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About elnet1

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  1. Plus, if he had been to prison, I doubt he would have qualified for a visa to enter Thailand in the first place?
  2. American here, even if the Aussie started it, the American went way overboard in the use of excessive violence. Self-defense is defined as the right to prevent suffering force or violence through the use of a sufficient level of counteracting force or violence. ... What goes beyond that level? For example, if the Aussie threw the first punch, then the American should have only used enough force to defend himself. Repeatedly punching the Aussie unconscious and then head stomping him, might lead to an "assault with a deadly weapon (foot)" charge, at least that is what they have been charging people with in the US now days. And when the person dies, then it might be upgraded to manslaughter or murder charge, but this being Thailand, maybe they will say its karma and thats all, which is BS. Examples in the US where one punch causes a death and murder charges are filed: -Johnson was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder without intent after he hit Anthony Quinn Shriver in the face [once] around 2:40 a.m. Shriver, 22, of Waconia, died several hours later after he was struck, according to documents filed in Stearns County District Court. -Police say after looking at video and talking to witnesses, they were able to determine that Collier’s injuries resulted from a single punch from 25-year-old Samed Ali Shah. Investigators say Collier and Shah got into a verbal altercation and Shah punched Collier, knocking him unconscious.
  3. Darts are banned: https://news.thaivisa.com/article/15816/new-crackdown-sees-darts-banned-in-pattaya
  4. Uhh..... An air separation plant separates atmospheric air into its primary components, typically nitrogen and oxygen, and sometimes also argon and other rare inert gases. The most common method for air separation is fractional distillation. This is what Air Liquide, Praxair, Air Products and other companies do, basically they are selling "air".
  5. A mining claim is made by four stakes in the ground at the corners (up to 20 acres, so far apart) or piling rocks to form a monument at the boundaries, there wouldn't be any physical fence or house there for the most part, unless its an old patented claim from way back when. I've been in areas where you see an old tobacco tin, with the paper detailing out the claim boundaries and rocks piled up on all four corners, thats all. If there are no minerals to be had, then you can't file a claim. But back to the guy with a gun, honestly, a man brandishing a gun and you had four kids with you, that guy probably was insane anyways. And if he had something illegal there, it might have been booby trapped. Again, this is common in the forested and rural areas of California nowdays with pop-up meth labs and pot grows everywhere.
  6. You may have just been on private property, not a mining claim. I live 30 minutes from Lake Tahoe, a lot of private land owners don't like people crossing their private property because of the danger of vandalism and forest fires caused by smokers. I'll bet what that guy was trying to tell you, was that he had a "grow" and illegal marijuana plantation near by, not a mining claim. And I almost took a caretaker job on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe owned by a guy who said part of the duties was to marshall off the occasional hiker that crossed his private property, nothing to do with mining or the Mining Act of 1872. And no, you can't legally shoot anyone that is crossing your mining claim, you can't shoot them even if you find someone "mining" on your claim, unless you want to be tried for manslaughter, you would call the sheriff or law enforcement and have them deal with it. If you read the original article, someone making a claim under the mining act, doesn't own the land, just the right to mine the minerals there. More info: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/gold-prospecting/405680-claim-jumping-mining-violence.html
  7. SSI benefits and living in Thailand

    How do you qualify for [Social Security] retirement benefits? When you work and pay Social Security taxes [the US government takes this from your paycheck], you earn “credits” toward Social Security benefits. The number of credits you need to get retirement benefits depends on when you were born. If you were born in 1929 or later, you need 40 credits (10 years of work). If you stop working before you have enough credits to qualify for benefits, the credits will remain on your Social Security record. If you return to work later, you can add more credits to qualify. We can’t pay any retirement benefits until you have the required number of credits. How much will your retirement benefit be? We base your benefit payment on how much you earned during your working career. Higher lifetime earnings result in higher benefits. If there were some years you didn’t work or had low earnings, your benefit amount may be lower than if you had worked steadily. The age at which you decide to retire also affects your benefit. If you retire at age 62, the earliest possible Social Security retirement age, your benefit will be lower than if you wait. I think people don't understand that the SSI [Supplemental Security Income] is called a "means-tested program," meaning it has nothing to do with work history, but strictly with financial need. To meet the SSI income requirements, you must have less than $2,000 in assets (or $3,000 for a couple) and a very limited income. That's the part people are bringing up if you are out of the US.
  8. SSI benefits and living in Thailand

    Currently, you have to "self-certify" under penalty of law.... The Social Security Administration (SSA) could potentially prevent hundreds of millions of dollars in overpayments by using travel data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to identify Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients outside the United States, according to a recent report from SSA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). SSI recipients are required to report to SSA changes that may affect their eligibility or payment amounts—including departures from the United States. Recipients are generally not eligible for payments once they are outside the U.S. for 30 consecutive days. However, some recipients may fail to report this information to SSA because they want to continue receiving SSI—and SSA is not currently able to identify these individuals in other ways.
  9. Fake news.... Fast forward to 2:20
  10. Kick out from hotel like a vagabond.

    I used to work at hotels and can't see renting to anyone without payment up front or a valid credit card. I can just imagine upon checkout that the guest tries to pay and his card is declined due to insufficient funds or maybe the card is damaged. Now what? I just don't see this happening. Especially the hotels in heavy tourist areas they know that people frequently overspend and then if there is nothing to charge to, the guest could sneak out on the bill, still, I'd like to know the name of that hotel.
  11. Kick out from hotel like a vagabond.

    Yes, they had to keep the room unsold, because you might turn up and want your room. If you called to cancel, they might be able to release the room to be rented to potential guests.
  12. Kick out from hotel like a vagabond.

    Yes. This guest assumed that the manager has a crystal ball and knows that he "intended" to stay for the full three-week duration. He would have had rights if he paid in full in advance. You can do a walk up booking without reservations, but normally the hotel should have cleared the time versus booked reservations. Like, you can only stay until the 30th, but the hotel is fully booked past this time. Apparently, that is what he is on about.
  13. Kick out from hotel like a vagabond.

    Yeah, I can see where a lot of tourists do a runner and pack up and leave before dawn, especially if they are flying out or leaving the country, hotel can't get paid like that, or the guests claim poverty and never had the cash. I can't see hotels operating like that.
  14. Kick out from hotel like a vagabond.

    I used to work at a hotel, until you put your money down, it is not a guarantee. You could intend to stay for the 3 weeks, yet, you could just leave at any time, so it's not firm on YOUR part until you pay for the full three weeks in advance. I also used to work construction where I stayed weekly or monthly, around holidays I always asked the hotel if they were going to be busy during that period and would pay to ensure that I had a place to stay, or I would have advance knowledge to make other arrangements.