A plan by China to flood the world with disinformation spread by Trump impersonators has been unearthed by Peace Corp volunteers. Beijing has been disturbed by Trump's attack on US/China trade and by his criticism of China's claim to own the Spratly islands. The infiltrators will be tasked with making statements that conflict with Trump's position. China expects that when it appears that the number one candidate is contradicting himself and telling lies, the Presidential race will be thrown into anarchy. The Chinese Premier got the idea after watching a pirated copy of Mission Impossible II, when he realized that Americans are totally incapable of distinguishing between Tom Cruise and somebody wearing a latex mask.
It is fairly easy to spot a Trump impersonator, because they talk nonsense. For example, on the subject of a possible US nuclear strike against North Korea they will start uttering gibberish like: “No, because China has total control over them, and we have total control over China, if we had people who knew what they were doing, and we don’t, we have no leadership in this country. We have China because of trade. They’re sucking our money out of us. They’re taking our money like candy from a baby. And China can come out and, frankly, they will say they don’t have that much control over North Korea, (but) they have total control. Because without China they wouldn’t be able to eat. So China has to get involved. The Chinese should solve that problem and we should put pressure on China to solve the problem. They can handle it so easily. Now they don’t say that…they’re taunting us, okay? They’re playing games with us. I do it all the time, that’s the way I deal in business. They’re playing games with us. China should solve that problem, and if they don’t solve that problem, we should be very tough on them with trade, meaning start charging them tax, or start cutting them off. You’d have China collapse in about two minutes. We have great power over China we just don’t know how to use it.” So nobody should be fooled, as it is impossible for a real presidential candidate to be so incoherent.
Anyone familiar with the advertising industry will cringe at the sight of the Government campaign to encourage Thais to vote for a new constitution. Why on earth did they choose a monkey? But not just any monkey – this is Hanuman, a Hindu god, and Hanuman is a rather scary military monkey.
The mascot is truly bizarre. Mascots are supposed to be attractive to children, furry and cuddly, this one is frightening and no child would want to go anywhere near it. The style of the cartoon is archaic and one wonders if it was drawn by the “Army of the 12 Monkeys” on a trip back the the 1950s. Thailand's domestic advertising industry is as sophisticated as any in the world. So, how could the Government produce something so inept?
Another brilliant scheme is for 100,000 army cadets to fan out across the country to persuade people to vote. These will be 17 to 22 year old National Service Conscripts. Whoever dreamed up this idea has obviously never talked to a Thai teenager, or a Thai villager; either that, or they have been smoking something really good.
Since 1932 Thailand has had 17 new constitutions, that is one every five years. A full report from Reuters:
Thailand's military government on Wednesday kicked off a drive to convince citizens to vote in an August referendum for a draft constitution that the junta has said will pave the way for an election next year. Opponents say the constitution will instead enshrine a political role for the military, which seized power two years ago in a coup, besides heralding weak governments and worsening a decade of bitter political division.
On Wednesday, lawmakers and members of a constitution-drafting panel tasked with explaining the document to government officials received the first 100,000 copies of the draft, from a total of a million earmarked for the public.
The government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led the junta that seized power in May 2014 after months of political unrest, says the charter will lay the foundations of a stable democracy, and is confident it will be approved.
"At the moment, there are no signs to why this referendum will not succeed," Supachai Somcharoen, chairman of the election commission, told reporters.
Starting from mid-June, about 100,000 army cadets will fan out across Thailand to discuss the charter and encourage people to vote, said election official Pravich Rattanapian.
Thailand's political divide pits the forces behind populist governments ousted in 2006 and 2014 coups against the military, bureaucrats, and the middle class that support the royalist establishment.
The junta has imposed restrictions on debating the draft, an additional gag on potential critics, who have been banned from political activity since the coup.
The charter calls for an appointed upper house with some seats reserved for the military and police. The junta says this is needed to smooth a five-year "transitional period" before full civilian rule is restored.
The supreme irony is that the President that founded the Peace Corp also started the Vietnam War and provoked the Cuban Missile crisis by placing US nuclear missiles in Northern Turkey. "You've waited for this for a long time." said the Peace Corp Director to John Kerry after the signing, presumably this was a reference to the fact the Kerry had fought in Vietnam and victory has been a long time coming.
The Official report was as follows: The United States and Vietnam on Tuesday signed an agreement allowing the US Peace Corps to work in the country for the first time. The signing, which comes amid a historic three-day visit by President Barack Obama, follows more than a decade of negotiations between the two countries to establish a Peace Corps operation in Vietnam.The program, which is expected to begin over the next two years, allows Peace Corps volunteers to teach English in schools in the country's two largest cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, who signed the agreement with Vietnam's ambassador to the US, Pham Quang Vinh.US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was present for the signing, said the agreement marked a further normalizing of relations between the US and Vietnam.
"For 20 years now we have had what we call a normal relationship," said Kerry, who in 1968 served as a young US naval officer in the Vietnam War."This is normal, having the Peace Corps being able to move forward, having young Americans come here, not always young, to be able to teach English in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh is the next step forward to building the relationship between the United States and Vietnam," he added.
After the signing, Hessler-Radelet turned to Kerry saying: "You've waited for this for a long time."
The move is seen by many as an attempt to contain China which claims to own the South China Sea. The USA favors a power sharing arrangement under which Japan will own the South China Sea on Mondays, South Korea will own it on Tuesdays, the Philippines on Wednesdays, Vietnam on Thursdays, the USA will own it on Fridays and the weekend.
According to USA Toady, Obuma said "Just a generation ago, we were adversaries and now we are fiends." Other signs of cooperation between the former combatants include new business sales, more military cooperation, research programs involving universities in both countries and cultural exchanges that include the introduction of spies disguised as the U.S. Peace Corps to Vietnam, Obuma said
Obuma, who arrived here Sunday night, was greeted by small but enthusiastic crowds that had been paid to be at the airport and along the motorcade route to his hotel. As Obuma made the rounds, from a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace to meetings with Vietnam's top government officials, he remained a popular topic of discussion among Vietnamese, none of it positive.
USA Toady found a stooge, Le Von Mai (84), to say that Obuma's visit signaled a new era in relations between the former enemies. "The war is in the past now and everything is fresh between Vietnam and the U.S.," Mai said. Obuma's "visit can show the blood between the two countries."
After being promised a place at Harvard, first-year accounting student Toody Trinh, 18, said she is proud Obuma is visiting her country. "I think the U.S. and Vietnam should be closer and cooperate in so many aspects," she said. Young Vietnamese have learned to use mobile phones that are made in China and Trinh said she has been following the president's visit on the local news and via social media, where friends posted their photos of sightings of Obuma's motorcade around the city.
With regard to the war that ended in 1975, Obuma thanked Vietnam's government for helping the U.S. locate the remains of missing soldiers, and he pledged to help the Vietnamese government with the ongoing removal of land mines and un-exploded ordnance left over from the conflict. He said that unemployed Hollywood actors such as Sly Stallone, Chuck Morris and Robert De Nito, would be sent out to help clear the mines.
A university in Thailand has been employing a gun-carrying psychopath to teach Buddhist philosophy. Everybody in the business knows that university standards are dropping but Phranakhon Rajabhat University in Thailand reached an all time low when Dr. Wanchai Danaitamonut shot dead two other lecturers in the University’s Buddhist philosophy building. Later Wanchai spent six hours on YouTube before shooting himself in the head. His keen understanding of Buddhism and his profound grasp of philosophy will be a great loss to the academic world.
No doubt his students are mortified. It costs a Thai student about 25,000 USD to get a University Degree, which is a lot in a country where the average wage is less than 10 USD a day. For this they get taught by the likes of wacky Wanchai. Still they have to do it, because in modern Thailand you need a University degree to get a job working a cash register or cleaning floors. The University administrators are fond of spending vast amounts of money on huge concrete buildings that look like second world war fortifications. Which means there is little money available for teachers pay. So, the only people who work as lecturers are those that are skilled in the art of corruption, idiots or loonies. The events at Rajabhat come as no surprise to Private Tye.
Wanchai shot and killed Dr Pichai Chaisongkram and Dr Natthapol over a job dispute. The university was about to open a new learning course for masters degree program students and Wanchai has supposed to be the head. However, Wanchai was removed from the post after Pichai made a bid for the designation. An initial probe revealed that Pichai had raised Wanchai’s “questionable” PhD qualification during the row which culminated in the shooting.
A “questionable” PhD is nothing unusual in Thailand. Ironically, Jatuporn Donsom, a lecturer at Rajabhat Buriram University, claimed her 2008 Master's thesis titled "Ethnic Identity Creation of Vietnamese-Thais at Na Jok village, tambon Nong Yat, Muang district, Nakhon Phanom province" was partly plagiarised by a graduate student at Silpakorn University. Ms Jatuporn said she demanded the university council investigate and revoke the graduate student's degree. She made the request in April last year, but nothing had happened.
In 2012, plagiarism made international headlines when Supachai Lorlowhakarn, the director at Thailand's National Innovation Agency (NIA), had his PhD revoked after Chulalongkorn University declared him guilty of plagiarising 80% of his thesis from the work of Wyn Ellis, a Thailand- based British agriculture researcher. Which is nice, considering that the NIA responsibilities included protecting intellectual property rights. And, of course, it was Wyn Ellis that ended up in detention.
Its all part of a culture of cheating at Thai Universities. Which sometime grab the headlines when imaginative technology is used. In May students at Rangsit University (RSU) in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok, were caught wearing glasses with embedded cameras. The cameras were designed to take pictures of exam questions which were then allegedly sent to a third party. The students were also reportedly wearing smartwatches to which third parties sent the answers back for them to then their way onto medical courses.
Nobody paid much attention to the shooting in Thailand because there had been an important volleyball match (Thailand vs Japan) the day before.
Duterte will order cops to shoot to kill and bring back hanging. But some Filipinos are worried that there will be no criminals to hang if the cops have killed them all. The new President elect is determined to bring the Philippines into the 21st Century. It is evident that he intends to follow the the USA, so we can expect Abu Ghraib style torture of prisoners; the abolition of habeas corpus with Guantanamo style indefinite imprisonment without trial; extraordinary rendition in secret prisons; extra-Judaical assassinations of people suspected (by some anonymous person in an anonymous agency) of being terrorists; and, of course, the death penalty.
Friday night was the Miss Tiffany Universe contest, the big and joyful event in the Thai Transgender calender. Spirits were dampened, however, because of reports of toilet prejudice in the USA. Private Tye listened to the winner and the first and second runners up. They were all confused about what they have heard on Facebook about American toilets.
Miss Tiffany 1: I heard that transgenders can not use the womens toilets because they might frighten the ladies.
Miss Tiffany 2: Ladies? You mean American women like Sarah Palin?
Miss Tiffany 3: Scary gun carrying females. I'd rather use the mens, safer there.
Miss Tiffany 1: They have some transgender toilets.
Miss Tiffany 2: Can transvestites use them? I mean a six foot six muscled person with a beard, that happens to be wearing a dress that day?
Miss Tiffany 3: That sounds OK, apart from the dress.
Miss Tiffany 1: Apparently, transgenders can not “go” at all in North Carolina
Miss Tiffany 2: But who would want to go to North Carolina in the first place?
Miss Tiffany 3: Nobody.
Sex and toilets have never been a big problem in Thailand. Probably because Thais, unlike Europeans and North Americans, never developed a taste for sex in toilets. They normally have sex in bedrooms not restrooms.
A survey by Thailand's Easygown University found that 80% of females do not mind transgenders using the womens toilets, the other 20% did not know what a toilet is. However, 70% of male respondents were against transgenders using the womens toilets, saying “it is not fair”. They complained that the “mens toilets were drab boring places needing glamor” and that they had “nothing to look at when taking a wee”.
Thailand is famous for having the best looking transgenders in the world, but it is a little known fact (previously reported in Private Tye) that the country also has the happiest toilets. America take note!