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  1. It depends on the hospital. Avoid Bumrungrad at all costs. They are good, but they are overpriced. Bangkok Hospital is also expensive. But for a typical visit, for an opinion, or x-rays, etc, it costs me under 2000 baht. Not bad. And some of the local clinics are decent for minor ailments. Have some friends who have done more significant procedures at the public hospitals. One had a hernia operation, total cost was around 12,000 baht with all treatment and the cost of the room. So, if you pick and choose, the medical care here can be quite good, and inexpensive. A good example. A friend of mine got in a horrible motorbike accident. Nearly lost his leg. The doctors wanted to amputate. He said no. After the first procedure (he had 11 surgeries), he was quoted 1,400,000 baht for the second procedure at BH. He decided to move from Samui to Bangkok for treatment. Went to one of the private hospitals. They quoted him 460,000 baht. In the interim he befriended the surgeon, as he was also a medical professional, and I guess they had alot to talk about. He said he would get him a quote at a public hospital he also worked at. Next day, came back with a quote of 47,000 baht, total. Needless to say he got the operation there, and the work was good. In the interim, he contacted a friend, who is an orthopedic surgeon in San Diego. Asked him for a quote, since he knew all of the medical terminology. Next day his doctor friend called him. $960,000 with cash discounts, and no followup treatment.
  2. There do not seem to be any laws in Thailand, regarding fleeing from the scene of a crime. In the US, this guy would be caught, and locked up for a decade or longer. He would lose everything he owned. Here? If you are caught, it is the same as if you stayed at the scene. Since Thailand has little law and order, most figure it is worth taking a chance and fleeing. Of course it is an act of a coward and a half man. But, many try. Also, driving a bike of any sort in Thailand without wearing the best helmet you can afford is like playing Russian roulette, with three bullets in the chamber. Not smart. Not wise. An act of tempting fate.
  3. Anyone would be better that Prayuth. Anyone, any preference, any background. Bring her (him?) on. It would not take much to beat the small incompetent.
  4. I truly believe that any candidate, with the tiniest amount of gravitas and credibility could beat this little guy. He is despised by most Thais, for very good reasons. He has let the nation down. He is there to protect the elite, the super wealthy, those in power (his cronies) and those that are connected. He has done nothing for the average man or woman. Plus, he has the audacity to interrupt their favorite TV shows, with Quaker, puritan dribble. He has to go. He is holding the nation back on so many levels.
  5. No. It does not fit your narrative. The fake narrative that is being parroted by the devotees, of the deflector in chief. Administration officials have noted that roughly one in five inmates in federal prison are foreign-born, and that the vast majority of those people are in the United States illegally. They argue such statistics show the dangers illegal immigration poses to society. "The illegal immigrant crime rate in this country should be zero," US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement earlier this year. "Every crime committed by an illegal alien is, by definition, a crime that should have been prevented." Advocates have slammed statistics released by the administration. "The vast majority of immigrants in federal prison are there for crimes that only immigrants can be charged with -- illegal entry and illegal entry after removal," Tom Jawetz, the vice president for immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, told The New York Times in 2017. "When you cook the books you shouldn't pretend to be surprised by the results." https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/03/us/immigrants-crime-numbers/index.html\
  6. Kaepernick is an American hero. He was ostracized from a league, that is run like a 19th century plantation. The football players are high paid cotton pickers, with few rights, and it is a domain of super wealthy white men, who do not want to offer their players any real power. If the owners could get away with it, they would probably be whipping their players, like some of their ancestors did on the cotton plantations. And only a few players were courageous enough to make this stand, and they sacrificed their careers for it. Fortunately for Colin, Nike stepped up and gave him a $30 mil contract. Good on them, and good on him for that. You know if the president was offended by what they did, then what they did was the morally and ethically correct position. By comparison, the NBA is a league that stands behind their players, and is light years ahead of the politically prehistoric and oppressive NFL. The NFL does not like the color brown. The NBA celebrates color and diversity.
  7. 22% of inmates in federal prison were non US citizens. Such inmates were either deemed to be in the country illegally or facing upcoming deportation proceedings. https://www.openinvest.co/blog/statistics-prison-america/
  8. For the third time this year, the Israeli police have recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be charged with taking bribes, fraud and breach of trust, this time accusing him of performing official favors for a telecommunications and media conglomerate in exchange for adoring coverage by its news subsidiary. That case and two others now await a decision by the attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, on whether to indict Mr. Netanyahu. If he does, it would be the first time in Israel’s history that a sitting prime minister faced criminal charges. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/02/world/middleeast/netanyahu-cases-guide.html And this, from the Israeli national newspaper. Please, do some research. Read up on this madman: The Iranian lie turns Netanyahu into the most dangerous man for the country’s security. But as befits a great leader, if he is able to bring about the cancellation of the nuclear agreement, he will become the most dangerous man in the world. A considerable achievement for someone who buys submarines from a company that is considering investment options in Iran. https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-netanyahu-the-most-dangerous-man-in-the-world-1.5473416
  9. It has just been announced. The deflector in chief, has just shot himself in the foot, again. He declared a national emergency, over a fake, made up border (Trump wall of hubris) crisis. This will be the end for him. 65% of Americans polled, including many conservatives, said they did NOT want a national emergency invoked. Another tone deaf move, by the neophyte, who cannot negotiate a deal, to save his life, or his political career. Want some real facts? Despite his protestations to the contrary, and his fake political rhetoric, Americans are the real problem here. 80.7% of the prison population in the US, are American citizens. Americans and naturalized Americans commit three times as many homicides annually, as illegal immigrants, and nine time as many murders as legal immigrants. Those are facts which can easily be verified, by anyone who is concerned with truth, rather than slogans and false, vitriolic campaign nonsense, meant to drum up racism, hatred and division. Rudy said truth is not truth. Well, the reality is, truth is truth, despite what this madman would have us believe.
  10. It has just been announced. The deflector in chief, has just shot himself in the foot, again. He declared a national emergency, over a fake, made up border (Trump wall of hubris) crisis. This will be the end for him. 65% of Americans polled, including many conservatives, said they did NOT want a national emergency invoked. Another tone deaf move, by the neophyte, who cannot negotiate a deal, to save his life, or his political career. Want some real facts? Despite his protestations to the contrary, and his fake political rhetoric, Americans are the real problem here. 80.7% of the prison population in the US, are American citizens. Americans and naturalized Americans commit three times as many homicides annually, as illegal immigrants, and nine time as many murders as legal immigrants. Those are facts which can easily be verified, by anyone who is concerned with truth, rather than slogans and false, vitriolic campaign nonsense, meant to drum up racism, hatred and division. Rudy said truth is not truth. Well, the reality is, truth is truth, despite what this madman would have us believe.
  11. Absolutely correct. It is part publicity stunt, and part xenophobia. Making life harder for foreigners is part of what he does. Good PR for his department, so he thinks. In reality the word is getting around, and Thailand is simply becoming a less desirable destination, and thousands of really good ex-pat men are leaving. And to think this nation may be cursed with more years of these hapless fools. Moving Thailand backwards at an astonishing pace.
  12. The whole wall issue, is a made up campaign slogan, that some have bought into. It has never been even close to an emergency. The only emergency is the fact that Trump promised the wall to his supporters, and as hard as he has tried, he just cannot get one built. We cannot help the fact that Trump is a horrible negotiator. Few want the wall. The majority of Americans do not favor it, or want it. It is nonsense. Made up garbage. And now this unstable non genius is going to trigger a constitutional crisis, by invoking emergency powers? It very well may be the beginning of the end for him. Oh, I forgot. There are already 17 investigation into Trump, and that does not include the congressional investigations. Don't even begin to parrot the witch hunt nonsense. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has indicted or gotten guilty pleas from 34 people and three companies that we know of — the latest being longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone. That group is composed of six former Trump advisers, 26 Russian nationals, three Russian companies, one California man, and one London-based lawyer. Seven of these people (including five of the six former Trump advisers) have pleaded guilty. Where did this wall idea originate? Joshua Green had good access to Trump insiders, including Sam Nunberg, who worked with Stone. “Roger Stone and I came up with the idea of ‘the Wall,’ and we talked to Steve [Bannon] about it,” according to Nunberg. “It was to make sure he [Trump] talked about immigration.” The concept of the Wall did not click right away with the candidate. “Initially, Trump seemed indifferent to the idea,” writes Green. “But in January 2015, he tried it out at the Iowa Freedom Summit, a presidential cattle call put on by David Bossie’s group, Citizens United. ‘One of his pledges was, ‘I will build a Wall,’ and the place just went nuts,’ said Nunberg. Warming to the concept, Trump waited a beat and then added a flourish that brought down the house. ‘Nobody,’ he said, ‘builds like Trump.’” https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2019/01/04/where-the-idea-for-donald-trumps-wall-came-from/#33caf7d44415
  13. Wow. Are you familiar with the term satire? How about cynicism? Comedy? I have been called out dozens of times, by seemingly intelligent Jewish friends, for even bringing up the issue of the Palestinians. I was once at a dinner party in LA. Was with a good Jewish friend. I started chatting up a gal, who turned out to be Palestinian. He walked over, and listened in on our chat. Due to the fact that I was sympathetic with some of her positions, and arguments, my friend wrote me off, for life! I had known him for years, at that point. On the spot. I asked him later, and he said he could not be friends with a Jewish man who was sympathetic toward a Palestinian. Yep. Not the only time something that inane, and that ridiculous happened. Israelis, and some Jews, can be some of the least tolerant people on earth, and some of the thinnest skinned people around, when it comes to one's ability to even discuss, much less criticize Israeli policy. I say that as a Jew, so do not even go there, with the sloganeering. They bandy around the terms anti-semitic, Jew hater, etc, like it was a fact. Could not be further than the truth. Open minded? Hah.
  14. Wrong. If that was the case why would most embassies do this simultaneously? Consider that. No doubt the pressure came from the Thais.
  15. Silly reply. Very few get in accidents due to pot smoking. Thousands die due to alcohol. Which one is legal?
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