Wednesday, June 22, 2016
We have the same Protestant work ethic as the Germans. We enjoy the same things, such as brass bands, rambling and driving German cars. We both consider the sausage the height of culinary sophistication. We prefer beer to wine. And guess which country has taken over from Germany as having the worst reputation for reserving sun loungers with towels? That’s right, us, according to a survey for Travel Supermarket. Imitation? Flattery?
When Russia next moves its tanks to the border, we should take it seriously. It has a lot of tanks (although less than Pakistan). But we should also remember that this is not a world power. By most indicators, it’s not even a middle power. Russia is a soccer hooligan: poor, drunk, and frustrated it can’t win anymore. It can only throw beer bottles from the bleachers.
The pound trimmed earlier gains in London afternoon trade on Wednesday after a fresh Brexit poll showed the "leave" camp was in the lead by one point.
I guess we'll find out how accurate this polling is. I suspect the British people will vote Remain mostly because those who want to exit probably won't go to the polls.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
But the study, published in Biological Conservation, wasn’t the first time that the dead bodies of roadkilled animals have helped science. They are useful for collecting DNA samples, for measuring toxic buildup in animals, and for studying anatomy, just to name a few examples.
Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a fundraiser with House Speaker Paul Ryan next week as the iPhone maker tries to strengthen its relationships with key Republicans — despite its decision to pull support for the GOP convention because of its distaste for Donald Trump.
The legislation would allow the attorney general to block the sale of a gun if an individual is on the "no-fly" list or the so-called "selectee" list, which requires additional screening at an airport.
This is a terrible idea. You would think so too if you had a name like Tom Smith. But it's terrible for lots of reasons.
Germany’s top judges have warned in a landmark case that they will not tolerate any measure or legal finding from the European Union that clashes with the higher principles of the German Basic Law, but have retreated on a crucial point, implicitly bowing to EU primacy.
The ruling by the German constitutional court in Karlsruhe reiterates a long-standing position that Germany does not accept claims of judicial supremacy by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). But the wording is weaker than its explosive ruling on Lisbon Treaty in 2009 and marks a climb-down.