October 7-13, 2011
It's always exciting in Bangkok.
October 7, 2011
Warden Message: Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens on Flooding in Thailand
Seasonal monsoon rainfall worsened by a series of tropical depressions is flooding wide areas of central Thailand and scattered locations in northern and northeastern Thailand. These conditions are expected to continue for at least several more days, worsening in the Chao Phraya River basin from Uthaithani and Chai Nat provinces to Ayutthaya. Flood conditions between Ayutthaya and the mouth of the Chao Phraya River south of Bangkok are expected to increase in severity for several additional days. Land transportation is disrupted in these areas.
As of October 7, according to Thai government sources including the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, portions of 54 highways are closed. This includes the Asia Highway, the main highway north out of Bangkok.
Bus and train service linking Bangkok with points to the north is suspended.
Bus routes between Bangkok and northeast Thailand are operating.
Trains are running between Bangkok and northeast Thailand. However they have been rerouted to an eastern line and are not serving smaller stations in and near Bangkok.
We advise you to monitor local media, confirm travel arrangements, and defer travel to or through flood impacted areas.
The Thai government has mobilized relief efforts and rescue operations in flooded areas.
If you are affected by the flooding and need urgent assistance, contact the Thai Government's English-speaking Tourist Police, who can be reached nationwide by dialing 1155. For Thai speakers, there are hotlines for trains: 1690, busses: 1490, highway: 1586, 1784, and 1146 for local roads; highway police: 1193, and emergencies: 191. You can see the Thai Meteorological Department's weather forecasts and warnings at its website, www.tmd.go.th/en/.
The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy (http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/service.html) is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok, and can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Embassy's after-hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000. The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai (http://chiangmai.usconsulate.gov/service.html) is located at 387 Wichayanond Road in Chiang Mai. The American Citizen Services Unit of the Consulate General can be reached by calling 66-53-107-777 and by e-mail at email@example.com. The after-hours emergency telephone number is 66-81-881-1878.
For the latest security information, you should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website (http://travel.state.gov), where current Worldwide Cautions, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings and health-information resources can be found. You can also obtain up-to-date information on security by calling 1-888-407-4747 (toll free) in the U.S. and Canada or, for callers in other areas, by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). We encourage you notify us of your presence in Thailand by enrolling in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), available at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/.
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In 9 to 11 days Bangkok will feel the full might of a deadly convergence of very high ocean tides, a rush of water coming from the north down the Chao Phraya river and the heavy rains from the typhoons that have lashed up-country.
These photos were taken during a LOW tide.
This is why Bangkok is both hot and cool.
10 - You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but you feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
9 - You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
8 - You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
7 - Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!
6 - You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
5 - You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (a few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
4 - You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs -- though excluding those in all rival sects - will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."
3 - While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.
2 - You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
1 - You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history - but you still call yourself a Christian.
With Food by Phone it is easy to put together an eclectic meal ... with no cooking.
As the flood waters approach Bangkok one of my wealthy neighbors moved his cars from his house to his condo in our building. Beneath the covers there hides a Bentley, Jaguar and a Porsche (from left to right).
Bangkok cartoonists take a realistic view of the flooding while the local civil servants look silly.
Fiddle while Rome burns.
Arrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Have a massage while BKK floods.
Next: Part III