Amnesty’s success is
because of do-gooders
After my Mailbag letter of Nov 11 about how Amnesty
International is fighting against worldwide child abuse was published,
someone posted a comment on your website calling me a vegetarian “do-gooder”
and Amnesty International “a toothless tiger”. This despite the fact that in
that letter I noted that an innocent rape victim in Saudi Arabia was spared
a prison sentence and being lashed because of Amnesty International’s
Numerous ex-political prisoners have said they would be
dead or still in jail if not for Amnesty. And Amnesty will tell you their
success is because of “do-gooders” such as myself who write letters and sign
petitions in order to bring attention to human rights abuses. “One single
postcard means a lot,” says Aung San Suu Kyi.
As for my vegetarianism, I read an article in an animal
rights magazine which noted that if every vegan could convince just one
person to become a vegan and then those new converted vegans could do the
same, we would reduce the demand for animal products to the point where
millions of fewer animals would be killed.
There is a tremendous difference between saying we can’t
solve all the problems of the world or saying we can’t improve anything so
let’s do nothing. I have more hatred for “nice” people who ignore injustice
than I do for the people who commit evil acts. The prison guard who tortures
prisoners or the slaughterhouse worker who tortures animals may not know any
better. But people who know better and still do nothing about cruelty are
the most contemptible people on earth.
Apathy, not cruelty, is what makes this world so evil.
In memory of
I am very saddened by the shocking news of the untimely
passing of my dear friend Rony Fest.
Rony was one of the pioneers in the Pattaya Real Estate
market and loved life and lived it to the full.
My friend Rony you will be missed very much by all of us
and your smiley face will be with me forever.
Rest in peace my friend.
All my love
President Nova Group
Rommel letter makes
the blood boil
The letter from PR (Nov 4-11 issue) makes the blood boil
in anger and is an absolute outrage. He obviously knows nothing about the
history of the SAS or Nazism and if he thinks General Rommel was not an
infamous Nazi, he should go quietly into the next world. Yes, Rommel was a
clever general who in the end was put firmly in his place by Monty.
To call the original SAS a hotchpotch of ex-cons defies
logic and I suggest to PR he shouts that out in any pub in Hereford. Rest
assured he would risk being garroted on the spot.
The SAS was formed by patriotic Scotsman Col David
Stirling (DSO) who originally got together a brave bunch of guys around 1941
who fought the Nazis mostly behind enemy lines. They were not desperate
people as PR suggests but devoted to defeating Germany on behalf of King and
PR, you check your history books - and in future get your
facts right. Unfair to Rommel? I suggest you stop watching fictitious movies
like The Dirty Dozen who are not remotely connected to the SAS.
John Dee (England)
Missing Miss International Queen Pageant coverage
I looked forward again with anticipation to this year’s
pageant but, alas, again was disappointed at the lack of available
information leading up to, and during the event.
I was informed (including your newspaper) that the finals
event would be televised on Channel 9 at 9 p.m. The Tiffany front office
said it would be delayed and start at 10 p.m. I tuned in to Channel 9 but
never saw one minute of the event! How did I go wrong?
Your newspaper and other sources said there would be
“preliminary rounds in Bangkok”. To my knowledge, that was untrue!
A list of contestants was not available online until days
before the event!
Although contestants come from usually 17 or more
countries, Thailand has won three of the seven years! Which means a Filipina
ladyboy has about as much a chance of winning as a Filipino in a boxing
match in Thailand!
The talent show portion of the event was held at Central
Festival. I was disappointed that they would charge for an event held in a
public shopping mall! 800baht! Give me a break!
I hope next year maybe there will be better information
Note: Even the program was in error, stating that Miss
International Queen 2011 was Mini Han. Korea! Wasn’t she 2010 winner?
V for Volunteers
The overwhelming heartfelt supportive action response to
unnatural disaster flooding was facilitated by the fervid determination of a
compassionate army of passionate, tireless volunteers who sought to somehow
make a positive energy difference in the beleaguered lives of unfortunate
Mohandas Gandhi suggested: “The best way to find yourself
is to lose yourself in the service to others.” With no grand illusions about
doing everything, but having an ardent desire to do something,
others-oriented service can help reinvigorate the spirit, rekindle the soul
and revitalize one’s anima.
Destiny depends less about what we get out of life and
more about what we selflessly give. No act of kindness, no matter how small,
is ever wasted. Our moral responsibility involves envisioning how to keep
making one small difference after another. Perhaps, once again, Gandhi
provides the answer: “If you want to change the world, be that change.”
Dr. Charles Frederickson
My name is Richard Hayler and I am sending you this email
to share with you the worst experience in my life that has actually
destroyed it as well. I hope you can pass it on to your readers hoping they
will not be as naive and trustful as I was. I am shortening the full story
as it would take up to much time.
I am an Australian and have been here for about 8 months.
When in Australia I was recovering from a serious shoulder operation, I had
met a man approx 18 months ago when I bought an investment property in Koh
Samui. He was the boss so I was led to believe.
Anyway, he suggested I should come over here and
recuperate and he would help me out as such. As I was alone in Australia I
decided to sell everything up and make the move (what a mistake it has
turned out to be).
When I arrived he got me a place to stay and arranged for
my retirement visa. Several weeks past and I thought how good this is, but I
realised that I couldn’t survive on my money without working of some kind.
It was then he put forward a proposition to me, totally legal but with a
loophole in which I could make a substantial profit. Needless to say I am
now bankrupt. I have lost approx 1.5 million baht - not a lot you might
think but it was all I had.
He was supposed to meet me in Australia 3 weeks ago with
my money but didn’t show. All I got was a stack of sms from different phone
numbers stating he was on the run; apparently this deal was not as legal as
I was led to believe.
With what money I had left ($2000) I have come back as a
friend called to say she spotted him still in Pattaya. I will never get my
money back as I cannot prove he is involved as everything was done the way
he suggested as I trusted him whole heartedly, what a fool am I. I fell in
love with this country a long time before this happened and now must leave
the people I have made good friends with because I have no avenue to stay
here. I stress to all people to be fully aware of who they associate with
before any trust is shown. I have made a deadly mistake, one which will
change my life forever.
Pattaya is 15 meters above sea level?
There is an interesting claim in last week’s Pattaya Mail
(“AustCham flies to Hard Rock” PM 18 Nov.), saying that “Pattaya is 15
meters above sea level” and “which is why the Eastern Seaboard does not
suffer from catastrophic flooding.” Interesting claim for a beach resort,
especially one that is prone to catastrophic flooding every time it rains
hard for more than 15-20 minutes. I wonder where the measurements were
taken, up on Buddha Hill? Granted, the floods are usually gone within a day
after the rain stops. But 15 meters? I think my roof might be 15 meters
above sea level, but I doubt it.
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