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  1. Foreign MMA fighter forces Phuket thief to tap out

    "They also have almost zero awareness of anything outside the cage" ... I would not automatically assume this to be the case ... Yes, a street fight is not a 'rules based' nor secured place to do battle. Weapons and sucker punches from 'others' can come from multiple directions. But, a skilled MMA fighter would likely assess who (how many) are there to 'play.' If you slam down the leader (hard), the remaining rats will scurry for cover. In this case there was reportedly one (1) accomplice who fled the scene ... and the report states the collared perp was held by foreigners (plural)... I suspect the MMA fighter had friends nearby... just in case.
  2. After watching the video... my immediate reaction is why do so many fools bite off more than they can chew? The Farang is lucky he did not get his block knocked off and stomped. As you said "cool Thai" who seemed to be the primary peacemaker (albeit we did not see what ensued before the Farang escalated to a 'punch and push' fest) ... Learned a lesson long ago ... Never start something you're not fully prepared/able to finish. In other words, keep a cool head and never take it to violence unless it's unavoidable or justified ... and these situations (unavoidable or justified) are rare circumstances.
  3. Just back from Siagon... It seems that there 3 times as many motorbikes there (at least per square Kilometer) vs. BKK and the so called sidewalks (ha!) ... Keep your head on a swivel cause the bikes roar down the Ho Chi Minh City sidewalks with impunity. Not sayin' it's right ... it's not. But sometimes you have to realize this is just (their) reality and stay vigilant. And keep your wallet/purse and cell phone secure too, as thieves on motorbikes will use sidewalks for their 'snatch and go' enterprise.
  4. Russians Claiming Dirt On Trump In Legal Limbo

    Anastasia Vashkevich (a.k.a. Natstya Rybka) has led a colorful life and no doubt has interesting things to say... but her association with Oligarch Oleg Deripaska is demonstrably true... confirmed via posted video/photos of her on Deripaska's yacht ... also aboard in same video/pics was a senior Russian govt official -- Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko. Whether Rybka was able to record (as she claims) anything incriminating re Russians and Trump or his campaign??? Doubtful. But there *may* (pure speculation) be something she heard or recorded related to Deripaska and his connections to Manafort, who has even closer ties to Dem (DNC) political operatives versus Manafort's short tenure on Trump's campaign. Manafort was a very regular D.C. visitor to Podesta Group (closely tied to DNC & Clintons) ... Both Podesta Group & Manafort were lobbying for pro-Russia Ukranian Party of Regions. Bottomline... Rybka seems to be an opportunist who has taken bad advice and is playing a very dangerous game (going after Putin's close allies). She's 'at risk' no matter where she ends up. Probably smart for her to shout as loudly as she can and play to a media eager to find anything sordid that might tarnish Trump. The more publicly her 'tale' is told, the more it will be hard for her to be "disappeared" or slipped a deadly nerve agent.
  5. What does Anastasia Vashukevich know?

    Anastasia Vashkevich (a.k.a. Natstya Rybka) has led a colorful life and no doubt has interesting things to say... but her association with Oligarch Oleg Deripaska is demonstrably true... confirmed via posted video/photos of her on Deripaska's yacht ... also aboard in same video/pics was a senior Russian govt official -- Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko. Whether Rybka was able to record (as she claims) anything incriminating re Russians and Trump or his campaign??? Doubtful. But there *may* (pure speculation) be something she heard or recorded related to Deripaska and his connections to Manafort, who has even closer ties to Dem (DNC) political operatives versus Manfort's short tenure on Trump's campaign. Manafort was a very regular D.C. visitor to Podesta Group (closely tied to DNC & Clintons) ... Both Podesta Group & Manafort were lobbying for pro-Russia Ukranian Party of Regions.
  6. It's the street thugs that tend to go too far and deliver kill shots that are clearly unwarranted and potentially deadly. A majority of professional MMA fighters are in better control (avoid delivery of 'unnecessary' harm) than you might surmise. I've seen MMA bouts when a fighter, who knows they've 'knocked out' (silly) an opponent, pull their final punches even before the referee intervenes. I'd say the majority (albeit not all) of pro MMA fighters have respect for their opponent and would rather a referee stop a fight before they render serious/permanent damage to an opponent. It's sort of a 'do unto others' professional courtesy. There are also referees, rules (e.g. no groin kicks/punches or knees if an opponent is on the mat or still has a knee on the mat), and doctors nearby in a controlled MMA environment.
  7. The American -- Jose Manuel Polanco, 42 has been charged with physical assault leading to death. The deceased Aussie (43) was Benjamin Matthew Robb. Moments before the altercation, the Aussie (Robb) had "picked up a waitress by grabbing her neck until her feet were up in the air" ... According to a club regular, "Robb often acted in an aggressive manner and was known by some to be a trouble maker." The American (Polanco) said he interfered because Robb was throttling the woman. Polanco admits punching Robb "three or four times" but also claims he acted in self defense. https://www.dailynews.co.th/regional/626898
  8. Have to say there's truth in your words ... I consider myself chivalrous and have intervened before on occasions to quell domestic assaults (one man v woman and another teens beating a kid in effort to steal his bike) ... but these were in broad daylight with other witnesses around. But another time, I was a 'stranger in a strange land' ... in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2004. In the middle of the night (circa At 4 a.m.) I heard a woman's blood curdling scream coming from the park across the street from my hotel ...It was the kind of scream you'd only heard if someone was in mortal danger. After jumping up from my slumber (with the thought of dressing quickly to intervene) my rational side quickly processed a few factiods ... 1. You'd be heading into a pitch dark park in a foreign country where you are at many disadvantages ... 2. Who is out at 4 a.m. and why would they be in the park? Yes, there are virtually no justifications for an assault on a woman in such a place/time ... but I no (knew) nothing of the circumstances and I'd be potentially risking my own life/limb to go out out there in the black of night on a dubious rescue mission. No one deserves to be assaulted... but after assessing the possible good I might do versus risks to self ... I took the cowards way out ... I ignored the matter and went back to sleep. I did report the incident to hotel security the next day ... but I'm sure they laughed it off albeit not to my face.
  9. Not so goofy ... I will use my bank account to pay bills automatically ... rent, True mobile/TV/WiFi, Power, etc. But I will reconsider getting an ATM. Certainly the withdrawal fees will be lower.
  10. I opened the account at Siam Paragon Branch ... I did not ask for a debit card although they offered ... I currently use my US bank Visa cards for ATM withdrawals ... although my GF strongly encouraged me to get the Bangkok Bank ATM card for ease of pay at BTS and their lower ATM withdrawal fees. She's usually right ... I will reconsider the debit card option once I move more funds into my Bangkok Bank account.
  11. A quick update. I was able to open a savings account with Bangkok Bank with just my passport. I dropped back into their branch this past Friday to inquire about any other documents I might need other than the Affidavit of Residence notarized by the US Embassy... One platform representative recognized me from my prior visit and she asked to see my passport again. She then beckoned the new accounts rep over and insisted to her colleague that I could open a savings account here/now without any other documents. I could sense a bit of disagreement between the two. But the helpful rep was most persuasive and the other (a bit reluctantly I believe) relented and opened the account for me. I completed all of their new account forms including the requisite W-9 and deposited a few thousand baht in cash as an opening deposit. The new account rep then directed me to the App Store to download the Bangkok Bank app and adjusted settings w my iPhone for ease of use/longin. As someone posted earlier... I think it oft depends on who you are talking to and their inclination to help you or not. I've experience this scenario before in Thailand. Most often the default is not not think outside the box when it comes to policies (i.e. if there's is any doubt about the rules, they will most often say "no"). But it was very nice to experience this helpful attitude at Bangkok Bank ... certainly by the one platform person.
  12. Thanks to all for the replies and helpful info. A Bangkok Bank agent showed me a copy of another person's US Embassy Letter (she should not have shown me the letter as it contained PII, but they did). This letter was really just a 2-page form with 'text fill' boxes that needs to be officially signed off (notarized) by a US Embassy Official. Hopefully obtaining this will be a relatively painless process. I have an appointment @ the US Embassy on Jan 2. I won't have my formal condo rental contract 'in hand' until Jan 3 ... But with some persistence, hopefully I will be able me to open the account with these items: Passport + Embassy Letter + Rental Contract Someone else asked if I am an "expat" or tourist? While I'm here in Thailand on a 90 tourist visa, I do some work (100% virtually w companies outside Thailand) and will need to travel to India and Australia and less frequently back to USA. Hence, I obtained only a Tourist Visa. I opted to rent a condo as it gives me a base to come back to (Bangkok) and my Thai fiancee (been together for 3 years) will stay in the condo when I am traveling abroad. My motivation for opening a Thai bank account is primarily to make it easier to pay the condo rent + True WiFi/TV/Mobile. I expect I will be married next year and then retire here in the near future. Thanks again for the helpful info.
  13. I'm a US citizen here in Bangkok on a 90 non-immigrant (tourist) Visa. I have just rented a condo (about to sign 12 month contract on Jan 3, 2018) and want to open a bank account to facilitate my monthly rental payments + True WiFi/TV/Mobile. Found there are a few hoops to jump through. Kasikorn Bank says they won't allow a foreigner to open an account unless they have a passport + work permit (no exceptions to work permit requirement) UOB (United Overseas Bank) says they will allow me to open an account with passport + formal rental contract (12 month min) Bangkok Bank says they will require passport + letter from US Embassy in BKK stating that I am allowed to open an account here. So it's either UOB of Bangkok Bank. I am inclined to go with Bangkok Bank but US Embassy won't give me an appointment until Jan 3 to get the requisite letter. Hoping that won't be an issue (i.e. getting the letter). I'll have to find a way to wire funds directly to landlord for 1st month rent + deposit as my Thai bank account may not be set up in time. Any recommendations as to which bank to go with?
  14. The agitated Thai man delivered a wicked sucker punch. But as the video clip clearly shows, there was prior provocation. Both men in the wrong, yet the Aussie escalated the matter by taking a deadly weapon (machete) in hand and NOT in self-defense mode. You should NEVER take a deadly weapon in hand unless it's "justified" (i.e. in self-defense w bonafide threat to life/limb or protection of family or other 'innocents' who are under similar threat). In this case, there was no bonafide reason for Aussie to pick up the weapon, nor valid reason to run over the Thai man. But the Thai man did lose his cool and his sucker punch was gutless. I think both men should pay a price.
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