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Thai Prime Minister: Wearing a Bikini is Unsafe

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According to Thailand’s new military ruler, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, wearing a bikini in Thailand will get you killed… unless you’re ugly – then you’re in the clear.

In the wake of the brutal murders of two British tourists, PM Prayuth Chan-ocha warned “beautiful” Western visitors that wearing a bikini in Thailand may attract unwanted attention… from murderers.

“Tourists think that Thailand is beautiful, safe and that they can do anything they want here. That they can put on their bikinis and go anywhere they want. I ask, can you get away with wearing bikinis in Thailand? Unless you are not beautiful?” Prayuth said in a televised speech.

The PM’s comments were made following the death of two British tourists, David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23. The duo were found dead after attending a beach party on the island of Koh Tao last Monday. Apparently both were wearing bikinis??

This is not the first time Prayuth Chan-ocha has suggested that the victims were to blame for their demise. On Tuesday the army general said that the “behaviour” of Witheridge and Miller should also be investigated.

“We have to look into the behaviour of the other party too because this kind of incident should not happen to anybody and it has affected our image,” he told reporters.

The Prime Minister has since apologized for his bikini remarks, telling a press conference on Thursday:

“I apologize that I have spoken too harshly…I didn’t mean to criticize or look down on anyone. Today I can guarantee that Thailand is still safe … I wanted to warn [the tourists] to be careful.”

So if you’re a female tourist headed to Thailand, leave the bikini at home… or be really ugly. Preferably both. Although, this advice is coming from the same Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha who thinks his enemies are using black magic against him, so maybe take it with a grain of salt…

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Death By Crocodile… And Other News

Death by Crocodile

Instead of popping some pills or fastening a noose the good old fashioned way, a Thai woman has come up with a new method of suicide: jumping into a crocodile pit.

A 65-year-old woman from Bangkok killed herself by jumping into a crocodile pit at a reptile farm near the capital. Wanpen Inyai, who appeared depressed prior to the incident, took off her shoes and jumped right into the 3m deep pond that contained hundreds of adult crocodiles. Staff tried to use long sticks to stop the crocodiles from attacking her, but those crocodiles were mighty hungry. The reptile farm owner said the farm, which has, like most Thai tourist attractions, extremely lax safety rules, had already installed additional fences and other security measures along the walkways. The crocodile will not be charged. BBC News

Cab OdorPassing their driving test (or getting held up at gunpoint) is no longer cab drivers’ biggest worry – now, they must also pass a smell test. Officials at San Diego International Airport are using body odor as a criteria for judging taxi drivers—and the cabbies aren’t happy, complaining it stinks of prejudice and discrimination. Body odor is now among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers, along with the usual proof of insurance, functioning windshield wipers, adequate tire treads, good brakes, etc. Anyone who flunks the smell test is told to go home and change before picking up another customer. Sounds good to me, but not to Drivers with United Taxi Workers of San Diego who say the smell test perpetuates a stereotype that predominantly foreign-born taxi drivers smell bad. Body odor is body odor no matter where you’re from, but whatever, I’ve got an Uber account. Huffington Post

Ebola OutbreakThe Ebola virus has continued to terrorize West Africa, killing 2,461 so far and threatening the region’s economic growth. In fact, the Ebola crisis has gotten so out of hand that the U.S. announced it will step up efforts to combat the outbreak. On Tuesday, President Obama announced a plan to send 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region with the intention of building 17 new health-care facilities with 100 beds each and training as many as 500 health-care workers a week. Others are doing a little less to reign in the highly contagious virus. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has fired 10 government officials who have been “out of the country without an excuse” amid the national crisis. “These government officials showed insensitivity to our national tragedy and disregard for authority,” said a statement from the president’s office. The ten senior officials were given a one-week ultimatum back in August to return to Liberia or they would be fired immediately. Turns out unemployment was more appealing than the chance of catching a viral hemorrhagic fever. Bloomberg

alan-henningAl Qaeda is turning into one big softie. The terrorist organization responsible for the 9/11 attacks appealed to IS (the group formerly known as ISIS) to release the British hostage Alan Henning because it believed he was an innocent aid worker who was genuinely trying to help suffering Muslims. Al Qaeda told IS its capture of the British aid volunteer, who had traveled four thousand miles to deliver vital medical equipment to Syrian refugees, was simply unacceptable. In the Islamic State’s latest film showcasing the brutal beheading of aid worker David Haines, the IS militant warned Henning would be next. The question is, will IS listen to reason? No. When even al Qaeda makes you look bad, you knw you’re a horrible organization. Independent 

Auschwitz93-year-old Oskar Groening has been charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp. Groening is accused of helping operate the death camp in occupied Poland between May and June 1944. The ex-nazi was responsible for taking the possessions of those imprisoned at Auschwitz. “He helped the Nazi regime benefit economically, and supported the systematic killings,” state prosecutors in Hanover, Germany, said. Groening has spoken openly about his experiences at the Nazi death camp but has said while he witnessed horrific atrocities, he didn’t commit any crimes himself. In 2005, he told Der Spiegel he recalled one incident on “ramp duty” when he heard a baby crying. “I saw another SS soldier grab the baby by the legs. He smashed the baby’s head against the iron side of a truck until it was silent.” Well, that will give the 93-year-old something to think about during his life sentence – which will probably only last a couple months. CNN

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Another Coup For Thailand… And Other News

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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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Current Event Cat of the Day: Thai State of Emergency

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This doesn’t bode well for my upcoming trip to Thailand, but the Thai government has declared a state of emergency in the capital Bangkok and surrounding areas until they can get those pesky anti-Yingluck protests under control.

The 60-day state of emergency decree follows weeks of mass rallies in Bangkok that have sparked several scenes of violence, including a grenade attack that injured 28 people. Anti-government protesters have been blocking parts of the capital by erecting roadblocks and rally stages at several key intersections, in an attempt to try to force Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign. Yingluck, who many believe is just a puppet of her brother, exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, refuses to step down and has called for an election on Febrary 2 in an attempt to appease the protesters.

But the protesters aren’t so easily appeased, and Yingluck ran out of luck trying to keep them under control. Enter the 60-day state of emergency.

“The cabinet decided to invoke the emergency decree to take care of the situation and to enforce the law,” Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said.

“We need it because the protesters have closed government buildings, banks and escalated the situation, which has caused injuries and deaths. The government sees the need to announce the emergency decree to keep the situation under control,” another Thai minister said.

The decree, which comes into effect Wednesday, gives the government wide-ranging powers to deal with the disorder. The decree will allow police to impose curfews, detain suspects without charge, censor media, ban political gatherings of more than five people and declare areas of Bangkok off-limits.

This is going to be the worst vacation ever!

Via: Al Jazeera & Current Event Cats

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Thai PM Survives No-Confidence Vote Amid Angry Protests… And Other News

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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra survived a no-confidence vote in parliament but might not survive the tens of thousands of protesters out to destroy her.

After a no-confidence motion was brought by the opposition Democrat Party, Thailand’s parliament decided in a 297-134 vote to keep Yingluck in power. But the Thai people apparently have no-confidence in her. Yingluck’s government is dealing with the biggest demonstrations to hit Thailand since the violence of 2010. The protests, which began in Bangkok on Sunday, are being led by a former opposition party lawmaker. Demonstrators say that Yingluck’s government is controlled by her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who fled in 2008 before being convicted of abuse of power. Well, it’s been nearly four years. Time for another coup? BBC News

Costco BibleCostco has apologized for (falsely?) labelling copies of the Bible as “fiction” at a store near Los Angeles. A local pastor noticed this “mistake” while he was presumably buying copies of the Bible in bulk and tweeted a picture to his congregation. Once the picture got out, Costco issued an apology: “Costco’s distributor mislabeled a small percentage of the Bibles, however we take responsibility and should have caught the mistake. We are correcting this with them for future distribution.” But the real question is: who even buys Bibles? And for $14.99?? Just steal them from hotel rooms! TIME

arnon-milchan-isreali-spyIn stranger than fiction news, Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, aka the Pretty Woman producer (among others), has admitted that he was an Israeli spy. Rumours about Milchan’s alleged double life have been circulating for years but now he’s coming clean about the work he did on arms deals and Israel’s alleged nuclear program. Milchan is thought to have worked for Israel’s now-defunct Bureau of Scientific Relations, known as Lekem, which worked to obtain information for secret defence programs. “I did it for my country and I’m proud of it,” said Milchan. Considering Hollywood is pretty much run by Jews, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. CBC News

ny_circumcisionA turtle top will cost you $140 a day in Israel. According to Israel’s Channel 2, an Israeli woman is being fined $140 a day for refusing to circumcise her one-year-old-son. While there isn’t any legal requirement for Jews in Israel to circumcise their children, the mother is going through a divorce and in Israel, divorce is in the hands of the religious courts. The husband appealed to the Haifa Rabbinical Court to get the child circumcised (against the mother’s wishes) and the court agreed that the child should be circumcised. “I’ve been exposed to a lot of information about circumcision and decided not to proceed with the circumcision,” the woman told Channel 2. “I have no right to cut at his genitals and to maim him, and the court has no authority to force me to.” 972 Mag

Raining PotIt’s raining pot! Hundred of pounds of marijuana fell from the sky over San Diego on Monday after some Mexican drug smugglers dropped the bundles out of a plane. U.S. Customs and Border Protection watched the plane as it crossed the border about 4:15 a.m, drop bundles of pot that were tied to a cage and returned to Mexico without landing. Authorities seized more than 260 pounds of marijuana from a field about two miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border and arrested two people involved in the illegal pot drop. Raw Story

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