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  1. Niederlassungserlaubnis: How long does it take?

      This is the tricky part. If you are missing something and don't follow up, you will be stuck in limbo forever. But if you do follow up, they take it as a bother.   I guess just best to have everything in order the first time around. ;)
  2. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

      I mean, Clapton isn't the only one to have side effects. I'm pretty certain on that.
  3. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

      Watching the narrative shift from "there are no side effects" to "there are rare mild side effects" to "there are mild side effects" to "there are rare severe side effects" to "the side effects are not bad enough to stop administering" has been amazing to observe.   It is especially interesting to me to see the same people demanding that 100% of population accept this experimental treatment ("if it saves one life"), then disregard the permanent damage and death caused by those same injections.   Why is it impossible to see all of the benefits and detriments of the various therapies, so that people can inform themselves and speak intelligently with their doctors about which, if any, would be a net positive on their health? Why ISN'T this newsworthy?
  4. Niederlassungserlaubnis: How long does it take?

    HR at my company helped me get all the paperwork in order, and told me that I didn't need some of the documents that I collected. I thought that they knew better than I did, so I left them out. Turns out that everything I has was actually needed, so that delayed their response to my application by a few weeks.   The lesson is: always submit more than you think is required. They won't necessarily tell you what you are missing until you follow up a few times.
  5. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    The price has always been the least important part of Bitcoin. The fact that the EU is trying to punish bitcoin exchanges ( at the same time as Mastercard is opening up the floodgates of new users ( should be a tell that BTC is becoming a driving force in world economics.   The next 5 years will be very exciting for BTC, regardless of the day-to-day price fluctuations.
  6. Create a new conspiracy theory

    My favorite conspiracy theory at the moment is that the earth is hollow, and there are lizard people living underground who secretly control all of the governments on the surface. Entrances are of course at the north and south poles, and global warming would have melted the ice that keeps them locked away, which is why global leaders are so concerned with it.
  8. Dinosaurs

      Wonderful, thank you. I will give it a shot. :)
  9. Coronavirus

      We are already getting prepped for a "4th wave", and there is talk of an "epsilon" variant. I will be very (happily) surprised if the restrictions just go away.   Behavior has also already changed into an almost religious schism between the devout and the infidels over the issues of masks and treatments.   Regardless, infection rates are dropping drastically, so it should theoretically be increasingly more and more difficult to catch the thing  - in a packed room or not.
  10. Dinosaurs

      That sounds fascinating - do you remember the name of it?
  11. Dinosaurs

    I read as a child a book called "Dinotopia" that explored a mixed human/dinosaur civilization. Very short, but it always got my imagination running.
  12. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

      You hear what you want to hear, then. Nothing I can do about that. C'est la vie.   The Federal Reserve has zero transparency, and is uncontrolled by the US government. The US is dependent on the Federal Reserve, but leaping from that dependence to saying that the states themselves are illegitimate is quite the ride.
  13. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

      This is a wild stretch of reasoning. The central banks are not owned or controlled by the governments, so these two things have nothing to do with each other.
  14. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    All cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin have varying degrees of centralization that prevent them from being legitimate. Stablecoins are the ultimate example of centralization, which is why the digital Euro/Pound/Dollar fall into the same bucket of being scams.
  15. Niederlassungserlaubnis: How long does it take?

      I have an appointment to pick up the NE on 1st July, a total of 4 months after the original application, and 1 month after the extension and follow-up. Slowly, then suddenly.