How can it be a year since this happened?

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Compare Sci-Fi and reality

I love how close the Starhopper looks to 1950’s sci-fi dreams of the future. Pretty close really! I guess the 1950’s guys imagined their rocket landing a bit like a space-plane, and hence the larger wings. They probably couldn’t imagine micro-processors smart and fast enough to automatically correct multiple rocket engines to land this beast vertically!

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A philosophical and beautifully crafted review of Blade Runner 2049

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Brexit: why everyone is afraid

Brexit comment: if the UK want to leave the EU but remain in the Single Market, the UK would *still* be subject to the European Court of Justice. (The ECJ rules create standard laws for members of the single market so countries can’t get ahead by exploiting workers or having unsafe working standards.) But having left, the UK would no longer have a vote in those rules! In other words, they would be bound by laws they have no say in. Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein are all OUT of the EU but IN the Single Market. They pay significant FEES to belong to the EU to belong to the market, abide by the LAWS of the ECJ, and still have to allow FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT AND EMPLOYMENT within the Single Market countries. (And that includes Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein which are not even in the EU.)

In other words, the UK wouldn’t control their borders and would still be subject to freedom of movement of all EU member states and some even outside the EU. (Norway, etc.)

Remainers would argue against leaving the EU when the economic and political benefits of belonging are so great, and then at least the UK could vote on the ECJ rules the UK would be bound by. Leavers would argue against staying in the Single Market and being ruled by the ECJ which prevents border control, which was the whole point of the Leave campaign in the first place! No wonder the country is so divided — Leavers fear for their Sovereignty (with border control) and Remainers fear for their Prosperity (wanting access to the Single Market). Fear, fear, everywhere — and it all comes to a head in March 2019.

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Is European Federalism a proxy for German imperialism?

This 3 minute Vox piece explains some of the economic challenges of trying to run one single currency across multiple speed economies. But then it also raises another point about what would happen if the Eurozone really integrated their various economies into one Federal nation.  After watching the following 3 minute video, I’m now convinced the world should stop fearing Federalism as some kind of sinister German and French imperialism. Rather, we should see it as one of the most generous and compassionate acts of national self-sacrifice in the history of nations!

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World now more middle class than poor

Interesting! Sept 2018 marks the point where (finally!) more of the world is wealthy than poor. I remember being told to refer to poor underdeveloped nations as the ‘2/3rd’s world’ because it was the majority. That has shifted somewhat. There’s still a long way to go, and this study defines ‘middle class’ globally VERY different to how you and I would in Australia (being $11 per day). But sadly 650 million still live in extreme poverty, struggling to find food each day. Yet this is reducing at the rate of 5 people per second! Also, the environmental impact per person is gradually reducing as technologies change.
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Stephen Fry on Brexit

For once I agree with Stephen Fry. Word.

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