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!).