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Jack D

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  1. While COVID-19 is still raging around the world, the non-stop news coverage of the pandemic in the US has been replaced with non-stop coverage of a different story: Global Anger Grows Over George Floyd Death, and Becomes an Anti-President Cudgel Public outcries over racism in the United States erupted from Addis Ababa to Vancouver. China and Iran, criticized on human rights by the President administration, called the killing of Mr. Floyd a symbol of American hypocrisy. Mass protests over the police killing of another black man in the United States spread globally in the past few days, as many demonstrators not only expressed solidarity with their American counterparts but denounced racism in their own countries. Some critics, notably in China and Iran, used the killing to deflect from their own problems, saying it showed what they called the hypocrisy and arrogance of an increasingly isolated President administration. The criticism thundered from the streets of Berlin, London, Paris and Vancouver, British Columbia, to capitals in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Artists drew an anti-racism mural in a besieged part of Syria. Lebanese and Chilean protesters offered advice on protection from police abuse. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/01/world/asia/george-floyd-protest-global.html
  2. Meanwhile, in the US: New Regulator Warns Health Measures, Like Masks, May Hurt Banks Brian P. Brooks, the acting head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, warned state and local leaders that requiring face masks could help bank robbers. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/01/business/coronavirus-banks-masks.html?campaign_id=154&emc=edit_cb_20200602&instance_id=19032&nl=coronavirus-briefing&regi_id=114146683&segment_id=29915&te=1&user_id=51b77e1707addf29987be889296a48b0
  3. Thanks but I already figured out that my 13a was voided out, so that's why I questioned whether or not I could get a balikbayan visa. English is not their first language. All laws in the Philippines are first written in Tagalog, and then translated into something 'resembling' English, but the actual intent of the laws are lost in translation. The 13a is just one type of permanent resident visas: (Moderator edit: Feel free to link to an official source or a news source but not to someone's blog thanks)
  4. Actually, it could become less lethal or more lethal or stay the same. 'As the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 makes its way around the world, there’s been an uptick in predictions that the virus will mutate into something deadlier and become an even scarier threat to humanity. “Mutation. The word naturally conjures fears of unexpected and freakish changes,” researchers wrote in a reportTrusted Source published in Nature Microbiology in late February. “Ill-informed discussions of mutations thrive during virus outbreaks,” they continued, which is exactly what we’re seeing with SARS-CoV-2. But mutations aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Every virus mutates; it’s part of the virus life cycle. Those shifts and changes aren’t always a big deal. In some cases, those mutations may actually lead to a weaker virus. Usually, though, the changes are so slight that there’s no noticeable difference in the disease’s transmission and fatality rates.' https://www.healthline.com/health-news/what-to-know-about-mutation-and-covid-19
  5. Confused?... well, at least I am. I have a 13a (permanent resident) visa that may be completely useless (since I haven't been in the Phils for a few years, plus I haven't paid my yearly fees at the BI). My wife and I have been delaying our trip to the Philippines to visit her family and our friends, so is it OK now for us take a flight from the States to the Philippines? Based on GeoffH's comment, it sounds like I can take my wife to the Philippines now, but we'll need to stay for a while... 14 days? Also, will I need to go the the local Philippine consulate in the States for a visa (prior to leaving the States?)... since it sounds like I wouldn't get an instant 30 day visa (or even a balikbayan visa) upon arrival at NAIA. Sorry for asking but I just don't understand the rules.
  6. I agree, but it looks like it might be a non-stop flight, and those usually have high-priced tickets.
  7. United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Manila (May 28, 2020) Location: The Philippines Event: Special May 31 Flight to JFK International Airport, New York City U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines: Philippine Airlines (PAL) has limited seats available for a flight departing Manila for JFK International Airport in New York City on Sunday, May 31. Call the special PAL hotline at 02-8855-1000 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. to buy your ticket. Please have your credit card and passport details readily available prior to calling. Please be patient, as PAL has a limited number of staff available to answer calls due to the quarantine restrictions in Manila. Do not call the Embassy for booking or ticketing. Economy tickets are USD $1,378 (plus taxes and fees). Premium is USD $1,807 (plus taxes and fees) and Business is USD $3,218 (plus taxes and fees). This a morning flight, so there will NOT be any sweeper flights. If you are interested in this flight, call the PAL hotline TODAY.
  8. Me thinks that I've seen this movie over and over again. So, maybe it's another one of those classic movies/films?... Like 'Gone with the Wind'?... or 'Casablanca'? But I always seem to see things that I somehow missed before, whenever I watch a classic over again and again. So, maybe we'll need some more of this?
  9. I prefer Japanese toilets. I always look forward to using one whenever I change planes in Tokyo.
  10. The retina is all the way at the back. A retina scan will look through your pupil and at the back of your eye for unique features (namely, the pattern of blood vessels). A colored contact merely covers the iris, or colored portion of the eye, leaving the pupil open so that you can see through it. https://www.reddit.com/r/askscience/comments/lkuw3/can_retinal_scanners_be_defeated_by_coloured/
  11. Brilliant!!!... but you may also need unless your video camera is turned off or covered. Retinal Recognition has come a very long way since the 1930's.
  12. I’m living back in the USA and that’s where I got my check. The same goes for my wife from the Philippines.
  13. Plus, I’ll have a double barreled shotgun with plenty of ammo.
  14. If nothing else, I've learned how to stockpile things just like what the 'doomsday preppers' do. Canned foods, toilet paper, paper towels, 91% Isopropyl Alcohol, disinfectants, batteries, and a Glock (with ammo) are just a few of the things that are necessities in all 'perceived' apocalyptic situations.
  15. I am completely shocked about the wide-spread corruption in the Philippines. Joke lang.
  16. Not only did I receive a check, but I also received a letter from the White House (auto-signed by DJT) in which he gave detailed information on how he's doing a great job with responding to COVID-19, and how he's also doing an outstanding job with helping out all Americans with money problems during this pandemic. Now, I'm waiting to see if DJT and his Senate will approve Nancy Pelosi's House Bill to send more money to Americans. My wife (who has permanent resident status) also received a stimulus check, which is very helpful right now, since her hours at work have been drastically reduced during this pandemic.
  17. In all fairness, there are some people using scarves/bandannas (instead of masks), which are relatively inexpensive (like this): But since a new car salesman was wearing one, I felt like I was being robbed by one of those infamous train robbers in the 1800's. Needless to say, if a car salesman looks like a robber and he (or she) is trying to rob you, then you are dealing with a robber... so, I said NO WAY to the salesman and walked out of the dealership.
  18. It seems like it was only a few days ago (well, actually a few months ago) when stores would not let me in without a mask. In the beginning, the masks were very simple: But now there's an entirely new industry... Fashionable Face Masks, like these: So, if you're still wondering who is profiting from the pandemic, you can include the manufacturers of these so-called fashionable masks.
  19. What about 'Sanity Testing'? So, that critical functionalities and new functionalities are working or bugs are fixed.
  20. President DJT also said "Go Ask China" to a COVID-19 question.
  21. "Sperm containing coronavirus raises possibility of sexually transmitted Covid-19, Chinese study shows" If this is true, there should be an 11th test included on an STD panel. The existing 10 tests wouldn't be sufficient: "10 Test STD Panel. Doctors recommend this package as a baseline evaluation for infection from STDs. The tests included are: HIV, Herpes 1&2, Chlamyidia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and Hepatitis (A,B&C). A free physician consultation is included with this test if the results are positive for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, or HSV 2." https://www.healthtestingcenters.com/package/10-test-std-panel/
  22. I think that DJT would love to shut down CNN, MSNBC, and other TV Networks that have criticized him if he could. Could he?... probably not. On a different note, I'm a subscriber to the Filipino channel (TFC) and I was enjoying watching the ABS-CBN shows with English subtitles, since I was quickly learning more and more Tagalog. I'll miss my easiest way to learn Tagalog.
  23. Just like everything else in the Philippines, it all depends on where you live (i.e., Province/Barangay) and even who you know. For example, LTO experiences will vary depending on location. Some LTO's will make you pee and others won't. I had a good experience at the LTO because I knew the office manager, since was my neighbor.
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