(August 31st, 2002, 5:05 am)
Talk about government conspiracies. Or government stupidity. From www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/BKK223774:
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BANGKOK, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Thailand is considering manufacturing fake speed pills that cause headaches and vomiting to stop people abusing drugs, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said on Monday.
"I want the public health ministry to talk to psychiatrists and chemists on whether the government should produce drugs that give people headaches and nausea," Thaksin told a drugs seminar.
Sitha Thiwaree, a member of parliament from Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai Party, told the seminar the government should produce fake methamphetamine pills as a deterrent.
"If drug addicts take these fake pills and vomit, they may later feel scared and not want to touch them again," said Sitha, a former jet fighter pilot in the Thai Air Force.
Thailand regards widespread methamphetamine addiction as one of its main social problems. Hundreds of millions of pills are trafficked into the country every year, mostly from Myanmar.
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What kind of government deliberately makes its people sick? I'd find this hilarious if it weren't true. It's straight out of Dilbert, by George.
(August 31st, 2002, 5:00 pm)
File-transfer programs that report you to the RIAA and OS's that watch your software installed can't be far behind...
(September 1st, 2002, 11:36 am)
Anyone else that feels like they're getting closer and closer to the age of the Inqusistion, Third Reich and Stalin's Communism, all at once?
(September 1st, 2002, 5:25 pm)
I don't think it's so harsh as inquisition, third reich and stalinism together; but i do think todays civilisation has taken a turn for the worse. Things seemed to be going fine up untill late 2000 something, but it's been downhill ever since. I don't know... maybe the human race collectivly woke up from the new millenium party with a terrible hang over or something, because it seems to me there's a lot of cranky-ness going on between different a whole bunch of different parties. Kind of saddening when you think about it...
(September 1st, 2002, 9:39 pm)
(September 2nd, 2002, 8:59 am)
I dunno, but I think it's not so much that the world is getting worse but that Americans are finally waking up to it after 9/11. The Third World's people have always been poor and sick and hungry. There have been political tensions and small-scale wars all over. The developed world didn't see that before: it had no need to. Then on 9/11 it got hit on the head, and suddenly the world is a nasty and dangerous place. Eureka, guys.
(September 2nd, 2002, 1:07 pm)
Yeah, I agree (mostly) with you there, Narainsbrain. I know that the 3rd world have always been in a desperate struggle with famine, poverty and diseases, so not much news there (I'm afraid).
However, what is new is the fact that the USA got a new president, and after the 9/11 incident he's gone (in my eyes) megalomaniac. In his wake, or should I say "alongside him", we find the big entertainment companies (Sony, MS and all those other "Big TV" and Music companies), all striving to gain more and more control over what we do in the privacy of our own homes.
I'll agree that it doesn't have much to do with the original post, but if one thinks about it for a while you'll see similarities: They are both the same system of intervention: Controlling what the poeple does and does not, although they have two different goals. The first is to gain more money and power for one self, the second one is to "save" the people from harm.
All in all I think it's kind of cute, what Thailand's goverment is trying to do, although a bit too naive perhaps...
(September 2nd, 2002, 3:03 pm)
(September 2nd, 2002, 8:48 pm)
I'm a member of the Norwegian equivalent to the EFF (Electronic Frontier Fundation), so I'm (painfully) aware over their plans...
Trust me when I say that this is not the end of it, that's a LONG way in the future (if it is an end to it).
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