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pai mei last won the day on August 15 2012

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  1. NYT had a good piece on the Armstrong report My link OT the piece that leaves me sad Steve is the news of Jim McMahons early dementia link
  2. Yep. Basically almost every team member he rode with testified against him and indicated that he ran the program. And some testimony that he pressured others to 'partake,' including telling them they'd be removed from the team if they didn't. For him to be innocent would translate to a massive conspiracy that doesn't make any sense.
  3. I googled it after reading your initial reaction (never heard about the controversy prior), of course a couple sites popped right up and I assumed you did the same. Logic error. Thanks for the thoughtful post. I forwarded one of the less dramatic sites to my acquaintances get reaction (and out of curiosity), these are good people. So far mixed reaction, skepticism but also conversation and a little hmmmmm, needs further investigation type sentiment. My personal reaction was the same btw. Though a little more disposed to thinking about it after your second post.
  4. There need to be safety nets (no pun intended) in place, and both reasonable practices and regulation in reference to animal populations and our culinary desires vs needs. No fucking doubt. But Jesus H. Christ, I hope this isn't another victory for the PC Brigade. Did you or your family eat Tuna while you were growing up? Well then, you must've supported the barbaric widespread slaughter of millions of dolphins each year. Because dolphins swim with Tuna and were caught with them in the nets at sometimes ridiculous levels (and they weren't even stripped of anything for food, just outright butchered). So, anyone who ever ate tuna deserves to be drowned and left for dead, @#$@#$!!! F*cking barbarians. Another case of affluent Westerners with no sense. I meet up with with a small group of friends in Bangkok every year, Viet-Chinese (and yeah, it's OK to say Chinese, if we were talking about Haggis you could say Scots). They have shark fin soup twice a year, once at Chinese New Year, the other when we meet up in BKK. People that came up in as kids in Southern Cal as refugees and now live all over the place (one is in Aus). Middle Class (not quite poor, not quite affluent), they don't take rhino horn for an aphrodisiac or drink piss for health reasons. But they do have the shark fin soup as part of some tradition of celebration and gratitude couple times a year. Personally I think it's over-rated, I prefer Hot/Sour soup, and I like Tom Yum over Tom Kha any day. No taste for the creamy stuff. But I don't have an appreciation for aged single malt scotch either. Some people do. Bottom line - yes, hunting practices need to be monitored and regulated. Lets not get wacky because you googled and found a couple websites.
  5. Not Western I know (sorry!), but worth noting. If you like shark fin soup you don't have to traipse over to Chinatown to get it anymore: link
  6. Have you gone to see the Muay Thai in Bangkok, I was a little dismayed at the OVERT double pricing at Lumphini, my understanding it that it's actually a lot better at Channel 7 stadium close to Chatuchak. Next time. They show several fights that progress in weight class, with the HEAVIEST weight class being something like 65kg. WTF! Damn, you want to feel insecure about your size - how about calling 65kg the heaviest weight class. But the atmosphere and the energy at the fights is amazing. And the fighters themselves are preternatural athletic monsters. I bow in deference. Can't wait to go back.
  7. True dat. Just my personal take. Call me an atheist who is sympathetic to religion, or rather peoples need/desire to find some sort of higher meaning in life. You don't need religion for that, I know. But despite all the shit and horrible things twisted up with religion, there are good things, and it has been a vehicle to bond communities with some sort of higher purpose (or the opposite - as Dawkins will point out, and this is true too). I would never turn to Islam or Christianity, but I think it's also important not to see them solely as caricatures (not talking about the youtube film, I could care less about that --> and to me the unrest demonstrates the real crisis Islam is in, they can't fend off pagan Western ideas, Science and technology forever. They're reaching and a little desperate. The Evangelicals aren't all that different with the ridiculous efforts to x out teaching evolution in schools and their 'culture war'). Ps. Read the Selfish Gene. It was a groundbreaking work decades ago and still holds sway.
  8. I had to fill out some sort of psych questionnaire at work last month (everyone did - some stupid exercise with outside consultants), and one of the questions was to name popular public figures that had and influence on me - without thinking about it I put down Bukowski, Richard Dawkins, with Ken Kesey in third (I only know 'one flew over the cuckoo's nest' - but it was literally the first real novel I ever read, stole it from my parent's shelf when I was in grade school - it was a forbidden fruit - and it definitely had an impact on me). Dawkins I've always had mixed feelings over. I love him as a biologist and Scientist. I think "The Selfish Gene" is the only science book I've read cover to cover several times and refuse to lend out because I know I'll read it again. Took very complex things and presented them in a way that's accessible to lay people - without bullshit. But when he diverts into religion... I don't know. You get a sense he's on his own crusade and it's not really his field of expertise. Though I will give him credit for making atheism a little less taboo in the States and emboldening folks to express this. Was there some comment out there on the evils of smoking weed? ha. Smoking weed is harmful like alcohol and cigarettes and fast food are harmful. It is, but how significant? And aren't there much more serious problems to focus resources on. Forgot my point damnit. Oh yeah - Dawkins, literally fucking brilliant, but -- a little too obsessed with attacking religion.
  9. There was an interesting piece re: Nana on the Drummond website, though it left me mostly confused Too bad, I kinda like Nana. Don't want to go there too often, but it's good to know it's out there, lurking, when you need to people watch and indulge with the lasses. link "The President of the Bangkok Chapter of the Outlaws motor cycle club has taken over a large slice of Nana Entertainment Plaza in Bangkok – Bangkok’s primary sex entertainment area catering to foreigners. Now, as if marking his turf, many of the bars have stickers outside denoting they are the property of the Outlaws. While of course I knew and have already reported that an American ‘businessman’ from Georgia has taken over many of the bars, including those of the former Crown Group, the Outlaws sticker bit comes from a forum here called Pattayatalk.com. So thank you chaps. I’m not there often enough to catch this stuff first hand. It happened after our southern state friend took over Presidency. In the Outlaws you can do that by force, but I am told he elected, er, himself. It would be awfully naff if the Outlaws were democratic. The Nana is undergoing a revamp since a new consortium took over management of it a few months ago. With the European economy in the doldrums most of the clientele comes not from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and China and Australia. Sign outside the Angelwitch. I had a little giggle at the ‘No drugs allowed – enforced by owner’. The new consortium known as Nana Partners is a partnership between the FICO Corporation, through its subsidiary FINA, and ‘foreign businessman’, the Outlaws’ in-laws so to speak, trading under the named Advanced Settlement Capital Company Ltd. Fire The FICO Corporation of the Thai-Indian Srichawala family owns 3 Novotels in Bangkok, Hotel Muse, Le Fenix, Sukhumvit, the Mercure Samui, Fenix, and the Grand Millennium and Holiday Inn, Sukhumvit. It is also a massive conglomerate and manufacturer dealing in textiles, machinery and computer software. The corporation’s headquarters in Asoke, Bangkok, was the scene of a major fire earlier this year. Crossed Pistons – Rajah Hotel car park FICO execs have kept a low profile about Nana admitting only earlier this year that they were involved in a management deal of it with Eclipse, the bar, restaurant, and management group run by Ulsterman Micky Doherty, before clamping down on all comments about the deal. Eclipse are of course the bosses of many themed bars in Bangkok including Molly Malone’s, Soi 8 Bar, The Australian, Coyote, Sukhumvit, and Irish bars in Phuket, Hong Kong and Singapore. A less than celubrious place in Soi 7/1 More interestingly recently they have been linked to ‘’Q Bar’ as management contractor and partnerships in such places as the Baccarat bars in Soi Cowboy and Pattaya where the entertainers are underwear challenged, not to mention a less than salubrious entertainment venue in Sukhumvit Soi 7/1. People connected with Eclipse were finally buying into places that actually made money while only one or two Irish styled theme bars in the city were turning a comfortable profit. However Eclipse as such no longer gets a mention in the Nana contract. Now Fina and Advanced Settlement Capital Co. Ltd. Nana Partners have some pretty hard work to do. Swan Lake ( I had another titter when the boss of the new management team announced that the Nana was going upmarket’. That sort of conjures up images of punters sipping Chateau Lafitte while throwing 100 baht ping pong balls on stage to ‘dancers’ doing Swan Lake? But all it probably means is there is new signage and the drinks are more expensive) They have borrowed almost as much money as the company is capitalised to – something like US$25 million. They have to pay that cash back within a time frame, which means the price of sex tourism will go up exponentially. As a result sub-leases at Nana have gone up four fold...."
  10. ummm, off topic - we need some good brownfox bar reviews dear sir. preferably before i touch down in november, so lets get crackin, chop chop!!!
  11. beautiful thing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ9h2njc0O8&feature=related
  12. I like the Dubliner the handful of time I've been there, especially on Sunday just waking up (noon). You seem to have a fondness for pubs, would be curious to get your recommendations on good pubs in BKK - not bars like strikers or morning/night though certainly a time and place for them too - but good pubs. For example, wasn't aware of the "No Idea" until I read this thread, now I'll probably check it out from curiosity. In advance thanks.
  13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U13xOvDa19U&feature=related
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