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by Bjinse on Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 at 10:29:24 PM EST
Principal of leading school says he will expel students who have a boyfriend or girlfriend
"There are plenty of students that wish to attend Ruthin School without the diversion of romance - and these students can replace those students whose focus is on bf/gf relationships."

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by Cat on Tue Jan 23rd, 2018 at 07:56:46 PM EST
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Relationship(s) with the students is restricted to faculty and staff?

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 at 05:38:06 PM EST
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It is, technically speaking, against school rules for students to be in relationships in pretty much every Japanese school. It happens, of course, but there aren't many unambiguous displays of affection in the building.
by Zwackus on Sun Jan 28th, 2018 at 09:40:08 AM EST
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Herzberg's Two-Factor Theory

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by Cat on Sun Jan 28th, 2018 at 04:59:49 PM EST
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Given Japan's birth rate and its subculture of virgin otaku who have no idea how to relate to a woman who doesn't look like an anime Waifu, it may not be entirely clear that this is a wise rule.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Jan 28th, 2018 at 09:49:56 PM EST
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The Herbivore's Dilemma
grass-eating men are alarming because they are the nexus between two of the biggest challenges facing Japanese society: the declining birth rate and anemic consumption. Herbivores represent an unspoken rebellion against many of the masculine, materialist values associated with Japan's 1980s bubble economy. Media Shakers, a consulting company [...] estimates that 60 percent of men in their early 20s and at least 42 percent of men aged 23 to 34 consider themselves grass-eating men. Partner Agent, a Japanese dating agency, found in a survey that 61 percent of unmarried men in their 30s identified themselves as herbivores. Of the 1,000 single men in their 20s and 30s polled by Lifenet, a Japanese life-insurance company, 75 percent described themselves as grass-eating men.

Japanese companies are worried that herbivorous boys aren't the status-conscious consumers their parents once were.

At least gaijin loosers are more responsive, or appealing.

Yeah, living in Japan long-term is like living at mom's house, or better, mom's basement. I am in Japan for three weeks after an 8-year absence and I am taking a hard look at the male gaijins who came over on my wave (very late 1980's - very early 1990's) and are still here. They have all made good lives for themselves and seem happy enough. Not everybody can be a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, or even a dentist or lawyer. But down to the person, and there is no exception for a long-term MALE gaijin in Japan, they are ALL low-testosterone underachievers. After 15 years in Japan, I saw it happening to me - and I got the hell out. Had I not, I'd be just like them today. That is what playing the gaijin-game will do to you.

Another tangent:

Japan court rules father legally responsible for secret IVF child

A Japanese court has ruled a father legally responsible for a child who was born after his ex-partner impregnated herself with a frozen embryo without his knowledge.
by das monde on Mon Jan 29th, 2018 at 03:22:51 AM EST
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Don't rush to cheer up: EPP wants pan-EU lists for 2024
"The Parliament is the institution that was the most independent of governmental choices, the one which had consistently been the most capable of developing transnational groupings of political forces, the one that was the most imbued with European spirit and had been the most resolute in calling for a limitation of national sovereignty and for supranational development."
According to the Parliament committee, out of the 73 seats, 46 will be held in reserve for future enlargement and the so-called pan-EU lists.  The remaining 27 seats will be distributed among the 14 EU countries that are currently "slightly under-represented"...However, in order for this to happen, the electoral law should change by a unanimous decision by ministers in the Council, and be ratified by all member states.

national and transnational lists, degressive proportionality

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by Cat on Tue Jan 23rd, 2018 at 08:56:02 PM EST
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re: BREXIT, Overseas Territories, Crown Dependents, Protectorates, colonies, jurisdiction

Gibraltar gun fans disappointed by EU court ruling

The Luxembourg-based court today shot down Buhagiar's plea, reiterating that Gibraltar's exclusion from the EU's customs area means that the rules of the Treaty and secondary legislation are not applicable to the territory, even if their application would have a positive impact on local services, as claimed by the association.

Picardo's Sammy Wilson Cue: "PM May to Gibraltar: 'Stay British as long as you like'"

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by Cat on Tue Jan 23rd, 2018 at 09:04:48 PM EST
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Seems to be hard for some people to grasp the exit of the UK from the EU means the UK will leave the EU and will not have the rights, privileges, & etc. of EU membership.

Great example of Situational Psychosis

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 at 05:44:02 PM EST
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Might fatbergs in the water table be the cause? Only fMRI could say.

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by Cat on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 at 10:12:39 PM EST
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These are people for whom the sun would never have set on the British English Empire if it wasn't for those sneaky Brussels eurocrats stealing it from us.

As far as they're concerned, the world owes us a living and, as soon as we're free, they'll be beating a path to our door to offer us the most marvellous trade deals you can imagine. Boris  and Dr Fox both assure us it's true. And there'll be at least £350 million a week for the NHS.

....(unless it's just £100 million)

.....(unless Theresa says no)

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 25th, 2018 at 07:45:13 PM EST
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The Davos crowd is unimpressed:

UK slips on Davos ice - Politico

Brits may have the second-highest number of delegates at the annual gathering of the global elite here in Davos, but Davos has an answer for their Brexit entreaties: meh.

The Global Britain and "GREAT Britain" campaign push got off to a bad start when Liam Fox and his Department for International Trade tried to shop around the idea of Great Britain themed events. They got a clear "no" from one of the most visible companies here in Davos, M&G Investments, when they pitched the idea of a partnership. M&G has massive EU-based business. Dow Jones eventually took the bait and is doing an event with Fox.

Philip Souta, representing law and lobbying firm Clifford Chance, looks at the Brexit issue with dread: "Because it's a black hole that sucks up the whole [U.K.] government." Souta is convinced that the Brexit talks are not symmetrical, meaning the U.K. is doomed to a middling to bad outcome.

by Bernard on Thu Jan 25th, 2018 at 09:16:35 PM EST
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Germany's Social Democrats only 4 points ahead of far-right AfD - Politico
BERLIN -- A new poll places Martin Schulz's Social Democrats (SPD) only four points ahead of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).

If there were an election today, the SPD would receive 18 percent of the vote while the AfD would receive 14, according to an INSA poll published Tuesday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats and Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, would receive 31.5 percent. The Greens and Free Democrats (FDP), meanwhile, would come in at 10 percent, and the Left at 11 percent. The AfD has remained steady at 14 percent for the past several weeks.

The results mark a new low for the SPD, which suffered a major defeat in September's federal election, when it received 20.5 percent of the vote.

The AfD, meanwhile, has seen a rise from its September result of 12.6 percent.

by Bernard on Tue Jan 23rd, 2018 at 09:08:04 PM EST
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Germany's SPD sees spike in applicants ahead of coalition talks - DW

The Social Democrats (SPD) have recorded a sudden increase in memberships. The German party's youth wing, Jusos, is campaigning for new members to influence the final vote on governing with Angela Merkel's conservatives.

Social Democrat delegates have had their say: After a narrow vote of 56.1 percent, it's full steam ahead for talks to form a "grand coalition" (GroKo) with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. But before any deal is signed, 440,000 SPD members will have the final say. "GroKo or NoGroKo" -- that will be the question. But that number of party members could be set to rise.

by Bernard on Tue Jan 23rd, 2018 at 09:11:03 PM EST
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So the youth wing is trying to mobilise new members for a NO vote. Any polling on the members or gut feeling for how this will go?

If there is a no, will there be a new party leadership contest?

by fjallstrom on Thu Jan 25th, 2018 at 03:17:41 PM EST
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I dunno, but the young socialists sure are trying hard:

SPD activists seek help of Momentum to dash German coalition deal - Guardian

Members of Germany's Social Democratic party are turning to the Labour grassroots movement Momentum for advice on how to derail a coalition deal with Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.

Delegates of Martin Schulz's SPD gave a reluctant green light on Sunday to continue talks about renewing the GroKo (grand coalition) that has governed Germany for the past four years.

But the 440,000 members of the centre-left party could plunge the country into turmoil when they get a final vote on the coalition agreement next month.

Invigorated by the close-run result at the weekend, the people behind the #NoGroKo campaign are seeking inspiration from the tactics that helped Jeremy Corbyn to a surprise victory in the 2015 Labour leadership election.

Also, some reading for later: Is Another Youth Rebellion in the Making? - American Prospect

by Bernard on Thu Jan 25th, 2018 at 09:32:24 PM EST
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Germany's coalition talks: What happens next? - DW
Four months after parliamentary elections, formal coalition talks begin Friday between Germany's conservatives -- Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) -- and the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD).

Merkel has said that she wants to conclude the negotiations by February 12. In 2013, the formal coalition talks for the current partnership with the SPD took three weeks.

It is, however, likely that the talks will not be plain sailing, with leftists in the SPD already voicing anger at a number of agreements struck in preliminary talks, especially with regard to income tax, family reunifications for refugees and health insurance.

Always the "leftists" fault, obviously. As for the "What happens next?" part:
The full 440,000-strong SPD membership has been promised a say at the conclusion of negotiations as to whether they accept the coalition contract that has been drawn up. And that vote is anything but certain in view of the divisions within the party with regard to the inevitable concessions that will have to be made.
by Bernard on Sun Jan 28th, 2018 at 06:53:57 PM EST
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"contract that has been drawn up"

Help to understand the meaning of contract here.
Is a document --induenturre?-- enumerating obligations of the political groups' signatories (wholly or individually) who administer state funds a customary?

How is such a "contract" enforceable?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jan 28th, 2018 at 07:06:34 PM EST
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Disclaimer: I'm not a native German speaker. I think the DW piece is referring to what is called Koalitionsvertrag in Germany and loosely translated as "coalition contract" by DW - We Europeans are generally not native English speakers. Vertrag can be translated as agreement, but also, yes, contract, or even treaty (such the infamous Versailler Vertrag in 1919). Germans tend to be quite formal when doing business: during a project with a German customer, our interlocutors always insisted that each details of the deliverables, acceptance criteria, technical training and support must be specified "in the contract".

It's no surprise that a coalition agreement between political parties be written down in a formal document. There are several Wiki pages (nur auf Deutsch) documenting past "coalition contracts".

by Bernard on Sun Jan 28th, 2018 at 09:20:10 PM EST
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Thank you for that information. I will investigate.

Sorry for any confusion, too. I meant to type indenture. I don't know what happened there.

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by Cat on Sun Jan 28th, 2018 at 11:24:28 PM EST
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As far as I know it is not enforceable, though it uses the same word you'd use for a legal contract. In fact it is probably illegal since parliamentarians are only bound by their own conscience according to the constitution. So basically the buying and selling of those consciences is what the coalition agreement is all about.
In practice it is enforced in the same way that party discipline is enforced: Since you vote for a party and not a person the placement on the list is all important. And if MPs get silly they might be forgotten when the list is made.
by generic on Mon Jan 29th, 2018 at 12:40:11 AM EST
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The Catalan independence parody with its own president - BBC
Tabarnia is an imaginary region of Catalonia created by Spanish unionists as an online parody of the Catalonian independence movement.

So popular has it become that activists have now taken the joke one step further by unveiling theatre actor Albert Boadella as the pretend "president" of the fictional region, at a packed press conference in Barcelona.

Boadella was sworn in via a video link from his "exile" in Madrid, an undisguised dig at Catalonia's deposed former leader Carles Puigdemont, who has spent the last few months abroad to avoid charges of sedition, rebellion and misappropriation of funds at home.

So-called Tabarnians seek to ridicule the ambitions of Catalan separatists by campaigning for Tabarnia to secede from Catalonia and remain part of Spain.

by Bernard on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 at 08:51:59 PM EST
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In dem als Tätigkeitsbericht für die Jahre 2012 bis 2015 herausgegebenen Report heißt es, der Forschungsverein habe auf Empfehlung seines Beirates eine "Kurzzeit-Inhalationsstudie mit Stickstoffdioxid bei gesunden Menschen gefördert". Stickstoffdioxid (NO2) ist jener Schadstoff, dessen Messwerte von VW in den USA jahrelange manipuliert worden waren, um die gesetzlichen Grenzwerte für Dieselfahrzeuge offiziell einzuhalten. In Wirklichkeit wurden die Grenzwerte um ein Vielfaches überschritten. Laut EUGT-Report wurde die Wirkung unterschiedlicher NO2-Konzentrationen in der Atemluft auf 25 gesunde Versuchspersonen untersucht.

Daimler distanziert sich von Versuchen Es habe "keine Reaktion auf das inhalierte NO2 nachgewiesen" werden können. Es hätten auch "keine entzündlichen Wirkungen von NO2 an den Atemwegen festgestellt" werden können. Daimler ist dennoch entsetzt über das, was da im Namen der deutschen Autoindustrie geschah. "Wir distanzieren uns ausdrücklich von der Studie und der EUGT", erklärte der Stuttgarter Autohersteller am Sonntag zu den Menschenversuchen. "Wir sind über das Ausmaß der Studien und deren Durchführung erschüttert." Und weiter: "Wir verurteilen die Versuche auf das Schärfste." Daimler betonte, man habe keinen Einfluss auf den Versuchsaufbau gehabt. Der Konzern habe "eine umfassende Untersuchung eingeleitet, wie es dazu kommen konnte". Das Vorgehen der EUGT "widerspricht unseren Werten und ethischen Prinzipien".

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 29th, 2018 at 02:22:37 PM EST
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