SNP boost as membership soars past 100k mark

SNP-PROUDVia: http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/scottish-politics/snp-boost-as-membership-soars-past-100k-mark.1427009904

Well it was always going to happen, the SNP are now 3rd biggest party in the UK. Don’t doubt the clout the SNP has in Holyrood nor Westminster. The phrase “Historic 2015 General Election for the SNP” Can’t be ignored. The very nature of UK politics was changed forever on September 18th 2014 when Scotland was 5% away from becoming a free nation. We were given watered down Devo-max and lied to, well this year, May 7th we finally have a chance to make ‘Home Rule’ be a thing that happens, not just talk but a real deal. Then in 2016 we can strengthen further Scotland. I believe we Scotland are on the verge of something very, very special. Nicola knows what she is doing and don’t discount Alex still pulling many strings behind the scene. Alex said several times “I will not resign be it a yes or no” I believe Alex seen a Scottish Labour in pieces and since Jim the savour of the branch office has made Labour worse in Scotland has been in Charge Scottish Labour membership is believed to have fallen 20,000 to 20,000 Scottish Labour members, I am trying to source this. With our media it is VERY HARD to source the truth, as we all know. Lets push on Scotland, great things are in our future

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MEMBERSHIP of the SNP has officially passed 100,000, giving the party a massive campaigning advantage as it enters a potentially historic General Election. Join the SNP today: http://www.snp.org/join The vast army of foot soldiers means the SNP heads towards May 7 as the third-largest party in the UK – twice the size of the LibDems, two-thirds the size of the Tories, and half the size of Labour in the UK!

The SNP is expected to conduct its millionth doorstep canvass of the campaign this weekend, and deliver its 10 millionth election leaflet since the New Year. The latest polls suggest the SNP, which currently has six MPs, could win more than 50 of the 59 Westminster seats in Scotland. However, senior party figures believe 30 would be a good result, as they expect to be squeezed by Labour and the Tories as voters focus on who they want to be Prime Minister.

Nicola Sturgeon will unveil the latest membership figures when the SNP party holds the biggest conference in its 81-year history in Glasgow next weekend. Around 3,000 delegates are due to converge on the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, one of the few venues in the country still capable of containing an SNP gathering. The event will be more than twice as big as any previous Nationalist conference. Two years ago, at its 2013 spring conference, the SNP was welcoming member number 25,000. Its quadrupling since the No vote in the referendum means one person in 50 in Scotland is now a member of the party, the equivalent of

Labour or the Tories having more than one million members at UK. level – something neither party has enjoyed since the 1950s. A senior SNP source said: “This is a fantastic achievement – the most significant aspect is that it means we can chap on even more doors, deliver even more leaflets, and talk to even more people in their own communities about the positive case for voting SNP, Reaching this milestone sets the tone for what will be an upbeat and above all outward-looking conference in Glasgow.”

The latest House of Commons estimates put the size of UK Labour at around 200,000, the Conservatives around 150,000, the LibDems and Greens around 44,000 and Ukip 42,000. In Scotland, Labour leader Jim Murphy recently claimed his party had around 20,000 members, while the Tories have around 10,000, the Greens 8,600 and the LibDems under 3,000.

Alex Salmond set a pre-election target of 100,000 members in November, when the SNP was 85,000-strong.

Handing over the leadership of the party to Sturgeon, he said: “Let us ensure that by next May’s election, the SNP reaches a level which has never been seen before in Scottish politics – 100,000 members representing the national cause.” However, despite an explosion in membership in the weeks immediately after September 18, the pace of recruitment later slowed. The last time the party revealed its membership was in January, when it was around 93,000.

Next week’s conference at the SECC is expected to feature 3,000 delegates, 150 per cent more than the SNP’s November gathering, as well as 200 journalists and 42 exhibitors. SNP election campaign director Angus Robertson said: “Next weekend’s conference will be by far the biggest in the history of the SNP – which in turn reflects the record amount of doorstep activity that is taking place the length and breadth of Scotland.

“We have stronger support than going into any previous election. The polls indicate what we can achieve – hard work and commitment will determine what we do achieve, and we are fully focused on winning a strong voice for Scotland. Professor John Curtice of Strathclyde University’s politics department said size wasn’t everything in elections, but if properly deployed, a large membership could give the SNP a distinct advantage. If you want to knock doors, identify your supporters and get people out to vote then it can make a difference in a tight contest. But the more important big number is 18 points, which is the SNP lead over Labour in the polls, and would give them 47 seats to Labour’s 10. Given the state of the UK polls, Scotland is now absolutely pivotal. Scotland means that the chances of Labour getting an absolute majority look remote Labour is in a tough place and it’s Scotland that’s doing that.”

SNP boost as membership soars past 100k mark ahead of historic General Election

http://www.scotlandnow.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/snp-boost-membership-soars-past-5384543

https://twitter.com/StewartMcDonald/status/579699759318978561

http://www.reddit.com/r/ukpolitics/comments/2zwlkp/snp_boost_as_membership_soars_past_100k_mark/

Archaeologists think they’ve found the ashes of St. John the Apostle

Alleged Ashes From The Grave Of John The Apostle Discovered

Alleged Ashes From The Grave Of John The Apostle Discovered

Via: http://www.messagetoeagle.com/ashesgravejohnapostle.php#.VRfgKfnF8i0 I added video’s, some images my own words and as always links below 

I love to research and often I will research a certain area of life, today I was researching archaeologists and if they had found anything lately, well they have. This news story I think is from Friday 27th but better late than never. My good man DAHBOO77  as usual ran the story. Often I will find a story and go to Daboo’s You Tube channel and yeah! He has run the story. I never aim to find or look deeply into scripture or anything from the Bible but through research it arrives on my search page. I find it amazing how much scripture actually has truth behind it. Coincidence? I think not. When I set out on  ‘Research spells’ I love to find things that peak my curiosity and also challenge my own thinking and beliefs, for me that is the the fun part of research, you just never know what is to hit you or you will stumble across. I have read all this and tried to add as much as I can. Links are below as usual. For people with religious faith this is an amazing story, for people like me who just love to stumble into a story this is why I do what I do. The reason I research and try to find new things is because I love to learn new things, cultures and stories. All amazing fun, enjoy this if it something you are interested in, with this story we must ask now “Was he cremated” Was this religious practice back then? So many questions now

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Ashes from the grave of John the Apostle, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, have been discovered in a lead tube reliquary by Bulgarian archaeologists during excavations of the ancient and medieval port of Burgos (also known as Poros) on Cape Foros in today’s Black Sea city of Burgas.

The discovery of the lead tube containing ashes from the grave of John the Apostle, who is known as St. John the Theologian in Bulgarian (Eastern) Orthodox Christianity, located in the ancient city of Ephesus in Anatolia, today’s Turkey, has been made during the 2014 excavations of the fortress of Burgos (or Poros) on Cape Foros in Burgas but was announced only on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, by Milen Nikolov, Director of the Burgas Regional Museum of History, at a special press conference.

Saint John the Apostle
Via Jack Quigley on You Tube

Archaeologists Think They Have Found the Ashes of Saint John the Apostle
Via DAHBOO77 on You Tube

The structures at the ancient and medieval fortress and port of Burgos (Poros) which were excavated in 2014 include an Early Christian basilica from the 6th century AD, a building complex from the 5th-6th century AD, and a Roman villa from the 3rd century AD.The John the Apostle reliquary was found in the 6th century basilica,” according to source.

“Probably a pilgrim from the Foros Peninsula (Cape) went on a pilgrimage to Ephesus, and came back here with this relic which was then donated to the basilica on Foros,” Nikolov has explained, as cited by local news site Gramofona.

Nikolov has described the finding of the reliquary as “one of the most important discoveries in the history of the [Burgas Regional History] Museum”, and the lead tube as a “holy possession that preserved a holy substance” having to do with the beliefs that every year on May 8, the date of John the Apostle’s death, there is manna, a holy healing powder, on the site of his grave. The lead tube reliquary itself containing the ashes from the grave of John the Apostle (St. John the Theologian) is really tiny: it is only 2.2 cm (less than an inch) long, and its diameter measures 1.7 cm.

The reliquary is dated to the 6th century AD when pilgrimage to the Holy Lands was very common among Christians, Nikolov explains. On one of its sides there is an image of a cross with equal arms inside a medallion, and on the opposite side there is an image of two overlapping crosses with equal arms. The neck of the tube is also decorated with crosses. It has only one handle left, the other has broken off.

In addition to the so called Empty Tomb, i.e. the Tomb of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, the other centers of Christian pilgrimage in the 6th century AD included the grave of St. Menas in Abu Mina in Egypt; the grave of St. Simeon Stylites the Elder in Antioch (in today’s Turkey); the grave of St. Thecla (or Tecla) in Seleucia, Mesopotamia; the grave of St. Isidore of Chios on the Aegean island of Chios; and the graves of John the Apostle (St. John the Theologian), St. Mary Magdalene, and St. Timothy in Ephesus.

All of these Early Christian pilgrimage centers produced primarily clay tubes for holy water; a total of only 43 lead tubes from this time period are known in the entire world, the Bulgarian archaeologists from the Burgas Museum point out. They explaining 20 of those known lead tubes have been found in the St. John the Baptist Basilica in Monza, Italy (the Monza Cathedral); they were a gift from Lombard Queen Theodelinda (c. 570-628) made at the beginning of the 6th century.

Another 16 lead tubes have been found in a grave in the Bobbio Abbey (a monastery founded by Irish Saint Columbanus in 614 AD) in the Italian town of Bobbio, close to Milan. One lead tube reliquary has been discovered in the Sant Pere de Casserres Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in the town of Les Masies de Roda, Osona comarca, Catalonia, Spain. In addition to these lead tube reliquaries, three others are kept in Germany and four in the USA, all of which were produced in Jerusalem and have depictions of Gospel scenes.

Even though the reliquary discovered by the Bulgarian archaeologists in the basilica in the ancient and medieval fortress Burgos (Poros) on Cape Foros is also a lead tube, it is different from the other known lead tube reliquaries because the images on it are identical with the images from a group of clay tube reliquaries produced in ancient Ephesus. “That is why at this stage we believe that the Burgas reliquary comes from this pilgrimage center (i.e. Ephesus) and it must be connected with the cult for St. John the Theologian (John the Apostle),” the head of the Burgas Museum of History, Milen Nikolov, explains.

He also notes that John the Apostle was particularly cherished by the Early Christians. According to the Bible, John was Jesus Christ’s favorite disciple, and when Jesus was crucified he asked John to take care of the Holy Mother, Virgin Mary. Later, John the Apostle settled in the ancient city of Ephesus together with Virgin Mary and St. Mary Magdalene. This is where he wrote the Book of Revelation, also known as The Apocalypse, and lived till the rest of his life.

The excavations on the Cape of Foros, in the ancient and medieval port of Burgos (Poros) where the 6th century reliquary was discovered

The excavations on the Cape of Foros, in the ancient and medieval port of Burgos (Poros) where the 6th century reliquary was discovered

According to some historical sources, Christian pilgrims from around the world would gather on his grave in the Ephesus basilica on May 8, the date of his death. They would sprinkle rose petals on the rock above the basilica, and the next day wonder-working powder would appear on the rock. This manna could heal all kinds of diseases, which is why it was collected by the pilgrims in reliquaries and taken to their places of origin as evidence of their pilgrimage or as an apotropeus (an apotropaic item, i.e. an amulet chasing away evil).

Some scholars believe the manna collected by the pilgrims came from the pollen from the roses they placed on John the Apostle’s grave in Ephesus. “That is why, at this point, we believe that a pilgrim from the fortress of Poros went on a pilgrimage to the grave of St. John the Theologian in Ephesus from where he brought the valuable reliquary with healing powder,” Nikolov elaborates.

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The discovery of the lead tube reliquary with ashes from the grave of John the Apostle in Ephesus near Burgas resembles another relic discovery from the same region, Bulgaria’s Southern Black Sea coast. Back in 2010 during excavations of an ancient monastery on the St. Ivan (St. John) Island in the Black Sea, off the coast of Bulgaria’s Sozopol, just to the north of Burgas (and the ancient and medieval port of Burgos (Poros) on Cape Foros), Bulgarian archaeologist Prof. Kazimir Popkonstantinov discovered a reliquary containing relics of St. John the Baptist. The relics of St. John the Baptist, which consist of small bone particles from a skull, jaw bone, arm bone, and tooth, have received lots of international interest in the years since then, and in February 2015 CNN reported that Oxford University scholars had confirmed the possibility of their authenticity by concluding that they belonged to a man who lived in the Middle East at the same time as Jesus Christ.

http://www.messagetoeagle.com/ashesgravejohnapostle.php#.VRfgKfnF8i0

http://ucoadpi.com/Archaeologists%20Think%20They%20Have%20Found%20the%20Ashes%20of%20Saint%20John%20the%20Apostle

http://opinions.citynewsline.com/news/archaeologists-think-theyve-found-the-ashes-of-st-john-the-apostle

http://thevictoryreport.org/archaeologists-ashes-apostle/

‘Meningitis B’ vaccination to be offered to all Scots infants

Meningitis B: All infants in Scotland offered vaccination

Meningitis B: All infants in Scotland offered  free vaccination

Via: http://news.stv.tv/scotland/315454-meningitis-b-vaccination-to-be-offered-to-all-scots-infants-on-nhs/

I think this is great news, a family member 2 years old caught this a few years back and is in remission now. It is not mandatory, parents can opt out. I think can only be a good thing in the fight against kids diseases. I will allow my 2 kids to get this, will you? What are your thoughts on this Scotland?

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All infants in Scotland are to be offered a vaccination against meningitis B through the NHS under the routine childhood immunisation programme.

The vaccine, Bexsero, will be introduced to the immunisation programme for young children “as quickly as possible” following negotiations on behalf of the Department of Health and the devolved government with manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline.

Around 1,200 people, mainly babies and children, get meningitis caused by the meningococcal group B bacteria each year in the UK, with around one in 10 dying from the infection. Controversy recently erupted after it emerged that the Bexsero MenB vaccine was still not available to children despite being recommended by UK health advisers a year ago.

“The Meningitis B vaccine will now form part of the routine childhood immunisation programme in Scotland, underlining our commitment to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our children. Meningitis B is life-threatening and can affect people of any age, but is most common in babies and young children. By offering this vaccine as part of the routine programme we will be able prevent this and save lives.

“This disease can be devastating for children and their families and I’m very pleased we can now take the necessary steps to tackle its effects” The vaccination will be given in three doses at two, four and 12 months, with all babies in Scotland aged two months at the point of introduction being eligible. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has also advised that when the programme starts there should be a one-off, catch-up programme for babies aged three and four months of age.

The vaccine is likely to be available in Scotland from September

http://news.stv.tv/scotland/302341-parents-warned-to-look-out-for-symptoms-of-meningitis-at-winter/

 

http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Meningitis-B-vaccine-to-be-introduced-in-Scotland-1807.aspx

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32101921

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/meningitis-B-vaccine.aspx

‘Selma’ Movie Review

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Had I been an American watching this I would have been proud, happy that my nation had stepped away from the precipice of being a truly awful racist nation for all of time. As American’s you must look back to Malcolm X and Martin Luther King and other civil rights movement activists as a source of knowing “If I stand up, I will win” Look back to the days told in ‘Selma’ who really thought at the start the black people would win what they have, the POTUS your country is standing of proof Martin Luther King’s work and all who came before and after him. The work is not done, major racism issues still need fixed, why do you think Common sang the words “We walked through Ferguson with our hands up” Because today there are still issues, there are still racists

Dr King, said this day before he was killed 

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!

Martin Luther King Jr. – I’ve Been to the Mountaintop (Last Speech; Assassinated Next Day)
Via AHAVA78 on You Tube

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C.

And how he was right! The promised land for many did in-fact become real, sadly in 2015 there is too much ill feelings towards the blacks in the USA and this upsets me. From the outside looking in by killing Dr King a Generation of hate was born. The story of ‘Selma’ won one Oscar for ‘Glory’ a song by Common and John Legend. In truth the part played by King from David Oyelowo was unreal. David is English born through Kenyan parents. His presence on the big screen should not be overlooked, he told the story with his heart. When ‘Glory’ was sung at the Oscar’s he cried, he cried hard.

Selma Official Trailer
Via MOVIECLIPS Trailers on You Tube

He cried, he knew and played the story, he wasn't the only one to cry

He cried, he knew and played the story, he wasn’t the only one to cry

Chris Pine was one of many who it hit 'Glory' hit many in the right place

Chris Pine was one of many who it hit ‘Glory’ hit many in the right place

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Common & John Legend Powerful Academy Awards (The Oscars 2015) Speech Transcript
Via Jack Sze on You Tube

If you are looking to watch a movie watch ‘Selma’ It made me proud to be HUMAN never mind Scottish or black or white. It just made me smile. King knew he would not see the promised land but God told him the promised land of fairness will be in part met. America you are a young nation, I have said this many times. 50 years ago this story was set, 50 years ago Europe and Scotland where I am had seen all this before and dealt through it. You have way to go America but I believe in the love of you all America.

Stand up, put your hands up! Don’t allow your police to own you.

Common, John Legend – Glory
Via CommonVEVO on You Tube

Young and working class backed Scottish independence, new research finds

The over 65's lost Scotland freedom

The over 65’s lost Scotland freedom

Via: https://commonspace.scot/articles/846/young-and-working-class-backed-scottish-independence-new-research-finds

Poll after poll is showing the SNP could fill Holyrood, have a record number of members in Westminster. Labour could lose 80% of Holyrood seats. The article I did a week or so ago stated similar figures http://shaunynews.com/2015/03/20/bombshell-survation-poll-shows-majority-of-scots-now-support-new-independence-push/ The push for votes starts officially on Monday. So far everyone has spoken, made promises and told  the usual garbage. The SNP have been quiet and I think will be low key as they have a strong tide of support behind them without the need to promise more. Interesting few months ahead. This article is breaking down what we did in the referendum and look at the 65+ section, had that been 20% the other way Scotland would be free from the Union, we were very close. I believe another chance will come sooner than many think and I think through May 7 voting Scotland will get the ‘Edinburgh Agreement’ and the ‘Vow’ given in full. Watch this space I am guessing

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THE LARGEST survey focused on Scotland’s independence referendum has found that a majority of young people and those on lower incomes voted Yes to Scotland becoming an independent country. Referendum survey suggests that age and social class were key to referendum result

The poll of over 5,000 people was released today by political researchers and found that age, social class and identity were all significant factors in how social groups voted in last September’s referendum. In figures covered by The Daily Record, every age group under 50 recorded a majority in favour of independence. The highest support for independence was amongst 16-19 years olds at 62.5 per cent.

The lowest support for independence was among those over 70 years old, where around one in three voters supported change. Voters who identified as ‘working class’ also supported independence by 53.6 per cent in favour to 46.4 per cent against. 56.5 per cent of those on the lowest incomes voted Yes in the survey.

The lowest support for independence was among those over 70 years old, where around one in three voters supported change.

Top and middle earners, as well as those who identified as ‘middle class’, were more likely to oppose independence when surveyed. National identity also provided a strong correlation to political views on independence. While only 10 per cent of those who considered themselves only ‘British’ supported a Yes vote, 88.6 per cent of people who identified as ‘Scottish’ voted in favour. Men were more likely to support independence than women. A narrow majority of men voted in favour of independence at 53.2 per cent, while only 43.4 per cent of women voted Yes. The survey conducted by the University of Edinburgh also found that those from a catholic faith or those who were atheists were more likely to support independence compared to those from a presbyterian background.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/independence-referendum-figures-revealed-majority-5408163

http://inagist.com/all/581453158750298113/

Catholic Cardinal Keith O’Brien abused boys ‘Dating back to 1985’

Peadophile Cardinal Keith O'Brien.

Peadophile Cardinal Keith O’Brien

Via: http://www.scotsman.com/news/scotland/top-stories/cardinal-keith-o-brien-abuse-dated-back-to-1985-1-3731414

Anyone in the right place in Edinburgh, Scotland where I live will know Keith and know he is 100% homosexual, he never denies it. He does however deny praying on kids and performing sexual acts on them or forcing them to perform sexual acts on him. I had a ‘Debate’ with an American Catholic over this and his reply said it all “But Shaun, other Religions do this also” Right there is our problem. No Religion will take the blame for something without trying to drag someone or something else in to the story to ‘Make it all go away’ But isn’t that the Catholic way? Go to Church on Sunday and say “I was a Peadophile on Tuesday, I confess my sins, I am sorry” and all is well. What a horrible way to live, what a horrible religion. Of course I know hundreds of Catholics but I must tell the story, the truth and expose and share stories others may not get due to them not reading the article.

http://shaunynews.com/2014/07/19/1000-posts-on-shaunynews-lack-of-main-stream-media-reporting-on-sex-scandal-in-vatican-city-and-uk-politics-nearly-made-me-stop-israel-lies-also/

http://shaunynews.com/2014/08/04/1500-year-old-bible-claims-jesus-christ-was-not-crucified-vatican-in-awe/

http://shaunynews.com/2014/07/06/homosexuality-and-the-catholic-church/ - Accepted Gay within Catholic Church

http://shaunynews.com/2014/07/10/catholic-mass-grave-sites-of-350800-missing-children-found-in-ireland-spain-canada/

Everyone knows the Catholic Church is riddled with Peadophiles, nothing is ever done about it

Everyone knows the Catholic Church is riddled with Peadophiles, nothing is ever done about it

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Of  course none of this is breaking or new news. It should be a UN cause!! 

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DISGRACED Cardinal Keith O’Brien was a “predator” who was involved in dozens of cases of sexual misconduct dating back 30 years, it has been claimed.

In an interview with the Catholic newspaper The Tablet, an unnamed priest alleges there were multiple incidents of sexual misconduct by O’Brien against seminarians and young clergy dating back to 1985, the year the cardinal became archbishop. The man, who is one of five to have previously made allegations against the cardinal, said he believed that at least 40 cases took place between 1985 and 2010.

Last week O’Brien again apologised for his “sexual conduct” after formally resigning from his role at a meeting with Pope Francis. The 77-year-old stepped down from the archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh in February 2013 after allegations of inappropriate behaviour were made against against him. Speaking to The Tablet, the unnamed man described how the cardinal made an “unmistakeable” sexual advance to him at Archbishop’s House in Edinburgh in 1990 which the priest, who is not gay, said he rebuffed.
Ask why this guy can never leave Vatican City and you have the story why he stepped down

Ask why this guy can never leave Vatican City and you have the story why he stepped down

He said that the cardinal acted afterwards “as if nothing had happened…he blanked it completely.” Asked why he did not make a complaint at the time, he replied: “Who would have believed me? Who could I have gone to that would have taken me seriously. The cardinal had his lawyers and they would have crushed me.”

He added: “You’re controlled. You have no freedom of movement, of action. He can determine what your life is like.” The priest also alleges that the cardinal approached individuals in the guise of a confessor in order to groom them for sexual contact. “This is not a matter of people coming to him to confess, but him approaching them,” he said. The priest said clergy might not have complained if Cardinal O’Brien had had a long-term partner.

Is the timing of Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s resignation a coincidence? (2 years ago this story broke)
Via STV News on You Tube

“It’s not the fact that he was gay, which everyone knew about. But that he was a predator,” he said. The cardinal has now left Scotland and will no longer play a part in public life.

Last week the Catholic Church announced he would retain the title of cardinal, but had been formally stripped of the “rights and duties” of the role after an investigation.

Responding to the latest allegations made in The Tablet, a spokesman said: “Cardinal O’Brien refers any further inquiries regarding his past or present situation to the statements issued by the Holy See Press Office on Friday 20 March 2015 or by himself on the same date.”

In a statement issued on 20 March, O’Brien said: “I wish to repeat the apology which I made to the Catholic Church and the people of Scotland some two years ago now on 3 March 2013. I then said that there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me. For that, I am deeply sorry. I thank Pope Francis for his fatherly care of me and of those I have offended in any way.

“I will continue to play no part in the public life of the Church in Scotland; and will dedicate the rest of my life in retirement, praying especially for the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, for Scotland, and for those I have offended in any way.”

http://www.scoopnest.com/user/TheScotsman/581521274893176832

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/03/20/in-rare-step-scottish-prelate-caught-in-sex-scandal-quits-as-cardinal/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/10745758/Vatican-announces-inquiry-into-Cardinal-Keith-OBrien-sexual-misconduct-claims.html

SNP win council by-election in Glenrothes with 55% of vote over Labour’s 36%

Craig Walker with a show if things to come!

Craig Walker with a show if things to come!

Via: http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/fife/video-snp-success-in-glenrothes-and-kinglassie-by-election-1.856521

This is the start troops, the first of many nails in the Scottish Labour coffin. I think the SNP will do even better than expected on May 7th. Excited I am but with both feet on the ground. Now lets work hard for the next council.

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The SNP have seized control of council affairs in Glenrothes after taking victory in a crucial local by-election. Its candidate Craig Walker was declared as the fourth ward representative for Glenrothes West and Kinglassie in a vote that sees the party take control of the town’s area committee.

The ballot was expected to be close but at a tense Fife House last night Mr Walker secured victory by 896 votes — a result which could have huge ramifications on how the town is run. Clearly delighted with the outcome of his campaign, Mr Walker said: “The one thing that has resonated from the campaign is that people don’t think that they are being listened to.

“As a local councillor I will listen to people and that is the message we’ve been putting across.” The ballot had been prompted by the death of Labour councillor Betty Campbell in January, leaving the town’s area committee finely poised with five Labour members and five SNP members.

As the body which controls much of the town’s affairs, victory for the SNP provides it with a high-profile platform from which to attack the Labour-led administration. Five candidates contested the ballot although it was always likely to be a two-horse race between the region’s leading parties. Now in control of local affairs, the SNP has already admitted that victory last night will provide a huge boost as it seeks to overturn a huge Labour majority at the general election in May.

Despite his defeat, Labour candidate Alan Seath said that he had enjoyed the election experience. “It’s been fantastic,” he said. “I’ve gotten to know the people in the ward and a lot of them really want to work with you. They are the greatest asset to the area and I’ve really enjoyed the experience. It was yet another miserable election performance from the Liberal Democrats, with their candidate Jane Ann Liston securing just 61 votes.

Result (turnout  32.59%):

‘Glory’ and ‘Selma’ – A Song To Cure Racist USA – Deal or Ignore

Words spoken that EVERYONE in the USA must listen to

Words spoken that EVERYONE in the USA must listen to

Via: http://www.bustle.com/articles/65840-transcript-of-john-legend-commons-oscar-acceptance-speech-proves-glory-has-a-timeless-message-video

Chris Pine moved to tears by Glory at the Oscars

Chris Pine moved to tears by Glory at the Oscars

Common and John Legend are two amazing American artists in what they do. The song ‘Glory’ had me in tears watching this year’s Oscars for the movie ‘Selma’, it had the whole famous audience in tears also. When I say ‘Racist USA’ I ask you watch the song and listen to the lyrics and the acceptance speech by Common and John from the Oscars. America does have racial tension, Ferguson, mentioned in the lyrics of this song below is one of many religious issues the USA has. When Commons and John Legend spoke in the video at the bottom both stated the same as I do. See I don’t make news up, I don’t see a picture and shape it myself, no! I share the truth with proof, the fact some want to ignore the truth and proof is their choice. Ignorance is bliss, denying ignorance is racism right there in the context of this article. Wake up America, your own people tell me it’s Racist, I know a few Christians who have said “Shaun the African Americans are the cause of America’s problems” Well I say when you treat a people with utter contempt like the USA shows to (WE DON’T SPEAK LIKE THIS IN SCOTLAND SO I AM SORRY) Black people. We don’t say “That Black person” We say “That person” The American media I can see push the ‘Black’ word daily, a Government and media who push an already simmering racist melting pot. In truth America has came full circle, but it is not there yet. December 18th 1865, slavery ended in the United States, fast forward to 2015 there is an African American POTUS, famous actors, singers and politicians, so from the outside looking in you can easily be fooled the issue is solved, IT IS NOT! The racial tension still exists, I have heard it and seen it. America I tire of “But Shaun I can’t change the World” I say “Go change your own World” The World will only change if we each change it, if we all decide we want to be better, treat others better and even though we may not agree with each other we must learn to accept each other. I am not talking just the USA here, I am talking to the World. Stand up, be counted and do and say what you can. I have right here right now, will you? If I can write and try to change issues what can you do? Be lazy? Hide behind something invisible? YOU CAN DO BETTER!! Watch your media churn out the word ‘Black’ USA. But America maybe you know no better? You are very young species of people in a very young Country, my last house was older than the USA, I am just saying that is possible, youthful country? Maybe you are misinformed? As misinformed as my Scottish Kin were when we had a chance to vote ourselves into freedom last year. Yeah, all populous and people make mistakes or are ill-informed. Where do you stand? Are you informed or do you hide behind a ready made excuse? Below is 2015 USA. Yeah, he was murdered. Often I watch the black gospel choirs and they are joyous and that joy is born from murder, torture, rape, inequality and worse. Isn’t that something? Look to White Church’s and you see unhappy people singing less than joyous songs. I ask “Why is this so?” Think about it World!

Body Of Black Man Found Hanging From A Tree In Mississippi

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http://shaunynews.com/2015/03/20/body-of-black-man-found-hanging-from-a-tree-in-mississippi/

~~~STORY~~~

Though every year boasts impressive nominees, it’s not very often that the Best Original Song category at the Oscars is one of the most important of the night. But thanks to all of this year’s major snubs, it’s become one of the most anticipated categories at the 2015 ceremony. So when “Glory” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, there was definitely a round of applause from not just those in attendance to see John Legend and Common accept the award, but viewers watching at home. Because while the nominees also included “Grateful” from Beyond The Lights, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, and “Lost Stars” from Begin Again, we all knew there were only two songs that could be in the envelope. Winner “Glory,” or “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie.

Common, John Legend – Glory
Via CommonVEVO on You Tube

We also knew how deserving “Glory” was of the award, but the fact that its win came moments after an unforgettable live performance only made it that much more apparent. And just when you thought things couldn’t get any more emotional, Legend and Common used their acceptance speech to reflect on the message of the song, and remind us all that while Selma was set in the past, its themes surround us in the present.

Common started off the moving speech:

First off, I’d like to thank God that lives in us all. Recently, John and I got to go to Selma and perform “Glory” on the same bridge that Dr. King and the people of the civil rights movement marched on 50 years ago. This bridge was once a landmark of a divided nation, but now is a symbol for change. The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and social status. The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the South side of Chicago, dreaming of a better life to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression to the people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy. This bridge was built on hope. Welded with compassion. And elevated by love for all human beings.

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Then Legend took to the microphone, building off those sentiments:

Thank you. Nina Simone said it’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live. We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were 50 years ago, but we say Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now. We know that the voting rights, the act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you that we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on.

Between their performance, win, and speech, I think it’s safe to say Common and Legend had one of the biggest impacts on the 2015 Academy Awards, and found the best possible use for their spotlight. Watch their speech below.

Common & John Legend Powerful Academy Awards (The Oscars 2015) Speech Transcript
Via Jack Sze on You Tube

Iconic Selma bridge where hate was won and killed

Iconic Selma bridge where hate was won and killed

Howard University students in Washington, DC stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson

Howard University students in Washington, DC stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson

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Real men trying to discover the real USA

Real men trying to discover the real USA

For now…

…Shaun 

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Teen appears in court for abusing Down syndrome kid on-line

Jay Beatty with his winning goal of the month - Brilliant

Jay Beatty with his winning goal of the month – Brilliant

This is why I support Celtic Football Club, these are the things we do as a club and as fans. Jay Beatty who has Down syndrome, is a huge Celtic and Georgios Samaras fan, Jay won goal of the SPFL’s January Goal of the Month award when he scored a penalty at half time when Celtic visited Hamilton in the league to huge roars of encouragement from Celtic fans, was a truly amazing moment for the club, fans, Jay and his family. I don’t get on-line abuse, but Jay had his moments doing a team talk in the changing room, sitting on the team bus, walking on the park with Sammy then another penalty at Paradise. He was awarded the trophy by Charlie Mulgrew. Just an amazing heart warming story. Idiots come and go, memories and amazing moments last a lifetime, something we as a club have, memories and moments just like wee Jay’s. He loves Celtic, we love him, the fans encouragement and signing was just something

Jay gets his well deserved trophy from Mulgrew

Jay gets his well deserved trophy from Mulgrew

Jay Beatty scores penalty against Hamilton – Listen to the fans, we are a bit special :D
Via Project Babb on You Tube

~~~Ross Gibson~~~

Ross Gibson, of Aberdeen, was charged following the Parkhead clash between Celtic and Aberdeen on March 1 for abusing 11 year old Celtic favourite. Gibson appeared in private on petition at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Thursday. He has been charged with behaving in a threatening or abusive manner. He made no plea or declaration and his case was continued for further examination. The 19-year-old, who lives in Aberdeen, was released on bail and is expected to appear in court again later this year.

~~Alleged Idiot~~~

@rossgibson1903 - Cried when arrested and when in court - Typical on-line uneducated hating teenager

@rossgibson1903 – Cried when arrested and when in court – Typical on-line uneducated hating teenager

~~This idiot above aside, NOBODY can take away the wee man’s moment~~

An image that will stay in all our hearts

An image that will stay in all our hearts

@CelticNetwork15  The only site to follow everyone back

@CelticNetwork15 The only site to follow everyone back

Alps Crash Co-Pilot ‘Wanted To Destroy Plane’ – Deliberate Crash

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz killed himself and all on board

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz killed himself and all on board

Via: http://news.sky.com/story/1453092/alps-crash-co-pilot-wanted-to-destroy-plane

So very sad, I think we all thought ‘Something’ was not right here, when I shared the story yesterday I said ‘This makes little sense’ as to why a plane would just dive into a mountain. Many speculated as to why and here we now know. Andreas Lubitz who had won Federal Aviation Authority award a few years previous, Co-Pilot locked himself in the cock-pit and flew the plane down and hard into the Alps. His family have been put in protection homes a grieving family members are, rightly, likely to want to hurt people, they are in shock, they lost loved ones due this one man’s suicidal thoughts. Why he couldn’t have taken just his own life will be a mystery for all of time unless he left a note. So very sad, tragic and very preventable. R.I.P to the babies, kids and adults who perished

These are some of the German pupils who died on the Germanwings flight, which crashed in the Alps, killing all 150 passengers. The teenagers had been on a week-long exchange trip to Barcelona and were flying home when the plane crashed on Tuesday morning

These are some of the German pupils who died on the Germanwings flight, which crashed in the Alps, killing all 150 passengers. The teenagers had been on a week-long exchange trip to Barcelona and were flying home when the plane crashed on Tuesday morning

~~~~Story~~~~

The co-pilot of a plane which crashed in the Alps activated the descent button and refused to open the cockpit door to the pilot. Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin says the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, 28, was alone at the controls of the Germanwings flight and “intentionally” sent the plane into the doomed descent. He said that the crew member – who won a Federal Aviation Authority award in 2013 – wanted to “destroy the plane”.  He said: “We assume the (captain) went to the loo or something. The co-pilot is on his own in charge of the plane, and it is while he is alone that he uses the flight monitoring system which starts the descent of the plane. The flight monitoring system cannot be accidentally triggered, he added.

Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot ‘wanted to destroy plane’ BBC News
Via BBC News on You Tube

“We hear several cries from the captain asking to get in. Through the intercom system he identifies himself – but there is no answer. He knocks on the door and asks for it to be opened – but there is no answer.” The plane ploughed into the side of a mountain at around 430mph, killing all of the 150 people on board instantly. I think the victims only realised at the last moment because on the recording you only hear the screams literally on the last moments of the recording. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the revelation brings the tragedy a new, simply incomprehensible dimension”.

In light of the disaster, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has told British airlines to review their safety procedures. Budget airline easyJet has already announced it will require two crew members to be in the cockpit at all times.

Lubitz Killed people, selfishly talking his own life

Lubitz Killed people, selfishly talking his own life

Meanwhile, more details are emerging about the co-pilot amid intense speculation about his possible motives. Mr Lubitz’s house in the western German town of Montabaur and flat in Dusseldorf have been searched by investigators. Officers have been pictured removing evidence from the Montabaur residence, including a computer. German media is focusing on the possibility he committed suicide and may have suffered from depression. According to Mr Robin, breathing could be heard from the cockpit and was normal, leading investigators to believe he was conscious at the time. Other than that, the cockpit was “silent”.

There was no contact made with air traffic control in the final eight minutes of the flight. He said there is nothing to indicate that this was a terrorism-related event, adding that investigators are instead focusing on the co-pilot’s “personal, family and professional environment” to try to determine his motives. Carsten Spohr, the chief executive of Germanwings’ parent company Lufthansa, said its pilots are selected carefully and go through rigorous checks.

Co-Pilot ‘wanted to Destroy Plane’
Via 24x7BreakingNEWS on You Tube

He avoided describing the crash as suicide, saying: “When you are responsible for 150 people at the back, I don’t necessarily call that a suicide”. Not in our worst nightmare could we imagine something like this happening,” he said.  The principal of Joseph-Koenig High School in Haltern, Germany, which lost 16 students and two teachers in the crash, says the state governor called him to say the cause “was without a doubt suicide”. Ulrich Wessel said: “I gave this information to my colleagues immediately, and they were just as stunned as I was.

“I told them it is much, much worse than we had thought. It doesn’t make the number of dead any worse, but if it had been a technical defect then measures could have been taken so that it would never happen again.” A member of the flight club in Montabaur who knew Mr Lubitz said: “He has happy he had the job with Germanwings and he was doing well. He was very happy, he gave off a good feeling.”

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In France, gendarmes and investigators have been trawling through the debris of the plane’s wreckage, which is scattered widely across the remote crash site. Each body must be removed by helicopter as the mountainside is very steep. The recovery process is expected to take a week.

Relatives of the co-pilot are in France and being kept away from grieving relatives, who have travelled to the scene. The fate of the Germanwings plane has similarities to that of LAM flight 470 which crashed in Namibia in November 2013, killing all 27 passengers and six crew. Investigators believe the Embraer 190 jet was flown into the ground by the captain after his co-pilot went to the toilet. The jet’s captain, Herminio dos Santos Fernandes was believed to have had personal problems at the time of his death.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/03/26/395487114/focus-of-crash-investigation-shifts-to-pilots-of-germanwings-plane

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3012053/Andreas-Lubitz-Germanwings-flight-9525-French-alps-crash-French-alps-Germanwings-plane-crash-Airbus-A320-Barcelonnette.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/germanwings-plane-crash-pilot-deliberately-5402608

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…Shaun 

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