Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thai teacher caught on cell phone caning students

BANGKOK — Secretly recorded cell phone footage has exposed a teacher at a Catholic boarding school in northeastern Thailand who whacked dozens of students on the buttocks with a cane wrapped with electrical wire.
Art teacher Somchai Limthanmaporn was fired after he was exposed hitting at least 40 students, according to Nongkran Prathumtri, an administrator at St. Mary's School in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima. She said the school would not defend him.
The footage of last week's canings was aired Monday on Thai television.
Parents of the students at St. Mary's have already filed complaints with police over the beatings, meted out as punishment to students who failed to clean their living quarters.
In the clip secretly recorded by one of the students, Somchai delivered baseball-like swings at their buttocks, leaving at least one of his targets in tears. Pictures of scarred buttocks were widely shown in the Thai media Monday.
"He must be responsible for his wrongdoing," Nongkran told TNN television news. "There will be no protection from the school."
Thailand's Education Ministry prohibits any inhuman or violent punishment and only allows the use of verbal warnings, probation and termination in the event that teachers have evidence to warrant punishing their students. However, the use of corporal punishment is not unusual.
Neither the school nor police handling the case could be directly contacted Monday.
Because Somchai was not a full-time accredited teacher, he cannot face any professional sanctions from the Teachers' Council of Thailand, reported the newspaper Matichon. Legal action remains up to the police.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


so as a undergraduate student, my english professor feels that we should all hone our writing skills by practicing daily, so today i will be telling you about a tough decision i will have to be making in the coming months. currently im playing wrath of the lich king. on sep 20 final fantasy 14 comes out. i want to get that, in november catacylsm comes out, ehh i might get that, in november or december TERA comes out, and then in january secret world comes out. decisions decisions. i like the combat system in tera but actual gameplay will probably be shitty since its korean and i dont like grinding all day. final fantasy 14 could be good but the graphics looks so high end that im not sure my current computer could play it. GW2 definetly looks good and ill be getting that whenever it comes out, i played all 4 original guild wars games for periodically since they've been released and i've enjoyed every one of them.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

U.S. diplomats told to send their children out of Monterrey

(CNN) -- The State Department told U.S. government employees in Monterrey, Mexico, on Friday to send their children elsewhere because of heightened security risks related to drug violence.
The order is the first of its kind in any Mexican city, said Brian Quigley, a spokesman for the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, adding it reflects an increasingly violent and insecure reality. Monterrey is located in northern Mexico.
The travel warning was issued after an August 20 shooting in front of the American Foundation School in Monterrey, said the State Department. The high incidence of area kidnappings was also cited as a motive behind the move.
"U.S. government personnel from the Consulate General in Monterrey have been advised that the immediate, practical and reliable way to reduce the security risks for children of U.S. government personnel is to remove them from the city," the State Department said in a statement.
The new rule will take effect on September 10 and affect roughly 25 families, Quigley said.
In a separate message, also issued on Friday, the U.S. consulate in Monterrey said adequate safeguards simply do not exist to protect the children of U.S. employees.
"Local police and private patrols do not have the capacity to deter criminal elements from areas around the schools attended by the children of U.S. personnel assigned to the consulate," read the statement from Monterrey.
The authorized departure of family members of U.S. government personnel from consulates in the Mexican cities of Tijuana, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey and Matamoros remains in place, the State Department said.
The United States has a travel warning issued for Mexico because of drug-related violence, particularly in the northern border areas

Putin Vows Russia Will Launch Manned Space Missions in 2018

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia will launch its manned space missions from a new center in the Far East in 2018, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Saturday, as the country seeks greater independence for its space program.
Putin made the comments as he inaugurated the start of construction for the new cosmodrome at the former missile defense base of Vostochny, outside the town of Uglegorsk, 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) east of Moscow, and a few hundred miles away from China.
Russia currently uses the Soviet-built Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan for all of its manned space missions and other commercial launches as well as a smaller center in northern Russia for military satellite launches.
Russia has a lease on Baikonur until 2050 and has paid around $115 million to Kazakhstan in rent since the agreement in 2004.
Putin stressed the "strategic" need for Moscow to have "an independent access to the space." Although Baikonur is located in a "friendly state," it is still owned by another country, he said.
Russia's prime minister said on state-run Rossiya channel that Vostochny will host all launches of Russian-manned spacecraft beginning in 2018. Launches of first unmanned spacecraft from the new center are expected in 2015.
Putin described the construction as "one of the biggest and ambitious projects of modern Russia" which "gives opportunity to thousands of young professionals to use their talent."
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that the first stage of the construction will take more than 24 billion rubles ($779 million).
Like Baikonur in Kazakhstan, Russia's Amur Region in the Far East, where the new center is being built, is sparsely populated. New technologies will allow the new launch pad to be ten times smaller compared to what Baikonur occupies in the Kazakh steppe, said Russia's space agency chief Anatoly Perminov.
Windfall from oil revenues over the past years have allowed the Kremlin to spend more on Russia's space program, which had suffered in the post-Soviet economic meltdown.

i was just watching an episode of my favorite show; its always sunny in philadelphia
ive decided that i MUST get some kitten mittens. those things were so cute!

saw this on another blog. thought it looked cool

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Friday, August 27, 2010

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today it became aparent to me, im living in a stagnant boring life with little more to do other than click clack away on my keyboard. i have no aparent social abilities. is this my fault or am i merely a product of a technological age where people can go about living their lives without ever truly knowing a neighbor or another person? everything i need to buy i do online. i can work online if necessary, but what kind of life is that? i find myself living a quasi life of pseudo escapism, constantly attempting to drown out my real problems by escaping into a foreign stress free fantastical world. things like video games, books, tv  shows they are all nothing but distractions. and even when you are trying to escape the toils of life, there is STILL somebody profiting off of you. this entire world is dog eat dog and its sickening. i dont want to eat dogs i want to pet their soft fur. why is everyone out to profit off the next guy? why am i so depressed. im unsatisfied with this world. idk if its because as a child and adolescent i was the victim of advertising and media manipulation portrayed by the likes of disney and nickelodeon hollywood productions and other things, where life is portrayed in an idealist setting where romance always happens, things like pirates of the caribean where men live out their lives adventuring, what i wouldnt do to go back, who knows when. anytime prior to 1500ce. to be able to live in a world where men DID things. and they were proud of it. when i think of my prospective life ahead of me, probably ending up working in some office editting tps reports from 9 to 5 and then going home to escape for a few brief hours before sleeping and doing it again the next day. i become entrenched by an extreme feeling of dread. why cant i do what all my favorite heroes in books do? why cant something wonderful happen to me, i can go off and just DO something. see the entire world. walk through the desert on a camel. drive through a jungle in a jeep through some guerilla warfare zone in the middle of the congo in an attempt to transport some blood diamonds, something BAD ASS. i wish i wasnt writing this right now. if i was completely ignorant of this keyboard, i KNOW my life would be so much more fulfilling. spending everyday outside on some adventure or other, climbing the old rusting ladder reaching upto the tower overlooking the railroad tracks, going over to the river and swimming to those uninhabited islands that are inthe middle of it but are full of plants and fauna, all these things... im just rambling on, just ramble on