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Liberal Democrats against BREXIT

The Liberal Democrats could push for Britain to re-enter the European Union, a senior MP told BuzzFeed News. The Liberal Democrats are on the verge of dropping the party’s commitment to Britain’s EU membership, The Independent has learned.

MPs will try to reverse Britain’s exit by having a transition period, according to a leading MEP. MPs should support her voting against Theresa May’s Brexit deal and try to “undo” it if they get support. Scottish party leader Willie Rennie said his party was searching for darmowe porno and also turning its back on the EU after a debate on a Brexit motion. Asked about the poll results, a Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The Liberal Democrats have always been in favour of the UK staying in the European Union.

Asked if the Lib Dems should push for Britain to join the EU, he said: “The fact is we want and have a transition period to make sure trade is smooth.” When Britain left the European Union, there was not much support for re-accession campaigns for re-accession campaigns.

Relatively few Remain voters have accepted Britain’s exit from the EU. In contrast, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have remained mostly silent on the issue. Some parties are tempted to make peace with Brexit and push for a transition period that the Tories will stick to. Those with the remorse of the Brexiteers are likely to vote Labour, which stands a better chance of winning if it sides with the Liberal Democrats.

Change for all

Change UK, however, is decidedly pro-European. The party will likely pursue a re-entry policy, even if it means forging an identity and outflanking the Lib Dem party, which has been cautious about Europe. The party is reportedly considering re-applying for EU membership if the vote to leave is a second referendum.

The Liberal Democrats are fighting this election as an inexcusably pro-European party courting the people’s vote so they might get a chance to erodate. They have no other hard options but to stay in the EU. We will fight them because every Liberal Democrat vote is a vote to stop Brexit. If the Liberal Democrats save Britain from Brexit – top of the spending list – the first people will be on it, “he said to loud applause.

The Liberal Democrats will try to present themselves as the party of anti-Brexit purism by offering a plan to stop and reverse Brexit. Brexit sceptics must accept that Britain has twice wanted to leave the European Union and voted to. Next time the British Government signs a fundamental change in Britain and the EU’s relationship, we will continue to push for a referendum on admission or exit. The Liberal Democrats “plan to rejoin the EU after a transition period would carry significant risks for any MEP seeking to reverse Brexit.

Suppose leader Jo Swinson is elected to Downing Street at the next election. In that case, the Liberal Party will commit to reversing Article 50 and creating a buffer for Britain to leave the European Union. The Liberal Democrats have been braced for a near-impossible Brexit because their Brexit has stalled so badly in favour of a referendum. The British, who were simply exhausted by Brexit and wanted to end the Remain campaign one way or another, failed to rally. But the decisive outcome of December 12 could prove decisive for the party’s future, as could Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States.

Can UK's Liberal Democrats stop Brexit? | South China Morning Post

They’d still vote in

The British public narrowly voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum, but not for a final goal, “says Professor Michael Gove, professor of political science at Oxford University. Only 53 per cent of the public knew the party was against Brexit, and the result confirms the wisdom of their decision.

Even the most senior Liberal Democrats concede that many Britons feel that the Brexit question cannot be answered regarding how they voted in 2016 and it is further surprising the way they spend their time going to sites like pornoorzel. 41% even said they would not accept Brexit if the UK voted to leave the EU.

It’d be better if a majority of Liberal Democrats simply discarded Brexit altogether and kept Britain in the EU. But the Lib Dems say “policies are unpopular with many Remainers and unpalatable to those who have just overturned the biggest democratic decision in British history”.

The Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and the Brexit party, have moved on and have made clear their opposition to Brexit, but not their support. The Liberal Democrats, who have taken a strictly anti-Brexit stance, have failed to win seats and have even lost their leader Jo Swinson.

Other parties have said the party has lost centrist and pro-EU voters and Brexit has split Labour, with members fearing Nigel Farage’s Brexit party has committed to implementing the 2016 referendum.

Is the Brain Really Necessary?

Is the Brain Really Necessary
Is the Brain Really Necessary

“If we’re interested in what’s true rather than what just feels good, we will demand very high standards of evidence.” — Carl Sagan

“We are not here concerned with hopes or fears, only with the truth as far as our reason permits us to discover it.” — Charles Darwin

Let’s face it.

It’s a big world out there, and it’s full of many things that science can’t explain; if it wasn’t, then science would be out of a job. Science, after all, arose out of the need to explain the unexplained. But let’s face this; the vast majority of events and occurrences that popular press and media claim are scientifically unexplainable are not.

Matters are confused by researchers and investigators grouping these strange stories into broad categories — UFOs, ESP, ghosts, etc. — in an attempt to understand them. More confusion is caused when the same researchers and investigators make the mistake of putting forward inventive. Far-reaching theories try to explain some particular grouping of these stories that are believed (but not proven) to be related. Often these theorists make the further error of “explaining” the unexplained with the unexplained… asserting that ghosts can be explained as a form of telepathy does nothing to clear up either subject.

It is a mistake in most cases to put forward these theories because most scientists avoid studying these strange stories. Most of the stories being theorized about are not valid. It is a simple fact that brings any approach based on these stories into a definite question. Before useful ideas can be put forward to explain the unexplained, we must know what occurrences really are unexplained. Some things happened; some things didn’t… and investigators need to know which is which.


This may sound a bit simplistic, but no one is seriously attempting to sort these stories out as far as I can tell. Believers take many stories on faith; sensationalists have no good reason to ask if a story making them money is valid or not. Skeptics will often bend facts to make everything look perfectly explainable… even if it’s not. It’s the rare few who will simply examine all the facts around a story objectively with no pre-chosen opinion they want to prove.

And that’s why I started ANOMALIES. With each article I create, I slowly gather all information I can find on each event or topic and put it all together in one place. Starting with the popular version of the stories found in mass media and working back to the original sources of the accounts, including even the contradictory information. It’s my hope that this approach will allow you — the reader — the ability to make an informed decision about what you choose to believe about any particular event. Articles are updated whenever I have new information and time.

New items are added as often as possible, and readers are always encouraged to help out by suggesting new sources for expanding existing articles. This was the question asked by British neurologist John Lorber when he addressed pediatricians’ conference in 1980. Such a frivolous sounding question was sparked by case studies Lorber had been involved in since the mid-sixties. The case studies involve victims of an ailment known as hydrocephalus, more commonly known as water on the brain. The condition results from an abnormal build-up of cerebrospinal fluid. It can cause severe retardation and death if not treated.

Two young children with hydrocephalus referred to Lorber presented with normal mental development for their age. In both children, there was no evidence of cerebral cortex. One of the children died at age three months. The second at twelve months was still following a standard development profile except the apparent lack of cerebral tissue shown by repeated medical testing. An account of the children was published in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.


Later, a Sheffield University colleague became aware of a young man larger than the standard head. He was referred to Lorber even though it had not caused him any difficulty. Although the boy had an IQ of 126 and had a first-class honors degree in mathematics, he had “virtually no brain”. Noninvasive radio density measurement known as CAT scan showed the boy’s skull was lined with a thin layer of brain cells to a millimetre in thickness. The rest of his head was filled with cerebrospinal fluid. The young man continues an everyday life except for his knowledge that he has no brain.

Although anecdotal accounts may be found in medical literature, Lorber is the first to systematically study such cases. He has documented over 600 scans of people with hydrocephalus. He has broken them into four groups: the most severe group with 95% of the cranial cavity filled with cerebrospinal fluid. Of the last group, which comprised less than ten per cent of the study, half were profoundly retarded. The remaining half had IQs greater than 100.

Skeptics have claimed that it was an error of interpretation of the scans themselves. Lorber himself admits that reading a CAT scan can be tricky. He also has said that one would not make such a claim without evidence. In answer to attacks that he has not precisely quantified the amount of brain tissue missing, he adds, “I can’t say whether the mathematics student has a brain weighing 50 grams or 150 grams, but it is clear that it is nowhere near the normal 1.5 kilograms.”

Many neurologists feel that this is a tribute to the brains redundancy and its ability to reassign functions. Others, however, are not so sure. Patrick Wall, professor of anatomy at University College, London states “To talk of redundancy is a copout to get around something you don’t understand.” Norman Geschwind, a neurologist at Bostons Beth Israel Hospital, agrees: “Certainly the brain has a remarkable capacity for reassigning functions following trauma, but you can usually pick up some kind of deficit with the right tests, even after apparently full recovery.”

Democratic National Convention

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Democratic National Convention

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Minority-Owned Business Testimonial

Thank you. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to come before Chairwoman Feeney and the entire Boston 2004 Committee to discuss the goals, efforts and record of the 2004 Democratic National Convention Committee, particularly about involving the city’s communities and businesses in the first modern-day political Convention to be held in this great city. I say “modern-day” because this city has a long and storied history of hosting successful political gatherings, and I know this Convention will be no exception.

One of Boston’s many attractions as a Convention site is the cultural and workforce diversity that makes this one of the greatest cities in the world.

Our commitment—and our record—involving these communities is more substantial and better than any Convention—Democrat or Republican—in the two major political parties’ history.

The Bay State Banner, the area’s most influential African American newspaper, says

“A closer look at the contracts that have been issued promised by the city and the Democratic National Committee revealed substantial business being funnelled to minority-owned companies.”

One of the first things the DNCC did when we arrived in Boston last summer was put our money where our mouth is. Depositing $7 million in minority-owned and local banks. A total of $4 million was deposited in each of the minority-owned banks: $2 million to OneUnited Bank and $2 million to the Asian American Bank in Boston. That’s double the amount deposited in minority-owned banks in Los Angeles in 2004.

Quick and secure steps

The second thing we did was hire staff to begin laying the personnel infrastructure to support the Convention. Currently, people of colour make up almost 50 per cent of our team. Nearly 50 per cent of our entire staff is from the Boston area, as is 50 per cent of our minority staff. Again,
I know of no other political convention that has demonstrated this kind of commitment to diversity and to its host city in hiring.

And I want to make clear that we intend to build on that commitment as we continue to hire people necessary to run a Convention. It will bring 5,000 delegates, 15,000 reporters, and thousands of additional visitors to the city.

We’re also proud to have the Convention Committee Alice Huffman, president of the California NAACP and as chairman of the Convention, Bill Richardson, the only Latino governor in the U.S.

Our outreach staff has held close to 250 meetings and briefings with community groups in the past five months.

Involving more than 2,000 people ranging from local elected officials to representatives of community groups throughout the Boston area, including African American, Latino, Asian American and women’s groups.

It’s important to note that the largest and most comprehensive contract let to date by the DNCC and the Host Committee is a $3.5 million construction contract.

Two minority business enterprises—SAR Engineering and the Primary Group—are part of the project’s management team. $2.8 million—more than half of the total contract—will be let to Boston area subcontractors.

At least half of that amount—$1.4 million—is guaranteed for minority and women-owned businesses. That’s not rhetoric, that’s reality—real jobs for real people here in the Boston area.

Support from everyone

We also applaud the Host Committee for its outreach efforts and set up a vendor directory for local businesses. Their work has been instrumental in giving local businesses a forum for their services.

We are committed to working with you and your constituents to maximize the many opportunities this Convention will bring. But we want to do it in a way that will bring in business during the Convention and help Boston area businesses build relationships that will last well past July.

Many—in fact, most—of these opportunities will come as the Convention gets closer and may not necessarily come directly from the Convention. We need to encourage your constituent businesses to reach out to the Convention and the Host Committee and reach out to each other. For example, while the Convention and Host Committee will be booking catering services, so will the many VIPs, corporations, and organizations coming to town.

If one service is already secured by the Convention or the Host Committee, a simple referral to another catering service could result in a long-term business relationship for that other caterer. In fact—and I hesitate to say this—but since the Convention business ends after August, the companies that grab up the ancillary business have better long-term business opportunities!

I talked recently to one vendor in LA who said he continued to get business calls two years after the Convention had left town.

I want to thank the Committee for its support and for the opportunity to discuss our plans with you. 151 days from today, when we gavel open our Convention at the Fleet Center, Boston will shine on the world’s stage as a diverse, vibrant and thoroughly world-class city.

We could not be happier about our choice to come to Boston and thank everyone in this city for their extraordinary support.