Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Joe Biden Triumphs Over Donald Trump to become President-Elect

Sunday, November 8th, 2020

After 4 days of vote counting, and amidst quiet confidence by Joe Biden and tantrum-throwing by incumbent Donald Trump, the news networks have called the US presidential election for the former Vice President, following the flipping of Pennsylvania.

Major US TV networks calling the US Elections 2020 for Joe Biden. Image source: BBC video screen grab.

Major US TV networks calling the US Elections 2020 for Joe Biden. Image source: BBC video screen grab.

tech4tea does not usually cover politics, but the election of the President of the United States (POTUS) is an exception – given that it is such a poignant event that affects all industries and all aspects of life in all countries around the world.

So it’s apt to mark the tentative projection of presidential challenger 77-year-old Joe Biden as President-Elect of the United States, four days after Election Day on 3 November 2020.

With the projection of Biden winning Pennsylvania with its 20 electoral votes, the former Vice President has passed the 270 majority threshold to secure 284 electoral votes to Trump’s 214.

This was followed closely by Nevada which brought Biden’s tally to 290, enroute to Biden’s earlier prediction of eventually surpassing 300 electoral votes.

Mind you, all is not confirmed yet, since incumbent President Donald Trump has reiterated that he will challenge all “Biden-claimed states” – which he has already begun – alleging election fraud without furnishing any evidence.

Usually, what happens next is that the loser graciously concedes, and come 20 January 2020, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris get officially inaugurated as the 46th President and Vice-President of the United States.

But with 74-year-old Trump throwing a sissy fit over how the votes hadn’t been selectively counted to his liking, there’s no knowing whether – in addition to callously throwing legal suits without basis – he will not barricade himself within the Oval office and incite violence among the populace and sow civil strife that has the potential to foment discord for generations to come.

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Thailand arrests and charges US citizen for lèse majesté

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The Thai-born US citizen is being charged with insulting the monarchy after he posted material deemed offensive on his blog and put a link to a banned book, authorities said today.

Even though he had committed those acts while he was in the US, Thailand is proceeding against him.

Thailand arrests 54 year old Thai-born US citizenLerpong Wichaikhammat, 54, is also known as Joe W. Gordon and holds dual US and Thai citizenship. He was arrested earlier this week in Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima province in northeast Thailand) by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) – Thailand’s equivalent of the FBI in the United States.

“He translated articles which are deemed insulting to the monarchy and posted them on his blog. Also he provided a link to a book perceived as critical of the royal family”, divulged police Lieutenant Colonel Kovit Tardmee.

Wichaikhammat is currently being held at Bangkok Remand Prison. He has been denied bail during a hearing on Thursday. A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Bangkok said he has been receiving consular assistance as of today.

Thailand arrests and charges US citizen for lèse majesté“He was charged with lèse majesté, subversion and uploading or linking to false information under the Computer Crime Act,” an official at Thailand’s Criminal Court told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Wichaikhammat had left Thailand when he was 35 and had returned for medical treatment in November 2009. He had planned to return to the US in December 2011. The US embassy said that it was providing consular assistance to the man.

The monarchy is an extremely sensitive subject in politically divided Thailand, which is preparing for an election on July 3. Lese-majeste, or insulting the monarchy, is a very serious offence in Thailand, with each offence punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 83, the world’s longest-reigning monarch and revered as a demi-god by many Thais, has been in hospital since September 2009, making an appearance only on rare occasions.