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  • Britain carries out first air strikes against IS in Iraq: minister

    09/30/2014 9:48:27 AM PDT · by GonzoII
    AFP via Daily Star ^ | Sep. 30, 2014 | 07:41 PM
  • [GB] Beheading videos are turning youngsters off jihad, police chief says

    09/29/2014 2:27:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/29/2014 | Martin Evans
    Videos showing Islamic extremists beheading western hostages are putting young Britons off pursuing jihad in the Middle East, one of the UK’s most senior police officers has suggested. Sir Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, said footage of the shocking murders had backfired as far as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was concerned, serving as a deterrent rather than a recruiting poster. Sir Peter, who is leads on counterterror for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said the “sheer brutality” of the ISIL footage was discouraging young British Muslims from getting involved....
  • Instagram appears blocked in China

    09/29/2014 5:51:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | September 29, 2014
    Instagram has reportedly been blocked in China following a weekend of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Photos shared on Weibo, a microblogging platform similar to Twitter, also seem to be hidden if they contain certain keywords. Searches for phrases like "Occupy Central" and "Hong Kong students" are blocked, says the BBC's Beijing bureau. Instagram told the BBC it was aware of the reports and was looking into the situation. "It's commonplace for China's internet censors to go into overdrive during politically sensitive events," said Celia Hatton, the BBC's correspondent in Beijing.
  • [Nigel] Farage speaks at UKIP national conference

    09/28/2014 7:52:33 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | 26 September 2014
    Video 54:34
  • Ryder Cup 2014: Europe 16.5, United States 11.5

    09/28/2014 12:07:51 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 7 replies
    BBC Sport ^ | 26th September 2014 | Rob Hodgetts
    'Europe completed their mission in the singles to win the 40th Ryder Cup 16˝-11˝ against the United States at Gleneagles. Captain Paul McGinley's side led 10-6 going into the final day and reached the 14˝ needed to win the Cup outright when Welsh rookie Jamie Donaldson beat Keegan Bradley 4&3. Rory McIlroy struck first with a 5&4 win against Rickie Fowler before fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell came back from three down to beat Jordan Spieth 2&1. Martin Kaymer chipped in on 16 to defeat Bubba Watson 4&2 and Justin Rose scrapped back from four down against Hunter Mahan to...
  • Young British jihadists fighting in Syria attended Abu Hamza mosque (Brighton)

    09/27/2014 11:28:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:44PM BST 26 Sep 2014 | Tom Whitehead, Security Editor
    Young jihadists fighting in Syria attended the same Brighton mosque where Abu Hamza became radicalized in the 1980s, the Daily Telegraph can disclose. Teenager Ibrahim Kamara, who died in Syria this week, is believed to have been drawn in to extremism by three brothers whose father is a trustee at the Brighton Al-Quds mosque in the seaside city. It came as Amer Deghayes, one of the brothers who is also in Syria, warned American and British airstrikes against ISIL could lead to other terror groups there joining forces against them. …
  • Mark Reckless defects to UKIP from Tories

    09/27/2014 8:24:35 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/27/2014 | BBC
    Tory MP Mark Reckless has said he is leaving his his party to join UKIP, announcing his decision on the eve of the Conservatives' conference. The Rochester and Strood MP told the UKIP conference he had resigned as an MP, triggering a by-election..... He is the second Tory MP to defect to UKIP after Clacton MP Douglas Carswell did the same in August. Mr. Reckless will seek re-election in his constituency for UKIP...... Mr. Reckless said the Conservative leadership was "part of the problem that is holding our country back." Criticising the three main parties, he said: "People feel ignored,...
  • Poland stages major manoeuvres amid Russia tensions

    09/23/2014 4:44:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    AFP ^ | September 23, 2014
    Poland kicks off major military exercises involving eight NATO partners on Wednesday amid the West's worst standoff with Russia since the end of the Cold War sparked by differences over the Ukraine crisis. Organised every two years since 2006, this year's Anaconda manoeuvres involve 12,500 soldiers, with 750 from NATO members the US and Britain among others, the Polish defence ministry said, adding the event "has become a permanent training element of the North Atlantic alliance". The exercises are designed to coordinate cooperation with NATO's rapid reaction forces, created at the alliance's Cardiff summit earlier this month. They also come...
  • Offended Muslim Gets Couple Thrown Off Bus For Singing ‘Racist’ Song To Baby

    09/27/2014 1:58:43 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 70 replies
    Mad World News ^ | September 27, 2014 | Prissy Holly
    The parents of a 15-month-old autistic baby were riding on a bus when they started singing the theme song from Peppa Pig to keep their child happy during the ride. The couple, Nick Barnfield and Sarah Cleaves, claim they were then aggressively approached by a Muslim woman in a jihab, who began yelling, upset over their song choice. “A lady came up to us and quite aggressively started telling us we were irresponsible parents and that we were being racist singing the song,” Barnfield said. The popular cartoon which features a family of pigs, features a theme song where snorting...
  • Juncker rejects UK push for independent scrutiny of EU laws

    09/27/2014 7:41:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 09/26/2014 11:39 | James Crisp
    The new European Commission has rejected the UK Government’s call to set up an independent body to scrutinize EU regulation and impact assessments before and after legislative proposals are adopted by the executive. Jean-Claude Juncker’s spokeswoman, Natasha Bertaud, told EurActiv that impact assessments would remain an internal matter before proposals were adopted. Frans Timmermans, Juncker’s choice for the new post of vice president in charge of better regulation, would ensure their quality, she said, after pointing to EU treaties governing Commission procedures. Currently, research on the impact of regulation is looked over by an internal Commission department. It is then...
  • Tory MP Mark Reckless joins UKIP

    09/27/2014 7:26:59 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 28 replies
    Conservative MP Mark Reckless has announced that he is joining UKIP. The Rochester and Strood MP told the UKIP conference, in Doncaster, that he has resigned as an MP, triggering a by-election in the constituency. Delegates started to spontaneously chant "UKIP, UKIP" when Mr Reckless announced his decision to defect, which he said was not easy. The move comes just weeks after Clacton MP Douglas Carswell defected from the Conservatives to join UKIP.
  • Tory MP Mark Reckless defects to Ukip

    09/27/2014 6:54:13 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    ITV ^ | One Minute Ago
    Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood Mark Reckless is joining Ukip. Developing
  • This Little Boy Couldn’t Find Help Anywhere, Until A Soldier Did Something Incredible

    09/26/2014 3:25:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | September 26, 2014 | Sarah Zagorski
    For over a decade, a Bosnian soldier, former Staff Sergeant Wayne Ingram, has been helping a boy with a condition called Tessier facial cleft. This condition is so rare that there are only 26 cases reported worldwide. And, unfortunately, in some countries cleft or palate deformities are considered reasons for abortion.Ingram met four-year old Stefan Savic while on patrol in Eastern Europe and decided he should help him by having fundraising drives. Stepan told the Daily Mail more about Stefan’s condition:“The condition had been left untreated and had grown between Stefan’s eyes, crushing his skull, forcing his eyes apart to...
  • Couple thrown off bus and ‘branded racists’ for singing Peppa Pig theme to baby [UK]

    09/26/2014 2:46:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Metro ^ | 9/26/2014
    A Rotherham couple were asked to get off a bus and called racists for singing the Peppa Pig theme tune to their 15-month-old autistic daughter, it has been claimed. Nick Barnfield and Sarah Cleaves claim they were travelling on a bus from Sheffield when a fellow passenger, who was reportedly wearing a hijab, took offence to the snorting sounds in the theme music, saying they were a reference to pork being forbidden by Islam. The couple claim that when they complained to the bus driver on September 8, they were told that it would be ‘easier’ if they got off...
  • Miliband REJECTS English votes for English laws and accuses Cameron of playing politics

    09/26/2014 12:45:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21 September 2014 | Tom McTague
    Labour leader says he's open to English-only 'scrutiny' of law but not vetoes. He refused to back English votes for English laws after being asked 13 times. Mr Miliband claims move was drawn up on back of a 'fag packet' by the PM . David Cameron said if Scotland gets new powers so should England. But Mr Miliband said the proposal would mean our 'Parliament being split up'. Mr Miliband says he's 'not in favour of a Commons that becomes divided'. Labour has 41 MPs in Scotland which could help it form a majority next year . ... Why should...
  • Ex-British PM Tony Blair named top 'Gay Icon'

    09/26/2014 11:20:03 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    FRANCE 24 ^ | 2014-09-26 | FRANCE 24
    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s political legacy may not be universally admired, but on Friday he was named one of the top "gay icons" of the last thirty years in recognition of his work for gay rights. British magazine Gay Times awarded the politician the accolade in an edition marking the newspaper's 30th anniversary. [....] During his time in office the UK introduced civil partnerships, the lowering of the homosexual age of consent from 21 to 16, and the abolition of the "Section 28" law that banned authorities from "promoting homosexuality".
  • MPs support UK air strikes against IS in Iraq

    09/26/2014 10:19:57 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 September 2014 Last updated at 12:55 ET | BBC
    The UK Parliament has backed British participation in air strikes against Islamic State extremists in Iraq. After a seven-hour debate, MPs voted for military action by 524 votes to 43. The Conservatives, Lib Dems and Labour leaderships all backed air strikes although some MPs expressed concerns about where it would lead and the prospect of future engagement in Syria. The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson said RAF planes could be called into action as early as Sunday. Speaking after the vote, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said a long campaign lay ahead and there would not be a "series of immediate...
  • BREAKING: Britain goes to war as MPs vote for action against Islamic State [Yes: 524 No 43]

    09/26/2014 9:24:16 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Express.co ^ | Fri, September 26, 2014 | Sarah Ann Harris
    BRITAIN WILL go to war again after politicians today voted overwhelmingly to join airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State terrorist group. RAF jets could now fly bombing missions over Iraq within hours after all three major parties backed action against the brutal regime, which David Cameron called a "clear" threat to Britain. The vote comes amid warnings that the action to defeat the Islamic terrorists could take years. Initially British airstrikes will only take place over Iraq, despite the IS group controlling areas of Syria in its bid to establish an Islamic caliphate across the Middle East. The vote comes...
  • Islamic State crisis: '3,000 European jihadists join fight'

    09/26/2014 7:09:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 September 2014 Last updated at 11:46 GMT
    The number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has risen to more than 3,000, the EU's anti-terrorism chief has told the BBC. Gilles de Kerchove also warned that Western air strikes would increase the risk of retaliatory attacks in Europe. US-led forces have launched more than 200 air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq since August and on Monday began targeting IS in Syria. The UK parliament is due to vote on possible air strikes in Iraq on Friday.
  • Scots Vote Against Independence, but Controversy Continues in Britain

    09/26/2014 1:32:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Last week, the voters of Scotland, in a heavy turnout and from age 16 up, decided not to disunite what has been arguably one of the most successful and beneficial nations over the last 307 years, the necessarily clunkily named United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It was a relatively close-run thing: 45 percent voted for an independent Scotland, just 383,000 fewer than voted for Scotland to remain part of the now-not-necessary-to-be-renamed UK. Had Queen Elizabeth II not allowed herself to be overheard telling a churchside crowd that Scottish voters should "think very carefully" about the issue, the...
  • Scottish Independence Referendum

    09/25/2014 4:57:37 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 11 replies
    Self ^ | September 26, 2014 | Huckfillary
    American secessionists and states' rights advocates are rightly disappointed by the outcome of the September 18 Scottish Independence Referendum.  Given the decisiveness of the outcome, the result was probably never in doubt. The Queen didn't even have to break a sweat, in keeping with her lifelong abstinence from productive labor.  I'll bet she's never even broken a fingernail polishing the royal silverware.  But I digress. Americans of every political persuasion have every reason to be troubled by the Scottish plebiscite. Not because of the outcome, but because we do not have the same right to secede from our Union by...
  • The terror war comes home to Australia, UK

    09/25/2014 7:25:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 9/25/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Last week, with information suggesting attacks were imminent, Australian police mounted the largest counterterrorism raids in that country’s history. The raids came after ISIS commander Mohammad Ali Baryalei instructed his followers in Australia to execute specific attacks which local police believed would have resulted in mass casualty events and beheadings. 800 officers in multiple cities fanned out and arrested 15 terror suspects, resulting in mass protests from Australia’s Muslim community. The raids did not, however, preempt violence. In a scenario out of a law enforcement officer’s nightmare, on Australian officer was forced to shoot and kill an 18-year-old when the...
  • London cops sweep up 9 terror suspects

    09/25/2014 2:16:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    CBS ^ | 9/25/2014
    The Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism command arrested nine men on suspicion of being members of banned organizations as well as supporting and encouraging terrorism. The men, ranging in age from 22 to 51, were in custody Thursday in central London police stations. Scotland Yard also raided homes, businesses and community centers as part of the probe. Searches were underway Thursday at 18 sites in London and one residence in Stoke on Trent. Police said in a statement that the arrests and searches were part of an ongoing investigation into Islamic extremist-related terrorism rather than any immediate risk to public safety.
  • Tornado could fly on into 2030s, partners say

    09/24/2014 9:32:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Flight International ^ | September 24, 2014 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Europe’s Panavia Tornado will remain in use as a relevant frontline asset for more than another 10 years, according to its programme partners, even though one of its main operators does not plan to retain the type beyond the end of the decade. The multinational effort that led to the Tornado’s creation began in 1969, and partner nations Germany, Italy and the UK on 16 September formally marked the 40th anniversary of the variable geometry design’s first flight. Also present were senior representatives from the Royal Saudi Air Force: the only export customer to have introduced the model. Staged at...
  • How Gun Control Made England The 'Most Violent Country In Europe'

    09/24/2014 7:34:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 64 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Sep 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Gun control in Britain passed in stages, beginning just after World War I and continuing in a reactionary fashion with increasing strictness through the 1990s. When the final stage arrived in 1997, and virtually all handguns were banned via the Firearms Act, the promise was a reduction in crime and greater safety for the British people. But the result was the emergence of Britain as the "most violent country in Europe." Britain began placing restrictions on gun ownership after World War I with the Firearms Act of 1920. .... The Firearms Act of 1920 did not ban guns. Rather, it...
  • Boko Haram lists prisoners in possible schoolgirl swap

    09/24/2014 6:38:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/24/2014 | Colin Freeman
    Boko Haram has released a list of 19 militants it wants the Nigerian government to free from prison in return for the schoolgirls that the group kidnapped last April. The list, seen by The Telegraph, includes a former spokesman for the group, Abu Qaqa, and a spiritual advisor, Mallam Bashir. But it consists mainly of mid-level field commanders rather than senior leaders - a sign, sources say, that the group is now trying to offer "realistic" terms that it believes the Nigerian government will be tempted to accept. The Islamist group has also drawn up a list of schoolgirls that...
  • Parliament recalled over air strikes on Islamic State in Iraq

    09/24/2014 12:57:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | September 24, 2014
    Parliament is to be recalled on Friday to discuss the UK's possible involvement in air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Prime Minister David Cameron said MPs should respond to the Iraqi government's request for help. He added that the UK "should not turn away from what needs to be done". The Liberal Democrats are backing air strikes in Iraq and Labour leader Ed Miliband has confirmed his support, saying the UK cannot "opt out". Meanwhile, the Foreign Office has said it is "aware" of reports that a British national has died in Syria, but it has "no further...
  • Explosion of Sexually Transmitted Infections In London's Gay Community

    09/24/2014 12:01:46 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 97 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 24th september 2014 | Andre Walker
    London's gay community is facing a sexual health crisis as a result of "worsening" awareness of the dangers of unsafe sex. Whilst gay and bisexual men represent less than 4 percent of London's population they are responsible for 84 percent of syphilis cases and 65 percent of gonorrhoea cases in the capital. A new study from Public Health England (PHE), reported on by Pink News, suggested that around a quarter of all reported cases of sexually transmitted infections (STI) are diagnosed in gay men. Diseases like gonorrhoea are not the only infections being reported in the gay community. The bacterial...
  • Last of the Mitford Sisters the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire has Died Aged 94

    09/24/2014 9:43:41 AM PDT · by Cecily · 32 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 24, 2014 | Harriet Arkell
    The last of the famous Mitford sisters, Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, has died at the age of 94, her son said this afternoon. Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford and her siblings moved in the same circles as Winston Churchill, John F Kennedy and Evelyn Waugh, and epitomised a privileged and glamorous aristocratic life that no longer exists. But despite the glamour that came with being both a Mitford and chatelaine of Devonshire family seat, Chatsworth House,the Duchess, known as Debo, knew great tragedy, too. Today a family spokesman issued a statement on behalf of her son, the 12th Duke of Devonshire,...
  • Secret opinion poll convinced Salmond he would pull off shock victory

    09/24/2014 9:00:59 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 7 replies
    Daily Record ^ | 24th September 2014 | David Clegg
    'THE Daily Record can reveal analysis - of a secret poll carried out by Canadian voter contact specialists - claimed the Yes campaign would win the vote by 54 per cent to 46. ALEX Salmond was convinced he was on course for a historic referendum win right until the votes were counted, the Daily Record can reveal. Private polling by a firm of election experts had the First Minister believing he would pull off a shock victory. The nationalists had employed Canadian voter contact specialists First Contact to conduct secret opinion polling. And an analysis of their findings by two...
  • The SNP’s ‘Generation Yes’ is a myth

    09/24/2014 8:56:00 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 5 replies
    conservativehome.com ^ | 24th September 2014 | Douglas Maxwell
    'The SNP would like to perpetuate their conviction that this is ‘Generation Yes’: a politically aware, young and enthusiastic Scottish youth, committed to Scottish independence, with a disdain for Westminster and especially Tory governments. In recent days the SNP have bragged about their strong base within Scotland’s youth who apparently voted overwhelmingly for independence. Alex Salmond went as far to speculate that, “when you have a situation where the majority of a country up to the age of 55 is already voting for independence then I think the writing’s on the wall for Westminster. I think the destination is pretty...
  • Last Mitford sister, Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, dies at 94

    09/24/2014 7:18:27 AM PDT · by Borges · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/24/2014
    Deborah, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, and the last surviving Mitford sister, has died aged 94. Her son, the Duke of Devonshire, announced the death in a statement from Chatsworth House, her stately home. The Mitford sisters fascinated - and sometimes scandalised - British society in the 1940s. Unity was a friend of Hitler, Diana, the second wife of British fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley, and Jessica a left-wing polemicist. Deborah was more focused on her home life.
  • When Progressives Consider Child-Rape Defensible

    09/24/2014 4:31:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 9/24/2014 | Enza Ferreri
    The umpteenth case of child sex abuse in Britain perpetrated by Muslims, the Rotherham abuse case, has understandably left the self-proclaimed “progressives” and multiculturalists in disarray. The Leftist media outlets are on the defensive but still trying to maintain their ground.Their best weapons are to distract public attention by diverting it to whatever has not been committed by Muslims, and the use of double standards, of which the most shocking example is the differential treatment of Muslims versus the Catholic Church.The same people, assorted Leftists and secularists, who immediately jumped to the conclusion that all Catholic clergymen are either directly...
  • 'You're Ruining Our Religion': Girl Berated Muslim Man As He Raped Her in a Tesco Car Park ( UK )

    09/23/2014 6:55:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 23 Sep 2014
    A 15-year-old Muslim girl from East London told a Muslim man, "You're ruining our religion" as he raped her in a supermarket car park. The girl, unnamed, reported that she was picked up by Belal Miah and made to lie flat in the front seat of his BMW while he raped her in a Tesco car park ... the girl was dressed in a full hijab outside her school when she was persuaded to get into Miah's BMW car and was repeatedly abused. ... Snaresbrook Crown Court is in heavily Pakistani and Bangladeshi populated East London
  • In first talks since 1979, UK and Iran to discuss IS (Cameron to meet Rouhani)

    09/23/2014 11:37:14 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 23, 2014, 8:51 pm | Katherine Haddon
    LONDON (AFP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron will hold talks on Wednesday with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani over unrest in Iraq and Syria, officials said, announcing the first meeting between the countries’ leaders since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The talks will occur on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. They come as Western powers seek to build support for the fight against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, which holds swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria and which has beheaded two US journalists and a British aid worker. Britain has had tense ties with...
  • 'I Don't Feel Sorry for Him': British Hate Preacher Anjem Choudary on IS-Held Alan Henning

    09/22/2014 4:20:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 9/22/2014 | Gopi Chandra Kharel
    "In the Quran it is not allowed for you to feel sorry for non-Muslims. I don't feel sorry for him." These are the words spoken by British "hate preacher" Anjem Choudary in reference to Alan Henning, a British citizen who has been marked as the next victim to be beheaded by the Islamic State.In his usual, but extremely hateful statement, Choudary said on Sunday that he has no sympathy, what-so-ever for Alan Henning, a volunteer aid worker captured by the Sunni militants in Syria while delivering food and water to refugees in the country.The jihadists threatened to behead the 47-year-old...
  • Salmond threatens unilateral declaration of independence

    09/22/2014 12:43:04 AM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 19 replies
    Alex Salmond has raised the prospect of Scotland unilaterally declaring independence without another referendum as he abandoned his promise to accept the result and claimed that No voters were “tricked”. Despite it being illegal, the First Minister argued the Scottish Parliament could say Scotland was leaving the United Kingdom at the point at which it had been devolved so many powers it was effectively independent. The First Minister appeared to blame elderly Scots, who were most hostile to leaving the UK, for holding back younger generations and argued that independence is inevitable after they die off
  • Brainy girls have marriage handicap

    01/02/2005 2:29:21 PM PST · by FormerACLUmember · 519 replies · 9,416+ views
    the Australian ^ | January 03, 2005 | "correspondents in London"
    A HIGH IQ is a hindrance for women wanting to get married, while it is an asset for men, according to a study by four British universities. The study found the likelihood of marriage increased by 35 per cent for males for each 16-point increase in IQ. But for females, there was a 40 per cent drop for each 16-point rise. The findings, by the universities of Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow, were published in Britain's Sunday Times newspaper. The study was based on the IQs of 900 males and females between their 10th and 40th birthdays. Paul Brown, a...
  • Justice Secretary Grayling tells Scots MPs: Get off my lawn

    09/21/2014 6:57:09 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 8 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 9/20/2014 | Tim Ross
    Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, warns of a "travesty of democracy" if Scottish MPs are allowed to have a say over English laws A senior Cabinet minister tells Scottish Labour MPs to get off his territory, in a dramatic escalation of the battle for the future of British democracy. Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, accuses Labour of seeking to erase England from the map of the United Kingdom as he declares that Scottish MPs should be banned from voting on his legal reforms. Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Grayling says the constitutional shake-up after the Scottish independence referendum must deliver...
  • Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania form joint military unit

    09/20/2014 3:15:27 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    bbc ^ | 19 September 2014 | bbc
    Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania have agreed to set up joint military unit of several thousand soldiers. Defence ministers from the three countries signed the deal on Friday. Poland's defence ministry said the brigade would be based in the eastern Polish city of Lublin but the soldiers would remain in their home countries. Poland and Lithuania are eager to bolster defences following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula earlier this year.
  • Following Scotland’s lead: 25% of USA residents open to breaking away

    09/20/2014 5:09:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/20/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    On Thursday evening, what was touted as a nail-biter of a vote in Scotland which would determine if the country would break away from the United Kingdom turned out to not even be close. By a vote of 55 to 45 percent, Scotland decided that it would remain a member of the union of which it has been a part since 1707. Americans were… unimpressed. First, the lack of exit polling and the methodical counting of votes ensured that those watching the coverage of the independence ballot had to wait until the late hours of the evening to get...
  • Liam Neeson speaks out in favor of gun control (Hypocrite Alert!)

    09/20/2014 11:41:43 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 104 replies
    Facebook/TakenMovies Liam Neeson, legendary Irish actor and star of such films as Takenand Non-Stop, does not identify with the hardcore, gun-toting action heroes he so often portrays. "I am totally for gun control in the U.S.," Neeson said in an interview with The Independent. "The population of America is roughly 300 million and there are 300 million guns in this country, which is terrifying." Neeson criticized the National Rifle Association's response to the 2012 shooting in Newton, Connecticut, which the actor summarized as, "If that teacher had been armed..." "It's crazy," Neeson said. "I'll give Britain its dues, when they had the Dunblane...
  • Rupert Murdoch: Scottish Vote Is Just a Symptom of Global ‘Anti-establishment Groundswell’

    09/18/2014 4:17:16 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | 18 Sep 14 | Brendan Bordelon
    On the eve of the vote for Scottish independence, Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch explained that the election is merely a symptom of an ”anti-establishment groundswell” sweeping through the Western world. On Friday Murdoch spoke about the impending vote with Fox News’s Neil Cavuto. “I think there’s meaning in this, and I think it goes beyond Scotland,” he said via phone. “There’s a great anti-establishment groundswell which is seen in this vote in Scotland. You’re seeing it here in Britain in the anti-European party, whose one single issue is to get out of Europe. And I think you’re seeing it...
  • Who Is The English Speaker In ISIS Video 'Flames of War'?

    09/19/2014 11:38:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | September 19, 2014 | Mariano Castillo and Brian Todd
    Who Is The English Speaker In ISIS Video 'Flames of War'? By Mariano Castillo and Brian Todd September 19, 2014 ISIS has released a propaganda video aimed at English speakers U.S. intelligence is investigating one jihadist on the video who speaks perfect English The militant has what appears to be a North American accent It is not known whether he is from the West, or spent some time there (CNN) -- It's a slick production with a nefarious goal: A 55-minute video released by ISIS, praising its victories and warning the United States from getting in the way of its...
  • DOMINIC SANDBROOK fears Europe is returning to the crude nationalism that caused such misery

    09/20/2014 3:04:41 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 20 September 2014 | Dominic Sandbrook
    To wake yesterday morning, not yet knowing whether Great Britain was alive or dead, was a strange and sad sensation. Like most English observers, I greeted the news with unbridled delight. A victory for Britain, albeit by nine percentage points, means we ought to raise a toast this weekend to the good sense of the Scottish people. Yet when I reflected on the result, my delight slowly turned to disquiet. For the truth is that the campaign has been a terrible warning about the future of the United Kingdom, the curse of nationalism and the dreadful dangers of a new...
  • Violence in Glasgow as loyalists attack pro-independence supporters

    09/19/2014 6:16:22 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 29 replies
    The UK Guardian ^ | 9/19/14 | Libby Brooks
    There were angry scenes in Glasgow on Friday night as a group of young pro-union supporters clashed with pro-independence supporters who had been gathering in George Square throughout the day. Police acted to separate a small group of pro-independence supporters from a group of skinheads believed to have marched from the loyalist pub the Louden Tavern in nearby Duke Street. Individuals argued over the referendum result and a chorus of Rule Britannia was countered by Flower of Scotland. As the evening wore on, and the yes supporters dispersed, more loyalists converged on the square, many of them draped in union...
  • Philippe Couillard says Quebec-Scotland vote comparisons 'risky'

    09/19/2014 5:11:47 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    CBC News ^ | 09/19/2014 | Janyce McGregor
    Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says Scotland's referendum was an example of the same kind of "healthy" tension that exists in Quebec's democracy, but the comparisons stop there, as federal politicians from John Baird to Stéphane Dion welcomed the defeat of Scottish independence. "It is an example of a healthy state of tension in sub-national states in countries like U.K. or Canada between a strong feeling of identity, which I think Scots and Quebecers have in common, and at the same time the desire to belong to a larger political organization, the U.K. or Canada," Couillard said Friday. "All comparisons after...
  • David Cameron Vows More Powers for England After Scotland Vote

    09/19/2014 1:19:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    nbc ^ | September 19th 2014 | Alexander Smith
    Like Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own regional parliaments... However, England's lack of a similar legislative body has led to a messy situation where Scottish lawmakers can vote on issues that only affect England at the U.K.-wide Westminster parliament ... Just as Scotland will vote separately…on their issues of tax, spending and welfare, so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues
  • Rotherham abuse scandal: Children's services director Joyce Thacker quits

    09/19/2014 10:46:17 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19th September 2014 | BBC News
    'Rotherham council's director of children's services has resigned in the wake of a report which said 1,400 girls had been abused in the town. Joyce Thacker had been under pressure to step down since the publication of the Jay Report. The council said Ms Thacker "is to leave... by mutual agreement, with immediate effect". It had revealed this week she was on sick leave. The council's leadership had been accused of "blatant" collective failures in a report detailing the sexual abuse mainly by gangs of men of Pakistani heritage from 1997 to 2013. Keith Vaz, the Commons Home Affairs select...
  • Shaun Wright resigns over Rotherham child abuse scandal

    09/19/2014 10:44:49 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19th September 2014 | BBC News
    'South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has resigned over the Rotherham child abuse scandal. Mr Wright faced repeated calls to step down in the wake of a report which found at least 1,400 children were abused in the town from 1997 to 2013. He was the head of children's services in Rotherham between 2005 and 2010. Mr Wright said he was stepping down to ensure the "important issues" outlined in the report could be discussed and considered "without distraction".'