Genuinely astonished there are still people advocating that Brexit will be absolutely fine.

“We’ll just produce our own food! I grew a tomato once!”

“Who needs medicine? Nobody will be sick after Brexit”

“Of course the EU will continue to trade with us despite no free trade agreement being in place, that’s how it’s always been, isn’t it?”

If 99 experts are saying it’ll be bad, and 1 expert says it’ll be great, that’s not a solid indication it’ll go well at all.

We ended up doing a double lazy earlier, and got delivery from an Indian place down the street instead of walking down there to get it.

My main dish container looked bigger than I expected, and no wonder. Opened it up to find half a dozen lamb chops!

I think they got the order mixed up a bit, and sent “Bengal Chop” (also on the menu) instead of the “"Bengali Lamb”. Not going to complain, though, because it was delicious and there’s certainly plenty of it 😅

About to attack some more now. With everything else, I only ate one of the chops earlier. As usual, I was planning for some leftovers, but that is definitely at least one lunch covered.

Most Americans support the Endangered Species Act — but that might not matter


A strong majority of Americans has fairly consistently supported the Endangered Species Act for years. These charts tell that part of this story:

Yet politicians, primarily if not overwhelmingly, republican politicians, have been trying to weaken it or eliminate it. This excerpt tells that part of this story:

“The empirical basis for claims that the ESA is increasingly controversial among the general public is unclear,” the researchers write in the study. “This claim appears to emerge from interest groups and influential members of the U.S. Congress who manifest strong opposition to the Act.”

The study’s authors also point to a 2014 study on U.S. politics, which found that “economic elites” and business-based interest groups wield more influence on policy than “average citizens and mass-based interest groups.” And that may help explain why, as the researchers quote from another recent study, “legislators in the U.S. Congress routinely defect from their campaign promises in environmental protection, undermining the link between citizen preferences and policy choice.”

That may be discouraging, but it’s worth noting that voters can still punish an elected official who defies them — assuming enough of them vote. And despite the petulance in Washington lately, the public support for protecting endangered species offers hope that, like endangered species themselves, bipartisanship isn’t extinct just yet.

Most Americans support the Endangered Species Act — but that might not matter

Greece Wildfires – How to help


On Monday, July 23rd, the deadliest wildfire in Greece to date and one of the deadliest of all time, started in the outskirts of Athens, in East Attica, Greece.

Death toll is now reportedly up to 85.

More than 180 people are injured, some still in critical condition. The number of people who are still missing is uncertain.

More than 1.000 houses are inhabitable. Village Mati is almost entirely burned down. Many of the people who managed to survive the horror, lost family members, their homes and their belongings. Animals are still suffering in the aftermath. The environmental damage is huge.

If you wish to donate for the benefit of those affected by the fires, you can do so, in any of the following bank accounts:





Please raise awareness in fire protection, please help stop such catastrophes from happening anywhere in the world.

Universal, having learned nothing from its “dancing baby” ass-kicking, is once again attacking Prince fans


In 2008, Universal Music fraudulently claimed that a short Youtube clip
of a toddler dancing to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” was a copyright
infringement, leading to eight years of litigation
and, eventually, a landmark ruling secured by the Electronic Frontier
Foundation in which the court found that Universal had a duty to
consider fair use before using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to
censor other peoples’ media.

Universal is a slow learner.

When Prince died, thousands of his fans gathered in his hometown of
Minneapolis to sing “Purple Rain”; Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter
Aaron Lavinsky recorded a video of that moving tribute and uploaded it
to Twitter, where it has racked up more than 500,000 views.

Years later – and after having lost the landmark “Dancing Baby” case so
very comprehensively – Stupid Universal has sent a Digital Millennium
Copyright Act complaint to Twitter, getting Lavinsky’s video censored.

After negative publicity, Universal apparently decided that it didn’t
want to waste another eight years finding out how totally wrong it was,
and withdrew the complaint.