Linky Friday: An Airing of Grievances

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Crprod says:

    Gr20: Are there any updates on the effect of Brexit on British science? Have these predictions come true in any way, and do those in power consider that a good thing or just irrelevant at best?Report

    • Michael Cain in reply to Crprod says:

      There’s some evidence that the amount of EU research funding going to the UK has started to decline a bit. Also that collaborative projects are starting to shift away from having UK researchers in the lead role. The latter because while the UK could continue to participate in projects funded with pooled EU funds (as do Switzerland and Norway, for example), the UK would no longer be able to participate in the political side of setting funding priorities.

      On the business side of things, there’s a sizeable decision point coming up for many firms at the end of this month — whether to move the destination for 180-day delivery contracts from UK ports to the mainland. A similar but larger decision point near the end of December for 90-day contracts.Report

  2. atomickristin says:

    Gr8 – In the land of Trumpia, it’s always Festivus, but never Christmas.Report

  3. Oscar Gordon says:

    Gr10: The systemic corruption in Brazil – how does an administration overcome that? You can’t just purge it at all levels, and I always get the feeling that if you attempt to purge it a little bit at a time, the remaining corrupt players will do their level best to corrupt the uncorrupted.Report

    • LeeEsq in reply to Oscar Gordon says:

      You really can’t. There is a great Brazilian miniseries on Netflix called the Mechanism that deals with the epic levels of corruption in Brazil. It is a barely fictionalized version of the real Operation Car Wash. Only the serial numbers are filed off. When nearly every politician across the spectrum and at all levels along with every wealthy non-politician is involved than your in a very bad place.Report

  4. Jaybird says:

    The Brazil Museum thing was absolutely awful.

    I don’t even know how to grieve the loss of all of that information (and the data that hadn’t yet been transformed into information).

    We should have a central place that scans *EVERYTHING* and puts that data into a repository somewhere. Like a museum.Report

    • fillyjonk in reply to Jaybird says:

      Just as long as it doesn’t turn into some dumb Marie Kondo thing where they make digital copies of stuff and then sell the originals off to rich d-bags who then keep them locked up forever in their collections. Or worse, throw the real stuff away.

      but I could see some “expert” suggesting that.Report

  5. Damon says:

    Whole foods: “In the last three years, we have experienced layoffs, job consolidations, reduced labor budgets, poor wage growth, and constantly being asked to do more with less resources and now with less compensation,””

    Gee…I’ll sympathize when they hit five years. My boss got laid off and I had to do his job in addition to mine. I’ve got a director who wants to shove work down to me to offload his load. Bonuses were cancelled for last few years and we got corporate pressure to increase margins, reduce costs, improve efficiency, and the engineers are prima donas.

    cry me a river.Report