Thursday's Link Attack: Winter Olympics, Ken Jeong, Korean Suicide

Persistence Pays Off as South Korean Town Wins Olympic Bid
The New York Times

If the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics were a coming-out party for a young democracy that was building a fast-growing economy from the ashes of the Korean War and through earlier military dictatorships, then holding the Winter Olympics, South Koreans say, will give a lift to their country’s “national prestige,” as all national dailies editorialized Thursday.

‘Hangover 2’ Star Ken Jeong to Receive Just For Laughs Honors
The Hollywood Reporter

Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is to receive the comedy director of the year award at the upcoming Just For Laughs festival, while The Hangover 2 star Ken Jeong will pick up the breakout comedy star of the year trophy at the Montreal yukfest.

Dia Frampton and Miranda Lambert May Record Together

“Once Dia figures out what her plan is, you’ll probably see her and Miranda write together,” Shelton revealed. So even though Frampton, who shook the rafters with her reimagining of Kanye West’s ‘Heartless,’ did not have ‘The Voice’ crown placed atop her head, her future is still limitless. Shelton even said that his wife was rooting for Frampton just as hard as he was.

Stressed and Depressed, Koreans Avoid Therapy
New York Times

It can sometimes feel as if South Korea, overworked, overstressed and ever anxious, is on the verge of a national nervous breakdown, with a rising divorce rate, students who feel suffocated by academic pressures, a suicide rate among the highest in the world and a macho corporate culture that still encourages blackout drinking sessions after work.

More than 30 South Koreans kill themselves every day, and the suicides of entertainers, politicians, athletes and business leaders have become almost commonplace. The recent suicides of four students and a professor at Korea’s leading university shocked the nation, and in recent weeks a TV baseball announcer, two professional soccer players, a university president and the former lead singer in a popular boy band killed themselves.

Pakistan’s nuclear-bomb maker says North Korea paid bribes for know-how
Washington Post

The founder of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb program asserts that the government of North Korea bribed top military officials in Islamabad to obtain access to sensitive nuclear technology in the late 1990s.

North Korea steps forward as new cyberwar villian
IT World

In March North Korea — whose impression of a cartoonishly extreme Evil Empire has set the standard for smothering repression, campily ridiculous Fearless Leaders and quiet dignity among the starving masses – launched a DDOS attack that knocked down a handful of South Korean web sites, according to an investigation conducted by security software vendor McAfee.

Except for the home page of the U.S. Forces Korea – which is primarily a PR site used by the U.S. Eighth Army to distribute information to civilians, not for actual military communications – all the 14 sites hit were South Korean companies with no particular political significance, despite indications North Korea is training a coterie of cyberwarriors at foreign colleges.

The tipoff that the attack wasn’t just part of an extortion attempt or bit of ordinary vandalism was that it was far too meta to be the work of casual or commercial hackers, according to a report from McAfee, which assembled its information with the help of the U.S. and South Korean governments.

APA Spotlight: Do Kim, President, K.W. Lee Center for Leadership

In addition to being the President of the K.W. Lee Center for Leadership, Do Kim is a civil rights attorney at the Law Offices of Do Kim, specializing in employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, police/prison abuse, and international human rights.

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