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  1. Thai taxi drivers have nothing good to say about Africans, whom they usually refer to collectively as Nigerians, no matter where they are from. They tell me about them jumping out of taxis and running without paying, or maybe throwing down 30 baht and running when the fare is over 100, or even getting angry and yelling when the cabbie refuses to drive the wrong way down a one-way street. But they invariably tell me they have no problem with African Americans and Black Brits. They are "same same Farang". (In the VN War days I heard the expression Farang Dam used for Black GIs.) Taxi drivers claim they can recognise Brits and Americans by the way they dress, and say they will always stop fpr them. (They may lock the doors to keep Africans out.) A Black Brit colleague at Thammasat had one of the most posh RP accent I've ever heard. He told me he would always call in advance of a job interview and speak to the Thai department head. After that, he had no problem getting hired when he showed up in person.
  2. Face The Facts: US COVID Death Numbers Are A NYC Epidemic, NOT A National Epidemic The sheer ease with which the American left has politicized the deaths of thousands of Americans has shocked even me. The United States is approaching 100,000 deaths and the left seems determined to make sure the public blames President Donald Trump for those deaths. As PJM’s Tyler O’Neil noted, the Democratic Coalition is trying to make “Trump Death Toll” a thing. While Tyler effectively demonstrated the absurdity of blaming these deaths on Trump, I’m going to show that despite the headlines that suggest things in the United States are the worst in the world, that is emphatically not the case. First, let’s take a look at the total confirmed deaths of the ten worst-hit countries in descending order (based on the numbers from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University as of 9:30 am ET May 24). USA (96,046) UK (36,757) Italy (32,735) Spain (28,678) France (28,218) Brazil (22,013) Belgium (9,280) Germany (8,275) Iran (7,417) Netherlands (5,841) But, here’s what happens when you adjust these numbers per capita. The following countries are arranged in descending order by their coronavirus death rate per million people (based on population data from The CIA World Factbook). Belgium (791.76) Spain (573.38) UK (558.95) Italy (524.58) France (415.90) Sweden (391.87) Netherlands (338.01) Ireland (309.86) USA (288.74) Switzerland (226.80) It makes an amazing difference, doesn’t it? The United States dropped from number 1 to number 9 once you adjusted for population. Oh, but wait! I’ve previously documented how the United States’ coronavirus numbers are skewed by downstate New York. So, here’s the same list as above, treating downstate New York as a separate country from the rest of the United States: Downstate NY (1,771.86) Belgium (791.76) Spain (573.38) UK (558.95) Italy (524.58) France (415.90) Sweden (391.87) Netherlands (338.01) Ireland (309.86) USA sans downstate NY (233.44) Once you separate downstate New York from the rest of the United States, it jumps to the top (by a long shot), while the rest of the United States is at the bottom—barely edging out Switzerland. It should be noted here that several countries are reportedly undercounting both cases and deaths, including Iran, China, and Russia. It’s very possible that the actual case and death numbers for these countries are much higher, possibly even putting them in the top ten, but without reliable data I can’t correct for this. As usual, the media wants the public to believe that the situation in the United States is worse than anywhere else in order to make Trump look bad. The United States approaching 100,000 coronavirus deaths is a grim milestone to be sure, but these deaths should not be politicized. Trump’s response was quick and decisive, and likely saved thousands of lives. https://en-volve.com/2020/05/25/face-the-facts-us-covid-death-numbers-are-a-nyc-epidemic-not-a-national-epidemic/?fbclid=IwAR2s6yaThsCqZBWAg45x1blKB2O3MPi1wqGGonNp1Sny-7d_nSfUhtYQ7LY
  3. Well, that linked didn't work. Wonder why.
  4. Try as they might, the QR wouldn't work on my phone. Instead, I just wrote my name and phone number of a sheet they had for that (since apparently it wasn't uncommon). Also, at least in the mall I went to (Ngamwongwan), you had to sign again at every shop or restaurant you visited. My impression was so they could locate you, if it turned out some who was infected had been to the mall or shops the same day as you were.
  5. The Hooters is all right, but I wish they hadn't done in the Golden Beer Bar. Bangkok is finally coming back to life. Not the nightlife scene of course, but the malls are opening including the restaurants. I did some roaming yesterday, and it was nice to be able to get out.
  6. It is? I thought it disappeared years ago. I've had breakfast at the Bus Stop, good value. But I haven't seen any "new Golden Beer Bar". It is now a Hooters. https://bangkok112.com/the-golden-beer-bar-closes/ p.s. On the positive side, the freelancers still congregate at the Nana Hotel car park(or at least will again after the lockdown is over).
  7. Little Richard, age 87 https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-52601228
  8. And this is the best the Democrats could come up with? 'I Want the Same Equal Treatment' as Blasey Ford: Biden Accuser Calls Out Silence of Media, Women's Groups https://www.westernjournal.com/want-equal-treatment-blasey-ford-biden-accuser-calls-silence-media-womens-groups/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=conservativebyte&utm_campaign=lminetwork&utm_content=2020-05-01&fbclid=IwAR2tv1-xsdfsPeeh5wfxwgKdNbsGqbXNaYl1HfwsJIMFNwAjcgxrsB71qMI
  9. Millie Small: My Boy Lollipop singer dies aged 72 Aw, I liked her. https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-52557332
  10. So what is your suggestion? With two decidedly uninspiring candidates for the highest office in the USA, should we pretend that they are competent? I'm old enough to remember a time when we had a choice between equally competent candidates. Nowadays it seems we have a choice between men who would never have even been considered for the office a few decades ago, one of whom actually appears to be senile.
  11. Trump is responsible for the coronavirus? Does he have some kind of magic want that could have prevented it?
  12. God help us if either one of the parties wins the White House. The Dems are showing them once again to be absolutely unethical with their defence of Creepy Joe in the light of the evidence against him, while the Donald is almost acting bored with his job. As my father suggested years ago, maybe we should go for a while without a president and see if it makes any difference.
  13. My understanding is that there were well over 100 POWs held in North Vietnam's satellite, the PDR Laos. Aussie journalist John Everingham has said he was more or less told as much when he was held briefly by the Pathet Lao forces. The commies kept the prisoners for a number of years in hopes they would finally be ransomed, but eventually decided they wouldn't be. Then the embarrassing POWs were "eliminated" to cover the fact that Hanoi had itself violated the agreement to return all prisoners. Kissinger was involved in the talks, which tells you all you need to know. He is one of the most evil men of recent times.
  14. As I've mentioned before, Peter Navarro is a life long Democrat. and he ran in at least 3 times in elections as one. Trump picked him simply because he agreed with Navarro's views on China. Trump has no real ties to either party. Navarro's supporting his boss in other areas gives you an idea of the integrity of most politicians. It's worth noting that four families more or less control the state of California, all of them Democrats, and they have made themselves filthy rich by it. I trust very few politicians of any party. They are all in it for the money, just in varying degrees. Plus I learned not to trust the US government while I was in Vietnam. I spent a total of seven months in an area where the US insisted there were no more Americans. As it happened, a lot of them died there during the period we "weren't there," including some good friends. And as long as were on the topic, let's take a look at Snopes. It's interesting how people are so eager to believe anything that supports their own viewpoint. Does Trump Benefit Financially by Promoting Hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 Treatment? The U.S. president is invested in several mutual funds — some of which include very minor stakes in pharmaceutical companies. Alex Kasprak Published 7 April 2020
  15. Sales of alcoholic beverages will be allowed again from Sunday but people will not be allowed to drink in restaurants when they reopen, the government said on Friday. The announcement was published on Friday in the Royal Gazette as part of the easing of some of the stringent measures imposed it the battle against the coronavirus. The decision represents an about-face by the government, which said earlier this week that the alcohol ban would remain in effect until May 31 after it renewed the emergency decree for another month. “Shops selling alcoholic beverages are allowed to open but consumption at the shop is banned,” said the Royal Gazette noticesigned by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. It will take effect on Sunday. Restaurants will not be allowed to serve alcohol as part of the condition for their reopening from Sunday. Pubs and other entertainment venues where alcohol is served will remain closed. The ban on alcoholic beverage sales was enforced for most of April across the country, with some provincial governors imposing curbs earlier than others. In Bangkok, it started from April 10. Further details of the lifting of the ban will be released on Saturday by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), according to Somsak Rungsita, secretary-general of the National Security Council. https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1911252/booze-sales-back-from-sunday
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    The Covid-19 thread

    China envoy threatens Australia boycott over virus inquest demand SYDNEY: China's ambassador in Australia has warned that demands for a probe into the spread of the coronavirus could lead to a consumer boycott of Aussie wine or trips Down Under. Australia has joined the United States in calling for a thorough investigation of how the virus transformed from a localised epidemic in central China into a pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 people, forced billions into isolation and torpedoed the global economy. In a thinly veiled threat, ambassador Cheng Jingye warned the push for an independent inquest into the origins of the outbreak was "dangerous". "The Chinese public is frustrated, dismayed and disappointed with what Australia is doing now," he claimed in an interview with the Australian Financial Review published on Sunday. "If the mood is going from bad to worse, people would think 'why should we go to such a country that is not so friendly to China?' The tourists may have second thoughts," he added. "It is up to the people to decide. Maybe the ordinary people will say 'Why should we drink Australian wine? Eat Australian beef?'" Cheng also threatened the flow of Chinese students to Australian universities, a key source of revenue that is already under threat from pandemic travel restrictions. "The parents of the students would also think whether this place which they found is not so friendly, even hostile, whether this is the best place to send their kids here," he said. The comments mark a significant escalation in tensions between Beijing and Canberra, whose relations are already strained. They also reflect the willingness of a new generation of Chinese diplomats to aggressively and publicly push Communist Party interests, using Chinese economic might as leverage if necessary. Experts have said a full investigation into the coronavirus outbreak could prompt scrutiny of China's rulers and their response to the crisis, and open the door for the type of criticism of the Party that is rarely tolerated. Cheng also accused Australia of echoing talking points from the United States. "Some guys are attempting to blame China for their problems and deflect the attention," he said. "It's a kind of pandering to the assertions that are made by some forces in Washington." https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1908570/china-envoy-threatens-australia-boycott-over-virus-inquest-demand?fbclid=IwAR03LkfFILs-BxWSgJlGRnxtGcsw3md3oopodoCU5eR6yGtB7gX6ZUPC6aA
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