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MikeB last won the day on December 2 2014

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  1. The article is based on a study by Columbia University scientists, partially funded by the National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation. https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.15.20103655v1.full.pdf
  2. Sorry to hear. I never met him but I read a lot of his posts and blogs through the years. And videos, he posted so many. I don’t think he was very old but he was one of the real “old timers” in Philippine forums and blogs. Was around from the beginning or damn close. Was a member here, probably still is. RIP Big Jim.
  3. A couple years ago I had the same, wouldn't connect or would take forever. Sometimes changing server helped. Finally called support and after checking firewall, etc they said I probably had old vpn connections in network connections. Sure enough there were a couple old tap connections from previous installs. Disabled and removed them and all was fine.
  4. I don't blame him a bit. MYOB! You'll live longer.
  5. I'm not sure what you're referring to, I'm not aware of any program that moves people to govt payroll unless it's unemployment benefits. I read the UK has something like that. You can be "furloughed" by a private company and kept on payroll but there is no obligation to continue benefits. Loss of job and income is bad enough but losing your employer-based health insurance on top is devastating. You are usually covered until the end of month so millions of those laid off workers lost health insurance on April 1, May 1, etc.
  6. Ah, my old friend and fav SML. At $32 - $38 USD per 24, prohibitively expensive on this side of the world. At least for me - and a long drive to an asian store in Tampa to boot. It's a little early here but Cheers, JGF! And same to all previously-deprived and thirsty expats!
  7. I just watched a 2 min video preceding the part I had seen before when the cop first shows up and tries to reason with him. A drunken, obnoxious a_h. So yeah, he deserved it.
  8. Well, I wouldn’t call any place that institutes an alcohol ban “paradise”. And come on DH, don’t the police in Canada throw foreigners on the ground and arrest them for having the audacity to question their authority when they storm their private property because the maid and gardener aren’t wearing their masks? I know, it’s THEIR country, I get it. Besides I ALWAYS gave the Philippine politicians and pulis exactly the respect they deserved. “Because the cops don’t need you and, man, they expect the same” is a concept I lived by long before it was written down. But it might be time to relax that alcohol ban.
  9. "The ITIN program was created by the IRS in July 1996 so that foreign nationals and other individuals who are not eligible for a Social Security number (SSN) can pay the taxes they are legally required to pay." - https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/research/facts-about-individual-tax-identification-number-itin And by doing what they are legally required to do their entire family is excluded from the stimulus benefit. I've read a number of articles about this but I haven't seen anything that attempts to provide a reason or rationale for excluding the benefit to an entire family because one member had an ITIN. If they did somehow admit it was a mistake (not something government agencies usually do) I would think it would need to be made retroactive to at least the 2008 stimulus checks which also excluded so-called "mixed status" families. Millions of dollars (+ interest?) would have to be repaid, in many cases to estates. It would be a logistical nightmare at the worst time. I hope I'm wrong but I don't think it's likely to happen.
  10. Yea, I agree. Makes no sense whatsoever. We were in the same situation when we lived there so I empathize. There is precedence though, the 2008 stimulus checks had the same exclusion so this is not new. I signed the petition, hope it helps. Regards.
  11. Well, I just got an update on what the Cignal billing problem was (still is) and thought I would come back one last time to share it. My wife messaged the local Cignal people in Argao through Facebook and they responded. They said to disregard the bills (as if I wasn't already). The people who moved into the house we were renting got Cignal as well and the account name and information has not yet been changed in "the system" yet. That was over a year ago. I was right (for once). I could have called and emailed for years but good ole FB came through. Gotta love it. Au revoir, everyone!
  12. I don't believe they're cross-checking with the US embassy and I never said that all the US was interested in is financial security. They required the NBI clearance and some other stuff, really can't remember. I consider the line of questioning about going out at night to be highly inappropriate. Let's leave it at that. .
  13. If it's an honest open question why wasn't it asked in the common language of English, which we all understood and how we started off, instead of Cebuano slang between the kabayans? If you bring your spouse to Aus do they ask you if she screws around and drinks before deciding to grant him/her residency? Maybe so, I know nothing about Aus immigration. They don't for the US visa, I've been through that one. It's almost 100% financial requirements. Anyway it wasn't just that it was a lot of things. And since I left, like most others do (eventually), it was a waste of time and money. The point is that it's not a one-size-fits-all, whatever suits your situation.
  14. 62 years 5 months and twenty-odd days. Not being a smarta$$, that's really how long it took.
  15. There is no perfect solution, you have to pick what works best for you. For me it would be as I said because I want nothing to do with BI. I would not go through the 13a again. Besides all the forms and fees I find this probationary/permanent thing absurd. When we were interviewed for the 2nd time by the same woman lawyer she asked my wife in the lingo if I went out drinking and running around at night. Of course I didn't know that and didn't find out until much later. Would that disqualify me from their precious permanent resident visa when 99% of the male population does exactly that? Or would that qualify me because it would prove that I truly belong?
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