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Consider the North Face jacket.

Originally designed for wilderness travelers, mountain climbers and winter sports athletes, this American outdoor jacket is more akin to a sleeping bag than it is a fashion statement.

Recently in Korea, however,Cheap Jerseys from china the explosive popularity of the puffy down jacket hasbrought about a string of controversy, throwing a light on the specifics of bullying in Korean schools.

The rankings also specify what type of student should be wearing which specific type of North Face jacket.

At the bottom of the scale is the North Face Nuptse 2, cost 250,000 (approximately US$220), which is generally worn by «losers» ().

Next on the list is the «common» Nuptse 1, worn both by «losers» and «gang members» ().

Two categories up is the Dry Loft,470,000. «Losers don’t wear the jackets starting from this category because they’re afraid of having them swiped by gang members.»

At the top, priced at 700,000 is the «rare» Himalayan Down Parka, the most expensive model worn by «the boss.»

As laughable as this list may seem, according to some students it simply puts into words what remains unspoken in school halls.

«You can definitely label people according to what North Face jackets they wear,» says Park Jin, 14, who is the class president of his middle school in western Seoul.

«If you wear a really expensive one, then the iljin (gang members) in school come and take it from you.»

In the news

Although the blog post was nationally forwarded, discussed with outrage and amusement, then promptly forgotten in the manner of most issues on the Internet in Korea, the controversy was brought back in the headlines this week when five Busan middle school students went on a North Face jacket rampage, beating four students for their North Face jackets, which they then took from their victims.

«I wanted a North Face jacket,» was the explanation that was given to the Busan police by one of the apprehended students.

We’re still not entirely sure why such bland wilderness travel clothing would prompt such devotion and desire, but we’re sure it’ll come to us eventually.

Wet weather hit turkey

And I knew it was time to catch up with Brad Allen the Department of Inland Fisheries Wildlife biologist who serves as the agency bird group leader to hear his expert prediction.

«We had record rain in June and July, so things that hatched in May, like woodcock, I think did fairly well, and I really predicting a pretty good woodcock season this year,» Allen said.

«Now comes the bad news: Things that hatched in June, like turkeys and ruffed grouse, did not do very well. I think they did very poorly because of all the rain, record rain, 100 year rain,» Allen said.

Allen said that the grouse numbers wouldn necessarily be consistently low across the state. Instead, some regions fared better than others.

«It a little brighter up north. North of Millinocket I think people will find fair, or maybe in pockets, good numbers of birds, but I think in central Maine [and south] they going to be few and far between,» Allen said.

Allen explained that rainy weather works against chick survival in a variety of ways.

«If the birds have hatched and there are several of them a partridge might have 10 young if it rains cats and dogs the mother has trouble keeping them all dry,» Allen said. «She can keep some of them dry, but not all of them. And as those birds get bigger, her ability to brood young is compromised by their size and that con stant rain. It hypothermia and wet conditions, primarily [that lead to bird mortality].»

In especially rainy years, the preferred foods of grouse might not be plentiful, either, Allen said.

Grasshoppers, crickets and other key invertebrates that make up a bird diet aren plentiful in those conditions, he said.

«You don have fly hatches, you don have grasshoppers in abundance. The only thing we had a lot of was slugs and earwigs, and I think wild turkeys did well with those, but typically, the real high protein must have food, I think, are in short supply,» he said.

Unfortunately for the birds, rainy weather also provides an advantage to predators.

«When it moist or damp or wet, predators do better finding them because scenting conditions are good,» he said. «If they find a hen on a nest, there complete brood loss. If the hen actually does hatch and is pulling them around, they leaving a scent trail that every predator, right from a fox to a raccoon to a bobcat to a coyote, can follow.»

During our conversation, I asked Allen about the recently released bulletin detailing the hunting of migratory birds including ducks and geese.

Allen pointed at a pair of items that might be of particular interest to hunters.

The first is a reduction in the daily bag limit on eiders, from five ducks a day to four.

«I been studying eiders for 10 years. Our publicly derived goal for eiders is to improve eider numbers. We want more nesting eiders on the coast of Maine,» Allen said. «In fact, I think those numbers have been declining for the last few years.»

Allen said the change in daily limit comes as a result of a decade of research work.

«I been monitoring eiders for 10 years, we banded over 12,000, and we now have data to support our contention that the population is not increasing,» Allen said. «Survival rates are good, but not good enough to allow our population to increase. It probably declining slightly.»

As a result, hunters can now keep four eiders a day, as part of a seven bird sea duck limit.

«I envision that as a pretty minor adjustment, but I hoping it saves a couple thousand birds,» Allen said.

In other migratory bird news, Allen said it important for hunters to pay particular attention to the precise season dates, especially in a situation where northern zone dates differ from those in the state southern zone.

«We have two zones that we can hunt in, north and south, and this year, for the first time in a long time, there nonconcurrent openings,» Allen said. «The north zone opens on Monday, Sept. 28, and the south zone opens on Oct. 1. You have two opening days that week.»