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#21 OFFLINE   andyo

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:54 PM

So if one is a government employee - and the government changes - does one loose their job/pension?

It seems like a lot of loose ends and torn promises.

There are a lot of loose ends. The SNP have described an independent Scotland as a kind of Utopia where we would all be better off. Unfortunately they cannot give accurate figures as to how this would add up. Some might take them at their word, and that is what worries me.



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 08:31 PM

I think the same pension question is on the minds of a lot of Quebecers who have gone through 2 independence votes.


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Posted 19 August 2014 - 02:39 PM

How time flies. Referendum date is September 18th. Independence camp still have too many unanswered questions over currency and economy in general so it's head over heart just now. Interesting times - here at least.



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 06:44 PM

My best shot at getting the Scottish news is via the BBC America (broadcast from New York) which I have failed to watch during these nice summer days.

Our national news is entertaining, but it is crap.  Not a word from them about this very important event.

I'm starting to wonder why I watch any of it.

Thanks for the reminder!



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 02:10 PM

My best shot at getting the Scottish news is via the BBC America (broadcast from New York) which I have failed to watch during these nice summer days.
Our national news is entertaining, but it is crap.  Not a word from them about this very important event.
I'm starting to wonder why I watch any of it.
Thanks for the reminder!


Hi Rich, what is a lifechanging event for some is of no interest to others. I like to keep up with world affairs and the BBC seem to be better at that than most. Thanks for your interest.

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 02:23 PM

http://www.businessi...ferendum-2014-8

 

If you can't decide, then follow this adage: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 06:44 PM

Although I certainly understand the Scottish sentiment, i personally feel Scotland will be better off as part  the UK. You have to be careful not to let history color what is pragmatic. We have similar issue here in Canada with Quebec and everyone knows the French are a huge pain in the butt. Sill it is not in anyone's economic interest to separate.


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Posted 08 September 2014 - 01:22 PM

Still scary to me.  Putin last week just stated that the Artic was theirs (my interpretation) to that camp of students.  He has said this before.  He will need to take out Norway, Iceland, and Greenland which he could do in 24 hours.  If Russia had a submarine base in extreme northern Scotland, they could control the entire route from Norway to Greenland.  Putin is that crazy.

 

Have read that Canada will fight to protect its claim to the Artic. 
 



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Posted 08 September 2014 - 02:41 PM

Well the story finally made radio here in the US after the most recent Scottish poll showed a majority of voters lean toward separation.

It will probably make broadcast TV this evening.

 

Sept 18th is the date.



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Posted 09 September 2014 - 05:55 AM

Still scary to me.  Putin last week just stated that the Artic was theirs (my interpretation) to that camp of students.  He has said this before.  He will need to take out Norway, Iceland, and Greenland which he could do in 24 hours.  If Russia had a submarine base in extreme northern Scotland, they could control the entire route from Norway to Greenland.  Putin is that crazy.

 

Have read that Canada will fight to protect its claim to the Artic. 
 

It is in both Canada & the US best interests to hold Putin off in the Arctic. We share the same continental shelf and that is the issue with who owns the resources under there. I am sure the US is not going to tolerate Russian installations in the Canadian Arctic for a variety of reasons. I see a confrontation brewing..


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Posted 09 September 2014 - 06:04 AM

I wonder if the increase of the yes side in the polls will prompt people in the no camp to get out & vote. i notice the pound is dropping rapidly against the US dollar. that should be a warning sign. I also see the British governemtn is sweetening the pot. IMO that is a mistake. The Canadian government has been doing that to Quebec for years, meaning that Quebec gets a disproportionate amount of benefits from the feds compared other provinces. Blackmail.


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Posted 11 September 2014 - 06:39 AM

I don't like the way this seems to be heading. The world is a dangerous place and there is strength in unity. I see the Royal Bank of Scotland is planning to move to England if the independence thing happens. Largely symbolic, I suppose, but not a good thing.

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 04:00 PM

I listened to an interesting piece from the author of "Trainspotting" on Scottish independence on Minnesota Public Radio on my drive to work this morning. He is in favor of independence.

 

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 04:48 AM

Big day today.  A Historic day.  And it's been making the news for the past week or so.



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Posted 18 September 2014 - 05:25 AM

Any truth that the independence movement is fueled for the desire to get to the eleventh floor?

 

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 09:03 AM

I hope the no side wins, a yes vote may create more unrest in Quebec.


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Posted 18 September 2014 - 09:12 AM

It is in both Canada & the US best interests to hold Putin off in the Arctic. We share the same continental shelf and that is the issue with who owns the resources under there. I am sure the US is not going to tolerate Russian installations in the Canadian Arctic for a variety of reasons. I see a confrontation brewing..

dont count on us.....  unfortunately the current administration is completely edentulous...


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Posted 18 September 2014 - 02:10 PM

Well the votes have been cast and the result should be known in about 8 hours. My head ruled my heart and hopefully many others felt the same way.

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 09:07 PM

looks like the no's got it.


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 05:45 AM

I wonder how the demographics of the vote will turn out.  The voting age was lowered to 16 and it would be interesting to see how the 16 to 18 year old vote went.

 

Oh wow!  I just looked at the stock markets - it appears a great weight was lifted!






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