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This article in a Swiss newspaper today is so ruthlessly clear-sighted in its assessment of just how screwed we are that I just had to translate it for the non-German speakers. Hold on to your hats:

A Swiss newspaper... the Swiss are not exactly in luuurve with the EU.

THE LAUGHING STOCK OF EUROPE
[Translation by Paula Kirby]

If it weren't so serious, the situation in Great Britain would almost be comical. The country is being governed by a talking robot, nicknamed the Maybot, that somehow managed to visit the burned-out tower block in the west of London without speaking to a single survivor or voluntary helper. Negotiations for the country’s exit from the EU are due to begin on Monday, but no one has even a hint of a plan. The government is dependent on a small party that provides a cozy home for climate change deniers and creationists. Boris Johnson is Foreign Secretary. What in the world has happened to this country?

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Ok British voting peeps, a couple of links for you.

Current Predictions stand at the Conservatives Racist Fascists winning with a majority of 112. Link here.

Now if the Tories win, it'll give them a mandate for a hard Brexit, and if you genuinely want that, then you're probably too thick to understand a spreadsheet anyway. (Or you don't live in the UK and are mad keen for its people to suffer.)

Tactical voting to get the Tories out.

Find your constituency, and how it votes here.

Get out and vote at the council elections on the 5th May! Ideally Lib Dem, (SNP?) and you can still vote at council elections even if you are not a British national. Send a message! A Lib-Lab coalition could be ideal, and Labour need to wake the fuck up and stop supporting the Far Right and every stupid and damaging thing they are doing.

Fucking vote already, don't hope someone else sorts it out for you. Unless you're voting Tory, in which case, fucking do your research. Are you really so bloody loaded that losing your pension, the NHS and possibly your job is worth it for the myth of bendy bananas?

Don't let these fuckers damage our country any more than they have already.
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The Government's white Paper on Brexit has just been released. Did you know that UK law entitles you to a minimum of 14 weeks holiday compared to the paltry 4 week minimum of the EU?

Gosh! Did you know?

Take the next 2 and a half months off everyone!

From the Brexit white paper
motodraconis: (Dayne)
Since I have been harassed, my chums have been harassed, and some have been beaten up for trying to protect others from harassment, this seemed like a good possible approach to try and protect others and hopefully dodge getting attacked. Obviously, this covers all the harassment I've had reported from friends in their own personal experience since Brexit. (Including abuse subjected to me and my family.) Racism, sexism, homophobia, disablism - all these have been experienced to a greater degree by myself and friends since the Brexit vote.

Standing up to Harrassment

I do hope I'd have the guts to come to the support of anyone I see getting harassed. I've done so in the past, and gone to support strangers in distress. Not everyone can do this, not everyone can do this every day. Some days I feel too vulnerable, weak and scared. Stand up alone to a gang of able-bodied, drunken louts? I've always felt that sooner or later I'll get my nose punched in.

But I hope I can keep trying, can't let the fuckers win.

Credit to the original artist. And advice from her blog...

This is an illustrated guide I made as part of my co-admining work at The Middle Eastern Feminist on Facebook! It will be published there shortly.
The technique that is displayed here is a genuine one used in psychology - I forgot the name and couldn’t find it again so if you know about it, feel free to tell me!
Some could say: “Yes but you can use that technique for instances of harassment other than Islamophobic attacks!”, and my reply is: Sure! Please do so, it also works for other “types” of harassment of a lone person in a public space!!
However I’m focusing on protecting Muslims here, as they have been very specific targets lately, and as a French Middle Eastern woman, I wanted to try and do something to raise awareness on how to help when such things happen before our eyes - that way one cannot say they “didn’t know what to do”!
I’d like to insist on two things:
1) Do not, in any way, interact with the attacker. You must absolutely ignore them and focus entirely on the person being attacked!
2) Please make sure to always respect the wishes of the person you’re helping: whether they want you to leave quickly afterwards, or not! If you’re in a hurry escort them to a place where someone else can take over - call one of their friends, or one of yours, of if they want to, the police. It all depends on how they feel!

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