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North Korea Propaganda

August 23, 2011 Leave a comment

I love propaganda as much as the next guy.  Check out some of North Korea’s finer works:

So ronery.

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Categories: Culture, Korea, Politics

FisForFriday: FIGHT (USA vs. CHINA) WW3 Coming Soon

August 19, 2011 Leave a comment

USA and China relations are in some turmoil after recent activities across the globe:

1.  USA media brawl vs. China media

Vice President Joe Biden, known for his public-speaking stamina as well as for off-the-cuff comments that have landed him in trouble,  sparked a brawl last night between the press and Chinese officials  during a long-running speech.

During a meeting with Chinese Vice President Xi Jingping Thursday in China, Biden followed up on Xi’s remarks by giving his own speech. And as Biden delivered his stem-winder, the White House pool reports that a “larger Chinese official” attempted to force the reporters out of the room, causing a near brawl.

“Stern shooing turned into forceful shoving,” pool reporter Michael Memoli later wrote for the Los Angeles Times. “As reporters tried to stand their ground, Chinese officials locked arms and pushed forward in a show of overwhelming force.”

“Officials said Biden was going on too long, though he at that point had not spoken for more than 5-6 minutes, including the consecutive translation,” according to the pool report.

Reporters had difficulty hearing the speech due to the “fisticuffs” as Memoli described it, and gave up when it was clear Biden was finishing up.

Chinese officials attempted to clear the room early at a second event Thursday, though the pool report for that gathering doesn’t indicate that any altercation broke out.

Apparently, reporters had been warned of potentially over-aggressive behavior from their Chinese hosts, but Memoli noted that reporters and staff said they had never witnessed that level of “aggressive force” at such an event.

2.  Georgetown College Basketball Team Brawl vs. China Team

What began as a goodwill trip to China for the Georgetown men’s basketball team turned violent Thursday night when its exhibition game against a Chinese professional club deteriorated into a benches-clearing melee in which players exchanged blows, chairs were thrown and spectators tossed full water bottles at Hoyas players and coaches as they headed to the locker room.

Georgetown Coach John Thompson III pulled his players off the Olympic Sports Center Stadium court with 9 minutes 32 seconds left in the game and the scored tied at 64 after a chaotic scene in which members of the Georgetown and Bayi Military Rockets teams began swinging wildly and tackling one another.

 

The Washington Post’s Gene Wang reports on the brawl that ended a basketball game between the Georgetown Hoyas and Bayi Rockets in Beijing after a Georgetown player was fouled.

There were an estimated half-dozen individual altercations on the court, and eventually some Chinese onlookers joined the fracas, including one wielding a stanchion. As the brawl spilled beyond the baseline, an unidentified Bayi player pushed Georgetown’s Aaron Bowen through a partition to the ground before repeatedly punching the sophomore guard while sitting on his chest.

Georgetown senior center Henry Sims had a chair tossed at him by an unidentified person, and freshman forward Moses Ayegba, who was wearing a brace on his right leg, limped onto the court with a chair in his right hand. According to Georgetown officials, Ayegba had been struck, prompting him to grab a chair in self-defense.

The brawl occurred one night after Vice President Biden, who is in Beijing on a four-day visit to discuss U.S.-Chinese economic relations, attended a Georgetown game against another Chinese club at the Olympic Sports Center. That game, which was won by Georgetown, passed without incident.

The turbulent ending to Thursday night’s contest marred what had been billed as the second game of a two-day “China-U.S. Basketball Friendship Match” in Beijing. Georgetown intended for the team’s 10-day trip to China to be an athletic, cultural and educational exchange designed to promote the school internationally.

It was unclear whether the brawl would affect similar ventures in the future. The Georgetown delegation, which included university President John DeGioia, other school officials and prominent alumni and boosters, was scheduled to fly to Shanghai on Friday. Thompson said the team would continue with the remainder of its itinerary.

A State Department official and a Chinese Embassy spokesman in Washington both called the melee “unfortunate.”

“We look to these types of exchanges to promote good sportsmanship and strengthen our people-to-people contact with China,” said the U.S. official, who was not authorized to speak for attribution.

“We believe the organizers of the matches and the two teams will address the issue properly, the sportsmanship and people-to-people friendship the matches are meant to represent will prevail,” said the Chinese spokesman, Wang Baodong, in an e-mail.

Xinhua News Agency, China’s official news service, did not have an immediate account of the game, and although other prominent Chinese Web sites such as 163.com and sina.composted stories, government censors shortly thereafter took them down.

 

Categories: FisForFriday

Check-It-Out: Torrents

August 18, 2011 2 comments

Every Thursday I post a link or something that’s worth ‘checking out’ on the internet.  Last week was RealGM.com.  An awesome basketball news and rumors site.

 

Today is torrents.  If you’ve never downloaded torrents before, you’re really missing out.  You can download and watch almost EVERYTHING that has ever been on TV or in the movies, as well as software and almost any other thing that relates with computers.

To do torrents, you first need to download software.  It downloads fast and takes almost no memory on your computer.

From there you can just go to the best torrent downloading sites and search for whatever you’d like to watch/use/play.

I ‘have heard’ these two downloading sites are the best:

1.  Torrentz (major search engine of ALL torrent sites)

2. Pirate Bay (most popular torrent downloading site)

*TO LEARN THE BASICS OF TORRENTS (which is really easy when you get the hang of it), JUST GOOGLE: HOW DO DOWNLOAD TORRENTS*

 

 

 

 

 

 

GetOverTheHump-Day: Motivational Videos

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Every Wednesday I like to post something that will get you (mostly me) motivated to finish the work week strong.

Today’s motivation:  This link posts ’22 of the Best Motivational Videos’ online.  I’m not one to watch motivational videos.  However, I do think they work.  The length of time that motivation lasts is the key.  I’d say that motivation for me lasts about 4/5 minutes.

But hey, if you’re the type that loves motivational movies, maybe you’ll find something on this site to really get you going.  Happy Wednesday…

http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/22-of-the-best-motivational-videos-online-free/

Categories: GetOverTheHump-Day

Hacker Group to Destroy Facebook on November 5, 2011

August 12, 2011 1 comment

From Mashable.com:

Hackivist group Anonymous vows to “kill Facebook” on November 5, citing users’ lack of choice in privacy as its reason for attack.

Update: Anonymous confirmed via a tweet that while some of its members are organizing the upcoming attack against Facebook, the hacker organization as a whole does not necessarily agree with the attack.

The group of hackers has claimed participation in just about every recent notable hacking attack of this year and successfully broke into 70 law enforcement websites and took down the Syrian Ministry of Defense website this week alone.

This recent interest in Facebook, despite a slew of privacy concerns raised against the social network since its founding, may be a result of Anonymous’s recent announcement that it plans to create its own social network, called AnonPlus. After the group’s Google+ account, called “Your Anon News,” was banned, it began fleshing out AnonPlus.com, “a new social network where there is no fear … of censorship … of blackout … nor of holding back.”

Below is a video and statement released by Anonymous explaining the reason for its upcoming battle with the world’s largest social network.

 


Anonymous Statement


Attention citizens of the world,

We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows:
Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy.

Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from all around the world. Some of these so-called whitehat infosec firms are working for authoritarian governments, such as those of Egypt and Syria.

Everything you do on Facebook stays on Facebook regardless of your “privacy” settings, and deleting your account is impossible, even if you “delete” your account, all your personal info stays on Facebook and can be recovered at any time. Changing the privacy settings to make your Facebook account more “private” is also a delusion. Facebook knows more about you than your family.

http://www.physorg.com/news170614271.html
http://itgrunts.com/2010/10/07/facebook-steals-numbers-and-data-from-your-iphone/

You cannot hide from the reality in which you, the people of the internet, live in. Facebook is the opposite of the Antisec cause. You are not safe from them nor from any government. One day you will look back on this and realise what we have done here is right, you will thank the rulers of the internet, we are not harming you but saving you.

The riots are underway. It is not a battle over the future of privacy and publicity. It is a battle for choice and informed consent. It’s unfolding because people are being raped, tickled, molested, and confused into doing things where they don’t understand the consequences. Facebook keeps saying that it gives users choices, but that is completely false. It gives users the illusion of and hides the details away from them “for their own good” while they then make millions off of you. When a service is “free,” it really means they’re making money off of you and your information.

Think for a while and prepare for a day that will go down in history. November 5 2011, #opfacebook . Engaged.

This is our world now. We exist without nationality, without religious bias. We have the right to not be surveilled, not be stalked, and not be used for profit. We have the right to not live as slaves.

We are anonymous
We are legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect us

RANDOM DAN – I enjoy Facebook as much as the next guy (or girl).  Shit, for some reason I always keep going back to it whenever I’m on a computer.  There’s something about that red flag that pops up in the top left corner that gets me excited.

If these guys were to actually do this and ‘destroy’ Facebook, I think it might be for the best.  Just imagine how many other random websites I could waste my time on instead of Facebook!

But I have to ask, what is all the hatred of Facebook really about?  I sort of touched on that question awhile ago when Google+ just came out. Well, based off the hacker group’s message, I think the main reason for the hatred of Facebook is that they steal information.  But what exactly what are (or would) they be doing with it?  If you’re not doing anything wrong, why should you be worried about it?

The thing is that if Facebook is shut down others will pop up just like it.  I’m even think that Facebook already has a contingency plan if anything like this were to happen…maybe even a different webpage that is a duplicate of all the information they currently have.

This story isn’t really big news now but I have a feeling as we get closer to November 5 it will be like the year 2000 computer bug that people were worried was going to shut down business and communication.  My guess is that November 5 will come and go and this story will just be a blip in your memory.

FisForFriday: FREE in Seoul, Korea

August 12, 2011 Leave a comment

A lovely three day weekend here in Korea is coming up.  In light of the recent economical struggles across the globe, I thought today’s F would be: FREE.  Like the saying goes “If it’s free, it’s for me.”  Seoul is an awesome city.  There are many things to see and do.  Here are a few things you can do in Seoul for FREE this weekend:

Article by Michael Tieso (ArtOfBackpacking.com)

The War Memorial of Korea

Korea has been through several wars. This museum has exhibition areas both inside and outside with educational history lessons. When I went, not many people were there which made for a pleasant stroll through the museum. My favorite part however were the exhibitions and monuments outside. Displayed are tanks, vehicles, and aircraft you can go inside. The monuments are huge. The most noticable ones are in the front enterence – The Korean War Monument and The Statue of Brothers.

Address: 1ga 8, Yongsan-dong
Information: 02)709-3114
Subway: 5-minute walk from Samgakji Station (Exit 12), Subway Lines 4 and 6
10-Minute walk from Namyeong Station, Line 1
Bus: Get off at the War Memorial of Korea Main Gate/Samgakji Station, Ministry of Defense
The War Memorial of Korea Webiste

War Memorial of Korea by Dae-Wang, on FlickrWar Memorial of Korea by Dae-Wang, on Flickr

Insa-dong Shopping

A great place to shop for souvenirs, antiques, and artworks. It spands through several blocks and many of the roads are blocked for pedistrations only. The streets are seen as mixing traditional and modern Korea. Between the main road of Insadong-gil, there are small streets with well decorated traditional looking restaurants.

Subway: Line 1,3, Jongno-samga (exit 1) or Line 3, Anguk Station (Station 6)

Along the Insa-Dong Street by *Yueh-Hua 2011, on FlickrAlong the Insa-Dong Street by *Yueh-Hua 2011, on Flickr

National Folk Museum of Korea

Located inside the Gyeongbok Palace and seen from anywhere inside the palace is the National Folk Museum(http://www.nfm.go.kr:8080/english/main.jsp). At the National Folk Museum, walk through Korean history, traditional life, art, relics, and ceremonies and festivals of Korea. The best way to visit the museum is going when they provide their free bilingual museum tours. It’s educational and definitely interesting.

Information: (822) 725-4503
The museum is free but can also be entered through the Gyeongbok Palace. If you’re not interested in going to the palace, you must go through the side entrance of Gyeonbok Palace.
Take subway line 3, Anguk Station (exit 1)

National Folk Museum 국립민속박물관 國立民俗博物館 by skinnylawyer, on FlickrNational Folk Museum 국립민속박물관 國立民俗博物館 by skinnylawyer, on Flickr

Hongdae Neighborhood

Thanks to Hongik University, the area of Hongdae is full of bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and shopping. Although those activities are not free, walking around the area at night brings for good entertainment. Street musicians roam in every corner and there’s several options for budget street food. Usually packed on weekends with both Koreans and foreigners.

Sangsu Station line 6 and Hongik University line 2.

Music in the park by Julio Martinez, on FlickrMusic in the park by Julio Martinez, on Flickr

Cheonggyecheon Stream

In the center of Seoul sits a stream that goes down 3.6 miles that has been recently restored in 2005. The stream offers a beautiful park along the way with small waterfalls, walk ways, and an ambient atmosphere. It’s a popular attraction especially with couples. The stream also holds a lot of history and Koreans find this stream to be an important part of Seoul. It’s the Central Park of Seoul. I recommend seeing the stream at night when the waterfalls light up near the bridge.

There are many ways to get here. One way is taking Subway Line 1: City Hall Station, Jonggak Station, Jongno 3-ga Station, Jongno 5-ga Station, Dongdaemun Station, Sinseoldong Station.You can find more information on the official tourism site of Korea.

Christmas on Cheonggyecheon Stream by Peter Garnhum, on FlickrChristmas on Cheonggyecheon Stream by Peter Garnhum, on Flickr

Check-It-Out: RealGM.com (Basketball Rumors and News)

August 11, 2011 1 comment

Every Thursday I post a link or something that’s worth ‘checking out’ on the internet.  Last week was TopDocumentaryFilms.com.  An awesome documentary site.

Since I post a lot of basketball stuff I figured I’d link my favorite site for bball info and rumors:

RealGM Basketball

Realgm.com

I check this page at least once every day.  Especially now with the NBA lockout, there’s daily news about players who are thinking about going overseas to play as well as any other kinds of rumors that you’d never hear on ESPN.

Here are today’s headlines on RealGM.com:

Read more:http://basketball.realgm.com/#ixzz1UgZlASnm

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