“The deal we have negotiated is the best and indeed only deal available.” So claimed a dejected Theresa May on Tuesday night, smarting in the aftermath of the fourth biggest defeat for a sitting government in modern parliamentary history. Obviously, parliament does not agree. An overwhelming majority of MPs want May to go back to Brussels for the umpteenth time and demand something better. The trouble is that, for all the problems with the withdrawal agreement, May is right. If you think like this Prime Minister does, the unhappy compromise that defines the withdrawal agreement is the only way to square the multidimensional Brexit circle. When it comes to Brexit, the old Jewish saying “ask two Jews, get three opinions” seems apt. A multitude of different – often contradictory – visions for Britain outside the EU were put forward during the referendum campaign, and aligning them all into a Brexit that fits every Leave voter’s personal … [Read more...] about Theresa May’s hated compromise is the only workable Brexit on offer
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Scientists recently drilled 3,500 feet deep into the Antarctic ice to the subglacial Lake Mercer -a lake that had been untouched for thousands of years. They pulled up samples of water, ice, and lake mud from the depths for further study. When analysing the mud, researchers found the carcasses of tiny crustaceans and a tardigrade. The research team has shared additional images and video from their foray into the icy depths. Take a look. Scientists know more about the surface of Mars than they do about the environment under Antarctica’s ice sheet. But in December, a group of scientists drilled an extremely deep hole that is revealing secrets from that frozen world. Using a hot-water drill, a roughly 40-person team from the Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access (SALSA) project bored a hole more than a kilometer (3,556 feet) into the ice. The goal: to explore an isolated subglacial lake below, called Lake Mercer. The team succeeded in reaching the lake, and extracted … [Read more...] about In a hidden lake far below the Antarctic ice, scientists found the bodies of tiny creatures. Photos reveal how they accomplished the deep dive.
EgyptAir is the flag carrier of Egypt and a member of Star Alliance, operating in 75 cities around the world. While EgyptAir isn’t known for winning awards and has a spotty history of accidents, I decided to take a chance on the international flag carrier for a recent long-haul flight from Cairo to Morocco. I wanted to test my theory that any flag carrier is better than most US-owned airlines. EgyptAir can’t compete with top flag carriers like Etihad,Emirates, or Singapore Air for luxury, but it was certainly in the same class as second-tier flag carriers like Turkish Airlines or Air Astana. The service was excellent, the food was good, free newspapers were distributed, and the plane was clean and new. EgyptAir wasn’t my first choice of airline. Usually, when looking for airlines to fly, I’m searching up and down the list of consumer-aviation website Skytrax’s list of the world’s top airlines and cross-referencing that with the best deals. … [Read more...] about I flew 7 hours in EgyptAir economy class and it showed me even the most basic flag carrier can be better than most American airlines
Stretching from Egypt to Morocco, the Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world, comparable in size to the continental US. While there are many ways to visit the Sahara, possibly the most iconic way is to visit Erg Chebbi, one of Morocco’s many ergs, or seas of sand dunes. Erg Chebbi is often used for films because of its stunning expanse of iconic fire-orange sand dunes. To reach Erg Chebbi, one has to drive for two days from Marrakech through mountains and desert, before switching to a camel for the final stretch. I recently visited and, while the sunset and sunrise were unforgettable, the dunes were far from the immaculate waves you see in photos, thanks to the hundreds of ATVs and 4X4s that ride through. Growing up, my first ambition was to be an archaeologist. No one told me at the time that the job had little to do with what happens in “Indiana Jones,” but you try telling that to a precocious seven-year-old. To kid-me, being an archaeologist … [Read more...] about The most iconic desert in the world is the Sahara. I drove for days, rode a camel for hours, and slept under the stars just to see it.
By Merrill Shindler | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: January 10, 2019 at 12:15 pm | UPDATED: January 11, 2019 at 10:11 pm Bidding farewell to the old year marks not just the start of a new year but also our annual national New Year’s Resolution Pledge to get in shape (at long last), and lose the pounds we were going to a years ago. But then, Ben & Jerry’s came out with all those great new flavors, a brand new pizza place opened with some really terrific pies and…well, you know how it is. The Battle of the Bulge was lost, before it even began. Now, as a guy who eats for a living (and who lives to eat!), my fight against middle-age spread is a daily challenge. I mean, really, who can resist a massive bacon-chili-cheeseburger, with onion rings, when it sits before you, crying out, “Eat me! Eat me!” In my life, I’ve been really skinny (okay, I was 12 years old at the time), and really, let’s say, large. I know the questionable joys of obesity, … [Read more...] about Where to find the best seafood in Long Beach