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Spain's Guardia Civil announces a successful roll--out of their infrastructure upgrade programme.
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Note to self: don't ever believe anything I ever see ever again... Frightening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohmajJTcpNk
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http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jul/05/greek-referendum-no-vote-signals-huge-challenge-to-eurozone-leaders

Think the current Greek government could have done much more in the small time they have been in power (they didn't do much but negotiate), and should have done - regardless of the debt-overhang - was their job to help the future for Greek people in the meantime....

Apart from the large bill, I think they did do something which will help every European in the future; highlight that a reform of processes and institutions should now happen. Europe needs to escape the clutches of bureaucrats (many who earn more than EU heads of state) and become relevant to the voters who pay their taxes. If not, the whole project is doomed to failure.

European citizens (myself included - who has lived in another EU country for 10 years, worked across 4 others, studied in another) appreciate the advantages, but many don't like the fact they didn't have any control on the future. When referenda in France, Ireland and the Netherlands were negative - governments were told to run them again. WTF. I hope the Greeks (in a spend like it's Friday night every day of the month for the last years way - they did screw up) help all EU states get closer to a better system.

Maybe, less costs, less regulation - more emphasis on trade... Less laws and less bullshit?  While people starve (literally) in Greece, their representatives in Brussels are paid x times (large number) average wage. That ratio is bad for every country - people in the EU infrastructure get paid far more that an equivalent job in their country.

Make it fair now and ensure controls are in place, then let's build an EU for each citizen.

I am British, so have spent two decades being told 'you're not European', 'you don't want to be in the EU', earlier 'why didn't you want to join the Euro?', and recently 'why don't you just go ....'

I studied economics and wasn't convinced of the pro-Euro argument (even if it was a pain on a practical level and then later on a business level). Now, seeing the dislocations in the Euro Area, it's obvious to me that the advantages for Greece ran out 5 years ago and probably did  so for Portugal, Spain and  Italy a while back. If they fall, France is next. That is not a true currency union. The EEC some people got to vote on was not this. How did this happen? The citizens didn't want it - so it must be the overpaid bureaucrats who stop their conversations to pay homage to the 'ode to joy' (true story, a senior EU official (French) stopped talking to me when a piano player played it in a EU reception - rude.).

Greeks are not anti-EU. Brits are not anti-EU. Europeans are basically unhappy with both the EU and the Eurozone as it is.  Everyone wants the EU, but very few want it as it is. This nearly meant getting a load of crazy politicians elected in the UK (close escape last time), the FN getting too much power in France, Hungary slightly crazy... I could go on... No-one wants crazy politicians being elected.

If we cannot make an EU for its people, it will self-destruct.

The people working in the EU don't understand this - they are in a bubble - they need to really understand the new reality and dump concepts from the Sixties.

The most important thing is to define what comes next. 'Ever closer union' as a goal needs to be dumped - no-one wants it. The only thing which can bring all European peoples back together again is a new clear goal on what the EU really means. Much more EEC (European Economic Community) and much less federal state. Honesty, true honesty, and honest consultation are the only things which will matter for people. I think people matter. The EU infrastructure has proven they think the 'federal plan' is what matters and the people don''t. We need to build an EU (and Eurozone) which works.
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C'est dur d'être aimé par des cons.

Encore plus dur d'être tué par des cons.

<<Resquiat in risum>> - héros de la liberté d'expression.
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In film and in general, stunning images of Earth have become increasingly popular in the last years. Home is important, but we'd be nowhere without the 'heater' - mind-blowing images.
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The EU thinks it's a good idea to make websites implement a stupid cookie thing which no-one understands or cares that much about. Yes, that weird thing which keeps appearing on sites about cookies (and you can't even eat them).

While in the meantime, big companies (in this case Apple) are doing things which are obviously insane from a consumer point-of-view.

I just updated my iPad. I am in English, but get a Spanish agreement (this is just for iTunes). No sweat, we all just say yes when seeing software agreements, no?

I am not easily shocked, but when I scroll down I see page 1 of 41. This is not just shocking, but it shows complete and utter contempt for the customer. Let's force them to publish the statistic that only 0.001% of people got to page 41 - this is so ugly that some poor idiot trying to charge their iPoo in a microwave should not be the 'news'.

If only the citizens of the EU actually knew who to ask to make things better (they don't)....

Result: stupid laws which screw up small businesses, while big business goes about doing increasingly insane stuff. Are we all happy yet?

I brought this device for testing stuff. I hope I will never have to pay that company money for anything ever again.
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auto-remix of some video going across the Bay of  Biscay
 - it was an amazing experience, but the dolphins made it very, very special.
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Summertime in Madrid :)

Serious large hail just shredded the garden at the office. Tomatoes destroyed. My (not very successful anyway) herbs crushed.
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Apparently George Lucas asked David Lynch to direct 'Return of the Jedi'.  He declined as it was too much 'Lucas's thing'. This very funny video is a clever imagining of what the world missed out on (would have been epic!)
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Spain never ceases to amaze me. 250 bodies donated to medical science piled up looking like a horror movie, some for up to 7 years. Why? The bloke who ran the crematorium retired and they had not had time to hire a replacement...
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