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  1. Marcel was cremated yesterday, the ceremony was attended by members of his family and many friends, R.I.P.
  2. Yes I wish I could attend also, for a small synchronicity, MLG and I will be at a local Lao temple offering a Tak Bat. A white string will wend its way to Bangkok.
  3. Posting an email address on the open forum could have issues, there are approx 60 "guest" users on at the moment, who could be bots or who knows?
  4. K.S. has passed, 56. Complications due to post Stroke surgery. A great loss. A fine friend. Always the good ones. Funeral/Cremation on Sunday at a local temple. ___ As to the board, I've no information on it's future at this time.
  5. Coss

    Any New Jokes

    I know this is a joke, but it's a hell of an official portrait... Also, inferno-proof butterfly.
  6. You should still watch the movie, it's good. Think of it as movie where some Brits went, and though derring do, landed and got some moon dirt back, but without attracting the attention of the world, or holding a parade in every settlement with a population of more than three. Why three? two to be the parade and one to watch it.
  7. Factual history aside, this is very, very, good, an independent, well crafted and executed, Very non Hollywood, it is American, but is better than the usual. If you get a chance, watch it and see what a fine movie it is. Also if movies had to be factually correct they'd be documentaries and there would be no romance, action, car chase....
  8. The Red Machine 2009 Set in 1935 - t the height of the Great Depression, a charming and irrepressible young thief is forced to help an icy and mysterious United States Navy spy, steal a brand new device, that the Japanese military is using to encode its top-secret messages. This is very good, an independent, well crafted and executed, Very non Hollywood, it is American, but is better than the usual. recommended
  9. Note* - for clarity, this is a repost of an article from NotTheNation that was originally posted in 2011 - it is not intended to be current news or to mislead the perceptually diminished amongst us. ----------- 23 Dec 2011 BANGKOK – As the year draws to a close, Thailand’s professional soothsayers and astrologers have issued their annual predictions. Their unanimous verdict is that 2012 will be a great year for their industry, concurrent with it being a poor year for human intelligence, rational thought, and deductive reasoning. “2012 is the year we’ve all been waiting for,” said fortune teller Varin Buaviratlert. “With the continued hype around the mispenterpretation of the Mayan calender predicting the end of the world, people are genuinely terrified of fabricated dangers like no other time in recent history.” According to Varin, the year 2012 also figures prominently in a number of pseudo-scientific belief systems such as numerology, New Age cosmology, and the last season of “The X-Files” where it was chosen as the year of the alien invasion. “You’d think a TV show that ended a decade ago wouldn’t still freak people out,” he said, “but you’d be wrong.” Additionally, the continuing challenges in the world economy and national politics will also make it a very good year for the unscientific prediction industry, said Army fortune teller Lieutenant General Pattrasilp Sudsa-ngaun. “Thais really want predictions about the government and Thaksin because they’re in denial of reality,” he explained. “All I have to do is announce that I had a dream that Yingluck would be overthrown and within an hour I get 30,000 web hits and a thousand links from yellow-mad groups on Facebook. It’s the world’s easiest job.” The recent flood disasters and threat of terrorism add up to a “perfect storm of public hunger for bullshit,” said fortune teller Paweena Vasanaruengsuk. “The flooding made people feel unsafe in their own homes. Terrorism makes them feel unsafe away from their homes. And people like me thrive on exploiting people’s insecurities,” she said. “People want certainty and a sense of control over their lives in these uncertain times. Of course, no one can actually provide that. But just having a false sense of it is worth money. Lots of money.” Overriding all the other concerns for 2012 is the greatest anxiety of all for the Thai people, according to predictor Phanuwat Phanwichartkul. “As a nation and a people we’re all concerned for the health of His Majesty,” Phanuwat explained. “But since we’re not allowed to discuss the thing that we fear the most, we displace those fears into other anxieties. Thais are all feeling an itch that they can’t scratch. So we scratch it. For a fee.” Astrology Academy director Kornharis Buasuang noted that the human reaction to fear was to seek out familiar comforts, such as family or an assuring authority figure. “Studies have shown that fewer than 5% of humans think rationally when they are scared,” he explained. “And with economic recession, global crises, a crumbling environment, political failures at every level, rumors about our beloved monarch, superstitions about aliens and ancient calenders, all of it amplified by the hysterical, anti-scientific bullhorn of the Internet, 2012 might see human society devolve into complete mental regression.” “Which is good for us, of couse,” he added. https://web.archive.org/web/20120126203717/http://notthenation.com/2011/12/fortune-tellers-predict-record-breaking-stupidity-profits-in-2012/
  10. Thailand is set to enforce stricter regulations for opening new bank accounts following the closure of over 300,000 mule accounts since November. The initiative, spearheaded by the anti-online scam center AOC 1441 in collaboration with the Bank of Thailand, the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO), and the Securities and Exchange Commission, combats the misuse of banking services for fraudulent activities. Minister of Digital Economy and Society Prasert Jantararuangtong reported that these regulations, set to be implemented by June 1, require all banks to rigorously apply the “Customer Due Diligence (CDD)” approach, mandating thorough scrutiny of potential account holders and the purposes for which they intend to use their accounts. AMLO Deputy Secretary-General Pol Maj Gen Eakkarak Limsunggas shared insights into the scale of the problem, estimating that the total number of mule accounts could be as many as one million currently. These accounts are often linked to influential community figures who coerce or pay vulnerable individuals to use their identities to open accounts involved in scams. The police have also discovered instances where over 50 bank accounts were registered under a single individual’s name. https://www.pattayamail.com/thailandnews/thailand-set-to-enforce-stricter-regulations-for-opening-new-bank-accounts-459864
  11. Gentlemen, ladies, in order to avoid posting an apology, perhaps I should be clear. The statement that one may have one's drink spiked, because one is wearing gold, is clear, but unintentional, in my original post. What I meant to convey, is that some get their drink spiked, regardless of being weighed down by gold. And that the theft of such gold, whilst related to one being comatose, likely from drink spiking, is primarily confirmation, of the comatose nature of one's drunk, or spiking. And to belabour the point, when going drinking, don't wear all yer gold.
  12. 1/. Put on your best expensive gold necklace and or bracelet. 2/. Go drinking in Pattaya/Bangkok/Thailand/SEA. 3/. When/if you wake up, if the gold is gone, yes, your drink was spiked. https://thepattayanews.com/2024/05/01/laotian-man-passed-out-on-pattaya-street-says-he-was-robbed-of-80000-baht-gold-necklace/ *note, the Lao man, may have just been an inexperienced drinker.
  13. Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has instructed the police to take serious action against the ‘taxi mafia’ at the Ratchaprasong area. These taxi drivers reportedly do not use meters and extort tourists. The premier ordered the police and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to look into the issue of ‘taxi sticker’ bribes, particularly taxis idling in front of the CentralWorld shopping mall. Following images shared on the “Taxi Driver Thailand” Facebook page showing taxis parked in a special lane in front of CentralWorld, it was noted that these taxis, identified by a sticker on the back window, are allegedly allowed by officials to pick up passengers without using meters, creating a negative image for tourism. etc etc etc https://www.pattayamail.com/thailandnews/pm-orders-crackdown-on-taxi-mafia-at-ratchaprasong-bangkok-459632
  14. more - Trump's Truth Social Russian finance According to The Guardian, in December 2021, two loans totaling $8 million (~$8.87 million in 2023) were paid to Trump Media from obscure Putin-connected entities as the company was "on the brink of collapse". $2 million was paid by Paxum Bank, part-owned by Anton Postolnikov, a relation of Aleksandr Smirnov, a former Russian government official who now runs the Russian maritime company Rosmorport. $6 million was paid by an ostensibly separate entity, ES Family Trust, whose director was the director of Paxum Bank at the same time. As of March 2023, prosecutors in the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York were investigating the Russian ties.[50][51] The Washington Post reported that Trump Media paid a $240,000 finder's fee as part of the arrangement, allegedly to a party associated with Digital World.[52] The federal probe into investors of DWAC, according to The Washington Post, discovered that a wealthy investor in the company was allegedly connected to attempts to allegedly move assets from Russia, Ukraine, and China into the Caribbean, and other intermediaries such as Hong Kong, United Kingdom and Belize. According to a government transcript, an informant referenced the process as "the full Singapore with a double dip, as we call it, with having the U.K. thrown in there, just to give it that added cleanliness and polishing off."[53] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_Social
  15. ... In an interview with local media, Brown explained that he decided to start giving away free motorbike helmets after witnessing many children in Pattaya riding motorcycles without helmets. Growing increasingly concerned, he decided to go out, buy helmets, and start offering them for free on the side of the road... https://thepattayanews.com/2024/04/30/american-expat-in-pattaya-wins-hearts-by-giving-away-free-motorbike-helmets/
  16. Yes, but then the content could be argued to be Australian and thus able to be restricted.
  17. Murder by Decree 1979 Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper, Royals, etc But: writers - Arthur Conan Doyle, John Hopkins, Elwyn Jones cast - Christopher Plummer as Sherlock Holmes James Mason as Dr. John Watson David Hemmings as Inspector Foxborough Susan Clark as Mary Kelly Frank Finlay as Inspector Lestrade Anthony Quayle as Sir Charles Warren Donald Sutherland as Robert Lees Geneviève Bujold as Annie Crook John Gielgud as Lord Salisbury Peter Jonfield as William Slade Roy Lansford as Sir Thomas Spivey Ron Pember as Makins Some of the finest acting of it's day, kept me watching and notable is Plummer, with wit, humour and emotion as Sherlock Holmes. Very Good
  18. Coss

    ANZAC day

    ANZAC day. I always think that the sacrifices others made, allowed for some of the best times humanity has had and in particular my generation's fortune, to not have to serve in a war. That is not to say that there have been no wars, just that my life has been blessed in this regard. My paternal grandparents met in WW1, she a nurse and he a wounded soldier. Not strictly in the ANZAC Corps, but part of the same shindig. Lest we forget. These days: Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served" (excluding those in the New Zealand Wars however), it is also used as a time to reflect on the reasons why World War 1 was started and by who. Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally devised to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who served in the Gallipoli campaign, their first engagement in the First World War (1914–1918). ref: The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) was originally a First World War army corps of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. It was formed in Egypt in December 1914, and operated during the Gallipoli campaign. General William Birdwood commanded the corps, which primarily consisted of troops from the First Australian Imperial Force and 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force, although there were also British and Indian units attached at times throughout the campaign. The corps disbanded in 1916, following the Allied evacuation of the Gallipoli peninsula and the formation of I ANZAC Corps and II ANZAC Corps. The corps was reestablished, briefly, in the Second World War during the Battle of Greece in 1941. The term 'ANZAC' has been used since for joint Australian–New Zealand units of different sizes.
  19. And hidden amongst the many headlines, that are and will be, coming out of Trump's court case underway in 'merica is this little gem: Conviction upheld for operative who funneled Russian money to Team Trump seems that Jesse Benton In 2013, was convicted as part of a bribery scheme, but he avoided a prison sentence and was ordered to serve two years of probation. Trump pardoned him. Then in 2016 he did it again... campaign-finance violation: He was charged with helping funnel illegal money to Team Trump from a Russian national. Convicted in 2022 and sentenced to prison soon after. Appeal dismissed... https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/maddowblog/conviction-upheld-operative-funneled-russian-money-team-trump-rcna148833 Ya can't get a Pardon, if your clown is not a president anymore...
  20. Looks like little Donnie, the multi billionaire who doesn't have enough money to pay a 175 million bond chose a bail bondsman, who also doesn't have any money, and is not licensed to do business in New York... https://www.msnbc.com/top-stories/latest/letitia-james-trump-fraud-bond-judgment-void-rcna148664 New York Attorney General Letitia James has asked Judge Arthur Engoron to void the $175 million bond in Donald Trump's civil fraud judgment, citing concerns that the bond company doesn't have the funds. In a filing on Friday, James said Knight Specialty Insurance Company, which underwrote Trump's bond, has not been able to show that it has enough collateral to back it. She described KSIC as "a small insurer that is not authorized to write business in New York and thus not regulated by the state’s insurance department," and said the company had never written a surety bond in New York or in the past two years in any other jurisdiction. James’ office is seeking to have Trump put up a replacement bond within seven days of a ruling. A hearing is set for Monday... etc etc etc
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