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  •  Some years ago, (4.00)
    but Bush-Cheney era, went to US Embassy here in Thailand with my Thai wife of 10 years to do paperwork for moving back to USA.

    Short version of the story is that all our 'i's were dotted and 't's crossed, but it became a nightmare.  I didn't expect it at all when I went in (just expected bureaucracy), but it soon enough became clear they wanted to feed my family into a meat grinder. We decided, not that day but soon after, to stay here.

    Eating in a restaurant just hours after that, a Canadian businessman with extensive overseas experience and contacts at a nearby table overheard my wife and I talking and shared with us a few similar stories which helped me get some perspective and see it wasn't just me and my family.

    Getting on the train to go back home from Bangkok, I broke into tears and tried to tell my wife about the Constitution, reciting it to her.

    Dealing with fascist functionaries eyeball to eyeball is something I don't have words to describe, but I've been intending for some time to read the words of some Russian novelests who I understand were quite good at describing such experiences. [I know... fascist/communist... whatever.]

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