Train passes through Bangkok slum (wait for it…)

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  • pat

    how arrogant and petty

  • Well, if we’re going to play the Debbie Downer game on what was supposed to be a fun video, I’d be curious what you count as “employment.” Sex trade? Underage kids? Sweat shops?

  • BKKDweller

    The only thing true about the title of this video is “train.” This isn’t in Bangkok (though it’s not far from Bangkok) and it’s not going through a slum. It’s a street market set up on the railroad tracks that’s been there for ages. It’s become something of a tourist attraction.

    And for the person who said the Thai economy aspires to an American one… Unemployment here is pretty close to 0%. What’s the unemployment rate in the US again?

  • zerosumgame0005

    poor widdle bobo!

  • Loser

  • Like!

  • hidflect

    A Thai-style economy. The wet dream of America’s corporate uber-meisters. An endless pool of desperate labor from which to draw upon with a click of the fingers who will never pose a threat to their perpetual crony capitalism reign. Coming to a city near you by 2050.

  • Bill_Perdue


  • zerosumgame0005

    so your just an asshole, OK I gave you a chance to join the human race and you got your cranky pants on and they fit so well what with you being an eunuch and all that you insist on crawling back into your varmint-hole.

  • Bill_Perdue

    I’m not implying anything. I openly said that you’re a liar and a cranky Demobot out to make cheap points in a non-argument.

    I hope that was clear. If not I’m ready to repeat it.

  • zerosumgame0005

    ” I work for a living and never had much left over for travel and never had a job that required travel out of the US.”
    clearly implying that Darryl does not “work for a living” hence lazy. deal with your own words.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Why are you lying? My money went to subsidize various movements for social change. I mentioned working people, not lazy people or cranky people.

  • And it seems a moderator deleted him anyway. Oh well… :)

  • Yes, that was irony :)

  • Zamba

    This is not a slum, it’s a street market… or railroad market…

  • Now that’s what I call efficiency.

  • “He would not hear the confessions of minors.”

    You gotta be shittin’ me… attempting to stop the molesting of children in a fucking confessional booth?

    That’ll be two Our Fathers, three Hail Marys, five Glory Bes and one blow job?

    How sick is this?

  • zerosumgame0005

    same here, i work all year and if you don’t demand 5 star accommodations and meet people half-way it is not all that hard to book cheap travel and places to stay.

  • And for god’s sake don’t let him swim in the kiddie pool.

  • “saving up for trips is something only lazy people do…” He didn’t say that and you, as usual, are zero sum.

  • Yep, sounding it all out visually is a bitch.

  • ROTFL now that’s what I call mercy.

  • And use the ‘cis’ word! Don’t forget the ‘cis’ word.

  • But John, you already speak a few languages.

  • John, like some of us may have actually been in slums in the far east. It ain’t pretty. Get ready—-3, 2,1—-Asshol*!

  • Concentrate as if your life depended on it…..More than three seconds at least.

  • It’s pretty clear that ‘Frank’ has nothing useful or cogent to add to the conversation here, other than taking the metaphorical dump in the middle of the living room rug, insulting the host of this establishment, then absconding the scene. I hope you’ve rescinded his invitation to participate.

  • It was just a matter time. The African scandal will ultimately make the Irish and American ‘unpleasantness’ look like amateurish. Uganda is a hell hole and the RCC is perfectly at home there.

  • Hey, what do you know, I did some checking on “Frank” and he’s posted one other comment here, three years ago. You’re going to love what it says – wait for it….

    “You really love beating that anti-Chinese drum. Not even anti-China (govt.), but anti-Chinese (people).

    You’re a deep down racist, aren’t you?

    And yes, I expect you to delete this comment because you also have a hard time accepting criticism, let alone criticism that’s as harsh as this one.

    Well, it’s your blog, so do what ever you like with this comment, racist.”

  • And yes, I need to get out of my shell and travel the world more, maybe learn a few languages.

  • No, Gary, outrage is so much simpler when it spots a longstanding trend based on one erroneous fact.

  • That’s because I hate black Asian bisexual trans women who are Muslim and love animals.

  • Which is a phrase meaning you got that exactly right, though there’s some nuance as to when to use it.

  • Bingo.

  • zerosumgame0005

    you are implying that saving up for trips is something only lazy people do…

  • goulo

    “Wait for it” is a catch-phrase for telling you that something which starts off boring (like a video of a slow train simply passing by) is going to have something interesting/surprising happen, if you will be patient and wait for it.

  • I also work for a living, but I’ve traveled a fair amount, too and it’s my guess that the folks there in Bangkok on those tracks are feeling the train come, since they’re literally standing on top of the tracks, and so they get out of the way before it arrives.

    On the plus side for them, the trains don’t seem to be moving very fast.

  • Bill_Perdue

    That’s true. I work for a living and never had much left over for travel and never had a job that required travel out of the US.

  • You’ve obviously never been to Thailand, Bill.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Thanks, that’s newsworthy.

  • Meanwhile, closer to home, Newark Archbishop John Myers allowed a child-molesting priest who was under court orders never to work with or near children ever again to do so — for the last six years.

    Six years ago, to avoid retrial on charges that he groped a teenage boy, the Rev. Michael Fugee entered a rehabilitation program, underwent counseling for sex offenders and signed a binding agreement that would dictate the remainder of his life as a Roman Catholic priest.

    Fugee would not work in any position involving children, the agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office states. He would have no affiliation with youth groups. He would not attend youth retreats. He would not hear the confessions of minors.

    But Fugee has openly done all of those things for the past several years through an unofficial association with a Monmouth County church, St. Mary’s Parish in Colts Neck, The Star-Ledger found.

    He has attended weekend youth retreats in Marlboro and on the shores of Lake Hopatcong in Mount Arlington, parishioners say. Fugee also has traveled with members of the St. Mary’s youth group on an annual pilgrimage to Canada. At all three locations, he has heard confessions from minors behind closed doors.

    What’s more, he has done so with the approval of New Jersey’s highest-ranking Catholic official, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers.

    And from a follow-up article:

    In 2004, he wrote a letter of recommendation to six dioceses in Florida for one priest, a week after learning the priest had been accused of assaulting a woman after breaking into her house. The same year, he banned one priest from public ministry after investigating an allegation that he had abused a boy, but did not notify laypeople or other
    priests. In 2007, he did not tell laypeople about a credible finding of molestation against a priest working in Elizabeth and Jersey City, information that was finally turned up by a victims’ group.

  • Bill_Perdue

    This is a situation where you want to have an accurate timetable.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    3,2,1 obviously didn’t refer to hours. Should we check back in three days?

  • nicho

    That implies there was “thinking” in the first place.

  • nicho

    OT — African priest suspended by cardinal for exposing Catholic church’s child rape.,0,4578310.story

  • The fact that as soon as the train has passed through, all the merchants push their tables back out onto the tracks and drop their awnings over the space, such that you wouldn’t even know there were tracks in use there in the first place.

  • RobNYNY1957

    What does “Wait for it” mean? It seems to load normally.

  • The title of the video on Youtube is “Bangkok Train in slums.” You may want to re-think your conspiracy theory.

  • Frank

    You’re right. That’s where this is. Not a “slum” as John A. calls it, but a market. Funny how most posts by John that about Asia have a negative bias or view. Perhaps he’s a bit xenophobic. (Or worse when it comes to China.)

    Ok… I’m sure this comment will be deleted in 3, 2, 1…

  • Billy

    Actually, that looks like the Maeklong Market. Not a slum but an actual market. There are plenty of slummy parts of Thailand but that happens not to be one of them.

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