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JimmyJ

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  1. The myth of melting ice and rising seas

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/25/arctic-ice-melt-trigger-uncontrollable-climate-change-global-level https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/sea-ice-extent-sinks-to-record-lows-at-both-poles http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/10/world/polar-bears-arctic-climate-change/index.html https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/science/earth-highest-temperature-record.html Etc., etc. Plenty of facts, but no problem - ExpatOilWorker says it will NOT melt. As someone mentioned in the thread today, there is not a debate over this in the scientific community. It is fact. People can deny facts, but scientific truths remain true whether people disagree or agree.
  2. The myth of melting ice and rising seas

    Unsurprisingly, no scientific credentials cited thus far for the climate change science deniers in this thread and I predict there will not be any cited. So a few individuals with no expertise in this area disagree with experts using the scientific method who are in ~97% agreement. OK... One denier here stated that the North Sea has not risen an inch, citing nothing. I assume that was based on his driving past once and glancing at it. Or perhaps he saw a picture of it and made his decision. Another seems to be on a crusade vs. the Greens, and Liberals, and Marxists, and 97% of climate scientists. Nobody would be able to convince Wendy Wright of the truth of evolution in the Dawkins video. She is guided by Christian Fundamentalism and is close minded to facts. No idea what motivates the deniers in this thread to be likewise closed to facts (although one made it clear he believes in the Noachian Flood which is as anti science as it gets).
  3. The myth of melting ice and rising seas

    "The fear campaign is unwarranted and simply about power." What are your scientific credentials? Same question for others in this thread who disagree with 97% of scientists on this issue. [If you prefer, "...disagree with the vast majority of scientists..."]
  4. The myth of melting ice and rising seas

    I'm constantly reminded of the Dawkins/Wright video when I visit this thread. The 1st 4:00 of this video is why: After 4:00 the video maker goes on to show his evidence of evolution using the whale. But you get the picture.
  5. The myth of melting ice and rising seas

    What exactly would you accept? A signed statement from each of the 15,000? But the handwriting could be forged. So a handwriting expert. But what if he's been paid off? So 3 handwriting experts, and video of each of the signings? The constant weaseling by climate science deniers is appalling. And ultimately timewasting.
  6. Thank you for pointing this out - it seems they should be ok with my applying for the visa as is. (I had thought it begins date of issuance and the stay has to be completed within 3 months of issuance).
  7. Thanks for the quick response. I'm going to apply about 2 weeks before departing, so a total time of 3 months and a bit less than 2 weeks total from the time I get the SE visa until my departure flight back to the US from Thailand. So I assume I need to reserve a cheap flight out of Thailand to a neighboring country with a departure date within 3 months from when my visa gets issued and send a copy of that with my visa application, so that the Thai Consulate issuing the visa sees " 1 copy of airline ticket (confirmed onward ticket – showing flights into and out of Thailand...". (so it doesn't appear I'm planning on overstaying by 2 weeks). Do you feel that is necessary?
  8. I first looked into this about a year ago, and I've now booked my round trip ticket from the US to return in 3 months from departure. Interested in living in SE Asia so will spend the time looking for an area I like, as well as visiting 2 neighboring countries for the same purpose. Went to http://www.thaiconsulatela.org/ - the Thai Consulate Los Angeles, and it seems some things are a bit different from when I looked at this previously. 1) " Fee for Tourist Visas for single entry is GRATIS from December 1, 2016, through February 28, 2017. Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa (METV) is still $200." It seems the website hasn't updated for about a year. Is there currently a fee for the Single Entry Tourist Visa? 2) I remember that previously for the Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa (METV) it required a police report. I no longer see this listed. http://www.thaiconsulatela.org/service_visa_detail.aspx?link_id=32 3) "Thailand Launches the Multiple Entry Tourist Visa (METV) scheme starting November 13, 2015 - Double and Triple Entry Tourist Visas no longer available... Purpose of visit - For tourism (pleasure) purposes only (Category “TR”) Validity of visa The validity of the visa is 90 days for a single entry visa (enter within 90 days from when the visa is issued) or 180 days for a two-entry or three-entry visa (must use both entries within 180 days from when the visa is issued - i.e. enter Thailand two times or three times depending on the visa within 180 days from when the visa is issued) - (each entry stay up to 60 days). Period of stay Travelers with this type of visa will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period not exceeding 60 days at any time for each entry. The period begins on the date you arrive in Thailand." http://www.thaiconsulatela.org/service_visa_detail.aspx?link_id=32 The way I am reading this is that both the Single and ME are valid for one 60 day period (for each entry for the METV). So is the Single Entry (SE) only valid for one 60 day stay now? IIRC it was possible to renew the SE for an additonal 30 days, I believe without leaving the country. Is that still possible? 4) It states that for both SE and ME: " 1 application form [Download] (alll sections must be completed and signed by the applicant...). The application form asks for: "Countries for which travel document is valid". I guess the "travel document" referred to is my passport? I don't understand how to answer this (and why they are asking)? EDIT - Just realized they are probably asking for the issuing country (USA in this case)? "Proposed address in Thailand". I guess the address of my hotel reservation for my arrival night? "Name and address of Local Guarantor" and "Name and address of Guarantor in Thailand". ??? No idea what to do here? Seems like that's more for a Visa application for people going to Thailand for a job? But the instructions are "(alll sections must be completed and signed by the applicant...) http://www.thaiconsulatela.org/pdf/visa_application.pdf Thanks much for help with this. A very confusing website and visa application instructions.
  9. Some foreign films available on the internet for download don't have English subtitles and none can be found anywhere else (It hasn't yet been released in an English language country, or perhaps it never will). And sometimes well meaning people create subtitles using Google Translate. Unfortunately, that doesn't work very well. Or, in Google Translate, that well work not too very.
  10. The phone app definitely does. I just checked the website as well and it has about 125 languages including Thai. (You can also brush up on your Gujarati, Igbo, and Scots Gaelic).
  11. I looked at the posts on another site's forum which I'd seen discussing this last month. It turns out the article they linked was from summer 2016. Glad that they've apparently dropped the idea, or at least have not implemented, a SIM only for non Thai citizens. But I had also just read the "biometric checks" article you link to before I posted. Showing ID when buying a SIM card I can deal with. Being fingerprinted or iris scanned is not acceptable to me. I don't see how every shop in the country selling SIMs will be able to have the equipment for the fingerprinting or even more so for the iris scans. (Unless the shops which sell SIMs is extremely restricted which doesn't seem to be the case as someone mentioned 7-11's sell them.
  12. Using Google Translate on my phone to practice my (very basic) Thai, I attempted to say something innocent and basic in Thai (don't recall what exactly, something like "large hotel") and it gave the English translation as "f_cking machine".
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