Thursday, July 16, 2009

Former president Kim Daejung in ICU

The Korea Times is reporting that former president and Nobel laureate Kim Daejung has been admitted to the intensive care unit at Severance Hospital (though it doesn't say which branch), after being diagnosed with pneumonia. 

They are saying it's not that serious, mostly to prevent things from getting worse, but if something goes awry so soon after Roh Moohyun's purported suicide, expect a conspiracy theorist public (at least, a segment of the public) to be all over the Lee Myungbak administration. 

The KT is now reporting that Mr Kim is on life support, though they still say his illness "is not life-threatening." This is beginning to remind me of ailing Soviet leaders when I was a kid: A "cold" meant they were gravely ill, and "stable condition" meant they had died.


  1. I don't think I can blame the current President for my 'normal' flu that had me thinking I might be a goner this past Sunday. It was a really rough bout. No wonder so many people eventually succumb to it.

  2. Huh? Are you saying you're one of the Chosen Few who came down with H1N1?

  3. No, I just had the nasty version that people all over the world get all the time. It's a bit strange that most people associate the flu as a winter-only affliction. Summer colds and flu are really rough. I think the heat has something to do with it.

    By the way, here's a great legal immigrant that you might want to google (Luis von Ahn), as he really contributes to your website and helps digitize old books that are in danger of fading from history. I can't believe what he's accomplished at his young age. You can see for yourself if you watch the NOVA episode about Artificial Diamonds and Anthrax. Without him, you probably wouldn't have any "real-life" comments.


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