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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. The myth of melting ice and rising seas

    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. Trump To Be Exposed?

    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.
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