Duc, sequere, aut de via decede!

Kang Ho-dong has not left the building.

November 19th, 2011 . by Errol

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.

Park Won-soon’s new broom to sweep Seoul streets clean

November 8th, 2011 . by Errol

Cleaning up the bacteria in Lee Myung Bak’s stream project (The Korea Herald 2011-11-08) and stamping out Oh Se-hoon’s nicotine injection rooms (Le Samsung Ilbo, Nov 08, 2011).

금연 공원

금연 공원

Elsewhere in Le Samsung Ilbo, an editorial writer is: “worried that [Park Won-soon] is mistaking himself *for a kind of* Santa Claus who extends a helping hand to the weak no matter the price.” Instead of giving money directly to company elves to dredge the canals that Boss Lee built.

* “for a kind of” … superb use of Konglish by the editorial writer.

Kim Jae-kyu a “Martyr to Korean Democracy”?

October 24th, 2011 . by Errol

How will this claim affect the tussle between Park Geun-hye and Ahn Cheol-soo?

An audio recording of a conversation between Kim Jae-kyu and his lawyer, indicates that the dictatorial nature of the Yusin Constitution was the main impetus for Kim’s assassination of Park, not Kim’s (supposed) competition with other underlings for Park’s favours.

Oct.25, 2011, The Hankyoreh Media Company.

Banmal arrogance sinks Chung Mong-joon’s presidential ambition‏

September 22nd, 2011 . by Errol

Chung raised eyebrows of all with an extremely rude manner of speech toward Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan.

Rep. Chung kept talking down to Kim, saying, “Does it suit common sense? What kind of quibble is that?” in ways some masters wouldn’t even speak to their servants.

Servants? Koreans still have servants? Wasn’t slavery abolished in 1910?

Gaffe from arrogance

The Korea Times, 09-21-2011

Yalu River invaded from the South … by DPRK gangs

September 3rd, 2011 . by Errol

Amid increasing economic difficulties and several brutal public executions, the anti-regime mood in the city (of Hyesan just across the border from Changbai, China) is growing.

Drugs are also widely available, according to defectors, and are a main reason the city has once again become a major escape route.

“Senior officials and soldiers in Hyesan are bent on making big money by escorting defectors across the (Yalu River) and selling North Korean drugs in China,” another defector said.

As Changbai is a (semi) autonomous Korean (language) county in Jilin Province, China, it is much easier for North Korean gangs to do business with Chinese Korean gangs than in Chinese counties where Korean language speakers are thin on the ground. No pun intended.

Border City Becomes Center of Unrest in N.Korea

The Chosun Ilbo, September 3, 2011

Ahn Cheol-soo considers bid to become Seoul City Boss

September 2nd, 2011 . by Errol

Will he be the man to smash the cozy crony politics of Korea?

No more rounds of golf followed by a round of poktanju around a round table with …

Ahn said he is negative about joining a political party, saying, “There are many problems with existing parties.”

The Korea Times 09-02-2011

Politicians pay rise non-sequitur

October 4th, 2009 . by Matt

I tried to post this on one of the libertarian Australian sites on facebook, but hit the 450 character limit.

Australian politicians just got a pay rise. There will be much made of it in the media.

To my mind, pay rises and the like for politicians is not the problem. The media likes to focus on politician pay rises because they can then ignore massive spending on mostly worthless government programs, and the resulting oppressive taxation and inflation. Politician pay rises are a mere drop in the ocean. Unfortunately here in Australia, there are very few people that are libertarian in political orientation.

Most Australians are statists, and the first thing most Australians ask is, “what is the government going to do about it?”. We have laws for just about everything, including about what you are allowed to say. Most Australians are fine with this. They are only bothered by such things when it directly and negatively affects them. Australians are blase when it happens to other Australians. We have very little libertarian impulse in this country.

Not only are libertarian issues not dealt with by the ruling duopoly parties, there is no grass roots effort to introduce these issues into political discourse. As an Australian, I can say that the vast majority of Australians are closed minded narrow thinkers. Not only will libertarian issues not be introduced into Australian law and society, but Australians will not even discuss such issues. Ironically, libertarians get labeled as fascist or even racist, even though libertarianism is the exact opposite of that.

What chance do Australian libertarians have of educating the extremely ignorant, prejudiced, and statist Australian electorate? I would argue that except for a few converts (usually people that were open minded and intelligent enough to understand anyway), libertarianism has no chance in Australia as long as nominal “democracy” is the form of government. Democracy in Australia is merely a race in which the people vote away the rights of others, then insist they had the right to do it based on an illusory “will of the people”. Australian democracy is the system of the looters, takers, rights deniers, and second handers (the last one is an Ayn Rand reference – read The Fountainhead). Whoever participates in the so-called democratic system implicitly accepts by their vote that they will accept the result of the vote, even if they do not like the result.

The only option for a libertarian is to drop out of the democratic system. A libertarian is against the system, so no libertarian should implicitly support it by participating in it. When someone says that you don’t have a right to complain because you didn’t vote, you reply it is that kind of thinking that creates the need to dismantle the system. To those that say that such thinking lowers the libertarian vote, I would point out that everyone in this country is required to vote, and there is not even one remotely libertarian politician in the federal government (there may be a case for local government voting as smaller groups of people can effect outcomes, and local governments are fairly responsive to local communities. Even so, it shouldn’t be required). A libertarian in Australia loses nothing by not voting, and gains moral and ideological standing to oppose the system.

A libertarian cannot accept democracy, at least in it’s Australian incarnation, because Australian democracy allows the removal of rights, excessive taxation, violation of civil liberties, regulation of speech and publishing, and so on. Perhaps a libertarian could support a form of democracy in which such things were completely and irreversibly forbidden, no matter what the “will of the people” decides. As long as someone can vote away the rights and plunder other Australians in Australian democracy, then democracy is unacceptable to libertarians.

Libertarians only accept liberty (and liberty is freedom). Democracy is not a proxy for freedom, it is a Trojan horse than has been depriving Australians of liberty for years on end.

Deviant economics

August 30th, 2009 . by Matt

This is quite interesting. Here is the synopsis.

A new class of global actors is playing an increasingly important role in globalization: smugglers, warlords, guerrillas, terrorists, gangs, and bandits of all stripes. Since the end of the Cold War, the global illicit economy has consistently grown at twice the rate of the licit global economy. Increasingly, illicit actors will represent not just an economic but a political force. As globalization hollows out traditional nation-states, what will fill the power vacuum in slums and hinterlands will be informal non-state governance structures. These zones will be globally connected, effectively run by local gangs, religious leaders, or quasi-tribal organizations – organizations that will govern without aspiring to statehood.

Anyone interested in the underground of the global economy should watch this.

Japanese opposition wins election

August 30th, 2009 . by Matt

The Japanese opposition party has one a landslide victory with more than 300 seats in the 480 seat lower house.

The former governing party, the LDP, needed this disastrous loss. Hopefully the loss will return them to principle and the new government will be able to break entrenched special interests.

Nice technique

August 26th, 2009 . by Matt

I should try this technique out to make a youtube video. I wonder how they did it.

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