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  1. I call BS on his "results". There are plenty of countries with faster drivers and far lower accident rates. Germany would be an obvious example. This is just more of the Australian "speed kills" justification for massive fines. Does it? Well, no, not really. Speed difference can though. I have been badly hassled by cops twice in a week, who had no idea of the law regarding licences. But I have yet to see in the entire time I've been in this country, a single person pulled over for breaking laws that endanger others. But it's "speed" killing. What a "cop out"....
  2. The part that surprises me is that so far nobody is commenting on what the "lucky guy" did after the rider crashed and was possibly dead or dying. He walks away and doesn't even wander in the riders direction until other people run to the scene. In shock? Probably, but I've been in a few accidents and still managed to think about life, death and very basic safety even through the pain (and usually more worried about others and my bike than about my own bleeding all over the road). I didn't experience what he did, but walking away until there are witnesses (or reminders of the other human?) seems a bit odd... As for the arguments about whether the bucket was blocking the road. To me it appears not. However, there also appears no reason at all for it to be so close or for the bucket to be up. Even if not actually blocking the road, it's certainly crowding it and reducing options for others while providing a clear danger. Humans react to the perception of danger. Many drivers will unconsciously hit the brakes on a good clear stretch of Australian highway just because there is a tree somewhere near the side of the road. This alone can contribute to accidents if the person following wasn't expecting it.
  3. Who's forcing Australia to buy Subs? A good conspiracy theory needs to make bigger and more outrageous claims every time a pesky question seems to negate it. I'm sure there are some here who could help out ; )
  4. Conspiracy theory warning :) Part of Germany lending money to Greece a while back was forcing Greece to buy some Submarines. So now we have Thailand, Greece and Australia that I know of with subs that they don't need and lack of finances to pay for them. The USA is/has built hunter killer drones to kill other nations subs. So are the poor nations being made to buy up products of a "dying" industry? And bonus for the banking cartel because we all have to borrow to pay for them? :)
  5. According to an ex Qantas employee Australia gets a "discount" on certain military hardware when we buy airliners from Boeing. So it's Boeing that influences our choices, not any rational thinking. A while ago Australia did a deal for Euro copters. Did our military want them? No, the military were very happy with the Blackhawks that did the job and we can make parts for. But some politicians wanted to win some votes in Queensland so decided to spend some military money there (plus the pollies get 1-3% kickback on big spends, that from a defence contractor). Then the govt. looked around for what they should buy that was "appropriate for QLD. They only found a big helicopter business, so they bought it and decided on choppers. The US was getting out of new attack choppers after finding out, again, what a single guy with a cheap missile could do. So we went to Europe. But to keep the US happy, we paid them to put the choppers together, even though we have a workforce already experienced with building things like blackhawks. Now we are spending a couple of hundred billion on F-35's after supplying engineers for more than 4 yrs to try to fix them. That price to be paid by 11million workers (many without full time work). Why? Because yet another short range fighter is just right for a large chunk of land a long way from anything. But that wasn't enough to bankrupt us quickly enough, so we are spending another obscene amount of money on, wait for it, SUBMARINES!!!
  6. Best use I can think of actually :)
  7. Perhaps not always fair, but a definite consequence to encourage them to civilise their children. I like it :)
  8. I've met some decent cops up near Fang, helpful, reasonable and friendly. Even the locals think they are decent. But I've recently had a couple of exceedingly poor experiences with bribe taking tourist targeting mongrels in Chiang Mai city. These ones thought it was OK to try to physically intimidate and insult with much denigration, raised voices and fingers in my face. In other words, behaviour that is not generally acceptable in this society. (All the while never admitting that I had broken no law, other than politely refusing to pay a bribe...) So the chance of one of these teaching a son to be civilised? If the PM had done something/more about police corruption so that the citizens didn't see corrupt police as all powerful... In other words, if there were consequences, then perhaps things would/will change. Of course Thailand doesn't have a monopoly on this problem. In Australia (and much of the west?) young people are being taught that there are no consequences for their behaviour. After several generations of this it has even reached the point of some claiming to be the innocent victim after killing someone with their car. I expect the west to get worse in this respect, while also having massive hidden corruption (think large corporates, military "spending" and the banking system). Hope may not be a plan, but I hope Thailand will improve while the west continues to slide. :)
  9. For those finding this post later I did visit this place. Good directions by the way. It wasn't quite what I had in mind though as it is actually what I'd call a "rug shop". Persian style in more affordable and washable acrylic. While I actually want wall to wall carpet, I did see a rug that I liked (and I'm not usually into persian). It is about 2.4 x 1.6m and getting on for 5,000B. That should give an idea of what to expect.
  10. I had a similar thing happen in Australia. And yes, I was at fault. "The stupid driver" etc etc. I had a motorcycle rider park less than half a metre behind my Kombi. The "stupid driver" approached the van from the front and didn't think to do a pre flight check around the whole vehicle. Bike didn't show in mirrors nor through the high rear window. Thankfully I'd only needed to reverse just far enough to knock the bike over but not far enough to run over it. After the rider stopped ranting at me for being an idiot and worse, he finally checked the bike and could find no damage. In my case, no tragedy or even financial cost. But do you think that rider has ever thought that perhaps he had contributed to the incident? Not likely, that's not how humans generally work.
  11. While I have no idea on this sequence of events I will throw in that it's not always all the fault of the (possibly) clueless completely untrained egotistical and self centred driver (add in any others you like :). I've been shocked a number of times by Thai and Western pedestrians alike that have walked a few inches in front of my scooter wheel while I am obviously looking to the right looking for a break in heavy traffic to launch into. Could they have walked behind me? Of course, but that would have required walking an additional metre and would not have caused additional issues for the oncoming traffic. My guess is that Thai's think I have extra eyes instead of ears and that I should "be polite". And that the westerners think all of Chiang Mai is a "walking street" for their convenience, giving them "right of way". I have no guess about the Chinese... Could some version of this behaviour contributed to this death? Maybe, maybe not. I just wanted to rant....
  12. Good point. Both sources really. Some noise absorption of traffic and the drunk flash packers continuing to party in the street for hours after the illegal night club closes. But also to reduce footstep noise on the wooden floor that transmits beautifully to the massage shop below. Apparently not the peaceful sounds they are after :)
  13. Does anyone know of a carpet supplier, preferably in Mueang Chiang Mai? Or is carpet (and underlay) rare and expensive in Thailand? Mostly wanted for noise abatement in a long term rented bedroom (and potentially other rooms), so the plastic stuff at global isn't really suitable. Thanks in advance for any assistance.
  14. Brilliant! :) The guy can have as many "rides" as he likes. Lots of opportunity and variety with a younger model literally around the corner. No jealousy, demands or divorce payouts. He just needs to learn about perverts who get their rocks off with CCTV cameras....
  15. And a sure sign that someone is in cognitive dissonance is when they go on a personal attack in response to something that doesn't fit their belief system. Other than, perhaps, my comment about moving goal posts as an argument strategy, I made no arguments. I simply pointed out a few facts on the public record that you could have checked for yourself. Making an argument against a belief system only makes it stronger, so it would be a pointless exercise. I also make no claims to be a brilliant and unbiased critical thinker. But at least I know what it means and do my best to question my own beliefs in a rational manner. Clearly you would rather personally attack someone you don't know, in a public forum, rather than do the same. I thank you though for confirming my last point though.