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Mar 05, 2021 | 0 comments

SAFETY PROTOCOLS REMAIN    Dear Customers,  In light of the recent announcement from the Texas Governor, removing the mask mandate and allowing the operation of 100% capacity, we feel that it is necessary to make our loyal customers aware that The Elephant Story will still require all staff to wear masks and maintain the previously implemented sanitation practices. The Elephant Story will continue to request that customers wear masks when entering the store and adhere to the current social distancing guidelines. During the past year, The Elephant Story has kept all these practices intact, out of respect and wellbeing of our employees, clients and community. ...

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The "Colonel Bogey March" Was a Bit Bogus

Mar 01, 2021 | 0 comments

I did not view the movie The Bridge Over the River Kwai when it premiered in 1957 and won an Oscar for Best Picture. However, years later I did see it after having travelled the Kwai River in Thailand a number of times in the late sixties and early seventies. In those days, it was a very dangerous place given the numerous ethnic armies that moved back and forth across the river from Burma into Thailand as part of a significant drug trade specializing in opium, legitimatized in part to fund the illegal U.S. war in Laos. I went up...

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A Lunar New Year in Lockdown

Feb 22, 2021 | 0 comments

For the previous fifteen years or so, we would spend Christmas in Texas and then head to the Far East. A year ago, the winter events included the Winter Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, travels throughout Vietnam and considerable time in Bangkok with lots of exposure to the Chinese side of New Year food delicacies. As you would expect this year, Christmas was spent in Texas and we remained home past February 12, 2021 which was the beginning of the Lunar New Year festivities representing the year of the Ox. On February 7, I saw a few minutes of The Super...

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A Coup but Fortunately Not in D.C.

Feb 15, 2021 | 0 comments

On December 11, 2020, we commented on the recent election in Myanmar in which the military junta that controlled the government lost its majority to Aung San Suu Kyi's party in Claims of Voter Fraud-The New International Blame Game. On February 1, the western world was shocked that the military thugs would not step down and therefore declared a coup and arrested Myanmar President Aung San Suu Kyi, the last vestige of freedom in a sea of military uniforms. Clearly, the western pundits had been very critical of the lady in her lack of an attack on the military in...

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A Glimpse of Life in A Dark Tunnel

Feb 08, 2021 | 0 comments

Approximately one million Rohingya people were driven out of Myanmar by the dim-witted, corrupt military regime and misguided Buddhist monks demonstrating a clear pattern of crimes against humanity. Another way to express the reality is that these people were fleeing their homes in order to save their lives. They settled in a miserable refugee camp in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. If that name is familiar to you, it is because it appears in navigation flight paths as a well-known marker. Approximately one-half of those refuges are children which puts them in a precarious position with a host of risks.      ...

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