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Fuck Sasang

I'm an hour early for work as usual, but this time there's no tea so it's going to be a shitty day for everyone. It's also Thursday, so I'm teaching from 1st period to 4th period, then lunch, then another 4th grade class. Which means the 4th graders aren't learning shit today. Yesterday me and my CT planned our lesson for the 5th graders for 3 minutes, and then she left without mentioning the 4th graders. I think it's an unspoken rule that we're just wingin' it with them, cause whatever at that level you just want them associate learning English with fun anyway.

Fuck Sasang

Brett and I met up for dinner in Sasang today, since I felt bad having him take a bus to Deokchon every time. Here's a map of the metro subway. You can see where I live on the Green line, then south of that is Deokchon, and the transfer station 6 stops south of that is Sasang. Black Bretty lives one stop before the south end of the orange line in Hadan. They real far out there, but travel up north is much better when you know the buses. Well, not that much better. They got sickos like this with a fetish for rapid acceleration captaining these vehicles of death.

"Son, as soon as someone puts their hands on you..."

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

I saw the article "Memoirs of a Bullied Kid" on the site Single Dad Laughing. It's written by a guy named Dan Pearce, and he seems like a hell of a guy. He's talking about raising his son, about accepting yourself, dealing with conflict, things like that. Pretty inspirational and good stuff.

The Memoirs of a Bullied Kid article must've taken a lot of guts to write, and I massively respect that. That said, I disagree with his conclusion on how to deal with violent bullies. So I want to send some praise and respect in his direction, but also some significant disagreement.

I originally wrote this as a comment for Hacker News, but it came out to about a normal post's length. Tone is more discussion site level than blog post level, but you'll get the gist of it -

"Son, as soon as someone puts their hands on you..."

This comment will be controversial, especially for North Americans and Western Europeans. I ask you to read it and think about it a moment before reacting, and comment if you disagree. I believe what I'm about to say is true, and I'm not trying to get a rise out of people - I want to fix some problems with society.

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