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  1. 13 minutes ago, kiplette said:

    I don't think that happens here

    The problem is if they don't know exactly what the reading was when the price changed (and unless you have a smart meter then they don't) then they have to estimate it somehow.

    There are a bunch of different ways they could legitimately do that, and some are more likely to be advantageous to the gas company whilst others will be advantageous to the customer.

    If the reading is as accurate as possible on the day of cutover then it is less likely to be impacted by this guesswork.

    I have no idea what the rules are for calculating this, but you can bet the gas company is going to act in it's own best interest.

    In reality the difference is going to be fairly small and I don't think I can be bothered to do anything, but it does sort of make sense if you are concerned about it.



  2. Let's pick this apart. 

    1. Rude is a cultural standard applied by the listener. Clearly it is different in Germany, and English speaking countries like the US and the UK but also there is some overlap.
    2. You can be rude intentionally or unintentionally.
    3. You can learn cultural norms in school if your teacher is good, but you can also pick them up from plenty of other places too, movies, tv-shows, books, conversation with others. 
    4. Intentionally rude is when one deliberately oversteps cultural boundaries. Some people (and I really don't think this is a German thing, just an asshole thing)  pay no attention to the cultural boundaries even when they are pointed out.  


    I would argue that being intentionally rude requires a fair understanding of the cultural standards of the person you are speaking to. This is hard to do if you have not learned this well, but there are still enough common standards between German and English that a non-speaker of either language could be intentionally rude to another non-speaker.


    Being unintentionally rude is trivial, but should also be much easier to forgive.




  3. 10 minutes ago, RenegadeFurther said:

    Who will pay?


    All of us, those in the UK and in the EU. 

    The structural instability in the EU caused by brexit will impact the UK and the EU. We will all be worse off.

    If the UK hadn't left, then the the damage would both be smaller and spread amongst more countries, the whole of Europe (including the UK) would be better of if they hadn't left.

    At the end of the day, the disaster capitalists in the UK will profit, the man in the street will suffer. There is nothing good about brexit unless you are already very wealthy,


  4. 28 minutes ago, RenegadeFurther said:

    10 year Italian bond 4.418 (anything over 4 is an issue for the ECB)


    And the UK at 4.2 yesterday.

    I don't see that the UK is doing any better outside the EU than it would have done inside, and would argue that brexit was structurally damaging to both the UK and the EU and without it both sides would be in a stronger position.



  5. The law sets the minimum standard, the carrier sets the actual requirement for their flights. (Oh and the law at the destination will also form part of that decision).

    If Luftansa say you need a mask, then you need a mask.


    I didn't need one last week with KLM to Singapore but you might with Luftansa to wherever you are going.


    Call them and ask if you are really concerned, or just take masks anyway.


  6. 1 hour ago, fraufruit said:

    I don't need to ask because I will wear one anyway.

    This is the best answer. Sorry for my flippant reply, the general tone of questions on this thread puts me in a very particular mood :-).



  7. On 26/08/2022, 23:35:54, optimista said:

     'negotating' against Hungary, Poland, Romania, Malta, Greece, for example

    But the UK is still negotiating with all these countries, the difference is that those countries have the backing of the rest of the EU and the UK doesn't.

    The UK is a small, un-interesting island with a disproportionately large influence in the world due to accidents of history.

    The influence came from violent domination in the form of empire. The ability to dominate the world came from a technology advantage due to the industrial revolution.  

    Now that the age of empire is over, the best alternative was for the UK to take it's place as a part of the European continent.

    By being inside the EU they could leverage the cultural and linguistic legacies of empire to act as a gateway to the EU for countries outside the EU (like India and the USA). Now outside it's just an island nation with a nuclear arsenal that it can't afford.



  8. OK I did a google for "Außerordentlichen Eigentümerversammlung Regel" and I got this:-,ordentlichen%20WEG%20Versammlung%20sprengen%20w%C3%BCrde.


    and This which both seem to have some points on it.


    Looks like it's mostly the same as for an ordinary meeting but with some extra restrictions.






  9. Hmm surely the "außerordentlichen" part of that means "extraordinary".

    That means outside of the normal rules, so it might be called at short notice for an urgent reason.

    There has to be a mechanism to call an urgent meeting for some topics surely.


    NOTE: Not a lawyer or an owner of any shared property, so this is totally uninformed opinion.





  10. On 16/08/2022, 10:36:59, Fietsrad said:

    The chance of a nuclear katastrophe might be very small, but the katastrophe might be very big, no-one knows.

    And if it happens it won't respect national borders. A French disaster would cause as much of  a problem as a German one.  Better for Germany to be in control of it's own regulation, and more importantly to stop burning brown coal.

    Shutting down nuclear power in Germany was a dumb idea on all sorts of levels.



  11. 36 minutes ago, alexunterwegs said:

    , even if they take as gospel everything they read in the Daily Telegraph or Express

    I think the only possible answer to this was that some of what was written was stuff like 'We will put our citizens rights first', 'we won't use you as bargaining chips', 'no hard border in Northern Ireland AND full control of our borders', 'easiest trade deal in history' 'we hold all the cards; ... 

    All lies of course but it was written at various points.


  12. 1 hour ago, RenegadeFurther said:

    1) EU dependent on Russian gas.


    So what? How does brexit make things better or worse for the UK? Oh it doesn't, because the UK is a net importer of electricity mostly from France, UK energy prices are skyrocketing as well and being outside the EU certainly hasn't made that better.

    1 hour ago, RenegadeFurther said:

    2) Italy about to go completely to the right (next elections)


     Could be, but the UK could do more to mitigate the problems caused by this from inside the EU than outside.

    1 hour ago, RenegadeFurther said:

    3) Debt crisis, inflation at over 9% and the ECB still buying Italian debt (the only buyer of Italian debt).



    Debt Crisis is a global problem, UK inflation rate was 9.4% last month and is only rising. RE: Italy, I recall a recent article talking about a "doom loop" for the UK. The only articles I can find referencing it are paywalled, but I don't understand how the UK being outside the EU insulates it from issues caused by Italian Debt. 


  13. 47 minutes ago, RenegadeFurther said:

    Most people here could not deal with your anger issues and pointless posts and just left.


    Well you are still here, how about some of those Brexit positives if you have any?

    If not then anger seems like a justified response to a political misadventure which will destroy a hard won peace and cause all sorts of difficulties and challenges to those of us who relied on the advantages of being an EU member.

    At this point (post the last election) I am long past anger and at the stage of 'Fuck them, they get what they deserve' but I certainly have felt sad, angry and disappointed in various measure over the years since 2016. This act of self sabotage by the English on the UK is just tragic.