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  2. scoobydoo

    New Zealand Thread

    steve irwin was very cool.....
  3. scoobydoo

    New Zealand Thread

    except rolf harris !!! not cool....shattered my childhood idyll !!
  4. Coss

    New Zealand Thread

    Yes, true, but just the one, loner, incel. The rest of the Aussies are still cool!
  5. scoobydoo

    New Zealand Thread

    steve it was an aussie did the shooting/killing
  6. chocolat steve

    Usa Thread

    This is what I think might be a very real scenario. I'm totally convinced there will be a very, very nasty economic downturn and calling it a downturn may be too kind of a description. I would not be surprised about a full blown depression on the order of the 1930s. We forget that we were a hair from it in 2008 and this time around there isn't just one bubble (back then it was subprime loans in the housing market). This time around we have that again but there are 3 or 4 other bubbles that are at least 1.5 trillion or more in exposure. So, this happens under a Republican president and that party gets booted out. Even the Trump supporters abandon ship just as some Republicans did with the party in 2008 right after the October crash. This will usher in far left, democratic socialism and that person may very well use the precedents that Trump has set with what many will deem executive branch overreach as a reason to mandate wide, whole scale changes to society and the economy. That president will have probably both houses of Congress. The supreme court may still be tilted right as they don't change with elections but any retirees or deaths will bring in a moderate or liberal to re-tilt the court left. That is the main thing that I think conservatives/Republicans need to mind with the current administration. There is a new lowering of standards, etc. I'm not saying it to critique Trump but just stating facts. When its your guy you overlook it. Just like how Dems overlooked what was deemed executive branch overreach from Obama's use of executive orders. I may sound alarmist but I think its a distinct possibility. FDR wouldn't have been able to do what he did were it not for a the Great Depression and I see the same scenario coming. Whether you agree or not, I see medicare for all as our version of national healthcare. Possibly some sort of VAT on all goods and services.Imminent domain to be used to take over properties for bullet trains between cities and states as well as to expand urban mass transit. I can see green energy being de facto law of the land going forward. Banks being heavily regulated. Maybe a basic income like what Yang is proposing of 1,000 dollars for every adult. Something Switzerland tried but was rejected by voters eventually. Lobbyist power and money reduced massively. Overall, basically, a European style economy. And I think the level of attack on Ocasio Cortez and to some extent Omar is that the Republicans as well as the Democrats see the future. I've never seen freshmen congresspersons get that much scrutiny ever. They are under a microscope for a reason and that reason is fear. That type of person will possibly be running the Congress in 4 to 8 years ushered in by an economic collapse where people lose faith in establishment politics from both sides.
  7. chocolat steve

    What Film (Movie) Have You Just Watched?

    Triple Frontier [2019] Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal as ex special forces who attempt to rob one of the world’s most violent cartels. I liked it. It's a story of greed and friendship and a backhanded slight against how the US military/government treats the soldiers who have done the heavy lifting in wars for our politicians.
  8. chocolat steve

    New Zealand Thread

    My sincerest condolences. The last place you expect to see a tragedy like this is NZ frankly. Generally speaking, I've rarely ever met a Kiwi that wasn't cool as shit. But you can always have a bad apple or two in any society, even the best of them. The prime minister's comments were spot on as a reaction to it. This tragedy tells all of us that we must fight hate everywhere, and no place, no matter how unlikely to have such events are vulnerable. It only takes one person.
  9. migrant

    Thai post

    I get a box of cigars shipped from my son to me (using Thai names) about 2 - 3 times a month. Had one seized back in August, and one in December, all the rest arrived intact and (fairly) timely. Went to customs in December and they allowed me to pay the tax and take the cigars but warned us (again) that no more would be allowed. Didn't bother to try to collect the August box and it just was received back in the states last week! Have tried many ways and found the best way is to use a Thai name on the return address, and delivery address, keep the box reasonably small (mine hold 36 large cigars) and describe as personal gift value under $10.
  10. bust

    New Zealand Thread

    Agree with Scoobs......why I don't log on anymore much 👎
  11. good police work...poor woman
  12. cavanami

    What Film (Movie) Have You Just Watched?

    Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) 19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks, the film shows what really happened to his squad - contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions. Excellent! Keeps you glued to the story. **** 1/2
  13. A woman whose body was found in the Yorkshire Dales 15 years ago has been identified, police have confirmed. North Yorkshire Police said the woman who was found near Pen-y-ghent in 2004 was Lamduan Armitage, nee Seekanya. She moved to the UK in 1991 after marrying her husband David Armitage in Thailand, and lived in Portsmouth, Rugby and Preston. Officers investigating Ms Armitage's death want to speak to anyone who may have known her or her family. Mr Armitage has said he was not involved in his wife's death, according to The Sun. The force carried out extensive inquiries and DNA testing with family members in Thailand in order to confirm Ms Armitage's identity. Officers said in a statement they were continuing to "build a picture of Lamduan's life in Thailand and at various places she lived in the UK between 1991 and 2004". "It is also understood that Lamduan visited Thailand at some point between 2003 and 2004, but it is not known which part of the country she went to," they added. The force is looking to interview members of Ms Armitage's family and carry out further inquiries in Thailand in due course. A woman's half-naked body was found face down in a stream by walkers on 20 September 2004. She was found more than a mile (2km) from the nearest road and was wearing only green jeans, socks and a gold wedding band. However, police were unable to identify her and she became known as The Lady of the Hills. A cold case review, launched in 2016, concluded she was aged between 25 and 35 and originally from south-east Asia. Investigators also found evidence she had been living in north Lancashire or south Cumbria, with detectives suggesting she could have been a "Thai bride". Speaking in October, Adam Harland, manager of the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Police cold case review team, said: "[It is possible] she is a lady who has taken up a relationship with a white gentleman, and come back to the UK." Mr Harland said it was likely she had been killed and brought to the location in Ribblesdale in a 4x4. In January, Buasa and Joomsri Seekanya came forward to say they believed the woman was their daughter Lamduan. The family, from Udon Thani in north-east Thailand, said they had not heard from her since 2004. Mrs Seekanya said at the time: "A part of me hopes that it's not my daughter - I want her to come back alive. But if it's really her, I can finally sleep at night." https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-47623296
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  15. And very expensive to repair if the line gets broke.. Don't ask. 555
  16. Coss

    Thai post

    In the past, I've tried to avoid using post, to or from Thailand (and Laos as it goes through Thailand's post system), I've had packages opened and stolen from. But in this instance, the sender sent the package before I could intervene. Clothing and a small amulet. Whoo hoo!, what's the odds that the package arrives, with only the clothing stolen and the amulet in situ?
  17. Flashermac

    Thai post

    It was UPS. One Thai told me that UPS doesn't do that much business here, so the package was easy for customs to spot. He said FedEx does much more business and the package might well have paved through customs unnoticed.
  18. cavanami

    Thai post

    Some years ago I had vitamins sent to me via UPS and they got stopped at Don Muang, yes, it was a while ago.. I ended up making three trips to the airport, all the fays they were held in customs I had to pay a daily fee. UPS did absolutely zero to assist me. I finally got to the proper person in customs, showed them the cost, paid a small duty and rescued my vitamins. Lesson learned, never use UPS to ship to Thailand
  19. Flashermac

    Thai post

    A friend tried to order some vitamins from the States. Thai Customs stopped them and seized more than half of the items, including such "dangerous" things as Vitamin C - non-corn source. Not one of the items he'd ordered was in any way dangerous, but some were banned in Thailand anyway. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-47619666/george-w-bush-immigration-is-a-blessing-and-a-strength
  20. There is zero DC currents in fiber optic cables. Fiber optic cables are impervious to electromagnetic interference (EMI). Copper wires, if not properly installed, will produce electromagnetic currents that can interfere with other wires and wreak havoc on a network. Fiber optic cables, unlike copper cables, do not conduct electricity. https://www.google.com/search?q=do+fiber+optic+cables+use+any+electric&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b
  21. Coss

    Thai post

    In the continuing lottery that is Thai post, I am waiting for an item that was posted in LOS some 7 weeks ago, so I thought I'd use Mr Google, to see if any issues were evident with the key words "Thai, Post, Delay" And I found this: "The following items are prohibited and will be destroyed by Thai Authorities: E-cigarettes Personal massagers TV streaming boxes (e.g. Chromecast, Apple TV etc)" Really? In a world of terrorism, human trafficking and drugs, they will seek out and destroy E-cigs, Dildos and Apple TVs?
  22. Fiber Optic cables - mostly light? If any power, should be small DC current?
  23. Coss

    New Zealand Thread

    I had dinner with some people who hail from middle eastern parts yesterday, and they were as shocked as the rest of us are. These folk are such kind people, that they volunteer at the local community centre, to help in any way that they can. The father is taking weekly bible classes, because his intellectual curiosity is piqued and he wants to learn about Christianity so that he understands it better. They describe themselves as modern Muslims, their daughter is a doctor and a friend.
  24. Coss

    New Zealand Thread

    Remembering in this instance, that the Haka is a sign of respect, and solidarity, for the victims, and their families.
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