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  1. This was 100 metres from Maya shopping centre and opposite the new One Nimman shopping complex. They put the fire out but the blackened pylon still decorates the sky and the tangle of poles and wires in the immediate vicinity look ready to collapse at any minute.
  2. On two occasions in the past 3 months we have had 3 transformers blow up and bring down power lines in the busy end of Nimmanhaemin Road (corners of Sois 2 and 3). This is the most favored area in Chiang Mai for Chinese tourists. In the first incident one pole served as a Roman Candle to shoot flames into the night sky. The area is a forest of bent concrete and steel poles leaning at precarious angles, weighed down with miles of festooned coiled and hanging wires. It is just a matter of perhaps a very short time before this all comes crashing down and there is a real tragedy with loss of life and property damage. If the province’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office doesn't take action to stop this from happening then all will know to whom one of the fingers should be pointed. Apart from the human tragedy, can you imagine the severe damage this would do to Chiang Mai's and Thailand's tourism industry?
  3. I have never noticed that beautiful Thai women had feet
  4. Saladin

    Yingluck posts reviews of Moscow during visit with Thaksin

    Yinluck said about her visit to Moscow "Sidewalks have been put in order and they are tidy and clean, resulting in more tourists and more economic activities". Let us hope that contenders for next year's elections take a trip to Moscow (or any developed country) and witness this phenomenon for themselves, as the sidewalks in ChiangMai are a dangerous eyesore and a huge loss of face for Thailand's image.
  5. In a case that raised far-reaching political and moral questions, two former East German border guards were convicted of having shot and killed a fleeing refugee in February 1989. The defendant told the court "I was following the laws and commands of the German Democratic Republic." But the judge, Theodor Seidel, said as he pronounced the sentences, "Not everything that is legal is right." He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on a charge of manslaughter. The judge acknowledged that the defendants were "at the end of a long chain of responsibility," but said they had violated "a basic human right" by shooting at someone whose only crime was trying to emigrate. "No one has the right to ignore his conscience when it comes to killing people on behalf of the power structure." The principle that citizens must not violate basic moral principles, even if the violations are endorsed by law, was established by German courts in trials of former Nazis in the late 1940's and the 1950's. Will the state sanctioned murderers on Israel’s border with Gaza be brought to justice, or should we just forget history?
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    Just following orders

    In a case that raised far-reaching political and moral questions, two former East German border guards were convicted of having shot and killed a fleeing refugee in February 1989. The defendant told the court "I was following the laws and commands of the German Democratic Republic." But the judge, Theodor Seidel, said as he pronounced the sentences, "Not everything that is legal is right." He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on a charge of manslaughter. The judge acknowledged that the defendants were "at the end of a long chain of responsibility," but said they had violated "a basic human right" by shooting at someone whose only crime was trying to emigrate. "No one has the right to ignore his conscience when it comes to killing people on behalf of the power structure." The principle that citizens must not violate basic moral principles, even if the violations are endorsed by law, was established by German courts in trials of former Nazis in the late 1940's and the 1950's. Will the state sanctioned murderers on Israel’s border with Gaza be brought to justice, or should we just forget history?
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    SEPO plans TOT and CAT merger

    This week I went to CAT in Chiang Mai's Maya shopping centre to top up my monthly wi-fi package. It took them more than 30 minutes. It should have taken less than 5 minutes. At 520 baht for the month they are sure not going to make much profit. Their systems are way behind the times.
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    Two college students killed in Krabi head-on

    The pickup is on the correct side of the road which would seem to indicate that the motorcycle was not
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    Is Thai bottled water safer than tap water

    20 years or so ago tests were done on water in the US which found that US bottled water was purer than European bottled water but that the purest of all was New York tap water.
  10. This should be worth at least ten years in the slammer
  11. It has been many years since the US has worked towards achieving a comprehensive and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The US, with its unquestioning support of Netanyahu's Israel and its reprehensible stand-over man thuggish behaviour, is the main impediment to a reasonable outcome.
  12. Where do the new rules now leave musicians? I didn't see them on the list of prohibited occupations. Thailand has many first class guitarists, singers, and vocalists but pianos, saxophones, trumpets, and trombones are as rare as hens' teeth. Banning Farang residents and visiting musicians from overseas from playing was supposed to preserve jobs for Thais but all it does is to stop Thais from learning, growing, and cross pollinating. It is to be hoped that Thailand is now emerging from the Dark Ages and we will see a vibrant music scene develop. It should be noted that Thailand's much loved late King was an accomplished jazz musician and composer.
  13. This is all Alice In Wonderland stuff. It should be abundantly clear to anybody with half a brain that no measures can work if the traffic police aren't forced to get off their collective asses and vigorously enforce the existing rules. Everything else is academic. I would suggest that they are underpaid, under-supervised, and overstaffed, and one step in the right direction would be cull their numbers, retrain the remainder, and increase their salaries.
  14. The point is that even in the hands of responsible people they still pollute the air, are an assault upon the ears, and are dangerous to everybody. In major cities in China they are electric and silent. And parked motorbikes and vendors DO obstruct the footpaths in Nimmanhaemin Road, making them impassable and necessitating risking life and limb walking on the road.
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