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Gadfly last won the day on October 6 2012

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  1. I don't post much anymore, but I recall thousands of posts about corruption in Thailand here - often just annoying but sometimes far worse. I stumbled a across a site and app you can now download to instantly report corruption. Its here :http://th.bribespot.com. First thing I noticed is that the corruption reported on that site is the same old nonsense that we have been complaining about for years. Good news its that its not on adult site and its available in the Thai language. In others, a venue to vent to a much larger audience. And so interesting to see how the petty scam we were complaining about 10 years ago are now appearing and what appears to be a professional anti-corruption website.
  2. The story is hard to believe as reported for many reasons. But, since Ms Kakanang is a diplomat, we may never hear her version of what happened. Another Thai mystery.
  3. "There are many other ways to welcome foreigners and tourists after the launch of the AEC," he said. He suggested improving Thailand's tourist attractions and promoting Thai culture would be a more responsible approach. This old pipe dream will never die.
  4. I checked the thermometer outside my condo about an hour ago and we hit 43 Celsius today.
  5. It's been uncomfortably hot for the last week. This afternoon when I checked (around 1 p.m.) it was 39.5 C. Everyone, including the Thais, seems irritable, but maybe that is just me.
  6. I am not out much these days (hence, less posting), but I was out in Soi Cowboy late last week, and Dave the Rave is right about what the Man from Iran (like that phrase) is charging for beers at his places. The other thing I noticed was that most of his bars had few, if any, customers while the bars on Soi Cowboy that do charge reasonable prices were pretty full. I don't understand the Man from Iran's business plan: buy bars, jack up prices, drive away customers and (almost certainly) reduce revenue? I don't get it? In any event, when I do go out these days, I almost always end up in NEP.
  7. I don't think I have ever had a drink in a NEP bar before 7 p.m. Are the bars typically open this early, or just on election days?
  8. Munchester - Take out the "s" and "i" in your second word and consider the family for a gourd, go on a bit or take out a bite, and you'll have it right.
  9. This is the first time I have seen this in either a Japanese or foreign place. I am not keen on trudging back to this place and making scene, but I will give it a a thought. If its happened to me, but presumably happens to others. The local management were not threatening, but took the attitude that since she was caught and not able to take anything nothing happened. That sort of attitude not only rubs against the grain, but creates a perverse incentive for girls to do this. If they caught, nothing happens. If they don't get caught, the come out a thousand or so Baht richer.
  10. Fortunately, this wasn't quite so bad. I don't know if the management was in out it (I suspect not), but they way the responded - totally defensive - says something about Thailand generally and this place specifically. Since the management is more concerned about face than having thieves as employees, its best avoided. The clientele is mostly Japanese and maybe they put up with this stuff. No idea. Perhaps this is the Apple of some Japanese venture in Thailand. But irrespective, this should be shared. We're all in this together, and candid information is our best - our only real - defense.
  11. But for the Minister of Culture opening his mouth, this would have faded away. But now, having fueled the fire, its news in a real newspaper, the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/31/world/asia/31iht-thai.1.7330826.html?_r=0
  12. Wisdom of the staircase: Wasn't the father of the Minister of Culture - the guy leading this "charge" - against SNL and the YouTube video recently imprisoned to serve out a 25 year murder charge? Didn't the Bangkok Post call him the "Godfather of the East" recently? Or am I thinking of a different Minister of Culture? We can be sure this isn't a case of misdirection where a Thai official is trying distract domestic attention from a tremendously embarrassing local incident by banging on about an alleged slight by Farangs. As we all know quite well, that sort of thing never happens in Thailand.
  13. Gone from Thailand, or totally off the air? Someone outside of Thailand will need to let us know if they can access it. If it was actually pulled, I can see SNL doing a bit about that. What is the Thai government going to do to them?
  14. I think most here are familiar with the massage parlors on that small soi between Soi 24 and 26 (closer to Soi 26). I suspect that naming the place would be frowned upon (think green and what a doctor recommends you eat once a day), but today, while exiting the shower, I caught one the staff with my wallet open and a 1,000 Baht note in her hand. She screamed, dropped the wallet and the bill, and I scooped up both. Let's just say that ruined the moment. Although wet, I was able to dress and get out of the room and downstairs faster than her (Thai women don't dress quickly). I complained to the management, but their response was: "no harm, no foul." In other words, since she hadn't actually been successful in her larceny, I had nothing to complain about. No refund of course, and I didn't press the issue, since there was guy Thai there within about two minutes with his hand in his jacket. No idea what, if anything, he had in his jacked, but figured it wasn't worth finding out. The most annoying part of this is the absolute impunity of the perpetrators. Never had this sort of thing happen there before, but lesson learned.
  15. This will, of course, lead to another video spoofing the Thai government's (or anyone else's) efforts to ban the spoof. That, in turn, will make the SNL spoof more popular. My hunch: the authorities (at least now) are smart enough to realize this won't work, are making this demand to play to a domestic audience. They need to be seen to be doing something, even if what they are doing is futile and likely to backfire.
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