DoubleDTown

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  1. DoubleDTown added a post in a topic: Best providers for calling home (overseas) from Germany   

    NeilD is so right.  First of all, unlike regular landlines in the U.S., a standard Telekom Festnetz already is fairly cheap to call the U.S. -- only about 12 Eurocents a minute (I'm saying cheap compared to a U.S. landline). 
    But NeilD's CountryFlat is a great deal.  for EUR 3,31 a month you get unlimited calling to Western Europe, North America (U.S. & Canada), and Australia.  Check Telekom's site for the full list of included countries.
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  2. DoubleDTown added a post in a topic: Renouncing US citizenship   


    The U.S. defines nonimmigrant aliens at 8 U.S. Code § 1101.

    It’s a long list, read §1101 (15)(A) through (O).

    See http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1101
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  3. DoubleDTown added a post in a topic: Renouncing US citizenship   

    and how about 8 U.S. Code § 1621 - Aliens who are not qualified aliens or nonimmigrants ineligible for State and local public benefits. an alien who is not—
    (1)a qualified alien (as defined in section 1641 of this title),
    (2)a nonimmigrant
    is not eligible for any State or local public benefit
    the term “State or local public benefit” means—
    (A)any grant, contract, loan, professional license, or commercial license provided by an agency of a State or local government or by appropriated funds of a State or local government; and
    (B)any retirement, welfare, health, disability, public or assisted housing, postsecondary education, food assistance, unemployment benefit, or any other similar benefit for which payments or assistance are provided to an individual, household, or family eligibility unit by an agency of a State or local government or by appropriated funds of a State or local government.
    A State may provide that an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States is eligible for any State or local public benefit for which such alien would otherwise be ineligible under subsection (a) of this section only through the enactment of a State law after August 22, 1996, which affirmatively provides for such eligibility.

    in practice it might not be reality (e.g. states pass laws permitting it, and there are plenty of foreign-resident, non-citizens with U.S. medical licenses): but this federal law literally says unless you have a greencard or other exception a non-citizen can not have a professional license from a state.

    although there is that "nonimmigrant" bit there...
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  4. DoubleDTown added a post in a topic: Renouncing US citizenship   


    or a U.S. patent agent / patent attorney
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  5. DoubleDTown added a post in a topic: Renouncing US citizenship   




    I agree with Conquistador, Babbajee's result is interesting and shows the “unzumutbare Bedingungen für
    die Entlassung” can work – but this example is not very helpful for Americans. I don’t know of situations in the U.S. where owning property, having a pension, or owning other investments would be at risk if one lost their U.S. citizenship.
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  6. DoubleDTown added a post in a topic: Renouncing US citizenship   

    Dear JayCool:
    along the lines of Willowhands' reply, #112, having an EU citizenship would open up certain professional opportunities that are reserved for German citizens. And I don't want to give up my USA citizenship, because I like it for countless reasons.
    I also agree with Willowhands that each vote matters. Look at Florida in 2000. A few more votes one way or the other and the election results would have been clearer.

    Nobody has corrected me on my understanding posted yesterday, #91, so I presume I got it right. Please do feel free to correct me. (not that Toytowners feel like they need permission to correct anyone)
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  7. DoubleDTown added a post in a topic: What are outside blinds good for?   


    Genauso. It's this fastidious cleanliness that led to this whole forum being called Toytown.

    The sun shade factor is a good one too, I completely agree shading outside the house is better than inside. That's why so many lovely American tract homes built in former corn fields (no trees) in the '60s and '70s have even lovelier aluminum awnings shading the windows. Better an ugly awning than too sunny. These days people don't seem to use the ugly awnings, I guess the windows are insulated better or the a/c is powerful enough it doesn't matter (from a comfort perspective).
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  8. DoubleDTown added a post in a topic: Renouncing US citizenship   

    Hi,

    I would appreciate anyone taking the trouble to confirm if I have understood the conversation correctly.

    1. Germany generally wants foreign nationals who seek to become naturalized German citizens to give up their non-German citizenship.

    2. However, there are exceptions.

    3. The exceptions include cases where the applying foreign national's home country requires a fee for citizenship renunciation that is greater than EUR 1279, AND ALSO such fee is greater than the applicant's Brutto income for one month.

    4. Currently the U.S. fee for renunciation is USD 2350 (circa EUR 2000)

    5. Germany also requires of course that the applicant citizen be able to support him/herself in Germany.

    6. Consequently, there is a narrow window of income possibility between being able to afford to live in Germany, but having a Brutto monthly income lower than the current U.S. Gebühr of USD 2350 (circa EUR 2000) for renunciation of U.S. citizenship

    7. So, if one's annual pre-tax income is greater than USD 2350 x 12 (i.e. USD 28,200) then the "my home country's fee is too high" exception would not work because the brutto monthly income would be greater than the necessary Gebühr for renunciation of U.S. citizenship.

    Right? Thanks in advance for your attention.
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  9. DoubleDTown added a post in a topic: What are outside blinds good for?   


    Rolladens are for shade and privacy.

    Why are they on the outside? Because Germans love their Casement windows, as compared to North Americans that love their double-hung windows. Interior shades and curtains are a pain when opening Casement windows into the room. Rolladen are one way to avoid this inconvenience.

    Or one could say, casement windows are a pain because they swing into the room and take up space in the room, or they are a pain because if one collects little knick knacks on the windowsill then one can't open the window. (okay, I'm getting off topic, I'll stop...)
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  10. DoubleDTown added a post in a topic: Kleinanzeigen on eBay: An easier eBay system?   

    Kleinanzeigen.eBay.de rocks
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  11. DoubleDTown added a post in a topic: Dual US-German citizen - German passport question   

    I've never heard it called a "Perso" before. In Dresden I always hear "Ausweiss". Is that a regional thing, or have I just missed it?
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  12. DoubleDTown added a post in a topic: Giving up U.S. citizenship so as to avoid taxes   


    On one hand, free tuition plus BAföG undermines the theory that "young adults in Europe" are encouraged to grow up -- financially anyway.

    On the other hand, free tuition plus BAföG is a fantastic reason to consider college outside the U.S.
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  13. DoubleDTown added a post in a topic: Are we avoiding the PEGIDA topic?   


    Yes. Which is why tobacco is still legal (mostly), and gambling, and prostitution (sort of), and camp fires (mostly), and fatty foods, and sugary drinks, and alcohol, and driving fast, and tattoos, and body piercing, and skipping immunizations, etc.
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  14. DoubleDTown added a post in a topic: Are we avoiding the PEGIDA topic?   


    Yeah, it still doesn't make any sense to me whether one talks to or about Pegida to say Pegida is being silly because Saxony has a low number of foreigners. For example, a comedian making a joke that Pegida is complaining of Islamification in Sachsen. "In Sachsen?!" he jokes.

    Genau, I think. Pegida's point is it's "too late" in Koeln and Muenchen, etc. but they don't want more in Sachsen. So, while from a comedy performance point of view it plays over fine for a moment as a joke -- when one thinks a bit it actually doesn't make sense as a joke about Pegida because Pegida's whole point is there is only a small number of foreigners in Sachsen and Pegida is fine with that.
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  15. DoubleDTown added a post in a topic: Are we avoiding the PEGIDA topic?   

    I think it's not obvious because there is no inherent right to a homogenous community. Though one can argue there is an inherent right to self determination.

    But, before I digress into a sociological discussion that attracts downvotes, I return to the concept I don't understand: why do people think pointing out to Pegida that Saxony IS homogenous is relevant when Pegida darn well knows that and is saying it wants Saxony to STAY homogenous?
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