December 2016 Fitness Diary!

Thursday, December 1: A sweaty start to the month with 24 treadmill minutes:

Friday, December 2: Ditto. Continue reading “December 2016 Fitness Diary!”

Video Interview for Hong Kong’s Passion Times

The full show was around 30 minutes long, but I’m having trouble accessing that present. For now, here’s a 2-minute teaser:

Game of Crones: Exploring the Choi-Gate Saga

Like pretty much everyone in Korea these days, I’ve become enthralled by the Choi-Gate saga. From its beginnings in the 70s with  the assassinations of Park Geun-hye’s parents and the introduction into her life of a cult leader to the million-strong protest rally held in Seoul the night of November 12, it’s a saga as worthy of eight seasons of TV as George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.


To prove the above, here is a growing and evolving collection of English language articles that explores the history of the saga through its many branches, heroes, horses, crazed earth moving equipment drivers, victims, and villains.


November 2016 Fitness Diary!

Tuesday, November 1: I began November’s fitness campaign with a rest day.

Wednesday, November 2: Twenty-two treadmill minutes was today’s effort. I really need to eat less (and exercise more).

Thursday, November 3: A much-needed and long over-due weights session (chest, shoulders, triceps, traps, calves, and a little core work) was followed by 24 treadmill minutes. Continue reading “November 2016 Fitness Diary!”

My German News Debut!

In October 2016, I was interviewed by Der Standard about the murder of a Korean mother committed by five of her relatives, including her 16-year-old son, in Frankfurt during an attempted exorcism to rid her of demonic possession. The role of demons and Satan in the Korean cults I document on my site is certainly large, and there was initial suspicions that the family were members of a Korean cult. Continue reading “My German News Debut!”

2016 Reading Diary Part 4!


September became October with Wizard and Glass, the fourth book of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower saga, on my Kindle. It’s my second time reading it. I don’t often read novels twice, but last reading diary, I decided to revisit The Gunslinger, the first in the series, to refamiliarize myself with the story ahead of the upcoming film adaption. The first book led me to the second, and now here I am enjoying book four:

October 5 Update: I’m at the 77% mark according to my Kindle, and I’m absolutely hooked.  Continue reading “2016 Reading Diary Part 4!”

October 2016 Fitness Diary!

Saturday, October 1: I’m still weary of weights due to a lateral muscle strain, but the treadmill doesn’t bother it, so on one I hopped to start October’s fitness campaign:

Sunday, October 2: Cardio again. I had hoped to stay on the treadmill longer, but the incline malfunctioned and increased despite all my button pushing to the contrary: Continue reading “October 2016 Fitness Diary!”

My CBS Debut!

It was such a thrill to hear from CBS TV and have them ask to attend a recent presentation I gave about cults. CBS seems to be one of the few media companies that are not afraid of the numerous criminal organisations that I find endlessly fascinating. Reporter Jon Dunbar, who has also had a few run-ins with Shinchonji, was also interviewed: