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July 1, 2011 Now jellyfish have prompted the shut-down of 2 reactors at a nuclear power plant in Scotland.
Nuclear facilities have become a target, from the March tsunami in Japan to June flooding in Nebraska and the wildfire threatening Los Alamos Lab in New Mexico and the NJ shutdown.
Masses of jellyfish were obstructing the cooling water filters of EDF Energy's Torness nuclear power plant.
The seawater is needed to ensure safe operations, and the filters act to prevent sea life and seaweed from entering the cooling system.
Efforts to clear the filters have been under way, but reactors may not be back online until next week.
Jellyfish have been a problem for nuclear power plants in Japan in recent years as well,
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January 2012 Scotland votes on severing UK ties
Scotland's devolved government said on Tuesday it wanted to hold a referendum in 2014 on breaking away from the rest of Britain, setting up a clash with London which wants the vote held as soon as possible to dispel uncertainty.
The Scottish and British governments began playing a cat-and-mouse game over the future of the 300-year-old union between Scotland and England, with London saying the Scottish parliament had no legal authority to call a referendum on independence.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who has previously said a referendum should be held between 2014 and 2016, said on Tuesday the Scottish Cabinet wanted the vote held in the autumn of 2014.
Politicians based at the U.K. parliament in London must "resist the temptation" to interfere in Scottish politics, Salmond added.
"This is the biggest decision in Scotland for 300 years," he told Sky News. "This has to be a referendum which is built in Scotland."
Scotland’s independence to be put to the test
24 January 2012 London MarketWatch - SNP leader Alex Salmond pushes for secession.
Some 300-plus years into the Act of Union that joined the Kingdom of England with the Kingdom of Scotland, the Scots are hankering for independence.
Scotland refuses to bow to UK on independence vote
25 January 2012 The battle between Edinburgh and London over how and when to hold a referendum on Scottish independence intensified Wednesday when Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond refused to bow to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron's demand for an early vote.
Scotland Shut Down by 165 mph winds December 2011
I combined other threads on Scotland - left weather in weather news section
Scotland Police helicopter crashes into Glasgow pub
Nov. 30, 2013 Tis a black day for Scotland.
8 dead after a police helicopter crashed into a busy pub in Glasgow.
DEBKA reports 6 dead, 32 in hospital. Eyewitnesses reported seeing helicopter falling like a stone into the roof of the pub.
120 people were in the pub at the time of the crash. Many were rescued or escaped but others have been trapped by a collapse of the building.
There were 3 on the helicopter, 32 people have been taken to local hospitals.
Earlier senior fire officer said they had made contact with some people trapped inside the pub but the building was unsafe and they were taking a "methodical" approach to the rescue.
The emergency services could be seen on the pub's roof trying to rescue people from inside.
UPDATE Dec. 1
8 people are now confirmed to have died
Several witnesses say they heard the engine splutter before the helicopter crashed on the roof of the pub
Scotland Becomes 17th Country to Approve Same-Sex Marriages
Scotland voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to allow same-sex marriages, becoming the 17th country to give the green light to gay marriage despite opposition from its main church organizations. The Scottish government, which will hold a referendum on independence from Britain in September, said passing the same-sex marriage bill was an important step for...
Nearly impossible for Scotland to join EU
Feb. 17, 2014 An independent Scotland would find it difficult, if not impossible to gain EU membership and obtain the acceptance of other EU member states, according to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
In case there is a new country, a new state, coming out of a current member state, it will have to apply and the application and the accession to the European Union will have to be approved by all the other member states of the European Union.
An international situation may follow in the wake of Scotland gaining independence from the UK following a referendum due for 18th September 2014. The question ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’ will be posed to the nation.
The Scottish Government has previously declared its intention to seek EU membership after the referendum.
Scottish ministers generally think an agreement should be reached while the country remains part of the UK.
Scotland is already in the EU and has been for 40 years.
UK Chancellor George Osborne stirred controversy two days earlier when he said that a formal currency union would be ruled out if Scotland gained independence.
Glaciers appearing in Scotland
August 24, 2014 British Botanists conducting a Summer survey of Scotland’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, have been stunned to find evidence of recently formed multi-year ice fields, areas of compacted snow, some of which weigh hundreds of tons.
“Hazards common in arctic and alpine areas but described as “extremely unusual” in the UK during the summer have been found on Ben Nevis.
A team of climbers and scientists investigating the mountain’s North Face said snowfields remained in many gullies and upper scree slopes.
On these fields, they have come across compacted, dense, ice hard snow call neve.
Neve is the first stage in the formation of glaciers, the team said.”
The team has also encountered sheets of snow weighing hundreds of tonnes and tunnels and fissures known as bergschrunds.
Scottish independence: John Swinney says 'No currency, no debt'
26 August 2014 Finance Secretary John Swinney has confirmed Scotland will not pay its share of the UK debt if it does not get a currency union after independence.
The Scottish government minister told a BBC referendum debate if the UK seized all the assets of the currency it must also take all the liabilities.
Scotland's share of UK debt would be in the region of £100bn.
Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy said defaulting would hurt an independent Scotland from day one.
Labour, the Lib Dems and the Conservatives have ruled out a currency union but this has been dismissed as pre-referendum posturing by the SNP.
They insist Scotland will keep the pound with the backing of the Bank of England.
In January, the UK Treasury said that, should Scotland vote to leave the UK, it would honour all UK government debt issued up to the date of Scottish independence.
The moves was designed to assure international investors that the UK would not default on its debt if Scotland were to leave the union.
However, the Treasury added that an independent Scotland would still be expected to pay its "fair share" of the £1.4 trillion UK debt.
During Monday night's BBC referendum debate, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said: "If you deny us the financial assets then the UK will get stuck with all the liabilities."
Asked on the latest BBC Scotland referendum debate if walking away from the debt was the "firm position" of the Scottish government, Mr Swinney said: "Alex Salmond said last night in the debate that our preferred option was a currency union in which we would take our fair share of the debt that has been built up over time.
"But if the UK is going to seize the assets then it is welcome to all the liabilities and we won't be having any of them if that is how the UK behaves."
During the debate at Leith Academy, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont said Scotland would be able to use the pound after independence but only on terms which are referred to as sterlingisation.
That would mean using the pound without the backing of a central bank.
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I will not pretend to understand this!
Scottish independence vote sold on eBay - for £1.04
August 29, 2014 Scots tried to sell their votes in the Scottish independence referendum online, sometimes for little more than a pound.
The personal votes for the upcoming referendum on 18th September appeared on eBay offering buyers the chance to own a "unique piece of British history" because, in the words of one seller: "I for one, do not give a flying monkey about any of this."
A seller from Glasgow said: “This could be the deciding vote. Who knows? I am a hard working Scottish citizen with a house, a gorgeous wife and two beautiful kids who are my world.
“This vote will not change anything in our lives so I have decided not to vote my opinion but instead….. ONE OF YOURS! Happy Bidding!”
He is reported to have sold the vote for £1.04.
The Electoral Commission spotted the illegal sales, which were then removed from the online bidding site.
A spokeswoman for the Electoral Commission said it had made an agreement with eBay that any such "votes for sale" listings would be taken down and referred to the police.
She added that selling and buying votes was a criminal offence that could lead to a year in prison or a "substantial" fine, the BBC reports.
Sept 7, 2014 Poll shows support for Scotland to break away from UK.
A majority of Scottish voters support choosing independence from the UK in a September 18 national referendum.
It is not about the money Scotland has but where it is spent, said one.
Another said independence would remove some anti-English feelings in Scotland.
Don't let me be last Queen of Scotland
8 September 2014 poll shows 51% of Scots will vote for independence.
The Queen is horrified at the prospect of Scotland voting for independence from the UK.
The referendum dominated her discussions with PM David Cameron.
Buckingham Palace asked for daily updates.
The Queen is a unionist. If there is a Yes vote that puts us into uncharted territory constitutionally. Nothing is certain and her being Queen of Scotland is not a given.
The head of the Better Together campaign has denied plans to set out a timetable for giving more powers to Scotland were a sign of panic.
Alistair Darling was speaking after a poll suggested the pro-UK campaign had lost its lead.
Chancellor George Osborne has promised to unveil a timetable for further devolution if voters in Scotland reject independence.
The SNP has dismissed the proposal as a last-minute "bribe".
Mr Osborne said on Sunday that a "plan of action" would be set out in the next few days to give "more powers to Scotland; more tax powers, more spending powers, more powers over the welfare state".
BBC Scotland's political correspondent Glenn Campbell has reported that a new body will also be set up to hammer out more powers for Holyrood if there is a "No" vote on 18 September.
British PM David Cameron to travel to Scotland
10 Sep 2014 Scotland's national flag flew over 10 Downing Street and the leaders of Britain's three main political parties headed north of the border as part of a charm offensive to head off a possible Yes vote in next week's independence referendum.
Prime minister David Cameron, the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg and Opposition Leader Ed Miliband all said they would travel to Scotland after the latest opinion poll showed falling support for staying in the union.
Mr Cameron pledged to do everything he could to keep the United Kingdom together and said he would head north to Scotland to join the fray.
"The right place to be isn't in Westminster at prime minister's Questions; it's being in Scotland listening to people, talking to people.
David Cameron makes Scotland 'No' vote plea
10 September 2014 David Cameron has made an impassioned plea to keep Scotland in the Union, saying:
"I love my country more than I love my party."
Campaigning in Edinburgh, he said the 18 September independence referendum was about more than being "fed up with the effing Tories".
Mr Cameron came to Scotland on the same day as Labour leader Ed Miliband and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
Scots First Minister Alex Salmond said his opponents could not be trusted.
The prime minister told an audience in the Scottish capital that the UK was an extraordinary country which had done much together.
Responding to questions, Mr Cameron said there was "solidarity at the heart of the United Kingdom" which allowed resources and benefits to be pooled.
The prime minister also said the referendum result was irreversible, adding: "Because it's a ballot, I think people can feel it's a bit like a general election, that you make a decision and, five years later, you can make another decision, if you're fed up with the effing Tories, give them a kick and maybe we'll think again.
Does the currency clash matter?
The pound has been a big issue throughout the battle for Scottish votes in the independence referendum, but increasingly it dominates the debate above all else. Why does it matter?
The Scottish government - led by First Minister Alex Salmond - is certainly clear on its Plan A, which is that it intends to negotiate to continue to share the pound with the rest of the UK in a formal currency union.
One reason Mr Salmond feels confident that will happen is he and his colleagues have said they could refuse to take on a share of the national debt if the UK refused to share assets such as sterling.
But the current UK government and the Better Together campaign, led by Labour's Alistair Darling, don't accept that analysis and insist there will be no deal.
Investors pull cash ahead of Scots vote
Asset managers, investors and pension savers are moving billions of pounds out of Scotland, according to industry executives, amid rising concerns about the financial consequences of a Yes vote in next week’s independence referendum.
Multrees Investor Services, a manager of bank accounts for the wealth management industry, said it alone had moved hundreds of millions of pounds on behalf of several wealth managers. “They’ve all been taking action,” said Chris Fisher, Multrees’ chief executive. “If our clients are doing it then other financial services companies are doing it as well.”
Currency question at heart of Scottish debate
New currency for a new country? Scotland faces range of options, risks if it breaks from UK
LONDON (AP) -- In for a penny, in for a pound.
There'll be no going back if Scotland votes for independence from the United Kingdom on Sept. 18.
Opinion polls showing that may happen have prompted investors to sell off the British pound. If a knockout blow is dealt to Scotland's 307-year union with England, that selling could accelerate as the U.K. plunges into a constitutional crisis.
The fate of the pound, which is also known as sterling and is one of the most tangible links of the union, will be front and center in any separation proceedings, as it has been during the campaign.
The nationalists, led by Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, hope Scotland will still use the pound through a currency union with what's left of the U.K.— Wales, Northern Ireland and England. The main British political parties, notably the Conservatives and Labour, say that's not going to happen.
Enmeshed are other complexities, such as the division of the U.K.'s 1.3 trillion pounds ($2.1 trillion) or so debt mountain and whether Scotland would be part of the European Union.
Uncertainty reigns — a toxic backdrop for the world's fourth-most traded currency. With polls showing the referendum too close to call, the pound has fallen almost 3 cents this week to a 10-month low of $1.6052 Wednesday.
"Huge uncertainties connected with the costs of separation, defense policy, the currency regime in Scotland and the political fall-out in the U.K. would unlikely be resolved quickly and so volatility is likely to stay at heightened levels," said Jane Foley, senior currency strategist at Rabobank International.
One thing's certain: Scotland will have to start paying its bills come March 24, 2016, the date set for Independence Day, so chosen because it is exactly 309 years since the union was signed.
DITCH ONE UNION, AGREE ANOTHER
For months, the Yes campaign made little headway, with many commentators blaming its plan to enter a currency union with what remains of the U.K. The No campaign rules that out and points to the problems that have afflicted the nearby euro currency union. "No ifs, no buts, we will not share the pound if Scotland separates from the U.K.," said George Osborne, the British Treasury chief.
The nationalists argue an agreement is possible. With the two economies so closely tied, a currency union would reduce transactions costs and uncertainty for both and Scotland would gain financial stability.
But a currency union would require Scotland to share political powers with Britain, meaning it would immediately hand back a chunk of its newly won sovereignty. It could, for example, have to get approval for its budget.
George Buckley, chief U.K. economist at Deutsche Bank, said a currency union would also likely require approval in the rest of the U.K. through a vote. "Popular agreement for a currency union with the newly independent neighbor may be potentially difficult to achieve," he said.
THE PANAMA PRECEDENT
No, it's not a Robert Ludlum thriller.
Even without agreement, Scotland could use the pound. "It's our pound and we're keeping it," Salmond said.
It's not an outlandish idea. Panama uses the dollar though it's not part of the United States, while Montenegro pays its way with euros despite not being in the EU. Because Scotland's economy is well synchronized with the U.K., so-called "sterlingisation" is an option, but it's fraught with problems.
Interest rates would be set by the Bank of England without any regard to what's going on north of the border. Scotland would also need to run up reserves to support its financial system, which means spending cuts and siphoning off money from the North Sea energy resources.
Analysts at BNP Paribas say the idea may be a ruse to force the remaining U.K. into a corner. "The hope would be that by choosing sterlingisation, the Scottish government could force some degree of cooperation from the U.K. government, resulting in something that looked more akin to a currency union," they wrote in a report.
EMBRACING THE EURO
Despite its problems, the euro could be the long-term alternative. By the time Scotland opts to join, the eurozone may have solved its many financial problems.
The nationalists used to back the idea of joining the euro before it was in crisis. Since that crisis, however, euro countries have been pooling many of their financial and political powers under strict rules. It's unclear whether Scotland would like to leave one union with Britain to join another.
One problem with the euro option is that Scotland would likely have to reapply to join the EU if it decides to become independent. It's uncertain how easy that will be. Spain, for example, may balk at the idea of early readmission for Scotland for fear it may encourage other nationalist movements in Europe, notably in the Spanish region of Catalonia.
GOING IT ALONE
An independent Scotland may be tempted to go the full hog and create its own currency, possibly resurrecting the Pound Scots that existed before the union. Other similar-sized European economies such as Norway and Denmark manage just fine.
"Having its own currency would provide the Scottish economy with the flexibility to make the necessary competitive adjustments and having its own central bank means that the appropriate level of interest rates can be set to suit the needs of the Scottish economy," said Neil MacKinnon, global macro strategist at VTB Capital.
It's not straightforward. A new Scottish currency would likely require higher interest rates than those in the U.K., even if it were pegged to the pound. There would be transaction costs in financial deals with the U.K. and Scotland would become vulnerable to shocks in currency markets. Businesses and savers may decide it's not worth the risks and move.
Precedent suggests a new Scottish currency would take time to establish itself. When Ireland won independence from the U.K. in 1922, it took six years for its new currency to be launched and decades for it to trade openly. As recently as the 1990s, Ireland needed to have high interest rates to support the Irish pound.
Still, for all its problems, it is "the only truly independent option of the four," said Deutsche Bank's Buckley.
Should Scotland break away from UK
September 18 national referendum.
Polls I have read are too close to call - if one trusts polls.
Opponents of independence lead narrowly ahead of supporters of independence, excluding undecided.
And they could rig the vote - wonder if they have electronic voting machines.
OIL - Business row marks weekend campaign
13 September 2014 NO! leads - narrowly
Business leaders and banks campaigning.
First Minister Alex Salmond said the Scots would not be "bullied" by oil companies, supermarkets or London.
Deutsche Bank said voters and politicians had failed to grasp the negative consequences of independence.
3 retail groups claimed their costs would rise in an independent Scotland and they would have to take "the difficult decision" whether or not to pass those on to consumers. HINT - THEY WILL.
Campaign leaders stress vote importance
the independence referendum was "a once in a generation opportunity" and "a substantial majority" is needed.
Alistair Darling said "there is no way back" from independence and his campaign would target undecided voters.
Mr Salmond said: "We're not aiming to win by one vote. We're aiming to achieve a substantial majority if we can. We tend to take the attitude that there isn't so much as a 'No' voter in Scotland, there are only deferred 'Yeses', and that's been one of the successes of our campaign."
If we vote to leave the UK on Thursday then there's no going back. It's not like an election where you can change your mind if things don't work out.
"If things go wrong this time, we've already voted - we're leaving. There is no way back."
Mr Darling claimed large numbers of voters were "yet to make their minds up because it's that critical".
5 days before voting still don't know the answer to basic questions.
uncertainty over whether firms would move their headquarters out of Scotland
and over how the NHS and pensions would be funded if the country became independent.
It seems to me this vote should NOT occur - without those answers!
Queen to Scots
14 Sep 2014 Think carefully about future LONDON
Queen Elizabeth II has made her first comments about this week's Scottish independence vote, urging Scots to "think very carefully about the future."
But the popular British monarch didn't indicate a preference on how Scots should vote, carefully maintaining the neutrality that is her constitutional obligation.
Still, some may interpret her comments as a suggestion that Scots looking to embrace independence should be cautious about severing Scotland's long ties to the United Kingdom, which date back more than 300 years.
The queen spoke after a Sunday church service near her Balmoral estate in Scotland. She made the comment to a well-wisher in the crowd.
Buckingham Palace recently issued a statement indicating her plans to remain neutral before Thursday's vote.
She was seen as resisting calls from some Conservative Party lawmakers that she should make her views known before the historic vote because it could possibly lead to a breakup of the United Kingdom.
She is well known to have a deep affection for Scotland and to spend much of her free time every summer at her extensive Balmoral estate, where she can be seen walking in the woods or riding horses.
Weekend polls have suggested the race is too close to call with both sides planning a frenetic final few days of campaigning.
Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to return to Scotland to attempt to persuade voters to reject independence and remain part of the United Kingdom.
The "Better Together" campaign has been emphasizing the economic uncertainties that would face an independent Scotland, while pro-independence forces have been predicting a rosy future for an oil-rich Scotland free of the United Kingdom.
If Scotland votes for independence, it would split from the United Kingdom in 18 months. Scottish leaders have indicated a desire to have the queen serve as head of state of an independent Scotland if the Yes campaign triumphs.
Scottish independence could mean messy divorce
A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, NATO
BRUSSELS (AP) — If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security — the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance.
In breaking away from the rest of the United Kingdom, Scotland would automatically find itself outside both the EU and NATO, and have to reapply to join both, officials from those Brussels-based organizations have stressed.
For the EU especially, Scottish re-entry could be a long and arduous process, with other countries dead set against letting the Scots retain the privileges awarded Britain: the so-called opt-outs from being required to use the euro single currency and to join the multination Schengen zone where internal border controls have been scrapped.
For NATO's admirals and generals, the current Scottish government's insistence on a sovereign Scotland becoming free of nuclear weapons would pose enormous strategic and operational headaches, even if a transitional grace period were agreed on. A new home port would have to be found for the Royal Navy's four Trident missile-carrying submarines and their thermonuclear warheads, currently based on the Clyde.
This "risks undermining the collective defense and deterrence of NATO allies," Britain's Ministry of Defense has said. In what might be read as a warning to the Scots, the ministry has said a nuclear-free stance could constitute a "significant" hurdle to Scotland being allowed back into NATO.
Until Scotland rejoined the alliance, to which it's belonged with the rest of Britain for 65 years, new arrangements would also need to be found to patrol vital shipping routes in the North Atlantic and North Sea. If Scotland were to choose not to rejoin, it would pose a conundrum for NATO for which there is no real precedent: what to do following the loss of a developed, democratically governed part of alliance territory that has opted for neutrality, said Daniel Troup, research analyst at the NATO Council of Canada.
Emergence of a new Western European country of 5 million inhabitants with roughly the land area of the Czech Republic or the U.S. state of Maine or would also set in motion political and social forces whose effects are impossible to predict. Because of British voting patterns, the political groups in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that are seeking Britain's exit from the European Union would become proportionately stronger in Parliament.
Meanwhile, on the continent, from Catalonia in Spain to the Dutch-speaking Flemish areas of Belgium, other European peoples that do not have their own states would likely be emboldened to follow the Scots' example.
Loss of Scotland would also weaken the influence of Britain inside the 28-nation European Union. For the moment, the British, along with the Germans and French, constitute the trade bloc's Big Three. Without Scotland's population, Britain would drop to No. 4, behind Italy.
That would mean fewer British members of the European Parliament, as well as a reduced say in population-weighted decision-making in the EU's executive.
"In the European Union, size matters," said Almut Moeller, an EU expert at the German Council on Foreign Relations. "It will be a rump United Kingdom."
This would have major policy implications. A whittled-down Britain would have a weaker hand in pressing for the kind of EU it favors: more of a free market, and less of a political union.
Simultaneously, said Professor Richard G. Whitman, director of the Global Europe Center at the University of Kent, politicians and civil servants in London would be "massively preoccupied" for years in disentangling England from Scotland, following more than three centuries of political and economic unity.
The result would be "a much-reduced bandwidth for defending a more liberalistic agenda" in Europe, Whitman said, including the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the United States.
Under both NATO and EU rules, any existing member could blackball Scotland's application for admission, and some might find domestic political cause to do so. Spain, for example, might want to discourage independence-minded Catalans. For the English, divvying up the common assets with the Scots might turn as acrimonious as a Hollywood divorce, Whitman said.
If Scotland sought special arrangements while trying to get back into the European Union, that could provide a wedge for other countries to demand renegotiation of their own terms of membership, and calls to revise the treaties that are EU's constitutional basis, Moeller said. Germany, the bloc's richest and most influential nation, would be adamantly against that, she said.
A dissenting prediction comes from a Swedish expert on the EU. The 18-month interlude between Thursday's vote and the start date of actual Scottish independence would be enough to allow the Scots and EU to negotiate a deal so that on the very day it became a country, Scotland could seamlessly become an EU member in its own right, said Niklas Bremberg, a research fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.
The most fateful consequence of a Scottish vote in favor of independence could be very close to home: in neighboring England. The English have already soured sufficiently on the European Union to the extent that in the March elections for the European Parliament, they cast more votes for the anti-EU UKIP party than any other.
Fabian Zuleeg, chief executive of the European Policy Center, a Brussels-based think tank, predicted the Scots this Thursday could set an example of sorts_for the English.
"The exit of Scotland from the UK would increase the chances of the exit of the UK from the EU," Zuleeg said.
It Would Be Impossible for an Independent Scotland to Establish a Sovereign Oil Fund
Subsea Oil and Gas Companies in SCOTLAND
Scotland Independence would not be favorable for policy toward Israel
If Scotland votes YES, the foreign policy is not likely to be favorable for Israel, siad Paul Morron, president of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council.
This is so good. I felt Scots should vote NO but unsure why. This is my answer.
Voting today Sept 18, 2014
YES vote will fail
Polls Predict Scotland's Independence Vote Will Fail - See more at:
The vote - As it happens
Voters turn out in droves
CNN is using Commie Core math
Scotland votes -NO! - to independence in referendum
Sept 19, 2014
Yes: 1,617,989 (45%)
No: 2,001,926 (55%)
Dundee, Glasgow N Lanarkshire, W Dunbartonshire said Yes.
Everywhere else voted No.
Highland a No.
Yes: 78,069 / No: 87,739.
Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence.
The "No" side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for "Yes".
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond accepted the defeat and called for national unity, and urged the unionist parties to deliver on more powers.
UK PM David Cameron was delighted the UK would remain together and said the commitments on extra powers would be honoured. Mr Cameron said the 3 main unionist parties at Westminster would now follow through with their pledge of more powers for the Scottish Parliament.
Lord Smith of Kelvin would oversee the process to take forward the commitments, with new powers over tax, spending and welfare to be agreed by November, and draft legislation published by January.
The prime minister also acknowledged that the people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland must have a bigger say over their affairs. And he promised a resolution to the West Lothian question, the fact that Scottish MPs can vote on English issues at Westminster.
In other developments:
The pound hit highs against the euro and US dollar, as Scotland voted against independence.
Royal Bank of Scotland said it would keep its headquarters in Scotland following the "No" vote.
What happens now?
For now, that means it will continue to form an integral part of the UK - but for Scottish devolution, the process of granting powers from Westminster to the Scottish parliament, it's far from business as usual.
The focus will now be on how the UK government delivers its promise of more powers for the Scottish parliament, based at Holyrood, Edinburgh.
Alex Salmond resigns hours after Scotland votes no to independence
9/18/14 Alex Salmond announces he is resigning as Scotland's First Minister after independence defeat
It came after the 'No' campaign secured 55% of the vote with Mr Salmond's Yes to independence camp achieving 45%
Long-serving deputy Nicola Sturgeon tipped to take over SNP leadership when Mr Salmond steps down in November
The Queen tonight said it was a result 'that all of us throughout the United Kingdom will respect'
In her first remarks since the result was announced she urged all sides of the debate to put aside their differences
She said: 'We should remember we have in common an enduring love of Scotland which helps to unite us all'
Total turnout was 84.5% topping 90% in pro-Union areas but dipping to the mid-70s in key Yes working-class areas
Yes wins in Dundee, Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire, but fell short by 384,935 votes
David Cameron addressed the nation this morning vowing to introduce 'English votes for English laws'
An Independence Vote-Rigging Conspiracy Theory Is Sweeping Scotland
An online petition demanding a revote in the Scottish independence referendum is now at almost 100,000 signatures as vote rigging conspiracies continue to gain momentum among disappointed pro-independence campaigners.
It didn't take long for accusations of voting irregularities to start swirling after Scotland voted "No" to independence on September 18th. In the aftermath of the result, pro-independence Yes campaigners have taken to social media in large numbers to complain about reported incidents of vote fraud and demand a return to the polls.
The accusations come despite First Minister Alex Salmond, leader of the Yes campaign, calling on pro-independence supporters to "accept the democratic decision." Mary Pitcaithly, the chief counting officer for the referendum, also refuted accusations of irregularities claiming that both camps had been happy with how the vote was carried out (emphasis added):
The chief counting officer is satisfied that all counts throughout Scotland were properly conducted and scrutinized by thousands of people representing both the Yes Scotland and the Better Together campaigns, as well as international election observers, media and police. None of these people raised any concerns during the verification, counting and adjudication stages.
Those demanding a recount, however, remain unconvinced. They cite Russian election observers that raised concerns that the results were "rigged" and point to videos that appear to show votes being shifted from Yes piles into No.
Responding to the claims, Pitcaithly says it appears that the women in the video " has put some papers on a pile by mistake and is then putting them right" and suggested that the " video is looped so it is deceptive in its presentation."
So far, her rebuttals and Salmond's intervention have failed to quell the calls for a recount. At the time of writing over 90,000 people have signed the e-petition at change.org. As one pro-independence blogger put it:
We believe that it is only a matter of time before the fullness of the truth comes out. There can be no doubt that the count was a fraud.
I will bless those who bless you (ISRAEL), and whoever curses you I will curse.
Genesis 12 Supporting Palestinians is cursing Israel.
Scotland goes Nazi
Stop arming Israel!
Pro-Palestinian activists in Glasgow have gained access to Thales, a leading multinational defence company with links to an Israeli drone manufacturer.
Thales UK is working with Elbit Systems to make drones.
Activists climbed on the roof while others blocked the factory doors, hung banners condemning UK involvement with Israel.
Thales UK has come under heavy criticism in the past for its association with the Israeli defence forces.
Palestine friends of Satan will all go to hell. GOD is for Israel and against Palestinian Muslim terrorists.
I was concerned Scotland would go NAZI if they voted for independence.
Well - here is some proof.
Dreamliner makes emergency landing in Scotland
Sept 26, 2014 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Glasgow Airport after a fire alert. Emergency services assessed the aircraft and deemed it safe. The Polish plane was carrying 260 passengers.
Scotland closely monitoring radioactive ship adrift
October 8, 2014 Oil rig evacuated after MV Parida ship carrying radioactive waste caught fire and began drifting. The Parida was transporting a cargo of cemented radioactive waste when a fire broke out in a funnel. 52 workers were taken to hospital by helicopter.
The waste was from Dounreay, an experimental nuclear power plant.
The material was being shipped back to Belgium.
5.5 earthquake Scotland - rare! October 9, 2014
Scots to get new powers after rejecting separation
LONDON (AP) — Britain's main political parties agreed Thursday to grant Scotland new tax and spending powers to fulfill a promise of greater autonomy made as politicians scrambled to persuade Scots to reject independence in a recent referendum.
The plans are unlikely to satisfy hard-core Scottish nationalists, but could have far-reaching consequences, taking Britain toward a looser, more federated state.
In a Sept. 18 referendum, 55 percent of Scottish voters opted to remain in the United Kingdom, while 45 percent voted to leave.
Since then a commission of politicians from Scotland and the rest of Britain has been thrashing out proposals to fulfill the promise made by anti-independence forces in the final weeks of the campaign, as polls showed rising support for separation.
A plan published Thursday would give the Edinburgh-based Scottish parliament, established in 1999, the power to set income tax rates and keep the revenue in Scottish coffers. Scotland would also gain new control over welfare spending.
Prime Minister David Cameron said the proposals kept a promise he'd made during the referendum campaign, "that a No vote did not mean no change."
But John Swinney, deputy leader of Scotland's pro-independence administration, said the powers fell short of what Scottish people wanted.
"Under these proposals, less than 30 percent of our taxes will be set in Scotland and less than 20 percent of welfare spending will be devolved to Scotland," he said.
The proposals will be introduced as legislation in Parliament in January.
They could open a constitutional can of worms, boosting calls for other British regions, and even major cities, also to be given tax-raising powers.
Cameron also promised to introduce a contentious proposal for "English votes for English laws." It is intended to address a quirk of Britain's political system that means Scottish lawmakers in the House of Commons can vote on policies that only affect England.
RAF jets intercept Russian bomber
January 30, 2015 - Two Russian military planes flying near UK airspace caused disruption to civil aviation. The planes did not enter UK airspace and were escorted by RAF jets. Typhoon fighters were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby to escort the Russian aircraft for 12 hours.
Scots Typhoons scrambled to intercept 2 Russian Tu-95 Bear long-range bombers which had flown close to UK airspace. The Russian planes were detected over the English Channel just south of Bournemouth. RAF fighters came within 1,000ft of the bombers before escorting them out of the UK area of interest.
A defence expert said Russian bombers flying close to UK airspace could be viewed as an act of aggression.
The Typhoons were refuelled in the air during the incident by the RAF's Voyager aircraft.
Official Jewish tartan
Mar 30, 2016 - JEWS around the world with a love of all things Scottish will now able to dress in an official kosher tartan. The distinctive blue and white design was created by Mendel Jacobs, the only Scottish-born Rabbi living north of the border, and has been registered with the Scottish Tartans Authority.
I LOVE IT!
UK elections 2016
UK elections for councils in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Labour has suffered a drubbing in Scotland.
Trump bodyguards could be arrested in Scotland
June 20, 2016 - Donald Trump’s bodyguards could be arrested during Scotland visit.
Donald Trump's own bodyguards could end up in trouble with the police when he visits Scotland this week. Hundreds of demon-possessed anarchists are planning to riot against when Trump visits his Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire. Trump's private security force have been filming rioters and removing offensive signs or banners. They cant do that in UK or face arrest themselves. The UK favors Evil over Good.
Scotland best LEAVE TRUMPs PEOPLE ALONE or face the wrath of GOD!
Trump in Turnberry Scotland June 24
Trump post-Brexit vote press conference in Scotland
Friday June 24 Donald Trump will hold a press conference at 10 am in Turnberry, Scotland, the day after the Brexit vote. June 23 Great Britain will vote on whether it wants to leave the European Union. Trump says he'd vote for 'Brexit,' a lot less bureaucracy.
Scotland votes to stay in EU
UK opts out of Europe Union. Scotland voted to stay in the EU. Alex Salmond said Nicola Sturgeon would implement the SNP manifesto to hold a second independence vote.
3/4 of Edinburgh voters opted for remain.
Donald Trump speech at Turnberry Scotland
Donald is THE NICEST man! Scotland should be so grateful to him!
President Donald Trump !
Trump, Scotland and Brexit
June 24, 2016 - Donald Trump is a statesman in progress. Donald Trump addressed world media in a press conference at his golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, used the first ten minutes promote his property. Trump responded to questions from the media, emphasizing that the British people are taking back control of their destiny.
The opening of Trump hotel happens to occur the day after the Brexit vote. What luck for media exposure. He has lost quite a bit of business and assets since he has been running. It is about time he beefs up his wealth. With as many people who are against Trump he needs as much wealth and cash profits to fight the barbarians at the gate.
Trump already looks like the President, contrasted with resident Obama failing at everything. Trump also shows his talent as a superior executive something where HELLary Clinton is out of her league.
In one simple press conference he gets tens of millions of dollars in free exposure in a single day to the whole planet and they know what he thinks. I bet the LEAVE voters of the referendum loved what he had to say.
A win,win for Trump and a lose, lose, lose for Clinton-Obama.
Trump Scotland presser
Turnberry is a big boon for Scotland tourism!
Scotland roller coaster derails
26 June 2016 - Tsunami roller coaster derails after the wheels fly off and plunges 30 feet to the ground onto a toddlers ride injuring 9 children and two adults. Two adults were also hurt after rollercoaster derailed in Motherwell, Scotland theme park. People were trapped upside down in the broken carriage. The injured have been taken to a Glasgow hospital.
France and Germany agree over UK EU exit
June 27, 2016 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have said they are in full agreement on how to handle the UK leaving the European Union.
The pound fell further in early trading in Asia on Monday as markets reacted. UK Chancellor George Osborne made a statement before the start of trading in the UK in a bid to calm markets. UK was ready to face the future from a position of strength, although he accepted the economy would have to confront challenges and that further volatility on financial markets was likely.
Bank of England is equipped for whatever happens.
Boris Johnson may replace Cameron.
June 27, 2016 - Could the Scottish Parliament stop the UK from leaving the EU?
The Prime Minister has resigned. The leader of the opposition is resisting pressure from senior colleagues to follow suit.
And, lest we forget in this temporary focus upon party leadership, the people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union after 43 years of membership.
In these unprecedented circumstances, it is understandable that there is a degree of uncertainty in the immediate response to events.
What can Nicola Sturgeon do?
Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is seeking to draft a distinct reaction within the distinctive Scottish body politic. She has said that the people of Scotland have voted to continue in membership of the European Union, with its attendant rights and responsibilities. She says Scotland is a nation. She is elected to follow the wishes of her voters.
Unless Scotland is an independent state, Scotland should submit to the declared will of the UK. Sturgeon will examine all options to seek to secure continuing links with the EU for Scotland.
One of those options would be a second independence referendum to allow Scotland to join/rejoin the EU in her own right, as a sovereign state.
Scotland 2nd independence vote after Brexit
Oct 14, 2016 - A second Scottish independence referendum is highly likely, said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, raising the prospect that the United Kingdom could tear itself apart after voting to leave the European Union.
In the BREXIT vote, Scotland voted to stay in the EU.
Scotland faces the prospect of being taken out of the EU against her will.
Scotland considers 2nd independence referendum
Oct 14, 2016 - Scotland said an Independence Referendum Bill would be published next week, which marks the first step towards holding a referendum.
Scotland Nuclear Sub Base
Oct 16, 2016 - Fate of Nuclear Sub Base in Scotland Unclear after Brexit.
TRIDENT sub base on west coast of Scotland is a target. Would Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom shutter a Trident nuclear submarine base - a key in NATO deterrence against Russia. Some in Scotland dont want it there.
Currently, Britain's nuclear missile submarines armed with Trident missiles are based at Faslane on the River Clyde, and all of its nuclear warheads are stored at Coulport about eight miles away.
NUCLEAR ATTACK on AMERICA foreseen
Russia will come down the Atlantic and nuke U.S. east coast
When the people start to fight against their govt, thats when Russia and China will attack
Visions of Duduman, Henry Gruver, AA Allen all dovetail
That vision reads like the newspaper would read -
- if we had honest journalism
Pilot has heart attack on runway
Dec 3, 2016 - Airline pilot suffers heart attack at Glasgow Airport on takeoff runway. An airline pilot suffered a heart attack as he taxied the plane to the runway at Glasgow Airport. The captain of the KLM aircraft became unwell as he was about to leave for Amsterdam. He was resuscitated by the crew with the help of a passenger, and firefighters helped take him off the plane. The co-pilot of the plane with 128 aboard took the aircraft back to the gate.
The passengers had their flights re-booked.
Will Scotland hold Referendum
Feb 27, 2017 - The possibility of Scotland declaring independence. Nicola Sturgeon is bluffing over another independence referendum and when it should be held. England’s better off if the welfare state goes. What does Scotland have or produce that makes them think they are better off without GB? Scotland cant afford their welfare state without England.
Theresa May challenges Nicola Sturgeon
Mar 4, 2017 - Theresa May has signalled a tougher line on Scottish demands over Brexit, laying down a clear challenge to Nicola Sturgeon to call her bluff. PM May will fight against any further decentralisation of power which meant the UK would be weaker. GOOD GIRL!
THERESA May has set herself on a collision course with Nicola Sturgeon.
Some diplomats believe May might now choose to wait until after March 18.
She was expected to trigger Brexit March 15th.
Scotland itself could break apart
There are 32 councils to Scotland. 5 or 6 voted to stay within UK.
An independence vote could see them exit Scotland.
Scots say NO
Mar 5, 2017 - PM May wins, Nicola Sturgeon defeated!
Scots say NO to a second independence referendum. A new poll reveals Scots do not want another independence referendum by a 2 to 1 majority! Scots are opposed to holding another vote on breaking up the UK before the terms of the Brexit negotiations are agreed. Prime Minister Theresa May will not allow another vote on Scotland’s future to take place until after the UK has left the EU.