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Peak car - Wikipedia
Economic hypothesis showing widespread fall in car ownership plus increased miles/kms driven
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9 hours ago by csrollyson
“Wolf’s jaw” star cluster may have inspired parts of Ragnarök myth | Ars Technica
Passing comets and eclipses may have stoked fears of pending apocalypse.
In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is a cataclysmic series of events leading to the death of Odin and his fellow Asgardian gods and, ultimately, to the end of the world. Some iconographic details of this mythical apocalypse that emerged around 1000 AD may have been influenced by astronomical events—notably comets and total eclipses.
This is not to say that the myth of Ragnarök originated with such events; rather, they reinforced mythologies that already existed in the popular imagination. That's the central thesis of Johnni Langer, a historian specializing in Old Norse mythology and literature at the Federal University of Paraíba in Brazil. He has outlined his argument in detail in a recent paper (translated from the original Portuguese) in the journal Archeoastronomy and Ancient Technologies.
Langer's analysis is based on the relatively young field of archeoastronomy: the cultural study of myths, oral narratives, iconographic sources, and other forms of ancient beliefs, with the aim of identifying possible connections with historical observations in astronomy. Both total eclipses and the passage of large comets were theoretically visible in medieval Scandinavia, and there are corresponding direct records of such events in Anglo-Saxon and German chronicles from around the same time period. These could have had a cultural influence on evolving Norse mythology, including the concept of Ragnarök.
It's admittedly a bit speculative. But Langer has identified several comets and eclipses in the eighth and ninth centuries that he believes may have fanned the flames of apocalyptic fears in the populace, culminating in an explosion of literary and visual references to Ragnarök in the 10th century.
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11 hours ago by rgl7194
Macron to Trump: 'You're No Patriot!', by Pat Buchanan - The Unz Review
Countries that have Muslim and sub-saharan African populations of 35% don’t function well, if at all. Muslims will push for more control. Either the native France will accede or there will be constant, low-level violence as the Muslims and the native French vie for control of the streets.

Even if the native French somehow managed to control the Muslims and Africans, they’ll need to turn France into a military state that would make the Apartheid in South Africa look gentle and open to keep that control.
france  europe  immigration 
19 hours ago by foliovision
The paranoid fantasy behind Brexit | Fintan O'Toole | Politics | The Guardian
> the experience of not being invaded was one of the genuinely distinctive things about being British: “Our physical assets and our economy had suffered less disastrously than those of other western European countries as a result of the war: nor did we suffer the shock of invasion. We were thus less immediately conscious of the need for us to become part of the unity in Europe.”

This article is an excellent analysis of the bizarre mindset that plagues Britain, and which makes it so hostile to the idea of being part of Europe.
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yesterday by sonniesedge
Brexit analysis: Why Theresa May's deal may be doomed
Somehow, all this would be bought at no cost. British citizens would continue to enjoy frictionless travel to the E.U; goods and services would still cross borders with hyperloop-y speed and ease. But immigrants would find that Britain’s international entry points had become a veritable eye of the needle. Above all, we were told that all our E.U. contributions would now get fed straight into the National Health Service—a promise that mated imperial nostalgia with Britons’ fondness for a time when public services were better funded. As Pro-leave ex-Brexit Minister David Davis put it, there was “no downside to Brexit. Only a considerable upside”.

It’s not just that these assertions were unfounded. They showed a fundamental overestimation of Britain’s power and prestige, of its ability to bend other states to its will. The E.U. has not as yet capitulated to a single meaningful demand from a British government that has frequently looked weak and confused.
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yesterday by terry
The paranoid fantasy behind Brexit | Fintan O'Toole | Politics | The Guardian
The long read: In the dark imagination of English reactionaries, Britain is always a defeated nation – and the EU is the imaginary invader
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yesterday by nikgreen
The paranoid fantasy behind Brexit | Fintan O'Toole | Politics | The Guardian
The long read: In the dark imagination of English reactionaries, Britain is always a defeated nation – and the EU is the imaginary invader
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yesterday by zesteur
The Best Barcelona Travel Tips From Our Readers
Before you get on the elevator up the Sagrada Familia, you should know: the only way down is the stairs. This week on Hack Your City, we got your tips on Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, Spain. There’s some disagreement over just how tourist-friendly the area is; like many popular destinations, there’s some pushback from the locals. So behave respectfully and learn some phrases in Catalan (not Spanish)—speaking the language charms locals everywhere. Now let’s look at the best tips of...
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yesterday by kger

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