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  1. The OP question was, " In what ways would Thailand be affected economically if World War 3 starts?" I was being honest, and forthright, tell me it ain't so? To quote a famous American, "We hold these truths to be self evident." NYSE gone, Chicago Mercantile gone, Worlds financial capital (London) gone, Moscow gone, etc.etc. Of course it's negative. You want some good news, well, when confronted and fully understanding this potential for Mutually assured destruction, we can perhaps take a look around us and appreciate what we have 'today,' I think for most of us it's as close to paradise as we'll ever get. For me, I have a great family, far flung, yes, but they're all great people... I live well, nice condo, all I can eat, sometimes dodgy health, travel around the world, my Thai neighbours are great, I'm not thinking of jumping from the balcony, and I do it all on very little money... Go figure, so there's your positive. I can proudly say, "This, I/we will defend"
  2. I like Elon Musks ideas about getting the heck off this planet, and finally moving on to where we belong, The Stars.
  3. To be blunt, should WWIII occur Thailands economy would be decimated beyond anyones wildest nightmares, and assuming, no direct close by nuclear strikes, nuclear winter and/or rampant spreading radiation, we would drive us back to agrarian style, hunting, and fishing methods of existence, not a pretty thought. Being extremely cynical there is one brutal theory that we are just sophisticated carriers and inventions of our real Boss "DNA", in which case WWIII will merely be DNA's way of culling the herd so to speak, and which ever deity you subscribe to won't be of much help. Isn't that a terrible thought? Should we extinguish ourselves completely DNA will simply and cold heartedly go back to its drawing board and in a few millenia reinvent itself, and try again with another batch. That's one theory I definitely do not believe. Think I'll go back to listening to Coldplay and watching CNN.
  4. I wonder how long it would take for me to row to New Zealand. No, on second thoughts for 350 Baht a day I could hire someone to do the rowing, and I'll navigate, drink copious Chang, probably drown, oh well, nice thought.
  5. There could be one benefit, and that is we'll all stop worrying about that noisy Soi dog down the street.
  6. Good question Midas, just like why did nearly 50,000 Americans lose their lives in Vietnam, millions die in Cambodia, the Gulags, the first and second world war to name a few... seems to me it's pretty much always the greed of the few forced on the many.
  7. Interesting question, and one most of us shy away from, if only because of the horrifying scenes that cross through all our minds... That is why it's often referred to as "the Apocalypse". I know from a practical point of view my income would come to a complete and immediate stop, and I don't believe any amount of current assets, even if held here in LOS would be of value for very long due to human nature, massive hyperinflation, gouging, shortages, public mayhem etc. etc. There's an interesting book written back in 1957, envisioning just such a collapse, it's called "On the Beach" and takes place in Australia immediately after just such a conflagration in the Northern Hemisphere. (WWIII), I remember being terrified reading the book when I was 10 or 11 years old, nothings changed. If you're interested here's the Wiki on it,
  8. hehe to the OP, thanks. Like Prbkk I, to some degree, empathize with the sales people, presumably for most of them it's "No sale, No money, " a tough job to be sure, I usually say I don't speak Thai, and they disappear unless you're (un) lucky enough to meet a salesperson who does speak English.
  9. One disadvantage (not necessarily applicable to OP) might be that I bought a cheap, "ahem" inexpensive Chinese phone (delivered from China), and Thai customs refused it entry, sending it back to China citing it as being a potential security risk, this was just days after the Hua Hin explosions. Lazada were great, they told me what happened, immediately refunded my money, and on top of all that gave me a bonus cash certificate, which I put toward a Samsung phone from local distributor. I have really come to like Lazada, as long as you look carefully there always seem to be a bargain somewhere in their web pages. But, as always, Caveat Emptor.
  10. I can tell the OP that my "non Imm O" obtained in Birmingham UK, (based on over 50 years old) expired sometime ago, and tried to renew while in Toronto, Canada, but to absolutely no avail, even though it states on their website that type of Visa is indeed available. Eventually came away with 6 month METV. Question to those who know: Is an METV convertible to a Non Imm OA (retirement) in Thailand?
  11. Like your saying, "can't con an honest man," wise words. But maybe not always so, I prefer " It's difficult to conl an honest man." Let's hope the op gets satisfaction, somehow I doubt they will.
  12. Hmm last time I was in the UK milk cost 1GBP for 2 litres, all imported from the eastern EU countries, be a miracle if Canada could, or would be able to ship even totally empty milk containers to beat that price. I'm actually hard pressed to think what Canada could import to the EU, obviously must be something otherwise they wouldn't have bothered.
  13. Handkerchief affixed on head is another good sign of ne'er do wells, particularly if they're looking for a chippy!