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  2. Can we expect an apology from those TVF posters ( you know who you are ) that claimed Barr would redact anything unflattering to Trump? Will be interesting if the Dems do try and impeach, given there probably isn't enough there there to convince Senate GOP members to uphold such.
  3. Should read: "TRADE officials dream of opportunities.......after Britain leaves the EU". Better described as clutching at very short trade straws. Britain would have more sense than to do an FTA with a military junta government where the leader has an Article 44 which overrides any such agreement when and if convenient.
  4. This is why people really need to understand AGI and MAGI. Some of you may have tax free investments. I certainly do in Muni bonds and funds. While those are NOT taxable by the IRS, their income is included in your MAGI. MAGI is used to determine many benefits out there such as how much of your social security benefit is taxed, the price of your Medicare Premiums, and some other things. Distributions from your ROTH IRA are NOT counted in the MAGI. So I highly recommend you take a look at your 401ks or traditional IRAs and consider when to convert some of those monies over to your ROTH IRA when it is best for your situation like a lower tax bracket year, etc. I also point out that ROTH IRAs do NOT have any required minimum age distribution when you hit that 70 year age mark. So that may be another factor on which IRAs you start taking money from, how much and when.
  5. Without any documentation? As a foreigner, I can transfer as much as my yearly salary (there are some more restrictions) online to my accounts overseas just by clicking and using "salary repatriation" as the purpose of transfer. Can Thai citizens do the same? This is an interesting subthread. Not being able to transfer money abroad easily would make me reconsider applying for citizenship.
  6. Looks like the biometric scanners have been installed at Swampy. The procedure will involve: 1. Scan four fingers right hand 2. Scan four fingers left hand 3. Scan both thumbs The scanners also seem quite small to accommodate the four fingers of large hands. The procedure is far more complicated than Singapore or malarial. Expect long delays.
  7. The Thai's do a good job of running a prostitution industry, despite it being illegal.
  8. North Korea urges Trump to drop Pompeo from talks; U.S. plays down weapons test By Joyce Lee and David Brunnstrom FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a news conference at a warehouse where international humanitarian aid for Venezuela is being stored, near La Unidad cross-border bridge between Colombia and Venezuela in Cucuta, Colombia April 14, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Thursday it no longer wanted to deal with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and that he should be replaced in talks by someone more mature, hours after it announced its first weapons test since nuclear talks broke down. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095912-north-korea-urges-trump-to-drop-pompeo-from-talks-us-plays-down-weapons-test/
  9. From the analysis released so far trump's actions were intended to shut down the investigation - obstruction of justice- but trump was saved by members of his administration who refused to action his requests. Further trump used the usual criminals tactics when responding to Mueller's written questions - I do not recall etc". Additionally there was crystal clear intent to obtain info from the Russians, again trump was saved from crossing over the line, but lied about the affair when assisting authoring the denial by his son. In summary, whilst from a legal perspective trump allegedly did not cross over the line for criminal charges (Barr is so partisan his opinions are irrelevant) he has totally failed ethnics tests on numerous occasions. trump is unfit to represent the Office of the President of the USA.
  10. Of course, any piece of information is better then no information, and I thank the OP for his effort, but where do you draw the line? I did not post to be rude, just to point out how ridiculous the whole system is. There are now so many different experiences from people on TV, but from within in the same immigration office. Who knows what to expect and what to prepare for? What if someone posted in this thread that they went to the same office, on the same day, with the same paperwork, and never had a problem? Should these threads now start physically describing individual immigration officers as the ones to stay away from? At what point of information exchange can anyone gain ny confidence in this crazy system? You can accept the OP's information and plan for it, then attend the same immigration office, only to be told about some other bureaucratic oversight, and so, another thread is started, and it keeps going on and on and on. It appears we have come to the point where it doesn't matter if one has all their paperwork correct under the new laws, because immigration have no idea what the new laws are, so no one knows whether to prepared under the old laws, or new laws. it's getting more confusing and stressful by the day.
  11. North Korea urges Trump to drop Pompeo from talks; U.S. plays down weapons test By Joyce Lee and David Brunnstrom FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a news conference at a warehouse where international humanitarian aid for Venezuela is being stored, near La Unidad cross-border bridge between Colombia and Venezuela in Cucuta, Colombia April 14, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Thursday it no longer wanted to deal with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and that he should be replaced in talks by someone more mature, hours after it announced its first weapons test since nuclear talks broke down. North Korea's state news agency said Kwon Jong Gun, in charge of U.S. affairs at the foreign ministry, had warned that no one could predict what would happen if Washington did not abandon the "root cause" that compelled Pyongyang to develop nuclear weapons. The statement came shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of a new tactical guided weapon, North Korea's first weapon test since a summit between him and Trump broke down in late February. U.S. officials appeared to play down both developments, with acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan telling reporters at the Pentagon that while there had been a test, it was "not a ballistic missile." A spokeswoman for the State Department said it was aware of the report about Pompeo and added: "The United States remains ready to engage North Korea in a constructive negotiation." Despite the summit breakdown, North Korea had maintained a freeze in nuclear and ballistic missile testing in place since 2017,and Trump has repeatedly pointed to that as an important outcome from a year of engagement with Pyongyang. Experts said the North Korean moves appeared aimed at dividing Trump from senior officials in the hope of exacting concessions, particularly relief from punishing sanctions. "Just as this week’s 'tactical weapon' test was a signal to warn Trump that his much-vaunted 'freeze' is in jeopardy, the verbal attack on Pompeo is meant to encourage Trump to ignore his hardline advisers and make a deal with his 'friend' Kim Jong Un," said Daniel Russel, the top U.S diplomat for East Asia until early in Trump's administration. "As long as the North Koreans believe they can flatter and dupe the U.S. president into making important concessions ... they will resist dealing with less gullible and more demanding subordinate U.S. officials." KCNA gave no details on the weapon that was tested, but "tactical" implied a short-range weapon rather than the ballistic missiles seen as a threat to the United States. Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at Seoul's Kyungnam University, said it was likely a short-range cruise missile. KCNA quoted Kwon as saying that the February summit in Hanoi, the second between the two leaders, showed talks could go wrong "whenever Pompeo pokes his nose in." "I am afraid that, if Pompeo engages in the talks again, the table will be lousy once again and the talks will become entangled," Kwon said. 'MORE CAREFUL AND MATURE' "Therefore, even in the case of possible resumption of the dialogue with the United States, I wish our dialogue counterpart would be not Pompeo but other person who is more careful and mature in communicating with us," Kwon added. Joseph Yun, who served as U.S. special representative for North Korea until last year, said North Korea had long been dubious about Pompeo, seeing him as a hardline conservative skeptical of engagement with North Korea. He said that while Kwon would have been acting on the highest authority, he was only a mid-level official, so his statements should be "taken with a pinch of salt." "Pompeo is not frozen out as long as Trump wants him to do the job, and the North Koreans have to live with that," Yun added. Kim warned last week that the Hanoi breakdown risked reviving tensions and said he was only interested in meeting Trump again if Washington showed more flexibility. He gave a year-end deadline for a change in attitude. Trump has said he is open to another summit with Kim, but his national security adviser, John Bolton, told Bloomberg News on Wednesday there first needed to be "a real indication from North Korea that they've made the strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons." Despite the summit failure, Kim and Trump have both stressed their good personal relationship, and Adam Mount of the Federation of American Scientists saw North Korea's recent statements as "its latest play .. to sideline U.S. officials to try to speak directly to the president." "The Trump administration has generally chosen to ignore Pyongyang’s public signals, including escalating signals of displeasure with the negotiations," he said. "So far, North Korea has not walked away from the table, but they also have resisted pressure to make substantive progress on the nuclear question." Kwon also said the two leaders were on good terms, even as he castigated Pompeo for "fabricated" stories as part of a "publicity stunt." He did not elaborate. Kwon said Pompeo had made "reckless remarks hurting the dignity of our supreme leadership," apparently referring to his agreeing to the characterisation of Kim as a "tyrant" at a U.S. congressional hearing last week. Kim oversaw the test of an unidentified tactical weapon in November. He said last April he would stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles because North Korea's nuclear capabilities had been verified, but he has never promised to stop testing all weapons. Kim's visit to the testing site came after he visited the North Korean Air and Anti-aircraft Force on Tuesday. (Reporting by Joyce Lee, Josh Smith and Hyonhee Shin and David Brunnstrom; Additional reporting by Idrees Ali, Jeff Mason and Phil Stewart in Washington; Editing by Robert Birsel, Jonathan Oatis and Peter Cooney) -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-04-19
  12. Yes and the criticism against Thailand was from the Ocean company site not from the guy or his wife which they apparently had little to nothing to do with the place. It is not clear that they stayed their or for how long. Anyway, it is in International waters and Thailand has no jurisdiction there. But of course might makes right sometimes, and the Thais certainly seem intent on pursuing him.
  13. I found the website: http://permitfortraveler.fda.moph.go.th/ it's permitfortraveler rather than travelerS And you are correct faraday, it is a Thai form, my mistake. I'm considering not taking them in, as I feel submitting this form may cause more scrutiny on me than there would normally be. Also I'm planning to go there and stay there while the form asks for an exit date. I'm thinking now of just hoping I don't need them (had an operation 2 weeks ago) and if I do - for that or something else in the future - trying to hunt some down if necessary.
  14. The rush is on by the incumbent junta government to get all the envelope ducks lined up just in case any change might occur.
  15. In unflattering detail, Mueller report reveals Trump actions to impede inquiry By Sarah N. Lynch and Andy Sullivan The Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election is pictured in New York, New York, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his inquiry into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election described in extensive and sometimes unflattering detail how President Donald Trump tried to impede the probe, raising questions about whether he committed the crime of obstruction of justice. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095911-in-unflattering-detail-mueller-report-reveals-trump-actions-to-impede-inquiry/
  16. In unflattering detail, Mueller report reveals Trump actions to impede inquiry By Sarah N. Lynch and Andy Sullivan The Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election is pictured in New York, New York, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his inquiry into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election described in extensive and sometimes unflattering detail how President Donald Trump tried to impede the probe, raising questions about whether he committed the crime of obstruction of justice. Thursday's release of the 448-page report after a 22-month investigation was a watershed moment in Trump's tumultuous presidency and inflamed partisan passions ahead of his 2020 re-election bid in a deeply divided country. Democrats said the report contained disturbing evidence of wrongdoing by Trump that could fuel congressional investigations, but there was no immediate indication they would try to remove him from office through impeachment. Mueller built an extensive case indicating the Republican president had committed obstruction of justice but stopped short of concluding he had committed a crime, though he did not exonerate the president. Mueller noted that Congress has the power to address whether Trump violated the law. "The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the President's corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law," the report stated. Mueller also unearthed "numerous links" between the Russian government and Trump's campaign and said the president's team "expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts," referring to hacked Democratic emails. But Mueller, a former FBI director, concluded there was not enough evidence to establish that Trump's campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Moscow. Trump appeared to be in a celebratory mood, saying at a White House event with wounded U.S. troops he was "having a good day" following the report's release, adding, "It's called no collusion, no obstruction." Trump, whose legal team called the report "a total victory," has long described Mueller's inquiry as a "witch hunt." The report, with some portions blacked out to protect sensitive information, provided fresh details of how Trump tried to force Mueller's ouster, directed members of his administration to publicly vouch for his innocence and dangled a pardon to a former aide to try to prevent him from cooperating with the special counsel. "The President's efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests," the report stated. The report said that when former Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Trump in May 2017 that the Justice Department was appointing a special counsel to look into allegations that his campaign colluded with Russia, Trump slumped back in his chair and said, "Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I'm fucked." Attorney General William Barr told a news conference Mueller had detailed "10 episodes involving the president and discusses potential legal theories for connecting these actions to elements of an obstruction offence." Barr concluded last month after receiving a confidential copy of Mueller's report that Trump had not actually committed a crime. Trump was wary of FBI scrutiny of his campaign and him personally, the report said. "The evidence does indicate that a thorough FBI investigation would uncover facts about the campaign and the president personally that the president could have understood to be crimes or that would give rise to personal and political concerns," the report stated. Any impeachment effort would start in the Democratic-led House of Representatives, but Trump's removal would require the support of the Republican-led Senate - an unlikely outcome. Many Democrats steered clear of threatening impeachment on Thursday, although a prominent liberal congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, directly brought it up. The House, when it voted to impeach President Bill Clinton in 1998, included obstruction of justice as one of the charges. The Senate ultimately decided not to remove Clinton from office. The Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, said he would issue subpoenas to obtain the unredacted Mueller report and asked Mueller to testify before the panel by May 23. Nadler told reporters in New York Mueller probably wrote the report with the intent of providing Congress a road map for future action, but the congressman said it was too early to talk about impeachment. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff added that whether or not the actions of Trump and his campaign rose to the level of criminality, "they are unquestionably dishonest, unethical, immoral and unpatriotic, and should be condemned by every American." ELECTION MEDDLING The inquiry laid bare what the special counsel and U.S. intelligence agencies have described as a Russian campaign of hacking and propaganda to sow discord in the United States, denigrate 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and boost Trump, the Kremlin's preferred candidate. Russia has denied election interference. In analysing whether Trump obstructed justice, Mueller looked at a series of actions by Trump, including his attempts to remove Mueller and limit the scope of his probe and efforts to prevent the public from knowing about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York between senior campaign officials and Russians. In June 2017, Trump directed White House counsel Don McGahn to tell the Justice Department's No. 2 official, Rod Rosenstein, that Mueller had conflicts of interest and must be removed, the report said. McGahn did not carry out the order. McGahn was home on a Saturday that month when Trump called him at least twice. "You gotta do this. You gotta call Rod," McGahn recalled the president as saying, according to the report. It also said there was "substantial evidence" Trump fired James Comey as FBI director in May 2017 due to his "unwillingness to publicly state that the president was not personally under investigation." The FBI headed the inquiry at the time. Mueller cited "some evidence" suggesting Trump knew about former national security adviser Michael Flynn's controversial calls with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office, but evidence was "inconclusive" and could not be used to establish intent to obstruct. The report said Trump directed former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to ask Sessions to say the Russia investigation was "very unfair." Barr, a Trump appointee, seemed to offer cover for Trump's actions by saying the report acknowledges "there is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fuelled by illegal leaks." "President Trump faced an unprecedented situation. As he entered into office and sought to perform his responsibilities as president, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office and the conduct of some of his associates," Barr said. Mueller's team did not issue a subpoena to force Trump to give an interview to the special counsel because it would have created a "substantial delay" at a late stage in the investigation, the report said. Trump refused an interview and eventually provided only written answers. The report said Mueller accepted the longstanding Justice Department view that a sitting president cannot be indicted on criminal charges, while still recognising that a president can be criminally investigated. Mueller said evidence he collected indicates Trump intended to encourage his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, not to cooperate with the investigation and that the evidence supports the idea that Trump wanted Manafort to believe that he could receive a presidential pardon. The report said the special counsel's team determined there was a "reasonable argument" that the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., violated campaign finance laws, but did not believe they could obtain a conviction. The report cited Trump's repeated efforts to convince Sessions to resume oversight of the probe after he had recused himself because of his own prior contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States. Barr said he gave the president's legal team an advance look at the report. Barr was blasted by Democrats for giving this "sneak peek" to the president's team and for giving a news conference before the report was released trying to shape the narrative in favour of Trump. (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Andy Sullivan; Additional reporting by David Morgan, Doina Chiacu, David Alexander, Susan Cornwell, Richard Cowan, Amanda Becker, Jan Wolfe, Nathan Layne, Karen Freifeld and Makini Brice; Writing by Will Dunham, Editing by Alistair Bell) -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-04-19
  17. So far the candidates are more likely to give the election to Trump than win. I too would like to see a great president like Jack Kennedy, but I fear US politics are now so horrid and poisonous that no sane person would ever even try now. When a 10 year old child is attacked just for being the son of a politician, US politics is very, very sick. on the down side will probably take a number of years to preposition the US as the Leader of the Free World. Some of us don't want the US to be the leader of us. Far as I'm concerned, they can take all their soldiers and go home. The rest of us can spend more on defence instead of relying on the US to do the job for us.
  18. What I understood, you already have the anti-vaccine procedure in action. That should take care of the swamp people problem. Erase 10% of the most gullible people and the rest of the people will act in more reasonable way.
  19. @Hal65 I've removed the formatting from your post. From the Forum Rules (Netiquette) Please stick to the default font and colour or your posts may just vanish.
  20. Wondering if its ok to bring some medicine from Germany to Thailand. Since i will stay soon in bkk for 6 months with my wife. Last time when we stayed i had a pretty bad cold and everything i was asking for in the pharmacy was not available or they didnt know that medicine. (Me showing a picture and getting a mai mi dont have in response) Im thinking about ibuprofen 400/600 And some cold medicine like gripposdad cold & flu relief (CAFFEINE / PARACETAMOL / PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE) ACC akkut 600
  21. Excellent! The only thing in the Mueller report that is troublesome is he found no American colluded with the Russians! I can think of a few ... Hilary Clinton, John molesta Podesta, and Robert Mueller himself. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/03/21/john_solomon_as_russia_collusion_fades_ukrainian_plot_to_help_clinton_emerges.html
  22. I've yet only met mostly very unsuccessful bar owners in Pattaya, except for one. Here's only one example of an unsuccessful one: An American had "just bought a bar on a tourist visa," took over the ladies from the former owner who had the place for two months and started hitting on his female employees who didn't want to have sex with their boss. But he didn't get it. Then he drank more alcohol than his few guests did. When I came by a week later, he told me that the police had been there and they'd kept his passport, but he's still working behind the bar, selling drinks to customers, drinking with them, cleaning glasses, etc. Another week later, he was gone, and I never saw him again and a big sign that the bar was on sale. There's only one successful owner I'd met, who had a bar for many years in Soi 6. He had a good relationship with his female staff, the right girl to do the financial part and his bar was always full. The ladies were pretty and always correct; they had to go to their Aids and other tests every month. He was a good listener, even when he was perhaps acting as he would listen to all the exciting stories, people came up with and seemed to have an excellent connection with the nearby coppers, married to a brainy Thai woman. He couldn't have done that alone. I haven't been there for 12 years, or so, no idea if he's still in the business. Times are changing rapidly here.
  23. Looks normal to me. Not sure how to change it Sent from my SM-J250F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  24. Trump curses Mueller appointment: 'This is the end of my presidency' By Ginger Gibson and Doina Chiacu U.S. President Donald Trump hosts participants of the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride, after the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump believed the appointment of a special counsel to take over the federal probe of Russian interference into the 2016 election would spell the end of his presidency, according to the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095910-trump-curses-mueller-appointment-this-is-the-end-of-my-presidency/
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