Extra! Korea

July 2, 2010

BoA, Girls’ Generation, and f(x) use the same songwriting company. Uh-oh

Filed under: intellectual property, music — extrakorea @ 12:55 pm

It turns out that BoA, Girls’ Generation, and f(x) (all of SM Entertainment) use the same songwriting/production company. Uh-oh. We know what that could lead to.

In case you’re wondering, its name is Dsign Music and it’s based in Trondheim, Norway. The Girls’ Generation hit song “Genie” was written by European composers who work for Sweden’s Music Publishing Group. SM Entertainment seems to like Scandinavia.

July 1, 2010

Wrong torpedo diagram presented by Cheonan investigators

Filed under: North Korea, politics — extrakorea @ 2:37 pm

Oh no, just what we need, something to encourage the wacky Cheonan conspiracy theorists.

In a blow to conclusions that are already under attack from leftwing politicians and activists, a team of experts that investigated the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan have admitted showing a diagram of the wrong North Korean torpedo when they presented their findings at a press conference on May 20.

When queried by journalists about discrepancies between the CHT-02D torpedo that attacked the Cheonan and the one depicted in the diagram, investigators said Tuesday that the pictured torpedo was of the model PT-97W and that the error was due to “a mix-up by a staff member while preparing for the presentation.”

A South Korean military spokesman said the error was discovered after the press conference and a presentation of the evidence in front of the UN Security Council featured the correct diagram.

Is Kim Jong-il demented? I mean, more than usual

Filed under: Kim Jong-il, North Korea — extrakorea @ 2:17 pm

According to the Chosun Ilbo, Kim Jong-il may be showing signs of dementia.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who suffered a massive stroke in 2008, has been displaying signs of memory loss and occasionally talks nonsense, National Intelligence Service chief Won Sei-hoon apparently told the National Assembly’s Intelligence Committee in a closed-door meeting.

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NIS officials apparently showed lawmakers photos of Kim’s swollen left hand, which has been paralyzed since the stroke. The North Korean leader is undergoing therapy and has asked foreign specialists to the country.

If this is true, then the end of North Korea’s current regime could be coming soon, and it probably won’t be pretty.

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