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  1. My pleasure, I'm glad this is useful to some of you. I got a good response when I posted for friends on FB, too.


    I still buy kid clothes from Carter's (though now direct from the store in Austin), which is why I got the e-mail in the first place. I really like their stuff, and will be sad when Eliza has finally grown out of their sizes.


  2. I got an e-mail on it from Carter's. I don't see that on the site, though. There's no discount code given in the e-mail. I wonder if you attempted to make an order for the next three days, it would show zero for shipping costs?


    If you like, you can PM me your e-mail address, and I will forward my e-mail from Carter's to you.


    Edit: the rest of you got there before before I did.


    @SpiderPig, I don't think there's any way around the customs charges and longer delivery time. Those would be the same circumstances if someone in the States were to buy the clothes and send them on to Germany, of course.


  3. Thought some of you parents might like to know that Carter's, a famous American brand of baby and children's clothing, is now shipping to Germany and many other international destinations.


    My daughter wore mostly Carter's clothing when she was a baby/toddler in Munich. I found the clothes more affordable, practical, and attractive, and cheaper than most clothes I found in Germany.


    No, I don't work for them, just thought some of you might be interested. This would have been BIG news for me as a mom in Germany.


  4. President Obama signed the NDAA legislation yesterday, while nobody was looking.


    The ACLU issued a statement, which reads in part:



    “President Obama's action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law,” said Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director. “The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield. The ACLU will fight worldwide detention authority wherever we can, be it in court, in Congress, or internationally.”



  5. Happy New Year, moctoj2!


    Here in Austin, we apparently escaped any wildfires or house fires last night. Even though we're still in extreme drought conditions and private fireworks are banned in the city, lots of people were firing them off. Lucky it wasn't windy, but I guess the police don't care.


    On the bright side, the city made up for the drought-related cancellation of last year's 4th of July fireworks with a NYE fireworks show.



    The United States on the other hand has been engaged in well over 100 conflicts since the Shah's rise and fall.

    Where do you get this number? Genuinely curious. Obviously I am aware of many more conflicts, as you put it, than declared wars. The number seems high to me, though. Anyway, that the US would be involved in more conflicts than a country like Iran is not surprising, given that we have a network of alliances that Iran doesn't have. Iran didn't get involved in places like the Balkans, for example.




    The United States, however, believes that through the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) philosophy that we should occupy the middle east either overtly through military force (i.e. Iraq) or covertly through perpetual regime change (i.e. Egypt,etc.).

    It must be pointed out that the US was against regime change in Egypt WAY before it was for regime change. The US attempted to get Mubarak replaced with one of his right-hand men when it looked like his overthrow was imminent, after all. Libya would perhaps be a better example for you, though obviously the recent regime changes have not been an effective way of replacing leaders unfriendly to the US with friendlier leaders.



    In my opinion, Iran is simply trying not to take the bait.


    If you think they're not doing any of the baiting, you need to read up on Ahmadinejad's most recent appearances at the UN General Assembly.


    I get what you're saying, but to the vast majority of the American public it doesn't matter. Did Saddam have nukes, or even biological weapons? No. But not many Americans really cared in the end, because the US government was able to sell the public on the idea that he was a Bad Guy Who Deserved What He Got. Saddam's belligerent stance before the invasion was devastating both to his own rule, but most importantly, to the people of Iraq. I don't want to see that repeated in Iran, but Ahmadinejad is making the US job much easier.


    It doesn't matter whether Iran has nukes, or not. What matters is if the US government can win a PR war with its own public in order to get tacit acquiescence on an invasion. The more footage the news channels can come up with of Ahmadinejad scolding the US at the UN, or of young Iranians waving banners and yelling "Death to America," the easier the US government's PR job supporting an invasion against Iran is going to be.


    Historical and present-day reality don't come into it.


  8. Sure, that old Shah stuff, not because Iran is generally belligerent, is threatening to acquire nuclear weapons, encourages unrest in Iraq, and doesn't recognize Israel. Nah. It's the Shah. Very perceptive of you.


    My personal sentiments are probably more on your side than not, Laufkiel, but Ahmadinejad is making the same dumb "diplomacy" mistakes Saddam Hossein made. Look where it got Saddam.


  9. Well, the argument has worked before, and what's better, the President wouldn't need congressional approval to attack Iran if some pseudo-viable "proof" can be presented to the effect that Iran did have a hand in 9/11.


    The Authorization for the Use of Military Force of 2001 already covers it:



    IN GENERAL- That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.

    This could be a game-changer, especially if those here who think the US won't want to put boots on the ground in Iran are correct. America's superiority in drone warcraft is about to end.


  10. This belongs on the rant thread, seeing as how there's fuck-all you can do about people living as long as they can.



    He likes to generalize, so he saw an old person driving a Mercedes and because of that he thinks all pensioners are living a dream life enjoying themselves living la vida loca.


    I'm sure that should HDB do well in his endeavors, he would never consider buying a nice car.



    I spent my first first mlllion on wine, women and song! ( Well, karaoke!!)


    Given that people in Germany are also required to spend a good proportion of their money on insurance, I just idly thought you or Starshollow might have some ideas on how much he could expect to spend on health insurance annually, whether that premium is likely to go up, and by how much, etc.


    I realize there are a lot of variables in play that might make any kind of crystal-ball advice limited in worth.


    Wine, women, and song is as good a way to spend your discretionary income as any, I say!



    Cinzia don't take it personally. I'm fine with Americans, I just know that the US isn't my kind of habitat. Also Americans living in Munich are definitely different than isolated Americans that have never left North America.


    As an American who lived in Munich for 6 years, I can confirm that this is indisputably true.


    Also, most Americans are different than Floridians. ;) I agree with modernbird, who advised you to give Boston a try.


    Since you express your disappointment with your fellow Americans, I'll point out two things:


    1. Americans aren't all the same;


    2. You may have a skewed view of young Europeans. They are more like American young people than you think.



    You have to be a complete meat head and superficial to get with the hottest girls.


    And yours is not a superficial attitude at all. Why would you think hot girls in Europe don't have standards you can't meet? They may not be the same standards as girls in Florida, but they're standards, nonetheless.


    Have you read any of the threads here on dating German girls? Might want to have a browse.


  13. Perhaps you could start the other way around. Why would you want to keep your German address?


    You will need to de-register with the local authorities when you leave town, at any rate. You may still be able to keep a bank account in Germany, if that's what you're after.


  14. Best gift: iPhone4!!


    Most unusual gift: Hello Kitty Day of the Dead Postcards (pack of 3.)


    Most thoughtful gift: penguin card from 6-year-old. She picked it out herself. Also, many last-minute, handwritten notes to "Santa."


    Handmade gift: lap pillow with straps to hold open book on my lap.


    Educational gift: book, The Early Modern Town in Scotland.


    Missing gift: bray harp that was supposed to be finished "at the end of summer!"



    I've only seen them on the side of 360, near Barton Springs Mall.


    Last year there were a few by the MoPac South frontage road, just past William Cannon. I haven't noticed any there this year, but I don't go to LifeTime Fitness anymore, so I may have missed them. Also, it's been raining a lot, so it may be that nobody's braved the weather to decorate.