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  1. Getting to be like Malaysia. A couple of years ago the Malaysian Education Minister asked for help in finding two high school or middle school suspects, boy and girl, who had been photographed...hugging in public, celebrating graduation.
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    Qatar vs Emirates Economy

    I never watch in-flight entertainment, especially not on hijab airlines. I hate censorship. BYODevices.
  3. I had the best local dinners in Chiang Mai for 50 baht last year. And around the corner from my flat I got a full American breakfast for 35. Why on earth would I want to cook in CM? I don't even cook in the States, not that I'm wealthy either.
  4. Why not live under 45K? I can live off 28,000 baht in Chiang Mai. No car, ok flat for 8-9,000.
  5. Fewer expats, not "less" expats. Almost as bad as how everybody confuses loser with looser.
  6. I guess you're not American, as Medicare and Plan F cover everything at age 65+. My total premium is under $200 and there are no copays or deductibles and I can go to the very best docs and hospitals. Much as I like Chiang Mai, I might be better off staying in the very safe and easy life of Boise (not as boondock as it sounds--one hour's flight to Seattle, and lively progressive community thanks to a large university.)
  7. Same in the States--any climate you want and all the other things you said. I'm probably done with Thailand too. Also no need to keep learning a new language every time you move.
  8. Yes well we don't need no stinkin' counterfeit Nike shoes because THEY'LL HURT YOUR FEET after a short while, especially if you want to run in them! At least the Thai authorities cooperate. In China they copy and fake everything and then say Screw you.
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    Japanese heat wave pushes temperature to record

    I lived in Nagoya in the early '90s, where everybody had so-called inverters, combination a/c and heater. Summers were hot there. Perhaps in northern Japan they're used to cooler summers and many people don't have a/c in their homes.
  10. It could be interesting. Did Musk tweet the comment while physically present in Thailand? From a Thai server or US server? Does that matter? I don't know; I only know about US defamation law, which is civil, of course, not criminal.
  11. None of the posters has a remote clue as to how defamation law in the U.S. works. See my comment again: It's more difficult to win a slander case in the United States than in Britain, where defendants (last I knew--see the film and book "Denial") in defamation suits are guilty until proven innocent. In the U.S., the First Amendment protects the public from defamation suits by public figures. They have to prove actual malice, reckless disregard for the truth, and that the plaintiff's reputation has actually been damaged. hard to prove. This is why Trump has made a career of threatening libel and slander suits but has rarely if ever gone through with one, and certainly hasn't won any. In our case here, the potential defendant Musk is the public figure, but it seems to me a an uphill battle to prove actual malice, reckless disregard for the truth and actual reputational damage. The man had better file suit in Britain.
  12. It's more difficult to win a slander case in the United States than in Britain, where defendants (last I knew--see the film and book "Denial") in defamation suits are guilty until proven innocent. In the U.S., the First Amendment protects the public from defamation suits by public figures. They have to prove actual malice, reckless disregard for the truth, and that the plaintiff's reputation has actually been damaged. hard to prove. This is why Trump has made a career of threatening libel and slander suits but has rarely if ever gone through with one, and certainly hasn't won any. In our case here, the potential defendant Musk is the public figure, but it seems to me a an uphill battle to prove actual malice, reckless disregard for the truth and actual reputational damage. The man had better file suit in Britain.
  13. You don't know anything about Americans. There are at least 2 million, excluding military, who live around the world outside the U.S. You seem to think you're an expert on the American people, but what I'm reading from you is tired stereotypes from Europe and the Commonwealth countries. Can you find Idaho on a map?
  14. The first Mars Rover that took amazing photos of Mars was in 1976. That in a sense was already NASA's humanity to Mars.
  15. Oh, so you're an expert on the American people. How long did you live in the U.S.?
  16. In the memoir "The People's Republic of Desire," Chinese-American author Annie Wang went to visit friends in Shanghai, and they liked to discuss, among other things, Tom Cruise vs. Brad Pitt. The Pitt admirers called Tom Cruise "a big-butted dwarf."
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    Iran Guards say kill three militants near Iraq border

    The Iranian regime is all about what it is NOT and all about who are the enemies, and spending money much needed domestically on their proxy wars in the Levant area and in Yemen. That's why, according to a NY Times piece, crowds of protesters in Iran are shouting "Death to Palestine!" What they mean is death to the stupid Ayatollahs and their Shia version of a Taliban state.
  18. Forensic psychiatrists, the FBI and Scotland Yard, to name but a few. They all have essentially the same definition. A serial killer is typically a person who murders three or more people usually in service of abnormal psychological gratification, with the murders taking place over more than a month and including a significant period of time between them. The FBI defines serial killing as "a series of two or more murders, committed as separate events, usually, but not always, by one offender acting alone." This has long been established. I have already referred you to a basic reading list; you can also google "serial killer" and read the wikipedia definitions along with quite a long list of solid references. There is no voodoo or guesswork as to what a serial killer is.
  19. There's no mission creep; there's no overlap between serial killers and other types of murderers, not even mass murderers like the one in Vegas.They are unique.
  20. No one in the West has ever been falsely convicted of being a serial killer. Period. Railroading someone as a serial is pretty much impossible.What do you mean "who determines that"? Forensic science, FBI consultants, a judge and a jury of 12. Not to mention the very nature of serial killers: most of them confess, because they're either proud of themselves or they actually want to stop (because they can't stop themselves...it's always "the bad Jeffrey who does those wicked things, not the real Jeffrey."
  21. Lots of people miss the one great exception to the "uselessness" of the death penalty: that of serial killers. Just read "Mindhunter" by John Douglas, the original FBI profiler, and any number of books by him and Robert Ressler, who coined the term "serial killer"; Roy Hazelwood, etc. These people, along with forensic psychiatrist Ann Burgess, studied and interviewed convicted serials for 30 years, aside from helping catch them. First, convicted serial killers have always been guilty of the crimes they've been charged with. They are different from other types charged in the sense that it's nearly impossible to convict the wrong person of being a serial killer. Second, just listen to a tape recording of two serials torturing a 12-year-old girl to death inside their van. People against the death penalty for serial killers have listened to the tape and come away having changed their minds. Serials cannot be rehabilitated; they are by definition so narcissistic that they are literally incapable of feeling remorse, and they only thing they care about is getting off on killing...and each murder escalates in MO and signature. (MO is what they do to commit the crime--that can change. Signature--a term Douglas coined--is what the killer has to do to fulfill himself. In the case of Ted Bundy, the signature for him to really get off was to return to the victim's body later and have sex with the decapitated head. He escaped prison TWICE, by the way, and killed again, his last victim a 12-year-old. Still crying tears about his eventual execution?) Ressler surprisingly disagreed with Douglas (he, unlike Douglas, had been an old-school cop before joining the FBI), believing the likes of Bundy and the cannibalistic Dahmer should stay alive in order to be further studied. Douglas said they'd already studied them enough and there were always new ones to study. The most prolific of all, and one of the vilest (he loved to torture and eat children) was a Russian during the 1980s. I forget his name, and I certainly won't waste my time looking it up, but anyway at first, of course, the dogged detective on the case had a lot of trouble convincing his superiors there was any connection to all those dozens of decapitated and mutilated children...because in our Glorious Soviet Union there's no such thing as a serial killer--that's a decadent Western phenomenon. They relented, eventually, and he was caught. The Soviets were pretty merciful, I'll have to say. He got the death penalty all right--a bullet in the back of the head while on a routine walk along the corridor. He should have received the hot seat, IMHO. I've heard Commonwealth people say, Oh, I wouldn't live in the States; they have the death penalty. Yes but they were living in the Gulf Middle East for money! A little hypocritical, seems to me. And not all states have the penalty; the ones that still do are taking a hard look at it--except for renegade Texas. TX is still out of control with capital punishment. If they could hold a referendum, the Houston population alone would abolish it. But...I agree with Douglas. Serial killers do not have the right to life.
  22. What an obviously dumb move, wolfing down bacon. Might as well pour some brandy in his tea as well.
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    The "beautiful Thai girl" myth?

    If you say so. The world is "cannibal," however.
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    The "beautiful Thai girl" myth?

    Some Thai women are the most beautiful I've ever seen. Overall, to my taste, Chinese women are the most beautiful in the world.
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