"vast and black. the thing that was poised, like a crow over the moon. round and smooth. cannon balls. things that have fallen from the sky to this earth. our slippery brains. things like cannon balls have fallen, in storms, upon this earth. like cannon balls are things that, in storms, have fallen to this earth. showers of blood. showers of blood. showers of blood. " c.f.
^ it's not is it...hardly somalia.
Well that's all right then. As long as there's someone worse off...
you wouldn't be having quite such a comfortable evening if it was a failed state mate.
Rare is the occasion I'd comment on Thai politics. Want to know why?
I don't live there anymore
This description indeed covers some of our posters in this forum completely.
Utopian socialists have always been a bankrupt group and inevitably resort to the 'ideal' concept when what they are advocating falls flat on its face.
You will find nowadays that they support any petty-bourgeois revolt going as a substitute for their own lack of political activity in their own countries. ie they are looking for a proxy for their own lives.
That they end up as nose-bag fillers for Thaksin ( read Red Shirt Khemer Rouge policies ) is not so surprising as they lack any objective class analysis.
Being able to afford ones principles is a luxury many people do not indulge themselves in.
Reality bites, common sense prevails.
'Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rapidly promoted by mainstream media,
which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end.'
what about the aging expat bubble boy category? you know, the ones banging on about common sense and reality as they narrowly define it? the pedantic shrews who have it all sewn up and everyone sussed out? yah those ones. the ones who seek out every reason why foreigners are here but never put themselves to the same scrutiny.
viva la rationale
Got to be a guilty plea in there for me somewhere.
a refreshing sign of a fertile mind.
Great reporting from the Nation...The representatives of the government and the Army accepted the petition amidst tight military security. The petition called for measures to deal with the country's security threats from "terrorists" and a movement aimed at bringing down the monarchy.
BTW, the petition is from the PAD and it is calling for a crackdown on the Red Shirts! Ya gotta love the Yellow Shirts for their sheer audacity.
Yellow shirts urge PM, Army Chief to crack down
By The Nation
BANGKOK: -- Thousands of yellow shirts yesterday called on the prime minister and the Army chief to deal urgently with the ongoing security threats from the red-shirt mobs wreaking havoc in Bangkok and other areas of the country.
Their co-leaders, Chamlong Srimuang and Piphob Thongchai, handed over the petition from the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to Acting Government Spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn and Army secretary Maj-General Jiradet Sitthipraneet. The petition was addressed to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Army commander-in-chief General Anupong Paochinda,
The representatives of the government and the Army accepted the petition amidst tight military security. The petition called for measures to deal with the country's security threats from "terrorists" and a movement aimed at bringing down the monarchy.
The PAD followers, many clad in yellow, gathered in front of the 11th Infantry Regiment in the Bang Khen area, where the prime minister has stayed since the red shirts began their protests in Bangkok in mid-March.
It was the first time PAD followers had gathered on the street in great numbers since their one-week airport seizure in late 2008.
Similar PAD events took place in other provinces, including Ratchaburi, Phitsanulok, Khon Kaen, Buri Ram, Udon Thani, Phichit, Chiang Mai, Rayong, Songkhla, and Phatthalung. Local PAD leaders and followers handed the petition in at local military camps in 38 provinces, according to PAD coordinator Suriyasai Katasila.
"The crisis has rapidly and intensively spread and become a state of anarchy. It has reached a critical point and has damaged the economy and society," said the PAD's petition. "We would like to see the brave soldiers help us get rid of this illegal activity and bring peace to Thai society as soon as possible."
Chamlong said yesterday the government had to enforce the law and the military should be brave in dealing with "the terrorists at Rajprasong". He was referring to armed men said to have mingled with red-shirt protesters at their main site in the city's important shopping district.
"Soldiers must not utter two words, "fear" and "difficulty". With these two words, you won't successfully be able to deal with the terrorists at Rajprasong. There will be more deaths and loss," he said.
Piphob said the PAD wanted further violence to be avoided and the government to strictly enforce the law. He urged the Army chief to do the same thing "or more innocent people will be killed by terrorists".
Suriyasai said yesterday the PAD would not give any deadline for the government and the Army to do as they requested. "But we will follow the developments closely," he added.
"Goddamn it Lord, bless oh ye this bacon..."
George Liquor American
Failed state. When the ATM and/or my satellite TV and/or my internet ceases to work, then I'd consider it a failed state.
Yeah... It's hard to believe you're in a failed state when you've just had a latte at Starbucks...
This is it... The apocalypse.
sat with bet having some brewskies last nite, meeting and chatting with quite a few locals. good fun, no trouble, no talk of the violence, no problem at all really. and this is only 35/40 mins from where it's been kicking off.
I'm everywhere you've never been and better than I've ever been