The Great Wall of Paper

Bali is known by a number of titles – the Island of the Gods, the Island of a Thousand Temples, and more recently the World Peace Committee decided to bestow yet another title: the Island of Peace.

Bali has a local population of around 3.9 million, tourist figures hover around 2.5 million annually and it is also home to 30,000 or so foreign residents (these are just the legally registered ones). Few would guess another title Indonesian private investigators might justifiably offer: the Island of Runaways.

Indonesia in general, and perhaps Bali in particular, is one of those havens that people who want to disappear go to.

Private investigators have clients who firstly “simply” need to know if someone has arrived in Bali or Indonesia. The targets have their own reasons for wanting to fade away – trying to get longer away than the long arm of the law (they need to be found and served court papers), a spouse that has run away with the children or simply just left their partner, and parents with children looking for reconciliation, or a teenager who for some reason has “gone”.

As an example there was a client who was pretty sure their spouse was planning on coming to Bali with their two Crimes against Humanity children – an action that went against a court injunction relating to the children’s custody. The client did not know when exactly, nor the route their partner was planning.

In this scenario the first task was to find out if the runaway was physically in Bali. Once this has been done the second task is usually to locate the target.

Clients that need to know if someone is in Bali or Indonesia think private detectives and private investigators in Jakarta or Bali can just go down to immigration and ask them to click a few keys on a computer, and within a couple of minutes a centralised computer system will reveal when they arrived and through which port they landed in.

If only it was that simple. This is Indonesia with over 17, 500 islands and 44 different ports of entry (by sea, land or air).

The obstacle basically is that immigration records are neither centralised nor computerized.

For sake of illustration let’s call this client’s spouse “J”. It would be a nice start to the two tasks for any private investigator in Indonesia if J had flown directly into Bali and registered through immigration there.

It just isn’t that simple unfortunately. Before going to Bali J might have fancied visiting the 9th-century Buddhist monument in Borobudur Central Java, or taking the children to see the Orangutans in Borneo.

J could have entered through any of the other 43 ports besides Bali, and then gone off to see the Orangutans or Borobudor before travelling internally to the Island of the Gods.

As I said the immigration records are not centralised so if J did enter lets say though Jakarta she would not show up in the Bali immigration records through a click or two on a computer in Bali.

There is also another big problem for private investigators – paper, paper and more paper. Stacks of it in filing cabinets and then piled up on top of them because the cabinets are full.

Groups Who Should Have Disbanded After Their Fourth Album

Few bands have been able to improve after releasing their first four albums. Other than legends like The Beatles, the Stones, the Who, Bob Dylan, and several more modern acts like Elvis Costello, the Kaiser Chiefs, and Fountains of Wayne, the fourth studio album usually marks a band’s peak.

Even though fans were disappointed when James Mercer announced that his band the Shins would release no more albums, I was actually relieved. Their fourth and last album, Point of Morrow, meant that they would not fall victim to the fifth disc letdown that has besieged countless artists.

Here are ten of the most famous examples of bands that should have ceased recording after their fourth studio album.

Ambrosia

The fourth album (One Eighty) by the David Pack-Joe Puerta collaboration featured their biggest hits, “You’re the Only Woman” and “Biggest Part of Me.” Their previous albums had even more quality, but the fifth (and last) effort Road Island was a disappointing way to go out.

Aerosmith

The self-titled debut gave us “Dream On” and Steven Tyler’s rock quintet just kept getting better, following it up with Get Your WingsToys in the Attic, and Rocks. They should have drawn the line at that point, instead of releasing Draw the Line and all the heartless albums after.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

After back to back smashes Damn the Torpedoes and 토토사이트 Hard Promises two albums deep into their career, the band fell to barely average with Long After Dark. That fifth album did spawn a hit (“Yu Got Lucky”), as did many of the later albums, but TP and the Pumpbusters never regained their early luster.

Toto

An impressive self-titled debut precluded two ensuing gems, culminating with Toto IV. Four singles, including “Rosanna” and “Africa,” came from the album, which the group followed up with the regrettable Isolation album and all of the forgettable ones for the next twenty years.

Squeeze

Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford actually peaked on third album Argybargy, but it’s successor East Side Story certainly sparkled in its own right. It was the fifth effort, Sweets from a Stranger, that marked the band’s inevitable decline.

Wilco

Jeff Tweedy was on a roll upon the demise of Uncle Tupelo, creating AM, Being There, Summerteeth, and the highly-acclaimed Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Then his band, perhaps due to the departure of Jay Bennett, released weaker efforts like A Ghost Is Born and Sky Blue Sky.

Foreigner

Foreigner 4 gave fans enduring classics such as “Urgent,” ” Waiting for a Girl Like You” and “Juke Box Hero.” The first three albums were equally enjoyable, all spawning singles like “Hot Blooded,” “Cold as Ice” and “Feels like the First Time.” The fifth disc, Agent Provocateur, offered nothing anywhere near as solid.

Simon and Garfunkel

It would have been impossible for the folk-rock duo to maintain the great stuff they had done for the last years of the 60s, so they should have stopped before 1970’s Bridge Over Troubled Water. The title track included, the album is bereft of any of the charm exuding from the first four records.