Galaxy Fold: The internet reacts to Samsung's flexible phone

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 11:04 pm
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The handset-maker wows with its phone-tablet hybrid, but many struggle to get over its price.

Galaxy Fold: Samsung unveils 'luxury' smartphone

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 10:12 pm
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Samsung unveils its smartphone with a folding screen, but the price will likely put most people off.

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 05:18 pm
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Paging Anonymous Commentor K! You have email (two actually) from me. If you
don't see them, check your spam filter - Gmail hates me/my domain.

Watching: If Beale Street Could Talk

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 09:34 pm
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In something of a turn-up for the Year of Biopics, tonight we went to see Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk, based on the novel of the same name by James Baldwin. Set in New York in the early 1970s, If Beale Street Could Talk is the story of nineteen-year-old Tish, her romance with her childhood friend Fonny and her efforts to clear his name when he is falsely accused of rape by a cop he previously antagonised.

In a week when my social media continues to be full of discussion about racism in the knitting community it felt important to be watching a film about African-American life and the everyday discrimination suffered by black people in the US. It's also a really good film; surprisingly funny in parts, hard-hitting but not grim. Kiki Layne's Tish is a compelling lead, and I loved both Regina King as Tish's mother and Teyonah Parris as her protective elder sister Ernestine. It made me sorry to have missed Jenkins's first film, Moonlight, due to having been off work ill the day we were supposed to see it, and will look out for his future work. (I have also now managed to get it firmly into my head that Barry Jenkins is a talented young African-American filmmaker and not a middle-aged Welshman, only slightly after I worked out that the Steve McQueen from The Great Escape and the Steve McQueen who directed Twelve Years A Slave are different people.)

Next week it's back on track with the Year of Biopics and On the Basis of Sex, with Emma Grundy from The Archers as Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

[domesticity] More Moving

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 05:06 pm
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Called both FedEx and UPS.

FedEx gave me a time window the driver was likely to deliver the rugs tomorrow, and is passing along my request to try to deliver between 1pm and 3pm (which is a subset of the likely time, anyway). The do not need a signature and volunteered to just leave the package, but I explained I needed them to bring the 50lb package all the way up to my apartment, for which I needed to be there to buzz them in. (Not strictly true, but I want to be there so they don't get abandoned in the mail room, leaving me to schlep them.)

UPS's agent was unable to add special delivery instructions to the order until the package was more or less here, and told me to call back tomorrow morning. I politely explained that was not possible, and was incredulous that that was how things were. She apologized that it was so. So I'll try to post a sign tonight.

In other news, I called Comcast to set up my move, and they were completely reasonable. I can change my plans with them at any time, I am eligible to self-move (so it's free), and the internet will be on in both places on the move day, so I can carry the router from one apartment to the other and everything should be fine. Fingers crossed.

Fic: Hardest to Believe (Stamets/Culber)

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 10:55 pm
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I wrote a post-2x05 space boos fic and thought I’d link it here:

Hardest to Believe (2912 words) by Isagel
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Trek: Discovery
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hugh Culber/Paul Stamets
Characters: Hugh Culber, Paul Stamets
Additional Tags: Post-Episode: s02e05 Saints of Imperfection, Space Husbands, space boos, Love, Established Relationship, Reunion Sex, Recovery, Touching, Touch-Starved

After his return, Hugh has a hard time trusting his senses. Paul helps him rediscover what is real.

[51/365] Narrators

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 09:22 pm
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I get an Audible book credit every month. Last month I got a book called Starlight Detectives, which is about nineteenth and early twentieth century development of photography and better telescopes and other technology. It hugely increased astronomical knowledge, like figuring out what stars are made of and that galaxies are moving away from each other. Because professional astronomers weren't interested in more than naked-eye stuff for a long time (like their job was just to catalog stars so they could be used for maritime navigation), it was left to amateurs to develop and work on this stuff. So you hear about a lot of "inventors and eccentrics," as the subtitle puts it, or white men as I think of them. Mostly they kinda blurred together for me, but it was still an interesting book.

With one flaw: I am very picky about audiobook narrators, and this one seemed okay in the sample you can get before you buy it, but that hid his habit of putting on terrible accents when reading quotes. This is a non-fiction book; it's not like voices had to be distinguished from each other! And since the narrator was American (he was very good at Boston accents!) and a lot of the people were British so came out sounding vaguely Australian. It was not good.

and this month I picked a book about NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto (and beyond!). I am hoping for less white men in a modern astronomical story.

I'm not too far into this one yet, but I have detected a flaw with this narrator as well! He's one of the writers, he's definitely American, but he's trying hard not to say "Pluto" like an American. He is saying "plu-toe," really hitting that t because I think he doesn't want to say it the normal American way with that alveolar tap I love so much. Now don't get me wrong, I don't mind how anybody says "Pluto," I just don't like the emphasis he seems to be putting on it in order to say it a way that seems unnatural to him. I think it's unnatural because not only does it sound weird but he doesn't always do it. Whenever he says /ˈpluːroʊ/ I want to applaud and cheer a little to encourage him to do it more.

But since it's a book about Pluto I expect to hear /pluːˈtoʊ/ about fifteen million more times.

First look at Samsung S10 and Fold phones

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 07:28 pm
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The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones goes hands-on with the new phones in Samsung's Galaxy range.

Facebook 'failed to protect’ health data in private groups

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 06:35 pm
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A complaint says Facebook should have told users of their data being downloaded from private groups.

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 09:42 pm
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(I'm not up to date so please no spoilers in comments!)

all clear for the cataract surgery

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 03:10 pm
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The surgical center called this morning with scheduling information: they want me there at 1 p.m., and it's okay to have a "light meal" beforehand. I'm also supposed to take my regular morning medications at the usual time.

Also, my doctor's office doctor sent me the lab report on the pre-surgical blood testing, with the comment "looks good."

Samsung reveals Galaxy Fold and S10 5G

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 08:13 pm
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The "luxury" foldable-screened phone can run up to three apps at once when opened up into tablet mode.

Reading, Listening, Watching

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 07:22 pm
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Reading: What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew recommended a long time ago on [community profile] primeval_denial as a source for Victorian details. It's an odd assortment of "stuff about Britain for Americans", random rather list-y facts, and some stuff I find genuinely interesting. I think I've warmed to it as its gone on, but I can't help a niggling doubt that its not really written by an expert and so some of its facts may be suspect.

Listening: I've quite enjoyed the first two of David Tennant's podcasts (with Whoopi Goldberg and Jodie Whittaker respectively). Twitter tells me that Jodie is wrong to refer to Doctor Who fans as Whovians. I admit it's not my favourite word but I had somehow thought it had nevertheless entered the lexicon. Apparently not. Or at least not if you are a Doctor Who fan on Twitter.

Watching: Comfort watched two episodes of Brooklyn 99 with G. who was stressed following teenage shenanigans. Given I'm not much of a fan of the sitcom as a genre, they were remarkable watchable.

On TIG: A letter to Vince Cable

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 06:23 pm
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Posted by Zoe O'Connell

Following his comments earlier today, I’ve just fired off the letter below to Vince Cable. I think it speaks for itself.

Dear Vince,

I would like to express my concern regarding comments made by you today regarding possible alliances with The Independent Group, especially comments made this afternoon on the BBC that the group “shares many of our values”.

The very first line of their values talks about the first duty of government being “to do whatever it takes to safeguard Britain’s national security”, a clear dog-whistle anti-civil-liberties and anti-immigration statement.

Its members now includes people such as Joan Ryan, (Founding director of “Labour No to AV” and one of ministers responsible for ID cards) Chuka Umunna, (Staunch opponent of free movement) Mike Gapes (Pro-Iraq war, even post-Chilcot) and Gavin Shuker who has, at best, questionable views on LGBT equality.

These are publicly expressed views of those MPs, not merely a few votes where they have been whipped to follow the party line despite personal reservations.

There are indeed some members of TIG who appear to share our values. That includes Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston, who might not just make great allies but might well be at home within our party. And I would certainly encourage working with other MPs on an issue-by-issue basis, for example, to revoke Article 50 and stop Brexit.

However, neither a suggestion they “share our values” as a group nor any national alliance with TIG as a whole at the ballot box will further the cause of liberalism in this country.

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Could Huawei threaten the Five Eyes alliance?

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 06:06 pm
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Different views about the threat posed by the Chinese firm pose risks to the intelligence alliance.

[personal profile] brujah surveys the barren wasteland

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 12:19 pm
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To husband, who's away on a business trip:

We burned our bras today. Not because we needed to, but because they are stabby and we hate them. We've taken up the carpets and made armour out of the lot. Topsy constructed a sword out of your CD collection and had Thuban the Divine bless the blade. Topsy defends us, valiantly, from plunderers seeking to steal our shower turnips. Her warcry is, "FLOWERS ARE STUPID, BUGS SIT UPON THEM AND POO!" She's grown horns.

QWP from locked post. Context regrettably had to make its own coffee this morning.

Song of the day: April, "Oh-E-Oh"

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 10:32 am
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First a quick note:  The song's title is pronounced "Oh-AY-Oh," no "Oh-EE-Oh" (as in The Wizard of Oz).

This is one where you definitely want to watch the video and not just listen to the song - the antics as the girls try to fix up one of their number with her crush are amusing.

If you like this and want to hear more of April, you should check out their earlier songs "April Story" and "Oh! My Mistake."

Interestingly, there is a Korean version of "Oh-E-Oh," but it was only included as a bonus with the Japanese version, never released as a single in its own right.

20th February 2019 – Briefings

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 03:40 pm
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Posted by Tahir Maher

Radical changes are afoot in UK politics
– Cable

Responding to news that three Conservative MPs have left the party to sit with the Independent Group, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:

“There is clearly some very radical changes now afoot as both the Conservatives and Labour have being taken over by militant groups, driving out more moderate MPs.

“We will hold out the hand of friendship to the independent MPs with whom we already have a good working relationship.

“In the short term we will be concentrating on securing a People’s Vote, with an option to stay in the EU.”


Davey: Sajid Javid has big questions to answer on Shamima Begum decision

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey has secured an Urgent Question in the House of Commons this afternoon on the Home Secretary’s decision to deprive Shamima Begum’s British citizenship.

Responding to the Speaker’s decision to grant his application for an Urgent Question, Ed Davey said:

“The decision to strip someone of their citizenship is a very serious one, and the Home Secretary has big questions to answer.

“It’s hard to see how a 19-year-old mother and her new-born baby boy constitute a serious threat to national security. Simply making her somebody else’s problem is an appalling abdication of the UK’s responsibility.

“Ms Begum should be prosecuted in the UK for her crimes and interrogated so that we can learn exactly how ISIL recruits young British people like her.”


Extension of no-fly zone will not prevent future drone chaos

Responding to the Government’s announcement that the no-fly zone for drones around airports is to be extended following the disruption at Gatwick, Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Jenny Randerson said:

“Extending the no-fly zone to prevent further drone incidents is futile on its own. The drone chaos in the run up to Christmas was caused by someone deliberately flying a drone in the current no-fly zone, showing that what is needed is a complete wholescale reform to regulate the Wild West drone market.

“The Liberal Democrats are clear that there must be compulsory registration for all those owning a drone. It is good that the Conservative Government are finally taking some long overdue action, but a piecemeal approach is not the answer.

“Extending the no-fly zone for drones will not prevent future chaos. We have been raising the dangers that drones pose for years; it is now time the Government did not rely on the airports preparing themselves but enacted significant change with sufficient resources behind it.”




* Tahir Maher is the Wednesday editor and a member of the LDV editorial team

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Posted by Paul Walter

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The Independent Group now has twelve MPs in it, the eight original resignees from the Labour party, Joan Ryan who left Labour last night and three Tory MPs who resigned from their party today. The Guardian reports:

Three Conservative MPs – Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen – have quit the party to join the Independent Group founded by former Labour MPs.

In a devastating critique of Theresa May’s handling of the Brexit negotiations, the three MPs said the Tories had lurched to the right, adopting Ukip policies and pursuing a hard Brexit.

Their move reduces May’s already tenuous working majority to eight, raising still more questions over her authority amid rumours that there could be further Tory defections to come.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

UK 4G 'slower than most of EU when busy'

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 01:05 pm
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In a table of 77 countries, the UK ranked 35th for download speeds, a report finds.

Interesting Links for 20-02-2019

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 12:33 pm
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Posted by Davywavy

The entire parliamentary Liberal Democrat party has defected to the one-day-old Independent Group as it’s already more successful and better known than them.

It's that time again.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 06:14 am
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Yay, bleeding!


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What I wrote here 2.5 years ago

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 11:55 am
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"Here's a scenario: let's assume Britain votes to remain within the EU, but only by the narrowest of margins. Following the lead of their members, several Brexit Tories cross the floor to UKIP, throwing the government into chaos. A group of moderate Labour MPs frustrated at their inability to oust Jeremy Corbyn as leader, form an alliance with David Cameron, George Osborne and their rump Tories to try and prop up a minority administration. The Orange Book Lib Dems (all three of them?), after much soul-searching and fearing their continued irrelevance also decide to reluctantly join the alliance. At the next general election, the alliance merges into The Centrist Party and competes with UKIP, Labour, SNP, Greens and rump Lib Dems. Imagine that." [LINK]

So my prediction fell flat from the very beginning (oops!) but The Centrist Party may well become a reality - FINALLY! A long way to go yet but a handful have paved the way. They must be commended.

30th March 2019

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Posted by Tahir Maher

I was in a meeting the other day, and someone (I forget who it was) asked an interesting question “What is the party’s message on 30th March” – a day after we leave the EU (if it happens). The answer seems to be we don’t have a message.

Potentially, what message can we have? I suppose that will depend on the situation we face on 29th March 2019. Below, I speculate regarding the focus of the message for the different scenarios we may encounter.

Scenario 1 – We call and get an extension before we leave the EU

We get a short extension where we don’t need to elect MEPs, or we get an extension, but we have to elect MEPs. If an election happens then it is likely a Brexit party will win significantly as will a remain party. The Tories may well suffer a significant blow to their MEP base.

What would Lib Dem message be around:

The inability of this government to agree on a deal. Following the result of the European elections will be a good indicator of what the public now think about Brexit. This in effect is an indicator for a people vote. Could the government ignore the results if it faced a crushing defeat? We would have a strong message not to leave.

Scenario 2 – The UK get what they want re backstop, and we leave the EU with a ‘deal’  on 29th March 2019.

What would Lib Dem message be around:

The message would be around the poor or botched agreement around the backstop. Currently, all eventualities seem to have been discussed and rejected (including Farage trying to persuade Ireland to leave the EU). The message would also be on the impact of all the companies leaving the UK to set up operations in Europe. The message would also be around the very messy and the implications resulting from the considerable sway of poor legislation passed.

Scenario 3 – We leave the EU without a deal.

What would Lib Dem message be around:

The difficult and genuinely depressing stories following the introduction of WTO tariff will give us much to comment on.

The chaos, which will be significant and very unfortunate, will give the party opportunities in different areas to provide a constructive and strong message.

Scenario 4 – The government gives us a people vote.

What would Lib Dem message be around:

Move away from the scare stories of leaving the EU – but make positive comments on the dangers (there is a very fine and difficult distinction between scare stories and putting a positive but a caution spin on a situation). Learn from the mess of the last two years and build a case around the interdependence of us being Europeans wanting to be in Europe.

Scenario 5 – Political parties implode under poor leadership

The Labour MPs who split to form an independent group gets larger and continue to be critical of Corbyn ’s inability to call for a people vote. The new Brexit party led by Farage attracts some Tory MPs. Similarly, some Tory MPs may leave and form their own Independent Group. Parliament fragments over Brexit.

What would Lib Dem message be around:

Admittedly, we need to highlight the incompetence of Tory negotiations with the EU. Poor management of the parliamentary process and the government’s inability to listen to the growing concerns of business and voters. The argument about 17 million voting to leave falls apart.

Just as a side comment. We get a number of briefing messages from the Party on the day’s events. I wonder how effective they are and would we do better to have less briefing notes?


* Tahir Maher is the Wednesday editor and a member of the LDV editorial team

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Sunday, February 24th, 2019 05:07 am

Why Brexit is bad for our environment

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 09:46 am
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The BBC report on warnings by nature charities that Wales risks losing 80% of the laws that protect its environment after Brexit with no plans in place yet to replace them. They say that Wildlife, habitats, air and water quality could all be affected:

With less than 40 days to go until the UK is set to leave the EU, WWF Cymru's director Anne Meikle warned "the rug will be pulled out from our existing environmental protections".

In her letter to the government she writes that "without these principles and governance structures in place, decisions will be significantly less robust and potentially indefensible".

She said legislation would risk being inoperable and people would lose the right and mechanism to challenge government where they failed to apply environmental laws effectively.

Currently Wales abides by hundreds of regulations and standards which apply across the EU to protect nature and guard against pollution.

The UK and Scottish governments have already announced consultations on plans to replace these laws after Brexit.

But in Wales, where control over environmental policies is devolved to the Welsh Government, ministers are yet to make an announcement.

This is not just about transferring EU rules into Welsh law. Currently members of the public can complain to the EU Commission free of charge, who can decide to investigate on their behalf. The BBC say that the most recent example is a complaint by river groups over the Welsh Government's handling of agricultural pollution in rivers. How people get redress for breaches of the law and who investigates needs to be considered by the Welsh Government as well:

Over the years, rulings from Brussels have also forced action over emissions of toxic gases at Aberthaw coal-fired power station in the Vale of Glamorgan and the creation of a marine protection zone off west Wales to help the threatened harbour porpoise.

In England, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced proposals for a new independent body - known as the Office for Environmental Protection.

But in a letter to the assembly's environment committee this week, Ms Griffiths said she felt the model set out by the UK government was not a "workable approach for Wales" and promised a consultation later in February.

The Welsh Government really need to step up to the plate on this. It is just seven weeks until we leave the EU and they haven't even consulted on options. We cannot afford to allow our environment to be a victim of Brexit.
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Posted by Joe Cresswell

The results of a groundbreaking study commissioned by the home secretary Sajid Javid have confirmed that, while teenagers' raging hormones inhibit their capacity to make reasoned decisions on most subjects until the age of 18, that doesn't apply to decisions about joining death cults.
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Posted by Arabin Patson

In an effort to distance itself from the Windrush scandal, the Home Office has just announced a dramatic shift in how citizenship is granted, moving away from established legal precedent and closer to the gut feeling of frightened old people with poor literacy skills.
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Posted by Neil Tollfree

The Independent Group will go into the recording studio and begin cutting tracks this week with the intention of having their first album ready for summer.

'Brexit gap' over wildlife protection is looming

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 12:10 am
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Eighty per cent of Wales' environmental laws are tied to the EU and must be replaced, charities warn.

Instagram: Will quitting make me happy?

Sunday, February 17th, 2019 01:11 am
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Nicole and Tali are Instagram besties. But the pressure to post is taking its toll.

The app that can turn you into a fashion model

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 07:03 am
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The app Superpersonal can capture a user's face and movements to create a realistic moving image.

Cyber-thieves set sights on hijacking payment data

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 07:00 am
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Cyber-crime gangs are injecting their own code on to websites to steal payment data, an annual study suggests.

Honda Job Losses

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 07:30 am
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Posted by Tahir Maher

It is not easy to contemplate the loss of jobs and hardship to families from that or enormous outflow of capital because of an ideological stance by one party about leaving the EU. I was listening to the radio today and Terry Christian was saying that if bosses have to sack people after Brexit then they should start with Leavers

The manufacturer of Honda cars at Swindon is equivalent to 10% of all cars manufactured/assembled in the UK. In 2018 the UK made 1.5 million cars (down from 2016 when they produced 1.7 million). Similarly, investment in the car industry in 2013 was at £5.83 billion, and in 2018 it was £590 million.  Unfortunately, it is also estimated that another 3000 to 4000 jobs will also be lost through the supply chain.  Nissan is not going to make its electric model in Sunderland, 4,500 jobs are at risk with Land Rover, Ford has put hundreds of jobs at risk as has BMW.

The University of Sussex has estimated that a no deal Brexit will lead to an estimated 750,000 jobs and the areas that will be hit the hardest is London with 150,000 positions lost.

What is happening in other industrial areas. EY (Chartered Accountants) has been monitoring 222 companies, and 75 of them have stated there are looking to move their operations from the UK to Europe. The EY report stated that at least £800 billion ($1 Trillion) worth of assets is relocating out of the UK to Europe. Nomura (once it was said of them, that they are so big they can buy BT from petty cash) and Daiwa are looking to move to Germany. Lloyds of London confirmed that in May they had received regulatory approval to establish an insurance company in Brussels. Panasonic is moving its HQ to the Netherlands. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that trade with Europe are looking to set up European outposts.

Depressingly, to name a few more companies looking to establish their operations in Europe: EasyJet,  Diageo (owners of Smirnoff, Guinness and Baileys), Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Microsoft and Barclay’s (the bank is expanding operations in Ireland). In food retail, they are more concerned with logistics and exchange rates.

There is a widespread concern with access to Labour that will impact for example NHS, hospitability and construction industries. However, companies like Rio Tinto and BP will not be affected as their activities take place outside of the UK.

Is Terry Christian right?

The answer must be no. We have a divided country at the moment, and the last thing we want is more fuel to the fire. Whatever happens, we must come together – we have the Tories who seem to be looking at this through rose tinted glasses and the Labour party that is unable to persuade its MPs let alone the nation. The real fear going forward is not only job losses but the poor national political leadership from the Tories and Labour.

* Tahir Maher is the Wednesday editor and a member of the LDV editorial team

Shitposting in the living room

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 09:18 pm
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[extensive conversation apropos of which]
Me: I am, unfortunately, seeing a ghost cat (actual cat) wearing a Village People leatherman cop hat.
Some Random Housemate (okay there are only two to choose from): But wouldn't it be the sailor, [apropos of previous]?
Housemate 2: They have that song, In The Navy.
Me, singing: In the Navy, you can sail the seven bees, in the Navy...
[personal profile] silveradept, unhooking the headphones from their ears: I'm sorry, what?
Me, with the aggrieved aggression of a challenged shitposter: Well, how many bees do you think there are?!
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It is still the final frontier, but space travel has come a little closer to the public at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

[domesticity] Slow Moving: Clearing Desk

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 10:44 pm
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Today, a kind of wave of emotional exhaustion hit me. I'm not physically tired – I slept really well last night, though I've not yet burned down my sleep debt – but I just feel demoralized by the overwhelming scope of Things To Do To Move.

Probably the most demoralizing thing to do is clearing off my desk.

It has finally dawned on me, like in the last 15 minutes, that my desk is where Important Things I Don't Know What To Do With go to die.

Uncluttering my desk in a more durable fashion will entail figuring out some other way to handle things I don't know where to put. Perhaps part of that will be getting better at figuring out where they should be put in the first place.

In some cases that is challenging due to form-factor. I have two plastic accordian files here, which I can't figure out what they can fit in, to store them, e.g. In other cases it is challenging because I do, nominally at least, have a place something belongs, but there's something wrong with it. For instance, it seems my volume of business cards has recently exceeded the volume of my business-card box; inversely, I used to have a box I kept on my desk into which I put mailing supplies like stamps and envelopes, but when I reorganized my apartment in 2016, it stopped fitting on my desk and got moved somewhere else, so mailing supplies have gotten backed up on my desk. (The answer turned out to be, "Yes. Yes, as a matter of fact, I had not so long ago bought a book of forever stamps.") A few things on my desk are things with newly developed homes that hadn't yet moved in, e.g. I have ephemera which belongs in the new ephemera box I bought a few months ago.

But then there's other stuff. For instance, I found the large manila envelope which was shipped to me, containing what are basically SASEs for disposing of unwanted medications. I expect that momentarily that will be super useful, but if that envelope was sitting there since 2016, or was circulating my place for years before that, I wouldn't be surprised. I don't remember when it was I got it; I do remember receiving it, and promptly putting a few to good use, but then I had some left over and thought they were likely useful in the future. I have no idea where to store such a thing.

Hilariously, I now have a new category of difficult to handle paperwork: things that I know perfectly well how and where to file, but belong in files that.... are now in storage, thanks to the book mover. I'm starting a "File Me When We Get There" folder.

[domesticity, law] Response from lawyer

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 10:15 pm
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The lawyer interestingly did not say that it's not a trick. Rather the lawyer said that legally handing over keys does not constitute surrendering the apartment, but (perhaps recognizing the possibility for he-said/she-said shenanigans) suggested that I write up a document to give with the keys stating that handing over the keys does not constitute my surrendering the apartment, which I think is a brilliant solution, if I tack on the bit where I demand that either the landlord or the agent sign the thing and keep it myself, while giving them a copy.

Assuming I want to provide them keys. Lawyer didn't answer my question about what happens if I don't provide the keys, and whether the landlord can break in.

The internet seems to be saying it would take a court order to–

Aaaaaand I literally just got a txt message from the agent asking if I would be there to let her in tomorrow at 6:30pm. Which I was planning on being, anyways, so fine. It's not 24hrs notice, but I'll take it. She didn't try to strong arm me into providing keys, so a point in her favor.
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but in this case it's pretty much unavoidable due to the subject matter, so I'll just tell you: the book is called Confessions of a Teenage Leper. Eva brought it home from the library, and I read it as I cooked dinner.

It may be the case that most or all people with Hansen's Disease hate the term "leper" and prefer not to be called that. I'm more than happy to oblige! And while the protagonist can get away with it due to also having the disease, the readers of this book need to be told the preferred usage.

But that doesn't make me thrilled to suddenly see a paean to Person First Language in the middle of this book, one which was then reiterated in the afterword. Instead of "put the person first!" nonsense I would have told our main character, when she complained that it doesn't matter which word you use, that the terms "leper" and, to a lesser extent, "leprosy" have been tied down with so much stigma and figurative baggage that it's basically impossible to use them in a literal, non-pejorative sense and that, also, whether she understood it or not it wasn't a very good idea to go around saying rude and offensive things when you know other people can't stand it.

Drone no-fly zone to be widened after Gatwick chaos

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 02:03 am
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It will be illegal to fly a drone within three miles of an airport, following drone disruption at Gatwick.

19 February 2019 – today’s press releases

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Posted by Mark Valladares

  • Wales Woefully Unprepared for No-Deal Brexit
  • Corbyn turns his back on manufacturing sector
  • Honda decision symbolic of Brexit Britain
  • Lib Dems: Begum should face justice for her crimes in the UK

Wales Woefully Unprepared for No-Deal Brexit

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have criticised no-deal preparations in Wales as “woeful” following a report from the Wales Audit Office, which critcised the lack of preparations made in case Britain leaves the European Union without a deal or transition period.

The Wales Audit Office report stated, ‘Wales needs to do more to prepare for possible no-deal Brexit.’ despite the Welsh Government having begun “intensifying” their no-deal preparations as far back as December 2018.

Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:

Today’s report from the Welsh Auditor General highlights the lack of real preparations that have been undertaken in case we crash out of the EU with no deal. Whatever the UK and Welsh Governments say they’re doing to prepare for a no deal Brexit, it’s clearly not enough.

It is irresponsible of the UK Government to keep claiming that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ when that is clearly not the case. If we leave the EU with no deal it will be catastrophic for the Welsh economy, and for the UK. No-deal is simply too dangerous to be a valid option.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are clear. The best deal is the one we already have with the EU. We will continue to fight to ensure no-deal is taken off the table and to give the people the final say, with the option to choose an Exit from Brexit and put an end to this mess.

Corbyn turns his back on manufacturing sector

Responding to the speech by Jeremy Corbyn to the MAKE UK conference Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said:

In the last 48 hours, 7 of his MPs have left the party and 3500 more people look set to lose their jobs, at least in part down to Corbyn’s handling of Brexit.

If now is not the time for Corbyn to back his own party conference policy to back a People’s Vote on Brexit – then we should give up hope that he ever will.

Brexit is causing unbearable damage to our manufacturing sector and the communities that Jeremy Corbyn says he represents; it is time for him to stand with us and millions of others in calling for a People’s Vote with an option to stay in the EU.

Honda decision symbolic of Brexit Britain

Today in the House of Commons Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, Alistair Carmichael, questioned Greg Clark on the failure of his Industrial Strategy in relation to Honda’s decision to close its Swindon car plant.

In the chamber Mr Carmichael asked the Secretary of State:

This is not a one-off incident, it comes off the back of similar decisions from Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover.

This is the precisely the sort of thing the Secretary of State’s Industrial strategy was designed to address. Why is it he thinks that at the moment it isn’t working?

Following the exchange, Mr Carmichael said:

Honda’s decision to leave the UK is just the latest in a long line of businesses which are abandoning the UK because of Brexit. The Prime Minister sought personal assurances that Honda would keep producing cars in the UK, making this incredibly humiliating for the Prime Minister.

Honda’s decision casts doubt on the long term future of the automobile industry in the UK, blowing a massive hole in the middle of the Government’s flagship Industrial Strategy.

Lib Dems: Begum should face justice for her crimes in the UK

Responding to the reports from Shamima Begum’s family lawyer that she will lose her UK citizenship, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:

Membership of a terrorist group is a serious crime, as is encouraging or supporting terrorism. But Shamima Begum should face justice for those crimes in the UK.

It is not only hard to see Ms Begum and her baby as constituting a serious threat to national security, but it also seems a huge wasted opportunity. We can learn lessons as to why a young girl went to Syria in the first place; lessons which could improve Britain’s security by helping us prevent this happening again.

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