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The Burmese military is facing an unexpected threat from female opponents to its regime - a deluge of panties dispatched to the country's embassies in a "culturally insulting gesture of protest" against its recent crackdown on protestors. According to AP the Panties for Peace initiative is not merely symbolic, since the the …


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  1. Graham Dawson Silver badge

    Worthy of the peace prize, surely?

    Farbeit from me to sound off on such things (is that an irony meter I hear exploding?) but I would have thought that the Burmese people would have been a far more worthy recipient of the nobel peace prize than the inventor of ManBearPig...

    Yes, I know he didn't invent ManBearPig, but the danger is still a serial threat.

    I mean, seriously, when the prize was started it was regularly awarded to people who actually tried to bring about peace. Now it's been handed to a terrorist, an incompetent and a blowhard in relatively quick succession (I'm sure that some people would say handing it to Bush would be the crowning achievement of that particular list, but that's another argument for another day). How many of us would have the guts to protest the way those monks did the other week? I wouldn't. I'd run like a screaming girl and hide under a rock...

  2. Roger Kynaston Silver badge
    IT Angle

    Where is ...

    .. The Burmese embassy in London? SHWMBO has a whole drawerful of old drawers to dispose of and this feels like an excellent way of doing so.

  3. Anonymous Coward

    Every cloud...

    Couldn't the General just ask someone from the Japanese Embassy to open his mail...?

  4. Raheim Sherbedgia


    WTF does SHWMBO mean?

    God I hate all these stupid techie acronyms; it's getting as bad as the military.

  5. English Bob

    A few pants never did Tom Jones any harm

    I dunno, they don't make despotic military juntas like they used to. Now in my day... (Quasi-nostalgic rant deleted)

  6. Lewa


    For those wanting to join in...

    A list of all the Burmese (Sorry, 'Myanmar') embassies' addresses.

  7. Chris Collins

    Economic funding

    Surely we're not supposed to be funding this regime, all those knickers flooding the black market after being resold. Shwe is probably parading around in them as we speak, getting the right sort of scent going.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cultural offence..

    Might send my own pants along, not female, but I'm fairly sure that they'd be interpreted as offensive in any culture.

    The embassy in London would be:-

    19a Charles St

    London, W1J 5DX

  9. Anonymous Coward

    Non-tecchie acronym (NTA)

    > WTF does SHWMBO mean?

    Shwe Who Must Be Obeyed, of course.

    News Quiz | John Mortimer | Rider Haggard or something like that (SLT)

    Reg, could we have a sheep icon here please?

  10. laird cummings

    The price of used knickers...

    Surely this presents an economic windfal for the Junta? They've been supplied with thousands of pairs of dirty knickers they can sell to sad internet wankers. Of course, it'll drop the price of that commodity through the floor once they start flooding the internet with used silkies...

  11. Anonymous Coward

    @ Graham

    Because Bush is both?

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    I'm taking orders...

    What do you want with that?


    Brown Strip?

    Brown Stain?

    with or without Hair...

    We are running a combo special...

    Or we could super size for a dollar... (0.8 euro)

  13. Kim Hancock

    Business opportunity for the junta?

    I can see their advert already -

    Pre-worn underwear, hermetically sealed and delivered in discreet packaging. £50 incl p&p.

  14. Mark

    So join the Nobel council then

    if you really think that the burmese should have got it.

    Then again, they were too late to be put in, and fast-tracking them would have been a kick in the teeth for other freedom fighters.

  15. Graham Dawson Silver badge


    The point isn't necessarily that the Burmese should have got it. The point is that Gore shouldn't have got it. What does jetting around the world trying to scare people half to death with hyperbole and rhetoric actually do to achieve peace?

    Not much, if you ask me.

    And @AC I think you mean "all three". Depending on who you ask, of course.

  16. Anonymous Coward

    I'm curious how...

    ... Al G's (hmmm booyakasha aiiii) "contribution" to the efforts to combat alleged global warming as a result of excessive carbon emissions can be seen as promoting world peace?

    Surely his "crusade" has caused more angry dissent and only given fuel to smelly crusties who feel living in tents with a dog on a string is acceptable... We'll probably end up with more nuclear power, and no doubt much world arguing over carbon targets... quite likely to find out it was either too late or beyond our control due to exterior factors anyway (the sun anyone, no not the newspaper, the big ball of fire in space)...

  17. Bob

    It's not just in Burma..

    when I see extra wide pants I'd lose my desire to live

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    where's the outcry?

    did the UN sanction this? Isn't this another case of Western Society trying to force it's viewpoint onto a smaller nation? Isn't it "torture", as defined by the Associated Press?

    Oh, that's right-it's okay here because there's not millions of Soros and Royal Saud money supporting the Burmese, and no pro-Burmese folks own the NYT.

    It's amazing how many of these sorts of groups would get together in feminist cloisters in the gardens of expensive Santa Monica homes, talking of mistreatment of women in Iraq and Iran. They'd raise money to send folks in to spread their "dissenting" ideas and work to subvert that "evil culture", while bitching about Bush because he wasn't "doing anything about it" and that the military "should be used" to free oppressed women and children instead of protecting Israel or the American southern border.

    The the war comes, and their masters direct them against Bush for doing exactly what they wanted. They scream "what right does America have to force it's cultural values on the Middle East?". Which is *exactly* what they were doing just weeks before.

    Same thing here. Media will portray this sort of thing as Heroic. But if a Bush administration member did the same thing, nothing short of deadly riots and universal condemnation for the "culturally insensitive insult", and the "interference in an an older nation."

    What's good for the goose, is always good for the goose, and never good for the gander, eh?

    Or is it really biological warfare, but instead of blankets with smallpox, it's knickers with....eeeeeeewwwww!

  19. Anonymous Coward

    Is it me or

    does this point the way to assuming a few things about those junta leaders from their 'beliefs'. The US(since this is what we do best) needs to bomb myanmar with used panties I will be collecting them at...

  20. Alex

    If they really want to challenge them...

    they should send them some of the bra's I had to contend with as an amorous teenager!

  21. call me scruffy
    Dead Vulture

    There is no need to avoid women...

    But you should deny them your essense.

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Britney Spears an active supporter ??


    "Reports that Britney Spears is an active supporter of Panties for Peace are unconfirmed. "

    Don't be stooopid. She doesn't wear any. We've all seen the photos.

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Ron Hughes

    Ummm...I think you missed the joke. She doesn't wear any because she's sent them all to Panties for Peace

  24. Joe Bloggs

    Re: Britney Spears an active supporter ??

    Gee Ron, a bit slow, aren't ya?

  25. Thomas Vestergaard

    Peace prize

    @Andy Whitell, Graham Dawson, et. al.

    Just to spread some light about the reasoning behind why the UN Climate Panel and Al Gore got the peace prize. I got the following from my university's website: (in danish)

    For the few of you, who don't read danish, here is a resume:


    Climate changes have resulted in many areas gets a more dry climate, resulting in water becoming a scarce resource. And food production suffers severely if you are not able to irrigate. This increases the risk for conflicts between countries and regions regarding the access to water.

    Besides tracking how the climate changes affect growing conditions, the researchers also work on developing new methods which enables the growth of the plants with a reduced water consumption. E.g. we have developed a method which can reduce the water consumption for growing potatoes with 20%.


    So this time (the first?) the peace prize is given to a group, who try to prevent future conflicts.

    I don't know about this Al Gore guy, though. Isn't he just dealing in hot air? The researchers are still not certain that the climate changes are gonna be permanent, AFAIK.

    Reg, we need a FYI icon - because we need an icon to suit all kinds of comments...

  26. Sceptical Bastard

    Who are you calling...

    ... a "sad internet wanker", Laird Cummings?

    Surely used female undies are the masturbatory aid of choice in all Help Desk, Tech Support and IT Procurement departments? Long before the advent of the web - probably before the internet itself - computer nerds have taken time out from the command line to have a deep sniff and a good wank. I know I have.

    Sod bloody Burmese ambassadors. Send those ripe knickers to your friendly local SysAdmin. Or me.

  27. Rick
    Paris Hilton

    really we are missing the point

    Surely there has to be a Paris Angle here somewhere? she is about to embark on her world tour of compassion and freedom.,,20058640,00.html

    maybe she could bring along some goods seeing as the site of ladies plumes is a debilitating problem for the junta. hmm me thinks "another nite in Paris" may just drive the junta out and might just provide peace for all...not to mention possible monitary prosperity for Burma (or whatever they are calling themsleves this week) from the visuals provided on TM.

  28. lglethal Silver badge

    Something is defintely wrong with those generals...

    Half the fun of opening a present is taking off the wrapping...

  29. Anonymous Coward

    Yes, deny them your essence...

    Before they take all your precious bodily fluids...

  30. laird cummings

    @Sceptical Bastard

    Sceptical Bastard says:

    "...all Help Desk, Tech Support and IT Procurement departments..."

    Yup, like I said... Sad Internet Wankers. ;-p

    But you're welcome to the oversupply of Burma-bound soiled silkies. Hey, that'd have made a good headline.

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I'm quite a happy internet wanker

  32. Steve Roper

    Postal biohazard?

    Isn't there a law about sending biologically hazardous materials through the post? If these panties are all carrying skidmarks, and there's millions of them being sent, that would mean there's quite a few Jubs' worth of shit potentially contaminating the world's postal workers! So ladies, be careful with doing this - you might end up being accused of terrorism!

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