Arrested Development

It’s time the average person on the street faces facts: bailouts, subsidies and handouts cannot continue indefinitely. Yet, for some reason, they expect it to not only continue, but for governments to increase the amounts given out. Pretty much all of our members already realize this, and have taken or are taking steps to prepare for economic problems ahead. Of course, it won’t just be a problem of economics. Today, Jeff Thomas looks at another aspect of the upcoming crisis: social upheaval.

Third Culture Kids

Raising children in a stable environment is tough at the best of times. Raising them in an unfamiliar foreign culture can be particularly challenging. That said, most children tend to acclimate much more quickly than us adults to new situations. However, not everything will run smoothly. Being born into one culture and raised in a second often results in children who incorporate bits of both into their identity, creating a “Third Culture Kid”.

Rewriting History – It’s Nothing New

I have always found American history interesting, perhaps more colourful than British History. The heroes were always more heroic; the causes more clear. This was particularly true with regard to the period during which the American colonists broke free from Britain. To this day, I consider them thoroughly justified, as they had become a highly productive people who were regarded simply as a cash cow for the Crown.

Rewriting History – It’s Nothing New

I have always found American history interesting, perhaps more colourful than British History. The heroes were always more heroic; the causes more clear. This was particularly true with regard to the period during which the American colonists broke free from Britain. To this day, I consider them thoroughly justified, as they had become a highly productive people who were regarded simply as a cash cow for the Crown.

A Glimpse at Thai Culture

One of the more popular expat spots on the planet is Thailand, even with the dramatic cultural differences between the Thai people and Farang (the Thai term for Westerners). However, one fellow very knowledgeable about the differences is Bill Drake, a former member of the Peace Corps who spent much of his professional life traveling and training Western personnel for big corporations on how to manage living and doing business in foreign lands.

Can You Afford To Eat?

It’s an odd question and for most of our readers, it’s irrelevant. In fact, the opposite is probably true – we have too much to eat and, at least for those in the developed nations, that’s causing an epidemic of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer. But what if it were different? Most people don’t like to think about it, but what would happen if there was a wholesale interruption in the food distribution system in major cities like New York, Los Angeles or London? What would happen when people realize they can’t feed their families – if even for a few weeks? Riots? Revolution? Sadly, the relative fragility of the system could eventually lead to such a situation. Jeff Thomas explains.

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