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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 29th, 2014 at at 9:39 pm

California Bill Redefines Definition of Sexual Assault

It will be interesting to see how this turns out:

Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt “affirmative consent” language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on U.S. campuses.

The measure, passed unanimously by the California State Senate, has been called the “yes-means-yes” bill. It defines sexual consent between people as “an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity”.

The bill states that silence and a lack of resistance do not signify consent and that drugs or alcohol do not excuse unwanted sexual activity.

Governor Jerry Brown must sign the bill into law by the end of September. If he does, it would mark the first time a U.S. state requires such language to be a central tenet of school sexual assault policies, said Claire Conlon, a spokeswoman for State Senator Kevin De Leon, who championed the legislation.

Opponents of the bill say it is politically over-reaching and could push universities into little charted legal waters.  [Reuters]

You can read more at the link, but I do find it interesting how the people from the universities are complaining about this bill when you heard nothing from them when the US military was getting hit by new legislation similar to this that was proven to be violating the Constitutional rights of servicemembers who were jailed.

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 29th, 2014 at at 4:55 pm

Tweet of the Day: Japan’s Toilet Paper Campaign

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 29th, 2014 at at 1:30 pm

Picture of the Day: US Sailors Help Clean Up Flood Damage

South Korean and American naval sailors repair damage from recent floods in Gijang County, Busan, on Aug. 29, 2014. The sailors took part in the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian joint drill. (Photo courtesy of Naval Operations Command) (Yonhap)

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 29th, 2014 at at 7:25 am

China Wants US To Stop Reconnaissance Flights In the South China Sea

If anything I hope the US increases the number of patrol flights in response to the Chinese complaints:

China on Thursday urged the United States to cut back on, or even stop, its close surveillance of the Asian giant using patrol aircraft, if it seriously seeks to repair damaged bilateral ties.

Ties between the world’s two largest economies have been strained by competing territorial claims between China and its neighbors, some of them U.S. allies, in the South China and East China seas.

The two countries have exchanged barbs over a jet intercept of a U.S. navy patrol plane by a Chinese aircraft last week, with the United States saying the Chinese jet came within 10 m. (33 ft) of its plane over the sea.

“If the United States really hopes to avoid impacting bilateral relations, the best course of action is to reduce or halt close surveillance of China,” Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said in a statement on the ministry’s website.

The U.S. patrols had “seriously harmed China’s security interests”, he added.  [Reuters]

You can read more at the link, but if the US stops the patrol flights the Chinese government will use that as defacto recognition of their territorial claim over the entire South China Sea.

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 29th, 2014 at at 4:17 am

Ferry Boat Captain Admits To Not Making Any Safety Checks

It makes you wonder how much of a custom this is in other areas of public safety in South Korea as well?

The captain of a ferry that capsized in April in South Korea’s worst maritime accident in decades told a court on Friday he was just following established practice in not making safety checks before the vessel set off, Yonhap news agency reported.

Lee Joon-seok, 68, appeared at times disoriented and unable to properly understand questions when he took the stand for the first time in the court in the southwestern city of Gwangju that is trying him and three crew members for homicide, it said.  [Reuters]

You can read more at the link.

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 28th, 2014 at at 4:28 pm

Tweet of the Day: Is South Korean Society Safe?

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 28th, 2014 at at 1:51 pm

Picture of the Day: Another Hyundai Strike

Unionized workers of Hyundai Motor hold a ceremony to mark the beginning of a strike at the automaker’s main plant in Ulsan, southeast South Korea, on Aug. 22, 2014. Unionized workers at Hyundai plants nationwide launched a partial strike in demand of salary hikes. (Yonhap)

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 28th, 2014 at at 3:44 am

Former Military Spouse Featured In Pointless Huffington Post Article

This is one horribly written article which is hard to find the point of:

Sara Rutledge thought she was in love with her boyfriend, so they decided to marry. The financial benefits they’d receive from the American military — his employer — were just the icing on the cake. But when Sara found out within one day of their nuptials that her husband had been having an affair, she was forced to make the choice between staying with him — and financial security — or leaving him, and facing the military’s punishment for philandering — a pay cut.

Rutledge joined HuffPost Live on Thursday (using a pseudonym) to tell her story.

Having a significant other serving in the military requires a level of selflessness. One has to be prepared to travel often, and, if necessary, leave loved ones and a home behind. In turn, the military offers incentives, like larger housing allowances, to married couples in an effort to make the sacrifices worth it, according to Sara.

“A lot of people in the military do get married because of the financial benefits,” she told host Nancy Redd. “It just makes sense. If they were thinking of getting married, they’re just like, ‘Why don’t we go ahead and do it?’ because you can almost double your paycheck. … So if you’re gonna make more and you’re already kind of in love, why not get married? I know it sounds terrible, but it’s true.”  [Huffington Post]

You can read the rest at the link, but this military spouse is upset that she is taking a pay cut because of her husband’s adultery.  The military has set regulations and he violated it and thus paid the consequences.  The article goes on and on about increased pay for getting married, but the increased BAH and BAS is only a few hundred dollars over someone with single BAH.  The real big benefit is the health care that a spouse gets access to if they do not have any.  The article also discusses how the husband of the woman who had the affair with was not punished.  Why would he be punished?  His wife had the affair and she is a civilian so why should he lose his pay?

The whole article seemed rather pointless even by Huffington Post standards.

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 27th, 2014 at at 8:58 pm

USFK Court Martial Results for July 2014

Not many cases for July 2014 for both USFK court martials and ROK criminal prosecution.  However, three more servicemembers were convicted of DUIs and one other servicemember was imprisoned for 5 years in a Korean jail for a sex crime that I have heard nothing about in the media.  Does anyone know what this crime was?

Results of Army Courts-Martial in Korea for July 2014

At a Summary Courts-Martial on 25 July 2014 PFC Lennon Leandre, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division was found guilty of one specification of aggravated assault (Article 128, UCMJ).  The Soldier was sentenced to reduction to E1 and forfeiture of $765.00 (both suspended until 27 October 2014) and confinement for 30 days.

Results of ROK Criminal Prosecutions for July 2014

In Uijeongbu District Court on 1 July 2014, PVT Israel Fernandez, B Troop, 4/7th Cavalry, USAG Casey, was convicted of Destruction of Public Goods.  His adjudged sentence was a 1,000,000 Won fine.

In Daegu District Court on 11 July 2014, SPC Philip Patricola, 75th MCAS, USAG Daegu (Carroll), was convicted of traffic law violations including DUI.  His adjudged sentence was a 4,000,000 Won fine.

In Uijeongbu District Court on 16 July 2014, SPC Emmanuel M. Barnes, HHB, 1/15th FA, USAG Casey, was convicted of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident..  His adjudged sentence was imprisonment for 10 months, suspended for 2 years.

In Uijeongbu District Court on 23 July 2014, 2LT Sean D. Stuckey, 61st Maintenance Company, USAG Red Cloud, was convicted of DUI.  His adjudged sentence was a 1,500,000 Won fine.

In Seoul Central District Court on 25 July 2014, PFC Trevor D. Cortes, HHB, 1st BSTB, USAG Casey, was convicted of Indecent Act Resulted in Injury, in violation of the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment of Sexual Crimes.  His adjudged sentence was imprisonment for 5 years, not suspended.

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 27th, 2014 at at 4:27 pm

Tweet of the Day: Sex Offenders Keep Teaching

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