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The Anti-Prime Minister: Jonathan Lis explains why Boris Johnson’s lack of interest in leading the UK in any meaningful way is the role he always wanted – and how the public and media are playing along.

Watch this video which was made in 1943, when fascism had a grip on Europe.

> Despite all its levels and dimensions, this game has just one rule and allows for just one winner. It dictates that the United Kingdom, and its people, currently exist for one purpose and one purpose alone – and that is to serve the ego of Boris Johnson. This is the mutant algorithm. The rest is noise.

> Government accused of new ‘U-turn’ on local COVID contact tracing

> None of Serco or Sitel's contact tracing staff will be deployed locally, government admits – as councils face new lockdowns and funding shortages.

> Had Farage lived through the time of his precious war, he would have been so incapable of keeping calm that he would have had to be interned for spreading panic.

> Canadian ice shelf area bigger than Manhattan collapses due to rising temperatures

> Last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic lost more than 40% of its areas in two days at the end of July

> In a dark season of pestilence, COVID has reduced to tatters the illusion of American exceptionalism. At the height of the crisis, with more than 2,000 dying each day, Americans found themselves members of a failed state, ruled by a dysfunctional and incompetent government largely responsible for death rates that added a tragic coda to America’s claim to supremacy in the world.

> US to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany in move that will cost billions and take years

I assume Russia will be invading Eastern Europe next.

Scientists find out why leaves on the track causes travel chaos.

Leaf tannins dissolve metal in train tracks, which reduces friction between steel surfaces.

Iter: World's largest nuclear fusion project begins assembly.

But the UK probably won't be part of it, because of .

> the lore wants it that a powerful tech executive alighted at Old Street station, commented that it smelled like piss and hightailed back to their West London office, never to come back.

Professor Maureen Healy is the chair of the History Dept at Lewis and Clark College. She teaches Modern European History, specializing in the history of Germany & Eastern Europe (and the rise of fascism). She was shot in the head by fed agents on Monday night in Portland. Read what she has to say in this thread.

A system on its knees? Inside the UK criminal justice system with the Secret Barrister...

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