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  1. I've heard a lot of stories about Police stopping folks for "shakedowns," looking for drugs. And - if you are carrying viagra, or Valium, or whatever - they might offer to not arrest you for a few thousand baht. But - I have never heard of Police in the Asoke area stealing money from a foreigner. I have read of several cases where the Police wanted to inpsect the contents of a wallet - and a "victim" removed 10,000 or 12,000 baht from the wallet before handing it to the Policeman - and the Police made no comment - inspected the wallet, found no drugs, returned the wallet - and let the victim proceed on his way.

     

    So - it iS not at all "normal" for Police to rob passers-by of their cash in hand. I walked from BTS Asoke to my office near GMM Grammy Building - and back - at least three timse per week for eleven years now - and very frequently walk past the Interchange Tower corner in erakly evening - headed up to Soli 33/1 - and I have NEVER been stopped or searched. And - 90% of the time, I am carrying a black zipprered folio a bit larger than an A4 sheet of paper.

     

    In 14 years, the only time I was ever stopped on foot was once, on the Sukhumvit Sidewalk, between Sois 24 and 26, by two young policemen on one motorcycle - around 7:00 pm. They checked my folio, asked me to empty my pockets, patted me down, inspected the contents of my wallet - which had maybe 1,200 baht in it - found nothing - returned everything to me - nodded, smiled and sent mre on my way - maybe 150 seconds total. That was about ten years ago.

     

    Late at night, I think encounters with Police are likely to be more problematic - but while the sun is up, they seem to behave reasonably straight.

     

    Cheers!

    SS

     

    Cheers!

    SS

  2. Just do your shopping early in the day. The coppers who do the shakedowns don't even wake up until 2:00 pm. Based on the flow of traffic, you can do a circle from Exchange Tower, to Soi 16, to Soi 22, back to Sukhumvit, and then back to Exchange Tower. Where Soi 16 intersects Soi 22, you can also divert to Soi 24, or down to Rama IV Road.

     

    Cheers!

    SS

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  3. There is no way to briefly extract the irony and poetic justice involved here, but - the letter is worth the read:

     

    http://cltampa.com/bedpost/archives/2014/03/06/bully-who-outed-duke-porn-star-has-his-porn-preferences-publicized#.Uxn6BYWaQjU

     

    Just a snippet:

     

    For someone who subscribes to a site like Facial Abuse I want to commend you for spending the $200 a week your parents send you every week for living expenses wisely. Facial Abuse is a great site! There is nothing like watching a new girl getting a huge cock viciously rammed down her throat.

     

    With that I would like to make you an offer. As I sit here in my office at 6:30 on a Wednesday night I am writing a check for $10,000 to pay to the order of Thomas Bagley. I want to give you the opportunity to live out all your fantasies. In addition to that 10K, there is a plane ticket and hotel room with your name on it out here in sunny Los Angeles. Screw the polar vortex. Get your ass out and come shoot for us!

     

    Wow - sounds like a no-brainer. Read the rest.

     

    Cheers!

    SS

  4. So - there will be a new nation of farmers sitting around doing nothing?

     

    BAAC's new rice scheme: pay farmers to halt crop

     

    The state-owned Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) is urging the government to introduce a direct subsidy to encourage farmers to stop growing rice for the current second crop. Such...

     

    Please credit and share this article with others using this link:http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/398379/baac-new-rice-scheme-pay-farmers-to-halt-crop. View our policies at http://goo.gl/9HgTd and http://goo.gl/ou6Ip. © Post Publishing PCL. All rights reserved.

     

    The PTP has certainly done a great job of reengineereing the economic profile of northern Thailand.

     

    Cheers!

    SS

  5. Russian lawmaker wants to outlaw U.S. dollar, calls it a Ponzi scheme

     

    MOSCOW — Predicting the imminent collapse of the U.S. dollar, a Russian lawmaker submitted a bill to his country’s parliament Wednesday that would ban the use or possession of the American currency.

     

    Mikhail Degtyarev, the lawmaker who proposed the bill, compared the dollar to a Ponzi scheme. He warned that the government would have to bail out Russians holding the U.S. currency if it collapses.

     

    “If the U.S. national debt continues to grow, the collapse of the dollar system will take place in 2017,†said Mr. Degtyarev, a member of the nationalist Liberal Democrat Party who lost in Moscow’s recent mayoral election.

     

    “The countries that will suffer the most will be those that have failed to wean themselves off their dependence on the dollar in time. In light of this, the fact that confidence in the dollar is growing among Russian citizens is extremely dangerous.â€

     

    The bill would partially revive a Soviet-era ban on the dollar. It would prohibit Russians from holding dollars in the country’s banks, and banks would be unable to carry out transactions in the dollar.

     

    However, Russians still would be able to buy or sell dollars while abroad and hold dollar accounts in foreign banks.

     

    More: http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/13/bill-would-outlaw-us-dollar-russia/

     

    Cheers!

    SS

  6. Well, the USA is certainly in no position to put any pressure on Russia - America's route of withdrawal from Afghanistan is through Russian territory, to avoid the hazards of trying to slink home through Pakistan.

     

    Putin can just laugh in Obumble's face.

     

    America is now a whimpering little poodle on the world stage - a poodle that needs to come up with $17 Trilliion from somewhere, just to climb UP to the poistion of being absolutely, completely flat broke. Good luck with that, US Government.

     

    SS

    American in Exile

  7. A European friend who speaks fairly fluent Thai had a long chat with some protester "militia" types down near Rama IV/Lumpini area last week. They said that a lot of the southern protesters had returned to the south over the past two weeks, to assist the "stay-behinds" in completing the rubber harvest. That work will be finished this week - and after this, the rubber farmers will have nothing to better to do for several months than to come to Bangkok and butt heads with the sitting government and the red shirt supporters. He was told that the returning mob members will include the previous group, as well as the former "stay-behind" rubber-tenders.

     

    So - it seems that a lot of the pitched tents may, in fact, be empty - left behind by workers who had to bring in the rubber harvest over the past couple of weeks - but will soon be returning - with reinforcements.

     

    I have no independent confirmation of any of this - but the story seems to make sense, and seems to match what I see on the ground.

     

    If this story is correct, then March 2014 is going to be a messy time in Bangkok.

     

    Cheers!

    SS

  8. While doing some business research involving GMM Grammy Group, I stumbled across the story of this guy, of whom I had never before heard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rewat_Buddhinan Then I found one of his songs on-line - evidently performed and filmed in 1986:

     

    http://youtu.be/XsPNP18Gu_Q

     

    Not half-bad at all.

     

    Flash - you must have heard of this guy - he must have effectively been the first real rock star of Thailand. He evidently died in 1996, at just 48 years of age. 'Founder of GMM Grammy in Thailand - which is now a quite substantial empire.

     

    Cheers!

    SS

  9. I think that the relatively small number of frequent posters who still populate this board are mostly people who have lived in Thailand longer than ten years - and once you've been here that long, most of the "in your face" sex trade is no longer of much interest. Plus - the costs are WAY up, and the attitudes/attractiveness of the girls substantially down - to the point where it isn't worth the effort in most cases.

     

    I haven't barfined a girl in probably six or seven years - and probably never will again. But - I'm still glad that Cowboy and Nana exist - and i do occasionally stop in - mostly to reminisce about days gone by.

     

    In "the good old days" most go-go bars were stand-alone operations, who succeeded or failed based on their merits - and where managers and mamasans had almost total leeway to do whatever they thought was best. Think - a small, custom sandwich deli or pizza parlor that would make individual creations to the customer's order. But - nowadays - the go-gos are mostly "franchises" owned by a few big players - who standardize everything according to some plan - and it is boring and repetitive - as per McDonalds or Pizza Hut. What;'s to write about?

     

    "Yeah, I went into the McD's at Ploenchit Center. I had my 600th Big Mac. It was pretty much like the last 300 that I had - and indistinguishable from the one I had last week at Onnut McDonalds"

     

    Who's going to bother writing - or reading - that report?

     

    'Sorry.

     

    Cheers!

    SS

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