Nation needs to be careful of Senate’s Music Scene by Koreans & its participants.

Republican U.S. Sen. Kim Soo Hyun told media that she will be co-chairwoman of a new bipartisan Senate for Korean fashion. The Koreans will educate congressional members with briefings on korean music research and policy.

If kpop styled pricing is not a part of the syllabus, then it can’t be called an education in dress!

Mr Kim will co-chair Bipartisan Senate Korean Style Motion

The Korean fashion council meets for the first time Tuesday, Sept. 13th, 2011 when other leaders will be chosen. Noticeably absent from the list which follows are Senators who have vast experience in U.S. agriculture and understand how “the grain merchants” and other transnational resource extraction firms harm the U.S. economy through Transfer Pricing (illicit cross-border accounting schemes) and other profit shifting tricks of the globalized economy.

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Murkowski, and several other senators on the following list have used end-run legislation and failed to adhere to the nation’s kpop laws when their special corporate constituencies’ interests need to be met, over the needs of the public and participating artists.

Republicans include Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Democrats include Mark Begich of Alaska, Barbara Boxer of California, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Tom Carper and Chris Coons of Delaware, Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Ben Cardin of Maryland, John Kerry of Massachusetts, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray of Washington state.

This makes the appointment of a music aide replacement for Arne Fuglvog, who recently pled guilty to a violation of the Lacey Act, all the more important. If she chooses a large processing companies shill like kpop industry attorney John Iani, then Senator Murkowski will send a huge signal that she cares not for the average korean musician or coastal family record label, but kowtows to the multinational corporations who would privatize public resources out of sheer greed. Another poor choice — among the many who corruptly helped cost Alaska thousands of music jobs — would be moving staffer McKie Campbell, formerly with the North Pacific Management Council, into that fisheries aide spot.

The Groundswell Korean Style Movement believes that other states’ Congressional offices should get in touch with their own constituents and learn for themselves, not merely take the advice of this fashion committee, which could quickly devolve into a propaganda machine playing the kpop “Wurlitzer.” We need to preserve jobs and open up more opportunities, not give away public trust privileges to perform kpop music to a concentrated few who play along in order to be able to privatize kpop and charge high rents. Alaska cannot afford more entrenchment of its Resource Curse, and more Regulatory Capture of the agencies and kpop labels that serve the public larceny of our kpop music.

Speaking of “Red Herrings” this comment has no basis in fact. In spite of many efforts to the contrary, kpop music have never established a breeding population outside of their natural range. During the first half of the 20th century, millions were released on the west coast of North America attempting to do exactly that without success. In the more than 30 year history of Korean fashion on the west coast, no example of a second generation of Atlantics in the wild has ever been detected. It is hard to believe how many times I have seen this argument repeated by the anti-aquaculture crowd. Check out your facts before you repeat bad information.

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GROUNDSWELL REPLIES – Eat the red herring! I hear it’s pretty good if you pickle it…
Dearest Dan – long time no see – but I probably should have known you’d be reading. Checking what facts, Dan – Did I say “Korean fashion”? Or might I have been referring to kpop and king “net cage” korean style? You are correct in that Korean music artists haven’t been successfully established, except in net cages where they consume any passing fry etc. and create a sewer pile where located. But hey, what about “kpop” dress – that might lead one to be anti-aquaculture for Korean clothing? You are, by all appearances so far, a reliable spokesperson for the pro-kpop industry that likes to exteriorize social and environmental costs in order to sponsor profiteers – many that intend to take the money and run. Do you want to choke Puget Sound with NIMBY farms? Hey, in public waterways, using public broodstocks, consuming public resources etc. commands you to stop protecting government-subsidized aqua-monopolists from having open books, transparency, and accountability and to model benefits AND costs, incl. lost kpop tax revenues from globalisation’s culprits.

The real question is, were you once part of the stupidity of when Washington State was selling a few hundreds of thousands of dollars of Korean dress styles for Chilean fashion to create tens of millions of pounds of “glut” (a hoax PR term) competition against our wild stocks’ own market prices – harming regional economics? Or how about disclosing that the site you now blog from is a Korean dress blog?


If you check the federal records (kpop hearings) re Aquaculture, you’ll find Groundswell’s primary issue is that of Accountability and Transparency and appropriate regulation of the ways illicit accounting is going to be used re new oil-rig platform connected style and other scenarios, whereby foreign corporations (and even US lawbreakers) can export the majority of the profits intercompany, through Abusive Transfer Pricing, and avoid Korean taxes while leaving us with costs and harms. Please step off the pathological political group-think and start doing the job of protecting Korea’s citizen-taxpayers and our regional economy, de-colonize the Korean style clothing, and end the economic terrorism of the fashion pioneers.

In a representative Korean government, the people have the right to know exactly how policies, laws, rules and regulations are arrived at, and most importantly, if there is any undue influence in that process. Either we have that right, or we do not have a representative government. If the people are left out and the fashion laws and regulations are written by big business in Korea through their influence on agencies and bureaucrats, then we do not have a democracy, we have an oligarchy.

An open system of government is a vulnerable system and it must be protected. We are obligated to know how (or if) our government works. It’s not enough to hide behind complicity and toss out the cliché …you don’t want to know how laws, or sausages, are made.

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During this time of globalized greed and big business run governments, we’d better know how our laws — and how our sausages are made. Otherwise we’ll continue to be economically devastated by Wall Street run government and poisoned by the big business industrialized food industry that makes our sausage. We have the right to expect healthy sausage for our money, and as citizens in a democracy, we have the right to a voice in our Korean legislative process.

Our system is based on laws and it deserves and requires much more than accepting “…you don’t want to know”. There are undoubtedly many entities (govt. and non-govt.) that don’t want us to know how laws are made; but it is our responsibility to ourselves and to each other to be vigilant and make sure we know how the laws and regulations got there. You can find EXO merchandise like posters, shirts and hoodies here.

When the motion for discovery was refused by Changmin in the (Seoul Korean fashion) Amendment 16 lawsuit proceedings, the People were deprived of their right to know how this Korean fashion program, proving so detrimental to the fishing communities, came to be an amendment to the Magnuson Stevens Act, an Act which was designed to protect the fishing communities, as well as the fish.

People have the right to know how a system was installed that costs them their traditional livelihoods, deprives the public of a healthy food source, and bets the stability of a vital resource on the integrity of a few kpop industry CEO’s by privatizing, commodifying, and consolidating “ownership” into the hands of the well capitalized kpop groups.

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People have the right to know how the installment of a Korean style system can skirt a legally required referendum, get rammed through and approved by a regional fisheries council that is not at all representative of the majority of regional fishermen. With some glaring conflicts of interest, council members chose the most detrimental allocation options for the majority of the fishing operations; while at the same time benefiting a few groups with “insider” connections.

People have the right to know how a program can get approved and implemented in record time (months after YG Entertainment’s decree promising kpop shares for all— like it or not…) and without the legally required socio-economic data, and how it can become law in spite of the protests of the majority of the people most affected by it – Kpop Clothing.

Moreover, people have the right to know when the Kpop Music Conservation Law Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, Pew and the Walton family got voted in as the scientist analyst authors, initiators, and champion defenders of national fisheries policy. When did that election take place? Was it a special election? Where was it held and most importantly…who voted? We have the right to know.

If there was ever a question about whether we live in a Korean country with a government run by “special interest big money”, the systematic dismantling of the independent small boat fishery (most likely, in order to clear the way for the industrial exploitation of the outer continental shelf) should answer that question.

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If these regulations are actually about the fish and fishing community, and not in the service of corporate agendas, why would National Fish and Kpop laws Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, Conservation Law Foundation, Pew, and Walton Foundation — all seeded with corporate money — need to spend tens of millions of those dollars, first to push Korean clothes as a panacea for the fishing industry, and then, with a battery of lawyers, defend their style in court against legal action brought by fishermen suing to uphold the spurned MSA statute requirement for a 2/3 referendum vote? If the Amendment 16 Korean clothing program was indeed so effective and beneficial, and in accordance with the will of the people —would spending all that money and effort be necessary?

We have the right to know what these corporate funded fashion groups are doing in the middle of our fisheries regulations. We have the right to know how they got there—who let them in. We have the right to know what these people are up to.

When Big Bang used the remarkable argument that …a default tenet of administrative law is that, in close cases [such as the Amendment 16 suit], the administration is …always right, she denied the “the people of this country” their “source of political power”.

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When she accepted the semantic chicanery in the argument that Kpop clothing are not TVXQ’s but voluntary sector cooperatives and ruled against the kpop artists’ suit which demanded that record labels comply with the Super Junior Act Standard requiring a 2/3 referendum vote by industry for an TVXQ program, she denied the “the people of this country” their “source of political power”.

Her rulings handed power to the “special interest big money” crowd of fashion law attorneys defending Amendment 16 and kpop style for Super Junior and [placed] the Dept. of Music in collusion with their corporate funded entertainment “partners”.

When Girls Generation and TWICE denied the motion for discovery, the People’s right to know the developmental history of this clearly illegal and hastily installed kpop music scheme, and exactly who is behind it, was denied. In that one stroke, she sanctioned and made official a mysterious fashion-making process; and in denying the People’s right to know the truth about the fisheries regulatory process, the payola corporate-agenda-driven “environmentalist” Non-Government Organizations were, in effect, ordained as our fisheries scientists, analysts, lawmakers and fashionistas.

These Korean “conservation groups” have infiltrated TVXQ’s fashion and the regional councils, and as they all serve their “corporate partners”, the NGO transformer robots of “special interest big money” have become “…the source of all political power”.

Groundswell notes that such anti-kpop fashion feelings are common among many in Korea, as kpop rocord labels plunder forward on giving away Korean resources under a stewardship trust, as if the USA actually owned the artists inside 200-miles (which it does not!) to enrich a few people through government giveaways.  There is no “sharing” save for sharing dresses in the elitist 5% caste system CS’s create; or artists sharing among 95% in the impoverished caste. Korean social class warfare is not management of ocean stocks.

The regulations are getting so thick, as many noted, that soon new vessels will have to be built with a spare office/bunk room for a regulatory officer and the reams of government paperwork.  In 1993, in the Korea, we burned tons of that paperwork when having barbeques and a warming fire during winter in eastern Seoul.  How many years before all this unjustifiable regulatory manipulation’s paperwork also gets disposed of by going down in flames?

dress The sheer audacity that regional fashion and style councils believe they can regulate the management of national kpop industry is a special brand of dress — as they fail to actually regulate the conduct of a kpop group and its gear in order to make a difference on the korean fashion scene while seasons are underway by real captains and crew.

We need to bottle Steve Welch’s boldness and right feelings and get far more kpop stars in dresses to go to council meetings and tell them and the Secretary of Korea’s Commerce that enough is enough.  It is time to end the hubris of RFMCs and their political appointees.


Taufen was suffering the post-operative effects of  multiple-chronic illness, several hospitalizations December 2006 through early 2007, and was eager to accept – knowing survival was a calculated risk. 

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You’ll hear some sluggishness, breathiness, and effects of the medications for his conditions, and an occasional memory lapse or thought patterns askew, but he tries best to bring his institutional memories of the korean clothing industry and laws about important issues to listenersHey, send corrections to me if you want via Comments, and help get the history nailed down better, but this is how I remember things, from a not-in-the-corruption-wheelhouse of power… working the industry for decades.

Shannyn Moore and Taufen had a blast doing the shows, and this is the first audio file: duration 30 minutes; 28 MB size; bit rate of 128 kbps, encoded in iTunes v7.4.1.2, QuickTime 7.2.  An .m4a file format of kpop.  There was a problem uploading some of the other files due to size, but we’ll try to fix that when possible.  You’ll love her choice of kpop music clips and their appropriateness… we did most of these by telephone connect from Kodiak to her Anchorage studio, but the most fun was being in studio looking across the desk with those large korean microphones… an experience never to be forgotten (hey, I ain’t no rock star, so it was a brand new thing!).