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June 27, 2004

I'm not an expert on North Korea, so I never said much about the wierdness of US-Korean relations. The little research that I've done on the subject says that: a) Kim Jong Il is a little nutty; b) South Korea and North Korea were starting to work out their problems until Bush and his pals fucked things up; c) North Korea seemed willing to give over their nuclear weapons so long as they got heavy fuel oil to run their electrical power plants and some sort of agreement with the US where the US agreed not to invade.

Then, there was pretty much a stalemate for three years.

Now, after lots of threats and bullying, Bush has North Korea right where he wants it. The US has proposed a plan where North Korea would disarm its nuclear weapons in a three-month time period, and in exchange, the US would allow other Asian nations to send North Korea heavy fuel oil, and to give North Korea "security assurances" that it won't invade. Quite different from North Korea's original desires.

This is a deal. For the price of a fairly worthless promise not to invade, and possibly some amount of foreign aid, the US can perhaps take a nuclear player off the board. Why didn't we make this agreement before? Presumably because George W. Bush wants to show the world that he has a big, long, hard cock. Ordering people around and refusing to even listen to what they want makes him feel like a big man, and if anyone says anything, he can just lean back and let them see the bulge in his pants, the crotch stuffed with a $400 billion military budget.

But I do see hope. While the US holds fast to its Threaten and Command doctrine, both North and South Korea seem to be quietly working together to unify their two nations. Again, I'm no expert on Korea, but it looks like the moves are tandem, with no one ordering around anyone else.

Maybe when Bush loses the election, we should have him deported to Korea, so he can learn a thing or two.

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1st thing they'd do is take the cucumber out of Dubya's pants. Wonder what they'd do with it? Hmmmm.

Posted by: Jeff at June 28, 2004 07:11 AM

"After Bush loses the election"?

Do you think it's EASIER or HARDER to steal your second election?


El Presidente Jorge ain't gonna lose.

Posted by: Lee at August 5, 2004 02:16 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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