> Brexit will have soon cost the UK more than all its payments to the EU over the past 47 years put together

businessinsider.com/brexit-wil

> This is really dangerous stuff that they're playing with and they have no justification for it in fact.

Via twitter.com/crookedmedia/statu

> As promised, a thread of my favorite climate pieces from 2019, in no particular order. As an intuitive, emotional literary geek, I’m always looking for writing that takes me somewhere, that breaks me down and builds me back up. These 7 pieces did that and more.

twitter.com/MaryHeglar/status/

> Dan Hanson, U.K. economist for Bloomberg Economics, puts the total cost of Brexit by the end of 2020 at 200 billion pounds as uncertainty continues to take a toll on companies and consumers.

bloomberg.com/news/articles/20

> In Finland, the number of homeless people has fallen sharply. The reason: The country applies the “Housing First” concept. Those affected by homelessness receive a small apartment and counselling – without any preconditions. 4 out of 5 people affected thus make their way back into a stable life. And: All this is cheaper than accepting homelessness.

scoop.me/housing-first-finland

> The US war in Iraq and Afghanistan cost American taxpayers $2.4 trillion and UK taxpayers in excess of £30 billion alone. Quite apart from UK and US casualties they killed hundreds of thousands of people, created untold misery for millions more and destabilised an entire region.

twitter.com/Otto_English/statu

Put that on the side of a bus!

> ‘The UK doesn’t need to involve itself more than necessary’, says Dr Lina Khatib on rising US-Iran tensions

channel4.com/news/the-uk-doesn

... unless we desperately need a trade deal with the US because we've shot ourselves in the foot by leaving the EU.

> A man who was in charge of the BBC's political output during the referendum campaign, who then went to work for PM & is now berating the BBC for not being 'impartial' nor sufficiently joyous about Brexit spews forth lies. What to do?

twitter.com/JMPSimor/status/12

Current headlines:

* Iran ends nuclear deal commitments

* Paradise lost: residents flee Eden as Australia fires race towards them

* Russia announces plan to ‘use the advantages’ of climate change

> It seems that Cummings is trying to reinvent the technocracy. But many of his ideas of how to do it seem to come from the era between 2004 and 2014 – a time of “move fast and break things” rather than the careful, strategic avoidance of unintended consequences that the world has moved on to since.

theguardian.com/commentisfree/

> What would really help would be for him to make clear that he and his new colleagues at No 10 will listen to - and empower - civil servants willing to push back against ministers who, for narrow ideological reasons or simple vanity, insist on pressing ahead with doomed projects or policies.

theguardian.com/commentisfree/

Decided to splash out on getting a bunch of 35mm slides scanned in a shop in Camden. Quite excited to see the results!

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