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Wednesday, 19 September

09:19

Video Shows What Happens When Scared Camel Is Forced To Give Rides "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On Sunday, the last day of Shrine Circus' three-day run at an arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, several kinds of animals were tethered in the middle of the arena, giving rides to children, when chaos suddenly broke out.

A camel wearing a blue vest who was in one ring with another camel suddenly started bucking wildly, as if overcome with panic. 

Credit: Facebook/PennLive.com

The person astride the camel struggled to hold on as the animal leapt out of the ring and stormed across the arena as onlookers screamed. 

According to reports from witnesses, a child had thrown a shovel at the camel's feet, which probably terrified him and sent him running. The camel was subdued by staff members when he reached the periphery of the arena. While the incident only lasted a few seconds, fear had already spread throughout the arena, and the incident revealed what can happen when circus animals often weary from long performances get scared. 

Credit: Facebook/PennLive.com

Six children and one adult were taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries, the most serious of which was a fractured arm. And, thankfully, no animals were hurt in the incident. 

But many find the moment, caught on camera by an onlooker in the stands, quite disturbing.

"This troubling video shows a frightened camel panicking and running amok with a terrified rider falling from the camel's back," Debbie Leahy, captive wildlife protection manager at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), told The Dodo. "Other animals are visibly startled by the camel's behavior, including the ponies."...

07:51

Rare earthquake hits West Jutland, Denmark "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A shallow earthquake registered by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland as M3.4 hit West Jutland, Denmark at 08:57 UTC on September 16, 2018. EMSC registered it as M2.9 at a depth of 14 km (8.7 miles). This was the strongest quake to hit Denmark since...... Read more

Agroforestry a good investment: Mongabays Washington Post op-ed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Mongabay editor Erik Hoffner wrote about the mismatch in funding priorities for climate mitigation solutions for the Washington Posts global edition, the World Post, on September 11. Too often, he wrote, high tech methods of removing carbon from the atmosphere get attention and investment, when low tech options exist: In the quest to curb climate change, we must remember that there are low-tech methods at our disposal that can achieve similar results with much less initial investment, he argued, methods like agroforestry. Using what hes learned from editing Mongabays ongoing series about the reach and effectiveness of this forestry/agriculture hybrid, Hoffner stated that agroforestry is a good investment in climate change mitigation, a much smaller and more easily scalable one than many solutions now in development, and its one that pays dividends to the farmer and to biodiversity, plus the climate. Agroforestry is the practice of growing fruit- or timber-producing trees among shrubs like coffee or chocolate, vegetable crops, and medicinal herbs in a system that often mimics a forest. The system produces food, supports biodiversity by providing nesting habitat and forage for animals, builds soil and water tables, and sequesters carbon from the atmosphere. Already implemented on one billion hectares globally according to one estimate, agroforestry also returns profits and produce to the farmer over a longer span of each year, leading to greater food security and higher incomes. Heres how the opinion piece begins: In June, the clean energy firm Carbon Engineering announced that it had developed a technique to remove carbon dioxide

Liebe Leser, wir machen jetzt mal eine Lesekompetenzbung. ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Liebe Leser, wir machen jetzt mal eine Lesekompetenzbung. Nehmen wir mal rein hypothetisch an, jemand schreibt:

Ich fr meinen Teil kann kaum erwarten, wie viel besser die Codequalitt wird, wenn jetzt endlich auch die ganzen blauhaarigen Schneeflocken und Einhorn-Bronies einchecken knnen, die bisher von Linus weggeekelt wurden. Das wird bestimmt ein FEST!
Frage 1: Steht da, dass blauhaarige Schneeflocken und Einhorn-Bronies nicht programmieren knnen?

Frage 2: Steht da, dass Linus Schneeflocken und Bronies nicht mag?

Frage 3: Steht da, dass der Autor Schneeflocken oder Bronies nicht mag?

Frage 4: Ist da vielleicht verstecker Sarkasmus, der die Leser irregefhrt hat?

(Spoiler: Nein, nein, nein, und der Sarkasmus ist nicht versteckt und hat niemanden irregefhrt)

Ich bin einigermaen entsetzt, wie viele Zuschriften vllig unreflektiert davon ausgehen, dass Bronies nicht programmieren knnen, und ich sie hier blostellen wrde. Das Gegenteil ist der Fall. Ich kenne berhaupt keine Bronies ohne Programmiererfahrung. Wo kommt eure Homo- und Transphobie her?! Und wieso projiziert ihr die ausgerechnet auf mich? Unfassbar. Ich dachte, diese Zeiten seien vorbei.

Was steht da wirklich? Da steht, dass es eine Teilmenge an Schneeflocken und Bronies gibt, die sich von Linus weggeekelt fhlten, und die jetzt Code einreichen knnten, und das wird bestimmt ganz schlimm. Das ist keine Aussage ber die Codequalitt von Bronies, sondern das eine humoristische Anspielung darauf, dass mir unter denen, die sich marginalisiert fhlen und lieber anderen Vorwrfe machen als selbst am positiven Ausgang ihrer Gesamtsituation zu arbeiten, dass unter denen blauhaarige Schneeflocken und Einhorn-Bronies stark berreprsentiert erscheinen.

Und, um das nochmal explizit anzusagen. In der Geschichte von Linux ist NOCH NIE jemandes Code nicht genommen worden, weil der Einsender $IRGENDWAS war. Entscheidend ist der Code. Wenn den ein Hund einreicht, aber der Code gut ist, wird er genommen. Genaugenommen ist Code im Internet einsenden DIE EINE GELEGENHEIT im Leben, wo die Person des Einreichers keine Rolle spielt. Linus kann deine Haarfarbe gar nicht sehen, wenn du was einreichst. Ich wei aus 1. Hand, dass im Linux-Kernel Code von blauhaarigen Schneeflocken eingeflossen ist. Warum auch nicht? Vllig absurd, da auf die Haarfarbe zu gucken.

So und wer bleibt jetzt brig, der Code in den Kernel reinbrechstangen will, aber an Linus nicht vorbeigekommen ist? Na die, deren Code nicht gut genug war. Und DAS ist ein Grund zur Sorge.

Haben glaube ich auch alle auf Anhieb richtig verstanden. Aber die beste Reaktion auf absichtliches Missverstehen zur besseren Als-Naz...

Die Tagesschau eilmeldet gerade, dass Maaen gehen ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die Tagesschau eilmeldet gerade, dass Maaen gehen muss. Natrlich nicht weg, nein. Er wird Staatssekretr im Innenministerium.

Ich tippe mal, dass ich damit meine Wette mit Frank gewonnen habe. Der hatte gewettet, dass Maaen in die Politik geht und der AfD beitritt.

Naja, kann ja noch kommen.

Update: Ein Einsender merkt an:

bitte auch beachten, dass sich dadurch Maaens Besoldungsstufe ndert. Von B 9 zu B 11. Das entspricht fast 1.500 Unterschied netto.

06:00

Push for freedom of Christianity is really a cover for the restriction of freedom "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

In a recent interview, prime minister Scott Morrison flagged his intention to push ahead with new laws that would allow Christians to discriminate against the LGBTIQ community.

This is being presented as the free speech. Critics suggest that it is nothing of the sort, but on the contrary, a measure to silence those who are on the receiving end.

As important as this is, it is not only about the LGBTIQ community. The attack on it, fits in well with a broader attack, to deny the voice to all but the very small spectrum of opinion espoused by those demanding the change.

The call for religious protection is the spearhead for a number of extreme groups, to enter the Christian community. It is the lever that has been used to penetrate the Liberal Party and bully the much larger number of Christians who do not agree with them. Scott Morrison is contributing to this push.

He has also made it clear that he supports the integration of the state and religion, since his 2008 maiden speech in parliament. This is despite section 116 of the Australian Constitution, which clearly makes the separation.

Freedom of religion is not the objective. The push is to ensure the domination of Christianity is, and this means the restriction of other faiths.

The danger of this outlook is that it is based on the view that some should be more equal than others. It goes further. The real motive behind the push, is not primarily religious but political. It is to impose a particular viewpoint, using a myth of Christian civilisation, to promote extreme capitalism, backed up by a form of police state to deal with those who do not agree.

Evidence of this lies in the actions of many of the activists in this movement, who espouse suppression of what they call the control and destruction of the Christian way of life by a leftist elite said top be in control. This is reminiscent of the rise of the fascist movement in the 1920s. This way of thinking has entered the Liberal Party and government.

Thus, the purpose of the new laws is to undermine existing anti-discrimination law and protect the right to discriminate.

And this is within the context that the Sex Discrimination Act, the Age Discrimination Act and the Fair Work Act all co...

05:03

Eric Holder Says Releasing FISA Documents Is An Abuse Of Power "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As President Trump orders the DOJ to release classified FISA documents regarding the Russia probe, democrats are predictably freaking out. As usual, the democrats are afraid of the truth getting out, as it likely contradicts the narrative that they try to set.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder took to twitter to express his outrage.

This is an especially dangerous abuse of power by this President. He places his self interest above the national security interests of the country, Holder tweeted Tuesday morning.

So, according to the democrats, being transparent and not keeping the public in the dark is somehow considered an abuse of power and a self interest. Because the in the minds of the democrats, the government must maintain a veil of secrecy.

Meanwhile, in still another twisted tale of irony, its now come out that Holders department of justice had secret rules on how to use FISA to target journalists in the USA. Maybe thats why Holder doesnt want more FISA documents to come out. Perhaps its his own self interest that hes interested in.

The post Eric Holder Says Releasing FISA Documents Is An Abuse Of Power appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

05:03

13 Ways You Are Damaging Your Skin Every Day Without Realizing It "IndyWatch Feed World"

Im sad to report that there is no way to completely avoid the aging process, were all going to experience it at some point or another in our lives. However, there are steps that you can take to slow this process down, keeping your skin looking healthier and more radiant longer! The secret? You need to identify the little mistakes you are making every day to damage your skin. Sure, you may have an extensive skin care routine, sparing no cost in your efforts, but the odds are youre making at least one of these mistakes

Here are 13 things you didnt realize are damaging your skin every day:

#1 Setting Your Makeup with Hairspray

This may sound a little crazy, but keep in mind that Im mentioning it here because its a beauty hack that has gained enough attention to make it worth including on the list. While hairspray may work to help keep your makeup looking fresh longer, its not what the product was designed to do. In fact, hairspray can cause severe irritation to your skin, resulting in bumps, discoloration or the appearance of a rash.

#2 Too Much Exfoliation

Youve likely heard the saying too much of a good thing before in your life, and this is a great example! While exfoliating your skin is a great step to keep it looking happy and healthy, exfoliating too often, too long, or pressing too hard during the process can actually cause significant skin damage. In fact, experts say that too much exfoliation is the equivalent of giving yourself a first or second-degree burn.

#3 Allergy Medication

There are a number of symptoms and side effects that we consider when selecting an allergy medication, but did you take your trouble skin into account? Experts report that antihistamines may actually dry your skin out by inhibiting histamine. Sure, this is what you want it to do to prevent sneezing and runny nose, but histamine is also the stimulant in your skin cells that tells them to release oil, keeping your skin from becoming dry and irritated.

#4 Cell Phones

Stop for a moment and consider the last 24 hours with your cell phone. How many times have you sat it down? Was it always in a clean place, or was it potentially p...

05:00

Pope Francis: Sexual Abuse Accusers Are Megalomaniacs "IndyWatch Feed World"

Pope Francis has slammed Catholic officials who criticize him for mishandling the child sex abuse scandal in the Church, calling them megalomaniacs. According to one of Francis closest advisers, the pontiff has remained silent about [...]

The post Pope Francis: Sexual Abuse Accusers Are Megalomaniacs appeared first on Your News Wire.

05:00

Photo Of Oklahoma Students Wearing Orange Shirt In Detention Sparks Controversy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Preparation for the future if they dont change their ways. Via WQAD: A controversial photo of middle school students serving detention has caused an Oklahoma school to stop the disciplinary action. The photo features students in Ardmore Middle School wearing orange shirts and cleaning a window. It looks like theyre in jail, Raymond Goldstein told []

05:00

Syrian-Russian Victory Only Way to Avenge Israeli-French Strikes "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Western and Russian media sources have reported an alleged joint Israeli-French strike on Syria on September 17. The attack included Israeli warplanes and French missile frigates operating in the Mediterranean off Syrias coast. Amid the attack, a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft with 14 service members aboard disappeared.

The attack immediately prompted commentators, analysts, and pundits to call for an immediate retaliation to the unprovoked military aggression, warning that a failure to react would leave Russia looking weak. Some commentators even called for Russian President Vladimir Putin to step down.

Not the First Provocation 

Yet the attack is reminiscent of the 2015 Turkish downing of a Russian warplane  after which similar calls for retaliation were made, coupled with similar condemnations of Russia as weak. And since 2015, Russias patient and methodical approach to aiding Syria in its proxy war with the US-NATO-GCC and Israel has nonetheless paid off huge dividends.

Russia would later aid Syria in retaking the northern city of Aleppo. Palmyra would be retaken from the so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS)   Homs, Hama, Eastern Ghouta, and the southern city of Daraa would also be retaken leaving virtually everything west of the Euphrates River under the control of Damascus.

In fact, the near precipice of total victory was achieved by Russia and its allies ignoring serial provocations carried out by the US-NATO-GCC and Israel, and simply focusing on the task of systematically restoring security and stability to the conflict-ridden nation.

Russian-backed Syrian forces are now staged at the edge of Idlib. So far tilted has the balance of power tipped in Damascus favor that even Turkey has found itself seeking negotiations with Russia over the last remaining territory still held by the Wests proxy forces.

The Reality of Western Provocations

Syria and its allies were winning the proxy war for the nations future before Israel and France attacked, and they are still winning the proxy war in the aftermath of the joint strike. Syria has weathered hundreds o...

05:00

Twitter To Bring Back Chronological Timeline For Recent Tweets "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Twitter To Bring Back Chronological Timeline For Recent Tweets

Twitter isnt the only social media platform that has received criticism over algorithm-based feeds

The post Twitter To Bring Back Chronological Timeline For Recent Tweets appeared first on Alternative News Network....

05:00

North, South Korean Leaders Hold Third Summit "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

North, South Korean Leaders Hold Third Summit

The first session of the inter-Korean summit began at 3:45 p.m. local time

The post North, South Korean Leaders Hold Third Summit appeared first on Alternative News Network.

04:59

Biggest Abuse of Power in U.S. History, 2376 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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04:58

House Acknowledges the Need for a National Terrorist Registry "IndyWatch Feed War"

IPT News, by Patrick Dunleavy,  Sep 17, 2018 : A bill that passed the U.S. House last week would create a vital tool to help the United States track dozens of convicted terrorists whose prison terms are nearing completion. The Terrorist Release Announcements to Counter Extremist Recidivism Act (TRACER) would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Continue reading

04:55

Iraqi man held after fatal stabbing in Chemnitz, which sparked mayhem, walks free "IndyWatch Feed World"

Prosecutors have confirmed that an Iraqi national, detained for three weeks after a stabbing incident in Chemnitz, Germany, which left one local man dead, has been released. Another suspect, a Syrian national, remains in custody. The 22-year-old, identified only as Yousif A., was one of two men detained after a 35-year-old German man was fatally stabbed in a brawl with migrants late in August. Another suspect, a Syrian national, remains in custody. A third migrant, sought after the incident, has not been located. While Yousif A. admitted he was at the scene of the deadly incident, he claimed he only observed the brawl. His account was supported by the testimonies of eyewitnesses, German broadcaster NDR reported last week. The stabbing in Chemnitz triggered a wave of far-right and right-wing rallies, some of which escalated into skirmishes between riot police and protesters, resulting in multiple arrests and injuries. The right-wing rallies were also met with counter protests from the left, who opposed the "hatred" against the migrants. The rival protesters clashed with each other on several occasions.

04:55

Eating Cheese And Butter Daily Helps You Live Longer, Study Says "IndyWatch Feed World"

Eating three generous servings of dairy products every day including cheese and butter leads to a longer, healthier life, a new study suggests.  After analyzing the diets of over 130,000 people in two [...]

The post Eating Cheese And Butter Daily Helps You Live Longer, Study Says appeared first on Your News Wire.

04:52

For Islamic Terrorists, Jihad Does Not Stop When Jailed "IndyWatch Feed War"

IPT News, by Patrick Dunleavy, September 14, 2018: I am ready to die for the Caliphate, prison is nothing. This was the declaration of Ali Saleh, a 25-year-old man from New York City who was arrested in 2015 by members of the FBI and the New York Police Department for providing material support to a terrorist organization. Saleh Continue reading

04:51

Putin Warns Israel Over Russian Plane Downing "IndyWatch Feed World"

MOSCOW The Latest on a Russian military aircraft shot down over the Mediterranean Sea and other issues related to Syria (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Israel against conducting air raids on Syria like the one that led to the downing of a Russian warplane by Syrian air defense missile, killing all 15 aboard.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Putin to express sorrow over the planes loss, but insisted that Syria bears responsibility for the downing of the Il-20 electronic intelligence plane.

The Kremlin said that Putin emphasized that the Israeli attack violated Syrias sovereignty and also breached the Russian-Israeli agreements on avoiding clashes in Syria. The Russian leader urged Netanyahu not to allow such situations in the future.

Netanyahu also offered to dispatch the Israeli air force chief to Moscow to share details and noted the importance of the continuation of security coordination between Israel and Russia.

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7 p.m.

The U.N. special envoy for Syria is calling on Russia, Syria and Israel to refrain from military actions following the downing of a Russian military aircraft.

Staffan de Mistura told the U.N. Security Council at the start of a meeting on Syria that new military action would only exacerbate an already complex situation.

He expressed concern at worrying military activities just as a potential major military offensive in the last major rebel stronghold in Idlib was averted following an agreement Monday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

De Mistura noted the differing statements by Russia, Syria and Israel about the downing of a Russian reconnaissance aircraft by Syria government anti-aircraft fire which killed all 15 people on board.

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6:45 p.m.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed sorrow over the downing of a Russian warplane in which the entire 15-member crew was killed after being hit with a Syrian missile as Syrian air defenses fired on Israeli jets.

Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin during a phone call that Syria bears responsibility for the downing of the Il-20 electronic intelligence plane. He offered to dispatch the Israeli air force chief to Moscow to share details.

He noted the importance of the continuation of security coordination between Israel and Russia, saying it helped prevent many losses on both sides. Netanyahu also noted that Israel is determined to block Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria and transferring weapons to its proxy Hezbollah militia for use against Israel....

04:50

New Mexico Suing Google & Twitter for Knowingly and Illegally Exploiting Children Online "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

New Mexico Suing Google & Twitter for Knowingly and Illegally Exploiting Children Online By Matt Agorist The Free Thought Project The state of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against Google and others for willfully breaking the law to...

The post New Mexico Suing Google & Twitter for Knowingly and Illegally Exploiting Children Online appeared first on The Daily Coin.

04:49

State Department Responds to New Project Veritas Deep State Unmasked Video "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The State Department has responded to a new video from Project Veritas in which one of its employees is caught telling an undercover journalist that his goal is to Resist everything Every level. F**k sh*t up.

A spokesperson for the Department of State confirmed to the Epoch Times that the man in the video, Stuart Karaffa, is indeed a Management and Program Analyst with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.

We take seriously any allegation of a violation of the Hatch Act and financial disclosure rules and are closely reviewing this matter, the statement continued. The department would not comment further at this time as it is a personnel matter.

The shocking new video features Karaffa explaining his ties to the Democratic Socialists of America and his determination in undermining the current White House administration.

Karaffa explained that he does work for the DSA while at work for the State Department, including drafting DSA communications while on the job.

Im careful about it. I dont leave a paper trail, like I leave emails, and like any press s**t that comes up I leave that until after 5:30. But as soon as 5:31 hits, got my like draft messages ready to send out.

The Democratic Socialist also explained how he could be caught.

You could put two and two together probably. With like web traffic. So with web traffic, I mean I could make the case before a court of law that- Im going to the Virginia sort of, campaign finance website- that Im just interested in what people are doing politically. But if they also go and look at like DSA minutes and like Officer positions t...

04:48

Warnings issued as Storm Ali nears Ireland, Northern Ireland and northern Britain "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Storm Ali is approaching Ireland, Northern Ireland and northern Britain today forcing authorities to issue wind warnings across the region. This is the first officially named storm by the UK Met Office and Met ireann for the 2018/19 season. IrelandAli will...... Read more

Asteroid 2018 SC to flyby Earth at 0.70 LD on September 18 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 SC will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.70 LD / 0.00180 (296 276 km / 167 320 miles) at 14:46 UTC on September 18, 2018. This object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and has an estimated diameter between 6.9 and 15...... Read more

Slave labor found at Starbucks-certified Brazil coffee plantation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ministry of Labor investigators rescued 18 workers laboring in conditions analogous to slavery on coffee farms in the state of Minas Gerais; one of those farms held international certifications. Image by Adere. This story was produced via a co-publishing partnership between Mongabay and Reprter Brasil and can be read in Portuguese here. At first sight, the Crrego das Almas farm in Piumhi, in rural Minas Gerais state, seems to be a model property. No slave or forced labor is allowed, reads one of several signs that display international certifications including one linked to the U.S.-based company Starbucks corporation. But investigators have found that laborers on the farms coffee plantations were working under degrading conditions and living in substandard housing without sewerage or drinking water. A Ministry of Labor team inspection conducted at the site rescued 18 rural workers in conditions analogous to slavery. The farm, locally known as Fartura (Portuguese for Abundance), also boasts the UTZ seal a Netherlands-based sustainable farming certificate considered one of the most prestigious in the coffee industry. That seal of approval was suspended after the certifier was questioned by Reprter Brasil about the case. The farm also holds the C.A.F.E. Practices certification owned by Starbucks in partnership with SCS Global Services. After hearing of the raid, the two companies responsible for issuing the seal said they would review the farms quality certificate. The certifiers verify commodity supply chains in order to assure ethical purchases, good labor practices, and other criteria required by

04:48

More Wolves = Fewer Elk = Yellowstone Aspen Comeback "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

https://yellowstoneinsider.com/2018/09/04/wolves-fewer-elk-yellowstone-aspen-comeback/

But with the reintroduction of wolves, the elk population has gone down significantly from almost 20,000 in 1995 to around 7,500 in the latest estimates and during that time scientists have documented a Yellowstone aspen comeback. Thats part of a larger picture of restoring balance to the ecosystem. The aspen already face a variety of challenges from insects and the like.

A 2010 study did not find any impact on aspen with the reintroduction of wolves, but a new study, published in the journal Ecosphere, did. Heres a synopsis of the study from Oregon State:

This is the first large-scale study to show that aspen is recovering in areas around the park, as well as inside the park boundary, said Luke Painter, a wildlife ecologist at Oregon State University and lead author on the study. Wolves were reintroduced to the park in 1995. The study shows their predation on elk is a major reason for new growth of aspen, a tree that plays an important ecological role in the American West.

Wolves are culling the elk herd, adding to the effects of bears, cougars, and hunters outside the park, which means less elk are browsing on aspen and other woody species. The presence of wolves has also resulted in most of the elk herd spending winter outside of the park, Painter said. Before wolf restoration, even when elk numbers were similarly low, most of the elk stayed in the park.

"What we're seeing in Yellowstone is the emergence of an ecosystem that is more normal for the region and one that will support greater biodiversity," Painter said. "Restoring aspen in northern Yellowstone has been a goal of the National Park Service for decades. Now they've begun to achieve that passively, by having the animals do it for them. It's a restoration success story.".

The study answers the question of whether the return of wolves to Yellowstone could have a cascading effect on ecosystems outside the park, Painter said, where there is much more human activity such as hunting, livestock grazing, and predator control. There has also been skepticism surrounding the extent and significance of aspen recovery, he said.

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04:45

The Yom Kippur Syndrome "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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A message to Jews from Gilad Atzmon 

When the Yom Kippur War broke out 45 years ago I was ten years old.  I recall a lot of fear all around me. Israel was my home and it was about to be wiped out. This is what I believed at the time, and this is what everyone around me repeated. We were all certainly caught unprepared.

My father was called up by the Air Force in the early hours of Yom Kippur (October 6th 1973). We didnt hear from him for a few weeks. We didnt know whether he was alive. In fact, we had good reason to believe he wasnt. We were very worried.  For the adults around me, the first days of the war were a reminder of the Shoah. Israeli leaders, Golda Meir and Moshe Dayan as well as the top Israeli military command appeared perplexed and hesitant on TV. Their message was: the future isnt clear, we may even witness the destruction of the 3rd temple.  

Years later, when I became an avid reader of history and military texts, it became clear to me that the collective Shoah dread into which we immersed ourselves was a manifestation of Jewish pre traumatic stress disorder (Pre TSD). We were tormented by a phantasmic fear. Neither the Syrians nor the Egyptian armies had plans to destroy Israel, wipe out the Jewish state or throw the Jews into the sea. Their military objectives were, in fact, very limited. Neither the Egyptians nor the Syrians wished to expand their military ground operation beyond a few miles into the Sinai and the Golan Heights. Both Arab armies were dependent on Soviet ground to air missiles that severely limited Israeli air superiority above the battlefield. The Soviet missile umbrella provided about 10 miles of anti air cover and the Arab armies had no intent to proceed beyond that safe zone.  

It took me years to grasp that Israels panic during the first few days of the war led to some serious military blunders (such as the IDFs disastrous counter offensive on the 8th of October). This panic was fuelled by projection.  Believing that the Arabs were about to throw the Jews into the sea, Israeli generals and cabinet members reacted irrationally and wasted...

04:42

US Border Patrol: Migrants illegally enter Arizona by the hundreds "IndyWatch Feed World"

Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector are witnessing significant increases in the number of migrants crossing illegally from Mexico. In roughly two weeks, four groups were apprehended-each consisting of more than 100 adults and children. Ajo Station agents encountered a group of 121 migrants who crossed the border near the Senita Basin, north of the Lukeville port of entry. The group quickly turned themselves over to the custody of the agents, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. Agents said the group was composed of 111 adults and children from Guatemala and another 10 from El Salvador. Four days earlier, agents encountered a group of 163 several miles west of the Lukeville port of entry. Another group of 103 was apprehended on August 28 and 128 more on August 20. The group of 128 was abandoned in the desert by their human smugglers, officials stated. "This is where our law enforcement mission quickly turns from enforcing immigration laws to preserving life by ensuring the welfare and wellbeing of these migrant families," Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch said in a written statement. "Transnational criminal organizations are exploiting these immigrant families and demonstrating their blatant disregard for human life."

04:41

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04:38

EFF to Court: The First Amendment Protects Criticism of Patent Trolls "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

EFF has submitted an amicus brief [PDF] to the New Hampshire Supreme Court asking it to affirm a lower court ruling that found criticism of a patent owner was not defamatory. The trial judge hearing the case ruled that patent troll and other rhetorical characterizations are not the type of factual statements that can be the basis of a defamation claim. Our brief explains that both the First Amendment and the common law of defamation support this ruling.

This case began when patent assertion entity Automated Transactions, LLC (ATL) and inventor David Barcelou filed a defamation complaint [PDF] in New Hampshire Superior Court. Barcelou claims to have come up with the idea of connecting automated teller machines to the Internet. As the complaint explains, he tried to commercialize this idea but failed. Later, ATL acquired an interest in Barcelous patents and began suing banks and credit unions.

ATLs patent litigation did not go well. In one case, the Federal Circuit ruled that some of ATLs patent claims were invalid and that the defendants did not infringe. ATLs patents were directed to ATMs connected to the Internet and it was undisputed that the defendants products are not connected to the Internet and cannot be accessed over the Internet. ATL filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Federal Circuit. The Supreme Court denied that petition.

Unsurprisingly, ATLs licensing revenues went down after its defeat in the federal courts. Rather than accept this, ATL and Barcelou filed a defamation suit in New Hampshire state court blaming their critics for ATLs financial decline.

In the New Hampshire litigation, ATL and Barcelou allege that statements referring to them as a patent troll are defamatory. They also claim that characterizations of ATLs litigation campaign as a shakedown, extortion, or blackmail are defamatory. The Superior Court found these statements were the kind of rhetorical hyperbole that is not capable of defamatory meaning and dismissed the complaint. ATL and Barcelou appealed.

EFFs...

04:37

Why the revelation of Judge Kavanaugh's accuser was inevitable, and why it still means nothing "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ever since rumors began swirling on Capitol Hill about a mystery letter in the possession of Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, it was only a matter of time before Judge Kavanaugh's formerly "anonymous" accuser made her grand entrance to the national stage. After all, Democratic attempts to delay, interrupt, grandstand, and even "Spartacus" their way out of replacing former Justice Anthony Kennedy with a conservative jurist of President Trump's choosing had thus far been unsuccessful, so why not pull out the old classic "Anita Hill" tactic? It may or may not work, but Dems are just trying to run out the clock at this point, right? And it was becoming all too clear that "anonymous accuser" wasn't going to cut it, not with so much at stake. Enter Christine Blasey Ford, the as-of-Sunday no-longer-anonymous (and already lawyered-up) Kavanaugh accuser who contends that the then-prep-school student - as The Washington Post reported - "pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth."

04:36

Google Maps updated with support for CarPlay The Loop

Google today updated its popular Google Maps navigation app, introducing support for CarPlay. With iOS 12, third-party mapping apps work with CarPlay for the first time, giving CarPlay users an alternative to the built-in Apple Maps app.

I still use Apple Maps a lot, but I know this will be a popular feature for many users.

Read this on The Loop

04:34

Music Group Celebrates Millions of Pointless Piracy Takedown Notices "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) represents the interests of more than 800 independent music companies in the UK.

With online copyright infringement as one of the major threats, the organization also offers assistance on the anti-piracy front.

Earlier this year, AIM teamed up with anti-piracy tracking outfit MUSO to help its members remove pirated links from the web. With MUSOs automatic takedown service, the labels can remove infringing URLs with minimal effort.

This week AIM sent out a press release showing how much has been achieved over the past four months. The results, shared by AIMs Head of Legal & Business Affairs Gee Davy are impressive indeed.

AIMs partnership with MUSO began in May this year, and to see 5 million takedowns achieved already reflects the speed and efficiency with which MUSO has covered the catalogs across the independent music community, Davy notes.

Our members report that they are delighted with the service, which not only protects their releases from online piracy, but creates a visual dashboard to track piracy and protection activity in real time.

While the comments suggest that pirated content was pulled offline, the reality appears to be quite different.

The press release doesnt mention it, but, from what we can see, the five million takedown requests were (nearly) all targeted at Google. This means that no infringing content was taken down there, only search results.

Looking more closely at all the takedown requests MUSO sent to Google, on behalf of AIM, an even more disturbing picture emerges.

Googles Transparency Report confirms that AIM sent close to five million pirate URLs to the search engine. However, as it turns out, the vast majority of all reported URLs were not removed. And for a good reason.

Most of the links that were reported are simply not in Googles search index. So, logically, there is nothing to remove.

Not removed

This also means that MUSO and AIM shouldnt refer to these as removed links, or even takedown notices. These are reports of non-existent search results.

While Google previously noted that it accepts takedown notices...

04:33

Links 18/9/2018: Qt 5.12 Alpha , MAAS 2.5.0 Beta, PostgreSQL CoC "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

GNOME bluefish

Contents

GNU/Linux

  • Desktop

    • Windows 7 to Linux: Preparations

      This is the first part of a series of articles that describes how to migrate from a Windows 7 device to a device running Linux. The main motivation behind the series of tutorials is to provide Windows 7 users with instructions to migrate to a Linux distribution and not to Windows 10.

      Support for Microsofts Windows 7 operating system ends in January 2020. While Enterprise customers may extend the support phase by three years by paying Microsoft for extended support, that is not an option for regular users.

  • Kernel Space

    • Linux adds a code of conduct for programmers

      If you follow Linux development closely, you know Linux kernel discussions can be very heated. Recently, Linus Torvalds has admitted the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) and other Linux development spaces are hostile to many. Torvalds announced hed change his behavior and apologized to the people that my personal behavior hurt and possibly drove away from kernel development. It was never just Torvalds. So, the Linux community announced its adopting, for the first time, a Code of Conduct....

04:33

Tesla Stocks Tumble After US Govt Opens Criminal Probe of Elon Musks Statements "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Elon Musk Tesla(ZHE)   Update: Tesla has confirmed that it has received a voluntary request for information from the DoJ, but not a subpoena. Further, Tesla confirms that it is cooperating with DoJs request and hopes to resolve the request quickly. Investors dont seem to reassured *  *  * Having shrugged off Audis e-tron launch, TSLA stock is tumbling after reports []

04:32

Netanyahu regrets death of Russian troops in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Netanyahu and Putin, who have met several times this year and enjoy good relations, spoke on the phone to diffuse tensions after the downing of the Russian military aircraft [PPIO]


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin that he regretted the deaths of 15 Russian soldiers aboard a downed IL-20 military surveillance plane but blamed the Syrians for shooting it down over the port town of Latakia.

During a phone call between the two leaders a day after the incident, Netanyahu promised Putin that Israel would cooperate in an investigation over the matter, and offered to dispatch the head of the Israeli air force to Moscow.

The Russian military on Tuesday squarely blamed Israel for the downing of the Russian surveillance plane.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that Israel launched air raids over Syrian territory when it knew that the Russian plane would be near Syrian airspace.

The Russian plane was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft defense systems.

Shoigu spoke to his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman on the phone and said: The actions of the Israeli military were not in keeping with the spirit of the Russian-Israeli partnership, so we reserve the right to respond.

The shooting down of the Russian military aircraft comes a day after Syrian military sources said that they shot down a number of Israeli missiles fired into their territory.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Israeli ambassador in Moscow and informed him that Israeli military action in and around Syria was reckless.

Israel said that it expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members of the Russian plane.

However, blamed the government of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad as well as Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

04:31

Nunes, FBI Created Then Leaked Fake News, 2375 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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04:30

U.S. National Debt Will Hit 99 Trillion Dollars By 2048 ! "IndyWatch Feed World"

Temporary prosperity that is created by exploding levels of debt is not actually prosperity at all.  At this moment, the U.S. government is 21.4 trillion dollars in debt, and we have been adding an average of more than a trillion dollars a year to that debt since 2009.  And if we stay on the path that we are currently on, the trajectory of our debt will soon accelerate dramatically.  In fact, as you will see below, the Congressional Budget Office is now projecting that the U.S. national debt will reach 99 trillion dollars by 2048 if nothing changes.  Congressional Budget Office projections always tend to be overly optimistic, and so the reality will probably be much worse than that.  Of course we will never actually see the day when our national debt reaches 99 trillion dollars.  Our government (and our entire society along with it) will collapse long before we ever get to that point.  In our endless greed, we are literally destroying America, and emergency action must be taken immediately if we are to survive.

Debt always makes things seem better in the short-term, and it is always destructive in the long-term.

When we go into debt as a nation, we are literally stealing from the bright future that our children and our grandchildren were supposed to have.  Through the first 11 months of this fiscal year, the official U.S. budget deficit was $895,000,000,000, which means that we continue to steal more than 100 million dollars from future generations of Americans every single hour of every single day.

And it is important to remember that not all additions to the national debt are included in the official budget deficit.  One year ago, our national debt was sitting at 20.1 trillion dollars, and that means that we have added an astounding 1.3 trillion dollars to the debt over the past 12 months.

This is complete and utter insanity, and it must stop now.

Let me try to put this into perspective.  Not too long ago, Venezuela was once one of the wealthiest countries in South America.  These days, many Americans like to laugh at them, but we are on the exact same path that Venezuela has gone down.  Eventually, the day comes when there is not enough of someone elses money to spend, and suffocating levels of debt make the option of printing giant mountains of money too tempting to resist.  At that point it is just a matter of time before the currency is destroyed and society devolves into chaos.

If current Congressional Budget Office projections area anywhere close to accurate, Americas date with destiny is rapidly approaching.  The following comes from...

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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04:30

RNZ Nine to Noon: Gavin Ellis on Media "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Gavin Ellis talks with Kathryn Ryan on media and looks at how poor legislation can stifle free speech

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20180918-1143-poorly_drafted_cyber-bullying_legislation-128.mp3

Media commentator Gavin Ellis says the legislation against cyber-bullying was so poorly drafted that Sir Ray Averys use of the Harmful Digital Communications Act to stifle Newsrooms investigation of his charitable work was an accident waiting to happen, and the loophole must be closed. 

As usual an interesting take on issues

04:30

Trump Asks Supreme Court To Halt Release Of Internal Documents On Military Transgender Ban "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Serving in the military is a privilege and not a right. Via Washington Examiner: President Trump is asking the Supreme Court to intervene and halt a federal court order that he turn over thousands of emails and internal documents related to his decision last year to ban transgender people from military service. The court published []

04:30

The Biggest Danger To the Stock Market Right Now in 2018! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Biggest Danger To the Stock Market Right Now in 2018! Video The Money GPS Video Source

The post The Biggest Danger To the Stock Market Right Now in 2018! (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

04:26

Tax salience and the new Trump tariffs "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column.  Here is one excerpt:

tariffs distort consumer decisions more than sales taxes do. It may well be true that consumers dont notice tariffs as such. But they respond by buying less, lowering their well-being and also possibly lowering GDP and employment.

It gets worse yet. President Donald Trumps tariffs typically are applied to intermediate goods coming from China, such as circuit boards and LCD screens. The end result is more expensive computers at the retail level. But most consumers see only the higher price for computers. They probably dont know which intermediate goods Trump put the tariffs on, and for that matter many U.S. consumers probably dont even know what circuit boards are, much less where they come from.

The end result is that the tariffs are somewhat invisible, or at least they are invisible as tariffs. Its highly unlikely there will be mass protests against a 10 percent tariff on circuit boards. No one will get circuit board tariff charge bill in the mail, as they might with their property taxes, and unlike gasoline, people dont buy computers very often.

Most generally, it can be said that the new Trump policy makes the high prices salient, but the underlying tariffs not very salient at all. This is the worst possible scenario. The higher prices will reduce consumption and output, yet the invisibility of the tariffs will limit voter pushback.

Do read the whole thing.

The post Tax salience and the new Trump tariffs appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

04:23

Tory austerity has left Britain bereft and destitute "IndyWatch Feed World"

Why the feck should the people pay (like this) for something they did not do..starving, penniless and homeless. Its disgusting ! The City of London,the Monarchy, the bankers, the corporations and Britains Tory party are all entirely EVIL for allowing all this!


 

Figures published today offer the definitive proof that after eight years of Conservative government Britain is now at the brink of a poverty crisis unseen since World War II.

Perhaps the news wont sound surprising to most, but according to a new report by the Social Metrics Commission (SMC), 14.2 million people in the UK live in poverty. That includes 8.4 million working adults and 4.5 million children.

A similar study produced in 1965 by Child Poverty Action Group founder, Professor Peter Townsend, placed that figure at around 7.5 million.

The Commission has also established a new metric to assess poverty, which accounts for a range of inescapable costs that reduce peoples spending power. This would include things like your mortgage, childcare and all the extra costs you might have if you live with a disability.

Commenting on the new measuring tool, SMC commissioner David Hutchison said:

What do we mean by living in poverty? Five people living in one room because they cant afford any more space. Falling behind on household bills with no savings to rely on. Not being able to go out to work because childcare costs are too high. If we are serious about supporting vulnerable people, we need to understand what drives them into poverty and what keeps them there. This new measure is a bold attempt to understand the characteristics of those who face the challenge that their resources fall short of the inescapable costs of daily life. It is a critical step if we are to change the way we tackle poverty in the UK.

Other staggering SMC findings include how one in eight people in Britain are in persistent poverty. In other words, theyve been living below the breadline for the last two to three years.

The figures also show that the situation worsens for disabled people, of which nearly half are locked in poverty (6.9 million). Disabled activist groups have long argued that they were the group most affected by Tory austerity, especially after disability benefits such as the Disability Living Allowance were scrapped.

And where SMC points out to the numbers of vulnerable people, other charities studies show the cause.

Also today, the New Economics F...

(Video) The Still Report -- Biggest Abuse of Power in U.S. History, 2376 "IndyWatch Feed World"



Published on Sep 18, 2018

Synopsis:

Yesterday, President Trump ordered the immediate declassification of documents relating to the FBIs investigation of his campaign in 2016, particularly the previously redacted pages of the FISA warrant that allowed illegal surveillance of the Trump campaign essentially by the HC campaign.

According to House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes, said that both the media and even Democrats will be frightened when they see the extent of the corruption that will be exposed as the FBI attempted to frame the incoming President Trump.

04:22

Well said: EU encourages migration by offering large social benefits, why would the flow stop? - Putin "IndyWatch Feed World"

The flow of migrants arriving in European countries is unlikely to stop until the EU itself addresses the issue and reviews its policies, which effectively "encourage" immigration, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. The European Union should address immigration and should not expect the problem to somehow fix itself, Putin said on Tuesday, following talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Moscow. "If one encourages migration with large social benefits and other bonuses, why should this flow ever stop?" the Russian president said. "Yet it's up to our colleagues in Europe to decide for themselves what is better for Europe and Europeans."

04:22

Mori Crown agency to be established "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An announcement yesterday from Kelvin Davis, Minister of Crown/Mori Relations: Cabinet has approved the final scope of the Mori Crown portfolio and agreed to establish an agency to oversee Governments work with Mori in a post-settlement era, announced Crown/ Mori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis today. The agency, to be called the Office for Mori Crown []

04:21

Creating a Clean Energy Future by Eliminating Trash Incineration "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By Jackie Apel
Rockville, Maryland

In light of the Maryland Department of Energys new rule requiring waste incinerators in the state to reduce their harmful air pollution, this is an excellent time to consider ways for Baltimore and other cities to manage their waste disposal processes. The Baltimore City Council has issued a resolution to improve upon its Solid Waste Management Master Plan, asking consultants to bid on a contract to develop a new plan. These new resolutions and limits on emissions are important first steps towards reducing air pollution, but environmentalists have expressed concerns that these steps do not go far enough to adequately address our clean air problems.

Residents who live near incineration facilities are all too familiar with the dirty air that they breathe each day. Recently, I heard testimony from a resident of Baltimore who recounted how many of her neighbors had been exposed to dangerous chemicals as well as air from the BRESCO incinerator, and had developed lung cancer as a result. While it is encouraging that the incinerators are taking steps to lower their output of nitrogen oxides, it is also a known fact that incinerators tend to be placed near, and disproportionately impact, lower income communities of color. A recent scientific study by The American Chemical Society reported that nitrogen oxides directly contribute to respiratory diseases like asthma and COPD; lung cancers; heart disease; birth defects, and developmental problems in children, with impacts to the brain and nervous systems. Nitrogen dioxide is a hidden health hazard, and particulates can become airborne and travel long distances, with microscopic particles penetrating deeply into the lungs. During the recent Supreme Court confirmation hearing, we also heard testimony from a teenager who suffers with asthma about the dangers of air pollution, and its consequences for human health, and the importance of not revoking our environmental regulations. Many are rightfully concerned as we watch the Trump Administration move in a fateful direction, away from regulation of harmful toxins, to allowing companies to proliferate pollution of our air and water. Combined, there are many sources of air pollution that affect our health on a daily basis, as well as contribute to climate change.

What can we do to minimize our trash pollution and create a cleaner environment? Maryland can begin by passing the Clean Energy Jobs Initiative, which would phase out incineration as a Tier 1 source in the states Renewable Portfolio Standard. Improving our technology and limiting emissions will help, but we also need to look at the whole picture of waste management from product design to disposaland find ways to move towards...

04:18

Islamist Group in Arizona Hosts Supporter of Iran Regime, Hezbollah Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed War"

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, Justin Charters and  Alex VanNess, September 18, 2018: A Shiite Islamist group in Arizona hosts a supporter of the Iran Regime and Hezbollah terrorists. Coming out of Mesa, Arizona, the group turned its back on Iranians protesting the theocracy earlier this month by hosting a sheikh who supports the Iranian regime and the Continue reading

04:18

Clueless CIA tweets birthday greetings to itself, Twitter trolls roll into action: '71 yrs of spying & regime change' "IndyWatch Feed World"

The CIA has tweeted a GIF marking its 71st birthday - and while some folks on Twitter took the opportunity to express their sincere thanks to the intelligence agency for the work it does, others were, let's just say, not so kind. The simple self-congratulatory GIF showed confetti falling over the years '1947 - 2018' with the words "celebrating 71 years" written underneath and the CIA's logo in the middle. It wasn't long before the responses to the birthday tweet started rolling in. Some Americans praised the "heroes" of the organization and the "sacrifices" made to 'keep the US safe'.

04:17

Crooked Hillary Unleashes on President Trump Calls For Electoral College to be Abolished "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Twice-failed presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton unleashed on President Trump and called for the electoral college to be abolished on Tuesday.

Crooked Hillary hates middle Americashe wants the coastal elites to choose the president of the United States.

The electoral college worked perfectly in 2016mob rule of the coastal elites (and illegal aliens) was shut down and middle America was given a voice.

This is why Hillary wants to abolish the electoral college.

Hillary Clinton unleashed a tweetstorm Tuesday once again complaining about her crushing 2016 election lossshe even called out President Trump by name.

Donald Trump refuses to be subject to the law. The legitimacy of our elections is in doubt, Hillary said in a tweet.

Hillary called for people to mobilize in the midterms so the Dems can do some housecleaning.

Then Crooked called for the electoral college to be abolished. (Shocker)

This isnt the first time Crooked has cal...

04:16

Israelis blame Damascus over deaths of Russian air-crew "IndyWatch Feed World"

Israel has blamed the Syrian government for the downing of the Russian Il-20 military plane in Latakia province, according to an IDF statement.
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Israel said that it expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members of the Russian plane.

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However, it stated that the government of Bashar Assad whose military shot down the Russian plane, is fully responsible for the incident.

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Israel also put the blame for the unfortunate incident on Iran and the Hezbollah group.

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04:16

Birds, squirrels drinking in Spain "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from Spain says about itself:

21 March 2017

Bird drinking fountain Birds and Squirrels

A surprising bird feeder for the great variety of birds that come to bathe including the [sparrow]hawk.

Including, eg, blue tit, crested tit, nuthatch, chaffinch and rock bunting.

04:15

Report: Daily Caller Confirms Kavanaugh Protesters Given Soros Cash for Arrests; Planning Ugly, Ugly Protests to Shut Down Monday Hearing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Daily Caller posted an exclusive report Tuesday on a conference call with anti-Kavanaugh protest groups in which the Soros funded groups spoke about giving cash on the spot to protesters to pay their fines for being arrested for disrupting Judge Brett Kavanaughs Supreme Court nomination hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee this month. Over 200 protesters were arrested during the four days of hearings.

The report confirms previous eyewitness accounts of protesters being given cash outside the hearings. (Previous TGP report at this link.)

Photo collage shows arrested protester being given cash.

The payments were first reported by Adam Schindler.

The groups plan to get very ugly, ugly and shut down a scheduled hearing on Monday that Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a drunken high school party decades ago. Ford ha...

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is littoral (adj) Of or on a shore, especially a seashore (noun) 1. A coastal region; a shore. 2. The region or zone between the limits of high and low tides. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : English littoral comes from the Latin adjective littorlis (ltorlis is more [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:14

THEY HATCHED! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Over the last few days I showed you how I peeled open a spider egg sac, and then the next day I showed you how the eggs are still round and pearly. Now today, the day after that, I find that all the babies have simultaneously hatched, and they look like pale little gummi spiders. Extraordinarily cute!

Video below the fold.

They look very feeble, and Im sorry to have missed the moment of hatching. It must have been something enzymatic, because they dont look strong enough to wrestle their way out of damp toilet paper.

04:12

Senate Backs Bill to Avert Government Shutdown, Boost Military Spending "IndyWatch Feed World"

WASHINGTON The Senate on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging, $854 billion bill that funds the military and a host of civilian agencies for the next year and provides a short-term fix to keep the government open through early December.

The measure includes $675 billion for the Defense Department and boosts military pay by 2.6 percent, the largest pay raise in nine years. The bill also approves spending for Health and Human Services, Education, Labor and other agencies, including a 5 percent boost for the National Institutes of Health.

Senators approved the bill 93-7. The measure now goes to the House, where lawmakers are expected to approve it next week, days ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline for a government shutdown.

The stopgap bill would not address President Donald Trumps long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. GOP leaders have said they prefer to resolve the issue after the Nov. 6 elections.

The Senate vote comes as House and Senate negotiators work to approve a separate spending bill that would pay for the Interior, Agriculture, Transportation and other departments, as well as the Treasury and federal courts.

When combined with a measure approved last week, the three compromise spending bills would account for nearly 90 percent of annual federal spending, including the military and most civilian agencies.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., called the bill approved Tuesday historic, noting that the package boosts funding for medical research and the opioid epidemic, while providing troops with the largest pay raise in nearly a decade.

We are making real progress here in approving spending bills before the new budget year begins Oct. 1, Shelby said. We are going to make the appropriations trains run again.

The focus on agency-level spending bills marks a departure from recent years, when Congress routinely ignored individual spending measures in favor of giant omnibus spending packages that fund the entire government all at once often after the new budget year had begun.

The Senate had not passed a spending bill covering Labor or Health in more than a decade before approving one last month.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations panel, said he was pleased that the compromise bill eliminates controversial policy riders that Leahy and other lawmakers call poison pills. Such riders frequently lead to a spending bills defeat even as lawmakers from both parties agree on a vast majority of spending priorities.

We did our job and focused on what we should be doing making responsible, thoughtful decisions about how to fund these federal agencies and leaving controversial policy issues out of it, Leahy said in a refrain...

04:12

President Trump Joint Press Conference with President Duda of Poland 2:10pm Livestream "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump holds joint press conference with President Andrzej Duda of Poland in the White House East Room. WH Livestream Link Alternate Livestream Link Alternate Livestream Link

04:12

Massey Vice Chancellor appears to have lied over Brash ban "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The controversial cancelling of a student political club event at Massey University due to the scheduled inclusion of Don Brash kicked up a lot of discussion about Brashs views (strongly criticised by some), about free speech, and about free speech at universities. The issue has been raised again by David Farrar, who through emails obtained []

04:10

Its Not Just The Emerging Markets That Are Fragile "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Its Not Just The Emerging Markets That Are Fragile by Adem Tumerkan Palisade Research Ive enjoyed watching the mainstream financial media fumble over themselves trying to explain the Emerging Market crisis of 2018. Its even more comical watching them...

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04:08

VirtualBox DRM/KMS Driver Proceeding With Atomic Mode-Setting Support "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The "vboxvideo" DRM/KMS driver for use by VirtualBox guest virtual machines that has been part of the mainline Linux kernel the past several cycles will soon see atomic mode-setting support...

04:05

Jacks Walk "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Terracotta Woods, voyager, all rights reserved

Its humid and overcast today, but thankfully the temperature is only in the mid twenties.  Even so, neither Jack nor I do well when its humid so we took a short plod around the woods this morning and are now back home feeling exhausted.

04:02

In The News Today "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

              Bill Holters Commentary If in fact this is true, we have been very close to a coup for the last 18 months.  This is banana republic stuff if there ever was! FBI Official: FBI Agents Threatened Physical Harm to President Trump In Missing FBI Texts & Other Frightening... Read more

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04:00

Viva Trump! Friendly Crowd Celebrates Hispanic Heritage At White House "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Another media narrative proven false. Via Washington Examiner: A supportive crowd celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month at the White House on Monday, with invited attendees shouting viva Trump! and chanting four more years! Were out there fighting for you, that Ill tell you, President Trump said during the intimate East Room event. What a lot of []

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 19 25 If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Chairman Devin Nunes Discusses Upcoming Declassified Documents "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes discusses the four categories of documents that will come as a result of the declassification directive from President Trump.  [More Here] Most people already know what is behind the redacted segments of the FISA Continue reading

04:00

The BBC and transgender children "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Sarah Cooksley, via Liverpool Resisters, August 16, 2018 Over the past few years, many parents have begun to take note that the BBC is becoming ever more blatant with publicising and encouraging the transgender ideology amongst children. Where has this come from, and why? In January 2012, the BBC funded a Trans Camp, directed by All About Trans. There was considerable input from the CEO of Mermaids, Susie Green. In 2013, All About Trans met with the BBC Editorial Policy Department.  These meetings were described as interactions and the result has been several programmes specifically geared towards young people. All About Trans has several aims as a professional media organisation, but the first and foremost is to increase the publics awareness of the existence of trans children. A year after these interactions, CBBC produced a TV series entitled My Life: I am Leo. Leo, aged 13, always knew I was really a boy because girls wear dresses and have long hair, whereas boys wear different things and have short hair. CBBC is a BBC

04:00

Nine to Noon: Andrew Little on the crisis in criminal justice "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Nine to Noon:

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/ntn-20180809-0908-andrew_little_on_the_crisis_in_criminal_justice-128.mp3

Justice Minister Andrew Little is calling for services for victims of crime to be more professionally-run, rather than relying on volunteers.

Thats just one of his plans for reforming the justice sector, though he admits his ideas will be expensive to implement. More at Link

Little seems to be seeking a legacy as a reformer in the justice sector, however though his aims may be worthy, it is likely that the nature of the issues and political realities may well reduce if not totally negate his efforts.

His claims of crisis may be blunted by voter perceptions that Little and Labour are concerned for the criminal rather than the victim.

03:59

British PM pledges to protect Israel, Jews in dig at Corbyn "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV September 18, 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to protect British Jews and what she called Israels right to defend itself in what appeared to be a veiled attack on Jeremy Corbyn, who has been accused of tolerating anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. Addressing a dinner held by the United Jewish []

03:59

China decides to retaliate new US tariffs "IndyWatch Feed World"

China has decided to take countermeasures hours after US President Donald Trumps announcement of new tariffs on 200 billion dollars worth of Chinese imports, amid an escalating trade war.

In order to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and the global free trade order, China has no choice but to take countermeasures in lockstep, Beijings Commerce Ministry said in a Tuesday statement, without elaborating on what specific actions it would adopt in response.

The United States insists on increasing tariffs, bringing new uncertainties to bilateral trade negotiations, the ministry emphasized, adding, China hopes the United States would recognize the negative consequences of its actions, and take convincing steps to correct its behavior in a timely manner.

The development came hours after the White House imposed 10-percent tariffs on nearly 200 billion dollars worth of Chinese products to take effect as of September 24 and threatened duties on about 267 billion dollars more if Beijing took retaliatory measures.

Chinas announcement of its intention to retaliate came after Vice Premier Liu He who is also the top economic adviser to President Xi Jinping convened a meeting with other officials in Beijing earlier on Tuesday to formulate Beijings response to the Trump White Houses declaration of the additional tariffs on Chinese goods.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He (photo by AFP)

 

Meanwhile, Chinas Foreign Ministry said also on Tuesday that negotiations on an equal footing were the only correct way to resolve trade issues with the US.

Spokesman Geng Shuang said in a daily press conference that Washingtons current unilateral trade actions could not be accepted by Beijing, referring to the US as insincere.

The US imported nearly 500 billion dollars worth of products from China last year while exporting about 130 billion dollars in American goods to the country in the same period.

Beijing has already imposed retaliatory tariffs of 50 billion dollars on US products in retaliation to earlier tariffs by the US.

Trump initiated what is effectively a trade war with China in April, when he first imposed unusually heavy tariffs on imports from the Asian country.

China unlikely to hold trade talks with US

In a related development, Chinese daily South China Morning Postreported on Tuesday that Beijing was unlikely to send a trade delegation to Washington after Trumps announcement of plans to hit China with new tariffs.

Citing an unidentified government source in...

03:58

"The Plague of Superfluous Intellectuals" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"The Plague of Superfluous Intellectuals"
by Paul Rosenberg

"Recently I was drawn into the consideration of intellectuals by reading Eric Hoffers "The Ordeal of Change." I thought parts were dated (it was written almost 60 years ago), but many of his insights interest me. And then, over the past few days, I realized what was happening with intellectuals in our time. What we have in the West is a plague of superfluous intellectuals: college graduates whove been trained to be the overseers and thought leaders of the world and who are finding no place for their skills. They are desperate to enlighten the world but have found all the jobs taken. And so, predictably, many of them are working doubly hard to get attention in any way possible and that means pushing the edge of their current beliefs that much farther. These people, an army of them, are running amok, causing all sorts of mayhem.

How This Happened: Consider a child born in 1995. He or she was led to believe nay, bludgeoned into believing that their life path would go from homework to college to a pampered white-collar existence. They were further led to believe that anything less than a bachelors degree would leave them with a second-rate life, a second-rate spouse, and a second-rate family. This belief was thrust at them literally thousands of times, from kinder......

03:58

Jims Mailbox "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Courtesy of Q. Jim                 CNN and the Weather Channel. JB                                                 Jim, dont hold your breath waiting for MSM to cover this Dave Russia... Read more

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03:57

Ryanair cancels German flights ahead of strike "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ryanair says it will cancel 150 flights out of 400 scheduled to fly to and from Germany on Wednesday due to a 24-hour strike by pilots and cabin crew.

The row over pay and conditions follows a series of strikes over the summer, with walkouts in Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Affected passengers would be offered alternative flights, the airline said.

In August, Ryanair struck a deal with Irish pilots and said it was hopeful it would secure further deals.

However, since then seven trade unions representing cabin crew in Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands have threatened to strike later this month unless the airline improves working conditions.

The unions have warned it would be the biggest strike action the company has ever seen.

The Irish airline, Europes largest low-cost carrier, said Wednesdays strikes would damage Ryanairs business in Germany and described them as unnecessary.

These are wildcat strikes designed to cause maximum disruption to our customers and maximum damage to the Ryanair business, said Ryanairs chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs, speaking at a news conference in Frankfurt in Germany.

Unacceptable

The Vereinigung Cockpit pilot union and the Verdi services sector union say there has been no progress on their demands, despite repeated negotiations with management.

But Ryanair argued it had offered more local contracts and pay rises for pilots in Germany.

It is unacceptable that a union representing Ryanairs German pilots, who earn up to 190,000 a year and work a five-day week followed by a four-day weekend, is now threatening customers travel plans at short notice, Mr Jacobs added.

Ryanair agreed last year to recognise unions as official representatives for workers for the first time in its 33-year history.

The move followed a scheduling crisis last September which led to the cancellation of thousands of flights.

So far the airline has agreed a deal with Italian pilots ove...

03:55

Syrian Mothers: White Helmets Are Stealing Disabled Children For Chemical Attack "IndyWatch Feed World"

The White Helmets are kidnapping children with disabilities in order to use them in another staged chemical attack, according to Syrian mothers. Leave our children in peace. Let our children play, stop playing with our [...]

The post Syrian Mothers: White Helmets Are Stealing Disabled Children For Chemical Attack appeared first on Your News Wire.

03:50

Gold Could Help Us Find Space Aliens "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Gold Could Help Us Find Space Aliens from Schiff Gold Could gold help us find space aliens? It just might! NASAs James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is scheduled to launch into space in 2021. NASA claims the $10 billion telescope...

The post Gold Could Help Us Find Space Aliens appeared first on The Daily Coin.

03:50

Merkel Fires Intelligence Chief For Exposing Her Lies Over Chemnitz Riots "IndyWatch Feed World"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to fire the countrys head of intelligence, after he exposed Merkels lies about the Chemnitz riots,according to government sources. Angela Merkel provoked outrage in Germany when pushed the narrative [...]

The post Merkel Fires Intelligence Chief For Exposing Her Lies Over Chemnitz Riots appeared first on Your News Wire.

03:50

Kendall-Miller on Kavanaugh Senate Vote to Alaska Senator: Say No Senator Sullivan "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

U.S. Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 9, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis via PBS

Guest Commentary

Published September 19, 2018

With all due respect to Senator Sullivan, his Op-Ed statement that he talked with Kavinaugh who personally represented that the legal rights of Alaska Natives are well-established by Congress and the court, provide no reassurance for the Alaska Native community that if confirmed, he would uphold laws passed for the benefit of Alaska Natives.  It is Kavinaughs judicial philosophy, and his record reflecting that philosophy, that should give people, including Alaskas Senators, pause.  Keep in mind that Kavanaugh was handpicked by a group of conservative lawyers called the Federalist Society, a hugely powerful, nationwide organization of conservative thinkers who believe in a strict, textual interpretation of the constitution of the United States.  The idea of Originalism/Textualism is that the Constitution means no more or less than what it meant to those who originally wrote and ratified it.  Yes, thats right, originalist believe in adhering to the intent of the framers of the constitution. As wryly observed by Jill Abramson in the Guardian, originalists believe they have a unique ability to divine the intent of white men whose outlook reflected 18th-century realities.  Originalism/Textualism is seen as a counter-approach to the living Constitution idea where the text is interpreted in light of current times, culture and society.

Kavanaughs philosophical embrace of originalism was on full display in an e:mail that he sent out on June 4, 2002 justifying a strict scrutiny approach to programs benefitting Hawaiis first peoples Native Hawaiians on the basis that there is no reference to Native Hawaiians in the Commerce Clause in the United States Constitution.

Lets break this down.  The Commerce Clause provides that Congress shall have power To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with Indian Tribes. Art. 1, Se...

03:49

Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The American War in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It's the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore.

03:49

Russia is going to respond to Israel over jet downing? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that he had notified his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman that Moscow wont leave Israeli actions unanswered.

He said the Russian jet had been downed by Syrian defense systems following their response to an attack by Israeli planes.

 

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03:49

How the Trade War Helps Hide Central Bank Sabotage Of The Economy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Brandon Smith Almost every aspect of the global economic downturn, which started ostensibly in 2007-2008 and is still ongoing to this day, can be...

03:49

Moxi Prototype from Diligent Robotics Starts Helping Out in Hospitals "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Earlier this year, Diligent Robotics introduced a mobile manipulator called Poli, designed to take over non-care related, boring logistical tasks from overworked healthcare professionals who really should be doing better things with their time. Specifically, Diligent wants to automate things like bringing supplies from a central storage area to patient rooms, which sounds like it should be easy, but is actually very difficult. Autonomous mobile manipulation in semi-structured environments is hard at the best of times, and things get even harder in places like hospitals that are full of busy humans rushing around trying to save the lives of other humans.

Over the past few months, Diligent has been busy iterating on the design of their robot, and theyve made enough changes that its no longer called Poli. Its a completely new robot, called Moxi.

As a friendly, sensitive, and intuitive robot, Moxi not only alleviates clinical staff of routine tasks but does so in a non-threatening and supportive way that encourages positive relationships between humans and robots, further enhancing clinical staffs ability to and interest in leveraging AI in the healthcare industry. Created with a face to visually communicate social cues and able to show its intention before moving to the next task, Moxi is built to foster trust between patients and staff alike, setting the stage for future innovation and partnerships with developing technology. Moxis specific tasks and responsibilities at each hospital will be tailored to fit each hospitals needs.

While Diligents general concept for a mobile manipulator for hospitals is the same as its always been, Moxi is much, much different than its predecessor, Poli, that we wrote about in January. Moxi uses a Freight mobile base from Fetch Robotics, which seems like a reasonable thing to do if your company is about manipulation and human-robot interaction (HRI) and you just want the navigation and obstacle avoidance to work without you having to stress about it. Moxi is significantly more human-like than earlier designs (with a pronounced head and torso), which presumably makes HRI more straightforward, although theres that Velodyne Puck that almost looks like it was added as an afterthought. For manipulation, the robot relies on a Kinova...

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03:47

Bert & Ernie Were Gay Lovers, Reveals Sesame Street Writer "IndyWatch Feed World"

Bert and Ernie were actually a same-sex couple, according to an Emmy Award winning Sesame Street writer who broke the news after a preschooler in San Francisco asked him if the beloved characters were gay [...]

The post Bert & Ernie Were Gay Lovers, Reveals Sesame Street Writer appeared first on Your News Wire.

03:47

Fetch The Smelling Salts-- There Is Still Racism In Mississippi Politics "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Minnesota and Mississippi each has two Senate elections in November. In Mississippi, Senator Roger Wicker is up for reelection. In June he easily put away a Trumpist primary challenger Richard Boyanton 83-17%. The primary drew 157,170 voters, compared to just 87,931 in the Democratic primary, which resulted in a runoff between Howard Sherman (31.79%) and David Baria (30.98%)-- 713 votes separating them. In the runoff the following month Baria beat Sherman 58.6% to 41.4%. Baria will face Wicker in November.

Wicker, something of a mainstream conservative, was lucky. Very well-known neo-fascist Chris McDaniel had jumped into the primary against him early but switched races when Thad Cochran announced he would resign. Governor Bryant appointed state Agriculture Secretary Cindy Hyde-Smith, another mainstream conservative, who McDaniel saw as a much easier target (even though someone, presumably McConnell, persuaded Trump to endorse Hyde-Smith). That election, also on November 6, will be a non-partisan jungle primary with Hyde-Smith and McDaniel running as well as Democrat Mike Espy, a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and some guy named Tobey Bartlee.

OK, let me explain how this one works-- no party primaries and no party labels on ballot. To win 50% is needed-- which isn't going to happen, mandating a November 27 runoff. The winner serves the remainder of Cochran's term, which means they'll be running in 2020. Imagine in we wake up November 7 and control of the U.S. Senate will be determined by the November 27 runoff, presumably between Hyde-Smith and Espy!

I'm sure you know Mississippi is a...

03:45

Fayose to Magu: You have personal hatred against me "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Outgoing Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose has accused the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu of harbouring unprovoked personal hatred and malice against him. Fayose who was reacting to the commissions request to appear before it on Thursday, September 20, 2018, said he would not honour such invitation before []

The post Fayose to Magu: You have personal hatred against me appeared first on Newtelegraph.

03:44

England: Lancashire Police Use Drones Over Cuadrillas Fracking Site "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By Ruth Hayhurst/DrillorDrop

Photo: Ros Wills

Lancashire Police said today it was using drones to film the area around Cuadrillas fracking site.

Leaflets distributed by the force to local homes said the use of drones was in the interest of public safety and part of the police operation covering the fracking site at Preston New Road, near Blackpool.

Cuadrilla has said it still expects to start fracking the first of two shale gas wells by the end of the month. This will be the first fracking operation in the UK since 2011 and the first fracture of horizontal shale gas wells.

The police leaflets said the drones were conducting essential aerial photography and video:

Please be aware that police officer drone pilots will be in your area conducting essential aerial photography and video. This is in compliance with the civil aviation air navigation order regulations.

The drone activity is in the interest of public safety and forms part of the police operation covering the fracking site on Preston New Road.

Please be assured that we will continue to ensure a consistent and coordinated policing response and ensure a balance between the rights of people to lawfully protest, together with the rights of the wider public.

Scrutiny is alarming

The leaflets prompted concern among opponents of Cuadrillas operation. A spokesperson for the Gate Camp community obervation post opposite the Preston New Road site said:

For peaceful campaigners to come under this sort of scrutiny is both alarming and intimidatory. The method of monitoring is demonstrative of entirely disproportionate policing that would not be expected unle...

03:43

Deep state FBI agents plotted media leak strategy to overthrow Trump using complicit media outlets "IndyWatch Feed World"

A series of text messages has surfaced showing that former FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, his lover, conspired together to leak anti-Trump stories to the complicit mainstream media in an attempt to overthrow the President.

Recently obtained by the House Oversight Committee, the text messages reveal that the Obama-era FBI assets plotted to unseat President Trump by feeding a steady stream of unverifiable information to the fake news brigade in the months leading up to when Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to oversee the FBIs investigation into the Russian meddling conspiracy theory.

Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chairman of the Freedom Caucus Chairman and member of the House Oversight Committee, recently sent a letter to the DOJ (Department of Justice), addressed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, explaining that a review of the new documents raises grave concerns regarding an apparent systemic culture of media leaking by high-ranking officials at the FBI and DOJ related to ongoing investigations.

As we previously reported, Rep. Meadows, just prior to this, blew the lid on collusion taking place between the FBI and DOJ to seed the mainstream media with fake news stories about President Trump, which were later used as evidence to gain FISA warrants on Trump advisor Carter Page (who has no known relation to Lisa Page).

Review of these new documents suggest a coordinated effort on the part of the FBI and DOJ to release information in the public domain potentially harmful to President Donald Trumps administration, Rep. Meadows added.

Its abundantly, clear based on the contents of these text messages, that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page actively communicated with one another about a media leak strategy that they intended to be President Trumps downfall.

One example presented by Rep. Meadows was a text message sent from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page on April 10, 2017, just one day before The Washington Post published an article on April 11, 2017, trashing Carter Pa...

03:42

CNN Reporter Claims Its VERY Dangerous To Ask For Facts And Evidence Supporting Anti-Kavanaugh Allegations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A CNN reporter tweeted that its VERY dangerous for people to ask questions about the allegation of sexual assault made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Yes, seriously. A reporter whose job it is to ask questions and get to the bottom of a story is now saying that asking questions about an accusation is problematic. Republican Sen. John Conryn asked Tuesday for more details missing from Christine Fords accusation that Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed and covered her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream while they were both in high school.

The problem is, Dr. Ford cant remember when it was, where it was, or how it came to be, Cornyn said, according to Washington Post reporter Robert Costa. There are some gaps there that need to be filled.

In response, Chris Cillizza said asking these questions is walking a VERY dangerous line.

Cillizza also tweeted that President Trump had told the FBI to ignore the allegations made against Kavanaugh even though the FBI already issued a statement last week saying they had passed the information along to the White House and would not be investigating it.

The Department of Justice clarified Monday the FBI would not be getting involved in the allegations against Kavanaugh, because it does not involve any potential federal crime.

03:42

Japans Attempt to Overturn Commercial Whaling Ban Fails "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From: The Guardian

Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

An attempt to overturn the decades-old global ban on commercial whaling has failed, to the relief of conservationists.

Anti-whaling nations defeated by a decisive margin proposals from the Japanese government that would have allowed for the return of whale hunts.

The vote, on the last day of this years meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Brazil, was hailed by campaigners as a sign that pro-whaling nations will not be allowed to weaken global resolve to protect threatened species.

Kitty Block, president of the animal charity Humane Society International, said: It is an immense relief that the IWCs moral compass has led it to reject Japans reckless and retrograde attempt to bring back commercial whaling. What Japan tried to do here was to bend and break the rules of the IWC to lift an internationally agreed ban on killing whales for profit. It deserved to fail; the world has moved on from commercial whaling, and so must Japan. We hope that the IWC can now get on with the business of protecting these ocean leviathans from the myriad other threats they face.

Nicolas Entrup of OceanCare added: Resuming to grant commercial whaling quotas would consequently also lead to a removal of the international trade ban in products from those whale species, as both conservation instruments the whaling ban and the trade ban are interlinked. We cannot allow opening Pandoras box to see whales killed in even higher...

03:41

Final Straw: Conflict Resolution and Disaster Relief "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Final Straw: Conflict Resolution and Disaster Relief appeared first on It's Going Down.

The Final Straw anarchist radio and podcast show presents their latest episode on a recent workshop at a recent gathering as well as updates on disaster relief efforts.

Listen and Download HERE

This week we are presenting audio from the Callisto Collective, which is a local collective addressing conflict, abuse, assault and everything in between by utilizing autonomous models of resolution, especially in closer knit communities of affinity. This workshop is called Conflict Resolution for folks who do Anti-State Organizing.

In this workshop, they talk about many things, including anarchist critiques of Non-Violent Communication, which is a developed process in use mostly by leftist organizers, possible tools for dealing with conflict, and also some discussions on yogurt (stay tuned). This workshop was originally presented at the 2018 Asheville Anarchist Bookfair at Firestorm Books.

If you would like to write with the Callisto Collective, you can email them at callistocollective@protonmail.com!

This was an extremely interactive workshop, and to protect the anonymity of participants I had to cut a bunch of material out. This sometimes makes the audio a bit disjointed to listen to, but I hope youll enjoy it all the same.

Before the workshop tho, we want to plug certain hurricane relief efforts going on in town. As you are probably aware, the coasts of North/South Carolina and Georgia as well as many regions off the coasts are being hit right now with a quite sizeable hurricane. Appalachian Medical Solidarity is helping coordinate disaster relief efforts, running supplies inland to the coast and supporting those who are doing on the ground relief efforts. Donations of supplies can be sent to Firestorm Books at 610 Haywood Road in West Asheville.

Things which are needed include:

  1. Pop top canned foods which are high in calories that people can eat cold and without utensils
  2. Wool socks
  3. Anti-fungal spray
  4. First aid supplies
  5. Any and all baby supplies
  6. Adult diapers
  7. Toilet paper...

03:40

Mexico: Communal Landowners Respond to Attack From Shock Groups "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From: Telesur

People of different communities from Atenco protesting against the New International Airport of Mexico City and injustices. Atenco, Mexico. September 11, 2018. | Photo: Twitter @AtencoFPDT

The people belonging to the Peoples Front in Defense of Land came in defense of Acuexcomac when their partners were attacked in a protest.

Communal landowners from Acuexcomac, Atenco, were attacked by gunshots and fists and forced out of the camping spot they had maintained for months at a road in order to block vehicles transporting construction material into the New International Airport of Mexico City (NAICM), reported the Peoples Front in Defense of Land (FPDT).

Witnesses say that more than 100 people arrived in trucks and starting shooting and throwing rocks at the people protesting on Tuesday. The FPDT claims they belonged to shock groups financed by the Pinfra and CIPSA constructing firms, under the blessing of all levels of government, to liberate the road. About 15 people were injured during the attack.

The affected people then gathered at Atencos main square to demand that Mayor Andres Ruiz and Commissar Alejandro Santiago show their faces, because both authorities were directly responsible for the invasion, the concessions and businesses with the tolls and roads since 2013.

The FPDT and Campesinos of Atenco came to assist the people of Acuexcomac when they found out about the repression.

Our attacked partners were the ones that sold their lands for the construction of the highway, but if theres something about us is that we unite when theres something goin...

03:40

Israeli forces kill three Palestinians in both Jerusalem and Gaza Strip "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Israel's army killed at least 183 Palestinian protesters and wounded thousands more since the protests in Gaza Strip began on 30 March

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03:35

EU enlargement Macedonia next "IndyWatch Feed World"

Two million people in Macedonia will be hoping to become EU citizens in 2025 after leaders gave a nod to start talks next year.

The same holds true for three million Albanian people, on top of earlier hopes given to the almost eight million people in Serbia and Montenegro, despite EU divisions on immigration and populist threats.

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03:35

Owl: Accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Works for CIA, Second Generation, Ties to MKULTRA, Highly Suspect "IndyWatch Feed War"

Who? Who?

Although Sorcha Faal is a known fabricator, they weave a wonderous narrative and their links and graphics are always very high quality and confirmable.  This counter-accusation against CIA contractor Dr. Christine Blasey should be taken seriously.

Daughter Of CIA Assassin Paymaster Tries To Bring Down Trump Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh

she currently oversees the CIA Undergraduate Internship Program Stanford University developed by the notorious CIA-connected Stanford University Psychiatric Professor Dr. Frederick T. Melgeswho himself, in 1985, took into his care the homeless woman Lois Lang who assassinated CIA paymaster Nick Deakand that afterwards saw the CIAs black operations monies being controlled by Ralph G. Blasey Jr.who, not so mysteriously, just happens to be the father of Dr. Christine Blasey.

Read full post with graphics and more links.

Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE: Im going to put my name on this comment because I am sick and tired...

03:32

The Election DataBot: Now Even Easier "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We launched the Election DataBot in 2016 with the idea that it would help reporters, researchers and concerned citizens more easily find and tell some of the thousand stories in every political campaign. Now were making it even easier.

Just as before, the DataBot is a continuously updating feed of campaign data, including campaign finance filings, changes in race ratings and deleted tweets. You can watch the data come in in real time or sign up to be notified by email when theres new data about races you care about.

DataBots new homepage dashboard of campaign activity now includes easy-to-understand summaries so that users can quickly see where races are heating up. Weve added a nationwide map that shows you where a variety of campaign activity is occurring every week.

For example, the map shows that both leading candidates in Iowas 1st District saw spikes in Google searches in the week ending on Sept. 16 (we track data from Monday to Sunday). The Cook Political Report, which rates House and Senate races, changed its rating of that race from Tossup to Lean Democratic on Sept. 6.

When super PACs spend a lot of money in a House or Senate race, youll see it on the map. When Google search traffic spikes for a candidate, thatll show up, too. Were also tracking statements by incumbent members of Congress and news stories indexed by Google News. So when you get an email alerting you to new activity (you did sign up for alerts, right?), you can see at a glance the level of activity in the race.

The new homepage also allows you to look back in time to see how campaign activity has changed during the past 15 weeks, and whether what youre seeing this week is really different than it was before. Weve also added a way to focus on the races rated the most competitive by the Cook Political Report.

In order to highlight the most important activity, we weighted activity by type. Independent expenditures where party committees and outside interest groups are choosing to spend their money count twice as much as other types of activity.

Instead of state-level presidential election forecasts, we now are tracking changes to FiveThirtyEights classic forecast for each House and Senate contest. Weve also added candidate statem...

03:32

Tensions mount over Kosovo "IndyWatch Feed World"

Serb foreign minister Ivica Dacic  said Serbia would never recognise Kosovo

Serbia will never recognise Kosovo, Serbias foreign minister has said, as the Western Balkans heads into a new period of turbulence.

You know when it will happen? When Kosovo will enter the UN, to recognise them as a country? When a grape grows out of a willow tree, Serb foreign minister Ivica Dacic told press on Monday (17 September), using a Serbian cliche that means never.

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03:31

Tom Engelhardt 299 "IndyWatch Feed War"

September 18, 2018 

Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The American War in Yemen


It was the rarest of graphics in the American news media: a CNN map in which recent Saudi air strikes in Yemen were represented by little yellow explosions.  Below them were the number of civilians killed (97, 155, unknown casualties) and, below those, the names of the makers of the weapons that had done the killing (Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics). In fact, in the nearly three decades since the Soviet Union imploded, U.S. weapons makers have had a remarkable grip on the ...

03:31

Thoughts on the Leaked Google Video and Why Populism Is Just Getting Started "IndyWatch Feed World"

The deal those bankers cooked up was to save the banks from capitalism.

- From Matt Taibbi's recent piece: Ten Years After the Crash, Weve Learned Nothing

While Google executives still attempt to portray themselves as scrappy, enlightened, countercultural tech luminaries, their reaction to Donald Trump's victory in a recently leaked internal video leaves you wondering whether they understand anything at all about what's happening around them.

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03:30

JP Morgan Corners The Silver Market! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

JP Morgan Corners The Silver Market! Video Truth Never Told Video Source

The post JP Morgan Corners The Silver Market! (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

03:30

Classrooms Nearly Empty As School Starts In Socialist Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The people cant afford the school supplies and clothes. CAUCAGUA, Venezuela (Reuters) Venezuelas school year began on Monday with few students arriving in classrooms amid a crippling economic crisis that has left many families unable to afford supplies or provide their children with enough food to focus on schoolwork. The OPEC nation is collapsing []

03:30

Brexit Fun "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Brian Adcock Independent 18092018

Brian Adcock Christine Lagarde of the IMF does not think Brexit will be very good for the UK economy.shock horror!

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03:30

Russia Threatens Adequate Response Against Israel For Downed Plane "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Update 3: Moscow Accuses Israel Of Using Downed Russian Jet As Cover During Syrian Attack Update 2: The Russian Ministry of Defense cleared up the confusion surrounding the overnight downing of a Russian Ilyushin-20 reconnaissance plane on Tuesday when a spokesman revealed that Israel was indeed responsible for the attack, which resulted in the deaths of []

The post Russia Threatens Adequate Response Against Israel For Downed Plane appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

03:30

Mohawk Nation News 'What Should Happen to Traitors?' "IndyWatch Feed War"

WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN TO TRAITORS? Posted on September 17, 2018 Please post & distribute. MNN. July 28, 2018. After and during the Russian Revolution, Japanese invasion of Korea, the Vietnam defeat of the United States, Quislings betrayal of Norway in WW2, and throughout history, the traitors were eliminated. Malcolm X advised everyone to weed their gardens. http://mohawknationnews.com/

03:28

Moscow Accuses Israel Of Using Downed Russian Jet As Cover During Syrian Attack "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As more information about the downing overnight of a Russian reconnaissance plane by aging Syrian antiaircraft weapon becomes available, the Russian Defense Ministry has issued a shocking claim that will undoubtedly ratchet up tensions between Russia and Israel. While Russia had previously blamed Israel for the downing of the plane, which resulted in the deaths of 15 []

The post Moscow Accuses Israel Of Using Downed Russian Jet As Cover During Syrian Attack appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

03:28

Portland, OR: Report Back from Prison Strike March "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Portland, OR: Report Back from Prison Strike March appeared first on It's Going Down.

Femmes Strike Back PDX reports from Portland about a recent march in solidarity with the prison strike that was brutally repressed by local police.

Photo via NW RASH and Femmes Strike Back PDX

The march against prison slavery last Thursday, September 13th, was small. No more than 50 people, in total. We expected a fairly low-key action with just three speakers and a short march around South Waterfront. The event, hosted by Direct Action Alliance, Occupy ICE PDX, Portland Democratic Socialists of America, and Femmes Strike Back PDX kicked off just after 6 PM with a few words from our speakers: Jacob Bureros, Olivia Katbi Smith, and Alyssa Pariah.

We had gathered together that day to draw attention to OHSUs practice of using prison labor through Oregon Corrections Enterprises. OCE is an established, semi-independent state agency that uses local prisons to do labor like build furniture, run call centers, and provide laundry services. They pay prisoners between $0.05 to $0.49 per hour for their work and force prisoners doing the laundry service to handle biohazards without appropriate precautions.

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Posted by Femmes Strike Bac PDX on Thursday, September 13, 2018

Just a little before 7 PM, we sta...

03:28

Tactical Fiction: Win At Any Cost, Even If You Have To Lie "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Your refusal to acknowledge that you are guilty of witchcraft confirms that you are guilty of witchcraft. The fact that you drowned in the Ducking Stool is incontrovertible proof of your guilt. ~ Kafkatrapping Trump and the Media Dialectic When journalists want to appear intelligent, theyll attach the term postmodern president to Donald Trump.  Their reasoning goes that []

03:23

Congress Members Demand Trump Seek Approval Before Military Action In Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A group of over 40 Congress members have sent President Trump a bipartisan letter reminding him that the US Constitution requires that the president seek Congressional approval before taking military action in Syria or elsewhere. Congressman Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced via Twitter on Monday that the letter had been sent to the White House. Ironically Rep. []

The post Congress Members Demand Trump Seek Approval Before Military Action In Syria appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

03:21

Major Attack On Syria After Russia And Turkey Agree To Cancel Battle For Idlib "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The world once again was taken to the brink of World War 3 Monday night, and the situation is still extremely dangerous. A massive wide-ranging assault on multiple Syrian provinces, including the coastal cities of Latakia and Tartus, occurred Monday evening reportedly by Israel and possibly with the help of France or the US, though the Pentagon is []

The post Major Attack On Syria After Russia And Turkey Agree To Cancel Battle For Idlib appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

03:20

Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

19 September 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

03:20

European Court Rules NSA Surveillance Practices Violate Human Rights "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the U.K.s GCHQ spy agency is in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights with its mass surveillance programs. The court ultimately found that these activities violate the family and privacy rights of British and European citizens, and this assertion ultimately includes a rejection of the United States activities []

The post European Court Rules NSA Surveillance Practices Violate Human Rights appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

03:19

One of Americas Largest Egg Producers Caught Using Child SlavesGiven to Them by US Govt "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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One of the largest egg producers in the country was caught using immigrant children as slave labor after they were "lost" by US officials.

The post One of Americas Largest Egg Producers Caught Using Child SlavesGiven to Them by US Govt appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

03:18

The US Governments Secret Rules For Spying On Journalists Are Terrifying "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It makes me wonder, what other rules are out there, and how have these rules been applied? Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released documents revealing the U.S. governments secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling the revelations important and terrifying. The documentsobtained and released []

The post The US Governments Secret Rules For Spying On Journalists Are Terrifying appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

03:17

Ghana: Muslim cleric held for helping force 12-year-old girl into marriage "IndyWatch Feed War"

It is no surprise that an imam would be involved in this. Islamic tradition records that Muhammad consummated his marriage with (i.e., raped) Aisha when she was nine, and the resultant fact that child marriage is accepted in wide swaths of the Islamic world. Child marriage has abundant attestation in Islamic tradition and law. Turkeys []

03:17

JAMES O'KEEFE'S FIRST "DEEP STATE" SUBVERSIVE IS NEITHER DEEP NOR SUBVERSIVE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

When I learned that James O'Keefe was about to release a new series of videos called "Deep State Unmasked," I wondered: Could he actually have found people who are openly subverting the Trump administration from within the government and are willing to talk about this to a stranger?

That's what O'Keefe's title implies, but that's not what he delivers, at least in the first installment. His opening sequence may include clips of John Brennan and Loretta Lynch, but his first subject isn't leaking White House dirt or sabotaging executive branch policy. The featured bureaucrat is a low-level functionary whose principal crime is trying to do campaign work for Democratic Socialists during office hours.



Stuart Karaffa has a job at the State Department, which sounds Deep State-y, but, in fact, he merely "works in the Office of Program and Policy Analysis at the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations." And that bureau does what exactly?

The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) directs the worldwide overseas building program for the Department of State and the U.S. Government community serving abroad under the authority of the chiefs of mission. In concert with other State Department bureaus, foreign affairs agencies, and Congress, OBO sets worldwide priorities for the design, construction, acquisition, maintenance, use, and sale of real properties and the use of sales proceeds.
Prior to that, he had a job in the Defense Department. This would also seem like an opportunity for Deep State subversion, but, again, not really -- Karaffa was
a Research Specialist for the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which is a component of the Department of Defense. The mission of NSEP is to expand U.S. expertise in foreign languages and cultures, thereby enhancing Americas national security capabilities. Mr. Karaffas position focuse[d] on DoD-funded study abroad scholarships for college students learning critical languages. He also manage[d] several IT and administrative contracts.
Dude, where's my Deep State?

Karaffa boasts about doing non-government work on government time, and he really does have quite a few irons in the fire -- he's a commissioner on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission in D.C.'s Mount Pleasant neighborhood, and, as not...

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

03:15

An Interesting Republican Poll Leaked to the Press "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Joshua Green of Businessweek has obtained in internal Republican poll that questions voters about the upcoming Congressional race. It finds that Trump's core supporters remain highly committed to him. However, they are not especially motivated to vote because more than half don't believe the Democrats can win:

According to the RNC study, completed on Sept. 2 by the polling firm Public Opinion Strategies, most voters believe Democrats will win back the Housejust not Republican voters. Fully half of self-identified Republicans dont believe Democrats are likely to win back the House. And within that group, 57 percent of people who describe themselves as strong Trump supporters dont believe Democrats have a chance (37 percent believe they do).
And why do they think that? Because Trump tells them so. At every rally he insists that the country loves Republicans and they will probably increase their majority, not lose it:
The internal RNC study finds that complacency among GOP voters is tied directly to their trust in the presidentand their distrust of traditional polling. While a significant part of that lack of intensity is undoubtedly due to these voters sentiments toward the President, it may also be partly because they dont believe there is anything at stake in this election, the authors write. Put simply, they dont believe that Democrats will win the House. (Why should they believe the same prognosticators who told them that Hillary was going to be elected President?)
With Trump's strongest supporters not especially motivated to show up,
GOP fortunes will hinge on the partys ability to activate soft supporters: Those voters who somewhat approve of Trump and those who support the Presidents policies but not his leadership style are the ones posing a challenge to the party. Motivating these voters could be tricky. One hurdle is Trumps chaotic style, which shows no sign of changing. Another is that the issues soft Republicans care about most are ones involving government spending and are typically associated with Democrats. The survey found that increasing funding for veterans mental health services, strengthening and preserving Medicare and Social Security, and reforming the student loan system all scored higher than Trumps favored subjects of tax cuts, border security, and preserving the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Special attention should be paid to the messaging regarding Social Security and Medicare, the study notes. [T]he challenge for GOP candidates is that most voters believe that the GOP wants to cut back on these programs in order to provide tax breaks for corporations...

03:14

What If Governments Obeyed Laws? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Do we need new laws or adherence to the old ones? Yes. Both.

03:14

Economist magazine wants militarisation of British politics "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from the USA says about itself:

British General Threatens Military Coup on UK if Corbyn is Elected Prime Minister

23 September 2015

It looks bad for the United Kingdom. A general has denounced a Labour Party candidate for Prime Minister, and if Jeremy Corbynis elected the general is threatening war. People in the UK are petitioning Prime Minister David Cameron to remove the general from power before the general can incite any kind of coup. This means there is a possible rebellion, insurrection, mutiny stirring in the United Kingdom.

By Julie Hyland in Britain:

Economist magazine calls for soldier MPs to lead UK

18 September 2018

The Bagehot notebook in the Economist has urged the rise of a new generation of soldier-statesman as politicians steeled in war are well placed to unite a divided country.

The Economist was founded in 1843 to agitate for the repeal of the Corn Laws (import tariffs) and was described by Karl Marx as the aristocracy of finance. Its column is named after Walter Bagehot, editor of the Economist between 1861-1877, banker, journalist and British constitutional expert and is written in Bagehots name. Currently authored by Adrian Wooldridge, it is considered a must read on British politics.

The August 30 edition begins, Whenever it has been confronted with crisis in the past, Britain has summoned up leaders worthy of the challenge. Yet today it faces the crisis of Brexit [British exit from the European Union] without any leaders who deserve the name.

Prime Minister Theresa May has dithered, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been on the wrong side of most of the serious arguments in post-war history. Boris Johnson,...

03:13

The 1% Will Own Two-Thirds Of World Wealth Within The Next Decade "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Isaac Davis via Waking Times

The media is telling us that the economy is stronger than ever. That GDP is outstanding, that middle class income is higher than ever, and that the stock market is smashing all records. Hooray! With all this so-called good news, its easier than ever to forget that we are witnessing the greatest transfer of wealth scheme in the history of the world.

No, not the transfer of wealth from baby boomers to their heirs, as the media likes to tout, but an actual gutting of the middle class and ordinary people by a criminal plutocracy which has created the necessary regulatory, market, and technical conditions to steal the wealth of whole civilizations.

You may recall that in the financial crisis of 2008, the federal government proceeded to solve a problem created by bankers and fraudulent lending schemes, by giving said bankers tons of taxpayer money. Most of the media maintains that the government doled out $7-800 billion dollars, but an audit of the Federal Reserves emergency lending programs tells a different story. Forbes reported on this great lie back in 2001:

The audit of the Feds emergency lending programs was scarcely reported by mainstream media al...

03:11

TRUMP BLASTS DEMOCRATS over Kavanaugh Accusations: Its Obstruction. Its Resist. Its Whatever You Have to Do (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Donald Trump responded on Tuesday again to the media uproar over unfounded 36-year-old allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh by a far left California activist.

President Trump was meeting with the Polish President Andrzej Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda at the White House on Tuesday.

President Trump: Hes a truly outstanding person. As you know hes got an unblemished record. This is a terrible thing that took place. And frankly, a terrible thing, this information that wasnt given to us a long time ago, months ago when they got it. They could have done that until waiting until everything is finished and then all of the sudden spring it. But thats what the Democrats do. Thats what they do. Its obstruction. Its resist. Its whatever you have to do.

The post TRUMP BLASTS DEMOCRATS over Kavanaugh Accusations: Its Obstruction. Its Resist. Its Whatever You Have to Do (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

03:10

Electrical Grid Down For 2 4 Weeks (Level 2 Preparedness) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Electrical Grid Down For 2 4 Weeks (Level 2 Preparedness) by Ken Jorgustin Modern Survival Blog TDC Note Short term scenarios are really all we can prepare for. Long term, like the one Selco details, is something...

The post Electrical Grid Down For 2 4 Weeks (Level 2 Preparedness) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

03:10

Rubio Asks DOJ to Launch Investigation Into John Kerrys Meetings With Iranian Officials "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to the Department of Justice Tuesday requesting an investigation into John Kerrys meetings with top Iranian officials.

In a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Senator Rubio asked the DOJ to determine whether John Kerry violated the Logan Act and the Foreign Agents Registrations Act.

As you know, the Islamic Republic of Iran remains a U.S.-designated state sponsor of terrorism, and the State Department continues to characterize the regime in Tehran as the foremost biggest state sponsor of terrorism in its annual reports on international terror. The American people deserve to know that U.S. laws are enforced, regardless of any individuals past position, Rubio said in his letter.

In May it was revealed Barack Obamas former Secretary of State, John Kerry has been secretly meeting with foreign officials to salvage Irans nuclear weapons program.

John Kerry also reportedly met with French President Emmanuel Macron in both New York City and Paris.

This weekend, it became known that John Kerry has had meetings with Iran where he advised them to just wait out the Trump presidency. However, that may just be the tip of the iceberg. Republican operative Richard Goldberg tweeted an ominous claim about Obama officials advising Europe on how to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran which are due to take effect this fall.

Pompous John Kerry taunted President Trump over his meetings with Iranian officials this weekend.

03:10

How Capitalism Cost Americans Their Dignity "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Why Dignity is the Highest Kind of Freedom

My kid sister arrived to visit me this morning, on a 7AM flight, and as she took a nap, unable to sleep, I headed off bleary-eyed to the little street where I sip my coffee and think my thoughts. There, in the morning sunshine, a London taxi pulled up, and the driver, harried, pressed for time, reluctant, muttering, helped an old, old man out, and bent him roughly over his walker. The old man, as frail as winter, began to shuffle, delicately, slower than a little childone foot, just inches at a time.

I watched, concerned. The busy, busy people strode by. He tottered, about to fall. I ran, and caught him just in time.

Do you need some help? I asked, not wishing to offend him. After a moment, he nodded, frowninga proud old fellowand as I walked him to the restaurant at the end of the street, he softened, and we chatted.

Now. Let me explain the meaning of this little story.

If theres a missing ingredient in the world todayin economies, in societies, in cultureit seems to be this one: dignity. Neoliberalism, capitalism, growthall these things have seem to cost us something more precious than they have returned to us, and that is why we feel so angry and disappointed and frustrated. We may have cheaper flat-screen TVsbut the price seems to have been our dignity. We treat one another badly. incited by demagogues, we are more focused on what we can take away from one another now that on what what we should give to one another. We are used up and disposed of by our institutions and systems the instant we are no longer productive and profitable. There is a crisis of indignity sweeping the globeand that is why extremism is rising.

(Let me put that another way. A sense that our lives really count, matter, mean something greater than egotism, selfishness, greed, and self-absorption, that we were put here for better and truer things than merely being cogs in the grey, mindless capitalist machine, that there is something inviolable and inalienable in every one of usthese things have gone missing. We are crying out for purpose, belonging, meaning, significance these daysand that is one great reason that the fascists hold such a seductive appeal.)

But what is dignity? Its a subtler notion than we think in the Anglo world. Here, we suppose dignity is something like being rich: a McMansion, a fine wardrobe, a yacht perhaps. When a person has these things, then they have dignity. Until they have such thingsthey cannot hold their head up high. Or perhaps we reduce dignity in another wayto never needing to ask for or rely on anyones help, which is to say, the tired old myth of self-reliance. Whether or not you agree with that...

03:10

GnuPG for Washington State Electronic Notary Public Endorsements "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

C.J. Collier posted to the gnupg-users' list about working through the steps to get GNU Privacy Guard approved for Washington State electronic notary public endorsements:

[...] This all seemed to me to be something that GnuPG is designed to do and does quite well. So I sent an email on Friday night to the sender of the letter requesting specific issues that my provider did not comply with. This morning I received a call from the DoL[*], and was able to successfully argue for GnuPG's qualification as an electronic records notary public technology provider for the State of Washington.

In short, GnuPG can now be used to perform notarial acts < http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=42.45.140> in the State of Washington!

[*] DoL: WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site: Home


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03:09

(Video) Fox News -- Napolitano: Declassifying FISA Documents a Bit of a Gamble "IndyWatch Feed World"



Published on Sep 18, 2018

Fox News senior legal analyst fears President Trump's order to declassify key documents from the Russia probe may reveal confidential sources.

03:08

Woman given a husband stitch after birth without her knowledge and spent years having agonizing sex "IndyWatch Feed World"

(Editors Note: Very little education has been done on this topic so we are posting this story in the hopes that we can educate anyone who is pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. Please share this story with everyone you love so that we can see this practice eradicated.) In 2006, Katarina Rivers had a []

The post Woman given a husband stitch after birth without her knowledge and spent years having agonizing sex appeared first on Health Nut News.

03:06

Trump Administration Plans U.N. Meeting to Ramp Up the International Drug War "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Trump administration will open a week of high-level meetings at the United Nations General Assembly in New York with a drug policy event featuring President Donald Trump. Invites to the event are being doled out only to those countries that have signed on to a controversial, nonnegotiable action plan, according to documents obtained by The Intercept among them the countries with the worlds most draconian drug laws.

The U.S.-sponsored event, called the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem, is scheduled to take place next Monday, September 24, a day before Trump will speak before the General Assembly. The U.S. Mission to the U.N. hasnt yet released many details about the event, but The Intercept obtained a copy of the finalized text the Call to Action that was sent to member states ahead of the meeting.

While the high-level event could be a way for Trump to project international support at the U.N. less risky than organizing member states around a hot-button issue like migration the document circulated by the U.S. and the manner in which it was foisted on members states has raised concerns among drug policy advocates.

Countries that sign this and then show up to this photo op should be very careful they dont really know what they are signing up to.

Its not an official document, it doesnt go through any of the official channels, its not negotiated, and it is linked to the event thats being put on by Trump that will include the secretary general, said Hannah Hetzer, the senior international policy manager at the Drug Policy Alliance. It seems to be a way to get countries to fall in line behind Trump and his administration. I think countries that sign this and then show up to this photo op should be very careful they dont really know what they are signing up to.

The document circulated by the U.S. calls on the states to pledge to develop national action plans based on a four-pronged strategy demand reduction; treatment; international cooperation; and cutting the supply of illicit drugs. It also highlights newly emergent synthetic drugs, and urges the U.N.s Commission on Narcotic Drugs to act urgently to accelerate the scheduling of these dangerous drugs.

A cover letter dated August 31 indicates that member states who sign on will receive an invitation to attend this High-Level Event with the U.S. president. The purpose of this event is to demonstrate international political will to enhance efforts to effectively address and counter the serious threats posed by the world drug problem, says the so-called diplomatic note.

The letter says that the U.S. is alread...

03:05

You are to blame for downing of Il-20 and death of its crew, Russia tells Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | September 18, 2018 Russia has formally complained to Israel about its air raid on Monday, which led to the downing of a Russian Il-20 plane off the Syrian coast. Moscow has laid the blame for the crews deaths squarely on the Israeli side. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu spoke to his Israeli counterpart []

03:05

Hacked/Censored: Israels Fatal Attack Part of Coverup of Their Role in Idlib Gas Attack Child Abductions (updating) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 Introduction by the Senior Editor From Haaretz moments ago: The Syrian and Russian air forces and air-defense batteries work together, in joint operation rooms and air-traffic control centers. The Syrians use Russian-made aircraft and missiles. The Ilyushin would have been equipped with IFF (identification, friend or foe) transponders and both militaries will have procedures to []

03:04

Legacy Outlets Add Two More Botched Hit Pieces To A Pile Of Stinky Reporting On Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Chuck Todds accusation that conservative outlets are to blame for the publics growing lack of trust in the media was still in a steaming pile on the ground when two of Americas biggest papers had to scramble their way to corrections this week.

Both The New York Times and Washington Post had to perform reconstructive surgery on stories critical of the Trump administration. The botched reports indicate a different cause for the publics lack of trust in the media: a years-long trend of exaggeration, innuendo and flat out false reporting on Trump.

The Washington Post reported in late August that the Trump administration is cracking down on passports at the border, in contradiction to official government statements and other publicly available facts. That story is still unraveling. And last week, The New York Times falsely framed Nikki Haley as responsible for an expensive curtain purchase that was in fact made by the Obama administration. Both outlets overhauled the stories and issued lengthy corrections.

In both cases, journalists shirked reporting standards as basic as reaching out to key players in the story, or putting the facts in their proper context. They exemplify the trend of bad reporting that has come to mark the established outlets waging open war on Trump, and is no doubt fueling distrust in the media perhaps to a greater extent than the established press would like to admit.

Lets go through these two reports one by one.

The Washington Post is standing by its August 29 report that the Trump administration is cracking down on potentially fraudulent passports, although it is marked by a stunning number of reporting failures, detailed most thoroughly by The Huffington Post on Monday. Reporters and editors on the story got facts wrong, misled readers, left out key data contradicting the premise of the article, and failed to reach out to the family of a deceased man accused of fraud in the story.

The initial story claimed the Trump administration is taking unprecedented action against thousands of Hispanic peo...

03:04

Texas Day Care Owner Accused Of Tying Up Toddlers In Car Seats For Hours "IndyWatch Feed World"

The owner of a day care care center in Texas is facing nine counts of child endangerment after a complaint regarding how she handled the infants and toddlers in her care led to the police [...]

The post Texas Day Care Owner Accused Of Tying Up Toddlers In Car Seats For Hours appeared first on Your News Wire.

03:03

Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

19 September 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

03:03

Greece to Move 2,000 Out of Overcrowded Lesbos Migrant Camp "IndyWatch Feed World"

ATHENS, Greece Some 2,000 asylum-seekers will be moved out of a severely overcrowded migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos this month, a Greek official said Tuesday as charities slammed conditions at the camp, which has raw sewage running out of its main entrance.

Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said those being moved out of the Moria camp, which houses 9,000 people in a facility built for 3,100, will be sent to the mainland so their asylum claims can be examined.

The situation in Moria is indeed difficult, it is indeed at the limit, Tzanakopoulos said.

Regional governor Christina Kalogirou had threatened to shut down the facility unless the Greek government improves conditions at Moria.

Doctors Without Borders has called for the emergency evacuation of vulnerable people at the camp to the mainland and other European Union countries, citing an increase in suicide attempts and self-harm among children in Moria and cases of sexual attack.

This is the third year that MSF has been calling on the Greek authorities and the EU to take responsibility for their collective failures and to put in place sustainable solutions to avoid this catastrophic situation, said Louise Roland-Gosselin, MSFs Head of Mission in Greece. It is time to immediately evacuate the most vulnerable to safe accommodation in other European countries and to stop this never-ending cycle of emergency decongestions and the horrendous conditions we continue to witness in Moria.

Thousands of people fleeing violence and poverty at home are still arriving at Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast. Between Friday and Sunday, more than 600 reached Lesbos alone.

Under a 2016 deal between the EU and Turkey designed to halt the flow of refugees and migrants into Europe, those arriving on Greek islands are held in detention camps there and face deportation back to Turkey unless their asylum applications are approved.

But the massive backlog of applications has led to severe overcrowding on the Greek island camps, even as authorities move hundreds of vulnerable people to the mainland.

What the Greek government is trying to do is to reduce the time required for a decision to be issued granting or rejecting asylum but there is always reality, Tzanakopoulos said. We try to strike a balance between respecting human rights and trying to decongest as far as possible the islands.

However, he stressed that the issue of immigration could only be solved if all European countries agreed to take in some of the asylum-seekers. Some EU nations especially the Visegrad Group of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have mostly refused to take in refugees.

The only way for an overall solution to th...

03:02

China demands apology from Sweden over treatment of 3 tourists "IndyWatch Feed World"

What began as a dispute over check-in times between three Chinese tourists and a Swedish hotel has somehow escalated into an international incident, with Beijing demanding an apology for what it says was a human rights violation. China has issued a safety warning for its nationals in Sweden after the three tourists were "brutally abused" by local police on September 2. On Monday, Beijing urged Stockholm to take their concerns seriously and respond to the complaint immediately "We again urge Sweden to take China's concerns seriously, and to take practical measures to protect the security and legitimate interests of Chinese tourists,"said China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang. The Chinese family arrived to the Stockholm hotel after midnight on the day in question - several hours before their scheduled arrival. After being told they could not check in yet, they asked if they could wait in the lobby. The hotel staff ordered them to leave when they allegedly started to make verbal threats, before calling the police to forcibly remove them.

03:00

Geniuses: San Francisco school district gives teacher raises, not sure if they will have revenue to pay for them "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

You just cant make this stuff up. Proposition G (also called the parcel tax) in San Francisco was approved by voters in June 5, 2018. It authorizes San Francisco to levy an annual parcel tax of $298 per parcel of Continue reading

03:00

Soros-Backed Activists Paying Cash To Kavanaugh Protesters Before Arrests, Have More Protests Planned "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Busted on a phone call. Via Daily Caller: Left-wing groups funded by George Soros and other major Democratic donors hand out cash to protesters arrested for disrupting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaughs confirmation hearings, the activists revealed Monday night. A coalition of activist organizations including Womens March, the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and Housing []

03:00

A Look at Liquid Dielectrics "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

One evening quite a few years ago, as I was driving through my hometown I saw the telltale flashing lights of the local volunteer fire department ahead. I passed by a side road where all the activity was: a utility pole on fire. I could see smoke and flames shooting from the transformer and I could hear the loud, angry 60 Hz buzzing that sounded like a million hornet nests. As I passed, the transformer exploded and released a cloud of flaming liquid that rained down on the road and lawns underneath. It seemed like a good time to quit rubbernecking and beat it as fast as I could.

I knew at the time that the flaming liquid was transformer oil, but I never really knew what it was for or why it was in there. Oil is just one of many liquid dielectrics that are found in a lot of power distribution equipment, from those transformers on the pole to the big capacitors and switchgear in the local substation. Liquid dielectrics are interesting materials that are worth taking a look at.

Same Thing, Different State

If you know what a dielectric is, youve got a pretty good idea already of why a dielectric in a liquid state would be a useful thing. A dielectric is just a material that doesnt conduct electricity but can be polarized by an electric field. So dielectrics are just special cases of insulators, where the properties of the material make it easy for charges to separate but not flow. Therefore, all dielectrics are insulators, but not all insulators are dielectrics.

Liquid dielectrics are just dielectric materials in the liquid state, and maintain all the properties of the solid dielectrics commonly found in the capacitors were all familiar with. But for practical purposes, the more useful property of liquid dielectrics is their insulating ability as opposed to their charge separation properties. In fact, electrical insulation is probably the most important property of a liquid dielectric, at least as far as their use in power distribution gear.

That transformer I watched explode was likely filled with mineral oil, which is probably the most common liquid dielectric in use today. Mineral oil is just highly refined petroleum baby oil is perfumed mineral oil and its used in transformers because of its high flash point and excellent insulating properties. Its primary job is to conduct heat away from the windings by convection; some large transformers even have radiator fins to increase heat transfer to the atmosphere. The transformer oil also serves to exclude oxygen and moisture that would attack the interior components, especially the paper used to insulate the windings.

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03:00

Keiser Report: Manafort Drained From Bipartisan Swamp (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Keiser Report: Manafort Drained From Bipartisan Swamp Video RT In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the opioid billionaire patenting the cure for addiction to his products. They also discuss the UK taxman allowing the...

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03:00

What Does Economic Development Mean in Small Town Western Massachusetts? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Economic development is a particular challenge in small town Americaand thats definitely true of my hometown of Blandford, MA. Many of the tools typical of a traditional development pattern are not available to Blandford, given the towns tiny population of 1,233 residents. For a town this size, developing a commercial tax base is essentially nonviable. As such, Blandford is dependent on sustainingor, ideally, buildingits residential tax base while simultaneously minimizing the amount of additional funds it invests in infrastructure, given that the town already faces a challenging financial landscape.

Blandford, though a beautiful place to live, faces some major challenges in attracting potential homeowners. It is located more than 20 miles from Springfield, which is the primary jobs center in Western Massachusetts. The trip takes approximately 40 minutes, largely on backroads and stroads. For the area, this is a long commute, and it can easily take as much as an hour on workdays as traffic backs up in the town of Westfield.

 Source: Google

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While the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) goes through Blandford, the town sits dead center in the highways longest stretch without an exit, meaning that Blandford residents are unable to take any advantage of its presence. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is currently assessing the viability of a turnpike exit in Blandford, something that would halve the time it takes to get to Springfield and make Blandford a much more attractive option to commuters working there.

Beyond its relatively remote location, Blandford lacks something crucial for 2018 homeowners, particularly young ones: high speed internet. While Verizon has expanded DSL access to many rural Western Massachusetts towns over the last decade, calling this access high-speed is often laughable at this point, with extremely slow or nonexistent service common, seemingly due to forcing 2018 demand on 2008 te...

02:55

Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Tap Google to Power In-Car Systems "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Whats next? New homes with Google hardware and software embedded in the walls? Via: Engadget: This week, the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, the worlds largest maker of cars, signed a deal with Alphabets Google to be able to use Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Android OS in its vehicles. The new systems will debut []

02:54

African Migrants Hold Protest in Italy Promise to GO TO WAR with Deputy PM Salvini (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

At a recent protest in Italy African migrants vowed to go to war against Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini.

Via Vlad Tepes:

Salvini recently announced on live TV that, Africa does not belong in Italy and we send them all back to where they came from.

Italy has refused entry to Soros-backed NGO ships loaded with Africans for deposit in Italy.

The post African Migrants Hold Protest in Italy Promise to GO TO WAR with Deputy PM Salvini (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

02:54

iOS web attack crashes, causes iPhones or iPads to restart "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This new CSS-based web attack can crash and restart iPhones or iPads and can cause a Mac computer to freeze

A security researcher has discovered a new iOS web attack that can cause an iPhone or iPad to restart and a Mac to freeze, if the device visits a webpage with specific CSS & HTML. However, this bug doesnt affect users using Windows and Linux.

Sabri Haddouche, a security researcher at encrypted instant messaging app Wire, on Saturday tweeted the URL featuring the proof-of-concept (PoC) webpage that crashes iOS devices. The source code of the webpage containing the exploit that uses just 15 lines of specially crafted CSS & HTML code was posted by Haddouche on GitHub as well. This 15-line Web code snippet when visited on any iPhone or iPad, can cause the device to restart.

According to Haddouches PoC, the attack exploits the weakness in Apples web rendering engine WebKit. Further, the code, based on HTML and CSS, contains numerous

tags.

For those unaware, WebKit is the web browser engine used by Safari, Mail, App Store, and many other apps on macOS, iOS, and Linux.

The attack uses a weakness in the -webkit-backdrop-filter CSS property. By using nested divs with that property, we can quickly consume all graphic resources and crash or freeze the OS. The attack does not require Javascript to be enabled therefore it also works in Mail. On macOS, the UI freeze. On iOS, the device restart, Haddouche told Bleeping Computer.

Since Apples App Store rules doesnt allow developers to bring their own rendering engine, all apps and browsers are required to use its WebKit. As a result, the code works on almost all the Apple devices making all iOS browsers susceptible to the attack.

On the other hand, the CSS/HTML attack in macOS only slows down the browser but adding JavaScript into the equation can brick the macOS.

With the current attack (CSS/HTML only), it will just freeze Safari for a minute then slow it down, Haddouche revealed.

However, Haddouche notes the bug cannot be used to run any malicious software or to perform attacks that could steal a users data. But, if someone shares a link to a particular webpage disguised as some other...

02:52

Empower tribal communities to address the suicide crisis "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Native American reservations are experiencing an epidemic of suicide that is claiming the lives of countless young people.

02:51

Operation Nina A Conspirators View "IndyWatch Feed War"

Theres never a shortage of commentators reporting on how Russia planned the attack on the Skripals, or how Syria planned its chemical weapons massacres. So lets just turn the tables on these prejudiced and blinkered proponents of the Western narrative The current impasse between the UK and Russia, initiated by the Skripal poisoning on March 4th and []

02:50

Muscle-Bound Inequality "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As one suspected:

Animal models of conflict behavior predict that an organism's behavior in a conflict situation is influenced by physical characteristics related to abilities to impose costs on adversaries. Stronger and larger organisms should be more motivated to seek larger shares of resources and higher places in hierarchies. Previous studies of human males have suggested that measures of upperbody strength are associated with measures of support for inequality including Social Dominance Orientation (SDO), a measure of individual differences in support for groupbased hierarchies. However, other studies have failed to replicate this association. In this article, we reexamine the link between upperbody strength and support for inequality using 12 different samples from multiple countries in which relevant measures were available. These samples include student and locally representative samples with direct measures of physical strength and nationally representative samples with selfreported measures related to muscularity. While the predicted correlation does not replicate for every single available measure of support for inequality, the overall data pattern strongly suggests that for males, but not females, upperbody strength correlates positively with support for inequality.
So far as I can tell, the effect is real but not very big.

02:50

Lost in Lies, Americas Policy Prison "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Lost in Lies, Americas Policy Prison Author: Gordon Duff  Journal-NEO A strange and inexplicable onetime Washington figure has reemerged as architect of Trumps war on Syria, former Obama appointee, former US Senator, former Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. Hagel brings with...

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02:50

Nunes Will Declassify 70 Depositions, 2374 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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02:50

Iran Hawks in Washington "IndyWatch Feed War"

September 18, 2018 by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog No doubt, anti-Iran propaganda out of Washington abounds. There are numerous Zionist-run think-tanks (sic) that make US Foreign Policy and are ratcheting up anti-Iran anger in the US, but targeting especially the Iranian population at home, in Iran. The notorious chief-villain of these agencies, []

02:49

Saudi-led coalition launches large-scale assault on Yemen's vital port of Hodeidah, cutting off major Houthi supply route "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Saudi-led coalition has renewed a large-scale offensive on the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, ending a months-long effort led by the UN to bring hostilities to a halt. "The Saudi-led Arab Coalition forces continue military operations in Yemen's Red Sea Coast, in cooperation with the Joint Yemeni Resistance Forces," Commander of the Arab Coalition taskforce, Brigadier Ali Al Tunaiji, told Emirates News Agency (WAM). The Arab Coalition and Joint Yemeni Resistance Forces managed to capture a stretch of road between Kilo 6 and Kilo 10 near Hodeidah, cutting off a major Houthi supply route that runs from the port city to other rebel-controlled areas. Saudi-loyal troops were also able to reinforce Kilo 16, Al Tunaiji noted, pointing out that "dozens" of Houthis have either been killed or captured in the renewed offensive.

02:48

Dead End Road: The False Promises of Biofuels "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Our partner organization, Biofuelwatch, has published its new in-depth report, Dead End Road on cellulosic biofuels, with an in-depth look at each of the commercial-scale facilities worldwide claimed to have been commissioned or operational since 2010. See this Executive... Read More

02:47

Beijing files complaint to WTO against latest US tariffs "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Chinese Commerce Ministry has said it has filed a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) against import tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods announced earlier by the White House. On Monday, the US presidential administration announced a new round of tariffs, of 10 percent, on Chinese products starting from September 24. The US pledged to more than double the levies from January 1, 2019. The latest step marks an escalation in an increasingly protracted trade spat between the world's two largest economies. The Chinese Commerce Ministry announced plans to hit US imports, worth $60 billion, with its own tariffs of up to 10 percent.

02:46

Disgusting sycophancy! Indian man washes politician's feet - then drinks the water "IndyWatch Feed World"

The viral video shows a supporter placing lawmaker Nishikant Dubey's feet on a brass plate, washing and wiping them with cloth and proceeding to drink the dirty water from the plate. Though the politician has defended the incident as a common practice in the state of Jharkhand, social media users have slammed him for allowing such indignity. A video that went viral shows a supporter placing lawmaker Nishikant Dubey's feet on a brass plate, washing and wiping them with cloth and proceeding to drink the dirty water from the plate. A lot of Indians are venting their ire on social media after the politician was seen having his feet washed by a supporter who later drank the dirty water. The viral video has garnered much attention on social media with users describing it as "heights of sycophancy."

02:46

Does Facebook Have Too Much Power? What Are Your Options? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Opinion: Were Measuring the Economy All Wrong (Jeff C.)

Turning to commonly regarded metrics for gauging the state of the US economy is an exercise in confirmation bias. The reality is rather sobering. Just look closer, and you can see the lingering effects of the financial crisis just about everywhere.

California Wants to Go Carbon-Negative. No One Knows the Cost (Reader Steve)

The author writes, By the middle of this century, Gov. Jerry Brown wants California to pull more greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere every year than it puts in. That vision will almost certainly cost Californians. No one can say how much, however, because no one quite knows how well achieve it.

China Hopes to Woo Wall Street (Dan)

China hopes to woo Wall Street companies and executives in a way to sway the Trump administrations trade threats. Chances look slim.

Radioactive Object Found Near Homes at Hunters Point Shipyard (Reader Steve)

The author writes, A highly radioactive object has been discovered at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard next to a housing area that has been declared safe and free of radioactive contamination for more than a decade, the Chronicle has learned. The finding is the latest problem at San Franciscos most ambitious redevelopment project in a century an effort to transform a 500-acre Superfund waste site into a bustling waterfront neighborhood of 12,000 homes.

Government Can Spy on Journalists in the US Using Invasive Foreign Intelligence Process (Jimmy)

The author...

02:42

Robotic Exploration of Moons Lava Tubes Technology Demonstration "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

By tapping robotic and sensor technologies, a small free-flying spacecraft is being demonstrated to autonomously investigate lava tubes on the Moon.

Astrobotic Technology of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is partnering with scientists from the RIS4E node of NASAs Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), led by Stony Brook University.

02:39

Il-20: No Apology From Tel-Aviv! Special Reports From Syria and Israel "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Shoigu: Israel Is FULLY RESPONSIBLE for Killing Russian Servicemen   Il-20: No Apology From Tel-Aviv! Special Reports From Syria and Israel  

02:34

Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma warns US-China trade war could last 20 years "IndyWatch Feed World"

Chinese billionaire and Alibaba founder Jack Ma said on Tuesday that trade frictions between Washington and Beijing could last for two decades and would be "a mess" for all parties involved. "It's going to last long; it's going to be a mess," Ma said at an annual conference for Alibaba investors. His remarks came just hours after US President Trump's administration slapped a new round of tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion, with Beijing promising to retaliate. He added that the trade war will last not for 20 months or 20 days, but "maybe 20 years." According to Ma, trade tensions between the world's two largest economies would likely impact Chinese and foreign companies immediately and negatively.

02:34

Gaza Health Ministry: Israeli airstrike on Gaza Strip kills 2 Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed World"

An Israeli airstrike in the southern part of the Gaza Strip has claimed the lives of two Palestinians, spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry Ashraf Kidra said on Tuesday. "The bodies of the two slain persons were brought to the Nasser hospital in the city of Khan Yunis. The Palestinians died in an Israeli airstrike," spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry Ashraf Kidra stated. He did not specify whether or not the Palestinians were members of a militant group.

02:32

Can NMN Increase Longevity? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Today, we are delighted to announce that we have launched a new crowdfunding campaign on Lifespan.io: the NAD+ Mouse Project by Dr. David Sinclair and his team at Harvard Medical School.


The first long-term lifespan study in mice involving supplementation with NMN, a precursor of NAD+ metabolism, which has been shown to reduce aging markers and increase sirtuin activity. We propose to conduct a longevity study using NMN in the drinking water of wild-type mice. We also propose to test NMN on a novel model of accelerated aging mice known as ICE mice (Induced Changes In Epigenome).

02:31

Tesla facing criminal probe over Musk statements: report "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Tesla is facing a criminal probe from the Justice Department over public statements made by Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk, according to Bloomberg News.The investigation stems from an August tweet from Musk that said he had secured...

02:30

Jon Rappoport -- Not in our Genes/the Imagination Machine "IndyWatch Feed World"

Not in our genes/the imagination machine

by Jon Rappoport

I once had a geneticist tell me, "You know, we're going to discover the genes for promiscuity, for anti-social behavior, for compassion, for obesity, hair-loss, anger, and fear. We're going to discover the genes for everything."

He said this with the kind of authority only a scientist can muster...based on no proof at all. Zero proof. It's a talent, to be able to impart blather and make it sound like experimental evidence.

As a reporter for 30 years, I've spent much time exposing how medical, political, economic, and social realities are imposed on populations, on people. But here's an odd question and and an even odder answer:

Who are "people?"

Answer: Most people are secret agents.

Their mission? To disguise---first and foremost, from themselves---the fact that they have enormous imagination and creative ability.

Achieving this concealment is on the order of blocking out the sun.

It is a complex task of deception. The pretense is multi-layered. One line of defense goes like this: I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT. ME? I'M JUST AN ORDINARY PERSON.

Yes, an ordinary person cast in a role in a stage play.

Let's say I'm the director. "Okay, I've cast you in the role.. Now I want you to assume all the characteristics of an average guy. You understand? I don't want any leaks or cracks. You character has to be bulletproof. You grasp what is ordinary, and you are totally ignorant when it comes to what is extraordinary. Got it? MOST OF ALL, YOUR CHARACTER MUST BE DEVOID OF IMAGINATION. Do you think you can handle that?"

People do handle it all the time, and they do it beautifully. Brilliantly.

They have their lines down cold. No matter what you throw at them, they can fen...

Russian stock market hits all-time high as ruble strengthens despite US sanctions pressure "IndyWatch Feed World"

The recent growth in the Russian currency has helped the ruble-traded MOEX index reach an all-time high on Tuesday. The index rose to 2,390 points for the first time in history after the ruble strengthened to 67.7 against the dollar and 79.1 against the euro. Earlier in September, the Russian currency had suffered a deep plunge against reserve currencies amid a new US sanctions threat. Moscow Exchange's dollar-denominated RTS index also rose on Tuesday. It reached 1,111 points for the first time since August. "The MOEX index surpassed a historical high due to the strengthening of the ruble, which led to a rise in the price of ruble shares of Mechel, Rusal, Alrosa, AFK Sistema, Magnit, Sberbank," said Artem Deev, leading analyst at Amarkets.

02:30

CNNs Cooper Explodes Over Memes About Him, Lies During Fact-Check "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Anderson Cooper has a complete meltdown. Via Daily Wire: CNNs Anderson Cooper became enraged on Monday over pictures and memes of him that had been spread over the weekend on social media that showed him in flood waters, which many falsely assumed was from Hurricane Florence. The images were from ten years ago when Hurricane []

02:29

(Video) The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire -- Documentary "IndyWatch Feed World"



Published on Sep 14, 2018

At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth is hidden in British jurisdictions and Britain and its dependencies are the largest global players in the world of international finance.

02:29

CIDI-directeur Hanna Luden over Semitische Nomaden "IndyWatch Feed War"

CIDI-directeur Hanna Luden ook geen fan van Israls neder zettingen beleid

De illegale koloniseringspolitiek van de Isralische overheid op de Westoever en in Oost-Jeruzalem blijft de steen in de schoen van de gematigde Israllobby.
...

02:23

(Video) Flynn's Plea Deal will Shock you! "IndyWatch Feed World"



Published on Sep 17, 2018

What's General Mike Flynn been doing since he signed his plea deal? Few people have taken the time to read it, but it contains some surprises.

02:22

Kavanaugh Will Testify About Accusations Under Oath, But His Accuser Is Refusing To Respond To Senate Invitations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school has not agreed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee and answer questions.

Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), told Hugh Hewitt he has not heard back from Christine Ford a professor who accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down on a bed at a party and covering her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream about their invitation to appear at a hearing set for next week.

Her silence kind of raises the question, do they want to come to the public hearing or not, Grassley told Hewitt on Tuesday, according to Politico. While Ford has been unresponsive to inquiring senators, Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the accusations and has been reportedly pushing for immediate hearings to defend himself, according to CNN.

Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday, Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday. I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.

While Ford has yet to agree to appear, her attorney, Debra Katz, has been doing a media blitz tour telling outlets that her client is willing to talk but shes been reportedly rebuffing invitations for just that.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who for two months sat on a letter that was hand delivered to her office outlining the accusations against Kavanaugh, has reportedly refused to participate or help facilitate inquiry phone calls to Kavanaugh and Ford.

Both Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins Republicans regarded as crucial swing votes in confirming Kavanaugh have expressed disappointment in Fords unresponsiveness to the Judiciary Committees requests.

02:22

McDonalds Workers Strike Over Widespread Sexual Harassment "IndyWatch Feed World"

McDonalds workers in 10 U.S. cities plan to strike Tuesday at lunchtime over sexual harassment and subsequent retaliation at the fast-food company.

Whatever [anti-harassment] policy they have is not effective, Mary Joyce Carlson, an attorney with Fight for $15, a fair pay organization, told The Associated Press. Carlson has been working with 10 McDonalds workers who filed complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about predatory workplace behavior including groping and propositions for sex.

I couldnt deal with it physically, just going into the workplace, Tanya Harrel said. Harrel, who claims to have experienced sexual harassment twice from two different coworkers over the course of a month at a New Orleans McDonalds, filed a complaint with the EEOC backed by the TIMES UP Legal Defense Fund. She also took some days and weeks off from work.

I couldnt afford to pay my phone bill, couldnt afford my grandmoms medicine. I had to really ask people for money because I was so scared to go back to work, Harrel said.

All the men feel like they have all the power, so theyll cut your hours. Or if they cant, theyll just make your day a living hell, Adriana Alvarez, a Chicago-based strike organizer and McDonalds employee, told The New Republic. They make you feel like you are nothing, just because you tried to stand up against them.

Workers in Chicago, Durham, N.C., Kansas City, Mo., Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orlando, Fla., San Francisco and St Louis are planning to take part in the strike.

Most companies have a policy saying no sexual harassment, but how do you make that work? Right now, because of the huge power disparities, its easy to just wait out the complaints and nothing really changes, National Womens Law Center CEO Fatima Goss Graves told The Associated Press. Graves organization runs the TIMES UP Legal Defense Fund.

McDonalds, in an email to The Associated Press, defended itself: McDonalds Corporation takes allegations of sexual harassment very seriously and are confident our independent franchisees who own and operate approximately 90 percent of our 14,000 U.S. restaurants will do the same, the company said.

In 2016, 15 restaurant cashiers and cooks teamed up with Fight for $15 to...

02:19

Pilot forced to manually land plane after all flight systems fail "IndyWatch Feed World"

An Air India plane with some 370 passengers on board escaped disaster by just a whisker as it managed to land safely despite a concurrence of adverse conditions. According to NDTV, the plane from New Delhi to New York was supposed to land at JFK airport on September 11, but landed in Newark instead because of a series of technical failures, bad weather and low fuel. The commander in charge of the 15-hour flight could be heard fretting approximately 38 minutes prior to landing, as he called Air Traffic Control in New York to say: "We're really, you know, stuck, and there's no fuel." Flight AI-101 Captain Rustom Palia went on to described how there was only one radioaltimeter functioning and the Traffic Collision and Avoidance System had failed.

02:19

Stonechat in England on video "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from England says about itself:

Male European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) at Southern Cemetery, Manchester, UK, on 19th March 2018. Same bird as on 6th March 2018? Filmed with a Nikon CoolPix P900 hand-held.

02:16

Social Enterprise: Proceed, with Caution "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

In a burst of entrepreneurial spirit, the workforce development field is showing new enthusiasm for an old idea: creating social enterprises to employ low income jobseekers.

The theory is enormously appealing. We can create good jobs for constituents who have a hard time finding work elsewhere and the profits will help fund our nonprofit organizations. The reality, however, is far more complicated.

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02:14

Daycare center owner arrested after hidden camera catches her tying children to car seats by their necks "IndyWatch Feed World"

The owner of a Texas daycare center has been arrested after a hidden camera reportedly caught her tying small children to their car seats and leaving them in a dark closet for hours. Rebecca Anderson, 60, is being accused of child endangerment for her treatment of babies and toddlers at her home daycare centre 'Becky's Home Child Care' in Mesquite. The arrest warrant affidavit alleges that Anderson kept the small children tied up for at least seven hours a day. According to police, Anderson said five kids were inside the house when they arrived on Friday, however four more were found in a dark closet with shoelace-like ropes tied around their necks.

02:14

"We Like To Think..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"We like to think that we are rational beings; humane, conscientious, civilized, thoughtful. But when things fall apart, even just a little, it becomes clear we are not better than animals. We have opposable thumbs, we think, we walk erect, we speak, we dream, but deep down we are still routing around in the primordial ooze; biting, clawing, scratching out an existence in the cold, dark world like the rest of the tree-toads and sloths."
- "Grey's Anatomy"

02:12

Historic federal legislation embeds support for employee-ownership within the SBA "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Employee-owned businesses offer a vital solution for the survival and success of small businesses. This legislation improves small business loan programs for employee-owned business concerns through the Small Business Administration.

The first federal level bipartisan legislation that highlights worker cooperatives, the Main Street Employee Ownership Act has just been signed into law. Driven by the efforts of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the Senate and Congresswoman Nydia Velzquez in the House of Representatives, this legislation will support small businesses that save jobs and invest in their workers and communities by transitioning to an employee-owned business form such as a cooperative (co-op) or an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

The Democracy at Work Institute, along with its affiliated organization the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, played an educational role to inform the creation and development of this legislation, and is pleased to see the expansion of federal support for broad-based worker ownership.

Read the rest at the Democracy At Work Institute

 

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02:12

Dont Blame the Police Officer: Ted Cruz Disgustingly Goes to Bat for Cop Who Murdered Botham Jean "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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In a repulsive interview, Texas Senator Ted Cruz told reporters that we shouldn't be so quick to judge the cop who gunned down Botham Jean in his own home.

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02:12

SpaceX Plans Civilian Flight Around Moon for Billionaire "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California held a live event. Elon Musk announced that Yusaku Maezawa, billionaire founder and CEO of the Japanese fashion retailer Zozo, would be the first private citizen to fly around the moon. This is a mission the company has planned for 2023. After joining SpaceX on []

02:11

New Mexico sues Google and Twitter for knowingly and illegally exploiting children online, making data breaches easy "IndyWatch Feed World"

The state of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against Google and others for willfully breaking the law to exploit the collection of children's data online. As YouTube, Google, and Twitter crack down on peaceful channels, censor alternative media, and allow child exploitation videos to flourish, New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against them and several app developers for illegally collecting data from children under the age of 13 without parental consent. According to UPI, New Mexico Attorney General Balderas said the companies are violating the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a federal law, by collecting and selling the data on children. "These apps can track where children live, play, and go to school with incredible precision," Balderas said of the insidious practice. "These multi-million-dollar tech companies partnering with app developers are taking advantage of New Mexican children, and the unacceptable risk of data breach and access from third parties who seek to exploit and harm our children will not be tolerated in New Mexico."

02:09

After Russian Military Jet Shot Down by Syria, Moscow Blames Israel "IndyWatch Feed World"

Proving just how dangerous the situation remains in Syriawhere the U.S., Russia, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, France and other nations are all maintaining military operations amid a civil war that has dragged on for nearly seven yearsthe Kremlin on Tuesday is blaming Israel after the Syrian military reportedly downed a Russian military aircraft by mistake, killing all 15 airmen on board.

According to Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov, the Russian transport plane was shot down Monday night, local time, as Israel F-16s attempted to use it as cover while carrying out a bombing mission against targets in the Latakia region of western Syria near the Meditarranean coast.

By using the Russian plane as cover the Israeli air pilots made it vulnerable to Syrian air defense fire. As a result, the Ilyushin-20, its reflective surface being far greater than that of the F-16, was downed by a missile launched with the S-200 system, Konashenkov told reporters.

The incident, according to Agence France-Presse, was the worst case of friendly fire between the two allies since Russias game-changing military intervention in September 2015.

Arguing that the military manuevers leading up to their plane being shot down were intentional, Konashenkov said the Israelis deliberately staged this provocation and accused Israel of creating a dangerous situation for both aircraft and sea vessels operating in that area.

Israeli military officials initially refused to comment on airstrikes being carried out in Latakia, though multiple news outlets, includi...

02:08

Grassley: Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Not Confirmed for Hearing, Ignoring Efforts to Contact "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said on the Hugh Hewitt Show Tuesday morning that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has not confirmed her appearance at next Mondays hearing and that she has ignored repeated efforts by Grassleys staff to make contact with her in the last 36 hours. Grassley raised the possibility of canceling the hearing.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Ford came forward over the weekend to confirm a letter she wrote last summer to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking member on the committee, accusingwithout evidence or corroborationSupreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her at a drunken high school party

A transcript of McConnells remarks was posted by the Hugh Hewitt Show.

HH: Well, I appreciate your candor and your responsiveness. Lets get right to it. Will the hearing on Monday be televised?

CG: Yeah.

HH: And will there only be two witnesses on Monday?

CG: Yes.

HH: Whos going to go first?

CG: Oh, we havent made up our mind on that, yet, but I assume that Dr. Ford would.

HH: Has Dr. Ford accepted, and shes agreed to come?

HH: Has Dr. Ford accepted, and shes agreed to come?

CG: No. We have reached out to her in the last 36 hours three of four times by email, and weve not heard from them, so it kind of raises the question do they want to, do they want to come to the public hearing or not? And the reason were having the public hearing is obviously, well, number one is accusations like this deserve consideration and looking into, and thats what the purpose of the hearing is. And we wouldnt be having this hearing if it wasnt for the fact that Dr. Ford told the Washington Post and other people publicly that she wanted to testify. And we also have Judge Kavanaugh. Even before we requested him to testify, he said he was willing to testify. As of Sunday night, I had that message. So we still havent heard from Dr. Ford. So do they want to have the hearing or not? Were delaying the vote, strictly, to get all the facts out on the table.

HH: If Dr. Ford declines to attend, will Judge Kavanaugh appear anyway?

CG: First of all, weve got to look at why were having the hearing. Were having the hearing because the accusations, accusations that legitimately ought to be looked into about a candidate for the Supreme Cour...

02:07

Osun Poll: Charlyboys Ourmumundondu group visits Ooni of Ife "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Maverick activist, Charlyboy, on Tuesday led the Ourmumudondo group on a courtesy visit to the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, during the groups voters education campaign to the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the group is a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) that advocates citizens reawakening toward good and accountable political []

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Israeli Aggression In Syria Downs Russian Plane With 15 Aboard "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russian President Putin and Jewish Leader Bibi Netanyahu are offering measured, concilliatory words after Israeli planes conducting air strikes in Syria used a Russian Il-20 observation plane as radar cover leading to its destruction by Syrian air defenses (archived). Soon after the plane went down Russia was swift to condemn Israel for their role in the destruction of the planeand loss of the crew.

Israel has been intervening in this Syrian civil war through airstrikes and other means with the apparent goal of escalating and prolonging the conflict.

02:07

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe still waiting on Dakota Access decision "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Trump administration has yet to release its Dakota Access Pipeline decision, more than two weeks after it was supposedly finished.

02:06

So much for 'civil' war in Syria: Central Asian jihadis dig in for Idlib battle "IndyWatch Feed World"

As Syria's last opposition-held bastion braces for attack from Russian-backed government forces, a reclusive community of Central Asian jihadis is digging in for a protracted fight. The Uyghur Muslims from China, facing a crackdown in their home province of Xinjiang, form one of the more cohesive fighting contingents in Idlib province: the Turkistan Islamic Party. "All indicators say they will play an integral role in defending Idlib," said Mohanad Hage Ali, an academic and journalist focused on Islamic movements. "The party has recently moved some of its forces to play a stronger role in defending the front line against regime attacks." Tam Hussein, a journalist focusing on jihadism, says the Turkic Uyghurs, Uzbeks and other Central Asian jihadis who have now lived in Syria for years show no signs of looking for the exits. "I'm not sure if they're crack troops. But it's fair to say they'll be some of the toughest guys because of what motivates them," Hussein said, adding: "They're jihadi in every sense of the word."

02:06

Wiping Palestine off the Map "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Palestinians are more determined to resist and demand rights whilst powerful forces aim to erase them off map.

02:05

Vaccine detoxes for adults "IndyWatch Feed World"

If you had vaccines as a child but never had a booster as an adult, and youve always been fairly healthy, you might not think about doing a vaccine detox. However, if you do have health issues and have had a booster in the last couple of years, a detox might be exactly what you []

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02:05

Oyo Speaker, Minority Leader, others defect to APC, ADC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr Olagunju Ojo, the Minority Leader, and five other lawmakers on Tuesday defected to three different parties. The Clerk of the House, Mr Paul Bankole, read the separate letters of defection by the lawmakers during the plenary session in Ibadan. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) []

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02:03

Porn Star Stormy Daniels Known for Degrading Sex with Hundreds of Men Describes Trump Encounter in New Book "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former porn star turned Democrat darling Stormy Daniels penned a new book. She is obviously hoping her 15 minutes of fame continues for another 30.

Daniels, who is known for degrading sex with hundreds of men, described her encounter with Donald Trump in detail.

The Guardian reported:
(redactions by Gateway Pundit)

It was in that role that Daniels attended a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, California, in 2006, where she and two colleagues greeted golfers between holes. There she first sees Trump: He had a red cap, a Trump crest as a placeholder for the MAGA slogan not one of us could see coming.

Trumps bodyguard invites Daniels to dinner, which turns out to be an invitation to Trumps penthouse, she writes, in a description of alleged events that Daniels has disclosed previously but which in the book are rendered with new and lurid detail. She describes Trumps penis as smaller than average but not freakishly small.

He knows he has an unusual penis, Daniels writes. It has a huge mushroom h**d. Like a toadstool

I lay there, annoyed that I was getting f*cked by a guy with Yeti pubes and a d*ck like the mushroom character in Mario Kart

It may have been the least impressive sex Id ever had, but clearly, he didnt share that opinion.

Daniels alleged relationship with Trump included one moment in 2007, she writes, in which she is with Trump in a hotel room watching a Shark Week broadcast on cable television when he receives a phone call from Hillary Clinton, then running against Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Then, to make it crazier, Hillary Clinton called, Daniels writes. He had a whole conversation about the race, repeatedly mentioning our plan

Even while he was on the phone with Hillary, his attention kept going back to the sharks.

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02:03

US-Indian Relations: Trump Gets a Unique Partner for America First "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | Strategic Culture Foundation | 18.09.2018 The inaugural meeting of the foreign and defence ministers of India and the United States in a new 2+2 format on September 6 in New Delhi assumed added significance as an attempt by the Trump administration to translate its Indo-Pacific vision outlined in the National Security []

Hungary wants secure gas supplies - asks that Russia's Turkish Stream pipeline to be extended into Europe "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has asked Russia to extend the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline to his country and further into Europe. Orban, who is on a visit to Moscow, broached this potential project during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. "It's no secret that Hungary wants the pipeline that's being built near the south of the country, to go through Hungary," Orban said. The countries have also agreed a gas delivery service from Russia to Hungary for 2020.

02:02

Future robo-taxis could charge themselves and help balance the electric grid "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Wireless startup WiTricity wants cars to power up without human help and feed utilities energy during peak demand.

02:02

NAD+ Mouse Launches on Lifespan.io Today "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Today, we are delighted to announce that we have launched a new crowdfunding campaign on Lifespan.io: the NAD+ Mouse Project by Dr. David Sinclair and his team at Harvard Medical School.

NAD+ is a vitally important molecule that is found in every cell in your body and is involved in DNA repair, tissue growth, nutrient sensing and metabolism, cell-to-cell signaling, and many other cellular processes. Quite simply, without NAD+, cells would not work and life would be impossible. If you would like to learn more about NAD+ and its role in aging, check out our articles here, here, and here.

02:00

Global Climate Action Summit Attendees Choked San Francisco Airport With Their Carbon-Spewing Private Jets "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It isnt about what they do, silly. Its about dictating to you. Via Daily Wire: A bevy of hotshot activists, celebrity environmentalists, and high-profile political leaders descended on San Francisco last week for the first annual Global Climate Action Summit. But, it seems, not all of them were committed enough to the cause of preventing []

02:00

MIB: There at the beginning of the ETF "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

He helped to design some of the very first Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) as managing director at BGI; as co-founder of Cerulli Associates, he conducted some of the earliest research on fee-only financial advisers and the rise of indexing. He is currently managing director of CBOEs ETF.com, and his name is Dave Nadig. Few people are

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02:00

The Names "Chris Collins," "Duncan Hunter" And "Mark Foley" And Wave Election Years "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This is what the Republican Culture of Corruption Looks Like In 2018

With future Speaker Nancy Pelosi's connivance, Denny Hastert-- then Speaker, currently in prison for raping underage boys-- protected alcoholic Florida Congressman Mark Foley (a "nice guy") from ever having to face charges from dozens of young men-- congressional pages-- that he had sex or tried to have sex with them. Congress made sure that he was just chastised for sending naughty e-mails. He still tells people that's all he ever did. No one cared what the boys said. It was before #MeToo.

In fact, it was just before the 2006 election. Rahm Emanuel and Steny Hoyer, aware Foley was about to be outed and forced to resign from Congress in disgrace, chased the progressive candidate campaigning for the seat out of the race and inserted their own candidate, wealthy conservative Republican Tim Mahoney, who quickly re-registered as a Democrat. (Mahoney, a corrupt Blue Dog, was even worse than Folkey in many ways and had his own sex scandal and lost the seat, but that's another story.) How did a creep like Mahoney even win? Easy-- thanks to Rahm and Hoyer, no primary. Then... here's the timeline of what happened:
Sept. 28- Rahm leaked the information that Foley was fiddling with the pages and ABC News ran the story-- BIG. It spread like wildfire.
Sept. 29- Foley resigned from Congress to check into a program in Arizona to deal with his alcoholism.
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02:00

End of a Coot "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


As currently configured for operations in Syria, the Il-20 is equipped with a wide range of antennas, infrared and optical sensors. The aircraft's SLAR (Side-Looking Airborne Radar) and the plane's satellite link allows the Russian military to monitor Syrian skies in real time. 

On 17 September, a Russian military Il-20 aircraft with 14 service members on board was lost during an attack by Israeli jets on targets in Latakia Province, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Air traffic controllers at the Hmeimim Air Base lost contact with the aircraft on Monday evening, during the Israeli attack. The plane was 35 kilometers off the coast of Syria when it vanished.
The statement said, "The trace of the Il-20 on flight control radars disappeared during an attack by four Israeli F-16 jets on Syrian facilities in Latakia province." 
"At the same time Russian air control radar systems detected rocket launches from the French frigate Auvergne which was located...

01:59

Florida Governor Flees Booing Environmentalists at Campaign Event "IndyWatch Feed World"

As dead marine animals continue to wash up on Floridas coasts, a campaign event for the states term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Scottwho is attempting to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelsonwas besieged by a crowd of protesters angry about his role in exacerbating the ongoing red tide crisis by systematically attacking the states environmental protection laws.

A red tide, or harmful algal bloom, is a higher-than-normal concentration of a microscopic alga (plantlike organism), and they have been documented along the states coastline since the 1840s, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. But this years red tidefueled by industrial as well as residential run-off and made worse by climate changehas been much more intense and destructive than previous ones.

The aggressive overgrowth, which occurs each year but intensifies with high temperatures, pollution, and stagnant water, has become unusually strong since emerging in October, and has stretched into the longest outbreak since 2006, the Huffington Post noted in August, citing officials who said that red tides typically end in April.

Amid more reports of fish killed by the toxic algae, and with the noxious odor of red tide hanging in the air, the Sarasota Tribune-Herald reported Monday that protesters jammed the sidewalk and spilled into the street around Mojos Real Cuban, forcing Scott to enter the restaurant through the back door and leave the same way after just 10 minutes as members of the crowd shouted coward.'

The protesters toted signs that decried Scotts environmental record and declared, Say No to Red...

01:58

Strzok-Page texts calling to 'open' case in 'chargeable way' under fresh scrutiny "IndyWatch Feed World"

Text messages from disgraced FBI figures Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, discussing whether to open a "case" in a "formal chargeable way" after Director James Comey was fired, are under fresh scrutiny after Page told congressional investigators there was no evidence of Russian collusion at the time, according to three congressional sources. Two hours after Comey's termination became public on May 9, 2017, Strzok, a now-former FBI agent, texted Page, his then-colleague and lover: "We need to open the case we've been waiting on now while Andy is acting." "Andy" is a reference to then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe who temporarily took over the bureau until Christopher Wray was confirmed as director in August 2017.

01:57

Infant deaths following vaccination: The numbers dont lieor do they? "IndyWatch Feed World"

By the Childrens Health Defense Team National and international health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) routinely and emphatically claim that serious adverse events following vaccination are rare. Nowhere is officialdoms minimization of vaccine risks more apparent than in []

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01:56

AURA FINALLY RELEASES A STATEMENT ABOUT THE OBSERVATORY CLOSING "IndyWatch Feed War"

Normally, I would post this article for Wednesday, but I have decided to post it today, as there has been a new development in []

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01:56

The United States Disregard For International Law Is A Menace To Venezuela And Latin America "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I have often criticized the U.N. for being ineffective and I still stand by it. I am going out on a limb by saying that the more principles and resolutions the U.N. issues, the more military interventions, invasions, terrorist actions, incitation to violence, wars, and of course punitive economic sanctions have occurred in the last 40 or more years. However, I must clarify that a world organization like the U.N. is necessary, albeit one that should be radically modified to really live up to its promise stated in the principles listed above. At least one principle should be essential: The principle of sovereign equality of States. But I dont think I am going out on a limb when I say that only one country, among the 193 U.N. member States, stands out as having committed consistently and relentlessly the large majority of international infractions: The United States of America.

01:53

Annual Air Force Association Arms Bazaar Protested "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The AFA, according to its web site, is "the voice for aerospace power and the Air Force family." The focus for this year's AFA Arms Bazaar is: Multi-Domain Operations: Leveraging the Full Spectrum." Some 130 arms contractors taking part in this year's Arms Bazaar have played a prominent role in U.S. warmaking. These arms contractors, like Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, are profiting from war and literally are making a killing! But that's not all. The Pentagon and numerous arms dealers are committed to U.S. nuclear/military/cyber superiority and militarizing and controlling space. This is evidenced by the graphic Northrup Grumman Ads on display at the Pentagon right now that reads: "Building the Future of of Space to Defend the Future of Earth."

01:53

Project HOMERUN "IndyWatch Feed World"

Background

HOMERUN was a secret US aerial reconnaissance operation against the USSR conducted between March and May 1956.

During that time RB-47E and RB-47H reconnaissance aircraft flew almost daily flights over the North Pole to photograph and gather electronic intelligence over the entire northern section of the Soviet Union. Project Homerun used 16 RB-47Es from the 10th SRS and five RB-47Hs from the 343rd SRS. 156 sorties were performed. On a typical RB-47H reconnaissance mission covering 5,984 mi (9,360 km), the aircraft would fly from Thule, Greenland to the Kara Sea to Murmansk and then return only to find Thule weathered-in, forcing the flight from the air-refueling/decision point near the northeast shore of Greenland to one of three equidistant alternates: Goose Bay, Labrador, London, or Fairbanks, Alaska. Five KC-97s at Thule were required to support this scenario. Two ground spares and one air spare insured two 20,000 lb (9,090 kg) fuel transfers at a distance of over 600 mi (965 km) from Thule. Tankers returned to Thule to refuel and again repeat the flight to intercept the returning RB-47H six hours later for another air refueling. When the Soviet government filed an angry complaint with the US government, the US government attributed the overflights to navigational difficulties.

Document Archive

National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

 Project HOMERUN Documents [398 Pages, 65MB]

 

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01:50

Explore Foreign Lobby Watch "IndyWatch Feed World"

On September 14th, OpenSecrets hosted a discussion on foreign influence, which included a demo of CRPs newly released Foreign Lobby Watch database and a talkback with foreign influence experts.

OpenSecrets researchers Dan Auble and Anna Massoglia introduced the event and participated in the discussion along with our panel:

  • Eric Lipton, Investigative Reporter, The New York Times
  • Lydia Dennett, Investigator, Project on Government Oversight
  • Ben Freeman, Director, Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Center for International Policy

 

But the main attraction was our new and improved Foreign Lobby Watch tool. Check out Dan and Annas demonstration of the tool below:

If you have any more questions on the use of the tool, please email press@crp.org or ask us on social media!

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01:50

SILVER COULD GO LOWER "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

SILVER COULD GO LOWER BY CYRILLE JUBERT  GoldBroker There is a corner on silver, but if you study the charts, silver cannot avoid to go lower on the very short term. On this chart of silver since 1994, I drew the...

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01:50

Russian Military Fumes Over Israels Deliberate Provocation, as Putin Sighs Over Tragic Circumstances in IL-20 Downing "IndyWatch Feed World"

MOSCOW The Kremlin appears to be attempting a delicate balancing act Tuesday as it sought to balance its mission in Syria with its ties to Israel, with Russias military officials and President Vladimir Putin delivering messages that notably differ in terms of rhetoric, tone and substance.

Moscow has conceded that the Russian naval patrol aircraft, an Ilyushin IL-20, was downed by Syrian air defense systems Monday night as it was flying over the Mediterranean Sea while returning to the Hmeymim Air Base in Latakia, Syria. As a result, 15 military personnel were killed.

Yet while Putin has characterized the incident as an unfortunate case of tragic circumstances, the Russian Defense Ministry has described the case as resulting from a deliberate provocation staged by Israel for the purpose of placing the IL-20 in the target sights of Syrian anti-aircraft systems.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday following talks with Hungarys prime minister, the Russian leader sounded a tone that can best be described as sorrowful rather than vengeful.

When people get killed, particularly so, under such tragic circumstances, it is always a great misfortune to us, to the country and to the relatives of our late comrades. I offer condolences first and foremost to the relatives of those killed, Putin said.

As for comparison with the well-known events (of November 2015), when a Turkish fighter jet shot down our plane, it was a different situation. This time it looks like a string of tragic circumstances, he added.

The IL-20 disappeared from the radar as four Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked Syrian government facilities in Latakia while deliberately using the IL-20 as a cover. Rather than firing on the attacking jets, however, the Syrian S-200 air defense batterie...

01:48

Why well defeat Kwakwnso in Kano- Senator Gaya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senator Kabir Gaya has given reasons why the All Progressives Congress would defeat the former governor of Kano State and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential hopeful, Senator Rabiu Kwakwanso in Kano State. According to him, with three former governors and an incumbent governor on one side, there is no way Kwakwanso can have political fortunes []

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01:48

Ten Years After The Financial Crisis, The Contagion Has Spread To Democracy Itself "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By the time Lehman Brothers filed for the largest bankruptcy in American history on Sept. 15, 2008, the country had been navigating stormy global financial waters for more than a year. Bear Stearns had been rescued in a bailout-facilitated merger with JPMorgan Chase, and the government had nationalized housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. For anyone paying attention to the financial system, the situation had been quite dire for a long time. And yet throughout the mess, the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury had been permitting the largest banks in the country to funnel as much cash as they wanted to their shareholders even as it became clear those same banks could not pay their debts. Lehman itself had increased its dividend and announced a $100 million stock buyback at the beginning of 2008.

01:48

MAC to the future "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

This morning the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) released the final report in its year-long (plus) investigation into EU migration. The report is arguably the most comprehensive assessment of how migration has affected the UK over the past two decades, dealing with topics as diverse as the labour market, housing, public finances and subjective wellbeing. In doing so, it has injected some much-needed evidence into the debate about migration.

As well as looking back at how migration has affected the country, the Committee casts its eyes to the future and recommends how the UKs migration system should be redesigned as we leave the European Union. Its recommendations, if implemented, would represent the most significant shake-up of our migration system in a generation. Given the reports breadth it will take time to digest it all, so below Ive analysed three important ramifications of the MACs policy proposals.

1) The big change for lower-paying sectors

The MAC argues that for lower-skilled workers, we do not see the need for a work-related scheme. This will anger many lower-paying sectors, which the MAC admits as much when it says: we know that some sectors will lobby intensively against this proposal. So who will be doing the lobbying? EU migrants account for around a fifth of employees in food manufacturing, hotels, domestic personnel and logistics, and around a tenth of staff in bars and restaurants.

However, the MAC points out that most of the existing stock would remain. It is not just the amount of EU workers in a sector that matters, but also the level of staff turnover. We can get a sense of which sectors will feel the pinch first by examining the rate at which people move out of the sector to take up new jobs. The figure below shows that, of those sectors that tend to employ a lot of migrants, hospitality, retail and the arts could feel the squeeze first. By contrast health and social work may have more time to adjust.

2) Tier 2 Visas for mi...

01:46

Analysts tell RT MH17 missile's serial numbers vital to investigation: 'Very important evidence' "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Russian military's conclusion that the missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 contained Ukrainian serial numbers is important information that should be considered in the international probe, analysts told RT. On Monday, the Russian military announced that the serial numbers found on debris of the Buk missile that downed MH17 over eastern Ukraine show it was produced in 1986 and owned by the Ukrainian military. Former British military officer Charles Shoebridge and aviation expert Julian Bray spoke to RT, about the announcement and shared their predictions for what lies ahead in the MH17 saga.

01:43

Alternative paths to success? The jobs landscape facing young non-graduates today "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

From photos of jumping A level students to guides to freshers week, at this time of year it can feel like university is the only route taken by teenagers. But in fact, fewer than half of young people follow this seemingly well-trodden path at 18. And, as this mornings ONS publication about non-graduates employment patterns reminds us, non-graduates are a diverse group with diverse outcomes in the world of work.

During 2017, the employment rate for non-graduates aged 22-29 was 78 per cent, compared to 90 per cent for their similarly-aged graduate counterparts. The proportion of young non-graduates classed as economically inactive (meaning those not available nor looking for work) was 17 per cent, compared to just 6 percent for young graduates.

It would be wrong to think of non-graduates as a homogeneous block. As the chart below illustrates, roughly 60 per cent of todays 22-29 year-olds are without a bachelors degree. But educational attainment varies widely within this group: 7 per cent of 22-29 year-olds have a Level 4 or 5 qualification (higher education below degree-level), nearly a quarter (24 per cent) have a Level 3 (A level or equivalent) qualification and just below a quarter (23 per cent) have a Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) qualification. Another 8 per cent either have no formal qualifications or qualifications classed as other.

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01:42

How NASA plans to use lunar dust to build structures on the Moon "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

With everyone from NASA to Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos looking to send people to the Moon and beyond, engineers at NASAs Swamp Works are hard at work figuring out how to help future.

01:41

Can California Utilities Burn Down The State And Make The Public Pay For It? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The fossil fuel industry knowingly alters the climate, exacerbating fire risks in the American West, including massive wildfires across California. Energy utilities (presently private corporations) play a more immediate role in sparking fires that, thanks to climate volatility, rage out of control. Then, these private corporations dodge strict liability regulations by getting the California legislature to allow them to charge customers for that liability. The lesson is clear: Oil companies heat and dry up the planet, power companies start fires on the dried up land, and we pay the bills. Once it is signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown who is fresh off the successful Global Climate Action Summit, held last week in San Francisco that is exactly what new state legislation will do.

01:41

A 'shameful moment': Film depicts violent deportation a century ago "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One hundred years ago, 1,200 striking miners were rounded up by gunpoint and forced to leave their homes.

01:37

US Government Spends a Record $433 Billion in One Month as Deficit Explodes "IndyWatch Feed World"

Last week we previewed the the US budget deficit for the first 11 months of fiscal 2018, which according to CBO data, hit $895 billion, up $222 billion or 39% from the same period last year. Additionally, we noted that according to CBO calculations, the US would hit a $1 trillion deficit in calendar 2019, one year sooner than the previous forecast of 2020.

The US Treasury has released the detailed budget deficit breakdown for the month of September and the first 11 months of the year, and the numbers are scary.

According to the latest Monthly Treasury Statement, in August, the US collected only $219BN in tax receipts consisting of $106BN in individual income tax, $93BN in social security and payroll tax, a negative $3BN in corporate tax and $24BN in other taxes and duties- a drop of 3.2% from the $226BN collected last August

but more concerning was that in August, the 12 month trailing receipt total was barely higher compared to a year ago, up just 0.3% Y/Y after rising as much as 3.1% at the end of 2017, and on the verge of turning negative year over year.

The real highlight of the August budget report was that government outlays, or total spending, soared to $433.3 billion, not only 30% higher than a year ago, but the highest government monthly outlay of any month on record.

This is where the money was spent: social secu...

01:36

Tis the season "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

For strange gourds. I saw this one, and for some mysterious reason, had to have it.

01:35

Russian FM: Turkish drones & extra troops to patrol Idlib after making deal with Moscow "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ankara will boost its presence in Syria's militant-held Idlib after a breakthrough deal with Moscow on Monday. Extra lookout posts and border patrols manned by Turkey and Russia will be deployed, while drones will patrol the sky. "Russia and Turkey will carry out joint, coordinated patrols here, around the Idlib border. We will need to make additional troop deployments here," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced on Tuesday. Cavusoglu said that Turkey will send in drones and install 12 observation posts in the area. He also noted that Russian and Turkish intelligence and security officials will discuss the status of radical militant groups in Idlib.

01:35

Prayer and Meditation Aid Mental Health Afternoon Prayer for Tuesday, September 18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Anxiety increases in direct ratio and proportion as man departs from God. Everyone in the world has an anxiety complex because each of us has the capacity to be either a sinner or a saint.

Despair and anxiety are possible because there is a rational soul. They presuppose the capacity of self-reflection. Only a being capable of contemplating itself can dread annihilation in the face of the infinite, can despair either of itself or of its destiny.

Both quotes from Peace of Soul, Chapter 2, By Fulton J. Sheen, first published in 1949.

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The most often repeated instruction to man in the Holy Scripture is: Do not be afraid.

This little anti-anxiety prayer was a part of every Catholic Mass for centuries:
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Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
In your mercy keep us free from sin
and protect us from all anxiety
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
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Nada Te Turbe (Let nothing disturb you)
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Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

St. Teresa of Avila

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01:34

The Privacyless, Freedomless Smart City of 2030 the Elite Are Engineering "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Well heres a fat bag of crazy for you, courtesy of the elites over at Davos ahead of their 2017 meeting. Add cashless in there of course, we would have but there are only so many words that will fit into a YouTube video title. If you look around at the way things are being manipulated on nearly every level right now, you can clearly see how society is being engineered for this future, as insane as it sounds

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01:33

Canada Court Says ISPs Can Charge Studios for Hunting Pirates "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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From Engadget:

It could soon prove expensive for media makers to chase online pirates in Canada. The country's Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that internet providers are entitled to "reasonable" compensation when asked to link pirates' IP addresses to customer details.

Voltage Pictures (the production firm behind The Hurt Locker) intended to sue roughly 55,000 customers of telecom giant Rogers for allegedly bootlegging movies, but balked when Rogers wanted to charge $100 per hour to comply with the requests for information. Rogers won the initial Federal Court case, but had to defend itself at the Supreme Court when Voltage appealed the case.

From TorrentFreak:

In a 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in Rogers' favor this week. The Internet provider is entitled to recover costs to link IP-addressed to customer details. Exactly how much will be determined in a future Federal Court hearing.


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01:32

FLASHPOINT LATAKIA: Israels Psychotic War Games Continue Over Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On Monday night, just hours after the presidents of Russia and Turkey agreed to de-escalate the situation in Syrias Idlib province, Israel launched another round of airstrikes on Syria this time on the city of Latakia resulting in the accidental downing of a Russian Il-20 military plane, shot down by Syrian Air Defense systems.

Middle East Eye reported earlier today that Russia has blamed Israel for the friendly fire incident, because of its hostile provocation in the latest missile attack on Syria. The IDF denies any responsibility for the incident which also killed 15 Russian military personnel, and holds Syria and Iran and the Hezbollah terror organisation accountable for this unfortunate incident.

As news broke of the event early this morning, 21WIREs Patrick Henningsen said on Twitter, If this report is true, I would tend to think a wider War is close to really breaking out over Syria. The West wont allow al Qaeda and ISIS to be defeated. This is becoming grotesque And later added:

Israel and the West would like nothing better than to see Al-Qaeda and ISIS remain in Syria. Last nights attack is just another example of this fact.

Heres a quick list of points we know about the deadly incident thus far, compiled by Kevork Almassian of ...

01:32

More than 100 people killed after widespread flooding hits Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

More than 100 people were killed after two major rivers burst their banks in Nigeria, destroying homes and farms. A national disaster has been declared in 4 of Nigeria's 36 states. Water levels in parts of the country are reaching those recorded in 2012 when the...... Read more

Florence sparks historic tornado outbreak in Virginia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Cyclone "Florence" spawned multiple tornadoes near Richmond, Virginia on September 17, 2018, killing one person and injuring another. This brought the death toll caused by Florence to at least 32. Local media is describing the outbreak as...... Read more

"Unusual event" declared at Brunswick Nuclear Plant, North Carolina "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An "unusual event" has been declared for Brunswick Nuclear Plant located just outside of Wilmington, North Carolina on September 17, 2018. This is the area where Hurricane "Florence" recently made landfall, causing 'historic and...... Read more

01:31

The U.S. Goes To War Against The ICC To Cover Up Alleged War Crimes In Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

September 16, 2018 "Information Clearing House" -  The United States has never been a friend of the International Criminal Court. While relations between the U.S. and the ICC have fluctuated over the course of different administrations, the American government has steadfastly refused to take the step that 124 other states have of ratifying the Rome Statute and thus becoming a member of the international legal body. The ICCs mandate to investigate war crimes has thus been hampered by the unwillingness of the worlds sole superpower to commit to the organization. Recent statements from the Trump administration suggest that the United States is now preparing to go to war against the ICC itself...

01:31

James O'Keefe of Project Veritas and drops first video in Deep State Series: State Dept. official and Socialist Stuart Karaffa vows to "F*ck Sh*t Up" on Trump "IndyWatch Feed World"

On Friday afternoon investigative journalist James O'Keefe teased his upcoming investigation with The Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft and Turning Point USA's Charlie Kirk. O'Keefe told us on Friday about his latest investigation on the corrupt Deep State in Washington DC. The video he revealed was shocking. James later teased his investigation to the St. Louis crowd at the Gateway Eagle Council.

James O'Keefe of Project Veritas drops first video in Deep State Series: State Dept. official and Socialist Stuart Karaffa vows to "F*ck Sh*t Up" on Trump "IndyWatch Feed World"

On Friday afternoon investigative journalist James O'Keefe teased his upcoming investigation with The Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft and Turning Point USA's Charlie Kirk. O'Keefe told us on Friday about his latest investigation on the corrupt Deep State in Washington DC. The video he revealed was shocking. James later teased his investigation to the St. Louis crowd at the Gateway Eagle Council.

01:30

Kavanaugh Accuser Has Not Yet Accepted Invitation To Testify Before Congress "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Kavanaugh stands ready, why the delay? Unless of course, the delay is the point. Via Fox News: Much has been made of Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Fords invitation to testify before an open hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee next week but its not set in stone yet she will actually show. Fox News []

01:30

TRUMP, TRIBUNALS & THE DEEP STATE (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

TRUMP, TRIBUNALS & THE DEEP STATE Video Operation Freedom The spotlight of this Briefing focuses on The Reset of The Rule of Law, the implementation of tribunals & the fate of The Deep State. Video Source

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01:30

Get Your PCBs Made at the Mall "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

As weve seen with some recent posts on the subject here at Hackaday, there seems to be a growing schism within the community about the production of PCBs. Part of the community embraces (relatively) cheap professional fabrication, where you send your design off and get a stack of PCBs in the mail a couple weeks later. Others prefer at home methods of creating PCBs, such as using a CNC, laser engraver, or even the traditional toner transfer. These DIY PCBs take some skill and dedication to produce, but the advantage is that you can have the board in hand the same day you design it. But there may be a third option that seems to have slipped through the cracks.

[Virgil] writes in with a very interesting method of producing professional looking prototype PCBs that doesnt involve weeks of waiting for the results, nor does it require any complicated techniques or specialized equipment. In this method, a UV printer is used to deposit your mask directly onto the copper clad board, which you then etch with whatever solution you like. Dont have a UV printer you say? No worries, theres probably somebody at the mall that does.

As [Virgil] explains, the little kiosks at the mall which offer to personalize items for customers generally use a UV printer which allows them to shoot ink on nearly any m...

01:29

South Africa Launches Racial Economic Terrorism on White farmers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - South Africa is taking land from its White farmers, who are evicted and still have to pay their loans, a form of economic terrorism.

01:28

Stop Killing and Dying in Afghanistan: Now More Than Ever "IndyWatch Feed War"

Afghanistan - troops with howitzer

By David Swanson, September 17, 2018

The Richmond (Va.) Times Dispatch recently published an editorial, republished by other papers with the headline: Remembering why we still fight in Afghanistan. Its a rather striking piece of writing, because it does not even attempt to offer a single reason why anyone would fight in Afghanistan. The headline, however, suggests that someone is still waging war there because of something theyve forgotten and can be reminded of. Given that the top killer of U.S. troops who have participated in that war has been suicide, one is tempted to shout Get on with the reminding already! But then one has to wonder: reminding of what?

The first few paragraphs of the editorial simply tell us that 17 years have gone by. Then we come to this:

There are still about 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

In fact, the U.S. military now has approximately 11,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, plus 4,000 more that Trump sent plus 7,148 other NATO troops, 1,000 mercenaries, and another 26,000 contractors (of whom about 8,000 are from the United States). Thats 48,000 people engaged in a foreign occupation of a country 17 years after the accomplishment of their stated mission to overthrow the Taliban government.

Next in the editorial comes this:

Most...

01:27

Syria Mistakenly Shoots Down Russian Military Jet, Moscow Blames Israel "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Syria Israel Russian Jet(MEMO)  Russia has accused Israel of being indirectly at fault for the downing of a Russian military plane by the Syrian military after Damascus mistook the aircraft for an Israeli jet. Russias Defence Ministry said the Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft, with 15 Russian service personnel on board, was mistakenly brought down last night by anti-aircraft batteries of []

01:25

The Dems Really Could Win the Senate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Despite this, the same forecast gives the Democrats only a one-in-three chance of accomplishing this task, and that can be explained by the fact that many of the contests are far too close to call and that the Democrats would have to win every single close race in order to pull off the task.

Among their incumbents, no one looks more endangered than Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota. While the classic forecast gives her a three-in-five (59.2 percent) chance of winning reelection, it also projects that shell win only 50.9 percent of the vote. The latest poll out of the state has her losing, albeit within the margin of error. If Heitkamp doesnt win, then the Democrats will have to win somewhere else to compensate. The most likely place for them to make up the difference is Tennessee, where FiveThirtyEights classic forecast gives former Democratic governor Phil Bredeson as three-in-eight (37.9 percent) chance of winning. After that, theres Beto ORourke in Texas who has a one-in-three (33.0 percent) chance and Mike Espy in Mississippi who gets a one-in-six (15.8 percent) rating.

The Republicans are disappointed in how their challengers are performing but they still have some solid opportunities to make pickups. In addition to North Dakota, theyre looking very competitive in Florida where Governor Rick Scott is challenging Senator Bill Nelson.  In Missouri, Claire McCaskill is in a real dogfight, and while Joe Donnelly in Indiana is currently a 3:1 favorite according to FiveThirtyEight, hes also down in the latest poll.

Midterms elections do tend to fall in one direction, meaning that its really as unreasonable as it might sound to think that the Democrats could win all the close contests. They could also lose them all. Either of those outcomes might be more plausible than a mixed bag, but theres always seems to someone in wave election (like Harold Ford of Tennessee in 2006) who doesnt come along for the ride.  Maybe......

Chris Collins Will Seek Reelection After All "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Here is what Rep. Chris Collins of Buffalo, New York, did wrong:

Last month, federal prosecutors charged Mr. Collins, who sits on the board of Innate Immunotherapeutics, a drug company based in Australia, with providing inside information to his son and others that the company had failed a crucial drug test. His son, his sons fiance and his sons father-in-law all sold shares.

Thats a crime. Chris Collins is quite likely to be convicted for that crime. For this reason, after a brief period of indecision and defiance, he announced that he would not seek another term in the United States Congress. Th

Casual Observation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The president never has alcohol as some kind of excuse, not that's it's an excuse. But it seems inevitable that he'd nominate someone to a lifetime position who shares his proclivity for assaulting women.

Discuss

Serious Question "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Back in 2004, I spent a month in the Tampa Bay Area organizing teams to do voter registration drives. One of the most common rejections we got was people telling us that they couldn't register to vote because they were felons. It was shocking not just for how many people told us that they were felons but for how willing people were to tell a stranger about it. In some cases, it seemed like they were lying and it was just a convenient Florida-style way of telling a door-knocker to go away. But, where I come from, you'd never shoo away a canvasser by confessing to having a serious criminal record. If that were the reason you couldn't register, you'd make up some other excuse. What was different in Florida was the total lack of shame associated with the term, which I took to mean that felonies were passed out far too regularly in Florida. It shouldn't be a normal thing to have a felony conviction.

In any case, can you guess who wants to help fix the problem?

Discuss

01:24

EU will drop lawsuit against Ireland after Apple pays $16.7 billion in back taxes "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The European Union is planning to drop its lawsuit against Ireland over back taxes from Apple after the country announced that it had collected $16.7 billion from the company.Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissions top competition regulator,...

01:23

Californias Road To Carbon Neutrality Runs Through The States Buildings "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

California must build housing closer to transit and jobs, and wring carbon from new and existing buildings, if the state is to meet its ambitious climate targets. That was the message delivered by a high-level panel at a Global Climate Action Summit side event convened in San Francisco on Wednesday by Climate Resolve, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit. Top of mind for the panel was California Governor Jerry Browns signatures earlier in the week on SB 100, requiring the state to achieve 100 percent carbon-free electricity, and an executive order establishing a carbon neutrality target, both by 2045. The message for California policymakers is clear: Carbon reduction is the end goal. Were focused on carbon, said Andrew McAllister, commissioner with the California Energy Commission.

01:22

Elon Musk And SpaceX Is Announcing The First Lunar Mission Tourist RIGHT NOW "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Elon Musk, the founder of the rocket company SpaceX, is about to reveal who the companys first lunar space tourist will be.

SpaceX has signed the worlds first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space, SpaceX said on its website.

Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history. No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972.

01:20

Fireball spotted over Nova Scotia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Anyone in Nova Scotia who happened to be looking at the night sky at the right time on Thursday evening would have gotten quite a show. Dozens of skygazers took to social media after a large, glowing ball was spotted above most of the Maritimes, and as far south as Maine to ask a similar question - what the heck was that? According to David Lane, director of the Burke-Gaffney Observatory at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, the glowing ball was a particularly bright meteor known as a fireball. "(It) results from a chunk of rock that once orbited around the sun called a meteoroid," Lane told The Chronicle Herald. "The Earth got in its way and it and it burns up in the atmosphere," Lane told The Chronicle Herald.

01:18

Beyond Prisons Episode 28: Prison Strike 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Jared Ware joins episode 28 of Beyond Prisons to discuss this years prison strike.

Recorded in the midst of the strike on August 30, co-hosts Brian Sonenstein and Kim Wilson have a conversation with Ware about the strikes progress, as well as the challenges of organizing and why the press is woefully unprepared to report on the action.


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01:18

Talk Nation Radio: George Monbiot on a New Politics "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

George Monbiot is an author, columnist for the Guardian newspaper and environmental campaigner. Among his books and projects are Feral: rewilding the land, sea, and human life; The Age of Consent; Heat: how to stop the planet burning and the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness. Georges latest book is Out of the Wreckage: a new politics for an age of crisis. We discuss this excellent book, and I ask George my usual question: How do you discuss U.S. budgets and public policies without ever mentioning military spending?

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01:18

Sign On: Urge President Obrador To Investigate Human Rights Abuses, Free Political Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President-Elect Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador has shown interest in proposing an Amnesty Law with a final goal of national reconciliation and peace. In Mexico there exist political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, a result of repression by neoliberal governments to quieten political dissidence and the struggle for justice that has, to a greater or lesser extent, provided fertile ground for a greater democracy in Mexico. Currently, the fabrication of crimes and torture, arbitrary detentions and extrajudicial killings still prevail with total impunity. Persecution and forced displacement take place daily, deeds that wound the lives of hundreds of Mexican families and impede a transition to democracy even now.

01:16

Deep State Unmasked: State Dept on Hidden Cam "Resist Everything" "I Have Nothing to Lose" "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

Project Veritas has released the first installment in an undercover video series unmasking the deep state. The video features a State Department employee, Stuart Karaffa, engaged in radical socialist political activity on the taxpayer's dime while advocating for government resistance. Stuart Karaffa is also a ranking member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America (Metro DC DSA.) Stuart Karaffa is just the first federal government employee that Project Veritas has filmed in an undercover series unmasking the deep state. More video reports are to be released soon. Featured in this video are: Richard Manning of https://www.firetheswamp.comBill Marshall of https://www.judicialwatch.org

01:15

Police Reveal Surveillance of Activists In Tweet About Recent Explosions, Then Commit Obstruction "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aaron Kesel The Massachusetts State Police shared the extent of damage of the gas explosion spreading across Merrimack Valley. But in the process they also shared...

01:13

Teen Vogue: your mainstream source for radical leftist politics "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Without doing any research whatsoever, I believe Teen Vogue to be some kind of a fashion magazine targeting teenagers that is probably related to Vogue magazine. So it is not exactly the type of place one would expect to find a very cool, well written, and succinct anarchist primer.

This is something you would never see in respectable mainstream or center-left media. I get the feeling that they detest having to report on the likes of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, both of whom are far more palatable than any anarchist (with the possible exception of David Graeber). Unfortunately for them, with the failures of centrist liberalism leading to many shifting leftward, they are increasingly forced to take notice.

Despite this increased popularity, if you consider trash political festivals or op-eds in prestige mainstream media, youll rarely, if ever, see prominent socialist/communist/anarchist thinkers being featured. As douchebags like Malcolm Gladwell cry about deplatforming the likes of Steve Bannon, you can rest assured that they could not care less about representation coming from the other side of the political spectrum.

But its easy to understand one of the reasons why the left is ignored or reluctantly tolerated when theres enough of them making noise. While the far-right merely wants to use the institutions for their ends emblematic of this is how cozy they are with the police the far left is a threat to those very entities. Different strands are more likely to want to smash it all in order to build something better.

Getting back to the Teen Vogue article, the nature of its very existence highlights the truism that capitalists will absolutely sell you the ideological ropes to hang them with because they do not foresee you actually being able to do so. On the other hand, anticapitalists (which I believe the author to be) arent averse to using capitalism to spread their propaganda. This leads to the idea of whether or not the masters tools can be used to dismantle the masters house. For slavery in the antebellum south sure. Take the masters gasoline and matches and destroy his fucking house. For capitalism, such things are...

01:13

What Kavanaugh is accused of is not adolescent drunken high jinks "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Some defenders of Brett Kavanaughs nomination to the US Supreme Court have responded to the allegations that have been leveled against him by arguing, like senator Orrin Hatch does, that this was youthful behavior and that what matters is what kind of person he is now,. But it is important to realize that what is alleged is not drunken high jinks, some casual groping done at a party. What happened was attempted rape that involved isolating, overpowering, and silencing the victim. When Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge are said to have done is take a 15-year old girl Christine Blasey Ford to a closed room and then try to rip off her clothes in order to rape her. It was only her taking a brief opportunity of confusion to lock herself in a bathroom that prevented the rape from taking place. Kavanaugh was 17 years old at the time and in the US many 17-year olds are tried as adults if the crime is serious enough, though whether that is a good thing is a debate for another place and time.

So trying to trivialize the allegations as excusable youthful male misbehavior is wrong. Young men undoubtedly do stupid things but attempted rape goes way beyond the normal boundaries that are covered by that escape clause. Furthermore, Kavanaugh himself has closed that possible exit hatch. When this story first emerged he did not say, for example, that while he does not remember this incident in particular because he may have been seriously drunk at the time, if he did do something that may have hurt her, then he apologizes. Instead he has categorically denied that anything of that kind happened or that he has met the accuser at all. As Charles P. Pierce explains, a categorical denial is dangerous territory and is usually something that people avoid since it leaves little room for backtracking later if new information emerges that contradicts even a part of the defense.

In short, if Fords claims are seen as credible, then Kavanaugh is lying now and that should disqualify him. I think the accuser is credible. Apart from the fact that she told her therapist and husband about this back in 2012, bringing an allegation of sexual harassment, abuse, and attempted rape against powerful figures is always very difficult for the accuser. It is hard to imagine why she would risk her comfortable, successful, and seemingly placid personal and professional life to be thrust into this maelstrom by making a false allegation that could ruin her life forever. The inevitable smear campaigns against her are already in full swing as you can see......

01:12

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Teddy Roosevelt wanted Indian people to disappear "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Teddy Roosevelt may be more responsible than most for the denigration of the powerful indigenous tribe that he called the Sioux.

01:12

A European Court Just Ruled NSA Surveillance Practices Violate Human Rights "IndyWatch Feed World"

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the U.K.s GCHQ spy agency is in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights with its mass surveillance programs. The court ultimately found that these activities violate the family and privacy rights of British and European citizens, and this assertion ultimately includes a rejection of the United States activities considering GCHQ has obtained much of its data from the NSA.

Though the court stopped short of saying intelligence sharing between agencies like GCHQ, NSA, and members of the Five Eyes spying alliance violate the human rights convention, it said using such intelligence sharing to bypass restrictions on surveillance of a member states own citizens would be a violation of the charterArs Technica summarized. (In a 2015 ruling, a U.K. court ruled intelligence sharing did, in fact, violate European law).

The Guardian clarified the ruling, which found some activities are in violation of the charter but maintained others are not:

By a majority of five to two votes, the Strasbourg judges found that GCHQs bulk interception regime violated article 8 of the European convention on human rights, which guarantees privacy, because there were said to be insufficient safeguards, and rules governing the selection of related communications data were deemed to be inadequate.

The regime used by the UK government for sharing intelligence with foreign governments did not violate either article 8 or article 10, which guarantees freedom of speech. Not was there any evidence, the judges said, to suggest that the intelligence services wer...

01:12

A step back from the brink in Idlib,Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Yesterday Russian Pres. Putin & Turkish Pres. Erdogan agreed on a demilitarized zone of 20 kilometers-12.4 miles- separating Syrian troops from al Qaeda militants in Idlib Province, Syria. Russian & Turkish troops will enforce the zone. All military arms & ammo are to be removed. Idlib people will be allowed to enter the zone then go to other areas of Syria. At least it's a step back from the brink of an expanded war in Syria.

01:11

Trump Imposes New Tariffs on Chinese Goods "IndyWatch Feed World"

In the escalating US-China Trade war, US President Donald Trump announced 10% tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, which are to come into effect on September 24th.

Nearly 200 pages long, the list covers almost 6,000 individual items. Some are quite common, such as coal, printing ink, pneumatic tires and spark plugs. Others are more exotic, from live eels and frogs legs to rail locomotives and chandeliers.

This comes in addition to tariffs on approximately $53 billion of Chinese goods. China retaliated with tariffs on $53 billion of US goods.

Trump also threatened for the tariffs to be raised to 25% in 2019 if no deal is reached to ease trade tensions between the countries. He also threatened of tariffs on another roughly $267 billion more if China retaliated against the US action.

On September 18th, China said that Trump had forced its hand and that there would be a retaliation, as announced by a Chinese Commerce Ministry Statement.

The brief statement gave no details on Chinas plans, but Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing later that the U.S. steps had brought new uncertainty to talks between the two countries.

China has always emphasized that the only correct way to resolve the China-U.S. trade issue is via talks and consultations held on an equal, sincere and mutually respectful basis. But at this time, everything the United States does does not give the impression of sincerity or goodwill, he added. Geng said he would not comment on hypotheticals such as what measures Beijing might consider apart from tariffs on U.S. products, saying only that details would be released at the appropriate time.

Fang Xinghai, vice chairman of Chinas securities regulator, also claimed that China wouldnt cave in to these latest tariffs.

Speaking at the port city of Tianjin, Fang criticised Trumps negotiating strategy, saying: President Trump is a hard-hitting businessman, and he tries to put pressure on China, so he can get concessions from our negotiations. I think that kind of tactic is not going to work with China.

He also added that he hopes the two sides can talk but warned that the latest US move has poisoned the atmosphere, as cited by Reuters.

In August 2018, China unveiled a proposed list of tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods ranging from liquefied natural gas to certain types of aircraft should Washington activate the tariffs on its $200 billion list.

China is also reviewing plans to send a delegation to Washington for fresh talks in light of the US action, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday, citing a government source in Beijing.

The price of oil dipped after the announcement of th...

01:11

Russia blames Israel for the shooting down of her EW aircraft (UPDATED 2x) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

It is pretty clear what took place yesterday night.  Even if you dont read Russian, the following chart released by the Russian Ministry of Defense says it all: Basically, 4

01:10

Linux kernel: potential local priviledge escalation bug in vmacache code "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Davidlohr Bueso on Sep 18

Hi,

A potential local priviledge escalation bug was reported in the vmacache code dealing with 32-bit sequence number
overflows, introduced in v3.16 by 6b4ebc3a9078 (mm,vmacache: optimize overflow system-wide flushing). The change
introduces a "fastpath" which skips the invalidation on overflows for single threads (mm_users == 1), which can lead to
a use-after-free. As reported:
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[A starts as a singlethreaded process]
A: create...

01:10

The global financial reset has already begun, and President Trump is actually working to accelerate it "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The global financial reset has already begun, and President Trump is actually working to accelerate it by Ken Schortgen Shotgun Economics When the topic of a global currency or financial reset come to the forefront, there are two specific...

The post The global financial reset has already begun, and President Trump is actually working to accelerate it appeared first on The Daily Coin.

01:09

Security updates for Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Security updates have been issued by Fedora (ghostscript, icu, nspr, nss, nss-softokn, nss-util, and okular), Red Hat (java-1.7.1-ibm, java-1.8.0-ibm, OpenStack Platform, openstack-neutron, and openstack-nova), and Ubuntu (clamav and php5, php7.0, php7.2).

01:09

Utilities Have A Problem: The Public Wants 100% Renewable Energy, And Quick "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Renewable energy is hot. It has incredible momentum, not only in terms of deployment and costs but in terms of public opinion and cultural cachet. To put it simply: Everyone loves renewable energy. Its cleaner, its high-tech, its new jobs, its the future. And so more and more big energy customers are demanding the full meal deal: 100 percent renewable energy. The Sierra Club notes that so far in the US, more than 80 cities, five counties, and two states have committed to 100 percent renewables. Six cities have already hit the target. The group RE100 tracks 144 private companies across the globe that have committed to 100 percent renewables, including Google, Ikea, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Nike, GM, and, uh, Lego.

01:08

Self-Driving Cars Can Handle Neither Rain nor Sleet nor Snow "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Via: Bloomberg: As things stand today, the driverless car of the future cant handle more than a dusting of snow. Its a known problem in the field, and vaguely embarrassing when the end result is supposed to be robots sophisticated enough to navigate the uncertainties of traffic and improve on lackluster human perception. In Boston, []

01:07

2 Steve Jobs anecdotes, and one of my favorite Steve Jobs pictures The Loop

Kabir Chibber, writing for Quartz, culled two Steve Jobs anecdotes, one from the Wired Oral History of Infinite Loop, and the other from Walter Isaacsons Steve Jobs biography.

But what I really loved about the Quartz post was that image of Steve from 1999, clutching a brand new (what I believe to be) iBook 3G, with a big, proud smile on his face. Theres something so genuine about that smile, a real sense of pride and accomplishment.

Read this on The Loop

01:05

Powerful Android and iOS Spyware Found Deployed in 45 Countries "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

One of the world's most dangerous Android and iPhone spyware program has been found deployed against targets across 45 countries around the world over the last two years, a new report from Citizen Lab revealed. The infamous spyware, dubbed Pegasus, is developed by NSO Groupan Israeli company which is mostly known for selling high-tech surveillance tools capable of remotely cracking into

01:04

EU Does Nothing To Stop US Meddling In Its Elections "IndyWatch Feed War"

EU Does Nothing To Stop US Meddling In Its Elections

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01:00

Marco Rubio Asks DOJ To Look Into John Kerrys Actions With Iran "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Why have the Logan Act at all if youre not going to do anything about it? And beyond that, FARA and other laws that may apply. The question has never really been pressed because before the Obama administration, no one would have imagined doing this and getting away with it. Via Fox News: Sen. Marco []

01:00

Going after your wallet in the name of climate change: Bloomberg awards grant to Seattle to study traffic congestion pricing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The city of Seattle like many west coast, progressive run cities has many, many problems (homelessness, needles left on the streets, open drug use, feces and urination on the streets, increased crime due to lack of enforcement, etc.). Continue reading

01:00

Cochranes HPV Vaccine Review Not What Its Cracked Up To Be: Conflicts Of Interest Undermine It "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

HPV vaccine safety: Cochrane launches urgent investigation into review after criticisms apparently materialized due to the dogged determination of independent vaccine information/data researchers who knew the factual science, not consensus science which now, unfortunately, is considered real science, but kept demanding review and retraction.

Ever since the formerly prestigiously regarded Cochrane Library or Cochrane Collaborative published what has become a highly controversial review of the HPV vaccine in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), there have been constant demands for recalling that review due to apparent obvious conflicts of interest and other apparent ethical concerns.

That HPV article saga is long-winded, plus rather long-lived, so I will direct readers to this article About the Cochrane HPV Controversy, which can explain it so I dont have to belabor readers with a long-winded version.

Another resource for that evidence-based medicine controversys history is The HPV Vaccine: A Critique of a Critique of a Meta-Analysis.

However, one intrepid independent vaccine data researcher, Elizabeth M. Hart of Adelaide, South Australia, kept insisting the BMJ retract or withdraw the article published, and periodically submitted reams of documentation as to why.

Apparently, the Cochrane Library started a second review:

According to...

00:58

Russian Duma gives second nod to bill criminalizing the spreading of fake news "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Russian Lower House has passed, in the second and main reading, a bill criminalizing the persistent spreading of false or illegal reports in mass media with punishments varying from heavy fines to up to one year in custody. The bill outlawing the spreading of fake news was drafted in May by several lawmakers from parliamentary majority party United Russia. The sponsors of the motion explained its necessity by the fact that the existing legal measures often prove to be ineffective against liars and slanderers - even when they get a court order to delete and refute false information they can easily ignore it and simply pay the relatively small fines (between 1000 and 5000 rubles or $14 to $74).

00:56

3D comparison of the Apple iPhone XS Max and the iPhone 8 Plus The Loop

Follow these steps:

  • Jump to the site hotspot3d.com. That will show you the current default, comparing the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. Tap and drag to rotate the rendered images. Be sure to go left/right and up/down.
  • Once youre done playing, tap the Apple iPhone XS label (upper left corner), then tap the iPhone 8 Plus. You should then return to the main screen, with the iPhone XS Max and iPhone 8 Plus, side-by-side. Rotate as you like.

This is an interesting tool, but it makes a specific point. The iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone XS Max are almost identical in size (the Max is actually just a smidge smaller), but the Max has a much, much larger screen, even taking the notch into account.

Enjoy.

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00:55

Sen. Susan Collins pro-choice record threatened "IndyWatch Feed World"

Brett Kavanaugh and Sen. Susan Collins

Brett Kavanaugh and Sen. Susan Collins (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)


After a tumultuous week of Senate hearings, Brett Kavanaughs Supreme Court confirmation could hinge on the swing votes of two moderate Republicans.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski from Alaska and Sen. Susan Collins from Maine could vote against party lines to keep Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on Kavanaughs confirmation Thursday, but amid recent sexual assault allegations against the judge, the vote is postponed. 

Among the many issues discussed during last weeks confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh was repeatedly questioned about his stance on abortion and Roe v. Wade, a landmark Supreme Court decision that granted women the constitutional right to abortions.

Kavanaugh acknowledged that Roe v Wade is precedent, but refused to answer whether hed overturn the decision if appointed to the Court.

Of the two swing voters, Collins has received much attention since she is one of few pro-choice Republicans.

Following her election in 1996, Collins publically supported Roe v. Wade, voted against anti-abortion policies numerous times and received thousands of dollars from pro-abortion rights groups and individuals.

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00:54

Daily Digest 9/18 - The Age Of Flux, Is The Shale Showdown Overblown? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Daily Digest 9/18 - The Age Of Flux, Is The S
  • Survey highlights tensions in public attitudes toward science
  • The Han-opticon
  • China Strikes $60 Billion of U.S. Goods in Growing Trade War
  • The Age Of Flux
  • Judge to Georgia voting officials: Youre terrible at digital security
  • Is The Shale Slowdown Overblown?
  • 2100, and the Fundamental Fallacy of Climate Change Predictions
  • UN report identifies where global harvests will rise and fall by 2050

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The Genius of Muhammad "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Genius of Muhammad
In order to understand Islam, we must understand its prophet, Muhammad. There were two Muhammads, with two characters. In Mecca, Muhammad preached and exhorted people to submit to Islam. In Medina, he used the threat of the sword to compel people to convert to Islam. Meccan contemporaries passed a very harsh judgment on him. They []

00:53

Fired Anti-Trump FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to Publish Book Comparing President Trump to Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Fired anti-Trump FBI Deputy Drector Andrew McCabe has written a book, to be published December 4 by St. Martins Press, with a theme that compares President Trump as a threat to the nation on par with terrorists. The books title is, The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.

Andrew McCabe.

St. Martins, which is also publishing Stormy Daniels book next month, issued a press release Tuesday about the book that includes a quote from McCabe trashing Trump:

I wrote this book because the presidents attacks on me symbolize his
destructive effect on the country as a whole. He is undermining Americas safety and security, and
eroding public confidence in its institutions. His attacks on the most crucial institutions of government,
and on the professionals who serve within them, should make every American stand up and take notice.

Full text of the St. Martins press release:

Andrew McCabe will publish a book entitled THE THREAT: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump with St. Martins Press on December 4, 2018, it was announced today by Jennifer Enderlin, Executive Vice President and Publisher of St. Martins. North American publishing rights were acquired by St. Martins Press Vice President and Editor in Chief, George Witte, from literary agents David Granger and Todd Shuster of Aevitas Creative Management, who represent the author. The book will be available in hardcover, ebook, and audio formats.

On March 16, 2018, just 26 hours before his scheduled retirement from the organizati

00:50

Spirit Led Activism The True Power of the People "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Spirit Led Activism The True Power of the People by Julian Rose  Activist Post As the world is driven into a state of chaos by a combination of top-down despotism and bottom-up politically correct pacifism, seekers of the path sit in...

The post Spirit Led Activism The True Power of the People appeared first on The Daily Coin.

00:49

Celia Barqun: European golf champion murdered in Iowa "IndyWatch Feed War"

A man has been charged with murder, hours after prominent Spanish golfer Celia Barqun Arozamena was found dead on an Iowa golf course.

Barqun, 22, won the European Ladies Amateur championship in July and was a leading student athlete at Iowa State University.

Golfers at the Coldwater Golf Links in Ames discovered an unattended golf bag on the course early on Monday.

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Barqun was found dead by police a short distance away.

Police in the Iowa city of Ames said they had determined that Barqun died following an assault.

Collin Daniel Richards, also 22, has been charged with her murder, police say. He has no known address, according to their statement.

Who was Celia Barqun?

Originally from Puente San Miguel in Spain, Barqun was finishing her degree in civil engineering this semester, the university said.

During her time in the US, she rose to prominence as a young golfer and was named Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. She had also missed the first few weeks of university life in Iowa while participating in the Youth Olympic Games in China.

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00:49

The High Court case which could reveal the DUP's secret Brexit donors "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

The Good Law Project is taking the Electoral Commission to court to find out who was behind a huge donation that paid for Leave campaigning.

The DUP Brexit advert in the Metro

Someone gave the Democratic Union Party 435,000 before the Brexit referendum in 2016. But we dont know who. Now a campaigning barrister is taking the Electoral Commission to court to force out the truth.

Last week in the High Court, senior barrister Jolyon Maugham won a case against the Electoral Commission and Vote Leave one of the two official campaigns in the referendum. The court ruled that a donation from Vote Leave to Brexit campaigner Darren Grimes should have been counted as expenditure for Vote Leave and not Grimes independent campaign. This is because the money was paid directly to AggregateIQ, a political data marketing company that was supposed to be working for Grimes campaign. The extra expenditure means that Vote Leave broke the laws relating to how much the campaigns were allowed to spend.

Now Maughams non-profit organisation, the Good Law Project, is arguing that the same logic must also apply to the Constitutional Research Council, the body that gave the 435,000 donation to the Democratic Unionist Party, as revealed here on openDemocracy. More than half the money went on a DUP advert in the Metro newspaper, which ran in England, Scotland and Wales, but not Northern Ireland and earlier this year, an investigation by BBC Northern Ireland revealed that Richard Cook, the chairman of the CRC, had personally placed that advert.

Maugham will argue that because the CRC placed the advert directly themselves, the DUP donation ought, in fact, to be counted as expenditure by the CRC, in the same way that Vote Leave's gift to Grimes has now been counted as expenditure. And while the DUP has been allowed to hide behind Northern Irish donor secrecy laws, Richard Cook lives in Glasgow.

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00:49

More Elon Musk Twitter fallout: Tesla stock sinks on DOJ reports "IndyWatch Feed World"

Shares of Tesla cratered today.

Whats the opposite of a gift that keeps on giving?

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00:49

10 Years After The Start Of The Great Recession, Black And Asian Households Have Yet To Recover Lost Income "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Todays Census Bureau report on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in 2017 shows that while all race and ethnic groups shared in the growth in median household incomes during the previous two years, that trend abruptly ended for African American households in 2017. Real median incomes were basically flat among African Americans (from $40,339 to $40,258) and down among Asians (from $83,182 to $81,331), but up 3.7 percent (from $48,700 to $50,486) among Hispanics, and 2.6 percent (from $66,440 to $68,145) among non-Hispanic whites. The decline in Asian household incomes was not statistically significant. As a result of stalled income growth among African Americans, recent progress in closing the black-white income gap over the last couple years has been reversed.

00:47

The Donald in Wonderland: Down the Financial Rabbit Hole With Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed World"

Once upon a time, there was a little-known energy company called Enron. In its 16-year life, it went from being dubbed Americas most innovative company by Fortune Magazine to being the poster child of American corporate deceit. Using a classic recipe for book-cooking, Enron ended up in bankruptcy with jail time for those involved. Its shareholders lost $74 billion in the four years leading up to its bankruptcy in 2001.

A decade ago, the flameout of my former employer, Lehman Brothers, the global financial firm, proved far more devastating, contributing as it did to a series of events that ignited a global financial meltdown. Americans lost an estimated $12.8 trillion in the havoc.

Despite the differing scales of those disasters, there was a common thread: both companies used financial tricks to make themselves appear so much healthier than they actually were. They both faked the numbers, thanks to off-the-books or offshore mechanisms and eluded investigations until they collapsed.

Since weve never seen his tax returns, right now we really dont know. What we do know is that hes been dodging bullets ever since the Justice Department accused him of violating the Fair Housing Act in his operation of 39 buildings in New York City in 1973. Unlike famed 1920s mob boss Al Capone, he may never get done in by something as simple as tax evasion, but time will tell.

Rest assured of one thing though: he wont go down easily, even if he is already the subject of multiple investigations and a plethora of legal slings and arrows. Of course, his methods should be familiar. As President Calvin Coolidge so famously put it, the business of America is business. And the business of business is to circumvent or avoid the heat until it cant.

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00:47

The problem with singling out anti-Semitism on the Left "IndyWatch Feed War"

This article originally appeared on Truthout.org on September 16, 2018.

A sentiment I hear frequently articulated in some progressive Jewish spaces is that the left needs to be more concerned about anti-Semitism. This view posits that the left has not been sufficiently sensitive to recognizing and addressing Jewish suffering and anti-Semitism.

As a Jew who identifies as being part of the left, I have two main concerns with this formulation. For one, it is unclear who exactly is being referred to here (sometimes the description is non-Jewish leftists). Do people mean feminists of color who are organizing for racial justice? Prison abolition groups? Mostly white anti-racist groups? Immigrant rights organizers? Everyone in all those categories? I am not sure why the left, which has so many layers and dimensions to it, is lumped together as all being insensitive to Jews.

A second and bigger problem I have with this framing is why anti-Semitism is being singled out as a particular problem in cases where other injustices arent mentioned. I fully appreciate that these discussions come at a particular moment in which we are seeing an upsurge in anti-Semitism amongst white supremacists in this country. However, the way anti-Semitism is called out as a particular problem suggests that the left is more prone to being insensitive to anti-Semitism than it is, for example, to Islamophobia (or that it is more likely to lack compassion for Jews than for Muslims). What about classism as another of many examples of a real problem in some left spaces? Since the social justice communities that many of us are part of exist within the context of a broader society ripe with all forms of injustice, we will invariably see some, if not much, of that mirrored within our own spaces. Challenging these systems of oppression within our communities demands our attention, and this includes (but is not limited to) addressing anti-Semitism.

The arguments about anti-Semitism on the left are framed from a position of a commitment to racial justice and I have no doubt that commitment is often true. But I believe that singling out anti-Semitism specifically in this way ends up feeding into a false and distorted narrative, which claims that nobody (on the left or otherwise) understands anti-Semitism or Jewish suffering.

It seems that there are a few things at work that promote this narrative. One is that, as the Palestinian and global call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) becomes more prominent and pervasive in social justice communities, and as Zionism becomes more fully recognized as one of the many injustices that needs to be challenged, supporters of Israel increasingly conflate anti-Zionism with being insensitive (or worse) to Jews...

00:45

Researchers: Users allowed to access infected sites found through search engines "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Users are largely allowed to access infected websites found through search engines, according to new research published Tuesday.Security firm SiteLock scanned more than 6 million of their clients sites during the second quarter of 2018.The firm...

00:45

Was Stephen Paddocks hotel room window broken out after his reported death? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Video footage captured near the Las Vegas strip at 12:23 a.m. on the night of the 1 October shooting appears to show some type of fiery explosion emitting from the alleged shooter Stephen Paddocks 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay suite.

In the video, a flash can be seen coming from room 32-135.

The fiery explosion happens at 12:23 a.m. which is nearly one hour after SWAT breached the room and reported Paddock to be dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Jay K. noted in the videos comment section that it appears to be a possible thermite flash.

Pastor MO commented: Strangely after the extra 29 sec blast. Right before the blast the cop whispers decoy??? Whats that about! I knew that window wasnt broken earlier!!!

An Intellihub article from May 2 clearly proves there was no broken window at the time of breach.

Please comment below and share this report far and wide. Send this to your elected officials. We need to demand an independent investigation.

The post Was Stephen Paddocks hotel room window broken out after his reported death? appeared first on Intellihub.

00:44

2019: DAVID MARK. SARAKI SPLIT N-CENTRAL, NASS. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The emergence of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and his predecessor, Senator David Mark, in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, More

00:43

Family Values Senator Sentenced to 15 Years for Child Sex Trafficking and Child Porn "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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An Oklahoma state senator has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison after he was caught with horrific child porn and sex trafficking an underage boy.

The post Family Values Senator Sentenced to 15 Years for Child Sex Trafficking and Child Porn appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

00:43

Out of the ruins of Oslo, a democratic state of all its citizens can be born "IndyWatch Feed War"

A new model is gaining momentum, under which Palestinians and Israeli Jews could live under an egalitarian regime built on the ruins of apartheid

00:42

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max show huge speed AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon speed increase The Loop

Check this tweet from Speedsmart.net. In particular, take a look at this image:

For each carrier, the top part of the image is the download (top) and upload (bottom) speed of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max (I read this as, both models have identical speeds).

Below that set of bars is a smaller set which show the speeds for the iPhone X. These are tremendous speed increases. Id love to see some verification of these tests from other iPhone X and iPhone XS users, but if these results are accurate, and mobile speed is an issue for you, thats a compelling reason to upgrade.

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00:37

Why is autumn air so wonderful? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I can't tell you how many people have commented to me the last few days about the wonderful quality of the air they are breathing.   Some are almost exultant, describing their pleasure in inhaling air that is brisk, clean, and cool---just perfect.    It is true--their is something about autumn air that is wonderful. 

So let's check on some of the characteristics of the air we are enjoying today.


First, it is clean---really clean--with the smoke of summer a distant memory.

For example, the particulate level (PM2.5 small particles that are bad for your lungs) is way down, as low as it goes around here (see plot since June 1 below).  Other pollutants, like low-level ozone, are also down.


With a lack of particles, the sky has been very blue, when the clouds were not there.  The image from the Seattle Space Needle Panocam shows the azure skies.  Blue skies and sun are a psychological plus, even for cloud-accustomed Northwesteners.


What about relative humidity?  According to a number of studies, the optimal relative humidity range for human health is around 40-60%, with low relative humidity promoting flu and breathing problems.  No problem.  Ou relative humidities the past few days have rarely dropped below 50% and have been around 50-60% every afternoon! (see plot below for the past 12 weeks)
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00:36

Delusional: Poroshenko thinks ineffective year-old 'association agreement' with EU is 'victory over Moscow' "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Ukrainian president, Pyort Poroshenko, described the year old agreement of association between Ukraine and the European Union as a "victory over Russia". The Ukrainian leader made such a statement during the forum of the international organization Yalta European Strategy that took place in Kiev. These remarks come as Poroshenko looks for reasons that voters should re-elect him in upcoming elections. "I can see that we have defeated Russia, and for more than a year the association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union has entered into force. The EU's share of exports ranges from 42 to 43%, rapidly approaching 50% which considerably offsets the losses caused by Russia," Poroshenko wrote on his Twitter account. Over the past few years Kiev has been pursuing a policy of replacing imports of Russian-made products. Meanwhile, data from the Russian Federal Customs Service previously indicated that the volume of trade between Russia and Ukraine in the period between January and May 2018 was $5.838 billion, with an increase of 28.7% over the previous year. In addition, according to the State Statistics Office of Ukraine, Russia is the largest investor in the Ukrainian economy, having contributed with 36% of all foreign investment in Ukraine.

00:35

ACLU accuses Facebook of allowing employers to exclude women from seeing jobs ads "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The ACLU is accusing Facebook of illegally allowing its advertisers to place job ads that engaged in gender discrimination.The civil liberties group, along with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the law firm Outten and Golden LLP,...

00:32

Catalan National Day: free speech under threat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Otherwise mainstream politicians have stacked the deck against any possibility of negotiating over legitimate political demands. The Spanish judiciary meanwhile turns the law on its head to quench dissent.

lead Catalan National Day celebrations, September 11, 2018.Nr Photo?prss Association. All rights reserved.

In the United States, the protection of speech can be traced back to the foundation of the country, hence its prominent and purposeful inclusion as part of the first amendment to the Constitution. Over the course of two hundred plus years that freedom has been tested, and political and civil society leaders from different generations from George Washington to Frederick Douglass to Cesar Chavez worked to ensure the tradition of speaking truth to power remains a pillar of the American Republic.

An opposite approach has been taken in Spain, where current law treats peaceful protest as a public security concern, assigns heavy fines for acts of civil disobedience and criminalizes speech online, giving security services extraordinary powers, while limiting citizen protections.

Broadly condemned by the UN special rapporteur charged with protecting freedom of peaceful assembly, the New York Times Editorial Board summed up the most infamous of recent laws restricting basic freedoms by saying it had no place in a democratic nation, where Spaniards, as citizens of the European Union, have more than a virtual right to peaceful, collective protest.

As political tensions have risen between...

00:31

Trump Ramps up Pressure in US-China Trade War "IndyWatch Feed War"

Summary

US President Donald Trump is ramping up the pressure in his ongoing trade war with China.

The US administration has slapped a new 10 percent duty on about $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. The new tariffs will come into effect next week and are scheduled to increase to 25% at the beginning of 2019, unless of course a deal is reached by then.

The new announcement comes in addition to the $50 billion of tariffs already being applied to Chinese imports, including steel, aluminum, vehicles, and various high-technology inputs.

China is expected to retaliate, with scheduled trade talks in Washington DC being a likely first casualty of the new escalation. Yet given that Beijing has already slapped duties on most US exports, the Chinese leadership will be forced to get creative this time in its efforts to punish the Trump administration.

The post Trump Ramps up Pressure in US-China Trade War appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

00:31

iPhone XS and XR work even when theres no battery left The Loop

The headline overstates this a bit, but even so, this is absolutely worth knowing.

Chris Smith, BGR:

When Apple unveiled the new iPhones last week, it revealed that all of them support a feature called Express Cards with power reserve, without really explaining what it was.

Its a brand new iPhone feature that will let you use the NFC chip even when the battery life is dead. It might not sound like a big deal, but if youre using your iPhone to pay for transit, or get access to your building, then it really is.

The details are laid out in Apples iOS Security Guide:

If iOS isnt running because iPhone needs to be charged, there may still be enough power in the battery to support Express Card transactions.

Supported iPhone devices automatically support this feature with:

  • A transit card designated as the Express Transit card
  • Student ID cards with Express Mode turned on

Pressing the side button displays the low battery icon as well as text indicating Express Cards are available to use. The NFC controller performs express card transactions under the same conditions as when iOS is running, except that transactions are indicated with only haptic notification. No visible notification is shown.

This feature isnt available when a standard user initiated shutdown is performed.

The idea of being able to use your Student ID to get back in your dorm room when your phone is dead is a brilliant little detail. Im guessing there are other NFC use cases that apply here as well.

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00:30

President Trump Directs The Immediate Declassification Of Certain FISA, DOJ & FBI Documents "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Catherine J. Frompovich Is the you know what about to hit the fan? Pursuant to copyright law, the material below is licensed under Creative...

00:30

Maxine Waters On Trump And Pence: Knock Off The First One, And Then Go After The Second One "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Maxine Waters: There are those who say, What if we get rid of him? Then weve got that Vice President and hell be worse. I say knock off the first one and then go after the second one. pic.twitter.com/VvwHEZQLg6 Wired Sources (@WiredSources) September 17, 2018 Secret Service really needs to have a strong chat []

00:29

Meet Haitis Founding Father, Whose Black Revolution Was Too Radical For Thomas Jefferson "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Crowds cheered as local lawmakers on August 18 unveiled a street sign showing that Rogers Avenue in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn would now be called Jean-Jacques Dessalines Boulevard, after a Haitian slave turned revolutionary general. When Dessalines declared Haitis independence from France in 1804 after a 13-year slave uprising and civil war, he became the Americas first black head of state. Supporting the French colonial perspective, leaders across the Americas and Europe immediately demonized Dessalines. Even in the United States, itself newly independent from Britain, newspapers recounted horrific stories of the final years of the Haitian Revolution, a war for independence that took the lives of some 50,000 French soldiers and over 100,000 black and mixed-race Haitians.

00:28

Europes Refugee Scandal "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Long-term educational and employment needs have historically been severely undervalued in humanitarian planning. But, as much as refugees need proper food, shelter, and health care today, they also need the knowledge and tools to build new lives and contribute to society tomorrow, whether in their home country or in a new one.

00:28

My Fifty Years with Uri Avnery "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Adam Keller - SUMMER OF '69. Avnerys party challenged old, rotten Israeli establishment parties, opposed religious coercion and advocated for separation of religion and state.

00:28

The Dalai Lamas Remarks on Migrants follow a CIA, Nazi and Slavery-linked History "IndyWatch Feed War"

This past week the 14th Dalai Lama, Tibets 83-year old self-declared spiritual leader in exile, made controversial remarks at a press conference in Malm recognizing the 80th anniversary of the founding of Individual Humanitarian Aid, a Swedish development and philanthropic assistance program that took in Buddhist refugees after the Chinese annexed Tibet in 1959. His comments came as he addressed the European migrant crisis and his choice of words immediately sparked criticism because they seemed to express an attitude typically shared by the European Unions far right. With the exception of his detractors, the views he expressed to most were unexpected coming from a monk known for preaching enlightenment and inner peace around the globe. His Holiness, AKA Tenzin Gyatso, stated:

Recently large numbers of refugees, many from the Middle East, have fled to Europe in fear for their lives. They have been given shelter and support, but the long-term solution should include providing training and education, particularly for their children, so they can return to rebuild their own countries when peace has been restored.

I think Europe belongs to the Europeans.  Receive them, help them, educate them  but ultimately they should develop their own country.

The comments occurred in Sweden on the heels of the countrys own shocking general election results which saw an impressive 18% performance made by the anti-immigrant and right-wing populist party, Sweden Democrats. Their third-place finish took place in the midst of a surge of far right nationalist political gains trending across the EU. Sweden, itself, has taken in tens of thousands of refugees during the influx of immigration in the last few years, a number which the Sweden Democrats have declared they want to halve and 60% of the public in polls wish to see lowered. Unlike far rightists in Eastern Europe or Greeces Golden Dawn, the Sweden Democrats are part of a slick and optical re-branding of ultra nationalism that emphasizes Islamophobia over anti-Semitism, with other examples such as Ukip and Frances Front National. This pragmatic approach has not gone unpunished, however, as Viktor Orban of Hungary just saw his country slapped with sanctions by the European Parliament for enacting measures restricting immigration as the clash between anti-globalists and neo-liberal inclusive capitalists appears to be escalating.

The remarks upset many of the Dalai Lamas adoring fans as he knowingly or unwittingly appeared to be dog-whistling to their supporters. Still, this isnt the first time the Tibetan leader has expressed such views. Along with singing praises for Indias Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in 2016 he stated that Germany had too many refugees during an...

00:26

"Ukraine: A Return to the Original Flashpoint?" "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Might this be next on Vlad Putin's "adventurist" agenda?

00:25

Italy: Muslim migrant hit his teen daughter and threw her against wall for being too Westernized "IndyWatch Feed War"

Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and []

00:24

Where Do We Go from Here? A More Benevolent Stage of 'Civilization' "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Gratitude to Chris Hedges for his prolific and highly insightful writings. Reading and listening to him throughout the years has, in no uncertain terms, opened and extended my critical thinking capacity, significantly in relation to all things American. "Intellectual and moral growth is no less indispensable than material improvement". Victor Hugo, cited Hedges America: The Farewell Tour

00:23

Some Points on Brett Kavanaugh and Why He MUST Be Rejected "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Brett Kavanaugh has a long ugly history in both the executive and judicial branches of the U.S. government in pursuing a reactionary Christian fascist agenda. This proven public record is why his nomination to the Supreme Court should be and must be stopped.

00:23

Corrupt Media Reported on Kavanaugh Accuser 100 Times More than Ellison Accusers Who Actually Filed Police Report "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The liberal mainstream media continues to lose the trust of the American people.
And they have no one to blame but themselves.


Democrat leader and Rep. Keith Ellison with former lover Karen Monagan

As reported in August Rep. Keith Ellisons former lover Karen Monahan hurled scurrilous accusations at the current Deputy Chairman of the Democrat Party.

Karens son accused Democrat Party Deputy Chair Keith Ellison of physically and mentally abusing his mother while they were in a relationship.

Austin Monahan described seeing video of HORRIFIC abuse by Keith Ellison.

Fellow Democrat and Minnesotan running against Ellison in the AG primary, Debra Hilstrom, shared the viral Facebook post and demanded that Ellison address the allegations.

Austin Monahan described seeing video of Keith Ellison Screaming f*cking bitch! and dragging his mother off a bed by her feet!

In the middle of 2017, I was using my moms computer trying to download something and I clicked on a file, I found over 100 text and twitters messages and video almost 2 min long that showed Keith Ellison dragging my mama off the bed by her feet, screaming and calling her a fucking bitch and telling her to get the fuck out of his house.

The Democrat Party Deputy Chairman responded to the shocking abuse allegations in August.

This was followed by a second Minnesota woman who accused Rep. Keith Ellison of domestic vio...

00:22

Germany rolls out worlds first hydrogen train "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Germany on Monday rolled out the worlds first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology.

Two bright blue Coradia iLint trains, built by French TGV-maker Alstom, began running a 100-kilometre (62-mile) route between the towns and cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude in northern Germanya stretch normally plied by .

The worlds first hydrogen train is entering into commercial service and is ready for serial production, Alstom CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge said at an unveiling ceremony in Bremervoerde, the station where the trains will be refuelled with hydrogen.

00:21

BEST OF THE WEB: Russian military plane downed by Syrian missile after attacking Israel's F-16s used it as cover "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Russian military say the Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events, which led to the shooting down of a Russian Il-20 plane by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile. Moscow reserves the right to respond accordingly. On Monday evening four Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked targets in Syria's Latakia after approaching from the Mediterranean, a statement by the Russian defense ministry said on Tuesday. The Israeli warplanes came at a low altitude and "created a dangerous situation for other aircraft and vessels in the region", it said.

00:21

Issues: CBN may be shooting itself in the foot with MTN witch hunt Tunji Andrews "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The debate over the tax compliance of MTN and the alleged illegal transfer of equity through four banks have dominated the tabloids for the last few weeks. The findings were brought to public knowledge when the letters sent by CBN to the four banks in question were released to the public. These accusations have caused []

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00:21

Typhoon Mangkhut reveals biggest plastic polluters of Manila's arterial river "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The same few corporations dominate plastic waste studies in the Philippines and around the world. A massive typhoon has revealed that packaging from local and international brands is choking Manila's arterial river.

00:20

You Said: Hate Speech Is NOT Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed War"

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In an article titled, Is Hate Speech Terrorism, we wrote how the war of words over the use of words is intensifying and dividing us as a nation. Our national correspondent Shireen Qudosi weighed in with a podcast.

We then asked you, our readers, to give us your opinions by answering our poll on the subject.

Is hate speech terrorism?

  • 83.5 percent said, No. You can say what you want. If someone choose to act on your words, thats their issue, not yours.
  • 16.5 percent said, Yes. You are encouraging acts of violence thats tantamount to terror.

 

Here are some of your comments:

Part of the problem is that anyone can define any speech they dislike or disagree with as hate speech, shutting down any further discussion.

The issue is not really about hate speech, its about those with a totalitarian mindset telling people the words they are allowed to use and the ideas they are allowed to have. Its a form of control used by every dictatorship.

Hate speech is only hate speech when someone disagrees with you but hasnt got a valid argument to answer you with.

Free speech is free speech, full stop. Anything less is censorship.

Hate speech is hate speech. Quit trying to associate it with a more serious term or the word terrorism will become meaningless.

This issue of free speech is absolutely gone off the track.  Hate speech is NOT terrorism.  Terrorism requires action.

Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. If we want a free society that solves its problems peacefully we need to adhere to this adage and become a little more thick skinned. Unless you are directly and blatantly inciting violence, you should be able to express all your ideas whether they offend...

00:20

Washingtons Topic du Jour: Anonymous Claim Against Judge Brett Kavanaugh "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Op-Ed by Catherine J. Frompovich Are the current accusations coming out of the woodwork regarding sexual harassment that occurred umpteen years ago akin to shouting...

00:20

German militarism destroys wildlife "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 13 September 2018 from Germany says about itself (translated):

The German Armed Forces [Bundeswehr] are unable to control the moor fire on their test site in Meppen and have now asked for assistance from the German Technical Relief Agency (THW).

According to the Bundeswehr, this affects about six hectares of land.

The moor fire had been triggered in a shooting war game with air-to-ground missiles. Especially with an extreme drought like this summer, something like that can happen, said a spokesman.

The Emsland Conservation League criticizes that the Bundeswehr has tested ammunition in such dry soil conditions. Small animals such as lizards, snakes and insects were bound to be killed by the resulting conflagration. In addition, the atmospheric aerosol particles pollution caused by the fire should not be underestimated.

The Bundeswehr admitted errors this week. Like, this time no aerial firefighting helicopter had been present. We underestimated the danger, said a spokesman. In addition, a special vehicle broke down. To make matters worse, a moorland fire is a special situation for the emergency services. Because the fire can eat deep into the lower layers of the bog. It was a smoldering, a cooking of the vegetation, a Bundeswehr spokesman formulated.

The effects of the fire have been felt in recent days due to strong south-westerly winds, even at a greater distance. After initially people in Oldenburg had complained of smoke smell, the smoke has been smelled in the meantime also in Bremen and in 230 kilometers away Hamburg. On Tuesday afternoon, citizens in both Hanseatic cities had rep...

00:19

Another fine edition of our human books: Living Library #GRWeek18 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

As part of Good Relations Week 2018, Belfast City Council hosted its seventh annual Living Library event, where public visitors come in to borrow a human book a person who sits across from you in a one-to-one storytelling session.

The event organiser, Leish Dolan (Good Relations Officer, Belfast City Council), told us that this series began after coming across The Human Library organisation, by chance. With colleague Anne Deighan, they used their existing contacts and established the first Living Library in 2011; some of these first edition books were available at todays event serial storytellers, one could say.

The Living Library event provides a rewarding opportunity to hear from perspectives that you may not come across in daily life, and to learn from ones personal experience and not a us-versus-them conflict narrative.

From the broad selection of twelve books on offer today, I chose ones with stories of nonconformity, acceptance, reaching out to the other, and adaptation.

More specifically, Linda Ervine told me her story of how a cross-community taster session in the Irish language evolved to the continued interest within the unionist community, as well as criticism from the same (swimming against the tide). We conversed about how Gaelic became weaponised in Northern Ireland and why it need not be.

Anna Lo told me her story of being the odd one out, from both within the Chinese community and beyond. Yet she explained how she overcame others ignorance and stereotypes to become a trusted bridge, providing practical information through her work at the Chinese Welfare Association and highlighting important issues during her tenure as the first ever ethnic minority MLA at the Northern Ireland Assembly. (If you want to learn more, you can buy a real book, her autobiography, The Place I Call Home.)

Alan McBride told me his wonderful story about how his future book will be titled, No More Smoked Salmon. He retains his loyalist, working class roots, and is determined to include the voices of many others in his story. You can read some of these now at a Wave Trauma project, Stories from Silence; a fourth series is planned.

Trevor told me that when he joined the Ulster Defence Association as a teenager, he knew it would end in one of two ways in jail or dead. So when he was arrested and sent to jail, he was partly ready for it; he told me that other young men thought tha...

00:18

Not in our genes/the imagination machine "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

by Jon Rappoport

September 18, 2018

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I once had a geneticist tell me, You know, were going to discover the genes for promiscuity, for anti-social behavior, for compassion, for obesity, hair-loss, anger, and fear. Were going to discover the genes for everything.

He said this with the kind of authority only a scientist can musterbased on no proof at all. Zero proof. Its a talent, to be able to impart blather and make it sound like experimental evidence.

As a reporter for 30 years, Ive spent much time exposing how medical, political, economic, and social realities are imposed on populations, on people. But heres an odd question and and an even odder answer:

Who are people?

Answer: Most people are secret agents.

Their mission? To disguisefirst and foremost, from themselvesthe fact that they have enormous imagination and creative ability.

Achieving this concealment is on the order of blocking out the sun.

It is a complex task of deception. The pretense is multi-layered. One line of defense goes like this: I DONT KNOW WHAT YOURE TALKING ABOUT. ME? IM JUST AN ORDINARY PERSON.

Yes, an ordinary person cast in a role in a stage play.

Lets say Im the director. Okay, Ive cast you in the role.. Now I want you to assume all the characteristics of an average guy. You understand? I dont want any leaks or cracks. You character has to be bulletproof. You grasp what is ordinary, and you are totally ignorant when it comes to what is extraordinary. Got it? MOST OF ALL, YOUR CHARACTER MUST BE DEVOID OF IMAGINATION. Do you think you can handle that?

People do handle it all the time, and they do it beautifully. Brilliantly.

They have their lines down cold. No matter what you throw at them, they can fend it off and leave the impression, for you and for themselves, that they dont know anything about imagination.

For them, imagination is a car in a garage under a thousand tons of concrete and steel. They will never drive it.

They can walk and talk, they can accomplish tasks, they can be entertained, they can have fun, they can even think and solve problems, but they cant create anything. Thats their gig. Their role.

There are a whole lot of people who believe ordinary humans are ordinary because its in their genes; some people are dealt good genes and some arent. This is completely false. I...

00:18

Why Hurricane Florence Could Become A Public Health Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the path of the storm are giant pits filled with coal ash, lagoons swirling with hog manure, Superfund sites and industrial facilities stocked with toxic chemicals. People in the southeastern U.S. are facing life threatening winds and rains from Hurricane Florence. Less obvious, but also of great concern, is the public health threat posed by a variety of contaminated sites located around the region. These include giant pits filled with coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal that contains toxic chemicals like arsenic and lead; lagoons swirling with hog manure from factory farms; hazardous waste dumps known as Superfund sites; and industrial facilities stocked with thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals. Many pollution-filled pits in the region are not as hardened against the potential for storms and other emergencies as the public would expect. Coal ash is a case in point.

00:17

Syrian War Report Russia Holds Israel Responsible for Downing IL 20 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from SouthFront In the evening of September 17, the Syrian province of Latakia came under a large-scale aerial attack, which targeted a power station as well as two facilities belonging to the Syrian military. There were also reports on air strikes in other parts of the country but they were not confirmed. The Syrian state []

00:17

China Retaliates With Tariffs on $60 Billion of U.S. Goods "IndyWatch Feed War"

New tariffs will take effect on Sept. 24 and will apply to 5,207 U.S. products, including farm goods, machinery and chemicals

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin last week invited Chinese officials to Washington for more negotiations on President Trumps tariffs.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin last week invited Chinese officials to Washington for more negotiations on President Trumps tariffs.PHOTO: EVAN VUCCI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Breaking News:

*China Announces New Tariffs on $60 Billion of U.S. Goods, Following Up on Retaliation Pledges

*New Chinese Tariffs Will Take Effect on Sept. 24 and Range From 5% to 10%

*China Pledges to Increase Tariff Rates if U.S. Goes Ahead With Higher Rates in January

*New Chinese Tariffs Applied to 5,207 American Products, Includin...

00:16

Saudi Inc. The Arabian Kingdoms Pursuit of Power and Profit "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ellen R. Walds timely, well-written history of the Saudi national oil company, Saudi Inc. The Arabian Kingdoms Pursuit of Power and Profit (Pegasus Books, 2018), is as much the story of the Saudi oil industry as it is of the ruling Al Saud familys reliance on black gold to ensure the survival of its regime.

In painting a picture of the Al Sauds long-term strategy to build up over decades the know-how and expertise needed to run an oil industry and their determination to ultimately after almost half a century take over ownership in a legal, orderly, commercial transaction, Wald contrasts the kingdoms approach in colourful and painstaking detail with nationalisations as they occurred in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East.

It is also the story of a US government that increasingly saw Saudi oil as crucial to its post-World War Two global military operations and was determined to ensure that American oilmen, despite their arrogant underestimation of Saudis whom they saw as Bedouins and willingness to bend the truth to enhance their profit margins, were sufficiently accommodating to avoid British mistakes in Iran that resulted in nationalization and a US-British backed coup to roll back the Iranian takeover.

Walds book provides essential background for the role that the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, better known as Aramco, plays in Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmans effort to ween the kingdom off its dependency on oil revenues and diversify its economy. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the kingdoms future as one of the worlds foremost oil producers at a time of significant economic change.

Listen | Dr. James Doresy speaks with author Ellen R. Wald on her new book: Saudi Inc. The Arabian Kingdoms Pursuit of Power and Profit

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00:15

Suspending the Constitution: In America Today, the Government Does Whatever It Wants "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By John W. Whitehead That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasnt even any rioting in the streets....

00:15

Renowned photographer Austin Mann takes the iPhone XS camera for a test drive in Zanzibar The Loop

Yesterday, we posted a link to some gorgeous shots taken by former White House Photographer Pete Souza. In the post, we referenced Austin Manns Petapixel post.

Heres a link to the Petapixel post, with some gorgeous shots, dripping with color. Both galleries really do the new iPhone XS camera justice. A worthy upgrade, especially if you are using an iPhone short of the iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus.

Read this on The Loop

00:14

BEST OF THE WEB: Gloves come off: Israel publishes satellite photos of Syrian presidential palace day before downing Russian transport plane "IndyWatch Feed World"

Israel on Monday released photographs taken by its newest spy satellite of sites located deep inside Syria, including Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's palace, in an apparent threat to the regime. The images, taken by the Ofek 11 spy satellite, were released by the Defense Ministry to mark 30 years since Israel's first orbital launch on September 19, 1988. The three photographs released by the ministry showed the Syrian Presidential Palace, also known as the Palace of the People; tanks on a Syrian military base; and the Damascus international airport, which was reportedly targeted by an Israeli missile strike on Saturday night.

00:13

Netherlands: Judge gives light sentence to Muslim migrant who raped girl so he wouldnt lose his residence permit "IndyWatch Feed War"

What could possibly go wrong? Surely Zaman S. will now become a loyal, stable, productive member of Dutch society. Wont he? Afghan rapes mentally disabled girl, judge gives him light sentence so he can stay, translated from Afghaan verkracht zwakbegaafd meisje, rechter straft licht zodat hij kan blijven, The Post Online, September 18, 2018: A []

00:12

Germany: Iraqi suspect in Chemnitz stabbing released "IndyWatch Feed War"

The 22-year-old was detained along with another immigrant on suspicion of stabbing to death a German man in Chemnitz. The suspects lawyer has threatened legal action against those responsible for the unjustified arrest.

    
Karl Marx monument in Chemnitz

An Iraqi man detained over a fatal stabbing of a German man in the eastern German city of Chemnitz has been released after a court hearing.

The 22-year-old was detained along with another immigrant on suspicion of stabbing to death the 35-year-old German man in Chemnitz last month. The killing of Daniel H. triggered large anti-immigrant protests and counter-protests in the eastern German city.

The lawyer for the suspect, Ulrich Dost-Roxin, said the prosecutors could not find any evidence linking his client to the stabbing and that witnesses had not been able to identify him.

Dost-Roxin said he was considering taking legal action against those responsible for the unjustified arrest. His client spent three weeks in detention as the potential case against him was investigated.

The district court, however, refused to lift the arrest warrant against a second suspect, a 23-year-old Syrian man, who has also been taken into custody in the case.

Police are searching for a third suspect in the case.

ap/msh (dpa, Reuters, AFP)

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-iraqi-suspect-in-chemnitz-stabbing-released/a-45543270

00:12

The naked emperor and the new Syria "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

172090_600.jpgThe so-called Syrian Civil War is Syrian in name only. It has seen combatants from scores of countries flooding into the jihadist fanatic armies, while Israel, Turkey, the US, France, the UK, Iran, Russia, the Arab monarchies, they all have meddled, bombarded, funded their own armed proxies and contributed in many ways to destroy the country. Syria is a shame on humanity, seen by everyone as an opportunity to flex their muscles and test each others red lines, limits and capacities. And weve been surprised to see the Russian emperor come out absolutely naked in this power-game.

00:11

Kavanaugh Nomination Must Not Be Withdrawn - Let Justice Run Its Course! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Kavanaugh hearings are about to explode. Many will suggest his nomination be withdrawn... including Republicans fearing mid-term election fall out. However, the confirmation hearings should continue so that young people, particularly males will learn the consequences of their behavior. If the hearings are cancelled many will believe that youthful indiscretions are not that important and consequences not that prohibitive.

00:11

U.S. Border Patrol Official Says Canadian Pot Users Face Lifetime Ban "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As Canada prepares to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17, a U.S. official has warned that Canadians involved in the cannabis industry could face a lifetime ban from entering the country. While some U.S. states and cities have loosened restrictions on or have legalized marijuana, the Border Patrol considers the drug an illegal substance and will classify those who work in the marijuana industry as drug traffickers. Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations at the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, told Politico on Thursday that investors in the pot industry will be banned as well. If you work for the industry, that is grounds for inadmissibility, he said. Owen added that those who have invested in the industry in other countries, including Israel, have also been barred. We dont recognize that as a legal business, he said.

00:10

Netherlands prosecutes its own citizen for calling Turkish dictator a Goat F***er "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Netherlands prosecutes its own citizen for calling Turkish dictator a Goat F***er By Simon Black Sovereign Man It was mid-September in 1683, almost 335 years ago to the day. Turkish forces of the Ottoman Empire surrounded Vienna, one of...

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00:09

O'Rourke and Cruz Reactions to Dallas Policewoman Amber Guyger's Senseless Killing of Botham Jean "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Daily Kos: "Even if you think Guyger would have been behaving reasonably for immediately killing an intruder in her own apartment, she wasn't in her apartment, and we're to believe--the sympathetic understanding of the situation is that--she couldn't recognize that basic fact. Who cannot understand the idea that a person can be disqualified from holding a specific job for something short of criminal behavior?"

00:09

Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, others celebrate 2Face @43 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ace Nigerian Singer Innocent Idibia, a.k.a 2Baba marks his 43rd birthday with messages from various artists celebrating the Legend. Friends of the famous artist, song writer, record producer and entrepreneur, took to their various social media platforms to send heartfelt messages to the icon. @Tiwasavage wrote I had to make an exception because we are []

The post Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, others celebrate 2Face @43 appeared first on Newtelegraph.

00:08

Israel says it fired at Palestinians tampering with Gaza fence; two killed "IndyWatch Feed War"

Two people were found dead near the site of an Israeli missile strike at the coastal strips border with Israel, Gaza medics said on Tuesday.

File photo: A young Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to hurl stones at Israeli forces during clashes following a demonstration at the Israel-Gaza border, on September 7, 2018

File photo: A young Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to hurl stones at Israeli forces during clashes following a demonstration at the Israel-Gaza border, on September 7, 2018AFP

The Israeli military said it had attacked a group suspected of tampering with the border fence.

There was no immediate word on the identities of those killed east of Qarara village, in the south of the Gaza Strip.

Shortly before midnight on Monday the Israeli military said one of its aircraft had fired at a group of suspected militants who had suspiciously approached the border fence and placed an object next to it.

Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005 but maintains tight control of its land and sea borders.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled for several years and Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, where the Palestinians hope to establish an independent state, have expanded.

Israeli forces say that in recent days they have dismantled at least two bombs planted near the border fence, which has been the scene of weekly Palestinian demonstrations since March 30.

At least 179 Palestinians have been killed in the protests, according to medical officials in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army says it is defending its border against rioting protesters who have sought to breach the fence and enter Israel.

In a separate incident in Beit Rima village in the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian family said one of its members died while being arrested by Israeli soldiers.

The family of 24-year-old Mohammad al-Khatib said they believed he was beaten by the soldiers during a dawn raid on his home.

...

00:07

"Nelly""---"- New Film Looks at Life and Work of Canadian Writer "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A look at the movie "Nelly" which chronicles the life and work of French-Canadian writer Nelly Arcan.

00:07

Rihanna wants to design furniture, and shes the only celebrity who should "IndyWatch Feed World"

Is Fenty Furniture the singers next enterprise?

In the last year, the pop star Rihanna has proven herself to be not just a musician but also a savvy business person. Her Fenty Beauty makeup line was reportedly valued at $72 million after a single month of sales. Now, Rihanna has her eyes on a new prize: furniture.

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00:06

McDonalds Workers Are Striking Against Sexual Harassment Tying #MeToo to Their Labor Struggle "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Protesters gather outside a McDonald's restaurant in Minneapolis during a demonstration for higher wages as part of the National Day of Action to Fight for $15 on Nov. 29, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minn.

00:06

Michael Moore's Inconvenient Truth: We Have 50 Days to Go in Our No Trump Bid! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Michael Moore's latest blockbuster will hit the cinemas this Friday. Don't miss it. I saw it and appreciated it last night, 9/17, but found the Q&A session with him afterward far more interesting though I do refer to the film also. Priceless footage. I hope it scares us all into action with its warning even more dire than Al Gore's in DC nearly 10 years ago, his Inconvenient Truth.

00:06

Major Scottish Tory funders fined over illegal donation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

The Irvine Unionist Club donation funded 10% of Ruth Davidsons campaign spending in 2016

Ruth Davidson. Image, Scottish Parliament

A major donor to the Scottish Conservatives ahead of their 2016 Scottish Parliament election has been fined on the back of an openDemocracy investigation.

As part of our investigation into the dark money driving the Scottish Conservatives, we wrote last year: In April 2016, a group called the Irvine Unionist Club gave the North Ayrshire Conservative and Unionist Association 100,000. In order for a group like the Irvine Unionist Club an Unincorporated Association to give a donation of more than 25,000, it has to be legally registered with the Electoral Commission, and declare any donations to it of more than 7,500. The Irvine Unionist Club doesnt seem to appear on the list of registered donors, and Googling it reveals almost nothing, meaning that we dont know where their money came from.

The treasurer of the North Ayrshire Conservatives, the former Scottish rugby international Bryan Gossman, told us that the cash had in actual fact been transferred to the central party in Edinburgh. However, the Scottish Conservative Party, led by Ruth Davidson (pictured), is not registered as an accounting unit with the Electoral Commission, meaning the donation was hidden in the local party's accounts. Ruth Davidson's party spent...

00:06

Blockchain Training Takes Off "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Blockchain Training Takes Off

00:05

Man wants 20-year-old marriage dissolved over wifes alleged tantrum "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A 53-year-old Festus Ajetunmobi, on Tuesday, asked a Badagry Customary Court in Lagos State to dissolve his 20-year-old marriage to his wife, Titilayo, alleging that she destroys his property. The petitioner told the court that he was no longer interested in the marriage because of her alleged habitual destruction of household property during a misunderstanding. []

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00:04

PostgreSQL adopts a code of conduct "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The PostgreSQL community has, after an extended discussion, announced the adoption of a code of conduct "which is intended to ensure that PostgreSQL remains an open and enjoyable project for anyone to join and participate in".

00:04

Volvo unveils all-electric and autonomous truck without a cab "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

If your truck is completely autonomous, why would you need a cab? Volvo Trucks believes that you dont and thats why they built a new all-electric and autonomous truck without a cab called Vera.

Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks, the idea behind Vera:

The full potential of the transport industry is yet to be seen. Everything suggests that the global need for transportation will continue to significantly increase in the coming decade. If we are to meet this demand in a sustainable and efficient way, we must find new solutions. In order to secure a smoothly functioning goods flow system we also need to exploit existing infrastructure better than currently. The transport system we are developing can be an important complement to todays solutions and can help meet many of the challenges faced by society, transport companies and transport buyers,

00:04

Imagine Our Economy as a Game of Monopoly "IndyWatch Feed World"

September 19th, 2018 By Jill Richardson Guest writer for Wake Up World If you set up the board game like our actual economy, the poorest players quickly run out of money and the rich run away with the game. Its unfair, boring, and exactly what happens in real life. As a sociology professor in community college, []

00:04

Damascus welcomes Idlib deal but still plans to 'liberate last inch' of Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Regional powers and protagonists react to announcement that Russia and Turkey are to create a 'demilitarised zone' in rebel-held province

00:03

Open-air helicopter is the ultimate joyride "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This open-air helicopter takes joyrides to new heights .

00:03

Libya rivals clash south of capital, causing blackouts "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

New clashes flared between rival militias south of Libyas capital Tripoli on Tuesday, causing widespread power outages, the national electricity firm said.

The fighting underscored the fragility of a United Nations-backed ceasefire reached earlier this month after days of deadly violence between armed groups in the capital, beset by turmoil since the fall of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.

Tuesday mornings clashes centred on the main road to Tripolis long-closed international airport, according to witnesses including an AFP journalist.

Libyas National Electricity Company said its network had been damaged, causing a total blackout across the North African nations south and west.

Fighting which broke out late last month killed at least 63 people and wounded 159 others mostly civilians before the ceasefire came into effect on September 4.

Last week, the capitals only working airport came under rocket fire just days after reopening following the truce.

Mitiga International Airport, located in a former military base that includes a prison, is currently controlled by the Special Deterrence Forces, a Salafist militia which serves as Tripolis police force and has been involved in clashes around the capital.

Interior Minister Abdessalam Ashour said Monday that a regular force would be tasked with securing the airport.

UN envoy Ghassan Salame later reported 14 ceasefire violations around Tripoli, but sought to play them down, saying the deal had been generally respected.

Tripolis main airport has been out of action since it was severely damaged by similar clashes in 2014.

Since Kadhafis fall in 2011, oil-rich Libya has been rocked by violence between dozens of armed groups vying for control of its cities and vast oil resources.

A UN-brokered agreement signed in Morocco in December 2015 established the Government of National Accord (GNA) in a bid to ease the chaos.

But deep divisions remain between the GNA and rivals including military strongman Khalifa Haftar, who is based in eastern Libya and backs a competing authority.

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Khalifa Haftar

The GNA last week announced a series of measures to secure the capital and curb the influence of militias over state institutions and banks.

AFP

00:02

3D electron microscopy uncovers the complex guts of desalination membranes "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Careful sample preparation, electron tomography and quantitative analysis of 3D models provides unique insights into the inner structure of reverse osmosis membranes widely used for salt water desalination wastewater recycling and home use, according to a team of chemical engineers.

These reverse osmosis membranes are layers of material with an active aromatic polyamide layer that allows molecules through, but screens out 99 to 99.9 percent of the salt.

As water stresses continue to grow, better membrane filtration are needed to enhance water recovery, prevent fouling, and extend filtration module lifetimes while maintaining reasonable costs to ensure accessibility throughout the world, said Enrique Gomez, professor of chemical engineering, Penn State. Knowing what the material looks like on the inside, and understanding how this microstructure affects water transport properties, is crucial to designing next-generation membranes with longer operational lifetimes that can function under a diverse set of conditions.

00:02

Japan eager to be on board vertical-takeoff flying cars "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Electric drones booked through smartphones pick people up from office rooftops, shortening travel time by hours, reducing the need for parking and clearing smog from the air.

This vision of the future is driving the Japanese governments flying car project. Major carrier All Nippon Airways, electronics company NEC Corp. and more than a dozen other companies and academic experts hope to have a road map for the plan ready by the years end.

This is such a totally new sector Japan has a good chance for not falling behind, said Fumiaki Ebihara, the government official in charge of the project.

00:02

Elon Musk sued by British rescue diver he called a 'pedo' and 'rapist' on Twitter "IndyWatch Feed World"

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is being sued for libel and slander by a British rescue diver who he called "pedo guy" on Twitter following the rescue of a group of young Thai soccer players who became trapped in a cave in July. Musk was widely criticized for making the unsubstantiated claim that the British diver, Vernon Unsworth, was a pedophile and "child rapist" on Twitter. Unsworth was a key player in the rescue of the Thai boys and Musk never provided any evidence for the seemingly random claims he made about him.

00:02

1,000 Flights Canceled as Hurricane Florence Approaches "IndyWatch Feed World"

Nearly 900 flights have already been canceled as of Wednesday evening in anticipation of Hurricane Florence making landfall along the east coast of the United States. The website FlightAware said there were 893 total cancelations and 13,438 delays as of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Major and smaller airports from Georgia to Virginia are already seeing flight disruptions because of the storm.

Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham and Greensboro airports in North Carolina as well as Richmond and Norfolk in Virginia are among the biggest inland airports looking at air traffic disruptions due to Florence.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina is one of the busiest hubs for American Airlines, and is most likely to be most impacted by the storm, given current trajectories.

Airports in the Washington, D.C. metro area Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport are no longer in the storms direct path.

Operations will stop in airports along the Carolina coast ahead of landfall until the storm moves inland. The airports serving Charleston and Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and Wilmington, North Carolina, are among the coastal airports most likely to be directly impacted.

Dozens of airports in the region will probably see disruptions of some sort. Depending on the storms speed, airports could shut down as early as Thursday morning.

Read also:  Worlds Busiest Air Route Revealed. Can You Guess?

Current forecasts also call for Florence to stall out over the mid-Atlantic after it approaches the coast. If the storm blocks flight paths along the busy East Coast corridor, it could force delays and cancellations similar to the way long lines of thunderstorms do. That could lead to delays and cancellations in places such as New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Atlanta as airlines and air traffic control react to the reduced airspace capacity.

Many have started waving their flight change fees ahead of the storm to enable as many people to leave the area as possible, and as to assist those who may have otherwise been planning to fly into the region this week.

It is currently premature to outline the full impacts that this storm and its ensuing damage will have on air travel. As the Federal Aviation Administration writes, Once Hurricane Florence makes ground fall, airports may be listed as open but flooding on local roadways may limit access to airports for passengers, as well as the employees who work for the airlines or a...

00:01

Ask Hackaday: Hows That Capacitor Shortage Going? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

There is a looming spectre of doom hovering over the world of electronics manufacturing. Its getting hard to find parts, and the parts you can find are expensive. No, it doesnt have anything to with the tariffs enacted by the United States against Chinese goods this last summer. This is a problem that doesnt have an easy scapegoat. This is a problem that strikes at the heart of any economic system. This is the capacitor and resistor shortage.

When we first reported on the possibility of a global shortage of chip capacitors and resistors, things were for the time being, okay. Yes, major manufacturers were saying they were spinning down production lines until it was profitable to start them up again, but there was relief: parts were in stock, and they didnt cost that much more.

Now, its a different story. Were in the Great Capacitor Shortage of 2018, and we dont know when its going to get any better.

The Beginnings of a Shortage

The news of a coming shortage of chip resistors and capacitors hit early this year. Yaego was not taking any new chip resistor orders. The best reasoning for Yaegos actions were that prices on SMD resistors were already too low. There was an abundance of chip resistors and capacitors, and inventory simply wasnt moving fast enough. There is a minimum price at which it is economical to manufacture resistors. It seems that price is somewhat north of a few tenths of a penny per resistor.

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00:00

Daniel James: Five Wasted Years "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Today is the fifth anniversary of the election of the Abbott government. Its a good government, getting better! Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) September 7, 2018 Someone should tell Tony that hes no longer Prime Minister. Someone should also remind him that his 727 days in the countrys highest office were some of its most bizarre, chaotic and ...

00:00

Yom Kippur "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gmar Hatima Tova to all our readers marking the Day of Atonement.

 

00:00

Apple drops need for iPhone screen repairs to use calibration hardware, reducing turnaround time The Loop

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

When Touch ID debuted with the iPhone 5s, the home button became cryptographically paired with the display and logic board. Replacing an iPhone screen and digitiser without going through Apples proprietary calibration process would result in an iPhone with a new screen, but non-functional fingerprint sensor. The same is true with the Face ID biometric system introduced with iPhone X.

And:

Until today, Apple has needed to distribute bulky repair equipment to its own Apple Store repair centers and authorized resellers to affirm that the 3D Touch system is working correctly.

And:

Apple has now managed to achieve all the calibration steps using software alone, dropping the need for dedicated physical hardware to be installed at repair locations.

Makes me curious how they solved this problem. The good news is, screen repairs are now going to be much easier to schedule, with a much faster turnaround.

Read this on The Loop

00:00

Ryanair Threatens to Cut German Jobs as Strike to Ground 150 Flights "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ryanair says it will cancel 150 flights out of 400 scheduled to fly to and from Germany on Wednesday due to a 24-hour strike by pilots and cabin crew.

German pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has called on Ryanair to agree to mediation in its dispute over pay and terms, but there has been disagreement over who the mediator should be.

Ryanair warned that such wildcat strikes would lead to job cuts if they continued.

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Ryanairs Jacobs said the airline was willing to enter mediation with the pilots and believed it had offered VC everything it had asked for. Ryanair aims to have all of its German pilots on direct employment contracts by the end of the year, up from 80% now, Ryanair chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs told a news conference in Frankfurt.

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00:00

Russia Threatens Adequate Response Against Israel For Downed Plane "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Russia Threatens Adequate Response Against Israel For Downed Plane

As a result of the Israeli militarys irresponsible actions 15 Russian servicemen died, said Defense Ministry Spokesman Gen. Igor Konashenkov.

The post Russia Threatens Adequate Response Against Israel For Downed...

00:00

Illegals Armed With AR-15s And AK-47s Filmed Invading America Through Southern Border "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Illegals Armed With AR-15s And AK-47s Filmed Invading America Through Southern Border

Liberals literally want to take away our guns and open our borders entirely so criminals like this can pour in...

00:00

Inside Edition Crew Gets Robbed While Reporting On San Franciscos Robbery Epidemic "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Inside Edition Crew Gets Robbed While Reporting On San Franciscos Robbery Epidemic

Heres a snapshot of what that future has in store for us all!

The post...

00:00

Former Girlfriends Come Out To Defend Kavanaugh "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Fox News Insider: Two former girlfriends of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh spoke out Monday on The Story in support of him, in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations. A California professor named Christine Blasey Ford was named as the formerly anonymous person in a report alleging Kavanaugh forced him self upon her at []

00:00

Podcast: Lawrence McQuillan on America's Public Pension Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By FS Staff The public pension crisis is massive, and its only getting bigger. Yet state and local governments are slow to address the problem, and the solutions theyre implementing could result in even larger issues down the road. Lawrence McQuillan...

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23:59

Grandma Allowed Cops to Search Her Garden for a Drug Dealer and Their K9 Mauled Her to Death "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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"The dog had punctured and broken her arm, ripped her other arm, and then managed to bite off her calf muscle after it had been restrained."

The post Grandma Allowed Cops to Search Her Garden for a Drug Dealer and Their K9 Mauled Her to Death appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

23:59

No Women Need Apply: ACLU takes on Facebook over discrimination in targeted job ads "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Are you a woman in a male-dominated field? Did you know that Facebooks advertising algorithms are making it harder for you to find a job?

Today, the ACLU, the private law firm Outten & Golden LLP, and the Communications Workers of America filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Facebook and 10 employers for unlawfully discriminating on the basis of gender. Filed on behalf of two female workers, the Communications Workers of America (an international union representing over 700,000 workers), and a class of millions of women, the complaint alleges that Facebook and the named employers denied women access to job ads on the basis of their gender by targeting job advertisements to male Facebook users.

Getting ones foot in the door is already difficult for women working in male-dominated fields like software development, law enforcement, and construction. Unfortunately, Facebooks advertising algorithms are making it more difficult for women to find work in these fields. Its a textbook case of how big data and automation can exacerbate existing inequalities, if we arent careful. It also violates federal law.

Employers facing allegations of gender-based discrimination alongside Facebook include:

  • Abas USA, a global software developer
  • Defenders, a leading installer of home security systems
  • Nebraska Furniture Mart, a major retailer of home furniture
  • City of Greensboro, NC Police Department
  • Need Work Today, an employment agency that procures workers for farm, construction, trucking and aviation employers
  • Renewal by Andersen LLC, one of the largest window replacement and installation companies in America
  • Rice Tire, a tire retailer and provider of auto repair services with locations throughout Maryland and Virginia
  • JK Moving Services, the largest independent moving company in America
  • Enhanced Roofing & Modeling, a roofing and remodeling company based in the Washington, D.C. metro area
  • Xenith, an athletics equipment manufacturer and retailer

The ACLU complaint states that these employers purchased targeted ads from Facebook to publish job advertisements the social media giant ensured would be shown exclusively to users who identify as male. Targeting job ads by sex is unlawful under federal, state, and local civil rights laws, including Ti...

23:57

Arsenal chief Gazidis moves to AC Milan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Arsenal Chief Executive, Ivan Gazidis will leave the Premier League team to join Italys AC Milan in the latest move in a year of change at the English club. Gazidis will start work as AC Milan chief executive on Dec. 1. This is coming after almost a decade at Arsenal which is restructuring off the []

The post Arsenal chief Gazidis moves to AC Milan appeared first on Newtelegraph.

23:56

Nintendo ought to sue for defamation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Stormy Daniels tell-all book tells me a heck of a lot more than I want to know.

Trumps bodyguard invites Daniels to dinner, which turns out to be an invitation to Trumps penthouse, she writes, in a description of alleged events that Daniels has disclosed previously but which in the book are rendered with new and lurid detail. She describes Trumps penis as smaller than average but not freakishly small.

He knows he has an unusual penis, Daniels writes. It has a huge mushroom head. Like a toadstool

I lay there, annoyed that I was getting fucked by a guy with Yeti pubes and a dick like the mushroom character in Mario Kart

It may have been the least impressive sex Id ever had, but clearly, he didnt share that opinion.

Thoughts, in no particular order:

  • Ick. TMI.

  • Who cares? Penis shape is not a criterion for a good or bad president.

  • I hate to break the news to you guys, but every mans penis is a weird-looking thing.

  • Ill never be able to unsee this.

  • Toad is cute & cheerful, and not how Id metaphorically describe any part of the presidents anatomy.

  • Id rather have President Toad.

23:55

Chevron Arbitration Ruling Against Ecuador Completely Off Base "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A secret corporate arbitration panel in the Hague ruled that Ecuadorean courts $9.5 billion judgement against Chevron for environmental damages is illegal and should not be enforced. An expert argues that the decision is a travesty.

23:55

South Africas gives green light to private use of cannabis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Ah man that feels so goodmuch better

 

South Africas highest court on Tuesday allowed the private use of marijuana, upholding a lower courts ruling that found the criminalization of cannabis was unconstitutional.

...

23:55

SeaWorld and its former CEO are still paying dearly for Blackfish "IndyWatch Feed World"

The company has a $5 million tab with the SEC to settle fraud charges.

Its hard to think of another instance where a single movie had more of an impact on a companys reputation and market value than Blackfish had on SeaWorld. The 2013 documentary, which purported to reveal systemic mistreatment of orca whales at the resort, sparked a nationwide debate about the ethics of keeping the majestic animals in captivity.

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23:55

(Video) Spygate Breaks Wider than Ever -- Dan Bongino Uncovered Truth Bombs! "IndyWatch Feed World"



Published on Sep 17, 2018

SPYGATE Breaks WIDER THAN EVER!! JAIL TIME NOWWW!!! Dan Bongino Just UNCOVERED TRUTH BOMBS! HUGE!!!

23:55

SpaceX Reveals Plan to Fly Yusaku Maezawa and Artists "Around the Moon" in a BFR "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

During a press conference at his company's Hawthorne, CA headquarters, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced the first planned private passenger to travel into deep space and around the Moon. Yusaku Maezawa, a billionaire fashion entrepreneur and art collector, paid an undisclosed amount to become one of the first people to fly on a SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), with a target date of 2023. If the launch happens, he won't be going alone. Maezawa (aka "MZ") plans to invite at least six to eight artists to accompany him on a journey around the Moon. The passengers chosen may be painters, sculptors, musicians, fashion designers, dancers, film directors, architects, etc. and are intended to represent the Earth and participate in an art exhibition after returning to Earth. Musk himself has also been invited. The project is called #dearMoon.

Yusaku Maezawa approached SpaceX and made a contribution that will pay for a "non-trivial" amount of the BFR's development costs. During the Q&A, Musk estimated that the entire development of BFR would cost around $5 billion, or no less than $2 billion and no more than $10 billion. Other potential sources of funding for BFR development include SpaceX's top priority, Crew Dragon flights to the International Space Station (ISS), as well as satellite launches and Starlink satellite broadband service.

Maezawa (along with a guest) was a previously announced anonymous customer for a Falcon Heavy ride around the Moon. SpaceX currently has no plans to human-rate the Falcon Heavy. The switch from Falcon Heavy to BFR will substantially increase the maximum number of passengers and comfort level attainable on a nearly week-long mission, since the Crew Dragon 2 has a pressurized volume of just 10 m3, about 1% of the volume of the BFS.

Read more of this story at SoylentNews.

23:54

Tambuwal speaks on PDPs plan to present consensus presidential candidate "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Aminu Tambuwal, a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says the party is currently consulting with stakeholders towards presenting a candidate for the 2019 presidential election. Tambuwal, who is currently the governor of Sokoto state, said if the consultation fails, all the aspirants would partake in a primary, and that he would accept []

The post Tambuwal speaks on PDPs plan to present consensus presidential candidate appeared first on Newtelegraph.

23:51

China says it will retaliate over new U.S. tariffs "IndyWatch Feed World"

China said that it has no choice but to retaliate against new U.S. trade tariffs, raising the risk that Trump could soon impose duties on virtually all of the Chinese goods that America buys. The response to Trumps decision to go ahead next week with 10 percent tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese goods, ratcheting up to 25 percent in January, was unusual and unexpected. It initially hit U.S. stocks, Treasuries and the dollar while stirring a rally in Chinese equities and the yuan in Asia.

The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn (150bn) of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing.

These will apply to almost 6,000 items, marking the biggest round of US tariffs so far.

Handbags, rice and textiles will be included, but some items expected to be targeted such as smart watches and high chairs have been excluded.

The Chinese commerce ministry said it had no choice but to retaliate but is yet to detail what action it will take.

The US taxes will take effect from 24 September, starting at 10% and increasing to 25% from the start of next year unless the two countries agree a deal.

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23:51

War Vs. Peace: The Battle To Influence Whats Under The Orange Comb-Over "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Deep State, lurking in the background and directing the campaign to oust Trump, knows this perfectly well, which is why they launched their regime-change campaign to begin with. They fear and loathe a President who wants out of Korea, out of the new cold war with Russia, and out of the regime change business because he represents a threat to their very existence. Its as simple as that.

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/09/16/the-war-for-the-presidents-mind/

 

23:50

The Biggest Casualty of the Financial Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Biggest Casualty of the Financial Crisis by Brian Maher Daily Reckoning Today we acknowledge a grim anniversary Lehman Bros. shuttered its doors 10 years ago this very day and the Great Financial Crisis was underway. A decade on,...

The post The Biggest Casualty of the Financial Crisis appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:49

Ortom to Gemade: I do not betray people "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom yesterday replied allegation by Senator Barnabas Gemade that he (Gemade) defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on the account that he betrayed him. Senator Gemade who represents Benue North East in the National Assembly had pointedly accused the governor of frustrating his senatorial ambition despite his track records of []

The post Ortom to Gemade: I do not betray people appeared first on Newtelegraph.

23:48

Justifying landgrab, Israel says it is allowed to ignore international law anywhere it wants "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Israeli government has recently claimed that it can legislate anywhere in the world, that it is entitled to violate the sovereignty of foreign countries, and that is allowed to ignore the directives of international law in any field it desires. This was written in an official response letter to the Supreme Court last month.

On the face of it, these are audacious claims. Is it really that bad? I would say that its even worse. The background to these statements is a new law from last year, which legalizes outright theft of Palestinian land.

Several Palestinian human rights organizations have challenged the law in court. The plaintiffs are Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC), and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Gaza) on behalf of 17 local Palestinian authorities in the West Bank. The Israeli government was represented by a private lawyer, Harel Arnon, because Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit refused to defend the law in court, since he deemed it illegal by international law already when it was first passed.

The Settlement Regularization Law was passed in February last year, in order to retroactively legalize thousands of settler homes and structures built on Palestinian private land, to avert the possibility that the Supreme Court might one day sanction their removal. Before the law was passed, Israeli law still considered such structures illegal, even though under international law, absolutely all the settlements are a flagrant violation of international law, be they located on private land or not.

It was not only Haaretz that called the law a theft law it was also longtime Likudniks such as lawmaker Benny Begin; Former Likud minister Dan Meridor called it evil and dangerous; even Prime Minister Netanyahu was warning that passing it may end up getting Israeli officials to the International Criminal Court in The Hague; attorney General Avichai Mandelblits stated refusal to defend the law in court was met with reassurance by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked that the state could simply get a private attorney (which it did). The contentious matter was not only the theft itself but the application of Israeli law enacted directly by the Knesset (rather than by the Military occupation authority), that was seen as a precedence leading to de-facto annexation. As Dan Meridor wrote in his ...

23:47

Two kinds of justice in Spain "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

The recent conviction of several Basque youths with heavy sentences and the charges against Catalan politicians reveal the political nature of justice in Spain.

lead Justice for the Altsasu youth. Aritz Leoz. All rights reserved.

In the early hours of October 15, 2016, in an Alsasua bar (in Basque, Altsasu), in the Basque Country, in the north of Spain, a brawl broke out between a number of teenagers and a couple of civil guards. Damage assessment: a swollen lip and a broken carpal. This is nothing unusual in a country like Spain in which, in 2016 alone, there were 9,571 reported clashes between policemen and citizens, often described as resistance to public authority. In this Basque case a complaint was also filed before the local authorities.

But then something out of the ordinary happened: "We got scared when we saw how the case our kids were involved in was being treated by certain Spanish newspapers and also on television. They said that our Alsasua town is divided, that Civil Guard officers cannot move freely without being insulted by the people. They spoke of a situation of extreme violence, which has nothing to do with the reality of the place. The press were preparing the ground for what came next," says Bel Bozueta, the mother of Adur.

Adur, one of the eight people convicted in this case, has in the meantime turned 23. Adur's lawyer, Jaione Karrera, traces the course of events: "A few weeks after the brawl, an organization for the victims of terrorism filed a complaint before the National Court in Madrid. The competence of this national court extends to particularly serious crimes such as terrorism, and its judgments always issue heavy sentences." What is really being attempted here is the creation of a linkage of these Basque adolescents with a movement that calls for the removal of the civil guards from the Basque Country and therefore indirectly, also with ETA.

A case of terrorism

"We have stated several times that there has never been any evidence that any of these kids belonged to such a movement. There are...

23:45

Maxine Waters Suggests "Knocking Off" Trump "IndyWatch Feed World"

Maxine Waters Suggests Knocking Off Trump Then Going After Pence

There are those who say, What if we get rid of him? Then weve got that Vice President and hell be worse. I say knock off the first one and then go after the second one. We have the power.

Monday, September 17, 2018 at 3:00pm

Source: Legal Insurrection | By Kemberlee Kaye



You can always count on Rep. Maxine Waters to give away the plans to destroy Trumps presidency and administration.

The latest of which occurred Friday and included a suggestion to knock off Trump, which was greeted with applause and cheers.

The National Newspaper Publishers Association gave Waters a National Leadership Award and Waters used her platform to trash Trump.

And the transcript:

There are those who say, What if we get rid of him? Then weve got that Vice President and hell be worse. I say knock off the first one and then go after the second one. We have the power. We have the numbers But weve got to understand our power and weve got to use our power. Not only do we have individual power, but just think about the readers that you have. The people who look forward to getting your newspapers.

Thats all power. Lets use it. Lets have this president understand in ways that we have not done before, that we are the patriots of this country. We are the ones that have stood by this country no matter what has happened to us. No matter that this country has not always embraced us. We fought in wars, came home and oftentimes didnt have a house to live in and didnt have a job, but we stayed with America, we fought for Democracy, we believe in the Constitution.
...

23:45

CIA Report: Capabilities of the Vietnamese Communists For Fighting in South Vietnam "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is a fascinating CIA report from 1967 that was released this year under FOIA regulations. Reports like this were circulated to the very highest levels of US government and military and were used to guide the big decisions LBJ would have been shown this report and no doubt it shaped his planning of []

23:43

Operation C.A.R.E. checkpoints used to question thousands of motorists "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

For those of you that think law enforcement really cares about you I give you...Operation C.A.R.E.

What is Operation C.A.R.E.?

Operation C.A.R.E. or "Combined Accident Reduction Effort" began in 1977 as a Michigan and Indiana State Police safety initiative.

What began as a local "safety initiative" has morphed into something much worse. Motorists across the country are being subjected to "roadside safety checks" and much more.

C.A.R.E. has expanded to all 50 states and American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U. S. Virgin Islands, and the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

There are at least twenty-seven different types of checkpoints or "roadside safety checks" in America alone.

If you add C.A.R.E. and Border Patrol checkpoints the number rises to an incredible twenty-nine.

That's right, not only are 50,0000 motorists being stopped daily or 20 million each year but now we have two more checkpoints to worry about.   

As you will see, police in North America have turned C.A.R.E.into something to be feared.

Over Labor Day weekend, the Illinois State Police announced that local law enforcement used C.A.R.E. to stop and question more than 5,000 motorists and passengers.

Law enforcement uses C.A....

23:42

Giving environmental water to drought-stricken farmers sounds straightforward, but its a bad idea "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The east coast is currently flooded. Why dont we have pipelines for pumping water around the country where it is needed? We do it for oil and gas, and you know if it leaks it would not be a toxic mess.


Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack last week suggested the government would look at changing the law to allow water to be taken from the environment and given to farmers struggling with the drought.

This is a bad idea for several reasons. First, the needs in dry years as well as wet ones. Second, unilaterally intervening in the way water is distributed between users undermines the water market, which is now worth billions of dollars. And, third, in dry years the environment gets a smaller allocation too, so there simply isnt enough water to make this worthwhile.

In fact, the growing political pressure being put on environmental water holders to sell their water to farmers is exactly the kind of interference that bodies such as the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder were established to avoid.

23:41

Row over street named after Hezbollah commander accused in Hariri killing "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Signs erected on Mustafa Badreddine Street cause uproar as the trial accusing him of Hariri's murder draws to a close

23:40

A flaw in Alpine Linux could allow executing arbitrary code "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Security researcher Max Justicz has discovered several flaws in the distribution Alpine Linux, including an arbitrary code execution.  

Alpine Linux is an independent, non-commercial, general purpose Linux distribution that is heavily used in containers, including Docker.

Alpine Linux is based on musl libc and busybox, it is a tiny distro and is optimized to manage resources, it is known also for fast boot times.

The experts discovered several vulnerabilities in the APK, the default package manager in Alpine. The most severe bug discovered by Max Justicz could be exploited by an attacker to carry out a man-in-the-middle attack to execute arbitrary code on the users machine.

I found several bugs in apk, the default package manager for Alpine Linux. Alpine is a really lightweight distro that is very commonly used with Docker. states the analysis published by the researcher.

The worst of these bugs, the subject of this blog post, allows a network man-in-the-middle (or a malicious package mirror) to execute arbitrary code on the users machine. This is especially bad because packages arent served over TLS when using the default repositories.

An attacker could trigger the flaw to target a Docker container based on Alpine and execute arbitrary code, Justicz also published a video PoC of the attack.

The package manager extracts packages, in the form of gzipped tar archives distributed as apks, then check their hashes against the ones in the signed manifest.

If the hashes are different, the package manager attempts to unlink all of the extracted files and directories.

The expert highlighted that the APKs commit hooks feature could allow an attacker to turn persistent arbitrary file writes into code execution. Justicz discovered that it is possible to hide a malware within the packages commit_hooks directory that would escape the cleanup and could then be executed as normal.

The expert explained that if an attacker is able to extract a file into /etc/apk/commit_hooks.d/ and have it stay there after the cleanup process, it will be executed before apk exits.

The attacker has to control the downloaded tar file avoiding that the package manager will unlink the payload and its directory during the cleanup process.

The expert explained that the attacker can run MitM to intercept apks package requests during Docker image building, then inject them with malicious code before they are passed to the target machines tha...

23:38

The curious case of Deplorable Patriot "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hello everyone. Around three weeks ago, I received a invitation from Dr. Eowyn. It was an offer to be a contributor here on FOTM. Before I could answer, I noticed Dr. Eowyn had already added me to the lineup. Fellowship Continue reading

23:35

Trumps Reckless Hostility Unites China And Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The message from eastern Siberia was clear: Washingtons reckless hostility and bellicosity is causing its foes to band together. A full third of the Russian Army just moved from Europe to the Far East for the war games. The Chinese dragon of which Napoleon warned is awakening.

The post Trumps Reckless Hostility Unites China And Russia appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

23:32

[SECURITY] New security advisory for CVE-2018-11787 released for Apache Karaf "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Jean-Baptiste Onofr on Sep 18

A new security advisory has been released for Apache Karaf, that is
fixed in recent 3.0.9, 4.0.9 and 4.1.1 releases.

CVS-2018-11787: Apache Karaf unsecure access to Gogo shell in the webconsole

Severity: Moderate

Vendor: The Apache Software Foundation

Versions Affected: all versions of Apache Karaf prior to 3.0.9, 4.0.9,
4.1.1.

Description:

When the webconsole feature is installed in Karaf, it is available at
.../system/console and requires...

23:32

Weird Coincidence: The First and Yusaku Maezawa "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A few days ago, I was trying to get through a new and excruciatingly boring TV show called, The First: The First is an American-British drama web television series created by Beau Willimon and starring Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone. The show portrays members of a team of astronauts as they become the first humans []

23:30

The Ownership and Control of the Bank of England (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Ownership and Control of the Bank of England Vided maneco64 Video Source

The post The Ownership and Control of the Bank of England (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:27

Russian military plane with 14 on board disappears from screens over Syria during Israeli strikes (RT) "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Russian military Il-20 aircraft with 14 service members on board went off the radar during an attack by four Israeli jets on Syrias Latakia province, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Air traffic controllers at Khmeimim Airbase lost contact with the aircraft on Monday evening, during an attack by Israeli F-16 fighters on Latakia, said the MoD. The plane was 35km off the coast of Syria when it vanished.

READ MORE: Russia detects missile launches from French frigate off Syrias coast in Mediterranean MoD

Russian radars also registered the launch of missiles from a French frigate in the Mediterranean on the evening of September 17.

Explosion in the Syrian city of Latakia on September 17, 2018. Kevork Almassian

A total of 14 people were on board the plane at the time of the disappearance. A search and rescue mission is underway.

The Ilyushin 20 (IL-20) surveillance turboprop plane is an Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) platform, equipped with a wide range of antennas, infrared and optical sensors. The aircrafts SLAR (Side-Looking Airborne Radar) and the planes satellite link allows the Russian military to monitor Syrian skies in real time.

An hour-long attack on Latakia began around 10pm local time, and targeted a power station as well as two facilities belonging to the Syrian military. Syrian officials said the attack was foreign and came from the sea, but could not initially confirm rumors that Israel was behind it. Seven people were injured in the attack, according to Syrian officials.

While the Russian military said it recorded four F-16 Israeli jets over Syria at the time of the attack on Latakia, the IDF has refused to comment on the report.

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23:27

NEW EVIDENCE Proves Lawless Hillary Clinton Used Blackberry Phone INSIDE Russia While Mueller was FBI Director "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Jeffrey C. Marty at Dispatches from the 15th District.

NEW EVIDENCE proves that Hillary Clinton used her personal cell phone inside Russia as Secretary of State, exposing her phone and private email server to extreme risk of hacking by Russian intelligence agencies in mid-October 2009, just 10 months into her 4-year term. Clinton would later lie to the public and the FBI about her security practices in Russia, after apparently forgetting that this photo ever existed.

The archived photo, taken during Secretary of State Clintons first official trip to Moscow, shows Hillary talking into what appears to be a rectangular-shaped, black-on-silver Blackberry smartphone. Her awkward hand positionwith the length of her hand concealing most of the phone, and fingers wrapped around the topcould have been an attempt to conceal the device from being photographed. The Russian alphabet lettering in the background and caption accompanying the photo stating that Hillary had traveled to Moscow leave little doubt that this photo was taken inside Russia:

This photo (below) started the investigation, but the Russia photo could finish it.

This iconic photo of Hillary using a Blackberry on a military plane in 2011 prompted a State Department Freedom of Information Act officialbut not Muellers FBIto inquire about whether Hillary was using a government-issued device:

This follows the news that a Chinese company had hacked Hillary Clintons closet server throughout her term as Secretary of State.

The post NEW EVIDENCE Proves Lawless...

23:25

Syrian Army Continues Operations Against ISIS In Homs-Deir Ezzor Desert (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian Army Continues Operations Against ISIS In Homs-Deir Ezzor Desert (Map)

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) restored security in the areas of Rashwani, Bir al-Hajjah, Wadi al-Salhub and Nayriyah in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert following a series of clashes between government troops and members of ISIS cells operating in the area.

According to the Syrian state-run media, the SAA and the NDF killed at least two ISIS members and arrested seven others in an ambush on an ISIS unit in the area 30km west of Palmyra. Government forces seized weapons of the terrorists and six motorcycles.

Separately, the SAA and the NDF arrested seven ISIS members in the area of al-Froua 7km southeast of Palmyra. In this operation, government troops seized 10 motorcycles, 146 pieces of hashish and 14 bags of Captagon containing 10 thousand pills.

Syrian Army Continues Operations Against ISIS In Homs-Deir Ezzor Desert (Map)

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23:22

Designing smarter cities using computer game thinking "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Dr. Willem-Jan Renger, head of the Innovation Studio at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, is driving citizen engagement in smart city planning using methods generally seen in computer game creation, as part of an international consortium of cities, IRIS.

Why do we need to engage citizens in urban planning?

The most important thing to know [when planning a city] is what do citizens want What do they need? If we start talking to people, they bring key concerns that they have on their level to the table. One such concern in Utrecht was theres some street racing going on and some nasty incidents. When we were dealing with issues that the citizens had put forward, traffic safety was something we considered combining with smart street lighting solutions by creating some clever combinations to help pedestrians to cross the street, for example, or give cars feedback on the basis of their driving.

23:21

Dr. Wakefield Talks Candidly About The Documentary Vaxxed From Cover-up To Catastrophe "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Catherine J. Frompovich Why werent the producers, et al, who were involved in the production and distribution of the dramatic vaccine documentary film VAXXED...

23:18

Sky over Berlin "IndyWatch Feed World"

Der Himmel ber Berlin (Wim Wenders)

The film is about invisible, immortal angels who populate Berlin and listen to the thoughts of its human inhabitants, comforting those who are in distress

 

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(Angels) comforting those who are in distress

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23:17

U.S backed Belorussian opposition is importing 'Nazism' from Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed World"

The US has been involved in a long-term project to remove Lukashenko from power. This campaign goes back to even before the ramping up of the demonization of Putin, more than a decade, he's been called 'the last dictator in Europe'. As a member of the CSTO and Eurasian Union, the Russian Federation - which has a visa-free arrangement and something approaching a 'union state' - has tried establish Minsk as the 'neutral' member of the former USSR or Warsaw Pact sphere. This is why the Normandy Four format resulted in the agreement being signed in Minsk. Russia has therefore had mixed success in trying to establish Belarus as a 'neutral state'. Ideally, Ukraine could fill such a role, and was a prime candidate for such, and in many ways represented that before the coup, despite its problems and flaws.

23:15

Destroying America: It Is Being Projected That The U.S. National Debt Will Hit 99 Trillion Dollars By 2048 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Destroying America: It Is Being Projected That The U.S. National Debt Will Hit 99 Trillion Dollars By 2048 by Michael Snyder The Economic Collapse Blog Temporary prosperity that is created by exploding levels of debt is not actually prosperity...

The post Destroying America: It Is Being Projected That The U.S. National Debt Will Hit 99 Trillion Dollars By 2048 appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:15

Bitter Hillary Clinton Is Still Complaining About Losing To Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bitter Hillary Clinton Is Still Complaining About Losing To Trump

Its Hard to ignore racial subtext of virtually everything Trump says.

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The post...

23:14

Idlib Agreement: A few more details "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Entertainment

The Latest: Details released of agreement on Syria's Idlib

MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the disappearance of a Russian military aircraft over the Mediterranean and other issues related to Syria (all times local):
11:45 a.m.
A pro-government Syrian newspaper says the agreement reached between Russia and Turkey over the northwestern rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib envisions three stages in returning Damascus government institutions to the area.
The daily Al-Watan reported on Tuesday that the agreement struck in Sochi the day before also calls for the establishing of a demilitarized zone along all the front line in Idlib by Oct. 15.
The rebels are to hand over their heavy weapons under the supervision of Russia and Turkey by Nov. 10.
The paper says the third phase will see government institutions return to the rebel-held region after militants withdraw from residential areas.
The agreement between the leaders of Russia and Turkey on Monday is thought to have averted an all-out offensive by government forces to retake the last remaining rebel stronghold in Idlib.
Additional Reading at Fars

23:12

House of Reps: APC members protest James Falekes re-election bid "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Ikeja Federal Constituency, Lagos State, on Monday staged a peaceful protest against the re-election bid of Rep. James Faleke. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Faleke, member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives is positioning himself for re-election in 2019 elections. The []

The post House of Reps: APC members protest James Falekes re-election bid appeared first on Newtelegraph.

23:09

Israel does Eurasian integration: China taking over Israel's largest port - US Navy forced out? "IndyWatch Feed World"

China will operate Haifa port, near Israel's alleged nuclear-armed submarines, and it seems no one in Israel thought about the strategic ramifications Shaul Horev dropped a bombshell, but hardly anyone noticed. Horev, an Israel Defense Forces reservist brigadier general who has served, among other posts, as the navy chief of staff and chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, is currently director of the Research Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy at the University of Haifa. At the end of August, the center held a conference, to which participants from the United States were invited, to examine security issues relating to Israel and the Mediterranean region. In an interview with the religious-Zionist media outlet Arutz Sheva, Prof. Horev noted that one topic that came up at the event was Chinese investments in Mediterranean ports, and in Israel in particular. Pointing out that a Chinese company will soon start operating Haifa Port, he said that Israel needs to create a mechanism that will examine Chinese investments to ensure that they do not put Israel's security interests at risk. "When China acquires ports," Horev said, "it does so under the guise of maintaining a trade route from the Indian Ocean via the Suez Canal to Europe, such as the port of Piraeus in Greece. Does an economic horizon like this have a security impact? We are not weighing that possibility sufficiently. One of the senior American figures at the conference raised the question of whether the U.S. Sixth Fleet can see Haifa as a home port. In light of the Chinese takeover, the question is no longer on the agenda."

23:08

BREAKING: Kano Assembly confirms new deputy gov "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Kano State House of Assembly on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna as the new deputy governor of the state. Governor Umar Ganduje had on Monday officially forwarded the name of the deputy governor nominee to the legislative chamber for screening. The Special Assistant to the governor on Media, Salihu Tanko []

The post BREAKING: Kano Assembly confirms new deputy gov appeared first on Newtelegraph.

23:08

US-Backed Saudi Coalition Ramps Up Terror Attacks in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sanaa  The US-backed coalition escalated their attacks against civilians in Yemen particularly Hodeidah province which suffered dozens of airstrikes in the past few days.

Saudi warplanes attacked a home in al-Bayda on Monday killing eight civilians including several women and children.

The US-backed Saudi-led coalition warplanes have bombarded Hodeidah province with airstrikes over the past few days as they prepare for another ground offensive against indigenous Yemeni forces. Over 35 airstrikes struck various areas of Hodeidah in a 24-hour period.

The coalition carried out a terror attack on a radio station in Hodeidah on Sunday killing at least four crew members and injuring several others. The attack also destroyed most of the facilitys infrastructure.

Airstrike on Hodeidah Radio.

Rescue workers could not immediately enter the scene due to warplanes circling overhead. Its common for the US-backed Saudi coalition to carry out double tap attacks where jets launch a second round of strikes on ambulances, rescuers, and media personnel entering the scene.Its very common for the coalition to attack various journalists and media offices in their attempts to isolate Yemen from the international community and keep the public in the dark about such war crimes. The Yemeni Media Union and other various institutions called on international media outlets and organizations to condemn the attack on the Hodeidah radio station.The United States provides a majority of military support to the Saudi-led coalition including precision-guided missiles, warplanes, refueling for aircraft, logistical support for selecting airstrike targets, and ground training for coalition forces.

A recent report from a UN provides damning evidence that the US-backed Saudi-led coalition is guilty of targeting women, children, and civilians in Yemen. The report points out that the use of precision-guided missiles indicates that all airstrikes hit their intended targets.

However, the report fails to hold members of the coalition accountable for crimes that occurred over two years ago. The report also fails to mention anything about the crippling land, sea, and air blockade which restricts imports, exports, and the flow of movement. The blockade prevents civilians from leaving the country to seek medical care and has decimated the Yemeni economy.

Top Photo | A man, injured by an air strike at a fish market, is rushed to hospital in Hodeidah, Yemen August 2, 2018. Abduljabbar...

23:07

German Media: No chance Berlin will buy US LNG, regardless of Trump's efforts "IndyWatch Feed World"

The US president has criticized European nations, specifically Germany, for continuing to buy Russian natural gas and supporting the construction of the Nord Stream-2 pipeline. Trump suggested that the EU should buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US, despite it being more expensive. Germany is unlikely to buy the LNG that Washington has offered it as an alternative to Russian gas as Berlin doesn't need it, the German business newspaper Handelsblatt wrote on September 13. The newspaper wrote that the only reason that the German chancellor would be interested in US LNG would be to appease US President Donald Trump ahead of crucial trade talks between the US and the EU.

23:06

Woman accusing Muslim Congressman of abuse says Democrats smeared, threatened, isolated her "IndyWatch Feed War"

Of course. Karen Monahan couldnt reasonably have expected anything else. Keith Ellison is a key component of the Democrats mythology, fronting claims of Muslim victimhood as far back as Peter Kings hearings on terrorism, and intimidating people who would explore the jihadis motivating ideology for, you see, here is a moderate Muslim, a fiercely []

23:04

Connecting the Dots: Phase I of The Coming Red Dawn Invasion Is Nearing Completion "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Can Steve Quayle, Paul Martin, Dave Hodges, Infowars, several intelligence officials both past and present and dozens of average Americans who have firsthand information as well as many others from the Independent Media all be incorrect? To believe that we are not nearing Phase II of a Red Dawn invasion is the height of cognitive dissonance. And if we mix in some timely predictive programming, a very clear picture is emerging and every American is in a great deal of danger. After reading my 8th publication in the past 4 weeks on this topic, and with this most far-ranging account so far, it will be literally impossible to NOT conclude that he practice of embedding deadly 5th column forces within the United States is nearing completion. Phase II of the Red Dawn Invasion is close to implementation and this is the beginning of the blood bath that will commence. This is a dot connecting article. Every statement, every fact has previously been documented on The Common Sense Show, except for the last two subsections describing the contribution of Infowars and the identification of recent predictive programming. This article will simply demonstrate where all of these related facts are headed.

Steve Quayles Conclusion

Presumably, Steve Quayle and Dave Hodges have different sources. However, both of us have reached the same exact conclusion. The conclusion states that the Russians and the Chinese will simultaneously attack the United States. However, this will not be a first strike on America, so to speak. The Russian-Chinese invasion will come in the midst of a terrible upheaval in this country which will most likely occur in the midst of a civil war. Hence, this is the reason that we are seeing a major up-tick in the embedding of drug cartel personnel and guerrilla forces entering our country from south of our border.

Phase one consists of the completion of embedded,...

23:03

Wetherspoon to ditch German beer before Brexit "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Pub chain JD Wetherspoon is to sell more drinks from the UK and non-EU brewers in the run-up to Brexit.

Champagne and wheat beers produced in France and Germany will be replaced. Sparkling wines from the UK and Australia will be substituted for champagne, while more UK wheat beers will be sold.

The switch will affect all 880 Wetherspoon pubs from 9 July.

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23:02

YOUR RIGHT-WING UNCLE THINKS THIS WAS AN OFF-THE-SHELF PLOT AGAINST KAVANAUGH "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It's possible that Republicans sincerely believe #MeToo has changed the political calculations, and therefore they won't try to destroy Christine Blasey Ford's reputation. We know they're restraining the president -- Politico says that Don McGahn and Mitch McConnell persuaded Trump not to lash out, while The Washington Post says it was unnamed "White House aides." So treating Ford with some respect appears to be part of the strategy. It's possible that they're waiting for some opposition research to do her in, which won't have their fingerprints on it. But for now they're behaving, including Trump.

The Post says that the overgrown toddler in the White House was mollified by a diversionary tactic.

Trumps advisers calmed him by giving him space to vent privately about Senate Democrats, whom Republicans accuse of improperly withholding the sexual assault allegation until now....
On the Senate floor last night, McConnell also directed his anger at Democrats, saying this:
It is an accusation which the ranking member of the committee of jurisdiction [Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA)] has known about for at least six weeks, yet chose to keep secret until the 11th hour. Neither she nor any of her Democratic colleagues chose to raise this allegation during the committee staffs bipartisan background calls with the nominee. They did not raise it even with the name redacted in the 65 meetings Judge Kavanaugh held with senators before his confirmation hearing, including his private meeting with the ranking member.

They did not raise it even with the name redacted in four days of exhaustive public hearings while Judge Kavanaugh testified under oath. Even though they chose to raise myriad other matters at the hearing, including sometimes bizarre innuendo.

They did not raise it in the closed session, the proper forum where such an allegation could have been addressed with discretion and sensitivity. They did not raise it in the 1,000-plus follow-up questions that senators sent to Judge Kavanaugh in writing. But now now, at the eleventh hour, with committee votes on schedule, after Democrats have spent weeks and weeks searching for any possible reason that the nomination should be delayed, now they choose to introduce this allegation.

23:00

Did Israel Just Down A Russian Plane? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Did Israel Just Down A Russian Plane? Video We Are Change In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on the breaking news of a Russian military spy plane being shot down recently which...

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23:00

Candace Owens visits ICE immigration center: its nicer than every school I attended! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

NSFW due to some swearing. From the video description: Here is the truth America: ICE Immigration centers are nicer than public schools. I went to school in Connecticut and the Broward County ICE center is nicer than EVERY school I Continue reading

23:00

Ask yourself these questions before giving honest feedback "IndyWatch Feed World"

Honest feedback is critical, but how that feedback is relayed is more important.

Giving someone negative feedback, even when its requested, can be uncomfortable. You never know how well your input will be received, and you dont know what the person will do once they have the information. But people cant grow unless they know where their gap areas are, says Cheryl Hyatt, partner at Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search.

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22:59

Israel Expresses Regret For Downed Russia Aircraft, Says Syria is Responsible "IndyWatch Feed War"

Expressing regret, Israel says responsibility of incident falls squarely with Syria as well as Iran and Hezbollah.

BY ANNA AHRONHEIM
 SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 14:48

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Russian Air Force Ilyushin Il-20M . (photo credit: KIRILL NAUMENKO/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis addressed the downing of the Russian plane in Syria on Tuesday after Moscow accused Israel of a hostile provocation and threatened to respond.

Israel expresses its regret over the death of the crew members of the Russian plane that was downed tonight due to Syrian anti-aircraft fire, read the statement released by the IDF Spokespersons Unit.

Israel holds the Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane fully responsible for this incident. Israel also holds Iran and the Hezbollah terror organization accountable for this unfortunate incident.

Manelis confirmed that the IDF had struck a Syrian military facility from which s...

22:59

DACA Student Under Anti-ICE Terrorism Investigation Chooses Mexico Deportation Over Further Disclosure "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Adios muchacho. Via Center for Immigration Studies: Rather than face court proceedings that would further disclose why an FBI counterterrorism investigation has targeted him, San Antonio DACA recipient Sergio Mapache Salazar chose to take deportation to Mexico instead. The Mexico-born Salazar was brought to the United States when he was two and has lived in []

22:58

IBB, Kalu in closed door meeting "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida is currently having a closed-door meeting with former Governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu in Minna the Niger state capital. The former governor and his entourage were ushered into General Babangidas uphill mansion in Minna at exactly 12:08 pm on Tuesday. The convoy of the former []

The post IBB, Kalu in closed door meeting appeared first on Newtelegraph.

22:55

Worlds priority No.1: poverty reduction in Africa, say Gates "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Bill and Melinda Gates say improving health and education in Africa should be the worlds priority.

22:55

The Saudi-Israeli Alliance Against Iran, Two Major Middle East Projects Are About to Collide "IndyWatch Feed World"

Out from the ashes of the two mega projects of this expiring decade i.e. the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) attempted Mideast take-over, and, contrarily, the Gulf project to rupture the MB and to reconstitute hereditary, tribal absolutism (the Arab System) two different oppositional ventures are arising. They are gaining greater mass and inevitably will vie with each other sooner or later. In fact, they already are. The question is how far will the vying go?

One is the tying together of the northern tier of the Region through the diffusion of a common political ethos (based in resistance to the US insistence the region to accede to a revived American hegemony), and by the more mundane imperative to find the means to by-pass, and overstep, Americas financial war machine.

This latter movement had a major victory in recent days. Elijah Magnier, the veteran Middle East journalist, sums it up succinctly:

The US favourite candidate for the [Iraqi] prime ministership, Haidar Abadi, lost his last chance to renew his mandate for a second term when riots caused arson around the southern city of Basra and burned down the walls of the Iranian consulate in the city. While the inhabitants demonstrated for their justified demands (fresh water, electricity, job opportunities and infrastructure), sponsored groups with different agendas mixed with the crowds and managed to burn down offices, ambulances, a government building and school associated with al-Hashd al-Shaabi and other anti-US political groups. This mob behaviour forced Sayyed Moqtada al-Sadr, leader of 54 MPs, to drop his political partner Abadi and to put an end to [the latters] political carrier. Moqtada sought to distance himself from the events in Basra in order to let the blame fall on Abadi alone. He has joined the side of the winning horse, that of Iran

This combination of events led Moqtada to take his 54 MPs to join the largest coalition. Overt sponsorship by the US, and the Basra events, have brought Abadis political carrier in Iraq to an end  The largest coalition is now expected to include many more than 165 MPs, and thus become eligible to choose the Speaker and his two deputies, the president and the new prime minister The emergent large coalition will no longer need the support of the Kurds (42 MPs).

The leader of this broad coalition of Shia and Sunni parties is likely to be Faleh al-Fayyadi, the head of Hashd al-Shaabi (the PMU). In political terms, therefore, Iraq now is prone for inclusion in the Russian-Iranian-Syrian led, northern partnership (though divisions within the Iraqi Shia camp remain a source o...

22:55

2019 Elections: Sultan urges Nigerians to shun conflict, violence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, has urged Nigerians to shun all forms of conflict and violence before, during and after the forthcoming 2019 General Elections. Abubakar, represented by the Emir of Keffi, Dr Shehu Chindo-Yamusa III, made the appeal on Tuesday in Abuja at a Peace Declaration Summit. The summit, organised by []

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22:54

STOP with diet drinks: Experts warn even sugar-free sodas are linked to weight gain, dementia and strokes "IndyWatch Feed World"

The American Heart Association has come out with a new warning for those clinging to their soda habits by switching to diet drinks. This is pertinent because, with their sugar-laden counterparts getting so much bad press lately, diet soda has become the go-to option but research shows even sugar-free drinks put you at risk []

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22:53

As families become outlaws to treat epilepsy with cannabis, Colorado kids can now bring it to school "IndyWatch Feed World"

Eagle, CO Fourth-grader Quintin Lovato suffers from epilepsy and Tourettes syndrome, and for most of his life, these conditions have made living a normal life nearly impossible for him. Quintin had trouble with basic functions, and could barely walk until his family discovered the healing power of cannabis oil. Luckily, Quintin lives in Colorado, []

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22:51

New November deadline for agreeing withdrawal terms puts pressure on all sides "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

The mantra nothing is agreed until everything is agreed may be joined  with a new one, nothing changes until everything changes.

This  applies in spades to the border backstop wrangle. Rather than face crunch point at Salzburg on Thursday, EU leaders have confirmed that the terms for UK withdrawal will be settled at a special Brexit summit in November. So thats all good, then. But the backstop still nags and Theresa May has said nothing to wish it away, rather the reverse.

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab  urges flexibilityand says the ball is a little bit in the EUs court.  (How can it be a little bit? Its either in or out .  Does this little phrase expose a certain lack of confidence, making a point but with  palms stretched  outwards in a placatory gesture to the  other side, so as not to attract a slapdown?)

Donald Tusk the President of the Council (of government leaders ) tweets that if we all act responsibly we can avoid a catastrophe, i.e of no deal.

RTEs Europe Editor Tony Connelly has among the best sources presumably mainly Irish contacts

 EU officials have been redrafting the Irish backstop protocol in a bid to make it more palatable to London, but the EU Brexit Task Force remains convinced that Northern Ireland will have to remain part of the EUs customs regime if a hard border is to be avoided, RT News understands.

Sources say the Task Force has been trying to meet UK concerns by changing both language and emphasis in the original text.

This includes the idea that British inspectors in UK ports could carry out limited checks on their own and not in the presence of EU inspectors  to ensure customs and standards compliance for goods moving to Northern Ireland.

Officials are also looking to reinforce the idea that any future trade relationship that obviates the need for a hard border on the island of Ireland would supersede the provisions of the backstop.

A re-drafted text could also highlight the fact that elements of the backstop would automatically fall away if the future relationship is sufficiently comprehensive as to render customs and regulatory checks on the Irish border unnecessary.

The British government objects to the current draft of the so-called backstop because it would imply that if the UK were to be outside the single market and customs union, with Northern Ireland effectively remaining inside, then it would mean a customs border along the Irish Sea.

Michel Barnier, the EUs chief Brexit...

22:51

Common blue butterflies mating, video "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 18 September 2018 video shows three common blue butterfly couples mating.

Recorded by, respectively, Anne Baauw, Pieter Kole and Madeleine Vrolings from the Netherlands.

22:48

BOOM! James OKeefe Drops First Video in Deep State Series State Dept. Official and Socialist Stuart Karaffa Vows to F*ck Sh*t Up on Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday afternoon investigative journalist James OKeefe teased his upcoming investigation with The Gateway Pundits Jim Hoft and Turning Point USAs Charlie Kirk.

OKeefe told us on Friday about his latest investigation on the corrupt Deep State in Washington DC.
The video he revealed was shocking.

James later teased his investigation to the St. Louis crowd at the Gateway Eagle Council.

On Tuesday James OKeefe and Project Veritas dropped the first video in their Deep State series.

This video features a State Department employee, Stuart Karaffa, engaged in radical socialist political activity on the taxpayers dime, while advocating for government resistance.

The New York Times has their anonymous Deep State leakers James OKeefe has real people with names, rank and video.
Whos the REAL news network again?

In fact, Karaffa says Resist everything. Every level. F*ck sh*t up.

Karaffa is a leader in the Washington DC Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

In this video, Stuart explains that he uses work hours, at the Department of State, to conduct activism for the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA):

Im careful about it. I dont leave a paper trail, like I leave emails, and like any press s**t that comes up I leave that until after 5:30. But as soon as 5:31 hits, got my like draft messages ready to send out.

He doesnt believe that he will be caught and punished by the appropriate authorities, saying, Maybe someday Ill go to board of elections jail, probably not.

He admits further, I have nothing to lose. Its impossible to fi...

22:47

Vintage David Icke "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

Above photo

Football 1972 / 1973 season Hereford United Photocall Goalkeeper David Icke

 

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22:47

[SECURITY] New security advisory for CVE-2018-11786 released for Apache Karaf "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Jean-Baptiste Onofr on Sep 18

A new security advisory has been released for Apache Karaf, that is
fixed in recent 4.2.0 release.

CVS-2018-11786: Apache Karaf SSH RBAC security enforcement

Severity: Moderate

Vendor: The Apache Software Foundation

Versions Affected: all versions of Apache Karaf prior to 4.2.0.M1

Description:

If the sshd service in Karaf is left on so an administrator can manage
the running instance, any user with rights to the Karaf console can
pivot and...

22:45

PortableCL 1.2 Still Coming While POCL 1.3 Will Further Improve Open-Source OpenCL "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

It's been a number of months since last having any major news to report on POCL, the "PortableCL" project providing a portable OpenCL/compute implementation that can run on CPUs, select GPUs, and other accelerators...

22:44

Watch out, these grassroots campaigns are a hoax "IndyWatch Feed World"

Over the years, Ive written a number of articles outing industry front groups such as the Genetic Literacy Project, the American Council for Science and Health (ACSH), Science 2.0, GMO Answers, Independent Womens Forum, Science Codex, Center for Consumer Freedom and the Center for Inquiry. Once you start to investigate these front groups, youll find the same names appearing []

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22:42

IDF: Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet "IndyWatch Feed World"

Things are hotting up in the skies over and nearby to Syria!

Sukhoi-SU-33-993793

Russian Sukhoi SU-33

IDF officer who shot down Syrian plane speaks of tension before missile launch

Captain Or Naaman says of the July incident,

You take deep breaths and you wait to hear and see that you knocked out the target

Captain Or Naaman, who commanded the team that shot down a Syrian plane, in an interview broadcast on September 17, 2018. (Screen capture: Hadashot news)

Captain Or Naaman, who commanded the team that shot down a Syrian plane, in an interview broadcast on September 17, 2018

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and still occupies the area.

Syria claimed its jet was flying inside its own airspace during an operation against terrorist groups when it was hit by Israeli fire.

Israel last intercepted a Syrian jet four years ago.

The new incident raises the risk of military e...

22:38

Dubai economy collapsing, video "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

Crisis in Dubai: Economy is Melting like a Glacier in the Desert

12 September 2018

22:35

Russia blames Israel after military plane shot down off Syria say B.B.C. "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russia has said Syria shot down one of its military planes but laid the blame for the deaths of the 15 personnel on board with Israel.

The defence ministry said Israeli jets put the Il-20 plane into the path of Syrian air defence systems on Monday after failing to give Moscow enough warning of a strike on Syrian targets.

The Il-20 disappeared off the radar at about 23:00 local time (20:00 GMT).

The Israel Defence Force (IDF) has expressed sorrow over the deaths.

However, in a statement released on Twitter, it added: Israel holds the [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane, fully responsible for this incident.

It went on to say its jets were back in Israeli airspace by the time the missiles were launched.

Israel which also blamed Iran and Hezbollah rarely acknowledges carrying out strikes on Syria, but an Israeli military official recently said it had hit more than 200 Iranian targets in Syria over the past 18 months.

The Israeli government is concerned by what it calls Irans military entrenchment in Syria, as well as shipments of Iranian weapons to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which is fighting alongside Syrian government forces.

What exactly happened?

The details are murky, and Russias account of the incident has yet to be verified.

Mondays incident is reported to have occurred about 35km (22 miles) from the Syrian coast as the Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft was returning to Russias Hmeimim airbase near the north-western city of Latakia.

Russias Tass news agency says the Il-20 plane disappeared during an attack by four Israeli F-16 jets on Syrian facilities in Latakia province.

Russian MoD map showing flight paths of Israeli F-16s and Russian IL-20 that was shot down off Syria on 17 September 2018 ...

22:34

Facebook offers bounties for user token bugs in third-party apps, websites "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Facebook is expanding its bug bounty program to include vulnerabilities in third-party apps and websites that involve improper exposure of Facebook user access tokens. Whats in scope? Access tokens allow people to log into another app using Facebook and are uniquely generated for the specific person and app, security engineer Dan Gurfinkel noted. If exposed, a token can potentially be misused, based on the permissions set by the user. We want researchers to have a More

The post Facebook offers bounties for user token bugs in third-party apps, websites appeared first on Help Net Security.

22:31

UK Prime Minister May again equates Robert Spencer with jihad terrorists Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada "IndyWatch Feed War"

May gave a very similar speech in December 2016. This one is just recycled, but she included in it the same libel of me that she put in the first one. And I acted to keep those who peddle hatred and extremism out of our country. I kicked out Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada. I []

22:31

Canadian Moonbat Jim Carrey Draws Brett Kavanaugh Forcing Himself On Woman "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The no talent actor is a no talent artist. Via Breitbart: Actor and left-wing Twitter activist Jim Carrey has thrust himself into the controversy over an accuser of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh with a crude drawing depicting the judge as a rapist. The art features a caricature of a gape-mouthed Kavanaugh partially nude []

22:30

10 Tuesday AM Reads "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

My Two-for-Tuesday morning train reads: Zombie Lehman Keeps Chalking Up Victories (Bloomberg View) see also Lehmans Carcass Has Handed Huge Profits to Distressed Funds (Bloomberg)  Private Equity, Venture Capital and Private Real Estate May Have Hit Their Peak.(New York Times) How to Buy a House the Wall Street Way. (Wall Street Journal) see also Why Zillow

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22:27

Family says Palestinian who died after arrest by Israeli forces was beaten "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

West Bank family of Mohammad al-Khatib, 24, say they want an autopsy to be performed at a Palestinian facility, not an Israeli one

22:24

Pedophile Joe Biden calls Trump supporters dregs of society "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Cambridge Dictionary defines: deplorable as very bad; its synonyms include abominable, abysmal, ghastly, putrid, and repulsive. virulent as dangerous, poisonous, hateful and violent. dregs of society as the part of something that is considered unimportant and unwanted. During the Continue reading

22:24

The US Governments Secret Rules for Spying on Journalists Are Terrifying "IndyWatch Feed World"

Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released documents revealing the U.S. governments secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling the revelations important and terrifying.

The documentsobtained and released by the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University through an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed last Novemberconfirm long held suspicions that federal officials can target journalists with FISA orders.

The two 2015 memos from former Attorney General Eric Holder to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lay out procedures to ensure that the attorney general or deputy attorney general signs off on any FISA applications targeting known media entities or known members of the media.

These secret rules, as Cora Currier reported for The Intercept, apply to media entities or journalists who are thought to be agents of a foreign government, or, in some cases, are of interest under the broader standard that they possess foreign intelligence information.

Theres a lack of clarity on the circumstances when the government might consider a journalist an agent of a foreign power, Ramya Krishnan, a sta...

22:23

Syrian Air Defenses Intercepted Missiles Fired at Latakia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Missiles were fired from the sea at several locations in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia on Monday but were intercepted by air defences, Syrian state media said.

According to Reuters the official SANA news agency said the Technical Industry Institution in the state-controlled city had been targeted. SANA added that it was not immediately known who fired the missiles.

Air defences have confronted enemy missiles coming from the sea in the direction of the Latakia city, and intercepted a number of them, SANA quoted a military source as saying.

State-run Ikhbariya TV said 10 people were injured in the attack. Eight were discharged shortly after being admitted to a nearby hospital.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitor, said huge explosions were heard in the city.

The missiles targeted ammunition depots of the Technical Industry Institution in the eastern outskirts of Latakia, the Observatory said. It was not immediately clear what activities the state institution was engaged in.

A witness in Latakia told Reuters that he spotted four missiles downed by Syrian air defences.

One of the missiles fell in an open area to the west of central Homs city causing a fire in an orchard, Ikhbariya TV said.

It said electricity was later fully restored to Latakia province, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad, after there was partial blackout due to the attack.

The source of the missiles was not immediately clear. Israel has launched frequent attacks in Syria. On Saturday, Syrian air defences downed several missiles that Israel fired near Damascus airport, state media reported.

When asked for comment about Mondays attack, an Israeli military spokeswoman said Israel did not comment on foreign reports.

During the Israeli cabinet weekly meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country will constantly taking action to prevent our enemies from arming themselves with advanced weaponry.

A US Central Command spokesman said the United States did not carry out strikes in that part of Syria on Monday.

Early in September, missiles targeted several positions in the provinces of Tartous and Hama, SANA said.

During the more than seven-year conflict in neighbouring S...

22:19

How many sewer scavengers are there In India? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Another man has been killed in a sewer in Delhi after the rope tying the man snapped and he fell inside - the tenth such death in the country in a week.

22:18

What should Robert Wiblin ask Tyler Cowen? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Robert will be interviewing me later this week, as an installment of Conversations with Tyler, just as Patrick Collison once interviewed me a while back.  At least part of the interview will focus on my forthcoming book Stubborn Attachments: A Vision of a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals.  (And we will do 2.5 hours, a Robert specialty!)  Here is part of Roberts bio:

I studied both genetics and economics at the Australian National University (ANU), graduated top of my class and was named Young Alumnus of the Year in 2015.

I worked as a research economist in various Australian Government agencies including the Treasury and Productivity Commission.

I then moved to Oxford in the UK to work at the Centre for Effective Altruism, first as Research Director and then Executive Director.

I then became Research Director for 80,000 Hours. In 2015 the project went through Y Combinator, and in 2016 we moved from Oxford to Berkeley, California in order to grow more quickly.

He is renowned for his thorough preparation and he runs a very good podcast of his own.  So what should he ask me?

The post What should Robert Wiblin ask Tyler Cowen? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

22:15

US-Backed Saudi Coalition Ramps up Terror Attacks in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sanaa (GPA) The US-backed coalition escalated their attacks against civilians in Yemen particularly Hodeidah province which suffered dozens of airstrikes in the past few days.

Saudi warplanes attacked a home in al-Bayda on Monday killing eight civilians including several women and children.

The US-backed Saudi-led coalition warplanes have bombarded Hodeidah province with airstrikes over the past few days as they prepare for another ground offensive against indigenous Yemeni forces. Over 35 airstrikes struck various areas of Hodeidah in a 24-hour period.

The coalition carried out a terror attack on a radio station in Hodeidah on Sunday killing at least four crew members and injuring several others. The attack also destroyed most of the facilitys infrastructure.

Airstrike on Hodeidah Radio.

Read more about the war in Yemen:

Geopolitics Alert Editor Randi Nord at UNHRC: US Facilitates War Crimes in Yemen [VIDEO]

The US-backed Coalition in Yemen is Trying to Trigger Another Massive Cholera Epidemic

Best Scenes from August: Yemenis Defend Their Country from US-Saudi Invaders [VIDEO]

1,200 Days of War Has Destroyed Enough Yemeni Homes to Fill a Large City: 400,000+

Where Is Yemen and Why Is the US Helping Saudi Arabia Bomb It?


Rescue workers could not immediately enter the scene due to warplanes circling overhead. Its common for the US-backed Saudi coalition to carry out double tap attacks where jets launch a second round of strikes on ambulances, rescuers, and media personnel entering the scene.

Its very common for the coalition to attack various journalists and media offices in their attempts to isolate Yemen from the international community and keep the public in the dark about such war crimes. The Yemeni Media Union and other various institutions called on international media outle...

22:15

Robert Steele: The Big Lie: Russian Propaganda. The Bigger Lie: The Truth Is What We Say It Is. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Robert David STEELE Vivas

The Big Lie: Russian Propaganda. The Bigger Lie: The Truth Is What We Say It Is.

American Herald Tribune

18 September 2018

DOC (6 Pages):
AHT IO Russia and the Rest FINAL 1.1

Full text online below the fold.

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I read Oleg Shakirovs Russian Propaganda: On Social Networks, in Eastern Europe, and Soon Everywhere,[1] It is a useful perspective but lacking in historical and multi-national context. I wrote the original book, INF...

22:15

Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The American War in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Its the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore...

22:15

The Open Insulin Project and the Future of the U.S. Pharmaceutical Market "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984

Open Insulin, 'DIY bio' and the future of pharma

The development, manufacture and sale of pharmaceutical drugs in the United States is a complex landscape involving intellectual property and strict federal regulations. But according to Colorado State University scientists, the status quo of the U.S. pharmaceutical market may soon be turned on its head. That's due in part to a growing community of do-it-yourself "biohackers" who are disrupting business-as-usual for pharmaceutical discovery, development and distribution. A Sept. 13 perspective piece in Trends in Biotechnology [DOI: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2018.07.009] [DX] frames these emerging issues, and predicts how the pharmaceutical industry, and the U.S. regulatory environment, will need to change in response.

[...] The authors use the California-based Open Insulin Project as a case study of how the DIY bio movement might shape the future of medicine. Founded in 2015, the project's creators are trying to increase competition in the insulin market by developing and releasing an open-source protocol for manufacturing off-patent insulin.

Why does the Open Insulin Project exist in the first place? Insulin is 100 years old, but it remains prohibitively expensive for many patients, with some uninsured patients paying up to $400 a month for this life-saving medicine. People are angry, and in some cases, people are dying, from lack of access to affordable insulin.


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22:10

Stephen Jenkinson: Re-Discovering The Value Of Elders "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Stephen Jenkinson: Re-Discovering The Value Of Elders by Adam Taggart Peak Prosperity Wisdom is in short supply. How do we bring it back? In past eras of human civilization, the wisdom of respected elders guided much of the decision-making...

The post Stephen Jenkinson: Re-Discovering The Value Of Elders appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:08

Was the 'Skripal poisoning' really a drug deal gone wrong? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, two Russian men accused by the UK of poisoning the former British spy of Russian origin Sergey Skripal and his daughter in March of this year, have given an interview with RT that only adds to the confused nature of the entire Skripal affair. What's immediately clear is that based on the fact that both men travelled from Russia to the UK on a commercial flight, using their real names/real passports and with ordinary visas - neither Petrov nor Boshirov are Russian military intelligence agents of any sort. The next crucial matter is that during the interview both men were clearly and admittedly nervous. Their story about taking the costly flight from Moscow to London in the midst of winter for the purpose of visiting the cathedral in the English city of Salisbury only to turn back because of snow and slush on the ground seems scarcely believable, not least because these were young, healthy looking men from a nation that has vastly colder winters than England. Their seemingly rehearsed lines about the attributes of Salisbury Cathedral gave the interview an all the more surreal feel as it became clear that the two men clearly had something to hide, but that which they were trying to hide almost certainly had personal rather than geopolitical implications.

22:06

Persistence is a key ingredient to getting a degree "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have you ever wondered how kooks like Ken Ham get teaching certification? He does have a degree in education from a real university, you know, unlike that other fraud, Kent Hovind. From his bio:

Kens bachelors degree in applied science (with an emphasis on environmental biology) was awarded by the Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia. He also holds a diploma of education from the University of Queensland (a graduate qualification necessary for Ken to begin his initial career as a science teacher in the public schools in Australia).

Heres a dirty little secret. Getting into or attending a university does not automatically make you smart or knowledgeable. It is possible to go through the motions, meet the minimal requirements, and not learn anything. And in some cases, even the minimal requirements may be waived, as some Australian universities are intent on demonstrating.

Students who leave high school with the lowest scores some close to zero are being offered places in teaching degrees at universities, a secret report has found.

It shows some prospective teaching students had an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) that was often as low as zero to 19 far below the Federal Governments official data.

These figures, which have never been publicly reported by universities, show that in NSW and the ACT in 2015, students who scored in the bottom 50 per cent of school leavers made up half of all those offered places in teaching degrees.

Im happy to undermine my own authority by telling you that having letters after your name doesnt make you brilliant. And conversely, lacking those letters doesnt make you stupid.

22:06

US Energy Secretary claims US 'considering' sanctioning Nord Stream pipeline "IndyWatch Feed World"

The United States could impose sanctions on a new Russia-Germany gas pipeline, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday during a visit to Moscow. Asked whether sanctions on the undersea Nord Stream 2 pipeline are possible and if further energy-related sanctions are planned, Perry said: "Yes to your first question and yes to your second." Eastern European countries and the U.S. oppose the pipeline on the grounds that it would increase Europe's energy dependence on Russia. The U.S. is also interested in selling more of its liquefied natural gas in Europe.

22:06

Kavanaugh and his 'sexual assault' accuser to both testify publicly on Monday "IndyWatch Feed World"

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual crimes will both testify next Monday over her accusation that he sexually assaulted her while they were teenagers in high school. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), a member of the Judiciary Committee, confirmed that the public hearing will happen on Monday, September 24. It is unclear whether the vote to confirm Kavanaugh has been delayed, or if the vote will still occur and the testimony will happen anyway. We assume the former. Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has a hazy recollection of the incident, admitting she doesn't specifically remember the year it happened, where the incident occurred, whose house it was, how she got there, and whether Kavanaugh and a witness (who denies the account) were already upstairs when she went up, and how she got home that night.

22:05

Yemeni civil society organizations call on UN support for human rights violations inquiry commission "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Civil society organizations in Yemen sent an appeal to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday to increase the level of support to the National Commission of Inquiry in Human Rights Violations in Yemen and to reflect this support in the purported resolution on Yemen in the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council.

The statement read: The National Commission has made great successes in the field of monitoring, documenting and investigating different violations since the issuance of the above-mentioned HRC resolution.

Civil society organizations in Yemen sent an appeal to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday to increase the level of support to the National Commission of Inquiry in Human Rights Violations in Yemen. (File/AFP)

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The Commission intensified its presence in all territories of Yemen; investigated and collected information on violations perpetrated by all parties; and established a comprehensive database for all victims of violations for use during peace time to achieve accountability, justice and reconciliation in Yemen. In addition, the Commission issued several general and specific reports containing results of investigations it conducted in all parts of Yemen.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1373951/middle-east

Arab News

22:02

Study games out oil palm development scenarios in Borneo "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Although expansion of oil palm plantations appears to be inevitable, regulators have options when deciding what land may be converted into the worlds most widely planted vegetable oil crop. A report by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) finds that current practices not only threaten forests and reduce ecosystem services, but future development will actually decrease the total economic value of two Indonesian provinces on the island of Borneo. Fortunately, there are other options. The study looks at how three possible scenarios for future oil palm development will affect West and Central Kalimantan: hotbeds for plantation expansion, and home to some of the worlds most ecologically important rainforest. The authors quantify what will happen under a business as usual (BAU) approach, a strict conservation plan (CON), and expansion guided by sustainable intensification (SUS-INT). They find that not only is the current approach detrimental, but alternate scenarios can maintain the provinces total economic value and meet the growing demands for palm oil all while keeping Borneos remaining forests intact. Under a BAU scenario, all land currently zoned for corporate oil palm concessions are utilized to their maximum capacity. This includes clearing and planting concession areas that may be considered of high conservation value (HCV) or contain high carbon stock (HCS). Primary and secondary forests zoned before the issuance by the national government of a 2011 moratorium on new licenses to develop some of these areas are also fully converted. At the current rates of development, the authors predict total

Zur Diversity-Frage sind einige Einsendungen reingekommen.Ein ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Zur Diversity-Frage sind einige Einsendungen reingekommen.

Ein Beispiel dafr war eine Spielefirma, die so im Text Anspielungen und Witzchen vermeiden kann, die in belieferten Kulturkreisen keiner versteht. Das finde ich ein gutes Argument allerdings noch nicht durchschlagend, weil es sich nicht so gut verallgemeinern lsst, z.B. auf VW-Fliebandarbeiter oder Burger-Flipper bei McDonald's oder einen SAP-Programmierer.

Ein anderer Einsender ist Lehrer und wies darauf hin, dass die unter partiell hnlichen Annahmen eingefhrte "Kinder nicht korrigieren, Lesenlernen nach Aussprache"-Methode wohl voll in die Hose ging.

Ein dritter Einsender zitierte einige bekannte Flle wie den Seifespender, der nur bei weier Haut Seife spendet.

Ich persnlich betrachte Kritik an meiner Arbeit nicht als negativ, im Gegenteil. Von Lob lernt man nichts. Mein Ziel ist, zu lernen. Daher ist ehrliche Kritik das viel grere Lob, besonders wenn man ihr anmerkt, dass derjenige sich mit meiner Arbeit auseinandergesetzt hat, als irgendein rituelles Hohl-Lob. Aus meiner Sicht machen sich Leute, die bei Kritik nur darber nachdenken, wie ungerecht sie behandelt werden, ihre Wachstumsmglichkeiten kaputt, und ich wrde alleine deshalb lieber jemand kritikfhigen einstellen. Nicht nur ihre eigenen Wachstumschancen, die des ganzen Teams.

Ich habe einige so Zuckerwatte-Teams erlebt. Eine hufige Gemeinsamkeit ist, dass die aus Furcht vor Kritik auch externe Vergleiche scheuen, und dann in einer Blase vor sich hin arbeiten, sich gar nicht dessen bewusst seiend, dass sich die Welt seit ihren Berufanfangs weitergedreht hat, und es inzwischen bessere Verfahren gibt.

Insofern wre mein auszurumendes Problem auch nicht damit, ob es da jetzt Diversitt und Inklusion gibt, sondern ob man sich radikale Kritik und Kritikfhigkeit aufrecht erhalten hat. Und das sehe ich halt bei keiner der blichen Inklusions-Initiativen gegeben, eher im Gegenteil.

Um mal das geflgelte Wort zu zitieren: Klar, kann man so machen. Wird dann halt Kacke.

Update: Ich finde es an der Stelle brigens brandgefhrlich, Leute zur Selbstverwirklichung Code beisteuern zu lassen. Wir reden hier vom Linux-Kernel, der ist in Telefonen drin, mit denen man im Notfall zuverlssig die Feuerwehr rufen knnen muss. Der ist in Steuerungen fr Kraftwerke drin, und in selbstfahrenden Autos. Da hngen Menschenleben von ab. Nein, da darfst du nicht an die Wand pinkeln, weil das toll in deinem Lebenslauf aussehen wrde. Man htte euch auch nicht bei der Brcke in Genua mitfrickeln lassen, weil ihr ein marginalisiertes Einhorn seid, mit dem alle Mitleid haben. Habt mal ein bisschen Respekt vor Code! Wir kriegen es schon mit ausgewiesenen und erfahrenen Experten nicht zuverlssig hin, sauberen und sicheren Code zu schreiben! Das ist kei...

22:02

World view Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tuesday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

22:01

Tusk suggests EU Brexit summit to avert catastrophe "IndyWatch Feed War"

European leaders may need to hold an extra summit in November to clinch a Brexit deal and avert a catastrophe when Britain leaves in March, EU President Donald Tusk warned Tuesday.

When European Union leaders meet this week in the Austrian Alps, they will discuss how to clear both the last hurdles to a divorce deal and to develop a plan for future ties, he said.

We will discuss how to organise the final phase of the Brexit talks, including the possibility of calling another European Council in November, he said, in a letter inviting the 28 leaders to the informal summit.

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The leaders who make up Tusks European Council had been aiming to strike a Brexit deal at a scheduled October summit, but now seem to be on course to hold another last-ditch get-together in November.

This would still give the British, European and member state parliaments enough time to debate and ratify the terms before the end of March, when Britain would otherwise crash out without a plan.

Let me recall that limiting the damage caused by Brexit is our shared interest. Unfortunately, a no deal scenario is still quite possible. But if we all act responsibly, we can avoid a catastrophe, Tusk wrote.

Concerned about safeguarding the Irish peace deal, he also stressed the need to find ways to ensure there will be no hard border in the future between Ireland and British Northern Ireland.

EU officials and many British experts are worried that a no-deal Brexit would damage economic and financial ties between the worlds biggest trading bloc and one of the worlds largest economies.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of Austria which currently holds the blocs six-month rotating presidency will open the two-day summit on Wednesday evening in Salzburg.

He will host a dinner where British Prime Minister Theresa May briefs her EU counterparts about the state of talks between her negotiator Dominic Raab and Europes Brexit pointman Michel Barnier.

Tusk said the 27 other leaders would meet on Thursday without May to discuss a statement of intent on future relations with Britain, which is to be announced along with the Brexit divorce deal.

Level playing field

EU diplomats warn that British demands for partial single-market access could undermine the level playing field if Britain refuses to stick to EU health, labour and environment standards and seeks t...

22:01

September 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

335  Dalmatius was raised to the rank of Caesar by his uncle Constantine I.

1356  In the Battle of Poitiers, the English defeated the French.

1676 Jamestown was burned to the ground by the forces of Nathaniel Bacon during Bacons Rebellion.

1692 Giles Corey was pressed to death after refusing to plead in the Salem witch trials.

1777  First Battle of Saratoga/Battle of Freemans Farm/Battle of Bemis Heights.

1796 George Washingtons farewell address was printed across America as an open letter to the public.

1862 American Civil War: Battle of Luka  Union troops under General William Rosecrans defeated a Confederate force commanded by General Sterling Price.

1863  American Civil War: Battle of Chickamauga.

1870 Franco-Prussian War: the Siege of Paris began.

1881 President James A. Garfield died of wounds suffered in a July 2 shooting.

1882 Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1965).

1889  Sarah Louise Delany, American physician and author, was born (d. 1999).

1893 The Governor, Lord Glasgow, signed a new Electoral Act into law. As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world to grant all women the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

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22:00

How Apples first HQ shaped the company into what it is today "IndyWatch Feed World"

A new oral history of the Infinite Loop campus offers a glimpse into the culture of Apple as it worked to build the first iPhone.

Steve Jobs wasnt a fan of Apples Infinite Loop headquarters in Cupertino, California. But its six buildings, the design of those buildings, and the overall campus plan defined an entire era for the companys employees, its products, and its mercurial leader. In fact, its new Apple Park offices, designed by Foster+Partners, are arguably less representative of Apples spirit than the old Infinite Loop campus, which the company occupied from 1993 to 2017. The latter embodied Apples unlikely resurrection in the late 1990s. The former feels like yet another Apple product.

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22:00

Phone interview coming up? Dont make these mistakes "IndyWatch Feed World"

Phone interviews have become an inevitable part of the job-hunting process. Here are 12 things to keep in mind to make sure you succeed.

These days, phone interviews are an unavoidable part of the job interview process, and for good reason: They save everyone involved time and effort. But that doesnt mean that phoners require zero energy on the part of the candidate. Yes, you should spend more time preparing for an in-person interview, but many companies treat phone screens as the official first round of the hiring process. That means candidates are expected to go into them prepared with as much information about the company, position, and their own skills and strengths as possible.

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22:00

Sunrun is bringing 100 megawatts of rooftop solar to low-income communities "IndyWatch Feed World"

As California pushes to reach 100% renewable energy, the state is helping to fund a push by the solar company to install solar panels on affordable housing developments.

As California prepares to shift to 100% renewable energy by 2045so far, its the largest economy in the world to commit to such an aggressive goalthe state needs to double down on its production of local clean energy.

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22:00

Deep State Unmasked: State Dept on Hidden Cam Resist Everything I Have Nothing to Lose (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Deep State Unmasked: State Dept on Hidden Cam Resist Everything I Have Nothing to Lose Video Project Veritas Project Veritas has released the first installment in an undercover video series unmasking the deep state. The video features a State...

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22:00

Pope Francis & Beijing: The Geopolitics of the Vatican "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The Roman Catholic Church and the Peoples Republic of China are set to sign an agreement, which would formally end the hostilities between these two entities. The Chinese government will formally acknowledge the Pope as the leader of the Catholic Church in China. In exchange, the Pope will reinstate ex-communicated Bishops selected by the Communist Party to lead Catholics on the Chinese mainland. In this context, it is worth reviewing the shifts and evolutions of Catholicism in global politics.

Opposing Capitalism and Marxism

Surprising as it may be to many Republicans in the United States, the Roman Catholic Church officially opposes capitalism. In fact, clerical anti-capitalism predates Marxism by centuries. As the merchant class was emerging in Europe, Catholic theology tended to uphold the natural order represented in the feudal hierarchy. The church saw the marketplace as a sinful mess of greed and anarchy.  Gutenbergs printing press, which led to the translation and widespread publication of the Bible, and eventually the Protestant Reformation, is seen as the opening shot act in the struggle resulting in the eventual rise of liberal democratic nation-states and the market. Papal proclamations that shifted regulations on money-lending laid the foundations for modern finance. For example, the roots of the titanic institution known as Bank of America can be traced back to early Italian bankers, who emerged as the church loosened its restrictions on Usury.

While Catholic anti-capitalism, which emphasizes morality and obedience over economic freedom, has been longstanding, the ideology of Marxism is something Rome has always opposed. Catholicism views Marxism as godlessly fomenting revolts against legitimate God given authority. Furthermore, Marxist economic determinism is perceived as undermining the moral responsibility of individuals for their actions.

As Marxism proliferated throughout Europe, most especially after the Russian Revolution, it was not uncommon for Roman Catholic Anti-Communists to invoke a supposed Jewish origin of Marxism while condemning it. Many Catholics also espoused the belief that Marxism was linked to the Bavarian illuminati, which the Church had suppressed in the 1780s. Rome never formally endorsed any conspiracy theory about the origins of Marxism, but among politicized Catholics, such beliefs were certainly widespread.

In the 1920s a...

22:00

Medicare-For-All-- Who's For It? Who's Against It? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




Do you remember the leaked DCCC memo instructing the corporate shills they were recruiting as candidates to try to avoid any specifics about what to do about healthcare other than "fix" ObamaCare and to never talk about Medicare-For-All or single payer? The DCCC had some phony-baloney polling they were able to twist into meaning that people don't like Medicare-For-All. Classic DCCC bullshit. Below, you'll find some information about the new effort to help elect candidates who have said they will CO-SPONSOR Medicare-For-All legislation when they get to Congress.



Just over a week ago, Arit John did a story for Bloomberg News about the growing strength of the Republican wing of the Democratic Party within the House caucus-- basically New Dems, Blue Dogs and so-called "ex"-Republicans. Lately they seem to be holding Pelosi's puppet strings. Her brain-dead comments about PAY-GO can be music to anyone's ears but Blue Dogs, New Dems, the No Labels criminals-- and actual Republicans, who love seeing the Democrats planting the seeds for the next anti-Blue Wave.

When I was a kid-- when Pelosi and Hoyer were just slightly older kids-- the Democrats owned Congress. That's because they were the Santa Claus Party and the Republicans were the Grinch Party. The Republicans spent decades on the outside complaining about the Democrats spending us into doom-- although doom seemed to look a lot like prosperity. Then, in 1994, the Republicans finally took over... and the...

21:57

Businessman, Rasaki Adeyiga, docked over alleged 22,000 US dollars fraud "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A 30-year-old businessman, Rasaki Adeyiga, who allegedly obtained 22, 000 US dollars from his business associate under false pretences, was on Tuesday arraigned in an Igbosere Magistrates Court, Lagos. Adeyiga, whose residential address was not given, is standing trial on a three-count charge of conspiracy, fraud and stealing. The prosecutor, Insp. Haruna Ibrahim, told the []

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21:55

International Day Against DRM Celebrates its 12th Anniversary "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

For creators of intellectual property, from movies, TV shows and software, through to the devices that allow them to be played, Digital Rights Management (DRM) is essential to control access to those products.

Proponents argue that without the digital locks of DRM, rampant copying of their content and designs would ensue, reducing revenues and threatening the very business models that bring these products to market.

On the flip side, DRM is seen as a huge hindrance by many consumers, particularly when its existence restricts, as it always does, what legitimate buyers of content and devices are able to do with their purchases.

From copying a DVD or game disc for backup purposes through to a myriad of legitimate fair-use scenarios, DRM is an ever-present mesh of digital barbed wire laid down for the sole purpose of restricting freedom.

While DRM aims to be its own protection (which can also backfire), it is also supported by legislation. Circumvention is criminalized under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the EU Copyright Directive, meaning those that choose to undermine it can face the wrath of the legal system.

For these reasons and many others, the Free Software Foundations (FSF) Defective by Design (DbD) campaign has sought to draw attention to the anti-consumer effects of DRM. From its roots back in 2006, today the FSF celebrates its 12th annual International Day Against DRM, inviting supporters to protest against digital locks while envisioning a world without DRM.

DRM is a major problem for computer user freedom, artistic expression, free speech, and media, says John Sullivan, executive director of the FSF.

International Day Against DRM has allowed us to, year after year, empower people to rise up together and in one voice declare that DRM is harmful to everyone.

The FSF and those who share their concerns over DRM believe that the addition of digital locks actually causes damage to a product. While offering no benefits to the consumer, DRM can fail catastrophically when those behind such systems are no longer able to maintain them, resulting in massive digital book-burnings when content is rendered inaccessible.

DRM also gives companies a reason and a route to spy on consumers and the use...

21:54

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Africa's Crime Statistics: Denial At Its Worst
18 September 2018, 10:08

According to our minister of police, Bheki Cele, South Africa has not reached a state of lawlessness, nor will we.

When first reading this ludicrous proclamation, all I could do was sit in my chair and wonder if perhaps Mr Cele was reporting on the crime statistics of the same South Africa, the rest of us call home.

It didnt take long to dawn on me, that it was wishful thinking.

Now, to put things in perspective, if we are rating the seriousness of crimes and placing the most serious acts at the top, murder always takes top priority. Fifty seven (57) people are murdered in South Africa EVERY DAY.

Its hard to fathom really, but to give you an idea of how insane that figure is - picture a bus carrying 57 people, driving off a cliff each and every day. War torn countries have fewer fatalities than South Africa does annually.

Now, if that isnt enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, the murder rate obviously doesnt include attempted murders or other forms of intended grievous bodily harm.

Other statistics that beggars belief are the cases of rape (the ones that are reported), hi-jackings, home invasions, assault, theft, cash in transit heists, vandalism, looting, corruption, domestic violence and the list just continues.

To say that South Africa has not reached a state of lawlessness is an insult to every citizen in our country, a serious betrayal to all those who have been victims of crime either directly or indirectly and a scandalous downplay of the situation we find ourselves in.

The brazen manner in which Mr Cele announced this statement is proof that our ministers and high-ranking government officials are completely out of touch with the people they are meant to serve.

As an ordinary member of society, we are not able to afford personal body guards, motorcades that drive dangerously often breaking the law to transport the self-important official inside a luxurious sedan, or live in a compound with state of the art security systems.

If our own government is unable to admit that we have a crisis on our hands when it...

21:54

Building collapse gradually fading away in Lagos, says Commissioner "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Lagos State Government {LASG} says that it has been putting measures in place to nip in the bud the incidents of building collapse in the state. The Commissioner for Housing, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday. Lawal said that the ministry had been carrying []

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21:54

Hugh Fitzgerald: Two Versions of the Dalai Lama (Part II) "IndyWatch Feed War"

At the same gathering, the Dalai Lama insisted that India is the only country where different religions have been able to co-exist. This was a bizarre remark, but the Dalai Lama is given to strange remarks. First, could he have forgotten that all over the Western  world, people of different confessions have coexisted peacefully? Or []

21:52

The Geopolitical Impact of Climate Change in Vietnam "IndyWatch Feed War"

Summary

Climate change and its consequences is one of the most debated issues in todays world. The phenomenon will affect virtually all countries, but some are particularly exposed to its effects. Due to its position and its peculiar geographic configuration, Vietnam is considered to be among the most vulnerable to global warming, and as such it will face a variety of challenges in the upcoming decades. Besides the obvious environmental consequences, climate change risks hampering the countrys economic development and causing resource shortages that could result in massive migration movements and a surge in piracy in Vietnams coastal waters. All of this would have broad and lasting security implications for the wider region.

 

Background

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country that falls within the equatorial belt, and like all states located in this area it is particularly exposed to the effects of climate change. In fact, Vietnam is constantly listed among the countries that will suffer the most from changing weather patterns. According to a FAO report, by 2050 Vietnams annual mean temperatures are expected to grow between 0.8 and 1.5 C, with the most marked increase to take place in the north. Similarly, rainfall will rise between 3.8 and 4.1% in northern areas, and by 0.7-1.7% in southern ones. This will naturally have important repercussions on agriculture. It must be said that higher temperatures and more abundant rains will benefit some regions. For instance, tropical crops will increase due to the greater number of warm days, and more rain will help maize crop output surge in the north (around the Red River delta). However, taken as a whole, the effects are clearly negative: in 2050, Vietnams agricultural yield will drop by at least 3% (and in some models much more) in all regions. The spring rice crop will be the most badly affected, with production declines reaching up to 12.48% in the north.

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21:52

100 presumed dead after Typhoon Mangkhut triggers landslide in Philippines "IndyWatch Feed World"

Almost 100 people are presumed dead after a landslide caused by Typhoon Mangkhut enveloped a small mining town in the Philippines, burying homes and a chapel where dozens of people had taken shelter. By Monday night 36 bodies had been recovered in the remote town of Itogon, with 12 pulled from the ruins of the chapel. The area's death toll was expected to rise with more than 50 people missing. Mangkhut, a category five typhoon, swept through the Philippine region of Luzon on Saturday, wreaking destruction on homes and crops and causing massive flooding. At the height of the storm, dozens of people in Itogon - mostly miners and their families - took refuge in a chapel housed in a former bunkhouse in the belief they would be protected. However, part of a mountain collapsed on top of the building.

21:50

Evidence Is No Longer A Western Value "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Evidence Is No Longer A Western Value Support your website or it wont be here. Russia Provides Conclusive Proof That Ukraine Downed Malaysia Airlines MH17 Of course, proof, facts, evidence are no longer of any consequence in the Western World....

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21:49

Drug companies accused of cheating countries out of billions in taxes "IndyWatch Feed World"

Some of the worlds biggest pharmaceutical companies appear to be dodging an estimated $3.8 billion in tax per year across 16 countries, claims Oxfam.

21:47

Court remands husband in prison over wifes death "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Magistrates Court in Minna on Tuesday ordered the remand of one Ade Ilesanmi in prison for allegedly causing the death of his wife. Ilesanmi had pleaded not guilty to a count charge of culpable homicide, contrary to Section 221 of the Penal Code. The Prosecutor, Sgt. Aliyu Malami, had told the court that one []

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21:46

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Africa Crime: Can the Country Be Compared to a 'War Zone'?
BBC News
18 September 2018

South Africa's police minister Bheki Cele has said a surge in murders has turned his country into a place that "borders on a war zone."

"Our bottom line is that this situation must reverse," he said.

Crime statistics released by the government show there were more than 20,000 murders in 2017, a 7% increase over the previous year.

The minister highlighted that this was 57 murders every day.

But was he right to compare South Africa to a war zone?

The murder rate, which takes into account a country's population, is a good way to show the scale of the deaths.

Nationally the figures paint a pretty grim picture.

In South Africa last year there were 35.8 murders per 100,000 people. In the last five years there's been an increase after more than a decade of decline.

However, the murder rate was twice as high in 1993, the year before apartheid ended.

We'll take a look at where murder rates are worst within South Africa in a moment, but first, how does the country compare with others around the world?

South Africa had the fifth highest murder rate in the world in 2015, according to the UNODC's most recent data.

It is higher in South Africa than in other countries on the continent with similarly sized economies.

There were 2,751 murders in Kenya in 2016, according to recent police statistics. Using the World Bank's population estimate, the murder rate in Kenya was 5.7 per 100,000 people.

In Nigeria in 2015 there were 9.79 murders per 100,000 people.

Further afield in Brazil, the murder rate in 2017 was 30.8 per 100,000 people, according to one recent study.

The UNODC notes that some countries have different legal definitions for offences, and different methods of counting and reporting crimes. There may also be significant differences in the levels of the reporting to the police and statistical authorities.

So how does South Africa compare to war zones?

The I...

21:44

Thirty thousand cyclists at RideLondon and I saw three women of colour "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

As the suffragettes knew, cycling can empower. But its still too dominated by middle-class white men.

Image: RideLondon 2018. Credit: SarfLondonDunc/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

This summer I completed Prudentials London to Surrey 100 mile cycling event. As someone who hasnt ridden a bike in almost ten years, it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I was impressed by the faultless organisation of the event - and by the overwhelming support of volunteers and spectators despite the painfully early start and the pouring rain.

But RideLondon 2018 highlighted a bigger issue - the serious lack of gender and ethnic diversity in cycling.

The event, setting out from one of the most diverse cities in the world, was dominated by middle aged white males. I never anticipated the stereotype to be this accurate. I was surrounded by MAMILS (Middle-Aged-Men-In-Lycra) from the word go, with the DJ blasting songs from U2, The Monkees and The Beatles at the start line, setting the tone for the day ahead. Whilst I was continuously overtaken by a steady influx of cyclists throughout the ride, I noticed only three other women of colour throughout the entirety of my journey  one of whom was my aunty who I was riding with. There were 30,000 cyclists at the event and my finishing time was a snails pace of 09:24 minutes, so I saw a lot of people.

The lack of ethnic diversity and female representation was shocking, disheartening and frankly quite intimidating. As a British Indian female in her 20s, I was glaringly aware of my presence from start to finish, especially as a novice to the cycling world.

Turns out that the domination of white middle-class males in cycling is more than just anecdotal. Eighty-five percent of cyclists in London are white, leaving only 15% of cyclists in London being Black, Asian or of minority ethnicity, with only 7% of regular riders being of Asian ethnicity, according to Transport for Londons most recent figures. Its disappointing, given how empowering sporti...

21:41

Humanness Trumps Muslimness "IndyWatch Feed War"

Humanness Trumps Muslimness
There is no question in my mind that Islam is religious fascism. Both the beliefs and practices of Islam amply prove my assertion. To start with, see what their invocation of their god is: Allahu akbar (Allah is the greater, and not God is great, as it is marketed in English). Then there is a []

21:40

Gimme Shelter "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Before the dumpster service came to pick it up and take it away, we had several days of driving rain and fog. That sort of weather energizes me; I have no idea why.

I dont know what this little fellow is. Some kind of raptor, and very annoyed when I got closer with the camera. It hopped off under the dumpster and exited the other side.

21:40

Why the Future of Data Storage is (Still) Magnetic Tape "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Studies show [PDF] that the amount of data being recorded is increasing at 30 to 40 percent per year. At the same time, the capacity of modern hard drives, which are used to store most of this, is increasing at less than half that rate. Fortunately, much of this information doesnt need to be accessed instantly. And for such things, magnetic tape is the perfect solution. ...

21:40

Power outages hit Libya after renewed fighting among rival militias "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Armed groups have hit key power distributors near the capital Tripoli, leading to complete power cuts in western and southern Libya

21:39

Swiss-made pesticide 'implicated in deadly poisonings' in India "IndyWatch Feed World"

Switzerland must halt exports of pesticides banned at home for their health or environmental hazards, says a justice group in the wake of poisonings in India.

21:38

Must Watch!: The Spiders Web: Britains Second Empire (Documentary) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Independent POV Published on Sep 14, 2018 Subscribe 18K At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth is hidden in British jurisdictions and []

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21:36

Mystical Experiences @ Death! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

That was the title of the lecture I attended last night, by our distinguished visiting professor, Allen Kellehear of the University of Bradford. It was frustrating. Kellehear does have an excellent background in caring for the dying, and I would have enjoyed (if thats the word) a discussion of the material and emotional needs of the dying, or hospice policy, or something along those lines, but instead it was an hour of Near Death Experiences (NDEs). I also agreed with his conclusion, that these phenomena are a complex outcome of cultural expectations, and that we actually dont know much about the biology. Its just that the journey there was a catalog of unlikely interpretations of mundane events.

He began with the facts and figures, and told us that, for example, 20% of resuscitated individuals report having an NDE, and 30% of people report having a visitation from the dead. My question is: how are these numbers at all meaningful? There is a huge amount of selection bias here (which he admitted to), because my story of losing consciousness and later waking up is not going to draw any attention at all, while Eben Alexanders fabulous story of going to heaven and meeting an all-powerful, awesome lord of creation gets on the New York Times bestseller list. Its nice to have statistics, but I want to know how they were collected and interpreted, and without that, theyre meaningless.

I was also confused because later he mentions that these NDE-like experiences were also expressed by people in many stressful situations, like trapped miners. So once again, 20% of what? Shouldnt the fact that I lost consciousness when I went to bed last night, as Ive done every night for 6 decades, and did not have an other-worldly, out-of-body experience be counted among the negatives?

He also gave us a list of the canonical events during an NDE: the dark tunnel, the Being of Light, the visiting of dead relatives, etc. I felt like pointing out that he, an authority on this subject, has just now primed a large audience on exactly what theyre supposed to experience if they had an NDE. Not that thats his fault: there are movies and books and stories told on daytime television that reinforce these perceptions, and theres a widespread cultural idea about them that were already soaking in.

I also wonderedif I were in a coma, and woke up and reported that my consciousness spent that time wandering in a cosmic darkness, or that I remembered visiting the shores of an alien sea and meeting Space Squid, would that even count as an NDE? Hes got a checklist, you know, and if I were asked if I saw the Being of Light, and I said No, would that mean I didnt have an NDE?

Most annoying of all, though, was all......

21:35

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Why Three South African Firefighters Died from Lack of Water
By Pumza Fihlani
BBC News
17 September 2018
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The death of three firemen in South Africa has shocked the country, with many feeling the blaze at a 26-floor government building in Johannesburg reveals a reckless attitude to health and safety by elected officials.

"If there was water in the building, our brothers would have survived and we would have been able to save the building," Muzikayise Zwane, a fireman from the Johannesburg Central Station, told mourners at an emotional memorial for his colleagues.

"They were robbed of their lives because the building did not have water. They died because the building was non-compliant, it wasn't safe."

Mr Zwane was part of the first team to respond to the fire on 5 September in central Johannesburg.

It was meant to be a routine call-out, but something went terribly wrong.

The firemen discovered the building had no water too late - and three men who had gone into it to save lives, lost theirs.

Twenty-eight-year-old Simphiwe Moropane was the first to die in the tragedy, after he slipped and fell from the 23rd floor.

He had run out of oxygen and had gone to the ledge to try to get air, fellow firefighters revealed at the memorial service held at Ellis Park stadium on Wednesday.

"I couldn't even recognise him. I had to search his pockets to find a form of identifying him - that's how crushed his body was," Mr Zwane told mourners.

The City of Johannesburg tweeted updates from the memorial, using the hashtag "JoburgsBravest".

The two other firefighters, 40-year-old Mduduzi Ndlovu and 37-year-old Kathutshelo Muedi, suffocated to death after they became trapped in the building.

Family members sobbed and comforted each other during the memorial as the details of the tragedy were shared.

Old and shabby
Investigations into what caused the fire are on-going but many believe the men were doomed from the beginning because of the shoddy state of the building.

It was old and the lif...

21:34

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Should Now Be In Good Shape With RadeonSI On Mesa 18.3 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Earlier this month Valve developers began working on Mesa/RadeonSI fixes for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood to run nicely with the open-source Linux drivers while the game is running under Steam Play / Proton. The last batch of these fixes for The Old Blood are now in Git for Mesa 18.3...

21:34

Exception in Catalonia one year after the referendum "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

What is Catalonian cooperativisms contribution to independentism? Activists are promoting practical and concrete independence from all hegemonic powers, by building a parallel economic system.

lead lead Spanish police charge protesters after removing the voting ballots located in Ramon Llull, a Barcelona school, October, 2017. El Diario. All rights reserved.

One year has passed since the Spanish police intervened on Catalan territory. People of all ages defending the voting ballots were dragged, beaten up and sometimes fined not very differently from how other protesters are usually silenced in demonstrations. Yet, this time, the manifold symbolic impact of repression has unleashed very strong reactions all over Spain. 

The historical conflicts between Spain and Catalonia, never solved or settled, have re-emerged. For those who have lived under the dictatorships of the past century, it was hard to look away. In fact, its hard to explain to non-locals the true dimension of this phenomenon and how it is making a re-appearance today. This piece cant go in detail about this, but one anecdote may serve. Together, the two new parties that have emerged during recent years create the feeling that history is repeating itself. The leader of the left-wing party Podemos is called Pablo Iglesias, that is to say, the same name as the now decadent ex-left-wing socialist party PSOE. At the other end of the spectrum, the leader of the newly created right-wing party Ciudadanos is Albert Rivera, whos last name is the same as that of the famous Spanish fascist Primo de Rivera.

Besides skipping over this complex history, my argument also maintains its distance from the ruling classes of both sides of the conflict. In previous investigations, I have argued consistently against the government of the PP, in particular against its decision to take on public debt to rescue banks and its implementation of repressive legislation known as the Gag Law. But it is just as necessary to insist on the fact that it was the right-wing Catalan nationalist party (CiU) that promoted the Gag Law in the first place. The Catalan right-wing...

21:32

Glazov Gang: Ex-Intelligence Agents Expose Brennans Islamic Conversion "IndyWatch Feed War"

This new Glazov Gang features John Guandolo, an ex-FBI agent and president of Understanding the Threat, and Brad Johnson, a former CIA Station Chief and president of Americans for Intelligence Reform. John and Brad Expose Brennans Islamic Conversion, unveiling the ex-CIA Chiefs romance with an ideological enemy of America. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the []

21:31

2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend set to hold in November "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

From Saturday the 10th to Sunday the 11th of November, 2018, fashion enthusiasts all over the world will be treated to an unparalleled expos of Africas finest in fashion at the 3rd edition of the GTBank Fashion Weekend. Holding in Lagos, one of Africas largest and most cosmopolitan cities, the two-day event will bring together []

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21:30

Cochranes HPV Vaccine Review Not What Its Cracked Up To Be: Conflicts Of Interest Undermine It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Catherine J. Frompovich HPV vaccine safety: Cochrane launches urgent investigation into review after criticisms apparently materialized due to the dogged determination of independent vaccine...

21:30

Tucker Carlson Tonight 091718 (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Tucker Carlson Tonight 091718 Video Fox News Tammy Bruce delivers a powerful segment and Mark Steyn chimes in to deliver his brand of facts drenched in humor.

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21:30

If Kavanaugh Goes Down, Its Probably Impossible To Confirm A New Nominee This Year "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If Kavanaugh Goes Down, Its Probably Impossible To Confirm A New Nominee This Year

Should Kavanaughs nomination falter, the Trump administration has little hope of installing a new justice on the high court before the end of the year.

...

21:29

PS [In Depth]: Womens Economic Empowerment "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

For human-development specialists, increasing women's participation in the global economy is essential not only for gender parity, but also for overall income growth. But despite decades of coordinated effort, progress has stalled; PS editors examine why.

21:28

Scientists observe origins of elusive sprites that appear above thunderstorms "IndyWatch Feed World"

A new study has lifted the lid on the behaviour of unusual electrical discharges known as red sprites. This striking form of lightning appears in the upper atmosphere, sitting above the thunderstorms themselves. Now, scientists have observed the 'parent' lightning strokes for dozens of red sprites over a storm in China, revealing new insight on how these remarkable phenomena are produced. Sprites appear as vertical streaks above thunderstorms at an altitude of about 24 to 55 miles (40 to 90 kilometers). They fall within what are known as transient luminous events (TLES).

21:25

I made N500m after Buhari sacked me Babachir Lawal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF),Babachir Lawal, has described his sack as a blessing in disguise. Speaking with reporters in Abuja on Monday, Lawal said his monthly income as SGF was N953,000 but he made about half a billion last year. Buhari fired Lawal in October for allegedly diverting funds meant []

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21:25

Saraki condemns killing of aid worker in Borno "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Bukola Saraki, the President of the Senate, has condemned the killing of Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa the humanitarian worker from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) by Boko Haram terrorists. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki stated that the killing []

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21:25

The Adults in the White House Trying to Save the US From Trump Are Just as Dangerous as He Is "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Trump is at war with the institutions of the US government. This is unsurprising: US presidents have invariably been frustrated by the sense that they reign but do not rule.

21:23

The Emerging Worlds High Achievers "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Development economists have long sought to identify the secret sauce that enables certain economies to achieve more stable and robust growth than their counterparts. A comparison among the 18 highest-performing emerging economies provides powerful insights into what that formula might be.

21:15

Stephen E. Arnold: Is Facebook Ahead of Amazon in Predictive Shopping? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Stephen E. Arnold

Academic Sees Facebook Chasing Amazon

I learned that:

The most powerful algorithm is called FBLearner Flow: Facebook could use its massive data on user preferences to anticipate the products that consumers want before consumers even realize it, and could work with retailers on predictive shipping.

Facebook also has DeepText and DeepFace. The trio of smart software adds up to a potential threat to Amazon.

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21:15

Were All Speculators Now "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Were All Speculators Now by Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds When the herd thunders off the cliff, most participants are trapped in the stampede.. One of the most perverse consequences of the central banks saving the world (i.e....

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21:13

Why Is Assad An Insane Suicidal Monster? #PropagandaWatch "IndyWatch Feed War"

corbettreport | September 17, 2018 As we know from the political puppets and their mouthpieces in the controlled corporate media, Syrian President Basher al-Assad is a bloodthirsty monster responsible for the wanton slaughter of (fill in the number) of his own citizens, and he particularly enjoys dropping chemical weapons on women and children despite knowing []

21:12

What it really means that Spotify has lost its second top marketing executive in a week "IndyWatch Feed World"

VP of brand creative Jackie Jantos is leaving the music streamer less than a week after chief marketing officer Seth Farbmans exit.

Spotify has had a pretty remarkable year in its creative marketing, with everything from curated content to subway posters. (Overall, too! It went public, now has 83 million paying subscribers, and is valued by the market at about $32 billion.) Much of that work was done by the brands 90-person, in-house marketing team, but over the past week, the company has announced the departures of two of its top executives leading that department.

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21:11

PostgreSQL Is The Latest Open-Source Project To Announce A Code of Conduct "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The PostgreSQL database server is the latest open-source project adopting a Code of Conduct to promote inclusivity and appropriate conduct in engaging with the community...

21:10

The BabySafe Project Opposes Legislation Allowing Small Cell Tower Infrastructure Being Installed Everywhere "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank The BabySafe Project was founded in 2014.  Its goals have been supported by many of the worlds leading experts in the fields...

21:08

What Fuels Trump Supreme Court Pick Kavanaughs Memory Lapses? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There is clear documented evidence that Kavanaugh received and circulated stolen materials. Did he intentionally lie multiple times under oath about it or did he really forget? He has also been accused of assault/attempted rape when stumbling drunk in High School. His accuser will testify under oath next Monday. Does Kavanugh suffer memory loss from alcoholism; early onset dementia-brain damage from alcoholism; or is he lying to cover his rear? Perhaps theft of documents was so routinely normal that he forgot it? The same could be true of the alleged attempted rape.

Email excerpt with red dots added for emphasis.

Barbara Ledeen is a long-time Senate staffer and Republican operative. In 2004, she sent an email to Trump Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh about spying on Democrats, saying that she had a mole. She has connections to Trumps former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the Iran-C...

21:07

Money for writers #6 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship invites applications for 2019. This offers the opportunity to write full-time, free from financial pressure with a stipend of $20,000 for the full year (less if the fellowship is shared, obviously), and stay in rent-free accommodation in the Sargeson flat in Albert Park, between Queen Street and the University of Auckland. Any published New Zealand writer is eligible.

When I was on the Sargeson Trust fellows had access to the university library as well as the nearby Auckland Central library: I am not sure if this still applies.

It is a great fellowship and I can strongly recommend the accommodation, having lived in the flat one August. Back then it was the same bed that Janet Frame, the first Sargeson fellow, had slept in, but we replaced it years ago. This involved me and Graeme Lay test-bouncing on double beds in Farmers at St Lukes Mall. Eyebrows were raised.

Applications close on Friday 5 October, with the tenure due to start on 1 April 2019. You can download the application form here, and there is further information on the fellowship here. There is also a very good book about the whole thing available here.

21:06

1992 NOAA Study Concluded A Severe Hurricane Could Induce A Storm Surge 6.4 Ft Above Brunswick Nuclear Power Stations Design Basis Flood So NRC Commissioned A New Study To Prove That The Design Basis Was Good Enough But Its Not "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


It has been known that Brunswick Nuclear Power Stations Design Basis storm surge-flood level was too low in the event of a severe hurricane since at least 1992. The NRC and the utility have continued to ignore this fact. In 1992 NOAA found that a severe hurricane could induce a surge elevation of 28.4 ft MSL at the BNP site, or 6.4 ft above the plants design basis flood level. Apparently not liking the result, the NRC got the Army Corps of Engineers to do a study, based on assumptions of a hurricane with far from the maximum possible winds. Already in 1969 Hurricane Camille had made US landfall with sustained winds of 190 mph. However the Army Corps study assumes a hurricane with 128 mph winds at the site. There are, of course, additional factors in sto...

21:04

BAE Systems introduced Epiphany, a new information security and risk management framework "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Epiphany is a configurable solution that uses electronic workflows, centralized storage, and smart data optimization features to cut down on hours of labor and documentation and put enterprise data to work to solve agency challenges. Epiphany is both a process and secure information management solution capable of searching an organizations historical data and completing many standard compliance documents while safeguarding the processing, storing, and transmission of national security and weapon system information. After just a More

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21:04

CrowdStrike and Secureworks partner to deliver a new endpoint threat detection solution "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

CrowdStrike and Secureworks announced that they will bring a new endpoint threat detection to the marketplace by teaming up to apply Secureworks Red Cloak behavioral analytics and intelligence to CrowdStrikes Falcon platform data. The joint offering delivers in one package an endpoint detection and response solution with applied analytics and intelligence to accelerate investigations and provides guided remediation steps for response to threats. Announcement follows the Sept. 4 launch of the Secureworks Red Cloak Partner More

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21:03

China Still Has Plenty Of Ammunition To Fight Back In Trumps Trade War "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

China still has several tools in its kit to mitigate the negative effects of President Trumps trade war on its economy. With a top-down economic structure and a huge domestic market, China may be able to absorb some impact of the latest round of tariffs by turning goods destined for export around for internal consumption.

While pushing back on U.S. demands, China continues expanding to new markets. President Xis One Belt and One Road initiative to build infrastructure projects from Europe to Africa has already provided a big market and consistent demand for Chinese exports, especially those running into overcapacity issues, such as steel and cement. Many countries along the initiative routes are resource-rich. They will provide a steady supply of raw material and energy to support Chinas long-term economic growth.

China can also increase its investment in Africa. In early September, Xi announced a $60 billion package of aid, investment, and loan money for Africa. Since Africa is already becoming overloaded with Chinese debt, the majority of this aid package is expected to be investments that will provide an outlet for Chinese goods and services.

Beijing has also started a charm offensive with U.S. businesses. Xis top economic advisor recently promised a delegation of U.S. multinationals that U.S. businesses operating in China wont be targeted in Beijings trade counterattacks. Chinas government-run tabloid, the Global Times, tried to appeal to U.S. businesses by stating, The Chinese market can help them make money, but the White House cant.

Most importantly, Xi became president for life in March of this year. Time is on his side. He doesnt face much political pressure to reach a trade deal with the United States. As a matter of fact, Chinas hardliners...

21:03

No, All Unwanted Pregnancies Are Not Caused By The Irresponsible Ejaculations Of Men "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Some chick who calls herself the Design Mom wrote a Twitter thread the other day that has some good points but also a load of false information about human biology, as well as personal responsibility. Since it went viral, it merits a response. Women deserve better information and guidance about something so important.

I will group and quote from Gabrielle Blairs tweetstorm as if it were an essay, for visual simplicity, but you can see the whole thread here and in a blog post she wrote here. Lets begin at the top.

Ive been listening to men grandstand about womens reproductive rights, and Im convinced men actually have zero interest in stopping abortion, she wrote. So far, so good. Abortion absolutely absolves men of their duty to care for women they helped turn into mothers, and of their duty to care for any children they create together.

Yet I would certainly not say that men en masse have zero interest in stopping abortion as, for example, my husbands excitement about our first child, an unplanned pregnancy, was key to helping me want our baby, and my father is one of the most strongly pro-life people I know. Men like them prove they care about women by putting themselves on the line to provide for their wives, economically and emotionally, during pregnancy and early motherhoods special time of vulnerability, and beyond.

But it is true that abortion enables the cowardly, feckless men who exploit women for sex, and this is one of the myriad reasons abortion is horrible.

If you want to stop abortion, you need to prevent unwanted pregnancies. And men are 100% responsible for unwanted pregnancies. No for real, they are, Blair continued. ALL unwanted pregnancies are caused by the irresponsible ejaculations of men. Period.

Okay, were already in crazy territory. Why? Because and I know this is hard to understand, but its a basic fact of life that all adults need to come to grips with sex makes babies. Sex requires the two halves of humankind: male and female. There is no method, including vasectomy, that can make sex completely, 100 percent baby-proof. The only way to completely ensure you will not have a baby is to not have sex. Life finds a way, indeed.

I know were leaving the era of science behind for another era of magical thinking, but babies simply do not spontaneously generate. So if you dont want to be pregnant, the only way to be sure you wont get pregnant is to not do the thing that makes pregnancies. For those of you who went to public school, thats sex. Which, despite what they tell you in public scho...

21:03

We Need To Know If Intelligence Agencies Covered Up The 1996 Crash Of TWA 800 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While recently watching a documentary on the Smithsonian Channel about a 1987 plane crash in California purportedly caused by a deranged passenger, I realized a profound shift had occurred in my accepted wisdom, my worldview. During its investigation of the crash, the FBI allegedly found a vital piece of evidence at the scene, which led to them identifying a suspect behind the crash.

It dawned on me that I doubted the veracity of both the evidence the FBI supposedly found and of the documentary itself. Then I realized that my doubt was purely a result of everything weve learned about the FBIs involvement in the greatest political crime in Americas history through its pivotal role to undermine Donald Trumps presidential campaign, and in the blatant cover-up of Hillary Clintons crimes as secretary of state. It also brought home why President Trump needs to reopen the 1996 TWA Flight 800 plane crash investigation.

Thanks to James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and an ever-enlarging cast of hapless characters, my illusions about the FBI have been shattered. The FBI is no longer sacrosanct. The enormity of what we are discovering about the role of the top leadership of the Obama administration to create and salt bogus intelligence into the U.S. national security establishment to spy on, investigate, and try to undermine the opposition partys presidential candidate is staggering.

It involved the most senior leadership of the FBI, working in tandem with Clintons campaign minions and paid spies; the senior leadership of the CIA; the director of national intelligence; the Department of Justice; and possibly officials at the State and Defense departments.

That Brings Us to TWA Flight 800

The FBIs willingness to participate in such outrageous cover-ups and falsely predicated investigations, and ignore a mountain of evidence contradicting the official government line, should prompt President Trump to revisit what I believe is one of the other great cover-ups in American history, also involving the Clintons: the destruction of TWA Flight 800 on July 17, 1996.

It was destroyed off the coast of Long Island shortly after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport bound for Paris, taking 230 souls with it. That scandal presaged what we saw 20 years later with the whitewash of the Hillary email server case and the counterintelligence operation against Trumps campaign.

The seminal work about TWA 800 was written by a meticulous, indefatigable investigative reporter and documentarian, Jack Cashill. (Full disclosure: I have gotten to know and work with Jack, a fellow graduate of Regis High School in Manhattan, over the years, and consider him a friend.)

Jacks latest book on the subject, 2016s ...

21:03

Its Time For The Left To Stop Idolizing Oscar Wilde. Hes A Pervert "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Warning: this article contains explicit content.

Ive always been a fan of Oscar Wilde. As well as being a great servant of the English language, he was iconoclastic, flamboyant, and brave. In the 21st century, he is just as well known for his famous witticisms as he is for his famous works, including The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Most people are generally aware that Wilde fell in love with the young undergraduate Lord Alfred Bosie Douglas, and that the pair maintained a relationship until Wildes trial and eventual imprisonment for homosexual offences. What most people dont know about is Wildes pattern of sexual behavior in middle age.

This icon, at the height of his fame, took advantage of his wealth and status to solicit, groom, and harass young men and teenage boys, whose willingness as sexual partners was ambiguous at best. In the age of the Me Too movement, and with the dust having settled after the downfall of Kevin Spacey, Wilde is overdue for a re-evaluation.

Were Re-Evaluating Everyone, and Its Oscar Wildes Turn

To a great extent, Wilde has been shielded from criticism. He has often, quite fairly, been judged a victim of Victorian hypocrisy. Some make a historical relativist argument, cautioning against taking things out of context and judging Wildes actions by our own standards.

Since homosexuality scarcely existed in Wildes time as a category to be reviled, they argue, there were no rules or legal standards of behavior for consent. LGBT culture was unfixed and undefined, and therefore Wilde should be given a little more leeway in how we assess his behavior. Bosies father, Lord Queensbury, was a brute, a two-dimensional antagonist, whose escalating harassment of Wilde and Bosie renders them easily sympathetic. Wildes shocking downfall is often viewed as more than enough suffering, and casts him as a martyr for his sexuality.

In jail, Wilde wrote De Profundis (translated as From the Depths), a confessional work in which he castigates himself for his decadent behavior, and for squandering much of his talent. In the wake of his fall from grace, this seemed like sufficient self-reflection and an atonement of sorts.

Perhaps most importantly, Wilde has, for several generations, been a necessary icon for LGBT people: too significant, too ideal, regarded too reverentially for his reputation to face any serious challenge. But the culture has changed in two significant ways, which necessitate a far more negative assessment of Wilde, to the point we can still appreciate him as an artist, but with far less warmth and admirati...

21:03

Botched New York Times Hit On Nikki Haley Marks Lefts Fear Of Highly Competent Conservative Women "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The New York Times published an ugly attack piece in the guise of investigative journalism on Thursday targeting Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

The headline, Nikki Haleys View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701, was paired with a picture of Haley, giving the impression she had wastefully spent taxpayer dollars at a time when the State Department is trying to cut costs.

A spokesman for Haley emphasized, however, that plans to buy the mechanized curtains were made in 2016, during the Obama administration. Haley had no say in the purchase, he said. The New York Times initially buried this fact in the story.

Haley wasnt the ambassador at the time of the purchase and had no say in the matter. The pricey drapes found their way into the ambassadors residence during the Obama administration, not the current administration. However, the original headline, picture, tweet, and Facebook post went out of their way to obscure that fact.

After it was called out, The New York Times ended up changing the headline, scrapping the photo of Haley, heavily editing the article, and issuing a massive correction at the top of the story. But the damage had already been done. Numerous other outlets ran with the story, all propping up the narrative that Haley was a modern-day Marie Antoinette, buying golden drapes while other diplomats wore rags. Had it not been for mass conservative outrage on Twitter (the authors tweet of the story got few retweets but thousands of angry replies), the story would have remained unchanged.

Haley isnt a stranger to attacks on her character. According to an interview with Politico, opponents wrongly accused her of adultery when she ran for governor of South Carolina. Earlier this year, while Michael Wolff was pedaling his soundly debunked book, Fire and Fury, about the Trump White House, he made false claims that Haley was sleeping with the president. In their attempt to discredit the administration, many news outlets gave air time to this disgusting smear.

During her t...

21:03

How Obamacare Is Making The U.S. Health-Care System Run Like Netflix "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Managed, integrated medicine is all the rage these days, thanks to Obamacare. Obamacare uses Medicare funds to sponsor Accountable Care Organizations, for example, whose sole explicit purpose is to unite all of a patients care under one roof.

Aside from the more than a thousand ACOs that have sprung up, Obamacares onslaught of new regulations have driven the consolidation of hospitals, physicians, and insurers into health-care systems across the country. Eighty percent of all hospitals belong to such systems today. No more local family doctor or small-town hospital. The reality today for many (and the future for all) is that your insurer determines your health-care system, and in turn, your choice of provider and hospital.

Health care today is much like Netflix, which aims to house all of your entertainment needs under one umbrella. Gone are the days when you would pay five bucks to rent the movie you want on iTunes (known as fee-for-service in health care); today, Netflix provides a veneer of all the movies you could want for a flat, monthly rate (i.e. capitated reimbursement in health care).

Netflix has become very popular, because it is clearly cheaper, and so is managed care. The reason the...

21:02

Denmark set to adopt policies obliging immigrants to integrate into society "IndyWatch Feed World"

Denmark set to adopt policies forcing immigrants to integrate into society Danish politicians from all sides are considering controversial new integration policies to bring immigrant communities into society - by force if necessary - just weeks after the country introduced a burka ban. Recent government proposals to be finalised by parliament over the next few weeks target Denmark's so-called "ghetto neighbourhoods" with a series of sanctions and incentives which have been given enthusiastic backing by the left-leaning opposition. Under the proposals, children living in the targeted areas would be required by law to attend daycare for 25 hours a week to make sure they learn Danish and the country's values and customs. Immigrant families who take their children back to their countries of origin for long periods could face prison or deportation and crimes committed in the neighbourhoods would carry heavier sentences.

21:02

New report shows if youre against immigration youre probably just racist "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

People who are against immigration usually deny its because theyre racist or because they dont like foreigners.

They tend to use other arguments, such as immigration puts pressure on the NHS, immigrants claim too many benefits or they lower wages for UK born workers.

Well, the Migration Advisory Committee   an independent public body that advises the government on immigration matters has just produced a report debunking all of these myths.

The MAC report reveals that immigrants to the UK pay more in taxes than they take out in benefits:

that migrants do not produce pressure on public services such as the NHS:

...

21:01

FCC Playing Games-Forcing Deadly 5G Upon the American People "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

What you cannot hide is genocide. The Trilateral Commission just announced that 5G will be the backbone of smart cities. This should send a chill up your spine. The FCC is trying to force 5G upon us. Today is the last day to make a public comment

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21:01

7 Things For Parents And Church Members To Know About Protecting Kids From Abusers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Carlo Maria Vigan, the former lead diplomat from the Vatican to the USA, released a letter saying Pope Francis not only knew of the widespread sexual abuse by Catholic clergy but also helped cover it up. Religious people are once again left reeling, wondering how the church could contain such evil, over and over and over again.

The wrongs of the past cant be retroactively undone, of course, but houses of worship can implement realistic policies to help keep kids safe and minimize the risks of mass events like this in the future.

Its terrible to think of church being an unsafe place for anyone, especially the most vulnerable among us. This has led many people to be reluctant to address safety in the church, instead hoping that nothing like that will ever happen in theirs.

But Kim Schave, the executive director of Humanitri, explains this viewpoint is part of the problem: Abusers have indicated that the church is an easy target because Christians are easily fooledthey want to believe in the inherent good of fellow believers. Abusers have mastered the art of manipulation and are able to mask their ill intentions by posing as upstanding church-goers. They can even ascend to leadership positions within the church.

Unfolding discussions in the wake of this latest sex scandal show a fundamental need for providing clear policies for safe church practices. Parents can reach out to their church leadership and let them know that they want to help start putting procedures like the following suggestions in place, and so can other concerned adults.

The church should operate as a family, with all members working together with safety as a common goal. Here are some policy suggestions to consider implementing at your house of worship.

1. Transparency Between Parents and Kids

Hiding things in the shadows allows inappropriate behavior to survive. Its important for families and churches to talk about what is acceptable, and what isnt.

This should be handled in the home between parents and children, with parents talking to children in age-appropriate terms about their bodies and making it clear that other people should not ask them to keep secrets from their parents, or to touch or see their bodies.

Dont rely on stranger danger to protect kids, because reports reveal that more than 90 percent of abuse cases are by someone the child already knows and has a trusted relationship with. Its not necessary to be scary or tell kids things they arent ready to hear, but it is important to let your children know that if someone makes them feel uncomfortable youll always be willing to listen....

21:01

Up To 60 Percent Of College Students Need Remedial Classes. This Needs To Change Now "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This September, millions of college students move to campus for their first semester. Many will begin courses in engineering, calculus, science, or another advanced field, but other incoming freshmen will be stuck in remedial classes, reviewing material they should have learned in the ninth or tenth grade.

According to a 2016 report from the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, somewhere between 40 to 60 percent of first-year college students now require remedial courses in math, English, or both. This means that millions of students across the country are trapped in classes that only cover content they should have learned in high school.

The prevalence of remedial college courses represents an obvious failing of our K-12 public school system. Increasing school choice could be a solution.

After all, its clear that traditional public schools simply arent working. Americans spend around $12,000 per student annually, nearly 30 percent more on average than the other nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a group of 35 developed countries, yet U.S. students rank 30th in math and 19th in science.

Would dumping more money into public schools bring about better results? Unfortunately, no. The conservative Heritage Foundation measured both spending-per-pupil and academic accomplishment from 1970 to 2004, and found that while per-student spending nearly doubled, reading proficiency scores stayed flat.

Additionally, high school graduation rates have remained fairly consistent since the 1990s, despite increased education spending. At the very least, its clear that increased taxpayer outlays are no surefire solution to Americas academic woes. So if we truly want to start preparing students for college, we need to offer them opportunities away from our broken public K-12 school system.

The best way to do that is through school choice programs, which give families the opportunity to choose the best school for their children by providing alternate options, such as publicly funded charter schools and granting families taxpayer dollars to cover private school tuition.

The American Federation for Children (AFC) is one of the largest school choice advocacy organizations in the country. I spoke with AFC President John Schilling, and he told me that the more opportunities that you give families to choose the best K-12 educational environment for their child, the better these students are going to do in college....

21:01

Why Does Planned Parenthood Actually Object To Meeting Basic Health Standards? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Earlier this week, federal appeals court judges ruled to allow Missouri to enforce health laws that are facing legal challenges. Planned Parenthood says this could end abortions at their Columbia location in weeks.

Planned Parenthood constantly claims to be a key health provider, especially for women. Their new president Leana Wen is on a publicity tour right now making that assertion constantly. If thats true, though, then why cant Planned Parenthood ensure their clinics are held to the highest standards of health?

Its Missouri abortion facility is only one of many locations Planned Parenthood says are threatened by following exactly the same rules for similar surgical and health centers. If Planned Parenthood is really about providing women the health care they need, why cant it manage to do so at the same level that other health providers meet?

Rather than bring their standards up to match those of health facilities, Planned Parenthood facilities often close instead that is, if they cant get themselves out of having to follow the same rules everyone else does. This seems to indicate Planned Parenthood is not really the health champion women need, despite their advertising to the contrary.

What Happened in Missouri

When Missouri required abortion facilities to meet standard health requirements, Planned Parenthood affiliates filed a lawsuit. PP affiliates attempted to block state requirements that doctors who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and that clinics meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery. This is because abortion is an internal surgical procedure.

So far, a federal appeals court is letting the regulations stand, much to Planned Parenthoods frustration. If the requirements are enforced, the attorney for PP said one of their facilities in Columbia wont be able to provide abortions because the doctor does not have admitting privileges with a local hospital. (Apparently he cant get them, either, for some reason, which also makes one question his medical no pun intended chops.) This would leave one Planned Parenthood site as the only abortion provider in the state.

PP argues, of course, as they always have, that fewer abortion clinics are bad for women. These requirements do nothing to help Missouri women and, in fact, actually hurt them, the local affiliates President Brandon Hill said in a statement. If these laws are allowed to take effect, women will now have to travel farther, wai...

21:01

Your Guide To The Opioid Lawsuits Aiming To Replicate The Big Tobacco Settlement "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In recent days insurance companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee have announced they will stop covering prescriptions for OxyContin. This comes after months of lawsuit filings against pharmaceutical companies, individual leadership of pharma companies, and retail pharmacies and dispensaries, all in the name of holding opioid manufacturers accountable for the addiction crisis gripping the nation.

Very few of these suits were brought by victims or their families. Instead, they are being filed by cities, counties, states attorneys general, and even Native American tribal councils. Some of the suits have a lot more merit than others, but they got a collective boost in recent weeks when President Trump urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to sue pharma companies that have contributed to the U.S. opioid crisis.

The president said during a cabinet meeting, Some states have done it. But Id like a lawsuit to be brought against these companies that are really sending opioids at a level that it shouldnt be happening. While the Justice Department has joined states in their suits against opioid companies, what Trump wants is a separate federal lawsuit targeting specific drug companies.

But its the state-level opioid lawsuits that are vying to become the largest civil litigation settlement agreement in U.S. history. While this is new territory for most of the plaintiffs and defendants, the concept and approaches are not new. In fact, they come directly from the current record-holders playbook: Big Tobacco.

Is There Precedent?

During the 1990s, the United States faced another public health emergency in the form of tobacco. Forty-six states and six jurisdictions subsequently entered into the largest civil litigation settlement agreement in U.S. history so far, with the tobacco industry.

That Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) set out annual payments from participating tobacco manufacturers to recoup taxpayer money spent for health care costs connected to tobacco-related illness, as well as set new standards and marketing restrictions for tobacco companies. The MSA also outlined that, after the settlement, states could not make legal claims against tobacco companies that were included in the lawsuits associated with the MSA.

In 2018 there are much better health records, pharma paper trails, and at least theoretical precedents for states getting money they claim is owed to them through Medicaid and Medicare dollars that did not...

21:01

Wryneck feeding its chicks, video "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 18 September video is about a wryneck feeding its chicks.

Adriaan Sleeuwenhoek made this video in the Veluwe region in the Netherlands.

21:00

Mike Maloney: Tax-Free Metals Investing? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Mike Maloney: Tax-Free Metals Investing? from GoldSilver Imagine walking into a bank and trying to exchange two $10 bills for a $20 bill. The teller takes your money and returns $19 in bills along with a few pennies while noting...

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21:00

Time to Kill the Zombie Argument: Another Study Shows Trump Won Because of Racial Anxieties Not Economic Distress "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Then-candidate Donald Trump greets guests after speaking at a campaign rally at Burlington Memorial Auditorium on Oct. 21, 2015 in Burlington, Iowa.

21:00

This Barry writer found a funny lifehack to ensure she got photographed at the Emmys "IndyWatch Feed World"

Comedian and writer Emily Heller wanted to make a splash on the red carpet at this years Emmys. She succeeded.

What: A simple stunt at the Emmys.

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21:00

Rocket Science With The Other SpaceX "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

When you say that somethings not rocket science you mean that its not as hard to understand or do as it may seem. The implication is that rocket science is something which is hard and best left to the likes of SpaceX or NASA. But thats not the hacker spirit.

Rocket science with BPS.Space[Joe Barnard] recently had an unsuccessful flight of his Falcon Heavys second stage and gives a very clear explanation of what went wrong using those two simple concepts along with the thrust, which in this case is just the force applied to the moment arm.

And no, you didnt miss a big happening with SpaceX. His Falcon Heavy is a homebrew one using model rocket solid boosters. Mind you, it is a little more advanced than that as hes implemented thrust vectoring by controlling the engines direction using servo motors.

And therein lies the problem. The second stages inertia is so small and the moment arm so short that even a small misali...

20:58

Todays European Patent Office (EPO) Works for Large, Foreign Pharmaceutical Companies in Pursuit of Patents on Nature, Life, and Essential/Basic Drugs "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Summary: The never-ending insanity which is patents on DNA/genome/genetics and all sorts of basic things that are put together like a recipe in a restaurant; patents are no longer covering actual machinery that accomplishes unique tasks in complicated ways, typically assembled from scratch by humans; some supposed inventions are merely born into existence by the natural splitting of organisms or conception (e.g. pregnancy)

THE EPO used to be so much better than the USPTO. I personally used to like the EPO and was proud to say we had the best patent office in the world. It was strict, it was pedantic, and it assured limits on patent scope. That is no longer the case, however, as many EPO insiders can attest to as well. They too complain about the collapse in patent quality that we've just revisited.

billionaire drug lords are using patents to profit from the very disease which they themselves created (drug addiction).Looking across the Atlantic, its not hard to see patent scope going (or already gone) insane. Some of the things being patented are outright laughable (well deal with these in a separate post later on) and they would be funny/amusing if they didnt cause so much agony/pain for legitimate, practicing companies. In the area of patents on natural things, how about this new settlement? Bausch Health blackmailed a rival until the rival gave up. They try to drive competitors out of business using patents alone. Is this good for the so-called free market? What would be the impact on people in need of medicine?

In other news that gained traction lately, billionaire drug lords are using patents to profit from the very disease which they themselves created (drug addiction). It is not even remotely ethical. These people should be in prison, but they are billionaires who are well connected. We mentioned this yesterday and its good......

20:55

Sheldan Nidle's Galactic Federation Update -- September 18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"



Update by Sheldan Nidle for the Spiritual Hierarchy and the Galactic Federation

9/18/18

Source: Planetary Activation Organization



Selamat Balik! We return with uplifting news! Progress continues. The dark cabal has reached the point where its only option is to surrender. Every strategy to disrupt the Light has utterly failed. We are approaching the very brink of events that are to be the true prelude to your freedom and the rise of new governance. Along with our Earth allies, we are in the middle of executing a well-thought-out plan that is dismantling the existing power structure. A sweeping series of untested strategies is being successfully implemented that continues to perplex the dark cabal. Our sacred coalition, which is working smoothly together, is busy setting the stage for our eventual triumph. It is sheer joy to watch so many dynamic, strategic elements come together, like silken threads, to enmesh the conceited cabal in the web of its own corrupt legal system.

Elements are already in play that have legally forced the dark to relinquish much of its power and prevented large-scale international wars from breaking out. The next steps are to end the power of fiat money and jolt the bankers from their lairs. These actions in turn are to set the stage for permanent prosperity that transforms global poverty and homelessness. It is to replace these brutal earthbound tragedies with a jubilee that frees all humanity. It will take you far beyond current survival modes and you will come together at last to creatively solve the pollution and gross depravity that threatened to send you into nothingness. We now are to interact with a people ready to accept its inherent spirituality and inner yearning to save and protect Gaia. They are to serve you well as you prepare to reunite with your Inner Earth cousins.

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20:55

US Energy Secretary Visits Moscow: Threats and Accusations Used as Foreign-Policy Tools "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Being tough on Moscow is one way to up the pressure on the EU, thus forcing it to take a step back and let those pursuing the America First policy reap the dividends.

20:54

Solidarity with Anindya Shabrina #Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One of the women activists of the National Student Front (FMN) and also a radical feminist who is active as editor in chief of Merah Muda Memudar (MMM), Anindya Shabrina, was threatened with criminalization after complaining of sexual abuse cases by police officers she experienced during the forced dissolution of discussions of Papuan students in Surabaya at Friday, July 6, 2018.

Originally published by 325.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Papuan students living in a student dormitory on Kalasan, Surabaya, East Java held a film screening of the 1998 Biak Papua bloody tragedy. When film discussions were underway, police intelligence entered the dormitory, which was immediately followed by other police officers and Satpol PP personnel. Papuan students standing near the door and discussing the event with the police were dragged out and provoked by the police.

The Tambaksari sub-district head together with military personnel, police and Satpol PP then entered the dormitory. Also seen were six black uniformed police officers who were carrying weapons into the dormitory. Then, the Head of Tambaksari Sub-district ordered the Papuan students to show their KTP on the grounds that they were carrying out an inspection operation. However, students refused the examination, and questioned the official letter, which was not owned by the officer.

Furthermore, there was an immediate debate between students, supported by LBH Surabaya (legal aid organization in Surabaya) lawyers with the head of the sub-district head and the police with the military. The police dragged out an LBH lawyer, Mr. Sholeh. Thats when Anindya was also dragged out and sexually abused. Anindyas breasts were squeezed, and when Anindya shouted in protest at the matter, the officials even laughed.

A few days later Anindya wrote a series of statements on her social media. She and LBH also reported this to Propam on 9 July 2018. The report was addressed to East Java Regional Police with Letter Number 133/SK/LBH/VII/2018. The letter contained the alleged violation of the police code of ethics when the incident occurred on July 6, 2018 with the complainant being Mr. Kompay Prayitno, Tambaksari Police Chie...

20:54

Michael Moore Says Trump May Be the Last President-He May Be Correct "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Michael Moore, who only operates at the speed of fascism, has weighed on a topic in which he may actually be correct. Moore has stated Trump may be the last President. As usual his reasoning is absolutely incorrect. However, he may be correct when he says that Trump may be the last President

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20:53

Insurance experts expect higher cyber-related losses "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Insurance companies are expecting increased cyber-related losses across all business lines over the next 12-months, driven by increasing reliance on technology and high-profile cyber-attacks, according to Willis Towers Watson. The survey reveals that over 60% of respondents estimate it is likely to incur more than one cyber related loss for every hundred non-cyber covered losses over the next 12 months in all lines of business apart from workers compensation compared to less than 50% in More

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20:50

California to Launch Weather Satellite "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

California Gov. Jerry Brown to launch satellite to track greenhouse gas emissions

California Gov. Jerry Brown started the week by signing a pair of actions to get his state to use nothing but electric power drawn from green sources like wind and solar by 2045. He ended the week Friday with a surprise: The state would launch its "own damn satellite" to track down greenhouse gas emitters who fuel global warming.

Brown announces California plan to launch satellite to track climate change

News of California's satellite was among an abundance of pomp and pageantry on Friday when some of the week's biggest names took the stage, including musician Dave Matthews, former Secretary of State John Kerry and chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall.


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20:49

Daily Mail "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

'No evidence' having high levels of bad cholesterol causes heart disease, claim 17 physicians as they call on doctors to 'abandon' statins

  • Researchers have warned statins offer no protection to millions of people
  • The findings add to the ever-growing row over the cholesterol-busting pills
  • High levels of LDL-C has been considered a major cause of heart disease
  • The new study, of almost 1.3 million patients, shows there is no such link

20:48

Improved features and security fixes in iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and Safari 12 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Apple has released new versions of iOS, watchOS, tvOS and Safari and has plugged a number of security holes in each. iOS 12 iOS 12 comes with improved usability, stability, reliability, speed, but also with some interesting new and improved features that should help users choose and manage passwords and use two-factor authentication. Apple software engineer Ricky Mondello has highlighted a number of them, including: A revamped iCloud Keychain password manager that generates passwords when More

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20:48

A Test of the Tropical 200-300 mb Warming Rate in Climate Models "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ross McKitrick | Climate Etc. | September 17, 2018 I sat down to write a description of my new paper with John Christy, but when I looked up a reference via Google Scholar something odd cropped up that requires a brief digression. Google Scholar insists on providing a list of recommended articles whenever I []

20:45

Meanwhile in China, Implosion of Stock-Market Double-Bubble "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Meanwhile in China, Implosion of Stock-Market Double-Bubble by Wolf Richter Wolf Street Bubbles dont end well for those who dont get out in time. US tariffs and threats of more tariffs have not been particularly well received in China,...

The post Meanwhile in China, Implosion of Stock-Market Double-Bubble appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:44

Pour la troisime fois cette anne, du chlore a t utilis comme arme chimique Douma, banlieue de Damas "IndyWatch Feed War"

Alors que les proccupations internationales grandissent au sujet de lutilisation darmes chimiques par la Syrie, de nouvelles preuves de leur utilisation par larme syrienne continuent merger. Le matin du 1er fvrier 2018, des activistes locaux ont rapport lutilisation de roquettes chimiques remplies de chlore envoyes sur louest de la ville de Douma, situe lEst de Damas dans un territoire tenu par lopposition :

Texte du tweet :  Urgent || la 3me #AttaqueAuChlore contre les quartiers ouest de #Douma par larme du rgime d#Assad. Trois missiles au #Chlore ont t lancs 5 h 30 et sont tombs directement sur les fermes de louest de #Douma, puis le gaz sest rpandu sur la zone.
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Ceci reprsente la troisime attaque chimique signale Douma depuis le dbut de 2018, aprs les deux attaques prcdentes du 13 et du 22 janvier. Bien que les munitions naient pas t retrouves lors de lattaque du 13 janvier, celles utilises lors de lattaque du 22 ont t rcupres et documentes, tout comme celles utilises dans lattaque du 1er fvrier. Le modle des munitions rcupres dans les deux attaques est identique et correspond celui des munitions utilises lors dune attaque au chlore le 30 janvier 2017 Marj al-Sultan, environ 8 km au sud-est de Douma.

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20:44

Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) found in nearly half of all fast food wrappers from McDonalds, Burger King, Starbucks and other food retailers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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High cholesterol and rising blood sugar levels are not the only trade-offs people get from eating their favorite fast food fixes. A new study has found that highly-toxic chemicals are present in some of the wrappers used for fast food packaging, and these chemicals may contaminate the food and make their way into the bloodstream of the consumer.

While it is no secret that fast food items continue to bloat the American belly, perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) found in fast food wrappers appear to further exacerbate the drastically declining health status of the general population. PFCs are the same chemicals used to line nonstick cookware, flame retardants and stain-resistant products.

Previous research revealed that PFCs found in such packaging may actually migrate into the food itself, which when consumed, can accumulate in the body. A recent study found modest amounts of PFCs in 56 percent of dessert and bread wrappers, 20 percent of paperboard products such as those the hold french fries or other fried foods and 38 percent of sandwich and burger wrappers. Researchers also found this compound in 57 percent of Tex-Mex food wrappers and 16 percent of beverage containers.

In 2011, some food packaging manufacturers in the United States began voluntarily pulling the use of these PFCs from their products due to health concerns. Findings from one study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, made it evident, however, that even though these harmful chemicals are being phased out by some manufacturers due to their potential health risks, other manufacturers are choosing to continue their use.

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20:42

Anna Von Reitz -- First Fraud, Second Fraud, Kavanaugh Proves His Prowess and Gets My Approval "IndyWatch Feed World"

Monday, September 17, 2018

First Fraud, Second Fraud, Kavanaugh Proves His Prowess --- and Gets My Approval



Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz

When my Mother repudiated their claims, she very clearly enunciated exactly what she meant by "United States" versus what THEY meant by "United States". She also tackled the word "citizen" and pointed out that Americans live in state republics and that we can either function as "nationals" of those republics and have no official duties or we can act as "State Citizens" when we occupy a public office and work for one of our state republics. And in no case do the state republics allow Dual Citizenship. Put a big star by that fact. So far as our state republics are concerned, you are either for us or against us. No wishy-washy. You are an American or you are not.

So, if you are an American, you can be a "state national" known as a Virginian or a Wisconsinite or Californian and have no official duties or obligations to the government at all. Or, you can work for the state republic in a Public Office --- such as a Justice of the Peace or Public Notary --- in which case you are a "State Citizen".

Those are the only two options for an American, even though in a general sense, people talk about being "from the United States" ---meaning all the states as a group, it is more exact and proper to say that we are from The United States of America. Note that "Americans" come from "America" and if we take up any...

20:42

While everyone's eyes are on Syria's Idlib, US continues to decimate Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The US is ready to defend Syria from a brutish assault launched by Syria's own government and its allies - or so Washington wants you to believe. In the backdrop, Yemen continues to burn in silence. On September 3, US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley - eloquent diplomat that she is - retweeted a tweet from the warmonger in chief that is the US president, with the caption "All eyes on the actions of Assad, Russia and Iran in Idlib." This is the same US administration who just facilitated the bombing of a school bus in Yemen, slaughtering at least 40 children in the process. Maybe, just maybe, Nikki Haley should keep her eyes on herself. If the world did direct its eyes to what is taking place in Yemen, they would know that the United Nations has just warned of an "incalculable human cost" in the works, as the US and its allies press forward with an offensive to retake the Yemeni port city of Hodeida from the Houthi rebels. That's right. The US, currently waving its arms in despair about human rights abuses and chemical weapons attacks that have not even taken place in Syria yet, is supporting a major offensive of its own that will lead to a humanitarian crisis of monumental proportions.

20:37

BREAKING: Deep state criminals and traitors to all be OUTED as President Trump approves wide-ranging release of FISA documents, FBI texts and more "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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This is a breaking news alert with huge implications for the future of our country. (See full analysis videos, below.)

According to a White House statement:

At the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications

In covering the bombshell announcement, InfoWars is now reporting:

The long-awaited declassification by the president is believed to reveal further damning evidence suggesting leadership within the FBI and DoJ conspired to concoct a Russian collusion narrative involving Trump in order to overthrow the duly-elected president.

Breitbart News adds:

Trump ordered the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to declassify select parts of the FISA court application to spy on his former campaign surrogate Carter Page during the 2016 election.

Trump also ordered that FBI interviews with Bruce Ohr be released surrounding the ongoing Russia investigation as well as all text messages relating to the Russia investigation from former FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and agents Peter Strzok and Lisa P...

20:37

Israel's siege of Gaza: When does it become a genocide? "IndyWatch Feed War"

No matter how much Zionists attempt to manipulate our stories, we must not let them blame Hamas for Israels 'genocidal intent'

20:36

Qt 5.12 Alpha Released With OpenGL ES 3.1 Renderer, Several Wayland Improvements "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Qt Company has released the first alpha milestone of the upcoming Qt 5.12 tool-kit update...

20:35

Cracked Windows installations are serially infected with EternalBlue exploit code "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

According to Avira, hundreds of thousands of unpatched Windows systems are serially infected with EternalBlue exploit code.

The EternalBlue, is the alleged NSA exploit that made the headlines with DOUBLEPULSAR in the WannaCry attack.

The malicious code was leaked online by the Shadow Brokers hacking group that stole it from the arsenal of the NSA-linked Equation Group.

ETERNALBLUE targets the Server Message Block SMBv1 protocol on port 445, it has become widely adopted in the community of malware developers to target Windows 7 and Windows XP systems.

Microsoft addressed the flaw with the MS17-010 and also released an emergency patch for Windows XP and Server 2003 in response to the WannaCry ransomware attacks.

EternalBlue

According to a new blog post published by Avira, unpatched systems remain exposed to cyber attacks and are serially infected by threat actors.

There are still significant numbers of repeatedly infected machines more than a year after the big WannaCry and Petya attacks, said Mikel Echev...

20:35

New Michael Tellinger Some of the Strangest Discoveries Ever Made on Ancient Origins "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Michael Tellinger discloses some of the latest discoveries around the Ancient Ruins in Southern Africa, Stone Circles, Adams Calendar, the fossils of giants and strange creatures, sound technology, resonance, magnetism, the nature of our reality and the particle physics agenda. Connecting the dots between science, spirituality and consciousness. These mysterious ancient people left behind more than 10 million stone ruins scattered throughout southern Africa. They carved detailed images into the hardest rock, worshiped the sun, and were the first to carve an image of the Egyptian Ankh key of life and universal knowledge, 200,000 years before the Egyptians came to light. Michael reveals many of the latest measurements and presents the evidence that this vanished civilisation had an astute knowledge of the laws of nature and the generation of free energy from Mother Earth for all their needs. They used the power of sound and frequency as a source of energy, which underpins the scientific conclusions reached by Tellinger.


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20:35

Nick Xenophon - from chasing attention to chasing ambulances "IndyWatch Feed National"

Which reminds me of our favourite ambo-chasers - because too many times is never enough.

20:34

Tuesday Funnies! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I was talking with a homeless man this morning and asked him how he ended up this way. He said, Up until last week, I still had it all. I had plenty to eat; my clothes were washed and pressed; Continue reading

20:30

Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S02 E11 The Fruits Of Love "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.

A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.

Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.

The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.

Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.

20:30

Trumps Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh, a gang rapist? "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 17 September 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Conservatives dismiss Christine Blasey Fords report that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her

When California professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward to say Trumps Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were high school students, right-wing [especially Rupert-Murdoch-owned] media immediately lashed out at her.

DRUDGE SHARES SMEAR PIECE ON WRONG PERSON Conservative website Drudge Report shared an article that attempted to smear the credibility of the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault. But the hit piece targeted the wrong person. [HuffPost]

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Assault allegation puts question mark over Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin

18 September 2018

The Trump administration and congressional Republican leaders were thrown into turmoil Sunday after the woman who charges Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school came forward publicly. Christine Blasey Ford, a clinical psychologist and PhD who has taught at Palo Alto University for two decades, allowed her name to be made public in an interview with the Washington Post arranged by her lawyer, Debra Katz.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley said yesterday that he will call Kavanaugh and Ford to testify Monday, and would delay a confirmation vote originally set for this Thursday.

Ford at first insisted on anonymity when she contacted the Post and her local Democratic representative in July with her account of an assault in 1982. She followed this up with a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Comm...

20:25

The startup thats quietly working to make America more progressive "IndyWatch Feed World"

Swayable helps political campaigns and advocacy groups shape public opinion by measuring the impact of online videos and other media. Think of it as the anti-Cambridge Analytica.

Youre scrolling through Facebook. You see a video from an advocacy organization on climate change, and you stop to watch. When the video finishes playing, do you care more about climate changeor less?

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20:25

Trump Is Still No Closer to Impeachment. At What Point Do Russiagaters Lose Faith? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

I have nothing but disdain for Trump. But while Democrats are burning their Saint Mueller prayer candles and shrieking about Susan Sarandon, this president is showing zero signs of impending impeachment...

20:24

The Immorality of Boris Johnson and Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

US President Donald Trump and former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have in common not just their crude nationalism, but also their apparent inability to control their sexual appetites. But is it appropriate to judge political leaders based on their sex lives, as many have been wont to do?

20:24

Palestinian dies during arrest by Israeli army: officials "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Palestinian died after being arrested during a raid in the occupied West Bank overnight, the Israeli army said Tuesday, with his family accusing soldiers of beating him.

The army confirmed the death of Mohammed Khatib, 24, in custody but said he not resisted arrest.

The army apprehended a Palestinian suspected of hostile activities in Beit Rima during the night, an army spokeswoman told AFP, referring to a village north of Ramallah in the West Bank.

He was arrested without violence or resistance from his part. He lost consciousness and was treated by Israeli soldiers at the scene.

AFP | Israeli forces, seen here during a drill on August 13, 2018, regularly stage overnight raids to arrest Palestinians in the West Bank

He died later in hospital, she added.

The military did not provide further details on the reasons for his arrest.

Khatibs brother Bashir told AFP by phone that the army had raided the house in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

They entered Mohammeds room while he was sleeping, and they beat him violently and we heard screaming, he said.

After a while he went silent, and a soldier carried him out on his back.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club also said family members had accused the army of beating Khatib.

It said it held Israel responsible for his death.

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20:22

McDonalds strikes: Workers in these 10 cities take a stand against harassment "IndyWatch Feed World"

Workers are pressuring the burger chain to improve its procedures for reporting harassment.

McDonalds workers across the country are taking a stand today against on-the-job harassment and sexual misconduct in a one-day strike that will include employees in the following cities:

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