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(UPI)   U.S. passport production outsourced to Thailand -- this ought to end well   (upi.com ) divider line
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2008-03-27 02:53:57 PM  
satchel13: พยายามจับปลา หนังสือเดินทาง

/ก่อให้เกิด การไม่มีอะไร


Arai wah?

Mai kao jai...
 
2008-03-27 02:54:10 PM  
satchel13: พยายามจับปลา หนังสือเดินทาง

/ก่อให้เกิด การไม่มีอะไร


No YOU'RE drunk!
 
2008-03-27 02:54:52 PM  
Jaboobinator: Outta?

yeah, I know... I f-u'd that -- and "production" as well.

/slap me
 
2008-03-27 02:54:56 PM  
Is the misspelling part of the joke?

/didn't get it
 
2008-03-27 02:55:15 PM  
Senescent Dawn: Ryan2065: So how long do these consequences take to arrive and what would the consequences be?

Well, that's the question. There's no perfect answer. In our case we were able to keep up our trade imbalances for much longer than normal because a lot of the money that leaves the country re-enters it in the form of foreign investment. Of course, this can't go on forever. The consequence is that the entire world economy has been structured to accomodate what amounts to artificial American demand. Once personal, governmental, and corporate debts force a correction to a more sane state of international trade, the impact of a customer that large reigning back spending could be extremely severe. It's basically a bubble on a global scale.

/not an economist, could be wrong about many things I just said


It really depends. One of three things happens when we ship jobs overseas; we become more service oriented (McDonalds, Best Buy, etc), we specalize (doctors, education, building computers), or we don't create any more jobs and have a horrible economy. More jobs were created so one of the first two happened to create those jobs. If we specalized then we will still be able to export but if we became a service oriented country then we will have to see what happens to our nation. Economists can only guess what will happen because, as far as I know, no large country has really been completely service oriented. We might fail, we might not.
 
2008-03-27 02:56:04 PM  
FitzShivering: Subby's spelling was outsourced to Thailand, too.

/unless subby was being clever and implying the passports will all have typos now, in which case, I give you +0.5 votes.


Fitz, I guess it was unintended, but I'll take anything I can get
 
2008-03-27 02:56:36 PM  
Great, lets have our money made in North Korea.
 
2008-03-27 02:57:27 PM  
Thank god I alerady have a passport.
 
2008-03-27 02:57:46 PM  
What, no images of hot Thai girls yet? Foreshame FARK.

i6.photobucket.com

/pretty sure this one is actually a girl
 
2008-03-27 02:58:08 PM  
Oh, Jack can talk Thai. Jack talks Thai very well...
 
2008-03-27 02:58:29 PM  
thestr1ker: Grither: SouthpawSlicer: I just submitted paperwork for my first passport yesterday, so I'm getting a kick out of these...wait, what?

Weird, I know a Brian would submitted his paperwork for his first new passport yesterday, too. But he's in Boston.

You look like Duke Nukem, so that's pretty cool.

/balls of steel


Hahah nice. And of course, I meant "who" not "would".
 
2008-03-27 02:58:55 PM  
Ryan2065: If we specalized then we will still be able to export ... no large country has really been completely service oriented. We might fail, we might not.

We can and do export services -- but if our trade deficit is an indication (and it is), there isn't nearly enough foreign demand for our services to make up for our domestic demand for their products. And so far as I understand it, under these conditions a collapse is a mathematical certainty.
 
2008-03-27 02:59:59 PM  
JamMasterJamie: Jaboobinator: Outta?

This. Seriously. Check your spelling, people. Mods too. If you're going to reject all the headlines I try to submit, you can at least make sure the ones you allow don't make Farkers seem like (the) idiots (that we are).


Try being funny next time.
 
2008-03-27 03:00:04 PM  
dothemath: Great, lets have our money made in North Korea.

Already bein' done, sorta
 
2008-03-27 03:00:13 PM  
I love Bush's foreign policy. Lets send all of our jobs overseas so we have no jobs left here. Meanwhile people in other countries have our jobs and they become richer and our own economy starts to crumble. Thankfully that will never happen. Oh wait...
 
2008-03-27 03:00:56 PM  
platypusjones: ah, phuket.

I see what u did there
 
2008-03-27 03:01:44 PM  
Can't Americans do anything?!
 
2008-03-27 03:02:10 PM  
beachcactus: When did they start putting microchips and antennae on passports???

Don't get to travel much.


October, 2006

dothemath: Thank god I alerady have a passport.

Unless you're magic, it will expire within 10 years. When you renew, your back in the boat, gloating buddy.
 
2008-03-27 03:02:38 PM  
It's not as if the passport industry is a huge employer. The real problem is that outsourcing this kind of task seems incredibly foolish from a security standpoint. It also means that we've become so desperate to save money that it's made us foolish, even while we throw away billions on things that are pointless.
 
2008-03-27 03:03:08 PM  
Watching you guys go down the drain from over here in Canada would actually be funny if it weren't for the fact that in the final death throes of your collapse, you'll probably take all your "friends" with you.
 
2008-03-27 03:03:21 PM  
And this is the same government so many of you want to run the hospitals, too.

/I'm sure they'll do that JUST FINE, though.
 
2008-03-27 03:04:03 PM  
members.cox.net
 
2008-03-27 03:04:36 PM  
cubsfan07
Don't start sucking each other's dicks quite yet. Americans can't even spell English correctly.

/what, no troll-tastic pictures of you with your TV today, Valdes?


Someone's cranky today. If you're stressed out, I suggest you find a girlfriend. If you have a girlfriend, I suggest you find a more attractive one.
 
2008-03-27 03:05:14 PM  
Muddie: beachcactus: When did they start putting microchips and antennae on passports???

Don't get to travel much.

October, 2006

dothemath: Thank god I alerady have a passport.

Unless you're magic, it will expire within 10 years. When you renew, your back in the boat, gloating buddy.


Hey he could be dead by then. Did you think of that?
 
2008-03-27 03:05:36 PM  
Senescent Dawn: Ryan2065: If we specalized then we will still be able to export ... no large country has really been completely service oriented. We might fail, we might not.

We can and do export services -- but if our trade deficit is an indication (and it is), there isn't nearly enough foreign demand for our services to make up for our domestic demand for their products. And so far as I understand it, under these conditions a collapse is a mathematical certainty.


It isn't exactly a certainty... The economy of the US failing will be felt by almost every modern country, most notably China. They have a very good reason to make sure our economy doesn't die.

I myself think we have gone toward a hybrid economy where we have specalized and gone more service oriented. We have created new technologies, drugs, and research that we sell for big bucks to the other countries. This money only really gets distributed to a few people and they become insanely rich. They spend their money and this creates service jobs for the rest of the people.

It kind of reminds me of the feudal system.
 
2008-03-27 03:05:43 PM  
Because it functions without a battery in the contactless mode, its expected useful life is 20 years or more.

This is clearly the most attractive feature.
 
2008-03-27 03:06:54 PM  
So there is a bunch of 100% legit, blank passports floating around between the US, Europe, and Thailand. That's fabulous. And has absolutely no risk attached to it at all.

Just like there is no risk that assembling a $1500 Gucci bag in Thailand would result in $100 "counterfeits" made from the exact same materials showing up on the streets of Bangkok.
 
2008-03-27 03:08:05 PM  
wrightb71:
Hey he could be dead by then. Did you think of that?

All the time.
 
2008-03-27 03:08:53 PM  
Hah, I love how China stole the tech. Those farkers is there anything they can't copy.

Of course now you can probably buy a blank US passport in a market on the streets of Asia now RF chip and all.

Plus to top it off they were getting charged 2x in an effort to save money by outsourcing. Great Jorb.

/recall the passports and cancel this whole deal.
 
2008-03-27 03:14:08 PM  
So now the sex tourists/pedophiles can just pick up their passport after their plane lands? How efficient.
 
2008-03-27 03:16:47 PM  
Outtaphase: Jaboobinator: Outta?

What?


I larf'd.
 
2008-03-27 03:17:16 PM  
justanotherfarkinfarker: Hah, I love how China stole the tech. Those farkers is there anything they can't copy.

Really -- rarely is there any rarefied responsibility that the Chinese cannot reliably replicate.
 
2008-03-27 03:17:29 PM  
The_Fuzz: /pretty sure this one is actually a girl

I'm just waiting for a picture that isn't a girl, but looks like one, followed by Eric Estrada pointing out how homo-erotically pretty I am.

/What you thought he just said homo?
 
2008-03-27 03:17:30 PM  
Typical Republican behavior. Require greater use of passports. Jack up price of passport (Have you compared?). Pass profits on to political appointees and to billionaires through tax cuts.
 
2008-03-27 03:21:06 PM  
As a Thai woman, I am personally offended at the notion that Thai people can't spell.

/Not really
 
2008-03-27 03:21:47 PM  
Let me just give my kudos to the mods. Over 100 replies and you still haven't corrected one of the typos. Keep up the good work.
 
2008-03-27 03:21:49 PM  
Shocktopus:
Just like there is no risk that assembling a $1500 Gucci bag in Thailand would result in $100 "counterfeits" made from the exact same materials showing up on the streets of Bangkok.


From the exact same materials, from the same factory? No, there is no risk of that. From another factory, producing a similar product at 1/20th the price because $1400 of the $1500 is for the Gucci brand name alone, of course.

There really is not that much to worry about here from a security standpoint of these passports getting lost. People around the world already make fake US passports anyway, there is no need to 'steal' them. The important stuff is going to be the data on the chip, not the physical passport.

The main reason to be angry is that the US government shouldn't be offshoring jobs to begin with.
 
2008-03-27 03:25:19 PM  
MasterOfToads: I'm seriously considering moving to Canada and becoming a Cannuck. The U.S. has gone way beyond farktarded at this point.

like these guys
 
2008-03-27 03:27:26 PM  
assimilateur: Let me just give my kudos to the mods. Over 100 replies and you still haven't corrected one of the typos. Keep up the good work.

That's been outsourced to Thailand as well. They haven't woken up yet.
 
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2008-03-27 03:28:56 PM  
The cost savings of outsourcing are rarely as good as those pushing for it would have you believe. Even so, a country outsourcing it's own passport production is really farked up.
 
2008-03-27 03:29:42 PM  
Hey! Why does my passport photo make me look like a tranny now?
 
2008-03-27 03:29:56 PM  
MasterOfToads: I'm seriously considering moving to Canada and becoming a Cannuck. The U.S. has gone way beyond farktarded at this point.

#75 Threatening to Move to Canada
Link (new window)
 
2008-03-27 03:30:47 PM  
Ryan2065: TheMega: Nothing like outsourcing more and more jobs to help the economy! At'a boy Bushy boy!

Outsourcing doesn't necessarily hurt the economy. Look at how many jobs we have sent overseas and then look at the unemployment rate compared to the 80s and 90s.


Yeah, there's still plenty of jobs! Instead of working for a busy call centre for a decent wage, you can now work at a busy fast food restaurant for a crappy wage!

No wonder the world is getting fatter and more depressed!
 
2008-03-27 03:31:21 PM  
stevenboof: MasterOfToads: I'm seriously considering moving to Canada and becoming a Cannuck. The U.S. has gone way beyond farktarded at this point.

like these guys


gar! you beat me to it
 
2008-03-27 03:33:06 PM  
MasterOfToads: I'm seriously considering moving to Canada and becoming a Cannuck Ameri-nuck. The U.S. has gone way beyond farktarded at this point.

Can you say "Would you like fries with that?"
 
2008-03-27 03:33:33 PM  
Qatmandu: members.cox.net

FAPFAPFAP.

Ghastly: Hey! Why does my passport photo make me look like a transformer now?

We must have similar names.
 
2008-03-27 03:35:05 PM  
Ghastly: Hey! Why does my passport photo make me look like a transformer now?

I know! Isn't it great?!?!?!
 
2008-03-27 03:38:25 PM  
nomadalli: MasterOfToads: I'm seriously considering moving to Canada and becoming a Cannuck Ameri-nuck. The U.S. has gone way beyond farktarded at this point.

Can you say "Would you like fries with that?"


umm wtf?
 
2008-03-27 03:40:19 PM  
Gish21

I would be so hasty to jump to conclusions that there is no risk of the "exact same factory, using the exact same materials" to make knock-offs. Several of my client's and colleagues have to monitor their Asian manufacturers all the time for exactly that very thing and its not exactly a small percentage they find doing it.

One major jean company was contracting a factory to make their pants. They ran two shifts. At night, when the factory was supposed to be dark, the company had several employees come through the back door for a 4 hr shift at which time they made "genuine knock-offs" using the very labels and materials that were used to make the genuine product. The factory had been doing it for years and untold numbers of jeans were being dumped on the market, which were technically "counterfeit" but in reality were the exact same as the "genuine" article.

Hell, we've already had a fark link today about the government just discovering it gave a $300 Million defense contract to a 22 yr old. I doubt they are actually monitoring these companies overseas to see what kind of security precautions they take or to assure their compliance with the contract.
 
2008-03-27 03:40:37 PM  
PsyLord: Business as usual citizen, carry on... go buy that nice shiny gas guzzling American car. It will make you feel better and more patriotic.

/want to move to Canada


Welcome! Welcome! Do you have a good winter coat?
 
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