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    The high price of delusion

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 17/09/2018

    » For almost three weeks, we have been hearing a string of updates about 40-year-old Surasit Palasak, who was charged with the rape of a 17-year-old girl. This is not a straightforward rape case, by the way, because Surasit, a native of Si Sa Ket province, has claimed to be spirit medium of Fiery-Eye Hermit. A surprise twist here is that Surasit has suffered from polio since birth, at least according to his mother.


    Australia still trailing Thailand in broadband coverage

    Life, James Hein, Published on 12/09/2018

    » Wither now comms in Australia? With the National Broadband Network or NBN a certified failure, Australia seems to be working hard to ensure that to make the NBN look reasonable, any emerging 5G network must be made to hobble by banning technology companies like Huawei from providing the same kind of support it has been giving over the past 15 years to the local telcos. The given reason is a lack of trust in any Chinese company, keeping the spying eyes of China out of the country. To be fair, there is some justification for this, as China has not been the poster child of espionage abstinence across the globe. What earth-shattering useful secret info they might get from the Australians is debatable, but it looks like the Land Down Under will not be improving their communications any time soon. Thailand is still well ahead on that front.


    Be the light

    Life, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 10/09/2018

    » Today is World Suicide Prevention Day -- a day when the human race gets to contemplate whether we are doing enough to help prevent emotionally vulnerable individuals from taking their own lives.


    Free your mind and the rest will follow

    Life, Patcharawalai Sanyanusin, Published on 03/09/2018

    » Last week I came across an interesting news item about a small temple in Chiang Mai having come up with a cool idea to get visitors to ponder their lives. It has erected many large timetables around the premises, each detailing the number of days people at each age have left to live if they are to die at 75, the average lifespan for Thais.


    Know thy visitors

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 27/08/2018

    » Almost three decades ago when I was a university student, I occasionally had to travel to Don Mueang airport for a part-time job. Back then, it was Bangkok's only airport, and, with the tollway not yet in existence, was considered very far from the city centre. There, my task was to ask departing tourists to fill in questionnaires for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), which wanted to know what they liked or disliked, as well as their spending behaviour, during their visits.


    Silicon Valley is not an arbiter of free expression

    Life, James Hein, Published on 15/08/2018

    » It is somewhat disconcerting that Silicon Valley -- which occupies about 300 square miles, and where most think the same and have the same politics -- can determine allowable content for the rest of the planet. Some of us remember that many of the major platforms were developed using government grants and public funding. With this base they should represent all views, of all types, and not just the ones they happen to like. This was the initial declaration at least, but in the modern world, that seems to have changed. I am certainly no great fan of Alex Jones, but that a cabal of providers can effectively execute social termination is very worrying for the future of open platforms and freedom of expression.


    Mother's Day is not for everyone

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 13/08/2018

    » Mother's Day in Thailand has come and gone, and to those who felt a sense of unease throughout the jubilant day, you are not alone.


    Real loan lessons

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 06/08/2018

    » Education and morality are not a given duo package. It infuriates me to write this, but apparently, having a good education by no means ensures that a person will turn out to have more-or-less sound morals. Which is ironic, because shouldn't all that education have gotten it across somewhere that paying for your education bills is what makes for some of the most basic requirements to being a decent human being?


    Focus, everybody

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 30/07/2018

    » Every day is a new day. And every new day brings new drama, scandal and gossip to this controversy-addicted nation.


    Good choices make a good life

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 23/07/2018

    » Throughout 2018, several activities mark the centenary of public health in Thailand. Last week, an academic conference and an expo presenting progress over the last 100 years were held in conjunction with the 15th National Herbs Expo at Challenger, Impact Muang Thong Thani.

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