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    Dengue fever is spreading in Bangkok

    The Bangkok governor says dengue haemorrhagic fever is spreading in Nong Chok, Huai Khwang, Bang Kapi and Klong Samwa districts, with five fatalities this year. https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1541666/dengue-fever-spreading-in-bangkok?utm_source=bangkopost.com&utm_medium=article_news&utm_campaign=most_view_bottom_box
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    The Anything Goes Youtubery Thread

    UTCC requires the students to spend time doing all this crap. They get graded on it. Don't do it, and you can't graduate. Academics be damned, just get out there and prance around.
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    The Anything Goes Youtubery Thread

    This isn't the link I wanted, but I couldn't delete the damned thing to post the right one.
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    Travel to Vientiane

    https://www.airasia.com/en/home.page?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6Zran-3E3QIVAx2PCh0evgfwEAAYASAAEgKb-_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CMPlsKPtxN0CFUukjgodh7IOGw http://www.laoairlines.com/
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    Travel to Vientiane

    Last time I went to Wiengchan (I ain't no froggie and don't use their spellings), I flew from Don Muang to the city. Not more than an hour flight, so why not just fly straight there and have done with it? You get your visa and change currency at the airport. p.s. Don Muang is crowded all the time these days, and not just by the Chinese arrivals. It's not bad flying out, just trying to get a taxi after you fly back. Plenty of acceptable hotels to choose from, nothing very schmalzy though. Best thing about the city is they have real bread! That's about the only good thing the French accomplished there.
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    Any New Jokes

    I'll catch hell for this one, but ...
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    Usa Thread

    I used to get government messages on my phone a few years ago. I think that was under Yingluck's government - weather warnings, election notices etc. They all came in Thai, so presumably they weren't meant for foreigners.
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    Global RIP thread

    Caravan band member dies of heart failure Mongkol "Wong" Uthok, a veteran musician of the legendary songs-for-life Caravan band has died of sudden heart failure at a restaurant in Nonthaburi. He was 67. The musician, fondly called “Na Wong of Caravan’’ (Uncle Wong), had a meal with friends at Khrua Somkiart restaurant on Nakhon-in Road in Bang Srimuang, Muang district of Nonthaburi province before he fainted and fell at the parking lot, said Pol Capt Suwan Nakya, deputy investigation chief at Bang Srimuang police station, who was reported at 1.30am on Saturday. https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1540518/caravan-band-member-dies-of-heart-failure
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    Any New Jokes

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    TIT. Thank God!

    When I came here in 1973, Farangs were rare outside of Bangkok and the towns near US military bases. If a group of Thai men saw you, they'd call you over and insist that you had a few drinks with them. Once they realised you could speak Thai, they'd be asking you all sorts of questions. Foreigners were a novelty back then and always attracted attention. I'm a six footer, but one of my friends was 6' 3" and another 6 4". If we walked down the street together, Thais would stop and stare. That's when the average Thai guy probably wasn't more than 5' 6", if that. Nowadays, a foreigner is usually no big deal, and I've had a few male students who were taller than I am. .
  11. A tour bus company was slammed after footage emerged of young lads being entertained - by COYOTE dancers. The young men hired the coach last week for a trip from Bangkok, Thailand, into neighbouring provinces. But video taken during the journey onboard the 'VIP Family Bus' with blacked out windows shows passengers cavorting with young women in hot pants and skimpy tops. One of the girls is dancing seductively and rubbing her backside on the thigh of a passenger - while a second girl sits on the back seat as men take it in turns to fondle her breasts and crotch. Video of the explicit trip sparked outrage from locals who said it was inappropriate. Sunisa Ninsunthorn said: ''I hope their family do not see this. They would be ashamed. My life is not perfect but it's not as disgusting as this.'' [video on link] https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=9v83M_1536623732 Just as long as the driver doesn't watch too ...
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    Thai driving licence

    I got my residency letter through Jaeng Wattana Immigration. I think they charged me 180 baht. Several weeks later, I received a very nice letter all in Thai from the local police station confirming my address. (If the police even came here, I never saw them.) The embassies are ridiculously overpriced. It costs at least 1,500 baht at the US Embassy for them to sign a piece of paper for you, plus nowadays you have to make an appointment just to see them! Even back in the 1980s the US Embassy would charge you $1 a page for photo copies, when you could go out on the street and have them done for half a baht. There's a special desk for the residency letters. Let them know what you want and you can save yourself time, since it's the same window as used by tourists extending their visas. Once the police sergeant saw what I wanted, she called me in and did my form on the spot. Otherwise, I'd have had to wait for my number to come up - with dozens of tourists ahead of me.
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    Usa Thread

    I've had Muslim friends and colleagues, all very nice people. What they had in common is that they were not very religious. The guys would shoot pool and drink beer. Several of my female university students admitted to me that they no longer believe in Islam, but they don't dare let their families find out! It's the fanatics of all religions that you watch out for. The same holds true for politics, which can be almost a pseudo-religion.
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    Usa Thread

    Pole dancers?
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    Thai driving licence

    I don't know if the house book would be accepted. My understanding is that you're required to have either a certificate of residency from your embassy or one from the Thai Immigration police. I'd suggest checking it out before you go. You will also need photo copies of the first page of your passport and your current visa. You have to be a resident here to get a license. I did it through Immigration, which was much cheaper than the US embassy, but it takes longer (two or three weeks). Immigration sends a form to your local police station, and they verify your address. They will send you the letter in Thai. Once I had the letter, I went down and got my license. Since you have a valid license, you won't have to take the written test or driving test. There will be a bizarre sort of test of your depth perception and reaction time. Once you have everything completed, they'll require you to sit and watch some movies and cartoons (almost all in Thai) supposedly showing you how to drive. Try not to fall asleep.
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    Straya

    Australia Doesn't Exist And People Who Live There Are Actors Paid By NASA - Flat Earthers Claim on May 28, 2018 There's a growing number of people who seem to think the world is, in fact, flat. But it gets better. They also insist that Australia is actually just one big hoax. According to a viral Facebook rant, the entire country (and presumably the 24 million people that live there) is completely FAKE. The idea resurfaced at a recent gathering of some of the so-called Flat Earthers in Birmingham recnetly, where over 200 people came together to confirm to each other that the Earth is nothing more than a giant pancake. The origin of the "fake Australia" theory started on Reddit in 2017 and was written by a Shelley Floryd. But it appears to be back in the minds of the spherically-challenged at the moment. "Australia is not real," the rant begins. "It's a hoax, made for us to believe that Britain moved their criminals to someplace. In reality, all these criminals were loaded off the ships into the waters, drowning before they could see land ever again. It's a cover up for one of the greatest mass murders in history." Moreover, the post reckons that all Australians are nothing more than computer generated personas and if you've ever been Down Under yourself, "You're terribly wrong". The pilots apparently are all in on it and have just been flying you to parts of South America all these years. Flat Earth theories have been shot down by just about everyone capable of rational thought, but the theory is still enjoying a current resurgence. Over 200 conspiracy theorists gathered at a hotel in Birmingham for the UK’s first Flat Earth Convention. The convention, which took place over three days, saw nine speakers take to the stage to explain their theories as to why the Earth is flat. According to The Telegraph, Dave Marsh, an NHS worker who spoke at the conference, said: “My research destroys big bang cosmology. “It supports the idea that gravity doesn’t exist and the only true force in nature is electromagnetism.” While NASA has proved that the Earth is round using GPS, satellites, and images from space, Flat Earth believers claim that they have evidence that the space agency is lying. http://www.thespaceacademy.org/2018/05/australia-doesnt-exit-and-people-who.html?m=1
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    Usa Thread

    I used to see a student at Thammasat Rangsit dressed in a grey burqa in our beastly hot weather. The rest of us were sweating in our casual attire, so she must have felt like she was in a blast furnace. Every time I saw her, I'd think: "Somebody needs to go beat the shit out of her father for forcing her to dress like that." There was one female archan who'd always dress in black with a niqab (face cover). All you could see of her were eyes, and quite frankly she looked rather sinister. The university apparently spoke to her, because the next year she started wearing a hijab, leaving her face exposed. To my surprise, she turned out to be a pretty middle aged Chinese-Thai Muslim with a lovely smile. I have no problem with a hijab. But the burqa and niqab should be banned in this climate.
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    Usa Thread

    Young Ali was under the influence of Elijah Muhammad. He did what they told him. (He later left the Nation of Islam and become more or less a mainstream Muslim.) But his argument was a sham. At first he claimed a deferment as a religious "minister". When that didn't work, he became a "conscientious objector", saying he refused to kill. Selective Service didn't buy that either, and he was stripped of his titles. However, I remember quite well how Ali reacted when Russian invaded Afghanistan. That time he was shouting about wanting to go to Afghanistan and "fight for his Muslim brothers". It seems he was only a CO when he wasn't allowed to choose his enemies. Unfortunately, that's not the way the draft works. I've heard Kaepernick talk, and he sounds quite intelligent. He's no dummy and this very well may end up helping his career eventually. p.s. "There has been a lot in the news in the past about Muslims wanting to wear habibs, do their prayers and have been fired, or disciplined for that." On the other hand, there's the woman in Florida who was fired from her job at a Muslim owned factory because she brought a BLT sandwich one day in her lunch box. She sued, but as I recall the court said they had the right to decide what their employees could eat in the dining area.
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    What does this say?

    Then you've got these idiots ... https://www.tripsavvy.com/respect-the-buddha-in-myanmar-1629608
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    Face, and a whole new way of reading it

    Now it comes out. But hey, there's nothing wrong with this. It's just an alternate love style. https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1536502/slain-thai-beaten-by-lesbian-lover?utm_source=bangkopost.com&utm_medium=article_news&utm_campaign=most_recent_box
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    What does this say?

    WTF? Baw Bia sot ... unfried Chinese spring rolls! When tourists get a tattoo ...
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    Face, and a whole new way of reading it

    I didn't want to say anything, but my first thought when I saw the news of the Seattle deaths was that it was lesbian related. Sometimes the problem is because one partner is basically bisexual, and the fully lesbian one can't handle that. We had a problem late in my Peace Corps service in that the country director was bisexual and the deputy director was straight lez. They became lesbian lovers, and it got so that volunteers didn't want to go to the office because one or the other would seem openly hostile, viewing you as a potential rival. This went on for most of a year, until another staff member in the office finally contacted PC Washington and told them that something had to be done. It was even wore since they'd brought in a lesbian as the head of EFL training who didn't know beans about Thailand. PC checked into it, found it was true, and immediately replaced both of the top people. They brought in a former country director from Samoa, who was one of the nicest people I've ever met. She was a Black gal whom everyone immediately took to. Her title was deputy director, and we all asked for her to be made our country director. But PC has a rule of no more than 5 years in any position - volunteer or staff, and she was nearing the end of her 5 years. I later mentioned her to a friend who'd been a Samoa PC vol, and he immediately raved about her. It's a shame PC had the 5 year rule, since she was perfect for the job. A former paramedic friend and a retired LA cop both told me stories about lesbians and knives. It seems to be their weapon of choice. The paramedic told me that in bar fights, they'f always slash for the face or the breasts, trying to destroy the other's "beauty" to make her undesirable.
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    Usa Thread

    It couldn't just be part of a Nike attempt to distract attention from their own public relations record over Asian sweat shops, could it? Nah, I'm too cynical.
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