Can Money Buy Happiness?

December 27, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Culture, Economy, Info, Science 

Daughter of Dictator Wins South Korea Presidency

Park Geun-hye waved to supporters after she was declared the winner of the presidential election on Wednesday in Seoul.

SEOUL, South Korea — Park Geun-hye, the daughter of South Korea’s longest-ruling dictator, was elected president on Wednesday, the first woman to win the post.

Voters appeared to prefer stability and “motherly” leadership over her opponent’s calls for radical change in how the country addresses economic inequality and military threats from North Korea.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/world/asia/south-koreans-vote-in-closely-fought-presidential-race.html?_r=0

Photo Credit: Kim Hee-Chul/European Pressphoto Agency

Japan scrambles jets in dispute with China over islands

December 13, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Economy, U.S. Policy 

A Chinese airplane flies above the disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. ( Japan Coast Guard / Associated Press / December 13, 2012)

BEIJING — Japan scrambled F-15 fighter jets Thursday in response to a Chinese surveillance plane that flew over contested islands in the East China Sea, ratcheting up a dispute that is becoming increasingly worrisome to the international community.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-japan-china-jets-dispute-islands-20121213,0,5573744.story

North Korea extends window, plans for rocket launch

December 11, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: North Korea, Nukes, Technology, U.S. Policy 

S.Korea c.bank says bought 14 tonnes of gold in Nov

December 4, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Culture, Economy, Info, Trade, U.S. Policy 

ajosshi.com: Read the section below  in red. Korea expects the dollar to tank.

SEOUL, Dec 5 (Reuters) – South Korea’s central bank said on
Wednesday it bought 14 tonnes of gold in November using its
foreign reserves in order to spread its portfolio risks, while
releasing data showing total reserves rose after talk of market
intervention.

The Bank of Korea bought the gold for $780 million, marking
the fourth purchase in about one-and-a-half years and lifting
the proportion of gold in its total foreign reserves to 1.2
percent from the previous 0.9 percent, it said in a statement.
“Gold is a physical, safe asset and allows (the country) to
deal with changes in the international financial environment
more effectively,” it said in a statement, without providing
more details on the purchase.

The Bank of Korea made its first gold purchase in more than
a decade between June and July last year, joining some central
banks in diversifying their increasing foreign reserves away
from the U.S. dollar and low-yielding government bonds.
It now holds a total of 84.4 tonnes of gold valued at $3.76
billion in terms of the purchase prices, up sharply from 14.4
tonnes before June last year.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/korea-economy-reserves-idUSS6E8HT02O20121204

Gangnam Style – O’Reilly’s Racist, Confused Analysis

December 3, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Info, Racism 

Published on Nov 28, 2012 by

“Bill O’Reilly is really befuddled by the popularity of “Gangnam Style” — so befuddled that he brought controversial Fox News psychiatrist Keith Ablow on for an existential discussion about the viral sensation on Tuesday.

The mega-hit by Korean pop star Psy recently became the most-watched video in the history of Youtube. O’Reilly, however, just wasn’t having it.

On Tuesday night, he hosted Ablow — who is known for saying that Chaz Bono on “Dancing With the Stars” could make children reconsider their gender and and that Newt Gingrich’s infidelity would make him a better president — to explain “the madness.”*

Cenk Uygur breaks down Bill O’Reilly and Keith Ablow’s hilariously out-of-touch response to Psy’s Gangnam Style and its popularity. Did you know words in languages you don’t speak still have meaning??? O’Reilly does not.

*Read more from Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/28/bill-oreilly-gangnam-style_n_2203882…

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North Korea Plans Rocket Launch as South Korea Holds Election

December 3, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Info, North Korea, Nukes, Technology, U.S. Policy 

North Korea said it will test a long- range rocket this month in defiance of international sanctions and as South Koreans hold an election for a new president.

The launch will take place between Dec. 10 and Dec. 22, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said on Dec. 1. South Korea “sternly” warned its neighbor against the plan, saying the firing would bring a “forceful response” from the world.

North Korea is trying to interfere in South Korea’s Dec. 19 election, President Lee Myung Bak told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency yesterday. “North Koreans must recognize the grim fact that their futile campaigns only aggravate the feelings of South Koreans toward the North,” Lee said.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-02/north-korea-plans-rocket-launch-as-south-korea-holds-election.html

SEOUL: Unlocking the Grid

December 2, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Culture, History, Info, Science, Technology