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  1. Trudeau's next stop: France. What outfit will he wear?
  2. That is an utterly reprehensible statement. Suggesting that an entire block of people do not care enough about the safety of their children is exactly the kind of moronic demonisation which characterises the gun debate. Has it occurred to you that the people in question might believe that their children are safer if the family has the means and knowledge to defend itself against malevolent people?
  3. If the girl was a "maiden", then I'm the Maharajah of Nimpur .....
  4. I don't think Justin Trudeau has yet realised that, as prime minister, he is supposed to drop being a drama teacher and concentrate on running his country, not combine the two functions. A frighteningly stupid man - I mean person.
  5. Another interesting set of data. One graph points out that the vast majority of gun deaths in the USA are in fact suicides, somewhere between 75% and 90% (it varies by year). And suicide by gun is easily the most successful method. https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/policy-and-politics/2017/10/2/16399418/us-gun-violence-statistics-maps-charts There's probably statistical support in there for both gun-toting nuts and gun-control freaks. Graph 4 is quite an eye-opener....
  6. “The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available.” - Thomas Sowell.
  7. Yingluck gets ready to make her move

    I never alluded to 'democracy' anywhere in my post. Nor did I make any reference to China 'turning democratic'. You just made that up. Debate all you like, but do stop making up stuff and attributing it to other posters in order to make a point. That's infantile.
  8. Yingluck gets ready to make her move

    I get the feeling that both sides of politics would rather the people remained uninformed to the greatest degree possible. That seems to be the most plausible reason for the lamentable state of the educational system.
  9. Yingluck gets ready to make her move

    The notion that "the system is corrupt" and that a complete change is all that is needed to bring about Utopia has been tried before in many countries, including Russia, China and notably Cambodia. In every case, all that was achieved was a mountain of corpses, and corruption equally as bad as that which went before.
  10. Foreigner database to be ready in six months

    ^^^ Exactly. Stupidity + advanced system technology is as bad, if not worse, than stupidity alone.
  11. Foreigner database to be ready in six months

    I would say that the most famous police state of modern times was East Germany after 1961, where it has been estimated that one-quarter of the population was spying for the Stasi, the State Security Police. Spy vs Spy, in fact, but all working for the same boss. Thailand is nothing like that; it is more like a cargo cult society. It thinks that just because you put a law in place regarding a problem, that will automatically and instantly solve the problem. And so, the thinking goes, if you buy a few new computers and scanners and install a bit of database software, it is magically going to enable identification of over-stayers, blacklisted returnees, wanted overseas criminals and the rest of it. More likely, it will (if it ever surfaces) simply add a layer of complexity, misinformation and aggravation for officials and visitors alike. Thailand's bureaucracy is not going to improve in the short term. As the saying goes, you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
  12. Foreigner database to be ready in six months

    Not necessarily. For the above to apply, you must believe that both: 1) the government always acts in good faith (i.e. they won't doctor photographs to make you appear to have been somewhere you weren't at a particular time, and; 2) the government is competent, and its employees won't leave your details lying around on a laptop in a karaoke parlour or a public toilet or somewhere. I don't believe either of those conditions is met by the Thai government or its bureaucrats.
  13. Foreigner database to be ready in six months

    It doesn't matter how good the system is potentially, if it is managed by people who don't understand it, or can't be bothered to operate it correctly. When systems are managed by smart people, they make things easier. When systems are managed by idiots, they make things more difficult, even for the idiots themselves. Given that my experience is that most Thais are unable to screw the top back on a bottle of water without cross-threading it, the evidence is strongly in favor of a complex system like this turning into another national joke.
  14. North Korea heading for diplomacy gold medal at Olympics

    Don't worry -- I'm sure normal service will be resumed shortly.
  15. North Korea heading for diplomacy gold medal at Olympics

    My point is that demonizing people purely because of the colour of their skin is a bad starting point for any attempt to work out solutions. This has been conclusively demonstrated by history. Repeatedly.