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  1. http://www.theshovel.com.au/2019/08/22/australia-offers-to-sell-new-zealand-to-us-/?fbclid=IwAR2ibhig_P_-ezMHf2s80Pl95Fl_uOKhxqZ8qhmXaD7rkBIiRbUTGwVWWFk
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Phra_Phutthabat This seems to be the relevant bit: Does a return to neutral mean that average weather conditions are expected to prevail around the globe? As Michelle pointed out a couple years ago, the answer is an emphatic NO. A return to neutral means that we will not get that predictable influence from El Niño or La Niña, but the atmosphere is certainly capable of wild swings without a push from either influence. Basically, ENSO-neutral means that the job of seasonal forecasters gets a bit tougher because we do not have that ENSO influence that we potentially can predict several months in advance (in a probabilistic form).
  3. El Nino exacerbated by climate change is the culprit I think.. El Nino could revert near the start of the next rainy season.. with luck.. for both Thailand and Australia.. In Thailand it is a mixed bag this year.. some places.. in the north Chiang Rai..Nan.. Tak have had a lot of rain.. Here in Kalasin it is certainly below average but the irrigation canals are still flowing.. the central plains.. around Korat are very dry and desperate for rain.. some places in the south have had a lot... The center of Australia is a dust bowl.. with no rain in sight.. coastal South Australia has had a bit.. parts of Victoria and NSW a lot... but very patchy..
  4. If you have time and you aren't templed out yet a stop at Wat Phra Phutthabat near Saraburi is well worth a visit.. one of the most revered temples in Thailand.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Phra_Phutthabat ...I tried to locate with a Google map but Google wouldn't allow it.. easy to find though.. about 22 ks north of Saraburi..
  5. It has happened before.. it will happen again.. too bad Trump can't read.. https://www.thebalance.com/smoot-hawley-tariff-lessons-today-4136667
  6. I read that there is to be an announcement about OA med insurance on Aug 22nd.. All OA visas in Australia are issued by the Thai Embassy in Canberra..
  7. https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/expats/mandatory-health-insurance-details-for-some-visas-announced-this-week
  8. I saw an article yesterday saying that then new rules for health insurance on an OA will be announced on the 22nd.. 3 days from now. I've been here on an OA for many years now ... it has been very convenient for me. I'm 75.. no serious pre-existing conditions.. but insurance would be unaffordable for me.. 100,000 a year and just about anything that may happen is excluded.. fortunately I've got some $$ in the bank and should be able to take care of myself for the foreseeable future.. I'll probably be shopping around for a different visa next time.. which will probably mean border runs... not a showstopper but very inconvenient.. we shall see..
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