This morning great surprise: The Nation's nationmultimedia.com are open again.
Better not risk any rampage from drunk-infused Songkran party-goers. Though I would say less than 10% of the people might know the paper in question,
the ones who might care probably makes up no more than 4-5%. But they are educated and they'll get drunk too during the revelling ...and you never
know what drunk people will do when angered.
Two days ago international news outlet brought the message his majesty, the king "in his goodness" had pardoned the Swiss man sentenced 10 years of
Never knew the word before I came here, and it does translates as insulting the majesty, but it seems to imply more than that. In practical terms it
means you cannot talk about the king, and if you mention him better be sure sure it's in honourable and positive terms.
For that very reason as good as nothing has been reported in local medias. Western news crews have been tried fooled out of the court room and from
reporting the story at all. A case like this is impossible to report, because you simply cannot render anything touching negatives concerning the
On one of my first trips to Bangkok in a mini-bus with about a dozen tourists of which two couples were of local origine, an American guy started
talking about the king in general terms and in no way defaming. He talked about he'd heard him to be very artistic, fond of music and virtous on the
sax. Then he suggested --this was in the days Clinton-- that the president and the king got together for a jam. Could solve much more problems, than
just talking and negotiating, was his opinion. The reacting from the two indigious couples was a total freeze. It was more than awkward with a total
silence engulfing the van. The diversion to break it didn't come before someone asked why so many people seemed to be living in make-shift shelters
along the banks of the royal moth.
A short resume of governing history. The present king is born in Massachusetts and did spend less than a handfull of years of youth in the country to
which he was later to be crowned. He didn't reside in Bkk before he returned 22 years of age for his coronation.
The present king is Rama IX, for short number nine. He is a grandchild of King number Five, ruling 1869-1910, the one and only king to have visions
and set the agenda of western adoptions into tai culture. His grandchild seems to be doing his best and is well educated for the job but is spun into
a web of traditions, which doesn't, and though does, go well with corperate culture depending on the degree of cynicism these traditional rules are
applied with. All of the 20th century has been a mess and a breaking down of something out of another world, a almost total defilement and corruption
a whole culture, which has never been fully understood by the West. Number Nine has restored faith in the monarchy, and as it appears it might be the
last spike holding this country together.
My personal assumption to the calamities scourging the country, the core root of their problems, is the leprous corruption of their special version of
I've known Buddhism for 40 years, but never before I came here seen it in daily life practic. A few revisions of my conception have been needed and a
lot of experiences have been learned. Stupidity, ignorance and sloth has always outraged me, but control and observation of temper is central in
Buddhist living. In this country they've taken the control to manipulate social order by obedience to authoraties. Despite no cast system, like in
India, they have taken all the Brahman hindu junk and mixed it up with their local animistic beliefs ...and installed Buddha as god above all their
demons and heathen Hindu gods.
Maybe I should add, Buddhism is consider an atheist belief system rather than a religion.
To follow up on the OP story of the stampede on the release of some allergic alloy, to reach excorbiant prices because formed into some talismans,
here's a very good OP
FROM TODAYS Bkk POST: A dangerous obsession
on the path religious practisese
Buddhism teaches the law of causation: that there is a cause to every effect even though the chain may be long and not immediately visible. In
this regard, the out-of-control craze over the Jatukarm Ramathep talisman has its roots _ in the inefficacy of the Sangha Council.
The Maha Thera Samakhom governing body for monks has failed completely on two counts. First, it has certainly not done enough to educate the clergy
about the teachings of the Lord Buddha. Had it done so, such a pitiable obsession for an icon advertised as having supernatural powers would not have
gripped an entire country which is predominantly Buddhist.That a 51-year-old woman was trampled to death and about 100 others were hurt in a stampede
to buy the Jatukarm amulets is just the latest in a series of incidents attributable to this lethal fad. Before, news reports spoke of people risking
their lives trying to steal the amulets, with others shooting to kill in its defence.
In Nakhon Si Thammarat's Muang district there are stalls selling the amulets on nearly every street. More than 400 different models are believed to
be in circulation, some of which can fetch up to two million baht.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
It's a damned good business, when people are stupid and superstitious.
As for the tube, no news of open up, as people will keep posting mockery on the subject now the idea is given.
The Nation still have the consisting critics of the media policy and old critical articles like this one is still up.
The "blocklist" numbered 13,435 websites as of January 11, compared
to 2,475 on October 13 last year.
The huge jump showed "a frightening increase in thought control and abrogation of civil liberties and human rights in Thailand," FACT said in
a statement. "2007 may well be the 21st century's '1984' in Thailand," it said. Some anti-coup websites such as 19sep.org have been blocked six
times since the coup took place last September.
"In the wake of September 19, many Thai Web discussion boards were blocked or ordered to self-censor, stifling freedom of expression and freedom of
association," FACT said. It said the identity of blocked websites had not been disclosed to the public, and government agencies had not revealed what
criteria they used in regard to blocking sites.
The group said that the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), which does much of the censorship, had a budget of Bt5 billion.
"It would appear Internet censorship is the only function of the Ministry of 'Information' yet MICT discloses no information to the Thai
taxpayers." Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
The group is currently running a campaign against Internet censorship and has urged the public to participate by joining them at
Todays discussion goes on in fresh article like this one.
The government has shut down a popular online political chat room,
citing national security as the reason.
As for Utube discussions, they're here.
Two more offensive videos put on site
The junta used lese-majesty as an excuse to stage the military coup that toppled Thaksin Shinawatra's government. State prosecutors are
considering putting Thaksin on trial over the charge.
"It's another example of how silly and ineffective censorship really is," said CJ Hinke, coordinator of the group Freedom Against Censorship
Thailand. His group, which lobbies for an end to online censorship, says the government has blocked 45,000 websites.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
[edit on 14-4-2007 by khunmoon]