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Brexit: Brussels just got serious
"In a sense none of this is surprising. Everyone knew Chequers was nonsense, a piece of blithering technical mythmaking intended to solve political problems rather than practical ones."

All that needs saying.
brexit  brexitlies  article  uk  politics 
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It's fascinating, the things you see when you’re out on foot | David Sedaris | Cities | The Guardian
David Sedaris: ‘It’s fascinating, the things you see when you’re out on foot’ Like most people, I’ve been walking since I was a year old. I started doing it seriously when I was 13 or so, and as a result my calf muscles are massive, like hams. Added September 19, 2018 at 10:36AM
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4 days ago
‘Would that all journeys were on foot’: writers on the joy of walking | Cities | The Guardian
‘Would that all journeys were on foot’: writers on the joy of walking For Walking the City week – exploring all aspects of urban walking, good and bad – writers tell us where they walk and why. Added September 19, 2018 at 10:37AM
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4 days ago
Top Gear: how the BBC behemoth became car crash TV | Television & radio | The Guardian
"From the off, Clarkson was a kind of bloviating Typhoid Mary of over-entitled Middle England, 50% highest-grade gammon, 50% the contents of Leo Sayer’s plughole. Hammond played the role of Clarkson’s cooing lackey, sides dutifully bursting asunder at his idol’s every bon mot, like a clammy whelp sucking up to the school bully to recuse himself from being bisected by atomic wedgies every breaktime. And May … well, May always seemed sort of all right, actually. Like a harmless, pottering, grey-muzzled old pooch whose primary contribution to the world is soft, hot farts."

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"When Clarkson punched it from our screens in 2015, it hadn’t so much driven into the sunset as been wrapped around a lamppost by a twocking drunk."
guardian  humour  opinion  hatchetjob 
5 days ago
Britain locked in odd civil war over Brexit
While Brexit dominates the headlines and airwaves, people unconnected with the media or Westminster avoid talking about it. Many commentators think that Brexit boredom has set in. That could well be the case. But fear is also an important driver: assaulted with dire Brexit warnings from business, the NHS and the Bank of England, ordinary citizens also have to cope with prominent reporting, particularly by the BBC, of the views of an eccentric rump of economists who promise a land of milk and honey after next March. Hardline Brexiteers echo this baseless optimism.
Eccentrics

Ian Dunt, one of the best Brexit analysts around, put it well: “The Economists for Free Trade are a ragtag bunch of Brexit-supporting eccentrics whose primary function is to make all other economists feel better about their life choices.”

Attention to detail is noticeable only by its absence. It’s so easy for the Brexit ultras to trash the governor of the Bank of England’s warnings of a 35 per cent fall in house prices as just another forecast of “project fear”. Few, if any, media organisations lead on the way the vast majority of economists view the eccentrics in the same manner mainstream scientists look at climate change deniers. The Bank of England’s views have stood the test of time pretty well and it is simply tribal madness to continue to dismiss them.
brexit  uk  opinion 
6 days ago
The YouTube stars heading for burnout: ‘The most fun job imaginable became deeply bleak’ | Technology | The Guardian
“Divisive content is the king of online media today, and YouTube heavily boosts anything that riles people up,” he says. “It’s one of the most toxic things: the point at which you’re breaking down is the point at which the algorithm loves you the most.”
youtube  guardian  internet  culture 
13 days ago
How do I use Unicode in AutoHotKey? - Stack Overflow
"The .ahk text file needed to be saved with UTF8-BOM encoding rather than UTF8"
installed  script  useful  tool  howto 
14 days ago
Knausgaard’s Selflessness | The New Yorker
Knausgaard’s Selflessness Five volumes in, there’s still a temptation to redeem Karl Ove Knausgaard from egotism—to find, in his multi-volume autobiographical novel “My Struggle,” some subject other than Karl Ove's life, some theme profound enough to justify these thousands of pages. Added September 07, 2018 at 05:35PM
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15 days ago
A Man in Full - bookforum.com / current issue
"That a Norwegian hyperrealist would compare himself to the Nazi dictator, who ordered the extermination of six million Jews and started a war in which fifty million people died, is, on the one hand, arbitrary. It is almost funny. To go by the textual evidence—of which there exists, indeed, a superabundance—politics aren’t really his thing. While some Norwegians, presumably, must reckon existentially with an earlier generation’s Nazi past, Knausgaard’s grandparents did not serve in Norway’s collaborationist Quisling regime. He has even admitted, somewhat disappointingly (Knausgaard is the patron saint of the disappointing admission), that writing about Hitler wasn’t originally the plan. He was led there by his title. Which, he might as well further admit, wasn’t actually his idea. It was Geir’s. Knausgaard had been calling his work in progress Argentina.

In an alternate universe, do 440 pages exist comparing a tanner, mellower Karl Ove to Juan Perón? Jorge Luis Borges? Diego Maradona? I would doubt so. Because while the Hitler stuff is, on the one hand, totally arbitrary, it is, on the other hand, inevitable. It is inevitable in the sense that Godwin’s pseudoscientific law (“As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches one”) says that it is. It is inevitable because to try to be serious is, in some way, to demonstrate that you don’t know what seriousness is. To write about the most evil man in history in the middle of the last book of the epic story of your life is indeed to suggest such a thing.

This uncertainty as to seriousness, of not knowing what the weight of experience is—the literary term is bathos—is My Struggle’s pervasive feeling. It’s the feeling, both thrilling and confusing, of encountering somebody who doesn’t know the unwritten rules. They are unwritten because they are deep inside us; they are the rules of society, which are part of our identity. On every page of My Struggle we are reminded of these rules, which human beings follow instinctively and as a matter of self-preservation, because Knausgaard disregards them. We feel viscerally that he shouldn’t be telling us what we nonetheless can’t stop reading because we know exactly what he means. It might be that this information is obscene, as in the shitting scenes of Book Three. It might be that it is embarrassing, as in the premature-ejaculation saga of Books Four and Five. Or it might be nearly criminal; you aren’t supposed to admit to your (unacted-on) sexual attraction to a thirteen-year-old girl, as Knausgaard does in Book Four. It might even be that it is unspeakably trivial. We aren’t supposed to talk about that either."
book  author  review  essay  norway  biography 
16 days ago
I survived the Warsaw ghetto. Here are the lessons I’d like to pass on | Stanisław Aronson | Opinion | The Guardian
The truth is that, as a Pole and as a Jew, as a soldier and as a refugee, I experienced a wide spectrum of behaviour at the hands of Poles – from those who sheltered me at risk to their own lives, to those who sought to take advantage of my vulnerability, and all possible shades of concern and indifference in between.

And although the Third Reich destroyed my world, it was a German woman who saved my life by introducing me to the men who would recruit me into the Polish underground. No nation has a monopoly on virtue – something that many people, including many of my fellow Israeli citizens, still struggle to understand.

Third, do not underestimate the destructive power of lies. When the war broke out in 1939, my family fled east and settled for a couple of years in Soviet-occupied Lwów (now Lviv in western Ukraine). The city was full of refugees, and rumours were swirling about mass deportations to gulags in Siberia and Kazakhstan. To calm the situation, a Soviet official gave a speech declaring that the rumours were false – nowadays they would be called “fake news” – and that anyone spreading them would be arrested. Two days later, the deportations to the gulags began, with thousands sent to their deaths.

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Finally, do not ever imagine that your world cannot collapse, as ours did. This may seem the most obvious lesson to be passed down, but only because it is the most important. One moment I was enjoying an idyllic adolescence in my home city of Lodz, and the next we were on the run. I would only return to my empty home five years later, no longer a carefree boy but a Holocaust survivor and Home Army veteran living in fear of Stalin’s secret police, the NKVD. I ended up moving to what was then the British mandate of Palestine, fighting in a war of independence for a Jewish homeland I didn’t even know I had.

Perhaps it is because I was only a child that I did not notice the storm clouds that were gathering, but I believe that many who were older and wiser than me at that time also shared my childlike state.

If disaster comes, you will find that all the myths you once cherished are of no use to you. You will see what it is like to live in a society where morality has collapsed, causing all your assumptions and prejudices to crumble before your eyes. And after it’s all over, you will watch as, slowly but surely, these harshest of lessons are forgotten as the witnesses pass on and new myths take their place.

• Stanisław Aronson took part in the Polish resistance under Nazi occupation. He lives in Israel
guardian  war  ww2  history  essay  fascism 
16 days ago
A Fighter Pilot’s Guide to surviving on the roads | Portsmouth CTC
A Fighter Pilot’s Guide to surviving on the roads This article first appeared in the forces pension society magazine Pennant and is reproduced here by kind permission of the editor. John Sullivan is a Royal Air Force pilot with over 4,000 flight hours, and a keen cyclist. Added September 06, 2018 at 01:09AM
Pocket  cycling  driving  safety  article 
17 days ago
AITEC – Alternative Investment Technology Executives Club ... Peer to Peer Empowerment in Pursuit of Excellence
AITEC’s mission is to foster a private community of peers who empower one another through secure information exchange in pursuit of professional and personal excellence.

AITEC is a secure, private community of peers sharing knowledge, insights and best practices for the betterment of its members. Our members represent IT, operations, risk and compliance, legal, and finance from leading financial institutions. Our community fosters trust and camaraderie by promoting open and honest sharing of information, following the Chatham House Rule. Our secure platform provides members with access to experts, knowledge, our due diligence questionnaire (DDQ), events, and exclusive vendor discounts.

We host 350 members across more than 275 firms globally. Over 300 of our members work for Buy-Side alternative investment firms with a combined AUM in excess of $4.2 trillion USD. Additionally, AITEC includes members from over 25 premiere, independent sell-side firms servicing clients in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, sales, trading and research, equity capital markets, and private wealth management.

PARTICIPATE IN ONLINE COMMUNITIES – As an AITEC member, you will have access to multiple global forums on a wide range of topics. Listen, participate, and ask experienced CTOs and CIOs for their technical opinions on matters important to your organization. Validate the opinions of vendors vis a vis opinions of AITEC members.

ACCESS SURVEY INFORMATION AITEC conducts a variety of surveys, including annual technology and compensation surveys for members. In addition, members may ask AITEC to conduct a bespoke member survey on a topic important to their organizations. Recent surveys available to AITEC members include: Next Generation Endpoint Security, Managed Cyber Security, Outsourced Development, Remote Access, Build versus Buy, SSL Decryption, DLP, and IAAS (Cloud).

ENJOY MEMBER EVENTS – AITEC routinely organizes member networking and educational events. Events are informal and take place in the evening. Typically, events include interesting content on a relevant topic, dinner, and cocktails. There is usually a nominal fee to attend.

SELL-SIDE CALLS AND EVENTS – Sell-Side CIOs/CTOs participate in monthly conference calls on a wide array of topics including infrastructure, cybersecurity, desktop, mobility, FINRA compliance, IT governance, business continuity, trading applications, market data, research publishing, and much more. In addition, Sell-Side leaders attend semi-annual roundtables in New York City.

USE OUR DUE DILIGENCE QUESTIONNAIRE (DDQ) AND VENDOR DIRECTORY – As an AITEC member, you will have access to the AITEC-AIMA DDQ template widely adopted by AITEC members and global vendors. This detailed questionnaire will allow you to perform vendor due diligence efficiently and methodically using a tool created by experienced technicians at AITEC and AIMA. The DDQ is hosted on various software platforms for automated distribution to your third parties. Members have access to the vendor directory which lists all participating entities that have completed the questionnaire.

ENJOY EXCLUSIVE MEMBER DISCOUNTS – Industry service providers regularly offer discounts to AITEC members on their products and services.

GET INVOLVED VIA AITEC GIVES BACK FOUNDATION – A core value of AITEC is giving back to the greater community. Accordingly, the AITEC Gives Back Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2013, has raised over $1.6 million in charitable donations from industry sponsors and individual donations to benefit several veteran and youth projects.

Member benefits are constantly expanding and currently include:

Private, secure platform to communicate with industry peers
Access to the AITEC-ALL community, a cross-functional community of senior executives supporting technology and operations
Access to additional communities dependent upon membership type. Examples include Sell-Side CIO (a dedicated forum for Sell-Side questions), Buy-Side CTO (a dedicated forum for Buy-Side questions) and FORC (a forum for CFO, COO, CRO, and CCOs to ask questions to their peers)
Advice from experts across functions
Access to the AITEC-AIMA DDQ and vendor directory
Invitations to networking events (dinners, presentations, educational experiences, etc.)
Invitations and access to community surveys and polling information
Access to vendor information and exclusive AITEC discounts
Invitations to charity events
eca  forum  technology  hedgefunds  discussion  career  cto  finance  operations 
17 days ago
Why are you doing? | Derek Sivers
Why are you doing? The most important thing in life is to know why you are doing what you’re doing. Most people don’t know. They just go with the flow. Added September 03, 2018 at 05:33PM
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19 days ago
Why Read the Classics? | by Italo Calvino | The New York Review of Books
Why Read the Classics? Why Read the Classics? October 9, 1986 Issue Let us begin with a few suggested definitions.1) The classics are the books of which we usually hear people say: “I am rereading…” and never “I am reading….”This at least happens among those who consider themselves “very well read. Added September 03, 2018 at 05:33PM
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19 days ago
IoT: The Irrelevance of Thingies — Strong Towns
"The growing ease and low cost of communication have, paradoxically, made everything else relatively more important in location decisions. What’s scarce are time and opportunities for face-to-face interaction.

Both in production and consumption, proximity is more highly valued now than ever. Economic activity is increasingly concentrating in a few large cities, because they are so adept at quickly creating new ideas by exploiting the relative ease of assembling highly productive teams of smart people. Cities too offer unparalleled sets of consumption choices close at hand. From street food, to live music, to art and events, being in a big city gives you more to choose from, more conveniently located and cheaper than you can get it anywhere else. Plus cities let you stumble on the fun: discovering things and experiences that you didn’t even know existed...

As technology becomes cheaper and more commonplace, it ceases to be the determining factor in shaping the location of economic activity. All the other attributes of place, especially human capital, social interaction and quality of life—the kinds of things that are hardest to mimic or replace with technology—become even more valuable."
london  cities  post  data 
19 days ago
“Trump Is Nuts. This Time Really Feels Different”: Trump Rejects “War Council” Intervention, Goes It Alone | Vanity Fair
"“Trump is nuts,” said one former West Wing official. “This time really feels different.”"

"This time it's different", journalist types, for eight hundredth time in two years.
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26 days ago
The Chameleon | The New Yorker
"The Imposter" documentary based largely on this story.
newyorker  article  biography  people  crime 
26 days ago
On the referendum #28: Some interesting stuff on AI/ML with, hopefully, implications for post-May/Hammond decisions – Dominic Cummings's Blog
"Vote Leave argued during the referendum that a Leave victory should deliver the huge changes that the public wanted and the UK should make science and technology the focus of a profound process of national renewal. On this as on everything else, from Article 50 to how to conduct the negotiations to budget priorities to immigration policy, SW1 in general and the Conservative Party in particular did the opposite of what Vote Leave said. They have driven the country into the ditch and the only upside is they have exposed the rottenness of Westminster and Whitehall and forced many who wanted to keep the duvet over their eyes to face reality — the first step in improvement."

Or,

"The racist pro-Brexit project I spearheaded was actually about science and technology, everyone! MLAI for all! Just ignore the fact that almost every scientist in the UK was against Brexit, and I know bugger all about science but here are some papers I skimmed and, boy, did I do the wrong degree [Ancient History]. Perhaps those scientists [who, incidentally, were 9999-1 against Brexit] are on to something! Buy Blockchain!"
brexit  post  science  uk  technology 
27 days ago
Eeyore Hammond? Welcome to the Brexit Hundred Acre Wood | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian
"I don’t know who’s running the Lib Dem writers’ room, but I’m amazed they didn’t reject this summer’s plotlines for being simply too on the nose. In case you missed it – and God knows they did – neither the leader nor the former leader of the “stop Brexit” party turned up to last month’s key Brexit vote, which passed by just three votes. Tim Farron was in Dorset, doing a talk on how he balances his evangelical Christian views with his job as a liberal politician. And Vince Cable was at a secret dinner to discuss the setting up of a new centrist party.

What can you say? There’s a character in the Martin Amis novel The Information who gets to the stage of feeling he desperately needs a cigarette even while he is smoking a cigarette. There is something of this to Sir Vince, who is gripped by a craving to lead a centrist party even while he is already the leader of one."
libdem  uk  politics  humour  guardian 
27 days ago
Arron Banks: Join Tories and unseat the traitor Theresa | News | The Sunday Times
"Our aim is to unite the right."

Arron Banks' sign-off is one of the most blatant racist dogwhistles ever published.
racism  conservatism  brexit  brexitlies 
27 days ago
New satellite tag data reveal suspicious clustering of ‘missing’ hen harriers on English grouse moors | Raptor Persecution UK
Looking at NE’s data spreadsheet, 47 of the 59 hen harriers satellite-tagged by NE between 2007-2017 are ‘missing, fate unknown’. That’s a whopping 79.6%!

Now obviously, these last known fix location data are of great interest to us and we await the publication of the full scientific analyses of all the tag data with great interest. But perhaps what is more interesting is what these data reveal about NE’s complicity in shielding the criminals within the grouse shooting industry.

Knowing full well what its own satellite tag research was showing, why has NE suppressed these results for so many years whilst working in so-called ‘partnership’ with the grouse shooting industry and sat back in silence whilst those same grouse shooting industry representatives have consistently denied, even in Parliament, the extent of their industry’s role in the systematic killing of hen harriers?
post  wildlife  uk  crime  conservatism  conservation  corruption 
28 days ago
Reader, Come Home by Maryanne Wolf, reviewed.
Just Read the Book Already Not long ago, a cognitive neuroscientist decided to perform an experiment on herself. Maryanne Wolf, an expert on the science of reading, was worried—as perhaps you have worried—that she might be losing the knack for sustained, deep reading. Added August 23, 2018 at 10:30AM
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4 weeks ago
Farage is the armchair general of Brexit | Comment | The Times
"Now he feels that we are back in his area. “I’ve had enough of their lies, deceit and treachery,” he wrote in a newspaper column. “The time has come to teach them a lesson — one that they will never forget.” Does he, perhaps, mean a lesson about the technical details of a paperless customs arrangement at the Irish border? Alas, no. Farage is angry about Theresa May’s Chequers plan, which promises a degree of regulatory alignment with the EU after Brexit. People, he says, “are being lied to while their wishes are blatantly ignored”. But does Farage have a better plan? About how the wishes of the people could be better fulfilled? No, of course not. Not his area. Somebody else can do it.

His real lesson, and his only lesson, is that this will be a constant. For the armchair generals of Brexit, any deal struck in the ministerial trenches will be “betrayal”, just as any warning of the consequences of not striking one, however rigorously sourced, will be “Project Fear”.


A few days ago the British Medical Association warned of dire consequences for the NHS if Britain left without a deal, involving staffing of surgeries and hospitals, and the logistical challenges of leaving bodies such as the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Farage says they are wrong. Not how they are wrong, or why they are wrong, just that they are. “This baseless claim,” he writes, “proves Project Fear is thriving.” Yet a recent poll suggested that 60 per cent of doctors from elsewhere in the EU are thinking of leaving Britain. You might recall that the Conservative MP Anna Soubry once had to apologise for saying the then Ukip leader looked “like someone put their finger up his bottom”. We can only marvel at his blithe confidence that, should the need arise, there will always be somebody available who will."
brexit  brexitlies  uk  opinion 
4 weeks ago
Why Nigel Farage’s return could make a people’s vote more likely | Matthew d’Ancona | Opinion | The Guardian
"Populists survive by staying in motion. They are allergic to reflection, unable to stay still, naturally kinetic. They despise policy detail, nuance and pauses for thought. The essence of populism is not democracy, but the insistence that there are simple solutions to complex problems – solutions that are withheld from the public by a metropolitan elite of “saboteurs”, “enemies of the people” and consumers of carrot cake."
guardian  brexit  opinion  fascism 
4 weeks ago
Trump invokes Nixon and McCarthy in NYT White House counsel report rant | US news | The Guardian
"Dean was White House counsel to Nixon during Watergate. He testified against the president, pled guilty to obstruction of justice and was held at an army base. He spoke on Saturday to Slate.

“Don McGahn is doing exactly the right thing,” Dean said, “not merely to protect himself, but to protect his client. And his client is not Donald Trump; his client is the office of the president.”"
article  news  donaldtrump  us 
4 weeks ago
Why working mums are being sold an impossible dream about work/life balance — and how to set the record straight | The Sunday Times Magazine | The Sunday Times
"Some of these superwomen talked about “flexibility”. It took me a while to realise that what they often meant was the flexibility to leave at the end of their contracted hours — say 5pm — to pick up, feed, bath, read to and settle their kids before working online again later to catch up. One mum-of-three, describing this in practical terms, told me: “I start eating my dinner and catching up on work at 10pm, just as everyone else is going to bed. It’s completely normal for me to finish at 1am or later.” The underlying message seemed to be that modern jobs are fine — as long as you’re willing to work all the waking and non-waking hours of the day.

Which means that it mostly doesn’t work well. Not only does it not work, it’s getting worse. Twenty years ago, the average working day was about seven hours and many mothers didn’t have a job outside the home. In the years since, the working day has grown by an average of about two hours and a million more mums have jobs. This is partly because house prices have quadrupled in that time (a change attributed, ironically, to the rise in women’s incomes). Most households now need to have two parents out of the house working for long periods of the day. But, in that time, the needs of our children and the structure of childcare and the school day haven’t changed at all — as every parent of a school-age child is finding out right now, with more than two weeks of the summer holidays still left to go, their own leave used up, their finances spent and the kids going bananas with the need for our involvement, our undivided attention."
article  parenting 
4 weeks ago
We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian
"The shift has not happened by accident. As Jacques Peretti argued in his film The Men Who Made Us Fat, food companies have invested heavily in designing products that use sugar to bypass our natural appetite control mechanisms, and in packaging and promoting these products to break down what remains of our defences, including through the use of subliminal scents. They employ an army of food scientists and psychologists to trick us into eating more than we need, while their advertisers use the latest findings in neuroscience to overcome our resistance.

The thrill of disapproval chimes disastrously with industry propaganda. We delight in blaming the victims
They hire biddable scientists and thinktanks to confuse us about the causes of obesity. Above all, just as the tobacco companies did with smoking, they promote the idea that weight is a question of “personal responsibility”. After spending billions on overriding our willpower, they blame us for failing to exercise it.

To judge by the debate the 1976 photograph triggered, it works. “There are no excuses. Take responsibility for your own lives, people!” “No one force feeds you junk food, it’s personal choice. We’re not lemmings.” “Sometimes I think having free healthcare is a mistake. It’s everyone’s right to be lazy and fat because there is a sense of entitlement about getting fixed.” The thrill of disapproval chimes disastrously with industry propaganda. We delight in blaming the victims.

More alarmingly, according to a paper in the Lancet, more than 90% of policymakers believe that “personal motivation” is “a strong or very strong influence on the rise of obesity”. Such people propose no mechanism by which the 61% of English people who are overweight or obese have lost their willpower. But this improbable explanation seems immune to evidence."
article  uk  obesity  health  food  hypocrisy 
5 weeks ago
Edgeryders
Consultancy, based in Brussels. See: The Reef.
friends  europe 
6 weeks ago
The Las Vegas Massacre Report and the Rise of Second Amendment Nihilism | The New Yorker
"No effort will be made to stop gun massacres. This is, in practical terms, indistinguishable from arriving at a state where the point of having lethal weapons in private hands is to have massacres become ritual sacrifices to be greeted, as all ritual sacrifices are, with prayers. The massacres have become essential to the demonstration of the power of guns, a kind of tribute to the Moloch of absolute autonomy, to a fantasy view of “liberty” that involves the destruction of another person."
newyorker  death  article  guns 
6 weeks ago
Do “sin taxes” work? - The Economist explains
"Policymakers are right to think that sin taxes lead to lower consumption. The exact estimates vary from study to study, but economists have found that in general, a 1% increase in the price of tobacco or alcohol in America leads to a 0.5% decline in sales. In practical terms, this means that sales of tobacco and alcohol are more responsive overall to price changes than say, sales of many common household goods, such as coffee. Similarly, while it is still too early to determine whether these taxes will have any effect on obesity, studies have shown that they have at the very least reduced sales in Mexico, and the citiees of Berkeley and Philadelphia.

But if there is a problem with sin taxes, it is not that they are ineffective. Rather, it is that they are inefficient. Sin taxes are blunt policy instruments. People who only have the occasional drink are not taking on any great health risks, yet they are taxed no differently than serious alcoholics. A similar logic applies for sugar taxes. Tobacco presents a slightly different problem. Nicotine is highly addictive, meaning that there are relatively few people who smoke cigarettes only occasionally."
economist  article  tax  society 
6 weeks ago
How to Recover from Romantic Heartbreak? | Hacker News
"motohagiography 2 minutes ago | unvote [-]

Not persuaded that the author's advice to rationalize the faults of your ex is sufficient or necessary for "recovery."

I would propose generally that the suffering of any breakup (or loss) is proportional to how much you depended on the other persons reflected view of you for your own idea of self. Getting past it is more of an exercise in self-acceptance, self-forgiveness, and self-improvement than simply knocking down the other to boost yourself up.

If you identified as a partner, husband, father, boyfriend, etc. then the loss of that feels like a loss of self. But if the person in your life was just that: another person, in your life, then you can still miss them, but nothing intrinsic to who you are was lost. You are not broken, shattered, or harmed. In this context, suffering is the effect of a residual belief about the completeness of yourself, and has diminishingly little to do with the other person at all.

Recovery is not "healing," from a "wound," rather, it is resetting your perspective and accepting who you are as self-originating - and not as reflected by another.

Too often, Pascal's maxim "to understand all is to forgive all," is advice given without the necessary condition that you must apply it to yourself first - otherwise it's just a recipe for obsessive thoughts. I would say to someone suffering from a broken heart, whatever it might entail, start with the desire to forgive yourself and whatever happens next, the journey alone is probably going to be worth it."
advice  life 
6 weeks ago
Theresa May’s Impossible Choice | The New Yorker
Theresa May’s Impossible Choice The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, often strikes people as cautious, but her political career has been defined by acts of boldness, often on behalf of unfashionable causes, or in the face of seemingly impossible circumstances. The misconception arises in part because she is an awkward person. Added August 06, 2018 at 10:22PM
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6 weeks ago
The Day Donald Trump Told Us There Was Attempted Collusion with Russia | The New Yorker
The Day Trump Told Us There Was Attempted Collusion with Russia August 5, 1974, was the day the Nixon Presidency ended. On that day, Nixon heeded a Supreme Court ruling and released the so-called smoking-gun tape, a recording of a meeting, held two years earlier, with his chief of staff, H. R. Haldeman. Added August 06, 2018 at 10:22PM
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6 weeks ago
“Christopher Robin,” Reviewed: Disney’s Pleasantly Abrasive New Spin on Winnie-the-Pooh | The New Yorker
“Christopher Robin,” Reviewed: Disney’s Pleasantly Abrasive New Spin on Winnie-the-Pooh The first script of Disney’s new movie “Christopher Robin” was written by Alex Ross Perry, one of today’s most distinctive young independent filmmakers. (His most recent film, “Golden Exits,” premièred at Sundance, in 2017, and was released earlier this year. Added August 06, 2018 at 10:22PM
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6 weeks ago
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7 weeks ago
The Escape review – Gemma Arterton superb in an intelligent drama | Film | The Guardian
The Escape review – Gemma Arterton superb in an intelligent drama - Added August 01, 2018 at 04:41PM. A superlative performance from Gemma Arterton is at the centre of this almost unbearably painful and sad film from writer-director Dominic Savage. It’s a drama which reminded me of a definition of depression – anger spread very thin – and it points up an age-old hypocrisy of sexual politics.
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7 weeks ago
BBC - Travel - Why Brazilians are always late
Why Brazilians are always late - Added August 01, 2018 at 04:36PM. Three months after I moved to Rio from Manchester, I was invited to a Saturday night churrasco – an informal barbecue – by a casual acquaintance with whom I’d crossed paths socially enough times that a friendship had begun to develop.
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7 weeks ago
Gerda Taro | International Center of Photography
Gerda Taro Added August 01, 2018 at 04:30PM
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7 weeks ago
Slack as group mind
"Chunk out work so that between syncs, mental labor can be parallelized."
future  work  essay  organisation 
7 weeks ago
Don’t panic! We’ll deal with no deal | News | The Sunday Times
"The government has demanded that companies and industry groups involved in Brexit planning sign non-disclosure agreements in an attempt to prevent alarming details leaking out.

That explains why the plan to publicise no-deal preparations throughout the summer has been canned. The original plan was scrapped after a meeting last week chaired by Philip Rycroft, the senior mandarin in the Brexit department. A source said: “People will shit themselves and think they want a new referendum or an election or think the Tory party shouldn’t govern again. MPs are saying: ‘If this is done badly, it could hurt us like sleaze did in the 1990s.’”

The prospects of a no-deal departure are troubling civil servants, who expect to be blamed for failing to get the country ready. Staff working for Robbins plan to jump ship at the end of the year."
brexit  article  UK 
7 weeks ago
British ‘fake news’ committee says democracy is facing a crisis
"The wide-ranging report also highlights concerns over the funding of one of the campaigns that pushed for Britain to leave the European Union. “Arron Banks is believed to have donated £8.4m to the leave campaign, the largest political donation in British politics, but it is unclear from where he obtained that amount of money,” the report says. “He failed to satisfy us that his own donations had, in fact, come from sources within the UK.”"
brexit  article  uk  corruption 
8 weeks ago
Anger over use of Brexit ads in aftermath of Jo Cox murder | Politics | The Guardian
"Jeff Silvester of AIQ also said that Vote Leave had suspended campaigning in the period. Neither Silvester, Cummings, Matthew Elliott, the chief executive of Vote Leave, or Grimes responded to comment when asked by the Observer about the screenshots released by Sanni. On Saturday, however, Sanni said that those involved knew what they were doing. “Zack was working in the Westminster office. He knew exactly what was going on with Jo Cox and he was communicating with Dom Cummings day and night. The Electoral Commission has already found that both Vote Leave and Darren Grimes broke electoral law. And of course if you don’t value the law, then it makes sense that you don’t value the morals and values that underpin those laws. The total lack of respect here for someone’s passing and for the agreement that they’d publicly made, it just shows you something very important about this campaign and who these people were.”"
article  guardian  brexitlies  brexit  corruption  advertising 
8 weeks ago
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