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jonclark

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    PM urged to condemn attack by red shirts

    Once again The Royal Thai Police - EPIC FAIL - (in doing their job professionally). Cowards in brown.
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    Positive factors to hike Thai wages

    They have some methodology, but I would agree it doesn't reflect the reality of what we see every day does it? Unemployment widely under-repaorted - a bit like the divorce rates! Many unemployed and under-employed. At higher level there is a squeeze to find people, engineers, techicians etc. If the proposed mobility under the ASEAN Economic Community comes to fruition many Thais may struggle to compete for these jobs against labour coming in fron other parts of ASEAN. But they have effectively tracked it back from higher percentages to the level it is now. I don't deny it is widely under-calculated, but I can't understand why they don't rejig the methodolgy to reflect reality. A rice farmer is still a rice farmer even if the rice ain't growing
  3. All that this means is that a larger volume of rice will be imported from neighboring countries, re bagged as Thai Hom Mali and put into the Thai subsidy scheme.. The end spend will no doubt be the same..
  4. indeed Thailand is winning the race to the bottom
  5. Ask yourself this. If the government policy was really that good, would the government need a PR team? Or would the results speak for themselves? This is a self admission of things really not going as well as planned and they now have to massage the truth via their PR team, to make it more palatable. Back of the net - brilliant own goal!! PTP 1 Thailand 0
  6. Protectionism - Most imports - being imports are bought outside of Thailand, so the Thai economy (read government) doesn't get its share, only the foreign company which made the car. As a result, ordinary Thais have to but locally produced cars which keeps the Thai car assemblers working. If the import tax was reduced a far higher percent of Thais would go for BMW etc, which would be bad for business.
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    Namthip's " Eco-Crush" Initiative A Hit

    Hats off to an innovative and genuinely well thought out project - Just shows that Thailand has the ability to make a positive contribution to the world for all the nay sayers out there!
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    Ministry Wants To Make Thais Taller

    So can we summize that all things being equal (good diet, exercise, not smoking etc) - drinking milk lengthens life span. Or is this well meaning nonsense? I would like to see an education campaign by the ministry of education aimed at promoting healthy eating amongst young people as the main thrust of their diets includes dehydrated noodles, fired meat stuffs, fast foods, or sugary junk consumed with gusto on a regular basis. And with a diet like that it makes no odds how much milk you drink. Thailand has some of the best food, but worse eating habits in the world - On par with Scotland (no offence scots)
  9. Two very pertinent things can be taken from your 'sarcastic' 6 words - RT 1) you clearly don't support freedom of speech or the right to demonstrate 2) you seem to believe that might = right It appears the 'mask' of red democracy has slipped a wee bit there and the real face has been exposed - Nice one RT . 1) I never said they couldn't protest, just that their turnout is pitiful 2) The government is elected because the highest number of voters chose them over the other parties, so yes numbers are extremely important Ahh typical red response, make a comment, but don't like the response, so change tack; by explaining what you didn't say, reaffirm how a government is formed in the name of democracy, job done. What you don't realize is that tone of your initial post says more about your view of democracy, legitimate peaceful protests and the right to be heard, than a million of your written posts could - Nice one RT. The mask of red democracy has slipped so far it must be round your ankles by now.
  10. Two very pertinent things can be taken from your 'sarcastic' 6 words - RT 1) you clearly don't support freedom of speech or the right to demonstrate 2) you seem to believe that might = right It appears the 'mask' of red democracy has slipped a wee bit there and the real face has been exposed - Nice one RT .
  11. Everything (the gov't, police, the DSI, the "list is infinite") is pathetic. AND, to me there is no doubt that it is totally politically motivated.... BUT then again TiT so that says it all It doesn't really matter who is pathetic or not because it will be the courts who will look at the evidence presented and then make a judgement. Are posters claiming that the courts are biased? Because if they are, isn't that what Thaksin has been claiming all these years? If you beleive the courts are independent then lets just wait until all sides make their case to the judges and the court will make the ruling accordingly. You can't have your cake and eat it. If you think Abhisit and Suthep will not get a fair trial then you have much more in common with Thaksin than you care to admit. You bring up a valid point - does anyone think given the politically charged climate that a fair trial is possible?
  12. http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/thailand0511webwcover_0.pdf So there you are, did the army shooter have a "clear visual of terrorists"? If not, who broke the rules of engagements. As general as this statement is, if you can't prove it was "clearly" a terrorist, you can't shoot. I suggest all people read the HRW document and then decide what they would have done had they been in charge. It's easy to sit an scoff or praise with the benefit of hindsight and a comfy chair. Leaders, choose to lead, Taksin, Jatuporn, Abhisit were all leaders at the time and all are equally culpable for the deaths of the soldiers, and Redshirts. " There will be blood on the streets.... our patience is running out, we will take serious measures to retaliate, the dark sky will turn red, red like blood" - Jatuporn Arpil 10 2010. Would you have sat by idly and been passive, like Chamberlin did with Hitler or would you have been more active? This is not about right or wrong its about whether you'd have quelled serious civil unrest or let it continue if you were a leader. What action would the Americans, French, British or Italians have demanded from their governments, when negotiations failed had the streets of Washington, Pairs, London and Rome been taken over and mass violence threatened? In those countries you mention the PM/ Pres has undoubtedly not had his government handpicked and promoted to power by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces against the explicit intention of the voters. Are you suggesting that the Commander in Chief of the Army handpicked and promoted Khun Samak and Khun Somchai who were the PMs before Abhisit? They were removed because they broke the rules.
  13. http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/thailand0511webwcover_0.pdf So there you are, did the army shooter have a "clear visual of terrorists"? If not, who broke the rules of engagements. As general as this statement is, if you can't prove it was "clearly" a terrorist, you can't shoot. I suggest all people read the HRW document and then decide what they would have done had they been in charge. It's easy to sit an scoff or praise with the benefit of hindsight and a comfy chair. Leaders, choose to lead, Taksin, Jatuporn, Abhisit were all leaders at the time and all are equally culpable for the deaths of the soldiers, and Redshirts. " There will be blood on the streets.... our patience is running out, we will take serious measures to retaliate, the dark sky will turn red, red like blood" - Jatuporn Arpil 10 2010. Would you have sat by idly and been passive, like Chamberlin did with Hitler or would you have been more active? This is not about right or wrong its about whether you'd have quelled serious civil unrest or let it continue if you were a leader. What action would the Americans, French, British or Italians have demanded from their governments, when negotiations failed had the streets of Washington, Pairs, London and Rome been taken over and mass violence threatened?
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