Alice Cooper getting a Nobel prize for literature would be AMAZING.
Endorsement: I am not convinced you even understand my concepts of moral relativity, so perhaps it would be best for you not to approach them.
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A consultation gets under way next week on plans for a second Scottish independence referendum, the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.
She told the party's Glasgow conference that an Independence Referendum Bill would be published next week.
It marks the first step to holding a second vote.
The first referendum, which took place on 18 September, 2014, resulted in 55% of voters saying "no" to Scottish independence.
Ms Sturgeon told delegates that Scotland had the right to seek something better if there were prospects of an unstable future as part of the UK.
She said: "I am determined that Scotland will have the ability to reconsider the question of independence and to do so before the UK leaves the EU - if that is necessary to protect our country's interests.
"So, I can confirm today that the Independence Referendum Bill will be published for consultation next week."
On 24 June, the day after the UK voted to leave the EU, Ms Sturgeon said a second independence referendum was "highly likely".
Those who voted in Scotland backed remaining in Europe by 62% to 38% while the UK as a whole backed leave, by a margin of 52% to 48%.
A teenage boy needed stitches after he was injured in a clown craze attack near Rotherham.
The boy was treated in hospital for a cut to his head after the clown threw a log at him on Lordens Hill, Dinnington, on Tuesday night.
South Yorkshire Police said it had received 61 reports of incidents involving clowns since 21 September.
Officers are also investigating two reports of clowns armed with knives.
In an interview, Owen Russell, 17, said he was walking home with friends, and bumped into the clown after taking a shortcut down an alleyway.
He said the clown started making sinister noises, before throwing a log at him, leaving him needing six stitches to a cut on his head.
So, after the hilarity of last week's meeting, I have been invited to another meeting this week to discuss what should have been discussed last week.
For those keeping score at home, that means every day off I've had in the past month month, bar 2, have been spent on work related bullshit (the move or meetings).
I have sent back a polite email declining, citing my previous comments, which were, I believe "I'm no longer interested in attending any meeting you put on, you lying bastards".
How are they not getting this? Also, how are they under the impression that scheduling meetings on your day off is OK?
The UK is not self-sufficient in food. The UK imports roughly 40% of the total food consumed, and the proportion is rising. Nor is it obvious that we can produce more food: to get close to self-sufficiency from 1939-45 required a world war, mobilization, and the conversion of all private gardens into kitchen gardens, along with rationing, and the UK population has grown by roughly 25% since then. While modern technology-intensive agricultural techniques can improve productivity, this is capital intensive, and the one thing a Post-hard Brexit Britain with a crashed currency and a financial sector fleeing to the continent is going to be short of is capital. Also, it takes years to roll out that sort of infrastructure upgrade, even if the will is there.
Food bank use is at record levels and hunger is a desperate concern for low-income (including low-earning employed) families. And the currency we buy our food imports with just crashed 10% this week, and 25% over the past four months.
If a Hard Brexit happens, then Sterling will almost certainly dip below Dollar parity for the first time in history. Imported foods will cost 40% more in real terms than they did in 2015. And there will be additional 20% tarrifs levelled on top.
I'm calling Hard Brexit a road to mass starvation and famine-grade deaths on a scale not seen in the UK since the Hungry Forties (that's the 1840s, not the 1940s).
Look, that guy from Blink 182 emailing Hillary Clinton about aliens is a GAME CHANGER.
There was a reference in one of the emails to ISIS being state-backed by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, but that was a widely held assumption in 2014 and it's not clear what Podesta and Clinton are basing this on, and whether they actually mean properly state-sanctioned, or just turning a blind eye to fundraising by sheikhs and recruiting by preachers.
With these two nations, it's probably a degree of both depending on the region.
So how/who is likely to be funding ISIS now? There must be someone topping up the war chest as there's surely no way they could have been running this long without a decent injection or two along the way. I can't see private individual contributions being able to make much of a serious dent in the total costs.