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1 hour ago, Denim said:

Unfortunately, there appear to be a large number of people still assuming that once they have been vaccinated they are safe from infection and can stop taking precautions.

Isn't that what everyone has been told? Get vaccinated and then live life normally. Was that a lie?

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We are now at a very important juncture point in handling the Covid19 virus.  As we all know this third wave of infectious individuals has outnumbered any previous figures and it continues to climb gl

Have you really no shame Steven with using that as your profile pic?    

I am currently in Uk and was double vaccinated with AZ vaccine but succumbed to Delta variant. However, it was less unpleasant than the flu and I'm now fully recovered. It doesn't prevent infection bu

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53 minutes ago, thaibeachlovers said:

Isn't that what everyone has been told? Get vaccinated and then live life normally. Was that a lie?

Various governments have urged caution on their vaccinated citizens ,  but some people just can't help themselves. There are still some that believe things can go back to exactly as they were before covid.  I think that kind of normality is a long way off yet.

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2 hours ago, thaibeachlovers said:

If pensioners can't get a pension expect a crime wave as they ain't going to starve to death quietly while living in a cardboard box under a bridge.

In some developed rich countries pension has been deferred to 67 and there is serious discussion to push it to 70. The argument being underpinned by the medically induced life expectancy growth. This is really tantamount to abolishing pension. If you have to wait to 70 to get a pension, what kind of pension is that?

 

Not sure this will cause a geriatric crime spree, poverty is wide-spread in Thailand, much greater than in Western nations, but there is no crime spree. Maybe the developed countries' older population will just resign themselves to later and later, lower and lower pension? A complete abolishing would be political suicide. So it is being done by stealth anyway.

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20 hours ago, Denim said:

Various governments have urged caution on their vaccinated citizens ,  but some people just can't help themselves. There are still some that believe things can go back to exactly as they were before covid.  I think that kind of normality is a long way off yet.

The control freaks are IMO lovin' the prospect of years and years of telling people what to do.

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18 hours ago, Tanomazu said:

In some developed rich countries pension has been deferred to 67 and there is serious discussion to push it to 70. The argument being underpinned by the medically induced life expectancy growth. This is really tantamount to abolishing pension. If you have to wait to 70 to get a pension, what kind of pension is that?

 

Not sure this will cause a geriatric crime spree, poverty is wide-spread in Thailand, much greater than in Western nations, but there is no crime spree. Maybe the developed countries' older population will just resign themselves to later and later, lower and lower pension? A complete abolishing would be political suicide. So it is being done by stealth anyway.

Politicians should remember that if they treat old people too badly we are or will be a majority of voters in countries with a low birth rate.

That could be why some politicians welcome potential voters that arrive without going through the legal channels.

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On 7/20/2021 at 8:22 PM, Tanomazu said:

Well, you were one of the lucky ones to still get a pension. The generations that come after you will no longer be able to receive pensions at some point. In part because governments are so overburdened with pension debts, by far the biggest expenditure in any developed country's budget, that it is not feasible that this state of affairs can continue. Equally future generations could ask older generations to compensate them for being unable to receive pensions soon.

 

But I agree, of course, pensions are small.

That's fine if people start work knowing they have to save for the future. I was brought up being told that the government would always look after me like they looked after my parents.

 

Many current pensioners in NZ are OK because they had a house to sell at a capital gain. However, given that home ownership is becoming out of reach for all but the rich now, that will not apply in the future.

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On 7/19/2021 at 11:25 PM, driver52 said:

can you prove that? if the vaccine 'protects you' how come there are numerous reports of 'double vaxxed' getting delta variant?

 

 

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5 hours ago, thaibeachlovers said:

Politicians should remember that if they treat old people too badly we are or will be a majority of voters in countries with a low birth rate.

That could be why some politicians welcome potential voters that arrive without going through the legal channels.

Yes, the voting power of the older population is organized and well recognised by political parties. That is probably why pensions have been untouched for so long when it has been clear for decades that they are unsustainable.

 

People have linked the arrival of immigrants to various agendas, including propping up pension and compensating for low birth rate, but I doubt politicians have that kind of vision. Why do they allow the influx? They probably have no other choice, letting people drown on the high seas or letting smaller neighbours handle all of them is just not viable.

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