영어 Hint of the Day #1: What is an "Ugly American?" (Update 1)

Only in America, does someone get her own National Anthem WRONG

Last night, in front of 111,000,000 fellow Americans, Christina Aguilera sang the wrong words to the Star Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the U.S.A.  Now THAT is UGLY (and I am a fan).

Another example of why there exists a phrase called an "ugly American."

Red Links, 2-5-11

It’s an all-Africa edition. I’m just as fascinated by South Sudan’s sovereignty as I am by Cairo’s protests.

Egypt Rises Up:

For some in the West, which has tended to put stability above democracy in its dealings with the Middle East, these developments are disturbing. Now that the protests have sucked the life out of Mr Mubarak’s regime, they argue, the vacuum will be filled not by democrats but by chaos and strife or by the Muslim Brothers, the anti-Western, anti-Israeli opposition. They conclude that America should redouble its efforts to secure a lengthy “managed transition” by shoring up either Mr Mubarak or someone like him.

Democracy vs. Jim Pinkerton in Egypt

I must say I really don’t know WTF Jim Pinkerton is talking about, but I’m willing to give him his say. Between David Corn’s optimistic view on the Egyptian protests and Pinkerton’s, I would side with Corn’s. But then, I would also be cautious about predicting the future.

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Listen! The Pharaohs Are Laughing!

 An Egyptian boy holds a megaphone while chanting anti-government slogans in Tahrir Square the afternoon of January 31, 2011 in central Cairo, Egypt. Protests continued unabated in Cairo January 31, as thousands marched to demand the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)  Continue reading at Egypt Protests In Cairo | NowPublic Photo Archives“‘We want a leader who has used public transportation.’” (The Second World, p. 201) Put that on a placard!

Deficit Hawks Miss the Point

Those who want to target the housing market or take a scalpel to military spending and subsidies can take heart from a real argument about how the budget deficit affects jobs.

Thinking Into Dead-Ends

It’s an abuse of the term, skepticism, and a demonstration why journalists should not teach. John Horgan demonstrates the limits of teaching about “science” without knowing about science. And, this is what happened:

Steve, a physics major, was so inspired by the notion that correlation does not equal causation—a major theme of the Taubes article on epidemiology—that he questioned the foundations of scientific reasoning. “How do we know there is a cause for anything?” Steve asked. He quoted “a famous philosopher, Hume, who believed that there is no cause of anything, but that everything in life is just a correlation.”

Korea's Tenuous FX/Interest Rate/Inflation Situation

Korea Declares A "War" on Inflation:  Too Late, It's Here in Korea? Unlikely, Here's Why (Update 1)

Need to find the fair price of ANYTHING?  Look no further.
It isn't perfect competition, but it is as close as the average consumer can get.  Anytime that I am going to buy anything other than food, I always go to  Always.  Why is that?

Comparison shopping done easily
The choices in the U.S. are dizzying.  Dozens of sites for virtually every item.  However, has put together a site which is consolidates other online stores which have partnered with Amazon.  None of this matters to an American consumer: shipping is often free, and a very competitive price can be found on virtually anything that you need to buy.  Shipping?  Free if the purchase is above a certain amount.

Why oh why and Aren't Even Close

The Daley Era

Did I hear right? Did both Corn and Pinkerton agree – from different ends of the ideological spectrum – that politics is a pragmatic game, not an ideological crusade? Has Bill Daley and the “Chicago Mafia” won the war, and now both Corn and Pinkerton are looking forward to the denouement of the legislative and inter-branch slugfest that none of us can predict? Corn/Pinkerton will be so fun for the next two years!

Korea Should Tax Soju to Fund the NPF

The Seoul Gyopo Guide Thanks Everyone for Their Support
First, a huge "thank you" to the readers around the world.  In three short months, many thousands of visitors from every continent, and over 60 countries around the world have visited the Seoul Gyopo Guide.  The Lost Seoul has tried to share its perspective from both a foreigner's and a Korean's point of view.  These points of view have been established by many years of education and practical experience.  The bottom line is that people around the world don't know much about South Korea, and are totally unaware that a city like Seoul has grown into the world's 5th largest metropolis.  While the views of The Lost Seoul are hardly unbiased, they are views which are being offered as fairly as possible.

Korea Needs to Avoid the Japanese and U.S. Example

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