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    Chevrolet Captiva

    Is that tiny 2l engine sufficient for its size?
  2. There you go: Yongyuth jailed for 2 months and banned 5 years The Supreme Court on Monday found former House Speaker Yongyuth Tiyapairat guilty of concealing his Bt2-million assets and sentenced him to two months in jail as well as banned him from politics for five years. The National Counter Corruption Commission had accused Yongyuth, also a former natural resources and enviroment minister for submitting false declaration of his assets after leaving his ministerial post. The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Office however suspended his jail term. Yongyuth was also fined Bt4,000. Yongyuth appeared at the court and seemed to show no feeling after hearing the verdict. Last week the court on Friday ruled against former deputy interior minister Sombat Uthaisang for concealing his wife's assets of Bt106 million. Although the court suspended the jail term for a year, Sombat was also banned from holding any political position for five years. Sombat, who was also an adviser to the information and communications technology minister in a Thaksin Shinawatra government, did not declare nine bank accounts his wife was sharing with their three mature children. Besides a Bt4,000 fine, the court also gave Sombat a two-month jail term for falsifying the assets-declaration statement given to the National Anti-Corruption Commission after he took office . Although the court suspended the jail term for a year, Sombat was also banned from holding any political position for five years. The court also earlier disqualified a Nakhon Sawan senator, Orapin Munsilp, over similar charges. It is scheduled to give a verdict on the assets-concealing case against former natural resources and environment minister Yongyuth Tiyapairat on Monday. http://nationmultimedia.com/2009/09/28/pol...cs_30113234.php
  3. Who are you talking ot, Doctor? The previous comment was made a month ago.
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    What Is D4d ?

    Just go to "pickup performance parts" thread, and there were a few similar ones by Philip.
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    Chevrolet Captiva

    MU-7 is based on Isuzu's prehistoric, ten year old platform while newer Toyota and Mitrubishi took full advantage of eased regulations that allowed shorter base and coil suspensions. Captiva is smaller than Fortuner or Pajero Sport, they should be in different categories, but size doesn't really matter much in Thailand.
  6. It's your word against theirs. Unfortunately for you they are in charge of national energy policy, and I think it wasn't just Egat who made the decision. And there is no time for field trials and staring the decision making process all over again just because you disagree with the outcome. You can't "make" time, it's physically impossible.
  7. There was an article about wind power in today's Nation. Apparently the trials are not satisfactory yet. There was also mention of the nation power plan and that windpower has it's place and share in it and there are about fifty investment applications in windpower stations. I hope it's the same situation with solar - anyone can come and invest if they want.
  8. They don't have time for field trials. Building a nuclear reactor will take a long time and it must be online by a certain date or Thailand will experience electricity shortages. They did their homework and made the wisest choice they could. Or should they set up poll on Thaivisa instead of spending milllions of studies and consultants?
  9. Low, butn not surprisingly. Qualifies it as "untested". Well, the trend now is to go nuclear. Energy is too serious, too strategic issue and Thais are taking the safest road - safest in terms of reliability, not safety per se. >>>>> I don't understand this obsession with government refusing to go solar - what stops people from investing themselves? Why is that guy from Texas quoted earlier doesn't come here and invest? Why the proponents are vocal only when someone else's money is put at risk?
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    Q Bar Raid

    This is not the news. Narcissus or whatever should get its own thread if it's important. "Q-Bar has been raided" - it's a screaming headline from five years ago that is at the top of the current news section. Mods, please do something.
  11. 16 plants in the whole world? >>> This country going to use nuclear for strategic power supplies. Solar has its place in percentage for alternative providers. I think it's something like 5-10% according to a master plan. I know they are not making it easy, but theoretically anyone can invest in solar power here and sell it to Egat or whoever. There might be political implications here, but country's strategic planners can't leave future to the mercy of Thai politics. One day there will not be enough power for everyone, and that day is approaching soon, so they better start pouring that concrete already. >>> Jeez, they've done it with buses, they will do it with power plants as well - the country is incapable of accomplishing anything, either for ignorance, corruption or too much democracy, or all at once. They need to accept their imprefections and try to get future projects right, not dwell on past mistakes without moving at all. In this case they need a secure nuclear reactor, not someone on the Internet suggesting they go back to drawing boards and re-calculate costs of electricity. fuc_k, they can't issue 3G licenses for four years already - afraid they make a wrong decision.
  12. They have studied solar options, too. The costs were reported higher, and I bet the technology is untested on a mass scale, and suppliers and expertise are lacking. Thailand is not going to be pioneers and bank its future on a any new technology. Everybody else goes nuclear, Thailand is just following the trend. Get used to it.
  13. The problems of developing countries going nuclear is not limited to Thailand. I recon earlier I said there are more than thirty applying for licenses now. Pakistan and Inda have nuclear bombs, and comparing to them Thai culture is much more responsible and punctual. And no, Thaland doesn't have enough electricity for the next 20 years. They have studied possible solution for years, came up with an answer, and now internet experts show off their knowledge and try to convince us that commission was stuffed with morons. Ok, maybe those consultants weren't up to the western standards, but that was the best Thailand could produce. I'm reasonably sure they were educated in the west and worked in energy sector for decades and know all the numbers by heart and keep abreast with recent developments in solar techonology, and they made their decision. It's a bit presumptious to say "I know better", don't you think?
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    Massive Loss From Thaksin Projects

    That is true, that is what Thaksin has done and it worked brilliantly for a first couple of years before the effect of that massive bailout had worn off. The thing is that the gap between rich and poot, haves and have nots increased dramatically, too, and the assumption is that this is not what Thailand needs. Also the problem with Thaksin social programmes was that they were never meant to be anything more than vote grabbing schemes. Cheap healthcare put hospitals in deep red, no new equipment, no doctors, forever stuck in the late 90s Thai standard, while private hospitals for the rich claimed international level of care for prices prohibitive to the rest of the population. Education was the most neglected area, no progress in six years whatsoever, not enough votes from that, I guess. Otop scheme proved to be unsustainable, too, and perpetual debt forgiveness made it a legitimate electoral demand - write off the loans or we'll vote for someone else. Agricultural subsidies got nowhere with artificially high prices harming everyone in the long run. By 2006 it was clear that "dual track" development was a flop and Thaksin had run out of ideas.
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    Thai Officials Blamed For Deaths

    Any news on the emergency degree? >>> How many policemen do you think were at the station when a couple of thousand angry muslims were "demonstrating" outside. I think it's a valid reason for police to shit their pants and call on the army, and that's when everything went downhill. If there was an emergency degree in place, whatever the soldiers did next is excempt from prosecution. Overall it was a far bigger political failure, the army MO was probably straight from the rule book - tie the hands, face on the ground. They do the same routine with refugees and farmers, too.