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    In case the subject on the left is his "girlfriend" any further penalisation should be prescinded from in the name of humanity.
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    Yes I got looked at at Nong Khai once, but they seem more concerned about 'where' I was going, when I said 'Bangkok for the weekend' they smiled and let me go, obviously I was a quality tourist...
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    I knew a Thai woman who'd been classmates with him. She didn't like him and told stories, which I won't repeat here. He's another "Do you know who my father is?" boy. p.s. Don't you like how they grant bail to the rich folks at one million baht. What a surprise that they all seem to disappear.
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    Strange or not in LA they are relatively rich. They look out for each other as well. If they are in HR they will hire each other, promote each other and they have women looking our for them as well. As far as the homeless situation in California, its a nice climate. And even during its better days you had homeless but admittedly nothing close to what we see here. The homeless issue in America took off in the '80s. There was a combination of the closing of state mental hospitals and a large percentage Vietnam vets who were suffering from all manner of psychological and to some extent physical issues. When my oldest brother came off that plane at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, we literally lost track of him for a few years. He was homeless for some of those years. "self medicating" himself to try and forget some things he experienced. The VA wasn't equipped for it. Interesting thing is all the wars had this. I recall reading an article of the terms they used for PTSD for WW1 and WW2 vets. I had an uncle in LA (originally from Tulsa) , who lied his age at 16 and joined the Korean War, (he was born at home like many people so no hospital birth certificate which was common, he had a birth cert printed up) who was seriously fucked up. My aunt said years later he would still wake up screaming. We think he was bipolar before entering the military which made things worse. He had fits of rage as a kid and when you are a black teenager in 1940s Oklahoma with fits of rage, it seemed a good idea to get out. He had guns all over the house in the year I stayed with him when I first went to LA. He hated Asians and Whites virulently. He passed 2 years ago and it was a shock to us in hindsight that he never did a mass shooting. Lifelong Republican by the way..lol. His family were not going to be FDR Democrats. He was homeless for a short time as well as the Korean War when he came to LA. In Philly when I was growing up crack was huge and that contributed heavily to the homeless issue. I had a few friends from HS who were homeless. Mental issues that were undiagnosed or families unable to cope such schizophrenia, alzheimer's and other mental health ailments. What's the solution? Preventative care, okay but what about those out there now? For the vets I think its a national shame the VA is not given the resources to pay for this. Upwards of 1 trillion for defense and we can't do this? We are quick to send people to war. We have had a war/conflict literally every decade since WW2 but have not done anywhere close to enough for those we sent over there. I think the military budget, overall, is too high and the budget for vets way too low. There should not be much of a wait time at the VA hospitals. I really don't give a shit how much it costs truth be said. It's not because of family members that have fought but just friggin' common human decency.
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    Members of her family has spoken out about how the murder was used by the right for a political agenda https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/8/27/17786350/mollie-tibbetts-update-family-cristhian-rivera-trump I don't think its fair to say the left wants illegal unabated immigration. Its mainly what to do about them once they have been here for a certain length of time. And whether or not its worth the time and money spent to track them down as well as the moral ramifications of doing so (uprooting families). That is worthy of debate. Crime committed by said group isn't statistically one of the issues. As I repeated in an earlier post, you can make a stronger argument limiting the legal immigration of Russians and other nationalities if crime by immigrants is going to be on the table. I lived in LA and saw illegal immigration up close and personal. One of the things that was almost a cliche is that if you get into an accident, you hope the person isn't undocumented because they are either going to leave the scene or possibly didn't have insurance. It was just a part of life there. They avoided being anywhere 'in the system'. That said, I've known and met a few. The country has a lot of issues. Scapegoating any group undeservedly isn't right. Undocumented aren't responsibly for the crime rate or have a net overall negative effect on employment (at near historic lows) or wages. Should they be here? No. ICE is fairly new and frankly has been co opted from what it was originally set up for. Just like a few things (RICO statues as another example). Politicians have always misused and maligned the reputations of specific peoples historically in America in order to get votes going back decades if not a century or two. Jews, Blacks, Irish, all Catholics, eastern and southern Europeans, Gays, Feminists, the youth during the Vietnam era, corporations, unions, etc. We obfuscate and deflect from addressing far more specific reasons for problems we have as a nation and the solutions we need to overcome it. Immigration is an issue but my question is, are we spending the too much time and resources on it when that time and effort can be better spent on far graver issues. I think the politicians are using it as a deflection to avoid topics and answers that aren't going to be popular.
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    Kofi Annan died today, previous Secretary General of the UN. A most remarkable person within the limited possibilities of his job. When I celebrated my 50th birthday ( not long ago, lots of laughter ) at the Petersberg Hotel above the Rhine valley he came along asking what the party was about. And he was told that the Great Bubi turned 50 and he wished me well. Rest in peace Kofi, I shall always remember you.
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    Hillary was hated very early on in the Clinton administration. Well before the Monica Lewinsky scandal. And men weren't all that supportive of Monica Lewinsky either. It was a right wing issue. NOW the women's group gave Bill a pass I recall and at the time I noted their hypocrisy. Had it been a Republican they would have gone into uber meltdown. But Bill Clinton was supportive of women's issues in policy even though he was sexist privately. I think the main reason the Clinton national healthcare bill failed was in large part due to the instant hatred of her by the GOP and the men in the Democratic party weren't too fond of her either but she was one of them so it was always lukewarm. I personally don't see her as any more phony than your average politician. By all accounts she is smart and knows the issues well and becomes well versed in them. Its something else and maybe she represents all the ball busting "typical" American women that has driven many of us to Thailand, Philippines and Cambodia. Just a guess.
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    Originally Lady Asquith to Winston Churchill
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    What this has done is fire up both parties for the November election. Who knows what will happen in that!
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    Hi, Read a pretty long article about this yesterday, this is a big deal and may well result in China losing a big part of their hardware manufacturing clients. Sanuk!
  12. 1 point
    I want a Soi Zero update.
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    Bubi, The difference is that the Demonrats and lame stream media have instituted and all out, lying attack on a duly elected president. Now we see the tech centers of the USA, FB, Youtube, PayPal, etc are actively trying to stifle the voice of the alt media. Sad days for the USA....
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    What do you mean “a bit before your time” you are not that young,, conversley I am not that old , less than 20 years since they went out of service
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    With regards to Trump and the tariffs and such, I actually applaud him for trying to get America to have a positive trade balance with China and others (Canada/Mexico, Europe, etc.). Its a good thing to try. It should be what every President should strive for. My big issue is HOW he is going about it. It's well known he doesn't do his research, he doesn't attack a problem or issue logically and he could (and I argue will) end up doing more harm than good. Trade imbalances are a very, very tricky thing to maneuver. The world is connected more than at any point in history. It's a truly global economy where everyone is 1 or 2 degrees from each other How would I approach it? You need a non political, completely apolitical group. Esteemed economists, and with regards to China, experts both Chinese as well as non Chinese. Everything is political to some extent and any trade strategy has to be long term and unchanging no matter who is president. So, you would need involvement from both parties. There are a few things that were always the same no matter who was in the White House. For example, in foreign policy, support for Israel and until Obama changed it, denigration of Cuba was a monolith issue, static, unchanging no matter who was in the White House. Same with a view of communism and the old USSR a few decades ago. You will need both parties to come up with an agreement for a long term policy because trade and trade imbalances with an economy of our size will take years to work. It's like an airplane turning.
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    ... and then found my wallet, watch, and mobile missing.
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    I have my type O visa and will go via the Immigration office route. I want to avoid going to the British Embassy as they will shaft for 2-3 K which I resent!
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    Flashermac, yes, he was that famous mafioso: Meyer Lansky (1902 - 1983), son of a polish-origin jewish family, is regarded as the most powerful, brightest mafioso of all time. He built up a gigantic network of jewish gangsters: the Kosher Nostra. For more than 50 years the FBI tried to get him down, but failed, because thanks to his outstanding memory, there were no records of his "business" and thus no proofs. This bar is a wonderful place for relaxing, chatting, flirting. Right in the heart of Hamburg at the Gänsemarkt = goose market. Gänsemarkt is located in Hamburg's Neustadt district. Thanks to numerous shops and restaurants, the square is a popular place to go, especially for shopping enthusiasts. But the square also has something to offer historically. In addition to historical buildings, such as the tax office - a typical Hamburg clinker brick building by the renowned architect Fritz Schumacher - there are also modern buildings along the square. First and foremost is the Deutschlandhaus with its numerous offices. The Meyer Lansky is located in the souterrain – basement – of the Finanzbehörde – tay office. Come to Hamburg and we can have much fun ....
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    Taya Kyle, America wife., Nike, I love your gear, but you exhaust my spirit on this one. Your new ad with Colin Kapernick, I get the message, but that sacrificing everything thing…. It just doesn’t play out here. Sacrificing what exactly? A career? I’ve done that both times I chose to stay home and be with my kids instead of continuing my business climb… and it wasn’t sacrificing everything. It was sacrificing one career and some money and it was because of what I believe in and more importantly, who I believe in. At best, that is all Colin sacrificed… some money and it’s debatable if he really lost his career over it. Maybe he sacrificed the respect of some people while he gained the respect of others. Or maybe he used one career to springboard himself into a different career when the first was waning. I don’t know. What I do know is, he gained popularity and magazine covers he likely wouldn’t have gotten without getting on his knees or as you say, “believing in something.” I’m also thinking the irony is that while I am not privy to the numbers, it’s likely he gained a lucrative Nike contract. So yeah… that whole “sacrificing everything” is insulting to those who really have sacrificed everything. You want to talk about someone in the NFL sacrificing everything? Pat Tillman. NFL STARTING, not benched, player who left to join the Army and died for it. THAT is sacrificing everything for something you believe in. How about other warriors? Warriors who will not be on magazine covers, who will not get lucrative contracts and millions of followers from their actions and who have truly sacrificed everything. They did it because they believed in something. Take it from me, when I say they sacrificed everything, they also sacrificed the lives of their loved ones who will never be the same. THAT is sacrificing everything for something they believe in. Did you get us talking? Yeah, you did. But, your brand recognition was strong enough. Did you teach the next generation of consumers about true grit? Not that I can see. Taking a stand, or rather a knee, against the flag which has covered the caskets of so many who actually did sacrifice everything for something they believe in, that we all believe in? Well, the irony of your ad..it almost leaves me speechless. Were you trying to be insulting? Maybe you are banking on the fact we won’t take the time to see your lack of judgement in using words that just don’t fit. Maybe you are also banking on us not seeing Nike as kneeling before the flag. Or maybe you want us to see you exactly that way. I don’t know. All I know is, I was actually in the market for some new kicks and at least for now, I’ve never been more grateful for Under Armour. https://www.facebook.com/TayaKyleAmericanWife/?hc_ref=ARS-SKqhJqVGRDQg4e0R2A_cciRO2LZDCfzvMrN9lUk7KKDWsazq_F9OSY_OfbOQXJ8&fref=nf&hc_location=group
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    I also watch Dutch TV advertising, but only for the nudes
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    Seems things are 'normal' around here..lol. Omarosa's actions are not a surprise if anyone knows anything about her career. She's always been self serving and an opportunist. The question isn't why did she record private information and turned on the person and people she aligned herself with and helped her. The question is why was she given the job and access? She came to fame as a back stabbing, self serving person. She reviled in it and made a career out of it. If anything it shows bad judgment on giving her the job. For her to record things going back as she did, even when things were going well with her job with the campaign and administration also speaks volumes on what she initially saw for her to think she would need to record things. I will throw Trump a bone and say I completely understand and support his wanting to rectify America's trade deficit. Every country wants a positive trade balance. What I would question is HOW he is going about it. It doesn't seem he had a well thought out plan. But I do support the idea if not the actions taken. My gut feeling is nothing of consequence is going to come from the Mueller investigation. Not saying I don't want it to, just saying I don't think it will extend all the way to Trump. These things rarely find what they set out to. The Whitewater special counsel never found evidence to support the allegations. Clinton was facing impeachment on lying while under oath. Nixon was found to obstruct after the fact. Hillary was never found to be guilty of what the special council set out as well. She was alleged to have used a private server. So, its par the course of these kinds of matters that if Trump is found guilty of anything it won't be what the investigation was originally based on. Mueller is a smart cookie though. He is very, very good at his job. He may get one of Trump's sons and force Trump to pardon his own son. And in doing so create his own impeachment. Who knows what will happen but I am guessing it won't be bullet proof collusion naming Trump specifically. What is lost on most is that this is basically an internal (Republican) fight. Comey and Mueller are fellow Republicans. This isn't a Democratic party fight. I think Trump's possible unraveling may be the economy. The stock market is nearing record highs, unemployment is at an all time low..great, right? Well, we have been overdue for a massive recession, a bigger, nastier one than in 2008 during Obama's 2nd term. 2008 we had 1 bubble, housing. Now we have 4 different bubbles (housing, credit card, car loan and student loan) to contend with and frankly I'm surprised the tariff mess hasn't triggered it already. The economy is the only thing that can dislodge Trump I think. I don't see any Democrat who can win against him in 2020. I think Sanders would have won fairly easily in '16 but not so sure now. It would be close.
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    It is a DIY Version Previous version had "Recent Posts" button nice and simple this version need to configure it myself
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