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About Sukhumvit_Farang

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  • Birthday 09/01/1965
  1. Hi khun Randy still use this website?

  2. I have heard of husbands getting drunk and then STONING their wives. But that's only in Iran.
  3. From an article in today's Bangkok Post, this paragraph sums up what, to me, is the real reason why drugs are illegal: "Gen Prayuth is assistant director of the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) and the command's 315 special joint operation is in charge of the drug suppression operation funded with a government budget of about 5 billion baht." http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/election/239141/isoc-accused-of-intimidation What better way is there to steal 5 billion baht from taxpayers - legally?
  4. The authorities don't want people to stop using drugs. They want to CATCH people using drugs. That's how they make their money!
  5. In approaching the question of drugs, I think that it is useful to divide the topic into three different aspects - and then to analyze each of them separately: There is the consumption of drugs; the buying and selling of drugs; and actions committed while under the influence of and / or in the procurement of drugs. I maintain that only one part of this chain should be punished. Starting with the consumption of drugs: Every human being has the right to do as he pleases with and to his own body - insofar as it doesn't affect the right of others to do the same. This includes the right to self-destruction, by any means, including the use of drugs. I therefore think people have a natural right to use drugs. (The exception to this is children - who are not in a position to make such decisions.) On the matter of buying and selling drugs: The buying and selling of things, in and of itself, is not and cannot be a crime - as long as the buyer and seller are consenting adults. I think we can all agree that no-one is harmed by the act of buying and selling of drugs. So this should likewise be legal. So to summarize thus far: Buying drugs and using them oneself harms no-one - except possibly for the person who chooses to use the drugs. And people have the right to harm themselves. So buying, selling and using drugs should be legal. But what about my third point? Here, in my opinion, is what should be illegal. Let's say that you use drugs, get high, and go out and commit crimes while under the influence of drugs. Or let's say that you are addicted to drugs, don't have the money to pay for them and therefore resort to stealing to pay for your drugs. To my thinking, these are punishable crimes - as they infringe upon others. Further, if drugs were legalized, there would be the additional economic consequence of lower prices for drugs. This would have several benefits: People who use drugs would be able to pay less for them and therefore be less likely to need to steal to support their habits. And lower prices would make the drug trade less lucrative and therefore less attractive to criminals. (Those of you who know anything about American history will recall that when alcohol was made illegal in America early in the previous century, gangsters got involved in alcohol production and sale - and crime associated with alcohol increased dramatically.) So why are drugs illegal? In my opinion, drugs are made illegal because this allows governments to extract money from the populace in order to fight wars on drugs. And whenever there are wars, somebody is profiting. It's the same principle used by certain countries in fighting foreign wars: Wars are a good excuse to extract money from taxpayers - money that can be handed back to supporters of the government through such things as arms purchases. Anyway, if drugs were legalized, we would not need to have wars on drugs. The money spent on drug wars could then be spent on educating young people about the dangers of drugs - and on assisting addicts overcome their dependency. For the record, I do not personally use drugs nor do I approve of their use as I believe them to be harmful to the health. Nor do I think that legalization would create a rush for people to experiment with drugs. In fact, I would even say that a lot of the attraction of drugs to young people is due to their illicit nature - the old "forbidden fruit" syndrome. So I say: Legalize all drugs - spend the "drug war" money on education and treatment - and punish severely any crimes committed while under the influence of or in pursuit of drugs. That being said, I don't expect drugs to ever be legalized because too many people are benefiting from the status quo.
  6. Sukhumvit_Farang has completed the scored quiz How well do you know Thailand? and got a 50%. Follow this link to view their quiz - How well do you know Thailand?.
  7. I saw Santana in concert in Munich in 1988 - and they were already old timers then! It's great that they are still at it 23 year later!
  8. Coincidentally, I just saw that sign tonight on my evening walk. I found it surprising enough that I had to stop and read it twice. I found it more humorous than offensive. And while it is true that such a policy would not be tolerated in my home country, the US, the fact that such things are tolerated here in Thailand is one of the reasons I'm here and not in America. A business is a privately owned establishment, and as such, the owner of the establishment has the right to decide who may and may not enter - on any basis he chooses - whether rational or irrational. If he is too restrictive - or if his policies are found to be too offensive by the majority of people, then his business will suffer - and possibly even fail - because of his racist policies. Obviously this business had problems with Africans either not buying drinks - or scaring away other customers who might frequent the place. So the owner refuses to serve Africans - which is his/her right. I've seen clubs in Bangkok that have signs saying "Japanese Only". If the Japanese prefer to be among themselves (which I would personally find a bit boring), it is not my right to demand entry to a place that doesn't wish to serve me based on the length of my nose or the color of my skin - nor would I wish to enter such a place. In fact, I might even secretly wish for them to fail. But still, the owner of a place has the right to make the rules for his establishment - and we have to abide by them. I also know a place in Sukhumvit Soi 3 that charges an entrance fee for Indians and Arabs - but not for farangs. This is based on their experience that a half a dozen Indians would buy one drink with six straws and share the drink among themselves, whereas your typical farang grasps the concept that he should buy a drink. By definition this is racist - but it's the owner's right to set his own policies. The same goes for smoking in bars/clubs. There is probably no one who hates smoking more than I do. But I don't think it is necessary to forbid smoking in places where people have a choice to enter or not. If I don't like smoking, which I don't, then I will not go to places that allow smoking. For some places, like airports, for example, it is not practical for there to be competing smoking and non-smoking airports, so smoking should not be generally permitted in places like that - but smoking can be allowed in specific rooms at airports, as I think is the case presently. So, to conclude, while I don't appreciate the fact that most Thais seem to be blatantly racist, I appreciate the fact that a business still has the right to have racist policies. If they choose the wrong policies, though, they will fail.
  9. This half of a conversation I overheard in Asia Book Store at the Emporium a few years back - from an elderly, hard-of-hearing farang man shouting into his phone to his "date" for the evening: "Can you meet me at my home? Yeah yeah, no problem, I will still pay your bar fine." He seemed oblivious to the fact that everyone else in the book store could overhear his conversation.
  10. You find it HILARIOUS? I find it intense. So intense that I had to stop watching it halfway through the second season. I downloaded the entire series from the internet. I'll continue watching later - it when I can get up the nerve.
  11. "She" claims to be in Liberia - which means that she is probably a he - who intends to use your picture on his profile in order to scam people. I'll bet he wasn't expecting you to see his profile with your picture on it!
  12. I wouldn't fill out any form that didn't also ask for my credit card number.
  13. Now I don't feel quite so bad about stuffing a sock down my pants!
  14. I'm with English Bob on this one. While humans do create problems, they (we) also solve them. And the result is a steadily improving standard of living for an increasing number of people. As an example, the way that fairly ordinary people nowadays can travel to the far corners of the world was something that only the very rich could do even a hundred years ago. And the modern comforts and conveniences that are available to us were unimaginable a hundred years ago. Today I live more comfortably than even kings did two hundred years ago. Is that not progress? And to suggest that human progress is somehow about to stop? I don't buy it. The concept is all explained very well in an interesting book that I recently read on this subject, The Rational Optimist. Here is a review of the book: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jun/13/the-rational-optimist-matt-ridley
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