Duc, sequere, aut de via decede!

US Army sponsors Korean-American penis surgery research

October 4th, 2014 . by Errol

The Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine (Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) has been selected to lead the second phase of the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM). The five-year, $75 million federally funded project focuses on applying regenerative medicine to battlefield injuries.

The AFIRM-II team will focus on developing clinical therapies over the next five years focusing on:

● Restoring function to severely traumatized limbs

● Reconstruction for facial and skull injuries through tissue regeneration

● Skin regeneration for burn injuries

● New treatments to prevent rejection of “composite” transplants such as face and hands

● Reconstruction of the genital and urinary organs and lower abdomen including the bladder, anal sphincter and external genitalia.

Professor James Yoo, is working on bioengineering and replacing parts of the penis to help treat erectile dysfunction. His focus is on the spongy erectile tissue that fills with blood during an erection, causing the penis to lengthen and stiffen.

Institute for Regenerative Medicine to Lead National Effort to Aid Wounded Warriors

Perhaps growing up in a country with a large American military presence has stimulated his desire for research in this area.

Ahn Cheol-soo to rid Korea of Active X Virus

November 18th, 2012 . by Errol

“South Korea’s unique certificate system, driven by the government, has led to the isolation of South Korea’s IT,” Ahn wrote in his policy pledge book released earlier this week. “Excessive use of Active X is making web browsing less convenient.”

Sydeny Morning Herald, 15 November 2012

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012 awarded jointly to Sir John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka

October 8th, 2012 . by Errol

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012 was awarded jointly to Sir John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent”.

Gurdon and Yamanaka have developed a process in nuclear reprogramming that instructs adult cells to form early stem cells which can then be used to form any tissue type.

Like embryonic stem cells, iPS cells are also capable of developing into any cell in the body, but crucially their source material is readily available.

“John B. Gurdon challenged the dogma that the specialized cell is irreversibly committed to its fate,” the assembly said in a statement. “Shinya Yamanaka discovered more than 40 years later, in 2006, how intact mature cells in mice could be reprogrammed to become immature stem cells.”

The Nobel Assembly at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said Gurdon and Yamanaka had “revolutionised our understanding of how cells and organisms develop”.

For Julian Savulescu, Uehiro professor of practical ethics at Oxford University, the researchers’ work deserved particular praise because reprogramed cells overcome the moral concerns that surrounded research on embryonic stem cells.


“This is not only a giant leap for science, it is a giant leap for mankind. Yamanaka and Gurdon have shown how science can be done ethically. Yamanaka has taken people’s ethical concerns seriously about embryo research and modified the trajectory of research into a path that is acceptable for all. He deserves not only a Nobel prize for medicine, but a Nobel prize for ethics.”

Sir John B. Gurdon: Affiliation at the time of the award: Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Shinya Yamanaka, Affiliation at the time of the award: Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, Gladstone Institute, San Francisco, CA, USA

Link to Nobel Prize 2012 site

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 …

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?

Samsung Bait and Switch: Indian journalists offered free flights and accommodation to Berlin Tech Show, forced to work as Samsung Promoters

September 3rd, 2012 . by Errol

“Clinton Jeff, of Unleash the Phones, was offered free flights and accommodation by Samsung to attend the IFA 2012 tech show in Berlin, Germany as part of its “Mobilers” ambassador program.

Jeff said he was told in advance that he would be completely independent and under no obligation to become a Samsung promoter at the event.

But when he landed in Berlin, Jeff said he was told that he had to wear a Samsung uniform and man the Samsung booth at the show everyday, demonstrating the company’s wares to the press.

Jeff told Fairfax Media he protested against the request, arguing he and and another Indian writer were in Berlin as independent journalists. “We then got a call from Samsung saying, you can either wear the uniform, or get your own hotel and flight tickets home,” said Jeff.

Nokia soon stepped in offering to cover for his accommodation for the whole of IFA and his flight home.

Samsung has since emailed Jeff to “sincerely apologise” for his experience in Berlin, admitting “we put you through undue hardship and we are trying to rectify the situation”.”

That was a comfort to them.

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

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

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

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