The kingdom, united still.
Now Westminster had better follow through on devolving more powers to the Scots or there will be another referendum and it will pass. Since devolution to Scotland will further piss off the English, Welsh, Cornish, and Northern Irish, it would be best to move to a federal system but fast.
While the voting results made this unnecessary, I can't allow some perfectly good Malcolm Tucker go to waste:
Charlie does the hard work so I don't have to:
So what is the difference between Islam and Muslim? Islam and Muslim are both words used to describe the religion revealed to the [airquotes] "prophet Muhammed." See, Islam and Muslim both have the same origin in the Arabic verb "salam." Islam is the act of submitting to the will of the law, where as a Muslim is a person who participates in the act of submission to Islam. So what's the correct use for it? Is it Islam or Islamic? Those should describe the religion - [airquotes] "which is actually the constitution" - in a subsequent cultural concepts, whereas Muslim should only describe the followers of the religion of Islam. Like I said before, they said, "Oh, Rep. Bennett, that guy on TV, he's a bigot and a racist. He's an Islamophobe." Well, if I'm an Islamophobe for speaking the truth about Islam, then you're absolutely right. But I find it hard to believe. How can I be racist against Muslim or Islam when the ethnicity is actually Arab? This is kind of confusing.
The House of Representatives will adjourn until after the midterm election once legislative business is completed on Thursday.
That means the House won't return to session until Nov. 12, the week after Election Day.
It goes without saying that the Republicans who control the joint are fond of telling the common folk that they need to work harder if they want to get ahead (or just run in place, for that matter).
Tory Prime Minister David Cameron:
Cameron, whose Scottish political base hardly exists, was advised by Scottish Tory grandees, such as ex-minister Sir Malcolm Rifkind and the England-based right-winger Andrew Dunlop (who as an adviser to Margaret Thatcher had helped bring the hated poll tax to Scotland). Heeding these out-of-touch men, the Prime Minister decided there was a chance of victory by knock-out. So, in negotiations over the vote, he made an extraordinary offer: if the SNP, Scotland’s ruling party, dropped its insistence on a two-question vote – independence or more devolution – they could have everything else. Polls at the time showed that “devo plus”, a gentle step towards federalism, is what the great majority of Scots would have voted for. It’s what I would have voted for. It would have been a safe bet, for both sides.
But Cameron’s decision was that the vote should just be in, or out. And, to get that, he conceded to the SNP the right to frame the wording on the ballot themselves (allowing the nationalists to have the distinct advantage of campaigning for Yes) and giving 16 and 17-year-olds the vote. He also disenfranchised a core constituency of Labour-leaning urban voters, who would have fought for the Union if they had been allowed to vote for more devolution. Silenced, angry, we became the motor behind a cross-Scottish move towards Yes.
In fairness, Cameron was merely continuing the tradition of the Conservative Party shitting on the north - not just Scotland, but northern England as well.
Should the Scots decide to separate today Cameron's government ought to be thrown in the dustbin with great haste (that should be done regardless of the results of the vote, but anyway), if not by resignation then by a no confidence vote in Parliament or as a result of his Liberal Democratic coalition partners bolting (not that sniveling Nick Clegg would do such a thing unless forced).
So: great job, Davey! May you and your Oxbridge toff friends get what you deserve.
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Thank FSM this kid was Canadian. Had he been an American, the wingers would be apopletic.
A Canadian high school student was suspended for dealing cans of Pepsi from out of his locker.
The 17-year-old was told his blossoming business "violated the school's nutrition and marketing policies" — which bans sugary sodas from being sold on campus.
The kid is making a 140% profit and like all true blue Republicans has found a loop hole. He's technically banned from selling on school grounds so he walks to the street, makes the transaction, and returns to school.
This kid is destined for greatness.
The top-shelf national security reporter James Bamford:
Among [Edward Snowden's] most shocking discoveries, he told me, was the fact that the N.S.A. was routinely passing along the private communications of Americans to a large and very secretive Israeli military organization known as Unit 8200. This transfer of intercepts, he said, included the contents of the communications as well as metadata such as who was calling whom.
Typically, when such sensitive information is transferred to another country, it would first be “minimized,” meaning that names and other personally identifiable information would be removed. But when sharing with Israel, the N.S.A. evidently did not ensure that the data was modified in this way.
Mr. Snowden stressed that the transfer of intercepts to Israel contained the communications — email as well as phone calls — of countless Arab- and Palestinian-Americans whose relatives in Israel and the Palestinian territories could become targets based on the communications. “I think that’s amazing,” he told me. “It’s one of the biggest abuses we’ve seen.”
It appears that Mr. Snowden’s fears were warranted. Last week, 43 veterans of Unit 8200 — many still serving in the reserves — accused the organization of startling abuses. In a letter to their commanders, to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and to the head of the Israeli army, they charged that Israel used information collected against innocent Palestinians for “political persecution.” In testimonies and interviews given to the media, they specified that data were gathered on Palestinians’ sexual orientations, infidelities, money problems, family medical conditions and other private matters that could be used to coerce Palestinians into becoming collaborators or create divisions in their society.
Then there's this:
It should also trouble Americans that the N.S.A. could head down a similar path in this country. Indeed, there is some indication, from a top-secret 2012 document from Mr. Snowden’s leaked files that I saw last year, that it already is. The document, from Gen. Keith B. Alexander, then the director of the N.S.A., notes that the agency had been compiling records of visits to pornographic websites and proposes using that information to damage the reputations of people whom the agency considers “radicalizers” — not necessarily terrorists, but those attempting, through the use of incendiary speech, to radicalize others. (The Huffington Post has published a redacted version of the document.)
Perhaps we shouldn't take this as fact just yet. Fair enough. But does anyone truly believe that the National Security State won't be used for domestic political ends? We can wave off Markus Wolf as a dirty commie but Hoover was one of ours, and he most certainly used the powers of his day to blackmail and extort from his political enemies and the political enemies of the presidents he admired.
It can't happen here? It already has. And it probably currently is.
It's unfortunate and deeply damaging that the atheist/skeptic community's most prominent voices belong to the likes of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Penn Jillette, and Michael Shermer, among others. With friends like these men - emphasis on "men" - the theocrats and conservatives can simply sit back and laugh.
The atheist/skeptic community is riddled with capital-L Libertarians and all that entails. It's a problem.
See also: Rebecca Watson.
The documents show that antibiotics were given as standard practice over most of the life of the chickens, not just when the birds are sick. In every instance of antibiotic use identified, the doses were at the low levels that scientists say are especially conducive to the growth of so-called superbugs -- bacteria that can gain resistance to conventional medicines used to treat people. Some of the antibiotics belong to categories considered medically important to humans.
Those who pine for the days when a finger cut could kill you will be made happy before too long.
Well this sure is interesting:
The Justice Department intervened late Friday in a defamation lawsuit against United Against Nuclear Iran, a prominent advocacy group that pushes for tough sanctions against Tehran. The government said the case should be dropped because forcing the group to open its files would jeopardize national security.
The group is not affiliated with the government, and lists no government contracts on its tax forms. The government has cited no precedent for using the so-called state-secrets privilege to quash a private lawsuit that does not focus on government activity.
“There is no precedent, literally, for what the government is attempting to do,” said Abbe D. Lowell, a lawyer for Mr. Restis.
If United Against Nuclear Iran possesses American classified information, it is not clear how the group obtained it. Government intelligence agencies are prohibited from secretly trying to influence public opinion.
“I have never seen anything like this,” said Ben Wizner, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who represented clients in other cases that have been quashed because of state secrets. “If there’s something in their files that would disclose a state secret, is there any reason it should be in their files?”
Another possibility is that the Justice Department is trying to protect foreign relations with Israel, a vital ally.
Something here stinks but bad. If this thread is pulled just enough some nasty things might be exposed.
But Death Squad Eric won't let that happen, nor will his boss.
And on we go....