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February 18, 2014

Flaring tensions at protest sites leave more than a dozen dead in two countries

  • Four people were killed in Thailand after following a series of gun battles between law enforcement and anti-government protesters, with dozens more reported wounded as a result of the violence. An anti-corruption board in the company also announced plans to file charges against current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, an elected official viewed as a proxy for deposed leader Thaksin Shinawatra.
  • Nine people were killed in Ukraine after police tried to use armored personnel carriers to smash through protesters’ barricades at the  Khreschatyk Hotel; an act which ended with both vehicles on fire and enraged protesters re-occupying the City Hall in Kiev. Officials have since shut down the city’s subway systems as well, to try and prevent large numbers of additional protesters from flocking to the downtown area. source
15:09 // 1 month ago
January 17, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 17, 2014

Freedom industries, the company responsible for the chemical spill that led to a major drinking water shortage in West Virginia, filed for bankruptcy on Friday, a move that protects them from the nearly two dozen lawsuits filed against them already.

Thailand’s anti-government protests got violent on Friday, after an explosive was thrown into a crowd of protesters marching in the streets. At least one person was killed and nearly three dozen injured.

In 1974, Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda was discovered in the Philippines, operating under orders to not surrender 29 years after World War II ended. Onoda, who died Friday at 91, eventually gave in.

Nintendo’s Wii U is doing so badly that the company is talking about making games for smartphones. It’s gotten that bad.

Here’s a guy who got stuck in a pipe.

23:15 // 2 months ago
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November 30, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 30, 2013

An American-born detainee in North Korea—one who didn’t have a chance to star in a music video filmed in the country—has apologized (likely under duress) for ”indelible offensive acts against the DPRK government and Korean people.” The man, 85-year-old Merrill Newman, is a Korean War veteran and has been detained by the country for more than a month.

Researchers have discovered a new, more aggressive strain of the HIV virus. They say it leads to full-blown AIDS in just five years.

Thailand’s anti-government protests have flared up once again. The past few years have been pretty active on this front.

If you want to own some of Whitey Bulger’s stuff, you’re going to soon have an opportunity.

This Headline Smasher site deserves to go viral.

16:42 // 4 months ago
August 31, 2013
Protip for Dunkin’ Donuts: Localized ads (especially racist ones) spread quickly on the internet

A definite step back from “Time to Make the Donuts”: In Thailand, an advertisement from the local variation of Dunkin’ Donuts, featuring a “charcoal” donut—and a woman in severe blackface—is drawing negative reaction from groups such as Human Rights Watch. “It’s both bizarre and racist that Dunkin’ Donuts thinks that it must color a woman’s skin black and accentuate her lips with bright pink lipstick to sell a chocolate doughnut,” said the group’s deputy Asia director, Phil Robertson. “Dunkin’ Donuts should immediately withdraw this ad, publicly apologize to those it’s offended and ensure this never happens again.” The company’s Thai head defends the ads, calling the outcry an overreaction. (photo by Grant Peck/Associated Press)

Protip for Dunkin’ Donuts: Localized ads (especially racist ones) spread quickly on the internet

A definite step back from “Time to Make the Donuts”: In Thailand, an advertisement from the local variation of Dunkin’ Donuts, featuring a “charcoal” donut—and a woman in severe blackface—is drawing negative reaction from groups such as Human Rights Watch. “It’s both bizarre and racist that Dunkin’ Donuts thinks that it must color a woman’s skin black and accentuate her lips with bright pink lipstick to sell a chocolate doughnut,” said the group’s deputy Asia director, Phil Robertson. “Dunkin’ Donuts should immediately withdraw this ad, publicly apologize to those it’s offended and ensure this never happens again.” The company’s Thai head defends the ads, calling the outcry an overreaction. (photo by Grant Peck/Associated Press)

10:31 // 7 months ago
September 3, 2012
Grandson of Red Bull creator arrested in deadly hit-and-run involving police officer
27-year-old Vorayuth Yoovidhya, who recently received a large inheritance after his grandfather, Chaleo Yoovidhya, died in March, was arrested in Bangkok after hitting a policeman with his Ferrari and dragging him for several blocks, killing him. A police official tried to cover for Vorayuth, whose family is worth $5.4 billion, by turning in a decoy suspect. However, this just led higher-ranking police officials to raid the family’s home, where they found a smashed-up Ferrari. Vorayuth was charged with reckless driving and escaping arrest, but released on $15,900 bail. (AP Photo)

Grandson of Red Bull creator arrested in deadly hit-and-run involving police officer

27-year-old Vorayuth Yoovidhya, who recently received a large inheritance after his grandfather, Chaleo Yoovidhya, died in March, was arrested in Bangkok after hitting a policeman with his Ferrari and dragging him for several blocks, killing him. A police official tried to cover for Vorayuth, whose family is worth $5.4 billion, by turning in a decoy suspect. However, this just led higher-ranking police officials to raid the family’s home, where they found a smashed-up Ferrari. Vorayuth was charged with reckless driving and escaping arrest, but released on $15,900 bail. (AP Photo)

10:07 // 1 year ago
March 19, 2012
obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: Inventor of Red Bull
The most famous energy drink in the world was created by a 50-someting, Thai recluse. Chaleo Yoovidhya created Red Bull (which is the English translation of the original Thai name Krathing Daeng) in the 1980s and marketed the high-caffeine carbonated beverage to truck drivers and blue collar workers.
Not long after its introduction, a German pharmaceutical sales rep named Dietrich Mateschitz, tried the drink on his worldwide travels and found that it was the only cure he could find for jet lag. He partnered with Mr. Yoovidhya (each contributed $500,000 and owned 49% of the company) to introduce Red Bull to an international market. Red Bull was introduced first to Austria in 1987.
Twenty-five years later Red Bull owns 70% of the energy drink market and both Yoovidhya and Mateschitz have become billionaires. When Mr. Yoodvidhya died his age was listed by various news outlets as 80, 88, or 90.
(Image of a bottle of Red Bull from Thailand is courtesy of forum.loyat.net)

He gave you wings.

obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: Inventor of Red Bull

The most famous energy drink in the world was created by a 50-someting, Thai recluse. Chaleo Yoovidhya created Red Bull (which is the English translation of the original Thai name Krathing Daeng) in the 1980s and marketed the high-caffeine carbonated beverage to truck drivers and blue collar workers.

Not long after its introduction, a German pharmaceutical sales rep named Dietrich Mateschitz, tried the drink on his worldwide travels and found that it was the only cure he could find for jet lag. He partnered with Mr. Yoovidhya (each contributed $500,000 and owned 49% of the company) to introduce Red Bull to an international market. Red Bull was introduced first to Austria in 1987.

Twenty-five years later Red Bull owns 70% of the energy drink market and both Yoovidhya and Mateschitz have become billionaires. When Mr. Yoodvidhya died his age was listed by various news outlets as 80, 88, or 90.

(Image of a bottle of Red Bull from Thailand is courtesy of forum.loyat.net)

He gave you wings.

9:13 // 2 years ago
February 16, 2012
This issue was about individuals and the targets were specific. This was something personal.
Thailand’s national police chief, Gen. Prewpan Dhamapong • Discussing recent attacks committed by Iranians in his country. Here’s the big reveal: They now “know for certain that (the target) was Israeli diplomats.” This bolsters Israel’s evidence that a series of diplomatic attacks earlier this week might’ve been tied to Iran.
10:20 // 2 years ago
February 14, 2012

Was Tuesday’s Bangkok explosion tied to Iran, too? Israel says yes.

  • monday Israel blames the bombings of their embassy vehicles, in both India (successful) and Georgia (foiled), on Iran. Despite this, Iran denied responsibility for the attacks.
  • tuesday In Bangkok, an Iranian man carrying grenades managed to blow his own legs off and wound four others. Israel also blamed this attack on Iran. source
11:01 // 2 years ago