lannarebirth

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  1. I was going through my emails when all of a sudden some little box appeared in the lower right hand corner of my screen. Apparently Facebook has a feature that lets people know "I'm safe". My daughter sent me that this morning, from London. What a <deleted> up world we live in, that anyone should need an "I'm Safe" feature.
  2. Unless you're in the mountains, Nong Kwai is crap compared to Mae Rim.
  3. I was talking to the wife the other night, and we figured we own about 1/4 of 1% of Mae Rim between us. Not the city but the countryside. We just love it out there. We have rivers, mountains, waterfalls, rice fields. To me it is heaven on earth.
  4. Mae Rim is a wonderful place to live. The thing is, when I think of Mae Rim, I don't think of condominiums, but instead I think of bucolic countryside. Speaking only for myself, if I were ever to buy a condominium again, I would not buy in a place like Mae Rim but in a very urban environment. In Mae Rim I would instead opt for a countryside villa.
  5. The analyst saw the Baht strengthen. A little anyway. Then he wrote a report that said "Baht to strengthen".
  6. The plan should be for health insurance companies to have no future. Put them out of business.
  7. Is that an outboard motor on the stern of your kayak?
  8. I may disagree marginally on some of the specifics, but Bernie's got the right idea. http://www.businessinsider.com/sanders-on-alternative-minimum-tax-2017-3
  9. It's a <deleted> up system. I remember paying >$250,000 in excess taxes one year because of the AMT. I had to buy 40 acres of citrus groves I didn't want the next year, for the accelerated depreciation it provided me. I let the oranges fall to the ground and rot for the loss. I let the trees die for the tax benefit. I replanted and sold it on after 5 years to another tax avoider, all because the system is constructed improperly.
  10. No, it's a terrible tax because it is unfair. If you make too much in a given year, despite the fact that you may have made nothing in prior years, you are taxed at a higher rate, despite whatever exemptions and deductions and depreciations you may have. For people in this circumstance income averaging was a much fairer taxation policy.
  11. Me too! It is a terrible tax and exists only because of special loopholes enjoyed by very very high income individuals. Abolish the loopholes and the AMT and the system will be much more just.
  12. Isn't March 15th "hump day" for the seasonal smoke? Seems every annual pollution graph I've ever viewed peaked on or about March 15th. It's all downhill from here.... Begin to prepare your complaints about the hot season which comes next.
  13. I think renting does make sense for a person that isn't married and doesn't have kids. I can't imagine anyone married or with children however that wouldn't want to ensure there wife and kids would have a roof over their heads should anything happen to them.
  14. Neither I nor my wife has ever sold a piece of real estate to anyone, anywhere, that they couldn't sell for more, sometimes a lot more, within a few years time.
  15. What more could one ask for? It's a great unit.