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A unilateral ceasefire is just a prelude to the next escalation.

By a man who knows the region. Harald Malmgren is a geopolitical strategist, negotiator and former aide to Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.

“It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.”

- Isocrates

Today, spurred on by a marvelous post by @dajbelshaw, I mused on 5 reasons I will be celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

‘According to the sociologist Nathalie Paton, rampage shootings represent a perverse expression of some of our culture’s dominant values, including self-expression, autonomy, and authenticity. “Nowadays the social norm is to ask each and every person to pursue individuation, to become autonomous,” she says. “But it’s a paradox — when you ask everyone to be original not everyone can be, so they have to go to extremes like violence.”’

Trivia question: Nottingham Forest were promoted to the Premier League after a 23-year absence yesterday. Which former cabinet minister said they would spend more time watching the club upon their retirement?

29 May 1986.

#OnThisDay the 🇪🇺 EU flag was raised for the first time in front of the Berlaymont building – our headquarters in Brussels.

The then Commission’s President, Jacques Delors, led the ceremony to mark its official adoption to the sound of the EU anthem.


Answer: Clement Attlee (Labour) and Clement Davies (Liberal).

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Trivia question: Anthony Eden's Conservatives emerged as the winner of the 1955 election on this day 67 years ago. But who were leading Labour and the Liberals?

Seems I’m developing a following in Neuchâtel. A little unexpected.

I really am loving the new look Proton.

Hopefully some kind soul will produce an emoji for the new look. 🤓

Trivia question: Edward Heath privatised which iconic high street business on this day in 1972?

Though, one thing it needs for verbose posters such as I: the ability to add another post from the compose window.

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Thank the old gods and the new. The official Mastodon app now has a new post button at the bottom of the screen.

List of Worker-Owned Tech Cooperatives Worldwide

I'm linking to the HN discussion as it's interesting how techbros like to say something's not possible when there's literally lots of people doing it!

(Yes, I've submitted a PR to add @weareopencoop)

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