Emily, 17, Canada

whismical:

can you believe that there are still people who have not watched this video

Q: So, this may sound kinda dumb, but I live in America and don't really keep up with whats going on in the world cos it gives me headaches, but what's happening over in Scotland?

samandriel:

Okay I’ll make it as short and sweet as I possibly can since I know that the American media doesn’t really report on it much

  • Tomorrow (technically today, if you live in the UK) 4.3 million Scottish citizens will vote on the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
  • If the yes vote wins, Scotland will gain independence from the United Kingdom and split with England, Wales & Northern Ireland. 
  • If the no vote wins then they stay in the union, but in a desperate attempt to keep Scotland, the British government has promised them more autonomy if they stay. 
  • The Scottish National Party (SNP) has been pushing for independence for years, the Prime Minister sorta just decided to let Scots vote on it, and now he is reeeealllly regretting that. 

Why people want independence:

  • The Scottish parliament has very little power and what power they do have can be devolved. This means they can be changed or taken away by the UK parliament. Scary.
  • Nuclear weapons are being stored in Scotland. Understandably, they want the nuclear weapons the hell away from them.
  • Scotland and England have really different political views. 
  • The UK keeps voting in conservative parliaments and overall Scotland is not conservative so it really sucks for them because they are not fairly represented 
  • They don’t want the National Health Service privatized
  • Scotland literally struck oil so they got that going for them

Why people don’t want independence:

  • England is making a lot of threats right now like “you will not be allowed to use the pound as your currency” “we will pull out all our big companies from your country” 
  • Independence would probably be very hard economically speaking, there is no guarantee that their financial situation will get better
  • Something about being better together 
  • The UK is a pretty huuuuge VIP when we’re talking about world powers so people don’t wanna leave that
  • It’s not certain that the European union will support an independent Scotland
  • Some people actually like Westminster

The vote is neck and neck right now so there is absolutely no telling what the outcome will be. 

It’s exciting and terrifying.


asked by soldierjamesbuchananbarnes

fightingforanimals:

These are some of them, most were golden retrivers and labradors, but also included german shepherds and other breeds. Sadly most are dead now, while many people forget them and don’t spare them a thought. 

As people lay dying, trapped and hurt, a team of nearly 100 loyal and courageous search dogs put their lives on the line to help humans. Without them, many more would not have survived, yet few people consider them. 

In such a chaotic, terrifying, hot, acrid-smelling, smokey and loud environment, countless human lives depended on their ability to focus, listen, respond to their handlers, and work tirelessly. Stepping over cracked glass, hot tarmac, through flames and thick smoke, being winched over deep ravines, they battled on to seek out survivors and bring them aid. 

They worked around the clock, day and night, searching, sniffing, over and over. Not only did they search, but they comforted - many eyewitnesses speak of how the dogs would stop and sit by newly-recovered victims, giving them a sense of hope and relief, before moving on to look for the next. As the situation became desperate, and the rescue workers and fire teams became utterly distraught at the amount of people who were recovered dead, these dogs brought them comfort, sitting with them on breaks, letting them grieve.

Many of these dogs are old, and have passed away. Let us remember the courage and loyalty they showed at such a horrendous event. They didn’t have a choice, but nonetheless they did what was asked of them and helped save countless lives. Don’t let their bravery be forgotten today either, or their determination to be a ‘good dog’ despite the scary and dangerous environment around them.

offbeatchina:

A Chinese middle school history teacher draws a world map on blackboard in min

eriannny:

we all ugly to somebody don’t trip

destiel:

trying to make a situation better and accidentally making it a worse
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b3yourselfbaby:

tapdancers:

wwehs:

how to be an adult

im sad this was so short because he was about to go so hard

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