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  1. She 'only' had about $500 in her bank account and sometimes they ask for a bank statement so I loaned her a few hundred. Also, we went and got over 3.5 mil (over 10k USD) in travel insurance from AXA which seems to the insurer of choice that the Thai authorities would recognize. 2,500 baht for each policy. My 2 biggest worries is getting on the plane and then through customs but we are getting her visa first from the Thai embassy so it shouldn't be a problem but you never know about the Thais, they have a lot of workers who were/are poor, given some authority and they feel good about telling farangs 'No' for the slightest reasons.
  2. I got involved in bitcoin several years ago. I recall it hit $1,000 in January 2017. It then went to $19,000 in December of 2017 then went to as low as about $6,000 in March 2020 and then hit as much as $30,000 by December of 2020 all the way to $69,000 in November of 2021 and now down to roughly $30,000. Just some context. Not gonna argue, not gonna debate, just gonna sit back and let people say whatever..with a big fat smile on my face. I wish we could hear from Junglesoup but my guess he couldn't be bothered, too damn rich to care.
  3. I have read travel restrictions have eased since May 1st. I have looked on line and trying to get the most accurate information. Even the Thai embassy site where I am presently (Dubai) doesn't offer me complete information in my opinion. I am traveling with my Kenyan gf. She is double vaxed and we will leave from Dubai together via Doha. I am triple vaxed if you count a booster. I read we needed travel insurance a few months ago. Now I am "hearing" air quotes its not needed but I want to get it anyway. I am seeing ads that say I need the equivalent anywhere from $10,000 - $100,000. Confusing. I want to avoid being turned back (mostly her) at any point obviously.
  4. Grace and Diana, I remember those 2 specifically my first trip with a coworker and I who were getting away from our assignment in Tokyo for a weekend. They didn't want to give us a room. They thought we were Nigerian (who were doing runners at the time) until they saw our passports...then it was all smiles. An Aussie guy didn't like what he saw and said 'They're bloody Yanks for godsakes and they can't get a room?' haha I have asked around and I'm told go with Soi Cowboy.
  5. My gf and I (yes, gf) are going to be in Bangkok for one night before going to Pattaya. I have not 'partied' in Bangkok in over 20 years. I always made a bee line to Pattaya. Anyway, its her first trip, she's excited and we want to see the 'best' (subjective) area to spend the night in among Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza or Patpong (unless I have forgotten another place). Trip is not till June, we'll get in on a Saturday evening, leaving Sunday afternoon probably next day. Trying to see bars, etc, some shopping, maybe 1 'cultural' site. The second issue is a 'decent' hotel. Not looking for 5 star but not 1 star either. PS: we both like girls so its not bringing sand to the beach or 'coal to Newcastle' she is the 'beach' haha
  6. I am currently living in the UAE. Been trying to get exact entry requirements. There rules for U.S. citizens coming from America, UAE citizens coming from the UAE but not an American living in UAE. I see this among my google searches: Printed Covid-19 travel/health insurance with coverage minimum of $20,000 USD They are saying 1 night must stay in a sanctioned hotel for covid19 test. I am more worried about my Kenyan gf who is coming with me if she can get a visa. Both of us are double vaccinated. I'm triple vaccinated (in the UAE), she double vaxed in Kenya.
  7. There are a large number of people (what constitutes large is subjective) making 10s if not 100s of thousands of dollars off NFTs. Like anything else, if you understand the space and are smart about, you can make a lot of money. As for Bitcoin, I wish I had some cash right now to get in. I don't think we'll ever see a sub 40k bitcoin again once the next surge happens.
  8. Steve


    An interesting view.
  9. Mango Mussolini is actually quite funnny.
  10. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/paypal-lawsuit-freezing-customer-accounts-funds-073128563.html
  11. Steve

    2022 EPL Season

    City have pretty much sewn up the league. Looks like Chelsea and Liverpool are playing for runner up and 3rd. The Arsenal, Man Utd, Tottenham and West Ham...yes, the 'Ammers lol are firmly in it. Happy for them. Palace is kinda my 2nd team but West Ham are an old storied club with a nice working class background with fans so happy for them. Anyway, Arsenal has perhaps the biggest turnaround in any season. From relegation fodder after a month, last in the league, to a top 4 contender in 5 months. Perhaps unprecedented. Things could still go bad but at this point its astounding. I am cheering for Vieira at Palace. I have been to Selhurst Park. Not for a football match but my first stay in London was at a hotel near the grounds while I was in uni. Anyway, the fight for the top 4 to 6 places, the European competition places is red hot. The league cup is especially competitive this season and I must mention Arsenal again, who fought off Liverpool with 10 men to get a draw at Anfield. Xhaka, left alone because of the defense as the last man does what Xhaka does and gets a red card. The team performance after is nothing short of brilliant and they managed to threaten Liverpool once or twice. Arsenal did with 10 men what Sparta needed 300 to do. I'd be remiss not to mention Newcastle becoming yet another club with a sugar daddy and it will likely see them in the top 4 within a few years with the massive spending they will no doubt do and a title within half a dozen years or so is my guess. That's usually how it works. It takes a while for the money to do some good.
  12. I visited America over the holidays. Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, Philadelphia. Its an emotionally cold, reluctant country where most are quick to give way because they never really know if the other person will go 'postal' or they will be the next to go viral. I get the feeling the government wants us that way.
  13. The question begs, who is overlooking persons fitting that description? lol They are afforded all manner of privelege along with anyone else not fitting that description holding a passport from most of the G8 nations, English speaking nations. Myself included.
  14. As far as I know PI aren't allowing foreigners in yet. Has that changed?
  15. Yes, new name. Well, not really. My own name. Has to be updated 'methinks'. I loved hearing 'hello chocolat' man, i love chocolat' man' from the bar girls, haha...ah...the memories but, over time, I had to outgrow that. I mean, the NAACP in America is stuck with referring to itself with a term that is deemed offenseive today..LOL...National Association of Colored Peoples. haha...I guess it sounded good at the time, over 100 years ago. Same with the UNCF. United Negro College Fund that is now called 'the Fund' and its adverts were common on tv in the '70s and '80s. Americans will remember the commericials "A mind is a terrible thing to waste' So, Chocolat Steve has to be modernized and upgraded. I will miss you CS, but you are outdated and need to reflect the times.
  16. ...I am all for making voting more electronic, easier technologically, etc, but ONLY if the process results in making sure ALL who voted before legally are not disenfranchised if that means mailing them an ID or whatever process. Hence the issue.
  17. it is impossible in America to walk up to a voter booth and vote without some documentation saying you can do so. A tourist for example can not walk to a voting booth and in even the most liberal areas and vote. The issue is WHAT Id is acceptable and what isn't. The narrative that people can vote without ID is false. What is happening is that the government is NOT accepting prior forms of ID. There were people in certain cities such as NY, Philly who have never had a driver's license. I didn't have one until I was 23. I grew up in a city that the subway, busses and trolleys was how even middle class people got to work. I had other forms of ID when I needed to verify myself. In some states the elderly showed their Medicaid card to vote. You can't get the card unless the government knows exactly who you are. The process to get a Medicaid card is far more stringent than getting a driver's license. Many more forms, etc. So, in essence, your Medicard card used to vote is actually tougher to get and a much better verifier of who you are than a driver's license. And there are people like my parents in their 80s who can no longer drive and can not get a driver's license. Also, the issue is that when the laws change on what is acceptable, and even though those with old ways have NEVER had an issue of voting fraud, these people aren't grandfathered in. There are millions who are elderly, impaired, whatever, and either they have difficulty getting the new requirement or the the state makes it difficult to get the new ID. Such as the the Republican run state of Alabama requiring driver's license and then removing department of motor vehicles offices from Democratic counties. We grandfather in many things. There is one undisputable fact. The new requirements ALWAYS result in less people being able to vote, so why not either create the IDs for them and give it to them the next time they vote or grandfather them in? There is no history of wide voting fraud. And if we are honest, these changes are done to reduce the number of people who will vote. Money is spent to solve a non existing problem which attests to it being disengenuous. The states could enact bio-scan, or any other thing.
  18. Pre massive European immigration in the mid 1800s, teens were more or less treated like Adults. There were 1000s of unaccoustomed teens among the indentured servants that were 'sent' (forced) to the American colonies in the late 1600s and into the 1700s. Just like many were sent to Australia and a few other British colonies (west indies). These were British teens. In the 1800s, a huge influx of European immigrants happened as we all well know. They came in such huge numbers, unskilled mostly, largely rural, semi illterate, little or no Engish, with too many people, ,chasing too few jobs, that it decimated hundreds of thousans of families if not millions. Whole areas of large cities, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimre were literally no go zones from thousands of gangs, many present day teens in age. There were no mandatory school and many had lost their fathers and/or mothers or simply abandoned. The Gangs of New York movie is one of the rare movies that hints at the size and scope of the issue. The US cities eventualluy developed the 'Juvenile' system to cope with this. Obligatory school was one of those things to keep kids off the street. The Juvenile detention system, to warehouse them away from adults for a myriad of reasons. Sunday School was also a way to try to keep them morally straight. Orphanages, and other charitable systems were set up for them. As a result, America changed its social view of teenagers. Benjamin Franklin, like many people of the UK was apprenticed at 12 years old in America just like 1000s others at a similar age in the UK. This became a thing of the past in America for logistical and cultural reasons. 12 years old was a fair age in the minds of his age to be sent from home to be apprenticed but 150 years later was deemed an age that needed to be in school and cared after. In the age of affluence of any nation, they tend to coddle their youth. This is true from the days of old. Roman empire, Persian empire, all the way down. America became a global financial power post WW2 and the youth became more and more coddlge for the lack of a better word.
  19. Where are the teachers? Other adults? America is fucked. This seems like a middle class type of school. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=236084591949722&aggr_v_ids[0]=236084591949722&notif_id=1637641299793667&notif_t=watch_follower_video&ref=notif
  20. The right wing has lost in this win. The public overwhelmingly doesn't like the decision. What this also will do is make protesters arm themselves all the more and will be on the look out for Rittenhouse types. More bodies, right wing bodies, will come as a result. It's a net loss for the right. PS: Can any of his supporters provide the gun license he legally would need to walk around with it? Im waiting.
  21. The judge threw the case, he was working for the defense. He went there, with his mother's help (who should be in jail) to kill blacks or anyone helping blacks. He got it accomplished and he got off for it. Its that simple. I don't care to debate the obvious. Those who want to believe otherwise are obviously free to do so. We are at a state in America where primarily the right (although a few on the far left as well but vast majority on the right) no longer have faith in the constitution or laws because they are losing power (in their minds). So, all bets are off. Morals, ethics, the law, decency is out the window. The end game? Their own country or be like the Kurds in Iraq, unofficially autonomous rule in red states. For those outside America who may not be fully aware. The vast majority of those under 30 are far left. Socialism is good word to them. They are for the environment, gay rights, democratic socialism. Kyle Rittenhouse is just the latest salvo in what they deem an existential threat. For them, equal rights, equal treatment under the law, upholding the true meaning of the constitution is no good because it will render them on equal par with those they considered to be below their station/status in America. That's the white power sign our mischievous little Kyle is flashing for the domestic terrorits group, The Proud Boys.
  22. Have the tourists come back in numbers?
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