Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Great Firewall of Thailand

Yeah, like we really trust you to do this...

Communications Minister Mun Patanotai said his ministry is considering spending between 100 million and 500 million baht ($2.9 million and $14.6 million) to build a gateway to monitor and block such Web sites.

The ministry has received more than 1,000 complaints about Web sites that are deemed offensive to the royal family, Mun said, but he declined to give details about them, saying the issue is "sensitive."


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Monday, October 13, 2008

A bike ride thru PAD protest grounds


Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Lego Airport

I must have missed this one, but better late than never: Suvarnabhumi Airport

And of course the YouTube vid:

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Monday, October 06, 2008

What happens to all those election signs?

We've all seen the signs, during the election... but where do they all go once the election is over? Bangkok has quite a healthy industry of recycling for money. Garbage is picked thru most everywhere for ANYTHING of potential value. The recyclers or "salang" in Thai, are famous for cruising Bangkok streets with their modified 3 wheel pushcart-motorcycles. So as the polls close on 4pm on election day, it's gold rush time for the salang. They head out collecting the signs enmass. By nightfall, most signs have been scooped up. And monday morning, you'll be lucky to see any evidence of an election.

What do they do with the sings? Likely all kinds of uses from reuse as signs to roofing and home siding.


Apirak stays mayor of Bangkok

Apirak Kosayodhin, the leader of Thailand's opposition Democrat Party, won re-election Sunday as governor of Bangkok, defeating the ruling party candidate as well as a one-time sex tycoon, exit polls showed.

A Suan Dusit University exit poll showed Apirak with 52 percent of the vote, followed by Prapas with 23 percent and Chuwit with 12 percent. An Assumption University poll had similar figures. - AP