Today, it is all about fakery.
The army says that the bullets on May 10th were fired by fake soldiers who were actually working for the reds. They say their own bullets were fake. The reds say that any reds shot anyone, they were fake reds.
The reds say that the stickets in Silom touting Thaksin as president of a new republic are fake red stickets, put up by fake red shirts. They say that the Silom residents protesting against their presence are fake Silom residents.
They say that the flyers being handed out in Khonkaen demanding that the red shirts get the money they were promised for protesting are actually being handed out by fake red shirts.
The government says that the red shirts' video is a fake video. The red shirts say that the government's video is fake. Both videos have the same title. They are, it seems, mutual fakes.
If both sides are to believed, everything is fake.
May I therefore refer you all to the teachings of the Lord Buddha, who tells us that the entire universe is an illusion.
It may well be that believing it's all fake is the only way to deal with the world.
In Washington, DC, we have "tea partiers" who the NY times recently surveyed and found to be just your average right wing racist. Half of them don't believe Obama is American. I'm sure you've read all about it. The Secretary of State of the state of Hawaii has produced and verified the record of his live birth in Hawaii, but this record that would be recognized within an apostil anywhere in the world as evidence of citizenship fails to quiet them. The black guy raised by a single white woman and her middle class grandparents are at the center of a powerful conspiracy.ReplyDelete
On the eve of the House vote on the health care reform bill, the tea partiers were demonstrating outside the House as Barney Frank, John Lewis, and James Clyburn were entering. Immediately after passing the gauntlet, the gentlemen were greeted by the press, where they shared with reporters that the protesters were indeed intimidating and that they heard threats and hate language, including the words "faggot" and "nigger" in anger.
Fox News, of course, objected, arguing that if those words had been used, we surely would be seeing video evidence on youtube. If no post on youtube, it didn't happen.
In the US, courts of law privilege testimonial evidence, where words out of the mouth of a witness are evaluated by 12 people who have been vetted for bias. With testimonial evidence, attorneys can solicit more detail here or there or get background about frame of mind and surrounding circumstances in order to bolster or impeach the credibility of the testimony. A jury works pretty well as an organic lie detector.
Video records might be admitted, too, but are ruled inadmissible hearsay until a videographer takes the stand to bear witness and be cross-examined.
During the 2008 campaign, an GOP political operative published a video of ACORN employees appearing to take seriously a public housing application from a pimp and ho. With 27/7 cable and internet coverage, the video fomented the summary dissolution of ACORN.
Months later in California, Attorney General Jerry Brown's office examined the tape. His office concluded the tape had been edited and that the ACORN witnesses were probably telling the truth when they testified that they spotted the rouse immediately and played along with it for kicks before calling it out and asking the actors to leave so they could get back to work.
The battle between the fakers and decriers is getting noisier and noisier, but it is not difficult to know the truth. You simply do. What it is is what it is, and you simply know it. Like I know that Thailand will be okay. Red shirts, tea partiers. Same same but different.