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    The VBS 400 is a pretty nice taiwan made machine,...

    The VBS 400 is a pretty nice taiwan made machine, dates back to 80s usually, and dalmatiangirl is right- they are shipped set up for 230 volt 3 phase. You probably could get away with a static phase...
  2. I do have criticisms of our tax system. The...

    I do have criticisms of our tax system.
    The difference between the effective tax rate and the nominal one is seldom discussed or publicized, but quite large.
    And, yes, I think Trumps claims that...
  3. France didnt "sue" Ireland, they went after them...

    France didnt "sue" Ireland, they went after them in the European Union's Commission- which is the equivalent of bringing an international trade dispute to court. The EU ruled in favor of France, and...
  4. Cable and Wireless is now a small subsidiary of...

    Cable and Wireless is now a small subsidiary of Liberty Latin America- they own things like cable tv networks in Puerto Rico, too.
    The entire corporation as an annual revenue of around $4 Billion...
  5. France has been going after Ireland for the last...

    France has been going after Ireland for the last ten years- and they just won the suit- as I linked to just above.
    Apple agrees to pay €500M to end 10-year French tax battle - 9to5Mac

    Of course,...
  6. First- the net profit is what counts- so if you...

    First- the net profit is what counts- so if you pay for some internet carriers, then deduct that from your taxes, and pay zero taxes, as Amazon does, you come out richer in the end.
    But you...
  7. you are confusing the sale of internet access,...

    you are confusing the sale of internet access, which is paid for by consumers primarily, with the fact that the business the internet companies do online is basically untaxed and uncharged for. Yes,...
  8. Please link to a "bandwidth invoice"- I have...

    Please link to a "bandwidth invoice"- I have never gotten to see one.
    Apple is selling physical products in France, and is not in the same category as Google.
    Apple avoids paying taxes in france...
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    commercially, stainless passivating and polishing...

    commercially, stainless passivating and polishing is done with phosphoric acid. its a lot less dangerous than sulfuric or HCL or nitric. It works fine.
    Job site stainless cleanup has been done by...
  10. If you want to understand this concept, you need...

    If you want to understand this concept, you need to read about one of the biggest examples of it- Apple. Apple avoided paying taxes, in the USA, and most everywhere else, by sending all its profits...
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    fixed that, with my trusty "edit" hammer. ...

    fixed that, with my trusty "edit" hammer.

    Also, for future ironworker shoppers-
    The US branch of Peddinghaus is still owned and run by the Peddinghaus family, who founded the company in germany...
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    "Good Results", in my shop, are measured in 20...

    "Good Results", in my shop, are measured in 20 year increments. I havent seen one in person, but, from the photos, they are adequate chinese copies of european style machines.
    But when I buy a...
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    "Best" is a pretty wide open description....

    "Best" is a pretty wide open description.
    Depends what kind of fabrication you are doing, how accurate, what dimensions of material you work with, and how many guys are going to use it. And,...
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    I would be interested to hear who, exactly, is in...

    I would be interested to hear who, exactly, is in favor of population growth at this point. A quick google comes up with one Indie fimmaker, and a wacky Swedish professor. Cant find any reputable...
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    I have been buying materials for 40 years, and...

    I have been buying materials for 40 years, and this has always happened. In fact, in the old days it was worse- they would arbitrarily apply "discounts" from an imaginary retail price differently to...
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    A couple of points of fact- 1- ALL high...

    A couple of points of fact-

    1- ALL high schools are locally run.
    That means it wasnt "The Department of Education", or some liberal elite college professors who got rid of shop classes...
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    Exports are only 20% at most of Chinese GDP. ...

    Exports are only 20% at most of Chinese GDP.
    the US is 20% of that.
    That makes us 4%.
    Which is nothing to sneeze at, but they sell five times as much as they sell to us to other countries. ...
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    Its pretty simple why appliances dont last as...

    Its pretty simple why appliances dont last as long today-
    Its because they are so much cheaper in inflation adjusted dollars.

    Here is a simple example-
    this link shows the prices of a 1962...
  19. the old american brands of induction heaters were...

    the old american brands of induction heaters were nice machines, and often sold for between $25,000 and $100,000.
    Nowadays, you can buy chinese ones on ebay for under a grand.
    I have known three...
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    I would sure take this with a grain of salt- ...

    I would sure take this with a grain of salt-

    the "news" organisation you quote is the NCRI, which is allied with the MEK, a leftist organisation that until recently was labelled as terrorist...
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    We no longer print Bibles in the USA. They come...

    We no longer print Bibles in the USA. They come from China, and are going to go up 25% if the next wave of tariffs go thru.
    I wonder if people will switch to Korans, if they are cheaper.
    ...
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    There are good, bad, and indifferent commercial...

    There are good, bad, and indifferent commercial mounts. I bought one a few years ago for a 50" screen that weighs a good 30 or 40 pounds- the tv- and my swivel pivot mount could easily handle twice...
  23. The japanese make a lot of cool machines like...

    The japanese make a lot of cool machines like this- and they make zero effort to export them.
    Japanese companies will pay very high prices for made in Japan quality machine tools.
    Practically...
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    there was a knife maker in Berlin who used a Haas...

    there was a knife maker in Berlin who used a Haas Office Mill (now replaced by the CM-1) in his upper story workshop. Not sure if he craned it in thru a window, but with removing a few parts, they...
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    Value Added Taxes, whether in Canada, Europe, or...

    Value Added Taxes, whether in Canada, Europe, or South America, are legislated, and debated by a wide range of elected officials before being instituted, and are permanent, clearly defined, and apply...
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