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    Usa Thread

    Yakama Nation Chairman denied entry to Supreme Court for wearing headdress ... Chairman Goudy released a statement, “The Yakama Nation treaty case is on trial at the Supreme Court today. I cannot wear my traditional regalia before the Supreme Court for the reasons that were stated, but I refuse to take off my traditional regalia.” ... https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/news/yakama-nation-chairman-denied-entry-to-supreme-court-for-wearing-headdress-QK6kcAfpCU-Qra2PLb9MPg/ From a Native American website. Immigrants have more rights than the original inhabitants of our country.
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    Usa Thread

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    Usa Thread

    p.s. And that is from 2009! Long live Queen Nancy!
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    Usa Thread

    Judicial Watch Uncovers Documents Detailing Pelosi’s Repeated Requests for Military Travel Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Department of Defense (DOD) detailing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s multiple requests for military air travel. The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), include internal DOD email correspondence detailing attempts by DOD staff to accommodate Pelosi’s numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft as well as the speaker’s last minute cancellations and changes. The following are a few highlights from the documents, which are linked in full below: In response to a series of requests for military aircraft, one Defense Department official wrote, “Any chance of politely querying [Pelosi’s team] if they really intend to do all of these or are they just picking every weekend?…[T]here’s no need to block every weekend ‘just in case’…” The email also notes that Pelosi’s office had, “a history of canceling many of their past requests.” One DOD official complained about the “hidden costs” associated with the speaker’s last minute changes and cancellations. “We have…folks prepping the jets and crews driving in (not a short drive for some), cooking meals and preflighting the jets etc.” The documents include a discussion of House Ethics rules and Defense Department policies as they apply to the speaker’s requests for staff, spouses and extended family to accompany her on military aircraft. In May 2008, for example, Pelosi requested that her husband join her on a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) into Iraq. The DOD explained to Pelosi that the agency has a written policy prohibiting spouses from joining CODEL’s into combat zones. Documents obtained from the U.S. Army include correspondence from Speaker Pelosi’s office requesting an Army escort and three military planes to transport Pelosi and other members of Congress to Cleveland, Ohio, for the funeral services of the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Pelosi noted in her letter of August 22, 2008, that such a request, labeled “Operation Tribute” was an “exception to standard policy.” The documents also detail correspondence from intermediaries for Speaker Pelosi issuing demands for certain aircraft and expressing outrage when requested military planes were not available. “It is my understanding there are no G5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable…The speaker will want to know where the planes are…” wrote Kay King, Director of the House Office of Interparliamentary Affairs. In a separate email, when told a certain type of aircraft would not be available, King writes, “This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset peaker.” During another email exchange DOD staff advised Kay King that one Pelosi military aircraft request could not be met because of “crew rest requirements” and offered to help secure commercial travel. Kay King responded: “We appreciate the efforts to help the codel [sic] fly commercially but you know the problem that creates with spouses. If we can find another way to assist with military assets, we would like to do that.” Speaker Pelosi came under fire in 2007 for requesting a 42-seat Air Force carrier to ferry the Speaker and her staff back and forth between San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC. Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was allowed access to a 12-seat commuter jet for security reasons after the events of 9/11. “Taken together, these documents show that Speaker Pelosi treats the Air Force like her personal airline,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Not only does Speaker Pelosi issue unreasonable requests for military travel, but her office seems unconcerned about wasting taxpayer money with last minute cancellations and other demands.” https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-uncovers-documents-detailing-pelosis-repeated-requests-military-travel/
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    Global RIP thread

    Aw, I liked him. I had no idea he was that old, but I suppose he'd have to be. That show was quite a few decades ago.
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    Days Till Siam/nep/pattaya

    I lived just north of Pattaya for over a year. I never once set foot in any of the bars. I like Pattaya as a town, but the bars I can do without.
  7. A LONE SAS man was hailed a hero of the Kenya terror siege — after storming in to wipe out attackers and save civilians. He was in the country training Special Forces when news broke of the gun and grenade atrocity that killed at least 21 — including Brit Luke Potter. At least one other Brit was injured in the rampage. After getting kitted out, dramatic photos show the hero charging into a building single-handed — Colt Canada C8 assault rifle at the ready — to free cowering locals. In another, the balaclava-clad elite soldier, whose face we have masked, helps to carry an injured victim. He was also seen clasping a woman’s hand as he led her to safety. The man — a long-serving SAS member — checked plans with local special forces, directed sorties in the heat of battle and frisked suspects. An insider said last night: “He was training Kenyan forces when the shout went up, so he went in. “British Special Forces always run towards the sound of gunfire. “He fired off rounds during the operation. It’s a safe bet he hit his target — the SAS don’t miss. There’s no doubt his actions saved lives.” His battlegear included body armour, a Glock pistol and dagger. The hero is thought to have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and to be a top counter-terror warfare expert. Yesterday, survivors hailed his heroics in the 19-hour attack on Nairobi’s DusitD2 hotel and office complex. Lucy Njeri said: “He carried out one of the wounded, then went back and did that again. “There was a lot of confusion, a lot of people running around, but he stood out. He was very brave.” Joshua Kwambai — who fled a restaurant there when the attack began — added: “This guy got there quick. I think he was one of first there. He had a mask on. “We could see him talking to the police and army and they listened to him. They were looking at pieces of paper, maybe plans of the building.” https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8207170/nairobi-hotel-attack-kenya-sas-terrorists/
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    Usa Thread

    The term for the Thai students who overstay is Robin Hood . Allegedly, if you manage to get away with it for so many year, you'll be allowed to stay, but I wouldn't count on that.
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    Days Till Siam/nep/pattaya

    It's the high tourist season right now, the supposedly "cool" season ... though you wouldn't notice it (except in the evenings).
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    Taxi explodes during gas refill

    SAMUT PRAKAN: Experts have been called in to determine what caused the fuel cylinder of a natural-gas powered taxi to explode at a filling station in Bang Phli district on Monday, injuring three people. Pol Maj Gen Ampol Buarabporn, commissioner of the Provincial Police Region 1, inspected the blast scene, a natural gas pump operated by Royal Golden Dragon on Soi Wat Sri Waree Noi in tambon Bang Chalong, on Tuesday morning. He said investigators still had no idea why the explosion occurred. "Such incidents have happened before. I set up a panel to carefully investigate the cause. All relevant factors must be looked at, the taxi, the station and its staff. We must determine the cause in the interest of public safety," Pol Maj Gen Ampol said. Experts from the Energy Ministry and engineers from PTT Plc had joined the investigation, he said. The cab's compressed natural gas cylinder exploded about 2.30pm on Monday. Witnesses said the blast occurred when taxi driver Wichai Buadok, 45, got out of his taxi to pay for the gas. Mr Wichai was seriously injured by the explosion, which tore the taxi apart. Two employees of the gas station were also hurt and another taxi and gas pumps damaged. https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1611498/taxi-explodes-during-gas-refill?fbclid=IwAR0KUjuZ3x2mLZiOXYYMzuu-7NUyO9Nt3jZVcLKUnttmWIr5I8ItJ-2IDyI
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    Air Pollution BKK to Pattaya - Where to Next

    Koh Chang should be fine. Don't know about nightlife though. Might have to bring a companion.
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    Thailand pollution 2019

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    Thailand pollution 2019

    Yesterday I saw some Thais in my area wearing face mask. First time I've ever seen that in my part of the city. The pollution must be spreading out here too. Toxic smog settles in for long haul http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30362313
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    Any New Jokes

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    Thailand pollution 2019

    When I first came to Thailand in 1973, there were comparatively few cars in Bangkok (population c. 2 million). Traffic moved very fast, and most people traveled by buses, which were dirt cheap (1/2 baht) and provided very good service. Most people didn't need or want a car. Then as the city grew, cars suddenly became a status symbol. Surveys have shown that newly wed couples put buying a car ahead of buying a home or condo. The traffic becomes worse every year, but a car still seems to be a "must have". It wouldn't be so bad, if it was just one car per family, but that is not the Thai way. If a family has 4 or 5 people, they will "need" 4 or 5 cars. Car pools to go to work? Nonsense, where is the status symbol in that? It's one car, one person. It no longer make any sense to drive downtown, since not only do you face the massive traffic jams, but you probably won't be able to find a parking space when you get where you're going. Nevertheless, look at all the red plates (new cars) you see on the road. I bought my car when I lived in rural Banglamung and needed it to get around. Now that I'm back in Bangkok, it sits parked more often than not and I take the MRT and BTS, both of which are now getting to be almost as crowded as trains in Tokyo. The way things are going, Bangkok will soon be unlivable. I'm on the very edge of the city, in a quiet area with tree lined streets. But how long before the pollution reaches here too? Rural Thailand is still nice, and I may well end up moving to the North one of these days. Tourists don't stay very long in Bangkok now, instead heading for the beach or the mountains. Can you blame them?
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    Any New Jokes

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    Any New Jokes

  18. Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by text message A new regulation in Saudi Arabia is set to stop Saudi women from not knowing about their own divorce. Starting from Sunday, courts will be required to notify women by text on rulings confirming their divorces. Local female lawyers suggest the measure will end what are known as secret divorces - cases where men end a marriage without telling their wives. The directive would ensure women are fully aware of their marital status and can protect rights such as alimony. Last year, a decades-old driving ban on women was lifted in Saudi Arabia. However, women still remain subject to male guardianship laws. "The new measure ensures women get their [alimony] rights when they're divorced," Saudi lawyer Nisreen al-Ghamdi told Bloomberg. "It also ensures that any powers of attorney issued before the divorce are not misused." Many women have filed appeals to courts over being divorced without their knowledge, lawyer Samia al-Hindi told local newspaper Okaz. The new step is said to be part of economic and social reforms pushed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, such as allowing women to attend football matches and work in jobs traditionally reserved for men. What can Saudi women still not do? There are many things that Saudi women are unable to do without permission from a male guardian, usually a husband, father, brother or son. These things include, but are not limited to: Applying for passports Travelling abroad Getting married Opening a bank account Starting certain businesses Getting elective surgery Leaving prison The guardianship system has helped create one of the most gender unequal countries in the Middle East. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46770612
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    Saudi moves into th 21st century!

    Women's rights in Saudi Arabia: 'I escaped to seek a better life' As the debate about women's rights in the country continues, another young woman who fled Saudi Arabia for Canada has told her story to the BBC. Salwa, 24, ran away with her 19-year-old sister eight months ago and now lives in Montreal. This, in her own words, is her story. ... There's no life in Saudi Arabia. I just went to the university then moved back home and did nothing all day. They hurt me, and told me bad things like men are superior. I was forced to pray and fast at Ramadan as well. When I arrived in Germany I went to legal aid to find a lawyer for my asylum claim. I filled out some forms and told them my story. I chose Canada because it has a very good reputation for human rights. I followed the news about the Syrian refugees being resettled there and decided it was the best place for me. My claim was accepted, and when I landed in Toronto I saw the Canadian flag at the airport and just felt this amazing sense of achievement. I'm in Montreal today with my sister and there's no stress. No one forces me to do anything here. They might have more money in Saudi Arabia but here it's better because when I want to leave my apartment I can just leave. I don't need consent. I just go outside. It makes me feel really, really, happy. I feel like I am free. I just wear what I want to wear. I love the colours in the autumn and the snow here. I'm learning French but it's so difficult! I'm also learning to ride a bicycle and I'm trying to learn how to swim and ice skate. I feel like I'm actually doing something with my life. I don't have any contact with my family, but I think that's good for me and for them. I feel like this is my home now. It's better here. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46818237?fbclid=IwAR1pnZVdmJyrW36oDnlRsD5ISc5yY8950kEhLfrU4Jft2Sd6hyK7CF_7sKA
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    Air Pollution BKK to Pattaya - Where to Next

    Interesting ... I'm on the edge of Chatuchak and Nonthaburi, and it's showing 89. Still plenty of green space around me.
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    Saudi moves into th 21st century!

    She's in Canada now.
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