Daily Archives: 03/13/2004

South Korean Political Crisis

In a bit of regional news, South Korea was thrown into a political crisis yesterday when the National Assembly voted to impeach President Roh Moo Hyun and remove him from office for comments about an upcoming election in April. South Korean law bans all electioneering until 17 days before an election, so technically Mr. Roh broke the law by saying he was looking forward to the elections on April 15 and the encouraging the presence of opposition parties on the ballot.

Massive protests were held in Seoul on Friday night and again on Saturday. Polls indicate 70% of South Korea’s population disagrees with the National Assembly’s move against him, with many complaining of a coup d’etat by the main opposition parties.

Two Good Links

Here’s a couple good things I found trolling the internet last night:

  • NPR : Walter Cronkite – Walter Cronkite’s commentary about Edward R. Murrow taking on Joseph McCarthy, a moment when broadcast media actually stood up to political bullies. Fifty years ago Republicans were bashing Democrats over the head, accusing them of being traitors and anti-American. Funny how the more things change, the more they stay the same. It was FUD then, it’s FUD now.
  • Brian Eno – The Big Here and the Long Now – A short essay by musician Brian Eno about the Long Now Foundation and the need to start thinking in broader terms, both physically (the Big Here) and temporally (the Long Now). He suggests people need to expand their personal space beyond their four walls and start thinking about their communities, and start thinking about the ramifications of their actions and lifestyles on our descendants, and our descendant’s descendants.

That is all. Time to unplug for the day.

What’s Really In Pet Food

Ever since I read Fast Food Nation I cringe at the thought of eating at McDonald’s and the other fast food joints on Guam. The portion of the book that dealt with slaughterhouses and the meatpacking industry was particularly chilling. The fact that cattle are fed meal with ground up pets and other cows just grossed me out.

Now comes this chilling article on what really goes into pet food. My poor cat eats that crap every day. Ugh. Ground up lungs and bone, smothered in used restaurant grease. Cripes.