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  1. Flashermac

    Now WTF is Hotmail up to?

    Please use words of no more than 2 syllables and speak slowly. Remember that a mobile phone is hi tech to me..
  2. Flashermac

    Major changes to tourist visas coming up

    If the cars parked on them have left enough room to get by ...
  3. Flashermac

    New Zealand Thread

    New Zealand students say word 'trivial' in exam confused them High School students in New Zealand who didn't know what the word "trivial" meant in an exam question have demanded not to be marked down as a result. More than 2,600 people signed an online petition over the "unfamiliar" word. The students were asked to write an essay based on the Julius Caesar quote: "In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes." Examiners said the language used was expected to be within the range of the year 13 students' vocabulary. However, in a statement, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority [NZQA] added: "If candidates have addressed the quote and integrated their ideas with it, then they will be given credit for the strength of their argument and analysis and will not be penalised for misinterpreting the word 'trivial'." It added: "There have been no changes as a consequence of the petition." The petition said the word had caused "much confusion" among the students who sat the exam on Wednesday. "The word which many students were not particularly familiar with meant that students had to write the essay based on their own understanding of the word," it said. The petition called on examiners to mark the essay based on the students' own definition of "trivial". In its statement, the NZQA said the question had been produced by experienced staff currently teaching history at that level. "When there are any unfamiliar words in any material for an exam, a glossary is provided," it said. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46234545 This is no small material!
  4. Flashermac

    Guess where I am?

    Must be Red China.
  5. Flashermac

    Major changes to tourist visas coming up

    Thais drive on both sides of the road, especially mo'cy' riders.
  6. Flashermac

    Now WTF is Hotmail up to?

    Today Hotmail is working fine again. I do have gmail, but most of my family and friends still use my hotmail address.
  7. By Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Opinion columnist Black Africans are being sold in open-air slave markets, and it’s Hillary Clinton’s fault. But you won’t hear much about that from the news media or the foreign-policy pundits, so let me explain. Footage from Libya, released recently by CNN, showed young men from sub-Saharan Africa being auctioned off as farm workers in slave markets. And how did we get to this point? As the BBC reported back in May, “Libya has been beset by chaos since NATO-backed forces overthrew long-serving ruler Col. Moammar Gadhafi in October 2011.” And who was behind that overthrow? None other than then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Under President George W. Bush in 2003, the United States negotiated an agreement with Libyan strongman Gadhafi. The deal: He would give up his weapons of mass destruction peacefully, and we wouldn’t try to depose him. That seemed a good deal at the time, but the Obama administration didn’t stick to it. Instead, in an operation spearheaded by Clinton, the United States went ahead and toppled him anyway. The overthrow turned out to be a debacle. Libya exploded into chaos and civil war, and refugees flooded Europe, destabilizing governments there. But at the time, Clinton thought it was a great triumph — "We came, we saw, he died,” she joked about Gadhafi’s overthrow — and adviser Sidney Blumenthal encouraged her to tout her "successful strategy" as evidence of her fitness for the highest office in the land. It’s surprising the extent to which Clinton has gotten a pass for this debacle, which represents a humanitarian and strategic failure of the first order. (And, of course, the damage is still compounding: How likely is North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons after seeing the worthlessness of U.S. promises to Gadhafi?) Back during his brief stint in the Democratic primary, former senator James Webb raised the issue, saying America "blew the lid off of a series of tribal engagements. You can't get to the Tripoli airport right now, much less Benghazi." But as the Libya disaster continues to unfold, Clinton’s role in it gets surprisingly little attention. Maybe it’s buried under the other Clinton/Obama debacles in the Middle East, such as the botched Syrian policy that The Washington Post’s Fred Hiatt called ”a humanitarian and cultural disaster of epochal proportions.” Remember President Obama’s “red line” that Syria crossed, and that Obama didn’t enforce? That led to a destabilizing flood of refugees hitting Europe, too. And, of course, there’s the Yemen policy, which Obama bragged about as a model for the war on terror. But now Yemen is another war-wracked humanitarian and strategic disaster. Still, Libya is in a class of its own. In Syria and Yemen, at least, the situation was already bad. Libya, before Clinton got involved, was comparatively stable and no strategic threat to the United States or its allies. Now it’s a shambles, with people literally being sold in slave markets. Back in the 2012 presidential campaign, Vice President Biden told a group of African Americans that the GOP was going to "put you all back in chains." But it turned out that it was Clinton’s policies that led to black people being sold. As some ponder another Hillary Clinton run in 2020, that’s worth pointing out. Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor and the author of The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself, is a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors. Follow him on Twitter: @instapundit. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/11/27/clinton-ponders-2020-run-lets-not-forget-her-real-libya-scandal-glenn-reynolds-column/895853001/?fbclid=IwAR3KDg0V9vHXY7aFPGqi5Sc35w6qjgz9Z7dfBMaIzm1JRc76zS8YHq8G2Ls
  8. Flashermac

    Now WTF is Hotmail up to?

    Fucking Hotmail and Outlook! I just googled and found out that people are complaining across the world about this. Why can't the morons leave things alone? If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Australia, Pakistan, Greece, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Mexico, Hawaii ... https://www.product-reviews.net/down/hotmail-outlook-problems/
  9. Flashermac

    Now WTF is Hotmail up to?

    I tried it on two different browsers, same response.
  10. Flashermac

    Now WTF is Hotmail up to?

    My original email is the one I set up on Hotmail somewhere back in the 1990s. It's the one my sister and friends in the States use to contact me. I also use it when I fight with Social Security, IRS, and the Veterans Administration. So today I go to log on and repeatedly get ... 401 - Unauthorized: Access is denied due to invalid credentials. You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials that you supplied. I went to my Hotmail account and checked that everything was the same. I had them verify everything with an SMS. And I still get the same damned message. What's going on?
  11. Flashermac

    Major changes to tourist visas coming up

    Tour buses actually drive across Laos to Chiang Mai. I think the Thais stopped the Chinese from driving their own cars, since they did things like driving on the wrong side and violating virtually every traffic law they could think of. One bizarre thing the TOT does is to count all arrivals at the airports as tourists, even though some of them they may just be staying a few hours waiting for their flight to somewhere else.
  12. I did a quick google and a number of special needs schools came up. No idea how good each one may be, and I didn't see any one aimed specifically at ADHD . You might try contacting your embassy for advice. http://www.viecentre.org/ https://internationalschoolsbangkokthailand.org/special-needs-education-schools-thailand.html http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30310289
  13. Flashermac

    90 Day Online Check In

    You should see Chaeng Wattana these days. Figure on hours to get your 90 day report done. Actually, once your number is finally called, it's all finished in about 5 minutes. But they are handling more than 500 people a day there now.
  14. Flashermac

    Major changes to tourist visas coming up

    Actually, tourism numbers are still high. However, much of that is made up of the Chinese, who are notorious for spending as little as they can.