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Irish PM Leo Varadkar is frank and spells out to UK PM Boris Johnson why it would be a massive failure to leave the EU without a trade deal

In their face-to-face meeting in Dubin today, Taoiseach (Irish PM) Leo Varadkar told Boris Johnson that leaving the EU without a trade deal would be disastrous.

It’s notable that it’s again been repeated that the EU has not received any proposals since Johnson became PM in July.

Meanwhile, Johnson attempted to spread the blame and claimed a no-deal Brexit would be a failure that both the British and Irish governments would be responsible for.

Boris Johnson is already refusing to accept responsibility and is attempting to cast blame on others for his projected failings.

Could the Peugeot Open Europe program be the best way to tour Europe?

European road trip anyone?

Thrillist:

The best way to get around Europe, we discovered, is to grab a friend, maybe two, and take out a short-term lease on a car. Here’s how you, too, can have a trip you’ll remember for the rest of your life — even if you’re feeling first-world broke.

So long as you’re at least 18, have a valid driver’s license, and live outside the European Union, you can pay for what’s called a buy-back lease through the Peugeot Open Europe program. This gets you a factory-fresh car to call your own and take anywhere within 42 countries, sans mileage restrictions, for up to 175 days — equivalent to returning a January 1 rental on June 24.

Google was fined by the EU, but Apple deserves the same

Bloomberg (paywall):

If Google is at fault for its de facto monopoly in Android app stores, Apple should be held to account for a similar violation. Although an Android user can easily shop in a few alternative stores (though none is a match for the Google Play Store), an iPhone user cannot go outside Apple’s App Store without “jailbreaking” the phone, a process that disables operating system updates. That makes Apple a monopoly in the truest sense of the word, and the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a suit challenging this super-dominant position on behalf of consumers who have no choice but to pay Apple’s 30 percent commission for developers as part of every app’s price.

Like Google, Apple makes its preinstalled browser impossible to delete from a phone. Google, however, allows users to choose their own default applications, including the browser and maps. Apple doesn’t do that; you can, for example, install Google’s Chrome browser and Google Maps on an iPhone, but they won’t launch by default when you click on a link in an email or another app. That’s even more anticompetitive than simply preinstalling one’s own software and hoping users will keep it because it’s good enough.

GQ’s comedy cover; Tourism gets the red light in Amsterdam; Adjust your office chair; It’s a good day for bees;

How to adjust your office chairWirecutter

More than 4,500 people have been evacuated due to flooding in British Columbia. Canadian Armed Forces personnel have been called in to help.

It’s a good day to be a bee in the European Union: EU court upholds partial pesticide ban to protect bees – Irish Times

Tourism gets the red light in AmsterdamNew Zealand Herald

Bitcoin estimated to use .5% of the world’s electric energy by end of the year – EurekAlert

GQ’s comedy issue cover, featuring Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman, mocks Vanity Fair’s Photoshop fail – GQ

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May 18

1785: Saint John, New Brunswick is incorporated, the first in Canada.

1804: The French Senate proclaims Napoleon Bonaparte as emperor.

1980: The Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state erupts.

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