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Scottish poll shows majority back breakaway

A new opinion poll being published on Sunday put Scotland’s pro-independence camp ahead for the first time in the campaign, just 11 days before the referendum on splitting from Britain.

The YouGov poll for the Sunday Times newspaper gave the “Yes” camp 51 percent support compared to the “No” camp’s 49 percent, excluding undecided voters.

Although the two-point lead is within the margin of error, the findings dramatically up the stakes ahead of the vote on September 18, handing valuable momentum to the Scottish National Party’s campaign.

The Sunday Times also reported that the British Queen now feels “a great deal of concern” over the independence vote and has asked for daily updates.

The government of David Cameron is now expected to reveal last-minute concessions - including the devolution of more powers to Scots - in an attempt to keep the 300-year-old union alive.

The Better Together campaign, which backs Scotland staying in the UK, has been ahead in opinion polls across the board for months but its lead has narrowed in recent days. …

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"We are socialized in a way that encourages men to expect to be center stage and women to expect to be invisible. There are a lot of women who are brought up to be housewives and secretaries, to do invisible work, to be “the woman behind the man.” Not to mention how often visibility means a whole lot of unpleasant attention."

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Libertarians for Redistribution

… Libertarians rightly reject statist redistribution as a variety of slavery. But they have every reason to embrace solidaristic, transactional, and rectificational redistribution. A libertarian commitment to redistribution helps clearly to identify libertarianism as a species of genuine radicalism that challenges the status quo, undermines hierarchy, exclusion, and poverty, and fosters authentic empowerment.

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Psychopathic Personality Traits Linked With U.S. Presidential Success, Psychologists Suggest

… "I think you would find no expert in the field of sociopathy/psychopathy/antisocial personality disorder who would dispute this," Stout continued. "That a small minority of human beings literally have no conscience was and is a bitter pill for our society to swallow — but it does explain a great many things, shamelessly deceitful political behavior being one." …

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Are Politicians Psychopaths?

Superficially charming, psychopaths tend to make a good first impression on others and often strike observers as remarkably normal. Yet they are self-centered, dishonest and undependable, and at times they engage in irresponsible behavior for no apparent reason other than the sheer fun of it… Psychopaths routinely offer excuses for their reckless and often outrageous actions, placing blame on others instead.

Hmm. That description could probably describe more than a few politicians…

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In fact, I am a die-hard anarchist. (This, even, from a person who refuses even to describe herself as “feminist” because she has too many disagreements with what most people consider feminism.) The one label, other than mother, that I use with comfort is “anarchist.” I fucking love the ideology of anarchism. Even if I find it hard to connect with the theory of crusty old Russians — possibly more relevant to male industrial revolution-era workers than to poor mothers of the 21st century — I will always be passionately convinced that each person deserves access to all the necessary tools to make her life what she wants it to be; that we don’t have to go knocking on some rich, educated person’s door, or tug on our congressman’s coat to ask politely for some solutions; that everyone on earth deserves justice, and to experience the richness of human life, now, not later; and that people should be held accountable for the messes we’ve created. That is my anarchism.