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Scottish 'Yes' voters in Highlands "lost faith in Scottish people" after independence vote fails

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Yes campaigners dancing in Inverness high street on Thursday
The mood in the capital of the Highlands was downbeat after the independence vote - but there were pockets of approval

The makeshift sign at the roundabout on the outskirts of the Highland capital of Inverness has all the jaunty optimism of a referendum race still to be run: "Happy Thursd-aye," it declares. Except it's now Friday morning and the result is not aye but naw. Round the corner in the city's bus station, 25-year-old Mark MacKenzie makes a disconsolate figure in his kilt, trainers and full ginger beard, dreadlocks tied up in a ponytail. "I am devastated," he says. "I have lost faith in the Scottish people."


Comment: It's not the Scottish people who should be blamed, but rather the Powers That Be who rigged the referendum so that no matter how many Yes votes were cast, the end result would be no independence. They just could not allow the people to choose, to set an example that other countries would follow. It's too dangerous.


Inverness was a yes city. The Highlands has a population of 233,000 and covers a third of Scotland's land mass, including some of the most remote and sparsely populated terrain in Europe. The area as a whole rejected independence by a margin of 53% to 47%. But in the capital, it was hard to find anyone in the 80,000 population who admitted to voting no. Inverness has a maverick political past with a strong tradition of independent councillors and, before boundary changes, was once the only four-way marginal in the UK, split between Labour, Conservative, Lib Dem and SNP. It is now the constituency of the chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander.

It's a long way from Westminster. MacKenzie, who works in events, feels so disaffected he has never voted before. Not that he didn't make the effort: he always spoiled his ballot papers. Independence offered an alternative to London-centric politics. "But it's not anti-English," MacKenzie said. "It's anti-establishment. The ruling classes are privately educated. I'm not saying they're bad people but they don't have a clue what it's like to live in Inverness."
Ambulance

Ebola threatens humanity by preying on human instincts of caring

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Suspected Ebola patient Finda “Zanabo” prays over her sick family members before being admitted to the Doctors Without Borders Ebola treatment center on Aug. 21, 2014, near Monrovia, Liberia.
As the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has spiraled out of control, affecting thousands of Liberians, Sierra Leonians, and Guineans, and threatening thousands more, the world's reaction has been glacially, lethally slow. Only in the past few weeks have heads of state begun to take serious notice. To date, the virus has killed more than 2,600 people. This is a comparatively small number when measured against much more established diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, influenza, and so on, but several factors about this outbreak have some of the world's top health professionals gravely concerned:
  • Its kill rate: In this particular outbreak, a running tabulation suggests that 54 percent of the infected die, though adjusted numbers suggest that the rate is much higher.
  • Its exponential growth: At this point, the number of people infected is doubling approximately every three weeks, leading some epidemiologists to project between 77,000 and 277,000 cases by the end of 2014.
  • The gruesomeness with which it kills: by hijacking cells and migrating throughout the body to affect all organs, causing victims to bleed profusely.
  • The ease with which it is transmitted: through contact with bodily fluids, including sweat, tears, saliva, blood, urine, semen, etc., including objects that have come in contact with bodily fluids (such as bed sheets, clothing, and needles) and corpses.
  • The threat of mutation: Prominent figures have expressed serious concerns that this disease will go airborne, and there are many other mechanisms through which mutation might make it much more transmissible.

Comment: It is also important to make adequate information available about the disease and to inform people of the ways they may make themselves less susceptible to infection:

Are you prepping your diet?
Pestilence, the Great Plague and the Tobacco Cure
Vitamin C - A cure for Ebola
Is the Ketogenic Diet the cure for multiple diseases?

Airplane

Airline hysteria: Melbourne man booted off flight for satirizing terror threats in his notebook

Oliver Buckworth's notes.
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Oliver Buckworth's notes.
A Melbourne man was hauled off a Tiger Airways flight by federal police on Saturday after claims he was seen doodling and writing sentences in a notebook satirising the current terrorism threat.

The incident has highlighted the growing sensitivity among officialdom and the public following the decision of the Abbott government to raise the national threat level and a series of raids were staged against alleged home-grown Islamic fundamentalist terrorists linked to the Islamic State movement.

Oliver Buckworth, 28, claims he was removed from a Gold Coast-bound flight after a fellow passenger saw the contents of his notebook over his shoulder and informed Tiger staff.

"The irony is I was writing a sentence about the absurdity of the fearmongering when we live in such a happy country of ice-cream and beaches and fluffy things," he said.

Comment: It has become painfully obvious that the psychopaths in charge have succeeded in their aims to frighten society into submission. Now even making comments in a private notebook will get you thrown off a plane and put on the terror watch list. It seems that making any statement against the police state is a 'terrorist' act. And the passenger causing the hysteria will no doubt be seen as a hero for his fear-mongering. This is beyond ridiculous!

Remember that the real enemies are the psychopaths in charge breeding submissiveness through fear and lies

Newspaper

Texas man who made his way into the White House with knife is Iraq veteran

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This photo provided by Jerry Murphy shows Omar Gonzalez, who authorities have identified as the man who got into the White House after scaling a fence
The US army has confirmed that a Texas man accused of scaling a fence and getting inside the White House with a folding knife before being stopped is an Iraq war veteran.

The 42-year-old Omar Jose Gonzalez was arrested Friday and is expected in federal court on Monday to face charges of trying to illegally enter the White House while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon.

The military said Gonzalez, who retired from army in 2012 due to disability, served in Iraq from October 2006 to January 2008.

Gonzalez has said after the arrest that he needed to contact the US president because he was "concerned that the atmosphere was collapsing."

Comment: Another story to remind us that the U.S. government makes all kinds of promises to its citizens when they are needed to be used as cannon fodder for its illegal world-wide wars, but when those who survive return home, broken and suffering from the atrocities they witnessed, they are totally forgotten and ignored by the state:

Millions of U.S. veterans and soldiers suffering needlessly; suicides, mental illness, poverty

22 veterans kill themselves every day: more US soldiers dying from suicide than combat

Ernest Hemingway, who knew war well, wrote in A Farewell to Arms:
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry."


Bomb

America's destabilization of China: 2 killed in explosions in Xinjiang region

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Photo shared on Weibo reportedly showing Luntai County on Sunday.
At least two people were killed and many more injured in a series of explosions in China's restive western region of Xinjiang on Sunday, state media reported.

Explosions hit at least three locations in Xinjiang's Luntai County at around 5pm on Sunday, the Tianshan news portal, run by the regional government, said in a short report on Monday morning.

The report did not identify the explosions, which appeared to be coordinated attacks, as acts of terrorism.

"The local social order was normal," the report said, indicating that there was no further unrest following the explosions.

An unspecified number of those wounded have been sent to hospitals for treatment, the report said. Investigations were ongoing.

Comment: The real roots of Xinjiang terror

Dollar

Hospitals all over America are wildly inflating medical bills

Medical Scam
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The next time you visit a hospital, it is your wallet that may end up hurting the most. All over the United States, it has become common practice for hospitals to wildly inflate medical bills.

For example, it has been reported that some hospitals are charging up to 30 dollars for a single aspirin pill. And as you will see below, some victims report being billed tens of thousands of dollars for a non-surgical hospital visit that lasts only a few hours. When something is seriously wrong with us, most of us never stop to ask our health professionals how much it will cost to actually treat us.

In that moment, we are desperate and we just want someone to help us. Many doctors and hospitals take full advantage of this by billing their "customers" as much as they feel they can possible get away with.

It is a legal scam that is bilking ordinary Americans out of billions of dollars every single year.
Airplane Paper

Catalan parliament approves November independence vote, what would Madrid do?

Catalan demonstration
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The Catalan parliament has passed a law giving its regional president the power to carry out a non-binding consultation vote on secession from Spain. Catalan nationalists believe this law enables them to hold the long-awaited independence referendum.

On Friday, the Catalan parliament voted in favor of the new law, with 106 MPs supporting it and 28 voting against.

The MPs hope it will bring Catalan President Artur Mas a step closer to the planned independence referendum on November 9.

However, while the nationalist block thinks the bill directly paves the way for a referendum on independence, the Catalan socialists who allied with them for the vote do not share this opinion.

The Spanish government called the Catalan consultation vote illegal and said it will be taking the matter up at the Constitutional Court. The court has the power to suspend the vote after it hears the case on Tuesday.

Madrid maintains that any kind of secession vote has to be decided by the whole country, citing Spain's 1978 constitution.

Comment: Oligarchs beware! Spanish government says it will block independence vote in Catalonia

Life Preserver

Turkey finally opens border to Syrian Kurds fleeing IS

45,000 Kurds
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Syrian Kurds cross the border into Turkey.
Turkey has allowed thousands of Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State (IS) militants to cross its southern border, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. TV footage showed exhausted people, mostly women and children, crossing into the south-eastern border village of Dikmetas under tight security.

The move followed clashes with Turkish Kurd protesters who were calling for the refugees to be allowed in.

Syrian Kurds have been massing along the Turkish border since Thursday. They have been fleeing escalating clashes between IS and Kurdish fighters in the area.

Turkey - which shares a border with Iraq and Syria - has taken in more than 847,000 Syrian refugees since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011. It is under pressure from Western countries to stem the flow of foreign fighters joining Islamic State.

Comment: By Saturday, September 20, the number of Syrian refugees rose to 60,000 now that the flood gates are open. It is noted that this turn of events has not been entirely popular in Turkish society. They fear that it will bring IS to their borders and the war to their doorstep. Over the past three days IS expanded its captured Kurdish villages from 16 to 60.

Black Magic

Exorcists warn of danger from Black Mass in Oklahoma City

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While there are variations in Christian theology about the nature of Satan and demons, traditional Christian thought holds that these creatures are evil, the threat from them is real and should be taken seriously. Exactly what self-proclaimed "satanists" think about all this is unclear, other than that they make a public show of worshiping Satan and calling upon demons for assistance.

Thus, it may be that the Oklahoma City satanists, who call themselves the Dakhma Angra Mainyu, believe that the black mass they're holding on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Oklahoma City Civic Center, is harmless fun, or a deliberate insult to Catholics (since the "black mass" is a perverted parody of the Catholic Mass), or even a serious attempt to call upon dark forces.

But according to the beliefs of a priest from the neighboring Diocese of Tulsa, both those putting on the event and those attending--although poorly attended in the past, this year's event has sold out all 88 tickets--may be in spiritual peril.

Even though the event has been tamed a bit to comply with state law (the usually naked female "altar" will have lingerie; and vinegar is being substituted for urine) and it will no longer feature a Consecrated Host (after a legal challenge, organizer Adam Daniels returned his pilfered Communion wafer to the Church, specifically, Archbishop Coakley of Oklahoma City), Monsignor Patrick Brankin is worried.

Comment: The author alludes to evil being something outside us in the form of demons, dark attachments or in the performance of some satanic ritual. Evil is here, now, as evidenced by the cabal of psychopaths in positions of power all over the planet. They are the root of human suffering. The battleground for good and evil is within us, not 'out there'.

Political Ponerology: A Science on The Nature of Evil adjusted for Political Purposes
Global Pathocracy, Authoritarian Followers and the Hope of the World

Arrow Down

86 percent of French reject Hollande, making new unpopularity record

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The unpopularity of French President François Hollande fell to a record low in September, says a recent poll. Only 13 percent of French people say they are satisfied with Hollande's performance as president.

86 percent of France's population don't support Hollande, says the IFOP [French Institute of Public Opinion] poll. Its results were published in Le Journal du Dimanche, a French weekly newspaper. The French president has lost four points since August.

The pollster interviewed 1,970 people, aged 18 and over, between September 12 and September 20.

Hollande's popularity is the lowest among the workers parties - only nine percent. 20 percent of Left Front and 19 percent of the Greens (Europe Ecology) approve of Hollande. His highest rating is among the members of his own Socialist Party - 42 percent.

Comment: Unpopularity records are being broken across the so-called "democratic" Western countries, from the USA to France. It shows clearly that the leaders are not elected by the people and for the people. They are puppets chosen by and serving the elite psychopaths.

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