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TOT 8 MB service is not available
Ban factory farming
Re: the debate continues
Better to err on the side of caution
Benefits of living in U.K. or Thailand
TOT 8 MB service is not available
I was very pleased to hear that on August 8 TOT offered 8 MB and 12 MB
Internet service in Pattaya. But hold on, this is not the case. While it is
available in some limited areas, it is not available city wide.
I live only 600 meters south of the TOT office. The faster service is not
even available here. So I am wondering, just where is it available. And why
was it made such a big deal of when only a handful of numbers can get it? I
was told that my current 3 MB is the maximum I can have. When I asked about
the future availability, the staff laughed and said, “Maybe in 2 years.”
Clearly this is not good customer service, nor is it an honest
representation of the new service availability.
Why must businesses continue to not tell the truth, omit full details, and
otherwise be so dishonest in the quest for face? This country has slow
service by international standards. Sure, it is faster than Cambodia’s, but
even a snail is faster. When will they ever get up to date with the rest of
the internet world, and start to tell the truth, the whole truth, and
nothing but the truth? My guess is never.
Ban factory farming
I completely agree with recent comments made by Dr Corness that the World
Health Organization is hyping up H1N1 for its own political and financial
reasons. Quite frankly all these headlines in the Bangkok Post about how
science is racing against time to find a cure for this “dreaded” disease
bore the hell out of me. With millions of people dying of heart disease,
cancer and AIDS why should I have a nervous breakdown worrying about a wimp
like H1N1? As Dr Corness pointed out H1N1 is less deadly than the seasonal
Still, this doesn’t mean that if we don’t do something about factory farming
in particular or the overcrowding of farm animals in general that we might
not eventually have a pandemic which does kill millions of people. On
factory farms diseases spread like wild fire among the animals and those
diseases can sometimes be transmitted to humans. Salmonella is an example of
a “human” disease which originally came from farm animals and it’s much more
serious than most people realize.
Instead of wasting my time with all this nonsense about H1N1 why doesn’t the
media and the medical establishment demand an end to factory farming before
we end up with a pandemic which really does turn out to be as bad as our
Re: the debate continues
Bob posts an eloquent reply to the global warming debate. Note to Bob, if
you are going to cut and paste large portions of a website/post, then it is
polite to mention your source.
Bob would have you believe that there is no such thing as global warming and
cites studies that indicate that the “alarmists” are totally wrong, or are
attempting to change their data to fit studies.
Problem is Bob, regardless of what studies you cite, there is one
inescapable fact that is supported by current data, the world is indeed
getting warmer. Refer to the experts at www. physicalgeography.net and you
will see the following:
“In the 1930s and 1950s, the central United States experienced two periods
of extreme drought. In the seventeen year period from 1990 to 2006, ten of
the warmest years in the last 100 years and possibly since the Little
Climatic Optimum have occurred. Proxy and instrumental data indicate that
2005 was the warmest year globally in 1200 years of Earth history. Many
scientists believe the warmer temperatures of the 20th and 21st centuries
are being caused by the human enhancement of the Earth’s greenhouse effect.”
So where does this leave us? Basically in a quandary. Bob will quote lots of
studies that say the ice is getting thicker and everything’s alright, and I
will counter with lots of studies that say “so what!” The central ice fields
are getting thicker, but the peripheral fields are melting.
Basic physics should tell you that without the major snowfall to replenish
the peripheral ice fields, then we have a problem. Is man’s use of energy to
blame and will it get worse? I don’t know, but I do know that all major long
term studies have found that the world’s temp is increasing and man made
pollution cannot be ruled out. So Bob, what I can say is maybe we are all
OK, but what about future generations?
Are you so willing to turn a blind eye and say everything is OK, or would
you rather see a managed response to the use of energy that might give your
and our future generations a habitable planet?
We can ignore man’s destruction of rainforests and huge increase in CO2
emissions, or we can do something about it now, when we still have a chance.
Better to err on
the side of caution
Bob, given that the implications could be slightly serious if you are in
error (one recent article was titled ‘Global warming to wipe out most
species’), do you have any good reasons (or indeed any reasons) that it
would be imprudent to err on the side of caution with fossil fuel use and
Are you concerned that ‘civilization’ might get off the ‘consume all the
planet’s resources as quickly as possible - it’s good for the economy’ bus?
The liability considerations are mind boggling.
Benefits of living
in U.K. or Thailand
In reply to Michael, I lived in Thailand for approximately one year before
my private pension was paid and I heard whinging about everything (family
allowance, N.H.S., etc.). I was saying that before I left the U.K. I had
contacted the tax office and was told I would not pay tax on my pension if I
lived in Thailand. In the year I was there that changed, so I made the
decision on the benefits of living in either country as to where I was going
to live and I named some of the benefits.
Now the person had stated he had paid in all his life and it was something
he felt he was entitled to and I was trying to point out that whilst you are
working you are paying for the previous generation plus for the N.H.S. I
agree that many people were led to believe that medical treatment and a
decent pension was what they were working for and when it comes to the
N.H.S. many people agree with them but many don’t.
So I suggested that they argue that the “From Birth to the Grave” promise be
kept. At the moment in the U.K. there are many Eastern Europeans who are
getting N.H.S. treatment straight away and social security. People are upset
about this and I would like Michael to explain to them why someone who has
gone to live the high life (in their eyes) should get all the increases and
Oh! It was Gordon Brown who raided the pension funds and in doing so stole
the future of many people close to retirement. I agree with some of your
argument but I was trying to put the other side as well and as Labor are
talking about raising the retirement age to seventy (how many will still be
alive to emigrate?) I think being anti-Labor will be a good thing. But who I
vote for is my secret (could be UKIP, Liberal, Tory, BNP who knows).
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