The Union Of Hypocrites

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Take a long, deep breath and imagine how this general election would have played out were the independence referendum never to have happened.

Can you feel that? The overwhelming sense of hopelessness, monotony and misery as rich white men in suits argue constantly over the microscopic changes to policy their party would make if only you would vote for them. They keep droning away while the majority of the country look on and think ‘f**k the lot of you, you utterly useless w**kers’, before eventually, reluctantly, voting for the lesser of the evils on the menu. All the while Scotland sits in the corner, quiet as a mouse, doing what it has always done and is basically ignored by just about everyone. Ah, British democracy. That’s how it should be, right?

Unfortunately- and much to the disgust of ‘proud and patriotic Scots and Brits’ everywhere – the independence referendum…

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Mount Everest and its people: Photographers offer prints to raise money for those affected by landslide

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Sherpas-fund A Sherpa returns down the Khumbu Icefall. Photo: Aaron Huey

The epic beauty of Everest has long enchanted photographers Aaron Huey (watch his TED Talk), James Balog (watch his talk) and Teru Kuwayama (read more about this TED Fellow). The three now turn their lenses on the quiet heroes of the mountain, to raise money for the families and community of the 16 Sherpas killed in a landslide last week.

Huey spent last weekend pulling together the Sherpas Fund, asking Balog, Kuwayama and seven other photographers who’ve worked closely with Sherpas in the past to donate prints of them and of Everest’s breathtaking landscapes. The fund has raised $115,000 for the Sherpa community so far and will continue through Tuesday, April 29.

“I have been at a loss for what to do in these days after the Everest tragedy,” writes Huey, who got help from Outside’s…

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