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And so it begins. I've also heard this rumour from the chair of our local Conservative Association. 2-May makes the General Election the same day as the local town and district council elections. I think the Tory party organisations have been told to prepare and be ready.

They need an excuse to use to request a delay on Art50 from the EU.

And Theresa May has already said she would stand down from being the party leader before the next general election. So this is where she gets to walk away as well?

It does all tie in with the sudden rash of newspaper front pages from the Tory faithful press about how she'd win big if there was an election now. Along with ramping up the character assassination of Corbyn.

And all in the hope that they can get a big enough majority to feed the DUP to the wolves.

https://twitter.com/JamesMelville/status/1095028520336740352

What can I say? "Big, if true!".
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JS;DR. Javascript (required); Did not Render.

or perhaps

JS;DR. Javascript (Required); Didn't Read.

http://tantek.com/2015/069/t1/js-dr-javascript-required-dead
https://twitter.com/t/status/575434935554584576

Pages that are empty without JS: dead to history (archive-org), unreliable for search results (despite any search engine claims of JS support, check it yourself), and thus ignorable. No need to waste time reading or responding.

Also known as, if it’s not curl-able [or wget-able], it’s not on the web.

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free to use.

Do whatever you like with it.

Including, ignore it.
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when Google+ shuts down?" and "What will happen to my Blogger comments?"
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I am sure that the Republic of #Ireland could form a customs union with the UK, independent of its one with the EU-26. It would be great to see greater union between the two states in the British Isles, which have a lot in common with each other.

I'm absolutely speechless. It's really hard to even know where to start, it's so wrong. Quite apart from the Good Friday Agreement, what part of "Union" in "European Union" doesn't he understand? It's almost (but not quite) as offensive as when Humphreys on the R4 Today program last week challenged the Irish Europe minister that Ireland should leave the EU and “throw in their lot with this country.”.

https://twitter.com/aja_curtis/status/1090617689058566145
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Con, Mr Mark Prisk MP, Hertford and Stortford
Key Vote (Brady): For - Rebel: No
Other votes:
Labour amendment - Against
Spelman amendment - Against
Cooper amendment - Against
Grieve amendment - Against
Reeves amendment - Against
Brady amendment - For
SNP amendment - Against

So that's following the party line, voting to pursue the impossible deal amendment and failing to reject the impossible "Leaving with No Deal". In a process that does nothing but waste time.

Once upon a time he was a Remainer. His constituency and county were very finely balanced in the referendum. Polls suggest both are now solidly remain. He promoted and apparently agreed with the Chequers plan. He voted for and promoted the Withdrawal Agreement that was thrown out by parliament.

The one thing he seems to be good at is producing posts and essays that explain exactly why the proposal from Tory head office is the best thing ever and so he's following the party line.

Tribal politics, eh? How bad and insane does it have to get before loyal Tory MPs like this one, vote for sanity and rebel rather than just following the party whips?

https://twitter.com/PriskMark
https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/11172/mark_prisk/hertford_and_stortford

 Mark Prisk MP, Hertford and Stortford - TheyWorkForYou »
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Official Updates from Google about G+

There haven't been any more as of 8-Jan-2019.

It's 3 months today since the initial announcement from Google on 8-Oct-2018.

It's just under one month since the expediting announcement from Google on 10-Dec-2018 that chopped 4 months off the sunset date.

It's 2 months until the G+ API closes on 7-Mar-2019.

It's 3 months (ish) until Google Plus closes in April 2019. We still don't know the exact date.

We still don't know the actual mechanics of what happens on the date G+ closes. Will it go read only for a while? Will all G+ URLs return 404? Will Takeout remain available for a while?

As far as I can tell there's been no announcement about what's going to happen to G+ integration into Blogger. That's profiles, comments, widgets, share buttons and so on. There's nothing on the official Blogger blog and nothing in the Blogger product forums.

There's been no announcements about bugs, fixes or changes to Takeout. Although Google has been silently updating and breaking it.

There's been no announcement about how long Takeout will be available to download G+ content.

There's been no attempt to contact G+ users direct.

There's no indication within G+ that G+ is closing down. You would expect some kind of header warning message but there's nothing.

There's nothing in the G+ Help pages to indicate that G+ is closing down.
https://support.google.com/plus#topic=6320382

People are still arriving in the G+Help community saying "Is it true G+ is closing down"?

There's been no clarification and answers to all the many questions people have about the G+ Sunset and it's ramifications. Even trusted support people are having to say "we think that, maybe, we hope, etc". And this is about major issues such as whether publicly visible Profiles will survive or what happens to photos attached to G+ posts.

So that's 2 blog posts. 2 posts about the API. And that's the sum total of Google's official communications about closing a platform used by millions.

Is Google just ignoring us, hoping we'll go away?
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Meta
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/lists.php
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/ratings/27-resident-advisor-highest-rated/2018/1
https://www.metacritic.com/feature/best-albums-released-in-2018
https://www.metacritic.com/feature/critics-pick-top-10-best-albums-of-2018

Review sites
https://daily.bandcamp.com/2018/12/14/bandcamp-best-albums-of-2018-20-1/
https://bleep.com/Bleeps-Top-10-Albums-of-the-Year-2018
https://boltingbits.com/best-of-2018-top-100-releases/
https://dangerousminds.net/comments/graham_duffs_epic_best_albums_of_2018_mega_post
https://djmag.com/longreads/here%E2%80%99s-all-dj-mag-best-british-awards-2018-winners
https://djmag.com/longreads/dj-mag%E2%80%99s-top-50-albums-2018
https://www.factmag.com/2018/12/13/the-50-best-albums-of-2018/
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/dec/03/the-top-100-tracks-of-2018-playlist
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/dec/04/best-albums-of-2018
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/dec/28/10-best-world-music-albums-2018
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/dec/28/best-songs-from-2018-you-didnt-hear-ssion-rufus-du-sol
https://reviews.headphonecommute.com/2019/01/02/optic-echo-presents-best-vinyl-of-2018/
https://reviews.headphonecommute.com/2019/01/03/headphone-commutes-best-of-2018/
http://hcdi.gs/HCDaily
https://inverted-audio.com/feature/best-albums-of-2018/
https://inverted-audio.com/visual/best-music-videos-of-2018/
https://www.last.fm/features/post/54542101:feature:134201b6-23c6-4bad-9942-b18f222c9a57
https://mixmag.net/feature/the-50-best-tracks-2018
http://offtherecord.net/best-of-2018-singles/
https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/the-best-electronic-music-of-2018/
http://thequietus.com/articles/25755-albums-of-the-year-2018
http://thequietus.com/articles/25761-reissues-compilations-mixes-best-of-2018
http://thequietus.com/articles/25825-the-quietus-tracks-of-2018-audiobooks-black-midi-shit-and-shine-william-doyle-aphex-twin
https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/3384
https://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/2018-favorite-50-music-releases
https://thevinylfactory.com/tag/Best-of-2018/
https://www.xlr8r.com/best-of/xlr8rs-best-of-2018-releases

As usual, The Quietus win the prize for the gratuitously obscure, obscurely gratuitous and downright frightening noise. Gazelle Twin ‎– Pastoral is their #1 pick. I can recommend "Better In My Day". Scary, but brilliant.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZeQd4qCFPo

Of the main blogs, I'm particularly fond of Headphone Commute's approach broken down into 10 categories posted on successive days. Music For The Film Behind Closed Eyelids, Music For Bending Light And Stopping Time, Music For Crawling Through Abandoned Cities, and so on.

Some artists that need a special mention
Black Josh - Yung Sweg Lawd
Demuja - Loads of it. All good
DJ Ciderman - Disco for lonely heart
DJRum - Portrait with Firewood
Harrison BDP - More loads of it!
Galcher Lustwerk - 200% Galcher
Grant - 003, 004, 005, Theory of Movement
Jon Hopkins - Singularity
Kawuku Sound - Kawuku Sound
Kruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo
Ludwig A.F. Röhrscheid - Velocity, Exhale
Project Pablo - Come To Canada You Will Like It
Ross from Friends - Family Portrait
Skee Mask - Compro
Yadava - It rains here

Memorable gigs
Banoffee Pies, Hackney and Farr Festival
Galcher Lustwerk, Farr Festival
Baltra + Demuja, Jazz cafe
Bradley Zero b2b Hidden Spheres, Five Miles.
DJ Python, Cambridge

Honourable mentions for hard work
Baltra, Demuja, Banoffee Pies, Bradley Zero for living on the road
Lobster Records for distribution services to the LoFi community
Demuja, Grant, Harrison BDP for producing large quantities of quality music

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It's "State of the World 2019" time again on The Well, led by Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky with a side order of James Bridle, Tiffany Lee Brown and Jake Dunagan.

You read. Is good.

Bruce Sterling always brings an international perspective to a discussion that does have a tendency to get dragged back to the USA. He's got some trenchant things to say about Brexit and compares it with what's going on in other countries on the edge of the EU. Like Ukraine.

https://people.well.com/conf/inkwell.vue/topics/506/State-of-the-World-2019-page01.html
 The WELL: State of the World 2019 »
The WELL: State of the World 2019

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won't actually help.

The whole idea of an "Orderly, No-Deal Brexit" is dangerously delusional. It needs to be taken off the table once and for all.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/dec/30/food-prices-to-finance-what-a-no-deal-brexit-could-mean-for-britain

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AKIRA!

TETSUO!



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https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/dec/18/parliament-begins-to-eat-itself-with-no-brexit-resolution-on-horizon

There are only four diagnoses left. Theresa May is:-
- Delusional, psychotic and in urgent need of help
- Focused purely on her own short-term survival
- A sleeper agent for a hostile government committed to the destruction of the UK
- Totally incompetent

Meanwhile,

There are only four diagnoses left. Jeremy Corbyn is:-
- Delusional, psychotic and in urgent need of help
- Focused purely on getting power in the short-term
- A sleeper agent for a hostile government committed to the destruction of the UK
- Totally incompetent

Meanwhile,

Here's what the adults are saying.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/18/ivan-rogers-brexit-bombshell-digested-home-truths

And even Cabinet Ministers are calling for The Slaughter Of The Unicorns[1].
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/12/18/no-deal-cabinet-full-ministers-clashed-unicorns-car-crashes/

And so it has come to this.

[1]What a great name for a movie involving Fava Beans
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It doesn't get much simpler or clearer than this.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/14/westminster-2016-brexit-british-politics

What really scares me is just how many people (voting public, not MPs) think NoDeal is a valid option. They're being lied to and believing it. Again.

The idea that NoDeal is an option is dangerously and catastrophically delusional. It MUST be taken off the table.


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