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  1. Objection. What is truly questionable and disgraceful nowadays is the state of marriage in most developed industrialized societies (Japan included) and how heavily skewed the situations are in the favour of women. This is something I believe most TV members would agree with (especially the men). Domestic parasitism is well and truly alive, and this guy did the right thing by not playing a rigged game. All it takes is one entitled spoiled Japanese woman gaming the system and he could easily lose large chunks of his wealth and standing, not to mention custody of his own kids. Having a Japanese wife for someone like him would be like constantly being held at gunpoint for fear of being taken to the cleaners at any moment. Even if she never took him to court the fear would still be there and would impact the relationship accordingly. Instead of an entitled wife leeching off his success and providing him with 2 or 3 kids max he now has a small brood of offspring, who will all receive top quality upbringing and will likely send money back home to their surrogate Moms. No one is negatively impacted in this situation but I can understand how women from developed nations (Western women especially) would throw a tantrum upon hearing this story since to them surrogacy presents competition for men's resources for which they somehow feel entitled to. Stories like these are the first signs of how men are at last rejecting the strangleholds that women place on them in relationships to unfairly acquire resources that aren't theirs. First surrogacy, now silicone sex doll brothels, and the next step is artificial wombs. Then women will finally get the equality that they have been screaming for, when they realise that men will no longer need to pander to women's whims and fancies and women will have no choice but to actually work hard instead of spending their husband's money on frivolous crap. To drive the point home this guy should keep procreating and have as many surrogate kids as he can adequately afford to have. Maybe if enough men opt out of traditional marriages the government will be forced to amend the laws to be more in favour of men and we can start to reverse the trend of abysmally low marriage rates in developed countries. Regarding the comments suggesting that the man is of ill mental health - he is also unfathomably wealthy and successful, so he must be doing something right.
  2. The amount of utter crap one has to go through to start a business here is made all the more repugnant by the fact that nearly everyone you have to deal with will have exactly the same soulless facial expression as this guy in the photo. "Interesting" is certainly one of the many words I would use to describe my experience of coming here to set up a company. When my lawyers went to file the company registration they had to compile half a dozen copies of the application (together with the supporting documents) and take a change of clothes with them in their car. Why? "Because if the officer in charge is being difficult we have to go try submit at another province. And maybe another one, another one, etc". After that - from registering the actual business to getting a work permit for myself the time taken was approximately 1 year. That was 1 year of running around trying to justify to the government why they should give me permission to work at MY company (oops, 49%, almost forgot I don't actually own it) which was funded with MY money. Endless endless endless stacks of inane documents that I had to personally go to immigration to hand in. Live in Chiang Mai? Good luck. 5-7 business-related applicants processed per day. If you're doing it in 'winter' get ready to wait from midnight to 8am hoping for a que card. Then wait till 3pm to get processed. Immigration department updated the document because of a typo they themselves made? Have fun filling it out AGAIN and waiting in line AGAIN the next day. Lucky the immigration at Promenada are under a roof - the previous place by the airport you have to sit out in the parking lot. Bring a chair and hope it doesn't rain. Need something from the department relating to work permits? Enjoy your trip - it ain't in the same place as immigration because work permits (at least in Chiang Mai) are processed at a separate facility located at the back of an agricultural produce storage warehouse on the other side of town. Take the opportunity to admire the sacks of onions and thousands of queuing Cambodians that are a permanent fixture there. Got your work permit? Don't forget that your duties are limited by your job title. Mine says "Managing Director" which means that technically I am only allowed to sit at my computer and lord over my employees. If I do anything else besides sitting and pointing my finger and someone catches me carrying crates of potatoes - get ready for a visit from the boys in brown. How likely is this? Depends on how hungry your local police are. Ok, so then you have your company, you have your work permit and you have your visa. Congratulations! Now you've entered a new hell called "Dealing with Thai employees". I will spare you the details here, suffice to say that you need to employ 4 Thais at all times. What's that? You're a small startup with low turnover and no need for 4 pencil-pushers? Tough s**t. As things are now I advise everyone I meet to NOT invest in this country and instead to seek greener pastures where their money and presence is actually welcomed. Seriously, I applaud anyone who has a go at improving the completely utter nonsense that foreign entrepreneurs have to go through to do business here. But really, can any of us expect significant improvements within the next decade? No, I don't think so. If and when those improvements come around I and many others like me will have since long moved their operations to less "interesting" places like Vietnam.
  3. Who the **** writes this crap? I must be living in a different universe from this 'author'- -sorry, "editor". I wonder what other grievances Ms. Prae has against foreign men in Thailand. Let's have a look.... Yes, it is very confusing for me because when I look at her history at Coconuts I can see that the same "editor" published an article on April 7th 2017 titled "Thinglish: Why professional Thais still use ‘ka’ and ‘krub’ when speaking English" It begins with - and ends with- So in other words when foreigners- -sorry, "farangs", when "farangs" use krub at the end of English sentences it is viewed as if they are being condescending, yet when Thais do the same thing they are suddenly being "unfailingly polite" whilst using "unique endearing characteristics of a culture" to "ease the cultural barriers between two speakers of different tongues". Hhhmmmmmmm.... I sense something.... Could it be a -gasp- double standard? Ms. Prae, tell me it isn't so. Let's see what other nuggets of wisdom are bestowed upon us in this travesty of an article: Oh boy. I think I'm starting to see the problem here. But I will let Ms. Prae figure it out for herself. However, I will end with 2 suggestions: 1) -If Ms. Prae wants to lecture evil foreign misogynistic men on the subject of true equality (whilst enjoying her privileged position of power in an aircon office as an "editor") I suggest that she should first talk with the countless number of foreign men in Thailand (sorry - "farangs") who have had their lives irreparably ruined by Thai women that bled them dry and demanded all their money by virtue of nothing more than having differential genitalia. 2) - Prae, cover up. Your bias is showing.
  4. Agreed, however those circumstances do not absolve her of responsibility. No matter how bad her upbringing was it does not discount the fact that she could have said "No", but chose not to. Rapists do not get a free pass by claiming to be victims of child abuse. The same principle holds here. You're not going to help quell this epidemic by putting the blame on society. Individuals have to be held accountable to their actions and the (horrible) story of their consequences has to be spread and used to motivate others to make smarter decisions about their lives. When you play the compassion card and put all the blame on society you don't get smart responsible functional nations. You get Thailand instead.
  5. For willingly having unprotected sex with a guy she met online? Yes. The difficulties of one's home life may be an explanation for their irresponsible actions, but it is not an excuse. Despite seeing firsthand how difficult it was for her mother to get by without the father present she still consented to having unprotected sex with a guy she met online and now she is reaping the consequences of her actions. However I agree with the others here who have stated that schools needs to do a much better job of instilling common sense regarding sexual activity. But let's not kid ourselves that at the end of the day unless she was raped it came down to her individual choice.
  6. In fact it is the other way around - adolescent pregnancies fuel inequality. In any society that isn't completely tyrannical there are decisions that individuals can make which will greatly improve their chances of success in life. One of these is choosing to not have children before getting married (the other two being "finish high school" and "keep a full-time job"). Single parenthood is one of the best predictors we have for failure in life.
  7. I'm impressed. He doesn't have a machete or 6 mates to back him. Unusual display of bravery for a Thai man.
  8. Nice bit of victim-blaming there, with a sprinkling of the good old 'racism of lower expectations' to boot. So us whiteys will just have to bear the occasional knife in the arm since we are enlightened creatures while Thais and SE Asians are free to abuse us because it is their wonderful precious culture and it is in their nature to do so? Amazing. Maybe that is the world you want to live in. I certainly don't, and I would be so bold as to assume that most Thais wouldn't want to live in that world either. One of the greatest mechanisms of Western civilizations is a justice system that (theoretically) should apply equally to everyone across all parameters. That is what needs to be implement here and EVERYONE would be better off for it.
  9. Wonderful! If social media can be used to shame people into abstaining from doing bad things maybe it can also work to encourage people into doing more good things like this.
  10. Yes I understand that but those aren't the children I am talking about. I am talking about the 6% of the underprivileged children who are referenced by the original article as being of hill-tribe origin and not having the rights to access state-provided healthcare services. It is an extremely harsh reality but if you give those undocumented children the same rights as Thai kids then Thailand will face a flood of migrants. Hill tribe population numbers have already increased nearly tenfold since 1948 and as of now the 'borders' are impossible to control. Now, those new migrants themselves may not get a legal right to remain in Thailand as you say. But their kids will. And you can be damn sure that if there is a chance for their kids to have a better life then they will most certainly take that chance and pop out as many of them on Thai soil while they can. The question, again, is what would be the justification for saddling Thai society with this burden, especially when according to the article there is still the other 94% of underprivileged kids here who are presumably fully Thai? As for Thais not wanting to do menial work, do you not think that this is precisely because many jobs are now associated with hill-tribe/foreign migrant labour? In any case I buy my produce from Thai farmers who grow it themselves. You should go and ask them how they feel about the increase of hill-tribe farmers. Have you? Bet you haven't. How can you say that they are separate issues while at the same time continually praising hill-tribe-grown agricultural produce as something that is a massive benefit to the country? If you are going to say that this is their biggest contribution then you have to take the bad with the good. Yes, it is up to the government to make sure people don't use banned pesticides and encourage farmers not to slash and burn. Do you not think that this is much more difficult to do when farms are located on a mountain with restricted access? Do you not think that given the fact that slash & burn agriculture has been the preferred method of crop cultivation for hill tribes that they massively contribute to the annual smog problem in the North? Do you not think that given their proximity to the borders hill tribes are the first to receive illegal toxic sprays as they are smuggled through? Do you not think that since large numbers of these people have barely left the stone age they aren't likely to diligently read and follow instructions regarding the use of agricultural chemicals? Here. Remember this? Earlier you implied that all those who question your forcing of egalitarianism onto others are the equivalent of old white unsightly whore mongering perverts who take joy in depriving innocent children of basic necessities. This is one of the photos you used in your 'argument'. They aren't actually hill tribe kids (cambodian_children.jpg? Next time at least change the file name.) but let's pretend that they are. You claim that agricultural produce grown by these people is a great benefit to the country. Look at the state of these kids and tell me: do you not think that the geographically isolated and marginalized adult farmers in this society are likely to cut corners and abandon safety protocols if it means being able to achieve an economic gain for them and their children? I don't know. Do you want it to be me? You haven't suggested where all the money for integrating these people and connecting infrastructure to them should come from, but I'm guessing you want it to come from somebody else other than you. The original article states: "Agencies that extended medical services to these children would have to foot the bill themselves". So why don't you be the one to tell us: who should pay for all this? Also, if the Northern area is generating such a large amount of money (as you've just claimed) then maybe this is all a non-issue? But that would contradict what you've been saying... So either you're wrong and they actually produce nothing of value, or you're right and they can't properly manage their money to adequately provide for their own children (since they spend it all on getting drunk/doped). Which is it? Again, you're strawmanning me. The direction which you are proposing taxpayer money to move in will incentivise more people to make dangerous & illegal border crossings in the jungles, pop out as many babies as they can on Thai soil, get onto the state handouts wagon and compete with locals for resources and jobs. These are the same people who despite pulling in lots of money by competing with local farmers ("The Northern area quite probably pays for itself, with all the income from the foods grown there") choose to spend it all on alcohol/opium/heroin instead of providing for their own children. And yet somehow I'm the evil one for criticising your brand of short-sighted pathological altruism. Why? Because I have money and they don't. Brilliant. My solution? Donate money to and work with NGOs who operate on the other side of the border in Myanmar/Laos/Cambodia to provide livelihoods for people so they stop coming here in the first place. The Thai system as it is will have to do for now. Offering citizenship to hill-tribe children born on Thai soil is generous enough. Anything more is asking for trouble.
  11. 1- Those are jobs that could be (and used to be) done by Thais. If you give more handouts to "the army of feral youths" as you put it then you can expect more of them to come from across the borders and compete with Thais for those jobs. 2- Go back and read my previous post where I quoted a section that talked about hill tribes causing massive deforestation of the lands to which they (illegally) migrated to so that they can practice slash & burn agriculture. We keep reading articles about all the burning that takes place and the dangerous pesticide levels in our produce. It's hard enough to monitor Thai farmers. You think it's easier to control farming standards when the farm is up a mountain in the middle of nowhere on the border with Myanmar? We have evidence of banned substances being smuggled in from neighbouring countries and mixed into poisonous cocktails that are then poured onto our vegetables. Everyone knows the reports that I'm talking about. Hill tribes are the first to receive these toxins due to their proximity to the borders. Is that the "wealth" you are referring to? Smoke in the air and poisons in the food? Good job. Are you going to pay for all of the hill tribes now? No. So what gives you the right to put this imposition onto others? And? Do you have to be a woman to comment on feminist issues? Do you have to be gay to discuss homosexuality? Can a male gynecologist express his opinion? If I had been born here and I had said the same things then would that automatically make my point valid? No. Anyone can put forth any proposition without needing to first be identified with the group being talked about. What I am doing is arguing for a specific principle, one that should apply to each and every country. The fact that someone's parents walked into a particular country illegally and had a baby within its borders does not automatically invalidate another person's argument based on that fact alone.
  12. I can't wait to leave this god-forsaken place. Really.
  13. As you are refusing to answer my question I will assume that you a)- don't have any justification for wanting Thai society to shoulder this burden, and b)- don't personally support any hill tribe members financially. Regarding the rest of what you say about hill tribes being law-abiding residents for centuries in Thailand, the following is quoted from http://factsanddetails.com/southeast-asia/Thailand/sub5_8b/entry-3226.html ---------------------> For a long time these tribes lacked legal status because they were regarded as stateless people who wandered freely and didn’t recognize international borders or obey national laws. Some of the smaller groups preceded the Tai-speaking peoples into what is now Thailand, but many are relative latecomers. Many of hill tribe members to first arrive in Thailand were driven out of China, Burma, Laos and Vietnam in the last 100 years. Thailand was home to only a few thousand hill tribe members at the turn of the 20th century. In the past hill tribes were regarded as foreigners by the Thai legal and social system. In recent years, largely through efforts by the Thai king, the tribes have been incorporated into Thai society. Through natural increase and immigration, the population of the highlands increased from approximately 100,000 in 1948 to about 700,000 in the late 1980s, according to Ministry of Interior estimates. This population growth led to a significant increase in the number of landless people in the highlands. As a result, many of the landless began cultivating forest reserves, thereby accelerating the depletion of the country's forestland. --------------------------> So in essence a large chunk of them have about as much right to access of state resources as do the Romanian gypsies in Italy. The two groups are actually quite similar in their actions and principles, except the gypsies don't deforest Italian forests or practice slash & burn agriculture. It's like you're staying at a hotel where there are some squatters and you're calling for the owner to extend guest status to them, while at the same time lambasting any other guests who disagree with you. Huge amounts of them live just across the border. If you give all of the existing hill tribe populations access to citizenship and social programs it is undoubtable that more of them WILL come here to compete with the Thais for jobs and access to benefits. If you're going to sit on your high-horse of egalitarianism and tell people that they're misinformed then you also have to take this fact on your conscience. What will you tell Somchai and his village gang when they find out that all the farming jobs have gone to some Karens? Or when they realise that the potholes in their roads will probably be a permanent feature because infrastructure needs to be brought to some hill tribes first? Or are you willing to put your money where your mouth is and financially support the hill tribes personally? Didn't think so.
  14. Airbagwill, if you're so informed about the situation and you're the one who really understands it then why don't you enlighten those of us who aren't as clever by answering my previous question? No one is suggesting that Thailand doesn't have its social ills. What I am saying is that the mere fact that these ills exist does not tell us how the Thai people might go about rectifying the situation. My point is that freely extending social benefits to foreign groups of people (many of whom have wandered in illegally from neighbouring countries over the last hundred years) can have far reaching implications into the future. By juxtaposing his two cherry-picked images Sanemax seems to be implying that people who question the diversion of state funds to hill tribes are just old saggy whore-mongering hypocrites who get a kick out of denying basic necessities to poor children. I am pointing out the intellectual dishonesty in Sanemax's post and am saying that the real hypocrisy rests with those who call for the Thai government to give (more) money for what they believe to be egalitarian reasons, all the while they themselves don't have to lift a finger or pay one Baht.