Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

So THAT’s how land is used

Just kidding – there’s no real surprise or shock news in this recently published survey, but it is handy to be able to punch in your own postcode and see just how the variation applies locally.

Bearing in mind of course, postcodes are just an approximation to a location (you do know they were created for posties to use in planning deliveries, not as geographic area references, don’t you?).

My own is interesting, while I actually live in an area that was once farmland, yet my postcode tells the world I live in Glasgow city.

According to it, I live in a densely built up area.

But, like weather forecasts, if you are one of the few who are yet to have your brain liquefied by staring at a mobile phone during all your waking hours, this is a handy reference.

Via Five mind-blowing facts about what the UK looks like

Or find the original source material here:

A Land Cover Atlas of the United Kingdom (Document)

UK Land Use By Nation

UK Land Use By Nation

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Wonder what the various ‘Nat’ morons might make of this?

(Not mine! Found online.)

Of course, you can replace the various country names with your own favourites now, thanks to the Global Market and the Internet.

Being British

Being British

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Glasgow’s close tiles – still some to be found

This was a simple chance find, the result of glancing along a side street while walking near Alexandra Park.

Still surviving in Dennistoun’s Aberdour Street, a few close tiles on an entrance wall.

A close is the term for the entrance to a tenement.

I’m not sure if such ceramic tile decoration was reserved for the ‘better’ buildings, or just those nearer the main road.

This was a bit of a surprise – I’ve seen these in the closes nearer, or in, the city centre, and my ‘radar’ was not really looking for something like this, but I could hardly miss it.

Dennistoun Close Tiles

Dennistoun Close Tiles

Glamorous surroundings caught in the original view.

Sadly, plenty of nearby tiles lost and damaged.

Aberdour Street Close

Aberdour Street Close

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Will baby SCROTUS throw a tantrum if his toys are taken away?

As an outside observer, I’m amazed (or am I?) that the people of the US have allowed this orange moron to stay in power for so long, and make them look so stupid.

From the days of the Cold War, I had gained the impression the President of the United States had the authority to launch a nuclear strike without asking anybody, or having to seek approval.

Sadly, it seems my impression was correct, and ‘The Button’ is his to press if he so wishes.

I think I felt safer during the Cold War, when we had people like Stanislov Petrov looking after us.

One can only hope that those who might receive the order today, and actually have to initiate the final launch from the silos, have some sense of responsibility, and are not mindless automatons, despite their training and commitment. Or, consider the reality of a ‘Legal Order’ (see Update below).

See These Women Are the Last Thing Standing Between You and Nuclear War

For the first time in over 40 years, Congress has examined a US president’s authority to launch a nuclear attack.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing was titled Authority to Order the Use of Nuclear Weapons.

Some senators expressed concern that the president might irresponsibly order a nuclear strike; others said he must have the authority to act without meddling from lawyers.

The last time Congress debated this issue was in March 1976.

In August, Mr Trump vowed to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on North Korea if it continued to expand its atomic weapons programme.

Last month, the Senate committee’s Republican chairman, Senator Bob Corker, accused the president of setting the US “on a path to World War 3”.

Via Senate committee questions Trump nuclear authority

Big Poopy Baby

Big Poopy Baby


There was an interesting article that appeared AFTER I noted this: US nuclear chief would resist ‘illegal’ presidential strike order

The top nuclear commander in the US says he would resist any “illegal” presidential order to launch a strike.

Air Force Gen John Hyten, said as head of the US Strategic Command he provided advice to a president and expected that a legal alternative would be found.

His comments come just days after US senators discussed a president’s authority to launch a nuclear attack.

Some of them expressed concern that President Donald Trump might irresponsibly order such a strike.

Others though said a president must have the authority to act without meddling from lawyers. It was the first such hearing in more than 40 years.

While Senators and expert witnesses agree the president has full authority to defend the nation, commentators have pointed out that because there is no all-encompassing definition of “imminent attack”, the president is not given an entirely free hand.

“I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,” Gen Hyten said.

“And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I’m going to say: ‘Mr President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?’ And we’ll come up with options, of a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works.

“It’s not that complicated,” Gen Hyten added.

He added: “If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life.”

President Trump has not publicly commented on Gen Hyten’s remarks.

He’s probably waiting for somebody to draw them for him, in pictures.


I featured Baby Poopy Trump on:

World Toilet Day


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