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  1. Very admirable, but I did not mean to imply that you must necessarily pay state income tax in order to vote, merely that some states will use your voting along with other factors to determine whether your old state is still your tax domicile. Since I gather that you have retired permanently to Thailand I would encourage not to pay Michigan state taxes unless they come after you for them. Michigan has a voluntary declaration of tax domicile that they use to determine your tax liability. It does ask for voting information, but nothing suggests that that factor alone would make you liable. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/taxes/3799_373276_7.pdf Paying state income tax is not at all like paying federal income tax. We pay federal income tax, because we are US citizens whether we reside in the US or not. We are not, however, "citizens" of any state, merely residents. When we have met the criteria for leaving the tax domicile our residency ends and we have no further obligation to pay income tax to that state. There is certainly no federal law that every citizen must have domicile in some state. Escaping state income tax is one of the financial benefits of retiring abroad. I hate to see anyone miss out on it.
  2. Voting might be worthwhile if your former state happens to be a swing state, but most states are solid one way or the other. And it's not just risk of jury duty, but risk of liability for state income tax that is at stake. Some states do indeed factor in voter registration and actual voting to determine whether your tax domicile remains your former state or not. Fine if voting is worth all that risk to you, but it seems important to have a clear understanding of the risk involved.
  3. When I say that "children devise languages" I am not saying that children are responsible for all changes to language such as the influx of loan words, phonemic shifts, etc. In the observable cases where new languages have been created it has been children who created them, not adults. The available examples are the creoles created spontaneosly by children in mixed culture environments cited by Stephen Pinker, the development of the limited sign language to the level of a real natural language by deaf Nicaraguan children, and unusual stories of siblings or other pairs of socially isolated children who devise their own private language, such as the case dramatised in the film, "Potto and Cabengo." A possible counter example might be Esperanto, which was devised by adults, but that seems more an artificial than a natural language to me. More like Fortran, for example. Nor am I claiming that children are necessarily responsible for the 6,000 languages now extant in the world. That is a different question. The notion that it is children who devise new languages, an idea which you apparently dismiss out of hand, simply because you have never heard of it before, is consistent with what we already know about the exceptional nature of language acquisition skills in children, i.e. the ability to learn a new language rapidly, without instruction, and without an accent which begins to disappear at about age twelve. It doesn't seem a big leap to interpret the evidence above to indicate that the exceptional language abilities of children extend beyond language acquisition to language creation. The fact that scientists of the caliber of Sapolsky and Pinker do make that leap does mean that it is correct, but does imply that it deserves serious consideration.
  4. Perhaps the theory that children create language is "utter tosh," but if so, that tosh is endorsed by scientists like Robert Sapolsky at Stanford and Stephen Pinker at Harvard whose book, "The Language Instinct," cites how children will spontaneously develop a grammar-consistent creole when growing up in a mixed culture. Here's a link to a lecture from Sapolsky's Stanford course on human behavioral biology. Perhaps your listening skills are a bit better than your reading ability.
  5. 1. Do you really construe "children devise languages" to mean "children account for all changes to language?" 2. Yes, the original sign language provided by the Nicaraguan government was rudimentary, lacking the full range of expression in Nicaraguan Spanish. My point is that the further development of the language was due to the kids, not the adults, who were left behind. The language did not evolve itself as your statement suggests.
  6. Set play store to update apps only when on wifi. Probably the big data usage is due to video of some kind, either watching or downloading movies or skyping. If you are monitoring security cams that can use a lot of data, too, so be careful to do all of these video activities on wifi as much as possible. As for minimzing battery usage, the best approach is to root the device and then install one of the apps, like Greenify, that will manage battery usage efficiently.
  7. The safest response to a jury summons is just to ignore it. Prosecution or other consequences for failure to report are unknown as far as I can determine. The safest approach of all is to sever your ties completely with your former state including surrendering your driver's license and removing your name from the voting rolls. But then, of course, you can't vote.
  8. Sign language is quite an interesting phenomenon. American Sign Language, and probably the others as well, has both puns and rhyming. For instance, in ASL a gesture of drilling your index finger into you temple is a way of calling someone "boring." There is a very interesting story of the development of sign language in Nicaragua after the Sandinista Revolution when the government undertook to provide an organized education for deaf children for the first time. The government devised a rudimentary Nicaraguan Sign Language which it taught to the kids now studying together in deaf classes. However, the kids quickly developed the language far beyond its basic beginnings to a point that the deaf teachers had a hard time keeping up. The general point is that children devise languages, not adults, for the most part, including deaf kids. One would expect that Burmese Sign Language, to the extent that it is formalized, is based on the Burmese language.
  9. That's always an option, of course, but just because you haven't needed to use it does not mean that it is safe. Remember it will be a two-way street. Money may come in, but may also go out. Probably, it will be ok, but since they massively flubbed the original roll out on a national scale I don't trust it as a matter of policy. As there will never be any benefit for me why should I accept some unknown risk even if it may turn out to be small?
  10. At least at this point in time I cannot fully log in without answering their question of which of my two accounts should receive all that PromptPay money. There is no opt out of that dialogue like there has been on the ATM screens.
  11. I only know that it wanted to enroll me because it asked which of my two accounts should receive PromptPay transfers. If you have just one account it may just enroll you without asking. And it may not display that fact anywhere that you can see it.
  12. How would you know?
  13. So, I decided to try out the Bangkok Bank mobile app, but the initial login seems to necessitate enrolling in the new national IT experiment, PromptPay. Is there a way around this?
  14. So, the new policy is just what I was expecting. United will now carefully take your seat for their personnel at their whim, but only before you board since their employees will be boarded before you. Solves the PR problem for United, but, of course, does nothing at all for the rights of the passengers. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/16/us/united-passengers-removal.html?_r=0 The fact that the high-handedness of US airlines like United arises from their monopoly position in that market is apparent when you consider that although their fares climbed steeply to reflect the increase in the price of oil a few years ago, when the price subsequently fell, the price of tickets didn't drop at all. The increased profits were used to buyback airline shares. That's what monopoly pricing power gets you. Instead of calling for Congress to write regulations in the hopes that United will be forced to extend basic courtesy to their clientele, the call should be to open up US domestic routes to foreign competition. Nothing like the discipline of the free market.
  15. So, Songkran should be extended to 365 days per year, since the death rate during Songkran of 65/day is lower than the average for the whole year of about 71. Songkran is the safest time to drive on the Thai roads.