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  1. Caution: I looked at Khasod English and didn't see this reported anywhere.
  2. In what appears to be a major overhaul of immigration procedures, dare we say ‘modernisation’, foreign visitors will soon no longer have to fill out the “TM6” arrival forms. The white and blue form has been a source of confusion for decades as passengers try to fill them out on planes or in a mad rush when they arrive at immigration desks without them, for decades. The reason for the decision to go all-digital with the arrival procedure is that, of all reasons, the storage of all the white and blue cards had become an issue. But wait, there’s more. Now khaosodenglish.com are reporting that Thai immigration is not only doing away with the TM6 forms, they’re about to launch a new mobile phone app to make TM30 reporting easier. Kobsak Pootrakool, the Deputy Secretary-General to the PM, also mentioned on Tuesday that another app is being developed to allow long-stay foreigners to complete their 90 day reporting with their smart phone. And, yes, he said a smartphone App was also going to make the TM30 reporting easier. The TM30 form, and its companion, the TM28, have been a source of expat displeasure over the past five months since the immigration department decided to enforce a little-used 1979 law that required foreigners to report their whereabouts if they had stayed overnight at an address different from their registered address. The same applied for landlords or owners of accommodation to report foreigners staying at their venues within 24 hours. Along the way there appeared cracks in the enforcement with all sorts of variations and conundrums being thrown up at organised panel meetings and online, little of which was answered with any certainty from the Thai immigration authorities. Kobsak now claims that the changes are designed to attract more visitors and accommodate those already living in the kingdom. “We made the decision last Friday. Within two to three months, life will be much easier for foreign tourists and expats.” “Foreigners will be able to report their whereabouts with just four clicks on their smartphone to fulfill regulations that require them to report to immigration authorities every 90 days.” Deputy immigration commander Nattapon Sawaengkit has confirmed the move to move the TM30 reporting online when contacted for comment, but assigned another officer to explain the details, according to the khaosodenglish.com report. SOURCE: khaosodenglish.com
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    Usa Thread

    Warren is apparently considered too left to be elected, even more so than Bernie. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-hypocrisy-of-bernie-sanders-income-inequality_b_10096298
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    Usa Thread

    The 20 Democratic choices are hardly very inspiring. I like Bernie, but he's a hypocrite. (Maybe all politicians are.) Biden would probably be the best if they want to beat Trump, but I doubt if the Dems will go for him. Trump may win re-election simply by default.
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    The Anything Goes Youtubery Thread

    Piers Morgan: "The left have become unbearable"
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    Usa Thread

    John Everingham, a Bangkok resident Australian journallist, travelled in Laos even after the communist takeover (though they did eventually kick him out). He told me that he was arrested for a few days by the Pathet Lao forces in eastern Laos. He said they informed him that something like 150 US POWs still remained in Laos, having been held back in hopes of bribing the US to pay millions for their release. When the US government refused to do so, he figured they were just shot. 😮 https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1994/01/02/pow-pilots-left-
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    Strife in Hong Kong

    Google says YouTube campaign smeared Hong Kong protests SAN FRANCISCO - Google on Thursday said it disabled a series of YouTube channels that appeared to be part of a coordinated influence campaign against pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The announcement by YouTube's parent company came after Twitter and Facebook accused the Chinese government of backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong's protest movement and sow political discord in the city. Google disabled 210 YouTube channels that it found behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the Hong Kong protests, according to Shane Huntley of the company's security threat analysis group. "This discovery was consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter," Huntley said in an online post. Twitter and Facebook announced this week that they suspended nearly 1,000 active accounts linked to a coordinated influence campaign. Twitter said it had shut down about 200,000 more before they could inflict any damage. "These accounts were deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground," Twitter said, referring to the active accounts it shut down. Facebook said some of the posts from accounts it banned compared the protesters in Hong Kong with Islamic State group militants, branded them "cockroaches" and alleged they planned to kill people using slingshots. China has "taken a page from Russia's playbook" as it uses social media platforms outside the country to wage a disinformation campaign against the protests, according to the non-profit Soufan Center for research, analysis, and strategic dialogue related to global security issues. "Beijing has deployed a relentless disinformation campaign on Twitter and Facebook powered by unknown numbers of bots, trolls, and so-called 'sock puppets,'" the center said on its website, referring to fake online identities created for deception. "China's behavior will likely grow more aggressive in both the physical and virtual realms, using on-the-ground actions to complement an intensifying cyber campaign characterized by disinformation, deflection, and obfuscation." - Unprecedented political crisis - While social media platforms have been tools for people to advocate for rights, justice or freedom in their countries, the services are being turned on them by oppressive governments, according to the Soufan Center. "Autocratic governments are now using these same platforms to disparage demonstrators, divide protest movements, and confuse sympathetic onlookers," the center said. Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous southern Chinese city and one of the world's most important financial hubs, is in the grip of an unprecedented political crisis that has seen millions of people take to the streets demanding greater freedoms. China's government has publicly largely left the city's leaders and police force to try and resolve the crisis, but behind the scenes online, Beijing is seeking to sway public opinion about Hong Kong, according to Twitter and Facebook. "We are disclosing a significant state-backed information operation focused on the situation in Hong Kong, specifically the protest movement and their calls for political change," Twitter said. It said it had pulled 936 accounts originating in China that were spreading disinformation. Twitter and Facebook are banned in China, part of the government's so-called "Great Firewall" of censorship. Because of the bans, many of the fake accounts were accessed using "virtual private networks" that give a deceptive picture of the user's location, Twitter said. Facebook said it had acted on a tip from Twitter, removing seven pages, three groups and five Facebook accounts that had about 15,500 followers. "Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our investigation found links to individuals associated with the Chinese government," Facebook said. https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1735427/google-says-youtube-campaign-smeared-hong-kong-protests?fbclid=IwAR3LzyR6nKDgGjNe8-s1d3Omla1SRAo0yYhouVgrHLwDH0DLaRsjxrKBvug#cxrecs_s
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    The TM 30 form

    For one thing the law dates back to 1979. That's before the internet, mobile phones etc. Reporting made a bit more sense back then.
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    Wifi for iPhone

    Or just carry a map and compass around with me. (The kind of compass that points north, not the kind that goes around in circles.)
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    No Bar Fines On Cowboy?!

    These days in Tijuana be sure to wear your body armour. "Tijuana was the most violent city in the world in 2018, according a new report by a Mexican nonprofit group that ranked cities based on their homicide rates." https://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-mexico-tijuana-violence-20190314-story.html
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    No Bar Fines On Cowboy?!

    The Japanese discovered the Thermae after the yen fell off its high perch. Suddenly they could no longer afford the Ginza-type prices being charged at Soi Thaniya. Unfortunately, they also discovered Soi Cowboy and managed to drive up prices there.
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    The TM 30 form

    A friend called me today. He went to do a TM28, which is supposed to be required if you spend more than 24 hours in another province. He told me the Pathumthani immigration office refused to accept it. They said, "We are not going to do that. It's too much work and it's ridiculous." Rebellion in the Immigration department?
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    Lao activist vanishes in Bangkok

    Under the Frenchies, all schools taught in Froglais. Thus the older generation is fluent in French, just as you'll run into older Indonesians who speak Dutch. The French also effed up the spelling of Lao names - cities and people. I prefer not to use the French spellings of Lso names.
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    Financial requirement for a visa

    My 800,000 is in the Bangkok Bank. But for years now every time I've renewed Immigration has sent me downstairs to get an update for that day on my account, even though I always bring a bank statement issued the day before. That's at Chaengwattana, which has a branch of almost every bank in the basement floor. At other immigration offices, it might require a quick trip to a nearby bank. p.s. When I renewed this time, I had to get a TM30 from my landlord. Immigration told me that without it, they couldn't issue me a new visa. Be prepared for that. It caught almost everyone by surprise, and we all had to go back home to have our landlord do it. (The forms are in Thai and it's not supposed to be our responsibility, but very few landlords knew they had to do it. They never did before.)
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    No Bar Fines On Cowboy?!

    You can find plenty of freelancers for 1,500. Definitely not in the bars.
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