For class July 15th

Thailand: New Tourist Rules

http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/upiUPI-20130628-175152-8260

 

Discussion:

  • Why is Thailand so attractive to tourists?
  • Do you like Thai food?
  • How is Thai food different from Chinese food?
  • What are your impressions of Thai people?
  • Do you know anything about Thai culture or art?
  • What kind of government does Thailand have?
  • Have you ever been to Thailand? If so, please describe your experiences there.
  • Why do you think Bangkok is the most visited city in the world in 2013?
  • What do you think of the Thai government’s action in this case?
  • Would you like to see this done in your country, i.e., require all foreigners to have health insurance, or purchase it through airline tickets or visas?
  • Is it fair that the people should pay the medical expenses of foreigners who fall ill in their country, or arrive very sick?
  • If someone arrived in your country with an incurable disease, what should the government do about it?
  • Do nations have a moral obligation to take care of any sick people who arrive in their country?

Role play: a very sick visitor arrives in your country without health insurance; discourage him/her from staying.

 

Adulthood Secrets

http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2010/07/the-things-that-go-wrong-often-make-the-best-memories-and-further-secrets-of-adulthood/

 

How Doctors Want to Die

http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2013/06/24/how-do-physicians-and-non-physicians-want-to-die/

 

  • Would you like to have a peaceful death? If so, how would you want it to be done?
  • Which of the procedures in the picture above would you allow to be done to you, and which would you forbid, if you were dying?
  • If you had six months to live, what would you do with your life?
  • If you were going to die, would you want to hear the truth or hear lies about how you are going to get better soon?
  • Is telling someone he/she is not going to die when in fact the opposite is true a white lie or some other kind of lie?
  • What views do members of your society hold on suicide, medically assisted suicide and mercy killing?
  • Would you rather members of your family asked someone to put an end to your life, if you could only live in a vegetative state?

 

The Dragon Coughs

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/eed7c0be-e7ca-11e2-9aad-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2YVx0QsiG

 

Same Sex, Same Jail

http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/upiUPI-20130710-144433-7604

 

Discussion:

  • In homosexuals relationships couples like to role play male and female partners? Why?
  • Is gay marriage an issue in your country? If so, who is in favor of it and who is against it?
  • Is homosexuality a natural condition or a curable disease?
  • What are your views on gay marriage?
  • Is there a legal alternative to gay marriage such as a civil contract?
  • If government provides financial assistant to couples who are gay, how can we guard against cheaters who pretend to be gay so they can get money?

 

High Rising Rents

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/city_renters_rocked_as_avg_hits_i2kRuzCCHYgRD59ZpEKQfN

 

Discussion:

  • Why are rents so high or low in your city?
  • What are the most expensive and least expensive rents in your city?
  • Where to people live, if they cannot afford high rents?
  • What is your mayor/president doing about the problem of high rents?
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