,
They smack him down there,
They smack him down, damn near everywhere,
That ubiquitous, faintly ridiculous, kushibo.

(Suspected) Korean men beat up tall women in Chengdu KFC

May 20th, 2012 . by Errol

Chinasmack has a story of two (suspected) Korean men beating up two young Chinese women.

“In the video, the two young women who were beaten up can be seen initially on the far left side of the counter deciding on what to order. There appears to be three open registers, and the two potentially Korean-speaking men appear to have initially lined up at the left register, while another man had lined up at the rightmost register.

The women walked over from the far left to queue up behind the young woman at the “center” open register. After that woman is served, the two young women who were beaten walk forward to order and that is when the allegedly Korean men, who are used to the Korean male privilege concept of Korean males being always served first, start yelling and then attack the two young Chinese women.”



Another bizarre story arrives before we can recover from the last one.

April 30th, 2012 . by Errol

Quotes from an editorial in the Joongang Ilbo

“It’s no longer a surprise to come across one or two mind-boggling stories in the morning papers these days. One should be getting used to dramatic episodes in a rapidly changing urban society like Korea. But news of criminal violence have become too grotesque and brutal to accept them merely as fallout from social evolution.

A woman who pleaded for her life over the emergency call she made to the police was discovered dismembered the next day in Suwon. Another bizarre story arrives before we can recover from the last one.

An entertainment management agency CEO habitually raped teenagers who came to his office with dreams of one day becoming stars. He invited boy idol group members to join in on the assaults.

The entertainment industry is in hot water after the scandalous spotlight on the agency CEO’s hideous acts. Three years ago, it received similar criticism after actress Jang Ja-yeon committed suicide upon leaving a note disclosing her plight of being forced to have sex with media executives and business bigwigs. The industry then vowed to clean up its act and shake the scandalous image. But the industry’s abuse and exploitation of the underage obviously did not stop.

Furthermore, there seems to be more concern over a tainted image that could damage the overseas popularity of Korean entertainers from the scandal than the damage to the victims and potential danger to the youth in similar conditions.

Our society’s ignorance, indifference and desensitization of violence have gone too far. Instead of being outraged by violence, people seem more interested in the outlandish antics of broadcasters of these stories.

Fans of a podcast host (who failed in his bid for a seat in the recent legislative election) whooped and hollered for him in downtown Seoul, as if he were a legend of the ssireum ring, even as he uttered sexually disparaging remarks against the former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.”

Joongang Ilbo Editorial by Yang Sun-hee, April 28, 2012

Boy King fails to get his rockets off

April 13th, 2012 . by Errol

Far Side of the DMZ rocket scientists

Malnutrition is not a great help when building a nation of rocket scientists.

The minimum height requirement for the North Korean military has been cut to 145 cm. i.e. Shorter than the average South Korean middle school girl.

Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2012

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