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Facts vs Feelings

Dear Reader,

It seems, some people have difficulties distinguishing between facts and feelings. Hint, feelings are as relevant and reliable as horoscopes and fortune cookies.

To help, here is an entertaining piece by John Oliver – a Brit – using American politics.

That should make it easier for self-absorbed Brits to swallow the medicine:

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Stay amused,

Engine Room

Philippa

Exiting the EU

Exiting the EU maybe 10 years too late…

If you are wondering why many in Great Britain voted OUT here are some examples:

Cadbury moved factory to Poland 2011 with EU grant.
Ford Transit moved to Turkey 2013 with EU grant.
Jaguar Land Rover has recently agreed to build a new plant in Slovakia with EU grant, owned by Tata, the same company who have trashed our steel works and emptied the workers pension funds.
Peugeot closed its Ryton (was Rootes Group) plant and moved production to Slovakia with EU grant.
British Army’s new Ajax fighting vehicles to be built in SPAIN using SWEDISH steel at the request of the EU to support jobs in Spain with EU grant, rather than Wales.
Dyson gone to Malaysia, with an EU loan.
Crown Closures, Bournemouth (Was METAL BOX), gone to Poland with EU grant, once employed 1,200.
M&S manufacturing gone to far east with EU loan.
Hornby models gone. In fact all toys and models now gone from UK along with the patents all with with EU grants.
Gillette gone to eastern Europe with EU grant.
Texas Instruments Greenock gone to Germany with EU grant.
Indesit at Bodelwyddan Wales gone with EU grant.
Sekisui Alveo said production at its Merthyr Tydfil Industrial Park foam plant will relocate production to Roermond in the Netherlands, with EU funding.
Hoover Merthyr factory moved out of UK to Czech Republic and the Far East by Italian company Candy with EU backing.
ICI integration into Holland’s AkzoNobel with EU bank loan and within days of the merger, several factories in the UK, were closed, eliminating 3,500 jobs
Boots sold to Italians Stefano Pessina who have based their HQ in Switzerland to avoid tax to the tune of £80 million a year, using an EU loan for the purchase.
JDS Uniphase run by two Dutch men, bought up companies in the UK with £20 million in EU ‘regeneration’ grants, created a pollution nightmare and just closed it all down leaving 1,200 out of work and an environmental clean-up paid for by the UK tax-payer. They also raided the pension fund and drained it dry.
UK airports are owned by a Spanish company.
Scottish Power is owned by a Spanish company.
Most London buses are run by Spanish and German companies.
The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to be built by French company EDF, part owned by the French government, using cheap Chinese steel that has catastrophically failed in other nuclear installations. Now EDF say the costs will be double or more and it will be very late even if it does come online.
Swindon was once our producer of rail locomotives and rolling stock. Not any more, it’s now Bombardier in Derby and due to their losses in the aviation market, that could see the end of the British railways manufacturing altogether even though Bombardier had EU grants to keep Derby going, which they diverted to their loss-making aviation side in Canada.
39% of British invention patents have been passed to foreign companies, many of them in the EU.
The Mini cars that Cameron stood in front of as an example of British engineering, are built by BMW mostly in Holland and Austria. His campaign bus was made in Germany even though we have Plaxton, Optare, Bluebird, Dennis etc., in the UK. The bicycle for the Greens was made in the far east, not by Raleigh UK, but then they are probably going to move to the Netherlands too, as they have said recently.
Anyone who thinks the EU is good for British industry or any other business simply hasn’t paid attention to what has been systematically asset-stripped from the UK.
We now don’t even teach electronic technology for technicians any more, due to EU regulations.
The British non-existent fishing industry the EU paid to destroy.
The farmers being paid NOT to produce food they could sell for more than they get paid to do nothing, don’t even go there.
If you think the EU is a good idea, find something that’s gone the other way and tell us all about it.

ER

Drone Pictures

Dear Reader,

It used to be Pete, who kept diablog up to date on everything photography. Since he is MIA, I stepped in with a post occasionally. This is another one of those.

National Geographic is known for outstanding photography. Threw them I learned about dronestagram:

http://www.dronestagr.am/

That is a competition of photos shot by or with a drone.

And here http://www.dronestagr.am/winners-announced/ you can see the winners, like this one:

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I am sure, Glynsky can tell us more about this beauty.

Amazed,

Engine Room

Philippa

How to handle Belligerence

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This happened at Newark Airport.
For all of you out there who have had to deal with an irate customer, this one is for you.
A crowded United Airlines flight was canceled.
A single agent was rebooking a long line of inconvenienced travelers.
Suddenly, an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket on the counter and said;
“I HAVE to be on this flight and it has to be FIRST CLASS.”
The agent replied, “I’m sorry, sir. I’ll be happy to try to help you, but I’ve got to help these folks first; and then I’m sure we’ll be able to work something out.”
The passenger was unimpressed.
He asked loudly, so that the passengers behind him could hear, “DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO I AM?”
Without hesitating, the agent smiled and grabbed her public address microphone. “May I have your attention, please?”, she began, her voice heard clearly throughout the terminal. “We have a passenger here at Gate 14 WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHO HE IS. If anyone can help him with his identity, please come to Gate 14.”
With the people behind him in line laughing hysterically, the man glared at the United Airlines agent, gritted his teeth, and said, “F*** You!” Without flinching, she smiled and said, “I’m sorry sir, you’ll have to get in line for that, too.”

ER

Crazy weeks

Dear Reader,

The last few weeks have been … crazy. Along with quite a lot of bad news globally, I have been busy like crazy. Thus, it was much appreciated, when I stumbled upon a collection of tweets, that made me grin, smile, or chuckle.

Passing along a few of them, I hope to brighten your weekend a bit:

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and finally, fitting for the internet:

 

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Have a great weekend,

Engine Room