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  1. 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?
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    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..
  3. Flashermac

    Major changes to tourist visas coming up

    If the cars parked on them have left enough room to get by ...
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    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!
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    Guess where I am?

    Must be Red China.
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    Major changes to tourist visas coming up

    Thais drive on both sides of the road, especially mo'cy' riders.
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    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.
  8. 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
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    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/
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    Now WTF is Hotmail up to?

    I tried it on two different browsers, same response.
  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
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    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.
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    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.
  15. Beware! 😯 https://www.thescinewsreporter.com/2018/07/nasa-wants-to-probe-uranus-in-search-of.html?fbclid=IwAR3f54fewjMUsd0FjVNLuXy_g05wNdiSuuKEPrrENoxb0tZAbFN-yCAUWiM
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    Usa Thread

    I see the Russians have hacked the board again. Чтобы не сказать больше. GregorRew posted a topic in Travel/Transportation я уже смотрела etc. Those buggers get around.
  17. Canadian MPs have voted unanimously to revoke the honorary citizenship of Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Passing the motion was a response to her failure to stop the persecution of the Rohingya minority in her country. Ms Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her efforts to bring democracy to Myanmar - also known as Burma - which was then under military rule. A UN report last month said Myanmar military leaders must be investigated for genocide against the Rohingyas. At least 700,000 Rohingya fled violence in the country in the past 12 months. Rare honour The move by MPs in the House of Commons came a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that parliament was reconsidering whether Ms Suu Kyi still deserved the honour of citizenship. But Mr Trudeau also said the move would not end the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people, a Muslim minority which is stateless in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. In 2007 Canada granted honorary citizenship to Ms Suu Kyi, just one of six people to be so recognised. Honorary citizenship has been conferred in Canada by a joint resolution of both houses of parliament. Canadian officials told Reuters it must be formally removed the same way. The next steps are not immediately clear, Liberal MP Andrew Leslie told journalists on Thursday after MPs passed the motion. "Now the machinery of government will actually chew over the details of what specifically is required to implement," he said. Earlier this month, the House of Commons unanimously adopted a motion to recognise the crimes against the Rohingya as an act of genocide. Aung San Suu Kyi: The democracy icon who fell from grace Could Aung San Suu Kyi face Rohingya genocide charges? In 2015, Ms Suu Kyi became Myanmar State Counsellor, the de facto head of the country's civilian administration, following a democratic opening in Myanmar. Since last year, at least 700,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar after the army launched a brutal crackdown in response to attacks by a Rohingya militant group. Ms Suu Kyi has faced international pressure to condemn the army's alleged brutality. However, she has refused to do so. The last time she spoke to the BBC in April 2017, she said: "I don't think there is ethnic cleansing going on. I think ethnic cleansing is too strong an expression to use for what is happening." https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45647073
  18. People tried to turn her into a saint because of her opposition to the generals. It's hard to do that anymore.
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    90 Day Online Check In

    I thought Immigration had stopped that on line. Has it started it again?
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    Usa Thread

    So who prescribes these drugs? The Veterans Administration is high on the list. I had friend who was Marine Corps grunt who'd spent 13 months near the DMZ. He had serious PTSD problems. So what did VA give him? Xanax and Prozac. He said that he and several of his Marine buddies had the same reaction: Xanax made them short tempered and ready to tear someone's head off. He quit the pills and was able to find marijuana (illegally) in Texas. He said that calmed him right down and he could function normally again. 36 School shooters/school related violence committed by those under the influence of psychiatric drugs https://www.cchrint.org/school-shooters/ The shooter who killed 3 in Aberdeen, Md., was a woman. How unusual is that? "Men, in general, are much more violent than women, and that's been well-documented and well-recorded," Dugan said. "With every single statistic that you can imagine, gender is the biggest predictor of violence." https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/09/20/aberdeen-maryland-shooter-female-mass-shootings-unusual/1369185002/
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    Usa Thread

    I had a retired LAPD friend who told me he figured about 10% of cops were bad, and that bothered him. 10% may not seem like that many, but when you're talking about a big city police department like LA (nearly 10,000) that's a lot of people!
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    Usa Thread

    I just tried that link and told I had to be a member. I googled and got around it: Why the Left Is Consumed With Hate Even before President Trump’s election, hatred had begun to emerge on the American left—counterintuitively, as an assertion of guilelessness and moral superiority. At the Women’s March in Washington the weekend after Mr. Trump’s inauguration, the pop star Madonna said, “I have thought an awful lot of blowing up the White House.” Here hatred was a vanity, a braggadocio meant to signal her innocence of the sort of evil that, in her mind, the White House represented. (She later said the comment was “taken wildly out of context.”) For many on the left a hateful anti-Ameranism has become a self-congratulatory lifestyle. “America was never that great,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently said. For radical groups like Black Lives Matter, hatred of America is a theme of identity, a display of racial pride. For other leftists, hate is a license. Conservative speakers can be shouted down, even assaulted, on university campuses. Republican officials can be harassed in restaurants, in the street, in front of their homes. Certain leaders of the left—Rep. Maxine Waters comes to mind—are self-appointed practitioners of hate, urging their followers to think of hatred as power itself. How did the American left—conceived to bring more compassion and justice to the world—become so given to hate? It began in the 1960s, when America finally accepted that slavery and segregation were profound moral failings. That acceptance changed America forever. It imposed a new moral imperative: America would have to show itself redeemed of these immoralities in order to stand as a legitimate democracy. The genius of the left in the ’60s was simply to perceive the new moral imperative, and then to identify itself with it. Thus the labor of redeeming the nation from its immoral past would fall on the left. This is how the left put itself in charge of America’s moral legitimacy. The left, not the right—not conservatism—would set the terms of this legitimacy and deliver America from shame to decency. This bestowed enormous political and cultural power on the American left, and led to the greatest array of government-sponsored social programs in history—at an expense, by some estimates, of more than $22 trillion. But for the left to wield this power, there had to be a great menace to fight against—a tenacious menace that kept America uncertain of its legitimacy, afraid for its good name. This amounted to a formula for power: The greater the menace to the nation’s moral legitimacy, the more power redounded to the left. And the ’60s handed the left a laundry list of menaces to be defeated. If racism was necessarily at the top of the list, it was quickly followed by a litany of bigotries ending in “ism” and “phobia.” The left had important achievements. It did rescue America from an unsustainable moral illegitimacy. It also established the great menace of racism as America’s most intolerable disgrace. But the left’s success has plunged it into its greatest crisis since the ’60s. The Achilles’ heel of the left has been its dependence on menace for power. Think of all the things it can ask for in the name of fighting menaces like “systemic racism” and “structural inequality.” But what happens when the evils that menace us begin to fade, and then keep fading? It is undeniable that America has achieved since the ’60s one of the greatest moral evolutions ever. That is a profound problem for the left, whose existence is threatened by the diminishment of racial oppression. The left’s unspoken terror is that racism is no longer menacing enough to support its own power. The great crisis for the left today—the source of its angst and hatefulness—is its own encroaching obsolescence. Today the left looks to be slowly dying from lack of racial menace. A single white-on-black shooting in Ferguson, Mo., four years ago resulted in a prolonged media blitz and the involvement of the president of the United States. In that same four-year period, thousands of black-on-black shootings took place in Chicago, hometown of the then-president, yet they inspired very little media coverage and no serious presidential commentary. White-on-black shootings evoke America’s history of racism and so carry an iconic payload of menace. Black-on-black shootings carry no such payload, although they are truly menacing to the black community. They evoke only despair. And the left gets power from fighting white evil, not black despair. Today’s left lacks worthy menaces to fight. It is driven to find a replacement for racism, some sweeping historical wrongdoing that morally empowers those who oppose it. (Climate change?) Failing this, only hatred is left. Hatred is a transformative power. It can make the innocuous into the menacing. So it has become a weapon of choice. The left has used hate to transform President Trump into a symbol of the new racism, not a flawed president but a systemic evil. And he must be opposed as one opposes racism, with a scorched-earth absolutism. For Martin Luther King Jr., hatred was not necessary as a means to power. The actual details of oppression were enough. Power came to him because he rejected hate as a method of resisting menace. He called on blacks not to be defined by what menaced them. Today, because menace provides moral empowerment, blacks and their ostensible allies indulge in it. The menace of black victimization becomes the unarguable truth of the black identity. And here we are again, forever victims. Yet the left is still stalked by obsolescence. There is simply not enough menace to service its demands for power. The voices that speak for the left have never been less convincing. It is hard for people to see the menace that drives millionaire football players to kneel before the flag. And then there is the failure of virtually every program the left has ever espoused—welfare, public housing, school busing, affirmative action, diversity programs, and so on. For the American left today, the indulgence in hate is a death rattle. Mr. Steele, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, is author of “Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country” (Basic Books, 2015). https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-the-left-is-consumed-with-hate-1537723198
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    Usa Thread

    What ya think? Why the Left Is Consumed With Hate https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-the-left-is-consumed-with-hate-1537723198?fbclid=IwAR1Kw3FqnawsoV9d-OvUCF2zNC6i5_2XdlmMDsztMdL5EsgwZCMxUveIMQc
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    Usa Thread

    The Thousand Oaks killer was a thoroughly messed up Marine who was being treated for serious PTSD. He needed help and didn't get it. A big question in my mind is why veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan with PYSD act this way. Plenty of Vietnam War vets have PTSD, and even I have a low level rating. But VN vets didn't go out and commit mass murders. What has changed? Is it the repeated deployments they have to do, or is it the stress of being in such an alien (to us) part of the world. I remember a retired Army artillery E-8 telling us how safe he felt in RVN, because the South Vietnamese troops he was assigned to as an advisor did everything they could to protect him. It was a matter of pride. However, a retired Marine colonel who was with us commented that in Iraq it had been your "allies" that you worried about. He said he'd lost two lieutenants who had been shot in their Humvee by the Iraqi soldiers they were training.
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