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  1. Except SUDS (the last S, by the way, stands for "Syndrome") normally occurs in foreign locations like Singapore or the Middle East, where men are working hard and going without their rich and varied Isaan diets, including all the fresh vegetables and fish they would get at home. It is commonly believed that it is caused by the "evil eye" of a female ghost who visits the men in their sleep. In this case, I think she was very much alive and he was awake during coupling, if the used condom is any indication. Mind you, the chain on door, might indicate that it was a ghost, and he forgot to grow his little finger nail and paint it red, prior to the tryst with the pii.
  2. Thaksin faces more agony

    I wish Thaksin would just move on, but his continuous backroom deals with senior politicians in the present administration, self-publicity via Facebook, etc., and his antics of visiting neighbouring countries like a mangey dog that has been kicked out the house for soiling the settee, but tries incessantly to sneak back in via a back door route, suggests to me that the man himself is incapable of moving on.
  3. Why don't you write/email to the franchise dept of the food chain directly and tell them of your complaint? It would be a poor transnational company that didn't respond to customer complaints about poor service or food quality. If you don't get a reply, go to the Tessaban with your partner, as another poster mentioned, and relay your complaint. I also believe there is an office within the Public Health Dept at provincial level that deals with this sort of thing. If your wife doesn't know about it, then find an educated local with good English who can point you in the right direction. But honestly, if it was me, I would just boycott the place and spend your money in one of the many other good restaurants in Udon that are independent and use fresh and healthy produce, not the mass produced, chemically-laced, bacteria-filled <deleted> that your fart-food place serves.
  4. A mountainside in Kosum Phisai district? Jeez, there must have been some serious tectonic uplift going on in Sarakham since I last drove that road! At least we know it was the mudslide to blame for the crash and not the reckless driving or speed of the pickup driver.
  5. Settling Down In Isaan, Any Advice Guys?

    If you are satisfied with hills, not mountains, then Phu Phan hills bordering Sakon Nakhon and Kalasin are green and pleasant with some scattered reservoirs, and you can be in either city in 30 mins to an hour, depending on location. The roads are good for bike riding, though the hairpin bends on the main road over the hill range can be a bit hairy, especially if you meet a ten wheeler truck or bus coming in the other direction on your side of the road as they overtake a slower vehicle, which used to be a regular occurrence. It all adds to the thrill of the ride or drive though, and ninety-nine times out of a hundred you make it down unscathed. Reasonable food markets & restaurants, but not much nightlife in either city to speak of, compared to Udon, Khon Kaen or Ubon. Udon is drivable in about 2 hours from Phu Phan area.
  6. Dam burst in Laos

    Heavy rain upstream (predictable at this time of year) caused the under-engineered mining dam to fail, sending a torrent of muddy water downstream to hit the next dam d/s under construction, which is the one shown in vdo I believe. Quite different from an earthquake, and not a "natural" disaster. But nobody died in this, afaik, so not serious in the bigger scale of things, but ecologically-speaking, expect there are not many fish left in the river these days after that level of suspended solids in the water. Still round and about, tho' not in Muang Thai these days......
  7. Dam burst in Laos

    Nothing to do with nature mate.....a human-caused disaster 100 %. Dam failure and poorly regulated mining by cowboys in the Lao boondocks can and does go wrong, as this video testifies.
  8. TEAM, the consultants who did the EIA are infamous for producing substandard studies that support such projects developers and missing the majority of social, environmental and health impacts that result. They have been shown to get it wrong time and again, yet still they get hired..... I really wonder where they would get a sufficient quantity of palm kernel shells to fire a 50 MW plant in Chaiyaphum? Crazy place for a coal-fired plant too, as so far from ports. Then there is the potash mining impacts to worry about...
  9. Clearly you don't understand how the system works. The National Buddhism Office gives the money to the temples, thus making merit. They are so pleased with the kind offering that they voluntarily return half the money to the kind officials, thus also making merit. Merit is being made all round, as the public also like to give oodles of money to the abbot's building fund. Abbot's are ecstatic and can offer serious indulgences to all who donate. Everyone's happy, as it is all about merit!
  10. This is a rare good news story on the Thai environment, at least in so far as the judgment and award of damages goes. That it should have taken this long to get the courts to decide on what was clearly negligence by the company when I first read about this case over 19 years ago, is of course deplorable, but it does open up some avenues of hope to other communities fighting similar battles across Thailand that it is worth persisting through the legal system and a measure of delayed justice can be found. Now begins the battle of actually extracting the damages from Lead Concentrates Co Ltd., which hopefully won't go bankrupt before the villagers receive the 36 M baht.
  11. NB: The US is not the "world" and vice versa. I know this is a difficult concept to grasp for most Americans, who have it instilled in them from an early age. Right now, a greater proportion of nations are more "pissed" at the US for a whole host of reasons, including some of its former allies furious that the US has pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, and who now see it being led by a loose cannon president who is as nutty as a fruit cake and far more dangerous than the other guy with a lousy haircut in North Korea, who seems to be running rings round the Orange One in the White House. In reality, both are as unbalanced as each other.
  12. Ignoring the many other problematic, propagandist statements in this aritcle, the third point of their argument for Thailand's supposed uniqueness and suitability to be a key part of the OBOR project stood out: "Third, Thailand boasts one of the oldest, most well-balanced and significant systems of higher education in Southeast Asia today. One of its flagship research institutions, Chulalongkorn University, has a high reputation among its peers in Asia. It was founded exactly a century ago and currently has some 37,000 students. Thailand’s higher education is no doubt one of the region’s strongest, probably second only to Singapore. Thai education has benefited from centuries of development unhindered by any colonial interference. Over the past few decades, the system has consistently pumped out the talents necessary for Thailand to demonstrate prowess in many arenas of human activity, especially in science and technology." Well, while Thailand does have some half decent universities that turn out some reasonably well educated alumni, the best educated people in Thailand are invariably those that have studied abroad, as the homeland universities are generally lacking in many regards, especially in terms of foreign language support. Chula is ranked first in Thailand, but globally it is ranked 245th, according to its Wikipedia entry: "According to QS university ranking 2017. CU is placed 245th in the world, 45th in Asia, 1st in Thailand, and 151-200 in the graduate employability ranking." But, I would rank Malaysia's, Indonesia's, and possibly the Philippines' university system as superior to Thailand's, as well as Singapore within ASEAN, and before too long, I suspect Vietnam's system will out-perform Thailand's. The lack of "colonial interference" has probably been a hindrance to the development of a decent education system and the intransigence and sheer pig-headedness of the Min of Education in reforming the Thai system is legendary, both for those that have followed the criticism in the Thai media over the years, but also for those of us who have had the misfortune to work in the system at one time or another in the past. So much money and resources have been spent on "study tours" to other nations (mostly in the West) with the stated intention of educational reform over the years, that if it has remained so unreformed and stuck in a nationalistic, backwards looking worldview as it does today, I doubt very much if it will ever reform, and will continue to fall back compared to some of its ASEAN neighbours' who have a far more outward and forwards looking perspective on education. But I suspect that this situation is preferred for the new Chinese overlords, who would prefer a cowed nation of obedient citizens not trained to think laterally or holistically, that can be moulded into useful producers, middle managers and servants for future exploitation, within a Sino-centric world.
  13. Chomsky among signers of pro-Netiwit petition

    So I hope you include in your "burn in hell" hatred for Chomsky, all of the US govt of the 70s and 80s, especially Nixon and Kissinger who created the conditions for the Khmer Rouge to rise with their "bomb them back to the stone ages" policy, plus later administrations of the US and UK govts that saw the Khmer Rouge as the legitimate rulers of Cambodia, including financing them via covert means? Hell, Thatcher even financed the SAS to go train the Khmer Rouge in terrorist tactics in the late 80s, and Pol Pot and chief cadres were treated as VIPs in Thailand, well into the 90s. So, your "other like minded individuals" could even be extended to the UN, which allowed the Khmer Rouge to represent Cambodia in New York for years after they were kicked out by the Vietnamese forces. Somehow, I think you are allowing your selective reading of history and tendency to believe anti-leftist propaganda hook, line and sinker to get in the way of any rational thinking over Chomsky's views.
  14. CCTV footage enlisted in hunt for Yingluck

    Thailand and its constantly escaping "Wanted" VIPs must be a standing joke in Interpol and the countries they ask for information, days or weeks after the fact, pretending the authorities know nothing about said person's whereabouts. Where's Wally?
  15. No fleas on her hoo, that's for sure. But hopefully someone has provided her with a medicine for her itch by now.