Tomorrow, legal residents of Scotland, ages 16 and older, will be voting in a referendum to decide their country’s independence from the United Kingdom. While ending a centuries-old union is a complex and emotional issue, the wording on the ballot could not be more simple — “Should Scotland be an independent country?” — with only two choices, yes or no. Interest in tomorrow’s vote is extremely high, and more than 97 percent of Scotland’s eligible voters are registered to vote. “No” voters had the edge in polls for most of the past year, but “Yes” voters surged ahead to take a brief lead just weeks ago. At the moment, polls favor a “No” vote, but the slim margin makes the outcome too close to call. As Scotland prepares to decide its future, here is a collection of images of the campaign, the voters, and the country.
While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.
“ Ian Turnbull was in custody in Cessnock when his lawyers appeared in Moree Local Court on August 5 to say that the farmer could raise more than $5 million for bail for the murder charge – the same amount his son and grandson had said would bankrupt them two months earlier. Magistrate Darryl Pearce refused bail. Four days later, nearly 300 people turned up for Turner’s memorial in the tin-and-timber hall in Dungowan, the village where he lived with his wife Alison and their two children. The kids – nine year-old Jack and his sister Alexandra, 10 – sat in the front row with their mother and Turner’s bewildered-looking parents as friends and relatives recalled their father’s gregarious spirit, his skills at the piano, his antic humour and his devotion to his family. Many in attendance were themselves field officers with government agencies, still processing the shock of the killing and their disbelief at some of the commentary that had followed, most notably the remark by National Party MP Andrew Fraser that Turner’s death was “brought about by bad legislation”. ”
“So much hope was put in this parade of billionaires to try and reconcile capitalism with climate. When Richard Branson entered the climate game, he posited it specifically as an alternative to regulation. He said ‘the governments aren’t going to do this, we’re going to do this. Go to the UN climate summit in a couple of weeks and it’s all going to be the new green economy and the head of Bank of America sitting down with the president of Mexico – and we are all going to do it together.’ That is a dangerous idea at this stage of history. We now have two decades to measure that model. We are not talking about a theory here, we are talking about a track record. I think it’s fair to say: ‘OK, we tried it your way and we don’t have another decade to waste.”
- Naomi Klein, talking about her new book ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate
I want to start a news show that is called ‘The News + 6 months’. On the show we look at issues that made the news 6 months ago and see what happened to them. Has everyone forgotten them? Did they get resolved?
It would be a way of helping us stop getting so easily distracted and moving from fad to fad, crisis to crisis.
It’s deja vu week! Joe Hockey again pointed out wind turbines are ugly and Tony Abbott again went to a factory and told a female factory worker ‘you must be the most popular girl in the place heh heh heh’.