The new year starts pretty badly here in Germany. Not do we now have to pay radio license fees for PCs – because you could listen to radio stations via the Internet – of 5.5 Euros/Month; VAT also got raised to 19%. Whoever thinks this just means that everything will get 2% more expensive lives in a dreamland. Of course everybody will just round up and pass whatever extra expenses they have on to the consumer. The only thing that doesn’t get raised is salaries. The local gas station already raised its prices by about 5% yesterday.

I have one resolution for 2007: Consume less. Save as much money as possible. And find methods to move the little money I have saved up out of the country. And then follow the money eventually.