I would certainly hope that by now everyone would know better than to play without protection. Whether it is a specific virus that concerns you, or deadly life-threatening diseases in general, going ‘bareback’ is not only risky but can quickly turn a moment of pleasure into a life filled with pain. Human nature being what it is, even though they know better, too many are willing to throw caution to the wind, forgetting or ignoring how dangerous it is out there.
Of course if those who are infected would do the honorable thing and warn those with whom they come in contact, or if only temporarily infected quarantine themselves rather than spread the nasty little bug they’re carrying, it would alleviate some of the worry and concern. But then some people are just assholes. They are in it for themselves with no concern about the well-being of others. Which brings me to the point of this post, a timely one with an added benefit.
My New Year resolution for 2013 is to stop reading the Gay Thailand forum. Even better, one of my other resolutions for 2013 is to bestow more Turtle Ass Awards to the deserving this year. I just didn’t think someone would provide such an early excuse for me to do so.
Gay Thailand recently picked up a nasty piece of malware – the Exploit virus – which regular posters on his forum quickly alerted the site’s owner about. His reply was that his site was perfectly safe and it was just a minor glitch from some recent site maintenance work they’d done. Scarlett O’ Hara is not your best choice of characters to emulate when as a message board owner you are faced with an infectious site. Stupidity is one thing, ignorance another.
But then holding up Rhett Butler as your ideal and saying, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” is even worse. When you’ve become infectious, telling your membership or anyone else unlucky enough to have dropped by your site that there is no problem is just plain wrong. Fixing the problem and owning up to it, or pulling your site until you do, is the right move. Allowing your site to spread a virus in favor of collecting the few pennies your links to porn sites brings you is a despicable act.
That happened on Gay Thailand several days ago. I don’t surf without protection so I didn’t pick up what is a computer-destroying virus. But my condom of choice alerted me to the danger and my computer proudly patted itself on its back for having prevented the virus from taking hold. I read the warnings posted by members, and the bullshit answer posted by the owner/moderator. All while my anti-malware software pinged its little ass off. Which only served to prove the owner/moderator was stupid, ignorant, or a greedy little bastard who didn’t care if his site was passing on a doomsday bug to anyone who had the misfortune of visiting there. Or all of the above.
Perhaps it would be more reasonable for me to wait a bit and then log back in to see if the problem has been fixed. But I believe in safe surfing and see no good reason why I should expose my hard drive to an attack. Especially when that site’s owner’s attitude demonstrates his complete lack of concern for those who use his site. Since it has happened once, it probably will happen again. And maybe next time it will be a bug new enough that the software I use for protection will not keep my computer safe. Deleting the Gay Thailand message board bookmark from my computer is easier than dealing with what could be a disastrous surfing experience.
Sure now I’ll have to look into getting a script for Ambien rather than rely on Fountainhall’s long-winded and boring posts to put me to sleep. And no longer will I enjoy the comedic stylings of ThaiUnworthy, whose one-liners are never funny but when he is being himself and posting from his little black heart dude is ROFL funny. And I’ll miss out on the important scoops like where in Pattaya you can find the best canned beans for breakfast – or whatever in the hell it was Michael was whining about not being able to have for an early breakfast. Gay Thailand’s forum is the last bastion of a bunch of old white guys using the Khun honorific toward each other to show not only how sanctimonious but how ridiculous ‘in the know’ frequent visitors and Thailand expats can be, so I’ll miss that too. But then there are plenty of other forums to visit and plenty of other posers to laugh
The last time I posted a review of the forums, I noted that while it wasn’t an active board Gay Thailand did have threads of interest to visitors of Thailand. That has been a thing off the past lately unless your interests run towards the minutia of the daily goings-on of Sunee Plaza. So giving up on that forum is not much of a sacrifice. The small handful of regular posters there like to congratulate themselves on being ‘good guys’ and for not participating in the slightly more bloody exchanges you’ll find on SGT. And if you don’t believe them, just try posting a contrarian opinion. But then the ‘respectable’ people have never been good at dealing with the less sanctimonious message board posters. Guttersnipe Das, a blogger/essayist whom I adore, hit it on the head – as he so often does – when it comes to the good guys on Gay Thailand:
“One thing that always strikes me is the abiding uselessness of respectable people. So-called respectable people. They are so good – you’d think that they’d be good for something. But no.
Evidently it takes very nearly all their energy, just to pretend nothing untoward is going on.”
I’d hope the regulars on Gay Thailand are as outraged that their glorious leader is more interested in the income his porn links generate than he is in protecting the safety of those who visit his site. But I’m doubtful that’ll happen. It’s only the outsiders they seem to get their panties in a wad over. When someone dares to offer an opinion that differs from theirs, they circle the wagons and let loose with the type of malicious outpourings that would earn sidelong glances at a Nazi Party convention. And then heartily pat each other on their backs for being such fine upstanding forum members. Or they rally around the flag to demand the owner/moderator ban the scum who dared an attempt at injecting a bit of reality into their little world.
Not long ago a not daily contributor started a thread asking why Gay Thailand seems to have such a problem in attracting new members. He offered several possible reasons, one of which was that the banter between regular posters may turn some people off. Of course the usual suspects chimed right in claiming they love the banter, but then since they are also the guilty ones that hardly addressed the issue, but did reinforce just how dense some people can be.
Gay Thailand’s problem in attracting new posters is that the regulars posting there are the kind of people most of us tend to avoid. They may be perfectly nice folk, but there is an intensity of self-importance at play that drives people away in droves. That atavistic instinct has served mankind well throughout history. Besides they are too busy trying to impress each other with the breadth of their knowledge of trivial matters to actually engage in banter. Except Thaiworthy who is so wrapped up in trying to find acceptance somewhere in the world that he routinely demonstrate why that is such an elusive quest for him.
The owner/moderator recently banned LMTU – which any right thinking forum moderator would do – but not because of anything LMTU did, but rather because of the responses generated from his regular membership to those posts. That ass-backwards approach to running a forum alone should qualify him for a Turtle Ass award. His ‘fuck ‘em they shouldn’t be surfing without protection’ approach to his site being toxic is just icing on the cake. And good enough for his board to win 2013’s first Turtle Ass Award.
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