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  1. https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30403453


    The National Committee on Communicable Diseases has approved the use of vaccine passports in Thailand, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced on Monday.
    Under the measure, travellers with vaccination certificates will have their Covid-19 quarantine reduced from 14 days to seven days.However, travellers from South Africa, where a highly contagious coronavirus variant is rife, will still have to undergo the full 14-day quarantine.                                                                                                     
    In Thailand, Covid-19 vaccination certificates will be issued for a fee of Bt100 by hospitals administering second doses of the vaccine from March 21. The certificates can be used for international travel once the World Health Organisation (WHO) has finalised criteria for vaccine passports.

    The Thai vaccine-passport certificate will be valid for one year.

    Anutin revealed the reduced quarantine applied to three categories of traveller:

    First, foreign travellers who have a vaccination certificate dated not more than three months and not less than 14 days from date of entry. Travellers from South Africa still face 14 days of quarantine.

    Second, Thai nationals returning to Thailand with a vaccination certificate dated not more than three months and not less than 14 days from date of entry.

    Third, foreigners who have a Covid-free certificate but not a vaccination certificate will have their quarantine cut to 10 days. The measure is due to launch in April, said Anutin.

    Meanwhile, the communicable diseases committee expects Covid-19 restrictions to be lifted once 70 per cent of the population has been vaccinated. It also announced plans to procure another 10 million doses of vaccine.



  2. On 2/10/2021 at 2:51 AM, Coss said:

    Wuhan team delivers origins bombshell

    Experts revealed it is “extremely unlikely” the virus came from a lab — and it may well have originated with a species other than bats.


    ...Dr Embarek, the WHO’s food safety and animal disease specialist and chairman of the investigation team, said that according to their research, an intermediary host species is “the most likely pathway (for crossover into humans) and one that will require more studies and more specific targeted research”...

    ...The panel said it was likely other animals may serve as reservoirs, including those from the “feline family”, given the high susceptibility of minks and cats to the virus...

    ...said the coronavirus samples identified in bats and pangolins are not “sufficiently similar” to SARS-CoV-2 to suggest a direct link...


    I knew it!  F**k'in Cats!

    If you can believe anything these days. Every group of "experts" comes out with a different theory. Pick the one you prefer.



  3. No one has ever confirmed the JFK planned that. But no, there was no such executive order.


    I think I'd put Afghanistan ahead of the VN War as the biggest mistake. Just what the hell are we doing there, if not defending the opium fields, the way the conspiracy folks insist? US troops have been there 19 years, FFS!  The Brits tried in Afghanistan - and failed. Russia tried in Afghanistan - and failed. And the US?  I don't know one Soldier or Marine who has been there and doesn't think we should get out. They all tell me that as soon as we leave, the Taliban will take over again. 


    As to the US participation in the VN War achieving nothing, one can make a good case that if it hadn't done so, the communists would have conquered Thailand as well. I remember when when the Thai military was engaged with communist ":insurgents" at Khao Kor and other places.  Malaysia was also very worried and openly supported South VIetnam.  When the communists ruled Laos and Cambodia, the domestic communists would have been a serious threat. Thailand had a military government at the time, which was not necessarily very popular outside of Bangkok.

    Yes, the Thais were overall contented with their government, but so were most South Vietnamese with theirs. The communists didn't care in either country. They wanted power. In the 1970s my university students were donating blood and contributing money to help the Thai soldiers fighting against the communists at Khao Kor, while the commies had support from Hanoi and Beijing. NVA soldiers had been killed on several occasions inside of Thailand.




    p.s. In the 1970s I had a nodding acquaintanceship with the Thai commander at Khao Kor, while today I know several Thai ex-communists. They've said to me, "I made a mistake."




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  4. Sex workers in Thailand have launched a petition calling for prostitution to be decriminalised and urging authorities to remove all penalties for selling sex.

    Empower Foundation, a group that supports sex workers, said it hoped to collect 10,000 signatures and present the petition to parliament to help persuade lawmakers to consider changing the country's prostitution law.

    "The law punishes sex workers - 80% of whom are mothers and the main breadwinner for the whole family," said Mai Junta, a representative from Empower.

    "It turns us into criminals," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Tuesday.

    More than 1,000 people had signed the petition since it was launched on Saturday.

    Although predominantly Buddhist and deeply conservative, Thailand is home to an extensive sex industry, largely catering to Thai men.

    Hordes of tourists also flock to the bright lights of go-go bars and massage parlours in Bangkok and the country's main tourist towns.

    Women and LGBT+ rights activists say the current law, which made prostitution illegal in 1960, does little to protect sex workers, while repeated arrests and fines for doing sex work has driven them further into poverty.

    The women's affairs department at Thailand's Ministry of Social Development and Human Security said it was in the process of amending the prostitution law and would launch an online public hearing next year, without giving further details.

    "We are aware of complaints regarding rights violations of sex workers due to this law... and we are not neglecting their suggestions (to repeal the law)," a spokesman said.

    A 2014 report by the UN agency fighting AIDS estimated that there were 123,530 sex workers in Thailand but advocacy groups put the figure at more than twice that number and say it includes tens of thousands of migrants from neighbouring Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

    Prostitution is currently punishable by a fine of up to 40,000 baht or two years in prison, or both. People who pay for sex with underage workers can be jailed for up to six years.

    More than 24,000 people were arrested, prosecuted and fined for sex work-related offences last year, according to the Royal Thai Police.

    Surang Janyam, director of the Service Workers in Group, a Thailand-based support organisation for sex workers, said the prostitution law should be repealed to allow sex workers to be protected under labour laws.

    "The sex industry generates massive income (for the country), but there is no mechanism to protect (sex workers)," Ms Surang said. 


  5. On 9/7/2020 at 3:09 AM, Coss said:

    Well Flash, I have heard Trump say the following words:

    “not a war hero, He’s a war hero because he was captured.” also “I like people that weren’t captured.” 

    Admittedly it was not in person, it was on TV.  It was Trump saying them in 2015.

    Oh and here is a youtube video of Trump saying it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k1ajHAeXMU


    Trump called John McCain a “loser,” saying the decorated Vietnam War veteran was “not a war hero, He’s a war hero because he was captured.” Trump then added: “I like people that weren’t captured.” 

    I've talked to vets who actually knew McCain, and they didn't share your high opinion of him. One USAF colonel told me that McCain was shot down when he returned to do a victory loop ovr the target he'd just attacked. True or not? How should I know, but the Col was a pilot who flew missions over NVN himself.

    Trump and McCain never got along. There's a difference between calling one man a loser and saying he called all veterans and war dead losers. There is ample evidence tht he did not.

    p.s. I voted for McCain.


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  6. On 9/13/2020 at 7:27 PM, paul101 said:

    Vietnam the most pointless war in American history, how many dead 55k and for what? the Viet Kong won anyway despite the huge sacrifice made by decent service personal. If the Americans had not got the Brits to leave administering Vietnam in 45 the Viet Minn may well have been defeated for good. The Brits employed the Japanese to fight and almost defeat the unpopular communists, unfortunately the French returned, alienated the populace and were hopeless at jungle warfare. If Kennedy had lived he would have certainly prevented the bloodbath. Another American cock up!


    Nice history, but not quite so. The Brits occupied VN at the end of WWII to hold it against the VIetminh until the French could arrive. The Brits had no desire to stay there, and couldn't wait to get out of there. So that makes it an American cockup? As to JFK, no one knows what he would have done. It is all guess work, but I'm sure he'd have done a better job than LBJ. 

    BTW ..


  7. On 9/4/2020 at 2:37 PM, Coss said:

    I think I've said before, that I value the efforts, of those people who serve in the military, and those who have been in action, for their selflessness and sacrifice, so that I and others, may live the lives we have.

    So it is with some disgust, that I post the following, from the leader, of what was formerly, a shining light in the world.


    ...The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members, and asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades

    ...Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers

    ...on the same trip, Trump referred to the more than 1,800 marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood as “suckers” for getting killed

    ...who were the good guys in this war?

    ...When McCain died, in August 2018, Trump told his senior staff, according to three sources with direct knowledge of this event, “We’re not going to support that loser’s funeral,” and he became furious, according to witnesses, when he saw flags lowered to half-staff. “What the fuck are we doing that for? Guy was a fucking loser,” the president told aides. Trump was not invited to McCain’s funeral. 




    (The president did not serve in the military; he received a medical deferment from the draft during the Vietnam War because of the alleged presence of bone spurs in his feet. In the 1990s, Trump said his efforts to avoid contracting sexually transmitted diseases constituted his “personal Vietnam.”)


    Absolute fucking bull shit, but it's anti-Trump so it's got to be true.

    Too bad John Bolton (no admirer of Trump) didn't go along with the BS.

    John Bolton shoots down Atlantic story saying Trump called soldiers ‘losers’

    Trump found an unexpected ally in his corner.

    The same man who called him “unfit for office” said he was on that particular trip with Trump. Former National Security Advisor John Bolton has been an adversary of the president since leaving the administration last fall.

    He wrote in his book about Trump the visit to the cemetery by helicopter, was canceled due to the weather.

    Driving to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery was considered an “unacceptable risk.”

    This was due to the possibility of being stuck in traffic if an emergency arose. In fact, the book actually aligned with the official White House Claims for the cancellation in France.

    Bolton wrote:

    “The weather was bad, and Kelly and I spoke about whether to travel as planned to the Chateau-Thierry Belleau Wood monuments and nearby American Cemeteries, where many US World War I dead were buried.”

    On Friday, Bolton confirmed his account in an interview with the Times, and added that he never heard Trump say “losers” or “suckers.”

    Bolton said in an interview:

    “I didn’t hear that… but I was there for that discussion.”

    Bolton also had an interview with Bloomberg where he said:

    “I didn’t hear him say those things.” 


    BTW effing Joe Biden is also a draft dodger. He played football in both high school and college, but when he ran out of deferments he paid a doctor to say he had "asthma". However, creepy Joe is a Democratic, so it's wrong to criticise him for being chicken shit.


    p.si. When you start talking about combat veterans, you are treading into a minefield, and you don't want to do that.  Especially when you are diggng up discredited two-year-old false charges.  The Dems must really be getting desperate if that's the best they can do.






  8. On 8/28/2020 at 3:34 PM, Mekong said:

    Whilst I understand and respect the US having the Second Amendment, things have changed since 1791 and flintlock pistols.

     What gets me is, owning an Assault Rifle or Rocket propelled Grenade is legal in some/most States, the ownership of a switchblade or Stiletto blade is banned in others including states that allow Assault Rifles or RPG’s.

    Could an American please explain because it too much for me to compute. 

    No, you cannot own an RPG launcher in any state, nor can you own hand grenades, landmines etc, artillery pieces, or fully automatic weapons.

    Most modern military weapons are what is today called an assault weapon, the large magazine semi-automatic M16 and AK-47 types, and I still don't understand why these are legal.  They were made for combat, not for hunting, target shoot, or home defense. It puzzled me when I moved back to the US 20+ years ago and found that people could buy weapons they had no businesses owning. We couldn't own them in the 1960s and '70s. For one thing, it is comparatively easy to convert them illegally to fully automatic.   A shotgun is actually very effective  for home defense, as is a handgun. What more would you need?

    A double-barrel hammer-type shotgun is an exellent choice for home. Keep a gas cartridge in one barrell and buckshot in the other. Then you have a choice of deciding how to respond to an intrusion. If the intruder is non-threatening, you can hit him with the gas. If he is threatening, you drop him with the buckshot. But these days it seems to be the in thing to have an assault weapon, even if it is more dangerous to yourself than to others.

  9. On 8/28/2020 at 1:12 PM, chocolat steve said:


    The Breanna Taylor matter in Louisville, Kentucky is by the far the worse. That is straight out of Mississippi 1920s. The couple's home gets broken into mistakenly by cops. They shoot her, naked, several times, nothing in her hand. The man shoots one of the cops who are not identified as such. He (and anyone else) would believe it was a home invasion. He gets arrested while his girl, a first responder, is dying. Arrested for the temerity of shooting an unidentified cop who was in the wrong. The police department demands the prosecutors convict him. 






    From what I've read, the guy thought it was thieves trying to break in and fired first, wounding a policeman. The cops then responded by shooting at everything in sight. Breanna Taylor was killed by lying in bed, and it's a wonder the guy wasn't killed too. It was an over-reaction for sure, but when the adrenalin is pumping you're not thinking right. I learned that in Vietnam. 

    I'm very much opposed to this no-knock entries, and neighbours say the police did not identify themselves (though they claim they did). Was Breanna murdered? I wouldn't say she was intentionally targeted, but her death most certainly was manslaughter, since they had no idea who she was. The cops lost it and were firing in panic. They are not supposed to lose their cool. (Remember the cop who panicked and shot an Australian woman who asked for help?)

    No-knock entries are very likely going to end this way, as happened in California some years ago, when a man (white this time) heard someone breaking into his home and got up with his pistol in his hand and walked out on the the landing. If I remember right, he responded by shooting a policeman (maybe even killing him), and was then shot dead himself.  The cops had the wrong address that time too.  How many times does it has to happen before it is abandoned?

    And since you mention Rittenhouse, a white rightwing-protestor has been shot dead in Portland, with no apparent search for his killer. The guy (a Portland local) was walking along the street unarmed, when a leftist-protestor walked up and shot him in the chest.  Rittenhouse claimed he fired in self-defense, which a judge will have to decide, but there is no question that the death of Aaron Danielson of Portland was just plain murder. What the hell has happened to America?  :(


  10. Democratic strategist David Axelrod weighed-in Thursday on Joe Biden’s potentially reduced campaign schedule; saying “this is bad advice” and claiming the former Vice President can “either cut it or he can’t.”

    “This is bad advice. You can’t cloister the candidate and win. He either can cut it or he can’t, and the only way he can prove he can is to be an active and vigorous candidate. He’s running for president of the United States, for God’s sake!” posted Axelrod on social media.


  11. 11 hours ago, chocolat steve said:

    Sorry, Flash, that narrative is not true.  You are right, the gate was broken but  there was no threat. That's why they were arrested for brandishing a weapon. It was peaceful. Even neighbors confirm this. Private videos showed they were simply walking through. There was no protest in the complex at all, they were on their way to a protest. 

    They were there to go to the mayor's home. No weapons with the protesters. They were noisy (the protesters) but all the videos showed no threat and no one on private property (home / yard)

    God help them if they'd shot anyone. In just about every state you can only use lethal weapons in self defense. The other person has to be actually threatening you (and preferably armed). The news reports I read said the protestors were making threats against them and their property.  If they weren't they deserved to be charged.

    p.s. I also wonder if that magazine is legal. Civilians are usually only allowed a 5 round magazine or so. That is clearly over 20 rounds, maybe 30.


  12. 5 hours ago, Coss said:

    Interesting - 


    The couple are now speakers at the Republican convention - for pointing guns at protestors - 

    On 10 July, city police searched and seized both of the guns from the couple. About a month later, St Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner charged both with "unlawful use of a weapon", which is a felony. The complaint said that both had displayed their semi-automatic weapons "readily capable of lethal use, in an angry or threatening manner".

    They are characterised as rich, on the assumption that owning a house, makes them rich, how big is the mortgage?

    I see they've not come far, from their hillbilly roots, having yet to learn, how to wear shoes.

    Even if one were to adopt their point of view, which is presumably, "we must prepare for civil unrest, by rioters and hooligans, who will attack us, so we have to get guns and load them and be ready to shoot people",  then surely you'd want to wear shoes, to protect the feet, from the broken glass and such, in the ensuing fracas?

    Yeah, Coss. Just ignore the fact that the "protestors" had broken into their gated housing estate and were threatening to burn people's houses down. And maybe it's a shoes-optional zone. :)



  13. 20 hours ago, chocolat steve said:

    Joe has a long history of lying. He ran for President in 1992 and had to quit the race because he was caught in a lie. He plagiarized something I think in college. Not sure but I recall. He talks whimsically over the years of stories from his youth that people said were completely made up. This was mostly in the 90s and prior. 

    It also tells you the state of the Democratic party that the establishment backed him from the start. That said, I do'n't think he is unable to govern. He will surround himself with capable people. I liken him to Reagan who by all accounts was unprepared for the high office. I've posted this before. The accounts are by his own people. 


    I think Biden will be okay. He will misspeak, he will remember things incorrectly or what others may call a lie. But the country will be run no worse than it was pre Trump. Biden being a bad candidate does not by definition make Trump a viable alternative. Biden being one of the worse of the Democratic challengers doesn't make Trump any better. A strong case can be made to vote for Romney, Rubio and many others over Biden. Even...cough...spit..Cruz. Trump goes far beyond ideology. Half of Americans have been dealing with bad ideology from the other party since the founding. Trump is dangerous to democracy. Trump  is a possible tragic global event type of person. If Covid 19 isi't that already. 10s of thousands of people were always going to die from Covid 19 no matter who was in the White House. The degree to how many people would be down to what policies someone would try, but the policy, no matter whom, was to be about to limit the lives loss and keep the economy viable. Trump's strategy for Covid 19 is solely based on his getting re-elected. The number of lives lost literally doesn't matter. 

    Any president who is in an election year and has a pandemic would think of re-election. That is normal. And all would straddle a line on what is prudent and if it will hurt his or hers election but Trump doesn't straddle the line, he will cross any line of decency, life and death, if it helps re-election. Hence the difference. There is no line with him. One of the senior members of Homeland Security said he told them not to aid in helping the fires in California. Purely out of spite. Lives are at risk. But Trump would not lose one bit of sleep if the death toll went up as a direct result of his inaction out of spite. That's where we are at. Presidents deny states things all the time for political reasons. Life and death things aren't part of that. Ever. When 1000s of lives are at stake we don't do politics. Republicans joined FDR in declaring war on the Japanese. Democrats joined Bush in an overwhelming military response to 911. 

    So tell me, Steve. How have we reached the point where these are the candidates that the two major  parties have put forward?  328 million people and this is the best they can do?   It's not something for us to be proud of.



  14. 16 hours ago, chocolat steve said:

    Hmm...Biden's wife or Trump's wife who represents the First Lady tradition? hmmm


    Having some fun. Again, and I swear, I don't have a problem with her per se. I'm just pointing out the sheer hypocrisy and the restraint Dems have shown towards her. Dems are corrupt but they have a line. Gotta give them that. 




    At least Trump can tell his wife from his sister.  :)



  15. 18 hours ago, buffalo_bill said:

    Coffe time again, space to watch Cav´s findings on the world.


    If this proud black man finds Biden´s words so disgusting that he cannot vote for him. Any alternative?

    Tulsi Gabbard would have been a fine candidate. She's part Samoan, if they wanted a minority, and she has a decent military record in the Army medical corps. She also ripped Kamala to pieces in the debates. But oh no, let's go with creepy old Joe.  :(

    Listen to Joe's own words. If he were Pinocchio he'd have a nose a yard long. Do the Democrats really want to win?



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