The Forgotten P.O.W.

Escaped S. Korean POW ‘Held in China‘, by Cho Jung-sik, Digital Chosnilbo, http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200501/200501100018.html, 10 January 2005 (from One Free Korea).

The bizarre and petty nature of DPRK always amazes

A former South Korean soldier captured by North Korea during the Korean War escaped to China and was arrested by Chinese police while seeking to enter South Korea, a Chinese source said Monday.

The South Korean Defense Ministry said Han ma-taek had been presumed dead in the Korean War. The South Korean government is now trying to confirm whether Chinese police really did make the arrest.

The source said Han crossed the Tumen River to China on Dec. 26 last year and hid at a hotel in Yenji, China. But Chinese police raided the hotel the following day and arrested Han together with three Korean-Chinese individuals who were to help him enter South Korea. The three were released after paying some W3 million in fines.

Every bit of this story is astounding.

Say he was 16 when captured in the last year of the war, 1953.

That’s a little more than 41 years of captivity, meaning the youngest he could be is 57.

And he escaped.

And the monsters held him that long.

Denormalization

!!?,” by “Aaron,” tdaxp, http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2005/01/06/deviants.html, 10 January 2005.

With incredulity, and without knowing that he would incite a rant, Aaron writes

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So you’re applauding that they have no resources to counsel victims of anti-homosexual harassment

Yes, to precisely the same extent that I am happy we have no resources to counsel victims of anti-racist harassment.

Homosexuality, like feminism and racism, is invented. It doesn’t exist historically — most humans have lived and died without its existence, and after it dies humanity will continue on.

Like a great disaster, these calamnities have struck with total disregard for their victims. The shortened and isolated lives of male homosexuals is heartbreaking. Even if your heart is callous, they act as super-spreaders enabling viri to lay waste to great nations.

Fortunately, we live in a world that naturally destroys artificial forces. In human societies “normal” is a very powerful force. Twisted regimes like Imperial Japan or Ba’athi Iraq can teach young men that admiring suicide-kilers is “normal.” If a society wishes to encourage an action, it makes it normal. It normalizes that action. Conversely, a society makes abnormal or denormalizes anything it wishes to destroy.

In New York City, Mayor Guiliani significantly reduced violent crime by persecuting petty offenders. Because the consequences of any run-in with the law were so severe, less people committed petty crimes and so law-abiding became “normal.” In New York State, Attorney General Spitzer is trying much the same with white-collar crime.

Counseling for homosexuals as homosexuals would normalize male homosexuality. The absense of such support denormalizes it. Do I think any significant number of current homosexuals will change, or that their anguish will be lightened by such a denormalization? No, and for the sake of the future, that’s not too relevant, either.

In the parlance of swaydo logic

Lemmata

1. Male homosexuality causes anguish
2. Male homosexuality is optional for a society
3. Denormalization can be used to end any behavior
4. It is right to end behavior that causes anguish

Conclusion

Male homosexuality should be denormalized to end it and lessen anguish

QED

A Chilling Effect

CBS Ousts 4 For Bush Guard Story,” CBS News, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/10/national/main665727.shtml, 10 January 2005.

You attack the President with unfounded claims?

You lose.

Asked to resign were Senior Vice President Betsy West, who supervised CBS News primetime programs; 60 Minutes Wednesday Executive Producer Josh Howard; and Howard’s deputy, Senior Broadcast Producer Mary Murphy. The producer of the piece, Mary Mapes, was terminated.

The correspondent on the story, CBS News anchor Dan Rather, is stepping down as anchor of The CBS Evening News but staying at CBS.

Ever since the Watergate debacle the media has been out of control. Perhaps the end of these careers will change the tide.