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  1. Good to see some cities are taking the climate change crisis and the imperative to act seriously by reducing greenhouse gas levels and putting climate change at the core of local decision making. Bristol in UK has just announced that it plans to become carbon neutral by 2030. An ambitious goal to be sure, but it will set a high bar for other cities to follow and aspire too, in making the necessary transitions: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/nov/14/bristol-plans-to-become-carbon-neutral-by-2030
  2. This explosion happened just over a month after I arrived in Thailand and I remember the reporting of it well and the shocking images of the inferno, though I can't remember exactly where I was at the time. Not in Bangkok, but upcountry, and sub-consciously I suspect it is one of the reasons why I never like to spend more than a few days in the Big Mango sweatbucket city. However, I soon got used to reading about a string of such accidents where human error was the main cause and lessons were never quite learned. The Kader toy factory fire, the collapse of the hotel in Korat, the other tanker explosion in Phang-Nga are just a few examples that spring to mind. But it is the constant attrition of human life by a dreadful road safety culture that is still the biggest albatross around Thailand's neck, killing and injuring so many people who could make so much positive difference to the country, if the laws were properly enforced and the culture of "mai pen rai", "my vehicle is bigger than yours" and "jai ron" driving styles could be altered.
  3. Can't have the innocent youth seeing this criminal and then thinking "bondage" equipment now can we? No knowing what other equipment they'll be demanding. Mind you, the perp looks quite happy with the cuffs, eh? Wonder what the cop on the left is doing behind his back? ?
  4. On seeing the tapeworm, like you my immediate thought was it just looks like kwiatiow sen yai. So wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't just thrown back in a pot of boiling water with some luk chin and neua moo and recycled as such. Sad to see good, nutritious food going to waste, eh? ?
  5. This is international news elsewhere in the world, so why isn't it in the National news section, instead of consigned to the CR narrow news? Seems like it is a big enough story, so what's the issue? ? Given the daily feed of "non-news" trivia that is put in National news, seems all the more bizarre.......
  6. Not only soft drinks, how about one's daily water supply? What the article doesn't mention is that the Nam Pong flows into Ubon Ratana reservoir, which is the main source of domestic water for Khon Kaen city and surrounding areas. Then the Nam Pong flows downstream, where its waters are abstracted for agriculture, factories (including soft drinks and lao khao producers) and flows into the Nam Chi, used by 5 provinces downstream to Ubon Ratchatani, and thence into the Mekong. All these rivers and the reservoir are a major source of fish for Isaan, both wild and cultured. When in 1992, the sugar cane factory at Nam Pong released tonnes of molasses into the river and wiped out the fish population all the way down to Ubon, there was a justifiable outcry and demands for compensation for losses. But when the pollution is chronic and slowly kills aquatic life and harms human health, as in the case of widespread use of dangerous pesticides, then there is silence borne from public ignorance and official inaction. The old metaphor of the frog in the slowly boiling pot springs to mind.
  7. plachon

    Thais start waking up on reducing plastic bags

    You could use biodegradable trash bags in your condo, and use reusable cloth bags for shopping, while reducing your consumption of single-use plastic items, thus reducing your plastic footprint no end.....?
  8. plachon

    Thais start waking up on reducing plastic bags

    Reminds me of the time, many years ago (94?), when first dating my wife on a trip to Kanchanaburi. We were driving along on a motorcy in the countryside, when I saw in my mirror my Mrs toss an empty water bottle into the verge. I immediately turned around and drove back to the spot where it fell. I pointed at it and said if you want to go any further with me, you pick it up, put in in your bag and dispose of it properly in a bin when we get to a town. She was a bit gob-smacked, throwing litter away being second nature, but complied (I explained my reasoning later and a light bulb went on in her head!) and our relationship got stronger, as we married about the following year. She isn't the best in the world at remembering plastic bags when she goes shopping, but the 5 p tax introduced in UK helped her no end, as she hates wasting money! If only Thailand would bring in a similar tax, bag usage may go down as much as the 85 % it did in UK post-tax.
  9. Somebody should have warned Trumpy before he engaged in rumpy-pumpy and a golden shower thrown in with a Russian hooker or two. ?