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Montreal Simon: Why the Independence of Scotland is More Necessary Than Ever

About four years ago I made three political wishes. The first one was that Stephen Harper and foul regime be totally destroyed.And that one was granted.My second wish was that the Republican Party suffer the same fate. And whoever wins the U.S. election that also seems likely to be granted.Which leaves me with my . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why the Independence of Scotland is More Necessary Than Ever

Things Are Good: Portugal Joins Other Countries by Running Only on Renewable Energy

Portugal reached a very significant milestone on its path to being fully powered by renewables by consuming energy only from sustainable resources for four days. Other countries are on similar paths. In 2012 Germany got 50% of it’s power from renewable sources, Scotland powered itself exclusively on renewables for a week earlier this year, . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Portugal Joins Other Countries by Running Only on Renewable Energy

Montreal Simon: Scottish Independence and Some Lessons For Alberta

Last Sunday was the second anniversary of Scotland’s independence referendum, which as you may know, was for me a day of great disappointment.

And one I’ll always remember.

But I haven’t dared even mention the anniversary when talking to my family in the Scottish highlands, because for them it’s a day best forgotten.

They don’t want to talk about it. It’s too traumatic.

And they all voted NO.
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Montreal Simon: Scotland and the Battle to Free Canada

Every year when I return to my family home in Scotland I find myself doing the same things.Reliving my childhood on the massive beaches that line the north east coast.Returning to the bay where I first learned to sail, as the jet fighters from the near… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Scotland and the Battle to Free Canada

Things Are Good: Scotland Generated Enough Renewable Energy to Power Itself

This past weekend Scotland generated enough electricity from wind turbines to meet all its power demands. A day of strong winds and low demand combined to make this the first time Scotland has achieved this renewable milestone. For a compression, in 2012 Germany got 50% of it’s electricity from renewable sources, and today Germany gets […]

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Montreal Simon: My Highland Journey and Bernie Sanders’ Message of Hope

In just a few hours I'll be leaving Canada and heading for my family home in the Scottish highlands.And since I won't be able to do much blogging, and because the news is so grim these days, I thought I'd leave you with a message of hope.A… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: My Highland Journey and Bernie Sanders’ Message of Hope

Montreal Simon: Can Scotland Really Stop Britain From Quitting the EU?

As Britain tries to recover from the shock of the Brexit referendum result. With its economy and its political scene in a turmoil.And its racist bigots on a rampage.I'm sure many of its REMAIN supporters were glad to hear Nicola Sturgeon, the First… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Can Scotland Really Stop Britain From Quitting the EU?

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney’s bizarre ‘Brexit’ broadsides: the explanation is in the dog-whistle

ILLUSTRATION: Press Progress’s take on Jason Kenney’s “Brexit” broadsides Thursday night and yesterday morning (Press Progress image). Below: The Acme Professional Dog Whistle, now commanding attention all over the world. It is made in U.K. You… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney’s bizarre ‘Brexit’ broadsides: the explanation is in the dog-whistle

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Incredibly Idiot Day in Scotland

In one of my last posts I tried to explain why most Scots hate Donald Trump so much.And why so many are planning to protest his visit. And now that he has arrived in that country, there was more evidence that Trump just doesn't get it.And why h… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Incredibly Idiot Day in Scotland

Montreal Simon: Scotland Prepares to Give Donald Trump a Rough Reception

It's hard for me to imagine a more disturbing image. This file picture of Donald Trump screaming like a maniac at one of his two Scottish gold courses. With a piper beaming behind him.And in the background the grass covered dunes, that line the sho… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Scotland Prepares to Give Donald Trump a Rough Reception

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Money Pit

It's the ultimate irony. Donald Trump the billionaire, who is always boasting about how much money he has.The man who claimed he could self finance his own campaign.Now finds himself in a really embarrassing position.Up to his big mouth in a money… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Money Pit

Montreal Simon: Why Nova Scotia Should Stop Honouring a War Criminal

For eighty-five years the statue of Lieutenant General Edward Cornwallis has loomed over a park in Halifax.To honour him for being the first governor of Nova Scotia, and the founder of Halifax.In recent years native groups have tried to have the statu… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Nova Scotia Should Stop Honouring a War Criminal

Montreal Simon: The Syrian Refugees and the Friendly Holiday Isle

The other day I told you how Scotland was getting ready to welcome its first group of Syrian refugees, and how that small country had been working hard to try to make them feel at home.In a country so different from the ones they were coming from.Well … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Syrian Refugees and the Friendly Holiday Isle

Montreal Simon: Brad Wall and the Phoney Con Refugee Scare

I like to think that in some refugee camp in the Middle East, a mother and her children have just found out that they could be in Canada in just a few weeks.And that they are a lot happier than they are in this photo.For they have been living in hell.So you can imagine . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Brad Wall and the Phoney Con Refugee Scare

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Refugee Trap That Could Destroy Him

They buried little Alan Kurdi, next to his brother and his mother yesterday, in the shattered Syrian town of Kobani. Just a week ago he was apparently jumping up and down with excitement at the thought of going to Europe, in a boat.But as we know, like so many other Syrian refugees, he never . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Refugee Trap That Could Destroy Him

Montreal Simon: A New Poll Suggests the Cons Are In Third Place

It's never easy for me to leave Scotland, the idyllic little country where a progressive government has driven the Cons to extinction.And it wasn't easy for me to blog as I biked from one small fishing village to another with my lap top in my haversack. But I did my best, for this time . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: A New Poll Suggests the Cons Are In Third Place

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Insanity of Harperland

I'm glad I'm leaving Canada for a while because I really need to get away from this ghastly political monster.Who is now so desperate, he is turning his depraved Harperland into a mad house.For there he was in a Bloomberg interview claiming that he was a Great Economist Leader, the steady hand on the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Insanity of Harperland

Montreal Simon: How We Can Help Defeat Stephen Harper’s Fear Campaign

As you know, I have a dream. One that I hold tightly to my chest in this dark Harperland, where hope goes to die.The dream of defeating Stephen Harper and his foul Cons who are trying to scare Canadians into voting for them.By helping to create a Great Stop Harper movement, and using hope . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: How We Can Help Defeat Stephen Harper’s Fear Campaign

Bill Longstaff: Oh my God! The Japanese make better whisky than the Scots!

A year of firsts for whiskey. For instance, it’s the first time in the 12-year history of the World Whisky Bible’s rankings that a Scottish malt has failed to make the top five. Depressing news for the Scots. And it gets worse. Much, much worse—it is also the first time the top whisky was distilled . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Oh my God! The Japanese make better whisky than the Scots!

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Scottish Fish Invented Sex

I'm not sure I can bear hearing that the Scottish invented both #curling AND #sex. http://t.co/n7AdaO9EcI #Scotland

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 20, 2014

Microbrachius dicki was the fish that realized it could use sex to reproduce. Feeling unsatisfied, fish eventually returned to spawning instead.

MT @CBCQuirks "Sex first emerged 'in ancient Scottish . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Scottish Fish Invented Sex

The Disaffected Lib: It is Finished. Scotland Stays Put – For Now.

The BBC has called the Scottish independence referendum for the No side.  The pro-independence Yes side did win some notable victories, Glasgow for example, but not enough votes overall to succeed.

Now it falls to David Cameron to face down angry dissent in the Tory caucus and make good his promises to the Scottish people if . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: It is Finished. Scotland Stays Put – For Now.

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Scotland, Crimea and the Right To Self-Determination

Do the people of Scotland have the right to vote in a referendum to determine their own future? Of course they do. Just as the people of Greece had, and have, the right to vote in a referendum as to whether or not to stay in the EU. And do the people of Crimea have . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Scotland, Crimea and the Right To Self-Determination

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Referendum On Scottish Independence: Why it matters to us all – no matter who we are or where we live

An excellent overview of the Scottish referendum on independence, which is happening today, was just pointed out to me by a friend – and, we should note that the referendum has great significance all around the world, and not only for the Scots. The article is well worth two minutes of your time to read, . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Referendum On Scottish Independence: Why it matters to us all – no matter who we are or where we live

The Disaffected Lib: The Union May Survive Intact but Cameron Is Seriously Wounded

According to The Guardian, late polls show Scotland will stay in the United Kingdom.  As Scots went to cast their ballots the No side was up six points, 53 to 47 for the Yes secessionists.

Assuming those numbers hold, the onus is going to fall very heavily on London to come through with . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Union May Survive Intact but Cameron Is Seriously Wounded

Alberta Diary: Dear Scotland: Do whatever you think is best … but remember, the Globe and Mail never has your interests at heart

A typical Western Canadian scene: snapped in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2014.

The Scotch, as we used to say when I was growing up in B.C., pretty much built Western Canada, leastways the European superstructure of buildings, roads and railways that lies atop the land of the first inhabitants. You need only see the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Dear Scotland: Do whatever you think is best … but remember, the Globe and Mail never has your interests at heart