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Joerg Fliege
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Standing on the shoulders of giants, mostly.
Standing on the shoulders of giants, mostly.

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One thing, above all, has become clear: the majority of Leave voters do not love the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The latest research conducted by the Future of England survey [..] reported that more than 80 per cent of Leave voters in England thought Brexit more important than the Northern Irish peace process or the survival of the Union.

So, if I would be a nationalist, I would need to call these people traitors. Right?

Brexit has become England’s white whale. A beast to be pursued at all and any cost and damn the consequences. Naturally, like many dismal causes, this one comes wrapped in a flag and loudly proclaims its love of country and its unfettered belief in a glorious, liberated, future without demonstrating even the slightest awareness of the trouble that comes with this. It is a kind of monomania that, in response to every setback or difficulty, demands a faster, purer, harder Brexit.

I have trouble seeing anyone in the present UK government as Captain Ahab. There is no Ishmael in sight.
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Latest forecasts on labour shortages in the agricultural sector.

The British Summer Fruits (BSF) trade body said its members were 10% to 15% short of labour and expect to be more than 30% short by the autumn as the government drags its feet on a seasonal agricultural workers scheme.

Well, can't you see that the government is busy devising a Brexit strategy, two years after the referendum?
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Good news of the day. The push against big publishers continues.
What all societies need - rent-seeking parasites on scientific knowledge.
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Drones with flame throwers. Gorgeous.

(Via +Martin Vogel.)
Drone with a flamethrower clears debris from power lines
http://www.roboticgizmos.com/flame-throwing-drone/

I could use one :)
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"I'm still an atheist, thank God."

Luis Bunuel
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I see a market here.
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Leave voters would rather lose Northern Ireland than give up the benefits of Brexit

Leaving imaginary benefits aside, here comes the money quote:

We also asked Leave voters in Britain whether they would leave the EU, or keep England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales together in the UK, if it were impossible to do both. Most, including more than seven in 10 Tory voters, said they would rather leave the EU.

At least they have their priorities straight.
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Leaflet handed out at the Tube today. The Tories have settled for a storyline. Brexit is a magic money tree.

And just look at this weaseling here:

"Funded by the brexit dividend with us as a country contributing a bit more".

Tax increases on the way.

(Tweet from Andrew Adonis, https://twitter.com/Andrew_Adonis/status/1008976991037599744 )
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So I started the day with a task from my to-do list that should take 5 minutes, or so I reckoned. Great way to start the day, you know.

Well, that thing pulled two, then three colleagues into it and transmogrified into a cross-Faculty political endeavour.

And all I wanted to do is allocating some tutorial hours to a TA.
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Look at Captain Obvious here. No trust, no access. Its as easy as that.
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