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    Hey S-M!

    Would you

    mind if I sent you a private email? I'll be in your city next month and could use some advice. I have access to

    your email address so you don't have to post it here.

    Thanks!
    Greg


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    Hi Idesign, have just look

    in my email-account but I could not find a mail from you! Perhaps the mail was mistakened filtered out, because the

    system has it seen as spam! And the "spam"-mails are deleted by the system after three days!
    Could you mail me

    again please?

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    I didn't send it yet S-M, but

    now that I have your permission I will! I didn't want to "spam" you from the forum. Thanks for the reply!


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    Email sent S-M! From idesigngr

    at yahoo


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    Hallo Idesign, have just

    send you an email about interest places in and around stuttgart! I hope the dates are still up to date, as I am only

    rarely in the center of stuttgart (live in a subburb of stuttgart) and do not like museums and so many dates I

    have mentioned are from my youth-time!
    I hope you have a nice time in Germany!

    Stuttgart-man

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    Thanks S-M! I got your email.

    I'll let you know how the trip goes. I'm sure it will be great. I've always wanted to visit your country, and

    finally I have the opportunity.

    I've been looking at the temperature there, is there anything you can do about

    making it warmer next month?


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    Quote Originally Posted by idesign View Post
    I've been looking at the temperature there, is there anything you can do about making it

    warmer next month?
    I will contact the meteorogolists that they will bring warm weather next

    month

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    One wonders if someday in the future

    the weatherman/meteorologists really *will* control the weather rather than just forcast it...

    "Expect a light

    rain from 0200 to 0400 Tuesday, sunny, with an average of 12 clouds in the sky during the day and with temperatures

    following our standard gradient for this date..."
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    You've inspired me Rbt. I'll

    get a huge V-12 SUV and drive it around as much as possible for the next month. That should create enough "carbon

    footprint" to raise temps in Europe 10C by February, just about right. Thank God for Al Gore, without his

    "leadership" I'd freeze in Germany.

    "... thanks for that report on gas shortages in North Carolina Fred. And

    now some breaking weather news from our meteorologist, Wink Martindale, on location from Southern Germany..."


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    Quote Originally Posted by idesign View Post
    You've

    inspired me Rbt. I'll get a huge V-12 SUV and drive it around as much as possible for the next month. That should

    create enough "carbon footprint" to raise temps in Europe 10C by February, just about right. Thank God for Al Gore,

    without his "leadership" I'd freeze in Germany.

    "... thanks for that report on gas shortages in North Carolina

    Fred. And now some breaking weather news from our meteorologist, Wink Martindale, on location from Southern

    Germany..."
    You're welcome.

    As we are experiencing near record cold in my neck of the woods this

    winter I am starting to wonder about the "warming" part or "global warming."
    Shoot, even Miami Florida was getting

    frost warnings this past week.

    Hey! Maybe we're on to something here... What with the nasty high petrol prices

    this past year, the big driving cutbacks by folks who couldn't afford to feed their Lincoln Navigators and Hummers,

    therefore the reduced pollution emissions recently.... no wonder the temps have plummeted! Get out there and drive

    folks if you want a warm summer!
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    Oil-prices are crashed in

    the past months, so the weather should become warmer next time

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    And if yet share-prices

    rises than the folk have much money to buy much (cheap) petrol and then they can drive many thousands of miles and

    we get a really hot summer

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    Except for some odd reason it seems

    that at least around here even as oil prices go down, the price for gas/petrol at our local stations is going up,

    again...

    We also get hit during the summer months because where I live they must sell "reformulated"

    low-pollution gas/petrol, which is more expensive.

    Of course it's stupid. I used to visit relatives in another

    state where such "summer gas" wasn't required. Not only was it cheaper, I got far better fuel economy. I would burn

    almost a full tank of gas going to them on "my" gasoline, but after I filled up on "their" gasoline for the trip

    back, I would only go through about half a tank of gas. Distance covered was identical. So in the end I would burn

    less gasoline and probably contribute less pollution with the "regular" fuel, rather than with the "low pollution"

    fuel... Go figure.

    Politicians - phooey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuttgart-man View Post
    Oil-prices are crashed in the past months, so the weather should become warmer next

    time
    An astute observation! But stocks and banks have crashed too, so there is no money and no demand.



    What we need is more government intervention. They can give money to the banks, who can loan it to the

    investors at low rates (see Fed Reserve Bank, see Greenspan legacy), who will start buying more oil, which will

    create more demand for crude, which will raise prices, and we'll get to pay twice! At the gas pump and in more

    government debt! (and, sooner or later, taxes) So, we can't afford to drive.

    Wait a second... did I just "cure"

    global warming? Ha! I just predicted the political future.

    Replay that same basic scenario in the housing

    market (with adamant Congressional "encouragement") and you'll see the future, and the past which led us here.
    Last edited by idesign; 01-29-2009 at 08:59 PM. Reason: insult to injury


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rbt View Post
    We also get

    hit during the summer months because where I live they must sell "reformulated" low-pollution gas/petrol, which is

    more expensive.

    Of course it's stupid. I used to visit relatives in another state where such "summer gas"

    wasn't required. Not only was it cheaper, I got far better fuel economy. I would burn almost a full tank of gas

    going to them on "my" gasoline, but after I filled up on "their" gasoline for the trip back, I would only go through

    about half a tank of gas. Distance covered was identical. So in the end I would burn less gasoline and probably

    contribute less pollution with the "regular" fuel, rather than with the "low pollution" fuel... Go figure.



    Politicians - phooey.
    Well Rbt, as of yesterday (or the day before) Our Benevolent President has signed

    legislation which will pretty much duplicates your scenario across the country, and then some. Look for everything

    auto-related to become more expensive, from cars to petrol.

    At a time when the auto industry is in shambles,

    they have to deal with irrational gov't mandated controls. Sighhhhhh....

    Its a shame that Obama has not learned

    from the lessons of the sadly failed third-world economics of his Father's heritage, which he supported (Kenya),

    and is determined to drag America into that same dump of economic tyranny and failure. Its only the beginning of

    sorrows with this president.
    Last edited by idesign; 01-29-2009 at 09:23 PM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by idesign View Post
    An

    astute observation! But stocks and banks have crashed too, so there is no money and no demand.

    What we need is

    more government intervention. They can give money to the banks, who can loan it to the investors at low rates (see

    Fed Reserve Bank, see Greenspan legacy), who will start buying more oil, which will create more demand for crude,

    which will raise prices, and we'll get to pay twice! At the gas pump and in more government debt! (and, sooner or

    later, taxes) So, we can't afford to drive.

    Wait a second... did I just "cure" global warming? Ha! I just

    predicted the political future.

    Replay that same basic scenario in the housing market (with adamant Congressional

    "encouragement") and you'll see the future, and the past which led us here.
    Why the Fed and/or the ECB

    do not loan money to private persons (of course limited to an amount of for example $2000) and companies (loan

    limited by the number of employees or turnover) too? this would create a strong demand and the tax payer have not to

    pay anything because the money payed by the Fed / ECB is new created!

    Yes this is usually dangerous because this

    could push the inflation rate, but at the moment people are not willing to buy anything and so this threat is

    low!

    Furthermore the Fed / ECB could reduce the bank rate to nearly zero and so the banks can get cheap money!

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    A significant tax cut would

    achieve a better purpose... prosperity. Reduce gov't intervention and let business and people do what they do

    better than gov't: manage money.


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    Quote Originally Posted by idesign View Post
    Reduce

    gov't intervention and let business and people do what they do better than gov't: manage

    money.
    Exactly what a former President said in a previous down turn.

    His name Herbert Hoover, perhaps

    you've heard of him??
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    If I recall, it was partly a top

    tax rate of 70%+ that led to the Big Crash and Bigger Depression. Suck the life out of all the bulls, and

    you're left with a herd of cows, in Washington, fat with milk.

    After the stuff hit the fan, Hoover was a "big

    gov't", fix-it-by-policy politician if ever there was one, only to be surpassed by FDR, who was able to pass more

    of Hoover's bloated "reform" policies. Americans learn to suck the teat of dependency and the cows keep

    "producing".


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    Quote Originally Posted by idesign View Post
    If I recall,

    it was partly a top tax rate of 70%+ that led to the Big Crash and Bigger Depression
    Though the rate

    did get to all the way up to 4% in 1934, in 1929, the year of the crash it was

    less than

    1%.


    The chart above shows the increases in the lowest marginal tax

    bracket between 1929 and 1940, which for all years applied to taxable income between $0 and $4,000. Starting from

    .375% in 1929, the lowest rate tripled to 1.125% in 1930, and then increased again by more than 3.5 times to 4% in

    1932, for a total increase of more than 10 times.
    Then again

    By imputation, one

    needed to be at the 92nd percentile of income or higher to pay any income taxes in The Great

    Depression.
    Then again Corporate rates were a tad higher, perhaps that's what you are thinking of.
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    Hey Idesign,

    you are

    already back at home? How was your journey to Stuttgart? Hope you have had a nice time there

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuttgart-man View Post
    Hey

    Idesign,

    you are already back at home? How was your journey to Stuttgart? Hope you have had a nice time there

    Thanks S-M, but due to some complications I never made the trip! I do have something scheduled for

    late April or early May though, and think that would be a better time to visit anyway. Warmer weather! I'll keep

    you posted, and I've saved your email with all the good advice.

    In fact, on this trip, I'll be driving into

    Germany from the southeast. Anything great to see in that part of the country? Along the E60 from Wien to Munich,

    then to Stuttgart?

    Use my private email if you like.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtnjim View Post
    Though the

    rate did get to all the way up to 4% in 1934, in 1929, the year of the crash it was

    less than 1%.

    Then

    again

    Then again Corporate rates were a tad higher, perhaps that's what you are thinking of.
    Sorry

    Jim, I completely forgot about this thread. What I was referring to was the the top marginal rate

    before the depression. Confiscatory tax rates on employers never did anyone any good, ditto for huge

    gov't programs, as we're about to see.


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