Don’t let the cheesy writing style and Brit humor of the Registers reporters put you off. There is some very serious engineering and code writing involved in this project. It will be interesting to see the results.
Unionist violence broke out in Glasgow yesterday, and very little of the Unionist violence overall has been covered by the MSM—in which I include the BBC/Guardian. I thought fellow Americans might find it helpful to see a roundup of what’s been trending on social media here. As a Yes voter here in Scotland, social media has been the way Yes voters have connected, and the way information has gotten out.
Jimmah (AyePod) warned me yesterday to take all my Yes stuff off (buttons, stickers, etc) and I really thought he was being too fearful—I’ve travelled all over the US safely with liberal buttons, long after the election (and sometimes losing!) and never felt fearful. But in Glasgow people are being stabbed in the face for wearing a Yes button, which the MSM ignores even while they rush to cover a Yes voter throwing an egg. Check out some of these videos of unionist violence from yesterday, and you’ll understand why I have, against every one of my admittedly American principles, removed my Yes campaign gear:
No Voters Surround Young Girl: (video)
Video of Unionists attacking Yes voters
Unionists giving a Nazi salute
Maresa Mcgowan @maresa_mcgowan
Check out sky news trying to pretend that it’s both sides that are fighting:
Finally, I’d like to point out that Scottish nationalism is very different from British nationalism, as we see here in a guest piece on the guardian by Billy Bragg:
In Scotland, Wales and Ireland nationalism is the name given to the campaign for self-determination. James Connolly gave his life for the nationalist cause; John MacLean, perhaps the greatest leftwinger that Scotland has produced, was in favour of independence and campaigned for a Scottish parliament.
Both recognised that the British state was highly resistant to reform, and that the interests of working people were best served by breaking with the United Kingdom.
England’s dominant role has meant that it has never felt the urge to be free of the British state. As a result, the nationalism that has emerged there has been ethnic, seeking to unite the indigenous population against the perceived threat of outsiders. And for all of us in Europe, ethnic nationalism casts a long shadow.
Hope this is informative. See also:
How the media shafted the people of Scotland
Note: Some fake images have also been circulating on twitter, so pay attention.
There were smiles all around Thursday night when Hope Solo extended her shutout record to 73 in the United States national women’s soccer team’s 4-0 victory over Mexico in Rochester.
Fans cheered, and the players, as they often do, posed for photos and signed autographs with the young girls who revere them. Ah, to be a strong and successful role model, especially for the next generation, and to have the honor to represent your country.
But look past the patina of glee and here’s what you will see: a team and a league — not named the N.F.L. this time — that are tone-deaf when it comes to domestic violence and how they handle players who have been accused of it.
So every day or week that goes by, the epidemic gets harder and harder to control. The number of cases rises. The number of beds, doctors and nurses needed to stop it just keeps going up. Quicker and quicker.
The actual number of cases is likely higher than what’s been reported, the World Health Organization says, so the models are underestimating the situation.
“The window of opportunity is closing in a sense,” Vespignani says. “And that’s why it’s very important to understand that this is the moment to act.”
When we first heard about these numbers, they sounded a bit alarmist. But then a few other modelers published their own models. The forecast is consistent: There’s exponential growth with somewhere around 15,000 cases by mid-October.
One set of projections comes from Jeffrey Shaman, an associate professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He’s making models of the Ebola epidemic for the U.S. government. When he first saw the results of his models, the numbers were so high that he was afraid to make them public.
“I didn’t want to scare people,” Shaman says. “But we’re really in uncharted territory here. We’ve never had a sustained outbreak of Ebola like this, certainly nothing of this magnitude.”
Palestinian and Egyptian smugglers … used their boat to ram the vessel carrying the migrants in the Mediterranean Sea and then waited until it disappeared from view before leaving the scene, according to a statement released by the Geneva-based group today.
Two Palestinians, both from Gaza, an Egyptian and a Syrian were among 10 survivors who were rescued separately after days in the water and brought ashore in Crete, Malta and Sicily. The IOM said it believes that as many as 100 children may have been aboard, based on accounts given by some of the survivors.
A religious group called The Satanic Temple is making plans to hand out literature in Orange County Public Schools later this school year, following distributions by atheist and evangelical Christian groups.
The district has not received a formal request from the temple, but school officials say they reserve the right to review materials.
However, Orange has twice allowed a group called World Changers of Florida to distribute Bibles, and an atheist group gave out materials last year. In both cases, district counsel Woody Rodriguez said the pamphlets and books were being allowed to avoid a lawsuit.
The Satanic Temple, a relatively new group that supports social justice causes and believes Satan is the “eternal rebel against the ultimate tyrant,” wants to give out materials such as The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities.
iOS 8 launched this week, and with it came a slew of improvements and new features. Before you get to playing around with it for yourself, here are a few guides to basic new features, the new Messages functions, hidden features, keyboards, and everything else.
At the start of the campaign, a narrow win for the political-class-led no would have been a nightmare result for the establishment. They originally expected a rout - the rationale behind Cameron leaving devo max off the ballot paper, before he had a humiliating rush north, in realisation that his abiding political legacy might be the end of the union.
The vibrant and euphoric yes movement, which, during the debate, evolved from a small base to come within a whisker of a sensational victory, will be massively disappointed that they didn’t manage to get it done.
They will have to cool their ardour a while longer, although anybody believing they’ll stop now is indulging in wishful thinking. Why would they? The process and the subsequent debate, which they won handsomely, took support for independence from around 30% to 45% and heading north. It’s now established as the compelling narrative of the post-devolution generation, while no dominates only in a declining constituency of elderly voters. Yes may have lost this battle, but the war is being won.
Good guest piece in the Guardian’s Comment is Free
The streets of Sierra Leone’s capital city of Freetown were uncharacteristically empty Friday, as the government began a controversial lockdown in an effort to slow the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
Of the 5,335 people infected with Ebola so far during the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, 1,673 are in Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization. That number jumped by more than 200 in just one week, prompting Sierra Leone officials to order the country’s 6 million residents to stay home for three days.
Only law enforcement personnel, security officials and a handful of others deemed “essential” by the government are allowed on the streets during that time — and only with a government-issued pass, as the Guardian reported.
One of the biggest obstacles for the conservative movement when it comes to recruiting new members is, to be frank, reality itself. History, science, economics are all fields constantly churning out information that makes right-wing ideology look silly, nonsensical and even delusional. In response, the conservative movement has launched a massive media campaign against reality that spreads out on Fox News, talk radio and the web, but despite all this, conservatives are not satisfied. The kids are who conservatives really want. That’s why the right is relentless about its attempts to get into public schools, throw out actual information and replace it with false and misleading ideology. Whether or not they’ll actually be successful in tricking kids into becoming conservatives is up for debate, but in the meantime, they are doing a lot of damage to childrens’ ability to get a decent education.
The latest battle in the ongoing war to turn public schools into propaganda machines for the right is being fought in the state of Texas. The state is often at the center of conservative-fomented education controversies, as right-wingers there keep trying to sneak creationism into the science classroom. Texas also continues to maintain its abysmally high teen pregnancy rate by pushing sex “education” that usually doesn’t bother to mention contraception. While the right has been losing some ground on those two issues, a new report from the Texas Freedom Network suggests that conservatives have been able to inject a shocking number of lies and disinformation into public school history classrooms.
And while it may be tempting to think kids getting a subpar education is a red state-only problem, in reality what happens to Texas affects the rest of the country, including blue states. Because of Texas’ size, what they want in textbooks often becomes the only thing publishers are willing to offer. Your kid may be going to school in some other state, but what she reads in class may be decided by what some right-wingers in Texas want to indoctrinate kids into believing.