Welcome to my website.  Unlike the universe, this website has a purpose: to offer rants, tirades, opinions and discussion about books on Thailand, give an overview of nightlife in Thailand and, yes, to provide a few news items which might not appear elsewhere.  And to have some fun.

Bar, club and restaurant owners who would like to send material on their special events, birthday bashes, anniversary parties, etc., are welcome to do so but please remember men in Thailand are a bit jaded so if you’re just going to offer the usual free gourmet food and free full band entertainment and free beautiful and eager-to-please women, well, the lads have been there, done that. So do try to offer potential patrons something special. ;-)

There is a contest every month when this column appears and the first to answer the question correctly or identify a photograph correctly will receive vouchers worth at least 4,000 baht in food and drink, i.e., 500 baht each, from Larry's Dive, Shadow Bar, The Old Dutch, the Big Mango, Electric Blue, The Duke of Wellington pub, Doll House and Bourbon Street Restaurant. The prizes will build up in case anyone doesn't win it immediately so the bonanza for the eventual winner could get quite interesting.  It will double to 8,000 and, if still no winner, to 12,000, etc.  Second prize is a "I Support Single Moms" T-shirt.  Third prize is an After Dark calendar.  And please remember a part of all money received from the sale of my books goes to needy Thais (in the form of payment to go go dancers, waitresses and hostesses).



This column was written on 100 per cent recycled digital capacitors from sites banned in Thailand









And a very Happy Halloween to one and all! 





A happy, friendly masseuse at Nataree Massage Parlor.




Khun Cheer and Coyote friends looking lovely as always.


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Birthday Party: 10/10/10


Both Reg Brown and I have the same birth date on October 10th and this day being 2010 we were told it was especially lucky.  There were gifts galore from the Mojos dancers and a fun night.




And the night started off at Tenderloins with the lovely Kate surprising us with a cake.



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Khun Cheer and the girls look great in just about any outfit. 




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Patpong is actually picking up a bit.  One of the reasons may be that the beer and liquor prices in bars on Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza keep going up faster than a just arrived from the West 23-year-old erection.  Also, there are a few more bars and some other developments happening.



Yet another poem from the book up on YouTube:


No, I am not in Love with the Maid so Put the Knife down Now!


No I am not in Love with the Maid.htm





Don't forget Christmas is coming and books make the perfect gift (even as doorstops)

Also don't forget if you'd like to hear radio programs from the 1940's and 50's, my other website has lots of actual radio adventures you can listen to including Sam Spade, Dragnet, Philip Marlowe, Sherlock Holmes, 39 Steps, etc. (Yes, with cigarette advertising from the period).





Exclusive Report: Thailand's Kapoo Clubs



A very smart new building has been constructed at the end of my soi. As so often, in the early phase it seemed like the whole building was going to be up and finished within a couple of weeks, but then progress seemed to grind to a standstill, and it was about six more months before it finally was completed.  The problem was that I had no idea what it was.  A single sign displayed the name.  But there was no other signage whatsoever to indicate its purpose.

But then a clue arrived in my letterbox.  The local residents' committee had sent round a letter complaining about this new building, and the inappropriate, obscene services provided within its walls.  At the bottom were two boxes with captions:
1. I strongly disapprove of this nefarious establishment being situated near a residential area occupied by families, in breach of building regulations, and I demand that it be closed. 


2. I approve of this establishment, I intend to visit frequently, avail myself of every obscene service they provide (and maybe teach them some new ones), and acknowledge that I am a pervert of the most dangerous variety who should be spurned and given dirty looks whenever passed in the neighborhood, even by those who haven't heard from the security guards about the times late at night that I come home drunk with girls young enough to be my granddaughters.

I didn't return the form.
But it did make me even more curious.

I suppose it should have been obvious that something exciting was going on inside this strange building, because it was constructed with no windows.  When a building is designed with no windows, it is a dead giveaway that something terribly exciting must be going on inside.
a. It must be so exciting and secret that they don't want anyone peering in.  b. Whatever is going on inside must present such a wonderful view that it is inconceivable that anyone would ever want to look out of a window.

You might ask why I didn't rush there immediately to research this new establishment for the education of Dean Barrett's readers.
Two things held me back.  Firstly it was so close to my house that it would be absolutely impossible to get in unseen by my neighbours, security guards, somtam sellers, road sweepers or any other of the locals who consider it part of their occupation to act as unpaid spy for my girlfriend. It is unwise to fulfill one's secret fantasies twenty yards from your front door. Secondly, I am a shy fellow, and am always a little shy to enter a place for the first time and ask the questions that one needs answered. What happens here? How much is it?Do they give BBBJs?  Do you have to tip?

This is vital information. Imagine if one got the wrong idea, and asked for something horribly inappropriate.  What if I availed myself of all the services and on receipt of the bill did not have enough money?  It would be somewhat embarrassing to be thrown out, my trousers around my ankles, in full view of my neighbors.  So I didn't go in. But I was still curious. About a week later I was telling a Thai male friend about this mysterious new establishment, and by good fortune he was an expert in such matters, and had in fact been there only a few nights previously, and he told me that it was a Kapoo Club.

It never ceases to amaze me how many variations the Thais manage to find for ways to sell and package nookie. But this was a new one to me.  Apparently, these establishments have become very popular with Thai men recently. They offer what we farang might refer to as a 'rub and a tug', or as it is sometimes more politely known - an 'oil massage'.  In these times of economic hardship, Thai men have had to make cutbacks in their nookie budget, and the kapoo clubs have filled a gap in the market. For something around 1000 Baht, one can be relieved of one's sexual tension. One generally picks the lady from a photo in a book. Many of the girls are students and quite pretty, and since no actual sex takes place, they can earn lots of money, and still consider themselves 'good' girls.

Of course if you pay extra, a lot of the girls will take off their tops and or bottoms whilst performing the massage, but again no actual sex takes place, so they are still 'good' girls. Just so you understand.  And in fact you can sometimes pay even more for two girls who will both take off their tops and bottoms and slip and slide in extraordinary ways all over the place, and both of them, of course, are 'good' girls.  Being a 'good' girl is very important. These girls would not dream of doing anything so 'bad' as dancing on a stage scantily clad. Just so you understand. 
Only one question remained. Why 'kapoo'?

I was convinced that its origin was onomatopoeic. I imagine that if there were ever a comic book scene of Batman being jerked off by a Thai college girl, the moment of ejaculation might well be captioned -  'KAPOO!'  However, it turns out that it is a play on the words Kajoo and Kapok (penis and testicles).

I read a review of one of the 'kapoo clubs' online by a farang who had ventured inside one of these places without fully understanding the rules. He was horrified that the girl wouldn't have sex with him, outraged that she would not fellate him, and infuriated by the fact that she wanted extra money to take her top off. He evidently had no idea that these were 'good' girls.

A final note on this subject:
I have spoken to many Western men for whom the concept of paying for a girl to bring you to climax by using her hands seems somehow wasteful, unnecessary, and generally a poor substitute for other methods of sexual interaction. However, my recent research has revealed that a well-trained practitioner can bring you to levels of pleasure that maybe you had never imagined possible.  Also the Thai economy really does need help, and there are a lot of poor students who need financial assistance, so while indeed it is true that one does not theoretically need a second pair of hands to engage in this activity, you'll find that they can do it so much better, and you can feel good about your contribution to the Thai economy and educational system.

This has been a special report from one of Dean Barrett's men on the street. 'We do the dirty jobs, so you don't have to'.





"I wouldn't be seen dead with a woman old enough to be my wife!"


- attributed to the late Tony Curtis



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Guess which succulent Russian spy made the Big Time?  It didn't take her long, did it?


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Trip Report Next Column: Beijing - Nine Nights, Ten Days





Meanwhile, here is a report below from my first trip to Beijing about ten years ago:



by Dean Barrett
"Here begins our tale - The empire being divided
 must unite; being united, must divide. 
 It has always been thus."  Romance of the Three Kingdoms


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Random Thoughts from a Strange Studio





I did something smart the other night.  During many rainy seasons, I lost count of how many times the lights went out before I could remember where the flashlight was resulting in an unseemly scramble and search in the dark.  This time as soon as I heard the rain start I got up and dug my flashlight out of the drawer and placed it where I could get at it quickly.  A minute later I heard thunder, saw some lightning and seconds later there was a horrendous bang and sure enough the lights and all else in the area were out.  Sometimes even I plan ahead.


I hate to throw a wet blanket over the wonderful rescue of the miners of Chile from the copper or coal or Viagra mine or whatever it was.  But news reports started to surface shortly after the miners did about how at least five of them had second wives or girlfriends whom their main wife knew nothing about but found out about when they rushed tearfully to the scene praying for their loved ones below.  One miner/Lothario admitted that his main worry down below wasn't getting out; it was what would happen once he got out.  Hmmm, sounds like a Southeast Asian country I've heard tales of.


As everyone knows, I am a sweetheart of a guy and wish no harm to anyone.  But if you read the papers or watch TV at all you will have noticed that about every third or fourth ferry from countries such as Bangladesh are swamped and sink with loss of life.  It seems to me a simple solution: Just get a tug to tow every third ferry out to sea while it is empty and sink it.  The law of averages should keep the next two safe.


Families.  I have many wives and lots of kids.  And if you live in a place like Thailand you should have also.  You know how it is: you're sitting in the back of a taxi and a conversation begins and eventually the guy asks you about your wife and kids and are they here (name the country) with you.  Not to have a wife and kids, especially for us older guys, makes them, well, uneasy, if not downright suspicious.  They may on occasion even glance back and take a quick look at me as if my fly is open or as if they might have seen my picture on a wanted poster. 


In my naive youth, I used to tell the truth: I was divorced long ago and my wife had no special desire for kids so I never had any.  Nope.  Not good enough.  So now I have lots of families ready to go.  In Beijing I spoke of my Chinese wife in Taiwan waiting for her visa and taking care of our sick daughter.  In Thailand, I have lots of family stories to warm the cockles of any taxi driver's heart.  My Thai wife who of course lives with me but is staying with her old mom up in Nakorn Nowhere because she lost their A. house  B. water buffalo  C. memory  D. iphone 4, whatever.  And then of course there are my two sons in the States, one a doctor and one a poet and both have given me lots of grandchildren and no I don't have any pictures with me because it's against my religion to show images of family members but the kids are really cute.


Be as creative as you like but the main thing here is that you MUST have a family.  You can even have minor wives or as they are calling mistresses in China these days, er nai, "second breast."


One of the things that always bugs me are these ads for medical products or medical advice columns that talk glowingly about a product but always end up with the same advice: Before taking the miraculous product "Check with your doctor" or "Ask your doctor if this is right for you."  Typical samples that came up right away in a Google search: "Check with your doctor before departing on a China Tour..."  "Why you should check with your doctor before starting a new diet..."  "Have your doctor check your CRP levels..."  "Check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program..."  yada, yada, yada.


Well, there are billions of people on this planet including myself who do not have health insurance and "checking with my doctor" can get very expensive very fast.  A visit to a doctor in a Western country or even to some of Thailand's best hospitals is not all that cheap.  So just maybe for people in the States or wherever eking out a living, having to go without medicine or food or gas, these asinine ads and advice columns with that line at the end - arrogantly assuming everyone has access to a qualified physician whenever he or she likes - might piss them off.  They do me.


Rumor-control Headquarters has it that there will soon be two new pubs on Sukhumvit, soi 23.  As if there aren't enough already.  Soi 23, in addition to subsoi Cowboy, is hosting more 7-11's, pubs and small massage parlors than you can shake a stick at.


I admit I was caught in the act the other day.  I decided it was time for a trip to my favorite massage parlor and before taking off had a light meal at Old Dutch on Cowboy then headed off for the massage parlor.  I chose the girl and all was going well as she was preparing the tub but she said the towels they had brought were small ones; she would go get the proper size towels and be right back.  At some point while she was off down the hall getting the towels it occurred to me that I had neglected to ingest a bit of Kamagra Gel.  Not that I need it, of course, or should take it because I never checked with my doctor before taking it. 


But, what the hell, I quickly took out the packet from my pocket, tore it open and had it in my mouth sucking out the slightly bitter flavor when in she comes.  And, sure enough, she walked right over to me and asked what it was.  She took the packet and looked at it while my mind feverishly tried to come up with something but fortunately it was the orange flavor and she looked closer at orange packet and her eyes lit up and she said in English "Oh, vitamin C."  (She pronounced the "vit" of vitamin to rhyme with "wit" so I assumed she has had customers from London.)  Anyway, I assured her that is what it was and she went on to tell me she also takes vitamin C.  Then she went back to preparing the tub for my arrival.  Whew, a close one that... 


As I was passing through the ground floor of the Emporium someone handed me an advertising brochure for Bulgari, men's overpriced perfume or whatever it is.  But it says: "An unprecedented statement of unique masculine charisma.  A creation of strength and radiance."  Hell, that describes me to a T already.

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(What the Bleeding Heart Liberals are not Telling us)



OK, as you know, bleeding heart liberals warn us all the time about the imminent disappearance of languages, plants, animals, icebergs, clear skies, breathable air, etc., etc., etc.  But why is it they have never mentioned the most endangered species of them all?  By which I mean, of course, Asian women.  Yes, my friends, you may smirk but the truth is it has been happening for a long time and is getting worse. 


You see, in many Asian societies, the male is valued more than the female.  For example, in China, female babies have for millennia been known as "lose money goods."  This is because they cannot do much on the farm and worse yet they will move out eventually into their husband's home and all the investment in the girl is down the drain.  (Women in China were also known as "my back of the house person" and such but I suppose that might not be considered politically correct these days.)  A woman's menstruation was known as "The Red General grasps the door" or "Little Red Sister has come".  Bet cha didn't know I knew weird shit like that, did you?  Sorry, I digress, where was I?


Endangered species.  Right.  You would have thought that as Asian societies move out of their agricultural status this would change but it seems not even to be slowing down.  I don't have the figures in front of me but you can Google recent reports on countries such as China, India, Vietnam, etc., and they all have the same problem: far more males are being born than females.  Especially if the Chinese in the cities can have only one child they will ensure that the one that survives the operating room is female. In the old days, the baby girl would just be drowned or suffocated or even left at structures built especially for that purpose as described, among others, by Somerset Maugham in his travels.  Today, hospitals have various devices to tell if it will be a boy or girl so if parents so desire they can ensure the female fetus doesn't quite make it out the door.  Already in China women are being kidnapped in one part to be sold to a guy in another part of the country. And even when doctors are not supposed to tell the mother beforehand, they can be - I'm shocked! - bribed.


So in 20 or 30 years from now there will be mainly Asian men, relatively few Asian women.  Which will mean those of you (I do not say "those of us" because I assume I will have mounted the dragon by then if I may use a Chinese colloquialism) who have Yellow Fever and would like to have an Asian girlfriend or wife will be bidding for fewer and fewer members of a very valuable commodity.  So if I were you I would latch on to an Asian chick as soon as possible and keep your eye out for news stories about this growing problem.  Believe me, just as wars will be fought over water, wars will be fought over Asian chicks.  Like Khun Cheer above.  Yes, China does have 95 per cent of "rare materials" or whatever they have been holding back lately.  But mind you, my friends, this scarcity will get worse, and the day will come when they start holding back their most valuable product of all - their women.  And then you will really be screwed.   


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Historical Thai Videos on YouTube


    Are you being swamped and drowned by people sending you the video of the flood from

    Thailand in the early 40's?  Well, if you didn't manage to get it, here it is.  Not

    only is it interesting but I found several other historical videos on YouTube.  Check

    out these three, for example.


    At the time I first arrived in Thailand, in 1966, there was another flood, known to

    Thais as The Great Flood.  Here is a photo of that one:



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Khun Nana's Corner

Khun Nana is a savvy local expat who keeps in shape by hitting most of the bars of Nana Plaza as often as possible.  From his vast experience, he will enlighten and entertain us with his recollections of the bar scene be they humorous, tragic or somewhere in between.


When I talk to guys about Thailand, the questions and comments I hear the most almost always seem to be about Thai women.  Yeah I know we all go on about the great food, tropical weather and luxurious lifestyle that we foreigners lead out here in the Land of Smiles, but the bottom line is that it is the women who are the greatest allure and quite often, the greatest mystery and area of confusion.  With this theme in mind I offer the following list of the 5 best things about Thai women followed closely by the 5 worst.  I hope this information will help some of the guys out there who are struggling to make sense of the elusive and exotic females we are blessed with here in Paradise.  I have selflessly spent thousands of hours with literally hundreds of gals, quite often in intimate surrounds, just to bring this information to the masses.  I hope my long hours of sacrifice and pain have been worth it. 

Top 5 Positive Attributes of Thai Women: 

1)They are beautiful— Yes I know we men are a bunch of shallow bastards who only care about women’s looks (at least that’s what I have been told all my life in the West) so I just had to start with this.  Thai women are hands down the most beautiful women on the planet.  I have been to countless countries and major cities and there isn’t another place with 10% as many hot women as Bangkok.  Not even close.  A normal Thai woman will literally starve herself for days if she feels that she is just a pound or two away from being perfect looking.  Thai women come in all shapes and sizes and there are at least a million of them for each man’s personal taste.  Sometimes I just tell myself I am out to find a gal who is a certain type-say very tall, white skin, big boobs, slim waist and long shapely legs with silky hair down to her waist and it may take upwards of a minute or two to stumble upon one.  It is absolutely un-f*cking believable.   

I recall a friend who came to Bangkok for a holiday last year.  He is from the USA and was coming to Asia for the first time.  On his first full day here I brought him to the Skytrain station and after boarding the train told him that at the shopping mall we were going to he would see more hot gals in 10 minutes than any guy could see in America in a year or more.  When we arrived at the station near the shopping mall my friend turned to me and said “I saw more hot gals on the train on the way to the station than I could ever see in the USA in a year.” 

2)Thai women enjoy sex— This may be even more important than the fact that they are so hot.  After all, who really cares if a gal is hot even she doesn’t rock your world in between the sheets?  These gals are very at ease in the bedroom and unlike in the West, they haven’t been fed a bunch of bullshit all their lives about religious taboos and guilt and burning in hell for those who enjoy the human body.  They are so natural just being naked and being touched and giving and receiving pleasure and……………shit I am getting myself all worked up just thinking about it!!  Many local guys feel that their life as a sexual being began when they first discovered Thailand.

 3)Thai women adore men— I suppose this is a major reason that they keep themselves so beautiful and enjoy sex so much.  Thai women don’t just like men, they ADORE us. I am not talking about they way they feel about just foreign guys, I mean that these gals absolutely are crazy about men.  It is quite often the focal point of their lives, and a Thai woman who has no romantic love in her life will never feel that she is happy.  Sometimes I watch the young Thai couples in the shopping center food courts.  The girl will cut the boy’s food, stroke his hair and snuggle up against him, all the while with a totally enamored look on her face.  She is in love and life just doesn’t get any better than that.  It’s magic.

 4)Thai women are charming— I got to tell you that many local guys would have placed this up at the top as attribute number one.  These gals love men and enjoy life to the fullest.  I often say that in the West you need a reason to be happy but in Thailand people are naturally happy and need a reason to be unhappy.  Thai women are charming, playful, coy, devilishly flirtatious and always ready with a smile and a giggle.  On a daily basis I see full grown men reduced to slobbering schoolboys by Thai gals from every walk of life.

 5)Thai women are much less concerned about a man’s age— If you are getting up there in years like myself than this one is the real clincher.  In the West just a few years difference between the man’s age and the lady’s age is such a major stumbling point, but here in Thailand men of all ages are in the game with the gals and quite often the older men do better with the hot babes than the younger studs.  Recently I was having a nice lunch with a local friend who is in his late 70’s and teaches English to the daughters of wealthy Thais on an hourly rate.  This man is quite elderly and easily looks his age if not older.  He is hunched over and walks like he may never reach his destination and really gives the impression of being at an extremely advanced age.  He is happily married and has been for years, so he was quite shy while telling me about how young gals in their late teens or early twenties quite often snuggle up against him while he is tutoring them, and even whisper sweet things in his ear about how masculine he is!  He has even had to stop teaching a couple of the gals who just wouldn’t stop the flirting no matter how many times he reminded them that he was a married man.  I know that to any guy who has never been to Thailand this probably sounds utterly ridiculous, but the fact of the matter is that Thai women react to men in a certain way regardless of the age of the man.


Top 3 Negative Attributes of Thai Women— Ok I lied. I couldn’t think of 5 so you perverts will have to be satisfied with my Top 3 List.


1)Thai women can be very jealous and possessive.  Man this is so true that it is sending shivers down my spine just typing out these words.  These gals completely lose themselves when they are crazy for a guy and can become completely irrational.  I wish I had a penny for every gal I had to cast aside because she started treating me like I belonged to her and therefore she could dictate the terms of my life.  It can get quite scary and I personally know a few guys who actually moved out of the country to get away from a jealous and controlling ex-lover.  The key here is to sort out the whackos right up front.  I have a “One Strike and You Are Out” rule that I invoke in the first month or two of a new relationship.  If they act crazy jealous with me during this initial test period then I have one last round of hot sex and throw them away. 

 2)Thai gals can be very immature and irresponsible for their age- This one is just too common.  Many Thai gals regardless of age care very little about showing up to appointments on time, taking responsibility (what is this word??) for their actions and displaying any semblance of accountability.  In other words guys, they pretty much do what they want whenever the f*ck they want and don’t care who it inconveniences or upsets.  What is the solution to this problem you may ask?  Don’t marry or go into business with someone who has these qualities. If you do either one of these two things expect to be in a constant state of aggravation. 

3)Thai women have little if any interest in the world- This one comes back to bite virtually all of my friends who have decided to get married here.  Within a year at most I begin to hear my mate complain about how his sexy little Thai gal knows nothing about what is going on in the world and really couldn’t care less about anything that doesn’t affect her directly.  Sorry guys but if you are looking for an intellectual partner then look somewhere else. I am not saying that Thai women are stupid, in fact they can be quite clever.  Quite simply they are not curious about the world around them in the intellectual way that many western people are.  My Thai male friends don’t find this to be a problem at all. They would tell you that when you want interesting conversation you should go out with your friends!  

Until next time.  Khun Nana

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Are there any Asian linguists out there?  I have a question.  In Thai, one way to say "so so" is Ngnu ngnu pla pla, snake, snake, fish, fish, as in I speak Thai only so so.  In Chinese, one way to say "so so" is ma ma hu hu, horse, horse, tiger, tiger, as in I speak Chinese only so so.  I was wondering if other Asian languages also use animals and reptiles, etc., for this expression.  Anybody speak Cambodian, Vietnamese, etc?


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There are at least two Thailands.  First World Thailand (FWT) is still pretty much limited to Bangkok.  Although some other cities in the country are beginning to have some of the amenities of the capital city, Bangkok is still the place where you can find almost anything that you could find in a major American city.  Then, there is a Second World Thailand (SWT).  This world is spread across the whole country, including every nook and cranny of Bangkok itself, actually, since zoning laws don't appear to have any practical effect here whatsoever and it's commonplace to find houses worth several hundred thousand US dollars cheek by jowl with tin and cardboard shacks.  Most of the time I spend my time in FWT.  I did my three years upcountry and had more or less my fill of SWT.  Today, I go to coffee shops in book stores.  Very First World, complete with Starbucks.  I roam the internet.  I either take taxis or the subway or the sky train and I shop in supermarkets that would be indistinguishable from ones in Scottsdale except for the specific varieties of food (especially fresh food) on sale.  I live in a gated community at the end of a "soi" where the rents mean that my fellow-residents are pretty much entirely comprised of middle class Thais and foreigners (many of whom are Asian from Korea, China or Japan).

Today, however, I made a trip deep into SWT.  I had a hitch in my gittalong (there's a rumor about that I'm not a young man anymore, but I am categorically rejecting all such suggestions) and I decided to go have a Chinese acupuncture treatment. There is actually a FWT hospital (Bangkok Hospital) that offers this service and I have used them before.  But their acupuncture doctor is on personal leave back to China at the moment, so I took myself off to the Huachio Chinese Hospital smack dab in the middle of old Bangkok.  

It's difficult to explain the night and day contrast of a FWT Hospital and a SWT Hospital, but if you were taken blindfolded into the one or the other you wouldn't have any trouble knowing, even before they took the blindfold off, which you were in. In a FWT hospital the staff is VERY polite.  All speech is in hushed tones.  The language is almost painfully polite and formal.  Everyone speaks pretty much perfect English.  Everything is in perfect order.  Sparkling clean.  New.  Modern. There isn't any detectable odor, maybe a very faint floral scent.  You are personally escorted from one place to another by a, typically, young and attractive young woman in uniform, immaculately turned out as they say.  You, of course, have a private room for the doctor's examination.  A fair amount of trouble is gone to to make it clear that every surface in the room has been cleaned, the sheets are fresh, the pillow case is fresh, the doctor puts on rubber gloves before he touches you, etc., etc.  

Today, on the other hand, at the Huachao Hospital, you are met, upon walking in the door with an almost overwhelming fragrance of Chinese herbs.  The staff are yelling across the room to each other.  People are scurrying about in what appears to Western eyes to be pretty much pandemonium.  You are ushered into a room full of people, plunked down on a chair in front of the examining doctor.  The doctor, the nurse, other patients, damn near anybody as far as I could tell, feel free to comment freely on your case. (Doc) "Oh, you speak Thai very well.  (Nurse) Do you have a Thai wife?  (Bystanders in response to my affirmative response) "Ohhhhh.  So that's why he speaks Thai.  Studying in the bedroom, aye!" (Nurse again) "Is she from the Northeast?"  When I again respond affirmatively, knowing nods and smiles from all my fellow-patients.  

Now don't get me wrong.  This was all entirely friendly and well meant.  And it didn't bother me.  That's not the point. I'm just trying to convey how foreign all this feels to me.  I'm then taken to a bed (I think the sheets had almost certainly been changed sometime in the last 24 hours)  that is one of ten such in the room and told to take down my pants (part way) so that the doc can insert needles (one use only--I'm not that native.  You're not going to stick me with a previously used needle) into my backside and my lower back.  It's a very communal kind of thing.  No privacy.  It's like the military was, actually, except of course there are both men and women patients.   I wasn't embarrassed.  I wasn't even exactly uncomfortable.  But I was conscious of not being in my natural habitat.

The other interesting part of today's adventure was the language(s) being spoken.  For the first time in a long time I was in a place where the Chiuchao (AKA dichew) dialect of Chinese is pretty much the lingua franca.  The docs were from the part of China where Chiuchao is spoken.  The older patients all conversed with the docs in Chinese.  This dialect of Chinese has pretty much disappeared from much of Thailand.  Half a century ago it was the only language spoken in business here.  But the kids and grandkids of those people didn't learn the language in school and it disappeared just as it would have done in the US for most immigrant groups (the Chinese were an exception for most of the 20th century because they were forced to live in a limited area of big cities, notable SF).  The docs are from China proper and speak a thickly accented Thai that I can catch most of the time but not all.  I had to get the nurse (or another patient, whatever, I told you it was pretty informal) to repeat what the doc said in Thai.
Outside the hospital we are on the very edge of the biggest cut and sew market in Bangkok.  A place of particularly extreme chaos--push carts, hand carts, 100 cc motorcycles carrying more fabric than you or I could get on a typical full-sized pickup.  Food vendors (of course--it's against the law to allow any Thai person to be more than 200 meters from a food vendor.  In Bangkok this is reduced to 50 meters.).  Taxis.  Delivery trucks.  Bicycles.  Pedicabs (for carrying goods--no longer legal to have pedicabs in Bangkok proper).  Stray dogs.  Pandemonium seems a weak word to describe the scene.

None of the above is meant to sound patronizing or critical and certainly is not meant to sound as if I were complaining about how tough I have it.  I don't have it tough, to say the very least.  If I were to tell you about how pampered I really am, I would risk making several of you nauseous.   But today I was just very, very aware that I definitely, definitively, absolutely didn't have to wonder whether or not I was in Kansas (or Wyoming or Arizona for that matter).
If you've only been in Thailand a short time and don't understand much about the place, don't worry.  When you've been here longer, you'll understand less. - Contributed by Mike York.  Mike first arrived in Thailand as a Thai linguist in 1965.



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Good News: The Paris Review has put all is interviews with writers over the years on-line.  Including the weird and drunken ones such as the one with Jack Kerouac.  If interested, here it is:



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Cool Article with Pictures


Working Girls in a small Spanish town near Barcelona must wear high visibility vests


(But will it work on Lower Sukhumvit?)


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The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand held another interesting event, this time regarding Burma's nuclear program.  "Burma's march towards nuclear power.  How far from reality?"  American nuclear scientist Robert Kelly and a Nation newspaper Thai columnist, Kavi Chongkittavorn, and Dr. Maung Zarni, Burmese activist and scholar, spoke on the threat which, while stalled, is still very real.  Don't forget, you do not have to be a journalist to join the FCCT.



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Latest Progress on the House Being Built to Keep the Farang Across the soi Awake




And, of course, After Dark magazine continues to let us know the talent available in Pattaya.


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Letters from Readers


Sawadee from the Cape, Dean!

   I just wanted to let you know that even though we ARE about half a day behind Thailand here in the People's Republic of Taxachusetts, I was still able to get your monthly column this morning on the 30th of September which it will remain for another couple hours but then it's Oct. 1st and I'll be most thrilled and elated because I can FINALLY say "THIS month I'm going home!" Yeah, I've got a China Air flight toTaipei on Oct. 12th and I'll be getting into Chiang Mai on the 14th so I don't have much time left here in the States, more's the pity (NOT;-)  


Anyway, great column and it helped to put me in a better mood right away.  I'm glad you had a good time in Saigon but frankly, I think you covered the mood with an honest "I can't quite figure it all out"mentality. I was there three times and frankly, I've come to love Saigon almost as much as I do CM/Bangkok but it IS a different worldthere. However, the Southerners, especially the Saigonese, are delightfully capitalistic and are quite pleased to see both Americans like you and I and US dollars (whereas we're in VERY BAD shape against the baht right now) and to me, Saigon is about as Communist as Pattaya at midnight. I just need to learn more Vietnamese and if I can't get some decent teaching work in the kingdom after I come home for a weekor so of Mekhong/Chang/ 'ying-inspired sanuk, I think I'll likely be heading back to the 'Nam where the pay is much better. Of course, if I had BETTER book sales for my John Harwich Adventure series, mind you...  Best, Sean Bunzick




Dear Dean,

I almost feel that this email should be a candidate for your "Thailand Through A Looking Glass" section (Updates whenever somebody pisses me off) Because right now I'm started to get more pissed off about this Soi Cowboy/Coyote situation.

I've had a good few trips to Los now, but have started thinking in the last 12 months of actually relocating over there, and living in Bangkok.  Of course I would be lying if I said the great nightlife there is to be had, doesn't play a big part of it because it does, although I do love many things about the city.

I’m the type of punter that likes to either have a few drinks somewhere quiet and then move on to a club and get a freelancer, or have a more legitimate evening, or have an evening dedicated to go go's and hunting for good stock : ) .

I never really warmed to Nana Plaza , I appreciate that it is in the process of getting a much needed face lift, and maybe that will equal a fresh start and new image, but I wouldn’t rest my hopes on that. Patpong has its clubs and the odd bars but doesn't really classify as a go go haven anymore. I love Soi Cowboy, and if I do relocate, trips to Pattaya will only be 2-3 times a year, so my reliance would really be on Cowboy & the new Nana for a go go's evening of entertainment.

I can't my head around the whole coyote thing, I mean, to me it really isn't different than any similar go go outside of Thailand, you spend money, you try and build some rapport, and either way you leave with less cash, and nothing to take home. It also frustrates me that bars like DE JA VU's coyote's are usually and quite clearly more attractive than alot of go go girls, of course this isn't always the case, but you feel my frustration.  Why on earth do I want to buy X amount of drinks every hour for a coyote who has a Thai boyfriend and isn't willing to leave the bar, we quite clearly have that in the West ,  I live in Europe and that’s available to me tonight, and I have no interest.

For me Soi Cowboy used to be about the fun of spending and shopping around knowing most potential meets could lead to something more.  In a number of the bars I would make sure the mama-san's drink was topped up, and in return you would send over some very hot coyote who expected 7-8 drinks that evening for a bit of conversation?? So I told the Mama-San, I’m taking care of you aren’t I? Bring over Go Go Girls not the coyote's let them keep on dancing.

I also appreciate in answer to this rant that the night doesn’t have to end in cowboy, but equally sometimes it used to be nice to do a bar crawl and check out the stock and make an evening of it,it seems now that the bars that it may be worth doing that in are becoming less and less.

Freelancers have their serious advantages, but I get them in a club, I want to have a decent pick of go go girls in Bangkok, without feeling the need to wait to get to Pattaya.
  Bier Garden's are ok, Clubs are too, and things never seem to go wrong in the Walking Street with the sheer mass of choice So Dean, what do you consider the solution, and how do you view this issue from the perspective of someone who want to move to Bangkok, but is concerned that some aspects of the nightlife may be so deteriorating As nightlife corrospondents go , i consider you opinion highly : )

Thanks Mojo


Mojo, Not to worry, there is enough variety in this country regarding nightlife for one and all.  But, yes, I do not like the proliferation of coyote girls who cannot be barfined.  Seeing lovely women who are out of our price range or who will not go with us for whatever reason is available in the West; why import that here?  If the girls do not want to participate in play for pay what are they doing in Bangkok's nightlife areas?  But as I say Bangkok is still a candy store for men so despite the non-barfineable girls, don't let that stop you from enjoying a night out.  If you really want a particular coyote girl, then you have to court them a la the West.  That takes time and money and patience.  Most men prefer Soi Cowboy for the beautiful, available ladies.  Just ignore the rest.  Cheers. 




Ref: Your, “The two sales people I dealt with did not speak English so in my
best Thai (it was the best of Thai, it was the worst of Thai) I bought a
refrigerator. At least, I hoped I did. My fear was I had spoken some tones
wrong and what would be delivered would be a flat screen TV or a washing

Dear Dean,  I’m enjoying the heck out of your August column, and know what you mean about
the tones. If you speak both northern and southern Vietnamese, you need to know
eight of them! (Yes, you thought Cantonese had a lot.)

Like you, I speak the best of the local language and the worst of it.  A few days ago, I’m put

down by of all people my 4-year-old son’s playmate of the same age. I said “sieu thi” (department

store) to my son, knew the tones for both words, but the low tone on the “thi” came out as a high

tone, and this 4-year-old mocked me. (These Hanoians are rude but they think they are sophisticated.)

This irritated me, but unlike I’ve done to an adult Vietnamese mocking me where
I grabbed his ear and stretched and twisted it, I couldn’t very well do that
with a little kid.  At least my 10-year-old daughter subtly stuck up for her dad, by

glaring at the kid. And I noticed the little girl two houses down from us started not

being friendly to me, I had no idea why.

Hence, I ran it by the family and learned the problem. Her name was Dai Trang,
with the “Dai” meaning “big”, and it’s said with a low tone. The trouble is that
I’d been saying the “Dai” with a high tone, meaning I’d been calling her Urine!

One day I came in and told the wife I’d put this guy down by referring to him as
“mom to” – big mouth. I’d learned that from wife’s mother, for there are a lot
of big mouths in Hanoi. The guy had been trying to cheat me on a tire repair.

With my wife knowing I spoke the best of Vietnamese and the worst of Vietnamese,
she has me say to her what I said to the guy. She responded I was saying to him
he had “big hips” – “mong to.”

These goody-goody newbie travelers will want to bestow their vast knowledge on
you thru an article. They’ll advise you to learn a few words of Vietnamese.

“Learn ‘xin chao’… (hello),” they’ll advise.

The trouble is that “chao” has a low tone, and you don’t pronounce it right, it
can mean, for just a few examples, rice gruel or you can be calling the other
person grandmother or grandchild or yourself those, depending on how you use it.

Therefore, the accurate guidance for a visitor would be that speaking any of a
tonal language is hopeless. Further, when you go speaking it without the tones,
you sound like a 2-year-old. Best, Lewis



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3.  What would be your best witty comment on this picture? 





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"At least one thing seems certain: against people who are ready to die in the cause of destroying freedom, people who are not willing to speak up for freedom for fear of being called a racist or an Islamophobe don't stand much chance of victory."



More News on the "Religion of Peace"


The "Religion of Peace" continues to visit Southern Thailand


Just some of the recent atrocities committed by Muslims in Thailand



2010.10.28 (Yala, Thailand) - A villager is shot once through the head by Muslim militants.


2010.10.27 Thailand Yala  A villager is murdered by Muslim gunmen.


2010.10.25 Thailand Narathwat  A farmer is murdered in one of a series of bombings by Islamic separatists.


2010.10.22 Thailand Pattani  Two Islamists assassinate a rival imam at his mosque.


2010.10.22 Thailand Pattani  A government worker is shot twice in the head by Muslim 'insurgents' on his way to work.


2010.10.20 Thailand Yala  Muslim radicals gun down a 27-year-old laborer.


2010.10.18 Thailand Pattani  A 65-year-old man is shot in the head by terrorists while shopping with his daughter.


2010.10.14 Thailand Pattani  Islamists murder a bank teller riding a motorcyle.


2010.10.13 Thailand Yala  Two villagers are ambushed and killed while guarding their village from Muslim insurgents.


2010.10.13 Thailand Pattani  A man is shot to death by Islamic insurgents while walking home.


2010.10.11 Thailand Yala  A local soldier is ambushed and murdered on his way to work by Islamic terrorists.


2010.10.11 Thailand Pattani  A fruit trader is machine-gunned by militant Muslims while sitting in his truck.


2010.10.05 Thailand Pattani  Three Buddhists transporting chickens are pumped full of holes by Muslim separatists at point-blank range.

2010.10.05 Thailand Yala  A 33-year-old man is murdered in his driveway by Islamic gunmen.


2010.10.05 Thailand Pattani  A 43-year-old man is shot to death by Muslim militants.


2010.10.03 Thailand Yala  Three local soldiers are ambushed and killed by Muslim separatists.


2010.09.28 Thailand Pattani - Children are among the victims when Islamic radicals brutally gun down five people buying fruit at a warehouse.


And Many More badly Wounded



(Isn't it interesting how silent the Bangkok Post is about all this.  Yet they have lots of space to run stories and photos on pandas and a boring, predictable column written by a Muslim fanatic every other Sunday.)






Over 4,300 Thais including monks and teachers and children have been murdered by Muslims in Southern Thailand and

over 45 Thais have been beheaded including Buddhist monks




Beheaded Thai soldiers






"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." (Blaise Pascal, mathematician, 1670)




THE RELIGION OF PEACE (in the real world)















On Islam & Religion

















Killed by Muslim fathers, brothers, etc., for trying to live as a human being


Chicago campaign on taxis to stop the Islamization of America & the killing of Muslim women by their family members.  The campaign is now in danger of being discontinued.


This woman had a nose once; until Muslim men decided she wasn't Muslim enough.  Women want go to school?  Talk to a non-relative?  Muslim men have ways to stop that.  Acid, for one.  Click on the photographs.

91 percent of honor killings worldwide are done by Muslims

84 percent of honor killings in US done by Muslims



                                                                                 Happening Now in America:

Islamic foot-washing basins in airports; Shariah finance being introduced by American banks; college campuses designating Islamic prayer rooms for Muslims only; Islamic compounds practicing Shariah law springing up across America; public schools using tax dollars to indoctrinate American students into Islam; demands by Muslim parents that their children be provided private prayer rooms in their public schools; Muslim workers demanding special workplace accommodations no other religious person would ask for; creative people being threatened as with South Park; publishers self-censoring out of fear of Muslim anger and hate; plays self-censored out of fear of Muslim backlash; Muslim Associations on college campuses interrupting speakers they don't like; Muslim taxi drivers refusing to allow guide dogs for the blind in their taxis; high school texts whitewashing Islam; and the list goes on.  And on.  And on.


"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog...No stronger retrograde force exists in the world (than Islam)." Winston Churchill


Mohammad Playing with his Six-year-old Bride to Be

The so-called Prophet Muhammad Married a six-year-old named Aisha and had Sex with the girl by the time she was nine (if not before).  Mohammad ordered the death of two poets who mocked him as well as killed many others.  The Koran is full of hate for non-believers which it equates with "evil-doers."  Islam is not a religion: it is a fanatical brotherhood and hate-filled ideology.  The West continues to ignore the fact that Islam is a clear and present danger to anyone who believes in free speech, an independent judiciary, free press, etc., etc.  Self-censorship is now being practiced in Europe and America to appease Muslims.  The more Muslims a country lets in, the more problems it will have.


Raping boys is called "MAN-LOVING DAY"

Is She or isn't he?

"Sexual abuse of boys in the Islamic religious schools known as madrasas is not uncommon, and neither is the rape of boys in Afghanistan, especially on Thursday, known as “man-loving day,” because Friday prayers are thought to absolve a sinner of all his guilt."



"All it takes for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

Ibn Warraq:

The cartoons in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten raise the most important question of our times: freedom of expression. Are we in the west going to cave into pressure from societies with a medieval mindset, or are we going to defend our most precious freedom -- freedom of expression, a freedom for which thousands of people sacrificed their lives? A democracy cannot survive long without freedom of expression, the freedom to argue, to dissent, even to insult and offend...Unless, we show some solidarity, unashamed, noisy, public solidarity with the Danish cartoonists, then the forces that are trying to impose on the Free West a totalitarian ideology will have won; the Islamization of Europe will have begun in earnest.


"I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are more to be feared, and I regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself." Alexis de Tocqueville


Muslim extremists brandishing banners calling British soldiers 'Butchers'


  • "The sword of Muhammad and the Quran are the most fatal enemies of civilization, liberty, and the truth which the world has yet known." - The eminent orientalist Sir William Muir (1819-1905)




    Iran 23

    "All religions take care to silence or to execute those who question them...It has, however, been some time since Judaism and Christianity resorted openly to torture and censorship. Not only did Islam begin by condemning all doubters to eternal fire, but it still claims the right to do so in almost all of its dominions, and still preaches that these same dominions can and must be extended by war." - Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything





    'If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.' - Benjamin Netanyahu




    The Bodies of Two Dead Gays in Iran


    (killed by adherents of "the religion of peace")




    There is not one Muslim country in the world which gives equal rights to non-Muslims but when Muslims enter other countries they demand more than equal rights!  Write your congressman and tell him to stop kowtowing to Muslims.


    “Religion is an insult to human dignity.  With or without it, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things.  But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”        --        by Nobel Laureate physicist Steven Weinberg. 



    "Mohammad poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex...and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind. The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust: to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature" - John Quincy Adams




    —The unbelievers are your inveterate enemy. (4:101)
    —Mohammed is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. (48:29).
    —It is unlawful for a believer to kill another believer, accidents excepted. (4:92)
    —Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. (5:51)
    —Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme. (8:40)
    —Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God’s religion reigns supreme. (2:193)
    —The true believers fight for the cause of God, but the infidels fight for the devil.  (4:76)
    —We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. (3:151)
    —I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers. (8:12)

    —Muhammad said to the Jews: “If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. “
    — Allah’s Apostle said, “You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, ‘O ‘Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.‘ “
    —Mohammed said, “I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and whoever says, “ None has the right to be worshipped but Allah , his life and property will be saved by me.“ (otherwise it will not). Vol. 4:196
    —Mohammed said, “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him.“ Vol. 9:57
    —Mohammed said, “ No Muslim should be killed for killing a Kafir” (infidel). Vol. 9:50
    —Muhammad said: “Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war, … “. (Sahih Muslim 4294)






    Some books that tell it like it is!


    Now on trial in Holland for "insulting Islam"



    The Islamization of Europe

    Muslims are rapidly destroying freedom in Europe and have even brought about self-censorship and real censorship in the United States.  But there is one city in Holland where a new reality can be seen with the naked eye, more than anywhere else. Here, entire neighborhoods look as if they have been lifted from the Middle East, here stand the largest mosques in Europe, here parts of sharia law are applied in the courts and theaters, here many of the women go around veiled, here the mayor is a Muslim, the son of an imam.  This city is Rotterdam, Holland's second largest city by population, and the largest port in Europe by cargo volume.  Europeans, especially politicians, will not lift a finger to fight against Islamofascism.  And future generations will pay the price. 

    The hate-filled Quran (Koran) consistently uses offending remarks whenever it mentions non-Muslims. It describes non-Muslims as animals (Q.7: 179, Q.25: 44, Q.47: 12). Then it describes the Jews as donkeys Q. 62:5 then as apes and pigs (Q.2: 65, Q. 5:60, Q. 7:166). To be described as an animal is a bad insult in Arabic culture, but pigs, apes and donkeys are particularly bad.  "Religion of Peace," my ass. 


    More people are killed by Islamists each year than in all 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition combined. (source)




    Please note, I do not and never would advocate violence against individual Muslims in any community.  For one thing, the guy you beat up with a baseball bat may turn out to have just escaped from some horrible Islamic regime.  Individual violence against Muslims or doing damage to mosques, etc., is just stupid and is also counterproductive as Muslim fanatics will show pictures of that all over the Muslim world to incite people against the West. 

    A good case can be made that Islam is a fanatical brotherhood masquerading as a religion, and, indeed, the adherents of Islam often act that way.   But, as individuals, a Muslim neighbor might possibly be more honest than a Christian neighbor.  It is only that the Muslim will have been brought up in a religion/brotherhood with a medieval mindset that is centuries behind the times and has a penchant for violence, especially against those who criticize the Koran and other aspects of Islam.   Winning the war against Muslim fanatics will take a long time and be hard-fought but, assuming people wake up to the clear and present danger of Islam, it can and will be won.  But we must demand that more and more moderate Muslims join the fight against fanatical Muslims.   We must demand that our leaders absolutely reject any "compromise" on our right to free expression.  Compromising with the fanatics pulls the rug out from the Muslim moderates desperately trying to reform and secularize Islam.  And we must never bow to Muslim demands to curb our hard-won freedom of expression.   And freedom of expression always includes satire and even insulting satire including satire of glorified tribal myths called religion.

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