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  1. 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%.
  2. Err no, Musk is taking the taxpayers down a notch, he's received $4.9 billion in government support, and he hasn't delivered. A string of failures, rocket explosions, car spontaneous combustions, delays, Tesla and SpaceX on the brink of bankruptcy. Their anger is understandable at this point. I will retract this post in the event he takes humanity to Mars.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. His father owned an emerald mine in Zambia, all kinds of 'blood money' with that sort of thing. That's where some of Musk's fortune comes from, plus $4.9 billion in government subsidies. Then he had sex with his stepdaughter who he knew since she was 4. He was 72, her 30, when they had a baby. This is after divorcing Musk's mother.
  7. Will need to get your mouth off his you know what before you eat the popcorn But no, you're wrong, Elon has already deleted all the Tweets after the huge international media backlash. Elon is never going to mention this again, let alone go to Thailand. He was all about the PR, now it's turned into bad PR he'll pretend it never happened.
  8. Musk was raised well, to a high education level, private boy's school, two degrees in Physics & Economics... yet he calls someone a 'pedo' (then 'pedo guy'). Much more crass. Vern didn't say 'ass' by the way (not even a British word). He said 'he can stick his submarine where it hurts'. Quite a difference in wording, and the way he said it came off light hearted, not boorish. The video is easy to find.
  9. Assistant: ‘what do you want to do today sir?’ Elon: ‘I want to be poorer’ Asst: ‘you could call someone a pedo’ Elon: ‘that’s what I pay you for....’
  10. 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.
  11. They are being reunited as of yesterday, first wave. According to the planned deadline. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/10/us/migrant-children-reunification-immigration.html Let's hope the parents won't willingly put them at risk of being separated - as well as rape and death - again.
  12. 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.
  13. 90% of children at the border are unaccompanied, so they aren't being separated from parents - their parents sent them. In fact, it's left wing policies like welfare and catch & release that are separating kids from parents - they know that there's a good chance the kids they send alone will get into America and get free stuff, so they send the kids off. Terrible. If we removed that incentive, those kids wouldn't be sent off, often getting raped en route.
  14. Here's to another decade of being a digital nomad in Thailand
  15. 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.
  16. Fly to Vientiane, Laos, and come in via land border with a tourist visa. Extend to 3 months. After that use visa run companies (e.g. thaivisaservice, first hit on Google, that's a reliable one) that take you to Laos and back by vehicle, helping you get a tourist visa, and helping you get through the border - they have a contact that they give 20 passports to to quickly approve while you wait in the van. 3 months again, every time you do that. After doing that a few times consider an Ed visa, and /or changing your passport, it can still help even if they still have access to all your entrances and exits, for it to look fresh on first inspection so they don't dig further.
  17. The Brits previously set a world record for the deepest cave dive, 9000 metres - https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/event/longest-cave-dive-world-record-123382933#the-triumphant-trio-rene-houben-rick-stanton-and-john-volanthen-the-picture-id123112391
  18. "British divers John Volanthen and Rick Stanton first people to meet missing boys and coach" https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/thailand-cave-search-missing-boys-divers-supplies-advance-soccer-chiang-rai-a8426601.html And the 3rd team member Robert Charles Harper
  19. jspill

    Thai vs Filipina

    Any progress on the conversation and sex front?
  20. Probably easier to overstay in the big cities actually as we blend in more and landlords don't usually bother filling in the forms. I did 4 years overstay on Bangkok.
  21. You can renew your passport by mail from Bangkok, while you're on overstay, I've done the same thing. At the UK passport building (Trendy on soi 13) they didn't care what my overstay status was. Then I picked up my new passport, the old one had the corner cut off, and when I finally left the country (after saving tons of money and hassle) I showed them the old one, overstay stamp was put in the new one, and off I went, with the officers all smiles and giggles.
  22. jspill

    KL, Penang, or exempt?

    Visa exempt. Never heard of anyone being denied entry with <90 days stay per year This is how Thailand shoots itself in the foot, making people overcautious. Can only imagine how many people just decided to spend their cash elsewhere
  23. Figure of speech, he was denied entry and flown back to where he flown from. Yes technically it isn't called a deportation. It isn't voluntary either way though. And it had nothing to do with anything he said, he was already going to be flown back. Then, again, what immigration at the next airport did with him (decided to fly him back to his home country) is nothing to do with whatever he said to the Thailand IOs either, as you posted.
  24. I know, he knows too, but there's a much lower risk if you don't do a 24 hour 'in/out'.