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  1. severe pain in both shoulders

    I and 2 people on this thread are telling you that this is likely. It happens at night because gravity is acting on disks during the whole day. Do an x-ray to rule it out. I did and I am better, resting and reducing activities that would pinch nerves.
  2. Why do Thai drivers continually modulate the throttle?

    They must have seen too many Hells Angels' movies on YouTube! Maybe they are related genetically too! Have you been to Vietnam? They use the horn for no apparent reason! Must be either the French or the US colonial experiences that made it happen (ditto for smoking and drinking coffee, which, along with the 6 hours of sleep they get [as they get awoken by those "heavy throttlers"] --come to think of it-- might explain the throttling. But that is a wild guess.) My answer ... no sleep, coffee, game addiction,... PS: The HA was for a 555 moment and a dig at those selfish egomaniac and probably abused people.
  3. Bikini baristas file suit against city, defend right to work in bikini

    Clearly? Maybe they are making better tips. One of my teacher principals wore sexy leather skirts while teaching Grade 7! High-heel shoes are sometimes worn without any pressure by women to enhance their appearance in the work place. In fact, guys should sue women who do that.
  4. Bikini baristas file suit against city, defend right to work in bikini

    I would sue for confusing naming!
  5. Interesting hidden places Chiang Mai

    Thanks for that post. I does take the shine off those. Anyway, it does look good on the selfie. That's good enough! It is a bit like those "kattoys", I suppose. On the surface, it looks so good. Have "you" bought that new Apple phone yet?
  6. Thanks for the info. I dug a little deeper into this. For all of us concerned about the big cars and trucks that could kill us, we should also be alarmed about these tiny elements as well. It never stops! But, there is something you can do and vote with your wallet. I guess it is the PCBs and other toxic substances that are problematic from what I am reading. These get passed up the food chains as well. It might (will?) affect the ecosystems, unl;ess there are microbes that love PCBs, I guess. I guess if big sewage treatment plants cannot take those out, as some research from Wikipedia states, they must not be filtered using individual water filter systems that people use. Hence we must be ingesting this too as these are not just in the seas. There is also the real danger that we are eating those too as it passes through the food chains. Paradoxically, it is not the big plastic bags that you can see that are disturbing or even the blackest of smoke, it is the tiniest of pollutants that you can inhale or ingest that kill you. Size does matter. On the other hand,... HOWEVER, interestingly (or not) Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, AND China (likely to produce some products) are not represented in this list from the beat the microbead Website. Are they enforcing any kind of change? Is this phasing out really global? You can speak with your wallet by downloading the app. The foundation states that the following logo is present on the products that are phased out and I would think that this would be the easiest way to check and make a difference. At the same time, do those countries not listed have any agencies to check for compliance or "fake" logos?
  7. I never stated that this was a paradise. And you trying to subtly bringing the idea I am a fool is not very kind. I haven't had an accident in 30 years. That's because I drive defensively, but I sometimes go with the flow, not respecting the rules, the yellow lines,... Why? Because laws cannot handle all situations. It is hard to specify on a intersection sign that "If there are no cars around and it is 3 a.m, look and cross even on red." Anglo-Saxons love to follow rules and laws, religiously. Lating cultures not so much. That's a cultural bias. They do exist. Not all people live the way the Commonwealth and/or the USA want(s) the world to live. As stated I appreciate the scooter lane, even though I stop to look. That's my cultural bias. Women (and I would assume your wife fits the stereotype) are generally scary cats when it comes to driving. They follows laws religiously too. If someone were to ask them to drive 10 km/h, they would. There is sign around a school in CM that operate 24/7 asking people to drive 30 km/h where 60 to 70 km/h would be safe, outside of school hours. Bad implementation. Btw, there are far less scooters in Australia and that makes driving an easier task, which would give the impression that everyone is a better driver. But, you are probably right that they are better drivers in Australia.
  8. I think the following study is timely, as I believe calls had been made or attempted (by others, if I recall) while he was driving: Drivers find it difficult to ignore a ringing phone but do ignore the dangers, with a new study revealing almost 50 percent believe locating and answering a ringing phone is not as risky as talking and texting. Research has found locating a ringing phone, checking who's calling, and rejecting or answering the call, is the most frequent mobile phone task undertaken by drivers. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170907093626.htm
  9. Your definition of dangerous driving instances and these instances could be highly related to culture-bias, ... as I said. You do not recognize that there are difference of cultures. In fact, as a general point, I am sure that women and men have different biases, as a general population, all things considered equal as age and culture. The idea that you would be somehow be getting out more than I is a wild speculation and so is irrelevant. Be that as it may, there are many factors that would come into play. We would need to control the experiment, but no double blind study for me, please.
  10. In 10 years of driving in LOS, apart from the journey to BKK, I found the drivers to be okay. I live in the North and maybe the mentality is markedly different than in the rest of LOS, mind you. If there is one aspect that I find hard to take is the implementation of u-turns as highly flawed and I am surprised there are not more head-on collisions there. Otherwise, it has not been that bad. I am not missing the selfish Hells Angels' motorcycles waking me up at 1 a.m. on a Saturday morning! I am not missing the pedestrians who are waiting to cross a road at a light when there is not one car visible left, right, and in any other possible ways. Expats here on TV are used to a set of rules and being mostly from Anglo-Saxon cultures, they believe in rules, lots of them, and some, even follow stupid rules and religiously. It is called rigidity and over-zealousness, which happens to be in ... collision course with the Thai mentality, which seems much more flexible (in some degrees), which is going with the flow, at least here in the North. That is why the motorcycle turning and merging in roads here makes sense because the cars and the motorcycles (at least here in the North) are ready to leave a lane for motorcycles to drive into. This practice is unheard of in expats countries. There are fewer scooters, of course. Of course, there are some Thais who think that this is okay to do with cars. Turn left, just inch your way into the traffic and hope that someone will slow down to let you through. My wife does it and I don't like it. They also take wide-turns when doing those 90 degrees left-hand turns, presumably to avoid hitting the scooters that usually pass them on their left during the turn. That compounds the problem. And then there is the problem of no one honking when one has seen a flagrant error or had to deal with a deliberate power pass or a tailgating at 100 km/h +. I guess no one wants to have to deal with the "rage". The practice of "losing face" or telling someone that s/he is erring is sadly not culturally acceptable. There are ways to doing it, but if you have not had your ego bruised when you were young, how are you going to handle it when you are older. When some get "hurt", soe of them cannot handle as everything has also been all bottled up and ready to explode. I fault the educational systems and the other systems for not educating them, but this is hard to change. See how expats are unable to go with the flow? Do try to mention one aspect of an expat's culture that is silly and see how many are willing to listen. Change takes time. Here and there.
  11. I wonder what would have happened if the parent had beaten up the cops, the principal of the school, the teacher? I wonder what would have happened if the kid had done it? I wonder how this and other kids will grow up as an adult?Tough love? For whom? In terms of educational practices, school management, and justice, this is ALMOST on par with Pakistan, Afghanistan or Saudi Arabia, but with a smile, a wai, and a basket! There should be some suspensions (of a few people, as I assume that this is not an isolated case), some restorative justice by the people who erred, some expectations of additional training (outside of class time) in how to manage children more effectively, some assessment and examination after the training on the teacher's performance in these area and management of the school.
  12. Women can do no wrong. Right? It is honourable. At the same time, there are AHs and they are not going to make it easier for true victims to get justice. Here is the formula: kharma mentality/quiet religious leaders + losing face culture/repressed emotions + propaganda/poor school programs/TV soaps/games + money talks/corruption = top-dog wins everytime. It is of course much more complicated than this. This is a forum. Ask yourself who are the top-dogs and follow the money and the ... semen. That being said, there are problems in the West too.
  13. Was at Makro the other day in the 10 items queue and some Thais were clearly stretching the word to 20. Morality? There are egomaniacs and selfish people in all countries. Period. The more money or the better looks they have, the higher the chances that it will occur. Yes, there are exceptions and I am sorry if I offended you.
  14. There is no excuse for having ARMED SOLDIERS come to protests. Why can THEY have the guns? Others can have catapults? Maybe if they did not come armed to the teeth, others would not come with guns too.
  15. Large TD bank wire transfer service issue

    Thanks! I think they do! I will check tonight.