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Half as serious and less / Re: My tortured email box
« Last post by Johnnie F. on Yesterday at 04:24:37 PM »

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Energy & Environment / Re: Korat hit by severe drought
« Last post by Johnnie F. on July 21, 2019, 08:14:34 PM »

Prayut orders army to be on alert

Severe drought in North raises concerns

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the armed forces to provide help in areas affected by drought, a situation which may be made worse by the test run of Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River in Laos.

Gen Prayut, also the defence minister, expressed "grave concern" over the situation in the North and the Northeast, assistant defence spokesman Phatchasak Patirupanon said yesterday, though the premier did not specifically point to the impact from the dam test.

Eight provinces located along the river in the two regions -- Chiang Rai, Loei, Nong Khai, Beung Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Ubon Ratchathani and Amnat Charoen -- are likely to bear the brunt if the hydroelectric trial, which started last Monday, continues until July 29 as planned.

Much of the North and Northeast have become arid due to a lack of moist air from the North Pole and Pacific Ocean, known as the El Nino effect.

On Friday, the Office of National Water Resources wrote to the Lao government, asking it to suspend the test.

The 1,260-megawatt Xayaburi dam, located just south of Luang Prabang in Xayaburi province, is scheduled to begin churning out electricity this October, with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) being its major power buyer.

"The armed forces have been told to look for drought-affected areas so it can provide immediate help," Col Phatchasak said, referring to Gen Prayut's order.

Relief measures include sending army water trucks to drought-stricken areas, Col Phatchasak said. The air force will also work with agriculture officials to make artificial rain near reservoirs, which continue to suffer from low water levels.

"Rain is now a past memory," Athit Phanasun, chief of a Nong Khai environmental group, said after many areas in his province have seen no rain for over a month even though it should have been a soaking wet period.

Nong Khai's Muang district on the side of the Mekong now sees its riverbank extend almost to the middle of a section of the river, following the recent rapid decrease in its water level, he said.

The Xayaburi dam test will only make things worse, Mr Athit added.

In Chiang Rai, residents are complaining over a drop of water level in the Mekong. They are also worried about the dam operations upstream in Laos.

"Water levels are even lower than they usually get during dry season," tourist boat operator On Unsaeng said.

Farmers in Nakhon Ratchasima are also suffering. Their rice crops in paddy fields covering almost 200,000 rai in Phimai district are wilting and dying as the severe drought takes a toll.

Governor Wichian Chantharanothai yesterday reported that water sources in the district are running dry.

"Unless it rains this month, the crops will be decimated," said the governor, adding water trucks had been sent to drought-hit areas to provide temporary relief.

Bangkok Post
Energy & Environment / Re: Korat hit by severe drought
« Last post by Johnnie F. on July 20, 2019, 04:12:47 PM »
Tap water drying up, crops withering in arid fields

Worst drought in 40 years in North, Northeast

People in the northern and northeastern regions are facing the worst drought in 40 years, with crops withering and tap water on the verge of drying up in some areas.

A Nakhon Ratchasima, a provincial waterworks official on Friday warned of a looming shortage of tap water in areas where levels in local reservoirs are dropping.

“This is the longest the rains have held off in 40 years,” said Prayat Raksachat, who operates a piped water system in Thap Kwai, a village in tambon Chiwan in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Phimai district.

“The tap water supply is currently at only 1% of capacity,” Mr Prayat said.

He was worried how the village of 500 residents would find water for daily use and consumption.

Throughout much of the Northeast, in areas without irrigation, rice crops have wilted and turned yellow, instead of the healthy green normal at this time of year, and will soon die off unless there is substantial rain.

Chaiyong Chaiburi, a farmer in tambon Chiwan, said arid weather conditions have forced him to reap all the rice plants on his 50 rai of paddy.

“I used it to feed my buffaloes,” he said. “It’s better to see the rice put to good use instead of just withering away and dying.”

In Chaiyaphum province, residents of Muang district have resorted to an ancient ritual known as hae nang maeo, or the cat procession, in a desperate attempt to appease the gods and have them dump rain on the arid areas.

By tradition the villagers throw water on cats being carried around in cages. It is believed a cat's cry will be heard by the Gods as a request for rain.

“But we know now that treating cats that way is cruelty to animals, so we use toy cats instead,” Songkhram Wonsikhai, a 75-year-old local wiseman, said.

The situation is the northern region is equally worrying.

The water level in the Mae Kuang Udom Thara Reservoir in Chiang Mai province has fallen to only 12% of its capacity  -- worse than the level seen during the drought crisis in 2015, Chensak Limpiti, director of Mae Kuang Udom Thara Reservoir, said.

Deputy Agriculture Minister Prapat Pothasuthon said the ministry will keep the farmers updated about the drought and weather conditions.

"Despite the severe conditions, we need to tell the truth to farmers. They must know whether their plants will survive or not," he said.

Thailand is not the only Asia country suffering from drought during the rainy season, Smith Thammasaroj, former chairman of the National Disaster Warning Centre, said. India, Pakistan and Myanmar face a similar situation, because the humidity from the North Pole has not come south as it normally should have,

This will mean less or even no rainfall until September, he said.     

The Meteorological Department said that the delay in the rains was partly caused by a warmer Pacific Ocean, which will decrease rainfall in the East and Central Plains, including Bangkok, by 5% until next month.

Bangkok Post
Half as serious and less / No more party balloons!
« Last post by Johnnie F. on July 15, 2019, 02:30:31 PM »

This seems to be hard on the Russians! Sputnik news reports:

Thai Police Arrest 9 for Selling Laughing Gas in Bangkok

BANGKOK (Sputnik) - Thai police have arrested nine people in a Bangkok district popular with backpackers for selling balloons filled with nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, local media said Friday.

The sellers were detained during a Thursday night raid in Khaosan Road, a pedestrian street in the capital known for bars and cheap hotels, according to the Khao Sod daily.

They have been charged with selling medicine illegally. The gas can only be used for medical purposes or to fill airbags in cars. Selling drugs without authorization is punishable by a fine and a jail term.

Thailand has been cracking down on vendors of drug-filled balloons in tourist resorts after police became aware of the gas being increasingly used by party revellers to induce hallucinations and euphoria.

After three years of trials, Pra Maha Pranom, who is the assistant abbot of Wat Chak Daeng temple in Thailand’s Samut Prakan province, has successfully produce what he calls a “nano-robe”, made from a mixture of recycled plastic, cotton and zinc oxide nanoparticles.

The robe is the result of Pra Maha Pranom’s lifelong pursuit of hygienic perfection. He has always disliked the sight of dirty garbage and wanted to find ways to get rid of it. To learn more about recycling, Phra Maha Pranom went on study tours overseas and spent three years on experimentation.

Recently he created a working formula for mixing recycled plastic with cotton and zinc oxide nanoparticles to make a fine, high quality fabric. Perhaps understandably, the first items of clothing he produced were the iconic saffron coloured monks’ robes.

“One issue about doing this is how to cool down the plastic. We mixed it with cotton fibers and zinc oxide nanoparticles and transformed it into a nanofabric. So, this is not just a recycled robe, it is a ‘nano-robe’, using high quality recycled plastic instead of the low quality type.” he explained.

“This robe is made from 15 plastic bottles, even my robe’s belt is made from plastic too.” said Phra Maha Pranom.


The texture of the nanofabric is not as hard as a plastic. Instead, it feels as soft as a premium quality cotton. One plastic bottle can be used to create a metre of nanofabric.

“It will be a success if we can call on participation from all sectors. If we are still doing this as a small group, it is not yet a success. It’s just the first step. So I encourage everyone to take a further step with us.” he said.

The temple also runs a campaign for people to make merit by offering nanofabric robes to monks. Buddhists can order how much fabric they want to buy for making the merit.

At present, a large quantity of plastic bottles is pouring into the temple for nanofabric production, but it is not enough to meet the demand, from temple goers and merit makers, for the “nano-robes”.

Mr. Nirut Dharmmasombat, the “nano-robe” project manager, said that everyone should cooperate and share their ideas to come up with more options for utilizing the rapidly increasing amount of waste plastic bottles, adding “We all have to think about more options and get it going.”

The temple also made a Thai PBS nanofabric T-shirt, using 15 plastic bottles, for Ms. Chiraporn Khamphaphan, a Thai PBS reporter.

Those who would like to contribute can send their cleaned plastic bottles directly to the temple. They should make sure the bottles are thoroughly washed with the caps and brand labels removed. The temple also offers to collect the bottles from houses in the local area.


Fossilized bones, unearthed on Phuwiang Mountain in Phuwiang district of Thailand’s northeastern province of Khon Kaen about three decades ago, have recently been identified as belonging to a previously unknown meat-eating dinosaur species.

According to Mr. Sommai Taechaval, director-general of the Mineral Resources Department, the dinosaur, which is from the Cretaceous period about 80 million years ago, was named Phuwiang Venator Yaemniyomi in honor of Mr. Sutham Yaemniyom, a retired official of the department who unearthed the fossilized bones in the Phuwiang national park about 30 years ago.

The fossil was studied by Mr. Adul Samathi, a PhD student at Bonne University, Germany, who said he became interested after having seen the fossilized bones and was convinced that they belonged to a special dinosaur species.

He said that the meat-eating dinosaur was about six metres long and its fossilized remains were found in the red sandstone layer.

Dr. Suravech Sutheethorn, a dinosaur expert at Maha Sarakham University, said the fossilized bones were found in 1993 at the 9B pit in Phuwiang national park, adding that fossils of several dinosaur species have been found in Phuwiang district.

Sixteen dinosaur species were believed to have lived in what is Thailand today. Of these, nine were newly discovered species. They are Phuwiangosaurus Sirindhornae, Kinnareemimus Khonkaennsis, Siamotyrannus Isanensis, Siamosaurus Suteethorni, Isanosaurus Attavipachi and Psittacosaurus Sattayaraki.

Meanwhile in the USA / Re: Trump wins presidency
« Last post by Johnnie F. on July 10, 2019, 01:22:06 PM »
On Twitter:
The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was handled. I told @theresa_may how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done. A disaster! I don’t know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool. Tell him the USA now has the best Economy & Military anywhere in the World, by far and they are both only getting bigger, better and stronger.....Thank you, Mr. President!

There is a medical term

MEGALOMANIA (narcisstic personality disorder)


Narcissistic personality disorder — one of several types of personality disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism.

A narcissistic personality disorder causes problems in many areas of life, such as relationships, work, school or financial affairs. People with narcissistic personality disorder may be generally unhappy and disappointed when they're not given the special favors or admiration they believe they deserve. They may find their relationships unfulfilling, and others may not enjoy being around them.

Treatment for narcissistic personality disorder centers around talk therapy (psychotherapy).


Signs and symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder and the severity of symptoms vary. People with the disorder can:

  •     Have an exaggerated sense of self-importance
  •     Have a sense of entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration
  •     Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
  •     Exaggerate achievements and talents
  •     Be preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
  •     Believe they are superior and can only associate with equally special people
  •     Monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior
  •     Expect special favors and unquestioning compliance with their expectations
  •     Take advantage of others to get what they want
  •     Have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
  •     Be envious of others and believe others envy them
  •     Behave in an arrogant or haughty manner, coming across as conceited, boastful and pretentious
  •     Insist on having the best of everything — for instance, the best car or office

At the same time, people with narcissistic personality disorder have trouble handling anything they perceive as criticism, and they can:

  •     Become impatient or angry when they don't receive special treatment
  •     Have significant interpersonal problems and easily feel slighted
  •     React with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make themselves appear superior
  •     Have difficulty regulating emotions and behavior
  •     Experience major problems dealing with stress and adapting to change
  •     Feel depressed and moody because they fall short of perfection
  •     Have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation

When to see a doctor

People with narcissistic personality disorder may not want to think that anything could be wrong, so they may be unlikely to seek treatment. If they do seek treatment, it's more likely to be for symptoms of depression, drug or alcohol use, or another mental health problem. But perceived insults to self-esteem may make it difficult to accept and follow through with treatment.

If you recognize aspects of your personality that are common to narcissistic personality disorder or you're feeling overwhelmed by sadness, consider reaching out to a trusted doctor or mental health provider. Getting the right treatment can help make your life more rewarding and enjoyable.

Mayo Clinic
Home: Britain / Re: The Brexit
« Last post by Johnnie F. on July 10, 2019, 10:06:54 AM »
The world seems preparing for the hard Brexit. I can understand some Korat-Brits' headaches: life over here's not getting any cheaper!

And Donny the BigD definitely helps with his twittering about UK politicians and diplomats.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the Education and Interior ministries to look into the free lunch program for kindergarten and primary school children after allegations of corruption have re-surfaced at some of the schools.

Deputy government spokesman Lt-Gen Werachon Sukondhapatipak said today that the Prime Minister has received a report from the National Anti-Corruption Commission about alleged corruption concerning the program in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima.

He said the Prime Minister places importance on the quality of the food provided to school children because he regards the students as the future of the country.

As an example of the corruption, Lt-Gen Werachon said some schools are providing free lunches for all the students, despite the fact that free lunch is meant only for kindergarten and primary students.

In some cases, the school management spent only part of the school lunch budget and could not explain where the rest of the money had gone.

Widespread corruption in the student free lunch program was exposed last year, leading to an investigation by the NACC and a cleanup of the malpractice. Alleged corruption re-emerged recently at some schools in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, with video clips showing meatless and vegetable pieces in soup being posted on social media.

One director of a municipal school in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ms. Amporn Dankongrak, was abruptly transferred after she posted a text message, complaining of low quality lunches at the school, on her Facebook page.

It was reported that a 37 million baht fund has been allocated for the free lunch programs at 10 municipal schools in Nakhon Si Thammarat for this fiscal year. Each school is empowered to call bids from private caterers to provide the free lunches for its students.

World of Music / Dancing Cockatoo Snowball
« Last post by Johnnie F. on July 09, 2019, 10:13:53 AM »

No doubt, Snowball is a music lover, how would he dance to Thai music?
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