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Sep 21 12:27

Obama’s ‘stupid stuff’ turned upside down

So much hard work to pivot from GWOT (Global War on Terrorism) to the Big Boys in Eurasia. So little time – and competence. The Caliph’s goons have announced on the record they would go for beheading Putin. If only the Pentagon would subcontract the job.

First Obama promised there would be no ground troops to fight The Caliph – as in a re-invasion of Iraq. Then General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that if the current gambit of Obama’s self-defined “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” foreign policy doctrine does not work – and it won’t – he’ll go for ground troops, embedded or otherwise.

On Ukraine, the Big Picture spells out the European Union mired in a horrendous crisis, under a third recession in five years, obviously without the cash, not to mention the will, to pay Ukraine’s humongous bills. Sooner – with negotiations starting this Saturday in Berlin – or later the EU will have to find an accommodation with Moscow to guarantee its precious gas supplies.

Sep 21 08:22

Obama Launches His War, Finally

Obama’s presidency has come full circle by reinventing the neocon dogmas it once professed to reject. On the pretext of fighting the IS, which the US and its allies created in the first instance, what is unfolding is a massive neocon project to remold the Muslim Middle East to suit the US’ geopolitical objectives. Call it by whatever name, it is an imperial war – albeit with a Nobel as commander-in-chief.

The US will pit Muslims against Muslims in a grim war through the deployment of ‘smart power’, which would ensure that American casualties are avoided.

The strategy is built on three pillars – firstly, setting well-defined limits to the actual American intervention in military terms, secondly, resuscitating the ‘regime change’ agenda in Syria and, thirdly, dispensing with any mandate from the United Nations. In essence, it becomes a repackaged version of the crudely unilateralist US intervention in the Middle East by the George W. Bush administration.

Sep 21 04:35

Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down

A London council has removed “unacceptable” posters instructing women which side of the road they should walk down.

The signs, which have "Women should please walk along this side of the road only" written in both Hebrew and English, were spotted along Stamford Hill in Hackney.

Rosemary Sales, a councillor for Stamford Hill West, described the posters as “unacceptable” and said they had been taken down.

"Several residents in my ward in Stamford Hill have drawn these posters to my attention,” she told the Evening Standard.

"It is of course quite unacceptable to try to restrict women's movements in a public place and council officers removed these posters as soon as it was reported to them."

Sep 20 22:29

Referendum Bill of 2013 Gives Any Person in Scotland the Power to Request and Receive the Register of the Votes

". . . . Scotland -- your process is not over. They are trying to trick you in saying the process is over. That vote count only stands if it rests for six weeks without a petition for a judicial review. Please share widely. And remember -- every single one of you has the right to ask for the register of votes in your council and receive it to review it in a public place." ~ Naomi Wolf

Sep 20 18:51

Election Fraud Scottish Independance - Votes Taken out in a neat bundle

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So basically this is a ballot box being delivered to the counting center. The woman cuts the seal holding the box closed, then reaches in and pulls out the ballots ... which are neatly stacked, something impossible to achieve when ballots and inserted into a ballot box one at a time through the slot in the top!

Sep 20 18:38

EU Official after referendum: "A Europe driven by self-determination of peoples … is ungovernable ”

The quote of the day today must be this one from Belgian EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht in the aftermath of the Scottish rejection of independence: “A Europe driven by self-determination of peoples … is ungovernable … ”

I don’t think he understands the implications of what he says, and I’m quite sure he completely misses out on the mastodont sized problem he – quite accurately despite himself- describes.

Which is something along the lines of ‘Europeans should stop wanting to make their own decisions, because that makes it hard for us in Brussels to make those decisions for them’.

Sep 20 10:22

We've entered the last days of the 'United' Kingdom

Scotland voted No to independence. In answer to the question, ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’, 1,617,989 voted Yes (44.7%) and 2,001,926 voted No (55.3%) in a massively impressive turnout of 84.6%: the highest ever anywhere in the UK in post-war times.

The result, and campaign, will be rightly mulled over and analysed for years, but in the fast moving aftermath it is important to lay down some thoughts and calm-headed thinking. Scotland has changed and shifted in how it sees itself and its future, as a political community, society and nation. Crucially, how others in the rest of the UK and internationally see Scotland, has dramatically and permanently moved.

Sep 20 08:25

Police Investigating Alleged Vote Fraud In Glasgow

Edgar said that fraud could have taken place because voters are not required to present identification at polling places in UK elections.

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Sep 20 08:25

Russian Election Observers: Westminster Rigged Scottish Independence Vote

The head of Russia’s election observation body has sensationally accused the British government in Westminster of rigging the Scottish Independence vote, asserting that there were more ‘yes’ votes than ‘no’ votes despite the no campaign claiming victory.

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Sep 20 08:24

Scottish Rigged Vote – Is Anything Real Any More? The Crisis in Democracy

There is a rising tide among the YES camp that view the Scottish vote was rigged. There are videos and photographs emerging calling the votes rigged. There is special focus on Dundee where photos are circulating on Twitter and Facebook demonstrating the rigging of the election. The polling stations also accused were directly in Edinburgh. This will be like Bush stealing the election in the USA and it will linger causing tremendous resentment in Britain. The whole of Europe needed the Scottish NO vote. Since Brussels rigged the Italian elections, we cannot rule out their involvement behind the scenes yet in Scotland. This has led to so many in Scotland feeling they have been cheated and reduced to second class slaves of London and Brussels.

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Sep 20 08:24

SCOTLAND INDEPENDENCE VOTE RIGGING EXPOSED - Smoking Gun Evidence of Vote Being Rigged!

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Sep 20 08:23

Scotland Independence Referendum: Videos Claim Vote 'Is Definitely a Fix'

Disappointed 'Yes' voters across Scotland are reacting to the news that Scotland has voted No to independence with disbelief, as thousands claim the ballot was rigged in voting stations in locations such as Dundee and Edinburgh.

Stills from a broadcast on Sky News of Dundee polling station have been circulating widely on Twitter and Facebook this morning. The images apparently show a ballot paper clearly marked "Yes" in a pile allocated to No votes.

The image has led to allegations of electoral fraud and rigging in the historic elections, with Facebook users on the popular "Scottish Independence - Vote YES" page claiming the video shows the vote is "definitely a fix".

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Sep 20 08:23

Scottish independence: Video ‘proves vote was rigged,’ say Yes voters

Rigged. Fixed. Bribes and power. Brace yourself Scotland. We're going to be raped for years to come.

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Sep 20 08:23

Scotland Vote Rigging Possible As Reports Leak Out

These are not the only cases of voter fraud however and others are sharing their stories and accounts of Scotland vote rigging and fraud on YouTube and other social media outlets.

This following video is titled, "Scotland Independence vote rigging exposed - Smoking Gun Evidence of vote being rigged!" In the video you can see the ballot papers that say, "Should Scotland be an Independent Country" with a simple Yes or No checkbox. In the video a woman is seen switching the pile of YES votes and shifting them into the NO pile of votes. It was assumed that this was changing the counts as people were still voting that they wanted Scotland to gain freedom from the United Kingdom.

Another instance shows that piles of votes on a table marked NO votes there were ballots on top that clearly had the YES box checked.

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Sep 20 08:22

Russian media reporting Scottish election a farce that did not meet international rules.

"We're talking about the fact that this procedure (a referendum in Scotland - Ed.) Is not consistent with the principles of the referenda. Overall position (on the referendum in Scotland - Ed.) Were adjusted to those rules by which elections are held in the UK. But these rules are very different from generally accepted international principles, "- said Borisov.

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Sep 20 08:22

100% PROOF THAT SCOTLAND VOTE WAS RIGGED! MUST SEE FOOTAGE!!

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From Dodgy Dossier to Dodgy Elections!


Sep 20 08:21

Police investigating alleged electoral fraud at polling stations in Glasgow after people find their votes had already been cast

Police in Glasgow are investigating ten cases of suspected electoral fraud.

Voters turned up at polling stations to find that people had already voted using their names.

Glasgow City Council confirmed that there had been 10 instances where people had gone to vote and found their names had already been crossed off the list.

Spokesman Colin Edgar said: 'We've had a number of suggestions across the course of the day that people have turned up at the polling station to vote and they appear to have voted already.

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Sep 20 08:21

BUSTED! Does This Video Show Vote Rigging In The Scottish Independence Vote?

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When they announced that there would be no exit polls, that is when I knew this vote was going to be crooked!

Sep 20 08:21

I have a fishy feeling about this - Scotland Independence vote

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Vote counter shifts a stack of YES votes onto the NO pile!

Sep 20 08:17

VOTER FRAUD: Was the Scottish Independence Referendum Rigged to Fail?

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Is this a trick question?!?

Sep 20 08:11

Clashes Erupt in Glasgow Square Following Pro-UK Vote

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The referendum did not fail, it was stolen. There are photos of YES ballots on the NO piles. There are videos of ballot counters slipping YES votes into the NO piles and even filling out blank ballots to add to the NO piles. The counting center in Dundee was evacuated twice when someone set off false fire alarms, leaving the ballots and ballot boxes totally unguarded. Children as young as three were registered to vote and and because no ID was required, YES voters showed up only to find NO votes had been cast using their names. And there were no exit polls to confirm the official result.

As Kennedy stated, when peaceful revolution becomes impossible, violent revolution becomes inevitable. The violence is the result of the Scots knowing their referendum was rigged to keep them slaves to Britain.

Sep 20 08:11

FLASHBACK 2005 - Judge upholds vote-rigging claims

A judge investigating vote-rigging in Birmingham's local elections has ruled there was widespread fraud and has ordered new elections.

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So there is precedent for massive vote fraud in Britain and for holding new elections as a result, which may be the only way to avoid a civil war in Scotland.

Sep 20 08:02

Vote Fraud in Scottish Referendum?

In Scotland as a whole, NO got more votes than the polls had predicted.

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Sep 20 07:59

Could Northern Ireland vote yes on referendum to leave UK?

Sinn Fein have repeatedly called for that vote date to be announced.Right after the Scottish vote Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams called for a border poll again.

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Sep 20 06:43

URGENT! Unionists & Scottish Independence Supporters Clash In Glasgow

WEBMASTER ADDITION: I am sorry to see this happen, but as Kennedy said, when peaceful revolution becomes impossible, violent revolution becomes inevitable. Everyone knows the referendum was stolen. This is the result.

Sep 20 04:38

Vote Fraud in Scottish Referendum?

In Glasgow, “Police are investigating ten cases of electoral fraud.”

Voters turned up at polling stations to find that people had already voted using their names.

Police officers have removed the ballot papers concerned.

The papers were from 10 different boxes across Glasgow, and not concentrated in one area.

Sep 20 02:25

CNN gaffe shows 110 per cent turnout in Scottish referendum

CNN living up to their famed high standards.

Sep 20 01:28

Staying together

Why did Scotland’s referendum fail? Would the establishment ever allow an independent Scotland? Is this the last time we will see a vote for independence in Scotland? Was the result of the referendum considered a success for the Scottish? Did this referendum pave the way for others – for example Catalonia?

Sep 20 01:12

We the undersigned demand a revote of the Scottish Referendum, counted by impartial international parties.

We demand a revote be taken of said referendum, where each vote shall be counted by two individuals, one of whom should be an international impartial party without a stake in the vote.

Sep 19 23:22

Scots Independents Lose Vote but Win the Fight

The centuries-old UK may have been spared for now from imminent dissolution – at least on paper – but sweeping changes are nevertheless on the way, thanks to Scotland’s pro-independence movement.

Indeed, it could be said, the issues raised by the Scots of democratic accountability, more equitable economic policies, and more independence in international relations as opposed to subservience for example to NATO group think, all such issues resonate not just with “separatists” but to many ordinary citizens right across the EU.

The Spanish government in Madrid even threatened to veto an application to the European Union from an independent Scotland. That’s a measure of how concerned Madrid was taking the Scottish “contagion” spreading to its own borders.

Sep 19 14:14

Russian observers suspect 'special' voting technologies employed in Scotland

Russian observers have suspicions over the "special" voting technologies used during the Scottish independence referendum and expect the announcement of results that will either confirm or disprove their suspicions.

Sep 19 14:07

Scotland independence referendum: with no exit poll isn’t there a democratic deficit?

Exit polls are the best form of voting-related data we can ever get our hands on. They’re collected by large numbers of researchers standing outside polling stations and asking tens of thousands of people how they voted – as well as collecting a little demographic information, such as age, gender, race or social class.

Sep 19 13:32

Electoral fraud in Scottish independence referendum.

A few examples of blatant fraud that have been making their way around the net. And the UK's political establishment have the nerve to criticise the Crimean referendum as "illegal", when international observers declared it fraud free!

Sep 19 13:24

Police Probe Glasgow Voter Fraud Allegations

Police are investigating allegations of voter fraud in the Scottish referendum in Glasgow, election officials have confirmed.

Sep 19 12:24

Foodbank figures top 900,000 – Trussell Trust

New figures from food bank charity the Trussell Trust show that almost three times as many people received its package of three days’ emergency food and support in 2013-14 as did in the previous year.

Sep 19 11:55

'Powerful elite' of at least 20 establishment figures may have been part of paedophile ring that abused children for decades

A 'powerful elite' of at least 20 prominent establishment figures formed a VIP paedophile ring that abused children for decades, a whistleblower claimed today.

Peter McKelvie - the former child protection officer who first raised the alarm about high profile individuals engaged in child sex abuse - said senior politicians, military figures and even people linked to the Royal Family are among the alleged abusers.

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Just the sort of low-life scum who would rig an election!

Sep 19 11:48

Vote Fraud in Scottish Referendum?

You will find below a series of articles from various media on the topic of vote fraud.

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"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything." -- Joseph Stalin

Sep 19 11:37

Scots kiss goodbye to independence

Stuart Littlewood explains why the promises made to the Scottish people by the ruling British elite to dissuade them from voting for independence, must be taken with a large pinch of salt.

Sep 19 10:39

Meet Anthony Reuben, the BBC's Israel flag-waving "Head of Statistics"

Nureddin Sabir highlights the BBC Head of Statistics Anthony Reuben’s’ incredible twisting of numbers to support Israel’s claims that the Israeli Wehrmacht’s recent onslaught on Gaza had been targeted and not indiscriminate

Sep 19 10:24

Scots kiss goodbye to independence

Wallace and the Bruce left spinning in their graves

In a panicky move just 3 days before the Referendum the main party leaders in Westminster published a pledge on the front page of the Daily Record, a high-circulation Scottish tabloid based in Glasgow, in a last-throw bid to persuade Scots to vote ‘No’. This “vow” was signed by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. It promised “extensive new powers” for the Scottish Parliament delivered by a process starting immediately, i.e. today, and “opportunity and security for all by sharing our resources equitably”. The trio “categorically” promised that Scotland would have the final say on funding for the National Health Service, and the Barnett allocation for resources would continue.

Sep 19 10:00

Alex Salmond resigns as first minister after Scotland rejects independence

Alex Salmond has said he will stand down as Scotland's first minister and Scottish National party leader after failing to secure a majority for independence in Thursday's referendum.

He told a press conference in his official residence of Bute House that he would stand down as first minister in November when a new SNP leader will be chosen.

Sep 19 09:52

SPOOF ON SCOTLAND’S ‘DEPENDENCE’

The sun is yet to set on the Empire ...

Sep 19 06:50

SHOCKING! More Blatent Vote Rigging During Scottish Independence Count In Edinburgh

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Sep 19 06:38

UK Scrambles Fighter Jets To Intercept Two Russian Strategic "Bear" Bombers

While Scotland was busy concluding the count of its votes for or against independence, Royal Air Force fighter jets based out of the northern Scottish base in Lossiemouth in Moray, were scrambled to identify and intercept two airplanes which subsequently were revealed to be Russian Tu-95 Russian "Bear H" strategic bombers, that were spotted in international airspace although the exact location of the encounter has not been disclosed. As the RAF later clarified in a statement, the aircraft did not enter UK airspace.

Sep 19 06:37

Scottish independence: Vote rigging fears

THE “integrity” of the electoral register in Scotland has been called into question ahead of this month’s historic referendum vote after it emerged yesterday that children as young as three have been registered to vote and received polling cards.

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Sep 19 05:40

Special Report: Scotland stays in UK, but Britain faces change

snip: However, what Scots also got – even though it wasn’t on the ballot paper - was the promise of greater autonomy, something approaching devo-max.

Unionists had always said they would offer Scots more autonomy if they voted to stay, but had not detailed what that would look like. That began to change as panic over a possible Yes vote took hold in the two weeks before the vote.

The leaders of the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats - who form the current national government - and the opposition Labour Party promised Scots a fast-track timetable for further devolution, including decisions on welfare, borrowing, and tax-raising powers. They also signed a pledge to maintain indefinitely the higher funding levels that Scotland receives compared with many other regions of the UK.

Sep 19 01:54

Ceasefire? A hollow victory indeed

There was more bad news for Israel. The IDF launched a major air and ground military offensives and did not come close to destroying its adversaries’ leadership, organization, military capabilities and alliances. During the seven weeks of brutal attacks against the densely-populated civilian centers, Israel managed to put the Palestinian issue back on the Arab map, draw unprecedented global censure, and give wings to the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) campaign to undermine Israel’s economy. Israel also managed to unify Palestinian political parties across the board – a minor miracle – and make regional heroes out of the “Palestinian Resistance.” With every lash of Israel’s whip, Palestinians found new determination to break the siege of Gaza and end Israel’s occupation.

Sep 18 22:53

No divorce: Scots vote in referendum to remain in UK

Scots have voted to stay in the UK, following an intense campaign which saw both pro-independence and pro-union campaign groups scraping for last-minute support. The ‘No’ campaign rallied 55 percent of votes against 45 percent ‘Yes’ votes.

Given how close both were in the runup to the referendum, at 10% margin in the final result can't be explained away that easily. Either the Scots chickened out or there was some serious electoral fraud going on. My money would be on the latter.

Sep 18 17:07

As Scotland Goes, So Goes the European Union

Throughout history, there have been empires. They rise and fall like the tide every century, and likewise, their collapse looks pretty much the same every time. This time around won’t be any different. In this case the empire is the EU, and it will likely fall in a manner similar to the Soviet Union.

Sep 18 14:47

First YouGov Poll Predicts The Scottish "No's" Have It With 54% Of The Vote

With a reported turnout above 90% (over 4.2 million votes), YouGov reports its exit polls at...

*YOUGOV REFERENDUM PREDICTION: YES 46%, NO 54%

It appears, as somewhat expected, that Fife will be the key swing constituency.

Sep 18 14:23

Scottish independence video: Glasgow voters

Voters in Glasgow have their say on the Scottish independence referendum including one young Scot who bravely sings Dougie Maclean’s Caledonia.

With Scotland’s polling stations witnessing a record turnout, we took to the streets of Scotland’s largest city to canvass opinion.

Sep 18 13:17

As Scotland decides peacefully whether to quit the Union – a lesson to all – let's remember when Scots ruled chunks of England

As Scotland decides whether to break free or remain subservient to its southern neighbour, Stuart Littlewood looks back to a time when the relationship between Scotland and England was far less unequal.

Sep 18 12:28

Put on trial American officials loyal to Israel for treason

“It’s time for the United States people to rise up and purge these Israeli loyalists out of our government and put them on trial for treason because they’re betraying their oath of office, they’re betraying their oath to the constitution and it’s time to eliminate them from our presence and have an independent US free of Israeli and Zionist control,” said Mike Harris

American officials “take their orders from Tel Aviv; they have no loyalty to the American people, they have no loyalty to the American military and it’s their goal to have the US fight wars to the benefit of Israel at the expense of our treasure and lives of our young men and women in order to advance Israel’s goals,” Harris said.

Sep 18 08:55

Monarchy - Scottish independence vote may put Cameron's job at risk

British Prime Minister David Cameron is in serious trouble as his own Conservative Party calls for a vote of no-confidence because he allowed the Scottish independence referendum to take place.

Senior Conservative lawmakers told the British daily The Telegraph on Tuesday that Cameron may face an immediate vote of no-confidence if Scotland votes next week to break away from the union.

Sep 18 08:26

Could 'Bonny Donny' leave the UK too? Doncaster is technically still part of Scotland after it was signed over 900 years ago and never formally given back

It is not just Scotland on the verge of breaking away from the UK - a small pocket of South Yorkshire could go with it.

The town of Doncaster could be left if limbo if the Scots vote for independence, due a historical quirk which means it is officially part of Scotland.

The Yorkshire town was taken by the Scots in the 12th century when King David I seized vast swathes of northern England and it was signed over by King Stephen of England in the first Treaty of Durham.

English monarch Henry II and his forces regained control of the area 21 years later, but historians say Doncaster - dubbed 'Bonny Donny' by some Scots - was never formally given back.

The matter has always been treated as an historical anomaly by locals, but it could become relevant if Scotland decides to split the union today.

Sep 18 07:12

That finger of Rand Paul’s is always in the wind

Rand Paul has trouble admitting that he’s changed his mind. This could be a serious problem if he runs for president observes Chris Moody: Why won’t Rand Paul admit he’s changed his mind?

Back in Washington after a long break last week, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul was stepping off the escalator in the Capitol basement on his way to lunch, when a reporter approached him with a straightforward question.

Sep 18 07:04

9/11 After 13 years Paul Craig Roberts

The corrupt Bush and Obama regimes used 9/11 to kill, maim, dispossess and displace millions of Muslims in seven countries, none of whom had anything whatsoever to do with 9/11.

The tragedy of September 11, 2001, goes far beyond the deaths of those who died in the towers and the deaths of firefighters and first responders who succumbed to illnesses caused by inhalation of toxic dust. For thirteen years a new generation of Americans has been born into the 9/11 myth that has been used to create the American warfare/police state.

Watching the twin towers and WTC 7 come down, it was obvious to me that the buildings were not falling down as a result of structural damage. When it became clear that the White House had blocked an independent investigation of the only three steel skyscrapers in world history to collapse as a result of low temperature office fires, it was apparent that there was a coverup.

Sep 18 06:50

What draws Modi to China

Modi has gleefully inherited the two key anchor sheets of India’s foreign policy – primacy on economic diplomacy and strategic autonomy.

On the other hand, under him, there has been a discernible shift in deploying strategic autonomy no longer as a ‘stand-alone’ pillar but as purposive underpinning for economic diplomacy.

Second, Modi has sifted the locus of economic diplomacy – and India’s leanings toward the Western world that went under that rubric through the past decade in foreign policy domain – away from the West to Asia.

Modi is due to visit the US in exactly twelve days from now. But there is nothing of the American rhetoric that used to mark a Manmohan Singh visit to the White House.

An idea was thought of initially to propitiate Modi by granting him the privilege of addressing the US Congress. But it has been quietly shelved.

All this certainly needs some explanation.

Sep 18 06:39

Jewish State and Islamic State, Like Breeds Like

When the US and its allies say they are doing what is right by humanity, and by their values, the question begging to be asked is where is their humanity and values in regard to the Palestinian people, and why are they not equally doing what is right by humanity, and by their values towards “the Jewish State” and its aggression, crimes and gross violations of human rights, international law and resolutions? — Ali Kazak(former Palestinian ambassador to Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, East Timor and the South Pacific region)

The US behaves like a lion and a superpower with Russia, China and other countries but like a pussy cat and a banana republic when dealing with Israel.

US President Barack Obama said in his recent speech broadcast live to the nation “This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom. And we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.” He should try saying this to the Palestinian people.

Sep 18 06:34

Live news feed: The latest on the Scottish independence referendum

Rutherford said "Everyone here realizes just how big this is, and how much will change," our reporter said.

"This is much closer - the polls have significantly narrowed. It's amazing, in Edinburgh for example, you hear the Yes crowd everywhere, but not the No.

"The No camp is very much a significant silent majority."

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Which tells us the corporate media polls are being fabricated to cover up massive election fraud.

Sep 18 06:33

World shares Scotland’s ‘freedom’ call

Scots go to a battle today to win their freedom. Generations of Scottish people have waited for this day. Nearly three years ago, Scottish nationalists won the right to finally have a referendum to vote on their country’s independence from London.

But the right to freedom for the Scots has been an historic battle going back more than eight centuries to break from the dominance of English rulers.

Arrayed against Scots is a formidable army of opponents. The British monarch, the Bank of England, all of the Westminster political establishment, the oil companies, the London-centered, biased media, and even British military intelligence and its allies in Washington and NATO.

So, Scotland the Brave, strike hard, strike true; for the good people of the world stand with you.

Sep 18 06:08

Will they stay or go? Scotland votes on independence

Voters across Scotland went to the polls Thursday in a historic vote to decide whether Great Britain should be a little less great: without Scotland.

The northern region's 307-year-old marriage with England hangs in the balance, as polls show a tight race between unionists and nationalists, who argue Scotland would be better off with a divorce.

A massive turnout of around 4.2 million Scots, about 97% of eligible voters, is expected, and residents as young as 16 have been granted p

Sep 17 20:59

American Establishment Combats Resurgent ‘Isolationist’ Threat

“With communism gone, the conservative coalition should have fractured long ago. This was delayed by Sept. 11 and the rise of radical Islam. But now, 12 years into that era — after Afghanistan and Iraq, after drone wars and the NSA revelations — the natural tension between isolationist and internationalist tendencies has resurfaced.”

In 2013 it became apparent that the American people had grown averse to America’s involvement in wars, and that received empirical confirmation in a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in November 2013, which revealed that 51 percent of Americans believed that their country’s military involvement was excessive. [1] Once again the bugaboo of isolationism entered the mainstream spotlight, the derogatory label being attached to those who would like to cut back America’s global Intervention.

Sep 17 20:52

ISIS Beheadings on Cue from Washington and London?

The question is this: are these shocking executions, with their highly stylized graphic videos, being used to manipulate public consent for Western military intervention in Syria? In that case, ISIS is not acting in some apparent rogue fashion, turning on its Western intelligence masters, but rather it is obeying orders as usual as part of a macabre charade to facilitate Western military intervention.

A meeting this week in Paris will allegedly firm up military tactics on how the US-led coalition will carry out its putative strikes. So far, Washington has said that it will not be committing ground troops as in the previous Iraq War (2003-2012) and the ongoing US-led campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Obama said the modus operandi against ISIS would be like its “counter-terror operations in Yemen and Somalia”, where US air power is assisted by “partners on the ground”.

Sep 17 17:24

How the media shafted the people of Scotland

Journalists in their gilded circles are woefully out of touch with popular sentiment and shamefully slur any desire for change

Perhaps the most arresting fact about the Scottish referendum is this: that there is no newspaper – local, regional or national, English or Scottish – that supports independence except the Sunday Herald. The Scots who will vote yes have been almost without representation in the media.

There is nothing unusual about this. Change in any direction, except further over the brink of market fundamentalism and planetary destruction, requires the defiance of almost the entire battery of salaried opinion. What distinguishes the independence campaign is that it has continued to prosper despite this assault.

Sep 17 16:00

Scottish Independence: Politicians Love Democracy So Much They're Trying To Subvert It

The polls in Scotland will close this week on one of the more important elections in recent history... perhaps one of the only elections that actually matters. Every eligible voter has a say, and a simple majority decides the outcome for everyone else. By definition, this is the purest possible form of the democratic process. But that’s not what’s happening. British politicians are scared to death that Scotland will file for divorce; so they’re doing everything they can to influence the outcome of this supposedly impartial democratic process. They’ve spent an incalculable amount of money trying to influence the outcome, effectively subverting a democratic election.

Sep 17 13:39

Parliament could be recalled on Saturday if Scotland votes Yes and Cameron becomes the Prime Minister who broke up the Union

Parliament could be recalled as early as Saturday, if Scotland votes for independence.

David Cameron will come under immediate pressure to address the nation if the Union is torn up by Thursday's historic vote.

The final result is expected around 7am on Friday morning, which means MPs could be summoned to Westminster this weekend for the most important speech of Mr Cameron's premiership.

There has been growing speculation that if Scotland does vote for independence, Mr Cameron will have to resign, as the Prime Minister who oversaw the break-up of the Union.

Sep 17 10:58

Scottish independence: women voters could save the Union

The fate of the United Kingdom rests in the hands of women voters, according to an exclusive poll for The Telegraph which shows that the Scottish independence referendum is on a knife edge.

With one final day of campaigning left before voting begins, the poll of 1,150 Scots shows 52 per cent plan to say No to independence on Thursday, with 48 per cent intending to vote Yes.

The results show that the No campaign now has a 16 point lead among women who have decided which way to vote - up from 14 points on Sunday. Some 58 per cent of women say they will vote No on Thursday, with 42 per cent planning to vote Yes, among those who have reached a decision.

Sep 17 10:50

The REAL Reason Britain is Freaking Out About Scottish Independence

David Cameron and the British media have been freaking out about the potential Scottish independence.

They’ve blathered on about “history”, “common defense” and other red herrings.

But it’s really all about oil …

Specifically, if Scotland becomes independent, it gets to keep 90% of the revenues from its huge oil reserves.

Sep 17 10:50

A Public Bank Option for Scotland

To achieve true independence, Crane suggests the following, among other mandates:

Establish an independent Central Bank of Scotland.
Issue a new Scottish (Debt Free) Currency.
Settle any outstanding debt with new Scottish Currency.
Take Scotland out of the EU.
Take Scotland out of NATO.
Establish strict currency controls for the first 3 years of independence.
Nationalize the Scottish oil & gas industry.
Re-take control of the National Health Service.
Establish a State Employment Agency to provide work/training for all able-bodied residents.

Sep 17 10:47

If the UK recognises Palestine, so will others

The recent announcement by the Israeli government that it is expropriating another 1,000 acres of the West Bank has only reinforced in the minds of many that the Israel-Palestine conflict is stuck in an impasse. Yet it is at such bleak times that leaders need to find new ways to move forward. That is why I believe the time is right for the United Kingdom to recognise the state of Palestine. The turmoil in Syria and Iraq may overshadow this issue, but it is wrong to neglect it.

Sep 17 09:14

Ignored and fed up, UK regions call for Scottish-style devolution

Nearly half of Britons - 48 percent - support more decision-making powers being devolved to English and Welsh cities and regions, according to a poll published on Tuesday that was conducted by ComRes for ITV News.

Sep 17 09:14

Scottish Independence: British Establishment In Full Throttle Panic Mode

With less than 48 hours before historic vote, pro-independence leader calls promise of extra powers a "last minute desperate offer of nothing"

With less than two days before the vote on Scottish independence, and polls showing a dead heat between those who seek to break the 307-year bond with England and those who wish to stay united, the three main UK party leaders gave a joint promise Tuesday that Scotland will get extra powers if it votes "no".

Sep 17 08:19

Special Report: Scots in Their Own Words on Independence

Sep 17 07:33

City of London vs. Scottish Independence

Scotland has a long and noteworthy history of banking. Money, savings and investing is entrenched in the culture and society. Edinburgh is the fourth largest financial centre in Europe (after London, Frankfurt and Paris). Much of this reputation has arisen from its history of innovation over the last three hundred years. The Bank of Scotland, established in 1695, one year after the Bank of England by an Act of the Scottish Parliament, illustrates the prevailing attitude to the creation of money in that era. A list of banking innovations is a useful background of Scottish banking activities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Scotland will simply create their own currency and their own banks. Certainly Scotland will be far better off without a private central bank issuing all of their public currency as a loan at interest!

Sep 17 07:02

Bill Clinton calls for a “no” vote on Scottish independence

In a startling intervention the former US president has called on the Scots to reject independence and stay with Britain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may piss of the Scots even more and push them towards a YES vote.

Sep 17 06:34

Scottish police deny presstitutes' claims that independence campaign is leading to increased crimes & disorder

In response to increased press reports and comment implying increased crime and disorder as a consequence of the Independence Referendum Brian Docherty, Chairman of the Scottish Police Federation said:

“The Police Service of Scotland and the men and women who work in it should not be used as a political football at any time and especially so in these last few hours of the referendum campaign.

As I have previously stated the referendum debate has been robust but overwhelmingly good natured.

It was inevitable that the closer we came to the 18th of September passions would increase but that does not justify the exaggerated rhetoric that is being deployed with increased frequency. Any neutral observer could be led to believe Scotland is on the verge of societal disintegration yet nothing could be further from the truth.

Sep 17 04:54

Richard III's brutal last moments revealed: Forensics show how doomed king was hacked to death by 11 blows after losing his helmet (and his horse) in the Battle of Bosworth

Richard III was surrounded by soldiers and hacked to death after losing his helmet in battle, analysis of his remains suggests.
Medical scanners were used to establish that the king suffered 11 injuries from enemy soldiers at Bosworth Field in 1485.
The 32-year-old died after two blows to the back of his head – one from a sword and the other from a halberd, a medieval axe-like weapon.

As nine of the injuries were to his skull, researchers at Leicester University suggest he had lost his heavy helmet. The two other injuries may have been inflicted after his armour was torn from his body. Wounds to his buttocks probably came as his bloodied corpse was paraded around the battle ground, they suggest. The medical evidence establishes the most detailed account of Richard III’s death ever attempted and is published today in the Lancet medical journal.

Sep 17 02:48

A yes vote in Scotland would be good for the rest of the UK

More fundamentally, if we must rely on the union to deliver social justice, who is going to deliver it? The only possible answer to that question in the current UK political set-up is the Labour party – the party that has abandoned political activism, cosied up to the wealthy, pledged to keep the lowest corporation tax in the G7, supported renewal of the UK’s absurd and obscene weapons of mass destruction, and which is committed to maintaining Tory public spending cuts if elected next year.

Sep 16 22:59

US says it wants to see UK ‘united’ as Scots set to vote on independence

The White House says the US wants to see the United Kingdom “remain strong, robust, united” ahead of Thursday's referendum on Scottish independence, tacitly opposing the separation of Scotland from the UK.

Sep 16 22:51

ISIS Beheadings on Cue from Washington and London?

Once again, what we are seeing is a variation of “humanitarian pretext” to pave the way for the covert, ulterior agenda of Western-orchestrated regime change in foreign countries. That ploy was used previously by NATO forces in former Yugoslavia at the end of the 1990s and more recently in Libya during 2011.

Sep 16 22:47

Stop playing wargames in Ukraine - Nigel Farage

Amongst the long list of foreign policy failures and contradictions in the last few years including, of course, the bombing of Libya, the desire to arm the rebels in Syria, has been the unnecessary provocation of Vladimir Putin.

Sep 16 15:59

Betfair pays out early on Scottish independence 'No' vote

Betfair is so confident of a "No" vote in Thursday's Scottish independence referendum that it is already paying out to those who have staked money on it.

The online bookmaker says it is paying out a "six-figure sum".

Despite polls ahead of the vote continuing to be close, betting markets have been overwhelmingly in favour of the Better Together camp winning on Thursday.

Betfair said this morning that gambling patterns indicate a 79pc likelihood of a "No" vote.

Sep 16 12:12

Scottish Vote Delays ISIS Response???

Sep 16 11:14

Scottish referendum: David Cameron begs Scots not to leave the UK If you don't like me, I won't be here forever, the Prime Minister tells voters

David Cameron begged the people of Scotland not to leave the United Kingdom as he promised them that he “won’t be here forever”.

**Too right, as soon as the rest of us get a vote

Sep 16 11:09

Nigel Farage: Stop opposing Vladmir Putin in Ukraine and join forces to defeat Islamic terrorists

The West must stop opposing Vladimir Putin’s incursion into Ukraine and join forces with the Russian leader in the fight against Islamic extremists, Nigel Farage has said,

The Ukip leader said that Western countries must stop "playing war games in Ukraine and poking the “Russian bear with a stick” because Mr Putin is “on our side” in the war against Islamic extremism.

Mr Farage courted controversy earlier this year when he said that Mr Putin, the former KGB officer, is the statesman he most admires.

In a debate this morning at the European Parliament Mr Farage a sympathetic interpretation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he said European states had “directly encouraged” the uprising that “led in turn to Vladimir Putin reacting”.

Sep 16 10:47

Craig Murray: Absolute Lies From the Guardian

The Guardian have just published the most disgusting outright lies imaginable. I just got back from the St James Centre – I was literally just passing through on my way to change for this evening’s meeting. I saw Ed Miliband beetle in and beetle out again.

There was a prepared claque of Labour members with No signs, who had naturally attracted some curious Yes passers-by too. Miliband only does carefully controlled no opposition photocalls, so when there was some hackling and badinage he immediately scuttled away again. There was absolutely no pushing; shoving or threat. I have been in larger crowds at the chemists’ prescription counter. I personally called out “war criminal”, which I had every right to do.

Sep 16 06:58

Laughing Our Way to Destruction

Here's Frankie Boyle explaining the advantages of Scottish independence: "Scotland would no longer have to invade places like Afghanistan for American interests. . . . I don't support America's wars. I don't even think they are wars. They're one-way traffic, mass-murder. There's never been a time when a shepherd has beaten a helicopter. You never switch on the news to see 'A shock result in Afghanistan today when a missile was destroyed by a wedding.' Because not only will America go into your country and kill all your people. But what's worse I think is they'll come back twenty years later and make a movie about how killing your people made their soldiers feel sad. Oh boo hoo hoo. Americans making a movie about what Vietnam did to the soldiers is like a serial killer telling you what stopping suddenly for hitchhikers did to his clutch."

Sep 15 17:18

How Scotland could be better off without its big banks

The Governor of the Bank, Mark Carney, noted this week that countries which adopt a foreign currency (as Mr Salmond has said an independent Scotland would adopt sterling) tend to hold foreign currency reserves worth at around 25 per cent of GDP in order to guarantee domestic financial stability. And if they also host large banking sectors holdings shoot up to more than 100 per cent of GDP.

Accumulating reserves on that scale would entail Scotland raising taxes or cutting spending for prolonged period. “Real fiscal costs” was how Mr Carney put it. But with a smaller domestic banking sector the need for such levels of reserves and austerity falls. A southward migration of banks’ brass plates could, in this respect, be the best independence present Scotland could hope for.

Sep 15 15:23

UK Hints At Next Reserve Currency, To Issue Chinese Yuan-Denominated Bond

Yuanification continues around the world. As The USA attempts to corral its allies in a 'broad coalition', an increasing number of people - including domestic economic policy advisors - are shifting away from the USD as primary reserve currency. However, the move by British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, announced Friday, is likely the most notable yet in the world's de-dollarization. As Xinhua reports, the British government intend to be the first nation (ex-China) to issue Renminbi denominated bond and to use the proceeds to finance the government's reserves of foreign currency. Osborne described this dialogue outcome as "a historic moment" and a statement of British confidence in the potential of the RMB to become "the main global reserves currency".

Sep 15 14:04

Obama urges Scotland not to ruin America's 'special relationship' with Britain by voting for independence

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet that convinces more Scots to vote for independence.

Sep 15 13:13

ISIS ‘targeted Scot to force a Yes vote in referendum’

A leading intelligence expert fears Islamic extremists are deliberately threatening to behead a Scots aid worker to break up the UK.

Sep 15 11:27

Scottish independence: Wetherspoons boss says 'there's no reason why a small country can’t thrive'

JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has dismissed predictions that Scotland will face a decade of uncertainty if it votes for independence as "nonsense".

The outspoken pubs boss today said it was time for businessmen to stop pontificating on the issue and let the Scots make up their own mind in next week’s vote.

“I think there’s been a massive amount of nonsense talked, especially by businessman, about Scottish independence. There’s no reason why Scotland shouldn’t thrive as an independent economy if that’s what the Scots want. New Zealand has the same population, Switzerland does very well and Singapore with half the population is an economic miracle. There’s no reason why a small country can’t thrive.”

Sep 15 11:21

Scottish independence: Commerzbank says worst case economic scenarios 'exaggerated'

Days after Deutsche Bank reignited the Scottish “no” campaign with terrifying fears that a vote for independence would plunge Scotland back into a 1930s style depression, a rival German financial giant, Commerzbank, has said such speculation has been overdone.

The bank’s economists declared today that “some of the worst case scenarios painted in recent days appear exaggerated,” and provided evidence that Scottish shares have actually outperformed those of the UK as a whole this year, rather than registered any major collapse.

Economist Peter Dixon said: “Whilst the Scottish independence vote has raged, I am struck by just how little the markets have actually moved so far.”

Sep 15 10:16

Scottish Independence: Establishment Resorts To Scaremongering

Established power hates uncertainty, especially any threat to its grip on the political, economic and financial levers that control society. And so it is with elite fears that the United Kingdom, formed by the 1707 Acts of Union, could be on the verge of unravelling.

Sep 15 09:10

Flashback: UK man wins court case against BBC for 911 cover up

Tony Rooke refused to pay a TV license fee because the BBC intentionally misrepresented facts about the 9/11 attacks, he alleged. It is widely known that the BBC reported the collapse of World

Trade Center Building 7 over 20 minutes before it occurred. WTC 7 was a 47-story skyscraper that was not hit by a plane on 9/11 but collapsed at free-fall speed later that day.

So Rooke said the BBC had to have had prior knowledge to a terror attack making them complicit in the attack. He presented the BBC footage to the judge along with a slew of other evidence, and the judge agreed that Rooke had a reasonable case to protest. Rooke was found not guilty and he was not fined for failure to pay the licensing fee.

Sep 15 08:25

Why Scotland Has All The Leverage, In One Chart

As always, the bottom line is about leverage and bargaining power. It is here that, miraculously, things once again devolve back to, drumroll, oil, and the fact that an independent Scotland would keep 90% of the oil revenues! As we showed several days ago, Scotland's oil may be the single biggest wildcard in the entire Independence movement. It is this oil that as SocGen's Albert Edwards shows earlier this morning, is what gives Scotland all the leverage.

Sep 15 08:24

What if Scotland Were a U.S. State?

To put into perspective what the loss of Scotland might feel like to the U.K., let’s think about the country as if it were a U.S. state. Scotland’s gross domestic product was about $211 billion in 2013. That puts it right in the middle of the pack among the 50 states.

However, Scotland means a great deal more to the U.K. than most states do to the broader U.S. The Scottish economy accounted for about 8.4 percent of the U.K.’s GDP last year. Only Texas (8.9 percent) and California (13.2 percent) accounted for a larger share of the U.S. economy.

Sep 15 07:59

We are not afraid - Scttish Independence

“You may have scared me and my family for a short time but as is the pattern from Westminster, your lies were uncovered and you failed to capture me in your disgusting web of deceit.“

Sep 15 07:58

Pro-independence Scots protest at BBC against ‘liar’ journalist

Pro-independence Scots rallied outside the BBC’s Glasgow headquarters on Sunday to protest the public broadcaster’s pro-union “bias” and demand the resignation of political editor Nick Robinson.

Waving Scottish flags and “Yes Scotland” banners, protesters chanted, “You can stick your license fee up your a***!” while banners read “Auntie Beeb, anti-democracy, anti-truth”.

Sep 15 07:41

BEX ALERT - British jihadist medical student, 21, is pictured holding severed head while wearing her white doctor's jacket

A woman believed to be a British medical student who left the UK in order to join ISIS has posted an image on social media of herself holding a severed head.

The woman, who goes by the Twitter name of Mujahidah Bint Usama, claims to be a doctor for the terror group based in Raqqa, Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! They are really laying on the industrial strength bovine excrement right now!

This tells us they are not getting the traction with the public they thought they would with the first staged beheadings. So, if at first you don't succeed, lie, lie again.

Next they will probably gas a cute puppy, like they did to sell the second invasion of Iraq.

Sep 15 07:33

British Government’s surveillance of journalists violates international law

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s application to the Strasbourg Court challenges the government’s use of covert surveillance powers to access and analyse journalistic information. We say it is clearly contrary to fundamental human rights law.

The background to BIJ’s challenge is well known. Edward Snowden finally told us the facts.

Sep 14 14:39

Listening to Lavrov giving up on the West

Again, the prevailing sense is one of disgust, bewilderment, and fatigue. Though somebody as diplomatic as Lavrov will never say the, the general reaction is clearly "you guys are both hopeless and in decline; we don't need, you, goodbye". This is said without anger, mostly with sadness, really.

I don't think that Russian diplomats will make a big anti-western statement at the UN or anywhere else. The opposite of love is not hatred, but indifference. And Russian officials will continue to speak of "our partners" or even "our friends", but while this nice sounding rhetoric will continue, relations with the West will gradually cease to be a priority for the Russian diplomacy, business community and even general public. In fact, Russia is already building a multi-polar world and if the West wants no part of it - tough. The Russians know that the West cannot prevent the emergence of this new world, and they don't really care if they refuse accept this reality or play by the new rules.

Sep 14 10:41

Independence campaign served to make half of Scotland realize BBC & MSM pumps out streams of propaganda

I think the greatest achievement of the campaign has been that half the population of Scotland has awoken to the fact that the mainstream media, and the BBC in particular, pump out a stream of propaganda in collusion with the state and corporate interests, and that much of it is untrue. If I have contributed to that realisation, I am very happy indeed, but I am only one of a number of alternative sources of information now available on new media. The great triumph of the Yes campaign has been the united force of social media and community mobilisation.

Sep 14 08:07

Scottish independence: Campaign leaders stress vote will stand

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said the independence referendum was "a once in a generation opportunity" and he was aiming for "a substantial majority".

However, Better Together leader Alistair Darling said "there is no way back" from independence and his campaign would target undecided voters.

The latest opinion polls have suggested the vote is too close to call.

Sep 14 08:00

Islamic State Video Shows Beheading of Another Hostage

Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as “an act of pure evil.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even if the beheadings are real (and there is ample reason to doubt it), we do not know who is doing it, only who Rita Katz and her SITE Intelligence Group (linked to US and Israeli intelligence) wants you to blame for it! SITE likes to brag that they are able to release the videos before ISIS does, yet they also claim to "find" these videos online on ISIS websites. This is a logical paradox with no explanation other than SITE Intelligence is itself faking the videos, and it would not be the first time they have been caught doing so.

Sep 14 07:36

What do we threaten the Scots with next? Exploding haggises?

Actually if I were Scottish, I would be voting ‘Yes’ just to spite all the people who are trying to frighten and browbeat me into voting ‘No’. Anyone with any spirit must surely feel this way.

If ever we do get the much-promised vote on EU membership, the anti-British side will use just the same tricks and smears to scare us into staying in this miserable liberal German empire. I only hope that, if so, we will have the backbone to ignore them and vote for our independence.

Listen to it – the poor Scots are threatened with currency collapse, bankruptcy, irrelevance and isolation. There’ll even be a frontier, doubtless with barking dogs, searchlights and minefields planted with exploding haggises.

Sep 13 10:31

The Guardian view on the Scottish referendum: Britain deserves another chance

In Britain, in Europe and even in the world as a whole, we are indeed better together not better apart. Nationalism is not the answer to social injustice. For that fundamental reason, we urge Scots to vote no to independence next week. But voting no cannot be a vote against change, and there is now at last the real hope that it can be a vote for reform and decentralisation in Britain. The Scots have laid down a challenge to everyone in these islands, and even to Europe too. Better together, yes. But we must all, together, be part of a better future.

**Posted merely because the comments are much better than the article.
**Happy voting to Scotland!

Sep 13 08:12

The Guardian Of Big Money

Is it really a coincidence that Britain is on the verge of tribal and nationalist fragmentation at the time the Middle East is going through the exact same process? For the time being I’ll leave this question open.

Sep 13 05:32

£1,000 bonuses for staff who hound BBC licence fee dodgers: Move comes as MPs plan to drop threat of prison

Enforcement officers working on behalf of the BBC are being offered bonuses of up to £1,000 a month to pursue people who fail to pay the TV licence fee.

Almost 200,000 people are taken to court each year accused of failing to pay the £145.50 fee.

They risk a £1,000 fine, a criminal record and even jail. Now private firm Capita, which runs the BBC's licensing service, has launched a major recruitment drive to hire extra 'enforcement officers' to hunt down even more fee dodgers.

Potential employees were told they could double their basic salaries with commission for collecting the evidence the BBC needs to prosecute householders.

Sep 12 13:00

Investors pull £17bn from UK as banks ratchet up Scottish independence pressure

nvestors have pulled money out of the UK at the fastest pace seen since the financial crisis of 2008 amid fears that Scotland will break away from the Union, triggering a broader political crisis.

Net flows out of Britain hit $27.3bn (£16.8bn) in August, the highest seen since Lehman Brothers collapsed, according to investment advisory firm CrossBorder Capital.

“Sterling outflows have been an issue since the end of June, but they really gathered pace in August,” said Michael Howell, managing director of CrossBorder Capital, who compiled the index of UK financial investment.

Sep 12 12:37

UK, Germany reject joint strikes against ISIL in Syria

Some US allies, including the United Kingdom and Germany, have refused to join Washington's planned military campaign against ISIL terrorists in war-ravaged Syria.

Sep 12 12:22

CNN Op-Ed: Scotland Might Leave the UK, so the U.S. Should Come Crawling Back

The pathetic desperation of monarchs and megabanks is being heard far and wide at the idea that Scotland might actually vote itself independent of the Crown...but here in America, we have one journalism professor promoted by CNN who believes we should come crawling back begging for forgiveness and a chance to take Scotland's place.

Quote: "David Wheeler says the U.S. would be better off if we apologized for our revolt and joined the U.K." because "We hold this truth to be self-evident: Brits have a superior society."

Thoughts? (You know, if you can stop yourself from gagging long enough to type...)

WEBMASTER ADDITION:

Sep 12 11:51

UK Government changes story again on destruction of Diego Garcia renditions evidence

A British minister has today admitted that a number of records relating to flights passing through the island of Diego Garcia – which is known to have been used by CIA rendition jets – have been “damaged [by water] to the point of no longer being useful.”

The Government first informed Parliament that flight records for Diego Garcia were “incomplete due to water damage” on 8 July this year. The revelation led to further questions from MPs, as ministers have previously admitted that the island – part of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) and home to a US military base – was used by CIA rendition flights.

Sep 12 11:04

Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means

The last divorce from the United Kingdom was painful and acrimonious, but ended in harmony and prosperity. So why should independence north of the border turn out any differently?

In other words, there is life after independence from the UK. The day the British left in 1922, the Union flag came down, the Irish Tricolour was hoisted over Dublin Castle – seat of their Britannic Majesties for hundreds of years – a UK Governor General (who was of course Irish) took his seat, and anyone lucky enough to receive mains electricity could turn the switch by the dining room door – and the lights came on, just as they always did.

Sep 12 10:58

Samantha Morton reveals sexual abuse as child in residential care

The Bafta- and Golden Globe-winning actor Samantha Morton, who spent much of her childhood in a succession of children's homes in Nottingham, has revealed for the first time that she was sexually abused by residential care workers and said she believes abuse was "rife" within the city's chidren's services.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Morton said she had reported one particular incident, in which two men jointly abused her when she was 13, to Nottinghamshire police and social services shortly after it happened, but no formal investigation was undertaken by either agency. The men were allowed to stay in their jobs while she was abruptly moved to another home.

Sep 12 10:55

Scottish referendum too close to call, says ICM poll Guardian/ICM poll finds support for no campaign on 51% and yes on 49% with less than a week to go

The union between Scotland and England hangs by a political thread as a fresh Guardian/ICM poll published on Friday puts the yes vote just two percentage points behind those supporting no.

Despite a week of intense political campaigning by pro-union politicians and repeated warnings from business about the dangers of independence, the poll finds support for no on 51% and yes on 49% once don’t knows were excluded.

Sep 12 10:06

Snouts still in the trough: Five years after expenses scandal, MPs claim more than ever - and record number employ relatives

MPs are pocketing even more expenses than they were before the 2009 scandal – with many putting family members on the payroll, figures showed yesterday.

Taxpayers last year funded a record £103million of allowances. In 2008 – the year before the expenses scandal broke – the figure was £102million.

Part of the increase is down to a rise in the number of MPs employing relatives and business associates on the public payroll. Some 168 parliamentarians – more than a quarter – listed wives, children and even parents on their expenses returns last year, costing taxpayers more than £4million. This is up 8 per cent on the 155 who did so the year before.

Sep 12 10:01

Senior SNP figure threatens BP with nationalisation and cutting banks down to size for being 'in cahoots with rich English Tories'

The former deputy leader of the Scottish nationalists has threatened a 'day of reckoning' for businesses that have spoken out against independence.

SNP grandee Jim Sillars lashed out after a host of banks, finance firms, supermarkets and retail giants warned about the dangers of separation.

Mr Sillars said oil giant BP would be nationalised 'in part or in whole' while bankers and big business chiefs would be punished for 'being in cahoots' with the Tories.

The remarks are likely to increase business anxiety over independence just six days before next week's referendum.

Sep 12 09:55

Consultant at Stoke Mandeville Hospital 'attempted to arrange abortion for young girl he raped'

A retired hospital consultant has denied charges that he tried to arrange abortions for a young girl patient he is already accused of raping.

Dr Michael Salmon, 79, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, appeared before a judge at Reading Crown Court to plead not guilty to two charges of procuring an abortion for the same girl.

The offences are alleged to have happened on separate occasions between July 1984 and July 1985.

The claims, made by a total of eight alleged victims, related to when Salmon was a consultant at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the Royal Buckingham Hospital, both in Buckinghamshire, in the 1980s.

Sep 11 20:01

U.S. Fear/War Mongers Win This Round

The fear/war mongers got to the New York Times editorial board between May 23, 2013 and September 10, 2014. The Times and President Obama both gave in to the wrong people.

The American public doesn’t want to go to war unless there is something out there that frightens them.

This explains why all of our wars have been preceded by dire warnings of what will happen if we don’t militarily engage the enemy.
In President Obama’s Wednesday night speech, he repudiated his own caution and prudence by falling in line with those who think there is no fear out there that war cannot overcome.

The New York Times editorial board sonorously endorsed the President’s decision under a headline that informs the nation that the drums of war have had their effect: “The Attack on ISIS Expands to Syria,”

Sep 11 19:57

Obama takes hypocrisy to new high levels

In laying out his plans to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS, President Obama said this: “America, our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden. But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead. From Europe to Asia, from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn capitals of the Middle East, we stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity. These are values that have guided our nation since its founding.”

There’s an old English, somewhat vulgar, four-letter word which in my view sums up that statement. CRAP. (The dictionary definition of it is “excrement, rubbish, dirt, worthless nonsense.”)

An informed visitor from another planet who listened to Obama would scratch his head and say, “Has the president not heard about the occupied and oppressed Palestinians and their long struggle for freedom, justice and dignity?”

Sep 11 18:31

Vote YES On Scottish Independence – Scotland Finally Has A Chance To Get Free From The British

Scottish voters finally have the opportunity to fulfill William Wallace's dream of a Scotland that is free and independent of England forever. All they have to do is vote yes next week. Without a doubt, a divorce from the British would be quite messy, and life would probably be more comfortable in the short-term if Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom. But hopefully the people of Scotland are looking beyond short-term concerns. Today, the United Kingdom is a horribly repressive Big Brother police state that is dominated by bureaucratic control freaks. You can hardly even sneeze without violating some kind of law, rule or regulation. And the London banking establishment is at the very heart of the debt-based global financial system which is enslaving so much of the planet. Scotland finally has a chance to get free from all of this. All it is going to take is a yes vote on Scottish independence.

Sep 11 11:50

Britain could assist US with Syria airstrikes

Prime Minister David Cameron is supportive of President Obama’s decision to authorize US airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, Downing Street has confirmed.

While UK government officials claim there are currently no plans for Britain to engage in airstrikes in Syria, such military action has not been ruled out in the future.

Sep 11 06:07

South Downs National Park Authority rejects shale drilling bid

An energy company’s bid to drill for shale oil and gas in the UK’s newest national park has been rejected.

On Thursday, the 11 officials on the planning committee of the South Downs National Park Authority voted unanimously to turn down an application by Celtique Energie to undertake exploratory drilling as a precursor to fracking at Fernhurst in West Sussex.

Sep 11 05:34

Military fury over ban on Scottish soldiers based in England voting in next week's historic independence referendum

Scottish soldiers based in England will not be able to take part in the historic referendum on independence.

Critics condemned the ’shocking’ rules which mean thousands of Scots stationed outside their home nation will not have a say on the future of the Union.

Only those who still have an address in Scotland will be able to take part, affecting troops stationed in England, Cyprus and Germany.

Sep 11 03:22

PLEASE READ: If People Were Countries.....

If People Were Countries.....
(or, how to avert nuclear war, public or private)

remember, everyone, when things get heated, to CALM DOWN.

there is a point in any conflictual communication where one feels one absolutely must raise one's (virtual) voice, lose one's cool; where not to do so is a detriment to oneself and the meaning in one's life.

soon as the emotional barbs are answered in kind, one might as well give up. 'Innocent until proven guilty' -- how one feels and where one draws the line of acceptable stretching of the truth is not as important.

-- 'to protect my honor' or to 'back up my principles' or 'to protect' others -- worse, to 'not lose face' --

these are the game changers, the seemingly unique and rare set of events that will suddenly convince a large number of people to get involved, people who steadfastly opposed getting involved up to that point.

sound familiar?

Sep 10 22:24

9/11: The Mother of All Big Lies

Growing numbers of Americans and others worldwide reject the official 9/11 myth.They do so for good reason. It’s a bald-faced lie. It’s by far the most harmful one in living memory.

The focus is on the distinction between MYTH & REALITY

and

Face to Face with Elizabeth Woodworth and 9/11 Consensus

Sep 10 19:07

The Black Swan Of Scotland

And there’s something in all of that which is definitely scary. London, and the Queen, will do all they can not to lose part of their ‘empire’. The City of London will do even more not to lose a substantial part of their wealth. And this time around I don’t think they properly hedged their bets: the surge of the Yes side is as close to a black swan as we, and the City of London, have seen.

Sep 10 18:51

English MPs hitting back over Scots' new powers: Questions raised over Prime Minister's pledges on tax and spending

The Prime Minister yesterday confirmed that Scotland would get ‘major new powers over tax, spending and welfare’ if it voted No to independence next week.

Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg are also pledging a major transfer of powers in a last-ditch bid to persuade Scots to keep the UK together.

But the move provoked alarm among English MPs, who last night warned it would be ‘untenable’ for Scotland to be handed new powers without major reform of its voting rights at Westminster and generous funding settlement.

Sep 10 18:48

Flashback - Falklands: Cameron says Argentina should respect vote

David Cameron has called on Argentina to respect the wishes of the people of the Falkland Islands to remain British.

The prime minister said the almost unanimous vote in favour of staying a British overseas territory was the "clearest possible result".

He said Argentina should take "careful note" of the referendum, and Britain would always defend the islands.

It follows pressure from Argentina over its claims to the islands, 31 years after the Falklands War with the UK.

Sep 10 15:49

‘Dangerous’ to remove Trident nukes from independent Scotland – former UK defence chief

Removing the UK’s Trident nuclear submarine base from an independent Scotland would “add a dangerous period of destabilization” to the UK’s “nuclear defense posture,” warned a former defence chief.

In an open letter to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope said he is “very unhappy” with the SNP leader’s stance on the future of Scottish defense policy.

The Scottish government has set out plans to remove Trident from Scotland if the 18th September referendum secures a ‘Yes’ vote.

Sep 10 15:12

French favour booting Brits from EU: Poll

A new poll says a majority of French people believe Britain should be booted out of the European Union, rather than have its concerns taken into account by Brussels. It's a question sparked by a possible referendum on Britain's membership in the EU.

If they did, they'd be doing them a big favour. While they are at it, could they boot Ireland out too? Come to think of it, I'm sure quite a few Italians, Spanish and Greeks wouldn't mind being on the receiving end of the same treatment.

Sep 10 10:48

Scottish independence: Yes vote will be disastrous for economy, warn banks

A number of the world’s biggest banks and financial experts have warned of disastrous economic consequences for the UK if Scotland votes for independence.

Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Societe Generale, JP Morgan, RBC Capital Markets and Credit Suisse all made dire predictions about the country’s finances as they warned clients of the increased risk of investing in Britain in the event of a Yes vote.

Sep 10 10:46

Independent Scotland won't pay back debt, Alex Salmond says

Alex Salmond has reportedly taunted the Westminster government over whether an independent Scotland should take on its share of the national debt, saying: “What are they going to do – invade?”

The First Minister was said to have made the comments when pressed about how the Government would react to a decision by a newly independent Scotland to leave the Union without shouldering its share of national debt.

Sep 10 10:44

Scottish Independence: Don't vote Yes just to give the 'effing Tories' a kick, says David Cameron

David Cameron has pledged to stay on as Prime Minister if Scotland becomes independent but urged voters not to break up the union just to give the "effing Tories a kick".

In an passionate address in Edinburgh, Mr Cameron said that he will remain Prime Minister in the event of a Yes vote to "make that [independence] happen"

But an emotional Mr Cameron at one point appeared close to tears as he spoke about the "heartbreak" he would feel if Scotland voted for independence.

Sep 10 10:06

Putin, not Ukraine, is Vexing America

It is not about Russian aggression.

It is about Putin being an independent world leader who is not bowing down to American imperial dictate.

Forget about alleged Russian aggression and land grabbing in Ukraine – the real problem for the United States is Vladimir Putin. To be more precise, the real problem is a strong, independent Russia under the leadership of President Putin, a Russia that stands up for its national rights, respect for international norms and which is not prepared to simply roll over to placate American hegemonic selfish interests...

Sep 10 10:02

The 9/11 Triple Cross

Three major thesis are in competition concerning the culprit of the 9/11 attacks:

1. Islam Job: the official conclusion of the 9/11 Commission, blaming Muslim terrorists in general, and Osama bin Laden in particular;
2. Inside Job: the dominant thesis within the so-called 9/11 Truth movement, which accuses the American government, or a faction within the American Deep State;
3. Mossad Job: the rising alternative thesis within the community of truth seekers, which claim that the masterminds were a Zionist network close to the Israeli Likud.
There are variations on each thesis and middle grounds between them, but three camps can clearly be distinguished: Acknowledging this reality, by renouncing the bipolar vision of an information warfare between official liars and 9/11 truthers, and paying attention to the debate (or absence of the debate) between Inside-jobbers and Mossad-jobbers, is the first step toward a paradigm shift in “9/11ology”.

Sep 10 08:23

Scottish independence, UK dependency

Tucked away in the Financial Times’ report earlier in the week was the giveaway. “Currency investors” would apparently be “particularly concerned by the UK’s persistent current account deficit if this were no longer offset by North Sea oil revenues.”

This is something of an understatement. The UK has run a deficit on its trade in goods every single year since 1983. We have imported more goods than we have exported every year for three decades. Including services and overseas earnings (the “current account”), the UK has run a deficit since the mid-1990s. Today, that deficit is close to record levels, at 4.4% of GDP.

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Will Britain go to war against an Independent Scotland to shackle the Scots to London's out-of-control debt?

Sep 10 08:09

Decapitating the Union, Seceding from the United Kingdom: The Scotland Drive for Independence

It is a union that has lasted 307 years. On September 18, Scotland goes to the polls to see whether it will secede from the United Kingdom. The polls are getting closer, and shocks have been felt with the suggestion that the Yes vote may well get across the line.

Sep 10 07:32

Stonehenge Researchers Have Made A Mindblowing Discovery

An extraordinary hidden complex of archaeological monuments has been uncovered around Stonehenge using hi-tech methods of scanning below the Earth's surface.

The finds, dating back 6,000 years, include evidence of 17 previously unknown wooden or stone structures as well as dozens of burial mounds which have been mapped in minute detail.

Most of the monuments are merged into the landscape and invisible to the casual eye.

Sep 10 07:23

UK military plans 3 new Middle East bases to battle ISIS

Three British military bases could be set up in the Persian Gulf to fight the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), a source in the Ministry of Defence said. The bases could be part of a larger US-led offensive to battle militants in Iraq and Syria.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman and Bahrain are all potential candidates to host the bases, the ministry source told the Times on Wednesday.

Sep 10 05:35

Smart energy meters could hit families in pocket, say MPs: Installing devices will cost more than the savings customers make

Families could end up forking out more for smart energy meters than they will save, MPs have suggested.

The Public Accounts Committee said the average cost of installing 53million of the devices over five years could amount to £215 per household, or £43 a year, with the expense added to bills.

But over the same period, households can expect to shave only around £26 a year off their bills, the MPs said.

Sep 10 05:31

Is England going to bomb the Scot Nats? Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine mock the break-up of Britain

Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have brought their own idiosyncratic take on the Scottish independence debate as they back the Yes vote.

Separatists have been mockingly comparing the battle for Ukraine with the referendum in Scotland, asking why England doesn't use military force and poking fun at the Queen and US President Barack Obama.

One supporter of Novorossiya - the breakaway region of eastern Ukraine - posted a picture of the Saltire on Twitter along with the tongue in cheek question in Russian: 'Why doesn't England bomb the Scottish separatists?'

The meaning seems to be that the British government has not - as it should have done in Moscow's eyes - objected to military action against separatist areas populated by pro-Russians in Ukraine, yet it would never think of using force against Scotland.

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