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  1. You're on the wrong topic, the pardon was about an arson conviction.
  2. Here is one of the best summarys I've located of the events/history surrounding this case. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/07/10/president-trump-grants-full-pardon-for-dwight-hammond-76-and-steven-hammond-49-oregon-ranchers/ This is about a lot more to this pardon than just the simple "facts" in the Reuters article too. Note this case is also tied to events that led to the shooting of Lavoy Finicum during the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which has been very embarassing to law enforcement involved in the incident. Personally, I think the pardon was warranted.
  3. My addition to this astute observation is that this is not a particularly Thai phenomenon, rather more like a government procurement waste/abuse everywhere/anywhere thing !!
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    Skytrain delays till year-end: operator

    I'd say you'll be fine. This thread is about the exception not the rule. I know there is a lot of criticism at the moment, but this will pass, the problems will be fixed. You will also be traveling at "off peak" hours, your times are before both the morning and evening rush hours, so less chance of a wait. You also do not have to change trains. I would estimate your "on the train time" at about 30 mins.
  5. A positive development, trust between decades long enemies is built one step at a time. There are also reunions coming between separated North/South Korean family members. Hoping for a bright future for the peoples of the Korean Peninsula.
  6. My experience over the last decade is that if I arrive no later than 10am I am sure to be done before noon. Your mileage may vary ... last trip out there was about an hour in the queue, a 10:15 arrival. I always go mentally prepared for the worst, I grab my queue number, go downstairs get a coffee and croisant and have a book to read. I'm not bothered if it's a lengthy wait, as I just assume it will be. Also, I'm mentally prepared if a lunch break arrives, they stop from 12 until 13:00 ... go have some lunch and forget about it.
  7. You're mind reading again.
  8. Mind reading is not a thing.
  9. expat_4_life

    Internet Romance Scam

    Assuming it is a scam, and the OP portrays it as such (certainly red flags), I agree, involve the authorities. They will know all the angles, she could even be being groomed for something bigger down the road after the first "innocent" encounter.
  10. expat_4_life

    Internet Romance Scam

    IMHO, this sounds like fun, but is getting caught up in "something" while playing "007" worth the risk?
  11. Let's check-in with President Moon of South Korea, he's upbeat and positive. He acknowledges the challenges ahead, but at the same time says there is no going back to the past. Courageous leader. From Twitter: @moonriver365 I offer my heartfelt congratulations and welcome the success of the historic North Korea-United States summit. This is just a beginning and there may be many difficulties ahead, but we will never go back to the past again and never give up on this bold journey. Full Statement: I offer my heartfelt congratulations and welcome the success of the historic North Korea-United States summit. When I met with Chairman Kim Jong Un at House of Unification (Tongilgak) in Panmunjeom on May 26, and when I spoke over the phone with President Trump yesterday, I could cautiously predict the success of the summit. Seventy years of division and hostility, however, have cast a dark shadow that makes it difficult to believe what is actually taking place before our very eyes. I pay my high compliments for the courage and determination of the two leaders, President Trump and Chairman Kim, not to settle for that outdated and familiar reality but to take a daring step towards change. The June 12 Sentosa Agreement will be recorded as a historic event that has helped break down the last remaining Cold War legacy on earth. It is a great victory achieved by both the United States and the two Koreas, and a huge step forward for people across the world who long for peace. Once again, I would like to pay my respect to President Trump who achieved a feat that no one else has ever delivered. Chairman Kim Jong Un will also be remembered as a leader who made a historic moment by taking the first bold step toward the world. I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore and many other world leaders for the great efforts they have made in order to make the summit a success. Building upon the agreement reached today, we will take a new path going forward. Leaving dark days of war and conflict behind, we will write a new chapter of peace and cooperation. We will be there together with North Korea along the way. This is just a beginning and there may be many difficulties ahead, but we will never go back to the past again and never give up on this bold journey. History is a record of people who take action and rise to a challenge. My Administration will spare no effort in cooperating with the United States, North Korea and the international community to ensure that the agreement can be implemented in its entirety. I, as President of the Republic of Korea, promise to make all-out efforts to help establish permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula and usher in a new era of co-existence and prosperity.
  12. If ever there was an issue that requires us all to set aside our politics and bias, this qualifies. I hate the headline "Doubtful" .... why not be "Hopeful". If the result is ending the Korean War, removing US troops, lifting sanctions, stopping military exercises, and averting nuclear catastrophe, Trump could french kiss Kim for all I care.
  13. People are mad Trump dissed Canada but everything he said is Trudeau.
  14. It's only the end of an era for Thailand, in the sense of a rapid and ongoing disappearance of rural communities. Young Thais want to move to the cities. Same thing happened in rural America and other western countries 50+ years ago. I don't expect an end to western expats in Thailand.
  15. Good post highlighting the state of DC politics - with one small correction ... the highlighted text should read: No Politician ever met a lobbyist they did not like, and has ever been able to say no to a lobbyist.
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