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  1. My kids are in a school system rated in top 10%...

    My kids are in a school system rated in top 10% in the USA. In my 7th grader's geography(!) class they made sure students were taught the definition of 'white male supremacy' but they cannot locate...
  2. Thanks for the Bloomsbury review. Holy sh*t. 1.5...

    Thanks for the Bloomsbury review. Holy sh*t. 1.5 our of 10? Not encouraging, but I'll need to investigate more. With the declining quality of American schools, many families are now homeschooling....
  3. Yes, I would agree that you generally get what...

    Yes, I would agree that you generally get what you pay for when educating your children in Thailand. Bloomsbury is a stretch but still in play. If anyone has experience with the Bloomsbury Hat Yai...
  4. Will do. Looking forward to it. Thanks (BTW, the...

    Will do. Looking forward to it. Thanks (BTW, the Sunshine School goes through what grade? Our equivalent in the USA to 9th grade? Our youngest can certainly go and our older one perhaps for a year.)
  5. Thanks for the reviews. That anti-corruption unit...

    Thanks for the reviews. That anti-corruption unit must be very busy (or very rich). Very interesting, a real disparity of those opinions on Southern International. I taught many years ago at a...
  6. Thank you both for your responses. The Sunshine...

    Thank you both for your responses. The Sunshine School looks promising but we will eventually need high school. Our house won't be ready for about a year but we love the South. There are no farang in...
  7. Any info on Southern International School of Hat Yai?

    Our family is relocating from the USA to the Songkhla/Phatthalung area and we have children of primary and intermediate school age. Bloomsbury is over our budget so we are considering Southern...
  8. The legal standard in most states is that if a...

    I wouldn't be so quick to label him mentally ill. That defense could land him in a psych ward instead of death row. There is a lot of hate radio and internet directed at guys like this that provide...
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    The idea that Greece's policies are made by a few...

    The idea that Greece's policies are made by a few tricksters in a smoke-filled room is a popular but ridiculous idea. Greece is actually a functioning democracy and if you do the math, well over 60%...
  10. America has become a petri dish for breeding...

    America has become a petri dish for breeding mental illness in young white males, who seem to have cornered the market on recreational shooting sprees. There are more of these soulless creatures out...
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    Thai women are generally not photogenic. Their...

    Thai women are generally not photogenic. Their beauty is in their sensuality and their natural personalities, characteristics that normally can't be captured in a still-life photo. I've snapped...
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    Yes, maybe we should let 'em all have a go at it....

    Yes, maybe we should let 'em all have a go at it. The problem is that the USA has its own version of ideological insanity called the neo-conservatives. Bush's disgraced architects of his Middle East...
  13. In my state, many street hookers are undercover...

    The USA does indeed have a very extensive commercial sex industry. Prostitution is legal in many counties of Nevada and there are approx. 20 brothels that are licensed accordingly. He was a 400...
  14. Sounds great. I'm sure that the world's sex...

    The USA does indeed have a very extensive commercial sex industry. Prostitution is legal in many counties of Nevada and there are approx. 20 brothels that are licensed accordingly. He was a 400...
  15. If the USA had a commercial sex industry as...

    If the USA had a commercial sex industry as vibrant as Thailand's it might take the edge off of these frustrated young white boys who go shooting sprees. Sure, guys like Elliot Rodger are sick f*cks...
  16. What might be the biggest consequence of the...

    What might be the biggest consequence of the legalization of cannabis in the USA is the billions of dollars that will eventually be taken away from the Mexican drug cartels. The Sinaloa drug cartel...
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    A quote by one of my favorite American...

    A quote by one of my favorite American philosophers:

    "The apocalypse is not something which is coming. The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it's only because we live...
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    I've met Stickman a few times. He's an...

    I've met Stickman a few times. He's an intelligent, unassuming guy who's used his focus and hard work to do well in Thailand. His detractors often seem jealous, frustrated that they haven't been...
  19. It was actually a quote from an IMF economist, as...

    Quotes from economists in the New York Times are just that. Quotes from libtard economists in a libtard lefty newspaper. ...
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    It was actually a quote from an IMF economist, as reported in...
  20. Your basic premise about Thailand's recovery from...

    To think that there is a choice in the matter is what is foolish. It is basic arithmetic.
    When capital flight hit Mexico in the 80's, it put depreciating value on the Mexican Peso. The market...
  21. There's a well-known Austrian School economist...

    There's a well-known Austrian School economist named Marc Faber who has a home in Chiang Mai. He's an insightful and entertaining man who's made some uncanny predictions. But for Godsakes, when...
  22. OK, here's how the Christian calendar works: the...

    ^That is bunk. Utter nonsense.

    The US used Keynesian policy in the 30's. That is WHAT CAUSED the depression. There is no black magic in economics.[/quote]
    OK, here's how the Christian calendar...
  23. If Franklin D. Roosevelt had practiced austerity...

    If Franklin D. Roosevelt had practiced austerity during the Great Depression of the 1930's, the USA would have ended up like Bangladesh. Ken Rogoff was a brilliant chess Grandmaster in his youth (he...
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    Most people who live in Thailand, foreigners and...

    Most people who live in Thailand, foreigners and natives alike, accept occasional sloppy service as a matter of course. So you've noticed that Thais are not the most time-aware people on earth. But...
  25. I don't see what's so strange about charging...

    I don't see what's so strange about charging people on air flights for the portion of fuel that they consume. People are charged for what they consume pretty much everywhere else. Large people eat...
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    Thought-provoking post and pretty accurate...

    Thought-provoking post and pretty accurate numbers. My first reaction was to go to the inflation calculator at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (link below). It showed that $73.00 in 1985 is equal...
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    Except for modern-day North Korea, George...

    Except for modern-day North Korea, George Orwell's 1984 didn't really turn out to be very accurate. The totalitarianism of modern technology is much more subtle and effective than Orwell's police...
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    The FFEL Program (from your chart) is the main...

    The FFEL Program (from your chart) is the main culprit of this mess. With FFEL, private lenders make the loans and the federal government guarantees them. It's the type of corporate socialism that's...
  29. If Chuck Hagel runs for president in 2016 as an...

    If Chuck Hagel runs for president in 2016 as an independent, he could very well beat both the Democrats and Republicans. Pretty much every moderate American that I've met likes him. Hagel could be...
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    It makes perfect economic sense for the US...

    It makes perfect economic sense for the US government to encourage its elderly to reside overseas and even pay for their medical expenses through Medicare. But there is one major obstacle: America's...
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    They could make Texas Governor Rick Perry their...

    They could make Texas Governor Rick Perry their warlord. Maybe they could outlaw every form of sex except husband-on-top of-wife. Perhaps everyone over 5 would be required to carry a handgun. Paddle...
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    In the first Nixon-Kennedy debate of 1960, the...

    In the first Nixon-Kennedy debate of 1960, the television audience overwhelmingly thought Kennedy had won. In terms of substance, however, Nixon held his own. In fact, radio listeners gave the edge...
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    Poll: Thanks. In my toss-up states, meant Nevada, not...

    Great points, Goo M. R.

    As I've noted OH seems very crucial to Romney (as of course the others). FL seems to be the perennial toss-up in recent elections.[/quote]
    Thanks. In my toss-up states,...
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    Of course making and watching such movies should...

    It was put on the internet. Are you going to make a law against it ? How do you control it ?[/quote]
    Of course making and watching such movies should be kept legal. You missed my point, which is...
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    Poll: About 130 million people will vote in the 2012...

    About 130 million people will vote in the 2012 presidential election. Less than 30 million of them will be in the 8-9 swing states that are being contested for Electoral College votes (Florida, Ohio,...
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    I'm no fan of Islam by any means, but what sort...

    I'm no fan of Islam by any means, but what sort of moral monsters would produce such a movie, fully knowing that innocent people would die as a result? In terms of cause and effect, one very direct...
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    Poll: It's virtually impossible for Romney to legally...

    It's virtually impossible for Romney to legally win Florida now. Why do I feel the need to qualify my earlier post? Because voter suppression by the Florida Republicans might engineer an official...
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    Poll: It's virtually impossible for Romney to win...

    It's virtually impossible for Romney to win Florida now. Florida's elderly (a huge demographic) will be lined up in droves on election day to protect their Medicare and Social Security from the likes...
  39. Thread: Ron Paul

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    Ron Paul is by far the least corrupt of the...

    Ron Paul is by far the least corrupt of the presidential candidates. His polices on ending the imperial wars overseas and the 'War on Drugs' at home are reasons enough to vote for him. However, his...
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    A emotional plague has engiulfed approximately...

    A emotional plague has engiulfed approximately one quarter of the American population. While the Republican Right tends to be white, middle-class and educated, their capacity for critical thought has...
  41. Good topic and nice maps. One minor correction:...

    Good topic and nice maps. One minor correction: the Gini Coefficient actually goes from 0.00 to 1.00, so the USA can sink much lower than 0.50.

    Something concerns me more than the high...
  42. If the ambassador was a little more liquored-up,...

    If the ambassador was a little more liquored-up, he might also have mentioned rampant crime, bad cuisine, the Pinoy Blockbuster Channel, ubiquitous rats, mudslides, leptospirosis and leaky ferry...
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    The slogan "Occupy Wall Street' smacks of mob...

    The slogan "Occupy Wall Street' smacks of mob action and discredits the movement from the start. As we learned during the Vietnam War, street demonstrations often make a well-intended movement seem...
  44. Thread: Rick Perry

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    ^ ^ Apparently Ron Paul has gotten into Rick...

    ^ ^
    Apparently Ron Paul has gotten into Rick Perry's head. After the last Republican debate, Perry grabbed Paul's arm, pointed a finger in his face and proceeded to lecture him. Perry has taken...
  45. Thread: Rick Perry

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    Rick Perry sounds like George Bush's retarded...

    Rick Perry sounds like George Bush's retarded brother. However Perry has a lot of money behind him and he's a political street brawler who will shred Michele Bachman in the primaries. It's not clear...
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    You have to remember that all 6 races were in...

    You have to remember that all 6 races were in Republican-held districts. If the Democrats going forward can win 1/3 of such races around the country it will be a big success for them. But given the...
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    Republicans Hopper and Kapanke are toast, there's...

    Republicans Hopper and Kapanke are toast, there's a good chance that Olsen and Darling will be voted out as well. This little election will say a lot about the upcoming 2012 national elections...
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    It gets worse. Governor Walker's legislature...

    It gets worse. Governor Walker's legislature passed a photo ID law making it more difficult for the elderly, the poor and others without driver's licenses to vote. He then proceeded to order the...
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    Uh, sorry to put a damper on your moment of...

    :rofl:

    That is really funny. Couldn't have made the point better myself. It may be the toughest job YOU ever had but it is a well known career of lazy do nothings as the USPS looses 6 billion a...
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    Before I went on to earn my juris doctor degree,...

    the only thing you said that makes any sense

    union slob chai mai[/quote]
    Before I went on to earn my juris doctor degree, I actually worked as a Teamster sorting mail for United Parcel Service....
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