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DrStrangelove

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The country of cheese is starting to stink
« on: January 04, 2007, 12:40:52 pm »

Hello, everyone.

From the title of this topic, you will no doubt have guessed that I'm French and that I have long gone past the point where I can't put up anymore with the shit our "government" shoves down our throat.

New year's eve was considered a quite peaceful night, with only 400 cars burnt.

Watching the campaign for next year's presidential election just makes me want to crawl under a rock or something, get stoned, or just run away, which seems to be the sanest solution. I feel, 50 years from now, history books will tell how this country has slowly let itself slide past the point of no return.

The situation here feels like we're free falling and watching the view instead of opening the damn parachute.

So I've been "country shopping" and trying to find a good place to emigrate to. My parents also start to feel that 5-6000 euros a month in tax is a bit too much.

I would have a lot of other things to tell about the current and future french (and european) situation but it would be illegal for me in my country to express my views. That really pisses me off, by the way.

So, I'd like to ask you fellows a few questions about NH and the USA in general...

- What is the situation wrt the USA turning into a police state (Bush, Patriot act, DMCA, etc) and what is your gut feeling about it ?
- I am an atheist. I don't mind religious people as long as they don't oppose my own freedoms and rights. What is the state of puritanism in New Hampshire ?
- What are the costs of a good health and insurance plan ?
- What else should I know that I will probably not think about ?

Now for the curriculum :

I'm 30 and single. I have a master's degree in electronics engineering from one of the top 5 french schools, a master's degree in telecoms from Polytechnique Montreal (I lived 3 years there so I know Canada, Québec and a bit about the US).
After getting the degrees I worked for 3 years in the IT business, first as a developer then as a development project/team manager and then product manager.
Then, I asked my own boss to fire me, so I could profit off the welfare state for 2 years.
With this "free" income I invested in stone and now I have tenents who pay me their rents every month, plus a good capital in appartments, my flat is worth a lot and I have no mortgage and no debt.
Then I started an e-business company which I scrapped 1.5 years later due to the associates being lazy bums.
January 2005 I decided to enter in the real estate business and teamed up with a friend. There's money to make there, but it took me the largest part of a year to build relations and memorize the countless laws and regulations which are so typical of this country.
In the next few weeks my company should rake in about 50K euro from my first contract (these take a loong time), after taxes paid I don't think I can transfer much more than 15K euro in my own personal pocket. Disappointing.
A few months ago I decided to check on my engineering skills (I also do electronics for fun) so I built an ethernet media player. Took me one month of spare evenings, from never having touched a microcontroller or FPGA before to finished product (including learning verilog and relearning C, learning to write drivers, etc).

So I intend to sell all my real estate (should turn into about 500K euro cash after taxes) and get the hell out of there.
The hardest part will probably be to find a job in the US and get the green card since my IT experience is a bit dated. Does anyone have advice on these ?

I've also checked on the net and found a few acres of land to sell near Manchester... So maybe there's potential for real estate projects ?Can a french alien with a work permit get enough trust from the US banks ?

I think I'll fly to the meeting at the end of February to take the temperature. I'll also go to Montreal which is my other favourite emigration spot (although it's pretty socialist... still better that France though !)



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Re: The country of cheese is starting to stink
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2007, 06:21:39 am »

- What is the situation wrt the USA turning into a police state (Bush, Patriot act, DMCA, etc) and what is your gut feeling about it ?

The EU is already worse and we don't have a constitution to protect us.

- I am an atheist. I don't mind religious people as long as they don't oppose my own freedoms and rights. What is the state of puritanism in New Hampshire ?

I have found small town US more accepting of the way I choose to dress/behave then London (and a great deal friendlier people). As long as you are not having S&M orgies on playgrounds I think you will find people stay much more out of your business then in Europe.

- What are the costs of a good health and insurance plan ?

I am a smoker and health, dental and eyes will cost me $340 a month (1/4 what I currently pay for universal healthcare). Given what you do for a living I would be supprised if your job didn't offer it as a benefit but even if not you can pick and choose what you want to be covered for.

- What else should I know that I will probably not think about ?

You won't have to deal with Muslim kids rioting and setting fire to things because the government is not giving them enough money. You won't live in a state where over half the people work for the government and 3/4 of what you earn goes to supporting other people. You won't live in a country where the government bans freedom of the press (a la the Chernobyl mishap) in order to "prevent public panic". I am sure there are some more I can't think up :)

Now for the curriculum :

I'm 30 and single. I have a master's degree in electronics engineering from one of the top 5 french schools, a master's degree in telecoms from Polytechnique Montreal (I lived 3 years there so I know Canada, Québec and a bit about the US).
After getting the degrees I worked for 3 years in the IT business, first as a developer then as a development project/team manager and then product manager.

There is a very active IT industry in NH, particularly around Nashua, so shouldn't have trouble finding a job.

So I intend to sell all my real estate (should turn into about 500K euro cash after taxes) and get the hell out of there.
The hardest part will probably be to find a job in the US and get the green card since my IT experience is a bit dated. Does anyone have advice on these ?

Given your level of savings you could come in on an E2 (Treaty Investor) rather then H1 or L1. If you can get back in to coding though (I would suggest getting up to speed with the .net platform, PM me if you want some book suggestions) your earning potential will be higher then going over as a Project Manager.
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Re: The country of cheese is starting to stink
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2007, 08:49:48 am »

Thanks for the reply. Interesting !

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I have found small town US more accepting of the way I choose to dress/behave then London (and a great deal friendlier people). As long as you are not having S&M orgies on playgrounds I think you will find people stay much more out of your business then in Europe.

Good ! (I'm not planning on shooting porn SM flicks in the town square anyway)

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I am a smoker and health, dental and eyes will cost me $340 a month

Hm, that's cheaper than in France, is it as good ? (I expected the "cheaper" since you don't have to pay for 2-3 other people that don't)

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You won't have to deal with Muslim kids rioting and setting fire to things

That's part of the things that would be illegal for me to complain about XD

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Given your level of savings you could come in on an E2 (Treaty Investor) rather then H1 or L1. If you can get back in to coding though (I would suggest getting up to speed with the .net platform, PM me if you want some book suggestions) your earning potential will be higher then going over as a Project Manager.

OK, I'm gonna investigate on this and browse monster.com to see what kind of jobs I'd have to target...
Thanks !
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Re: The country of cheese is starting to stink
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2007, 09:50:58 am »

Why would you want to invest in an insurance? I plan to save that money for myself and pay directly.
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Re: The country of cheese is starting to stink
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2007, 10:37:57 am »

- What is the situation wrt the USA turning into a police state (Bush, Patriot act, DMCA, etc) and what is your gut feeling about it ?

my gut feeling is that I need to take masonry classes, to build my wall. . . . shooting classes so I can work the gun turrets that sit atop my wall.

- I am an atheist. I don't mind religious people as long as they don't oppose my own freedoms and rights. What is the state of puritanism in New Hampshire ?

I think its less than Mass, believe it or not.  MA blue laws not only keep the religious happy, they keep costs down for their buddies that own liquor stores and the like.

- What are the costs of a good health and insurance plan ?

I pay 200 a month

- What else should I know that I will probably not think about ?

NH does have the new Dodge Chargers and/or Dodge Magnums in service.  So, like myself, who have spent my entire driving career learning to make out a headlight pattern from a crown victoria from my rearview mirror. . . it's all going to change.
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Re: The country of cheese is starting to stink
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2007, 11:29:28 am »

Hm, that's cheaper than in France, is it as good ? (I expected the "cheaper" since you don't have to pay for 2-3 other people that don't)

US healthcare is the best in the world by a long shot. My ex-wife had kidney stones while we were over there a few years ago and it struck me how much better patients are treated. Own rooms (I have, thankfully, only ever had to stay on an NHS ward for a single night), decent food, modern equipment, access to healthcare options not available to nationalised health countries etc. Even better you are not paying for someone to have $35,000 a month pills because they might get breast cancer.

That's part of the things that would be illegal for me to complain about XD

I know how you feel. I got arrested for incitement to racial hatred last year for anti-protesting. When the police arrest you for standing around holding a sign with a few cartoons on it and there is no recourse to complain or sue then it is obvious you need to move somewhere else.

OK, I'm gonna investigate on this and browse monster.com to see what kind of jobs I'd have to target...

If you do decide to go the work visa route you might find it easier to move to Canada first. Quebec is hardly a long way from NH, the visa process for Canada is very easy and quick (couple of weeks in some cases as opposed to many months with the US) and it makes it significantly easier to go to interviews.
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Re: The country of cheese is starting to stink
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2007, 11:53:59 am »

The US is less of a police state than France. We run the risk of turning into France if we keep sliding towards tyranny, but I don't think we'll be Nazi Germany anytime soon.

With the amount of capitol you have and your professional skills, you can probably get in on a number of visas.

I work as a real estate agent in New Hampshire, and I can give you my contact info if you send me a private message. I assume you'll only have 500K Euros before tax, but in that price range you can get some nice property here.
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Re: The country of cheese is starting to stink
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2007, 12:57:28 pm »

Bonjour,
I found this a couple days ago. I didn't apply as I might have a job as early as next week. I think it might be worth looking into and, if you aren't interested in the Technical Writing, then perhaps the company is involved in other enterprises in France and would be more willing to sponsor you or at least hire you for your skills.

Here are my answers to your questions:

- What is the situation wrt the USA turning into a police state (Bush, Patriot act, DMCA, etc) and what is your gut feeling about it ?

The USA already is a police state. What else does one call it when the government can secretly arrest people, never give them a trial, torture them, and kill them- all without anyone ever knowing?

- I am an atheist. I don't mind religious people as long as they don't oppose my own freedoms and rights. What is the state of puritanism in New Hampshire ?

This may not be a good analogy but I am worried about New Hampshire becoming too liberal. I conjecture that the more liberal an area is, the less Puritan (except those awful situations when you have the worst of both like here in Maryland but I doubt it happens as much in NH).  I was talking to an atheist last week about New Hampshire who really loved Keene and lived there for 10 years. A conservative I spoke to lamented the liberalizing of New Hampshire and called Keene "wickedly liberal". A real estate agent explained that Keene's liberalism is more green than red. You may want to see my questions and thoughts on culture post.  Your best bet is to scout out areas and see how they feel.

- What are the costs of a good health and insurance plan ?

I paid $210 every three months for a cheap one with terrible service. There are new health savings acounts that allow you to save and give tax advantages but Insurance is a terrible investment. I recommend everyone get some sort of catastrophic coverage in case something awful happens, though.

- What else should I know that I will probably not think about ?

I'll have to think about that one. Here is that job:


Technical Writer

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