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Friday, 17 November


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,

Infrastrukturapokalypse in Berlin: Ein massiver Wasserrohbruch ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Infrastrukturapokalypse in Berlin:

Ein massiver Wasserrohbruch in Berlin-Lichtenberg untersplt Straen, behindert Autos und legt den ffentlichen Nahverkehr lahm. Die Feuerwehr ist im Groeinsatz.


Apple explains on-device face detection The Loop

Apple started using deep learning for face detection in iOS 10. With the release of the Vision framework, developers can now use this technology and many other computer vision algorithms in their apps. We faced significant challenges in developing the framework so that we could preserve user privacy and run efficiently on-device. This article discusses these challenges and describes the face detection algorithm.

The newest post from Apples Machine Learning Journal.

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Are the Powerful Likely To Collapse? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

In a recent article I reported a very positive development at least it seems positive, and its definitely not negative regarding my new-found ability to get a foot in the door at Boston federal court. (That is, for the appeals case of the Marathon non-bomber, as an amicus curiae.)

In my heart of hearts, I feel that nothing can transpire that would free Jahar Tsarnaev, or even allow me to talk to him, as that would bring down the throne and we cant have that.

But now Im thinking Why stay in that mental trap? Why not look around and see what the prospects are?

In opining that talking t...


What motivates bug hunters? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Crowdsourced security penetration testing outfit Bugcrowd has released its second annual Mind of a Hacker report, to provide insight into bug hunters motivations and preferences, and help companies tailor their bug bounty initiatives so they can lead to better results for everyone. The most interesting insights gleaned from the answers of the 500 or so bug hunters who participated in the survey are as follows: They come from all over the world (216 countries), but More


Anarchist Solidarity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jock Palfreeman has been in jail in Bulgaria for about 10 years. Inside the prison he set up the Bulgarian Prisoners Association and campaigns for human rights inside the countries harsh prisons. We interview two anarchists who work to support Jock and keep his case in the public eye.

Bad Cop No Donut begins with a funny issue Victorian police are having with their uniforms, and we discuss the on going situation in Australias offshore detention centre on PNGs Manus Island.

And the big announcement that we are now part of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts.

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For strong unified communications security, behavioral analytics is critical "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

If theres one thing security professionals should understand and acknowledge whether theyre part of an organizations multi-person IT security team or the CISO guiding that team its that the widespread, varying and rapidly changing threat landscape is impossible to keep up with. For every step an organization takes in protecting its infrastructure, attackers are two steps ahead working to figure out how to break in. Why? Hackers are agile, can launch hundreds if More


What happens to Animoji when you cover the TrueDepth camera? The Loop

Frederick Riedel used stickers to cover the:

  • Infrared camera
  • Flood Illuminator
  • Dot Projector

on his iPhone X. But Animoji still worked without them. Portrait mode stopped working. Face ID stopped working too. So the stickers were doing their job.

Why do Animoji still work? Pop over to the main Loop post for the detailed explanation. Pretty interesting.


The long tail of phishing attacks "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Targeted phishing has become the single most effective attack type in the world today. Phishing attacks have been the root cause of the majority of the large-scale data breaches that compromised the sensitive information of millions of individuals and extracted financial gains from some of the worlds largest companies. In March, a spear-phishing scam that used the cover of the tax season and W-2 filings tricked more than 120,000 people into sharing their personal data. More


iOS 11.2 accelerated wireless charging speed vs wired The Loop

Matt Birchler compared the time it took to charge an iOS device using:

  • Stock wired charger
  • Apple 29W charger
  • Wireless charging (available on iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X)
  • Accelerated wireless charging (New with iOS 11.2)

Follow the link, check out the graph. To really get a sense of the difference, look how many minutes it takes each to get to a 40% charge (the second horizontal gray line).

The 29W charger took just under 30 minutes. Accelerated charging took about an hour and 40 minutes.

I dont know how rigorous this analysis was, but wow, what a difference. We could be seeing the limitations of inductive charging, or we could see these numbers improve with each new release.

Important to note that Matt used a Samsung wireless charging pad. So it is certainly possible wed see better numbers when Apple releases their branded pad.

But as is, what price convenience?

Read this on The Loop


Using your AirPods case as an iPhone stand The Loop

This is a terrific tip (watch the video embedded in the main Loop post), especially useful if you are on an airplane. No need to travel with any sort of stand, as long as you remembered your AirPods.


Rene Ritchies Vector podcast The Loop

Rene Ritchie is a smart cookie. Vector is a daily podcast (I dont know how he keeps this up), full of interesting detail on some (usually) Apple-related topic.

Start with the latest one, Face ID FUD. Heres the link.

Read this on The Loop


GymKit launches today, automatically syncs workout data between Apple Watch and gym equipment The Loop

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

The idea is that the watch and the paired gym machine have better knowledge about different aspects of the workout. GymKit allows that data to be shared back and forth, as appropriate.

At the end of the session, the watch saves all the relevant data to its local database (no iPhone required) and the gym equipment is wiped of any personal data.

Walk up to a GymKit compatible machine, tap your Apple Watch (pairs via NFC, similar to Apple Pay), and the machine automatically loads the appropriate workout data from your watch. When your workout is finished, your results are saved back to your Apple Watch.

This is brilliant.

Read this on The Loop


Measuring fraud trends across various industries "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Businesses across industries are experiencing more sophisticated fraud attempts across multiple customer-not-present channels, according to IDology. Shifting fraud tactics and synthetic identity fraud Sixty-seven percent of organizations reported an increase in fraud attempts, compared to just 42 percent in 2016, an increase of 58 percent. Major breaches have provided criminals with more identity data to utilize as they constantly shift strategies to evade detection. Criminals also are using more sophisticated schemes that are harder to More


Sharp rise in fileless attacks evading endpoint security "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A new Ponemon Institute survey of 665 IT and security leaders finds that over-reliance on traditional endpoint security is leaving organizations exposed to significant risk. 54 percent of respondents said their company experienced a successful attack. Of those respondents, 77 percent were victim to fileless attack or exploit. This survey reveals that ignoring the growing threat of fileless attacks could be costly for organizations. said Dr. Larry Ponemon, Chairman and Founder of Ponemon Institute. The More

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Thursday, 16 November


Moore Accuser Removes Anti Moore, Anti Trump FB Rants, 1889 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Virtual Shield VPN - Black Friday SPECIAL. IDENTISAFE Turns off camera & mic on Windows. Go to: Good morning, Im still reporting on: Moore Accuser Removes Anti Moore, Anti Trump FB Rants, 1889 Synopsis:Why is Judge Roy Moore important? Because he would be the swing vote in the U.S. Senate on a host of conservative, Pro-Trump issues essentially nullifying turncoat Sen. John McCains vote. But there is a deeper reason. This is what they tried on Donald Trump exact same gig and it nearly worked. They nearly drove him out of the Presidential contest. Thirty days out from the election is the perfect time for salacious gossip to be repeated, but not investigated by the MSM. People tend to hear the oft repeated initial lies and not the later correction that the lie was actually a deliberate untruth devised by the Deep State Ministry of Propaganda. If the DSMOP wins this time with this tactic - and Judge Moore either withdraws or is somehow defeated at the polls, this will change the way all political races will be run in the future. Why? Heres the macroeconomic argument. Senate races keep getting more and more expensive every year. The current record holder is the race was the 2016 Senate race between Pennsylvania Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey and his challenger, Democrat Katie McGinty which clocked in at over $162 million. The recent special election Congressional race in Georgia cost over $50 million. But what a bargain it would be if you could swing a Senate election 20, 30 or 40 points if, in the last 30 days before the election, you spent $25-$50,000 to mount a robo-call targeting Democrat women in the state in question, offering to pay any woman $5,000 who would agree to swear on a stack of bibles that the Republican candidate had had sex with when she was 16. Only the first 10 women with the best evidence will be chosen. Hurry, hurry, hurry! Oh, and dont worry about proving it. We wont investigate or vet your story, and youll have the full powers of the DSMOP to create an alternate reality for you should any nosy members of the MSM actually try to investigate. Oh, one more thing, you are guaranteed to get your 15 minutes of fame probably a lot more. Do you think you would have any trouble getting 10 volunteers? No way! Do you think we are making this up? Check this courtesy of Mobile, Alabama TV station WKRG, Channel 5: [insert] Support Our Sponsors: - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.......


The tragedy of the Venezuelan opposition "IndyWatch Feed"

The opposition camp in Venezuela is more divided than ever. Yesterdays reasons for unity have now become reasons for breaking it up. And Chavismo is winning some breathing space. Espaol

Photo courtesy of Nueva Sociedad. This article is being published as part of the partnership between Nueva Sociedad and democraciaAbierta. You can read the original article here.

The regional elections of October 15 were a true catastrophe for the opposition in Venezuela. Few times in history has an electoral event had such overwhelming consequences: practically, the destruction of the loser nothing less. The Democratic Unity Table (MUD), the alliance of parties that, with some success, had been confronting Nicols Maduro, has dissolved and the parties that made it up, each with its own interpretation of what happened, have now regrouped into three large blocks which are more or less opposed to each other. The candidates who, until the day before the elections, had been well placed in the polls, are now blurred to the point that nobody seriously considers them as potential candidates for the forthcoming elections in 2018. And the opposition voters, who are still in a majority, have sunk into hopelessness and do not know if to give up and accommodate as best they can with the situation, or to find a way to move abroad.

How was this hecatomb possible? How is it that, after four months of protests that practically paralyzed the country, with a government disapproval  rate of about 80%, international condemnation and sanctions, the worst economic crisis in the history of the country and the possibility of a default in the very short term, Maduro can claim victory and such a huge one at that? 

The answer to these questions is key to understanding the changing Venezuelan situation and to extracting some useful lessons for political analysis. The way in which each side played their cards, with one side being able to gathe...


Did The Feds Alan Greenspan Admit Gold Is Being Manipulated? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Did The Feds Alan Greenspan Admit Gold Is Being Manipulated? by Avi Gilburt Gold Seek Every now and then I see another analyst publicly claim that the gold market is being manipulated. And, the reason they come to that...

The post Did The Feds Alan Greenspan Admit Gold Is Being Manipulated? appeared first on The Daily Coin.


The Truth About Why Saudi Arabia And Israel Are Really Working Together "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  Despite Saudi Arabias tough rhetoric and brutal assault against its neighbor, Yemen (the poorest country in the region), the unfortunate reality is that Saudi Arabia is not the strongman it has hopelessly painted itself to be. This isnt conjecture or an attempt to needlessly bolster and promote regional rivals such as Iran, as has become the trend among anti-imperialist commentators.
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Robert Parry: Jonathan Cook on Israel Lobby Being Dragged Into the Light (From Under Their Rock!) UK Case Study "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Israel Lobby is Slowly Being Dragged Into the Light

by Jonathan Cook

The Israel lobbys strength in western capitals has depended precisely on its ability to remain out of view. Simply to talk about the lobby risks being accused of perpetuating anti-Semitic tropes of Jewish cabals.

What is special about the Israel lobby in the US an amalgam of hawkish Jewish leadership organisations and messianic Christian evangelicals is the fear it exploits to silence critics. No one wants to be labelled an anti-Semite.


Americas Righteous Russia-gate Censorship

See Also:

Steele, Robert, How The Deep State Controls Social Media and Digitally Assassinates Critics: #GoogleGestapo Censorship & Crowd-Stalking Made Easy, American Herald Tribune, November 7, 2017.


January 20, 2018: Build the Base, Take the Initiative : A Call to Expand Our Capacity "IndyWatch Feed War"

On January 20, 2018, we invite you to join us in organizing events and gatherings in autonomous spaces, building capacity and community to sustain our movements and prepare for the year ahead.

This call is endorsed by the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network, subMedia, Its Going Down, and CrimethInc.. If you want to endorse this call, pass it on to others, organize something for January 20, 2018, and email us at to have your name added here.

Last year, thousands gathered in Washington, DC and elsewhere around the US to start the Trump regime off with an inspiring display of defiance. Since that historic mobilization, many of us have been in action almost continuously, responding to one threat after another from the regime and its supporters.

Weve participated in airport blockades opposing the Muslim Ban, mass mobilizations against the Alt-Right and other racists, weeks of action in solidarity with J20 defendants and Standing Rock arrestees, ongoing anti-colonial action against pipelines, and broad disaster relief efforts in the South and Puerto Rico. As a new year opens up before us, lets come together to think about where we want to go from here.

We live in dynamic and dangerous times. The state is ramping up repression just as fewer and fewer people perceive the government to be legitimate. Many comrades are facing decades in prison, but many more are looking to get involved.

For this reason, were calling for people to gather in anarchist and autonomous spaces on the week of January 20, 2018 in order to reconnect to the roots from which our movements draw strength, discuss the path ahead, and gather resources for prisoners, relief efforts, and ongoing struggles.

Expand Networks, Strengthen Spaces

We propose to use the week of J20 2018 to reconnect with our networks, revitalize our spaces, organize new projects, hold special events, and bring people together to build our movements.

Autonomous spaces include infoshops, community centers, and bookstores. But an autonomous space can also be a public place you make a habit of gathering in or a territory you share and defend. Open spaces offer a way for people who are freshly curious about our movements to plug in, pick up literature, and begin fostering relationships.

Towards this end, we are encouraging people to organize on the week of J20:

  • Community events involving putting in work at autonomous spaces. This could mean fixing the bathro...

Notes on Anti-Fascist Self-Defense Training : 10 Lessons from the Russian Anti-Fascist Experience "IndyWatch Feed War"

Anti-fascists on May Day 2014 in Murmansk.

The Trump presidency has seen a boom of fascist organizing and anti-fascist resistance in North America. Strategies and tactics that originally developed in the European context have spread around the USA. Meanwhile, in Russia, both Nazi violence and anti-fascist activity have died down to a mere fraction of what they were at the peak of the years of confrontation, 2002-2011. In the following text, a participant in the Russian anti-fascist movement suggests some conclusions about how to train for anti-fascist confrontations.

In publishing this perspective, we aim to facilitate dialogue between those fighting fascism in a variety of conditions all around the world. We believe it is crucial for anti-fascists to learn from history and from each others experience. If the Russian model for anti-fascist action reached its limits based on internal factors, as described below, we should take care not to reproduce those elements in our own organizing. Likewise, we encourage readers to bear in mind the political, social, and legal differences between the Russian and US contexts; youll do no one any good by ending up in prison on weapons charges unless the alternative would have been even worse. In the long run, fascism wont be defeated simply by individual courage or force of arms, but by building a broad-based, participatory movement that addresses the social and economic problems fascists capitalize on to recruit for their organizations.

Antifascist Attitude, a documentary made in 2008. Click on the option for English subtitles.

Introduction from the Author

Unfortunately, this text cannot go into detail about the history of Russian anti-fascism. That text has yet to be written. You can get a general sense from two texts that appeared between 2009 and 2011, before it was obvious that the situation was about to change:

There are a number of reasons why both fascist terror and anti-fascist organizing have drastically diminished in Russia over the past decade. First of all, Russian society is less dysfunctional. During the economic crisis of the 1990s, entire communities were devastated due to drugs and crime; peo...


The Evidence Mounts That ISIS Is Preparing to Disperse the Pneumonic Plague From CIA Supplied Drones "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Evidence Mounts That ISIS Is Preparing to Disperse the Pneumonic Plague From CIA Supplied Drones

The Pneumonic plague, which is essentially a lung-based plague, is always fatal in infected individuals if the pathogen is not immediately treated with extreme medical treatments.

It is accurate to state that some people are in an unwarranted state of panic. Some people are understating the danger. The following paragraphs represent these divergent views and the reader is left to decide for themselves.

A Conservative View of the Threat

I recently received an email from Tim Spencer in which he asserts the following:

It does in fact seem that this strain Pneumonic Plague may, repeat may, have mutated.  Anecdotal reports certainly lead to this possible conclusion.

WHO (World Health Organization) has now publicly stated that the possibility of a pandemic does in fact exist.

The death toll thus far is most likely under reported, particularly from rural areas.

There is no indication that we have seen to lead us to believe that this reportedly new strain is intentionally weaponized it could well be that this plague has simply mutated on its own due to many decades of antibiotic use in patients that would have died from the plague without treatment.



50,000 Children Will Die by the End of the Year in Yemen, Aid Group Warns "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Was Judge Moores Accuser's Yearbook Autograph Forged?, 1888 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Wealth365 Summit - online Financial Conference - Jan. 15-20 Call 262-299-6200 or go to Good morning, Im still reporting on: Was Judge Moores Accuser's Yearbook Autograph Forged?, 1888 Synopsis: Well, the coupsters are still busying themselves at the direction of the ministry of propaganda with continuing to undermine any effort to sway the Republican majority in the United States Senate. Weve stayed a mile away from the Judge Roy Moore story because we had a tip that a certain agency had turned against Deep State and was using its intel to expose all the sex pervs supporting it. And thats why there has been this rash of sex exposes. We didnt know if the Roy Moore accusers were part of that outing for some reason so we waited. Now, this entire Roy Moore flock smells more and more like a MOP (Ministry of Propaganda) fiction. Heres the evidence: According to a blog author whose name I probably shouldnt mention out loud lets just call him a military historian who is following these events closely. The Defend-Judge-Roy-Moore group pretty much collapsed yesterday afternoon when, at 2:25, a lady named Beverly Young Nelson, age 56, held a press conference in New York with embattled attorney Gloria Allred alleging Judge Roy Moore sexually harassed her when she was 16 years old. She showed a copy of her high school annual with a purported inscription signed by Roy Moore D.A. Even Judge Jeanine went running for the hills after that. Tonight, Hannity gave Judge Moore 24 hours to fully explain or drop out. But hold on there. This mornings light has called this revelation into serious question. Problem #1: The inscription reads: To a sweeter more beautiful girl, I could not say, Merry Christmas. Signed Roy Moore D.A. Do you remember your high school annual days? Since when did one come out before Christmas. They came out just a month or two before the end of school like April or May. Problem #2: Roy Moore was never a D.A. He was an assistant D.A. Oops!!! But it gets worse. Problem #3: could it be that someone at CNN retouched the part at the top right? So it looks like someone named Roy did write the part on the left, but from Moore on is written in blue ink, not black ink. Duhhhh. Support Our Sponsors: - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, Call Tom @ 843-729-7837, web......


Tillerson, in Myanmar, calls for credible probe of atrocities "IndyWatch Feed War"


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United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (left) and Myanmars State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi during a joint press conference in Naypyidaw on Nov 15, 2017. Photo: AFP

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Wednesday for a credible investigation into reports of human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims committed by Myanmars security forces after a meeting with its civilian and military leaders.

More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military counter-insurgency clearance operation in Buddhist-majority Myanmars Rakhine State.

A top U.N. official has described the militarys actions as a textbook case of ethnic cleansing.

Were deeply concerned by credible reports of widespread atrocities committed by Myanmars security forces and by vigilantes who were unrestrained by the security forces during the recent violence in Rakhine State, Tillerson told a joint news conference with Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of a civilian administration that is less than two years old and shares power with the military.

Tillerson had earlier held separate talks with Myanmars military chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, whose forces have been accused of atrocities.

A senior U.N. official on Sunday leveled allegations of mass rape, killings and torture against the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, after a tour of refugee camps in the Coxs Bazar region of neighboring Bangladesh.

Tillerson called for the Myanmar government to lead a credible and impartial investigation and said those who committed abuses should be held responsible.

The recent serious allegations of abuses in Rakhine state demand a credible and impartial investigation and those who commit human rights abuses or violations must be held accountable, he said.

In all my meetings, I have called on the Myanmar civilian government to lead a full and effective independent investigation and for the military to facilitate full access and cooperation.

He also said it was the duty of the military to help the government to meet commitments to ensure the safety and security of all people in Rakhine state.

A posting on Min Aung Hlaings Facebook page said Myanmars military supremo had explained to Tillerson the true situation in Rakhine, the reasons why Muslims fled, how the military was working with the government to deliver aid and the progress made for a repatriation process to be agreed...


Paradises of the earth: activism and film production "IndyWatch Feed"

Hamza Hamouchene, producer of the groundbreaking web documentary Paradises of the Earth, talks about the reasons that led him to embark on this amazing project.

Picture by Nadir Bouhmouch. Some rights reserved.Just a few years ago, it never crossed my mind that I would be a producer of a documentary film or a web video series in the context of my work as an activist around issues of extractivism, sovereignty on land and natural resources and environmental justice. I remember then when a friend was surprised by my reluctance to embrace the idea that I should be producing films/videos to further my political activism. Now, you can see that I have changed my mind and realised that videos and pictures can tell a story better than a thousand written words. This change came about when I met Nadir Bouhmouch, a Fanonian and committed filmmaker, whose brilliant work can be inscribed in the tradition of militant cinema that is centred on peoples struggles and issues of justice at the grassroots level.

Based on my experience working on the Maghreb/North Africa region, it has become a conviction of mine that progressive and radical work at a regional level is crucial and indispensable. There are strong historical ties between the people in this region where a uniting vision existed in the past and was promoted by progressive and important anti-colonial figures. Moreover, these countries are all facing an acute assault to open up to multinationals and imperialist capital, resulting in forms of resistance that tend to be similar.

It is for this reason that I am passionate about trying to link up the struggles and different communities and organisations affected by extractivism and neo-colonial plunder of land and resources. And what a better way than organising international solidarity caravans to sites of community resistance against different forms of dispossession?

Throughout my previous visits to sites of fossil-fuel and mining industries in the Maghreb, I saw pollution, environmental destruction, prevalence of various diseases, dispossession and under-development. It is possible to state that the poverty in these areas is related to...


Woman solves mystery of who left flowers at her 12-year-old brother's grave for nearly 70 years "IndyWatch Feed World"

A mystery man who left flowers at a 12-year-old boy scout's grave for nearly 70 years has been revealed to be a childhood friend who was with him just before he died. Ronald Seymour-Westborough, 84, has been visiting the grave of Karl Sharp, who died in 1947 on a Scouting trip, since he was 18 years-old. He had been on the same trip and shared a tent with him on the night he died. Karl's sister Ann Kear has been trying to find out who the person who still remembered her brother is for several years after noticing flowers and poems left at his final resting place near Cheltenham. She told the BBC it was "brilliant" to discover who was responsible it was Mr Seymour-Westborough from Gloucester.


Jan J. Wijenberg Former Dutch Ambassador: Israel. A Terminally Ill Patient "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel a Terminally ill Patient
Jan J. Wijenberg Former Ambassador
for The Netherlands October 2017
The Hague, The Netherlands

Golda Meir:
We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.
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Shadow Foreign Secretary backs down over BBC Panorama links to al-Qaeda and ISIS "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry has retreated from pursuing concerns that BBC licence fee revenue may have been paid to al-Qaeda and ISIS linked jihadi group Ahrar al-Sham.

On 19 August I emailed Ms Thornberry observing that BBC reporter Ian Pannell and cameraman Darren Conway had apparently employed Ahrar al-Sham militants as security during the filming of the 2013 Panorama special Saving Syrias Children.

As noted in my recent presentation for Frome Stop War (from 15:18 below), Ahrar al-Sham was co-founded by one of Osama bin Ladens most trusted couriers, Mohamed Bahaiah. Bahaiah is suspected by Spanish investigators of delivering surveillance tapes of the World Trade Centre to al-Qaedas senior leadership in Afghanistan in 1998.

Less than three weeks before filming on Saving Syrias Children began Ahrar al-Sham were, along with ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, among the key fundraisers, organizers, planners, and executors of attacks in which at least 190 civilians were killed and over 200 mostly women and children were kidnapped. The BBCs own news reports describe Ahrar al-Sham as a hardline Islamist group.

On 3 October Thornberry responded statin...


Amir Adnani: Gold Insiders Religously Stick With One Strategy (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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Bloodsuckers: Seattle council approves tax on Airbnb rentals "IndyWatch Feed"

As Ive told you here, here and here theres never enough money that Seattle demorats cant get their hands on. From Seattle Times: The Seattle City Council voted Monday to tax operators of short-term rentals, such as those Continue reading


Coal Pollution Continues to Spread in Latin America "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In the November 11 Climate March through the main streets of the German city of Bonn, protesters called for an end to the use of coal as a power source, especially by German companies, such as RWE. Credit: Emilio Godoy / IPS

In the November 11 Climate March through the main streets of the German city of Bonn, protesters called for an end to the use of coal as a power source, especially by German companies, such as RWE. Credit: Emilio Godoy / IPS

Bonn: Despite growing global pressure to reduce the use of coal to generate electricity, several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean still have projects underway for expanding this polluting energy source.

These plans run counter to the climate goals voluntarily adopted by the countries in the region and to the commitment to increase clean and renewable sources, as part of the Paris Climate Agreement, approved in December 2015.

Latn America doesnt have a major global role in the sector, but it does have an influence on the regionColombia (for example) exports lots of coal. The problem is that there are many projects in the pipeline and thats a threat of locking-in dependency for years, Heffa Schucking, head of the non-governmental organisation Urgewald, told IPS in the German city of Bonn.

The Global Coal Exit List (GCEL)...


Are your enterprise leaders digitally literate? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Only 53 percent of surveyed business technology professionals believe their organizations leadership is digitally literate, according to ISACA. The other 47 percent either dont think their business leaders have a solid understanding of technology and its impacts, or are unsure. Digital literacy and receptiveness to emerging technologies among leadership A concerning 47 percent arent confident that their leaders are digitally literate, the data indicates. With nearly a quarter of these same leaders noted as needing More


Jonas Alexis: The Khazarian Mafia in Hollywood Ethics? We Dont Need No Stinkin Ethics "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Khazarian Mafia in Hollywood

If you walk into the film industry and start interviewing people like Eli Roth, you will almost certainly hear incredible and bizarre things. Roth would tell you that he aspires to fu$k up an entire generation[1] through movies.

Abrams declared elsewhere that Jewish involvement in porn is actually is the result of an atavistic hatred of Christian authority: they are trying to weaken the dominant culture in America by moral subversion.[5]


Nehru the Professor and the Revolutionary "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Russian Revolution deeply influenced Jawaharlal Nehru, who saw it as a war cry against imperialism.

Jawaharlal Nehru with President Voroshilov of USSR in New Delhi, 20 January 1960. Credit: Nehru Memorial Library

Jawaharlal Nehru with President Voroshilov of USSR in New Delhi, 20 January 1960. Credit: Nehru Memorial Library

The fortnight gone by marks both the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 as well as Jawaharlal Nehrus 128th birth anniversary. Revolutionary Russia and Nehrus India both seem worlds away in present time. But what do we know of the influence this event of enormous gravity had on Nehru, both around the time it happened and in the following half of the 20th century?

From his letters in Glimpses of World History, it is clear that Nehru saw the October Revolution of 1917 as part of a continuum including the revolutions of 1825, 1905 and indeed, the earlier revolution of March 1917. He saw these revolutions as moments in which the nationalist urges of a people had culminated, and so, these experiences collectively spoke to his own anti-colonial impulses. In the letter titled The Passing Away of Tsardom in Russia, Nehru talks of the cries for freedom in the Russian and French Revolutions as having inspired Indias own cry for freedom from British rule, Inquilab Zindabad...


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

Der neue Besen im chinesischen Politbro kehrt gut ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Der neue Besen im chinesischen Politbro kehrt gut :-)

Writing in the partys official mouthpiece, the Peoples Daily, Chen Xi accused some officials of becoming politically and morally degraded and of looking to religion, superstition and perhaps even worse western-style multi-party democracy as their faith in socialism faded.

Some dont believe in Marx and Lenin but believe in ghosts and gods; they dont believe in ideals but believe in sorcery; they dont respect the people but do respect masters, wrote Chen, who was last month handed a spot on Chinas 25-member Politburo.

Infrastrukturapokalypse:In weiten Teilen des Rhein-Main-Gebiets ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


In weiten Teilen des Rhein-Main-Gebiets ist am Morgen 20 Minuten lang die Stromversorgung zusammengebrochen. An der Hochschule Mainz fhrte der Stromausfall zu einem Alarm, in dessen Folge die Tren verriegelt wurden. Auch Ampeln fielen aus.

Venezuela rejects sanctions of the Council of the European Union (Repblica Bolivariana de Venezuela) "IndyWatch Feed World"

16/11/2017 - Venezuela repudiates decision of the Council of the European Union that seeks to impose sanctions against the People of Venezuela The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela strongly rejects the decision ...


U.S. seniors struggle more to pay for healthcare compared to other countries "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay News  |  Nov. 15, 2017 at 9:57 PM

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 A new report finds the availability of health care for U.S. seniors lags behind that of other affluent nations.

Access to insurance isnt an issue, because all Americans 65 and older are covered by Medicare. But Americas seniors are still sicker than the elderly in other countries and are more likely to go without essential care because they cant afford it, according to the Commonwealth Fund study.

Our Medicare is not as generous as comparable insurance in other countries, fund President Dr. David Blumenthal said during a media briefing on Tuesday.

In other countries, government health insurance is not restricted to the elderly, but covers everyone, he said.

The United States is complacent about the value and benefits associated with Medicare, even though its a universal system, Blumenthal said.

We do know that we, as a country, do tolerate higher levels of inequality. Thats most evident in the fact that we underinvest, compared to other countries, in social services and overinvest, despite the lack of generosity of our insurance, in health care, he said.

Providing more social services to the elderly might help reduce the inequality of care, Blumenthal said.

For the study, researchers surveyed older adults about their health care. Participants came from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Almost one-quarter of U.S. seniors didnt go to a doctor in the past year when sick or they didnt get a recommended test or fill a prescription because they couldnt afford it.

In France, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, no more than 5 percent of older adults skipped care because of costs, the researchers found.

In the United States, 22 percent of seniors spent $2,000 or more on out-of-pocket costs during the past year. The only country with higher out-of-pocket costs was Switzerland, with 31 percent spending more than $2,000 out of pocket.

Among all the ot...


Why did the Tories scrap Amendment 58? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The ever deceptive Tories have continually tried to create the fiction that they have no intention of using Brexit as a Trojan Horse to launch ideologically driven attacks on workers' rights, consumer standards, equal rights legislation, environmental protections, animal welfare laws and the like.

On the evening of November 15th 2017 they proved these promises to be outright lies when they voted against Labour's amendment to add Clause 58 to the EU withdrawal bill.

All Clause 58 sought to do was prevent the Tory-DUP government from bypassing parliament in order to revoke EU derived workers' rights, equal rights, workplace safety legislation, consumer protections, and environmental standards (see image).

The amendment sought to ensure that if the government wants to revoke any of these rights and standards, they must submit legislation to parliament in order to do it, rather than just using Brexit as an excuse to scrap them on the sly with no democratic scrutiny whatever.



Cop caught on video THREE times killing & beating unarmed & innocent people, city foots the bill and he keeps his job "IndyWatch Feed World"

Last week, the taxpayers of Austin, Texas were forced-for their third time-to pay for the violent actions of officer Eric Copeland of the APD. City council members approved a six-figure settlement to be given to one of many of Copeland's victims. This officer's abuse is so rampant that it has been captured on video a whopping three times. The latest case, which cost the taxpayers $150,000, stems from the arrest of Adrian Aguado, 20, who Copeland tasered for no reason and broke his nose.


Rajasthan Patrika Publishes Blank Edit Column to Protest Media Gag "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The blank editorial, published on National Press Day, highlights the grave threat posed by state governments black law to journalism.

The blank editorial column in the Rajasthan Patrika on National Press Day.

New Delhi: Continuing its protest against the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government in Rajasthan, Rajasthan Patrika, a leading Hindi daily in the state, left its editorial column  marked by a thick black border  blank, on Thursday. The blank space signalled the dailys opposition to the controversial ordinance (now pending with a legislative committee) imposing restrictions on media and protecting public servants.

In the headline of the blank editorial column, Rajasthan Patrikas Editor-in-chief Gulab Kothari, said that the governments black law poses a grave threat to journalism. With this blank editorial, we studiously oppose the law which has murdered democracy, he wrote.

The editorial staff of the edit page said the blank editorials thick black border was meant to convey the papers resolve to oppose the ordinance and protect the freedom of press,...


The Rent is too Damn High! the development of the first Romanian tenants association "IndyWatch Feed World"

An announcement for the opening of the Tenants Association of Cluj, April 2017.

This article was originally published on Bilten.

The title of this text has a long history, originating with the tenants movement in New York City that was tackling the problem of unaffordable rent. I use this phrase because this is the exact feeling that a growing proportion of people living in Cluj-Napoca have when it comes to mounting rental prices in their community. Over the course of the last years, rents have skyrocketed in Romanias second largest city, making it the most expensive city in the country, surpassing even the capital Bucharest.

Hence, students and low-income workers (the bulk of Clujs workforce) find it harder and harder to live in and afford this city. There is this idea that Cluj is a regional creative and innovation hub, yet almost 80% of its workforce earns less than the medium salary and up to 25% work on the minimum salary. Households earning two medium salaries would spend around 40% of their earnings on rent, while households earning the minimal wage would pay up to 80% of what they earn on rent.

For this reason, a group of people, mostly tenants, have organized the countrys first tenants association called the Tenants Association of Cluj (for more information click here). This idea of course is not new, not even for Romania, to our knowledge similar organizations existed in the inter-war period, but it is important to note that contrary to the situation in other countries, there is no possibility to legally have a tenants organization. Yet, before going into more details about this initiative I will try to describe the structural factors that led to this situation in Romanias housing and rental market.

Romanias Housing and Rental Market

Even though this is not the place to develop a lengthy analysis of the housing/rental situation in Romania, some aspects that pertain to the long transition from state socialism to market capitalism need to be brought up in order to better understand the housing situation and subsequently the market dynamics shaping rental prices. Thus, we begin with the fact that Romania is ranked first in Europe when it comes to homeownership, this being the case for the overwhelming majority of the population. 96.5% of the property in the country is owned privately leaving a meager 3.9% representing t...


He would have a "very hard time": Pedophile dwarf avoids prison time "IndyWatch Feed World"

A pedophile dwarf who groomed two minors through Facebook has avoided going to prison because he would have a "very hard time." Bryan Anthony Bowen, 26, had asked the girls for naked photos and sex. Bowen, of Welshpool, Powys, contacted the children, aged 13 and 15, online. In one message to the older girl, he wrote: "I will f*** you for your birthday present," Mold Crown Court heard. When police searched his laptop, they found he had told the 13-year old that she was "fit as f***."


Downbeat-Q&A with Gilad Atzmon: Jazz Traveler with Passion for Politics "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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ByJohn Ephland

 Saxophonist Gilad Atzmon, a former Israeli citizen living in London since 1994, remains a veritable planetary citizen, a traveling artist who fuses his inner jazz urges with a deep passion for the political.

A multi-instrumentalist who plays soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, clarinet and flute, the 54-year-old Atzmon is currently touring off a new book, Being In TimeA Post-political Manifesto (Skyscraper), and three new albums: the alternately straightahead and romantic The Spirit Of Trane (Fanfare Jazz) with the Orient House Ensemble: pianist Frank Harrison, bassist Yaron Stavi, drummer Enzo Zirilli and the Sigamos String Quatet; the lovely and the haunting folk/gypsy jazz of Talinka (MoonJune) with vocalist Tali Atzmon, multi-instrumentalist Jenny Bliss Bennett (violin, viola, flute and vocals) and Stavi, Harrison and Zirilli; and World Peace Trio (Enja) with Dwiki Dharmawan on piano and synthesizers and Kamal Musallam on oud, guitar and MIDI guitar (also featuring Ade Rudiana on kendang, frame drummer Nasser Salameh and drummer Asaf Sirkis).

He evokes the image of a soul man with ideas, spurred on by a love affair that began when he was a teen growing up in Jerusalem.

Charlie Parker looms large in your musical life.

I fell in love with jazz when, one evening in my late teens, I heard Charlie Parker With Strings. I think it was Birds rendition of Laura. That omnipotent saxophone flying effortlessly over the lush string orchestration left an incredible impression on me. The next day, instead of going to school I went to Piccadilly Records, the one and only music shop in Jerusalem, and bought everything they had with Charlie Parker, three vinyl albums. A week later I rented a sax.


All gain, no pain? the Chancellors cunning tax plan "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

British politics is odd these days. But even by current standards something very unusual looks set to happen in next weeks Budget. A basic rule of British politics is that tax rises tend to happen soon after a general election, with the Chancellor betting that well all have forgotten about them when the next election comes around. Philip Hammond may well be about to shred that rule with the Treasury considering plans for tax rises that would take place just a few months before the next General Election is due in 2022.

Some Conservative MPs will say that shows the Chancellor doesnt understand the rules of politics. But there is more than one rule of politics. Another key rule, to paraphrase Lyndon B Johnson, is that you never call a vote before you can win it.

Faced with the twin challenges of a looming economic downgrade from the Office for Budget Responsibility and spending commitments from the Prime Minister, the Chancellor looks set to see a significant reduction in the headroom he has against his main fiscal rule to reduce cyclically-adjusted public sector net borrowing to below 2% of GDP by 2020-21.

Raising revenue from additional taxation is the obvious way to square that circle without looking like youve given up on the whole fixing the public finances thing. The only difficulty is that the self-employed NICs debacle earlier this year showed that the Chancellor cant currently win a vote on even the most innocuous of tax rises.

But while you cant put up taxes without a vote (something American independence taught us a while back), you can control the timing of one. Heres how.

The Chancellor is looking at policy proposals for the Budget to freeze the Personal Tax Allowance (PTA) and higher rate threshold (HRT) once he has met the Conservative Party manifesto commitment to raise them to 12,500 and 50,000 respectively. This could raise serious amounts of cash.

If the Chancellor does nothing else those thresholds are set to reach nearly 13,000 and 51,000 respectively in April 2022, due to faster than expected inflation (the thresholds are automatically uprated in line with Septembers inflation rate the following April). Instead of allowing that to happen, a policy of freezing the PTA & HRT once they hit the manifesto pledges would raise 3.1 billion a year in 2022-23.

Actually making the tax rise happen is a whole other ball game but crucially one where kick-off is very very delayed. Thanks to the Rooker-Wise amendment back in 1977 it takes primary legislation to prevent income tax thresholds rising in line with inflation. But that primary legislation does not need to be passed when the announcement is made...


BREAKING: Five dead in Lagos-Ibadan expressway crash, 16 vehicles involved "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

5 persons have been confirmed dead in the early morning crash on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the early hours of Thursday.   19 persons have also injured apart from the one male and four females that died. 53 persons made up of 40 men and 13 women were involved in the accident, with 11 men and eight women injured.   The crash which involved 16 vehicles happened at the Kara Bridge along the expressway.   The vehicles involved were BDG27AA Nissan bus white; GGE818XC Daf truck white; XS216KSF Nissan Cabstar...

The post BREAKING: Five dead in Lagos-Ibadan expressway crash, 16 vehicles involved appeared first on Newtelegraph.


The medical police state has arrived in California: Mother threatened with ARREST for refusing to vaccinate her children "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The medical police state has arrived in California: Mother threatened with ARREST for refusing to vaccinate her children by: Lance D Johnson  Natural News Californias unconscionable vaccine mandate law (SB 277) went into effect July 1, 2016. The law eliminates parental...

The post The medical police state has arrived in California: Mother threatened with ARREST for refusing to vaccinate her children appeared first on The Daily Coin.


How to use a here documents to write data to a file in bash script "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

How do I use a heredoc redirection feature (here documents) to write data to a file in my bash shell scripts?


To Avoid Debacles Like Roy Moore, Repeal The 17th Amendment "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

With less than a month to go before Alabamas special election to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Republican candidate Roy Moore refuses to quit the race amid fallout over credible allegations of sexual assault dating from the 1970s, including that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.

Some polls still show Moore leading his Democratic opponent Doug Jones, while a poll conducted by the National Republican Senate Committee earlier this week shows Moore trailing Jones by 12 points.

Senate Republicans are calling on Moore to withdraw from the race, saying hes unfit to serve and threatening not to seat him if hes elected, but Moore isnt backing down. His campaign has called the allegations a politically motivated witch hunt and Moore has vowed to stay in the race, which means theres still a chance the people of Alabama might elect him to the U.S. Senate.

All of this could have been avoided if wed just repealed the Seventeenth Amendment.

Good Reasons for Allowing States to Elect Senators

The Seventeenth Amendment says U.S. senators must be elected by popular vote, instead of by state legislatures. Adopted in 1913 during the height of the Progressive Era, the amendment supersedes the provisions in the Constitution that required senators to be elected by state legislatures.

The idea that state legislatures would elect senators might seem odd nowadays, but creating some distance between the popular vote and the election of senators was crucial to the Founders grand design for the republic. The original idea, spelled out in The Federalist Papers, was that the people would be represented in the House of Representatives and the states would be represented in the Senate. Seats in the House were therefore apportioned according to population while every state, no matter how large its populace, got two seats in the Senate.

The larger concept behind this difference was that Congress needed to be both national and federal in order to reflect not just the sovereignty of the people but also the sovereignty of the states against the federal government. In Federalist No. 62, James Madison explained that Congress shouldnt pass laws without the concurrence, first, of a majority of the peo...


Why We Shouldnt Convict Roy Moore In The Court Of Public Opinion Just Yet "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If true. These are the two most important words that arent appearing anywhere amid the allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, the Republican former judge running in the December special election for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Last Thursday, an allegationa statement unsupported by additional evidence or proofsurfaced in a Washington Post article claiming that Moore, as a 32-year-old adult, had a relationship with a 14-year-old girl almost 40 years ago in 1979. Since then, a new allegation has also been leveled, accusing Moore of attempted rape. Seven women now accuse Moore of sexual misconduct decades ago, three for dating relationships in their late teens.

If true, no one on either side should defend such conduct as morally or legally permissible. But those important words arent appearing anywhere in any context over the past week, and I have been saying long before the Moore story broke that due process matters amidst any allegation, even in the court of public opinion.

Yet the mainstream media has since gone nuts, with pundits and politicians on both sides of the political spectrum calling for Moore step down from his Senate race, apparently believing the allegations immediately. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has led the call to rescind endorsements, saying, I believe the women, and Sen. Corey Gardner (R-CO), chair of the National Republican Senate Committee, said in a statement that the allegations prove Moore is unfit for office.

A few have responded with defenses of Moore, including Alabama state auditor Jim Ziegler, who invoked what can only be described as a crazy defense: prominent adult male biblical figures had relationships with teenage girls too. This defense appears just as much politically motivated and is another quick assessment without verification.

What Standard to Use for Accusations Against You?

What all of this...


FLASHBACK: Top 10 most expensive works of art sold at auction - Pictures "IndyWatch Feed World"

Salvator Mundi, the long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ has sold at Christie's in New York for $450.3m, shattering the world record for any work of art sold at auction. Here are the other nine most expensive works to go under the hammer


While Three Transgenders Celebrate Election Victories, Detransitioners Tell A Different Story "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Democrat Danica Roem defeated incumbent Del.Robert G. Marshall (R) on November 7 and became Virginias first openly transgender elected official.

Roems fundraising numbers more than doubled Marshalls, in part due to nationwide support from pro-LGBT groups, including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Roems top donor, who individually contributed $180,000 (almost a quarter of the total raised), was Chris Abele, a major contributor to liberal causes and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) advocacy groups.

The political power of the LGBTQ rainbow carried the day in electing Roem. If the candidate had been Dan Roem, few across the nation would have noticed his candidacy. This election result shows that the LGBTQ rainbow and the HRC are strong forces in the Democratic Party today. Roem was not the only trans person ushered into office on Tuesday. Minneapolis elected two openly transgender people to city council, Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham.

Trans candidates can take advantage of the identity politics in play today. Social justice warrior appeal and the ability to gather national financial support makes it challenging for contenders in local races to compete. Candidates who dont embody some special identity appear unappealingly old-fashioned and socially out of touch.

What Makes a Transgender Person?

The LGBTQ lobby is waving the rainbow victory flag and the U.S. media celebrates. But no one celebrates when a transgender person realizes that the trans life is not for him. No courage awards are given to regretters who want to leave their medically induced gender and live again as their genetically coded birth sex, a process called detransitioning or retransitioning. It typically is arduous, both emotionally and physically. Surgeries and years of taking cross-gender hormones have physical consequences that cant be reversed.

In the ten years I have been interviewing and working with transgender people who regret their transitions, I have found, to my amazement, one common thread in the stories of all. Each has some form of...


After Rabbits, The Next Menu Item For Venezuelas Socialist-Driven Food Crisis Might Be Lassie "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Remember the episode of Lassie where a Park Ranger dictator attempts to take over the town to collectivize all the farms? Oh, you dont?

Like usual, Lassie runs up to Timmy and barks a warning that the do-gooder youngin is amazingly able to decipher. Whats that, girl? Trouble at the Maduro ranch? Theres no food since the red shirts expropriated all the means of production? Come to think of it, girl, I havent eaten in weeks. Boy, I never noticed until just now how thick and juicy your hind legs are

At first blush, it sounds far-fetched. But in the topsy-turvy terror-land that is Nicolas Maduros Venezuela, a storyline like Lassie for Lunch may become as commonplace as a caudillo in a blood-red button-down. Fear not, though, ye blighted boosters of Bolivarianism! Where theres a will to power, theres a way to protein intake.

The Rabbit Plan Is No Joke

Venezuelas new plan to stem starvation is called plan conejothe rabbit plan. It sounds like a Donnie Darko sequel, or a trick football play like the flea flicker. I assure you, though, the rabbit plan is very real. Just ask Venezuelan minister of urban agriculture, Freddy Bernal.

We want people to stop seeing these [rabbits] as pets and start seeing them as what they really are, two kilograms of meat full of protein. Boy, if I had a quarter for every time Ive said pretty much the same thing. Honey, I want you to stop seeing me as your husband and start seeing me for what I am: 90 kilograms of kosher beef full of protein.

I wonder whether Bernal will be able to sell the same line when there are no animals left to eat. When even the bones of mutilated buffalo and wild pigs are no longer found stripped inside of zoo cages, when one day not even the offal of a black horse inside its enclosure remains, whats next on the menu for Venezuelans?

Welcome to Chateau Maduro. Today, we have a pairing of a roasted slum-dwelling field hand, along with a nice Cuban port. I know it sounds like some low-rent Hannibal Lecter reduxSilence of the Rabbitsbut you cant rule these things out. In the past century, famine has turned to such foul feasting quite often.

Why Dont Capitalist Economies Feature Cannibalism?

Theres a list of ten famines that, by the end of their starvation horrors, ended with the afflicted cannibalizing one another. More than half were caused by economic dislocation of the k...


10 Ways You Can Start Prepping For Your Thanksgiving Meal Now "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

You dont need Martha Stewarts skills to execute an impressive meal for the in-laws this holiday season. All you need is a plan.

If youre waiting until Thanksgiving Day, or even the day before, to start working on your familys feast, youre doing it wrong. There are many simple steps you can take in the coming days to reduce the amount of stress and time spent in the kitchen next Thursday. Here are a few of them.

1. Clean Out the Refrigerator and Freezer

Youll want to make room, and not just for the massive haul of groceries youre about to bring home. Youll need sufficient space to keep large dishes that youve made in advance, plus plenty of room for the leftovers.

2. Get Your Knives Sharpened

This sounds like an unnecessary chore, but if its been awhile, or maybe the first time ever, you will notice a difference. Not only will sharpening your knives make turkey carving easier, but all the tedious veggie chopping will be a breeze. Especially for that notoriously tough butternut squash.

3. Get Organized

Pull out your dusty serving dishes to clean them up and make sure you have what you need. Ive already had one friend ask if I have an extra roasting pan big enough for a turkey she can borrow. If you dont have a pan either, pick up a heavy-duty foil one. Getting together your extra mixing bowls and storage containers isnt a bad idea either.

4. Get Your Bird Now

If you havent already ordered your fresh turkey, or picked up your frozen one, do it this Saturday. Stash your frozen turkey in the refrigerator so it can begin defrosting. It will take about six hours per pound to thaw. There is always hell to pay for those who forget this step. No ice baths, salt brines, prayers, or seances can thaw a frozen turkey at the last minute (If you do want to brine your turkey, youll want to do this on Tuesday so it can be submerged for 24 hours).

5. The Freezer Is Your Best Friend

There are a number of items that you can make in the weeks before, thanks to the magic of freezing. Freeze your pie dough in a disc, or roll it out to fit your pie plate and freeze the whole pan. Make homemade turkey stock, or even the dinner rolls and throw them in there. Make your cranberry sauce and it will keep in the fridge for two weeks.

6. Measure It Out

There are never enough measuring cups, mixing bowls, or spoons in a Thanksgiving kitchen. They get used once then lost in the abyss of a dirty sink. An easy way to remedy this in the days before is to measure out dry mixes for various desserts, pie fillings, and dressing. Put the dry ingredients for a recipe together in a jar or Tupperware and label them so all you have to do is add the wet ingredient...


What Murder On The Orient Express Has To Offer Mystery Audiences "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its a multiplex mystery: Who killed the whodunit? Writing at Cracked, David Christopher Bell named 2001s Gosford Park the last good whodunit film. I would add Edgar Wrights Hot Fuzz (2007) to his depressingly short list of such movies that appeared this millennium. In an era where even the 1985 flop Clue (based on the board game) is remembered fondly by fans of the genre starved for big-screen content, perhaps we should be grateful to see one up there at all, even a repeat performance.

Thats the other mystery hovering over the new Murder on the Orient Express: Why? It already exists as a perfectly entertaining, if slightly inert, 1974 movie starring Albert Finney as Agatha Christies famous creation, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Chalk up Murders inexplicable existence to the ingenuity and independent spirit of actor-director Kenneth Branagh, whose quirky career as a film actor and director ranges from Shakespeare to Thor to Wild Wild West. Branagh both directs Murder on the Orient Express and stars as Poirot.

Probably everyone knows the set-up, and the solution. There are no spoilers here, if one can actually spoil a 43-year-old movie, made from an 83-year-old book, by one of the best-selling authors in history. Poirot joins a dozen other passengers on the luxury long-distance train The Orient Express, making its way across Europe. A murder occurs, a convenient avalanche leaves the passengers stuck with the killer on board, and its up to Poirot to solve the seemingly impossible crime.

Bell provided a useful definition of a properly executed whodunit: At its purest, it takes place in a small location, preferably with characters who are unable to leave. There should be at least one mustache. Or in the case of Branaghs Poirot, several, all worn at the same time.

Since We All Know the Plot, Its About Execution

Departing from the book, the new Orient opens in Jerusalem with a literally jokey scene in which a fussy, perhaps obsessive-compulsive Poirot solves a minor puzzle involving a priest, an imam, and a rabbi. Poirot then fatefully boards the Orient Express in Istanbul, before murder and avalanche intervene.

A few scenes in the middle try to ratchet up the menace and tension, and Branagh shoots his suspects through beveled train windows, the distortion meant to cast suspicion. Screenwriter Michael Green collapses t...


House Tax Bill Throttles Renewable Energy, Hugs Big Oil "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Just a few months ago, the American Petroleum Institute (API) released a set of Tax Reform Principles to guide federal policymakers. API, the trade group for the oil and gas industry, urged that Congress, in enacting tax code changes, should not pick winners and losers Specifically, within the energy sector we believe that any new tax system should not favor one form of energy at the expense of others.

The tax bill approved by the House Ways and Means Committee last week and set for a vote today, does just that. And yet, API seems quite happy with it. API President Jack Gerard called the bill a bold step to sustain US economic growth, spur strong energy investment, and create American jobs.

Its not difficult to understand the APIs joy. The House tax bill would sharply cut incentives for investment in alternative energy, while retaining most of the tax subsidies for oil and gas development. The cuts help the House pay for its proposed $1.5 trillion tax cut that some economists claim would primarily benefit corporations and wealthy individuals.

The proposed tax changes also could increase investment in fossil fuels, at a time when the rest of the world seeks to reduce carbon emissions to address the harmful effects of climate change.

Conferring these benefits on dirty energy companies while simultaneously maintaining their special tax favors and slashing tax benefits for clean energy technologies is a crime against the future, charged Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, in an email to WhoWhatWhy.

In a recent letter...


Why The War On Hypocrisy Wont Resolve Anything "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Politico reports that the GOP voting base in Alabama has been galvanized by accusations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. Whereas the Senate race was once nothing to be particularly enthusiastic about, voters are offering a furious defense of their man.

Its curious how this works. Accusations of misconduct surface, and instead of carefully weighing the facts and considering the besmirching of a mans character, warriors draw their swords. The Right cries, It must not be true! and the Left auto-fills the guilty verdict. But featured prominently and predictably among the immediate reactions are cries of hypocrisy. What about Weinstein? What about Weiner? What about Clinton? What about Kennedy? The list of cases in which leftist misconduct was swept under the rug is lengthy, and a perfect shield for the tribal warriors.

The etymology of the word hypocrisy suggests its origin in Attic Greek. At one point it meant to play a part on stage. But you mightnt guess that the second half of the term is earlier derived from a word (krinein) meaning to sieve or to discriminate, distinguish. Thats whats missing from the political charade of 2017. From molehills to mountains, any event can be staged as a premium example of hypocrisy. Especially given our modern technology, we have decades of words and pictures that can be summoned at the click of mouse to make our case that an individual or institution is despicably hypocritical.

Hypocrisy Is Just Another Stick for Beating Your Enemy

Its open season in politics for ripping off the masks. Disgraced former Rep. Tim Murphy, who had apparently pressured his mistress to have an abortion in the midst of an unfounded pregnancy scare, is a recent example. You say one thing and do another, and that is license for the commentariat (and the Twitter mob, for that matter) to try to discredit an entire movement.

Now, allegations of sexual misconduct would fall in the mountain category, and should be dealt with seriously and consistently. Yet along the whole range of hills the streams of commentary rush through partisan valleys. Any criticism is just an opportunity to punch back, harder. Hypocrisy offers the best angle of attack. Seeing as how the political tribes are more interested in defending their man than...


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

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...


Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill To Codify Obama-Era Sex Assault Policies "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Massachusetts State Senate has passed a bill that would essentially codify the harmful campus sexual assault policies written into federal regulations under President Barack Obama. California Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed a similar bill.

The Massachusetts bill isnt much different than policies the Obama administration enacted in 2011 and have since been rescinded by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. These guidelines enshrine unfairness for students accused of sexual assault. While colleges were told what they must provide for accusers, they werent told what they needed to provide for the accused, other than a fair proceeding. This led to remarkably unfair playing fields for both parties.

The Massachusetts bill simply restates most of the Obama-era guidance, that both sides need equal access to an advocate or lawyer and presenting evidence. The problem is that under the Obama rules there were no repercussions for schools that only allowed accusers these resources, unless the accused student could afford to sue the school.

The bill also provides some things for accusers that it does not for the accused, such as a confidential resource officer who will tell the accuser about counseling and accommodations. These accusations can be extremely stressful, especially for an innocent person. Many accused students have needed counseling (and have attempted or committed suicide).

Prosecution Based on Anonymous Complaints

The part of the bill that hurts due process the most, however, is allowing accusers to report anonymously. Unless a school only provides accommodations for the accuser (which may be the case), it should not be able to prosecute an accused student without him or her even knowing what the accusation is or who is making it.

Regarding Browns veto, he wrote he was not prepared to codify additional requirements in reaction to a shifting federal landscape, when we havent yet ascertained the full impact of what we recently enacted. He was referring to Californias adoption of a yes means yes definition of consent for sexual encounters, which basically turns sex into an impossible question-and-answer session. That, coupled with the campus culture the Obama administrations rules fostered, made it more likely that a false accusation would occur and an accused student would be railroaded.

If Massachusetts enacts this bill, it would be disastrous for students in the state. Considering...


Opposing Female Mutilation Should Be Something All Americans Can Unite Behind "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Beyonc has often been controversial, but her recent video deserves unanimous applause for raising awareness of how girls are still treated as second-class citizens in too much of the world, where violence, female genital mutilation, and child marriage are too often the norm.

American women on the Right and the Left may have different opinions about tax policy, governments role in regulating the workplace, and the size of the social safety net. But we should be able to speak with one voice on this: Women and girls everywhere deserve basic human rights and to be free from violence and exploitation.

We should call on American leaders to prioritize encouraging countries around the globe to recognize womens human rights and make progress toward womens full and equal participation in society. U.S. policy leaders should also double down on their commitment to ensuring that we dont import some of the worst practices from overseas into our borders.

A Place to Start: Combating Female Genital Mutilation

The World Health Organization estimates that at least 200 million women and girls have experienced female genital mutilation (FGM), the term for the practice of cutting, removing, or otherwise damaging female genitalia. The purpose of FGM is simple: to prevent girls and women from the potential of experiencing sexual pleasure, and therefore to discourage sex outside of marriage. There is no medical benefit to this practice. Rather, it results in severe medical complications that can affect a woman for a lifetime.

If feminism stands for anything, it ought to be unequivocally against this abhorrent practice that violates womens human rights and dignity, and seeks to render female bodies as vessels for mens enjoyment, while denying women any of their own.

Rates of FGM in some parts of Africa are staggering: According to this report by the General Accounting Office, in Egypt, Sudan, Mali, Guinea, and Somalia, more than 80 percent of women between the ages 15 and 49 have reported undergoing FGM. Turning these countrys laws and customs away from this practice will be no easy feat. It should be a diplomatic priority to develop strategies to outlaw this custom and to educate leaders on the significant negative effects it has on women and society.

We also need to prevent this practice from being imported to America, and to prevent American citizens from being forced to undergo FGM elsewhere around the globe.

Preventing FGM in the USA

There is no solid data on how many girls or women in the United States...


Fruit With Alternative Beauty "IndyWatch Feed World"


And now for something completely different:

Morrisons to sell wonky pomegranates to meet rising demand

Fruit will come in different sizes and have blemishes but will cost 30p, compared to average 74p in UK supermarkets

A UK supermarket is to be the first to sell misshapen or wonkypomegranates, in order to keep prices down in the face of surging demand from consumers.

Packs of four will be sold in Morrisons for 1.20 equivalent to 30p per fruit when the average price of a pomegranate in UK supermarkets is 74p.

Demand for the exotic fruit has increased as a result of discussion of its health benefits, the UKs fourth largest supermarket said. Pomegranates contain antioxidants and vitamins and ar...


Israel Sees Rising Threat From Iran After ISIS "IndyWatch Feed War"

Like Islamic State, Iran and Hezbollah call for Israels destructionbut they have greater military capability

Nov. 16, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

JERUSALEMWhile much of the world celebrates the impending defeat of Islamic State, Israeli officials look at Syria and see little reason for joy. To them, a lesser enemy is being supplanted by a far more dangerous oneIran and its allies.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is consolidating control, and his forcesaided by Iran and the Lebanese militia Hezbollahare eliminating Islamic States final pockets in the country while inching closer to the Israeli-held Golan Heights.

Every place we see ISIS evacuating, we see Iran taking hold, warned Sharren Haskel, an Israeli lawmaker from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus Likud party. We have been dealing with this threat of Iran through Hezbollah on our northern border [with Lebanon], and we would not want to see the same setup on our Syrian border.

Like Islamic State, Iran and Hezbollah call for Israels destruction. But unlike Islamic State, they have the military capability to pursue that goal.

With the Israeli-Lebanese border largely quiet since the devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006, Iran and its allies dont disguise their desire to open a second front in Syria.

Irans goal is clear: to establish regional hegemony in the Middle East and to surround Israel from all directions, said Naftali Bennett, Israels education minister, who heads a right-wing religious party allied with Likud and sits in the countrys security cabinet. Weve made it clear this is unacceptable and indeed, we will act to prevent it.

To Israel, thats a strategic challenge much more severe than anything Islamic State could do....


Edward Herman, co-author of Manufacturing Consent dead at 92 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Edward Herman, the co-author (with Noam Chomsky) of Manufacturing Consent, has died. He was 92. His work has never been more relevant. Manufacturing Consent was a kind of bible of media criticism for a generation of dissident thinkers. The book described with great clarity how the system of private commercial media in America cooperates with state power to generate propaganda.


Thursday: Co-Hosting Bloomberg Radio 7-10 am "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

click for live radio   I am back in the studio this morning, co-hosting with Tom Keene for the full show today. Our line up looks like this: 7:00 Kathy Fisher, AB Bernstein Private Wealth Management Head of Wealth and Investment Strategies, on Markets 7:30 5 Things You Need to Know 8:18 Mickey Levy, Berenberg Chief

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The Tuskegee Experiment at 45: Have Public-Health Programs Been Vindicated? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By: Dale Steinreich

November 16, 2017 marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the federal memorandum that ended the Tuskegee syphilis experiment. In 1932, the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) enrolled 600 indigent black-male sharecroppers in the study who were residents of Macon County, Alabama. 

The study subjects were promised, among other services, free treatments for "bad blood" (a term that included the symptoms of anemia and lethargy as well as syphilis), treatments for other minor illnesses, and free burial if they agreed to an autopsy after their deaths. Of the 600 subjects, 399 were found to be infected with syphilis, while 201 were not.

The main controversy surrounds the arrival of penicillin in 1947. As a cure for syphilis, the Tuskegee researchers not only ignored it, they allegedly kept their subjects in the dark about it and prevented them, where possible, from being treated with it in other public-health programs in Macon County.

The Counter-narrative

Some political moderates and progressives are bitter about the mainstream account of Tuskegee because it has to some degree fostered suspicion of public-health programs, which they enthusiastically support. While there has been a counter-narrative about Tuskegee since its end, a renewed one has gained strength since Benedek and Erlen (1999).

Counter-narrative proponents point out that the study's title (Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male) reinforces in part that the study was an examination of men with late-stage dormant syphilis who were not contagious and who had the infection for five or more years. A 1950 report from the study itself documents that of 410 infected subjects selected from 1931-32 and 1932-33, 178 were in fact given the standard treatment of the time, neoarsphenamine.

The standard treatments of the day, arsenical compounds, were toxic (and as such had many adverse side effects), required a regimen that could consume about a year's time, and were of little reliability in terms of a cure. With such high costs and few benefits, patient non-compliance rates hovered about 80-90 percent. Add to thi...

Your Drone Is Cool, But Its No Jet Fighter "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

There are some communities with whom our happy band of hardware hackers share a lot in common, but with whom we dont often associate. The more workshop-orientated end of the car modification or railway modeler scenes, for instance, or the model aircraft fraternity. Many of these communities exist more for the activity than for the making, some of them dabble with building kits, but among them are a hard core of people who create amazing projects from scratch.

Take [Igor Negoda], for example. Not content with building just any model aircraft, hes built his own from scratch, to his own design. And if designing for yourself what amounts to a scaled-down jet fighter wasnt enough, hes also built his own jet engine to power it. His videos are all in Russian so use YouTubes subtitle feature if youre not a Russian speaker, but theyre so good that if you couldnt access the English translation youd want to learn the language just to hear his commentary.

The video below the break shows us first a fast-taxi test using a ducted fan, then a full test flight with the jet engine. There is an explanation of the fuel system and the flight control systems, before an impressive flight from what appears to be a former Cold War-era runway. There are a few funny moments such as transporting a large model jet aircraft in a small hatchback car, but the quality of the work in a garage workshop shines through. Suddenly a multirotor doesnt cut it any more, we want a jet aircraft like [Igor]s!



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

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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Congresswoman: Victims of congressional sexual harassment must sign NDA and cannot be represented by counsel "IndyWatch Feed World"

As a host of sexual assault allegations target major actors, producers and directors in Hollywood, several politicians are also being called out, and one congresswoman has claimed that the U.S. House of Representatives alone has spent $15 million in taxpayer funds to settle sexual misconduct lawsuits in the last decade. The claim was made by Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, during an interview on Meet the Press Daily with MSNBC's Chuck Todd. When asked about the process sexual assault victims currently have to go through, Speier noted that they have to start by promising to stay silent. "We really need to reform the entire Office of Compliance process," Speier said. "Right now it takes about 90 days for you to file a complaint, and before actually going through the mediation, you have to sign a non-disclosure agreement and then you are not represented by counsel, but the harasser is represented by the House of Representatives general counsel." In many cases, as was seen with Harvey Weinstein, when ultra-rich and powerful individuals are accused of sexual assault, they respond by paying large sums of money to their victims, in exchange for an iron-clad, non-disclosure agreement.


Cop Sentenced to Prison, Forced to Pay Victim for Savagely Beating a Teen on Video "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Showing exactly how abusive cops should be treated, a bully cop has been sentenced 27 months in prison for savagely beating an innocent teen on video.


Gordon Brown: the ghost in the machine "IndyWatch Feed"

Who is Brown really trying to convince in this account of his life in politics? Perhaps ultimately, himself.

Image: Gordon Brown at Davos, 2009. WikiCommons.

Gordon Brown, like him or loath him, was a titan of a figure in British politics for close on two decades.

Browns call for understanding and redemption in his autobiography - My Life, Our Times- comes with much baggage. Including, it seems, for the author himself, who makes great show of suggesting he had be reluctantly dragged into writing it: For me, being conspicuously demonstrative is uncomfortable to the point where it has taken me years, despite the urging of friends, to turn to writing this book.

Gordon Browns life story could be gripping and compelling. It contains all the hallmarks of good drama. Here is a man gifted with rare talents and drive, who knew he wanted to serve. At an early age comes tragedy when he is deprived of eyesight in one eye. This does not stop the young Brown but only makes him more determined and resolute.

His inexorable rise to the top is captivating. A bright star in Scottish and British Labour from an early age, Brown makes a mark from the moment he is elected an MP in 1983, forms a partnership with Tony Blair, is central in the creation and success of New Labour. And then at the height of his power and persuasion, he allows it all to go horribly wrong. Despite everything, he eventually attains what he has long yearned for - to be Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and in so doing saves the world from calamity in the banking crash. And yet all the while a hunger, yearning and emptiness gnaw away at him.

Brown is a fascinating tour guide of all things related to Brown although not an entirely convincing and reliable one. He is, on first reading, a clear writer who appears to know how to present the key facts and analysis of complex, seemingly intractable problems. He is a voracious reader and writer of numerous books over more than forty years.



Angela Merkel and German parties reach showdown in Jamaica coalition talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Germanys Union, FDP and Green parties are deciding if they share enough common ground to form a government. Will the weeks of listening, probing and fighting finally end? DW gives you the lowdown on the sticking points.

Angela Merkel looks over her shoulder while stepping out of a car (picture-alliancce/dpa/K. Nietfeld)

For over a month, four of Germanys most unlikely political partners have been trying to decide whether they can form a viable coalition government. Their deadline to end exploratory talks a precursor to formal negotiations is early Friday morning.

Chancellor Angela Merkels Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has been leading the talks with its Bavarian sister-party the Christian Social Union (CSU), the laissez-faire Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the environmentally friendly Green Party.

A so-called Jamaica coalition named for each partys respective colors: black, yellow and green has worked at the state level, but has never been tried at the federal level.

Before Thursdays talks began, Merkel said serious differences remain among the parties, but she also said she was confident an agreement could be reached.

DW looks at the four sticking points that must be resolved to form a Jamaica coalition. If the talks fail, Chancellor Merkel faces the prospect of wooing the Social Democratic Party (SPD) into another grand coalition government or possibly calling for new elections.

Read also: Merkel says the path is clear for coalition negotiations

German politicians stand on a balcony and wave to those below (picture-alliance/dpa/B. von Jutrczenka)Will the negotiating political parties be able to agree on sticking points in exploratory talks and progress to...


Lies Republicans Tell to Sell Tax Cuts (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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Are the Trump Tax Cuts Bad Politics or Not? "IndyWatch Feed"

Paul Waldman makes a compelling argument that the Republicans tax bill will be bad politics if it passes. Its the kind of bad policy that leaves a lot of victims who will know the cause of their distress and who will easily be able to assign responsibility for their plight.

I suspect Waldman may be a bit optimistic about those latter points, if for no other reason than that the Mighty Right-Wing Wurlitzer seems to still have a powerful ability to deflect blame and throw sand in peoples eyes. But the real question for Republicans is that theyre terrified of the alternative to passing this legislation. No matter how bad it looks, they keep asking themselves compared to what?

Its a fair point. Doing nothing will be bad politics, too, and so the real question for the GOP is which lousy option is worse.

Theres definitely some benefit to being able to accomplish something, even if its terrible. They can say they did something to harm Obamacare. They can tell their donors that they delivered the truckloads of cash. They can get Trump off their backs and off their case, if only for a little while. For everyone else, theres two sides to every story, and they can muddy the waters.

The way I see their dilemma, this is a live-to-fight-another-day strategy, and there are two ways it can be wrong. The first is if it is unnecessary and they can live to fight another day without it. The second is if it wont make a damn bit of difference in the end and itll just add to their long-term woes.

The surprising victory of Donald Trump proved that the Republicans are capable of misjudging their short-term chances and thinking theyre in a much worse spot than theyre really in. So, maybe theyre panicking without enough justification.

On the other hand, perhaps they think this will keep them from drowning but it actually wont buy them anything in terms of political victories next fall. In that case, it will almost definitely weaken them further.

I think the decisive thing is the donors. The typical large investor in the GOP wants a financial return on investment. If they dont get it, theyre not going to make more large investments.

The GOP thinks, probably correctly, that they may get wiped out next fall largely due to their idiot president. But as long as the donors feel like they were made whole, they can always make a comeback.

And so their decision to impose really bad policy on the nation is most likely the sanest of two miserable choices.


Is Ted Cruz Texan Enough for Texas Republicans? "IndyWatch Feed"

Hey, do yall remember James Robison? No? Well, then let me have Mike Huckabee reintroduce him to you.

Despite Huckabees inclination toward a forgiving Christianity, Robisons passion drew him in. He dropped out of seminary after one year to take a job as Robisons director of communications.

The way the Moral Majority movement was actually started was there was a rally that James Robison did in 1979 that I helped cordinate, Huckabee said. It was all because of the local television station in Dallas throwing him off the air, because, in a sermon that he preached on television, Robison said homosexuality is a sin. Think: 1979, it wasnt really an outrageous statement. Anyway, they got some complaints and they told him he couldnt be on television. Well, Texas? Are you kidding me? More than ten thousand Christians came to a Freedom Rally at the Reunion Arena, in Dallas, to protest Robisons expulsion. There was this amazing energy coming up from these evangelical Christians, Huckabee said. I remember almost being frightened by it. If someone had gotten to the microphone and said, Lets go four blocks from here and take Channel 8 apart, that audience wouldve taken the last brick off the building.

Did that refresh your recollection?


It looks like James Robison isnt thrilled with Senator Ted Cruzs performance in office because the vice president and executive producer of Robisons television program Life Today is going to challenge Cruz in a primary.

Christian television executive Bruce Jacobson, who has discussed the possibility of taking on the Texas Republican in a primary, has a now live campaign website,, and Twitter handle, @brucefortexas

[Jacobson] worked in the U.S. Department of Transportation under President Ronald Reagan, and served as a deputy regional representative for the Department of Labor under President George H. W. Bush. He also served as a director of a Regional Emergency Management Team during the Bush administration.

I have a couple of other interesting tidbits to note.

A Fort Worth-based super PAC has been raising money to help a potential Jacobson campaign. The group, Texans for Texas, has raised about $25,000. It has p...

Where I Agree With Mo Brooks "IndyWatch Feed"

In a way, I sympathize with Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama. I understand how incredibly valuable it is to have a seat in the U.S. Senate, and I wouldnt want to concede one to the Republicans, especially in a dark blue state. The issue is amplified by the fact that the Republicans currently enjoy a narrow 52-48 majority, and we should keep in mind also that John McCain is very ill and that Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has missed time recently because of poor health. The Republicans want to pass a tax bill through the Senate that is dependent on them having fifty seats, at a minimum, and losing the Alabama seat would get them down to a very uneasy fifty-one. Besides these factors, though, I can understand where Brooks is coming from when he says this:

America faces huge challenges that are vastly more important than contested sexual allegations from four decades ago, Brooks said in a text message to Who will vote in Americas best interests on Supreme Court justices, deficit and debt, economic growth, border security, national defense, and the like? Socialist Democrat Doug Jones will vote wrong. Roy Moore will vote right. Hence, I will vote for Roy Moore.

I could say all the same things about Sen. Bob Menendez who is currently on trial in New Jersey for corruption. He may well get off, or at least get a mistrial based on a hung jury, but if he were to be convicted and forced to resign from the Senate, Im sure the person Gov. Chris Christie chose to replace him would vote wrong from my perspective on a whole lot more things than Menendez would.

Personally, though, Id prefer to see Menendez convicted because I think what hes done is every bit as wrong as what Virginia governor Bob McDonnell did, and I think the Supreme Court was wrong to overturn McDonnells conviction. Still, Im impure or partisan enough to hope that, were Menendez found guilty, it would be incoming Democratic governor Phil Murphy who would appoint a replacement for Menendez. I definitely understand the sentiment in favor of finding some way to save the Alabama seat for the Republicans.

Where I differ with Mo Brooks is, first, that I want Menendez held accountable for his actions and Im upset that the Supreme Courts leniency in the McDonnell case might prevent that from happening. In other words, my sense of right or wrong isnt compromised by any sense that I need to be a team player.

Secondly, while I might want to avoid the worst consequences o...

WikiLeaks Looks Like a Russian Front Organization "IndyWatch Feed"

On December 16th, Julian Assange or one of his assistants reached out to Donald Trump Jr. by direct message on Twitter and asked him to make a request of his father, who was then the president-elect. They knew that Australia wouldnt go along with it, but could Trump Sr. please suggest that Assange be appointed as the ambassador to the United States? This would send a message to Sweden, Australia and the U.K. to back off their legal cases.

As far as I can tell, this is the only communication WikiLeaks had with Donald Trump Jr. that didnt directly promote Russias interests.

Lets look at the first communication made via Twitter:

Just before the stroke of midnight on September 20, 2016, at the height of last years presidential election, the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent a private direct message to Donald Trump Jr., the Republican nominees oldest son and campaign surrogate. A PAC run anti-Trump site is about to launch, WikiLeaks wrote. The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is putintrump. See About for who is behind it. Any comments?

There are a host of issues raised by this communication, including legal questions about what laws may have been broken and by whom. But what stands out to me is that WikiLeaks was interested in something that linked Trump to Putin in a negative way. This was the subject that motivated them to make contact, and Donald Trump Jr. was the one who they thought would be the best person to arm with a stolen password.

The next communication came about a month later during the endgame of the campaign. In one sense, WikiLeaks was trolling for a scoop. They wanted to help neutralize a potential October Surprise by getting their hands on Trumps tax returns themselves before they could be released by an unfriendly source. But, on closer inspection, they primarily wanted the tax returns because it would rectify their reputation for pro-Trump bias and give more weight to the DNC and Podesta-hacked leaks they had been publishing on a rolling basis. Since Russia had procured the emails, this was clearly in Russias interest.

Hey Don. We have an unusual idea, WikiLeaks wrote on October 21, 2016. Leak us one or more of your fathers tax returns. WikiLeaks then laid out three reasons why this would benefit both the Trumps and WikiLeaks. One, The New York Times had already published a fragment of Trumps tax return......


Koogeek LB1 Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb Review "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Review: Koogeek LB1 Wi-Fi Smart LED Bulb

One of the biggest advantages of automation technology is that it can turn an otherwise lifeless home into a piece of modern technology. Also, smart technology puts the owner in control of their electronic devices such as lighting, entertainment and temperature at the push of a button by just sitting on the couch. You too can enjoy smart life through smart connected homes.

Koogeek has introduced its new HomeKit enabled Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb that can be easily connected to a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network without a hub or bridge. It works with Apple HomeKit technology and provides an easy, secure way to turn your connected light on or off, set light colors, or adjust light brightness and saturation through Siri voice control on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch.

It supports dimming, shades of white, and color settings and offers 16 million colors to choose from. Every color is dimmable in the Koogeek Home app. You can match different colors to create special atmospheres for every moment and personalize your home. You can easily turn off lights with a single tap, without getting out of the comfort of your bed. It uses only 8 watts and delivers up to 500 lumens of light with a color temperature from 2700k (warm white) to 6000k (daylight white). It has an energy saving with a lifetime of up to 25,000 hours, which is 22.8 years based on 3 hours use per day. It is compatible with E26/E27 light fittings (medium screw base) and is for indoor use only.

You need to no longer worry about forgetting to turn off lights while leaving home, as you can set different timers to turn lights on or off on Koogeek smart light bulbs. You can also wake up in the morning with your favorite light turned on automatically. You can create scenes to control multiple connected bulbs simultaneously with a single Siri voice command or just a tap and customize lighting effects and create brilliant lights for parties or festivals.

You can set up your Apple TV with tvOS 10.1 or later or iPad with iOS 10.1 or later as a home hub to control your HomeKit accessories remotely, grant access, and automate your accessories.

To set up the light bulb, you need to simply configure it from the Koogeek Home app over a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network. It is available in grey color. You can purchase Koogeek Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb from Amazon at a price of $39.99.

To know more about Koogeek LB1 Smart LED Bulb, go over to their official website.


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All Eyes on Alabama: A Litany and Chronicle of Republicans see that Roy Moore Must Step Down "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A serious analysis of the dozens Republicans now lining up against Roy Moore, who could still win in Alabama, but things are looking really bad, given the almost universal condemnation of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Alabama, and that makes me personally VERY happy, if we are able in due course to include one new Alabama Senator in the Democrats in the US Senate! Stranger things have happened, but not many....


Working-Class Women Say #MeToo "IndyWatch Feed"

In the days and weeks since evidence of Harvey Weinsteins decades-long pattern of sexual abuse surfaced, millions of women, trans and gender nonconforming people, even men around the world have exposed the scale of sexual violence in our society, telling their own stories using the hashtag #MeToo.

A slew of men in positions of power from British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon to actor Kevin Spacey have been accused of sexual misconduct and many of them are finally facing real consequences. #MeToo set off a profound moment of collective bravery, a moment that would have been impossible without the broad sense of solidarity and support that welcomed people coming forward.

I still vividly remember feeling the power of such support during a SlutWalk protest in 2012, as we rallied at Praa Roosevelt in So Paulo, Brazil. We were all gathered in an enormous circle. At one moment, a protester came up to one of the women leading the rally with the megaphone and whispered in her ear. The woman with the megaphone announced that there was a man in the back she pointed, we all pointed in a gray shirt, blue cap and sunglasses, who was touching the women without their consent. Hundreds of us chanted at him to get out, our voices getting louder, faster, angrier. He fled. It was the first time I cried about my rape.

Yet, despite the mass outpouring of #MeToo stories, we know that there are millions of other people who cant or choose not to speak out in this particular way. In the overwhelming majority of cases in which survivors come forward, they are dismissed, their names are dragged through the mud, institutions try to cover up the wrongdoing or retaliate against them. Blamed and forced to keep quiet, theyre shown that their experiences are taken for granted and should simply be assumed to be part of what it means to be a woman in society, rather than grueling experiences of oppression that completely reshape peoples lives.

For decades, women have been coming forward about their experiences of being abused, harassed, assaulted and raped by renowned men. The difference now is that they are being believed. The confidence that the #MeToo welcoming has given survivors goes beyond the inner circles of the rich and famous.

The devaluation of women goes all the way to and comes all the way from the top where an admitted rapist sits in the White House.

In the lead-up to a Take Back the Workplace march that stormed the streets of Hollywood on Nov. 12, the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, an organization made up of female farmworkers and women who come from farmworker families, released a moving letter of solidarity with the women in Hollywood who have come forward in the wake of the Weinstein scandal....


Ukrainian politician admits to supporting terrorists in Russian Caucasus "IndyWatch Feed World"

The People's Deputy of Ukraine, Igor Mosiychuk, stated that "Ukrainians must transfer the war to the territory of Russia" on his social media. "Our goal is to raise the armed anti-Russian uprising in Ichkeria and other regions of the Caucasus occupied by Muscovy, than to open a second front in the war with the Russian Federation. The Kremlin will not be able to fight on two fronts and this will greatly accelerate our Ukrainian victory in the national liberation war in the east. It is after the restoration of the independence of Ichkeria and the liberation of the whole Caucasus from the Moscow occupation, that Kremlin imperialism dies, which is now waging war against Ukraine. We Ukrainians, for the sake of victory, for the sake of our children's future, are obliged to transfer the war to the territory of the aggressor country of the Russian Federation." - wrote Mosiychuk.


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...


Cambodia 'descending into outright dictatorship' "IndyWatch Feed World"

The dissolution of Cambodias opposition party is a tragedy and the country is descending into outright dictatorship, says a natural resource NGO.


18 killed, 29 injured as multiple blast hit Maiduguri "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

18 persons were killed while 29 others were injured in a multiple suicide bomb attack in Muna Gari community at the outskirt of Maiduguri metropolis. Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Borno state police command, DSP, Victor Isuku in a statement said four suicide bombers infiltrated Muna Gari community with Improvised Explosive Devices on their body and detonated them killing 18 persons including themselves, while 29 others injured. DSP Isuku said  today 15/11/2017, at about 1813hrs, four suicide bombers, two males and two females, infiltrated Muna Gari community in...

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Women and youth will drive Saudi Arabias digital future "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi Minister of Communication and Information Technology Abdullah Alswaha, center, Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene, right, and Arab News Editor in Chief Faisal J. Abbas at a panel discussion on Opportunities in Abundance Youth, Help us Make it Happen at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh on Wednesday. (AN photo by Ahmed Fathi)



20 years too late, Vox columnist admits Bill Clinton should have resigned over sex scandals "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Democrats aimed at Roy Moore, but Bill Clinton was standing in their way. So Bill Clinton is now a smoldering husk of humanity. After Hillary Clinton's presidential loss, it became both convenient and useful to discard her alleged sexual predator spouse - a man the media feted repeatedly last year as a halcyon of decency. Now, Bill could safely be relegated to the semen-stained ashbin of history. And so Bill Clinton has become the Barry Bonds of politics: a once-celebrated superhero, now disgraced. This week, a New York Times columnist said she believed Juanita Broaddrick, who first accused Clinton of rape some 25 years ago; The Atlantic also ran a better think piece talking about Clinton's status as a suspected predator.


Tackling 'fake news'? Start by avoiding the term 'fake news' "IndyWatch Feed World"

The first steep in tackling 'fake news' is to avoid using the term, says a Unesco official.


Snowflake Hillary: Calls for investigation into me, 'personally offensive' - It would be 'abuse of power' like in a dictatorship (video) "IndyWatch Feed World"

During an interview with Mother Jones released on Wednesday, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton slammed Attorney General Jeff Sessions considering a special counsel to investigate her and President Trump urging the Department of Justice to investigate her as an abuse and that an investigation would be something that resembles the way things are done in a dictatorship. Hillary said, "I regret deeply that this appears to be the politicization of the Justice Department and our justice system. This Uranium One story has been debunked countless times by members of the press, by independent experts. It is nothing but a false charge that the Trump administration is trying to drum up in order to avoid attention being directed at them. I mean, even Trey Gowdy, somebody who's hardly a fan of mine, said that there doesn't seem to be the basis for a special counsel. Of course, there isn't." She continued that it is "personally offensive that they would do this. But taking myself out of it, this is such an abuse of power, and it goes right at the rule of law. ... And if they sent a signal that we're going to be like some dictatorship, some authoritarian regime, where political opponents are going to be unfairly, fraudulently investigated, that rips at the fabric of the contract we have that we can trust our justice system."


Ethereum's Foot-In-Mouth Disease "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Vinay Gupta, one of the main figures behind Ethereum, is having a meltdown. Someone he doesn't like ( was apparently considering using Ethereum for something. Gupta has posted some...interesting tweets. Key quotes:

"[Don't use] Ethereum. We are all communists"

"We will collude against you"

"We do infrastruture. You depend on us. We will find ways. Count on it".

Are these the kinds of things one wants to hear from the people behind a digital currency (and platform) that one is supposed to trust? They will "find ways" to "collude" against anyone they dislike?

Seriously, the more I learn about Ethereum, the less I like it. Full disclosure: I sold what few ETH I owned several months ago, for reasons related to "The DAO" mess.

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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,...


This is what a movement for change looks like "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today is the fourth day of our member drive. Monday I shared with you our passion for this message and the huge demand there is for it. Tuesday I explained the problem we're trying to solve; the need to change our cultural conversation around growth and development. Yesterday, I talked about how we're taking that on, how our focus on growing a movement of people is the only approach that measures up to the challenge we face.

I am going to ask you today, once again, to join us. Become one of the first 2,000 members of Strong Towns, one of the #2000Strong. But first, let me show you what our change movement looks like.

Join the Strong Towns Movement

Here are the 1,750 members we have as of yesterday. This is where they live. These are the communities they care about. This map blows me away.

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Every U.S. state. Across Canada, Europe, Australia, in Mexico and even a member in Southeast Asia (you are awesome, by the way). This is not our readership. This is not our podcast listeners. These are the people that have said: The Strong Towns message is so important, I want more people to hear it and so I'm going to become a member. These people are the reason I get up every day excited about what we do.

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Here's a map of just our North American members. Put that image through your left/right, urban/rural, coastal/flyover preconception of the country.

It just doesn't compute with the way we think about America today. Especially when we think about people agreeing on complex and deeply personal issues.

These are our members and, each day that goes by,...


BREAKING: Many feared dead as train rams into trailer in Lagos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Four persons have been confirmed dead as a train derailed and rammed into a trailer at Abattoir area of Agege. The Four persons were hanging on the train while others sustained injuries. The train, on derailing, was also said to have rammed into a trailer, leaving many killed and injured. Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and the state police command confirmed the deaths. Olarinde Famous-Cole, the states police spokesman, the train rammed into a trailer, injuring many and leaving an unconfirmed number of victims feared dead.  ...

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Chinas Xi speaks with Saudi king: state media "IndyWatch Feed War"


BEIJING (Reuters) Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with Saudi Arabias King Salman by telephone on Thursday, Chinese state media reported.

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FILE PHOTO: Chinas President Xi Jinping (R) and Saudi Arabias King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud shake hands during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 16, 2017. REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/POOL/File Photo

No matter how the international or regional situation may change, Chinas resolve to deepen cooperation with Saudi Arabia would not change, Xi said, according to the report.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard


Boycott products from states with dirty energy "IndyWatch Feed World"

Consumer pressure could encourage regions to switch from fossil fuels to cleaner sources of electricity.


Cambodian opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court, as Hun Sen clears path to 2018 election "IndyWatch Feed War"

Cambodias Prime Minister Hun Sen waits to attend the Independence Day celebrations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia CREDIT: HENG SINITH/AP

By Agence France-Presse

Cambodias Supreme Court has ordered the countrys main opposition party be dissolved, in one of the biggest blows yet to democratic aspirations in the Southeast Asian state.

The verdict Thursday, which was widely expected, is seen as the latest move by authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen to remove threats to his power ahead of elections next year.

The government accused the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party of involvement in a plot to topple the government and asked the judiciary to dissolve it.

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Party officials have denied the charges, saying they are politically motivated.

Hun Sen, a firebrand former Khmer Rouge fighter who has held office for 32 years, had already promised a guilty verdict would be delivered on Thursday.

The case against the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the countrys main opposition party, could see over 100 politicians banned from office for five years.

That would be a crushing blow to a movement that has been battered by legal attacks since it nearly unseated Hun Sen in the last national election in 2013.



Gowdy cops out: Haven't met threshold for appointing special counsel to investigate Clinton "IndyWatch Feed World"

On Wednesday's broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom," House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair and House Judiciary Committee member Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) argued that the threshold for appointing a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton hasn't been reached, and the needed investigations into Clinton can be done without one.


6 Democrats introduce 5 Articles of Impeachment against President Trump "IndyWatch Feed World"

A sextet of House Democrats introduced five articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump today - from obstruction of justice for interfering in the Russia investigation to making charges of fake news against the media from the bully pulpit. "Article II Section IV of the Constitution of the United States of America was drafted for a time such as this and a president such as Trump," Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, told reporters at a news conference at the Capitol today. "This president has committed misdeeds that merit impeachment."


The Superhero Complex: Are We Incapable of Saving Ourselves? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Superhero Complex: Are We Incapable of Saving Ourselves? by Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds If we felt empowered in daily life, would we be so enamored of superheroes constantly saving our world from destruction? Its been widely...

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Top Officials Skip Nafta Talks as Mexico, Canada Digest U.S. Proposals "IndyWatch Feed War"

Fifth round of talks focusing on technical details of the U.S. proposals opposed by trade partners

Trucks wait in the queue for border customs control to cross into U.S. at the World Trade Bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
Trucks wait in the queue for border customs control to cross into U.S. at the World Trade Bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. PHOTO: DANIEL BECERRIL/REUTERS

As officials for the U.S., Canada and Mexico convene in Mexico City this week for talks to remake the North American Free Trade Agreement, the countries top trade officials will stay home, leaving their working-level teams to dig into the most difficult issues.

Their absence captures the difficult state of the Nafta talks at the moment: Still in the technical phases, with Mexico and Canada digesting contentious U.S. proposals like stricter rules for the proportion of a vehicles components that must originate in North America, and in the U.S., to avoid tariffs.

Officials had originally hoped to complete the talks before years end, but...


What do Britain and Greece have in common? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The mainstream media rarely draw attention to the ongoing collapse in the value of UK workers wages.

They rarely bother to explain that the real terms value of workers' wages are lower than they were 10 years ago, and that this decline is set to continue into the 2020s.

They rarely bother to explain that the percentage of people living in poverty despite being in working families has been soaring.

And they steadfastly ignore the fact that the only country in the developed world that has suffered a comparably severe collapse in the value of workers' wages is crisis-stricken Greece.

To hear Tories scaremongering that the UK could end up like Greece if the public don't re-elect the Tory party is utterly laughable. Wealthy Tory MPs and their cheerleaders in the right-wing press may be financially insulated from the dire consequences of their austerity wealth transfer con but ordinary working people certainly aren't.

Judged by the collapse in the value of our wages, the UK has already ended up like Greece in the experience of ordinary working people.

We all know that prices have been rising way faster than wages. 

We've all seen people we know struggling on exploitative zero hours contracts, and fake self-employment scams in the gig economy. 



ASPM Fixes, SR-IOV Improvements & Other PCI Improvements For Linux 4.15 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

There are a lot of PCI changes that have built up for the Linux 4.15 kernel cycle...


Mama, were drowning! Six missing in deadly flash floods while new rainstorm strikes West Attica "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Six people are still missing in the flash floods that covered towns of West Attica with tons of mud on Wednesday and cost the life to 15 people.Twenty three people have been injured, majority of them were almost drowned. Others were hit by rubble and other items during the disaster. One 83-year-old woman remains intubated

The post Mama, were drowning! Six missing in deadly flash floods while new rainstorm strikes West Attica appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


The United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia Created and Funded ISIS "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia Created and Funded ISIS

Western-backed militants are in retreat, Bashar al-Assad remains president, Hezbollah has stretched its wings regionally, Israeli power is in decline, and Iran is on the rise. Not a pretty result for Washingtons multi-billion dollar investment in the Syrian conflict, especially if it was intended to change the map of the region to favor U.S. interests.


Your pill spies on you "IndyWatch Feed World"


by Jon Rappoport

November 15, 2017

Source: NY Times, 11/13, First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical Big Brother.

Heres the new equation: A medicine is a pill is a sensor that reports when you took the pill. Read More


Frantz Fanon and the Construction of the Colonial Subject "IndyWatch Feed War"

Frantz Fanon and the Construction of the Colonial Subject: Defining The Enemy in the Iraq War

The invasion of Iraq by the United States has been correctly seen by the left as an expression of US imperialism.1 In the period after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States was freed of the political and military constraints on its exercise of global power, such as they were, that the Soviet Union once offered.2 The United States has sought to make full use of this opportunity to demonstrate to allies, potential competitors (e.g., China), and rogue states alike that it will not allow any state to challenge its position as the sole global superpower. In this context, the Iraq war represents an attempt to solidify the global hegemony of US-led neoliberalism. As a result, the left critique of the war, at least within the academy, h...


Bad French mammal news "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 2015 video is called Mammals of metropolitan France.

From Radio France International, 16 November 2017:

Bats, bears, wolves endangered

Which brings me to the other, contrasting, story in Le Monde.

This is the bad news.

It turns out that one-third of French mammal species are at risk of disappearing. Things were poor when the first scientific census was carried out in 2009. But theyve gotten considerably worse since.

Of the 125 species of mammals living in France, one-third are either in grave danger or vulnerable.

Bats, bears, wolves and lynx are among the threatened beasts.

Pollution, intensive agriculture and pesticides are the main killers, with climate change putting additional pressure on species already finding it difficult to share the countryside with Homo sapiens.



'The Atlantic' commits journalistic malpractice by selectively editing WikiLeaks DMs "IndyWatch Feed World"

Everyone was buzzing about the shocking, bombshell new report by The Atlantic yesterday, which revealed that Donald Trump Jr. and the WikiLeaks Twitter account had engaged in a "largely one-sided" conversation in private messages over the course of several months. Don Jr. actually comes off looking fairly normal in the report, while WikiLeaks comes off looking weird and sleazy in a way that will likely damage its reputation even further than the mainstream media campaign to smear the outlet already has. WikiLeaks is seen asking for favors Trump never fulfilled, making recommendations Trump Jr. didn't act upon, and asking for leaks Trump Jr. never gave them, which when you step back and think about it are actually fairly normal things for a leak outlet to do, all things considered. But the following passage from the Atlantic report makes the whole thing look far darker: It is the third reason, though, Wikileaks wrote, that "is the real kicker." "If we publish them it will dramatically improve the perception of our impartiality," Wikileaks explained. "That means that the vast amount of stuff that we are publishing on Clinton will have much higher impact, because it won't be perceived as coming from a 'pro-Trump' 'pro-Russia' source."


China and the CIA Are Competing to Fund Silicon Valleys AI Startups "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The U.S. intelligence community is upping its early-stage investments in machine-learning companies but Beijing is pouring in far more.

A trio of new investments in Silicon Valley machine-learning startups shows that the U.S. intelligence community is deeply interested in artificial intelligence. But China is investing even more in these kinds of U.S. companies, and that has experts and intelligence officials worried.

Founded to foster new technology for spies, the 17-year-old In-Q-Tel has also helped boost commercial products. (Its investment in a little company called Keyhole helped produce Google Maps.) Compared to a venture capitalist firm whose early-stage investments are intended to make some money and get out, the nonprofits angle is longer term, less venture, more strategic, according to Charlie Greenbacker, In-Q-Tels technical product leader in artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, analytics, and data science.


November 17 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

284  Diocletian was proclaimed emperor by his soldiers.

1183 The Battle of Mizushima.

1292 (O.S.) John Balliol became King of Scotland.

1511 Spain and England allied against France.

1558 Elizabethan era began: Queen Mary I of England died and was succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth I of England.

1603 English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh went on trial for treason.

1659 The Peace of the Pyrenees is signed between France and Spain.

1749   Nicolas Appert, French chef, inventor of canning, was born (d. 1841)

1777  Articles of Confederation are submitted to the states for ratification.

1796 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Arcole  French forces defeated the Austrians in Italy.

1800 The United States Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C.

1811  Jos Miguel Carrera, Chilean founding father, was sworn in as President of the executive Junta of the government of Chile.

1812 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi.

1820 Captain Nathaniel Palmer became the first American to see Antarctica.

1831  Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia.

1855 David Livingstone became the first European to see the Victoria Falls.

1858 Modified...


Ridiculous straight panic is my new band name "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Take it away, Samantha Allen:

Remember how I joked that that there arent enough of ussomething like 1.4 million transgender people in the United Statesto go around? Our rarity also makes the internet a lifeline for usjust as it is for any other minorityallowing us to connect with each other across great distances and feel less alone.

So its especially unfortunate that we cant talk about a vast swath of human experience without being surveilled by people who are obsessed with hating us.

Those haters act as if were complaining that no one wants us when what were really complaining aboutmore often than notis that the people who do want us cant seem to be chill about it.

The same survey that found that 27 percent of Americans wouldnt be friends with a transgender person also found that four percent of Americans said that they had been on a date with a transgender person in the last year.

Considering that just 0.3 percent of the population is estimated to be transgender, that is staggering. Unless theres a small handful of transgender people who are cleaning up while everyone else stays home, it means that a great number of us are dating. But tellingly, the survey also found that over 25 percent of people wouldnt tell anyone if they did have sex with a transgender person.

The fact that transgender people are desirable is one of societys worst kept secrets. And people are still trying to keep that a secret because theyre worried what other people would think about them if they slept with us.

Im so over this panic, too.

Read more here.



The elephant in the room: addressing corruption in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There is a general consensus that Papua New Guinea (PNG) is in a deep financial crisis. The country is in desperate need of help from both within and outside PNG. The political and bureaucratic leadership is working hard to sustain the country under this financial climate.

The Government has reached out to the international community for financial assistance. There are some positive responses, which is encouraging for the country. However, this is a temporary measure and not sustainable. The real challenge is dealing with the elephant in the room corruption which permeates all aspects of PNG society. Unless PNG tackles this problem head on, any external or internal interventions to financially rescue the country will be futile.

The new Government has acknowledged that improving governance is crucial to the future of PNG. The Government is now embarking on several initiatives to improve governance systems to restore confidence in the government and its systems and processes. The Constitutional and Law Reform Commission (CLRC) has been party to many of these initiatives and it is in this context that I would like to share with you these proposals.

If PNG is to improve governance and encourage investment in the private sector, and strengthen its bureaucracy to deliver basic and other services to the people, the new Government must first of all combat corruption as its number one priority.

Corruption is a major problem for PNG. In 2016, it ranked 136 on the Transparency Internationals Corruption Perception Index, the same ranking as Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Myanmar and Nigeria. As one of the most corrupt countries in the world, PNG has a huge task ahead to improve this image. PNG signed on to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 22 December 2004 and ratified it on 16 July 2007.

In 2011, the Government launched the National Anti-Corruption Strategy. After the 2102 National Elections, the ONeill Government supported the establishment of an inter-government anti-corruption unit called Task Force Sweep to investigate and prosecute crimes of corruption. This team was disbanded about two years later when the Prime Minister was implicated in a corruption scandal.

The Government, however, in 2014 proceeded to request that Parliament approve the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) by amending the Constitution. A new Division VIII.3 under Section 220 of the Constitution was inserted through Constitutional Amendment No. 40, enabling the establishment of ICAC. This constitutional amendment paves the way for the enactment of an Organic Law on the Independent Commission Against Corruption and its full establishment.

In 2015, the Parliament took carriage of the proposed ICAC Organic Law Bill. The Bill was referred to the Parl...


When You Work for the Devil, You Get What You Deserve "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When you lay down with the devil, you will get burned. The emp;loyees of the Mandalay Bay Hotel are learning this lesson the hard way.



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Reforma da Previdncia mira no passado e pode ficar obsoleta antes de vigorar plenamente "IndyWatch Feed"

A reforma da Previdncia nasceu como um monstrengo devorador de velhinhos, mas, ao que tudo indica, vai se tornar um ajuste sutil, se tanto, no setor de seguridade social. O problema, segundo especialistas ouvidos por The Intercept Brasil, que h grandes chances de que, quando as mudanas comearem a valer plenamente, elas tenham um impacto pouco significante.

Antes de irmos em frente, preciso dizer que no h grandes dvidas quanto necessidade de uma reforma da Previdncia. A populao brasileira est envelhecendo extremamente rpido. Hoje, para cada brasileiro com mais de 65 anos, existem nove em idade produtiva. J em 2060, segundo especialistas, teremos duas pessoas na labuta para cada aposentado.

Alm disso, pouca gente se lembra, mas o sistema pblico de aposentadorias tem, ou deveria ter, uma funo social, de distribuio de renda e de combate desigualdade. A ideia, basicamente, fazer com que aqueles ainda em condio de trabalhar ajudem a sustentar os idosos.

S que esse sistema, do jeito que hoje, no funciona bem, principalmente por causa da aposentadoria por tempo de contribuio. Hoje, os brasileiros em geral podem receber o benefcio por dois caminhos. No primeiro, para se aposentar por idade, precisam ter no mnimo 60 anos, no caso das mulheres, ou 65 anos, no caso dos homens. Tambm precisam ter contribudo por pelo menos 15 anos. O segundo caminho por tempo de contribuio. Basta ter contribudo por 30 anos, para mulheres, e 35 anos para homens, para garantir a aposentadoria.

Sistema desigual

Isso permite que um sujeito que comea a trabalhar aos 20 anos se aposente aos 55. Esse modelo, segundo o coordenador de Previdncia do Instituto de Pesquisa Econmica Aplicada (Ipea), Rogrio Nagamine, favorece aqueles que tm condies de ficar trs dcadas e meia sem...


Theft: US-backed SDF forces seize second largest oil field in Deir Ezzor "IndyWatch Feed World"

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) - The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have seized the second largest oil field in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, the official Twitter account for the group announced on Tuesday. According to the group, the Deir Ezzor Military Council took control of the Al-Tanak Oil Field in rural Deir Ezzor after expelling the Islamic State (ISIS) elements from the area. As a result of this advance, the Syrian Democratic Forces now control two of the largest oil field in Deir Ezzor. Previously, the Syrian Democratic Forces seized the Al-'Umar Oil Field after the Islamic State's complete withdrawal from this area along the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.


The reception for the Loughinisland documentary No Stone Unturned shows that legacy issues will stay marginalised "IndyWatch Feed"

The low key reception given to the documentary No Stone Unturned, the film documentary on the UVF  murders  of six  randomly selected Catholics in their local Loughinisland  pub in 1994 which is currently being  given a brief screening at the Queens Film Theatre, is the latest example of how presumed familiarity with the underlying problems of  Northern Ireland has produced if not quite contempt, at least widespread deadening  indifference.

Warm congratulations nevertheless go to The Detail team especially their reporter Barry McCaffrey who cooperated closely with the filmmaker Alex Gibney to produce a convincing piece which is low on rhetoric and trails no political coat.  But the essential collaborators were the Police Ombudsman Michael Maguire and his team who  in a powerful report last year exposed the extent of collusion,  and an RUC detective who described  vividly how he was  thwarted by the Special Branch from pursuing  inquiries with those who always were and remain the suspects.  When the identity of an anonymous written confession obtained by McCaffrey was revealed, it allowed the films producers to begin to match names to the anonymised identities of Maguires 2016 report which quashed the whitewash that was his predecessors account.

The focus of the documentary expands from the Loughinisland findings of protecting one of the killers who was a police informer to the  notorious Glenanne Gang and thence to the widest claims of collusion between the authorities and loyalist paramilitaries.

The linkage to the top is plausible but so far unproven. What is discredited is the  bad apple theory which blames only  errant police officers for the murder of innocent Catholics up to 70 the film said, taking place after the Loughinisland killings of 1994.

And there the matter rests, with whatever effect on the peace process. As the BBCs great investigator John Ware asked in the film: what did the tangled web that was collusion actually gain?  Did it become simply a deadly habit?



Nederland Schendt Internationaal Recht "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nederlandse overheid en bedrijven in zee met foute Isralische supermarkt

Opnieuw blijkt de Nederlandse ambassade in Tel Aviv zich te hebben ingelaten met een fout Isralisch bedrijf. Ook bedrijven als Campina blijken zaken te doen met supermarktketen Shufersal.


The hunt for rogue IS fighters in Iraq's vast desert "IndyWatch Feed War"


Small groups of IS militants who managed to escape fighting are roaming the northern Iraqi countryside, ambushing military convoys


Liquid Gold: Pain Doctors Soak Up Profits By Screening Urine For Drugs "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Spending on urine screens and related genetic tests quadrupled from 2011 to 2014 to an estimated $8.5 billion a year more than the budget of the EPA


Washington's Wonderful World of Corruption "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington's Wonderful World of Corruption
Top officials sell out to anyone for anything


Jews and Syrians main targets of hate speech in Turkish media: report "IndyWatch Feed War"


Religious and nationalist newspapers have repeatedly targeted minority groups as the cause of Turkey's troubles, says NGO


Stanford Review on disruption of Robert Spencer event: the activists in the crowd disgraced themselves "IndyWatch Feed War"

This article proceeds on the assumption that I am some kind of demagogue and those who support me are racist, redneck yahoos, but Sam Wolfe is at least honest enough to admit that the Stanford fascist communitys disruption and destruction of the event was a disgrace. We didnt descend to Berkeley-level depravity. Not quite. You []


Another Shady App Found Pre-Installed on OnePlus Phones that Collects System Logs "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The OnePlus Saga Continues Just a day after the revelation of the hidden Android rooting backdoor pre-installed on most OnePlus smartphones, a security researcher just found another secret app that records tons of information about your phone. Dubbed OnePlusLogKit, the second pre-installed has been discovered by the same Twitter user who goes by the pseudonym "Elliot Alderson" and


Pakistan Rejects China Dam Aid; Stuns Chinas One Belt One Road Planners "IndyWatch Feed War"

File photo used for representational purpose

In a jolt to OBOR, Pakistan rejects China dam aid

Saibal Dasgupta | TNN | Updated: Nov 16, 2017, 11:33 IST

Pakistan has turned down Chinas offer of assistance for the $14-billion Diamer-Bhasha Dam
Islamabad is learnt to have asked China to take the project out of the CPEC
The project is located in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), which is claimed by India
File photo used for representational purposeFile photo used for representational purpose

BEIJING: Pakistan has turned down Chinas offer of assistance for the $14-billion Diamer-Bhasha Dam+ , according to a leading Pakistan daily.

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Diamer-Bhasha Dam under construction

Moreover, Islamabad is learnt to have asked China to take the project out of the $60 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and allow it to build the dam on its own. The project is located in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), which is claimed by India.

The Asian Development Bank had earlier refused+ to finance the project because it was to come up in a disputed territory. Express Tribune cited a top official saying Pakistan would prefer to self-finance the project instead of accepting extremely tough conditions set by Chinese companies.

Sources in Pakistan said international lenders were linking serious conditions with the provision of funding, and the project cost had reached $14 billion against the original estimates of $5 billion.

Express Tribune quoted chairman of Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Muzammil Hussain as saying, Chinese conditions for financing the Diamer-Bhasha Dam were not doable and against our interests.


Hussain said this while briefing the public accounts committee (PAC) of parliament, and added that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has approved a plan to finance the dam from the countrys own resources.

The report caused huge surprise to knowledgeable sources...


MESA_program_binary_formats Added To The OpenGL Registry "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Intel developers have seen their MESA_program_binary_formats extension added to the official OpenGL registry...


Monsanto sues California over glyphosate cancer warnings "IndyWatch Feed World"

Agrochemical giant Monsanto and US farm groups are suing California to stop the state from issuing cancer warnings on the company's herbicide glyphosate, which farmers use on genetically engineered crops. California has added glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, to a list of cancer-causing chemicals. The state acted after the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently ruled glyphosate a carcinogen. IARC said that along with other Monsanto chemicals Roundup could cause Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, autism, and cancer. In the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in California, Monsanto and groups representing corn, soy, and wheat farmers rejected that glyphosate causes cancer. They said the state's requirement for warnings would force sellers of products containing the chemical to spread false information. "Such warnings would equate to compelled false speech, directly violate the First Amendment, and generate unwarranted public concern and confusion," Monsanto's Vice President of global strategy Scott Partridge said in a statement.


Amid the carnage in Yemen, civilians also face consequences of the US war on terror "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Six months after US Navy Seals raided their village in search of al Qaeda jihadis, neither the mental or physical wounds endured by the Adhal family are healing. Twelve-year-old Othman Mohammed Saleh al Adhal spoke quietly, focussing on the middle distance rather than his interviewers, as he recounted what happened in tiny Adhlan in Yemen's Marib province on 23 May. "I was sleeping outside because it was hot," he said. "Then you could hear the planes and helicopters. I was scared so I ran back to the house to find my mum. That's when an American appeared. I screamed ... He shot me twice." Othman gestured to his forearms, both of which bear bullet wound scarring. By the time the gun battle died down an hour later and Othman found his mother, she was weeping over the bodies of his two older brothers.


Why Core Inflation is Rising & What it Means for Fed Rate Hikes "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Why Core Inflation is Rising & What it Means for Fed Rate Hikes by Wolf Richter Wolf Street Yellen was right to brush off transitory factors of low inflation. Consumer prices, as measured by CPI for October, rose 2.0%...

The post Why Core Inflation is Rising & What it Means for Fed Rate Hikes appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Theresa May Attacks Russia: Whatever It is, Moscow is Behind It "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The PM announced that the next election would officially take place on March 29, 2019. As recent polls show, if another general election was held today, it would result in a Labor Party victory. The situation is desperate.


Chuck Ochelli Sorts Through the JFK Dump "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The squirt of JFK documents from the government archives that I reported on earlier became a veritable dump last week when 13,000 more documents were released. Joining us to sort through this mess is host of The Ochelli Effect, Chuck Ochelli, aka The Blind JFK Researcher.


Americas Greatest Serial Criminal-Here She Goes Again "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There she goes again, stealing and dealing. She is Americas most notorious serial criminal. What has she done now?





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Imo 2019: Iwuanyanwu, Dozie, Ahamba, Anyanwu Insist on Owerri Zone producing governorship slot. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

*As Leaders converge to Strategize on way forward The quest for the 2019 governorship slot in Imo State has indeed More


Top 5 Top Veterans Stories in Todays News Nov. 16, 2017 - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Kabul: Explosion rocks Afghan capital near political gathering, seven dead "IndyWatch Feed War"

Weapons seized by the local government in Bala Bolok district of Farah Province in early October

Weapons seized by the local government in Bala Bolok district of Farah Province in early October

KABUL (Reuters) At least seven people were killed and many wounded in a suicide bomb blast that in the Afghan capital on Thursday near a gathering of supporters of regional leader Atta Mohammad Noor, according to the interior ministry.

Noor is the governor of the northern province of Balkh and a leader of the mainly ethnic Tajik Jamiat-i-Islami party.

The explosion was the latest in a wave of violence in Afghanistan that has killed and wounded thousands of civilians this year.

Political tensions are up as politicians have begun jockeying for position ahead of presidential elections expected in 2019.

A spokesman for the interior ministry said the suicide bomber approached a hotel hosting the gathering in the Khair Khana district of Kabul, on foot. The dead included five policemen and two civilians, and many more were wounded.

President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday sacked the chairman of the Independent Election Commission, raising doubts over whether parliamentary and council ballots scheduled for next year will take place as planned.

Reporting by Hamid Shalizi; Editing by Nick Macfie, Robert Birsel


The Staff Union of the EPO (SUEPO) is Rightly Upset If Not Shocked at What Battistelli and Bergot Are Doing to the Office "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The shock is probably years behind as this was foreseen/expected by many insiders

A militant EPO

Summary: The EPOs dictatorial management is destroying everything thats left (of value) at the Office while corrupting academia and censoring discussion by threatening those who publish comments (gagging its own staff even when that staff posts anonymously)

THE EPO is racing to the bottom. Its rushing to the very bottom of patent quality, just like in China a recipe for plenty of litigation and trolls (threat of litigation alone can help extract protection money).

SUEPOs response to the EPOs latest changes (effective weeks from now) was covered yesterday based on internal communications. These are changes which would definitely breed corruption, as we explained yesterday (as far as we are aware, we were the first to cover this).

WIPR wrote a puff piece with only quotes/comments from the patent microcosm, but the following is at least airing the response of SUEPO. To quote some portions:

In an internal memo, the Staff Union of the European Patent Office (SUEPO) described the move as Kafkaesque.

The outgoing EPO president Benot Battistelli entered the proposal alongside the EPOs director of human resources Elodie Bergot at the Budget and Finance Committees meeting on 24 October.

SUEPO revealed that the proposal was met with criticism from the budget and finance committee, particularly from representatives for Italy, the UK, Poland, and Germany.

According to SUEPO, Battistelli took issue with the criticism, intimating that it was his prerogative to govern until the last day of his mandate.

Battistelli is understood to have argued that the proposal had no financial implications and therefore he was free to push it through to the administrative council in December without the consent of the budget and finance committee.

SUEPO said that there is a serious risk that this plan will blow up.




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A year through anarchist eyes: 1950 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Rob Ray takes a unique run through the pages of Freedom in 1950, a time when anarchism was in a pretty dire state, but was starting to gain traction via a focus fighting issues such as capital punishment, nuclear weapons and militarism, which would characterise some of anarchisms biggest campaigns later in the decade. The


The Biggest Threat to World Peace Is NATO "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Biggest Threat to World Peace Is NATO Eric Zuesse On November 8th, Britains Daily Mail bannered NATO tells Europe to prepare for rapid deployment: and sub-headed Defence chiefs say roads, bridges and rail links must be improved in case tanks and heavy vehicles need to be quickly mobilised (to invade Russia, but the newspapers []


French workers fight Macrons government of the rich "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 10 October 2017 video is called United Power: 5 million French workers to protest Macrons reforms.

Today, French trade unions organise protests everywhere in the country against the anti-worker policies of President Macron.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The joint trade union federations that organize todays action day say that Macron is doing a liberal [in the sense of pro-Big Business; not in the United States sense] course that increases inequality and favours a minority. This complaint is not unjustified. Research shows that the richest French people benefit most from Macrons tax plans. Economist ric Heyer: For pensioners, civil servants and part of the middle class they actually make things worse.

From Jacobin magazine in the USA:

Macrons Gift to the Rich

Cole Stangler

Surprise, surprise: Emmanuel Macrons first budget slashes taxes on wealth and guts social spending.

Anyone with lingering doubts about whether the moniker President of the Rich fits Frances Emmanuel Macron could safely put them to rest this month, upon publication of his first b...


UK coverup revealed: migrants head 90% of new households "IndyWatch Feed War"

Successive British governments have been accused of misleading the public on mass migrations effect on the housing crisis, in a report revealing migrants headed 90 per cent of new households in England over the past decade. This report provides information about the housing crisis induced by unchecked immigration and about the fact that British authorities []


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 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(Natural News) The pharma drug cartel has become not just a total joke to medicine and science, but increasingly a threat to the health and safety of the American people. In the latest medical hoax to generate profit from the mass medication of nearly everyone, the American Heart Association a quack medicine front group for the pharmaceutical industry announced a new definition of high blood pressure that means half of U.S. adults suddenly have a disease requiring treatment with high-profit pharmaceuticals.

This total quackery of disease definition creep is one of the favorite ploys of the profit-driven drug cartels in the United States. (Its called Disease Mongering.) A few years ago, high cholesterol was redefined as part of a tactic to boost statin drug sales (which now generate billions in revenue each year). Suddenly, doctors all across the country were prescribing statin drugs to patients who, just a week earlier, had no disease at all. But thanks to the AHAs collusion with the drug industry to artificially lower the acceptable level of cholesterol in the body, tens of millions of Americans were spontaneously diagnosed with high cholesterol.

Overmedication of the population, you see, has become Big Pharmas primary business model. And to achieve higher sales, the drug companies have to convince more and more people that theyre sick (even when theres nothing wrong with them at all).

Drug companies are in the business of convincing mo...


U.S. Agreement With ISIS Let Thousands of Terrorists Flee Raqqa "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. Agreement With ISIS Let Thousands of Fighters Flee Raqqa: Report Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty A picture taken on October 28 shows a fighter of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walking through an empty rubble-filled street surrounded by damaged buildings in the Syrian city of Raqqa. The U.S.-led coalition was reportedly party to a deal that []


F2FS For Linux 4.15 Brings Some Enhancements, Changes For Android "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The F2FS file-system changes have been submitted for the Linux 4.15 kernel merge window...


How to generate random JSON data structures "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Yesterday I wrote a random JSON data structure generator for my next site Online Random Tools. Here's a quick article about what my thought process was when I was writing it.

1. What's a good name for this function? generateRandomJson sounds good. Let's put it in code:

function generateRandomJson () {

2. So what is a JSON data structure? It's one of number, string, boolean, array or object. So let's put it in code:

var choices = ["number", "string", "boolean", "array", "object"];
var choice = chooseOne(choices);

function chooseOne(choices) {
  return choices[parseInt(Math.random()*choices.length)];

3. What is a number? It's an integer or a floating point. Negative or positive. Let's put that in code:

if (choice == "number") {
  return generateRandomNumber();

function generateRandomNumber () {
  var maxNum = 2**32;
  var number = Math.random()...


Scientists: Population Growth Primary Driver Behind Ecological and Societal Threats "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A bit late in the game, experts are finally depicting population growth as the driver of threats like climate change.


Amish people have mutant gene that makes them live 10 years longer "IndyWatch Feed World"

An age-defying mutation found in the genes of Amish people appears to be boosting their lifespan. Individuals carrying a single non-functional copy of the gene SERPINE1 live an average of 10 years longer than other members of their communities, according to new research. The study was carried out with the Old Order Amish of Indiana, who generally avoid the trappings of modern society, including electricity, cars and medicine. "They don't take advantage of modern medicine in general, so the fact that the carriers have a median lifespan of nearly 85 is rather remarkable," said Dr Douglas Vaughan, a cardiovascular specialist at Northwestern University who co-authored the study, published in Science Advances. Of the 177 people tested, 43 had the mutation. Ageing is one of the most challenging biological processes to understand, so finding a single mutation that has such a dramatic effect is unusual. "There's been an enormous challenge in identifying genetic predictors of a long lifespan," said Dr Vaughan. Ageing comes with numerous symptoms. What is notable about this mutation is that it seems to address so many of those, with effects ranging from protection against diabetes to maintenance of cardiovascular elasticity. "We're talking about something that appears to have an effect at molecular levels, at hormonal levels, at tissue levels, and plays out with people having a longer lifespan," said Dr Vaughan. The mutation results in longer telomeres - caps at the end of DNA strands that protect the chromosomes. Shortening of telomeres has been implicated in the process of ageing, which may explain the mutation's life-enhancing effects. Two copies of this non-functional gene, however, have quite the opposite effect. Instead of protecting individuals from disease, it is linked with excessive bleeding following injury. As the peoples with two copies - so-called heterozygous individuals - are so healthy, it is unlikely their mutation would have been observed were it not for the homozygous individuals with two copies, who present with this obvious illness. In the general population, Dr Vaughan said, similar mutations might occur at a rate of around one in 70,000 people. The fact that Amish people tend to be more interrelated than the wider population owing to their insular communities might explain the relative prevalence of the SERPINE1 mutation. In terms of learning about the genetics underlying complex processes like ageing, Dr Vaughan suggests that this provides an excellent example for future work. "Looking at unique populations like this might be more informative than broad genetic studies in normal populations," he said.


DRM Updates Land For Linux 4.15; Torvalds: "There's Something Odd About DRM People" "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Overnight the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) display/graphics driver updates were sent out and ultimately pulled into the mainline kernel for Linux 4.15. This doesn't yet include though the separate AMDGPU DC pull request...


Toilet Paper PUCKS! Amazing invention for NUMBER 2s! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Toilet Paper PUCKS! Amazing invention for NUMBER 2s! Video Canadian Prepper Ive shown you the toilet paper tablets, brace yourself for something bigger and better! The Wysiwipe large compressed towel is an amazing addition to any bug out bag,...

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America"s Righteous Russia-gate Censorship "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Arriving behind the anti-Trump resistance and the Russia-gate scandal is a troubling readiness to silence dissent in the U.S., shutting down information that challenges Official Narratives, writes Robert Parry.

Turkey's gun culture: Sales soar as one in three households owns a firearm "IndyWatch Feed War"


Eighty percent of violent crime involves guns, NGO says, as it reports gun ownership has soared from 20 million to 25 million in one year


U.S. Agreement With ISIS Let Thousands of Fighters Flee Raqqa: Report "IndyWatch Feed World"

The U.S.-led coalition was reportedly party to a deal that allowed hundreds of Islamic State militant group (ISIS) fighters to leave the besieged eastern city of Raqqa. The agreement saw hardened militants and foreign fighters leave the city with their families in a convoy after months of the city being besieged by a Kurdish-Arab ground force backed by the U.S.-led coalition's airstrikes and tactical advisers, according to a BBC investigation. A spokesperson for the coalition admitted there was a deal agreed by locals and ground forces, but said it was largely coordinated with the Kurds and Arabs fighting the jihadi group on the ground.


Australia Celebrates the YES Vote But I Feel Conned "IndyWatch Feed National"

Front page of The Age 16/11/2017

By Dee McLachlan

I voted Yes in Australias Same-Sex Marriage survey. I probably wont be using the proposed legislation, but I am very happy for friends, who feel they have been liberated given a gift, and a ticket to happiness. And I am also sad for others who feel their world is eroding before them. I just have a wish that all live happy lives.

I did not watch the live announcement, but when I listened to the news, and read the papers this morning, I was stunned by the impact the outcome had on the population. The MSM focused on Penny Wong, the first openly gay politician, as she broke down in tears, and there were ma...


Al-Jaafari: Saudi Regime is living state of hysteria and political deficiency "IndyWatch Feed War"

November 2017 10:51 New York  Syrias Permanent Representative at the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari stressed that the regime of Al Saud and its backers and sponsors are living in a state of hysteria and political deficiency after the Syrian Arab Army defeated their Wahhabi terrorist scheme in Syria. In a statement delivered at the UN []


War between Iran & Saudi Arabia could send oil to $300 per barrel & impoverish the world (video) "IndyWatch Feed World"

An armed conflict between Riyadh and Tehran would have a major impact on oil markets and the global economy. RT asked experts what a war between the two Middle East superpowers would mean for crude prices. If a conflict happens, oil prices could increase 500 percent. "Energy prices will seriously depend on the severity of the conflict. Let's remember the unrecognized Iraqi Kurdistan, which in a state of continuous war exported about 550,000 barrels per day through Turkey. In this connection, we can expect a panic rise in oil price to $150-$200 on the first day of the conflict... If Saudis and Iran attack each other's oil facilities, crude prices can skyrocket to $300," Mikhail Mashchenko, an analyst at the eToro social network for investors told RT.


Developing Countries Win Concessions on Early Climate Action at UN Talks "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A row over the promises rich countries made on climate action before 2020 has been resolved at negotiations in Bonn, with several wins for developing countries.

The UN climate talks plenary in Bonn (Credit: UNclimatechange)

The UN climate talks plenary in Bonn (Credit: UNclimatechange)

Climate talks in Bonn have been held hostage for more than a week over the issue, as poor countries called for a space to hold the rich to account on their promises.

Moroccan diplomats, who were charged with brokering a resolution, found unanimity on Wednesday morning. The final document will put pressure on rich countries to take action on carbon cuts and climate finance.

A request from the like-minded developing country group of negotiators to formally discuss the promises made by the developed world at these talks has threatened to derail other important work fleshing out the rulebook of the Paris Agreement.

Their proposal was not granted. Instead, parties agreed to seven measures that would scrutinise rich countrys action.

These include:

  • Calling on the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres to intervene in the refusal of the majority of parties to ratify the Doha Amendment of the Kyoto Protocol
  • A process to track and report on progress to meeting pre...


One False Flag Attack Piled On Top of Another: How Do We Make It Stop? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

America has had private gun ownership since its inception and there never has been random violence against a multitude of citizens. And now we are supposed to believe that guns are to blame? Las Vegas, Texas, California, when will it end?Here is how to make it stop.  This is the presentation of an anatomy of a false flag.





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Libya: Muslims selling black migrant slaves for as little as $400 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Migrants trying to reach Europe via North Africa are being sold at modern-day slave auctions by smugglers in Libya for as little as $400, a new investigation has revealed..cell phone footage showed African men being sold In the West, the repeated outcry about racism is completely one-sided. These migrants at Libyan slave auctions are black, []


10-year-old unlock his moms iPhone X using his face "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

10-year-old son tricks Face ID to unlock his moms iPhone X

When Apple unveiled its premium flagship smartphone, iPhone X during the September launch event, the USP was the Face ID technology used in the device that will provide full proof security and cannot be tricked.

However, several tests show that Apples Face ID technology can be easily tricked if one has an identical twin or if one uses a specially constructed 3D mask. This has only raised questions over Apples claim of the Face ID being an effective security feature of the iPhone X.

Now, a video of a mom and her 10-year-old kid uploaded on YouTube shows how the kid unlocks his moms iPhone X despite the handset being secured by Face ID. In a video shared by the family on YouTube, they said, We are seeing a flood of videos on YouTube from iPhone users who have gotten their hands on the new iPhone X and are trying to trick the Face ID. When my wife and I received our iPhone X, we had no such intention. However, things changed right after we were done setting up our new iPhones on November 3rd. We were sitting down in our bedroom and were just done setting up the Face IDs, our 10-year-old son walked in anxious to get his hands on the new iPhone X. Right away my wife declared that he was not going to access her phone. Acting exactly as a kid would do when asked to not do something, he picked up her phone and with just a glance got right in.

Although, Apple in its support page has said that the chances of a person unlocking somebody elses iPhone with Face ID is 1 in a million, however, things could be different if you have an identical twin, siblings and for children below the age of 13. For those who are concerned about security, Apple recommended to use a passcode to authenticate.

But, in this particular case, the fifth-grader Ammar Malik could unlock his moms, Sana Sherwanis iPhone X, although there is no striking resemblance between the mom and son. Not only this, when he tried his hands on his dads, Attaullah Malik, iPhone X, he was able to successfully unlock that too.

So, how did the Face ID feature fail in such a scenario?

It is likely that during the repeated testing while making the video would have trained the Face ID on the iPhone to the son accidentally. Heres how Apple describes this process:

Conversely, if Face ID fails to recognize you, but the match quality is higher than a certain threshold and you immediately follow the failure by entering your passcode, Face ID takes another capture and augments its enrolled Face ID data with the newly calculated mathematical representation.

In an interview with WIRED, Malik expressed concern that his son was able to access Sherwanis iPhone X. On the...


An interview with Writer Des Pensable About his Divinity Seeds Trilogy "IndyWatch Feed National"


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Since everyone cant attend the book release heres what you might expect if you were there.

Interviewer: Des Pensable has just published the third and final book of his Divinity Seeds trilogy, Edge of Chaos. Were going to find out a little about him and his story.

Interviewer: Is Des Pensable your real name?

Des Pensable: No. I learnt many years ago that people judge others by the origin of their name. I wanted people to judge me only on the quality of what I write. So I chose a pen name.

The word pensable comes from the French meaning thoughtful. The word dispensable generally is taken to mean something that can be discarded. So Des Pensable is a play on thoughts and concepts that can be used or discarded if you dont like them.

Interviewer: Can you tell us a little about yourself.

Des Pensable: I was born in Sydney Australia and have lived there for most of my life. I was married and have two children and four grandchildren. I went to a public high school; I am a scientist. Ive worked in a range of science jobs in private enterprise and government; Ive travelled extensively around the world and spent considerable time camping and walking in wilderness areas.

Interviewer: You write on a wide range of topics. What is your favourite?

Des Pensable: I have written a lot on the issues surrounding Global Warming lately as I see it as the largest and most serious threat that our civilisation has ever faced. I have researched the data thoroughly and believe the science is correct. Im convinced that if we continue as normal our civilisation will collapse and the survivors will live in a very inhospitable world for centuries to come.

I was pretty fired up on the subject a couple of years ago so I went to Canada and did one of Al Gores Climate Change leadership courses. It was a lot of fun and I met some great people. Since then Ive concentrated on writing short stories, poems and satire about fracking, coal mining, climate change activism, protests and of course global warming politics.

However, my favorite project has been my epic fantasy trilogy Divinity Seeds which has been an epic journey in itself. Its about half a million words long and was written over several years. The third part of the story has just been published.

Interviewer: What inspired you to write an epic fantasy?

Des Pe...


Trump claims America is back post-Asia trip "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump, fresh off a five-country swing through Asia, sought Wednesday to cast his first 10 months on the world stage as an unmitigated success, claiming a great American comeback that has restored the US standing in the world.

The speech, which came as Trump fumed at press coverage of his trip, framed his accomplishments in terms of correcting the mistakes of his predecessors and following through on his promises to voters. But he offered no new announcements on trade or North Korea, two of the top issues he focused on during his trip.
I vowed that we would reaffirm old alliances and form new friendships in pursuit of shared goals. Above all I swore that in every decision, every action I would put the best interest of the American people first. Over the past 10 months traveling the globe and meeting with world leaders, that is exactly what I have done, Trump said from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.
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Anarchist Community Center Celebrates Nine Years in Santa Cruz "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On November 1, SubRosa turned nine years old. SubRosa is an anarchist community space run by a collective of committed volunteers from the Santa Cruz area, freely giving of their energy and time. Located on the south end of Pacific Avenue, it is one of few places in Santa Cruz that is not focused on commerce. SubRosa has books and zines you can't find anywhere else, as well as the Anarchist Lending Library. Meetings, film screenings, music shows, art exhibitions, privacy workshops, and the increasingly popular Really Really Free Market all take place at SubRosa.



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Migrants Sold into Slavery in Libya for as Little as $400 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Tripoli (TeleSUR The country, which formerly had the highest standard of living on the African continent, is now in ruins and housing a major slave market.

An exclusive CNN report has brought Libyas growing slave trade to light.

As migrants fleeing war and terror or simply looking for greater economic opportunities, flow through the Libyan border to Europe, the Libyan coastguard has begun to clamp down on the migration crisis.

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This has left many migrants and their smugglers in a precarious situation. Many migrants, who are now left destitute after having sold everything to be smuggled through Libya, are being forced into slavery.

Migrants are being sold into slavery, for as low as US$400, to perform excruciating labor. Reminiscent of the auctions during the transatlantic slave trade period, migrants are priced based on their physical capabilities. Many are left broken, mentally and physically, as a result of their forced servitude, the report states.

Related: Benghazi Suspect Pleads Not Guilty In US Trial

Earlier this year,  survivors of Libyas slave trade testified to the United Nations on their horrific experiences. The International Organization for Migration, IOM, corroborated these claims by establishing that Libyas slave trade, as The Guardian wrote, has become so normalized that people are being traded in public.

The situation is dire, Mohammed Abdiker, the director of operation and emergencies for the International Organization for Migration, said in a statement after returning from Tripoli in April. Some reports are truly horrifying and the latest reports of slave markets for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages.

Victims reported that they were sold into slavery to pay off debts to their smugglers or to those from whom they borrowed while trying to stay afloat in the African country after their funds ran out. Most migrants are no longer reaching their final destination, many are dying at sea, and as a result, many are opting to repatri...


US Calls Venezuela Global Threat at UN as EU Approves Arms Embargo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Caracas (VZA The US chaired an informal meeting at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Monday to discuss the situation in Venezuela despite a boycott from leading members such as China and Russia.

The crisis in Venezuela today poses a direct threat to international peace and security. Venezuela is an increasingly violent narco-state that threatens the region, the hemisphere, and the world, Washingtons ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, declared during the session.

Also present at the meeting were Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro and UN High Commissioner Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Raad, both vocal critics of the government in Caracas.

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The meeting was also boycotted by Bolivia and Egypt, who objected to Washingtons interference in Venezuelan internal affairs.

The situation in Venezuela is an issue that is entirely the responsibility of Venezuelans and of course does not constitute a threat to international peace and security, said Bolivian UN Ambassador Sacha Llorenty at a press conference alongside his Russian, Chinese, and Venezuelan counterparts Monday.

Thanking the other nations for their support, Venezuelan UN Ambassador Rafael Ramirez denounced the US for abusing its prerogatives as a permanent UNSC member to impose its geopolitical agenda in violation of the UN Charter.

He likewise accused Washington of double standards in its expressed concern for human rights in Venezuela.

It doesnt stop being paradoxical that the United States tries to present itself to the world as a defender of human rights when it applies the death penalty, discriminates against its minorities, mistreats and assaults immigrants, contemplates torture, has prisons like Guantanamo and a long history of wars and invasions, he continued.

Mondays UNSC meeting comes as the European Parliament formally approved an arms embargo against Venezuela as part of what it termed restrictive measures aimed at putting pressure on the Maduro government.

The EU also reporte...


EPO Continues to Disobey the Law on Software Patents in Europe "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Summary: Using the same old euphemisms, e.g. computer-implemented inventions (or CII), the EPO continues to grant patents which are clearly and strictly out of scope

TO say that the EPO operates as though its above the law would be an understatement. We have covered many dozens of examples to that effect.

Our original gripe/complaint about the EPO was solely about software patents in Europe. This actually started under Battistellis predecessor, more so after her as such debacle, but here we are almost a decade later and the EPO continues to disregard the rules. It just refers to software patents as CII in order to give the impression that algorithms are inventions.

Yesterday, the EPOs buddies at IAM published this article which was immediately thereafter copied across from IAM to its new partner site. Jacobacci & Partners Andrea Perronance repeated the term CII (they dont even want to say software, so they say computer instead) and here is the core of it. It came into effect a fortnight ago:

The European Patent Office Guidelines 2017 were recently published on the European Patent Office (EPO) website. They entered into force on November 1 2017.

Like the previous edition, this years guidelines include substantial, extensive and comprehensive improvements with regard to guidance on the eligibility of computer-implemented inventions (CII) parts. These parts have been discussed with the European Patent Institute (epi), in particular with the CII sub-committee of the European Patent Practice Committee.

The changes appear mainly in Parts F-IV and G-VII of the European Patent Convention Guidelines (the Patent Cooperation Treaty Guidelines are also available) and deal with the presentation of information eligibility and patentability. There is also a sub...


Israel and Saudi Co-Sponsor Anti-Assad UN Resolution "IndyWatch Feed War"

New York (MEMO Israel, for the first time, has co-sponsored a resolution with Saudi Arabia at the UN. The draft resolution at the Human Rights Council, which was also supported by the US, France, and Germany was submitted against the Assad government, elicited condemnation from the Syrian representative.

The Saudis gave their backing for the resolution condemning violations of human rights by foreign forces in Syria, including Hezbollah and Iranian-backed groups fighting together with the army of Bashar Al-Assad.

Israeli UN Envoy Danny Danon at an Israel Day Concert in New York
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The Saudi ambassador began the discussion on the resolution by accusing the Assad regime of the murder of innocent people, condemning the grave deterioration in the state of human rights in Syria, including indiscriminate killing and intentional attacks against civilians, which caused the death of over 400,000 people, including 17,000 children.

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon echoed the Saudi statement saying that the Assad regime, with full support from Iran, has been slaughtering its people mercilessly and with incomprehensible cruelty for years. Israel, which for years has been providing humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians hurt by these atrocities, stands together with the international community against this murderous regime.

Related: Syria Declares End Of ISIS, But Whats Next

The resolution passed; with 108 countries voting in favor, 17 against and 58 absta...


A Review of the News "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Whenever I need a laugh, I read North Korea propaganda, because it's just funny. I know that they don't mean to be - but they are entertainers.

(Fox News) President Trump should be sentenced to death for calling North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un short and fat, the regimes state media declared Wednesday in an unhinged diatribe blasting Trump as an old lunatic, mean trickster and human reject.

Kim Jong Un, who took exception to be called short and fat
rides around in a "people's tractor", built in Norkland
The editorial published in Rodong Sinmun, the states ruling party newspaper, called Trump a hideous criminal for attempting to unite world leaders against Kim Jong Un and for later insulting the despot in a message he tweeted during Trump's five-country Asia tour, according to a translation published by the states Korean Central News Agency...


Warner Moment: Our Virtuous Enemies "IndyWatch Feed War"

This new edition of the Glazov Gang presents the Dr. Bill Warner Moment with Dr. Bill Warner, the president of Dr. Warner focused on Our Virtuous Enemies, asking us to look carefully at how Islam advances its power. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel. Please donate through our Pay Pal []


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

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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Debt Rattle November 16 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Leonardo da Vinci Salvator Mundi 1513   Landmark Study Links Tory Austerity To 120,000 Deaths (Ind.) Jeremy Corbyn Will Inevitably Become UK Prime Minister Varoufakis (BI) Why Care More About Benefit Scroungers Than Billions Lost To The Rich? (G.) No Evidence Of Russian Interference In Brexit, PM May Admits In

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Venezuela Has Officially Collapsed-Inflation Approaches 3000% "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Venezuela is begging for foreign military intervention as the economy collapses and inflation approaches 3000%. The destitute country possess one of the most abundant oil supplies in the world. Who will get there first? Will It be the Chinese , the Russians or the United States? Venezuela is destined to be the next hot spot on the planet.




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How Iran Came to Be Called The Top State Sponsor of Terrorism instead of Saudi, israel & the USA itself "IndyWatch Feed War"

How Iran Came to Be Called The Top State Sponsor of Terrorism While I happened to be researching another subject, a central question in the investigation came to be how Iran which supplied none of the 9/11 terrorists and no financing to them and no organizing of them, and which hasnt been connected with []


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

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...

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NATO: a Dangerous Paper Tiger "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Chinese have a genius for pithy expressions and few are more packed with meaning, while immediately understandable, than "paper tiger". NATO is one, but paper tigers that overestimate their powers can be dangerous.


Theresa May needed to master the new politics that Brexit demands. But shes failed. This is the death of representative government. "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Simon Jenkins
The Guardian

Britain needed a prime minister to fight for what the public truly wants. Instead, she has driven all sides to extremes

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Theresa May is isolating as rebels and deniers precisely those on whose support any workable deal will depend. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

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Bastards, mutineers, saboteurs, enemies of the people. As the Brexit debate approaches climax, it is running short of terms of abuse. It reverts to the language politics knows best, of the bully in the playground. But this gives it a problem. Todays bastards are not the Brexiters of old: they are yesterdays moderates and pragmatists. Yesterdays wildcats of hard Brexit have become todays loyal insiders.

This is a serious tactical mistake on Theresa Mays part. She is isolating as rebels and Brexit deniers precisely those on whose support any workable deal for leaving the EU will depend. On the other hand, she is giving comfort to the no-dealers and cliff-edgers, who are happy to see the Brussels talks fail and Britain default to the deep blue sea. She has demonised common sense, and forced friend and foe alike to the language of extremes.

The Palace of Westminster presented a grim spectacle on Wednesday afternoon. It was as if the stuffing had been knocked out of the place. It was propped up on all sides with scaffolding, and infested with armed police. Every room was thick with crumpled suits, halitosis and bad temper. In the chamber, debate on Brexit roamed into the night, inconclusive and bitter.

The 2016 referendum was nasty because it collapsed the customary courtesy of partisan politics. Voters had to think for themselves, and the politicians found it distressing. Brexit dug deep into the public subconscious. It brought to the surface the insecurities and angers that underpin the new politics of identity.

On the right, it gave rein to the old Powellite politics of Britishness, and a voice to those left behind by what they see as an aloof cosmopolitanism. Equally, it brought home to the educated middle class that if you fail to persuade a critical mass of minorities of your case, you will lose.



Thousands of scientists issue bleak second notice to humanity "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

To mark the letters 25th anniversary, researchers have issued a bracing follow-up. In a communique published Monday in the journal BioScience, more than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries assess the worlds latest responses to various environmental threats. Once again, they find us sorely wanting.

In 1992, scientists warned humanity about a host of impending ecological disasters. A quarter-century later, most of them have gotten worse.


Firefox "Quantum" Halves Loading Times, Reduces RAM Use by 30% "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

From Firefox's faster, slicker, slimmer Quantum edition now out

This work is being motivated by a few things. First, the Web has changed since many parts of Firefox were initially designed and developed; pages are more dynamic in structure and applications are richer and more graphically intensive. JavaScript is also more complex and difficult to debug. Second, computers now have many cores and simultaneous threads, giving them much greater scope to work in parallel. And security remains a pressing concern, prompting the use of new techniques to protect against exploitation. Some of the rebuilt portions are even using Mozilla's new Rust programming language, which is designed to offer improved security compared to C++.

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What do the tweets of British diplomats tell us about UK Middle East policy? "IndyWatch Feed War"

A study of the Twitter accounts of some British diplomats across the Middle East reveals that UK ambassadors care very deeply about human rights - but only when alleged abuses are carried out by our enemies


South Korea 5.4 earthquake leaves 1,500 homeless, dozens injured "IndyWatch Feed World"

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake that was South Korea's second-strongest in decades damaged infrastructure, injured dozens of people and left about 1,500 homeless, officials said Thursday. No deaths have been reported since the quake rattled the southeastern coastal region around the port city of Pohang on Wednesday afternoon. As of Thursday morning, 1,536 people had been forced to evacuate their homes and 57 people were injured, the Ministry of the Interior and Safety said in a statement. More than 1,000 houses and dozens of other buildings and cars were damaged or destroyed, and cracks and other damage were found in military facilities, bridges, port facilities and water supply facilities. Media images showed crumbled walls piled on damaged cars, broken windows and cracks in buildings.


Somehow I doubt it: Netanyahu threatens israel will act alone against Iran in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Netanyahu threatens Israel will act alone against Iran in Syria  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Retures israel will stop at nothing to contain Iran, even if it has to act alone, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. The PM accused Tehran of plotting to destroy Israel from Syria, where it has been helping fight []


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

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. 



Iran: Shameful Saudi Arabia begged Israel to bomb Lebanon "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Rouhani adds his voice to claims by Hezbollah that Riyadh urged Zionist regime airstrikes against Lebanese targets


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sits during a meeting with Pakistan Army Chief General in Tehran on November 6, 2017. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sits during a meeting with Pakistan Army Chief General in Tehran on November 6, 2017. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia had implored Israel to bomb Lebanon, in what he scornfully said was an unprecedented act by a Muslim country.

It is very reprehensible and shameful for a Muslim country in the region to beg the Zionist regime (Israel) to bomb the people of Lebanon, Rouhani said, backing up an assertion made last week by the head of terror group Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy that seeks to destroy Israel.

It is unprecedented in history for a Muslim country to take such measures, and this indicates the immaturity of the individuals, who have come to power in those countries, Rouhani continued, during a government meeting, Irans Press TV reported.

Last Friday Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah accused Saudi Arabia of asking Israel to launch strikes on Lebanon amid ongoing tension between Riyadh and Tehran.

The most dangerous thing is inciting Israel to strike Lebanon, he said in a televised address. Im talking about information that Saudi Arabia has asked Israel to strike Lebanon.



A Luddites Guide to the Future "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Luddites Guide to the Future
by Bill Bonner

"We were disappointed to see the pedestalnakedforlornits statue goneits purpose defunct. For more than a century, the bronze statue of Supreme Court Justice Roger B Taney - gravely pondering the weighty issues of the mid-19th Century - graced the park. Now he is gone.
Justice Taneys statue in Baltimore has been hauled off.

No decision necessary: Now we are much better people. Because now we have so many rules, regulations, and protocols, we have no choice in the matter. We no longer have to be wise, clever, or good. No pondering necessary. We just have to obey!

For example, you have thousands of choices about which drugs to take. Many of them will kill you, but you dont want to go to the grave after taking an illegal drug. Better to take a doctors prescription; then your grieving spouse can sue somebody. No fanny pinching without prior consent! If your wife tells you its OK, tell her to put it in writi...


Mark Latham sued for defamation by journalist Osman Faruqi "IndyWatch Feed National"

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US blocks popular fundraising for Iran quake but accepts Irans help with Hurricane victims "IndyWatch Feed War"

US blocks popular fundraising for Iran quake SEE ALSO Iran offers US Katrina oil relief Iran offers to help cities devastated by Hurricane Sandy | New York Post Report: Iran offers to help Hurricane Sandy victims Rescue personnel conduct search and rescue work following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake at Sarpol-e Zahab in Irans Kermanshah province on []


An open secret: Saudi Arabia and Israel get cozy "IndyWatch Feed War"

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WASHINGTON In the Middle East, your enemys enemy is your friend.

For Israel, Saudi Arabias growing willingness to confront Iranian influence in the Middle East presents an opening for an awkward alliance. As the kingdoms dynamic new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, tries to rally an anti-Iran coalition, Israel  with the blessing of the Trump administration  is presenting itself as a willing and able partner.

The appetite for cooperation between two of Americas closest allies in the Middle East has grown in recent years as their security interests have dovetailed. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia view Irans growing influence in the region as an existential threat and want to squash militant Islamist groups like ISIS and Irans main proxy, Hezbollah.

A U.S. official who witnessed a Saudi and Israeli official hold a closed-door meeting together recently said such informal meetings have been taking place for at least five years.

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PNG Orchids v England Women's RLWC Match live updates "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Papua New Guinea Orchids will take on England in the Women' Rugby League World Cup match today at 6 : 00 PM. Follow the live updated below. Refresh (reload) the page every time to see the latest updates on this match.

Live Updates :  Second Half underway

Full time: England 36 PNG  8 
78 mins : Try England 36  PNG 8
73 Mins: Try England 30 PNG 8. Boot Scores for England
70 mins: Still England 24 PNG 8
65 mins: England 18 PNG 8 : Try for PNG but Referee rules knock on.No try

60 mins: TRY England: 24 PNG 8 : Danielle Bound scores for England
55 mins: The score still remain at England 18 PNG 8 : Orchids attacking now

50 mins : Still England 18 PNG 8 : A brilliant try-saving tackle from PNG's  Martha Karl denies Tara-Jane Stanley from grabbing another try for England

45 mins: England 18 PNG 8 : Good news for PNG, fullback Amelia Kuk is back out there after leaving the field in the first half.
41 min: Second Half underway

38 mins : Try England: 18 PNG 8: This time it's left winger Charlotte Booth who dives over in the corner.
35 mins: Try England: 14 PNG 8 : Winger Tara-Jane Stanley goes over untouched in the corner.
30 mins: PNG's Amelia Cuk attacks the tryline again but the England defence forces a mistake, and the PNG fullback looks to have been hurt in the process

27 mins : Try England: 10 PNG 8.  Amy Hardcastle busts a tackle and bursts into the clear, and races 70m to score a terrific TRY for England
25 mins : TRY PNG Orchids: 8  England:  6  Anne Oiufa scores  and Amelia Kuk kick is ugly off the boot, and a wicked bounce evades everyone
20 mins :  PNG's Amelia Kuk then continues her hot start to the match with a break that almost results in a try, but she just can't beat the last tackle

11 mins : England Try :  Shona Hoyle, converted by Tara-Jane Stanley. PNG 4-6 ENG
10 mins: Solid defence from PNG held out England Try opportunity


200 years of grime removed from oil painting in seconds during incredible restoration (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed World"

An art dealer's incredible restoration of an oil painting covered in varnish for 200 years has left viewers mesmerised. Philip Mould, who presents BBC art show Fake or Fortune?, shared footage with his Twitter followers showing the careful removal of a yellowish brown protective varnish from the painting. "A remarkable Jacobean re-emergence after 200 years of yellowing varnish ... what a transformation!" he captioned the clip.


Prescription drug deaths. Do we not care because most of the victims are poor? "IndyWatch Feed"

This weeks BBC Spotlight on prescription drug addiction made for grim viewing. We have covered prescription drug abuse before but when you see the faces of the victims and their distraught families it really brings the scale of the issue home to you. There was the mother who can look out her bedroom window and see the grave of her son. The father who was just numb with grief. The mother who had converted her living room into a mini shrine for her dead son.

So far this year in Belfast alone there have been 37 prescription drug deaths, most of them in North Belfast. While it is an issue across Northern Ireland it does seem to be largely affecting young men in working-class areas. That this is the same group that is also most affected by suicide does seem to be a cruel double whammy.

Campbell College hit the headlines a few months ago when some pupils were suspended for smoking cannabis. If God forbid pupils at Campbell College or any of our Grammar schools started dying from drug overdoses you get the feeling that the response from the great and the good would be more substantial.

With prescription drugs, there has always been an element of them being a chemical cosh for the poor. Mothers little helper and all that. We cant remove people from poverty, so all we can do is dope them up.

The most depressing thing about the situation is we act like these issues are impossible to solve; we shrug our shoulders and move on. The BBC had an interesting video about how Iceland reduced its teenage drink and drug abuse levels. The percentage of 15-16 year-olds getting drunk was reduced from 42% to 5%, a staggering reduction. The video is only 3 minutes and well worth a watch.

If there is the will we can fix a lot of these societal issues. But unfortunately, our concerns seem to be elsewhere.


Trump helps elephant killing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 18 February 2012 video from the USA is called The Trump family kill an elephant, leopard and many more animals in sick African killing vacation.

By Brianna Sacks in the USA:

Trump Is Allowing Hunters To Import Elephant Trophies Back To The US

The decision reverses an Obama-era policy aimed at protecting endangered elephants targeted for ivory.

November 16, 2017, at 4:56 a.m

The Trump administration will again allow hunters to import the heads of elephants killed in two African countries back to the United States, reversing an Obama-era ban and furthering the administrations efforts to promote hunting.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed the decision Wednesday in a statement to BuzzFeed News, a day after announcing the reversal at a forum in Africa.

Although African elephants are listed as an endangered species, the US government will enable hunters to kill the animals and import their trophies if there is proof the sport helps conserve the species. After some review, the agency said it had determined well-regulated sport hunting would actually help preserve the species and funnel resources back into conservation efforts.

In 2014, the Obama administration curtailed elephant trophy imports as part of an initiative to protect...


Why Is Climate Change an Emergency? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

Quick change is needed to save the long-term future. The central problem which the world faces in its attempts to avoid catastrophic climate change is a contrast of time scales. In order to save human civilization and the biosphere from the most catastrophic effects of climate change we need to act immediately, Fossil fuels must be left in the ground.


Johan Scales Avery

Forests must be saved from destruction by beef or palm oil production.

These vitally necessary actions are opposed by powerful economic interests, by powerful fossil fuel corporations desperate to monetize their underground assets, and by corrupt politicians receiving money from the beef or palm oil industries.

However, although some disastrous effects climate change are already visible, the worst of these calamities lie in the distant future.

Therefor it is difficult to mobilize the political will for quick action. We need to act immediately, because of the danger of passing tipping points beyond which c...


Delta Govt Frees 26 Awaiting Trial Inmates "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS NOVEMBER 16TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro has released 26 inmates awaiting trial in at Agbor Prison.
Justice Umukoro secured the release of the inmates during the ongoing prisons visit, which commenced on Wednesday.
Most of the inmates whose ages range from 19 to 30 years old were released on the grounds of ill health, want of diligent prosecution, inordinate long detention in prison custody and on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution that some of them have no case to answer.
The Chief Judge who granted the release of the 26 inmates out of the 397 cases reviewed stated that the exercise was not meant to throw the gates of prisons open to accused persons awaiting trial for various criminal offences but to ascertain the validity of their detention, ability to withstand trial and whether their cases were going on progressively.
While commending some members of the lower Bench (Magistrates) for their hardwork, diligence and dexterity in handling matters brought before them, Justice Umukoro however decried obvious lack of seriousness exhibited by some, saying that since they were the ones to inherit the institution of justice at the higher Bench they needed to be more serious and prove their mettle.
The Assistant Controller of Agbor Prison, Mr Emmanuel Ozili, commended the State Chief Judge for religiou...


Kurt Russell Walks Off 2nd Interview on Gun Control [2 separate interviews here] (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Kurt Russell Walks Off 2nd Interview on Gun Control [2 separate interviews here] Video TransPonderNews This video contains two separate videos where Kurt Russell talk about gun control. The first is the view, where Kurt talks about the 2nd...

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Why Africa Could Provide an 'ISIS Renaissance' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Already we are seeing ISIS and other terrorist groups take advantage of these complex challenges in the continent. The attacks seen in Somalia, Burkina Faso and Niger could be a precursor for wider terrorist atrocities in Africa, especially given that ISIS is looking to recuperate and establish a new caliphate.


Leonardo da Vincis Salvator Mundi sells for record $450m "IndyWatch Feed World"

Leonardo da Vincis 500-year-old painting known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) is the only work in private hands. It just sold at Christies auction room in New York for a record $450m almost half-billion. The painting apparently once belonged to King Charles I of England back in the 1600s. The last time it was sold at auction was 1958 when it was sold in London for a mere 45. At that time, it was generally believed to have been the work of a follower of Leonardo rather than the work of Leonardo himself.

The painting was sold by the family trust of the Russian billionaire collector Dmitry E Rybolovlev, who is reported to have bought it in a private sale in May 2013 for $127.5m. So thats a pretty good profit. It is the highest auction price ever paid for any work of art.  There are fewer than 20 of Leonardo paintings in existence. The Salvator Mundi, is believed to have been painted sometime after 1505. The bidding began at $100m and the final bid for the work was $400m, with the buyers premium, the full price up to $450.3m. The unidentified buyer was involved in a bidding contest, via telephone, that lasted nearly 20 minutes. The mystery buyer hopefully lives outside of New York so that avoids the sales tax. Purchases above $110 are subject to a 4.5% New York City Sales Tax and a 4% NY State Sales Tax. That makes anything bought in New York City subject to a total Sales and Use Tax of 8.875%. What is astonishing, is that with taxes, rates rise with the more people. That is counter to capitalism which dictates that prices decline with scale. Government costs rise with the scale showing something is just not right!

Obviously, this is serious money still moving off the grid!


Two More EU-Funded Palestinian Schools under Threat of Destruction by israeli Army "IndyWatch Feed War"

Two More EU-Funded Palestinian Schools under Threat of Destruction by Israeli Army A West Bank school where children are studying in the open-air due to Israeli military restrictions. (Photo: File) Two new Palestinian schools in the occupied West Bank, funded by European governments, are under threat of destruction and seizure, according to the Norwegian Refugee []


PM Tsipras announces bill to limit jurisdiction of Sharia Law in Thrace "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced that a bill will be introduced to limit the jurisdiction of  Sharia Law in Thrace, home of a strong Muslim minority in North-Eastern of the country. Greece is the last European country to recognize the validity of the Islamic Sharia law which settles mostly family matters. In his speech

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3 spiritual concepts to endure "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

 A few thoughts.  Have gratitude to your higher self for its advice and also listen carefully for spurious advice.

all good

 Do work on your communion.

October 30, 2017

Dylan Charles, Editor

Due to our technological connectedness, now more than ever before people are feeling the heavy weight of severe cataclysmic and tragic events, affecting millions of people around the world, with only the promise of greater turmoil to come.

Its easy in this environment to slip into overwhelm, despair, anxiety and depression, which only makes things worse. Its imperative to focus on self-care and personal spiritual cultivation in order to endure and protect ourselves from the negativity which confronts us.



Do a Google search for Creepy Uncle Joe "IndyWatch Feed"

And yes, you guessed it, you get this video: Speak of the devil Folks, this man has presidential aspirations. If he succeeds, even your female anime characters will be unsafe.


Mark Latham accuses Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied of anti-white racism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mark Latham of on the rise of anti-white racism and terrorist plots in Australia, plus interviews with two lions of the Labor Left: Peter Baldwin and Peter Crawford.
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USA doing well with Afghan opium production "IndyWatch Feed War"

Afghanistan opium production almost doubled in 2017: Survey According to the survey, the opium production rose by 87 percent and stands at a record level of 9,000 metric tons (9,921 US tons) so far this year, compared to 4,800 metric tons (5,291 US tons) in 2016. The file photo shows Afghan farmers harvesting opium sap []


NFL Accuses Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones of Damaging the League "IndyWatch Feed War"

In a letter sent Wednesday, the league escalated its feud with the prominent owner in a dispute over commissioner Roger Goodells contract


Updated Nov. 15, 2017 10:40 p.m. ET

The National Football League accused Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones of trying to sabotage its contract negotiations with commissioner Roger Goodell, calling his conduct detrimental to the leagues best interests.

The tension has grown so severe that the topic of removing Mr. Jones has been discussed by at least some owners, according to people familiar with the matter. That type of drastic action would require the league showing conduct detrimental to the leaguewhich is exactly the language the league used in a letter sent to Mr. Joness attorney, David Boies, on Wednesday.

The letter, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, says Mr. Joness antics, whatever their motivation, are damaging the League.

That letter was shared with all of the leagues 32 owners. It was in response to a Tuesday letter from Mr. Boies, who wrote that Mr. Jones is in possession of a document that shows that certain statements made about those negotiations are not accurate.

In a radio interview Tuesday, Mr. Jones described any chatter about his ouster ridiculous. A spokesman for the Cowboys didnt immediately respond to a request for comment.

The conflict marks a dramatic reversal for Mr. Jones, who in a matter of weeks has gone from being one of footballs most influential figures to one who is effectively ostracized from the league. It also raised the specter of a protracted civil war within the league, which has been largely unified since a series of legal battles with the late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis a generation ago.

Throughout the season, Mr. Jones has sharply criticized Mr. Goodells discipline of Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott over violations of the leagues personal conduct policy...


Why Are Police in the USA so Terrified? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

In a recent incident in the United States, yet another unarmed man was shot dead by police after opening his front door in response to their knock. The police were going to serve an arrest warrant on a domestic violence suspect the mans neighbour but went to the wrong address. See Police kill innocent man while serving warrant at wrong address.


Robert J. Burrowes

For those who follow news in the United States, the routine killing of innocent civilians by the police has become a national crisis despite concerted attempts by political and legal authorities and the corporate media to obscure what is happening. See Killed by Police and The Counted: People killed by police in the US.

So far this year, US police have killed 1,044 people. In contrast, from 1990 to 2016, police in England and Wales killed just 62 people. See Fatal police shootings.

Of course, these murders by the police are just the tip of the iceberg of police violence as police continue to demonstrate that th...


US Government Issues A Warning Against North Koreas Hidden Cobra (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

US Government Issues A Warning Against North Koreas Hidden Cobra Video X22 Report U5 Democrats submitted article of impeachment for Trump. Russia creates bill to designate foreign news media outlets as foreign agents. Venezuela signs a 3.2 billion restructuring...

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Ricoh Asia Pacific receives the Singapore Apex Corporate Sustainability Awards 2017 for its sustainable business practices "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

SINGAPORE, 9 November, 2017 - Ricoh Asia Pacific have received the Singapore Apex Corporate Sustainability Awards from the Global Compact Network Singapore. This award recognizes Ricoh for demonstrating excellence sustainability in the Sustainable Business Category. The awards ceremony which took place on 8 November was graced by the presence of Mr. Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance. Ricoh Asia Pacific is honoured and proud to be the first and the only Japanese Multinational Corporation in the Office Imaging Equipment & Solution industry receiving this prestigious recognition in Singapore on Corporate Sustainability. Mr. Kazuhisa Goto, Managing Director of Ricoh Asia Pacific, expresses his delight: "The Ricoh Way represents our values, and act as the fundamental approach in the area of our business planning, quality assurance and corporate social responsibility. Where we are today will never be made possible without the hard work of our team and active participation of all stakeholder. We will continue to humble ourselves with a constant learning attitude, keep up with our current achievements and strive for the better to continue bringing values to people and the society." Ricoh Asia Pacific's sustainability journey began as early as 2004 by first inculcating the Eco Office concept into the office environment and since then, actively engage in the environmental conservation activities and the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint (SSB) with governmental organisations such as the Ministry for the Environment and Water Resources, National Parks Board, National Environment Agency, Public Utility Board and the Nature Society (Singapore). Ricoh Asia Pacific is the pioneer and organizer who has initiated the annual Eco Action Day campaign in Singapore since 2007 to commemorate the World Environment Day. This year, Ricoh integrated the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as part of the campaign by launching the Eco Action Day Youth Challenge and Industry Roundtable. Globally, in April this year, Ricoh Group have newly established five materiality issues namely, Productivity Enhancement, Intelligence Creation, Quality of Life (QOL), Enhancement Zero-carbon Society and Circular Economy, to align its Three Ps Balance with the identified United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. By addressing these issues of materiality, Ricoh will set realistic targets based on these issues and reinforce the initiatives through its business to enhance a sustainable society. As the first Japanese company to join the RE100, the world's influential companies that are committed to 100% renewable power, Ricoh Group has committed to using a minimum of 30% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% by 2050. As the regional headquarter, Ricoh Asia Pacific took the lead to switch to the use of clean energy this year and by 2019, the regional office will be 100% powered using the renewable source. For more information about the Singapore Apex Corporate Sustainability Awa...


Fornightly links: Scott Guggenheim, the One Campaign, Missing Maps, and more "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An intriguing Politico profile on Scott Guggenheim, enigmatic American anthropologist and advisor to Ashraf Ghani.

A doctor in PNG finds that involving men in family planning is the key to reducing maternal mortality, Al Jazeera reports.

The One Campaign offers their take on the recent DAC ODA rules negotiations.

A new report maps multi-sectoral nutrition investments and stakeholders in Ethiopia, and shows that most funding for nutrition was contributed by development partners.

India has taken a major step toward empowering and protecting girls, particularly child brides, in a landmark ruling.

Missing Maps is a humanitarian project that preemptively maps parts of the world that are vulnerable to natural disasters, conflicts, and disease epidemics. This project, founded by Ivan Gayton, can save over a billion lives in the worlds most remote slums.

The RDI Network has launched a new guide: How to partner for development research.

Video therapy could be a key method for aid workers to get help, writes Anna Mortimer.


The p...


Lebanons Hariri to fly to Paris within 48 hours "IndyWatch Feed War"


BEIRUT (Reuters) Lebanons Saad al-Hariri is expected to leave Saudi Arabia for France within 48 hours, before flying home to Beirut to officially submit his resignation as Lebanese prime minister, a source close to Hariri told Reuters on Thursday.

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FILE PHOTO: Cars pass next to a poster depicting Former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in Beirut, Lebanon, November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo

Hariri announced his resignation in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4, and has not yet returned to Lebanon. He said on Wednesday he would return soon.

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement on Wednesday that he had invited Hariri to France after speaking to him and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The invitation is to visit for a few days and is not an offer of political exile, Macron said, speaking in Germany.

Hariri is expected to go to France with his family, the source said.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has said he will not accept Hariris resignation until he returns to Lebanon to formally tender it and explain his reasons.

Hariri traveled to Riyadh on Nov. 3 before abruptly resigning a day later, and he has remained in the Saudi capital since then. Top Lebanese officials and senior politicians close to Hariri have told Reuters he was forced to quit.

Hariri and Saudi Arabia have both denied he is being held in Riyadh or was coerced to resign.

Reporting by Samia Nakhoul, Writing by Sarah Dadouch; Editing by Gareth Jones


Hacking An Industrial 42 Multitouch PC "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Were slowly moving in the direction where everyone will have a touch screen desk like in the 1982 TRON movie or in the 1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation series with its ubiquitous touchscreen starship controls. [FFcossag] lucked into that future when a local company offered him an industrial 42 multitouch PC that they were throwing out. A few hacks later and he has us all suitably envious.

Before hacking away though, he had to take care of some magic smoke. The source of this turned out to be yellow goop on the PCs power supply that had turned conductive across a resistor. Cleaning it fixed the problem.

Moving on to the hacks, he added brightness control by using a potentiometer to control the power to the backlight. Be sure to watch carefully in the video below where hes attaching a magnet and cord to the potentiometer, and encasing it all in epoxy. At that point, were pretty sure we see him spin up a hard drive platter with a sandpaper disk attached to it, forming a bench top disc sander and making us like this hack even more.

He also replaced a small speaker with a larger speaker and amplifier, giving a volume and sound quality difference thats like night and day. He also added a breakout board with relays for power management, eliminating a seven watt continuous draw when in standby mode.

Be sure to watch the video to the end where he leaves us with a tour of the hacked interior hardware. We like how hes labeled all his handiwork for any future hacker who might open it up

Looking for more multitouch screens? Have a look at this bare-bones multitouch table that uses a sheet of acrylic, a projector, and an infrared webcam. Or one that again uses a projector but with a Kinect.

Thanks to [yeats] for the tip.

Filed under: multitouch hacks


israel Uses U.S. Tax Dollars to Abuse Palestinian Children. This Bill Would Put An End To That. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel Uses U.S. Tax Dollars to Abuse Palestinian Children. This Bill Would Put An End To That. Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images Israel Uses U.S. Tax Dollars to Abuse Palestinian Children. This Bill Would Put An End To That. Zaid Jilani   November 14 2017, 6:06 p.m. Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images Children and teenagers are frequent victims []


NZ - Human rights issues bite in fluoride test case, top court told "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A protest in Nelson against fluoridation. (File photo)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 Ptea, 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 Health's lawyer, Mary Scholtens, QC, said about 48 per cent of New Zealand's water was fluoridated at present, without proof that fluoride was effective against tooth decay............


US House Members Introduce Articles of Impeachment: Evident That Trump Is A Clear And Present Danger To Our Democracy; This Is The Start Of A Long Process And It Needs To Get Started Now "IndyWatch Feed"

The majority of Americans do not approve of Trump and are worried about Russia:
If you have a sane or quasi-sane member of Congress as a Representative then get them to support this. If not, you can still annoy your Representative if you wish. The US is already way slower than Lithuania who removed their president through impeachment in around 13 months from when he took office: WHY IS THE US SO MUCH SLOWER THAN LITHUANIA? WHERE DID THE AMERICAN CAN-DO WORK ETHIC GO? IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE TO BE REPLACED BY PATRONAGE AND NEPOTISM?


Mounting evidence of Myanmar genocide: watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP | A Rohingya refugee man one of hundreds of thousands of the Muslim minority who have fled Myanmar carries wood at Thankhali refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on November 15, 2017

WASHINGTON (AFP)  Myanmar security forces slit the throats of Muslim Rohingya, burned victims alive, and gang-raped women and girls, according to two separate reports detailing mounting evidence of genocide against the minority group.

Human Rights Watch focused on the use of sexual violence in its report on the militarys campaign against the Rohingya, and concluded that the depredations amounted to crimes against humanity.

Rape has been a prominent and devastating feature of the Burmese militarys campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya, said Skye Wheeler, a researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of the report.

The Burmese militarys barbaric acts of violence have left countless women and girls brutally harmed and traumatized.

A separate report by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Southeast Asia-based Fortify Rights documents widespread and systematic attacks on Rohingya civilians between October 9 and December of last year, and from August 25 of this year.

Crimes against humanity

The 30-page report, entitled They tried to kill us all, is based on more than 200 interviews with survivors and eyewitnesses, as well as international aid workers.

Some world leaders have already described as ethnic cleansing the scorched-earth military campaign against the Rohingya.

Evidence gathered by Fortify Rights and the Holocaust Museum demonstrates that Myanmar state security forces and civilian perpetrators committed crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing during two waves of attacks in the majority Buddhist nation, the report says.

There is mounting evidence to suggest these acts represent a genocide of the Rohingya population, it says.

Almost 700,000 Rohingya, more than half of the population in northern Rakhine state, have been forcibly displaced since October last year when Myanmars army began clearance operations after a previously unknown group attacked and killed security officers.

Those operations were, in practice, a mechanism to commit mass atrocities, the report said.

State secu...


Dispelling the myth that Iran is a backwards country with people who need to be liberated. "IndyWatch Feed War"

The real Iran Many people have posted pictures of Iran to dispel the myth that Iran is a backwards country with people who need to be liberated. The real Iran Many people have posted pictures of Iran to dispel the myth that Iran is a backwards country with people who need to be liberated. They []


US Congressman Nadler Grills AG Sessions on Information Related to George Papadopoulos and Possible Obstruction of Justice; What Does Mrs. Sessions Body Language Mean? "IndyWatch Feed"

Mrs. Sessions is the lady to the left with her head tilted and eyes shut like shes praying. One could write a southern novel, or at least a short-story, about this cast of characters. It may be more enlightening to evaluate Mrs. Sessions expressions and those of his apparent assistants sitting behind than Sessions himself. That startled cat who ate a canary expression appears to be Jeff Sessions normal and culturally based animated behavior. When Jeff Sessions says that he pushed back (apparently against Papadopoulos though he doesnt finish), Mrs. Sessions and the other lady look down and start shuffling their feet. Is all of this boredom or something more?

Jeff Sessions normal expression:


Dutch Government Violates Advisory Opinion ICJ "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dutch government teams up with Israeli settlement profiteer

Signs promoting Dutch food month, in partnership with the Netherlands embassy at a Shufersal store in Gilo, an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, 12 November.
The Netherlands embassy in Tel A...


Household wealth in China to reach US$39 trillion in 2022, says Credit Suisse "IndyWatch Feed War"

Number of millionaires might surge by 41pc to 2.7 million in the same period

By Karen Yeung
South China Morning Post

China had shifted from a stage of high-speed growth to high-quality growth

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 November, 2017, 7:17pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 November, 2017, 10:38pm


Afghanistan Opium Production Jumps 87 Per Cent to Record Level "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

A profoundly alarming trend in the cultivation and production of opium in Afghanistan reveals an 87 per cent production increase compared to 2016, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) on 15 November said in its Afghanistan Opium Survey 2017.

Opium poppy field in Afghanistan. Photo: IRIN | Source: UN News Centre

It is high time for the international community and Afghanistan to reprioritize drug control, and to acknowledge that every nation has a shared responsibility for this global problem, said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov.

According to the latest figures released by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and UNODC, in addition to an 87 per cent jump to a record level of 9,000 metric tonnes in 2017, the area under opium poppy cultivation also increased to a record 328,000 hectares in 2017, up 63 per cent compared with 201,000 hectares in 2016.

For both Afghanistan, and the world, we are heading towards uncharted territory Additionally, the number of poppy-free provinces in the country decreased from 13 to 10 and after more than a decade, Ghazni, Samangan and Nuristan lost their poppy-free status. The number of provinces affected by cultivation increased accordingly from 21 to 24.

These frightening figures should give consi...


Smashing Security podcast #052: Facebook tackles vengeful scumbags, and a sex toy privacy boob "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Is your sex toy listening to you? Do you trust Facebook with your most intimate photos? And just how did a vengeful DDoSer come up with that nickname?

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, who are joined this week by special guest John Hawes.


MUST LISTEN JBSFC (Podcast) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

MUST LISTEN JBSFC Podcast TFMetals Report Since we began posting these weekly discussions in early 2014, weve only occasionally implored you to be sure to listen. This week merits that level of attention. Just listen and then come to...

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NRC's Nepnieuws "IndyWatch Feed War"

Getuige: NRC liegt over Karmanov

Dit korte interview heeft betrekking op de publicatie in NRC van 13 november 2017
Hallo Greta, jouw volledige naam is Greta Verduin en dit ben jij op Twitter?


Palestinian Detainees to be Moved to Tents Due to Overcrowding "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestinian Detainees to be Moved to Tents Due to Overcrowding     16 Nov 8:59 AM             Israeli occupation authorities are preparing to move number of Palestinian detainees from prison cells to tents, Israeli media revealed, citing a bill proposed by the Israeli Minister of Internal Security, Gilad Erdan. Israeli []


Bluetooth Hack Affects 20 Million Amazon Echo and Google Home Devices "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Remember BlueBorne? A series of recently disclosed critical Bluetooth flaws that affect billions of Android, iOS, Windows and Linux devices have now been discovered in millions of AI-based voice-activated personal assistants, including Google Home and Amazon Echo. As estimated during the discovery of this devastating threat, several IoT and smart devices whose operating systems are often


George Church Will Make Virus-Proof Organisms, Transplant Pig Organs to Humans, and Reverse Aging "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

How far off is age reversal?

The simple answer is, I dont know. Probably well see the first dog trials in the next year or two. If that works, human trials are another two years away, and eight years before theyre done. Once you get a few going and succeeding its a positive feedback loop.

George Church Will Make Virus-Resistant Organisms, Transplant Pig Organs to Humans, and Reverse Aging An interview with one of the most prolific scientists on earth in his lab at Harvard Medical School Photography by Maciek Jasik.


Hong Kong, Singapore key centres of trafficking ring sending thousands of Filipino helpers to Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Senior Philippine official says domestic helpers lured to take up bogus jobs in Russia, Brazil and Turkey

By Billy SK Wong
South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 November, 2017, 11:26pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 November, 2017, 9:21am


Food industry is cooking the planet "IndyWatch Feed"

The food industry and big agricultural concerns are driving climate change and at the same time threatening to undermine efforts to feed the worlds growing population, according to GRAIN, an organisation that supports small farmers. Particularly singled out for criticism are the large chemical fertiliser producers that have gained access to the United Nations talks []


For Westminster, Northern Ireland still isnt a priority. "IndyWatch Feed"

Patrick Thompson is a postgraduate student at Queens University, specialising in Northern Irish and Labour politics

Last week a strange piece appeared on the news agency Bloombergs website about the Irish dimension of Britains decision to leave the EU. It was titled Irish Border Throws Unexpected Hurdle to Brexit. The notion that there is an open question around what Brexit means for the UKs only land border isnt groundbreaking. But the idea that this is a surprise most definitely is. Either they havent been paying attention or someone needs to talk to the editors at Bloomberg about the meaning of the word unexpected.

Headlines aside, there has been plentiful coverage on the island of Ireland about what Brexit will mean for the border between the North and the Republic. In short, no one knows. However it has become apparent that the government in Westminster is only just waking up to existence of the border question.

From talk of high tech solutions recent inflammatory comments from a Tory MP that there should be no surrender on the border, the governments approach swings between the ridiculous and the dangerous. A Hard Border is undesirable, but there has been precious little discussion of how to avoid it. Can a special status be secured for Northern Ireland? How will travel and trade between the North and the rest of the UK work? Could customs checks be applied at British ports but not at the Irish border? Questions such as these are barely being asked by politicians, let alone answered and it has come as a shock that the government of the Republic also have a stake in the border. Even without the Souths political investment in the EU project and ability to veto any potential deal, the idea that the Dublin government, and the people who elected them, dont have a important stake in the border is absurd. Yet we find British MPs angry that the Taoiseach is willing to intervene.

The practicalities of administering a new border that is geographically inconsistent are complex. Talk of automated cameras on roads to track border crossings ignore the reality. This is a frontier that is crossed by rivers, gardens and even peoples houses. One that even at the height of British military presence in the North, could not be entirely secured. It has always been porous. Unlike many of the nations in mainland Europe, the UK has little experience dealing with land borders and should the threatened no deal Brexit occur, there will be chaos.

At the same time, James Brokenshire, the Northern Ireland Secretary, has spent much of 2017 in negotiations to restart power sharing at Stormont. The latest in a series of political lightweights to hold the r...


Britain preparing to return 400m to Iran for 1970s arms deal "IndyWatch Feed War"


Britain owes the money as part of a disputed arms deal in the 1970s but sources deny it is linked to fate of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe


Britain prepared to pay 450 million Iran debt to help free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe "IndyWatch Feed War"

Britain prepared to pay 450 million Iran debt to help free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe INazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and their daughter Gabriella (PA)The International Chamber of Commerce demanded Britain pay 450 million back in 2009 but a ruling on international sanctions against Iran prevented this from happening. It is thought that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe []


Why Meanness Makes You Dumb "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Relearning How to Learn

I threw this (well, not all this) into a little conversation the other day, and my friends insisted that I write it up. So here you go. Enjoy.

Meanness makes you dumb. Not all people who are dumb stay mean, but all people who are mean stay dumb. You dont have to look further than, say, a certain internationally reviled head of state to see that much: he gets meaner and dumber, dumber and meaner, by the day.

Why does meanness make you dumb? Because to grow, mature, develop, you must learn. But you cannot learn if you are mean, because learning means accepting things from others, developing a sense not just of curiosity, but of gratitude, humility, courage, celebration. Therefore, every instant that you are busy scorning and belittling others, you cannot learn, and so, you are not growing. We will come back to that.

First, here is the paradox. Not a single one of us is born mean. We are born loving, empathic, and deeply attuned to each other, not if, but precisely because we are needy, infinitely delicate, fragile. Meanness is something that is beaten into us, by neglectful, careless, and abusive societies, teachers, parents, cultures, who teach us that the road to enlightenment passes through the grim vales of punishment. Yet have you ever learned to be a wiser, better, truer person by being punished? Or did you only shrink and wither a little inside? So to relearn how to learn we must forget what we have been taught, yet unlearning is much harder than learning, because a mind, like a magnet, does not want to let go, even when what it holds is stifling. How are we to do that?

Of course, you might think: but I have met many smart mean people! Have you? Or is it that your bar for being smart is far too low, which is another, subtler, way that you have internalized meanness, this time, to yourself? After all, being smart isnt merely being clever, or shrewd, or cunning enough to snatch all one desires, at any price. Ive met many people like that, and Id bet you have too, and we both know that they arent not just happywhat is happiness, anyways?but that they are something smaller still: hollow, futile, shallow, forgettable. Being smart is living a life that is authentic, rich, wise, whole, and beautiful, because, in the end one will learn too late: all one has really had is what one realized.

So let us continue. Today we are especially mean. Have you noticed? Brutality online is a way of life of course, but I mean it in an even bigger sense. Perhaps the most curious thing about the world today is that we are losing the ability to learn from one another. America will not learn from Britain the value of national healthcare and sane gun laws and public media, no matter how ob...


Googles Missouri problem mirrors woes in EU "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File / by Julie CHARPENTRAT | The US state of Missouri is following the lead of European antitrust watchdogs in examinging Googles business practices

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP)  As an aggressive antitrust investigation plays out in Europe against Google, its practices have drawn comparatively little scrutiny from regulators on the US side of the Atlantic. But the midwest state of Missouri wants to change that.The states Attorney General Josh Hawley has launched an investigation which appears to mirror the probe by EU authorities, demanding information on how Google uses data gathered on consumers, and examining whether the internet giant abuses its dominant position in search.

No entity in the history of the world has collected as much information about you as Google. My office wants to know what Google is doing with this information, said a tweet from Hawley, a Republican who is running for the US Senate.

Hawley added that he sees substantial evidence that Google manipulates search results to list affiliated websites higher than those of rivals.

If true, these actions may reflect an unlawful attempt to leverage Googles monopoly power in the search-engine market to stifle competition, he said.

In the US, the Federal Trade Commission in 2013 dropped a two-year antitrust investigation of Google after the company agreed to make changes to some practices to ease competition concerns.

But a number of Google critics and competitors have argued the US probe did not go far enough. They point to the European Commissions three-pronged inquiry into Googles dominance in search, its advertising platform and its Android mobile operating system.

The EU has already imposed a fine of 2.4 billion euros ($2.7 billion) over search results and could impose stiffer penalties as the investigations proceed.

Scott Cleland, a consultant and longtime Google critic who operates the watchdog website Google Monitor said the EU probe may represent a turning point for stiffer actions against Google.

Even if the federal government remains on the sidelines, the states represent a law enforcement and a political and government force that Google cant ignore, Cleland said.

If several state regulators band together, they are very formidable, he added.

Shifting political landscape

Googles position has become more precarious with the election of President Don...


At 732 Million, India Tops List on Number of People Without Access to Toilets: Report "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In addition to the increased risk of disease, the lack of sanitation facilities also makes women and girls susceptible to harassment.

When I got pregnant, it was hard to walk to the field to defecate as the path was not safe. My mother-in-law used to accompany me because I needed help sitting down and getting up.Maheshwari (25), Raichur, India. Credit: WaterAid/Tejaswi Balasundaram

When I got pregnant, it was hard to walk to the field to defecate as the path was not safe. My mother-in-law used to accompany me because I needed help sitting down and getting up.Maheshwari (25), Raichur, India. Credit: WaterAid/Tejaswi Balasundaram

India, the worlds second-largest country by population, has the highest number of people (732 million) without access to toilets, according to a new report.

The report by WaterAid, titled Out Of Order:The State of the Worlds Toilets 2017, further stated that 355 million women and girls lack access to a toilet. If they were to stand in a line, the queue could circle the Earth more than four times.



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

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.


Saudi Cleric Permits Praying in Churches, Synagogues "IndyWatch Feed War"

Illustrative picture of the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. (Photo: AHMADI GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

A leading Saudi cleric ruled Muslims may pray in churches, synagogues and in mosques belonging to the rival Shiite sect, a rare position in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia.

The fatwa [religious ruling] was issued by Abdullah bin Sulaiman Al-Manea, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars. He cited as justification the example of the founder of Islam, Mohammed, when he allowed a delegation of Christians to pray in his mosques.

The fatwa follows an unusual statement from Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, slamming the Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood affiliate Hamas.

Hamas is a terrorist organization that hurts the Palestinians and the al-Aksa Mosque protests are a form of demagoguery, the Grand Mufti reportedly said in a recent television program.

Hamas has long engaged in terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians. However, Saudi leaders have never referred to it as a terrorist group before. Israels Communications Minister Ayoub Kara invited the mufti to visit Israel via Twitter following the shock pronouncement.

In the past the grand mufti made hardline statements. In 2012 he called for all churches in the Arabian Peninsula to be destroyed. 

Saudi Arabia has been moving in a more moderate direction of late. It recently announced women will be allowed to drive and the government is considering opening movie theaters.   




Top UK Anti-Terror Cop Warns Media on Terror Coverage "IndyWatch Feed War"

Media coverage from the Westminster attack. (Photo: DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)

Britains National Lead for Counter Terror policing, Assistant Commissioner of Londons Metropolitan Police Mark Rowley, warned that journalists risk inflaming terrorism by reporting on it.

You need to think about how you [report terror] without helping the cause of those doing it, he told the meeting of an estimated 50 journalists, according to The Times.

Rowley spoke alongside leading journalists at a panel discussion held by the Society of Editors entitled Reporting Terror are we doing the terrorists job for them? in Cambridge.

I do think there are some ways that you can rein back what you do. There is a fine balance. If [IS] are looking to influence, you have to ask, are you helping them to influence, he said, according to marketing magazine The Drum.

He warned that journalists should not reprint material directly from Islamic State sources, especially instructions on how to carry out terrorist attacks. Glorifying terrorists by publishing large pictures of them and disseminating their names was also criticized.

You dont need to be copying that material out, thats not necessary. You can report the generalities, you dont need to help them and do their work.


Where do you think the line is between responsible journalism exposing terrorism and acting as PR for terrorist organizations? Send us your comments to





Yes, Palestinians under siege are 'dehumanised' - by Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

A recent report in Haaretz paints a picture of Gazans as dehumanised, but fails to give any voice to Palestinians who still hold to the highest social norms, despite the Israeli siege that the reporter fails to even acknowledge


Council of State rules tax audits may not use evidence beyond 5-year limitation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greeces top court, the Council of state ruled on Wednesday that the tax service does not have the right to take into consideration transactions and deposits of bank accounts in Greece that are older than five years from the time of its audit.  It is the second ruling of CoS that tax audits beyond the

The post Council of State rules tax audits may not use evidence beyond 5-year limitation appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Formidable Forms plugin vulnerabilities expose WordPress sites attacks "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A researcher from Finland-based company Klikki Oy has discovered several vulnerabilities in the Formidable Forms plugin that expose websites to attacks.

The researcher Jouko Pynnnen from Finland-based company Klikki Oy has discovered several vulnerabilities in the Formidable Forms plugin the expose websites to attacks.

The Formidable Forms plugin allows users to easily create contact pages, polls and surveys, and many other kinds of forms, it has more than 200,000 active installs.

Pynnnen discovered that the dangerous flaws affect both the free and as a paid version.

The most severe issue discovered by the expert is a blind SQL injection that can be exploited by attackers to enumerate a websites databases and access their content, including user credentials and data submitted to a website via Formidable forms.

Unfortunately, this isnt the unique flaw of this type, the researcher also found another flaw that exposes data submitted via forms created with the Formidable Forms plugin. Both vulnerabilities are related to the way the plugin implements shortcodes.

The plugin implemented a form preview AJAX function accessible to anyone without authentication. The function accepted some parameters affecting the way it generates the form preview HTML. Parameters after_html and before_html could be used to add custom HTML after and before the form. Most of the vulnerabilities relied on this feature. wrote Pynnonen.

Formidable Forms plugin vulnerabilities expose WordPress sites attacks

The Formidable Forms plugin is also affected by reflected and stored cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities. The stored XSS could be exploited by an attacker to execute arbitrary JavaScript code in the context of an administrators browsing session. An attacker can inject a malicious code via forms, the code is executed when the site admin view it on the dashboard.

Administrators can view data entered by users in Formidable forms in the WordPress Dashboard. Any HTML entered in forms is filtered with the wp_kses() function. This isnt enough to...


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


Midnight Meme Of The Day! "IndyWatch Feed"

-by Noah

I suppose that some may say that today's meme is, maybe, a bit harsh, or at least crass. So what. The other night, I was watching Bill Maher's show. He only had two panelists this time. Usually, there are three and at least one is of the Republican variety. Sometimes, that republican is able to pass as a somewhat sane or decent person, almost. Notice that I didn't use the word 'individual'. Republicans tend to not be individuals in my book. They march to their hateful, paranoid, greedy, holier-than-thou creed in lock step. Permutations in republicans are rare, very rare. If you don't like that I lump all Republicans together, you can bite me. We all go by our personal experiences and I go by my 60+ years of personal experience.

On this particular night, Maher's panelists were MSNBC's Chris Matthews and film maker Michael Moore. Maher then brought out comedian Sarah Silverman. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a fan of both Moore and Silverman. As for Chris Matthews, I'm sure I'd like his new book on Bobby Kennedy and I respect the experience he brings to the table but he's too old-fartish and guilty of narrow establishment thinking for me. Also, his contempt for progressives is obvious. My first impression of Matthews was when I saw him do an interview with then House Speaker Newt Gingrich back in the 1990s. There are softball questions and there are nerfball questions. Matthews was practically blowing him. How's that for an image you can't unsee?

During the course of Maher's show, the conversation turned to the idea of civility when dealing with republicans. That got my hairs up immediately. Let me put it this way: Civility is what got us to the point where we are today. The media was far, far to civil in its treatment of Trump and now look where we are. We have a president who is, by any sane definition, a clear and present danger to our countr...


Dressed to Kill "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

In a satirical spirit, the North Yorks Enquirer presents the one hundred and twentienth in a continuing series of so-called Photoons cartoons developed from digital photographs highlighting the more amusing aspects of current affairs in North Yorkshire and far beyond.

Readers are left to place the protagonists in the context of news articles.



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Are puppies the latest allergy treatment? Recent studies show protective effects against eczema, asthma "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Image: Are puppies the latest allergy treatment? Recent studies show protective effects against eczema, asthma
I really think that close exposure to nature obviates allergies generally.  thus a positive experience with dogs is no surprise.

What we really need is a working protocol that assists all this. The ultimate solution will be the natural community built around a sustainable agro garden.

In the meantime it is important to build dogs into our apartments somehow.. 

Are puppies the latest allergy treatment? Recent studies show protective effects against eczema, asthma


Alien Encounter Near Nageezi, NM "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This one is important.  I had conjectured that the large black eyes of the greys were artificial.  Here we receive an excellent report and they are certainly artificial.  On the other hand we also get confirmation of the biological nature of these beings.  One is younger while the other is clearly older.

No sense of a ship here but he himself reports that his focus was on the seated individuals.  The craft was likely stealthed and he just got lucky with the angle since they were themselves distracted by the oncoming vehicle.

It is plausible that these are space modified humanity, but that is only because the body has been super slimmed down.  Yet we also have reports of a variety of other aliens for which there is no evident reshaping.  So maybe not so fast.  However the greys are obviously using vision augmentation which can be understood..

Alien Encounter Near Nageezi, NM


Despite Government Assurance, Rajasthans Protesting Farmers Arrested as Construction Begins on Disputed Land "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The farmers had buried themselves in the land to protest against the acquisition of 1,350 bighas of land for a housing project without fair compensation.

JDA began construction work on the mandir mafi land on Saturday in the presence of police force. Credit: Shruti Jain

Jaipur: Ten days after the Nindar farmers called off their protest, seeking written orders from the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) that a fresh survey of the acquired land would be conducted, the authority on Saturday began construction work of the housing project  in the presence of police force on approximately 40 bighas of mandir mafi land, that it says is undisputed.

It was 11 am when the police gheraoed the Lala Bora ki Dhani and JDA brought in JCB machines. The men had gone out on work and only women and children were at home. We rushed out and showed them the high court orders but they didnt listen to us, Manni Devi (50), who was beaten up by the police, told The Wire.


Flu vaccine found to be completely ineffective because of how it is made "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Image: SCIENTIFIC PROOF: Flu vaccine found to be completely ineffective because of how it is made, new study finds

It is essentially impossible to prove flu vaccine helps at all.  After all we have an annual flu season and it is impossible to prove any variance when the entire population has been vaccinated.
You can claim success just as cheaply.
The vaccine protocol has some historical success, but even that remains controversial in many cases.  A better explanation is universal public hygiene.  It has after all become impossible to eat each others waste.  What has become absurd is the application for dozens of rare ailments never to be encountered while accepting serious risks from the delivery system.
This increase in application of the delivery system has triggered an apparent epidemic in autism, although that has been unsurprisingly denied by the industry... 

It may well be time to end all general vaccinations, just to discover real risks.
SCIENTIFIC PROOF: Flu vaccine found to be completely ineffective because of how it is made, new study finds

Thursday, November 02, 2017 by: Ethan Huff


Finding Jobs Becomes Tougher for Private Engineering College Graduates as IT Hiring Slows "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Hiring experts and placement offices say that recruiters are increasingly seeking skilled candidates.

The dull hiring outlook in the infotech industry has not only meant a slowdown in recruitment but also stagnant compensation packages. Credit: Reuters

The dull hiring outlook in the infotech industry has not only meant a slowdown in recruitment but also stagnant compensation packages. Credit: Reuters

Private engineering colleges are struggling to place their students unlike the Indian Institutes of Technology, which have seen a significant rise in pre-placement offers this year.

These colleges are a source for entry-level recruitments by the information technology (IT) industry. The dull hiring outlook in the infotech industry has not only meant a slowdown in recruitment but also stagnant compensation packages.

These engineering colleges are trying to improve placements by conducting skilling programmes for students and by inviting other industries such as e-commerce, hospitality and healthcare to step up their campus hiring.

Hiring experts and placement offices said recruiters were increasingly seeking skilled candidates and were reducing mass recruitment, especially from private engineering colleges. The effects are visible in the average compensation packages being offered, especially by the infotech industry.

Tamil Nadu College of Engineering, a self-financing college affiliated with Anna University, has seen recruitment by infotech comp...


The Mayors of Bolingbrook: Roger Claar (1986) (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bolingbrook, IL Mayor Roger Claar

File photo of Bolingbrook Mayor Roger C. Claar. (Image from the Village of Bolingbrook web page.)

In 1986, two years after President Ronald Reagan visited Clow UFO Base, Bolingbrook was in crisis. The New World Order forced Mayor Bob Bailey to resign. Old Chicago, once a source of pride for Bolingbrook, is finally torn down. Hair Metal bands are poisoning the minds of our childrens minds. Some fear that Clow could be closed and moved to Chicago.

In this crisis, The Illuminati appoints former village trustee Roger C. Claar as mayor.  In 1979, he was appointed a trustee and brought peace to a divided village board.  After an unsuccessful campaign for mayor, he was appointed administrator of The Men in Blue.  The Illuminati felt that Claar could restore order in Bolingbrook.

Claar did more than restore order in Bolingbrook. His first act as mayor was to announce his loyalty to the New World Order.  Instead of destroying his career, Claar became the longest-serving mayor in Bolingbrooks history, and its most controversial. (2017: Following President Trumps election in 2016, he switched back to the Illuminati and Clow UFO Base is now an Illuminati controlled facility.) Supporters say he spurred Bolingbrooks commercial and industrial growth and is responsible for the village growing to over 70,000 residents. Critics say he runs Bolingbrook like a political machine and uses his campaign fund to live a lavish lifestyle.

When the Babbler first interviewed Mayor Roger Claar, he had recently been appointed mayor. Unlike the other mayors, he seemed to welcome the opportunity to talk to our reporter.

(2017: Content notice for the inappropriate use of the word, crazy.)

Mayor Roger Claar reveals his crazy vision for Bolingbrook!

Reporter:  Thank you for your time.  We usually have to wait months before a mayor will grant us an interview.

Claar:  Dont get too big a head.  I agreed to this interview because I know that not all of your readers believe your stories.  Im using you to reach out to the Babblers sensible readers.

Reporter:  OK, I guess.  So, the first question.  How does it feel to be the mayor?

Claar:  Right now its kind of hectic, but it feels good.  Its like my whole life has been building up to this moment where I can take chaos, and create order.   No, I have a better exam...


How To Legally Refuse A Vaccine, Dr Rima Laibow "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How To Legally Refuse A Vaccine, Dr Rima Laibow

Dr Rima Laibow
Many people are being threatened and pressured into taking vaccines or giving them to their children,
Rima presents a new Vaccine card that not only advises you of your rights, but how to stand up to the hospital staff and government representatives that do not respect your right to choose.

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Breaking Down: Mandatory Fluoridation By Stealth & Why Cannabis "Green Fairies" Are Being Targeted "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Breaking Down: Mandatory Fluoridation By Stealth
& Why Cannabis "Green Fairies" Are Being Targeted

Vinny Rants About how dental decay rates are again being used to push mandatory fluoridation in New Zealand

And goes on to decry the recent arrest of medicinal Cannabis growers and their patients suffering, at a time when the Prime Minister herself is saying she doesn't want people jailed for Cannabis

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'White slavery': the origins of the anti-trafficking movement "IndyWatch Feed"

A nineteenth century drive to protect the morality of white women created the concept of human trafficking, and its legacies live on in border control systems and slavery-based campaigning.

Kendra Miller/flickr. (CC BY-ND 2.0)

The UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (UN Trafficking Protocol), adopted in 2000, is often credited with the first international definition of human trafficking and with marking the beginning of the regulation of trafficking in persons, both in the domestic and international spheres. History shows us otherwise. The foundation of modern anti-trafficking legislation in England was created during the years of 1885 and 1912 through a series of legal interventions in both the domestic and international spheres. The legacies of those laws are still present.

The dominant white slavery discourse at the turn of nineteenth century was largely constructed around the crude juxtaposition of dangerous, foreign men and innocent, white women. The similarities with modern-day anti-trafficking rhetoric are striking. Both narratives, particularly in popular culture and the media, toy with details of innocence and ruin of the victim, coupled with the demonisation of foreign men. Anxieties about race, nationality, and immigration underpinned much of the debate on trafficking. Indeed, the racially neutral term 'traffic' only replaced 'white slavery' in international law in 1921, with the League of Nations International Convention to Combat the Traffic in Women and Children.

From white slavery to trafficking

In England, the campaigns against white slavery culminated in a rally in Hyde Park, London, in August 1885, when tens of thousands of people demanded that white slavery be outlawed and the age of consent for girls be raised. The measure that was adopted first was the Criminal Law Amendment Act (CLAA) 1885.

The CLAA 1885 was significant for creating a definition of a trafficked girl the involuntary prostitute.1 It...

The problem of working for someone: debt, dependence and labour exploitation in Chad "IndyWatch Feed"

Precolonial elites used to enslave the farmers of rural Chad, now they hold them in debt bondage. How much has changed, how much has not?

Women sowing okra in Chad. alina/Flickr. (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Exploitation in the agricultural sector usually results from the subordinate position of workers engaged as farmhands or sharecroppers. Their weak bargaining position vis--vis land owners prevents them from fighting back against low salaries or unequally shared harvest revenues. This does not mean, however, that a farmer is secure when he owns the land he farms. He is not. Small farmers dependence on agricultural cycles force them to borrow money to buy inputs at the beginning of the seeding season and, consequently, to quickly sell the crops after the harvest when the prices are lower to repay the debt. This dynamic has been described in various African contexts where small farmers are engaged, with urging from the state, in farming cash crops like cocoa or coffee.

In this article I want to tackle a case where the weakness of farmers towards traders puts them in positions of extreme exploitation, namely the debt contracted by farmers producing cereals in the Gura region of central Chad. Here farmers are pressed to take loans from the traders of their main crop, often at such high interest rates that they become locked into debt and obliged to give most if not all the harvest away to service that debt. In this situation, the farmer maintains ownership over the land he farms but loses control of its products.

Cereal harvest and debt in central Chad

The Gura region is a mountainous area in central Chad that has been inhabited by scattered groups of non-Muslim farmers for centuries. The target of slavers raids in former times, the people of the Gura region were brought under the protection of the colonial government in the first decade of the twentieth century, only to then be forced to farm the land to pay for a new head tax. This crafted a new economic system where precolonial elites took control of trade, extracting surplus from agricultural production by putting local small holder farmers in debt to them.

This dynamic is reported...

Climate migration will only be a crisis if we make it into one "IndyWatch Feed"

Migration caused by climate change doesnt have to be a crisis. In fact, with the right planning, migration can become a powerful form of climate adaptation. 

Tilling soil in Senegal. IFPRI -IMAGES/Flickr. CC (by-nc-nd)

Last year 23 million people were displaced by extreme weather. As climate change alters the atmosphere, we can expect this kind of human displacement to increase. The displacement of people is now fundamentally linked to climate change.

It is therefore right that the international climate change negotiations happening this week look at this kind of displacement. However it would be a mistake to think that the climate negotiations can fix climate-linked migration and displacement. Or even to think that climate-linked migration is something that needs to be fixed.

Migration as climate adaptation

A new way of thinking about climate change and migration has emerged recently that attempts to harness the power of migration as a way of coping with climate change. Conventional ways of looking at climate-linked migration see it as an apocalyptic problem. News coverage often focuses on the numbers of climate refugees who may be on the move.

However human movement does not have to be chaotic or problematic. Millions of people across the world are currently migrants. It may be that migration will also become a key way for some people to adapt to the worst impacts of climate change. This is very different to conventional adaptation projects, which usually focus on helping people adapt where they are now.

Migration as adaptation aims to help people move in an organised and dignified way to somewhere safer. This could potentially happen in a number of ways for example by helping people finance their move, or by...

'White slavery': the origins of the anti-trafficking movement "IndyWatch Feed"

A nineteenth century drive to protect the morality of white women created the concept of human trafficking, and its legacies live on in border control systems and slavery-based campaigning.

Kendra Miller/flickr. (CC BY-ND 2.0)

The UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (UN Trafficking Protocol), adopted in 2000, is often credited with the first international definition of human trafficking and with marking the beginning of the regulation of trafficking in persons, both in the domestic and international spheres. History shows us otherwise. The foundation of modern anti-trafficking legislation in England was created during the years of 1885 and 1912 through a series of legal interventions in both the domestic and international spheres. The legacies of those laws are still present.

The dominant white slavery discourse at the turn of nineteenth century was largely constructed around the crude juxtaposition of dangerous, foreign men and innocent, white women. The similarities with modern-day anti-trafficking rhetoric are striking. Both narratives, particularly in popular culture and the media, toy with details of innocence and ruin of the victim, coupled with the demonisation of foreign men. Anxieties about race, nationality, and immigration underpinned much of the debate on trafficking. Indeed, the racially neutral term 'traffic' only replaced 'white slavery' in international law in 1921, with the League of Nations International Convention to Combat the Traffic in Women and Children.

From white slavery to trafficking

In England, the campaigns against white slavery culminated in a rally in Hyde Park, London, in August 1885, when tens of thousands of people demanded that white slavery be outlawed and the age of consent for girls be raised. The measure that was adopted first was the Criminal Law Amendment Act (CLAA) 1885.

The CLAA 1885 was significant for creating a definition of a trafficked girl the involuntary prostitute.1 It mad...

The problem of working for someone: debt, dependence and labour exploitation in Chad "IndyWatch Feed"

Precolonial elites used to enslave the farmers of rural Chad, now they hold them in debt bondage. How much has changed, how much has not?

Women sowing okra in Chad. alina/Flickr. (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Exploitation in the agricultural sector usually results from the subordinate position of workers engaged as farmhands or sharecroppers. Their weak bargaining position vis--vis land owners prevents them from fighting back against low salaries or unequally shared harvest revenues. This does not mean, however, that a farmer is secure when he owns the land he farms. He is not. Small farmers dependence on agricultural cycles force them to borrow money to buy inputs at the beginning of the seeding season and, consequently, to quickly sell the crops after the harvest when the prices are lower to repay the debt. This dynamic has been described in various African contexts where small farmers are engaged, with urging from the state, in farming cash crops like cocoa or coffee.

In this article I want to tackle a case where the weakness of farmers towards traders puts them in positions of extreme exploitation, namely the debt contracted by farmers producing cereals in the Gura region of central Chad. Here farmers are pressed to take loans from the traders of their main crop, often at such high interest rates that they become locked into debt and obliged to give most if not all the harvest away to service that debt. In this situation, the farmer maintains ownership over the land he farms but loses control of its products.

Cereal harvest and debt in central Chad

The Gura region is a mountainous area in central Chad that has been inhabited by scattered groups of non-Muslim farmers for centuries. The target of slavers raids in former times, the people of the Gura region were brought under the protection of the colonial government in the first decade of the twentieth century, only to then be forced to farm the land to pay for a new head tax. This crafted a new economic system where precolonial elites took control of trade, extracting surplus from agricultural production by putting local small holder farmers in debt to them.

This dynamic is reported...

Climate migration will only be a crisis if we make it into one "IndyWatch Feed"

Migration caused by climate change doesnt have to be a crisis. In fact, with the right planning, migration can become a powerful form of climate adaptation. 

Tilling soil in Senegal. IFPRI -IMAGES/Flickr. CC (by-nc-nd)

Last year 23 million people were displaced by extreme weather. As climate change alters the atmosphere, we can expect this kind of human displacement to increase. The displacement of people is now fundamentally linked to climate change.

It is therefore right that the international climate change negotiations happening this week look at this kind of displacement. However it would be a mistake to think that the climate negotiations can fix climate-linked migration and displacement. Or even to think that climate-linked migration is something that needs to be fixed.

Migration as climate adaptation

A new way of thinking about climate change and migration has emerged recently that attempts to harness the power of migration as a way of coping with climate change. Conventional ways of looking at climate-linked migration see it as an apocalyptic problem. News coverage often focuses on the numbers of climate refugees who may be on the move.

However human movement does not have to be chaotic or problematic. Millions of people across the world are currently migrants. It may be that migration will also become a key way for some people to adapt to the worst impacts of climate change. This is very different to conventional adaptation projects, which usually focus on helping people adapt where they are now.

Migration as adaptation aims to help people move in an organised and dignified way to somewhere safer. This could potentially happen in a number of ways for example by helping people finance their move, or by...


Iranian Base Just 31 Miles From Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Clarions Shillman Fellow and National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro says theres more to the new Iranian base in Syria than meets the eye. Its all part of an end-times prophecy.

Watch the video to find out more:




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Heck! I Dont Get the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"

Confused by the Middle East? Dont understand the politics? Clarions David Harris breaks the whole thing down to one simple question:




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Kodi Addon Developers Quit Following Threats From MPA, Netflix, Amazon "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

While Kodi is undoubtedly the most popular media player software in the world right now, its also the most hated by entertainment industry groups. On its own its an extremely decent and legal piece of software but with third-party add-ons it becomes a piracy powerhouse.

Earlier this year, following the legal attack on the TVAddons repository, several addon developers decided to call it quits. Facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit was something none of them fancied so shutting down became the preferred option for some. But while others kept going, there are now clear signs that the fallout isnt over yet.

Last evening news began to emerge of fresh upheaval in the Kodi addon scene. In a posting on Twitter, Kodi addon developer jsergio123 delivered the first blow, effectively announcing his retirement.

Sorry to say but I am stopping all development of the urlresolver, metahandler, and my other addons, he said.

Early reports indicate that the retirement was the result of Hollywood threats but as the dust settled there, another clearer case emerged in Europe.

UK-based Kodi addon developer The_Alpha was believed to be involved in the popular Colossus repository, having previously been part of an addon called Bennu, which many view as the successor to the resurrected Phoenix addon.

Yesterday The_Alpha also threw in the towel after receiving a letter at his home in the UK, hand-delivered by the worlds most powerful anti-piracy coalition the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (1,2).

This letter is addressed to you by companies of the six-major United States film studios represented by the Motion Picture Association (MPA), namely Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Disney Enterprises, Inc., Paramount Pictures Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Universal City Studios LLLP and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Netflix, Inc. and Amazon Studios LLC (represented by MPA via the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE)), Sky UK Limited, and The Football Association Premier League Limited, the breathless opening paragraph reads.

We are writin...


Ross 128b: A Newly Discovered "Earth-Like" Exoplanet Orbiting a Less Active Red Dwarf "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Astronomers using the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) at the La Silla Observatory in Chile have discovered an Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting a red dwarf in its "habitable zone". The star, Ross 128, is about 10.89 light years away and is less active than Proxima Centauri, possibly boosting the chances of its exoplanet being habitable. Ross 128b has a minimum mass of about 1.35 Earth masses, and is considered by its discoverers to be "the best temperate [exo]planet known to date". The next step will be to determine the atmospheric composition of Ross 128b:

There's still uncertainty about whether Ross 128 b is within its star's habitable zone, but scientists say that with temperatures of between -60 and +20C, it can be considered temperate.

Next, astronomers want to study the atmospheric composition and chemistry of suitable, nearby worlds like Ross 128 b. The detection of gases such as oxygen could potentially point to biological processes on planets orbiting other stars.

Several gases have already been detected in the atmospheres of exoplanets, but this line of enquiry is expected to be boosted immeasurably when observatories such as the European Southern Observatory's Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) and Nasa's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) come online in the next few years.

Although currently 11 light-years from Earth, the new planet's parent star Ross 128 is moving towards us and is expected to overtake Proxima Centauri as our nearest stellar neighbour in just 79,000 years - a heartbeat on cosmic timescales.

A temperate exo-Earth around a quiet M dwarf at 3.4 parsecs (open, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201731973) (DX)

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'Blue sphere with green tail' meteor fireball seen over Alsace, France "IndyWatch Feed World"

A "huge blue sphere" has been reported as appearing in the sky over Alsace last night, with witnesses speculating over what the object could have been. Around 18h on Tuesday November 14, reports began emerging of a rounded, blue shape with a green tail, flying over the department and the Grand-Est region. Reportedly larger than a star and moving too quickly to be a planet or a plane, the object left witnesses confused as to what it could be. Commentators have suggested it was simply a form of meteor, and more precisely, a "fireball" meteor. "It was likely a small celestial body, which travels very quickly in the Earth's atmosphere and which, on contact with the atmosphere, heats up its gases, giving this luminous trail behind it," explained Jean-Yves Marchal, scientist at the Strasbourg planetarium, speaking to French news source FranceInfo.


Complaint laid against Chief Justice "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This sounds like it could be a big deal: NZs establishment rarely does more than mumble timid concerns to other insiders. So public bias complaint against Chief Justice is bold. Stephen Franks (@franks_lawyer) November 16, 2017 In a dramatic move the leading litigation funding group LPF Group have laid a complaint against chief []


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

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...

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Egypt tries to avoid a fight as allies escalate against Iran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Associated Press


CAIRO (AP) Egypt faces high expectations from Saudi Arabia and its other Gulf Arab benefactors that it will have their back as tensions rise with their rival Iran, including throwing the weight of its military the largest standing Arab army into the crisis if needed.

But Egypt clearly has no desire to be dragged into a military conflict or to see the tensions spiral into another Saudi-Iran proxy battle like the many that are already tearing up the Middle East.

Its reluctance could lead to frictions between Cairo and Riyadh.

Egypts leadership has been striking a balancing act, giving nods of support to its Gulf allies while trying to defuse their escalations against Iran.

Last week, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi proclaimed that any threat to Gulf security is a threat to our own national security, warning Iran to stop meddling. But he also said the region has enough instability and challenges as it is and doesnt need a crisis with Iran or Hezbollah, and he called for dialogue to resolve tensions.

Other Egyptian officials sharpened their rhetoric against non-Arab, Shiite Iran, but have not embraced the sectarian or ethnic slant used by their Sunni-led Gulf friends.

In the past month, Saudi Arabia has twice accused Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of acts of war against it. A direct war between the two regional powerhouses still seems unlikely; but the heightened rhetoric raised fears that it wasnt out of the question or that a new proxy fight could erupt in Lebanon.

Egyptian commentators have bluntly warned against getting mired into a military conflict initiated by the Saudis.

Egypts real national duty is to tell our brothers that we are with them to defend the sec...


Delta Govt Approves Establishment of Agro-Industrial Park, Link Bridge To Burutu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS NOVEMBER 16H (URHOBOTODAY)-The Delta State Executive Council has approved the establishment of an agro-industrial park at Aboh Ogwashi-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area.
The government also approved the construction of Ayakoromo Bridge across River Forcados in Burutu Local Government Area. This bridge, according to the statement made available to Urhobotoday online will make Burutu assessable to other parts of Delta state through road.
The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, said that the approvals were part of the decisions taken at the state Executive Council meeting held in Asaba on Tuesday.
He said the agro-industrial park will provide common dedicated infrastructure and facilities for agro-processing, value addition and agribusiness as a means to improving the ease-of-doing business and promoting economic diversification and growth of the state, including creating more than 5,000 jobs along the agricultural value chain.
According to the Commissioner for Information, the park will be executed through public-private partnership between the state government, Mirai Group in Israel and Norsworthy Investments Limited.
On the Ayakoromo Bridge, Mr. Ukah said the approval is in line with the avowed determination of the state government to link riverine and upland communities in the state to bring about economic and social integration,
According to Mr. Ukah, with the construction of the Ayakoromo Brid...


Muslims in Christmas Ad: Wow You Guys LOVED This Story "IndyWatch Feed War"

A frame from Tesco's 2017 Christmas adA frame from Tescos 2017 Christmas ad (Photo: video screenshot)

Hi there, Clarion readers and viewers.

A couple of days ago we posted this item: Why Would Muslims Be in a Christmas Ad?

We asked for your comments thinking wed get a few reactions, but we never anticipated the strength of feeling in your responses. We were inundated with remarks from you. So we decided to anonymously post some of the comments to give you an idea of what people thought about the Christmas ad for the British Tesco supermarket chain that featured hijab-wearing Muslim women.

Heres what some of you told us (we decided not to publish comments with particularly colorful language Ed.):


  • Muslims make up around 6% of the UK. Tesco and other large companies see this growing group as a way of making more money, whether its through halal food options, Ramadan ranges etc. Muslims will make up 8% of the UK by 2030 and over 10% by 2050, so theyre an untapped source of future cash for many businesses.
    However, I think ultimately Tesco wanted kudos for using hijab clad women in this advert, as it displays their supposed love of diversity, which all big businesses like to pretend they have.
    What I dont understand is the fact that we also have nearly a million Hindus in this country, why do we rarely see Hindi-wearing ladies in saris on adverts? How about Orthodox Jews who are growing rapidly in Manchester, North London and Gateshead? What about an advert catering to the huge Polish population that has grown in the UK since 2004?
    Why not show a Punjabi Sikh family shopping for Christmas presents or a Chinese Buddhist family?
    Its because, despite all of these religious groups growing in number, none of them demand nearly as much attention, recognition and special treatment as Muslims.
  • Muslims are not permitted to take part in kaffir (non-Muslim) religious festivals. So, if Tesco wanted to show integration, then they should hav...


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


Netflix Hilarious Response to the Hariri Crisis "IndyWatch Feed World"

When asked by a Lebanese tweep to do a series on the mysterious resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Netflix responded with , which is pretty much what Lebanon has NOT been doing for the past few years despite pretending to do so. Basically theyre saying leave us out of this mess, but they could be poking fun at Lebanese politics if theyre aware of whats been happening ever since this strategy was initiated.


A Military Coup Is Afoot in Zimbabwe. Whats Next for the Embattled Nation? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The protracted political crisis in Zimbabwe has worsened since President Mugabe fired vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa. Now the military has entered the fray, raising fears a coup is imminent.

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Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace have become increasingly divisive figures in Zimbabwe. Credit: Reuters

Nobody is safe from the rages of Zimbabwes First Lady, Dr. Amai Grace Mugabe. There was the young South African model Grace lashed with extension cords. 93-year-old President Robert Mugabes longtime and usually trusted ally Emmerson Mnangagwa, was next in the firing line: he was sacked because his supporters allegedly booed her at a rally.

The consequences of her vengeance may have led to a coup headed by Zimbabwes army chief General Constantino Chiwenga, who is commonly perceived to be Mnangagwas protg. But ex-freedom fighter Mnangagwa has his own presidential aspirations.

Mnangagwa has been exiled from the party in which he has served since he was a teenager. But he is not just skulking in the political wilderness. On arrival in South Africa he issued a statement calling those who wanted him out minnows. He promised to control his party very soon and urged his supporters to register to vote in the national elections next July.

As if to back Mnangagwa, on November 13 General Chiwenga announced that he and his officers could not allow the counter-revolutionary infiltrators, implied to be behind Grace Mugabe, to...


Despite Widespread Discontent, Urban Gujarat Is Likely to Stand Behind BJP "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The note ban followed soon after by the new tax regime have hit the predominantly mercantile state hard, but the urban voters still cannot see themselves siding with the opposition.

BJP supporters in Gujarat. Credit: PTI

BJP supporters in Gujarat. Credit: PTI

Anil Dave* is mighty upset with the Narendra Modi government. A top corporate executive and a resident of Ahmedabad for the past 25 years, Dave still cannot get past the hindrance caused by the new tax regime. I went to a sweet shop to buy a different kind of sweets for Diwali gifting. Imagine my shock when I found that different sweets like those made out of khoya, milk and besan  had different GST (Goods and Services Tax) rates. The shopkeeper was confused and so was I after the exercise which took a huge amount of time, he says. Although courtesy the forthcoming Gujarat elections the government is bending over backwards to revise GST rates, the angst of people like Dave remains.

Gujarat is essentially a mercantile state. The procedure for filing GST returns has caused a lot of unnecessary headaches for traders. Traders are angry. They have wasted so much time. Medium-scale and small-scale industry and export sectors which are the mainstay of Gujarat have been the most affected, Dave adds. Yet the irony is that folks like Dave cannot see themselves voting for the opposition Congress. Narendrabhais suc...


How Capitalist Central Banks Have Been Creating the Next Financial Crisis "IndyWatch Feed"

As central bankers, finance ministers, and government policy makers head off to their annual gathering at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this August, 24-26, 2017, the key topic is whether the leading central banks in North America and Europe will continue to raise interest rates this year; another topic high on the agenda is when the three []


Bonfire of the Prosecutors Special Prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton? Political war of beltway media? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Political animosities are pushing the U.S. toward a significant political crisis.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Nov. 14.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Nov. 14. PHOTO: CAROLYN KASTER/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nov. 15, 2017 7:04 p.m. ET

American politics has become an endless fox hunt. The hounds heads jerked up this week on news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, responding to a request from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, had asked the Justice Departments career lawyers to look into the possibility of appointing a second special prosecutor, to investigate Hillary Clinton.

Set aside for a moment what the precise meaning of investigate might be. The day doesnt pass anymore without a demand, from the Oval Office or the ozone, that someone should look into some political malefaction. Theoretically, we could have public officials bein...


Britain preparing to transfer 400 million pounds to Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"


LONDON (Reuters) Britain is preparing to transfer over 400 million pounds ($527 million) to Iran as it seeks the release of a jailed Iranian-British aid worker, The Telegraph newspaper reported, citing unidentified British sources.


Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is seen with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and her daughter Gabriella in an undated photograph handed out by her family. Ratcliffe Family Handout via REUTERS

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was sentenced to five years after being convicted by an Iranian court of plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment. She denies the charges.

Britain has sought legal advice over whether it could transfer the funds which it owes as a result of a disputed arms deal in the 1970s. Diplomats told the newspaper that any payment should not be linked to the fate of Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is a charity organization that is independent of Thomson Reuters. It operates independently of Reuters News.

A spokesman for Britains Foreign Office could not be reached for comment out of normal business hours.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Kate Holton


Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe tells Boris Johnson to consider the effect of his gaffe on her imprisonment

Jailed womans husband meets Foreign Secretary and passes on her demand that he consider what its like to watch yourself being called a spy on TV every night

By Adam Lusher

The Independent

Boris Johnson has been confronted with the demand of th...


So much for COP23 there's a whole class of carbon emissions we're totally ignoring "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

In fighting climate change, much has been said about energy efficiency in buildings. What about the carbon emissions involved in constructing buildings in the first place, asks Francesco Pomponi.


Rep says Congress paid out $15M to silence sex harassment victims "IndyWatch Feed World"

Rep says Congress paid out $15M to silence sex harassment victims | 14 Nov 2017 | The US congresswoman who testified that current members of Congress are known sex harassers said Tuesday night that $15 million in hush money has been paid to accusers. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) told MSNBC that the millions have been doled out to alleged victims of harassment from congressional members over the past decade. She did not disclose which members of Congress have been accused of sexual misconduct.


Unpredictable weather, unreliable insurance, unbelievable profit to companies "IndyWatch Feed"

Oficially, the monsoon covered the entire country by July 19. The rain, in fact, was above normal. But it was not of much help to the farmers of Anandgaon, a drought-stricken village in Maharashtras Beed district, who had, on July 14, filed an FIR against the India Meteorological Department (IMD), blaming the countrys premier weather []


Raheel Raza: 500,000 at Risk of FGM in US "IndyWatch Feed War"

As many as half-a-million American women and girls are at risk from the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), according to leading Muslim reformer and Clarion board member Raheel Raza.

She made the comment during a video interview for The Daily Wire while promoting the Censored Womens Film Festival which took place in Los Angeles this week.

FMG includes all procedures involving partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

Most girls who have undergone FGM are cut between the ages of four and 12. The World Health Organization regards FGM as a worldwide public health issue due to its harmful physical and mental effects.

Short-term complications can include hemorrhaging, pain, shock, and even death, while long-term complications include formation of cysts, problems with sexual intercourse and giving birth, chronic pelvic infection and sterility.

The trauma of FGM often lasts a lifetime and can cause depression and anxiety, among other psychological problems.

FGM reduces or eliminate sexual pleasure for the victim.


FGM 101: Infographic

FGM 101

More Mothers Arrested in Michigan FGM Case


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China imposes new rules on policy banks to curb risks "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File | Debt-fuelled investment has underpinned Chinese economys rapid growth, but there are widespread concerns that years of freewheeling credit could lead to a financial crisis with global implications

BEIJING (AFP)  China has set new rules to curb risks at its policy banks, stepping up oversight of the countrys financial system as Beijing looks to address a ballooning debt crisis that threatens the worlds number two economy.
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For the first time, the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) will impose specific rules designed in part to reduce financial risk at three banks tasked with funding Beijings pet projects and supporting Chinese companies abroad.

The rules, released on Wednesday, include setting up mechanisms to make sure they do not lend more cash than they can afford as well as corporate governance provisions.

The new rules come as Beijing copes with ballooning debt that some analysts say threatens the stability of the Chinese economy.

The three banks China Development Bank, Export-Import Bank of China and the Agricultural Development Bank of China had 25 trillion yuan ($3.8 trillion) in assets at the end of September, according to state news agency Xinhua.

That makes them roughly as large as the countrys biggest state-owned bank, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.

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The special regulations will strengthen risk control and ensure the policy banks safe and stable operations, an unnamed CBRC spokesman said on the commissions website, noting the lenders had consulted commercial banking regulations since their establishment in 1994.

The policy banks figure prominently in President Xi Jinpings signature One Belt, One Road project that China says will invest $1 trillion in Asian and European countries to revive ancient trade routes with a massive network of rail and maritime links.

Some of the projects have faced headwinds and critics say the initiative is weighing down some countries with debt...


North Korea to be ROCKED by seismic aftershocks for MONTHS following major earthquake : Was it a HAARP Job? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific" NORTH Korean citizens have been warned to expect large aftershocks for months following the 5.4-magnitude tremor that struck South Korea on Wednesday. South Korea has been relatively safe from major earthquakes, but geologists have expressed concern over the rising number of tremors felt in recent years and warned of bigger seismic movements to come. []

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Green horse trading bombed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A leaked Green email suggests an attempt at negotiating with Labour over some minor policies and Martyn Bradbury is having a fit over it. Stuff:  Horse trading between Labour and Greens to get NZ Firsts Waka Jumping bill across the line Labour, NZ First and National have all decried a Green Party MPs suggestion []


Spate of Arrests Plagues American Jihadi Cult "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The past half-year has been turning sour for a U.S.-based jihadist cult with a terrorist history that claims to be establishing peaceful Islamic villages across America. The group is being affected by multiple arrests of its members while it prepares for the impending death of its leader in Pakistan.

Since May, five reported members and associates of Muslims of America (MOA) have been arrested for crimes ranging from murder to illegal weapons possession to running illicit drugs to forgery. MOA used to be known as Jamaat ul-Fuqra.

While its not clear that any of these illegal acts were directed by the groups leadership or directly connected to MOAs communes, previous arrests and declassified documents show that the U.S. government believes MOA and its leadership in Pakistan use revenue from drug sales and engage in extensive trafficking of firearms.

Muslims of America, which was founded in 1980, has claimed to have 22 camps and compounds secluded in isolated areas of the United States, located in such states as Texas, Virginia, New York, South Carolina, Georgia and more.

Some of the locations were built for the express purpose of providing members Islamic guerilla warfare training.

The Pakistani leader of MOA, Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, was recorded in a secret recruitment video saying the purpose of the camps is to prepare them to defend themselves and give them highly specialized training in guerilla warfare.

In the private video, he tells his American Muslim followers, We will train you to be like tigers and lions.

Problems for the group started in April of this year when Jihad Ray, 27, was arrested for murder after shooting Brandon Hernandez, 22, outside an after-hours nightclub on the West Side of Binghamton, NY.

Jihad Ray, who one source says has stayed at the Islamberg commune that hosts the organizations headquarters in Hancock, NY, pled guilty to Hernandezs shooting death on October 18. Hell be sentenced to 18 years in prison on December 14.

A motive for the killing is unclear, though police suspect it was gang related.

Shortly following the death of Hernandez, police arrested longtime MOA associate Ramadan Abdullah on multiple counts of criminal weapons possession. Our sources say it set off panic within the group.

Police originally detained Abdullah on May 31 after security at a Gander Mountain Store in Johnson City, NY saw him steal four boxes of ammunition. A search warrant of Abdullahs residence led police to then search a storage locker he was renting in t...


A Perfect Fit, by Isaac Asimov "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Gold said, You underwent due process in great detail, and there was no reasonable doubt that you were guilty

Even so!  Look!  We live in a computerized world.  I cant do a thing anywhere I cant get information I cant be fed I cant amuse myself I cant pay for anything, or check on anything, or just plain do anything without using a computer.  And I have been adjusted, as you surely know, so that I am incapable of looking at a computer without hurting my eyes, or touching one without blistering my fingers.  I cant even handle my cash card or even think of using it without nausea.

Gold said, Yes, I know all that.  I also know you have been given ample funds for the duration of yoiur punishment, and that the general public has been asked to sympathize and be helpful.  I believe they do this.

I dont want that.  I dont want their help and their pity.  I dont want to be a helpless child in a world of adults.  I dont want to be an illiterate in a world of people who can read.  Help me end the punishment.  Its been almost a month of hell.  I cant go through eleven more.

That is from the short story A Perfect Fit, from 1981, reproduced in the volume The Winds of Change and other stories.  Ive been rereading some Asimov lately, in preparation for my chat with Andy Weir, and much of it has held up remarkably well.

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The Struggle in the Democratic Party "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The fight for control over the Democratic party continues....


Uncritical amplification of NGO allegations on BBC One "IndyWatch Feed War"

For some years now we have been documenting the BBCs quote and promote editorial policy regarding NGOs. The overwhelming majority of the NGOs given a platform in the BBCs coverage of Israel come from one side of the political spectrum and some of them are even involved in lawfare campaigns against Israel.

However, the BBC serially fails to meet its own editorial guidelines on impartiality which stipulate that the particular viewpoint of contributors should be clarified and audiences hence remain unaware of the fact that the information they are receiving is not only consistently unbalanced but often politically motivated.

Another example of unquestioning BBC amplification of politicised messaging put out by campaigning NGOs was seen in the November 5th edition of BBC Ones The Andrew Marr Show during an interview (available here) with the Israeli prime minister....


Headlines Tell the Story "IndyWatch Feed"

Since 2001 the US has been at War in Afghanistan the longest war in US history. Headlines concisely tell the story of this cruel boomeranging quagmire of human violence and misery. Below are some newspaper headlines from 2010 to the present to show that a militarized foreign policy without Congress exercising its Constitutional duties []


Links 16/11/2017: Tails 3.3, Deepin 15.5 Beta "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Nigeria: 10 Killed and 30 Injured in Maiduguri Suicide Bombing "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Suicide bomb attackers killed 10 people and wounded 30 in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Wednesday. Credit: AK Rockefeller/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Suicide bomb attackers killed 10 people and wounded 30 in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Wednesday. Credit: AK Rockefeller/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Maiduguri: Suicide bomb attackers killed 10 people and wounded 30 in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Wednesday, an emergency agency official said.

Islamist militant group Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people since 2009 as part of its attempt to create an Islamic state in the Lake Chad basin.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the latest attack, which emergency officials and members of a government-approved vigilante group said was carried out by four female bombers in the Muna Garage district of Maiduguri at about 6 pm (5 pm GMT).

The use of female bombers is a hallmark of Boko Haram attacks.

We have so far recorded 10 peoples deaths and about 30 victims injured, said Bello Dambatta, a spokesman for the State Emergency Agency (SEMA).

Maiduguri is the capital of Borno stat...


Lupari says Religious Education must be a compulsory subject in PNG's Education System "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Religious Education should be a compulsory subject in the school system, says the Chief Secretary to Government, Ambassador Isaac Lupari.
Chief Secretary Amb Lupari said that Government must seriously consider introducing Religious Education as a compulsory subject in our education system.
Amb Lupari made this statement when addressing the Heads of Govt Agencies at a recent Departmental Heads meeting in Port Moresby.

If we are going to address law & order, social ills, decline in ethical standard, decline in morality, increase in domestic drug abuse and so forth, in a serious manner, we must introduce Religious Education as a compulsory subject in our school system.
What we are doing today, will not address the root cause of these social problems in the country.
The root causes are lack of discipline and respect for our culture and respect for our laws.
How do we address these causes? 

Religious Education is one of the only viable solutions, said Amb Lupari.
We are a Christian country and Christianity is defined in our Constitution.
Yet this is not translated or embraced in our education and work place systems.
If we introduce or make Religious Education as a compulsory subject such as science and maths, we will produce educated population based on discipline, respect, integrity and value for each other, he said.
The impact on our society will be positive. We will have lesser social ills, law & order problems and more importantly increase in economic prosperity.
I am really happy that the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has seen the merits of Religious Education and directed us to work together with all stakeholders to develop the Religious Education program.


Grace Mugabe: Why is the Presidents wife at the centre of Zimbabwes crisis? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hes 93. Shes 52. And theyve both been put under house arrest by Zimbabwes army. At the centre of the crisis currently gripping Zimbabwe is President Robert Mugabes wife Grace. Her rise from political obscurity to become the front-runner to succeed her ageing husband appears to have prompted the countrys military to step in, with []

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New genomic insights reveal a surprising two-way journey for apple on the Silk Road "IndyWatch Feed"

Centuries ago, the ancient networks of the Silk Road facilitated a political and economic openness between the nations of Eurasia. But this network also opened pathways for genetic exchange that shaped one of the worlds most popular fruits: the apple. As travelers journeyed east and west along the Silk Road, trading their goods and ideas, []


Commonwealth Bank commits to exiting coal "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Australian finance giant Commonwealth Bank has indicated it will bring its coal funding down to zero, in line with the global transition to a low-carbon economy.


Two-Thirds of Top Silver Miners Suffering Significant Production Declines "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Two-Thirds of Top Silver Miners Suffering Significant Production Declines from Schiff Gold The world silver market may be on the verge of a major supply crunch. Two-thirds of the top silver miners have suffered significant production decreases in 2017, according...

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(Video) The Quantum Shift -- Dr. Sam Mugzzi, Kent Dunn, and Drake Bailey "IndyWatch Feed World"

Published on Nov 15, 2017

Updates on current events, and galactic battles. We covered a lot of issues and great intel was shared.


Golden Leaf Cut From Napoleons Crown to be Auctioned in France "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Auctioneer Jean-Pierre Osenat displays the court waistcoat of French Emperor Napoleon at the office of Ossenat auction house in Paris, France, November 15, 2017. The court waistcoat will go under the hammer on Sunday and is expected to fetch between 100,000 and 150,000 euros. Credit: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

Auctioneer Jean-Pierre Osenat displays the court waistcoat of French Emperor Napoleon at the office of Ossenat auction house in Paris, France, November 15, 2017. The court waistcoat will go under the hammer on Sunday and is expected to fetch between 100,000 and 150,000 euros. Credit: Reu...


Tillerson Calls for Credible Probe of Atrocities in Myanmar "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Myanmars State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attend a press conference at Naypyitaw, Myanmar November 15, 2015. REUTERS/Aye Win Myint

Naypyitaw: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Wednesday for a credible investigation into reports of human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims committed by Myanmars security forces after a meeting with its civilian and military leaders.

More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military counter-insurgency clearance operation in Buddhist-majority Myanmars Rakhine State that a top UN official has described as a textbook case of ethnic cleansing.

Were deeply concerned by credible reports of widespread atrocities committed by Myanmars security forces and by vigilan...


Marwa Osman Reports on the Saudi Purge "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Lebanese Prime Minister has resigned on Saudi tv. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has rounded up a dozen other princes in the House of Saud in a startling move that threatens to upset the kingdom. Reports that King Salman will step aside for the crown prince abound. What on earth is happening? Joining us to help sort through the rubble of this incredible week is Marwa Osman, a political analyst and commentator in Beirut.


Why you should consider ordering The Matrix Revealed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Why you should consider ordering The Matrix Revealed

by Jon Rappoport

November 16, 2017

My mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, contains interviews with two men who go farther in explaining how Matrix Reality is built, brick by brick, than anything Ive ever encountered.

The first man is Ellis Medavoy (pseudonym), a retired propaganda master who, for many years, served the Deep State/ shadow government. Over a series of interviews (28 interviews, 290 pages), Ellis reveals how the space, time, and rhythm of the mind is shaped by operators who know more about REAL psychology than all the academics at all the colleges in the world.

The second man is brilliant hypnotherapist, Jack True. Jack and I researched together for several years. In 43 interviews (320 pages), Jack lays bare his experiences with patients, and how he discovered mechanisms of the mind that could be manipulatedor used to liberate the mind from its own traps and diversions and deeply ingrained habits.

Together, these two men showed me more about the Matrix than I had found in decades of investigation. Their insights are as much about liberation as they are about mind control.

The Matrix Revealed also contains my logic course, designed to immerse people with a high-school reading level in the first waves of rational thinking and analysis.

You can watch me briefly discuss The Matrix Revealed here:

And here are the full contents of my mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed:

* 250 megabytes of information.

* Over 1100 pages of text.

* Ten and a half hours of audio.

The 2 bonuses alone are rather extraordinary:

* My complete 18-lesson course, LOGIC AND ANALYSIS, which includes the teachers manual and audio to guide you. I was previously selling the course for $375. This is a new way to teach logic, the subject that has been missing from schools for decades.

* The complete text (331 pages) of AIDS INC., the book that exposed a conspiracy of scientific fraud deep within the m...


Multi-Stage Android/TrojanDropper.Agent.BKY Malware bypasses Google Play detection once again "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Researchers from security firm ESET, discovered a multi-stage Malware dubbed Android/TrojanDropper.Agent.BKY that evaded Google Play detection.

Security experts at ESET have discovered a multi-stage Android malware, tracked as Android/TrojanDropper.Agent.BKY, that was available for download in the official Google Play store.

The researchers have found eight malicious applications in the official application store (MEX Tools, Clear Android, Cleaner for Android, World News, WORLD NEWS, World News PRO, , and ), they appear as legitimate applications and use advanced anti-detection features.

Detected by ESET security systems as Android/TrojanDropper.Agent.BKY, these apps form a new family of multi-stage Android malware, legitimate-looking and with delayed onset of malicious activity. states the analysis published by ESET.

The experts highlighted the use of advanced anti-detection features implemented by these apps that were downloaded only by several hundred users.

The Android/TrojanDropper.Agent.BKY samples analyzed by ESET employ a multi-stage architecture along with encryption.

Once downloaded and installed, the malicious apps do not request any suspicious permissions and even mimic the activity they were supposed to.

In background, the apps decrypt and execute a first-stage payload designed to decrypt and execute the second-stage payload from the assets of the app downloaded from Google Play.Android TrojanDropper Agent.BKY

The malware implements obfuscatory measures to remain under the radar.

The second-stage payload downloads a malicious application from a hardcoded URL it waits around 5 minutes before asking users to install the third-stage payload that masquerades as Adobe Flash Player or another popular app.

The app downloaded by the second-stage payload is disguised as well-known software like Adobe Flash Player or as something legitimate-sounding yet completely fictional for example Android Update or Adobe Upd...


5 Reasons Why You Should Never Eat Reeses Peanut Butter Cups Again! "IndyWatch Feed World"

While Reeses started out with great ingredients the ingredients they use these days are what some might consider questionable. Sure, they taste good, but are they something we should be eating?

Sure, as you do down the ingredients list things may look fine, but once you get to dissecting those letters and looking into what is really in your peanut butter cup you begin to notice all kinds of issues. Reeses peanut butter cups come in all different shapes and sizes, but that doesnt mean the small ones are any safer than the big ones if you are going to eat a peanut butter cup, make your own.

5 Reasons Why Peanut Butter Cups Are Not A Good Snack Choice:

1. Sugar

Well, right off the bat they are far too sugary. Since they are so delicious we end up eating way too many and taking in more sugar than we should. As you may notice on their ingredients list they have sugar which in the world of food could refer to anything from lactose to glucose or fructose and everything in-between. Sure, in moderation if this was the only issue would be fine, but it is one of many issues.

2. Dextrose

Yes, it also contains a simple sugar known as dextrose which is known for increasing ones blood sugar levels. This sugar is something we are already ingesting far too much of and it serves no real nutritional value. Now, dont get me wrong dextrose is safer than some of the other sugars on the market, but it can be dangerous given the amount we consume. It is also something those with a gluten allergy should be avoiding. Personally, I dont see the need for so many different sugars in one product.


TBHQ stands for tertiary butylhydroquinone and is derived from petroleum. This is something that can be highly toxic and a mere 5 grams of it can actually kill you. It is used to prevent the oxidation of fats and oils in food which means it helps to extend shelf-life but that doesnt mean it is safe. It can actually cause stomach cancer.

Potential health risk associated with this preservative include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tinnitus
  • Liver Toxicity
  • Reproductive Mutations



Fluoridation fight taken to Supreme Court: New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A group fighting the fluoridation of drinking water supplies in the south Taranaki towns of Waverley and Patea has taken its legal battle to the Supreme Court. It follows earlier hearings in the High Court and Court of Appeal, which ruled against legal arguments raised by New Health New Zealand, including a suggestion that fluoridation []

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IBM makes 20 qubit quantum computing machine available as a cloud service "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The company also announced that IBM researchers had successfully built a 50 qubit prototype, which is the next milestone for quantum computing, but its unclear when we will see this commercially available.

While the earliest versions of IBMs quantum computers were offered for free to build a community of users, and help educate people on programming and using these machines, todays announcement is the first commercial offering. It will be available by the end of the year.


Study Claims Quark Fusion May Be the Energy Source of the Future "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Scientists propose that quark fusion may be an energy source eight times more powerful than nuclear fusion.



The Quantum Computer Factory Thats Taking on Google and IBM "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Who says Silicon Valley doesnt fund real technology any more?


Eating chocolate and drinking red wine could help prevent ageing, according to a study "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A compound in dark chocolate and red wine could help rejuvenate cells, according to a scientific breakthrough.

Researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Brighton have made the sizeable breakthrough on ageing and discovered a way to rejuvenate inactive senescent cells.

They found that they could make the cells both look and behave like younger cells.


Skin wounds heal faster if they occurred during the day "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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A groundbreaking discovery reveals that wounds heal 60% faster if they occurred during the day instead of at night.


Heres How to Get to Conscious Machines, Neuroscientists Say "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Like most cerebral movies, Ex Machina leaves the conclusion up to the viewer: was Ava actually conscious? In doing so, it also cleverly avoids a thorny question that has challenged most AI-centric movies to date: what is consciousness, and can machines have it?

Hollywood producers arent the only people stumped. As machine intelligence barrels forward at breakneck speednot only exceeding human performance on games such as DOTA and Go, but doing so without the need for human expertisethe question has once more entered the scientific mainstream.

Are machines on the verge of consciousness?


Integrated circuits printed directly onto fabric for the first time "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A sample integrated circuit printed on fabric. (credit: Felice Torrisi)

Researchers at the University of Cambridge, working with colleagues in Italy and China, have incorporated washable, stretchable, and breathable integrated electronic circuits into fabric for the first time opening up new possibilities for smart textiles and wearable textile electronic devices.

The circuits were made with cheap, safe, and environmentally friendly inks, and printed using conventional inkjet-printing techniques.


Artificial Intelligence Is Putting Ultrasound on Your Phone "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Two-thirds of the worlds population doesnt have access to medical imaging. A company called Butterfly Network is trying to change that.


A New Futuristic Robot Lets Your Arms Lift Half a Ton "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Have you ever lifted half a ton? With the Guardian GT, a set of robotic arms, you could do so with as little as two kilogram (five pounds) of force, allowing you to have superhuman strength.

Elon Musk recently made headlines asserting that, in order for us to both progress and survive as a species, we must merge with machines and become cyborgs. And, as climate change rages onwards and the biological difficulties of completing a human mission to Mars become ever more apparent, many are beginning to agree.


South Korea is building a $35 billion city designed to eliminate the need for cars "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

By 2020, Songdos International Business District will span 100 million square feet. The South Korean city aims to prioritize pedestrians over cars.


Regeneration of the entire human epidermis using transgenic stem cells "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

[p]Patients with junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB) carry mutations in genes that encode components of the basement membrane, which ensures the integrity between the epidermis and the dermis, such as laminin-332. These mutations cause blistering of the skin and chronic wounds. Following initial treatment of an adult patient with a limited affected region, Michele De Luca and colleagues reconstruct the full epidermis of a 7-year-old patient with autologous transgenic cells transduced with a virus vector carrying the non-mutated form of laminin-322.


73% of Fortune 500 Companies Used Offshore Tax Havens in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed"

A new study reveals the extent to which companies are using tax havens to avoid U.S. taxes and undermines the case for any tax proposal that would allow companies to repatriate their U.S. profits at a special low tax rate. In 2016, nearly three in four Fortune 500 companies maintained subsidiaries in offshore tax havens, []


Surprise Your Loved One with a Heart Keychain "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Sometimes the simplest projects can be the most impressive. Most of the time our simple projects are not as neat and elegant as our more time consuming ones. Sometimes they dont even leave the breadboard! When [Sasa Karanovic] first envisioned his key-chain idea, he knew it would be simple. But he made up for the lack of sophistication with style.

The heart-shaped key-chain has one goal to flash a pair of red LEDs when a capacitive button is touched. He was able to accomplish this with a PIC12LF1822 and a handful of supporting components. Were quite impressed with the soldering skills and layout of the PCB. The resistors, LEDs and single capacitor are 0603 surface mount devices, which push the limits of hand soldering. [Sasa] gives a great explanation of how capacitive touch buttons work and how they can be easily incorporated directly into a PCB.

Whats the smallest SMD youve soldered? Let us know in the comments, along with what you think about this nifty key-chain.


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Remedy Wanted To Cut Peoples Medical Bills, But The Healthcare System Wouldnt Let It "IndyWatch Feed World"

The company was stymied by antiquated and uncooperative billing practices across the industryan ominous sign for any hope that we might modernize how we pay for doctors visits anytime soon.

Talking to the media last summer, Victor Echevarria sounded confident about Remedy, his startup helping people correct mistakes and get refunds on their medical bills. The company had been testing its servicea mixture of algorithmic software and human billing expertisefor months, and the results seemed both impressive and promising. Beta customers had saved thousands of dollars after Echevarrias team had questioned bills on their behalf.

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IBM says its new free service will help keep IoT devices safe from hackers "IndyWatch Feed World"

IBM Security, along with the internet infrastructure group Packet Clearing House and the Global Cyber Alliance, launched a free service today that they say will help users avoid phishing attacks and keep their connected devices safe from hackers. Quad9, as the service is called, is a domain name service provider, meaning it translates domain names

IBM Security, along with the internet infrastructure group Packet Clearing House and the Global Cyber Alliance, launched a free service today that they say will help users avoid phishing attacks and keep their connected devices safe from hackers.

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Opioid Commission Drops the Ball, Demonizes Cannabis "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Opioid commission's anti-marijuana argument stirs anger

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, head of the presidential commission on opioids, warned of the dangers of marijuana in a letter to President Donald Trump earlier this month about the panel's findings, saying the current push for marijuana legalization could further fuel the opioid epidemic.

"There is a lack of sophisticated outcome data on dose, potency, and abuse potential for marijuana. This mirrors the lack of data in the 1990s and early 2000s when opioid prescribing multiplied across health care settings and led to the current epidemic of abuse, misuse and addiction," Christie wrote in the letter, which was released with the commission's final report.

"The Commission urges that the same mistake is not made with the uninformed rush to put another drug legally on the market in the midst of an overdose epidemic."

[...] But some experts say the commission's fixation on marijuana was bizarre and troubling, lending credence to outdated views of marijuana as a gateway drug. And these experts want to nip such thinking in the bud.

They emphasized that they support efforts to curb the nation's opioid epidemic, but not the demonization of marijuana in the process.

"I was surprised to see negative language about marijuana in the opioid report," said Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, a professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "Research that examines pain and marijuana shows that marijuana use significantly reduces pain. In addition, the majority of studies examining marijuana and opioids show that marijuana use is associated with less opioid use and less opioid-related deaths."

You had one job.


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$20.2bn missing from NNPC since 1999 Falana "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, (SAN), has accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of failing to remit over $20.2billion since the return of democracy in 1999 till date. He said, instead of piling up external loans, the Federal Government should be compelled by the Nigerian people to embark on the immediate recovery and repatriation of hundreds of billions of dollars from the NNPC. Falana said this yesterday in Lagos at a National Seminar on Promoting Transparency and Accountability in the Recovery of Stolen Asset in Nigeria: Agenda for...

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Russian R-330Zh jammer detected 7 km from the contact line in Donbas "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Russian R-330Zh Zhitel SIGINT and jammer system (entered service with the Russian army in 2008) and...

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US Must Not Strike North Korea Without Seouls Consent, Says South Korea "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

South Korea's president-elect Moon Jae-in and Choo Mi-ae, leader of the Democratic Party of Korea, thank supporters at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, South Korea, May 9, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon - RC15323D3430

South Koreas president-elect Moon Jae-in and Choo Mi-ae, leader of the Democratic Party of Korea, thank supporters at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, South Korea, May 9, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon RC15323D3430

Washington: US President Donald Trump should under no circumstances take military action against North Korea without the consent of the government in Seoul, the chairwom...


NBS: Inflation trends down to 15.91 in October "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For fifth consecutive time, Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation, decreased to 15.91 per cent (year-on-year) in October 2017, lower than the 15.98 figure recorded in September, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has declared. The NBS disclosed this in its CPI October 2017 Report released yesterday in Abuja. The CPI increased by 15.91 per cent (year-on-Year) in October 2017. According to the bureau, this is 0.07 per cent points lower than the rate recorded in September (15.98 per cent). On a month-on-month basis, the headline index increased by...

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The persistent influence of the frontier on American life "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Samuel Bazzi, Martin Fiszbein, and Mesay Gebresilasse have a new NBER working paper on that theme, here is the abstract:

In a classic 1893 essay, Frederick Jackson Turner argued that the American frontier promoted individualism. We revisit the Frontier Thesis and examine its relevance at the subnational level. Using Census data and GIS techniques, we track the frontier throughout the 1790-1890 period and construct a novel, county-level measure of historical frontier experience. We document skewed sex ratios and other distinctive demographics of frontier locations, as well as their greater individualism (proxied by infrequent children names). Many decades after the closing of the frontier, counties with longer historical frontier experience exhibit more prevalent individualism and opposition to redistribution and regulation. We take several steps towards a causal interpretation, including an instrumental variables approach that exploits variation in the speed of westward expansion induced by national immigration inflows. Using linked historical Census data, we identify mechanisms giving rise to a persistent frontier culture. Selective migration contributed to greater individualism, and frontier conditions may have further shaped behavior and values. We provide evidence suggesting that rugged individualism may be rooted in its adaptive advantage on the frontier and the opportunities for upward mobility through effort.

I am very much a proponent of this line of reasoning.

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NDDC, SMEDAN set to establish enterprise hub "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and a private sector organisation for the establishment of Nigerias first enterprise innovation and growth hub. The tripartite agreement, which kick-starts the investment hub project, was signed yesterday during a meeting at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt between the NDDC, SMEDAN and Builders Hub Impact Investment Programme (BHIIP). The NDDC Managing Director, Mr. Nsima Ekere, said that the meeting was a follow up to a...

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Take it from the AIPACs Mouth (video) "IndyWatch Feed War"

November 14, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon By Gilad Atzmon In this precious video, AIPAC delivers a devastating message to the American people. Your political system is hijacked by a foreign aggressive lobby it doesnt matter if you vote for the Democrats or the Republicans, if you like Clinton or prefer Trump, your political system is dominated by a []


Adityanath Government Asks I&B Ministry to Delay Release of Padmavati "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The state governments letter also says that the censor board should take into account peoples views while making a decision on the film.

UP chief minister Adityanath. Credit: PTI

UP chief minister Adityanath. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government has reportedly asked the central Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to defer the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansalis Padmavati because of public anger over the script and distorted historical facts. The release of the film, the state governments letter to the ministry says, could lead to an adverse effect on the law and order situation and also pose serious security issues.

The letter, from UPs principal secretary (home) Arvind Kumar, also says that the administration will be busy on December 1 the date of the films release with the counting of civic poll votes and preparations for the Muslim festival Barawafat, Indian Express reported. while movies based on facts, with positive stories, motivate and influence the society to move on the right path, movies with distorted historical facts, exaggeration, false and fictional stories create a vicious atmosphere in the nation and society, develop social hatred and generate serious challenges for law and order, the letter says.



Cambodias Opposition Braces for Supreme Court Decision "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen attends a meeting with garment workers, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 8, 2017. Reuters/Samrang Pring

Cambodias Prime Minister Hun Sen attends a meeting with garment workers, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 8, 2017. Reuters/Samrang Pring

Phnom Penh: Cambodias Supreme Court on Thursday began its final session to decide whether to dissolve the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), thus ensuring victory for Prime Minister Hun Sens ruling party in next years general election.

A verdict is expected later in the day, amidst an increasingly tense political situation and a campaign by the ruling Cambodian Peoples Party (CPP) to crush the opposition ahead of the vote.

If the...


Abia PDP behind Kalus presidential posters, says APC chair "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Abia State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that the fake posters of former governor of Abia State with the inscription Vote Orji Kalu for President in 2019 being pasted in Lagos, Abuja, Umuahia and other cities was the handiwork of political jobbers. Condemning the uncivilised act, Abia State Chairman of the APC, Hon.Emma Nwankpa stressed that the perpetrators of the act were members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, who were envious of massive support the APC had galvanised at the grassroots. He,...

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Modesto, CA: Autonomists and Anarchists Organize Clothes Drive "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Last weekend, autonomists and anarchists organized a coat and clothes drive in the Downtown Modesto area, with hundreds of free items. The event was the the end result of several days of organizing and collecting donations from the community including warm clothing as well as fresh apples, toothbrushes, and other free dental supplies.

The event itself was attended by over 50 people, and during the event we had numerous positive interactions with individuals who discussed everything from job loss to how to get involved in the future with upcoming events. We also put up a banner that read: Free Clothes in Spanish and in English, as well as the slogan, Community Mutual Aid with a circle (A). We also flew a red and black flag. We did this to make clear that this event was not simply carried out as an act of charity, but instead to put forward a set of anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian ideas, reclaim public space, have fun, and also meet people in our community. Police drove by, but did not fuck with us.

In the past several years, attempts by the city, police, and developers to remake the Downtown core by driving out poor, homeless, youth, and the working class, have largely backfired. Many businesses have shut down, including the one grocery store in the Downtown area, cutting off access to a main supply of food for many elderly and impoverished people. But, there are signs that the gentrification machine will attempt to continue on the path ahead, especially in the wake of many stores shuttering, with new hip and swanky stores and bars openly in the Downtown. We can only assume that developers are hoping to accommodate displaced people from the bay area, while at the same time displacing us in turn.



An Honest American: Sean Hannity Will Reserve Judgement on Roy Moore Challenges Far Left Hack Gloria Allred to Release Yearbook "IndyWatch Feed"

On Tuesday night, Fox News host Sean Hannity called on Alabama GOP Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore to explain inconsistencies in his story surrounding allegations of sexual harrassment within 24 hours or drop out of the race.

In an attempt to quell Hannitys concerns, Judge Moore tweeted a powerful open letter to the Fox News host Wednesday evening.

** Josh Caplan reported this earlier at The Gateway Pundit.

The powerful open letter reads:

Dear Sean:

I am suffering the same treatment other Republicans have had to endure.

A month prior to the general election for U.S. Senate in Alabama, I have been attacked by the Washington Post and other liberal media in a desperate attempt to smear my character and defeat my campaign.

Over the last 40 years I have held several public offices, including Deputy District Attorney, Circuit Judge, and Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. In addition to running five statewide and three county campaigns for public office, I have been involved in two major controversies that attracted national attention, one about the Ten Commandments and the other the sanctity of marriage.

The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission, Court of the Judiciary, and Attorney General have investigated, scrutinized, examined, and vetted me, not to mention every opposing candidate against whom I have run.

I have been married for almost 33 years to my wife Kayla. We have four children and five granddaughters.

We are in the process of investigating these false allegations to determine their origin and motivation. For instance, we have documented that the most recent accuser, Beverly Nelson, was a party in a divorce action before me in Etow...


Suswam: I dont begrudge Ortom "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former governor of Benue State, Dr. Gabriel Suswam has said that he harboured no bitterness against his successor, Governor Samuel Ortom, or anybody that is behind his travails, which he described, had been from one jail to another and from one court to the other. Suswam stated this yesterday while addressing Pastors at the ongoing Synod of the Universal Reformed Christian Church (URCC) otherwise referred to as NKST at Mkar in Gboko Local Government Area of the state. I accept my present condition as the work of God and I...

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As Anambra decides "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The state of Anambra is strong, financially, economically and indeed psychologically. You will be taking over the reins of state where there is sanity, political civility and overall decorum Peter Obi in handover note in 2014. I had resisted the lure to get involved in Anambra State gubernatorial imbroglio because of some very personal issues but after watching the debate of the five leading contestants on Channels Television last Sunday, I was urged by the journalism in me to serve the society rather than my personal interest. Anambra politics...

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Anambra poll: Kalu begins houseto- house campaign for Nwoye "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ahead of the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State, former Abia State governor and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Orji Kalu has commenced grassroots mobilisation for the partys flag bearer, Dr. Tony Nwoye. The frontline politician urged Ndi Anambra not to lose an opportunity to join mainstream politics, adding that Ndigbo would benefit immensely if Anambra State was governed by the APC. Kalu while extolling outstanding qualities of Nwoye, stressed that the APC flag bearer had capacity to put smiles on the faces of the people,if...

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El-Rufai inaugurates economic board "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As part of efforts to bring development closer to the people, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai yesterday inaugurated the states Economic Planning Board (EPB). El-Rufai said the board was instituted to primarily ensure effective coordination in the preparation of local government plans and budget with the goal of improving the quality of life of the people. Represented by the Deputy Governor, Bala Barnabas Bantex, the governor said the state had already developed Local Government Planning and Budgeting Manual to guide local government officials in planning and budgeting process to...

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Apakah Profesi Wartawan Aman di Indonesia? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Apakah Profesi Wartawan Aman di Indonesia?

Oleh Yerry Borang and Egbert Wits

Sebelumnya di tahun 2017, kami bekerja sama dengan Citizen Lab, untuk berdiskusi dengan wartawan-wartawan dari Papua, Aceh, dan Jawa Tengah untuk mendalami masalah terkini mengenai keamanan bekerja sebagai wartawan. Enam belas wartawan kami wawancarai, kami fokus pada persoalan keamanan digital dan bagaimana wartawan menggunakan teknologi (dengan aman). Selain di Indonesia, riset ini juga kami jalankan di Filipina.

Meskipun jumlah situs yang membantu kualitas keamanan pekerjaan kita sudah bertambah, namun ada diskusi yang terlewatkan, yakni mengenai pro dan kontra dari keamanan digital bagi wartawan, serta tentang berbagai kendala keamanan digital yang mereka hadapi di era cepatnya arus informasi dan instant deadline. Kami berharap bahwa hasil riset yang kami sebarkan ini dapat berkontribusi bagi diskusi ini. Mari kita mulai dengan menelaan latar belakang Pendidikan para wartawan.

Pendidikan Jurnalisme

10 dari 16 wartawan yang kami wawancarai memiliki latar belakang Pendidikan di program studi jurnalisme. Mereka mendapatkan materi perkuliahan seputar keselamatan fisik dalam proses peliputan, namun materi mengenai keamanan digital sepenuhnya absen. Tidak ada perhatian sama sekali terhadap keamanan digital selama saya mengecap Pendidikan jurnalisme (Jakarta no. 2). Ketika menelaah program-program studi jurnalisme di beberapa universitas di Jawa [1] hari ini, kami tidak menemukan satupun institusi yang memiliki materi ajar mengenai keamanan digital atau keselamatan wartawan. Ketika job training, mungkin? Sayangnya juga tidak. Tak satupun perwakilan pihak media yang kami wawancarai mengatakan bahwa mereka memberikan pelatihan esktra mengenai isu keselamaan dan keamanan. Pengetahuan yang beredar mengenai keamanan digital sunggguh minimal dan pengetahuan itu diperoleh biasanya dari diskusi sesama wartawan. Umumnya, para wartawan mulai mempelajari atau mencari informasi tentang keamanan digital dan keamanan kerja setelah mereka merasa terancam, dilecehkan, atau pengalaman negatif lain akibat dari pekerjaan jurnalistik mereka.

Minimnya pelatihan mengenai keamanan online dan offline adalah fakta yang mengkhawatirkan mengingat kondisi keselamatan wartawan di Indonesia ada dalam kondisi genting. Human Rights Watch melaporkan [2] bahwa angka kekerasan terhadap wartawan meningkat. Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI), sebuah lembaga swadaya masyarakat bagi para wartawan, melaporkan bahwa ada 78 insiden kekerasan terha...


7 Signs Someone You Know May Have Antisocial Personality Disorder "IndyWatch Feed World"

For anyone who may not be aware antisocial personality disorder is in some ways a broad term. It is characterized by a pattern of disregard of the rights of others, the symptoms can vary but are generally similar.

The more serious cases of this are often referred to as something you may be familiar with known as sociopathy or psychopathy, again this depending on the severity. People who have this disorder most likely show the following signs at some point in their lives. People with this illness may come off as charming, but truthfully they are quite aggressive.

7 Signs Someone May Have Antisocial Personality Disorder:

1. They Shower Others With Flattery

They do this as a means of getting the person emotionally invested. You see, the more that you like this person the more likely you will be to do whatever it is they ask of you. It is a manipulation tactic many have used for quite some time.

2. They Have No Remorse

When they do something that really hurts someone they dont give a shit at all. While you may get an apology from them it is never sincere. They actually, for the most part, try to rationalize their wrongdoings.

3. They Struggle To Conform

People with this disorder often get in trouble with the law in some way or another. That being said, just because someone has never had a run-in with the law doesnt completely rule out this disorder. Some people just seem to get away with anything.

4. They Disregard The Safety Of Others

They are very aggressive and angry. It seems almost anything can set them off and they do not care who the force into their shenanigans. The safety of others is not their concern. They do not care if they violate your rights or not.

5. They Are Very Arrogant

They really believe they are better than everyone else. Nothing is able to get them through that sense of superiority. It is as if no matter how hard you try you never measure up in their eyes.

6. They Take Unnecessary Risks

As mentioned above they dont care about the safety of others, but they also do not care about their own safety. They are constantly doing things that could get them in trouble or hurt but they really do not mind at all. When they make a mistake...


Ohanaeze warns against rigging "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President General of apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo has warned that any attempt to rig the poll would be vehemently resisted by the people of Anambra and Ndigbo in general. Nwodo said that it is the prerogative of the people of Anambra State to make their choice through the ballot box and that whoever they choose would be accepted by Ohanaeze and the people of the zone, provided the process is free and fair. Addressing a press conference in Enugu yesterday, Nwodo said the organisation...

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Commercial Lien How well did it go for you? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Maybe some Corinthian once said something along the lines of ;

"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should",
where with regards to many people, breeding comes to mind first and foremost.

Some people have read about an apparent silver bullet called a Commercial Lien, which they may think is justifiable especially when the authorities have hindered a "free-man".

So, quoting some 'Common Law' let's look at a fella's success with regards to his "Commercial Lien" as seen from within paragraph 58 as shown in illustration below;

It's really really refreshing to know that law gurus communicate with mere mortals on the interwebs, where they share their out of mind experience, as shown in example below:

How well did this fella go with his "Commercial Lien"?

Which court approved it ??? !!! ???

Note to self:
Always a good idea, in the "remedy" section, to put in a few e.g. 10,000 troy ounces (over a quarter of a tonne) of not just pure silver but 'betterer' to use gold.


Maiden Speech:- Golriz Ghahraman "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

To be honest I disagree with many of MS Ghahramans views, but I admire her passion and commitment. She will, hopefully be a useful addition to the Parliament.

Here is a link to a video of the speech

Here is the transcript of Golriz Ghahraman Maiden Speech

E ng mana, e ng reo, e ng karangatanga maha, tn koutou katoa.
Te mana whenua o tnei whi, Te ti awa, tn koutou.
Otir ng iwi whnui tn koutou katoa

Mr Speaker I congratulate you on your election and look forward to your guidance in this house.

I begin by acknowledging what a breathtaking honour it is to sit among this Green caucus.

I acknowledge also those who sat here before now: Especially Catherine Delahunty and Keith Locke You spoke to injustice wherever it happened. That meant a lot to someone like me. Mojo Mathers, for proving to me, and us all, that we all exist beyond our labels And Metiria Turei for baring her scars bravely to highlight the pain of others.

But today, I want to acknowledge also, those who tell me every day that I dont belong here. That I should go HOME where I came from. That I have no right to criticise governments here I should just be grateful I wasnt left to die. Hundreds of messages, comments. Mr Speaker, come call for rifles being loaded. Im numb to it because this is reality for those of us from minority backgrounds.

But I want it noted that this happens every time we scapegoat migrants in this house, every time a TV presenter asks a PM when the governor general is going to look like a Kiwi and sound like it a Kiwi and that PM laughs. Every time we call refugees leftovers from terrorist nations for political gain.

We feel the effect of that out on the streets. We cant shed our skin.

Patriotism that represses dissent or creates second class citizens is archaic and dangerous. Its antithetical to our culture.

So this day I stand, proud and determined. This day is about democracy and equality, values which New Zealand holds so dear, embodies and stands up for so boldly.

I love this country, but patriotism a love of this country means expecting the absolute best for her. Standing up for the country that we know is possible.

I protest, fight for equality, and fairness because justice is what love looks like in public (thats Dr Cornell West)....


Theresa May Jumps the Russia Bashing Band Wagon, Again "IndyWatch Feed Asia"


Once the UK Conservative Party lost its majority in the House of Commons as the result of the recent parliamentary elections, the fact that can be largely attributed to a string of failed policies pursued by the Conservative government, the Labour Party demanded the sitting Prime Minister Theresa May to resign. Ever since then the head of the British government has been operating in a sort of a panic mode.

Most British media sources agree that Prime Minister Teresa May will be forced to leave her post no later than by the summer of 2019, while citing various sources within the parliament. To somehow escape the shameful image of a PM that is just about to be removed, in her response to the former chairman of the Conservative Party, Grant Shapps, announced that she had no plans to step down.

This is not the first time that Teresa May dodges criticism and all sorts of allegations, as shes been able to dodge far more serious blows over the course of her political career. For instance, quite recently May was forced to swerve out of the way of a giant ceremonial mace during the procession at the Guildhall. This is not the first time good reaction saves British prime minister from injuries, as she would dodge Black Rods staff last June in a similar fashion.

Today, the situation for Theresa May is previous obvious her government is collapsing after proving to pretty much everybody thats its been a train wreck from day one, as the Brexit negotiations turning from bad to worse. In this situation Teresa May needed an excuse for a radical correction of the policies pursued by her government. And she provided one at the above mentioned procession at the Guildhall by subjecting Russian authorities to the strongest criticism during her time in office. May would go as far as to accuse Moscow of undermining free societies. Thus, she decided that Russophobia would be her saving straw since a great many of Western political figures managed to get away with it.

However, if we look take a closer look at the history of Great Britain, we would learn that May hasnt been all that original in her political trick, since throughout its history London has ever used but two approaches to saving face in dire situations, it could get involved in some military adventure abroad or jump...


New intergalactic explosion could be biggest supernova ever "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Earth, the Sun, Andromeda galaxy, they have all been around for as long as you can remember and as long as humanity has been around. So when a new light suddenly shows up in the distance, it's a weird occurrence. But a newly-detected explosion could be one of the weirdest - and it isn't the only one. An international team of scientists is reporting a new kind of explosion that they can't quite explain, billions of light years away. Maybe it's a supernova. Or maybe it's a star being eaten by a black hole. Or maybe it's something entirely different. "I'm a supernova person to start with so I got really thrilled that this could be the most energetic supernova ever," Peter Lundqvist from Stockholm University in Sweden told Gizmodo. "But I had second thoughts."


Low Solar Radiation: Is That Why You are Depressed? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I can't tell you how many folks have emailed me or complained in person about what they perceive as a sudden turn to darkness.  They feel depressed, tired and anxious.  Daytime light helps maintain our circadian rhythms and a number of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) when the days grow short and clouds fill the sky.

So what is the truth?  How bad has it gotten?  Let's check. 

Here is the solar radiation reaching the surface in Seattle from the wonderful WSU AgWeaherNet collection of stations over the past six months (check below).   During June and July, some days had nearly 30 MegaJoules per square meter (a Joule is a unit of energy), and even cloudy days had about 15.  But recently, we have had days with 3-4 MegaJoules....way, way lower.   And the last few days, had no real spike upward in radiation to provide relief. 

Folks are HAS been dark.   Part of the problem is, of course, the turn towards more clouds the last few weeks.   But, in addition, the number of hours of daylight has progressively dropped, something shown by the figure below (the vertical white line indicates today).   We have rapidly lost daytime hours the past few months and we are close to hitting bottom.

The recent switch to daylight savings time makes it even worse, with our commute home now in darkness.

The air even feels different, with biting cool, dampness that Seattle residents fear.   Here is the plot of relative humidity for the past 6 months at Seattle.  During the past month, relative humidity has jumped to around 80-90%, resulting in not only a feeling of dampness, but a loss of visibility due to fog and water-absorptive particles in the...


Sorcha Faal: Russia Warns Abyss has Opened as Deep State Protects Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed World"

November 15, 2017

Russia Warns Abyss Has Opened As Deep State Protects ISIS Terrorists Fleeing To Saudi Arabia

By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

Source: What Does It Mean

A gravely worded Ministry of Defense (MoD) report circulating in the Kremlin today is warning that the American Deep State has just opened the abyss of chaos by directing their loyal elements within the US military to begin providing air cover protection for ISIS terrorists fleeing the battlefields of Syriaand whom Deep State aligned elements within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are rapidly funneling into Saudi Arabia (where nearly 4,000 have already returned) and who are expected to soon unleash a bloody civil war to oust Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from power. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

According to this report, less than 72 hours after President Putin and President Trump agreed to maintain the existing military communication links between US and Russian armed forces in order to prevent dangerous incidents involving the final destruction of ISIS terrorists, Deep State aligned US military forces refused to carry out airstrikes against, at least, 3,000 these terrorists who were fleeing from the Syrian town of Abu Kamalwith these US forces then absurdly claiming that these radical Islamic barbarians fleeing with their vast weapons arsenals and armored vehicles were voluntarily surrendering and now...


Persepsi tentang Keamanan dan Keselamatan Profesi Wartawan di Filipina "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Persepsi tentang Keamanan dan Keselamatan Profesi Wartawan di Filipina

Oleh EngageMedia

Filipina secara konsisten selalu masuk di puncak daftar negara-negara paling berbahaya bagi profesi wartawan dan pelaku media. International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), misalnya, mendudukan Filipina sebagai negara paling berbahaya kedua di dunia bagi wartawan. [1]

Menurut Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 77 wartawan telah terbunuh di Filipina sejak 1992, 75 wartawan dibunuh, dan 68 kasus berakhir dengan impunitas. [2]. Centre for Media Responsibility and Freedoms (CMFR) mengelola sebuah database tentang pembunuhan wartawan di Filipina sejak 1986. Database itu melaporkan adanya 151 upaya pembunuhan sejak 1986 [3] yang mengancam 68 wartawan radio dan 58 wartawan cetak [4]. 57 persen pembunuhan terjadi di wilayah Mindanao, Filipina Selatan.

Kasus impunitas yang paling menonjol dalam pembunuhan wartawan di Filipina adalah kejadian pembantaian di Ampatuan (atau pembantaian Mindanao) di mana 58 orang terbunuh, 32 diantaranya wartawan, pada 23 November 2009. Sampai 5 Januari 2016, 113 dari 197 orang yang menjadi tersangka pembantaian telah ditangkap tapi proses pengadilan masih berlangsung dan terkesan dihambat dan diperlambat [5].

Untuk mengeksplorasi topik ini, dari Juni hingga Juli 2016, berbagai wawancara dengan sejumlah wartawan kami lakukan di Filipina untuk memahami bagaimana persepsi mereka mengenai keamanan dan keselamatan kerja jurnalisme di sana, serta bagaimana strategi mereka untuk menjaga keselamatan.

Tentang Responden

  • Para wartawan yang kami wawancarai adalah campuran antara wartawan tetap dan paruh waktu. Sepuluh wartawan tetap berasal dari beragam perusahaan media, satu seorang pemandu acara televisi, dan tiga wartawan paruh waktu yang secara reguler mengirimkan berita baik kepada media mainstream maupun independen.
  • Ada tujuh wartawan yang bekerja untuk media online, dan empat wartawan bekerja untuk stasiun radio, hampir semuanya mempunyai pengalaman bekerja untuk media cetak, penyiaran, video dan kantor berita radio.
  • Para responden termasuk wartawan-wartawan yang sudah berpengalaman. Enam responden pernah bekerja sebagai wartawan selama sepuluh sampai enam belas tahun, empat responden sudah bekerja lebih dari dua puluh tahun, dan hanya empat wartawan yang menjadi wartawan kurang dari sepuluh tahun.
  • Hampir semua responden menjelajahi ruang peliputan yang sangat luas, di dalam maupun di luar Filipina. Dua...


85% of MPs dont know where money comes from "IndyWatch Feed"

Only 15% of MPs were aware that new money is created when banks make loans, and existing money is destroyed when members of the public repay loans. 62% thought this was false, while 23% responded dont know. Tory MPs seemed to have a slightly better idea, with 19% answering correctly, compared to only 5% of []


November 16th 2017 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #301 "IndyWatch Feed"

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for Presidential Politics. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and Continue reading


Restored Republic via a GCR as of Nov. 16, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of Nov. 16 2017

Compiled 12:01 am EDT 16 Nov. 2017 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery; Author, "Twenty Two Faces,"

Source: Dinar Chronicles

A. Nov. 15 2017 6:25 pm EST GCR Intel Alert: Operation Disclosure GCR/RV Intel Alert for November 15, 2017

1. High Alert Notification has been given.

2. Intel Blackout in effect.

3. USN is ready.

4. The Republic is in position for transition.

5. All personnel are ready to be called in.

6. 800#s Couriers have been told to be ready.

7. The 800#s will release once the Emergency Broadcast System goes off.

8. All sources are on a minute to minute basis.

B. Nov. 15 2017 TNT Call RayRen98: Replay: 641.715.0623, Pin 409029#

1. An Iraqi article said that they would win the battle of liberation at Rawa within the next two days, or by Friday Nov. 17 Rawa would be liberated, and the battle would be resolved within the next 48 hours through military action.

2. There have been articles about the WTO possibly accepting Iraq as a full member on Friday Nov. 17.


Facebook is testing its new Trust Indicators to combat fake news "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Trust Indicator initiative was first announced by the company earlier this year and is just one way the social media giant is trying to get a handle on all the fake news that gets spread on its site. Beginning today, Facebook will begin to test Trust Indicators with a small group of publishers with

The Trust Indicator initiative was first announced by the company earlier this year and is just one way the social media giant is trying to get a handle on all the fake news that gets spread on its site. Beginning today, Facebook will begin to test Trust Indicators with a small group of publishers with an expansion coming over the coming months. The way the program works is publishers will now have the ability to add information about their ethics policy, corrections policy, fact-checking policy, ownership structure, and masthead via their Page Publishing Tools. The various indicators will then be displayed on articles shared via the social network, and users can click on any indicator to find out more about the publisher.

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Thursday November 16th Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed"

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those Continue reading


1945: On this Day in History, German scientists brought to United States to work on rocket technology - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On this 16th day in November 1945, in a move that stirs up some controversy, the United States ships 88 German scientists to America to assist the nation in its production of rocket technology.


PDP will rise again, says Bode George "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has claimed that the party would overcome its challenges to win the 2019 presidential election if he becomes the chairman. He said this late Tuesday during a courtesy call on the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, in continuation of his consultation with stakeholders towards becoming the national chairman of the party. He said with the defeat of the party in 2015, only a tested hand can rejuvenate the party and instil confidence in the public...

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The Age of Judgment: A Time of Truth is Upon Us, Do You Feel This Energetic Shift? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Chances are you have noticed the huge flux of exposure that has been happening in current times. This referring to the darkness of the government as well as the corruption in the media, film, music, and other industries.

Rather than ripping the band-aid off slowly things are shooting out into the light at what seems like rapid speed for some and not quick enough for others. Chances are because of this huge shift in our way of thinking a lot of us are left to wonder what is next and where we should go from here. While these things do not really affect us in the ways they should they are making a difference in our lives.

We are at a crossroads when it comes to this kind of thing. We can either shrug it off and go about our business or we can get out there and work to do something about it. You see, this shift is not just happening on a large scale, it is also happening on a small scale. This shift is directly affecting you and your home. Your life is shifting too.

The things happening in your personal life may anger you or even make you feel as if judging others is the right route but it is not. We are shifting to a time of truth and with that is going to come a lot of frustration. In order to better ourselves, we must accept this change even though it is a hard one to swallow. In order to make it past this time of darkness,\ and move towards a time of truth there will be a lot of pain, but it will all be worth it.

Whatever you are facing right now will come to an end soon. You will make it through this. Things will be intensifying as we make our way towards the full supermoon coming on December 3rd. This full supermoon itself brings a great sense of healing energy and may be enough to push you through the damning experiences you are having. If you are sensitive to energy you are most likely already feeling some of this intense energy that is to come.

Please, do not lose hope, you can make it through this. While I am not sure what has caused this shift towards truth I am quite happy it has happened. We can all gain something from this, and if we truly accept the things the Universe is offering us we will have all that we need and more. Have you noticed this huge shift and if so how has it impacted your life? I know I cannot be the only one sensing this change and noticing the effects of it in real time.

Please feel free to check out the video below for more information on this change and what to expect from the grief we are experiencing. Things are looking up. Your emotional heaviness is going to come to an end, do not lose hope.


Forests are key to resilient growth and climate justice "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

If we are serious about accelerating our action to prevent dangerous climate change, we need to see a step change in international action on forests and land use says Unilever chief Paul Polman.


Chinas Baidu just announced some funky smart speakers "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Chinese search engine has unveiled its first two AI smart speakersand they deviate wildly from the traditional cylindrical form factor of most smart speakers by Western companies, reports TechCrunch. Called the Raven series, the Raven H takes the form of plastic squares stacked atop of each other, and the Raven R is a six-jointed hybrid

The Chinese search engine has unveiled its first two AI smart speakersand they deviate wildly from the traditional cylindrical form factor of most smart speakers by Western companies, reports TechCrunch. Called the Raven series, the Raven H takes the form of plastic squares stacked atop of each other, and the Raven R is a six-jointed hybrid smart speaker/robot that can move based on a users commands and express emotions to enhance the interactive experience. Both speakers run Baidus DuerOS voice platform and, for now, are only going to be launched in China. You can check out the speakers in the videos below.

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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...


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


Our Ignorance of Cycles Causes them to Exist? "IndyWatch Feed World"

COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong; First I want to say I greatly admire your work. You are unbiased with markets, politics, and religion. Your cycle which targets 2032, agrees with the Islamic cycle some call the cycle of power which will peak. According to the Quran, there is a cycle of power, and this is mentioned in chapter 30 the Romans, verse 9,

30:9 Have they not traveled through the earth and observed how was the end of those before them? They were greater than them in power, and they plowed the earth and built it up more than they have built it up, and their messengers came to them with clear evidence. And Allah would not ever have wronged them, but they were wronging themselves.

REPLY: Yes, the Quran recognizes that there is also a cycle of about 300 years. What is interesting, is that in Christianity, the Revelations also expressly recognizes a cycle:

Revelation 20:3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

Sasra (Sanskrit, Pali; also samsara) in Buddhism the cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound. Samsara is considered to be dukkha, unsatisfactory and painful, perpetrated by the desire and avidya (ignorance), and the resulting karma. In Buddhism, rebirths occur in six realms of existence, namely three good realms (heavenly, demi-god, human) and three evil realms (animal, ghosts, hellish). Samsara ends if a person attains nirvana, the gaining of true insight into impermanence and non-self reality.

It is fascinating that we do live in a world of ignorance denying that cycles exist because this gives power and justification to the government. They seize power to eliminate cycles and create the perfect existence, but corruption destroys the best intentions. We have risen in the cycle...


Supermoon In Gemini 2017: Trickster Energy and Mental Balance "IndyWatch Feed World"

December 3rd will mark the Full Cold Moon which also happens to be a supermoon. For those who do not know supermoons happen when a full moon coincides with the moons perigee.

The supermoon will appear to be at least 14 percent larger and up to 30 percent brighter than it normally is. This is because it the moon itself is much closer to the Earth than it normally would be. Supermoons do not happen every month because the moons orbit changes as the Earth travels around the sun.

According to TimeandDate:

Supermoons during Northern Hemisphere winter months tend to look larger than supermoons that occur during the rest of the year. At this time of the year, Earth is closer to the Sun. Because of this, the Suns gravity pulls the Moon closer to Earth, making any winter Super Full Moons look bigger than summer Super Full Moons.

It seems the best time to really take in a supermoon is after moonrise. This is when the Moon is just above the horizon. That being as long as the weather is clear. In this position, the moon will be seen best. The Full Cold Moon for those who were wondering according to the Old Farmers Almanac was the name given to the full moon in December because of as you most likely assumed the cold weather.

This full moon will be in Gemini which means we will be met with a good bit of what I like to refer to as trickster energy. Mercury will also be going onto retrograde at this time which is going to make things a bit more intense. That being said, there will be a strong sense of mental balance coming our way as well. If you have been struggling to bring to life your emotions that struggle will soon be over.

I suggest spending time tuning into your higher self and really letting your intuition run as it wants. All of your frustrations will be playing out before you but if you are ready and accept these things as they happen this process will go smoothly. For more on this please check out the video below. There is a lot to learn from this supermoon, while it is a beautiful phenomenon it is also very important for us as human beings to grow.

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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

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The First Human-Pig Hybrid Has Been Successfully Created In A Lab "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Not sure what to think of this, opinions thoughts??

Written By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

In a move that can only be considered controversial, the first pig-human hybrid has been successfully created in a lab. Researchers managed to grow human cells inside early-stage pig embryos, which led to the creation of the first pig-human hybrids ever made. The result is described as interspecies chimeras.

Though the experiment is still in its early days, scientists think the breakthrough would possibly one day lead to lab-grown human organs that would be transplanted into people who need them. If the experiment is successful, hundreds of thousands of lives could be saved.


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: .

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...


US diplomats in Russia to be guarded by firm with ties to senior ex-KGB official "IndyWatch Feed War"

Several American diplomatic facilities in Russia, including the United States embassy in Moscow, as well as consulates in other major Russian cities, will be guarded by a firm with ties to a former senior KGB official.


EU Preparing for the Banking Crisis "IndyWatch Feed World"

Subtly, the EU is looking to establish preparations for the coming banking crisis and how to protect the banks from massive withdrawals. The solution? The EU wants to be able to temporarily free up credits for the banks and at the same time to freeze bank deposits, In other words, like Greece, you just wont be able to withdraw funds.  Obviously, everything will be frozen. The current EU plan envisages blocking account disbursements for five working days and with the authority to extend any suspension to up to 20 days. They may need longer!

I recommend that you have 30 days worth of cash on hand. What the authorities do not understand is that if they freeze one bank, a run will unfold on all banks. The public will not believe whatever the government says. Therefore, banks that are not in crisis can be pushed into a crisis by a contagion. That is simply how it all unfolded in 1931-1933. The only way to stop a contagion will be a bank holiday and you have to close them all.

CASH will be KING in the middle of such a contagion.


The Most Befuddling Investment Decision is Currency FIRST! "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I want to thank you for a spectacular WEC. I was amazed at how many pension funds were there. They were some of the biggest and we hear that they are listening to you and had shifted into equities. Some were talking at the cocktail party how you have really helped them even selling the strategy to their boards. The ones who were there were from Europe, Japan, and Canada. Do any American pension funds listen to you?

Cant wait for next year!

Thank you for opening my eyes.


ANSWER: I am not at liberty to discuss who are clients and who are not. It is true, that our biggest clients in pensions are ALL outside the USA. They see the world from an international perspective more so than American firms who still do not understand currency. We have been the currency specialists since the 1970s. Consequently, non-Americans have been a major component of our global business. American funds tended not to understand or even consider currency risk. To this day, schools do not teach hedging currency risk. It is not even discussed.


Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Flirting With War in North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

The most surprising part about Donald Trumps Wednesday speech, directed at the North Korean regime via Tokyo, is that more people of a certain type werent gushing over it. After all, if sending cruise missiles at Syria makes a man presidential, condemning North Korea accurately as a hell that no person deserves and sounding vaguely Continue reading "Flirting With War in North Korea"

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Poll: Americans Would Cut Middle East War Spending "IndyWatch Feed War"

On November 3, professor John Mearsheimer made a short and stunning presentation at "U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era: Can Realism and Restraint Prevail?" conference held at George Washington University in Washington, DC. In the unipolar world after the collapse of the Soviet Union, he claimed, realists urged nonintervention and staying out of conflicts Continue reading "Poll: Americans Would Cut Middle East War Spending"

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You Think All Those Republicans Who Are Just Fine With Pedophile Roy Moore Are Going To Care What Mueller Finds About Putin-Gate? "IndyWatch Feed"

This Putin-Gate scandal is getting really complicated and harder to follow. Thank Heavens for Team Maddow! Last night's biggest piece of the puzzle wire transfers amounting to at least $380,000 from a Putin-controlled bank to Putin spymasters in DC (Sergei Kislyak at the Russian embassy) and other embassies earmarked for the "election campaign of 2016." Investigative journalist Jason Leopold, writing for BuzzFeed, reported that the FBI is scrutinizing more than 60 money transfers. In fact, almost all of them contained a memo line referencing the financing of the 2016 election. But a far bigger puzzle piece-- at least I think it's bigger-- is the secret correspondence between Fredo Trump and Russian Intelligence's WikiLeaks arm. Julia Ioffe's blockbuster report is actually shocking.
Just before the stroke of midnight on September 20, 2016, at the height of last years presidential election, the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent a private direct message to Donald Trump Jr., the Republican nominees oldest son and campaign surrogate. A PAC run anti-Trump site is about to launch, WikiLeaks wrote. The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is putintrump. See About for who is behind it. Any comments? (The site, which has since become a joint project with Mother Jones, was founded by Rob Glaser, a tech entrepreneur, and was funded by Progress for USA Political Action Committee.)

The next morning, about 12 hours later, Trump Jr. responded to WikiLeaks. Off the record I dont know who that is, but Ill ask around, he wrote on September 21, 2016. Thanks.



Benjamin Fulford Report: "Khazarian Mob Takedown" -- November 13, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Weekly Geo-political News and Analysis

Khazarian mob takedown: Hundreds of Saudi arrests followed by hundreds of U.S. arrests

By Benjamin FulfordWhite Dragon Society

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.

The fact is that most politicians in Washington, D.C.

have become very rich since joining politics, in ways that cannot be remotely justified by their salaries. This means most have been bribed, and that is why most of them are going to go to jail. 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.

These same NSA sources are now saying the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas on October 1 was an attempt by mercenaries working for the G4S security company ( hired by George Bush Sr. to create a distraction in order to kill U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Sultan (MBS). Trump and MBS were meeting in secret at the suites in the Mandalay Bay H...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 0.95 AUD

Malcolm Turnbull, Manus and New Zealand: Time to let these people go "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Malcolm Turnbull, Manus and New Zealand: Time to let these people goNew Zealand has offered sanctuary to 150 refugees Australia has marooned on Manus Island, but our Malcolm Turnbull has refused to allow it. read now...

Invisible Connections will Unveil our 5G Future "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

At Signal Microwave, simulation is being used to design specialized connectors for high-speed RF applications.

The following is an excerpt from Multiphysics Simulation 2017 .

By: Sarah Fields

As the number of mobile users and the demand for high speed communication grows, companies and industry groups are working around the clock to rise to the challenge. The 5G network aims to be 100 times faster than 4G LTE and increase broadband connection speeds by 10 times. There are a lot of moving pieces that need to arrive at the same place in order for 5G to move from concept to reality, says Bill Rosas, cofounder of Signal Microwave. Those on the front line not only have to implement the 5G, they need to figure out everything from testing the networks to updating the interconnects in their systems.

The small details of connectors are worthy of significant R&D focus. These indispensable electromechanical parts used to join electrical terminations, which can transfer electromagnetic energy from one transmission line to another component for transmission or interpretation. Connectors are omnipresent across all electronic devices and systems, and their precision is critical in circuits that transmit information, especially as data transfer rates increase.

Eric Gebhard and Bill Rosas cofounded Signal Microwave in order to provide specialized connectors for the signal integrity market on demand. By anticipating the need for optimized RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave connectors for circuits transmitting higher and higher data transfer rates, Signal Microwave will support the development of our 5G future.


Those working on RF (radio frequency) connectors face a multifaceted set of design hurdles, as geometry, size, and transmission constraints must be met while matching the impedance of the connector to the rest of the transmission line. The component manufacturers have been very quick in offering products for 5G applications, says Rosas. But providing components that are highly optimized is where the opportunities lie.

As the frequency increases, maintaining the impedance becomes more complex, as small quirks arising from the geometry or selected materials can be magnified. Figure 1 shows a photo of an RF connector designed for a 5G communications application under development.



ISIS Operations Ramp up in Anbar; 48 Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Operations against the Islamic State militants in a rural part of Anbar province were restarted.

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Professor Reported to Bias Response Line for Alleged Transphobia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Professor Reported to Bias Response Line for Alleged Transphobia | 15 Nov 2017 | "NYU Psychology Professor Edgar Coons was reported by Steinhardt junior August Enzer, a transgender man, to NYU's Bias Response Line on Wednesday, Nov. 8 for repeated instances of alleged transphobia. Although Enzer was the one to formally report Coons, the action was spurred by accusations from multiple students about Coons's repeated and intentional bigotry, according to Enzer...When information is reported to the Bias Response Line, an Office of Equal Opportunity employee listens to the report and determines any follow-up action, if necessary, the office said. If the office concludes that action should be taken, it relays the information to the specific school or department in which the original bias issue occurred."


Pittsburgh, PA: Students Occupy Cathedral of Learning "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Police and FBI agents converged at the University of Pittsburgh on November 14th after a network of autonomous groups of students occupied the Cathedral of Learning and issued a set of demands and statements. While the occupation was ended that night by police, actions continued. Another rally is called for on Friday.

As Steel City Autonomous Movement wrote:

Rolling occupations happening now at Cathy! As soon as the first group got detained, another group popped up!

One year ago, Pitt police brutalized student protesters. Now, many student orgs are forming a united front and escalating all of their campaigns at once.

Filler will be publishing an analysis of the ongoing week of action later today!

Morgantown anarchists issued a statement in solidarity:

While the rivalry on the football field between WVU and Pitt is well known, on the streets we declare our comradely support. On Tuesday, November 14th a coalition of autonomous students occupied Pitts Cathedral of Learning. At the time that we release this document the occupation has been ongoing for 18 hours. Faced with federal, state, city, and university police intimidation, the occupiers face an uphill...


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


Restored Republic via a GCR Historical Summary as of Nov. 15, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Restored Republic via a GCR Historical Summary Nov. 15 2017

by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery; Author, "Twenty Two Faces,"

Source: Dinar Chronicles

Judy Note: The below is my own opinion of what is going on:

The night of Nov. 22 1910 a small group of bankers met in secret to perpetrate a colossal fraud on the American people. They eventually created the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 which was clearly against the Constitution, while empowering them to print US currency out of thin air.

In that same year a 1892 Banker Manifesto was revealed to Congress: "The Farmers Alliance and Knights of Labor organizations in the United States should be carefully watched by our trusted men, and in our interest we must take immediate steps to control or disrupt these organizations. The courts must be called to our aid, debts must be collected, bonds and mortgages foreclosed as rapidly as possible.When through the process of the law, the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and easily governed through the influence of the strong arm of the government applied to a central power of imperial wealth under the control of the leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders."

1. The US Treasury and International Monetary Fund has been under control of this elite group of pedophiles known as the Cabal since it's inception in the 1600s.

2. The Cabal is owned by private families such as the Rothchilds who collect US taxpayer monies through their privately owned Federal Reserve and divert the funds for their own use through the Vatican Bank, Queen of England's privately owned Bank of London, plus their Central Banks across the globe.

3. When the funds finally return to a Central Bank in New York, US taxpayers were charged interest in order to use it, which created the national debt.


Mexico City Earthquake Survivors: We Had to Organize Ourselves "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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With the approval of the 2018 Federation Expenditure Budget (PEF), the Chamber of Deputies showed their insensitivity and irresponsibility in dealing with the crisis left by the September 19 earthquake. They missed a historic opportunity to act in solidarity in the face of a national emergency of catastrophic proportions.

By means of mobilization, not by parliamentary will, a Reconstruction Fund (FONREC) of 2.5 billion pesos [roughly $130 million USD] was created. These resources are clearly insufficient for the reconstruction, repair, and reinforcement of the damaged dwellings and buildings.

This budget item, aside from expanding the Natural Disaster Fund, the Natural Disaster Prevention Fund, and the Capital City Fund, has no clear mechanisms nor rules to ensure that the resources land in the affected zones effectively and transparently.

Legislators who backed the 2018 PEF did not consider the situation of survivors as a priority. This is evident from their approval of 38 billion pesos [$1.98 billion USD] to continue bank bailout payments (Fobaproa).

At the same time, the federal representatives authorized a 200 million peso [$10.4 million USD] budget for the re-leveling of one of the buildings in San Lzaro [where Congress meets] that was damaged by the quake. It would seem that their sense of responsibility when faced with an event like that of September 19 only stretches as far as the walls of the Legislative Palace.

Furthermore, the Expenditure Budget maintains superfluous spending on perks, travel allowances, meals, and major medical expenses, for which it will designate 26 billion pesos [$1.35 billion USD], which could easily be used for reconstruction.

This disinterest compels us to strengthen our organizational efforts as survivors. Before our mobilization on November 9, a specific line item for reconstruction wasnt even being considered in the PEF. We had to carry out joint actions for our demands to be made visible.

Protesting in the streets, where weve been since the day of the earthquake, we realized that there are many citizens who have demonstrated their support for us and understand our problems. Just as in the rescue efforts, we ask the people of Mexico for their solidarity in our struggle for reconstruction and against the oblivion in which we find ourselves immersed.

We will continue to bring our demands to the respective agencies, federal and local: that public resources be increased in accordance with our needs and used for the tasks of reconstruction,...


MSM Tells The American People: Hand Over Your Weapons!. Errrrr No! "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

MSM Tells The American People: Hand Over Your Weapons!. Errrrr No! by Susan Duclos All News Pipeline Trying To Incite Civil War In America  More Proof Theyve Gone Totally Insane!  The mainstream media has gone on a full-on gun...

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Jims Mailbox "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Africa has awakened to the cancer of corruption. Those leaders move to eliminate this scourge may well be the best thing that has happened to them and the continent, ever. Courtesy of JB. Jim Zimbabwes Mugabe Under House Arrest After Army Takeover November 15, 2017 Zimbabwes military has placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest... Read more

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HELL FREEZES OVER=> Chelsea Handler Tells Juanita Broaddrick She Believes Bill Clinton Raped Her "IndyWatch Feed"

The tide is definitely turning on the Clintons.

Staunch Clinton supporter and ultra left-wing feminist, Chelsea Handler apologized to Juanita Broaddrick Wednesday evening and said she believed Bill Clinton raped her.


On Sunday, Chelsea Handler took a swipe at Judge Roy Moore and tweeted, Imagine being molested by an older man. Then that man denies ever doing it and then goes on and gets elected to United States senate. What kind of message does that send to young girls everywhere? And men to all the men who abuse women?

Juanita Broaddrick, who has credibly accused Bill Clinton of rape, slammed Chelsea Handler and responded, Yeah, I can imagine. I was raped by the Arkansas AG who then becomes Governor & President and NBC held my interview explaining the rape until after his impeachment hearing. But Im sure you dont want to go there.

Now this

Wednesday evening, Chelsea Handler responded to Juanita Broaddrick and said she believed that Bill Clinton raped her! Wow!


This is the article by a respected and experienced journalist the main news outlets will not touch "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

by Karl du Fresne The state giveth and the state taketh away READERS PLEASE NOTE: I submitted the following article to the few mainstream outlets that I considered likely to be interested in publishing it. None accepted it, for reasons that I understand. Journalistically, its problematical for several reasons. Nonetheless I think its a story []

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The Global Economic System Is On Verge Of Imploding On Itself (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Global Economic System Is On Verge Of Imploding On Itself Video X22 Report Swedens housing bubble is starting to burst, bubbles around the world are starting to pop. Real hourly wages have declined. Retail sales growth slows, these...

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Austrian Supreme Court Orders Local ISPs To Block The Pirate Bay & 1337x "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Austrian Supreme Court Instructs That The Pirate Bay & 1337x Must Be Blocked

In a ruling, the Commercial Court of Vienna, Austria has ordered the local Internet Services Providers (ISPs) to block subscribers from accessing The Pirate Bay (TPB) and other structurally-infringing sites including,, and, based on a lawsuit filed by the copyright holders, according to TorrentFreak.

For those unaware, The Pirate Bay, is a BitTorrent peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing site, that allows visitors to search, download and contribute magnet links and torrent files, which facilitate peer-to-peer file sharing among users of the BitTorrent protocol. The popular torrent website has been embroiled in a legal dispute with the anti-piracy outfits and rights holders from several years due to violations of copyright laws. As a result, the website has faced shutdowns and blockades in several countries and imprisonment of its founders. However, The Pirate Bay continues to operate by switching to numerous new web addresses to continue their operation to avoid seizures or other legal threats.

Meanwhile, the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) in Austria has welcomed the Commercial Courts decision and also said that it would be happy to help in implementing the order and have more sites blocked in the near future.

For the further development of the online music market it is a very gratifying decision. We call on the Internet providers to work together towards a legally compliant and straightforward implementation of site-blocking, managing director of the IFPI Franz Medwenitsch said, reports TorrentFreak.

Besides the above order, the Court also ruled that only if copyright holders have finished all their options to take action against those responsible for infringement, only then ISP blocks would be necessary, a decision that was welcomed by the Internet Service Providers Austria (ISPA).

The ISPs claimed that only torrent files and not the content were available on the portals. They also expressed discontent on the limitation of access to legitimate content.

A problem in this context is that the offending pages also have legal content and it is no longer possible to access that if barriers are put in place, said ISPA Secretary General Maximilian Schubert.

With regards to prospective for blocking legitimate content as well as that of infringing copyright, the Court twisted the ISPs own arguments against them to some extent.

In the past, the ISPs had previously argued that blocking The Pirate Bay and other sites was meaningless, as the torrents they host would still be available on a different location. Taking this point into consideration, the Court found that it was easy for people to...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe Defense Forces Statement: 'We Are Targeting the Criminals Around the President
November 15, 2017
Zimbabwe Herald

You can watch the statement delivered by Zimbabwe Maj. Gen. S.B. Moyo over the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) earlier today by clicking on the website below:

Fellow Zimbabweans, following the address we made on 13 November 2017 which we believe our main broadcaster, ZBC and The Herald were directed not to publicise, the situation in our country has moved to another level.

Firstly, we wish to assure the nation that His Excellency, The President, of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde R.G. Mugabe and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed.

We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice. As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.

To the civil servants, as you are aware, there is a plan by the same individuals to influence the current purging which is place in the political sphere to the civil service. We are against that act of injustice and we intend to protect every one of you against that.

To the judiciary, the measures underway are intended to ensure that, as an independent arm of the State, you are able to exercise your independent authority without fear of being obstructed as has been the case with this group of individuals.

To our Members of Parliament, your legislative role is of paramount importance for peace and stability in this country and it is our desire that a dispensation is created that allows you to serve your respective political constituencies according to democratic tenets.

To the generality of the people of Zimbabwe, we urge you to remain calm and limit unnecessary movement. However, we encourage those who are employed and those with essential business in the city to continue their normal activ...


After 37 years, rule of Zimbabwe's Mugabe appears to be over "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe's military was in control of the capital and the state broadcaster on Wednesday and was holding President Robert Mugabe and his wife under house arrest in what appeared to be a coup against the 93-year-old Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state. The military was at pains, however, to emphasize it had not staged a military takeover, but was instead starting a process to restore Zimbabwe's democracy. Still, the military appeared to have brought an end to Mugabe's long, 37-year reign in what the army's supporters praised as a "bloodless correction." South Africa and other neighboring countries were sending in leaders to negotiate with Mugabe and the generals to encourage the transition. Citizens in Zimbabwe's tidy capital, Harare, contributed to the feeling of a smooth transition by carrying on with their daily lives, walking past the army's armored personnel carriers to go to work and to shops. Many who have never known any leader but Mugabe waited in long lines at banks to draw limited amounts of cash, a result of this once-prosperous country's plummeting economy.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In Defense of the Nations Founding Values, Gains of Independence
November 15, 2017
Zimbabwe Herald

Let us begin by quoting the Constitution of this Country particularly the preamble which speaks of Exalting and extolling the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives during the Chimurenga/Umvukela and national liberation struggles and honouring our forebears and compatriots who toiled for the progress of our country.

It is with humility and a heavy heart that we come before you to pronounce the indisputable reality that there is instability in Zanu-PF today and as a result anxiety in the country at large. Zimbabwes history is hinged on the ideals of the revolution dating back to the First Chimurenga where thousands of people perished.

Zanu-PF is the political Party that waged the Second Chimurenga for our independence; the struggle that caused the loss of over 50 thousand lives of our people; the struggle in which many Zimbabweans, in one way or the other, sacrificed and contributed immensely for our liberation.

Many of these gallant fighters still live-on with the spirited hope of seeing a prosperous Zimbabwe but also the hope of leaving behind inheritance and legacy for posterity. It is pertinent to restate that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces remain the major stockholder in respect to the gains of the liberation struggle and when these are threatened we are obliged to take corrective measures.

Clearly, Zanu-PF having mainly been the only Party that has ruled this country since Independence, it had become a household name to most Zimbabweans across political divide. Therefore, it is common cause that any instability within the Party naturally impacts on their social, political and economic lives, accordingly, there is distress, trepidation and despondence within the nation.

Our peace-loving people who have stood by their Government and endured some of the most trying social and economic conditions ever experienced are extremely disturbed by what is happening within the ranks of the national revolutionary Party.

What is obtaining in the revolutionary Party is a direct result of the machinations of counter revolutionaries who have infiltrated the...


Add your voice to the Opt-out from Aadhaar Campaign "IndyWatch Feed"

Petition to be delivered to GoI (PMO), UIDAI & Supreme Court: I demand that the Government of India stop asking citizens to link one identity card Aadhaar to multiple services. The multiple problems surrounding the Aadhaar have convinced me that such linking serves no purpose except to create a surveillance state. Since Aadhaar []


A Step forward for BSP with EMV chip enabled card "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the next few weeks, BSP Visa Debit card users will be issued cards that come equipped with chips on them.
These chips are known as EMV chips. EMV - which stands for Europay, Mastercard and Visa -- is a global standard for cards equipped with computer chips and the technology used to authenticate chip-card transactions.  This new enhancement will be implemented, to counter and protect customers and the bank against security breaches and counterfeit card fraud. Most major card issuers around the world have migrated to this new technology to protect consumers and reduce the costs of fraud and BSP will also be migrating into this new technology.

"These new and improved cards are being deployed to improve payment security, making it more difficult for fraudsters to counterfeit cards," said Robin Fleming, BSP Group CEO.  "It's used worldwide and is an important step forward for BSP." This was announced on Thursday at the Quarter 3 Financial Presentations at BSP Haus, Port Moresby.

EMV-enabled cards offer several benefits over the current magnetic-stripe cards. The chip cards will have a small, metallic square you will see on new BSP Visa Debit Cards. That is a computer chip, and it is what sets it apart from the rest of the cards.

"The magnetic stripes on cards store unchanging data. Whoever accesses that data gains the sensitive card and cardholder information necessary to make purchases. That makes traditional cards prime targets for counterfeiters, who convert stolen card data to cash," explains Rebecca Senge, BSP's Head of Product Development.

"If someone copies a mag stripe, they can easily replicate that data over and over again because it doesn't change. Unlike magnetic-stripe cards, every time an EMV card is used for payment, the card chip creates a unique transaction code that can only be used once," added Ms Senge.

"If a hacker stole the chip information from one specific point of sale, typical card duplication would never work because the stolen transaction number created in that instance cannot be used again and so the card would just get denied, " she further added.

For many countries in the world, fraudsters have shied away from countries that have already transitioned to EMV cards, however, this has increased exposure for card users and issuers in countries like Papua New Guinea who still use the magnetic stripe cards," said Mr Fleming.

"With the introduction to the new BSP c...


Dutch Gas Company Adds Hydrogen Power to a Tesla "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

"A gas supplier company in the Netherlands has effectively doubled the range of the Tesla Model S by adding hydrogen power to the electric luxury sedan. Dubbed the "Hesla," the modification adds a second charging supply to the existing electrical system, using a tank of hydrogen as an alternative fuel source.

Last week, the Holthausen Group announced that it had begun testing the prototype vehicle. With a fully charged battery and a tank of hydrogen, the Helsa can travel close to 620 miles nearly twice the range of the stock Model S P100D."

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BSP Launch VISA Debit Card with Added Security "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bank South Pacific (BSP) launched the new BSP chip enabled Visa Debit Cards on Thursday 9th of November, 2017 at its BSP First Lounge at the Ravalien Haus, Port Moresby.

This new enhancement has been implemented, to counter and protect customers and the bank against security breaches and counterfeit card fraud.

BSP CEO, Mr Robin Fleming was present at the launch and gave a product background saying, "Most major card issuers around the world have migrated to this new technology to protect consumers and reduce the costs of fraud and BSP proud to migrate into this new technology."

These chips are known as EMV chips. EMV - which stands for Europay, Mastercard and Visa - is a global standard for cards equipped with computer chips and the technology used to authenticate chip-card transactions.

Earlier, Mr Fleming also announced at the BSP Quarter 3 Financial Presentations at Ravalien Haus, Port Moresby that, "these new and improved cards are being deployed to improve payment security, making it more difficult for fraudsters to counterfeit cards. It's used worldwide and is an important step forward for BSP."

Present at the Launch on Thursday night was BSP Brand Ambassador and Captain of the PNG Kumuls, David Mead who also applied for a New Visa Debit Card.


You Are Powerful And We Are Winning "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

You are weak! You are powerless! You dont control your own life!is what the powers-that-shouldnt-be want you to believe. In reality, the thing they are most afraid of is you discovering your own power and taking control of your life. And as a new study shows, even a small number of alternative, non-mainstream sources can []

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe War Veterans Hold Press Conference in Response to the Present Situation
Watch this press conference by clicking on the website below:

263Chat will provide live updates of the war veterans press conference that is currently underway at Club Chambers in Harare. The press conference follows an address by the army that they are in the process of cleansing the country of 'criminals whom they accuse of suffocating the country and causing untold suffering on the people.

1241hrs: The presser will be addresses by Douglas Mahiya and Victor Matemadanda

1243hrs: After some singing of revolutionary songs, Douglas Mahiya begins his address. He urges war veterans in the room to celebrate.

1244hrs: Mahiya introduces war veterans leadership.

1245hrs: Matemadanda begins his address. He says his speech is based on the constitution of Zanu PF and the country. He says the constitution had been thrown into the dustbin.

1246hrs: Matemadanda says the constitution allows the army to intervene to protect the national security of the country

1248hrs: He says Zanu PF should set aside all suspensions and dismissal by G40 and cabal.

1249hrs: All the people from the central committee, provincial and ordinary members should be pardoned before the December congress.

1250hrs: war veterans should be restored as the fourth wing of Zanu PF

1250hrs: Why did Robert Mugabe chosen to work with counter revolutionaries. Why did he chose to denounce war veterans who have been with him during the liberation war, querried Matemadanda.

1251hrs: Robert Mugabe must be recalled from his position.

1252hrs: crimes committed by Robert Mugabe are much worse than Ndabaningi Sithole

1255hrs: Chipanga was leading a quasi army insulting Army Generals

1255hrs: all political parties in Zim must recognise the role played by war veterans.

1256hrs: we want to facilitate good and proper running of forth...


The Feds Are Investigating Allegations That Planned Parenthood Has Been Selling Baby Body Parts For Profit "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Feds Are Investigating Allegations That Planned Parenthood Has Been Selling Baby Body Parts For Profit by Michael Snyder End of the American Dream Is Planned Parenthood finally going to be held accountable for their crimes against humanity?  Pro-life...

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How the Israel Lobby Works in Britain "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Brian CLOUGHLEY | Strategic Culture Foundation | 15.11.2017 The government of the United Kingdom is in a state of turmoil, mainly because it lacks authority as a result of holding an election in which the Conservative party was unexpectedly dealt a severe blow to its pride and popularity. Since then its indecision and incompetence []


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EDITORIAL COMMENT: Custodians Returning Revolution to Source
November 16, 2017
Opinion & Analysis
Zimbabwe Herald

EVENTS of the past few days can be described as most unusual for Zimbabwe. That is because the military does not readily interfere in civilian political affairs. Yet this week they had to break with this long tradition, in the words of the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, because of instability in Zanu-PF which was causing a lot of anxiety in the population. He said the problems in the revolutionary party were a direct result of the machinations of counter-revolutionaries who have infiltrated the party and whose agenda is to destroy it from within.

More specifically, General Constantino Chiwenga said on Monday: We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in. And Zanu-PF is the embodiment of that revolution.

The aim, the military said, was not to effect a coup, but stabilise the situation in the country and return operations to normalcy.

Major-General Sibusiso Moyo, in an address to the nation on ZBCTV yesterday morning, also assured the nation that there was no intention to stage a coup. He stated that President Mugabes safety and security were guaranteed while the military was only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.

It is not for us to define for the ZDF which activities can easily lead to national instability, but what cannot be denied is that they are heavily invested in the affairs of Zanu-PF and its state of health ahead of harmonised elections next year.

Moreover, like everyone else, they are affected by the daily economic and political developments in the country.

For a long time President Mugabe has warned party supporters against engaging in petty squabbles and pursuing personal vendettas at the expense of service to the people. He has spoken strongly against corruption. He has also made several appeals against factionalism in the revolutionary party, and how this scourge can easily weaken the party....


Military Coup in Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Via: Reuters: Zimbabwe was on a knifes edge on Thursday after the military seized power in what it dubbed a targeted operation against criminals in the entourage of President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the southern African nation for almost four decades. It was not clear whether the apparent military coup would bring a formal []


Warning: N. Korea mapping specific plan for devastating EMP "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Only a few weeks after a team of experts warned Congress that the nation faces an existential threat from North Korea from a possible electromagnetic pulse attack, a new report says the rogue nation is mapping a specific plan.

Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner wrote in his Washington Secrets column that the White House is being warned that North Korea is mapping plans for a devastating attack on the United States with an atmospheric nuclear explosion that would disable the nations electric grid, potentially leading to the deaths of virtually all impacted.

He said President Trump is being urged to create a special commission to tackle the potential for an electromagnetic pulse attack, one similar to the iconic Manhattan Project.


NASA nuclear engines could provide power to the first humans on Mars "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

NASA is set to begin testing a radical nuclear engine that could provide power for astronauts on the Martian surface.

Dubbed the Kilopower it would use a uranium rector the size of a toilet roll to create heat.

A high efficiency Stirling engine would then convert this to electricity, in a system that works in a similar way to a car engine.

NASAs Kilopower engines will use a uranium rector the size of a toilet roll to create heat, then a high efficiency Stirling engine would convert this to electricity.


Artificially Cooling Earth With Volcano Eruptions Is Dangerousthe Lack of Regulation Is Deeply Disconcerting "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A controversial plan to cool down the planet by artificially simulating volcanic eruptions could have disastrous consequences for Earthyet there are no laws or regulations to stop any country or private company from deploying such technology.

Solar geoengineering is one of the proposed ways to artificially reduce global temperatures. It is often seen as one of the most extreme optionsbut also potentially one of the most effective. It involves injecting aerosols into the atmosphere. When the gas combines with oxygen, droplets of sulfuric acid form. These droplets reflect sunlight away, cooling the planet in the process. All good in theory, but the consequences of solar geoengineering are largely unknown.

In a study published in Nature Communications, scientists led by Anthony Jones, from the University of Exeter, U.K., have now examined what would happen if solar geoengineering was used in the Northern Hemisphere to try to prevent global warming and the extreme weather that goes with itin this case tropical cyclones.


Obama's Libyan legacy: A once great nation is now a failed state "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Libya, once the gem for high-living standards in Africa, is today a failed state. Thanks to the discordant foreign policy of President Barack Obama and his secretaries of state, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, Libya is now a country plagued by rival governments, gangs of terrorist marauders, human smuggling syndicates, and a collapsing infrastructure that was once the envy of its neighbors. Comment: Lybia's slave auction and African genocide: What Hilary knew. The NATO and Saudi-inspired revolt against the Libyan government of Muammar Qaddafi commenced in February 2011. The US military operation against Libya was code-named Operation Odyssey Dawn. America's "odyssey" has been a disaster for Libya. After almost seven years and tens of thousands of deaths, Libya, is effectively split into three separately-governed regions. The first is the Libyan capital of Tripoli and its surrounding area, which is governed by the "New General National Council," backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey, and Qatar. The council, composed of Islamist radical groups, in addition to secularists, has refused to cede authority to a United Nations-formulated Council of Deputies. The second region is in the eastern province of Cyrenaica, close to the Egyptian border, where a rival government, claims authority over all of Libya from its headquarters in the Dar al-Salam Hotel in Tobruk. Backing the Tobruk government is the Libyan National Army, led by one-time Qaddafi army official, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, which claims pockets of control in Cyrenaica, including Benghazi, and to the east od Tripoli, close to the Tunisian border.


The Friendliest Cities in the World "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The worlds destinations have been ranked according levels of happiness, friendliness, safety and treatment of tourists with some unexpected cities topping the list.

In a list released by holiday website Travelbird, Australia has been poorly represented with only Sydney and Melbourne recognised in the top 100.

Australians are renowned worldwide for their friendliness and jovial nature but it seems tourists arent impressed with the land Down Under when it comes to safety and welcoming travellers with open arms.

Travel experts and tourists who have jetted around the world were quizzed on their perceptions of each city they visited, and Australian destinations were harshly ranked by overseas holidaymakers.

Both Sydney and Melbourne were evenly matched in the overall happiness of citizens both scoring a pleasant nine out of 10 but it was the Nordic city of Oslo which took out the number one spot as happiest destination in the world with a perfect 10 score.

Trailing close behind Oslo on the happiness scale is Copenhagen in Denmark, while Reykjavik in Iceland made third place and three consecutive Swiss cities held down places four, five and six.

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European and Scandinavian cities dominated the top 10 happiest locations in the world but right behind Toronto, Canada, was Auckland at number 11 and Melbourne and Sydney tying at 9/10 for happiness too.

The cities with the unhappiest locals were found to be Kiev in Ukraine, Phnom Penh in Cambodia and New Delhi in India.

The next category each city was ranked in was safety sourced from United Nations data which investigated the perception of security and how safe people feel.

An unexpected winner of this department was the UAE city of Abu Dhabi with a perfect score, while Melbourne sat at 49th place and Sydney at 58th, likely because of the thre...

Hillary Chronicles "IndyWatch Feed"

The Department of Justice will soon commence an investigation to determine whether there should be an investigation (you read that nonsense correctly) of a scandal involving the Clinton Foundation and a company called Uranium One. It appears that FBI decisions made during the time that Hillary Clinton was being investigated for espionage will also be investigated to see whether there should be an investigation to determine whether she was properly investigated. (Again, you read that nonsense correctly.)

Only the government can relate nonsense with a straight face. Here is the back story.

When President Donald Trump fired FBI Director Jim Comey last spring, the attorney generals stated purpose for recommending the firing was Comeys dropping the ball in the investigation of Clintons email when she was secretary of state. After a year of investigating her use of her own computer servers to transmit and store classified materials instead of using a government server to do so and notwithstanding a mountain of evidence of her grossly negligent exposure of secret and top-secret materials, which constitutes the crime of espionage the FBI director decided that because no reasonable prosecutor would take the case, it should be dropped. Weeks later, the DOJ ratified Comeys decision.

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At the same time that Clinton was failing to safeguard state secrets, she was granting official State Department favors to donors to her familys charitable foundation. There are dozens of examples of this so-called pay to play, the most egregious of which is the Uranium One case. This involved a Canadian businessman and friend of former President Bill Clintons, Frank Giustra, who bundled donations from various sources that totaled $148 million, all of which Giustra gave to the Clinton Foundation.

At the same time that Giustra made this extraordinary donation, he was representing a client that needed federal permission to purchase a 51 percent stake in Uranium One, which then controlled about 20 percent of Americas licensed uranium mining capacity. Secretary Clinton freely gave Giustras client the State Departments approval, and it soon acquired the remaining approvals to make the purchase. Giustras client is a Russian corporation controlled by the Kremlin.

When the FBI got wind of the Giustra donation and Secretary Clintons approval and the Kremlin involvement, it commenced an investigation of whether Clinton had been bribed. At some point during former President Barack Obamas second term, that investigation was terminated. We do not know whether the investigating FBI agents learned that the Clinton Foundation was not even registered as...

Reformation and State "IndyWatch Feed"

Luther and His Progeny: 500 Years of Protestantism and Its Consequences for Church, State, and Society, edited by John C. Rao.

NB (and it will be really tough in this post): in my review of this book, I am presenting the case as Catholics see it; I say nothing of my views on theology.  My intent is not to get into the theology, but to examine the impact of the Reformation on society and what this meant (and means) for the growth of the state.

The period in Europe, before the Reformation, offers what I view as the longest-lasting and closest example of a decentralized, libertarian order we have seen in the westever.  What has come since has not come close, certainly in terms of longevity no matter what one believes about the value of the Renaissance, Enlightenment, or Liberalism.  For this, the period is worth examining for anyone interested in libertarianism in this world.

The doctrine of total corruption constitutes the view that, subsequent to the fall of the first couple, man is not merely wounded by sin, but utterly ruined by it.

Total determinism comprises the view that God arbitrarily decides who shall be saved and who shall not before they are created.

So Sebastian Morello describes the Reformation doctrine.

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This dual doctrine reduces man to a brute, and two forms of government follow from its anthropology.  One is that of draconian leaders, and the other that of liberal oligarchy which maintains that they are the peoples choice.

One is Hobbes, the other is Jefferson.

People are incapable of developing virtue therefore they abandon the life of virtue.  Therefore, to govern man, brute force was necessary.  For this role, the princes gladly took charge.  The princes realized that Luther offered a way to separate from the dual governance authority provided by the Church in Rome, and therefore consolidate government in their lands under one head their own.

Citing Henry Sires synopsis:

[Thomas] More knew that despite the Protestants claim to speak for the ordinary layman, their revolt was not a popular one.  There was no place in Europe where the peasantry, by far the largest part of the...

The Donald Trump Jr. Pile on "IndyWatch Feed"

There is nothing illegal or improper with someone having contact with Julian Assange or WikiLeaks. Julian Assange is not a Russian asset and WikiLeaks is not a Russian propaganda organization. I understand that the US intelligence agencies insist otherwise but they are utterly unable to prove it. Its true in their minds because they wanted to be.

Contact between Donald Trump,jr.. and Julian Assange certainly does not constitute collusion with the Russians!

In fact Assange is a journalist publishing information given to him by sources just as they do at the Washington Post and the New York Times but Wikileaks record for accuracy and authenticity is far better.

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Neither Donald Trump Jr. or Alexander Nix of Cambridge Analytica did anything inappropriate. Having tried so hard to drive the phony Russian collusion narrative to distract from their own Russian profiteering (Uranium One, Gazprom, Joule) they make casual contact with a first-rate Journalist muckraker treason.

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No More Electric Gravy? "IndyWatch Feed"

There must be a rube in the House.

recent Republican who does not understand how the game is played much less why it is being played the way it is played. He and perhaps some of his fellows not-yet-initiated publicly wondered why the federal government is underwriting the sale of luxury-performance cars that happen to be electric.

It is a curious thing.

They suggested rescinding the $7,500 tax inducement which the government has been using to help electric car manufacturers like Tesla, which sell electric cars that start around $40,000 and which emphasize not economy but performance and style and technology.

Some might look upon the robbing of Peter who probably drives an eight-year-old Camry in need of front end work so that Paul can drive a brand-new, $40,000 electric luxury-performance car as somewhat obnoxious.

But not everyone.

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There is, for example, Genevieve Cullen who is the head shill for the electric luxury-performance car lobby, styled the Electric Drive Transportation Association. She practically squealed the collective indignation of her clients, who are alarmed very much by the prospect of having to make an honest dollar:

She and they . . .continue to believe that a reformed tax code should include a robust set of incentives to support the electrification of transportation, Cullen wrote to House Republican Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, who is the chair of the Ways and Means Committee which is the government gaggle which weighs how to dispose of our means.

But Cullen is not being straight with Brady or with the means providers (who havent got much choice about that).

The issue on the table is not whether Uncle should support the electrification of transportation, as she shysterishly misdirects. It is whether wealth transfers from working people to affluent people ought to be continued.

Elon Musk, for instance, is a billionaire. The idea that anyone who files a W2 ought to be made to fund his operations is haltingly offensive.

The people who buy the electric cars he makes when he does actually make them are the same people who buy BMWs and other luxury-performance cars with prices that start around twice the price of an ordinary IC-engined economy car.

Which is why the electric cars Tesla sells do not emphasize economy. T...

A New History of the World "IndyWatch Feed"

The Silk Roads is a wonderful invigorating work of history. It is directed to the general reader rather than the specialist. I found it be absolutely riveting.

The essence of the book is that, in the West, our history is viewed through a very narrow lense. Schools teach its students of the Roman Empire, the subsequent Dark Ages, the Norman conquest in 1066, Henry VIII and the Tudors, the American War of Independence, the Industrial Revolution and the First and Second World Wars. The vast bulk of a map of the world from western Europe to China is passed over very quickly. With The Silk Roads, Peter Frankopan has attempted to redress this imbalance.

As the author states:

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For centuries before the early modern era, the intellectual centres of excellence of the world, the Oxfords ad Cambridges, the Harvards and Yales, were not located in Europe or the west, but in Baghdad, and Balkh, Bukhara and Samarkand.

Moreover, Frankopan gives the reader a perspective on the rise of Mesopotamia, Alexander the Great, the rise of Christianity in the eastern Roman Empire and then the subsequent rise of Islam throughout much of Asia. He then proceeds to discuss the Crusades, the rise of Genghis Khan and his mighty Mongol Empire and then the rise of China more specifically. He concludes by bringing the book up to the present day with the rise of Europe and the USA before suggesting that there is a reorienting of history underway again. In other words:

we are witnessingthe birthing pains of a region that once dominated the intellectual, cultural and economic landscape and which is now re-emerging. We are seeing the signs of the worlds centre of gravity shifting back to where it lay for millennia.

Whether you agree or not with Peter Frankopans conclusions, the book remains a tour-de-force. Thoroughly recommended.

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The 4th Turning Is Inevitable "IndyWatch Feed"

In Part 1 of this article I provided the background regarding the phases of Fourth Turnings and where we stand nine years into this period of crisis. I will now ponder what could happen during the remainder of this Fourth Turning.

History offers no guarantees. Obviously, things could go horribly wrong the possibilities ranging from a nuclear exchange to incurable plagues, from terrorist anarchy to high-tech dictatorship. We should not assume that Providence will always exempt our nation from the irreversible tragedies that have overtaken so many others: not just temporary hardship, but debasement and total ruin. Losing in the next Fourth Turning could mean something incomparably worse. It could mean a lasting defeat from which our national innocence perhaps even our nation might never recover.  Strauss & Howe  The Fourth Turning

The most important point to comprehend is the death of the existing social order always occurs during the course of a Fourth Turning. Thus far, those constituting the Deep State hierarchy have fended off their demise. They are utilizing every tool at their disposal to retain their wealth, power and control. As their mass media propaganda machine falters, they have redoubled their rigging of financial markets to promote a narrative of economic recovery, while further enriching themselves and their cronies.

It is clear they have reached the peak of financial manipulation, money printing, and artificial interest rate suppression. The narrative is faltering. Their last and final option to retain power is war. As their everything bubble (stocks, bonds, real estate) inevitably implodes, civil and/or global military conflict will be utilized to distract the populace from their Deep State domestic disasters.

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The time for compromise is long past. There are no moderates left in the political spectrum. The mood of the country is clearly trending towards conflict. Trump, as the grey champion of this Fourth Turning, has proven to be a lightning rod of hate. He infuriates his political opponents, the left wing media, many in his own party, foreign leaders, billionaires and most worrisome to his well-being the shadowy surveillance state intel operatives.


Race vs. America "IndyWatch Feed"

Justins note: Today, Doug and I continue our conversation on why the U.S. could dissolve over time. Doug says the problems are all bubbling to the surfaceand when the U.S. eventually breaks apart it will not be peaceful. (If you missed Part I, you can catch up right here.)

Justin: What about political tensions? Because, as Im sure youve seen, the far-left and far-right are becoming more and more antagonistic. In some cases, theyve even become violent towards each other.

Could radical political ideologies cause the country to break apart?

Doug: Yes, I think so.

In the late 60s and the early 70s, hundreds of bombings took place at universities, banks, and all kinds of places. The National Guard was in cities like Detroit during the riots, and they were raking buildings with .50 caliber machine guns. It was wild.

I dont think most remember this. At least, I dont see it being brought up anywhere.

I lived in Washington DC then. It seemed like there was tear gas in the air half the time I went out on a date on a Friday or Saturday night.

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But as wild and wooly as things were back then, what we have now is much more serious.

The racial element is still there, but the ideological element is even more pronounced.

In those days, people at least talked to each other. You could have a disagreement, and it was a simple difference of opinion.

Its much worse now. Today, theres a visceral hatred between the left and the right, between the people that live in the so-called red counties and blue counties.

You add that to the racial situation. Then throw in the fact that the rich are getting richer at an exponential rate while the middle class is disappearing.

And lets not forget the large-scale subsidized migration of people from totally alien Third World hellholes. This is not what the U.S. was founded on. Before changes in the immigration law that were made in the 60s, immigrants were culturally compatible opportunity seekers that were coming to America to improve themselves.

Now, people from all kinds of alien places are being imported by the hundreds of thousands by NGOs; they then go on welfare in enclaves in different places around the country. This is unlikely to end well. The U.S. is no longer a country.

That said, Im actually for open borders....

Essential Skills and Training "IndyWatch Feed"

For this article, were going to go into basic focus mode: you start out with the basics and build upon them.  This is the type of mindset and foundation that work for everything in life (basically).  You use it as a format in everything you do, such as building a home or when you begin an exercise program.  In this vein, were going to create a Training METL: A Mission-Essential Task List for your Training as a basis for well-rounding yourself.  This is Part 1 of a 2-part series.

What is your focus?  What type of work do you do?  How do you allocate your time?  A short time ago, I wrote a piece on the importance of self-analysis: creating a true picture of yourself, your strengths, and areas that you need to improve in.  This holds true here, as you identify and prioritize your goals, with an overall objective in mind.  Here is an overall objective for you:

To survive and thrive as you and your family develop physically, mentally, and spiritually to well-round yourselves and prepare for any disaster that arises.

Simple enough.  The Mission-Essential Task List for Training can become a big part in actually realizing that objective and maintaining it.  This METL (called Metal in the Army) for your use will use broad categories to train and prepare that you can refine as your needs change and your skills improve.  Lets start it off!

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  1. Physical Training: It all starts here, with whatever you do to be able to hang with the big dogs!  Whether youre a Triathlete, a weightlifter, a boxer, or a swimmer, you need to take your personal forte and tailor it to the maximum productive capacity.  Outline your training schedule, plan short and long-term goals for improvement, and take copious notes!  If youre a swimmer, do you want to swim the English Channel?  If youre a marathon runner, do you want to set a personal record for yourself?  Want to up your max on the bench press by 50 lbs.?  Part of your training is to identify your goals, and work up to them.  Tie in what you can do with the tasks you will need to accomplish as a survivor.  This also has to do with your overall body fat content (what is your goal?) and your measurements of weight, and tape.  Physical training is not an accessory: it is a priority!
  2. Martial/Fighting Arts Training: this is in the form of self-defense, such as Karate or the Martial Arts, or B...

He Took His Gun on a Run "IndyWatch Feed"

A lot of people dont take their guns with them when theyre doing certain things, particularly on a run. After all, even a lightweight pistol is going to cause issues with your everyday running shorts, and no one wants to wear a fanny pack, especially one loaded down with a firearm, right?

Well, Josh Williams of Austin, Texas didnt worry about any of that. Eventually, anyway, and at least one area resident is thankful for that.

Josh Williams has been licensed to carry a gun for about 10 years and takes his Glock 43 almost everywhere he goes, KVUE-TV reported.

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But on the morning of Sept. 15, Williams almost didnt take the gun along for his weekly run on the Hike-and-Bike Trail in Austin, Texas but a voice inside him said he might need it, the station said.

Did he ever.

It was about 5:30 a.m. and still dark when Williams heard a womans screams on the trail over his earbuds, KVUE reported.

So he took out his earbuds and pointed his flashlight in the direction of the screaming and quickly realized a woman was being sexually assaulted, the station said.

I came up, pulled my gun and told him to get off of her, Williams told KVUE, adding that he ordered the man to get on his knees and show his hands.

The man ran off, leaving him with the victim, safe and sound.

A few days later, 22-year-old Richard McEachern was arrested for the assault. He remains in the Travis County Jail.

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Cradles of Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed"

There long has been a persistent academic debate as to whether an ancient economy, referring mainly to Greece, even existed at all. In a field dominated by Marx, Marxists, the 19th century sociologist Max Weber, and such scholars of renown as Sir Moses Finley, the lingering image of the economic world of the Greek polis is that of something very static. We imagine a leisure class lounging at the sandaled foot of an orator while slaves tended to the fields, flogging cows harnessed to ploughs stuck in the mud. It is the notion of a primitive economy: money made for status, not investment; credit extended for the purchase of slaves, war waged for the capture of booty, elites in control of craft guilds and tyrant-kings keeping the peace by randomly doling out the goods.

Then there is ancient epic itself, with the noble Odysseus disdaining seafaring for profit (though he did take all the pay-offs he could collect) and the great Achilles pondering a discovery of precious treasure only so far as it might estimate his aristocratic worth. From this rudimentary foundation, an entire field of Socialist-Keynesian views on the Greek economy has prevailed, with occasional libertarian scholars such as Murray Rothbard and Jess Huerta de Soto getting a word in edgewise. In recent time, however, academia has found much more evidence of technological advances and market-driven considerations on the part of the classical polis than previously thought.

Keeping in mind that in both ancient Greece (and Renaissance Italy) that democracy was not incompatible with aristocracy, and that oligarchies and tyrants were not necessarily illiberal, several points may be made in defense of the economic model of the city-state: 1) that the stronger the city-state, the greater the industrial and economic expansion; 2) that private property was considered a fundamental economic principle; 3) that banking standards were relatively conservative; 4) that the wealthiest city-states were of the most socially dynamic; 5) that city-state competition spearheaded the modern entrepreneurial Europe; and 6) that the visionary tyrant was almost always business-first in his rule.

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When the Greek polis was its Strongest, Industrial, Technological and Monetary Revolution Followed

The first great industrial revolution of ancient Greece took place around 500 BC, the result of political power shifting into regional democratic clusters individually known as the polis. The great poleis  Athens, Corinth, Thebes, and the colonized areas of Hellenic Asia began to specialize their industrial production w...

Dont Be a Victim of Vehicular Terror "IndyWatch Feed"

In these days of smartphone distractions, youre seeing more and more people oblivious of their surroundings. In the past, this might get you a bump on the head by walking into a lamp post. In todays world, however, it could cost you your life.

The NYC vehicular attack that killed 8 and injured a number of others is just the latest in a number of incidents by the deranged, disgruntled, and politically motivated.  These events occur with little warning. Yet, being situationally aware could prevent you from becoming a victim of a future vehicular terror event.

Situational awareness involves understanding factors in your immediate vicinity that might represent a threat. Im not talking about second-hand smoke; Im talking about serious dangers that you can avoid with rapid action.

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Vehicular terrorism is not new, with Israel the scene of multiple attacks in past years. Its becoming more and more common in the West, however, with attacks in NYC, London, Nice, France, Berlin, and elsewhere. A Somali student used his car to run over several people at Ohio State University and then perpetrated a knife attack on those who, ironically, ran over to see if he was injured. Many similar events have occurred, but rarely make the news.

Why vehicular terror? Terror attacks are often associated with bombs, but making a bomb requires some expertise to assemble safely. Guns, the other preferred weapon, are difficult to come by in most countries other than the U.S. Owning or renting a vehicle, however, is easy. Trucks and cars can cause mass casualties if wielded as a weapon; obtaining one isnt an act that evokes suspicion.

Early this year, an article titled Just Terror Tactics was published by the English-language ISIS magazine Rumiyah.  It described which vehicles will cause the most damage and called for attacks on Western crowds. It is a simple idea and there is not much involved in its preparation, the article said. All what is needed is the willingness to give ones life for Allah.

The article goes on: Pick your location and timing carefully. Go for the most crowded locations. Narrower spots are also better because it gives less chance for the people to run away. Avoid locations where other vehicles may intercept you

To achieve maximum carnage, you need to pick up as much speed as you can while still retaining good control of your vehicle in order to maximize your inertia and be able to strike as many people as possible in your first run.

The writer also suggested attackers weld steel blades onto the front of an SUV: ...


The first Whaleoil parking ticket has been issued for the month of November "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Recently I reintroduced a Whaleoil tradition/prank that was created way back in 2013 called the Whaleoil parking ticket. A Whaleoil parking warden e-mailed me yesterday and shared the following story and photos with me. We were on our way back from Feilding on Sunday and stopped in for a quick beer at the local Otaki pub. As []

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

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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Zimbabwe Defense Forces Hailed for Upholding Rights
November 16, 2017
Fidelis Munyoro Chief Court Reporter

Legal experts have extolled the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) for its political stabilisation intervention, which they say was done in the spirit of national interest and security. In addition, the legal experts said the intervention was done in accordance with the dictates and tenets of the Constitution and in respect of Sadc and AU security protocols. They also applauded the fact that the intervention was done in a way that prevented bloodshed, promotes peace and national development.A top Harare lawyer, who declined to be identified, said the ZDF acted with considerable restraint and commendable respect for the Constitution of Zimbabwe, its people and the incumbent President.

It must be emphasised that the actions of the army are constitutionally permissible, legally justified and totally warranted, he said speaking on condition of anonymity. The military has received everyones imprimatur and support across the political divide. A new era has dawned. The true heroes of Chimurenga/Umvukela have stood up and have been counted. Brave Zimbabwe Defence Forces.

Another lawyer, Mr Tendai Toto, said the military acted within the precincts of their defined obligations under the countrys Constitution, in particular Section 212. The section provides for the constitutional function of the ZDF to protect Zimbabwe, its people, its national security and interests and its territorial integrity and to uphold the Constitution.

It is from these provisions that the ZDF has invoked military constitutionalism in a positive and non-abusive manner, said Mr Toto. He said the status quo emanated from an imminent threat to national security, further social and economic harm to the people of Zimbabwe.

It is the function of the ZDF to protect the threatened interests of security and the interests of the people of Zimbabwe in general, said Mr Toto.

That said, the impugned threats compelled the ZDF to take corrective measures to pursue and promote the steady progression, peace and the stability of the country. Thus, is the positive employment of military...


Robot Apocalypse: With Artificial Intelligence We Are Summoning the Demon "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Robot Apocalypse: With Artificial Intelligence We Are Summoning the Demon by Daisy Luther The Organic Prepper Have you noticed all of the news lately about artificial intelligence and robotics, including some things that sound like absolutely terrible ideas? Its...

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Primary Victims of the Canadian State echo Foreign Policy Mythology "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The power of foreign policy nationalism is immense. Even the primary victims of the Canadian state have been drawn into this countrys mythology.

Dispossessed of 99% of their land, Indigenous people have been made wards of the state, had their movement restricted and religious/cultural ceremonies banned. Notwithstanding their antagonistic relationship to the Canadian state, indigenous leaders have often backed Ottawas international policies.

At a National Aboriginal Veterans Day ceremony last week Grand Chief of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Stewart Phillip said Indigenous soldiers were fighting for the common good and were on the right side of history. But, Canadian soldiers have only fought in one morally justifiable war: World War II. Ignored in the Remembrance Day style commemoration are the Afghans or Libyans killed by Canadians in recent years or the Serbians and Iraqis killed two decades ago or the Koreans killed in the 1950s or the Russians, South Africans, Sudanese and others killed before that.

While Phillips comments reinforces the sense that Canadas cause is righteous, hes not a sycophant of power on most issues. Phillip refused to attend a reconciliation event with Prince William, called for acts of civil disobedience against pipelines and said the State of Canada and the Church committed acts of genocide as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Philip was but one of many indigenous voices applauding Canadian militarism during National Aboriginal Veterans Day/Remembrance Day activities. CBC Indigenous reported on a reading in Mikmaq of the pro-World War I poem In Flanders Fields and quoted the editor of Courageous Warriors of Kahkewistahaw First Nation, Ted Whitecalf, saying: Its all for freedom that the people served willingly and voluntarily.

Outside of war commemorations, Indigenous representatives occasionally echo broader foreign policy myths. Alongside Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau, Assembly of First Nations National Chief....


CA20171114-01: Security Notice for CA Identity Governance "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Kotas, Kevin J on Nov 15

CA20171114-01: Security Notice for CA Identity Governance

Issued: November 14, 2017
Last Updated: November 14, 2017

CA Technologies support is alerting customers to a potential risk
with CA Identity Governance. A vulnerability exists that can
potentially allow a malicious actor to conduct cross-site scripting
attacks. CA published a solution to resolve the issue.

The vulnerability, CVE-2017-9394, occurs due to insufficient input


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe Chiefs Want Land Bill Shelved
November 16, 2017
Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

Traditional leaders have expressed their dissatisfaction over the rejection of amendments to the Land Commission Bill where they were pushing to have their members sit in the Zimbabwe Land Commission. In an interview, Chiefs Council president Fortune Charumbira said they had resolved to appeal to a higher authority to ensure that the Bill, which has since sailed through Parliament is not signed into law without their proposals.

A fortnight ago, the National Assembly rejected amendments to the Land Commission Bill that had been referred to it from Senate that sought to include traditional leaders in the Land Commission. Chief Charumbira yesterday lashed out at some legislators who led the onslaught to reject the amendments saying it was unheard of to exclude traditional leaders on governance of land.

Some adventurous MPs with no history of the struggle believe that chiefs should not sit on the Land Commission. That is outrageous and shocking that we have MPs who think like that. We have appealed to higher offices that the Bill be rejected so that the amendments are accepted to ensure that chiefs are included, said Chief Charumbira. He said they had since started lobbying for the inclusion of the amendments, adding that the matter was raised during their conference that was held in Bulawayo last month.

Chiefs are custodians of land and it is unheard of that they can be excluded in matters to do with land. We believe that the rejection was pushed by MPs with a colonial agenda, said Chief Charumbira. Amendments to the Bill were overwhelmingly adopted in Senate after Chief Charumbira convinced members of the Upper House of the need to include traditional leaders in the Land Commission.

The amendments, were subsequently referred to the National Assembly which shot them down. The National Assembly upheld an Adverse Report by the Parliamentary Legal Committee which said inclusion of traditional leaders was unconstitutional. The Zimbabwe Land Commission is a product of the new Constitution that was adopted in 2013.

Its responsibilities include advising Government on management of agricultural land, carrying out pe...


Phil Butler Interview with Jim W. Dean on Putins Praetorians - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - We will be checking back in with Phil from time to time to see how things are going as his book is the tip of the spear at this moment.


More than 47,000 living with HIV in PNG, official says "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 More than 47,000 Papua New Guineans are living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) with Enga being the highest HIV prevalence province.

National Aids Council Secretariat (NACS) regional manager Valentine Tangoh told a workshop on gender equity and social inclusion in Port Moresby that the spread of HIV still outpaced responses taken in the country despite some progress being made.

National HIV prevalence is estimated at 0.89 per cent among adults (15-49-year-olds). Thats the highest among Pacific nations, Tangoh said.

He said for last year and this year, it was estimated that there are 47,795 people living with HIV in PNG.

Of these, 2800 are estimated to be new infections for this year alone, one quarter of them are children and young people.New born babies account for 16 per cent of new infections annually.

These are data shown by people who went to the hospitals or in voluntary counselling centres getting tested on their HIV status.

However, there are many people in the country who dont go to test and know of their HIV status and so the figure might increase, Tangoh said.

He said the pandemic was concentrated in certain geographical locations within key population groups.

HIV prevalence of one per cent or more is recorded in the Highlands provinces and Enga is the highest with 1.77 per cent, National Capital District with 1.64 per cent, followed by Jiwaka with 1.49 per cent, Western Highlands with 1.32 per cent, Western with 1.23 per cent, Eastern Highlands with 1.0 per cent, Chimbu with 0.9 per cent, Oro, Manus and Central with 0.7 per cent, Madang with 0.6 per cent and the other provinces showing a much lower prevalence.

He said HIV prevalence in 2014 was 0.7 per cent with the total number of people living with HIV estimated to be 37,000 but HIV prevalence has increased to 0.89 in 2016 and 2017 with a total of 47,795 people estimated to be living with the virus.

Of the 47,795 people living with HIV, only 52 per cent or 23,800 are on antiretroviral therapy (ART).

The rest are not receiving any treatment and that is a major concern.

Major fluctuations in government budget allocations are a real issue that contributes to this high prevalence.

Tangho said further that HIV/Aids was a developmental issue and must be addressed across all sectors.

HIV should...


Dozens of Christian, Conservative and Pro-Family Leaders Sign Letter in Support of Judge Roy Moore Will Attend Rally Tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed"


Major Press Conference Thursday in Birmingham

1:00 PM Thursday
Birmingham Room of the Birmingham Marriott
3590 Grandview Parkway
Birmingham, Alabama


Reject Suspiciously-Timed Accusations without Evidence Generated by the Alt-Left and Republican Establishment

At the Press Conference, hosted by Faith2Action President Janet Porter and Dr. Steven Hotze, CEO of Restore Our Godly Heritage PAC, media will be presented with a letter signed by pro-family leaders and pastors from across the nation which states:

We stand with Judge Roy Moore, a man of integrity who has never wavered from his valiant defense of the unborn, the Ten Commandments, and the Constitution.

We are confident the voters of Alabama will not be fooled by suspiciously timed accusations without evidence, and will reject the politics of personal destruction led by the Washington Post. If the media lynch mob and establishment politicians are allowed to ambush Judge Roy Moore, then they will destroy anyone who gets in their way. We stand with Roy Moore.

Pro-aborts often ambush pro-lifers on the eve of an election, said Andy Schlafly, Attorney for Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. They did the same thing to Clarence Thomas and now theyre doing it to Judge Roy Moore. Alabamians are pro-life and will not be fooled by this latest attempt of abortion supporters to steal an election.

Steven Hotze, M.D., stated, Judge Roy Moore has demonstrated the courage of his Christian and conservative convictions by defending the right-to-life of unborn babies, the Ten Commandments and Biblical marriage. In the face of overwhelming opposition, Judge Moore refused to compromise. We need a man of Judge Moores commitment in the U.S. Senate.

I trust Judge Roy Moorenot the Washington Post and Republican Establishment who are orchestrating his character assignation, said Janet Porter. Judge Moore has been a personal friend and a friend of life for decades, while his opponent supports even Partial Birth Abortion, where a late-term baby is partially delivered before having his or her brains sucked out, added Porter, who lobbied to pass the nations first ban on Partial Birth Abortion. Doug Jones publically admitted he supports abortion until birth in a September 27th MSNBC inter...


Environmental Racism, yep thats a thing "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

[] [about a dozen students from] The student group Fossil Free Penn held a discussion on environmental racism as part of its weeklong engagement project called Divestfest Wednesday afternoon.[] [] In discussing environmental racism, the speakers highlighted the Israel-Palestine conflict. The Jewish National Fund, an organization that plants trees in Israel, was a major subject of discussion. After []

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Jerry Robinson-How Much Longer Can the Petrodollar Survive? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Jerry Robinson-How Much Longer Can the Petrodollar Survive? Video Jay Taylor Media Jerry Robinson, explains why a dollar crash may be imminent, what it will mean for your investments and how to protect yourself. Video Source

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Does It Make Economic Sense for IOC and Gail India to Invest in Adanis LNG Terminals? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While investors have given a thumbs-down to the deals, as it would add to the PSUs loan burden, it will likely help the heavily-indebted Adani group secure bank loans and make future investments.

Credit: Reuters

A former IOC chairman has derided the deal, dismissing the popular argument that the PSU needed to invest to get access to re-gasification facilities. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: Over the last year, state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Gail India have decided to pick up stakes in Adani group-promoted LNG terminals in Odisha and Gujarat.

By participating in these projects as financial investors rather than promoters, the PSUs will help the heavily-indebted Adani group to make further investments. However, in the process they will have to take on more loans on their balance sheets, which could increase their leverage and crimp future investment capacity, say analysts.

A former IOC chairman, who spoke to The Wire, said, Why should a PSU oil company take such a big stake in a private sector project without having any controlling interest. If the objective is to take a financial stake then a small investment would do. But how can a PSU justify such a big stake thus indire...


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Morphological  relating to the form or structure of things; relating to the branch of biology that deals with the form of living organisms, and with relationships between their structures; relating to the patterns of word formation in a particular language, including inflection, derivation, and composition.

Filed under: language Tagged: morphological


Adanis Australia Story: A Crucial Ideological Battle Over the Politics of Coal and Jobs "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While support for the controversial mine exists in rural areas where the narrative of jobs finds resonance it is opposed in metropolitan centres where a more definitive acceptance of the threats from climate change defines attitudes.



IWW Picket Met with Violence in Portland: Solidarity and Calls Needed "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The following report comes from the Burgerville Workers Union, who has launched a campaign in the Portland area for higher wages and job place improvements. Less than a week ago, the corporation hired anti-union thugs to attack and harass picketing workers. Solidarity is needed, and people are being asked to call in and demand that this harassment and intimidation end and the corporation negotiate with the union. 

On the night of Friday, November 10th, a private security firm hired by Burgerville physically assaulted workers and their supporters standing up for their rights during a peaceful union picket at the Convention Center location. This security firm not only created an intimidating atmosphere through acts and threats of violence but actively and recklessly endangered the lives of everyone who stood up that night for the rights of workers.

Apparently Burgerville thinks its okay for people they hire to assault their workers, says Burgerville worker Mark Medina. The guards, he says, dont care about our rights, dont care about our civil rights, dont care about us as human beings.

The picket itself was part of a long unionization campaign at Burgerville, which has met with intense union busting from corporate. Workers are fighting for living wages, affordable health care, reasonable scheduling, and basic dignity. These demands, however, were answered by Burgerville with violence.

As documented in the video interview above, filmed immediately after the events of November 10th, Burgervilles private security guards used force to stop a worker at the Convention Center Burgerville, Chris Merkel, from entering his own place of work.

One of these big burly men, says Chris, ran back behind me and bumped me really hard, and I stumbled forward.

Chriss manager and a security guard also accused him of trespassing, despite Convention Center being his workplace and despite him being in the store not a half hour before the action.

That didnt make any sen...


The ISIS Tailspin of Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Watching YouTube wont produce a skilled terrorist

NOTE: incomplete post from 20170815. ISIS collapsed faster than my interest in finishing this post.

ISIS capability as a transnational terrorist organisation continues to collapse. They are unable to bring recruits to controlled territory for training, but rather have to rely entirely on remotely managed raw amateurs who are ineffective and error prone. This shows that counterterrorism efforts are working effectively to limit the damage that ISIS, the organisation, can do. Unfortunately, their trained and battle hardened members who survive and escape will be extremely dangerous. Good newsright now they suck; bad newsthe post ISIS world is scarier.

This post will examine why having an entirely remote external operations arm is not a winning strategy for a terrorist group. The positives:

  • cheap to implement,
  • hard for security forces to stop (in theory)
  • scales well,
  • creates the illusion of global reach

These apparent benefits are actually outweighed by the negatives of using only trained professional operatives. The negatives:

  • ineffective attacks (inept, low impact) are bad for the brand
  • essentially no strategic control (timing, region, targeting, messaging)
  • low success rate (interdiction is very high, so is the drop out rate)
  • inherent limitations of purely remote terrorist operation make addressing these problems decidedly non trivial

An effective terrorist organisation makes strategic use of violence to attempt to achieve the result they want. At its most generic this is some sort of utopian ideal (global communism, the caliphate, freedom, the independence and/or union of greater population group). Since achieving this vision is a matter of developing and executing a strategy (class warfare, removal of colonial ruling elites, agitating for political autonomy, etc.) the leaders of the group, the centre, must be able to use their military resources with strategic precision (in theory anyway.)

A purely remote control agent is basically the least strategically effective mechanism availablethe centre has no control over their targeting, timing, effectiveness, success rate; and there is basically no way to increase the amount of control over the remote agent. A group that is unable to execute operations that further their strategic goal is severely handicapped. Even worse, the application of violence to further strategic goal is extremely tricky as violence needs to be calibrated and targeted very specifically. Too much violence can reduce support, as can too little, and embarrassing or incompetent acts of violence can also reduce p...


GOP Swamp Leaders Plotting Drastic Plan To Steal Senate Seat From Judge Moore RINOS Steering White House Decision? "IndyWatch Feed"

As Steve Bannon warned at CPAC back in February, If you think theyre going to give your country back to you without a fight you are sadly mistaken.

Republican leaders are plotting a drastic plan, to block Judge Roy Moore from becoming the next Senator of Alabama. Even more concerning, Vice-President Mike Pence and his team are helping to steer the administrations decision-making process on the Alabama race, says POLITICO. 

POLITICO reports:

With less than four weeks until the special election and no sign that the partys besieged nominee will exit the race, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his top advisers are discussing the legal feasibility of asking appointed Sen. Luther Strange to resign from his seat in order to trigger a new special election.

McConnell aides express caution, saying theyre uncertain whether such a move, one of several options being discussed, is even possible. Yet the talks underscore the despair among top Republicans over relinquishing a seat in deep-red Alabama, further diminishing their slim Senate majority.


The White House, meanwhile, is poring over survey results. Trump remained silent about the situation on Wednesday, ignoring questions from reporters about Alabama after he delivered extensive public remarks on his 12-day Asia tour. Vice President Mike Pence, his chief of staff, Nick Ayers, and the administrations political director, Bill Stepien, are helping to steer the administrations decision-making process on the Alabama race.

As The Gateway Pundit reported, Axios says Republican swamp creatures may ask RINO hack Luther Strange who lost to Moore during the primary and Republican Rep. Robert Aderholtto to run as write-in candidates.

It gets worse

According to this Axios report, the Republican establishment hacks may even try to delay the Senate race or block Moore if he wins since its too late to remove him from the ballot!

Axios reports:

Theyve also weighed asking Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to delay the Dec....


5 Steps To Retiring Rich (Step 1) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Retirement Dreams Becoming Nightmares

5 Steps To Retiring Rich (Step 1) by Nilus Mattive Daily Reckoning Rumors were swirling that lawmakers were going to change the rules surrounding 401(k) plan contributions as part of their tax overhaul but it sounds like the...

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Summary of Articles of Impeachment Against Trump "IndyWatch Feed"

Hurry up already! The US cant afford to be slow like Spain where Prime Minister Rajoys party has been under investigation for corruption for around eight years and the trial just ended with the verdict still out. Meanwhile the Rajoy government has long cracked down on dissent, including beating protestors and recently jailing opposition politicians and civil society leaders.
No more maana, maana, maana!

The US is already way slower than Lithuania who removed their president in around 13 months from when he took office:

If you have a sane or quasi-sane Congressional Representative then get them to support this. If not you can still annoy the others, if you wish.


/POL/ Q Clearance Anon 4Chan #Happening Decoded in Full +++ (Half) Jay Dyer "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Newborn Infant Left In Safe Haven Box At Indiana Fire Department "IndyWatch Feed"

Via WGNTV: It was a big fight for the Coolspring Township Fire Department to get a Safe Haven Baby Box. Many officials were against it, but on Tuesday night, they proved why it was needed when a baby was dropped off there for the first time. The boxes are equipped with alarms that notify local []


Imran Khans plan to switch Pakistan from US to Chinese orbit can transform the region - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Editors note:  Back in 2009, I met Imran Khan during a tour of Pakistans defense challenges, sponsored by their ISPR along with Raja Mugtaba, VT editor (deceased) and author Jeff Gates.  Khan and I became fast friends.g Russia Today: Imran Khan knows that Pakistan desperately needs reform. Should he win the next election, his rise []


Precious Metals Market Update Tom Cloud 111517 (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Precious Metals Market Update Tom Cloud 111517 Video Follow the Money Daily Tom Cloud is a veteran precious metals advisor, serving clients around the world since 1977. Get Toms powerful monetary insights and precious metals analysis every week...

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One Death, Three Stories: Understanding Hunger and Starvation in Jharkhand "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Political and media responses to the death of an 11-year-old girl in Jharkhand highlighted how people are only moved to action by extreme examples, rather than a system that is perpetually broken.

VV correspondent Warles Surin and Santoshi's mother, Koyli Devi. Courtesy: Video Volunteers

VV correspondent Warles Surin and Santoshis mother, Koyli Devi. Courtesy: Video Volunteers

At Video Volunteers, we spend nearly all our time reporting on stories that dont make headlines; stories of broken systems and petty corruption occurring amongst the relatively ignored populations of this country. On the rare occasion when hard news breaks in one of 200+ districts we report from, we dont rush to cover it. If a story from a district where we work makes headlines on its own, it means the news ecosystem is functioning as it should. But a few weeks ago, we found ourselves in the middle of the biggest news story of the week.

Youve heard about the starvation death, havent you? our correspondent Warles Surin asked me and my Video Volunteers co-director Stalin K. as we sat in Warless familys village in Simdega district, Jharkhand. Stalin and I were vis...


IoT Garage Door Opener from Scrap "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

[Hans Nielsen] has a couple roommates, and his garage has become a catch-all for various items. And like any good hackers garage, it boasts an IoT controlled garage door opener. It had a problem though, it used a Particle Photon a popular IoT board that required internet access and a web server to operate. So [Hans] raided his roommates spare parts bin and set-forth to rebuild it!

One of his main goals was to make something that did not require internet access to operate. Anyone connected to the local WiFi should be able to open and close the door via a web interface, and he would give our good friend [Linus Torvalds] a call to make it happen. The key component in the build is the C.H.I.P SBC that made the news a while back for being ridiculously cheap.

Be sure to check out [Hans] blog if youre at all interested in working with the C.H.I.P. He does a fantastic job of documenting the ins and outs of getting a project like this working.

Filed under: ARM, linux hacks


Steve Joyce calls for government to stop spending money like drunken sailors "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The new Coalition Government needs to rapidly put a ceiling on the debt levels its prepared to tolerate as it opens wide the taxpayers chequebook, National Party Finance Spokesperson Steven Joyce says. The admissions in Parliament today from Grant Robertson that he may allow debt to grow by more than $11 billion compared to the []

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A Routine Stop Almost Ended My Career Before It Started "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sometimes theres danger in speaking out against perceived police misconduct.

Violent Crime: A Conversation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Is it rising or declining? Does it matter?

When Mollusks Fall in Love - Issue 54: The Unspoken "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Outside of gothic works of fiction set in Transylvania, we rarely read of enduring friendships that have been initiated by a bite. But that is exactly how nature writers Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomasthe two extraordinary, quirky, and iconoclastic women whose essays are collected in the newly released book Tamed and Untamedformed their attachment to one another.

Liz and Sy met more than 30 years ago, within months if not weeks of Sy moving to New Hampshire, just minutes away from Liz. Sy was a journalist, writing often about wildlife and soon to embark on her first book, on great apes and the women who studied them. Liz had written classic accounts of life among the San (or Bushmen) hunter-gatherers in the Kalahari Desert as well as novels set in Paleolithic times. As a keen observer of animals, she had also been helping researcher Katy Payne study elephant bioacoustics. So when Sys husband, author Howard Mansfield, saw an article about Liz in a local newspaper, he urged Sy to get in touch and, before long, Sy was interviewing Liz about the emerging knowledge of how elephants communicate.

Fast friends: Liz Marshall Thomas (left) and Sy Montgomery (right).

As soon as Sy
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Andy Weir Visits the Moon - Issue 54: The Unspoken "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

World building is the best part of writing, Andy Weir tells me. The software engineer turned writer is getting his practice in. In his 2011 novel The Martian, he built a Mars base, complete with carefully calculated Earth-Mars rocket schedules and chemistry-hacked potato farming. It was made into a 2015 hit movie grossing over $600 million (I live in a bigger house now, he tells me).

We get to see Weirs newest creation this month with the release of his new novel, Artemis. The action is set on a lunar city in the not-too-distant future, which Weir calculated as much as imagined. He estimated the cost of reaching the moon from Earth by assuming a future commercial launch industry that will reach the efficiencies of todays airlines, then combining those numbers with an obscure and complex Earth-moon orbit called the Uphoff-Crouch Cycler. He wrote a 10-page economic analysis constructing the future lunar economy, whose currency, the slug, is based on the cost of transporting one gram from the Earth. He referenced modern-day nuclear power plant designs in determining the bases energy production and consumption budget.

The total time that passed by while I was working on Artemis, just the city,
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The Rise and Fall of the English Sentence - Issue 54: The Unspoken "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

[[[When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people [to dissolve the political bands [which have connected them with another]] and [to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station [to which the laws of Nature and of Natures God entitle them]]], a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires [that they should declare the causes [which impel them to the separation]]].Declaration of Independence, opening sentence

An iconic sentence, this. But how did it ever make its way into the world? At 71 words, it is composed of eight separate clauses, each anchored by its own verb, nested within one another in various arrangements. The main clause (a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires ) hangs suspended above a 50-word subordinate clause that must first be unfurled. Like an intricate equation, the sentence exudes a mathematical sophistication, turning its face toward infinitude.

To some linguists, Noam Chomsky among them, sentences like these illustrate an essential property of human language. These scientists have argued that recursion, a technique that allows chunks of language such as sentences to be embedded inside each other (with no hard limit on the number
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How to Tell If Youre a Jerk - Issue 54: The Unspoken "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Heres something you probably didnt do this morning: Look in the mirror and ask, am I a jerk?

It seems like a reasonable question. There are, presumably, genuine jerks in the world. And many of those jerks, presumably, have a pretty high moral opinion of themselves, or at least a moderate opinion of themselves. They dont think of themselves as jerks, because jerk self-knowledge is hard to come by.

Psychologist Simine Vazire at the University of California, Davis argues that we tend to have good self-knowledge of our own traits when those traits are both evaluatively neutral (in the sense that its not especially good or bad to have those traits), and straightforwardly observable.


For example, people tend to know whether they are talkative. Its more or less okay to be talkative and more or less okay to be quiet, and in any case your degree of talkativeness is pretty much out there for everyone to see. Self-ratings of talkativeness tend to correlate fairly well with peer ratings and objective measures. Creativity, on the other hand, is a much more evaluatively loaded traitwho doesnt want to think of themselves as creative?and much less straightforward to assess. In keeping with Vazires
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Buhari, 12 govs, 18 senators, APC leaders storm Anambra "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Awka, the Anambra State capital was agog yesterday as President Muhammadu Buhari in company of 12 governors, 18 senators and members of the House of Representatives, as well as officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stormed the state for the grand rally of the partys candidate for this weekends governorship election, Dr. Tony Nwoye. Buhari, who said he was highly impressed with the large turnout of APC supporters at the rally, expressed the hope that the party would bounce back in the zone by electing Nwoye to serve as...

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PNG Kumuls v England RLWC Quarter Final Preview "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

England hooker Josh Hodgson and PNG hooker James Segeyaro
 will be key men for their teams on Sunday afternoon.
Credit: Gregg Porteous; David Buller. Copyright: NRL Photos.
England face an undefeated PNG side who venture outside Port Moresby for the first time in this World Cup.

Wayne Bennett's side has shown patches of what they are capable of without yet putting in an eighty-minute performance, with victories over France (36-6) and Lebanon (29-10). The Kumuls come to Melbourne after accounting for Wales, Ireland and the USA by a combined 128-12.

The English get Sam Burgess back who returns from a knee injury and will start in the second row, with Ryan Hall and Kallum Watkins replacing Stefan Ratchford and Mark Percival in the backline. Gareth Widdop retains his spot at fullback, while Kevin Brown and Luke Gale remain in the halves. Elliott Whitehead comes back into the back row and Josh Hodgson starts in place of James Roby who drops to the bench.

PNG coach Michael Marum has made minimal changes. Ase Boas comes in for Lachlan Lam at five-eighth, while Stanton Albert and Rod Griffin are on the bench for Nixon Putt and Enock Maki respectively.

Why England can win: They've started well in all three games so far and, apart from their opener Australia, have overcome their opponents through an influx of first-half points. Their defence has also held up against the best the Kangaroos could only manage three tries and Bennett will have them primed for a better performance coming into the knockout rounds.

Why PNG can win: The Kumuls are riding the wave of their success in the pool stages. Skipper David Mead has led the way with four tries this tournament and will be keen to add to his tally on Sunday. Many of these players have been together for a long time when you factor in the PNG Hunters' success in the Queensland Cup and coach Michael Marum has got them playing for each other.

The History: Played 2; England 2; PNG 0. England has had the better of the Kumuls in their two previous clashes, though the Pacific nation went close in the 2008 World Cup....



Australias premier rock band in Adelaide, South Australia, in the 70s at their best.



FG withdraws operational licences of Atikus INTELS, 5 others "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

revokes residence permit of expatriates gives November 30 deadline The Federal Government, yesterday, announced the withdrawal of operational licence of Integrated Logistics Facilities Limited (INTELS), a company partly owned by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar that provides logistics and facilities services to the countrys oil and gas sector. The Comptroller-General of Immigration (CGI), Mr. Muhammad Babandede, handed down the directive in a statement by the Services Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Sunday James, an Assistant Comptroller of Immigration. Other companies, whose licences of operation were withdrawn alongside INTELS, according to the...

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SURPRISE: Look At Whats Hitting New Highs As Central Bank Liquidity Now On The Cusp Of Slowing Down Dramatically "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

SURPRISE: Look At Whats Hitting New Highs As Central Bank Liquidity Now On The Cusp Of Slowing Down Dramatically from King World News Surprise: Look at whats hitting new highs as central bank liquidity now on the cusp of slowing...

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Could Copper Toxicity Be at the Root of Your Chronic Fatigue, Depression and Poor Immune Function? "IndyWatch Feed World"

November 16th, 2017 By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World By now, most of us concerned with preserving health are aware of the dangers of toxic heavy metals like aluminum, cadmium, mercury, lead and arsenic that we pick up from our water and food supply, as well as from the air we breath. But what []


Higher spending, tax, debt "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We should all be very concerned. Robertson obfuscates and blusters, but little else


Economists are warning that the Labour-led governmentd Debt will be billions more than planned.

. . . In Opposition Labour laid out a fiscal plan which would borrow around $11 billion more than National had proposed, but still cut debt as a share of the total economic output from 24 per cent to 20 per cent by 2022.

The plan formed a major point of contention during the election campaign, as National finance spokesman Steven Joyce was widely mocked for his claim that Robertsons plan had a major fiscal hole.

This is a very good argument for independent costing of party policies before an election.

But bank economists, who monitor the likely issuance of government bonds, are warning of pressure for Treasury to borrow billions more than Labour had signalled because of new spending promises.

ANZ has forecast that Labour will borrow $13 billion more than Treasurys pre-election fiscal

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Senate: IGPs action dangerous to democracy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senate, yesterday, unanimously condemned the withdrawal of security aides to the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Willie Obiano, by the Inspector-General of the Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris. The parliament said that the action of Idris was capable of collapsing the democracy and throwing the nation into avoidable anarchy. The Senate also directed Idris to immediately restore the security aides to the Governor, who has since raised the alarm that his life was under threat due to the highly criticized action of the Police boss. It also mandated its Committee...

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Buhari orders reinstatement of Obianos security aides "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate reinstatement of all security aides of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State. Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement yesterday, said the decision followed a complaint by the Anambra State governor. The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Idris, had, on Tuesday, withdrawn the Aide de Camp (ADC) to Governor Obiano to prevent the re-occurrence of past experience. Buhari was in Awka, the Anambra State capital, for the grand finale of the All Progressives Congress...

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Lawyers: IGPs withdrawal of Obianos ADC illegal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Some lawyers have described the withdrawal of the security details attached to Obiano as an act of illegality. Two Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Mike Ahamba and Chief Mike Ozekhome told New Telegraph that it is difficult to believe that a sitting governor would be left without security details. In his submissions, Ahamba said there was no justification for the IGPs action. I dont think there is any justification for the action of the Inspector-General of Police. Its quite unfortunate that this is happening towards the gubernatorial election in...

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Police report on Wikes convoy attack biased Rivers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Rivers State Government has rejected the Nigeria Police report on the alleged convoy attack on Governor Nyesom Wike by the convoy of the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi. The state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Emma Okah, who made this known in a statement, said the police did not investigate the matter, but acted a script written by the Commander of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mr. Akin Fakorede, who he claimed is a bosom friend of Amaechi. Okah said that the position by the police that it will...

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Combating rising cases of pneumonia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

With more Nigerian children losing their lives from pneumonia, a preventable medical condition, experts said increasing immunisation coverage will cut vaccine-preventable diseases. APPOLONIA ADEYEMI and ESTHER OLAIFA report The World Health Organisation (WHO) commemorated the World Pneumonia Day last Sunday, bringing to the fore the huge pneumonia burden facing Nigeria and its populace. A report released by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) to mark the 2017 World Pneumonia Day, revealed that in Africa, Nigeria accounts for the highest number of pneumonia deaths in children, accounting for 25 per cent...

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Nuts linked to lower risk of heart disease "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

People who regularly eat a variety of nuts, including walnuts, peanuts and tree nuts may be less likely to develop heart disease than individuals who rarely or never eat nuts, a U.S. study suggests. According to the findings of a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, compared to people who rarely, if ever, ate nuts, people who had one 28-gram serving of nuts at least five times a week were 14 per cent less likely to develop cardiovascular disease and 20 per cent less...

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OMG! Roy Moore Taunts Mitch McConnell! "IndyWatch Feed"

Judge Roy Moore is under siege by Republican swamp creatures and he is not backing down.

Mitch McConnell called for Moore to drop out of the race after WaPo published a hit piece on the Alabama Judge claiming he sexually assaulted teenage girls 40 years ago. McConnell also floated the idea that he wouldnt seat Moore even if he won the election.

Judge Moore is showing he has no fear and taunted Mitch McConnell!

Roy Moore tweeted Wednesday evening, Dear Mitch McConnell, Bring. It. On.

This isnt the first time Moore has zinged McConnell on Twitter. The Alabama judge slammed swamp creature McConnell in a viral tweet saying, The person who should step aside is Mitch McConnell. He has failed conservatives and must be replaced.

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The Truth About Why Saudi Arabia And Israel Are Really Working Together "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Despite Saudi Arabias tough rhetoric and brutal assault against its neighbor, Yemen (the poorest country in the region), the unfortunate reality is that Saudi Arabia is not the strongman it has hopelessly painted itself to be. This isnt conjecture or an attempt to needlessly bolster and promote regional rivals such as Iran, as has become []

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Mexico, as It Is and Wasnt:: Some Stuff Wroth Knowing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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.



"Drug Bazooka" Seized Near the U.S.-Mexican Border "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Drug-Shooting 'Bazooka' Seized In Mexico As Smugglers Aim Skyward

As Mexican authorities continue to crack down on drug smugglers, criminals continue to aim high in a bid to evade them. Last week, Mexican authorities seized a jury-rigged bazooka and nearly one ton of marijuana in the border town of Agua Prieta in Sonora state, the Mexican Attorney General said in a statement.

The bazooka had been "adapted" to use a compressor for launching drugs into the United States. The Mexican daily El Universal reports the device was inside a van with a sliding roof, allowing the bazooka to shoot the drugs from the cover of the vehicle.

Agua Prieta lies directly across the border from Douglas, Ariz. Last year, Mexican federal authorities found yet another "homemade bazooka" in the town, this one measuring nearly 10 feet long, alongside an air compressor inside a modified panel van with no license plate. Officials say it was apparently used for launching projectiles, possibly drugs, across the border.

If "legal" retail prices for cannabis drop, maybe these will be packed with heroin or cocaine instead.

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Introducing John Pilger into the Melbourne Press Club Hall of Fame "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Melbourne Press Club periodically inducts journalists into its Hall of Fame.

I was asked to write the profile and be interviewed about John Pilger, one of Australias most famous journalistic exports:

During his acceptance speech for the Sydney Peace Prize in 2009, Australian journalist, author and film-maker John Pilger articulated a worldview that he has vociferously opposed during a career spanning more than 50 years. Democracy has become a business plan, he said, with a bottom line for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope. The main parliamentary parties are now devoted to the same economic policies socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor and the same foreign policy of servility to endless war.

Pilgers decades-long work in print and television has transformed him into one of the most successful and awarded Australian journalists in the modern era, yet this has not brought him universal praise from his media colleagues or a profession that often prefers safe insiders and embedded realities. Pilger is too confrontational towards state power and his industry to be widely adored and he embraces being the eternal dissident.

In the introduction to a 2004 collection of fine investigative journalism from around the world, Tell Me No Lies, edited by Pilger, he warned that the proliferation of public relations forced reporters to take an even more adversarial position towards governments and corporate power. Political and historical context is everything and Pilger rightly demanded more discussion about the hundreds of illegal [American] covert operations, many of them bloody that have denied political and economic self-determination to much of the world.

Pilger has spent years visiting the sites of these often silent wars, genocides and occupations from East Timor to Palestine and Australia to Vietnam. He has never been a cheerleader for our side and his journalism is stronger because of it.

In his classic 1986 book, Heroes, Pilger wrote that he had grown up in one of the most fortunate cities on earth. Born in Sydney in 1939 to socialist parents Elsie and Claude, he was brought up in Bondi and developed a love of swimming that continued his entire life. With a working class background, his journalism career began as a copy boy on the now defunct Sydney Sun newspaper.

As a cadet on Sydneys Daily Telegraph, Pilger soon discovered what he viewed as the dark heart of modern journalism. Writing in Heroes, he explained that writing one thing and believing another was the way the system worked and to do otherwise was...


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