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As anyone who has been following British politics should realise, some time back Scotland had a referendum on independence and chose to stay in the UK. One of the promises made was that the devolved parliament of Scotland would be given even more powers by the Westminster parliament.

The setup of British politics is a mess. Powers that are controlled by a devolved government are not controlled by Westminster. The NHS, police and other things in Scotland are controlled entirely by the Scottish parliament. This means English people have no say in how they are run. There is nothing wrong with this per se but there is something called the West Lothian question. England has no devolved parliament so the UK parliament sets the laws for England. The thing is, the UK parliament can set a law that won't apply to Wales or Scotland and only apply to England yet Welsh and Scottish MPs can still vote on it. In essence this allows them to vote on a range of issues that only affect England whilst English MPs have no power to do the same. The more powers are devolved, the greater the imbalance becomes.

After the referendum, plans were drawn up to make Scotland independent in all but name with the Scottish parliament having all sorts of powers. This has obviously causes some resentment in England. On top of that the English get less funding than any other country, with Scotland getting 115% of the UK average and Wales getting 111% of the UK average. In contrast, England gets 97% of the Uk average.

When labour were in power they decided to introduce tuition fees for universities. If the Scottish votes were removed, the bill would have failed. As it was the bill passed yet did not apply to Scotland. English also pay for prescriptions that the Scots and Welsh don't pay for.

So what are people's views on the current system of devolution and funding in the UK? Should England implement an English votes only for English issues? More broadly, is the UK now dead thanks to Scottish and Welsh nationalism?
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Seriously? Oklahoma House has passed a bill limiting marriage by law to people of faith and the marriages have to be approved by a member of the clergy.

This couldn't fly in the face of the Constitution any more if it tried. WTF is up with the religious nutters? Is it so hard for them not to try to impose their views on everyone? Marriage has existed all round the world and certainly is NOT an exclusively religious thing. What on Earth were they hoping to achieve with this? Are they so stupid they couldn't see this wouldn't last a minute if challenged in court?
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As if it wasn't already obvious, Putin has now admitted that plans to occupy Crimea were put in place and enacted well before the referendum in Crimea and even before the Crimean parliament was seized by gunmen.

This follows on from Putin admitting that the "little green men" that had the area completely occupied and contributed the majority of the military force were indeed Russian forces and NOT local fighters.

This is a second admission after initially lying at the start. He lied about the soldiers in green being Russian troops, we now know they are. He lied about forcing the annexation of Crimea, we now know that is also a lie.

Putin at this very moment is denying that Russians fighting in East Ukraine are anything more than volunteers. Considering he has yet to say anything truthful until well after he has got what he wanted, how can anyone in their right mind believe he isn't also lying about this? There is footage of Russian equipment in eastern Ukraine, there are images of tanks used only by the Russian army in eastern Ukraine and there is evidence of Russian forces crossing the border. How much do Putin apologists need before they admit what Russia is doing here?
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A leading Russian opposition politician and outspoken critic of Putin and the war in Ukraine has been shot dead. There is no evidence but this stinks of state sponsored murder. We have already seen Putin has no issue invading his surrounding countries, Russians poisoned Litvinenko a few years ago, Russia has annexed Crimea, is involved in Eastern Ukraine and Putin has had opposition leaders locked up at a whim. The man is a maniac and I think this is just yet another step on his path to become a full-blown despot.

What do others think? Is this a state sponsored murder?
Not sure if this counts as politics but stuck it here.

I have been watching videos on TED and there are lots of cases of drones being used more and more in our lives. This is everything from the large military drones used by the military to smaller drones for recreational uses. One in particular that interested me was the hummingbird size drone.

It got me thinking, could the war against terrorists be radically changed if drones can be redesigned? Imagine you want to hit certain targets but they are hiding among civilians. At present you have toi hope a sniper can hit them do nothing or accept the collateral damage. What if we were able to scale done drones to the size of insects and gave them a "sting" filled with some powerful substance to kill or otherwise incapacitate them? It would be very hard to detect, exceptionally accurate and the only risk is stinging the wrong person. 

So what do others think the future of warfare may look like between states and militants?

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Sol9000 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
I liked Gandalf the Grey better.
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Jeysie Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Since the thread was closed: I know you're from the UK. And quite frankly you guys have as much of a history of suffering "white" terrorism as the US does, making your complaints about Muslims still bizarre.

The Muslims don't have a monopoly on violent extremists by a long shot.
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Yes we've had our experience of white terorrism but we don't now. Also it's beyond terrorism, we didn't have crowd of Irish charging around threatening to kill anyone who was rude about Islam but we have had that with Muslims.
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Jeysie Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You haven't met our domestic terrorists here in the US. There's quite a few groups here who'd be absolutely happy to kill gays, Hispanics, blacks, women getting abortions, etc. if they thought they could get away with it. Some of them still go for it. There's also our nutjob right-wing militias planning for "race wars" and uprising against the government.

I remember the likes of McVeigh and the Unabomber, and our mass shootings have mainly been by whites, too. To me, this whole "Muslim extremists are way more dangerous than white ones!" is total bull. Maybe we should just deal with the extremists and leave out the prefacing adjectives against others. Especially since it's racist attitudes that fuel many of our domestic terrorists. I guess you're safe from them... if you're white, Christian, and straight!

P.S. Plus, the Muslims here don't get to put Sharia law into effect... but the Christians do their damnedest to put Christian law into effect and have been succeeding lately. You don't have to blow things up to harm people. There's a reason why "Christian Taliban" has been thrown around here as a term lately.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In regards to the thread you made about North Korea, that idiot Wes STILL thinks that you're a racist just for making a James Bond joke and "hurting his feelings". What a baby... Sorry about that :P
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Meh I know what the rules are and I know I have a perfectly defensible case. He can go ahead with it because I know nothing will come from it. I'm still not entirely convinced he has, I think it's a bluff to try to provoke me into apologising.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that, and yeah, he pulled the same shit with me all day, too.
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
He must be the life of parties.
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