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spidermike007

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  1. Though it does sound like this guy over reacted, that is somewhat besides the point here. It is the heinous defamation laws, and the willingness of the authorities to use them, at this time, that calls into question the horrible judgment of this administration. At a time when the tourism industry is suffering it's worst crisis ever, this is just crazy dumb, tone deaf and a further demonstration that they have no idea how to fix this tragedy, and guys like Pipat and Prayuth are totally in over their heads. The defamation laws were written by sold out cowards, to protect rotten players from reprisals, due to bad service, faulty products and bad business. They have no place in today's world. They represent a heinous over reach of toxic power.
  2. The nation needs something more akin to the FFP. Younger, more progressive minds. The age of the dinosaurs is coming to an end. They are nearly extinct. Soon, the great and courageous youth of Thailand will demonstrate that they are the only hope this nation has of moving forward. They are the true patriots and they will take over. They will oust the super toxic army. Just watch. It is inevitable. Away with the prehistoric clowns.
  3. From what I understand, there is no high speed rail under construction in Thailand. All of the construction seems to be for a second rail. Which will speed things up slightly. Some new rolling stock, to replace the 60 year old cars. There are no plans to increase rail cargo, which would take pressure off the clogged highways.
  4. 2 and 5 have been utter failures. We called the "special hotline" which they set up for polluting vehicles. It took ten minutes before they even understood why we called. And my wife was speaking Thai with them. The guy said what do you want us to do? We said do what you promised to do. OK, give me the license plate number. Thanks. Wow. Really effective. All removing street vendors accomplished was to denigrate areas like Koa San Road to the dust bin of history. Most people love those vendors, they add character to neighborhoods and removing them has lowered the quality of life for many, and deprived rhe common people of a livelihood. That is the polar opposite of progress. On issue 4 there is a simple solution. If the authorities were interested in solutions. The burning has to stop. There are alternatives, to this 19th century technique of burning after the sugar cane harvest. Either the government starts to encourage farmers to switch to more environmentally friendly crops, or they start to penalize farmers for burning. This heinous burning, is leading to a tremendous degree of environmental degradation, and alot of lung disease. So here is what I propose- 1. Fine the farmers 5,000 baht for a first offense, and give them a stern warning, that burning is now prohibited, and the second fine will be very harsh. 2. For a second offense, fine the farmer 100,000 baht, and warn them that if the burning continues, their land will be confiscated. 3. On the 3rd offense, confiscate their land. Period. No questions. No legal proceeding or appeals on the part of the farmers. Allow others to come in and purchase the land at a fair price, with the caveat that sugar is prohibited as a crop to be grown on that land. The funds would be put into an environmental trust, to be used to promote more progressive crops, green energy, etc. Moving the nation forward. The news would travel faster than the toxic smoke, and farmers would change their ways overnight, and move into the 21st century. Then they can move on to tackle the sale of diesel vehicles, and the government's enthusiastic support of such. It is inane in this day and age. Most nations are moving away from diesel for good reasons. When they are not well maintained, they foul the air, with large, nasty particles. And who properly maintains their vehicle here
  5. I do not think they have the intention to surrender power. They are greedy and massively corrupt, and they care not one iota for the people of Thailand. However they are despised now, more than ever. And the youth are waking up and rising up. They will take over. It is only a matter of time. Hopefully, sooner rather than later. The dinosaurs will be forced out. Just watch.
  6. I recently took a bus from Samui to Hua Hin. It was a very comfortable VIP govt. bus with 24 seats, only 8 of which were occupied. The only issue was road construction. It slowed us down. And it was late at night. Took over 9 hours from Don Sak to HH and arrived at 4am. Thailand needs to improve on high speed transport.
  7. How long have you lived here? How often have we seen promises like this? This current administration is infamous for pledges, declarations, proclamations and promises. Few are even remembered, much less followed up upon two weeks later. Feel free to cite some environmental promises that were followed up on, if you can. Otherwise, this is just a pedantic high school level debate, and you are advocating for men with a staggering level of incompetence and indifference toward their land, water and the common man.
  8. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa has instructed related state agencies to take immediate steps to protect marine resources that have been damaged by fishing. Varawut. We all know this is a blatant lie. He will do absolutely nothing. In two weeks, all will be forgotten.
  9. These are tough times, and car and truck sales are way down here. My guess is some guys will be far more willing to negotiate than others. Look around alot, and be prepared to walk away.
  10. Horrific. Yet, even though there are well over 12,000 recorded deaths a year here, nothing is being done. Nothing. And have they shut down the highways? Yet, 58 covid deaths, and the entire nation's economy was shut down. Go figure.
  11. The British and Australian embassies have outreach programs. Perhaps other too. They have consular officers who set up meetings regularly in big cities, where the expat community is able to ask and get answers to issues that pertain to them. This is past of the duty of consular officers. Whether you choose to participate is on you. But, as least the service is offered, and the option of there. America is either too arrogant, too indifferent, or simply too incompetent to accomplish such a task. An empire in decline.
  12. You have got to be kidding. They have been dumping waste directly into the sea, on the southern islands for decades. Whatever reefs they had are decimated. And the government does nothing. The fishing boats dump an unlimited amount of garbage into the Andaman and the Gulf. And they do nothing. Did they think they could do this forever, without any consequences? And then there is the add on effect of the noxious air. So much could be done, if they only cared. There is a very simple solution to this air problem. If the authorities were interested in solutions. The burning has to stop. There are alternatives, to this 19th century technique of burning after the sugar cane harvest. Either the government starts to encourage farmers to switch to more environmentally friendly crops, or they start to penalize farmers for burning. This heinous burning, is leading to a tremendous degree of environmental degradation, and alot of lung disease, Then they can move on to tackle the sale of diesel vehicles, and the government's enthusiastic support of such. It is inane in this day and age. Most nations are moving away from diesel for good reasons. When they are not well maintained, they foul the air, with large, nasty particles. And who properly maintains their vehicle here? Same applies to the diesel power plants.
  13. Maybe this means they will finally start doing some outreach to the US expat community, like so many other nations have been doing? What do they spend their time doing, anyway?
  14. One element is missing from that bring the rich tourists here scenario. Sacrifice. What are the authorities willing to sacrifice, to get them to come? Rich tourists like to spend money when they travel. And they cannot do that here, as they do not like getting taken for a ride. Most wealthy people are smart with their money. Thailand could be making a fortune on a 25% luxury tax. Instead of the 100% of more, which discourages most people from buying. How many people do you see in the luxury stores here? They are almost always completely empty. Inane. Beyond inane. Quantity over quality is never a good thing, unless you are selling one dollar items at a swap meet. It just lowers the quality of the experience for all. This is an emergency situation. It needs to be dealt with, and it needs a high degree of intelligence and competence. Not something Prayuth or Pipat possess. Someone else needs to handle this, and it needs to be handled yesterday!
  15. You are referring to what is referred to as progressive and visionary thinking. It just does not exist here. Maybe the youth will be more creative, once they assume leadership. It is just a matter of time. They are impressive.
  16. The imposition of so many hurdles for long term tourists and returning expats seems a bit much. From a scientific point of view, a covid free letter and a two week quarantine eliminates 99% of the risk. At some point, leaders need to do something. Therein lies my definition of timidity and cowardice. Step up. Your people are counting on you. As I said before The $100 billion (yes, about 3.3 trillion baht!) Thailand takes in from tourism annually reverberates out in countless ways. Even the rural folks benefit.
  17. Alot of expats have already left, prior to Covid. Immigration here is heinous. Attitudes need to change. There are alternatives. Thailand is NOT COU (the center of the universe). Many more will leave in the months and years ahead. Thailand takes in from hundreds of billions annually from its expat community. And it reverberates out in countless ways. Even the rural folks benefit. Alot of the nicer houses in the poorer farming areas were built with money from expats. Alot of trucks, cars and income is from expats. Countless business employing many. To say it is insignificant, is a blatant misunderstanding of Thai economics. Thousands of hotels, restaurants, countless airlines and many tour companies, also benefit. From both expats and tourists. This hapless administration needs to develop some courage and initiative. They can't hide from the world forever. Extreme timidity from supposedly tough men is an amusing thing to witness. However, the pain they are inflicting on millions is not.
  18. Utterly fascinating how the charlatan Master has taught his disciples how to distort truth, how to learn the art of deflection, and how to embrace dishonor. And the most fascinating part is most do not even see what they are doing, nor how they are behaving. Honor? What is that?
  19. I post alot about the high quality of life here, my love of most Thai people, and many other topics, which you obviously do not read. Here is an example of one. This is an entirely subjective topic, of course. But some of us live very good lives here. Some of us have been fortunate enough to find an outstanding woman, who is delightful to be around, on a daily basis, always has our back, and is fun, smart, and lovely. For me, that likelihood of finding that back in the US, would be very low. So, that is a big factor for me. The second factor is just the quality of life. Sure, I miss alot of the culture back home. The theatre, independent film (which I can download here with no issues at all, and a super fast 550mbps fiber optic connection, at under 800 baht per month!), stand up comedy, live jazz, etc. But I have a lovely home that I rent, for about 10% of what I would pay in California, I live very well on an income which is not huge, have access to great health care, at a tiny fraction of what it costs in the US, and do not have to put up with alot of the aggravation that I had to when I lived back there. I would not want to move back there, unless I was either being paid a million dollars a year, or the situation was dire. The whole planet is being affected by a greatly expanding population, inflation, environmental issues, politics, and congestion. So, we are going to experience some of that no matter where we are. All I know, is that every day I wake up, I am very glad to be here, very glad to be with the woman I am with, and thankful for my life. Would I feel the same way in the US? I seriously doubt it. Most of my friends back in the US, say they would trade positions with me, in a heartbeat, if they could. I believe them. And I feel for them. The quality of life where I came from is a pale shadow of what it used to be. No thanks. There is one more consideration. No matter where we go, we still have to contend with ourselves, our attitude, our issues and our minds. So, some will always be seeking greener pastures. Nothing wrong with that. But, it does not insure fulfillment.
  20. It is likely that the only ones with more skeletons in their closets, are Papuan Highlander cannibals. Why such fear? What is he hiding? It is likely he is hiding serial felonious tax evasion and bank fraud. We can only dream of a long prison sentence for Trump, once he is unceremoniously ushered out of the very white house come January.
  21. Total delusion. Invest alot of money in a collapsing condo market. Smart. Thailand needs courageous leadership. They don't have it. The army are major cowards. ANY person from ANY nation should be welcome starting tomorrow, if they are willing to subject themselves to a 14 day quarantine and pay excessive fees for that two week sentence. There is no downside or risk, and only upside for the nation. No groveling from a local consulate should be required. That is utter nonsense. A covid free letter and a booking at an approved hotel. Done. And for those investing big money here, free long term visas. Free elite membership. Home Immigration visits for visas and renewal. Tax holidays. If you want wealthy expats make some sacrifices. Lower the luxury taxes. Do something. Do anything. Just don't continue doing nothing. Timidity is so unappealing.
  22. Sorry. You can't stifle public will forever. Not the majority. You will see that demonstrated in November.
  23. These issues and problems were becoming apparent long before Covid. And none were being addressed. That is part of my point. They say they want rich tourists. What sacrifices are the ministers willing to make, to get them? Rich tourists like to spend money when they travel. And they cannot do that here, as they do not like getting taken for a ride. Most wealthy people are smart with their money. Thailand could be making a fortune on a 25% luxury tax. Instead of the 100% or more, which discourages most people from buying. How many people do you see in the luxury stores here? They are almost always completely empty. Inane. Beyond inane. Are they addressing critical issues, like the air and water quality, traffic safety, public transportation on the southern islands, rapid rail transport, and the lack of law enforcement? No. Nothing, and I mean less than zero is being done. So, as a result of this gross negligence, they are only able to attract primarily lower to middle income Indian and Chinese tourists. The Western tourists have abandoned Thailand for the most part. A fraction of the number that used to come here, return. Quantity over quality is never a good thing, unless you are selling one dollar items at a swap meet. It just lowers the quality of the experience for all.
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