Chiang Mai Markets

Chiang Mai Outdoor Market

I don’t want to be too negative with my posts so here is something lighter.

This is an outdoor market in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The Thais are master craftsmen and you can get the most amazing objects carved in wood.  Not to mention fresh, delicious, and exotic tropical fruits.

This is just a regular street market but there are more extravagant ones like marketplaces on the water.

Big Island Blues

from r/BigIsland may this post live forever:

I know this will probably get deleted because Hawaiians can’t stand any criticism, no matter how valid, of their precious Big Island but here goes.
This place sucks. I have no seen so many self-righteous and entitled people. The people in Hilo think that Kona is not “Real Hawaii.” People on this island think the other islands are not “Real Hawaii.”
People here have the attitude that they do not want you on their island. They are aloof at best and downright rude and horrendous. There is such an elitist attitude about being born and raised here. However, I am thankful my family did not stay and raise me here like my grandparents because if I was born and raised here I would probably be bland, uneducated, unsophisticated, and lethargic like most people on this island. Worse I can be like these meth heads you see missing teeth.
No one here gives a damn about anything. If you have medical needs too bad the people here are too incompetent and lazy to save your life. No one cares about the people who have to take the bus. There’s not even handicap access. I’ve tried talking personally to Hawaii Mass Transit but surprise they don’t care. Just more apathetic government type workers.
It’s a nightmare here. When I go to UH Hilo I feel like I am back in high school. The attitude of the people is really aloof.
The women here are pretty bad looking and they have bad attitudes too.
The Big Island is straight up trash. The best rebuttal people come up with is “GTFO.” No one wants to talk or address the problems.
These have been some of the worst few years of my life being here on the Big Island. I came from Orange County, a place where the KKK would leave pamphlets tied to your doorknob, and I find THAT PLACE more preferable to the Big Island.
I hope the Big Island isn’t “Real Hawaii” because it’s a fucked up trash place.

Keaau Middle School Kids Smoking

Middle School Kids Smoking a Cigarette

Here is a video I like to call “Keaau Middle School Kids Smoking”

You can see the tough scrappy young girl take a big drag and hand her cigarette over to her male friend.

Her male friend takes a hit.  Blows out smoke, but he can’t handle it and starts coughing.

Then toward the end of the video you can hear one of the middle schoolers yelling at me in a threatening tone to stop filming them.

Village Christian Schools

Facebook deleted a review I posted of Village Christian Schools located in Sun Valley, California.  Reading through the other reviews I noticed that most critical reviews were gone.

This is disconcerting as it seems Facebook, and Mark Zuckerberg, are no longer being objective and neutral.

I will briefly describe my experience there.

People at this school are religious to the point of losing rationality.  Most students are Caucasian and from very rich families.

Students with parents that are “powerful in the Church,” meaning they probably give a lot of money, have pretty much a blank check on their behavior.  I remember a “friend” telling me he broke a student’s sternum once.  His father was powerful in the church and thus no disciplinary action ever took place.

A lot of curriculum is missing.  There are no discussions on evolution.  Every student is required to take a bible class which pretty much boils down to lessons on morality.

The school is featured in a film called, “The God That Wasn’t there,” which is basically a film about people who were brought up in Christian households but totally reject Christianity in their adult lives.

Looking back this place is pretty scary.  I remember being told that my generation would live to see the “End Times” as in Revelations.  Many of students probably grow up to right-wing nutters.  We would watch films about the Post-Rapture Society.

If you are a minority or deviate from their perception of a normal Christian American it will feel really awkward and uncomfortable attending this school.  Many staff and students frown upon secularism.

This is basically what I mention in my Facebook review.  Since Net Neutrality is pretty much gone and finished I take it Zuckerberg and company have taken it upon themselves to remove anything others might not like.  Including an objective review of a religious educational institution.  Although, I highly suspect the school probably paid Facebook a bit of money to get rid of the reviews.