News Monitor

คนไทยรู้ยัง: อาเซียนนิยมใช้เงินบาทรองจากดอลลาร์สหรัฐฯ

FEED - TCIJ - 22 min 14 sec ago
การค้าขายระหว่างกันภายในภูมิภาคอาเซียนส่วนใหญ่ยังใช้ดอลลาร์สหรัฐฯ เป็นสกุลหลักในการชำระโดยมีสัดส่วนการใช้ดอลลาร์สหรัฐฯชำระค่าสินค้าและบริการสูงที่สุดที่ 83% ของวงเงินทั้งหมด ตามมาด้วยเงินบาทและเงินเยน
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ว่าด้วย‘เงินอุดหนุนพรรคการเมือง’ไทย เทียบตัวอย่างจะๆกับอารยะประเทศ

FEED - TCIJ - 22 min 14 sec ago
หลัง กรธ. สรุปร่าง พ.ร.ป. ว่าด้วยพรรคการเมือง ระบุต้องมีทุนจัดตั้ง 1 ล้านบาท ให้ผู้ร่วมก่อตั้งพรรคการเมืองทุกคนจ่ายเงินทุนประเดิมพรรคอย่างน้อยคนละ 1,000 บาท แต่ไม่เกิน 3 แสนบาท ให้สมาชิกพรรคจ่ายเงินโดยตรงปีละไม่ต่ำกว่า 100 บาท TCIJ ชวนดูตัวอย่าง ‘เงินอุดหนุนพรรคการเมือง’ จาก อังกฤษ เยอรมนี ฝรั่งเศส และญี่ปุ่น
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คนไทยรู้ยัง :nbsp;#39;มหาดไทย-ศึกษา-คลัง#39; ถูกฟ้องศาลปกครองมากที่สุด

FEED - TCIJ - 22 min 14 sec ago
กระทรวงที่มีผู้เดือดร้อนเสียหายมายื่นฟ้องต่อศาลปกครองในปีงบประมาณ พ.ศ.nbsp;2558 มากที่สุด 3 ลำดับแรก ได้แก่ กระทรวงมหาดไทย จำนวน 1,665 คดี กระทรวงการคลัง จำนวน 736 และกระทรวงศึกษาธิการ จำนวน 517 คดี
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เปิดสถิติสิบปีเทศกาลนับศพปีใหม่nbsp; 7วันอันตรายคนไทยตายรวม 3,710 ศพ

FEED - TCIJ - 22 min 14 sec ago
สถิติระหว่างปี 2550-2559 nbsp;พบอุบัติเหตุในช่วงรณรงค์ 7 วันอันตรายเทศกาลปีใหม่ รวม 35,605 ครั้ง บาดเจ็บ 38,201 คน เสียชีวิต 3,710 ราย สาเหตุหลัก lsquo;เมาสุรา-ขับเร็วrsquo; ด้าน lsquo;มอเตอร์ไซค์rsquo; และ lsquo;คนในพื้นที่rsquo; เสี่ยงอุบัติเหตุและเสียชีวิตสูงสุด งานศึกษาของตำรวจฝ่ายปฏิบัติหน้าที่ ชี้อุปสรรคสำคัญคือปัญหาด้าน lsquo;งบประมาณ-โครงสร้างอัตรากำลังพลrsquo; แนะจัดตั้งกองทุนจราจรโดยนำเงินรายได้ของรัฐ มาสนับสนุนเข้ากองทุนแก้ปัญหาอย่างเป็นระบบ สร้างหลักสูตรตระหนักรู้ สอนตั้งแต่เด็กแต่มัธยม
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คนไทยรู้ยัง : คนกรุงเทพเที่ยวไทยปลายปีสร้wbr /างเม็ดเงินสะพัด 44,000 ล้านบาท

FEED - TCIJ - 22 min 14 sec ago
ศูนย์วิจัยกสิกรไทย ประเมินว่า ในช่วงไตรมาสสุดท้ายของปี 2559 คนกรุงเทพฯ จะเดินทางท่องเที่wbr /ยวภายในประเทศไม่ว่าจะเป็นกลุ่wbr /มที่เดินทางไปพักผ่อนทั้งแบบเช้wbr /าไป-เย็นกลับ และกลุ่มที่พักค้างคืน รวมถึงกลุ่มที่แวะเที่ยวระหว่wbr /างการเดินทางกลับภูมิลำเนา/เยี่wbr /ยมญาติในต่างจังหวัด จำนวนคนกรุงเทพฯ อาจเที่ยวเพิ่มขึ้นร้อยละ 6.4 จากช่วงเดียวกันของปี 2558 และก่อให้เกิดเม็ดเงินสะพัดไปสู่wbr /ธุรกิจที่เกี่ยวเนื่องในพื้นที่wbr /ต่างๆ มูลค่าประมาณ 44,000 ล้านบาท
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แกะตัวเลขrsquo;บิลค่าไฟฟ้าrsquo;บ้านเรือนไทย เราจ่ายค่าอะไร ? เลี้ยงใครบ้าง ?

FEED - TCIJ - 22 min 14 sec ago
กกพ. เผยเตรียมปรับโครงสร้างค่าไฟฟ้าฐานใหม่ปี 2560-2563 ประกาศใช้ปี 2561 TCIJ ลองแกะตัวเลข ในบิลค่าไฟฟ้าที่เราต้องจ่ายทุกเดือน พบว่า คิดคำนวณมาจากต้นทุนการก่อสร้างโรงไฟฟ้า ระบบส่ง ระบบจำหน่าย ค่าใช้จ่ายในการผลิตไฟฟ้า รวมทั้งนโยบายด้านพลังงานต่าง ๆ nbsp;และแม้เดือนไหนไม่ได้ใช้ไฟฟ้า ก็ยังต้องจ่ายค่าบริการรายเดือน nbsp;
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คนไทยรู้ยัง : ผู้ป่วยความดันโลหิตสูงทะลุ 1.1 พันล้านคนแล้ว

FEED - TCIJ - 22 min 14 sec ago
จำนวนผู้ป่วยโรคความดันโลหิตสูwbr /งทั่วโลกเพิ่มสูงขึ้นเกือบเท่wbr /าตัวในช่วง 4 ทศวรรษก่อน จาก 594 ล้านคน เป็น 1,100 ล้านคนระหว่างปี 2518-2558 nbsp;ทั้งนี้จำนวนผู้ป่วยเพิ่มขึ้wbr /นสูงสุดในภูมิภาคเอเชียใต้wbr /และแอฟริกาใต้
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ประชากรเมืองกว่า 700 ล้านคนในโลกยังขาดแคลน lsquo;ห้องสุขาrsquo; ถูกสุขลักษณะ

FEED - TCIJ - 22 min 14 sec ago
เนื่องในวัน lsquo;สุขาโลกrsquo; องค์กรพัฒนาเอกชน Water Aid เผยตัวเลขประชากรเมืองของประเทศกำลังพัฒนาต่างๆ กว่า 700 ล้านคน ซึ่งส่วนใหญ่อยู่ในทวีปแอฟริกา ยังขาดห้องสุขาถูกสุขลักษณะ ส่วน lsquo;อินเดียrsquo; อีกหนึ่งประเทศที่ขาดแคลนห้องสุขาอย่างหนัก ถึงขั้นนายกอินเดียต้องประกาศว่า การสร้างห้องสุขาเป็นผลงานสำคัญ
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คนไทยรู้ยัง : คนไทยบริโภคซอสหอยนางรมอันดับ 2 ของโลกรองจากจีน

FEED - TCIJ - 22 min 14 sec ago
ปัจจุบันไทยเป็นประเทศที่บริwbr /โภคซอสหอยนางรมเป็นอันดับ 2 ของโลกรองจากประเทศจีน และตลาดซอสหอยนางรมในไทยมีมูลค่wbr /าประมาณ 6,000 ล้านบาท
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เปิดแฟ้มตัวอย่างข้อทักท้วงจากnbsp;lsquo;สตง.rsquo; Checklist lsquo;อปท.rsquo; ทำได้-ทำไม่ได้

FEED - TCIJ - 22 min 14 sec ago
องค์กรปกครองส่วนท้องถิ่น หรือ อปท. อีกหนึ่งสถาบันที่ยังเป็นลูกผีลูกคนในยุคปฏิรูป และเป็นไม้เบื่อไม้เมากับองค์กรตรวจสอบอย่าง สตง. พบหลายปัญหา เช่น ฝ่ายบริหารใช้งบประมาณ PR. ตัวเองเกินงาม ใช้งบประมาณผิดวัตถุประสงค์ ฯลฯ มาดูตัวอย่างกิจกรรมและการดำเนินงานของ อปท. ที่ถูก สตง. ทักท้วงว่าอันไหน lsquo;ทำได้-ทำไม่ได้rsquo;
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Ethics office fires back at Tom Price

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - 28 min 42 sec ago
The Office of Government Ethics responded in real time to the confirmation hearing of Rep. Tom Price -- making clear to the public that signing off on his forms filed as the nominee for Health and Human Services does not approve past behavior.div class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=yNC1YOUFYMs:8VBWcLNKjNU:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=yNC1YOUFYMs:8VBWcLNKjNU:7Q72WNTAKBA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=yNC1YOUFYMs:8VBWcLNKjNU:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=yNC1YOUFYMs:8VBWcLNKjNU:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=yNC1YOUFYMs:8VBWcLNKjNU:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=yNC1YOUFYMs:8VBWcLNKjNU:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=yNC1YOUFYMs:8VBWcLNKjNU:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~4/yNC1YOUFYMs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
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'Series Of Unfortunate Events' Kids Reflect On 'Sinister' Neil Patrick Harris


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News that Neil Patrick Harris would be taking on the role of Count Olaf in Netflix’s series treatment of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” was certainly met with some skepticism. Few actors who thrive in lovable ― or lovably despicable ― roles can make a convincing foray into the darker territory inhabited by author Lemony Snicket’s (aka Daniel Handler’s) villain.


But Harris’ performance has been received warmly, and the two actors who play the oldest of the Baudelaire orphans, Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes, can see why. He successfully juggles the demands of playing a morally bankrupt guardian who takes on various disguises in a show while staying true to the source material, with its black sense of humor.


“Neil really outdid himself,” 15-year-old Hynes, who plays the studious Klaus, told The Huffington Post. “He’s got the perfect mix between the sinister and the menacing Count Olaf, which the books really describe.”


“He has to play so many characters but still be Count Olaf,” said 13-year-old Weissman, who plays eldest-sibling Violet, whom the actress described as a “role model” figure because of the fact that “she stands up for what she believes in and takes care of her siblings.”



Of course, both young actors say they learned a bunch from the veteran of Broadway and network TV. But they also learned from the script. 


Like the books, “Unfortunate Events” takes time to define words in their context. Sometimes that’s for the presumed benefit of the Baudelaires ― who are much too clever to not know what they mean ― and sometimes it’s for the benefit of the reader. (The series is, after all, targeted to young adults, who likely know many of the words and don’t appreciate being condescended to, either.)


The younger of the two, Weissman, admitted to not knowing certain words in the script, and “learning a lot” from looking them up. For Hynes, the script gave him something of a “re-appreciation” of language, particularly in scenes where the Baudelaires use it to get themselves out of sticky situations.


“I think it really reminds you of the importance of what you say,” Hynes said.


“A Series of Unfortunate Events” is now streaming on Netflix.

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Say Goodbye To The Overhead Bin With American Airlines' New 'Basic Economy' Ticket

FEED - The Huffington Post - 34 min 32 sec ago

Flying cheap? Please fasten your seat belts, and do NOT touch the overhead bins. 


American Airlines announced it will begin selling “Basic Economy” tickets ― a “no frills” version of its regular Main Cabin tickets ― in select markets starting Feb. 10.


Contrary to earlier rumors, these cheaper tickets will come with the same seats, entertainment and snacks that other main cabin travelers get in the main cabin. But, they’ll come with a few other key differences:


― NO carry-on bags. Fliers who purchase the cheaper Basic Economy tickets won’t be allowed to stow anything in overhead bins. Instead, they can carry one personal item that fits under the seat in front of them, or check bags for a fee ($25 for the first bag, $35 for a second). 


― NO seat choice. Whereas regular customers can choose their seat when purchasing tickets, Basic Economy fliers will be assigned a seat at check-in. They can purchase a seat assignment 48 hours before the flight, for a fee.


― NO flight changes. Tickets won’t be refundable or changeable, not even for a fee. (Typically, you can change your flight for a fee of about $200.)


― Last to board. Basic Economy fliers will be in the last boarding group, unless they have a special credit card or Elite status (which, by the way, will be harder to earn if you buy Basic Economy fares).


The upside of Basic Economy tickets, of course, is that they’ll be generally cheaper than regular Main Cabin tickets. How much cheaper remains to be seen, but we do know the move is intended to keep American’s prices competitive with budget airlines like Spirit that offer frills-less tickets at rock-bottom prices. (This Spirit flight from New York City to Chicago, for example, costs about $46 for the base fare. A similar itinerary on American currently costs about $107.)


The change will be good news to some: By removing options like overhead bin space and seat choice, American is allowing travelers to book a potentially Spirit-priced seat on a bigger, nicer American plane ― if they don’t mind dealing with fewer conveniences.


“The idea is to give customers a choice in the kind of ticket they want to purchase,” a company press release reads. 


American is the last of the three major airlines to offer this choice: United and Delta already offer Basic Economy fares.


Welcome to the future of air travel. Feel free to leave your rolling suitcase behind.

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Obama defends commutation of Manning at final press conference

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - 35 min 27 sec ago
President Barack Obama takes reporters' questions for a final time Wednesday from the White House briefing room, his last official event before Donald Trump replaces him in two days.div class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=WlAxXQnuaWE:TCU7aFWXRV8:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=WlAxXQnuaWE:TCU7aFWXRV8:7Q72WNTAKBA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=WlAxXQnuaWE:TCU7aFWXRV8:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=WlAxXQnuaWE:TCU7aFWXRV8:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=WlAxXQnuaWE:TCU7aFWXRV8:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=WlAxXQnuaWE:TCU7aFWXRV8:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=WlAxXQnuaWE:TCU7aFWXRV8:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~4/WlAxXQnuaWE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
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George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush both hospitalized

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - 36 min 46 sec ago
Former president George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized, according to the Houston Chronicle and Houston TV station KHOU. Bush's chief of staff, Jean Becker, says he was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital after falling ill. Becker tells the Houston Chronicle and KHOU that Bush is "doing fine."div class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=IfWJ8pd6l44:anZZogaOIwk:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=IfWJ8pd6l44:anZZogaOIwk:7Q72WNTAKBA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=IfWJ8pd6l44:anZZogaOIwk:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=IfWJ8pd6l44:anZZogaOIwk:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=IfWJ8pd6l44:anZZogaOIwk:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=IfWJ8pd6l44:anZZogaOIwk:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=IfWJ8pd6l44:anZZogaOIwk:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~4/IfWJ8pd6l44" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
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Clueless, Reckless, Graceless, Mindless and Heartless: Our President-Elect

FEED - The Huffington Post - 37 min 39 sec ago

There have been giants who served as president: George Washington helped found the country; Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves; Teddy Roosevelt established the national parks; Franklin Roosevelt pulled us out of The Great Depression and defeated fascism; Lyndon Johnson established Medicare; Bill Clinton gave the nation with a budget surplus; and Barack Obama provided access to health insurance for all Americans.


Now we await Donald Trump, and I am deeply concerned for our country and the world. He has demonstrated he is both dangerous and unfit for office. Does he understand the magnitude of the job? Did he just run for president to get even with President Obama who once made jokes about him at a White House Correspondents’ Dinner? Does he want to get rid of Obamacare just because of the name? 


He doesn’t just bring economic policies I happen to disagree with, or an approach to healthcare funding that could hurt millions of people. This isn’t simply a matter of Republican versus Democratic. This is a man who, on record and often on video, disparaged or outright ridiculed women, immigrants, the disabled and others. He lost the popular vote by nearly three million votes, and yet cannot seem to grasp that the president’s obligation is to at very least attempt to unite and respect all Americans.



I cannot respect a racist, xenophobic sexist who puts us all at risk with his behavior.



I have great respect for the experienced politicians who have served our nation with sincere regard to improve and protect the republic, even those I have often disagreed with. I cannot, however, respect a racist, xenophobic sexist who puts us all at risk with his behavior.


A series of studies by the Financial Times showed Trump was bailed out of bankruptcy by Russian entities more than once. This, we can only assume, is the real reason he won’t release his tax returns, as it’s proof that he is literally indebted to Russia. If Trump claims this isn’t true, he is welcome to release his returns, but I don’t think they will ever see the light of day or public scrutiny.


There are now reports of possible Russian blackmail material on Trump, and that he and President Obama were briefed on this by our intelligence agencies. The Washington Post reminded us that his son, 



Donald Trump Jr. — who is also an executive with Trump’s business — makes clear how the company in 2008 sought business from wealthy Russians. ‘In terms of high-end product influx into the U.S., Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,’ he said at a conference that year, according to news reports. ‘We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.’



It took Trump until the January 11th press conference to acknowledge our 17 intelligence agencies’ findings that Russia had indeed manipulated our election with their hacking. Trump’s siding with Vladimir Putin and Julian Assange over our expert intelligence officials is a dangerous harbinger for American democracy.


He will not divest his assets or put them in a real blind trust. We can not see his charitable donations – if he has any. The head of the Office of Government Ethics said Trump’s plan to avoid conflicts of interests is “meaningless.” Experts say he will be in Violation of Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution on the first day of his presidency. His claim that he will never talk to his sons about his business is laughable.


Meanwhile, FBI Director James Comey knew of the potential Russian blackmail on Trump and didn’t release it, because it was too close to the election. Yet he didn’t pause to release detrimental and unsubstantiated information on Hillary Clinton that likely cost her the presidency. Addressing allegations of Russia’s election hacking, Comey recently told the Senate Intelligence Committee, 



I would never comment on investigations — whether we have one or not — in an open forum like this so I can’t answer one way or another.” Senator Angus King of Maine said it perfectly when he responded, “The irony of your making that statement, I cannot avoid.



The irony is also unavoidable in Trump’s claims of “fake news” and a media “witch-hunt” against him. He refused to call on CNN at his press conference, blaming the station for factually reporting that he had been briefed about the potential Russian blackmail. The Russian and GOP operators along with Steve Bannon and Breitbart News helped to create fake news and true witch-hunts that didn’t just derail elections, but put people’s lives in danger. One month ago, a man who believed ridiculous, fake conspiracies against Hillary Clinton took an AR-15 rifle and .38 caliber pistol into a pizzeria and said he would sacrifice the “lives of a few for the lives of many”?


While preparing to become the president of the United States, he finds the time to tweet ― seemingly without anything more important to distract him ― about all of the TV shows, magazines and newspapers that don’t bolster his ego enough or that dare to print the facts of his lies. He used the 9/11 anniversary in 2013 to address his “haters.” He did the same this year in a New Year’s greeting “to my enemies.” This is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Our presidents are usually magnanimous and have a sense of the gravity the office and our democracy.


Meanwhile, he says he does not need to spend time sitting through intelligence briefings, but finds the time to start Twitter fights with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger over television ratings. I’m not the first to say it, and you need only peruse top ten lists of his most horrifying or childish tweets to see his own words as evidence. Donald Trump behaves like a petulant child. 


How can we forget the endless “birther” conspiracy that Trump created around President Obama’s legitimacy as an American citizen and then claimed that he ended it? Back in 2012 he tweeted: “An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama’s birth certificate is a fraud.” This, much like his secret plan to defeat ISIS or have Mexico pay for a border wall, is typical of Trump’s claims; no evidence, no names, made-for-reality-TV faux suspense, and absolutely no credibility.


We can expect Trump, as Trevor Noah pointed out, to spend the next four years denying things he has said that are documented in print and on video. In other words, we can expect him to lie, and lie prodigiously. He projected on Hillary Clinton his own characteristics, “corrupt,” “crooked,” and “lying.”


I lived through President Bush, who was elected even though he lost the popular vote. His administration also used the intelligence agencies to falsify evidence to justify war. That president led us into a war that still rages today, a decade and a half later, and gave rise to ISIS. I am terrified at what risks Trump poses to the world as well.


I hope all our representatives and senators, hopefully even Republicans, will do all they can to ensure that some semblance of justice is served in America, and the world is not put at great, unnecessary risk. The rest of us must remain vigilant. Write your representatives and senators. Make donations to groups that fight for equal rights, civil rights, freedom of the press, anti-climate change measures, gun control regulation and healthcare mandates. Protest. Speak up. Help others. We are all in this together, and it is our right and responsibility to protect our freedoms and help our fellow citizens.

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Rocking A Pink Pussy Hat On January 21

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Why are we wearing pink hats next Saturday? Is there a point? Is it a gimmick or is it meaningful?

Aren't those the questions that you're asking yourself?

Isn't that the most important one?

Is it meaningful? Will it matter?

I don't want to go. I hate crowds. I feel vulnerable. I feel inconsequential. It's hard for me to understand how one person, in this type of demonstration makes a difference.

And just saying, pink is a terrible color for me.

I'm going. I'm going for my three smart, beautiful, bright and fairly well adjusted daughters. I'm going for my brilliant granddaughter.

Because it does matter that they know, without a shadow of a doubt, that we are here for them. That they are here for each other. That this is a moment in time where every single person matters.

Like every single vote mattered. And just like every single vote will matter in 2018 and in 2020.

There are those three reasons that I am going, my daughters and one even bigger reason, my granddaughter who's too little to know that we've come too far to be grabbed anywhere, much less the place where arguably, we are most identified as women.

Grab me where? You have got to be kidding. I don't advise you trying it.

Grab my daughters where? Over all my discomfort about going, which is different than my dead body, you will not be grabbing my daughters by their pussys.

Grab my granddaughter where? My hope for her, which I actively work towards every day of my life, is that this is a distant and very unfond memory of 2016. That she can say, when she is 12, 14, 16, 20, 35, that January 20 was a dark day in history and January 21 was a light one- lit up by the women who came before her- with their pink pussy hats on.

So I can't stand crowds. Or pink.

Or meaningless gestures.

And I will be marching on Sunday. In support of my daughters, my granddaughter and every other woman who is not even born yet.

We will state, unequivocally that we will not be grabbed anywhere. That we have each other's backs, fronts and yes, pussys.

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In LGBTQ 'Paradise,' This Transgender Activist Is Breaking Barriers


BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thai transgender activist Nada Chaiyajit completed her undergraduate studies in August, and two months later, school officials told her 12 classmates - all men - that their graduation certificates were ready.


But her college, the University of Phayao in northern Thailand, would not issue her documents because she submitted a photo in which she looks like a woman, even though her identity card says she is male.


“They asked me, ‘Can you take a new photo - can you tie up your hair and wear a tie to make yourself look like a man?’ I said no,” said the 37-year-old, wearing rimless spectacles and simple stretch cotton sweater and trousers.


“If I tie my hair back and wear a tie, then it doesn’t belong to me. This belongs to me,” she said, gesturing at her body and holding up the contentious portrait of herself in a black and lavender graduation gown.


Nada refused to dress as a man or to petition to dress as a woman on grounds of gender identity disorder, as many Thai transgender students have done.


Instead, in a landmark case, she petitioned her school to issue her documents according to the gender identity she has chosen, on the basis of her rights rather than mental illness.


In December, her university approved her request, laying the groundwork for Thai transgender students to get official documents according to the gender they have chosen.


“When you want to fight, you have to know what documents or evidence you need to put together. I used all the lessons my law school taught me,” she said.


Edmund Settle, who oversees the U.N. Development Program’s Being LGBT in Asia initiative, said most people take the easiest route and use gender identity disorder - or gender dysphoria - to change documents.


“From a rights perspective, this is the first time I’ve heard a case like this. It’s definitely precedent setting,” Settle said.


Thailand is widely seen as a paradise for gay and transgender people, with transgender women commonly seen on TV, in beauty pageants and cabarets, and at hair salons and cosmetics counters.


Yet the country’s rigid bureaucratic rules are still adjusting to include transgender rights.


This is the case across Asia, where getting documents such as ID cards changed is extremely difficult for trans people, said Cianan Russell of the Bangkok-based Asia Pacific Transgender Network.


“The vast majority of trans people in this region are unable to change their documents at all, and those who are able are held to pretty severe standards,” said Russell, a transgender man from the United States.


The requirements can include being sterilized, having familial consent, not being married or divorced, not having children, or even a mental health diagnosis, he said.


“When trans people are unable to change documents, they’re unable to access education, housing, employment, healthcare - anything people need to live their daily lives is impeded by these documents,” Russell said.


Since Nada’s case was approved last month, about 10 more transgender students at her university have come forward with their own petitions.


 


RIGID RULES IN PARADISE


In 2015, Thailand’s Gender Equality Act came into effect, outlawing gender-based discrimination and inclusive of lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT). Yet the country has some way to go in recognizing transgender rights, activists say.


For example, transgender women had been exempted from the military draft with “permanent mental disorder” noted in their records until 2012, when the wording was softened to “gender identity disorder” - but still implying psychological abnormality.


Thai universities have allowed transgender students to dress as women for official documents and graduation ceremonies on grounds of having gender identity disorder.


Nada refused this route on principle but needed her papers because she had started applications for the prestigious Chevening scholarship in Britain. Deadlines passed.


She considered caving to the university rules. Then one of her mentors - a prominent Thai human rights lawyer - persuaded her to carry on to set a precedent.


“You help trans people access justice,” Nada recalled her mentor telling her. “You are the person who helps them write complaints for the committee that considers gender-based discrimination. Will you give up on your own case?”


Wuttichai Chairinkam, University of Phayao vice president for student affairs and chairman of the committee that considered Nada’s petition, said her case was not about discrimination, but merely updating bureaucratic procedures.


“We do not discriminate against these students, and in fact, we praise them, but it just takes time to adjust and solve these issues,” Wuttichai said.


Nada’s case goes beyond the university, he said, and it is an issue that needs to be addressed across Thai society - from elementary schools to professional associations.


Many transgender people say they know before kindergarten that they identify as another gender. Some start taking hormones at the first signs of puberty to suppress male or female traits.


“If we allow this in high school, university - what about at elementary level?” Wuttichai said. “We might have to prepare all of society to solve this problem ... so it’s an enduring solution.”


 


GENDER, NOT GENITALS


When Nada was three, she asked her mother if she could wear a tutu. She kept her hair cropped short and dressed as a boy most of her childhood, then grew her hair out and began dressing as a woman after high school. She underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2008, when she was 28.


Her transition was not without struggle. She described being abandoned by her family, attempting suicide four times, and dropping out of a university in Bangkok in 2003.


At each exam at that university, monitors grilled her - in a room full of hundreds of students - because she looked like a woman but dressed in trousers as required because her identity card says she is male. The humiliating scrutiny proved too much.


But in 2013, she enrolled in an undergraduate law course at University of Phayao and completed her studies in August.


When she told school officials about her sexual reassignment surgery, they said her case would be straightforward. But Nada said she didn’t want surgery to be a precondition for students to dress according to their chosen gender for university photos and graduation.


“I said no, you can’t say that. Gender expression isn’t about genitals. Gender expression is about self-determination,” she said, adding that some transgender students cannot afford expensive surgical procedures.


In late December, her petition was granted. She received her documents in person from school officials last Friday.


“The day I got the documents in my hands, my hands were shaking,” she said. “You finally feel like you have justice in your hands. The documents look simple, but for me... it’s a victory, a victory for my life.”


 


(Reporting by Alisa Tang @alisatang, editing by Ros Russell. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit news.trust.org)



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In LGBTQ 'Paradise,' This Transgender Activist Is Breaking Barriers

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BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thai transgender activist Nada Chaiyajit completed her undergraduate studies in August, and two months later, school officials told her 12 classmates - all men - that their graduation certificates were ready.


But her college, the University of Phayao in northern Thailand, would not issue her documents because she submitted a photo in which she looks like a woman, even though her identity card says she is male.


“They asked me, ‘Can you take a new photo - can you tie up your hair and wear a tie to make yourself look like a man?’ I said no,” said the 37-year-old, wearing rimless spectacles and simple stretch cotton sweater and trousers.


“If I tie my hair back and wear a tie, then it doesn’t belong to me. This belongs to me,” she said, gesturing at her body and holding up the contentious portrait of herself in a black and lavender graduation gown.


Nada refused to dress as a man or to petition to dress as a woman on grounds of gender identity disorder, as many Thai transgender students have done.


Instead, in a landmark case, she petitioned her school to issue her documents according to the gender identity she has chosen, on the basis of her rights rather than mental illness.


In December, her university approved her request, laying the groundwork for Thai transgender students to get official documents according to the gender they have chosen.


“When you want to fight, you have to know what documents or evidence you need to put together. I used all the lessons my law school taught me,” she said.


Edmund Settle, who oversees the U.N. Development Program’s Being LGBT in Asia initiative, said most people take the easiest route and use gender identity disorder - or gender dysphoria - to change documents.


“From a rights perspective, this is the first time I’ve heard a case like this. It’s definitely precedent setting,” Settle said.


Thailand is widely seen as a paradise for gay and transgender people, with transgender women commonly seen on TV, in beauty pageants and cabarets, and at hair salons and cosmetics counters.


Yet the country’s rigid bureaucratic rules are still adjusting to include transgender rights.


This is the case across Asia, where getting documents such as ID cards changed is extremely difficult for trans people, said Cianan Russell of the Bangkok-based Asia Pacific Transgender Network.


“The vast majority of trans people in this region are unable to change their documents at all, and those who are able are held to pretty severe standards,” said Russell, a transgender man from the United States.


The requirements can include being sterilized, having familial consent, not being married or divorced, not having children, or even a mental health diagnosis, he said.


“When trans people are unable to change documents, they’re unable to access education, housing, employment, healthcare - anything people need to live their daily lives is impeded by these documents,” Russell said.


Since Nada’s case was approved last month, about 10 more transgender students at her university have come forward with their own petitions.


 


RIGID RULES IN PARADISE


In 2015, Thailand’s Gender Equality Act came into effect, outlawing gender-based discrimination and inclusive of lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT). Yet the country has some way to go in recognizing transgender rights, activists say.


For example, transgender women had been exempted from the military draft with “permanent mental disorder” noted in their records until 2012, when the wording was softened to “gender identity disorder” - but still implying psychological abnormality.


Thai universities have allowed transgender students to dress as women for official documents and graduation ceremonies on grounds of having gender identity disorder.


Nada refused this route on principle but needed her papers because she had started applications for the prestigious Chevening scholarship in Britain. Deadlines passed.


She considered caving to the university rules. Then one of her mentors - a prominent Thai human rights lawyer - persuaded her to carry on to set a precedent.


“You help trans people access justice,” Nada recalled her mentor telling her. “You are the person who helps them write complaints for the committee that considers gender-based discrimination. Will you give up on your own case?”


Wuttichai Chairinkam, University of Phayao vice president for student affairs and chairman of the committee that considered Nada’s petition, said her case was not about discrimination, but merely updating bureaucratic procedures.


“We do not discriminate against these students, and in fact, we praise them, but it just takes time to adjust and solve these issues,” Wuttichai said.


Nada’s case goes beyond the university, he said, and it is an issue that needs to be addressed across Thai society - from elementary schools to professional associations.


Many transgender people say they know before kindergarten that they identify as another gender. Some start taking hormones at the first signs of puberty to suppress male or female traits.


“If we allow this in high school, university - what about at elementary level?” Wuttichai said. “We might have to prepare all of society to solve this problem ... so it’s an enduring solution.”


 


GENDER, NOT GENITALS


When Nada was three, she asked her mother if she could wear a tutu. She kept her hair cropped short and dressed as a boy most of her childhood, then grew her hair out and began dressing as a woman after high school. She underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2008, when she was 28.


Her transition was not without struggle. She described being abandoned by her family, attempting suicide four times, and dropping out of a university in Bangkok in 2003.


At each exam at that university, monitors grilled her - in a room full of hundreds of students - because she looked like a woman but dressed in trousers as required because her identity card says she is male. The humiliating scrutiny proved too much.


But in 2013, she enrolled in an undergraduate law course at University of Phayao and completed her studies in August.


When she told school officials about her sexual reassignment surgery, they said her case would be straightforward. But Nada said she didn’t want surgery to be a precondition for students to dress according to their chosen gender for university photos and graduation.


“I said no, you can’t say that. Gender expression isn’t about genitals. Gender expression is about self-determination,” she said, adding that some transgender students cannot afford expensive surgical procedures.


In late December, her petition was granted. She received her documents in person from school officials last Friday.


“The day I got the documents in my hands, my hands were shaking,” she said. “You finally feel like you have justice in your hands. The documents look simple, but for me... it’s a victory, a victory for my life.”


 


(Reporting by Alisa Tang @alisatang, editing by Ros Russell. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit news.trust.org)



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This Congresswoman Is Disgusted By Trump. This Is Why She's Going To The Inauguration Anyway.

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As a growing number of Democrats choose to boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, one Democratic congresswoman is choosing to go to make a statement.


Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) isn’t a fan of Trump at all. In fact, she’s disgusted by him and says he used “vile tactics” to gain the presidency. But she’ll be at the capitol on Friday to make sure Trump sees her when he’s sworn in.


“I support my colleagues in their decision to boycott the Presidential Inauguration, but knowing how he operates, I suspect President-elect Donald Trump will use this expression of free speech as an excuse to bypass Democrats and to push his extreme agenda with utter impunity,” Moore said in a statement. “With that in mind, I refuse to be a pawn in the president-elect’s efforts to rally support from congressional Republicans.”


“As a proud Democrat, I want President-elect Trump to see me front and center as he’s sworn in,” she continued. “I want him to see exactly what his opposition looks like. When he sees me, I want him to see The Resistance.”


More than 50 Democratic lawmakers plan to boycott Trump’s inauguration. A number of lawmakers announced they would not attend after Trump attacked civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) last weekend.


Moore also said that she made the decision to attend thinking of First lady Michelle Obama, who said during the presidential campaign that when critics go low, “we go high.”


“I prayed on this and thought of First Lady Michelle Obama as she reminded us to refrain from abandoning decency in the face of intolerance and moral depravity,” she said. “It’s no secret that I find President-elect Trump and his policies repugnant and anathema to my efforts to pursue social justice, and I know a majority of my constituents feel the same. In November, Milwaukee sent a strong, clear message that Donald Trump was the wrong man to lead our country. I intend to deliver that message with my presence at the Presidential Inauguration and serve a (sic) symbol of opposition, not normalization.”

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