Monday, May 7, 2012

That Was Only Supposed To Be Made-Up Evil For Comic Effect, For God's Sake

China... hi. How you doing? So we've been arguing a little lately, because of our trade deficit and your relationship with North Korea and your recent military buildup and the status and treatment of dissident Chen Guangcheng and the occasional piece of tainted goods you send out, such as cabbage with formaldehyde on it.

We've had discussions over these things. We've been arguing a tad.

But you know what we really, really should not have to have a discussion about? This...

(AP) SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea has seized thousands of smuggled drug capsules filled with powdered flesh from dead babies, which some people believe can cure disease, officials said Monday.

The capsules were made in northeastern China from babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder, the Korea Customs Service said.

The next paragraph in that article mentions that the customs officials don't want to say who the hell did this or where the dead baby flesh came from. Why won't they say? "Possible diplomatic friction with Beijing." Seriously. They're afraid you might be mad that someone has a problem with someone in your country chopping up dead babies and selling the flesh.

Fortunately, we have a Korean documentary team from the network SBS, who has already done the legwork and turned up a hospital that takes "mostly" abortions and stillborns- note the keyword "mostly"- and has a medicine company they're instructed to contact any time that happens. After that, choppy choppy. The documentary's set to air in South Korea on August 6; they've supplied a preview transcript here, albeit in Korean.

Seriously, China, what the hell? Besides the place the traffickers, the hospital workers in on this and especially the medical company are the going when they die.

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