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About AsianAtHeart

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  1. I would far rather see amazing improvements in other drivers' reflexes--to the point, even, that I had the slowest reflex time by comparison.
  2. Perhaps you have not understood me. That's ok....you don't know who I am, and I've likely done a poor job explaining. But I am not trying to brag. I'm saying that, as nobody special, the fact that none of the Thais had better reflexes says something. To my understanding, this is one of the reasons traffic violations and fatalities are so high in Thailand. It would be interesting though, just for the statistics, to study and compare the average reflex time between Thais and those of other countries. If it shows up with a statistically significant difference, it may help explain the fatality statistics--and provide some guidance as to how to alleviate the problems.
  3. The driver's license department tests applicant's reflexes on a practice machine where one must push the brake when a particular color light comes on. When I took the test about four years ago, it was with a room full of people--I'd estimate about 60 or so, all lined up to do the same thing and watching each one come up in turn. It was possible to see the millisecond readout for each person, and, while I do not consider it any special feat, I was the quickest in the room that day (also the only "farang"). More than one individual had to be given second or third chances to improve their time, as their response times exceeded the legal limit.
  4. That's rough...to realize that he saw it coming, and was even doing his best to avoid it. But power poles are relatively slender, and should not receive much wind loading. Why are they installed so poorly? If wind is an issue, don't they have support cables that they could use to make them more sturdy?
  5. People need to learn what a proper following distance is. Especially is this true if one is traveling in a less-protected vehicle and stands to be more seriously harmed by a collision, or a commercial vehicle that endangers others more. The speed is really not the issue--the management of that speed is. If one has poor reflexes, he or she should increase the following distance accordingly--and be extra wary of unexpected maneuverings from others on the road. No one should take their cue from others. For myself, a lifetime abstainer from alcohol with some of the fastest reflexes around, my following distance can sometimes be less than others would need for safe stopping. Each individual needs to know his or her own competence, and manage his or her driving habits accordingly. That said, it would be nice to see fewer "murdercycles/suicycles" on the road. They really are dangerously risky modes of transportation.
  6. The dirty air from Chiangmai doesn't stay there. At least as far south as Sukhothai gets blessed by their drift.
  7. Walmart raises minimum age for buying firearms

    I support Walmart's decision on the basis that there's nothing in the Constitution that would require them to sell guns at all, nor to force them to sell a particular type of gun to a particular type of person. Walmart should be free to choose for itself what it will do. I'm sure other gun sellers will welcome an increased opportunity for the business Walmart is voluntarily giving up. I appreciate the fact that there are other venues through which an American may exercise his/her rights.
  8. There are perhaps a few here on TV who have more experience with Thailand. I've only been around the country for more than a couple decades. Of course, while post count might be an indicator of one's loquaciousness, it does nothing to indicate one's experience. If it's any help to your understanding of my perspective, I am conversationally fluent in Thai and am literate in the language. It's good you prefaced your statement with "apparent." Not all things, however, are as they appear on the surface. Eliminating prostitution will not happen if the modus operandi is to simply shut down the brothels. The economic forces underpinning the problem must be resolved. I remember the day in Thailand when a farm laborer would work over 10 hours in the sun for 100 baht per day. Last I heard, I think the minimum is nearer to 250-300 baht per day for such workers. But if this is insufficient to feed, clothe, and educate the family, much less pay for extras like medical care, the temptation to sacrifice one's own good for the good of the family increases. Many years ago I attended the funeral in northern Thailand of a nine-year-old boy whose mother had given him HIV at his birth. She had already preceded him in death. Is it necessary to say how she acquired it?
  9. So called? What would you call morals? Is there such a thing? To forget one's morals is to contribute to the decadence of society. More importantly, it is to be willfully ignorant of one's eternal interests--to sacrifice one's hope of eternal existence for a few very short moments of pleasure. I say it's not worth it. The eternal prize is worth risking everything for, and giving up everything in the effort, as an olympian does in seeking the gold medal. And that statement right there alludes to the solution. I think, as unpopular as their efforts have been portrayed, the attempts by the Shinawatras to strengthen the economy among the poorer classes were as much effective toward alleviating the core basis for prostitution as any. Very few women desire such an ignominious and disagreeable "job." Providing them better means of supporting themselves and their families would be the most efficient method of elevating the country out of its shame.
  10. The article said the police have their passports--so, even if they are out on bail, I don't know how they would accomplish this.
  11. Even more ironic is that his moniker could be a reference to Matthew 9:6, a text of scripture in which Jesus forgives someone.
  12. It is wrong to believe that every slight should be returned in kind. True greatness does not come from serving justice to every offender; it comes in being gracious toward others, compassionate of their needs and problems, sensitive to their circumstances, and in having courtesy and respect toward all while exercising restraint of one's naturally selfish passions. Moreover, there is greater honor in defending someone else than in defending oneself, just as it is better not to toot one's own horn. In this case, the driver who exercised restraint in not doing unto others as they had done unto him shows himself the greater.
  13. Those who feel supporters of the American Constitution and Bill of Rights are "nutters" may have forgotten what it cost to make America the great land of freedom that it has been since its inception. Many brave men bore arms and paid the ultimate price for the rest of Americans to have their liberties and rights. Among those essential rights is the right to be free of governmental tyranny. When governments are desirous of maintaining absolute power over the people, they must first disarm them, and America's founders well understood this vital principle, ensuring that the people should have the right to bear arms. With this fact in mind, it gets a bit sticky when people begin saying that the military or law enforcement should have more powerful weaponry than the citizenry. A great disparity in the balance of power can have disastrous results. Personally, I don't want to have a gun. I don't like guns. But the American Constitution is an admirable piece of work, worthy of the world's respect, and those who wish to exercise their rights should be free to do so.
  14. I don't know nor understand how or why, but this will change. America will come to the point where it repudiates every principle of its Constitution. This has been foretold since more than a hundred years ago. I, for one, am not looking forward to this "milestone," but am certain that it will be reached, probably sooner than anyone thinks.
  15. Ha! Is this going to end up pitting Big Pharma/AMA against NRA? I wish more of the real truth would be published. Doctors might be in the hot seat. If only people knew about the SSRI connection to mass murders....