Monday, January 3, 2011

Daily Kor for January 3, 2011

It's a slow news day, but that's hardly a surprise since half the nation may still be hungover. Lots of news stories about what people think will happen in 2011, but the Kushibo News Service tends not to consider that news. Unless it's bold, or ballsy, or wholly unexpected (but realistic), or it's a slow news day.

What's newsworthy to me is that it's apparently so cold in Seoul that the Han River is freezing up. Yeah, yeah, I know, that happens at some point every year, but it's still fascinating to me. Meanwhile, I slept with a fan on. (I guess I shouldn't brag about the weather, or else it won't be just English teachers who hate me.)
  1. Korea Asset Management Corporation (KAMCO) to buy W5 trillion (US$4.4 billion) in bad loans from banks and assets from companies undergoing restructuring (Reuters)
  2. South Korea set to join the $1 trillion club (in terms of total trade) in 2011 (Joongang Daily)
    • South Korea becomes seventh largest exporter (Korea Times)
  3. 100 thousand South Korean activists gather at Imjin-gak near DMZ to protest against North Korea's leaders (AP via WaPo, Yonhap)
    • Cardinal Cheong calls on North Korea to improve its human rights (Korea Times)
    • Kim Jong-il reportedly hid himself in underground bunker during ROK-US joint military exercise in late November and early December (Korea Times)
  4. Kwangju court orders national government to pay W1.9 billion (US$1.7 million) in fabricated spy case from 1971 (Yonhap)
  5. Seven more cases of foot-and-mouth disease reported (Yonhap)
  6. United States Sports Academy names celebrated South Korean figure skater Kim Yuna 2010 Female Athlete of the Year (NBC
  7. In Iowa straw poll, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin chosen as candidate most closely resembling GOP logo (Fox


  1. Your strange sex-realted attacks on Palin are starting to really lessen your blog, especially as all of the links lead nowhere.

  2. You do realize, don't you John, that the final stories in the Daily Kor are not to be taken seriously if they don't have a working link. In an otherwise very serious set of news stories each day, this is my one attempt to keep things light, and I've been doing it from the beginning. It's very hit-and-miss, with daily "Far Side"-like consistency.

    And I make fun of all kinds of people, including Kim Yuna and the VANKster nationalists.

    If you are a Sarah Palin supporter, methinks you are being a tad oversensitive, as I've been moderately generous in dealing with the former Governor (see here and more recently here). I have criticisms of her as a candidate, but they are well-reasoned. Besides, Sarah Palin is a good sport. (My preferred Republicans for president are Huckabee or Romney.)

    At any rate, I'm not sure what sex-related attack you see in today's gag. Sure, the past two days were clearly sex-related — and having attended a few conservative Protestant churches where Sarah Palin's naïve ideology about sexuality dominated, I think I've earned a right to poke fun at it — but today's was simply about her looking like she's forming the GOP logo's elephant trunk with her left arm. Nothing sexual there at all.

  3. I could care less about that Palin, but I do enjoy this one.

    However, you are coming off one note in your not very funny use of her. Sprinkle Michelle Obama in some times to become bit more well-rounded.

  4. I had some Sarah Palin in the queue, and I just wanted to get it out of the way. Michelle Obama does not lend herself to funny pictures (this was not my best work).

    Nor does the First Lady lend herself to ridicule. Just when Michelle Obama comes into the spotlight, Sarah Palin steps in front of her to make sure that ridicule to go around will be sent her way.


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