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  1. umm, hourly workers still get their pay deducted. i dunno maybe your system is structured differently . yeah VAT sucks and 27%is high , it's 2 to 8.5% in Texas depending on where you are in the state . it's a fixed 6% in Pennsylvania. generally speaking ,i believe the fairest possible tax is a simple fixed flat rate tax of 20% on all individual income that's at least 5 thousand dollars above the poverty line and increase the cap 10 thousand after marriage and 15 thousand per dependent child in the family so basically a family of 4 will not pay taxes unless they make 60 thousand which is double the poverty line for a 4 individual household . everyone who can contribute is contributing and it's proportional. I as someone who's in the top 1 percent will still pay significantly more than the entire income of the people in the middle class and would be incentivized to have our money here in the US where it can be invested instead of getting it out using loopholes because contrary to common belief loopholes are not magic wormholes that take all your money and keeps it safe . lawyers and accountants and banks and governments have to get their share and so for example getting my money to Switzerland nets me around 74 cents on the dollar which is a good deal for the capital i'm moving but it is a game of diminishing returns so when the tax cuts passed here in the us i was able to transfer a considerable chunk from overseas back home to the US . it really is just a simple cost benefit analysis , make it more profitable for me to give my money to the IRS otherwise no thanks , I have better deals elsewhere . we simply cannot sustain this unfair model where only 53% of the country pay taxes and the remaining 47% simply vote for more socialist ideals without any skin in the game . yeah , if I can't find a woman who I trust completely to the point where i don't even think about a prenup then i just won't get married . the whole point of marriage in my opinion is finding a partner to share your entire life with and that's not something you can compromise trust in . otherwise what's the point ? however i must add that that's just my personal take on marriage and i don't begrudge anyone who wants a prenup ,on the contrary i think it is the logical move to make considering how likely an outcome divorce is and how family courts and divorce procedures are ridiculously biased against men . it's just not a fair game that we're asked to enter into on pure faith . god this feels shitty . it shouldn't be this scary . is "nice" a euphemism for something ? it was Stanford for me and the indoctrination is so much worse now (i dunno how old you are but i assume you're a fair bit older than me having had two children) . i had professors (the ones in mandatory humanities classes, go figure) who were proud communists preaching their retard drivel and how we should "destroy western civilization". of course i got A's because these morons are so easy to trick , just cater to their fantasies and bash on the rich and say how everything is the fault of "white straight cis gendered males" and throw in a couple of quotes from Das Kapital and Noam Chomsky and you'll basically get love letters in your exam grades . heck one such professor liked me so much she wanted me to "join the party" . and don't get me started on the students , they're basically 80% degenerate dirtbags with no principles or values other than binge drinking , taking drugs and spreading venereal diseases (relationships don't exist to these people , they're all basically communal fuck buddies) . they have no concept of personal responsibility and cannot take care of themselves and i mean not even the basic feed, cloth and clean after yourself . they really have no purpose other than the next dopamine firing (which is why i suspect most of them are regularly depressed and barfing at 4 am ) . i literally had someone knock on the door the of electromagnetic lab and ask me if i had any weed or knew anyone who sold near by . here's some genuine advice to anyone who's considering their future and thinking about university ,if you're not going into it to become an engineer , a doctor , a lawyer or an accountant or some other technical field that actually needs labs , equipment and accreditation then just don't bother . it really is not worth it , you can learn all they have to offer on your own from freely available courses online and books , i did not attend half my classes and i still graduated with a 4.0 gpa . heck i went there on a fully paid scholarship and i was disgusted by it , i have no idea how anyone can justify paying for this . and they want free tuition , Jesus , the students that are graduating are mostly useless and unhirable .and my advisor asked me why I absolutely refused to do my Masters at Stanford . they also had the gall to call me asking for donations HA! they don't even deserve the federal tax dollars they receive. jesus , you triggered my Vietnam Flashbacks lady i need a hug ! we're going to Houston. i dunno i'm not into mexican salsas , i'm more into butter and cream based sauces . hmm, perhaps , germany is varied. my mother is of Prussian stock and she's 6.2' and built like a spear . chiropractor's are legitimate but you have to go on reputation , remember these guys are not MDs and can easily cause you a serious injury if you go to someone who doesn't know what they're doing . hope this helps you nicely . this browns jets game is depressing , Cleveland truly is the factory of sadness .
  2. I took a small look, in no way comprehensive, at the Hungarian tax code and it doesn't seem that complicated to be honest but it does have a dumb number of sub categories for municipalities for such a small country. Also WTF 19.5% from employer and 18.5% from income to social security and 14 - 22 % income to health care contribution... No wonder your salaries are shit. If I'm going to be honest about marriage the reality is that I don't know how the hell I'm gonna get married because the logical part of my brain goes "you gotta absolutely get an ironclad prenup that's witnessed and notarized by 2 judges and filed with multiple copies sent to the bank, your lawyer, your employer, city hall, the police, your parents and the insurance company." But then the other half of my brain goes" if you need this much protection from this woman then you shouldn't marry her to begin with " and so the debate goes on in my mind, now obviously I don't want that debate, I want to just do the vanilla fall in love and get married and trust each other without question(joint bank account and all that) and have a bunch of kids and grow old thing but that seems to be a matter of faith and trust and I'm a man of very little faith in anything but myself. *le sigh* It's been picked up by another network. For me it's a show that's nice to catch a few clips of on YouTube but not one to watch full episodes of and follow. You should hear my pillow talk, I use revenue charts and pew statistics OH, I know Texas well enough, my grandparents on my father's side are from Texas. I've been and I've liked. Besides I went to university in California and survived that shit hole, nothing can be worse. As for food I'm more of a soul food and southern BBQ guy, biscuits and gravy, ribs, anything smoked or slow roast. Yep that's the stuff. As for finding a cow girl, well I know how to ride horses pretty well so maybe lol. Sorry to hear that, it is indeed most likely caused by the pregnancy. It's common for the extra weight to cause irritation of sciatic nerve. However, because sometimes I like to pretend I'm House, if your mother had it and it wasn't in a pregnancy time then it could point to a tumor, see sciatic nerve irritation can be caused by multiple things but isn't really genitic however one of its' causes; a tumor pressing on it, can be genetic. The couple of studies I've read about unusual methods and signs of detecting cancer cited it but it's very obscure and unreliable. Very cool to read tho. Anyway hope you feel better and since this is most likely not chronic and caused by pregnancy then 12 weeks bed rest should have you good as new. In other news I've finally made the switch to a straight razor. It's very nice. This thing is extremely sharp tho, I could totally skin a dear with it.
  3. Texas. The corporate tax code is so much better and there's minimal regulation, no zoning code for building, also the patent courts are more friendly to local companies ... Etc. It's brilliant, tons of companies are moving there and have been for the last couple of years. The government designs them especially so you can't make sense of them, they're full of loop holes tho and I use all of them, I know the US tax code better than I know Shakespeare... And I know Shakespeare, heck at this point half my money is spread around Switzerland, Ireland, the virgin Islands. but the biggest tax cut has alluded me so far... Marriage. According to my math if I filed my taxes last year under a married couple's household instead of a single man's it would have driven it down from 290k to around 140k and even less if we have children . So clearly I need a wife, it is the fiscally responsible thing to do. I should use that as my pick up line "hey good lookin'! Wanna help me save up on tax money?". Yep, that's hot. Not really, I'd bet you a 100 bucks that you're probably operating in violation of at least a dozen codes and regulations (state and federal), it's inevitable, over 150000 new regulations are issued every year and they're never repealed. Whenever my hatred for the government wanes a bit I go and read the latest bill in congress or some EPA or FCC or department of agriculture or education regulations and my disgust is revamped with a fiery passion. I have one that says "I'm the invisible hand of the king". Not sure if anyone knows that reference but I love it. TV quality is really watered down these days. It's much worse in the oscars, I haven't seen a deserving best picture movie that actually did well at the box office since the dark knight and that was an age ago.
  4. Hello, new thread seems nice. How's life? Oooo an industrial engineer! You guys are cute! Update on the move, it's not happening until next year but I managed to convince one of my team members who couldn't go to come with me so today was a good day. Rb, I tend to treat taxes as a challenge to try to pay as little as possible and get all possible deductibles and funds. It's very fun when you think of it that way especially when you succeed.
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    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    it turned out well , my parents are very qualified (dad's an engineer and mom's a lawyer) and charter school's are great ,plus it all ended in a full scholarship to a top university . i'm baffled how more people don't support school choice here in the US. shit happens .
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    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    Well then obviously you've made your compromise with this new place you got. I dunno, buyers remorse? The only good private schools around where I grew up were either catholic(my parents were against any religious schools) or boarding schools and my parents absolutely refused the concept of me being away 9 months of the year. So I was home schooled until I was 10 then I went to a charter school. Just read and appreciate Ayn Rand like I do and everyone will call you evil
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    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    Hardly. Being groped by a TSA agent is the norm and not at all exceptional. We need to abolish this hell hole of scum and incompetence. Plus they waste so much money. Well... Yeah, that's like the most basic concept in real estate. It's even more important here in the US because your address is tied to the school system your children can attend.
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    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    Got sexualy assaulted by the TSA and my flight is delayed 5 hours. Exquisite.
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    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    You think that's shrewd? When I did my masters I convinced the professor and requisitions office to get a flip bed sofa and a minibar for the lab I worked in and to paint the walls black (my argument was that it'd be better for the motion track cameras we used to capture 3d skeletal axis and would get us better results which was technically true and much cheaper than the aluminum and sheet deviders they wanted) all so I could sleep and practically live in the lab (I worked 24/7 in it anyway) and so I never paid rent through my whole masters program except when I wanted to get laid, I rented a 4 star hotel room for a night or went to the lady's place. Just add cocoa and melted chocolate. True, it's in the declaration of independence "we the people of these United States refuse to eat shitty dry scones anymore. "
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    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    Thanks. It's funny having to cut a business trip for business lol In university when I was studying for my bachelor I ironed the clothes for half the dormitories for an extra stream of cash, I figured out that most students just wanted clean pressed clothes and no fancy treatments so I undercut the prices of the dry cleans around, plus my customer base lived in my same building so I offered to "deliver" clothes to their rooms for an extra fee and being the lazy bums they are they paid me. I did so many different things and jobs to get extra money, I even under cut research assistants to get their spots on projects lol This is the one I use, it's very basic and nothing fancy about but it's simple and tasty. BTW temperature can affect how sweet it is.
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    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    The freer the markets the freer the people. My belief is rooted in a century of economic theory, history and my own personal experience where I applied these tenants to my own finances and it has made me much wealthier than the average American across a lifetime let alone my age. So yeah, I'd stand up for Smith, Hayek, Friedman and Sowell any day of the week and twice on Sunday Cool,no problem. On a side note, I have found that I greatly dislike Gen chat, it seems to be populated by idealogues who've isolated themselves within their own echo chamber and are quite uncivil and sometimes down right hostile to anyone not within their circle.it seems to be used mainly for the purpose of confirmation bias. (now of course I'm generalizing, there were nice people but definitely a quiet minority). Cute baby. I like babies. More baby pics please. Since Mr first of his name has brought up the topic of moving, congratulations BTW, independence is a very big and important step into becoming a fully functional adult. You should be able to take care of yourself. At any rate, a discussion within my company about moving has been ongoing for a year now and we've finally decided to relocate to a new state, offices and lab spaces have been rented while a new hq is being constructed. This is great news because I wholeheartedly believe in the move and even pushed for it because we're moving to a state with lower taxes and lower regulation where we can make more profit and conduct our business more freely and I get a big promotion out of it. On the other side I have to leave a city I've come to consider home, I love Philly and my eagles and have become comfortable here and consider myself a Philadelphian even tho I wasn't born or raised here nor did I go to university here, I will also lose around 40% of my team as they can't relocate for various reasons including families and romantic relationships or just not wanting to move. I hand picked these people and trained them myself, I've broken bread with them, met their families, they've watched my dog for me when I was away, I even bailed one of them out when she got herself arrested over silly nonsense, it felt good that she trusted me, her boss, to be her phone call from jail at 2 am. This makes me feel anxious because I feel these people have helped me get better at interpersonal intimacy and now this growth is getting cut short without me being able to varify if I was actually making any improvements. Not to mention the fact that I have to replace all of them and even expand the team and with my rigorous screening and scouting process it'll take an unacceptable amount of time before we're running on peak efficiency again. Not to mention the potatoes I just planted and the fact that I now have to sell my house (I could rent it out I guess but I'll be an absentee land lord but I suppose I could engage a third party to maintain it as land lord for a fee or percentage, considerations to be had. Anyone has experience or advice for renting out property? )/rant Eastern Europe was nice but I had to cut the trip short on account of business, didn't get to see Slovakia.
  12. 2. Big Little Lies 10 3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer 18 (+) 5. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 16 7. Gilmore Girls 7 10. Jane the Virgin 10 11. Jessica Jones 16 14. Marvelous Mrs Maisel (-) dead. 16. Once Upon a Time 5 18. Orphan Black 11 20. Prime Suspect (UK) 14 21. Sharp Objects 18 24. The Good Place 12 28. Veronica Mars 12
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    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    Definitely safe. I have over a decade of experience with fire arms. Thanks, will do! Cool. The best accomplishment of the EU is facilitating the free movement of labor but even that came at cost as it destroyed the sovereignty of nation states and made a mockery of the democratic process in Brussels.also One should not forget that the current EU is a protectionist sphere against China and the US and is in essence against free trade. Smaller countries rushed in thinking they'd get risk free loans to build up their post soviet infrastructure but instead they got hooked into an unending cycle of stagnation. They're basically colonies of Germany and France. This first sentence betrays a large scale ignorance of the US Healthcare system. The US Healthcare system is not even close to being a free market one, it's mixed and extremely heavily regulated, it's a horrible system. Also your hypothetical situation is funny for 2 reasons: 1) hospitals are legally obligated to stabilize anyone who comes into the er. They're legally not allowed to just kick you out if you were dying. 2) you can't actually get a direct pricing like a menu from a restaurant, I wish you could because then you could compare across providers and choose the cheapest which would cause competition and lower the price across the board, that's what we'd want. Instead you get weird estimations because the doctor can't tell you how much it costs because the hospital need to negotiate with your insurance company and the government to figure out a price and see how much they could squeeze. In reality insurance company profit margins are very small. They make a lot more money because even the government, dumb as they are, understand that if you don't pay your doctors highly you simply won't have doctors. Your case is simple low supply which is increasingly common in socialized health care. It's really simple, you want more doctors you incentivise and make it easier for people to become doctors. And of course doctors are payed more than nurses. They're more rare and important. If health care is a human right why not food? Why not a house? Why not a personal messuce who fans you and feeds you grapes? Freedom, security and opportunity are the true human rights imo a nanny state is bad because a state powerful enough to give you everything is also powerful enough to take everything from you. Well you can't really have it both ways because public sector unions basically forbid the government ever firing anyone. Also I'm not sure how anyone can think that the government does things well, if private business fails it closes down, if a government program fails it gets expanded.
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    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    Good for them, I guess? Are we gonna pretend that the NHS being strained and inadequate has not been a major talking point in every major political discussion in the UK since Blair? By both Tories and labor I might add. As far as I can gleam it's a small historical exhibit with some ww2 relics and an adjacent firing range where people can fire off a few old AKs or Makarovs. The alcohol will probably come later in the evening but I couldn't resist the hyperbole. Although I am not too partial to vodka, I like things I can drink slowly. Good scotch is a bit expensive here tho. That's because the general belief in Europe is that health care is human right and therfore should be paid for by the government(which is a misconception in and of its own, government doesn't pay for anything, the tax payer does. Government creates nothing, it only redistributes) . It is not the same in the US. If you pay for your electricity why wouldn't you pay for your health care? The Swiss model is one of the few universal Healthcare systems that I can tolerate, heavily deregulized and competitive and without government subsidies or involvement which I love but on the other hand it's an individual mandate which I hate. The problem with public sector jobs is that the wages have an arbitrary element to them and do not reflect performance or the market factors. Who decides what a government doctor wage is worth? You? Me? It's dumb for us to go, there you go doctor person that's enough and you shouldn't ask for more or we'll call you greedy which is a common occurrence especially when there's a nursing strike and people start blaming doctors for eating up the budget and ask to cut their salaries. That's inherently unfair and drives down the motivation for people to become doctors. We should allow supply and demand to govern fair compensation which funnily enough has universally allowed newer and better services to exist and compete to lower prices and offer choices and freedom. Eastern Europe suffers from loss of skilled labor and massive corruption in large governments that cannot be sustained by their miniscule economies. Most countries in the EU shouldn't have been allowed in based on their economies but they were to further political agendas which is ironic considering the EU started as a steel and coal union trade agreement. Taste good too.
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    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    According to Wikipedia, Akitas were historically used to hunt bears so wabbits shouldn't be that tough, then again the closest Archie has gotten to hunting is chasing butterflies in the yard. On public health care. If only you'd just let the free market, you know, be free and not artificially strangle supply. Who the fuck wants to study 7-10 years of medicine then specialize and then do a sub specialty (realistically speaking doctors only begin to make any money and work meaningful work at 30 years of age) to then be paid a shitty government wage and be treated like a personal owned slave by the ingrate general public? Set the market free and it'll do what it always does, compete, present a range of services and choices and prices to fit all. The market only cares about green and that's a good thing. In today's slav watch, my attempts at rudimentary Russian have gone well. It is cute how much warmer people become when you try to speak their language. One of the lawyers has offered to take me and my partners in the deligation to a shooting range, I was delighted to accept, vodka and cold war weapons, what could go wrong?
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