“The very Korean tradition of parliamentary mayhem over sensitive bills returned to the National Assembly yesterday as ruling and opposition parties engaged in a chaotic brawl over the passage of next year’s budget.”
Read the whole mess. While the crisis drags on this idiocy takes place because the Communist Sympathizers of the DP party, Liberal Progressives who would kiss the Ass of North Korean leader Kim Jong il continue to demand the Sunshine Policy. They are SO deluded it would almost be funny but they are serious, they would rather see the reunion under Communist rule rather than democracy. The Korean War Baby thinks if they love the North so much, move up there FOOLS.
You won’t believe this but just today a Korean man in his early forties began a conversation with me. He spoke fairly well (English) and out right told me after finding out I was an American that (And I quote him) he made this statement- “I LOVE the DPRK”. Well, I had to make sure I understood THAT. But he made it very clear (he was not drunk). I thought about taking a picture of him, then told him he is a fool. Asked him, “why don’t you go live in North Korea?” The idea of capturing him or just beating him silly also entered my mind, but hey, it is a ‘democracy’ here. Just NEVER had someone so outright PRO-North.
Just goes to show that there are “5 columnists” everywhere. If no, when the shit hits the fan, they will be popping up to raise chaos. I did tell this guy that he is a Communist, but did not say ‘bastard’. (Must be civil). HERE is TODAY’S article in Joong Ang Daily:
‘To prepare for war, the Park Chung Hee regime asked construction companies to build basements when putting up new buildings.’
December 10, 2010
“A few people wait for the next train at Wangsimni subway station. If a war breaks out, the station will act as a bomb shelter for up to 14,000 people. By Shin In-seop
(Korean War Baby notes: LIKE HELL it will. You couldn’t fit 2,000 on every available space, certainly not 14,000 unless they all stood side by side. HAH)
Like most Seoulites, Hong Jin-ah, a 27-year-old graduate student, had never given a second thought to a North Korean invasion. Despite the rogue country’s close proximity to Seoul, most people here have grown deaf to the threat it poses.
But after Pyongyang leveled Yeonpyeong Island on Nov. 23 with dozens of artillery blasts, many here are now making contingency plans.
Hong was stumped when she considered where she would go if a war broke out. She turned to her smartphone for an answer. Her search for bomb shelters in Hapjeong-dong, western Seoul, turned up nothing. Next she checked a blog called “Find a Bomb Shelter in Your Town,” which also yielded little help.
Hong then took her search to the Dasan 120 Seoul Call Center, a citywide information hotline. “I live in Hapjeong-dong. Where should I evacuate to if there is a war?” Hong asked the receptionist. The answer she received was what most people already know: Head to the nearest subway station or basement.
Subway as a bomb shelter
The JoongAng Sunday checked Wangsimni Station in Seoul on Dec. 2, which serves lines No. 2 and 5. The station has five basement floors and has more space than City Hall Station.
The facilities in the station were in good shape. Emergency flashlights, emergency lights, communication facilities and water facilities were all well-maintained.
On the fifth basement floor, however, there were only four storage cabinets with oxygen tanks and fire extinguishers. There were only 25 gas masks that were just months away from the end of their five-year lifespan. The masks stored in a warehouse in Jamsil-dong were in worse condition. The masks, which were made in 2001 and 2002, had expired four years ago.
Kim Whan-kyun, head of the Seoul chemical, biological and radiological defense team, blames budget cuts after the government several years ago uncovered corruption and misuse of state funds meant for gas mask maintenance. “It is because the government cut funding after gas mask quality issues were brought to light,” he said.
WE ARE SCREWED…If it hits the fan. Just remember if you DO HEAR LOUD EXPLOSIONS, don’t run outside to look. Slowly, surely move toward inside and DOWN the stairs. You should be safer. If the BOOMS continue stay where you are, away from glass, and PRAY to the God you have forgotten or never believed in before. There usually are “No Atheists in a foxhole” when/if “Shells are hitting”.
“In the case of air raids by North Koreans, those shelters [in Seoul] are good for two to 10 hours.” According to the National Emergency Management Agency, there is enough space in Seoul’s underground facilities (subway stations, basements, etc.) for 2.7 times the city’s population.
Seoul’s 4,000 shelters are scored on a 1-4 grading system (with 1 being the most protective shelters), which is determined by landlords and local government offices.
There are no public
“grade 1” shelters that can withstand a chemical, biological or nuclear attack in the capital. (OH, that is BAD)
According to guidelines from the National Emergency Management Agency, shelters considered “grade 1” must be equipped with enough food and water for at least two weeks, generators, and communications equipment.
For a list of the nearest underground evacuation shelters, go to http://www.safekorea.go.kr.
Look up or look down?
A general rule of thumb: Go DOWN underground to avoid artillery and conventional bombing runs, but go UP as high as possible in a chemical weapons attack.
In the case of a chemical attack by North Korea, the basement is the worst place to go. Instead, head to the upper floors of tall buildings since chemical gases, which are heavier than air, tend to sink to lower elevations. (KWB adds, watch what happens to OTHER PEOPLE, if you see them fall over like they are being GASSED, RUN UP THE FRICKING STAIRS TO HIGHER FLOORS. IN THE EVENT OF A DIRTY ATOMIC BOMB, bend over quickly, grab your knees, kiss it good bye, say this short prayer, “Help me (fill in with Higher Being of your choice)!” You won’t have too much time. Surviving first ten minutes intact, remember fall out is really nasty.
Packing a “go-bag”
…"It is also not a bad idea to pack a go-bag if your neighboring country is run by a tyrannical dictator who routinely threatens to turn the streets of your capital into “rivers of blood.”
Check your embassy
All countries ask their citizens living abroad to register with their respective embassies.
The Canadian government’s emergency phone number for citizens abroad is (613) 944-1310. The American Embassy’s emergency phone number is (02) 397-4114. The Australian Embassy’s emergency phone number is 61-2-6261-3305. The British Embassy’s emergency phone number is (02) 3210-5553.
(You should get on an email list for emergency messages sent by text to your phone and emails.)
YES FOLKS, Better to prepare than to get caught “wondering should I go DOWN or UP?” Remember EXPLOSION followed by GAS/MIST causing people to fall over dead, GO UP. EXPLOSION with shattered glass, flying body parts, cars, etc. Run for the Basements, assume the position with your knees drawn up, arms protecting your head, begin to mutter out quickly and loudly, “OH, GOD, Help!! HELP me, Dear GOD” (Keep it simple). Don’t you feel better prepared already?