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  1. Let me see ... frightening, humiliating, and abusing freshmen has the effect of making them feel less lonely? Did I understand that correctly? Or are the rituals merely a manifestation of the seniors' sadistic impulses which they rationalize by saying that the freshmen deserve it because the seniors went through the same thing 3 years ago. But isn't that like a father saying that it is ok to beat and burn his child because he himself had a sadistic parent? When will the university start acting like they are run by responsible adults? These activities bring shame and scorn to Thailand. The universities represent the intellectual elite of the country. What does that say about this society?
  2. What exactly are the "controls" that the dentists want removed, and what do they feel will be the gain by removing them? In other words, what is the whole point of this exercise?
  3. Give it up, Kabula. You're wrong, and the more you argue, the more you're embarrassing yourself.
  4. I wonder if there is something to be learned here from Las Vegas. I'm certainly not an expert on the topic and I would love to hear from someone who knows the details, but I believe that LV had an analogous situation. It was the capital of naughtiness in the USA and making incredible amounts of money for its investors (the locals are a different story of course). But then the powers looked at their golden goose and thought "but we're only attracting single adult males. We could double our profits if we could somehow attract females as well. No, wait! What if we attracted whole FAMILIES? My God! How could we even store all the money we'll be making!" And so they set out to change their image. But a funny thing happened on the way to the bank: Families didn't come. Few people wanted to bring their kids to a place with a reputation like LAS VEGAS. And the incoming numbers of single men dropped since the main reason they were coming was now disappearing. So after a few years of this failure the founding fathers looked around and decided to go back to the good old days and now the city advertises on national television that "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas". And the money machine started to come back to life. Mightn't Thailand do better by building a new family destination city down the road and keep the cash flowing from the existing one rather than killing of a HUGE moneymaking enterprise to make way for one that they only hope will be better? Wouldn't that be closer to having one's cake and eating it too? How about we learn from someone else's experience for a change?
  5. Golly, you simply can't resist confrontation when an open mind would suit you so much better. The fact is that I have NOT requested approval, and (please forgive me if I am mistaken) I have no reason to consider your participation as "high level". I simply asked if anyone knew a good person to contact in the present government. Quite clearly in your case the answer is "no". Any comments after that are distractions and unwelcome. I do, however, thank you for your interest and if you feel qualified to help with the research in any way I invite you to contact me directly.
  6. Reasonable question (if it weren't for the fact that it ignores my request to put aside any skepticism for the moment). I'm not seeking investors nor even approval of my method or protocol. I already have a string of patents along with textbooks published in at least five languages. That makes your snide question seem both ignorant and arrogant -- which is a shame because you are probably neither of those things. My question is a sincere one. I would like to help my adopted country but I also know how the game is played. I am hoping that someone on TV knows of a politician who would accept my offer of help in the spirit it was given and would keep the interests of the country in mind - and not let the fact that I am a farang blind his judgment. I will leave the creation of a perpetual motion machine to someone else. [emoji6]
  7. I am reading this discussion with great interest. I don't want to bore anyone with a long cv, so I'll just ask that you please put aside your skepticism long enough to take this question seriously. I have been developing a system for rapid water absorption and increased retention in the soil. There is still much room for improvement, but at this stage it already can eliminate most of the drought for farmers while doubling the amount of fresh water available for the cities. It also allows farming with less chemicals/fertilizers, has a small effect in reducing flooding, eliminates the stockpile of unsold latex, restores reasonable prices for rubber farmers and allows rice farmers to plant a second crop. As I said, there is still a lot of room for improvement, but we've long passed the proof-of-concept stage and have even carried out a limited field trial. Now for the question: In order for this system to really benefit the nation it would have to be employed fairly widely - and that usually means cooperation with the government. In the past I had relationships with some of the right people, but since the coup I have stayed away. Does anyone have any suggestions about who and/or how to go about getting the right people in the government to look at this project?
  8. Just wondering, what state did your friend's lady apply for her new visa? I understand that can make a difference.
  9. Here's a follow-up : I called the 24 hour information hotline and was told that I could do the 90 day report to Burirum by mail. The fellow didn't sound super- confident, though, so I had someone else call again the next day. She got a different person and they confirmed that it could be done by mail and gave the address. Today I called the Burirum office directly and they said the report could definately NOT be sent to Burirum by mail. All reports would be handled in person only (and they don't use an appointment system at that office). Thanks to all who answered.
  10. The extranet for Immigration has been down for a while with no reason to believe it will be functioning when I need to submit my next 90 day report. I'm living upcountry these days and it would require a few hours for me to drive back and forth to my (not so) local Burirum immigration office to make this report in person. I sure do wish that I had the option of using the mail instead. Unfortunately, I somehow remember that 90 day reporting by mail used to be only available in Bangkok. Does anyone know if it is now possible to report by mail in Burirum? Thanks.
  11. I guess you tend to believe everything you read without question. Hey, you're in good company. Was it the defense minister of Pakistan that threatened to use nuclear weapons against Israel ... only to find out hours later that he'd been suckered into his provocative and unseemly comment by some fake news? Could it be that you instantly accepted this unlikely story because it fits with what you WANT to hear? (Who was it that said that it is better to keep silent and appear the fool than to speak up and prove it?) Good luck to you.
  12. There's a good chance that you'll never be asked, but the authorities are supposed to do so. This is to prevent either parent from stealing the child from the other parent. BTW you run this risk even on the way out of the US. Conceivably it is possible that the child would be stuck in the USA while you sort this out. I believe there is a weakness in the system in that the letter from his mom does not need to be notarized. Without notarization and an accompanying birth certificate, how can the authorities be sure that the child's real mother actually gave permission? They certainly aren't going to phone her from the airport! (That wouldn't work anyway. How could they know who is really on the other end of the line?)
  13. An American friend of mine has a GF with a 10 yr b1/b2 visa (tourist /business) for the usa. They have already taken several 5-6 month trips to the usa. He'd like to get married in the usa, but would also like to propose in his old home town, not in Thailand. Should he travel to the usa on the existing visa and get married once there (assuming she agrees) or must he either get a fiance visa or even get married in Thailand and change his visa over here? Besides ruining his practiced proposal, it would delay the event for many months or even a year or two. The immigration rules state that if she KNOWS she'll get married on any given trip, then she isn't arriving for the purposes of tourism. I know from someone else in the village that US immigration gets all bent up over this. The poor girl from the village had quit her job and sold her car in preparation for a move. When that poor hapless girl arrived she proudly told the immigration officer of her plans ... and was sent back to thailand on the next plane! In my friend's case, the Thai lady believes she's just going for a visit. (If my friend has misread her feelings, that might even be all that happens. Who knows?) So what do you think they should do? Thanks.
  14. To all of you who are commenting about how good or bad the medical treatment is in Thailand based on personal experience, I have to ask if you really are able to tell? Do you really know whether your treatment was optimal? Could/should the doctor have done something else? What really were the alternatives (beyond the ones he might or might not have known)? Would another doctor have gotten a slightly better result? The fact is that as a patient you only know what your doctor told you. If he had a gap in his knowledge, so now do you. So that begs the question: as a layman, how can you judge? You really can't. You do as everyone else does and you assume that if the doctor ACTS knowledgeable and compassionate, the nurses are nice to you, and the equipment and room looks clean and new, well then the doctor must be good. That's the best you can do. I am a medical professional/educator from America that has made his home in Thailand. I have published something like six textbooks, 50 scientific papers in 6-7 languages, presented over 200 lectures around the world, served on the faculty of around 6 universities in four countries, and have a handful of intentional patents for my medical innovations. I also have had the opportunity to see the health care industry up close and personal in Thailand and a few other countries. And my conclusion? Whether you get good or damaging treatment depends entirely on one factor: people. The same as car repair people, or plumbers, or housepainters. If the person providing the service has good skills and really cares, then they won't take shortcuts that they know you won't discover. They'll keep their skills and knowledge up to date and refer out the things that someone else can do better even if they have an upcoming payment on their new Benz. They'll put your needs ahead of their own. In Thailand the medical establishment has very few checks. Up until very recently it was unheard of to question a doctor, even after tragic results from obvious malpractice. Unquestionably, Thai doctors and nurses are human beings. I don't believe that anything more needs to be said on this subject.
  15. I went to the dentist last week and after he took an x-ray I was asked for my passport. I was told that all dental x-rays for foreigners must now be sent to the government along with their I'D. Now this sounds like the government will also have the fingerprints of everyone that has a bank account. And if the country goes cashless, that will mean everybody. Interesting.