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LQD: Totes awky momo

by Frank Schnittger Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 03:53:20 PM EST

When focusing on the political and economic aspects of Brexit, it is easy to forget the human drama it represents for many people. Here is an extract from an Irish UK immigrant's story:

What's it like observing an entire country having a nervous breakdown? Those of us living in the now utterly divided UK know the answer. It's like being a lodger in a house with a couple who have decided to get divorced but can't afford to separate. It's lying awake at night listening to bickering in the next room. It's sitting opposite both parties at the breakfast table, smiling sympathetically at the eye-rolls each are throwing behind the other's back. And it's all the while silently knowing that any expression of one's own discomfort will be dismissed with the words "Well, if you hate it here so much, why don't you just leave?". Totes awks.

Now imagine that one of the reasons for the divorce is that the couple could not agree on whether to take in lodgers in the future. Naturally, in that situation your mere presence becomes an acute reminder of their failure to agree. It becomes impossible for them to see you beyond the uncomfortable feelings you bring. All you are is a lower lip, quivering as you warble, "Is this is about that time I got you out of bed at 2am to let me in? Because if it is that won't happen again. I can change, I swear."

This is what being a migrant in Brexit Britain is like. Surrounded by wounded divorcée landlords, hoping you don't say the wrong thing to the wrong person. You find yourself appraising everyone you meet to discern which camp they fall into and thus the ground on which you can safely tread.

The Brexiteer is the party in the dispute who admits that the income from lodgers is required to cover the mortgage on the house but who wants to be able to apply more quality control to the kind of lodgers they allow in. They also have a strong suspicion that one of the lodgers has been helping themselves to their jar of Marmite and won't be taken for a fool.

The Remainers are the ones drilling you at length about the profile of the UK in the outside world. To fully understand their position one must remember that the British are the people who invented manners and etiquette, and so in their eyes to treat a guest badly is unforgivable. One cannot underestimate how utterly wretched they feel at the poor impression this whole debacle must be giving those looking on. I've had a very positive experience of the country, but I still have to reach to find enough good things to say that will quell their fear that they are now regarded internationally as complete dumbasses.


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For the uninitiated, Totes awky momo is the hip way of saying "that was a totally awkward moment"...

Yes, I know you knew that, but there are some dumbasses out there...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 03:55:44 PM EST
Or non-native speakers.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 07:02:00 PM EST
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Who refuse to use an evil company like Google. (Actually, DuckDuckgo will also lead you to Urban Dictionnary as well, but ET comes ahead of it....)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Oct 13th, 2017 at 06:17:43 AM EST
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< wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 04:46:49 PM EST
The Irish Times appears to have taken the story down...the link is broken and the story nowhere to be found.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 06:54:56 PM EST
It is bound to resurface elsewhere,

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 07:02:28 PM EST
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oddly, I wanted to read all of it but it's 404 not found. I couldn't even find it via the Irish Times website

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 06:56:12 PM EST
Yep - they've taken it down. No idea why.


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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 08:26:04 PM EST
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 When focusing on the political and economic aspects of Brexit, it is easy to forget the human drama it represents for many people.

No, it's really not.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 08:40:32 PM EST
You haven't been to leave.eu recently, have you?
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 08:50:37 PM EST
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No.  It's not on my list of must visit sites!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 09:54:23 PM EST
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Somehow I doubt the human toll Brexit is placing on immigrants in the UK is to the forefront of the minds of either the UK or EU negotiators.  Pawns in a game of chicken, perhaps. Bargaining chips at best. And who knows how they will be treated in a "no-deal" scenario?  The "economically useful" will no doubt be tolerated, provided they don't cause any hassle for their employers. And like illegal/undocumented immigrants everywhere, their bargaining powers on wages and conditions will be severely impacted, which is why employers like them so much...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 10:25:59 PM EST
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Sadly it's worse than that.

We're heading towards literal fascism.

Some idiots now feel justified in venting their rage at European immigrants as if they're less-than-human undesirables.

Of course we've already seen state violence against the poor and needy, and anti-EU racism is part of the same package.

The EU - quite reasonably - is worried that if this continues anyone who is a little bit different is going to be rounded up - and then who knows what's going to happen.

In fact it's been happening for a while under the radar. The Home Office has been "accidentally" sending out "Get out now" notices to people who have every right to stay.

Worse, the prison at Belmarsh has been a Home Office detention centre for illegals - as defined, rather randomly, by the Home Office - for a long time, and conditions are reported to be nightmarish.

The roots of this are in 9/11, and the Islamophobia it created. By a crafty conflation the real knuckle-draggers believe Islam and Europe are synonymous, and free movement from Europe is a plot to force Sharia Law on innocent white virgin women.

It has all the makings of a perfect storm of fascist insanity - and there are reasons to believe there are elements in the establishment who want this outcome, and are working hard to engineer it.

Most of the population wants nothing to do with it, but every day people who used to believe that friends, neighbours and family members were sane, normal people are discovering they are actually delusional kooks with only the most remote understanding of politics and economics.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Oct 13th, 2017 at 06:11:57 PM EST
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Yes, it is a minority, but it's probably around everywhere. I just get the feeling ther's a little less of it within 50 miles of london. I'm actually surprised how little of it I've seen but I know I live in a little bubble of england where there are few people of non-British origin.

So I risk sounding as ridiculous as Mike Ditka suggesting that cos he's never seen any oppression, there isn't any.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Oct 14th, 2017 at 06:34:02 PM EST
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Undisciplined mass immigration from cultures light years in mores different from our own has repercussions, who knew?
Years of telling us to believe in some national delusion of racial superiority has helped as much as 9-11.
EU economy picks right up after last year's rapid influx, did you notice?
This was never going to work without huge investment in 'integration', which to be fair to Merkel she is making an attempt to undertake.
It doesn't help the French faubourgs with their nightly rituals of car-burnings, or the Asian ghettos in rusted N. English towns, nor the Chinese takeover of Prato, suburb of Firenze where tbey don't even register their births and chase off tax inspectors in mobs as they take over the textile market with 24hr sweatshops. It doesn't help voters in Austria either.
Europe is tired, lazy and spoiled, unregenerate, not to mention obese and mentally ill from unearned -mostly unconscious- privilege.
Reality is not jiving with the Newspeak. We've gone right past cognitive dissonance through the looking glass. Do not pass Go. Do not collect your UBI.
The question is to our Kaleckian social engineers in the wheelhouse is 'Is the inevitable rise of the hard right subsequent to hacky handling of the immigration 'problem' a bug or a feature?'
Bug because too many restless natives bothers the markets, or feature because riots help justify more surveillance and swat teams?
As we chat lightning fast algorithms are calculating micromovements of currency fluctuations and putting and telling, zeros careening around like slot machine payoffs to shell companies within shell companies embedded like Russian dolls, each with their fall guys in case of need to provide plausible deniability to the stooge above them (in the risibly rare chance they have to worry about that anyway). Friends don't tell on friends.
Pitting poor immigrants against poor natives makes for spectacular TV, ratings rise, ads cost more, and there's less time for the precious news cycle to report something positive and interesting like Corbyn's* latest rabble-rouser provoking the smuggest of scorn on the opposite bench.
Or some new solar power breakthrough, whatever.

*Corbyn sitting on a train floor is okay.

They know the public has a fuse and if they keep piling on they know it will blow eventually as what's left of the bubble-enervated, crash-exhausted economy staggers to an ignominious halt, the last pennies siphoned up to the 1%.
But like Neapolitans planting vineyards ever higher up on Vesuvius' slopes, the elite cannot resist the lure of risk and the allure of profit. Not knowing the limits of public patience, their pathology permits no circumspection or prudence, just as any Vegas gambling tables addict.
So they ratchet it up slowly -they hope imperceptibly - always pointing at the big boogeyman under the bed, so we know it's 'forever for our security' and after not too long hardly anyone remembers Piazza di Spagna before the permanent police vans, or your local tube station has a nice young man auditioning for some scyborg action movie protecting you from your own shadow. Funny time of year for a balaclava, wouldn't you say, Edith?
You said you wanted more public services!
How about that uniform then? That schmutter didn't come cheap!
Now go your bars and sports events, nothing to see here, move along please. Keep consuming calmly. Your credit score is slipping.
We've been through the blitz and the troubles, we can cope with a few stroppy Ayrabs. Buy shares in crowd control companies, make capitalism work for you, stop the whining, get a job that doesn't exist or go back to methylated sleep under the bridge.
Now repeat till internalised, all together now, with feeling:

"Bad, bad Corbyn!

 

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Oct 15th, 2017 at 12:07:15 AM EST
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It's actually hard to imagine the depth of human drama that is already going on.



A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 13th, 2017 at 08:42:11 PM EST
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"she didn't seem French"
And her French ID didn't prove anything, I suppose...

In the same vein, Sadiq Kahn "doesn't look British" either.

by Bernard on Sat Oct 14th, 2017 at 10:22:34 AM EST
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oh, every day brings a new low in the deportation department. I honestly would never have believed such idiotic self-defeat could be possible in the UK until this Tory govt.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Oct 14th, 2017 at 06:37:02 PM EST
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Translates directly to the US with Brexiteers = Trumpistias and the Trump Administration = May's government. Here the head of state concentrates the crazy and tweets it. But he is alienating congresscritters of his own party. OTOH, May seems to be holding on to her MPs. Both forms of the crazy look likely to go on until 2020 when all will go blind from the crazy. Unless Trump stumbles us into a nuclear war. At least the UK doesn't present that danger.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Oct 15th, 2017 at 06:12:44 AM EST
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Eleanor Tiernan: Observing a country on the edge of a nervous breakdown

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 08:53:11 PM EST
thanks for that.

whilst I appreciate that its primary intention is humour, but I don't really recognise the characterization of either Leave or Remain. Or rahter, while there are many strands of both the Leave and Remain communities, the ones presented are hardly the mainstream of either.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 09:11:14 PM EST
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I suppose it's her personal experience and attempt to use a familiar metaphor to illustrate a complex social phenomenon that may not really come off.  However I thought it was a short piece worth a giggle...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 09:57:26 PM EST
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Thanks for this. I will replace link in story above.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 09:47:45 PM EST
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it's google cache, frank. can't say how long the link will stay live. but i did download the page ;) in case it needs another host.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 10:05:10 PM EST
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That was quick work, Frank. You may be interested to know that the original URL resolved to a related, repatriation, story by a different writer.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 10:09:11 PM EST
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Well that is strange, because I only ever got 404 errors when it was taken down.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 10:16:58 PM EST
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My pipe origin is the USA. Versioning is real.

https:/www.irishtimes.com/news/eleanor-tiernan-observing-a-country-on-the edge-of-a-nervous-breakdown-1.3253906

returned

https:/www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/when-you-come-back-you-don-t-exist-emigrants-speak-ou t-1.3248808
`When you come back you don't exist': Emigrants speak out

no 404 error

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 11:08:25 PM EST
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NY's Top State Judges Sharply Question Own Benefits
With the government fighting to reduce its contributions to state employees' insurance plans, the judges claim that doing so would violate the compensation clause of the New York Constitution.

This law holds that "the compensation of a judge ... or of a retired judge ... shall be established by law and shall not be diminished during the term of office for which he or she was elected or appointed."


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Perhaps demonstrating their own fair-mindedness at oral arguments Wednesday, Rivera and the other six judges with the New York Court of Appeals appeared to a dim view of the more expansive definition of the term "compensation" put forward by the challengers.

"Covergence," that old '90s dot.com pipe dream, remains elusive on account of the disjunctive attributes of the www "convo."

archived:
Appointing Judges in Ireland

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 11:19:57 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 13th, 2017 at 02:33:03 PM EST
Story is back up...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Oct 13th, 2017 at 04:50:36 PM EST
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