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And further consider,  self isolation is not in the Lao mental make up. For a Lao not to go and see as many family and friends as possible is anathema,  akin to decrying Tam Mahk Houng.

I had to stop MLG inviting all her Lao mates around for food, during this lock down we are having

I told her to do it on a group FaceTime, they can lick the screens to taste each other's food. Like phone sex.

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On 3/29/2020 at 1:30 AM, buffalo_bill said:

Gentlemen, lovely Pam in the meantime arrived on the family estate. After thorough discussion I only wonder why anybody takes the trouble of officially crossing the border and getting involved in complex activities and not just jumps into the next boat and is in Lao or vice versa.

And so it is ::

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Unintended consequences.

China signals end to dog meat consumption by humans :

https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world/china-signals-end-to-dog-meat-consumption-by-humans/ar-BB12p1jn

Laos is a Buddhist nation, it has a large and ever prevalent, stray dog problem.

This is because the Laos people will not cull them and can't afford to de-sex them all. And they will feed 'em if they are starving.

But it's OK to load them into cages like chickens and send them to Vietnam and China.

Now that China appears to be not wanting them anymore, the stray dog population in Laos will skyrocket.

 

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Laos police seize record drugs haul in Golden Triangle

Story by Reuters

Updated 1117 GMT (1917 HKT) October 28, 2021 

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The Mekong River runs through Bokeo Province, Laos, where the seizure was made.

Laos police have seized a record haul of illicit drugs in the Golden Triangle region, two security sources in Thailand confirmed on Thursday, in what the United Nations said was Asia's largest single drug bust ever.

More than 55 million methamphetamine tablets and over 1.5 tons of crystal methamphetamine were intercepted by Laos police on Wednesday, who stopped a truck carrying beer crates in northern Bokeo, which borders Thailand and Myanmar, the two sources told Reuters.

Jeremy Douglas, Southeast Asia regional representative for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said the discovery was "by far the largest seizure in the history of East and Southeast Asia."

The bust on Wednesday followed the confiscation by Laos police of a combined 16 million amphetamine tablets in two separate busts in the same area over a one week period.

Authorities in Laos did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment.

The Golden Triangle -- an area of northeast Myanmar that meets parts of Thailand and Laos -- has a long history of being a major drug-producing area.

It has served as a massive production center for amphetamine-type stimulants, especially methamphetamine, used by Asian crime syndicates with distribution networks reaching as far as Japan and New Zealand.

Douglas said the spike in volume of drugs seized in Laos was due to a shifting of smuggling routes inside Myanmar, as a result of unrest in border areas since a coup in February.

"This is related to the security and governance breakdown in the Triangle and Shan Myanmar -- spillover is hitting the region," Douglas said.

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/laos-police-seize-record-drugs-haul-golden-triangle-2021-10-28/

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Yes you are right.

The proclamations in the article by the govt look like, "see? we are deeply unpopular but look at all the good work we are doing"...

It wouldn't surprise me if the numbers are exaggerated, some of those numbers look beyond the "1,2,3,many" that most use in  Laos. :p

and border? what border?

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