Korean Water Sports

(Sharpie & PSe)

Mad Cow Desease is real and should not be made light of. People in the us have been dying of it for a while there just happens to be a certain amount of media denial involved (I blame the beef industry and their lobbies). Michelle at Motley News’ mother died of Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease in 1986 (see her article here).

The problem: the spring-riots in South Korea over mad cow decease were fake/staged. All the spring time riots are. For the most part, the riots and demonstrations are a way for South Korean college students to get out of their end of semester testing. It has also become a great way to meet women. Yes, there are a few sincere protesters, but only a very few.

Rioting in South Korea is so fake (and practiced/rehearsed) no one pays attention to their represented causes anymore except the international press. Policy makers in Korea are rarely influenced by spring-demonstrations unless the demonstrations have almost a million protesters present. “Mad Cow” got to that height in 2008, but most of those protesters were present only to express their fears over a NAFTA type trade agreement with the US when world markets were collapsing. However, those protests were peaceful and happened over a long period of time.

The violent, silly protests (the ones where the water cannon operators are trying to rip off women’s clothing with their water cannons) that we see in the international press are the rent-a-mob type. The “real” (how about “effective”) ones are never televised or internetized here (or not enough to justify spending advertising dollars or from fear of virulent beef lobby attacks).

Unfortunately there are good reasons to protest in South Korea, but because spring riots are so trite, no one cares what they are saying. Most consider them a nuisance. The spring riots always happen near the busiest shopping districts (NamdaeMun and DongdaeMun) and the busiest subway stations (DongdaeMun Yok, Shichon Yok, Jonggak Yok and Jongno samga Yok) and the tear-gas drifts into the crowds of business people, shopping house wives and international tourists choking them and turning them against what ever issue the protesters might have.

Besides, the spring-riots are really only an effective way to meet women and to get out of tests. South Korean spring-riots rarely influence change.

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The Ogre is a pizza delivery monkey. He's finally come up with a webcomic concept he likes and is finally making a go of it. The Ogre loves many things and hates few, however he has issues with almost everything (mostly because he has issues--he's started having acne around and on his nose and sitting place again). The Ogre is forty-somethin' flippy years old for goodness sakes and is loosing his mind.

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9 comments on “Korean Water Sports
  1. Marifosque says:

    I sometimes teach SoKor students, and when I tell them about riots in mine or other counties they get interested about the cause but when I ask them, what about in theirs, they would often tell me- “There are no riots in Korea”. I think riots are like you say, “rent-a-mob-types” and I believe they are in most countries.:)
    This is an interesting piece of writing. I learned something new.:D

  2. [...] post: Korean Water Sports « Our Process This entry was posted in Non classé and tagged amount, april, beef, cow, denial, desease, [...]

  3. this is one of my favorite aaron ogre drawings ever. the lines reinventing themselves, the subtle color – just delicious.

    • Aaron the Ogre says:

      Thank you very much, Mary. I enjoyed drawing it. I was trying something new and performing it was fun.

  4. I had to shoot a puppy that had rabies once. It was it or the kids. My ex/hubby wouldn’t kill it. Cowardly lion, I guess. The lioness in me came out, and well if it’s the deadly animal or my kids…I chose the kids. We immunized the herd, so that “mad cow” disease aka “rabies” wouldn’t be contracted. Actually, only immunizations for animals or people are safe, if they come from a dead virus, like Dr Jonas Salk used, and injected rather than oral. The “live virus” vaccines, cause the diseases they claim to cure. For example: the Oral Polio Vaccine, Dr Jonas Salk warned the US not to use, because it “caused” polio. That’s my two cents worth. I liked your article, and the two bugs talking to each other.

  5. I used to be a cattle rancher.

  6. French 19th Century Scientist, Dr Louis Pasteur, made the first vaccination for rabies, from a dead rabies virus.

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