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    Thai post

    It was UPS. One Thai told me that UPS doesn't do that much business here, so the package was easy for customs to spot. He said FedEx does much more business and the package might well have paved through customs unnoticed.
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    Thai post

    A friend tried to order some vitamins from the States. Thai Customs stopped them and seized more than half of the items, including such "dangerous" things as Vitamin C - non-corn source. Not one of the items he'd ordered was in any way dangerous, but some were banned in Thailand anyway. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-47619666/george-w-bush-immigration-is-a-blessing-and-a-strength
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    The Anything Goes Music Thread!

    Get up and dance!
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    Any New Jokes

    Life used to be so much simpler.
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    Any New Jokes

    https://th.openrice.com/en/bangkok/r-fuku-intown-ฟุกุอินทาวน์-pathum-wan-japanese-sushi-shashimi-r1173534
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    Usa Thread

    Ummm ... Trump's right. It takes a 2/3rds vote to override a veto. Ain't no way that will happen.
  7. Oh, whoopee. Cambodian farmers have been ordered by their government not to plant another rice crop this year. http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/2019/03/07/least-rain-in-30-years-forecast-as-drought-parches-upper-kingdom/
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    Any New Jokes

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    Usa Thread

    Up next? https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2018/12/13/russian-uranium-one-deal-and-hillary-clinton-in-the-news-again/#2a3744c4526d
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    Usa Thread

    It is Joe Biden's time — 10 reasons https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/433594-it-is-joe-bidens-time-10-reasons Is it Joe versus the looney lefties? I could tolerate Biden, though so far it's really Trump's to lose. He could mop the floor with most of the Dems. Biden ... maybe not.
  11. Around Thailand March 11, 2019 01:00 By Chularat Saengpassa The Nation FOREIGN TOURISTS failed to pay a combined Bt300 million in medical bills after receiving treatment in state hospitals last year, prompting the government to set up “claim centres” to collect what’s due. “These problems mostly hit tourist cities,” Health Service Support Department (HSSD) director-general Dr Nattawuth Prasertsiripong said last week. He said the HSSD had established claim centres in Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Phang Nga and Surat Thani to help state hospitals collect what’s owed them by foreigners they treated. “The centres will work with relevant parties and follow up on payments,” Nattawuth said. “We’ve tried asking their consulates and embassies for help, but not all cases can be solved this way,” he said. Natthawuth said he had heard about hospitals requiring foreign tourists to sign agreements to pay later, but it was difficult to collect after they had left hospital. “This is partly because state hospitals don’t have expertise in debt collection. So we hope the claim centres will be the solution.” The HSSD aims to establish “many” more claim centres this year, he said. It has also discussed with various organisations about offering foreign visitors cheap travel insurance. Natthawuth said he hoped travel insurance would become mandatory for all foreign visitors to save state hospitals from having to shoulder the extra burden. “For now, at least we believe all tour operators bringing people into Thailand should require that their customers have travel insurance,” he said. In the longer term, he would like to see long-stay tourists be required to buy life insurance, accident insurance and health insurance. “We’re also thinking about making insurance mandatory for elderly foreigners who retire to Thailand. Otherwise the state hospitals will again be carrying the burden.” Because health naturally declines as people age and seniors require more medical help. “So we need to address the fact there are many foreign retirees in Chiang Mai. We have to prepare proper measures to ensure they do not become a burden on the public healthcare system,” Nattawuth said. Thailand’s medical-hub committee last year approved in principle a plan to require newly arrived long-stay immigrants to purchase health insurance for their first year here. They and other foreigners planning to stay in Thailand for one year would be able to buy up to Bt40,000 worth of outpatient coverage and Bt400,000 of inpatient coverage. A source in Chiang Mai suggested the authorities also consider the medical costs of stateless people and migrants from neighbouring nations. They often can’t pay for treatment received at state hospitals. “We hope the relevant organisations will provide funds to take care of these people,” the source said. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30365540
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    Claim centres to track down tourists who skip hospital bills

    There is already a special 10% tax added on everything in 5-star hotels, in addition to the regular tax. So where does that 10% go?
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    Usa Thread

    The white Southerners who fought US segregation Its racist past still hangs heavy over the White South. But as with anything, it is rarely as simple as everything being bad - one of the reasons photographer Doy Gorton set out to illustrate the White South, his home, in a more nuanced light, writes James Jeffrey. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47477354 The blame it all on the South, but tell me what Brown vs the Board of Education was and where it took place, plus which state was taken over by the KKK in the 1920s.
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    Usa Thread

    What she means is they tried to come up with something to impeach him on, but came up with nothing. Back to the drawing board.
  15. Chiang Mai on Tuesday morning had the world’s worst air quality. The northern tourist city, Thailand’s second city, was ranked the number 1 air-polluted city with a 209 air quality index score on airvisual.com, before the air then worsened to an AQI of 234 around noon. Meanwhile the Pollution Control Department (PCD) reported the average 24-hour level of PM2.5 dust particulates had reached dangerous heights in all nine northern provinces of the Kingdom. The Thai safety limit for PM2.5 is 50 micrograms per cubic metre of air, while the safety limit for AQI is 100. According to the PCD report, the 24-hour average level PM2.5 at 9am ranged from 58mcg to 146mcg in the nine northern provinces. The areas with beyond-safe PM2.5 levels included the tambons of Mae Pa (79mcg, with a 172 AQI) in Tak’s Mae Sot district; Nai Wiang (103mcg, with a 213 AQI) in Nan’s Muang district, and Huai Kon (91mcg, with a 201 AQI) in Chalerm Phra Kiat district; Ban Klang (114mcg, with a 224 AQI) in Lamphun’s Muang district; Wiang (71mcg, with a 152 AQI) in Chiang Rai’s Muang district and Wiang Phang Kham (146mcg, with a 256 AQI) in Mae Sai district; Na Chak (121mcg, with a 231 AQI) in Phrae’s Muang district; Jong Kham (87mcg, with a 192 AQI) in Mae Hong Son’s Muang district; and Ban Tom (70mcg, with a 149) in Phayao’s Muang district. Safe levels were also exceeded in tambons Phra Baht (105mcg, with a 205 AQI) in Muang district and Ban Dong (124mcg, with a 234 AQI); Sop Pad (82mcg, with a 180 AQI) and Mae Mo (121mcg, with a 231) in Mae Mo district of Lampang; and Chang Pheuk (105mcg, with a 215 AQI), Suthep (73mcg, with a 158 AQI) and Sri Phum (98mcg, with a 208 AQI) in Chiang Mai’s Muang district; and Chang Kherng (58mcg, with a 120 AQI) in Chiang Mai’s Mae Chaem district. Forest fires, which have erupted in many parts of the North, were largely blamed for the poor air pollution. The satellite image report on Monday showed that the nine northern provinces had a combined 929 hot spots, mostly in forestland. In Chiang Mai 121 hot spots , Nan had the highest number at 176 hot spots. The neighbouring countries of Myanmar and Laos had 4,487 hot spots and 3,440 hot spots respectively. In Phayao’s Muang district, nearly 100 officials were dispatched on Monday evening to fight forest fires that had erupted since 7.45pm on the mountains behind Phayao University in Tambon Mae Ka. They managed to contain the fire for the most part by night’s end. The officials continued to fight fires in the area on Tuesday morning and said that the blazes had damaged hundreds of rai of forestland in the area. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30365650?fbclid=IwAR3DoBN2xyNCEoQ8yGbqKy_QnReXvxai9WRKkHgUkMX-X3sWobCbiuiSTXk
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    Claim centres to track down tourists who skip hospital bills

    The only problem I foresee is that Immigration might decide to require all retirees to purchase Thai insurance. My bank had offered it to me until I told them how old I was. It seems the cap on buying the insurance is age 60 or 65, I've forgotten which. Yet most retirees I know here are in their 60's and older.
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    Usa Thread

    The Dems don't really care about suitability. If they did, they'd dump most of their own leaders. They just want Trump out so that they can move in. It's all about political power, not serving the people or any other such hubris.
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    Muslim women reclaim their rights

    Forced marriages in some families in the deep South, which have left many women suffering in silence, is a perversion of the Muslim religion and victims should speak out, a recent seminar was told. Two women in Muslim families spoke out about their unhappy marriages at a recent seminar, "Break the Silence", hosted by Oxfam Thailand in Pattani as part of the Violence against Women in Deep South (VAW) project and to mark International Women's Day on March 8. https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1642212/muslim-women-reclaim-their-rights?utm_source=bangkopost.com&utm_medium=article_news&utm_campaign=most_recent_bottom_box What time is their stoning?
  19. Even many of the PheuThaksin voters don't really like Takky. But as a taxi driver told me, "There are many bad things about Thaksin, but he did more for us than the other politicians." They expect Nirvana to happen when he makes his second coming. In reality, Abhisit and the Dems gave the people free schools from kindergarten to the 12th grade, plus the 50-baht medical treatment and the Skytrain. But somehow the Takkyites have managed to convince many of the proles that Takky did these. The Democrats really need to work on their PR.
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    Usa Thread

    Here you go, Cav. But you know it will never pass.
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    Usa Thread

    I'm surprised they found out who wrote the Snopes evaluation. Snopes has always refused to say who does their evaluations, asking you to "trust them".
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    Usa Thread

    Since Cav is away, I'll post this for him.
  23. According to the footage shared on Reddit by user EatPrayFart, after a night out the backpacker had taken a girl back to the mixed dorm room he shared with 9 other people. The report alleges the pair then had sex. The following morning the man was asked to leave the hostel with staff also demanding he pay 200 baht for allowing girl to stay in the dorm. The man refused and the altercation, which was caught on camera, took place in the reception of the hostel. In the footage, the man can clearly be seen punching a member of staff from the hostel before being restrained by another Westerner. The report also suggested the man was later arrested and taken into custody by police. The report posted on Reddit read: Here’s the story: guy books bed in 10 person mixed dorm. Guy goes out at night. Guy thinks Chiang Mai nightlife sucks cause the bars close at 12am. Guy finds out there’s a club that closes at 4am. Guy has too many drinks. Guy meets western tourist girl. Guy wants to have sex with western tourist girl. Guy thinks it’s ok to bring said girl to his dorm bed. Guy has sex in the dorm room at 4am. Guy thinks ‘I’m the man’. Guy is kicked out in the morning and charged for bringing the girl to his bed. Guy does not want to pay extra 200 baht ( ~$6.25). Guy thinks this is unfair. Guy resorts to using his fists. Guy punches Thai man in the face. Guy complains his shoulder hurts. Guy gets taken to Thai jail. Guy hasn’t been seen since. https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085709-american-backpacker-in-chiang-mai-punches-hotel-staff-after-refusing-to-pay-for-girl-he-brought-back-to-his-bed/?fbclid=IwAR3_l7SV-b9zo8SBuqTdM002x7Y44DEWKcQI28NiEK6MaPS3Axlit116SC0
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