A big story today is the bus crash near Kyŏngju. Reckless and haphazard driving by bus operators working on a schedule is why I will never ever go anywhere long distance by bus — I'll take the train, drive my own car, or even fly — unless I absolutely have no other choice. I hate not being in control when careening down a road. I was not always this way, but too many really bad drivers around me in California, Korea, and now Hawaii has made me so uncomfortable with someone else driving that I end up exhausted at the end of the trip.
Curiously, however, I'm okay with taxi drivers, even though they're among the most reckless. I guess it's because on short jaunts through Seoul it's a lot harder to drive off a cliff. Not impossible, though.
Anyway, my hopes and prayers are with the victims of this tragedy and their families.
- Tour bus carrying dozens of elderly travelers plunges off road near Kyŏngju, killing at least eleven fourteen (BBC, Korea Times)
- Seoul-based Open Radio for North Korea cites "high-level source" in Pyongyang as saying that Kim Jong-il's health is worsening as he suffers from chronic laryngitis brought on by excessive smoking and drinking (AP via WaPo)
- Kushibo's Komment: Or did Bill Clinton slip him seomthing, à la Jimmy Carter? Don't tell me you haven't thought of that.
- Seoul says North Korea told Bosworth that UN sanctions are unreasonable (Yonhap)
- Kushibo's Komment: Give or take a famine or two.