Brexit – the story so far

by Swanpride

Honestly, this whole mess has been ridiculous way longer. I mean, so far the story kind of like this [sic]:

UK: Yeah, your stupid little project, we don’t want to be part of it.

EU: That’s okay, we will do our thing over here and you can do your thing over there.

UK: We have changed our mind, we want to join after all.

France: Not sure if that is a good idea.

UK: Pretty please?????

EU: Okay, we kind of convinced France.

UK: Great. Now do what we want or we leave.

EU: What do you want?

UK: We don’t want to be in the Euro.

EU: Done.

UK: But we want the right to do Euro clearing in London.

EU: Done.

UK: We want a rebate.

EU: Done.

UK: We don’t want to be part of Schengen.

EU: Done.

UK: We want to expand the EU to the eastern European countries.

EU: Done.

UK: And we want Turkey to join.

EU: Eh…not sure about that one…I guess we can talk about this, depending on how Turkey develops…

UK: And we want extra rules for immigration because of all of those Eastern Europeans coming to us.

EU: But you wanted this. And you don’t even use the options you already have to control immigration.

UK: Otherwise we leave!

EU: Okay, if you want to. There is nothing more we can give you! Plus, we are kind of busy over here with a refugee crisis. You know, you could help, too? You were the one messing around in the middle east for centuries after all.

UK: You cause too much immigration! And you want Turkey to join! We have voted to leave.

EU: Yes, we noticed. Well, you know the rules, no trade negotiations until you trigger article 50 and then we first need to talk about how we entangle the UK from the EU [sic]. Than we can talk about trade.

UK: We need some time to discuss this.

EU: We aren’t in any hurry.

UK: We have now triggered article 50.

EU: Great so now we can talk about the divorce.

UK: But we want to talk about trade.

EU: First we need to clear up a number of important issues. So what is your suggestion?

UK: —

EU: How about this?

UK: No, totally inacceptable. What we want is our cake and eat it too.

EU: That is impossible.

UK: Go whistle.

EU: Ticktock.

UK: We have talked among ourselves. We want a transitional period or we won’t get done in time.

EU: Well, we might if you don’t delay all the time…but okay, provided that we made some progress. So what is you suggestion.

UK: We want all the advantage of the single market and the customs union while following our own standards and no free movement.

EU: That is impossible.

UK: YOU ARE BLACKMAILING US!!!!!

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End these offshore games or our democracy will die

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www.theguardian.com

You are the product

“What this means is that even more than it is in the advertising business, Facebook is in the surveillance business. Facebook, in fact, is the biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind. It knows far, far more about you than the most intrusive government has ever known about its citizens. It’s amazing that people haven’t really understood this about the company. I’ve spent time thinking about Facebook, and the thing I keep coming back to is that its users don’t realise what it is the company does. What Facebook does is watch you, and then use what it knows about you and your behaviour to sell ads. I’m not sure there has ever been a more complete disconnect between what a company says it does—‘connect’, ‘build communities’—and the commercial reality. Note that the company’s knowledge about its users isn’t used merely to target ads but to shape the flow of news to them. Since there is so much content posted on the site, the algorithms used to filter and direct that content are the thing that determines what you see: people think their news feed is largely to do with their friends and interests, and it sort of is, with the crucial proviso that it is their friends and interests as mediated by the commercial interests of Facebook. Your eyes are directed towards the place where they are most valuable for Facebook.” John Lanchester does not know what will happen should this $450 billion penny ever drop.
www.lrb.co.uk

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www.daserste.de

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www.feinstein.senate.gov

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​“(Tobias) Boelter reported the backdoor vulnerability to Facebook in April 2016, but was told that Facebook was aware of the issue, that it was ‘expected behaviour’ and wasn’t being actively worked on.”
www.theguardian.com

Earlier, I posted two messages for my friends on Facebook. One with my Threema address, the other with the above quote and link to the article critical of Facebook’s conduct. Within hours, the latter had mysteriously disappeared from view. I don’t routinely use Facebook and now I know why: on this evidence, nobody gets to see much of what I post there, anyway…

Corporate censorship is the process by which editors in corporate media outlets intervene to disrupt the publishing of information that portrays their business or business partners in a negative light.”
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