Scottish firm linked to Yemen market air strike that killed 40 children

Source:: The National Scottish firm linked to Yemen market air strike that killed 40 children GLENROTHES based US weapons manufacturer Raytheon are reportedly one of the makers of a bomb used by the Saudi-led coalition in a devastating attack on a school bus that killed 40 children in Yemen earlier this month.It’s understood the 500-pound laser-guided MK 82 bomb was sold to Saudi Arabia as part of a US State Department-sanctioned deal.Research by CNN, and local Yemeni journalists and munitions experts, linked the bomb used on the the attack in Yemen’s Houthi rebel-held north market… Read the full […]

As all kinds of crime fall, high value fraud plummets to a tiny fraction of that in the non-Scottish parts of the UK

Source:: John Robertson As all kinds of crime fall, high value fraud plummets to a tiny fraction of that in the non-Scottish parts of the UK (c) IT Security Guru From Insider, two days ago: ‘High-value fraud losses halved across Scotland. KPMG found money lost to alleged fraud in cases worth £100k or more has fallen from £3.8m in the first half of 2017 to £1.8m in the first six months of this year.’ More dramatically, though, we see that the nine Scottish cases of high-value fraud accounted for less than 0.5% of the £895 million total across the […]

The Environment: My Part in its Downfall

Source:: John Robertson The Environment: My Part in its Downfall Credit: apdesignShutterStock I’ve returned after a week in southern Spain. There were several million others there, drinking, showering, hosing gardens and watering Spain’s 60 million pigs, amongst many other water-based activities. but I still felt guilty after passing this ‘river’ and it’s tightly-packed, desperate, fish: I couldn’t enjoy myself for thinking this is unsustainable and imagining the place like the image under the heading, in 10, 20, 30 years? Will Scotland’s water supply turn out to be more valuable by… Read the full article:: John Robertson The Environment: […]

Top Thirty Toxic Tories

Source:: Bella Caledonia Top Thirty Toxic Tories No political party is perfect. They all have their idiots and bigots to deal with. There’s always that one uncle or step-sister which drives people insane, but they’re family, so what can you do? But in Scotland the Tory family is different. They don’t have just a few idiots to deal. They have a lot. Sometimes it can be hard to follow up on all the bigots, and it doesn’t help either when Ruth Davidson does everything she can do avoid being… Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Top Thirty Toxic Tories

The Bloody Wizards

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Bloody Wizards We couldn’t help noticing one particular Rory Bremner tweet last night. And we thought, “Well, WE know someone who predicted those things.” Here they are, for example, predicting Brexit way back in January 2013: And this was them doing it again in September 2014: How about Trump? Yep, they called that too, starting in 2015: We’re not sure […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Bloody Wizards

A tale of two rallies

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug A tale of two rallies There were two political rallies in Scotland on Saturday. There was a pro-independence rally in Dundee which attracted 16,000 participants and was one of the biggest demonstrations that the city had ever seen. Then there was a rally in Edinburgh calling for a second EU referendum, which attracted a few hundred people, fewer than are attending some of the Festival events currently going on in the city. Guess which one of them was reported more prominently in the media? The… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug A tale […]

The cereal offenders

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The cereal offenders So this didn’t go down too well on social media last night. Prof Bueltmann, who’s made her life in Scotland for 20 years, was (as far as we can tell) the only independence supporter to speak at a poorly-attended rally in Edinburgh calling for a fatuously-named “People’s Vote” on Brexit. Pretty much everyone else on […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The cereal offenders

Yes, this really is the best fish supper money can buy

Source:: Kevin McKenna Yes, this really is the best fish supper money can buy The Bay in Stonehaven – the town that gave us the deep-fried Mars bar – was last week voted Britain’s top food destinationStonehaven, the newly crowned home of the world’s finest fish supper experience, is also a globally acclaimed hothouse of gastronomic innovation. Its symbiotic relationship with the deep-fat fryer is illustrative of Scotland’s as a whole and began in 1992. That was when the Carron fish bar launched its infamous deep-fried Mars bar, a full-blooded wee confection which went… Read the full article:: […]

Michelle Mone started off poor. How will her daughter find life in Glasgow’s East End? | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna Michelle Mone started off poor. How will her daughter find life in Glasgow’s East End? | Kevin McKenna Channel 4’s Born Famous sends rich kids back to their celebrity parents’ disadvantaged rootsTelevision producers and the media in general must always take great care when attempting to portray the reality of poverty and multi-deprivation in 21st-century Britain. There also needs to be a degree of compassion at all stages of the production process and in the filming, as there is a very thin line between making such programmes audience-friendly and merely exploitative.The best programmes are those that […]

How to turn kids into racists

Source:: Wings Over Scotland How to turn kids into racists Several right-wing media outlets, including the Scotsman, the Scottish Daily Mail and a far-right Unionist website called the Unity News Network have in recent days picked up on the findings of a newly-published study commissioned by the Scottish Government on young people’s attitudes towards immigration. To give you a flavour of the Unity News Network, it was […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland How to turn kids into racists

Festival City Questions Remain

Source:: Bella Caledonia Festival City Questions Remain When we wrote last week about the state of the festival and the impact Over Tourism was having we got a huge response, but also a lot of criticism. It seemed to both tap into feeling of alienation and frustration with the failure of the management of the city – and evoke outrage amongst the arts journalists and cultural bodies that thrive on the current scene. The commentator and reviewer Joyce McMillan called it just an example of living in… Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Festival City Questions Remain

Dirty cash

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Dirty cash Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Dirty cash

SNP MP hits back at Labour's criticism of new CalMac ferry delays

Source:: The National SNP MP hits back at Labour’s criticism of new CalMac ferry delays A SCOTS MP has lashed out at Labour politicians for “their lack of faith” in Scottish shipyards after it emerged that the construction of two new ferries for Caledonian MacBrayne had been hit by further delays. Read the full article:: The National SNP MP hits back at Labour’s criticism of new CalMac ferry delays

Scottish council 'first in UK' to offer free period products in its buildings

Source:: The National Scottish council ‘first in UK’ to offer free period products in its buildings A COUNCIL is to offer free sanitary products in all its public buildings as part of a drive to tackle period poverty. Women will be able to access the products from vending machines in the toilets of up to 100 buildings in North Ayrshire, such as libraries, community centres and public offices. Read the full article:: The National Scottish council ‘first in UK’ to offer free period products in its buildings

Poop scooping Ross Thomson

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Poop scooping Ross Thomson If Ross Thomson didn’t exist, no one, absolutely no one, would feel the need to invent him. No one would mourn his absence. No one would lament his loss. Without Ross, no one would feel there was an aching vacuum in this country’s public life, even though Ross is Scotland’s leading proponent of political vacuums, and indeed vacuum cleaners. Now don’t get me wrong, Aberdeen is a fine city. Its citizens are fine people. But see if you voted for… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Poop scooping Ross […]