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    The result of today's education system ... Ooh Say, Can You...Read? 10 Non-'Racist' Statues Targeted By Historically Illiterate Protesters https://www.mrctv.org/blog/oh-say-can-you-read-9-non-racist-statues-targeted-historically-illiterate-protesters?fbclid=IwAR3HXE9IC1Zq_XJgJVCEaLs58ServvYqUkMZBnTS_171qusCAsbu1rdxD2s
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    After thorough research I could find out who " they " are: here in front of you illegal Afghan female refugee Mrs Habitallah F.... ( name withheld) sitting in der Black Forest surrounded by hundreds of ruthless mercenaries. Location withheld. Democrat member of Congress in front of Madame just slaughtering innocent lamb by breaking backbone.
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    Didn't Donald offer to sell him some hydro chloro gin and tonic pills? and if not why not?
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    I just got back to BKK from the US July 27th and it was a bunch of hurdles. The process has changed since I applied, and was approved, but needed items are the same. I went to the Los Angeles Thai embassy website once foreigners with Thai wives were approved to reenter. There was a link and numerous questions were asked, and documents requested to upload. From memory My passport, her passports (she is duel US/Thai), marriage license (we were married in US not Thailand), her ID, my visa, bank statement (I believe no longer needed), and a flight confirmation. The flight confirmation was a typical Thai requirement. Only repatriation flights are allowed in, but you can't book a repat flight without permission, but to get permission you need a confirmed flight. Luckily I had booked a flight using miles and AA was happy to cancel and return all miles. After a week I received an email showing what repat flights were available but when I contacted them they said I could not book without permission from Thai consulate. Another week later I received an email saying I had permission to book the flight, but that this permission was not the needed certificate of entry. I booked anyway and could not use points. Economy $1,000, Premium economy $1,800, business $2,500 all, of course, one way. The flights also had to be booked through Bangkok so I had to call them (which is always a joy). Also they wanted me to book a quarantine hotel. All foreigners returning, except diplomats, must book into a approved ASQ hotel for 14 days (It's really 15 days by Thai counting). Prices range from 30,000 baht to 165,000 baht. I had problems booking, the first 6 hotels I called were booked, eventually I got Grand Center Pointe Sukhumvit. Another week, or so, passed and I got an email asking me to upload the flight, and ASQ hotel, bookings and proof of payment, which I did. Oh somewhere along the line I had to show proof of insurance specifically covering Covid for $100,000 About 1-2 weeks later I received the official Certificate of Entry. Now, to actually go I had to 1) Get a covid RT-PCR test (this is not the antigen, antibody rapid test) with the results timed within 72 hours of takeoff 2) Get a fit to fly certificate signed by a doctor also within the 72 hours. I called many, many covid testing places and they all said results 3-5 days from test, maybe! Crap that doesn't work! I finally found a doctor in Beverly hills that guaranteed a 24-48 hour turn around. It was a few bucks more, but worth it. Armed with the test I got a local urgent care to give me a fit to fly. So, again from memory and things may change, you need 1) Your passport 2) Your visa (if not valid(mine was) you can apply through this process) 3) Marriage certificate 4) Wife's ID, passport (Thai) 5) Insurance covering covid for $100,000 (USD) 6) ASQ hotel reservation and proof of payment 7) Confirmed e-ticket for flight and proof of payment 😎 Declaration form (you fill out as part of application. It's listed as a required doc but I was never asked for it) 9) Certificate of entry from Thai government 10) form T8 OK the flight I arrived at LAX 3 hours before and there were only two active flights in the international terminal. Three Thais with a desk and chairs were set up by the Japan Air gate with a Thai flag. I went there, they checked my passport off to a list they had, checked my certificate of entry (CoE), insurance form, eticket, covid test and fit to fly. I then got in line for checkin as they were opening and was the first. The JAL lady obviously was not sure (I believe this is the first repat flight from LAX) and had to check the paperwork with a supervisor. This done I proceeded through the almost empty airport to my gate. I would guess maybe 10 falang and 50 Thai on the plane. We changed planes in Narita and were led by someone directly from our plane to the new one. When we landed in Bangkok there were a lot of hazmat covered people, immigration officers, and cops all spaced along the way, no chance to escape!! 1st sit in a chair and have paperwork checked 2nd be led to a counter have paperwork checked along with temperature 3rd led to a chair and waited 10 minutes until about 20 got through the first steps. Given a tag to wear showing my ASQ hotel 4th led to a line to the standard immigration booths, one for Thai, one for falang and paperwork checked again 5) Immigration checkin with additional paperwork. Imm officer unsure so older officer had to help. Once through Imm my bags were up, I grabbed them and was waved to the front. Customs was closed. They checked my hotel tag and waved me to gate 9 where a jeep cherokee from my hotel loaded me up NOTE: At all times upon arriving to being loaded in the hotel car you are escorted by a ton of people. At the hotel there was a paperwork check and temp check and standard checkin Quarantine: All hotels different but same same. Grande Centerpoint is a nice hotel. Due to my penchant for cigars I got a smoking room but can't open windows and no balcony. Rules: 1) Must stay in room at all times. Cleaning starts day 4 and continues every other day, during this time I can go to a restricted area outside. No pool/gym 2) There is a set menu. In fairness there is a decent variety and so far food is good, but not big helpings 3) I can order from room service for a additional charge (20% discount) 4) No grab, food panda, etc 5) relatives can come in but can only bring snacks and dry food, all packages inspected 6) No alcohol (well they never checked my luggage so the joke is on them) 7) covid testing 3 times during stay It says 14 days but the first full day is day 0 so really 15 days. Costs Covid test $225 usd Insurance - I had bought some already so no additional costs Flight $2,500 usd, I treated myself to business class, other prices above Hotel 62,000 baht. OK haven't typed this much in a long time. Hope it makes sense, I'm happy to answer any questions
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    Here is a part of the Supreme Court’s decision in the case Ex parte Garland, 71 U.S. 333 (1866) A pardon reaches the punishment prescribed for an offence and the guilt of the offender. If granted before conviction, it prevents any of the penalties and disabilities consequent upon conviction from attaching; if granted after conviction, it removes the penalties and disabilities and restores him to all his civil rights. It gives him a new credit and capacity. There is only this limitation to its operation: it does not restore offices forfeited, or property of interests vested in others in consequence of the conviction and judgment. That is, a President can pardon a crime even before the police have begun to investigate it. However, the Supreme Court has ruled that “acceptance of a pardon is an admission of guilt”. so by definition, if Trump accepts a pardon, he is admitting to have committed the crime, and although Trump could do that and never lose a second of sleep, Pence and any future political career he hopes for will have to live with it. Pardoning Nixon ended Ford’s career, and Pence has got to understand the same will happen to him. Nonetheless, Pence is the spineless ass licker, he gives all indication of being and will sacrifice his own career to keep Trump out of prison. It’s sad to see people do this, because Trump has shown that people are worth keeping around only as long as they’re useful to him. Once Pence pardons him, Trump will walk away and not lift a finger to help Pence save his own career. and Presidential Pardon prevents indictment for violation of criminal law Presidential Pardon prevents trial after indictment for violations of criminal law Presidential Pardon prevents penalties for being convicted in trial for violations of criminal law Appeal to a court higher than the one you were convicted in may mitigate conviction for violations of criminal law . Impeachment for political crimes cannot be pardoned Conviction for political crimes cannot be pardoned There is no higher court than congress for political crimes, so impeachment, conviction, and banning cannot be appealed . You can neither pardon yourself nor preside over your own trial None of the above are my words, but I found them interesting and pertinent.
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    My fave Hal Man is Trumpton Riors
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    Biden's VP choice will alter the polls to the good or to the bad depending on who he picks. If I were him, I'd choose Susan Rice. Immaculate CV, not controversial, black (although that shouldn't be in the discussion but this is politics after all), a woman, held high ranking positions so her 'readiness' to step in in case Biden loses it completely (a distinct possibility...lol). I would not have advised Biden to limit his choices saying he would only choose a woman. Its pandering and its political theater but what's done is done. My choice for him would have been Julian Castro of Texas. There would have been a chance, a fairly decent chance Castro could put Texas in serious play. Biden is only down a point or two there. The obvious huge latino vote as well as someone who is well liked among Blacks in Houston and Dallas. Biden is liked in the north.
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    I once saw a guy, with burns all over his face and torso be received at a Thai knock shop - several of the pretties were competing, to help the guy out... Genuine concern, hearts of gold.
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    MPIH, there are still a few good "teetering on stilts" places, somewhat downstream of 'the Korean boulevard in the city centre of Vientiane' they're just a little way down the river, prolly a similar distance as Eddie's place. Mind you, it's been 6 years since I was there
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    Sigh - I so miss the old days of the treacherous bamboo huts teetering over the Mekong on the Laos side. Was quite the experience, only a few decent hotels then, the local owned Day Inn, huge ceilings and a bar downstairs with bullet holes in the walls and the coldest Beer Laos. Every second bottle opened would do that freezing thing. And an American named hotel I forget the name, on the way out to the airport. It had one of the only disco's in town, apart from Meena on the way out of town, never went to that one. The water front was a steep slope down into water, with great little set up at night restaurants Beer was very cheap, Mali Lamphu wasn't as it is today. A bit of a dump. The fountain was good though, unspoiled like it is today.
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    I would like to see the government change where all congresspersons are paid by their own state or district. The fallacy they say is they represent the people of the United States and that is patently false. They are voted in and represent either their district (Congress) or state (Senator). Why are the tax dollars of someone in Texas who didn't vote for or agree with Pelosi, going towards her salary and benefits? They may be on committees that affect all Americans but they are still there for the people who voted them in. If one state wants to pay their representative a million a year so be it. Or pay them minimum wage. This should be the start. The other fallacy is 'we are a 2 party system'. It morphed into that but it was never, ever the intention of the founders to have political parties. They saw that it led to partisanship in the Parliament. There were already factions (north vs south at the founding) and they created the system in order to reduce it. That's why originally the person who got 2nd in votes became the VP. He acted as sort of a shadow minister. He was also representative of the minority that lost the vote.
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    Coss, it would appear this whole Trump era and all that entails is nearing an end. It seems he will likely lose in November and lose spectacularly to a man he abused the powers of his office to go after. A man who isn't even a great candidate. Furthermore the mood of the country has shifted. Colin Kaepernick who knelt at NFL games (an act he was advised that was not dishonoring the flag by a white military vet btw) has went from villain to hero. And the same NFL that had illegally black balled him is now going to be 'bending the knee'. The protests have energized millions of young people across America and many of them will be voting purely to oust Trump. People aren't even debating Trump supporters much any longer. They see it as time wasting. My guess the present supporters will be like Bush supporters. They will be quiet about the fact they ever supported him. You hear people who still proudly say they voted for Obama or Hillary but you never hear the same about Bush supporters. The last 4 years has exposed the dark side of the Republican party. Not that the Democrats are angels but the Republicans have been seen as a party that can't be trusted.
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    last I was there, many open air restaurants along the promenade on the bank of the Mekong.
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    So my wife is using Authorised Thai government phonetic alphabet for secure transcripts. Fuck I married a spy.
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    *** If *** President Trump violated the constitution, investigate, charge and prosecute...hold your breath for this to happen! I read that President Trump sent feds to cities to protect federal buildings, so if this is the case, me thinks President Trump did not violate the constitution.
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    Old news. he also created the crime bill in 1994. Again, I'm no big fan of Biden but at least he can claim to have changed since 1994 and prior. Trump can't say that.
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    I used to hang out in Huai Kwang quite a bit, some cool places there. Also in the daytime nearby was a massage and blow job place with older ladies but boy had the years honed their skills, very talented, and cheap
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    I don't like Biden but Trump is obviously worse. Either wins, I'm preparing personally for what ever happens in the economy the best I can. That said, the biggest, most awaited event of the year is how Trump handles losing if he does. It looks certain now but anything an happen in 4 months. But if he does, I can't wait to see how ungracious he is..LOL. It will be hilarious, surreal, reality tv in real time. https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/19/politics/joe-biden-donald-trump-suburban-voters-polling/index.html
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    Atlanta's Covid 19 cases have taken a huge swing up, just like the whole the state of Georgia (and Florida and Texas). The Governor doesn't think mandatory masks are necessary. Fair enough, the stats say they should be worn but okay. Atlanta's mayor wants to make it mandatory for her city. The governor is filing a lawsuit against her making face masks mandatory. She is literally being sued for trying to save her own people. Surreal.
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    It was Mrs Kong who introduced me to “Sleaford Mods” Whilst in Vietnam she spent a couple of hours per day searching for “New” music.and I got back from work one evening and she told me “You will like this” and proceeded to put “Jobseekers” on you tube. Mrs Kong is well trained, her favorite album of all time is Joy Division “Unknown Pleasures” and thinks Mark E Smith of the Fall was a genius. ... Still working on her with Nine Inch Nails.
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    The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) A modern take on Charles Dickens's classic tale of a young orphan who is able to triumph over many obstacles. IMDB Perhaps a little "Through the looking glass", but still an enjoyable take on the classic. Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Paul Whitehouse, a deliciously creepy Ben Whishaw as Uriah Heep, and others and Peter Capaldi, whom one was expecting, , would pop into a Tardis at any point during the movie.
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    Gentlemen, nocturnal thinking (deep) in the early hours of this very morning led to the following conclusion: President Trump as we know has found out that only massive testing led to high numbers of infected American subjects. Conclusion is that thousands of Corona-fatalities could be avoided by stopping the tests . Problem solved.
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    Gee, look at that! Trump wore a mask when he visited a veteran's hospital where there were coronavirus sufferers present. What a shocking thing to do. "I've never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place," he said as he left the White House. On Saturday he said: "I think when you're in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, where you're talking to a lot of soldiers and people that, in some cases, just got off the operating tables, I think it's a great thing to wear a mask." BBC news
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    https://tfipost.com/2020/07/kra-canal-china-is-creating-another-naval-route-to-escape-a-blockade-by-india-and-only-thailand-can-stop-it/ “The history of the Panama and Suez canals shows that despite the unquestionable economic advantages of a canal, one country’s funding of its construction on the territory of another country usually leads to the spread of significant influence by the first country.”
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    Some folks (not just in America) are just statue toppling. Not sure if we can apply this to all. The protests are in over 30 cities in America and several countries overseas. Its organic. And local. Its the government's worse nightmare. No leader. Its a hydra.
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    But fortunately you have Donald the idiot with his latest findings: On Saturday night, President Donald Trump made the dangerously inaccurate claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are "totally harmless." Apart from the about 4 % who died so far.
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    And with Chinese help the PDR Lao is building another dam of its own ... In a couple of years fish in the Mekong will have to carry a water bottle with them.
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    See what happens when you give a daughter, her own phone? I still reckon they should get a job and earn the money, to buy their own phone. I have a friend whose daughter did just that, at age 13 and she is nothing but respectful and happy. A fine teenager.
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    Just checked the recent traffic and 84 of the last 100 posts are in the USA Thread and that doesn't mean that 16 were about Thailand because only 8 were. I guess anyone thinking of joining Thai360 would take a look and realise that it's not about Thailand and just move on! Sad. Is it really worth keeping going when 84% of the traffic is 3 or 4 guys having pointless arguments about USA politics?!
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    Looking at the polls, Biden is playing smart. Just stay out of the way and let Trump lose it. The way it looks its a landslide victory for Biden, still 4 months is a long time in politics.
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    Ringo Starr Announces 80th Birthday Charity Show with Paul McCartney and More Ringo Starr turns 80 on July 7th, and he’s planning to celebrate with Ringo’s Big Birthday Show, a virtual charity concert that will hit YouTube at 8 p.m. EST that night. The show will include a mix of at-home performances and unearthed concert footage from Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark, Jr., Sheila E, Ben Harper, and others. “I love birthdays,” Starr says in the latest episode of the Rolling Stone Interview: Special Edition. “This year is going to be a little different. There’s no big get-together, there’s no brunch for 100. But we’re putting this show together – an hour of music and chat. It’s quite a big birthday.”... https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/ringo-starr-announces-80th-birthday-183815864.html
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    Voting by mail has now been demonized by the Republicans all of a sudden. Red states like Utah, for example, vote by mail. The truth of the matter is the more people vote, the more Democrats will vote and if the Democrats have a big turn out, the Republicans will 100% lose. End of story. Even in red states, if the Dems vote, the elections will be close. The American people are left of center overall. And the trend of the Demographics is that it will be wider. Millennials have a large percentage of socialists among them. They were Sanders biggest supporters. They want European style democratic socialism. https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/kayleigh-mcenany-mail-voting-220733351.html Report: Kayleigh McEnany Voted By Mail 11 Times In Last 10 Years
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    There are 3 things that have to happen in November to put the Republican Party in disarray. First is Trump loses. Second, the Senate flips. Third, enough Democrats have to win Governorships and state legislatures to put Democrats in control of redistricting after the results of the 2020 Census are in. If that happens, the Democrats should be in good shape for the next ten years.
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    Here we go https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/23/asia/red-bull-vorayud-yoovidhya-charges-dropped-intl/index.html
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    Derek Ho the first Hawaiian surfer to win the world surfing championship.
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    no deaths, but hey, at least they tried - Ultra-rare $2 million Ferrari F40 destroyed in dramatic crash https://www.driven.co.nz/news/ultra-rare-2-million-ferrari-f40-destroyed-in-dramatic-crash/?utm_source=nzh&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ferrari
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    Covid-20 now released? Coronavirus: Kazakhstan denies 'unknown pneumonia' reports but has imposed second national lockdown Kazakhstan became the first country in the world to enter a second nationwide lockdown on July 5 following a spike in coronavirus cases. The two-week lockdown, which could be extended if the spread of the virus continues, restricts public gatherings and bans family and holiday gatherings. Citizens over 65 are expected to stay home, but others are allowed to exercise outdoors on their own. The number of coronavirus cases in Kazakhstan has grown tenfold since the first lockdown measures began to be lifted. By May 11, the last day of the state of emergency and lockdown, Kazakhstan had registered 5,207 coronavirus cases and 32 deaths. As of July 13, there were 59,899 confirmed coronavirus cases and 375 deaths in the country. But the situation is evolving quickly and could be a lot worse than this. On July 8, the Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan warned Chinese citizens that the country had an "unknown pneumonia" outbreak more deadly than COVID-19. The following day, the Kazakhstani health ministry acknowledged the presence of viral pneumonias of "unspecified" cause, but denied that the outbreak was new or unknown. The newly appointed health minister, Alexey Tsoy, declared that the claim published by Chinese media "does not correspond to reality"... https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-07-coronavirus-kazakhstan-denies-unknown-pneumonia.html
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    1000 pardons but waiting for your mental capabilities to increase so you can understand...when you don't see the issues in Germany there is no way you can understand more advanced matters...
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