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About hdkane

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  1. My SO believed in ghosts...until I asked a few simple questions...why do the ghosts have clothing? Do clothes have ghosts too? Where are all the ghosts of the tube socks and underwear I threw away? She got silent and thought for just a few moments, and changed her mind. Very proud of her....she is always willing to change her mind based on facts, even on matters of culture and history.
  2. Glad to see EJ is doing well...he is one of the few musicians who actually sing, with no reliance on lip synching and autotune
  3. From what I've been able to determine by looking at crime stats from other countries, Thailand does have a higher proportion of violent crimes and especially crime against children. The amount of child abuse, incest, rape, and assault is multiples of what is observed among "native" populations in the UK and USA. Mental health doesn't seem to be implicated, however. In my opinion, there seem to be 3 clear factors that help explain the finding (although there are obviously others as well, but these are the biggest contributors)...first, Thais are not that bright, with an average IQ of around 85 - 90. They get frustrated easily at any activity that requires problem solving and deferment of pleasure. With an absence of consequences for bad behavior, violence is an easy option for many males. Second, the family structure is weak, and so parents and children do not attach and bond in the same way we see in other societies. You see the same patterns in the USA among blended families. Third, Thais have easy access to guns and alcohol. The alcohol problem is so great among men that it is estimated that 5% of the males are drunk at any particular moment (even when driving, as we see in the oft-reported daily carnage). Just think how many Thai men you pass on the street or driving, who are probably stupid, drunk/high, and armed, and that statistic can be chilling.
  4. The reality of the situation is that far too many people die under preventable circumstances...laws are not enforced.
  5. It's a legal fact...innocent until proven guilty...
  6. Agreed...the guy was an idiot to try and drive into a small soi during the biggest party of the year...not to excuse the violence, but it was entirely predictable...and he responded in a stupid fashion.
  7. Sorry to be the singular harsh voice in this thread, but I wonder how much of the dad's money was acquired thru corruption...they look like nice people, but it's difficult for me to muster any sympathy for Thais at this point...so much of their troubles are of their own doing...and their successes the result of corruption and theft...
  8. I appreciate your sentiment, because such action would save lives in the future...but the trucks I see in Thailand are pretty new...so this begs the question, "What did these people do before they had trucks?"...whatever they did then, they should do now, until they can get their trucks fitted for safety....
  9. I use the many websites that stream Thai and Western movies such as movies2free...the Western movies are dubbed in Thai...and so you can see some very good, but older, movies that you are familiar with, but they are accessible to your Thai speaking partner...we have seen The Godfather, Bonnie and Clyde, Pappillon, and dozens of horror movies...
  10. These rich punks do not get into car accidents...they CAUSE car accidents...and are responsible for fatalities...karma would make these drains on society a target.
  11. Agreed...the use of a credit card in Thailand is simply asking for your accounts to be hacked...I use cash anywhere and everywhere I can.
  12. He likened what he would like to see to airplanes where passengers are made to wear seatbelts on takeoff then while in the air they are just advised to do so for their own safety. Such a stupid thought...how many planes ask passengers to ride on the outside of the plane?
  13. I'm not absolutely anti trump...but his insistence on using his personal property for government work is stupid, egocentric, and will lead him to an ethics violation. The USA has Camp David, a beautiful retreat that has hosted dignitaries for decades...Trump is trying to find a tax write off, and it appears petty.
  14. I wish all the LGBTXYZQ whatever would simply understand that their "opposition" is merely a strawman that this particular community created out of nowhere to gain status as "victims"...no one really cares...for decades, no one cared if someone was gay...and no one cares if someone is "trans"...what annoys people is having personal fetish behaviors acted out publically...and being told that more typical people are "phobic" if we don't tolerate said behavior...the normative population would also be annoyed if heterosexuals acted so brazenly...trans people are not "brave" or "victims"...they are psychologically disturbed to some degree, and want their fetish not simply tolerated, but accepted...that's a lot to expect from someone that has no personal connection to you...in other words, the vast number of people in the usa do not care about your sex or gender, they merely want to be left alone and not labeled "racist" "homophobic" or "anti-whatever" because they hold a different opinion...that's real and genuine diversity--where everyone can have their own opinions and ideas.
  15. Polanski has hardly been in exile...he's lived a luxurious life in France and the Swiss Alps...and continuing to work and make a fortune...all the while avoiding any real consequences for his behavior...A lesson some Thais have learned quite well.