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University of Washington students and staff on a cycling study tour in Assen, July 2016. A very enthusiastic group of people !
We're busy with the same peple on the second day of the tour today.
http://hembrow.eu/studytour
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Peter and I rode 100 km this morning, taking part in just one day of the Fiets4Daagse this year.
Fietsvierdaagse start. Peter's bike and mine amongst thousands of others (mostly behind the people on the right ;-) A four day organised bicycle ride, the Fietsvierdaagse, is organised in Drenthe every year. It's a social eve...
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+Val Hembrow If you read the link you'd see why! We've a study tour group arriving tomorrow and therefore we have to work.
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Would you kill a hundred thousand innocent people ? The UK's new prime-minister says she'd do so.

Terrorists ? Weapons of Mass Destruction ? Look no further than here.
Theresa May has declared without hesitation that she would order a nuclear strike to kill hundreds of thousands of people if she thought it was necessary. The Prime Minister gave the blunt reply during a parliamentary debate on the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons programme, which many suspect was staged by the government for the sole purpose of drawing attention to the rift between Jeremy Corbyn and a majority of Labour MPs.
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+David Hembrow I'm not sure that the USA would have been so ready to bomb Afghanistan and Iraq if those countries had substantial nuclear deterrents. To me it looks like countries with weak defences are in very great danger.
My belief is that we should reduce and even give up nuclear weapons as part of a multilateral reduction negotiation.
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They've now made her Britain's new minister for the environment 
Energy minister Andrea Leadsom told a parliamentary fracking group that she had to ask whether climate change was real when she took the job.
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Sadly for England, it's only there where her remit lies. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have devolved responsibility for the environment (and in general are doing things in a much more enlightened fashion!)
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Behold! It's the UK's new foreign secretary :-)

That should be a joke.... but it's not one.

Oh,and watch this: https://mobile.twitter.com/manuscript/status/753336475165593600
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+David Hembrow +Terry Clark They can always fall back on "politicanese".
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Very impressive. This 69 year old woman is walking the 270 km from Assen to Nijmegen in order that she can then take part in the Nijmegen vierdaagse - an event in which she'll walk 40 km a day for four days.

Mind you, doing this by choice is one thing but being forced to do it by threat of violence or death is quite another. I suspect that many refugees have walked similar, if not more extreme, distances in order to find safety.
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Turin's new mayor has pledged to turn it into Italy’s first vegetarian city by making the promotion of vegan and vegetarian diets a "priority". In a manifesto, Chiara Appendino said vegan and vegetarian diets would be encouraged “to protect the environment, health and animals”.
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I emailed a member of the legislative assembly for my province, which in Canada are responsible for regulating agriculture, to ask for more vegetarian and vegan friendly laws, like assuring that it is cheaper by law that meatless and animalless diets (and clothing) are cheaper than those with, given that nobody can even tell the difference between the real and fake kinds, why not get rid of animal based clothing now, it's not even a switch that takes effort at all to make and nobody can miss or have a bacon addiction to, not allowing hunting or fishing anymore (what's the point of shooting a fawn's mother when you could stuff a plastic deer and shoot the plastic one?) and to make it more well advertised by the AHS (Alberta Health Service) and schools about benefits to it. I wonder how he'll respond.
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Boris Johnson: Long a national laughingstock within the UK, now also an International laughingstock.
There comes an unfortunate moment in the life of every great stand-up when they decide they must get serious. Russell Brand tried to overthrow global capitalism via a webcam in his en suite bedroom. Jim Davidson put away childish things and moved on to presenting a snooker based game show. Eddie Izzard went on Question Time in a pink beret, and may do so again.
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+Terry Clark I feel sorry for the world that then 7 year olds didn't even notice. I wasn't even reading newspapers. What was I doing with my life?
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The Brexit minister: "Theresa May's decision to put him in her top team comes despite Mr Davis pursuing legal action in the European courts against surveillance laws she introduced."
David Davis's appointment as Brexit Secretary will be a dream come true for the former Europe minister who delighted in the nickname of "Monsieur Non". A long-standing Eurosceptic, his Cabinet posting ends a spell in the political wilderness after he walked out of David Cameron's front bench on a point of principle.
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I see the irony of your statement ;-)
I wonder if there is an element of "give them enough rope to hang themselves".
By putting Brexiters in charge of the Brexit negotiations, if (when!) they fail to deliver on their promises, it will be obvious it is their own fault, and no-one else's.
Now, I could be wrong, and the EU might just roll over and sign the first bit of paper we put in front of them without reading it.
But I don't see it.
The Brexiters pretty much promised all things to all people, and Mrs May could just be calling their bluff.
Oliver Letwin (Mr Davis's approximate predecessor) says we don't even have ANY trade negotiators at the moment, and yet Mr Davis thinks it will be done and dusted by Christmas ...
That's a tight schedule!
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Another coherently written piece about how the people who voted for brexit actually have no leaders and no policy.
The phrase Pyrrhic victory only exists because King Pyrrhus himself survived. Had absolutely everyone in his army right up to and including himself been killed at Asculum in 279BC there’d have been no one around to chalk it up as a difficult win to a passing historian. There is no precedent for what must now be recorded as a “Brexit victory”. Not in the classics, not in Shakespeare, not the West Wing and nor in Game of Thrones has there been a wi...
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+Robert Jarman Billy Connolly is a Scottish comedian, a very funny man, you can find plenty of him online. Not everyone's idea of good taste but I like his work, see what you think.
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In the UK ? Stop what you're doing and watch this. Almost certainly the most well made TV documentary that you will see this year, it tells the true story, through their own eyes, of incredible people escaping from a desperate situation to what they hope will be safety. If this doesn't touch you then you've got a heart of stone. Ask yourself what you would do if you were in the same situation. Part two is tonight on BBC2 #exodus  

Not in the UK ? Can't watch iplayer ? Try this extract on youtube which was part of the programme. Yes, they're really sinking. This is not a special effect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eda1oI2Y8CY
The series begins as thousands of Syrian refugees arrive in the Turkish port of Izmir.
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My dad can go over to the UK whenever he feels like it, find a house or flat, go find a job and even quickly have the same voting rights that a UK citizen would have just because his dad had/has British citizenship, at least when my dad was born, even though my dad's never been to the UK before and would have no clue what's going on and he has no need of emigrating to the UK, he's not pressured by any sort of conflict or economic crisis and certainly not persecuted by anyone.

Why can't refugees who need that right to go to another safe country that tolerates refugees and provides for their basic needs like the UK or Australia? Australia even wrote it into their own anthem that for those who've come across the sea, they have boundless plains to share. Has anyone there attended kinder garden where we are taught by our teachers, parents, people we usually consider moral, to share what we have with other people?
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