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  1. Samui Bodoh

    Canada sets October start for legal marijuana sales

    Wow! Someone needs a few tokes and a hug!
  2. Samui Bodoh

    Canada sets October start for legal marijuana sales

    I agree that there will be some adjustments to be made in the social sense. I haven't been following the detailed debate closely; can anyone recommend a site with the rules and regulations? Do's and Don't's? FAQ's? I would assume that smoking in public is generally going to be frowned upon (no worries); any others? And yes, driving will be an interesting issue; I don't know of a test that would stand up in court. How do you measure how stoned someone is? If you waked and baked (a favoured phrase from the old days...), would you still test positive at night? And does anyone know about previous criminal convictions and/or folks in jail? I never got caught, but I am curious if people's records will be wiped clean. Anyone? It'll be interesting to see how this all pans out. My view is that in a few years, no one will really notice much change except that the idiotic criminal aspect will disappear; good bye and good riddance! I have eight nieces and nephews and the thought of one of them getting busted and having a record has been a fear of mine for several years. Good days!
  3. Samui Bodoh

    Fleeing Thaksin hit with second arrest warrant

    You are missing nothing, JAG is correct. It is very simple; there are those in Thailand who, for reasons that I confess that I don't really understand, feel that they have the right to rule over everyone, be accountable to no one and act as they please. And get filthy rich as they do it. Thaksin's crime was to build support among the people and create a situation whereby any future ruler had to gain support from the common man. And, they hate it! Yes, there are "criminal" charges against Thaksin, and yes he is almost certainly "guilty" on all charges (I say "almost" as I view any charges laid in the upper echelons of Thai politics to essentially be meaningless, see General Rolex). It is as simple as it is incomprehensible; Might is right and screw the poor
  4. Samui Bodoh

    Canada sets October start for legal marijuana sales

    And you will be tossed in jail for assault; how do you like that, 'Law and Order' man? The people have spoken and the people say that you are wrong. Suck it up.
  5. Samui Bodoh

    Canada sets October start for legal marijuana sales

    It is a proud day to be Canadian, eh? Anyone who is interested in the arguments can find all the info on-line; I won't go into details at the moment. That said, congratulations to Canada for getting rid of the criminal element to weed. People have been smoking it for 70+ years and giving someone (anyone!) a criminal record for doing so is plain idiotic. I smoked a great deal in my youth and I have nieces and nephews who are occasional smokers now; if I or they were ever caught and prosecuted, it would have ruined my life or theirs for no other reason than stupidity. That is it; for stupidity. Well done Canada! Rest of the world; what are you waiting for?
  6. Samui Bodoh

    Why Thailand needs the death penalty

    I posted on this yesterday as well. The only reason that I can think of for re-introducing the death penalty now is that there is a desire to use it in an upcoming case and there is knowledge that it will be a controversial decision. By using here and now in this case, the desire is to 'normalize' its return so that when it is used in a more controversial case, the Thai authorities will be able to say "see, we do use it" or words to that effect. And, the only case that I can think of which meets the criteria above is the Koh Tao miscarriage of justice.
  7. Or, put another way... They follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
  8. Samui Bodoh

    Why Thailand needs the death penalty

    This is nonsense; Thailand does not need the death penalty. It does not act as a deterrent; the evidence does not support this claim. There is a great likelihood that innocent people will be executed; the Thai police have numerous (numerous as hell!!!) questions surrounding their operations and honesty, the support mechanisms for the legal/criminal systems are staffed by bureaucrats with questionable abilities, and the Judicial system faces questions each and every day by international experts. When you allow the State to kill someone, you can not fix it later if there is a mistake. And the Thai state makes mistakes. Many mistakes. What would you do? Say "Oops... er... sorry"?
  9. “Their real owners are foreigners too.” Ahh! Those pesky foreigners! If only Thailand was able to licence their businesses, issue visas to their staff, monitor their plants' output for environmental compliance, review their books for tax purposes, check their staff for immigration matters, review their land purchase or usage, etc etc etc. If only the Thai state had that ability! It is sad to see the poor, helpless Thai state being abused by foreigners like this...
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    Fleeing Thaksin hit with second arrest warrant

    Why do they do this? They just look like fools... Thaksin isn't coming back; that was the lesson from the events of 2013 before Suthep's rent-a-mob took over the protests. You can not extradite him; no government will hand over a former Prime Minister to a Military Junta, it simply isn't done. Further, the Junta has said that Interpol declared the case against Yingluck to be "politically-motivated", it is a logical assumption that the same would hold for any case against Thaksin. The Junta may believe that the Thai people would have less of an opinion of Thaksin based on this case, but it is likely that the opposite is true; Thai people know the 'justice' system is rigged and it will likely garner sympathy for Thaksin rather than any bad impression. As above, stop this nonsense. Anyone who already dislikes Thaksin will continue to dislike him, everyone else will see the Junta using and abusing the Justice system for a politically-motivated witch hunt. You are simply making yourselves look scared and stupid.
  11. Hmm.. Why do political parties need to attend a meeting in order to lift the ban? If the Junta is serious about lifting the ban, then lift it; the Junta did not coordinate with the parties when they imposed it, why do they need to coordinate when they lift it? I suspect that the political parties are suspicious (as any one would be) and thus having the meeting in a public manner and/or 'live' on-line would be a good thing. The time is rapidly approaching where political parties need to make it clear, both privately and publicly, that their participation is contingent upon a fair process. They further need to make it clear that any legitimacy for the process will be contingent on their participation. I am certain that the Junta wants a process which will legitimize them while not allowing anyone else to attain power; I'd want that in their shoes. If the parties allow that to happen, they will only have themselves to blame. It is better to not have or delay an election rather than have a 'rubber-stamp' election that gives the Junta unearned legitimacy .
  12. Samui Bodoh

    Canada Senate approves recreational use of marijuana

    I am always proud to be Canadian. That said, I am prouder than normal at the moment. Well Done!
  13. At the risk of starting a conspiracy theory, I can't help thinking that this case and the re-introduction of the death penalty is tied to the two Burmese lads of Koh Tao fame, or perhaps infamy is a better word. The timing seems to fit... I spent many years in Indonesia, and as any 'old Indonesia hand' would tell you, the justice system there worked in a particular fashion. The legal system would pile up several Muslim people on Death Row, but they would sit and sit and sit and sit until... wait for it... a case where a Christian was sentenced to death for some crime or another. It happened on a regular basis; no Muslim would be executed until recently after a Christian person was put to death, then a whole slew of executions to clean out the Row. I am not saying that the trials were bad/rigged/unfair, it was simply a case where public opinion demanded that a Christian be executed before a Muslim, then it was fine for the prison/justice/law/criminal authorities to do a clean sweep. I am not sure where in the process of appeals the Koh Tao lads are, but it has been long enough that I am sure they will be in appeal/verdict relatively soon. And, for the worst possible reason of "Face", I suspect that Thailand will want to see them executed in order to ensure that no one can criticize the Thai legal system (although everyone will). In order to apply the death penalty to the Koh Tao lads, Thailand needs to execute a few of her own citizens first; it would not be "proper" to re-introduce the death penalty and have 'foreigners' as the first victims. Am I correct? I can't prove it, but as the same as many on TVF, I have lived in Asia a long time and you get a sense of 'something is going to happen', and my "Spidey sense" is going off madly at the moment. I hope that I am wrong.
  14. Samui Bodoh

    Junta’s priorities the opposite of society’s

    "...In fact, the 20-year-plan contains no meaningful vision other than to maintain a significant share of power for the military. What’s needed, of course, is just the opposite – a strategy free of military involvement and a constitution that keeps soldiers in the barracks unless there’s dire, legislated need for action. It would also be desirable to consider a strategy of divestment from military-run businesses and enterprises like banks and broadcast media. This single institution has far too much power even in more democratic times..." Wow. Good for you, Nation! I didn't think you had it in you... The paragraph above is quite correct; no society can develop and flourish if there is a large element that is exempt from the normal rules and regulations which govern all other citizens and entities. In short, the military and its subsidiary enterprises have unfair access to laws, resources and law--enforcement which creates an uneven playing-field. And when there is an uneven playing-field, people and entities that could contribute greatly to Thailand's development are either shut out or shut down. "...Not only is the 20-year plan counterproductive, it also threatens to stymie policy initiatives that might move Thailand forward politically and economically. It forces all governments elected in the next two decades, for example, to accede to the strategy, a document that makes it exceedingly difficult to amend the current Constitution for the betterment of society. This plan is in essence about securing not just the junta’s legacy but also the military’s place in national politics for the foreseeable future..." Correct. The 20 year "strategy" is designed to ensure continued military power over the development of Thai society. If it is allowed to be implemented, it will have the "Wet-Blanket" effect, snuffing out all independent thought and creativity, leaving behind shoddy ideas and entities who suffer decline and degradation due to lack of competition. Any society that wishes to thrive in the future will need to have its full creative potential unleashed; failure to allow that means that the aforementioned society will walk into the future dragging the dead weight of oppression on its back. Thailand; if you want to have a pleasant, prosperous future, you need to utilize all the tools that you have in order to achieve it. Carrying the dead weight of the military as you stride forward ultimately means that you will simply witness your neighbours strive ahead of you, and you will be left muttering about your former 'glory days'...
  15. If a society wants to have Capital Punishment, it is their right. However, if you want to have Capital Punishment, you need to have an honest, effective police force, an honest, effective legal bureaucracy and an honest, effective Judiciary. Does Thailand have an honest and effective police force? No. Does Thailand have an honest and effective legal bureaucracy? No. Does Thailand have an honest and effective Judiciary? No. Under these circumstances, utilizing Capital Punishment is pure madness.