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  1. My visa history was work permit (TEFL teacher lol), followed by 2 year overstay, followed by Ed visa, followed by 2 year overstay, followed by 2 years of visa exemptions and SETVs, followed by Ed visa, still never been denied or even pulled aside for questioning yet in 9 years, except once to be warned of the new overstay rules and sign the form about that. Then got let in with visa exemption lol. 


    I think it just comes down to whether the IO is a jobsworth or not. Never choose lines with female IOs. Usually I pick a laid back looking guy who I see isn't sending anyone aside for questioning who looks roughly like me (early 30s farang). If I see that happen I switch queues. Use visa agencies that take you through land borders, Laos border IOs don't seem to give a toss.

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  2. 1 hour ago, Nyezhov said:

    Yeah and when some doc fingers hundreds of gymnasts it's called America, when some clown on the BbC diddles little boys it's called England, when priests play hide the sausage it's called the Vatican.....


    My question is: if y'all hate Thailand so much,why do you go there? Go home to Liverpool or Detroit or whatever other paradise on earth you are from.....

    It happens here more often - and it doesn't have to be someone in a very high position of power (teacher isn't that high), it's commonplace, often it's relatives. And there are consequences more often - the doctor was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison, Catholic priests have been imprisoned, and the BBC guy (Jimmy Saville) was dead a year before the allegations started coming out. 


    Thailand is great for the single life, if you don't have children here or if they're already grown up in the West by the time you retire here. No need to go home for those people, but many do leave if they have children once here.

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  3. 11 hours ago, canopy said:

    Check the wire, elon has now publicly apologized. Please do not shoot me, I am just the messenger.

    Very roundabout apology, he retweets an article written by one of his cultist fans, painting Musk in a good light and saying that's 'the real story'.


    Then he replies to that tweet (can't even start the apology in the first tweet of the chain):


    Replying to @adamchavez
    As this well-written article suggests, my words were spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub, which had been built as an act of kindness & according to specifications from the dive team leader.


    Can't resist claiming 'stick it where it hurts' is some sexual act, again implying Unsworth is some kind of deviant. When actually it's just common parlance. Then finally he replies again to that tweet with the actual apology, third in the chain, where hardly not as many people are going to actually read it. But he can claim he apologized, to please the % of people that want an apology, investors / Unsworth etc., without losing too much face to his fans. Very Thai:


    Replying to @elonmusk @adamchavez
    Nonetheless, his actions against me do not justify my actions against him, and for that I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader. The fault is mine and mine alone.

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  4. 9 minutes ago, Dustdevil said:

    You don't know anything about Americans. There are at least 2 million, excluding military, who live around the world outside the U.S. You seem to think you're an expert on the American people, but what I'm reading from you is tired stereotypes from Europe and the Commonwealth countries. Can you find Idaho on a map?

    He didn't mean to be offensive, it's such a huge interesting country why leave. 1 in 10 Brits lives abroad, no surprise as it's so boring. 10% of the population. 2 million Americans would be 0.6%.

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  5. 1 hour ago, Xonax said:

    It was Vern Unsworth who unfairly first attacked Elon Musk, for not caring about the children, but only trying to promote his business.  But I would have expected Musk to be smarter, than to fight back by calling Vern Unsworth a Pedo.

    Prior to that Musk attacked the Thai governor overseeing the rescue as not being a subject matter expert, from that, a cursory reading into Musk's controversial background, and meeting Musk at the cave, his opinion on Musk may well have been fair. Could possibly save Musk from taking an unviable submarine to a future cave rescue and endangering lives. A submarine in a cave is ridiculous, as Unsworth explained. 

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  6. 1 hour ago, Fex Bluse said:

    Exactly, it's obvious from most comments that many people have never manged a large, international, rapid pace issue like this. In such a crisis, multiple options are procured and developed concurrently so as not to be caught out. It's called risk management. 

    At a rapid pace the British and Thai experts on the scene established that Musk's option wasn't viable, and to manage risk Musk was quickly removed from the scene. 

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  7. 1 hour ago, harrycallahan said:

    What would the hero divers have done if one of the kids was incapacitated? Elon's plan was viable and his presence was potentially life saving. The divers (some) were unnecessarily antagonistic from early on in the piece, so now it's come to this. 

    No it wasn't viable, we have both this British caving expert who knows the layout of the cave well and briefed the two Brit divers who found the kids first, and the Thai governor overseeing the whole operation, saying his submarine wouldn't work. So the antagonism is totally justified, and his presence potentially life threatening, Musk diverted resources and attention to him, and entered the cave (quickly being told to leave).


    They did give the kids sedatives, they were basically incapacitated anyway, they couldn't swim. Two divers to one boy, oxygen shoved down their throat, and drag them out. 

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    9 hours ago, asiaexpat said:

    Unsworth made a good suggestion and it worked out for the kids, but he has demonstarted that he is a jerk that thinks only he and his Brit pals know best. To make comments like he has about a person that spent a lot of time and money to support a team effort is reprehensible. Hero? Not in my book.

    Musk has now made some even worse comments, he had a complete meltdown on Twitter and called Unsworth a pedophile for simply living in Thailand. Tweets are still up if you search for @elonmusk, but screenshots below in case they get deleted. 


    It seems Musk may actually be a massive jerk / narcissist, but very good at PR to make himself loved. As for his wealth, apparently mostly from his Dad who owned an Emerald mine in Apartheid South Africa. 


    So it depends how you look at it. Musk effectively spent no money or time to support the team effort at all (British + Thai + everyone except Musk), he arrived right at the end of the rescue and just tested out a submarine that he was already working on for something else, in a different cave. Contributed nothing more than a flight ticket / visa and gets tons of positive PR for himself. 


    'Thinks only he and his Brit pals know best' - well it's hard to argue with Unsworth when his Brit pals found the kids first, and he was the one to brief his pals on the cave layout. Can't argue with success.


    Then Musk calls the guy (and you based on your username) a pedophile simply for living in Thailand... 


    Musk's version of events also seems off, he says the kids swum in. According to other sources the kids can't swim. 




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  9. 19 minutes ago, tumama said:

    Because they are still not re-united. Yes this happened before, but it wasn't such a widespread policy. But yes, the Democrats are also being hypocrites when they had no problem when Obama did this. 


    4 minutes ago, Get Real said:

    Yes, but the fact still remains, that many of the 10% is still beeing held separately.

    They are being reunited as of yesterday, first wave. According to the planned deadline.




    Let's hope the parents won't willingly put them at risk of being separated - as well as rape and death - again.

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  10. 2 hours ago, Get Real said:

    That´s not the object here. The object is the ones that is separated.

    Well Trump changed the law so that those ones (~10%) that do arrive with parents are no longer separated - the separations were already happening under the three previous presidents, of which two were Democrat. So why should Trump and Republicans get blamed? He shouldn't of course, but the left use anything they can, including lies, to attack Trump, in an attempt to get votes. And the far left want open borders.

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  11. 16 hours ago, cornishcarlos said:

    What about working out of the country for 6-8 weeks, then back in country for 7-10 days. Repeat on a continuous basis..

    Am I living in Thailand ? Am I having several holidays each year in Thailand ?

    I'm married to a Thai, who does live in Thailand...


    In my mind, visa exempts are a viable option and also not "illegal" 

    Often quoted is Thailand's definition of 'resident' if you spend more than 180 days in a year here. Resident for tax purposes, but one could use that metric to define 'living here'.  http://www.rd.go.th/publish/6045.0.html


    So 6 visa exemptions a year, no problem. 180 days without a visa, isn't classed as living here in my mind, and isn't illegal / untoward at all.