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Drawn at Sea: Drawing no.02

j.frede | Posted 09.23.2014 | Arts
j.frede

I loaded the drawing machine while we were grounded in Sanday's Otters Wick bay. Housed in its rope case and tied down to the cabins roof I suspect there will be more movement at this position on the boat.

The Glenlivet Winchester Collection: Vintage 1964 and Vintage 1966

Gastronomista | Posted 09.22.2014 | Taste
Gastronomista

Last month, I had the privilege to be one of the first to taste The Glenlivet Vintage 1964 and the Vintage 1966, the first releases of the The Winches...

The United Kingdom Nearly Died for Maggie's Sins

Robert Kuttner | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Why on earth did the Scots, largely quiescent as part of Great Britain for three centuries, suddenly become the mouse that roared? It wasn't because they became besotted watching re-runs of Braveheart or Rob Roy, or even because they coveted more of a share of North Sea oil revenues. No, the Scots got sick and tired of Thatcherite policies imposed from London. Thanks to the partial form of federalism known as "devolution" provided by the Labour government of Tony Blair in 1997, Scotland got to keep such progressive policies as free higher education and an intact national health service, while the rest of the U.K. partly privatized the health service and began compelling young people to go into debt to finance college like their American cousins.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week brought a surprise: In a time of rampant division, we saw an entire people -- or at least 55 percent of them -- choose unity instead. On Thursday, 3.6 million Scots went to the polls and chose not to change Great Britain to Somewhat Less Great Britain by voting against severing their 307-year union. Now, after the celebratory champagne and haggis (or whatever one drinks with haggis), comes the hard work of ironing out a new division of power. Less surprising was the continued upheaval in the NFL, as yet another player was arrested for domestic violence. On Friday, Commissioner Roger Goodell pledged to "make changes" and "do better." But the uniformly negative response to Goodell's fumbled press conference makes it clear that this NFL season will continue to be defined more by what happens off the field than on it.

Weekend Roundup: Scotland Stays Stitched

Nathan Gardels | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week, the world reeled from a welter of cross currents. Though the "yes" vote on independence lost in the end, the Scottish referendum revealed a passionately dis-United Kingdom. Elsewhere, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in India, the other Asian giant, calling for a global economic alliance of the "world's factory and world's back office." On Wall Street, China's Alibaba launched what is expected to be the biggest market valuation of an IPO ever. Pope Francis, meanwhile, mused that we had already entered "a piecemeal WWIII." In an exclusive commentary for The WorldPost, former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown argues that the real quarrel of his fellow Scots is with the dislocations of globalization, not the Union. (continued)

I'm With Stupid: The Predictive Prowess of Deep-Fried Poultry

Todd Hartley | Posted 09.19.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

By the time you read this, Scotland will have decided already whether to secede from the United Kingdom and form its own independent country. I can hazard an informed guess, though, and for that I have KFC to thank.

Week to Week News Quiz for 9/19/14

John Zipperer | Posted 09.19.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Now that Scotland's not going anywhere, you have time to take our Week to Week news quiz. Here are some random but real hints: Jack Ma is now a very...

What Is Next for Scotland After the Referendum?

Richard Kerley | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
Richard Kerley

For almost everybody in Scotland the referendum vote is seen as not the end of the matter; the key question is, "What now?"

Scotland: Who Won? Who Lost?

AP | ROBERT BARR | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

LONDON (AP) — Who won and who lost in Scotland's independence referendum? ___...

Scotland 'No' Fails To Stop Catalan Independence Push

AP | ALAN CLENDENNING and JOSEPH WILSON | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Despite Scotland's decision to reject independence, lawmakers in Spain's Catalonia region voted overwhelmingly Friday to giv...

1 In 4 Americans Open To Secession

Reuters | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics

By Scott Malone BOSTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes fo...

Scotland's Polls Have Closed

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment — and the rest of the...

Nick Robins-Early

Top British Historian On Why Scotland Should Vote 'No'

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 09.18.2014 | World

Scottish voters are heading to the ballot box Thursday to vote on of the most important issues in the history of the United Kingdom. Among those watch...

Johnny Walker's Trudge Into the Unknown

Michael Radou Moussou | Posted 09.18.2014 | World
Michael Radou Moussou

How the Scottish Referendum alters the notion of culture in the European Union.

Political Read: Scot-Free? Scotland, America and the World

Howard Fineman | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Howard Fineman

Scotland's story is also America's story more than we tend to realize, and the Scots' decision today will say more about the world at large than we might think.

Inside Scotland's Historic Vote

Posted 09.18.2014 | World

Scots headed to the polls on Thursday to take part in a historic referendum on whether to end more than 300 years of union with England. At pollin...

Scotland's Newspapers Go All Out For Referendum

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Media

Today's the big day! All across Scotland, people are voting on whether or not to declare independence from the rest of the United Kingdom, and this mo...

Scotland's Leading Historian Explains Why He Changed His Mind On Independence

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 09.17.2014 | World

Renowned historian Sir Tom Devine has been a prominent voice for the pro-independence campaign in the lead-up to Scotland's big vote on Thursday. But ...

What a Wonderful Day That Will Be

Lisa Longo | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

The real revolution happens every year on election day. And one day, I'm going to see millions of American's finally realize that we had the power all along and act accordingly. What a wonderful day that will be.

What if the United States Lost Texas?

Dr. Jason Johnson | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Dr. Jason Johnson

How would Americans fare under losing Texas compared to the British losing the Scots? The idea of a Texas secession may seem less likely than the Scots leaving the U.K., but the vote might be a lot closer than anyone in the U.S. would like.

Scottish Independence: Proudly Small or Proudly Together?

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
St. Gallen Symposium

Weathering the future under the shelter of the UK or setting hope on their own strengths as a small country under the European umbrella, for the first time in centuries there is a real choice which road to take.

On September 18, the Silent Majority in Scotland Should Say No With Pride

David Miles | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
David Miles

For those of us who consider British-ness and Scottish-ness to be important elements of who we are as individuals, there is a horrible sense of foreboding about the current debate and the likely consequences of separation.

On Secession:

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Paul Schwennesen

As Scotland lurches toward its historic vote for independence this week, it brings to mind a similar moment, seven score and fourteen years ago, when the American South voted, en file, to secede from our Union.

Scotland on the Eve of Referendum

Dick Simon | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Dick Simon

During 10 days of walking the 96-mile West Highland Way in Scotland, we were inundated by a cacophony of signs from both sides of Scotland's September 18 independence/devolution referendum.

Scotland's Quarrel Is With Globalization, Not the U.K.

Gordon Brown | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

The 20th century challenge was for Scotland to maintain its cultural identity while at the same time cooperating with the four nations of the U.K.. Now the challenge is even greater: to uphold cultural traditions and national identities in a world where there are no such things as nation-only solutions. By answering those who claim that independence can make a difference with policies that show interdependence can make the difference, Scotland can show the way forward by thinking big and not small.