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Aneristic Illusions / Re: UK General Election 8th June: Shake it all about?
« on: September 16, 2018, 02:08:05 pm »
https://www.theguardian.com/food/2018/sep/15/food-and-brexit-will-the-cupboard-be-bare-jay-rayner

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It is a story which, anecdotally, appears to be repeated across the food sector: halted investment, shifted production, uncertainty. It indicates a shrinking of the food economy is under way. It also means Britain’s food production is going to stall and even go into reverse at the exact moment it needs to go up. Only 49% of the food we consume in this country is now produced here. Another 30% comes directly from the EU. That’s 10,000 shipping containers a day. Another 11% of the food we consume arrives under EU deals with third countries outside the EU; 70% of the cropland required to grow our food is located abroad.

People with knowledge of discussions within government told me about leading figures in the food industry going to see Theresa May to plead their case. “She just stonewalled them,” one told me. Angus Davison of fruit company Haygrove summed up the views of many people across the food industry when he said of the prime minister, “She’s not interested in us and not listening to us. She’s an intelligent person, so I presume she doesn’t care and is prepared to sacrifice the industry.”

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That said, the language of the report is practically staid compared to that used by Lang when we talk shortly after its publication. “This is the biggest challenge Britain has faced since the early 1940s,” he says. “A hard Brexit would be an unprecedented event in modern food history.” He describes a face-to-face meeting with Gove. “I told him he was driving the country into a food security crisis. He looked incredulous.”

But surely the government wouldn’t let that happen? Lang told me he had it on good authority from a senior adviser to a senior minister that currently the best notion the government had for dealing with a hard Brexit was to abandon all checks and regulation of food coming into the UK, with huge ramifications for both quality and safety. “That’s not taking back control. It’s abandoning it.” And none of this even begins to get into the details of the free flow of food and agricultural goods across the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

But, you know, I'm an alarmist Remoaner for telling people to stockpile food in the event of a No Deal Brexit.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: September 14, 2018, 11:18:38 pm »
 :lulz:

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: September 14, 2018, 08:18:50 pm »
BOOM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/manafort-pleads-guilty-in-mueller-probe-will-cooperate-with-prosecutors/ar-BBNk9L7?ocid=spartanntp

Sticking point appears to have been protection for his family.  So at least he gives a shit about his daughters, if not his wife.

I can't imagine why Manafort's family would need protection though...

There's that polonium flu that's going around.

A nice novichuk sandwich.

So when does it all come tumbling down? Feels like I’ve been waiting for decades.

Watergate took 2.5 years.


I am feeling patient, because I am seeing results.

Also, remember, I started talking about this here and on FB a lot sooner than most.  So for us it has been even longer.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: September 14, 2018, 07:25:22 pm »
I went to the hospital today.  They gave me the kind of treatment I'd have to pay £200 for in a Soho nightclub, then gave me a pack of pills and a certificate to say I'm not dying.

Which is nice.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: September 14, 2018, 07:23:56 pm »
BOOM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/manafort-pleads-guilty-in-mueller-probe-will-cooperate-with-prosecutors/ar-BBNk9L7?ocid=spartanntp

Sticking point appears to have been protection for his family.  So at least he gives a shit about his daughters, if not his wife.

I can't imagine why Manafort's family would need protection though...

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I'm never gonna live that one down.

We still need felchies

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: September 13, 2018, 07:35:10 pm »
Well, the temperature is gone, but some other symptoms remain.  Besides, I had the flu for 2 weeks before and all I did was die in bed while watching Archer. Doctors can't do much for that, but for what I'm being annoyed with, there is possibly something.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: September 13, 2018, 07:29:25 pm »
I can sympathise.  Since I came down with this fever on Saturday I have been lucky to get 4 hours of sleep in a row.  I'm off to hospital tomorrow if this goes on much longer.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: The EU's trying to break the internet again
« on: September 13, 2018, 06:44:38 pm »
I don't know how they intend to try and convince the wider porn community to adopt these measures.  Fortunately, neither do they.

It would especially be hard to get a company like Pornhub, or any number of camera streaming services, which rely on ad revenue and data analytics for income, to threaten their own revenue stream in this manner

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: September 13, 2018, 05:32:27 pm »
I've been trying to look for open cameras via this site that are in the path of the hurricane, but I have not seen any yet


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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: September 13, 2018, 03:48:43 pm »
Fuck cancer twice.

And this hurricane sounds like it could be worse news than normal.  Between the President downplaying the severity of it, while hyping up the abilities of FEMA (whose funds he cut), this could be really bad.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: The EU's trying to break the internet again
« on: September 13, 2018, 03:46:14 pm »
UK shouldn't really get a vote should they?  They are quitting the union.

Until they quit, however, they are still a full member, and I believe the vote is scheduled for January.
the UK wants even more stringent approaches to the internet

IIRC the UK already has heavyhanded automatic internet censorship, right?

It's trying.  For some reason, the company I use don't seem to abide by a lot of those restrictions, possibly due to Swiss ownership.  They did try and hand over our entire commerical internet infrastructure to Huawei, a company that has strong ties to China's military.  Then they discussed putting a backdoor in every computer and website in the country.  Then they decided they wanted people to have to enter ID info to access porn sites.  And most recently, they want to ban all Facebook groups with over 500 members, or make them public.

At the moment, the most heavyhanded it can get with censorship is issuing a D-Notice to news outlets, which will mostly abide by them.  Fortunately, this isn't done very often,and it's old legislation dating back to the early 20th century.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: The EU's trying to break the internet again
« on: September 13, 2018, 02:25:35 am »
There is that too, but I think it's likely to be approved - Germany is in favour of tighter regulations, as is France, the UK wants even more stringent approaches to the internet...Estonia might vote against it, but they won't rally much support, especially with Germany-France on the opposing side.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: The EU's trying to break the internet again
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:49:21 am »
The law was passsed.

What no-one has mentioned is how this is to be enforced.  Youtube's own hilariously inept copyright protection system cost them hundreds of millions to produce, and still insists, for example, that Sony owns the patent to a private musician's rendition of Bach.

Google also successfully fought link-taxing in Germany, by threatening to entirely remove news websites from their listings.  There is no new mechanism to stop them from doing this again.

Also, there is a large amount of discretion given to individual member states, so if this was an attempt to put pressure on Google and Facebook, it's going to fail as their lobbyists play small countries againt big ones, and those with strong telecom sectors against weaker ones.

All in all, this legislation won't be able to be properly implemented.  It's just a matter of sitting back and waiting for it to implode.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Russa did 9/11 and a giant clitoris
« on: September 12, 2018, 04:10:14 pm »
 :horrormirth:

I was linked to this yesterday.  It's just...argh!

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