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By TheophileEscargot (Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 11:58:18 AM EST) Reading, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet". Links.


What I'm Reading
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Decent science fiction novel about a tramp starship with crew members of various species on a long mission to create a hyperspace gate. Very cutesy with lots of Hugging and Learning. Seems a bit old fashioned somehow with its humanoid aliens with moderately different cultures. Still enjoyable though, despite the slow pace it has appealing characters and a refreshing emphasis on peace over violence.

Links
Socioeconomics. Dueling Economic Models and How to Score Them . Asylum claims are not the cause of the UK’s record immigration. The changing distribution of work across British households: "the proportion of workless households in 2015 reaching a 30 year low – falling from 20.5 per cent in 1996 to 15.4 per cent in 2015".

Politics. The Guantánamo in New York You’re Not Allowed to Know About. A piece on Corbyn, written for Tories. The great defect of the Out campaign is its inability to agree on what a post-EU future looks like. Lindy West on doxxing of Roosh V.

Sci/Tech. Dutch police use eagles to take down drones, Japan sticks with counter-drones. Taking the wrong lesson from Uber: startups need to be cheaper and better. Is there evidence for a set point that regulates human body weight?

Video. Gymnastics. Drone flight over Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers, via. Skiier with iPhone on a string. 5 films sped up 12x.

Random. The Creeping Plague Of Ghastly Facadism. British TV map. The Marital Duel. A tribute to Mrs Slocombe's Pussy. One letter typo profanity generator. Find your power animal. You're annoyed by people who fight for justice. Oldest tartan discovered.

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Brexit by Herring (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 05:54:09 PM EST
I have posted this on various fora tens of times. But hey one more:

What does voting to leave the EU mean? Does it mean staying in the EEA? EFTA? Cameron is also conflating aspects of the ECHR - which is, of course, nothing to do with the EU.

The fact that Cameron was able to get fuck-all out of the EU is only to be expected. Compared with the likes of Merkel, he is a lightweight and an idiot. The fact that the "Leave" campaign is dominated by infighting loonies is also to be expected.

Without knowing what the question is for the "clear in/out referendum" it's pretty difficult to decide.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

No means "enter negotiations" by priestess (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 03:51:18 AM EST
Truth is nobody knows what leaving the EU would mean, it'll mean starting by figuring that out basically.

Feels like a Hobson's choice to me really. Shame the referendum will be so early in many ways. If the DiEM2025 campaign got some traction and we could have a democratic, transparent EU that'd be awesome but of course that's not on the ballot.

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It is strange and crap by Herring (4.00 / 2) #3 Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 01:27:26 PM EST
The likes of Norway and Switzerland have found that you can't have free movement of capital, goods and services without the free movement of labour. Trying to negotiate that is the work of years.

My own instinct is that I'd like to belong to an EU, just maybe not this one.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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Best Round-Up of ALL TIME. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 11:29:56 PM EST
Also, I'm drunk, so I also avcidentaly clickef on Ignore Story.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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