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  1. Simply political posturing from the Vatican. If the Pope really cared about the camps he would utilize the vast wealth of the Vatican to establish something/somewhere that he thought was more humane. Virtue signaling at it's worst.
  2. People (in the west) love to complain about the 1% .... the wealthy. This is exactly how it gets started, putting hard working people that support their family's by any means possible with the limited skills they have, out of business. What do they then do? It destroys a vital part of what makes Bangkok a vibrant and interesting city. I do not see anything positive in this closing of street vendors .... it destroys the means many Thais have at their disposal for support and further erodes a vital part of the freedoms and entrepreneurship that many Thais enjoy today regardless of their "class".
  3. Regardless of your religious persuasion, I hope there is a special place in hell for the globalist gangster bankers and may they rot there for eternity.
  4. Depending on exactly where you live, you may find that one of the local providers has better coverage for your location. I live in Bangkok and had to switch providers (from DTAC who I used for years) to True to get coverage in my condo. These prepaid plans usually lock you into the service through contracts. Until you get settled, I'd advise thinking about pay-as-you-go for some interval of time. I rarely have need to make intl calls on my phone, but there are VOIP numbers you can use with each service provider so that the minute rate is only a few baht @ min. The other 2 things I use to keep usage down and plans small are: 1) Mobile App LINE, has free messaging and voice calling (with other LINE users obviously) and is very very popular here. 2) GOOGLE voice, it's free in the USA - get a US number before you leave. This allows you to call any US/Canada number free and so long as your friends/family can call that number free then nobody pays. It has voicemail and texting features as well. I only use it on my PC, so not sure about the interface for other platforms. One other nice thing about this is you can maintain a US number at no cost, which is handy for giving to your bank/broker/credit cards etc when you leave. NOTE: it does require a gmail account.
  5. This past election should have been Sanders vs Trump .... the two outsiders. The American public elected Trump primarily because he was not one of the selected candidates from either of the two established parties. It's too bad that the DNC sabotage of the Sanders campaign did not allow for the American people to have a real choice. The paradigm has shifted, the DNC and RNC are both facing a new reality, politics as we once knew it is history. Trumps victory has thrown both the Bush and Clinton dynasties to the rubbish heap, and both political parties along with it.
  6. Congratulations ... The new DNC Chair Tom Perez wanted to "put a fork" into Bernie Sanders Latino support - on behalf of Hillary Clinton https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/26666#efmADoAFt Quote: From Perez to Podesta (link above) Congrats again. While I recognize that the mother load is Texas, I am very excited about Massachusetts. I know it is not yet done, but it is looking good. I also look forward to my appearance on Telemundo tomorrow where I can trumpet her strong support among Latinos and put a fork once and for all in the false narrative about Bernie and Latinos. Congrats IMHO this does not bode very well for the immediate future of the Democrat Party.
  7. Le Pen is mightier than the sword.
  8. I've been on an extension of stay (retirement) and have used a fixed deposit account for the last 12 years, no problems here in Bangkok. I have had to start updating my bank book on the day of application though to meet their requirements. Conveniently, at the Chaeng Wattana offices many major banks are located in the basement along with the food courts and photo copy services. So I get my updated balance forward stamp (which matches my bank letter) on the day right there. I am also using Bangkok Bank.
  9. Still available from Villa on Sukhumvit where I bought some today for anyone who is interested.
  10. You have 2 options for long stay, married (can obtain employment) or retired (assuming you have no plan to work). Both can be obtained by following the correct procedure once you are here on a visa of any type of original qualification, tourist, retired, or married. It's simply different paths to the same result. As to if long stay is easier with a retired or married qualification, it comes down to the paperwork and monetary requirements. I prefer the retired route. Ubonjoe is one of the foremost experts on all of the options and implications, a great asset to the TV community.
  11. This has been going on for 3 years in Bangkok and I had always obtained my bank letter the day before I went to immigration. However it is now my practice to obtain the letter the day before, get my book updated, and visit the bank on renewal day to get my book updated yet again because of this policy. There is no need (at Bangkok Bank) to make a transaction, book can be updated to show the balance as of the day. Luckily in Bangkok all the major banks are represented on the basement floor and it makes obtaining a book update easy.
  12. Hillary lost when she condemned poor white voters as "deplorables" and labeled them "Irredeemable". The smear which will live in infamy.
  13. The Hillary campaign and the DNC made a complete mockery of democracy. It's all there in wikileaks. In some ways you could argue Bernie is the biggest political loser here. He sold out and now got absolutely nothing for it.
  14. Media which got everything wrong will now tell you all the things that will happen as a result of the thing they said wouldn't happen.
  15. It's almost as if you endlessly call people bigots and racists they'll eventually get fed up and turn on you.