Krankenpfleger-, Dolmetscher- und Übersetzerpreise

Prices of nurses, interpreters and translators.

A year or two after the second U.S. invasion of Iraq, Donald Rumsfeld said the occupation was having trouble finding enough nurses and translators and he was thinking about reinstating the draft but just for people in those professions. His proposal came as a bit of a shock, but the problem was no surprise. Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni for example had criticized in the run-up to Iraq II that Mr. Rumsfeld and his people had thrown out years of resource planning the Pentagon had researched for invasions into that (and any) corner of the world.

Consequences: No drafts for that one. Maybe the next one. General Zinni appeared to be punished for speaking out and forced to retire. He wrote books, became a decent television pundit and joined the private sector, at companies like Veritas Capital and B.A.E. Systems. Initially, colleagues and clients said translators of languages such as Arabic, Pashto and Urdu had started making six-figure annual salaries working for the federal government, but then word and hourly rates or annual salaries being mentioned to me went back down again as the jobs got sourced through several hops of companies, each taking their cut.

(CRONK en fleggah,   DOLE metchah   oont   ÜÜÜ bə ZETS ah prize ah.)

Ägide

Aegis.

The Erfurt committee investigating the cell of neonazi serial murderers who only got caught posthumously (after they decided to commit suicide while setting their apartment on fire) has invited Helmut Roewer back to answer difficult questions about how Thuringian Verfassungsschutz paid ultimately-unhelpful neonazi informants 1.5 million euros in cash under Roewer’s aegis. 1.5 million is a lot to be unaccounted for or misspent in German government. Roewer was in charge of the state Thuringian Verfassungsschutz office from 1994 to 2000.

Roewer also appears to have personally made unusually high information payments to a “Günther” who was known only to Roewer and does not appear in the agency’s other files. Tax authorities have been asked to look into whether all V-people payments were properly reported on individuals’ income tax returns, as income to social welfare offices, and by Thuringian Verfassungsschutz as outgo.

If I understand this correctly, in 2006 Germany’s federal government ruled that informants receiving money from Verfassungsschutz and the Bundesnachrichtendienst owe 10% tax on those monies. Normal tax rates would range between 15% and ~42%.

(Ague EE deh.)

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