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Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.

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Prominent Yes figures support moves towards left coalition for 2016 election

Prominent Yes figures support moves towards left coalition for 2016 election | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Scottish news and politics, analysis and opinion. Scotland's political social media hub. SSP backed project to build left electoral alliance at its party conference on 23 May
PROMINENT pro-independence figures Pat Kane, Jim Sillars and Mike Small have welcomed a vote by the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) to work with the Scottish Left P

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Leaving far behind those of the English left who maintain the faux Marxist mantra against independence

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Peter A Bell: A smear backfires

Peter A Bell: A smear backfires | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Having listened to Alistair Carmichael's defence in the matter of what I suppose we must grit our teeth and call #MemoGate, I am even more convinced than ever that he should resign immediately. Unbelievably, Carmichael is now insisting that we should simply ignore his despicable behaviour and focus instead on some unspecified things he may have done for his constituents in the past.

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Exclusive Humza Yousaf interview: We will work with Westminster parties to shut down detention centres

Exclusive Humza Yousaf interview: We will work with Westminster parties to shut down detention centres | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Scottish news and politics, analysis and opinion. Scotland's political social media hub. SNP minister hits out at Labour leadership for being “happy to have a pop at immigrants at any opportunity for cheap political gain”
HUMZA YOUSAF has slammed the UK's “inhumane” detention centres and said he hopes the SNP can

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SNP manifesto: 5 policies SNP and Labour agree on, and 5 they disagree on

SNP manifesto: 5 policies SNP and Labour agree on, and 5 they disagree on | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
A fresh rolling Scottish news and politics service. We're part of the Common Weal, and our full launch is coming soon. CommonSpace takes a look at the SNP's manifesto, and compares it to Labour's to see what areas of agreement and disagreement could be found in a possible Labour-SNP deal after the General Election
THE SNP’s manifesto launch offers the fir

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Police ask campaigner to tell them anti-Murphy protest plans in advance

Police ask campaigner to tell them anti-Murphy protest plans in advance | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
POLICE Scotland has been accused of stifling democratic protest after asking an anti-austerity campaigner to reveal his plans for challenging Jim Murphy.

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Makes you ask, why is Jim Murphy so paranoid about opponents? Or merely trying to demonize them again, as during the referendum campaign?

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Labour MP Ian Murray breaks ranks over Trident

Labour MP Ian Murray breaks ranks over Trident | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
LABOUR’S shadow business minister, Ian Murray, has broken ranks with the party leadership over the renewal of Trident by stating that he would not vote for the renewal of the submarine missile fleet under any circumstances.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, April 15, 5:14 AM

It is gratifying to find that there are still traces of principle to be found in British Labour in Scotland. It is a measure of how out of touch the leadership of British Labour is when there is such a significant level of agreement within their own ranks with the position of  party the leadership seek to portray as unfailingly wrong on every issue.

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An Unholy Alliance

An Unholy Alliance | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
As the pressure mounts on Jim Murphy for tonight’s debate Tony Blair stepped out of whatever Gold Digging corporate hellhole he’d been working to announce his ‘100% backing for Miliband’, a strangely un-reassuring commitment probably about as welcome as his rejected  money.

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Can I vote for the SNP if I live in England?

Can I vote for the SNP if I live in England? | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
The question of whether non-residents of Scotland can vote for the Scottish National party unexpectedly featured in a list of most searched-for terms provided by Google after Thursday night’s leaders’ debate.

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Millions of England's voters wish they could!

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Three new tribes of voters will dominate this election | Paul Mason

Three new tribes of voters will dominate this election | Paul Mason | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

Right now, party strategists are squinting at demographic tools that divide Britain into sub-tribes in a battle to woo voters in individual postcodes. But they’re missing the bigger picture. This election is set to be dominated by political divides that are new, and much larger. Instead of micro-demographic categories, what we’ll need to understand are dreams. These can be reduced to three geospatial identities, which I’ve labelled Scandi-Scotland, the asset-rich south-east and post-industrial Britain.


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Total Eclipse Of Douglas Alexander

Total Eclipse Of Douglas Alexander | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Greg Moodie on Douglas Alexander's problem with social media.

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What is Complexity Theory? - Kieran D. Kelly

What is Complexity Theory? - Kieran D. Kelly | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Spontaneous Order & Complexity does not arise in defiance of The Second Law of Thermodynamics but with the help of it!... Complexity is Coarse Entropy!...

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, May 12, 11:31 AM

Excellent and clear article, describing many of the concepts of complexity theory. Must read!

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Biodegradable computer chips made from wood

Biodegradable computer chips made from wood | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

Portable electronics -- typically made of non-renewable, non-biodegradable and potentially toxic materials -- are discarded at an alarming rate in consumers' pursuit of the next best electronic gadget.


In an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has collaborated with researchers in the Madison-based U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) to develop a surprising solution: a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood.


The research team, led by UW-Madison electrical and computer engineering professor Zhenqiang "Jack" Ma, described the new device in a paper published today (May 26, 2015) by the journal Nature Communications. The paper demonstrates the feasibility of replacing the substrate, or support layer, of a computer chip, with cellulose nanofibril (CNF), a flexible, biodegradable material made from wood.


"The majority of material in a chip is support. We only use less than a couple of micrometers for everything else," Ma says. "Now the chips are so safe you can put them in the forest and fungus will degrade it. They become as safe as fertilizer." Zhiyong Cai, project leader for an engineering composite science research group at FPL, has been developing sustainable nanomaterials since 2009.


"If you take a big tree and cut it down to the individual fiber, the most common product is paper. The dimension of the fiber is in the micron stage," Cai says. "But what if we could break it down further to the nano scale? At that scale you can make this material, very strong and transparent CNF paper."


Working with Shaoqin "Sarah" Gong, a UW-Madison professor of biomedical engineering, Cai's group addressed two key barriers to using wood-derived materials in an electronics setting: surface smoothness and thermal expansion.


"You don't want it to expand or shrink too much. Wood is a natural hydroscopic material and could attract moisture from the air and expand," Cai says. "With an epoxy coating on the surface of the CNF, we solved both the surface smoothness and the moisture barrier."

Gong and her students also have been studying bio-based polymers for more than a decade. CNF offers many benefits over current chip substrates, she says.


"The advantage of CNF over other polymers is that it's a bio-based material and most other polymers are petroleum-based polymers. Bio-based materials are sustainable, bio-compatible and biodegradable," Gong says. "And, compared to other polymers, CNF actually has a relatively low thermal expansion coefficient."


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Ex-Finance Minister backs independent Scottish Labour party

Ex-Finance Minister backs independent Scottish Labour party | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
A former Scottish Labour finance minister has called on his party to cut its ties with London and become a fully independent political force.

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Scotland may face £126bn UK debt payment

Scotland may face £126bn UK debt payment | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND may have to pay back its entire £126 billion share of UK debt under the SNP’s plan for full fiscal autonomy, according to Alistair Darling’s former right-hand man at the Treasury.

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Scotland should be compensated for their share of UK gold sold off rock bottom by Gordon Brown, and for subsequent asset stripping, including the cheap sell off of Royal Mail, which also allows dividends to be exported, rather than kept and reinvested in UK.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, April 30, 6:17 AM

All of which would seem to confirm that the only way to satisfactorily resolve the anomalies of the union is independence.

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Westminster Eats Itself

Westminster Eats Itself | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Greg Moodie on the recent interventions of desperate Westminster politicians.

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Cameron met with Sony Pictures about release date of Outlander | We Ourselves

Cameron met with Sony Pictures about release date of Outlander | We Ourselves | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Prime Minister David Cameron met with Sony Pictures representatives three months before indyref to discuss the impending release in Britain of the Outlander series, according to WIKILEAKS. The series premier broadcast was inexplicably delayed here until after the referendum.

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Sturgeon to launch SNP manifesto for "UK-wide delivery"

Sturgeon to launch SNP manifesto for "UK-wide delivery" | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
NICOLA Sturgeon will tomorrow cast the SNP as a party for the entire UK with a manifesto promising her MPs would try to change the UK's welfare system and foreign policy.

The First Minister will set out plans to reverse £3bn of cuts to disability benefits and make the UK government formally recognise Palestine to advance peace in the Middle East.

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Trident: is our nuclear deterrent really independent? | Alex Thomson's View | Alex Thomson's View

Trident: is our nuclear deterrent really independent? | Alex Thomson's View | Alex Thomson's View | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
It seems to be typical of the triumph of spin over substance in this election campaign so far. The debate over whether or not E Miliband planted the meat cleaver into D Miliband’s back seemed to receive much more coverage than whether or not we should pay billions of pounds for Trident.

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The SNP would get more votes than Lib Dems if they fielded candidates throughout the UK

The SNP would get more votes than Lib Dems if they fielded candidates throughout the UK | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
The Scottish National party would get more votes than the Liberal Democrats if they fielded candidates across Britain, according to new opinion polls.

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Nicola Sturgeon ~ Our vision

Nicola explains why the General Election on May 7th is Scotland's opportunity to make our voice heard like never before. Sending a big team of SNP MPs to Wes...

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Bombshell Daily Record poll shows majority of Scots now support independence

Bombshell Daily Record poll shows majority of Scots now support independence | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
OUR stunning survey shows Yes would win a new referendum while our poll also points to the SNP winning an astonishing 53 of Scotland's 59 seats in May.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 20, 12:51 PM

The Record may be "stunned" and "astonished". The rest of us have been aware of what is going on for quite some time now.

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Listen to us for once: SNP can speak to all Britain with authority

LAST week I ran into a Labour MP of my acquaintance, someone I respect. We had an off the record chat about the prospects of Ed Miliband accepting a deal with the SNP after the election. My confrere was of the opinion it would never happen.

For starters, he said, Labour is getting a lot of resistance from its English MPs and supporters to an accommodation with the Scots. I don’t doubt that is true, though I suspect it reflects a misguided view that relying on SNP parliamentary support – on a confidence and supply arrangement – implies giving Scotland unfair concessions. On the contrary, the SNP’s resistance to more austerity and Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for a modest rise in UK public spending over the life of the next parliament, should be more than acceptable to the ordinary English Labour voter.

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