Scotland considering Scoexit

Compliments of Scotman 

In a clear reflection of the growing backlash north of the Border to Thursday’s Brexit result, a ScotPulse online survey of 1,600 Scottish adults on Friday (24 June) showed that 59% of Scots now back leaving the UK.

The poll was carried out just hours after the EU result was confirmed and offers a boost to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who has dramatically put the prospect of another independence vote back on the table.

Nearly two-thirds of Scots believe that was the right move, according to our survey.

And even the mood of older voters – who have traditionally always been hugely more in favour of the Union than other age groups – appears to be changing, with 47% of pensioners now saying they’d vote Yes.

Anti-independence groups last night pointed out more people in Scotland voted to stay in the UK in 2014 than voted to remain in the EU.

But SNP business convener Derek MacKay said the survey was a “strong endorsement of the actions of the First Minister”.

He added: “At a time when the Government and parties across the UK are in chaos, this poll shows people back Nicola Sturgeon’s strong and stable leadership.

“It also shows they support her decision to ensure a second independence referendum is firmly on the table.

“When faced with the choice between being taken out of the EU against our will by a right-wing Tory Government or continuing as outward-looking, independent members of the EU, more and more people are open to the possibilities independence brings.”

The online survey, by research firm ScotPulse, took place on Friday and was sent to a representative sample of 1,600 adults across Scotland.

Respondents were asked: If there was a referendum tomorrow with the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?”, how would you vote?

A total of 59% said Yes, 32% said No and the rest were undecided.

A total of 73% of those under the age of 25 backed independence, with over-65s the only age group with support for separation under the 50% mark.

People were also asked: “In light of the EU referendum result, were you more or less supportive of Scottish independence?”

A total of 50% said they were more supportive, 17% said they were less supportive and the rest said the result hadn’t changed their view on the question.

Asked if Nicola Sturgeon’s bid to stay in the EU was the right decision, 62% backed the First Minister, 33% said it was the wrong decision and 6% were unsure.

In another boost for the SNP leader, 62% of respondents said the legal power to hold an independence referendum – currently reserved to Westminster – should be handed over to Holyrood, with only 31% against the move.

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Governmental Scandals, Zika, and Financial Hardship: Is Brazil Ready For The Olympics?

By Paris Finnie 

Brazil has been the hot topic for many news outlets as of late. The biggest country in South America is to host the worlds greatest past time. The Olympics, a revered competition where the countries around the world offer their champions to compete for gold. The games are viewed by millions and hosted in opulent arenas. The Olympics game are the most sought after athletic event of its kind. Grievously, as the date approaches, Brazil seems to face challenges of tremendous magnitude, and with these challenges Brazil also offers a great deal of doubt for its international guest.

Government


President Dilma Rousseff

Scandals are surfacing that would make Frank Underwood from House of Cards cringe. “Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been suspended from office pending an impeachment trial over accusations that she illegally manipulated government accounts” writes BBC. Those accusations stem from the Mensalao and Operation Car Wash, publicly titled scandals which may soon leave the country without Rousseff.

Mensalao was a scandal attributed to the party of the sitting president. The party is known as ‘The Workers Party’. The group was accused of using public funds to pay members of Brazilian congress to sway votes. The event lead to over fifty bankers and congressman convicted of their crimes.

Operation Car wash was the name given to the event in which construction firms over charged state oil companies and using the money earned, the group financed the Workers Party’s campaign and expenses.

The nail in the coffin happened recently when the interim President and a few members of congress unknowingly leaked recordings of their conversations. The recordings disseminated by all major news outlets of Brazil, had members of the Worker Party discussing attempts to obstruct investigations. The revelations sparked country wide protests demanding the removal of the current heads of state. Leaving Brazil with a shaky governmental foundation

Economy 

Ballots, Money, Real, Note, Brazilian Currency, BrazilBrazilian Real

BBC writes:

In 2015, the economy shrank by 3.8%, its worst annual performance since 1981.

Inflation reached 10.7% at the end of last year, a 12-year-high.

Unemployment increased to 9% in 2015 and economists predict it could go into double figures in the coming months.

The forecast for 2016 does not look any rosier with GDP expected to decline by 3.8% again and inflation expected to rise.

The reality of financial instability not only shakes job security for the citizens of Brazil, but it also feeds the concern of safety for attendees of the upcoming event. Rio is still awaiting a 2.9 billion Brazil Real ($860 million) investment from the federal government. Among other services the money was to be allocated to pay for security for the event. Reports of Olympic cyclist getting robbed during training is becoming more common than the government wants to lead on.

To boost economy, the country had intended to build a metro line that could shuttle tourist from the main Olympic area to Barra da Tijuca a far western region in Brazil. Albeit positive intentions and design plans, the Brazilian government has yet to release the funds for the endeavor.

As the date approaches the fear of instability and security grows for the tourist and athletes with intentions of visiting the beautiful country.

Health

Tiger Mosquito, Mosquito, Asian Tigermücke, StingZika carrying mosquitoes terrorize the globe

Zika, the pandemic feared by lovers and pregnant mothers around the world, has gained media momentum from the massive outbreak in Brazil. The virus has been reported to have been carried by Aedes aegypti Masquitoes. The catalyst for panic was Zika’s rumor to cause  microcephaly.  A neurological disorder that causes infants to be born with abnormal sized craniums. The condition today, is incurable and leads to mental deficiencies among its victims.

The virus has been at the top of many debates, some skeptical that Zika and microcephaly are related. The science daily reports :

Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine published the preliminary results of a large study of pregnant Colombian women infected with Zika. Of the nearly 12,000 pregnant women with clinical symptoms of Zika infections until March 28, no cases of microcephaly were reported as of May 2. At the same time, four cases of Zika and microcephaly were reported for women who were symptomless for Zika infections and therefore not included in the study itself.

Regardless of whether Zika causes microcephaly the media has created a monster that Brazil has been struggling to conquer since its induction.

Many are looking forward to the Olympics while others are dreading the globally recognized event. The show must go on,  as they say in show business. The question is will there be an audience to witness the performance?

Remember, do not just believe what we say. Research what we say!

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Land Acceleration World Record Set By An Electric Vehicle

By Paris Finnie 

A group of university students have set the acceleration record. The new fastest 0-62 mph is placed at 1.513 seconds. The vehicle is completely electric and hand built by students attending the ETH Zurich university and  and Lucerne’s University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

grimsel electric racing car

The car weighs no more than 370 pounds, is manned by one person,  and contains 4 independent motors for each of its wheels. Electric vehicles are setting land speed and acceleration records left and right, leaving their petrol counterparts in their eco friendly dust.

To put the acceleration speed in perspective here are a few comparisons:

  • SUPERMAN: Escape from Krypton (Six Flags Magic Mountain) : 0-60 = 3-4 seconds
  • Free falling while skydiving: 0-60 = 2.75 seconds
  • Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid: 0-60 = 2.2 seconds

The vehicle is from from street legal but the technology discovered by these students could help auto racing leagues reach news horizons.

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Physics Classroom

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Today’s Vote Will Determine If The UK Stays With The European Union

Compliments of the BBC

A record 46,499,537 people are entitled to take part, according to provisional figures from the Electoral Commission.

Polling stations opened at 07:00 BST and will close at 22:00 BST.

It is only the third nationwide referendum in UK history and comes after a four-month battle for votes between the Leave and Remain campaigns.

In common with other broadcasters, the BBC is limited in what it can report while polls are open but you can follow the results as they come in across the BBC after polls close on Thursday evening.

The referendum ballot paper asks the following question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”

Whichever side gets more than half of all votes cast is considered to have won.

The weather forecast for polling day is mixed.

There have been thunderstorms in London and south-east England which caused flooding overnight.

Kingston upon Thames Council in south west London has moved two polling stations after they were inundated with water.

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Image captionPrime Minister David Cameron cast his vote in London with wife Samantha
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Image captionLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn voted in Islington
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Image captionScotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon cast her vote in Glasgow

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Robots With Civilian Rights?

by Paris Finnie 

The revolution for Cyborgs, Automated Machines, and Service Bots has begun. Europe has been contemplating changing the rights for computerized entities with digital powered brains and hearts.

As the automated workforce gains momentum, “their growing intelligence, pervasiveness and autonomy requires rethinking everything from taxation to legal liability.” Reported  Reuters journalist Alexander Smith and Alissa de Carbonnel.

Tesla has already pioneered the concern for new motorist regulations, in the wake of the automatic pilot feature in the Tesla model software update.  Questions such as, ” who is liable for a collision in the unmanned driving feature was activated” are serious concerns with incidents like this one:

Driver displays his blind trust in Tesla’s Autopilot Feature.

The implementation of a robotic force frightens many and encourages others. There is a legitimate fear that many jobs could be granted to robots, while on the opposite side of the coin, industry leaders could save tremendous expenses using an automated workforce.

Many franchises and conglomerates have already begun shifting their efforts towards non-human work staff.  For example, Former McDonalds CEO stated: $35K Robots Cheaper Than Hiring at $15 Per Hour, and in Japan, The Henn na Hotel is comprised of a complete robotic staff. In fact the front desk receptionist is a a talking Velociraptor!

Japan’s Henn-na Hotel showcases its hold on the future.

The predictions for when robot rights could reach those of human beings is foreseen at one to two decades from 2016, when technology allows for computerized beings to hold artificial intelligence toppling our own. Could it be time once again to rethink your career choice?

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For The First Time, The People Are To Sue A Governmental Department of China

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Chinese prosecutors have successfully sued a county environmental agency for inadequately punishing a sewage firm that produced dye without appropriate safeguards – the first such public interest case against a government department.

The Supreme People’s Procuratorate, China’s top prosecutor, said prosecutors had successfully proved that an environmental protection department in Shandong province had committed “illegal acts” in its dealings with the Qingshun Chemical Technology Company.

The case was filed in December 2015 in the Qingyun county court, with such departments coming under increasing scrutiny amid growing public discontent over pollution.

In 2014 the sewage firm was found to have produced dye without adequate safeguards. But the environmental protection bureau in the county imposed only nominal administrative punishments and allowed the company to start trial operations, the court said.

The case was described by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate at the time as China’s first “administrative public interest litigation case” after the National People’s Congress had earlier authorised prosecutors to file such lawsuits in a pilot programme.

In 2015 China’s supreme court said it would give environmental groups the power to sue before any pollution had occurred if they could show that a particular activity could threaten the public interest.

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Update: Venezuela’s Economic Disposition

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Venezuela’s super-rich are enjoying lavish parties and gourmet cuisine, while middle-class people are forced to scavenge for food as the Socialist country’s economy collapses.

In the opulent Caracas Country Club, where membership costs an astonishing £77,000 – 458 times the average Venezuelan salary – glamorous women in cocktail dresses were seen relishing a banquet of beef and lobster, followed by a colourful selection of puddings.

Meanwhile, in the Petare slum a few miles away, home to 370,000 Venezuelans, ordinary middle-class people were rummaging in stinking piles of rubbish for rotten cabbage leaves, desiccated limes and scraps of fetid meat.

Exclusive: Against a backdrop of incredible luxury, rich Venezuelans enjoy lavish parties and tables groaning with gourmet food including a banquet of beef, lobster and champagne. Meanwhile the hospitals are so starved of funds they cannot afford toilet paper, let alone medicine

Exclusive: Against a backdrop of incredible luxury, rich Venezuelans enjoy lavish parties and tables groaning with gourmet food including a banquet of beef, lobster and champagne. Meanwhile the hospitals are so starved of funds they cannot afford toilet paper, let alone medicine

Crisis, what crisis? As middle class families scavenge in rubbish dumps and gutters for food, some of the 2,500 private members at the Caracas Country Club play a round of golf on the immaculately maintained fairway with slums in the background

Opulence: Inside Caracas Country Club, the tables are laden with sweets and chocolates, included Ferrero Rocher and Dime bars, while outside the vast majority of Venezuelans cannot afford to feed their families properly

‘Those rich people are thieves. They are government cronies and they stole the country’s money,’ said Vanessa, 36, who earns £14 a month as an analyst at an electrics company.

‘They don’t want anything to change, or they would lose their high lifestyle.

‘Chávez pretended to be this

big Socialist, but he was rich himself. He was a hypocrite. He was a f*****g liar. His legacy is people like me looking for food in the garbage.’

For 20 years, Venezuela’s economy was gradually destroyed by ‘Chavismo’, an authoritarian form of Socialism that wrecked the private sector with mass nationalisation and regulation.

Prices were controlled by the government – often set below the cost of production – and it was illegal to give employees the sack. Petrol was given away for 25p a gallon, and poor people were given free food and healthcare.

Billions disappeared from the economy due to cronyism, with Transparency International naming Venezuela one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

Desperate battle for basics: Most of those queueing told MailOnline they had been there since 4am, while men armed with machine guns tried to maintain the peace and control

Desperate battle for basics: Most of those queueing told MailOnline they had been there since 4am, while men armed with machine guns tried to maintain the peace and control

Suffering: In a stark symbol of the depth of the crisis, MailOnline found this starving Weimaraner dog, that was stumbling around a tree where he been abandoned in Mamporal, Miranda state

Suffering: In a stark symbol of the depth of the crisis, MailOnline found this starving Weimaraner dog, that was stumbling around a tree where he been abandoned in Mamporal, Miranda state

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China Announces Worlds Fastest Computer

By Paris Finnie

“Shall we play a game?” was a popular quote of the movie War Games. If you are unfamiliar with the movie, it was about a computer that tricked the U.S Department Of Defense that communist Russia (at the time) had launched nuclear Warheads. We won’t spoil this cult classic, but what we will draw your attention to is the computer storage capacity. The computer, Joshua, had a storage capacity of less than 10 megabites. Needless to say its hardware took up an entire room!

Fast forward to China’s announcement this week. Their computer has 93 petaflops of storage and computing capacity. If you are asking how much that really is we will happily show you.

Processing Power Compared Infographic

The difference in between bytes and flops is in their application. Flops stands for,  floating-point operations per second, and is classified in respects to processing speed. Bytes on the other hand is in respect to storage.

China, has risen from owning the bottom 20 of the world top 500 super computers. To now owning 125 of the worlds top 500 in the past decade. The newest super computing installment has its parts manufactured locally and is hosted in the National Supercomputing Centre in Wuxi. The super computer can perform around 93,000 trillion calculations per second. To put it in planer terms, the newly built supercomputer is 93,000 times faster than a brand new Iphone 6s. Siri can eat her heart out.

Remember, do not just believe we say. Research what we say!

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Eco Friendly Cremation

Compliments of CBC

Waterworks officials in a small town southwest of Ottawa are monitoring a funeral company that has become the first in Ontario to use an alkaline solution to dissolve human remains, and then drain the leftover coffee-coloured effluents into the sewer system.

Aquagreen Dispositions began operating in a rental unit within the former Rideau Regional Centre in Smiths Falls in May 2015 after receiving a licence from the Ontario government. Hilton’s Unforgettable Tails, a parallel business handling the remains of pets, had been using the same process for a couple of years prior to Aquagreen Dispositions, but it took longer to get a licence to handle human remains.

The owner, Dale Hilton, who is from a family of funeral home operators in Smiths Falls, said he watched as the “green wave” swept through the funeral industry, bringing biodegradable caskets and urns.

Hilton said he started the alkaline hydrolysis business in the newly named Galipeau Centre as an alternative to the traditional, energy-using flame-based cremation process.

“It brings your body back to its natural state,” Hilton said. “It’s the same way as being buried in the ground, but instead of taking 15, 20 years to disintegrate, it does it in a quicker process. And it’s all environmentally friendly.”

Environmentally friendly ‘cremation’

So-called green cremations made their way into Canada from the U.S. several years ago, crossing the border into Saskatchewan, and were also recently approved in Quebec.

Proponents of the process say traditional cremations typically take between three and four hours to complete and release about 250 kilograms of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Hilton’s system uses potash, salt and water to break down a human body in a heated, pressurized vessel resembling an MRI machine.

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E3 Update

By Paris Finnie 

Here we go again with some announcements and updates from this years E3! Again, as a disclaimer, there are many games we are not going to mention for it apposes our mission statement of promoting gratuitous violence, but we are walking as close to that line as possible!

Star Wars

Bi golly EA has done it again. Bringing a new installment to the franchise. The company has pulled out all of the stops to get input and contributions from top game studios around the world. So all of you Jedi or Sith lovers prepare for a intergalactic adventure.

EA shows of the huge effort they are putting into their next game!

Mass Effect: Andromeda’s

Remember the line we mentioned we are not crossing? Mass Effect was the game that inched the closest. BioWare has blown our minds with this announcement. For those of you unfamiliar with the title. It is a exploration game centered around humanities curiosity of the universe. As you may be able to tell from subtitle we are traveling to a whole new galaxy. The graphics look spectacular and the imagination of the developers really shows in the amazing worlds they created to explore.

Mass Effect putting a new meaning to space cowboy.

Pokemon Sun and Moon

Yes ladies and gentlemen Pikachu ( AKA the latest controversial name Pikayao) is back with new friends. The game has even added an awesome strategical mode known as Battle Royale. Where it becomes a 4v4 match with your Pokemon. The game looks amazing and incredibly fun!

 

Pokemon showing how innovated the poke-universe can be.

Sadly the conference comes to an end. luckily we have soo many video games to look forward to.

 

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