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Random and Spurious / Re: Quote of the day
« Last post by jivvy on June 02, 2020, 09:48:30 PM »

Make sure you visualize what you really want, not what someone else wants for you.

Jerry Gillies
Random and Spurious / Re: Quote of the day
« Last post by jivvy on June 02, 2020, 06:59:34 PM »
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

    – Albert Einstein
General Discussion / Re: Covid-19
« Last post by Alfie on June 02, 2020, 06:49:54 PM »
One new Covid-19 case for Thailand today (3,083), one new death (58), an 80-year-old man who had asthma, and one new recovery (2,966). 59 people are still under treatment

Where to..... / Re: Real estate appraised value and tax, Nai Mueang
« Last post by Alfie on June 02, 2020, 06:39:25 PM »

I read this article today. I think it is the same tax discussed in this thread so I will copy the article here.

Cabinet okays 90% reduction in land, building tax for 2020

2 June 2020

The Cabinet has approved a 90 per cent reduction in land and building taxes for the year 2020 and a two-month postponement in the deadline for filing personal income tax returns, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (June 2).

“The move aims to alleviate people’s financial burden due to the Covid-19 situation. The reduction in land and building taxes will be valid for this year only and should not affect the country’s future revenue,” he said.

“The Cabinet at a next meeting will discuss measures to help local agencies that will be affected by the lower revenue from taxes,” he added.

The Land and Building Taxes Act BE 2562 (2019) was enforced for the first time earlier this year. It requires people to pay tax on their land or buildings depending on size and use. Under this law, a maximum 0.15 per cent tax will be collected from land used for agricultural purposes, 0.3 per cent for residential use and 1.2 per cent for commercial and industrial purposes as well as from lands that have been left unused. The maximum limit will be raised by 0.3 per cent every three years but will not exceed 3 per cent.

Furthermore, the Cabinet has agreed to postpone the deadline for filing personal income tax returns for another two months, after it had previously approved a three-month postponement in February, then extending the deadline from March to June. The new deadline is now the end of August.

General Discussion / Re: Covid-19 Vietnam
« Last post by Roger on June 02, 2020, 09:18:08 AM »
Some have doubted Thailand's CV-19 figures and while that's fair enough, maybe events have proved there has not been much seriously wrong.

However, I blinked when I noticed weeks ago, that Vietnam, with it's long border with China and many Chinese visitors at the start, had managed to get through the crisis with ZERO deaths. Whilst aware that Vietnam has the same excess heat/UV/VitD advantages as Thailand, their ZERO still looks remarkable - this article lends the possibility some credence . . .

Health , Education and Family / Re: Life in Virulent Times
« Last post by Coolkorat on June 01, 2020, 10:44:09 PM »
Bit slow to post: here's a selection from this month:

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Random and Spurious / Re: Joke of the Day
« Last post by jivvy on June 01, 2020, 10:07:29 PM »
A Golfer was involved in a terrible car crash and was rushed to hospital.
Just before he was put under, the Surgeon popped in to see him.
"I have some good news and some bad news."
The Surgeon tells him.
"The bad news is that I have to remove your right arm!"
“Oh God no," the man cries.
"My Golfing is over.
Please Doc, what's the good news?"
"The good news is, I have another one to replace it with, but it's a woman's arm and I'll need your permission before go ahead with the transplant."
"Go for it Doc, as long as I can play Golf again."
The operation went well and a year later the man was out on the Golf Course when he bumped into the Surgeon.
"Hi, how's the new arm?" The surgeon asks.
"Just great," the Golfer replies.
"I'm playing the best Golf of my life.
My new arm has a much finer touch and my Putting has really improved."
“That's great."
"Not only that, My handwriting has improved, learned how to sew my own clothes and even taken up painting landscapes in watercolors."
"That’s unbelievable, I'm glad to hear the transplant was such a great success.
Are you having any side effects?"
"Well, just two really," the Golfer told him.
"I have trouble Parallel Parking and every time I have an erection I get a headache!"
General Discussion / Re: Covid-19
« Last post by Roger on June 01, 2020, 04:06:51 PM »
Not written by Emily Maitliss and from the independent "Independent" yesterday.

"It’s one thing to live through a terrifying pandemic, but another thing entirely to do so under a blundering government. And during the past week, as Boris Johnson’s government dodged and lied to protect an adviser, while the nation’s coronavirus death rate became the highest, the mask finally came off even for many previous supporters of this failing administration, exposing the moral vacuum behind it. In just one week, the government trashed its public reputation, with Johnson’s approval dropping an eye-watering 20 points. As news emerged that the prime minister’s aide, Dominic Cummings, flouted lockdown measures with a family road trip to Durham, the nation united in outrage."


This DT article which pinpointed Cummings in dishonest mode - disappeared very quickly after BJ's fightback on the Parliamentary Committee last week. I wonder why ? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/26/dominic-cummingss-coronavirus-prediction-claim-undermined-emerges/
General Discussion / Re: Minneapolis : George Floyd
« Last post by Roger on June 01, 2020, 03:37:49 PM »
Pres. Trump is going to declare 'Antifa' a terrorist organisation - so they may have a hard time coming.

TW I agree the rioting is horrendous - it's happened many times when the USA Police kill a 'black person'. But to put it in context, remember the 'Yellow shirt' saga in France which went on throughout 2019 - the French know how to put on a good riot too  ;)

The USA needs to sort out the attitudes in the Police, (who killed someone on all but 27 days of last year). But with all those guns around - it's not easy. In a feature about USA gun sales, I heard that CV-19 brought a sales boost 4 times the numbers following 9/11   :(

I agree that the USA is widely losing respect around the World and that comes from the wacky antics of Pres. Trump - the USA deserves MUCH better IMO and let's hope for a change.
General Discussion / Re: Minneapolis : George Floyd
« Last post by caller on June 01, 2020, 02:00:09 PM »
A formally respected ally is rapidly becoming a laughing stock and is in danger of becoming a pariah state.

Sooner or later,  other western nations are going to formally turn their backs on Trump's USA.

Formally respected?

I don't think there are many nations that can preach to the US. Have you seen the French Police recently? Make the US version seem like good guy's. Germany has the rise of the far right, Spain has imprisoned politicians seeking a different way, Italy is still a basket case. Hungary and Poland are becoming dictatorships, SE Asia is a democracy free zone, Russia is bust, China still likes to suppress and disappear people and doesn't tolerate dissent.

If what is happening in the US happened in China, people would soon be screaming for the return of the good old US of A.