GLASGOW, Scotland—Something strange is happening in Scotland, and it has little to do with nationalism. On streets that are normally lined only with chain shops, budget shoppers, and retail workers, there are now noisy crowds with drums and megaphones, impromptu dancing, and trestle tables stacked with political literature that keep shedding leaflets into the wind.
The trestle tables are everywhere: rickety, colorful little embassies of something messy, grounded, and different, all parked haphazardly below the giant identikit glass-fronted retail windows that are the familiar backbone of every British high street, and all drawing crowds. They are run by groups with names like Women for Independence, Scottish Pensioners for Independence, and Scots Asians for Yes. Security guards keep coming out of the shops and politely warning those manning these stalls that their banners and volunteers are encroaching on what is technically private land. Those in the street take no notice. They are too many in number, and too high in passion, to be corralled back into sanctioned spaces now.
Another NFL wife abuse allegation
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she bit his lip to stop his sexual advances, and he punched her in the face the next day, according to a police report made public Thursday.
Dwyer later threatened to kill himself in front of their 17-month-old son if the wife alerted the police, according to the report, which detailed the latest domestic violence allegations against an NFL player. Dwyer was arrested Wednesday and benched by the team.
The police report describes two altercations between Dwyer and his wife, on July 21 and 22. In the first, Dwyer tried to kiss her and take off her clothes, according to the report. She told him to stop and bit his lip when he wouldn’t, the report said. Dwyer then head-butted her, it said. Police were called to the home by someone who heard arguing.
Right on time. Into lockstep. Forward we venture to the dark past. While he’s at it, screw clean air. Screw clean water. Screw you people. The Party Of Responsibilities? The Party of Ignorance and Malfeasance. I find it fascinating that empty suits such as this just make a mockery of themselves pandering to a base that thinks Coal Is High Tech and all we need to do to make jobs is cut the EPA, and education, and cut taxes for everyone with more money than they can count. Jersey has a coastline and fisheries and sportsmen and they and you better pay attention. Chris Christie licks the boots of vultures who have no problem with poisoning your children to make a buck. Yep. I’m a moron.
found this on the guardian’s live blog of the referendum:
Are you reading this from America? *waves*
If so, welcome. And here’s a guide written especially for you from the Guardian’s New York office on the best ways to follow the referendum - voting and counting. Obviously its first recommendation is this liveblog. But have a read of it anyway, then come straight back.
The Guardian’s live blog is here: theguardian.com
The result is not expected to be firm until around sunrise in Scotland (after midnight in the USA), but there should be some interesting results trickling out hours earlier, as various districts report in (more than 5,500 polling stations in 32 districts in Scotland will be open from 7am until 10pm local time - 2am-5pm ET).
In the US, C-SPAN will be simulcasting BBC coverage of the referendum, with Huw Edwards hosting, beginning at 5.35pm ET. Recommended.
UPDATE 1: 20.00BST: from the guardian My colleague Mark Tran has compiled this handy walk-through of the next, crucial hours. Here’s the most crucial of the crucial bits:
First results are due between 1.30am and 2am BST on Friday 19 September. The remote Orkney Islands – which has the smallest electorate, with 17,515 registered voters – are expected to be the first to declare. Most of the results should come through between 3am and 5am.
Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen – home to about 25% of registered voters – will be the last three councils to announce results, between 5am and 6am.
The councils will report results to Mary Pitcaithly, the chief counting officer, at the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston, near Edinburgh. Pitcaithly is expected to announce the final result between 6.30am and 7.30am.
British prime minister David Cameron will make a televised address shortly after the results are declared to try to calm the atmosphere whatever the result.
Louisiana’s Chief science denier dodges questions then attempts to deflect by calling President Obama a science denier.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dodged three questions on Tuesday about whether he personally believes the theory of evolution explains the presence of complex life on Earth.
“The reality is I’m not an evolutionary biologist,” the Republican governor and possible 2016 presidential hopeful told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
“What I believe as a father and a husband is that local schools should make decisions on how they teach,” he said. “And we can talk about Common Core and why I don’t believe in a national curriculum. I think local school districts should make decisions about what should be taught in their classroom. I want my kids to be exposed to the best science, the best critical thinking…”
The conspiracy theories started flying just days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, DC. Over the decade since, several technically elaborate claims have been refined by the “9/11 Truth” movement. Do these intricate arguments—including the rapid collapses of the towers, alleged evidence of thermite usage at Ground Zero, and the collapse of World Trade Center (WTC) 7 (a forty-seven-story building damaged by the fall of WTC 1) “into its own footprint at freefall acceleration”—disprove the mainstream consensus that the September 11, 2001, attacks were the work of al-Qaeda terrorists using hijacked airplanes? In a word: No.
Dylan Avery and Jason Bermas, the creators of the low-budget documentary film Loose Change, did much to give the 9/11 Truth movement significant momentum in 2005 and in following years. The film, which has undergone several revisions, has been shown on many television stations but is primarily an Internet and DVD phenomenon. Its basic claims are that Flight 77 could not have accounted for the damage at the Pentagon, that the Twin Tower fires were insufficient to cause their collapse, and that cell phone calls from the hijacked airplanes would have been impossible at the time (Avery 2009).
David Ray Griffin is a theologian whose voluminous writings on 9/11 are frequently cited by other 9/11 theorists. NASA scientist Ryan Mackey has written a very thorough critique of Griffin’s claims (Mackey 2008).
To its chagrin, the Kansas City area has become a hotbed for abusive online payday loan operations. A couple of dozen or more area businessmen have made quick fortunes by offering short-term cash to low-income consumers and then slamming them with ruinous interest rates and fees.
The amount of money to be made by trapping people into endless debt is mindboggling. One Johnson County businessman sold his internet payday loan business for $50 million in 2012. Scott Tucker of Leawood, the most notorious of the online lenders, used his earnings to finance a fleet of race cars, a private Learjet and an $8 million vacation home in Colorado.
Payday for at least some of these lenders may be coming to an end, however. A number of federal agencies are cracking down on unscrupulous practices. And none too soon.
The scientists experimented with an eight-megapixel camera from a Nokia N9, which like many smartphone cameras is sensitive enough to count the exact number of photons that strike each of its pixels. They illuminated the camera with a conventional LED. Due to quantum mechanics, the number of photons most light sources generate over any given time is random. Since the number of photons the camera’s pixels detects is random, it serves as the basis of the quantum random number generator.
The Nokia N9 can see true random numbers.
The Geneva-based scientists built a system consisting of the CMOS camera chip from a Nokia smartphone and a processor that used knowledge of the camera’s properties to turn the amount of charge at each pixel into a series of random numbers. (They looked into trying out an iPhone and some other models, but those did not have camera application programming interfaces that allowed access to the raw data from the pixels.)
The window for the public to weigh in on how federal rule-makers should treat Internet traffic is closed, after a record 3.7 million comments arrived at the FCC. The Sunlight Foundation analyzed the first 800,000 and found that fewer than 1 percent were opposed to net neutrality enforcement.
The principle of net neutrality generally means that all Internet traffic is treated equally.
But whether the weight of popular opinion can overcome the significant lobbying heft of Internet service providers fighting against stronger net neutrality rules is a huge question mark. An analysis by San Francisco-based data firm Quid found that Verizon alone spent $100 million to lobby Congress on net neutrality since 2009. (That kind of money could buy you 793 houses or 4 million bottles of Maker’s Mark.)
What’s On The Table
The proposal before the five-member Federal Communications Commission, led by Chairman Tom Wheeler, would allow broadband providers such as Time Warner and Verizon to engage in “commercially reasonable” traffic management. That means they could potentially charge content companies (like Netflix) to get their content to you faster — paid prioritization, or “fast lanes.”