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A geologist and archaeologist by training, a nerd by inclination - books, films, fossils, comics, rocks, games, folklore, and, generally, the rum and uncanny… Let’s have it!


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Cake day: June 11th, 2023


  • The extra awards are part of a short-term “executive incentive plan”, a cash award that can be collected after a year and is calculated based on measures that include profits, customer service and environmental performance.


    A spokesperson said directors were on track to receive 61% of their maximum bonus but that it had reduced this to 42% to reflect environmental performance “not being where we want it to be”.

    That’s just creative accounting - “my bonus would be a billion quid but I performed so badly I am only awarding myself 1% of that”.

  • ᴇᴍᴘᴇʀᴏʀ 帝AtoUK Politics"Unspeakable"
    4 hours ago

    Is it too soon to “book club” something like Bercow’s autobiography, Seldon on May(not) at 10, or the like?

    UK Politics Book Club? Could be worth a punt but see what the Mods say.

    It may be way too soon, but a friend was given Liz Truss’ book as a joke but was thoroughly entertained by how outrageous it was and I have thought about borrowing it. I’d rather give that a spin than wade through some self-serving tosh from BoJo.

    Alternate suggestion, try something less direct - I was given a copy of James O’Brien’s How They Broke Britain recently and haven’t cracked into it - that covers a lot of The Unpleasantness but in a more digestible form.

  • July 11th poll:

    Americans divide 46-47% between Biden and Trump if the election were today, almost identical to a 44-46% ABC/Ipsos poll result in April. Among registered voters (though there’s plenty of time to register) it’s an absolute tie, 46-46%.

    Were Vice President Kamala Harris to replace Biden as the Democratic nominee, vote choices are 49-46%, Harris-Trump, among all adults (and 49-47% among registered voters). Harris’ 49% is slightly better than Biden’s 46%, although she doesn’t have a statistically significant lead over Trump.

    Also possibly key:

    Both candidates [Biden and Trump] face a high degree of scorn. About 4 in 10 Americans say neither has the mental sharpness or the physical health to serve effectively, and as many say neither is honest and trustworthy. Sixty percent say Trump is too old for a second term, also a new high, up from 44% in spring 2023. And in a sign of the nation’s political polarization, 50% say that given his debate performance, Trump should step aside in favor of another nominee – although, in contrast with Biden, very few of Trump’s own supporters say so.

  • Election law expert Richard Hasen wrote that there is “no credence” to the notion that the Democratic Party could not legally replace Biden on the ticket, as he is not the nominee yet – the nominating process generally takes place during the Democratic National Convention.

    “Joe Biden is not the party’s nominee now, and states generally point to the major party’s nominee as the one whose name is on the ballot,” he wrote in a piece earlier this month.

    I think I’ll believe the expert.