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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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! ;)
  5. 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.....
  6. 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"....
  7. 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.
  8. 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 ; )
  9. 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? :)
  10. 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!!!
  11. Best use I can think of actually :)
  12. Perhaps not always fair, but a definite consequence to encourage them to civilise their children. I like it :)
  13. 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. :)
  14. Carpet supplier? New or Used?

    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.
  15. 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.