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Grumpy Duck

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  1. Just another day at the temple - 30 guns, drugs found

    Is it true that some people become short term monks to avoid jail?
  2. I am rather confused, your explanations don't make sense to me. If you are in Thailand does your parent bank have a branch or affiliate here? If so, make a withdrawal, then deposit into Thai account. If that doesn't work then maybe open a new account in a bank with a branch or thai affiliate. I also read in another topic that some thai banks will allow withdrawals on a credit/debit csrd with no fees at a cashier
  3. Ever heard of cancer of the mouth? "However, even when not inhaling, cigarand pipe smokers are at increased riskfor cancer of the oral cavity and lungs. ... More than 28 cancer-causing chemicals have been found in smokeless tobacco. Chewing tobacco and snuff can cause cancer in the cheek, gums, and lips." https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/oral_health/oral_cancer_and_tobacco_85,P00900 An exerpt from cancer.org Harmful Chemicals in Tobacco Products Tobacco smoke Cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco are made from dried tobacco leaves. Other substances are added for flavor and to make smoking more pleasant. The smoke from these products is a complex mixture of chemicals produced by burning tobacco and its additives. Tobacco smoke is made up of thousands of chemicals, including at least 70 known to cause cancer. These cancer-causing chemicals are referred to as carcinogens. Some of the chemicals found in tobacco smoke include:· Nicotine (the addictive drug that produces the effect people are looking for and one of the harshest chemicals in tobacco smoke) Hydrogen cyanide Formaldehyde Lead Arsenic Ammonia Radioactive elements, such as uranium (see below) Benzene Carbon monoxide Nitrosamines Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) Many of these substances cause cancer. Some can cause heart disease, lung disease, or other serious health problems, too. Most of the substances come from the burning tobacco leaves themselves, not from additives included in cigarettes (or other tobacco products). Radioactive materials in tobacco smoke Radioactive materials are in the tobacco leaves used to make cigarettes and cigars. These materials come from the fertilizer and soil used to grow the tobacco leaves, so the amount in tobacco depends on the soil the plants were grown in and the type of fertilizers used. These radioactive materials are given off in the smoke when tobacco is burned, which smokers take into their lungs as they inhale. This may be another key factor in smokers getting lung cancer. Is cigar smoke different? Cigar smoke pretty much has the same toxic and carcinogenic compounds as cigarette smoke, but some of them are present at different levels. Because of the aging process used to make cigars, cigar tobacco has high concentrations of some nitrogen compounds (nitrates and nitrites). When the fermented cigar tobacco is smoked, these compounds give off several tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs), some of the most potent cancer-causing substances known. Also, because the cigar wrapper is less porous than a cigarette wrapper, the tobacco doesn’t burn as completely. This results in higher concentrations of nitrogen oxides, ammonia, carbon monoxide, and tar – all very harmful substances. Smokeless tobacco products Smokeless tobacco products include snuff and chewing tobacco that is put into the mouth or nose but is not burned like cigarettes or cigars. Still, smokeless products in the United States contain a variety of potentially harmful chemicals, including high levels of TSNAs. There are also other cancer-causing agents in smokeless tobacco, such as benzo[a]pyrene and other polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These carcinogens are absorbed through the mouth and may be why several types of cancer are linked to the use of smokeless tobacco. Like other forms of tobacco, smokeless tobacco also contains radioactive substances. Snus (pronounced ‘snoose’) is a type of moist snuff that does not require spitting. It was first used in Sweden and Norway, but it is now available in the United States as well. Snus generally has lower levels of nicotine and TSNAs than traditional moist snuff brands, but can still be addictive and has been linked to some types of cancer. Which is riskier? Smokeless tobacco or cigarette smoking? Smokeless tobacco products are less deadly than cigarettes. On average, they kill fewer people than cigarettes. Smokeless products are often promoted as a less harmful alternative to smoking, but they are still linked with cancer and can still be deadly. And they have not been proven to help smokers quit. E-cigarettes and similar devices E-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are often used as substitutes for cigarettes or other tobacco products. Marketers of e-cigarettes and other ENDS often claim the ingredients are safe. But the aerosols these products produce can contain addictive nicotine, flavorings, and a variety of other chemicals, some known to be toxic or to cause cancer. The levels of many of these substances appear to be lower than in traditional cigarettes, but the amounts of nicotine and other substances in these products can vary widely because they are not standardized. The long-term health effects of these devices are not known, but they are being studied. If second hand smoke from one source is bad and needs to be banned the same should go for all sources. However, the argument in the case of the Pattaya law is littering, so the second hand smoke in a wide open environment is a poor argument.
  4. Airbnb guest arrested for placing hidden cameras in bathroom

    I don't see why Air BB was mentioned? As if the company was a co-conspirator
  5. I don't know about your bank, but I bank with Citibank US. It supposed to take several days and there is a $35. Fee for a transfer to an international bank. Needless to say, I always withdraw cash and deposit to my Thai bank account.
  6. I have never heard of these positive assets in Pattaya. Thanks for sharing, I am curious why I never see such positive posts in Thai Visa? All I see to read is negativity.
  7. Give me a break pleeeeaaassssseee. Crying about second hand smoke on a public beach is about as useful as complaining about a person farting. Is a beach a confined space? Do you also complain about people burning trash or cattle farting releasing methane gas destroying the earths ozone layer? How about the tons of trash dumped on any vacant lot in any town? I would wager if everyone in Bangkok smoked a pack a day the pollution from the smoke would not be close to the amount of co2, carbon monoxide, lead, or sulfur dioxide from city busses alone, not to mention all the other traffic. How often do you whine about that second hand smoke? Oh, I am a non smoker.
  8. I don't smoke, tried it as an adolescent found it to be disgusting. But I don't wimper and whine every time someone else wants to smoke. I agree the smoking ban is petty and appears to be directed towards tourists. It seems to me a nation so dependant upon a tourism industry is actually hanging themselves. My only source of information about Pattaya is Thai Visa. From the reports I read I have no interest in seeing the place. I am curious why don't I ever see any positive articles about Pattaya?
  9. True, anything is possible.
  10. Today I was having a discussion with a total stranger from the US. He seemed quite informed about financial business. I studied the causes and effects of the US great depression in college. One of the big problems was an artificialy robust stock market, with a starving workforce record products rotting in warehouses as no workers could afford to buy them. Banks and corporations were busy consolidating buying each other out. For some time I have been watching similarities between now and then. I notice a similar record high in the stock market now when there shouldn't be. I claim it was artificially stimulated by CEO's manipulating statistics for the profit of themselves and stock holders. The individual claimed the data was not artificially stimulated but the prices were rising as the value of the US dollar is plummeting. This is affecting currencies world wide. The base for most currencies is the Dollar. When we need money, we just monetize the debt, (just print more money) He stated Communist China and other nations holding US debt are preparing a return to the gold standard. What I see in the poor conversation rates means I have less money to spend. By my calculations I have $188 less to spend each month due to exchange rate alone. I doubt I am the only one so affected.
  11. I wonder if "knock off" will be offered as an excuse? Oopsie, that opens another can of worms, nevermind 5555
  12. Perhaps they were not real cops, which would explain one army and one cop. The only 2 uniforms available perhaps?