iOS app Android app
Clicking Follow Back will add user to your friends list and may allow access to your Social News timeline..

HuffPost Social News

Badges:
Your Badges and the Badge Module will be removed from your profile

gemsviathailand's Comments

View Comments:   Sort:
next
1 - 25
'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 8 Recap: 'The Mountain And The Viper'

'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 8 Recap: 'The Mountain And The Viper'

Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 22:51:15 in Entertainment

“True. Pedophilia is inappropriate lust or activity with a prepubescent person. After that transition, through the teen years it is ephebophilia.”
'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 8 Recap: 'The Mountain And The Viper'

'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 8 Recap: 'The Mountain And The Viper'

Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 22:48:44 in Entertainment

“I just heard the correct term in another TV show, a few days ago. It is ephebophilia.”
'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 8 Recap: 'The Mountain And The Viper'

'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 8 Recap: 'The Mountain And The Viper'

Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 22:46:07 in Entertainment

“In these days it is not "pedophilia" either. It is ephebophilia. The dividing line is puberty.”
Venture Capitalist Compares 'Progressive War On 1 Percent' To Nazi Anti-Semitism

Venture Capitalist Compares 'Progressive War On 1 Percent' To Nazi Anti-Semitism

Commented Jan 25, 2014 at 23:28:35 in Business

“"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."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/25/thai-protesters_n_4667474.html
Venture Capitalist Compares 'Progressive War On 1 Percent' To Nazi Anti-Semitism

Venture Capitalist Compares 'Progressive War On 1 Percent' To Nazi Anti-Semitism

Commented Jan 25, 2014 at 23:21:57 in Business

“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.”
Tangled Eagles Rescued After Talons Get Stuck Together (PHOTO)

Tangled Eagles Rescued After Talons Get Stuck Together (PHOTO)

Commented Oct 27, 2013 at 20:06:37 in Green

“Well, there you have it! That's what I get for listening to a National Park Ranger on San Juan Island, Washington. She seemed like such a credible source.”

Radscal on Oct 27, 2013 at 20:50:18

“LOL. Well, they do airborne courtship rituals, so that's probably what made her think that.”
Tangled Eagles Rescued After Talons Get Stuck Together (PHOTO)

Tangled Eagles Rescued After Talons Get Stuck Together (PHOTO)

Commented Oct 25, 2013 at 20:04:44 in Green

“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."

http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle4.html

Miguel Martillo on Oct 25, 2013 at 23:02:09

“A bad lay...fate worst than death or dating a Republican...”

Counterglow on Oct 25, 2013 at 20:30:54

“By George, I believe you've got it right.”

pleblian on Oct 25, 2013 at 20:08:18

“Wow, natures mile high club...”

dweston82 on Oct 25, 2013 at 20:07:53

“I have had something like that happen.”
Miami Has Country's Worst Drivers: Report

Miami Has Country's Worst Drivers: Report

Commented Jul 26, 2013 at 19:19:07 in Miami

“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.”
Retire Overseas: 6 Most Expat-Friendly Destinations

Retire Overseas: 6 Most Expat-Friendly Destinations

Commented Jul 22, 2013 at 05:22:44 in Fifty

“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".

http://gemsviathailand.com

OnlinePaidSpy on Jul 22, 2013 at 06:33:35

“Very nice. I did some time in Thailand back in 1970 when in the USAF. Amazing place. Great beauty.”
Dean Kamen's Slingshot Aims To Bring Fresh Water To The World

Dean Kamen's Slingshot Aims To Bring Fresh Water To The World

Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 06:00:35 in Green

“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.”
Positive Thinking Tips: 10 Ways To Overcome Negativity And Become More Optimistic

Positive Thinking Tips: 10 Ways To Overcome Negativity And Become More Optimistic

Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 21:20:54 in Teen

“Yes, tangentially speaking. I agree with the sum of your thoughts regarding 'rithmatic.

I will, also, freely admit that my neurosis often find fertile ground in calculations. A part of how I endeavor to keep them in check, is to discern the context of such outings.

Would you agree, that this article is primarily focused on raising the attitudinal bar, perhaps in a manner similar to a hyperbolic asymptote.”
Positive Thinking Tips: 10 Ways To Overcome Negativity And Become More Optimistic

Positive Thinking Tips: 10 Ways To Overcome Negativity And Become More Optimistic

Commented Dec 9, 2012 at 21:26:58 in Teen

“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). :)”
Positive Thinking Tips: 10 Ways To Overcome Negativity And Become More Optimistic

Positive Thinking Tips: 10 Ways To Overcome Negativity And Become More Optimistic

Commented Dec 9, 2012 at 19:20:25 in Teen

“The phrase - "You might be right." Is the most polite way I have for expressing disagreement. Actually, in whatever world the other person has constructed - they might be right.

How would I know?

I do know that I have labored long under many a misconception and lingered in lament amongst a plethora of pregnant pauses.”

Kuroyume0161 on Dec 9, 2012 at 20:44:35

“I don't think that you understood my play on his play (using negatives redundantly).  I reworded your reply in that light.  ...”
Positive Thinking Tips: 10 Ways To Overcome Negativity And Become More Optimistic

Positive Thinking Tips: 10 Ways To Overcome Negativity And Become More Optimistic

Commented Dec 9, 2012 at 18:34:26 in Teen

“You might be right!”

Kuroyume0161 on Dec 9, 2012 at 19:06:49

“No, he might not be wrong. ;)”
Positive Thinking Tips: 10 Ways To Overcome Negativity And Become More Optimistic

Positive Thinking Tips: 10 Ways To Overcome Negativity And Become More Optimistic

Commented Dec 9, 2012 at 18:29:36 in Teen

“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.”
Retire Abroad: 5 Southeast Asian Countries With Low Cost Of Living

Retire Abroad: 5 Southeast Asian Countries With Low Cost Of Living

Commented Nov 30, 2012 at 18:02:55 in Fifty

“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. ”
Retire Abroad: 5 Southeast Asian Countries With Low Cost Of Living

Retire Abroad: 5 Southeast Asian Countries With Low Cost Of Living

Commented Nov 30, 2012 at 17:54:10 in Fifty

“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!

I write about my adventures and have been telling stories for a couple of years @ http://gemsviathailand.com

Later this morning, I'll be uploading a post about the Loy Krathon festivities we attended on the eve of this past full moon.

The culture here is ... is ... well, its the one of the most peace filled places on earth.”

goodmarina on Nov 30, 2012 at 21:42:10

“What a wonderful  post!

Thank you ...  it was informative and i will check out your blog!

F & F”

mixnmatch on Nov 30, 2012 at 18:19:55

“Going to check out your site. ...what an amazing story you have.”
Is Coffee Bad Or Good For Your Health? Two Experts Debate

Is Coffee Bad Or Good For Your Health? Two Experts Debate

Commented Sep 19, 2012 at 19:29:54 in Healthy Living

“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.”
Noemi Belanger And Audrey Belanger, Canadian Sisters, Found Dead In Thai Hotel Room

Noemi Belanger And Audrey Belanger, Canadian Sisters, Found Dead In Thai Hotel Room

Commented Jun 17, 2012 at 21:25:08 in World

“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.”
Mitch McConnell: President Obama Is Attacking Capitalism

Mitch McConnell: President Obama Is Attacking Capitalism

Commented May 23, 2012 at 00:36:41 in Politics

“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.”
huffingtonpost entry

Barack Obama 2012 Takes Multiple Pages From GOP Playbook

Commented May 13, 2012 at 02:59:45 in Politics

“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.”
Jimmy Kimmel Addresses Marijuana Legalization At White House Correspondents' Dinner 2012

Jimmy Kimmel Addresses Marijuana Legalization At White House Correspondents' Dinner 2012

Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 02:48:31 in Politics

“Yes, that is a classic quote - Furry Freak Brothers, if I recall. What that R. Crumb?”
Juan Williams Asks Pat Buchanan: 'Are You A Racist?' (VIDEO)

Juan Williams Asks Pat Buchanan: 'Are You A Racist?' (VIDEO)

Commented Feb 25, 2012 at 18:05:13 in Media

“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”.”
Rat Delicacy In Thailand

Rat Delicacy In Thailand

Commented Feb 15, 2012 at 06:42:45 in World

“I love the language - nope not new, the word for rat is noo.”
huffingtonpost entry

'Gulf Of America' Would Replace 'Gulf Of Mexico' In Bill From Mississippi State Lawmaker Steve Holland [UPDATED]

Commented Feb 9, 2012 at 18:32:43 in Politics

“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.”
next
1 - 25