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Friday, May 23, 2014

Border Line Diabetic To Fit And Healthy (photo)

Border Line Diabetic To Fit And Healthy (photo)


Border Line Diabetic To Fit And Healthy (photo)

Posted: 23 May 2014 01:04 PM PDT

Edgar and Mario Hernandez keep each other motivated to keep off the weight.

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Border Line Diabetic To Fit And Healthy (photos)

Posted: 23 May 2014 11:56 AM PDT

Edgar Hernandez's weight loss journey. Recent photos of me and my friends.

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In Thailand, Coups are a little different

Posted: 23 May 2014 01:27 AM PDT

For the past day or so, images of soldiers taking over Thailand have flooded the international media, who can't be blamed for immediately thinking the worst. But on the ground, average, non-extremist citizens in this country have mostly felt a sense of relief. There is a strong feeling that a coup is the least of three evils.

 

For almost a year, the level of rhetoric between pro and anti government camps has been escalating. While often painted as a rich-versus-poor struggle, this is a much more complicated situation here and really it's more like new money versus old money.

 

There is no question that the new money, media-savvy Thaksinists understood very quickly the need to seize the international high ground. The overseas rhetoric and the hatemongering in Thailand, however, have had a remarkably different spin.

 

The more inward-looking old money crowd did not seem to realize that times have changed. They did not bring up the allegations of extrajudicial killings, massacre of Muslims, or other "internationally bankable" failings of the Thaksinites, preferring to harp on corruption, a charge they themselves could hardly be considered exempt from.

 

The warring factions have shown remarkable intransigence. Opportunities for a breakthrough, offers to mediate, and detailed plans which took into account the grievances of both camps have been roundly rejected. It took a declaration of martial law to even drag the two sides into the same room for a discussion on how to find an end to the impasse.

 

Once they were in the same room, neither side would budge; General Prayuth then had them all bundled off and took over the country.

 

In any other country, a coup would be a cause for bloodshed, alarm, mass flight and refugee camps. But reaction in Bangkok at least has mostly been something like, "Thank God, these people needed a spanking." Upcountry, one suspects a more negative reaction, but there isn't much reportage available right now.

 

It is also clear that with a coup, both sides save face; both may retire from the battle zone without conceding defeat. It is indeed a peculiarly Thai way of handling such a crisis.

 

People are not, however, hailing the coup with cheers, either. Last time this happened, eight years ago, crowds greeted the soldiers with flowers. Today, reaction is a lot more muted because last time the army took power, they are widely perceived as having botched their chance to improve things.

 

This morning in Thailand, there may be in fact a slight renewal of optimism. People hope that the reluctance of General Prayuth to seize control signals that the military have made a serious attempt to learn the lessons of their last intervention.

 

Once again, here in the Land of Smiles, we are living from moment to moment.

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Censorship in Thai Media After Coup d'etat

Posted: 23 May 2014 12:11 AM PDT

After Thai army declared coup in last two days, all television channels in Thailand are forced to stop their original programs and run the army channel. CNN is one of the channels in Thailand which is forced to run the army channel.

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Pro government protest on the first day of coup

Posted: 22 May 2014 10:36 PM PDT

Pro government protest at Chiang Mai old city evening of Thursday 22 May 2014. Chiang Mai is the home town for ex prime minister Taksin Shinawatra #ThaiCoup

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Pro government protest at Chiang Mai

Posted: 22 May 2014 10:28 PM PDT

Pro government protest at Chiang Mai old city evening of Thursday 22 May 2014. Chiang Mai is the home town for ex prime minister Taksin Shinawatra.  Red shirt supporters demonstrated in the north side of Chiang Mai old city shouting out saying against Thai military  #ThaiCoup Best regard, Suracheth Prommarak

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Wildlife in Southern Norway

Posted: 22 May 2014 06:29 PM PDT

Norway - the somewhat peculiar country in northern Europe consists not only of mountains, fjords, salmon and oil, as many may think. According to Wikipedia, 44% of the country covered with forests and mountain plateaus. These areas are home to many species of wild animals and birds.

 

In 2002, 464 different bird species were recorded in the country. According to the new report, around 41,000 species are recorded in Norway. However, the report estimates that there are yet another 14,000 species in Norway - there is just no one who has registered them.

 

This is a very small selection of the kind of birds and animals one can find in Norway.

 

The photos show:
Moose with calfs - Deer - Squirrel - Viper - Grass snake - Sparrow Hawk - Owls - Great Spotted Woodpecker - Waxwing and Yellowhammers

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Sagrada Familia

Posted: 22 May 2014 04:41 PM PDT

This is a cathedral for the space age. Although it was originally conceived over a century ago by the great genius architect Antoni Gaudi, it is still under construction. The interior was recently completed and consecrated by the Pope, however, and it is surely one of the new wonders of the world. It looks very futuristic and I'm sure it will remain so for many decades to come. It almost makes me think of an alien world.

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Snakes scarier than Thai military coup

Posted: 22 May 2014 03:36 PM PDT

Life for expats living in Bangkok is pretty much the same. The yellow shirts protested in the tourist areas and the military has taken over the area where the yellow shirts were originally. My wife is a British school teacher working in a major international school and all the international schools, in Bangkok, are running as normal. Many school teachers have young children and in the event of a civil war the British embassy would inform the schools to shut down immediately and tell their citizens to leave the country. The international schools always take the advice of their embassies.

 

For Thai people living in Bangna, Bearing, Udom Suk, life continues as normal. The Thai military has taken over the tourist areas because the last thing they want is a civil war. The sooner the politicians get their heads together and sort something out the better it will be for ordinary Thai citizens who only want a better future for their children; education and a meal on the table. For me personally, at this present moment, I only worry about bumping into a monitor lizard or a python when the sun goes down as they do live in the area naturally.

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Massive hail

Posted: 22 May 2014 03:16 PM PDT

Golf ball sized hail strikes Wyomissing, Pennsylvania leaving many cars without windows and making this parking lot look like a winter wonderland.

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Groceries Thailand

Posted: 22 May 2014 05:37 AM PDT

Some grocery stores will close at 8pm everyone is rushing to stock up.

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