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Loburt last won the day on September 20 2014

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  1. Seh Daeng didn't die fighting. He died giving an interview. I don't care who killed him or whether they're lying about it: he got what he deserved.
  2. Loburt

    I cannot understand TF

    I can't agree that any change is going to cause confusion. Changes to a website should make it friendlier to the eye and easier and more inviting to use right off the bat. The new site looks jumbled, confusing, uninviting. As a user, I don't want to have to take the time to "learn" a community or social website.
  3. Disease wiped out millions in Central America. Yet there are no mass graves. The absence of mass graves doesn't support your case. There are also examples of people who ignored warning signs and suffered the consequences. Just for once I'd like to see one person rise from the dead and say "Oh ... sorry for ignoring all the warning signs. I was wrong.''
  4. Not true. The number of starving people has increased during the last several years. Is it a blip? Maybe, maybe not. I'm sure you will make a flippant response that it is, but you're not in possession of enough facts to really know. Nor am I. Your "it will all be okay" version of history in which mankind's ingenuity and technological prowess always come to the rescue is also at odds with the facts. Several civilizations failed to deal with environmental or other crises - either for want of developing the appropriate technology fast enough or for other non-technology reasons - and essentially disappeared from the face of the earth. The Aztecs, the Empire of Angkor, etc, etc, etc. The world didn't end, but their world did. Some survived, but many more died and many more suffered. It wasn't something anyone would want to live through. It is possible we could be heading toward a very dark and terrible period in the history of mankind. The risks are real and the warning signs are there. Will we come up with the solutions that will prevent these scenarios from actually happening? I sure hope so. But history is littered with the dust of peoples, empires and civilizations that did not. You can call that doom and gloom if you like, but it's a fact. If ringing alarm bells helps accelerate searching for and finding solutions, then ring away.
  5. Loburt

    Ties to Thailand

    Those pictures are treasures. Have you considered making high quality scans or prints and sending them to the Royal Household Bureau?
  6. There are an estimated 1.02 billion people in the world suffering from hunger or malnutrition right now. One in every six human beings is hungry, malnourished or starving right now. By 2050 the projected population of the world will be 9.1 billion people. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations has said that agricultural production in all developing countries will need to double by 2050 to feed everyone. Arable land is being lost or reduced every year. More of what is left is increasingly being used to grow bio-fuels. Government investment in agriculture has been steadily slashed over the past 30 years. Yes, private companies have stepped in where government has pulled back. One of the biggest is Monsanto. Eagle can tell you about Monsanto. And whatever you may think about Eagle's views on other subjects, he's right about Monsanto. Another company that has stepped into the agricultural sector is Goldman Sachs. According to an article in Harpers, four or five years ago, by manipulating the commodities futures market Goldman Sachs orchestrated a false shortage of wheat that resulted in sharply rising food prices, causing real food shortages in many countries. In 2008 alone, the price of red spring wheat increased by 460% despite no actual shortage in production. Goldman Sachs made billions off the play. Average food prices around world rose more than 50% over a 12-month period during 2007-8. According to the FAO, the average middle class person spends about a quarter to 30% of their income on food. The average poor person spends between 60% and 70% of their income on food. Rising food prices are devastating to the poor. In the period of sharply rising food prices of roughly 2006-8, there were riots, protests and social disturbances in more than 30 countries related to rising food prices or shortages. Few if any countries are self sufficient when it comes to food production. People don't actually need very much meat to survive or live a decent healthy life. But they do need grains such as wheat and rice. Production of these essentials is not keeping pace with population growth, according to the FAO, which says a real crisis is looming. The FAO is hardly a radical alarmist organization. In fact, in my experience, it is one of the most conservative branches of the UN. It's interesting that people who do an awful lot of bashing of science and scientists on issues such as climate change, when it comes to this issue seem to be putting an awful lot of faith in science and scientists - and some very Jules Verne solutions. One out of every six people on this planet is hungry, malnourished or starving. Right now.
  7. I believe most of the girls wearing those big blue contact lenses are not trying to attract farangs. They are trying to attract Japanese. They are making themselves, probably unknowingly, look like the idealized little girls who get raped in the pornographic comic books Japanese men buy from vending machines and love to read on the subway.
  8. I hope you can do a better job of convincing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that you're a journalist than convincing another journalist you're a journalist. There's never been a banking requirement to get a press card or non-immigrant M visa, press cards have never been issued by the Immigration Department, and none of the rules you've mentioned are new (at least the ones you got right), except for the fact that since the middle of last year you apply online with the MFA instead of in person at the Ministry. I hope whatever you're passing off as your journalism has more facts in it than your journal writing.
  9. Some naked white males could probably scare off Godzilla, never mind a few ghosts.
  10. Actually, I think you are trivializing it. And missing the point. As Kookbreeze said, most people, Southeast Asian or not (and he's from Britain), get a tourist visa to Burma in one day. There is nothing normal or run of the mill about what's happening to him. And he hasn't been waiting two weeks to see his mother. He's been waiting ten years. It may not be on a par with physical torture, rape, forced labor or the other abuses the Burmese regime is known for, but denying a mother and her son the right to be reunited for no legitimate reason is a human rights abuse nonetheless. For starters, it's a violation of Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation." And probably several other articles of that document as well. He's broken no laws. He is the grandson of the country's independence leader. There is no legal, security or other reason to deny him a visa - except to twist the knife into his mother. Just like they did when they denied her dying husband a visa to see her for one last time, and disconnected her phone line when they were speaking for the final time to say their goodbyes. No, it's not burning down a village. But if it were happening to you, I'm sure you would feel your rights were being abused.
  11. I can assure you that compliments on either side were purely unintentional. We will never agree because he is a man of morals and I am a man of practicality. Where he sees 3000 deaths as a result of a drug crackdown, I see a 90% domestic approval rating while he sees civil rights abuse. I'm sure the Salem Witch Trials, the Holocaust, the slaughter of Native Americans and lynchings of black people also got high domestic approval ratings. I guess you approve of those things, then.
  12. Well Loburt, as the Thai army owns channels 5 and 7, I am perfectly entitled to believe it is under the control of the military. You're entitled to believe whatever you want, but it doesn't make you right. Channels 3 and 9 are not owned by the military, and I know people at both and they say they have not spoken of any interference.
  13. What I am saying is you are overestimating the military's influence on the media, not the military's influence in some other areas. If some people in the government feel their position was misrepresented by some television media, that does not mean it was because of military influence. Even if they think it is. They have to have some hard evidence to back that up, and I haven't seen or heard any. If someone can show me some, I'll certainly rethink my position. You can look at the US or UK and find politicians who will also say their positions are misrepresented by the media and there is no military influence on the media there. I think if people in the government think the Reds got a better deal from Thai television news, and Reds think Thai television news is controlled by the government and so biased against them (and they do) then Thai television news is probably playing it right, even if in certain instances they may get things wrong.
  14. I really have to disagree with your second sentence. First, I know several people here who work in local television news, including the woman whose OpEd was posted in this thread a couple of pages earlier. None of them have ever said that anything they wanted to report or say was censored by the military, or that they were told they could not report or say something by their station managers because they feared the military would revoke their license. And the woman who wrote the OpEd did have her reporting interfered with when she worked at iTV after Thaksin bought it. She was vocal about it and went to court over it and won. As you can see by reading her OpEd she protested against the military in 1992, so I'm certain she would not keep quiet if the military were interfering in what she can report now. Second, I have a few foreign friends who have lived here most or all of their lives and are fluent in Thai and watch the local stations all the time. Aside from some of the reporting on Channel 11, they said the other stations were quite fair and they frequently heard the red leaders making their points or their speeches on those channels. So I really think you are grossly overestimating the influence of the military on what is reported on local tv news here. On the other hand, I doubt you will be seeing a lot of in depth investigations on local television news on issues such as corruption in the military. Nonetheless, stuff like the ridiculous army blimp were reported on fairly by local tv news with no repercussions.
  15. ooops, sorry. i was looking for the 'evolution is a hoax' thread ...
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