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Erik of Hazelfield

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  1. Erik of Hazelfield

    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Ok, that post didn't come across as I intended it. "Trust me, I'm an engineer!" Yes, and that's pretty dumb in itself, isn't it? The EU is by no means blameless in this mess. Forcing May to trigger Article 50 before even starting the negotiations was, in hindsight, a mistake. It made it more difficult for everyone.
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Everything about Brexit is a horrible mess - the media, the lies, the referendum, the snap election, the nonexistent plan, the negotiations, the deadlocked parliament, the opposition and Boris Johnson's haircut. I wonder, however, if the legislative work around Article 50 isn't the very worst of it all. It gave the government a carte blanche to interpret Brexit, which it did horribly. It had no failsafe mechanism to make sure the UK didn't leave without a deal. It did not require any additional referendum on the final deal. It was triggered far too early, without anyone having an idea what the withdrawal agreement, let alone the future relationship with the EU, should look like. Was it really that inconceivable that the government would, within 2 years, fail to negotiate a deal that would get parliamentary approval? Was it really a smart move to let the default result be a no-deal Brexit? I'm an engineer, and we often analyse potential risks using failure mode and effects analysis. This is basically a fancy way of asking the question "what could possibly go wrong?". I feel that, before plunging ahead with what is possibly the most important change of the UK's status in the world since the last world war, it would have been prudent to ask that question.
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    The problem BoJo has though, with passing off a version of May's deal as his own, is that the part he doesn't like is the backstop - and that's precisely the part that the EU will never agree to change. Some other stuff could theoretically get cosmetic changes to help it pass, but not the backstop. If the backstop is removed then the EU will open a free flow of goods into the customs union, which would render the whole system useless. It'd be like having a boat that's watertight everywhere except for one hole. It's enough to sink the whole boat. Having spent so much time publicly deriding the backstop, I think it would be hard for Johnson to pass any kind of deal that still has it.
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    Exercise & Fitness: Summer Bodies (TBD)

    Like many others I've let myself slip completely during vacations and regained about 3 of the 7 kg I lost this spring, but today I restart my journey to a fit body. I want to lose a total of 5 kg while maintaining my muscle mass, and I should be able to do it in about 10 weeks if I stick to 500 kcal deficit per day, hit the gym a lot and eat enough proteins. This time I'm doing one thing different: I'm weighing myself every day rather than once a week. The idea is that I will get reminded and encouraged more often and won't be as likely to cheat during the early part of the week.
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    I'm totally the sort of person who reads a message, thinks I should respond to it but I'm busy right now, and then forgets completely about it for days. Everyone hates me for doing that.
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Is there any kind of (remotely plausible) GE result that could bring Brexit to a close?
  7. Erik of Hazelfield

    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    So as I understand it, Boris wants to get rid of the backstop but he has no idea what to replace it with, and he demands that the EU opens the deal for renegotiation or else the UK will crash out without a deal? In other words he's making demands while holding a gun against his own foot. While this position is itself worthy of ridicule, you have to wonder what his actual plan is. He's probably not dumb enough to believe that the EU will make any concessions on the issue of the backstop... So what does he plan? Another extension? Crash out and blame the EU?
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    I still can't believe the price your politicians are prepared to pay for delivering something that no other country is even remotely interested in.
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    US Politics: RIP EHK FYVM GOP

    Damn I miss EHK. The lack of epic rants against Trump has truly been a loss to the world. On the debates and polling, I can't help but think most of the changes may be due to recognition. People knew who Biden was, so when asked picked him. Now that the other candidates have presented themselves, more people choose one of them.
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    Why are big name actors doing TV?

    I think technology has played some part, in that TV sets are pretty damn good these days, with super HD and ambient lighting and magic remotes and whatnot. 20 years ago the quality was shit and the screen was small, so it made much more sense to go to the cinema. Watching TV has become much more enjoyable lately so it's popularity has risen. The streaming services also help. Now you can binge watch an entire season in a day without being interrupted for commercials and you can pause and start and replay like you want. This makes it possible for script writers to create more advanced plotlines, allowing for higher quality scripts.
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    Women's World Cup 2019

    I was surprised by the win because Sweden hadn't played very well so far in the tournament. The loss against USA was fair, the first half against Canada in the eighth was abysmal and the eventual 1-0 win was far from convincing. But against Germany we did our best match and I think it the right team won even though it was close in the end. On the downside we lost our best player Fridolina Rolfö to a second yellow card so she'll miss the semi final. That's a huge disadvantage. I think at this point the Dutch are favourites over Sweden and maybe the US over England, but no bad teams are left in the tournament so anything can happen.
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    International Thread 3

    I wouldn't say he's never been popular there. Erdogan was born in Istanbul, and was the mayor of the city before becoming prime minister and later president. His party has held Istanbul since 1994 and he's always talked about the importance of Istanbul - until now. So this is a big deal even if rural Turkey is still more Erdogan-leaning.
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    UK Politics: The End of May

    What worries me is the following: 1) Boris has said that the UK should leave in October, deal or no deal. 2) He has very slim chances of renegotiating the deal with the EU, who insist May's deal, no deal and cancelled Brexit are the only options. 3) Result: the UK crashes out without a deal on October 31st (Please tell me I'm wrong and why!)
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    UK Politics: The End of May

    All the while it's true that legalizing certain drugs would help stopping certain crime, it's also true that buying and using said drugs today is sustaining those same criminals. I refuse to touch cocaine for precisely that reason, and I don't think you get a free pass just because you're for legalization.
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    UK Politics: The End of May

    I wonder to what extent people can be made to follow their leaders. I mean, many issues divides more cleanly in the right/left spectrum than you'd expect. Support for Israel vs Palestine is one of those questions. On its face it has jack all to do with capitalism vs socialism, but out of tradition and history, the right tends to support Israel while the left is more sympathetic to the Palestinians. Same goes for abortion rights, immigration, feminism, nuclear and so on. They shouldn't rightfully belong on an economical left/right scale but they are there anyway. To some extent political parties can gain an advantage from being on the winning side of such issues. For example, I think part of the reason the right has been so successful lately has been its resistance towards immigration in a time where this is a popular stance. Brexit, I think, could be more clearly divided on the left/right axis than it is. Labour have so far been afraid to lose Brexit voters if they came out and supported Remain (or at least a new people's vote). And perhaps rightly so, because it seems like the Brexit issue crosses party lines. But wouldn't it be possible, by heavy campaigning, to change people's minds on this? To make leftist voters more pro-remain - and Remain voters more leftist? It's obvious that the Tories are getting more and more bogged down in the unwinnable mess that is Brexit, and I think this could be an excellent issue to be on the right side of. With Cameron's and May's Brexit mess and clowns like Boris posed to take over, trying to out-clown UKIP by demanding a hard Brexit, the Tories should rightfully be eradicated from parliament for a generation. The fact that Labour is still trailing them speaks some of Corbyn's lack of success.