Tag Archives: Thailand

An Inexorable March

Sometimes the theme of an evening is a ripe piece of low-hanging fruit and sometimes it is a matter that requires a bit of thought.  I have now gone to a fair amount of dinners as a part of our … Continue reading

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A Wave Of Populism

[Note: This is the prepared text of a speech given to the Portland UCG Spokesmen’s Club on April 10, 2016 to fulfill the Graduate Club #6 Speech Requirement for World News Analysis.  The speech received the award for Most Effective … Continue reading

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Your Stay On The Mainland Will Likely Be Of Some Duration

A few days ago, I happened to see an online article that discussed a series of disappearances connected to a small independent bookstore in Hong Kong that dealt in books of a sensitive political nature that are banned on the … Continue reading

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To Serve And Protect

This morning I happened to read an article about a police shooting in rural Western Pennsylvania, in the same county where I spent my early childhood and the time my father had custody after my parents split up during my … Continue reading

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Talk Is Cheap; Show Me Your Works

Last night I saw a humorous and horribly translated list of professions that were said to be off-limits for foreign workers in Thailand. Some of the jobs, like the unfortunately titled thirteenth position, “Paper hand job,” were a bit mysterious, … Continue reading

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A Reason To Be Anxious

This morning, when I looked at the sources of views on my blog, I happened to find a website that was a new source of page views, and one that made me a little anxious. I am used to receiving … Continue reading

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Yacht Rock, Or, The Incestuousness Of Cultural Elites

Yesterday, my wanderings through the world of Wikipedia led me to a humorous mockumentary called “Yacht Rock” [1] which lovingly tackles the incestuous soft rock music scene of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. According to the show’s creator, the … Continue reading

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The Constitution Writers

When I was a teenager, I played in various text-based roleplaying games, and one of the interests I had both in and out of character was the writing of constitutions. This may seem to be an odd interest, as most … Continue reading

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The Errors Are Still My Own, But I’m Working On Them

One of the conventions among writers of books is to have an acknowledgements section in them to give credit where credit is due to those who have provided help in research, editing, encouragement, and other related matters. Although for most … Continue reading

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Stay Standing

When I lived in Thailand, one of the notable quirks of life there was the fact that before every soccer or Muay Thai match or even every movie or play, the audience was expected to stand for the royal anthem, … Continue reading

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