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Bangkok Protests & Media Hype

On Linus Rylander

Online news outlets make their living on pageviews.

The more people click a headline, the more money they make in ad revenue.

Same with paper & ink newspapers. Eyeballs equal money.

I was actually slightly concerned before getting on the plane to Bangkok. About the "violent protests and riots."

Train Station 1 "The Mostly Empty Car"

On Wellington Street

A couple of days ago, and I was waiting for the train at the local station. It had been a long day, and I was looking forward to heading home. As I was waiting, I took note of the other people waiting with me. It is a habit I have picked up over the years. “People watching” is what my mom called it. It was during this process that I began to notice a increasing number of police officers converging on either side of the tracks. They were clearly wearing their vests, and were clearly waiting for the train to arrive.

One of them said hello to me, and I responded in turn. They asked me where I was from, and I admitted that I wasn't from around the area but still lived rather close by. They said I had an accent, and then continued on their way down the platform.

Several minutes later the train arrived, and it did not take long for me to realize what they were waiting for. As the cars were passing to a stop, I noted that one of them had only two passengers. This was strange, as the other cars were full of people. One was an extremely tall, dour looking woman with long features and stringy hair. Her eyes were a pale blue and on her lips was poorly applied lipstick.

The other was a extremely short male devoid of all hair, with a deep blank stare. His eyes were small for his head, and his ears were surprisingly large. The were simply sitting next next to each other, and as the train slowed to a stop they remained still, moving very little.

I could not determine how the man and the woman were related to one another, and it wasn't until I noticed the matching wedding bands that I made the connection. It would seem that is shouldn't have been possible for me to see it, but every couple of seconds they would reached up towards one another and gently caress each others cheeks. Then they would simply return to the position in which they were before, blank stares looking out the windows of the car.

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