Archive for May, 2012

Korea’s national broadcaster attacks foreigners


MBC is one of Korea’s biggest TV networks, if not the biggest. It’s basically their national broadcasting network. Recently, they aired a short “documentary” about how nasty foreigners are getting nice Korean girls pregnant and giving them HIV. Yeah, you know, one of those sans-fact all foreigners are dirty, blahblahblah, stealin’ our [blahblahblah] pieces of trash, racist, xenophobic, sensationalist – cue dramatic music – “investigative reports”.

Needless to say, the foreigner community is fuming over this blatant attack on what is still a soft, easy target over here.

Unsavoury events happen anywhere, yet how irresponsible is it when the nation’s main broadcaster whips up this kind of ugly – and ill-informed – sentiment.

What an insult. What an insult to my beautiful Korean wife. What an insult to a mate and his Korean wife, expecting in a couple of months. What an insult to another mate and his Korean wife, and their beautiful five year old daughter. And the rest of us, who either keep to ourselves, and/or are in genuine relationships with Korean women.

What an insult to all of us university educated, health – including drugs and HIV – tested ESL teachers who’ve submitted FBI (or the equivalent e.g. AFP in Australia) criminal background checks.

A slap in the face to all the ESL teachers trying to help Korea (and its export economy) become more integrated with the rest of the world via the international language, English.

Snubbed: all the foreign engineers over here working hand in hand with Korea’s best to build the next generation of world-class technologies.

What spitefulness to all the US troops stationed in Korea, a deterrent against an erratic and dangerous North Korea.

One of the most disgusting pieces of trash “journalism” I’ve seen in a long, long time. MBC Korea, hang your head in shame.

Livid.

This kind of “reporting” is not on. Anywhere.

PS And to think, Korea is trying to promote their Yeosu 2012 Expo (no, NOT linking).

Via Crimson North

It’s a start. We’ve done what our generation does best.

UPDATE

Funny way for MBC Korea, Korea’s national broadcaster, to stereotype foreigners just when Korea’s trying to open its doors to the world.

UPDATE II

We’ve put a report of sorts on CNN’s iReport. Recommending it etc. only takes a few mouse clicks.

RESULTS

From the Korea Herald: “Expats outraged by ‘racist’ MBC report”

“What has been revealed (if you will) is the real story behind mixed relationships in Korea, and what a truly heart-warming story it is. MBC has egg on their face, and should apologize,” said James Board, an elementary school teacher from Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province.

The climate change that killed a civilisation


And it happened at least 3000 years ago, most certainly was natural, and there wasn’t a damn thing they could have done to stop it.

The Indus or Harappan Civilization was one of the greatest societies in the ancient world. Contemporary with Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, its population is thought to have made up 10% of the world at one point. Yet, between 3900 and 3000 years ago, the cities crumbled and the people disappeared. What went wrong, and what can we learn from its demise?

Basically the monsoons were too heavy, then as they declined they became just right, and then they declined too much.

Read on.

L-NP 61.5 to ALP’s 38.5


Yowsa.

In the latest Morgan Poll L-NP support is 61.5% (up 3.5% since last week’s face-to-face Morgan Poll) compared to the ALP’s 38.5% (down 3.5%) on a two-party preferred basis according to a face-to-face Morgan Poll conducted last weekend, May 26/27, 2012. This is a record two-party preferred lead for the L-NP in over 70 years of the Morgan Poll based on how electors said they’d vote.

Today’s face-to-face Morgan Poll shows the L-NP primary vote is 49% (up 3.5%) well ahead of the ALP 27.5% (down 4.5%). Support for the minor parties shows the Greens 13% (up 2.5%) and Independents/ Others 10.5% (down 1.5%).

Newspoll gives slightly better results but it’s still dire.

That said, Opposition leader Tony Abbott has cautioned his team not to rest on their laurels.

“Gillard won’t lie down and die. Where there’s life, there’s fight,” Mr Abbott said.

“Our job won’t be over until the next election is won.”

Left alone


If “independent” former labor MP, the embattled Craig Thomson wants to be left alone, he should leave parliament.

Kylie: “I kind of stripped myself…”


Robbed.

Internet download limits? Cut the crap, Australia


Seriously?

With the latest greatest NBN coming in…

You still have download limits?

Er, charges.

What a rip.

Tit for tat. This or that.


This.

Good riffs. Dude is limited to technology… a violin an what not. The same music energised the masses (back before capitalism was even invented and the rest of us even had a chance).

A rockstar of his generation.

But now it’s all complicated?

Sorry (not) for being such a troglodyte…

Did I say I’m sorry? This music is better.

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