Vice-principal of Danwon High School / Sewol survivor has apparently killed himself.

Really hoping this doesn’t start a chain.


Rushmore (1998), dir. Wes Anderson


Rushmore (1998), dir. Wes Anderson


Basically, hundreds of kids sat there and died because a fucking intercom told them too.

PGH visits the on-going rescue site why, exactly?  What purpose does it serve if they’re still trying to rescue survivors?  Is she a trained diver or rescue expert?

Confucianism On The Bridge?

Here we go again — The Straits Times makes a direct link between Korean culture ("Discipline is strict in the South Korean education system and authority rarely flouted") and the possibility that the Sewol tragedy was preventable if students had moved when told to stay put.

Shades of Asiana 214 and the “Confucius in the Cockpit” argument, where some people thought junior pilots felt they couldn’t correct or over-rule a senior one.

Full blog post here.

Apparently the captain of the Sewol survived.

This leads to only more questions.

Ship was obviously going down, order to “stay put” possibly a death sentence for hundreds of passengers.

Wouldn’t S.O.P. be something like “put on a life-jacket and get above deck for possible evacuation”?

I Just Want to Scream


Blog Post: I Just Want to Scream #poem #sewol #jeju

I just want to scream, but I know it won’t do any good.

I heard that a ferry to Jeju that was sinking. News implied all would get out alive. I thought it was Costa Concordia like, if only it was comparable now.

We watched the television late into last night, and all of this morning the volume was up high. We heard talking heads of doctors and divers explain what is wrong and what is right. At one…

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Daegu, South Korea.

It’s the week before midterms so we’re just reviewing this week.  Pretty dull but the weather is great in lurvely Daegu.

Daegu, South Korea.

It’s the week before midterms so we’re just reviewing this week. Pretty dull but the weather is great in lurvely Daegu.

One student told local media her friends became trapped.

'Currently, I am in the middle of being rescued. At the time, the ship was turning on its side, and none of us were moving as we were told not to move as it was dangerous,' the unnamed student said.

'So, I am not well aware of the situation, but I am told that my friends and other friends could not escape as the passage was blocked. It seems that there are many students who could not get out as the passage was blocked by water.'”

Still way too early to draw conclusions but jesus fuck, if the students were ordered to stay on the goddamn ship as it sank and then capsized… .  If the students were physically blocked from getting off the ship… .

Anyhow, no more news websites for me tonight.  Condolences to the family and friends of the victims.


"South Korean officials had earlier said that 368 people had been plucked to safety, but later said there had been a counting error.

They have now revised down the number rescued to 164. Officials also revised down the number of people on the ferry from 476.”

Pretty much literally the worst thing you can do in a crisis situation — releasing information before it’s actually, you know, information.