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jon46 last won the day on March 24 2015

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  1. Now that Trump has won and is the president-elect, let's see in the coming months what he does for the disaffected-largely white workers in the "rust belt" and other places in America. That was his core message---of his help to bring back jobs, which is a departure from Republican orthodoxy. Will the rejection of TPP and the renegotiation of NAFTA do that or will he start a trade war with China? Below is Senator Elizabeth Warren's letter to her supporters. This wasn’t a pretty election. In fact, it was ugly, and we should not sugarcoat the reason why. Donald Trump ran a campaign t
  2. In five states Sanders won where exit polling data is available — Indiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. I doubt that Sanders if he ran against Trump, he would win in Indiana (Trump's running mate, Pence is the governor of that state), Oklahoma and West Virginia....all "red" states. I agree Sanders has a better chance than Clinton in Michigan and Wisconsin...both states went to Trump! As a side note, Trump's home state...New York went to Clinton by a 1.5 million vote margin. In Manhattan, more than 500,000 votes went to Clinton vs. 58,000 for Trump. In t
  3. Assault Rifle (AR-15) should be banned but the powerful NRA successful lobby to Republicans prevents any legislative from passing. I hope the filibuster by the Democrats will have some positive effect on the upcoming vote in the Senate.
  4. Coming to Bangkok (Thailand) for over 25 years, I have noticed that prices are higher but still inexpensive compared to US standards like living in NYC or San Francisco. On my first visit to Bangkok on business, I stayed at the Intercontinental hotel, got taken to the "NO HANDS" restaurant and to a massage place....all paid by my company or by the host. At the massage place, the host did not pay for a "happy ending" which the girl noted was an extra 500 baht. Back in those days and as a "handsome" man, I did not believe in paying for sex and I declined paying...even though the girl saw my
  5. Can someone recommend the best and an inexpensive place to repair an electric (Philips) shaver. I believe I shorted out when I tried to replace the battery. Here in the states, the repair cost usually exceeds the value of getting a new shaver. I know there are shops (phones) at MBK and at Pantip Plaza (computers) but not a place specifically for small electrical items. I plan to visit Bangkok in Nov/Dec so any help will be appreciated.
  6. Trickery and False Promises in Thailand By THE EDITORIAL BOARDAPRIL 10, 2015 [i think it might be best to read the article on the New York Times site rather than here - KS]
  7. I remembered going to that restaurant and it was billed as the world's largest restaurant with employees travelling on skates! Another restaurant that is gone is the "No Hands" restaurant! On my first trip to Bangkok which was a business trip, my host took me there and his girl was the most beautiful person I ever saw. She was quite popular going from one room to another by customer requests. Food was very good. I ended up taking my girl to the Intercontinental hotel. Days later when I checked out, an extra charge appeared for having a guest which I protested and got the manager to ta
  8. allow me to make a suggestion...there should be a program on each aircraft that prevents a person from "crashing the airplane" such as flying into a mountain!
  9. fyi... The best selling book about Steve Jobs indicated that as a young man, he would be without shoes and to clean his feet, he would put them in the toilet bowl. Last week, during the day time, I drove on the highway and I saw a guy who pulled over and rather than hide behind a tree, he took a piss for all to see! And this is America with Americans doing uncivilized things?
  10. It is not just Chinese tourists that Thailand is wooing: China is a top trading partner. The government has sought to strengthen ties with Beijing since some Western countries downgraded diplomatic ties when the military seized power last year. Raising revenue from tourism is a government priority to compensate for weak exports, said Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd, the country's deputy government spokesman. Thailand, therefore, has to tolerate bad behavior for the sake of its vital tourist industry, he said. "We have to endure because having tourists is better than having no tourists
  11. BANGKOK (Reuters) - Drying underwear at a temple and defecating in public, kicking a bell at a sacred shrine and washing feet in a public restroom: that's a sample from a litany of complaints about the behavior of Chinese tourists in Thailand. Public outrage forced the Thai government to issue thousands of Chinese-language etiquette manuals last month in an effort to ensure sightseers behave themselves. Feathers were ruffled anew in March when a Thai model posted a video on Facebook accusing Chinese tourists of jumping the line at an airport, prompting heated debate from Thai and Chine
  12. The news also reported that the pilot had 6,000 hrs of flying on the Airbus 320 while the co-pilot started the job in 2013 and had only 630 hrs of flying time. It is a good thing that the voice recorder was recovered while the data recorder has yet to be located. The information that one of the pilots was locked out is very troubling. While it is very early to know all the facts, I now believe evidence strongly points to the pilot behind the control caused the crash.
  13. "Patagonian toothfish", aka snow fish...is also known in the US as Chilean Sea bass and is still available in the states. I have had it in the past and I must say it is delicious. Too bad, it is overfished. I am not sure if the trendy restaurants in the states are still serving it. Also here in the states, California and NY have outlawed "shark fins soup".
  14. In January the junta forced a German foundation to cancel a forum on press freedom saying Thailand was at a sensitive juncture. Since taking power, the junta has made full use of martial law, which also bans all political gatherings. Prayuth was particularly critical of the Thai-language Matichon daily newspaper, accusing the paper of siding with ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his allies. "Don't think I don't know that your writing is pro the previous administration," he told a Matichon reporter shortly before boarding a plane to Brunei. "The previous Interior Mini
  15. BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha lashed out at journalists on Wednesday, saying he would "probably just execute" those who did "not report the truth", in the latest outburst aimed at Thailand's media. Last month Prayuth said he had the power to shut down news outlets. On Wednesday, he took an even harsher line. "We'll probably just execute them," said Prayuth, without a trace of a smile, when asked by reporters how the government would deal with those that do not adhere to the official line. "You don't have to support the governm
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