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Has ISIS Finally Gone Too Far?

Aug 21, 2014 - 10:56 AM - by beachbound
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Medieval Cruelty in Modern Times: ISIS Thugs Behead American Journalist - The Daily Beast



James Foley was executed in the most horrific way possible on video so the jihadists can prove they are fearsome knights of the caliphate.
The group known as ISIS has murdered American journalist James Foley, beheading him as if he were a captive taken in medieval combat. It posted a YouTube video designed for a 21st-century audience and threatened to kill another journalist hostage, Steven Joel Sotloff, if the United States continues its airstrikes against ISIS positions in Iraq.

The murderers, who now call themselves “knights” serving the “caliph” of the self-declared Islamic State that straddles northern Syria and Iraq, had Foley make a statement before he died.

But first the video showed President Obama’s press conference this month explaining his reasons for intervening against the group he calls ISIL. Then Foley was shown on his knees, his body erect—even proud—clad in an orange tunic with no collar, and his head shaved. Beside him, brandishing a short knife, was his executioner clad in black, his face covered, his voice unmistakably British.

“I call on my friends, family, and loved ones to rise up... [Read More]
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I was wrong about Canada

Aug 20, 2014 - 10:54 AM - by buddahas
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When I used to visit Thailand for a few months I always dreamed of moving here permanently.

Now, I realize how completely off I was about Canada.

Let me just say (I think) that Thai people are wonderful. I have not one bad thing to say about Thais except an occasional scammer.

What was I wrong about?

Healthcare:

Don't like the hospitals and medical staff. The blood pressure joke before each visit is annoying and at some hospitals young nurses are flirting with you. While I am honored that young girls are under illusion I have money, I do find it completely unprofessional. Most nurses don't even know how to take a blood pressure.

Illusion towards foreigners:

Thais are nice to us (again, I think). However, their thought process is on a level of a 5 year old. Now, this is something I would blast someone for saying this on a forum a few years back, but I just can't comprehend that the vast majority of Thais think that just because you are from Canada, you must be rich. These are supposedly educated people in their 20's to 60's. The ones who have a lot of contact with foreigners are probably different, but the vast majority does think this way.

Roads and Dirt:

Bangkok is filthy. I have never been to Philippines, but can it really be any dirtier than this? Bus drivers are nuts. In Canada every and each of them would be sued. Why there aren't any safety standards for public buses as there are for MRT/BTS?

Cheapness:

Looking at brochures a though of owning a nice condo in Thailand was appealing. Now it's just appalling. I am just trying to open a fucking window to get some fucking fresh... [Read More]
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Cheap Herbs

Aug 16, 2014 - 10:27 AM - by buddahas
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I found this site on competing forum as they ship to Thailand. I have a lot of problems finding pure Vitamin D here, so if anyone is interested....

iHerb.com - Vitamins, Supplements & Natural Health Products


I just placed the order. Will see if it arrives (problems with the customs comes to mind).
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Trust Your Local Doctors

Aug 16, 2014 - 8:56 AM - by Joko
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One of the most sublime forms of pleasure is the cessation of pain. I'm not talking about people who derive pleasure from pain itself. No, what I mean is the incredible feeling one gets when a chronic ongoing physical problem or annoyance subsides. For example, we've all felt that 'ahhh' feeling after taking a big and long-coming dump. Right now, I feel so good, and there's nothing fecal about it. Terrible pain For the last ten days or so, I've been in excrutiating pain, first from bursitis in my knee and later from a bulging disk in my back aggravated by the funny way I had to walk with a bum knee. Tonight, thanks to my local Southeast Asian health care professionals, my horrific debilitating anguish has been numbed to a dull ache. Feels damn good, and how I got this way is an edifying anecdote. Please read the rest at our sister site, Ajarn.com--> Trust your local doctors! | Joko Mackenna | Ajarn.com | Teaching English in Thailand
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Adding just a touch of grammar to conversation

Aug 18, 2014 - 9:50 PM - by Cal Roy
I have lost count of the number of students who can't put a sentence together who ask me to teach them conversation. "I don't want any grammar, teacher." Then I made the discovery a few weeks ago that no matter what I ask them, they mostly answer in the present tense. So I started to teach them the patterns of speech for the various tenses. Did you, do you, are you, were you, and so on. I gave them examples and then wrote some fill-in-the- blank sentences for them to complete. Out of my 14 M5 and 6 classes, none of them could fill in the blanks without help. I made some worksheets for them and now they can refer to them when I have them write and speak.

Now I find that one of the reasons I keep losing my M6 students for tutoring is because they are spending all Saturday morning with one of our Thai English teachers reviewing their grammar for entrance exams. Yet I can't get them to fill in the blank for What ____ ____ do this weekend? (did you, btw) I don't see how you can speak intelligible English without knowing some grammar, but putting it to use is far more productive than just memorizing rules.

Assuming you are teaching English conversation, how do you incorporate grammar in your lessons?

My school has 4400 students and six foreign English teachers. A friend of mine at a big Catholic school has about the same number of students and 200 foreign teachers. I go for the free lunches.
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The AF ice bucket challenge

Aug 21, 2014 - 11:21 AM - by cluezo
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Po3try Found Dead

Aug 14, 2014 - 10:33 PM - by UrbanMan
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Originally Posted by po3try View Post
when i die will you guys go around and 'like' all my posts?

BKK, 14 August 2014 - ESL teacher Po3try was confirmed dead earlier today. His lifeless body was found in an alleyway not far from the Hua Lamphong Station. His trousers were conspicuously missing. Rigor mortis had set in. An empty fifth of Sam Song was found clutched in his right hand.

Reaction from the close-knit Ajarn Forum community was swift and varied.


KhunKruMark: You’ve posted this in the wrong bloody forum. Moderator! The boy was just another tosser, nothing more. Not in any way original or interesting. The way he lived his life, absolute horse shit.

Anna Key: Bloody hipster, he was. Frequently spewing bollocks. His pic, didn’t look like he was old enough to have pubes. Probably not much of a banana, either. Still, part of me fancied a go. Blimey I’m pissed. Bloody shame it never occurred. Kidding that. I haven’t had any since 2005. Did I tell you about the fish and chips I had in whilst in Accrington? 2003 it was. Dodgy place, and ligging I was. Just splendid. Washed it all down with a couple of pints of Ice Maiden, from the Preston brewery. I can’t be arsed to go on. Edit: Anyone got any pineapple?

... [Read More]
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Yer In The Army Now

Aug 25, 2014 - 8:41 AM - by Cal Roy
For those of you considering teaching here, be aware of Thailand's confusing scheduling. I only see my classes once a week so whenever there is some sort of special event, of which there are many, I might lose one or two periods of a class or even not see a class for several weeks. It screws up my planning and lessons.

Schools will be having their semester finals in four weeks. My M6s are getting stressed out about applying to universities soon as they will actually require them to know something. So what happens? Starting today for the next two weeks, student soldiers are being taken away for training. That means for high school, my classes will be half full. True, this does leave me with mostly girls and katoeys, but I really would like to keep teaching all the students.

I don't understand all this militarization of students. Even kindergarten children are told to march around with sticks pretending they are rifles. We had the ROTC back in the US. The boys were usually not the brightest bulbs on the string but they did bring their military discipline to class. Here it is the opposite. The military types are usually the most obnoxious in class.

What do you do? I plan to teach my students songs for the next two weeks.
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Ratchaburi?

Aug 22, 2014 - 9:22 PM - by spacebaba
Hey everyone! I'm considering taking a job at a school in Ratchaburi city. How do you like this city?
It seems like a nice small town with markets, close to floating markets, and a few wats. Good nature access (close to mountains and a river runs through town). I've read the people are friendly there and it is only 2 hours via train to Bangkok and Hua Hin. Close to other stops too.

Would this be a good place to work or is it too small and not very much to do there? Is there any nightlife or none to speak of?

I might like the small, peaceful aspect of it or I might get bored.
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Lady Whacks Yank with High Heel in Pattaya

Aug 16, 2014 - 7:38 PM - by gungchang
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Once again, Thai Visa has kept me well informed of critical issues.

American beaten by Ladyboy in Central Pattaya - Pattaya News Clippings - Thailand Forum

PATTAYA:--Late on Thursday Night a 36 year old American was attacked by a Ladyboy in front of a Ladyboy Bar in Soi Buakhao after he angrily refused to enter the Bar following an approach by the attacker on the street.

Mr. Shawn Bowsher described to Police how he was walking along Soi Buakhao, close to the entrance of Soi LK Metro, when he was approached by a Ladyboy who attempted to pursued the American to enter the bar.

Mr. Bowsher was offended by the encounter and entered into a verbal altercation with the Ladyboy who proceeded to strike Mr. Bowsher across the head with a high-heeled shoe, causing a deep laceration to the head of the American.
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Newbie here! (Spacebaba)

Aug 15, 2014 - 12:11 AM - by spacebaba
Hey guys,

So I have been interested in teaching English in Thailand for a while now. I've decided I am not putting things off in my life anymore and am looking at coming to the LOS in the next month or so to teach. I am 24 yr M from US with a couple years teaching (Teaching Assistant, Substitute) and some other loose teaching experiences (Conversational tutor, K-12 internship). I have my B.S. in Psych and am working on my M.A. in Special Education K -12 as well as an online 160hr TEFL program. Okay, enough personal details.

Anyways, just thought I'd pop in and introduce myself before I start posting. Any recommendations on places to work, live, visit, etc. are welcomed as well as anything else!

I like the idea of working at a Uni but we'll see what happens. I'm also interested in starting with a short term contract at a school and going from there.


Alright, that's enough for now.

Space
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Sir Cliff Richard insists I am not a paedophile

Aug 15, 2014 - 1:50 PM - by kiwiling
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Sir Cliff Richard insists: I am not a paedophile - Telegraph

He is probably right, banging a mature looking under 16 year old mixed up kid probably would not classify as paedophile behaviour, Jimmy Page, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis did it with young girls and who cared? However it is illegal, if they can prove it.
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Odd and Crazy observations from Beijing

Aug 21, 2014 - 11:36 PM - by phuketbound
Well, I arrived in Bejing, China almost two weeks ago. I have been writing blurbs on my facebook about the observations and experiences I've been discovering every day in this crazy, yet fascinating city of history and modernity all rolled into one.

Today I found out why I hadn't seen any big cutting knives in Ikea or any other grocery store. Apparently in China, they don't actually sell knives out in the open. They hide them under glass shelving and the only way you can buy one is if you show a passport. Supposedly there was some crazy knife fights in another province and they decided to lock them up.

On a positive note, I was given an indoor air purifier that will help clean the air inside my apt... maybe I'll stay in for awhile just to catch my breath. Pollution in the unhealthy zone again today. I'll get some pics going soon enough. Until tomorrow... another day in Chinaland.
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Street vendors in Bangkok

Aug 21, 2014 - 8:50 AM - by goo_stewart
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Vendors resist stall clearance orders | Bangkok Post: Most recent

I am a little disturbed by this move from the Junta to clear the footpaths of vendors, whilst I do understand that it can be a little annoying to navigate through some areas due to shoppers and heavy footfall through bottle-neck areas, but street vendors are part of the Thai fabric, part of the culture. It is something that I enjoyed when I first came here, I would hate to see street vendors disappear.

I realise that there are different kinds of vendor, and those in Ram are often the shop houses just spreading their shops onto the pavement, but really, many of these vendors provide a good service (especially food) and most are no problem. I do want development in Thailand, but not development at the expense of the very thing that folks come to Bangkok to see and take part in.
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How does this job sound to you?

Aug 22, 2014 - 5:04 PM - by pathumseb
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Despite a previous post I’ve been offered a job at an international school. However, there are quite a few red flags and would appreciate some thoughts. Firstly, the plan to stick grade 1 and 2 in the same class as they don’t have enough students. This would be OK in a language school and I’ve worked with much wider age gaps between students. The issue is that p1 and p2 need very different assessment methods at this place cos they follow the UK curriculum. When I taught in a Thai bilingual school the difference between a child in p1 and p2 was pretty large. Second, they will only show a contract once I arrive. Seems suspect, I kinda want to see something in writing now. Is that unreasonable? They pay is good, for that far south (Hat Yai), can’t really complain about that. It’s typical of a third tier international school. The school have been in the news of late; they are in trouble for not having a licence to operate as a school. This is the biggest red flag of all for me. Lastly, it’s just so far from BKK, all my friends and social life are either in BKK or Rangsit. Part of going back to Thailand was to get all of that back again. What do you think? Am I being an over cautious whelp? There are other schools I am really interested in that are much closer to BKK. Still hoping that something in Rayong may turn up; it seems like the location of that place is the best of both worlds. The seas close, it seems like a nice town and I have the bright lights if I want it on the weekend.
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Why no teacher?

Aug 27, 2014 - 4:36 PM - by buddahas
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Fred asked me again.... when are you gonna get the job you bum?

Well, never....

I think teachers are the lowest scum of the earth. The vile and bile of the planet. They say bankers are sociopaths, but I strongly disagree. Look at this site and observe the deranged and demented behavior of people that are in charge of Thai kids. "English" teachers (quotations needed as 99% can't write English for shit) like to trash Thai education, while the schizoids come to Thailand to feel better about themselves. The same deranged individuals that make up rules in North America (Ontario mom urges schools to let asthmatic kids carry puffers - Ottawa - CBC News) now want to teach.... here!

The one decent person you have on this site (Matthew) is mostly ridiculed by drunks and substance abusers who will most likely reply to this thread by some outdated BBC video or quote that no one cares about.

Illiterate blockheads..... that's most English teachers in Thailand. Then you complain about Filipino taking your jobs


Hi mister teacher!

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Things hyped to me that were simply disappointing, why?

Aug 25, 2014 - 3:49 PM - by DJ Pat
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My rant is for all things hyped to us a great here in the UK. The masses lap them up like sheep and the product goes onto sell millions. My first rant is about the heavily hyped Reggae Reggae brand of so-called ''jerk'' cooking sauce that you simmer with your browned chicked. Anyone heard of branston pickle mixed with HP sauce? That sauce is about as Carribbean as I am, but he's sold millions of jars of this sauce, millions of bottles of the equally terrible dipping sauce/marinade as well as his flavoured crisps, ready meals and Subway sandwich. If you wanted real jerk sauce why not shop at a West Indian supermarket, ask the staff which is the best and get that? Get a good blender and blend the marnade yourself? Oh no, it can't be jerk for the masses until we get this hyped, plastic tasting mass brand peddled to us as the real thing.

My other major disappointment and anger is directed towards the McDs breakfast which is served between 6-11am, and not a second later. I last ate one in 1993, and it was pretty ok, but maybe my palate wasn't as seasoned or fussy in them days. Dry sausage pattie, oil soaked hash brown, reheated scrambled eggs and a buttered muffin. I left feeling thirstly and the rumour about msg in their patties could be true. They sell millions of these around the world each morning so it must be nice, healthy and nutritious, that's what the ads tell the masses anyway so it must be true.

Much like Lloyd Grossmans Thai curry sauces

Makes me wonder why Brits are not so fussy and uncultured, and find things like sweet chilli sauce shit hot!!

Oh, and don't get me started on that so-called glorious British summer we've apparrently had. It's been a... [Read More]
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