Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Criminals Returning to the Scene of Their Crimes

It's a given that criminals such as arsonists and serial murderers often return to the scene of the crime -- sometimes to relive the crime.  Such is the case of Abhisit Vejjajiva and Suthep Thaugsuban who held a June 23rd political rally at the scene of their arson and murders in 2010 – Central World Plaza.

It was quite disturbing to see the followers of these so called “Democrats” cheer at the sight of spilled Red Shirt blood.  Their lust for blood was fully exposed.  And by having this event at the site where more than 90 people lost their lives and where more than 2,000 people were injured was purely a deliberate provocation to the Red Shirts.  

These “Democrats” are just so pathetic.  Just how pathetic?

With the exception of Abhisit, all of the other top Democrats at the rally couldn’t even perform their traditional Nazi salute correctly in their group picture.
Sieg Heil Prayuth

Do not vote for... those who... burned the city (the Democrats).
Do not vote for... people who... despise and seek vengeance against the institution of democracy (the Democrats).

Vote Pheu Thai instead!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Genetics According to Dr. Tul

Earlier this month I mentioned Dr. Tul Sitthisomwong, a lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University, and Leader of the “Network of Citizen Volunteers Protecting the Land” aka the Multicolor Shirts.

Well, he’s at it again. This time Dr. Tul is trying to get Yingluck Shinawatra, Pheu Thai Party's top party list candidate and current leader in most polls, disqualified. How un-democratic!

Make no mistake about it, Dr. Tul and the Multicolor Shirts are just camouflaged Yellow Shirts. Dr. Tul was once appointed by the People’s Alliance for Democracy to sit on the Committee of the Strength of Land on 24 July 2008, according to a July 2008 PAD statement.

Dr. Tul is also the definitive expert on Thai genetics which explains the PAD’s campaign signs. 

Evidently, Dr. Tul uses “The Island of Dr. Moreau” as a textbook to teach genetics to the Yellow Shirts.

Dr. Tul has many other wacky views on Thai DNA. He once gave a speech in which he said that speaking as a doctor, love for the country and the king was embedded only in Thais’ DNA, not that of other peoples. “It was a pity that many Thais had mutated and did not have the love for the king in their DNA and should not be called Thai,” he said. 

It is believed that members of the Multicolor Shirts and Yellow Shirts have a genetic disorder called Torsonic Polarity Syndrome or TPS. In layman’s term: “They have buttocks where their heads should be.” Their DNA has mutated by watching ASTV and reading Manager and now they should not be called Thai. The term “Buttheads” is more appropriate.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Real Thai Election Ballot

There are 500 seats in Parliament up for grabs in Thailand's upcoming election; 375 single constituency seats and 125 party list seats. The constituency seats are awarded to the winners of the most votes in each constituency. The 125 party list seats are divided up between the candidates of the parties based upon the percentages of party votes. This is what the actual ballot looks like for the upcoming election of party list candidates in Thailand

Positions were drawn by lottery last month and one can see why it is best to be number 1 or at least in the single digits on the list. These numbers are easy for voters to recognize and remember.

Of course Pheu Thai is at the number 1 spot and the Democrats are at number 10. The other major parties' numbers are Chat Pattana Puea Pandin at number 2 and outspoken politician Chuwit Kamolvisit's Rak Prathet Thai is at number 5. The Bhum Jai Thai Party is number 16 and the Chart Thai Pattana Party is number 21.

Update: a fellow blogger points out something fishy about the ballot!

Why did the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) make the logo for Pheu Thai so much smaller than the other party logos?

Voters must make an “X” mark in the box behind the party’s name in order for their vote to count. However, since Pheu Thai’s logo is really very small some voters (especially the elderly) may not see the logo and get confused and mistakenly mark an “X” in the box right behind the party’s number.

But to be fair, this may be just an honest mistake but since when did anything the ECT ever do that was honest and fair? So I ask the question: Just what is the ECT trying to pull here?

Independent international election monitors are definitely needed in Thailand and there still should be time to correct this travesty.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Animal Crackers

Despite its name, the political motives of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) have never had anything to do with promoting democracy. The fascists in the pee stained colored shirts keep their undemocratic tradition going by continuing with their loony “Vote No” campaign.

Ironically, this tactic is not good news for Abhisit and his puppet masters because the PAD idiots have typically supported the Democrats in the past. If a portion of them voted No then this would hurt the Democrats and benefit Pheu Thai.

For the Democrats to have any hope of not getting totally trounced on Election Day they will need to actually get support from the PAD. This means making up with Sondhi and getting him back on their good side. Unlikely but in Thai politics anything is possible.

But if history is any guide, no matter how bad they despise the Democrats and the wholesale corruption they practice, the PAD stooges will always do what Sondhi tells them to do. They will close their eyes, hold their nose, get into that booth and yank that lever – just like they the way they have sex.

Besides, the problem with Thailand isn’t so much that buffalos, tigers, dogs, lizards or monkeys will be getting into Parliament as the PAD’s campaign sign suggests.
The billboard states, "Don't let these animals into Parliament!"
A much more pressing problem is all the "kangaroos" currently in the Thai justice system – especially the Constitutional Court.

Prem's Kangaroo Court
Thailand’s kangaroo courts have been and continue to be a much larger obstacle to democracy there and Thailand Needs Democracy

Free Joe Gordon! American Political Prisoner in Thailand!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Conditioning and Lèse Majesté: The Royalists’ One-Two Combination

Opiates can cause a person to sleep their life away, not caring about eating, working, or even their loved ones, eventually sleeping themselves to death.  So with apologies to Karl Marx, in Thailand “the monarchy is the opiate of the masses.”

Thailand’s monarchy is used by the people in power to control the people who are not in power (the masses).  It is used like a drug to keep the people listless and sedated as an opiate or opium affects people. This convinces them to accept and endure the suffering and injustices committed by the government.  It also prevents the masses from questioning and ultimately changing the current ways so the people who are in power can stay in power.

Here’s a little example from a recent article in The Nation

The Thai ambassador to Singapore …  said in 2006 to diplomats who worked in the embassy, “If you criticize me, this can be regarded as you criticizing the King, since I am the representative of His Majesty.” This exemplified how the monarchy can be exploited to preserve the power position of an individual. Surely the Thai ambassador was not the first person who has taken advantage of the much-respected institution for his own ends.

So how do the people in power get the institution of Thailand’s monarchy to be so revered there?  They use a potent one – two combination of punches.
Firstly, they use extreme conditioning.  And Thai brainwashing is as subtle as a punch in the face; lots of pictures everywhere, royal family members on TV every day, and heavy indoctrination at school. Thais have rose-tinted blinkers fitted in primary school and most of them never learn to take them off.  

Propaganda and lies are fed ‘cradle to grave’ in order to perpetuate the “love” for the monarchy.  Sometimes it gets scary.  Here’s an example:  

On 24 Nov 2008, Dr Tul Sitthisomwong, a lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University (generally cited as Thailand's most prestigious one) gave a speech saying that speaking as a doctor, love for the country and the king was embedded only in Thais’ DNA, not that of other peoples.  “It was a pity that many Thais had mutated and did not have the love for the king in their DNA and should not be called Thai,” he said.  

So, if you don’t love the King then you have become some sort of mutant and not worthy of being a Thai?  Now I don’t want to go into a discussion on genetics but Lysenkoism was completely discredited decades ago. In fact, there are only two groups of people nowadays which spew this eugenic claptrap anymore.

But why don’t more Thais see through all this conditioning? Could it be that when conditioning kicks in, intellectual capacity gets crowded out? It is ironic that the group of Chulalongkorn University students and lecturers Dr. Tul was leading that day was called “Siam Intellect."

It is interesting that when Giles Ungpakorn published "A Coup for the Rich," his own University (also Chulalongkorn) wouldn't stock it in its bookstore. At the time, there was no suggestion that anything in it broke the law, just the fact that it was a left-wing examination of the actions of a powerful right-wing faction.  Anywhere in the free world that ban would have produced howls of outrage from his colleagues on the basis of "I may totally disagree with what you write, but I will defend to the end your right to write it, and my right to read it." But there was never such reaction.  That many of those silent colleagues had studied for their higher degrees in Western universities and would be 'intellectually' aware of the concepts of freedom of speech and of publication within the law makes me believe that it must be their earlier conditioning that was overcoming or blocking out their ‘intellectual capacities.’

Giles Ungpakorn

Although conditioning is a powerful tool, it is not 100% effective. The fact is that some Thais, like Giles Ungpakorn, slip through the cracks and manage to break their conditioning.  These people are known as free-thinkers and the problem the current Thai royalist regime has with free-thinkers is that they tend to ‘stir the pot.’ Free-thinkers are also contagious – causing other Thais to be free-thinkers too or, in the twisted mind of Dr. Tul, causing normal Thais to mutate.  

This is where the draconian lèse majesté laws come in - the second ‘punch in the face’ of democracy.  These are laws that mandate a jail term of three to 15 years for any person who "defames, insults or threatens the king, the queen, the heir to the throne or the Regent."

Pure and simple, Lèse majesté laws are made and enforced to suppress the free speech and civil liberties of Thais who object to those in power.   They claim they're protecting the royal family but in reality they're protecting their own sorry asses from criticism and opposition, and stamping the Royal Seal of Approval on their actions.

For instance, just recently a Thai-born American citizen named Joe Gordon (formerly Lerpong Wichaicommart) was arrested for posting a link on his blog back in 2007 while in the US to a download of the banned biographical book "The King Never Smiles." Mr. Gordon denies doing this and has requested help from the American Embassy. He was denied bail and now resides in jail at the Bangkok Remand Prison."

Apparently, posting a link on the internet four years ago to a book you can buy anywhere in the free world and under the counter in Bangkok, threatens Thailand's national security.  

What is interesting is that the story spread like wildfire all over the world and has sparked some extremely harsh criticisms and insults on Thailand and directly on the King.   Take a look at some of the reader comments on two different internet articles.

So why enforce lèse majesté on someone who posted a link on a website to a banned book while in the US when the repercussions of insults to the King and nation are far worse?

Because lèse majesté isn’t so much about protecting the monarchy from insults or criticism than it is for silencing free thinking and opposition to those currently running the Thai government (the Privy Council, Military and Democratic Party).  Lèse majesté is just a scam to attack, supress, silence and imprison enemies not of Thailand’s king, but of those who are in control.  

And why arrest this American now, when he has been in Thailand already for something he allegedly did 4 years ago after he has been in Thailand for over 6 months and wasn’t planning to leave until December?

The timing of this arrest screams pure politics. With the Election Date coming up early next month the arrest is obviously designed to try to scare Thais in the US, Australia, Europe and other overseas locations from posting anything anti government on the internet.  There is a large Thai community living overseas, some of whom tend to be more political than the people back home, and who are outspoken in their criticism of the monarchy and government. With the internet, they can be as effective posting from Bangor, Maine as they can be in Bangkok, Thailand.  Arresting Joe Gordon is most likely intended to scare them off the internet.

In my humble opinion, it isn’t going to work.  Nothing they have tried has worked.

Remember the failed threat from the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology in the form of a booklet explaining Thai internet laws.  It was a clear warning to Thais overseas (it is in the Thai language after all) that all those who do not recognize regime propaganda as truth and attempt to portray a different picture of royalist Thailand under a military-backed regime will be persecuted (and maybe even prosecuted too).

Here’s a page from the MICT booklet:

The page reads: Michael: Does everyone know that the bill regulating computer crimes is subject to penalize the wrongdoer outside the Kingdom of Thailand as well? If there is anyone who starts a website outside the country to distribute information disgracing the monarchy, destroying the security of the juristic system or generating fear among Thai people, the wrongdoer will be persecuted by law and receive penalties inside the Kingdom of Thailand.

So, it appears it’s the last round for the current Thai regime. They’re on the ropes, scared and desperate and flailing away wildly with both fists – conditioning and lèse majesté, hoping for a last minute knockout – that will never come.  Their demise is at hand.

 BTW:  Here are some links to download some of Giles Ungpakorn's Books at RedThaiSocialist.com.  They have been banned in Thailand.  The Thai junta can bite me.

A Coup for the Rich  - in English 
Thailand's Crisis and the Fight for Democracy - in English 

Good Reading and Free Joe Gordon - He's Innocent!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Thailand’s Animal Farm

Thailand is home to some of the world's largest wildlife trafficking operations and in the past month there have been several different discoveries of animals being smuggled at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport.

On June 2ndThai customs reported confiscating hundreds of live turtles and other rare animals in luggage at Bangkok's main airport.

Rare Turtles Siezed at Suvarnabhumi Airport
On March 13thNoor Mahmood, a 36-year-old citizen of the United Arab Emirates, was detained by undercover officers at Suvarnabhumi airport with four leopard cubs, a Malayan sun bear, a baby marmoset and a baby red-cheeked gibbon -- all aged under two months -- in his suitcases. BTW, Noor managed to e$cape $omehow.

Baby Panther Seized at Suvarnabhumi Airport
Clearly, animals aren’t welcome at Suvarnabhumi airport. This is in stark contrast to 2008 when animals roamed free there.

Herd of Wild Animals NOT Siezed at Suvarnabumi Airport

And speaking of the yellow shirted saps, they don’t think Parliament is a place for animals either. As I posted before, they erected signs urging voters not to “let these animals into Parliament!"

It’s amazing because it only further points out another double standard. If animals are not welcome at the airport or in the government, then why does a certain dog name Foo Foo hold the rank of Air Chief Marshal in the Thai Air Force?

It’s hard to say which book best describes the Kingdom of Orwell nowadays, “1984” or “Animal Farm.” 


Friday, June 3, 2011

Talk of the Demise of the Old Society? ‘Nipit’ in the Bud

Something stinks from Phattalung district and it isn’t just the cans of spoiled fish product distributed by the Abhisit government to hungry flood victims there.

No, I’m talking about the Democratic Party MP candidate from Phattalung, Nipit Intarasombat.
Nipit Intarasombat

His name has been popping up in the American Press quite a bit lately.  Unfortunately, these stories aren’t too flattering of Thailand or of the intelligence of its current leaders.  Nipit is in charge of the Ministry of Culture (often appropriately abbreviated often as MiniCult) and he is the perfect example why Thai Democratic Party beaureaucrats have no place in morality or culture.

He first got the “idiocracy ball” rolling in April with the scandal involving topless teen dancers during the Songkran Water Festival (Thai New Year).  The girls were slapped with a 500 Baht ($17) fine while the person who uploaded the video received a 100,000 Baht ($3,320) fine and a possible prison term for up to five years in violation of the Computer Crimes Act.
Nipit condemned the girls for “destroying the image” of Thailand and because of this issue, the MiniCult will be issuing handbooks to “educate” the youth about Thai culture.

Embarrassingly though,  featured on the MiniCult’s official website there was a watercolor painting depicting three topless women otherwise dressed in ancient Thai garments, welcoming the Thai New Year.

So the protector of Thai Culture had it removed and said "Sometimes, art and obscenity overlaps," But he also said that if people considered this painting to be indecent, he was worried that other artistic pictures and statues of topless women could no longer be displayed in public.

"Or maybe we have to buy bras to cover up the Nang Ngueak and Peesua Samut sculptures to prevent obscenity," he said, referring to a topless mermaid and female sea giant from the Phra Apai-manee legendary tale.
Nipit Intarasombat Protecting the Thai Image
What Would Sunthorn Phu Think?

Here are some of the American news reports:

Another brouhaha concerning MiniCult idiocracy is the crackdown on foreign tourists having religious images tattooed on their bodies while visiting the kingdom.  The Thai Culture Nazi is at it again.

I will inquire at the Office of the National Culture Commission for agreeing on a law banning any religious motives for commercial use, which will penalize both parlors and customers,” said Nipit.

This story was picked up by several American News Agencies, here are a few.

You’d think that after this PR nightmare, Nipit would stop and lay low for awhile. But not this Thai Culturel Nazi. With him it’s full goose step ahead.

The MiniCult is now working to enforce rating systems for all types of print media while bookstores across the country will be asked to arrange zoning for books suitable for different types of readers.

Nipit stated that pending the drafting of print media rating, the ministry will send out letters seeking cooperation from bookstores nationwide to put zoning for all publications, especially zones for small children and youths. Once the rating system is complete, Nipit elaborated that it will include punishment terms for publishers and bookstores failing to comply with the regulation. He reiterated that book zoning must be arranged in accordance with age groups of readers.

The minister personally suggested that books with erotic content or pictures should be for adults only and must be displayed in the adult zone where children cannot have access, similarly to what other countries have been doing. He added that the rating must also cover prohibited books – which is probably what this is all about in the first place.

Mr Nipit continued to say that rating for print media is as important as that for television shows and films; therefore, the new government should give importance to this issue. He noted that a new Minister of Culture should speedily push this matter into materialization.

Nipit is making a mockery out of his ministry department and Thailand. People in the US are finally starting to see him and the government he is part of as being authoritarian and downright idiotic.

Thailand also made a big mistake in arresting American citizen Joe Gordon for lèse majesté. It produced a barrage of insults against the King and Thailand in the US. 

Nipit was quoted recently in response to a public call to amend the lèse majesté law that he did not see any problem with the lèse majesté law and its enforcement. He further stated that in amending any law “one had to consider the social and cultural realities of the country.” “Thailand is among the few countries which still have the institution of the monarchy, so a law like Article 112 should remain,” he said. That is just stupid.

“I’ve never seen Article 112 being used as a political tool, and over 99% of politicians have no problem with the law. I’ve travelled to several countries which used to have monarchies. People there all said in unison that they regretted that they no longer had monarchs, and they wished to have them restored as head of state and a unifying figure. But Thailand still has a monarch as head of state and a unifying force, so we should have the law to protect the institution,” he said. – Now he’s just plain lying.

If Article 112 is amended and moved to the chapter which deals with defamation of individuals, he believes that eventually reduction of penalties or compromise it will be proposed.

Nipit also stated that one proposal to have the Office of HM’s Principal Private Secretary make complaints will “create more problems, because that will make the institution a litigant against the people.” “It is already appropriate that people can make complaints, because this is an offence against national security,” He said.

Nipit is clearly unaware of history. Maybe he should read Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason and Lèse-Majesté by David Streckfuss (if he can find it in the newly zoned Thai bookstores).

Historically, countries which resorted to frequent use of lèse-majesté, including France during the ancien régime, Wilhelmine Germany, and the Ottoman Empire, all eventually became republics. Moreover, the use of the lèse-majesté law tended to reach an apex in these countries in the years before their monarchies were overthrown.

The main problem that resulted from increased use of the law in Wilhelmine Germany bears a striking similarity to the case in Thailand today. According to an 1897 New York Times report on the situation in Germany, “The law has been vigorously enforced, but it has been not only powerless to prevent offenses of this nature – it has, to a large extent, created a condition of affairs it was designed to guard against.” The effects of the lèse-majesté law were “so severe” that one observer feared that Germans without foreign exposure were losing touch with reality: “Many of the things which are believed by the German at home to be necessary to the Teutonic edifice, when viewed with the same eyes from afar, seem archaic and useless.”

Like a dying star about to supernova, protecting public and religious morals is a “last gasp” of Thailand’s conservative elite when “protecting the institutions” of the old society, most notably the monarchy.  Consider the need for protection a signal of demise.  Time to “Nipit in the Bud.”