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  • How to Pretend to Understand the Brexit Deal

    10/18/2019 12:28:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Barrons (Dow Jones) ^ | October 18, 2019 | Jack Hough
    Much of the discussion has seemed like an egg-centered debate: soft or hard, but it won't be over easy. A soft Brexit means staying closely aligned with the EU on trade, and is favored by Britons who oppose leaving. Hard means a clean break, and that could cost an estimated 9% of GDP cumulatively, along with 450,000 jobs. Pro tip: If a Brexit discussion gets too detailed, scare the other party off by insisting that a hard exit would "force the BOE back to the ZLB with more QE." Just in case your bluff is called, that's Bank of England,...
  • Scotland to be first UK country to impose smacking ban (spanking ban)

    10/03/2019 6:52:39 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 21 replies
    The Sunday Post ^ | October 3, 2019 | The Sunday Post
    ‘Reasonable’ physical chastisement is currently allowed to discipline children, which means smacks to the body will generally avoid prosecution, but blows to the head or with an implement are strictly prohibited. But the Scottish Government has now backed moves to give children the same protection from assault as adults. A vote later today is expected to overwhelmingly pass a bill that will completely outlaw smacking, meaning parents and carers could potentially face prosecution for any use of physical punishment upon children. The bill was initially proposed by the Scottish Green Party, and has won cross-party support, with all but the...
  • Scottish Church Says Catholics Schools Don't Cause Violence

    09/24/2019 5:41:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    A former police chief suggested the schools should be closed for causing sectarianismA spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland said Wednesday the suggestion that Catholic schools in the country are a cause for bigotry is “staggeringly intolerant.” “Scotland’s peculiar obsession with religious intolerance has been in the spotlight again recently following the offensive and ill-informed comments of a former police chief, who claimed that the existence of denominational schools are at the root of the problem and suggested that sectarianism and bigotry can best be tackled by closing Catholic schools,” Peter Kearney, director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office,...
  • Pictish skeleton found at 1,400-year-old Highland cemetery

    09/24/2019 2:14:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | Sept 24, 2019
    Archaeologists have excavated the partly-preserved remains of a Pictish skeleton at a 1,400-year-old cemetery in the Highlands. The skeleton was found on the last day of a two-week dig at Tarradale near Muir of Ord on the Black Isle. Due to the acidity of the soil, no remains of human bodies had been found until the "surprise discovery". Archaeologists say the cemetery is one of Scotland's largest recorded Pictish burial grounds.
  • Grateful Dead songwriter, Robert Hunter, dead at 78

    09/24/2019 1:14:28 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 63 replies
    UPI ^ | 24 Sept 2019 | By Fred Topel
    Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter died Monday night, Rolling Stone first reported. He was 78. The family of Hunter provided a statement to the New York Times, The Wrap and Rolling Stone. "He died peacefully at home in his bed, surrounded by love," the statement read. "His wife Maureen was by his side holding his hand. For his fans that have loved and supported him all these years, take comfort in knowing that his words are all around us, and in that way he is never truly gone." "Uncle John's Band," "China Cat Sunflower," "Scarlet Begonias,"...
  • Donald Trump stole pancakes while visiting family, cousin claims

    09/17/2019 5:42:03 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 181 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 16, 2019 | David Brennan
    A relative of President Donald Trump has accused the self-proclaimed billionaire of being a pancake thief, having stolen a handful of flat cakes while on vacation at his late mother's former home in Scotland. A distant cousin of the president, Alice Mackay—related to Trump through his mother's family, the McLeods—said the commander-in-chief is an unpleasant man who has never used any of his wealth to help his mother's local community.
  • Brexit: Scottish judges rule Parliament suspension is unlawful

    09/11/2019 5:39:17 PM PDT · by SecondAmendment · 23 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11 September 2019 | BBC News
    Boris Johnson’s suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful, Scotland’s highest civil court has ruled. A panel of three judges at the Court of Session found in favour of a cross-party group of politicians who were challenging the prime minister's move.
  • The British House of Commons Just Blew Up Over Brexit

    09/10/2019 8:28:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/10/2019
    Outgoing House of Commons Speaker John Bercow is not leaving Parliament without yelling "order!" just a few more times. Several of those directives came on Monday as the speaker tried to preside over the latest Brexit tête-à-tête between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Tensions are getting extremely high now that the UK is about two months out from the latest official date when it will finally separate from the European Union. Parliament is still without a deal, having rejected former Prime Minister Theresa May's agreement with Brussels an historic three times. Meaning, a no-deal Brexit...
  • Trump: No knowledge about Air Force plane landing in Scotland

    09/09/2019 7:53:35 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/9/19
    United States President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter, Monday, "I know nothing about an Air Force plane landing at an airport (which I do not own and have nothing to do with) near Turnberry Resort (which I do own) in Scotland, and filling up with fuel, with the crew staying overnight at Turnberry (they have good taste!). NOTHING TO DO WITH ME." He was responding to reports about where Vice President Mike Pence stayed during a recent trip to the United Kingdom. Trump followed up, "I had nothing to do with the decision of our great Vice President Mike Pence...
  • Scottish FM to seek legal powers to hold new independence vote in 2020

    09/06/2019 1:31:30 AM PDT · by Cronos · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5 September 2019 | Severin Carrell
    Nicola Sturgeon has said she will ask for the legal powers to stage a new independence referendum next year as she unveiled a swathe of measures to combat climate heating. The first minister told MSPs on Tuesday she would ask the UK government for a section 30 order enabling Holyrood to hold a second independence vote once a new Scottish referendum bill is passed. .... She did not mention polls that indicate the Scottish National party would win more than 50 of Scotland’s 59 Commons seats, but said she wanted to be prepared. “We intend to offer the people of...
  • Loch Ness Monster may be a giant eel, say scientists

    09/06/2019 12:38:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | September 5, 2019 | unattributed
    The creatures behind repeated sightings of the fabled Loch Ness Monster may be giant eels, according to scientists. Researchers from New Zealand have tried to catalogue all living species in the loch by extracting DNA from water samples. Following analysis, the scientists have ruled out the presence of large animals said to be behind reports of a monster. No evidence of a prehistoric marine reptile called a plesiosaur or a large fish such as a sturgeon were found. Catfish and suggestions that a wandering Greenland shark were behind the sightings were also discounted. The aim of the research was not...
  • Mystery prehistoric sea creature which looks like a crocodile and dolphin washes up on lake

    02/16/2016 7:53:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    www.mirror.co.uk ^ | Updated 14:27, 16 Feb 2016 | By Ruth Halkon
    Speculation: The mystery sea creature with razor sharp teeth has been confusing people ============================================================================================================= The image has divided social media with some claiming it is a large hairtail, a long, slender fish found in tropical seas, while others suggest it has been photoshopped With the body of a legless crocodile and the head of a dolphin, this strange sea creature looks more like something out of medieval myth than a real animal. It was photographed after washing ashore on the banks of Lake Macquarie in New South Wales in Australia. Ethan Tipper snapped an image of the creature before posting...
  • Loch Ness Monster DNA Study Makes "Surprising" Discovery

    06/02/2019 4:49:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Mysterious Universe ^ | June 2, 2019 | Paul Seaburn
    If you're one of those Loch Ness monster fans or debunkers who has been waiting for over a year while a team of DNA researchers from New Zealand analyzed water samples taken from across the loch in an effort to identify all of the creatures in it and - by process of elimination - find or disprove the alleged cryptid ... your wait is over! Or is it? "We've tested each one of the main monster hypotheses and three of them we can probably say aren't right and one of them might be." ... "What we'll have achieved is what...
  • Scientists plan DNA hunt for Loch Ness monster next month

    05/23/2018 1:13:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    www.reuters.com ^ | 05/23/2018 | (Reporting by Ana de Liz; editing by Stephen Addison
    LONDON (Reuters) - A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may discover whether Scotland’s fabled monster really does, or did, exist. The use of eDNA sampling is already well established as a tool for monitoring marine life like whales and sharks. Whenever a creature moves through its environment, it leaves behind tiny fragments of DNA from skin, scales, feathers, fur, faeces and urine. “This DNA can be captured, sequenced and then used to identify that creature by comparing the sequence obtained to large...
  • English Couple Spot Loch Ness Phenomenon

    10/31/2006 5:23:30 PM PST · by pcottraux · 14 replies · 421+ views
    cryptomundo ^ | October 26 | Lawrence Ford
    English Couple Spot Loch Ness Phenomenon The Highland News out of Inverness is reporting that an English couple twice spotted something in Loch Ness during a visit to the area. Here’s the report in full followed by my comments. By, the way, this is the same publication that brought the August sighting of an unknown object off Dores to the attention of the world and led me to investigate. Nessie at the double By Laurence Ford Published: 26 October, 2006 A YOUNG English couple holidaying in the Highlands encountered Nessie not once, but TWICE, during their stay. But although they...
  • Trump firm pledges to fund new school as part of luxury housing deal [Scotland]

    09/02/2019 4:28:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | September 2, 2019 | Severin Carrell, Scotland editor
    The Trump Organization has promised to fund a new school and a health centre in order to win permission for a luxury housing estate near Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf resort. The local council’s head of infrastructure, Stephen Archer, recommended councillors approve plans from Trump Golf Scotland to build 550 luxury homes and holiday villas in the first phase of a new development. Archer said the Trump Organization had agreed to part-fund a new health clinic in the town of Ellon, about eight miles (13km) away, plus a primary school and a new waste and recycling centre in nearby Balmedie. It...
  • The Roman Ninth Legion's mysterious loss

    08/26/2019 7:32:27 AM PDT · by robowombat · 35 replies
    History Net ^ | 16 March 2011 | Dr Miles Russel
    The Roman Ninth Legion's mysterious loss 16 March 2011 The disappearance of Rome's Ninth Legion has long baffled historians, but could a brutal ambush have been the event that forged the England-Scotland border, asks archaeologist Dr Miles Russell, of Bournemouth University. One of the most enduring legends of Roman Britain concerns the disappearance of the Ninth Legion. The theory that 5,000 of Rome's finest soldiers were lost in the swirling mists of Caledonia, as they marched north to put down a rebellion, forms the basis of a new film, The Eagle, but how much of it is true? It is...
  • Druids

    08/16/2019 3:33:16 PM PDT · by Radix · 34 replies
    Livescience.com ^ | August 16, 2019 | Laura Geggel
    A toothless skull was all that researchers had of one of Scotland's oldest known Druids, but now they have something more: a wax re-creation of her face, showcasing her gnarled wrinkles and seeming intense determination. The Druid woman, nicknamed Hilda, lived during the Iron Age. An anatomical analysis suggests that Hilda made it into her 60s, an impressive feat because most women from that region and time lived only until their early 30s, said Karen Fleming, a forensic art and facial identification master's student at the University of Dundee in Scotland.
  • Young Winnipeggers take passion for pipes to competition against world's best in Scotland

    08/11/2019 11:49:54 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 17 replies
    CBC.ca ^ | August 10, 2019
    A youth pipe band from Winnipeg will be taking their bagpipes, drums and kilts — and their talent — to Scotland to compete against some of the world's best next weekend. Dozens of members of the Lord Selkirk Robert Fraser Memorial Pipe Band spent Thursday evening blowing pipes and pounding their drums at Assiniboine Park as the sun set behind the trees, in preparation for the World Pipe Band Championships, to be held Aug. 16 and 17 in Glasgow. Every year, more than 200 teams involving 8,000 bagpipers and drummers from around the world gather in Scotland for the competitions....
  • Scottish independence: new poll reveals majority now in favour of quitting UK

    08/05/2019 3:25:00 PM PDT · by Cronos · 45 replies
    The Week ^ | 5 August 2019 | Gabriel Power
    A majority of Scots are now in favour of independence amid growing uncertainty over the terms of Britain’s departure from the European Union, a major new survey has found. ... the result is 52% to 48% in favour of independence. ...First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the “phenomenal” result showed that Scots were unwilling to be “dragged towards a no-deal Brexit”, reports The Times. “More and more people think it’s time that Scotland took our own decisions and shaped our own future as a fair, prosperous, outward-looking nation,” she said. ...The first referendum was described as a “once-in-a-generation” vote, but the...