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  1. Mekong

    Fake Death

    Civil Court blocks PM's gag on free speech Injunction order notes that government already has lots of other legal tools to fight fake news The Civil Court on Friday ruled in favour of the media by issuing an injunction suspending Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s regulation restricting freedom of speech and threatening internet censorship. The court said it went against the law. The court also issued an English-language announcement of its decision. https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2161247/civil-court-blocks-pms-gag-on-free-speech I must admit I never expected the courts to rule against the Government, maybe there is hope for democracy after all.
  2. OK Second bullet in item 1 of this report from UK. https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/articles/natureofsexualassaultbyrapeorpenetrationenglandandwales/yearendingmarch2020 16% of rapes are reported.
  3. Looking at. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_statistics Thailand has a lower rate/100,00 than many so called civilized countries including Sweden, Australia, Belgium, USA, New Zealand, Norway, Finland, Korea, Ireland, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands to name a few
  4. I bet the Burmese males aged 18-28 on Phuket are worried
  5. Mekong

    The Covid-19 thread

    to import 20-25 million doses of alternative vaccines by the third quarter this year for rapid inoculation. It is already 6 August, over 41% of way through the 3rd quarter already. The vaccines, including Sputnik V and Johnson & Johnson (J&J), will be imported directly without the involvement of government agencies. Sputnik V is not approved yet Removing the government middleman would also cut red tape and speed up importation of Thailand-registered vaccines like J&J and Pfizer-BioNTech, said the executive. So now they are admitting that the Government are causing delays to the procurement process, something I have been saying for months Now I was under the impression that vaccine producers would not deal with the private sector but only Government agencies. That aside come 30 September the Government will point the finger at the private sector and say that it has failed in its task to import 25 Million doses thereby shifting the blame.
  6. Meanwhile, Dr. Warong Dechgitvigrom, acting leader of the pro-monarchy “Thai Pakdee” party, said in his Facebook post today that he suspects the planners of the August 7th protest might want to spread COVID-19, which he described as “biological weapon”, and then to put the blame on the government and the monarchy. Haha, talk abbot fake news, but I suppose fake news is only fake if it comes from anti Government protesters and not supporters, The “Centre of the People for the Protection of Monarchy” … The Judean People's Front", "The People's Front of Judea", and "The Popular Front of Judea" spring to mind. It is all getting rather .Pythonesque now. Prayut is not the messiah, he is a naughty naughty boy..
  7. Maybe I should consider manufacturing oxybenzone, octinoxate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor and butylparaben free sunscreen and market as “ Coral Friendly” Sell it at 9,999 THB a bottle, cheaper than the fine.
  8. Thailand has banned sunscreens containing chemicals that damage coral from all of its marine national parks. Concerns are growing that lotions tourists use for sun protection are harming slow-growing corals. The Thai Department of Conservation said four ingredients commonly found in sun creams were shown to destroy coral larvae, obstruct coral reproduction and cause reef bleaching. Anyone flouting the ban can be fined up to 100,000 baht (£2,100). However, officials have not said how they plan to enforce the new rule. The banned lotions are those containing oxybenzone, octinoxate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor or butylparaben. Similar bans have been introduced by the Pacific island of Palau and the US state of Hawaii. This is the latest attempt by the Thai government to protect its coral from the tourism industry. Maya Bay, on the island of Phi Phi Leh - made famous by its appearance in the film The Beach - has been closed since 2018 after most of its coral was destroyed. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58092472 Typical, introduce a law without thinking about it, just when you think this Tin Pot Dictatorship couldn’t get more comical, if you don’t know how to enforce a new rule, don’t go running to the BBC and tell them such.
  9. But from where would you source your freelancers from? Not from board members at a guess. 2 decades ago maybe, I have probably set foot in NEP 3 times this millennium and the last being probably 2001 or 2 Ironic isn’t it people pay 100’s of $$$ and fly thousands of Km to visit Thailand / NEP yet I can’t be arsed with a 150 THB (plus tolls) taxi ride.
  10. Mekong

    The Covid-19 thread

    There was a post the other day on LINKEDIN re: US Government donating vaccines to Thailand, and I replied along the lines of they will all be snaffled up bu the government and it’s ass lickers and your average Thai would not get a look in. The whole thread is in English and I have had over 60 likes on the comment, majority from Thais with job titles such as Director, Lawyer, Manager etc students from both Thammasat and Chula. This is my “Straw Poll” to judge feelings amongst Thai society.
  11. Mekong

    Straya

    Is wasn’t intended to be funny, an observation of the actual situation i am surprised you thought otherwise given my postings on this topic.
  12. Mekong

    Straya

    There is a major anti-vaccine movement in Thailand, collectively known as “The Government”,
  13. Mekong

    Straya

    Fortunately the Covid deniers, Anti-Vaxxers etc are in the minority but are deemed headline news and demanding their rights just like other minorities People queuing quietly for vaccines is not headline news, same as men who identify as men, heterosexuals and other majorities.
  14. A country which enters Men into Women’s competitions has no say on this topic.
  15. 126 Medals there are both Male and Female tournaments
  16. To be pedantic, following your statement that would be 22 medals not 11. Medals are awarded on squad members not the starting or finishing 11 on the pitch.
  17. Tokyo Olympics Medal Table from NYT, Americans change the way medals are counted from G,S,B to total number. Typical American Superiority Complex.
  18. Oh, it was your spoof haha, thought it was a real ad for telegram. Took about 20 seconds to suss out the pattern and make my observation, I hope you honestly don’t think I wasted my time counting each icon one by one.
  19. Why are there 1,080 icons for 1,000 users, why are they only 9 icons etched repeated 30 times?
  20. Mekong

    The Covid-19 thread

    And who is going to buy the widgets? I have always been a great advocate of the Tea Lady, Driver etc is just as important as the CEO or Managing Director. In Vietnam I used to always slip my driver a few dong for this but that but my tight arsed co-worker was the opposite, and he wondered why mine did anything I asked and his was reluctant. Another idiotic thing they say is “Self Isolate” excuse me, not everybody lives in multi-roomed homes, there are many Thais where the family live in one room. These are the most “at risk” group but cannot get a sniff of vaccine because the dictatorship have their collective snouts in a trough.
  21. Mekong

    Fake Death

    Media outlets and human rights lawyers petitioned the Civil Court on Monday to void a new prime ministerial order under the state of emergency decree that they believe threatens press freedom and freedom of expression. They also asked for a court injunction temporarily freezing the use of the controversial order, pending a final judgement, on grounds the issue was critical to society as it posed a threat and instilled fear in the public. Media representatives from digital platforms including The Reporters, Voice, The Standard and Prachathai, and lawyers from the Human Rights Lawyers Alliance filed the suit at the court, and named Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as the offender. The lawsuit said press freedom was under threat from the 29th announcement of the emergency decree. It alleged the prime minister had no authority to block internet providers. The country already had the Computer Crime Act to penalise offenders, the lawsuit said. Announcement No.29 under the emergence decree, signed by the prime minister, took effect on Friday. It insructs authorities to order internet service providers to immediately block the internet access of anyone who propagates information that may "frighten people". The government claimed harsh measures were needed to stop the spread of misinformation and fake news, but media orgainsations, academics and human rights advocates argue that the order could instead be use to silence the government's opponents and media outlets critical of government policy. The order was issued amid growing dissatisfaction with the government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and its failure to provide enough vaccines and to curb transmission rates. Six media organisations on Friday also threatened to step up legal and social pressure on the government if it refuses to lift what they see as restrictions on media freedom. https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2158603/media-human-rights-lawyers-ask-court-to-annul-pms-order
  22. Mekong

    The Covid-19 thread

    The fifth batch of the 10 million doses ordered by the Chulabhorn Royal Academy arrived from China on Sunday. This batch had one million doses. The vaccine has been allocated as follows: • 4.5 million doses allocated for corporations • 3.9 million doses for local administration offices • 114,068 jabs administered to the general public since July 28 • 351,047 jabs administered to vulnerable and underprivileged groups https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40004083 So, 45% to Corporations, 39% to Government Officials, 1.14% to General Public and 3.51% to the vulnerable who the get the other 11.35%?
  23. A flareup in coronavirus cases in Phuket, the country’s first tourism hotspot to waive quarantine for vaccinated foreign visitors, is threatening to scuttle the experiment seen as a model for other tourism-reliant nations to reopen borders. The resort island reported 125 new Covid-19 cases during the week ending July 27, higher than the government-set threshold of 90 weekly cases that could trigger a temporary suspension of the program. In response, local authorities closed public schools and shopping malls and banned gatherings of more than 100 people from Tuesday to stem the virus from spreading further. https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2155635/phuket-tourism-experiment-risks-suspension-as-covid-cases-surge Wasn't this obviously going to occur.
  24. Mekong

    Fake Death

    A good article, this along with “Red Dress” thread is an indication of the feeling in Thailand, the heat is slowly getting warmer on a daily basis on the military regime. General Pinocchio stated the other day “I will not step down” a phrase usually reserved by politicians who are under pressure to step down. There have been rumors of a military coup to oust Pinocchio but they have been shut down as, you guessed it, “Fake News” https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/politics/2158243/man-held-over-coup-plot-rumour You couldn't make it up.
  25. He also uses the same barber and optician as Pinocchio, must be the SE Asian Dictators look.
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