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Parliament added an amendment  to block NI being in a different customs union, and no possibility of a border in the Irish sea.

That's the pooch screwed, there is no longer a negotiating position in between full EU alignment or no deal.
Regulatory alignment means being tied to the EU, it is the most humiliating option so I am now preparing for a no deal WTO scenario.

I don't know why Mogg and co thought Ireland would back down on the border or "soften our position if the deal is sweetened". It was fundamental, the basis of all other negotiation, as such the veto is going to played and we all get the worst possible outcome.
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Apple Talk / This Isn't How Any of That Works.
« Last post by Doktor Howl on Yesterday at 09:56:58 pm »
YES, I *DO* HAVE TO YELL.  Yes, I know you're RIGHT THERE, and I *shouldn't* have to raise my voice.  But you have been spoken to by calm and reasonable people, and you still continue with your monkey bullshit.  You have been told and you have been warned and there you are, still buying The Machine'sô shrink-wrapped product, which is to say "political outsiders are preferable to career politicians."  This is akin to saying you'd like to have a house painter handle your taxes and your investments, because by gosh that bastard can paint like a champ.

I don't think you were paying attention.  Hence the yelling.

Or maybe you're one of those other bastards, who won't shut up about the medical benefits of eating kale or maybe huffing lavender oil.  I have news for you.  People have been using lavender oil in whorehouses since the 1500s, and nobody got any healthier.  Yes, I KNOW that Big Pharma are a pack of bandits, but that fact DOESN'T INVALIDATE BIOCHEMISTRY.  This may all sound like mansplaining, only most of the biochemists I know happen to be women, and also the fact that the universe is binary as hell, often fatally so.  I don't mean it's gendered binary, that's fucking goofy, the universe has no gender.  But it IS binary.  It is yes and it is NO1.  NO, kale will not make your lymphoma go away.  NO, lavender oil will not cure you of allergies.  NO, chlorine and fluoride properly injected into your drinking water will not hurt you, but YES drinking raw water will fuck your shit sideways.  NO, vaccines will not give you the autism.  YES, chemtrails are just condensation.

It pains me that I have to explain this to a population that used to be spacefaring, not so long ago.

I should also have to explain that magic - not stage magic, mind you - but "actual" magic doesn't work.  Friday the 13th is just another day.  Mercury in retrograde means NOTHING AT ALL.  There is no "undocumented persons crisis", and there never really was one.  Nor was there a credible terrorist threat after noon of September 11th, 2001.

You are told that all of these things are true by people who have a VESTED INTEREST in having you believe ANYTHING other than ACTUAL REALITY.  Sometimes not directly.  You may have in fact been told that huffing essential oils is a thing by some other hippie, but that hippie heard it from someone else.  Gwynneth Paltrow, maybe, for an obvious reason.  Or maybe the Koch Brothers, for totally different reasons.  Or maybe - PROBABLY - *both*.

The reason this sort of shit is easy to sell to otherwise intelligent people is that it rewards the receiver in 3 ways:

1.  They get to know more than you and tell you WHAT, without all the bother of going to medical school.

2.  They get to feel like an "insider", like one of the cool people, the privileged few that know the REAL truth.  More to the point, they can congregate and get validation off of each other.

3.  They can sneer at the mundanes who still believe in bacteriophages and other actual, functional things.

This is why I hate you.  This is why I should be allowed to walk around with a 2 foot dildo with "reality" written on it, thumping hipsters.  Yes, "beaten to death with a dildo" sounds awful when the police have to explain what happened to precious Dakota or Scout or whatever the fuck Gen X named their kids, but there really isn't any choice.  When looked at from altitude, it's clearly self-defense.

I mean, just look at You People.



1 Shut up, LMNO.  We're not talking about subatomic particles, here, so just SHUT YOUR NON-MUSTACHIOED FACE.
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« Last post by LuciferX on Yesterday at 09:28:18 pm »


I am no longer surprised by anything he does.
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"President Trump says itís not Russian collusion. I donít see any reason why it shouldn't be.Ē
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My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun (Sonnet 130)
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[...]
My mistress when she walks treads on the ground.
    And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
    As any she belied with false compare
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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Last post by Cainad (dec.) on Yesterday at 08:27:26 pm »
Yeah even for me I think the prose gets too purple in some spots (and Iím shamelessly into the style of the earlier books, which influenced my writing for several years and gawd I canít stand to read some of my old shit for that reason).

I think the intent is to generate a dreamlike sense, where nothing is literal. It works best when heís setting scenes with lurid descriptions of things like smells and textures, but gets kinda hard to follow when itís supposed to be a characterís inner thoughts.
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Principia Discussion / Re: Discordianism vs. Subgenius
« Last post by Hoopla on Yesterday at 07:12:06 pm »
It's kind of funny how some people will say they "get" the idea behind the Pope cards (and maybe even remember the twist in Illuminatus!) but still fall in line regarding Greyface.

You can bring a Pope to knowledge,
but you can't make 'em think.

Newsfeed.
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« Last post by Doktor Howl on Yesterday at 06:31:04 pm »
So Jones (D-SC) and Collins and Murkowski are going to vote to confrm Kavanaugh.  :rogpipe:
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« Last post by MMIX on Yesterday at 06:10:41 pm »
Well, that was a shitshow, but it doesn't seem to be a world-ending one.  That we know of....

But watching the US President standing next to the Russian one and trashing his own intelligence services was a novel experience

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President Donald Trump was asked outright if he believed his own intelligence agencies or the Russian president when it came to the allegations of meddling in the elections - and if he would denounce Russia with "the world watching".

Mr Trump dodged the question.

ďPeople came to me, [national intelligence director] Dan Coates came to me and some others, they said they think itís Russia," Mr Trump said.

"President Putin says itís not Russia. I donít see any reason why it should be.Ē

Maybe I'm just not very smart, but that doesn't read like a "dodge" to me.  "I don't see any reason why it should be" is accepting the word of Putin over the DNI.

I am no longer surprised by anything he does.
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"President Trump says itís not Russian collusion. I donít see any reason why it shouldn't be.Ē
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Literate Chaotic / Re: Letting People Fend for Themselves
« Last post by Doktor Howl on Yesterday at 05:26:03 pm »
What is the problem with letting people fend for themselves?

Why do so many people develop that 'heroic' tendency to swoop in when there is a perceived injustice?


For me personally, when I see somebody drop money or a credit card, or if I see somebody dent a car and then speed off - I don't do shit.

In fact, I am liable to keep my eyes on the dropped money and try to swoop in and grab it if nobody is looking.


BUT

When I see people being personally and needlessly interfered with - a woman on the bus getting harrassed by a drunk, or a kid getting his ass whooped by bigger people, I can't stop myself from stepping in.


I am just now seeing this and bumping it back.

At what point are the first two examples different from the last?
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« Last post by Cain on Yesterday at 05:20:50 pm »
Well, that was a shitshow, but it doesn't seem to be a world-ending one.  That we know of....

But watching the US President standing next to the Russian one and trashing his own intelligence services was a novel experience

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President Donald Trump was asked outright if he believed his own intelligence agencies or the Russian president when it came to the allegations of meddling in the elections - and if he would denounce Russia with "the world watching".

Mr Trump dodged the question.

ďPeople came to me, [national intelligence director] Dan Coates came to me and some others, they said they think itís Russia," Mr Trump said.

"President Putin says itís not Russia. I donít see any reason why it should be.Ē

Maybe I'm just not very smart, but that doesn't read like a "dodge" to me.  "I don't see any reason why it should be" is accepting the word of Putin over the DNI.
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