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Bill Cosby ... serial rapist??

Nov 19, 2014 - 3:47 AM - by cluezo
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Mr Family Man. Mr. Jello

Another Bill Cosby Accuser Speaks Out: ‘He’s a Serial Rapist’
by Josh Feldman | 10:45 pm, November 17th, 2014VIDEO212


Joan Tarshis, another woman who claims to have been raped by Bill Cosby, spoke out on CNN tonight, calling the sitcom star a “serial rapist” who drugged and slept with her on two separate occasions.

She told Don Lemon that the first time, Cosby had asked her to come back to his place and work on some comedy writing with him. He made her a drink, and after she took it she passed out and woke up with Cosby “removing my underwear.” And when Tarshis tried telling Cosby she had an infection, he just decided on oral sex instead.
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My Fellow Canadians! Finally!!

Nov 19, 2014 - 8:31 AM - by Smiley
For them canucks that don't know already(I just found out today)...our fucking government finally did something partially correct in that it makes far more sense now than it did previously...

Firstly, we are now eligible for 10 year passports...but even better, they have drastically simplified the renewal process...

Previously our government felt that their own fucking document, the passport...which supposedly proved our identity...was unacceptable as proof of our identity when applying for renewal of the same fucking document...and required us to submit a litany of support documents proving who we are as if we'd never applied for a passport previously...WTF was up with that?

anyway now we simply fill out a basic form, submit our old passport, 2 photos and about 7500 baht and bobs yer mothers brother...

what a fucking load off!!..it's that time again for yours truly...has it been 5 years?...and until I'd gone to the consular services website...I was beginning to dread the process of rounding up fine upstanding members of society...such as Judges, doctors, politicians...who have known me for 2 years or more and are willing to vouch for my character...and begging them to be inconvenienced by me and my government...

all that shit is gone...now it's what one would expect...and that rarely happens when dealing with your government...

+1 for whoever was responsible for this new system...I'd like to shake that motherfukkers hand...

Oh happy day!!!

read all about it here...

Simplified Renewal... [Read More]
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Trailer Park Thanksgiving

Nov 17, 2014 - 7:03 AM - by tomcat
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...move on up to plus sizes with this little holiday treat:

The "PumPecApple" Cake Is the Turducken of Thanksgiving Dessert

First there was the Turducken, a chicken-turkey-duck hybrid that took Thanksgiving by storm. But something new and exciting has taken its place this year.

Meet the PumPecApple: three Thanksgiving pies baked inside of a giant cake. It's so beautiful.

This totally genius pie-cake hybrid is the brainchild of Three Brothers Bakery in Houston, Texas (and not to be confused with the Cherpumple).

It costs $175 to buy this ridiculous dessert at the store, and Food Network stopped by to walk through exactly how this thing is made.

Here's a pic: The "PumPecApple" Cake Is the Turducken of Thanksgiving Dessert
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Anything worth doing in Phitsanulok?

Nov 22, 2014 - 11:48 AM - by bansheebeat
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Heading to Phitsanulok on Monday to visit the immigration office. I'm taking my bike so I'll have freedom to stay as long as I want/do what I want. Is there anything worth doing though? Good (western) food or anything (besides McDonalds and KFC)? I had to pick up a few things at Central, but that's all I have planned. Basically just wondering if there is anything to do there that I can't do in Phetchabun, since I'll be driving ~5 hours round trip I may as well make the most of it.
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Charlie's getting married

Nov 18, 2014 - 11:47 AM - by cluezo
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Too late, TC!

Charles Manson granted licence for prison wedding

By AP 2:35AM GMT 18 Nov 2014

Mass murderer to wed 26-year-old with matching forehead "carving" who has campaigned for his freedom

Charles Manson is to marry Afton Elaine Burton, known as "Star" Photo: MANSONDIRECT.COM

Charles Manson, the mass murderer, is planning to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her home halfway across America and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him.

Afton Elaine Burton, the raven-haired bride-to-be, said she loved the man convicted in the notorious murders of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate.

No date has been set, but a wedding co-ordinator has been assigned by the prison to handle the nuptials, and the couple has until early February to get married before their wedding licence expires.

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Best Meats

Nov 19, 2014 - 7:58 PM - by Asp Pyre
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I'm going to throw a vote to ostrich. Gamey and tender; just how I like it.
  25 Replies | 1,489 Views

Why wont it let me send my resume???

Nov 20, 2014 - 11:01 AM - by dannyp
Hi. I signed up on Ajarn a few days ago, and I've been *trying* to send out my resume to schools, but the site isnt letting me. When I click the "Send Resume" button, I get an error message:

• You must be a registered teacher in order to send a resume

What the $&@& does this mean? Sorry, but I'm extremely frustrated. I've been searching on the site and the forum for hours, doing searches, reading FAQs, and there's nothing. NOTHING about what it means to be a "registered" teacher, or how to go about "registering".
(And yes, I registered an account with ajarn.com, I fully filled out my profile, and I am logged in when I try to send resumes.)

Anyone who can help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

  14 Replies | 900 Views

Applying in-person without a physical diploma?

Nov 17, 2014 - 2:28 AM - by yungwerther
I'll be moving to Thailand soon to find a teaching job, and will be applying to schools in-person. However, even though I graduate in December 2014, my school will only give me my physical diploma in June 2015 (I'll start applying ~March-April). Apparently printing things is very very difficult.

So, if I applied to some schools with only a letter from my uni saying I've graduated, and/or my transcript, will they accept that? Will they be less likely to hire me?
  13 Replies | 1,048 Views

Bob Geldof in hot water

Nov 25, 2014 - 9:52 PM - by buddahas
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Why Adele was right to ignore Bob Geldof and Band Aid

Bryony Gordon wonders why, when it comes to charity, the rich and famous donate their precious time while the rest of us must donate our money


I have so many problems with the latest Band Aid single that I don’t really know where to begin, but begin we must so let’s get going with the fact that two-thirds of the line-up are unrecognisable to anyone over the age of 30 – not least Bono, who in the group photo looks as if he’d rather be anywhere else than at the feet of a YouTube Vlogger (Zoella) and slightly to the left of a bloke who once lost The X Factor (Olly Murs).

Still, that’s not really a bearing on the single as such – it’s more a sign of how out-of-touch I am with popular culture, that when I looked at the picture my thoughts were 'gosh, it looks like a school photo on mufti day!’, followed by 'thank goodness for One Direction – making elderly women feel young since 2010’.

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Turkey Family Vacation packages From India.

Nov 18, 2014 - 4:38 PM - by johnanthony
Namaste Turkey Offer affordable Holiday packages to Turkey.Turkey is One of the most beautiful place in the world.Turkey have its natural beauty and adventure experience.There are stunning sandy Beaches,caves and many more.
  12 Replies | 736 Views

UK nationals, please take a moment to sign this petition

Nov 14, 2014 - 8:41 AM - by you_me_no_savy_talk_talk
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Or non UK nationals and just make up a postcode.

I have friends going through this right now. After being married 7 years, and having beautiful daughters (all with UK passports), my friends decided to head back home to give their little ones a half decent education.

It is now looking unlikely that the mother will be able to stay there, so there are few options available to them. He won't be able to carry on working on top of looking after 3 young kids, and that would mean they see their mother only sporadically on visits. If they were to move back to Thailand, their income will be cut to next to nothing, the kids will be back in the Thai edumacation system but at least they would all be together.

I know immigration is a controversial issue in UK, but surely legitimate families should have a different process from non-English-speaking better life seekers.

Anyway, here is the link. Your call. Thanks.

  11 Replies | 1,203 Views

how to prepare for CELTA

Nov 19, 2014 - 3:35 AM - by gyeryongian
Hi, everyone. I've searched around a bit and can't seem to find a thread devoted to this. I've found threads devoted to TEFL vs CELTA and which CELTA school to go with, but I was hoping that those that have gone through a CELTA course might lend some advice on how to prepare for the course. I've done my research, had my interview and got accepted, listened to some podcasts and tried to find every review I can of my school. What did you do to prepare for CELTA, or what do you wish you would have done? I've read repeatedly how busy you will be, how stressed out you will be, how tired you will be, but no one seems to mention why, or what you are studying. What would make it easier? Or are the people saying these things the types that have to appear stressed out and overwhelmed to prove some sort of point? What did you have to do in CELTA, was it as hard as they say? Why? How could you prepare? Thank you for your time!!! (I am going to ECC in Chiang Mai.)
  10 Replies | 642 Views

Perfect Pasta at home

Nov 21, 2014 - 10:25 AM - by Asp Pyre
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For those of use that don't have the delights of Villa et Al in the boonies pasta is one of the easiest farrang foods to cook up in a hurry. Alas, the pasta sauces here are really nothing to write home about; good in a rush, but they are hardly gonna set the world on fire. I like to make a basic tomato sauce. Fresh tomatoes, garlic,herbs, passata and chopped tinned tomatoes. Simple but tasty. Add some sauteed mushrooms and bacon and you have yourself a nice meal. How do you cook your pasta dishes? Share some recipes for the collective.
  8 Replies | 556 Views

The black hole of applying via the internet

Nov 13, 2014 - 3:02 PM - by Cal Roy
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I applied to a language school ad this week and the email came back with the subject line, "Inquriy recieved with Thanks" Should I call them and help them with their English?
  8 Replies | 815 Views

Ice breaking activities?

Nov 13, 2014 - 8:43 PM - by 999
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Fun but useful (and time consuming) ones for a lower to middle intermediate class of early teens.Got any that DON'T require any prep materials/handouts, please?Thanks.
  8 Replies | 744 Views

Nespresso machines

Nov 17, 2014 - 4:29 PM - by kiwiling
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Has anybody tried the Nespresso capsule coffee? Nestle must have spent a lot of money on George Clooney advertising it but I don't know anybody who admits to owning one.

I was reading an article the other day saying the quality was not as good as an expert barista, but that in most places the barista is not expert so it is better than many.

The capsules aren't cheap here, about $NZ0.60 each so my guess in LOS they would be prohibitive.
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Breneton for Burning Mouth Syndrome Treatment

Nov 26, 2014 - 4:35 PM - by patreojames
Glossodynia or Burning Mouth Syndrome is a medical condition which grounds chronic burning inside your mouth. This severe pain can affect your tongue, gums, lips, inside of your cheeks, roof of your mouth, or pervasive areas of your entire mouth. The pain at times get really unbearable and totally out of control. A patient suffering from Burning Mouth Syndrome cannot eat, drink or even swallow. This medical condition is also termed as:

Scalded Mouth Syndrome
Burning Tongue Syndrome
burning Lips Syndrome
Glossodynia &

This medical condition is often categorized as burning and itching inside of your mouth.Hot and spicy foods can aggravate the burning causing it more severe and difficult to control. In order to get rid of this disorder fast you should avoid spicy and hot foods until you completely recover. These types of foods don’t usually cause it but can contribute to worsening the disease.
The most obvious symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome include:

A boiling sensation that may upset your tongue, lips, gums, palate, throat or entire mouth
Tingling sensation in your mouth or on the tip of your tongue
Severe mouth pain
Dry mouth causing flakes on lips
Increased thirst
Sore mouth
Damage of taste
Eating drinking and swallowing difficulties
Taste variations, such as a unpleasant or pewter palate

The exact cause of Burning Mouth Syndrome is not known till date which makes the treatment complicated but some of the obvious causes developed over time are:

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