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Weki Meki came back a few days ago with a new mini album. They are sort of an odd duck to me, a hybrid between fun/energy concept and girlcrush concept, which is a little oxymoronic. Their last comeback wasn't that successful, but they seem to have recalibrated their approach this time around, as they've pulled as many views in three days as they did in three months for their last A-side.


Regular readers of this thread--and I know you're out there, don't try to deny it...

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--know that I'm not a fan of girlcrush concepts. Why don't I like them? Because:

* The girls are styled tastelessly at best, like street whores at worst.
* There's too much rap, and it's annoying raps, not cute raps
* Loud, obnoxious ghetto beats that crush the melodies
* Stupid "girl power" lyrics
* The overall attitude is bratty, self-absorbed, and self-important.

But how does Weki Meki do here?

* Their styling is classy and understated
* The raps are at least tolerable
* The melody actually manages to fight its way to the surface over the ghetto beats
* The silly "girl power" lyrics are there, and annoying, but luckily I don't understand Korean.
* The attitude is restrained and cool, not bitchy and self-involved.

Verdict: borderline case, but I'll allow it. And they are coming off really well in their stages:



While we're on the subject, BLACKPINK is, sadly, the most popular (albeit not the most profitable, that distinction probably belongs to TWICE) girl group in the world, but you aren't going to find them in this thread because they are the working definition of girlcrush, and consequently most of their work is hard to stomach. For example:


Blecchh.

It's frustrating because not all of their work is awful. Some of it is even sort of OK:

Sadly that's the exception, not the rule.
Weki-Meki and even Twice kind of have a self-parody thing at times that is nice. Unlike Black Pink and most Girl Crush...they don't take themselves all that seriously. Always liked this version of Black Pink's "Don't know what to do without you"
 

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Gamer Uprising Official Rookie Group Weeekly made their first comeback this morning, not even four months after their debut.

They have recalibrated their Cute/Fun/Energy concept and put it into Maximum Cuteness Overdrive. Brace yourself.

 

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Gamer Uprising Official Rookie Group Weeekly made their first comeback this morning, not even four months after their debut.

They have recalibrated their Cute/Fun/Energy concept and put it into Maximum Cuteness Overdrive. Brace yourself.

Thanks JRRIII! Aju Kyoopda! Looking great! They are fun to watch. I do hope they keep it this way for at least another year or so before they "mature" into prancing club-ready girls. I guess they like the K-boy band Zig-Zag.

Strangely it reminded me of this Kim Lip (Loona) vid. They may move to this in 2021? Just another one of those vids. Reminds me of so much back in the day....school girl dreams of what is today and what will be....a great song:


I hope Weekly puts together a nice Choro. version before too long like Loona did. Like Weeekly, it is cuteness overload:

 

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Weeekly has started doing comeback stages at the music shows. They do a great job using props here, which has to meaningfully increase the degree of difficulty.

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Message: We Can! You really have to love these girls.


Here's the studio dance practice version. I enjoyed hearing the thumps from the giant blocks as they flip them over.


I listened to the album a few times already. It's energetic, fun-loving guitar-driven power pop that builds momentum as the album goes along. They finish up with their own anthem song, "Weeekly", which arguably could have been the title track. Hopefully they'll promote it on the music shows along with "Zig Zag".

 

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Saw RV's new song from last month that JRR mentioned earlier. The vocals are pretty good.
yeah it's not bad. It's good to see Wendy back. What a shame her accident caused her to miss the better part of an entire year.
 

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yeah it's not bad. It's good to see Wendy back. What a shame her accident caused her to miss the better part of an entire year.
Yeah...I'm locked and loaded for Wendy's return. Remarkable, RV stands as the best of times.
 

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Just another one from Loona...reminds me of fresh unplowed rice fields near Taegu for some reason...hear the voices?:

 

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With work and so much happening nowadays, it's easy for a newcomer to K-wave such as myself to forget about this thread and its simple pleasures, not to mention the review I still plan on doing here. Thankfully this thread keeps getting bumped thanks to regular updates, making catching up during quick snatches a little easier.

Since I couldn't write a K-drama review at the moment, for the time being I might as well share something else that's still related somehow. Even long before I discovered Sir Roger Scruton, I've always found the very thought of modern art, pop art included, as repugnant, uninspired, and most of all unbeautiful, my rigorous liberal arts indoctrination notwithstanding. Thankfully, an in-flight magazine that featured the street aesthetic of the big South Korean cities convinced me that modern art, when done right, could still be pleasing to the senses and appeal immensely to one's innate sense of beauty. While they definitely aren't and never will be on the level of works by Michelangelo, Leonardo, Cellini, and all the other greats, they'd still be many echelons above fake and gay pretenders such as Pollock, Rothko, Haring (who really was a fag and died of AIDS lol), and the faggot who simply dunked a crucifix in a jar of urine and called it "art". The Korean murals tend to be original, sometimes funny, and many of them sure as hell aren't eyesores despite being graffiti. And while I usually favor the Japanese over the Koreans, I'd rank most of these unknown gook artists over even Takashi Murakami, whose works I find to be too repetitive, too reminiscent of Sanrio, and too derivative of crudely-drawn comedy anime despite being widely acclaimed in art circles (which only goes to show that even art journalism, supposedly more sophisticated and erudite, is still utter bullshit for the very reason that it's journalism).

But enough telling, it's time for a little bit of showing.











 
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Just another one from Loona...reminds me of fresh unplowed rice fields near Taegu for some reason...hear the voices?:
I really need to spend more time with Loona. What little I've seen so far is really good but I just haven't paid sufficient attention yet to form a full opinion.

Loona is Jihan's favorite group, which of course amounts to a major endorsement given that Weeekly is the Official Rookie Groupยฎ of the Gamer Uprising.

 
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I'll just dump in a bunch of Weeekly comeback stages here.




 

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More Weeekly stages:


 

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GFriend is coming back with "Walpurgis Night" in November.

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There is a lot going on here. This album represents the culmination of a creative theme cycle they have been developing across their last two mini-albums--"Labyrinth" and "Song of the Sirens". And in fact this cycle is an extension of a broader theme they have been developing since their "School Trilogy" of title tracks ("Glass Bead", "Me Gustas Tu" and "Rough") and elaborated with "Fingertip", which is arguably their most underrated title track and music video. What they are doing here is roughly comparable to what Chris Carter did with "X Files", which featured a main story line "canon" developed season-by-season over a decade (i.e. the aliens story line), that was punctuated with "monster of the week" episodes that fleshed out a broader theme of paranormal influence in human affairs.

I'll get into this more as the comeback date draws closer.
 
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All I can say at this point that I was in Asia during the 1997-2001 financial crisis led by F'ing J-tribers.
I will never relent on my attacks on these ingrate hand-rubbing J-F'ers (J-Tribe Hedge Funds). I'll put "unfortunate" in their (((skulls))).

Keep in mind...I saw this coming in the Summer of 1997...with the G-Dmd J'd IMF with the princesses leading F'n wreck. All I need is just 15 minutes in a room with them...to set their Sh*tty Jew'd ass world straight from an average White Boy's Perspective...I've seen great things in Asia and I don't want them to stop because of the F'N J-Tribers....in my book the baseball bats come out when J-Tribers are overally talking about "funds" and "finance"...they did England in 1991...they will do you and your kids for generations unless a STAKE is set in the GROUND and feared...this is Medieval "heads on stakes" that they have to recognize...:
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[As for the cause of the crash,] there was crony banking, definitely. The big banks were owned by the same Sino-Thai families as the big corporations. The baht had been pegged to the dollar for too long of a time. The U.S. dollar was weakening during the โ€˜90s and the baht had been pegged at 25 to the dollar for at least ten years. That had gotten out of sync; it wasnโ€™t realistic.


There were huge amounts of dollar-denominated lending within Thailand; if there was a sudden switch to baht the loans would be unaffordable. There was a lot of money going around the planet in night time trades on the global market. And investors like George Soros were involved in the currency speculationโ€ฆ.


He (George Soros, seen right) was considered to be (a major villain) primarily by Prime Minister Mahathir of Malaysia who was very, very bitter against the English and the U.S. He was also biased against the Jews, and since George Soros is Jewish he claimed that the financial crisis was no accident; [Mahathir alleged] it was an out-and-out deliberate attempt on the part of the West to manipulate those economies and bring them down because we didnโ€™t like seeing Asian countries succeeds. Which is nonsense, but that kind of stuff was being said in Thailand as well and people were believing it.

Also the IMF conditionality was too harsh for this situation. The IMF had developed its approach in dealing with bankrupt countries in Africa and other places and they always imposed recommendations on the amount of fiscal deficit a country could carry. They were quite unrealistic in the case of Thailand trying to recover from this crisis.

As time went on the IMF modified its conditions maybe three or four times as they learned that their model was not applicable and that it was not working. This process built up huge resentment among Thai elites against the IMF as well as against the United States. The Thais were very happy when they were finally able to pay off all their IMF loans and they donโ€™t want to ever go there again (which is unfortunate).

So the IMF itself lost a lot of credibility and prestige. I believe this also happened in South Korea and other places affected by this crisis.
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Saw it first hand... never relent. God-Bless K-Pop...just need 15 minutes with Soros and his wormy..little J-Sh*tty son:


There were a lot of other things going on at the same time. That was I think one of the problems with the crisis; it was hard to make this issue heard in the babble of all the other things that were happening.

For instance we were having huge political problems in Cambodia at the time. We were in the process of normalizing relations with Vietnam and negotiating a trade agreement. I know there were a lot of things going on in our relations with China. When the South Korean economy began to crumple, I think this was seen as a more of an immediate problem in the region because it was a bigger economy and had bigger trade with the United States. Southeast Asia, it took a while for it to really register on peopleโ€™s mindsโ€ฆ.
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I look at that corrupt J-Shit and then look at this and I just want all out... an unfriendly Justice on F'N J-Tribe F'Heads:

 
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Saw it first hand... never relent. God-Bless K-Pop...just need 15 minutes with Soros and his wormy..little J-Sh*tty son:
It's an interesting subject that probably deserves its own thread, given that you were actually an on-the-ground witness.
 

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It's an interesting subject that probably deserves its own thread, given that you were actually an on-the-ground witness.
You are right JRR III this does need it's own thread. I was drinking and then remembering events back then...and just had to vent. Should have been done elsewhere.

Here's the Loona vid that set it off tbh:


 

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The Lovelyz remind a lot of those day'z' as well. These types of performances really sets the time and place.....


before "Globo-Schlomo" attacked the place. The little F'N jew from Goldman Sachs flew in a on plane in 1998 and caught my eye...he was a typical little Jew on the "refinance" deal and was laughing of course on the plane home. Just need 15 minutes in room with that little J-F'R to set things right.

Sorry drinking and ranting again:

"Globo-Schlomo"
Interestingly, many of the financial actors behind the 1913 creation of the Federal Reserve are pivotal in todayโ€™s securitization revolution including Citibank, and J.P. Morgan. Both have share ownership of the key New York Federal Reserve Bank, the heart of the system.

Another little-known shareholder of the New York Fed is the Depository Trust Company (DTC), the largest central securities depository in the world. Based in New York, the DTC custodies more than 2.5 million US and non-US equity, corporate, and municipal debt securities issues from over 100 countries, valued at over $36 trillion. It and its affiliates handle over $1.5 quadrillion of securities transactions a year. Thatโ€™s not bad for a company that most people never heard of. The Depository Trust Company has a sole monopoly on such business in the USA. They simply bought up all other contenders. It suggests part of the reason New York was able for so long to dominate global financial markets, long after the American economy had become largely a hollowed-out โ€œpost-industrialโ€ wasteland.
Here's a paper on the collapse... of course the author is working for the F'N J-Tribe and blames "mismatches" in Short-Long Term funding:

The 1997-98 Korean Financial Crisis: Causes, Policy Response, and Lessons
Presentation by Kim Kihwan

The author is Chair of the Seoul Finance Forum, International Advisor to Goldman Sachs and Chair of the Korea National Committee for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC). The author wishes to gratefully acknowledge the most generous and invaluable research assistance he received in preparing this presentation from Mr. Junghan Koo, Ph.D., Research Fellow at Korea Institute of Finance, Seoul. The author is, however, responsible for any errors

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Goldman Sachs subsidiary pleads to US charges in 1MDB probe
October 22, 2020

WASHINGTON โ€” A subsidiary of Goldman Sachs pleaded guilty on Thursday and agreed to pay more than $2.9 billion in a foreign corruption probe tied to the Malaysian 1MDB sovereign wealth fund, which was looted of billions of dollars in a corruption scandal.

In addition, several current and former top executives at Goldman will have to return millions of dollars in pay and bonuses to the company, a financial penalty for those in charge when the scandal unfolded.

Goldman Sachs Malaysia entered the plea in federal court in Brooklyn. As part of its plea, the company admitted that it โ€œknowingly and wilfully โ€ conspired to violate U.S. anti-bribery laws.

The $2.9 billion includes payments to U.S. and overseas regulators. The penalties also include roughly $600 million in profits Goldman made off the 1MDB scandal that it will have to disgorge. Goldman had previously reached a $3.9 billion settlement with the government of Malaysia.

Goldman Sachs' board of directors decided to claw back pay and bonuses from top executives, including current CEO David Solomon and former CEO Lloyd Blankfein. The firm is in talks with additional executives to return part of their pay to the company over their role in the scheme. In total, more than $174 million in pay and bonuses are being returned to the company, the board said.
More ancient coverage on Greater "Globo-Schlomo" dealings with Goldman Sachs in (AIG, Greece) and their "Goy-Bailouts" on their failed F'N J-bets... a long read:

Just need F'N 15 minutes in a room these little F'N J-Pricks:
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Goldman wasnโ€™t alone. The nationโ€™s six largest banks โ€” all committed to this balls-out, I drink your milkshake! strategy of flagrantly gorging themselves as America goes hungry โ€” set aside a whopping $140 billion for executive compensation last year, a sum only slightly less than the $164 billion they paid themselves in the pre-crash year of 2007. In a gesture of self-sacrifice, Blankfein himself took a humiliatingly low bonus of $9 million, less than the 2009 pay of elephantine New York Knicks washout Eddy Curry. But in reality, not much had changed. โ€œWhat is the state of our moral being when Lloyd Blankfein taking a $9 million bonus is viewed as this great act of contrition, when every penny of it was a direct transfer from the taxpayer?โ€ asks Eliot Spitzer, who tried to hold Wall Street accountable during his own ill-fated stint as governor of New York.

Beyond a few such bleats of outrage, however, the huge payout was met, by and large, with a collective sigh of resignation. Because beneath Americaโ€™s populist veneer, on a more subtle strata of the national psyche, there remains a strong temptation to not really give a shit. The rich, after all, have always made way too much money; whatโ€™s the difference if some fat cat in New York pockets $20 million instead of $10 million?

The only reason such apathy exists, however, is because thereโ€™s still a widespread misunderstanding of how exactly Wall Street โ€œearnsโ€ its money, with emphasis on the quotation marks around โ€œearns.โ€ The question everyone should be asking, as one bailout recipient after another posts massive profits โ€” Goldman reported $13.4 billion in profits last year, after paying out that $16.2 billion in bonuses and compensation โ€” is this: In an economy as horrible as ours, with every factory town between New York and Los Angeles looking like those hollowed-out ghost ships we see on History Channel documentaries like Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes, where in the hell did Wall Streetโ€™s eye-popping profits come from, exactly? Did Goldman go from bailout city to $13.4 billion in the black because, as Blankfein suggests, its โ€œperformanceโ€ was just that awesome? A year and a half after they were minutes away from bankruptcy, how are these assholes not only back on their feet again, but hauling in bonuses at the same rate they were during the bubble?

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Just need a baseball bat and 15 F'N minutes in a room with these F'N J-Prick Globo-Schlomos:

The Crack Smoke Republican always looks at K-pop for beauty since it saved me from a Raging Madness at the F'N J-Tribe Globo-Schlomos in another time and place in my life like. Sorry just finished a drink:
IN late November 1997 following the dramatic plunge of the Korean won on the foreign exchange market, an IMF team of economists led by Mr Hubert Neiss was rushed to Seoul. Its mandate: negotiate the terms of a 'Mexican-style bailout' with a view to 'restoring economic health and stability'.

An important precedent was thus set: the IMF's standard 'economic medicine' (routinely imposed on the Third World and Eastern Europe) was being launched for the first time in an advanced industrial economy. The details of the economic reform programme, however, had already been decided in advance in consultation with the US Treasury, Wall Street's commercial and merchant banks as well as with major banking interests in Japan and the European Union.

A Letter of Intent ('Memorandum on the Economic Programme') was put together in a hurry on behalf of the Korean government with virtually no analysis of the broader causes of the financial meltdown. The 'policy solutions' had already been decided upon: no analysis was deemed necessary.

A covering letter was drafted with the help of IMF officials dated 3 December and signed by the Governor of the Bank of Korea, Mr Kyung Shik Lee and the Minister of Finance Mr Chan Yuel Lim. The Memorandum included the usual Policy Framework Paper (PFP) imposed by the Bretton Woods institutions on indebted Third World nations. (See International Monetary Fund, Korea, Request for Stand-by Arrangement, Washington, 3 December 1997. The text of the IMF Agreement together with the 'Memorandum on the Economic Programme' were published by the Korean press).

The Managing Director, Mr Michel Camdessus, was in Seoul during the final days of negotiation. The IMF's mission was briskly wrapped up on 3 December after a one-week stint; a 'proposed decision' on the stand-by arrangement had already been drafted by IMF staff for adoption by the IMF Executive Board on the following day (4 December). In close consultation with IMF negotiators, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank had also sent in their own teams. A World Bank package with stringent conditionalities on 'financial governance' was announced on 18 December.

A safety net for the creditors

On Christmas Eve (24 December), officials from six leading US commercial banks including Chase, Bank America, Citicorp and J P Morgan were called in for talks at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The 'big five' New York merchant banks (Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Salomon and Smith-Harney - the last two have now merged) were also involved in these discussions on South Korea's short-term debt. (Financial Times, 27-28 December 1997, p.3). Almost simultaneously, some 80 European creditor banks under the chairmanship of the Deutsche Bank were meeting behind closed doors in Frankfurt while Japan's big 10 banks (which account for a large portion of Korea's short-term debt) were involved in high level discussions in Tokyo with Mr Kyung Shik Lee, Governor of the Bank of Korea.
 
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Thanks to this election b.s. I've been grotesquely delinquent in maintaining this thread.

First, GFriend came back five days ago with their new album, "Walpurgis Night".

Now, apparently, Walpurgis Night is an actual thing in Europe. It is the night before the Christian feast of St. Walpurga, who was an eight century abbess in the ancient kingdom of Francia.

Saint Walpurga was hailed by the Christians of Germany for battling "pest, rabies and whooping cough, as well as against witchcraft."[8] Christians prayed to God through the intercession of Saint Walpurga in order to protect themselves from witchcraft,[9][8][10] as Saint Walpurga was successful in converting the local populace to Christianity.[11] In parts of Christendom, people continue to light bonfires on Saint Walpurga's Eve in order to ward off evil spirits and witches.[1][12] Others have historically made Christian pilgrimages to Saint Walburga's tomb in Eichstรคtt on the Feast of Saint Walburga, often obtaining vials of Saint Walburga's oil.[2][13]

Sad that I had to learn about such an interesting holiday from a Korean girl group. Maybe @Staufer can help us here.

Anyway, to review, the title track "Apple" from their last album "Song of the Sirens" featured the girls succumbing to temptation and becoming witches:


The title track from "Walpurgis Night", called "Mago", continues that theme as they celebrate their newfound occult powers:


Normally you would chalk this up to either womyn-empowering horseshit, or Harry Potter type trivialization of the occult. However, the latter is pretty easily ruled out after a casual examination of the subject matter, which leaves us with the former. But if it's as simple as that, why did they explicitly tie this to a holiday celebrating a Christian saint who is know for fighting witchcraft? Five of the six members of GFriend are Christian so they must have had a decent idea what they were doing.

The funny thing is, these girls actually do have pretty remarkable powers in real life. They are famous for executing complex dance routines with laser-edge precision. In this game show, two of the GFriend members compete with two girls from another group (WJSN Chocome) to dance their latest title song blindfolded. The results for Chocome go about as you'd expect: disastrously (although it's obvious they exaggerate their incompetence for comedy value). Then GFriend takes them to school:


They've done this kind of stunt before, this one is from almost four years ago. They do have a few minor flubs but considering it's all six girls on the floor it's still quite remarkable, especially when they have to move past each other quickly. And what happens at the 51 second mark is pretty amazing when you think about it. The girl directing traffic is SinB who is the main dancer in the group.

 
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GFriend isn't the old GFriend when I see Yuju sitting on that Disco ball with her nice legs. I guess they are a little older and bolder now. They still have really nice angelic voices in the chorus. Didn't expect this at all! Their overall talent as older women...ummm. Thanks for the background JRRIII on this release btw.

Younger days that I remember:
 

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Looks like Gamer-Girl band Aespa has a new release. Their style is kind of a combination of Black Pink-CLC-ITZY:


Virtual Interview:

 

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Just wanted to post this on Oh-My-Girl doing the Jonas Brothers...I hope Yooa didn't get a permanent lip injection...she was really nice looking without it:

Bon Voyage song...(she is drifting into the Negroid ghetto zone unfortunately...doing rap vids lately. :( She has a sweet voice which is kind of sad if she goes deep ghetto... )

 
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EXID with "Me & You"....they are getting older and want to marry. The original song has them dressed in Wedding Gowns but without a guy to propose. I think having lived as performers for a few years in their younger years may have damaged their attraction at this point? Who really knows but they should get married...I just hope years of clubbing hasn't cursed them:

 
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