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April 18, 2006

Moonie miscellany

Moonie sushi:

Adhering to a plan Moon spelled out more than three decades ago in a series of sermons, members of his movement managed to integrate virtually every facet of the highly competitive seafood industry. The Moon followers' seafood operation is driven by a commercial powerhouse, known as True World Group. It builds fleets of boats, runs dozens of distribution centers and, each day, supplies most of the nation's estimated 9,000 sushi restaurants.

Although few seafood lovers may consider they're indirectly supporting Moon's religious movement, they do just that when they eat a buttery slice of tuna or munch on a morsel of eel in many restaurants. True World is so ubiquitous that 14 of 17 prominent Chicago sushi restaurants surveyed by the Tribune said they were supplied by the company. [Chicago Tribune]

Moonie sex

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Last I checked they also own Wacom, the computer-drawing-tablet company. Few people seem to know this.

That does it. I am going to start raising salmon in my swiming pool.

I already bike to work just so detroit, exxon and the saudis will all kill each other fighting over the last thee people stupid enough to burn gas just to get work.
What other subsidies of evil do I unwittingly provide?
I probably don't want to find out. T-paper is hard to do without.

Damn, I love Sushi, could only find a job working for an oil field compnay...so much guilt on my shoulders I think I will need to hit a bar to night a drive home drunk.

...14 of 17 prominent Chicago sushi restaurants...

Sushi in Chicago? That is so wrong.

Oh no! Cannot deal. No more Ebisu?

Ron:
You are so right.
don't eat the sushi at O'Hare, you will be committing Hare sushi and its an ugly way to go. Also, do NOT tempt the fates by ingesting raw oysters at any of the hotels or bars serving such delicacies. Your innards will get their revenge and you will wind up the same brownish green color as that thing they call a river. I speak from experience.

" ...fleets of boats, runs dozens of distribution centers and, each day, supplies most of the nation's estimated 9,000 sushi restaurants."

I worked on a number of products for the Korean market, and if you look at it, you'll see that method of doing business is rather typical for a Korean business. They call it "Total Vertical Market Domination".

For example, the Hyundai you bought was made in a Hyundai plant, that is located on land acquired through Hyundai Property Development, and the steel used is provided by Hyundai owned mines, and transported on bulk carrier ships that were made at a Hyundai shipyard (also using Hyundai steel).

Essentially, everything involved in getting you that car, from raw materials to delivery and servicing, Hyundai gets a piece of.

I've seen Korean textbook companies do the same thing (they own the forestry company, etc.).

Henry Ford did the same thing back in the 20s at the River Rouge plant in Michigan.

I think most of the KOrean economy is controlled that way, by a couple dozen family-owned conglomerates called chaebol.

Though I pretty much knew that the "Moonie Sex" link would lead to nothing that I would consider lewd or pornographic, I clicked it anyway. Why? Because it had the word "sex". God, I'm so predictable.

Warning: rationalization approaching...

I like sushi. If I were to cut out all products that may have been tainted by association with evil, I'd have to move to a self-sustaining farm commune and knit my own clothes. So maybe I won't cut out sushi from my occasional diet...

John, maybe the post isn't pornographic or lewd, but the Moonie sex it describes sure is weird, beyond weird, surreal...

No way I'm giving up sushi. Not without a ration booklet.

It's amazing: when you watch a movie with a James Bond supervillain in it, with masses of brain washed followers in spite of being an obviously insane megalomaniac, you think, "this is so ridiculous." Then you see people like Rev. Moon, a genuine James Bond Supervillain.

Julian--

I hadn't thought of it that way, but you're absolutely right. He's even got a supervillain name: Sun Moon. I can see M wincing during Bond's briefing, as he shows 007 the footage of the U.S. President saying that Sun Moon's newspaper brings sanity to Washington, and Rep. Davis crowns him in a Capitol conference room.

"I'm afraid the American government has been thoroughly infiltrated, 007."

Bond would find the secret hideout by sneaking out the back of a Sushi restaurant and jumping on top of a delivery van.

This guy is one of the Bush Family's oldest friends...I smell screenplay...

I can't believe it, my co-worker just bought a car for $71067. Isn't that crazy!

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