There was never any golden age in history; even back when people were climbing around in trees, they were just as corrupt as they are now. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were probably just as “stew’d in corruption” as the Cambodian elite, who at this time happen to be selling off the general sum of their forests and cities to the highest foreign bidders, in exchange for the promise of converting the country into a gambler’s paradise.
I have a general interest in following the news in the various countries I’ve visited. Blogs about daily life in Southeast Asia happen to be right up my alley, but I just want to take the time right here, in this scattered post, to complain about all the people who constantly say that it will be interesting to see how this turns out when they discuss North Korea. This contributes nothing to our knowledge of the universe—can you imagine if a weatherman replaced his entire forecast with the declaration that it will be interesting to see how things turn out?—yet there seems to be dozens, perhaps hundreds of commenters and writers online who repeat this catchphrase every time something ridiculous happens in the frozen North—meaning, about once or twice a month. They’re desperate to show that, like the rest of us, they really don’t have a clue about what the hell is going on up there, and that beyond wondering if that country will finally collapse, or not, there is nothing else we can really talk about.
But to complain about it here is almost as bad as writing it in the first place.
Thai Woman Talks seems great for Thailand, while Ask A Korean, Expat Hell, and The Marmot’s Hole are fairly excellent pieces of work for anyone interested in learning more about Korea. Sooner or later I’ll find some good blogs about Laos, Turkey, and Georgia—if anyone out there can suggest any, I’m all ears.