Chit Phumisak,Jit Phoumisak,Communists,Sakon Nakhon,Thailand

jitfirst posted in 2013. The other day the Bangkok Post one of Thailand’s Nearly English Language Dailies posted a story, Jit statue to go up next month. I have been familiar somewhat in the Free Thai Movement and the Communist happenings in Northeast Thailand for some time. Also I just found out I know some people who are members of the Jit Bhumisak Foundation. So living in Sakon Nakhon and interest for a number of reasons I beefed up my resaerch.
First of all the Posts states His anti-nationalist writings, which included a Thai translation of Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto, landed him in trouble with the regime of Marshal Sarit Thanarat, but fails to mention that the translation  was hired by the U.S. embassy to help assist William J. Gedney, an American linguist working in Thailand, to translate The Communist Manifesto into Thai (in an attempt to scare the Thai government into taking a tougher stance against communism).

From Tom’s Desk, Violence in Thailand

pogoI was told, some years ago, that the atrocities that swept Thailand back in the 70s, pretty much did not happen in Isaan, as Isaan people did not do that kind of stuff. Times have changed, but not as much a one might think. What has changed is the modes of communication. Facebook, Twitter,  the Internet has brought many forms of conduct, both good and bad, out of the closet.

46th Special Forces Camp, Nam Phung, Sakon Nakhon,Thailand

Larry and I had been communicating with Joe, a  Vietnam era veteran who was moving to Thailand for some time. Joe finally arrived in Thailand and got up to Sakon Nakhon, looking to visit the old camp. I knew right where it was having visited it before so off we went. On the North side of the reservoir is the old airstrip and the 2 marker to the south east shows the location of the camp, now utilized by the Thais and the airstrip.
With the help of Khun Prasit, long time friend and mentor we finally got access to the camp and a guide of some rank. We did get to the site of the old runway which was pretty much overgrown. Our guide also took us to the site of what he called the old clinic, which Joe pointed out was not the old clinic….

Google and the Geezer, an Android Adventure, Nexus 6p, Huawei

IMG_20160427_071247Samsung meant quality to me for a long time, but now I think of bloatware when I look at my Note 4. That’s why when I decided to try out Project Fi I went with the Huawei 6p. It’s big enough for my old eyes, pure Android, no junk, android Marshmallow, and mighty fast.              While I  don’t like the idea of no microcirculation at 64 gigs and a cloud all is well.

Free Thai Movement and More Heroes from Isaan, Northeast Thailand

mapHere I am forcing these old eyes to try to research more about the Free Thai Movement that took place in Isaan after the Thai  Government kissed Jap ass. Or as a Thailand’s Nearly English Language Dailies would say were forced to capitulate. one  of the names I am interested in, in relation to the free thai movement and communist movement in the 70s are mentioned,Khrong Chandawong,also mentioned Tieng Sirikhan whose name and likeness I have already come across in my searches.

Google and the Geezer, an Android Adventure, Project Fi

IMG_20160427_071247Project Fi, by Google kicked off about a year ago. I followed the whole thing at a couple forums and Youtube. As things stand at the moment it appears I’ll be in the States about half the year. so I decided to join and had my Huawei 6p and Fi simple waiting for me when I arrived in DC.
I’ve been using it all out 6 weeks no and for all practice purposes have no complaints.
In less than a month I will be learning how it works out internationally.
Next Google post will address the 6p and Android 6, Marshmallow

Lam Pao Reservoir, Thepsuda Bridge, Kalasin, Thailand

Thepsuda Bridge, Lam Pao Reservoir, Kalasin, Isaan 15.11.11

A few 100m from the dedication site HRH Princess Theparattana Rajasuda Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (somdet prathep) will preside over the opening ceremony of the Thepsuda bridge, which has been in use in…Continue reading


Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, Washington DC

nipponThe Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the United States and is proud to be the grand finale of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  Performers and vendors travel from all over the country and the world to Washington, DC to share their love of Japanese culture and traditions with the Festival attendees. Plentyof art and more than plentyof food and adult beverages, Click on the link for all the information about the festival.

Wat Lao St Petersburg Florida

Wat Lao Mixayaram, Saint Petersburg, Florida, Buddhism in the U.S.

I had gone down to Saint Petersburg to have a Vietnamese meal, but on arrival found that the restaurant was not at that location. Google maps is only as good as the people who update it. I had seen…Continue reading