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  1. Looks like they're finally getting around to backfilling the open sewer. Assuming this is an access shaft to the below ground storm water line, why is it full of water. We haven't had rain for over a week, so I would expect the storm water line to have a minimum amount of water in it. Certainly not this much.
  2. Navy begins removal of floating 'threat to Thai sovereignty' The above article had a link to this video. Guy comes across as an idiot.
  3. Anyone hear of the Principality of Sealand. This was a seasteader that in 1965 occupied the decommissioned Roughs Tower, an offshore platform in the North Sea. The family that occupied the platform claimed it was an independent sovereign state, complete with its own passport, flag, coat of arms, national anthem and currency. It has quite the colorful history. Most interesting was this: Attack in 1978 and the Sealand Rebel Government[edit] In August 1978, Alexander Achenbach, who describes himself as the Prime Minister of Sealand, hired several German and Dutch mercenaries to spearhead an attack on Sealand while Bates and his wife were in England.[8]Achenbach had disagreed with Bates over plans to turn Sealand into a luxury hotel and casino with fellow German and Dutch businessmen.[19] They stormed the platform with speedboats, Jet Skis and helicopters, and took Bates's son Michael hostage. Michael was able to retake Sealand and capture Achenbach and the mercenaries using weapons stashed on the platform. Achenbach, a German lawyer who held a Sealand passport, was charged with treason against Sealand[8] and was held unless he paid DM 75,000 (more than US$35,000 or £23,000).[20] The governments of the Netherlands, Austria and Germany petitioned the British government for his release, but the United Kingdom disavowed his imprisonment, citing the 1968 court decision.[3] Germany then sent a diplomat from its London embassy to Sealand to negotiate for Achenbach's release. Roy Bates relented after several weeks of negotiations and subsequently claimed that the diplomat's visit constituted de facto recognition of Sealand by Germany.[8] Following the former's repatriation, Achenbach and Gernot Pütz established a government in exile, sometimes known as the Sealand Rebel Government or Sealandic Rebel Government, in Germany.[8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principality_of_Sealand
  4. Is it an illegal action though? While the seastead lies beyond 12 nautical miles and is thus not in Thai territorial waters, it is in the country’s contiguous zone, which is considered part of the broader exclusive economic zone (EEZ). (continued below) Source: “Law of the Sea: A Policy Primer”, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University The navy is acting based on Article 56, which outlines the jurisdiction of a coastal state over its EEZ under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Vice Adm Sitthiporn Maskasem, chief of the 3rd Naval area Command, told the Bangkok Post on Saturday. The UNCLOS grants a state jurisdiction with regard to the establishment and use of structures. https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1664520/tempest-in-a-seastead
  5. One rain storm and a week of water throwing we now have this.
  6. I just ran the IMG quote function for age 61 to 66, using the Silver/Area 2 (excludes US coverage), $2,500 deductible plan as an example. 61 - $1,815 62 - $1,815 63 - $1,815 64 - $1,815 65 - $3,749 66 - $3,749 So the answer is, the premium more than doubles in cost. Note these quotes are for a new policy. Looking a bit into what coverage I might have past age 65, I found info on something they call Lifetime Coverage. I'm interested in what kind of benefits that has, and at what cost, so will fire off an email asking for more details. I'll also ask what premium increases I can expect with an existing policy as I approach and pass age 65. I'll report back here with their reply. Lifetime medical coverage is available if you are enrolled in the program by your 65th birthday and maintain continuous coverage to age 75. Prior to your 75th birthday you will receive a summary of benefits for a new plan, Global Senior Plan®, and an enrollment form for coverage. There is no additional medical underwriting. You simply need to review the benefits, and promptly complete and return the enrollment form with your premium.
  7. Suggest making your way over to the darkside. Much more subdued than the insanity of central Pattaya.
  8. Yeah, I see that now. Misinterpreted your post on my first read.
  9. I saw some plans that I thought the opposite. Premiums weren't expensive, but the maximum coverage wasn't enough to cover more than a couple of days in a hospital. That, to me, was throwing money away. As another poster stated, at age 66 I may very well find the premium isn't worth the coverage I now have. Plan B is setting aside money each month so that by age 66 I'm self insured with several million baht banked. That won't be enough to cover a more serious, long term medical care condition. But I'm also taking the fatalistic, but realistic attitude that we don't live forever.
  10. I thought the video was a clever and unique way to advertise a property, but apparently there's a few out there that thought differently. Raunchy Australian real estate promo horrifies internet The article's headline is over the top too. "horrifies internet", give me a break.
  11. My career was in the software and data warehouse industry. Retired from fulltime work Jan, 2018, but pick up the odd contract when my old company needs the extra help. I really enjoy the coding work, not so much the conference calls and meetings. Have the best of both worlds now. When asked to help out, only deal with my old company, no direct contact with customers and no meetings. I'm also fortunate the work I do can be done remotely, so can live and work anywhere I have access to the Internet.
  12. LOL, hadn't read the whole thread so missed the part it wasn't your wedding. As for YouTube, you can make your posts private so only those with a link can see the video. How to Build a Private YouTube Channel
  13. Congrats on the wedding. For the video one option would be to upload to YouTube and then post the link.
  14. I'm a risk taker by nature. I did the Chiang Mai Flight of the Gibbon in 2009, although knowing what I know now I would consider it a risk not worth taking.
  15. @Thai Spice what is the purpose of the bottom bulldog clamp? Does it look like that part of the cable has been spliced?
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