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OK. I get it. You reported a problem that didn't have an obvious, easy solution. So, rather than actually engaging with the problem, the rep produced a fairytale to get you to shut up.  Unfortunately, for that to work, the fairytale has to make at least some modicum of sense. 

Services for the home / Re: 3BB Changes in Their Internet Speeds
« on: February 17, 2020, 06:41:16 PM »
Frank, some of this doesn't make sense. To roll out a major re-tooling like this with no notice to customers? Well, TIT!

Is your current service broadband/fiber?  Or are you using mobile (4G) for everything?

Something about this doesn't make sense.

Discuss Health & Wellness / Re: Face Masks
« on: February 15, 2020, 05:52:24 PM »
I am posting this as a report. I am not trying to make a point one way or the other.

Today, Sat 15 Feb 2020, visited Central Plaza. Busy traffic in town, but that is not too unusual for a Saturday. I arrived at the mall before noon and the attendance seemed lighter than usual, but the place wasn't deserted or anything. Got a window seat at Skizzler with no problem. By the time time I left, 90 minutes later, it had filled up considerably.

Anyway, I doubt that 1% of people at the mall were wearing face masks.  For whatever that's worth.

Open discussion / Re: Tramline in Khon Kaen
« on: February 12, 2020, 05:19:01 PM »
Maybe I am confused.  Probably.  I thought someone said that the elevated platform would replace existing tracks and run the same trains as now run.  But I have not heard anything in ages.  Anyone know anything?

Open discussion / Re: Tramline in Khon Kaen
« on: February 12, 2020, 11:28:08 AM »
Lung Bing, are you talking about the elevated tracks built above the existing tracks ... or is the tramline something different?

Sorry, Rex, but that WHO post is old because the figures are wrong as that there remains 32 cases in Thailand (9 Thais and 23 Chinese) and that post was released before it became known that the virus had become and airborne virus. The WHO need to update their information because whilst this virus is now airborne the only protection you have is to wear a mask whilst outside or seal yourself in an airtight room.

It is not about being "sorry," or being wrong or being right.  It is about how you look at the problem, what constitutes risk assessment and risk management. If you want to absolutely prevent head injury, you could wear a football helmet 24/7 as well.

WHO Regular Press Conference 6 Feb 2020

In this 33 minute video, the issue of prevention discussed briefly at 6:00 min, and no mention of masks. No mention of masks at any point in the video.  The presenters are not wearing masks.  We don't know how many of the media in attendance, if any, were wearing masks.  As this video is now five days old, it will be interesting what the next press conference says.   As face masks may be impossible to come buy for some people (sold out on, insisting that they are mandatory is going to make some people crazy.  Proper safety precautions and health management is proper.  Moral panic is not.

Why should Thailand show contempt for the Chinese when 11 million show up as visitors and spend a huge amount of money?  Where are the 11 million farang visitors?  We are just a pimple in the Thai financial world.  And we are a pain in their a** with all the issues in Immigration and then there is a disproportionate number of non payees in their hospitals. Westerners cause issues in resort with their drunkenness and bad behavior too.  Do you ever hear of Chinese causing problems for the police?

Frank, you are either deliberately twisting my words, or not reading carefully in the first place.  I never said that Thailand "should" show contempt for Chinese.  Why would I say something moronic like that? Of course countries had better not show contempt for visitors if they value the revenue those visitors produce. 

What I said was: I am pretty sure they have just as much contempt for Chinese. However, Chinese are easier to manage.[/url]

I can't imagine why I would need to explain something so obvious, but in case it is necessary: I think think Thailand, at this time in history, has as much contempt for Chinese as it seems to for any other non-Thai people. They smile a lot, but they smile when their mother dies, or when they would prefer to rip your heart out with bare hands. So, what?  That is just basic Thai culture, but it doesn't really penetrate to the level of what they are truly thinking and feeling.  Thailand tolerates tourism for the revenue, and it and tolerates the pseudo-immigration of "retirement" and marriage" for the same reasons, and probably also to comply with various international treaties.  But, you are correct, and I never said you weren't, Chinese (these days) are more tolerated because they are easier to manage, and leave less of a footprint other than a financial one. But now this new party favor, Novel Coronavirus is threatening to spoil all the fun.

But, of course I do read stories about Chinese who from time-to-time break from the herd and get into trouble for defaming wats and disrespecting Thai culture and cultural cites in various ways.

Then, there are the occasional stories such as "Chinese tourist sentenced to life for killing wife at Phuket resort" =>

So it is not as though Chinese crime and problems are unheard of.  I don't know how common that is, but I suspect your point is well taken: as a group, Chinese tourists are better behaved and easier to manage.  And that was exactly my point, even though you seem to be saying that I am saying something different.

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Precisely BECAISE, as I said:  Chinese are easier to manage. They arrive in groups. Stay in the same hotel. Travel short distances by coach to various stops where they can spend money. Then in five days or a week or two, they are gone, never to return.

As a strictly "cash & carry" business proposition, what enterprise wouldn't love that? It is probably what Thailand has always wanted consciously or unconsciously:  Bring in tour groups, show them a sterile, Disneyland-like experience, extract their money, and send them home. Thus insuring that these visitors leave no footprint whatsoever on the country and the culture. No communication or exchange or learning of and substance will have occured, but both parties relatively happy.  Their experience is a joke, but a profitable one. But now those profitable Chinese tourists are bringing a little friend with them called Novel Coronavirus, so who gets the last laugh in this admittedly dark humor?

No, but it does show the contempt they have for us non-Chinese.

I am pretty sure they have just as much contempt for Chinese. However, Chinese are easier to manage. They arrive in groups. Stay in the same hotel. Travel short distances by coach to various stops where they can spend money. Then in five days or a week or two, they are gone, never to return.

That's a generalization, of course, but I think it is pretty accurate as generalizations go.

9 =>

The advice from the WHO World Health Organisation is as follows:

  • If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.

At the time of publishing, Thailand had reported no new cases of coronavirus. The total number of coronavirus cases in Thailand is 25, with 9 patients having already recovered and been discharged. 16 patients remain in hospital with their condition unchanged.

There have been no deaths from coronavirus in Thailand. Those diagnosed with coronavirus in Thailand have so far been Chinese or Thai nationals.

WHO Website =>

Pres. Trump has always advocated deporting people who are in the country illegally. Some people who are very far-left mischaracterize that as racist and unreasonable. Certainly, immigration a big and controversial subject.  However, as far as I know, Trump has never advocated removing brown people from U.S. who do not wear face masks.

I suspect you are correct that this "buffalo" is unaware that his words are racist and xenophobic. Most people who are consciously that racist do not express it so blatantly and openly.  But what has that got to do with the price of peas in Peoria?

Should we really care?  Why give him the satisfaction that he has gotten our goat?

Because "face" is one of the most important dynamics in Asian cultures. Depending on how much exposure this incident has, the shame associated with loss of face could have an effect. No one who exhibits such ignorance, blatant racism and xenophobia belongs in a high-level government position. Moreover, in his high-level position his is supposed to be acting t protect the health of people in his country. Kick out farang who don't wear face masks is malpractice; he lacks the most basic intellectual grasp of the problem. How about kicking out all the Thais who don't wear face masks?

Or, on the other hand, maybe there just isn't any shame associated being blatantly racist and xenophobic.

Farangs who donít wear face masks should be
kicked out of Thailand says health minister =>
Sat 8 Feb 2020, 5:19 pm

Sport / Re: Prediction
« on: February 07, 2020, 12:55:20 PM »
Dude! You need to get a new crystal ball! roll

Kansas City 31, San Francisco 20

Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals / Re: Where/how get Viagra?
« on: February 05, 2020, 09:54:09 PM »
81 mg is not a problem.  You can get it anywhere. I got mine from Dr. Ton opposite PWA this week. They have it at P&F and Boots at Central Plaza. Sometimes, however, the pharmacist is not on duty at Boots, so if you go at the wrong time, you are s*it out of luck.

Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals / Re: Where/how get Viagra?
« on: February 04, 2020, 10:11:52 PM »
I just found a place in Thailand that has Kamagra, Maxviril and other stuffs online. I have not had a chance to look carefully yet.

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