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  1. You never know. I have a friend whose father and grandfather both died at age 39. His father's brother did too. He was really worried when he approached 40, but that was more than 20 years ago and he's still around! Think positive.
  2. The banks and businesses that were trashed are owned by China or CCP supporters. Surprise!
  3. Your knowledge of English is far better than my knowledge of German.
  4. Well done, for a change! PORT MORESBY: Papua New Guinea said Thursday it had ordered the indefinite closure of a multi-billion dollar Chinese-owned nickel facility that spewed potentially toxic red slurry into the sea. The Mineral Resources Authority said it had ordered owners of the Ramu Nickel refineryto "shut down its processing operations" as of Monday October 21. The facility is run by the state-owned China Metallurgical Group, which mines and processes nickel, a metal widely used in batteries, including for electric cars. In late August, the plant's mechanism for dealing with slurry failed, sending hazardous liquid into the Bismarck Sea and turning parts the surrounding coastline ochre red. Earlier this year the China Metallurgical Group asked Papua New Guinea officials visiting Beijing to approve plans to expand production capacity. The Mineral Resources Authority now said the company had been "ordered to cease operations because it has failed to adequately" fix a string of defects spotted during the investigation. They included poor spillage containment systems, inadequate maintenance and "incompetency of operators". Ties between Beijing and the resource-rich Melanesian nation have been growing apace, but there have been repeated tensions over standards at some minerals and infrastructure projects. They included poor spillage containment systems, inadequate maintenance and "incompetency of operators". Ties between Beijing and the resource-rich Melanesian nation have been growing apace, but there have been repeated tensions over standards at some minerals and infrastructure projects.
  5. "Raising awareness about safe and good driving behaviour is also important and it can start with students in schools." To the best of my knowledge, there are no driver training classes in Thai secondary schools. It was a required subject when I was in high school, and we learned about the traffic laws, stopping speeds, how an internal combustion engine works etc. Most of us also signed up for hands-on driving training, in which we drove a dual control car on the California freeways, under a qualified teacher's supervision. Maybe it's time that Thailand began such classes, at least in the city schools? p.s. My wife nowadays is a very good driver, but I remember how she was issued a license before she knew how to drive ... simply because she was a civil servants and therefore someone "special".
  6. In his efforts to tackle the country's notorious road slaughter, Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob has come up with a "Big Brother" touch. For the sake of safer roads, he has proposed that Global Positioning System (GPS) trackers be installed in all privately owned vehicles to monitor drivers and punish those violating speed limits and other traffic laws. This is a poorly thought-out proposal. If enforced, it would be an outright violation of individuals' right to privacy and confidentiality, amounting to state surveillance of citizens. On Monday, the minister said he had given the Department of Land Transport (DLT) one year to look into the possibility of installing GPS in private cars and motorbikes. If the policy is adopted after the study, Thailand would be the first country to introduce such a measure, he said. And he is right. Thailand would be the first and probably the only country to let authorities keep tabs on individuals' movements without a court warrant. The minister seems to have mainly focused on the need to monitor speeds, without taking into account another dimension, which is location. If this idea becomes policy, authorities could spy on the whereabouts of all car owners at all times from the moment they leave their house right up until when they arrive at their destination. Additionally, allowing authorities to obtain information on individuals' whereabouts could lead to misuse. Information could be leaked, or used by other state agencies which, for instance, yearn to keep a close watch on dissidents. In making his case, the minister cited the country's current use of GPS trackers in public transport vehicles. But he misses the point. Tracking speeds and locations of buses and vans is allowed since they are public transport service providers. It is a measure to ensure the efficiency and safety of public transport for consumers. On the technical side, the proposed policy would simply not be practical. Currently, there are about 40 million cars and motorbikes registered with the DLT. How could authorities possibly keep track of all of them? In the end, enforcement will likely be done on a random and discriminatory basis. Even if trackers are installed on newly purchased cars as the minister has proposed, the vast number of new vehicles registered each year makes the task impossible. It is also unfair to monitor new cars and let drivers of old cars get away with traffic violations. Even if all cars are installed with GPS trackers, those who want to violate the law could still disable the devices. Mr Saksayam undoubtedly has good intentions in tackling the country's road carnage, but the GPS solution he is proposing is not practical. He should not forget about the cameras already installed on many roads to monitor traffic law violators. Those cameras do help track down lawbreakers, but the road accident rate remains high as speed is not the only culprit. Thailand's road carnage is also caused by bad driving, disobeying traffic laws, weak law enforcement, poor road conditions and drink driving. So the minister needs to start with ensuring that traffic laws are strictly, effectively and thoroughly enforced. He needs to ensure that proper driving lessons are given to people applying for driving licences. Raising awareness about safe and good driving behaviour is also important and it can start with students in schools. There are so many tasks for Mr Saksayam to pursue, and none of them should involve spying on citizens' whereabouts. https://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1777939/gps-tracking-is-big-brother?fbclid=IwAR0HiaeWSWIgcqsdRqOz54IzcqmozYhwlG4LpoVMGKrNrX3wQrKENzXMUo0#cxrecs_s
  7. Would any one of you here have even considered marrying a shrew like Hillary Rodham? On top of that, she has legs like tree trunks, even if they can no longer hold her up. But then Bill always did have terrible taste in women.
  8. The American Congress in action ... aren't you glad these are our lawmakers?
  9. Tulsi Gabbard is a woman, a minority (part Samoan), a Hindu ... and the only combat veteran running. (She's an Army Reserve major and has a combat medic's badge.) So naturally, Hillary attacks her as being a "Russian asset". Hillary seems to be going around the bend. She'll never get over not becoming president.
  10. You can revel in Loi Krathong wherever there is a body of water throughout Thailand this year on November 13, 2019. Mundo Asia has taken the liberty to compile some of the best places throughout the country for you to enjoy this special ceremony. Bangkok Asiatique (Riverside) Wat Saket (Riverside/Old City) Phra Athit Pier (Riverside/Old City) Maharaj Lifestyle Mall (Riverside/Old City) Lumpini Park (Silom) Benjasiri Park (Sukhumvit) Benjakiti Park (Sukhumvit) Chatuchak Park https://www.mundoasiatours.com/a-guide-to-thailands-2019-floating-lantern-festivals/ Those are the big organised ones. In my neighbourhood, most folks just go to a pond in a nearby park.
  11. Not to worry, Ocasio-Cortez has officially cast her support to Bernie. We see the new Democratic ticket in the making. Sanity is returning to America. ... Holy crap, I see that Michael Moore is adding his weight too. Bernie is getting all the biggies. Time to chuck it in Elizabeth and Beto. You don't stand a chance.
  12. Flashermac

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    Australian newspapers black out front pages in 'secrecy' protest Australia's biggest newspaper rivals have made a rare showing of unity by publishing redacted front pages in a protest against press restrictions. The News Corp Australia and Nine mastheads on Monday showed blacked-out text beside red stamps marked "secret". The protest is aimed at national security laws which journalists say have stifled reporting and created a "culture of secrecy" in Australia. The government said it backed press freedom but "no one was above the law". https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50119559
  13. Flashermac

    Straya

    But it apparently lives forever.
  14. From the wayback machine ...
  15. The biggest problem in the US right now is that both sides want to hold the other to different standards than they want for themselves.
  16. The US military could take out the Turks without needing any help. The US has sanctioned two Turkish ministries and three senior government officials in response to the country's military offensive in northern Syria. President Donald Trump also phoned his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to demand an immediate truce. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50050264
  17. The Turks are good at this. https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/armenian-genocide
  18. What has Warren got to do with Trump and his bone spurs? No one is saying aomething of her past is wrong. They are calling her out in a lie that she has long used and still uses for political gain. Simple fact: Warren has repeatedly said she was fired from her first teaching job simply because she got pregnant ... and that has been shown to be false. She wasn't fired, she voluntarily resigned from the job! Yet she uses the lie to stir up women voters to support her. She also claimed for years to be a minority (Native American), despite being a blue-eyed blonde who is lighter skinned than I am. She has finally apologised to Native Americans for that claim, since her DNA test showed that she has less Native American ancestry than even the average American has. So do most political candidates lie these days? Unfortunately, yes. But that doesn't mean they should be allowed to get away with it, Trump included.
  19. A story Warren tells about an early moment in her career is under scrutiny. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s rise in the polls in the Democratic presidential primary race has brought increased scrutiny of her past, including whether she was let go from a teaching job in 1971 for being pregnant. Warren has been telling the story for years. Now, some circles are questioning the veracity of her claims, and she is sticking by them. ... “By the end of the school year, I was pretty obviously pregnant,” Warren wrote in her 2014 book, A Fighting Chance. “The principal did what I think a lot of principals did back then — wished me good luck, didn’t ask me back for the next school year, and hired someone else for the job.” She tells the anecdote on the campaign trail often. ... But on Monday, the Free Beacon cast doubt onto Warren’s story after finding minutes of an April 21, 1971, school board meeting in which a second-year teaching contract for her was approved. Then, minutes from a separate board meeting on June 16, 1971, say that her resignation had been “accepted with regret.” The Free Beacon and others also pointed to a 2007 interview Warren gave at the University of California Berkeley in which her account of what happened omitted being let go by the principal. “I worked in a public school system with the children with disabilities. I did that for a year, and then that summer I didn’t have the education courses, so I was on an ‘emergency certificate,’ it was called,” Warren said at the time. “I went back to graduate school and took a couple of courses in education and said, ‘I don’t think this is going to work out for me.’ I was pregnant with my first baby, so I had a baby and stayed home for a couple of years.” CBS News delved into the controversy and found other pieces of evidence that reference Warren’s personal life, but no firing: Local newspaper reports from 1971 also present reasons for her leaving the school alternative to what she describes on the trail. The Paterson News, a local paper, reported that summer that Warren was “leaving to raise a family.” The next month, a story about the school board hiring a replacement said Warren had “resigned for personal reasons,” even though the board had voted to “appoint” Warren to the same speech pathology job that April, according to an earlier report. Minutes also show that board granted her a provisional certificate in speech pathology in November 1970. Eliana Johnson, editor-in-chief of the Free Beacon, said in a phone interview that the documents the publication uncovered “seem to undercut” Warren’s story, though they doesn’t necessarily mean she was lying. She tied this instance to broader pressure political candidates on both sides of the aisle seem to face to craft “foundational myths” about themselves and sometimes bend the truth, such as Ben Carson claiming he got a West Point scholarship and Richard Blumenthal misrepresenting his military service. “It seems to me that these sorts of claims, whether it’s Democrats or Republicans making them, warrant scrutiny,” she said. Warren’s campaign declined to comment on the record for this story. ... ttps://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/10/8/20904777/elizabeth-warren-pregnancy-discrimination-washington-free-beacon
  20. Sanders may not make it to 2020. He's 78 and now has heart problems.
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