Obama wants the UK within the EU

There’s a must-read article in New Statesman about Obama and the Tories.

It basically claims that Obama wants the UK to remain within a strong EU, and that this of course is at odds with the Tories’ hostile attitude towards Europe.

A few quotes

Obama began by saying that he hoped to work closely with the EU. But, in a crude attempt to demonstrate his Atlanticist credentials, Cameron went on to indulge in what one source has described as an “anti-European diatribe”, repeatedly referring to the “anti-Americanism” of EU member states. Cameron apparently told Obama that he would not encounter a more pro-American politician than himself.

If Cameron thought this would impress Obama, he was wrong. […]

On meeting Cameron, Obama was, according to diplomatic sources, “distinctly unimpressed”, contrary to some reports (excitedly spun by the Conservatives) which suggested that the two men had formed an instant “bond”. Instead, I have been told, Obama exclaimed of Cameron after their meeting: “What a lightweight!” He apparently also asked officials about Tory Euroscepticism. […]

A widely read, broad-minded internationalist, Obama has long valued Europe and, asked during the primaries against Hillary Clinton to name the crucial US allies, he instantly placed “the European Union” at the top of the list.


There’s a good article about umami in The Guardian today.

It points out that MSG is the cheapest and simplest way to get umami, but by no ways the only one.

This is excellent news for people like me who suspect they’re allergic to MSG!

Key common ingredients rich in umami include fish, such as sardines (glutamate 280mg/100g and inosinate 193mg/100g) or mackerel (inosinate 215mg/100), meats such cured hams (glutamate 337mg/100g) and vegetables including ripe tomatoes (glutamate 246mg/100g). Sauces such as Bovril, soy sauce and anchovy sauce will all provide over 500mg of glutamate per 100g and parmesan cheese contains small white glutamate crystals, providing about 1200mg/100g.

Music store for Linux

Amazon's MP3 downloader for Linux.
Amazon's MP3 downloader for Linux.
I decided to test out Amazon’s new MP3 shop today.

Their page recommended downloading a helper application.

I already braced myself for the ubiquitous “Windows only”, but not this time! Amazon actually supply their helper also for Linux (even in four variants: Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and OpenSUSE).

So after installing the helper application, it all worked absolutely beautifully, and Phyllis is now singing along happily.