Monthly Archives: September 2007

Brain Eating Amoeba

This is great:

6 Die From Brain-Eating Amoeba in Lakes

PHOENIX – It sounds like science fiction but it’s true: A killer amoeba living in lakes enters the body through the nose and attacks the brain where it feeds until you die.

Even though encounters with the microscopic bug are extraordinarily rare, it’s killed six boys and young men this year. The spike in cases has health officials concerned, and they are predicting more cases in the future. Continue reading

Great Quotation For Geopolitical Understanding

I enjoy this picture that was painted of the Serbs written in Edward Crankshow’s 1963 book the Fall of the House of Habsburg. It pertains to the way that the British had viewed the Serbs during the Balkan War of 1912 and now rallied the nation to think of the suffering Serbs during their war against the Triple Alliance during WWI, sparked by the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Prince:

“This nation of proud and often splendid individuals has become familiar to us now. Everything in us which is attracted by the primitive, the unbending and the brave, responds to the appeal of these mountain warriors from the medieval Serbian heartland and their magnificent and heroic women who for centuries have borne the yoke as though it were a crown. But it takes more than an aggregation of splendid individuals to make a civilized society; and the extremes of bravery and the self-reliance go all too easily with the extremes of treachery and cruelty. Centuries of existence under oppression may bring out the best in a people, but it may also magnify the worst. The manners of the oppressed are all too likely to take their color from the manners of the oppressors; when the oppressors are Turkish Janissaries the results are likely to be bad. Further, the habit of conspiratorial violence which may be just the thing in a resistance movement operating a tyranny is apt to be continued, with undesirable consequences, when the tyranny has been overthrown. “

I feel that through this singular quotation one can better understand the nature of repressive regimes throughout history: most are the roads to hell paved with good intentions.

The oppressed who form their regimes off of notions of their repression often scapegoat people, as we now can recall by looking at what was occurring throughout Balkan (and world) history.

I think in many ways there are admirers of the Palestinian resistance and all like-minded groups that are standing up against oppression (whether perceived or actual). However, there is a danger in admiration of alleged repressed groups and contributing to their zeal and to their victory — while the British glorified the Serbs in 1914 they seemingly forgot that 2 years earlier they were making corpses of Turkish Muslims who would not convert to Christianity, and before we become such bold sympathizers with represed Turkish Muslims, we must remember that in 1875 they were making corpses of Christians etc. etc. until we bring ourselves back to the first clashes in the 1350s.

There is a certain human attraction where we want to essentially glorify the stubborn resister to oppression but we must do so cautiously and we must only do so in the context of a larger picture.

Though currently the Kurds are great allies in Iraq we must be very wary of handing more and more power to them — a people who have been repressed and murdered for the last two decades by the Hussein regime are probably likely to the indulgences of all repressed groups suddenly empowered, imbued with a lust for vengeance.

More important than any Palestinian resistance, any Serbian national ideal or any Kurdish state is a just Republic which safeguards all citizens against repression in all forms and until the repressed people speak of the rights of all men and not merely their own I would regard it with a modicum of suspicion.

Just as the Serb violently spilled the blood of the Muslim so, too, I fear that Hamas and the Palestinians would engage the Jewish settlers.

Smoking Parents Harm Education?

This is certainly an interesting study:

부모가 집 안에서 담배를 피우는 가정에 사는 청소년은 그렇지 않은 청소년에 비해 학교 시험에서 낙제할 확률이 30% 높다는 연구 결과가 나왔다.

(If parents smoke cigarettes inside of the home the adolescents who are living there compared to those who live in smoke free homes are 30% more likely to fail tests.) Continue reading

China More Serious On Pursuing Crime

It is good news — China is targeting corrupt officials and is cleaning its government, and is looking for other nations to help through extradition treaties to bringing these folks to justice:

With scores of corrupt officials fleeing to the United States, Canada and Australia, China needs to pace up negotiations with those countries to conclude extradition treaties, officials have said. Continue reading

Kim DJ: US Will Remain After Unification

Surprisingly, former South Korean President Kim Daejung notorious for his Sunshine Policy with North Korea said some words that the North for sure cannot be smiling about:

미국을 방문중인 김대중 전 대통령은 25일(현지시각) 북한의 김정일 국방위원장이 한반도에 주둔해 있는 미군이 현재는 물론 통일 후에도 한반도에 있어야 한다는 자신의 주장에 적극 동조했다고 밝혔다.

(During an American visit former President Kim Dae-jung on the 25th announced that the American soldiers currently stationed in Korea will, of course, remain after unification, surprising many by taking a very positive side with the American government.) Continue reading

Syria Reveals Her Indulgences

The Syrian military officials which held a press interview basically spilled all of the beans necessary for us to build a case against them:

LONDON, Sept 19, 2007 (AFP) – Iranian engineers were among those killed in a blast at a secret Syrian military installation two months ago, defence group Jane’s said, claiming the base was being used to develop chemical weapons.

The July 26 explosion in Aleppo, northern Syria, was reported at the time. The official Sana news agency said 15 Syrian military personnel were killed and 50 people were injured, most of them slightly from flying glass. Continue reading

O’Reilly Accusing Soros

Something is being done by Mr. O’Reilly which I do not agree with. Though I am a conservative, he has made some poor accusations:

Will George Soros Buy the Presidential Election of 2008?

The real story behind the MoveOn smear attack on General Petraeus is far left financier George Soros. He has given millions to MoveOn and other Internet sites that smear conservatives and traditionalists. Continue reading

Gin Gwai (2002)

Gin Gwai (The Eye) was one of the films coming out of Hong Kong in 2002, one of the many horrors that I recently watched with Yushu on a boring day. It was typical of many Asian horror films where one attempts to placate a demonic force that turns out to not be so demonic (I guess that seems to be the trend in Asian horror — the evil is really not that evil, only perceived as such, and though evil is committed at the end of the day evil is not so bad, just does bad things).

The film involved a lot of the horror stereotypes but I felt like it was not done poorly. It did, indeed, have some quite horrific parts and the storyline became progressively  more interesting and worth paying attention to. However, I also felt like it was not that incredibly dynamic of a film and at a few points it dragged on.

Although it was not entirely predictable it certainly wasn’t unpredictable or throwing you for a loop; however, the acting was intriguing and the plot of the story was, by and large, fairly original — as original as one can be in a market inundated with horror films.

It is worth a watch but I would not advise you to go out of your way to see it.

6/10.

History Written By Victors?

I think that the quotation was very relevant hundreds and hundreds of years ago when one could destroy libraries and control information entirely; however, I think that any use in the 20th and 21st centuries is generally way off of the mark.

In fact, nowadays, [i]the winner is burdened by history.[/i]

It seems the loser, the Soviets, now have a clean slate off of which to operate and almost have more political credence than the US as the agencies which committed perceivably dirty acts during the Cold War are still around with the same name. Continue reading

Arab Man Threatens Terror Attack In Korea

This is rather shocking news that surprised me:

추석연휴 시작 전날인 지난 23일 저녁 서울 여의도 일대에 폭탄 테러 협박이 있다는 첩보가 입수돼 경찰이 긴급출동, 수색작업을 벌였다고 YTN이 24일 보도했다.

(A post-Chuseok terror threat was uncovered by Police on Yeoido Island on the 234d by police who were urgently mobilized to the seen and began search operations. The incident was reported to YTN [news service] on the 24th.) Continue reading