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  1. no deaths, but hey, at least they tried - Ultra-rare $2 million Ferrari F40 destroyed in dramatic crash https://www.driven.co.nz/news/ultra-rare-2-million-ferrari-f40-destroyed-in-dramatic-crash/?utm_source=nzh&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ferrari
  2. I'd like to be able to comment more vis a vis the specificity off the Thai situation, but as my 1st hand knowledge is lacking, I'll offer my view, that, there's a lot of this going on, in countries around the world, it's not gonna end well for some governments also.
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    The Covid-19 thread

    I just had a wee peek at Fox News, they're discussing masks and the relative benefits of the different types, and how important they are to combat Covid-19
  4. I don't think any of us thought that Lurch would last. 🍺 🍻 🍺
  5. Tread (2020) Documentary - firstly, a stale tale, about a man up against the entrenched town elite, but skip to about halfway and there's a bloody ginormous big bulldozer! quite amazing! Pushed to his breaking point, a master welder in a small town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains quietly fortifies a bulldozer with 30 tons of concrete and steel and seeks to destroy those he believes have wronged him. IMDB 4.5 from 5 stars
  6. BANGKOK: Thousands of mainly young and black-clad Thai protesters converged on Saturday (Jul 18) at Bangkok's Democracy Monument as the city's largest and rowdiest protest in years stretched deep into the night. Thailand, a kingdom whose rambunctious politics is defined by coups and often deadly street protests, is facing an unprecedented economic shock due to the coronavirus pandemic. Saturday's protest could be the largest since Thailand's 2014 coup AFP/Aidan JONES With the economy in freefall, anger is boiling against a government stacked with elderly former generals and supporters of the royalist establishment. The crowd of students sang vitriolic rap songs and waved placards denouncing the administration of former army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha - and calling for the abolition of the Thailand's strict royal defamation law. "The government doesn't care about us, so either we come out or we lose anyway," said an 18-year-old student called Sang, giving one name only. "The laws protect the rich and leave the people with nothing." With Thailand's economy in freefall, anger is boiling against a government stacked with elderly former generals and supporters of the royalist establishment AFP/Aidan JONES Placards saying "end 112" were held up in a rare mass public opposition to a Thailand's royal defamation law - the number a reference to the section of the criminal code it falls under - which protects the monarchy and its unassailable, super-rich King Maha Vajiralongkorn from criticism. "We have to come out, we have nothing else left," added Sang's friend 'Mee', also wearing the black uniform of the protesters, which several said was borrowed from the protests that rocked Hong Kong last year. As night fell, young protesters shined lights from camera phones as speakers railed against the crush on free expression led by a conservative government they say is holding Thailand back. Earlier hundreds of police tried to block off access to the Democracy Monument, the concrete concourse of which was suddenly filled in with pot plants on Saturday afternoon. The demonstration dispersed at about midnight, but organisers said they would return to the streets in two weeks if their demands were not met. Scuffles broke out as protesters tipped over metal barriers and forced their way through police lines to hold a noisy rally at the memorial, which was built to mark the 1932 revolution that established a constitutional monarchy. Analysts say the kingdom risks slipping back towards absolutism under the reign of Rama X and the hardline royalist generals around him. Saturday's protest could be the largest since the country's 2014 coup, led by former army chief Prayut. The years since have seen the economy cramp up, freedoms shrink under new laws and Prayut reinvent himself as an elected premier under a constitution the army drafted. The pandemic has reinflated the movement. Hundreds of thousands of students are expected to be jobless when they graduate in September, joining millions of middle class and poor in unemployment in a country with a threadbare welfare system. Thailand's previous tit-for-tat rounds of political street politics were led by pro- and anti-establishment veterans of the bear-pit of Thai politics, with large financial backing and political machines. But leaders of the nascent student and youth movement say their activism is organised organically across social media, where anger fuels top trending daily Twitter hashtags against the government. Thailand's economy is forecast to lose up to 10 per cent this year due to the pandemic which has floored tourism and exports, battering the middle and working classes. A state of emergency brought in to control the virus remains in place across the country, even though Thailand has not recorded a locally transmitted case of the sickness in nearly two months. Source: AFP/nh https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thailand-protesters-take-street-calling-government-resign-12943954 also https://globalnews.ca/news/7192586/bangkok-democracy-protests-thailand/ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/18/thousands-of-anti-government-protesters-rally-in-thailands-capital
  7. T'were me I'd buy, new from a dealer, worth it, for peace of mind. Unless you can find someone, who has just bought a new one and can't keep up the payments, in which case it is common, for the new owner to take over the payments. But then there's a lot of trust in this arrangement, so you'd have to know them well. Second hand, per se, well, I'd venture the opinion that most second hand moto have been run into the ground several times over, then polished for sale. How ever there are some dealers around town (Vientiane) who offer non-new bikes for sale, including Harleys and Triumphs for the well heeled expat/tourist/naive. It's been 6 years since I was there, so there're prolly a lot of Chinese offerings at economic prices. For reference I paid nearly 2,000 USD, for a new Suzuki 125, helmet and smiles in 2011, blue. Caveat emptor
  8. Christ... the entertainment just gets better, some excerpts from highly entertaining article at https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jul/17/stephen-colbert-twitter-hack-trevor-noah-seth-meyers-jimmy-fallon “So condolences to Brad Parscale, but you should be really proud of yourself, man,” Noah added. “Because at this point, getting out of the Trump campaign without getting into prison? That’s an achievement.” Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, responded to the fiasco with a tweet: “We all feel terrible this happened,” he wrote. “Fun fact,” Colbert pointed out, “‘we all feel terrible this happened’ is Twitter’s official motto.” “generally speaking, things are not going great when you’re firing your campaign manager 100 days before the election,” said Meyers. “That’s like a jockey jumping off his horse in the home stretch and deciding to run the rest of the way.
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    The Covid-19 thread

    So I said, "Liz, give 'im a "sir-hood", go on then, forget the snowflakes, send 'em to Canada, give Tom a gong", I said. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-53442746 Good bloke, Tom is....
  10. And in the most interesting news of my morning, "The Confederate flag can no longer be flown on US military properties after the Pentagon issued a new policy to reject displays of "divisive symbols"." The way they did it, was to issue a list of flags that can be flown - the Confederate flag is not on the list - because they didn't want Donald to know. Fortunately the world's free media will tell him 55555 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53450820 https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/confederate-flag-military-bases-ban/2020/07/17/301e9b48-c832-11ea-a9d3-74640f25b953_story.html
  11. I'm coming to like Kayleigh also - as Bubi says, Trump must be holding her family hostage, on the other hand, she could just be, a result of the 'merican edjamication system. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that “the science should not stand in the way” of sending American children back to school in the fall. McEnany stressed that when Trump says he wants schools to open, “he means open and full, kids being able to attend each and every day at their school.” She then claimed that “the science is on our side” and said the administration is continues to encourage municipalities and states to “just simply follow the science, open our schools.” Research from the Kaiser Family Foundation, however, found that one in four teachers risk becoming seriously ill if they contract COVID-19, and that around 3 million people over the age of 65 live in a household with a school-age child. (USA Today / The Guardian / NBC News)
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    The New Yorker Cafe

    A Reuben sandwich is an American grilled sandwich composed of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing, grilled between slices of rye bread. It is associated with kosher-style delicatessens, but it is not kosher, because it combines both meat and cheese in the same meal. And in 'merica's oft displayed presentation, only 'a good one' if it is at least 10" tall.
  13. "The NYT polls were wrong four years ago" the one above is NBC News and The Wall Street Journal. Whilst you are usually correct, there is one "llama and a dead lizard against your face" aspect, that you've missed, I feel. In the last one, every one was like "Nah Trump's so execrable he'll never win" and "Jeez that Hilary is awful". In this one, the Biden, is not a deeply unlikeable character, with a visible 'hell hath no fury like a woman scorned' face, about to explode onto the stage. And not a llama in sight, though there are dead lizards, and beans, dropping out from under Trump's coiffure, regularly.
  14. Bubi, I am looking for support, to tender a proposal, to the the mighty KS, to change the name of this thread, to "Whatever the Drumpf Clan are hawking now". I've tried some of your 'thinking deeply', which has resulted in not only a good night's sleep, but the realisation that Trump Steaks could possibly make a re-appearance in the market and I like Steak. Though how I could get Steaks from Trump's shop, to Middle Earth, in the midst of this annoying Pandemic, is an issue I worry about.
  15. Not a movie a TV series, 1 hr episodes, I've got to Episode 4 so far. Perry Mason (2020) Not like the old black and white tv series at all, graphic nudity corpses and violence. And a bloody good plot and pacing, I'm looking forward to Ep 5 and on. Recommended
  16. The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) A modern take on Charles Dickens's classic tale of a young orphan who is able to triumph over many obstacles. IMDB Perhaps a little "Through the looking glass", but still an enjoyable take on the classic. Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Paul Whitehouse, a deliciously creepy Ben Whishaw as Uriah Heep, and others and Peter Capaldi, whom one was expecting, , would pop into a Tardis at any point during the movie.
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Yes, this is gonna be hard. Not just in Yokel land, but the rest of the lands that believe in "strength" Thinking back to, like ages ago, last year, I was wondering at and despising, the attack politics, that was creeping into our (NZ) country, and seemingly other places in the world. We're now seeing the inevitable result of leadership brought about by such uncaring and boorish behaviour. The "American Jock", "Muscle, Toughness and Blond Hair" has never been and is no longer a recipe for success. It's the time for Meritocracy and no longer the time, for rule, by those with enough money to shout louder, than their opponents.
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Yes, brilliant, that should be memorialised, on a giant big slab of marble, with all the names of the dead, in the middle of the Whitehouse lawn. Next to a 4'2" statue of Trump grinning.
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