Working for the Government ?

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Re: Working for the Government ?

Postby MGV12 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:31 pm

Mike Judd wrote:Some might think I am a silly old bugger and maybe I am. but not silly enough to not leave myself an escape route in the unlikely event that things change. Thailand and the house and land over there is just something I'am doing because I like building new houses, it's more for my partner to have when I drop off of my perch. She has been a perfect partner to me and still is , but I have always taken the attitude at my age to go along with the flow, as long as you don't put your self in a hole if things don't work out. One divorce was enough of a lesson for me, I don't need another.


Hopefully we are all silly old buggers at some point in our lives ... though not as ancient as yourself :lol: I have been and will be again without doubt.

You are obviously far wiser than I .. at least in the context of getting the hint when one marriage capsized. The second I am thankful for in that it gave me the impetus to forage for the bolthole I now have here; although in other ways it did me no favours.

Good luck to you Mike ... it sounds like you still have a firm grip on what matters.

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Re: Working for the Government ?

Postby Mike Judd » Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:10 am

Well thanks for that.! I did used to have the attitude of "We are here for a good time, not a long time !" but it looks like I'am getting both.
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Re: Working for the Government ?

Postby MGV12 » Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:04 pm

The Haircut...

Blessed are those that can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, 'I cannot accept money from you, I'm doing community service this week.'
The florist was pleased and left the shop.
When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you, I'm doing community service this week.'
The cop was happy and left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a 'thank you ' card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Then a Member of Parliament came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill , the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.'
The Member of Parliament was very happy and left the shop.
The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Members of Parliament lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.

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Re: Working for the Government ?

Postby Roger Ramjet » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:58 pm

Sorry, I couldn't help myself. I had to post this: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/3 ... ers-warned
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Re: Working for the Government ?

Postby MGV12 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:20 am

Roger Ramjet wrote:Sorry, I couldn't help myself. I had to post this: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/3 ... ers-warned


Traveling by train here must be especially frustrating for the Germans/Austrians/Japanese/Swedes/Swiss .............................. note I don't mention the British :(

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Re: Working for the Government ?

Postby fredlk » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:01 am

MGV12 wrote:Traveling by train here must be especially frustrating for the Germans/Austrians/Japanese/Swedes/Swiss .............................. note I don't mention the British :(

My Dutch friends and visitors think it romantic, like a poor man's Orient Express although they've now cancelled their trip to Chiang Mai as they didn't like the idea of waking up at 01:00 to get on a bus for a 4 hour journey to their destination. They and 96% of the others that had pre-booked.
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Re: Working for the Government ?

Postby Roger Ramjet » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:20 am

MGV12 wrote:Traveling by train here must be especially frustrating for the Germans/Austrians/Japanese/Swedes/Swiss .............................. note I don't mention the British

Perhaps the Thai department involved could post a sign at each railway station saying that due to track maintenance the train would leave on time and that when track maintenance ceased the train would be two hours late. Can you imagine the Thai train driver having to issue apology notes to all the passengers each time the train was late, like they do in Japan? He'd have to carry at least 5 books of apology notes on each trip....and he'd be fined to boot, which means he'd be doing it for free (driving the train).
I am dreading the high speed trains with the attitude (Thainess?) of the current employees of the railways. If Spain thought their train accident was bad, wait until an ex bus driver from bus 57 in Bangkok takes over the accelerator of the high speed train. I can see it now, not stopping at designated stations, trying to beat stopping all stations trains to the next platform to get a few additional fares, not bothering to close the doors and running every red light in sight. And, after a few years running, not bothering with maintenance because; "too costly, too hard, no money allocated because it all went in tea money" the excuses list is endless.
Come to think of it, as I don't use the trains now, it should be good "entertainment" value for the foreign press.
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Re: Working for the Government ?

Postby sirineou » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:50 am

So that we don't only pick on the poor Thais, here is a bright moment from the Netherlands
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Re: Working for the Government ?

Postby MGV12 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:03 am

sirineou wrote:So that we don't only pick on the poor Thais, here is a bright moment from the Netherlands


Quite amazing that nobody saw that one coming ... you sure it's not LOS :P

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Re: Working for the Government ?

Postby MGV12 » Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:43 am

Extract from an email from a good friend [based near Melbourne received today:

"We are both well and living quietly in retirement. Australia is without a doubt the most expensive place on the planet to live. This makes it difficult for people on the pension or fixed income to make ends meet. If I were to say which was my number 1 problem in Australia it would be not the erosion of liberty but the cost of living. A house block around where we live start at $260,000.00 then you have to build a house on it. Worse a large bottle of beer is $5.00, to rent a house will cost you $350/400+ per week. More in the city
Pork fillet $26.00 per kg and the cost of running a car is well, crazy. I'm getting depressed so I'll stop.

Governments all over the western world over many years have been slowly chipping away at personal freedom, creating more hoops to go through to create revenue eg: having to obtain a permit to build a garden shed on your own property etc. The list is endless. As well big brother is real and watching all your transactions, scary s**t."

It is also apparently/allegedly silly season for visa applications to visit Thailand around the globe. Leading the pack appears to be Perth
2013 ThaiConsulatePerth_VisaApplicationForm.pdf
where you need 1.5million Baht in a current account to get a multi-entry to visit spouse/family. Hull in the UK [previously an easy route] are not far behind in toughening up on the 'rules' [if indeed such a black/white commodity actually exists] whereas many other locations ... easy-going Canada for example ... still [apparently] applies no financial demands [maybe] ... naturally the Embassy in countries where the Consulates are tightening up appear to have a differnet opinion ... according to their websites ... maybe ... possibly. It's all based on opinion and hearsay of course.
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Re: Working for the Government ?

Postby MGV12 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:06 am

This could have gone into 'Silly Really' but as it's true I thought it should go here:

This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries regarding a pond on his property. It was sent by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania . This guy's response is Hilarious, but read The State's letter before you get to the response letter, you won't stop once you start.

This is an actual letter: State of Pennsylvania 's letter to Mr. DeVries: SUBJECT: DEQ ... File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. DeVries:

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pon
A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity.. A review of the Department's files shows that no permits have been issued therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.
The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at downstream locations.. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 2013.
Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to comply with this request or any further unauthorized activity on the site may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action....We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter.

Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

David L. Price

District Representative and Water Management Division.

Here is the actual response sent back by Mr. DeVries:

Re: DEQ File No.. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. Price:
I have received your certified letter dated 11/17/12. I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget Lane, Trout Run, Pennsylvania .

A couple of beavers are in the process of constructing and maintaining two wood 'debris' dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you call their skillful use of natures building materials 'debris.'

I would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam project any time and/or any place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

These are the beavers/contractors you are seeking. As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity. My first dam question to you is:

(1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers, or

(2) do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request?



If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through the Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued. (Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.)


I have several dam concerns. My first dam concern is, aren't the beavers entitled to legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation -- so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer.



The Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event, causing flooding, is proof that this is a natural occurrence, which the Department is required to protect. In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling them dam names.

If you want the dammed stream 'restored' to a dam free-flow condition please contact the beavers -- but if you are going to arrest them, they obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter, they being unable to read English. In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream. They have more dam rights than I do to live and enjoy Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the natural resources (Beavers) and the environment (Beavers' Dams).

So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until 1/31/2013? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice by then and there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention to a real environmental quality, health, problem in the area It is the bears! Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone. If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your dam step! The bears are not careful where they dump!

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.

Thank You,

Ryan DeVries & The Dam Beavers

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Re: Working for the Government ?

Postby BKKBILL » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:49 am

Would love to see the dam reply from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania.
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Re: Working for the Government ?

Postby Mike Judd » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:17 pm

As One who is more than qualified to comment on our world as I see it, after observing it from all angles over the years, I can only say that what we all thought would be an advancement of Democracy through the years, was in reality ,irrespective of what side of Poilitics happens to be in power, "CREEPING SOCIALISM " taking hold in every aspect of our daily lives. Apart from all governments insatiable hunger for more and more of our income from what ever source we are able to earn it , in the form of straight out taxes,or new fees that they dream up for every normal function in our lives, that's not enough, no ! every year we find a little bit more of our basic freedoms are being whittled away with new laws and regulations. All your Government departments are increasing in numbers as well as the actual no of personnel in them, and no one will convince me that they could ever be efficient, why would they, they don't have to earn their keep , their cost comes from the Mug Tax payer.
I just wonder what is going to happen when governments out grow their Tax payer.?
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Re: Working for the Government ?

Postby fredlk » Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:46 pm

Mike Judd wrote:"CREEPING SOCIALISM " taking hold in every aspect of our daily lives.

If only :!: Socialism means more sharing of the country's wealth rather than administrating the population to death and robbing them blind.
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Re: Working for the Government ?

Postby MGV12 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:59 pm

City council tells residents how to put out their bins properly
because workers could be injured if they are facing the wrong way


A city council has sent thousands of leaflets to homes telling people how to put out their bins, it was revealed today.

The 5,000 leaflets distributed by Coventry City Council use images with green ticks and red crosses to describe the correct angle for wheelie bins to be placed before they are collected by binmen.

The flyers, which have been sent out in the Hillfields and Foleshill areas, were distributed following health and safety fears that workers could be injured if they handled bins left facing the wrong way.

Wheelie bin fiasco.jpg


In other words ... if you don't ... we won't :roll:

Not that many years ago these workers would willingly [?] collect bags of rubbish irrespective of weight, old appliances, almost anything ... it was their job! Especially if you gave them a small Christmas gratuity :) Now they get paid a great deal more to do a great deal less!


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... -bins.html
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