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  2. Well, pardon me all over the place. Just trying to give you some advice. Well, good luck anyway.
  3. Yes but one of them can verify what it says and reproduce it......the other?
  4. On what basis would you be applying for the non-o visa (marriage to a Thai, over 50 and etc). It hard to answer you question without that info. I would not recommend going to the embassy in Phnom Penh for any visa.
  5. Just thought I would post my observations here in this thread, and give credit where credit is due regarding the treatment of suspects by the RTP (or BIB as they are sometimes called here). I am just doing a little comparison between the Royal Thai Police and the Indonesian National Police force and do not wish to offend anyone, nor do I mean any disrespect to anyone or any country's social "norms". As I have spent a lot of time there and do speak Indonesian, I have seen first hand (also have access to youtube videos in Indonesian which will not show up if searched for them in English) the contrast in treatment of suspects (or prisoners) and policy differences. I am not saying that one is better than the other as they both have their pros and cons but I do have to give the RTP a pat on the back (and a big wai) for showing such unmatched patience and restraint when dealing with murderers, rapists, robbers, thieves and the like. In Indonesia for example, pretty much any suspect of a motorcycle theft, robbery, rape, murder, big time drug dealer or even an attempt at such crimes usually ends up with the suspect getting a serious beating by the police (and public) and about half of the suspects receive a gunshot to one or both legs (prior to reaching the police station). It is very common to see an arrested suspect on the evening TV news with a fat lip, two black eyes and a blood soaked bandage around one of his calves. For those of you who have spent much time there you can relate. Also, if running from the police in Indonesia it is perfectly legal and standard practice that the police shoot the runner (usually in the back) for attempting to flee. They can even shoot you if you are not a suspect but merely running from them after being told to stop ("why else would he run, he must be guilty of something"). Though not as rampant as it was years ago, it still happens on a daily basis. The Indonesian Police also take the suspects back to the crime scene to do reenactments (as they do here) and many times (during the reenactment) suspects in Indonesia are fatally shot for "attempting to escape" (sometimes in the forehead too). I suppose in this manner the criminal element is reduced and it serves as a deterrent to others considering a life of crime. I do understand that this type of behavior offends many people and is against basic human rights but I remain neutral here for comparison's sake. Don't get me wrong, I am not putting the Indonesian Police down, they were nothing but kind and courteous to me every time I interacted with them and I have a lot of praise for them myself. Just making a comparison and giving some respect to the RTP for holding back from letting their emotions take over (dealing with suspects who commit such awful acts of violence and ruin the lives of innocent people here on a near daily basis). I must also give praise to the RTP when comparing them with the corrupt Police Departments and (above the law type) Police Officers so prevalent in the USA now too. It seems that police corruption is a serious problem worldwide now but the RTP seem much better at refraining from unnecessary use of force and committing acts of violence against the general public (whether suspected of a crime or not). Yes, I have read the recent stories about police officers here shooting their wife's suspected boyfriend and shooting their superiors on occasion and even shooting a motorcyclist because his exhaust pipe was "too loud" etc... but these unfortunate and sad events happen pretty much everywhere around the world now. Overall, and as a whole, I think they are to be commended for treating most suspects in a civil matter vs beating, tasing and shooting most of them on a routine basis ... all the while enjoying it (as is done in the good ole USA). I can't recall seeing an (unarmed) suspect shot or anyone beaten severely by the RTP recently. Am I living in a closet or am I blind? Please let me know (in a kind manner without bashing my head in with a brick). Cheers
  6. On what basis do you make the claim 'But in fact, they're just serial narcissists'?
  7. Not satisfied? Well roll over a few cars with tanks to get the count up then.
  8. I'm sure it not as annoying as not being able to win your own rigged election.
  9. What is the purpose of your visits? Under certain circumstances you can apply for the visa from immigration in-country.
  10. Why? The wholesale exchange rate used by the US Treasury will surely be better than the Thai bank TT Buying Rate used for incoming transfers....plus, the receiving fee may be lower.
  11. Yes, only athiests have brains. I forgot. Hey could you explain to me where the universe came from? you have a brain
  12. A post in violation of fair use policy has been removed as well as the replies. 14) You will not post any copyrighted material except as fair use laws apply (as in the case of news articles). Please only post a link, the headline and the first three sentences.
  13. Strangely enough when I went to renew my drivers license earlier this year, I prepared all my documents and was given two options, use my yellow book and pink ID card and only get a 2 year license or use my passport and WP and renew for 5 years. Thinking this was strange I asked politely and was told sharply that’s just how it is. I of course opted for the 5 year renewal, but left unsure of what the difference is all about. Strangely they don’t require one of those rubber stamp doctors certifications anymore. Again I have no idea if it is policy, but where I went it was not required. I can can confirm that the pink card can be used for domestic air travel, but so can a Thai drivers license...
  14. landed last week in UK it was 4 degrees and sunny , a bit cold but a great relief from sweaty Thailand Dont know about tea, but decent drinkable Beers 2.60 a pint here
  15. Thaksin , and BJ , what a combo date and time , to be arranged soon .
  16. I threw grandma out of my house over a year and a half ago. My wife soon followed and has been gone over a year, leaving me with our son. I've never had it so good.
  17. Nothing without evidence yet you want to "believe", in which case with no evidence anything I say should be as valid to you. This means with no evidence you have to accept everything anyone says no matter how crazy.
  18. transparency, like releasing all the FOIA requests that the State dept and DOJ have refused ? 3 years of media hyped unfounded accusations and claims fueled by the DNC machine, where's the transparency in that?
  19. If emailing Manila SS Office (which I just did but to a specific rep and not their general email address) you may get an automated response like below saying out of office due to holidays till 22 April/Monday.
  20. It is correct that you receive a 5 year stay. That part I’ve had confirmed. I’m sure there was at least one report with a picture of the permit. Regardless, nowhere does it state a 1 year stay, everywhere it states a 5 year stay. London; “Non-Immigrant Visa “O-X” (Long Stay) 5 Year per entries/Multiple entries” http://www.thaiembassy.org/london/en/services/7742/84508-Non-Immigrant-visas.html#8 Washington; “Period of stay Travelers with this type of visa will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period of 5 years each time (total 10 years)” https://thaiembdc.org/non-immigrant-visa-category-o-x-long-stay/
  21. Like I say, an engineer or a scientist would understand power options in context of a broader power supply system. The growing number of solar power generation stations being installed and connected to electrical power grids around the world ought to prompt you to understand that solar power is a growing source of electrical power and that every kw of power generated from solar power is a kw that is not generated from fossil fuels. Solar power has gone way past 'lighting for remote areas'. And it's only one of many renewable power sources.
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