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  1. When you get pulled and taken to the supervisor, you are no longer in the standard position of standing at the head of a queue facing the IO. This is one possibility where you get an opportunity to see the screen. When you enter Thailand in a vehicle at some of the land borders, the immigration entries for both the vehicle and the person are done in a portacabin. Vehicle owners enter the portacabin. This is another opportunity to see the screen. I hope this widens your knowledge.
  2. Yes, indeed. Sow confusion has always been a Trump tactic. Say vague things out of context with unfinished sentences so that everyone can take from it what they want to believe. Control the narrative is another Trump tried-and-tested move. What is everybody talking about? Melania's jacket. The narrative has been controlled. Fewer people are talking about the chaotic, poorly planned and woefully badly implemented immigration policy
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    Saudi women take victory lap as driving ban ends

    As it states in the article, the original campaigners for the right to drive have been imprisoned on very serious charges and remain in prison for the foreseeable future. I can't help but think that the positives have been accentuated and the negatives downplayed in the press reporting painting an inaccurate overall picture. I believe the reason for this is that Saudi Arabia is a chief Western ally in the Middle East. This inaccurate reporting has been from all shades of the political spectrum. A casual reader might form a picture of equality for women in Saudi. Nothing could be further from the truth in this country.
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    Pronunciation of ง when it is a final consonant

    @Artful Dodger You appear to have created a distinction that I was unaware of, namely that ง at the end of a syllable has two distinct pronunciations. Apart from the way you hear the words pronounced, are you aware of any linguistic material, such as a textbook, documenting this distinction. I am not. Could it possibly be first language interference affecting the way you hear these sounds. May I ask what your first language is and if it is English, which regional variety you speak?
  5. When I get mine from the UK Liverpool Thai Consulate, they are strict about the money requirement. They request that the balance is maintained over £5000 for the whole 6 months and that the money be in an instant access account. I also have a fund portfolio which theoretically would qualify. I take a statement from the portfolio along to the Consulate in case they reject everything else. I have never had the chance to discover if it would be accepted as they have always accepted one of the bank accounts. Basically, you just need one qualifying account and you have satisfied that requirement. p.s. Why are people talking about £6000 when the stipulation is for £5000?
  6. @Hal65 Whilst it is very possible that you don't "bodily present" yourself to Cambodian officials, I can assure that each and every visa runner must personally stamp in and out of Thailand by themselves. Therefore your reading of reports of border runs is incorrect. You have taken what happens on the Cambodian side as both sides. This is not the case.
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    Thaksin points out why some former MPs are leaving Pheu Thai

    The good General is correct. When he does it or members of his clique, it is not corruption by his definition. When his enemies do it, it is corruption. So he has stamped out corruption by his definition.
  8. What is required is a holistic solution. This would include :- 1. a proper diagnosis and prognosis. 2. a long-term plan of treatment. 3. a long-term plan of the girl's needs. (home, education, etc.) Then, based on these, a better understanding of 1. Where the treatment could be conducted (almost certainly not Amphoe Rattana Wapi, probably not Nong Khai) 2. The technical requirement of the treatment, such as equipment at home. 3. Who would deliver the treatment such as relatives 4. The cost of the treatment 5. Who would pay 6. The probable outcomes Then such a plan could be put into place. The fact that the provincial governor and head of the provincial Red Cross (same surname, wife?, sister?) turned up, donated some cash (unspecified) and some necessities (probably more milk powder!! and some Brand's) and then buggered off after the photo shoot speaks volumes. Chucking money at the problem Bob Geldof style often results in appallingly wasteful outcomes that do not help the person in need at all. What is required is a determined and methodical approach, by the proper authorities first and then, if they fail, which it looks like they have, by somebody who knows what they are doing.
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    Thaksin points out why some former MPs are leaving Pheu Thai

    How can you amend the very fabric of society? The patronage system is the underpinning of Thai society, not a Christian morality nor individual rights. Anybody in a position of authority who doesn't rent-seek is seen as an oddity and rather foolish. Wealth, status and position remain tightly linked. I would even say politicians are not being "bribed" but simply they work in factions and find the best reward/(risk + effort) ratio and go with it. You do understand that they have to pay out very considerably as well as taking cash. To gain a block vote of a village of 1000 people might take an investment of 200,000 Baht at election time. Those "canvassers" who work as the go-betweens ensuring a village votes one way or another and are very regularly killed don't work for free, you know, and the villagers will expect a few hundred each and a party with free booze for their vote.
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    Thaksin points out why some former MPs are leaving Pheu Thai

    Agreed, expenses are high. Therefore income has to well exceed these high expenses. The whole system is based on cash flows within a patronage system, there are no political ideals or policy strategies. These are fully left to career civil servants who may or may not deal with them.
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    Thaksin points out why some former MPs are leaving Pheu Thai

    Agreed, expenses are high. Therefore income has to well exceed these high expenses. The whole system is based on cash flows within a patronage system, there are no political ideals or policy strategies. These are fully left to career civil servants who may or may not deal with them.
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    Thaksin points out why some former MPs are leaving Pheu Thai

    Agreed, expenses are high. Therefore income has to well exceed these high expenses. The whole system is based on cash flows within a patronage system, there are no political ideals or policy strategies. These are fully left to career civil servants who may or may not deal with them.
  13. There is one roundabout near where I live in Chonburi. Yesterday I encountered a pair of women (without helmets) going round it the wrong way. As you say, it is, for the moment, beyond their capabilities.
  14. @andiwilson What happened in the end?
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