Korea bloggers bite back for oversight by a bunch of ‘schmucks’

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Korea bloggers bite back for oversight by a bunch of ‘schmucks’


The Marmot’s Hole has pegged the staff at this newspaper as “schmucks.” But hey, who are we to hold a grudge? The blog is included for its analysis of current events on the peninsula.
The person behind the Web site is Robert Koehler, who has a background in international relations and teaches English at Kwangju University.
Why focus on Korea? “The Korean peninsula is a pretty interesting place,” Mr. Koehler writes in the “Why a blog about Korea” section.
Some of the recent subjects he tackles are why U.S. ground troops should be removed from South Korea, his desire for the ancient cities of Gyeongju and Puyo to be restored, his problems with revisionist history and his thoughts on police action for the burning of the U.S. and North Korean flags.
Originally at www.marmotshole. blogspot.com, the Web site recently moved for, well, we don’t really know why.


To create the Empty Bottle, take one part nonsensical stream of consciousness, one part lucid thought and one part self-deprecation. Stir and serve chilled.
The Empty Bottle is a journey into one Canadian’s mind. It’s equal parts confusion and fun. This site shouldn’t be confused with www.emptybottle.com, a Web site about music, drink and food.


This blogger writes in the syntax of e.e. cummings. Her handles include oneconfusedkluts and sunfazed.
Her blog reads just as expected. It’s a sweet diary, in the sense that you’ll read poetry and thoughts on performances. She occasionally blogs in Korean.


For thoughts on Heelys, or sneakers with wheels, gas stations and the pains of acupuncture, look no further.
This Miami University graduate tells it like it is. Heelys are “the clunkiest, ugliest shoes imaginable” and the world is divided “into two distinct times, pre- and post-Mullet” (for those of you who don’t know, a mullet . in this sense . is a haircut, not a fish).

by Joe Yong-hee
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