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  1. Yes indeed, we have stopped firing at other people centuries ago as a matter of principle. (self defence excluded). We left the shooting at each other to others nations. A good concept to avoid wars. Unfortunately, there were no followers.
  2. Yep. How long will it take before "the masses" tell the 5% that practically "own the world": ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I would like to add another angle. In the past rising empires and their rise seemed unstoppable. But also their eventual downfall. Example: The old romans. Once the downfall started, it was as unstoppable as the rise before was unstoppable. I happen to believe, that "the West" has entered the stage of a slowly faltering empire. A new empire emerging as we speak (write). The new empire not having Democracy, Human Rights etc on the agenda. In context with thi
  3. Interesting point. As Robotics and AI will produce more and more "worthless" people, what to do with them? Gas chambers? OR: When will all the "worthless" people say to the 5% that practically "own the world": ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ? How long will it take? What will it take?
  4. When referring to the "Golden Generation", I was referring to folks from "The West". (Europe, US, Canada). So the term "northern hemishere" was ill-chosen as not precise enough. My apologies. Reasons for pessimism: - Climate change unstoppable, as our counter-measures are too weak and come too late to reverse the trend. - World population still increasing while food production stagnating (soon pesticides to be outlawed, easily reducing yield per hectare by 30%). Increased "desertification" of the landmass. - The Socio-Economic time bomb: The rich are getting ric
  5. Blimey! Reading tea-leaves is reseved to members of the British Empire. All others use common-sense . What part of my comment do you not like in particular?
  6. Rejoice Farangs! No major war in the northern hemisphere for 70 years. An accumulation of wealth for most. After the 2nd world war, (econommically), it was only up and up for most of uf us having had the privilege to be born "North of the Equator" Making it possible to enjoy a retirement-heaven in some foreighn lands for many of us, at a relatively low price. Former generations had no such privileges. Nor will future generations have such privileges. Us old geezers are the "golden generation". ( A rare "window of opportunity" in recent history). Nothing like that before, nothing
  7. Right on! Everybody in a village has hens and a rooster. Too close for comfort. So a rooster thinks he has to mark his territory constantly, day and night by making his very personal vocal signature, heard all over the place. Totally stressed out roosters, affecting their life-expetancy greatly. To be quickly replaced by another rooster when his time has come. Rural Thais (after 77 Generations) are immune to such nightly noises. Not so Farangs. I have known a few Farangs that left their Rural-Paradise, due to noise from roosters, barking dogs, karaoke-marathons and the loudspeaker
  8. To take the US as a "measuring-stick/benchmark" concerning personal safety is not a good idea. In this comparison, every other half-way civilised country must appear as quite attractive. - Yes, I was here during "the great unpleasentness" in Thailand. No Farang came to harm as a result of this "unpleasentness". - Currently, Expats in Ecuador are beyond "fear-mongerig". "True fear" has become part of their early morning breakfast. - What do you think of the uprisings in southern Chile? Another "stable" South American country, so far? I happen to believe, that South-America as
  9. Woulden't want to live in a country where I'd have to asses "the regional crime rate" on a monthly basis. = Is it coming my way or not? To live in a gated-community is one thing, but having to choose between "gated-regions" of a country is another thing. Surely not my thing. But I think we agree: Where ever one goes, travel lightly these days. Don't buy. Rent! Only problem: The older one gets, the harder it gets to grab the suitcase and just leave, especially if old age rears it's ugly head. At an advanced stage of live, "political-stability" must increasingly become part of an
  10. Not long ago, Ecuador was high on the list of potential re-locators from Thailand. And now? Due to rampant crime, a country-wide state of emergency was declared. Parts of the military was detached to support the police. What country is next, south of the Rio Grande? Once more: "The doors are closing". One way or the other.
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