Be careful what you wish for

Rafael Behr makes an obvious point:

And it isn’t obvious that the Brexit ultras would want to be in control of the process now. Then they would have to negotiate, to own the compromises and explain the disappointments. They would no longer have the luxury of crying betrayal from the sidelines, which is all they really know how to do.

It’s long been apparent (to me) that, with the referendum, the Brexiters achieved what they campaigned for but not what they wanted.

Blaming the EU for all of your country’s ills is both easy and comforting. But once you’re out, you will have to start taking some responsibility.

This, of course, is the fundamental problem into which all populists eventually crash. Finding a scapegoat is easy, but when the scapegoat is gone and the problems still persist, who or what will you blame next?

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The first harvest of the summer

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Best. Excuse. Ever.

After being being served with an official notice asking why he had only attended his office 16 days over eight months, Indian engineer, Rameschandra Fefar claimed:

I am Lord Vishnu’s 10th incarnation as Kalki.

I am doing penance at home by entering into the fifth dimension to change the global conscience.

“This work I cannot do in the office. Thus I don’t remain physically present in the office.

How would you prove that he isn’t?

(via One Foot Tsunami)

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We planted a cherry tree a couple of years ago and, this year, the fruits are starting to come up nicely.

It won’t be long now before the birds come along to eat them all.

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No-one messes with Eurovision

From Scandinavia and the World:

I love the comment from Russia: “I can influence American presidential elections but I have no power over Eurovision”

And rightly so.

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Percussive maintenance FTW

NASA fix for Curiosity rovers’s damaged drill: hitting it, repeatedly

NASA’s top engineers think they’ve figured out a way to get the Curiosity rover’s drill back to work holing the rock faces of Mars.

The new technique is called Feed Extended Drilling (FED) and uses the rover’s robotic arm to direct the drill bit. Tests conducted in February 2018 proved the technique didn’t work very well so the NASA boffins added a percussive element to hopefully drive the spinning drill bit into rock slabs on Saturday.

Percussive maintenance: If it’s good enough for NASA, it’s good enough for me.

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I miss the 1980s

Before the world lost it’s collective mind.

From The Devil’s Panties

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Smurfing Beer

The other night the boys were talking about drinks and one of them expressed the view that beer is bad for you.

“Not if it’s Smurfing Beer,” said I.

“What?” They chorused.

Thank Google for YouTube.

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