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#141961
Dirk - 3 Dec 2006 // 11:39:44

In my opinion Bulgarian parents are doing a bad job in educating their children in general. They set a bad example as well. Reponsibility is a mayor problem in Bulgaria, in private, in work, in everything.
Fe Many parents drink more then regularly and allow children to drink as well, even in weekdays.
So why bother about them children? Why should ISP's bother about anything?

#141962
charlie23 - 3 Dec 2006 // 11:18:46

Somehow I'm surprised that 1/5th of the children in this country actually have internet access.
Also, what exactly is a "sex proposal" ? Is the quote actually referring to contact by paedophiles, two consenting teenagers looking to contact each other, a spam email from a porn site, or an accidental (or intentional) viewing of a porno site?
While I fully agree with almost anything directed against paedophilia, seems to me that these statistics are far too vague to be taken at face value.

#141963
BULERICAN - 3 Dec 2006 // 03:18:14

Author: DP 2 Dec 2006 23:06:00
Byzantine rule: 1018-1185
Ottoman rule: 1393-1878

Thanks DP !

Back to the history books for me, there is more to the story than meets the eye.

I find it important to know the history of the country where one lives(or will live).

#141964
DP - 2 Dec 2006 // 23:06:00

Byzantine rule: 1018-1185
Ottoman rule: 1393-1878

#141965
Bill - 2 Dec 2006 // 22:42:42

beauty:

I can't speak for Bulerican's situation, because I left the military years before he did, and then came to work for the Army in Germany a good decade after that. But neither when I left the military nor when I retired as a civilian employee have I ever been asked to return my severance payments.

When you speak of small retirement benefits, though, you seem to be overlooking the benefits that retired military personnel have, an important one of which is the right to continue to do their shopping at the post exchanges and commissaries of the military, especially overseas, as Bulerican is. This reduces the living cost considerably, which allows the retiree to spend a greater percentage of his pension on other things.

You're beginning to sound like another edition of lawmerchant.

#141966
snafu - 2 Dec 2006 // 22:22:16

Aren't all these people (Sinterklas, St. Nikolai, Santa) based on this one Christian saint who lived in modern-day Turkey (which is why modern Turks make up a story about how Santa gets into houses through gas valves when there are no chimneys around--I'd like to see how he gets into rural houses where the residents often put screens to keep out the raccoons!!)? In a collective sense, he's celebrated by all. Let's all have a celebrate in 'cause it must be Santernikolai!!

#141967
BULERICAN - 2 Dec 2006 // 21:48:54

Author: vaskoto1 2 Dec 2006 19:48:59
average you say…it strongly depends on what you are looking for! if you will make the effort to do a little bit of research on bulgaria's history you'll find some quite amazing things about us. since 1393 till 1876 we have been under turkish slavery. no economical development no cultural progress no nothing! only bits and pieces of our religion! in that time europe was rising in all aspects with breakneck speed! we manage to recuperate from this almost to the point of recognition of our money in europe! but then comes the communism. and it lasted 45 additional years destroying everything. and yet we did almost manage to rise from that ordeal too. to the point, again, of entering EU. in what time?
this my friend does not come cheap and is not done by "average" people...

Wow, and here I thought the Ottoman occupation was 1453 through 1878, that of course following 300 +/- years of Byzantine Rule. Not to mention the 45 or so years of Communism, as well as the few years of National Socialist control as well.

Seems like everytime she stands up, Bulgaria gets slapped down again, hopefully never again, and with the entrance to the EU, perhaps things will get better. More expensive for sure, but hopefully better.

#141968
BULERICAN - 2 Dec 2006 // 21:45:00

Author: beauty 2 Dec 2006 20:07:38
TO Bulerican:

I do not believe you would be able to survive in Germany on your $950,- monthly pay check from the USArmy.

(Sorry to disappoint Beauty, but my retired pay from the US Military is a great deal more than $950, to be exact it is $1125.00 after taxes.
However that is pocket change, my discretionary piss in the wind money, compared to the Euro 3000 (after taxes) I receive as salary from the company I work for. Add to that the Euro 400 - 1000 I receive monthly for personal appearances with my rockband Catweazle and it becomes clear that our family does NOT "survive", we do quite well thank you.)

So...do not tell me farytales!
(Why should I tell you fairytales, I need not impress you, nor do I try, if the truth is not enough for you then correspond with someone else please.)

I do cases for American veterans therefore i know that recently the benefits are not very exiting. (Exiting ? Surely you mean ex"c"iting ?)

(As a retired servicemember, I would not know what "veterans" are receiving for benefits nor do I care, although technically a "veteran" a retired person is in a whole different category than someone who served and got out. I have not looked at my online retired pay account lately, but I believe we are getting 3% added to the retired pay this coming year, or another $36 or so.)

Beside this they make you to reimburse the US Army for the separation pay which you,Veterans got.

(Separation pay is usually paid to those servicemen getting out between 10 - 20 years of service(By reduction in force selections, or by selected MOS), if a servicemember returns to active duty and then does in fact retire, or in some cases is given a disability rating for service connected injuries, they may be required to reimburse the US Government for the Separation/Transition pay.)

(As a retired servicemember, separation pay was not received, nor must I repay anything to anyone concerning my military service. Toughest thing I have to do each month for my retired paycheck is check my bank account online to see how much money I might need to move about (CD's, T-Bonds, other long term investments etc.), usually I merely confirm the deposit and there it stays, makes vacation time real real nice.)

Btw, I started receiving that retired pay at age 39, the first check coming on 31Jan92, approximately $210000.00 of lovely retired pay has been paid to me thus far. I love those American taxpayers, God bless them all. 8-)

#141969
DP - 2 Dec 2006 // 21:18:38

PieterL: “And his holiday is not only celebrated in Holland and Belgium, but also in Germany, Switzerland and Russia.”

It is celebrated in Bulgaria also--on December 6th as the day of Saint Nikolai or in Bulgarian Св. Николай, архиеп. Мирликийски, чудотворец (Никулден).

#141970
beauty - 2 Dec 2006 // 20:07:38

TO Bulerican:

I do not believe you would be able to survive in Germany on your $950,- monthly pay check from the USArmy.

So...do not tell me farytales!

I do cases for American veterans therefore i know that recently the benefits are not very exiting.
Beside this they make you to reimburse the US Army for the separation pay which you,Veterans got.

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