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  1. And this was where? From the above and the "full article" the only reference I can find is one to "news.china.com". So somewhere in China? Still good try for a gripping headline. It got me to read it I'm ashamed to say.
  2. Who is Sam Khoury? What are his qualifications? And why would The Nation print such nonsense?
  3. People want revenge, not justice. We are all probably like this and it is an unfortunate trait.
  4. Compared to many other countries I've visited the Thai officials take twice as long (if not longer) to process each passenger.
  5. Is this the CIS from which you are quoting statistics? Reports published by the CIS have been widely deemed misleading and riddled with basic errors by scholars on immigration; think tanks from across the ideological and political spectrum; media of all stripes; several leading nonpartisan immigration-research organizations; and by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The organization has also drawn criticism for its financial and intellectual ties to extremist racists. I have noi idea about this organisation but the couple of sources I looked at are rather distrustful of this as a source of primary and sound information: But according to the SPLC, "the reality is that CIS has never found any aspect of immigration that it liked." I'm not trying to be contrary here as I have no idea of the true facts on this matter but I was taught, many moons ago, to look at more than one source. CIS is a source which would make me highly suspicious. Until proven otherwise maybe we can just say these are "Alternative Facts"?
  6. Get a crook to catch a crook - HA!. And from our friendly Mafia run motor taxi drivers. Gang warfare. The worst perpetrators. Just get the BMA to arrest a few motor taxi drivers and they may get enough publicity to show they are serious thus warning other offenders that they can also be targeted - and I hope to Hell they are.
  7. I recently left Thailand after 20 years of living there. Of course there were things I really disliked about it but it is their country, their culture so at best I can express, mildly, an opinion. What I found, however, was expats who praised their own country ('in xyz we do this' syndrome) to the detriment of Thailand. BUT I ask did they really look at their own country? Those who had been away for years were comparing the country of their younger days. If they ever spoke of their country in today's terms they did the usual crotchety old man thing of complaining about youth, immigration, race, unions, socialism - anything smelling of the Cold War. After coming back I am finding that, perhaps correctly, people are complaining about immigrants (either refugees or "legal") not conforming to the cultural norms of my society. And I will say sometimes it is jarring to see a burqaed lady in my quiet little town. However, when I was 10 I would be a little shocked at a fully habited nun walking down the street. The nuns discarded their costumes and maybe the next generation of migrants will discard theirs. Most of the other immigrants have as generations have passed. Long rambling to get to the point. You won't change Thais, only an evolution from the inside will do that. Certainly get annoyed about not obeying traffic rules (which we all know would go a long way to solve the traffic problem), that the dessert comes before the soup even in the best restaurants, they walk slower than snails etc. Get over it, accept it. They will change what they want to and when they want. How my small town has changed in 20 years has been amazing. I fled it at 20 and have returned to it at 70. I needed the bit in between but what I've got is suiting me now as did Thailand when I was there.
  8. I hope these Roman weren't waiting for Jesus to turn up as they patrolled Calvary (on horses or not)?
  9. Not all is perfect in Australia as one blithering idiot found out! www.9news.com.au/national/2014/08/16/15/08/joe-hockey-s-driver-caught-stopping-in-disabled-space
  10. My favourite at the moment, for lunch, is The Sathorn at Mode Hotel right off Surasak BTS. 499bt nett including water/soft drink, tea/coffee. Another is Mistral at Pullman Silom Road - cost I think is 599bt but either with free water or free tea/coffee - the best value is to take the water costs 60bt. Coffee is 120bt for a pretty nasty tasting cup. Good buffet selection and lovely staff in both.
  11. I had cataract surgery at The Big Named hospital in the Nana area in 2002. It was an experience I would not like to repeat. My mother had her cataracts done at almost the same time in Australia. She had full anaesthetic. I was given, on both occasions, a local. My face looked like I'd been in the ring with Ali for at least 60 seconds - I can't float like a butterfly. My mother had no outward signs at all. I will also say that when it came time for the operation on the second eye I questioned the nurse as to why she was putting the dilation drops in the eye that had already been done. 'Solly' was her only response! Last year I saw an ophthalmologist in Australia to see if my eyes needed any attention. He asked me when the operation had been done. I told him 2002. He asked if I meant 1992. No, I told him, 2002. He told me that the style of operation I had been given (I don't know the technicalities) ceased in Australia in 1995 and there was ocular fluid leaking from the operation which he said was not something to worry about. NOT WORRY ABOUT!! Previous to choosing to have the operation at that hospital I had been to one off Silom where the ophthalmologist (let's say quack) after 2 examinations told me I didn't have cataracts! and the clinic in Asoke who told me, before I had seen a doctor, that they had a special price on this operation this week. You can see why I am cynical about medical procedures here. I'm sure there are good doctors but with that experience and 2 others which have been unsuccessful I am loath to let any doctor near me for more than a cold (when they still prescribe antibiotics!). The cost back then was around 45,000 baht for each eye. That was at least 10,000 more than I had been quoted. As I was insured I let the insurance cover that bit of misinformation and question it if they thought fit. Just take care with whom you choose (you only have 2 eyes) and get the cost in writing if you are paying yourself. And question any extras because they will be there.
  12. BruceL while giving sound information was a little simplistic. Governments are not known for making laws/guidelines simple and logical. I am an Australian of retirement age who, if I was living in Australia, would be eligible for at least a part pension BUT as I had moved here before retirement age to get the benefits I have to move back to Australia. I can get the pension immediately I move back BUT I could not retain it if I then chose to live outside Australia before a period of 2 years had passed irrexpective of whether I'd worked and paid taxes for 30+ years!! This is the relevant section: If you returned to live in Australia and were granted or transferred to Age Pension within the last two years, you will not be able to receive your Age Pension outside the country. After you return, to be paid outside the country, you must have been living in Australia for two years since your last arrival for residence. If you travel to a country that Australia has a social security agreement with, you may be able to continue to get your payment under that social security agreement. Oh it's not often I wish I was a Brit but this is one of them! OR that Thailand was a country with a reciprocal social security agreement.