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  1. I'm not sure how you can go from getting screwed by BUPA to going home for free health insurance and say one act makes the other perfectly justifiable. The irony is going back for free health care after actively trying to get out of paying any U.K. taxes for 30 years (and occasionally bragging about it, like when he worked in Spain) because he has a disdain for the U.K. welfare state. I hope he sues BUPA and wins in the U.K. but that doesn't change the irony of the decision to go back to the U.K. for the free health care. Like I said, I'd do the same if I were in his shoes.
  2. Mekong, sorry to hear about your illness. If you apply as much effort in dealing with it as you did going against your ex-wife, you have an excellent chance of living a long life. If you want to present to BUPA a list of potential customers, either living in LOS or plan on moving there in the near future, that will not consider using BUPA because of how they treat their long term customers, sign me up on the list. Finally, I hope that you don't take it the wrong way but there is a certain irony that you are going back to the U.K. after almost 30 years, not wanting to pay U.K. taxes because of the way the welfare state exists in Britain (even going to Spain to work and not declare the income). Now, the major reason that you are going back is for the free health care. Having said that, if I were in your shoes, I'd be doing the same thing. I have an older brother that hasn't lived near the rest of our large family for 30 years, living the last 7 years in Mexico. Four years ago, his Doctor told him that his respiratory problems were going to get worse as time went on. He considered moving back and went to the trouble of coming to town for 3 weeks, looking for a house. He was looking forward to having members of the family help take care of him. I don't think that he was looking forward to day to day personal contact with family members. He finally decided, after his health problems subsided to live half of the year in Mexico and just under 6 months in San Diego (so he wouldn't be considered a California resident as pay taxes there). I see him twice a year and talk to him once a month. I hope you are not wearing rose colored glasses concerning how your family life is going to turn out after 30 years away. Anyway, good luck with everything.
  3. I guess that he will finally find out what exactly happened between Claudine Longet and "Spider" Sabich. I had forgot that he was good friends of Robert and Ethel Kennedy and was asked by Bobby to be a Kennedy delegate from California, even though he was a registered Republican. He and Claudine were in the hospital room, to comfort Ethel where Bobby was taken after being shot.
  4. His father said he doesn't even take aspirin. More in line with my medical beliefs. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1338992-dont-question-missouri-qb-james-franklins-toughness-for-refusing-medicine
  5. From theblaze.com GOVERNMENT WOMAN ALLEGEDLY PREVENTED FROM BOARDING FLIGHT BECAUSE TSA DIDN’T LIKE HER ‘ATTITUDE’ Posted on September 9, 2012 at 8:21pm by Erica Ritz Print »Email » Comments (25) An angry airline passenger claims the Transportation Security Administration prevented her from boarding her flight not because she was a security risk, but in retaliation for her “attitude.†She explained in the description of an accompanying YouTube video: This was inside the terminal at the Houston airport. I was not allowed to board a plane (even though I had already been through airport security) because I drank my water instead of letting the TSA “test†it. She added: The TSA agent finally admitted that it wasn’t because they thought I was a security risk-it was because the TSA agent, Louis Godeaux, was mad at me! Here is the clip, apparently shot with a cell phone: The Huffington Post has a rough transcript: Woman: “Do you think that I am honestly a threat…?†Male agent: “No, no, no, but with your attitude…†Woman: “Let me get this straight. This is retaliatory for my attitude. This is not making the airways safer. It’s retaliatory.†Male agent: “Pretty much…yes.†Woman: “Is that legal?†It should be noted that the clip does not show the initial altercation, which could have involved more than just drinking water after going through security. However, the woman admits the situation ended well. “I was able to get on the very next flight out of [Houston, and] even managed an upgrade! (thanks United),†she wrote. The passenger concluded: “I know this is not really news (it seems like the TSA is retaliating all the time against people), but it was a little satisfying to get that statement on video.†(H/T: Gawker) – Related: Discrimination? Beck Details ‘Subhuman’ Treatment He Received on American Airlines & In NYC This Weekend ‘Horrible’: Video Catches Woman Sobbing During TSA Patdown TSA Agent Spills Grandpa’s Ashes on the Floor After Violating Screening Procedure
  6. Except that, in the U.S., the doctor, nurse and hospital would be looking at lawsuits totaling several million dollars. I'd try not to be operated in Sweden around the breakfast, lunch and dinner hours.
  7. We had a numbers cruncher as mayor of Kansas City, Mark Funkhouser. Before being Mayor, he was auditor for the city for 16 years and very much like and respected. He didn't try to make coalitions with other city council members and was often on the minority side of council voting. He did not try to develop any rapport with business people or political organizations. He did hire his wife as a consultant and the city had to settle a law suit brought by her assistant, who was black and claimed that the Mayor's wife had used belittling black phrases in describing her assistant. The council ordered the Mayor to fire his wife and he sued the council (and eventually won, although she did "retire"). A recall petition was started and was finally quashed by Funkhouser because he kept questioning each person that signed the petition and demanding proof that they were a citizen. In his re-election bid in the primary, he came in third, the first time that had happened since the corrupt days of boss Pendergast. But I'm sure that Ryan's political career won't be anything like that.
  8. But not in the ending. If you are talking about the Dr. Death type of euthanasia, where family member participate in the celebration of the person's life and then death, the pain would be a lot less. Acting on his own, leaving a suicide note, I assume that Ridley Scott (and others)knew nothing of his brother's plan and suffered a lot of pain because of it.
  9. A pretty painful way to die (jumping off a bridge) and there is always a small chance that you might survive (probably not much of a concern to someone terminally ill already). In an interview with someone that tried and survived, he said the hardest part, over all the internal injuries, broken bones and broken back, was the look on his mother's face when she saw him. I don't think I would spring killing myself unexpectedly on family and friends.
  10. My dad's best friend dated her for 5 years, until he died at age 91 eight years ago.
  11. This should make Cav happy; the GOP and Mitt Romney are endorsing Paul's call for an audit of the Federal Reserve http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/08/21/159594780/romney-and-gop-strike-deal-with-ron-paul-loyalists-before-convention?ft=1&f=139544303
  12. The last poll done for the Missouri Senate race was Monday night. Akins led 44% to 43%. With little money to campaign with, we will see if that lead lasts.
  13. It is in the current weekly, "keyboard warriors." I would prefer (and believe that KS would also prefer) not to provide a link but in paragraph 4, he uses the term "defunct" in referring to NP and extolling the good old days. Later on, he bashes most thai forums as they exist today, and I am sure that would include thai360, which is NP with a different name. If he feels that strongly about the state of thai forums, he could have posted his concerns here, as he has said he usually looks at thai360 about once a week. As his site isn't a forum (and according to him never will be), you will never hear criticism about him there but certainly hear about his pet peeves concerning posters on web sites (including thai). If dealing with other ex pats is such a drag (and his website is directed towards ex pats), I wonder why he stays in Thailand?
  14. Maybe I was a bit vague on why I posted the above. Stickman called NP "defunct" and said some uncomplimentary things about NP/Thai360. I guess KS was right about Stickman holding some sort of grudge against either him or the site. I do know that Stickman is representative of the highest form of human evolution, so I do believe him and his reasons for not participating in thai forums anymore. My only question to him would be; Why do you still live here?
  15. Would anyone consider Nanaplaza defunct, just because the name was changed to Thai360? I know I wouldn't.
  16. Maybe, if he had come in May instead of August, he would have been granted an honorary doctorate from some financially desperate university. Seeing New York and L.A. I thought this visit was billed as a tour of the U.S.?
  17. Have either the IOC or U.S. Olympic committee pay the taxes. They make enough from sponsors and television rights. Do Nobel prize winners from the uS. also pay taxes on their cash prizes? Should we exempt them from paying taxes on their cash prize? I'm not concerned about athletics from popular sports. They will get a lot of money from endorsements. Its the U.S. Olympic winners that don't receive a call from the President that I would be concerned about. They won't see the endorsement money flowing in.
  18. I was watching the opening ceremonies last night on NBC and as the athletes from Finland passed, Bob Costas for some reason mentioned that the former head of Nokia was fined around $100,000 for speeding on a motorcycle. I don't know if that means he approves the U.S. having the same kind of system; a sliding scale for both taxes and fines, increasing the amount paid for those that are worth more. Or, did he just do the numbers on his own worth to see what he would be paying if the U.S. had the same kind of sliding scale system that Finland has and he committed the same offense that the former head of Nokia committed.
  19. As the shooter in Colorado had booby trapped his apartment with explosives, could the same happen in Europe? In other words, can these explosive devises (gas, gunpowder, etc.) be bought easily and should they all be heavily regulated or banned? Should gun sales be banned from those segments of society that commit most of the crimes in the U.S., those that are less educated and poorer? Unfortunately, the Colorado shooter doesn't fit into those categories.
  20. Sherman Hemsley, who played George Jefferson in "The Jeffersons" died at the age of 74 http://us.mg205.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2_0_0_1_2525209_AMXVimIAAK3xUA8pzAaJsFagcuk&pid=2&fid=Inbox&inline=1
  21. I'd imagine that the majority of the members of Congress would prefer not to release their tax returns, since the laws prohibiting insider trading do not apply to them (as many laws do not). I know that Pelosi was questioned on "60 minutes" about some stock she an her husband bought that she would have had access to inside information about the company.
  22. I was just reading this week's Time magazine and it stated that all 3 of Tom Cruise's wife's are actresses(Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes), each successive wife was 11.5 years younger than the previous wife and they were all divorced from Cruise at age 33. Time speculates on Mrs. Cruise #4 and gives the possibility of Kristen Stewart, Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence, all born in 1990. Tom is 50, so there will be a 28 year difference in age. His next divorce will be in 2023. Someone should introduce Tom to LOS, since he seems to like his ladies between 25 and 33. It would be a lot less expensive.
  23. Even if Tom is away on a shoot, he has a cadre of Scientology members that help "take care" of Katie and their daughter. I heard that the breaking point was when those members stopped Katie from disciplining he daughter. Cruise should look for a fellow scientology member to marry. I hear Christy Alley is still available.
  24. It seems the push to open new medical schools started in 2006. Before that no new schools were opened in the 1980's and 1990's. http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/03/29/prl20329.htm
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