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kaboom Thomas Cook - stranded Brits

I suppose I could have posted in Brexit.
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Old 09-23-2019, 07:21 PM
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It looks like the Greek government are taking this more seriously than the British, um, "government".
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Old 09-23-2019, 07:26 PM
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I suppose I could have posted in Brexit.
Waaait... [conspiracy mode on] They let Thomas Cook go bust to annoy other European countries (including Germany, lots of German tourists affected) precisely to nudge them closer to not offering a Brexit extension. Lots of EU governments are already fed up with it and publicly saying there shouldn't be another extension.

Or it could just be Westminster incompetence (plenty of that from all sides) and refusal to spend money (which is right-wing philosophy).
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Old 09-23-2019, 07:45 PM
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Not just stranded Brits, TC had taken over lots of foreign agencies. Stranded Finnish tourists, the end of our beloved Tjäreborg and the death of Lapland tourism are the main news story here. :panic:
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:48 PM
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I don't know, one might find this is an ideal opportunity for Britons to escape the UK just in time for a chaotic Brexit, and stay in politically stable countries like *checks notes* Greece and Tunisia.

Misc: Thomas Cook is almost synonymous with the traveler's cheque in Canada.
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Old 09-24-2019, 06:35 AM
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Violent political lawn sign warns of shooting Liberals in Ottawa-area riding | Globalnews.ca

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Old 09-26-2019, 08:08 AM
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Utrechtse politie pakt vogel op | RTV Utrecht

Utrecht police arrest a lovebird and put it in a cell with bread and water.





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Aangehouden dwergpapegaai weer vrij: "Hij beroept zich op zijn zwijgrecht" | RTV Utrecht

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Old 09-30-2019, 04:29 PM
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Spanish PM ridiculed for mixing up his hams | Spain | The Guardian

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Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, has confused jamón ibérico, the prized Spanish ham, with run-of-the-mill jamón serrano in a gaffe on a par with a French politician referring to a fine burgundy as plonk.

Speaking at the centuries-old livestock fair in Zafra in Extremadura, western Spain, Sánchez left his audience open-mouthed when he told them “you can be sure that when the Chinese president visited Spain he would have been served a plate of jamón serrano from Extremadura”.

Extremadura is the cradle of jamón ibérico, a delicacy capable of throwing Spaniards of all political persuasions into a gastronomic swoon. The local farmers’ association said it had dispatched some to Madrid to educate Sánchez, lest he once again cast his swine before pearls.
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Why do you have to dig up distant historical events, Kam? How could that possibly be relevant to anything happening today?

In the same vein, I was (can't remember why) reading up on the famine of 1845 onwards (specifically the Irish famine although many European countries were affected, which played a part in the 1848 revolutions). (Did you know that the population of Ireland has not yet returned to its level in 1841? Starvation and disease killed up to 1 million; huge numbers emigrated over the next 50 years.)

How many potatoes does it take to kill an Irishman?


Anyway, in Great Famine (Ireland) - Wikipedia I read:
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the impact of the blight was exacerbated by government laissez-faire capitalism economic policy, common in the world at that time
and promotion of exports over domestic consumption was a major factor.

It's such a relief that these kinds of things do not apply in our modern enlightened world.
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I'd like to put in a rush order for some bread and circuses.
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Russia's Vladimir Putin Is Helping Venezuela Evade Oil Sanctions and Preparing for a Conflict With the United States

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A million people are jailed at China's gulags. I managed to escape. Here's what really goes on inside - World News - Haaretz.com

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Feels weird reading that on a site originating in the country that turned Gaza into a gulag. So I did some reading about Haaretz. Still feels weird, less weird, but weird.
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Pablo Escobar bought a bunch of animals for his mansion - the hippos have been doing too well. :hippo:

How to handle Colombia’s narco-hippos - Pablo Escobar’s love for animals



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Among Pablo Escobar’s few endearing qualities was his love of animals. In the 1980s the drug lord brought perhaps a half-dozen hippos to join the rhinos, giraffes, zebras and camels at his zoo at Hacienda Nápoles, his mansion east of Medellín. After he was killed in 1993, anti-narcotics agents moved the camels and zebras to other zoos (the giraffes predeceased him). They did not tangle with the big, aggressive rhinos and hippos, which went free.

The rhinos, which are less hardy, quickly died out. The hippos, though, are thriving, in part because big cats and hyenas, their predators in Africa, are absent from Colombia. At least 50 adult hippos wallow happily in the Magdalena river, 18km (11 miles) from Hacienda Nápoles. “We might be dealing with 200 hippos in 20 years”
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Other species are not faring so well. The hippos are competing for food and destroying their habitats. That is a threat to the local manatees, an endangered species in Colombia. Hippo dung sucks oxygen from riverside marshes, dooming some fish.
Africa doesn't want them back, due to concerns over inbreeding and possible diseases. So they are looking at contraceptives. The manatees were not available for comment.

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But there was also that thing where, supposedly, his daughter wanted a unicorn, so he had a horn and wings sewn onto a horse, which, of course, died because of it.

Even Pablo Escobar wasn't without his flaws.
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Democrats suffer a setback in New Jersey as Republicans win battleground legislative districts

Democrats lost state seats here in New Jersey yesterday. This seems weird since they flipped some strong Republican counties right across the river in the Philly burbs. I think it's because the Dems couldn't swing legalization. No voter enthusiasm after that. We wanted legalization and they didn't deliver despite having a strong majority and strong public support for it. I think the feeling was something like, if they want to vote like republicans, fuck it, wither on the vine and we'll let the real republicans have your slot. Maybe the next crop of Democrats will get a clue. I mean, the Dems for Camden voted against. Camden. Jesus Christ.
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