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  2. Will a 'rice pledging scheme' be next? Sounds like a good idea!
  3. Delusional and still able to divide a once great country. All politicians are horrible in my book. You need to be able to get along on both sides of the fence to stimulate growth and prosperity. Unfortunately there is a major implosion coming.
  4. Well, it’s been brought to my attention that it’s only 3 years - not five and I got the information from my friend who does have a permanent residency and he’s married to a Thai woman. I don’t think they based in on being married to her, though. He’s been working in Thailand from 2002 until last year when he retired. He was the managing director of a British company. And there’s very much a way to permanent residency: In order to apply to become a Thai Permanent Resident, you must meet the following criteria: You must have had a Thai non-immigrant visa for at least t
  5. The figures don't add up. Have 80% of tourism businesses gone bust? I doubt it. Many are closed, of course, but there are plenty of businesses that are mothballed that will reopen when the time is right. Secondly, vaccinating 70% of the population by 1st October at a rate of 2500 per day. Assuming a June 1st start that woukd be around 300,000 by first October, which is under 50% of Phuket's official population, which bears no relation to the real population of Phuket. And what about all the workers who will return to the island when tourism reopens? They probably also n
  6. Is there really such a graph. It's very strange. Supposedly the data originally comes from the Human Mortality Database. Yet if you go to the home page of the human mortality database, Thailand isn't listed as one of the countries it offers data for: https://www.mortality.org/ So where exactly does the graph cited in support of the Thai mortality rate come from? Can anyone provide a link?
  7. Yes. They are very publicly working and making an income, and earning a great deal of money in some cases perhaps. If they weren't making money 90% of them wouldn't be doing it. Do the authorities ever crack down on that ?
  8. This thread is specifically for Aussie built cars exported to Thailand. That photo is obviously from Australia. That said, the Thais loved their Holden Camiras, and the factory in Australia had to put on extra shifts to keep up with Thai demand for the Aussie Holden Camira.
  9. You might blame them if you knew burning is simply pleasure for them just like smoking a cigarette. I come from the largest corn producing nation in the world. I have never seen a corn field burned there and the farmers make a good living. Yet in Thailand it would be unimaginable for a corn field to be left unburned. No one is encouraging them to burn and it depletes the soil and promotes erosion making them poorer. And as you say what they burn off often has other profitable uses; think straw bales, sileage and many others. The farmers position is it's their land and they do as they please an
  10. last para of the linked article says it all: “When the clients are influential people, if there’s a case of rape, assault or even death, police officers will often give more weight to the clients who hire the pretties because they’re of higher status,” Supensri Pungkoksung, director of the Social Equality Promotion Foundation, told This Week in Asia.” So no doubt this will be swept under the carpet
  11. Money became dominant force and females evaluate male's ability to supply money flow. Nothing fancy.
  12. I just remembered that Don's Cafe out at Doi Hang had ducks and/or geese in the pond. As far as I know Don still lives out there. I used to see him regularly at Central but not for a year or two now.
  13. Yes, justice in this country seems to work in reverse to others... petty crime go straight to jail commit a heinous crime or with connections get bail or pardoned.
  14. I'm afraid that the body-count (no matter how high) will not make the UN take any action in the near future. It's like a nasty deja-vu for this beautiful country
  15. Not really a bar or Go-Go location..... and one needs to keep an eye on the ground for fear of a twisted ankle.
  16. While it's true that confirmation bias can distort one's perception of reality, this post doesn't seem to be immune to it.
  17. Chinese vaccine, Chinese blood, should'nt be a problem!
  18. I got my 330e last August. So far have just driven to work and around BKK, so my daily usage is about 50km. I had the wall charger BMW provided installed at my condo and use that every night. I usually leave it plugged in overnight, was not aware of the less than 100% charge issue, but I'll check with the dealer. I have just over 7,000 km on the car and tanked up for just the third time yesterday. Electricity cost per month around 1,000-1,200 Baht per month. I finally got Carplay set up this weekend and it works fine. There had been an issue with the emergency call not working, but that
  19. In Thai culture that could be viewed as "loss of face" so must be very careful how you phrase it, however I'm sure someone would be happy to come along and help her burn once it's been collected.
  20. There is no need for lawyers / agents, no appointment at the land department needed - just show up. You can buy a standard sell- buy contract at any book shop or just draw your own. As someone already mentioned, you can also just show up with the buyer at the land department (that's if no deposit given). Part of the process at the land department is signing their sell- buy contract anyway. If the buyer is non Thai you need the letter from the juristic person re foreign quota and the bank letter for international money transfer (of the buyer). A while ago a friend bought a unit direc
  21. Dozens of leading Hong Kong democrats charged with subversion in major national security crackdown By Jessie Pang and James Pomfret Pro-democracy activist Sam Cheung hugs his wife as he arrives to report to the police station over national security law charges, in Hong Kong, China February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Jessie Pang HONG KONG (Reuters) - Forty-seven Hong Kong democrats and activists were charged on Sunday with conspiracy to commit subversion, in the largest single crackdown on the democratic opposition under a China-imposed national security law.
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