“"The protesters, led by former lawmaker Suthep Thaugsuban, are pushing for Yingluck's government to be replaced by a non-elected 'people's council' that would implement anti-corruption reforms before a new vote can take place. They accuse Yingluck's government of carrying on the practices of her billionaire brother Thaksin Shinawatra, a former prime minister they allege used the family fortune and state funds to influence voters and subvert democracy."
“No countries or cultures are perfect. They are all works in progress. The progress is highly dependent on active participants of those respective societies. Talking is or has proven to be a good start, but prolonged volleying of hollow sentiments is futile.
Thailand had, and still has, problems with its oligarchic ruling class. Recently 6 million people took to the streets and expressed their dissatisfaction. That's a little less than 10% of the total population. It would be equivalent to about 32 million Americans agreeing and actively taking action; committing to said action and not relenting until their goals where accomplished.
Get off your ass, pull your head out and get to work. There are role models all around the globe.”
“It is a little hard to tell, but I think the one on the left is female and the smaller on the right male. For those that may be unaware, eagles mate in the air. The male inverts and they lock talons. Perhaps these two failed to secure ample altitude under them.”
Radscal on Oct 26, 2013 at 01:13:29
“"Pairs of bald eagles have been seen whirling through the air with talons locked together. This could be a form of courtship or a ritualized battle between an intruding eagle and one defending its territory. Whichever it is, eagles do not actually copulate in the air. Copulation usually takes place on a branch near the nest or on the ground."
“I drove a Yellow Cab for five years in the Ft Lauderdale area and then drove limousines all over South Florida. I was robbed and beaten occasionally, but what ultimately got to me was seeing all the dead bodies. Well, you know ... not the bodies, but the yellow tarps.
My impression of Florida, based on over a decade of marinating there, is that there is some mysterious overlap between the Twilight Zone and the Bermuda triangle south of Lake Okeechobee.”
“I moved to Thailand about five years ago. It suites me very very well. My wife and I, along with her two daughters have a comfortable, albeit quiet, lifestyle costing less than $1000.00. US dollars a month. Much of that monthly stipend is spent on tools and building materials. I jeep busy with home improvements ... well, you know, the computer is entertaining, I enjoy biking the back roads and I have long enjoyed photography.
I think it is worth mentioning that my medical are adequately met. I have learned how to negotiate the local hospital and have used some of the clinics. The hospital is free, for me, because I got my name put in "the house book".
“I'm a fan of design science. I trust this invention will lead to another and another. Every little bit helps.
What surprised me most about this piece is the number of people without clean water 783 million. I wish in no way to project cynicism, but there are around 7 billion people on the planet. I suspect folks without clean water are many more than indicated.
There is no potable water around here. Drinking water is purchased or a filter is acquired. We have water that is piped in ... but, I don't have enough time to go on about the H-pylori bacteria - it is prolific.”
“Yes ... I understand. Perhaps, my somber response alluded to a lack of comprehension?
A conglomeration of negative words are no more capable of creating positive thought than two or more wrongs are of making a right.
Perhaps my error was more due to my discomfort with sarcasm and a quizzical befuddlement to the exercise of factiousness.
Here's one my father left me, from his death bed, "I'm never not thinkin' 'bout nuttin'!”
Kuroyume0161 on Dec 10, 2012 at 09:48:32
“I understand as well. Remember that in mathematics, multiplying or dividing two negative numbers has a positive result and certain operations of negated operators in Boolean Algebra result in TRUE results.
Thus, one can always get something positive even out of several negatives (even if more often in formal systems). :)”
“Number four - I consider myself to be eclectic in regard to my spiritual belief structure. It's a water world of evolving flow. However, in this context, I wish to reinforce a paramount tenant. It is adapted from The Old Testament (Christian Bible) - Exodus 3:14
As I understand it, that is the only reference to any human being, being in face to face communication with God, where the question, "What's your name?" was asked. All the burning bush stuff aside, it was suggested and I have done my best to practice using I AM as my primary affirmation. I regularly refresh my vigilance. I prefer and believe it important to follow the term "I AM" with higher spiritual qualities.
One of my favorites is - I am enthusiastic about ... because, enthusiastic has an interesting history. (etymology)
Here is Thailand, I often hear the Buddhist monks recommend - Think good, speak good, do good. (adverbs are scarce in Thai.) Tahm dee di dee - Do good get good
Please remember that thinking is a behavior. It is not a random uncontrollable series of orphan words. Be responsible for said activity.”
“My experience in Thailand is that one is an "outsider" until they walk down the street and are hailed over to sit down for a meal. Yeh! The reality is "once a farang always a farang", but the hospitality is genuine and abounds.”
dtag on Nov 30, 2012 at 18:10:24
“I live in CM. Yeah not outsider in the sense that no one talks to you. Thais are quite easy to get on with. In my post I was thinking more about people I meet who are not living overseas yet and don't understand that they will not just move to a place and fit in as a local after a year or two. You know how it is- a farang can have mostly all thai friends, speak thai well, marry a local, etc. but they are still a farang, Thats what I meant by outsider. Some people really don't like that feeling. ”
“I moved to Thailand, from the USA, in 2007. Admittedly, it was a bit of an adjustment. One I have loved evolving through. The visa thing can be a challenge, but it got easier with more familiarity. I just came back from renewing for a year at the consulate in Savanahket, Lao, a few days ago.
I married an incredibly wonderful woman and have the pleasure of sharing her children's lives, as well as finishing the house her father and brother framed out about thirty years ago. We "get by" very well on my monthly $745 Social Security check.
The most difficult thing I did here (actually the most difficult bureaucratic thing I ever did.) was to get my name in the "House Book". It does help with visa renewal and several other things. One big benefit is my visits to the local hospital are completely free. I recently spent four days in there - not one baht!
Sep 19, 2012 at 19:29:54
“Coffee? What is meant by coffee? There is an incredible span of variety between some old instant that's been on the shelf for a few decades and fresh ground beans.
My understanding is that freshly brewed coffee has some value, but that it is a beverage that changes rapidly - in a matter of ten minutes or so. Perhaps there are some good qualities. I personally have challenges with the acidity; which seems to be less if the coffee is very fresh.”
“I've only been here four years; plus I'm way up in the country, so I'm not quite as cynical. Although I do agree with most of your summation. My first thought was, No one will ever know what really happened. Travel is not for the timid. Many call it adventure. I think maybe danger is a strong percentage of adventure.
I love this Buddhist culture. Thai are some of the happiest people on earth ... and they don't get too upset for too long about a lot of things. I agree that "farangs" are not high on the list accept as personified ATM machines. I think that's ok in several ways; some don't
I had a teacher. He often repeated, "If you play, you must pay! It is a wise person who understands the costs ahead of time." Walter Payton and many other's have pointed out, "Tomorrow is promised to no one." or Yoda, "Do - no do!" The Thai say "Lay-oo tay" Up to you. So, keep those comments rolling out from under your security blanks. Passing judgment is like passing gas. I have to open a window, excuse me.”
“What I find most disconcerting is that there is such a lack of intelligence. There seems to have been a very successful campaign to proliferate ignorance. It is sad that Mitch isn't smart enough to know that only dumb people will believe him.”
l78lancer on May 23, 2012 at 00:54:02
“Remember, the republican party is the champion of the elimination of public education.
Remember what Santorum said about Obama when he talked about making colege education more available..."what a SNOB!"
I'd say ther definitely is acampaign to promote ignorance.”
SapientiaAudit on May 23, 2012 at 00:42:19
“Spreading ignorance is easy: all you have to do is tell people something they want to believe, and they will believe it. Spreading knowledge is much more difficult: you have to convince people of the truth, which is often problematic since they usually really don't want to believe it.”
“A substantial amount of the fear driving the Republican party comes from the Bureau of Census. The demographics are rapidly shifting. I suspect that if the present Elephant in the room does not do a major course adjustment it will go extinct and be supplanted.”
“My quick impression of PB statement defining racism, defines him. In my opinion it is ever important to maintain a perspective of change – evryhting morphs in an ever fluid society.
The primary concept with which to illustrate this is “abuse.” In its essence abuse is the deprivation of freedom. Way in the past- ancient history, there was proportionally less abuse because freedom was rare. Yes, it looks like abuse now. We filter everything through contemporary glasses. Much of what we consider to be abuse, and which now is, was once “just the way it was.”
Life changes! Experiences and expressions change within those shifting contexts.
Being a racist today, in model United States of American culture is NOT the same as it was when Pat was a “boy”.”
“Well ... at least it is not being suggested that the change be to - Gulf of the United States OF America.
It is often over looked that the people of Mexico are Americans, too. As are all the people between the north and south poles in the Western Hemisphere: Canadians live in North America, Panamanians and their neighbors live in Central America; and there are quite a few countries in South America.
There are many outside the USofA that consider themselves to be American; and there are also people's who ancestors inhabited those lands, well before Christopher Columbus or Amerigo Vespucci showed up, that don't consider themselves to be Native Americans.
A rose may be a rose by any other name, but an apple is not an orange.”