Post #3 News article

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In Thailand, they were experiencing some frightening levels of air pollution. It was so bad that the government made the ultimate decision to shut down public schools for a week so they could have some time to work on ways to improve what has happened. They had some complaints from parents regarding this decision to keep kids home because they wouldn’t be able to stay home all week from work so they were wondering how they were going to pay for care. They also argued that at home or at school they’re inside so it’s all the same. But the government was also thinking that this shutdown would reduce some transportation to not add to the problem.

Some of the ways to improve the air quality included: producing artificial rain, drones spraying water, drones spraying water mixed with molasses, planes with water sprayers, and even fire trucks shooting their hoses into the air. These may seem crazy but this goes to show just how desperate these times are. Hopefully this situation will bring light to the problems our current ways of living are causing to the environment. Overall, these desperate times are necessary for drastic change to happen and be permanently enacted.

Background Information

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Five Facts About Poverty in Thailand

i. 69 million. Most people live in Bangkok.

ii. Bangkok. 8.2 million people live here.

iii. Another major city is Samut Prakan with a population of 388,920.

iv. The major language is Thai with numerous different dialects to go along with it.

v. The life expectancy is 75 for the total population. There are 30,000 to 50,000 HIV AIDS related fatalities every year. 69.4% of the population is unemployed and only roughly 6.7 million people live 20% above the national poverty line. Thailand consumes approximately 168.30 billion kWh each year.

vi. The major religion is Buddhism.

vii. Absolute monarchy ended in 1932. On October 13th, 2016, King Bhumibol Adulyadej died after 70 years on the throne, he is replaced by his son.

viii. Just more than 38% of the population have had some secondary education. Poverty in Thailand has gone down from 21% in 2000 to about 12.6% in 2012.

Post #1: Introduction

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I chose the country Thailand for this blog because I personally love Thai food and the overall aspects and culture of Thailand has always seemed fascinating to me. I think I will discover the base religion of the country, the lifestyle of the majority of people there, the beautiful and historical places for sight-seers, as well as the unique and popular cuisine. Some questions that I already have are: How does the Thai culture differ from the Chinese culture?, What are some of the social standards in society that are considered “out of the norm” in the US?, and How is the media’s portrayal different from the realistic  life in Thailand?


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