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  • 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 · 8 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 · 16 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 · 100 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".'
  • Alex Salmond resigns as Scottish First Minister

    09/19/2014 9:50:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | September 19, 2014 | Simon Johnson
    Alex Salmond has left the Scottish Nationalists in turmoil after announcing he is to resign as First Minister and SNP leader only hours their decisive defeat in the independence referendum. Mr Salmond said his party, the Edinburgh parliament and Scotland would “benefit from new leadership” after voters rejected by a margin of 55 per cent to 45 per cent his plan to leave the UK.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Alex Salmond resigns hours after Scotland votes no to independence

    09/19/2014 8:55:10 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 108 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 19 September 2014 | Tom McTague & Matt Chorley
    Alex Salmond this afternoon dramatically quit as Scotland's First Minister after voters rejected independence in yesterday's referendum. The First Minister said he would stand down in November to let the next generation take over the fight to lead Scotland out of the Union. Mr Salmond announced his departure at a press conference this afternoon. He said his 'party, Parliament and country' would benefit from 'new leadership'. But he fired a warning shot at David Cameron not to go back on his promise to transfer sweeping new powers to Holyrood within six months.
  • The Other Scottish Decision

    09/19/2014 3:55:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September19, 2014 | Mark Davis
    While Scotland’s voters weighed whether to separate from the United Kingdom Thursday, another decision involved its most famous institution separating from 260 years of tradition. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews voted overwhelmingly to admit women, echoing a similar decision at the far younger Augusta National Golf Club in 2012. In both cases, a private organization made a decision it was entitled to make. But the environment surrounding both decisions, and the reactions thereafter, paint a disturbing portrait of a thickening cultural fog. Let us begin with a premise that will drop jaws on both sides of...
  • SCOTLAND SAYS NO! But clear poll result triggers a constitutional earthquake

    09/19/2014 1:13:03 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 66 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 19 September 2014 | Matt Chorley
    Alex Salmond today admitted defeat in his battle for Scottish independence, as almost two million people voted to remain in the United Kingdom. On the worst day of his political life, the First Minister tried to put a brave face on the electorate’s crushing verdict, claiming that it showed only that a majority had decided ‘at this stage’ not to become an independent country. But with all councils declared, No had secured 55 per cent of the vote, a 10-point lead which will trigger speculation about whether Mr Salmond can survive as leader of the Scottish Nationalists. The Queen has...
  • In full: David Cameron statement on the UK's future (Partial Excerpt)

    09/19/2014 12:53:38 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/19/2014 | Prime Minister David Cameron
    "I have long believed that a crucial part missing from this national discussion is England. "We have heard the voice of Scotland - and now the millions of voices of England must also be heard. "The question of English votes for English laws - the so-called West Lothian question -requires a decisive answer. "So, just as Scotland will vote separately in the Scottish Parliament 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 and all this must take place in tandem with, and...
  • Scotland referendum: Scots reject independence in historic vote

    09/18/2014 10:41:33 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 90 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | September 19, 2014
    DEVELOPING: Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom.
  • Election Returns from Scotland Live on C-Span3

    09/18/2014 6:53:38 PM PDT · by Intolerant in NJ
    C-Span3 | 18 September, 2014
    C-Span3 is carrying the election returns live from Scotland - so far no's are winning by 59-41%, but only 3 of the smaller 32 councils (states) have reported - final results are not expected for about another four hours......
  • Scottish independence: First referendum results declared

    09/18/2014 6:04:31 PM PDT · by blueyon · 264 replies
    BBC.com ^ | 9/18/14 | ?
    The first results are coming in for the referendum to decide whether Scotland should stay in the UK or become an independent country.
  • Hidden partners? How much Russia, Iran could help US against Islamic State

    09/15/2014 3:39:10 PM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 15, 2014 | Howard LaFranchi
    More than three dozen nations have signed on to the anti-Islamic State coalition, US officials say. But Russia and Iran are also likely to play roles, and some Arab countries will prefer to keep quiet about their help.
  • Scottish independence: Latest YouGov poll predicts No win (54-46)

    09/18/2014 3:34:02 PM PDT · by mojito · 41 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 9/18/2014 | Unattributed
    THE last YouGov poll of the Scottish independence referendum has suggested the No campaign has edged ahead with 54% of the vote compared to 46% of Scots voting Yes. YouGov bases its prediction on the responses of 1,828 people after they voted today, together with those of 800 people who had already voted by post. Today’s respondents had previously given their voting intention earlier this week. By recontacting them, we could assess any last-minute shift in views.
  • Scottish independence could escalate anti-Israel sentiment, Jews fear

    09/18/2014 12:15:53 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    jns.org ^ | September 18, 2014
    While Scottish citizens as a whole appear to be evenly divided in their opinions on Scottish independence ahead on Friday’s referendum vote, the views of Scottish Jews tend to fall more against independence. “The Jewish community [leans] more towards the no vote than the yes vote," said Paul Morron, president of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, according to Israel National News. Morron explained that because anti-Israel sentiment is more prominent in Scottish politics than it is in the United Kingdom as a whole, many Jews fear the escalation of that sentiment if Scotland becomes independent. There are also fears regarding...
  • Shetland may reconsider its place in Scotland after yes vote, says minister

    09/18/2014 11:28:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | September 17, 2014 | Esther Addley
    Oil-rich Shetland may consider becoming a self-governing territory like the Isle of Man rather than stay part of an independent Scotland in the event of a yes vote, the Scotland secretary, Alistair Carmichael, has said. In an interview with the Guardian, Carmichael said if Shetland were to vote strongly against independence but the Scottish national vote was narrowly in favour, then a "conversation about Shetland's position and the options that might be open to it" would begin.
  • Royal and Ancient Golf Club votes to accept women members

    09/18/2014 10:51:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | September 18, 2014
    The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has voted in favour of allowing women members for the first time in its 260-year history. The R&A's 2,400 members were entitled to vote and more than three-quarters of them took part in the ballot. The vote was passed by a margin of 85%-15%.
  • Why do Americans Hate America?

    09/18/2014 9:09:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    After some hand-wringing over British citizens who have chosen to fight with ISIS, Prime Minister David Cameron said he thinks one reason for the defection is that too many of the defectors have forgotten what it means to be British. As a means of fighting the radicalization of young people, he wants all of Britain’s schools to again teach “British values." It is a diagnosis Americans would do well to consider because an unknown number of Americans (FBI Director James Comey says he doesn't have a precise number because they are "hard to track") have abandoned their country to fight...
  • Nigel Farage blames pro-independence camp for sparking anti-English riots

    09/17/2014 8:09:09 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | September 17, 2014 | Alison Little
    THE heated rhetoric of Alex Salmond's pro-independence campaign has fuelled such anti-English "vitriol" that the referendum could spark riots, Nigel Farage warned today. He challenged the Scottish National Party First Minister to demand "calm and law-abiding behaviour" to ensure a "free and fair" vote in Scotland tomorrow after a campaign in which the pro-union side has complained of attacks and harassment by supporters of its opponents. Fears of mob violence - particularly if the result is a narrow win for the No team - have been fuelled by moves to let scores of pubs around Scotland stay open all night...
  • For Scotland's 16-Year-Olds, The First Vote Will Be On Independence

    09/17/2014 7:46:28 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies
    northernpublicradio.org ^ | September 17, 2014 | ARI SHAPIRO
    It's lunchtime at Drummond Community High School in Edinburgh. The kids are all wearing the uniform of a smart black blazer, white shirt and blue tie. Some 16- and 17-year-olds are here with their cheese sandwiches and their baked potatoes. They get to cast ballots Thursday in what looks to be a close vote on whether Scotland will become independent or remain part of the United Kingdom. Here's what some of them are saying: "Scotland will be a richer country if there's a 'yes' vote" for independence, says Calum Preston. "It's just a fact." "What if that fact doesn't influence...
  • Fatah Exposes Hamas’s Trafficking Network to Europe

    09/17/2014 12:31:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 9/17/2014, 9:36 AM | Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction has exposed that Hamas is running a human trafficking network, smuggling Gaza residents to Europe for $2,000 to $3,500 per person. The charges come following reports that dozens of Palestinian Arabs drowned last week after leaving Gaza for Egypt, where they boarded an ill-fated ship bound for Europe that never reached its goal, reports Kol Yisrael (Israel Radio). Apparently Hamas used its hundreds of smuggling tunnels into the Sinai Peninsula to funnel the would-be immigrants out of Gaza and into Egypt; while an Egyptian siege limited the usage of those smuggling tunnels,...
  • Support for Scotland staying in United Kingdom at 53 percent - Survation poll

    09/17/2014 3:06:07 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    Scottish support for staying in the United Kingdom is at 53 percent, a poll by Survation showed just hours before Scots vote on Thursday over whether to declare independence. The Survation poll for the Daily Record showed Scottish support for independence at 47 percent - slightly lower than several other polls on Wednesday.
  • Will Scotland vote yes: Bookies change their odds on Scottish independence

    09/17/2014 1:49:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    City AM ^ | 09/17/2014 | by Billy Ehrenberg
    After a few days of relatively small changes, most bookies have changed their odds on a Scottish Yes vote.Of 23 bookies, only one (Betway) thought it more likely than yesterday that Scotland would vote Yes, while all but two showed odds shortening on a No vote.By doing some simple maths it is possible to work out the implied percentages, and betting companies have their money firmly on a No vote. The median probability across 23 bookies is that there is an 83.3 per cent chance the UK will stay together and a 22.2 per cent chance of a split.This...
  • King Richard III's Final Moments Were Quick & Brutal

    09/17/2014 12:39:21 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 94 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 17, 2014 | Stephanie Pappas
    Richard III's last moments were likely quick but terrifying, according to a new study of the death wounds of the last king of England to die in battle. The last king of the Plantagenet dynasty faced his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field on Aug. 22, 1485, only two years after ascending the throne. The battle was the deciding clash in the long-running Wars of the Roses, and ended with the establishment of Henry Tudor as the new English monarch. But Richard III's last moments were the stuff of legend alone, as the king's body was lost until September...
  • Why Scotland looks like the canary in the independence coal mine

    09/17/2014 12:11:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/17/2014 | Mark Leonard
    Scotland’s drive to independence has been interpreted by many as a throwback to ancient identity politics – but many of the trends on display in the Scottish referendum have more to do with the politics of the future than those of the past. The polls show that this week’s vote is too close to call. There is still a chance that the “No” campaign will ultimately prevail – something that I dearly hope will happen both for the sake of the Scots and the rest of the Britain. But whatever the result of the vote, I think we must recognize...
  • Women More Likely to Commit Domestic Violence, Studies Show

    09/17/2014 11:47:30 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The New American ^ | September 16, 2014 | Selwyn Duke
    Football player Ray Rice’s video-captured February attack on his then-fiancée has once again brought domestic violence into the public’s consciousness. Or has it? Critics would say that while it has placed a spotlight on violence against women, that isn’t at all synonymous with “domestic violence.” Because studies show that most domestic violence may actually be violence against men. This has just been brought to light by Guardian columnist Glen Poole, who recently asked why British actress Kelly Brook has “got away with punching two men”? Complaining that there “is little room for the female perpetrator or the male victim in...
  • Sir Sean Connery's tax exile status keeps him away from independence debate, says brother

    09/17/2014 8:06:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | September 16, 2014 | Auslan Cramb
    Sir Sean Connery, the SNP’s most famous supporter, is not planning to make a last-minute appearance for the Yes campaign because of his tax exile status, according to his brother. There has been speculation that the 84-year-old actor, who lives in the Bahamas, could make a morale-boosting intervention for the Yes camp at the 11th hour. But his younger brother Neil, 76, speaking in Edinburgh, said: “There's only a certain amount of days Sean can be in the country for tax reasons, so I know that he intends to use them wisely."
  • The Scottish Disease: The Scots are not alone in dreaming of secession

    09/17/2014 6:21:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/17/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    On Thursday, Scotland will decide whether it intends to remain part of the United Kingdom or go its own way as a separate nation. Inspired, Catalonia has renewed its campaign for independence from Spain. Earlier this week, it became clear that San Francisco venture capitalist Tim Draper’s “Six Californias” initiative — which would have seen the state subdivided into six new polities, in effect allowing affluent Silicon Valley to secede from the state’s poor interior and the vulgarians down south — would not proceed to the ballot, having failed to secure sufficient signatures in the petition stage. Secession talk, indulged...
  • After 'Devo Max' there must be an English Parliament ("What a farce" says leading journalist)

    09/17/2014 5:52:17 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 11 replies
    The Daily Express ^ | September 16, 2014 | Stephen Pollard
    If Scotland votes Yes, which the polls show is a definite possibility, the very word 'Britain' will no longer have any meaning. But what if the Scots say No? That still looks the most likely outcome. Even if Alex Salmond is being entirely straight when he says that this is a 'once in a lifetime' vote, and the SNP really won't push for another referendum in a few years' time, don't think that we can all go back to normal and the UK is saved. Quite the opposite. Because the logic of what has been promised by the main party...
  • Bill Clinton: Vote ‘no’ in Scotland

    09/17/2014 5:35:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jonathan Topaz
    Former President Bill Clinton has issued a statement urging Scots to reject the upcoming independence referendum. In a statement released through the pro-unity Better Together campaign, the 42nd president said Scots could send “a powerful message of both identity and inclusion” by voting to stay within the United Kingdom.
  • Dr. Manny: 3 babies, 2 uteruses, 1 medical miracle

    09/16/2014 7:15:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Dr Manny
    A British woman is being hailed as a true medical miracle after giving birth to triplets from two separate wombs in her body. Hannah Kersey was diagnosed with a rare condition, called uterus didelphys, which is thought to affect just 0.1 to 0.5 percent of the population. Before becoming pregnant, she was told that it was highly unlikely she would carry children in each womb – a possibility with odds estimated at 5 million to one. Now, the chances of a woman giving birth to three children from her two wombs are even more scarce – estimated at one in...
  • The Seriously Nasty Party: With one day to go, damning evidence of the bullying intimidation…

    09/16/2014 4:54:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:59 EST, 16 September 2014 | John Stevens
    The dark side of the campaign for Scottish independence can be laid bare today. In a string of sinister incidents, separatists have used bullying and intimidation to cow their rivals. Pro-union voters have endured stone-throwing, been called traitors and faced threats that their houses will be torched. Many are now said to be too scared to show their support for fear of reprisals that might follow a defeat for the nationalists in tomorrow’s vote. …
  • Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster

    09/16/2014 6:34:55 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 74 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 9-13-2014 | P. J. O’Rourke
    <p>This coming Thursday the Scots will vote on whether to make Scotland an independent nation. And I hope they do because it will be a disaster.</p> <p>I don’t say this as a prejudiced Irishman. Even though the thistle-arse sheep-shagger Scots swiped Ulster and sent a herd of Presbyterian proddy dogs and porridge wogs to squat on our land and won the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 by using unfair—indeed, unheard of —- organization, discipline, and tactics on an Irish battlefield. We Micks only hold a grudge about such things for 300 years or so.</p>
  • Sean Connery on Scottish Independence

    09/16/2014 9:23:34 AM PDT · by all the best · 98 replies
    New Staesman ^ | March 4, 2014 | Sean Connery
    Having been on this journey to independence for more than 50 years, it seems to me that the arguments have been kicked about like a bladder on a beach. But as the 18 September approaches and, one by one, the scare stories are burst, a new sense of opportunity and hope for the future is now in sight. Scotland has an opportunity to make a step change. More than anything else, culture defines a country. It provides international visibility and stimulates global interest more than a nation’s politics, business or economy ever can. So, with our colourful history, strong identity,...
  • In Scotland, 'Aye' Means No to England

    09/16/2014 9:11:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Should Scotland be an independent country?" reads the referendum on which Scotland will vote Thursday. Voters have two choices -- yes or no. Queen Elizabeth II went so far as to tell Scots on Sunday, "I hope people will think very carefully about the future." The queen was savvy to urge Scots to look ahead, not behind. The Scottish Parliament building opened in 2004 after the Scotland Act 1978 allowed for local control. It is a marvel of modern architecture located off Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Its open architecture and use of glass, oak and sycamore display a determination to root...
  • What Would Braveheart Do?

    09/16/2014 9:04:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    No matter how the vote turns out on Thursday in Scotland, either for independence or continued union with Britain, the disintegration of the Old Continent appears almost inevitable. Already the British government has conceded that, even if the Scots vote for union, Edinburgh will receive greater powers to rule itself. Cheering for the breakup of the U.K. are Catalans and Basques, Bretons and Corsicans, Tyroleans, Venetians, Flemish, all dreaming of nations of their own carved out of Spain, France, Italy and Belgium. Europe's secessionists have waxed ever stronger since the last decade of the 20th century when the Soviet Union...
  • Obama urges Scotland not to ruin America's 'special relationship'..by voting for independence

    09/16/2014 6:48:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 79 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 15, 2014 | Tom McTague
    Barack Obama tonight urged Scottish voters not to break apart ‘one of the closest allies we’ll ever have’ by voting for independence on Thursday. The dramatic intervention, just three days before Scotland goes to the polls, will infuriate Alex Salmond - with the battle for independence set to be decided by the smallest of margins. Up to half a million voters remain undecided - with concerns over the future of Scotland’s place in major international organisations like the EU, Nato and the UN still hotly debated.
  • Truth can stop Scotland sleepwalking to catastrophe

    09/16/2014 4:53:47 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 57 replies
    The Commentator ^ | 14 September 2014 | Steven George-Hilley
    One of the most successful aspects of the Yes campaign has been its ability to hide the economic, social and historical consequences of a vote for independence. The choice for the people of Scotland has been framed by Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Alex Salmond as an opportunity to take revenge on an out of touch Westminster elite, a narrative which for several reasons has struck of chord with a significant portion of Scottish voters. The centrepiece of the Yes campaign’s message is a three and a half minute video from Kirsty, who we are told will be born just...