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2 minutes ago, legend49 said:

You missed his thinking. He will charge Chinese tourists money to go out to the memorial site.

Ah! Phuket's own Richard Branson.

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10 hours ago, Inn Between said:

Buying it and sinking it is fine. It should make a nice home for coral and fish in a decade or so. But to waste money restoring it is asinine. As has basically been suggested, donate that money instead to a worthy cause or buy something substantial for the victims' families. 

 

(It just occurred to me that use of the word "restore" is probably wrong. What I think they mean to say is that it will be "repaired" (enough to get it back out to sea). To talk about restoring something gives the impression of putting all back to original condition, and that truly would be crazy.) 

 

 

“Next, I want to restore the Phoenix to be good condition like it used to be, and return it back to the sea where the boat lay on the seabed"
Read more at https://www.thephuketnews.com/new-phoenix-owner-aims-to-restore-wreck-return-it-to-the-sea-72534.php#WWGDDc3WWjUKOUuv.99

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17 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Will he be given 'permission' to dump a boat on the seabed?

 

Making merit - isn't that like trying to buy your way to heaven - I thought in the alleged civilised world that went out with Martin Luther and his argument with the catholic church in the 16th century?

Still if he's gullible, the government were happy to accept his money.

I think that some aspects of making merit in Buddhism make more sense than buying indulgences in the Catholic Church. 

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14 minutes ago, Catoni said:
17 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Making merit - isn't that like trying to buy your way to heaven - I thought in the alleged civilised world that went out with Martin Luther and his argument with the catholic church in the 16th century?

Still if he's gullible, the government were happy to accept his money.

I think that some aspects of making merit in Buddhism make more sense than buying indulgences in the Catholic Church. 

In the "civilized world" many religious sheep pay a tithe of 10 percent to avoid being accused of robbing god. 

I don't know if their god is the one who gets to spend it.

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On 8/16/2019 at 4:58 PM, edwinchester said:

Instead of wasting money buying a wreck and then sinking it.......why not donate the large sum to a needy cause that genuinely helps the poor or sick?

Since when is a total waste of money making merit?

I watch the millions of baht every month being donated to the temples in the "making merit" scheme.

The boat is peanuts compared to the wasted millions given at temples... 

IMHO

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21 hours ago, edwinchester said:

Instead of wasting money buying a wreck and then sinking it.......why not donate the large sum to a needy cause that genuinely helps the poor or sick?

Since when is a total waste of money making merit?

Maybe it's about publicity,for him and his company.otherwise it makes no sense at all. 

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Improving the life of the living would seem a novel method of making merit.

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On 8/16/2019 at 9:08 AM, scorecard said:

Point taken however maybe he had strong concerns that someone would buy it, tart it up and return it to tour operations so he decided on this route to make sure it was never used again as a tour boat and as a means of making merit for the 47 poor souls lost when it sank. But of course a very expensive exercise. 

And you have spoken to the person and are aware of his intentions?

 

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I wonder "how" the Chinese Gov't led this fiasco slide....typical of incompetent Thais who should never had led to this...amazing....."IF" I were the Chinese gov't There would have been a warning. Yet those Communist <deleted> think nothing of inquistion. As usual.....all idiots. Thank God, I'm not Asian.:)

5 minutes ago, TMNH said:

And you have spoken to the person and are aware of his intentions? are you kidding me? Merit? I wouldn't touch that boat with a ten- foot-pole. "Yet" I'm sure there are Thais who look for a bargain. part of my point.Different cultures yes, but I will be damned to adopt

 another culture when it goes against my ethics. So all of the expats who think it is ok for sex, yet not stray dogs...I understand it's out of control.When a nation does not curb : screwing- stray whomever, then this is a surprise?

 

 

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Compassion- it seems so necessary in this day and age...where evidence of such is not warranted or exhibited for that matter. 

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