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  1. German B1 level not enough for blood donation?

      Suuuuuuure. It's ok, we won't tell the blood people.
  2. *stabs ears with hot irons*  
  3.   It's not US laws that are being enforced in Canada, it's an EXTRADITION TREATY between Canada and the US. That's how it works. Most countries in the world are part of Interpol, too, where similar actions are done (though can be ignored). Arrested does not mean found guilty, it's 'simply' being apprehended so the police and court system can assess whether a trial can proceed. In this case, it is whether Ms. Meng can be extradited to the US. Whether the US has a case against her when she's there is another thing. I am somewhat doubtful of a successful prosecution. Locking her up for 30 years would be some major sabre-rattling.   I thought it particularly amusing that China screamed "human rights violated!!" when she was arrested. They certainly (think) they know what will push buttons and gain sympathy in the West. As if China cares about human rights, lol.   This is entirely about China, not so much Iran. Meng's a bargaining chip. Frankly, this is a bold move by the US, and shows you they are still World Police for now. Usually the wasp's nest is not so obviously poked and prodded. We can expect retaliation in some form though. And let's not kid ourselves either. Huawei 100% skirted the sanctions with a flimsy shell company (they are hardly the one ones.) They knew what they were doing. Meng, as a senior executive, would certainly know what was going on, if not been directly involved in it. The court case needs to play itself out (though I'm doubtful it will in the long-run).   Huawei says they are independent from the state, but no company or individual in China is ever really independent from the state. CPC functionaries may not be poring over Huawei data right now, nor have done so (but you can bet there are certainly moles or "patriots" within the company), but they can certainly march in and get these at any time. The recent paranoia about their involvement in critical communications infrastructure is, IMO, justified. As it is, they have made very cheap gains by funding universities in the West (a few mil here and there for a new building or a couple grad positions for Chinese students) and requiring technology transferring/sharing back to Huawei from Western publicly-funded institutions. Maybe the company is "innocent", but it is a partner of the CPC. You don't get anywhere high in China without guanxi (connections), and that means at a minimum openness to the CPC. And also these days, with "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era". I.e. towing the Emperor Xi line.    Let's hope no wumao find this post...
  4. Australian teacher looking for work

    If she wants to get into the public system, get in touch with the Kultusministerium of the state (Bundesland) you will live in, and see if they can have her teaching credentials (and experience) considered equal. 'Qualified' means different things in different places, so don't hold your breath, but it's worth a shot. I don't know more specifically what's involved, only that I've known a few to try this. One was Irish, and was eventually accepted. Another was Turkish and was not accepted (her teaching degree was for adult education, and had no equivalent to the Refendariat/Staatsexamen, i.e. no proven teaching hours and no observed lessons and related exams). Another was an American friend who was allowed in as a Quereinsteiger, but he was locked in at subpar conditions. A 70% contract at a lower pay scale despite having a German degree, and he will always teach the same two subjects for the same two grades, for the next 30 years. This was at a school in the suburbs of a small ca. 50k town, where his wife happens to be from, so he didn't mind too much. In all cases, they spoke (near-)fluent German.   Obviously, a (presumed?) lack of German is going to be a major limiting factor. There are other hurdles, too. Age, health, etc.    Heads up: IME Australian degrees are not always considered as highly as German degrees, particularly the case if there was no actual final thesis, etc. (which seems to be more common in the Australian system?). With teaching degrees, if there was not a period of observed evaluation of teaching, it probably won't be considered equivalent. I'm not sure what the Australian system does. Even if it's not considered equivalent, which is more than likely, she could still enter as a Quereinsteiger, but she'd need to speak German...   Apart from that, international schools are obviously the way to go. Being basically private schools, they are a little more flexible in what credentials they can accept. Just keep in mind, there's no shortage of qualified candidates for international school teachers in bigger cities. Her being a native English speaker is a bonus, but only a small one.
  5. Ecological consulting jobs

    If you're talking about deer and boar, there are plenty, and virtually no predators these days besides humans. Until bears, lynx and wolves are returned to stable populations (holding breath now...): Hunt away, I say.    NaBu is huge. Germany is of course a densely settled piece of green with agriculture for the past few thousand years or so. There's virtually nothing "wild" or untouched in Europe anymore (just some areas of Eastern Europe, sorta). If anything, there is even more "wild" land today than 400 years ago, due to urbanization.   For OP, Germans are pretty eco-conscious already. Without German language skillz and a background in German environmental law (assessments, monitoring, etc.), it might be a bit like showing up to Oktoberfest with your corner shop value-brand 6 pack. Not to discourage you, just some food for thought.   Frankly I'd imagine your odds of this kind of work are far better in a city of 100-500k. As usual with Berlin, it's a low-wage conga-line of the overqualified and underemployed with a big dollop of gofuckyourself. I'd get out ASAP for those (pun alert) greener pastures.
  6. Anger over pork sausages at Germany Islam event

    As a Canadian myself, I only half-jokingly think that anyone who drinks Clamato by choice should be shoved out an airlock at 25000 feet over the Atlantic. How that revolting slop is somehow an item of Canadian cultural pride will always remain a mystery to me.
  7. A permanent solution to prevent pregnancy - Berlin

    Didn't listen yet, but looks neat.    I read recently about a similar topic... The main problem (so far at least) being that often there isn't any one single 'smart gene' or what have you, but tangled constellations of genes that result in what we term quality X, but also varying fraction of qualities Y, Q, M and B. So changing a few genes segments here or there might make you give you better memory, conceptualization of 3D space, or quick muscle reflexes, but could negatively impact a half dozen other things. AI is not yet as smart as often believed. In many respects, we're still at the 'let's switch this wire and see what happens' stage.
  8. A permanent solution to prevent pregnancy - Berlin

      And if you've had a few miscarriages along the way... If you tell people, it usually shuts them right up for good, but you shouldn't have to just avoid the pestering.
  9. A permanent solution to prevent pregnancy - Berlin

      Artificial insemination (in vitro) markedly increases the odds that a fertilizing sperm carries genetic abnormalities, which a portion of ANY given volume of sperm will contain. IIRC, there are theories, but exact reasons aren't yet entirely clear. Naturally, lab workers can seldom tell which of the one lucky sperm among hundreds of thousands may be hiding a genetic defect.    It's not really true that the 'fittest' sperm reach the egg first. Most sperm are stored in tiny folds in the cervix for a while -- can be up to days -- before making their way onward, and this may be a sort of testing ground where defective sperm starve or get stuck before dying off. The surviving sperm are simply 'eh, ok, good enough'.   Of course, an artificially inseminated sperm+egg may be fit as a fiddle. I have a friend my age who was conceived this way and is perfectly healthy. But I have two lesbian couple friends/acquaintances (both under 30 when inseminated) who opted for artificial insemination, one from a willing friend they know, one from a sperm bank. In one case, the child has muscular dystrophy and cannot walk yet. In the other, there is some kind of rare genetic disorder, which I'm not privy to the details of, apparently not that life-altering though.   Fertility science is still a work in progress in a lot of ways...
  10.   I think it's obvious I was talking about Germany.      As is hopefully clear, you have quite a few hurdles before you to get everything settled. Good luck.
  11. Ingolstadt - Recommendations for neighbourhoods

    It's the one almost one everyone uses. Other similar sites are clones, but postings tend to be spread across multiple sites anyway.   If you want something 'good', be prepared to shell out a little cash. You can pay an agent, but this can get very pricey indeed. You can ask to be put on a list from immo agencies, though IME it's usually the smaller one man/woman operations who do this.   What has ALWAYS worked out best for me is placing ads in German newspapers. Depending on newspaper size and how often it was printed, this has ranged from 15 to 70€. I consider it well spent and it's much cheaper than an agent. Double check the standard abbreviations, and get a German friend to review it for you. By placing an ad, you get private landlords or people looking for Nachmieter who don't necessarily want to deal with hordes of online questions or visit requests, etc. It's like paying to get to the front of the line.  
  12. Do you really think it's easier in India, mate? I've been to India, and the amount of bureaucratic bloat and visiting multiple offices (lots of people sitting around, pointedly ignoring you in the hopes you'll go away and they won't have to speak English and do more paperwork, moving very slowly and unconcerned, chatting and drinking tea) just to get a train ticket or permit to enter a national park or some such trivial thing was incredible. Russia was little better IME, and there they sometimes 'openly' implied bribes were expected. (Still interesting places to visit.) Red tape creates jobs.   My wedding paperwork was relatively simple, although it took probably 5-6 months to do everything, with lots of waiting. Canada is not part of this Apostille system, either. My birth certificate issued by my province was not detailed enough for the Germans (IIRC, a key point is your parent's names and birth dates), so I had to order a long-form birth certificate from the provincial records office. I could do this over the phone, and with a bit of legwork from my family members still there, who paid in cash for me and picked it up, although I still had to wait some weeks. This long-form birth certificate came with a nice official-looking seal, stamp and signature. I had to get it translated here in D-land and then certified at the Bürgeramt. Probably cost me about 150€ in total, including the translation and postage. The worst part was not being able to say exactly when the paperwork would be done, but because flights, dinners, etc., had to be booked, we took a chance setting our wedding date and hoped it would come through in time (it did). In general though, our case worker was friendly, and through one of those "small world" connections, her daughter's boyfriend/partner was a colleague of mine at my then workplace (I knew who he was, but not well). I noticed him in a photo on her desk and asked how she knew one of our head IT guys. Anyway, we registered our paperwork where we were then living (in Niedersachsen), but wanted to actually get married in my wife's hometown (in Ba-Wü), so they sent all paperwork to the Standesamt there for us, and of course we did not have to pay double. 
  13. Brexit: The fallout

      Media, with a few exceptions, are for-profit businesses. Their agenda is to sell copies of their paper, or these days, recoup costs from the selling of advertising time/space. Laws corral them into the general direction of truth(iness), but some will take that task with lesser or greater solemness. Media owners do also, in practice, push their enterprises in one editorial direction or another...   I studied and worked in journalism in another era, before moving to Germany. I know lots of old friends still in "The Media" back home (Canada). There is generally not some conspiracy to psychologically terrorize people underpinning the industry. I.e., there is no such thing as THE MEDIA (tinfoil hats and werewolf claws!!!), although there is of course a sociological effect of the media.    FWIW, a younger more naive me (used to Canada's relatively staid level of media discourse) was surprised (especially after my first visit to the UK) at the amount of yellow press and titty-tabloids in Britain. Even before that, I remember princess Di's death being the first I became aware that the press in Britain could be and often was seen as something quite different to (then) Canada, that is, something not respectable in the least.   Anyway, the media typically gives people what they want to hear/read, what gives them sales. Media diversity (should) ensure that different sources provide different perspectives. We all know one paper is more business-friendly, one has more socialist leanings, one more gentry leanings, etc. It's a feedback loop, as the way we consume things also puts pressure on media to respond this way or that.   Are there British media sources that are considered reasonable and balanced on Brexit? I read the BBC fairly often, they seem to take a pretty neutral tone (sometimes too neutral...but they are the public broadcaster and already accused of being Brussels Broadcasting, etc). Also, some other sources a occasionally, the Guardian and Independent mostly...
  14. Mental diseases

    Truism alert. No one can really know until they are a parent. If this was really how people acted, there would be very few children in the world.
  15. CeBIT exhibitors dropping out

    Shame, I used to knew a few people whose careers basically depended on CeBIT, but I can't say I'm surprised. Having worked near the Messe area for a few years, I always hated how crammed everything got (during other trade fairs too...). Still, I had the impression it had been more crowded before.   I was still always pleasantly surprised to witness grumpy Hannoverians come out of their shell when groups of foreign businessmen types would ask for directions and then get into little conversations with the locals. Germans chit-chatting on the S-Bahn with strangers?!?! Where am I? Blink and you'd miss it.   Although this comment is now 11 years old, it's just as true or truer.   My hometown has a large (originally: agricultural) fair that partially turned into a carnival nowadays, but the big trade hall exhibits were always the main draw when I was a kid. Every summer, we'd go, sometimes twice or thrice. To be honest, the exhibits were mostly junk. But even that, which has broad appeal as a fun fair is definitely shrinking, too. People don't have quite as strong a 'need' to assemble in one place to see what's new, novel and exotic.