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Medieval Cruelty in Modern Times: ISIS Thugs Behead American Journalist - The Daily Beast
James Foley was executed in the most horrific way possible on video so the jihadists can prove they are fearsome knights of the caliphate.
The group known as ISIS has murdered American journalist James Foley, beheading him as if he were a captive taken in medieval combat. It posted a YouTube video designed for a 21st-century audience and threatened to kill another journalist hostage, Steven Joel Sotloff, if the United States continues its airstrikes against ISIS positions in Iraq.
The murderers, who now call themselves “knights” serving the “caliph” of the self-declared Islamic State that straddles northern Syria and Iraq, had Foley make a statement before he died.
But first the video showed President Obama’s press conference this month explaining his reasons for intervening against the group he calls ISIL. Then Foley was shown on his knees, his body erect—even proud—clad in an orange tunic with no collar, and his head shaved. Beside him, brandishing a short knife, was his executioner clad in black, his face covered, his voice unmistakably British.
“I call on my friends, family, and loved ones to rise up... [Read More]
When I used to visit Thailand for a few months I always dreamed of moving here permanently.
Now, I realize how completely off I was about Canada.
Let me just say (I think) that Thai people are wonderful. I have not one bad thing to say about Thais except an occasional scammer.
What was I wrong about?
Don't like the hospitals and medical staff. The blood pressure joke before each visit is annoying and at some hospitals young nurses are flirting with you. While I am honored that young girls are under illusion I have money, I do find it completely unprofessional. Most nurses don't even know how to take a blood pressure.
Illusion towards foreigners:
Thais are nice to us (again, I think). However, their thought process is on a level of a 5 year old. Now, this is something I would blast someone for saying this on a forum a few years back, but I just can't comprehend that the vast majority of Thais think that just because you are from Canada, you must be rich. These are supposedly educated people in their 20's to 60's. The ones who have a lot of contact with foreigners are probably different, but the vast majority does think this way.
Roads and Dirt:
Bangkok is filthy. I have never been to Philippines, but can it really be any dirtier than this? Bus drivers are nuts. In Canada every and each of them would be sued. Why there aren't any safety standards for public buses as there are for MRT/BTS?
Looking at brochures a though of owning a nice condo in Thailand was appealing. Now it's just appalling. I am just trying to open a fucking window to get some fucking fresh... [Read More]
Hello all! I plan on moving to Thailand next month, and I'm confused as to the proper route I should take for securing a job. I have a few skype interviews arranged through job postings found on Dave's International Job Board and Ajarn, but I have read that sometimes the best thing to do is simply fly to Thailand and hit the pavement to find a job. Based on your experiences, what do you think of this? Can I trust jobs arranged online? I am in a little over my head here, any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Aug 28, 2014 - 12:06 PM - by tamdrin
I'm an American currently in Chiang Mai? I havn't found much on the web or otherwise about jobs here. Are there many? Also I have a year of teaching experience in Taiwan but no TEFL (yes I have a degree). What are my chances of landing a job here w/o the TEFL? Where should I look?
Thanks for the help.
I am thinking about bailing to Vietnam.
What is the visa situation like? How long can I stay on tourist visas?
How is the Air?
Are there a lot of insects in Apartments/Condos (more than in Thailand)? Do condos have a gym (treadmill mostly)?
Can I find Western Food easily?
Chicks are probably hotter, so I don't need to ask that.
Where to move?
I also need u to massage my ego. Will I be hot and popular?
Fred asked me again.... when are you gonna get the job you bum?
I think teachers are the lowest scum of the earth. The vile and bile of the planet. They say bankers are sociopaths, but I strongly disagree. Look at this site and observe the deranged and demented behavior of people that are in charge of Thai kids. "English" teachers (quotations needed as 99% can't write English for shit) like to trash Thai education, while the schizoids come to Thailand to feel better about themselves. The same deranged individuals that make up rules in North America (Ontario mom urges schools to let asthmatic kids carry puffers - Ottawa - CBC News) now want to teach.... here!
The one decent person you have on this site (Matthew) is mostly ridiculed by drunks and substance abusers who will most likely reply to this thread by some outdated BBC video or quote that no one cares about.
Illiterate blockheads..... that's most English teachers in Thailand. Then you complain about Filipino taking your jobs
Hi mister teacher!
Aug 31, 2014 - 10:02 AM - by tomcat
...after noticing splotchy redness in the groin area, I attempted to self-medicate with garamycin (in the event it was a bacterial infection) and H-Cort (1%) in case it was the dreaded crotch rot: a visit to Dr. Sukriket of the Samitivej skin clinic was positive. After inspecting the area and noting that neither garamycin nor a broad spectrum anti-fungal were effective, he gently scrapped a small piece of rotting flesh onto a slide and raced off to an onsite lab for closer inspection: no microbial activity, he declared, and diagnosed the problem as "jock itch." The remedy did not involve a brew of boiled twigs, dozens of needles or mega-doses of vitamins...merely a stronger cortisone application, an anti-fungal for further protection while the skin healed and a drying powder. He said the problem is a common one in the tropics and recommended switching from Y-fronts to boxers. Result: after 2 applications of the medications the problem has mostly disappeared and peace of mind has been restored. Charge: B1,900 for an intelligent and effective 15 minute visit...expensive for some, but imo, worth every baht.
Aug 30, 2014 - 4:51 AM - by djwheat
Just wanted to ask you guys whether something I experienced was normal in Thailand or not.
What used to really piss me off is, if my classes didn't start until 11am, I still had to be in school for 7:30 am (everyday) for no apparent reason. I'd end up going in to sign in, then going straight back home again until 11 when my classes started.
In Vietnam if my classes start at 11, I will go in for 11.
Hey everyone! I'm considering taking a job at a school in Ratchaburi city. How do you like this city?
It seems like a nice small town with markets, close to floating markets, and a few wats. Good nature access (close to mountains and a river runs through town). I've read the people are friendly there and it is only 2 hours via train to Bangkok and Hua Hin. Close to other stops too.
Would this be a good place to work or is it too small and not very much to do there? Is there any nightlife or none to speak of?
I might like the small, peaceful aspect of it or I might get bored.
Aug 25, 2014 - 8:41 AM - by Cal Roy
For those of you considering teaching here, be aware of Thailand's confusing scheduling. I only see my classes once a week so whenever there is some sort of special event, of which there are many, I might lose one or two periods of a class or even not see a class for several weeks. It screws up my planning and lessons.
Schools will be having their semester finals in four weeks. My M6s are getting stressed out about applying to universities soon as they will actually require them to know something. So what happens? Starting today for the next two weeks, student soldiers are being taken away for training. That means for high school, my classes will be half full. True, this does leave me with mostly girls and katoeys, but I really would like to keep teaching all the students.
I don't understand all this militarization of students. Even kindergarten children are told to march around with sticks pretending they are rifles. We had the ROTC back in the US. The boys were usually not the brightest bulbs on the string but they did bring their military discipline to class. Here it is the opposite. The military types are usually the most obnoxious in class.
What do you do? I plan to teach my students songs for the next two weeks.
Aug 21, 2014 - 11:21 AM - by cluezo
Aug 29, 2014 - 4:13 PM - by Hellyyy
Brand new to here. Would love to have some questions answered as me and my partner are about to put our house on the market for our move to thailand so things are getting real!
Our current circumstances
I am a science teacher at high school in the uk (ages 11-16)
my boyfriend is a maths teacher at high school (ages 11-16)
I have a first class forensic science degree and a PGCE in secondary science. I'm 25 years old
My boyfriend has a 2:2 degree in business studies and a PGCE in secondary maths. He is 27 years old
we have both been fully qualified teachers for 3 years and both graded 'outstanding'
We want to move to thailand to teach for 1-2 years. We want to live by the beach. We don't care about having a party life as we aren't huge drinkers. The dream is just to get home from school and be able to head to the beach or on the weekend with maybe a couple of bars in the area too.
1. We would really like to live a beach life so can you suggest anywhere? We don't want to be the only English speaking people around but really don't fancy a built up City like Bangkok purely because it's too far from the beaches. People have suggested Phuket to us? Someone else suggested Rayong? We really are clueless. We really do just want access to a beach with a nice atmosphere.
2. Would our current qualifications get us jobs or do we need a TEFL certificate?? Loads of the job listings say they require TEFL certificates but do our PGCEs override that?
3. What sort of jobs can we apply for when we arrive? We definitely want to teach but what options do we have? Could we be English... [Read More]
It also has a frame by frame slow motion of the actual "beheading"
Also the family being interviewed in an obviously fake set.
I guess you have to watch it.
There are links to other articles, one of them saying that Foley died over a year ago.
Four days left to survive in the dumpy provincial backwater of Norwich and I couldn't be happier. I'll certainly miss London, but it's going to be hard to miss Norwich. Anyone had experiences of living in a provincial city in England or another western place? I find them to be stuck in the 90s and you are only really accpeted one five generations of your family have lived there. Four days is too long; I think I am losing it! I want to be on that flight home NOW!
Aug 25, 2014 - 3:49 PM - by DJ Pat
My rant is for all things hyped to us a great here in the UK. The masses lap them up like sheep and the product goes onto sell millions. My first rant is about the heavily hyped Reggae Reggae brand of so-called ''jerk'' cooking sauce that you simmer with your browned chicked. Anyone heard of branston pickle mixed with HP sauce? That sauce is about as Carribbean as I am, but he's sold millions of jars of this sauce, millions of bottles of the equally terrible dipping sauce/marinade as well as his flavoured crisps, ready meals and Subway sandwich. If you wanted real jerk sauce why not shop at a West Indian supermarket, ask the staff which is the best and get that? Get a good blender and blend the marnade yourself? Oh no, it can't be jerk for the masses until we get this hyped, plastic tasting mass brand peddled to us as the real thing.
My other major disappointment and anger is directed towards the McDs breakfast which is served between 6-11am, and not a second later. I last ate one in 1993, and it was pretty ok, but maybe my palate wasn't as seasoned or fussy in them days. Dry sausage pattie, oil soaked hash brown, reheated scrambled eggs and a buttered muffin. I left feeling thirstly and the rumour about msg in their patties could be true. They sell millions of these around the world each morning so it must be nice, healthy and nutritious, that's what the ads tell the masses anyway so it must be true.
Much like Lloyd Grossmans Thai curry sauces
Makes me wonder why Brits are not so fussy and uncultured, and find things like sweet chilli sauce shit hot!!
Oh, and don't get me started on that so-called glorious British summer we've apparrently had. It's been a... [Read More]
Well, I arrived in Bejing, China almost two weeks ago. I have been writing blurbs on my facebook about the observations and experiences I've been discovering every day in this crazy, yet fascinating city of history and modernity all rolled into one.
Today I found out why I hadn't seen any big cutting knives in Ikea or any other grocery store. Apparently in China, they don't actually sell knives out in the open. They hide them under glass shelving and the only way you can buy one is if you show a passport. Supposedly there was some crazy knife fights in another province and they decided to lock them up.
On a positive note, I was given an indoor air purifier that will help clean the air inside my apt... maybe I'll stay in for awhile just to catch my breath. Pollution in the unhealthy zone again today. I'll get some pics going soon enough. Until tomorrow... another day in Chinaland.
Aug 27, 2014 - 8:10 AM - by tomcat
...Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore...
...Hemel Hempstead yearns for relief!
If Britain were a U.S. state, it would be the second-poorest, behind Alabama and before Mississippi
If Britain were to join the United States, it would be the second-poorest state, behind Alabama and ahead of Mississippi.
The ranking, determined by Fraser Nelson, an editor of The Spectator magazine, was made by dividing the gross domestic product of each state by its population, and it took into account purchasing power parity for cost of living. Several other European countries were also included in the ranking.
Ranking by GDP per capita instead of just GDP means that states with mega-economies such as California, which has the top GDP in the United States (its GDP is also larger than most countries’), was knocked down to 14th place among the states when divided by its more than 38 million residents. Alaska comes in first, with a GDP of more than $59 billion divided by a population of 735,000.
Norway was the top European country on the list, between Massachusetts and New Jersey. Nelson wrote that the United Kingdom’s low ranking showed Britain had “no reason to feel smug” about recent events in Ferguson, Mo.:
“The United States may be a great place to be rich, we like to think, but they treat their deprived appallingly over there. We tend to watch reports from poorer American states with a shudder, thankful that our country is run along different, more compassionate lines.
But if Britain were to somehow leave the European union and become the 51st state of... [Read More]
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