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  1. Yunla

    NCPO grants police powers to military

    I was taught to use "macro" rather than "mass" for certain sociological brackets. Mass is a useful term for some things though. I don't see what is frightfully important about the words "famine" or indeed "macro." Famine in NK is cloaked by the fact external monitors are discouraged from reporting it. The reports I've been reading are of an exponential macro-famine effect. This means that famine gets a lot worse generationally, people are born to malnourished parents, and are malnourished in childhood. This means the normal term of famine does not suffice. You ask why it is unstable? You judge stability on numbers of coups alone? Stability equals food for everyone, a manufacturing base that benefits the citizens, a solid infrastructure again to benefit citizens. "Has never invaded" but is constantly threatening to nuke everybody. If they had the military might, you can be sure they would have been far more aggressive externally. As I said in my post, they wish they had the power for external confrontations. By they I mean the lunatic regime rather than normal NK people. On Thailand, while it has other major sources of income, tourism is a very big factor here. That is another reason why comparisons to former and current despotic regimes is nonsense. Thailand relies on the positive image of the nation to keep tourism numbers up. Nations such as NK etc. do not have to maintain such a positive image. I believe that with lowered corruption, tourism here will increase by huge numbers. Tourists love Thailand, and will love it even more when they feel more confident in positive results from corruption-busting initiatives. I wrote an article for the paper a few years ago, which talked about "comparative effects on tourism." Point one, was that most Western tourists prefer to visit nations that are holding democratic elections. Point two was that most Western tourists prefer to visit nations that are stable and secure, in the electoral process and all other areas. So on point one, yes, some tourists are discouraged by an emergency pause in elections. However, they can feel reassured that this pause in elections is temporary, and elections will once again be held in the near future. On point two. Tourists, including myself, were discouraged by the sight of voters being beaten to a pulp outside voting stations in the last election. We were discouraged by political roadblocks, at which a taxi driver was beaten to death. These are extremely negative factors to tourists. They are like saying "yes people have the vote, but look at the political chaos and violence." My perspective, which I will never budge on, is that point two trumps point one. As a tourist, I am happier to accept an emergency pause in elections, than I am to accept the sight of voters being beaten up at voting stations, or cab drivers being beaten to death at political roadblocks, as we saw last election. I believe that tourism increases in stable and secure nations, and if that stability and security was achieved by an emergency pause in elections, then that is acceptable to most adult tourists, as they can see the reasons for the pause, and understand that elections will be held again in the near future, when stability and security have been fortified. Those with a less common-sense take on points one and two, will simply shout about North Korea and Orwellian and other things that are completely irrelevant in a nation that relies on a positive, welcoming and friendly image to promote tourism.
  2. Yunla

    NCPO grants police powers to military

    "In my social-science books, I put stability and security before anything else, as I believe stability and security are the foundations upon which everything can be built." I see. Stability as demonstrated in North Korea, and as was once in Burma/Myanmar. Don't you hate the halting return to the chaos of democracy in Burma? That's why you're cheering on the junta's move towards that wonderful, stable military government that Burma once had. During the original Star Wars trilogy you were the one rooting for the Empire. I enjoyed your use of North Korea as an example of "stability and security." The fact that NK is not stable or secure, is of minor importance isn't it. On stability, NK is held together by external financial support, it is teetering on the brink of catastrophic macro-famine, manufacturing and industry and science are uniformly hijacked for unstable endeavours. It is what I would use as an example of "unstable." On security, NK have been rattling toy sabres forever, and striving to obtain a real sabre, with which to rattle. There is nothing secure about a nation that wishes it had the power to wage wars abroad, and is hurtling towards conflict with all the speed it can muster. Of all the arguments against the current leadership in Thailand, the "but, but, but, North Korea, Nazi Germany!" arguments are the most ridiculous and easiest to topple. Those examples are of nations who wish/ed to engage in foreign wars of conquest. Thailand is no such nation, the military is defensive to protect the security of the Sovereign Kingdom and all persons therein. Thailand also has a unique culture and philosophy which to a certain degree inoculate it against this type of external conquest war behaviour. In comparing Thailand to those situations, you are totally undermining your own argument.
  3. Yunla

    NCPO grants police powers to military

    I think that it is not possible for you and I to discuss this subject. We do not merely have polarised views, we also have deeply entrenched views. And I am too ill to engage in trench warfare, knowing that neither myself or the other person is going to move an inch. In my social-science books, I put stability and security before anything else, as I believe stability and security are the foundations upon which everything can be built. I support the current leadership, as they have brought stability and security. You prefer the leadership of PTP to the current leadership. That is your view, and I respect it. However, neither of us are going to change our views, and I could sit here and write essays about why I have my views, it would make no difference. So I will bid you farewell, and I will just let history decide which of these two positions was the right one.
  4. "He believed that the accused man may be responsible for other related crimes with victims too scared to come forward." A jealous rage violent attack, does not fit this person's behaviour at all. Jealous rage is a fleeting thing, after which he could easily have called the ambulance and police, admitted the assault, and prayed for the girl's recovery. He beat her almost to death, then chained her up, and watched her suffer for two days. This is psychopathic serial-killer behaviour. If I were the police, I would be checking his internet history and searching his apartment for DNA and "trinkets" kept from previous victims. The fact that he was already looking for the next victim, coupled with the imprisonment of a dying girl, would lend to the theory that this was not his first victim, and would not have been his last, had it not been for the incredible strength and courage of this brave woman. I continue to pray for her recovery, and I admire her bravery beyond words.
  5. Yunla

    NCPO grants police powers to military

    That's crap. The military had the power all along. Go and read the "law" under which the military rules Thailand. To be blunt, I find your comment offensive because it is intentionally misleading. Remember that army general who was implicated in the human trafficking scandal of a year ago? What happened to him? He was subject to military law and under the command of the military wasn't he? When you can come back and tell everyone in this forum that the general was subject to a transparent judicial process, you will have a substantiated position. And what of the officials implicated in the land encroachments and the corruption of Phuket? The military has the power right now to wipe them out. It has not, has it? I believe the comments that this is all about stifling dissent and pushing through the new constitution are more credible. Well, I'm not comparing the current situation with a perfect world scenario. I'm comparing the current situation with the previous situation. Under Yingluck there were no priority corruption purges, there were however priorities such as amnesty and passports for criminal fugitive family-members, and also some might say there was an actual increase in overall corruption under her leadership. There was also a constant barrage of threats to stability. In any case, under the last leadership, we did not receive weekly announcements of corruption purges, or see the sackings and arrests of discredited persons. Under the current leadership, we are seeing stability and security, and also the very real signs of anti-corruption initiatives being mobilised, slowly but surely. I applaud these things, and will continue to do so.
  6. I was very moved by the tributes from the local community, many of them customers at this poor gentleman's shop. The thing that struck me about the tributes, from people of all races and beliefs, they all spoke of what a nice man he was, a true friend, a lovely chap. The tributes never mentioned his religion, they all just spoke about what a lovely man he was, and how he had been a very happy and uplifting presence in their daily lives for years. I think that his customers have a very good take on life and philosophy, they felt that his religion was nobody's business, and they didn't even mention it really. He was a lovely guy, and that is all that mattered to his customers. If only everybody in the world could share this perspective. From reading this story, it becomes clear that he was a true local shopkeeper, in the very finest traditions, providing not only things that people want to buy, but also friendship and kind-hearted conversation, things that are the only rays of sunlight in some peoples' lives. Pensioners, disabled persons, or others who live alone, for some of them the only time they get some friendly banter is in the local shop. This man understood this, and he always had time for his customers. RIP.
  7. Back-street abortions cause illnesses and death. Women prevented from having legal clinical abortions, will seek out alternatives anyway. They won't suddenly convert to a new way of thinking, they will just go to back-street coathanger abortions instead. In the case of legal abortions, the baby dies. In the case of back-street abortions, the baby dies, and the Mother can get serious illnesses or die too. A pro-life stance would be the former option, as it at least protects the life of the Mother.
  8. Yunla

    NCPO grants police powers to military

    My point, which you deftly side-stepped, was that army units from another region, would most likely not be known to the crooks who have a corrupt stranglehold in a different region. Local police in that region would be very much on display, troops from another region would not. Was my point. Allright i 'll write it in baby-language, hopefully you understand it then. My policefriend from Bangkok is member of a special team which works in Phuket, Chaing mai, Pattaya to arrest the bad boys there. After that they come back to BKK for a while and get a new mission. Now you figure out why they work that way...... That is very sensible. How many of those special mobile teams are there? Are they numerous and solid enough to face down serious criminal networks in every major city and town? I don't doubt for an instant that there are police such as those you describe. I do however doubt that they are in the sort of numbers that may be needed for prolonged large-scale anti-corruption purges. The army are numerous enough, and solid enough for this task. And they would be leaving bases, not leaving active policing posts in other regions.
  9. Yunla

    NCPO grants police powers to military

    My point, which you deftly side-stepped, was that army units from another region, would most likely not be known to the crooks who have a corrupt stranglehold in a different region. Local police in that region would be very much on display, troops from another region would not. Was my point.
  10. Yunla

    NCPO grants police powers to military

    As you should be chicken little. In order to stamp out corruption, it must be replaced with something. Most Thai officials cannot survive on their wages alone. Giving heavy handed oafs god like powers is just creating government sponsored gangsters. Thinking like this puts the whole country at risk. Thailand needs to create courts that are not swayed be politics. I eagerly await your complete manifesto for reforming a system with macro-corruption on all tiers. "Needs to create courts that are not swayed" is of course essential in all nations, but is not in itself a solution to the current situation at ground level here. On the wages, we agree. And the hope would be that once a nation stops losing so much money to corruption, it will benefit everyone financially long-term. Not least because a tourist nation such as Thailand, will see a huge increase in middle-class big-spending family-tourism, if that nation eradicates corruption and crime. "In order to stamp out corruption, it must be replaced with something." Yes, it must be replaced with "no corruption." By using force to break-up organised crime and compromised authority figures.
  11. Yunla

    NCPO grants police powers to military

    naive and surprising from you I must say I'm surprised that it is surprising. I've been flame-grilled on this site for being a Junta Fangirl for several years, just for basically recognising that action must be taken to prevent macro corruption on all levels of society, and for not wanting to see more crime-related misery in the lives of normal honest working people. The other point about army being used to break-up organised crime and corrupted positions in society, is two main points. One, local police have to live in the same community, and they may be working under positions that have been compromised. So it may be hard to even engage in operations against influential local villains, if those villains have compromised certain positions in the force. On this same point, police in the area should rightly fear repercussions against themselves or their families, if they are identified as being involved in busting corrupt underworld figures, who have tentacles everywhere. Secondly, and connected to the first point, is that army can be drafted in from other regions, they remain anonymous to the local crooks who may have compromised positions in the local force. Police can not really be moved from other regions, as that would leave their home regions vulnerable to higher crime rates. But a national army is by its nature national and can be relocated for purposes of anonymity, in situations where corruption and intimidation has spread deeply into a local community. There is no actual way to convey the damage that corruption and crime does to a nation, how it saps the wealth from the nation, or the fear that normal working people have to live in, when there are compromised and corrupted authority positions in their community. So you have to weigh those terrible problems, alongside a military component in response to the problems.
  12. Yunla

    NCPO grants police powers to military

    "...rooting out underworld influences and unduly “influential people” in the economy and society." This is exactly what most people have been demanding for decades. Using soldiers to arrest heavily-armed underworld groups and crime-bosses, is just basic common sense, because many serious gangsters have the kind of firepower that would put the lives of normal policemen and policewomen in danger. So I will wait and see, I hope that they do break up underworld gangs, and apprehend the crime bosses. I know I will be barbecued for writing this.
  13. When I read this headline, I was expecting tigers. Maybe next time!
  14. The title of this thread is one of those broad sweeping generalisations that can not be answered by nature of the question itself. So my answer is "yes and no" which is the only possible way to reply to a broad sweeping generalisation. If we are comparing nations that have become very advanced by the wealth created from early industrial manufacturing etc., the West, versus countries that are still catching up in wealth and social terms, then yes obviously life is worth more in wealthy countries. Because road-safety and workplace safety etc. the citizen is an investment with a lot of training and financial obligations which make them the kind of investment that needs to be kept safe at work and on journeys. But those are macro social views, generalisations. They apply to general perspectives, and not to individual cases. Pictures of specific situations are very different. If you go to ground level, and visit a hospital in Bangkok, you will see highly-trained Doctors and Nurses working extremely hard to save peoples' lives, to make patients comfortable, and to try and keep their spirits high with flowers and gifts etc. I've said before that I think Thai doctors and nurses are the best in the world, based on my experiences in the fairly huge amounts of time I've been hospitalised here. And since their job is to save lives, the huge amount of effort and genuine human compassion they show at work, would mean that the answer to the OP is "no" and life here is worth at least as much as anywhere else. But it is a bigger and more complex picture, and so "yes and no" is my answer, depending on which specific situation you are looking at.
  15. RE: "If you want to be orthodox." I don't. I believe, and it is only my belief, that Jesus became mortal in response to Satan's envy, an envy so monstrous that it poisoned the world and everything upon it. Satan was jealous because Jesus was not cast down, in mortality, doomed to take a myriad of mortal forms for eternity. Jesus was safe, and this caused Satan great fiery rages of jealousy. So Jesus became mortal, and gave his life, to show many things. He showed Satan that it was not the divine protection of Heaven that made Jesus great, but the peace and joy that Heaven represents. Jesus taught people this peace and joy, in the hopes that it would save human beings from a future cataclysm, involving flaming swords from the sky, or nuclear bombs in fact. Only by turning the other cheek, living a peaceful life, and embracing humility, would humanity survive the future cataclysm. If people continued to fight each other, technology would eventually make this fighting apocalyptic. Jesus arrived in time to plant the seeds of peace, in the hopes that humanity would embrace peace, before technology advanced much further. Sadly, his message was lost on most people, including many Orthodox Christians, who tick all the theological boxes, yet still support warmongers. Tony Blair is one good example, he launched a war that led to a million deaths, and said "I have prayed about this, and God will judge me." This is a good example of misunderstanding the message of Jesus. Jesus chose to die upon the cross rather than commit murder, or form an army to protect him. Jesus was telling people that peace was the only show in town. Without humanity adopting peace as a core belief, there will be an apocalypse. We are seeing this now. As I clearly said in the start of my first post in this thread. "I believe that...." after which I wrote what I believed. This is because I believe it. I don't know what else to say.