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  1. Oh, keep up. All the decent scientific evidence shows that it's useless. As for Brazil, its president, Bolsonaro, is as populist and scientifically illiterate as Trump and equally dangerous.
  2. factcheck.org has done a writeup of the trial. It's pretty damning. To quote one paragraph There's a lot more in the article, but it's pretty clear that the trial was utterly scientifically worthless. Hydroxycholorquine remains useless against the virus, despite what Trump supporters and other morons might like to believe. https://www.factcheck.org/2020/07/navarro-doesnt-give-full-picture-on-hydroxychloroquine/
  3. I understand that quite a few expats have not told their UK brokers that they are now no longer UK resident. Now that it looks likely that the UK government is going to help itself to some of their wealth through a wealth tax, what are they planning on doing? Admit that they are non-resident to avoid the tax, but risk that their account will be closed? Keep schtum and pay the tax? Close their UK accounts and move offshore? From a personal point of view, anyone know what happens if you tell Interactive Investor that you're now non-resident?
  4. It's actually 286 baht for 500 grams. https://shoponline.villamarket.com/81258-prince-natural-tahini-500g
  5. The Bangkok Post has reported that same-sex marriage has been endorsed by the cabinet, and that same sex couples will be able to register their marriage and have the same rights as different-sex married couples. Rights covered include adoption and inheritance. This is big news. Of course it will still need to pass a vote in the House, but (fingers crossed) that should be a formality. I rather hope that this means that the British Embassy in Bangkok will be allowed to legalise civil partnerships.
  6. Terrible option. Marble is eaten away by acids such as lime juice and vinegar.
  7. Given that "detoxification" is pseudo-scientific mumbo-jumbo, the claims for both the colon detoxification and the papaya tea are both equally without evidence. Whilst "detox" has become very fashionable amongst some scientific illiterates, nobody, and I mean absolutely nobody, has ever credibly defined what the alleged toxins are, far less proving scientific evidence that the procedures remove such toxins from the body. Quite frankly, I'm shocked that the FDA, which one would hope would be science-based, can make such an ill-informed statement.
  8. Absolutely blanch them first. Also, don't even think about brushing them with garlic - it turns bitter when frozen.
  9. There's a novel "Gadsby", written by an American author, 50,000 words long, and not a single "e". https://www.amazon.com/Gadsby-Ernest-Vincent-Wright/dp/1505260108
  10. The following link will take you to a Google search for dog training videos in Thai: https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1920&bih=977&tbm=vid&sxsrf=ALeKk00eZtnjwsBUzSvO9uCGYH9D8um5Zg%3A1594167302588&ei=BhAFX9jDI8Xd9QPGs4bACw&q="อบรม"+หมา++สุนัข&oq="อบรม"+หมา++สุนัข&gs_l=psy-ab.3...25222.26781.0.29130.
  11. Other trials have shown the drug to be pointless at best, and hazardous at worst. The question must be why did this trial produced a different result? Most likely a flawed methodology. Unfortunately, the article doesn't provide a reference to the paper, or even (correctly) name a journal, so I can't check.
  12. I find dried chickpeas much easier to obtain than besan. (The former I can get in supermarkets, the latter I have to order through the Interweb.) However, whilst besan is great for bhaji and pakora, I personally don't think it's good for hummus.
  13. Cheapness shouldn't be the sold criterion. Sam Son uses artificial butter flavouring, Emborg uses butter oil. Sam Son also contains hydrogenated oils which aren't particularly good for you.
  14. Tinned chickpeas are expensive compared to the dried ones (particularly cheap if you buy them from an Indian store). I soak then cook a large batch in a pressure cooker, then freeze them for later use. I find commercial tahini absolutely fine, though some brands are nicer than others.
  15. For baking I use Emborg Cook & Bake. I'd be hard pressed to tell the difference from using butter. It's 65 baht versus 149 for Emborg butter, so much cheaper.
  16. I believe this is incorrect. According to KPMG: "Interest, dividend, and rental income derived from sources outside Thailand by resident of Thailand are taxable in Thailand to the extent such income is paid or remitted into Thailand within the same calendar year it is received." https://home.kpmg/xx/en/home/insights/2011/12/thailand-income-tax.html
  17. No. Wrong. That's for residents. With the UK, there is no further tax to pay upon dividend income if you're non-resident. Only if you're UK resident and have substantial dividend (or other) income will you need to pay additional income tax.
  18. Those countries are not only poor, but very corrupt. There are in them extremely wealthy individuals who wouldn't bat an eyelid at the costs.
  19. No, not retarded, they are sick and quite probably desperate. Most of them are coming from countries with a very poor medical infrastructure.
  20. It's worse than that. There's a limit on how much you can withdraw from an ATM, so you'd be paying multiple 200 baht fees to make such a withdrawal.
  21. The current USD/THB rates are: VISA 31.060031, Transferwise 31.1200. If you send $100, VISA will give you 2,906 baht after bank fees (200 baht), whilst Transferwise will give you 2,984.41 after fees ($4.10). Transferwise is fractionally better. Of course, if your bank charges for foreign transactions, then Transferwise wins hands down.
  22. The location of your broker isn't what matters. What matters is whether the broker implements the lower 15% withholding rate for Thai residents or not. In my experience Saxo in Singapore doesn't, so I paid 30%, but Internaxx in Luxembourg does, so I paid 15%. Best to ask your broker.
  23. Despite some individuals (most notably the President of the United States of America) having suggested that hydroxychloroquine is effective against the virus, despite only anecdotal evidence for this, it has now been demonstrated that it is ineffectual. "No Evidence of Rapid Antiviral Clearance or Clinical Benefit with the Combination of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin in Patients with Severe COVID-19 Infection" - Molina et al. (2020) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.medmal.2020.03.006
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