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  1. In terms of the Red Shirts' track record, civil disobedience is one thing. Burning buildings, bombings and shootings are something else. Back when they were free to run amok, they seemed to have little experience with the former, and a whole lot with the latter.
  2. Has anyone else noticed, 3BB seems to have upped their stated upload speed again on the 200 Mbps down plan? My 3BB bill this month now lists the package as 200 Mbps down / 100 Mbps up for the standard 1200b plus tax. I haven't done any upload speed testing on that... Let me see if I can find some local network upload here that I'd want to do...
  3. Wonder what exactly is going to happen to "his" houses and fancy cars after they've been seized? Bet we'll never hear anything more about that. Either way, I'm guessing some Thai authorities won't be too broken up about his death.
  4. Yes, Clinton St. is very good for more than just pancakes. I've reviewed it here and like their food a lot, including their very good hamburger and their pancakes there. And yet, it's nice to have the broader choice of pancake toppings/flavors that IHOP offers. I'd like to enjoy both.
  5. I wish I could say I've been back as a return customer to the Paragon IHOP, but I haven't, and the reason is one example of why this is a Thai business -- despite having an American menu. The first time I ate there was the day after their soft opening, I tried to pay with my VISA or MC debit card, and was informed by the wait staff that they didn't have their card machine yet, but would soon. So, no problem, I paid cash, and asked the manager how soon before they'd have a working card machine. He said the next day, which I clearly doubted at the time, so I gave it another week and went back to check. A week later, nope, no card machine. Sorry, next week. A second week later, nope no card machine. A month after opening, nope no card machine. So the last time was about a week ago when I was in Paragon and popped by, nope, no card machine. So at that point, now five weeks after their opening, I basically gave up. If and when the IHOP BKK branch manages to join the modern world and accept bank card payments, I'll be back as a customer. Until then, Nope!!!
  6. I'd still imagine, whatever incarceration he faced in the U.S. wouldn't be nearly as bad as the alternative here in Thailand. I'm not making any moral judgments about what he did and the impacts of his business, one way or the other. Just saying, he ran a website trafficking in illegal stuff. He didn't commit any violent crimes himself, didn't murder anyone himself, etc etc. I don't think that would equate to the feds treating him as a violent criminal offender. I really don't think, had they had the chance to convict him, that the feds would have dropped him into some max security prison with guys on death row and mass murderers. As for the towel thing, that's kind of odd too... I don't seem to recall seeing a lot of hanging-length capable towels being typically present in Thai detention cells.
  7. I'm sure you'd be big on getting the trains to run on time also....
  8. I wasn't suggesting and didn't suggest that..the part about the Thai bigshot. But, the notion that a Canadian guy with money presumably squirreled away around the world would suddenly kill himself in a Thai detention cell -- he hadn't even made it to a regular Thai jail or prison yet -- rather than face extradition to the U.S. would seem more than a bit peculiar. For starters, aren't the police and their detention folks supposed to REMOVE from prisoners anything that they might be able to use to harm themselves? Isn't that a pretty standard part of the detention process?? Well, apparently not here. And then, anyone who thinks white collar crime incarceration in the U.S. is likely to be worse than any kind of incarceration in Thailand has no clue of the realities of the world. The guy allegedly ran an illegal website, he didn't per se kill anyone, AFAWK. White collar crime incarceration in the federal prisons system in the U.S. isn't so bad, depending on the location one is assigned to. Just ask Bernie Madoff or Martha Stewart. If it were me in his shoes, I'd be begging the Thai police to put me on the first plane back to the U.S. instead of staying in jail in Thailand.
  9. Just to reinforce this point to the OP... Having legal permission to stay in the country is a separate matter from having legal permission to work. It's a work permit that gives you legal permission to work, not a visa. If you're here on a visa-exempt entry or an extension of that, that's NOT giving you any kind of legal status to work. It's only giving you permission to be in the country. The fact that you might not yet have received any salary really doesn't matter to the Thai authorities, since they consider even volunteer work to be work. Just be aware, the longer you do any kind of teaching activity without having a valid work permit, the more you're putting yourself at risk. BTW, AFAIR, the Thai Consulate in L.A. also does same-day turnarounds for tourist visas, provided you apply in the morning.
  10. You're just speculating because you've nothing better to do on a Tuesday morning.
  11. Apparently, they keep forgetting to take away people's socks and such when they're put in detention. Crazy how people keep killing themselves or otherwise dying in high-profile cases shortly after being arrested here. And I suppose the detention area either a] didn't have CCTV cameras, or b] they just happened to have malfunctioned that day or were offline for servicing. Perhaps they can consult with the DSI on how to remedy these kinds of problems, since they have some expertise in this area.
  12. Was this the last that was heard of him, and his prior legal troubles??? http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Deal-sought-for-accused-driver-30183000.html?fb_comment_id=10150922387979293_22144456 I'm guessing that didn't happen...except perhaps for the tiny fine amount. Life is really cheap here.
  13. The woman here is a victim, and the scumbag deserves to be prosecuted. But, still, did she really think this was a good guy to get involved with and have a baby by????
  14. DHL... DHL.... DHL.....
  15. There were reports above that at least some of those got removed in the "trash can purge" related to the domestic trash can bombings... I haven't been to FT or Panthip lately to check in person. At least, the recycling bin I mentioned above at the DTAC service center at Siam Paragon is confirmed in current time, and at least with DTAC, there's a reasonable likelihood that things left there will in fact get recycled -- or at least, a better likelihood that perhaps some other destinations. If anyone else has any CURRENT, CONFIRMED locations, please do post them here.