Do a search in either of Thailands Nearly English Language Dailies for the words flood or drought or even cold spell, never mind the tablet scam and you will find yoinks of posts. One of my favorites is Water festival more important than water shortage. Last year while Tao Ngio District had no water the Provincial town was wasting faster than people could throw it The government as always does their show of photo ops. They delivered enough water for the photos, but not near enough to be of any assistance. 2011 during the floods I traveled 1,000s of kilometers to watch people being used by the government as photos ops, while they were starving and losing their crops. Talk of drought flood and cold are just another excuse for government officials to line their pockets in Isaan, Northeast Thailaand. Perhaps in the rest of the Provinces outside of the Bangkok area, …
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Back during the floods of 2011 I followed the flloding along the Pong and Chii Rivers extensively. Damage to homes, crops and infrastructur has been generally ignored. Reports of compensation promised and never received are still circulated. The government promised millions of baht to repair the damage. I have all sorts of claims about compensation made and projects paid for in flooded areas. Since 2011 I have driven thousands of kilometers around the region, part of those kilometers along roads I drove during the floods. In all this time I have seen one project initiated relative to the floods. That project was raising a road elevation, in an area wher the road acts as a dam to prevent flooding in low lying areas along the River. Corruption is a fact we read about daily in Thailand so being surprised by the condition of the roads is a fools errand so take a look at a short….
Don’t Worry Be Happy should be the Theme song for any political group in Thailand and the folks in Pathum Thani should be out in the streets treading water and singing as Thailand’s Nearly English Language Daily The Bangkok Post reports Floods reach Pathum Thani . I also like the suggestion that learning equipment be move to higher ground
Don’t Worry, Be Happy Welcome to Thailand
A couple months ago I was reading reports that The Mekong or the Mekhong River was at epic levels and Isaan, Northeast Thailand was going to be inundated with waters of Biblical proportions.
Atiya Achakulwisut a Deputy Editor with The Bangkok Post informs us that we are
Well, here it is more than 1 month based in Sakon Nakhon and in a domestic relationship, following,bacically, 5 years on my owna dn based in Khon Kaen. Sakon Nakhon is much smaller than Khon Kaen, but like all Thai cities has just about everything needed for daily life The differences ocuur in the area of technology, computer hardware and accesories. In Khon Kaen because of my location I was walking distance to about 8 or more restaaurants or places for an evening beer, while in Sakon Nakhon there are a number of choices, I do miss Beung Kaen Nakhon on occasion.
As far as my search for and “investigation” of those things Kammathana Dhutanga Buddhist the past month is way beyond anything I could have imagined. Visiting the places where Ajahns Sao and Mun spent not only some time, but entire “rains Retreats” and reveisited over the years. Meeting people who’s family have been supporters of the monks for nearly 100 years is providing insights I never imagined. Seeing the impact Ajahns Sao and Mun and their students have had on Buddhism and the communiies here.
More westerners overseas are probably aware and support Kammathana Dhutanga (Forest) Buddhism than in Thailand. Ajahn Sumedho and other western students of the forest Bhikkhus have not only been accepted internationally, but the number of Monasteries of this lineage are opening and supported around the world.
Here in Thailand it5 has been reported from many sources that the majority of monks do not keep the vinaya are overweight and are supported by a small part of the population, while the Dhutanga Bhikkhus sit on the floor to eat their meal of the day out of an almsbowl and spend their days in some form of meditation.
Anyhow day 12 it’s off to Khon Kaen to visit some folks back there, then to Kalsin for a day or to isiting as well and then back to Sakon Nakhon as Daeng has to be back to work on the 16th.
I will be posting more about Forestt Buddhism the monks. supporter and places. Am now waitng to get more information about river and reservoir levels in preperation of reporting on flooding if and when it happens
The webcam,twitcasting and the usual posts will continue as always.
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Otherwisw y’all Take Care
And in a way it is the National Sport; it is the finger pointing, the blame game and the ball in question is flood prevention and mitigation. I have asked since last years flood how can they assess anyhting without accurate raw data.
Let the Games Begin, not that they ever stopped in Thailand