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  1. You're quite right. We always have to put up with the leftist/socialist slant. I truly wish there was no far left socialist/far right fascist politics. Small, controlled government that keeps out of our lives as much as possible is best.
  2. Put me down for a "Hell Yes ! ! " And hopefully Trump will have a full second full term also. 👍
  3. I think it's totally disgusting, but you would have to argue that in some Islamic countries that have Sharia law. Muhammad married Aisha, his third wife, when she was about age six, and consummated the marriage when she was about age nine. To many people, determination of sexual maturity is a matter of subjective judgment, and there is a strong belief among most Muslims and scholars, based on Sharia, that marrying a girl less than 13 years old is an acceptable practice for Muslims. A. A. Ali, Child Marriage in Islamic Law, The Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University (Canada), August 2000; see pages 16-18 "Surah At-Talaq 65:- - Towards Understanding the Quran - Quran Translation Commentary - Tafheem ul Quran". islamicstudies.info. "Saudi judge refuses to annul 8-year-old's marriage". cnn.com.
  4. "Fetus can be applied to any mammal". That's true... I agree. But this thread is talking about human fetuses... My mistake for not making that clear. So then... ""The debate on when a fetus becomes a child will carry on regardless." Yes... .. but how about the debate on when an alive human fetus becomes a living human ? ?
  5. "The debate on when a fetus becomes a child will carry on regardless." Sure.... but how about the debate on when a human fetus becomes a human ? ?
  6. "They were fetuses." Oh... that's a relief ! I thought they were human. My mistake.
  7. Satanism moving in and pushing Buddhists out perhaps? Whoever did this is obviously not a true practitioner of the Dhamma Very first Precept: 1. Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures. That obviously includes humans... as any REAL Dhamma practitioner would tell you.
  8. Who did this sickening disgusting act might call themselves Buddhist and go through the motions at temple... .... but they are most certainly NOT Buddhist in their heart and mind...
  9. Very first Precept in Buddhism 1. Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures. Requiescat In Pacé little ones.... may you be reborn into a gentle, loving, peaceful life. Truly hope they catch the monster/monsters who did this disgusting horrible sickening crime.
  10. Difficult to tell if you should go with her or not. But if she has only been in the business for a month... well.. I might still say no. But there are the very rare exceptions. I became friends with a bar girl in Chiang Mai before, ( a very wonderful bar girl I have to say), and one day she asked me if I would like to travel with her far into the mountains up near Myanmar to her village where she was born and raised,.... some animist/ancestral time for rituals and honoring spirits of ancestors and making ritual offerings at the grandfather tomb etc... Well, maybe the the brightest idea, but I went with her.... way off the beaten track back in the mountains to a tribal village. And it turned into one of the most amazing times in my life.. like out of National Geographic magazine... and the people were wonderful and amazing and I was put up in the home of the girl's mother. (Her father had been killed some time back in some opium problem) I had a very valuable camera with me that I filmed and took photos with.... and yet they never took anything from me even when I left my backpack alone in the house for hours and hours... They treated me like family... kids wanted to touch my white skin and hair.. The people were amazingly friendly..... An amazing experience for several days that really cost me nothing except the cost to get to a small town far away with her by yellow songtheaw, where her brother picked us up in a beat up old pickup truck for the journey into the mountains. You never know when something might be dangerous to do...... but I'm very happy I decided to go with her. Each must decide for themselves if something will be dangerous or in some way costly to do. You have to go with your gut feelings... At first I told her 'No" but changed my mind a few days later before it was time to go to the mountain village. It's an individual decision, and we must be willing to face the consequences whether good or bad.
  11. Times change..... today women in Thailand cover ...* their * ...breasts as in the west.
  12. Never thought it would come to this

    The smokey season in Chiang Mai from the surrounding mountain agricultural areas is only for a relatively small part of the year. Not all year round. From around the last half of January to Songkran. Most of the year is nice and clear beginning about the time of Songkran or shortly after, until mid to late January again the following year. And the Thai government is starting to try to work with the farmers to maybe figure out an altenative to burning the fields off before planting. I have never even been to Pattaya or Phuket and have no desire to go, except maybe I will visit Phuket once someday. Chiang Mai is a wonderful city if you don't mind not having the beaches you find in the south. But I'm afraid that over the years, the "Thainess" that is there still might slowly fade.. There are many lovely peaceful other smaller unspoiled cities and towns in northern Thailand. Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Ban Luang, Pai, and many , many, many more. There are also the cities and towns of the north east Isan region... Thailand is much more than just places like the party cities of Pattaya, Phuket and Bangkok. If all I want was to party, go to bars and drink... I can party, go to bars and drink in Toronto, Canada. I don't go to Thailand to spend my time partying. Although I will party a bit, and do like the rare dark ale, ... there are many other things.
  13. The fat, sometimes laughing "buddha" is not a representation of Lord Gautama Buddha. It is actually a representation of Budai... a Chinese monk who lived in the later Liang time about 907 - 923 C.E./A.D. Apparently he was from Zhejiang and his Buddhist name was Qieci ("Promise this") . People at the time said he was a good and loving monk. Some people confuse him with Maitreya. But many westerners mistakingly think the "laughing fat Buddha" is actually a representative of Lord Gautama Buddha. Nope ! ! By the way.... as far as the number of Buddhas.... there were and are many. You are a Buddha.... you just don't know it yet, and you may not know it for a very great number of lifetimes to come.... Same with me......
  14. Technically, you are quite correct. Perhaps they could use the terms, "antique and sacred" to get the meaning across.
  15. The wall. Though the original hit occurred at a warehouse at the corner of Dickens and Clark in Lincoln Park, Chicago, the wall against which this heinous act was carried out has had an interesting life of its own. It was marked as a bad luck omen, and the building was eventually demolished. A Canadian businessman by the name of George Patey snatched up the bricks, hoping to create some sort of money-producing spectacle with them by displaying them in a restaurant or club. Having difficulty selling the morbid novelty idea to business partners, and after years of unsuccessfully trying to turn his ownership of them into a quick buck, he resorted to auctioning them off brick by brick to crime history enthusiasts, who took about 100 of them off of his hands. When Patey died, the remaining bullet hole-dimpled bricks found a home, someplace they could truly be appreciated – The Mob Museum in Vegas, a three-story museum that covers the entire history of the mob in great detail and was happy to acquire the wall, reassemble it, and display it, complete with an accompanying film and some quick dabs of pinkish-red paint for maximum dramatic effect. The wall is now just one of many authentic artifacts on display depicting the history of one of America’s greatest organized crime institutions to date. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/st-valentines-day-massacre-wall