July 20th, 2018


Interesting Links for 20-07-2018

In 5 states, richest Americans live in a new Gilded Age
(tags: inequality usa )
The idea of brainwashing is pseudoscientific and dehumanises people
(tags: psychology religion brain )
Parents set to lose right to veto sex education at age 15
(tags: sex Education children uk GoodNews )
The Irish ‘backstop’ offers a key to unlocking the Brexit impasse (albeit a really painful one that isn't sustainable)
(tags: europe uk trade )
An MP was wheeled through the voting lobbies, high on morphine and carrying a sick bucket, the moment Brexit lost the dignity it never had
(tags: uk Europe voting politics )
Project Loon signs its first deal for Internet-delivering balloons—in Kenya
(tags: internet balloon kenya )
Magic Leap's First Augmented Reality Demo Is Anything but Impressive
(tags: augmentedreality )
Two weeks before his inauguration, Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that Putin had personally ordered cyberattacks to sway the election.
(tags: Russia usa security fraud voting elections )
8 Ways The Tories Have Torn Up Parliament's Conventions
(tags: uk parliament conservatives OhForFucksSake )
Depression-induced inflammation during pregnancy may impact newborns
(tags: babies depression inflammation )
ADHD drugs do not improve cognition in healthy college students
(tags: adhd medication )
Australia-led global push to tackle PCOS -- the principal cause of infertility in women
(tags: pcos testosterone women fertility )
"No Deal Brexit would be awful. So awful that it won't be allowed to happen. Therefore: Don't worry about it." *headdesk*
(tags: uk europe doom )
Good penguin, bad penguin: a thread
(tags: penguins )

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We are sliding towards No Deal.

I can't tell if Theresa May is engaging in bravado to try and hold on to her job, if she's actually lost the plot, or if this is a cunning plan to make it clear how incredibly stupid Brexit is.

She's made it clear that the Backstop the EU has proposed isn't acceptable the Britain, and put forward...well, nothing*. And without a backstop which upholds the Good Friday agreement the EU won't give us any deal at all.

And she's now saying that the white paper agreed at Chequers isn't an opening negotiation, it's the only thing that the UK will agree to. Totally ruling out further compromise.

Which, as it completely violates the four freedoms, the EU absolutely will not agree to. Barnier just tore it apart, while pointing out that the EU27 is united on this.

So, No Deal for all!

The government has announced that it is preparing dozens of notifications to let people know how to deal with the awfulness to come. Which will include dairy shortages, along with lots of large companies leaving the UK because their supply lines require friction-free trade**.

The question is, will the warnings be enough for The People to demand that our course changes? Or will it take us actually dropping out and the lorries grinding to a halt at Dover before we decide that maybe the EEA isn't so bad?

*There's some very handwavey stuff in the White Paper which basically boils down to "Blockchain will do it!". But certainly nothing which can actually be done in real life in the next few years.
**Honda at Swindon receives 2m components per day thanks to free movement of goods. After a no deal Brexit, to store the minimum 9 days' worth of components on site, they would need to erect the 3rd-largest building on Earth: 300,000 sq m = 42 football pitches. From

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