However, instead of answering questions posed by the press grouping, Chan-ocha deployed the bizarre prop to evade a potentially tricky situation. Standing in front of a microphone, Chan-ocha, an army general who seized power in a 2014 coup, directed two aids to place the life-size cut-out before the media.
A cardboard cut-out of Thailand’s Prime Minister. / Reuters
“If you want to ask any questions on politics or conflict, ask this guy,” Chan-ocha said, pointing to the cardboard cut-out.
It’s not the first time General Chan-ocha has engaged in unusual behavior while in office. In 2014, the prime minister accused opposition groups of casting black magic spells against him.
Wasn’t 2011 the heyday of interesting conspiracies and mysteries? I remember back then, I began to see YouTube videos investigating strange “boom” sounds across the world, and all kinds of similiar phenomena.
As the years passed in this decade, the phenomena became clearer. Entire websites have been dedicated to trying to figure out what these sounds are.
Here in 2018, they are still continuing.
In 2017, some boom sounds were reported to be caused by aircraft and industrial companies, but obviously a lot of things could be excused by that.
On November 22, Salt Creek, Texas was the scene of a loud explosion-like sound, confusing authorities. After as much time as they wanted, “defense” contractor Lockheed Martin took the blame for making the sound, claiming it was a sonic boom from an aircraft test.
Just one day prior on November 21, two loud boom type sounds were heard in Colorado, across nearly the entire state. It was reported by a local CBS affiliate that “hundreds of people from Lakewood to Brighton, Lochbuie and Elizabeth took to social media reporting one to two distinct ‘explosion-like’ sounds that rattled windows and shook walls.”
The CBS affiliate contacted the nearby Air Force base, and the officials said their operations ended exactly before the boom sounds happened, which ruled out the possibility of it being a jet. That doesn’t sound suspicious at all. So CBS improbably suggested that maybe it was caused by Leonid shower meteors: but an expert on astronomy explained the meteors would be far too quiet to make a sound, making that an impossibility.
Eventually it was reported by the Denver Post that a barren oil storage tank became over-pressurized, and a couple great booming sounds occurred when the lid blew off. It doesn’t make sense that multiple booming sounds would occur in this case though. It supposedly happened at a Weld County facility.
Around the exact same time, other US states saw similiar loud booming sounds. In the suburbs of Detroit the sound was heard on November 18, and a steel company took the blame eventually. 3 days prior in Lewiston, Idaho on November 15th, an unexplainable boom occurred.
One day prior to that on the 14th of November, another boom hit the center of Alabama, with no explanation except the basic “maybe it was an aircraft” from AL.com. Then again Alabama experienced a similiar thing, to no explanation.
Another day prior to that on November 13, a boom hit San Diego without an explanation. It was suspected to be some unnamed “weather event,” and some residents reported the ground shaking.
About 3 weeks prior to that on October 25, a loud boom hit Southern New Jersey. A Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst representative suggested it may have been a sonic boom from an airplane, but their base didn’t even have jets that are capable of creating a sonic boom.
Those reports of shaking down in S Jersey were probably from a sonic boom. The @USGS is reporting NO earthquakes in NJ. Closest was TN
8:02 AM – 25 Oct 2017
Similar booming sounds have been documented in Norway, Wales, Australia, and all over the world: what is this? Perhaps one day it will strike us that this was something far worse than we had imagined. Or maybe we will realize it’s just a regular thing that means nothing.
Christmas came early for a homeless man at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport who stumbled on two bags of cash holding €490,000, after he “accidentally” leaned on a door at one of the terminals.
The man, only identified by airport police as a 40-year old of North African origin, was spending most of his time rummaging through trash bins at Charles de Gaulle International Airport in late 2017.
In December, he “accidentally” leaned on a door at one of the terminals which turned out to be the entrance to the office of a cash handling company. It remains unknown why the company that collects money from airport shops, ATMs and arriving planes kept its premises unlocked.
It took the homeless man only 32 seconds to help himself by coming in, grabbing two bags from the office and heading into an area with no CCTV surveillance.
While it was initially estimated that €300,000 ($360,000) were in the bags, the amount of the stolen cash has now been updated to €490,000 ($590,000), Le Parisien reported Thursday citing a source familiar with the case. The notes appear to be untraceable, as the cash was a “fresh collection,” with handlers not having dealt with it by the time the homeless man had his hands on it.
“At first we thought it was a setup, but it looks like it was just luck,” AFP cited a police source as saying.
While the investigation is ongoing, the man is still missing. “It is possible that he has since left [France] through Belgium or any other European country. He would then be able to take a plane back to his home country or make a new life in the sun,” the source told Le Parisien.
Come on Vladimir, fix this, as this is making your country look pathetic.
Buying something on popular Chinese trading platform AliExpress has apparently become a dangerous business in Russia. A local farmer could be facing a hefty fine or time in jail for ordering a GPS tracker to ‘spy’ on… his cow.
Yevgeny Vasiliev from the village of Lopatki in Russia’s Kurgan Region owns a farm, from which he makes a living to support his family. The 39-year-old farmer, who suffers from asthma, wanted to make it easier to find his wandering cow around the village. For this purpose, he decided to buy a GPS tracker on China’s AliExpress at the beginning of 2017, as the same device was much more expensive in Russia.
However, the order turned into a nightmare for the farmer and his family. Vasiliev received a parcel containing the GPS tracker, which cost him 390 rubles (less than $7), in September after a long delay. The man did not realize that at this very moment he became a “spy,” as the GPS tracker turned out to have a small microphone, which can allegedly be turned on remotely.
The use of such devices is considered spying in Russia, but the man had no idea that he was buying something illegal as the description of it – written in poor Russian – said nothing about the microphone.
As soon as Vasiliev left the post office with the device, Russian Federal Service (FSB) officers were waiting for him outside. “When I received the tracker and went out, the FSB servicemen approached,” Vasiliev told RT. He was told that he had bought an illegal device and was asked for an explanation.
The farmer sought to conceal nothing, and showed the officers his computer and details of the order on AliExpress. He even explained that he had intended to use the purchase to keep track of a cow. Despite this, he later faced charges for buying “special technical equipment for sourcing unofficial information.” If found guilty, he could face a fine of 200,000 rubles ($3,391) or a prison sentence of up to four years behind bars.
“But who can I wiretap in the village?” Vasiliev wondered. He added that, even if he wanted to do it, the device needs a SIM card and could therefore easily be tracked by police.
The case was widely reported by Russian media, prompting people with similar experiences to contact him. None of these had been aware that buying something from AliExpress could constitute wrongdoing, according to Vasiliev. The farmer said all of them had pleaded guilty in order to minimize the penalty, but he want to contest the charge and prove his innocence.
He said that many Russian shops sell the same GPS trackers, but nobody is considered to be a criminal for buying them there. “A similar device is offered in Russian online stores. I called several shops and they assured me that they have a license for the tracker. So, if I had bought it there, I would have had no problems, but if ordered the same tracker in China I am a criminal?” Vasilev told RT.
Residents of southern Arizona are baffled by mysterious booms being felt and heard across the southern part of the state, which have caused the ground to shake and pets to tremble. No one seems to have an explanation for the weird occurrences.
The spooky events happened two nights in a row – on Tuesday between 8pm and 8:30pm, and on Wednesday just after 3pm, according to Tucson News Now. It’s not just one or two people who have reported the strange booms, as the media outlet says it has been “inundated” with calls, emails and Facebook messages from witnesses.
Describing one of the booms, a resident by the name of Jim Hughson said it “sounded like someone throwing boulders in a huge dumpster. Crazy.” He said he heard the boom on the northeastern side of Tucson.
Another resident named Pamela Sutherland said one of the booms “was loud and it shook the house, rattled windows, and everything hanging on the walls. It was enough to make the ground shake and frighten our dog.”
The Tuesday incident was strong enough to be registered by the seismic monitoring station at the University of Arizona Geosciences Department, with Assistant Professor Eric Kiser saying it happened between 8:11pm and 8:12pm. Although he and his colleagues examined the waveforms, he said it is “difficult to determine what the source is, using one seismic station.”
Kiser did, however, note that it likely wasn’t a sonic boom, because they typically aren’t so “impulsive.” He said a mine blast could be the cause, but said it would be unusual for such events to be taking place so late.
Tuscon News Now reached out to military installations to see if the incidents could be from sonic booms. However, no aircraft has reported conducting one. David-Monthan Air Force Base, located in Tucson, also told local NBC affiliate KVOA that it has no aircraft operations or explosive demolitions that would have caused the booms. The 162nd fighter wing of the Arizona National Guard is currently checking into the reports.
Meanwhile, Arizona isn’t the only place to experience mysterious booms this year. More than 60 similar incidents have been reported around the globe in 2017, from Australia to the UK. Among the most recent reports were unexplained booms in the US states of Michigan, Idaho, and Alabama.