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About AlphaSoiDog

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  1. You couldn't expect a Thai person to walk THAT far!!! :) Mind you, I have enormous respect for a lot of the young kids and their riding ability. Western kids would let their emotions do the riding and be dead in a day. My experiences here and in Laos are that the majority of young kids are polite on the road and even wait for pedestrians. The post pubescent hill people though.....
  2. Every comment so far has blamed the motorcycle. While they could be right, my experience here is that it cannot be assumed. I have lost count of the number of times that a driver has decided it would be better if they don't wait 0.5secs to turn left BEHIND me. Generally they will just accelerate until I am level with the passenger door before they start turning. ( I get a ring side view of them not looking at me! ). But the really ambitious ones accelerate hard to get well in front before braking hard to turn, usually still off to the right as they start the turn, so there is nowhere to go when one realises that both the brake and indicator lights must be working as well as the drivers brain. Then of course there are the special ones that cut across the highway to a nearly stationary broadside for corner negotiation. Most scooter brakes at any reasonable highway speed may not save you without your e.s.p., luck and possibly one of your nine lives.
  3. Record-shattering U.S. cold reaches into Florida

    Whoops, did you miss the joke? It's worth looking at again :) Oh wait, it didn't support your belief system, you might not be able to see it at all. Pity, it was a good post. Mostly because it didn't resort to this sites normal abusive put downs that purport to be knowledge or a cohesive argument.
  4. Record-shattering U.S. cold reaches into Florida

    Yep, Credo is just another fool who believes in verified facts. What a moron! Then he thinks that facts and basic knowledge can have any effect on a belief system! He probably thinks that most humans can learn, question their own beliefs, actually analyse both sides of an argument, check the money trail and a host of other useless abilities. He's the kind of gullible twerp that paid attention at school, or even worse, went to university. Listen idiot, climate change isn't happening! Thousands of scientists from hundreds of countries all got together in secret and agreed on a LIE! We saw several extracts from some emails that prove it! We don't actually understand the out of context snippets, but that just proves those lying scientists are liars! Anyway, the change that isn't happening is caused by sun spots! No wait, it's caused by el nino. No, it's caused by car parks around weather stations, the Koch brothers told me so! They're rich, sell oil and pay for governments, so they must be right! Besides, it was cold in Chicago 8 years ago. And polar bears don't need ice. And I haven't been hit by the increasing hurricanes. Get over it, it's a "natural" cycle. Geez....
  5. Not an excuse at all. But you seem to have missed the point. Focusing on people carrying their licence during the festival of drenching is a pretty lame excuse for making people safer on the roads.
  6. A pity though that most of the busts were not presenting a licence. Hardly as important as being drunk, running red lights, erratic and unsignalled lane changes etc etc. And how many people didn't take their wallet to get soaked? I certainly didn't. So again we have stationary checkpoints busting riders while cars are cutting up lanes right in front of them.
  7. Not just the ones travelling either. Certainly the young "women" in Australia have become the more obnoxious gender from trying to take up the entire footpath to the regular road rage incidents. Too many generations now of the "American way", telling them they are all "special" and "better than men" (and how older people know nothing etc). It is now endemic and even rooted in Australian (western?) law.
  8. And perhaps scale it according to weight of vehicle? Then perhaps they might be interested in going after a few of the "big" killers rather than just making money off falang on scooters. Oh Oh wait. Another scaling in proportion to how rich the driver is! ;)
  9. They just made the world safer. We didn't have our new tax sticker on the scooter yet and paid the price. To do this they closed a lane leading off the main highway causing total mayhem on an already tricky (read dangerous Thai style) part of the highway. Big delays, short tempers and I'd guess more than one "accident". And again, I have yet to see them pull over anything other than a motorbike. Targeting vans my a.....
  10. 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"....
  11. 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.
  12. 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 ; )
  13. 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? :)
  14. 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!!!
  15. Best use I can think of actually :)