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Meanwhile in the USA / Re: Trump wins presidency
« Last post by Baby Farts on February 16, 2018, 08:39:50 PM »
I found this amusing.
Meanwhile in the USA / Re: Trump wins presidency
« Last post by thaiga on February 16, 2018, 12:21:20 PM »
Stormy Daniels: I Can Now Tell my Story

Porn star says she feels free to discuss Trump encounter
Social & Demographic / Re: Thailand bets on 'magic pills'
« Last post by thaiga on February 16, 2018, 12:15:19 PM »
Survey shows women wanting to have fewer children – with precipitous drop in birth rate expected soon

A SURVEY has revealed that on average Thai women want to have fewer children.

The recent Chulalongkorn University College of Population Studies research surveying women aged between 15 and 49 found the average number of children wanted was 1.69, down from 1.86 in a similar survey in 2001.

 When geographically categorised, it is clear that women living in rural areas want to have a higher number of children than city residents do. Bangkok women on average want to have 1.06 children each, while women in the Northeast want to have 2.3.

The survey also showed that the percentage of single women aged between 35 and 39 is growing.

“About 75 per cent of female respondents agree with the statement that they can have a good life even without children,” researcher Wiraporn Potisiri said.

The Public Health Ministry reported that about 700,000 children were born in the country last year, down from 800,000 in 2003.

“Trends suggest Thailand may see just 500,000 births in 2040,” Deputy Prime Minister General Chatchai Sarikulya said yesterday.

He was speaking at an event held to address the country’s falling birth rate and growing elderly population.

About 18 per cent of the population are over 60. Of elderly Thais, about one-third earn less than Bt30,000 a year. Most also suffer from chronic health problems such as blood-pressure issues and diabetes.

“We need to address these challenges and prepare efficient solutions,” Chatchai said.

He recommended that all relevant organisations join in helping the country handle its demographic challenges.

Nopphol Witvorapong, a scholar with Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Economics, said the government should consider motivational measures for women to boost the birth rate.

Among the possible measures are state subsidies, tax incentives, the provision of childcare centres, maternity and paternity leave, and flexible work schedules.

“Women, after all, are now expected to work and generate income,” Nopphol said.

He added that before introducing motivational measures, the government should also consider short-term and long-term fiscal impacts.

Asian Population Association president Professor Doo-Sub Kim said economic matters significantly affected fertility rates.

“Such impacts are evident in the wake of economic crisis,” he said.
Official Stuff & Laws / new medical certificate for driving license applications March 1
« Last post by thaiga on February 16, 2018, 12:10:01 PM »
A new form of medical certificates to be introduced March 1 for driving license applications

Starting March 1, applicants for a driving license will be required to produce a new form of medical certificate from qualified doctor certifying that he/she is free from five diseases namely elephantiasis, tuberculosis, alcoholism, leprosy and drugs addiction.

On top of that, Land Transport Department director-general Sanit Promwong said applicants for a driving license must fill in his/her medical record, record of accidents and surgeries and treatment in hospitals.

Also, he said the doctors who issued the certificates to the applicants must certify that the applicants are not disabled to the extent that they cannot perform their duties; do not suffer from mental illness or being mentally disabled or showing symptoms of drug abuse or chronic alcoholism and do not have symptoms of leprosy which are communicable and symptoms of tuberculosis in dangerous stage.

Mr Sanit added that any motorists who have already had driving licenses but who might suffer from seizure disorder or symptoms from high blood pressure which might cause accidents, might have their licenses revoked the registrars for public safety.

Meanwhile, Medical Council deputy secretary-general Dr Itthiporn Khanacharoen said that the Medical Council had endorsed the new form of medical certificates which has two parts.

One of the two parts is to be filled in by the applicants specifying his diseases that are not detected by doctors. The second part is to be filled in by doctors certifying the diseases examined.
Health Care / Re: Have you got health insurance
« Last post by thaiga on February 16, 2018, 12:04:25 PM »
Make a good tv series this - some folk are still disputing - will he show his zip i wonder

Tourism & Travel / Re: Foreigner database to be ready in six months
« Last post by thaiga on February 16, 2018, 11:51:52 AM »
I know how much you like dubai airport t/t  ;D

Dubai Eye Scanner
Meanwhile in the USA / Ex student kills 17 in shooting spree at Florida high school
« Last post by thaiga on February 15, 2018, 03:51:25 PM »
Ex student kills 17 in shooting spree at Florida high school

Florida school shooting suspect called troubled ex-student who loved guns

The man accused of opening fire at a Florida high school on Wednesday, killing 17 people, was a troubled former student who loved guns and was expelled for disciplinary reasons, police and former classmates said.

full article
Health Care / Bleaching the “backdoor”
« Last post by thaiga on February 15, 2018, 03:39:19 PM »
Brighter Butts, Darker Futures

Walk into any high-end department store in Bangkok and find an immense display of cosmetic brands from Avon to Yves Saint Laurent. Whatever their primary purpose, they all share one prominent feature – making parts of your body whiter.

There are whitening lotions, creams and deodorants. There’s even whitening sunblock to get whatever the opposite of a tan is.

In exclusive clinics and expensive spas around the city, remake a whiter you with injections, lasers, bleaches, peels, sand-jobs and more.

Scratching your head yet?

Now comes one of the most delicate offerings imaginable: Bleaching the “backdoor” to look bright and glowing in the farthest reaches.

This whole whispered-not-spoken treatment can be had by trendy women or intrepid gents for a few thousand baht. It intrigued me – but not enough to try.  So out came the questions when a new friend mumbled quietly that she does bleach her undercarriage.

In the end, her burning tale was a window into the lengths someone would go to increase their stock in the infidelity game.

Why do Thai women want to be white? White skin means status. It means coming from another class. It means they are the ones who can afford to pay for those dark-skinned people (farmers) to work for them. The trend started off with facial whitening slowly moved down from the face into the armpits only to now find its way further south to encompass even an area seen as little as the butt?

Racism is evident in Thai society. Men prefer light-skinned women. Their darker sisters, usually from lower economic rungs, are teased.  Constantly reminded of their misfortune; their inferiority complex digs deeper when validated by being at the tail-end of the pickings.

Thailand’s monogamous society turns a blind eye. Encouraged by wealth, women have happily opted to be mistresses to prominent men.

As for the friend who lightens the end of her tunnel, the arrangement comes happily without the responsibilities of being wife or mother. Her duty is only to make sure she is beautiful, well-groomed and available at a moment’s notice. So the reasoning behind these painful weekly whitening rituals, simply put, is assuring herself of a higher bank balance.

The idea wasn’t her’s.

During an early encounter, while watching porn together, he  suggested she should have the attributes of a favorite porn star and  persuaded her to look into such services in the city. So to secure her position as the preferred mistress, she sought professional help in the name of a spa. This educated, modern Thai lady passes the activity off as part of her grooming.

It becomes part of her routine of hair, manicure, pedicure, hair removal and acne treatment. By week’s end, she becomes the fantasy.

So what happens at these clinics? Are doctors present?  How dangerous are these procedures? These and more were my questions. According to her: Painful, yes, and it takes a few days to heal – perfect for when he’s with the wife – but she’s getting used to it.

Hydroquinone, a benzene derivative known as kojic acid, is used for the whitening. No doctors are present, but specialists dressed in white medical uniforms create the image of medical professionalism.

As it requires a contortionist’s flexibility to actually admire the bleached area, how do you know the spa did a good job? By his constant reminders, she says, that it’s time for the next appointment when the naturally dark skin color begins to return.

The downsides: scarred tissue, infection and pain

The upsides: a pristine feel-good factor and cleanliness

In the future, will society be judged as having gone off the rails when we became slaves to dollar signs or when porn stars became role models?
Half as serious and less / OMG does he like me
« Last post by thaiga on February 15, 2018, 03:29:05 PM »
Dating Despair is a four-part series about why dating in Bangkok, well … sucks. This story is a collection of anecdotes from Thai women who live in the capital and expat women in Bangkok have it hard as well

Dating Despair: Why finding love in Bangkok is hard for Thai women

Belle* is 28 years old and has never been on a date in her life.

One recent afternoon, in a group chat between six Thai women who went to college together, Belle sent a candid photo of a decent-looking man she came across in her diplomatic career.

She sent a message, the kind that has appeared in many thousands of all-girl chats throughout history: “Girls, what should I do? I like him. Help me!”

“Smile at him. Remember, you’re a beautiful, chatty, lovely person!” one friend in the group suggested in the way that one offers advice to a friend that you know is destined for disappointment.

I remember receiving eerily similar messages from my childhood friends, high-school friends, and even former colleagues — poorly taken photos of guys with hopeful captions that illustrate their anticipation and excitement at the possibility of romance — but most of the time, those feelings are left unspoken.

While it has been written countless times that expat women in Bangkok have it hard when it comes to dating (and we’ll be hitting that topic ourselves in just a couple of weeks), when you look around, plenty of lovely, single Thai women don’t seem to be doing any better.

Think about the invisible office girls in ballet flats that you look right through on the BTS, the good girls who live with their parents in the suburbs, or the intense career women who receive more messages on LinkedIn than Tinder.

It’s as if they’re stuck in a romantic limbo. While there are no men courting them, they’re not bold enough when it comes to romance — they simply weren’t raised to assert themselves with the opposite sex. Add that to the idea that Thai men tend to think poorly of aggressive and straightforward women, and you end up with a lot of Thai women who don’t even bother trying.

Ying, 30, said she had had a crush on her current boyfriend long before they went out. Even though he was Korean — and so, perhaps, not so judgmental — she waited for him to make the first move.

“I texted my friend the first day I saw him in class that I liked this guy, but I didn’t even think about speaking to him until he asked me out,” Ying said.

“It’s not that I try to be a traditional Thai lady. Thai women don’t care about what society thinks of them — they just care about what the guy they like thinks of them. I feel that men value the women they ask out more [than the women who ask them out].”

Two days later, Belle updated the chat group that she had failed to talk to the guy in the candid photo and didn’t know if she’d ever see him again.

So, while chatting and giggling to friends about guys you like may be hilarious, the sad truth is that many Thai women seem to put themselves in the relatively hopeless position of playing the waiting game — just praying that the men they like will like them back and take the initiative.

loads more on that:
Social & Demographic / Re: Thailand bets on 'magic pills'
« Last post by thaiga on February 15, 2018, 03:08:15 PM »

there is a waiting list i hear and you might need a w- -k permit - fill in the blanks as you think fit :lol
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