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  1. Just think, soon you'll get to start hating creepy Joe Biden. Here are all the times Joe Biden has been accused of acting inappropriately toward women and girls https://www.businessinsider.com/joe-biden-allegations-women-2020-campaign-2019-6#ally-coll-a-former-democratic-staffer-told-the-washington-post-in-april-2019-that-when-she-met-biden-in-2008-he-complimented-her-smile-squeezed-her-shoulders-and-held-her-for-a-beat-too-long-3
  2. ‘Trump political base hit hardest by coronavirus' The economic impact of the coronavirus has taken a heavier toll on low-wage earners according to Tomas J Philipson, the chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. In an exclusive interview with the BBC before his reported departure, he said: "There's a sort of unique impact of this shock in that its very regressive, hitting the low wage part of the economy. Low-wage workers take a bigger hit than higher wage". The virus has derailed any progress the US was making in raising the living standards of those on low pay, Prof Philipson said in an interview for Coronavirus: The Economic Shock, in which some of the world's leading economists and business leaders look at how the gravest economic downturn in nearly a hundred years may change the way we live and work. "We had enormous success in growing lower wages before the pandemic struck, so this has taken a very regressive toll on the economy," he argues. This has political implications for the upcoming November election as President Trump enjoys far higher support among non-college educated voters - often used as a proxy for low vs high wage earners - than among those who have college degrees. Prof Philipson also plays down the chances of a rapid economic recovery. "I'm not saying we are going to have a v-shaped recovery, in fact the data shows a sort of gradual response." However, he also defends the United States' response to the pandemic and places some of the responsibility Covid-19 in the US at the doors of state governors. "We were the first country to introduce travel bans from China and were criticised for that. Many state governments run by Democratic governors did not act before the federal government, even though they were free to do so." He disagrees that a rise in US economic nationalism has been harmful to the world economy. "I think China was justifiably demonised in the sense that we treated them a lot better selling stuff here than they treated us selling stuff there. I think the president has done a lot to balance that". Niall Ferguson, professor of history at Stanford University says the virus has seen economic tensions between the world's two biggest economies become more than a trade dispute. "It seems to me pretty clear that we're now in 'Cold War Two'. "It's going to be different from 'Cold War One', not least because the US and the Soviet Union were never as economically interdependent as the US and China have become over the last 20 years. "It's hard to think of a better illustration of the downsides of globalisation than the extreme vulnerability it exposed to a virus that originated in in China."This has, he believes, huge economic implications for the entire interconnectedness of the world economy and therefore the size and the health of the global economy. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-53224752
  3. HANOI: Vietnam's aviation authority said on Monday it had grounded all Pakistani pilots working for local airlines, amid concern from global regulators that some pilots may have been using "dubious" licences. Pakistan said last week it will ground 262 airline pilots whose credentials may have been falsified, after global airlines body IATA said that irregularities found in pilot licences at Pakistan International Airlines represent a "serious lapse" in safety controls. "The head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has ordered a suspension for all Pakistani pilots working for Vietnamese airlines," the CAAV said in a statement on Monday. The suspension will be in effect until further notice from CAAV, it said, adding that the authority is coordinating with Pakistani authorities to review the pilots' profiles. Vietnam had licensed 27 Pakistani pilots, and 12 of them were still active, while the other 15 pilots' contracts had expired or were inactive due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the CAAV. Of the 12 active pilots, 11 were working for budget airline VietJet Aviation and one for Jetstar Pacific, a unit of the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines. In a statement, VietJet said it had stopped assigning work to its Pakistani pilots as soon as news of the licence issue emerged and no pilots with Pakistan-issued licences were currently flying for the airline. Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways were not using any pilots from Pakistan, the CAAV said. Vietnamese airlines currently have 1,260 pilots, with nearly half of them holding foreign citizenship, according to the CAAV. https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1942812/vietnam-grounds-pakistani-pilots-over-licence-concerns?cx_placement=recommend#cxrecs_s I wonder how much a pilot's license costs at KSR.
  4. The National Anti-Corruption Commission has found police guilty of dereliction of duty in their lenient handling of the fatal hit-and-run case against fugitive Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya. Mr Vorayuth, who has been seen at public sporting events and elsewhere overseas, is accused of been driving when his Ferrari hit and killed a motorcycle policeman in the early morning of Sept 3, 2012 on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok. An NACC investigation found intention to exempt Mr Vorayuth, now aged 35, from prosecution on charges of drug abuse and speeding. Forensic police concluded he had been driving at 177 kilometres per hour. The commission found negligence on the part of Pol Lt Col Wiradol Thabthimdee, chief interrogator at Thong Lor police station, and held him accountable for mild malfeasance - a light disciplinary offence. For failing to seek a warrant for the arrest of Mr Vorayuth, the NACC ruled it was a light disciplinary violation on the part of Pol Lt Col Wiradol, Pol Col Chumphol Phumphuang, former chief of the Thong Lor police station, and the station's interrogators, Pol Col Samrit Ketyam and Pol Lt Col Wibul Thinwatanakul. NACC also found light disciplinary violations by Pol Maj Gen Krit Piakaew, former commander of the Metropolitan Police Division 5, and former deputy commanders of the division Pol Col Sukhun Phrommai and Pol Col Tramet Uthai, for failing to guarantee a thorough investigation and interrogation in the case. NACC will send its findings to the officers' supervisors, who will decided on disciplinary action. Mr Vorayuth, then 27, is accused driving his black Ferrari when it hit the rear of a policeman's motorcycle at high speed, and dragging his body along Sukhumvit Road before speeding away. The victim was Pol Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert, 47, who was based at Thong Lor police station. Mr Vorayuth delayed hearing the charges seven times. It was not until April 27, 2017, that prosecutors finally charged him with reckless driving causing death and failing to help a crash victim. The NACC also found light disciplinary violations by Pol Maj Gen Krit Piakaew, former commander of the Metropolitan Police Division 5, and former deputy commanders of the division Pol Col Sukhun Phrommai and Pol Col Tramet Uthai, for failing to guarantee a thorough investigation and interrogation in the case. The NACC will send its findings to the officers' supervisors, who will decided on disciplinary action. Mr Vorayuth, then 27, is accused driving his black Ferrari when it hit the rear of a policeman's motorcycle at high speed, and dragging the policeman's body along Sukhumvit Road before speeding away. The victim was Pol Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert, 47, who was based at Thong Lor police station. Mr Vorayuth delayed hearing the charges seven times. It was not until April 27, 2017, that prosecutors finally charged him with reckless driving causing death and failing to help a crash victim. He fled on a private plane two days before he was due to face the charges. The speeding charge was later dropped when the one-year statute of limitation expired. A second charge - failing to stop and help a crash victim - expired on Sept 3, 2017. The third and most serious charge, reckless driving causing death, remains on the books until 2027. Mr Vorayuth, whose nickname, is Boss is the son of Chalerm Yoovidhya whose family co-owns the energy drink megabrand Red Bull and ranks second on Thailand's richest list with net worth estimated at US$20 billion (about 617 billion baht). https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1941492/nacc-lays-light-blame-on-police-for-red-bull-scions-escape It's all right, since everything was "light".
  5. Operators of nightlife entertainment venues have cried foul over a set of proposed regulations to be enforced when they reopen, saying many social-distancing rules will threaten their livelihoods. A total of 22 articles are listed in the draft, which was unveiled on Monday. The draft will be submitted to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Friday. The CCSA is set to consider the fifth phase of the loosening of Covid-19 restrictions, which includes nightlife venues Operators have been hoping to reopen next month. The novel coronavirus outbreak has brought the curtain down on pubs, karaoke outlets, massage parlours and other types of adult entertainment venues sinceMarch.Operators have been hoping to reopen ext month Musicians and entertainers last week made an emotional appeal to the government to allow them to return to work. They said the closure has been long and the situation has placed them in dire financial straits. On Sunday, CCSA promised to allow nightlife venues to resume during the fifth phase in July. However, operators have expressed concern over rules that prohibit dancing, mingling and having more than a certain number of customers. The operators say limiting customers to five per group may keep them from coming. Sanga Ruangwattanakul, president of the Khao San Business Association and CEO of Buddy Group, said the rules for entertainment venues are stricter than the ones imposed on eateries and filming crews. Due to the economic impact of Covid-19, people tend to cut unnecessary expenses, and spending on nightlife entertainment is at the top of their list, Mr Sanga said. "We want them to be more flexible, otherwise people will not go out," he said. He admitted the operators will have no choice but comply with the rules, but they will urge CCSA to revisit the situation and consider relaxing the rules one week after the implementation. Thailand has seen no local transmissions for 28 days and if no local cases are reported by then the CCSA should consider easing the regulations for the nightspots, he said. According to Mr Sanga, it will take time before the industry, where up to two million people are employed, rebounds from the economic fallout of the outbreak. Of the estimated 100,000 nightspots in the country, only 20,000 are properly registered, while the rest operate without licences. Supawan Thanomkiatphum, chairwoman of the Thai Hotels Association (THA), said business operators must be patient. "If the measures can reduce the risk of a second wave, we may begin to allow overseas visitors," Ms Supawan said. "Even though hotels are allowed to reopen, most of us depend on foreign tourists." Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said the government is likely to consider by Friday the lifting of the emergency decree, two weeks after the implementation of the fourth phase of lockdown relaxations. Mr Wissanu said the decision to lift or extend the emergency decree will be made based on the assessment of Covid-19 risks. If the country does not face a second wave of infections, then the Communicable Disease Control Act is adequate to contain the virus, he said. The emergency decree was touted by the government as a necessary tool to curb the spread of Covid-19 infections as it enables swift action and coordination among state agencies. It has been extended twice since it was invoked on March 26. Mr Wissanu said if the emergency decree is lifted, all closure orders will automatically end, but noted that Sections 34 and 35 of the Communicable Disease Control Act can still be invoked to close down certain businesses. "If the emergency is lifted, we can [use the Communicable Disease Control Act to] close certain shops or malls until they fix problems. We can't impose lockdowns," he said. Democracy activists led by Parit Chiwarak on Monday renewed calls for the lifting of the emergency decree, saying the situation has improved significantly and this justified the lifting the decree. https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1939228/nightspots-cry-foul-at-curbs-list How do you keep your "social distance" in a massage parlour or a bar?
  6. Travellers entering Cambodia will be required to pay a US$3,000 deposit by cash or credit card for “Covid-19 service charges” at the airport upon arrival, and have $50,000 in travel insurance cover, the government has announced. A message posted on the Twitter account of the Office of the Prime Minister and dated June 16 contains a list of related charges approved by the Ministry of Health and the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation. Upon arrival at the airport, travellers will have to pay a $5 charge for transport to a testing centre, followed by $100 for a Covid-19 test. An overnight stay at a hotel or “waiting centre” while waiting for results costs $30, and a further $30 per day is charged for three meals. Other charges include $15 for laundry, $5 daily for medical surveillance and $3 for security services. The remainder of the deposit will be returned provided the passenger, and the rest of the people on their flight, have negative test results. Even so, they must self-isolate for 14 days after arrival in their chosen accommodation. Travellers must report daily to medical officers and have a second Covid-19 test on the 13th day. A health certificate to leave the country will cost another $30. The charges apply to all travellers except those on diplomatic or official government business, authorities said. A traveller who tests positive and shows symptoms requiring hospital treatment will be taken to a state hospital and have up to four tests for Covid-19 costing $100 each. Should the traveller die, a funeral and cremation will cost $1,500. All of these costs will also be automatically deducted from the $3,000 deposit. https://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/easy/1938124/visitors-to-cambodia-must-pay-3-000 deposit?fbclid=IwAR0wYV4qqKJ4GYqJ7GC4Zb5H6Y9uzxEHyeoFbPu3sKxDZMve2FpAhfGNfmQ#cxrecs_s
  7. Plenty of us have switched from a marriage visa to a retirement visa, since it is so much easier. Years ago, a marriage visa required all sorts of paperwork and the wife showing up in person - but only for the first time! After that renewal was easy. Nowadays every renewal is just as complicated as it was for the original visa. I saw an immgration sergent actually ask a man why he didn't change to retirement, since he didn't work in Thailand and had no need for a work permit. She was right.
  8. Even though military pay is quite good these days, and the pension and other benefits are enticing, the military has trouble getting enough recruits. I know a retired drill sergeant who said recently, "There are a lot of 'garbage soldiers' in the Army these days," meaning people he felt had no business being there. The recruiters had taken them just to fill up their quotas, and this is the result. Bo Bergdahl, who had laid down his rifle, abandoned his post, and gone off to join the Taliban, had been discharged from Coast Guard boot camp as being mentally unfit. Still, a year later an Army recruiter signed him up. "Chelsea" Manning is another one, a wacko who physically couldn't make it through basic combat training but was given another chance (and squeaked by). Manning was openly gay and was reduced in rank because of a fight with another gay soldier, yet the Army gave him its highest security clearance, and you saw what happened. I expect this neo-Nazi nutcase got in for the same reason. Got to make that quota!
  9. Woodrow Wilson had a stroke in 1919 and was left incapacitated. His wife was running the country during the last year and more of his presidency. My grandfather had a close friend whose wife had been a sort of maid/companion to Wilson's wife, and she knew quite a bit. However, she had been forced to sign an agreement never to reveal anything about what she had seen and heard. She kept her word and wouldn't talk about it. As to Reagan, while he may have been a bit out to lunch, he never spoke such jibberish as Biden does. Can you imagine Biden meeting world leaders and spouting such nonsense? President for Life Xi would be splitting his sides with laughter. At least Wilson and Reagan were mentally competent when they entered the office. Joe Biden certainly isn't. Would you willingly board a plane with a pilot you knew was not qualified, even if he did have a co-pilot to help him? I certainly wouldn't.
  10. The 25th Amendment to the Constitution provides for removing the President from office for disability and replacing him with the Vice President. If the Dem Convention really does pick Joe, then watch the struggle to become his running mate. The running mate would be the real candidate, with Biden either becoming simply a puppet president or actually being sent to the funny farm. If that's not dishonest politics, then what is? As usual, both parties suck.
  11. Biden obviously has dementia and should withdraw from the race NEW YORK – The Democrats ought to be ashamed of themselves. They spent the last four years criticizing Donald Trump in no small part for his mental state, and rightly so. The founding fathers included an impeachment provision in the Constitution in large part as a contingency to remove a president exactly like him, whose temperament and personality and mental state are incompatible with the requirements of the highest elected office in the land. Trump is not merely a jerk. Psychologists have been so alarmed that they have violated a core ethical principle of their profession by attempting to diagnose him from afar. Narcissistic personality disorder is their universal conclusion and it fits like a glove. Among the characteristics of NPD is a lack of empathy — not something one wants or needs in a leader. Now Democrats are conspiring to gaslight the American people by engineering the presidential election of a man clearly suffering from dementia, Joe Biden. This is no time to be “polite.” We are talking about the presidency. As always, we need a frank, intelligent discussion and debate about the issues and the candidates. It is perfectly fair to talk about Bernie Sanders’ heart attack as well as Biden’s and Trump’s mental acuity. Contrary to current ridiculous Democratic talking points, it is not ageist to point this out. One out of seven Americans over the age of 70 suffers from dementia. (Biden is 77.) If it’s ageist to talk about dementia among the elderly, it’s ageist to talk about immaturity among the young. It is neither necessary nor possible to scientifically determine whether the former vice president has dementia. On the other hand, you don’t need an astronomer to know that the sun rises in the east. If you have encountered dementia, you know Biden has it. There is so much blame to go around for this BS that I can’t figure out what order to put it in. I’ll go chronologically. There are the Democratic Party bosses who, terrified at the prospect that Sanders might win the nomination, recruited former Vice President Joe Biden out of a comfortable retirement to run yet again. There is Biden himself. His family should have known better than to allow a campaign by the guy who inspired the headline “Biden allies float scaling back events to limit gaffes.” Not that gaffes are the issue. Or stuttering. Or being old. Many Americans are as old or older than Biden, they stutter, and they’re mentally competent. Biden is not. Of course you also have to cast the stinkeye at Biden’s former rivals Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Mike Bloomberg. Just because the DNC probably urged them to endorse Biden doesn’t mean that they had to. No Cabinet position or even a position as vice president should be enough inducement to set aside common sense. Elizabeth Warren earns an honorary mention for her failure to speak out against Biden and to endorse Sanders. None of the media seem interested in the truth about Biden. Democratic media allies like CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post are running interference for the Democratic establishment and Biden by failing to ask any questions about the candidate’s mental fitness. Right-wing outlets like Fox News are gleefully trumpeting Biden’s mental decline, but they would say that even if it wasn’t true. The fourth estate has abdicated its duty to follow the truth wherever it leads. .... https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2020/03/11/commentary/world-commentary/biden-obviously-dementia-withdraw-race/?fbclid=IwAR2FNTb60QzWXKaJ_PhlOX_SdoZfbhfKcatLCnNEMCIE03TbQ7WXb8Vxeds#.XvFpb6YuCpp Are the Democrats really going to nominate Joe, or is something else going on? Will we suddenly see a change of heart at the convention and Hillary once again gets the nomination?
  12. Muhammad Ali’s son says dad would have hated ‘racist’ Black Lives Matter On the fourth anniversary of his death, Muhammad Ali’s only biological son says that his father would be against Black Lives Matter, calling the movement “racist” and the protesters “devils.” The legendary boxer and activist stood up against racism throughout his life, but Muhammad Ali Jr. says his dad would have been sickened by how the protests have turned to violence and looting after the death of George Floyd. “Don’t bust up s–t, don’t trash the place,” he told The Post. “You can peacefully protest. ‘‘My father would have said, ‘They ain’t nothing but devils.’ My father said, ‘All lives matter.’ I don’t think he’d agree.” Of the BLM movement, Ali Jr., a Muslim like his father, said: “I think it’s racist.” “It’s not just black lives matter, white lives matter, Chinese lives matter, all lives matter, everybody’s life matters. God loves everyone — he never singled anyone out. Killing is wrong no matter who it is,” Ali said during an hour-long interview with The Post. On police brutality, Ali defended law enforcement in general. “Police don’t wake up and think, ‘I’m going to kill a n—-r today or kill a white man, he said. “They’re just trying to make it back home to their family in one piece. Speaking of Floyd’s killing at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer, Ali said, “The officer was wrong with killing that person, but people don’t realize there was more footage than what they showed. The guy resisted arrest, the officer was doing his job, but he used the wrong tactic.” He agrees with President Trump that Antifa fomented violence during the Floyd protests and should be labeled a terrorist organization. “They’re no different from Muslim terrorists. They should all get what they deserve. They’re f–king up businesses, beating up innocent people in the neighborhood, smashing up police stations and shops. They’re terrorists — they’re terrorizing the community. I agree with the peaceful protests, but the Antifa, they need to kill everyone in that thing. “Black Lives Matter is not a peaceful protest. Antifa never wanted it peaceful. I would take them all out.” A father of two, Ali, 47, lives in Hallandale Beach, Florida, and has struggled to make ends meet in recent years working as a landscape gardener and construction worker. He’s previously said he gets only a $1,000 monthly allowance from his father’s estimated $60 million estate. “The Greatest” had nine children — Muhammad Jr., eight daughters and an adopted son, Asaad Amin — with four wives. Junior was the fourth-born to first wife Belinda Boyd, who converted to Islam and now goes by Khalilah Ali. After the retired champ married his final wife, Lonnie Williams, in 1986, relations between son and father began to fray and, in the last decade of Ali’s life, completely fell apart. Ali blames his stepmom for the estrangement. While Ali spent his final days at his estate in Scottsdale, Arizona, Ali Jr. lived in a dingy two-bed flat in Englewood on Chicago’s crime-ridden South Side. He split from wife Shaakira shortly after his father’s death on June 3, 2016. Despite strong tensions between the black community and the Chicago PD — especially after 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot dead in 2014 by a cop later convicted of murder — Ali says he was never singled out by cops for his skin color, and defends them against charges of institutional racism. “Not all the police are bad, there’s just a few. There’s a handful of police that are crooked, they should be locked up,” he said. “I never had a bad scene with a cop. They’ve always been nice and protect me. I don’t have a problem with them.” This despite twice being held and questioned by the TSA under Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations. Ali was released both times. Instead, Ali goes a step further, calling out Black Lives Matter as a divisive movement. “It’s a racial statement,” he said. “It’s pitting black people against everyone else. It starts racial things to happen; I hate that.” Ali said he supports Trump and that his father — who went to jail for refusing to be drafted during the Vietnam War on the basis of his religious beliefs — would have too. Ali, who was ravaged by Parkinson’s disease and died at 74, appeared to be politically ambivalent most of his life, once endorsing liberal Democrat Jimmy Carter but supporting the re-election of conservative Republican Ronald Reagan (who was backed by only 9 percent of black people). https://nypost.com/2020/06/20/muhammad-alis-son-says-he-wouldve-hated-black-lives-matters/
  13. What has 4 letters, sometimes has 9, and NEVER has 5. Moist Millennials would never notice that this is NOT a question. They have no appreciation for punctuation.
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