Royalism, corruption, cover-ups and more madness

10 12 2015

PPT is unable to keep up with the flow of remarkable articles on the activities of a seemingly unstable regime. We say “unstable” as many of the utterances and actions by the military junta seem to be driven by mental instability. Even so, we are not convinced that this is an “explanation” for seemingly bizarre behavior

Bike for Dad: The best report we have seen on the Bike for Dad ridiculousness, mired in corruption, lese majeste and deaths in custody is, in fact, a spoof at Not The Nation. Sadly, for a country that is suffering the increasing insanity of military dictatorship, the spoof is as accurate as most of the reports appearing in the mainstream media.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post reports that the private sector is being strong-armed to support military-monarchy propaganda exercises. The secretary-general of Thai Frozen Foods Association “said he was asking for cooperation from members to allow employees to take an extra day off on Friday.” He was responding to “a call by Department of Labour Protection and Welfare for private companies to help promote tourism during the long weekend and support their employees in taking part in the Bike for Dad event.” However, because “more than 80% of the workers in the frozen food industry were migrant labourers who will not be paid if they take the day off as a holiday,” this is an inexpensive show of demanded loyalty. The BTS skytrain operator has been told to provide “free rides will be offered on both the skytrain and the BRT bus rapid transit system from 6am until midnight on Friday as part of the bike ride activity….Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the Expressway Authority of Thailand and Bangkok Expressway Plc will waive toll fees at 11 entrances from 9am until 11pm on Friday.”

All of that will make the traffic like the Not The Nation spoof. It is difficult to spoof this regime because they spoof themselves on a daily basis.

Bike for Dad “Plot”: Readers will recall that a “plot” was “uncovered” to assassinate someone at the prince’s event. Readers will also know that the regime then spoofed itself when it was learned that one of those involved had been in jail for the whole period of the “planning” for the “plot.” Never mind, the regime dolts claimed he must have been involved somehow. Dolts do hate being shown to be dolts, for they can recognize loss of face. The result? Who’d have guessed that the loyal thugs in uniform would simply sue the jailed man’s lawyer! No, we are not making this up. “The Thai junta’s law officers has filed a criminal defamation complaint against a lawyer of a Bike for Dad plot suspect while the lawyer alleged that the authorities intimidated her and pressured her client to change his attorney.” Clots and clods working to save face do ever more stupid things.

Thammasat defiled: The university has a long tradition of support for student activists and for democracy. However, in recent years, the Thammasat administration, like those of universities throughout the country, has been taken over by royalists and anti-democrats. Its most recent capitulation to the military dictatorship sees the “Student Affairs Office [issuing…] a statement, saying that people should not to associate Thammasat with activists demanding probe into Rajabhakti park scandal while many academics urged the university to reconsider its statement.” The administration states that the students’ “actions were meant to cause disruptions in governance.” Can’t have that! It is better to support an illegal military regime that represses students (among many others). Some academics expressed concerns about the statement and they are likely to face threats too.

National Anti-Corruption Commission: Pretty much a toothless tiger when it comes to anything other than politicized cases, The Dictator has said that the NACC can work unfettered. We assume this means on everything except massive military and regime corruption.

FakeArmy fakes protests: Social media confirms that the junta’s dubious claims that they arrested students and supporters a few days ago to “protect them” was, in fact, another lie. Photos show Army Division 9 commander, Maj Gen Thamnoon Vithee, masquerading as a “protester” at Ban Pong. Perhaps these dolts will go into denial, again. We already knew that the military organized the “demonstrations,” but having a Major-General lead it seems dumb if you are faking this kind of thing. Still, it was standard practice in the 1973-76 period.

The military and police threat: Police Major-General Paween Pongsirin, who led the investigation into the trafficking and murder of Rohingya migrants is seeking political asylum in Australia. Why? He says – and he should know – that “influential figures in the government, military and police want him dead…”. They want him dead because he is threatening their corrupt networks that have made admirals, generals and their wives fabulously wealthy. Threatening the hierarchy is an added “crime.”

Just to be clear, he described the hierarchy in this way: “Influential people are involved in human trafficking. There are some bad police and bad military who do these kind of things. Unfortunately, those bad police and bad military are the ones that have power…”.

Lese majeste couture: Shock! Horror! Well, not really, just another lese majeste reality mimicking spoofs. Some dope named Banjong Lueadthahan who claims to be riding his bike for someone who is not his father, or even a relative, claims that the Nakhon Sawan provincial authorities should be investigated for lese majeste. Why? He reckons they gave him a Bike for Dad shirt that is a fake. Another ludicrous story that is real in a Thailand that seems like a spoof of a nation that is insane.

We can’t bring ourselves to write any more of this nonsense. That will do for mad Wednesday.

Nonsensical “journalism”

5 05 2014

The mainstream media has produced some bizarre commentary in recent years. Much of this has been due to political bias. The op-eds at The Nation by its team of yellow-shirted commentators have been especially odd, often reproducing some of the most ridiculous of notions drawn from ultra-royalist social media and political rags like ASTV/Manager. So notoriously bad and silly was much of this commentary that is spawned a spoof edition called Not The Nation.

One might suggest that this doesn’t matter too much. After all, op-eds are meant to take a “position,” and that they are, after all, opinions. Generally, though, readers might expect that those called on to write an op-ed in major newspapers have some kind of qualification or knowledge that permits a view to be presented that has a little credibility.

Apparently this is not the case for the Bangkok Post. Its recent op-ed by Saritdet Marukatat is arguably the most ridiculous op-ed we at PPT have read in a newspaper that presents itself as a serious news outlet. Saritdet is said to be the “digital media news editor” at the Post.

His contribution is a comparison of Syria’s politics with Thailand’s political shenanigans, and Yingluck Shinawatra with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Yes, Syria. Forget the vicious civil war in Syria that has killed up to 200,000, forget the millions of refugees, forget that Syria is a presidential political system that is under the control of the Arab Socialist Ba’at Party, forget that there is an armed opposition that has established a divided “administration, and forget that the “election” there is for the president. Forget all of that – well, mention some of it, but then ignore it – and write an op-ed that “compares” the incomparable.

Then make this claim: “… what happens after the election in Syria is likely to indicate what Thailand will encounter after July 20. Elections held amid deep, bitter conflict can never work. Syria will show that to Thailand.” Yes, Thailand’s conflict is claimed to be as deep and bitter as that in Syria.

Forget that Thailand’s aborted February election was mostly held in a peaceful manner in most of the country and was only prevented in only a few places where the anti-democratic Democrat Party’s thugs, supported by elements of the Election Commission, stopped voters from going to the polls.

Clearly, Saritdet is making stuff up or filching it from some mad yellow shirts. He uses it for political effect and impact and to continue to oppose the very idea of an election. Perhaps he should stick to the digital media and forget journalism.



What next?

4 12 2013

If you listen to some of the loops on the anti-government side – and we mean their tape/iPod seems to be on a loop – we are back somewhere in 2005, dressed in yellow shirts and demanding a political intervention by the monarchy.

When Suthep Thaugsuban was reported at The Nation and confirmed in the Bangkok Post, he allegedly “unveiled his plans” for his preferred “national reforms.” As the newspaper notes, this was the done “for the first time last night.” It is heady royalist stuff, and hardly deserves the description of “plan,” let alone “plans”:PAD

He said these would start with the setting up of a People’s Assembly, which would initially act as a legislative body to set up reform policies and promulgate necessary organic laws before selecting a prime minister.

That’s right, an unelected body will devise laws and policies and then select a premier. Nothing democratic in this effort to change the political rules and to remove any say from the electorate.

It gets worse for anyone who might hope that there had been political progress for all the deaths, injuries and mayhem. Not a bit from this royalist lot:

Under Article 7, if there is no provision in the Constitution, then the issue shall be decided in accordance with the Constitutional practice of a democratic regime with the King as head of state.

Yep, back to square one, where the People’s Alliance for Democracy was in 2005: this is exactly the same demand.

The report also notes that “Suthep did not provide a timeframe for the process…”. We imagine that they may take some time to work this out, trying to get it right this time, having failed to fix the political system in their interests in 2007-8

SuthepNonsense claims about “fair elections and anti-corruption efforts” are politically insulting, for “fair” is whatever the unelected royalists want. And their corruption will be okay, as it was under Suthep and Abhisit Vejjajiva’s regime.

Also in the category of protest plagiarism is the claim that a “non-politician would be selected as a prime minister to run an interim national government that would administer the reform policies…”. Like putting a privy councilor in the premier’s chair as in 2007?

And, the push for the People’s Democratic Reform Committee to have “offices in all 77 provinces to accomplish the reforms” is sounding like a witch hunt in waiting.

So what is Suthep planning right now? Of course, he wants his celebrations for the king to be better than the government’s, trying to claim loyalty and political advantage. It seems clear that the king’s birthday was used to establish a very shaky “truce.” Shaky because the BBC is reporting continuing occupations and Suthep saying protests will continue.

For an assessment of Suthep’s movement that was written prior to the events  yesterday, and we wanted to mention yesterday but ran out of time, academic Kevin Hewison notes that:

The current demonstrators can only succeed with another dose of military, judicial or palace support. If they receive it, and Suthep seizes power, the political reality will be considerably more authoritarian than his populist rhetoric suggests. A political “cleansing” and dismantling the Thaksin regime suggests a chilling despotism rather than a new politics.

That remains true today as much as it was earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, also at The Nation, and at its biased best, is a rundown of what is says is a “range” of options. Actually, “range” usually spans all sides, but not at The Nation, where it simply cites anti-government “academics,” without bothering to mention, and consequently hiding, the connections between some of these ideologues and Suthep.

The Nation states: “Many options have been proposed by academics…”. That could be true, but The Nation just provides advice by Suthep’s supporters, saying: “There are two variations on how to prepare for the dissolution of Parliament.” Yes, they did say “range” but manage to come up with two, which are really one. No range at all!

Pichai Rattanadilok Na Phuket of the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) is quoted as saying “that His Majesty the King invoke Article 7 of the Constitution to select an interim government to replace Yingluck’s Cabinet to reform the country.”

Didn’t Suthep say that? Of course, NIDA is a hive of yellow-shirted academics, but couldn’t The Nation have explained that this “academic” is a former PAD stage performer with a long history of links with anti-Thaksin and anti Yingluck groups and schemers.

The Nation then reports that:

Surapon Nitikraipot, a former rector of Thammasat University, has offered a similar road map to Pichai’s but suggested that the Senate Speaker nominate a person to be the prime minister for His Majesty’s endorsement. The new prime minister would call an election as well as a referendum to establish the people’s assembly.

You might think that Surapol is just another serious academic, but that would be wrong. Surapol was an appointed member of the military junta’s National Legislative Assembly. He is a defender of the military junta’s 2007 constitution,  a member of a cabal of yellow-shirted academics, and an ideologue for the Kangaroo Constitutional Court.

And finally, The Nation reports NIDA’s Sombat Thamrongthanyawong, who says that the way forward is to “enforce Article 3 of the Constitution to set up a ‘national government’ as a caretaker to lay out new political rules for the country and call for a new election.” Helpfully, it is explained that: “Article 3 states that sovereignty belongs to the Thai people and the King as head of state exercises power through Parliament, the government and the courts.”Fishwrap

Sombat’s royalist advice for kingly intervention is to be expected; he is a well-known yellow-shirted academic. Just a few days ago Sombat was described as an adviser to Suthep. Now wouldn’t you think The Nation might just mention this? Not a bit!

But it is even worse than this, at least as far as journalistic integrity is concerned. A few days ago the Bangkok Post reported this scene on Suthep’s protest stage:

Standing shoulder to shoulder with him on stage were core members of other anti-government groups including Green Politics coordinator Suriyasai Katasila, academic Sombat Thamrongthanyawong, leaders of the Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand (NSPRT), the People’s Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism, the Dhamma Army, and The State Enterprises Workers’ Relations Confederation.

Even in this report showing that Sombat is an activist with Suthep’s anti-government movement, we don’t understand why an extreme ideologue is considered an “academic.”

But back to the point: The Nation is so biased that it would even have dead fish trying to get out of it. Essentially, it is deceiving its readers.

We guess that there is going to be much more of this campaigning by disreputable ideologues masquerading as academics and journalists.

Prayuth at Not the Nation

1 04 2013

Not the Nation is a humorous spoof of the real rag, The Nation, spawned by the latter’s horrendous incapacity for journalism while producing a mass of incomprehensible rumors or ideological rants as “opinion” pieces.Prayuth

So it is very, very confusing when, on April Fools’ Day, Not the Nation produces a spoof that could really be very, very close to the truth! In its fun and games, Not the Nation cleverly and believably has Army boss General Prayuth Chan-ocha, angered by talk about the monarchy and alleged lese majeste, rounding on conversation as a threat to all that is hierarchically good in Thailand.

An antidote

5 12 2012

Not the Nation

If you are heartily tired of this most politicized of birthdays and the way the mainstream media has gone even further than it usually does in its hagiography and cult-of-personality burnishing – political acts in themselves  (see the awful drivel here and here) – then we heartily recommend an antidote provided by Not the Nation.

And while there, do also look at another article that explains the ultra-royalist version of Thai history. It is a remarkably accurate account, suggesting that Not the Nation is not always about amusement.

Updated: Targeting Thaksin III

7 11 2012

There was a time when PPT considered the elite’s Bangkok Post to be somewhat better than The Nation. After all, the unprofessional “journalism” at The Nation even spawned a spoof known as Not The Nation. As a lapdog for the conservative elite the paper behaved like a lap dancer for the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime. Even today, The Nation sinks to new lows, seeming more like a family blog than a newspaper, publishing a “story” on the U.S. election by a “licensed acupuncturist” that gets published because the scribbler is boss Suthichai Yoon’s daughter.

As bad as that rag is, in recent days, the Bangkok Post has spiraled down into something that seems only fit for composting. We have mentioned some of these dives in recent posts (here and here). Essentially, these articles were in anti-Thaksin Shinawatra and anti-red shirt campaign mode with barely a fact in sight.

Misleading and concocted “stories” are suddenly grist for the Post’s campaigns. A few days ago we pointed to such a headline. However, the Post’s latest story on the alleged Thaksin assassination plot takes the cake for concoction. Here’s the line taken:

The alleged assassination plot against ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is likely to have been manufactured to give the ex-premier a credible excuse not to visit Tachilek, intelligence analysts said yesterday…. According to a military intelligence source, Thaksin had no intention of visiting Tachilek, a border town opposite Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district.

Readers may recall that the assassination plots against Thaksin when he was premier were also dismissed by his opponents as “manufactured.” Nothing much has changed.

PPT has no idea whether this assassination plot was real. But what evidence is there for this newspaper’s claim that this supposed plot was faked?

First, the “source” is,as usual, an anonymous military source. That is the same military that threw Thaksin out and were allegedly involved in earlier assassination plots. So how much credibility is there in this? Zero.

Second, the motivation for “faking” a plot is that Thaksin is “a fugitive with an arrest warrant out on him, [and] his presence [in Burma] would increase pressure on the Yingluck administration.” It was only in April that an “estimated 50,000 of Mr Thaksin’s fans alighted in Siem Reap, in the north of Cambodia, during the weekend’s Thai New Year holiday to catch a glimpse of the one-time premier.” What has changed since then? In opinion polls, the current government is doing better now than back then. So how much credibility is there in this? Zero.

Third, the claim is that by “fabricating the death threat, Thaksin has a plausible excuse to ‘cancel’ his plan without upsetting thousands of red-shirt supporters who were preparing to meet him, the source said.” This fluff depends on the first and second items above being true and guess work. How much credibility is there in this? Zero.

The mystery “military source” adds that “the assassination story can also be used to incriminate the ammart, or elite, who oppose Thaksin.” Well, yes, it would, if that was the claim from the Thaksin camp. So far though this hasn’t been claimed and “drug barons” are blamed. Still no credibility.

Finally, in a related story, the yellow-hued senator Somchai Sawaengkarn proved less than sharp when his doubts about the plot are expressed as: “If someone [actually] wanted to kill Thaksin, the plot would not have been leaked…”. Yes, no plot is ever “leaked” and is a security operation, if there was one, a “leak”? We’re thinking Homer Simpson.

Update: It is difficult to see how The Nation could get any worse, but it has. In “commenting” on the Forbes interview with Thaksin, op-ed “writer” Tulsathit Taptim strikes a new low. He gets frothy about Thaksin’s criticism of his fish wrap and the Bangkok Post and says there are other “questions” that he proposes “in response to his criticism of The Nation and the Bangkok Post and some other things he said in the last interview. It’s entirely up to Forbes whether to ask him these questions which, no need to be said, can be used by other international media free of charge…”. We aren’t sure what to make of the latter comments, but let’s look at the “questions.” Just two examples that are about substance rather than the list of childish retorts.

First, question 2: “Do you have proof that The Nation or the Bangkok Post tricked you and your spouse into buying the Ratchadapisek land while you were in office?” In Tulsathit’s world, somehow this must seem relevant to the notion of bias his rag. In fact, if a conviction was a reason for bias, we’d expect to see the newspaper exhibiting bias against a range of politicians and business people. Yet, this isn’t the case as the paper’s political bias is endlessly directed against red shirts and Thaksin.

Second, the last mangled question: “25. Last but not least, we are a bit confused. Thailand’s English media are against you but you said you are free to go anywhere and everyone treats you well. On the other hand, you can’t return to your country, where the market for The Nation and Bangkok Post is relatively small. Which exactly is your “unlucky” situation – you being able to go wherever people read “biased” reports about you, or you being unable to return to Thailand where fewer than 1 per cent of the population reads the English press?” So, Tulsathit thinks his paper is irrelevant?

Tulsathit’s “column” suggests to us that having a “licensed acupuncturist” write political reports for The Nation might actually improve it.


US media on lese majeste threat

24 12 2011

The Voice of America has yet one more report on lese majeste, with a video included. The video is interesting as it is the first to include coverage of the new MICT censorship room. As Computer Technical Officer Narongdej Watcharapasorn states very clearly, forget all the porn and online fraud, the first priority is the monarchy. The idea that the intercepted “evidence” needs to be kept in a sealed room like some form of Ebola virus suggests that authorities are now seriously deranged on lese majeste.

The written report begins by noting that “Thai authorities are expanding the use of strict laws against insulting the monarchy, with recent prosecutions that critics say are eroding freedom of expression in the country.” We are still not convinced that the current government, despite its statements and actions has expanded on the use of Article 112 when compared with the previous royalist regimes. Even so, the threat is real enough.

The impact of lese majeste repression is shown in this quote from a protester who wants lese majeste amended: “Next time, it can be me, it can be my friends, my child or someone I know…Nobody should be jailed for almost 20 years for expressing an opinion which practically caused no trouble to anyone…”.

Meanwhile, at the New York Times, another lese majeste report begins with the increasingly common royalist xenophobic message: “If you live in Thailand, you must be loyal…. If you are not loyal, you are not Thai.” This is the same kind of right-wing rhetoric that has led to murders and massacres in the past. As human rights lawyer Anon Numpa explains, “We have reached a stage where people would want to drive you out of the country or even want to kill you for having different thoughts…”.

Oddly, the NYT report then claims that it is royalists who “say they feel under attack,” and it refers to comments on Facebook attacking the U.S. Embassy for comments on freedom of expression as if this were not an organized yellow shirt campaign.

Inside the country, the royalists have nominated the threat. Tul Sittisomwong is cited as stating that the threat to overthrow the monarchy is from Thaksin Shinawatra. As we have said before, Tul is not that sharp, and his “logic” for the claim is “If you want to be the most powerful person in Thailand, you have to get rid of the royal family…. Otherwise you will always be No.2.” We know this is a parroting of Democrat Party-inspired emails doing the rounds of supporters.

Pitch Pongsawat of  Chulalongkorn University is accurate when he is quoted: “the country’s ‘royal worship system’ was engendering fear. ‘People are keeping track of who loves the royals and who doesn’t,’ he said on a television program this week.”

At the same time, amongst the royalist witch hunt, Not The Nation maintains a sense of humor with a dig at Thailand’s cult of personality.

Updated: Red shirts rattle the regime (again)

11 01 2011

Panitan when the Abhisit government relocated to a military base in 2010

On Monday we reported that BBC News had the biggest lie of the day when “Acting spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said the government had expected bigger numbers [at the red shirt rallies] since emergency rule was lifted in December.” PPT observed that we felt the government and its backers had been taken by surprise; after all, the repression has been extensive, but the red shirts keep rallying. It seems that our skepticism was warranted. There are a series of stories in the media today that strongly suggest that the huge red shirt rally on Sunday has caused a ripple of fear and incredulity to run through the ruling class and its regime.

One story relates to the about-turn on red shirt leader and Puea Thai Party parliamentarian Jatuporn Promphan. On Monday, PPT linked to a story that claimed Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tharit Pengdit said: “There was no reason to again seek the withdrawal of bail for the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship’s core member…”.

Now, according to The Nation, Tharit has seemingly and miraculously changed his mind. Was he pressured by the government? PPT can only assume that this back-flip has to do with the fear of red shirt protests getting even bigger, drawing together the urban-rural alliance of opposition for a third year in a row.

Tharit, as the chief political officer in Thailand’s politicized DSI, “said on Tuesday he now had implicating evidence to prove Jatuporn violated the condition for his temporary release. Tharit contends Jatuporn recently gave two press interviews to intimidate him as the lead investigator [that’s Tharit] in charge of the terrorism case in connection with last year’s riots. In other remarks, Jatuporn was critical of the court order to ban him from attending a public assembly.”

Silencing Jatuporn remains critical for the regime.

From The Nation: Rajaprasong business protest

A second story is in the Bangkok Post and relates to some “2,000 business people in Ratchaprasong … calling on the government to step up ‘effective rally management’ to prevent political protesters causing any more damage to their businesses.” Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) chairman Chai Sriwikrom claims the latest red shirt rally caused “damage” of about 100 million baht. We assume this means loss of business, for there was no physical damage.

Chai said “after many UDD protests in the area, business owners could not bear the losses anymore and had decided to counter-protest for the first time.” His association “petitioned Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva…. It wants the government to find a new rally venue that can better serve a large number of UDD supporters and to speed up the enactment of the public demonstration bill.” That bill is a reactionary attempt to limit demonstrations.

UDD chairwoman Thida Tawornsate Tojirakarn defended Rajaprasong rallies as a commemoration of the “people who died during April-May protest in the area last year.”

The RSTA does have businesses to run, but we can’t help wondering if this isn’t a carefully-timed political statement by the owners of shopping centers that serve the wealthy. Removing red shirt rallies from the city center would be yet another silencing.

The third story returns us to the political police at the DSI. It is covered in the Post story above and also at MCOT News. Tharit has announced that DSI “on Tuesday … arrested a key Red Shirt guard with an outstanding arrest warrant for terrorism for his alleged role in leading a crowd of activists to storm Chulalongkorn Hospital during the anti-government rally last year.”

Before saying anything more about this report, we need to go back to the idea of red shirts “storming” the hospital. At the time, PPT stated: The Chulalongkorn Hospital events of recent days have been an unmitigated public relations disaster for the red shirts and a triumph for the government. PPT recommends Thongchai Winichakul’s analysis of the events and their meanings at New Mandala. We also note the manner in which the events were hyped by the media – look at the initial, calm report in the Bangkok Post. That soon became a “storming” of a hospital by seemingly crazed red shirts. This results in remarkably positive press for the Abhisit Vejjajiva government. PPT also notes the support that medical professionals have provided to PAD and its associated no color/multi-color groups.” A clip of the “storming” is here, embedded in a TV news account:

Back to the announced arrest. In fact, Sompong Bangchom was re-arrested in Srisaket province. His first arrest was “on Jan 10 after receiving a call from a police officer asking him to go to a police station in Si Sa Ket’s Muang district. The officer said he wanted his help in solving a drug case. He went to the police station, only to be arrested by the DSI.” The point is that, suddenly, the DSI re-arrest him and on the big PR story related to the “storming” of the hospital that red shirts thought was harboring soldiers. Sompong is also alleged to have been responsible for a grenade attack on the home of “Banharn Silpa-archa on Charan Sanitwong road on April 25, injuring seven or eight people.”

PPT doesn’t think it is a coincidence that Sompong has been re-arrested at this time. It is a part of the regime’s response to the huge red shirt mobilization.

Update: Thanks to a reader for pointing out Not The Nation’s take on the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association’s “rally.”

Become a volunteer cyber-spy

16 12 2010

Prachatai has a post that sounds like a story in Not The Nation. What can we add?:

The Ministry of Justice is inviting people to join its ‘Cyber Scout’ training programme in order to build a network of volunteers to protect the monarchy in the online world.

According to the ministry’s website, training for the first two generations of cyber scouts will take place on 20 and 21 Dec at Kasetsart University, with a whole-day session for each generation.

Boworn Yasintorn, president of the Network of Volunteer Citizens to Protect the Monarchy on Facebook, will speak about the issue of the monarchy and Thai politics, and how to protect the monarchy.

Asst Prof Dr Nuanwan Sunthornphisat, lecturer on computer science at Kasetsart University, will discuss computer-related laws, ethics in computer use, and case studies of unethical use.

Asst Prof Patcharaporn Suwannakut from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University will talk about HM the King’s genius in various fields and important royal activities and projects.

And Dr Pakaket Wattuya, lecturer on computer science at Kasetsart University, will lecture on the right way to use computers and the internet, provide tips on basic maintenance and solutions to computer problems, recommend interesting websites, explain computer crimes and introduce preliminary measures to prevent crime.

Those who are interested in joining the training can contact

Genius mixed with Fascist tendencies, vigilantes and the “ethics” of censorship. Fabulous. Thanks Mr. Abhisit.

Not the Nation returns

11 12 2010

Good news for those who lamented the loss of Not the Nation a few weeks back. It has returned and is at its best in this short post that everyone will recognize and here too. Some humor for the weekend.

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