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  1. Did a bit of internet sleuthing and found this document with a list of reservoirs and their users. Turns out there are eight that provide water to Pattaya. Wish I could task a satellite for real time imagery, but as I'm retired CIA I guess I'll have to do it the old fashion way with feet on the ground to get pics of the current water levels.
  2. The ever expanding Nirun market as of this morning.
  3. Seventeen days since the last update so time for another shrinking Mabprachan Reservoir update. Here's the Google Earth overview of the route this morning with markers where the pictures were taken (Satellite image Nov 5, 2018). Pic 1 Pic 2 Pic 3 Down another .5m since 11 January. Pic 4: The lake now supports two modes of transportation. Pic 5 Pic 6: I think we'll soon be able to see just how deep the channel is to the pumping station. Pic 7: What remains in this pocket of water is too small for the big blue pump. They're now using a smaller pump just on the other side of the big pump. Pic 8: As it turns out I didn't need to use the rickety log bridge. There was a land bridge on the other side of the pump in the above picture that allowed me to ride my mtn bike to the other side. Pic 9: All that's left of the lake in parts is a marsh. Pic 10 Pic 11: The lake has receded enough so I could ride my mtn bike across the lake bed to the other side. Pic 12: The fishing camp is now high and dry. For comparison, the fishing camp on 11 November, view is from the other side of the camp in the above picture. Pic 13: Last time the water was this low was September, 2015. That year it was only one month until the start of the rainy season. This year we're eight months from any appreciable amount of rain. Same view from September, 2015. Pic 14 Pic 15 Pic 16 Pic 17 Pic 18: This is the view of the current northern edge of the main body of water left in the reservoir. Pic 19 Pic 20: Let's see how far out I can get on the bike. Pic 21: The ground is a bit soft and mushy in spots, but still rideable. Pic 22: Made it to the other side. Pic 23: Not much water left to pump into the retaining pond on the edge of the reservoir. At the current rate of water consumption, my guess is we have at most two months of water left in the reservoir. The Chonburi government really needs to act now to protect what little remains of the main water supply for Pattaya, and pigs may fly.
  4. Not Trump, but Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-12/mnuchin-says-boeing-woes-could-lop-a-half-point-from-u-s-gdp
  5. Le Pub is now sporting a new sign on Walking Street.
  6. Good point. While not the lowest point in the area, anything on the floor is going to get soaked from flooding after any major downpour.
  7. The new Nirun market has a new structure going up. Looks like another first class, Thai quality concrete pad. The other structure has been stocked with household goods. Best to bring a hydration pack when shopping though as it only opens on the front side, so it's going to be bloody hot in there.
  8. Looks like a DeLorean to me, although it appears the rear thrusters got photoshopped out of the pic for some reason..
  9. Not surprisingly, as the day progresses the slow downs are getting worse.
  10. While Google Maps doesn't show areas under construction, it does a pretty good job of showing where traffic is moving slow.
  11. For international trips, only had one missed connection out a couple decades of travel. Thought I was safe with an 1.5 hour layover in ICN, but a very strong headwind ate up most that time. This is where the extra cost of a BC ticket pays dividends. On exiting the plane there was a very long list of passengers that were directed to a desk to handle reticketing, and a much shorter list where there was a gate agent handing out pre-printed cards that when presented at the gate would get you a boarding pass. In my case I got ticketed on an Asiana A380 flight to BKK. Result was I was only an hour late arriving in BKK and I got to experience the A380 BC product for the first time.
  12. Here's a very detailed accounting of what happened, straight from the guy that would know. Surprised at his candor, not something we normally see after a tragic incident such as this one. Commander of the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Amir-Ali Hajizadeh has, in a press conference, outlined the details of an “unintentional” downing of the Ukrainian passenger plane, which crashed in Tehran Wednesday. At several stages, the Alert Level 3, which is the highest level, is communicated and emphasized to the entire network. So all air defence systems were at highest alert level. For several times, these systems including the one involved in the incident were notified by the integrated network that cruise missiles have been fired at the country. For a couple of times, they receive reports that ‘the cruise missiles are coming, be prepared’. So you see the systems were at the highest alert level, where you should just press a button. They had been told cruise missiles were coming, and the air defence unit engaged in this incident and fired a missile. Now we have arranged an interview with this operator, which will be released soon as part of the plan to publicize the issue. He says in this interview that “we requested for several times that the country’s airspace be cleared of [civilian] flights.’ At the Alert Level 3, this is normal; such requests are made; well our dear brothers didn’t follow up the issue for certain considerations. So the planes fly despite the wartime situation. In those moments when the incident happens, this air defence unit realizes that there is a target – which it identified as a cruise missile – at a distance of 19 kilometres. Now I’m explaining it on the map. This is the place where the air defence unit is deployed … here is the city of Tehran … This is the air defence unit deployed here at 00:00 (Wednesday), and was prepared. And here’s the Imam Khomeini Airport. This plane takes off from here and takes this direction. It means this is the impact point. Given the information sent to this operator – that it is a wartime situation and a cruise missile has been fired – this poor guy identifies it as a cruise missile. Well at such a situation, he was obliged to contact, get approval. This is where this operator makes the mistake; but at that moment, his communication system was apparently disrupted – whether because of jamming systems or the high traffic. For that reason, he fails to contact [his commanders]. He had 10 seconds to decide; he could hit or not hit [the target]. Under such circumstances, he decides to make that bad decision; he engages, the missile is fired, and the plane is hit at this place. Then it returns through this track, and here’s the point where it hits the ground. I must explain some points here. The above is a snippet from this press release: https://ifpnews.com/irgc-releases-details-of-accidental-downing-of-ukrainian-plane
  13. The list of airliner shootdowns is a long one. 2 1930s 2.1 Kweilin Incident 3 1940s 3.1 Kaleva OH-ALL 3.2 The Chungking 3.3 KNILM PK-AFV 3.4 BOAC Flight 777 3.5 AB Aerotransport SE-BAG Gripen 4 1950s 4.1 Cathay Pacific VR-HEU 4.2 El Al Flight 402 5 1960s 5.1 1961 United Nations crash 5.2 1962 Aeroflot Flight 902 6 1970s 6.1 1973 Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 6.2 1975 Malév Flight 240 6.3 1978 Korean Air Lines Flight 902 6.4 1978 Air Rhodesia Flight 825 6.5 1979 Air Rhodesia Flight 827 7 1980s 7.1 1980 Itavia Flight 870 7.2 1980 Linhas Aéreas de Angola Yakovlev Yak-40 7.3 1983 Korean Air Lines Flight 007 7.4 1985 Polar 3 7.5 1985 Bakhtar Afghan Airlines Antonov An-26, Afghanistan 7.6 1987 Bakhtar Afghan Airlines Antonov An-26, Afghanistan 7.7 1987 Zimex Aviation Lockheed L-100, Angola 7.8 1987 Air Malawi 7Q-YMB 7.9 1988 Iran Air Flight 655 7.10 1988 T&G Aviation DC-7 8 1990s 8.1 1992 Shooting of Armenian plane by the Azerbaijan military 8.2 1993 Transair Georgian Airline shootdowns 8.3 1994 Rwandan presidential airliner 8.4 1996 shootdown of Brothers to the Rescue aircraft 8.5 1998 Lionair Flight 602 9 2000s 9.1 2001 Peru shootdown 9.2 2001 Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 9.3 2003 Baghdad DHL attempted shootdown incident 9.4 2007 Balad aircraft crash 9.5 2007 Mogadishu TransAVIAexport Airlines Il-76 crash 10 2010s 10.1 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 11 2020s 11.1 2020 Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airliner_shootdown_incidents
  14. I have two tanks. The one that's topped up from the city water supply is underground so can't tell when the supply is cut. The second one is above ground and topped up from the underground tank. That tank then feeds the house through a pressure booster pump, so always have good water pressure. Since my lady's main hobby is her garden, I estimate we use about 100L every two days for watering the garden. For that I just installed a 1000L tank to collect rainwater runoff from the roof gutters. All we need now is a good downpour to fill that tank and we're good for 20 days with no rain.
  15. Time for another bi-weekly update on the shrinking Mabprachan Reservoir. For this update the Google Earth screenshot below has markers that identify where a picture was taken. It will also give you a good idea of how much water has been lost from the reservoir. Satellite image is from Nov 5, 2018. Pic 1 Best estimate, down another 1/2 m from the last update on 26 December. Pic 2: Pretty soon the pumping station will be sucking more sand than water. This water intake has been left high and dry for some time now. Pic 3: The water in the channel is now shallow enough to walk across, but the problem is you'd be up to your knees in mud. Pic 4: Hard to see in this pic, but you can now walk, or in my case ride a mtn bike to the island without getting wet. Pic 5: A small waterfall where once was a lake. Pic 6: You can now walk to the fishing camp that once required a boat to access. Pic 7 pic 8 Pic 9: View from the north side of what's left of the reservoir. Pic 10 Pic 11: Standing near the north end of what remains of the main body of water in the reservoir. I'll mark how far the water has receded in future updates. Pic 12: Rode out to a point near the middle of the reservoir that used to underwater. Pic 13: Another path you can walk or ride out into the middle of the reservoir. Pic 14: View from the end of that path. Pic 15 Pic 16: Looks like they increased the height of the retaining wall of the pond.
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