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Friday, 17 November

04:00

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Izu Islands region, Japan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.2 hit Izu Islands region, Japan at 09:43 UTC (18:43 JST) on November 16, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). USGS is reporting M5.8 at a depth of 71 km (44 miles), EMSC M5.8 at a...... Read more

A tranquilizer shortage is holding back rhino management plans in India "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Watching a rhino get tranquilized is indeed an experience to cherish. It is hard to imagine that such a powerful animal can become so vulnerable too, says Dharanidhar Boro, an officer on special duty at Manas National park, who has been working with greater one-horned rhinos in Indias Assam state since 1987. He describes the frenzy as more than 30 trained elephants circle a grazing rhino to try and contain it, and an official with a dart gun, riding atop one of the pachyderms, shoots a drug-laden syringe at the rhinos rump or neck. It takes eight to 10 minutes after the needle pierces the rhinos thick skin for the animal to go completely under; it takes off running at first, then staggers, before finally collapsing onto its chest or side. While the experience is no fun for the animal, tranquilization makes it possible to give rhinos veterinary care, affix radio collars to track them, or safely transfer them into crates for relocation. The most important element of the tranquilizing cocktail that allows conservationists to safely knock out a 2,000-plus-kilogram (4,400-pound) rhino is a semi-synthetic opioid known as Etorphine HCl. Etorphine HCl is by far the best available choice for rhino immobilization today, says Amit Sharma, coordinator of rhino conservation at WWF-India. Other large herbivores, [such] as elephants can still be tranquilized safely with other options, but nothing better works for rhinos. Indias stock of the drug, however, is alarmingly low. The states of Assam, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh,

03:30

Osiris D3 Expands to Double the Size When Threatened "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

CARLSBAD, Calif. Osiris announced a new model of their classic D3 skate shoe, which will expand to double its original size when threatened, company sources confirmed.

Fat, puffy, and bulbous skate shoe populations have been on a steady decline since the late 90s, said Osiris spokesperson Deborah Larson during Mondays release event. We feel confident the D3s built-in self-defense system can keep quantities in a more stabilized number within the skate shoe market. Besides, when they puff up, they look twice as cool.

To ensure the safety of itself and its owner, the shoe automatically intakes air when confronted with a threat such as a large stair set, handrail, or a security guard that takes their job too seriously.

I was bombing this hill the other day, and right when I got some gnarly speed wobbles, POOF! These things ballooned up to size 42 airbags. Saved my life, said prototype tester and professional skateboarder Jeremy Roberts. They also scared away a dude who tried to mug me at the ATM.

Roberts was later surprised to find the shoes have a tendency to increase in size to lure in potential sexual partners for the wearer.

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Later that night at a bar, I was talking to this girl, and all of a sudden, my shoes puffed up to an elaborate display of leather and rubber while letting out a quick burst of pheromones that had collected in the heel cup from my session earlier, said Roberts. It was no match for the guys wearing skinny, Vans slip-ons.

Hoping to get more D3s on the retail market, Osiris understands that the shoe does have its complications.

We are keenly aware that the D3 can contain a toxin deadly to humans if not skated properly, said Larson. We will work alongside foreign governments of nations where the D3 is considered a rare delicacy to ensure it is not unlawfully hunted for its delectable meat.

I mean foam, she allegedly added under her breath.

Quit what...

03:27

SolarHome 620 "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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03:11

Developing Self Reliant Food Sources in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Developing Self Reliant Food Sources in 2018
Host: James Walton I Am Liberty Audio player below!

Last week I did a podcast on the fact that American was bleeding out. We are losing our personal liberty at an astounding rate. The tighter packed we are into suburban life the faster these freedoms are draining. It is my goal to set as many people as possible, myself included, on a course towards self reliance.

Continue reading Developing Self Reliant Food Sources in 2018 at Prepper Broadcasting |Network.

03:10

WHO asks dozens of journals to correct papers on diagnostic tool developed by former collaborators "IndyWatch Feed Health"

In one of the largest such requests weve ever heard of, the World Health Organization has asked 46 journals to correct articles that refer to a bone fracture risk diagnostic tool as developed or endorsed by the WHO. By WHOs count, the tool known as Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX), which has come under []

The post WHO asks dozens of journals to correct papers on diagnostic tool developed by former collaborators appeared first on Retraction Watch.

03:09

How to Combat Mirror Shock Using a Cameras Mirror Delay "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

SLRs all suffer from the same problem: that mirror flapping up and down causes the camera to move at the time of exposure. Mirror shock is whats caused by the mirror itself and not the photographers ability to hold the camera still.

Some cameras allow you to program an extra delay on the mirror, and this goes a long way to getting rid of mirror shock.

Recently I was on a set and the photographer was using small HMI lamps with the Hasselblad H and IQ back. He was handholding the camera at 1/125 wide open and was getting what he referred to as camera shake. He tried upping the ISO, but on that particular back it started to introduce too much noise.

I suggested putting in some extra mirror delay, something it turns out he wasnt aware of. I dialed in 50ms of delay, he took another shot and suddenly everything was sharp!

This tip is very useful when doing macro work, using long telephoto lenses, or just shooting at slow shutter speeds.

Above is the difference between two exposures (both at 1/125 sec) on a Hasselblad H6X. On the left theres no mirror delay and on the right theres a 200ms delay. You can clearly see the higher peaks on the left and the lower (less vibration) more spread-out graph on the right.

So how do you program extra mirror delay on cameras? Heres what you do for a few popular models:

Hasselblad H4X, H5X, H6X

1. Go to the custom options menu.

2. Scroll through to number 30 (Extra mirror delay).

3. Select the delay youd like to add (anything over 100ms and you will really start to notice the delay) so start at 25ms and gradually increase

Canon 5DS, 5DS R, 5D Mark IV

1. Go to the mirror lock-up section of the menu.

2. Press Set.

3. If you choose the Press twice to shoot option the first time you press the shutter release it will lock up the mirror, the second time it will fire the shutter....

03:00

Alaska Prepares For War With North Korea: Missiles Will Take Only 20 Minutes To Reach The State "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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The state of Alaska is preparing for a potential war with North Korea.  The Alaskans are being urged not to evacuate though since should Kim Jong-Un launch a missile toward Alaska, it would only take 20 minutes to get there.

Emergency planners in Alaska have warned it will not attempt evacuations if a warhead is fired because time would not be on their side. Jeremy Zidek, from the states disaster planning team, will urge locals to find shelter rather than risk being caught in the open. He also urged families to have an emergency stash of food and water, flashlights and radios, and medical supplies including the anti-radiation pill Prussian Blue medication that lessens the radiological impacts on your body.

Tensions have escalated lately on the Korean peninsula after a series of missile tests in the hermit kingdom and propagandized media threats were made sentencing president Donald Trump to death.  Tyrant Kim Jong-un has since threatened a nuclear holocaust and there are fears the regime will soon have a missile capable of reaching the US mainland.

Zidek admitted that the states defensive facilities could be picked for an attack. Alaska is home to Fort Greely, where the US has interceptor rockets designed to destroy incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The state also has missile defenses at the Pacific Spaceport Complex as well as radar warning systems at Clear Air Force Station.

We have the missile defense system here. We have missiles and radars in a number of different locations, Zidek said. Perhaps there would be some type of attack on those military facilities to try to hinder our...

03:00

YouTube Stars Can Now Earn Brave's Browser Tokens "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The ad-blocking browser provides YouTubers with an alternative monetization strategy in a year of aggravation with the video site's ad-killing bots.

02:58

Your Career in the Art World Starts With Christies Education "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

If your career goal is to secure a professional role in the international art world, a Masters degree at Christies Education New York will provide you with the training, networks and experiences necessary to embark on your ambitions.

Studying at the heart of Christies auction house, you will have access to Christies specialists, hands-on encounters with works of art and behind-the-scenes insight into the commercial realities of the worlds leading art business. Our two degree programs provide complementary opportunities to begin your career. Both are intensive fifteen-month degrees taught by our experienced academic staff and a prestigious visiting faculty.

M.A. Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market has trained students to be effective art world professionals since 1998. This program emphasizes the importance of direct contact with original works of art, and explores the history of art and the art market. This interdisciplinary program provides an in-depth study of modern and contemporary art and the market from the mid-19th century to the present day. Alumni of the program work throughout the global art world.

M.A. Art, Law and Business provides an in-depth study of the relationships between art, law and business and how they influence the commercial art world. It combines rigorous academic coursework with hands-on practical training and workshops. Emphasizing practice over theory, the program introduces students to the foundational tools, skills and concepts of the art market, law and business.

Find out more about Christies Educations global programs of Masters degrees, continuing education and online courses at christies.edu.

The post Your Career in the Art World Starts With Christies Education appeared first on Hyperallergic.

02:53

new research findings two "IndyWatch Feed Health"

DTP vaccine INCREASES the death rate by 5 to 10 times compared to unvaccinated children, study reveals


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02:48

Matereality: A Mesmerizing Short Film of Macro Magnetism Captured by Roman De Giuli "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

In this mesmerizing new short film, German filmmaker Roman De Giuli worked with magnets, iron filings, reflective pigment, and glitter to create this pulsing visual montage of magnetic special effects titled Matereality. Its amazing to think this was all done with practical effects and not CGI. Music by Son-J. (via The Awesomer)

02:44

Canon is Selling a USB Drive That Looks Like Its 1950s Rangefinder "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Want a beautiful USB drive to store or deliver some photos with? Check out this Canon USB flash drive. Its designed to look like a miniature replica of the Canon IV SB rangefinder camera that was sold in the 1950s.

The Canon IV was a rangefinder camera series that was compatible with Leica screw mount lenses, produced in the early- and mid-1950s before being replaced by the Canon V series.

Canons new USB drive measures 2.81.41.4 inches and faithfully mimics the look of the classic camera its made of metal and plastic and has 8GB of storage space.

The USB connector is retractable and slides out the side of the camera, and the miniature lens on the front of the camera can also be removed for realism.

This exclusive replica model honors the Canon IV SB rangefinder camera, Canon says. Simply plug it into your Mac or PC device to keep your items safe and secure.

A great collectable for the Canon Fan, Canons Australian online store states. Please note, this is not a functioning rangefinder.

Canon is selling this Canon IV USB drive exclusively through its online store for the hefty price of $80.

(via...

02:37

California City Forces Church To Stop Feeding The Homeless "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Source: California City Forces Church To Stop Feeding The Homeless For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

As children, we were taught to abide by the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. As adults, we are now being instructed to not help people who are down on their luck. What changed? The question is relevant, as recently, the United Methodist Church in Malibu, was asked []

Source: California City Forces Church To Stop Feeding The Homeless Learn more at REALfarmacy.com - Healthy News and Information.

02:36

Bega Valley. COMMENT: Greed, stupidity and mismanagement destroying Sapphire Coasts gems "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Tathra local Greg Otton spoke out at the recent council meeting against the fluoridation of the shires water supplies, but also what he sees is the destruction of the regions pristine natural gifts. An excerpt of an opinion piece he has submitted is below. Gregs views  do not necessarily represent those of Fairfax, but we put this forward as a topic for readers to discuss. 

There are so many precious gems that the Sapphire Coast provides us with. Especially the life giving pristine water supplies of the Kiah, Tantawangalo, Brogo Dam catchments and the Bega Aquifer. The many natural gifts of this area are all being destroyed, mismanaged or are under threat by the bureaucratic decisions usually in the name of the dollar, progress, growth or just pure greedy stupidity.

Let me list the gems I have personally seen decimated by humanitys greed, lust and plain stupidity. I lost over 50% of my oyster leases to siltation yet my voice went unheard, I was ridiculed by successive councillors of this shire.

I have worked for over 35 years in the once lucrative abalone industry. Worth at one time $35million to the Far South Coast. A line in the sand on Cape Howe divides a 22 tonne Victorian quota from a 2 tonne NSW quota, same water, same seasons, just different management.

The tuna industry was decimated in a few years by greed and mismanagement.

The timber industrys once thriving saw mills all but gone. The chip mill is in its death throws after destroying the south-east forests and silting up major rivers and coastal estuaries.

The famous Pambula river mouth surf break is all but gone due to development of its catchment.

The millions of dollars spent by the dairy industry on noxious weeds and pests within the shire.

The decimation of migrating birds from the other side of the world by foxes and cats along our local beaches.

How much do we pay for Bega Cheese with irrigation draining our rivers, nutrient runoff and toxic chemicals used by farming?

The 15km of gravel shire roads that are graded each day using dubious practices with limited siltation runoff protections.

The wanton development of coastal villages. Do they end in the next town or the next shire?

What is the exact purpose for the shark buoy in Merimbula bay? Does the government think this will really help the shark menace that is rapidly escalating along our coast?

More attacks will come just as I predicted and warned the swimmer that was taken in Tathra. Do not call her death the result of a three metre Bronze Whaler. It was an eight to nine metre Great White that killed...

02:35

The Creator Writings: Just Let Go "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

As frustrating as it is for you, it is time to let some things go.

02:33

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02:32

Human rights issues bite in fluoride test case, top court told "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A group fighting the fluoridation of drinking water supplies in court has argued tooth decay is not serious enough to warrant imposing it on a whole community. Ann Marie May reports.

Opponents of adding fluoride to water supplies say it breaches human rights to protect against unwanted medical treatment, a Supreme Court test case has been told.

Two small Taranaki towns, Waverley and P?tea, are at the centre of the case after the South Taranaki District Council decided to add fluoride to their water supplies.

?New Health New Zealand has taken on the council and the minister of health, and says fluoridating water supplies breaches the right to be able to refuse to undergo medical treatment.

New Healths lawyer, Mary Scholtens, QC, said about 48 per cent of New Zealands water was fluoridated at present, without proof that fluoride was effective against tooth decay.

The chemicals used to fluoridate water were byproducts of an industrial process, and could contain contaminants such as arsenic, mercury and lead. It was a different grade from fluoride in toothpaste, or pharmacy-only medicines fluoride tablets.

One of the points in the appeal was whether fluoride was a medicine, and whether adding it to a water supply would amount to medical treatment. Under the Bill of Rights, medical treatment can be refused, subject only to reasonable limits.

Scholtens said water supplies should not be fluoridated unless the law clearly authorised it. Currently the authority to fluoridate was reached by a complex process, including reference to a Privy Council decision in 1965.

This is medicating water, the drinking water is just the method by which the medicine is delivered, and nowhere is that authorised.

The emphasis should be on determining for ourselves what we did with our bodies, she said.

Tooth decay posed no risk to third parties and was a manageable risk to the individual, so it was for the council to show why the right to refuse medical treatment needed to be limited to add fluoride to the water supply.

It was not settled that fluoridating water was a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay, Scholtens said. The jury is still out on that.

Another of New Healths lawyers, Lisa Hansen, said 500ml of water from a fluoridated supply gave the equivalent to a fluoride tablet that was a pharmacyonly medicine.

The case is due to finish on Friday.

*To listen to interview or read the original article go to...

02:32

Just Label It We Have A Right To Know Whats In Our Food & Heres Why "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Everybody should be given the freedom of choice, regardless of whether they believe GMOs are harmful or not.

02:27

Meet You at the Intersection of Balance and Love "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Two questions the Company of Heaven asks Im just starting to get. (1) Is it of balance? (2) Is it of love?

02:25

AMEX Partners With Ripple For Blockchain Payments "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

In a huge win for Ripple, the Blockchain-based startup has announced a partnership with American Express for its overseas payments.

02:25

Terry Crews Names Alleged Sexual Assaulter: I Will Not be Shamed "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Terry Crews publicly named for the first time the high-powered talent agent he claims groped him at an industry party and said he would not be shamed about the alleged assault.

02:19

Burton: Arguments made for both sides at public hearing on water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Health"

BURTON People voiced strong opinions both for and against the fluoridation of water at a recent public hearing held at the Genesee County Drain Commissioners office (GCDC) Nov. 8. Drinking water at GCDCs newly built treatment plant connected to the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) pipeline has been test-treated, and GCDC plans to begin distribution of water to clients in the next several weeks. In order to cease the addition of fluoride in the water, there must be either a vote by the Genesee County Board of Commissioners or the passage of a referendum ballot question instructing GCDC to do so.

John OBrien, director of the water and waste division at the GCDC office, who was facilitator of the public hearing, said this would affect the communities which receive water from the water supply district: Flushing Township, the city of Flushing, Richfield Township, Flint Township, Burton, Davison Township, Swartz Creek and Grand Blanc Township, as well as 11 other municipalities.

Carol Lutey, director of pediatric dentistry at Mott Childrens Health Center, said they were seeing a huge increase in more aggressive tooth decay since Flint has not had a fluoridated water system, and very young children were being taken to the operating room because of the decay. She also said, as one who did not have benefits of fluoridated water, she experienced all types of large decay throughout her life.

Dr. Mark Fitzgerald, associate dean of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, quoted the surgeon generals report on public and oral health in America, saying there were reductions in dental caries (called cavities or decay) in communities with fluoridated water, with the reductions being as high as 40 percent.

More than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to the consequences of dental caries, Fitzgerald said. Pain and suffering due to untreated diseases lead to problems in eating, speaking and attention to learning. Lost time from dental problems in adults resulted annually in over a billion dollars of lost wages, and to have good health, a person needs healthy teeth.

Dr. Gerald Natzke, who practices medicine in Grand Blanc, said fluoride does not benefit the teeth unless it touches them. He added that most developed countries do not fluoridate their water, and these countries do not have any more tooth decay than the United States. He said many tissues in the body develop disease, and these are magnified by fluoride. He also said 40 percent of American teenagers show signs of overexposure to fluoride, which causes discoloration of the teeth.

Natzke, offering several statistics of dental decay in communities with fluoridated water, claimed fluoridation does not decrease tooth decay, but increases it. David Joyce, a Kung Fu ins...

02:17

Financial Tyranny: We the People Are the New Permanent Underclass in America "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. Frdric Bastiat, French economist

02:13

Over 1 Million Call on DOJ to Block Bayer-Monsanto Merger "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

New reports reveal devastating impacts on consumers and farmers.

02:11

How to Photograph Star Trails: Heres a Beginners Guide "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Heres an 8-minute tutorial from Nature TTL and astrophotographer Matthew Saville about how to photograph star trails. Considered by some as the holy grail of astrophotography, this technique harnesses the rotation of the Earth for captivating images.

Photos like this can be created by those brave enough to stand in the cold throughout the night with their cameras pointed upwards:

Saville starts by reminding photographers not to use in-camera noise reduction for star trails or you might start seeing stars disappearing from the shot. If youre shooting in a cold environment, the temperature will reduce the amount of color noise youll see from a long exposure time.

Make sure you have a good battery too, as if you run out of juice during the shoot then youll see gaps in your trails while youre changing over and not shooting.

Saville also swears by using a higher ISO speed and a wider aperture. These are two factors which will give you brighter and more obvious stars in the shot.

Check out the full video above for more tips for photographing star trails, and subscribe to the Nature TTL channel for weekly nature photography tutorials.


Disclaimer: I own and operate the Nature TTL YouTube channel.

02:11

Objects Made by Prisoners, from Soap Sculptures to Pendants "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Snake (United Kingdom, 1919), glass beads, fabric (courtesy International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum). During World War I, many Ottoman prisoners made small beaded items like this snake, a symbol of good luck.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva has a collection of over 360 objects made by political prisoners and prisoners of war from over 60 countries. Many were given by detainees to International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) delegates, visiting as part of their mandate under the Geneva Conventions, and since 2013 pieces have been on permanent view at the museum. From a 1916 engraved fountain pen formed from an ammunition cartridge in Germany during World War I, to a ruffly swan created from coffee packets by a detainee from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in 2012, each is a reworking of the scarce materials at hand into something that transcended confinement.

Cover of <em>Prisoners' Objects: The Collection of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum</em> (courtesy 5Continents)Cover of Prisoners Objects: The Collection of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum (courtesy 5Continents)

Now, selections from this collection are published in Prisoners Objects: The Collection of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, out from...

02:07

How Blockchain Revolution is Going to Make Global Economy More Fair: Federico Pistono "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The game is unfair. Blockchain can allow for that to change: Federico Pistono, the author of "Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK.

02:01

Possible New 20 & Back Whistleblower, Michael Gerloff - Video, Links, and Commentary "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


Source - Discerning the Mystery

by Shem El-Jamal, November 2, 2017

Since early 2016, there have been a number of individuals coming forward who've made detailed claims about what has come to be known as the Secret Space Program. Many of these individuals have given testimonies that are so extensive and so profound that it becomes virtually impossible for a person not to take notice.



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02:01

Millions Of Millennials Could Be Trading Sex For Their Next Debt Payment Heres How "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


(Zero HedgeAs the storm clouds of peak stupidity gather over the heads of the millennial generation who were conned by banks, government, and universities to take out excessive amounts of leverage in auto loans, credit cards, and student debt; millions have flocked to a new website seeking Sugar Daddies and or even Sugar Mommies to pay off their debt amid an economic environment where wage growth remains non-existent.
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02:00

Were just helping Mugabe find his keys, says army "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

The Zimbabwe army has denied that it has carried out a coup and placed Robert Mugabe under house arrest.  No, no, no, that is not true, a general told state media.  President Mugabe cannot leave his house as he has lost his keys and wouldnt be able to get back in.  All the troops and tanks you see out on the street are just looking for his keys.

Until President Mugabe finds his keys and is able to leave his house the army will carry out some errands for him, such as getting in some milk, collecting his pension and running the country.  Reports that his wife has fled to a WI meeting in Namibia with the keys in her handbag have not yet been confirmed.  Nor have suggestions the keys slipped down the back of former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwas sofa when President Mugabe went to round his place to sack him last week.

The streets of Zimbabwes capital Harare have remained relatively calm with most citizens seeming to accept that at 93 President Mugabe is quite likely to lose things such as his keys or 37 years of power.

 

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02:00

A Home In Memphis, TN Filled With Vintage Aesthetic and Charm "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Anna and Ben Avant on Design*Sponge

When Anna and Ben Avant decided to sell their East Memphis, TN home and move to the Midtown area of Memphis, finding the right place came with some challenges. They sold their house faster than finding a new one, so they had to move into a rental while Anna was about to give birth to their daughter, Louis. One day, while driving to work, Ben saw the for sale sign going into the yard of a 1938 Tudor. The couple planned to see it that day and as soon as they walked inside, they knew they had found the home for them. It was filled with vintage wallpaper throughout the home, had many of the original fixtures, vintage tubs and sinks, and all the charm they dreamed of. They made an offer right away and moved in shortly after that. Besides needing more room and wanting a bigger yard, I envisioned a house untouched I wanted vintage tile bathrooms and vintage metal kitchen cabinets, Anna shares. It was proving to be very difficult to find a house with the intact vintage character I wanted. This house has it all we have five bedrooms [and] three full baths. The guest bed and bath are downstairs, so our guests have their privacy. And the master and kids rooms are all upstairs, which is also very difficult to find, and I love that our family is all together upstairs.

Anna works from home running her online vintage clothing shop, Hoot + Louise, and Ben is a lighting designer. A turnkey home was also important to the Avants, with their busy schedules and two small children, so changing the lighting was pretty much the only thing they did. We kept a few original fixtures downstairs dining room chandelier, kitchen glass ball pendant, hall light at the bottom of the stairs, and the fish/shell brass sconces in the guest bathroom theyre to die for. All the other lighting we changed. The entryways l...

02:00

'Is It Real?': Square CFO Speaks Out on Cash App Bitcoin Trial "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The CFO of mobile payments firm Square has explained why the company launched a bitcoin pilot scheme.

02:00

An Artist Adopts Avant-Garde Poetry to Express the Limits of Language "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installation view of Kameelah Janan Rasheeds in the proper direction: forward/ also the ache of (perceived) velocity at Printed Matter, New York (all images courtesy the artist and Printed Matter)

Recently, Kameelah Janan Rasheeds evocatively cryptic text-based installations have appeared in many of her solo and group shows, from A.I.R. Gallery, to the Queens Museum, to the 8th Floor. The all black-and-white installations contain imbricated rectangles of text and image, many of them found and then altered, that sprawl haphazardly across gallery walls like wheatpaste posters on a city construction site. The works, which look like vivisected scrapbooks, are equal parts installation art and visual poetry.

Given the textual nature of this work, the back exhibition room at Printed Matter, the Chelsea neighborhood artists book store, is an apposite space for Rasheeds latest installation, in the proper direction: forward/ also the ache of (perceived) velocity. For the show, Rasheed arranged variously sized black-and-white paper rectangles along the rooms narrow parallel walls, as well as in adjacent vitrines, in a manner that recalls a timeline. Sporadic snippets of wavy and distorted poetic text appear throughout such as the punning directive to use       your/ inside/ vote but most of the rectangles are wordless. In particular, the preponderance of all-black rectangles creates the impression that much of the work has been redacted.

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02:00

Herbie Hancock Now Teaching His First Online Course on Jazz "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

A quick update to something we first mentioned last June. On Masterclass, jazz legend Herbie Hancock is now teaching his first online course on jazz. In 25 video lessons, the 14-time Grammy winner shares his approach to improvisation, composition, and harmony, and gives students access to 10+ original piano transcriptions, including 5 exclusive solo performances. Plus there's a downloadable workbook. The cost is $90. You can enroll yourself, or give the course as a gift. Check it out here.

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10 Reasons Why the Las Vegas Shooting Has Disappeared from Headlines "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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With the 24/7 news cycle constantly in full swing, important stories at times get lost in the constant onslaught of non-stop information. The mainstream media gatekeepers essentially dictate what social and cultural memes are injected into the public consciousness, what topics are discussed, and which cases are given publicity and thoroughly investigated with journalistic rigor. []

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Donald Trumps speeches are so incoherent they could have been written by predictive text "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Heres @iamjohnoliver and his Last Week Tonight theory that Donald Trumps speeches are so nonsensical they could have been written by predictive text.

He might be onto something there.

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How Skilled Copyists Leave the Louvre with a Masterpiece Every Year "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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Salvador Dal, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Edgar Degas. These artists are not only some of the most famous painters in art history, but they also share a common experiencecopying the works of Old Masters in the Louvre. A long tradition dating back to just after the French Revolution, each year Paris' premier museum grants 250 permits to amateur and professional artists, allowing them to copy the masterpiece of their choice.

Post-impressionist painter Paul Czanne once said, The Louvre is the book from which we learn to read. This poignant thought sums up the traditional practice of learning by copying the work of previous masters. Indeed, as far back as the 15th century, when Italian artist Cennino Cennini wrote his artist handbook, The Book of Art, this task has been deemed essential for artistic growth. Cennini wrote, When you have practiced drawing for a while take pains and pleasure in constantly copying the best works that you can find done by the hand of great masters.

The Louvre opened its doors to copyists in 1793, just one month after Marie Antoinette was beheaded and Louis XIV's palace transformed into a public museum. It was then declared that any artist would be provided an easel free of charge to take up the challenge of painting a masterpiece. This still holds true today. But while the easels are free, artists around the world can wait for up to two years in order to be granted one of the limited permits.

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01:42

Essentia Health To Let Go Of Flu Shot Refusers By Monday "IndyWatch Feed Health"

When it comes to mandatory vaccinations, we often relate the term with school children. But mandatory vaccine requirements are a large part of the healthcare culture. And more and more health workers are finding it...

The post Essentia Health To Let Go Of Flu Shot Refusers By Monday appeared first on Vaxxter.

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Second Suit Filed As Tezos Woes Continue "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The woes of the Tezos group continue, as another class action lawsuit has been filed, but this time in the state of Florida.

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Bitcoin Cash Dips to $1,000, But a Recovery May Be on the Cards "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin cash has lost 20 percent in the last 24 hours, but looks to have found a new bottom around $1,000.

Sugar for Wound Care "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Did you know you can use sugar for wound care and healing? I know that honey can help heal a wound but sugar? Researching I found that sugar is used quite often in other cultures to treat wounds. There have been studies done that show plain white granular sugar can heal burns, bedsores plus diabetic ulcers (sugar does not enter the blood stream). Bacteria cannot survive in sugar.

Mixing honey and sugar together is said to increase the healing process plus honey helps keep the sugar on the...

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NASA worker claims to have seen humans walking on Mars in 1979 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

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Conspiracy forums have been set ablaze this week after a lady claiming to be a former Nasa employee said she had seen humans on Mars.
The woman, named 'Jackie', called into American radio station, Coast to Coast AM, with a 'confession' that she had witnessed suited men running on the red planet in 1979.
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Tor Browser 7.5a8 is released "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Tor Browser 7.5a8 is released boklm November 16, 2017

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This release features important security updates to...

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01:02

Donald Trump takes a fatal shit on Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heideckers Trump Songs "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


 
A year to the day in the making, Tim Heideckers Donald Trump protest numbers have been collected together as a new album Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heideckers Trump Songs.

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Synthetic Telepathy And Psychotronic Weapon Tortures Used By 100,000 Secret Spies "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


(in5DThe Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence agencies called the N.S.A. [ National Security Agency ], C.S.S. [ Central Security Service ], D.I.A. [ Defense Intelligence Agency ], D.A.R.P.A. [ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ], C.I.A. [ Central Intelligence Agency ], the D.H.S. [ Department of Homeland Security ], and the F.B.I. [ Federal Bureau of Investigation ], Cointelpro or Counter Intelligence Program unit has extremely top secret technology that can pick up the private thoughts given by individuals in the vibrations produced by the brains electrical impulses, and that these thoughts can be broadcast by means of microwave transceivers, infra-sound and ultrasound transceivers, satellites, and any other form of technology which uses electromagnetic transfer, i.e. television, radio, the internet, and the telephone.
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We Built a Bluetooth-enabled Porch Light and Were Giving It Away "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Enter to win this beautiful porch light with Leviton connectivity. There are couple runner-up prizes for the contest as well.

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CAM use leads to delays in appropriate, effective arthritis therapy "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A preference to use CAM before seeking medical advice may be harming patients with inflammatory arthritis.

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Study Shows Placebo is Effective Even When Patients are Aware of It "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Last year, a study was released by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. It was but one of the many efforts conducted in a partnership between BIDMC and Harvard Medical School, through their Program in Placebo Studies & Therapeutic Encounter (PiPS), which was established in 2011.

Their official statement and analysis can be read here.

The longstanding theory behind the so-called placebo effect is that this effect only can take place when a patient is unaware of the placebos true efficacy (i.e. that it does not work).

However, theologians, metaphysicists and philosophers throughout history have long considered the deeper implications behind the observable mechanisms of the placebo.


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Explore Guernica with a Sprawling Visual Timeline "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Guernica at the Muse des Arts Decoratifs in Paris (photo by Manuel Litran/Paris Match via Getty Images)

Consider it your new go-to resource for anything Guernica-related. A new, freely accessible website launched by Madrids Reina Sofia museum serves as an interactive library for materials related to Picassos famous painting, from preparatory sketches to its depiction on posters through the decades, to the transport documents necessary for it to travel from museum to museum. Rethinking Guernica. History and Conflict in the 20th Century is a massive collection, pulling together over 2,000 records from 120 public and private archives, libraries, museums, institutions, and national and international agencies, including the Muse Picasso in Paris and Madrids National History Archive.

William Rubin and Alicia Legg preparing for the exhibition Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective, at MoMA in 1980 (Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York 2017)

Launched with the support of telecommunications provider Telefnica, the website is available in Spanish and English. As an artwork that became an enduring political symbol, accruing meaning far beyond the horrific war scene depicted in its frame, Guernica has a complicated history; its easy to get lost. Rethinking Guernica offers a helpful, visuals-based timeline that clearly traces not only the paintings movement but also the different political discourses that arose around it. Among the most interesting material on the platform are phot...

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Photographer Braves 14-Hour Hike to Capture Wedding Atop Norways Trolltunga Rock "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Wedding Portraits Trolltunga

There are many ways to defy convention on your wedding day. Perhaps you opt for a black dress over a white gown, or you take the literal plunge and get married in the middle of the sea. There are also the adventurous types who accompany their walk down the aisle with a long hike; this special trek gives them the perfect backdrop as they recite their vows. Photographer Priscila Valentina was alongside a couple who eloped at the famous Norway rock formation called Trolltunga or Troll Tongue. All told, the hiking took 14 hours round trip.

The extreme wedding photos were not for the faint of heart. The trip required them to head to the trail by 5:30 AM in full hiking gear, including layers of coats and pantsin addition to their wedding ensembles and bouquet. Valentina had the extra challenge of traversing the entire rainy trail with 35 pounds of camera gear in tow. It was worth it, though; the most epic view on Earth was breathtaking scenery for the betrothed as they changed from their outdoor gear into formal attire in separate tents. (After all that, there were still surprises left!)

The bride wore a white lace wedding dress while the groom donned a tailored blue suit. Although their attire was certainly out of place in the desolate natural locale, the juxtaposition is stunning. Together, they make for photos that not only look beautiful, but they speak to the couples sense of adventure as they embark on this new life journey as one.

Wedding photographer Priscila Valentina made a 14 hour (roundtrip) hike to Norway's famous rock formation, Trolltunga.

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Genaro Network, a Decentralized Cloud Service with a Social Touch "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Genaro Network is the first of its kind blockchain project comprised of a Turing-complete public chain integrated with a decentralized storage network. The network runs on its own public blockchain to create an entire ecosystem on which decentralized applications (known as DAPPS)can be built. The platform offers a great deal of flexibility by allowing the deployment of smart contracts while providing a permanent and private method of storing their data, videos, documents and other file types. It is also highly secure compared to other conventional systems and can be used by other blockchain solution providers as a replacement for cloud-based storage.

The Genaro ecosystem is designed to provide a range of advantages for Internet of Things and Big Data implementations along with both added transparency of records and privacy of data for DAPPs and their users. The data is securely stored on the Genaro Network, and it can only be decrypted by using the private key belonging to the file owner.

The Genaro team has proposed to build a network on which many applications can be developed, which is the opposite approach the existing cloud network infrastructure today, which is a combination of different applications.

Technically speaking, by creating a hybrid of SPoR (Sentinel Proof of Retrievability) and PoS (Proof of Stake), the platform aims to offer a highly scalable and efficient solution that can overcome the shortcomings of the existing distributed storage and sharing solutions. A combination of smart contracts and decentralized storage makes use of unused storage space and processing power contributed by the network participants. Genaro thereby eliminates the need for high-end data centers with centralized storage, which are more prone to security breaches, not to mention the need for additional resources to set up such a system. It also ensures the almost fool-proof protection of intellectual property.

Mission

The Genaro Network aims to drive the evolution of blockchain 3.0, the next generation of blockchain applications platform, to make DAPPs as useful as Internet APPs.

At the same time, Genaro believes in adding value to society, which it upholds by giving back to the community. This combination paves the way for Genaro to set the foundation for the future of cryptocurrency technology and its implementation Blockchain 3.0. In doing so, the project puts the power of controlling and managing the data back into the hands of its owners rather than large media and advertising networks, for example.

The Social Cause

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CME Clearing Member To Regulator: Bitcoin Futures Impossible "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Its impossible, a CME Group clearing member has told regulators about Bitcoin futures trading next month.

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Tough Times ~ Monica "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

"Have you noticed that empathy-producing experiences are great vehicles to channel our love? You can form an immediate kinship with someone who has walked in your shoes, and intuitively know the best way to support them. Believe me, if I ever encounter a mother of small children who is laid up with a broken ankle, I would be able to name ten needs off the top of my head and how to fill them. Also, if your dog ever got sprayed in the head by a skunk at six in the morning while you were trying to pull him out from under a pallet where the skunk was hiding, come talk to me. Tough times not only soften our hearts, but show us how to serve. A true gift will express appreciation, lighten a load, or add value to another person. What a relief that I don't have to shop for it. What a joy to know that we are here to be needed and purposeful, a shining light on the journey."

~ Monica




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How to Have a Thrifty Thanksgiving Dinner "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of gratitude when you get together with the people you love and give thanks for what you have. But like every other holiday, Read the rest

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Perhaps the tide is turning, but the struggle to stay afloat continues "IndyWatch Feed Education"

Ill resist sliding into what seems the standard youth sector account of anything it does, namely somehow that its always overwhelmingly new, innovative and inspiring. My caution aside the reports from the medley of Is the tide turning events and discussions held in the last week or so do give grounds for a measure of hope and optimism. Here are a few quotes and photos to back up a collective sense that the struggle to reclaim and reimagine a youth work freed from the shackles of neoliberal dogma is alive and even flourishing.

 

Chris Warren leading off the Derby debate

 

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Undead: The Book Every Bauhaus Fan Will Covet is Arriving Soon "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


 
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List of 100 Greatest Drummers Dominated By Cartoon Octopuses "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

CEDAR GROVE, N.J. Modern Drummer magazines yearly list of 100 Greatest Drummers is once again comprised of over 60 percent cartoon octopuses, upsetting a number of human percussionists around the globe, sources report.

Its so, so, SO unfair, lamented Stewart Copeland, formerly of the Police and placed at 47 on the list, a full six slots below the octopus featured in the Under the Sea segment of The Little Mermaid. How can a flesh-and-blood human compete with something drawn to hold eight sticks and animated at any speed, its tentacles a blur of percussion mastery?

Drummers around the world believe the animated characters get more recognition due to their mainstream appeal.

Ive developed countless techniques to keep up with the natural gifts of octopus drummers, and this amounts to nothing in the music community, said Cryptopsy drummer Flo Mounier. The people who vote for these things turn on a TV, see a cartoon octopus playing, and automatically assume it is superior to a human, without taking into account any timing of rhythm.

Despite the criticism, Modern Drummer management stood by the inclusion of sea-dwelling creatures.

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Modern Drummer shines a light on the contemporary culture of percussion. It is our belief that that includes goofy fictional cephalopods, and it always has been, said publisher Isabel Spagnardi from her New Jersey home. What these people are forgetting is those octopi are playing underwater. Lets see Danny Seraphine take his kit to the shallow end of a pool and see how he holds up.

While some readers remain outraged, many in online forums defended the list.

Yeah, Bonhams great Moe Tucker, Keith Moon I have room for them all, loyal Modern Drummer subscriber Lydia Melman said. But Squiddly Diddlys ranked first for a reason. Nobody forgets when and where they were the first time they saw him bug out on some drums. I guess because its typically in front of the TV, Saturday morning, ac...

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The Worlds First Space Nation Now Has A Satellite Flying Above The Earth "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

asgardia

On November 12, Asgardia cemented its presence in outer space by launching the Asgardia-1 satellite.  The nation is slowing coming to fruition.

The nanosat  is roughly the size of a loaf of bread and undertook a two-day journey from NASAs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, the United States, to the International Space Station (ISS). It contains 0.5 TB of data belonging to 18,000 of Asgardias citizens, such as family photographs, as well as digital representations of the space nations flag, coat of arms, and constitution. While Asgardias citizens will remain based on earth, for the time being, the satellite launch brings the nation one step closer to space.
Asgardia-1 made its journey to the ISS aboard the OA-8 Antares-Cygnus, a NASA commercial cargo vehicle.
Now it must wait for about three weeks as vital supplies and scientific equipment are transferred from the NASA ship to the six people currently living at the ISS. The nanosat will then be detached from the NASA vehicle and begin its own orbital journey around the earth. Citizens data will remain in orbit for between five and 18 months, the typical lifespan of this type of satellite. It will then burn out and disappear.
Russian scientist Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli founded the worlds first independent nation to operate in outer space in October 2016. Named after a Norse mythological city of the skies, Asgardia is free to join and so far, about 114,000 people have signed up. Within 40 hours of the project being announced in 2016, over 100,0...

The Worlds First Space Nation Now Has A Satellite Flying Above The Earth "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

asgardia

On November 12, Asgardia cemented its presence in outer space by launching the Asgardia-1 satellite.  The nation is slowing coming to fruition.

The nanosat  is roughly the size of a loaf of bread and undertook a two-day journey from NASAs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, the United States, to the International Space Station (ISS). It contains 0.5 TB of data belonging to 18,000 of Asgardias citizens, such as family photographs, as well as digital representations of the space nations flag, coat of arms, and constitution. While Asgardias citizens will remain based on earth, for the time being, the satellite launch brings the nation one step closer to space.
Asgardia-1 made its journey to the ISS aboard the OA-8 Antares-Cygnus, a NASA commercial cargo vehicle.
Now it must wait for about three weeks as vital supplies and scientific equipment are transferred from the NASA ship to the six people currently living at the ISS. The nanosat will then be detached from the NASA vehicle and begin its own orbital journey around the earth. Citizens data will remain in orbit for between five and 18 months, the typical lifespan of this type of satellite. It will then burn out and disappear.
Russian scientist Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli founded the worlds first independent nation to operate in outer space in October 2016. Named after a Norse mythological city of the skies, Asgardia is free to join and so far, about 114,000 people have signed up. Within 40 hours of the project being announced in 2016, over 100,000 people had applied for citizenship on Asgardias website. After three weeks, Asgardia had 500,000 applicants. Anyone over 18 years old, with an email address, regardless of gender, nationality, race, religion, and financial standing can apply for citizenship ...

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10 ways the BBC hit back at that Sun front page "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

So heres the Suns front page about the BBC today.

BBC workers have been accused of wasting licence payers money after several were photographed dozing at their desks.

The napping night-shifters were snapped by an angry colleague on the BBC News channel at Broadcasting House, London.

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Angry Samoans, Dickies, Suburban Lawns and more in a cable TV report on L.A. punk (c. 1980) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


 
Whats Up America was a newsmagazine show that ran on Showtime from 1978 to 1981, covering topics such as BB guns; female boxers; urban cowboys; Elvis Presley impersonators; chariot racers in Pocatello, Idaho; and a couple who...

00:01

The Storm Before the Calm "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


by Mary Jane Banks, Op-Ed

It seems Christmas may be coming both literally and metaphorically this year based on what is culminating behind the scenes of our collective reality. What used to be a dream or concept finally seems to be manifesting. And we are co-creating it with our unwillingness to accept anything less than the truth; with our heartfelt desire for peace, equality, love, and freedom; and with our deep knowing that finally its time.
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sewing: flannel linden sweatshirt "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

This post is written by Heidi of Handmade Frenzy.

Hi friends! I am happy to be hanging out here again this week. Im joining in for Flannel Week, and I have all the comfy cozy feels going on with this flannel Linden Sweatshirt!

For years, Ive drooled over this particular Mammoth Flannel print; it is called Americana. I was so excited to finally get my hands on some! I could only picture it as a cozy shirt to cuddle up with, and the Linden Sweatshirt just stood out in my mind as the perfect match.

Now, obviously, the Linden Sweatshirt is a pattern drafted for knits, and flannel is a woven. But there is plenty of ease written into the pattern, and I decided to use the flannel only for the front and back bodice.

I cut the flannel on the bias and things worked out just great! I made no changes whatsoever, just cut and sewed the straight size I fit into on the size chart!

Prior to cutting, I held the flannel up to my body to help decide if I wanted to cut the print on the bias or not. It was obvious that it had more drape on the bias than on the grain, so that made my decision for me.

I only had a yard of the flannel to work with and was able to juuuust eek out a size 6 on the bias! So if you are a larger size, and want to do the same, be sure to order fabric accordingly.

I paired this flannel with buttery soft and drapey, stretch french terry rayon/lycra in heathered grey, that is also in the shop here. The colors of the two fabrics compliment ea...

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A physics journal agreed to retract a paper several months ago. Its still not retracted. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A physics journal says it has planned for several months to retract a 2006 paper by a prominent researcher with multiple retractions, after a concerned reader notified the editor about extensive duplication. But, more than seven months after receiving the complaint, the journal Thin Solid Films has not yet taken action. So whats taking so []

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5 More Podcasts to Listen to While You Work "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

While one may never be at a loss for great podcasts, it's difficult to find great podcasts about making. Here are 5 of our favorites.

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00:00

American Express Opens First Blockchain Corridor With Ripple Tech "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

American Express just had its "Charles Lindbergh moment," using Ripple's blockchain to connect Santander clients in Europe and the U.S.

Im So Tired of Movies That Only Have One Token RoboCop Character "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Regularly scheduled programming helps me take a few moments to ease the gas off of my brain and feel like Im part of something larger than myself. Television is the culture. Its supposed to be inclusive and progressive, a kind reflection of its audience. People like me are represented with all kinds of personalities, ambitions, and flaws on TV but every time I see a RoboCop on screen its the same egregiously offensive stereotype. The one dimensional RoboCop stock character needs to be put to rest.

The token Robocop character provides a service. If somebody in, say, Desolate Cultural Abyss, Wisconsin has never met a RoboCop before, casting one can open a closed mind or two. But every RoboCop on TV is the same: stiff and emotionally distant, no nonsense, and hard working. Like Standard RoboCop Operating System 8.1, these stereotypes are obsolete, and like Standard RoboCop Operating System 6.5, these stereotypes are dangerous.

Not all RoboCops know each other. In fact, being a RoboCop in the persecutory slog of America can be isolating and alienating. Contrary to what the movies will tell you, RoboCops are just as empathetic and sensitive as any of us. Just because a RoboCop cant cry doesnt mean he or she or THEY wouldnt LIKE to cry.

And lets get this out of the way: not all RoboCops are police officers. Thats a myth perpetuated by American ignorance. The festering bigotry of contemporary cinema and television always introduces a RoboCop character as being an officer of the law. Where are the RoboCop bakers? The RoboCop mailmen? My RoboCop son lays awake every night, crying, telling me he doesnt want to be a police officer. But flip on the television and what do you see? Another RoboCop making an arrest, driving a squad car, and twirling his gun!

We almost got a RoboCop produced, RoboCop written, RoboCop performed TV show in 2009, but slimy meddling executives got their hands on the show and butchered it beyond recognition. In September of that year, Modern Family premiered on ABC, and the last shred of what had been, a RoboCop butler, was cut from the show after negative audience reactions in the first season.

This is a call to action as a community to defeat the leviathan of contempt and push for more RoboCops on the big screen. Theyre people and deserve to have their voices to be heard. They matter and they are important and we cannot silence them as we would the common Irish.

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23:53

Indian Supreme Court Asks Government to Regulate Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The petition claimed that the digital currency can be utilized in executing untraceable transactions across borders, making it an attractive tool for tax evaders and ransomware attackers.

23:45

Daily Bible Verse "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

23:44

Interactive Sonic Youth timeline, curated by the band members themselves "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


 
Sonic Youth have, for reasons so thoroughly well-publicized they hardly merit rehashing here, been very, very quiet since their 2011 split, though its individual members have continued to keep prolific release schedules in various bands. But the ongoing lack of an extant Sonic Youth does nothing to change the fact that 2018 is coming, and...

23:39

Fujitsu Launches Inter-Blockchain Payment System "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The payment system intends to provide a means for different cryptocurrency networks to interoperate with each other.

23:38

Universa rates as Stable+ "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Well-known specialized portal icorating.com has prepared a comprehensive analysis of Universa token sale with a detailed study of its technical features, project team and future perspectives. As has been mentioned before that the rating Stable+ means Universa is strong enough for people to trust it: We recommend participating in the Universa ICO to long-term investors. Tokens will gradually grow in price during the crowdsale, says the expert.

In the first place, the Universa authors note its advantages above other blockchain projects. Unlike many crypto start-ups based on the existing protocols, Universa team focuses on developing their own, fundamentally different blockchain, which could easily work with any other protocol only using important data and connecting it within the developed protocol framework. Universa offers personal smart contracts for performing various types of operations for any type of business. All records on the blockchain will be decentralized, and operations can be performed asynchronously. There will also be no miming. All these is achieved through the DAG technology.

No mining implies that Universa is a currency-free protocol. UTN token has been created in order to pay commissions to the nodes. The Universa blockchain protocol is based on smart contract similar to the one of Ethereum. Along with the possibility to connect with other smart contracts, thus creating tree structure operations, Universa smart contracts can be stored offline until the data is transferred to the network. Universa describes itself as a project offering a crypto-protocol for the common use, able to compete with the most influential cryptocurrencies. The founders of Universa see it as an innovative platform for multi-protocol smart-contracts.

For the project successful development, it will be enough to raise a smaller amount of funds as compared to the stated hardcap of $ 99 million. In fact, the already collected sum of $ 10 million is sufficient for Universa to achieve its plans. This minimum amount is reflected in the detailed budget plan, and allows the team to implement all basic functionality. In conclusion, the rating agency suggested once again that the announced functionality of Universa blockchain protocol will be in demand in the near future, so the project seems to be gaining ground rather quickly.

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23:36

Video: Thousands of illegally caught African gray parrots being rehabilitated "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Thousands of African gray parrots (Psittacus erithacus), seized from traffickers in Republic of the Congo by rangers, are being treated at a rescue centre built specially for the rehabilitation of these birds, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced Tuesday. The group released a video showing footage of some of the rescued birds at the facility built by WCS. The confiscated parrots were most likely being moved to Democratic Republic of the Congo, WCS said, from where the birds would be smuggled to markets in Europe and the Middle East. African gray parrots are extremely talented mimics. They are also one of the worlds most trafficked birds. Trapped illegally from the wild for the international pet trade, the bird has suffered catastrophic decline across its range. Close to 99 percent of African gray parrots have been wiped out from Ghanas forests since 1992, for instance, a 2015 study found. These birds are also being stolen from forests across the Republic of the Congo, conservationists say. Traffickers are vacuuming up African gray parrots from Africas forests, Emma Stokes, WCS Regional Director for Central Africa, said in a statement. This heartbreaking footage should serve as a wake-up call to any prospective buyers of parrots to avoid them unless they come from a highly reputable dealer and you are absolutely certain they were bred in captivity and not taken from the wild. African gray parrot. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher / WCS. Trapping the hyper-social African gray parrots in the wild is not hard. Collectors

Government revokes 406 mining permits in Indonesias East Kalimantan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

SAMARINDA, Indonesia  Officials in Indonesias coal-rich province of East Kalimantan have announced the revocation of more than 400 mining permits, as part of ongoing efforts to clean up the industry. A total of 406 mining business licenses, or IUPs, out of the 1,404 issued in East Kalimantan, in the Indonesian portion of Borneo, have been withdrawn by the provincial mining board. All but 12 of those revoked were deemed not clean and clear, meaning the companies failed to meet all legal requirements, including registration to pay taxes, land rent and other royalties. Another 403 permits will be revoked in the future, bringing the total to 809, said Rusmadi, the East Kalimantan government official leading a team tasked with review mining permits in the province. The move is a part of a nationwide effort to stamp out irregularities in the countrys mining industry, which has long been plagued by corruption, legal violations, and environmental and social damage. At the national level, these efforts are led by Indonesias anti-graft agency, the KPK, which in 2014 launched an investigation into the mining industry by examining the legality of permits issued in 12 provinces. The investigation revealed that 40 percent of the nearly 11,000 licenses issued in these provinces were not clean and clear. East Kalimantan, Indonesias coal-mining heartland, with an estimated 28 percent of the countrys reserves of the fossil fuel, is one of the provinces under scrutiny investigation. More than half of the provinces total land area has been allocated for mining

23:35

New Highs in Sight? Bitcoin Moves Back Above $7,500 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin is showing no signs of stopping its recent upwards surge. As prices climb once again, are new highs on the horizon?

23:32

75 Percent of Reishi Supplements Don't Actually Contain Reishi Mushroom "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Only a quarter of 19 supplement products labeled as Reishi mushroom purchased in the U.S. could be verified as genuine Reishi mushroom, says a new study that highlights quality issues in the category.

23:26

Prime-Ex Perpetual ICO Goes Live on November 15th "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Blockchain-based real estate platform Prime-Ex Perpetual is going to launch the token sale of its institutionalized tokens on November 15th, 2017.

PEX-Tokens will be available to be purchased from Prime-Ex Perpetuals official website at the rate of $1.00 USD-equivalent per unit. Prime-Ex Perpetual has already sold over 3 million PEX-Tokens in a pre-ICO round. It started on November 1, 2017, and ended on November 8, 2017.  Prime-Ex Perpetual has secured its minimum targets of the campaign.

With a successful pre-ICO round behind, the next ICO round could be even more successful. In it, Prime-Ex Perpetual will issue a total of roughly 22 million PEX-Tokens for public sale.  This is a terrific opportunity to purchase PEX-Tokens ahead of its distribution to the DEX Exchange near the beginning of December.

The raised funds are building residential real estate in Panama that will prove to be the backbone of Prime-Ex Perpetuals ecosystem in the future. To those who are unaware of this ecosystem, it is a tokenized system that allows expats to purchase residential properties with simple financing and mortgage payment options. Here, PEX-Tokens will prove to be this economys centerpiece, allowing easy and quick payment settlements, while incentivizing homebuyers at the same time.

For holders, PEX-Tokens will also prove to be an investment option as they will keep earning 80% of the companys audited net profit every year.

Prime-Ex Perpetuals CEO, John Gilbert, stated:

Crossing over the 2,500,000 PEX-Token thresholds for token sales was a major achievement for us. We are eager to get out there and begin building the homes today that will be the backbone of our ecosystem tomorrow. Prime-Ex Perpetual will now start implementing its unique residential real estate ecosystem and breaking ground on the first houses in Panama.

You may learn more about Prime-Ex Perpetual at https://prime-ex.com and participate in their ICO at https://ico.prime-ex.com.

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23:25

David Drake Joins Play2Live Advisory Board with Founder & CEO of the Worlds Largest eSports Portal GosuGamers Victor Martyn "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Play2Live, a blockchain-based streaming platform for gamers and eSports fans has announced the joining of David Drake the Chairman at LDJ Capital and Victor Martyn the CEO at GosuGamers to its advisory board. With an upcoming token pre-sale that is scheduled to take place December 5th to 19th, Victor and David will give counsel on business development, marketing, and investor relations.

A Managing Partner at LDJ LP Fund Investments, a multi-family office; Victoria Partners, a 300 family office network based in London; LDJ Real Estate Group and Drake Hospitality Group; and The Soho Loft Media Group with divisions Victoria Global Communications, Times Impact Publications, and The Soho Loft Conferences. David Drake has acted as GP & LP investors with his partners in fund-of-funds, realty funds, venture capital funds & hedge funds whose investments currently have 50+ global directors that maintain relations with institutions & family offices with $1.5 trillion in assets. As an advocate of innovative investing in early-stage equity, he has been involved in TMT (technology, media, telecoms), realty, hospitality, clean tech, energy and social impact investments for more than 20 years.

I am delighted to join Play2Live as a strategic advisor. The eSports market is valued at $700M for 2017 and is growing rapidly. The use of blockchain technologies in a streaming platform with interactive features and multiple monetizing tools makes it one of the innovative and promising projects in the space right now. Play2live has the leadership and innovation I seek in investments and I look forward helping to shape the milestones to come, says David Drake, Partner at LDJ Capital.

As a veteran of the eSports industry, Victor Martyn is a pioneer of the genre with unique experience in one of the fastest-growing industries on the planet. His professional playing career began in 1999 when he became the star player on the first ever properly sponsored eSports team in the history of the sport. Having reached the pinnacle of eSports, he became the largest single shareholder of Melita Gaming Group. As a result, he boasts 13 years in the iGambling industry, and the experience and knowledge that comes with such prolonged success. Today Victor works with some of the biggest companies in the industry as owner and CEO at GosuGamers, the largest eSports media outlet in the world, which reaches a global audience of around 25M eSports enthusiasts a year.

I am pleased to join the Play2Live advisory board and take part in the companys development, said Victor. A proper use of blockchain technology opens up some interesting possibilities.

Alexey Burdyko, the founder and CEO at Play2Live, said The company is extremely pleased to bring the industrys most trusted and respected experts on board as Advisor. I truly believe in success of this project and with our...

23:17

Something Strange Is Happening to Our Dreams "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Editor's Note: Melissa, the topic of shared dreams is discussed in the book, "The Synchronicity Key: The Hidden Intelligence Guiding the Universe and You," I highly-recommend you read it. http://debunkingdeath.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-synchronicity-key-hidden.html



Something Strange Is Happening to Our Dreams

23:13

Why Are Some Similar Sheds So Different In Price "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

This is a guest post from Whatshed When looking for a shed, you may be amazed at the huge difference in prices that there are. We have joined forces once again with Jason at WhatShed and he is going to share with you why sheds that are the same price can differ so much in...

The post Why Are Some Similar Sheds So Different In Price appeared first on shedblog.co.uk.

23:06

Economic Growth Fueled By Continued Massive Immigration Equals Certain Eventual Disaster "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Even religious leaders see economic and political benefit from the prospect of continued growth as good for their own tribal interests.

23:06

Why Millions Of Families Have Spent 30 Years With Adventures In Odyssey "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

When Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Colorado Springs this summer to speak at Focus on the Family, the staff and their families packed out the chapel auditorium. The former Indiana congressman referred to current political battles, including health care reform. But one anecdote, which got knowing glances and laughs from the Focus crowd, made little sense to reporters in attendance.

Every time we took the 600-mile drive from Washington, D.C. back to Indiana, I can promise you we spent an awful lot of time with Connie, Eugene and Whit at Whits End, said Pence. The adventures in Odyssey were our adventures. And I remember so often the kids saying, Put in another tape.

Pence was referring to the characters of Adventures in Odyssey, an audio drama that has gone from cassette tapes to its own mobile app and a podcast climbing iTunes charts. This month, the values-driven show marks 30 years since it premiered.

Whether due to a dearth of family-friendly entertainment, 80s nostalgia, or the surprisingly broad reach of radio, millions are tuned in to Adventures in Odyssey. Seeking to entertain as well as teach, the audio drama has become todays most influential faith-based kids entertainment franchise. As such, its also a flashpoint for the clash of values playing out in the culture at large.

How the Adventures in Odyssey Began

Focus on the Family came into being in 1977 as a radio show hosted by University of Southern California child psychologist James Dobson, Ph.D. His half-hour program dispensed marriage and parenting advice while interviewing a variety of expert guests, often addressing how to handle life crises in light of Christian principles. The non-profit ministry soon became a touch point for the diverse evangelical community.

Challenged by a guest minister on-air to light a candle rather than curse the darkness, Dobson saw his teams strengths in reaching a mass audience with top-notch radio. Could they produce a dramatic, half-hour audio show geared to kids?

We werent entirely convinced it was going to work, says Paul McCusker, a writer and producer for Adventures in Odyssey since its inception. At the time Odyssey started, we were dealing with the MTV generation, he recalls. We knew we were up against a visual reality and our medium could work against us.

Yet Dobson had established a built-in audience of families who connected with his conservative values. Religious radio stations were also on the rise, partly thanks to the Christian musi...

23:01

Sanity arrives? Owen Jones in todays Guardian. "IndyWatch Feed Education"

At last!   Sanity emerges on the British Left !! Now that socialism is re-emerging as a political force that can no longer be ignored or ridiculed, the struggle for more time for leisure, family and relaxation should be linked to broader fights. Increased public ownership of the economy should be structured to create more worker []

23:00

Kik Might Just Move Its ICO Tokens to a New Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A high-profile ICO project is re-evaluating whether it will stick with the ethereum network or shift to a more scalable and lower-cost solution.

23:00

The First Lumens ATM is Introduced in Singapore During the Fintech Festival "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Cryptocurrency ATMs are a vital part of the ecosystem right now. these machines allow people to conveniently purchase Bitcoin and select altcoins. It now appears there is at least one ATM which also supports Stellar Lumens. Until now, there was no indication XLM support would be integrated by any companies. Most of the details are still secret, but the machine seemingly works just fine.

It is good to see more currencies getting ATM support these days. More specifically, a lot of companies focus on Bitcoin and a few different altcoins. Stellar Lumens are not on that list so far. That doesnt prevent the team from showcasing their XLM ATM at the Singapore Fintech Festival, though. Opening a new fiat gateway for XLM is a big step forward.All cryptocurrencies need more liquidity, especially in the world of fiat currencies.

The First Stellar Lumens ATM is Born

In a way, Stellar got a big leg up over Ripple in this regard. Whereas most speculators bought some XRP this year, they largely ignored XLM. It now seems obtaining Lumens will be a lot easier in this regard. Although this machine may not necessarily become accessible by the public, it sets an interesting precedent.  How all of this will play out after the festival, remains to be determined, though.

Most of the specifics of this Lumens ATM have yet to be worked out. We dont know who built it or how it works exactly. It may be a two-way machine, for all we know. Nor is there any indication as to when and how many of these machines will come to......

23:00

An Interactive Map of Every Record Shop in the World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Arriving in a new city usually means finding the nearest decent grocery, pharmacy, coffee shop, bookstore, laundry, etc. And before nearly every musical whim could be satisfied with a few clicks, it also meant for many people finding the nearest record store. Even the local strip mall chain might hold a surprise or two. But the true finds appeared among the small proprietors, merchandisers of dusty LPs in wooden bins and keepers of local music scene lore. Entering a well-curated music shop can feel like walking into a medieval apothecary. Whatever ails you, youre sure to find a remedy here. If it doesnt work, there remains a certain magic in the transaction. We continue to believe in music even when it lets us down.

But have we lost faith in the record shop? I hope not. Online streaming and buying has the regrettable effect of flattening everything into the same two dimensions without the aura of physical media and the musical paraphernalia we find in real life stores. Should you be among the unlucky who lack a local music store, fear not.




You can recover the romance by traveling to any one of the thousands of shops worldwide that are catalogued and mapped on VinylHub, a crowd-sourced endeavor, Ron Kretsch writes at Dangerous Minds, "to create an interactive map of every brick-and-mortar record store on Earth, a perfect resource for the world-traveling vinyl obsessive.

Brought to us by masterminds behind Discogs and their similar spin-off online catalogs for books, movies, etc., this project might get us out of our chairsmaybe even out the countryand into new places to dig through the crates. But even if were not inclined to leave the house, VinylHub offers a wealth of fascinating information. The single city with the large...

23:00

Recommended: Omri Ziegele Wheres Africa Going South "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

  Going South has got plenty of groove, but this isnt a dance album, per se.  Because the newest from Omri Ziegele Wheres Africa trio has got a soft touch of introspection and a strong dose of volatility to accompany its predominately joyful sound.  Afreaka threatens to come apart at the seams, and the cadence []

23:00

10 Tips for Buying a Sofa Online "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

This post is written in partnership with Lamps Plus. All opinions are my own.

We recently got a new sofa from an unexpected source...Lamps Plus! And we bought it online without ever sitting in it. Do you think we're crazy??? I admit, I was definitely nervous to get such a major piece of furniture without seeing it in person first...but it turned out perfect, and we have no regrets. Being willing to shop online really opens up your options, especially if you live in a smaller city (Spokane doesn't have many of the national furniture chains). Plus, there are so many online-only furniture companies these days, it's definitely worth looking into them. But I know it can be nerve-wracking to get something that expensive online, so I wanted to share my best tips for success!

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1. Sit in other sofas. We've been thinking about getting a new sofa for years, so every time we go to a store that sells furniture, we sit in a few and see what feels comfortable. Before we even started looking online, we already knew our ideal style (English roll arm) and ideal dimensions (at least 85" wide and 40" deep). If you're looking at a sofa online, go to a furniture store in your city that has comparable pieces, and sit in some sofas that are similar in style and have similar dimensions. Even if they're not the exact same as the one you're considering, it should help you get an idea of whether that depth feels good, whether those arm rests are a good height, etc.

2. Compare the details to brands you know. Besides comparing measurements, you can also compare other product details to brands you're familiar with. Our old sofa was from Pottery Barn, so we literally went through and compared the bullet points for our old sofa and the new one we were considering. Is the frame hardwood? What are the cushions filled with? These details will help you compare the quality across brands, to see whether you're really getting a good deal or just a lesser-quality sofa. For the record, the Lamps Plus sofa we got held up in comparison very well--it has a kiln-dried hardwood frame, hand-tied 8-way heavy gauge steel springs, and a blend of polyester and feather filled back cushions that are channel-sewn for durability.

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23:00

Russia strongly criticises Corbyns future acceptance speech "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

How can a man set to increase his majority in Islington North by 4242 votes including 789 proxies think we care about British so-called-free elections? said a Kremlin spokesman. Mr Corbyn should concentrate on what he does best; whistling the Internationale every time he poos, and reading the Daily Express in the cupboard under the stairs where he thinks no-one can see him.

The Kremlin also denied all knowledge of the surprise Belgian Christmas number one (a military march from St Petersburg), the winning ticket of the Sutton Grammar School Christmas Raffle (belongs to one V Putin), and the Great British Bake Off 2018 announcement (to be won by someone called Natasha who only speaks Russian, wears a wig and cites bare-chested horse riding as her hobby).

The draft speech, kept under Mr Corbyns bed in a red Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin, is thought to contain the phrase at least we won fair and square, not like Donald Trump.  Its ridiculous to suggest we mess with everything, said the spokesman, you Brits are quite capable of screwing things up yourselves.  Besides, Agent Leith works for the Americans since she swapped sides.

23:00

Research Finds Popular Coffee Maker That is FULL of Bacteria & Mold "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Attention coffee drinkers: your Keurig coffee machine might be making you sick.

Local CBS news affiliates have reported that Keurig machines are often a disgusting bacteria breeding ground.

According to recent tests performed by CBS stations in Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Chicago, Keurig coffee machines came back with findings of E. coli, staphylococcus, streptococcus and pseudomonas aeruginosa and other bacteria festering inside.

The news outlets swabbed various parts of 29 Keurig coffee makers and sent samples to a lab to be analyzed. More than half of the machines came back with bacteria counts in the millions, according to CBS Pittsburgh.


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22:47

Blockchain Wallet Will Add SegWit, Full Bitcoin Cash Support By 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

SegWit transactions are coming to Blockchain Wallet, but not before full Bitcoin Cash support next month.

22:47

That Greggs sausage roll Advent calendar our favourite 13 responses "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

You may have seen by now the minor kerfuffle caused by Greggs after everyones favourite high street bakery chain swapped the baby Jesus for a sausage roll in its spoof Advent calendar this year.

What were they doing opening door number 19 anyway? Theyre a month early!

Heres 13 of our favourite responses online.

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22:41

Dakota Access Pipeline Company Paid Mercenaries to Build Conspiracy Lawsuit Against Environmentalists "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from The Intercept

The private security firm TigerSwan, hired by Energy Transfer Partners to protect the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, was paid to gather information for what would become a sprawling conspiracy lawsuit accusing environmentalist groups of inciting the anti-pipeline protests in an effort to increase donations, three former TigerSwan contractors told The Intercept.

For months, a conference room wall at TigerSwans Apex, North Carolina, headquarters was covered with a web-like map of funding nodes the firm believed it had uncovered linking billionaire backers to nonprofit organizations to pipeline opponents protesting at Standing Rock. It was a showpiece for board members and ETP executives, according to a former TigerSwan contractor part of a project that had little to do with the pipelines physical security.

In August, the law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, Donald Trumps personal attorney for more than a decade, filed a 187-page racketeering complaint against Greenpeace, Earth First, and the divestment group BankTrack in the U.S. District Court of North Dakota, seeking $300 million in damages on behalf of Energy Transfer Partners. The NoDAPL movement, the suit claims, was driven by a network of putative not-for-profits and rogue eco-terrorist groups who employ patterns of criminal activity and campaigns of misinformation to target legitimate companies and industries with fabricated environmental claims.

It was as if the entire campaign came in a box. And of course it did, the suit alleges. Its objective was not to protect the environment or...

22:32

I Released 2,000 Minks From a Fur Farm. Now Im a Convicted Terrorist "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Kevin Johnson / The Guardian

People usually laugh when I tell them I am a convicted terrorist.

I try not to open with that it seems a little bit forward. First, I explain how my friend Tyler and I entered a fur farm in the dead of night. I describe the unspeakable suffering we found there. I tell people how Tyler and I opened every single cage and released 2,000 mink to save their lives. And once they have the context, I segue into the terrorism thing.

Now that I have been out of prison for more than a year, I can be a bit more lighthearted about it. But the seventh circuit court of appeals doesnt see the humor.

Last Wednesday, the court upheld the constitutionality of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, the federal statute that put me away for three years and that my lawyers at the Center for Constitutional Rights have been trying to challenge for nearly a decade.

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act is a piece of designer legislation written and paid for by the agriculture and pharmaceutical industries. It federalizes non-violent property crime and punishes it as terrorism but only when the perpetrators are motivated by the belief that animals deserve to live free from violence.

The court explicitly stated that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act did not apply to four Fresno, California, teenagers who sneaked into a Foster Farms facility and bludgeoned 900 chickens to death with a golf club because they killed the chickens for no reason.

Put succinctly, I am a terrorist not because of what I did, but because the government dislikes why I did it.

I remember organizing my first protest, outside of the circus, in 2005. I was 19 years old. My friend and I argued with the police about whether our group could stand on a courtyard by the Staples Center and whether we could use megaphones. We asserted our rights, and we were successful.

That same year,...

22:07

These Numbers just showed up A Couple of 101s "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

So I dont know exactly what this is about, but the numbers seemed significant. Yes, a couple of 101s, but then theres 0101, and 1010, like theyre mirror images.

So all Im saying is, there may (or may not) be something about this. We shall see!

Aloha, Kp


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22:03

Psychologys Power Tools "IndyWatch Feed Health"

In this piece for Aeon, David A. Sbarra discusses the philosophy and science behind cognitive behavioral therapy and explains why it is so effective.

Importantly, emotions communicate information, prepare us for action, and have incredible survival value. Without a signalling system to warn us about potential threats in the natural world that is, without emotions to provide information humans and other animals would be toast. Quite often, our emotions become disordered when they are out of proportion to the demands of a given situation. Just think of someone who has a panic attack at the idea of being at Costco on a Saturday; it can be overwhelming for anyone, but it is not an emergency that should elicit an immediate and overwhelming fear response. Given the importance of emotions to our survival and the myriad ways in which they can become disordered, the goal of most psychotherapies is to recalibrate our emotional response system.

Over the course of my career, I have worked with many clients who just wanted to figure out how to eliminate every single one of their emotional reactions. Doc, if you had a pill that would stop me from feeling, Id take it in a heartbeat. Theres a simple and poignant response for such statements: if we eliminated the experience of physical pain, wed burn our hands off on a hot stove by dinnertime. The same goes for our emotions. Our goal should never be to eliminate our emotions, but rather to regulate or coexist with them better.

22:02

Raped by Carl Jung, Then Murdered by Nazis "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From Tablet Magazine: Angela Sells new book Sabina Spielrein: The Woman and the Myth describes the work and life of a pioneering psychoanalyst who challenged her contemporaries conventional ideas about women and female sexuality. As a Jewish woman and former mental patient, Spielrein faced marginalization in the psychoanlaytic world and the broader society; her work was stolen and erased by the Great Men of Psychoanalysis, and she was eventually murdered by the Nazis.

It is unbearable that Spielreins work was taken and used without crediting her; that her character was defamed by the Great Men who used her ideas without crediting her; and that she was unable to earn a living in Austria and in Switzerland because she was a woman; unable to continue her groundbreaking work in Moscow because she was a Jew; and was, eventually, in 1942, murdered by the Nazis.

In a heroic act of resistance against memoricide, Sells has begun Spielreins long-overdue resurrection. Angela Sells book is a major, perhaps a definitive, feminist contribution to the literature. Someone should make a movie about the real Sabina Spielrein.

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22:01

The Issue of Over-Diagnosing in Psychiatry "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From The Concordian: On October 30th, Dr. Joel Paris, a professor of psychiatry at McGill University, gave a lecture about the dangers and consequences of psychiatric over-diagnosis, an issue he says is pervasive today.

According to Paris, about 11 per cent of Canadians are currently on antidepressants. He said this number demonstrates that antidepressants are being over-prescribed, which is a consequence of over-diagnosis. People in my field are handing out prescriptions like its nobodys business when it comes to antidepressants, and antipsychotics too, he said.

According to Paris, over-diagnosis and over-prescribing in psychology and psychiatry has affected the way society views diagnoses of mental illness. He called it a diagnostic epidemic. As he explained, the problem lies in people discussing symptoms as if they were professionally-made diagnoses. The media picks this up and feeds these epidemics. People talk about these things, even socialize it, Paris said. The fact that it is common for people to declare, I think I have ADHD or my father is bipolar without a diagnosis exemplifies this, he added.

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22:00

Revain Announces Release of the First Test Version of the Platform "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Impartiality of opinions available on the platform is achieved by the fact that only well-reasoned reviews will be stored. This is achieved by deploying blockchain and IBM Watson AI. Upon completion of testing period and launching the platform at its full capacity, a review hash will be getting stored in blockchain, which stands for its inalterability and no chance of making changes or deletion.

The platform is appealing for both startups that already did ICO, ITO or crowdsale and different user segments. These include crypto-analysts, token holders and potential token buyers. New businesses that went through the ICO will be getting valuable feedback gathered in one place. This resolves the issue of biased coverage as normally the projects website or its social media channels are basically the only source of information for public, while valuable feedback from real users is scattered around on numerous websites, which makes accumulating data and analyzing it pretty challenging.

Crypto-analysts will benefit from being featured on the platform by making analysis of the project, thus getting exposure in crypto-world. Professional analytical ratings will provide users with opportunity to choose the most relevant information. Token holders and platform users will be able to assess a startup project by many criteria, such as: the team, the progress, communication with community, correlation between declared goals and factual achievements. The users will also have the like and dislike buttons to rate the review either as valuable and informative or useless.

Revain team will be gathering user feedback and comments at: feedback@revain.org

Links

Website: https://revain.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/revain.org
Twitter: @revain_org
Medium: https://medium.com/revain

 

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22:00

Effects of Racism on Depression in Black College Women "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Buffie Longmire-Avital, Associate Professor of Psychology at Elon University, and alumna Ruthie Robinson, investigate the rates of depression in Black and White collegiate women. The results of their study, recently published in the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, demonstrate that Black women experience more perceived stress and are more likely to endorse depressive symptoms than White peers. The authors highlight the impact of racism and minority stress on Black collegiate womens psychological well-being.

Where one in five White females in the current sample met criteria for MDD [Major Depressive Disorder], an alarming one in two Black females met criteria for MDD. Given that race is a social construction with no biological merit, this finding calls attention to the contextual sociological factors that are contributing to the development of the disease instead of the individual biological causes, write the researchers.

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The researchers report, Depression is closely linked to the level of stress than an individual perceives and experiences in their daily life. Chronic stress, such as racial minority stress, can lead to physical and mental health problems.

The authors cite a study on low-income women finding various intersecting systems of oppression contribute to depressive symptomatology; specifically the womens experience with sexual objectification, racist events, and gender-racism. Research suggests that Black women are more likely to meet...

22:00

Moldova Eyes Blockchain IDs to Help Curb Child Trafficking "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Moldova is considering teaming with a U.N. blockchain identity project to help combat child trafficking in the country, according to a report.

22:00

Injustice 2 DLC Finally Lets You Punch Zack Snyder "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

CHICAGO Netherrealm Studios announced director Zack Snyder as a new playable character for the hit DC Comics fighting game Injustice 2 to coincide with the release of Justice League, finally allowing fans to use their favorite fans to pummel the man responsible for the trainwreck that is the DC Extended Universe.

For $5.99, the DLC bundle includes Zack Snyder, who has no offensive moves and who alternates between whimpering, apologizing and saying I deserve this for making Batman brand people when hit.

The character has a variety of alternate skins like Director of Batman v Superman Snyder, Director of Sucker Punch Snyder and Joss Whedon.

Read More From Hard Drive, The Only Ethical Gaming Journalism Site on The Internet:

Detractors, however, are upset about the inclusion, stating they wish the DLC packs included more traditional characters, instead of a blatant appeal to the current DC films.

I understand DC wants to take care of the movie fans by including their favorite cinematic villains, said Jason Kraushaar. But what about the old villains from the comics like Scott Lobdell, Brian Michael Bendis or latter-day Frank Miller?

DC has a rich history of creators I would like to repeatedly punch in the face and I wish the games tapped into that more, Kraushaar added as he slid returned hand-written death threats into the sleeves of various comic books he collected.

Snyders super move is reported to be a filter of darkness that covers the otherwise-colorful DC universe so nobody can really tell what the fuck is happening anymore. Other...

22:00

Learning About Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By: Professor Peter C. Gtzsche, the Nordic Cochrane Centre; Pharmacist Birgit Toft; Pharmacist Bertel Rdinger; Child and adolescent psychiatrist Lisbeth Kortegaard; Psychologist Olga Runciman; and Psychologist Anders Srensen

We held the first course ever on psychiatric drug withdrawal on 12 June 2017 in Copenhagen. The course was open to patients, relatives, psychologists, doctors and other social and healthcare workers, and 77 people participated.

Our practical guides, an abstinence chart, a list of doctors and others willing to help with tapering, and the lectures (with English subtitles) are available from the front page of www.deadlymedicines.dk.

In October 2016, two of us were involved in co-founding the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal in Gteborg, Sweden, and this institute has also just finished its first course. At the Nordic Cochrane Centre, we do research on drug withdrawal, and everyone with an interest in this is most welcome.

Withdrawal courses are badly needed. About 5% of the inhabitants in Western countries have become dependent on psychiatric drugs and have difficulty getting help with tapering off them. Very few doctors know how to do it properly and the official recommendations are poor, e.g. to halve the dose when withdrawing from depression pills,1 which is much too fast.2 3 One can reduce withdrawal symptoms by reducing the dose by only 10 percentage points at a time, from 100% to 90%, and after another 2-4 weeks, to 80% of the usual dose, etc., perhaps with even smaller steps when the dose has been reduced to about 30%.

Often, the most difficult step is to go from a low dose to nothing, which to a considerable extent is a psychological barrier. The patient has often built their identity around a diagnosis with accompanying pill intake, and half of patients or more have been told that their mental disorder is due to a chemical imbalance in the brain. This is a myth, but it has the unfortunate effect that some patients are scared of becoming drug-free because they think they are chemically defective and that the drugs fix this.

Several patients had experienced being unable to get help with tapering, or psychiatrists dismissing them when they had tapered off the drugs on their own, but still wanted to stay in contact with psychiatry...

22:00

How Prepared Are 20-30 Somethings? "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Following a widespread power outage resulting from a wind storm that ripped through western Washington, several news reports read as follows: A lot of people ventured out from their own dark apartments in search of food only to find that so many of the local restaurants were closed too. Gone were the neon lights as blocks and blocks of Capitol Hill clubs and eateries lost power during the storm. One shop still had power, and the manager said hungry customers had been pouring in all night. I moved into a new unit and just realized my oven doesnt work, I

The post How Prepared Are 20-30 Somethings? appeared first on Modern Survival Blog.

22:00

Fleece Sword Tutorial "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Fancy meeting you here Lol ok, I know I have not been around these parts much. Partly because life has drawn me elsewhere, partly because I was having a bit of a sewing lull and needed some time away, and partly because the things I am sewing are handmade gifts for people I love []

The post Fleece Sword Tutorial appeared first on The Sewing Rabbit.

21:59

With Backing from the Biggest Poker Names, CoinPoker Launches Pre-ICO "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Coinpoker is going to be returning 15% of the tokens collected during the entire ICO to their community via its first tournaments. Factoring in the total maximum amount of CHP tokens that are going to be distributed (500 million), there is clearly potential for the prizepools to surpass seven figures in added value, which is unprecedented in the online poker world.

In order to make their Pre-ICO more accessible, CoinPoker has opted to allow acquiring tokens via SpectroCoin exchange and wallet platform. SpectroCoin has a very successful practice of doing in-platform pre-ICOs and allowing people to get tokens by using different cryptocurrencies or even regular currencies, said Warren Lush of CoinPoker, It will allow poker players to purchase tokens even if they are new to cryptocurrencies, or if they are already using BitCoin, Nem, Dash, and others.

After the Pre-ICO has finished on the 1st December, the remainder of the ICO will be carried out with the help of smart contracts and will only be available for acquisition using Ethereum. However, the users will then be able to use any e-wallet.

Backed by legendary poker player and celebrity Tony G Antanas Guoga as well as influential poker brands such as PokerNews, PokerTube, and High Stakes Database, this project is garnering a substantial amount of attention in the online poker community.

Poker is my passion. I love this game. But online poker is sick & some things need 2 be changed there. Blockchain & crypto currencies could make poker trustworthy again. Thats why I am backing http://www.coinpoker.com . Tony G said on his Twitter account. The poker player turned politician confirmed that he might consider leaving politics because of this project.

In contrast with the majority of ICOs, CoinPoker is already offering a MVP (Minimum Viable Product) on their website. They have launched a play-money application that is available for download for anyone who is interested.

CoinPoker is aiming to solve current online poker problems, namely transaction speed, payment issues and transparency in game logic.

By putting their RNG (Random Number Generator) on blockchains, using their own in-game currency CHP, and implementing an extensive fairplay security & fraud system, the project aims to offer fair play and global accessibility.

CoinPoker pre-ICO will finish on the 1st December latest, and the remainder of their ICO will be carried out in the first quarter of 2018. More detailed information on this project is available on their website at www.CoinPoker.com, with a public access to their...

21:41

freeCodeCamp - Medium "IndyWatch Feed Education"

We didnt have any problems with image sharpness in the early years of the internet, because we didnt need to show websites on mobile devices.

Today we see a tremendous growth in mobile web surfing. So much so that, this year, it has even overtaken traffic on desktops.

Most clients try to create responsive interfaces for their websites so they are easily accessible from any kind of device. And it doesnt seem strange that many layout developers have started to use

img {
width: 100%;
height: auto;
}

for their images. So they seamlessly work across any browser window resolution, scaling to the available space.

Conceptually, everything looks good. Designers create nice big images, and developers use those images for every device. In some cases, developers create multiple versions of the same image, so a smaller image is downloaded for mobile screens, and a bigger image for desktops.

Unfortunately, Chrome doesnt want to resize images in the way that good image editors do. Instead, it out-puts the image with not the same, or similar, sharpness as the initial image.

The main reason for this may be performance. When a webpage has many images, and the device processor is not highly productive, additional image processing could lead to bigger lags in page rendering, so Chrome omit this process as not being crucial for end users.

I will show you some examples using Chrome browser, and then using other browsers. Here is an image, downsized to 1000 px in Photoshop:

The same image uploaded in original size and downscaled by the browser. Compare the sharpness of the dogs eyes.

Photoshop:

Browser:

Things get even worse when you add sharpness in Photoshop after downsizing. But photos are more forgiving in this case, as they typically dont have many sharp edges. Issues with any vector illustrations saved as .png images are much more noticeable. Frequent casewebsite logos.

Asanas logo, initial file:

Resized in Photoshop:

Rendered in browser:

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21:40

Bitcoin Price Watch; Heres Where We Are Looking To Get In Today "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The European session has just kicked off in the bitcoin price and its looking as though we are in for some considerable volatility moving forward today and ahead into the close of the week. From its corrective lows way back down around the $6000 level late last week, bitcoin has staged something of a miraculous recovery and currently trades above the $7500 mark across the major exchanges.

This gives us a strong bullish bias going forward with a longer-term target in and around previous highs circa $7900 apiece.

Before we look at those levels, however, we have a bit of intrarange action to navigate.

So, with that said, lets get some levels in place that we can use to do exactly that. As ever, take a quick look at the chart below before we get started so as to get an idea where things stand and where we are looking to jump in and out of the markets as and when things move during the session today. It is a one-minute candlestick chart and it has our range overlaid in green.

As the chart shows, the range were looking at for the session today comes in as defined by support to the downside at 7407 and resistance to the upside at 7538. We will initially look for a close above resistance to validate an upside entry towards a target of 7570. A stop loss on the trade somewhere in the region of 7525 will ensure we are taken out of the position if things turn against us.

Looking the other way, if we get a close below support, we will try and jump into a short trade towards a downside target of 7370. A stop loss on this one at 7420 looks like it should do the job from a risk management perspective.

Lets see how things play out.

Charts courtesy of Trading View

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21:21

21:08

Morgan Stanley CEO Plays Down Bitcoin Joining Bankers Choir "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Morgan Stanley CEO, James Gorman, who has previously credited Bitcoin as more than a fad, is not going as far as to be caught up in the hype.

21:03

Another School Shooting. Gun debate in 3, 2, 1....... "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Once again another shooting. Currently this latest shooting is still fluid but we do know that an elementary school was involved. Children have been shot. I always ask myself why, why would anyone hurt a child? Then I start reading. I see the calls for gun control before the bleeding has even stopped. Allegedly this guy was a know felon in California. We all know that Cali has strict gun laws, we know felons cannot own guns. That does not matter because children have been shot.

"The world...

Another School Shooting. Gun debate in 3, 2, 1.......

21:01

FULL ARTICLE Benjamin Fulford 11-13-17 Khazarian mob takedown: Hundreds of Saudi arrests followed by hundreds of U.S. arrests "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Full weekly report from Ben. Ben confirms what many have been reporting, that tonnes of events are happening, right now.

The great purge of Khazarian mobsters continues as hundreds of arrests of Saudi princes, generals, and politicians is now being followed up with the 842 sealed indictments against senior Khazarian gangsters in the U.S., confirmed by Pentagon, CIA, and other sources.

Pentagon sources sent the photos below showing Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator John Daesh McCain in custody wearing orthopedic boots to hide GPS ankle bracelet on their right leg. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been deliberately acting senile in public recently in order to have a medical excuse to avoid arrest, NSA sources say.

[at Las Vegas on October 1 (date of the mass shooting)]Trump and MBS [Muhammad Bin Sultan] were meeting in secret at the suites in the Mandalay Bay Hotel, owned by MBS, to discuss the mass arrest of the perpetrators of the 9/11 terror attacksBoth Trump and MBS were evacuated safely and the arrests have now begun in a way that can no longer be denied by the corporate propaganda media, multiple sources confirm.

the three world leaders (Trump, Putin, and Xi Jinping) met off the record. President Jokowi [of Indone...

21:00

Morgan Stanley CEO: Bitcoin Is 'By Definition Speculative' "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Morgan Stanley Chairman and CEO James Gorman has added to recent criticism of bitcoin in new comments.

21:00

Major Financial Platforms are Adopting Bitcoin, What Happens by 2018? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Some of the worlds largest financial platforms and exchanges that support a variety of investors have started to adopt bitcoin at a rapid pace, providing sufficient liquidity and infrastructure around bitcoin and its market.

Integration of Bitcoin by Major Financial Platforms

Earlier this week, CME, the global financial sectors leading options exchange, officially announced that its bitcoin futures exchange will be launched by the second week of December. Consequently, $95 billion hedge fund Man Group revealed its short-term plan to include bitcoin in its portfolio of assets.

Square, the $15 billion payments app, which is led by CEO Jack Dorsey, the founder and CEO of Twitter, also revealed that it has integrated bitcoin over the past week, allowing users to purchase and sell bitcoin through its mobile app.

Were always listening to our customers and weve found that they are interested in using the Cash App to buy Bitcoin. Were exploring how Square can make this experience faster and easier, and have rolled out this feature to a small number of Cash App customers. We believe cryptocurrency can greatly impact the ability of individuals to participate in the global financial system and were excited to learn more here, said a Square spokesperson.

As of current, Squares bitcoin feature operates similar to a bitcoin wallet and brokerage, which enables existing users to buy, sell, and store bitcoin. Users cannot make payments with bitcoin through the Square app and its network yet, but full integration of bitcoin is on the roadmap of Square.

In consideration of the Square apps 3 million active user base, Square will likely be able to penetrate into the bitcoin market at a rapid pace in the upcoming months, competing against existing wallet and brokerage service providers such as Coinbase.

Rapid Adoption of Bitcoin by Merchants

Squares integration of bitcoin and the companys enthusiasm towards bitcoin as a decentralized cryptocurrency is particularly optimistic for the long-term growth of bitcoin, given that the adoption of mainstream investors, payments applications, and financial service providers would ultimately lead to the adoption of merchants.

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21:00

Vitalik Buterin Apologizes for Controversial Bitcoin Cash Tweet "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

There has been a lot of commotion involving Bitcoin Cash as of late. Things got especially interesting when Vitalik Buterin suddenly started supporting this altcoin. More specifically, his tweet caused a fair amount of backlash. Publicly congratulating Ver and Wu on the success of BCH isnt out of the ordinary. Not even when this altcoin briefly surpassed Ethereum in market cap. However, others saw it as a flawed thought process. In the end, Buterin did the right thing and apologized for this strange comment.

Collaboration is key in the cryptocurrency world. No one will deny that is the case in this day and age. However, there is still a lot of bad blood between BTC and BCH supporters these days. Vitalik Buterin sparked the proverbial hornets nest by issuing some comments on this situation. He seemingly hinted at how the community is responsible for this fractured way of thinking in Bitcoin. That was not the case, as a few individuals have riled up some people to support their cause first and foremost.

Buterin Apologizes for Badly Timed Tweet

Moreover, Buterin suddenly found himself in this war between Bitcoin communities. Congratulating the BCH team on their success wasnt appreciated by real Bitcoin supporters. Especially not in the light of his recent other comments either. For all intents and purposes, these attacks by both communities shouldnt have been endorsed or supporter to begin with. Offering words of congratulations to either side in this regard is very dubious, to say the least.

In the end, Buterin explained he wanted to express happiness for an alternative Bitcoin solution. Competition is a good thing in cryptocurrency, even when it comes to Bitcoin. Not everyone has the same points of view, yet they still deserve a tool to work with. It is good to see this issue being put...

21:00

Home Office to phase out full-facial passport photos for gimps "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

The Home Office is to waive the rule which insists on a full-facial photograph where the applicant is a leather-clad sex slave habitually used to peering through a mask. The proposed moves follows pressure from the Liberal Democrats who claim it is necessary to avoid problems encountered by people who are chained to a leash 24/7 and are only able to breathe through a narrow opening.

Currently everybody with a passport must identify themselves as either male or female on the document.  But the Home Office has begun a consultation on changing the system to allow a category for the small minority of people who are unable to tick either box because they are only allowed out of a dungeon for short intervals.

The new ruling will insist only that the photos be in colour, against a plain background, and that the leather outfit and face-mask are the most recently worn. The leash must be fully visible at all times. Gimps and associated sex dwarves should also be facing forward, staring directly at camera through the narrow eye slots and must not be urinated on while the photograph is taken.

Although the lack of a golden shower may enrage some enthusiasts, it is thought essential to avoid problems such as lens flare.  Lib Dem Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone said This new approach to passport processing uses cutting-edge biometric iris recognition technology so we cannot overstate the need for gimps to keep their eyes wide open and face the camera no matter how much pain and degradation they are currently experiencing.

Youll still need to get Section 10 countersigned by your gimp-master or dominatrix who must confirm that you are fully resident within the UK and are in a consensual sub-dom relationship with them.

We hope these new guidelines will dispense with the requirement for gimps to remove their restrictive head gear when passing through immigration controls. Last night Nigel Farndon, a full-time gimp from Solihull, gave a guarded welcome to the ruling. Having to remove the leather mask at customs checks was an infringement of my fundamental human rights which I found extremely humiliating.  It was sheer ecstasy.

20:56

10 Books That Will Literally Blow Your Mind & Have You Reading Until The Last Page "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Reading is incredible. It sparks our imaginations, enhances our critical thinking skills, improves our vocabulary, exercises our brain, and much more.

While our love for reading in general will never die, it does seem that, these days, its popularity has waned significantly.

Many kids today, and plenty of adults too, cant seem to wrap their heads around sitting and doing nothing for any extended amount of time when they could instead experience new and intense sensory information every few seconds instead.

Youd be hard-pressed to find a child (or teen) that wont throw a fit the moment you take their cell phone or iPad away from them, and its not illogical to wonder if children today are even using their brains; surely the constant TV watching and time spent on social media doesnt challenge their minds in the way that a book can.


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20:45

Hong Kong Official Touts Blockchain for Chinas Belt and Road Plan "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Hong Kong Official Touts Blockchain for Chinas Belt and Road Plan by Brady Dale CoinDesk A senior official for the government of Hong Kong has said blockchain could bolster Chinas ongoing efforts to significantly expand its trade capabilities. According to...

The post Hong Kong Official Touts Blockchain for Chinas Belt and Road Plan appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:37

Alle 5 Minuten wird eine Frau Opfer huslicher Gewalt Parship Take Over in Hamburg "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

In Hamburg werden die U-Bahn Screens zur Zeit mal ausnahmsweise fr eine uerst sinnvolle und verdammt wichtige Kampagne eingesetzt. ber die digitalen Billboards laufen Plakate, die so aussehen wie die Werbung einer der groen Dating Websites. Allerdings mit einer bitteren Wahrheit Alle 5 Minuten wird eine Frau Opfer huslicher Gewalt, anstelle des romantischen 11-Minuten-Slogans, wie er sonst berall in der Stadt zu lesen ist. Husliche Gewalt in Parship-Optik packen Respekt. pic.twitter.com/YWDjKtnRVm teresa bcker (@fraeulein_tessa) 16. November 2017 Das ganze knnte man damit als so etwas wie ein legales Adbusting beschreiben. Und dabei auch noch hoch offiziell und mit ffentlichem Absender. Hinter der Kampagnen steht laut Impressum der Website aus-weg.de die Stadt Hamburg mit der Behrde fr Arbeit, Soziales, Familie und Integration. Well played Stadt Hamburg. Manchmal berrascht du selbst uns.

Der Beitrag Alle 5 Minuten wird eine Frau Opfer huslicher Gewalt Parship Take Over in Hamburg erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.

20:25

MyWish: 200+ created contracts & 500+ users "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The MyWish platform was created with the goal of implantation high technologies into real life. The introduction of smart contracts allowed creating the necessary services for crypto-owners, but understanding of its application and convenience did not appear immediately. For lots of people, the creation of a smart contract still seems to be a very complex technological process, which is only available to the dedicated ones. MyWish project has an intention to dispel this myth and make smart contracts accessible to anyone who does not have special knowledge.

The interface of the MyWish platform is very simple to popularize the idea of applying smart contracts, because with its help it is possible to solve a huge number of issues in the digital economy. Smart contracts can replace a number of institutions that regulate the circulation of money in the fiat world.

MyWish

 

The statistics of signed in users on MyWish and the number of concluded smart contracts since the launch of the platform demonstrate that they are moving in the right direction. On top of that, there is a sustainable trend for smart contracts to be in a high demand, which means that people willingly accept this kind of innovation.

MyWish has 537 signed up users and 205 concluded contracts on the platform within 2 months after the launch of the project.

 

 

mywish

The most popular is Will contract, which allows its users to transfer funds to the backup wallet in case of a long absence of the owner. There are 133 registered contracts.

Contract Lost key (transfer of funds to the backup wallet in case of key loss)

and Deferred payment (transfer of funds to the wallet of another owner after passing a certain period) concluded 12 people for each contact.

One pair concluded a Wedding contract.

In addition, apart from the contracts for individuals, MyWish is working on contracts in B2B sector. Their trial contract for a pizzeria for one day found a response among 47 owners of the ether.

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20:22

Your code stinks. Heres what you can do about it. "IndyWatch Feed Education"

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Humans stink. Its nothing to be ashamed of: it is the inevitable consequence of our animal nature.

But humans aspire to be more than animals.

Humanitys singular endeavor throughout history has been the journey to eliminate stink. Weve always hated it. Even in antiquity, we sent people on ridiculous journeys around the world in rickety sailboats, and across deserts on tiny horses, to find some remedy for it.

We have iterated for thousands of years to reach a stink-free world. From the invention of soap and toothpaste to the Yankee Doodle Candle Co. and Febrezeour soaps, candles, and sprays now give us a way to make food waste and industrial garbage smell like mountain raindrops and sugar cookies.

Mmmm! Pumpkin spice! (Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash)

And yet with each innovation, we find a new way to stink.

Like our battle between antibiotics and bacteria, we have launched an endless arms race between ourselves and our environment. Now were moving beyond the era of physical products.

With our advancement, we have brought stink along with usjust as we always have. We created the information age.

And we created information stink.

Should I drink this?

Garbage comes cloaked in a wonderful variety of smells. As a new father, a door opened for me into an undiscovered country of stink. Previously, I had only heard rumors of this world from the few parents who survived it. Rumors always accompanied by a thousand-yard stare.

Just so, there are many types of stinky information. Teenagers in central Europe write up fake news articles for social media clicks. There is always one more weird trick that doctors dont want you to know.

Today, in this article, were going past all that. Were diving into the very seams of our new information era to learn about the stinks that we Morlocks are creating in our very own products. Im talking about code smell.

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20:02

Lightning Only? Scaling Bitcoin Might Require A Whole 'Nother Layer "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A new paper outlines an additional layer to the Lightning Network that would make payment channels even more scalable.

20:00

Safer Holidays | A Reason To Stay Inside on Black Friday "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

We all know about the joys of Black Friday and the inconvenience that comes with the holiday, which give us more reasons to stay home. Check out the post below and find out why is it best to stay inside on Black Friday!

Black Friday: A Holiday Madness

It confounds me to no end that every Thanksgiving, a day in which we give thanks for all that we have, is immediately followed by a day created by retailers to prey on us by luring us in with the prospect of deep discounts on items on our wish lists. There are various reasons why it is better to just stay in the comfort of our home rather than head to the mall, which is like entering a mosh pit at a rock concert. If you dont mind getting bumped, shoved, and people violating your personal space for a doorbuster item, then go ahead, its your choice. But for those people who are having second thoughts of going out this Black Friday, here are some of the best reasons why you should sit this one out.

 

1. It is better to sleep in

It is better to sleep in | Safer Holidays | A Reason To Stay Inside on Black Friday
A 10% discount on a sweater is not reason enough to go out and cut the holiday short. Some people simply just want to stay home and sleep in. Waking up 4 A.M. or earlier just to get to the sales or wait in line for doorbusters is not worth it.

You probably still have a hangover from celebrating Thanksgiving and it is not the right time to drive or go shopping. It is better to spend more time with your fa...

20:00

Mums Week Away Now Very Evident After Dad Serves Shepherds Pie For 4th Dinner In A Row "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT It is not lost on the teachers at South Betoota primary that the Andersen kids have been constantly yawning throughout the school day, after four 9:30pm sheperds pie dinners in a row. The current dysfunctionality of their household has become so obvious that the school principal has gone as far as calling their []

The post Mums Week Away Now Very Evident After Dad Serves Shepherds Pie For 4th Dinner In A Row appeared first on The Betoota Advocate.

20:00

Beautiful & Outlandish Color Illustrations Let Europeans See Exotic Fish for the First Time (1754) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Whether in the tanks into which we gaze at the aquarium or the CGI-intensive wildlife-based gagfests at which we gaze in the theater, most of us in the 21st century have seen more than a few funny fish. Eighteenth-century Europeans couldn't have said the same. The great majority passed their entire lives without so much as a glance at the form of even one live exotic creature of the deep, and most of those who have a sense of what such a sight looked like probably got it from an illustration. But even so, some of the illustrated fish of the day must have proven unforgettable, especially the ones in Louis Renard's Poissons, Ecrevisses et Crabes.

First published in 1719 with a second edition, seen here, in 1754, Renard's book, whose full title translates to Fishes, Crayfishes, and Crabs, of Diverse Colors and Extraordinary Form, that Are Found Around the Islands of the Moluccas and on the Coasts of the Southern Lands, showed its readers, in full color for the very first time, creatures the likes of which they'd never have had occasion even to imagine. The book's 460 hand-colored copper engravings depict, according to the Glasgow University Library, "415 fishes, 41 crustaceans, two stick insects, a dugong and a mermaid."

The specimens in the first part of the book tend toward the realistic, while those of the second "verge on the surreal," many of which "bear no similarity to any living creatures," some...

20:00

Newsbiscuits Guide to Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

  • Zimbabwe derives its name from an attempt to cheat at Scrabble by Cecil Rhodes.
  • Zimbabwe recently won the international irony championship after placing the president under house arrest, then getting a man wearing military fatigues to announce that this wasnt a coup.
  • If you flip Zimbabwe around on the map, it looks a bit like Anglesey, which is appropriate because it cuts down an area of farmland the size of Wales every week. Probably.
  • The odds against Rhodesia being discovered by someone who just happened to be called Rhodes are nearly three million to one.
  • Robert Mugabe can sing all the songs from Legally Blonde the Musical
  • Poaching is a problem, most Zimbabweans opt to scramble.
  • There are 147 official languages including: zcouse, Manq, Broomi and Kokni
  • In literary circles Mr. Mugabes toothbrush moustache is called foreshadowing
  • Pamela Stevenson is delighted as she can now revive her Not the Nine Oclock News impersonations of Angela Rippon talking about Robert Moo-ga-bay and Joshua Enn-Kohmo.
  • When Zimbabwean men want to complement their girlfriends on their appearance, they say Darling, you look a trillion dollars
  • Mr. Mugabe tried to sort out the economy by making inflation illegal (fakenews).
  • Subsequently he tried to end corruption and (in particular) bribery, by rendering his countrys currency completely valueless. This has not been noticeably successful.
  • The national musical instrument, the mbira, is also known as the thumb piano. Oh grow up
  • Zimbabwe is even lower than Scotland in the FIFA World Rankings
  • Victoria Falls is actually a (yet to be repaired) plumbing disaster
  • Zimbabwes major exports are bad news and empty shell cases
  • Zimbabwe set to become Chinas 24th Province Zimbabwai

(hattips DavidH, Oxbridge, Sinnick, Smart Alex, Midfield Diamond, Chipchase, Titus & Dick Everyman)

 

20:00

real trap music "IndyWatch Feed Comics"

Today on Toothpaste For Dinner: real trap music


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Lets talk about variables and why you should use them in JavaScript. "IndyWatch Feed Education"

The main purpose of coding is to solve problems. For example, what happens when you click on a button? Thats a problem for us to solve.

So, lets begin this article by solving a simple problem.

Counting apples

If you have 4 apples and you buy 27 more, how many apples do you have? Take a second and write your answer in your text editor.

Whats your answer?

// This? 
31
// Or this? 
4 + 27

Both answers are right, but the second method is betterbecause youre offloading the calculation to JavaScript. Youre teaching it how to arrive at the answer.

But theres still one problem with the code.

If you look at 4 + 27 without any context from our apple problem, do you know were calculating the number of apples youre currently holding?

Probably not.

So, a better way is to use algebra to substitute 4 and 27 with variables. When you do so, youll get the ability to write code that has meaning:

initialApples + applesBought

The process of substituting 4 with a variable called initialApples is called declaring variables.

Declaring variables

You declare variables with the following syntax:

const variableName = 'value'

There are four parts youll want to take note of:

  1. The variableName
  2. The value
  3. The = sign
  4. The const keyword

The variableName

variableName is the name of the variable youre declaring. You can name it anything, as long as it follows these rules:

  1. It must be one word
  2. It must consist only of letters, numbers, or underscores (09, a-z, A-Z, _).
  3. It cannot begin with a number.
  4. It cannot be any of these reserved keywords

If you need to use two or more words to name your variable, just join the words together but capitalize the first letter of each subsequent word. This weird capitalization is called camel case.

A good example of a camel-cased variable is applesToBuy.

The value

The value is what you want the variable to be. It can be primitives (like strings and numbers) or objects (like arrays and functions).

= in JavaScript

= in JavaScript do...

19:57

Fuji registered these schematics of the new X-A5 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Fuji registered these schematics at the FCCID. This really should be the new X-A5 which is rumored to be announced within the next few months.

The post Fuji registered these schematics of the new X-A5 appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

19:52

SMS Coin is planning on being listed on exchanges in UK, Asia, and Latin America on December 01 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Speed Mining Co., Ltd. (Hereinafter, Speed Mining) built a Cryptocurrency Mining Center in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan. Their Coin, SMS Coin is going to be listed on exchanges by pairing BTC, ETH, and others in exchanges located in UK, Argentina, and Hong Kong on December 1st.

Japans First Mining Center Operation

Speed Mining groups Blockchain Specialists build the most profitable portfolio of mining machines in an optimum mining environment, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, which is the coldest area of Japan. We plan to build another center in Myanmar in future for the cheaper electricity.

About Speed Mining

Established as a company that performs cryptocurrency mining business.

We have succeeded in constructing an optimal mining environment composing of a mining machine portfolio by blockchain specialists and others. In the future, we plan to research and develop our own mining chips.

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19:38

UPDATE (one more) to David Wilcocks 11-12-17 article "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

All right I just saw this one, and mainly because of the dream data that David received, I wanted to post. I feel it is very significant. Heres 2 highlights

This [the viewing of 100030 hits] may be a further underlining of the significance of the following tweet, which appeared from a long-time supporter in my email:

[DJT] I will be making a major statement from the @WhiteHouse upon my return to D.C. Time and date to be set.
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 14, 2017

[DW] Notice also that this tweet is precisely 24 hours after this article solved the puzzle for larger audiences in alternative media.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 11/15, 1:28 PM: I had a dream this morning in which I got absolute confirmation that Trump was writing these 4Chan posts with the collaboration of a small team of highly trusted advisors. The dream was very intense and left no doubt. Of course it is not real, but my dreams have been accurate on many, many occasions.

Something Very Big, Part III: Saudi Mass Arrests Sign of Impending Cabal Defeat?

UPDATE, 25 HOURS LATER: IS THIS TWEET SIGNIFICANT?
We broke pre...

19:15

Gold & Silver Positioned to Move, Bullionvault Refuses Bitcoin, Turkey Stacking GOLD (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Gold & Silver Positioned to Move, Bullionvault Refuses Bitcoin, Turkey Stacking GOLD Video Junius Maltby Daily news on the Junius Maltby Channel. Thanks for joining us as we take a look at gold, silver, recent events and cryptos. Gold...

The post Gold & Silver Positioned to Move, Bullionvault Refuses Bitcoin, Turkey Stacking GOLD (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

19:01

Study urges global-change researchers to embrace variability "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Findings portend benefits in restoration and aquaculture VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCE Scientists typically make every effort to keep all factors but one constant when doing an experiment. Global-change scientists might move a coral from a reef to an aquarium whose water is held 1C higher to test the effects of the ocean warming predicted

19:00

Bitcoin Gold Price Technical Analysis BTG/USD in Downtrend "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Points

  • Bitcoin gold price is struggling to gain traction and remains below $200 against the US Dollar.
  • This is a declining channel forming with resistance at $220 on the hourly chart of BTG/USD (data feed from Bitfinex).
  • The price is likely to remain in a downtrend and it could even retest the $150 support area.

Bitcoin gold price is struggling a lot below $220 against the US Dollar. BTG/USD might extend declines and likely to trade toward $160-150.

Bitcoin Gold Price Resistance

There was a no recovery in bitcoin gold price above the $280 resistance against the US Dollar. The price started a downside move after failing to move above the $280 resistance and the 100 hourly simple moving average. It traded close to the $150 level and formed a low near $157.49. At present, the price is correcting higher, but struggling to break the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $280 high to $157 low.

It seems like there is a declining channel forming with resistance at $220 on the hourly chart of BTG/USD. The pair is likely to remain in a downtrend until there is a break above $220. Before $220, the $200 level and the 38.2% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $280 high to $157 low are also hurdles. Above $220, the 100 hourly simple moving average is positioned near $230 to act as a barrier.

Bitcoin Gold Price Technical Analysis BTG USD

Overall, there are many hurdles for buyers starting with $200 up to $240. On the downside, the most important support is near $160 and $150. Any further declines could see buying interest above $150, but limited.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD The MACD for BTG/USD is not showing any major bullish signs.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) The RSI for BTG/USD has just moved above the 50 level, but with a divergence.

Major Support Level $160

Major Resistance Level $220

 

Charts courtesy ...

19:00

$8,000 Short-Term Bitcoin Price Target of Max Keiser: Entrance of Retail Investors "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Max Keiser, a prominent financial analyst and the host of RTs Keiser Report, has reaffirmed his short-term bitcoin price target at $8,000.

Hedge Funds Rush Into Bitcoin Following CMEs Bitcoin Futures Listing

Throughout this week, following the official announcement of CME Group, the largest options exchange in the world, to launch a bitcoin futures exchange by the second week of December, major hedge funds including the $95 billion US-based hedge fund Man Group revealed their plans to invest in bitcoin in the short-term.

Large-scale hedge funds with multi-billion dollar valuations and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of assets under management only permit their partners and managers to invest a minimum value of around $300 million to a particular asset. As such, the entrance of hedge funds like Man Group by the end of December 2017 would likely lead to flow of tens of billions of dollars into the bitcoin market in the mid-term.

The markets optimism surrounding the entrance of institutional and retail investors into the bitcoin sector has led to an increase in the price of bitcoin, which has risen from $5,600 to $7,200 in a matter of days. Given that the majority of hedge funds have not invested in bitcoin yet and their plan to do so has already created upward momentum for bitcoin, it is likely that the price of bitcoin will surge rapidly upon the launch of CMEs bitcoin futures exchange.

In a recent interview with Reuters, billionaire investor and hedge fund legend Mike Novogratz stated:

The institutionalization of this space is coming. Its coming pretty quick.

Several analysts have noted this week the the trading volume of existing bitcoin futures exchange LedgerX, which was approved by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission to operate as a bitcoin derivatives, futures, and options trading platform, has increased substantially since its debut in October.

More to that, Bitfury vice chairman Ge...

18:57

Strict Greens Recycling Policy Sees Discarded 90s Politician Turned Into Senator "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Andrew Bartlett

The Greens have chosen to re-use an old senator they found washed up in Canberra, rather than waste resources on a brand new Senator.

The impressive commitment to the partys Reduce, Reuse, Recycle policy was announced by party leader Richard Di Natale months ago and put into action this week.

Usually old politicians end up in landfill, but we prefer to make do with the throwaways others discard.

Mr Di Natale said the senator was a little bit coarser and rougher around the edges now but would do for the moment.

Although that moment might be up sooner than thought the recycled senator may soon need to be thrown out again.

18:50

Ammon Bundy and his six co-defendants not guilty "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Ammon Bundy and his six co-defendants not guilty
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 21:58
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http://bobagard.blogspot.com.au/2017/11/ammon-bundy-and-his-six-co-defendants.html
Karina Brown reports in Willamette Week,

A federal jury delivered a resounding acquittal today for the anti-government militants who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January, finding Ammon Bundy and his six co-defendants not guilty of conspiring to keep federal employees from doing their jobs.

Supporters of the Arizona-based rancher and his anti-government movement wept, hugged and waved American flags in the streets outside downtown Portlands federal courthouse.

18:45

Tulips, Railways and Why We Dont Take Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Tulips, Railways and Why We Dont Take Bitcoin by Adrian Ash Bullion Vault No stocks, bonds, seashells or Yap stones either please ONE KEY requirement of money, writes Adrian Ash at BullionVault, is that it doesnt drop 27% of...

The post Tulips, Railways and Why We Dont Take Bitcoin appeared first on The Daily Coin.

18:40

This Southern Rail life hack changes everything "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Patrick Dalton has discovered an amazing life hack that works on Southern Rail trains:

Those terrible journeys will just fly by now.

Source: Twitter/@shitlondon

The post This Southern Rail life hack changes everything appeared first on The Poke.

18:39

Artificially cooling planet 'risky strategy,' new research shows "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new research has shown. Geoengineering - the intentional manipulation of the...... Read more

18:30

ETH/USD and ETH/BTC Technical Analysis November 16 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Hello and welcome to News BTCs Market Outlook November.

ETH/USD

Ethereum continues to run to the upside during the trading session on Wednesday, but the $340 level looks to be offering a bit of resistance. Because of this, I think a pullback might be necessary, but that pullbacks should only offer a fresh buying opportunity. I believe that the $312 level will now offer a bit of a floor in the market, and that we should go looking towards the $350 level above.

ETH/BTC

Ethereum initially fell against Bitcoin during the day, but you can see we are starting to turn around near the 0.046 region. By doing so, looks as if were going to try to fight our way to the upside, but I think now we are entering a potential consolidation area between the 0.045 level on the bottom, and the 0.053 level on the top.

Thanks for watching, Ill be back tomorrow.

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18:26

When dad cleans your Girls World doll with white spirit and the face comes off "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Looking like bizarre take on those no make-up selfies on Instagram comes these two photos:

The lack of brows are super creeping me out right now. says @Rammi.

Who knew Girls Worlds faces were so weird?

Source: Twitter/@TashP351

The post When dad cleans your Girls World doll with white spirit and the face comes off appeared first on The Poke.

18:24

[BONUS] Drive Journal Day 32 "IndyWatch Feed Education"

(AUDIO, 43 minutes) -Albuquerque, NM to Amarillo, TX (even though we weren't sure at the time of recording) -Discussing our visit with the Erwin family today and our exploration of New Mexico -overcoming stress and frustration on both legs of the trip Click HERE to download. On October 15th Brett began a road trip across ...

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17:57

5 Ways to Align with Your Inner Power "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

This post 5 Ways to Align with Your Inner Power was created by Nikki Sapp for Fractal Enlightenment. You should consider visiting Fractal Enlightenment - ~ We Are All One for more awesome posts.

Even if you achieve your outer purpose, it will never satisfy you if you havent achieved your inner purpose, which ...

The post 5 Ways to Align with Your Inner Power appeared first on Fractal Enlightenment.

17:30

Ripple Price Technical Analysis XRP/USD Moving Higher "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Highlights

  • Ripple price is slowly moving higher and is currently well above the 0.2040 support against the US Dollar.
  • Yesterdays highlighted contracting triangle with current support at $0.2060 is still in place on the hourly chart of the XRP/USD pair (data source from Kraken).
  • The price might soon break the resistance at $0.2120 for more gains in the near term.

Ripple price is slowly gaining bullish pace against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. XRP/USD has to surpass the $0.2120 level for more upsides.

Ripple Price Resistance

There was a slow and steady upside move initiated from the $0.1900 low in Ripple price against the US Dollar. The price was successful in moving above the $0.2000 handle and the 50% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the 0.2215 high to $0.1900 low. The upside move was positive as the price was able to move above the $0.2040 resistance and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

Moreover, yesterdays highlighted contracting triangle with current support at $0.2060 is still in place on the hourly chart of the XRP/USD pair. As long as the pair is above $0.2060 and $0.2040, there is a chance of it gaining bids for the next leg. On the upside, the pair needs to settle above the 61.8% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the 0.2215 high to $0.1900 low.

Ripple Price Technical Analysis XRP USD

Once the pair is above $0.2120, it could easily move towards the last swing high of $0.2220. On the downside, the mentioned $0.2040 level is a major support near the 100 hourly SMA. Should there be a break below $0.2040, there can be a downside reaction toward the $0.2000 handle.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD The MACD for XRP/USD is currently attempting to move back in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) The RSI for XRP/USD is moving down from the 60 level toward 50.

Major Support Level $0.2040

Major Resistance Level $0.2120

 

Charts courtesy ......

17:30

DASH/USD and LTC/USD Technical Analysis November 16 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Hello and welcome to News BTCs Market Outlook November.

DASH/USD

DASH continues to chop around, as Wednesday was more of the same action. However, looks as if we are trying to form some type of asymmetrical triangle on the 4-hour chart, and with the recent search higher I would have to believe that we will more than likely have buyers trying to break out to the upside. A clearance of the $460 level should send this market looking for $500 above.

LTC/USD

Litecoin continues to rally, but we are running into a bit of trouble near the $66 level. The $68 level above will be a massive resistance barrier, so I think that we could see several short-term pullbacks to build up the necessary momentum to break out to the upside. It does help that the US dollar is under pressure in the Forex world right now, so that might be the catalyst to finally break out and continue the long run higher. Otherwise, think of the floor as $58.

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17:30

Our Post-Term Pregnancy course starts tomorrow! "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

I cant quite believe where 2017 has gone, but tomorrow we will be welcoming a new group of participants from around the world to our last online course of the year, Post-term pregnancy: exploring evidence, inspiring confidence.

This is one of our full-sized professional development online courses for midwives and birth folk (with the others being on the topics of Group B Strep and vitamin K) and were excited to be welcoming participants from many different countries and areas. So if youre signed up and raring to go, then keep an eye on your email inbox as youll automatically be sent a link as soon as the course opens. And well be online from Friday morning (with tea at the ready) to chat to you in the course!

If youre thinking of joining us and havent signed up yet, then you can do so anytime until the end of the first day of the course, Friday 17th November. (Weve extended the sign-up deadline by a day, as there are always a few people who just miss the deadline, but we will be closing registration at the end of the first day so that everyone can make the most of the facilitated week, where I will be chatting with you personally in the course).

This will be the last online course well be running in 2017. If the dates dont work for you, then dont worry as we are likely to run it (and our other courses) again in 2018, and the best way to make sure you get updated when we have new course dates is to jump on our newsletter list, which will also ensure you get Saras free, monthly Birth Information Update.

If you have any questions, th...

17:23

The Leatherman MUT(Military Utility Tool) "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

7DC0C280-E24D-428A-A122-D50AF34B949E.

What can be said about this tool cannot be said in a single post, so this thread will be a ever evolving thread about Leathermans top of the line multi-tool.

This tool was designed for the M16/M4/Ar15 series rifle that we all know of. So I will start this thread with the two major cons about this tool. Price and bulky as get out.

First the price. $160.00 from Amazon, there have been people claiming to have bought this for $120.00 online, but I could not find...

The Leatherman MUT(Military Utility Tool)

17:05

BTC/USD and BTC/JPY Technical Analysis November 16 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Hello and welcome to News BTCs Market Outlook November.

BTC/USD

Bitcoin exploded to the upside yet again on Wednesday, slicing through the $7000 level. However, there is a lot of noise extending to the $7600 level, and it does look like we are getting a bit overbought on the 4-hour chart. With the stochastics crossing in the overbought zone, I suspect that its only a matter of time before we do pull back. I look at these pullbacks as buying opportunities, and believe that the $6500 level will offer a bit of a floor below.

BTC/JPY

Bitcoin rallied against the Japanese yen as well, breaking above the 800,000 level. We do look a little stretch now here as well, and I see that we are trying to form a shooting star on the 4-hour chart. Because of this, we will probably get a pullback, but I would anticipate that there should be plenty of buyers below, especially near the 775,000 level.

Thanks for watching, Ill be back tomorrow.

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17:00

Can You Stop Yourself From Blushing? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

When your face gets red after you've made an embarrassing mistake or social faux pas, or because you've suddenly been made the center of attention or seen someone you think is attractive, it can feel like your body is turning on you, giving away your innermost feelings to the world.

But blushing is a perfectly natural phenomenon, one that may even offer benefits in how others perceive you, and more. The pink tinge to your cheeks is the result of a sympathetic nervous system response to stress, embarrassment or other strong emotions.

Your sympathetic nervous system activates your fight-or-flight response, releasing the hormone adrenaline which, along with speeding up your heart rate and breathing, also causes your blood vessels and the veins in your face to dilate, increasing blood flow and oxygen throughout your body while also leading to the characteristic pink hue in your cheeks known as blushing.1

Blushing is an involuntary response, which means technically there's no way to stop it. However, that doesn't mean you can't try. There are many strategies you can use to try to stop a blush from coming on, or make it fade quicker if it does. Before I get to those, though, you might want to reconsider your desire to stop it.

Blushing May Not Deserve Such a Bad Rap

Despite the fact that virtually everyone blushes, scientists are still trying to figure out its purpose. One theory is that it offers remedial value in cases when youve done something wrong. While facial redness can occur due to environmental factors like changes in temperature, hot or spicy foods or drinking alcohol, blushing is most often triggered by feelings of self-consciousness, often in situations when a person feels embarrassed or shameful. Writing in the journal Emotion, researchers pointed out:2

"Several theorists have stressed the functional properties of expressing embarrassment and shame, and have argued that these expressions may help restore the actor's public image after a mishap or transgression. That is, publicly conveying embarrassment or shame may signify the actor's recognition that she/he has committed a social or moral infraction, and regrets this."

Blushing fits right in to the "publicly conveying embarrassment" theme, and when researchers showed study participants pictures of people with or without a blush, they evaluated them more favorably on items such as sympathy and trustworthi...

What You Can Learn From Other Peoples Regrets "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Regrets. We all have them things said or done; things left unsaid or undone. Paths that werent followed; opportunities missed due to fear or insecurity. The list is long, but one of the biggest regrets in life reported by a large number of people is not being there for someone at the end of life.1 In other words, being too busy with life to tend to those near death.  

Interestingly, while a regret can be phrased either as an action or as an inaction (I wish I had not quit high school, versus I wish I had stayed in high school), regrets framed as actions tend to be more emotionally intense than regrets about inactions, but inactions tend to be longer lasting.2

Emma Freud, a columnist for The Guardian, recently explored themes of regret on social media, covering everything from relationships, work-life balance and personal passions, to addiction, illness and death. If youre so inclined, you can take a look at some of the thousands of responses she received.3 Chances are, youll recognize yourself in some of them.

Top Five Regrets of the Dying

According to Bronnie Ware, a former palliative care nurse who ended up writing a book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, based on her conversations with the dying, the biggest, most commonly cited regrets at the end of life are beginning with the most common regret of all:4

  1. Not having the courage to live a life true to oneself but rather doing what was expected
  2. Working too much, thereby missing childrens youth and their partners companionship
  3. Not having the courage to express ones feelings
  4. Not staying in touch with friends
  5. Taking life too seriously and allowing worries to diminish happiness

Ware goes a step further, however, in that she also delves into solutions for these regrets ways for you to avoid falling into the same traps. The No. 1 regret is a valuable reminder to not give up too many of your dreams to please others (or conform to conventional standards). It is very important to try and honor at least some of your dreams along the way, Ware says. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it....

How Bacopa Can Help Improve Your Cognitive Function "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri), or moneywort, is a popular herb in Ayurvedic medicine that has been used in India for over three centuries. The bacopa herb is commonly known as a nootropic herb, which means that it can help repair damaged neurons and improve brain function. Nootropics are usually said to have the ability to "unlock" the brain when it comes to creativity and cognitive drive.1

In India, the bacopa herb falls under the category of the "Medhya Rasayana" herbs that have the ability to improve memory and intellect.2 This herb is also called "brahmi," together with the herb gotu kola. This was taken from the name of "Brahma," the creator of the universe in the Indian belief system. While the gotu kola herb shares the ability of the bacopa plant in improving cognition, these two can be easily differentiated based on their appearance.3

The gotu kola plant has fan-shaped leaves with slightly serrated edges, and produces purple to pink flowers.4 Bacopas, on the other hand, have succulent oblong leaves and white or light purple flowers.5 Bacopa monnieri also shares its name with the Bacopa caroliniana plant, which is widely cultivated in aquarium settings because of its blue flowers and aromatic leaves.

The two plants are closely related, but the Bacopa monnieri variety is much more known for its medicinal properties rather than its ornamental and decorative characteristics.6 Aside from being a nootropic, bacopa is an adaptogen and diuretic as well. Continue reading to learn more about the health benefits you can acquire from this herb.

Get These Impressive Health Benefits From Bacopa

Bacopa monnieri offers an impressive list of health and nutritional benefits, which are usually credited to the alkaloids, saponins and sterols that this herb contains.7 These benefits include the following:

May improve...

16:58

Shocking new study proves that the vaccine industry is just an extension of the abortion industry "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

The mainstream media is actively trying to bury the findings of a new study that sheds a not-so-positive light on influenza vaccines. Published in the peer-reviewed journal Vaccine, the shocking paper reveals that pregnant women who receive seasonal flu shots year after year are more than four times more likely to have spontaneous miscarriages compared to women who dont get jabbed.

Funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this groundbreaking research rejects the official government narrative that all vaccines are completely safe and effective, which is probably why some of the gatekeepers of science are already starting to question its implications. Vaccines editor-in-chief, Dr. Gregory Poland, for instance, recently stated contradictorily that while the paper raises important questions about vaccine safety that shouldnt be ignored, he also doesnt believe that flu shots are in any way responsible for causing miscarriages.

Not at all, Dr. Poland emphatically stated when asked whether or not flu shots are risky business for pregnant women.

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16:49

83% Rise In Stan Subscriptions After New Ad Featuring Aussie Favourite Don Cheadle "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT Australian TV and movie streaming service STAN have seen an over 80% rise in their subscriptions after featuring famous American actor Don Cheadle is several of their new ads. The actor, who made waves in Australia in his role as the principal on Mean Girls, also as the American cop in that Irish []

The post 83% Rise In Stan Subscriptions After New Ad Featuring Aussie Favourite Don Cheadle appeared first on The Betoota Advocate.

16:48

ALT COIN IOTA RALLY. GAINS $0.18 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

IOTA rally was perhaps November 15 highlight. Price action gained $0.18 by the end of the day. NEM, Monero, NEO and DASH were whipsawing with bull and bear pressure cancelling each other out.

Lets look at the charts:

NOVEMBER 12 HI-LO DEFINES NEM SHORT TERM TREND

alt coin NEM Daily chartNEMUSD Daily Chart for November 16, 2017

The Hi-Los of November 12 continues to define price action over the last 4 days. In essence, NEM price action around the 20 period MA and the main support or resistance line at $0.20 is important.

So far, there have been a break and close above the two resistances. What will be important especially today is if price action will confirm yesterdays bull candlestick and close above the minor $0.7 range or if it will reverse lower.That has not been made clear by price action.

Nevertheless, intraday traders should continue taking long positions in shorter time frames.

USD AND DASH BULLS FIGHT FOR CONTROL

alt coin DASH Daily chart DASHUSD Daily Chart for November 16, 2017

What we are seeing in the daily chart is a balanced price action. DASH and USD bulls are cancelling as revealed by November 14 and 15 dojis. Its worth noting that this is happening at resistance zone with clear lower lows relative to the upper BB.

Secondly, despite the bearish pressure and a stochastic sell signal in place, the support line or Augusts highs...

16:44

One more video from Tracy Beanz 11-15-17 /POL/ Q Clearance Anon- Is it #happening? Perspectives and Part VII (and a short bit about Trumps speech today) "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Heres one more from Tracy Beanz. I mentioned her Trump speech remarks in this prior Kp blog post.

So enjoy (or not) this one, as we may view each as part of the data.
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https://youtu.be/-_CiGdfGlSM

Published on Nov 15, 2017


Filed under: apocalypse, ascension, cabal, energies, partners in contrast Tagged:...

16:36

Remarks by President Trump [11-15-17] on His Trip to Asia VIDEO and TRANSCRIPT "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Image links to video.

So weve been hearing (from the Q clearance postings (I believe)) that this might be a big speech, maybe even including so and so have been arrested, etc., etc. But the prime points I saw were nothing of the sort. However, Ill point out a few notes that I got

  • Unite the world vs North Korea nuclear threat. NK was brought up a lot. And remember that NK is likely just one of the Khazarian puppets (one of those evil labeled ones), so this may be pointed at the Khazarians, meaning he is calling out their NK game.
  • Fair and reciprocal trade was emphasized a lot.
  • Indo-Pacific region was brought up a lot (and US is part of that).
  • At ASEAN emphasized no one owns the oceans.
  • One statement: we have laid out a pathway toward peace and security in our world where sovereign nations can thrive, flourish, and prosper side-by-side. This is not pointing at domination, rather, peace, prosperity, and sovereignty.
  • Key segment: This is our beautiful vision for the future. This is a where this vision this dream is only possible if America is strong, proud, and free. [As] long as we are true to ourselves, faithful to our founding, and loyal to our citizens, then there is no task too great, no dream too large, no goal beyond our reach. Emphasizes taking care of the U...

16:36

TRIAL: Gay Couple killed baby girl Just Weeks after Adoption "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Scully-Hicks arrives at court for start of his trial yesterday
Matthew Scully-Hicks assaulted and abused baby Elsie over several months before killing her, it was alleged.

He screamed obscenities at the little girl when she cried and even branded her Satan in a babygrow, the jury was told.

Scully-Hicks, 31, allegedly attacked Elsie at their home in Cardiff while partner Craig Scully-Hicks was out at work.

His actions were the tragic culmination of a course of violent conduct on his part towards a defenceless child, said Paul Lewis, prosecuting.

An infant that he should have loved and protected, but whom he instead assaulted, abused and ultimately murdered.

A post mortem revealed she suffered a fractured skull, a broken left thigh bone and several fractured ribs.

Elsie, a tiny and delicate child, had been with Scully-Hicks for less than two months when her right leg was broken, Cardiff Crown Court was told.

https://riseagainamerica.com/2017/11/11/gay-dad-killed-baby-girl-just-weeks-adoption/

He allegedly claimed she slipped and twisted her leg.

A few weeks later, she suffered a bruise to the left side of her forehead.

Scully-Hicks told his partner the little girl had whacked herself when she tried to pull herself to her feet.

A health visitor urged him to get medical attention for Elsie but there was no record of her seeing a doctor, the court heard.

Three months later, she allegedly fell down the stairs at the couples home in Fairwater, Cardiff.

Shortly afterwards, she developed a squint, the court heard.

Scully-Hicks allegedly killed Elsie by shaking her so hard, she suffered catastrophic head injuries. In May last year, he rang 999 and said the toddler had suddenly gone floppy and limp while he changed her for bed.

He later told paramedics his adopted daughter had screamed out as in pain, then collapsed.

Elsie was rushed to University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

16:26

Famed Spanish Restorer Called In To Fix $450 Million Salvator Muni "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

salvator muni

Selling for a world-record $450 million at auction last night, Leonardo Da Vincis Salvator Mundi still needed some work, according to experts.

World-renowned Spanish restorer Ceclia Gimenez famous for her work on Ecco Homo was called in for the job, cleaning up some deficiencies in Leonardos original work and bringing a sharper, clearer focus to the painting.

Art historian Joseph McMillon said Leonardos true intent in this painting had now been brought to life. Salvator Mundi can now rightfully stand beside Leonardos other works such as the Mona Lisa, Virgin of the Rocks and Lady with an Ermine.

Mrs Gimenez said that she was pleased with the result and is now heading to Vatican City to correct parts of the Michelangelos ceiling of Sistine Chapel.

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16:21

In5D Alternative News for November 16 , 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Welcome to In5D News, your source for Alternative News related to POSITIVE change in our society. Alternative news is the REAL news that is not being reported on the main stream media (MSM). It also reveals the propaganda that IS being reported by the MSM. If youve noticed, the main stream media promotes violence, fear, []

The post In5D Alternative News for November 16 , 2017 appeared first on In5D Esoteric, Metaphysical, and Spiritual Database.

16:14

Gaming Community Concede Pixelated Strippers In Duke Nukem Are Hard To Top "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT After two decades of rapid developments in CGI, one local gamer has realised that not much gets his blood pumping the same way the heavily pixelated strippers in the 1996 PC game Duke Nukem 3D did. A recent report by the ACMA has found that the entire Australian gaming community has never been []

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16:11

Energy Update Clearing And Feeling Old Debris Of Our New Path "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Anastacia-Blue Beyond, Australian Correspondent, In5D.com A total old loop HAS come UP, its so big! I cant explain what the last 18hrs were as this is new and there was not a lot of sense as to what we were processing and experiencing. It was so unusual and like nothing I have ever experienced []

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16:10

'Big Four' Firm KPMG Joins Blockchain Advocacy Group "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

'Big four' consulting firm KPMG has announced it is joining the industry trade group, the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance.

16:10

Bright fireball over Ohio, 43 reports received "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A bright fireball was seen streaking through the sky over Ohio, United States at 01:49 UTC on November 15, 2017 (20:49 EST, November 14). This is the third of four major fireball events within 10 hours, according to the International Meteor Organization (IMO). The...... Read more

Scientists give humanity second notice to shape up or suffer the consequences "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Scientists have issued a second warning of impending doom for the natural world if humanity does not make significant changes in how we treat the planet. The warning is presented in a paper published this week in Bioscience, and serves as a follow-up on a similar declaration by scientists in 1992. The first World Scientists Warning to Humanity was authored in 1992 by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and signed by 1,700 scientists, including most living Nobel laureates in the sciences. It called out the collision course between humans and the natural world, pointing to evidence of critical stress to the planets various systems, from the ocean and atmosphere to forests and soil. It describes how this stress manifested in depletion of ozone, water, fish stocks, soil productivity and biodiversity. They urged fundamental changes to be taken in order avoid catastrophe. Among them: moving away from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy, halting deforestation and the loss of species, more efficiently managing resources, stabilizing the human population, eliminating poverty and ensuring gender equity. A great change in our stewardship of the earth and the way of life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated, the 1992 declaration stated. The Kihansi spray toad (Nectophrynoides asperginis) is considered extinct in the wild. In World Scientists Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice, Bill Ripple, director of the Trophic Cascades Program at Oregon State

16:07

Big Boys Carb-Heavy Lunch Not Doing Wonders For Productivity "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact Barrelling down Adelaide Street in the heart of Betootas Financial District, a top-heavy auditor meandered down the footpath back to the office like mighty Ord River flows into the Timor Sea. Graham Washbrook has a sweat on. Hes just been down the road at the local Chinese, were he threw caution to the wind []

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16:05

Dreaming of Water, Dolores Cannon And Masaru Emoto "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Candace Craw-Goldman, Contributing writer, In5D.com In the beginning of the dream I found myself walking near an ocean- a beautiful expansive and very familiar ocean. The water was so soft, inviting and sparkly. Up ahead I saw a pavilion. It was a very large pavilion, quite massive. As I came closer I saw one []

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16:04

42nd Annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco at Brava Theater "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Standing for Justice 42nd Annual AIFF poster by noted painter Del Curfman, (IAIA graduate 2017)

Published November 16, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO  The 42nd Annual American Indian Film Festival began with an Opening Night on November 4 at a new venue, the Brava Theater Center in San Franciscos historic Mission District. Brava Theater Executive Director Stephanie Powers Cuellar welcomed all participants and attendees with warmth and graciousness, acknowledging the honor to host as a new venue for the film festival. Lorraine Laiwa, Kashia Pomo elder, who has served as an Indian Child Welfare Advocate, Case Manager, Family Services Worker, and Program Director, as well an an ICWA expert witness, offered a beautiful Opening Prayer on Awards Night, November 11, and invited her family and relatives to share cultural dances and songs.
Established in 1975, the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco is the oldest and most prominent media showcase in the world. Michael Smith, Founder/Director of the Film Institute and Festival describes this years media as a presentation to foster public truth and understanding of the social, economic, cultural, and life ways of contemporary Indian peoples. Despite a history of genocide and exploitation of our nations people and land base, we have persevered. We have maintained and rebuilt our nations infrastructure, spirit, culture, and language. This is our truth, we share it with our audiences in the coming days.
Two films were screened on opening night, Ah-Hos-Teend-Retired and The Road Forward. The Road Forward won Best Director Award for Marie Clements, Metis director from Canada. It is a musical documentary film that connects the historic beginnings of Canadas civil rights movement in the 1930s, Native Brotherhood and Native Sisterhood, with the powerful civil rights movements today, including Idle No More and protests against...

16:02

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has Donated Over $245 Million Since 1994 to Local Governments & Schools "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 16, 2017

MT. PLEASANT, MICHIGAN -The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has scheduled their semi-annual 2% distribution, funds derived from Class III gaming, at its properties Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort and Saganing Eagles Landing Casino. The Tribe will be distributing $2,143,641.25 in Isabella County ($1,471,055.33 for Government and $672,585.92 for Education) and another $791,835.56 in Arenac and Northern Bay County ($554,284.89 for Government and $237,550.67 for Education) for the fall 2017 cycle.

As with previous years, the Tribal Council receives numerous submissions, carefully reviewing each and every one. This distribution cycle saw a combined 342 individual requests submitted between the local governments and local schools.

Chief, Frank Cloutier explains, Since 1994 the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has donated over $245 million dollars to local schools and governments in Isabella, Arenac and a portion of Northern Bay County. The continuous need is there and we are able to help alleviate many concerns and ensure that the wellbeing of all of our citizens remains a priority. He goes on to mention, This distribution cycle focused on program based requests that impact thousands, if not tens of thousands, in our local communities. These requests showcase the ability to maximize resources locally and the extended reach they provide throughout our counties.

The Isabella County distribution will take place on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at  9:00 a.m. in the Seniors room of Tribal Operations located at 7070 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The Saganing distribution will take place at the Saganing Tribal Center located at 5447 Sturman Road, Standish, Michigan on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

Please contact Erik Rodriguez, Interim Public Relations Director, at (989) 775-4076 or at erodriguez@sagchip.org.

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16:02

Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering receives AIA Southwest Michigan 2017 Honor Award for Native Justice Center "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 16, 2017

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN  Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering (7GenAE), based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, received the 2017 Honor Award in the unbuilt category by the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of American Institute of Architects (AIA) for their work on the Pokagon Band of Potawatomis Native Justice Center. The Honor Award is the highest award that the AIA bestows upon architectural work. The award was presented during an awards banquet on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Kalamazoo.

Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering is part of the Mno-Bmadsen Family of Companies the investment enterprise of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. Seven Generations A+E provides extensive experience in Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design and Planning; and serves Federal, State, Municipal, Commercial and Tribal clients with a singular dedication to environmental stewardship. For more information: www.7GenAE.com .

An AIA juror described the design as, a clear concept, carried out with simple forms and appropriate material. He added, What struck me about this project was that the circular plan, with the program spaces around the central courtyard, showed a clarity of organization. The curved parking lot also supports the overall theme.

It has truly been an honor, said Jeremy Berg, managing director at 7GenAE, to work with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi on the project, and also to be recognized by the architectural profession for design excellence.

7GenAE was commissioned by the Pokagon Band to de...

16:00

Ethereum Price Technical Analysis ETH/USD Testing Key Support "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Highlights

  • ETH price is correcting lower and is currently trading near a major support at $326 against the US Dollar.
  • Yesterdays highlighted major bullish trend line with current support at $326 is intact on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via SimpleFX).
  • The price should hold the trend line support near $326 to remain in the bullish zone.

Ethereum price is correcting lower against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. ETH/USD has to maintain bid tone above $326 to gain upside momentum.

Ethereum Price Support

There was a new minor high formed at $337.29 in ETH price against the US Dollar. Later, the price started correcting lower and moved below $335. There was a break below the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last leg up from the $314.44 low to $337.29 high. The downside correction was decent since the price even broke the $326 level once before recovering.

It tested the 61.8% Fib retracement level of the last leg up from the $314.44 low to $337.29 high. The $323 level held the downside move along with yesterdays highlighted major bullish trend line with current support at $326 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD. The highlighted trend line support could play an important role near $326 in the short term. Therefore, the pair has to remain above $326 and $323 to avoid further declines.

Ethereum Price Technical Analysis ETH USD

On the upside, the $335 level is an initial resistance followed by the recent high at $337.29. A close above $337.29 could open the doors for more gains may be toward $360 in the near term. The 100 hourly simple moving average is currently positioned at $318 and is showing positive signs. If the price continues to stay above the $323 level, there is a chance of it gaining momentum.

Hourly MACD The MACD has reduced most of its bullish slope.

Hourly RSI The RSI has just moved below the 50 level.

Major Support Level $323

Major Resistance Level $337

 

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16:00

What If We Expressed More Gratitude? "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Rainbow Ra, Guest writer, In5D.com Sweet is the breath of vernal shower, The bees collected treasures sweet, Sweet musics melting fall, but sweeter yet The still small voice of gratitude. Ode for Music, Thomas Gray The holiday of Thanksgiving comes but once a year. How might our world change if we adopted a daily, []

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 1.00 AUD
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Bitcoin and United States Dollar "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

0.0001 BTC = 0.75 USD
1.00 USD = 0.0001 BTC
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15:55

Yeah Breakout the dusty music "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Let it sneak out of my headphones as it groves across the room. Shhh listen. Standard YouTube License, Rare Earth affiliated with Motowns Rare Earth record label. All Rights Reserved Advertisements Filed under: Education, Entertainment, Randomness, Technology Tagged: 60s and 70s Music, American Rhythm and Blues, Funk, History, Music, Rare Earth

15:37

Blockchain-based Secure Online Voting System Showcased "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Creators believe that Blockchain is the missing link in the architecture of an effective and secure online voting system.

15:29

dude tim buckley stole charity money to buy himself a tablet and showed his dick to a 13 year old girl. not a great example of comic artist martyrdom "IndyWatch Feed Comics"

Youre the 2nd person Ive seen mention Tim Buckley showing his dick to a minor. Is this true? Would anybody mind linking me to some info on this, while I research it on my own?

If this is true, how is he not in prison?

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15:25

If Elected To The Senate Judge Roy Moore Will Be A Stain On The Republican Party "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Nonsense, he will fit right in with the rest of the rightwing skidmarks.

15:20

Astrology for the Soul November 15, 2017 ~ Kaypacha Lescher "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

 

 

Weekly Mantra: Having blown off some steam so I could relax, I see my spiritual path, Is to stay centered in Source so I no longer need, To shutdown or overreact.

Ha ha! Lets see who the winner is this week, Mars square Pluto or Venus trine Neptune! As mentioned in the report, put into context with the other planetary combinations Im afraid I have to put my bet on the Mars/Pluto. So lets look at the upside of that shall we? Do you know some things that need to change??? This is actually a 3/4 square that deals more with a change in consciousness (due to the actions taken at the first quarter square last February) than new impulses. It can be a time of inner transformation due to forces like people, law enforcement, external authorities or partners calling us on our stuff. Hence the mantra, as it can be tempting to dig in our heals, simply shutdown down, or come out fighting rather than objectively looking at the situation and really evolving. May you choose the center path and live your life with beauty, grace, and of course, style! more astrology? http://www.NewParadigmAstrology.com more music? http://www.ScottHuckabay.com


15:18

DEVELOPING: At&t Customers Reporting Nationwide Outages "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

AT&T Inc on Wednesday said that some U.S. customers were not able to make wireless calls but that restarting their cellphones would fix the issue.  DownDetector.com, which monitors outages, said customers across the country reported outages, including in Houston, New York and San Francisco. AT&T, which also owns satellite television service DirecTV, told customers on Twitter that it had no

estimate when service would be restored and technicians were working to fix the problem. According to DownDetector.com, customers reported more than 6,000 incidents by 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT), out of which 44 percent found problems with the internet service, while 31 percent faced issues with the phones. READ MORE

15:17

Bitcoin Bringing Hype to Real Estate Market "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

By putting a house up for sale in Bitcoin, real estate agents are seeing some surprising benefits.

15:12

Tom DeLonge and the Beginning of Partial Disclosure Analysis, Links, and Commentary "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


Source - Discerning the Mystery

by Shem El-Jamal, November 5, 2017

This post comes a bit late in comparison to the actual events discussed. Due to my situation at the time these events took place, I was unable to get this out as quickly as I had hoped. Nevertheless, I was excited to give my thoughts on the subject and hope that these considerations will help us piece together the situation of the various, oncoming narratives of disclosure.

Enjoy.

Related - Dr. Michael Salla - Partial Disclosure and Competing Secret Space Programs with Corey Goode

For a long while now, we have been hearing about this concept of disclosure from various sources in alternative media. Upon hearing the topic, we may think of examples of these efforts such as Dr. Steven Greer and the Disclosure Project panel during the early 2000s to bring the truth of UFO technology and free energy into public view.

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15:09

Oral administration of Rutin for 28 days decreases blood glucose levels and prevented oxidative stress andantioxidant status in hyperglycaemic rats. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Niger J Physiol Sci. 2017 Jun 30 ;32(1):91-96. Epub 2017 Jun 30. PMID: 29134983 Abstract Title:  Anti-hyperglycaemic Effects of Rutin on Blood Glucose, Oxidative Stress Biomarkers and Lipid Peroxidation in Alloxan-induced Hyperglycaemic Wistar Rats. Abstract:  The present study investigated the anti-hyperglycaemic effect of rutin on blood glucose, oxidative stressbiomarkers and lipid peroxidation in alloxan induced hyperglycaemic wistar rats. Diabetes was induced in rats by anintraperitoneal (i.p) injection of alloxan monohydrate 150 mg/kg body weight. Twenty five wistar rats were divided asfollows; Group1 served as diabetic control received distilled water 2 mg/kg, Group served as positive control received 2mg/kg glibenclamide, 3, 4 and 5 received rutin at 50, 100 and 200 mg/kg body weight for 28 days respectively. At the end of the treatment, rats were sacrificed and the blood and serum were used for the analysis of blood glucose and oxidativestress biomarkers respectively. The determinations of blood glucose levels were carried out at intervals of 7, 14, 21 and 28days respectively Serum oxidative stress biomarkers lipid peroxidation, were done on the 28 days. Administrations of rutinat the three different doses 50,100 and 200 mg/kg to diabetic rats significantly (p

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15:08

Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis BCH/USD Grinding Lower "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Points

  • Bitcoin cash price is slowly moving lower and is currently trading below $1300 against the US Dollar.
  • There is a new connecting bearish trend line forming with resistance at $1200 on the hourly chart of BCH/USD (data feed from Kraken).
  • The price has to overcome sell offers near $1200 and $1300 to make an upside move.

Bitcoin cash price is slowly moving down toward $1100 against the US Dollar. BCH/USD is facing two important resistances near $1200 and $1300.

Bitcoin Cash Price Decline

There is a slow and steady decline forming from the $1500 swing high in bitcoin cash price against the US Dollar. The price has declined below the $1300 level and the 50% Fib retracement level of the last leg up from the $1005 low to $1530 high. The current bias is bearish since the price struggled to settle above the $1300 level. It is currently trading well below the $1300 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

The price recently broke the 61.8% Fib retracement level of the last leg up from the $1005 low to $1530 high, which is a bearish sign. On the upside, there is a new connecting bearish trend line forming with resistance at $1200 on the hourly chart of BCH/USD. The pair is struggling to move above $1200 and $1220 resistance levels. On the downside, there is a support trend line forming near $1100. There is a chance that BCH/USD would test $1100 before it attempts an upside recovery.

Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis BCH USD

To sum up, the current momentum is bearish as long as the price is below $1200 and $1300. It could test the $1100 and $1000 levels in the near term if the momentum remains intact.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD The MACD for BCH/USD is currently in the bearish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) The RSI for BCH/USD is moving south and is well below the 50 level.

Major Support Level $1100

Major Resistance Level $1300

 

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15:06

Pandering to Israel Has Got to Stop "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Pledges of loyalty to Israel are un-American

Most Americans have no idea of just how powerful Israeli and Jewish interests are. Two recent stories out of Kansas and Texas illustrate exactly how supporters of Israel in the United States are ready, willing and able to subvert the existing constitutional and legal protections that uphold the right to fair and impartial treatment for all American citizens.

The friends of Israel appear to believe that anyone who is unwilling to do business with Israel or even with the territories that it has illegally occupied should not be allowed to do business in any capacity with federal, state or even local governments. Constitutional guarantees of freedom of association for every American are apparently not valid if one particular highly favored foreign country is involved.

Maryland became the most recent state to jump on the Israel bandwagon last week. Currently twenty-two state legislatures have passed various laws confronting boycotts of Israel because of its human rights abuses, in many cases initiating economic penalties on those organizations an...

15:00

A Zero Waste Guide to Reusable Coffee Cups "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Is a reusable coffee cup a zero waste essential? Well, that depends on your perspective. Do you think that coffee is a life essential? ;) Seriously, whether you personally think so or not, the fact is that over 500 billion disposable coffee cups are produced every year. Which clearly shows that plenty of people do []

15:00

Video and Photo Evidence Now Even More Easily Faked and Fabricated "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Photo Evidence and video evidence has been relied on in academia, science, courts of law and elsewhere to prove or refute facts and theories but those days are coming to an end.

We live in an historic era. Technological advances in the realm of computers and AI are taking place so rapidly that our world is being changed overnight.

Now, software has been written that allows computers to create new faces that look like normal unique people but which are actually composite amalgams; to literally create and fabricate objects (from a basic sketch) and render them so lifelike that you wont be able to tell the difference between the fabricated ones and the real ones; and to remove entire objects from video footage in real time, and render in the empty space so well that it is undetectable to the eye.

The days of being able to trust photo evidence and video evidence are disappearing and the implications for human knowledge are far reaching.


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14:56

Bitcoin Not Currency, Never Will Be: Expert Blog "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin is far too volatile to classify as money, and likely never will serve that purpose. However, its still useful.

14:43

A total of 1183 sealed government indictments as of Wednesday morning? "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

A Google .xlxs file recently posted online reveals that the Russian investigation and surrounding events could be coming to a head in Washington sooner than later

WASHINGTON (INTELLIHUB) A list of a total of 1183 sealed indictments and their jurisdictions was posted to the Innerweb over the past few days and the number keeps growing.

https://twitter.com/hashtag/SealedIndictments

The .xlsx file posted to Google Drive reveals as of Wednesday 172 of the sealed indictments are to be issued in the Central District of California, 108 are to be issued in the District of Colorado, 99 in the Northern District of California, 35 in the District of Columbia, and the list goes on.

Although the districts in which the indictments will be issued and the number of indictments in each district are listed in the file, the indictments remain sealed at this time so there is no way of telling who or what entity is being indicted and what the person or entity is being indicted for.

However, it is anticipated that the indictments revolve around the Russian investigation into 2016 election meddling and/or possibly the Uranium One scandal that was heavily exposed by Intellihub editor-in-chief Shepard Ambellas.

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14:30

India's Supreme Court Prods Government on Bitcoin Regulation "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The court asked India's central bank and several government agencies to respond to a petition that expressed concern about tax dodges and ransomware.

14:21

Testing Shows Airplanes Vulnerable to Hacking "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Boeing 757 Testing Shows Airplanes Vulnerable to Hacking, DHS Says

Boeing 757 Testing Shows Airplanes Vulnerable to Hacking, DHS Says - Avionics


Note the 757 is not the only aircraft that is vulnerable, several aircraft types from nearly all manufacturers are vulnerable

This is real news

14:20

Mystery Alabama Boom Rattles Homes, USGS and NASA Unsure of Origin "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


Witnesses across Alabama reported a mysterious boom that rocked their counties on Tuesday evening. NASA said the origin of the blast remains unclear as social media went awash with conspiracy theories and even devoted a song to the unexplained event.

Learn More:
https://www.rt.com/usa/409923-mysterious-boom-alabama-nasa/

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14:19

Bitcoin Price Technical Analysis for 11/16/2017 Bulls Back on their Feet? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin Price Key Highlights

  • Bitcoin price is starting to trend higher once more, depending on whether or not the support on the 1-hour time frame holds.
  • An ascending trend line can be drawn to connect the lows over the past few days and the support lines up with the 38.2% retracement level.
  • A bounce off this level could take bitcoin price to the swing high or higher, but tech indicators are suggesting a continuation of the drop.

Bitcoin price appears to be reviving its uptrend on the 1-hour time frame, but there are still signs that bears could win out.

Technical Indicators Signals

The 100 SMA is below the longer-term 200 SMA on the 1-hour time frame, so the path of least resistance is to the downside. However, its also worth noting that the gap is narrowing to suggest a potential upward crossover and return in bullish momentum.

The 200 SMA is close to the 61.8% Fib also, adding to its strength as a potential floor even if the trend line breaks. A move below the moving averages, on the other hand, could draw more selling pressure in.

Stochastic is heading lower so bitcoin price might follow suit while bears remain on top of their game. RSI has more room to tumble so there could still be plenty of losses in the cards.

Market Factors

The dollar has been treading carefully as traders bite their nails ahead of the House vote on tax reform. Postponing the vote, similar to the Obamacare repeal earlier this year, could lead to fresh doubts that anything productive will happen before the end of the year.

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14:12

Psilocybin represents a promising paradigm for unresponsive depression. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2017 Nov 8. Epub 2017 Nov 8. PMID: 29119217 Abstract Title:  Psilocybin with psychological support for treatment-resistant depression: six-month follow-up. Abstract:  RATIONALE: Recent clinical trials are reporting marked improvements in mental health outcomes with psychedelic drug-assisted psychotherapy.OBJECTIVES: Here, we report on safety and efficacy outcomes for up to 6 months in an open-label trial of psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression.METHODS: Twenty patients (six females) with (mostly) severe, unipolar, treatment-resistant major depression received two oral doses of psilocybin (10 and 25 mg, 7 days apart) in a supportive setting. Depressive symptoms were assessed from 1 week to 6 months post-treatment, with the self-rated QIDS-SR16 as the primary outcome measure.RESULTS: Treatment was generally well tolerated. Relative to baseline, marked reductions in depressive symptoms were observed for the first 5 weeks post-treatment (Cohen's d = 2.2 at week 1 and 2.3 at week 5, both p 

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14:10

5 Controversial Ancient Books That Could Shatter The Foundations Of History "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Ivan; Ancient Code

Throughout the years, archaeologists have come across incredible discoveries. Some of these discoveries are ancient manuscripts which have been found to portray history from a different point of view. A controversial point of view.

Nemours ancient books tell a different side of history. A different side of human origins, and a different side of human capabilities. These ancient texts, usually considered mythological in nature oppose nearly everything set forth by mainstream scholars and modern history.

Some of them are partially accepted, while some of their pages have been dubbed as a myth because they shake the very foundation of what we know about our civilization.


Regrettably, while these books are real and part of history, the history weve been taught throughout the years has ignored them entirely.

This is why in this article, Ill take you on a journey and introduce you to five ancient books that are both controversial and fascinating, and could shake the very understanding of human history.

I find them beyond fascinating.
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14:09

The Great Rejuvenator Modern Science Validates The Healing Power of the Amalaki Fruit "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Core Spirit

The ancient time proven writings of Ayurvedic Medicine, which translates into Knowledge of Life, hold some of the oldest and most complete historical medical texts on healthy living existing on record. Within this expansive group of medical texts there exists hundreds of specific herbal formulations and herbal remedies designed to deliver maximum potency and efficacy balancing the body naturally.

With this cherished amalaki juice fruit botanical formula, look to maintain the body in an improved state of balanced health and overall mild detoxification. Ayurveda focuses upon energy and balance for each individual person.

Amalaki is great support and nutrition for the digestive tract, among other wonderful benefits including optimal function of the inner and outer skin, arteries, blood purification and liver rejuvenation.


Amalaki refers to the herbal use of the amla fruit, also called Indian gooseberry. The word amla literally means sour, and its other name, dhatri, means mother or nurse. Its associations point to Amalakis reputation as being greatly nourishing and supportive for a great array of body systems and all the body types, or doshas.

As the principal ingredient in Chyawanprash, the pillar Ayurvedic antioxidant superfood, Amalaki boasts a catalogue of benefits, including:
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14:06

Cremated Remains of the 'Buddha' Discovered in Chinese Village "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Owen Jarus; Live Science

The cremated remains of what an inscription says is the Buddha, also called Siddhrtha Gautama, have been discovered in a box in Jingchuan County, China, along with more than 260 Buddhist statues.

The translated inscription on the box reads: "The monks Yunjiang and Zhiming of the Lotus School, who belonged to the Majur Temple of the Longxing Monastery in Jingzhou Prefecture, gathered more than 2,000 pieces of arra [cremated remains of the Buddha], as well as the Buddha's teeth and bones, and buried them in the Majur Hall of this temple," on June 22, 1013. At the site where the statues and Buddha remains were buried, archaeologists also found the remains of a structure that could be from the Majur Hall.

Yunjiang and Zhiming spent more than 20 years gathering the remains of the Buddha, who is also sometimes referred to as Gautama Buddha, the inscription notes.


"In order to promote Buddhism, they wanted to collect arra [Buddhist relics]. To reach this goal, both of them practiced the instruction of Buddhism during every moment of their lives for more than 20 years," the inscription says. "Sometimes they received the arra from others' donations; sometimes they found them by chance; sometimes they bought them from other places; and sometimes others gave them the arra to demonstrate their wholeheartedness."

The inscription does not mention the 260 Buddhist statues that were found buried near the remains of the Buddha. The archaeologists aren't sure whether or not the statues were buried at the same time as the cremated remains, wrote the team of archaeologists, who were led by Hong Wu, a research fellow at the Gansu Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, in two articles published recently in the journal Chinese Cultural Relics.
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14:01

Scientists Look For Signs Of Alien Life On Newly Discovered Planet "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Mac Slavo; SHTFplan.com

A mere 11 light-years away from our Solar System, a newly discovered exoplanet is the second-closest weve ever found thats temperate enough to potentially host and sustain life. The Earth-sized exoplanet was just discovered and scientists are already searching for signs of life.

Ross 128 b orbits the inactive red dwarf star, Ross 128, in the systems Goldilocks zone. This zone is known as the area in perfect distance from a star to support life. The planet is also probably rocky, not gaseous; and its at a distance from its star that means the temperature could be hospitable to life as we know it.


It was found using the European Southern Observatorys High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) in Chile the most precise instrument of its kind. And it took researchers a long time to nail down. We started to observe this star in July 2005, astronomer Nicola Astudillo-Defru of Geneva Observatory told ScienceAlert. Since 2013, our monitoring started to be more intense, and only after acquiring 157 observations was the signal of the planet strong enough to be detected.

The researchers were able to discover the planet using the radial velocity method of planet detection. This method differs from the transit method we usually hear about but it shows this technique still has a whole lot of potential for finding new exoplanets.
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14:01

Venezuela Signs Huge Debt Restructuring Deal with Russia Worth Billions "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


As Venezuela teeters right on the brink of complete financial collapse, Bloomberg reports that Russia has agreed to restructure roughly $3.2 billion in outstanding obligations. While details of the restructuring agreement are scarce, both sides reported that the deal spreads payments out over 10 years with minimal cash service required over the next six years.

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13:52

Democrats Take First Step to Impeach President Trump "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

A handful of Democrats have introduced articles of impeachment in Congress against President Donald Trump accusing him of obstruction of justice and other offenses.  We have taken this action because of great concerns for the country and our Constitution and our national security and our democracy, Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee said at a news conference Wednesday.  The five articles accuse the president of obstruction of justice relating to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, which

the Democrats say was designed to impede an investigation, and undermining the independence of the federal judiciary. The action is likely to be stopped dead in its tracks in the Republican-led House of Representatives. Even a majority of Democrats dont seem interested in supporting the route of impeachment, instead content to await the results of special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into whether or not the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia in last years election. READ MORE

13:45

Health Alert! U.S. Steel Dumps More Toxic Chromium Near Lake Michigan "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


Six months after U.S. Steel dumped a plume of toxic metal into a Lake Michigan tributary, the company quietly reported another spill at the same northwest Indiana plant and asked state environmental regulators to keep it secret, according to newly released documents.

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13:44

Mexico, as It Is and Wasnt:: Some Stuff Wroth Knowing "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

For Americans concerned about  Mexico and Mexicans, and what sort of wights they be, a little history may help. We seem to know almost nothing  about a bordering nation of 130 million. It is not what most of us think it is. It is certainly not what the Loon Right would have us believe.

For many years, until 1910, Mexico was run by Europeans, lastly under Porfirio Diaz, for the benefit of Europeans. Literacy was extremely with economic conditions to match. The country was indeed, to borrow a favorite phrase of those hostile to Latin Americans, a Third-World hellhole. Many nations then were were, to include China.

In 1910 the Revolution broke out. It was godawful, as civil wars usually are. It ended in 1921, followed shortly by the Cristero religious war until 1929. This had the usual hideousness favored by religious wars.

It left the country devastated. It hadnt been much to start with, but now it was a wreck. Aldous Huxley, writing in 1934, saw no improvement. (Beyond the Mexique Bay) At least until 1940 much of Mexico was barely civilized, unlettered, lawless, and poor. Things were not all that swell in 1970.

Today, seventy-six years later (says the CIA Factbook), literacy is at 95%; the economy at $2.2 trillion, 12th  in the world in PPP; median age, 28; population growth rate, 1.12%; mothers mean age at first birth, 21.3; total fertility, 2.24 children per woman; life expectancy at birth, 76 years.

Mexico today has a large number of universities (the Technolgico of Monterrey, a premier engineering school, has some thirty campuses in as many cities: Is that one university or thirty?) Mexico graduates  well over 100,000 engineers a year, including 13,000 in software, and has a rapidly growing high-tech industry  with centers in Guadalajara and Mexico City. Major American firms, to include IBM, Oracle, and Intel, come here to hire them.

And of course internet, airlines, computerized everything, and teenagers pecking at smartphones.

This is a lot of change in less than a mans lifetime. Those hostile to Latin Americans do not want to know this, and usually manage not to.

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13:42

The Last Time These 3 Ominous Signals Appeared Simultaneously Was Just Before The Last Financial Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

(Reported By Michael Snyder) We have not seen a leadership reversal, a Hindenburg Omen and a Titanic Syndrome signal all appear simultaneously since just before the last financial crisis.  Does this mean that a stock market crash is imminent?  Not necessarily, but as I have been writing about quite a bit recently, the markets are certainly primed for one.  On Wednesday, the Dow fell another 138 points, and that represented the largest single day decline that we have seen since September.  Much more importantly, the downward trend that has been developing over the past week appears to be accelerating.  Just take a look at this chart.

Could we be right on the precipice of a major move to the downside? John Hussman certainly seems to think so.  He is the one that pointed out that we have not seen this sort of a threefold sell signal since just before the last financial crisis.  The following comes from Business Insider On Tuesday, the number of New York Stock Exchange companies setting new 52-week lows climbed above the number hitting new highs, representing a leadership reversal that Hussman says highlights the deterioration of market internals. Stocks also received confirmation of two bearish market-breadth readings known as the Hindenburg Omen and the Titanic Syndrome. MORE

 

13:41

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: November 8 - 14, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between November 8 and 14, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aoba, Vanuatu | Dempo, Indonesia | Sarychev Peak, Matua Island (Russia). Ongoing activity:...... Read more

Bright fireball over western France, 70 reports received "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A bright fireball entered Earth's atmosphere over the city of Bordeaux, western France at 21:32 UTC (22:32 CET) on November 14, 2017, as the second major fireball event within 5 hours. It lasted up to 3 seconds. The International Meteor Organization (IMO)...... Read more

Lemur on the menu: most-endangered primates still served in Madagascar "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Editors note: This story contains a graphic image toward the bottom. SAVA REGION, Madagascar Two of Madagascars senior wildlife officials have separately confirmed that lemur meat is served in hotels in their region, despite ongoing efforts to end the illegal bushmeat trade and protect the worlds most endangered group of vertebrates. Another conservationist said local Malagasy people use a code to order lemur meat in restaurants without saying the animals name. Lemurs are found in the wild only in Madagascar and the neighboring Comoros islands, and more than 90 percent of the 111 remaining species are threatened, according to the Red List of Threatened Species from the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). The list identifies 24 species as Critically Endangered, 49 as Endangered, and another 20 as Vulnerable. In 2012, conservationists in a workshop for the IUCNs Species Survival Commission concluded that lemurs are probably more endangered than any other group of vertebrates. The animals have historically been hunted and eaten by local people living around Madagascars rainforests, many of whom live in poverty. In some parts of the country, certain species of lemurs are protected by fady, or cultural taboo, but elsewhere, lemur meat has traditionally been a source of protein for people who may otherwise go hungry. Reports of lemur consumption in urban restaurants sprang up after the countrys 2009 coup dtat, but have since died down. A gray bamboo lemur (Hapalemur griseus) rests in its namesake plant in Marojejy National park.

$2 billion investment in forest restoration announced at COP23 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last Thursday, at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany (known as COP23), the World Resources Institute (WRI) announced that $2.1 billion in private investment funds have been committed to efforts to restore degraded lands in the Caribbean and Latin America. The investments will be made through WRIs Initiative 2020, which has already put 10 million hectares (about 25 million acres) of land under restoration thanks to 19 private investors who are supporting more than 40 restoration projects. Agriculture, forestry, and other land uses are responsible for about a quarter of global greenhouse emissions, but in Latin America and the Caribbean, they account for roughly half of all emissions. Thats why these sources of climate pollution are featured in the action plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (or NDCs), submitted by many countries as part of the Paris Climate Agreement (thats also why the UNs program for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, REDD+, was included in the Paris Agreement as a standalone article). Theres a plethora of recent research showing that, while halting deforestation is of course critical, the restoration of degraded forests and other landscapes are a vital component to meeting the Paris Agreements target of keeping global warming below two degrees Celsius. Forests currently remove an estimated 30 percent of manmade carbon emissions from the atmosphere, but a suite of studies released on the eve of COP23 found that they could be sequestering far more an additional 100 billion metric tons of carbon by the

13:33

Transferable Ruger Mini-14 Machine Gun For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

I have for sale a transferable Ruger Mini-14 machine gun. This appears to be a Pearl Manufacturing conversion.


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13:23

New Planet Discovered That Could Sustain Life "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

You may want to get used to the name Ross 128 b. The newly discovered exoplanet is the second-closest found to our solar system, only 11 light-years away. And it could support life. Announcements about exoplanets, those found outside our solar system, seem almost commonplace in this golden age of discovery for astronomers. So why is Ross 128 b unique apart from its rather human-sounding name?

The planet is about the same size as Earth, and it may have a similar surface temperature, making it a temperate world that could support life. Every 9.9 days, it completes an orbit around its host star, Ross 128, which is whats known as a red dwarf star: Theyre the coolest, faintest and most common stars found in the universe. CONTINUE

13:15

Words Of Christ Coming To Pass With Global Wars and Conflicts Mounting "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

One of the things that Jesus told us to pay attention to regarding the End Times was the increase in global conflicts prior to his second return. In the book of Matthew, he tells us: And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. Matthew 24:6-7

Now according to a new report from the Express, World War 3 fears are spreading around the globe as nations fall into political, diplomatic and financial crisis. I believe this new report once again shows us how truly close we are to the end of the age.  A comprehensive global conflict map shows where tourists would encounter danger and violence across the world, including North Korea and the Middle East. But the conflict zones are not constricted the Middle East, with Africa and Asia also being deemed as unsafe.

North Korea is naturally included on the map as the countrys aggressive nuclear testing campaign threatens to spark .   across North Koreas capital city, Pyongyang, over the weekend as the country forces its citizens to prepare for the possibility of conflict. While Kim Jong-uns  have made the global geopolitical climate increasingly volatile. CONTINUE

13:14

Exclusive! Genetic Armageddon: US Scientist Perform 1st DNA/Gene Editing CRISPR (Mark of The Beast) "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a persons DNA to cure a disease.
The experiment was done Monday in California on 44-year-old Brian Madeux. Through an IV, he received billions of copies of a corrective gene and a genetic tool to cut his DNA in a precise spot.
Biblical events and prophecies that were foretold over 2,000 years ago are happening in real time. Jesus said, As in the Days of Noah, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Tune in as we discuss the latest exclusive. Also this comes on the heals of a virtual forced peace plan between Palestinian Authority and Israel by none other that Jared Kushner and the Trump Administration led Saudi Arabia.
Tune in to this explosive broadcast to understand how close we are to the unveiling of the Anti-Christ and the Mark of the Beast mandated system. We are living in the lst days

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13:11

Brokerage Chief: Bitcoin Futures Must Be Quarantined "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Via: CoinDesk: A well-known electronic brokerage firm is issuing dire warnings against the CME Groups plan to launch a bitcoin futures contract next month. But Interactive Brokers, in a comment letter dated Nov. 14, suggested a way to mitigate the risk it sees from such activity: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), under the auspices []

13:05

Israeli Soldiers Petition Chief to Restore Army Bible Studies "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Following the cancellation of a weekly Bible study class in October, over 800 Israel Defense Forces soldiers have signed a petition imploring IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot to reinstate the lessons. The popular class was canceled by General Aharon Haliva, commander of the IDFs Technological and Logistics Directorate, without an explanation. General Haliva is known for his anti-religious sentiments. In 2010, several Knesset members even called for his dismissal following harsh rhetoric against

observant soldiers. Sunday Sadness is a running phrase among Israels soldiers, which is used to describe their mood at having to return to base on Sundays after the Sabbath, shared Dr. John A.I. Grossman, Chairman of LIBI USA, an organization which supports Israeli soldier welfare outside of the IDF budget, with Breaking Israel News. This Bible class was called Sunday Happiness to counteract that feeling. It brought a deeper purpose and understanding to our soldiers about the Holy Land and the importance of protecting it. READ MORE

 

12:56

Australia Exhales As News Cycle Returns To Hollywood Sex Crimes And Citizenship Drama "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT After a brief hiatus spent reporting about yesterdays same-sex marriage survey results, the Australia media cycle has returned to relaying news of Hollywood stars acting inappropriately and politicians who forgot to renounce their dual-citizen status before running for office. As the same-sex marriage debate hit fever pitch yesterday morning, the nations new publishers []

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12:43

Andrew Bartzis Regions of Our World Pt 3 Ibiza, Algeria, Friend of Dalai Lama "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

 

 

Welcome to Adventures into Reality with Andrew Bartzis! Tune into the show today to continue to get insights into your journey and how the world around you works and how it all affects you and your reality. As humans, we often ask ourselves what is the meaning of life? What is our purpose? These questions, contemplations are what drive us to learn and explore and want to know more. If we apply these queries to the meaning of objects, environments, circumstances, associations to people, places, family and attachments, then we realize that we are in an ebb and flow of information that is constantly changing the way we view our reality.

The reason why it is becoming so prevalent now in our time, is that we as a collective whole want to change, we want to shift into another layer of understanding with new vision. The past and old no longer applies to the new goals and visions we have set for ourselves. We must learn to release and let go. Lest we limit our quest toward our spiritual evolution. That is why it is important to continue to create your sacred discipline and expand on the knowledge and foundation which you have invested time and energy and so much more to know.

Tonights broadcast highlights the following two video segments:

Andrew Bartzis Classic Callers 8 Thomas Dalai Lama Friend Incan Runner, Music Planet, Soul Weary from War Andrew Bartzis Regions of Our World Pt3 Ibiza https://youtu.be/WoEyIk6x6_w https://youtu.be/PKj_y8UVzc0

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12:31

Top 11 Countries In Which Bitcoin is Banned "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Countries around the world have a wide ranging view of the digital currency bitcoin or a virtual currency. Western superpowers like the United States and United Kingdom have shown a positive attitude towards the new technology. Some countries like Canada and Australia are still deliberating on what to do about Bitcoin, legally. Bitcoin Digits Coming []

12:24

22 Meaningful ways to do Gratitude. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

November the perfect time to focus on new, healthy habits.

12:22

React Pattern: Centralized PropTypes "IndyWatch Feed Education"

Avoid repeating yourself by centralizing PropTypes

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There are three popular ways to handle types in React: PropTypes, TypeScript and Flow. This post is about PropTypes, which are currently the most popular.

Since PropTypes provide type warnings at runtime, its helpful to be as specific as possible.

  • Component accepts an object? Declare the objects shape.
  • Prop only accepts a specific list of values? Use oneOf.
  • Array should contain numbers? Use arrayOf.
  • You can even declare your own types. AirBnB offers many additional PropTypes.

Heres a PropType example:

https://medium.com/media/e019278c6f44de68391613cd427f60bf/href

In real apps with large objects, this quickly leads to a lot of code. Thats a problem, because in React, youll often pass the same object to multiple components. Repeatin...

12:16

Man Now At Point In Relationship Where Hes Allowed To Buy His Own Clothes "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact In a word, Peter Granger is chuffed. For a number of years now, the 31-year-old hasnt been trusted to select and purchase his own clothes because according to his partner, hes got the taste of a tongueless drunk. But this morning, Granger confidently strode into the South Betoota Rivers []

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12:15

Peer-reviewed Scientific Literature Filled with Fake Science "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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PR firm offers to fake science

by Dr. David Lewis
Focus for Health

Excerpts:

Environmental groups in Wilmington, NC are trying to stop chemical companies from polluting their drinking water with perfluorochemicals, called PFCs, which are highly persistent and magnified up the food chain. They are an increasingly common contaminate in food, water and household dusts. DuPont de Nemours & Company, for example, discharges a PFC abbreviated PFOA.

Numerous studies have linked PFCs to genetic and reproductive damage, developmental problems in unborn children, and cancer. The scientific literature, therefore, contains ample evidence that chemical companies are to blame. In a letter to DuPont, The Weinberg Group, a leading public relations firm, offered to reshape the scientific literature.

The firm stated that it would construct a scientific study to establish that PFOA is safe and provides real health benefits. Constructing studies with predetermined outcomes is not science in any sense of the word. And any benefits reported in the scientific literature from such a study would be nothing but fake science.

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Unfortunately, the peer-reviewed scientific literature is filled with fake science. During my tenure as a research scientist at EPA and the University of Georgia, I observed how politics and commercial interests often lead to science, and all of its very real benefits, being skewed to support government policies, industry practices and commercial products.

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12:12

Leonardo da Vincis Salvator Mundi Sells for Over $400 Million, Shattering All Art Auction Records "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The buyers on the phone during the final stretch of bidding (GIF by the author for Hyperallergic)

Tonight, Leonardo da Vincis Salvator Mundi sold for $400 million shattering art auction records ($450.3 million with fees). The buyer is still unknown.

Before today, the highest price paid for art at auction was Pablo Picassos Les Femmes dAlger (1955), which including fees went for $179.4 million, and the highest price paid in a private sale is believed to be Willem de Koonings Interchange (1955) at roughly $300 million.

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12:07

New map of Antarctic geothermal heat suggests Steig & Mann 2009 werent measuring global warming "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This is quite interesting. Remember the claim in on the front cover of Nature in 2009 by Steig and Mann that Antarctica was warming, thanks to that special Mannian PCA math sauce that was applied to air temperature data to smear surface temperature trends over the entire continent? It was dashed by climate skeptics who

12:04

Electroacupuncture stimulation of the sensitized acupoint can improve diarrhea in D-IBS rats. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2017 Oct 25 ;42(5):413-7. PMID: 29105469 Abstract Title:  [Effect of Electroacupuncture Stimulation of Sensitized Acupoints on Bowel Dysfunction in Rats with Diarrhea-predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome]. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of electroacupuncture(EA)stimulation of sensitized acupoints on bowel dysfunction in diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome(D-IBS)rats.METHODS: Fifty SD rats were randomly divided into control, model, EA sensitized acupoint and EA non-sensitized acupoint groups, with 20 rats in the model group and 10 rats in each of the other 3 groups. The D-IBS model was established by chronic restraint stress and intragastric administration of folium sennae (0.3 g/mL, 10 mL/kg), once daily for 2 weeks, followed by two weeks' restraint stress stimulation. The sensitized acupoints were determined by locating the extravasation points of Evans Blue (EB) dye after tail-intravenous injection, and stimulated with EA (2 mA, 2 Hz) for 30 min, once daily for 7 consecutive days. For rats of the EA non-sensitized acupoint group, bilateral BL 15 were stimulated with the same parameters and same stimulation duration. The rats' bowel mobility was evaluated by Bristol stool scale (BSS), loose stools rate and diarrhea index.RESULTS: After modeling, the BSS, loose stool rate, and diarrhea index were significantly increased in the model group relevant to the control group (P

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11:52

According to Key European Regulator, ICOs Could be Derivative Activities "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Yes, that ICO is probably a security. ICO platforms and founders need to be responsible, and public must exercise great caution.

11:50

Electroacupuncture pretreatment attenuates acute lung injury in rats after cardiopulmonary bypass. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Shock. 2017 Nov 7. Epub 2017 Nov 7. PMID: 29117064 Abstract Title:  Electroacupuncture Pretreatment Attenuates Acute Lung Injury Through7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor-Mediated Inhibition of HMGB1 Release in Rats after Cardiopulmonary Bypass. Abstract:  Acute lung injury is a common complication after cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB).7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (7nAChR) and 7nAChR-dependent cholinergic signaling are implicated in suppressing the release of high mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) and reducing the inflammatory response. A previous study has shown the electroacupuncture (EA) pretreatment induces tolerance against lung injury. However, the role of EA in CPB is poorly understood. This study employed EA and a rat model of CPB to determine whether EA was associated with CPB-induced lung injury. Rats were treated with EA at"Zusanli (ST36)"and"Feishu (BL13)"acupoints for 5 days before being subjected to CPB. Two hours post-CPB, samples of blood, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and lung tissues were processed for investigations. Our results showed that the expression of7nAChR in lung tissue was significantly decreased after CPB. EA pretreatment prevented the reduction in the expression of 7nAChR, EA pretreatment reduced lung edema, inhibited inflammatory cytokines release in serum and lung as well as protein concentrations in BALF and HMGB1 release following CPB, and the beneficial effects were attenuated by -BGT. Our study demonstrates that EA pretreatment plays a protective role in CPB-induced ALI, and inhibits HMGB1 release through 7nAChR activation in rats.This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License 4.0 (CCBY-NC-ND), where it is permissible to download and share the work provided it is properly cited. The work cannot be changed in any way or used commercially without permission from the journal. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0.

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11:43

Acupuncture may be effective at relieving chronic knee pain. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Acupunct Med. 2017 Nov 8. Epub 2017 Nov 8. PMID: 29117967 Abstract Title:  Updated systematic review and meta-analysis of acupuncture for chronic knee pain. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for the treatment of chronic knee pain (CKP).METHODS: We searched the MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane CENTERAL, CINAHL and four Chinese medical databases from their inception to June 2017. We included randomised controlled trials of acupuncture as the sole treatment or as an adjunctive treatment for CKP. The primary outcome was pain intensity measured by visual analogue scale (VAS), Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) pain subscale and 11-point numeric rating scale. Secondary outcome measurements included the 36-Item Short Form Health Survey and adverse events. The quality of all included studies was evaluated using the Cochrane risk-of-bias criteria and the STRICTA (Standards for Reporting Interventions in Controlled Trials of Acupuncture) checklist.RESULTS: Nineteen trials were included in this systematic review. Of these, data from 17 studies were available for analysis. Regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture alone or combined with other treatment, the results of the meta-analysis showed that acupuncture was associated with significantly reduced CKP at 12 weeks on WOMAC pain subscale (mean difference (MD) -1.12, 95%confidence interval (CI) -1.98 to -0.26, I(2)=62%, 3 trials, 608 participants) and VAS (MD -10.56, 95%CI -17.69 to -3.44, I(2)=0%, 2 trials, 145 patients). As for safety, no difference was found between the acupuncture and control groups (risk ratio 1.08, 95%CI 0.54 to 2.17, I(2)=29%).CONCLUSION: From this systematic review, we conclude that acupuncture may be effective at relieving CKP 12 weeks after acupuncture administration, based on the current evidence and our protocol. However, given the heterogeneity and methodological limitations of the included trials, we are currently unable to draw any strong conclusions regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic knee pain. In addition, we found that acupuncture appears to have a satisfactory safety profile, although further studies with larger numbers of participants are needed to confirm the safety of this technique.STRENGTHS: Systematic review without language restrictions.LIMITATIONS: Only a few high-quality and consistent trials could be included in this review.

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11:42

Bloke From The ABS Pretty Happy With How Well He Handled His Fifteen Minutes "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT Australian Bureau of Statistics head statistician, David Kalisch is reportedly still pretty chuffed after unwittingly delivering one of the most important messages for civil rights in recent years, while unveiling the results of the 2017 same-sex marriage postal vote. Did I look good up there? he asked his wife while relaxing in the bathtub last []

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11:34

Cherokee Nation Honors U.S. Army Veterans in November "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Cherokee Nation Tribal Council member Buel Anglen, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, veteran Terry Rattlinggourd, and Tribal Council members Janees Taylor and Harley Buzzard.

Published November 15, 2017

TAHLEQUAH The Cherokee Nation honored four U.S. Army veterans with the Medal of Patriotism at the Tribal Council meeting Monday.

Virgil England, 81, of Blue Springs, Missouri; Melvin McCoy, 76, of Sallisaw; Terry Rattlinggourd, 69, of Pryor; and Billie Tritthart, 69, of Miami, Oklahoma, were recognized by Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, acknowledging their service and sacrifice to their country.

Sgt. England was born Dec. 27, 1935, and enlisted in the Army in July of 1955. England completed basic training in Colorado and volunteered for hazardous duty as an Army paratrooper and was later transferred to Fort Campbell in Kentucky. He proudly served 20 months and made a total of 27 jumps with the Army paratroopers during his military career. England received an honorable discharge in 1958.

I would sincerely like to thank Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief Crittenden for the development, promotion and sponsorship of this wonderful award, England said. I think I speak for the rest of my fellow veterans when I say that it is exceptional, and we really appreciate it.

Cherokee Nation Tribal Council member Buel Anglen, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, veteran Billie Tritthart, and Tribal Council member Harley Buzzard.

Sgt. McCoy was born June 23, 1939. After graduating high school and receiving his welding certification, McCoy was drafted in the Army in December of 1963. A...

11:32

Worlds Largest Solar Plant Switches On In Jordan Refugee Camp "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Life for tens of thousands of people is about to get much easier, now that the worlds largest solar plant has switched on at the Zaatari refugee camp, located in Jordan.

According to the United Nations refugee agency, the development is a game-changer, as close to 80,000 Syrians will have access to renewable energy. For the first time in months (and for some, years), families will be able to run a fridge, TV, fans, light their shelters, and recharge their phones so they can remain in contact with loved ones.

Credit: Jordan Times

In total, the project cost 15 million euro, or $17.50 million. It was funded by the German government and will provide electricity to those in the Zaatari camp for up to 14 hours a day, said the agency.

Stefano Severe, a UNHCR representative in Jordan, told Reuters TV, That allows the children to continue their studies, and also (for) the safety of women and young girls to go about. Camp life will be made much easier.

40,000 solar panels were installed. By relying on clean energy, not only will carbon emissions be reduced in turn, preventing climate change from worsening, the agency will save approximately $5.5 million in operating costs each year. The savings can be re-invested into refugee support, which is a win-win for the environment and those affected by the Syria civil war.

Electricity is very important to us, it is needed by men, children, women, everyone needs it during the day, said Syrian refugee Anwar Hussein. When we have electricity during the day, our children can stay home, they dont go out in this weather and play in the dust and mud. According to the...

11:31

Acupuncture and conventional medicine for chronic neck pain have similar effectiveness on pain and disability. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Am J Chin Med. 2017 Nov 9:1-23. Epub 2017 Nov 9. PMID: 29121797 Abstract Title:  Effectiveness of Acupuncture and Electroacupuncture for Chronic Neck Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Abstract:  The aim of this systematic review was to assess evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture and electroacupuncture in patients with chronic neck pain. We searched nine databases including Chinese, Japanese and Korean databases through 30 July 2016. The participants were adults with chronic neck pain and were treated with acupuncture or electroacupuncture. Eligible trials were those with intervention groups receiving acupuncture and electroacupuncture with or without active control, and control groups receiving other conventional treatments such as physical therapy or medication. Outcomes included pain intensity, disability, quality of life (QoL) and adverse effects. For statistical pooling, the standardized mean difference (SMD) and its 95% confidence interval (CI) were calculated using a fixed-effects model. Sixteen RCTs were selected. The comparison of the sole acupuncture group and the active control group did not come out with a significant difference in pain (SMD 0.24, 95% CI [Formula: see text]0.27-0.75), disability (SMD 0.51, 95% CI [Formula: see text]0.01-1.02), or QoL (SMD [Formula: see text]0.37, 95% CI [Formula: see text]1.09-0.35), showing a similar effectiveness of acupuncture with active control. When acupuncture was added into the control group, the acupuncture add-on group showed significantly higher relief of pain in studies with unclear allocation concealment (SMD [Formula: see text]1.78, 95% CI [Formula: see text]2.08-[Formula: see text]1.48), but did not show significant relief of pain in studies with good allocation concealment (SMD [Formula: see text]0.07, 95% CI [Formula: see text]0.26-0.12). Significant relief of pain was observed when the sole electroacupuncture group was compared to the control group or electroacupuncture was added onto the active control group, but a lot of the results were evaluated to have low level of evidence, making it difficult to draw clear conclusions. In the result reporting adverse effects, no serious outcome of adverse event was confirmed. Acupuncture and conventional medicine for chronic neck pain have similar effectiveness on pain and disability when compared solely between the two of them. When acupuncture was added onto conventional treatment it relieved pain better, and electroacupuncture relieved pain even more. It is difficult to draw conclusion because the included studies have a high risk of bias and imprecision. Therefore better designed large-scale studies are needed in the future.

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11:22

Mass Arrest Update: Now Up To 1,183 Sealed Indicments in 36 Districts & DOJ Will Consider New Special Counsel on Clinton Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


A Google .xlxs file recently posted online reveals that the Russian investigation and surrounding events could be coming to a head in Washington sooner than later.
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11:19

Acupuncture at HT7 can attenuate anxiety-like behaviour induced by withdrawal from chronic morphine treatment. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Neurosci Lett. 2017 Nov 7 ;664:38-42. Epub 2017 Nov 7. PMID: 29126776 Abstract Title:  Effects of acupuncture on the anxiety-like behavior induced by withdrawal from chronic morphine use. Abstract:  OBJECTIVES: In the previous studies, it has been demonstrated that acupuncture treatment was effective on the suppression of withdrawal signs as well as self-administration behavior induced by morphine. Based on, the present study has investigated whether acupuncture could attenuate the anxiety-like behavior induced by withdrawal from chronic morphine treatment.MATERIALS & METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats weighing 270-300g were treated saline or morphine hydrochloride (10mg/kg, s.c.) for 2 weeks. Following abstinence of 5days in home cage, rats were subjected to the measurement of anxiety-like behavior in the elevated plus maze. Bicuculline (1mg/kg, i.p.) and SCH 50911 (2mg/kg, i.p.) were used to investigate the possible mechanism of acupuncture effects focusing on the GABA receptors system.RESULTS: Acupuncture at HT7 increased the time spent in open arms significantly. Also, these effects of acupuncture at HT7 were blocked by GABAA receptor antagonist.CONCLUSION: Results of the present study suggest that acupuncture at HT7 can attenuate anxiety-like behavior induced by withdrawal from chronic morphine treatment through the mediation of GABAA receptor system.

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11:17

Michael Savage Finds God, Tells Alex Jones He Has Had His Einstein Moment - Michael Savage Talks About The Hand Of God Saving Him Three Times "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"




Michael Savage Finds God, Tells Alex Jones He Has Had His Einstein Moment - Michael Savage Talks About The Hand Of God Saving Him Three Times

11:14

Acupuncture is effective for cancer-related fatigue management. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Support Care Cancer. 2017 Nov 11. Epub 2017 Nov 11. PMID: 29128952 Abstract Title:  Effects of acupuncture on cancer-related fatigue: a meta-analysis. Abstract:  PURPOSE: This study was designed to critically evaluate the effect of acupuncture on cancer-related fatigue (CRF).METHODS: Seven databases (Cochrane Library, Embase, Medline, Web of Science, CBM, Wanfang, and CNKI) were systematically reviewed from inception to November 2016 for randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Two reviewers critically and independently assessed the risk of bias using Cochrane Collaboration criteria and extracted correlated data using the designed form. All analyses were performed with Review Manager 5.RESULTS: Ten RCTs, including 1327 patients (acupuncture, 733; control, 594), meeting the inclusion criteria for the meta-analysis were identified. Acupuncture had a marked effect on fatigue in cancer patients, regardless of concurrent anti-cancer treatment, particularly among breast cancer patients. The meta-analysis also indicated that acupuncture could significantly mitigate CRF compared with sham acupuncture or usual care. Acupuncture for 20-30 min/session three times/week for two or three weeks, twice weekly for two weeks and weekly for six weeks, and weekly for six weeks had substantial effects on CRF. Six RCTs reported the occurrence of adverse events, whereas five reported none. The remaining study reported some manageable events, including spot bleeding and bruising.CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture is effective for CRF management and should be recommended as a beneficial alternative therapy for CRF patients, particularly for breast cancer patients and those currently undergoing anti-cancer treatment.

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11:14

Navajo Nation Council Encourages Navajo Veterans to Submit Claims to Recover Income Taxes "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Speaker LoRenzo Bates

Published November 15, 2017

WINDOW ROCK  The Navajo Nation Council is encouraging Navajo veterans to submit claims to the states of Arizona and New Mexico to recover income taxes that were unlawfully withheld on military wages for certain periods of time, in violation of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act (SSCRA), which was passed by congress in 1940 to prohibit states from taxing the income of military service members.

Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, TseDaaKaan, Upper Fruitland) was joined this week by Wide Ruins Veterans Organization Commander Cassandra Morgan and Klagetoh Veterans Commander Samuel Joe, to help spread awareness to Navajo veterans and to encourage them to contact the states to determine if they may be eligible to recover income taxes.

Our Navajo warriors deserve our upmost respect and honor and that includes the benefits and services that should be afforded to them from the federal government.. Unfortunately, for a period of time many of our veterans unlawfully had their military wages taxed by certain states, stated Speaker Bates.

In Arizona, the U.S. Department of Defense began withholding taxes on active duty military income in late 2003 and this continued until the end of 2005. In July 2016, the state legislators established the Native American Veterans Income Tax Settlement Fund and set aside $2 million to refund veterans who were wrongfully taxed. Veterans have until the end of 2019 to file a claim through the Arizona Department of Revenue.

In 2008 the state of New Mexico also created a fund for the purpose of issuing settlement payments to Native American veterans who had their taxes withheld.

Speaker Bates also stated that there may be thousands of Navajo veterans that have yet to file claims with the states. The Navajo Nation Council began reaching out through the media to bring this to the publics attention to prevent the potential loss of tax income for our veterans.

We want our veterans to be well aware of this opportunity to...

11:11

Envelope of the Month - November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Comics"



Good Mail Days have been on the rare side lately, the main reason being that since my savings ran out, my internet shopping addiction was miraculously cured!

Thankfully I still receive the occasional item from one of my comics/zine friends - at least, those REAL friends who haven't flushed me down the dunny for being politically incorrect.

Thanks to the Dith Dood for his great envelope containing more wonderful issues of Dithering Doodles! [Reviews to follow...]

11:10

Bank Admits Fiat Currencies Are Failing and Cryptocurrencies May Replace Them "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bank Admits Fiat Currencies Are Failing and Cryptocurrencies May Replace Them by Shaun Bradley  The Anti-Media As the transition towards a blockchain based economy continues, the established financial powers are desperately trying to stay relevant. In an attempt to boost their credibility, analysts...

The post Bank Admits Fiat Currencies Are Failing and Cryptocurrencies May Replace Them appeared first on The Daily Coin.

11:10

Climate Talk Crisis: Wheres the Money? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t GWPF UCS Strategy Director Alden Meyer has accused developed countries of hiding behind the United States, refusing to provide firm commitments to use taxpayers funds to pay large climate damages to poor countries. Breakthrough eludes climate talks, scientists concerned over US role Developing country negotiators lamented the fact that the

11:08

Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Make homemade pizza in a Pizzeria Pronto outdoor pizza oven

Make homemade pizza in a Pizzeria Pronto outdoor pizza oven


Make healthy homemade pizza in your backyard. The Pizzeria Pronto is Pizzacrafts deluxe outdoor pizza oven that will change pizza night forever! Its lightweight, portable and safe on any surface. Its incredibly easy to use. Simply hook it up to a propane tank, let it pre-heat for 10 minutes, and youre ready to go.

The Pizzeria Pronto reaches cooking temperatures of over 700F and cooks a pizza in only 5 minutes. The Pizzeria Pronto features a heat containing visor and stainless steel reflection plate, resulting in a 20% decrease in cooking time. The Pizzeria Pronto comes with two 14 baking stones. It is not recommended to use a pizza steel on top of the baking stones.

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Consider using a no-knead pizza dough recipe on YouTube. Thats what I did for years. Baking the pizza in a gas-fired oven makes the process very fast and simple. You can control the ingredients if its homemade and get it just the way you like it. If its out of your budget then you could buy one of their stones and build a hood over a regular BBQ grill.

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11:01

Disneys Architectural Aspirations in EPCOT "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

On the 16th of November 1965, Walt Disney announced that his company had acquired 27,443 acres of a Florida swampland, twice the size of Manhattan, where he had plans to build the utopian Epcot Center: Experimental Prototypical Community/City of Tomorrow. In his own words, EPCOT will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are emerging from the forefront of American industry. It will be a community of tomorrow that will never be completed. It will always be showcasing and testing and demonstrating new materials and new systems. (Disney in the introductory film, October 27, 1966). As Walt Disney died of cancer a year later in 1966, most of his ideas for this planned city were abandoned and the now world famous Disney World Resort replaced it.

Possibly sensing the end of his life and witnessing his grandchildren growing up, Walt started doubting  the safety of their future in modern cities which were busy, chaotic, insalubrious and rife with crime. Disneyland had offered the public entertainment and escapism from their post-war existence, but this new urban plan would offer much more an actual model for a better city of the future. Steve Mannheim wrote how Disney began to study books about city planning, such as Ebenezer Howards Garden Cities of Tomorrow (1902) and Victor Gruens The Heart of Our Cities: The Urban Crisis, Diagnosis and Cure (1964). The author compared him to Le C...

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Fern Forest Watch Special: FLEGT VPA Update November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

LoggingOff and Fern publish occasional Forest Watch updates detailing events in countries negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement from a civil society perspective. In the November 2017 edition, the main article focuses on the European Union Timber Regulation and progress in the year since the first FLEGT licences.

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10:55

Nelsons Column converted into flats "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Nelsons Column has been converted into 30 affordable dwellings, with generous views and near-standing room for all but the average in height.  The iconic structure has stood for over 200 years; held together by pigeon shit and a rabid dislike of the French.

The 169 ft building has been infamously under-developed, with most of be structure wasted on supporting just one resident.  But thanks to some vertical boring and the worlds narrowest lift, 30 families will be able to stoop in luxury inside the generous 57 high executive apartments.

Parking is limited and ablutions are of the do it in the fountains at night variety.  The vertical tubular housing solution also has other innovative features.  If you live at the top, obviously everyone else will have to go out first to make room for your descent explained the architect. But what do you bloody expect for 800 grand?

Simon Travis is hopeful the new development will mean that at 63, he can finally move out of his parents home.  Its time to leave the nest and settle down with my girlfriend. Shes really excited. Its been very cramped sharing a Victorian postbox with both my parents and three siblings. But this will be the very definition of high-rise living.

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10:52

A. hirtifolium might be a candidate for tumor suppression. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Cytotechnology. 2008 Mar ;56(3):179-85. Epub 2008 Apr 11. PMID: 19002856 Abstract Title:  Antiproliferative activity of chloroformic extract of Persian Shallot, Allium hirtifolium, on tumor cell lines. Abstract:  Allium hirtifolim (Persian Shallot) belongs to Allium genus (Alliaceae family). We investigated the in vitro effects of chloroformic extract of A. hirtifolium and its Allicin on the proliferation of HeLa (cervical cancer), MCF7 (human, caucasion, breast, adenocarcinoma) and L929 (mouse, C3H/An, connective) cell lines. Our results showed that components of A. hirtifolium might inhibit proliferation of tumor cell lines. This inhibition in HeLa and MCF-7 cells was dose-dependent. The presence of Allicin was evaluated by TLC method in bulbs and the extract of A. hirtifolium was analyzed by HPLC. MTT test was performed 24, 48 and 72 h after cell culture. A significant decrease in cell lines was observed in HeLa and MCF-7 as compared to L929 cell lines. DNA fragmentation analysis revealed a large number of apoptotic cells in treated HeLa and MCF-7 cell groups, but no effects in L929 cells. Therefore A. hirtifolium might be a candidate for tumor suppression.

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10:48

Setting up a basecamp in the wallowa mountains and working on the same landscape for days was such a great way to discover and learn. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Setting up a basecamp in the wallowa mountains and working on the same landscape for days was such a great way to discover and learn.
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10:43

Conservative Migrant Says Gay People Should Go Back To Where They Came From "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT A Western Sydney man says the gay population need to go back to wherever they came from, presumably San Francisco or Bangkok after being disheartened by same-sex marriage postal vote results yesterday. John, a father and grandfather of Australian-born citizens, says this is isnt the kind of Australia he used to know. []

The post Conservative Migrant Says Gay People Should Go Back To Where They Came From appeared first on The Betoota Advocate.

10:36

Isoliquiritigenin may be a promising chemopreventive agent against human uterine cervical cancer. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Mol Nutr Food Res. 2009 Jul ;53(7):826-35. PMID: 19536869 Abstract Title:  Shallot and licorice constituent isoliquiritigenin arrests cell cycle progression and induces apoptosis through the induction of ATM/p53 and initiation of the mitochondrial system in human cervical carcinoma HeLa cells. Abstract:  This study is the first to investigate the anticancer effect of isoliquiritigenin (ISL) in human cervical carcinoma HeLa cells. The results reveal that ISL inhibits HeLa cells by blocking cell cycle progression in the G2/M phase and inducing apoptosis. Blockade of cell cycle is associated with increased activation of ataxia telangiectasia-mutated (ATM). Activation of ATM by ISL phosphorylated p53 at Serine15, resulting in increased stability of p53 by decreasing p53 and murine double minute-2 (MDM2) interaction. In addition, ISL-mediated G2/M phase arrest was also associated with decreases in the amounts of cyclin B, cyclin A, cdc2, and cdc25C, and increases in the phosphorylation of Chk2, cdc25C, and cdc2. The specific ATM inhibitor caffeine significantly decreased ISL-mediated G2/M arrest by inhibiting the phosphorylation of p53 (Serine15) and Chk2. ISL induced apoptotic cell death is associated with changes in the expression of Bax and Bak, decreasing levels of Bcl-2 and Bcl-X(L), and subsequently triggering mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. In addition, pretreatment of cells with caspase-9 inhibitor blocked ISL-induced apoptosis, indicating that caspase-9 activation is involved in ISL-mediated HeLa cell apoptosis. These findings suggest that ISL may be a promising chemopreventive agent against human uterine cervical cancer.

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10:25

Homeland Security to Release Chemicals into the Air to Simulate a Biological Terror Attack "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Jay Syrmopoulos

A planned simulation of a chemical and biological attack has people questioning the impact of the drill on human and environmental health.

Newkirk, OK The Department of Homeland Security plans to conduct chemical and biological testing near the border between Kansas and Oklahoma in January and February, and again in June and July, to determine how much protection people would receive from being inside a house or an apartment in the event of a biological terrorist attack, according to a statement on the Homeland Security website.

The DHS press release notes:

The study is part of the Departments ongoing commitment to preparedness and the shared responsibility of protecting the nations critical infrastructure. The purpose of this study is to gather data that enhances our predictive capabilities in the event of a biological agent attack.  Specifically, this work will help in predicting the extent to which an intentional release of a biological agent may penetrate single family and multi-family structures. These tests will release inert chemicals and biological materials that will be used to measure the amount of material that penetrates the buildings under varied conditions.

   SEE: Australia Thunderstorm Asthma Symptoms Persist: Looks Like Biowarfar...

10:23

Anticancer and anti-inflammatory activities of shallot extract. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Arch Med Sci. 2011 Feb ;7(1):38-44. Epub 2011 Mar 8. PMID: 22291731 Abstract Title:  Anticancer and anti-inflammatory activities of shallot (Allium ascalonicum) extract. Abstract:  INTRODUCTION: Alliumplants are an important part of the diet of many populations and there is a long-held belief in their health-enhancing properties such as cancer prevention. In this study, the anticancer and anti-inflammatory activities of the aqueous extract of the Allium ascalonicum bulbs have been studied.MATERIAL AND METHODS: The antiproliferative and anti-growth activity of the aqueous extract of A. ascalonicum was examined in vitro on different tumor cell lines. Furthermore, the acetic acid-induced vascular permeability as an in vivo assay was used for studying anti-inflammatory activity of the extract.RESULTS: The aqueous extract of A. ascalonicum had the most anti-growth activity on the cancer cell lines; Jurkat and K562 against Wehi 164 with lower cytotoxic preference. The extract also showed much less cytotoxicity against the normal cell (HUVEC) line and significant anti-inflammatory activity in vivo.CONCLUSIONS: It is of interest that the extract of this plant has shown much less cytotoxicity against the normal cell line, and, if this also occurs in vivo, the use of this plant clinically for the treatment of cancer patients would have some scientific support. The results of these assays indicated that A. ascalonicum can be a candidate for prevention and treatment of many diseases related to inflammation and malignancy.

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10:17

Kickstarter Launches Drip, a Service for Subscribing to Artists Projects "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Drips homepage (screenshot via Drip)

Earlier today, Kickstarter launched Drip, a kind of art subscription service intended to raise money for creators visual and performing artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, craftspeople, and designers of all kinds. As their tagline goes: Kickstarter is for projects, Drip is for people.

Individual artists and collectives, podcasters, and experimental groups create pages on the site, and visitors can subscribe to certain projects, or whatever else the artist decides to make available to them. Artists have the option to create tiers of membership for different kinds of access, and the goal is that these subscriptions will help fund the artists future projects, at the same time encouraging the artist to create more content for subscribers.

Drips discover page (screenshot via Drip)

Kickstarter isnt the first company to offer such a service. (Patreon has been doing roughly the same thing since 2013.) In fact, Drip was previously an independent entity, used primarily for supporting musicians from 2012 unti...

10:11

Black Seed Reverses Liver Disease "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Black Seed Reverses Liver Disease

Posted on: Monday, November 13th 2017 at 2:45 pm
This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2017

A new study on a widely revered herbal medicine has produced a potential breakthrough in treating a condition that is a warning sign of serious disease risks. This common health problem affects as many as 90 million Americans, most of whom dont even know they are in danger.
Its common knowledge that our liver is the organ that pays the price if we consume too much alcohol. What is less well known is the vital role the liver plays in the regulation of fat in our bodies. Like a central processing hub, the liver removes fat from the bloodstream, from both the food we eat, and as fat is released from other tissues. The liver exports the fat to other parts of the body where it is either burned for fuel or stored for later. When liver metabolism is distorted, as with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), also called isolated fatty liver (IFL), this balance is not properly regulated, causing fat to accumulate to dangerous levels in the organ.
What alarms health researchers about fatty liver disease is its prevalence among U.S. population -up to 25% of Americans are affected, but most dont know it- and IFLs canary in a coalmine effect of signaling deeper problems on the horizon, such as heart disease, diabetes, and liver cancer. Another cause for concern is the lack of effective drug treatments. Due to the metabolic derangements caused by many pharmaceuticals, several drugs have been found to cause liver disease, such as corticosteroids, and certain cancer and arthritis medications.
Nature is proving once again to be the best cure for what ails us. Nigella sativa, aka black seed, was the subject of a recently released study that sought to determine if the tiny seed with potent historical value could help treat IFL, a condition researchers called the most common cause of progressive liver disorders worldwide. Published in March 2017 in the Journal of Ayub Medical College...

10:04

Antioxidant micronutrients in the extract of Persian shallot may rehabilitate liver damages caused by free radicals in diabetes mellitus. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Basic Clin Physiol Pharmacol. 2012 ;23(2):83-7. PMID: 23104823 Abstract Title:  Hepatoprotective effects of hydroalcoholic extract of Allium hirtifolium (Persian shallot) in diabetic rats. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: The prevalence of diabetes mellitus (DM) is dramatically increasing worldwide. Prospective studies have reported that high levels of hepatic enzymes, including aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) are associated with later development of diabetes. The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of hydroalcoholic extract of Allium hirtifolium (Persian shallot) on the level of liver enzymes in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats.METHODS: Thirty-two male rats were divided into four groups of eight. The diabetic groups received 100 and 300 mg/kg Persian shallot extract, the diabetic control and non-diabetic control groups received 0.9% saline for 30 days. At the end of the experimental period, fasting blood samples were collected, and enzymes levels were measured.RESULTS: Our findings showed that hydroalcoholic extract of Persian shallot can significantly decrease serum levels of liver enzymes (AST, ALT, ALP and LDH) in treated groups in a dose-dependent fashion (p

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09:56

These findings may help to rationalize the wide use of Persian shallot for the treatment of inflammatory disorders. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Ethnopharmacol. 2014 May 28 ;154(1):176-82. Epub 2014 Apr 8. PMID: 24721027 Abstract Title:  Antiinflammatory and neurological activity of pyrithione and related sulfur-containing pyridine N-oxides from Persian shallot (Allium stipitatum). Abstract:  ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Persian shallot (Allium stipitatum) is a bulbous plant native to Turkey, Iran and Central Asia. It is frequently used in folk medicine for the treatment of a variety of disorders, including inflammation and stress. Antiinflammatory and neurological activities of pyrithione and four related sulfur-containing pyridine N-oxides which are prominent constituents of Allium stipitatum were tested.METHODS: The antiinflammatory activity was tested by the ability of the compounds to inhibit cyclooxygenase (COX-1 and COX-2), whereas the neurological activities were evaluated by assessing the compounds ability to inhibit monoamine oxidase-A (MAO-A) and acetylcholinesterase (AChE). The compounds affinity for the serotonin transport protein (SERT) and the GABAA-benzodiazepine receptor were also investigated.RESULTS: 2-[(Methylthio)methyldithio]pyridine N-oxide showed very high antiinflammatory effects which are comparable with those of common pharmaceuticals (IC of 7.8 and 15.4 M for COX-1 and COX-2, respectively). On the other hand, neurological activities of the compounds were rather modest. Some compounds moderately inhibited AChE (IC of 104-1041 M) and MAO-A (IC of 98-241 M) and exhibited an affinity for the SERT and GABAA-benzodiazepine receptor.CONCLUSIONS: Our findings may help to rationalize the wide use of Persian shallot for the treatment of inflammatory disorders.

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09:46

Thomas Peterffy on CME Futures: A Catastrophe in the Cryptocurrency Market will destabilize the real economy. "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Chairman of Interactive Brokers, Thomas Peterffy, has voiced concerns about the plan to launch a Bitcoin Futures contract. According to their CEO, Terry Duffy, the CME Group intends to offer the listing as early as the second week in December. However, Peterffy is worried about the implications of a crypto-based Futures market. For him, the violent swings associated with digital currencies and assets could spell disaster for investors, as well as the economy as a whole.

Interactive Brokers are themselves a CME clearing member and through an open letter dated November 14, 2017, they requested that the Commission require that any clearing organisation that wishes to clear any cryptocurrency or derivative of a cryptocurrency do so in a separate clearing system isolated from other products.

For Peterffy, there is no fundamental basis for valuation of cryptocurrencies and the volatility common within markets is cause for concern. He highlighted the lack of a mature, regulated and tested underlying market and declared that determining the amount of funds necessary to margin such a product is impossible. For him, drastic movements in price could affect many more than just a few unlucky traders:

a catastrophe in the cryptocurrency market that destabilizes a clearing organization will destabilize the real economy.

He continued:

If the Chicago Mercantile Exchange or any other clearing organization clears a cryptocurrency together with other products, then a large cryptocurrency price move that destabilizes members that clear cryptocurrencies will destabilize the clearing organization itself and its ability to satisfy its fundamental obligation to pay the winners and collect from the losers on the other products in the same clearing pool.

However, Peterffy and Interactive Brokers did suggest a way to mitigate the risk. They advocate keeping cryptocurrency derivatives entirely separate from other financial products. To protect the members of clearing organisations from the unique risks in clearing cryptocurrencies they should remain isolated.

Before signing off, Peterffy offered his and his companys support to help CME investigate and safeguard against such supposed dangers:

We would be happy to discuss this with you or to provide any further information at your convenience.

 

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09:43

Shallomin is a useful natural remedy in preventing the progression and treatment of cold sores. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Jundishapur J Nat Pharm Prod. 2014 Aug ;9(3):e17372. Epub 2014 Aug 1. PMID: 25237646 Abstract Title:  Shallominthe active antimicrobial constituent of persian shallot in treatment of oral herpes: a double-blind randomized clinical trial. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Previous studies showed that shallomin, the active antimicrobial constituent of Persian shallot, has a wide range of antibacterial and antifungal properties.OBJECTIVES: The objective of this randomized clinical trial was to evaluate the effectiveness of topical shallomin alcoholic solution in treatment of cold sore.PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 60 volunteers who met the inclusion criteria were randomly allocated to two equal groups to hourly apply topical of either 0.5% shallomin alcoholic solution or placebo within the first 24 hours of developing cold sores. All the cases were reassessed at six-hour intervals.RESULTS: The cold sores were cleared within six hours among 30% of cases who received shallomin solution and the remaining of the cases in this group were cleared between 6six to 24 hours of application. In the placebo group, clearance of the sores occurred in four cases between 48 to 72 hours and the remaining of cases were cleared after 72 hours.CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study demonstrated that shallomin is a useful natural remedy in preventing the progression and treatment of cold sores and can significantly reduce the duration of ulceration.

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09:42

Alabama Pastor Calls GOP Sissies For Dumping Moore "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Pastor calls GOP sissies for dumping Moore because nothing says good Christian man like sexually assaulting teenage girls. Speaking with Fox News, Pastor David Gonnella defended Christian extremist and child molester Roy Moore by calling Republicans sissies for dumping Moore after reports surfaced detailing the Alabama senate candidates history of sexually abusing and harassing teenage []

09:41

FILM: Lost and Found "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Nick Pinkerton on The Lost Years of German Cinema: 19491963

09:36

For clarification: Do you think artists who represent and promote groups that aim to hurt people deserve to be defended by virtue of being artists? I'm just trying to separate the discourse from the chaff here. "IndyWatch Feed Comics"

Hey, you seem like an alright person! :] Ill respond to this.I dont think anyone deserves to be defended just by virtue of being an artist, and nazis can go fuck themselves (the whole webcomic community thinks this, its not really in contention). However, lets take a look at who Tumblr harasses:

Sam Hyde

Alt-right.

Never harassed by Tumblr.


Red Panels

Alt-right.

Never harassed by Tumblr


He He Silly Comics

Alt-right.

Never harassed by Tumblr.


Erika Moen

Sex-positive feminist.

Harassed viciously by Tumblr for a mistake she made 8 (!) years ago and thoroughly apologized for, because they needed a justification for harassing her because of the cuck comic.


Adam Ellis

Left liberal?

Harassed viciously by Tumblr for reusing some assets, then further harassment justified because he decided to sass the people harassing him a bit. Apologized for the sass, harassment continued.


Ohnips

Liberal? Maybe libertarian at most?

Harassed viciously by Tumblr because of Dream Daddy fanart, then further harassment justified because afterwards it was revealed that shes ignorant on some issues.

So, what am I meant to think, when people pull all of this shit, and when I call it out they say but what about nazis??? Yeah, what about nazis? Tumblr never actually fucking harasses nazis. They prefer to dedicate their energy to fairly well intentioned people who theyve deemed problematic. And often, deemed problematic AFTER the harassment has already begun, in order to justify the harassment. :)

By all means, harass a nazi today, my dudes. You wont see me interfering.

But dont bullshit me.

09:36

School Holds 'Graduation Ceremony' To Say Farewell To Its Favorite Dog "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

For the last seven years, a sweet bulldog named Thurber had been easily the most recognizable character on campus at the University of Redlands in California serving as an official mascot at sports games and school functions.

But a recent event on campus was all about him.

Credit: University of Redlands

Thurbers long tenure as mascot had been set to come to an end next April. Earlier this month, however, the dogs caretaker, Beth Doolittle, made the sad announcement that Thurber had been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, meaning he would likely not make it until then.

So, with that in mind, the school pushed things ahead to much sooner holding a graduation ceremony of sorts this week to celebrate and honor their beloved Thurber.

Credit: University of Redlands

The pup even dressed the part.

Credit: University of Redlands

All Redlands students were encouraged to attend the sweet ceremony, held in the Greek theater on campus and from the looks of it, many at the small college turned out.

Credit: University of Redlands

The ailing Thurber arrived in style, seated in a decorated wa...

09:35

PHIVOLCS raises Kanlaon volcano alert level to 2 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has raised the alert status for Kanlaon volcano from Alert Level 1 (Low Level of Unrest) to Alert Level 2 (Moderate Level of Unrest) on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The last eruption of this volcano...... Read more

Can the Solomon Islands Gold Ridge Mine serve as a new model for resource extraction in the South Pacific? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

HONIARA, Solomon Islands In April 2016, thousands of villagers living in the vicinity of the Gold Ridge Mine in the southwest Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands braced themselves for a major disaster as torrential rainfall triggered a spillover of thousands of cubic meters of untreated water from the mines tailings dam. The Ministry of Health issued instructions to people to cease using water from the nearby Kwara, Tinahula and Matepono rivers for drinking, washing or fishing, due to possible risk of chemical contamination. The gold mine is situated on the countrys main island of Guadalcanal, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the capital, Honiara. Stanley Holmes Vutiande, who lives in Navola village, located along the Gold Ridge Road leading to the mine and 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the dam, remembered when it happened. We fled because there was water overflowing from the dam and we thought it might burst, so people just panicked and took off, he recounted. There was general information to look for safety, for higher ground, but no specific instructions as to what to do. Joe Horokou, the environment and conservation director at the Ministry of Environment, said the incident was bad because it took us by surprise, even though the company had been given approval to discharge tailings from the dam. The approval was given with conditions like before it is discharged the water has to be treated to acceptable standards. Despite the dire warning, the expected disaster didnt materialize. The dam held, and

Should I stay, or should I go: is U.S. facing a climate scientist brain drain? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Fire races through Klamath National Forest in 2014. This years Northern California wildfires burned through thousands of acres, leaving death and destruction in their wake. The fierceness of the flames is being tied to climate change, and the study of that link by U.S. climate scientists is vital to understanding destructive wildfires in the American West. Photo by Kari Greer / U.S. Forest Service via Flickr CC BY 2.0 via Flickr U.S. climate researchers, facing an uncertain future under a presidential administration known for its hostility to science, had a potential way out: answer a few questions on a website run by the French government, draw up a project proposal, and then maybe get offered a position at a French university, supported by enough cash for the duration of a stay there. The scientists spouse, could come too, and work if they pleased. A lucrative and attractive deal that has yielded a strong response. After President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement in June, Frances Emmanuel Macron responded with a clarion call to Make Our Planet Great Again. He aimed part of that message directly at U.S. climate scientists with a sales pitch inviting them to avoid draconian U.S. budget cuts and hostile Trumpian rhetoric by seeking haven in France. This wasnt hype: the French government was serious and has since set aside 30 million euros to facilitate the immigrants. The program closed several months ago having netted a couple of hundred applications, with hundreds more researchers requesting additional

Audio: Dr. Jane Goodall on being proven right about animals having personalities, plus updates direct from COP23 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On todays episode, we speak with the legendary Jane Goodall, who truly needs no introduction, and will have a direct report from the United Nations climate talks happening now in Bonn, Germany. Our first guest is the one and only Jane Goodall, whose work as a primatologist studying animal behavior for the past six decades has made her a household name. Shes written over two dozen books for both adults and children, and has been the subject of more than 40 films including one now touring the US and Canada, called Jane. Mongabay is incredibly lucky to have Jane Goodall on our Advisory Board. Just before Mongabay founder and CEO Rhett Butler was scheduled to speak with Goodall recently, research came out that vindicated her contention, which shes held for nearly 60 years, that chimps have personalities just like people. So we decided to record her thoughts about that for the Mongabay Newscast. Quite honestly I think almost everybody recognized that animals have personalities, whether they were in the wild or whether they werent, Goodall tells Butler. And it was just science saying, Well we cant prove it therefore its better we dont accept it. Goodall discusses what its like to be proven correct all these years later, as well as why she thinks the argument that trophy hunting is a valuable way to fund conservation is rubbish, the changes shes seen in the conservation world over her career, and whether shes hopeful that we can reverse some of the

09:33

Digital Media Adversely Affects Children and Adolescents Twice as Much as Adults Because Their Brain and Eyes Are Still Developing, According to a Review of Several Studies "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


(Zoey SkyIt looks like as time passes by, parents are becoming more lenient when it comes to monitoring gadget use by their children. However, according to a study, adolescents can experience sleep disruption from electronic screens.
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09:29

Lightning Network, Explained "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Did you just say not all transactions should be recorded on Blockchain?

09:22

Syracuse University mumps outbreak bad anti-vaccine math "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.

Partially because Im an alumnus, and partially because I watch new reports about infectious disease outbreaks all over the world, Ive been following the recent Syracuse University mumps outbreak. As of 13 November 2017, Syracuse University (SU) Health Services has reported 41 confirmed cases and 78 probable cases of the mumps on the SU campus.

Skeptical Raptor

09:21

Will Everyone in the U.S. Soon Need Government Approval to be Parents and Keep Their Children? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Male doctor in early forties comforting scared five year old patient

In the U.S. today, if you disagree with a doctor regarding the healthcare of your child, you risk losing custody of your child for medical neglect which often simply means you wanted a second opinion. Parental rights are seen as non-existent.

by Terri LaPoint
Health Impact News

Children belong to their parents.

Such a concept is foundational to every culture throughout all of human history. The family is the core group of any society. The need of the child for his or her own parents is a need that impacts the child on every level: biologically, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, developmentally, and culturally.

In most circles, the truth of the above statements is accepted as common knowledge.

However, there are some who do not hold to these most cherished values of family and kinship. Unfortunately, some of these people are radicals and extremists who hold positions of great influence over public policy, which translates into very real problems for families.

In a recent article presented by Health Impact News,  Richard WexlerExecutive Director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, wrote of some radical views of the family by Elizabeth Bartholet, who is a Professor of Family Law at Harvard Law School:

Bartholets ideas are so extreme that they include requiring every family with a young child to open itself to mandatory government surveillance. (Thats not an exaggeration. Theres a summary of her views in the section of this post to the NCCPR Child Welfare Blog called Harvards resident extremist  and the details are in her own book, Nobodys Children, pp. 170, 171).

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09:19

Shallot extract has potent in vitro anti-angiogenic activity. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Int J Mol Cell Med. 2014 ;3(4):237-45. PMID: 25635250 Abstract Title:  A Highly Pure Sub-Fraction of Shallot Extract With Potent in vitro Anti-Angiogenic Activity. Abstract:  Our previous studies showed that various extracts of Persian shallot (Allium hirtifolium) have anti- angiogenic effects. This study has been undertaken to isolate and identify the major effective anti- angiogeneic sub-fraction of shallot. After preparation of the 50% hydroalcoholic extract of shallot bulbs, the extract was successively fractionated into n- hexane, ethyl acetate, n- butanol and aqueous fractions. Anti-angiogenesis activity of fractions was examined by in vitro angiogenesis assay. The ethyl acetate fraction which had the most anti-angiogenesis activity was further fractionated to four sub- fractions by thin layer chromatography (TLC), silica gel column chromatography and then analyzed by High Performance TLC (HPTLC) with ethyl acetate-methanol- water as the solvent system. Our results showed that one of the four sub- fractions, as the major band in HPTLC, had the most anti- angiogenic activity. Purification and characterization of the major anti- angiogenic compound/compounds of shallot's extract may constitute one means by which diets rich in shallot confer protection against cancer and finally introduce new agents with pharmacological activities in shallot as a potential candidate in cancer therapy.

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09:18

Everything I hope to Have, Do, and Be in Life. {Poem} "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

My intention is to hold on to hope, no matter what. No matter how many times I fall back into that dark place;

09:15

Massive Hedge Fund Likely to Begin Trading Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Here come the hedge funds; Man Group intent on gaining exposure to Bitcoin if all goes well with CMEs planned futures market.

09:12

Roy Moores Popularity Among Evangelicals Exploded After Accusations He Pursued Teens "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Allegations of sexual misconduct levied against Alabama GOP Senate candidate and highly contentious former conservative judge, Roy Moore that he pursued teenage women and initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl while in his 30s have left the embattled politician with a rapidly dwindling support base.

Just kidding.

In fact, the accusations, culled from interviews with more than 30 people and published by the Washington Post last week all which Moore denies, categorically have instead led nearly 40 percent of Alabamas evangelical population to throw their support at his feet, asserting theyre even more likely to cast their ballot in his direction.

The Hill reports,

A JMC analytics poll found that 37 percent of evangelicals surveyed said the allegations make them more likely to vote for the GOP Senate candidate in the upcoming election.

Just 28 percent said the allegations made them less likely to vote for Moore and 34 percent said the allegations made no difference in their decision.

In all, 29 percent of respondents in the poll said the allegations against Moore would make them more likely to vote for him, compared to 38 percent overall who said the allegations would make them less likely to vote for the candidate.

According to one of the women, Moore initiated sexual contact when she was just 14 years old in 1979 and he, 32. Other women say the now twice-re...

09:10

Seal Spent 6 Months With A Frisbee Trapped Around Her Neck "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

After a curious seal managed to get a frisbee stuck around her neck, rescuers from different groups tried for months to catch her in order to remove it but nobody could get close enough. As the months passed, the seal grew, and the frisbee became more and more embedded in her neck, until finally she could barely eat or drink because of it. 

Credit: Friends of Horsey Seals

The poor seal had the frisbee stuck around her neck for nearly six months, before she finally stopped to rest away from other seals on Horsey Beach in Norfolk, England. Some beachgoers spotted her and contacted rescuers at Friends of Horsey Seals, who immediately came out to the beach. They were able to sneak up and grab her using a net. At that point, the seal was so weak that she barely put up a fight, and she was taken in by the RSPCAs East Winch Wildlife Center. 

Once she was in the care of the RSPCA, rescuers were able to remove the plastic frisbee from the seals neck and quickly set about treating the deep wound it had created. They decided to name her Frisbee, of course, and crossed their fingers that the sweet seal would be able to recover from her ordeal. 

Credit: RSPCA

Poor Frisbee was extremely emaciated when she first came to us as she just wouldnt have been able to feed due to the restriction around her neck caused by the yellow frisbee, Alison Charles, manager at the RSPCAs East Winch Wildlife Center, said in a press release. Wed never actually seen such an extensive wound, and to be honest, we just didnt think she would be able to recover from it.

Miraculously, though, Frisbee has been recovering nicely, and while she still has a long way to go, it seems as though shes going to make a full recovery. Her appetite has completely returned, and shes becoming livelier by the day. 
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09:00

A Good Guy With A Gun Stopped A Sexual Assault In An Uber-Leftist City "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

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A good guy with a gun in the uber-lefty city of Austin, Texas, used his Glock 43 to stop a sexual assault in progress while out on an early morning hike. Meanwhile, in the news thats not news, leftists continue to cry for more restrictions on guns.

According to The Blaze, Josh Williams, 39, almost left his handgun at home when heading out to the hiking trail on a dark morning back in September, but he felt the nagging sensation that he should take it anyway. His gut instinct turned out to be the right call because while on the trail at 5:30 a.m., Williams heard a woman scream loud enough to get past his music-blaring earbuds.

As Williams approached the area where the scream originated from, he shined his flashlight on a man who was sexually assaulting a woman. I came up, pulled my gun and told him to get off of her, Williams recalled. He then asked the man to get on his knees and asked to see his hands. That way I knew he didnt have a weapon. And at that point, he was no threat, so I didnt feel the need to shoot him, said Williams.

The assaulter took off, but police were able to later apprehend 22-year-old Richard McEachern and charge him with sexual assault.  A good description of his appearance by the victim and Williams aided the police.

That was the first time Williams had ever pointed his weapon at another person, but it confirmed for him the importance of the Second Amendment, and the victim was incredibly glad that Williams gut instinct told him to bring his gun with him that morning.

Its dark, and I dont know whats out there, so I have it to protect myself and other people. Thats what its all about anyway to help other people with it, not just myself. I didnt think Id ever have to pull it. Did I want to? No, not at all. But just right place, right time, Williams recounted.

 

A Good Guy With A Gun Stopped A Sexual Assault In An Uber-Leftist City "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

joshwilliams

A good guy with a gun in the uber-lefty city of Austin, Texas, used his Glock 43 to stop a sexual assault in progress while out on an early morning hike. Meanwhile, in the news thats not news, leftists continue to cry for more restrictions on guns.

According to The Blaze, Josh Williams, 39, almost left his handgun at home when heading out to the hiking trail on a dark morning back in September, but he felt the nagging sensation that he should take it anyway. His gut instinct turned out to be the right call because while on the trail at 5:30 a.m., Williams heard a woman scream loud enough to get past his music-blaring earbuds.

As Williams approached the area where the scream originated from, he shined his flashlight on a man who was sexually assaulting a woman. I came up, pulled my gun and told him to get off of her, Williams recalled. He then asked the man to get on his knees and asked to see his hands. That way I knew he didnt have a weapon. And at that point, he was no threat, so I didnt feel the need to shoot him, said Williams.

The assaulter took off, but police were able to later apprehend 22-year-old Richard McEachern and charge him with sexual assault.  A good description of his appearance by the victim and Williams aided the police.

That was the first time Williams had ever pointed his weapon at another person, but it confirmed for him the importance of the Second Amendment, and the victim was incredibly glad that Williams gut instinct told him to bring his gun with him that morning.

Its dark, and I dont know whats out there, so I have it to protect myself and other people. Thats what its all about anyway to help other people with it, not just myself. I didnt think Id ever have to pull it. Did I want to? No, not at all. But just right place, right time, Williams recounted.

 

09:00

Bio-Hackers Are Using CRISPR To Edit Their Own DNA "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

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Editing genetics is becoming more and more mainstream. And using the gene editing tool, CRISPR, biohackers are altering their own DNA.

CRISPR, a cheap and easy technique for making precise changes to DNA, has got researchers around the world racing to trial its use in treating a host of human diseases. But this race is not confined to the lab or to scientists donning the typical white lab coat. Last month, Josiah Zayner, a biochemist who once worked for NASA, became the first person known to have edited his own genes with CRISPR.

Zayners experiment was intended to boost his strength by removing the gene for myostatin, which regulates muscle growth. A similar experiment in 2015 showed that this works in beagles whose genomes were edited at the embryo stage. He injected himself with a copy of his own DNA that had been edited using CRISPR to remove the gene.

During a lecture about human genetic engineering that was streamed live on Facebook, Zayner whipped out a vial of edited DNA and a syringe, then injected himself. Now, following in his footsteps, other biohackers are getting ready to take the plunge and tinker with their own genes.

This may seem a little crazy to some, but humans are (and should be) allowed to tattoo, pierce, or modify their bodies surgically to create any type of appearance.  Genetic alterations should be no different.

And Zayner wants to help other alter their DNA too. Zayner has made headlines for pushing the boundaries of do-it-yourself genetic experimentation, whether by trying to clean up his gut by inoculating himself with...

09:00

Paddleboarder Gets Special Visit From Giant, Curious Whale "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In his 40 years spent swimming and paddleboarding, Brian Shea has seen his fair share of ocean animals.

His encounter this weekend, however, is going to be quite hard to top.

Shea was paddleboarding off the coast of Long Branch Beach, New Jersey, on Saturday when he spotted a humpback whale skim the surface of the water about 20 feet away.

Credit: Facebook/Brian Shea

Seconds later, the whale emerged from the water again this time just a paddle-lengths away from the New Jersey resident. As the whale crested back down into the water and bid farewell with a final flick of his large tail, Shea started paddling away.

I was more in awe than afraid as I've gotten used to being so close to them, Shea told NBC New York, noting that he and his daughter regularly spot dolphins and whales while out paddleboarding but have never had an experience like this. [I] view the entire experience as something I'm so fortunate to see in nature."

Credit: Facebook/Brian Shea

Shea had seen a few whales feeding offshore that day before getting into the water, but he wasnt prepared for anything like this he regularly shares his encounters on a Facebook page dedicated to whale and dolphin watching on the Jersey Shore.

Ive been everywhere from Tahiti to Hawaii to California to the Caribbean, Shea wrote later that day on Facebook. This experience was right up there with the best of them! Im so thankful we get to experience this...

08:58

Golix Exchange: Bitcoin Price Double in Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Cryptocurrency seems to thrive in times of instability. Thats certainly the case right now in Zimbabwe. The price of a single Bitcoin surged to an unprecedented $13,500 on the countrys only crypto exchange, Golix, following news that troops from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces seized power in what is beginning to look like a coup. On the state broadcasting service, military leaders claimed that they had placed President Mugabe under house arrest.

Following Wednesdays developments, queues began to form outside banks in the capital city of Harare. The Independent report that some even slept in the streets to ensure first access to funds at the start of business. The rush on the banks coincided with greater demand for cryptocurrency, as is evidenced by todays BTC price on the Golix exchange. Quartz documented a large spread between bid and asks along with the huge premium on the cost of one Bitcoin compared with other major exchanges. Golixs trade coordinator, Yeukai Kusangaya offered an opinion into the recent spike in interest:

Interest in bitcoin has peaked as people cannot send money outside or pay for international transactions using formal banks. People have had to look for alternatives and bitcoin has been a useful solution which can be used to purchase goods on Amazon or to pay for vehicles from international suppliers and traders.

Thanks to the dire economic situation in Zimbabwe, its estimated that some 95% of the workforce is now jobless. In the vacuum left behind after the national currency was abandoned in 2009, most major currencies are accepted with dollars being preferred. This seems to be providing the ideal conditions for the adoption of Bitcoin.

However, the Golix exchange isnt the full picture. Since the Zimbabwean economy has been plagued by instability for the entire life of Bitcoin meaning banks are distrusted in the country, peer-to-peer trading seems to be favoured.

Interestingly, as Golix were trading at around $13,000/BTC, sellers on popular peer-to-peer trading website LocalBitcoins were offering a single Bitcoin for around $7,000 close to the current accepted price globally.

The most likely cause for the discrepancy between the two platforms prices is, according to Quartz, low liquidity. The publication report that Golix traded just 147 coins in the last 30 days. Of course, compared with other exchanges around this world, this is minuscule.

 

 

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08:58

Saudi Coup Signals War And The New World Order Reset "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

This article was originally published by Brandon Smith at Alt-Market.com

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For years now, I have been warning about the relationship of interdependency between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and how this relationship, if ended, would mean disaster for the petrodollar system and by extension the dollars world reserve status. In my recent articles Lies And Distractions Surrounding The Diminishing Petrodollar and The Economic End Game Continues, I point out that the death of the dollar as the premier petrocurrency is actually a primary goal for establishment globalists. Why? Because in an effort to achieve what they sometimes call the global economic reset, or the new world order, a more publicly accepted centralized global economy and monetary framework is paramount. And, this means the eventual implementation of a single world currency and a single global economic and political authority above and beyond the dollar system.

But, it is not enough to simply initiate such socially and fiscally painful changes in a vacuum. The banking powers are not interested in taking any blame for the suffering that would be dealt to the masses during the inevitable upheaval (or blame for the suffering that has already been caused). Therefore, a believable narrative must be crafted. A narrative in which political intrigue and geopolitical crisis make the new world order a NECESSITY; one that the general public would accept or even demand as a solution to existing instability and disaster.

That is to say, the globalists must fashion a propaganda story to be used in the future, in which selfish nation-states abused their sovereignty and created conditions for calamity, and the only solution was to end that sovereignty and place all power into the hands of a select few wise and benevolent men for the greater good of the world.

I believe the next phase of the global economic reset will begin in part with the breaking of petrodollar dominance. An important el...

Saudi Coup Signals War And The New World Order Reset "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

This article was originally published by Brandon Smith at Alt-Market.com

saudi-arabia

For years now, I have been warning about the relationship of interdependency between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and how this relationship, if ended, would mean disaster for the petrodollar system and by extension the dollars world reserve status. In my recent articles Lies And Distractions Surrounding The Diminishing Petrodollar and The Economic End Game Continues, I point out that the death of the dollar as the premier petrocurrency is actually a primary goal for establishment globalists. Why? Because in an effort to achieve what they sometimes call the global economic reset, or the new world order, a more publicly accepted centralized global economy and monetary framework is paramount. And, this means the eventual implementation of a single world currency and a single global economic and political authority above and beyond the dollar system.

But, it is not enough to simply initiate such socially and fiscally painful changes in a vacuum. The banking powers are not interested in taking any blame for the suffering that would be dealt to the masses during the inevitable upheaval (or blame for the suffering that has already been caused). Therefore, a believable narrative must be crafted. A narrative in which political intrigue and geopolitical crisis make the new world order a NECESSITY; one that the general public would accept or even demand as a solution to existing instability and disaster.

That is to say, the globalists must fashion a propaganda story to be used in the future, in which selfish nation-states abused their sovereignty and created conditions for calamity, and the only solution was to end that sovereignty and place all power into the hands of a select few wise and benevolent men for the greater good of the world.

I believe the next phase of the global economic reset will begin in part with the breaking of petrodollar dominance. An important element of my analysis on the strategic shift away from the petrodollar has been...

08:56

Square Cash App Launches Bitcoin Trading Functions "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Some users of the Square Cash app were surprised this morning to discover that they could now buy and sell Bitcoin using the platform. For those unfamiliar with it, the app can be used to send payments between friends and family. They offer free, instant transactions in dollars, and now, the ability to buy and sell Bitcoin too.

Interestingly for a company who specialise in sending and receiving payments, theres no function to pay someone using Bitcoin yet. However, Tech Crunch report that there is an option to generate an address to receive payment. However, without an option to send a transaction in cryptocurrency, its redundant, for now at least.

Last year, Square Cash became the most downloaded financial application on both Android and Apple marketplaces. They overtook competitor Venmo and are likely to continue to outperform their rival thanks to their innovative crypto adoption.

A statement from Square themselves read:

Were always listening to our customers and weve found that they are interested in using the Cash App to buy Bitcoin. Were exploring how Square can make this experience faster and easier, and have rolled out this feature to a small number of Cash App customers. We believe cryptocurrency can greatly impact the ability of individuals to participate in the global financial system and were excited to learn more here.

In a recent interview with The Verge, the CEO of Square, Jack Dorsey, mentioned hed been asked multiple times about buying Bitcoin and was amazed by how mainstream the brand is. He went on to suggest that the younger generation are increasingly seeing Bitcoin as a preferable store of value to gold. Amusingly, he recalled hearing someone say, gold is a stupid rock.

For now, the Bitcoin buying and selling functions are only available to some Square Cash app users. Tech Crunch also note a few problems with the service that will likely be ironed out before a full launch of the additional features. Another issue is that users dont hold their own private keys. Instead, a Coinbase-like system of pooled wallets is supposedly being used. This may change in the future.

Despite its limited release and few teething issues, users of the platform seemed happy about the news. Several Tweeted their joy at the revelation earlier today. One stated:

since when can you buy bitcoin through @SquareCash?!

Another was equally thrilled:

OMG! Just noticed I can now invest in Bitcoin using my Cash app! I seriously think this is my most useful app.ever....

08:55

Creative 2017 Holiday Gift Guides for Every Person in Your Life "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Christmas gift ideas 2017

Ready to do your holiday shopping? As that time of the year approaches, finding the perfect gift for that special someone isn't always easy. But we're here to help! Check out our different 2017 gift guides and find the perfect present, whether it's for the Secret Santa at your office or for the creative person in your life. We even have a list of companies that give a portion of their proceeds back to charity, letting you feel good about giving a gift that gives back to someone in need.

Scroll down for all of our 2017 holiday gift guides to find the perfect gift for any person.

35+ Creative Holiday Gift Ideas for Everyone in Your Life

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15+ Small Christmas Gifts Perfect for Secret Santa or Stocking Stuffers

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15+ Best Christmas Gifts for Kids to Promote Creativity

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08:52

DIY Sliding Barn Door Console "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Ok My love for this next piece is extreme!  Look how cute this DIY Sliding Barn Door Console turned out! You can check out the YouTube video tutorial HERE or by clicking the link below! Before we get started, be sure to download and print the FREE PLANS by clicking HERE! The first step of {...Read More...}

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08:49

EU interferes in Poland's business, tells them to "uphold European values," as if there are any "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

The EU Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on Poland to uphold common European values, warning that if Polish authorities refuse to comply it could lead to the suspension of voting rights in the EU Council. The resolution calls on Warsaw to respect the right of freedom of assembly, to strongly condemn the "xenophobic and fascist march" that took place in Warsaw on November 11, and to provide free and accessible contraception without discrimination, while making emergency contraception available without medical prescription. Polish President Andrzej Duda signed off on a law in June which turned emergency contraception into a prescription drug. Poland also has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, banning all terminations unless the pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, poses a health risk to the mother, or the fetus is severely deformed. The resolution also calls on Poland to comply with the European Court of Justice's (ECJ) order to "immediately suspend large-scale logging" in the Bialowieza forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Activists and the EU claim Warsaw has ignored the ECJ's ruling to halt logging in the forest.

08:46

Steve Mnuchins Photos with Dollar Bills Are Everything Thats Wrong with the World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

When a US Treasury Secretary visited the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC to see his (its always been a man) signature on the new bills, its nothing more than a minor news item that represents a changing of the guard. But not during the Trump administration.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton are special, very very special. So special I think its safe to say theyre in the 1% of extra special:

Yes, you cant make this up because it is Let Them Eat Cake (while I grab them by the ) America. This is going viral, but thankfully the internet is on it. I should also remind you this isnt one of the worst things Mnuchin or Linton have done.

Presenting memes that may (heres to hoping) make you feel better about all this:

08:46

Before you Let Go of Someone. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

There will come a time in all our lives when we'll have to let go of someone. Even if we believe we are strong enough to handle it, when it happens, it can

08:37

Isoliquiritigenin may be a potential therapeutic agent for the prevention and treatment of mesangial fibrosis and glomerulosclerosis. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Agric Food Chem. 2010 Mar 10 ;58(5):3205-12. PMID: 20146476 Abstract Title:  Isoliquiritigenin entails blockade of TGF-beta1-SMAD signaling for retarding high glucose-induced mesangial matrix accumulation. Abstract:  Diabetic nephropathy characterized as mesangial fibrosis and glomerulosclerosis results in renal failure and end-stage renal diseases. Enhanced expression and secretion of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) play an important role in the expansion of glomerular mesangial matrix mostly composed of type IV collagen. Isoliquiritigenin can prevent various renal injuries via its anti-inflammatory action. However, the effect of isoliquiritigenin on diabetic nephropathy has never been explored. The present study was to investigate whether nontoxic isoliquiritigenin inhibited high glucose (HG)-induced mesangial fibrosis by retarding formation of type IV collagen as well as CTGF in human mesangial cells (HRMC). Serum starved cells were cultured in media containing 5.5 mM glucose plus 27.5 mM mannitol as an osmotic control or 33 mM glucose for 3 days with and without 1-20 microM isoliquiritigenin. Exposure of cells to HG caused marked increases in collagen secretion and CTGF expression, which was dose-dependently reversed by isoliquiritigenin at the transcriptional levels. Additionally, isoliquiritigenin boosted HG-plummeted type matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MT-1 MMP) expression and dampened HG-elevated tissue inhibitor of MMP-2 (TIMP-2) expression, facilitating the degradation of mesangial matrix. Isoliquiritigenin inhibited HG-upregulated CTGF and TIMP-2 expression via disturbing TGF-beta1 signaling in HRMC, as evidenced by TGF-beta receptor I kinase (TGF-beta RI) inhibitor. HG-activated SMAD2 through autocrine TGF-beta signaling was repealed by>or =10 microM isoliquiritigenin. HG induced SMAD4 expression of HRMC and obliterated antagonistic SMAD7, whereas isoliquiritigenin suppressed induction of TGF-beta RII and TGF-beta RI with blunting their downstream SMAD signaling. The results demonstrate that the bioactive isoliquiritigenin in licorice diminished mesangial matrix accumulation in response to ambient HG through retarding TGF-beta1-SMAD signaling transduction. Therefore, isoliquiritigenin may be a potential therapeutic agent for the prevention and treatment of mesangial fibrosis and glomerulosclerosis leading to diabetic nephropathy due to longstanding diabetes mellitus.

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08:32

Its so odd the way Donald Trump sips water from a bottle, people cant stop watching "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

So-called president stops during speech to take a sip of water wouldnt ordinarily be news, right?

Except for two things. One, he once mocked a Republican rival for having to stop mid-speech to have a drink.

Two, just look at the way he does it. Seriously.

Heres what people made of it online.

08:31

Tezos Founders Hit With Second Class Action Suit "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A second class action lawsuit has been filed against the founders of blockchain startup Tezos, alleging violation of U.S. securities law.

08:28

Abbott: Islam Contradicts Australian Values On Gay Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Abbott Poster

Member for Warringah, Tony Abbott has sent a stinging rebuke to Islam at a press conference held today, in the wake of the results of the postal survey on same-sex marriage.

Australia is a country of tolerance and acceptance, Mr Abbott said, and despite the best efforts of campaigners like myself, it has expressed its support for the homosexual agenda.

As such, a religion like Islam, which values homophobia, has no place in a country that so overwhelmingly rejected the campaigning of people like myself.

The current backbencher touted how religions like Islam were stuck in the past.

Sure, if you look into Australias deep history, say a couple of days ago, people back then were less progressive on gay marriage. But Australia has evolved and I can say that as a fact, because I fought so hard to prevent it from happening.

Religions like Christianity reflect Australian values. Religious representatives like Dr Paul Collins, Pastor Simon Holt, and Father Rod Bower are often unafraid to criticise the many homophobic positions I have argued in the media.

Modern Australia is a pro-gay Australia, and as such, Australia must reject the corrupting and homophobic influence of Islam as surely as they rej...

08:28

How Cards Against Humanity Will Save America from Preposterous Golem Trump and His Wall "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Cards Against Humanity the bawdy, blunt, provocative, and unabashedly offensive card game and company, famous for a deliciously snarky attitude and occasional social and political stunts and billing itself, a party game for horrible people will attempt to thwart construction of President Trumps fraught border wall with the companys purchase of a tract of vacant land directly in its path.

Its 2017, and the government is being run by a toilet. We have no choice: Cards Against Humanity is going to save America, the companys website asserts.

Cue, Cards Against Humanity Stops The Wall.

Donald Trump is a preposterous golem who is afraid of Mexicans, the unambiguous explanation of the project continues. He is so afraid that he wants to build a twenty-billion dollar wall that everyone knows will accomplish nothing. So weve purchased a plot of vacant land on the border and retained a law firm specializing in eminent domain to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for the wall to get built.

Now marked as sold out, visitors to the site who wished to participate could send $15 to Cards Against Humanity for six surprises in the month of December including an illustrated map of the land in question, additional cards, and a vow to fight The Wall.

While certainly not its first holiday promotion, Cards Against Humanity Stops The Wall is arguably a more productive project depending on ones politics than the companys 2016 holiday promotion performance art piece political commentary, in which crew manned construction equipment to dig a hole for as long as donations poured in.

Although company officials remained cryptically vague as to the true purpose or underlying meaning of the stunt, many suspected its Black Friday event date analogized Americas obsessive consumerism, or something to that effect.

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08:26

Sisterhood of the Rose Taiwan Bringing Back the Goddess Dance! "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

On November 4, many Lightworkers and Lightwarriors participated in a Sisterhood of the Rose gathering, on this full moon night with a northeastern Monsoon in the air.

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08:25

Robert Benzie // Premier Kathleen Wynne says she never received Grassy Narrows mercury report | Toronto Star "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Premier Kathleen Wynne says she never received Grassy Narrows mercury report | Toronto Star: Asked why it was left to the Star to reveal what had been known inside the provincial government for more than a year, Wynne did not mince words.

Were asking those questions. We are not sure exactly how that information hadnt made it to my desk, but were asking that question, she said.

It is always a concern if we dont have the information that we need to make good decisions. We have questions.

The Star recently reported that the government has had an explosive report in its possession for over a year. The report, which was commissioned by Domtar, the company that now owns the mill, says that in 1990 the environment ministry was told that mercury was visible in soil under a building on the mill site.

08:25

Isoliquiritigenin selectively inhibits the proliferation of prostate cancer cells. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 2010 Aug ;37(8):841-7. Epub 2010 Apr 26. PMID: 20456427 Abstract Title:  Isoliquiritigenin, a natural anti-oxidant, selectively inhibits the proliferation of prostate cancer cells. Abstract:  1. Isoliquiritigenin (ISL) is a simple chalcone-type flavonoid derived from liquorice compounds. It has been reported to have anti-oxidative and antitumour activities. The aim of the present study was to investigate the antitumour effect of ISL on prostate cancer cells and to explore the possible signalling mechanisms involved. 2. Cell viability was assessed using the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. The fluorescent probe 2',7'-dichlorofluorescein diacetate (H(2)DCF-DA) was used to measure intracellular levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Mitochondrial membrane potential (Psi(m)) was measured using the mitochondrial probe 5,5',6,6'-tetrachloro-1,1',3,3'-tetraethyl-benzimidazolylcarbocyanine iodide (JC-1). 3. Isoliquiritigenin treatment (10-100 micromol/L for 24 h) markedly inhibited the proliferation of both C4-2 and LNCaP prostate cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner. Intriguingly, ISL treatment (10-100 micromol/L for 24 h) had no effect on the viability of IEC-6 normal epithelial cells. Treatment of C4-2 and IEC-6 cells with 87.0 micromol/L ISL significantly decreased ROS levels and the Psi(m) of C4-2 cells, but had no effect on either parameter in IEC-6 cells. Furthermore, AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and extracellular-signal regulated kinase (ERK) levels were three to fourfold higher in IEC-6 cells than in C4-2 cells (P

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08:18

Isoliquiritigenin may be a valuable adjunct for cancer therapy to treat otherwise drug-resistant tumours. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 2010 Sep ;382(3):221-34. Epub 2010 Jul 29. PMID: 20668838 Abstract Title:  Sensitivity and resistance towards isoliquiritigenin, doxorubicin and methotrexate in T cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia cell lines by pharmacogenomics. Abstract:  The development of drug resistance in cancer cells necessitates the identification of novel agents with improved activity towards cancer cells. In the present investigation, we compared the cytotoxicity of the chalcone flavonoide, isoliquiritigenin (ISL), with that of doxorubicin (DOX) and methotrexate (MTX) in five T cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL) cell lines (Jurkat, J-Jhan, J16, HUT78 and Karpas 45). To gain insight into the molecular mechanisms which determine the response of T-ALL cells towards ISL, DOX and MTX, we applied array-based matrix comparative genomic hybridisation and microarray-based mRNA expression profiling and compared the genomic and transcriptomic profiles of the cell lines with their 50% inhibition (IC(50)) values for these three drugs. The IC(50) values for ISL did not correlate with those for DOX or MTX, indicating that ISL was still active in DOX- or MTX-unresponsive cell lines. Likewise, the genomic imbalances of chromosomal clones and mRNA expression profile significantly correlating with IC(50) values for ISL were different from thoses correlating with IC(50) values for DOX and MTX. In conclusion, ISL represents a cytotoxic natural product with activity towards T-ALL cell lines. There was no cross-resistance between ISL and DOX or MTX, and the genomic and transcriptomic profiles pointed to different molecular modes of action of ISL as compared to DOX and MTX, indicating that ISL may be a valuable adjunct for cancer therapy to treat otherwise drug-resistant tumours.

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08:18

FDA Approves First Digital Pill in Orwellian Nod to Big Pharma, Big Brother, Nanny State "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Monday nights groundbreaking announcement of approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration marked a jaw-dropping tandem victory for the Nanny State and Big Pharma, in the form of a new pill embedded with a sensor, which can detect whether or not a patient took their medicine as prescribed thus, opening a veritable Pandoras Box of compliance, quality of care, cost, and more.

To what should be our collective astonishment, the policing of pharmaceuticals the ability to deny medicine to patients with habitual difficulty keeping a schedule, cognizance of medical staff to a patients refusal to comply, and a portentous degree of control relinquished to infallible human decision-making is now an untenable but distinct possibility.

Being able to track ingestion of medications prescribed for mental illness may be useful for some patients, Mitchell Mathis, M.D., director of the Division of Psychiatry Products in the FDAs Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, stated in a press release late Monday. The FDA supports the development and use of new technology in prescription drugs and is committed to working with companies to understand how technology might benefit patients and prescribers.

Oddly, of all the conceivable medication types suitable for testing the technology, chosen was the antipsychotic prescription, Abilify used in the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, among other conditions given to patients who frequently suffer delusions and paranoia which would drive them not to follow prescriptions all that reliably, nor be eager to swallow a sensor-laden pill.

Nevertheless, the first-of-its-kind digital medicine by any measure, a breakthrough removes, upon compliance, sovereign knowledge of ones pharmaceutical regimen. Forbes reports,

Abilify MyCite are aripiprazole tablets with sensors embedded in them. Once the pill goes down your hatch, the sensor can then send a message to a patch that y...

08:17

NO BORDER, NO NATION, STOP DEPORTATION! DEMO | de.indymedia.org "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

NO BORDER, NO NATION, STOP DEPORTATION! DEMO | de.indymedia.org
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Lasst uns viele sein und lasst uns laut sein: Stoppt alle Abschiebungen! Wir sind einige der vielen Menschen, die mit der Ablehnung ihres Asylantrags konfrontiert sind. Wir sind aus Pakistan und leben in Berlin. Viele unserer Freund*innen werden morgens von der Polizei aus ihren Betten geholt und gegen ihren Willen in Flugzeuge gezwungen. Wir stellen uns gegen ALLE Abschiebungen und wir protestieren gegen diese unmenschliche Behandlung!

We are a few of the many people that are faced with rejection of our asylum claim. We are from Pakistan, live in Berlin and many of our friends are being taken out of their beds by police in the morning and forced on planes against their will. We are making a stand against ALL deportations and protest against this inhumane treatment.
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KUNDGEBUNG - DONNERSTAG 16. November 16.00 Uhr
BAMF (Bundesamt fr Migration und Flchtlinge)
Bundesallee 44 (U-Bahn Berliner Strae)

In den letzten Monaten verstrkt der deutsche Staat zusehends seine Bemhungen, so viele Menschen wie mglich abzuschieben. In Berlin wurde von dem Versuch berichtet, Menschen abzuschieben, bevor diesen eine Ausreisepflicht kommuniziert wurde. Abschiebungen finden seit den Asylrechtsverschrfungen unangekndigt statt und die Polizei fhrt Abschiebungen zum Teil in Zivilkleidung durch. Neue Gesetze erlauben noch mehr staatliche Kontrolle und Gewalt. Jedes Mal, wenn eine*r von uns abgeschoben wird, leben viele in Furcht.

Pakistan und die EU haben ein Rckbernahmeabkommen unterzeichnet, welches der EU Zugang zu pakistanischen Datenbanken gewhrt, um Identitten zu besttigen und es so zu erleichtern, "unerwnschte Menschen" loszuwerden. In Pakistan werden wir am Flughafen von der Polizei gefangen genommen und knnen nach den pakistanischen Auswanderungsgesetzen bis zu 5 Jahre eingesperrt werden.

Deshalb werden wir auf die Strae gehen und laut und deutlich fordern:
- Einstellung des Rckbernahmeabkommens der EU mit Pakistan!
- Sehen Sie uns als Menschen und nicht als Angehrige einer Nation!
- Wir wollen bleiben und ein faires und gerechtes Verfahren haben!
- Stoppt die Legitimierung von Rassismus in Asylpraktiken und in den Unterknften!
- Stoppt alle Abschiebu...

08:17

Have scientists found a second Earth? Astronomers spot potentially habitable alien world "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

These are exciting times for Astronomy.

Scientists have found the second closest planet to Earth that is most likely habitable. The planet dubbed Ross128B is located 11 lightyears from Earth and has an estimated temperature equilibrium between -60 and 20 degrees Celsius. 

The discovery of Ross128b makes it the second closest planet to Earth that is most likely habitable, after Proxima b.

Astronomers note that this alien world is the closest planet ever found that orbits an inactive red dwarf starRoss 128which increases the chances that it is a planet that could potentially harbor life, reports the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

Scientists made the discovery using a unique instrument in its class called the HARPS planetary hunter, installed at the La Silla Observatory in Chile.

Ross 128b will be a perfect target for ESOs Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), which will search for biomarkers in its atmosphere.

This exoplanet orbits its host star every 9.9 days.

Despite being the most common, red dwarfs are one of the coldest and weakest types of stars in the universe. This makes them very good targets for the search of exoplanets, and potentially habitable words, which is why scientists are eager to study such stars in more detail.

Many red dwarf stars, such as Proxima Centauri, emit flares that occasionally bathe the planets that orbit them with lethal ultraviolet and X-ray radiation.

However, according to scientists, it seems that Ross 128 is a much quieter star, which makes any planets that orbit it in the Goldilocks zone a very likely place where life as we know it can thrive.

Artists impression of the planet Ross 128b. Image Credit ESO

A...

08:17

How to be Cool in Junior High (or a Great Writer, now). "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Whether you're an aspiring or seasoned writer, you need to read this.

08:15

4,000-Year-Old Assyrian Tablet Discovered Is an Ancient Prenuptial Agreement "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Assyrian Tablet ancient prenuptial agreement

Archaeologists in Turkey recently made an interesting discovery when examining a 4,000-year-old Assyrian tablet. The cuneiform engravings seem to indicate that it's is a sort of ancient prenuptial agreement, detailing everything from divorce to fertility issues.

Unearthed at the Kltepe-Kanesh UNESCO World Heritage site in Turkeys central Kayseri province, this prenuptial agreement gives incredible insight into marriage in Assyrian culture. The area was a settlement during the Old Assyrian Empire dating between 2100 BC and 1800 BC and over 1,000 cuneiform tablets were discovered in 1925. This particular tablet is on display at the  Istanbul Archaeology Museum and is the earliest known mention of human infertility.

Professor Ahmet Berkz Turp from Harran University's Gynecology and Obstetrics Department shares that, according to the tablet, the wife should allow her husband to hire a hierodulea female slave acting as a surogateshould the couple not conceive within two years of marriage.

The female slave would be freed after giving birth to the first male baby and ensuring that the family is not be left without a child, explains Berkz. As divorce was not an option for infertile couples in Assyrian culture, and monogamy was valued, this clause gave a way to continue in the marriage and grow families who struggled to conceive.

But that's not all. If grounds for divorce were met, the tablet laid out the terms of payment for both spouses. According to the study recently published by researchers in the medical journal of Gynecological Endocrinology, the inscription reads: Should Laqipum choose to divorce her, he must pay [her] five minas of silverand should Hatala choose to divorce him, she must pay (him) five minas of silver. Witnesses: Masa, Ashurishtikal, Talia, Shupianika.

It just goes to show that this complex Mesopotamian society struggled, and resolved, marital conflict in a way that's not so different from today.

h/t: [IFLScience!]

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08:14

Definition of High Blood Pressiure just changed to trick HALF of US Adults "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Pharma drug cartel just changed the definition of high blood pressure to trick HALF of U.S. adults into treatment with high-profit prescription drugs










(Natural News) The pharma drug cartel has become not just a t...

08:11

Indias Maker Movement Honors the Sweet Spot Where Tradition and Technology Intersect "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

for the third year in a row, the community converges at Maker Faire Bengaluru, taking place this year on November 17 and 18 at the Bengaluru Palace.

Read more on MAKE

The post Indias Maker Movement Honors the Sweet Spot Where Tradition and Technology Intersect appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

08:08

Modern Chicken Coop "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

By Jamison Rantz

When my wife Jamie and our daughter Madison came home with 6 baby chickens, I knew it only meant 1 thing we needed to build a coop. We have wanted chickens for some time now, but buying the chickens before we had a coop really gave us the push we needed to get it done. We wanted to design  coop with clean, modern lines that would not only function great, but also look great sitting in our yard.

This coop was designed for 6 chickens. It has 3 nesting boxes, 2 roosts, large door for easy cleanup,  storage compartment, and a covered run which will keep our chickens covered during the snowy winter months. We put a lot of thought into every inch of this coop, from design to functionality. Im pretty sure our chickens have one of the coolest coops on the block , which I hope will result in many eggs or us!

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08:07

How to Snap ourselves Out of Breakup Victimhood. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

A breakup is a renewal---a rebirth of sorts, an emotional purge, a clean slate. Post-breakup is one of the best opportunities to get clarity on who we are and what we want.

08:02

Grassy Narrows chief says Justin Trudeau ignoring plea for help over mercury contamination - National | Globalnews.ca "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Grassy Narrows chief says Justin Trudeau ignoring plea for help over mercury contamination - National | Globalnews.ca: In a statement late Tuesday after the Ontario government tabled its fiscal update, Fobister applauded Kathleen Wynnes Liberals and urged her government to honour its promises by cleaning up once and for all the infamously polluted and remote site in northwestern Ontario, a 2.5-hour drive northwest of the city of Dryden.

08:02

The New Villain of the World: White Privilege "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

The Myth of White Privilege

Among the plethora of false narratives spewed by the left to keep division and social unrest alive and well within our ranks is the so-called talking point known as White Privilege. Once again we are faced with another reason to spread controversy through a relatively peaceful American society so that the Democrats and the ruling class can justify the welfare state they have creating the resulting voter platform they have purchased with it. America united cannot be defeated, but divided we will fall. Even our forefathers knew that the unrestricted flow of refugees into the United States would cause social problems.

Indoctrination

Today in our private schools and public schools we have a form of fascism in our midst forcing little boys and girls to feel shame for acts they never committed but that shame is inflicted anyway. The narrative that if you are white you have an undeniable edge over everybody else in a society whose government is supposed to run under the auspices of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights? Unfortunately for people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton we cannot turn the clock back 50 years and begin race rioting again and in the first place it was Democrats who consistently refused to allow Blacks in America their civil rights to begin with.

And other privilege?

What about privilege of the color of ones skin as it pertains to Affirmative Action programs? What about the privilege of being black when it comes to the NFL or the NBA with the majority of players being black? Is this simply because theyre better athletes, that Caucasians are not as good, is it perception on the part of scouts and coaches, or could it be because White college age athletes have other alternatives like a career they had already selected to take a curriculum for so there is a backup plan? One might ask why is it that in the NFL there are not only outrageous salaries involved even with players constantly settling paternity and domestic violence lawsuits and still after retirement they are guaranteed a huge pension? Where in the private sector does the work force have such a generous parachute while we always have the left complaining about how the board of directors of many corporations possess such outlandish benefits?

The true agenda...

08:01

Will Everyone in the U.S. Soon Need Government Approval to be Parents and Keep Their Children? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Male doctor in early forties comforting scared five year old patient

In the U.S. today, if you disagree with a doctor regarding the healthcare of your child, you risk losing custody of your child for medical neglect which often simply means you wanted a second opinion. Parental rights are seen as non-existent.

by Terri LaPoint
Health Impact News

Children belong to their parents.

Such a concept is foundational to every culture throughout all of human history. The family is the core group of any society. The need of the child for his or her own parents is a need that impacts the child on every level: biologically, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, developmentally, and culturally.

In most circles, the truth of the above statements is accepted as common knowledge.

However, there are some who do not hold to these most cherished values of family and kinship. Unfortunately, some of these people are radicals and extremists who hold positions of great influence over public policy, which translates into very real problems for families.

In a recent article presented by Health Impact News,  Richard WexlerExecutive Director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, wrote of some radical views of the family by Elizabeth Bartholet, who is a Professor of Family Law at Harvard Law School:

Bartholets ideas are so extreme that they include requiring every family with a young child to open itself to mandatory government surveillance. (Thats not an exaggeration. Theres a summary of her views in the section of this post to the NCCPR Child Welfare Blog called Harvards resident extremist  and the details are in her own book,...

08:00

Climate Justice Forum: George Monbiot on Climate Change Causes, Fourth Coal Terminal Permit Denial, Spokane Ballot Initiative on Fossil Fuel Trains, Montana Valve Turner Trials, Sandpoint Energy & Jobs Panel 11-15-17 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a recording of British, progressive, political thinker and Guardian columnist George Monbiot, talking about why climate change goes deeper than capitalism.  We also share news and reflections on a fourth permit denial for the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export-by-rail facility, the Safer Spokane, Proposition 2, ballot initiative regulating fossil fuel trains, a climate necessity defense mock trial for a Montana tar sands pipeline valve turner, and a Republican-led, panel discussion about climate change, energy, and jobs in Sandpoint.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum

07:49

FDA Tries Again To Ban Natural Pain Herb "IndyWatch Feed Health"

FDA Tries Again To Ban Kratom Last year, I wrote about the Food and Drug Administrations campaign to ban the Asian herb Kratom, a non-opiate option for those with chronic pain, anxiety, and drug dependency issues. As someone interested in medical strategies for disaster or remote settings, I was considering the herb as an option in circumstances when modern medicine isnt available. The FDA, however, set a date for late 2016 to rule Kratom a Schedule I drug (the same

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07:46

Isoliquiritigenin is a positive allosteric modulator of GABAA receptors and shows hypnotic effects. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2011 Oct 7 ;413(4):637-42. Epub 2011 Sep 14. PMID: 21945440 Abstract Title:  Isoliquiritigenin, a chalcone compound, is a positive allosteric modulator of GABAA receptors and shows hypnotic effects. Abstract:  Isoliquiritigenin (ILTG) is a chalcone compound and has valuable pharmacological properties such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antiallergic activities. Recently, the anxiolytic effect of ILTG has been reported; however, its action mechanism and hypnotic activity have not yet been demonstrated. Therefore, we investigated the hypnotic effect and action mechanism of ILTG. ILTG significantly potentiated the pentobarbital-induced sleep in mice at doses of 25 and 50mg/kg. The hypnotic activity of ILTG was fully inhibited by flumazenil (FLU), a specific gamma-aminobutyric acid type A (GABA(A))-benzodiazepine (BZD) receptor antagonist. The binding affinity of ILTG was 0.453M and was found to be higher than that of the reference compound, diazepam (DZP, 0.012 M). ILTG (10(-5)M) potentiated GABA-evoked currents to 151% of the control level on isolated dorsal raphe neurons. ILTG has 65 times higher affinity for GABA(A)-BZD receptors than DZP, and the dissociation constant for ILTG was 4.0 10(-10)M. The effect of ILTG on GABA currents was blocked by 10(-7)M FLU and ZK-93426. These results suggest that ILTG produces hypnotic effects by positive allosteric modulation of GABA(A)-BZD receptors.

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07:45

Brokerage Chief: Bitcoin Futures Must Be Quarantined "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A well-known electronic brokerage firm is issuing dire warnings against the CME Group's plan to launch a bitcoin futures contract next month.

07:44

Latest Senate Tax Bill Raises Child Tax Credit, Ends Obamacare Individual Mandate "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


The Senate Finance Committee released its updated tax bill late Tuesday night, and theres a lot to cheer populist conservatives.

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07:43

Avalanches of global warming alarmism at #COP23 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Foreword by Paul Driessen: As the COP23 climate conference wraps up in Bonn, amid even more alarms than usual about Earths climate and weather, it is vital that we take a deep breath and ponder the far less dramatic REALITY that what has been said in Bonn bears virtually no resemblance to what is

07:33

France Reveals Agenda To Become A Pedophile Haven As It Eyes Lowering Age Of Consent To 13 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


(Aaron KeselFrench politicians have revealed their hidden agenda to lower the age of consent in France to 13 years old. No you arent reading The Onion, these lunatic lawmakers in Paris want to enable pedophiles. This comes after two men were acquitted in separate cases of rape for having sex with two 11-year-old girls.
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07:32

Isoliquiritigenin has analgesic and uterine relaxant effects. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Phytother Res. 2012 Sep ;26(9):1410-7. Epub 2012 Mar 3. PMID: 22389128 Abstract Title:  Analgesic and uterine relaxant effects of isoliquiritigenin, a flavone from Glycyrrhiza glabra. Abstract:  Shaoyao-gancao-tang, a Chinese medicinal formula consisting of peony and licorice has been used for the treatment of dysmenorrhea for thousands of years. The purpose of the present study was to demonstrate the analgesic and uterine relaxant effects of isoliquiritigenin (ISL), a flavonoid isolated from the roots of Glycyrrhiza glabra (a type of licorice). In vitro, isoliquiritigenin caused concentration-dependent inhibition of spontaneous contraction of isolated rat uterus and the contraction induced by various types of stimulants, such as acetylcholine (Ach, 10 mM), KCl (40 mM) and oxytocin (1 mU/mL). The uterine contractile response to cumulative concentrations of CaCl was blocked by 0.1 and 1 mM of isoliquiritigenin. The isoliquiritigenin-induced relaxation was partly inhibited by the nitric oxide synthase (NOS) inhibitor Nv-nitro-L-arginine methylester (L-NAME, 100 mM) and the COX-1/COX-2 inhibitor indomethacin (10mM). In vivo, isoliquiritigenin could causea significant reduction in the acetic acid-induced writhing response and hot-plate test at the high dose. These results indicate that isoliquiritigenin, a flavonoid isolated from the roots of Glycyrrhiza glabra, not only has a spasmolytic effect on uterine contraction, which is in relation to Cachannels, NOS and COX, but also an effective activity in reducing pain.

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07:30

Hundreds of Children Buried in Mass Grave at Scottish Orphanage "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

A harrowing story made the headlines in the UK this month about the bodies of hundreds of children buried in a mass grave at an orphanage in Scotland. New research

07:21

Over 1 Million Call on DOJ to Block Bayer-Monsanto Merger "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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New reports reveal devastating impacts on consumers and farmers.

WASHINGTON Over 1 million petition signatures were delivered today by farming, consumer and environmental groups  to the U.S. Department of Justice calling on the department to block the proposed merger of Bayer (BAYN) and Monsanto (MON). The signatures were delivered as two new reports revealed irreversible impacts from the merger on consumers and farmers.

Tuesday, Friends of the Earth, SumOfUs and the Open Markets Institute released an analysis, Bayer-Monsanto Merger: Big Data, Big Agriculture, Big Problems, which  explores the implications of a combined Big Data, chemical and seed platform owned by Bayer and Monsanto and how it may impact competition and farmer choice. The release of the analysis coincides with a hearing Tuesday on technology in agriculture and data-driven farming in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation.

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07:21

This 8K Moonlight Timelapse Was Shot on the Nikon D850 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Back in September, we shared an 8K timelapse shot using the Nikon D850 in Iceland. Nikon has just released this new 8K time-lapse that shows what the D850 can do at night.

Hercules Rising was shot under moonlight in Namibia in southern Africa using the D850s 8K Time-Lapse abilities, which captures 45-megapixel still photos at regular intervals. You can then stitch the photos together using time-lapse creation software of your choice, resulting in an 8K resolution time-lapse.

Nikon converted the original 8K timelapse to 4K prior to uploading it to YouTube. (The Iceland timelapse we shared in September was uploaded in its full 8K glory).

(via Nikon via Nikon Rumors)

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07:18

Farmland is Renewing Detroit. Behold the Benefits of Urban Agriculture "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Source: Farmland is Renewing Detroit. Behold the Benefits of Urban Agriculture For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

The key to many modern problems is as simple as increasing the prevalence of small-scale organic gardening. Urban agriculture is a sure way to turn a food desert into an oasis of nutrition, sustenance, and sustainability. Not to mention that gardening has been scientifically proven to be extremely therapeutic, just imagine the extra cultural benefits []

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07:16

Super Slow Motion Katana Sword Strike "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

 

The Slow Mo Guys cut through various plastic bottles with a Katana sword. Filmed at 1000 fps and 2000 fps with a Phantom Flex 4K.

 

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07:15

Isoliquiritigenin can protect dopaminergic cells under oxidative stress conditions by regulating the apoptotic process. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2012 ;76(3):536-43. PMID: 22451397 Abstract Title:  Isoliquiritigenin isolated from licorice Glycyrrhiza uralensis prevents 6-hydroxydopamine-induced apoptosis in dopaminergic neurons. Abstract:  Licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis) is a medicinal herb containing various bioactive components implicated in antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and neuroprotective effects, but the effects of licorice against Parkinson's disease (PD)-related dopaminergic cell death have not been studied. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of isoliquiritigenin (ISL) isolated from Glycyrrhiza uralensis on 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced neurotoxicity in a dopaminergic cell line, SN4741. ISL (1M) significantly attenuated 6-OHDA (50 M)-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) and nitric oxide (NO) generation and apoptotic cell death. ISL pretreatment effectively suppressed 6-OHDA-mediated upregulation of Bax, p-c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), p-p38 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase, cytochrome c release, and caspase 3 activation. In addition, ISL significantly attenuated 6-OHDA-induced Bcl-2, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) reduction. Pharmacological inhibitors of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)-Akt/protein kinase B (PKB) pathway reversed ISL-mediated neuroprotection against 6-OHDA toxicity in SN4741 cells. These results provide the first evidence that ISL can protect dopaminergic cells under oxidative stress conditions by regulating the apoptotic process.

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07:12

A Nuanced Portrait of Hasidic Brooklyn "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Still from One of Us (all images courtesy Loki Films)

With One of Us (screening November 16 as part of the DOC NYC festival), directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady mesh themes theyve explored in other documentaries. In their Oscar-nominated 2006 film Jesus Camp, the duo explored the rigid social structures of conservative religion; in 2012s Detropia, they focused on a community in transition. In their latest film, they have combined both of these focuses to provide an in-depth look at Brooklyns Hasidic Jewish community, transcending their previous achievements with gorgeous visual storytelling.

Hasidic communities follow a strictly conservative interpretation of Judaism, mandating that adherents dress in the style of their ancestors, maintain strict standards of separation by gender, and more. The arrival of Hasidim in New York City followed the Holocaust, so as is discussed in the film the survival of the culture is paramount in its thinking and its practices. Accordingly, the Hasidic world shuts out others, shunning secular influence and creating tightly insular communities.

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07:12

Siri for Crypto: a Chatbot That Helps With Trades and Transactions "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A new crypto project is taking all the hassle out of trading with Artificial Intelligence.

07:01

Action Alert! Senate Should Reject Alex Azar "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Thank you to Autism Action Network for this action alert. You may be able to help stop this appointment by sharing your concerns with your Senator. The action alert below includes a link, and letter you can use through the...

07:00

Democrats Have Done It: Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump Introduced "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

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Democrats holding political offices have been threatening to impeach Donald Trump since he was elected a year ago.  Now, they have finally officially introduced articles of impeachment against the president.

Several house democrats introduced the articles of impeachment citing Trumps violations of the Constitution. But the six Democrats, Representatives Steve Cohen of Tennessee, Luis Gutirrez of Illinois, Al Green of Texas, Adriano Espaillat of New York, Marcia Fudge of Ohio, and John Yarmuth of Kentucky, said at a press conference that the five articles of impeachment come out of concern for the countrys national security.

We believe that President Trump has violated the Constitution, and weve introduced five articles of impeachment, Cohen said at a press conference. The lawmakers pointed to numerous actions by Trump that they say make him unfit to be president, but they singled out five severe actions by the president they say rise to a level meriting impeachment.

The articles of impeachment cite Trumps firing of James Comey which they believe to be an obstruction of justice, perceived violations of the Emoluments Clause (which prohibits federal titles of nobility), as well as actions undermining the judiciary and freedom of the press.

Given the magnitude of the constitutional crisis, theres no reason for delay, said Cohen, the sponsor of the resolution. The impeachment clause, Green said, was drafted for a time such as this and a president such as this. Green had introduced impeachment articles of his own last month, largely focused on accusat...

Democrats Have Done It: Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump Introduced "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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Democrats holding political offices have been threatening to impeach Donald Trump since he was elected a year ago.  Now, they have finally officially introduced articles of impeachment against the president.

Several house democrats introduced the articles of impeachment citing Trumps violations of the Constitution. But the six Democrats, Representatives Steve Cohen of Tennessee, Luis Gutirrez of Illinois, Al Green of Texas, Adriano Espaillat of New York, Marcia Fudge of Ohio, and John Yarmuth of Kentucky, said at a press conference that the five articles of impeachment come out of concern for the countrys national security.

We believe that President Trump has violated the Constitution, and weve introduced five articles of impeachment, Cohen said at a press conference. The lawmakers pointed to numerous actions by Trump that they say make him unfit to be president, but they singled out five severe actions by the president they say rise to a level meriting impeachment.

The articles of impeachment cite Trumps firing of James Comey which they believe to be an obstruction of justice, perceived violations of the Emoluments Clause (which prohibits federal titles of nobility), as well as actions undermining the judiciary and freedom of the press.

Given the magnitude of the constitutional crisis, theres no reason for delay, said Cohen, the sponsor of the resolution. The impeachment clause, Green said, was drafted for a time such as this and a president such as this. Green had introduced impeachment articles of his own last month, largely focused on accusations that Trump has sown racial and ethnic di...

07:00

How the Invasive Plants of New York Represent the Citys Colonial Past "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installation view of <em>Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New YorkA Botany of Colonization</em> at the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons School of Design (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)Installation view of Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New York A Botany of Colonization at the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons School of Design (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

The plants growing in the Aronson Galleries at the New Schools Parsons School of Design are mostly considered weeds, nuisance plants that burst through cracks in the sidewalk, or creep up along buildings. But Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves recognizes them as a living archive of New York Citys often hidden colonial past, where a bright red celosia flower from East Africa, or stinging nettle from Europe, recall migration and forced displacement. All of the around 60 plants, housed in black bags at the center of a gallery, are recognized as ballast flora, or seeds carried in the ballast of ships.

Installation view of <em>Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New York A Botany of Colonization</em> (courtesy Philip Van Nostrand)Propagating Party at the New School for Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New York A Botany of Colonization (courtesy Philip Van Nostrand)

This waste material of sand, rocks, and soil was used in the maritime trade to balance sailing ships, and was usually dumped when a vessel rea...

07:00

How to Match Saturation in Composite Photos Using Photoshop "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Once youve matched the color tones in a composite photo, you can then move on to matching the saturation for proper realism. Here is a 5-minute tutorial from Antti Karppinen that shows how you can do so using Photoshop.

First, create a selective color adjustment layer over your composite. In the pop-up dialog box, select the red tones and move the Blacks slider to -100. Do the same for yellow, green, cyan, blue, and magenta.

For the whites, blacks, and neutrals, move the slider to +100.

The result is a color map that shows you saturation levels across the scene. Darker shades of gray are less saturated, and lighter shades are more saturated.

Now, apply a Hue/Saturation layer to only the added elements layer. Pull the saturation slider to the left and match the scene as best you can by eye.

If you want to be more fine-tuned, navigate to Window > Info. Next, using the eye-dropper tool, you can look at the RGB values for different areas across the image and match them as best as possible.

Heres the before and after comparison from this technique:

Check out the full video above to follow the full step-by-step tutorial. You can also find more of Karppinens videos on his YouTube channel.

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06:59

Very bright fireball explodes over Arizona, 4th major fireball within 10 hours "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very bright fireball streaked through the night sky over Arizona at around 03:29 UTC on November 15, 2017 (20:29 MST, November 14). The event lasted up to 7 seconds and does not appear as a good candidate for the Taurid Meteor Shower. This is the 4th major...... Read more

"Biblical disaster:" Destructive flash floods rage through Athens outskirts, 14 killed, several missing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A severe overnight storm turned roads of towns on the outskirts of Greek capital Athens into raging rivers of mud and debris on November 15, 2017. At least 14 people have been killed and many injured. "Everything is lost, the disaster is biblical,"...... Read more

06:59

Win a Trip to Day for Night, Houstons Experiential Arts and Music Festival "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

United Visual Artists, Musica Universalis at Houstons Day for Night Festival 2016

Through music and art, Day for Night explores the possibilities of light, space, and sound. With headlining musicians performing alongside immersive digital artworks, Day for Night creates a heightened sensorial experience that blurs boundaries between performance and installation. We were there last year, and we cant wait to go again.

Day for Night will take place December 15-17, 2017, at Houstons historic Barbara Jordan Post Office. The 1.5 million-square-foot hybrid indoor-outdoor space will house four massive stages, with a seamless flow between the stages and art installations.

Were giving away two tickets to Day for Night in Houston, plus airfare and hotel.

The lineup of the festival includes:

  • Music by: Nine Inch Nails, Thom Yoke, Solange, Justice, St. Vincent, Tyler, the Creator, James Blake, and more.
  • Artworks from: Ryoji Ikeda, Matthew Schreiber, Conditional Studio, Processing Foundation, James Clar, and Felice dEdtienne dOrves.
  • Talks by: Chelsea Manning, Nadya from Pussy Riot, Laurie Anderson, Lauren McCarthy & more.

For the full lineup, visit dayfornight.io.

Prize includes flight, hotel, and VIP passes to Day for Night for two people. Hotel accommodations include three nights at the Hilton Americas-Houston. Flights to be awarded with two $500 Visa gift cards.

Click here to enter the contest.

The post Win a Trip to Day for Night, Houstons Experiential Arts and Music Festival appeared first on Hyperallergic.

06:57

Glycyrrhizae radix may have a possible therapeutic role for preventing the progression of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer's disease. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Arch Pharm Res. 2012 May ;35(5):897-904. Epub 2012 May 29. PMID: 22644857 Abstract Title:  Inhibitory effects of Glycyrrhizae radix and its active component, isoliquiritigenin, on A(25-35)-induced neurotoxicity in cultured rat cortical neurons. Abstract:  This study investigated an ethanol extract from Glycyrrhizae radix (GR), the root of Glycyrrhiza uralensis (Leguminosae), for possible neuroprotective effects on neurotoxicity induced by amyloid protein (A) (25-35) in cultured rat cortical neurons. Exposure of cultured cortical neurons to 10 M A (25-35) for 36 h induced neuronal apoptotic death. GR (10-50 g/mL) prevented the A (25-35)-induced neuronal apoptotic death, as assessed by a MTT assay and Hoechst 33342 staining. Furthermore, GR decreased the expression of Bax and active caspase-3, proapoptotic proteins, and increased Bcl-2, an antiapoptotic protein. GR also significantly inhibited A (25-35)-induced elevation of the intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)) and generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS)measured by fluorescent dyes. Isoliquiritigenin (1-20 M), isolated from GR as an active component, inhibited A (25-35)-induced neuronal apoptotic death, elevation of [Ca(2+)](i), ROS generation, and the change of apoptosis-associated proteins in cultured cortical neurons, suggesting that the neuroprotective effect of GR may be, at least partly, attributable to this compound. These results suggest that GR and isoliquiritigenin prevent A (25-35)-induced neuronal apoptotic death by interfering with the increases of [Ca(2+)](i) and ROS, and GR may have a possible therapeutic role for preventing the progression of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer's disease.

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06:56

Childrens book review Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor for vaccine "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.

Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor is a recently published childrens book written by Ann D. Koffsky  and illustrated by Talitha Shipman. Its not aimed to introduce children to the science of vaccines, or to convince the heistant. It is, however, incredibly useful to parents who intend to vaccinate and want to help young children

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06:56

Backstage, front row experience of the controversial US panel on energy at COP23 "IndyWatch Feed Health"

I would never have guessed a panel discussion on energy could have been as intense as this one. I went from thinking I would not even be able to see it, to being lead to the room following the special Continue reading

06:53

An old post fence marking the boundary of the bordering ranch land. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

An old post fence marking the boundary of the bordering ranch land.
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06:51

Heres What It Really Means To Adopt A Senior Dog "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sweet, loving, grateful, playful these are just a few adjectives dog owners use to describe their senior pets. People can get pretty passionate about their older dogs and cats, and some even dedicate their lives to adopting senior dogs.

But despite a steadily growing fan club, there are quite a few misconceptions about senior dogs still out there, and as a result, adult pets in the shelter system can have a difficult time finding families, explains Jorge Ortega, senior director of the ASPCA Adoption Center.

It is a sad fact that senior pets are often the last to be adopted from shelters, putting them at an increased risk for euthanasia, Ortega tells The Dodo. When you adopt a senior pet, youre not only welcoming a lifetime of love into your home, youre also saving a precious life.

If you are considering adding a new member to your family and giving a loving companion animal the home she deserves, heres what it really means to adopt a senior pet:

Senior can mean many different things



When talking animal ages, the term senior can be confused with geriatric but these are two very different things.

The senior categorization isnt tied to a specific age, and can vary greatly depending on the animal and breed, Ortega explains. Smaller dogs tend to have longer life spans than larger-breed dogs, and its the same for most cats, too, Ortega notes. A large-breed dog as young as 5 years old may be considered a senior.

Senior dogs are typically healthy or just beginning to show signs of aging, and have plenty of love left to give. A 17-year-old Pomeranian or a 7-year-old golden retriever are just as deserving of a loving home as any puppy.

Senior dogs are great for first-time pet owners

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06:49

HCG Found in WHO Tetanus Vaccine in Kenya Raises Concern in the Developing World "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Thank you to our loyal reader Dr. K.O. for making us aware of this paper. Open Access Library Journal John W. Oller1, Christopher A. Shaw2,3, Lucija Tomljenovic2,3, Stephen K. Karanja4, Wahome Ngare4, Felicia M. Clement5, Jamie Ryan Pillette5 1Communicative Disorders,...

06:45

This 89-Year-Old Shoots Playful Self-Portraits "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Kimiko Nishimoto picked up a camera for the first time when she was 72 years old. 15 years later, the 89-year-old photographer is now receiving a good deal of attention in Japan for her photography.

Nishimoto is a talented still life photographer who captures the tiny, beautiful details of flowers, but she also shoots lighthearted self-portraits of herself in bizarre costumes and situations. Many of the images are captured using a wireless camera remote.

Nishimoto will be holding a month-long photographic exhibition of her silly photos in Tokyo next month, teaming up with EPSON for the prints. The show will run at the Epson Imaging Gallery in the Shinjuku Ward of Tokyo from December 15th, 2017, through January 18th, 2018.

Here are two TV segments about Nishimoto that aired in Japan:

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06:42

Corey Feldman Names #2nd Hollywood Pedophile That Molested Him "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Source: Corey Feldman Names #2nd Hollywood Pedophile That Molested Him For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

Child actor, Corey Feldman reveals his second sexual abuser from when he was a young star in Hollywood. Watch below:

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06:34

Three Player Chess is Just as Crazy As it Sounds "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

If you are a fan of games of skill, then you probably fancy playing a challenging game of chess. If you think that regular chess is just too easy of a game for you, then try three player chess. And yes, it is just as crazy as it sounds.

Three player chess is essentially normal chess with a third player added. The board is shaped usually like a hexagon, but other shapes also exist. There are three different armies in 3 player chess, each starting on their own side. Movements for the individual pieces are essentially the same. The only difference is that the board squares arent actually square, so when you move a piece like a rook, it actually ends up taking a curvier path.

THE RULES OF THREE PLAYER CHESS

You may be asking yourself, how is three player chess fair? Couldnt you just game up on one player and take them down? Well, theoretically, and this is why three player chess was a hard game to design fairly. For most common three player chess variants, the winner is simply the player who is the first to deliver checkmate. This means that the game is over as soon as one player takes down another, with the other player coming in second. In other words, the first to checkmate is first, the first to be in checkmate is last, and the other player is second.

For myself, being someone who loves chess but has never played 3 player chess, I wanted to give the game a go. I stumbled upon a website called threechess.com where you can play against others or just computers. I decided that playing against a computer where I could set the difficulty would be a much more fun pursuit. I gave the game a go, and I have to say, it was much more fun than regular chess, at least in my opinion.

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06:34

Indigenous Environmental Network and Climate Justice Alliance to Launch Carbon Pricing Report at UN Climate Talks "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

While city, state, and national leaders gather at the UN Climate Talks to launch and implement platforms and agendas that promote carbon trading, carbon offsets, and REDD+, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Climate Justice Alliance take a bold stance to reject and challenge these so-called innovative solutions by releasing the Carbon Pricing Report: A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance.

06:30

The Rise of Graffiti Writing 10-teilige Dokuserie ber die Entstehung von Graffiti "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Eine neue Dokuserie auf Arte Creativ zeichnet die Geschichte des Graffiti nach und dokumentiert die Verbreitung einer der grten Jugendkulturen von ihrem Ursprung in New York, bis nach Europa. In 10 Teilen geht die Dokumentation The Rise of Graffiti Writing From New York To Europe die auf die Suche nach den Ursprngen und der Entstehung von Graffiti in den 1970er Jahren in den USA und verfolgt von dort aus die Spuren, die Mitte der 1980er Jahren Graffiti nach Europa bringen. Bilder und Video Red Tower Films 10 Episoden zeichnet die Dokuserie die Geschichte des Graffiti nach: von den Anfngen im New York der 70er bis zum Ausbruch des Lack-Virus in Europa ab Mitte der 80er. Ausgehend von der Mutterstadt des Graffiti, New York, zeigen die Macher der Serie, wie die Bewegung von den USA ber den groen Teich nach Europa schwappte und sich ab 1983 von Amsterdam, Paris und London wie ein Lauffeuer ber den ganzen Kontinent ausbreitete. In der Dokumentation kommen neben Graffiti-Pioniere wie FUTURA2000, LEE, BANDO, SHOE oder MODE2 auch eine Menge an Weggefhrten zu Wort, die etwas ber die Bewegung beigetragen und zu erzhlen haben. Die Idee und Umsetzung der Serie stammt von Ren Kstner (ilovegraffiti.de) und Redtower Films. Die ...

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06:30

Oman Blockchain Symposium Indicates Adoption Growth "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Visited by government officials and industry insiders, the event featured keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and notably for the Blockchain world, several female speakers. Maria Jones, Cointelegraphs own ambassador was present at the Symposium providing us the opportunity to report on it in detail.

06:27

COP23: Activists from Puerto Rico to Island Nations Demand Climate Reparations, End to Fossil Fuels "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Democracy Now Story: November 13, 2017   Watch Full Show   At the U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, Democracy Now! was there when thousands of people took to the streets Saturday for a march to demand an end to fossil fuel extraction, and some also called for climate reparations. Transcript This is a []

06:26

Trump Tweets Thoughts and Prayers To Wrong Shooting Victims "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Lazy incompetence: After a mass shooting in Northern California, President Donald Trump tweets condolences to the wrong victims. After a mass shooting in the rural community of Rancho Tehama, California, left five dead, and at least 10 wounded, Trump sent condolences to victims of a mass shooting that happened at a Texas church earlier this []

06:26

TheLeatherman MUT(Military Utility Tool) "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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What can be said about this tool cannot be said in a single post, so this thread will be a ever evolving thread about Leathermans top of the line multi-tool.

This tool was designed for the M16/M4/Ar15 series rifle that we all know of. So I will start this thread with the two major cons about this tool. Price and bulky as get out.

First the price. $160.00 from Amazon, there have been people claiming to have bought this for $120.00 online, but I could not find...

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06:26

A Preppers Guide to Bread Making "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

If you have the skill to make bread at home youll reap benefits in cost, taste, and health. But, for most preppers the key benefit is having access to this staple food even when the grocery store isnt open. Needless to say, were also preparing for a time when the bread-machine wont be functioning. During. . . Read More

06:24

User Management with AWS Cognito (1/3) Initial Setup "IndyWatch Feed Education"

The Complete AWS Web BoilerplateTutorial 1A

Main Table of Contents Click Here
Part A: Initial Setup
Part B: The Core Functionality
Part C: Last Steps to Full Fledged

Download the Github here.

Introduction

Setting up user authentication can take ages, but it is an essential cornerstone of any production app. There are options out there such as AuthO and PassportJS, but they either have hard learning curves, require continual maintenance, or are vulnerable to programmer errors as they require self-setup. If only there was a hands-off, customizable, secure and highly scalable user management service on the cloud.

Introducing Amazon Cognito and Federated Identities. Cognito is the AWS solution for managing user profiles, and Federated Identities help keep track of your users across multiple logins. Integrated into the AWS ecosystem, AWS Cognito opens up a world of possibility for advanced front end development as Cognito+IAM roles give you selective secure access to other AWS services. Want to only allow S3 Bucket access to specific signed on users? Simply connect a Cognito login with an IAM role allowed access to the bucket, and now your bucket is secure! Best of all, the free tier gives you 50,000 monthly active users so you wont have to worry about paying more until youre ready to boom.

This boilerplate is a React-Redux web app that has the full features of AWS Cognito and Federated Identities pre-integrated. Use this boilerplate if you have an app that you want developed with a production-ready authentication service from the very beginning. Indeed this is a powerful launchpad for your next great idea.

Go to AWS Cognito on the AWS console to get started!

Initial SetupCognito

We will be setting up AWS Cognito, which is a...

06:21

Joye Braun on the Wakpa Waste Camp and the Fight to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The water protectors camp, called the Wakpa Waste Camp, continues to stand in protection of water that threatens the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe including continuing to stand against the Dakota Access pipeline, and against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. If built, the Keystone XL pipeline would would carry Tar Sands crude from Alberta and come within less than 1-mile of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribes boundaries. Last Real Indians editor Matt Remle recently spoke with veteran water protector Joye Braun about the Wakpa Waste camp and fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. For those who are unaware of the water protectors camp at Cheyenne River tell us more about the camp.

06:18

Education without jobs "IndyWatch Feed Education"

Todays  ONS Labour Market Bulletin, provides further  data about the changing  relationship between young people, education and employment.  Even if its still much higher than for other age groups, youth unemployment continues to fall.  For July to September 2017, joblessness  for 16 to 24 year olds was 11.9% ( down from  13.1%  a year earlier []

06:15

Fujitsu Eyes Cryptocurrency Trading With Cross-Blockchain Payments Tech "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Japanese IT firm has unveiled a new payments technology designed to facilitate transactions between blockchains.

06:15

Street Barber Who Gives Free Haircuts to the Homeless Gets Gifted His Own Barber Shop "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

After an 11-year career, Philadelphia-based barber Brennon Jones decided to give back to his community. Without premises of his own, Jones set up shop on sidewalks and street corners to offer free haircuts to the homeless. With a daily mission of giving back and spreading love, Jones completed as many as 20 haircuts a day, and even traveled to homeless hotspots like Camden, New Jersey.

One day in April 2017, a man named Sean Johnson approached Jones while he was out cutting hair and asked him what he planned to do during winter. Jones replied that he would probably have to put Haircuts For Homeless (HC4H) on hold. A few months later Jones received a call from Johnson asking him to meet at his newly refurbished barbershop. He tossed him the keys and said, If you like it, it's yours. Overwhelmed and completely blown away by the strangers kindness, Jones named his newly opened shop Phenomenon Perfection.

Believing that the greatest joy in life is being able to serve others, Jones will continue to host haircuts for the homeless during weekly Makeover Mondays where clients can also enjoy a free meal. To us its just a hair cut, but to them its so much more. Its a sense of self esteem, says Jones.

You can support Jones admirable mission by donating via Paypal.

Philadelphia-based barber Brennon Jones offers free haircuts for the homeless.

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06:13

Eiteljorg Museum Presents Native Art Now!, A Celebration of Indigenous Expression in North America "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Meryl McMaster (Plains Cree/Blackfoot, born 1988), Anima (In-Between Worlds series) detail (2012), digital chromogenic print. Museum Purchase: Eiteljorg Fellowship

See contemporary art that surprises, dazzles and intrigues you. See Native Art Now!an exhibit of some of the most compelling and best contemporary Native American artworks of the past 25 years, selected from the Eiteljorg Museums permanent collection. The Eiteljorg is home to one of the nations best collections of contemporary Native art.

Defying conventional notions of Indigenous art styles, Native Art Now! celebrates the broad continuum of Native expression in North America. Its a fascinating collection of paintings, sculpture, installations, glass and fabric artof many styles imbued with thousands of years of Native American cultural history.

What distinguishes contemporary Native art from other contemporary art? The difference between a contemporary artist and contemporary Native artist is about 15,000 years, says Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis. Contemporary Native artists have knowledge about their ancestors, traditions and cultures that spans thousands of years. That changes the way you see the world.

Since 1999, the Eiteljorg Museums nationally renowned biennial Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship has recognized leading indigenous artists in the United States and Canada. This years presentation, Native Art Now!, includes a retrospective, a major survey book and feature documentary film that provides a broad look at the field.

Learn more at Eiteljorg.org/NativeArtNow.

Native Art Now! comtinues at the Eiteljorg Museum (500 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana) through January 28, 2018.

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06:11

Patti Smith would have been stoked to pose nude in Playboy "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Patti never made the Playboy scene, but she was a CREEM Dream at some point in the late 70s

Bebe Buell was one of the most famous rock and roll girlfriends of the 1970s (she doesnt like the term groupie, calling Pamela Des Barres scene in L.A. West Coast crap). Her...

06:05

Elephant Calves Give The Sweetest Goodbye To Their Sick Mother "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Nalakite was everything to her three calves. Not only had the elephant matriarch given birth to them, but shed raised them and guided them through life. So when Nalakite became terminally ill, her children were understandably distressed.

This past September, rangers spotted Nalakite and her three calves a 12-year-old male, an 8-year-old male and a 2-year-old female known as Nalakite Mdogo or Little Nalakite roaming around the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Credit: Elephant Aware Masai Mara

But something was wrong with Nalakite shed lost an alarming amount of weight, and she had a circular wound on her left side.

The rangers, who work for Elephant Aware Masai Mara, an organization that monitors and protects elephants in the region, alerted the rest of the team about Nalakites condition. A rescue crew, including several veterinarians, hurried to help.

Someone had probably hit Nalakite with a spear perhaps a villager trying to chase her away from their crops. But no one will ever know the full story.

Credit: Elephant Aware Masai Mara

We dont know who speared her, Joyce Poole, an elephant behavior expert and co-director of ElephantVoices, told The Dodo. Unfortunately there is a lot of human-elephant conflict in the Mara. Spear wounds and arrow wounds are rather common.

Nalakite had gotten a nasty infection from the spear wound, according to Poole. If the vet team didnt treat her, Nalakite would die. At the same time, treating her was also risky. They worried about Nalakite not being able to get back up after being sedated.

Once down, it is difficult to get an elephant up if it does n...

06:02

Political cartoon about witch hunts raises concerns for local Pagan "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

HIGH POINT, N.C. Former city council candidate Megan Longstreet isnt laughing after the local paper published a political cartoon that appeared to advocate for witch hunts.

[Courtesy M. Longstreet]

The cartoon, which appeared in the High Point Enterprise (HPE) paper the day after the election, said, Proving that theres nothing wrong with a witch hunt if theres a witch to hunt.

Longstreet is a Pagan and has identified as being Wiccan. Though not all Wiccans identify as Witches, some do. The newspaper says they did not have Longstreet in mind when they created this cartoon.

Longstreet, though, believes they did. She feels the cartoon was run to mock her religion and also felt the cartoon had a slightly threatening tone.

She says that shortly after the publication of The Wild Hunt article on her run for office and religious beliefs, HPE reporter Paul Johnson called her to discuss the article and its content. She says that Johnson asked if the TWH article was a joke.

I said of course not. Im openly a Pagan. Ive been a Pagan and doing a worldwide Pagan radio show for quite some time, continues Longstreet. She adds that Johnson then remarked that her opponent Monica Peters knew about Longstreets religion and may try to use it against her.

However, neither HPE nor Peters mentioned her religion during the election process.

Then, the day after the election HPE ran the cartoon about hunting witches. It was created by HPE staff and appeared in its Three Views section.

HPE Editor Megan Ward says the cartoon had nothing to do with Longstreet and was about the climate in Washington D.C. Ms. Ward says the idea that the paper would go after someone for their beliefs is absurd.

Ward told The Wild Hunt, To me, her being Wiccan, were just not interested in that. This wasnt against her or Witches.

Longstreet says she knew that when she interviewed with The Wild Hunt she could be attacked. However, she did it anyway. I wanted to be real and inspire other Pagans, she explains.

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05:58

Nighttime City Scenes Bathed in Neon by Photographer Elsa Bleda "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Photographer Elsa Bleda captures hazy moments that linger on the outskirts of the cities she visits in Eastern Europe and South Africa. Bleda is drawn to nighttime scenes bathed in colored light, such as a flock of pigeons illuminated by pink neon, or a lone gas station emitting an eerie blue glow. The images she chooses to shoot also have a limited human presence, which gives a dystopian feeling to the works empty streets and snow-covered buildings.

Previously, Bleda has presented exhibitions showcasing images she has taken in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Her upcoming solo exhibition with Red Bull will take a look at Durban, South Africa. You can view a preview of her exhibition alongside a list of songs the photographer chose to fit the mood of each work on Redbulls website. More of her night-based images of South Africa and Istanbul can be found on her Facebook, Instagram, and Behance. (via This Isnt Happiness)

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05:57

Pharma Insider Reveals How the Opioid Crime Network Operates "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Source: Pharma Insider Reveals How the Opioid Crime Network Operates For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

by Jon Rappoport Opioid drugs: morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, naloxone, Percocet, etc. PBS Frontline (2/23/2016): The opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American historywith overdoses from heroin and other opioids now killing more than 27,000 people a year (Note: prescription opioids are now a very significant gateway-drug leading addicts into heroin.) []

Source: Pharma Insider Reveals How the Opioid Crime Network Operates Learn more at REALfarmacy.com - Healthy News and Information.

05:55

The Artist Is Pissed: Marina Abramovi Responds to the Post "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Marina Abramovi performing The Artist is Present (screenshot via YouTube)

On Sunday, the New York Post ran a story called The Art of the Steal, questioning what exactly Marina Abramovi has done with the $2.2 million she raised to build her art center in Hudson, New York. Over the past four years, Abramovi racked up $1.5 million in private donations and another $661,452 on Kickstarter; when she discovered last month that the total cost of building the center would be $31 million, she abandoned it. (A spokesperson for the artist said the funds had paid for the design fee from Rem Koolhaass firm, OMA.) According to the Post, Kickstarter donors complained of not receiving their promised rewards and demanded to know how their money had been spent.

Yesterday, Abramovi retorted with a statement, which she titled The Art of Truth. She calls the newspapers allegations not only false but libelous. The majority of those funds were direct contributions of my own money which I earned as an artist, she writes of the $2.2 million. I contributed over 1.1 million dollars in cash donations to the institute on top of what I spent to buy the building.

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05:52

GMOs Are Not The Answer To Citrus Greening Disease "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

What are five things you think of when you imagine Florida? More than likely, beyond alligators and sun, you probably think of citrus. Whether you live in or visit Florida, theres often a place where you can get locally grown citrus in season: grapefruits, tangerines, tangelos, honeybells and so many more varieties. But, the citrus industry has been in a rapid decline over the last 15 years, vastly in part due to diseases such as Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening as well as Citrus Canker and Citrus Tristeza virus. Each of these reduce crop production sizes.

The article below claims that genetically engineering citrus is faster than conventional methods in fending off HLB, but as Center For Food Safety has pointed out, testing of disease prevention through GE techniques have been attempted since the 90s with minimal success, in large part due to the complexities of the diseases:

engineering plants with toxins that provide resistance to one pathogen sometimes results promotion of a different disease as a result of poorly understood interactions between plant defenses and the specific pathogens In the long run, even if some of the GE experiments do eventually result in commercial plantings, solutions to the current diseases of citrus that involve adding one or a few genes to a trees genome are unlikely to provide more than fleeting relief to an industry plagued by one new epidemic after another.

Non-GE solutions are actively being sought out from groups such as Florida Organic growers and UF as well. Matts Organics has been producing delicious organic juices since the...

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Edit: Im not gonna defend Buckley, so this post has been amended to reflect that, with a new tweet I put out.

05:42

Claim: climate change forcing storms further North "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE and the Where were the storms during the medieval warm period? department. Off track: How storms will veer in a warmer world Weizmann Institute of Science research uncovers the internal mechanisms driving storms toward the poles Under global climate change, the Earths climatic zones will shift toward the poles. This

05:42

Sweetest Shelter Dog Has Spent 400 Days Waiting For A Home "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Stanley was found all alone at a playground skinny, hungry and scared. Soon, he was taken in by the RSPCA. It usually only takes a month or two for the RSPCA to rehome a dog, but for some reason poor Stanley kept getting overlooked. Staffers even transferred him to a different RSPCA shelter to see if hed have more luck there, but still, no one came for him. 

Now, the Shar-Pei mix has been with the RSPCA for over 400 days and since hes only 2 years old, that means hes been with them for over half his life.

Credit: RSPCA

Normally when people celebrate a milestone its a happy occasion, Vicky Cooper, a dog handler at the RSPCA who works closely with Stanley, said in a press release. But for us, this milestone is heartbreaking as it means that another day has passed without poor Stanley finding a new home. 

Credit: RSPCA

Theres absolutely no reason why Stanley should still be waiting for a home, and everyone who knows him is baffled as to why no one seems to want him. He can take a little time to warm up to new people, but once he loves you, he REALLY loves you, and wants nothing more than to cuddle and spend all of his time with you. 

Credit: RSPCA

Stanley just loves to go on nice long walks and spend time having lots of fuss from our volunteers, Cooper said. Everyone here is completely stumped as to why Stanley is being ignored, because to us he is completely adorable. Whats even more upsetting is that hes not had one enquiry since hes been with us....

05:41

Ex-Secret Service Agent Claims Biden Engaged in Weinstein-Level Groping "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

This report was originally published by Paul Joseph Watson at Infowars.com

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An ex-Secret Service agent is claiming that former Vice President Joe Biden engaged in Weinstein-level sexual assault and that he would walk around the VP residence late at night completely naked.

According to Big League Politics Cassandra Fairbanks, a Secret Service agent who spoke on condition of anonymity revealed that Biden would mess with every single woman or teen, and that a Christmas get-together at the VPs house had to be canceled because Biden would grope all of our wives and girlfriends asses.

He also said that the Service often had to protect female agents from him and that Biden was prone to parading around the VP residence late at night with no clothes on.

I mean, Stark naked Weinstein level stuff, said the agent.

During one alleged incident in 2009, Biden cupped the breast of a Secret Service agents girlfriend during a photo, prompting the agent to shove Biden and almost hit him. The agent was subsequently suspended for a week, according to the source.

Men would often stand in front of female agents and Navy women or create false pretenses to have them leave the room just to get them away from Biden, according to the agent.

Best-selling author Ronald Kessler previously claimed in his book that Biden was fond of swimming naked and that female Secret Service agents found that offensive.

In a February 2015 article entitled What are we going to do about Creepy Uncle Joe Biden?, the Washington Posts Alexandra Petri highlighted...

Ex-Secret Service Agent Claims Biden Engaged in Weinstein-Level Groping "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

This report was originally published by Paul Joseph Watson at Infowars.com

joe-biden

An ex-Secret Service agent is claiming that former Vice President Joe Biden engaged in Weinstein-level sexual assault and that he would walk around the VP residence late at night completely naked.

According to Big League Politics Cassandra Fairbanks, a Secret Service agent who spoke on condition of anonymity revealed that Biden would mess with every single woman or teen, and that a Christmas get-together at the VPs house had to be canceled because Biden would grope all of our wives and girlfriends asses.

He also said that the Service often had to protect female agents from him and that Biden was prone to parading around the VP residence late at night with no clothes on.

I mean, Stark naked Weinstein level stuff, said the agent.

During one alleged incident in 2009, Biden cupped the breast of a Secret Service agents girlfriend during a photo, prompting the agent to shove Biden and almost hit him. The agent was subsequently suspended for a week, according to the source.

Men would often stand in front of female agents and Navy women or create false pretenses to have them leave the room just to get them away from Biden, according to the agent.

Best-selling author Ronald Kessler previously claimed in his book that Biden was fond of swimming naked and that female Secret Service agents found that offensive.

In a February 2015 article entitled What are we going to do about Creepy Uncle Joe Biden?, the Washington Posts Alexandra Petri highlighted a number of incidents where Biden made women feel uncomfortable by getting close and touching them.

There are innumerable videos online that show Biden touching children and whispering into their ears...

05:39

New Semi-Decentralized Cryptocurrency Exchange Navigates Murky Compliance Waters "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

New Semi-Decentralized Cryptocurrency Exchange Navigates Murky Compliance Waters

Tetra, a new entrant in the cryptocurrency exchange sector, describes itself as a semi-decentralized, peer-to-peer exchange with an emphasis on security and usability: Tetra will help create the next wave of cryptocoin adoption which will benefit all cryptocurrency users from investors to traders to businesses.

The term peer-to-peer exchange tends to suggest the idea of a strong emphasis on privacy and anonymity, as well as a certain level of disdain for Know-Your-Customer (KYC) rules, meddling regulators and authorities. According to Tetras blog post announcement, however, it appears that its approach is at odds with this philosophy:

Tetra understands the importance of practices like KYC and has devoted the resources necessary to implement these processes properly. Users will be able to trade safely with the comfort of knowing that due diligence has been enacted to protect them from potential repercussions.

You may have heard the terrifying accounts of people receiving prison sentences for trading cryptocurrencies on peer-to-peer exchanges, adds the main Tetra website. With Tetra, that is a thing of the past. Route your payments through our fully compliant banking network for a legally sound trading process. We're relieving traders of the burden of obtaining expensive licenses and adhering to cumbersome regulations in order to allow people to focus on what matters: their trades.

While this sounds appealing to compliance-conscious cryptocurrency users and traders, the self-description of Tetra as a semi-decentralized P2P raises questions. In a Reddit discussion, a Tetra representative admits that Tetra is a centralized service, but states that the e...

05:39

Kodaks Ektachrome Reboot is on Track Despite $46M Loss and 425 Layoffs "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Earlier this year in January, Kodak announced it was bringing back its popular Ektachrome film. After a period of silence and recent news that the company is laying off 425 employees after losing $46 million, theres now some good news: Ektachromes return is still on track.

Kodak published a 40-minute update from its film factory on the current status of its Ektachrome reboot work, and things sound quite positive.

The process is coming along really well, Kodak says. Weve been busy testing and making sure it meets all the expectations that exist in this passionate community.

Kodak is using all new equipment on a much smaller scale to make the film, bringing costs down for smaller manufacturing runs. Continuing to produce the film had been cost-prohibitive before, but now thats becoming less of a factor.

Ektachrome was created in the 1940s and is a reversal film, meaning its a positive image on a transparent base rather than a negative. Kodak ceased manufacturing it in 2013.

The film was manufactured with over 80 ingredients, and when Kodak originally stopped manufacturing the rolls, they lost specific ingredients many of them couldnt be purchased anymore. A huge challenge for Kodak to overcome was simply sourcing all the chemicals and materials required for the...

05:30

Photographers Take Intimate Portraits of Strangers Who Responded to a Craigslist Ad "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Craigslist Encounters Photo Series KremerJohnson

In August 2017, Los Angeles-based photography duo KremerJohnson (Neil Kremer and Cory Johnson) decided to publish a Portrait Subjects Wanted advertisement on Craigslist in search of interesting people to photograph all shapes, races, genders and sizes are welcome. Offering $20 per hour to anyone that applied, the projectentitled Craigslist Encountersinitially attracted around 100 responses. The ad is now running for its third time, and so far, 30 people have been photographed. The result is a growing series of intimate portraits that capture the unique qualities of human beings.

Heres how it works: once a person responds to the Craigslist ad, they receive questions via email, asking about their lifestyle and hobbies. The trusting participants are then asked to provide contact details so that they can schedule a photoshoot appointment. The next challenge is to create an environment where the subject feels comfortable in front of the camera. Being good listeners allows the person being photographed to really relax and tell us who they are, explains Kremer. Each portrait is styled according to the person. Whether in their own home, or a location of their choice, the subjects work together with the photographers on every creative decision. So far, only two of the participants have actually accepted the $20 payment. Most walk away loving the project and happy to have played a role, says Kremer.

KremerJohnson are currently looking for willing participants based in Los Angeles. If thats you, you can apply via their Craigslist ad. The series is due to finish by March 2018.

Photography duo KremerJohnsons photo seriesCraigslist Encountersfeatures portraits of complete strangers found on Craigslist.

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05:30

Motor soft starters and VFD for off grid "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Or at the very least I'm reducing power consumption while atempting to inch my way off grid.

My first small step towards off grid was power factor correcting my air compressors and welding machines. Originally I did this to allow then to work better on long extension cords, be more efficient and make then draw less amps.

Next step, will be to greatly reduce starting inrush current on air comoressors.

To do this I am going to try the simplest solution first. And that is a using a closed...

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05:19

Dear Boss: Im Not Lazy or UncommittedIm Recovering from Trauma. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

A warning like this feels like a sledgehammer to my self-worthand I understand why you gave it.

05:14

Photo Salon in SF Turns Phone Photos Into Fine Art Prints in 30 Minutes "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Neomodern is a new startup in San Francisco that turns smartphone photos into fine art prints while giving owners a memorable, educational, and inspiring experience along the way.

Located on Union Street, Neomodern was founded by Michael Rubin, previously a Senior Innovator at Adobe.

This idea had been nagging on me and I just gave in and did it this year, Rubin tells PetaPixel.

There are two components to Neomodern: a printing side and a gallery side.

For printing, Neomodern invites anyone to walk in with their smartphones. The staff consists of experienced professional fine art printers who will guide you through the entire process of turning your digital photos into high-quality prints.

Neomodern is reviving the old tradition of the printmaster, Rubin says.

After helping you select the photo youd like to print, the staff guides you through the concierge printing service, editing the photos in Lightroom and Photoshop before turning them into large, archival prints.

Finally, Neomodern will cut a custom mat and help you frame the print.

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05:13

25 Quotes to Soothe the Feminist Soul. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Feminism has been such a powerful movement for me to discover. I was raised in the South---Southern Baptist, at that---and there was always a part of me that wondered why things were the way that they were---why I never saw any leaders who were women. Why women were expected to look a certain way, act a certain way, smile at everyone, and pretty much just always be so damn polite.

05:11

Cancer Is a Lifestyle Disease: Researchers Make the Connection Between Food, Obesity and the Big "C" "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


(Michelle SimmonsHow you live your life affects your health, either positively or negatively. Having a healthy lifestyle is a must if you want to be free from diseases. Studies reveal that food, obesity and cancer are related to each other.
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05:01

Bank Admits Fiat Currencies Are Failing and Cryptocurrencies May Replace Them "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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As the transition towards a blockchain based economy continues, the established financial powers are desperately trying to stay relevant. In an attempt to boost their credibility, analysts at Deutsche Bank are finally admitting that state-run fiat currencies are becoming obsolete. For years, blockchain entrepreneurs and other critics of central banking have been branded either conspiracy theorists or criminals. But recently, those controversial opinions about the inevitable changes coming to the worlds financial system are being echoed by mainstream pundits.

Deutsche Banks top strategist, Jim Reid, recently articulated a view on the economy that is shared by many but rarely talked about:

Central banks and governments which have dined out on the 35 year secular, structural decline in inflation are not able to prevent it rising as raising interest rates to suitable levels would risk serious economic contraction given the huge debt burden economies face. As such they are forced to prioritise low interest rates and nominal growth over inflation control which could herald in the beginning of the end of the global fiat currency system that begun with the abandonment of Bretton Woods back in 1971.

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The most surprising part came when he acknowledged the crucial role cryptocurrencies may play in the move away from unbacked paper money.

Although the current speculative interest in cryptocurrencies is more to do with blockchain technology than a loss of faith in paper money, at some point there will likely be some median of exchange that becomes more universal and a competitor of paper money.

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The peoples...

05:00

Sledgehammers and High Heels Find a Modern Pairing in Kelly Reemtsens New Paintings "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Painter Kelly Reemtsen (previously) paints images of anonymous women in thick impasto. The pieces juxtapose high fashion with tools and other construction equipment, placing sequenced high heels alongside sledgehammers and hefty axes. The colorfully painted works are Reemtsens comment on modern femininity. By placing tools in each of her subjects hands, the LA-based artist showcases that having feminine identification doesnt mean fitting into a predetermined role.

Reemtsen is represented by Detroit-based David Klein Gallery and Lyndsey Ingram in London. You can view more of her fashionably dressed subjects on her website.

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05:00

Rabid Anti-Trumper Arrested For Threatening To Go On A Killing Spree "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

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A rabid anti-Trumper has been arrested in California for placing menacing videos of himself tossing around threats on YouTube. David Kenneth Smith, a 39-year-old leftist actually recorded himself threatening to go on a killing spree.

According to PJ Media, Smith was arrested in Orange County, California, on November 2 following an investigation involving the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was charged with one felony count of making criminal threats after threatening a university professor through emails and posting threatening YouTube videos in one he talked about going on a killing spree. Police also recovered nine loaded firearms all registered to Smith after his arrest, according to Orange County Sheriffs Department officials.

Smith, who attended Soka University, sent an instructor a link to a YouTube video that showed him sitting with a semiautomatic pistol on his chest talking about the university, according to the Sheriffs Department. After Smith sent the menacing video, police were called by the instructor and Smith was arrested.

According to the LA Times, in another video, posted last week, Smith goes on a strange rant about choosing between suicide and mass murder in a video titled What Good Does Killing Ever Do? In that video, he explored the pros and cons of going on a killing spree, and decided that it sounded like a great idea compared to dying or committing suicide.

Should I be homeless or go on a killing spree? he asks in the video. I think being homeless is an entirely artificial situation. I wasnt born here to obey every rule you guys ever made, OK? I was born to be who I am.

But his odd video titled Stories From College is equally disturbing. Hes seen laying in a bathtub w...

Rabid Anti-Trumper Arrested For Threatening To Go On A Killing Spree "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

davidkennethsmith

A rabid anti-Trumper has been arrested in California for placing menacing videos of himself tossing around threats on YouTube. David Kenneth Smith, a 39-year-old leftist actually recorded himself threatening to go on a killing spree.

According to PJ Media, Smith was arrested in Orange County, California, on November 2 following an investigation involving the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was charged with one felony count of making criminal threats after threatening a university professor through emails and posting threatening YouTube videos in one he talked about going on a killing spree. Police also recovered nine loaded firearms all registered to Smith after his arrest, according to Orange County Sheriffs Department officials.

Smith, who attended Soka University, sent an instructor a link to a YouTube video that showed him sitting with a semiautomatic pistol on his chest talking about the university, according to the Sheriffs Department. After Smith sent the menacing video, police were called by the instructor and Smith was arrested.

According to the LA Times, in another video, posted last week, Smith goes on a strange rant about choosing between suicide and mass murder in a video titled What Good Does Killing Ever Do? In that video, he explored the pros and cons of going on a killing spree, and decided that it sounded like a great idea compared to dying or committing suicide.

Should I be homeless or go on a killing spree? he asks in the video. I think being homeless is an entirely artificial situation. I wasnt born here to obey every rule you guys ever made, OK? I was born to be who I am.

But his odd video titl...

05:00

Two Million Wondrous Nature Illustrations Put Online by The Biodiversity Heritage Library "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Are we truly in the midst of a human-caused sixth mass extinction, an era of biological annihilation? Many scientists and popular science writers say yes, using terms like Holocene or Anthropocene to describe what follows the Ordovician, Devonian, Permian, Triassic, and Cretaceous periods. Peter Brannen, author of extinction history The Ends of the Earth has found at least one scientist who thinks the concept is junk. But Brannen quotes some alarming statistics. Chilling, even. Until very recently, he writes, all vertebrate life on the planet was wildlife. But astoundingly, today wildlife accounts for only 3 percent of earths land animals; human beings, our livestock, and our pets take up the remaining 97 percent of the biomass almost half of the earths land has been converted into farmland.

This state of affairs does not bode well for the millions of remaining species getting edged out of their environments by agribusiness and climate change. We learn from extinctions past that the planet rebounds after unimaginable catastrophe. Life really does go on, though it may take millions of years to recover. But the current forms of life may disappear before their time. If we want to understand what is at stake besides our own fragile fossil-fuel based civilizations, we need to connect to life emotionally as well as intellectually. Short of globe-hopping physical immersion in the earths biodiversity, we could hardly do better than immersing ourselves in the tradition of naturalist writing, art, and photography that brings the world to us.

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05:00

15+ Heartwarming Celebratory Reactions as Australia Votes Yes for Same-Sex Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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Love is love, and we were reminded of this simple fact with the recent marriage equality survey in Australia. On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, it was announced that 7.8 million Australians61.6% of its voting populationsupport same-sex marriage and its legalization.

The results were a long time coming; as early as 2007, there was polling to suggest that a majority of the country was in favor of marriage equality. But due to politics, putting public opinion into law has been a slow process thats years behind other English-speaking countries. In 2004, the then-prime minister John Howard altered the Marriage Act that clarified the definition as the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others.

After more than a decade of activism, the issue came to vote as part of a national postal survey. Although voluntary, 79.5% of voters made their voices heard. Now, the parliament will have to debate how to turn this into the law of the land.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said of the survey: They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love. And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the Australian people asked us to do and get this done.

The result of the inquiry and its massive support is something to celebrateand many Australians did just that. See how some of them reacted (including the Sydney Opera House) in the photos below.

On Wednesday, November 15, Australia had a postal survey that voted on the issue of marriage equality.

The results were overwhelmingly in favor of it6...

05:00

Kickstarter Unveils Drip: Subscription Crowdfunding for Long-Term Projects "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Lots of photographers and creators, particularly from the YouTube world, have been relying on subscription crowdfunding services such as Patreon to provide a constant source of income from supporters. Theres now a new competitor in the space: Kickstarter has just announced a Patreon competitor called Drip.

Drip was a small crowdfunding scheme for music artists until it was acquired by Kickstarter two years ago. Now the crowdfunding giant has relaunched Drip to work for all kinds of creators, including photographers looking to find supporters for long-term photo work.

Kickstarter is for projects, Drip is for people, says Kickstarter regarding the difference between its two brands.

A unique selling point of Drip is its founding memberships. Each creator can have a period of time where supporters can join as founding members. These will bring special rewards or status for jumping in early.

In contrast to the Kickstarter platform, Drip does not require a target to be reached before funding is released. Support is on an ongoing, month-to-month basis.

Drip is a standalone website but it will work seamlessly with users from Kickstarter. Accounts will work on both websites, so it will be even easier for users to support creators.

Kickstarter also says that it doesnt want users to feel stuck to their platform once theyve started amassing supporters. Creators will actually be able to export data from Drip, and the company will even help creators securely transfer subscription and payments information to other subscription platforms.

Drip is currently an invite-only platform, and theres no word yet on when it will be opened up to the general public without invites.

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04:57

Evidence Mounts: Plague Outbreak Is an Engineered Depopulation Bioweapon "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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Thousands of people have been infected and over 143 are now reported dead from the plague outbreak thats now threatening Africa, reports the UK Daily Mail. Health officials are unsure how this years outbreak began, reports the paper. Experts warn the disease spreads quicker in heavily populated areas. Isnt it interesting that just as Prince []

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04:56

Loci Announces Whitelist Registration "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

November 15, 2017, Reston, Virginia  Leader in DIY patent research, Loci, announces that their whitelist registration for their upcoming token sale is now open.  The Loci Token Sale is scheduled from December 6-31, 2017. The exclusive first round of the token sale will take place December 6-8, 2017 and is only available to those who have pre-registered on the whitelist. The whitelist registration secures a spot to purchase Locis native LOCIcoin utilitarian tokens.  LOCIcoin tokens fuel InnVenn, a blockchain integrated platform for intellectual property discovery and mining. The LOCIcoin tokens can be used for staking inventions on the blockchain and for the buying and selling of IP assets.

Loci recently implemented updates to their token structure and distribution strategy.  Upon listening to the requests of InnVenn community members, Loci will now make up to 50% of all LOCIcoin will be available to the launch supporters, an increase from their original 35% release.  Hard capped at $19 million, Loci plans to use the funds from the token sale for marketing and continuing operations.

Loci has also employed a token sale referral program.  The referral program gives a 5% bonus to the referring party of the total amount purchased by the referred party for those who sign up through referral links.  For more information on the token sale, visit Locis website.

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Loci, a leader in DIY patent research, is built on patented technology nearly a decade in the making. Loci is applying its search engine to a decentralized database for patent research, discovery, and licensing. The company uses a combination of intuitive user interfaces, machine learning, and blockchain technology to optimize this process. Locis token sale will begin on December 6th. For more information, please refer to the whitepaper or join Locis Telegram.

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04:55

Superstar Megachurch Founder Caught Molesting 4-Year-Old Girl "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Pastor Robert J. Bob Coy, founder of Floridas biggest megachurch, is accused of molesting a 4-year-old-girl. Coy, the founder and former Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, sexually abused at least one girl for over a decade, starting when the victim was only 4-years-old. The victim told police that Pastor []

04:52

Yerba Mate Enhances Cellular Energy and Metabolism "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Joe Battaglia

In South America, Yerba Mate has been grown and taken medicinally for centuries. Researchers have shown that use of the herb over an extended period had significant effects on body weight and weight gain and was associated with lower levels of blood lipids and insulin in obese mice fed a high-fat diet.

Some of the most important antioxidant enzymes in the body are induced by mate. It is rich in polyphenols and displays high antioxidant activity. Its also a cancer killer. Mate tea drinkers experience a significant increase in the activity of an enzyme that promotes HDL (good) cholesterol which prevents fats from oxidizing. Mate is traditionally steeped and served in a hollow calabash gourd (itself called a mate) and drunk through a metal straw called a bombilla. You can also make mate in a standard automatic coffee maker. Just put the mate where you would normally put the coffee grounds.

This new study, which supports the anti-obesity effect of long-term supplementation with yerba mate, and its beneficial effects on related metabolic disorders, is published in Journal of Medicinal Food, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Journal of Medicinal Food website.

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04:46

This is the Place that Love Calls Home. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

If love is in the smallest things, then it's in those mindful moments of kindness and compassion. It's in the attention paid and the care taken. It requires us to ignore the ever-tempting distraction of entertainment and to tune in instead to all of the people we encounter.

04:44

Scorpio New Moon Ritual November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

The Scorpio New Moon on November 18th, is all about transformation and rebirth. It is all about shedding our skin and stepping into the new.

We have all been on a journey of new beginnings this year, and the Scorpio New Moon will act like a culmination or birthing point of this energy.

After a year of trials, challenges and growing pains, we are now ready to access deeper levels of our soul and step into a new potential.

By peeling back the layers and uncovering a new layer, we can not only transform our lives but we can also gain a deeper understanding of who we really are and what journey or lessons our soul has come here to share.

In order to harness this potent rebirth energy and to blossom into your fullest potential, here is a ritual idea that will help you to feel reborn and renewed.

Scorpio New Moon Salt Scrub Ritual 2017

This ritual is best done between November 18th -30th

You will need:

  • Glass/Plastic jar or container (preferably with a lid)
  • Sea Salt/Himalayan Salt
  • Olive Oil/Almond Oil/Jojoba Oil (whatever oil you have to put on your skin)
  • Your favorite essential oils
  • Your favorite crystal
  • Sage for smudging
  • Pen and Paper

Directions:

1.) Before you begin any ritual it is important that your space and aura are cleansed. Using sage or your favoirte smudging tool, cleanse your aura and then your entire space. Be sure to also cleanse the ingredients that you are using for your salt scrub. Use the following affirmation or write your own

I cleanse and release any energy that is not mine to hold. I replace this energy with love, light and healing. I heal my mind, my body and my surroundings. I recharge the energy that surrounds me now so only love and light will remain.

2.) Now its time to make the salt scrub. Get your container, add about 2 tablespoons of salt and a drizzle of oil. You want the salt to be oily to the touch, but not swimming in the oil.

3.) Next, add 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oils and then mix it around till its combined. If you want to get really luxurious you can also add dried flowers and herbs if you have them on hand. Close the lid and place your crystal on top of the container.

4.) Now, take your pen and paper. Take a few minutes to still your mind and then write down what you would like to release and bring in to your life starting with Thank You Universe.  For example-

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04:44

Bitcoin Price Watch; Trading The Crossover "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

So thats another day done for our bitcoin price trading efforts and yet again weve seen an incredible amount of volatility hit the charts as price has matured towards the daily close. Were seeing an awful lot of this sort of action of late breakout, run, consolidation type stuff and this has made for some pretty great trading conditions so far this week. Were now heading into the close of the European session and weve got the US late afternoon (as well as the Europe-US crossover) right ahead of us. What we would love to see is some more of the sort of action outlined above.

This will allow us to enter the latter half of the week in a real strong position and should make closing out the week for a net gain relatively simple.

So, with this in mind, lets get some levels outlined that we can use to take advantage of price action id we see the type of movement we are looking for. As ever, take a quick look at the chart below before we get started so as to get an idea where things stand and where we are looking to jump in and out of the markets if and when things move.

The chart is a one-minute candlestick chart and its got our range overlaid in green.

As the chart shows, the range we are looking at for the session this evening comes in as defined by support to the downside at 7150 and resistance to the upside at 7217. We are going to look at jumping in long on a close above resistance, with an initial upside take profit target placed at 7265. Conversely, if we get a close below support, well jump in short towards a downside target of 7080.

Lets see what happens.

Charts courtesy of Trading View

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04:44

Intuitive Astrology: November New Moon 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

The Scorpio New Moon on November 18th is deeply personal and transformative, and is going to touch all of us on a soul level.

Scorpio is the sign that rules over the transformative art of death and rebirth.

Every day when the Sun sets we experience a type of death and everyday when the Sun rises we experience a type of rebirth.

Life is always giving us opportunities to shed ourselves and to be reborn into something new, and that is exactly what this New Moon energy is beckoning us to do.

This is not a rebirthing process that will happen overnight. In fact, chances are you may have been rebirthing yourself since the Scorpio Full Moon which happened back in May 2017.

Perhaps think back to what was unfolding for you during the month of May. Perhaps think back to what you were called to let go of and release in your life.

Perhaps it has been since this time that you have been shedding the layers and ending all that no longer serves you. Perhaps it has been since this time that you have had to let go and release so you can be reborn.

Back in May 2017, I lost my sister due to aggressive cancer. Her demise happened very quickly and her death was very sudden and unexpected.

Since this time I have really been able to understand death and life on a whole new level. The cycle of death and rebirth has felt very literal to me, and there has been a lot of grief to wade through.

While this may not be your experience, perhaps you can relate in someway. Perhaps there is something you have had to let go or grieve in order to be reborn.

Death in any form always carries varying degrees of pain, however if we can look beyond to the rebirth phase, perhaps we can see that there is always a purpose and there is always a new opportunity.

Even though the Sun bids us farewell every night, it always rises again and it always brings new opportunities and a chance to start again.

Embrace this as your mantra during the Scorpio New Moon, and open yourself to the fact that life is always bringing second chances and new opportunities.

To help navigate through this New Moon energy, pay attention to what needs to be released from your life and reflect on all the deaths that have transpired not just over the last 6 months, but over the entire year.

Look back and see how you have grown, look back and see just how far you have come. Look back and give yourself a pat on the back, because even if you made mistakes, even if things did not go the way you intended them to do, you made it and here you are, reading this article and finding ways to improve yourself.

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04:42

One suspect, three cops, one front door. What can go wrong? "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

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04:41

10 Easy Healthy Eating Habits for the Incredibly Lazy "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Lets face it getting in better shape is such a chore. And eating healthy means drinking green funky-looking drinks and spending hours cutting up fruits and vegetables, right? Who wants to fuss with all that when a cheeseburger is easily available at the drive-thru?

Good news! It isnt necessarily true that eating healthy has to be difficult. Read on for some fun tips that you can use to improve your diet without taking up your time and even the laziest person can implement them.

1. Healthy Eating Does NOT Mean Dieting

Dieting can actually do more harm than good. Restrictive diets slow down your metabolism, meaning that once you stop dieting or slip up the pounds pack on twice as fast. Depriving yourself of the foods you love will just make you crave them all the more, too.

Dont label foods as good or bad. Instead, focus on the healthy foods you love do you really enjoy tomatoes, for instance? and incorporate more of those things into your menu. Granted, it may not be a donut, but youre not necessarily eating stuff you despise. Try to choose healthy, wholesome foods at least 80% of the time, but do allow yourself the occasional pizza party or maple bar.

2. Stock up on Snacks

When it comes to snacking, 51 percent of all Americans consume more than three snacks a day. Snacks arent necessarily a bad thing, but when th...

04:35

Highly Detailed Close-Ups of Amazing Hyper Realistic Pencil Drawings "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

 

Kohei Ohmori is a 22-year-old artist from Japan who has been garnering buzz online for his amazing, hyper realistic pencil drawings. The artist purportedly spends upwards of 200 hours on each drawing and has been sharing his progress on Twitter and more recently, Instagram.

In the detailed close-ups and progress shots below, you can also get a glimpse at Ohmoris toolbox of carefully sharpened pencils. For more, check out his artwork at the links below.

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04:33

Bitcoin climbs to $13,500 in Zimbabwe following news of military coup and currency shortages "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin is trading at $13,500 in Zimbabwe, at almost double the value of the cryptocurrency on international exchanges. Demand for bitcoin has surged dramatically in the cash-strapped African country after the military seized power on Wednesday. According to the local exchange Golix, the price of bitcoin has risen almost 10 percent in Zimbabwe on news of the coup. The country also faces serious shortages of hard currency. Zimbabwe hasn't had its own currency since 2009 when hyperinflation wiped out the local dollar. In 2008, the central bank printed a 100 trillion note, and inflation topped 500 billion percent. Since then, Zimbabwe has been using the US dollar and South African rand, among other currencies.

04:31

Science Fiction No More: A Real Clone On Video and Their Future Plans "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


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04:28

A Tale of 17th-Century Witchcraft Staged in NYCs Oldest House "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The Wyckoff House before <em>The Visitation</em> (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)The Wyckoff House before The Visitation (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

For three nights in early November, New York Citys oldest home was haunted by a 17th-century tale of witchcraft. After sunset, by lantern and candlelight, six actors prowled through the historic rooms of the Wyckoff House in Canarsie, Brooklyn, performing a play inspired by a true case of demonic influence. Called The Visitation, it was created by Witness, a new immersive theater company.

The Wyckoff House before <em>The Visitation</em> (courtesy Witness)The Wyckoff House before The Visitation (courtesy Witness)

I attended one of the performances staged between November 3 and 5; like each of the roughly 40 audience members, I only witnessed a fragment of the story. As the family in this farmhouse, along with two visiting priests, examined the afflictions that kept their daughter bedridden, other conflicts about faith, relationships, and possession emerged. Audience members could decide whom to follow, discovering perhaps that the father may be poisoning the young woman and causing her fits (played with Exorcist-like contortions by Rae Haas), or that the younger priest (an unnervingly dogmatic Brian Lore Evans) may be the most dangerous, with the absolute conviction of his belief in the devils presence. As directed by Drew Gregor...

04:27

Roarr! the perfect JSON logger for Node.js and browser "IndyWatch Feed Education"

Zero-configuration, out of process transports and adheres to the Twelve Factors

The past 8 months I have been creating GO2CINEMA. This web application allows users to discover showtimes. They can also book cinema tickets across the world.

The platform grew to over +50 distinct services. The services support data aggregation, normalization, validation, analysis, distribution, invalidation, and more. Some of these services run in high replication environments, into the hundreds.

I needed to know when things break. And I needed to be able to correlate logs across all these services to identify the issue.

Running services in high-concurrency you need to be able to pin point when and what breaks.

I needed a logger that did not exist.

Existing loggers

For a long time I have been a big fan of using debug. Debug is simple to use, works in Node.js and browsers, does not require configuration and it is fast. However, problems arise when you need to parse logs. Anything but one-line text messages cannot be parsed in a safe way.

To log structured data, I have been using Winston and Bunyan. These packages are great for application-level logging. I have preferred Bunyan because of the Bunyan CLI program used to pretty-print logs.

However, these packages require program-level configuration. When constructing an instance of a logger, you need to define the transport and the log-level. This makes them unsuitable for use in code designed for use by other applications.

Then there is pino. Pino is a fast JSON logger. Its CLI program is equivalent to Bunyan. It decouples transports, and it has a sane default configuration. Yet you still need to instantiate logger instance at the application-level. This makes it more suitable for application-level logging like Winston and Bunyan.

I needed a logger that:

In other words a logger that:...

04:25

In-depth: IEA predicts rise of cheap renewables and Chinas move away from coal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The global energy system is in a state of flux. Renewables are experiencing rapid deployment and steep pricefalls. A growing portion of global energy is provided by electricity. Theres a slow, but apparently inexorable move away from coal in China. And theres a surge in natural gas and oil production in the US.

These are just some of the insights in the latest annual World Energy Outlook (WEO), which was published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) this week. Specifically, some of the WEOs key points include:

  • Solar power will be cheaper than coal, on average, in China, India and the US between 2025 and 2030.
  • Renewables will make up two-thirds of total global investment in new power plants and will be the single largest source of additional energy added up to 2040.
  • By 2040, China will add electricity generation equivalent to the entire US power system. India will add electricity generation the size of the EU.
  • Chinese coal use will peak in the next few years and fall 15% by 2040.
  • One out of four cars on the road in China will be electric by 2040.
  • However, current and planned new policies are still far from enough to avoid severe impacts of climate change.

The hefty 763-page report provides three different scenarios of what the world might look like in 2040: one where current policies are followed; one where new policies are introduced in-line with Paris Agreement commitments; and one where nations quickly take steps to limit warming to no more than 2C.

The report examines the different ways in which the worlds use of energy might change over the next two decades in each of these scenarios.

Scenarios of future energy use

The IEA, an international intergovernmental organisation established in 1974 in the wake of the oil crisis, releases an annual World Energy Outlook report projecting future energy trends over the next few decades.

The figure below shows the three future energy scenarios in this years report, along with the relative mix of energy sources used and resulting CO2 emissions

  • The current policies scenario (left-hand chart) envisions no new government programmes to support clean energy or efficiency.
  • The new policies scenario (middle) shows where new policies are adopted in-line with Paris Agreement commitments and other policies that have been announced, but not yet implemented.
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04:21

Australia votes yes to same-sex marriage "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

An historic event recently took place in Australia with over 12.7 million people across the country, or 79.5% of the population, taking part in the survey with every state and territory returning a majority yes.

Its the beginning of the end of a long-running campaign to allow marriage equality in Australia, something already legal in the majority of English-speaking countries worldwide.
However, even ahead of the release of the results, conservative politicians inside the Australian parliament were preparing for a fight over how marriage equality would be legalized.

We didnt want the vote

Australias LGBT community was strongly against the idea of a national vote on same-sex marriage from the first time it was announced, fearing a bitter, divisive campaign.
A group of same-sex marriage advocates even took the government to Australias High Court in an attempt to stave off the survey. Their case was dismissed in an unanimous decision

PM Malcolm Turnbull says Same Sex Marriage should be legal by Christmas

The people of Australia have spoken and I intend to make their wish the law of the land by Christmas. This is an overwhelming call for marriage equality.

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04:16

Why We Didnt Potty Train (and what we did instead). "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"





My son turns 3 this month, and over the last year I have had many people ask me how long he has been potty trained when they notice he isnt wearing a diaper. When I tell them he has been fully (night and day) out of diapers since right before he turned two last year, they want to know how I did it. I can see their excitement as they think maybe I have a trick to help them, because usually they are really struggling to get their child to use the toilet. When I tell them we didnt potty train, they look confused and resign to the fact that I must have a special or unicorn child. As his mother, I certainly think so ( ), but I also believe that as a general rule, we dont need to train children to use the toilet.

I want to start off by saying that the use of disposable diapers is unique to western culture. There are so many other cultures who dont suffer through what we know as potty training, and their children grow up not defecating on themselves just fine. First, (like so many things I write about) it is important to be willing to let go of some of your ideas about children and how they work/what they need. If we can be open to the fact that so many of our ideas are based in non truths then it will be easier to approach something like using the toilet with a brand new perspective. So how did I get my son to use the toilet without training him to?


  1. I normalized using the toilet from day one.

I didnt wait until some arbitrary time in his life to introduce the concept of a toilet and not urinating on himself. I made sitting in his own poo and pee not normal from day one. I made using the toilet normal from day one. Some people call this Elimination Communication (EC), but you dont even have to do it full time. My son still wore diapers, mostly in public and at night. Even with a diaper on, I made it a point to take him to the bathroom and hold him ove...

04:14

A Life without Suffering is not the Life I Want. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

We learn through struggle. We find ourselves through the chaos. We learn what it means to be alive through mastering difficult situations---and this is something I am constantly reminding myself about.

04:14

Bitcoin Is Back Above $7K, Bitcoin Cash Slumps "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

After a rocky weekend for BTC because of the Bitcoin Cash SegWit2X debacle, it appears that Bitcoin is back, settling over $7K, and BCH is slumping back toward $1K.

04:14

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Fascinating "IndyWatch Feed Comics"



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04:10

Alleged Bitcoin Launderer Faces Extradition Hearing Next Month "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

An alleged money laundered tied to the BTC-e bitcoin exchange and wanted by both Russia and the U.S. will attend an extradition hearing next month.

04:08

Irreversible Impacts on People and the Environment: More Than One Million Signatures Delivered to Block Proposed Monsanto-Bayer Merger "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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The merger between Monsanto and Bayer, two giants in the chemcial and genetically engineered seed industries, has been in the works for several months now, with everyone from farmers to business analysts weighing in on the possible impacts of such a deal.

But now, the voices of the people are being added to the mix, and in this case on a historic scale: over 1 million petition signatures have just been delivered by farming, consumer and environmental groups to the United States Department of Justice calling on the body to block what could be one of the biggest consolidations of corporate power in the nations history.

A Tight Oligopoly on Steroids

As noted by a release from the grassroots organization Friends of the Earth, the delivering of the signatures coincided with Tuesdays hearing on technology in agriculture and data-driven farming in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation.

It also included the release of an analysis by FOE, SumOfUs and Open Markets Institute on the merger titled Bayer-Monsanto Merger: Big Data, Big Agriculture, Big Problems exploring the devastating potential impacts of the deal, which they said could lead to irreversible impacts on consumers and farmers.

In addition, the Consumer Federation of America also released a report titled Mega-Mergers in the U.S. Seed and Agrochemical Sector the Political Economy of Tight Oligopolies on Steroids and the Squeeze on Farmers a...

04:00

A Cruel and Comic Allegory of Destroyed Masculinity "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Still from The Killing of a Sacred Deer (All photos by Jima (Atsushi Nishijima), courtesy A24)

Da-aaad! Bobs dying!!!

Cue medium close-up of child in a wheelchair, eyes dripping red as he stares blankly on.

Gallows humor takes many forms, but perhaps none so Pantone black as kiddos bleeding from the eyes from a sudden, undiagnosable ailment least of all moon-faced American boys named Bob. Of course, nothing should really shock us coming from Yorgos Lanthimos, the Greek equivalent of Lars Von Trier (sans, perhaps, the joyless misogyny). From an adult sibling knocking out her dogtooth with a hand weight to a sibling-turned-dog kicked to death by a sociopathic vixen, Lanthimoss raison dtre seems to be inventing new ways to disgust and disquiet.

Spoiler: little Bob indeed perishes in the directors latest feature, Killing of a Sacred Deer. And it definitely isnt pretty. In a film that doles  out justice so mercilessly it can only be called Greek, Killing is cruel enough to boil his 2016 The Lobster alive. But what balances the horror is a signature deadpan that dulls any stabbing pathos. Ten-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic), his teenage sister Kim (Raffey Cassidy, also suddenly stricken by a mysterious disease in which she cant move any part of her body below the waist), mom (Nicole Kidman) and, perhaps most importantly, dad  (Colin Farrell) are the paragon of success, but theyre also a joke of a nuclear family. Read allegorically, as the title and smattering of references to...

04:00

How to Let Go of Things: One Essential Tip To Make Minimizing Easy and Sustainable "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

When Marie Kondos book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, was released in 2014, an intense new wave of minimalism swept the country. People were getting rid of things left and right while espousing the joys of living with less. Communities like The Minimalists had been building steam for a while and there seemed to be a new movement within the interiors community that decided less is most definitely more. But with that movement came criticism. Lots of it. Mainly around the the idea that these new ideals were steeped in classism and elitism. And while I agree with a lot of those critiques, I think theres always a grey area between both extremes were the truth seems to lie.

Thinking about minimalism has been a healthy way for me to better examine the reasons I buy and hold on to things

When Roshanda Cummings and Erin Johnson (below) shared their 10 Tips for Living Minimally Longterm with us last month, one of their ideas really stuck with me. They said to remember that you will always, Begin Again. Meaning, youll inevitably buy something new and end up doing another round of tossing/donating/giving to edit things down. Their long-term approach really clicked with my changing worldview, which is more about small, sustainable commitments rather than grand gestures. Their advice made me think about why finding more meaning in and appreciation for the things I do have is so important to maintain over t...

03:54

Photographer Apologizes for Editing Actress Hair Out of Cover Photo "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A photographer is publicly apologizing this week after actress Lupita Nyongo took to social media to complain that her hair had been edited out of a cover photo on the womens magazine Grazia.

Nyongo is a Kenyan-Mexican actress who won an Oscar for her role in the film 12 Years a Slave.

The controversy started when Nyongo saw her cover photo on Grazia and noticed that a large portion of her hair had been edited out and smoothed to make it appear that she had short hair.

She then posted messages to her social media accounts complaining about the editing. On Twitter, she accused the magazine of manipulating the photo to fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like.


Nyongo wrote a longer message on Instagram, saying that she would not have consented to the cover photo had she been consulted about the change.

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03:47

Unicorn Riot to Premier Black Snake Killaz: A #NoDAPL Story "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

for Earth First! Newswire

Minneapolis, MN Unicorn Riot premieres its first full-length documentary Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story on November 17th, 2017.

November 14th, 2017: Unicorn Riot will hold a theatrical premiere of the non-commercial creative commons documentary film Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story on November 17th, 2017 at The Parkway Theater 4814 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Doors will open 6:30 PM and the film will start at 7:30 PM. The premiere will be followed by a question and answer session with members of Unicorn Riot.

An after-party at The Red Sea, 320 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, MN begins at 11:00 PM and lasts until bar close. Performances by various artists, include Minneapolis Punk Folk Ungrateful Little String Band, followed by Indigenous hip-hop artist Alas, and DJ MTHERRSA.

On November 18, 2017, Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL Story will be made available online, for free, at https://www.unicornriot.ninja/black-snake-killaz-2017/

Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story (120 mins) chronicles the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline from April 2016 through March 2017. The film highlights actions taken by water protectors to stop the construction of the oil pipeline and investigates actions taken by law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries to quell the months-long protest. Black Snake Killaz timelines the historical events
that unfolded in Standing Rock and brings you a raw front line experience of direct actions. Although the Dakota Access Pipeline was completed, the impact of the resistance movement will be long-lasting.
The importance of the water protectors story grows as fossil fuel extraction projects continue to impact some of the most vulnerable communities throughout the world.

Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story is one of the many stories that has emerged from the #NoDAPL movement. Unicorn Riot offers Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story as a public resource to provide a concise...

03:45

Global Mind Energy Report: Impact of Mass Meditations MODERATE | November 15th, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


by Justin Deschamps

The following report details the current state of geomagnetic activity and resulting effects on human consciousness, which can be used to guide one's activities in meditation, mass meditation, personal energy work, and self-mastery practices.
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03:43

GMO vaccines Making Siblings of Millions of Children "IndyWatch Feed Health"

GMO-Vaccines Making Siblings of Millions of Children, Teens and College Students: Who Can They Safely Have Children With In The Future?

All the vaccines for kids are GMO.  The instability that Jeffrey Smith lists for agricultural GMOs all apply to the vaccines.

1.  GMO vaccines genetically engineer - alter the DNA of - anyone receiving them, using the very same method used to genetically engineer seeds.  Children are being genetically engineered.  See:  http://salem-news.com/articles/july172011/murdoch-vaccines-wn.php

2.  The GMO material is patented, just as with seeds.  Who owns children's blood, organs, bones, etc. if they include patented IP?  We know how Monsanto acts about ownership. 

3.  Did you agree to have patented corporate intellectual property inside your child?  No?  Then it's a contract or IP law violation because it wasn't disclosed to you.

4.  The GMO material injected into your child added new DNA strains to your child's DNA - from insect, pigs, monkey, viruses, etc.  For the first time in human history, a new parental line has been added to children's genetic heritage - mother's DNA, father's DNA, insect DNA.  Did you agree to this rape of your child's DNA by strangers, by other species?

5.  Did you agree to having your genetic heritage, 10s or 1000s of years in the making and unique - beyond priceless intellectual property - corrupted in this way?  Were you informed and compensated by the biotech industry in a contract for them to insert their own DNA choices into your child's DNA, your family's genetic heritage?

6.  Did the same GMO-DNA in one vaccine get that injected into other children as well?  Into how many others?  1?  10?  100?  1000?  10,000?  100,000?  A million?  However many children who had the GMO DNA forced into them by injection, are now SIBLINGS (even if only 1/3 siblings  (mother, father, corporate GMO-DNA) of your child by virtue of sharing one parental line.  Were you informed this would be the consequence of the vaccine yo...

03:38

New York City Launches Committee to Review Maternal Deaths "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Following in the steps of Baltimore and Philadelphia, New York City is establishing a committee to review deaths and severe complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, aiming to reduce their toll on expectant and new mothers in the nations largest metropolis.

Theres ample room for improvement: The citys maternal mortality rate is thought to be slightly above average for the U.S., which has the highest such rate in the industrialized world. Of the estimated 700 to 900 deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth nationwide each year, New York City accounts for about 30.

Moreover, the citys outcomes feature a worsening racial divide. Between 2006 and 2010, black women were 12 times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related causes, up from seven times more likely between 2001 and 2005.

The new committee will dig deeper into each maternal death than has previously been possible and, by mining their causes and circumstances, will guide efforts to prevent such tragedies, city health officials said.

We want to advocate for quality improvement, not just in the city [overall], but in all the hospitals in the community, said Dr. Lorraine Boyd, medical director of the city health departments Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health. We want to be able to say that the rates of maternal mortality, that the [racial] gap is closing and that weve put programs in place that are going to lead to that.

The panel (officially named the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee, but already nicknamed M3RC) is scheduled to hold its inaugural meeting in early December and convene four times a year thereafter.

It will have up to 45 members, including not only doctors and nurses, but also doulas, midwives and social workers people in the community, who can better reflect how women live their lives, Boyd observed.

Beyond examining maternal deaths, the panel will also compile and analyze data on severe complications experienced by expectant and new mothers. For every death, experts say there are dozens of cases of such complications, affecting more than 50,000 American women each year.

New York state has had a maternal mortality review committee since 2010 that examined cases statewide, including those in the city; the city has also had its own panel to assess death data in aggregate.

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03:30

10 Superfood Powders and How They Benefit Your Health "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Anna Hunt

As a rule of thumb, half of every meal you eat should be made up of nutrient-rich superfoods, such as fruits and vegetables. When you eat a healthy diet over a long term, youre more likely to prevent chronic illness, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer. Yet, most people dont eat sufficient amounts of vegetables. Therefore, its smart to supplement your diet in order to benefit your health, and there are plenty of exotic superfood powders that can help you do this.

Theres no denying that the availability of superfood supplements is a good thing. Nevertheless, there are now so many options, it can become overwhelming when deciding which superfood is best for you. Hence, below is a list of some of the more popular superfood powders, with a short description of how they benefit your health.

When choosing a superfood powder, its best to first decide what you want to accomplish (i.e. improve digestion, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation). Then, pick only two or three superfood powders that will help you meet that goal. Finally, make sure you consume them daily with your juices, smoothies and meals, so you can reap the benefits. Sometimes, taking a capsule supplement or tablet may be the best option. Remember, the effects of taking superfood supplements are gradual and increase over time.

1. Moringa

Moringa is a very potent source of plant-based nutrition. About one tablespoon of moringa powder contains the nutrients of one full serving of vegetables. The plant is rich in iron, potassium and Vitamins A, B6 and C. It also offers 17 times more protein than milk and is packed with essential amino acids.

As a natural detoxifier, moringa purifies and nourishes blood, muscle tissues, bone marrow and fat tissues. In addition, it is a powerful antioxidant. Thus, it helps to fight off free radicals that bring on sickness and disease.

03:29

Ingredient In Cows Milk Primary Causal Trigger of Type 1 Diabetes "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Maria Andrade

An ingredient in cows milk has now been identified as a type 1 diabetes trigger in those with genetic risk factors, but researchers say they have been frustrated in efforts to make the findings available to the wider public.

The United States is the worlds largest producer of pasteurized cow milk, but oddly enough it is also one of the worlds smallest consumers. The dairy industry thus has a vested interest in eliminating all raw milk suppliers from the market place to enforce and increase per capita consumption of pasteurized milk which is lagging behind most of the world.

Pasteurized milk is perhaps one of the most nutritionally deficient beverages misappropriately labeled as a perfect food. Raw milk enthusiasts have known for a very long time that unpasteurized milk is the ONLY milk worthy of consumption.

Pasteurization destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, denatures fragile milk proteins, destroys vitamins C, B12 and B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens and is associated with allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems in children, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and cancer.

Seven researchers...

03:27

Watercolor Illustrations That Trace the Dark and Light Elements of Storybook Myths by Amber Ma "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

New York-based artist and illustrator Amber Ma subtly integrates elements of darkness into her fantasy-based illustrations. Her inspirations are grounded in childhood stories, such as her series Pinocchio Forest which visually investigates the myth surrounding the storybook puppets long nose. In the series of watercolor and sumi ink works Ma mixes elements of tension and warmth. This contrast interrogates the notion of a lie, presenting how the action can both hurt and protect those closest to us.

Ma received both her BFA and MFA in Illustration from the School of the Visual Arts. This fall she was included in the group exhibition Parallel at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis. You can view more of the illustrators work on her Instagram and Behance.

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03:25

Mesmerizing Fountain Uses Lights to Turn Water into Colorful Shape-Shifting Forms "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Lamp with Water Fountain Base

The sound of a babbling brook has a calming effect on many people, and it's something they wish to mimic in their home. One way to do this is a water fountain, and engineer Stephen Co has produced a design that combines this natural tranquility with a mesmerizing light show. Called Aquarius, the flowing water has a shape-shifting appearance that changes colorsall within a sleek design that will fit comfortably in your home.

The liquid in the Aquarius indoor water fountain can take many forms. Users can watch streams of water bend, change colors, freeze in place, rise upwards against gravity, split off into multiple streams, Co told My Modern Met in an email, and even display effects such as volcanic lightning or the Northern Lights!

So, how does this effect happen? By using 60 individually addressable LED lights, some or all of the bulbs can be set at a frequency range of 75-100 Hz and projected against a stream of liquid. Since they reflect at various times and places, it creates the illusion of an animation. With the addition of colors, it creates complex hues as well as multi-colored streams.

While the water and its animations are Aquarius' most defining feature, there is more than one way to enjoy the product. It has a standby mode that stops the flow of water and turns it into an accent or night light. Aquarius is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter.

Using 60 LED lights, engineer Stephen Co has created an indoor water fountain that produces mesmerizing illusions.

Indoor Water Fountain

The water appears to shift shapes, but it's all thanks to clever light projections.

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03:17

FDA Approves New Digital Sensor To Ensure Patients With Mental Health Issues Take Their Meds "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Mac Slavo

The Food and Drug Administration has just approved a new pill with a digital sensor in it. It will ensure that patients who suffer from mental health issues take their medicine when they are told. But privacy concerns have not gone unnoticed.

Regulators in the United States have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked as it makes its way through the human body. The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets used for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them that records that the medication has been taken. A patch worn by the patient transmits this information to their smartphone.

But many are raising the red flag that this could simply be another form of medical big brother. You may no longer have the right to refuse medications in the very near future.

The Abilify MyCite features a sensor the size of a grain of sand made of silicon, copper, and magnesium. An electrical signal is activated when the sensor comes into contact with stomach acid the sensor then passes through the body naturally. A patch the patient wears on their left rib cage receives the signal several minutes after the pill is ingested. The patch then sends data like the time the pill was taken and the dosage to a smartphone app over Bluetooth. The patch also records activity levels, sleeping patterns, steps taken, activity, and heart rate, and must be replaced every seven d...

03:10

Journal replaces anti-vaccine paper it retracted for missing conflicts, number of errors "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A journal retracted a paper about how conflicts of interest might be influencing research into the link between vaccines and autism because wait for it the authors failed to disclose conflicts of interest. According to the retraction notice, the editors retracted the paper without the authors agreement, because the authors had a host []

The post Journal replaces anti-vaccine paper it retracted for missing conflicts, number of errors appeared first on Retraction Watch.

03:10

Wealth Manager Canaccord: ICOs Could Become Commonplace "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) could one day come to be seen as similar to inital public offerings (IPOs), according to a new report.

03:05

From the War in Iraq to the War against Poaching "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Damien Manders fight to protect African wildlife

03:05

78 Ways to Use Duct Tape for Survival "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

34 Uses of Duct Tape for SurvivalUPDATE: Note this is a combined resource, recently updated with all the relevant uses for duct tape that Gaye originally put together! I have always claimed, and not altogether jokingly, that you could build a house with Elmers glue and Duct Tape.  Both items are readily available, relatively inexpensive, and easy to tote around. Given. . . Read More

03:04

Flesh events: Human furniture makes for a disturbing body of work "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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The house and the body are palimpsests of life events with their history inscribed into every surface, writes Fiona Roberts in her artists statement describing her sculptural body furniture Intimate Vestiges. They are repositories of treasured moments, of everyday routines and memories,...

03:02

Bye, bye humanity? Pesticides implicated in human infertility? "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Human fertility is declining, and recent studies suggest conventional food may be a significant contributor to this disturbing trend, seen in both men and women. Pesticides have repeatedly been implicated in worsening fertility, and one of the most recent studies adds further support to this hypothesis. The study,1,2 published in JAMA Internal Medicine, evaluated the influence of factors known to affect reproduction on the reproductive success of 325 women between the ages of 18 and 45 (mean age 35), who underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF). As reported by Time,3"The women in the study filled out detailed questionnaires about their diet, along with other factors that can affect IVF outcomes, like their age, weight and history of pregnancy and live births." High Pesticide Exposure Associated With Reduced IVF Success Using a U.S. government database listing average pesticide residues on food, the researchers estimated each participant's pesticide exposure based on their food questionnaires. On average, women with high pesticide exposure ate 2.3 servings per day of fruits, berries or vegetables known to have high amounts of pesticide residue. Those in the lowest quartile ate less than 1 serving of high-pesticide produce per day. Compared to women with the lowest pesticide exposure, women with the highest amounts of pesticide exposure had an 18 percent lower IVF success rate. They were also 26 percent less likely to have a live birth if they did become pregnant. Using modeling, the researchers estimate that exchanging a single serving of high-pesticide produce per day for one with low pesticide load may increase the odds of pregnancy by 79 percent, and the odds of having a live birth by 88 percent.

03:02

Aluminum Dangers "IndyWatch Feed Health"


Aluminum in Antiperspirants Linked to Cancer and to Brain Damage from Vaccines
by Rishma Parpia and Barbara Loe Fisher
Published November 14, 2017 | Vaccination, Ingredients

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The use of aluminum in antiperspirants and its link to breast cancer has been report since the 1990s.
  • Due to conflicting studies, public health agencies and stakeholder groups have not ruled out the link between antiperspirants and breast cancer.
  • Aluminum has been known to be a neurotoxin for decades and vaccines contain aluminum adjuvants; however, public health agencies deny aluminum adjuvants cause brain damage and aggressively promote vaccines as safe.
In the 1990s, there was information published linking the use of antiperspirants, underarm shaving and an increased risk of breast cancer.1 The safety concerns were particularly focused on the use of aluminum-based compounds as the active ingredient in antiperspirants.2 Aluminum temporarily plugs the sweat glands blocking the flow of sweat to the surface of the skin, which keeps armpits dry.2
Antiperspirants With Aluminum Must Be Labeled
Public health agencies and medical organizations were quick to deny the link between aluminum containing antiperspirants and cancer and labeled these concerns as rumors and myths. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published an article in a July-August 2005 edition of its consumer magazine, which stated:
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03:00

Ding! Ding! The Turkey is Done But is the Baby? "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

jez-timms-359124Being pregnant during the holiday season brings a unique component to the time of year that many find full of joyful stress. If your due date falls between early November and early January, that stress can be amped up even further. Will your water break as you pull the turkey from the oven? Will you be able to decorate a tree or light candles with your children or will you be in the hospital laboring? So many questions about the various birth scenarios arise that it might seem like a good idea to schedule an induction to have some small control over birth timing. But is that the best choice for you and your baby when not medically necessary?

Induction of labor frequently increases birth interventions such as fetal monitoring, epidural anesthesia, instrumental delivery, and cesarean section. First-time mothers undergoing induction double their risk of having a cesarean, which increases risks in subsequent pregnancies such as uterine rupture, placenta previa, placenta accreta, and hysterectomy. Though VBACs and induction are compatible in most circumstances, a woman with a prior cesarean has a 33-75% risk of having another cesarean.

If your provider starts a discussion about scheduling an induction right before a holiday, ask questions.

  • Is there a medical reason to start labor?
  • Are there non-medical alternatives to induce labor?
  • Am I or my child in immediate danger if I dont labor now?
  • Is my body ready for labor? (Ask for a Bishop score)
  • What is the research on induction risks and outcomes?
  • Do I need to make a decision now or can I wait?
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03:00

Scientists Look For Signs Of Alien Life On Newly Discovered Planet "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

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A mere 11 light-years away from our Solar System, a newly discovered exoplanet is the second-closest weve ever found thats temperate enough to potentially host and sustain life. The Earth-sized exoplanet was just discovered and scientists are already searching for signs of life.

Ross 128 b orbits the inactive red dwarf star, Ross 128, in the systems Goldilocks zone. This zone is known as the area in perfect distance from a star to support life. The planet is also probably rocky, not gaseous; and its at a distance from its star that means the temperature could be hospitable to life as we know it.

It was found using the European Southern Observatorys High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) in Chile the most precise instrument of its kind. And it took researchers a long time to nail down. We started to observe this star in July 2005, astronomer Nicola Astudillo-Defru of Geneva Observatory told ScienceAlert. Since 2013, our monitoring started to be more intense, and only after acquiring 157 observations was the signal of the planet strong enough to be detected.

The researchers were able to discover the planet using the radial velocity method of planet detection. This method differs from the transit method we usually hear about but it shows this technique still has a whole lot of potential for finding new exoplanets.

Heres what we know about Ross 128 b so far. Its 1.35 times the mass of Earth. This means its most likely a rocky planet since as far as we know at least, gas planets tend to be giants.

Thats the other point in favour of Ross 128 b being a rocky planet: its relatively close to its host star. In fact, its 20 times closer to its star than Earth is to the Sun, and completes an ent...

Scientists Look For Signs Of Alien Life On Newly Discovered Planet "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

space-planets-universe

A mere 11 light-years away from our Solar System, a newly discovered exoplanet is the second-closest weve ever found thats temperate enough to potentially host and sustain life. The Earth-sized exoplanet was just discovered and scientists are already searching for signs of life.

Ross 128 b orbits the inactive red dwarf star, Ross 128, in the systems Goldilocks zone. This zone is known as the area in perfect distance from a star to support life. The planet is also probably rocky, not gaseous; and its at a distance from its star that means the temperature could be hospitable to life as we know it.

It was found using the European Southern Observatorys High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) in Chile the most precise instrument of its kind. And it took researchers a long time to nail down. We started to observe this star in July 2005, astronomer Nicola Astudillo-Defru of Geneva Observatory told ScienceAlert. Since 2013, our monitoring started to be more intense, and only after acquiring 157 observations was the signal of the planet strong enough to be detected.

The researchers were able to discover the planet using the radial velocity method of planet detection. This method differs from the transit method we usually hear about but it shows this technique still has a whole lot of potential for finding new exoplanets.

Heres what we know about Ross 128 b so far. Its 1.35 times the mass of Earth. This means its most likely a rocky planet since as far as we know at least, gas planets tend to be giants.

Thats the other point in favour of Ross 128 b being a rocky planet: its relatively close to its host star. In fact, its 20 times closer to its star than Earth is to the Sun, and completes an entire orbit in 9.9 days.

Why isnt it too hot for life? Ross 128 is a cool...

03:00

Meet the 35-Year-Old British Man Who Lives Entirely in the Year 1946 "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Ben Sansum is something of a young fogey. He's only 35 years old, but he lives in the year 1946. Entirely. The pictures on his wall in his Cambridgeshire home, the supplies in his cupboard, the music played on his turntable, the clothes he wears--everything comes from 1946 and the post WWII era. His motivation is partly aesthetic. He likes living in a period home, he tells us. But it also goes deeper than that. As he notes, our modern world moves so quickly, it sometimes pays to hang onto old world charms.

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02:57

Its Not Bitcoin Classic, Or Bitcoin Cash. Its Bitcoin Clashic! "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Welcome to the future of moneyBitcoin Clashic. No use cases, no services, no projects and no walletsbut nevertheless the future of money.

02:54

FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia: Rape, Pillage and Plunder of Planet Earth "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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02:53

Natural Birthcontrol Deodorants dental Care etc Kelly Brogan MD "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"


6 Natural Products That Actually Work


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Lessen Your Toxic Load
In your quest to find products that support a healthy, conscious lifestyle, do you sometimes feel like you have to compromise between effective and safe? Weve been led to believe that this is the case, through powerful marketing forces that position chemicals as king, and all-natural as the watered-down, over-priced alternative.
Adding to this confusion is the trend of green packaging. Since the FDA does not regulate what goes into health and beauty products, companies cash-in on health-conscious consumers willing to pay more for clean, safe products. Green, leafy logos and words like all natural can conceal the fact that whats inside the bottle is anything but!
The Need for Safe Alternatives
While consulting a list of toxic products to avoid is easy enough, taking the time to read labels and ingredient lists for literally EVERYTHING you buy can be really taxing, not to mention, a total drag! Perhaps this is why people ask me all the time, What do you use?
To help make your adventures in detox a little easier, I am sharing a short list of some of the natural products that I love, and that you can feel good about using. Most importantly, they work great and feel luxurious!
Six Natural Products that Work
1. Deodorant

There are plenty of lovely, all-natural soaps on the market (heck, one bottle of Doc Bronners lasts forever), but have you tried all-natural deodorants? A long-time stress sweat-erI have too many consumer-disappointment experiences to count. (Turns out theres a lot of room for innovation still in the holistic personal fragrance arena). ) Then I found THE ONE and there was no turning back.
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02:41

Software Firm SAP Accepts 27 New Members To Its Blockchain Program "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The new members of the initiative were announced at the SAP TechEd event in Barcelona, Spain on Nov. 14, 2017. The program aims to integrate Blockchain technology into the Internet of Things (IoT), manufacturing and digital supply chain solutions through the SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain service.

02:36

This Layer-Lapse of NYC Combines Different Times of Day in Each Frame "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Back in 2014, time-lapse photographer Julian Tryba released a layer-lapse of Boston that showed different times of day in different parts of each frame. That video went viral and received over a million views. Now Tryba is back with another layer-lapse, this time of New York City in the 3-minute short film above.

Traditional time-lapses are constrained by the idea that there is a single universal clock, Tryba writes. In the spirit of Einsteins relativity theory, layer-lapses assign distinct clocks to any number of objects or regions in a scene.

Each of these clocks may start at any point in time, and tick at any rate. The result is a visual time dilation effect known as layer-lapse.

For his Boston layer-lapse, Tryba manually edited and animated the layers and had about 30 layers in each scene. For this NYC layer-lapse, he automated the process using After Effects scripting, allowing the scenes to have up to 300 layers each.

Whats more, his automation takes the background music into account, allowing each note or beat to trigger a change in the layers of the resulting film.

Here are some still frames from the film showing day and night combined in creative ways:

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02:32

WV-DEP Waives 401 Certification for MVP Pipeline (Stream Crossing Damages) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection adjusts Mountain Valley Pipeline permits

From an Article by Charles Young, Clarksburg Telegram, November 1, 2017

CHARLESTON The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has lifted the suspension of the state stormwater permit for EQTs Mountain Valley Pipeline project, according to Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton.

The stormwater permit was suspended in September to allow the state agency to properly respond to all public comments received.

The agency has also chosen to waive the individual 401 certification of the federal permits for the pipeline project. The Army Corps of Engineers recently reissued, with provisions that are specific to West Virginia, the nationwide 12 permit which is used for stream crossings.

These new conditions, when combined with specific requirements that are included in the state stormwater permit, will allow for better enforcement capabilities and enhanced protection of the states waters, Caperton said.

This is a case where the public review and comment system worked especially well, Caperton said. This summer, after months of diligent work, WVDEP put forth for public review and comment a draft certification and permit for the MVP pipeline. As a result of some of the issues that were included in those public comments, our agency developed a revised strategy that will better utilize the state stormwater permit to provide significantly stronger safeguards for the waters of West Virginia.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline, a project of EQT and several other partners, will span more than 300 miles from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia. The pipeline will be used to supply natural gas from Marcellus and Utica Shale production to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic regions.

According to information on the projects website, the pipeline will pass through 11 West Virginia counties.

Natalie Cox, communications director for EQT, said the DEP decision reinforces West Virginias commitment to protecting its waterbodies.

Reinstatement of the stormwater permit requires enhanced management best practices and increases the degree of assurance that MVP construction activities will be conducted in a manner that will preserve and protect waterbodies along the route, she said.

The issuance of the permit will not impact the pipelines estimated completion date, Cox said.

The MVP project team is committed to complying with the permit, and this decision by the WVDEP will not impact MVPs currently filed timeline, which targets an in-service for late 2018, she said.

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02:29

Zen Protocol Advances Smart Contracts for Financial Services "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Shunry Suzuki, the St Zen monk and teacher who helped popularize Zen Buddhism in the United States, once remarked that, "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few."

In many ways, this aphorism captures the entrepreneurial tenor of todays emerging world of blockchain technology, as startup companies seek to address critical issues facing the distributed ledger space.  

Many would agree that todays financial systems are fraught with centralization, complexity and barriers to access. While established businesses and individuals in this market can manage the paperwork and bureaucracy, many still find these barriers to participation too challenging to overcome.  

As a result, potential trades and deals are lost, as these financial participants, trying to get limited access to the system, turn to intermediaries. These participants are, therefore, unable to issue assets or even to trade in some asset classes.  

Zen Protocol, a smart contract company headquartered in Tel Aviv, is on a quest to change this trajectory, by making secure, peer-to-peer finance possible on a customized, public blockchain, removing the need for intermediaries such as banks and brokers.  

Zens approach allows anyone, anytime, anywhere to create and trade financial products on a secure platform a Proof-of-Work blockchain protocol. Its here where an open marketplace for options, futures, digital currencies and a myriad of other financial instruments are offered to consumers who would otherwise be left without the ability to participate. 

Zen Protocol, in many respects, can be viewed as an alternative to Ethereum, Bitcoins main market competitor. Zens main value proposition is the creation of a blockchain that mitigates some of the pesky issues that have adversely impacted Ethereum, while simultaneously running parallel to the Bitcoin blockchain. 

By way of example, one problem users on the Ethereum blockchain face is running out of gas. This means that transactions on its network often fizzle out, requiring that whatever currency paid to a user be returned to them. In other words, because there wasnt enough energy to complete their transaction, it was canceled. Unfortunately, the fee for running this transaction still has to be paid.

Zen addresses this issue through proven resource bounds: a protocol for attaching to each contract a proof of how long it takes to run. This completely removes the need to monitor gas.

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02:25

Very Friendly Turkey Decides She Has To Sit Up Front With Rescuer "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Life has not been easy so far for a turkey now named Betty but just the other day she basically hit the jackpot.

Credit: Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary

Betty was living on a small farm in Canada with two other turkeys when the family who owned the farm underwent a sudden change. "Due to a domestic situation the woman and child found themselves homeless," Carla Reilly Moore, co-founder of Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary, told The Dodo.

The family gave away all of the other farm animals, but they were especially attached to their turkeys. "They could not part with the three turkeys," Moore said. "They couldnt, however, keep the turkeys either." The woman found a temporary place for them in a stall at a shuttered dairy farm. 

But this was far from ideal. "The turkeys sat for seven months in the stall," Moore said. "They were not allowed to come out and walk around, but it was the safest place that she could find for them. And she refused to give them away to someone she didnt trust."

That's when Moore stepped in. "When I reached out to her I explained that we are sanctuary, and that we have other turkeys and are huge animal lovers," Moore said. "She was very grateful, and told me many times that she just couldnt give up her babies but that she felt comfortable with us."

Credit: Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary

So Moore went to pick up the turkeys Betty, as well as her friends Penny and Tom to bring them to the sanctuary where they will get to live their lives happily.

But Betty is one strong-willed bird, as Moore soon found out. She wants what she wants and she did not want to go into the traveling crate.

"We decided to allow her to just sit in the back of the car," Moore said. But the backseat wasn't quite cutting it for Betty, either. She's a curious and social bird.
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02:25

Americans Should Assume Their Tax Returns Can Be Hacked From The IRS, Expert Says "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Image source: Flickr / Creative Commons

Nov. 15, 2017

No ones financial information is safe from hackers at the Internal Revenue Service not even President Trumps.

Thats according to fraud investigator John Powers, who suspects Trumps tax returns have been stolen from the IRS. Powers also believes that expert hackers could take anybodys data from the agency if they wanted it.

Discover How To Become Invisible In Todays Surveillance State!

Considering Trumps risk profile, the determination of his detractors, and the current state of cybersecurity, its almost inconceivable his tax returns havent been hackedsuccessfullyby someone with more experience and expertise, Powers wrote in Wired on Sunday.

After all, American taxpayers should assume their personally identifying information is already in the hands of criminals and then act accordingly, as former IRS commissioner John Koskinen recently told reporters.

Koskinen said: Our estimate is a significant percent of those taxpayers

02:23

Edgartown. Letter: Fluoridation should be a townwide decision "IndyWatch Feed Health"

I have been reading some of the comments about the fluoridated water issue in Edgartown, and have taken some time to look at the research for myself. There are convincing arguments and good people on both sides.

There are plenty of studies to cite as proof for either opinion. One person cited a recent EPA study that was commissioned on Nov. 23, 2016, and concluded on Feb. 27, 2017. It pains me to say that that study carries little credibility with me personally, given that the current director of the EPA has no desire to protect the environment or the people affected by its decisions.

The point here, however, is not about whether fluoridation is good or not. It is about the procedures of a local government in this case, three people to impose their opinion about what we and our children should ingest on a daily basis, presumably for the rest of our lives. There are obviously some concerns, and some gaps in regards to our knowledge about this. Why the rush? We spent eight years debating the roundabout, after all. Lets put it up for debate, and hear from the people.

We may never know for certain if the risks outweigh the benefits, but right or wrong it is a decision for the people of Edgartown to make, not three officials in a back room.

Donald Keller
Vineyard Haven

*Original letter online at http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/11/15/fluoridation-townwide-decision/

02:15

Buddha's cremated remains found in China "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

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Buddhists around the globe are waiting to hear more about what has been said to be a significant finding in China. Archaeologists in China have uncovered a ceramic box that is ancient which contains human remains that were cremated and the box has an inscription that reveals that remains as belonging to Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. 
Source: 
http://www.disclose.tv

02:15

TechShop Closes Doors, Files Bankruptcy "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

"Jim Newton, TechShop employees, members, and investors will go forward with their experience. Many will find a way to collaborate and work together again. The world will be a far better place for TechShops experience," says Dan Woods.

Read more on MAKE

The post TechShop Closes Doors, Files Bankruptcy appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

02:13

LIVE HEALTHY TEST FOOD, WATER, ALLERGIES, DENTAL MATERIALS, REMEDIES & MEDICATIONS "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Today everybody lives in a dangerous, polluted environment, full of toxins which penetrate your body by inhalation, ingestion, radiation, transdermally. Toxins are stored in connective tissue and are further transported through the lymphatic and blood stream to different organs, impairing and affecting their functionality. There is a simple method how to determine which are the

02:05

How to read Crochet Charts: Free Mandala Pattern "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

 

 
 
Welcome to another chart reading. This time I thought a break from my crochet routine in the shape of a mandala would be nice. Needed something quick and relaxing and again tried to use color combinations I never take into consideration. Challenging myself feels great :)
 
The chart I found on pinterest:
 
 
The pattern:
 
With yarn size and relevant hook by choice
Ch 10 and join to make ring.
Round 1: Ch3 (counts as the 1st dc) and make 23 dc in the ri...

02:05

Parity Team Publishes Postmortem on $160 Million Ether Freeze "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Parity has released new details on how a critical code flaw resulted in the freezing of $160 million worth of ether.

02:05

An interactive map of every record store on Earth. Youre welcome. "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Blue Arrow Records, photo via Facebook

I know of very few vinyl obsessives whove never availed themselves of the global online music database at discogs.com. A crowdsourced and fact-checked project of 17 years standing so far, its every entry...

02:03

Caroline Flack tweeted this and a Chuckle Brother had the perfect response "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Not often we feature Caroline Flack on The Poke but Paul Chuckles response to this tweet left us no option.

We should add it may not be entirely office friendly, depending on your office.

So heres what the erstwhile talent show spin-off presenter tweeted.

Cue Chuckle.

Still got it, Paul.

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Classic works of art improved by the Chuckle Brothers

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02:01

Daily Bible Verse "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.  Acts 16:30-33 (KJV)

02:01

Robot Apocalypse: With Artificial Intelligence We Are Summoning the Demon "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Have you noticed all of the news lately about artificial intelligence and robotics, including some things that sound like absolutely terrible ideas? Its like scientists are deliberately trying to bring Read the rest

The post Robot Apocalypse: With Artificial Intelligence We Are Summoning the Demon appeared first on The Organic Prepper.

02:00

Realistic Disaster Scenarios That Can Happen "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

What disaster scenarios are most likely to happen that people should definitely be prepared for? While global disasters are almost impossible to predict, the world that man walked on for millennia has always posed as being an obvious threat to himself.

Disaster Scenarios and Global Threats to Prepare For

Throughout the years, scientists have continuously been finding ways to predict natural disasters before they actually happen. Theres been a degree of success in this area, thanks to the growth of modern technology. However, nature can still be very unpredictable and can easily claim so many lives in a short period of time. At the same time, there will be personal and local threats you will also face alongside global disasters. To help you be more prepared, here is an emergency preparedness plan in case the situation gets way out of hand.

1. Personal Crisis

Personal Crisis | Realistic Disaster Scenarios That Can Happen
Personal disasters are more likely to happen than global ones. Things like burglary, personal theft, or assault, are the possible dangers we all face in our daily lives. These small-scale SHTF scenarios can lead to bigger, unwanted problems if things turn out really bad.

Panic is your worst enemy in these situa...

02:00

Crypto-CoinZ is a New Profit Comparison Calculator and Cryptocoin Network Stats Website "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Crypto-CoinZ.net is a new specialized crypto portal for miners and crypto enthusiasts. They provide a multi coin / multi algorithm profits comparison calculator that includes every Equihash and NeoScrypt based crypto currencies, as well as several X11, Xevan, Tribus, Lyra2Z and Skunkhash altcoins. Bitcoin Gold has also been included in there with the service claiming it to be the first profit calculator for the new coin out there and miners are able to see what they are making in mining profits.

The mining calculators have a built-in functionality to directly select the type and the number of AMD or Nvidia video cards and to automatically get the corresponding hashrate needed for the profitability calculations. The information in the video cards list with Hash to Power used has been compiled with the help of multiple pools and miners and provides values for every Nvidia video card going back to the GTX 7XX series and for most of the more recent AMD video cards as well.

One feature that sets apart this mining profitability calculator service is that with every calculation the users can see links to the coins official website, block explorer and recommended mining pools. The recommended pools list provides in one place the location of the pools and their mining fee, so miners can choose which pool will fit them best and go there directly after finding a new profitable coin to switch to.

The team behind the website has also recently started sharing technical crypto guides on interesting topics and a hardware repair section, which can be really useful for everyone who wants to restore their old mining cards back to glory for instance. The site is also provides monitoring of the Network Hashrate and Difficulty for all of the coins present in the calculator, allowing miners to check the last 90 days of the performance of the network.

For more details and to check out the Crypto-CoinZ mining calculator website

Man banned from local gym after failing to urinate in shower "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

A Doncaster man has been banned from his local gym after it was found that he had been regularly having a post-workout shower without taking a piss at the same time.  The offence was spotted by the male changing room cleaner, who noted that the shower tray remained a pristine white colour after Peter Smith, 24, emerged at 630pm each evening, rather than having the more typical light yellow film around the edges.

Ive been under a lot of pressure recently, and in my rush to free up the shower for other users at a busy time of day, I forgot basic changing room etiquette, argued Smith in his defence.  With a bit more time, I would have undoubtedly turned towards the wall, lathered up some extra shower gel to hide the flow of urine, and enjoy the sensation of warm piss on leg, but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Filthy b*stard, said a naked man in the male changing rooms today, as he walked from the showers back to his changing spot, towel round his neck, dripping absolutely everywhere.  Its people like that who ruin this place for everyone else.  Now, if you dont mind, Ive got to absent-mindedly tug at my penis whilst standing about three inches away from you, before doing that thing where I dry my undercarriage by putting one leg on the bench and then start that two-handed sawing motion from front to back with the towel.

02:00

Two Dramatic Blue Accents For Your Thanksgiving Table "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Weve seen deep blues make their mark on the home style palette since last fall, and, as we move towards the holiday season, Ive been longing to make some handmade accents for our table. My best friend from NYC is making the trek to sweet, old West Virginia with her family and Im hoping to squeeze in some craft time with her two children and my daughter.

These two DIYs make a beautiful and custom final product, both in glorious shades of blue. The DIY materials for each are under $15 and kid-friendly. Heres to bringing some blue to the table this Thanksgiving! Caitlin

Image above courtesy of The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Cyanotype by Hippolyte Bayard (French, 1801 1887)  [Arrangement of Specimens], about 1842

Sun prints always look lovely and with fall leaves pretty much everywhere, theyre definitely the motif of choice this time of year. Sun prints kits are inexpensive (under $12) and perfectly suited for kids to get in on the action. If youre having a larger gathering and get into a too-may-cooks situation, this is an easy task for an adult or two to take a walk outside with the young ones to collect leaves to print. Even an older child can lead the gang.

Once the prints are ready to go, create place cards with them and place them around the table for a touch of nature in blue and white tones.

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01:56

The Fall 2017 Earth First! Newsletter is Out! Free to Read Online or Download "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Earth First! News is our quarterly newsletter that comes out between magazines to update you on environmental actions you might have missed. Shorter than our magazine and easier to copy, print, hand out, and table with, this 12-page edition of Earth First! News includes updates and actions from late June through September, 2017, a feature on Camp Makwa resisting the Line 3 pipeline project in Minnesota, updated political prisoner pages, and a directory of eco-action groups throughout the United Snakes.

As always, Earth First! News is free: Help us spread the eco-resistance in your areadistribute widely! And send copies to prisoners who dont have internet access to keep them in the loop.

Read online (higher resolution)

Download the pdf (lower resolution)

01:52

When Thirsty 19th-Century New Yorkers Built a Seemingly Impossible Aqueduct "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Joseph Fairfield Atwill, Joseph Fairfield Atwill, Croton Water Celebration 1842 (1842) (courtesy Museum of the City of New York)

New York City was wrecked by fire in 1776, and a yellow fever epidemic in 1789 claimed over 2,000 lives. It was clear that for the new metropolis to thrive, it would need more clean water to combat both the spread of flames and disease. Collect Pond, long a source of water in Manhattan, was being polluted by nearby slaughterhouses and tanneries. Although the harbor and East and Hudson rivers flowed around the city, their water was too salty or brackish to drink.

City planners looked north to the upstate watersheds and envisioned a gravity-powered system that would bring that resource into the city. Its engineering, art, and impact are currently explored in To Quench the Thirst of New Yorkers: The Croton Aqueduct at 175 at the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY). The exhibition at the Manhattan museum features artifacts, manuscripts, prints, and art, including work by Nathaniel Currier, Samuel Halpert, and Hayley Lever.

A photograph of a Croton Aqueduct manhole cover in the Museum of the City of New York (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)A photograph of a Croton...

01:45

Short Film Reveals How Seemingly Unrelated Objects Can Bear a Striking Visual Relationship "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Mirror Short Film by Tanello Production

Napoli-based creative duo Tanello Production describe their film Mirror as a short story of similar objects. By showing the objects side-by-side using a split-screen technique, the duo reveal how seemingly unrelated objects can bear a striking visual relationship. Tanello explain that basic shapes found in nature are repeated with infinite declinations, and that the objects in their film may have the same shape, but yet a different soul.

Despite the astute underlying concept, the comparisons are lighthearted and playful. Some of the pairings include grapes next to purple balloons, a cruise ship next to a steam iron, a manhole cover next to an Oreo, and even a goat likened to a piece of popcorn. At just 46 seconds long, but with over 26,000 views at the time of posting, Tanello have produced something special, with hopefully more to come.

Keep up to date on Tanello Productions creative film projects on Vimeo.

The creative duo behind Tanello Production have cleverly put together a short story of similar objects in a film called Mirror.

Mirror Short Film by Tanello Production Mirror Short Film by Tanello Production...

01:36

WAX Token Sale Set to Disrupt the $50 Bln Virtual Asset Trading Industry "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Many experts agree that this could well be the last big sale of 2017. What makes WAX so special in todays cluttered and noisy token sale market? A number of things, but most importantly -- the industry in which it operates. WAX is ready to disrupt one of the most lucrative markets in the world.

01:35

GFX review by Kai and Instax SP3 review by Gordon Laing "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Kai tested the GFX (video on top). And Gordon Laing posted this Fujifilm Instax Share SP 3 photo printer review:

The post GFX review by Kai and Instax SP3 review by Gordon Laing appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

01:32

Disinhibited "IndyWatch Feed Health"

These days, attempting to navigate my way through life feels like swimming through quicksand. As I slowly recover from the aftermath of my run-in with psychiatry, I can only conclude that they are capable of being evil, legal drug pushers. What would compel a so-called doctor to prescribe a new class of drugs (SNRI) at 33.33% over the FDA recommended maximum dose for over a decade and expect no negative consequences?

This doctor was in no uncertain terms gambling with my very sanity. When he began prescribing, he wrote, by his own hand, in my medical record, Imp. No current MDE, or Impression, no current major depressive episode. At the time, I was a 38-year-old man in my prime who truly had it all. What in Dr. Michaels (not his real name) training taught him that it was alright to prescribe an ungodly amount of medication at up to two times the FDA recommended maximum? What protocol was he following that indicated it was okay to treat his patient as a lab rat?

I recently asked Dr. Michael in an email what guidelines he was following that made him think it was a good idea to prescribe the antidepressant Effexor at doses over the FDA maximum for such a long period of time, among other questions. Because he would not respond by email, he sent me a typewritten letter by mail that was obviously coached by a legal professional. In his letter reads the following:

While I prescribed Effexor XR to you in a dose over the FDA suggested maximum, the doses that I prescribed were within the range that psychiatrists in practice use. I was guided by my clinical judgement and consultation with colleagues who specialize in psychopharmacology, who made clear to me that doses over 225 mg per day are acceptable if the trade-off between benefit and side effects is carefully taken into account. (Dr. Michael had me on a dose of 300 mg per day for a decade with doses initially as high as 450 mg per day.)

He had responded with the Everyones doing it defense! I believe that doses of Effexor specifically (and antidepressants in general for that matter), should NEVER be prescribed over the FDA recommended maximum except in the case of severely depressed inpatients as stated in the drug labeling.

When I began punching my wife in the face while I was sleeping, maybe I should have seen the writing on the wall. Maybe this was all my fault. Within the first year of overdosing on Effexor, my whole body started violently shaking and twitching in my sleep. It progressed to swinging my arm and knocking over a lamp on my night table. During the second year was when I began having vivid violent dreams and frequently touching, slapping and on more than one occasion punching my wife in the face while sleeping. You would t...

01:30

Prudential, StarHub to Launch Blockchain Trade Platform In Singapore "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Insurance giant Prudential has partnered with Singapore telco StarHub to launch a new blockchain-based digital trade platform for enterprises.

01:25

Jeremy Hunt was owned by Ralf Little on mental health and its a joy from start to finish "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Jeremy Hunt double dared Ralf Little to challenge him over the government track record on mental health care.

So the Royle Family actor did just that, taking down the so-called health secretary one glorious tweet at a time. It goes on a bit there are 44 of them but its worth every second of your time.

We think this might be our favourite bit, when he tells Hunt:

So in actual fact you are quoting a figure to state your position and measure your successes that NO ONE CAN CONFIRM. I dont blame you if no one kept a record of Oscar winners Id be telling everyone Ive got four.

Mr Little, its over to you.

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01:16

Little Girl Savagely Laughed At Over Vaccine Fears "IndyWatch Feed Health"

I dont think we have to agree on the issue of vaccines to possess common empathy for our children. And in this case, that common empathy, or even decency, seems to be voided by the...

The post Little Girl Savagely Laughed At Over Vaccine Fears appeared first on Vaxxter.

01:10

Why Financial Regulators Should Study Cryptocurrencies? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Why financial regulators should study cryptocurrencies? Check up a few opinions from Asia.

01:04

New York Times Article Conclusively Proves That Climate Change Crisis is 100% Politics! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest satire by David Middleton Protesters Jeer as Trump Team Promotes Coal at U.N. Climate Talks By Lisa Friedman and Brad Plumer Nov. 13, 2017 BONN, Germany The Trump administration made its debut at a United Nations conference on climate change on Monday by giving a full-throated defense of fossil fuels and nuclear energy

01:01

Underage Sexting Has Doubled in Two Years: Authorities Concerned about the Mental and Emotional Impact on Children "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


(Jhoanna RobinsonChildren as young as 10 are revealed to be already sexting (sending text messages that are sexual in nature) as police forces in Wales and England have reported that sexting offenses have increased by around 33 percent to 6,238 in 2016-2017 a rate of 17 every day from 4,681 in 2015-2016. The latest statistics rose by around 131 percent from 2014-2015s records, which were tallied at 2,700 cases.

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01:00

Pop-Punk Frontman Reunited with Girlfriend After Performing at 18+ Show "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

TULSA, Okla. Saving Daylight frontman Jason Hill was successfully reunited with his girlfriend Kelsie Tanner late yesterday evening after the 18+ show she was prevented from entering had ended, multiple sources report.

According to officials, the 27-year-old pop-punk vocalist was held inside for upward of three hours by the venues strict no re-entry policy following Saving Daylights set during the age-restricted show.

Its honestly such bullshit that they base these things on some arbitrary number, Hill said, still upset his girlfriend of three weeks couldnt join him. If it were going by maturity level or whatever, she wouldve been allowed in there, no problem. She isnt like other girls in this scene. Shes, like, real.

Hill was trapped inside the venue amid the ordeal with only a full bar, a kitchen serving finger foods, several friends, and nearly two dozen women his own age with whom to converse.

Listen I dont have anything against older girls. Ive just personally never met one I connected with, thats all, Hill explained. Besides, seems like itd be kind of sexist or whatever to date someone only because theyre legally considered adults. I dont know, dude. I support all women, and I like to think of myself as sort of a mentor to them.

Scene regulars confirmed Hills creepy relationships with several minors over the years.

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God, that guy is so fucking gross, said Holly Schanz, who was in attendance. He used to comment on my friends little sisters Instagram like, every day, until she asked if he was someones dad and he replied that she was ass ugly anyway LOL. What grown man signs an insult LOL? Fucking idiot.

Show goers were released around 10 p.m., at which point Hill immediately headed to a nearby Dennys, where Tanner and several of her friends were eating french fries and drinking coffee.

See, shes fuckin cool. You just have to get to know her, Hill said of his girlfriend, who was mere minutes away from missing her curfew. I dont know. You wo...

01:00

London Block Exchange Announces new Cryptocurrency Debit Card "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

More competition in the world of cryptocurrency debit cards is never a bad thing. Although there are a dozen of different cards already, London Block Exchange claims they offer something unique. The Visa card is mainly designed for Bitcoin users, although other virtual currencies are supported as well. The goal is to launch this card within a few weeks from now. A pretty ambitious goal for a company virtually no one has heard of until now.

London Block Exchange is a UK-based company. The website was only launched a few days ago as well. It is rather interesting to see then offer a cryptocurrency debit card already. Very few people even knew this company existed, let alone they have a Visa partnership. More specifically, the company will let users convert to Bitcoin and altcoin holdings to pounds as a way to spend money. This business model is not unique to this company, mind you, as several others have tried and tested it already. There is always room for more competition in this industry, though.

Yet Another Cryptocurrency Debit Card Provider

The card is known as the Dragoncard. It is merely designed to counter some consumer criticisms of Bitcoin. Unlike what most people think, BTC is a currency and not just a commodity. Using a debit card is a backward way to spend Bitcoin, though. Until more merchants accept BC, there is very little that can be done. There will be a 0.5$ fee for using the Dragoncard, though. This is on par with most other companies active in the cryptocurrency debit card scene right now.

For the time being, it remains unclear if the card has any other costs. Most companies charge a fee for issuing the card in physical form. London Block Exchange is not just focusing their attention on a debit card, though. Instead, they also have a digital wallet app and a cryptocurrency exchange. All of these features have yet to be unveiled to the public, though. For now, the launch is scheduled for December 2017, although things may still change. Issuing such a card is not as easy as it sounds.

Given how new this company is and its lack of reputation, it remains to be seen if this offer is genuine. There are a lot of members of the team, although a website itself doesnt mean anything these days.  Always be wary when new venture...

01:00

Whats Trending? A Rise in STDs "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The CDC recently issued a press release announcing that rates of reported cases for sexually transmitted diseases are setting record highs. The new report offers reports of rates going back to 1941 in a table, so I made a quick chart to see the pattern in context and compare the more common conditions over time (HIV wasnt included in this particular report).

It is important to note that a big part of changes in disease rates is usually detection. Once you start looking for a condition, youll probably find more of it until enough diagnoses happen for treatment to bring the rates down. Up until 2000, the U.S. did pretty well in terms of declining rates for cases of gonorrhea and syphilis. Zoom in on the shaded area from 2000 to 2016, however, and you can see a pretty different story. These rates are up over the last 16 years, and chlamydia rates have been steadily increasing since the start of reporting in 1984.

STDs are fundamentally a social phenomenon, especially because they can spread through social networks. However, we have to be very careful not to jump to conclusions about the causes of these trends. Its tempting to blame dating apps or hookup culture, for example, but early work at the state level only finds a mixed relationship between dating app use and STD rates and young people also have higher rates of sexual inactivity. Rate increases could even be due in part to detection now that more people have access to health coverage and care through the Affordable Care Act. Just dont wait for peer review to finish before going to get tested!

Inspired by demographic facts you should know cold, Whats Trending? is a post series at Sociological Images featuring quick looks at whats up, whats down, and what sociologists have to say about it.

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01:00

Turn PVC into a High Impact Soldering Iron Case "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Follow along with Jeremy Cook as he transforms a PVC pipe into a functional, and stylish, case for his soldering iron.

Read more on MAKE

The post Turn PVC into a High Impact Soldering Iron Case appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

00:53

B2BX Summed up the Interim Results of the ICO "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The ICO started on October 2 and will last until November 17th. The soft cap is 5 million euros.

To date, 4 days before the end of the ICO, more than 7 million euros has been raised to further develop the project. More than 2,700 people have joined.

During the ICO, 19 licensed broker companies and cryptocurrency exchanges have already become our clients. Full list: Awadh International, Ya Markets, Alpha Broker, MoneyPlant, Grand Capital, Tradesmarter Yoni, STForex, STPF, Pruton Market company, TIORA, Ester Holding, NextGen, Strato Forex, Lionheart Prime, FX PRO, Teknoloji Anonim Sirketi, ARVIS CAPITAL LIMITED, XM, BTC24. Aggregation with 4 exchanges: Kraken, Poloniex, Bittrex, xBTCe. Moreover, negotiations with several other platforms are underway.

Complete integration with Prime XM, One Zero, Metatrader 5, Metatrader 4 has been made.

Documents for the first license have been submitted. This is a crypto-processing license, EMI. We are now preparing the documents for the Japanese license and the UK license.

During the three months of the ICO, we have participated in and performed at 50 topical events! The plan for the upcoming events is already published in social networks.

At present, the team consists of more than 40 people. They are programmers, lawyers, marketers, salesmen.

The ICO rating rated our project as stable +.

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00:52

After 81 Years, Memphis College of Art Will Shutter Due to Debt and Falling Enrollment "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The main building of the Memphis College of Art (all photos courtesy Memphis College of Art)The main building of the Memphis College of Art, Rust Hall (all photos courtesy Memphis College of Art unless indicated otherwise)

MEMPHIS On the morning of October 24, the Memphis College of Art took to Facebook to announce that it will permanently close its doors in 2020, after 81 years of operation. In a matter of minutes, the comment section was filled with responses: past alumni sharing fond memories of their student days at the MCA; Memphians expressing sadness at the fact that the city will lose a pivotal member of its arts community; but above all, many people desperately wanting to know whether anything could be done to keep the institution afloat.

The final decision had been made two weeks earlier, spurred by a combination of declining admissions down by 35% just this year, according to High Ground Memphis increasing real estate debt, and the schools small endowment fund. Tuition at the school is $35,000 per year. While many remain optimistic that the school could remain open, it would take a miraculous $30 million endowment donation to make this possible. The institution immediately stopped receiving applying students, and will focus on the current student body for the next three years. During that time, it will fund its operations partly through the sale of its real estate holdings. The fate of its main building, Rust Hall, has yet to be determined.

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00:52

Health & Fitness Do You Need to Swim? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Too much exercise can be as bad for you as not enough. But one factor that some overlook is also the type and variety of exercise that they undertake. Quite often, they become entrenched in their regimes, failing to change or alter anything for fear of losing all that they have worked for.

Here we look at the need for variety, and the benefits that it can have for your health and fitness. Particularly we will look at the sport of swimming and how it can help improve your gains. By the end of the article, a good many of you will be asking the location of their nearest swimming pools.

Benefits

No matter your level of fitness, swimming will always improve the same. Youll feel changes to your muscle tone and strength and you will no doubt become fitter too. Add to this that you will become calmer, and less prone to injury and youll be asking why you havent incorporated swimming before.

Whole

Swimming works the body as a whole, not isolating individual areas as you might in the gym. Changing strokes will also target your muscles in different ways, increasing your gains again. Because water is denser than air, you need undertake less activity for the same results so youre saving time too!

Holistic

As well as a whole body workout, being in one of the local swimming pools will calm your mind and enrichen your soul. Truly it is calming, being supported by the water and away from...

00:33

How to Split Firewood (Step-By-Step) "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

by Angela Williams

the best way to split firewoodWood is the oldest source of fuel. People from all civilizations used firewood centuries ago to cook and to warm themselves in extreme conditions. Today, splitting firewood is still very important. The process is commercialized making split firewood readily available for sale in timber yards and shops. Buying firewood from a shop or a timber yard can be an expensive affair. This leaves many with a better option of splitting firewood on their own. However, many people still dont know how to split firewood correctly.

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North Korea: Donald Trump Is Sentenced To Death For Hurting The Dignity Of The Supreme Leadership "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

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According to a recent state-run newspaper editorial, the North Korean people are sentencing president Donald Trump to death because he used his free speech to condemn the harsh dictatorship.

The article says that the President offended the country when he denounced its cruel dictatorship during his tour around Asia and for those remarks, he should apparently be killed.  The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared [to] malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership, the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun wrote, according to The Independent. He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people.

Trump was also condemned as a coward by the North Koreans for canceling his visit to the border because of inclement weather conditions. But the article said that the President was just too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops, according to the AFP, which first reported the belligerent piece.  Trumps helicopter taking him to the DMZ (demilitarized zone) had turned back after just five minutes due to bad weather, an explanation the propaganda-driven government-controlled newspaper intentionally left out.

The visit was part of a marathon five-nation Asia tour by the US president aimed largely at galvanizing regional opposition to the Norths nuclear weapons ambitions.

Towards the end of his Asia tour, Trump may have helped increase tensions between the rogue state. He sent a tweet from Hanoi that took the verbal jousting to a new level, taunting the North Korean leader over his height and weight.

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North Korea: Donald Trump Is Sentenced To Death For Hurting The Dignity Of The Supreme Leadership "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

trumpandkim

According to a recent state-run newspaper editorial, the North Korean people are sentencing president Donald Trump to death because he used his free speech to condemn the harsh dictatorship.

The article says that the President offended the country when he denounced its cruel dictatorship during his tour around Asia and for those remarks, he should apparently be killed.  The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared [to] malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership, the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun wrote, according to The Independent. He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people.

Trump was also condemned as a coward by the North Koreans for canceling his visit to the border because of inclement weather conditions. But the article said that the President was just too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops, according to the AFP, which first reported the belligerent piece.  Trumps helicopter taking him to the DMZ (demilitarized zone) had turned back after just five minutes due to bad weather, an explanation the propaganda-driven government-controlled newspaper intentionally left out.

The visit was part of a marathon five-nation Asia tour by the US president aimed largely at galvanizing regional opposition to the Norths nuclear weapons ambitions.

Towards the end of his Asia tour, Trump may have helped increase tensions between the rogue state. He sent a tweet from Hanoi that took the verbal jousting to a new level, taunting the North Korean leader over his height and weight.

Why would Kim Jong-Un insult me by calling me old, when I would NEVER call him short and fat? he tweeted.

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You Want Democracy? Try a Hard Fork "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The mere option of forking not only empowers cryptocurrency users when they leave a project, but also when they stay, writes Taylor Pearson.

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Ghosts, monstrous faces & strange creatures: The eerie beauty of bad vintage photographs "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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I was a lonely teenager who spent too much time wandering around the streets of Edinburgh taking photographs with my old Hanimex Halina camera of the historic buildings, monuments, and busy streets thronged with people busy with some unknown purpose. I was trying to fix in black & white and color...

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 FDAs CBER: Asleep at the Switch Again An Ongoing Saga "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Lyn Redwood, RN, MSN, Executive Director

Background: Peter Patriarca, an FDA employee, admitted back in 1999, in a confidential e-mail obtained through FOIA, that, the greatest point of vulnerability on this issue is that the systematic review of thimerosal in vaccines by the FDA could have been done years ago and on an ongoing basis as the childhood immunization schedule became more complex.  The calculations done by FDA are not complex. Im not sure if there will be an easy way out of the potential perception that the FDA, CDC and immunization policy bodies may have been asleep at the switch re: thimerosal until now. 

Since 1999, an entire generation of children both in the US and internationally has continued to be exposed to thimerosal and it is time for this to stop.  Nobody should be exposed to a known neurotoxin.

The Ongoing Saga: On March 30, 2017, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and the World Mercury Project (WMP) team met with the Director of the FDAs Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) Dr. Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D. and his colleagues to discuss the agencys ongoing refusal to ban thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, from vaccines in the United States. CBER is the division of the FDA responsible for approving and monitoring the safety of all biological products, including vaccines, allergenic products, blood and blood products, and cellular, tissue, and gene therapies.

At the meeting, we presented a large amount of research showing the toxicity of thimerosal in humans, animals and cellular models, including at levels similar to those resulting from vaccine exposures.  We expressed our alarm regarding the total lack of adequate safety testing of thimerosal prior to licensure, especially given its current use in vaccines approved for infants and pregnant women and its worldwide use in millions of vaccines given to children, particularly in developing countries.  Dr. Marks promised to look over the studies and seriously consider our concerns.

After many months of back and forth emails, Dr. Marks sent a letter to us on July 11th that didnt even look like he was in the same meeting. World Mercury Project was dismayed by CBERs apparent unwillingness to seriously review the large archive of publis...

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COP23 video: Does Donald Trump make limiting global warming to 1.5C impossible? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Carbon Brief has been talking to a range of people attending COP23, the latest annual round of United Nations climate negotiations being held this year in Bonn, Germany.

The presidency of Donald Trump in the US has been a major talking point at COP23, given that he said in July that he intends to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change if he cannot negotiate better terms for his country.

One of the key aims of the Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to well below 2C. The deal added that, ideally, warming since the pre-industrial era should not breach 1.5C.

Given that the US is one of the worlds leading emitters of greenhouse gases, Carbon Brief asked delegates at COP23 whether they think Trumps presidency means the 1.5C goal is now impossible.

The video above contains the thoughts of

Dr James Hansen, the former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and now an adjunct professor at Columbia Universitys Earth Institute: NoIm hoping its a relatively short-term effect that he hasHes not going to be able to restore the coal industry. (0:04-1:27)

Snia Guajajara, the national coordinator of Brazils Association of Indigenous Peoples (APIB): It makes things really difficultWe see this as an obstruction [to 1.5C] and as a setback. (1:28-2:02)

Dr Bill Hare, climate scientist and CEO of Climate Analytics: No, definitely notThe question is how long does US inaction go on forBut if Trump manages to get a diplomatic profile going on carbon-intensive development that could become a problem globally. (2:05-2:58)

Rachel Cleetus, lead economist at the Union of Concerned Scientists climate and energy programme: The Trump term is only four years and theres so much they cannot do. They cannot buck market trends in the US which are favouring renewable energy deployment and they cant change the fact that many states, businesses and cities are fully committed to [Paris]. (3:00-4:03)

Catherine McKenna, Canadas minister of environment and climate change: I really think the world has come together and the markets have moved, financing is flowingso I think [1.5C] is well within our reach, but were going to ha...

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Did this guy really try to bicycle kick a balloon in broad daylight in the street? "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

This probably seemed like a good idea at the time. It looks like hes being watched on CCTV or something similar. Finally, putting Big Brother to good use.

Ouch.

Nice touch at the end, though.

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Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a Second Notice to Humanity. Can We Listen Now? "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

A new, dire warning to humanity about the dangers to all of us has been written by over 15,000 scientists from around the world.

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Placebo Myths Debunked "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Placebo treatments are often sold as magical mind-over-matter healing effects, but they are mostly just illusions and non-specific effects.

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Feldman Names 2nd Abuser a Current Hollywood Insider Who Owned an Elite Club for Children "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


(Matt AgoristHollywood, CA On Monday, Corey Feldman went on the Dr. Oz show again and revealed the name of another of his alleged abusers. While the first abuser was a low-life convicted child molester who fled to Mexico, the second one is still working in the industry. The alleged abuser, Alphy Hoffman also owned the most famous teen club in Hollywood that catered to underage child actors during the time Feldman was molested.
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I Think the Best Way to Beat ISIS is to Join and Make Positive Changes From Within "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Im sick of keyboard warriors talking about how bad ISIS is but doing absolutely nothing to fix it. Blah blah, decapitated journalists, boo hoo ethnic cleansing. Well then do something about it!

And no, militant right wingers, bombs arent the answer because you cant kill an idea. The best way to beat ISIS is to join them and make positive changes from within.

Look, I hate ISIS as much as the next guy. All Im saying is I see a lot of criticism and not a lot of action. I think we can all agree on one thing: theres always going to be an ISIS. You cant have a society without an ISIS. The question, then, is what kind of ISIS do we want it to be? You cant just opt out of the system thats in place and then act like you have a right to complain.

Related: What a Waste: Criss Angel Refuses to Use His Powers to Fight ISIS

 

Heres an example. Lets say Im in ISIS and we are recapturing the town of Al-Qaryatayn in Syria, massacring civilians, beating children, and brutalizing women. Because Im there, an active and willing member of ISIS, I have the opportunity to speak up and say, Hey guys, this is great and all, but maybe we dont have to break all the womens arms this time?

My ISIS pals will think about my words, stand up, and applaud. Thats how you make a difference.

So Im going to wake up tomorrow, purchase a fake passport, fly to Syria via like six other countries, avoid police, customs, and hostile locals, and when I am finally face to face with ISIS soldiers, I will speak to them in the Arabic I taught myself on the plane: Allahu akbar. And the revolution will begin.

Because if youre not part of ISIS, youre part of the problem.

Now sure what to wear on your trip to Syria? The Hard Times has you covered:

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Recommended: Vera, Genovese, Lecaros Mitos del Sur "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

  There is something positively magnetic about this awkward and energetic set from the trio of Nicols Vera, Leo Genovese and Flix Lecaros.  The melodies of Mitos del Sur are gawky, as if theyre learning how to walk by learning first how to run.  And the tempos take abrupt turns and odd bursts of acceleration and []

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sewing: flannel mulberry tunics "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

This post is written by Jane of Buzzmills.

After a mild and sometimes downright hot beginning to our fall, the temperatures around here are finally beginning to coincide with the date on the calendar. Which meansits time for cozy clothes! Its time for some flannels: Specifically flannel mulberry tunics!

Theres not much more snuggly than layering with flannel on cold blustery days, and let me just say that this day was COLD, it was a frigid 32 degrees with a wind chill of about 17!

These Mulberry Tunics made with Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel and Shetland Flannel kept these two nice and toasty!

Robert Kaufman flannels are amazingly soft and warm! They have a good weight to them, (like you might just want to drape it around yourself as a blanket and call it right there!) but they arent too heavy to layer either, plus their softness just calls for snuggling.

Here both kids layered theirs with wool tees (seen here, fabric here) to keep themselves extra warm, but later once we were out of the wind, they removed their under layer and appreciated the softness of the flannel alone.

The Mulberry Tunic pattern from Coffe...

The Forest Awakens with These Animal Stormtrooper Helmets "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

William Kang designed his own unique way of celebrating the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Read more on MAKE

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Caught Our Notice: Oops paper included proofreaders query "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Title: Concise Review: Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Neurodegenerative Diseases What Caught Our Attention: Everyone makes mistakes but some are more amusing than others. In one recent correction, the publisher (Wiley) admitted to including a proofreaders query in the published manuscript. But didnt say what the query was. We looked around, and think we found the added []

The post Caught Our Notice: Oops paper included proofreaders query appeared first on Retraction Watch.

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How to use SVG as a Placeholder, and Other Image Loading Techniques "IndyWatch Feed Education"

Generating SVGs from images can be used for placeholders. Keep reading!

Im passionate about image performance optimisation and making images load fast on the web. One of the most interesting areas of exploration is placeholders: what to show when the image hasnt loaded yet.

During the last days I have come across some loading techniques that use SVG, and I would like to describe them in this post.

In this post we will go through these topics:

  • Overview of different types of placeholders
  • SVG-based placeholders (edges, shapes and silhouettes)
  • Automating the process.

Overview of different types of placeholders

In the past I have written about placeholders and lazy-load of images, and also talked about it. When doing lazy-loading of images its a good idea to think about what to render as a placeholder, since it can have a big impact in users perceived performance. In the past I described several options:

Several strategies to fill the area of an image before it loads.

  • Keeping the space empty for the image: In a world of responsive design, this prevents content from jumping around. Those layout changes are bad from a users experience point of view, but also for performance. The browser is forced to do layout re calculations every time it fetches the dimensions of an image, leaving space for it.
  • Placeholder: Imagine that we are displaying a users profile image. We might want to display a silhouette in the background. This is shown while the main image is loaded, but also when that request failed or when the user didnt set any profile picture at all. These images are usually vector-based, and due to their small size are a good candidate to be inlined.
  • Solid colour: Take a colour from the image and use it as the background colour for the placeholder. This can be the dominant colour, the most vibrant The idea is that it is based on the image you are loading and should help making the transition between no image to image loaded smoother.

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And the 2017 leader on the Japanese mirrorless market is. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

  Olympus! But it seems like in 2018 it could be overthrown by Canon. And this is a surprise as Canon has few bodies and even fewer lenses for the M system. Seems like the Canon image is much stronger

The post And the 2017 leader on the Japanese mirrorless market is. appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

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Buyer Beware: Cryptocurrency Pump and Dump Schemes Coordinated In Telegram "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The Russian app Telegram has a number of channels with thousands of followers dedicated to pump and dump schemes in order to take money from unsuspecting buyers who follow the jump.

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Blockchain Digital Identification in Canada Coming in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Canada is pioneering a Blockchain based identity storage solution that allows consumers to have complete control over who accesses their private information.