What is a country famous for? No big surprises there, apparently…

The most important export product of each country of the world were assessed by experts of the popular science magazine Mental Floss using autocomplete results of the major search engine Google. These results were then illustrated by the artists of the Federal News Agency (FAN).

It turned out that the first suggestion to the word “Germany” is BMW, the word “Britain” – permanent residence, in France people are looking up croissants, Sweden and Norway – study options, in Algeria – gas, in Egypt – camels, etc. In general, experts say the popular search queries meet the expectations of users and no one thought to challenge the suggestions… except Ukraine. The fact that the word “Ukraine” causes a prompt for prostitutes has caused anger and indignation of the Ukrainian “patriots”, who are now busy accusing Google and the American Journal of Mental Floss of “pro-Kremlin propaganda” and “separatism” in social networks and even the media.… -->

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“Democracy” at work – Scotland’s independence referendum

The people of Scotland voted in a referendum to end Britain’s rule on 18 September 2014… The official result of the referendum is negative, saying that the majority of people voted to stay under the British rule. The event demonstrated clearly that the so-called democracy is just a never-ending farce that has nothing to do with people’s will or interests.

The referendum had a very large turnout – according to official data 85% of people came out to vote. What does that tell us? It tells us that the question of Scotland’s independence was taken to heart and people became politically active. We know that the population usually becomes politically active when they wish to influence the government to make changes and they recognize an opportunity. The population remains largely passive when it finds the status quo agreeable or sees no chance of influencing the situation. The large turnout indicates the rather strong desire of change in the masses although the official result states the opposite.

Note that the preliminary polls, widely publicized by sources like BBC, Bloomberg and others, indicated that the referendum results will be negative with 52 % of population against the independence of Scotland. Under this premise, why would a large part of population suddenly become active? If they wanted to keep the status quo, all they had to do was to stay at home in front of the TV. There is only one explanation: the population became active precisely because they wanted to demonstrate their disagreement with the preliminary results. They all went out and voted because they wanted change and they noted that the change is close, they only need a couple percent to sway the balance. That is the kind of incentive that activates the electorate and causes large turnout: a desire for change and the impression that a single vote may decide the future of the country.

My guess is that the CNN accidentally published partially correct numbers when they announced the preliminary results where the Yes vote achieved 58%. That would be perfectly logical under the circumstances: the preliminary polls show 52% against (that’s what they put on the first line) and the final result was closer to the 58% in favor due to the high turnout of the population activated by the circumstances. I think, Scotland voted positively on their independence but… -->

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