Western tourists (mostly female) visiting Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, and Bali) are ending up dead
, likely poisoned
. Local officials have blamed the use of the insecticide DEET
as an exotic ingredient in so-called "Bucket Drinks
", or the use of Chlorpyrifos
in hotel rooms. But Deborah Blum
, an author and poison expert, doesn't buy into the insecticide theories
offered by local officials. She thinks this looks like targeted murders
. Since writing about the poisonings, she says she's been contacted by people who claim poisoning foreigners is common in 5-star hotels, and the police and owners cover it up.
. A Facebook group
was formed not only so that world travelers could share safe travel tips, but also so that notice of the unexplained, and often uninvestigated
, deaths could be made public.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey
on Jan 9, 2013 -
Tourette does not shorten life, limit mobility, or impair cognitive or emotional function ... While the genesis of TS is neurological, its most important symptom is semantic, the ongoing need to attach meaning to what are quite literally empty gestures.
talks about Tourette's Syndrome and Robert Lemelson’s documentary The Bird Dancer
. [more inside]
posted by nangar
on May 30, 2012 -
Spend a bit of your Sunday getting a little more acquainted with Indonesian musical culture. Balinese gamelan
. And a little more
. See how they make some of those fabulous-sounding gongs
. And here's the fabulous Kecak
. And more Kecak
. And just for good measure, howsabout a little Angklung karaoke
? Meanwhile in Sumatra the gals are playing the dishes
! [all links YouTube]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on May 13, 2007 -
Bali is an island in Indonesia that attracted Walter Spies
, a Russian born, German artist who settled in the colonial Dutch East Indies from 1923 on. Adored by the Balinese, Spies was the co-founder of the Pita Maha
artists' cooperative, he shaped the development of contemporary Balinese art and established the West's image of Bali that still exists today. [more images and background inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Jul 29, 2006 -
The Australian media is calling them the 'Bali nine'.
Nine young Australians are being held in Bali under suspicion for attempting to smuggle 8.3 kg (or 11.25 kg depending on what you read) of heroin through Bali's airport. They were caught with the drugs allegedly strapped to their bodies while accomplices were apprehended at a nearby hotel. Most of the nine Australians are now cooperating with police enquiries even though they fear doing so will further endanger the lives of their families
(e.g. drug lords punishing them for talking). Don't get this latest case mistaken, however, with the other high-profile Australian drugs case in the Australian media right now. Beauty therapist Schapelle Corby, 27, is also being held in Bali for the 4.1 kg of top-notch marijuana found in her bodyboard bag
some months ago. Prosecutors in that case have asked for a life sentence
to be handed down to Corby. She has supposedly escaped death by firing squad. Her legal team and family, though, say she was a victim of dodgy baggage handlers and an Australian interstate drug smuggling operation that uses unknowing interstate Australian travellers as drug mules. Most Australians are worried about this, too
. Of course, the strain of the case on Corby is beginning to show
But getting back to the 'Bali nine'. What will their fate be? Another Australian was just given an execution order in Vietnam for also smuggling Heroin
. It's all nasty stuff, hey. News reports indicate that Australian officials will seek clemency
for those involved in the latest Bali bust. Yeah, but how much good will that do? Indonesia is well known for enforcing strong anti-drug laws. And who can blame them?
posted by sjvilla79
on Apr 24, 2005 -
While the tragedy of the bombing in Bali was bad enough, evidence
has surfaced that the bomb was incorrectly assembled, resulting in less than 1/3 of the device exploding (bare-bones link
). Experts using computer modelling have worked out the net explosive quantity of the vehicle bomb outside the Sari Club was between 150kg and 300kg – as opposed to a potential 1150kg and that the toll could have been in the thousands had the bomb exploded as planned.
posted by dg
on Oct 1, 2003 -
With the trial of the bali bombers underway, a bomb
has been exploded in the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta's CBD. Deaths have been reported here on Australian TV at 13, with over 120 injured, although these figures are expected to rise. The BBC
is reporting on the experiences of those at the scene.
posted by dg
on Aug 5, 2003 -
They want to kill us all
Forget the ‘root causes’, says Mark Steyn. The massacre in Bali was part of the continuing Islamofascist war against the West, and those who ignore it are sleepwalking to national suicide
I wait now--loaded with my meds--for the Left to call for more understanding, help for the poverty stricken, and understanding. Incidentally, if you turn to http://www.debka.com/ today, you will see that they claim Bin Laden alive and well in Saudi Arabia!
posted by Postroad
on Oct 20, 2002 -
Nuke Not Nuke Not News?
*I do not endorse the source
* However, one should consider the implications if this
time it's not
a fantasy. Are nuclear weapons now a poor-man's weapon? Is it time to call James Bond?
posted by kablam
on Oct 15, 2002 -
In what is believed to be a terrorist attack, a destroyed two crowded clubs in Bali
. 150 people are confirmed dead, including an unknown number of Australians, Britons, French and Canadians, and authorities say the death toll is likely to rise.
posted by Tarrama
on Oct 12, 2002 -
"In a park in Bali
, they found a monkey, a pig-tailed macaque, kept in a cage so small it could not lie down properly, and with one leg chained to the bars.
posted by leafy
on Mar 26, 2002 -