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  1. Yes, the Swiss rejected UBI in a referendum, but they weren't necessarily against the concept of basic income (about half the population see it as a possible solution). Rather, they feared it would open the floodgates to economic migrants. As one politician put it, if Switzerland was an island in the middle of a vast ocean, they would have voted for it. As more countries start implementing basic income, they will have less to fear.
  2. Universal Basic Income. It's coming. It's inevitable. A dozen countries including France, Finland and Canada now have pilot projects underway, and many other countries around the world, rich and poor, are considering it. It has supporters from both the left (social justice) and the right (less government). Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just announced last week that he supports the idea of a universal basic income for everyone. We must not fear machines, we must embrace them. They will liberate us from menial work, so we can do meaningful work without fear of becoming destitute. The Star Trek future we've all been dreaming about may finally be approaching.
  3. What's also frustrating is when I stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, they are often staring at the sky and not paying attention to the traffic ... and then they run along the crosswalk, which is even more dangerous. Many seem surprised that I actually stop for them and wai thankfully to me as if I'm doing them a big favour when in fact I'm just following the law.
  4. Around 30-40 baht. However, these are usually small portions. Make yourself a sandwich when you get home.
  5. Maybe that's why it took me 1 hour and 45 minutes to drive from ChangPuak gate to the police station along Mae Rim road (from 6:00pm to 7:45pm). It usually takes 15 minutes at off-peak hours. I have never seen it that bad...it was a total parking lot.
  6. Many of the car commercials I see on TV feature reckless driving, and it's depicted as fun and macho.
  7. Decaf is not in the culture here, whether coffee, tea or soft drinks. Only some high-end chains are likely to offer fresh decaf, and you'll probably pay about 100B a cup. Try Tom & Toms opposite Maya, and some of the coffee boutiques on the upper floors of the malls. Be prepared to dish out another 100 b for a small portion of banana cake!
  8. If Accuweather is right, winter starts Nov 8 with a cold snap (28-30C) lasting several weeks. However, Wunderground is predicting more hot weather during that same period.
  9. A few days ago I saw a Thai biker, who had stopped at a McDonalds's to use the bathroom, engaged in a heated 20-minute discussion with a cop regarding his motorcycle papers after he stepped out. What I found interesting was that a McDonalds's employee was recording the entire event on her smartphone.
  10. 1: https://www.facebook.com/EartipsChiangmai
  11. I went to the Promenada office yesterday to hand in my 90-day report (along with the Foreign National Information Form) and no one asked me for a picture. There is a space on the form to attach a picture, but it's not mandatory. I think it would be rather silly to ask us for a picture every three months. What's next...provide them with our height measurements every three months too??
  12. Yet another one of those notorious "top ten" lists of no value that the media keeps churning out. This is one of the worst I've seen. A compilation of random cities with descriptions like "Bangkok...it can get hot" and Hong Kong "ranked highly for its abundance of air conditioning." !
  13. Smog-exit flights from CNX to Bangkok for as low as 190 baht in early March! (Air Asia)
  14. I bought an Otto ceramic slow cooker last year and am pleased with it. I had to visit several stores in Chiang Mai before finding one, as Thais don't have much use for such a device. Bought it at Central Festival...it was the only one in stock.
  15. I know how you feel. After a few close calls, I gave up walking or riding my bike in my village too because of the soy dogs. I stay in my moobahn and use the car whenever I have to leave the premises.