Petitioning Alistair Carmichael MP Resign as an MP

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This is not my Petition, it was started by a guy called Martin Sinclair

Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/alistair-carmichael-mp-resign-as-an-mp  <

Alistair Carmichael, for your part in the leaking of a false document designed to deliberately sabotage the election campaign of a political opponent while being a cabinet minister. You should resign.

An action you denied at the time.

It was a clear misuse of your office, your position and trust of the public. 

You retained your seat in the House of Commons as well as a £67,060 salary (plus expenses) at the tax payers expense. You retained this by using dishonesty and smear tactics.

You won by only 817 votes.

The people of Orkney and Shetland deserve an MP who is honest and trustworthy. Something you have now proven yourself to be incapable of.

We the undersigned demand that you remove yourself from your position and allow a by-election to take place.

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Nicola Sturgeon demands Alistair Carmichael stand down over memo leak

Nicola has ever right to be angry

Nicola has every right to be angry

I said this was a Liberal Democrat at the time, http://shaunynews.com/2015/04/06/inquiry-ordered-into-nicola-sturgeon-leaked-memo/ & http://shaunynews.com/2015/04/06/scotland-office-civil-servant-wrote-leaked-memo/ I think it is only right Alistair Carmichael either stands down over this. With him being one of the non SNP  Westminster 56 seats he COULD Have came clean over this before the General Election, he never, so is it right he now stands down? He lied, the video is below.

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My source was fairly good here

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The former Scottish secretary has been forced to admit he was behind a controversial leaked memo about Nicola Sturgeon during the general election campaign. Alistair Carmichael had backed the leaking of the report, which claimed that the First Minister had said she wanted David Cameron to remain as Prime Minister. The memo reported the comment had been made in conversation between Ms Sturgeon and the French Ambassador. Ms Sturgeon said called for the Liberal Democrat to consider if he should remain as an MP, saying he had “contested the election on false pretenses.”

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A Cabinet Office inquiry found that he had been consulted on the move by special adviser Euan Roddin, and had agreed the document should be released to the media. The report stated that Mr Roddin had provided a copy of the memo to a Daily Telegraph journalist on April 1, 2015, and “discussed the memo with the journalist on a number of occasions”. Mr Carmichael accepted “he could and should have stopped the sharing of the memo and accordingly accepts responsibility for what occurred”, according to the cabinet office findings.

In a letter to Ms Sturgeon, the Liberal Democrat MP said he took “full responsibility for the publication of the document”. “I accept that its publication was a serious breach of protocol and that the details of that account are not correct. I am clear that this was an error of judgement on my part and wish to offer you my sincerest apologies for the embarrassment caused to you and the French ambassador.”

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It was claimed the conversation took place between Ms Sturgeon and French Ambassador Sylvie Bermann. A spokesman for Ms Bermann had said in a statement: “While the ambassador and First Minister, some time ago, discussed the political situation, Ms Sturgeon did not touch on her personal political preferences with regards to the future prime minister.” At the time, Mr Carmichael claimed in a Channel 4 interview that the first time he had been made aware of the memo was when a journalist contacted him about the story.

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Mr Carmichael is the last remaining Liberal Democrat MP remaining in Scotland, after saving his Orkney and Shetland seat in the May election. The First Minister said: “Alistair Carmichael has written to me accepting that the account of my conversation with the French Ambassador was not correct, and apologising for what was a blatant election dirty trick in having it leaked.

“I accept his apology, but the real issue is that he should be apologising to the people of Orkney and Shetland, because he clearly contested the election on false pretences. “Mr Carmichael said at the time that the first he was aware of this matter was when he received a call from a journalist, but we now know that this is simply untrue. The false memo was leaked by a special adviser acting under the authority of Mr Carmichael. He knew all about it, but said in public that he knew nothing until a journalist phoned him. “As well as the original dirty trick, which was bad enough, Mr Carmichael then tried to cover it up – and is only admitting it now because he got caught.

“He needs to seriously reflect on that – and reflect on whether his actions and attempt to cover them up are consistent with his position as an honourable member of the House of Commons.” A spokesman for French Ambassador Ms Bermann said she would not be making any comment. Cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood ordered an inquiry into how the note got into the public domain.

The investigation into the source of the leak looked at official phone records, emails and print logs, before interviewing those who had access to the document. The Cabinet Office said the investigation team “concluded that Mr Roddin, with the assent of Mr Carmichael in the circumstances described above, was the direct source of the Daily Telegraph story”. The Cabinet Office has also confirmed that Carmichael and Mr Roddin will not take their severance pay after leaving the role.

Mr Carmichael apologised to both Ms Sturgeon and the French ambassador, saying : “I should not have agreed this. It was an error of judgement which I regret. He added: “Had I still been a government minister, I would have considered this to be a matter that required my resignation. I have therefore informed the cabinet secretary that I will decline my ministerial severance payment.”

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Happy Harvey Milk Day – May 22nd #LGBT

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All though our history we have people who have made or helped change things. One guy who did was Harvey Milk. I watched the movie with Sean Penn when it came out and what this guy did for the LGBT community not just where he lived but Worldwide can’t be forgotten. This is not a day we recognize here in Scotland but I was aware it is a big date for many. So to everyone who took Harvey’s legacy and made it more real, this is for you. Have a great day, as a species we must not label people. We wouldn’t say “Look at all those Christian’s at that table drinking wine” But people will say “Look at all these gay, transgender and bisexual people” We as a species label each other and we must stop. Anyway, if you celebrate this day, please! Have fun and enjoy your God given right to be, just to be. Harvey Milk Day is organized by the Harvey Milk Foundation and celebrated each year held May 22 in memory of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist assassinated in 1978, yeah another person with a peaceful message was killed, there is a theme here, anyone see it yet? RIP Harvey Milk, may your legacy go on for all of time and people be allowed to be, just be

“I ask for the movement to continue, for the movement to grow, because last week I got a phone call from Altoona, Pennsylvania, and my election gave somebody else, one more person, hope… You gotta give ‘em hope.”

— Harvey Milk

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What is Harvey Milk Day?

Harvey Milk Day is a day to educate your school about an extraordinary leader whose courageous work to end discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the 1970s set the stage for many of the civil rights advances we see today.

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Who was Harvey Milk?

Harvey Milk was an activist, organizer, and the first openly gay man elected to public office in the country as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in the late 1970s. Harvey Milk came out and started organizing against discrimination of gay and lesbian business owners in the Castro District of San Francisco, and against the Briggs Initiative (this was an initiative on the California state ballot in 1978 that would have banned gays and lesbians from working in California schools). Milk was responsible for passing gay rights ordinances for the city of San Francisco and served eleven months in office before he was assassinated on November 27, 1978 along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. We celebrate Harvey Milk Day on his birthday, May 22.

New Resources for Teachers

HMD CurriculaThe California Safe Schools Coalition, GSA Network, and Our Family Coalition have come together to create a website for educators to access curriculum about Harvey Milk.

The website features new Harvey Milk Day curriculum suitable for teaching high school students, in addition to existing curriculum already in use in elementary schools. This includes a short educational biography of Harvey Milk, curricula organized by grade level, resources and links for Harvey Milk books and movies, and the ability for teachers to submit curricula they have developed for their own classes and others.

For more information, please visit: www.safeschoolscoalition.org/harveymilkday/

GSAs: How can you celebrate Harvey Milk Day?

See how GSAs across California celebrate Harvey Milk Day.

Inform:

  • Ask your school to have an announcement on the PA system about Harvey Milk Day. Include who he was, what he did, and why remembering him is important for you and your school.
  • Hold an assembly to celebrate Harvey Milk, and use it as a time to educate your peers about LGBT issues and the impact that Harvey Milk had on our community.
  • Invite speakers who can either talk about Harvey Milk’s impact in the 1970s or the relevance of his work today.
  • Encourage your teachers to have a class discussion on Harvey Milk and the LGBT civil rights movement. In History or Social Sciences classes, you may ask to devote either a portion or an entire class to talking about past LGBT community leaders and other civil rights leaders from the 1970s.
  • Have an LGBT teach in, take over the cafeteria or study hall and teach about Harvey Milk and other LGBT leaders.
  • Consider working with other students or groups on campus to expand Harvey Milk Day into an entire “Forgotten History Week.” Have discussions, show movies, or make posters about other important historical leaders who seem to have been forgotten.
  • Show the movies “The Times of Harvey Milk,” “Castro” (which aired on PBS), or “Milk” to your GSA, in a History or Social Sciences class, or to the whole school and hold a discussion afterwards. Consider screening one of these movies after school, during lunch, or making it into a weeklong series.

Mobilize:

  • Create a poster campaign for your school (you can use the GLBT History Month site at www.glbthistorymonth.com for more information). Make posters highlighting Harvey Milk and bring attention to other figures in the LGBT and other civil rights movements.
  • Make buttons, stickers, or t-shirts expressing support for Harvey Milk and the LGBT community.
  • Write an article for your school paper about Harvey Milk and what his story means to you.

More Tips for Planning & Having a Successful Harvey Milk Day

Before

  • Make a Plan: Your GSA should prepare for how exactly you want to approach the day and what you want it to consist of.
  • Create a Timeline: After deciding on your club’s goal, you should make a timeline so that everyone knows what needs to be done. Be sure to include who is in charge of each item and when it needs to be finished.
  • Get More People Involved: Try to get as many people as possible aware of the event and involved in participating. You could do that by sending out e-mail announcements, advertising in the school newspaper, putting up flyers and posters, and of course by word of mouth.
  • Get Teachers/Administrators/Staff Involved: Find out if staff are interested in participating and schedule a meeting with your principal!
  • Build Coalitions/Build Bridges: Consider including other school clubs that may be interested in collaborating on the event.
  • Issue a Press Release: Let the local media know about what you are doing to honor Harvey Milk. Describe the events at your school, history of the event, and use some quotes from GSA members about why you are doing the event. Be sure to include a phone number for how a reporter can reach your group to follow-up for interviews.
  • Be Prepared! Have a meeting to discuss positive ways to handle harassment from non-participants. Be prepared to have spokespersons from your group who can speak about the event.

During

  • Announce the Event: Post an announcement in the daily bulletin or through the PA system at school explaining the event and requesting that all staff and students be respectful of the students participating in the project.
  • Coordinate Volunteers: Ask people to help setup your event. Make sure that you have enough people for setup, monitoring the event, and cleanup.
  • Provide Resources: Have a resource spot or staffed table where people can find info about your GSA or other LGBTQ groups and resources.
  • Organize Visual Displays: Organize a visual display such as having your participants wear a sticker or T-shirt, or put up posters all over campus explaining the event.

After

  • Continue the Education: Host a discussion about how to raise awareness about Harvey Milk and other LGBT activists everyday as opposed to one day out of the year.
  • Evaluate the Day: Evaluate the successes of the day and discuss what improvements could be made for next year.

Additional Resources

Download the pdf version

Frequently Asked Questions about Harvey Milk Day

What is law for Harvey Milk Day? 

In 2009, the State of California officially designated May 22 as “Harvey Milk Day.”  Education Code section 37222 now recognizes May 22 as Harvey Milk Day, and says that “public schools and educational institutions are encouraged to observe those days and to conduct suitable commemorative exercises . . . remembering the life of Harvey Milk, recognizing his accomplishments, and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to this state.”  Download a copy of the law here.

What does this mean for your school? 

The law does not require your school to celebrate Harvey Milk Day, but the law should allow you (as a teacher or a student) to celebrate the day in a variety of ways.

I’m a teacher and I’d like to talk about Harvey Milk in a class:

If you teach a subject in which discussion of Harvey Milk would be appropriate (such as History or Social Sciences) or if you are teaching students in a neutral context such as home room, then you should be able to add in a discussion of Harvey Milk as a celebration of Harvey Milk Day.

I’m a student and I’d like to do a presentation about Harvey Milk in a class:

Your teacher will need to give you permission to do a special presentation, but you should use the law to argue that such a presentation is appropriate.  If Harvey Milk fits into an assignment you already have (such as an assignment to write about an historical figure), then you must be allowed to do the assignment on Harvey Milk – including a presentation.

My GSA would like to commemorate Harvey Milk Day publicly at school – in an assembly or by showing a movie:

You should ask your school to sponsor the assembly or the movie, and you should show them the law to explain why they should sponsor.  If your school refuses, you should check the rules as to how clubs can call assemblies/show movies – the school must apply the same rules to the GSA as to any other non-curricular student club.

My GSA would like to put up posters about our planned commemoration of Harvey Milk Day:

You should try to get special permission from your school to put up posters about the commemoration, showing your school the law. If your school doesn’t give you special permission, it still has to let you put up posters in the same places that other non-curricular clubs can put up posters (so, if the drama club can put up posters for a play, you can put up posters for your Harvey Milk Day commemoration).

For more information:

On your free speech and other rights, look at this guide.

If your school is not letting you celebrate Harvey Milk Day:

Please contact GSA Network for additional assistance.

Thanks to the ACLU of Northern California for answering these questions about Harvey Milk Day.

Download the pdf version.

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The reason I write, mainly my purpose

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This girl is a symbol of a migration policy that has dehumanized themselves slowly

This is a real girl, same age as my 2 Daughters. We need know this

This is a real girl, same age as my 2 Daughters. We need know this

First I must say thank you to a friend David Milligan for showing this and sharing this. I had reblogged it but I had to write what was in my heart here. What you see floating there in still water is a little girl. What you are seeing here is ignorance by our World leaders, the consequence of intolerance of immigrants. We all have opinions on immigration, strange as it is mostly American’s, I won’t spend a lot of time writing about the USA but most people in the USA are immigrants from Europe or elsewhere. I myself, like you have family who have moved from my land to your land or other areas in the World, this is ok, this is politically correct, the World as a species are fine with people moving from Scotland to Australia, USA to Europe, anywhere to anywhere as long as they have money and can deal with their own life. Sadly a line has been drawn, an invisible hate line where people who are escaping certain death in their own country by any means possible, often leading to the image you see above we class as nothing, well it is not nothing it is everything and something we MUST change. I write about this most days and I know I reach all parts of our World but I often ask myself “Do people actually take it in?” I know I do, I can sit and cry over this, sadly others read then go make lunch as if this is just normal in our species, for me that scares me most

This little girl is a Syrian refugee. She did not ask for this, she did not ask to be born into hate and an education philosophy our species has stamped onto little girls like the girl in the picture above. All we can really know from this image is someone tried to save this kids life. Her parents may or may not have been with her, facts are this little girl was being ushered away from something. She was being taken away from danger to try and save her life. Now she is a statistic we as a species must accept as our own downfall. Sure we will and do blame our leaders all over the World but please, go and stand in-front of a mirror and ask what part you played in this. With every vote you make and with every political decision you make we all make it easier for our World’s powerful and greedy to allow what happened above to keep happening. Human rights are lies of privileged hypocrite nations when babies drown for freedom. This little girl is a symbol of what our species has become, I know I care and I know others who care but the people we pay to care don’t care.

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Via Beth Crosa on You Tube

Does anyone really think this is the first time a little girl has died at sea trying to escape War? Does anyone thing this is a one off? We look to UKIP and other right wing leaders and thinkers here in the UK and all over Europe and ask simple questions. This could be your Daughter escaping war, this could be our life, our reality, do you care yet? This was named “For the urgent attention of every World leader today” I will take it one step further and say “THIS IS FOR THE URGENT ATTENTION OF EVERY LIVING BREATHING HUMAN BEING WHO CAN READ THIS AND DOES NOTHING” Why do we not help? The questions this image raises are many but the answers sadly will be less. How can we claim to be human and not be upset over this image? How can we claim to care and not share this image and this story. How can we let this keep happening? How many invisible babies will we allow to die in the name of ignorance? There are a few who have more money than the many, people worth billions of pounds who make profit at the expense of anything they can. I once as a kid used to ask myself “Why are people poor” I guess as a 40 year old adult I am asking the same question but at a higher level. This little girl didn’t want to blow us up or cut our heads off, we must have knowledge in this story and all these stories. In a World slowly starting to hate Muslims, all Muslims because they refuse to educate themselves we who understand not all Muslims want us dead must spread the words of truth. I will get abuse from Americans for writing this, but all the serve to do is prove us right, the people who do care

Not until we as a species start to care, do more than just write, do more than just know will this change. I give as much as I can to many charities, same as many of us do, then we see this image and scratch our head asking how this is still happening. Since I was a kid I have seen the World have yearly phone-in’s where Countries give 10’s of Millions a year for causes like this one, yet that little girl is dead in the water. We must find another way another solution and more important we MUST take the 1% to task over this, no longer can we allow a few thousand people to rule us because they have more money than us. War makes money and the disgusting side of this image is simply she died so some war machine can make money. If we are going to tell the story we must tell the whole story and not just the parts that make us comfortable, I have a global audience the same as others so please, use this global audience you have to share this far and wide, do it before it’s your kid. As a species we have to wake up, I sit here and cry most days seeing these issues, will we ever find a day or know a day where this is not an issue in our World? For anyone against immigration in the nature of helping the helpless, take a good look, take a real good look

When we watch TV, we are full of sympathy for the Syrian people, but when they arrive here, we provide them the label ‘illegal’ and we chase them as petty criminals. This is about people. How we will deal with refugees and migrants be considered in a few decades as a disgrace in the history of Europe. We must change the ‘War Child’ thinking together

Thanks to https://ncdiblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/for-the-urgent-attention-of-every-world-leader-today/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Postcron.com for bringing this to the table

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Labour in Scotland must become the party of Home Rule or we will not survive

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Story below was written by Alex Rowley, a Labour member of the Scottish Parliament for Cowdenbeath, elected at the Cowdenbeath by-election in January 2014. Like many in the Labour camp he feel’s Scottish Labour must disconnect from Westminster Labour and get with the “Free Scotland” game. I said a few times as have many that Labour probably will one day have a Scottish only party, a complete split with no ties. As things stand Labour are dead in the water for all time in Scotland. Will it take a Scottish Labour to take a step towards SNP and Nationalistic thinking to be able to function again in our shores? What do you think? Decent read from the National this. One thing we will all agree on is a one party Scotland is not viable forever, we need a strong 2nd party. What if Labour tore it’self away from it’s English roots and stepped back to the Labout of old and wanted home rule or freedom also? I am just asking the questions, I don’t have the answers. As we head towards the 2016 Scottish Elections Labour will try almost anything to get your vote. Don’t be fooled by them as they stand today

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AS I watched the General Election results come in on the television in the early hours of May 8, I was not shocked there was a move away from Labour and we were getting beaten, but shocked by the scale of the defeat.

It was clear we needed a fundamental review of both strategy and practice. To me, it was obvious this defeat was not just a question about leadership, although the strategy which had been followed by the leadership was an issue that did need to be reviewed. I questioned what had happened after the major review led by Jim Murphy in 2011. We could not say the strategy there was sound. We bounced from focus group to focus group making policies up as we went along with no real clarity of what Labour in Scotland actually stood for. We needed then, as we need now, a proper analysis of where we are and what went wrong.

If the General Election result was to be applied to the 2016 Scottish election, the outcome would lead to Labour losing every constituency seat and seven MSPs and the return of a SNP Government with an overwhelming majority. Even with a disastrous low of 24 per cent of the vote, the PR system would be kinder to us than first past the post and we would get somewhere in the region of 31 list seats while the SNP would have around 74 seats.

However, that does not take into account the fact the Greens and others may do better. Thirty-one seats for Labour may well be very ambitious. The prospect means many in Labour who have their sights set on Holyrood are keen to get onto Labour’s list. But this is a short-sighted strategy which will solve nothing in the longer term. If it is the case that by May 2016 we have been unable to progress from the current all-time low, my view is we will just sink even lower. Some may well save their careers for a wee bit longer, but the party will not survive.

So what to do? Some were rather annoyed about Johann Lamont’s comment last year about the UK party leadership treating Scottish Labour as the branch office. I have heard many say this is not a description they recognise. However, I am afraid I do and believe it must be addressed in order for Labour in Scotland to move forward with a more progressive approach that sets the future agenda.

We need to move beyond tinkering with party rules and learn the lessons from sister parties across Europe where there is a strong federal system. It is crucial we take a far greater degree of control of the policy and decision-making while remaining committed to being part of a wider UK party where appropriate. We need to become the party of Scottish Home Rule and our opening salvo to Westminster and the UK Labour Party must be that the current relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK is untenable and will require radical change. Defining what Labour in Scotland stands for is key. Labour exists to advance the social and economic case of working people across the country through an agenda that puts fairness and equality at its heart.

Labour must fundamentally move its approach to one that focuses on issues and solutions that we represent, as opposed to focusing on what other parties do. The party should exist not to oppose the SNP but to address the issues in our communities and bring about a more inclusive and prosperous country. The attack-style politics is not working.

Where we can work with the SNP, such as finding a long-term solution to funding local government, then we should, and where we think their approach will be damaging, such as ending the Barnett formula, then we should make the case. Where we believe the SNP is not delivering, we must put forward our alternative, not simply attack their failure.

On the constitution, we must move away from the politics of fear to the politics of hope and ambition through pressing the case for further devolution and setting out how we will use the powers, both in Edinburgh and in London, to deliver our vision. We must build a radical and progressive movement for change in Scotland that embraces devolution, progresses localism and delivers fairness. We must also encourage open debate, whether that is over the renewal of Trident or over the role of the welfare state.

Labour in Scotland must reflect the views of members and the communities we seek to serve.

http://www.alexrowley.org/

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The U.S and Israel Have the Worst Income Inequality in the Developed World

American_and_Israeli_Flags_on_Mast_0844 To understand the reason behind this story you need to understand both Countries at Government level. Because both spend so much on War there is very little left for public sector life. The USA I see it all the time and it’s getting worse. America is around 27th in the Developed World in terms of household income. Israel is worst at around 35th in the developed World. For those who don’t understand what the developed World is, this will help you understand the ‘Developed World’ <Click) I have said for a while now the USA and Israel will end up standing alone, less that 7% of the World’s populous together but probably the biggest War Machine between them. I know American people and I know people from inside Israel and they are real angry at equality in their World. I know Americans who used to be able to go out and eat, go to the cinema with their kids, take holidays and all the things we here in the real developed World take for granted. In some places in the USA it is almost 2nd World. Here is 2nd World, I wouldn’t lay much at Communism, just the title of where these countries are in terms of prosperity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_World I am no expert but all that is here I have written about. I look at life in 2015 at a human level only. It seems the people most hell bent of destroying this World are paying the worst or being paid the worst. Is this God speaking? If not, why is it the USA who act like World Police and Israel who commit all sorts in Palestine are slipping down the food chain? Answers on a postcard to “ShaunyNews” I will get it

America Is NUMBER ONE…In Income Inequality (This is not good) Video Via The Young Turks on You Tube

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US worst income disparity in world Video Via RT America on You Tube

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A new report reveals that the gap between rich and poor in the developed world is at its highest level in 30 years—and finds that the U.S. and Israel are leading the disquieting trend. The study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) looked at the earnings of both the richest 10 percent and the poorest 10 percent of the population in each of its 34 member countries. It found that the average ratio of rich to poor in OECD countries was 9.6. In the U.S., however, the richest 10th percentile earned 16.5 times the income of the poorest. In Israel, the richest earned 15 times what the poorest earned. Back in the 1980s, the rich earned about seven times as much as the poor. According to the report, wealth inequality is even worse than income inequality. For instance, U.S households in the wealthiest 5 percent owned 91 times that of the average household. CNN Money reports:

Both the U.S. and Israel have seen inequality grow faster in part because of comparatively low spending on social programs and benefits, said Mark Pearson, the author of the 330-page report. Other countries, such as France, are better at redistributing wealth using taxes and benefits, he said. Another factor contributing to inequality in the U.S. is a wide skill gap in the workforce. That means highly skilled people can command significantly bigger salaries than low skilled workers. For example, U.S.-based doctors can make a lot more money than they can in the U.K. and Germany. And low skilled laborers in the U.S. tend to have lower incomes than they would in other countries, said Pearson. Israel also has problems with encouraging women to enter the workforce, which can prevent poor families from getting ahead, said Pearson. “There’s a [long] way to go in Israel to get the female employment rates higher,” he said, noting that religious and cultural factors have kept many women at home. The report shows that having strong female participation in the workforce, and smaller gender pay gaps, can help make a country more equal. “More women in work really does seem to have an effect on inequality. It reduce[s] inequality,” said Pearson.

The OECD study can be read in full here.

http://lockerdome.com/6186519614468417/7696969921462548 http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/21/news/economy/worst-inequality-countries-oecd/

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Sir Gerald Kaufman calls SNP MPs ‘goons’ over their Commons behaviour – Racist?

The SNP’s 56 Westminster MPs will devalue themselves if they continue to play ‘infantile games’, says Sir Gerald Kaufman

The SNP’s 56 Westminster MPs will devalue themselves if they continue to play ‘infantile games’, says Sir Gerald Kaufman

The link below most know, I shared it earlier as Mhairi had her lunch at Westminster and refused to sit in the “MP’s Only” section and instead sat with the canteen staff and other non PM’s for lunch. The ‘Establishment’, the old guard were always going to have a go at the SNP for being ‘Different’. I read this and all I seen was ‘Anti-Scottish’ rhetoric from this old man used to seeing things as he likes now seeing change he doesn’t like. The SNP are hated down there but they best get used to them, as someone joked “They hated Alex and Nicola, wait till the meet the rest of us” :D This is awful from Sir Gerald Kaufman but don’t expect anything to happen or a sorry, the SNP have went down Westminster not to annoy, they are just being themselves. This could be classed as being racist by an old man lost in a new World he can’t understand, really is that simple

We changed the old guard for good and we will become stronger

We changed the old guard for good and we will become stronger

Londoner’s Diary: Chips are down as Mhairi Black heads for the canteen

Mhairi Black has caused outrage by sitting with Westminster staff

Mhairi Black has caused outrage by sitting with Westminster staff

http://shaunynews.com/2015/05/21/londoners-diary-chips-are-down-as-mhairi-black-heads-for-the-canteen/

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Father of the house condemns parliamentary conduct of Scottish nationalists as infantile after attempt to take veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner’s seat

Anti-Scottish, Sir Gerald Kaufman, the new father of the house.

Anti-Scottish, Sir Gerald Kaufman, the new father of the house.

The longest-serving MP in the House of Commons, Labour’s Sir Gerald Kaufman, has condemned the parliamentary conduct of Scottish National party MPs as infantile, describing them as “goons”. The SNP’s 50 new members angered traditionalists before the election of the Speaker on Monday when some attempted to turf the veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner out of the seat he has always claimed when Labour have been in opposition throughout his 45 years as an MP.

Kaufman, who has the honorary title of father of the house, said: “I think that their conduct is infantile. I don’t know what they’re trying to prove. It’s all very well for them to try to sit in a block, but to move one of the longest-serving members of parliament out of a seat that he’s occupied for decades, it’s stupid.”

SNP MPs, who now hold 56 seats in the Commons, have also been reprimanded by parliamentary staff for taking selfies, which breaks the Palace of Westminster’s strict no-photography rules, and for applauding in the Commons chamber.

Kaufman, 84, has been MP for Manchester Gorton since 1983 and, before that, was MP for Manchester Ardwick from 1970. He will have been a member of parliament for 45 years in June and was made father of the house, an honorary title given to the longest-serving MP, after the retirement of Peter Tapsell, 85, who was the MP for Louth and Horncastle since 1966.

The baby of the house, the title given to the youngest member, is Mhairi Black, the SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, who overturned the 24,000-strong majority of former Labour shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander. The Labour party lost 40 of its 41 Scottish MPs in this month’s general election, ending its 50-year reign as Scotland’s largest party. The defeat resulted in the resignation of the leader of the Scottish Labour party, Jim Murphy, on Saturday.

Asked what the Labour party needed to do to win back support north of the border, Kaufman said: “I’m not Scottish and therefore I don’t understand Scotland in the way that I hope I understand England. It’s clear that what happened in Scotland was a cataclysm. Some of our best Labour MPs, some for whom I have the highest regard and a number of whom are my personal friends, just vanished in the onslaught.” He added: “I can’t tell Scottish people and I can’t tell Scottish Labour what to do, but just as the UK Labour party is going to have to take a long, hard look at itself and is going to have to assess what it needs to do in order to be in accord with the people of this country of the United Kingdom, the Scottish Labour party is going to have to be a part of that. “Because, although we had a very bad result in England and Wales, it was nowhere near as bad as what our friends in Scotland underwent.”

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/21/sir-gerald-kaufman-labour-snp-mps-goons-commons-behaviour

http://www.scotland4me.co/2015/05/21/sir-gerald-kaufman-calls-snp-mps-goons-over-their-commons-behaviour/

http://www.newsrt.co.uk/news/sir-gerald-kaufman-calls-snp-mps-goons-over-their-commons-behaviour-3225380.html

http://www.scoopnest.com/user/TheScotsman/601439559688196097

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Figo: Sepp Blatter’s rival pulls out of Fifa election stating corruption – Hutton Video

_83154682_figo_apInteresting words from Luis Figo as he took himself out of the running to take over from Sepp Blatter. He stated Worldwide corruption. We already have seen this here in Scotland. Many countries leagues, bodies and people have asked why the SFA are allowed to break their own rules. For this to change we need change at the very top, sadly it looks like Sepp will still be FIFA President where he has held office since 1998. The corruption and cheating, stated by the late Turnbull Hutton in the SFA is ‘Criminal’ and we all know this anyway, the events of the last month with Paul Murray and David King being allowed to take chair at a certain football club where they were before when the club died, these two men were part of the board that allowed the club to die for whatever reasons. The 168 member clubs under the SFA rules all voted to have rules in place yet the SFA do as they please. I wonder if Figo would mention the SFA in context alone in his thinking here

SFA/SPL Liars Cheats and Corrupt Hun Conmen
Via Barry Celtic on You Tube

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Luis Figo has joined Michael van Praag in withdrawing from the Fifa presidential election on 29 May. Ex-Portugal midfielder Figo, 42, pulled out on the same day as Van Pragg, 67, to leave Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan as Blatter’s only rival. Blatter is favourite to win a fifth term as president and Figo said: “This process is anything but an election. “This process is a plebiscite for the delivery of absolute power to one man – something I refuse to go along with.” Each of Fifa’s 209 member associations have a vote in the election and Van Praag, who is president of the Dutch football federation, says he will now support Prince Ali. The English Football Association also intend to support Prince Ali, while the Scottish FA had previously said they would back Van Praag.

Sepp Blatter has been Fifa president since 1998

Sepp Blatter has been Fifa president since 1998

The Dutchman is expected to give his reasons from withdrawing from the election at a news conference at 19:00 BST but Figo made his reasons clear in a statement.

“I travelled and met extraordinary people who, though they recognized the value of much that had been done, also concurred with the need for change, one that cleans up Fifa’s reputation as an obscure organization that is so often viewed as a place of corruption,” he said.

“But over the past few months I have not only witnessed that desire [for change], I have witnessed consecutive incidents, all over the world, that should shame anyone who desires soccer to be free, clean and democratic.

“I have seen with my own eyes federation presidents who, after one day comparing Fifa leaders to the devil, then go on stage and compare those same people with Jesus Christ. Nobody told me about this. I saw it with my own eyes.” He also questioned an election process in which a main candidate – Blatter – had not produced a manifesto, “so that federation presidents know what they’re voting for”. Figo added: “There has not been a single public debate about each candidate’s proposals.”

The latest withdrawal comes after another presidential candidate, Frenchman Jerome Champagne, a former Fifa deputy general secretary, pulled out in February. Former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder David Ginola, backed by a betting company, originally announced his intention to stand against Blatter in January, but withdrew two weeks later.

The vote will be held in Zurich at Fifa’s annual congress and requires the winning candidate to secure a two-thirds majority in the first round of voting. If subsequent rounds are required then a simple majority is all that is required for victory.

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Londoner’s Diary: Chips are down as Mhairi Black heads for the canteen

New blood: SNP MP Mhairi Black

New blood: SNP MP Mhairi Black

Most of you will have seen or heard of this by now, but I noticed a few had not so I thought I would share for people who have not heard. Mhairi refused to sit in the “MP’s Only” canteen inside Westminster, instead she sat beside the canteen workers and staff in Westminster. Fair to say this girl is a breath of fresh air.

~~~~Link Via: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/londoners-diary/londoners-diary-chips-are-down-as-mhairi-heads-for-the-canteen-10258490.html~~~~

There’s trouble brewing in the canteens of Westminster already, after the arrival of 20-year-old Mhairi Black, the new SNP MP who unseated Douglas Alexander. The Scottish Herald published her diary this weekend, in which Black begins by unpicking one of the establishment traditions of dining in the Palace of Westminster.

“Lunchtime was quite insightful into the attitudes of some of the existing MPs,” she writes. After ordering a plate of chips with a slice of bread — which checkout lady Rita objected to as it isn’t “nutritious enough” — Black went to sit down next to “a table of kitchen staff who were sitting on a break”. One of them told her to go to the other end of the room instead.

Black duly picked up her tray and started walking until she arrived “at a false partition with a sign saying ‘MPs only beyond this point’”. She wrote that she turned around and went back to her original spot. “If they want us to be snobby you’d think they would go all out snobby and get a different room instead of a half-effort partition,” she told the kitchen staff, which was met with “rapturous laughter”.

They told her that “many MPs take their position so seriously that they refuse to sit anywhere unless it is exclusively for MPs or Lords”, which she calls “ridiculous”, adding: “it actually reminded me of an episode of Friends where Joey can’t sit with Ross when he begins working as a tour guide in the museum because, ‘blue coats don’t sit with white coats’.”

An analogy that may be lost on some of those sitting on the other side of the partition?

15 Complete Lies Everyone Thinks Are Facts – Shauny Myth Busting Thursday’s

Abraham Lincoln Was Strongly Opposed to Slavery

Abraham Lincoln Was Strongly Opposed to Slavery

#1 Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson” in Arthur Conan Doyle’s series.

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#2 Human’s don’t actually use only 10% of their brain.

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#3 The Great Wall of China is not visible from space.

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#4 Turkey doesn’t make you any more tired than most other foods

#5 Most of your body heat isn’t lost through your head. 

#6 People did not believe Christopher Columbus was going to sail off the edge of the world.

#7 A goldfish’s memory is much longer than three seconds. 

#8 The image we know of Santa Claus today was not invented by a Coke advertising team.

#9 Elephants do not go to an “elephant graveyard” when they’re ready to die.

#10 If you drop a coin from the Empire State Building, you’re not likely to kill anyone.

#11 When it feels threatened, an ostrich doesn’t stick its head in the sand.

#12 “Beam me up, Scotty” was never said in the original Star Trek TV series. 

#13 Twinkies do expire.

#14 Different parts of your tongue aren’t responsible for tasting different flavors

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