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  1. I have to agree with this post... I would be VERY happy to present a young man who finished his apprenticeship as a "master butcher" a set of knives. I would be horrified is those same knives, fell into the hand of a deranged individual. IMO, it is a rather weak argument to say "let him have his nukes" - The consequences for our planet ARE significant. The tectonic plates are being "adjusted" for no good reason - it is NOT a justification to say "well they did it in the past" - referring to past nuclear testing - it is plain silly of our world NOT to learn from past mistakes.
  2. Whilst many may privately ponder…. What seems to be missing, in this debate, is “the big picture” (One of many “big pictures” some would argue). Like it or not we are a “tribal” world, we have yet to emerge as a cohesive “human race”. Possibly the only transition to a “one world” would be an attack from an alien species. Unlikely of course. Regardless of our tribal status, the planet we live ON belongs to us all – EQUALLY. “Tribes”, exercising their “rights” to destroy portions of our planet, MUST END. It is our collective responsibility to end this, forever!! A madman in North Korea exploding a hydrogen bomb in the pacific is TOTALLY unacceptable. Many only see the effects on humanity (Which potentially is significant). However, the historic tests in the pacific, did MASSIVE damage to the environment (OUR Planet). Animals living in the ocean at point zero and many kilometres/miles surrounding point zero were vaporised – further away they suffered horrendous injuries, blindness, deafness and more. Hundreds of kilometres away from point zero were significant consequences. Long term - it is incalculable. Must we as a species repeat this abuse of the planet we live on?? There are many “opinions” on what is required to stop this insanity. BUT, there are very few actions – The USA is a leader in attempting to stop these “tests” by the deranged regime of North Korea. NK has already demonstrated a “could not care less” attitude towards our planet. My “tribe” is a supporter of the USA – as are many other “tribes”. Alone we are insignificant, But, we can add to the collection of “tribes” that do see the need for change, adding to the “clout” of the USA. Sadly, for the whole of Humanity, China supports NK. China supports all the worlds dictatorships (Its veto and voting in the UN supports this) and it displays contempt towards democracy – For example, China is not part of the fight against ISIL. China has demonstrated it also “could NOT care less” about the environment, in fact some provinces of China are barred to foreigners due to MASSIVE pollution. China, as a “tribe”, is no longer controllable by “historic” human means (Which is of course WAR). BUT, There are other ways to “invite” them to abandon the worst aspects of TRIBALISM and engage with us all. I am not optimistic about the future of our species, in fact there are times I think we are a parasitic entity, here on EARTH. I sincerely hope any debate focuses away from “individuals” alone. Whilst some powerful individuals do contribute, they are only part of the whole debate.
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  4. I have not read the entire thread, hence I apologise if this has been mentioned! This is one more way the super rich become richer, BUT, we can slow them down - they care little for humanity. TAX their robots - yes each robot taking a human job should be allocated an hourly rate OR "piecework" rate, based on the "displaced" human. The same income tax should then be applied as if they were human. I realise it is not so simplistic, however, we will increasingly be displaced by AI (Artificial Intelligence). Our working weeks could be reduced and "creative" leisure time could replace working hours. The rich adapted to "leisure" they are no better than you or I, simply based on their wealth. It is unlikely we will halt the progress of AI or displacement by machine - but we can learn to benefit from it, Don't you think??
  5. My 2c Worth INSURANCE Thailand adopt the minimum COMPULSORY Schengen “style” visa HEALTH insurance scheme AND FUND THEMSELVES – NO INSURANCE COMPANIES.. If it is "actuarially" sound in Europe, given their hospital costs it hould be VERY profitable here. Calculations (From Euro to Baht) TOURISTS 30 million tourists (2015 figures 29.8 million) each with a compulsory health policy @ approx 700 Baht each (19 Euro) SAME AS SCHENGEN POLICY Approx income:- Twenty-one BILLION Baht. You would not want those that cannot afford 19 Euro anyhow? READ THE SCHENGEN POLICY http://bit.ly/2g13Ip3 Europe can do it, so can Thailand. EXPATS Long Term visa holders must pay REGARDLESS OF AGE. About 1,100 Baht each and every month – For FULL access to Thai PUBLIC Hospital System. Pr-existing conditions, same as schengen policy. This does NOT stop the filthy rich having their own policy, BUT, it does not mean they need not pay – see the word COMPULSORY on the first line.
  6. Sincere advice & opinion sought

    Good thread BB... Good luck mate
  7. Sincere advice & opinion sought

    Seems I have to join the dumb <deleted> club - I too never gave this credit card insurance a thought..... BUT, I will now. Plus I am same as you mate - cannot live there full time - currently in Ozzie land and loving it :)
  8. There are solutions out there, but, they require political will - ONE POSSIBLE ANSWER, would be for Thailand to examine the COMPULSORY Schengen “style” visa HEALTH insurance scheme AND FUND IT THEMSELVES – NO INSURANCE COMPANIES. Approx Calculations (From Euro to Baht) to enable a common currency:- TOURISTS 30 million tourists (2015 figures 29.8 million) each with a compulsory health policy @ approx 700 Baht each SAME AS SCHENGEN POLICY Approx income:- Twenty-one BILLION Baht. You would not want those that cannot afford 700 Baht anyhow? READ THE SCHENGEN POLICY http://bit.ly/2g13Ip3 Europe can do it, so can Thailand. EXPATS Long Term visa holders must pay REGARDLESS OF AGE. About 1,100 Baht each and every month – For FULL access to Thai PUBLIC Hospital System. Pr-existing conditions, same as Schengen policy. This does NOT stop the filthy rich having their own policy, BUT, it does NOT mean they need not pay – see the word COMPULSORY on the first line.
  9. Really had enough of Win 10.

    Easy Fix - Go to >Tools >Options > Load and save > General and change "Document type" to a "Micro$oft file type. You doc's will now save in a cross platform format.
  10. The majority are efficient, (I have one) however, please check the "noise" output. Some can be unbearably noisy. I do not know which one emits the least noise, but hopefully, someone else may have done the research and can advise you - good luck PS Mine is refrigerated NOT evaporative.
  11. Dying At Home In Chiang Mai

    You are probably correct Bob on the drug front. However, the "trade" does exist. Sadly because I am not sure of the legalities, I prefer not to expand what I know. I can say, there is a myriad of checks and ALL drugs are dispensed to the patient, on the order of a doctor and in the case of my friend, "FULL Doctor supervised pain management" was top notch. THERE WAS NO, (nor was there EVER) any SELF MEDICATION. I prefer not to say more. My guess is members of each "tribe" that chooses to call Thailand their home, will have different requirements after a tribal member is deceased. I am an Aussie, would not have a clue what is needed after I depart this world, however, my (deeply bereaved) friends partner, has reminded me I must try and make the transition for my beautiful wife as seamless as possible - I will endeavour to do that. We NEVER dwell on death, but, some practical steps have been taken. We have a will, plus an encrypted document, password protected, containing ALL known passwords, banking, insurance, etc... PLUS as much info as could possibly be needed to smooth out the bumps. Minimal but practical, I know.
  12. Dying At Home In Chiang Mai

    Firstly I must echo Nancy's comments on the McKean Centre. Prices start at (around) 32,000 Baht per month. Of course everyone's needs are different AND prices vary accordingly, BUT, if one is cognizant and able to express their wishes - many will know (Certainly my friend did), that remaining at home was an unacceptable burden on the person who cared & loved the person. We have a Thai friend in a "San Sai" palliative care centre - His family pay 34,000 Baht per month for his care. Being Thai and "local", they hunted for a cost effective solution to home care - hiring nurses 24/7 did not work for them. Note, that in both cases - (Thai, Non Thai) drugs are not included in the prices quoted. MANY enterprising partners of terminally ill persons can "source" expensive drugs, from the families of recently deceased persons. I know from experience, it can save considerable sums of money. Whilst it may seem distasteful, to some doing this, it is often a "win - win" situation for the terminally ill person AND the partner of a deceased person - FINANCIALLY. Other things happen after death and can be quite draining on the "bereaved" - but need to be done. <SNIP>I had to go to immigration to cancel <deceased> visa. Speak to British Embassy to get <deceased> passport cancelled. Apparently these are urgent items to get sorted. I am in the process of getting Thai & English death certificates certified. I went to City Hall this morning (Twice) for them to finish off the process. I go back Monday to collect the papers. Yesterday I posted off <deceased> UK driving license to get that cancelled. There are a few things like that, that I still need to do - need to look at my list of actions. <END> These last weeks have been draining saying our final goodbye's - If I am to go, whilst here in Thailand, I hope the McLean centre has room for me in my final days.. One last thought, re drugs to keep terminally ill patients comfortable - "it may exist but I have never heard of it" IT WOULD BE NICE, if expat's had an acceptable repository, where drugs could be "donated" by the families of the deceased - to assist those less fortunate. Given the potential for abuse and legalities, something like this could be difficult - but would not be impossible?
  13. For Trump, it was the lost art of the deal

    Hi Briggsy, Most certainly other scenarios exist, however, given the "ego" factor, which I and (I guess) many would agree - is HUGE. He does seem to have given in rather easily, don't you think? Anyhow, thanks for an interesting and certainly plausible addition to the debate. Mal
  14. Land Size

    British (Imperial) And U.S. System township 0.00000429 square mile 0.0001544 homestead 0.0006178 acre 0.09884 rood 0.3954 square rod 15.81 perch 15.81 square yard (yd²) 478.4 square foot (ft²) 4,306 square inch (in²) 620,000 square mil (th²) 620,000,000,000 Take your pick from the above for 1 Ngan Perhaps your daughter studied that system when she was two? Or you could use METRIC, to convert the superior Thai system. 1 Ngan = 400 square metres. 1 Talang Wah = 4 square metres.
  15. For Trump, it was the lost art of the deal

    Personally let me disclose I am not an American - never been there, but have visited 82 countries. I think that Mr Trump has the outcome he wanted from the beginning. His meeting with Mr Obama prior to the election, plus some of the points raised in the above article are "some" of the things that seem to point this way. He has abandoned this pledge far to easily. Brand me a conspiracy theorist if you like. But, I still think Mr Trump has been underestimated, if it is, in fact, what he wanted all along, his "negotiation" through the system is a stroke of genius. Whilst America seems to be the epitome of what may be described as a "corporatocracy" I hope you can achieve universal health care, similar to your wealthy northern neighbour and most other "first world" tribes.
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