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All Over The Place

Yes, it’s travel chaos. Let’s see:

Which reminds me, there are two crazy things going on in Korea right now.

  1. Pharmacy students are having their periods of study extended for an extra year or two so that they can study basic clinical medicine. The idea, I suppose, is that they will consult patients with uncomplicated illnesses, or some such thing. It’s a complicated question, of course, but at base there seems to be a government-vs.-medical-profession struggle going on here, where the government’s trying to lessen the necessity for doctors. As I said to Lime, I think there are lots of problems with the Korean medical system—prescriptions are given in the most moronic way imaginable, partly due to legislation, and people go to doctors far too often as well—but turning pharmacists into incompetent quasi-doctors doesn’t seem to me to be a good solution to any of those problems. So for now, all medical students in Korea are on strike, including Lime. This means probably no summer holiday for her, or maybe a week at best. What a mess.
  2. The ROK has blocked access to a whole bunch of blogs powered by popular blog servers like Blogger, because people have been posting links to footage of Kim Seung-Il’s death. Andi at Overboard was the first blogger I’ve heard mention this, but it’s also affected others like Budaechigae and Joel.

    If you need a workaround to see a blog from within Korea, use this anonymous redirector and you should get what you want. It worked for me on some sites, including Joel’s, but not on Andi’s (unfortunately). Hmmm. I wonder why the government doesn’t just block the links to the footage instead, if they want so badly to keep this thing from being seen. That I could almost understand… though as Andi points out it’s backwards to only ban the Korean’s snuff footage and let any Korean who wants to see the Nick Berg or others of its kind.

Seems like I picked an interesting time to be out of the country. Sigh.

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