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  1. wwest5829

    Over-manning over here

    Yes, I have recognized this also in the stores. I figure Thai with western companies would fire most of the staff, people have to eat so .... We have more extensive welfare programs. (I’ll leave off commenting on paying working, middle class employees a minimum wage while the company draws the corporate welfare).
  2. Fortunately history will be judging him on his words, policies and actions. The judgement will be fair...thus harsh judgement on The Donald an his ilk.
  3. wwest5829

    Shop Loyalty Cards

    We do have to give credit to how Adidas, Nike, etc. have buyers promoting their brand. The Donald is using the same tactic to enhance his brand by utilizing his political position.
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    Shop Loyalty Cards

    Or Sam’s Clubs in the US....
  5. wwest5829

    Pattaya / THExpats / Health-Self-insured?

    Agreed. I have a retirement benefit policy that will pay up to $5000 per year overseas. I continue to pay US Medicare premiums in case of need to return to US. Otherwise, I self insure as insurance policies here exclude anything to dowith pre-existing heart issues (my biggest risk) and now eaching an age exclusion....
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    How often do you get sick here compared to back home?

    First two months in Thailand after retiring it was either chest cold or stomach issues. After that, only occasional intestine cleaning out. But then, its a bit more involved. Retired = no job stress weakening the immune system. Hmm, come to think of it, I do believe my immune system is stronger now.
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    Reality and the Denial of Sex Work in Thailand

    I used to be able to see quite a few differences between my native country and other countries. Increasingly, I find more and more irony....
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    SURVEY: Is a Trade War Looming?

    Trade war effects already taking place as a result of the unilateral, bull in the China shop actions of The Donald. As in the case of consumer electronic surveillance, I must look toward the international community to protect me from the foolish words, policies, actions of the US administration. Signen .... an American Citizen.
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    Driving Chiang Mai to Hua Hin

    I have made the drive a few times as I like taking my time, visiting Bangkok on the way to and fro. But I am retired in Chiang Mai and so make break the trip up. First drive Nakon Sawan, then Bangkok to shop/eye hospital/ the sites. I have my iPhone on GPS around Bangkok. Find the roads very fine except where they are resurfacing and so one lane detours for a few miles. I enjoy driving so not an issue.
  10. wwest5829

    Driving Chiang Mai to Hua Hin

    I have made the drive a few times as I like taking my time, visiting Bangkok on the way to and fro. But I am retired in Chiang Mai and so make break the trip up. First drive Nakon Sawan, then Bangkok to shop/eye hospital/ the sites. I have my iPhone on GPS around Bangkok. Find the roads very fine except where they are resurfacing and so one lane detours for a few miles. I enjoy driving so not an issue.
  11. Expeted. He still does not get it that he is not the supreme boss of a private business but answerable to all American citizens, even those of us who disagree with his worda, policies, actions. It has to be hard on him to have this forced upon him ...
  12. Quite so, like ... attempted rape, attempted robbery, attempted murder and so on... I got it.
  13. wwest5829

    Is it safe to buy a Macbook in CM?

    I've brought a MacPro in 2011 with the English keyboard and Thai Script both. Motherboard got fried in electrical storm surge and so replaced with MacBook Air in 2017. Both bought fro Studio 7, authorized Apple reseller. No problems and they assist if I have any aftersale software or logistical questions.
  14. As The Donald has used the pardon power politically, I take your point and agree. In recognition that the justice system is fallible and later evidence (new DNA availability, for example) has shown innocent people have been found guilty by the system, I want this Executive Branch power preserved.
  15. While I oppose US military actions, the unilateral seizing of the South China Sea ans claim of sovreignty is to be condemned and ignored. I support the US and other countries sailing in recognized international waters to simly ignore the Chinese claims. I am hopeful that this will be the same treatment of ignoring the unilateral Chinese claim of airspace over the East China Sea. Yes, China will say this just invites a confrontation but let China cause the incident with a claim of sovreignty. We have already heard the International Court ruling on this matter. I actually favor an international flotilla passing through these international waters to demonstrate to China that there isa united front in rejecting her unilateral claims.
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