Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence. With the results in from all 32 council areas, the "No" side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for "Yes". Prime Minister David Cameron said that the victory margin of around 55% to 45% had settled the issue "for a generation ... perhaps for a lifetime."
Valerie Tarico, Alternet: Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are "mythologized history." In other words, they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following and his life and teachings provided the seed that grew into Christianity. At the same time, these scholars acknowledge that many Bible stories like the virgin birth, miracles, resurrection, and women at the tomb borrow and rework mythic themes that were common in the Ancient Near East, much the way that screenwriters base new movies on old familiar tropes or plot elements. In this view, a "historical Jesus" became mythologized.
Today, a former CIA agent bluntly told the newspaper, World Net Daily, that America has switched sides in the war on terror under President Obama. Clare Lopez was willing to say what a few members of Congress have said in private, but declined to say on-the-record.
Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous -- and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent governments a final draft of its synthesis report, which combines three earlier, gigantic documents by the Nobel Prize-winning group. There is little in the report that wasn't in the other more-detailed versions, but the language is more stark and the report attempts to connect the different scientific disciplines studying problems caused by the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas. read more
Veteran film and television comedic actor Robin Williams was found dead at his home on Monday. He was 63. The cause of death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation, according to the coroner's office in Tiburon, California. He was found in his home. His publicist said the actor had been battling depression of late. "This is a tragic and sudden loss," his publicist Mara Buxbaum said. "The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time." read more