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    PPRP MP Parina under fire for Ratchaburi poultry farm

    News, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 12/11/2019

    » The Royal Forest Department (RFD) on Monday confirmed that a 1,706-rai farm run by firebrand Palang Pracharath Party MP, Pareena Kraikupt's family is on Sor Por Kor land — special public plot assigned to farmers to make a living.

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    HK protests: Behind the barricade

    News, Dave Kendall, Published on 18/11/2019

    » On the night of Nov 13th in Hong Kong, I heard there was a protest in the city centre of the area of the New Territories I was staying in, Sha Tin. After crossing the bridge over the Shing Mun River, I notice four protesters talking beneath a pedestrian underpass. Walking through the megamalls that constitute the city centre, I see workers clearing up broken glass but see no protesters. But on my way back across the bridge to my hotel, I encounter a crowd of about 50 people yelling and screaming abuse, and working my way through them, see a line of riot police advancing from the other direction. After several minutes of shining torches and bellowing warnings through a megaphone, the police raise the black flag warning that tear gas will be fired. The crowd retreats as one or two canisters are fired.

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    Make facts available

    News, Postbag, Published on 13/11/2019

    » Re: "PPRP MP Parina under fire for Ratchaburi poultry farm," (BP, Nov 12).

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    The kids aren't alright

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 08/11/2019

    » Crime is not limited by gender or age. Men, women and children can all end up behind bars for committing criminal acts. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Many jurists advocate that laws be reconsidered periodically to determine whether they are still applicable. Some turn into the Blue Laws of yore, still on the books but no longer enforced. Others get overturned.

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    Red shirts plead guilty to violence

    News, Published on 28/09/2019

    » Four red-shirt co-leaders have pleaded guilty for their roles in a violent 2007 protest outside the home of the late Privy Council president, Prem Tinsulanonda, apparently hoping the Supreme Court will give them clemency and a less severe punishment.

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    Don't call AI bigoted

    Life, James Hein, Published on 06/11/2019

    » Despite what some claim, Artificial Intelligence is not racist. Google built a system to detect hate speech or speech that exhibited questionable content. Following the rules given, it picked out a range of people with what some try to claim was a bias toward black people. Wrong. The AI simply followed the rules and a larger number of black people and some other minorities, as defined in the US, were found to be breaking those rules. It didn't matter to the machines that when one group says it, it isn't defined as hate speech by some; it simply followed the rules. People can ignore or pretend not to see rules, but machines don't work that way. What the exercise actually found was that speech by some groups is ignored while the same thing said by others isn't. As the saying goes, don't ask the question if you're not prepared to hear the answer.

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    The millennial approach to conservation

    Guru, Kankanok Wichiantanon, Published on 01/11/2019

    » Wildchain, a blockchain-based mobile game, is designed to raise awareness about wildlife conservation programmes and will be released in March 2020. Guru chats with the game designer Pochara "Tern" Taweesuk and Wildchain Director Florian Rehm to learn more about this millennial approach to conservation.

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    Thai tantrums

    News, Postbag, Published on 01/11/2019

    » I do not understand why many Thais are being hysterical about US President Donald Trump suspending trade preferences for Thailand under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP).

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    Preservation celebration

    B Magazine, Published on 27/10/2019

    » In the past, when people caught or bought so much fish or meat that they weren't able to eat it all, they had various techniques to preserve it so it could be stored for long periods of time. They did not let any meat spoil because it involved so much hard work and so many resources to acquire it. And of course, in those days, refrigeration was not an option.

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    Dust in the wind and down the throat

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 06/10/2019

    » You know there's something amiss in Bangkok when you wake up to the sounds of birds coughing. Well maybe it wasn't quite that bad, but this week our feathered friends sounded decidedly under the weather. So it came as no surprise to read the gloomy headlines about "toxic smog" returning to Bangkok.

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