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(CBC)   Breaking: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolves Parliament & calls for elections. And if you knew without clicking which country Yingluck Shinawatra is the Prime Minister of, give yourself a pat on the back   (cbc.ca) divider line 112
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2013-12-08 09:26:55 PM  
Somehow I think the elections will end in a Thai vote.
 
2013-12-08 09:35:40 PM  
Is that pronounced yuengling sinatra?
 
2013-12-08 10:03:53 PM  

Cpl.D: Somehow I think the elections will end in a Thai vote.


And we have a winrar!
 
2013-12-08 10:38:20 PM  
Of course the problem at the moment is the opposition doesn't want a new election, they want Thanksin and his family and friends out of politics forever.  And I don't see that happening as long as there's a Democracy in place.
 
2013-12-08 10:43:39 PM  
I think the protestors threatened to Bangkok.
 
2013-12-08 10:53:52 PM  
Subby:  Already saw this on bbc.
 
2013-12-08 10:54:17 PM  
This gon' be gud.
 
2013-12-08 10:56:10 PM  
One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster.
 
2013-12-08 10:59:33 PM  
One of the former Soviet bloc countries. (Probably cheating, but whatever.)

*clicks*

shiat. Cheated AND got it wrong. Fail.
 
2013-12-08 11:01:22 PM  
 Thailand, but I listen to NPR so I already had the appropriate level of smug for that question.
 
2013-12-08 11:02:13 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: One of the former Soviet bloc countries. (Probably cheating, but whatever.)

*clicks*

shiat. Cheated AND got it wrong. Fail.


Really? Thai naming patterns are extremely distinctive.
 
2013-12-08 11:02:26 PM  
fta Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut told The Associated Press that his party could not participate in the legislature anymore because the body is "no longer accepted by the people."

I didn't look like a Breitbart link
 
2013-12-08 11:03:22 PM  
I am completely shocked! Yes, Siam.
 
2013-12-08 11:06:46 PM  
I knew, but it's also in TFURL, subby.
 
2013-12-08 11:10:22 PM  

Cpl.D: Somehow I think the elections will end in a Thai vote.


A result that leads to general malayse
 
2013-12-08 11:11:19 PM  
"After listening to opinions from all sides, I have decided to request a royal decree to dissolve parliament," Yingluck said in a televised statement. "There will be new elections according to the democratic system."


Wow, that country is sixteen kinds of f*cked up. Can they get a fascist anarcho-communist syndicate with monarchist trappings as a followup? That should cover just about everything they haven't got already.
 
2013-12-08 11:20:31 PM  
I was close in region.  Guessed Cambodia.
 
2013-12-08 11:23:06 PM  
On a serious note, don't they end up having a coup or something every few years or so?  I wish them the best, and I hope they figure out how to cut down on the corruption without having to keep overthrowing their government. It must be frustrating as all hell.
 
2013-12-08 11:25:24 PM  
HaHa. fartBama should do that with OUR lower house of Congress
 
2013-12-08 11:25:46 PM  

HotWingAgenda: Really? Thai naming patterns are extremely distinctive.


Thai names always catch me off guard. That alone should have been a tipoff. (Nearly) every time I think "Where in the hell is that name from?" the answer's nearly always "Thailand." There's a Thai boxer with a really crazy name that I can't recall and can't be bothered to look up right now. He's my go-to example.

tl;dr - you're right.
 
2013-12-08 11:27:13 PM  

Cpl.D: Somehow I think the elections will end in a Thai vote.


This should have been the headline. :)
 
2013-12-08 11:28:54 PM  
Well the tough guys'll tumble, can't be too careful with your company.
 
2013-12-08 11:30:06 PM  
Sad. I think this is a terrible and surprising show of weakness on her part. She gains nothing by it and it will entirely be lose lose. Shameful.
 
2013-12-08 11:31:53 PM  
The king is a reactionary motherfarker concerned only with his own wealth and perpetuating the Thai plutocracy. I don't see how this ends any other way other than in a military coup. She'll be joining her brother soon in the deposed PM category. Thailand still has a personality cult surrounding the king because they were never colonized, so sadly a good amount of the population will back that kleptocratic dickwad no matter what.
 
2013-12-08 11:33:34 PM  
I guessed Thailand and I was right. Many years ago I taught at a junior college with lots of Thai students and they all had names like Lapsangsouchong Aramalamadingdong.
 
2013-12-08 11:40:09 PM  
You go now...you Bangkok too long!
 
2013-12-08 11:40:58 PM  
I both knew the country and that she is the world leader I would most like to fark. What do I win?
 
2013-12-08 11:41:52 PM  

thurstonxhowell: I both knew the country and that she is the world leader I would most like to fark. What do I win?


You get to fark former New Zealand PM Helen Clark.
 
2013-12-08 11:49:45 PM  

Tripp Johnston Private Eye: thurstonxhowell: I both knew the country and that she is the world leader I would most like to fark. What do I win?

You get to fark former New Zealand PM Helen Clark.


Well, I'm glad I was wrong.
 
2013-12-08 11:52:13 PM  
(pat pat)

/ watched a lot of television while puking my guts out in Saigon. Surprised I retained this much.
 
2013-12-09 12:03:32 AM  
Tripp Johnston Private Eye:

The king is a reactionary motherfarker concerned only with his own wealth and perpetuating the Thai plutocracy. I don't see how this ends any other way other than in a military coup. She'll be joining her brother soon in the deposed PM category. Thailand still has a personality cult surrounding the king because they were never colonized, so sadly a good amount of the population will back that kleptocratic dickwad no matter what.

I wouldn't worry about it being a long term thing. From what I understand the one male heir is involved in musical theatre in Britain.

I'm kinda divided on Asian monarchies. They really do seem to love them, and they act as arbiters and unifiers whenever things go wrong. I was in Cambodia when King Sihanouk's body came home, literally 3-4 blocks up from the palace, and was amazed at the variety of people in the big square mourning for him. You can, I suppose, spot me in the pictures. Kings mean a lot there, and they are a calming influence.
 
2013-12-09 12:09:23 AM  

maxheck: Tripp Johnston Private Eye:

The king is a reactionary motherfarker concerned only with his own wealth and perpetuating the Thai plutocracy. I don't see how this ends any other way other than in a military coup. She'll be joining her brother soon in the deposed PM category. Thailand still has a personality cult surrounding the king because they were never colonized, so sadly a good amount of the population will back that kleptocratic dickwad no matter what.

I wouldn't worry about it being a long term thing. From what I understand the one male heir is involved in musical theatre in Britain.

I'm kinda divided on Asian monarchies. They really do seem to love them, and they act as arbiters and unifiers whenever things go wrong. I was in Cambodia when King Sihanouk's body came home, literally 3-4 blocks up from the palace, and was amazed at the variety of people in the big square mourning for him. You can, I suppose, spot me in the pictures. Kings mean a lot there, and they are a calming influence.


shiat, I'd gladly welcome a monarchy after the Khmer Rouge.
 
2013-12-09 12:09:32 AM  
Well, I knew it probably wasn't the Ukraine...
 
2013-12-09 12:11:45 AM  
Um .... 34 comments in and not one mentions of the Thai PM being .... HOT!

/disappointied in everyone here.
 
2013-12-09 12:18:28 AM  
One of the first things I remember about Bangkok was seeing "Long Live The King!" wrapped in lights around the top of a skyscraper.... I was wondering "Is this an Elvis tribute?"

I later figured out... Oh. different King.
 
2013-12-09 12:19:09 AM  
Oh, good, elections. That'll work, just like it did in Egypt.
 
2013-12-09 12:23:50 AM  
Needs moar Bangkok jokes
 
2013-12-09 12:27:17 AM  

Tripp Johnston Private Eye: The king is a reactionary motherfarker concerned only with his own wealth and perpetuating the Thai plutocracy. I don't see how this ends any other way other than in a military coup. She'll be joining her brother soon in the deposed PM category. Thailand still has a personality cult surrounding the king because they were never colonized, so sadly a good amount of the population will back that kleptocratic dickwad no matter what.


What a pad prick king.
 
2013-12-09 12:30:21 AM  
Tripp Johnston Private Eye:

maxheck: Tripp Johnston Private Eye:

The king is a reactionary motherfarker concerned only with his own wealth and perpetuating the Thai plutocracy. I don't see how this ends any other way other than in a military coup. She'll be joining her brother soon in the deposed PM category. Thailand still has a personality cult surrounding the king because they were never colonized, so sadly a good amount of the population will back that kleptocratic dickwad no matter what.

I wouldn't worry about it being a long term thing. From what I understand the one male heir is involved in musical theatre in Britain.

I'm kinda divided on Asian monarchies. They really do seem to love them, and they act as arbiters and unifiers whenever things go wrong. I was in Cambodia when King Sihanouk's body came home, literally 3-4 blocks up from the palace, and was amazed at the variety of people in the big square mourning for him. You can, I suppose, spot me in the pictures. Kings mean a lot there, and they are a calming influence.

shiat, I'd gladly welcome a monarchy after the Khmer Rouge.


Yeah. about that.

EVERYONE there has lost someone. I had a wonderful native tour guide. And what she told me was that there was no understanding what happened. Everyone was part of "The Organization" and afterwards... no one was unaffected or understood why. Cambodia, and I guess all of Asia is not the sort of thing anyone can sum up in bumper-sticker levels of quotes. It's freakin' complex!
 
2013-12-09 12:36:34 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

The regional governors now have direct control over their territories. Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battlestation.

/First thing I thought of.
 
2013-12-09 12:43:26 AM  
Yingluck be a lady tonight!
 
2013-12-09 12:49:30 AM  
I think that could be the name of the next oxi-clean spin-off. *ahem*

YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA DISSOLVES PARLIAMENT AND BAKED-ON GREASE!
 
2013-12-09 12:50:01 AM  
I know because I have a FB friend from Thailand and he constantly posts things about the government.
 
2013-12-09 12:51:00 AM  

Treygreen13: Yingluck be a lady tonight!


Yingluck, if you ever were a lady to begin with, Yingluck, be a lady with me.

I had a bad time with someone who was not a lady to begin with but looked like one in that dress and makeup after eight grasshoppers.
 
2013-12-09 12:56:30 AM  

Tripp Johnston Private Eye: The king is a reactionary motherfarker concerned only with his own wealth and perpetuating the Thai plutocracy. I don't see how this ends any other way other than in a military coup. She'll be joining her brother soon in the deposed PM category. Thailand still has a personality cult surrounding the king because they were never colonized, so sadly a good amount of the population will back that kleptocratic dickwad no matter what.


The King hasn't got much to do with it. At this point, giving back power to the royal family might be the best thing there to do, as Thailand is one of the best example of a failed democracy.  The protests have been gone for the last 5 elections, because one group,  the richer middle class, can't accept that they are a minority, and don't like to see that their taxes are getting used for bringing other parts of the country out of poverty (which is happening). The protesters also do not want elections or democracy, they wan't to return to the earlier state where their own people run the show without much interference from the poor.  They are basically too selfish and too stupid to be able to form a functional democracy.
 
2013-12-09 12:57:54 AM  

bikkurikun: Tripp Johnston Private Eye: The king is a reactionary motherfarker concerned only with his own wealth and perpetuating the Thai plutocracy. I don't see how this ends any other way other than in a military coup. She'll be joining her brother soon in the deposed PM category. Thailand still has a personality cult surrounding the king because they were never colonized, so sadly a good amount of the population will back that kleptocratic dickwad no matter what.

The King hasn't got much to do with it. At this point, giving back power to the royal family might be the best thing there to do, as Thailand is one of the best example of a failed democracy.  The protests have been gone for the last 5 elections, because one group,  the richer middle class, can't accept that they are a minority, and don't like to see that their taxes are getting used for bringing other parts of the country out of poverty (which is happening). The protesters also do not want elections or democracy, they wan't to return to the earlier state where their own people run the show without much interference from the poor.  They are basically too selfish and too stupid to be able to form a functional democracy.


Badluck.
 
2013-12-09 12:59:27 AM  
Thailand.  And she's the sister of an earlier PM.  What do I win?
 
2013-12-09 01:00:00 AM  

Bucky Katt: Thailand.  And she's the sister of an earlier PM.  What do I win?


One night.
 
2013-12-09 01:04:22 AM  
www.bloomberg.coms1.ibtimes.comimages.smh.com.au
 
2013-12-09 01:05:00 AM  

sendtodave: Bucky Katt: Thailand.  And she's the sister of an earlier PM.  What do I win?

One night.


well played, sir.
 
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