Jul 23rd, 2015

Arbuckle Brothers Coffee card, Number 91, 1889

Arbuckle Brothers Coffee card, Number 91, 1889

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Boys are the primary cause of unplanned pregnancy in teenage girls

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Left: Better think twice before doing “it”
Caption: Boy [or man] is the primary cause of unplanned pregnancy in teenage girls; an average of 15 infants born from adolescent mothers per hour.
– Teenage pregnancy problem
– The nation’s problem
– Help sort out problem
This campaign is an effort to reduce disease, earn more happiness in Thai teenagers for honoring His Majesty the King of Thailand (Rama IX).
**From statistics in 2011: Thai teenagers ages 10-19 years old giving birth to 131,400 infants at an average of 15 infants born per hour.

Right: Better think twice, before doing “it”
Caption: 5 sticks of pregnancy tests; the result of teenagers who want to know how popular they are by engaging in premature sexual intercourse. This leads to an average of 15 infants born from adolescent mothers per hour. [“5 sticks” implies that a girl is determining her popularity by how many boys she had sex with]
– Teenage pregnancy problem
– The nation’s problem
– Help sort out problem
This campaign is an effort to reduce disease, earn more happiness in Thai teenagers for honoring His Majesty the King of Thailand (Rama IX).
**From statistics in 2011: Thai teenagers ages 10-19 years old giving birth to 131,400 infants at an average of 15 infants born per hour.

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Chinese Uighars “now regretted their decision as it has caused major problems for many countries”

Chinese Uighars “now regretted their decision as it has caused major problems for many countries” – July 10, 2015
…He stated that he had met with a senior Chinese official who reassured him that the Uighur migrant were being cared for and he was also allowed to speak to them personally.
At present, Mr Anusit reports that they are being housed at recuperation center in Xinjiang province.
He also reports that leaders of the migrants had informed him that they were misled by international human traffickers into travelling to other countries and now regretted their decision as it has caused major problems for many countries…

Earlier: UN press release accusing Thailand of “flagrant violation of international law” vanishes quickly after being posted

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Prayuth won’t give up easily

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From an image on social media:
“I don’t give up easily. Once I intend to do something, I will accomplish it.”
Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha
Prime Minister
4 June 58
Inside box: Thailand’s excellence quote
[PM Prayuth made this statement in a government’s newsletter concerning his program “Returning Happiness to the People.” He said he will listen to all the comments from the population and hope people will understand and trust that the junta will reform the country.]

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Red and Yellow cartoonists agree on the submarine issue

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From Manager, July 9, 2015
Title: I knew it. By Buncha/Karmin
Small red words: Thailand needs
Big red word crossed out by suffering farmers: Submarines
[The word “submarine” is made up of the root word “water” so by crossing out the first part, it leaves the word “water.” This changes the phrase “Thailand needs submarines” to “Thailand needs water.”]
The farmers say: This is what we need, Chief Prayuth!

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From Thairath, July 10, 2015
Title: Being respectful to us first.
On the submarine: 36,000 million baht.
Papers in front of the sumarine: Farmers grows crickets; should better grow cowage [a local plant known as mah mui in Thai that has a medicinal value. PM Prayuth urged farmers to diversity their planting from rice to more lucrative crops.]
Prayuth says: We did not have an intention to make war with any other countries, we only want our neighbor countries to be more respectful to us. [A quote from PM Prayuth to justify the creation of a Thai submarine fleet. The title of the cartoon says the PM should be respectful to the people of Thailand first.]
From up right: Low income; Agriculturist poverty; Drought; Economic recession
Mouse: Treat the poor first.
Mouse man: Please respect Thai people first.

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No longer painting Hitler

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The infamous video featuring Thai children bettering themselves by painting Hitler has been fixed.

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7 Years Ago: “Thailand United Southern Underground” ceasefire


“Thailand United Southern Underground” ceasefire
[This was a weird one…]

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Weekly News Magazines, July 10-17, 2015

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From Nation Weekend, July 10, 2015
Main cover reads: The story of the star
[Refers to a brokenhearted story of an actress Tangmo, a lady on the cover, and her boyfriend Tono. This became a talk of the town after she tried to commit suicide.]
On the left side: The NCPO changes the game by releasing 14 students.
[The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) decided to release the 14 political activist students after being pressure by local and international communities. They will still face trial though.]

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From Matichon Weekly, July 10-16, 2015
Main cover reads:  Being caught in a trap (can’t move)
People on the cover are protesters who called on the junta to release 14 political activist students.
In a box at the top-right: Wannasingh Prasertkul #You’ve got a friend.

[It illustrates the junta government has been caught in a trap by its arrest of 14 students. After being pressured by the local and international communities, the junta decided to release those students pending trial.
Many well-known writers, such as Roundfinger and Wannasingh, academics, and the younger generation have been made aware of this issue and the arbitrary power of the junta.
“#You’ve got a friend” is a campaign started by famous writer Roundfingers to call for the release of 14 students.]

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From Manager Weekly, June 11-17, 2015
Main cover reads [red] #End of the story
Left: Tono’s Instagram
Right: Tangmo’s Instagram
[Refer to a breakup of actress Tangmo and her boyfriend Tono and her suicide attempt. This is the same story as in Nation Weekend above.]
At the top right: Explore the drama of ‘submarine’ and the ‘mysterious man’ behind the scene.
Man: Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan
[Refers to Navy’s plan to purchase submarines from China using a massive budget.]
At the bottom left: [orange circle] Special
[red circle] Free
[red] A secret of ‘sex’
[green] and coconut oil]
At the bottom right: Should we do a referendum, Yes-No [refers to the constitution referendum]
Hidden petroleum bill

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From Lokwannee, July 10, 2015
Main cover reads: External factors threats the government’s security
Turkish people stormed Thailand’s consulate in Istanbul to protest Thailand on sending ethnic Uighurs back to China. This will be a new issue which leads to a relationship between the junta and the Chinese government. And if we consider about slow economic growth and a bubble in the Chinese stock market, this will raise concern because China is known as a main supporter of the junta. Therefore, the security of the junta does not depend on the internal movement, but the external factor especially when the security is linked with the economy.

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From Lokwannee, July 4-10, 2015
Because our country has law [with the last letter of the word fading out]
Words on the right with the fists: Democracy, Human rights, Justice, Participation, Peace [Refers to the political activities demanded by protesters.]
[กฎ=Rule, กฎหมาย=Law หมา=dog
Therefore, กฎหมาย=law, กฎหมา=dog’s rule
This cover implies that the rules enforced by the junta sometimes do not adhere to the law.]

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Change of telephone numbers in 1969

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Does Thailand need submarines?

Tom notes: You just posted about the Thai submarine purchase.
The following website lists number of submarines by country:
China 67
India 15
Singapore 6
Vietnam 3 (a more recent source lists 4 + 2 under construction)
Indonesia 2 (+3 under construction)
Malaysia 2
Thailand 0
While Thailand has zero submarines, Thailand’s neighbors all have submarines. The military’s acquisition should be seen in this context, which, to my knowledge, no one has raised in Thailand’s foreign language press.

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10 Years Ago: Losing the right to criticize a company owned by Thaksin

Thaksin company courts controversy
…Thai and foreign media and human rights groups were astounded by such demands, since it was an unparalleled amount being made here by a business giant that had earned a net profit of 9.7 billion baht (242.5 million dollars) the year the libel charges were made…

Today: Thai Defamation Case Seen as Media Freedom Litmus Test
In Thailand, a criminal defamation case brought by the Royal Thai Navy against an Australian publisher and a Thai reporter is again highlighting the military government’s clampdown on the news media…

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Street Vending in Bangkok: 1973-2013

Vending in Public Space: The Case of Bangkok
[An interesting pdf of the report is available on the site.]
…With respect to poverty reduction during economic recessions, street vending is regarded as a “solution” to unemployment and high cost of living. However, during times of economic progress, street food vending is viewed as a “threat” to orderliness. This dual attitude towards street vendors has been reflected in policies at the national and local levels over the last forty years…

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4 Years Ago: Remembering Thai Dreams of Checks and Balances

Remembering Thai Dreams of Checks and Balances

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12 Years Ago: Chuwit and the Massage Parlour Scandal

Chuwit and the Massage Parlour Scandal
[It was around this time eight years ago that Chuwit was bursting into public consciousness with the Sukumwit Square demolition, a war of words with police over bribes, and an alleged kidnapping.]
…Apparently, the people who lost face did not get the money. Either that or the money was not enough. When Chuwit came out with his bribery allegations, even more face and more money was lost. Gen Sant must have felt rather awkward denying that his officers were accepting bribes while at the same time transferring scores of them from their precincts. He lost face and he didn’t get paid for it…

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New Thai skyline

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From Arun, June 29, 2015
Caption: China proposes to sell a submarine to Thailand.

[Recently, Thailand’s navy decided on a 36 billion baht plan to buy three submarines from China. This decision raised questions as to whether those submarines are worth the massive cost.
The submarines are one of the Thai military’s long-wished for purchases and it was inevitable that a junta with absolute power would seek to make them a reality.
Considering the junta’s criticism of the massive spending of the former Pheu Thai government, it is ironic that they are willing to splash out on a submarine project–an unlikely project indeed for a small nation like Thailand.
The Red Shirts capitalized on this and alleged that the military was cancelling the popular universal healthcare plan to pay for the subs.]

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10 Years Ago: Tearing Down New World Department Store

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Tearing Down New World Department Store

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12 Years Ago: Revolution in Laos?

Revolution in Laos?

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Crusading Phuketwan Website Shuts Down as Journalists Face Thai Court

Crusading Phuketwan Website Shuts Down as Journalists Face Thai Court – Phuketwan, July 12, 2015
…The award-winning Phuketwan site has led reporting on the plight of Rohingya in Myanmar, who have been described by the United Nations as among the world’s most persecuted people.
Morison, 67, has announced that Phuketwan will close this week and may never resume because of uncertainty over unprecedented criminal defamation charges brought against him and colleague Chutima Sidasathian by the Royal Thai Navy…

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4 Years Ago: “Keep your batteries full and get ready for action in any situation”

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Conspiracies to stop Yingluck

Stalling of MP Endorsements: “Keep your batteries full and get ready for action in any situation”

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Reaction to the casino proposal

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From Manager, June 25, 2015
Pol. Gen. Somyot at the doorway: Sir, I’ve already checked the reaction of the public… towards a casino… and I’d like to report a result to you.
Caption: No need to report it?
[Refers to the proposal of legalizing casinos proposed by Police chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang. The idea has been criticized by the public and PM Prayuth dismissed it.
The idea, a holdover from Thaksin’s time as PM, is criticized as a boon for foreign interests to funnel money to connected politicians as well as launder money for them.
Thai editorial cartoonists often portray foreigners as long and hook nosed–perhaps with even a anti-Semitic bent. Who are the two other men at the table?]

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Remembering the Thaksin Years: Sucking up MPs

From Thairath, July 14, 2002
Title: Vacuuming… with careful selection
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s face is on the vacuum cleaner with a logo of Thai Rak Thai party.
[The Thai Rak Thai party, led by Prime Minister Thaksin, absorbed other political parties and forced long-time political party leaders into retirement.]

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Reform Thailand, Reform the police

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From an image on social media:
Title: An organization needed to be cleaned up
[White] Reform Thailand
[Red] Reform the police
A box on the top-right corner: Garfield [name of creator of the graphic]

Earlier: Junta reverses course: No reform of the Royal Thai Police

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10 Years Ago: Tales from the founding of the Thai Rak Thai Party

Tales from the founding of the Thai Rak Thai Party

And: A tale of two newspapers: Stimulus package

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10 Years Ago: Privy Councillor Prem accuses Thaksin of employing “double standards”

Prem accuses Thaksin of employing “double standards”

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Adding the past mistakes

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From Thairath, June 25, 2015
Title: Adding the past mistakes
On paper held by a man behind with glasses: Destroy PM Poo [Yingluck]
On paper held by a man close to a military: Don’t follow an order
On paper held by a military: Don’t do a job
On a man with glasses: Civil officer
On paper held by him: Stop working [these are all charges being leveled against Yingluck]
On a man in the front: A judge
A paper held by him: Receive an order to overthrow the government [meaning judges were ordered to rule against Yingluck]
Papers around Yingluck’s picture: Destroy an independent agency, double standard justice, slander [more accusations against Yingluck]
Phi Nooring: A man’s ability
A mouse: Only good at speaking

[The cartoon illustrates that the junta is trying to politically persecute former PM Yingluck with various charges. “Only good at speaking” has been used to describe the Democrat Party in the past to mean they are good at criticizing, but cannot accomplish anything.
Here it seems to mean the same sort of thing: despite the charges against Yingluck–whether true or false–at least she and her government tried to do something for the people.]

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Where are the million of people?

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From Manager, July 10, 2015
Title: I knew it. (By Buncha/Karmin)
The Dao Din students in front of Bangkok Remand Prison: What the heck? We agreed to stay in jail for days… why did only a few people come… Professor, you said we have got back up from million of people, where are they?
Three people at the right holding flowers say: They are busy…watching the break-up news… Tono and Tangmo.

[This implies the detained Dao Din students were encouraged by activist university professors to stand form in their protest.
It also refers to the recent drama between two celebrities who had become engaged after joining the anti-amnesty protests last year. The public admission by Tono that he was to blame for the breakup and Tangmo’s overdose literally brought Thailand’s business world to a halt as employees stopped work to watch the press conference on TV.]

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Bagan: Myanmar’s Rapid-Fire Development Risks Ancient Site

Bagan: Myanmar’s Rapid-Fire Development Risks Ancient Site – nbcnews.com, July 11, 2015
…Several hotels have been built illegally inside the archaeological zone — their owners said to be connected with the military. An ugly viewing tower has been erected in the middle of the area. And hot air balloons carrying tourists hover above the temples.
The authorities say they will demolish the hotels, and are looking at stopping the balloons, but few people locally expect that to happen. Officials see a World Heritage listing as a way of leveraging the tourist potential of the site…

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Thai editorial cartoons on the student anti-coup movement

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From Manager, June 30, 2015
Title: I knew it. By Buncha/Karmin
Red Shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan is holding two books.
Blue book: October 14th, a very pleasant day [October 14, 1973, when a student movement overthrew the dictatorship.]
Red book: October 6th, a cruel day [October 6, 1976, when a military backlash resulted in the massacre of protesting students and a return to military-dominated governments.]
On the shirts: Dao Din [the name of the anti-coup movement]
Jatuporn: You, Dao Din, you will be writing a new book of Thailand’s history and it will be the same as this book… October 14th. It began with a few of you… then others joined you and together you succeeded in overthrowing the military government… so that now our country is democratic.
Caption: The red book is more likely [related] to this situation… why didn’t he show that book?

[Here, the Red Shirts are shown lauding the anti-coup student movement by contending that the political struggle in Thailand is purely about democracy resisting a military dictatorship. Many readers might view the situation in another light, due to the political struggles that had Thaksin pitting himself against the Thai establishment in an attempt to receive a pardon and return to power.

Thus, the cartoonist is contending that protesting students’ actions would not be considered pure, but part of political machinations and more likely to be met with deadly force. This is because the military, through its actions, is attempting to demonstrate to the political world that Thaksin’s attempts to return and convert the nation to a one party state will never succeed.

This is reflected in the red “October 6th” book to symbolize that the military is more likely to crack down in a bloody way than be shaken by supposedly idealistic student protesters. A cartoon like this also is an attempt to frame the debate in a way to warn people off anti-coup protests by raising the possibility that they will be met with harsh measures.

Underlying all this is the claim that the Red Shirts have constantly tried to get common people to sacrifice themselves for high-minded causes like democracy when really the Red Shirt movement is only a paid political pressure group intended to return Thaksin and his clique to political power.]

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From Thairath, June 30, 2015
Title: The very first brick?
On the brick: 14 students of the new democracy movement
On the soldier’s bandolier: Bring back happiness [the junta’s motto]
Mouse man Nuling: Do not restrict our freedom.
Mouse: Brick is used to build wall. [meaning that this is the beginning of tearing down the wall]

[This cartoon speculates that the Dao Din student movement could be the beginning of real organized resistance to military rule within the country. With the military constantly circulating trial balloons about its desire to stay in power for up to four more years, it is important for those who oppose them to demonstrate that resistance can rise if the army clings to power.

It also frames the debate purely in terms of a desire for immediate democratic freedom–rather than the murky terms of coup supporters who justify the coup as an attempt to reform Thailand or “bring back happiness.”]

(2Bangkok Editor Ron Morris’ book, The Thai Book: A Field Guide to Thai Political Motivations, is available in the Kindle Store.)

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The 1979 Bangkok Mass Transit Masterplan

The 1979 Bangkok Mass Transit Masterplan

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Regarding Moon Handbooks Author Carl Parkes

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This is over a year late, but we just received word that Moon Handbooks author Carl Parkes passed away on May 14, 2014.

Regarding Moon Handbooks Author Carl Parkes
Avalon Travel is saddened to learn of the passing of Carl Parkes, a San Francisco native, travel writer, and author of many Moon Handbooks…

From May 14, 2014: “Carl fervently believes that travel is an immensely rewarding undertaking which affirms the basic truths of life. “Travel is much more than just monuments and ruins. It’s an opportunity to reach out and discover what’s best about the world. Travel enriches our lives, spreads prosperity, dissolves political barriers, promotes international peace, and brings excitement and change to our lives.”
Carl had a very profound impact on my life – instilling the love of Asia and travel and introducing me to so many wonderful friends when I was new in town.”

He was also an accomplished photographer

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