Revealed: Cancer chemicals and arsenic found in ash clouds over #Fife



LARGE clouds of coal waste blown over Scottish communities are from dumps contaminated with poison and toxic metals, according to a monitoring report obtained by the Sunday Herald.

Millions of tonnes of ash from Longannet coal-fired power station have been disposed of over decades at Valleyfield in west Fife. However, since April angry residents have been complaining that dust whipped up from the dumps has been smothering their homes and harming their health.

Now a report released by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) reveals that the dumps are polluted by arsenic, cadmium, chromium and other metals known to cause cancer, birth defects, lung damage and other health problems.

The “dust nightmare” has been condemned as a “major environmental disaster” by local residents and environmentalists. Politicians have demanded “full transparency” and the dumps’ owner, Scottish Power, has said sorry.

Until it closed in March 2016, ash from Longannet power station…

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Scotland Wants To Join The EU — “We are heading down the road of a very extreme Brexit,” Nicola Sturgeon says

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© AFP/File | Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has called for a referendum on Scottish independence after she said the British government dismissed her request for Scotland to be given special dispensation to stay in Europe’s single market


Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Sunday said she would want Scotland to be a European Union member but not adopt the euro if it ever became independent.

But Sturgeon said it may have to be a “phased approach” and Scotland could initially join the European Free Trade Association along with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Speaking to the BBC, Sturgeon said Scotland may also urged voters to choose her Scottish National Party in next month’s general election to help make Scotland’s voice hear in upcoming Brexit negotiations.

“If Scotland is independent… we want Scotland to be a full member of the European Union,” she said, adding: “We don?t…

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How maths, data-harvesting and ‘psyops’ were used to win Brexit


The days when informed voting simply meant watching the party political broadcasts or scrutinising party manifestos are long gone. These days there is a multi-million pound industry that specialises in managing voter behaviour. This is achieved through a combination of data-harvesting and the application of algorithms. Or even via military-style ‘psychological operations‘. Britain’s 2016 EU referendum was a classic example of how this form of electoral subversion occurs.

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Surviving Mother’s Day

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Mother's Day, coping with loss, family, life hacks, advice, philosophy, Modern PhilosopherI’ll start off this post on a positive note by wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day, Modern Philosophers.

The truth of the matter, however, is that not everyone celebrates this holiday.  For some of us, Mother’s Day is a very painful day to endure.

My Mom died when I was three, and I have absolutely no memory of her.  But every Mother’s Day, I am reminded of my loss.  I don’t want to ruin the holiday for anyone else, so I try to keep to myself and just survive the day.

I know I’m not the only only struggling to get through this day, so I thought I’d write about how I cope.

Today is one of the few days of the year when I don’t mind being alone.  Since I don’t have to worry about bringing down a significant other on what might be a joyous day for her…

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