Another Coup For Thailand… And Other News

Thailand coup

Thailand is going coup-razy!

The country that has staged numerous coups since they became a constitutional monarchy is at it again! Except they’re kind of in denial about it…

On Tuesday, the Thai army imposed martial law and moved its forces into the main government building in Bangkok. But it denies the surprise intervention is a coup against the government. Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha said the military had simply stepped in to restore order after six months of street protests. The military also took over radio and television stations and instituted media censorship in order to broadcast their message that “declaring martial law is not a coup d’état.” Prime Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan, the go-to leader after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra got the boot two weeks ago, isn’t buying the army’s “no coup” message.  “They took this action unilaterally,” said one of his aides, who considers it a “half a coup d’état.” Well, a half coup is a nice compromise – maybe this will end peacefully? CNN

Sterling DivorceShocking news: Donald and Shelly Sterling are divorcing. Racism’s newest posterboy announced that he and his estranged wife, Shelly, have started divorce proceedings in the wake of the scandal unfolding over his offensive remarks. The mistress wasn’t enough to get Mrs. Sterling to sign the papers, but a media circus will apparently do the trick. Sterling also revealed that he hopes his soon to be ex-wife would be able to keep her share of the LA Clippers – even if he is forced to sell. “The poor girl. I don’t know how she can live and deal with this,” he said. “Thank God she has wonderful attorneys—wonderful—and they will protect her.” Shelly Sterling, who has been married to the 81-year-old for 50 years, has suggested that her husband may be suffering from dementia. Considering he’s probably the first mid-divorce millionaire thanking God for his wife’s “wonderful attorneys”, she just might be right. Daily Mail

Sean HannitySean Hannity finally puts his mortgage where his mouth is! After years of complaining about New York City’s taxes and Governor Cuomo’s intolerance towards right-wingers, the conservative Fox News personality is packing his bags and bidding farewell to the “United Socialist State of New York”. But where should a tax-burdened conservative pundit take his millions? Florida of course! Hannity revealed the move in an interview Friday with Florida Senator Marco Rubio. “You’re going to be my senator!” Hannity exclaimed. The radio host also plans to have a ranch in Texas, another state lacking in state income tax. I’m sure New Yorkers will be devastated filled with glee. They might lose out on a little bit on tax revenue, but their collective IQ will no doubt increase dramatically. Newsmax

Swiss VoteDirect democracy in action! The Swiss have overwhelmingly rejected a referendum proposal to create the world’s highest minimum wage, pleasing everyone who thinks Switzerland is already too goddamn expensive. The proposed minimum wage increase would have brought the rate to 22 Swiss francs, or $24.70. Opponents argued the union-proposed hike would push out small businesses, hurt the country’s large manufacturing sector, and drive Switzerland’s high costs even higher. The people agreed, voting 77% against the wage increase. Also on the referendum list: imposing a lifetime ban on convicted pedophiles working with children. That one passed with a wide margin. Switzerland: No minimum worker pay, no inappropriate child play. CBC News

Qatari HeatOops, we didn’t realize Qatar was in the middle of a desert… Fifa President Sepp Blatter just realized Qatar gets quite hot (like 50C hot) during the summer and the decision to have the country host the 2022 World Cup was probably a mistake. “Of course, it’s an error”, Blatter said, before adding: “You know, everyone makes mistakes in life.” Blatter also revealed that early reports clearly indicated that it was far too hot to toss around sweaty balls during the Qatari summer, but in the end the executive committee still went with Qatar. Despite rumours, Blatter insisted Qatar did not “buy” the tournament, but admitted that “it was due to political considerations” – which is code for “they totally bought the tournament”. To sum up: Qatar – not the best choice. And then there’s that whole slave labour issue… Al Jazeera

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