I was drawn into the cinema by a sense of nostalgia and childhood innocence. People my age remember the sexy and lively heroine played by Linda Carter, and while superheroes in today’s movies are often much “darker”, you wouldn’t expect the Wonder Woman of today to be torn apart like that by the harsh realities of life.
Shouldn’t police just “serve and protect”? This is where democracy confuses me most. I understand why an elected leader should bring in their own finance chief, who may prefer a lower or higher interest rate than others, or an agricultural supervisor who wants to plant more rice and less rubber. But what “differences” can political parties have regarding the police?
So, Southeast Asian countries have become democracy’s bad boys, according to activists on the sidelines of the latest Asean summit. I have no problem with that declaration, since this part of the world is democratically naughty, to say the least – a nightmarish classroom where all the juvenile delinquents are grouped together. If you are a strict democracy teacher, better go somewhere else.
I don’t mean to spoil your Songkran, but in years to come what you do this week may be illegal. Even worse, we may not even need a law to prevent people from throwing water at one another. The treasured practice will likely be seen as an act of total insanity, or simply undoable.
Last week, two men displayed very different ways of dealing with embarrassment after the Thai national football team were humiliated by Japan in a World Cup qualifier. Football Association president Somyot Poompanmoung went public to announce “I’m ashamed.” Soon after, team coach Kiatisak Senamuang thanked his players, fans and family and promptly quit his job.
It’s a story of two camps going out of their way in a bid to outsmart each other. If the renewed efforts to tax Thaksin Shinawatra over the 2006 sale of Shin Corp to Singapore’s Temasek are baffling, the scheme he allegedly used to evade that tax is no less perplexing.
Round One is going to Marxism. There are two possibilities regarding the alleged Russian interference in US politics: Either the claim is true or it is false. Either way, people in the Kremlin must be rolling on the floor laughing right now. Wait. It’s Capitalism that is actually on the floor at the moment.