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  1. But all of the possible consequences that she mentions such as preserving the defendant's disabilities caused by the indictment, could only concern Bannon himself, not his availability to provide testimony against the defendants not covered by a pardon. So, the only interpretation is that proving Bannon's guilty actions is a basis for showing how the actions of the other defendants contributed to that crime. But that implies that the trial should decide Bannon's guilt or innocence, since if Bannon did not commit a crime then his cronies may not have aided in the commission of any crime. But
  2. I hope the Dems do the right thing and overturn the filibuster rule to pass the $15/hour federal minimum wage that the public supports so strongly. They promised the voters and should deliver.
  3. I think it depends on how a state judge interprets that state's anti-double jeopardy statute, if there is one. NY State does have a statute that prohibits an indictment in a state court for a charge that has already been brought at the federal level. I don't know whether if the accused must have been convicted by a federal court to be protected against the same charge in a state court or if an ongoing indictment at the federal level is enough to prevent an indictment at the state level. Presumably the federal prosecutors are aware of the issue. However, I don't see why the con
  4. Hmmm. If the DoJ does continue its prosecution of Bannon and achieves conviction despite the pardon, wouldn't that mean that the same charges brought by Manhattan DA Vance would be dismissed under the double-jeopardy clause, just like Stone?
  5. This is not correct. If you live abroad you are eligible only for parts A and B. Yes, there is a penalty if you do not sign up for Part B and later decide to, for instance, if you return to live in the US. However, that is not true for Parts C, D, Medicare Advantage or any other program. An expat is not eligible for any of these Parts. After returning to the US you would have a 60-day period during which you could sign up for any of Parts C, D, Med Advantage, etc. without penalty and without exclusion of pre-existing conditions.
  6. His DNA on the dress would prove that he is lying, because he claims that he never met the woman.
  7. I never saw anything about a waiting period, but I don't think they would be likely to give you a credit card immediately. SDFCU is very cautious. They required a fair amount of documentation to open the account. In my case, I didn't apply right away, because I had enough cards at the time. I don't even remember now why I changed my mind. SDFCU is my favorite bank these days. If you have your SS benefits direct deposited with them you qualify for Emeritus Member status, the chief benefit of which is domestic wire transfers at $6 a pop. Then if you have an account at Bangkok
  8. You should have severed your connections to New York as fully as possible, e.g. own no property or business, surrendered your driver's license to the DMV and got a receipt for it, don't vote, etc. If you still have US bank and brokerage accounts change the addresses of record to a mailing address in a state with no income tax. You should definitely open a My Social Security account, although it can be difficult to do so as an expat. The minimum reason to do so is to make sure that no identity thief opens a MySS account in your name to divert your payments. I have no idea how like
  9. I opened a checking account at State Dept. Federal Credit Union using my Thai address, since they are willing to open account for expats. After a couple of years with them I applied for and got a credit card. I also get a credit card with Capital One providing only my US mailing address which they recognized as a commercial mail forwarding address, but they never asked for my physical address. All of the in-person transactions on the CapOne card are in Thailand, so if they cared, they would know where we live, but so far they don't. I would never get a
  10. 5% excess mortality is not negligible, it's huge. Here's a link to a calculation that puts the excess deaths in the US during the 1918 Flu Epidemic at 3.8%. https://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2021/02/excess-deaths-in-america-during-epidemics-comparing-covid-19-and-the-spanish-flu Here's a link to a CDC paper covering the 1918 Flu epidemic in Taiwan that estimates the excess mortality at 1.38% https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/15/10/08-0811_article
  11. The same USA military that couldn't get a plane in the air on 9/11 now couldn't dispatch the National Guard. This is what we get for the vast sums of money spent.
  12. It seems likely to me that Trump issued pardons for himself, his family, and close cronies which have not been published. There is no constitutional requirement to make a pardon public, so it's hard to see why Trump would have passed up the only chance he will ever have for the best pardon available. I would expect the federal courts to reject a self-pardon, but when it gets to the Supreme Court, it's hard to call.
  13. I think the young Thais now who have a higher standard of living than previous generations to the point of foreign travel are going to have difficult old ages. They make enough for a Thai middle class lifestyle now, but can't save for retirement and can't afford to buy apartments at least here in Bangkok. The women seem to be marrying less, which is understandable given the quality of the average Thai male, but it's that much more difficult to build a financially secure life alone. It's worrisome.
  14. Lying under oath is indeed perjury for which there are severe penalties, but the bottom line is perjury is rarely charged. Even Mike Flynn was not charged with perjury, but with lying to the FBI which is a distinct crime.
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