[TRANS] 130617-130620 Post of JYJ Tweets

[TRANS] 130617-130620 Post of JYJ Tweets

This post will be updated throughout the day with tweets by JYJ. A time will be added with each tweet as our translators will not always be able to provide instant translations This post includes tweets from 6am KST, June 17th to 5:59am KST, June 20th.

Let it spread~ Everywhere~~~~
(Jaejoong, 9:05pm KST, 130617)
Moldir touches down in Japan!

Our little ducky is too adorable with his Engrish <3
(Ryan, 6:09pm KST, 130617, English Tweet) @1215thexiahtic perform-machine!
(Junsu, 1:17am KST, 130618, English Tweet) @cRyanChandler why you call me dance -machine?????
(Junsu, 1:35am KST, 130618, English Tweet) @1215thexiahtic @cRyanChandler Hey you awake yet? You are so lazy if you have not!!
(Ryan, 4:56am KST, 130618, English Tweet) @1215thexiahtic what?! You’re crazy… I can’t keep up with you! Go to sleep!

(Junsu, 7:20pm KST, 130618, English Tweet) @cRyanChandler im in korea~yeah!! Iron dance man!!! You dance crazy!!!! really really See you soon~^
(Ryan, 7:47pm KST, 130618, English Tweet) @1215thexiahtic glad to hear you arrived safely! Iron dance man? I’ll take it! You are the Golden Artist!!!! See you soon my friend!

(Junsu, 8:25pm KST, 130618, English Tweet) @cRyanChandler okay!! platinum dancer~~see you soon.

Awws <3 
(Jaejoong, 12.06am KST, 130619)
I want to meet (everyone)
I want to sing
I want to laugh
I want to feel

(Jaejoong, 1.11am KST, 130620) Although I don’t believe in “eternity”… Perhaps only these “memories” that fall with the rain are an “eternity” that cannot be denied…

that you are~^^
(Jaejoong, 6.21pm KST, 130620) Ame otoko. (T/N: Rain man, refers to someone who has an affinity with rain. Jaejoong’s been called this a lot because it always rains during events that he attends.)

Source: [Jaejoong’s  Twitter]

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[TRANS] 130620 JYJ Junsu, To Make A Comeback On 15 July! Photos Released Of His Transformation With Double-Cut Hair

 [TRANS] 130620 JYJ Junsu, To Make A Comeback On 15 July! Photos Released Of His Transformation With Double-Cut Hair

JYJ’s Junsu will be releasing his full album on 15 July, and a teaser photo has been revealed.

On 20 June, C-Jes Entertainment published a notice along with the teaser photo, “It is planned for Junsu’s 2nd album to be released on 15 July, and he recently completed the filming of the MV in America. Through Junsu’s teaser photo, his first double-cut hairstyle since debut will be revealed.”

In the photo that was released, Junsu shows off his manly charms with his double-cut hair, completing his look with a funky and colourful jacket.

With regards to this, a representative from his agency said, “In the 1st album last year, the focus was on androgynous charms, while the album this time will have a manly and charismatic concept. A funky urban look was completed by matching a jacket and short pants from this Summer’s collections, with a colourful emblem.”

He also went on to add, “The MV which was recently filmed in America combines both vintage and fantasy elements, and will be a unique and impressive video. The fusion of the addictive colours and hip hop rhythm (of the song) is expected to be refreshing, and like an invitation to a glamorous Summer party.”

Junsu is currently concentrating on album preparations, and is expected to start official promotional activities in early July.

Source: [kstyle]

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[Info] 130429 Five Fun Facts About JYJ Yoo Chun (As Actor)

[Info] 130429 Five Fun Facts About JYJ Yoo Chun (As Actor)

Here are a few facts you may not know about Park Yoo Chun.


Park Yoo Chun, also known as Yoochun and by the stage name of Micky Yoochun is so popular throughout Asia, that when he travels with his group JYJ, airports are often immobilized by the arrival of eager fans.

Although you may know a lot about the singer-turned actor, here are a few more facts.

1. Park Yoo Chun is very close to his brother, Park Yoo Hwan, who is also an actor. The brothers immigrated to America with their parents but were separated when Yoochun left to pursue a career as a singer. The experience was difficult for both of them, but today the siblings are closer than ever.

“My brother is like a father to me,” said Yoo Hwan, who appeared in the drama, “A Thousand Days’ Promise.”

As to who is a better actor, Yoochun says his brother’s acting is more natural than his, but he is better at being emotional.

2. The role of Han Jung Woo in “Missing You” proves that Yoochun can turn on the tears. The line his character kept repeating was that he was not really crying but the wind was making his eyes tear up. But it was so cold on set that it actually interfered with his crying.

“When the chilly wind is blowing, it’s not easy to cry,” said Yoochun. “And in the cold wintry weather, my mouth often became frozen when I was saying my lines.

3. He does not think he is a good actor yet or necessarily very attractive.

“Honestly, I need makeup in order to look good, and because I became an actor all of the sudden after being a singer, there is a lot of room for improvement,” said Yoochun.

When praised for his work, he said. “It is not because my acting is good; rather I think my personal experiences show through my acting. As I have experienced crying bitterly before, it was possible for me to cry in scenes like that.”

4. He would like to grow hair longer again, as it was in his early JYJ days, but drama roles get in the way.

“After “Sungkyunkwan Scandal,” my hair was so long I could tie it up, I like long hair like that. But after I cut it off, even if I want it long again, I can’t do it. If I want to let my hair grow long, I need to have one year of no work, but there is work continually.”

5. He is so busy that he considered adopting a daughter but decided his schedule was too demanding. He so enjoyed interacting with the young actress Kim So Hyun when he starred in “Rooftop Prince” that he began to think about how much he would like to have a daughter.

“I really love daughters,” said Yoochun. “I fantasize about having a loving family. When I marry I think I will be able to have a daughter like So Hyun.”

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North Korea Warns Foreigners To Leave South

North Korea Warns Foreigners To Leave South

Reuters/Reuters – North Korean soldiers look to the South as they patrol at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the North from South Korea in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul March 19, 2013. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

By Christine Kim and Joyce Lee

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea intensified threats of an imminent conflict against the United States and the South on Tuesday, warning foreigners to evacuate South Korea to avoid being dragged into a “merciless, sacred, retaliatory war”.

The North’s latest antagonistic message belied an atmosphere free of anxiety in the South Korean capital, where the city center was bustling with traffic and offices operated normally.

Pyongyang has shown no sign of preparing its 1.2 million-strong army for war, indicating the threat could be partly intended to bolster Kim Jong-un, 30, the third in his family to lead the reclusive country.

None of the embassies in Seoul appeared to have issued any directives to their nationals after the warning and airlines reported no changes in their schedules. Schools catering to foreign pupils worked without interruption.

The warning, read out on North Korea’s state television in a bulletin that interrupted normal programming, was the latest threat in weeks of high tension following U.N. sanctions slapped on Pyongyang for its latest nuclear arms test.

It followed the North’s suspension of activity at the Kaesong joint industrial park just inside North Korea, all but closing down the last remnant of cooperation between the neighbors. North Korean workers failed to turn up on Tuesday.

North Korea had said South Korea was trying to turn the Kaesong complex into a “hotbed of war”.

The warning to foreigners, reported by the KCNA news agency said once war broke out “it will be an all-out war, a merciless, sacred, retaliatory war to be waged by (North Korea).

“It does not want to see foreigners in South Korea fall victim to the war,” the agency quoted the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee as saying.

“The committee informs all foreign institutions and enterprises and foreigners, including tourists…that they are requested to take measures for shelter and evacuation in advance for their safety.”

Last week, North Korean authorities advised embassies in Pyongyang to consider pulling out in case of war, though none appeared to have taken any such action.


Speculation has grown that the North would launch some sort of provocative action this week — perhaps a missile launch or a fresh nuclear weapons test.

A government source in Seoul said a North Korean medium-range missile, reported to have been shunted to the east coast, had been tracked and was believed to be ready for launch.

“Technically, they can launch it as early as tomorrow,” the source said.

But a U.S. embassy official in Seoul said a directive issued last week saying there was no imminent threat to Americans in South Korea remained valid. “Our workers are in all our offices today,” he said. “We have not evacuated anyone.”

A Philippine foreign ministry spokesman quoted diplomats at its Seoul embassy as saying the situation “remains normal and calm”.

Stocks, which had fallen 4 percent over the past four days, edged higher on Tuesday despite the warning to foreigners. The won currency moved little, dipping slightly after the North Korean statement.

Employers at the Kaesong complex faced uncertainty as the 53,000-strong North Korean workforce stayed away. A spokesman for textile company Taekwang Industrial and at least two other firms said production had stopped.

About 475 South Korean workers and factory managers remain in Kaesong, which generates $2 billion in trade for the impoverished North. The Seoul government said 77 would return on Tuesday.

North Korean workers at the park have appeared increasingly agitated in recent days, refusing to talk to their colleagues.

Many Southerners connected with the park bedded down at budget hotels in a nearby South Korean town in the hope that an order would come from the North to re-open.

“I have been feeling anxious now and then. Now it’s really preposterous facing this,” said Shing Dong-chul, 55, a South Korean worker who transports wire made in Kaesong.

“North Korean workers didn’t talk a lot, but they appeared to have complaints about Kaesong being closed. They worried whether they would be working or not.”

Addressing a cabinet meeting, South Korean President Park Geun-hye described the suspension of Kaesong as “very disappointing” and said investors would now shun the North.

Few experts had expected Pyongyang to jeopardize Kaesong, which employs more than 50,000 North Koreans making household goods for 123 South Korean firms.


The zone is practically the last vestige of the “Sunshine Policy” of rapprochement between the two Koreas and a powerful symbol that the divided country could one day reunify.

South Korean companies are estimated to have invested around $500 million in the park since 2004.

World leaders have expressed alarm at the crisis and the prospect of a conflict involving a country claiming to be developing nuclear weapons.

China, the North’s sole diplomatic and financial ally, issued a new call for calm and restraint, though Beijing’s leaders have shown increasing impatience with Pyongyang.

“We ask all the relevant sides to bear in mind regional peace and stability and earnestly protect the legal rights and safety of citizens,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a briefing.

A Russian foreign ministry spokesman, in a statement on the ministry’s website, said Moscow was in solidarity with all G8 industrialized countries “as regards the rejection of Pyongyang’s current provocative and bellicose line of conduct”.

The North is also angry at weeks of joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises off the coast of the peninsula, with B-2 stealth bombers dispatched from their U.S. bases.

But the United States announced the postponement last weekend of a long-planned missile launch, a move officials said was aimed at easing tensions on the peninsula.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Seoul this week and the North holds celebrations, and possibly military demonstrations, next Monday to mark the birth date of its founder, Kim Il-Sung – the current leader’s grandfather.

In Washington, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter urged China to use its influence with the North and said Moscow wanted similar action from Beijing.

But Chinese criticism of North Korea is unlikely to mean tough new action against Pyongyang because China would see any collapse of its troublesome neighbor as a disaster.

(Additional reporting by Ju-min Park in PAJU, Jack Kim in Seoul, Ben Blanchard in Beijing; Manuel Mogato in Manila and Steve Gutterman in Moscow; Writing by Ron Popeski; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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Arden Cho Compilation Original Compositions

I follow Arden on Twitter. Just curious about her work. Very nice  🙂

Arden Cho – Tainted (original)

Arden Cho – With You (original)

Arden Cho – Hello Goodbye (original)

Arden Cho – I’m Just a Girl (official MV)

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[Trans] 120716 North and South America, Europe… JYJ Junsu Crossed Over To World Tour

[Trans] 120716 North and South America, Europe… JYJ Junsu Crossed Over To World Tour

Singer Kim Junsu will be starting his world tour as a solo singer. Representative C-JeS Entertainment expressed that, “Kim Junsu will be touring around North and South America and Europe with concerts at 2-3 cities of each continent.”

C-JeS said, “Kim Junsu’s solo album was not just sold domestically but was targeted at Asian market. The MV is also produced for overseas’ market. Right now the Asia tour is successfully being held, and the endless ‘love call’ from America and Europe resulted the decision in the world tour.”

“The repackaged album is also currently in the midst of preparation. The album this time is targeted at global market and there’s English song(s) included. The MV is also produced in America. Though it is not yet to be announced but there’s a famous US staff that is involved in it,” C-JeS expressed.

 The representative of North America expressed that, “The success of JYJ world tour has resulted in very high popularity of Kim Junsu (XIA).” The title song Tarantallegra is different from the typical K-pop and thus caused a sensation. The MV also received good reviews in America.”

Additionally, the Asia tour that started from Seoul, then Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, China etc, Kim Junsu will be concluding the Asia tour next month at Hongkong.

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[TRANS] 120529 JYJ Junsu, Ranked On Billboard As Solo Artist

[TRANS] 120529 JYJ Junsu, Ranked On Billboard As Solo Artist

JYJ’s Kim Junsu has been ranked on the bilboard charts as a solo artist。

According to announcements from Billboard America on 25 May, Junsu’s first solo album “Xia Tarantallegra” was ranked at number 10 of the world album charts. It was ranked in the billboard charts within 10 days of going on asle.

The world album charts is ranked by Nielsen Sound Scan, for based on volume of albums sold in the American or Canadian regions. Junsu has proven that he has transcended Asia, and made it in America.

Junsu’s management company C-JeS entertainment said, “He managed to accomplish this without any broadcast activities at all. This shows that the world has responded to his sensation-based music. JYJ are true K-pop stars, with fans from all over the world. We hope that you continue to support him on his path in the future.”

Aside from this, Junsu was ranked 9th on th Oricon Charts (last week of May), and first on iTunes. He is currently on his Asia tour, which will be held in 7 countries starting from Thailand, Indonesia. Taiwan etc.

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120416 Forbes: North Korea: A Paper Tiger Threatens The Peace

4/16/2012 @ 12:49PM
North Korea: A Paper Tiger Threatens the Peace
Doug Bandow, Contributor
I write about domestic and international policy.

By Doug Bandow

Dealing with North Korea always leaves a sense of déjà vu.  Whether Pyongyang is making threats, proposing negotiations, pocketing concessions, or violating agreements, the U.S. and its allies have heard it all before.  The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is perfectly predictable in an unpredictable sort of way.

Dealing with the DPRK will never be easy.  The best policy would be one of containment, with the U.S. stepping back and placing more responsibility on the North’s neighbors to handle the problem child.

The North’s latest provocation was last week’s “satellite” launch.  The missile broke up and fell into the ocean, leading to a South Korean attempt to find the pieces.  The fiasco left Pyongyang looking like a paper tiger, but Seoul warns that a third nuclear test may be next.

North Korea’s missile shot—formally an effort to place a weather satellite into orbit—came just weeks after the Obama administration cut a deal to provide food assistance in return for a halt in nuclear tests and uranium enrichment.  Pyongyang also was expected to return to the so-called Six Party talks with the objective of eliminating the North’s nuclear program.

That agreement is now kaput.  At least the Obama administration did not have high expectations.  Secretary of State Hilary Clinton called the pact “A modest first step in the right direction,” and the effort probably was a useful probe of Pyongyang’s intentions.  The administration’s mistake was to believe that this “modest first step” was worth paying for.  Now Washington looks credulous or even incompetent, while the DPRK again has won worldwide media coverage.

There is disagreement over whether North Korea consciously violated the latest accord or genuinely didn’t believe that it had agreed to forgo missile launches.  But no matter:  President Barack Obama denounced Pyongyang’s “bad behavior” and negotiations with the North have hit another dead end.  Tomorrow the DPRK could collapse or the new rulers in Pyongyang could embark upon a radical program of perestroika, but unfortunately the West must act on the assumption that the country will remain a Stalinist fossil for many years to come.

Moreover, the North remains in the midst of an uncertain power transition.  Kim Jong-un, the roughly (we aren’t sure) 29-year-old young son and grandson of North Korea’s prior two dictators, has received the titles and other trappings of power, though it is not clear how much authority he actually wields.  Grandfather Kim Il-sung took decades to transfer power to Kim Jong-il  Kim Jong-il was barely two years into a similar shift to Kim Jong-un when the former died.

Pyongyang’s corridors of power are filled with family members, party officials,and military officers who have little reason to turn power over to an untested youngster who lacked the time and perhaps skill necessary to make the system his servant.  Even his uncle and aunt, apparently tasked by Kim Jong-il to help shepherd the son along, are far better positioned to grab supreme power, if not formal leadership.  Nor are senior military officers likely to play sycophant to the recently minted “four star general.”

Moreover, the leadership may be focused on internal developments for another reason.  2012 is the centenary of the birth of founding dictator Kim Il-sung.  Major celebrations were held yesterday on his birthday.  Kim Jong-il had set 2012 as the year North Korea would demonstrate that it was prosperous and powerful.  The supposed satellite launch was just one of many steps likely to be taken in coming months to promote this end.

The allied objective long has been a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.  Indeed, leaders on both sides of the Pacific often have talked of refusing to accept a nuclear North Korea, insisting that the DPRK’s possession of nuclear weapons was simply unacceptable.

It is a worthy goal, but probably unobtainable.  There has never been any evidence that Pyongyang was inclined to give up whatever weapons it has obtained at great cost.  Doing so would leave the North vulnerable to a foreign attempt at regime change, eliminate the need for any other nation to pay any attention to what is a small and impoverished nation, and lose a useful tool for financial extortion.

Abandoning nuclear weapons also would directly contradict the Kim family’s “military first” policy which solidified political support from the armed forces.  Kim Jong-il may have had the power to overrule the military’s wishes but apparently was not inclined to do so.  Kim Jong-un almost certainly does not have such authority, and no one hoping to survive, let alone rise, in North Korean politics today likely will challenge the military on the issue. A collective leadership where competition for power is intense and the outcome is open inevitably will limit negotiating options with the West.


There still may be room for an agreement—to, for instance, stop any further plutonium production or uranium enrichment.  Simply freezing the North’s nuclear program would be worthwhile and would ease fears of proliferation.  Still, no one in Pyongyang would accept such limits out of the goodness of their hearts.  The price for any pact, especially including verification inspections, would be high.  And it is hard to imagine a consensus arising in Pyongyang so long as the leadership remains unsettled.

Yet there is no alternative to negotiation.  Six years ago, before becoming deputy defense secretary, Ashton Carter advocated military strikes on North Korea, but the administration does not appear to be considering such a policy, and rightly so.  Military action likely would trigger another Korean War, with hideous consequences for all concerned.

Of course, Pyongyang might do nothing in response to a U.S. attack, but more likely would view military action as a prelude to coercive regime change.  Then it would make sense for the North to strike first, and Seoul is within range of Scuds and artillery.  While neither China nor Russia likely would intervene on the DPRK’s behalf, starting a war on their borders would greatly complicate Washington’s relationship with both nations.

Sanctions are everyone’s preferred tool, but the North Korean leadership is willing to impose enormous hardship on the North Korean people to pursue its political ends.  Moreover, sanctions won’t be effective without Beijing’s acquiescence.  And so far the People’s Republic of China is committed to stability on the peninsula.

Which leads back to negotiation.  Washington should use the North’s failed launch to reemphasize the role of diplomacy while moving in a new direction.

It is probably less painful to have a root canal than dicker with a North Korean diplomat.  Nevertheless, the DPRK appears to behave less provocatively while talking with America and South Korea, in particular.  In contrast, at a time of relative isolation two years ago the North torpedoed a South Korean warship and bombarded a South Korean island.  Even if talks go no where they may perform a useful role.

Thus, Washington should pursue discussions with limited expectations.  Let North Korean officials talk without pressing hard for an unattainable agreement.  Keep Pyongyang at the table, which it perceives as having some value, even if the process otherwise seems to be a waste of time.

At the same time, Washington should stop ostentatiously making public demands.  For instance, President Obama insisted that the North drop its missile launch.  His comments ensured that the North Koreans would move ahead.  A disappointed statement of regret would have sufficed, followed by a conscious effort to downplay the issue.  Pyongyang’s objective is to win attention and create anxiety.  The U.S. should not provide the first or evidence the second.  In fact, the North’s failed launch demonstrated that the event received a build-up far exceeding the stakes.  After describing the satellite as the “cream” of the nation’s space technology and claiming the launch to be an “inspiring deed,” the DPRK has been profoundly embarrassed.

Moreover, Washington should suggest that the U.S. and North Korea establish consular relations.  If the North wants America’s “respect,” then let it have it.  In return, the American government would be free to raise any issue, from security to human rights, in what hopefully would become an ongoing dialogue.  The objective would not be to argue Kim Jong-un away from totalitarian communism, but to open a small window into the DPRK, create a communication channel, and offer the prospect of expanded future ties.

At the same time, the U.S. should step back.  Even if North Korea had a long-range missile that worked, Kim Jong-un & Co. would not use it against America.  North Korea has a return address and the U.S. has a devastating retaliatory capacity.  Kim wants his virgins in this world, not the next.  None of his colleagues want to play a game of self-immolation.

Without forces in South Korea, the U.S. could stand largely aloof from the North’s antics.  Washington would still worry about proliferation, but would face no direct threat of a North Korean nuclear attack, no matter how small.  Unfortunately, today 27,000 Americans stationed in the South act as nuclear hostages.  Yet their presence is not necessary for the ROK’s defense.  Seoul enjoys a 40-1 economic and 2-1 population advantage over the North.  Washington should turn responsibility for South Korea’s defense over to the South Koreans, whereit long has belonged.

As the U.S. disengages militarily, it should indicate that it plans to step behind the North’s neighbors as they deal with Pyongyang.  The ROK should take the lead in confronting North Korea.  On questions from trade and investment to conventional deterrence, the South should be the country responding to the North.  Japan also has an important role to play in both economic and security matters, since its relatively pacifist tendencies have been challenged by the DPRK’s multiple provocations.

Washington should work with both the South and Japan to develop a “grand bargain” diplomatic package for North Korea to present to Beijing.  The PRC routinely calls for negotiations.  The U.S. should call on China to support an allied plan offering to swap recognition, trade, and aid for denuclearization.  And Washington should request Chinese support for the plan (while addressing Beijings fears about the economic and geopolitical costs of a North Korean collapse).  The U.S. should request a commitment to squeeze investment as well as aid flows and energy shipments should the North refuse to make a deal.

If China refuses, Washington should politely indicate that the PRC will bear the burden if things go badly on the Korean peninsula.  And should North Korea come calling to request aid to feed its starving population,the U.S. will point the way to Beijing.

Moreover, Washington should explain, if the North insists on creating an expansive nuclear arsenal, that the U.S. will reconsider its objection to South Korea and Japan possessing nuclear weapons.  After all, it makes little sense for America to ensure that the only secondary power with nukes is the region’s most brutal and least trustworthy state.  If the PRC is going to protect its discreditable ally, it should pay the full price for doing so.  Chinese officials should wake up to the same nightmares as those which now disturb policymakers in America, South Korea, and Japan.

It’s déjà vu all over again, observed Yogi Berra.  Such is the result of negotiating with North Korea.  Washington may have no choice but to continue talking with DPRK.  But the U.S. needs to step back, turning principal responsibility for the disagreeable task over to those with the most at stake, Pyongyang’s unfortunate neighbors.

credit: Doug Bandow

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111201 Horses Could Soon Be Slaughtered For Meat in US

Horses Could Soon Be Slaughtered For Meat in US


I guess it’s opinion morning, but this is one area in which I have a sensitive spot. Three animals are not in my menu plan–dogs, horses, and cats. I realize that this is a cultural mindset, Americans generally do not eat these animals on a regular basis.  I also realize that horses are large muscle animals, so there is a lot of meat per pound per animal, and, in the past under duress, horses have been eaten in America. According to this article, the meat is targeted for overseas consumption–France, Japan, Europe, and other Asian countries. I guess in theory I can’t argue–it is quality protein. However, when I think about the horses who personally give me joy, I have a hard time imagining them on someone’s dinner table.  Momma Cha

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up and running in as little as a month.

Slaughter opponents pushed a measure cutting off funding for horse meat inspections through Congress in 2006 after other efforts to pass outright bans on horse slaughter failed in previous years. Congress lifted the ban in a spending bill President Barack Obama signed into law Nov. 18 to keep the government afloat until mid-December.

It did not, however, allocate any new money to pay for horse meat inspections, which opponents claim could cost taxpayers $3 million to $5 million a year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture would have to find the money in its existing budget, which is expected to see more cuts this year as Congress and the White House aim to trim federal spending.

The USDA issued a statement Tuesday saying there are no slaughterhouses in the U.S. that butcher horses for human consumption now, but if one were to open, it would conduct inspections to make sure federal laws were being followed. USDA spokesman Neil Gaffney declined to answer questions beyond what was in the statement.

The last U.S. slaughterhouse that butchered horses closed in 2007 in Illinois, and animal welfare activists warned of massive public outcry in any town where a slaughterhouse may open.

“If plants open up in Oklahoma or Nebraska, you’ll see controversy, litigation, legislative action and basically a very inhospitable environment to operate,” predicted Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of The Humane Society of the United States. “Local opposition will emerge and you’ll have tremendous controversy over slaughtering Trigger and Mr. Ed.”

But pro-slaughter activists say the ban had unintended consequences, including an increase in neglect and the abandonment of horses, and that they are scrambling to get a plant going — possibly in Wyoming, North Dakota, Nebraska or Missouri. They estimate a slaughterhouse could open in 30 to 90 days with state approval and eventually as many as 200,000 horses a year could be slaughtered for human consumption. Most of the meat would be shipped to countries in Europe and Asia, including France and Japan.

Dave Duquette, president of the nonprofit, pro-slaughter group United Horsemen, said no state or site has been picked yet but he’s lined up plenty of investors who have expressed interest in financing a processing plant. While the last three slaughterhouses in the U.S. were owned by foreign companies, he said a new plant would be American-owned.

“I have personally probably five to 10 investors that I could call right now if I had a plant ready to go,” said Duquette, who lives in Hermiston, Ore. He added, “If one plant came open in two weeks, I’d have enough money to fund it. I’ve got people who will put up $100,000.”

Sue Wallis, a Wyoming state lawmaker who’s the group’s vice president, said ranchers used to be able to sell horses that were too old or unfit for work to slaughterhouses but now they have to ship them to butchers in Canada and Mexico, where they fetch less than half the price.

The federal ban devastated “an entire sector of animal agriculture for purely sentimental and romantic notions,” she said.

Although there are reports of Americans dining on horse meat a recently as the 1940s, the practice is virtually non-existent in this country, where the animals are treated as beloved pets and iconic symbols of the West.

Lawmakers in California and Illinois have banned the slaughter of horses for human consumption, and more than a dozen states tightly regulate the sale of horse meat.

Federal lawmakers’ lifting of the ban on funding for horse meat inspections came about in part because of the recession, which struck just as slaughtering stopped. A federal report issued in June found that local animal welfare organizations reported a spike in investigations for horse neglect and abandonment since 2007. In Colorado, for example, data showed that investigations for horse neglect and abuse increased more than 60 percent — from 975 in 2005 to almost 1,600 in 2009.

The report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office also determined that about 138,000 horses were transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter in 2010, nearly the same number that were killed in the U.S. before the ban took effect in 2007. The U.S. has an estimated 9 million horses.

Cheri White Owl, founder of the nonprofit Horse Feathers Equine Rescue in Guthrie, Okla., said she’s seen more horse neglect during the recession. Her group is caring for 33 horses now and can’t accept more.

“A lot of the situation is due to the economy,” she said, “People deciding to pay their mortgage or keep their horse.”

But White Owl worries that if slaughterhouses open, owners will dump their unwanted animals there instead of looking for alternatives, such as animal sanctuaries.

Animal rights groups also argue that slaughtering is a messy, cruel process, and some say it would be kinder for owners to have their horses put to sleep by a veterinarian.

“Euthanasia has always been an option,” Pacelle said. But “if you acquire a horse, you should be a responsible owner and provide lifetime care.”

The fight over horse slaughtering has pitted lawmakers of the same party against each other.

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., said the poor economy has resulted in “sad cases” of horse abandonment and neglect and lifting the ban will give Americans a shot at regaining lost jobs and making sure sick horses aren’t abandoned or mistreated.

But U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., is lobbying colleagues to permanently ban horse slaughter because he believes the process is inhumane.

“I am committed to doing everything in my power to prevent the resumption of horse slaughter and will force Congress to debate this important policy in an open, democratic manner at every opportunity,” he said in a statement.

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Translation 111126 Meeting TVXQ in Las Vegas, “Popularity Kings in America? We Are All National Representatives of K-Pop

[TRANS] 111126 Meeting TVXQ In Las Vegas, “Popularity Kings In America? We Are All National Representatives Of K-Pop”

Popular boyband TVXQ took on the epicenter of trends, America, showing the charm of Kpop and exposing it to more people.

On 25 November at 4.30pm, TVXQ attended the “2011 Bilboard K-Pop Masters” press conference held at the meeting room of MGM Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. They said “We are very happy to have a chance to help educate people about K-pop in a famous city such as Las Vegas. As compared to the fact that this  is held specifically in America, we are happy to be able to spread our culture to more people.  As a representative for all of our country, we will work hard, and we hope that everyone can give us more love and care.”

Answering an American journalists question of “Did you know that you are in fact very popular in America?” U-Know Yunho said, “ We were a little embarrassed when we heard about that. It makes me want to show even more of the Korean culture to everybody. We will express our gratitude via today’s show.”

On this concert, TVXQ said, “Every group’s performance has reached a flawless level. The last performance will be “Arirang” (a Korean folk song). We specially prepared this to enjoy it with the audience. It would be great if everyone could use their cheers to express their happiness towards this show. We want to spend a meaningful day with everybody.”

As for “The American musician you would like to work with,” they replied “We live by listening to music from a variety of singers, and if we had to pick just one, it would be difficult. If there is a good opportunity, we would want to work with them, We hope that we can work together to produce an even better album.”

Responding to the K-pop fever, this press conference saw many famous local media such as FOX channel, MTV and The Huffington Post.

After the press conference, TVXQ had an outdoor red carpet event, and appeared in suits. With this world tour that went to places such as America, France, Japan, China and others, they have left a deep impression, courageously meeting up to the large cheers. Any movement made by TVXQ is capable of igniting passion from the audiences.

Bonnie Wong (22) who watched their performance in LA, when evaluating K-pop artists, said “I feel that their vocal and dancing abilities are exceptional as they move towards a global stage, and it is amazing. Their performances are full of charm, and that attracts me even more.” Stacy Kay Gully, who was present in Las Vegas, praised K-pop, saying “I don’t have an accurate understanding of the lyrics, but I can still feel the passion and depth of their music. Korean music touches my heart first, and not my ears.”

With the soaring K-pop fever reaching Las Vegas, the “2011 Billboard K-Pop Masters” is a large-scale music festival organized by Billboard Korea and MGM. This is an activity to celebrate the opening of the Billboard K-Pop chart on 26 August. Artists include TVXQ, SHINee, Brown Eyed Girls, Beast, MBLAQ, G.NA, 4minute, Sistar and other artists. It starts at 8pm on 25 November, and will run for 2.5 hours.  It will be held again the next day, on 26 November.

Source : [BaiduTVXQ + Billboard Korea]

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[TRANS] 111120 TVXQ “Will Show A Special Stage In Las Vegas”

Translation 110928 Sale of Complete Collector’s Edition “Come On Over, JYJ” — Private DVD

[TRANS] 110928 Sale Of Complete Collector’s Edition 『Come on over, JYJ – Private DVD

Posted on September 28, 2011 by TheRarasaurus

The Special import edition of JYJ’s Documentary DVD has been confirmed.

This release is focused in America, and the sale of the  “Complete Collector’s Edition 『Come on over, JYJ – Private DVD』” has been decided.

This is the documentary about the 3 members’ private lives that all the fans have been waiting for. This is the rare, precious unreleased hidden video collection which was not broadcast in Korea.

There will be special premiums for those who purchase this item.
General pre-orders will start on 6 October 2011.
We will provide more details in another follow-up email.

Content Details
The three members, who have not shown their homes to the public so far, their “secret houses” will be shown.
Theses are videos of the three members’ private lives, lifestyle, how they spend their own personal time in their houses, and are a must-watch for fans.
Aside from their music-related activities such as their CD releases and Worldwide Concerts, how they put their energy into movies, dramas, musicals, CMs and others, you will be able to see the three members while they “rest for a moment” and “prepare for the next step.”

DVD Specifications
Title : JYJ Documentary 『Come on over, JYJ – Private DVD』
– Total duration : 70 minutes x 5 discs
– Format : Set of 5 DVDs. 40 Page Booklet (in Luxury Box)
– Sound : Korean/English/Chinese/With Japanese Subtitles
– Complete Import Edition
– Region Code : All – Region Code for Japan
– Japanese Subtitles Included
– Each person can order up to 2 sets. (Tentative)

– Made in Korea
– Produced by : SOMEONE AGENCY
– Expected Release Date : Delivery in Late November – Mid December
– Expected Price : 22,890 yen (Inclusive of 1,090yen tax) 

Source : [JYJ 3Voices Shop Official Mail]
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