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  • ddt 00.09 on June 6, 2017  

    South Korea Bans Reddiwip

    Ah, nitrous oxide, the drug of choice for 10-12 year old skater boys in Eugene, Oregon circa the 1990s is the hot “new” and legal drug of SoKo’s wanton youth. There’s nothing like being out with your wingman an egging him on to huff a balloon of laughing gas before going to a bar to giggle in the corner. When Soko eventually regulates it, those pesky youths will do what every desperate American teen punk does:

    go to the fooking supermarket and buy a can of Reddiwip and take nitro hits off of that (and spill the cream on their clothing, aka “mark of the whippet”, aka “cum stain”)

    This summer will see gals and guys in fits of sniggery rolling on the floor at every quickie mart near you. “What’s the joke?” Easy, you can punch a woman to death and only get three years in the clink, but if you confront the teacher who raped your daughter and then stab him to death, you’re going to do ten years of hard time

    Lee told authorities that his live-in girlfriend expressed interest one night in September 2012 in meeting a man that patronized a bar run by Lee. He said he was already angry at the fact that she had introduced herself to the man at the bar earlier in the evening as a “friend” of Lee’s rather than his “girlfriend.”

    Lee then punched her face four times while she was lying down at their home in Eumseong County, North Chungcheong, police said, and she died on the spot.

    Lee buried her body in a local field, and police were able to track him down last year. The prosecution sought a 12-year prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter and concealment of a body.

    the mother, was sentenced to 10 years for killing a 51-year-old teacher at her daughter’s high school in February after her daughter told her she had been raped by the man. She reported herself to police about an hour after she stabbed him at a cafe in Cheongju, North Chungcheong.

    Kim had told the court she killed the man accidentally, but the court argued Kim had planned the murder by “sending a text message to a relative suggesting she was planning to kill the teacher, and preparing a weapon in advance to meeting the teacher,” adding that “revenge murder calls for a heavy sentence.”

    Pass the Reddiwip. 

    –header image source: Steve.So.Fine (Flickr)

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  • ddt 02.55 on March 22, 2017  

    The Looming War in Korea

    The following is a response to a post on Facebook where the phrase “looming war in Korea” was used:

    ALL Western press don’t know what they’re talking about when they mention either Korea—it’s no joke to say that 95% of articles get stuff about 99% wrong.

    There is no looming war in or with the DPRK, the press, particularly in the West, scapegoat and fear monger every event like it’s the assassination of a duke and “this is it boys / this is war” … it’s just not happening.

    The overall situation, the armistice, the DPRK’s rockets, China’s involvement and South Korea are all constantly and horribly simplified for American consumption. any war would pull the US, China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea in immediately as those nations are involved in the so-called “six party talks” that used to happen when an official end to the war was wanted. Four of those countries are in the top ten GDP; Russia is 12th … a war would seriously mess with economies worldwide—yes, world wars do just that, but there aren’t enough crazies involved and there’s nothing to gain aside from some mineral resources in the DPRK which China is already manipulated away. all six nations have everything to lose in a war.

    To make a war on the Korean peninsula a thing, the DPRK probably has to hit the US with a nuke, that’s the only thing that would break the stalemate. such a launch would be detected early and very likely the militaries of the other five nations would move to destroy the missile because of the stakes. But the DPRK doesn’t have that missile and they don’t have the balls to launch one if they did, as the country exists by the sole grace of China as a wedge in regional politics. The very, very, very last thing China wants is to be pitted against its largest customer (the United States) in a war where the interests of South Korea and Japan align and they become allies. Everyone loses and everyone is too rich and busy trying to twist and fuck the world in other ways to ignite this place.

    Consistently, constantly reliable sources on all things “Korea” come via anything with Bruce Cummings speaking (most recently on Democracy Now; linked below); One Free Korea (; the BBC is hit and miss; Al Jazeera is more right than wrong—the South Korean press doesn’t talk about any war unless the DRPK does something to South Koreans, like shooting a tourist on the beach, like attacking and sinking coast guard boats, like shelling a disputed island and killing South Korean citizens.

    Trump is all talk and no action. He could do an op like he did in Yemen, but there’s no way the military brass would go along with it, at least not until the troops in South Korea are finished consolidating at the new base south of Seoul, but even then, the local general, US ambassador, and local advisors would make cooler heads prevail because they understand the situation.

    For a war to happen without the DPRK nuking the US with a missile … Trump would have to replace all the folks in South Korea with morons, specifically morons that did not give any crap about civilian deaths which would easily be 20% of the South Korean population in the first few hours of a conflict without a nuke as conventional artillery positions in the North have the ability to dump enough rounds on Seoul in the first hours and there are more positions than the Joint Forces could eliminate in reasonable-loss-of-life timeframe and those positions have had 60 years to dig in (longer than the Imperial Empire had to dig in in the Pacific) and prepare for air strikes … 20% is the low estimate, Bruce Cummings put this at 33% a two weeks ago—imagine a refugee crisis where not millions, but tens of millions of people flood into China, Japan, Russia, the US territories, and Hawaii fleeing a conventional war on the peninsula …

    … it is just not going to happen.

    A Trump war would be somewhere that has little overall impact on the US economy and his personal wallet, somewhere where multinationals can make a nice buck on death, Syria looked good for this, but that Trump-Putin relationship will probably keep it from happening unless that’s part of their joke.

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  • ddt 00.59 on February 18, 2017  

    Forbes, Reminding Everyone That It Knows Jackshit

    Via foreboding Forbes in a fallacious #farticle:

    U.S. policymakers are engaged in the usual wailing and gnashing of teeth, fulminating about the threat to American security and debating which unsatisfactory course of action Washington should next take. There is almost unanimous agreement that the DPRK poses a serious, if not currently the most serious, international danger facing America.

    But the threat is largely self-induced. That is, Washington could easily deflate the fantastic nightmare of a North Korean nuclear attack on America by leaving the Korean peninsula.


    The emphasis is all Ddong Today and really, the only two things that will be accomplished with an American pull out on the Korean peninsula will be:

    1. The South Korean government, opposition groups, chaebols, etc. will loose their favorite boogeyman/scapegoat and be forced to look inward for malcontents and only be able to come up with “immigrants” which will be the start of a backlash/purge of darker skinned folks from parts of lesser Asia and the Middle East (where “lesser” = poorer than South Korea which is basically every country except Japan and China; UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia).
    2. China will flex more muscle in the region, increase its bullying showdowns in the West Sea and sink more South Korean fishing boats and Coast Guard vessels.

    Forbes is shitting armchair analysis of a country most of their staff probably couldn’t name 10 brands from or a single province or name five cities. They also probably don’t know that South Korea has had an incredibly puny defense budget for so long, that an American pull out would leave the country ill-equiped to fend off aggressors. (Heck, the government removed most of the anti-tank barriers north of Seoul in 2006).

    There is a standing army and mandatory military service and the ROK marines are hardcore, but the defense of the country has been strategized for the last 60 years with the US right there. Having troops arrive after a conflict has started from Japan and Guam might not be good enough.

    Forbes’ farticle has a page 2:

    But the U.S. could take one simple step which would transform the Korean conflict. Washington should end its security guarantee to the South and phase out American troops. While offering their diplomatic assistance, U.S. policymakers should turn over responsibility for dealing with the North to its neighbors.

    There is no “one simple step” here. Pulling 30,000 troops and support and logistics out of anywhere is not “one simple step”. And Accomplishment #1 (above) would slow down, delay, and possibly even derail or perpetually sabotage the “one simple step” from ever happening. South Korea needs the US presence for more than just defense posture—not having to maintain a huge military budget means most Koreans pay a paltry 3.3% of their earnings in taxes. (Yes, this is another way, a much bigger way, that American tax dollars subsidize the South Korean economy even with the local government picking up most of the yearly costs of stationing US soldiers on its lands). 

    Forbes also seems to think that ending a security guarantee is a good thing to do. This would have repercussions with other, present tense allies already nervous about the Trump agenda. Worse, breaking a security guarantee would definitely have repercussions with other, future tense allies—potential friends needed in situations unfathomable right now asked to do things for a guarantee that would mean a lot less if one had been broken in the past because it was politically convenient. 

    Ddong Today should also mention a third, somewhat hidden accomplishment:

    1. All those Korean products Americans love so much, the Hyundai cars, the Samsung washing machines, the LG phones, etc. would be a lot more expensive once the tax burden in South Korea increased significantly and the country’s citizens could no longer pay the inflated prices offered for the identical items in the South Korean marketplace. Once South Koreans stopped subsidizing Korean goods at home, prices in America would rise to normal and no longer be as competitive further sealing the economic down spirals (unless America got giddy for cheap Chinese knockoffs again, it’d be back to Japanese gadgets or ass expensive Korean ones). 

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