Saturday, January 1, 2011

Daily Kor for January 1, 2011

Today marks the 115th anniversary of the Gregorian calendar becoming official in Korea. It's still 2010 here in Hawaii, but I know a lot of people have crossed over into 2011, so I thought the above greeting, snagged from the Yonhap site, would be an appropriate message.

I'll probably ring in the new year at Waikiki, which is probably less interesting than what Kim Jong-il did on the 31st: checking out the tank division that is the vanguard of the Sŏn-gun (Military First) policy. 2011 promises to be an exciting year.
  1. Defense strategy specialist Retired General Ahn Kwangchan named to head newly created national crisis management office (AP via WaPo, Yonhap)
  2. More than 100,000 ducks and chickens culled after outbreak of H5N1 bird flu virus (AHN, Bloomberg, Reuters, Yonhap, Korea Times, Joongang Daily)
    • Three additional outbreaks of hoof-and-mouth disease confirmed (Yonhap)
  3. South Korean authorities to gain access to Swiss bank accounts in effort to crack down tax evaders (Yonhap)
  4. Government allows newspapers to start up cable TV channels (WSJ, Yonhap, Korea Times, Joongang Daily, another Yonhap)
  5. Police arrest Pyongtaek bakery shop owner behind dead-mouse-in-cake hoax aimed at hurting rival during height of Christmas cake sales (Yonhap, Korea Times, Joongang Daily)
  6. National Police Agency to set up task force to deal with "habitual drunks" who obstruct police business and public order (Yonhap)
  7. Pyongyang faxes new year's greetings to those likely to support sending aid to North Korea (UPI)
  8. In speech to We're Waiting club in Jackson, Mississippi, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin demonstrates how fellatio can be an acceptable alternative to sinful vaginal intercourse (Fox)

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