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Friday, 22 September

06:50

Not in my classroom: Russias refugee children struggle to get to school "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Headteachers in Russias schools are turning foreign children away fearing hefty fines and pressure from the migration services. RU

Children of Syrian refugees in an improvised school in Jordan. Forty percent of refugee children from the Middle East are not educated. Photo: Freedom House, open source.Nura, 12, takes her belongings from her rucksack and lays them on the desk: a big, bright pink pencil-case emblazoned with the words Im CHIC, a notebook, textbooks, and erasers. Nura always shares erasers with her neighbour Gufran, with whom she sits at the back desk in this classroom. On the next row sit two younger girls another Nura and Soraya, who are best friends. The children slurp lollipops and freshly-picked plums as they take out trading cards. All of them are originally from Aleppo.

The girls have turned up for a lesson at an integration centre in the town of Noginsk, just outside Moscow. Its run by Civic Assistance, a human rights organisation that runs classes for the children of foreign citizens in Russia. The school itself comprises two classrooms in an office building. The walls are covered with posters of the alphabet, animals and household objects, as well as childrens drawings. Among them are samples of applications made to Russias Federal Migration Service (FMS), including possible answers in Arabic and Russian (and phrases such as documents must be submitted to file an application and refusal for temporary asylum).

Usually around 10-15 people turn up for a lesson, but today there are just five girls. After all, tomorrow is the festival of Kurban-Bayram. Theres no single timetable teacher Elena Lebedeva, who is trained in pedagogy, begins the lesson with multiplication tables, then everyone reads a text about a boy, in which they have to insert the missing words in the...

05:25

U.S. Ambassador to Germany: Who Is Richard Grenell? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Richard Allen Ric Grenell, who served as spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations during the George W. Bush administration, was nominated September 1, 2017, to be the U.S. ambassador to Germany.

 

Grenell was born September 18, 1966. His parents were evangelicals who traveled between Michigan and California, and Grenell was active in his church from a young age. Grenell also realized early on that he was gay, and hid it from his parents and others even while he attended Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, which was affiliated with the conservative Assemblies of God church. Grenell earned a B.A. there in 1988.

 

After college, Grenell became an administrator for the American Arbitration Association, but it wasnt long before he was involved in politics. In 1992, Grenell worked for the Bush-Quayle re-election effort. After George H.W. Bush lost the election, Grenell moved on to be an assistant for the National Republican Congressional Committee and then served as press secretary for Rep. Mark Sanford (R-South Carolina) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Michigan).

 

Grenell left Washington in 1995 to serve as press secretary for the New York State Lottery under Republican Governor George Pataki. He also began studies at Harvards Kennedy School of Government, where he earned an MPA in 1998. That year, Grenell moved west to be press secretary for San Diego Mayor Susan Golding and subsequently worked for John McCains unsuccessful bid for the 2000 Republican nomination for president.

 

Grenell was named in 2001 to be the spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Grenell was eventually the longest-serving person to hold that job, working until 2008 under U.N. ambassadors John Negroponte, John Danforth, John Bolton and Zalmay Khalilzad.

 

Grenell then went into industry, first as vice president of corporate communications for DaVita Healthcare Partners, a dialysis provider that in 2015 was forced by the federal government to pay more than $800 million to settle a fraud case that went back to 2007. In 2009, Grenell struck out on his own, forming Capitol Media Partners, a strategic communications company that counted clients from Iran, Kazakhstan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, China, Australia, and Timor-Leste among its customers.

 

In 2012, Grenell served briefly as Mitt Romneys foreign affairs spokesman, but was chased off the campaign by anti-gay attacks from the right. Since then, Grenell has been a contributor to Fox News and other conservative outlets, where he often sniped at the Barack Obama administration.

 

Grenell was diagnosed wi...

04:36

Uzbekistans new leader fails his first test "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

One year after the death of Islam Karimov, the continued use of forced labour in Uzbekistans cotton fields shows how slow the pace of change really is.

 

Labour in the cotton fields of Fergana Region, eastern Uzbekistan, 17 September 2017. Photo courtesy of Uzbek-German Forum for Human RIghts. All rights reserved.

While President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan tucked into his third course at a New York dinner with wealthy American businessmen on Wednesday night, university students back home were preparing for a long day in the fields plucking cotton.

Despite the presidents promise to outlaw forced labour in the country from which I am exiled, institutions all over the country received an order to send their able-bodied staff and students to harvest cotton. September should be the start of the academic year. Instead, faculties, schools, kindergartens, as well as companies and hospitals, are emptying out as employees are ordered into the sweltering heat to work 14-hour days. 

One year ago, the 78-year-old former president, Islam Karimov, died suddenly after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He had been in office for 27 years, presiding over one of the worlds most repressive and secretive regimes. Thousands of innocent people were imprisoned for their politics or their religion. Dissidents were tortured and murdered. Others, like myself, fled in fear of another prison term. 

About one million people are forced to work in Uzbekistans cotton sector every year, under threat of losing their jobs or worse

The early actions of the new president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, have encouraged optimism among many of my compatriots and western politicians. He is improving re...

04:35

Equifax directed consumers to fake phishing site for weeks "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

You can now add another blunder to the already long list of Equifaxs missteps in the wake of the massive breach it announced earlier this month: the company has been pointing affected customers to a fake phishing site. In a series of tweets pushed out over the last two weeks, the company sent them to securityequifax2017.com instead of equifaxsecurity2017.com, the address of the dedicated Web site the company set up to inform users of the More

04:15

Hackers behind CCleaner compromise were after Intel, Microsoft, Cisco "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

There is a new twist in the CCleaner hack saga: the attackers apparently didnt set out to compromise as many machines as possible. A covert, highly targeted attack According to Cisco, their actual targets were computers at a number of huge tech companies like Intel, Microsoft, Linksys, Dlink, Google, Samsung and Cisco, telecoms such as O2 and Vodafone, and (the odd man out) Gauselmann, a manufacturer of gaming machines. Cisco researchers came at this conclusion More

02:32

Three things to know about the dark web "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

One of the more curious aspects about the dark web is that it didnt start out as such a dark place: it began with bulletin boards in the 80s and 90s the markets of that day and continued in the early 2000s, when Freenet launched as a private peer-to-peer network for sharing content. At about the same time, the United States Naval Research Laboratory came up with what would be called The Onion More

02:17

At least 12 dead, 92 missing after river overflows in North Kivu, DR Congo "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At least 12 people have died and another 92 are missing after heavy rains caused Bihambwe river to overflow its banks and flood two villages in Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Julien Paluku, the governor of the...... Read more

Venezuelas rebels against the Petrodollar (Manlio Dinucci ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

21/09/2017 - Venezuelan Minister of Oil announced on 15 September 2017: From this week, the average price of oil will be indicated in the Chinese yuan. For the first time, the sales price of ...

01:45

The 70 most influential visual effects films of all time The Loop

What an interesting list, not necessarily of good movies but of movies that had visual excellence.

01:26

Legacy networks holding back cloud and digital transformation "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A new global survey by Riverbed Technology, which includes responses from 1,000 IT decision makers across nine countries, revealed an incredible level of agreement that legacy infrastructures are holding back their cloud and digital strategies. Nearly all respondents (97%) agree that legacy network infrastructure will have difficulty keeping pace with the changing demands of the cloud and hybrid networks. Conversely, 91% of respondents say their organizations cloud strategy will only reach its full potential with More

01:09

Liam Gallagher, forced to make his own tea The Loop

If you know who Liam Gallagher is, youll no doubt find this both in character and, perhaps, an insightful comment on changing times. If you dont know him, think controversial rock star (lead singer of the band Oasis).

From his Wikipedia page:

His erratic behaviour, distinctive singing style, and abrasive attitude have been the subject of commentary in the press; he remains one of the most recognisable figures in modern British music.

With that background, check out the video embedded in the main Loop post.

Read this on The Loop

01:03

Hodinkee review of the Apple Watch Series 3 Edition The Loop

Benjamin Klymer, Executive Editor of Hodinkee:

One of the most amusing things about doing what I do for a living writing about and working with mechanical watches is the reaction that other watch guys expect me, or really any other reasonable watch person, to have about the Apple Watch. They think we should hate it. I dont hate the Apple Watch, nor should anyone else. If anything, the build quality versus price ratio on the Apple Watch is so embarrassing for the Swiss that I genuinely think it will push mechanical watchmakers to be better.

This is a thoughtful, long, and fantastic review of the Series 3 Apple Watch. More specifically, Benjamin is writing and speaking about the ceramic Edition model, which now comes in both grey and white. Dont miss the video at the top, and the terrific collection of pictures sprinkled throughout.

Theres no way to quote out all the chewy goodness in this post, but I did find this particular point fascinating.

On the red dot on every single Apple Watch Series 3 Edition:

All Edition watches feature cellular technology so all Edition watches will feature the red dot.

And:

If Apple did want to have some visual cue to let others know youve copped the new hotness with that cellular bizness inside, why make it a red dot, a logo well known and loved by a brand with which many consumers of luxury digital products are well acquainted Leica? Hell, Apple designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson even collaborated on a Leica for the Red Charity Auction in 2013. Again, the red dot isnt a huge deal, but Id love to get the background on this. Why that and why there?

To see this red dot similarity for yourself, just hop over to the Leica camera web site. That red dot is all over the place. Interesting.

[Via <a href=https://daringfireball.net/linked/2017/09/20/hodinkee-apple-watch-edition rel=noopener

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00:41

iOS 11 official release notes The Loop

This is a great read, a great way to quickly get a sense of all thats new with iOS 11. Worth a scan, pass it along.

Read this on The Loop

00:30

iOS Control Center: Understanding how the WiFi and Bluetooth toggles work The Loop

John Gruber, commenting on the fact that the WiFi and Bluetooth buttons in Control Center no longer act as on/off switches:

This is an interesting feature, but I think its going to confuse and anger a lot of people. Until iOS 11, the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles in Control Center worked the way it looked like they worked: they were on/off switches. Now, in iOS 11, they still look like on/off switches, but they act as disconnect switches.

Off the top of my head, I would suggest making them three-way switches: on and connected, on but disconnected, and off.

Completely agree. This setup is confusing. As John points out, when you tap the WiFi button, WiFi is left on, but you are disconnected from your current session. Tap it again, you are reconnected. The icon goes from a blue background to a grey background, and back to blue when you reconnect.

To complete the picture, there is a third icon state. Take a look at what happens when you turn on airplane mode:

The grey background with the line through it shows that Bluetooth and WiFi are now disconnected. In Airplane mode, a tap on the WiFi icon goes from disabled to connected (assuming theres WiFi to be had), from grey with a line through it to the blue background.

Confusing. But once you get the sense of it, its pretty clear whats happening.

Read this on The Loop

00:00

Punching Below Its Weight: Indias Progress Towards Health-Related SDG Goals "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It is time for India to fully fund and implement its ambitious health policies, and translate them into better health outcomes for its millions. Without health, little else matters.

India is majorly underperforming in health. Credit: Reuters

India is majorly underperforming in health. Credit: Reuters

Last week, The Lancet published a report entitled ...

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Thursday, 21 September

23:57

Produce Nnamdi Kanus father now or. Igbo monarchs tells Army "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Traditional rulers in Umuahia North Council Area of Abia State have called on the Nigeria Army to release dead or alive, their colleague and father of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Eze Israel Kanu, saying since the invasion and attack on his palace by soldiers last Thursday, they were at a loss as to his whereabouts. In condemning the attack yesterday, the royal fathers also condemned frowned at what they called the discretion of the Palace and throne and demanded the repair of the structures in the palace as well...

The post Produce Nnamdi Kanus father now or. Igbo monarchs tells Army appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

23:54

PostgreSQL 10 Release Candidate 1 Arrives "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The first release candidate of PostgreSQL 10.0 is now available for testing...

23:54

Nancy Pelosi Run Off Stage at Press Conference, 1795 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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23:51

Top iOS 11 augmented reality apps The Loop

Good video showing these apps in real world use. Many are limited functionality right now but you can see some amazing potential.

23:50

Uneasy calm in Kanus community over Familys whereabout "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The people of Afaraukwu community in Umuahia North council area of Abia State are still agitated over the health and whereabouts of the their traditional ruler HRM Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and the father of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, who has not been seen one week after his palace was invaded by the military during the operation python dance. The palace of Eze  Kanu was last Thursday invaded by the military, apparently in search of his son, Nnamdi. Though calm has returned to Umuahia,...

The post Uneasy calm in Kanus community over Familys whereabout appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

23:50

There must be a word for making a fool of yourself to get attention "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It should also start with a K. You may have heard that James Damore is continuing to discredit himself further with some weird musings on Twitter.

Here are some internal title names for the Klan. Still cool?

Klabee
Kladd
Klaliff
Klarogo
Klazik
Kleagle
Klexter
Kligrapp
Klokan
Klokard
Klonsul
Kludd

You can call yourself whatever you want. But lets not forget that the KKK is all about terror, bigotry, and murder, and all the cool names in the world wont change that.

Damore also has an explanation for why people join the KKK. Its not racism. Its not even economic insecurity. Its because they want to be called a Klokard.

Jebus. The question is no longer about why Damore was fired from Google, its how did he get the job there in the first place?

Also, is he aware that there are pages and pages and pages on the web that are all about how stupid some of the names and creatures in D&D are?

I still dont have a good word for Damore, so Im going to have to invent one. Klaggart. Or maybe Klook.

23:49

Puerto Rico Completely Without Power After Hurricane "IndyWatch Feed World"

As for what happens next, theyre in the dark. After Hurricane Maria rampaged across the island, the U.S. territorys 3.5 million residents are totally without electricity. The storm, which caused one confirmed death on the island and dumped 20 inches of rain, was the strongest to directly hit Puerto Rico since 1932. With cell towers and weather stations obliterated by 155-mph winds, authorities can only guess at the extent of the wind and flood damage. Hurricane Maria, now a Category 2, is moving on toward the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.

SOURCES: WASHINGTON POSTBBC

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23:47

Democrats May Have Jumped The Gun With Single-Payer "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Democrats are starting to feel the Bern. Via Politico: Last week, a group of Senate Democrats rallied behind single-payer health care at a splashy press conference. This week, the same group is scrambling to beat back the GOPs latest Obamacare repeal blitz. The contrast shows the chasm between the two parties approach to health care: []

23:47

How to follow someone in Apple Music, how to share your listening history The Loop

Had a lot of back and forth on Twitter yesterday working through how to find and follow someone on Apple Music, and the various settings that impact what the follower can see.

First things first, heres how to find and follow someone on Apple Music []

23:45

Some of the Best Parts of Autonomous Vehicles Are Already Here "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Consumers with high hopes of driverless vehicles improving safety might be looking past the boring near-term advances that could make a real difference. It happened before more than 60 years ago.

Visitors look at a self-driving car by Google displayed at the Viva Technology event in Paris, France, July 1, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Visitors look at a self-driving car by Google displayed at the Viva Technology event in Paris, France, July 1, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Fully automated cars are still many years away. Amid the government...

23:45

Picatrix: An Ancient Manuscript That Teaches How To Obtain Energy From The Cosmos "IndyWatch Feed World"

Through this ancient manuscriptthe reader could attract and channel the energy of the cosmos so that a certain event develops according to the will of the practitioner, zodiacal magic; which is said to help master and dominate with accuracythrough the force of the universenature and its surroundings. Picatrix explains not only how to create and []

23:43

Exactly How Many Warnings Do You Need? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Exactly How Many Warnings Do You Need? from ZeroHedge Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, When I was growing up my father, probably much like yours, had pearls of wisdom that he would drop along the way. It wasnt until...

The post Exactly How Many Warnings Do You Need? appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:43

Late Night Comedian Kimmel Tells FOX Host: Ill Pound You When I See You (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel turned his late night show into a lecture on the failed and bankrupt Obamacare this week. He considers himself an expert because his son had heart surgery. Of course, he has no idea that the premiums are unaffordable for a majority of American families. But, hes an elitist so hes going to lecture anyway.

On Wednesday night he followed his lecture on Obamacare with threats to beat FOX host Brian Kilmeade.

This was in his opening monologue.
Real Clear Politics reported:

On the Wednesday broadcast of his late-night program, Jimmy Kimmel responded to criticism he has received for his controversial monologue Tuesday night where he ripped Republican Senator Bill Cassidy for using his name to push for the Cassidy-Graham Obamacare replacement proposal.

Kimmel, a fierce proponent of the healthcare law, received many rebuttals for his political statement notably FOX & Friends host Brian Kilmeade. Kilmeade called Kimmel a member of the Hollywood elite for pushing politics. Wednesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host set his aim at the FOX host and let loose.

Kimmel said the FOX host kisses my ass like a little boy meeting Batman whenever the two cross paths and claimed he is dying to be a member of the Hollywood elite.

I dont get anything out of this, Brian, you phony little creep. Oh, Ill pound you when I see you, Kimmel threatened.

Of course, the far left crowd loved it.
They love their violence.

The post Late Night Comedian Kimmel Tells FOX Host: Ill...

23:43

I Think There Will Be War: Iraqi Kurds Fear Conflict After Referendum "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Official fears violence after 25 September independence vote, as disputes grow in areas controlled by Kurd forces outside original KRG borders.

(MEE)  Fears of fresh conflict in northern Iraq are bubbling to the surface weeks before Iraqi Kurds hold a contentious vote on independence, with warnings of war over disputed, ethnically mixed border regions and reports of Shia forces pushing Kurd officials from a town to prevent voting.

The Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, has refused repeated requests from Baghdad, the US and regional powers to postpone its 25 September referendum, saying it would only do so if an alternative was presented by Iraqs central government.

Tensions have risen in areas liberated by KRG forces outside the regions original 2003 borders, including the city of Kirkuk. On Monday the KRGs president, Massoud Barzani, said any attempt to change the reality using force in Kirkuk should expect that every single Kurd will be ready to fight.

Dr Jutyar Mahmoud, a member of the regions independence referendum commission, told Middle East Eye that disputed territories such as Kirkuk were the focus of fears of a new conflagration after the referendum.

We will face border problems in the near future and I definitely think there will be another war, and soon, he said.

He described Iraq as militarily weak, after three years of battling the Islamic State (IS), during which time forces have suffered extensive losses, particularly in the recent nine-month fight to liberate Mosul.

A greater threat, he said, was posed by Iraqs other army the Iranian-backed paramilitary Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilisation force.

The Hashd are another threat and maybe Iran will push them to fight us, Mahmoud said, adding that Iraqs prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, doesnt control the Hashd, but Iran can.

Jutyar Mahmoud considered the Hashd a greater threat than Iraqs regular army (AFP)
Hostile acts

His comments preceded bouts of recent unrest in some of the contested border regions. O...

23:42

Trumps Kabul Project Extends US Timetable By Years, Perhaps Decades "IndyWatch Feed War"

 
Kabuls central districts have become increasingly difficult to defend against Taliban bombings.

Rahmat Gul/associated press

Kabuls central districts have become increasingly difficult to defend against Taliban bombings.

KABUL A huge public works project over the next two years will reshape the center of the Afghan capital to bring nearly all Western embassies, major government ministries, and NATO and US military headquarters within the Green Zone security district

After 16 years of American presence in Kabul, it is a stark acknowledgment that even the citys central districts have become too difficult to defend from Taliban bombings.

Soon, US Embassy employees in Kabul will no longer need to take a Chinook helicopter to cross...

23:41

How Profit Deals With Protest: The Disappearance Of Argentinian Activist Santiago Maldonado "IndyWatch Feed World"

Over 40 days have passed since the forced disappearance of Argentinian activist Santiago Maldonado. President Mauricio Macris government appears to be more preoccupied with protecting the impunity of the Argentine Military Police, also known as the gendarmerie, than with listening to the demands for Maldonados release or at least for information on his whereabouts and condition being made by a mobilized populace.

Maldonado was detained and disappeared on August 1 while participating in a protest in Chubut calling for the release of Mapuche leader of the Ancestral Mapuche Resistance (RAM), Facundo Jones Huala. Jones had been detained upon extradition requests by Chile. Both Argentina and Chile have labeled Jones a terrorist, on account of his resistance activities against capitalist exploitation of ancestral Mapuche territory.

The group of activists together with Maldonado, who blocked the road during the protest, were accosted by the Argentine Gendarmerie, who fired rubber bullets at the activists upon orders given by the Security Minister, Patricia Bullrich.

According to witnesses, Maldonado was beaten by the military police and forced into a van. His whereabouts and fate remain unknown. Matias Santana, who testified before Judge Guido Otranto on September 5, stated that he watched through binoculars as Maldonado was beaten and taken away by the military police to an undisclosed location.

 

Mobilization met with disinformation

...

23:40

Former Muslim Speaks Out (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Former Muslim Speaks Out Video Stefan Molynuex Question: Im an ex-muslim middle eastern immigrant, Ive noticed a lot of parallels in the rise of tyranny back home and the rise of tyranny in the west. Obviously, as I chose...

The post Former Muslim Speaks Out (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:39

Benutzt hier jemand einen PC mit Intel Management Engine?It ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Benutzt hier jemand einen PC mit Intel Management Engine?

It allows an attacker of the machine to run unsigned code in PCH on any motherboard via Skylake+. The main system can remain functional, so the user may not even suspect that his or her computer now has malware resistant to reinstalling of the OS and updating BIOS.
Und sie sagen, dass auf der IME ein angepasstes MINIX luft. Das finde ich ja nun echt ultra-gruselig. Die haben meiner Erfahrung nach Security noch nicht wirklich auf dem Radar.

23:38

Hundreds of Thousands of Yemenis Mark 3rd Anniversary of September Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

September 21, 2017 Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, to mark the third anniversary of the countrys September 21 Revolution and condemn the bloody Saudi war against the nation. The demonstrators in Thursdays mass rally reaffirmed their commitment to the government in Sanaa and the Yemeni forces defending the []

23:37

September/October Events Calendar "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

FRI SEP 22
7PM9:30PM FREE
BOOK LAUNCH: WHY BAD GOVERNMENTS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE
Join Indy contributor, humorist and author Danny Katch for the launch of his new book, Why Bad Governments Happen to Good People.
Verso Books
20 Jay St.

SAT SEP 23
7:30PM11PM $5$10 DONATIONS
TALK: THE RAMAPOUGH VS. THE PILGRIM PIPELINE
Speakers from the Ramapough Lenape Nation and Science for the People will lead a discussion on the devastating potential impacts of the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline on sacred lands and the Ramapo River, as well as specific political actions supporters can take. Drinks and mingling in the backyard of Unnameable Books will follow. Proceeds go to the Ramapoughs legal fees.
Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave.

SAT SEP 23
9PM1AM $10$100
PARTY: STARR BAR AND MAYDAY ANNIVERSARY BASH
Come mark the one year anniversary of the activist-friendly Starr Bar and the lefty community center Mayday at this rager. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. 
Starr Bar
214 Starr St.

TUE SEP 26
6:30PM8:30PM $10 DONATION
HISTORY: TRUMP WALKING TOUR
Prior to becoming president, Donald Trump played an integral role in shaping the modern landscape of New York City. Exploring Midtown Manhattan, we are able to get the full spectrum of the Trump story and his rise to power. Register at socialjusticetours.com.
53rd St. & 6th Ave.

THU SEP 28
7PM9PM FREE
BOOKS: READINGS FROM VANISHING NEW YORK JUST THE QUEER PARTS
From The Rawhide to Folsom Street East queer New York is disappearing. Blogger and author Jeremiah Moss reads from the queer sections of his celebrated new book, Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul. Signing to follow.
Bureau of General Services-Queer Division
208 W 13th St. Rm 210

FRI SEP 29 THRU FRI DEC 22
6PM8PM, WEEKLY $95$125
CLASS: FRIDAYS AS IN MURDER
In traditional hard-boiled and crime novels, women either provoke violence as femme fatales or need protection as paying clients or wandering daughters. Some authors were dissatisfied with this convention. Drawing upon the potentials of pulp fiction and film noirs formula of restlessness, dread and discontent within social corruption, women novelists subverted the genre to explore early feminist and political themes. To learn more, view the reading list and register, visit marxedproject.org.
Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave.

...

23:36

You are a disappointment to us Igbo elders tell Rochas Okorocha. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

https://www.naij.com/1126418-you-a-disappointment-igbo-elders-rochas-okorocha.htmlFiled under: Uncategorized

23:35

APC is a Failure Prof. Itse Sagay Blasts Party "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Professor of law and Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption has the leadership blasted the All Progressives Congress. More

23:34

Police use 'immediate detentions' to jail people for more than 90 days (Updated) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"


The police state is creating an entirely new incarceration system, 'immediate detentions'.

What are 'immediate detentions' you ask?

Since 2014 Indiana police have been using 'immediate detentions' to justify arresting hundreds of people.

"In fact, this years 178 immediate detentions instances when individuals expressed a desire to injure themselves or others due to their mental state have already surpassed the 157 instances in 2014."

According to Indiana law, police can immediately arrest and detain anyone for 24 hours. (For more information read House Bill 1130.) By anyone, I mean those people a police officer claims are mentally unstable.

Could the police officer arresting people indefinitely, also be mentally unstable?

The fact is hundreds of police officers kill themselves each year. The National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center have pages devoted to law enforcement suicide prevention. Law enforcement suicides are so prevalent, even the International Association of Chiefs of Police has devoted a page to it. They even provide 'sample suicide prevention materials' and 'sample funeral protocols' to police departments.

Fyi, police officers are also asked to 'voluntarily' submit to annual menta...

23:33

Borno APC rejects Ali Modu Sheriff return. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

With the alleged plan of the former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to return to the All More

23:33

Zapad-17 Raises the Stakes for NATO "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russian military exercises along NATOs Eastern flank will demonstrate Putins intent, says experts familiar with the matter.

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Between September 14 and 20, Russia will execute one of its biggest military exercises since the end of the Cold War. While some Western estimates put the number of troops taking part at up to one hundred thousand, the Russians insist these figures are exaggerated. No other exercise has been followed by Western analysts with comparable attention since 1990, though Moscow claims the drills are routine. So far, NATOs response has been to take the Kremlin at its word, with no plans for additional deployments in the East. But this may change.

...

23:32

French neofascists expel bigwig for eating treasonable African food "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 2016 video is called How To Cook Simple Vegetarian Couscous.

Couscous is a famous originally North African dish, now eaten in many countries.

Recently, Florian Philippot, the vice president of the French neofascist National Front party, was spotted eating it.

Philippots fellow neonazis did not like that treasonable eating of Muslim food.

The quarrel between National Front fuehrer Marine Le Pen and deputy fuehrer Philippot led today to Philippot no longer being deputy fuehrer and no longer being a National Front party member.

In Italy, the French National Fronts racist colleagues, the xenophobic Lega Nord Party, who used to be in the Rightist Berlusconi government coalition; a party whose Members of the European Parliament praise mass murderer Anders Breivik from Norway, are infamous for their crusade against other Islamic food: kebab.

One should hope that a Lega Nord bigwig will spot another Lega Nord bigwig secretly eating kebab. And that the quarrel resulting from that will harm the...

23:32

Biblical End Days Prophecy: Nile River Turns Red On NASA Satellite Camera "IndyWatch Feed World"

With natural disasters growing in epidemic proportions worldwide, fears that the biblical end days prophecy is now being fulfilled as official NASA sentinel-3A satellite images reveal the Nile River has turned red. In the Bible passage Exodus 7:17 it says: This is what the LORD says: By this, you will know that I am the LORD: With []

23:31

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

NLC, TUC Reject ULCs Calls for National Strike in Nigeria
By Kayode Ekundayo, Lagos
Nigeria Daily Trust
Sep 18 2017 2:00AM

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), however, has rejected the seven-day ultimatum, issued by its parallel body, United Labour Congress of Nigeria (ULC), saying the proposed strike is meant to blackmail the federal government with the ultimate goal of obtaining registration.

In a joint press statement signed by the NLC president, Ayuba Wabba and Trade Union Counterpart, Bobboi Bala Kaigama, said the ULC consists of NLCs colleagues who are trying to take advantage of the unstable security and industrial relation situation in the country to increase the tension and give bad name to trade unionism.

Nigerians need to know that they are not a legitimate organisation recognised by the laws of our country. They are largely a collection of individuals who find it difficult to accept the will of Nigerian workers, as very clearly demonstrated during the March 12-13, 2015, election that took place at the
Eagle Square, Abuja in which they were roundly defeated.

ULC which is being led by Joe Ajaero, a former vice president of NLC last week issued a seven-day ultimatum after which the union shall embark on Industrial actions.

The ultimatum expired last week Friday.

We urge the Federal Ministry of Labour and workers to discountenance the threats of this illegal association. The ministry must be steadfast in upholding the laws governing trade union practice in the country, the unions said.

Since their failure in the March 2015, 10th delegates conference of the NLC, these individuals have tried to use every tactic to destabilise the industrial relations scene in the country. First they tried to factionalise the NLC, and for almost two years were parading themselves as factional leaders of the NLC. When they realised that they were largely ignored by Nigerian workers and the Nigerian people, at the beginning of this year, they dusted up the name of one of the four trade union centres that in December 1975 voluntarily merged to form the NLC, and now purports to have become a new Labour Centre in the country, called the United Labour Congress....

23:30

Re: CVE-2017-14160: libvorbis-1.3.5 bark_noise_hybridmp() integer signedness bug "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Solar Designer on Sep 21

Hi,

This was sent to the list with only "CVE-2017-14160" as the Subject.
That's against oss-security list content guidelines:

http://oss-security.openwall.org/wiki/mailing-lists/oss-security#list-content-guidelines

"When applicable, the message Subject must include the name and
version(s) of affected software, and vulnerability type. For example, a
Subject saying only "CVE-2099-99999" is not appropriate, whereas...

23:30

Trumpanzee And His GOP Enablers Would Rather Deport Latinos Than Get Serious About MS-13 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Nancy Ohanian looks at Trumpanzee

Eliminating MS-13 and other violent criminal gangs should be a priority for law enforcement that all Americans should support. But that isn't what Barbara Comstock's Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act (H.R. 3697) is actually about. Her bill passed last week 233-175. Only one Republican, libertarian Justin Amash (MI), voted against it. 11 fake-Democrats took the bait and crossed the aisle to vote with the Republicans. Now Ryan is running around claiming the bill passed with "bipartisan support."

The 11 Democrats who voted for it are the worst of the Republican wing of the Democratic Party, primarily Blue Dogs and New Dems who consistently support the Republican Party policy agenda. Only one-- Ruben Kihuen-- hasn't earned an "F" from ProgressivePunch (and he has a "C"). These are the Democrats who gave Ryan and McCarthy the right to call the bill "bipartisan."
Salud Carbajal (CA)
Henry Cuellar (Blue Dog-TX)
Josh Gottheimer (Blue Dog-NJ)
Ruben Kihuen (New Dem-NV)
Dan Lipinski (Blue Dog-IL)
Stephanie Murphy (Blue Dog-FL)
...

23:30

Maneka Gandhi Clashes With NITI Aayog on Replacing Food With Cash Transfers "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The government is finalising a pilot project in line with NITI Aayogs recent suggestion that children and mothers be given cash transfers instead of cooked or uncooked food.

Union minister of women and child development. Credit: PTI

Union minister for women and child development. Credit: PTI

At a conference on under-nutrition organised by the Ministry of Women and Child Development this week, Union minister Maneka Gandhi said that the government is keen to overhaul the Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) and withdraw the provisions of cooked food and rations to children, and pregnant and lactating women, and replace it with cash transfers. She also said the government will shift the focus of the policy from administering food to administering nutrition.

The move is at odds with recommendations by the health ministry, the National Food Security Act and Supreme Court orders. It is, however, in consonance with the NITI Aayogs recent recommendations from a 114 page document,...

23:29

Pepe Escobar: Unmasking his new Doctrine, Trump vows carnage for "wicked" N. Korea, Iran and Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed World"

This was no "deeply philosophical address". And hardly a show of "principled realism" - as spun by the White House. President Trump at the UN was "American carnage," to borrow a phrase previously deployed by his nativist speechwriter Stephen Miller. One should allow the enormity of what just happened to sink in, slowly. The president of the United States, facing the bloated bureaucracy that passes for the "international community," threatened to "wipe off the map" the whole of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (25 million people). And may however many millions of South Koreans who perish as collateral damage be damned. Multiple attempts have been made to connect Trump's threats to the madman theory cooked up by "Tricky Dicky" Nixon in cahoots with Henry Kissinger, according to which the USSR must always be under the impression the then-US president was crazy enough to, literally, go nuclear. But the DPRK will not be much impressed with this madman remix. That leaves, on the table, a way more terrifying upgrade of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Trump repeatedly invoked Truman in his speech). Frantic gaming will now be in effect in both Moscow and Beijing: Russia and China have their own stability / connectivity strategy under development to contain Pyongyang.

23:27

2017 #London Anarchist Bookfair "IndyWatch Feed War"

This years London Anarchist Bookfair will be on Saturday 28th October from 10am to 7pm. 

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Submitted to Enough is Enough

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.

2017 London Anarchist Bookfair

This years London Anarchist Bookfair will be on Saturday 28th October from 10am to 7pm. 

Venue: Park View School
West Green Road, London, N15 3QR

Anarchism and the bookfair

Bookfairs provide a space where like-minded people can come together to re-affirm old friendships, make new ones, discuss all things anarchist and anticapitalist and start planning the future revolution. Theyre also one of the public faces of anarchism...

23:25

The Daily Bird #479. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mother and babies, Purple Swamphens, from David. So cute!

David, all rights reserved.

23:22

Chemicals In Food and Personal Care Products Making Humanity Infertile "IndyWatch Feed World"

If sperm counts continue to fall at the current pace, humans could become extinct, a new report revealed. A team of researchers from the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai analyzed the results of 185 studies involving nearly 43,000 men from America, []

23:22

Death Becomes AR: How The Military Is Using Augmented Reality "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

Depending on where you rest your hat, the words "AR battle" could mean some very different things. You might still be hankering to have your Pikachu rain down lightning on a friends' Squirtle in Pokemon Go, or, if you're recovering from the iPhone X launch, be wondering when you'll be able to send your mini troops into a tabletop augmented reality warzone in Directive Games' The Machines.

But if you're among the thousands in attendance at the Defence and Security Equipment International 2017 (DSEI) conference at London's Excel Centre, those battles and warzones in question become altogether more real. As, while the consumer world waits patiently for the giants of Cupertino to lift the covers off the rumored Apple AR glasses, the military has been dabbling in augmented reality interfaces for years.

The transparent nature of AR glasses lets the wearer maintain situational and environmental awareness.

What was once the reserve of fighter pilots, the advances of Moore's Law means that impressive heads-up display units will soon be standard issue for regular ground troops. Through the use of wearable glasses and headsets, key data points will be overlaid onto a battlefield everything from mapping information to mission parameters to markers defining the movements of allied troops and enemy forces.

Topographical data can be relayed to a troop along with video feeds from remote overhead drones or fellow forces elsewhere on the field. All the while, the transparent nature of AR glasses (as opposed to the all-encompassing view of a virtual reality headset) lets the wearer maintain situational and environmental awareness. The potential chaos of what's going on around a soldier can still be seen and actioned upon.

Read more of this story at SoylentNews.

23:21

Trumps Bigger Russia Problem "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Donald Trumps stated desire to improve US relations with Russia is understandable; indeed, it is a goal shared by the last several US administrations. But betraying core American values for the sake of short-term gains is not worth the bargain.

23:20

Advanced lm-sensors Tips and Tricks on Linux "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Title: 
Advanced lm-sensors Tips and Tricks on Linux

23:20

Republican Voters Surge: If Election Were Today, Trump Would Win MORE States "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Michael LaChance at American Lookout:

The 2016 election was almost a year ago but apparently the Republican wave is still rolling. American voters in states across the country are still trending towards Republicans.
Big League Politics reported:

DATA: Voter Registration Trends Favor Republicans Bigly

An ongoing analysis of voter registration trends since November 2016the election of Donald Trumpcontinues to show significant trends toward Republicans almost across the board. A couple of notes on the data are necessary:

1. In many casesalmost all except Arizona and Delawarethe total number of registered Democrats and Republicans both has fallen. This is normal. Secretaries of State purge voter rolls of those who have moved, died, or asked to be removed from the rolls. The baseline month is November 2016, but some states have not updated up to September. I used the most recent date in these cases. Pennsylvanias data has still not been updated from May, but Ill include it anyway.

2. New Jersey was the only state to show one party declining (the Democrats) and the other gaining (the Republicans, though only by 287 voters).

3. Unfortunately MI, WI, OH, MN, VA, GA, and TX do not register voters by party, so tracking these states is not possible. Once some of themsuch as OHhave primaries, a comparison to previous primary turnout would be beneficial.

Will this continue into 2018 and 2020? Theres a great chance it will.

The post Republican Voters Surge: If Election Were Today, Trump Would Win MORE States appeared first on The Gateway Pundit...

23:19

How to scan documents in iOS 11 Notes app The Loop

Good walkthrough by Christian Zibreg, iDownloadBlog, on using Notes to scan and save documents.

I love this feature. And I find it interesting to think about edge detection at work here. Watch how the scanner detects the edges of a piece of paper laying on a table, automatically adjusts the scanning frame so you end up with a relatively rectangular result.

This object and edge detection is a hallmark of ARKit. Not certain thats how this was done, but would not surprise me if it was.

Read this on The Loop

23:19

Federal Reserve Will Continue Cutting Economic Life Support "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Federal Reserve Will Continue Cutting Economic Life Support by Brandon Smith Alt-Market I remember back in mid-2013 when the Federal Reserve fielded the notion of a taper of quantitative easing measures. More specifically, I remember the response of mainstream...

The post Federal Reserve Will Continue Cutting Economic Life Support appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:16

Protesters block aid to Rohingya in Myanmar "IndyWatch Feed World"

Police in Myanmar have clashed with a mob blocking an aid shipment in Myanmar's Rakhine state while nine people have died in an accident involving a Red Cross truck in Bangladesh.

23:15

Pam Keefe, Co-Organizer of RAADfest Bangkok, joins our Life Extension Board. "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Pam Keefe, Co-Organizer of RAADfest Bangkok, joins our Life Extension Board.

23:15

Dental Surgeon Explains What Negative Emotions Could Do To Human Salivary Proteins & Teeth/Mouth "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Arjun Walia

A number of scientists around the world are publishing studies, and examining what can happen to our biology when we experience physiological coherence, or heart coherence. Physiological coherence refers to the biological state the human body experiences when the heart and brain are well-coordinated, working in synchronicity,  and united by our positive emotional health, which results in the increased synchronization, harmony, and efficiency in the interactions within and among the physiological, cognitive, and emotional systems in the body.

Perhaps the leading scientists in the field are the ones over at the HeartMath Institute, whose research findings have shown that when we practice heart coherence, and take on more feelings of gratitude, compassion, appreciation and love, our heart generates a coherent electromagnetic wave into the local field environment that facilitates social coherence. This means that our electromagnetic field could carry biological relevant information that can effect those around us. Proponents in this field have shown that, theoretically, it is possible that enough people building individual and social coherence could actually contribute to an unfolding global coherence.

Not only that, and the main point here, is that a state of coherence can cause nervous system chaos, and the opposite can have a positive effect. Their research has shown that when we experience negative emotion, the heart sends very different signals to the brain as opposed to experiencing positive emotions. In turn, this influences our nervous system.

Dr. Deborah Rozman, the President of Quantum Intech, explains that its an alignment within and amongst systems whether quantum particle, organisms, human beings, social groups, planets or galaxies. This harmonious order signifies a coherent system whose optimal functioning is directly related to the ease and flow in its processes....

23:15

Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Is Open for Signatures "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

What a day! 

At 08:00 EST this morning, we surpassed our donation campaign goal and reached a total of $18,410 for our work to get states to sign and ratify the treaty. Wow!! 

A few moments later, Antonio Guterres,

23:12

Hackers use Find My iPhone to remotely lock Macs, demand ransom The Loop

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

Over the last day or two, several Mac users appear to have been locked out of their machines after hackers signed into their iCloud accounts and initiated a remote lock using Find My iPhone.

With access to an iCloud users username and password, Find My iPhone on iCloud.com can be used to lock a Mac with a passcode even with two-factor authentication turned on, and thats whats going on here.

This does appear to be a genuine hole in Apples security scheme, though iCloud itself was not hacked.

Seems like this is fixable. From the comments:

When you go to remote lock a device you enter a lock passcode and the devices password or passcode. When that is sent to the Mac, iPhone, whatever, if the device password doesnt match, it wont lock the device. That way, even if a hacker guesses your Apple ID and password using hacked credentials, they still cant lock the device without the Macs login.

Not sure if this is doable, since your Macs password is not stored in the cloud, but maybe the entered password could be encrypted, sent to the Mac, and the Mac could decrypt and compare.

Read this on The Loop

23:12

Syria - Russia Accusing U.S. Of Attacks, Abduction Attempts, Team-play With Al-Qaeda "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The situation in Syria is reaching another critical point. There is an increased possibility of a large scale clash between U.S. and Russian forces. We had warned of such a clash over control of the rich fields east of Deir...

23:11

What It Feels Like Going To Uni If Youre Working Class "IndyWatch Feed World"

ED~I can really relate to a LOT of this, its slightly adapted from his bright contribution

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Someone told me the other day that trying to define what the terms middle class and working class mean is the most categorically middle class, privileged thing you can do. I think its croquet, but thats a close second.
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Issues of class are tricky territory, and talking about them brings countless problems: of misunderstanding, erasure, tone policing, patronisation, privilege competition and all those really bleak things that make people shy away from subjects and silence their own experience. As working class people, we are constantly talked about but never given the privilege of being platformed in our own right.
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As a working class person, I have spent a lot of time amplifying conversations about my past and equal amounts of time hushing up my working class background, silencing it and avoiding talking about it, terrified that if people really knew they would start to write narratives for me. Narratives such as the patronising Boy done good, the offensive Arent you glad you escaped? or just simple changes in the way people treat you, where they think its their duty to educate you and tell you how to behave, and that you, as a working class person, have nothing of note to share.
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For many people like me who come from working class backgrounds, the first time you experience the mind-blowing class divide is at university.
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The differences between you and your more culturally and financially wealthy peers never feels quite so expansi...

23:10

Why you should consider ordering The Matrix Revealed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Why you should consider ordering The Matrix Revealed

by Jon Rappoport

September 21, 2017

My mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, contains interviews with two men who go farther in explaining how Matrix Reality is built, brick by brick, than anything Ive ever encountered.

The first man is Ellis Medavoy (pseudonym), a retired propaganda master who, for many years, served the Deep State/ shadow government. Over a series of interviews (28 interviews, 290 pages), Ellis reveals how the space, time, and rhythm of the mind is shaped by operators who know more about REAL psychology than all the academics at all the colleges in the world.

The second man is brilliant hypnotherapist, Jack True. Jack and I researched together for several years. In 43 interviews (320 pages), Jack lays bare his experiences with patients, and how he discovered mechanisms of the mind that could be manipulatedor used to liberate the mind from its own traps and diversions and deeply ingrained habits.

Together, these two men showed me more about the Matrix than I had found in decades of investigation. Their insights are as much about liberation as they are about mind control.

The Matrix Revealed also contains my logic course, designed to immerse people with a high-school reading level in the first waves of rational thinking and analysis.

You can watch me briefly discuss The Matrix Revealed here:


And here are the full contents of my mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed:

* 250 megabytes of information.

* Over 1100 pages of text.

* Ten and a half hours of audio.

The 2 bonuses alone are rather extraordinary:

* My complete 18-lesson course, LOGIC AND ANALYSIS, which includes the teachers manual and audio to guide you. I was previously selling the course for $375. This is a new way to teach logic, the subject that has been missing from schools for decades.

* The complete text (331 pages) of AIDS INC., the book that exposed a conspiracy of scientific fraud deep within the...

23:09

Uhuru terms Kenya Supreme Court ruling as coup by four judges "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Uhuru Kenyatta has described the Supreme Court decision nullifying the 8 August presidential election as a coup by four people sitting in court.

23:06

Let There Be Ignorance! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After playing an unbelievably bad atheist philosophy professor in Gods Not Dead, Kevin Sorbo is going to stretch his range by playing an unbelievably bad atheist doctor of medicine in Let There Be Light. Watch the trailer and be in awe of Jerkules acting chops!

Can you spot the Christian tropes in the plot summary?

After suffering the traumatic loss of his youngest son to cancer, Dr. Sol Harkens (Kevin Sorbo) loses faith and heads down a path of darkness. Distancing himself from his ex-wife Katy (Sam Sorbo) and their two remaining sons, Sol turns to alcohol to numb his pain. Soon his bad habits catch up to him, and Sol is involved in a serious car accident that leaves him dead for four minutes before he is resuscitated. What Sol experiences during this time changes his outlook on life and brings him closer to his family and faith.

I see

  • Atheists are angry at the gods because of some trauma.

  • Leaving the gods sends you down a path of darkness.

  • Youll lose all your friends and family if you dont follow the gods.

  • When youre near death, boy will you regret not believing in the gods.

  • Dreams and the confabulations of the unconscious mind are objective evidence of the existence of the gods.

Poor Kevin seems to be making a career of playing a caricature of an atheist, poorly, who then undergoes a miraculous conversion, unconvincingly. The most persuasive part of the trailer for me is when Sorbo accepts Christ into his life after suffering a traumatic brain injury, and as a reward, Satan (played by Sean Hannity) shows up to offer him a chance to appear on Fox News. Nope, Im convinced. No way will I ever drink the Christian Kool-Aid.

23:04

Moonbat Actor Morgan Freeman Demands Trump Tell Us The Truth About Russian Election Meddling "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

He did, you just didnt like the answer. Via Breitbart: Veteran actor Morgan Freeman appeared in a political video published Monday, in which he demanded President Donald Trump speak directly to the American people about the extent of Russias meddling in the 2016 presidential election. While insisting that the Kremlins election interference is no movie []

23:03

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 20-21, 2017 (Maps, Photos, Videos) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 20-21, 2017 (Maps, Photos, Videos)

Click to see the full-size map

On September 20, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Syrian Republican Guard (SRG), the National Defense Forces (NDF) and other pro-government factions seized Masrab, Turayf, Buwaytiyah and Tibni villages and the Salim Mount from ISIS on the western bank of the Euphrates River.

At the same day, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched a military operation against ISIS vowing to reach the border with Iraq. The SDF advanced towards the ISIS-held town of al-Suwar and captured 12km of a highway heading to it.

Reports also circulated that some side conducted an airdrop on the Conco Gas Plant north of Khusham. Initial reports suggested that the airdrop was made by government forces. Others argued that it was conducted by the US-led coalition. However, by September 21, no videos or photos had appeared confirming these reports.

On September 21, clashes continued between government forces and ISIS in Khusham town on the eastern bank of the Euphrates where the SAA and the SRG were attempting to break the ISIS defense and to expand its control zone in order to further encircle ISIS in Deir Ezzor city and to set a foothold for an advance towards al-Busayrah.

Government troops destroyed two ISIS vehicles in Deir Ezzor province:

...

23:02

I will make half of you disabled and let the other half push wheelchairs Israeli commander to Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed War"

Violence / Detentions West Bank / Jerusalem

How Israel is disabling Palestinian teenagers
BETHLEHEM, occupied West Bank 21 Sept by Jaclynn Ashly  In the Dheisheh refugee camp, it is common to see Palestinian teenagers with deep scars dotting the length of their legs, while posters and murals of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces adorn the concrete walls testaments to a disturbing reality of routine Israeli violence in the camp. International law prohibits the use of live ammunition on civilians, except as a last resort during an imminent threat of life. However, Israeli soldiers freely fire live bullets at Palestinians during confrontations or military raids. Both Palestinian and Israeli rights groups have noted that Israels excessive use of force on Palestinians has caused scores of permanent and temporary disabilities in the occupied Palestinian territory The Bethlehem-based Palestinian NGO Badil reported a significant increase in Palestinian injuries in the refugee camps last year, the majority of which were caused by live ammunition. Most of the gunshot wounds were directed at the lower limbs of the youth in the camps, now commonly referred to as kneecapping.  Residents of the Dheisheh camp say that an Israeli army commander, who the youth in Dheisheh refer to as Captain Nidal, has been threatening to intentionally disable Palestinians in the camp. I will make half of you disabled and let the other half push the wheelchairs, he has been reported as saying. Badil underscored that the threats indicate that incidents of kneecapping are not accidental or isolated. But instead result from a systematic Israeli military policy aimed at suppressing resistance, terrorising Palestinian youth, and permanently injuring them and/or causing significant damage to their physical and mental well-being.[personal narratives follow]
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/09/israel-disabling-palestinian-teenagers-170911085127509.html

Israeli forces injure 9 Palestinians in clashes near Jerusalem-area school
BETHLEHEM (Maan) 20 Sept Nine Palestinians, including students, were injured Wednesday morning when Israeli forces raided the town of Abu Dis in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem...

23:00

Timeline: Being Rohingya in Myanmar, from 1784 to Now "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As Rohingya people continue to flee Rakhine State and allege widespread persecution, a look at their struggle through the years.

A Rohingya refugee girl collects rain water at a makeshift camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

A Rohingya refugee girl collects rain water at a makeshift camp in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh, September 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Arakan (now Rakhine State) is a state in Myanmar (the former Burma) adjoining Bangladesh. It is a strip of land along the eastern coast of the Bay of Bengal from the Naf river on the border of Chittagong to the cape Negarise. It lies between the Arakan Yuma range and the Bay of Bengal. It is separated from the rest of Myanmar by the Yuma range running north to south. The total area of Arakan is 13,540 square miles and its population almost 2,000,000. And it is here that politics and violence around the Rohingya and their identity has been playing out for centuries.

Eight century

The Rohingya, a people of South Asian origin, dwell in an independent kingdom in Arakan, known as Rakhine St...

23:00

LBMA pledges transparency, so where are the gold swaps and leases? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

LBMA pledges transparency, so where are the gold swaps and leases? by Chris Powell GATA Dear Friend of GATA and Gold: Writing in the September issue of the World Gold Councils Gold Investor newsletter, London Bullion Market Association Chief...

The post LBMA pledges transparency, so where are the gold swaps and leases? appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:00

7 Crucial Signs Your Body Is Lacking Vitamin B12 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Peace Quarters

A vitamin B12 deficiency is way more common than you think. It can impact people in just about any age range but is most common in women between 40 and 60 years old. But just because you dont fall into that category doesnt mean you dont need more B12 in your life, being a vegan or vegetarian can also put you at risk for a deficiency.

First, lets look at why B12 is so important. Its actually one of the key components in your bodys ability to make red blood cells. It also plays a role in nerve development and can impact DNA. So, a lack of B12 in your body can come with symptoms you shouldnt ignore.

1. LIGHT HEADEDNESS

If you find yourself feeling lightheaded on a regular basis, then it might be a cause for concern. Being a bit dizzy from time to time is easy to dismiss, but if you think you are suffering from being off balance almost day to day, then thats a red flag for a B12 deficiency.

2. NUMBNESS

Its OK and natural to have a hand or leg fall asleep on occasion, especially if say youve been sitting on your foot. But if you fill that pins and needles sensation without the compression of that body part, that a sign you may need more B12. Some people have also described the feeling of an electric jolt that comes in waves. Those sensations are actually the result of nerve damage brought on by a lack of B12.

3. PALE SKIN

Since B12 helps produce red blood cells, the less of those you have in your body, the paler you may become. Alabaster skin is OK if thats been your natural tone since birth but a sudden onset of paleness could be due to the lack of red blood cells in your body.

4. SCATTERBRAINED

Ever walk into a room and forget why you were heading in there? Or text a friend only to discover you forgot why? Little bouts of forgetfulness are common, but if its starting to impact your life, it might be time to talk to your doctor. Being a constant scatter-brain is a possible indication of a B12 deficiency.

5. BEING OVERLY TIRED

If youre keeping a normal sleep schedule but still cant get through the day without feeling completely run down, it might be time to take a closer look at your B12 levels. Chronic fatigue is a symptom of a lack of vitamin B12. The less red blood cells you have in circulation means less oxygen and less O2 can leave you feeling exhausted o...

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Maintaining Windows 10 security tops list of enterprise challenges "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Companies are experiencing significant challenges in their attempts to keep their endpoints secure. Maintaining Windows 10 security topped the list of challenges with over half of respondents to an Adaptiva survey indicating it can take a month or more for IT teams to execute Windows OS updates, which ultimately leaves systems vulnerable. The survey revealed that most companies are unable to maintain endpoint security with consistency for a number of reasons, such as: The pace More

23:00

Centre Announces New Policy to Promote Private Investment in Affordable Housing "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Central assistance up to Rs 2.5 lakh per house made by private builders will be provided to buyers, even if the construction is on private land.

A man rides his cycle rickshaw past newly-constructed residential buildings on the outskirts of Kolkata December 29, 2010. Credit: Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A man rides his cycle rickshaw past newly-constructed residential buildings on the outskirts of Kolkata December 29, 2010. Credit: Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri

New Delhi: With the aim of attracting private players in the affordable housing sector to meet the housing for all target by 2022, the government has unfolded a new public-private partnership (PPP) policy that allows extending central assistance up to Rs 2.5 lakh per house built by private builders, e...

22:59

CVE-2017-14160: libvorbis-1.3.5 bark_noise_hybridmp() integer signedness bug "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by on Sep 21

Hi,

Im a security researcher of Qihoo 360 GearTeam.
My partner Zhibin Hu and I found a vulnerability of libvorbis-1.3.5.
And we have applied for CVE-2017-14160 of this vulnerability.
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ffmpeg Ci poc.mp4 Cy 1.mkv
// libvorbis-1.3.5 has been compiled into ffmpeg static.


I compile it as...

22:59

President Trumps 1st Speech To the UN, 1796 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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22:56

Thousands Protest Dutertes Drug War, Martial Law in Philippines "IndyWatch Feed War"

Protests coincide with the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by late dictator Ferdinand Marcos

Sept. 21, 2017 7:36 a.m. ET

MANILAThousands of antigovernment protesters thronged Manila on Thursday, in the largest outpouring of opposition against President Rodrigo Dutertes deadly war on drugs and strongman style of governance.

The protests, planned to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, extend weeks of backlash against the Duterte administration following the alleged execution of a

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22:50

Jim Carrey Allegedly Says Apples Face ID Will Lead To New World Order "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Jim Carrey allegedly isnt a big fan of Apples new Face ID program. The controversial technology has been the source of much discomfort for those want basic rights after Apple revealed just what it can do.

Actor Jim Carrey even warned Apple that he will never use their products again and he isnt alone. According to Your News Wire, Carrey said that Apples new iPhone Face ID technology will be used by the global elite to enslave humanity and usher in a totalitarian New World Order. 

*Please note, that these allegations made my Your News Wire could not be verified.*

The Face ID technology could, however, be used by police to violate rights by unlocking a persons phone without their consent. But theres another more sinister use for the Apples Face ID: easy mass spying.

But FaceID should create fear about another form of government surveillance too. And this one is a rights violation of every person on earth: mass scans to identify individuals based on face profiles. Law enforcement is rapidly increasing their use of facial recognition; one in two American adults are already enrolled in a law enforcement facial recognition network, and at least one in four police departments has the capability to run face recognition searches. This could make Apple the target for a new mass surveillance order.  SHTFPlan

Jim Carrey allegedly said at the Toronto Film Festival, If George Orwell wrote 1984 today, it would have been about tech companies ruling over a totalitarian state instead of communists, the stores would be called town squares and the phones that you are forced to buy would read your face. Carrey was promoting the Netflix documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond.

But last weekend, Jim Carrey gave another prophetic interview which ruffled the feathers of at least few others in...

22:50

Newly discovered hermit crab shelters in corals, not shells "IndyWatch Feed World"

Left: Diogenes heteropsammicola and its coral house. Right: the hermit crab without its coral house. Image: Momoko Igawa

By Mariah Quintanilla, 2:57pm, September 20, 2017:

This newfound hermit crab finds shelter in corals, not shells

Symbiotic find is surprising as these corals already pal up with another critter: marine worms

A new species of hermit crab discovered in the shallow waters of southern Japan has been enjoying the perks of living like a peanut worm. Like the worms, the 7- to 8-millimeter-long hermit crab uses corals as a covering, researchers report September 20 in PLOS ONE.

Other kinds of hermit crabs live in coral reefs, but typically move in and out of a series of mollusk shells as the crabs grow. Diogenes heteropsammicola is the first hermit crab known to form a mutually beneficial relationship with two species of mobile corals called walking corals. The host coral grows with the crab, providing a permanent home for the crustacean. In exchange, the crab helps the coral walk.

Walking corals are already known to be in a symbiotic relationship with a different sea creature ...

22:50

Theresa May Briefs Cabinet to Reboot Brexit Talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

LONDON The Latest on Britains talks to leave the European Union (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is briefing her Cabinet on plans to reboot faltering Brexit negotiations, as she struggles to unite the government after a public rift.

May is outlining details of a speech she will deliver in Florence, Italy on Friday. She has chosen the historic heart of Europe as the location for an address that the government says will stress Britains desire for a close and special relationship with the bloc.

Divorce negotiations have made little progress on key issues including the status of the Ireland-Northern Ireland border and the amount Britain must pay to settle its financial commitments to the bloc.

EU leaders will be looking for May to signal Britains willingness to pay up. But some members of her Cabinet oppose paying a multibillion-pound (dollar, euro) bill.

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11:30 a.m.

A senior European Union official is doubtful that Britains talks on leaving the EU can advance to a new phase next month, fueling concern that a Brexit deal might not be found by the 2019 deadline.

EU leaders meet Oct. 19-20 and were expected to assess whether negotiations have made sufficient progress on Britains departure for talks on future relations and trade to begin.

But a senior EU official said Thursday that its too early to tell whether the leaders can decide. The official briefed reporters only on condition that she not be named.

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22:47

Benjamin Netanyahu: Donald Trump is Israels best puppet thus far "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We can say with certainty that Benjamin Netanyahu was lying when he said that Iran was spreading its tyrannical and terrorist wings over Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. And this is not the first that he has lied.

22:46

Spanish Crackdown Has Undermined Catalan Independence Bid It is obvious that we wont be able to vote as we would have liked "IndyWatch Feed War"

MADRID/BARCELONA Catalan leaders acknowledged on Thursday that plans to hold a referendum independence from Spain on Oct. 1 were now in doubt following the arrest of senior regional officials and the seizure of campaign material by national police.

The Madrid government, facing one of Spains biggest political crises since the end of the Franco dictatorship and return of democracy four decades ago, has called the referendum an illegal act and taken police and court action to block it.

State police arrested Catalonias junior economy minister, Josep Maria Jove, on Wednesday in an unprecedented raid of regional government offices.

Acting under court orders, police have also raided printers, newspaper offices and private delivery companies in a search for campaign literature, instruction manuals for manning voting stations and ballot boxes.

It is obvious that we wont be able to vote as we would have liked, Oriol Junqueras, deputy head and economy minister of the regional government, told local television TV3. They have altered the rules.

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 Oriol Junqueras

It was the first time the promoters of the referendum had acknowledged their plans were in doubt, although Junqueras said he said he was convinced voters would still turn out in numbers.

It is not ye...

22:45

Mind Hack How Corporations Took Over Our Bodies and Brains "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

The science is in: Processed food is addictive, can make you extremely unhappy and will prematurely kill you. How did this happen? And how have food manufacturers been able to deceive the world about these facts? Dr. Robert Lustig has written a new book, The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains, in which he explains how and why this occurred.

He is perhaps most well-known for his brilliant research into sugar and obesity, and his previous book, Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease, was a New York Times Best Seller. Lustig is an emeritus professor of pediatrics in the division of endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, and a member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies. Since the last time I interviewed him, hes also completed a masters in public health law.

The Genesis of Hacking of the American Mind

The motivation for The Hacking of the American Mind began some 30 years ago, while still a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at Rockefeller University. There, he learned about the interaction between dopamine and serotonin in the brain. At the time, only basic correlational data existed, but there appeared to be a very specific interaction going on between these two neurochemicals.

As I was researching the data for Fat Chance, four years ago, it became very clear that the data had come in on the role of diet and behavioral health, Lustig says. In addition, we also now had neuroimaging studies. I realized everything was falling into place that this issue, dopamine and serotonin, was actually at the core of what had now become our depression and opiate crises.

At the same time, I was giving Psychiatry Grand Rounds at a U.S. medical school in 2014. The woman who ran their outpatient treatment program took me on a tour of their facility. She was a recovered addict herself. She said something to me that was so jarring. She said, When I was shooting up, I was happy. What my new life has brought me is pleasure.

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22:45

Robert Steele: We Have Met the Enemy and He Is US "IndyWatch Feed War"

Robert David STEELE Vivas

We Have Met the Enemy and He Is US.

#UNRIG Co-Founder Denounces Donald Trumps Israel First Warmongering

American Herald Tribune

September 20, 2017

The US Government (USG) is in enemy hands. More specifically, the USG is owned and operated by the Deep State led by the Rothschilds and the Jesuit Superior General, with four major action groups able to subvert any country: the City of London, Wall Street, and Central Banks; the Freemasons; the Knights of Malta; and the Zionist leadership of Israel (not to be confused with peace-loving Jews). [1]

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22:45

The Only Memorial Robert E. Lee Should Ever Get "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I dont think Robert E. Lee is the personification of evil. He was a complicated man who had many admirable qualities. But he made the wrong decision when he decided to commit treason in the defense of slavery, and we need to always keep some key statistics in mind. Approximately 620,000 Americans lost their lives in the Civil War. On the Union side, 360,222 people died preserving the integrity and unity of our nation. You cant celebrate Gen. Lees military genius without taking into consideration his contribution to those numbers.

As you can imagine, it takes a lot of space to bury 360,222 people. The available burial plots in and around northern Virginia filled up quickly.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, most military personnel who died in battle near Washington, D.C., were buried at the United States Soldiers Cemetery in Washington, D.C., or Alexandria Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia, but by late 1863 both were nearly full. On July 16, 1862, Congress passed legislation authorizing the U.S. federal government to purchase land for national cemeteries for military dead, and put the U.S. Army Quartermaster General in charge of this program. In May 1864, Union forces suffered large numbers of dead in the Battle of the Wilderness. Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs ordered that an examination of eligible sites be made for the establishment for a large new national military cemetery. Within weeks, his staff reported that Arlington Estate was the most suitable property in the area. The property was high and free from floods (which might unearth graves), it had a view of the District of Columbia, and it was aesthetically pleasing. It was also the home of the leader of the armed forces of the Confederate States of America, and denying Robert E. Lee use of his home after the war was a valuable political consideration.

Its nice to pretend that the Arlington Estates high ground was a major consideration, but we all know that burying the dead in Robert E. Lees yard was a way of punishing him for his treachery and the butchery we was causing to the Union forces. Arlington National Cemetery is the nations monument to Robert E. Lee. It is a fully appropriate fuck you to a man who was invited to lead the Unions forces but chose to fight for secession and slavery.

On April 18 [1861], Lee met separately with Francis Preston Blair Sr. and General Winfield Scott. Empowered by Lincoln to ascertain Lees intentions and feelings, Blair asked Lee to assume command of the army being raised to put down the rebell...

Puerto Rico Will Need Our Help and Attention "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Puerto Rico is devastated. There's no power on the island and it could be months until it is restored. We're going to have to pull together and come up with some innovative and creative solutions here, because we haven't seen a humanitarian crisis in our country like this in my memory.

Discuss

Can the Senate Republicans Get to Fifty? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Senate Republicans seem exasperated with Rand Pauls contempt for their stupid Graham-Cassidy health care idiocy. But apparently they arent even trying to change his mind. I dont think most Democrats trust Sen. Paul to vote no, but his Republican colleagues seem convinced that he will. Thats why theyre focused on flipping two votes from the three members who voted against and killed the moronic skinny repeal bill back in early August.

Of the three, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine seems like the hardest case. But if they cant convince her to basically walk back everything shes said about health care over the last two months, theyll have to get both Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to come over to their fantasyland idea of rational health care policymaking.

Now, Murkowski and Collins are both supporters of Planned Parenthood and while they might not have the best voting records, theyre more pro- than anti-choice. I suppose neither side would really want to claim Murkowski, but shes definitely an unnatural ally of the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Which makes this interesting:

[Rand] Paul is also drawing opposition from the anti-abortion lobby, a reliable ally. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said Pauls outright opposition to the bill and his dismissiveness of the pro-life priorities within it is alarming and damaging and called his stance an unacceptable position for a pro-life Senator to have.

Sergio Gor, a spokesman for Paul, replied: There is no one more pro life then Senator Rand Paul.

If opposing Graham-Cassidy is an unacceptable position for an anti-choice senator to have, then supporting it must be an unacceptable position for a pro-choice senator to have. If that holds, it would seem that theres no chance that Collins and Murkowski will flip.

Now, Murkowski has a nuanced position. Shes Catholic and personally morally opposed to abortion, but she also interprets her oath of office as committing her to upholding the Constitution. And she says that the Constitution protects abortion rights. On the other hand, she also interprets the Constitution as allowing reasonable federa...

Lowry, Trump and The Handmaid's Tale "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Its kind of amazing what Republican politicians are willing to say once theyve made the decision to retire. For example, Rep. David Reichert of Washington states 8th congressional district, recently had some candid things to say about President Trump. The congressman has an interesting background. While serving in the King County sheriffs department in the 2000s, he helped track down and arrest the Green River killer. Gary Ridgway was responsible for murdering perhaps as many as ninety women, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Reichert became a bit of a hero for apprehending him and that launched his political career. It probably also helped him survive in a competitive district through a couple of rough election cycles for Republicans. For whatever reasons, however, Reichert doesnt want to test 2018 and he recently announced that he wont seek reelection.

Now that he doesnt really need to worry about what his right-leaning constituents think, hes willing to be honest about what he thinks of our president:

Retiring Republican Rep. Dave Reichert said if President Donald Trump had made his 2005 comments about grabbing women in Washington when he was a cop, he would have arrested him.

Reichert was speaking in an interview with Vice News about the difficulty moderate Republicans face.

Reichert, a former sheriff in King County, Washington, said he never endorsed Trump last year. He also said that as a former police officer, Trumps Access Hollywood comments revealed in October resonated with him.

When somebody says that you know, those recordings came out regarding sexual assaults, he said. If the statute of limitations was still in existence, and he made those comments in King County, and you know it happened in King County, thats a person that I would have to arrest.

Reichert said Trumps comments were sort of an admission of guilt from him.

There was no reasonable explanation for those words, he said.

I thought about Reicherts comments when I saw how upset Rich Starbursts Lowry is about The Handmaids Tale winning eight Emmy awards. What annoyed Lowry more than anything was the perception that the Hulu mini-series...

The Danger to Obamacare is Real "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In this case, the Democrats are correct. The reason that House Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House are loudly signaling that they have no interest in pursuing the bipartisan negotiations between Senate HELP Committee leaders Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray is because theyre engaged in a whip operation in support of the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill:

Democrats portrayed the rejection of the bipartisan push as intended to create pressure on Senate Republicans to hold their nose and support the Graham-Cassidy bill, and as the only way out of the partys political quagmire. If that bill fails, Republicans may have to return to bipartisan talks, particularly if Trump again threatens to halt subsidy payments.

A few things have happened in recent weeks that have revived the Republicans interest in giving repeal another go. One is that Trump started talking aggressively about turning to the Democrats to make deals since the Republicans clearly cannot deliver on their own. Another is brutal polling data. Gallup has approval of Congress at somewhere between 16% and 18% in August and September among Republican voters. It was at 50% among Republicans in February. For context, Democratic voters give Congress a 14% approval number. Probably more importantly, a quick glance at the generic congressional preference polling shows that the GOPs position has deteriorated badly since the failure in early August to repeal Obamacare. Before August, the Dems advantage ranged roughly between two and six percent, with only a couple of more disturbing outliers. Since the failed vote on Obamacare, however, the range is more like six to nine percent. The RealClearPolitics rolling average is actually at 9.2% at the moment, which is high enough to predict a wave election that could cost the Republicans control of the House of Representatives. A third recent development is that the Senate parliamentarian clarified that the Republicans must repeal Obamacare by September 30th or give up trying. Thats because their special budget reconciliation instructions will expire at the end of the fiscal y...

Paul Manafort and the Russia Investigation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Lawfare is very thorough but also very cautious, which is what I think we want from them. You wont find them saying things like Paul Manafort is going to jail, but you will get some very solid analysis of the latest news reporting (e.g., CNN and New York Times) and the legal meaning of those stories.

Two very meaningful things have been solidly established now. First, the government convinced a FISA court judge that there was reason to believe that Manafort was engaging in clandestine intelligence gathering activities for or on behalf of a foreign power or was pursuant to the direction of an intelligence service or network of a foreign power, knowingly engaging in some other clandestine intelligence activities for or on behalf of such foreign power. In fact, the government convinced the FISA court of this twice, once in 2014 before Manafort was hired by Donald Trump, and once again in 2016 after he was fired by Donald Trump.  Additionally, the Special Counsel has convinced a federal judge that there was likely evidence of a crime both at Manaforts Virginia residence and at a storage facility owned by Manafort, which is why they were able to obtain warrants to search both.

The second very significant thing is that Manafort is going to be indicted for some kind of crime or crimes unless he becomes more useful as a witness.  Lawfare refuses to speculate about what those crimes might be, but Im not so reticent. The New York Times article says Mr. Manafort is under investigation for possible violations of tax laws, money-laundering prohibitions and requirements to disclose foreign lobbying. Hes also obviously under investigation for possibly working as an agent of a foreign powers intelligence service and for engaging in clandestine activities on their behalf. In other words, hes suspected of cooperating with the Russians in their interference in the presidential election. I think its fair to say that Manafort can be indicted right now for the crimes listed by the Times but may still be clear on the more series charges. I doubt however, that Manafort is overly worried about getting nailed for failing to fill out...

Serious Question "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

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22:44

Shocker: U.S. Allies Dont Trust NSA "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Via: Reuters: An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as global industry standards, reflecting deep mistrust among close U.S. allies. In interviews and emails seen by Reuters, academic and industry experts from countries including Germany, Japan and Israel []

22:40

Alasdair MacLeodEverythings Coming Up China (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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Alasdair MacLeodEverythings Coming Up China Video Financial Survival Network According to our good friend Alasdair MacLeod, China is booming and taking the rest of the world with it, except for the US that is. The US has isolated itself...

The post Alasdair MacLeodEverythings Coming Up China (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:40

Toys R US Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Toys R Us have over 60,000 employees "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Retail Apocalypse Is Here

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Americas Retail Is Crumbling: Toys R US Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Toys R Us have over 60,000 employees. They occupy the anchor position in many of the malls. The loss of Toys R Us will lead to decreased foot traffic to other nearby stores.  This is the beginning of the collapse of Retail in America. Here is the complete story.

Crippled by Competition and Debt

Toys R Us, one of the worlds largest toy store chains, has filed for bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest casualty of the pressures facing brick-and-mortar retailers.

The company made the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing late Monday night in federal court in Richmond, Va., acknowledging that it needed to revamp its long-term debt totaling more than $5 billion.

The retailer, which also owns Babies R Us, has struggled to compete with Amazon and stores like Walmart.

But the financial plight of Toys R Us was exacerbated by a heavy debt load that has weighed on the company for years. The private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Bain Capital, as well as the real estate firm Vornado Realty Trust, p...

22:38

New US Government Study on Fluoride Damage to Brain "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fluoride Free New Zealand is calling on the 23 councils (out of the total of 67) that still fluoridate, to urgently implement a moratorium on fluoridation to protect the brains of children being born today in their community.

A major study published on Tuesday in the US Governments Environmental Health Perspectives has found that children born to mothers exposed to fluoride while pregnant, have significantly lower IQ scores. This is particularly relevant to New Zealand where half of the population is currently subjected to fluoridation.

The study measured fluoride in urine and found the average level of fluoride in urine was 0.9mg/L (mg/L = parts per million). To relate this to water fluoride concentration, a separate study found that pregnant women in an area with 0.4 to 0.8 ppm water fluoride only had slightly lower urine fluoride than the average participants in this study. The Ministry of Health recommends fluoride chemicals be added to the water at 0.85ppm.
Pregnant women in New Zealand in fluoridated areas likely have similar levels of urine fluoride as those in the Mexican study. Urine fluoride reflects total fluoride intake from all sources, not just fluoridated water. The paper also reports that in the USA, which is 70% fluoridated, urine fluoride ranges from about 0.5 to 1.5 mg/L which fully overlaps the range found in the Mexican study.
The child of a mother who was drinking water with 0.85ppm fluoride would be predicted to have 5 IQ lower IQ points than if the mother had drunk water with close to zero fluoride in it. This obviously has huge consequences for New Zealand children.

The Ministry of Health recommended 1ppm until the 1990s when it reduced to a range from 0.7ppm to 1ppm, with a target of 0.85ppm. The US Human and Health Services have directed a maximum of 0.7ppm for fluoridation.

This study was very carefully done by a group of researchers who have produced over 50 papers on the cognitive health of children in relationship to environmental exposures.  It was funded by the US Governments National Institute of Health and was a multi-million dollar study.  This was the groups first study of fluoride their other studies mostly dealing with lead, mercury and other environmental neurotoxicants.

This study controlled for a wide range of potential factors that might have skewed the results and produced a false effect.  It was able to largely rule out confounding effects by these other factors.  The factors ruled out included lead, mercury, socio-economic status, smoking, alcohol use, and health problems during pregnancy.

This study offers confirmation of previous studies in Mexico, China....

22:37

Arabic press review: What happened to Saudi crown prince Salmans $550m yacht? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Also: Reports that Houthi rebels have UAE military vehicles; and Saudi university is expelling academics sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood

22:36

Lure of Greatness, the video "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Caroline Lucas MP, Zadie Smith, John Cleese, Kate Raworth, Aditya Chakrabortty, Peter Oborne, Quentin Skinner, Niki Seth Smith and Ralph Pritchard enjoy Anthony Barnett's new book.

In early August, before it was officially published, The New Statesman published a striking review of Anthony Barnetts The Lure of Greatness by John Harris, welcoming it as a punk polemic. Harris has distinguished himself with his outstanding video reports, Anywhere but Westminster. Taking a real interest in what goes on outside the bubble he engaged with Barnetts argument - that the frustration of English democracy and voice and its capture by Great Britishness was a determining factor in Brexit.

After that, there was no response at all in the main London newspapers to Barnetts call to understand the reasons for Brexit and Trump.  With the exception of Suzanne Moore in her G2 column, there seems to be a reluctance to confront his case that there are profound democratic causes which have enflamed millions. So we decided to make a video for social media to let readers know that the book existed. Here it is. Please share it and read the book, it is very stimulating.

Just as the video was finished Fintan OToole wrote a blistering review in The Irish Times that recognises the link between the best book on Brexit so far and openDemocracy flying the flag for transparency, reform and genuine popular power.

Please join Caroline Lucas MP, Suzanne Moore, Anthony Barnett and others to debate Confronting Brexit and Trump at London's Emmanuel Centre, 31 Oct 2017 7.30 to 9.15. Tickets here.

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22:35

Gold Investment Compelling As Fed May Kill The Business Cycle "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Gold Investment Compelling As Fed Likely To Create Next Recession

Is the Fed about to kill the business cycle?
16 out of 19 rate-hike cycles in past 100 years ended in recession
 Total global debt at all time high see chart
Global debt is 327% of world GDP ticking timebomb
 Gold has beaten the market (S&P 500) so far this century
Safe haven demand to increase on debt and equity risk
 Gold looks very cheap compared to overbought markets
Important to diversify into safe haven gold now

by Frank Holmes via Gold.org

Global debt levels have reached unprecedented levels, pension deficits are rising and the US interest rate cycle is on the turn. Frank Holmes, chief executive of highly regarded investment management group US Global Investors, believes that investing in gold is a logical response to current, unnerving conditions.

For centuries, investors and savers have depended on gold in times of economic and political strife, and its investment case right now is as compelling as its ever been.

As I write this, gold is trading above US$1,330 an ounce after a strong rally that took the metal to its highest levels since August 2016. Tensions over North Korea, a weakening US dollar, political uncertainty in Washington, an overvalued US stock market, surging public and private debt and negative interest rates around the world have all boosted demand for gold as a reliable and time-tested store of value.

I often refer to this as the Fear Trade. For centuries, investors and savers have depended on gold in times of economic and political strife, and its investment case right now is as compelling as its ever been.

Lets look at debt for the moment. Most market-watchers are aware that US government debt currently stands at just under US$20 trillion, an unfathomably large figure that will only continue to climb as the interest compounds.

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World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Friday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

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Nigeria: At least 550 peaceful pro-Biafra activists killed in combined chilling crackdowns. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/11/peaceful-pro-biafra-activists-killed-in-chilling-crackdown/Filed under: Uncategorized

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nnamdi Kanu: The Morning After
By Jideofor Adibe @JideoforAdibe
Nigeria Daily Trust
Sep 21 2017 2:00AM

In my column of September 7 2017 entitled, Nnamdi Kanu and the Redeemer Complex, I made a few propositions about Nnamdi Kanu that now seem prophetic. I will like to quote two passages from that piece:

...a redeemer movement becomes dangerous when the leader starts believing so much in his own hype or the hype of his followers that he loses all sense of proportion. At this stage, the danger of doing something really stupid is high. I have read people telling Nnamdi Kanu that he is bigger than Buhari or that no one can touch him. He will be a fool to act on such hype.

Standing in front of a moving train is stupidity, not a demonstration of courage. It will be naive to mistake the defence of ethnic pride that led to the mobilization to get him out of detention with a blank cheque to force his vision of Biafra and how it will be actualized on everyone - without debate. The meeting with the Five Governors of the Southeast is a golden opportunity, a soft landing if you like - for Kanu to start normalizing his agitation within the framework of the Igbo political mainstream. As the Igbos would say, a fly who listens to no advice, invariably gets buried with the corpse. Apparently Nnamdi Kanu only listened to his own hype and the hype of his followers.

Now that the militarys Operation Python Dance 11 exercise has managed to lower the tension in the Southeast (despite inconveniences to the civilian population) and IPOBs activities have been proscribed, it is important to reflect on the lessons learnt from the whole situation:

One, is the danger of groupthink. In groupthink, loyalty to the group requires individuals to avoid raising controversial or non-conforming issues and ideas or even alternative solutions. One of the consequences of this is that the in-group often significantly overrates its own abilities in decision-making, significantly underrates the abilities of its opponents (the out-group) and believes passionately, even irrationally, in the inherent morality and rightness of the cause(s) they espouse. Groupthink can produce dehumanizing actions and utterances against the out-group in the forms of s...

22:32

Trumps Mein Kampf Tirade at the United Nations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The speech delivered Tuesday by Donald Trump to the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York was without precedent either for the UN or the American presidency.

Speaking before a world body ostensibly created to

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September 22 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

66  Emperor Nero created the Legion I Italica.

1236 The Lithuanians and Semigallians defeated the Livonian Brothers of the Sword in the Battle of Saule.

1499 Treaty of Basel: Switzerland became an independent state.

1515 Anne of Cleves, wife of Henry VIII, was born (d. 1557).

1586  Battle of Zutphen: Spanish victory over English and Dutch.

1598 Ben Jonson was indicted for manslaughter.

1692 Last people hanged for witchcraft in the United States.

1761  George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz were crowned King and Queen of the Great Britain.

1784  Russia established a colony at Kodiak, Alaska.

1789 Battle of Rymnik established Alexander Suvorov as a pre-eminent Russian military commander after his allied army defeat superior Ottoman Empire forces.

1866 Battle of Curupaity in the War of the Triple Alliance.

1869 Richard Wagners opera Das Rheingold premiered in Munich.

1880 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, English suffragist, was born (d. 1958).

1885 Ben Chifley, Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1951).

1885...

22:30

The Bet and Buffetts Revenge "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Bet With Buffett, Not Against Him The greatest investor of our era is trying to teach us all a lesson. Bloomberg, September 21, 2017       Do you want to bet with or against Warren Buffett? That is a simple question. Yet it has surprisingly complex meanings and ramifications. It comes up today because of several seemingly unrelated

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This 1-Acre Permaculture Farm in Australia Can Feed 50 Families "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Amanda Froelich

By 2050, the worlds human population is expected to reach 9.7 billion. Considering 795 million people still go to bed hungry each evening, this is concerning. Fortunately, sustainable solutions exist, and they include vertical gardening and permaculture farming  among others. The latter has been employed on a one-acre farm in Australia and reportedly works so well, enough produce is grown to feed 50 families.

The Limestone Permaculture Farm may be minute in size, but it produces enough produce to feed dozens of families. Started when wife Nici developed an illness, the farm now educates the local community about permaculture and even offers internships.

TreeHugger reports that the Coopers have been farming for close to a decade. At Limestone Permaculture Farm, they grow organic produce, raise sheep goats and chickens, keep bees, and even build with recycled materials. Much of the farm is powered by energy from wood, water, and the sun.

The premise of permaculture is to mimic the social design principles observed in natural ecosystems. Opposite of large-scale mono-cropping (growing one crop at a time), permaculture farming creates symbiosis so a variety of plants may thrive. Some of the permaculture principles implemented by the Coopers include swales, a chicken tractor and even self-seeding edible ground cover.

Credit: Limestone Permaculture Farm

Reportedly, husband Brett discovered permaculture over a decade ago. He told the Newcastle Herald,

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Welcome to Australia where its always warmer somewhere! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

(and other nonsense from Australias Bureau of Meteorology, the University of Melbourne and The Conversation). Dr. Bill Johnston[1] Main points. Australias Bureau of Meteorology and climate scientists at the University of Melbourne should know that nowhere on planet-earth could rainfall be less than none! The Bureaus latest Seasonal Summary (winter 2017) spuriously claims rainfall is

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Midnight Movie Front Page Story "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1954 British drama with Jack Hawkins


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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Arewa, Igbo Youths Sue for Peace in Anambra
By Emma Elekwa, Awka
Nigeria Daily Trust
Sep 20 2017 4:06PM

Arewa and Igbo youths, under the auspices of Arewa youths, Anambra state chapter and Igbo Peace movement, on Wednesday signed a peace pact with a resolve to the commitment of a united, peaceful and indissoluble Nigeria.

Signing the pact in Awka, Anambra State during a press conference, the groups, resolved to take steps towards ensuring that no civil unrest would be experienced in the country again.

In a communique signed by the President of Arewa Youths ,Alhaji Bello Maigari and the Leader of  Igbo Peace Movement, Divine Onyekachi, said the pact was necessary as there could be  reasons for agitations by some sections of the country.

They commended the federal and state governments for the measures taken in reassuring Nigerians of the country's unity, especially the recent visit of some Northern governors to douse the tension in the south eastern region.

"Peace and unity of the country are paramount and should supersede every other interest.

"The country's strength is in the nation's unity in diversity and only convergence of efforts from all ethnic groups can make Nigeria reclaim its rightful place in the comity of nations." the group stated.

They underscored the need for Nigerians to always channel their energy and resources on things that would restore the lost glory of Nigeria rather than things that would divide it.

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Robert Spencer: Trump Is Right Pakistan Is No Ally "IndyWatch Feed War"

A sham alliance the U.S. would be better off without. My latest in FrontPage: Financial Times reported last week that the Trump administration is considering dropping Pakistan as an ally as it examines tough measures to quell more than 20 terrorist groups it says are based in the country. Here again, the President who is []

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Syrias Kurds poised for vote to cement federal push "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File / by Delil Souleiman with Rouba El Husseini in Beirut | Syrian Kurds take part in a rally in Qamishli on September 15, 2017 in support of a planned independence referendum by Iraqi Kurds

QAMISHLI (SYRIA) (AFP)  Syrias Kurds are poised to hold their first local elections, a move that has annoyed Damascus and Ankara and comes days before a controversial independence referendum by Iraqs Kurds.Kurds made up around 15 percent of Syrias pre-war population and were long oppressed by the central government.

But they largely stayed out of the uprising that erupted in March 2011, instead quietly building local control in Kurdish-majority areas after the withdrawal of most government troops.

They have become the key ground force in Syria partnering with the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group.

In March 2016, the Kurds declared three semi-autonomous regions in the areas under their control, part of their push towards the federal system they have advocated in Syria.

Now they are preparing to hold their first elections in the regions, a vote that has angered Turkey and which Damascus has dismissed as a joke.

The unprecedented election will take place in three stages, beginning Friday with a vote for representatives at the neighbourhood or commune level.

Elections for executive councils for towns and regions are planned for November 3.

Then, on January 19, a final phase will elect legislative councils for each of the three regions, as well as a single joint legislative assembly.

Federalism, not secession

Syrian Kurdish officials insist their goal is not to divide the country, which has been ravaged by a conflict that has killed over 330,000 people.

These elections are the first step to consolidating the federal system and federal democracy, said Saleh Muslim, head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, Syrias most important Kurdish political party.

He distanced Syrias Kurds from the broader ambitions of Kurds in neighbouring Iraq, who have scheduled a September 25 vote on independence over the objections of allies and the central government in Baghdad.

We are part of Syria, he said. Our demand in Syria is not separation, our demand is federalism.

Iraqs Kurdish region has been autonomous since 1991,...

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How SS7 Flaw Can Be Used to Hack Gmail ID and Bitcoin Wallet "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

By Waqas

An old vulnerability in the Signalling System No. 7 (SS7)

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Shock Survey: Less Than 1 Out Of Every 4 Republicans In Congress Support A Border Wall "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Shock Survey: Less Than 1 Out Of Every 4 Republicans In Congress Support A Border Wall by Michael Snyder The Economic Collapse Blog It is time to flush the toilet in Washington D.C., because the professional politicians that we...

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New Videos Released from the Eclipse of Disclosure Conference at Mount Shasta "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Eclipse of Disclosure conference took place at Mount Shasta August 18th 21st.

The conference joined together a collective of ufologists, whistleblowers, spiritual counselors, truth seekers, evolutionists, healers, and health professionals participating in a community forum of enlightened information. Featuring Corey Goode, Jay Weidner, Bentinho Massaro, Dr. Michael Salla, Laura Eisenhower, Niara Terela Isley, Jimmy Church and several others. Unveiling and disclosing the truths about where weve been, who we are and where we are going as we evolve our way into conscious awareness and discerning wisdom.  A rare opportunity to emerge into collective knowledge in a celebratory environment.

Below you will find all of the latest video clips and interviews that have been released recently.

To purchase view over 30 hours of presentations from this historic event go to https://www.eclipseofdisclosure.com to purchase the webcast.

NEW! Corey Goode & Gerald ODonnell Eclipse of Disclosure

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New! Corey Goode Interview at Eclipse of Disclosure

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Are you SURE those "fluoride filters" are working? "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

I found some very inexpensive fluoride filters at Amazon. The Amazon product page said that they reduced fluoride by more than 85 percent. When I tested them, they didn't reduce fluoride at all. I tested a different brand (ProPur), and they DID work. 

The exact / properly working ProPur filters I used are available here: http://amzn.to/2fUwisc

The tester I used is also available at Amazon (here: ...

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Secret Monetary Policy: Who Manipulates Gold Prices and Why "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Secret Monetary Policy: Who Manipulates Gold Prices and Why Sputnik News While major international events, like nuclear tests carried out by North Korea, affect gold prices and result in a situation when investors prefer to invest their money in...

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Berto Jongman: Known Debt Just Doubled BIS Discovers $14 Trillion in Offshore Debt Hidden in Bank Statement Footnotes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berto Jongman

BIS discovers $14 trillion of dollar debt offshore, hidden in footnotes 

The worlds top financial watchdog has uncovered $14 trillion of global dollar debt hidden in derivatives and swap contracts, a startling sum that doubles the underlying levels of offshore dollar credit in the international system.

The scale of this lending greatly increases the risk of a future funding crisis if inflation ever forces the US Federal Reserve to tighten hard, draining worldwide liquidity and potentially triggering a dollar surge.

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Thousands of children in 'extreme danger' in battle for Iraqi town, says charity "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Iraqi forced backed by coalition airstrikes began an offensive on Thursday to take Hawija, one of Islamic State group's last enclaves

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Strong and Cable? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Vince Cable speechLiberal Democrats left sunny Bournemouth this week buoyed by the camaraderie and intellectual stimulation of autumn conference. It was make or break time for new Leader, Sir Vince Cable, who gave us all a rousing send-off with a speech full of meaty political content and a smattering of good jokes. Vince is a serious player; it was he, after all, who warned everyone where finance and the economy were going in the run up to the 2008 recession. And he has had ministerial experience in the Coalition government, notably as Business Secretary. So when he talks about the effects of Brexit, for example, people listen. But the big question is: can having an authoritative leader translate into votes for the party? The LibDems have been stuck around seven per cent in the opinion polls for some time and although the number of LibDem MPs went up from eight to 12 in June, the partys national vote share actually fell back slightly. When it comes to local elections the picture is a bit more rosy; as Vince himself acknowledges, the rebuilding of LibDem fortunes will, as ever, come from the bottom up. Nonetheless, a lot of the hopes for a Liberal renaissance rest on his shoulders. It was good to hear him at Bournemouth being the champion of Exit from Brexit a message likely to grow in appeal as the negative consequences of a looming Brexit become ever clearer but he is no one-trick pony. His speech had plenty of sound messages on a range of issues from funding the NHS to replacing tuition fees with a graduate tax. Given the totally shambolic performance of Theresa May and her UKIPTories recently, the soft Conservative vote must be wobbling, and it hard to see the increasingly left-leaning Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn scooping that up.


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Interview 1301 New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2017-09-21%20James%20Evan%20Pilato.mp3"][/audio]This week on the New World Next Week: the government sues citizens for asking for information; PM May recruits Big Tech in extremist content purge; and yet another study finds fluoride linked to lower IQ in children.

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Nikolaos Gyzis, Behold the Celestial Bridegroom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"





Greek artist Nikolaos Gyzis (1842-1901) spent the last the last 6 years of his life painting variations on a swirling orbit of angels and clouds, under the title Behold the Celestial Bridegroom. Via The Curve in the Line.

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World's first to offer fingerprint payment come to UK supermarket "IndyWatch Feed World"

The march toward a cashless society has now moved from the theoretical to the phase of widespread adoption. This is primarily due to developments in the tech sector that now enable the easy use of biometric recognition systems, as well as the increasing acceptance from a public who is becoming familiar with turning themselves into a password for their personal devices. Behind the scenes, governments and corporations have been building the political and economic enticements via the Better Than Cash Alliance to ensure that the world eventually gets "de-cashed." We're now witnessing the full roll-out of an architecture that has been in development for many years.

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Mispronouncing Namibia, A Country in Southern Africa, is not acceptable, or something "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The moronic fall-out by imbeciles jumping to conclusions has been contagious. But isnt it always? Trump pronounced it Nambia. Jokes aside, Namibia is a real African country Namibia is a real country in southern African and on Wednesday it got its 15 minutes of fame in America after President Donald Trump mistakenly referred to it []

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10 Thursday AM Reads "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

My end of Summer morning train reads:  Imagine Its September 2007 (Safalniveshak)  U.S. Stock Records Are Nice But Pale Against the World (BloombergGadfly)  Apple blocking ads that follow users around web is sabotage, says industry (The Guardian)  Twitter takes down 300,000 terror accounts as AI tools improve (Financial Times) but see Inside the garage labs of DIY gene

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Sacred Plant Healing: Shamanic Medicine & the New Science "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Brett Lothian

In our modern age, all of us have been touched in one way or another by mental illness, either directly or indirectly. Depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, and an ever growing list of psychotic disorders and addictions are today rampant in our modern industrialised world. Most likely a direct result of our keeping up with the Kardashians lifestyle and ultra competitive, capitalist greed is good world.

Whilst we may never be able to go back to more simpler times, what we can do is learn from the societies who still live a simpler life. Especially in the area of mental health, where we enter the mystical realm of the Shaman and shamanic plant medicine.

After the false start of the 1950s1970s psychedelic research, today cutting edge science has learned from the mistakes of the past and is once more entering the realm of the Shaman, this time (by necessity) in a far more measured and scientific way. The results of which will not only save lives, but show us a way that all of us can live happier, less stressful and healthier lives.

It is repeated time and again in the science of anthropology that indigenous societies with little to no contact with modern civilisation simply do not have the same mental health issues that we do in our modern world.

Psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey, who conducted research in New Guinea, described it as an unusually good country in which to do epidemiologic research because census records for even most remote villages are remarkably good. After examining these records, he found, there was over a twentyfold difference in schizophrenia prevalence among districts; those with a higher prevalence were, in general, those with the most contact with western civilisation.

In reviewing other research, Torrey concluded: Almost all observers who looked for psychosis or schizophrenia in technologically undeveloped areas of the world agreed that it was uncommon. The striking feature is the remarkable consensus that insanity (in the early studies) and schizophrenia (in later studies) were comparatively uncommon prior to contact with European-American civilisation. Interestingly, in traditional cultures the people we would call schizophrenic or insane often become the Shaman or Medicine men/women that go on to heal and counsel their people.

The reasons for our mental maladies are many (and worthy of an entire article in their own right), but the main reason seems to b...

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Papua New Guinea journalist bound for the United States on a U.S. Embassy program "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea journalist bound for the United States on a U.S. Embassy program
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: U.S. Embassy Port Moresby has selected Meriba Tulo from Papua New Guinea to participate in the United States Department of States International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) titled, The Role of Journalism in a Democratic Society. Mr. Tulo is a senior reporter and anchor at EM TV, one of four television networks in the country.

As a young journalist working at the countrys oldest television network, Mr. Tulo is aware of the changing media landscapes in Papua New Guinea with the advent of social media being accepted more and more as a source of news.
I am very excited about this program and looking forward to sharing and learning best practices from other participants from around the world, and bringing home some of these practices back to my workplace, said Mr. Tulo.
During Mr. Tulos program, September 25 to October 13, he will visit Washington D.C., New York, Iowa City, Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. The program will focus on the U.S. system of government, investigative journalism, and journalism education and training. It will also feature a panel discussion on new journalism models such as community engagement and new business models for reporting. Follow the Embassy Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/usembassyportmoresby/ for updates on Mr. Tulos trip.
The IVLP is the U.S. Department of States premier professional exchange program that aims to provide firsthand knowledge about U.S. society, culture and politics, while cultivating lasting relationships. By connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts, IVLP fosters lasting relationships and helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world.

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Top Ten Reasons I Buy Gold & Silver [#5] Crashes Throughout History "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Top Ten Reasons I Buy Gold & Silver [#5] Crashes Throughout History by Jeff Clark GoldSilver Heres How Quickly Your Wealth Can Be Wiped Out Its the two greatest drivers of any investment: greed and fear. Greed can...

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US-backed Forces Took Full Control Over 3 Neighborhoods Of Raqqah (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

US-backed forces have gained a full control over the neighborhoods of Rawdah, Ramilah and Trishrin as well as seized the Grain Storage area in the eastern part of Raqqah city, according to a media wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Rawdah, Ramilah and Trishrin had been contested areas for a long time. However, on September 20, the SDF resiezed the grain storage from ISIS and the terrorist groups defense collapsed in these neighborhoods.

US-backed Forces Took Full Control Over 3 Neighborhoods Of Raqqah (Map)

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Stephen E. Arnold: Security Who Can You Trust? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Stephen E. Arnold

Security: Whom Does One Trust?

I read The Market Cant and Wont Deal with IT Security, It Must Be Regulated, Argues Bruce Schneier. The write up is about online, which is of interest to me. I found the summary of the remarks of Bruce Schneier, a security expert, interesting.

The main point is that government must regulate security. I highlighted this passage:vThe market cant fix this. Markets work because buyers choose between sellers, and sellers compete for buyers. In case you didnt notice, youre not Equifaxs customer. Youre its product.

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Trumps Straight Talk At The United Nations Disturbs Global Elite "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Trump made his debut at the United Nations on Tuesday, addressing the U.N. General Assembly at its annual opening. Afterward, media headlines and news coverage of the speech focused on Trumps absurd (but admittedly amusing) new nickname for Kim Jong Un, Rocket Man, and his threat that the United States is willing to totally destroy North Korea to protect itself and its allies.

The mainstream media, liberal elites, and the international community have been doing a lot of handwringing about Trumps rhetoric and his talk of going it alone. They also had a lot to say about his comments concerning the Iran nuclear deal, whose dissolution the president has long desired.

Although the focus was on Trumps supposedly dangerous isolationism and nationalism, whats really upsetting them is that he dared to say what no one is supposed to say: that the U.N. is broken and that it is unrealistic and dangerous to have a world without borders and without national sovereignty. In other words, Trump violated the Emperor Has No Clothes rule.

The Importance of Governments Serving Their People

One of the major themes of Trumps U.N. speech was national sovereignty, both of the United States and of foreign countries: Our governments first duty is to its people, to our citizens, to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. As president of the United States, I will always put America first. Just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first.

Although the international community gives lip service to the idea of national sovereignty and the U.N.s role in defending it, this concept fundamentally conflicts with the liberal belief that the world should be progressing toward a kind of borderless global nationalism, in which no one country can claim superiority over another. Thats the real reason Trump was so roundly criticized for saying that hes willing to go it alone on North Korea.

Trump also dared to praise America for its enduring legacy as a free democracy. His speech was devoid of the kind of America-bashing that President Obama was fond of, especially in front of international audiences. Instead, Trump asserted that the United States should shine as an example for everyone to watch, which indeed it should. He also praised the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution as the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom for Americans and millions around the world who have embraced it as a model of good government.

No doubt, this kind of talk disturbs the American Left and international bureaucracies, both of which have grown comfortable with the idea that American exceptionalism is a myth based on an ugly and misguided sense of supremacy and pseudo-colonialism. This goe...

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If You Want Medicare For All, Get Used To Eating Rabbit Now "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders recently rolled out his Obamacare fixer-upper plan, called Medicare for all. He wants to extend Medicarecurrently a federal government-run health insurance for seniors and the disabledto all Americans.

But the socialist from Vermont doesnt just want to increase the number enrolled in Medicare. He wants more. Under his plan, in additional to medical care, all Americans would receive extended coverage such as dental and vision, with no more co-pays, no more deductibles and no more fighting with insurance companies when they fail to pay for charges.

Such a push for socialized medicine used to be considered too wacky an idea to warrant any serious discussion. Yet 16 Democratic Senatorssome of whom harbor potential presidential ambitions, such as Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warreneagerly lent Bernie their support.

Its time for a reality check for Bernie and his supporters. All we need to do is look to Venezuela, the socialist country that once received high praise from Senator Sanders because it implemented things the American left is craving, such as free healthcare.

Venezuela Once Offered A Lot Of Free Stuff

Once upon a time, Venezuela was the richest country in Latin America. Its wealth wasnt simply the result of an abundant supply of natural resources such as oil; Venezuelans in 1950s enjoyed a great deal of economic and political freedom. There was universal suffrage, protection of private property rights, and freedom of the press. As a matter of fact, The Index of Economic Freedom for Venezuelaon a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 is the freestwas 1.5 in 1950 and 1.6 in 1955. In this environment, Venezuelas private sectors flourished.

Unfortunately, Venezuela had the bad luck of electing a string of terrible and corrupt leaders who were determined to take the country down the road to socialism. First, there was Romulo Betancourt, who was elected president in 1959. Romulo was a onetime communist who later posed as a social democrat. Some of his signature socialist policies included using land reform to strip away landowners property rights, creating a national oil company, tripling the income tax rate, and introducing price control measures such as rent control. The countrys pivot to socialism was continued by Betancourts successors.

In 1999, Hugo Chavez rode the public outrage against the establishment to power. Although he campaigned against corrupted policies in the last 40 years, Chavez not only continued the same disastrous policies, he went further under a movement called Chavismo.

Hugo Chavezs Free Education And Free Health Care

Chavez firmly believe...

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Ken Burns New Vietnam War Documentary Speaks For Silent Soldiers Like My Father "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ken Burns much anticipated, newly released Vietnam War documentary is receiving high praise from practically everyone, including George Will, who has called it a masterpiece and a fine example of how to calmly assess episodes fraught with passion and sorrow.

Thus far through the series, I have certainly been inspired to contemplate many of our contemporary culture war battles through the lens of Vietnam. But the documentary especially makes me think of my now-deceased father, who was himself a Vietnam War veteran.

Why My Father Fought

My father grew up practically at ground zero of the 1960s southern segregation fight, desegregation coinciding with his junior year at Huntsville High School in Alabama. He was disgusted by the racism pervasive among his many white classmates, and became a liberal hippy, experimenting with drugs, drinking with Black Panthers, and loudly vocalizing his opposition to the Vietnam War. Yet in order to help pay for college at Auburn University, he joined the universitys ROTC program.

He ultimately dropped out of Auburn, only to have his draft number called. He promptly answered, and spent four years as a U.S. Army medic, two of which were spent serving in South Korea, including participating in the medevacs to retrieve and care for soldiers wounded in Vietnam. In the few anecdotes he told about his experience in that theater, I never got the impression that his liberal politics obstructed his ability to serve his country, the country his father and grandfather had also served in World Wars I and II.

The virtue of patriotism also stands out in my knowledge of my fathers service. He remained adamant throughout his life that Vietnam was the wrong war: a tremendous waste of life, money, and American goodwill. But this never meant he wasnt proud to serve. Every 4th of July at our church, the pastor would ask military servicemen to stand during the services national anthem. My dad reluctantly but dutifully stood, his head held high. His personal political opinions never obstructed his patriotism, his love for his country, or his loyalty to the flag and what it stood for. He remained ever proud to be a U.S. Army medic.

Grappling With Grief

My fathers military service was also marked by an intense suffering and isolation. He loved to tell stories about his wayward youth, but offered few details about his war experience. A close family friend died from cancer when I was in eighth grademy mother and father were both there at her deathbed. Afterwards my mother wept, but my father never shed a tear. I asked him why. Ive seen too much death in my life, he replies. I dont think Im capable of crying anymore.

Sometimes my mother would ask me to wake my father from his weekend naps. I was terrified to do it. If I came too clo...

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Government Sues Citizens for Asking for Information - #NewWorldNextWeek "IndyWatch Feed World"

 


Story #1: Agencies Suing Citizens, Journalists Who Seek Public Records
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Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to Be Released in October, Has Gone Missing
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Im A Conservative Harvard Student, And Rescinding Mannings Invite Worries Me "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last Wednesday, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where I am currently a student, selected Chelsea Manning as a 2017-2018 visiting fellow for its Institute of Politics. On Thursday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo abruptly cancelled a scheduled speech to be delivered at the Schools John F. Kennedy Forum to protest Mannings fellowship. At 12:32 a.m. on Friday, Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf sent an email to students indicating that Harvard would withdraw Mannings fellowship.

The decision to grant Manning a fellowship was a major mistake and has damaged the Kennedy Schools brand. Mannings reckless leaking of military classified documents put the lives of both American soldiers and foreign allies in danger. President Obamas decision to commute Mannings sentence sent a dangerous message to leakers and will go down as one of his administrations greatest moral failings. Elmendorfs decision to extend an invitation to Manning was thus an affront to the spirit of public service that the Kennedy School claims to promote.

Moreover, Elmendorfs explanation of the reversal was weak. Elmendorf commented that he was unaware that many people viewed the title of visiting fellow as honorific. Anyone with half a brain can discern the statement to be nonsense. Harvards ability to attract such important fellows is mainly due to the prestige associated with the Crimson brand. Why else would Elmendorf expect Manning to come to Harvard? The weather?

With all that being said, I remain nervous about the decision to rescind Mannings fellowship because it will set a dangerous precedent that could impair Republican presence on the campus in the future. Based on conversations with my more liberal classmates, which tends to be everyone, they are already greatly frustrated that Republican figures, such as Corey Lewandowski and Sean Spicer, were provided fellowships given their work for Donald Trump. I have heard on several occasions over the past week that Harvard should not be providing a platform to Trumps enablers.

Students Need to Hear a Wide Range of Ideas

Not addressing this hyperbole, I have defended these invitations on the grounds that these fellows would represent perspectives generally not found at the Kennedy School and could provide unique insights into the American political landscape. As someone who opposed Trumps candidacy in 2016, I think students of public policy must better understand what caused Trumps political ascendency and how it impacts the current American political landscape.

I have also contended that the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forums requirement that speakers must take questions was an appropriate measure that enforced some degree of intellectual standards on the fellows, as they would be required to publicly explain and defend their positions.

I fear...

21:59

What Happened Is The Love Song Of Hillary Rodham Clinton "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It was common last year to say that the 2016 presidential campaign was awful. That it was the worst in living memory, that it was an endless, unceasing march into the worst scenario that American politics had to offer. Voters turned away in disgust. Journalists and pundits, forced to stare into the soul-destroying void, longed for release. Even the politicians themselves seemed sickened by the poison to which they had once been immune.

If you miss this experience and want more than anything to relive it, then walkno, runto your nearest bookstore and get a copy of Hillary Clintons What Happened. As for the rest of us, for whom 2016 was a nightmare from which we have, at last, awoken, nearly anything is preferable to going back into that awful reverie.

It is understandable that Hillary Clinton is unable to shake the nightmare. Her life is built around preparation and hard work, studying and following rules, practicing until you get it right. For her to live through a campaign in which she checked all the right boxes according to all the right people but saw it all inexplicably slip away must seem like an anxiety dream come to life.

She ran the campaign she wanted against the opponent everyone said could never win. She had all the proper endorsements and all the advantages. But Trump happens. Even for those who will never agree with Clintons politics, it is possible to sympathize with the human element of the story. This book appears designed in part to elicit and enhance that sympathy. Instead, it reminds the reader why she lost in the first place.

Reliving History

The ten months since the 2016 election feels, in some ways, like ten years. The Democratic Party has a lot of that time screaming about Trumps unacceptability and awfulness. They have spent a little of it, more recently, exploring compromises and making deals with him. But all the while they have searched, as all defeated parties do, for a new direction. Even Clinton acknowledges this. In explaining why she skipped the massive protest march that followed Trumps inauguration, she explained I believed it was important for new voices to take the stage, especially on this day.

And yet, this book. Clinton can understand the need to move on, but cannot bring herself to cede her place in the partys firmament. One reason: Shes got a lot of axes to grind. No one expects this book to have the cool remove of history, and it is not intended as a historical work, nor even as an impartial one. Still, it is surprising how much of the work is spent in the airing of grievances.

It is, at times, surprisingly...

21:59

5 Factors That Could Interfere With Graham-Cassidys State Health Care Waivers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Some conservative writersincluding others who write for this publicationhave opined that the legislation written by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) offers states the ability to innovate and reform their health care systems. Most conservatives, including this one, consider state flexibility an admirable goal.

Certainly reforming Medicaidthrough a block grant or per capita cap, coupled with additional flexibility to allow states to manage their programs more freelywould go a long way towards improving care, and reducing health care costs.

But does Graham-Cassidy as written deliver on its promise regarding Obamacare insurance regulations? On the two critical questions surrounding the legislationwill it lower insurance premiums, and will it generate a system that works for states?a textual analysis of the bill yields significant doubts. At least five issues could hinder the results its sponsors have promised, and which all conservatives hope for.

1. Subsidizing Moral Hazard

The language on the top of page 15 explicitly links waivers to funding from the new system of block grants the bill creates. Any waiver will only apply to 1) coverage provided by an insurer receiving block grant funding and 2) coverage provided to an individual who is receiving a direct benefit (including reduced premium costs or reduced out-of-pocket costs) under the block grant.

This requirement that each and every person subjected to a non-Obamacare-compliant plan must receive a direct benefit subsidized by federal taxpayers has several potential perverse consequences. By definition, it encourages moral hazard. Because individuals will know that if they are subjected to health underwriting, or an otherwise noncompliant plan, they must receive federal subsidies, it will encourage them not to buy health insurance until they need it.

It means that either states will have to extend taxpayer-subsidized benefits to highly affluent individuals (allowing them to buy noncompliant plans), or have to permit only low- and middle-income families to buy noncompliant plans (to restrict the subsidies to low-income families). Both scenarios seem politically problematic to the point of being untenable.

If states try to provide a de minimis direct benefitsay, a $1 monthly premium subsidyto some enrollees to minimize the two problems describ...

21:59

Watching The 1950s Whats My Line? Will Challenge Your Assumptions About Humanity "IndyWatch Feed National"

The popular guessing game Whats My Line? ran from 1950 to 1967, and most episodes are now available for free on YouTube. The format is simple: four show-business panelists meet three or four guests and are challenged to guess what each does for a living (their line, you see).

They can only ask yes-no questions, and the guest earns $5 for every no answer. If he gives ten no answers, or if enough time goes by without the panel guessing it, he wins. Each episode also has a special mystery guest, where the panel dons blindfolds and tries to guess the identity of a celebrity contestant, who often disguise their voices in humorous ways (have you ever wanted to see Ronald Reagan talking in a goofy doofus voice? You do now).

The game part of the show was very loosely enforced: half the time moderator John Daly would give the contestant the whole $50 on some pretext just for coming onto the program. The panelists often engaged in humorous debates with Daly, or disputations about how their questions ought to be taken. It was less about winning or losing than entertaining the audience.

Its All in Good Fun

The whole thing was a lot of fun. Since the audience is told upfront what the contestants line is, the panelists searching questions often create unintentionally hilarious images. For instance, when a woman who repairs zippers was a contestant, the panel asked such unfortunate questions such as Would one or more of this product be found in a well-equipped office? and Would an efficient secretary know how to operate one?

This shows just how misleading their questions can be, since, of course, the answer to both those questions would be yes. This prompted the follow-up, When you reach the end, does a bell ring? which nearly brought down the house.

The show opens with the panel introducing each other, usually ornamented with numerous compliments about their accomplishments, talents, and (in the case of the women) beauty. They frequently banter amid the segments, playfully teasing one another and cracking jokes while they try to figure out their guests line, all with the air of genuine affection and mutual respect. The effect is more like watching a group of friends playing games at a party than a real serious competition.

Adding to the charm is that the whole point of the show is looking at different types of people doing different types of jobs, many of which you would never guess from simply looking at them. An ordinary-looking little man turns out to be the voice of Donald Duck. A beautiful blonde young woman turns out to be a rocket scientist. A handsome, well-dressed man cleans sewers. Many of the jobs are things you would never even think of, such as a man who fits mens corsets, or a girl who does stunts on the wing of a plane.

All diffe...

21:59

UK Unions Call for Energy to be Returned to Public Ownership "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The annual congress of the UK Trades Union Congress (TUC) has passed a historic composite resolution on climate change that supports the energy sector being returned to public ownership and democratic control.

The resolution carried unanimously calls upon

21:58

Why Handmade Western Boots Will Never Go Out Of Style "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The first time I walked into my brothers custom boot shop, I noticed the row of leather hanging near the wall. Different animals, different colorsI was mesmerized by the possibilities they presented.

Many love the smell of leather, but I never cared for it until I was in a room full of earthly hide. For the first time since my brother opened his business, I was genuinely curious as to how he could take one of those pieces of leather and create a pair of western boots by hand. What I learned was more than how he does it, but why, and that turned out to be the most important part.

Years after my brother, Zephan Parker, apprenticed under some of the most well-known boot makers in Texas, he opened Parker Custom Boots. It was an American dream he never thought was his, but through the process showed me an American past that I was forgetting. I realized it wasnt a good thing to forget how things used to be doneand how things should still be.

Machines Cant Beat Trained Hands

Leatherwork is a craft that takes time and patience to learn, as well as the willingness to use your hands constantly. Unlike many business ventures that tend to be a survival of the fittest, the craftsman masters of the western world willingly take in newcomers to the craft. They show them different techniques to stitching the panels, how each curve of the stitch must be perfectin the kind of way thats completely imperfect, but because of how a hand guides the leather through the sewing machine, it becomes humanly perfect. Newer craftsmen are taught to create their own patterns, a kind of signature that can be recognized years down the road by other craftsmen. Theyre keeping a tradition alive through hard work rather than replacing it with cheaper means.

I saw more than rows of leather when I walked into his shop. I heard a sound that echoed from the past. Vintage machines lined the walls, ticking and rumbling the same way they did decades ago in some other boot makers shop in some other part of America. Boot making is an American tradition that requires the hard-working hands of a craftsman, but hands also keep integrity in the process of creating a product.

We live in a world where efficiency comes before quality, and consumerism before value. I dont believe this is inherently bad, but through the process of understanding the custom boot world, Ive seen that the less we use our hands to create the more we lose well-made things and the less we are able to give to the future in antiques and heirlooms.

A human hand touches every single part of the custom boot. Taking a customers measurements, building the last, designing and stitching the side panels, creating the toe box so the toe doesnt cave in, sewing on the welt, and many other things are required to create this wearable art.

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21:58

Westerners Who Hate On Christianity Have No Idea How It Shapes Their Thoughts "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It has been almost 70 years since Hank Williams recorded one of his most well-known songs, Lost Highway. Thus it has been nearly 70 years since the term rolling stone has infiltrated the American vernacular. This expression has been used by musicians including Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones (naturally), Emmy Lou Harris, and even Green Day.

Although the expressions genesis goes much further back than Williams song, the meaning it has come to represent can be found in the lyrics. Im a rollin stone all alone and lost. For a life of sin I have paid the cost. In other words, a rolling stone is a lonesome traveler not anchored to any one place.

So when we hear Dylan ask, How does it feel to be a rolling stone? We already know what this means, even if we have never heard Williams sing his ever so dark lullaby. The phrase has taken hold in this culture and now carries its own weight in our lexicon.

This is how language evolves. A word or phrase comes to represent a series of ideas, then those ideas are given life with as little effort as saying a few words. If an American traveled to the Middle East and told the locals he was a rolling stone, the response might be confusion. The same thing can be said for a phrase like love is love. When an acquaintance uses this to end a discussion, we know what he or she means. We also know the phrase is not being used to its extreme conclusions. But if it was said in a Greek townwhere they have six different words for lovethe people in that community may wonder how much lead Americans drink.

Christianity in America has had a similar effect in underpinning our public life. This seems to go without saying, but examples abound of people from every social class who seem to not have a clue. Even if a person does sincerely believe the role of religion in our lives is anachronistic, he still draws deeply from Judeo-Christian beliefs to make value judgments.

The Residue Is Still Here

We are long past the days where citizens would spend an afternoon at the Circus Maximus to watch gladiators fight to the death, in no small part through Christian ethics. The Bill of Rights were written by proponents of natural law, a system conceived by the Greeks but developed by Christian thinkers, who believed a well-functioning government does not grant human rightsGod does thatrather, it ensures them. The effect of Christian thought in our lives is so ubiquitous that, even as controversial as they are in our public discourse, the injunctions of the Ten Commandments appear obvious. This includes the ever-controversial...

21:58

A Health Care Solution So Simple, Even Congress Could Pass It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After seven years of promising to repeal and replace Obamacare, Senate Republicans have yet to settle on legislation that would appease both the moderate and conservative wings of the party. With every attempt by the Senate leadership to satisfy the demands of one faction, it has simultaneously pushed the other further away.

Meanwhile, the embattled President Donald Trump, who is eager to move on from health care and in need of a major legislative victory, has grown frustrated with Congress, routinely chastising their failures via social media and even demanding the Senate change its rules so it can pass comprehensive reform without approval from Democrats.

Lost in the political drama is why health-care reform legislation is so difficult to pass in the first place and why the solution to the problem, which is exceedingly simple, is being ignored.

America Wasnt Designed for National Consensus

On the first point, its worth remembering what Congress is: a representative legislative body meant to bring together the widely diverse voices of a vast nation to solve important national problems and concerns, which are clearly enumerated in the Constitution. When the American people generally agree on an issue, such as whether human trafficking should be tolerated, its easy for Congress to pass legislation. But the more diversity within an issue, the more difficult the task becomes.

This is, of course, by design. The framers of the Constitution never desired a system in which complex problems that manifest themselves in a variety of ways would be tackled by a national legislature, with the only exceptions being issues that must by their nature be addressed in this way, such as tariffs and immigration. The reason the Senate has failed to reach an agreement is because the American people have passionate and unique perspectives on health care, and they often differ substantially by region and are driven by local customs and concerns.

The only way legislation in the Senate will ever be passed under the current philosophy is if people everywhere are willing to live under a system they consider to be less than ideal. When it comes to taxes, regulations, and other problems, thats an easier sell. On health care, which quite literally deals with life and death issues, its far more difficult to find common ground. This problem is exacerbated because it is Republicans in control, and many in the party refuse to accept that the federal government should have a role in health care at all.

Interestingly, the more difficult it has become for Republicans in the Senate to resolve their differences, the more apparent the solution has become: Dont resolve the differences. Rather than try to get virtually all the Republican senators to agree to something they mostly dislike, it would be far simpler t...

21:58

Why Women Will Feel More Fulfilled If They Ditch Womens Magazines "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today if a woman wants to read a magazine that celebrates femininity, her best bet is Maxim. There she can find praise for mothers who prioritize wellness, female entrepreneurship, and ladies in the arts.

Granted, this praise usually includes a fleshy photo-op, but it still beats Cosmopolitans lecture about gendered baby showers. And Marie Claires disdain for men who serve in the military. And Elles diagnosis that independent-thinking women are a problem.

Although once an effective tool to foster sorority, womens magazines are slowly dismantling womanhood, one feminist idea at a time. These publications have yanked distinct femininity from womens loving arms, creating a painful loneliness in American female culture.

The Struggle Is Real, But No Help for You

To start with, womens magazines have a lot of demands about motherhood. Cosmo made a list of 10 Things You Should Never Say to New Moms. This piece so generously insists that visitors should never burden mothers with more than one hour of company. New mothers should also expect any visitor to bring some baked goods and make it snappy.

In addition, any friend who utters the word part-time to a pregnant woman is not a friend at all. To imply that new-mom responsibilities might be more easily balanced with fewer work hours is gross. These tips are, of course, only for fellow women.

An expecting mother should require anyone with XY chromosomes to abstain from all joking commentary on her changing physicality, even if he means to comfort or celebrate her. As one Cosmo writer says of her own husband, He cant and will never understand what it feels like to have someone pass judgment, with good humor or not, on his body. Its not something that happens to men.

This Cosmo-girl persona doesnt value fell...

21:55

Report: New Evidence Of Ongoing Corruption And Scientific Misconduct At CDC "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

misconduct CDC
Kennedy hopes new evidence and a fresh look at criminal misconduct will result in law enforcement action, rigorous and transparent vaccine safety science, and safer vaccines.
Washington, DC In a new report released today, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his team outlined various criminal acts on the part of employees and consultants for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whose questionable ethics and scientific fraud have resulted in untrustworthy vaccine safety science.
Among other information, Kennedy has found additional evidence of criminal activity by the CDC consultant, Poul Thorsen, the author and principal coordinator of multiple...

21:54

SEC bans Ogiemwonyi for life, operating license withdrawn "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

.As  Omoragbon, other five directors get 5yr ban Following breach of corporate governance, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ban the Managing Director of Partnership Investment Company Plc and Partnership Securities Limited Mr. Victor Ogiemwonyi for life from holding directorship position in any public company in Nigeria for his unprofessional conduct in respect of the activities of both companies and also withdrawn the operating license of the companies. This is just as the Ministry of Finance has also approved recommendations of SEC on Partnership Securities and Investments including its...

The post SEC bans Ogiemwonyi for life, operating license withdrawn appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

21:54

Google City! "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Amazon is looking for a city for its new headquarters. Boring! Google is looking to build a city. The FT reports:

Googles parent company was working on a sweeping plan to build a city from the ground up, the executive in charge of its urban innovation business said on Tuesday, in an attempt to prove that a technologically-enabled urban environment can improve quality of life and reduce cities impact on the environment.

We actually want to build a new city, it is a district of the city, but one that is of sufficient size and scale that it can be a laboratory for innovation on an integrated basis, said Dan Doctoroff, head of Sidewalk Labs, at a talk to the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association.

Sidewalk was quite far along in its search for a city with which to partner to build a testing ground for new approaches to transport, infrastructure and possibly even governance and social policy, he said.

As I said in my NYTimes op-ed on private cities (with Shruti Rajagopolan):

The world is building more cities, faster than ever before. China used more cement in the last three years than the United States used in the entire 20th century. By 2050, India will need new urban infrastructure to house an additional 404 million people  a task comparable to building every city in the United States in just 35 years.

As the world urbanizes, we need to experiment with new urban forms and new forms of urban planning, and privately designed and operated cities proprietary cities like Jamshedpur, India, or Reston, Va., may provide answers.

By the way, Virginias private city, Reston, was just named by Money magazine as one of the best places to live in the United States.

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21:50

Google Signs Agreement to Tackle YouTube Piracy "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Once upon a time, people complaining about piracy would point to the hundreds of piracy sites around the Internet. These days, criticism is just as likely to be leveled at Google-owned services.

YouTube, in particular, has come in for intense criticism, with the music industry complaining of exploitation of the DMCA in order to obtain unfair streaming rates from record labels. Along with streaming-ripping, this so-called Value Gap is one of the industrys hottest topics.

With rightsholders seemingly at war with Google to varying degrees, news from France suggests that progress can be made if people sit down and negotiate.

According to local reports, Google and local anti-piracy outfit ALPA (lAssociation de Lutte Contre la Piraterie Audiovisuelle) under the auspices of the CNC have signed an agreement to grant rightsholders direct access to content takedown mechanisms on YouTube.

YouTube has granted access to its Content ID systems to companies elsewhere for years but the new deal will see the system utilized by French content owners for the first time. Its hoped that the access will result in infringing content being taken down or monetized more quickly than before.

We do not want fraudsters to use our platforms to the detriment of creators, said Carlo DAsaro Biondo, Googles President of Strategic Relationships in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The agreement, overseen by the Ministry of Culture, will see Google provide ALPA with financial support and rightsholders with essential training.

ALPA president Nicolas Seydoux welcomed the deal, noting that it symbolizes the collapse of the wall of incomprehension that previously existed between Frances rightsholders and the Internet search giant.

The deal forms part of the French governments Plan of Action Against Piracy, in which it hopes to crack down on infringement in various ways, including tackling the threat of pirate sites, better promotion of services offering legitimate content, and educating children from an early age on the need to respect copyright.

The fight against piracy is the great challenge of the new century in the cultural sphere, said Frances Minister of Culture, Franoise Nyssen.

I hope this is just the beginning of a process. It will require other agreements with rights...

21:48

BJP Leader Slaps Woman For Relationship With Muslim Man, Police Books Boyfriend "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

No charges have been pressed against BJP leader Sangeeta Varshney or members of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, who allegedly roughed up the couple.

Sangeeta Varshney slapping a woman. Credit: Video screengrab

Sangeeta Varshney slapping a woman. Credit: Video screengrab

New Delhi: BJP Mahila Morchas Aligarh leader, Sangeeta Varshney, has been caught on camera slapping a woman for being in a relationship with a Muslim man. An FIR has been filed in the case not against Varshney, but the man.

Tujhe itni sharam bhi nahi hai, tu kya zyaada bahi ho gayi? Tujhme itni bhi samajh nahi hi hai ki kaun Hindu hai kaun Musalman hai? (Dont you have any shame, do you think youre that grown up? Can you not even understand who is a Hindu and who Muslim?, Varshney yells at the woman in the video, after slapping her twice.

21:47

Hurricane Maria Strengthens/US East Coast Watch (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Hurricane Maria Strengthens/US East Coast Watch Video BPEarth Watch The Eye Wall Rapidly Reforms in Warm Waters. Video Source

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21:47

Apache Bug Leaks Contents of Server Memory for All to SeePatch Now "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1937

There's a bug in the widely used Apache Web Server that causes servers to leak pieces of arbitrary memory in a way that could expose passwords or other secrets, a freelance journalist has disclosed.

The vulnerability can be triggered by querying a server with what's known as an OPTIONS request. Like the better-known GET and POST requests, OPTIONS is a type of HTTP method that allows users to determine which HTTP requests are supported by the server. Normally, a server will respond with GET, POST, OPTIONS, and any other supported methods. Under certain conditions, however, responses from Apache Web Server include the data stored in computer memory. Patches are available here and here.

[...] Optionsbleed, by contrast [to Heartbleed], doesn't pose as big a threat, but its effects can still be damaging. The risk is highest for server hosts that allow more than one customer to share a single machine. That's because Optionsbleed allows customers to exploit the flaw in a way that exposes secret data from other customers' hosts on the same system. On the Internet at large, the threat is less serious.

[...] Interestingly, the bug was first identified in 2014. Why it's only now being patched is unclear.

Source: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/09/apache-bug-leaks-contents-of-server-memory-for-all-to-see-patch-now/

[Note: I checked with TheMightyBuzzard, and was informed that, though SoylentNews does run Apache, our systems are configured in such a way as to not expose OPTIONS. In other words, it is believed that we are not susceptible. --martyb]


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21:45

Guided Meditation for Mornings: Clear Negativity Open Chakras & Awaken Vital Energy After Sleep "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Michael Sealy

Welcome to this spoken and guided meditation with relaxing background music for setting your days positive intentions.

Begin your morning with a mindfulness meditation approach towards clearing negativity, opening your chakra energy centers, and allowing a calm clarity to fill your mind, body and spirit with vital health and replenishment.

The end of this session will offer suggestions for returning to full, conscious alertness with a powerfully energized vitality for your day ahead.

By your own inner direction may you continue to find your greatest potential.

This session is suitable and recommended for repeated listening, and regular listening will help compound positive suggestions and / or your own positive results.

Do not listen to this recording whilst driving or operating machinery.

This recording is in no way a replacement for any prescribed medication; nor is it intended to contraindicate or supersede any medically diagnosed conditions. Please always consult your health care professional for your best advice in all medical issues.

All hypnosis is self hypnosis. The power for positive change resides within your own mind. If you choose to accept the suggestions presented in this session, you can rest comfortably knowing that you are the one safely in control of your own positive experience.

This channel uses positive voice suggestions, often accompanied with calm images, background sounds and meditation music, to allow you your very best state of relaxation, inner change, to remove negative blocks, and to create self guided healing therapy; with techniques from the fields of hypnotherapy, modern psychotherapy, trance work, guided relaxation, NLP, cognitive behavioural psychology, mindfulness meditation, and ASMR.

Peace & Enjoy

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21:44

How to spend 500 million: womens rights groups on Europes UN grant "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

We welcome this weeks historic funding announcement for work to end violence against women and girls. But there are important caveats.

Photo: European Union 2017 - European Parliament. Photo: European Parliament/Flickr. Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Some rights reserved.Although donors increasingly recognise women and girls as key agents in development, there has been insufficient funding dedicated to strengthening womens movements, which are critical to creating a gender just world.

In recent years, womens rights activists have struggled to access global resources. Countries including Egypt, Russia and India, have passed repressive new laws that prevent groups from receiving money from donors overseas.

This is why activists have welcomed news from the European Union and United Nations this week, who are setting up a new collaboration to fund work to end violence against women and girls, with an initial commitment of 500 million.

This is an historic investment. It follows Canadas recent allocation of CAD $150 million to support womens rights organisations in the global south. The Netherlands made the first such specific commitment in 2008 with its MDG3 Fund, named after the UNs gender equality millennium development goal. Their initial allocation of 50 million rose to 70 million later that year, after a call for proposals received a huge response.

Although the priorities of the new EU-UN initiative are still unclear, its size is potentially game-changing for work to end violence against women and girls.

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21:44

Chinese dairy company Yili makes substantial offer for Murray Goulburn "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A CHINESE dairy juggernaut is courting Australias biggest milk processor, Murray Goulburn Cooperative, lobbing a buyout offer for the group, sources say.

Yili, which makes milk products for the Chinese market, is rumoured to the be in the box seat for the struggling Melbourne-based cooperative after tabling a substantial offer.

Confirming last month that it had slumped into the red during the year to June, Murray Goulburn also revealed it had fielded buyout bids and offers for some of its assets.

A buyout by an offshore group such as Yili would face scrutiny from the Foreign Investment Review Board.

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Murray Goulburn chief executive Ari Mervis. Picture: Aaron Francis

Industry experts say any deal would likely need the backing of 90 per cent of Murray Goulburns farmer suppliers under its co-op structure. As such, the government would be less likely to overturn a deal even if the review board had concerns, they say.

Other bidders are said to include listed company Bega Cheese, Chinese group Fuyuan Farming, New Zealand dairy processing titan Fonterra and Canadian heavyweight Saputo, which already owns Warrnambool Cheese and Butter.

Italian dairy titan Parmalat, Japans Lion, Singapore-owned Goodman Fielder and New Zealands A2 Milk which is listed on...

21:40

Will The Fed Really Normalize Its Balance Sheet? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Will The Fed Really Normalize Its Balance Sheet? Dave Kranzler Investment Research Dynamics To begin with, how exactly does one define normalize in reference to the Feds balance sheet?  The Fed predictably held off raising rates again today.  However,...

The post Will The Fed Really Normalize Its Balance Sheet? appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:34

WV Air Quality Board Rejects Appeal on Methanol Chemical Plant "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

WV-AQB refuses to hear environmental appeal

Air board refuses to hear concerns over Institute methanol plant

From an Article by Ken Ward, Jr., Charleston Gazette-Mail, September 18, 2017

Photo: Air Quality Board Chairman Michael Koon (left) and board lawyer Mark Weiler announce the boards ruling Monday on an appeal of a permit for a US Methanol plant that is under construction in Institute, WV.

Members of a state board on Monday refused to hear a permit appeal from a citizen group that is concerned that potential fires, explosions or other accidents at the US Methanol plant under construction in Institute could pose health and safety risks for area residents.

The West Virginia Air Quality Board granted the Department of Environmental Protections motion to dismiss an appeal that the group People Concerned About Chemical Safety filed, agreeing with the DEP that the issues raised were beyond the scope of the state agencys job. The decision means the board wont hold a full hearing with testimony about the citizen group concerns.

In arguing against the appeal being dismissed, Bill DePaulo, attorney for the People Concerned organization, urged the board members to make clear what ruling for the DEPs motion would be saying to the public.

Win or lose, Id just like a clear ruling, DePaulo told board members. Do it in big, bold letters: We do not consider the human health and safety in issuing this permit.

US Methanol hopes to start production in mid-2018 at the plant that would convert natural gas to methanol, a common industrial feedstock. The facility, located at the Institute property now operated by Dow Chemical, would use parts from a deconstructed plant in Brazil.

A variety of political leaders, including Gov. Jim Justice and Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper praised the project, which promises 60 permanent jobs, during a groundbreaking ceremony two weeks ago. Construction had already begun, despite the pending challenge to the projects air pollution permit.

In the permit appeal filed in April, People Concerned argued that the DEPs Division of Air Quality did not examine the potential consequences for the surrounding community of a spill, leak, fire or explosion at the US Methanol facili...

21:30

See This Mesmerizing 3D Printed Water Droplet Automaton "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Water Experiment No. 33 by [Dean OCallaghan]Most modern automata are hand-cranked kinetic sculptures typically made from wood, and [videohead118] was inspired by a video of one simulating a wave pattern from a drop of liquid. As a result, they made a 3D printed version of their own and shared the files on Thingiverse.

In this piece, a hand crank turns a bunch of cams that raise and lower a series of rings in a simulated wave pattern, apparently in response to the motion of a sphere on a central shaft. The original (shown in the animation to the right) was made from wood by a fellow named [Dean OCallaghan], and a video of it in its entirety is embedded below the break.

If this sort of thing piques your interest, you can see examples of some modern takes on the art or marvel at the 240 year old clockwork masterpiece known as the Boy Writer.


Filed under: 3d Printer hacks ...

21:30

Fish Farm Occupation Moves From Sea to City "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Emilee Gilpin / The Tyee

First Nations campaigners occupying fish farms on Vancouver Island received a boost of support last Friday when a group of supporters occupied the constituency office of Attorney General and Vancouver-Point Grey NDP MLA David Eby.

Jay Peachy, who played a key role in organizing the office occupation, said they wanted the government to followup on promises made during the election and the following summer.Were here to emphasize the moral imperative around Indigenous rights and reconciliation, said Peachy, who calls himself a fish warrior and is often seen at salmon-related events as Will the salmon, wearing a papier-mch sockeye head and rollerblades. Were here to remind this new government that they made critical promises.

Peachy referred to a statement made by Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena, who is also the NDP MLA for North Island. Trevena visited the Namgis First Nation bighouse in Alert Bay this past summer and promised fish farms would be removed from First Nations territories and move inland.

The bighouse is a sacred space for many First Nations, where official meetings, ceremonies and decisions are held. Peachy said that a commitment in a bighouse indicated a level of honour and responsibility from the government that the hereditary chiefs involved in the Vancouver Island occupation wont soon forget.

First Nations groups from the Namgis and Musgamagw Dzawadaenuxw have occupied two Norwegian-owned Marine Harvest fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago for more than...

21:30

Australia Cites Blockchain In 'Digital Economy' Strategy Launch "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is plotting an ambitious new Digital Economy initiative and blockchain is part of the plan, a new paper reveals.

21:30

Cosmic Disclosure: The Ascension of Earth "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Ascension of Earth
Cosmic Disclosure
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Corey Goode comes forward with more updates concerning the plight of the Inner Earth civilizations, increased contacts from the Anshar, and Earths own ascension. The Anshar are reaching out to more people, through dreams and visions, to help us become ready for face-to-face contact with inner world civilizations. But something is not right with the timeline and the Anshar are making a desperate bit for their survival. With all the turmoil affecting our planets ecosystems, we need to keep in mind that the Earth, herself, is a living being who is making the transition into fourth density and many of us will be riding in her wake of ascension. This interview with David Wilcock was originally webcast September 19, 2017.

Watch this episode on Gaia 

Transcript

David Wilcock: All right, welcome back to Cosmic Disclosure. Im your host, David Wilcock. Im here with Corey Goode.

And in this episode, were getting into a long-awaited update about several key issues that are happening right now.

So, Corey, welcome to the show.

Corey Goode: Thank you.

David: So, Corey, weve described how the Anshar have been worried about our future. And a lot of this concern seems to have coordinated with the timing of this eclipse.

What were you told about the eclipse...

21:29

NVIDIA Continues Prepping The Linux Desktop Stack For HDR Display Support "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Besides working on the new Unix device memory allocator project, they have also been engaged with upstream open-source Linux developers over preparing the Linux desktop for HDR display support...

21:28

"The Truth Behind the Trump Board" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"The Truth Behind the Trump Board"
by Bill Bonner

"Today, we climb a hill and have a look around. Down below is a hidden cove on le dYeu:
The hidden cove on the French island of le dYeu

But lets get serious

$700 billion boondoggle: Out to our left, under dark clouds, is the political situation. For the first 16 years of our daily commentary, we hardly bothered to look. Through the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations, nothing much changed. Then Donald J Trump brought fresh airor an ill winddepending on how you looked at it.
...

21:26

No Drama Merkel: Leader of Free World Cruises to Reelection "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Chancellor Angela Merkel now looks unstoppable in Germanys national election as she seeks to add another term to her 12 years in power.

The United States has much at stake in the electoral fate of the longest serving and most experienced head of state in the Western world. Polls reveal more Americans have confidence in Merkel than in their own president (56% to 46%); a survey of 37 nations shows people see her, rather than Trump, as the leader of the free world.

Merkel is running a huge lead over her Social Democratic (SPD) rival Martin Schulz ahead of the Sept. 24 ballot. Many political observers, claiming the race for first place is already over, are focused on Merkels next coalition government. Will her Conservative Democratic Union (CDU) party join forces with the Social Democrats, pro-business Free Democratic Party, or Greens?

Like Americans in 2016, German voters are confronted with questions about immigration, the challenge of fake news, the threat of hacking attacks and leaks, and the rise of white nationalism. But with one of the strongest economies in the world, driven largely by exports, Germans do not see globalization as a threat. Political parties representing most of the electorate largely agree on fundamentals like a formidable social safety net.

The political abyss that Merkel nearly fell into after she gambled vast political capital on a decision to open the German border in 2015-16 to a million refugees has been camouflaged by a campaign full of sunshine and devoid of substance.

The US media has shown limited interest in the uneventful reelection campaign of the worlds most powerful woman, which Germans themselves call boring.

Martin Schulz

Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany.
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21:26

Trump Falls in Line with Interventionism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Featured image: President Trump speaking to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19, 2017. (Screenshot from Whitehouse.gov)

In discussing President Trump, there is always the soft prejudice of low expectations people praise him for reading from a

21:26

Australia PM's XIII Teams arrive in Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For the first time the PMs XIIIs match will see a double header of matches to be played by both PNG and Australias men and womens side on Saturday.
Australian PMs XIII coach Mal Meninga said this is an extra-ordinary step forward and they have been working very hard behind the scenes with the Australian PMs XIII womans side who will be playing with PNG womans side for the first ever-international match.
Meninga said that this will be a real momentous time for rugby league in general adding that it will be a great spectacle.
Also this afternoon the visiting Australian PMs XIII side and the Womens rugby league World Champions Jillaroos arrived at the Jacksons International Airport for their match on Saturday.
PNG Rugby Football League Chief Executive Officer Reatau Rau was at the reception to receive the visiting teams. Fans gathered at the International Terminal car park to cheer for their NRL Stars as they drove out. PNGFM / PNG Today

21:25

Scottish Labour: The party for whom nationalism remains a dirty word "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Independence supporter and former MSP Campbell Martin takes a look at the Scottish Labour leadership campaign, now that the two candidates have been formally launched. And he doesnt like what he sees

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Firstly, there is no such thing as the Scottish Labour Party. Scottish Labour is a description registered by the Labour Party, which has its headquarters in London, England. Members of the Labour Party in Scotland can legitimately refer to their organisation as Scottish Labour, but the Electoral Registration Commission confirms there is no such body as the Scottish Labour Party.

Secondly, Britain is not, never has been, and never will be a nation. It is a geographical area that forms the largest part of a union-of-nations known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

With those facts in mind, lets look at the comments by the two men vying to be the next leader of the Scottish Labour Party as part of a British national organisation. They both oppose nationalism and state that, under their leadership, if elected, there will be no second referendum on Scottish independence.

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The candidates positioning and choice of words is for them to decide. However, their statement on nationalism is clearly, and deliberately, used as a way of attempting to smear the pro-independence movement in Scotland by seeking to draw a link to other known nationalist movements, such as the far-right, black-shirted, goose-stepping Neanderthals who can be regularly seen on our television screens in undemocratic Eastern-European countries and now, under President Trump, in the USA.

Few reasonable and rational people would disagree with opposition to the far-right concept of nationalism, which, history shows us, stems from a national chauvinism, an exaggerated patriotism that believes a particular nation is better than any other. This is the type of nationalism associated with British nationalist movements, which, actually, is more accurately related to a belief in English chauvinism, an imperialist legacy that asserts England is better than other nations, including its neighbour, Scotland. However, the whole point of the comments from the Labour leadership-contenders is to link this toxic nationalism with the peaceful and democr...

21:20

Hack of SEC May Have Yielded Illicit Trading Gains "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

SEC joins Equifax in reporting its own cybersecurity breach. Failure to safeguard information is not a problem unique to the private sector.

21:19

Far Away From any Witnesses, My Small Town is Being Poisoned by Fracking Waste "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Allison Stine / The Guardian

Some days, the air would smell acrid, sharp like bleach, and I would hurry from the car into the house. Other days, the wind seemed normal, unremarkable. I didnt know why.

My south-eastern Ohio town in the Appalachian foothills is a small, rural place where the demolition derby at the county fair is a hot ticket, Walmart is the biggest store, and people in the even smaller villages surrounding the county seat must often drive for 30 minutes to grocery shop. We hold the unfortunate distinction of being the poorest county in the state: an area that is both stunning rolling hills, rocky cliffs, pastures and ravines and inaccessible, far from industry.

Its here that fracking companies dump their waste.

The Hazel Ginsburg well, an injection well built in the hillside decades ago, was meant to deposit saline and sand underground into porous rock. For the last few years, however, the well has held waste from out-of-state fracking operations done in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and other states.

A forgotten byproduct of fracking is the waste. What goes into the ground must come out: a sludge of toxic chemicals and undrinkable water, which trucks ship across the country. Far from the drill pads, far from the cities that profit from fracking, far from any city at all, the leftover wastewater is injected into the ground my countys forgotten ground.

These hills once held coal. Some still do. Though many of the mines have shut down, coals legacy remains. Some streams in the woods run red from the acid leaking from abandoned shafts. My step-grandmother, the daughter of a Kentucky miner, used to tell me stories of washing her clothes in red water, downstream from mines. Coal companies exploited employees like her father, paying him in company scrip and keeping him poor and exploiting the land.

That kind of abuse continues. It has just changed shape.

...

21:16

Military Situation In Northern Hama After Failed Al-Qaeda Attack Against Syrian Government Forces (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian government forces have re-captured Tulaysiyah, al-Shathah and al-Qahirah villages in northern Hama from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies.

These villages were seized by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham on September 19 when the group launched its advance against government forces. However, militants failed to develop momentum and were forced to retreat under the pressure of government forces and the Russian Aerospace Forces on September 20.

On September 21, the situation remained tense on the frotline and sporadic firefgihts continued.

Military Situation In Northern Hama After Failed Al-Qaeda Attack Against Syrian Government Forces (Map)

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21:15

Wealth In Gold Motivation (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Wealth In Gold Motivation Video Junius Maltby Junius Maltby channel motivational examination and dialogue on a historical and stable wealth preservation vehicle. Video Source

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21:15

Georgia Tech President responds to protests "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Georgia Tech President G.P. Bud Peterson sent a message to the main GT listserv Tuesday. Im not sure I buy the bit about outside agitatorsone of the three people arrested was a Georgia Tech studentbut all in all I think its a pretty evenhanded response. Heres the whole message:

The events of the past few days have been incredibly difficult and challenging for the entire Georgia Tech community. Consistent with our traditions and values, it is especially important that during times like these we come together and support one another.

One of our student leaders, Scout Schultz, has died and we all bear the tremendous weight of that loss. I met Scout last year at the Lavender Graduation ceremony, and our entire Georgia Tech community is mourning the tragic loss of this smart and passionate young person. Losing a student, friend, colleague, and campus leader is one of the most difficult experiences that any of us will have to face.

Georgia Tech has gained national attention as a result of this incident, and while todays communications technologies provide us with almost instantaneous coverage, we must rely on professional investigation and evaluation, and not draw conclusions too quickly. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is currently investigating the incident and reviewing all of the circumstances surrounding Scouts death. Details will be revealed by the GBI as they become available.

For now, we are focusing on mourning the loss and remembering Scouts many contributions to the Georgia Tech community over the past four years. Last nights vigil at the Campanile that was coordinated by the Pride Alliance and the Progressive Student Alliance was attended by almost 500 community members including Scouts family. Unfortunately, they were also joined by several dozen others intent on creating a disturbance and inciting violence. We believe many of them were not part of our Georgia Tech community, but rather outside agitators intent on disrupting the event. They certainly did not honor Scouts memory nor represent our values by doing so.

Rest assured that our campus community is responding to these recent events in a positive and constructive manner, in spite of the many challenges they represent. I am grateful for our students, faculty, staff, campus leaders, and for our campus police. The response by our students to last nights events is particularly heartwarming they were on Facebook and Twitter through the night trying to find ways to show support and to say this is not who we are.

In closing, I want to convey t...

21:15

Trump"s Was One of the Most Bizarre UN Speeches in History "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The United Nations General Assemblys annual plenary session has heard a fair share of bizarre speeches by world leaders in the 72-year history of the world organization. U.S. President Donald Trumps speech on September 19, while intemperate and undiplomatic, was not the only rancorous diatribe or the most peculiar oration ever heard within the hall of nations.

Unity and Community: The Two Things the Cabal Fears Most "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Exploring Where Our Greatest Power Lies

By Shem El-Jamal

Over the centuries, there have been numerous uprisings by the people for the sake of freedom and liberation. We as human beings enjoy our ability to live our own lives and to choose for ourselves what we do and dont experience. However, there are those who do not consider common humanity to be worthy of this freedom.

As history has repeated, populations typically gather in various geographic areas which are ideal for successful society. Eventually, elitists take control of the populations with promises of greater order and protection. This order and protection eventually degrades into excessive control and oppression. After a time of oppression, the population realizes this control, chooses to be free, and eventually overthrows the elitists to regain their freedom.

This is the cycle of societal evolution, or so it would seem. Though the elite have an annoying way of recycling their societal control strategies, this control has been proven to be quite fragile in nature. In fact, it is now well-known that tyrannical governmentsthough they may appear powerfulhave plenty of weaknesses which oppressed people can exploit in order to free themselves from tyranny.

Problem, Reaction, Solution Examining the Details of the Hegelian Dialect and the Many Ways Youve Already Fallen Victim to It

In modern-day societyparticularly in Americathe strategies of liberation are very similar to what they have always been. Some may believe these strategies to involve some type of violence or direct physical opposition. Though some instances in the past have involved these activities, these are not always necessary in efforts of social and societal liberation.

Parasitic Tyranny

In previous articles, I have discussed extensively the nature of parasitic relationships among people and how these relationships can affect individuals and populations. These relationships typically occur between those who have excessive internal strength (who are usually oppressed) and those who have extreme lack of such strength (the oppressors).

For instance, the group known as the Cabal needs a large human population in order to benefit from their debt-based currency known as the petro-dollar. These Cabal exploiters hand out this fraudulent currency by the mil...

21:14

"Only Barbarians..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

Only barbarians are not curious about where they come from, 
how they came to be where they are, where they appear to be going, 
whether they wish to go there, and if so, why, and if not, why not.

- Isaiah Berlin

21:13

SEC Discloses Hackers Broke Into Edgar Corporate Filing System Last Year "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This month has been full of breaches. Now, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the top U.S. markets regulator, has disclosed that hackers managed to hack into its financial document filing system and may have illegally profited from the stolen information. On Wednesday, the SEC announced that its officials learnt last month that a previously detected 2016 cyber attack, which

21:12

Israel shoots down Iranian drone with Patriot missile "IndyWatch Feed War"

The IDFs identification of the drone as Iranian-made resonates with President Donald Trumps criticism of Iran as a sponsor of terrorism during his Tuesday address of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Indeed so, even as Iranian leaders respond furiously to the truth being told about them. Israel Shoots Down Iranian Drone []

21:12

The Cudd Perspective II: An orderly return to business as usual? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Citizen Cuddis: Separating the dancer from the dance, so we dont have to

Not since my days as a deckhand on a submarine have I held my breath for so long. But the post summer re-animation of the less than great and the not very good to the Hall of Guff-Spouters  or the Westminster parliament as it known Dan Saff has me breathing normally again.

Will there be an orderly return to daily politics? Theres more chance of a narcoleptic making it through an episode of The Love Boat without mumbling timber, falling face first into his fish supper and snoring like he has a mouthful of kazoos. Such an event is highly unlikely to happen its a once in a generation thing, like a successful Brexit or the egg and spoon race becoming an Olympic sport.

The deck of this very boat was home to Cuddis before he embarked on his lucrative career as a Newsnet columnist. Three dark years were spent here, where he had to strap himself to the funnel thing every time it dived.
Like most of his stories, this one carries the dark ring of truth.

My whistle blower Deep Heat spent the summer cruising selected bars across the Central Belt, antennae sensitised to the chiff and chaff of political scuttlebutt of every hue. Granted, these were the sort of bars where punters take a leak in the street even though there are toilets inside, and this may have skewed the data. Nonetheless, what follows is the pick of the creme de la cream of the cherry on top of the crop of fascinating, and in many cases, entirely fabricated stories a genre pioneered by Good Morning Scotland.

What the Papers Say

Hand picked morsels of British journalism (Titles have been withheld to protect the stupid)

JOHN BULLSHIT, TORY POSTER BOY

The Tory partys ambiguity around its Brexit messages has led to a new poster by artist Sir Percival Twistleton-Penge R.A. The poster is to be circulated during the Conservative party conference. The poster depicts John Bullshit with his trousers around his ankles, leaning over the despatch box like Tom Brown about to be caned stupid by the beak. Michel Barnier looms over John Bullshit lik...

21:11

Four new toads discovered in Sumatra "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

BOGOR, Indonesia Scientists described four new toads from the hills of Sumatra, adding to the islands already astounding biodiversity. The discoveries mark the first Sumatran additions to the Philautus genus of shrub frogs since the early 20th century. Several were described in the Western Ghats of India in 2009. The researchers published their findings in Herpetological Monographs last month. They hail from the University of Brawijaya in Indonesia, and the University of Texas at Arlington and Broward College in the U.S. Specimens of the newly described species Philautus amabilis, Philautus polymorphus, Philautus thamyridion and Philautus ventrimaculatus were collected from 2013 to 2015 in jungles over 1,000 meters above sea level. As in the rest of Indonesia, the forests of Sumatra are full of unknown creatures, but are rapidly dwindling as industry expands, especially in the agriculture and mining sectors. Globally, scientists believe that more than 80 percent of species remain undiscovered. Maps showing the distribution of the Sumatran Philautus genus. Image courtesy of Herpetological Monographs. The four toads differ from one another in their skin patterns, limb shapes and voices. The last name of Philautus amabilis derives from a Latin word meaning charming or pretty. For the scientists, this defines the toads bright brown back and the dark lines that appear on its arms, thighs, hind legs and outer fingers. The name Philautus polymorphus was inspired by its variety of colors and patterns, but the animal is recognizable by the cone-shaped bumps on its eyelids. Philautus thamyridion was named after Thamyris,

21:09

The Illegal Occupation of Palestine: UN Must Take a Leaf From the Global Grassroots BDS Movement "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Among ongoing outrageous actions and in defiance of international law, Israels HabayitHayehudi party has just approved a plan for annexing the remaining occupied Palestinian territory while either facilitating the exit of Palestinian residents or allowing them to remain but without

21:09

At least six doctors in major public hospitals in Athens infected with measles "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

At least six doctors working at major public hospitals in Athens have been infected with the measles virus  as new cases of the highly contagious disease are been recorded in Greece on a daily basis. According to information of  news website in.gr, all infected doctors were born after 1970, which means that they were either

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21:09

Cops Kill Deaf Man Holding a Stick, Despite Neighbors Telling Them He was Deaf "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Police ignored the warnings from neighbors that he couldn't hear them, and killed a deaf man for holding a stick that he always carries to fend off dogs.

21:07

Beignet OpenCL Now Supports LLVM 5.0 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

For those making use of Beignet for Intel graphics OpenCL acceleration on Linux, it finally has added support for LLVM 5.0...

21:04

PNG and Australia PM's Departments sign MOU on Institutional Strengthening "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Department of Prime Minister & National Executive Council of Papua New Guinea and the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet yesterday (20/09/17) signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning technical cooperation and institutional partnership.

Chief Secretary to Government, Isaac Lupari said the MOU will:
1. Pave the way for institutional link and strengthening between the two Departments under the current Department treaty between the two countries;
2. Provides for institutional strengthening in the areas of Public Service Reforms, Whole-of-Government process, and monitoring and coordination of government policies and decisions; and
3. Integral part of this understanding is to twine arrangement for officers from PM& NEC to undergo joint training and skill building.

Mr Lupari said the MOU is set to recognize the importance that both governments place on strong institutional links between PNG and Australia and expanding the existing people to people links between the two countries.
It recognizes the shared role of both Departments in providing quality advice to their respective governments and in supporting the coordinated development and implementation of government policies, the Chief Secretary said.

Mr Lupari said the working relationship and cooperation between the two institutions will be based on mutual understanding, respect, responsibility, transparency and accountability whilst having regard to their capacity and resources for improved development outcomes with full participation from both participants.

21:03

3,000 US troops headed to Afghanistanto die for Israel "IndyWatch Feed World"

Donald Trump (2013): Do not allow our very stupid leaders to sign a deal that keeps us in Afghanistan through 2024with all costs by U.S.A. MAKE AMERICA GREAT!

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Donald Trump hasnt learned a damn thing about the past. And here we are talking about recent history, specifically the recent wars in the Middle East. He knows what happened when Bush sent thousands upon thousands of American soldiers in places like Iraq to die for Israel.

If you remember correctly, between 300,000 and 360,000 veterans returned home with brain injuries,[1] many of which went untreated.[2] By 2005, more than 6,000 soldiers serving in Iraq committed suicide.[3] In 2012, more soldiers committed suicide than died in combat,[4] making it the year with the highest suicide rate since 2001.[5]

In addition, a debt ceiling was rising every six months or so....

21:00

Climate Change and The Time of Transition "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Bernhard Guenther

We are currently experiencing very intense cosmic and energetic planetary changes that are manifesting themselves in numerous ways. Ive been feeling something brewing or birthing deep within me, building itself up over the past few weeks. Ever since the Solar Eclipse (and especially on the day of it), this feeling has gotten stronger, pulling me deep into myself, and as a result I have a strong desire to be alone and in solitude. Ive been going through a lot of emotional turmoil. Something was pulling me down, with sensations of suffering, sadness, lonelinessfeeling vulnerable and fragile, not being able to do much at allI even took a hiatus from my daily Qi Gong/Yoga practice, as I simply couldnt get into it.

But what I was experiencing was way more than just my stuff (or anything personal) I certainly wouldnt call it a depressionmore like, I was thrown into feeling the collective shadow and suffering of the world.  But even beyond that, I could sense a deeper alchemical process at work. It was transpersonal in nature. It didnt feel wrong, nor was it solely related to occult interference (even though that aspect has been a part of my experience as well, as they play their role during these times), but rather, it felt like a necessary process of making the darkness conscious within, as more of it is collectively coming to light.

In other words, the entire affair was part of a transmutation event building up the vessel so as to anchor into the higher frequencies. I didnt attempt to control this process, or escape it, nor think about itI just sat with it, feeling into itbeing with itsurrendering to itin stillness, letting this storm blow over. I also needed to sleep a great deal, more so than usual. I took naps every day, and slept between eight-to-ten hours every night (whereas normally, seven hours is sufficient) I experienced a lot of dreams as well.

I feel like my body has been recalibrating itself in order to process this influx of cosmic energies, and sleeping a lot has helped with the absorption. So much is happening on unseen levels with regards to our planet and her beings. It feels like there has been a major frequency upgrade (and simultaneous cleansing/purification), which is an event that effects everyone differently.

Ive noticed that...

20:58

Heaps Cooked: Brisbanes First Cookluck Club "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dinner with Matt Golinski of Ready Steady Cook, in celebration of a food culture of cooking with what youve got.

20:58

Greenfield Moment: Susan Rices Muslim Brotherhood Watergate "IndyWatch Feed War"

This new special Greenfield Moment features Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Fellow at the Freedom Center and editor of The Point at Frontpagemag.com. Daniel unveils Susan Rices Muslim Brotherhood Watergate, exposing the frightening truth behind why Obama really spied on Trump. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel. Please donate through our Pay []

20:57

New Matilda Is Going To Hell (Where There Are No Breasts) For Revealing Christian Lobbys Reply Paid Glitter Service "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is NOT fake news because frankly there isnt sufficient weed on the planet to unleash enough creativity to come up with a story like this.

Okay, so this gets a little weird. Youve been warned.

A few weeks ago, New Matilda stumbled across a tweet from the head of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton, objecting to people sending him nasty letters about Adolf Hitler.

Lyle, while light-heartedly noting that people were mailing him lots of glitter, took a sterner tone towards the Nazi stuff, and included a picture of what hed received replete with the envelope which revealed that the ACL has a Reply Paid postal service.

And so naturally, New Matilda published details of the Reply Paid service, and urged our readers to send glitter, which Lyle would actually have to pay for.

The story went viral, and I think we can all agree well played New Matilda. #yourewelcomelyleshelton

However, since then, weve been getting all sorts of random emails warning us that were going to hell. Make that Hell with a capital H.

This afternoon, a man named Fade Nissan reached out, to let us know that the devil is very smart. Fade Nissan, of course, sounds like a character from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, a movie full of false idols ipso facto we reminded Fade that in all likelihood, he would probably be joining us.

 

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Undeterred, Fade referred us to the video below, in which a clearly delusional man, Mario Martinez, claims to have been to Hell, survived, and is now back to tell us what its like.

Long story short, its apparently quite warm.

The video is 31 minutes long (so, you know, spark one up before you sit down to watch it) and includes this especially excellent description: Mario Martinez grew up in the projects on the east side of Los Angeles. His father was a drunkard.

 

NEW MATILDA IS BEING THREATENED WITH A LAWSUIT FOR CALLING TODAY TONIGHT TRASHY. OOPS. YOU CAN HEL...

20:57

PNG Agriculture Mininister to launch Trukai's State-of-the-art Hulling Mill "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rice Hulling Mill. Photo by Trukai Industries/supplied 
Minister for Agriculture and Livestock and Member for Unaggi- Bena Hon Benny Allen will be guest of honour when he inaugurates Trukai Industries new hulling mill at its main operations base in Mataram Street, Lae this Monday (25th September).

The state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in PNG and has a maximum production capacity of 240 ton per week. It becomes the vital final component that establishes a 100% fully integrated process for domestic rice production in PNG.

The large scale vertical integration process the mill enables means that for the first time, there will be an end-to-end solution for domestic production of rice in Papua New Guinea.

Trukai is the only rice company with the capability to process locally gown rice, and this mill completes the value chain that involves seed and site research, planting, growing, harvesting, milling, packing and distributing domestically grown rice.

Hon Mr Allen will be joined by other government representatives and a representative from Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative for the ceremony. Other dignitaries to attend the inauguration will include Trukai Chairman Mr Mark Robertson.

Following opening addresses Hon.Mr Allen will have the honour of cutting the ceremonial ribbon to open the mill. Trukai Industries will then switch on the mill and the rice used in its initial run will be 130 tons of rice grown in its trial crop at Chingwam. The crop was harvested in April/May this year with the cooperation of the Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative.

The rice hulling mill was purchased from Vietnam and is the first of its kind for PNG. Trukai Industries is proud to be taking the lead with its introduction.

Trukai has invested heavily in the development of a domestic rice industry to date, with the mill representing a further expenditure of over K620, 000.

It will provide the capability to process locally grown rice initially grown in the Markham Valley, as part of Trukai Industries Markham Valley Rice Corridor Plan. The plan incorporates rain fed....

20:53

H1 2017 Twitter suspended a total of 935,897 accounts for the promotion of terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Twitter published its Transparency Report related to H1 2017, the company suspended 935,897 accounts for the promotion of terrorism.

Twitter suspends 299,000 accounts linked to terrorism in the first six months of 2017, the company revealed that 75 percent of the infringing accounts were suspended before their first tweet confirming the huge efforts in fighting online propaganda and other activities linked to this threat.

According to data provided in the transparency report, Twitter confirmed that 95 percent of the suspended accounts for the promotion of terrorism were identified by using internal tools designed to identify and block spam, government requests accounted for less than 1% of account suspensions.

One-quarter of those infringing accounts were suspended before the accounts posted their first tweet.

It is interesting to note that according to the report published by the social media giant, fewer than 2 percent of accounts that were suspended were reported by governments worldwide.

Governments submitted 716 separate reports that triggered the suspension of 5,929 accounts.

The second largest volume, a little more than 2% of global reports, fell within the promotion of terrorism category. Under this category of reports, we are referring to accounts that actively incite or promote violence associated with internationally recognized terrorist organizations, promote internationally recognized terrorist organizations, and accounts attempting to evade prior enforcement. states a blog post published by Twitter.

Twitters continued commitment to eliminate such activity from our platform has resulted in an 80% reduction in accounts reported by governments compared to the previous reporting period of July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. Notably, government requests accounted for less than 1% of account suspensions for the promotion of terrorism during the first half of this year.

Almost every government is stressing technology company to adopt measures to fight online terrorism, UK and France proposed fines for those companies that dont collaborate or fail to curb terrorist activities online.

Tech giants Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube pledged to improve the information sharing by building a database of digital fingerprints of terro...

20:50

America Is Getting Outclassed by Russian Electronic Warfare "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Russian military-industrial complex was successful in showing off the latest technologies during last month's Army-2017 military expo. This international forum, held outside Moscow, showcased hundreds of land, air and sea-based systems, and was attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors. The high-profile event culminated with Russia signing nearly $170 billion rubles ($3 billion) worth of contracts. Among major accomplishments for the Russian defense industry was the delivery to the military of the latest electronic warfare (EW) systemsVitebsk, Krasuha and Moskva.

20:49

Sonia Gandhi Writes to Narendra Modi on Womens Reservation Bill "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Modi Sonia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left), Congress party president Sonia Gandhi. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to get the womens reservation bill passed in the Lok Sabha, taking advantage of the BJPs majority in the House.

Gandhi also assured support of her party to the legislation, which she said would be a significant step forward in the empowerment of women. The Rajya Sabha had passed the bill on March 9, 2010.

I am writing to request you to take advantage of your majority in the Lok Sabha to now get the womens reservation bill passed in the Lower House as well, Gandhi said in the letter, dated September 20. She also recalled that the Congress and its late leader Rajiv Gandhi had first mooted the provision for quota for women in panchayats and municipal bodies through Constitution amendment bills.

She said the bills were thwarted by the opposition in 1989, but were passed by both the houses of parliament in 1993.

The post Sonia Gandhi Writes to Narendra Modi on Womens Reservation Bill appeared first on The Wire.

20:49

Intel Preps Their First Batch Of Graphics Changes For Linux 4.15 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The first batch of drm-intel-next changes are ready to be queued in DRM-Next as feature work for eventually merging to mainline come the Linux 4.15 merge window...

20:49

PAPUA NEW GUINEA MENS NATIONAL TEAM SET TO CHALLENGE FILIPINO BASKETBALL LEAGUES FINEST "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - As part of preparations for the upcoming FIBA Melanesia
Basketball Cup, the PepsiPNG Mens National Basketball Team will face an international All-Star line-up
comprised of the best players from the Filipino Association of PNG (FAPNG) Basketball League.
The two-sides will meet at 7:30pm this Sunday evening at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).
The idea for the exhibition match-up came about following a meeting between Basketball Federation of
Papua New Guinea (BFPNG) President Mr. Nick Daroa, FAPNG Madam President Ms. Cathy Madrid
and PepsiPNG Mens National Team Assistant Coach Mr. Ferdinand Daroya.
The trio agreed that the event would be a tremendous showcase, one that if successfully delivered on
Sunday, has the ability to become an annual event on the BFPNG basketball calendar.
BFPNG President Mr. Nick Daroa acknowledged the game as being a positive lead-up contest for PNG.
Both of our PepsiPNG national teams need pre-tournament games leading into the Melanesia Cup and
this matchup with the FAPNG All Stars gives our mens side a real high-quality hit out, Mr. Daroa said.
When you combine the premier FAPNG players together on one team, it creates a very formidable side.

Their squad will resemble a similar size and standard to that of a top pacific hoops nation and the game is going to be great entertainment for fans. It will certainly be one of the best basketball showdowns that we have seen in Port Moresby since the 2015 Pacific Games and we are grateful to FAPNG for accepting the invitation to participate, Daroa added. The FAPNG Basketball All Stars will be coached by Eddie Salazar and their line-up includes a number of players who possess professional PBL experience. Following the game there will be trophy presentations sponsored by Rainbow Travel. Admission to the game is free for all spectators, with the TAIC doors opening at 6pm. The 2017 FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup presented by Paradise Beverages, commences on Wednesday, September 27 at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC). For more information, please contact BFPNG Chief Executive Officer Joel Khalu on khalujoel@gmail.com FAPNG BASKETBALL ALL STARS Player Number Player Name FAPNG Team #3 Mark Palisoc Wel Builders #4 Ian Trinidad Wel Builders #5 Ezekiel Echane Rain or Shine Paints #9 Orlando...

20:47

The Eye-Opening Power of Cultural Difference "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Inclusivity is the quality of an open organization that allows and encourages people to join the organization and feel a connection to it. Practices aimed at enhancing inclusivity are typically those that welcome new participants to the organization and create an environment that makes them want to stay.

20:47

WATCH: LEAKED FOOTAGE SHOWS MSNBCS LAWRENCE ODONNELL IN TOTAL MELTDOWN "IndyWatch Feed World"

Watch: Leaked Footage Shows MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell in Total Meltdown
The video, published by Mediate, shows the left-leaning host becoming increasingly outraged during an August 29 recording of The Last Word With Lawrence ODonnell. 

The eight-minute clip shows ODonnell complaining about everything from an unknown voice in his earpiece to alleged hammering emanating from somewhere near the studio.

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20:45

What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning? Finding Your Reason for Being "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Ikigai: Finding your Reason for Being

By Chip Richards

What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?

When asked what is the single most powerful contributing factor to ones health and vitality, integrative medical doctor Oscar Serrallach answered without hesitation: having a sense of purpose. Serrallach went on to describe that while some of his patients have developed great regimes of nutrition, lifestyle activities and movement to support their wellbeing; those without a clear sense of purpose in their life experience continuing struggle with physical health issues. The distinguishing quality of many of his healthiest patients  those who  transcend common health challenges despite not having lived by the book, in terms of healthy lifestyle factors is that they seem to be the most aligned or called towards some primary focus of meaning in their life.

Japanese culture actually has a word which addresses this focus. The word is ikigai and translates simply as, reason for being.

What is Your Reason for Being?

According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai. To find it often requires deep enquiry and lengthy search of self a search which is highly regarded.

Four primary elements of ikigai

The term ikigai is composed of two Japanese words: iki referring to life, and kai, which roughly means the realisation of what one expects and hopes for. Unpacking the word and its associated symbol a bit further, ikigai is seen as the convergence of four primary elemen...

20:45

Loving Our Debt-Serfdom: Our Neofeudal Status Quo "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Loving Our Debt-Serfdom: Our Neofeudal Status Quo by Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds Democracy (i.e. political influence) and ownership of productive assets are the exclusive domains of the New Aristocracy. I have often used the words neoliberal, neocolonial...

The post Loving Our Debt-Serfdom: Our Neofeudal Status Quo appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:45

TEAMMATES COLLIDE IN RED VS GOLD INTER-SQUAD BASKETBALL CHALLENGE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Betty Angula (Left) and Rosa Kairi (Right) are ready for their inter-squad game this Sunday. Picture: Matthew Adekponya
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - In one of their final hit-outs before the FIBA Melanesia
Basketball Cup gets underway, the PepsiPNG Womens National Basketball Team will split into Red
and Gold teams, which will do battle in an inter-squad exhibition game on Sunday.
The two-sides will face-off at 6:30pm at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).
PepsiPNG Womens National Team Head Coach Moi Muri said it was a good chance for his team to
fine-tune leading into next weeks international tournament.
Our girls have been working very hard in training but need some extra match fitness to make sure we are
ready, Coach Muri said.


This game will be six versus six, so it will really test the players fitness levels.
We also hope a big crowd will come along to TAIC and watch the players in their national team uniforms
for the first time.
It will be a good opportunity for basketball fans to see the ladies in action before we hit the court next
Wednesday for our first game against Fiji.
Admission to the inter-squad game is free for all spectators, with the TAIC doors opening at 6pm.
The 2017 FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup presented by Paradise Beverages, commences on
Wednesday, September 27 at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).

20:41

CNT warns of riot cops shipped into Barcelona docks "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

In the febrile atmosphere of Catalonias attempted independence referendum and repression from Madrid, activists with the anarchist CNT union report that national police have been shipped in from all over Spain and are holed up at Barcelonas port, seemingly in preparation to crush any significant upheavals. Dock workers with Portuaris CNT have been tracking police []

20:40

Most Soldiers are Non-Killers: The Impact of State Sanctioned Violence and Its Targets "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Heather Gray, December 15, 2014, Justice Initiative
reposted September 21, 2017.
 Theres nothing glorious about war or in killing. The human cost of war reaches far beyond the battlefield it has a lasting affect on spouses, children, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles for generations. It has also been found most soldiers throughout history are not willing to kill other human beings and to do so apparently so goes against their very nature. As a license to use violence in resolving conflict, then, the consequences of killing in war are direand the aftermath of violence sanctioned by the state is usually devastating for both the so-called winners and losers. Its a no-win situation.George Bush had said we face the peril of the axis of evil being Korea, Iran and Iraq. The Obama administration has, unfortunately, subsequently increased the number of countries to be targeted. Whereas, Martin Luther King, Jr. said the intractable evils in the world are poverty, racism and war. Kings triple evils are played out every day in U.S. domestic and international policies. Perhaps if Bush and then Obama were really interested in ending terrorism they would look more closely at Kings far more profound analysis.

Throughout history, debates have ensued on how best to resolve conflict. The choices are generally violence and  varying methods of non-violence. There also appears to be a resolute difference in attitudes between how individuals within a state resolve conflict and how conflicts between states are resolved. It is in these conflicts and their resolutions that poverty, racism and war interact.

The vast majority of people in the world resolve individual conflicts through non-violent methods (i.e. discussion, verbal agreements). Dr. King said the purpose of non-violent social change or non-violent conflict resolution is not to seek revenge but to change the heart of the so-called enemy. We never get rid of hate by meeting hate with hate; we get rid of an enemy, he said, by getting rid of enmity. By its very nature hate destroys and tears down.

Most countries also have laws against the individual use of violence. In the U.S. civil society, for example, an individual is not supposed to deliberately kill another person. If so, they are vulnerable to prosecution by the state that might result, after a jury trial, in the state itself killing the individual for committing such a crime. Punis...

20:38

German election 2017: Where the parties stand on energy and climate change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Germany goes to the polls this Sunday and current chancellor Angela Merkel is set to win a fourth term.

Merkel is likely to need one or two coalition partners from the five other parties expected to enter the Bundestag. This means the next governments priorities will have to be negotiated post-election and may not reflect individual party positions.

Germany has become a key player in international climate politics in recent years, yet it is falling behind its domestic carbon targets.

While the election outcome is unlikely to alter its global positioning, future government policy will likely affect its national climate progress.

Carbon Brief sets out the key climate and energy options facing Germans at the polls this week.

Background

Germany has a long-term goal to reduce emissions by 80-95% below 1990 levels in 2050. Last year it set interim emissions targets for individual sectors, including agriculture, industry and transport.

However, Germanys emissions have stagnated in recent years.

As a result, it is set to miss its interim 40% by 2020 target, according to a report released earlier this month. The research, from German think tank Agora Energiewende, found the country is on track to achieve only a 30-31% reduction.


German greenhou...

20:37

Peskov: Freeman the 'victim of emotionally-charged, self-exalted status' "IndyWatch Feed World"

In his video the actor is calling upon Americans to defend themselves against Russia for allegedly attacking the US Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the press that the Kremlin does not take a recent video seriously made by Morgan Freeman that calls upon Americans to defend themselves against Russia because it allegedly attacked the US. Peskov believes that Freeman is "the victim of an emotionally-charged, self-exalted status."

20:34

Valve Is Collaborating On GPUVis For Tuning Radeon Linux VR Performance "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

One of the many interesting talks at yesterday's XDC2017 conference was Valve's Pierre-Loup Griffais talking about GPUVis...

20:34

E.U. to Trump: Were Not Renegotiating Iran Nuclear Deal Israel Not Happy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

BFFs: Netanyahu instructing the US President on what to do, what to say.

Patrick Henningsen
21st Century Wire

After this weeks UN General Assembly, its pretty clear that the Iran nuclear deal may be in jeopardy. Not from a European perspective, but from Washingtons end of things.

As I pointed out at the time, from the beginning of the agreement in 2015, the main resistance in Washington was coming from only two places the Republican Congress and Senate and the Israeli Lobby. In the words of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, No deal is better than a bad deal. In reality, any deal was a bad deal for Israel, and whats bad for Israel is meant to be bad for the United States of America, or so were told constantly by FOX News.

Despite Israels vehement opposition and Bibis grandstanding in front of the US Congress, the P5+1 nations successfully ratified a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Irans nuclear program that summer. In US terms, this was generally hailed as a success at the time and a major foreign policy success benchmark for the Obama Administration.

IMAGE: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, together with John Kerry, Federica Mogherini, Phillip Hammond in Lausanne, Switzerla...

20:34

So the Commies are fighting the Muslims? Not quite, Mister President "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Commentary by Derek Bateman

Earthquakes in Mexico, a fusillade of hurricanes in the Caribbean, the unstoppable warming of the Earth, a Dr Strangelove President threatening total nuclear wipe-out, jackboot authority restored to Catalonia and an economy-crashing Brexit imminent as a shambolic government devours itself.

Oh, and Kezia resigns

Derek Bateman

If this isnt Armageddon, I dont know what is. Why Trump missed out Kezias resignation from his address to the UN will be debate by historians. I can only assume his advisers thought it best avoided in case he was asked to endorse her replacement.

You mean its a contest between a Communist and a Muslim? You can see his dilemma

Of all these global crises Kezia apart climate change is the most terrifying to me because it fits into a long-term worldview that mankinds destiny is to progress to destruction. In other words, we will develop science to the point where it wipes us out. We constantly create without weighing up the downside. So we discover nuclear fission and create a super efficient power source from it, nuclear energy. But we still havent worked out what to do with the dangerous waste it generates, therefore we pretend it isnt really a problem.

EMPTIES

We produce a mass means of water distribution plastic bottles instead of cans, glass bottles or animal skins but dont know how to destroy the empties. The result is that millions of tons of tiny plastic particles are now in drinking water and in the sea. We dont know what impact it will have on human health. But its definitely killing life in the oceans.

We invented what our ancestors would regard as time travel airplanes that whiz us around to view the dazzling panorama of life of Earth yet those same planes are killing wildlife. Sixty seven per cent of all wild animals will have been wiped out in three years time.

Eighty per cent of rain forest in Ivory Coast has been destroyed to make way for cocoa because of our love for chocolate.

Sperm count in western males has halved probably due to lifestyle mobile phones, smoking and diet while science allows women to have children later when the r...

20:33

Psychiatry Ignores an Elephant in the Room "IndyWatch Feed National"

Large cohort studies of people with a first-episode psychosis provide a unique opportunity for finding out why so many young people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders die at a young age. However, it seems that those psychiatrists who have access to the mortality data generally do not want the facts to come out. In published cohort studies, there is virtually always too little information or no information at all about the causes of death.

In 2012, Hegelstad et al. published 10-year follow-up data for 281 patients with a first-episode psychosis (the TIPS study). 1 Although their average age at entry into the study was only 29 years, 49 patients (17%) had died in less than 10 years. The authors detailed article was about recovery and symptom scores and they took no interest in all these deaths, which appeared in a flowchart of patients lost to follow-up and were not commented upon anywhere in their paper. In the text, however, they mentioned only 28 deaths (11%), so it is difficult to know how many died.

On March 5th 2017, I wrote to the first author: In your interesting study from 2012, Long-Term Follow-Up of the TIPS Early Detection in Psychosis Study: Effects on 10-Year Outcome, 28 patients died of 281. Do you have the causes of death, which would be very interesting to know about? I noticed that most patients were still on antipsychotics 10 years after they started (table 2). I consider this very frightening, e.g. around half of them will have tardive dyskinesia (which is often masked by ongoing treatment) and many, if not all, will have developed permanent brain damage at this point, to mention just two of the important harms of long-term treatment. In contrast, only 17% of patients in Lappland were still on antipsychotics 5 years after their first episode (compared to 75% in Stockholm).

I sent a reminder ten days later and was told I would get an answer shortly. On May 10th, I wrote again: It is now another two months. You did an important study and it is important for the world to know what 10% of your very young patients died from in just 10 years. It is a frightening death rate. Do we need to file a Freedom of Information request to get this information?

Hegelstad replied that, We are preparing a manuscript detailing the information you are asking for. It will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. When published the information will be readily available to all.

The preparation of the manuscript and its publication were very fast. Already in June, the paper was out, in World Psychiatry.2 With this record speed, I wondered what the peer r...

20:31

Coroner Finds Anti-Smoking Drug Contributed to Mans Suicide "IndyWatch Feed National"

From ABC: A Queensland Coroner has found that the anti-smoking drug Champix played a role in the suicide of a 22-year-old man, Timothy John, who died in April 2013.

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20:31

With Timing Tight for GOPs Graham-Cassidy Health-Law Effort, Opponents Rush to Mobilize "IndyWatch Feed War"

Critics step up attacks on latest bill amid narrow window for Senate vote

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rick Santorum in Washington on Wednesday.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rick Santorum in Washington on Wednesday. PHOTO: REYNOLD/EPA-EFE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK/EPA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Sept. 21, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

Opponents of a Republican plan to dismantle most of the Affordable Care Act are scrambling to ramp up a resistance campaign before a possible Senate vote next week on a bill many never expected would gain traction.

With such a narrow window, consumer and other groups are seeking to pressure specific GOP senators they see as most likely to waver. They also assert that Republicans are trying to ram through a bill outside the normal process while reneging on a promise to preserve the ACAs consumer protections, claims the bills sponsors reject.

Timing is clearly a challenge for the bills supporters, who must cobble together votes by a Sept. 30 deadline, when a parliamentary vehicle that enables the Senate to pass legislation with a simple majority expires. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) has said he plans to hold a vote next week, by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

But it also doesnt leave much time for the bills opponents, who had weeks to build up resistance to previous ACA-repeal attempts, including legislation that failed in July to pass the Senate.

This bill is complicated and far-reaching, said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Interest groups dont have a lot of time to mobilize and figure out what it means....

20:30

Silver-lining-in-genocide Senator wants to assimilate you "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If there was ever an argument for abolishing Canadas appointed Senate, Lynn Beyak is it. After defending the first genocide of the continents first nations by European colonials, then the second genocide through the residential school program by bonafide Canadians, Beyak spent her summer months supposedly meeting with Indigenous communities. Her takeaway? Give up your culture and assimilatealso, apply for citizenship that you already have.

Trade your status card for a Canadian citizenship, with a fair and negotiated payout to each Indigenous man, woman and child in Canada, to settle all the outstanding land claims and treaties, and move forward together just like the leaders already do in Ottawa, she said in an open letter published Sept. 1 on her Senate website.

(Indigenous people born in this country are Canadian citizens, and were given full voting rights in 1960.)

Like the leaders already do in Ottawa is an interesting euphemism, considering the outstanding criticism is that we flout our treaties. Perhaps Beyak is unaware, but a federal government dishonouring its agreements is generally perceived as a high-risk partner in diplomacy, and it severely damages your governments ability to bargain. Theres a reason North Korea has exactly zero friends, with their supposed ally mostly using NK as a proxy to undermine the United States. The fact that Trudeau is undermining fewer of these treaties isnt exactly progress.

Also, shes apparently unaware that status first nations are still citizens? Why is this twit being paid with my tax money?

None of us are leaving, so lets stop the guilt and blame and find a way to live together and share, she wrote. All Canadians are then free to preserve their cultures in their own communities, on their own time, with their own dime.

Great! So were de-funding the Catholic systems then! (Somehow I doubt thats what she actually means)

How about, instead of paying this leaking ass-pimple her salary, we use the money to fire her into the fucking sun.

-Shiv

 

20:30

Mexico shakes, sometimes without aftershocks "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A Shock Without Aftershocks When the blogger called the big magnitude 8.1 earthquake, which occurred off the coast of southern Mexico on September 8th, a rare event, he couldnt have known that our neighbor to the south would be shaken by an even stranger temblor 12 days later. The hypocenter of Tuesdays quake, which has []

Intel Unleashes Clear Containers 3.0, Written In Go "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Intel's Clear Linux team has rolled out their Clear Containers 3.0 technology...

20:30

Deface Columbus Day: A Call to Action "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Deface Columbus Day: A Call to Action appeared first on It's Going Down.

The battles lines have been drawn and white supremacists are on notice. White nationalist statues are crumbling all over the US as our collective revolutionary power is growing. As the monuments of white supremacist society fall we must continue to make it clear that their reign of terror is coming to an end.
 
For the occasion of Columbus Day, October 9th, one of the most vile holidays of the year, the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement is calling for collectives all over the country to take action against this day and in support of indigenous people in the US and abroad who have been victims of colonialism and genocide.
 
We are calling for groups to decorate their neighborhoods as they see fit: put up murals, wheatpaste posters, drop a banner, etc. On October 9th put a picture of your action on social media and use the hashtags below. With these actions multiplied around the country, we will make it unequivocally clear that revolutionaries will always stand with the indigenous!
 
Revolutionary greetings to the insurgent Zapatista communities, the Lakota warriors, the Mapuche fighters, and all of our indigenous comrades in the struggle. With these actions, we renew our commitment to building a revolutionary movement strong enough to turn the tide permanently.
 
Resistance is life!
 
#FuckColumbusDay

20:30

Equinox Unity Meditation: Friday, September 22nd at 8:02 PM GMT "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Prepare for Change

Now that the Emergency Hurricane meditation has been successful. and we are currently engaged in daily meditations at 2:30 PM UTC to calm storms Talim (which is expected to hit China, Taiwan and Japan in the coming weekend) and Doksuri (known as Maring in the Philippines, which had dumped heavy rain on Manila and nearby provinces earlier this week, causing widespread flooding and landslides).

Meditation for Typhoons Talim and Doksuri (Facebook Event Page)

Gaia Weather Meditations

It is time to prepare for the Equinox Unity Meditation which will address the root cause of all these storms the plasma octopus itself.

You need to understand that this planet is not liberated yet and planetary conditions will not significantly improve before the Event. Therefore it is still very important that we keep strengthening the New Atlantis energy grid around the planet with cintamani stones and meditations.

Cobra, September 5th, 2017

Let us now focus on completely dissolving the Yaldabaoth entity.

Heres the worldwide synchronized guided meditation video (in 20 different languages) to follow:

http://meditate.coeo.cc/m/829

Check the time for the Equinox Unity Meditation in your time zone here:

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20170922T2002&msg=September%20Equinox%202017

Here is the Guided Audio Meditation in English

See the bottom of this post for synchronized versions in other lan...

20:30

False Choices in American Transportation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In my last article, I talked about the Missouri Department of Transportations (MoDOT) counter-intuitive proposal to patch their budget shortfall in a state with a super-low gas tax by charging higher registration fees on fuel-efficient vehicles who fail to pay their fair share.

For every person whos profiting in the short term from our countrys self-destructive obsession with constant growth, there are thousands who simply cant imagine the world another way, and have no idea that we cant afford the things we build.

I was a little tough on MoDOT in that piece, and I want to be clear about something: I dont think that every last state transportation department employee is a supervillain who wants nothing more than to destroy our towns through senseless, expensive, quality-of-life destroying suburban-style development. Supervillains like that do existdont get me wrongbut the reason our current transportation system has become so convoluted isnt all about evil, or even about greed. For every person whos profiting in the short term from our countrys self-destructive obsession with constant growth, there are thousands who simply cant imagine the world another way, and have no idea that we cant afford the things we build.

And that failure of imagination is something we can change.

MoDOT recently released a survey to get the publics take on our states long range transportation priorities. Im going to go ahead and be blunt: from a Strong Towns perspective, its a bit of a mess. And its important to note that its likely not a deliberate mess, as much as its a result of a culture of transportation that is convoluted, painfully unimaginative, and deeply entrenched. MoDOT notes that this survey was the result of an extensive outreach process that put them in conversation with thousands of Missourians, who ostensibly have never known or considered another way of building.

I cant blame the average citizen for being taught that the asphalt and concrete world that we live in is fixed in place, and that the only changes we can realistically make are to fix potholes and build more lanes.

But the thing is: we can change the world we live in. And we will, incrementally, through small actions like these. I want to give you the tools, if youre a Missourian, to take this survey right now, make your opinion heard, and share it with five friends. And if youre not a Missourian, I want this to serve as a template for future int...

20:28

S&P Cuts Chinas Credit Rating, Citing Risk From Debt Growth Diminished financial stability "IndyWatch Feed War"

September 21, 2017, 5:02 AM EDT September 21, 2017, 5:34 AM EDT
  • Reduction comes just before key 19th Party Congress next month
  • Credit growth diminished financial stability to some extent

S&P Global Ratings cut Chinas sovereign credit rating for the first time since 1999, citing the risks from soaring debt, and revised its outlook to stable from negative.

The sovereign rating was cut by one step, to A+ from AA-, the agency said in a statement late Thursday. The analysts also lowered their rating on three foreign banks that primarily operate in China, saying HSBC China, Hang Seng China and DBS Bank China Ltd. are unlikely to avoid default should the nation default on its sovereign debt.

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Chinas prolonged period of strong credit growth has increased its economic and financial risks, S&P said. Although this credit growth had contributed to strong real GDP growth and higher asset prices, we believe it has also diminished financial stability to some extent.

The downgrade, the second by a major ratings company this year, represents ebbing international confidence China can strike a balance between maintaining economic growth and cleaning up its financial sector. The move may also be uncomfortable for Communist Party officials, who are just weeks away from their twice-a-decade leadership reshuffle.

The cut will have...

20:24

South Korean Self-Immolates, Demands U.S. THAAD Weapons Be Kept Out of Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

Cho Young-sam self-immolated himself yesterday, leaving behind a plea for NO THAAD in South Korea:

Our country only has a future via the success of the Moon Jae-In Administration

President Moon Jae-In, long ago, when I was in Germany, I am someone who supported and respected you.

President Moon Jae-In, I will give you a direct message. THAAD can not happen. Mr. President, you also know that THAAD will not bring peace, but anxiety and the dangers of war.

Theres a saying that you take one step back to go two steps forward, I was considering that there might be a bigger picture, but by all means this is not the case. To be the coveted interest of the American superpower cant be easy. But if from the beginning you are pushed like this, how will you stand up?

I am a person who genuinely, honestly hoped for the success of the Moon Jae-In administration. Through the success of the Moon Jae-In administration, we could have seen a future for North-South Korean economic partnerships, peace & reunification, work done to achieve balance in Northeast Asia, and a future for us [Corean] descendants.

THAAD, for all intents and purposes, will not be a war deterrent nor a protective arm for peace. Rather than the potential for matching bullet for bullet, achieved by the THAAD installation itself, the placement of the X-Band within the THAAD installation makes it a prime target by China and North Korea at the exact moment it exhibits behavior of surveillance.

North Koreas ICBMs potential for destruction is not limited to the Korean Peninsula but exceeds the continent with its long-distance capabilities.

If I am to be more specific, I am referring to the United States. Mr. President, you too know this common sense knowledge. Despite that you are disrespectful in claiming it will be a temporary placement, while you moved up the installation date of THAAD probably because you knew that you had reached the absolute limit that could not be tested against the wall of honest politics. Of course the primary claim you made in conversation was that the reason for the installation was due to the nuclear experiments undertaken by a ignoramus in North Korea.

Whether you truly did not mean it or by chance your interests changed, I will never know, but presently the by-product of your statement that North and South Korean relations are a hostile symbiotic relationship and the ensuing THAAD placement is that a dark cloud is coming over our future. The result of cowardly games like An eye for...

20:22

China Begins Rounding Up And Detaining Bitcoin Executives "IndyWatch Feed National"

China has begun rounding up and detaining Bitcoin executives who run exchanges in the country, amid a huge crackdown against cryptocurrencies. 

As the war on Bitcoin continues, Chinese media is reporting that executives who operate Bitcoin exchanges are being told they are not allowed to leave Beijing whilst the government conducts an investigation.

A number of informed sources say the executives of special currency trading platforms are not allowed to leave Beijing to cooperate with the investigation. In accordance with regulatory requirements, trading platform shareholders, the actual controller, executives and financial executives need to fully cooperate with the relevant work in the clean-up period in Beijing.

Trustnodes.com reports: Australias Financial Review (AFR) says the above has been confirmed with them by a source close to one of the biggest exchanges, Huobi, which told them its founder, Li Lin, was required to report to the authorities and cooperate with their work at any time.

The draconian measure is undertaken following a decision by Chinas Communist Party to close down all crypto exchanges, with trading volumes in the country dropping considerably.

Chinese trading volumes now account for only around 5% 10% of bitcoins or ethereums global trading volumes. With price there significantly lower. Leading CoinMarketCap to exclude them from calculations of average prices.


20:22

Solomon Islands Police confiscates marijuana and kwaso in West Honiara "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A combined team of police officers  from White River and Honiara Central Police stations  yesterday (Wednesday 20 September) confiscated marijuana  and the illegal local brew kwaso at Karaina roadside and Savo heights, at White River in West Honiara.

The raid was in response to information supplied by the public alleging the selling of marijuana and kwaso alongside the road.
Three males have been arrested by police in relation to the confiscated items and the trio are expected to be interviewed today.
Officer Commanding White River Police Station, Inspector Walter Manefakale says, I am pleased with the outcome and cooperation of the public by supplying the information which led to the raid. I urge more members of the communities to provide information to police to ensure those who continue selling and brewing of kwaso and as well as the dangerous drug, marijuana are brought to face justice.
I want to remind the public and communities, that its unlawful to grow, use, sell and possess marijuana, while its illegal to brew kwaso and sell without approval from the Minister concern," says Commander Manefakale.

20:19

Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Opens for Signature "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The worlds first legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons on 20 September 2017 opened for signature at United Nations Headquarters in New York at a ceremony at which speakers from international organizations, governments and civil society hailed this milestone in achieving a world free of such arsenals as well as the work that remains to be done.

Signing ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, 20 September 2017. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

 

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is the product of increasing concerns over the risk posed by the continued existence of nuclear weapons, including the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences of their use, UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres said at the ceremony, held on the margins of the General Assemblys high-level debate.

The Treaty is an important step towards the universally-held goal of a world free of nuclear weapons. It is my hope that it will reinvigorate global efforts to achieve it, he added, acknowledging the contributions made by civil society and the hibakusha the atomic bomb survivors.

At the same time, Guterres, highlighted the difficult road ahead by recalling that there remain some 15,000 nuclear weapons in existence. We cannot allow these doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our childrens future, he said.

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20:18

Rabbitohs re-sign John Sutton for the 2018 Season "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are delighted to announce the re-signing of local junior John Sutton for the 2018 season,
giving him the opportunity to become the first player in the Clubs history to play 300 first grade games in what will be his 15th season playing in the NRL.

Sutton is a three-time George Piggins Medallist as the player of the year at South Sydney (2009, 2012-13), has played
more first grade games (282) and more grade games (310) than any other player in the Rabbitohs 109-year history,
has represented City Origin on two occasions and the Australian Prime Ministers XIII once; however the greatest
accomplishment of his career so far is leading the Rabbitohs as captain to the 2014 premiership, the Clubs 21st title.
A Kensington United junior, Sutton is already regarded as a modern day legend of the Club, and Rabbitohs Head
Coach Anthony Seibold says Suttons retention is invaluable to the squad.
John is a leader amongst our group, hes played more games than anyone in our jersey which shows his loyalty to the
Club, and those attributes are priceless to our squad, Coach Seibold said.
The experience he brings is instrumental to players like Cameron Murray, Zane Musgrove, Angus Crichton, Tyrell
Fuimaono, Campbell Graham, Braidon Burns and Siosifa Talakai, amongst others.
He brings a fantastic skill set, his knowledge of the game is deep and thorough, and physically hes a big body.
He adds depth to the back row for us alongside guys like Sam Burgess, Angus, Tyrell, Cam, Dean Britt and Sifa, but
most importantly the leadership and experience he brings at the NRL level is irreplaceable.
Rabbitohs General Manager of Football Shane Richardson paid tribute to Sutton and looks forward to him making a
valuable contribution to the Club in 2018.
John is a key member of our leadership group and has been for some time, Mr Richardson said.
He is our longest serving player, he has led the Club to a premiership, hes played more games than anyone else in the
history of this Club, and he is a fantastic mentor for the young players in our squad.
He knows what it takes to win and hes prepared to lead the way in his preparation for games and the way that he puts
every effort into every performance on the field for Souths in any role the coaching staff requires.
He is a South Sydney man from a wonde...

20:18

Saudi Arabia to censor and monitor all internet chat apps "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Telecoms spokesman says 'under no circumstances can the user use an application without monitoring and censorship', a day after ban lifted

20:17

Russia Set To Become Leading Organic Food Exporter "IndyWatch Feed World"

As Europe opts to publicly support genetically modified crops, Russia, who banned GMOs in 2016, has been ramping up its production and export of organic food. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans back in 2015 [...]

20:17

Trumps UN Reform Plan Is All About The Lead From Behind Strategy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

President Trump wants to legitimize the use of military force outside of the existing liberum veto-dependent UNSC structure (international law),

The post Trumps UN Reform Plan Is All About The Lead From Behind Strategy appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

20:17

Russia says it will target US-backed fighters in Syria if provoked "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Warning comes as forces converge in Deir Ezzor and after Moscow it said US artillery hit Syrian government forces

20:15

Worlds biggest butterfly given lifeline by new captive breeding initiative "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The world largest butterfly, the Queen Alexandra Birdwing, will be the first to benefit from a new conservation model set to give a lifeline to its declining population.

If proved successful the model will be adapted to other species, in Papua New Guinea (the most important country in the world for conservation action for swallowtails and birdwings butterflies) and beyond.

The Queen Alexandra Birdwing is endemic to Papua New Guinea and endangered by the encroachments made by the palm oil industry to its natural habitat. The new project entails a state-of-the-art captive breeding and release programme - a first for the species - and will involve the local community; this combination will increase the number of butterflies in the wild while also insuring the long-term sustainability of the conservation effort.

Dr Mark Collins, former co-author of the IUCN Red Data Books on Invertebrates and Swallowtail butterflies, recipient of the 2000 Royal Geographical Society Busk Medal and chairman of the Swallowtail and Birdwing Butterfly Trust, has worked closely with senior industry figures in the palm oil industry to develop this conservation project.

20:15

Message for the Resistance Movement: September 20, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

PPN black alert at 504

Cobra, 1:14 PM (PST)

Black systems alert at 504

Cobra, 2:03 PM (PST)

Systems alert downgrade to red

Cobra, 2:17 PM (PST)

This article (Message for the Resistance Movement: September 20, 2017) was originally published on The Portal and syndicated by The Event Chronicle

20:15

Defeat of ISIS may trigger another US-Iran crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Hal Brands
Straits Times

The United States is rapidly heading down the path of confrontation with a rogue-state adversary, a potential foe that has proved rational yet ruthless in pursuit of its interests, including the aggressive development of its nuclear programme and associated military capabilities. The rogue state this description best fits, however, may not be North Korea, but Iran.

Although the slow-motion crisis involving North Koreas atomic and missile programmes is undoubtedly perilous, it still seems likely that the logic of nuclear deterrence will promote a degree of caution on all sides. In the Middle East, however, the Trump administration is barrelling towards a potential conflict with Iran, one that the White House has shown little capacity to handle thus far.

That looming confrontation is being driven by three powerful factors that are now converging. First is the rapidly approaching endgame of the struggle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The defeat of that terrorist army is removing a point of tacit cooperation between the US and Iran while sharpening the regional competition between them. Washington and Teheran are gearing up for an intense political struggle for influence with the government of Iraq. The potential for violence between any US troops that remain in Iraq and the Iranian-backed Shiite militias that strenuously oppose such a presence will be omnipresent.

In Syria, US and Iranian-backed forces are also coming into closer proximity in and around the few areas ISIS still holds. The middle Euphrates River Valley has already seen clashes between the US military and Iranian-backed militias operating in support of the Assad regime. As the vice closes around the militant group, and its enemies strive to stake out their spheres of influence in a post-ISIS Syria, the potential for violence will intensify.

The second factor leading towards a new crisis is the Trump administrations determination to push back against Irans pernicious influence throughout the Middle East. By the close of Mr Barack Obamas presidency, there was a widespread sense in Washington and much of the Middle East that Iran was ascendant, and that it had exploited Mr Obamas war-weariness and his desire to reach the nuclear deal with Teheran to push its influence from South Asia across the Middle East.

In reality, Irans interest is more intense, and its influence far more pervasive, in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq which constitute something close to vital strategic interests than it is in a se...

20:15

Jerry Robinson: 7 Alarming Signs The U.S. Dollar Is Changing (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Jerry Robinson: 7 Alarming Signs The U.S. Dollar Is Changing Video Follow the Money Summary: With the value of the U.S. dollar tumbling by more than 10% YTD and the U.S. national debt officially topping $20 trillion for the...

The post Jerry Robinson: 7 Alarming Signs The U.S. Dollar Is Changing (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:15

Barbarism and Shame: Why the US Refuses a Korea Peace Treaty "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Korean crisis is a powerful lens on American barbarism, past and present. Despite Washingtons self-righteousness and pretensions of virtue, the modern history of Korea is an especially powerful lesson that destroys the American national mythology...

20:13

Okorocha is a disappointment ECA. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has accused the Igbo of playing the worst politics in Nigeria, saying the Hausa More

20:13

Poor Orphan Crops So Valuable, So Neglected "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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ROME, Sep 20 2017 (IPS) When think-tankers in the mid-1990s formulated their famous think global, act local slogan, they probably did not expect humankind to require a couple of decades to implement such practical advice.

A group of people heading towards Mangoky River (Madagascar) past Baobab trees. Baobab leaves and fruits are sources of food for people and fodder for animals. Credit: FAO/Aris Mihich

At least this has been the case for the so-called neglected, under-utilised, minor or promising crops, which have been forgotten over the last century.

Now scientists and policymakers are beginning to recognise the value of these colourfully dubbed orphan crops, affirming what local communities have already known for generations.

What Are They?

But what are they all about? The United Nations leading food and agriculture agency provides the answer with some specific examples the African Yam Bean and the Desert Date, and Ber, a stocky tree with a vitamin-rich berry.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) explains that the African yam bean, cultivated mainly for home consumption, is planted for its seeds, which are high in protein and low in calories, and are often eaten after being dried and ground into flour or simply boiled and seasoned.

The starch-rich, tuberous roots, similar to spindly sweet potatoes in shape, are consumed either fresh, cut into strips in salads, or dried and ground into flour. The leaves can also be cooked and eaten much in the same way spinach is.

The crop seems to be little affec...

20:12

I was just doing my job: Soviet officer who averted nuclear war dies at age 77 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A Soviet officer who prevented a nuclear crisis between the US and the USSR and possible World War III in the 1980s has quietly passed away. He was 77. In 2010 RT spoke to Stanislav Petrov, who never considered himself a hero. We look at the life of the man who saved the world.

A decision that Soviet lieutenant colonel Stanislav Petrov once took went down in history as one that stopped the Cold War from turning into nuclear Armageddon, largely thanks to Karl Schumacher, a political activist from Germany who helped the news of his heroism first reach a western audience nearly two decades ago.

On September 7, Schumacher, who kept in touch with Petrov in the intervening years, phoned him to wish him a happy birthday, but instead learned from Petrovs son, Dmitry, that the retired officer had died on May 19 in his home in a small town near Moscow.

20:12

Furiosity takes hike after information leak on live show "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Ferocity and bad attitudes over malfunctions on shows has become widespread nowadays but a latest video leak of behind the scenes of a show has taken it to another level. An eight minute video released shows cuts of clips of Donnell getting extremely angry and fumed up over earpiece malfunctioning. In the video, Lawrence ODonnell

The post Furiosity takes hike after information leak on live show appeared first on Hacker News Bulletin | Find the Latest Hackers News.

20:11

Pit bull attacks its owner on street in Queens, New York "IndyWatch Feed World"

A dog walker was taking a stroll with two friends, when suddenly the Pit Bull mix turned on its handler and started biting. "I honestly thought I was going to bleed out. I don't know how I got the dog off of me, I don't know," says victim, Marta Niewinska. Niewinska is talking about the dog, seen in surveillance video attacking her and then going after her good friend, Amanda, who is a dog walker. "She's in shock - just called and said 'thank you for saving my life,' it was a lot," Niewinska adds. The horrifying incident unfolded on Wycoff Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens right around 10 p.m. Saturday night. About 12 minutes into the walk, Niewinska says the dog jumped on Amanda. They thought he was playing, but she exclusively tells Eyewitness News that in a split second, the dog seemed to snap. Niewinska then took the leash, and the dog started growling and then turned on her.

20:11

The Smog Chancellor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who is the worlds leading environmental vandal? The answer may surprise you.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 20th September 2017

Which living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of his havoc has been felt. But for now I would place another name in the frame. Angela Merkel.

What? Have I lost my mind? Angela Merkel, the climate chancellor? The person who, as German environment minister, brokered the first UN climate agreement, through sheer force of will? The Chancellor who persuaded the G7 leaders to promise to phase out fossil fuels by the end of this century? The architect of Germanys Energiewende its famous energy transition? Yes, the very same.

Unlike Donald Trump, she has no malicious intent. She did not set out to destroy the agreements she helped to create. But the Earths systems do not respond to mission statements or speeches or targets. They respond to hard fact. What counts, and should be judged, as she seeks a fourth term as German Chancellor in the elections on Sunday, is what is done, not what is said. On this metric her performance has been a planetary disaster.

Merkel has a fatal weakness: a weakness for the lobbying power of German industry. Whenever a crucial issue needs to be resolved, she weighs her ethics against political advantage, and chooses the advantage. This is why, in large part, Europe now chokes in a fug of diesel fumes.

The EU decision to replace petrol engines with diesel, though driven by German car manufacturers, pre-dates her premiership. It was a classic European fudge, a means of averting systemic change while creating an impression of action, based on the claim (which now turns out to be false) that diesel engines produce less carbon dioxide than petrol. But once she became Chancellor, Merkel used every conceivable tactic, fair and foul, to preserve this deadly cop-out.

The worst instance was in 2013, when, after five years of negotiations, other European governments had finally agreed a new fuel economy standard for cars: they would produce an average of no more than 95 grammes of CO2 per kilometre by 2020. Merkel moved in to close the who...

20:11

Similar to robots.txt, security.txt Standard Proposed "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Ed Foudil, a web developer and security researcher, has submitted a draft to the IETF Internet Engineering Task Force seeking the standardization of security.txt, a file that webmasters can host on their domain root and describe the site's security policies.

The file is akin to robots.txt, a standard used by websites to communicate and define policies for web and search engine crawlers.

The distinction between security.txt and robots.txt is that security.txt will be used to communicate a company's security practices only, and is likely to be read by humans, rather than automated scanners.

For example, if a security researcher finds a security vulnerability on a website, he can access the site's security.txt file for information on how to contact the company and securely report the issue.

"When x0rz [well-known security researcher] tweeted about my proposal I realized that this was something people really wanted and that it was time to start writing up an RFC draft," Foudil said.

[...] Right now, security.txt is at the status of Internet Draft, which is the first IETF regulatory step in a three-stage process that also includes RFC (Request For Comment) and official Internet Standards.

"Once security.txt becomes an RFC the focus will shift to spreading the word and encouraging companies to setup a security.txt file," Foudil told Bleeping Computer.

"Several bug bounty platforms have already offered to help out with this step and hopefully if some of the big companies have a security.txt this will set a good example that could convince others to follow suit."

Source: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/security-txt-standard-proposed-similar-to-robots-txt/


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20:10

Solomon Islands Police arrested 18 year old girl for allegedly concealing her infant baby "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Henderson Provincial Police of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) arrested an 18 years old girl for concealing her infant baby at Kingdom Harvest Henderson in Central Guadalcanal on 17th September 2017.

The infant baby was then taken by Police to Honiara National Referring Hospital (NRH) and declared dead.

The mother of the deceased was arrested and place in police custody for questioning and further investigation.  

Provincial Police Commander Mr Nixon Manetoga said, I call on to every concern person, community, family and church leaders to work together with the police to assist in preventing similar incidents to happen in the future.

I am deeply saddened when briefed by my officers about the poor infant discovery, as there was another similar incident at Guadalcanal plains, GPPOL II area last week and my condolence to other relatives of baby, added PPC Manetoga.


20:10

US dollar shines, Asia shares slip after Fed signals December rate hike "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen

TOKYO (REUTERS) The US dollar shone while Asian shares slipped on Thursday (Sept 21) after the US Federal Reserve announced a plan to start shrinking its balance sheet and signalled one more rate hike later this year.

European shares are expected to benefit from a fall in the euro against the dollar with spread betters looking at a higher opening of 0.5 per cent in Germanys DAX and Frances CAC.

Japans Nikkei gained 0.2 per cent as a rise in US bond yields lifted financial shares, while the yens fall against the dollar after the Feds decision helped exporters.

The Bank of Japan, as widely expected, left its policy settings unchanged, with markets awaiting a news conference by its governor later in the day.

MSCIs broadest dollar-denominated index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 per cent, with Australian shares among the hardest hit with fall of 0.8 per cent.

Major US share indexes recovered quickly from initial losses following the Feds announcement, with the S&P 500 ending slightly higher, helped in part by gains in financials and energy shares.

While a rate hike is negative, the fact that the Feds confidence in the economy is strong enough to expect a rate hike can be taken as supportive of market sentiment, said Soichiro Monji, chief strategist at Daiwa SB Investments.

The Feds view also prompted a rotation from tech shares into financial shares, which benefit from higher interest rates, he added. In a way, what the Fed did was not much of a surprise. From now, the markets will be focusing on individual earnings rather than macro themes, said Hisashi Iwama, senior portfolio manager at Asset Management One.

As expected, the Fed said it would begin in October to trim its massive holding of U.S. Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities acquired in the years after the 2008 financial crisis.

The Fed signalled it still expects one more interest rate hike by the end of the year, despite a recent bout of low inflation, but ratcheted down its long-term interest rate forecasts.

Fed fund rate futures are now pricing in about a 65 per cent chance of a rate hike by December compared to around 50 percent before the latest meeting. Markets expect the Fed move to coincide with revisions of its economic projections.

The yield on two-year US Treasury notes jumped to 1.451 per cent, its highest level since November 2008 late on Wednesday. The 10-year US Treasuries yield rose to 2.278 per cent, briefly hit...

20:09

How a Werfalli Execution Site Was Geolocated "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This article was collaboratively researched and written by Timmi Allen, Klement Anders, Daniel Romein, and Christiaan Triebert of the Bellingcat Investigative Team.

Introduction

In August 2017, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued its first ever arrest warrant solely based on social media evidence. The arrest warrant accuses Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli (hereafter referred to as Werfalli), an alleged commander of the Al-Saiqa Brigade of the Libyan National Army (LNA), of mass executions in or near Benghazi.

Bellingcat has highlighted the importance of this development, which aligns the ICC with the realities of many of todays conflicts, in an earlier article. The article marked the start of a crowdsourcing campaign to geolocate the seven locations of the executions on which the arrest warrant is based. Four execution sites have been geolocated so far, and one of them  Incident Seven is worth discussing in further depth as it is an excellent example of team work and using a wide variety of open source information such as satellite imagery, geotagged photos, conflict context, geolocations from other sources and news articles.

The Evidence: A Facebook Video

The video which prompted the ICC arrest warrant was uploaded on July 23, 2017, by a Facebook user named Mohammed Al-Gali. The video has been deleted since, though an archived version exists.

The video shows the execution of twenty individuals who are, according to the description, terrorists found guilty of kidnapping, torture, killing, bombing, and slaughtering and members of the so-called Islamic State (IS). Mohammed Al-Gali appears to have a direct link with the military unit led by Werfalli, as numerous videos and photographs on his Facebook document events related to them. It is possible that he is the individual who filmed the executions. Werfalli is visible in the video and gives the order to execute the group of twenty individuals. According to the arrest warrant, Werfalli reads from a white document in the video of Incident Seven, and refers to a decree decision, which shall be executed today 17/07/2017.

The first part of...

20:07

Trumps U.N. Speech Presented Him as The Most Dangerous President Ever in US History (and thats saying something) "IndyWatch Feed War"

BY Ludwig Watzal Trumps U.N. Speech Presented Him as The Most Dangerous President Ever in US History Donald Trumps appearance before the General Assembly of the United Nations could have been a rare highlight of his chaotic young presidency If Trump had just repeated his inauguration address, the audience would have burst out in gales []

20:06

Trumps UN Speech. War for Countries that do not Accept Washingtons Hegemony David Icke latest headlines

Trump went on at great length about how America respects the sovereignty of every country and the peoples will of every country, and how the US, despite its overwhelming military power, never tries to impose its will on any country. What was the administration thinking, or can it think? What about Yugoslavia/Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, Crimea, Ukraine, Venezuela, Honduras, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, just to mention countries in the 21st century that have been subjected to US military attacks, government overthrows, and removals of political leaders who did not conform to US interests? Is it respect for the sovereignty of countries to force them to support US sanctions against Iran, Russia, China, North Korea, Venezuela? Is it respect for the sovereignty of countries to impose sanctions on the countries? If this is not imposing Washingtons will on other countries, what is? Is it respect for other countries to inform them that unless they do as they are told, we will bomb you into the stone age? Read more: Trumps UN Speech. War for Countries that do not Accept Washingtons Hegemony What Trump Does Not Want You To Know About His U.N Speech

20:04

'We are all John Kelly': Twitter has a field day after White House Chief of Staff's body language betrays him during Trump's bombastic speech to the UN David Icke latest headlines

Photos of John Kellys exasperated reaction to President Donald Trumps speech to the United Nations on Tuesday had Twitter users going wild. The usually stoic White House Chief of Staff put his hand over his face as the president addressed the 193-nation body and referred to Kim Jong Un as rocket man. In addition to nick-naming the North Korean based on threats of nuclear force, the commander in chief blasted loser terrorists, the corrupt Venezuelan government, and the murderous Iranian regime and rogue regimes. It took no time for people to catch onto Kellys distressed reactions and within minutes Twitter exploded with amusement and empathy for the disgruntled chief of staff. Read more: We are all John Kelly: Twitter has a field day after White House Chief of Staffs body language betrays him during Trumps bombastic speech to the UN

20:02

British child soldiers tortured "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from Britain says about itself:

Former Harrogate Army Instructors Face Assault Charges

13 August 2017

Seventeen former army instructors are due before a court martial next month charged with assaults on recruits.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

NCOs before court martial after claims of faeces smearing

Thursday 21st September 2017

ARMY officers will be hauled in front of a court martial hearing today over allegations that they smeared faeces into the faces of trainee soldiers.

Seventeen sergeants and corporals will face the hearing into the alleged abuse of teenage recruits at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

They are accused of forcing animal faeces into the mouths of 17-year-olds, holding their heads under water and repeatedly beating them.

The Peace Pledge Union (PPU) warned that the allegations may be the tip of the iceberg and exposed the abusive culture of Britains armed forces.

PPU co-ordinator Symon Hill said the allegations called into question Britains armed forces recruitment policy Britain is one of the few countries...

20:02

Fact Checking Benjamin Netanyahus General Assembly Speech David Icke latest headlines

Yesterday, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the United Nations in a speech that served as a kind of appendix to Donald Trumps controversial, bellicose declaration that was delivered hours earlier. Both speeches predictably focused on Iran and both leaders told a great deal of untruths and half-truths about the situation. Here are some of the most glaring untruths, followed by a factual explanation of the situation. 1. Iran is devouring nations. The full quote from Netanyahu is as follows: Well as you know, I strongly disagreed. I warned that when the sanctions on Iran would be removed, Iran would behave like a hungry tiger unleashed, not joining the community of nations, but devouring nations, one after the other. And thats precisely what Iran is doing today. From the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean, from Tehran to Tartus, an Iranian curtain is descending across the Middle East. Iran spreads this curtain of tyranny and terror over Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere, and it pledges to extinguish the light of Israel. Read more: Fact Checking Benjamin Netanyahus General Assembly Speech

20:00

A New Provocation: US Establishes First Permanent Military Base Inside of Israel David Icke latest headlines

In terms of US and Middle East geopolitics, something extremely significant has just taken place this week, but you wouldnt know it by looking at the Western mainstream press. This latest addition to the Pentagons imperial portfolio of over 800 overseas military bases is sure to fuel even more resistance to what many see as a policy of global hegemony. On Monday, the United States formally unveiled its plan to establish a permanent military installation inside of Israel. The new US air defense base will be located in the Negev desert a base within a base sharing the new location with an existing IDF facility at Mashabim Air Base located between the towns of Dimona and Yerucham. The base will fall under the umbrella of US European Command (EUCOM) headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. Plans for the new US Air Force base began under former US president Barack Obama, and transitioned to formation under President Donald Trump. Read more: A New Provocation: US Establishes First Permanent Military Base Inside of Israel

20:00

Cobra: Hurricane Meditation Report "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Cobra - Resistance Movement

By Cobra

As you probably know, we were very successful in dissipating hurricane Irma, especially in the last phase of its journey through Florida:

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It was expected that Irma will directly hit Tampa as a powerful category 3 or 4 hurricane with 130 mph winds:

Instead, weather station in Tampa recorded 19 mph winds at the moment of the closest approach of the storm:

Our success was easier because of high concentration of Lightworkers in Florida, two Tachyon chambers in Miami area and strong cintamani grids in Florida Ke...

19:59

Turkey mulls options, rallies support to oppose Kurdish state "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP/File / by Stuart WILLIAMS | Left without a state of their own when the borders of Europe and the Middle East were redrawn after World War I, the Kurds see themselves as the worlds largest stateless people

ISTANBUL (AFP)  Turkey, which staunchly opposes Kurdish statehood, is far from alone in its rejection of an independence referendum in northern Iraq but it remains unclear whether this will translate into concrete action.Ankaras displeasure over the referendum, which is planned for September 25, is shared not only by the government in Baghdad but also by its sometimes prickly neighbour Iran, not to mention Turkeys Western allies in NATO.

Turkey has warned the Iraqi Kurds they risk paying a price, evoking possible sanctions over the non-binding vote. But it has been notably circumspect over what this might mean.

The idea of a Kurdish state even one outside Turkeys borders is anathema not only to Turkeys ultra-right nationalists but also to its conservatives as well as its secular opposition.

They fear fully-fledged independence for the Kurds of northern Iraq could embolden Turkeys own Kurdish minority, which is estimated to make up around a quarter of its population of nearly 80 million.

Left without a state of their own when the borders of Europe and the Middle East were redrawn during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, the Kurds see themselves as the worlds largest stateless people.

They live in an area spanning Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq.

By far the biggest population is in Turkey, which since 1984 has waged a campaign to defeat the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which initially sought to create a breakaway state in its southeast.

Deep suspicions

But millions of Kurds also live in Iran which itself fought sporadic insurgent actions by groups like the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) and Tehran and Ankara have often cooperated to stem the rise of Kurdish nationalism.

After an unprecedented visit to Ankara earlier this month by Irans chief of staff, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the two sides could launch joint operations against Kurdish militants although this was denied by Tehran.

Ali Vaez, senior Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group, said Tehran and Ankara had a shared interest in preserving Iraqs territorial integrity and also enjoyed extensive communication channels.

But while main...

19:59

First they HAARPed You, then Sell You the Catastrophe Bonds "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Khazarian holdovers on this planet are getting more creative as the situation is getting worse for them. The slew of natural disasters hitting Latin America and coastal portions of the US mainland, through the use of HAARP derivatives, indicates how desperate the situation really is for the Cabal. World Bank Group Issues Its Biggest-Ever Continue reading First they HAARPed You, then Sell You the Catastrophe Bonds

19:58

Palestinian president calls on UN to halt Israeli settlement activities David Icke latest headlines

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called on the UN to end Israels apartheid regime in the occupied Palestinian territories. We are entrusted and you are entrusted to end apartheid in Palestine, said Abbas while addressing the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday. He further condemned Israels settlement activities, stressing that they are everywhere and are jeopardizing the so-called two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The two-state solution is today in jeopardy. We cannot as Palestinians stand still in the face of this ongoing threat that is targeting our national, political and social existence on our land, and endangering regional and international peace and security. We will have to take steps or look for alternatives to preserve our national existence and to keep open the horizons for peace and security. However, all the alternatives we are looking into will be non-violent alternatives, non-violent, non-violent, he said. Read more: Palestinian president calls on UN to halt Israeli settlement activities

19:57

Kubernetes Gains Momentum as Big-Name Vendors Flock to Cloud Native Computing Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Like a train gaining speed as it leaves the station, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is quickly gathering momentum, attracting some of the biggest names in tech.

19:57

The Vietnam War Documentary Or Epic Of Fiction? "IndyWatch Feed War"

From Moon Over Alabama, September 20, 2017.

Arte TV yesterday showed the first parts of The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. It also runs on PBS.

The first three parts of the ten part documentary are a whitewash of the motives of the politicians who sold the war to the public. The CIAs and military deep state machinations behind them is not investigated but covered up.

A comment in the first episode declares that it was a civil war of Vietnamese against Vietnamese. That is ahistoric nonsense. After the defeat of the (U.S. financed) French colonialists in 1954, the leader of the Viet-minh Ho Chi Min was the undisputed hero of all Vietnam. He would have won any election by huge margins. But the Russian (and Chinese) backers of the liberation war against the French did not want to walk the last mile and insisted on negotiations in Geneva. They allowed the partition of the country. It would have been interesting to learn why.

The documentary makes it seem as if the south-Vietnamese ruler Ngo Dinh Diem appeared from heaven instead of being installed by the CIA. It put him into his position. It helped to arrange the election that gave him a laughable 98.2% of the votes. It financed him. The episode has arch-imperialist Leslie Gelb, who was part of the deep state that created and ran the war, declaring that we did what Diem said. That is nonsense. Diem was ruthless dictator but he would not have survived a day without U.S. support and protection.

Part two is a undeserved homage of Kennedy and his brilliant staff. McNamara is especially lauded. But his bean-counter mind lacked any capacity to judge human behavior and motives. That had catastrophic consequences. The war is depicted as fight for liberty and against communism. Those were Kennedys sales points but they had little to do with what happened. Kennedy, like Johnson after him, was mostly driven by domestic policy issues. He wanted to reach certain domestic aims. His Vietnam decisions were just a cover against attacks on him for being weak.

Part three whitewashes the Gulf of Tonkin lie. It is mealymouthed about what really happened, but then speaks of U.S. 2retaliation. The unprovoked attack of Vietnamese forces on U.S. ships was fictitious. The Congress Tonkin resolution which escalated the war was prepared by Johnsons staff two month before the incident happened. The Tonkin show was set up to push it through. A main motive of the escalation was to get Johnson reelected....

19:56

US security services behind Al Nusra offensive in Syrias Idlib Russian MoD David Icke latest headlines

The Russian Defense Ministry says that, according to their data, an offensive launched by Al Nusra terrorists and their allies in Syria was orchestrated by the US security services, aiming at derailing the Syrian Army operation near Deir ez-Zor. According to our intelligence data, the offensive was instigated by the US security services to stop the successful advance of the government forces to the east of the [city of] Deir ez-Zor, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, commenting on the incident. The jihadists attacked the positions of government forces stationed to the north and northeast of the city of Hama on Tuesday in an attempt to break through the Syrian Army defenses into a designated de-escalation zone, the ministry said. One of the major goals of the terrorists consisted in capturing a unit of the Russian military police monitoring the situation in the de-escalation zone, the ministry said. The terrorists, however, failed to achieve their goals and their offensive was eventually repelled by government forces supported by Russian military aircraft. Read more: US security services behind Al Nusra offensive in Syrias Idlib Russian MoD

19:54

The US Has New Red Line in Syria And It Borders on Ridicule David Icke latest headlines

In its latest breach of international law, the U.S. is unilaterally attempting to prevent the Syrian government from reclaiming its own territory. From Reuters: U.S.-backed Syrian militias will not let government forces cross the Euphrates River in their bid to recover eastern Syria, their commander said on Friday, but Russia said army units had already done so near the city of Deir al-Zor. He added: We have notified the regime and Russia that we are coming to the Euphrates riverbank, and they can see our forces advancingWe do not allow the regime or its militias to cross to the eastern riverbank. The Deir ez-Zor military council was established under the banner of the U.S.-backed SDF as recently as December 2016. This was arguably a poor attempt to legitimize Washingtons aspirations for the oil-rich region. In actuality, 4,000 fighters backed by foreign powers can hardly be a more legitimate force than the current Syrian government and its forces, but as is usually the case, the United States is not remotely concerned with the legality of this current strategy. Read more: The US Has New Red Line in Syria And It Borders on Ridicule

19:54

MEA Speaks of Rohingya Refugees, Rajnath Singh Calls Them Illegal Immigrants "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The external affairs ministry recognises that those fleeing Myanmars Rakhine state are refugees but the home ministry believes they no longer deserve that designation once they are in India.

Rajnath Singh. Credit: PTI

Rajnath Singh. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that Rohingya people in India do not qualify as refugees who have taken asylum, but are, in fact illegal immigrants. Rohingya are not refugees, nor have they taken asylum. They are illegal immigrants, he said.

Singh added that since Myanmar had said it was willing to take back Rohingya people referring to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyis statement that the country would accept returning people after a due verification process there is no reason for India not to report them.

Those who have been verified as refugees will be accepted without any problems and with full assurance of security and access to humanitarian aid, Suu Kyi had said on Monday.

Myanmar se Bharat ghus aaye, ye Rohingya refugee nahi hain iss sachchai ko hume samajhna chahiye Refugee status prapt karne ke liye ek process hota hai aur inmein se kisi ne iss procedure ko follow nahi kia hai.. (They have entered India from Myanmar. Rohingya are not refugees, we need to understand this reality. There is a procedure to acquire refugee status and none of them have followed that), ANI quoted Singh as saying.


Also read:...

19:52

Two Twats: Trump and Netanyahu Made A Complete Fool of Themselves in Front of World Leaders "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump and Netanyahu Made A Complete Fool of Themselves in Front of World Leaders Donald Trumps speech to the UN General Assembly of September 19th 2017 will surely go down in history as marking the final collapse of a terminally corrupt regime, where any pretence of cooperative co-existence with the world has given way to []

19:51

The President, the General and their country "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

The transition in Angola is already on its way. Fortunately for Angolans except for Mr. Dos Santos and his entourage it is not heading to where the former President wants. Espaol Portugus

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General, your tank is a powerful vehicle. It smashes down forests and crushes a hundred men. But it has one defect: It needs a driver. General, your bomber is powerful. It flies faster than a storm and carries more than an elephant. But it has one defect: It needs a mechanic. General, man is very useful. He can fly and he can kill. But he has one defect: He can think.

- Bertolt Brecht

Angola is not a democracy. Any serious and impartial analysis should start from the assertion that, in a democracy, journalists are free to do their work without being targeted and presidents do not stay in power for 38 years and unilaterally delay elections according to their own agenda. The nature of a regime does not depend on whether its leader is better or worse than, say, Equatorial Guineas Teodoro Obiang or Zimbawes Robert Mugabe. Neither does it depend on the interests of some politicians who capitalize on the richness of 1% of the population while the majority endures poverty and sickness in a resource-rich country. It does depend on political rights and civil liberties, the state of which in Angola is such, according to Freedom House, that the country can in no way be said to be a free country.

Respect for democratic norms and human...

19:51

High Court Cancels Mamata Banerjees Order On Durga Puja Idol Immersion "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Banerjees government restricted idol immersions to 10 pm on September 30, the day of Vijaya Dashami, and banned it completely the next day, which is Muharram.

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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (left), Durga idol immersion. Credit: PTI, Reuters

New Delhi: The Calcutta high court today cancelled the West Bengal governments decision to restrict Durga puja idol immersions, saying, You are exercising extreme power without any basis. Just because you are the state, can you pass arbitrary order? reported NDTV.

Acting chief justice Rakesh Tiwary said the state administration cannot interfere with the faith of the people and should treat them with equality. People have the right to practice their religious activities, whichever community they may be of, and the state cannot put restrictions, unless it has a concrete ground to believe that two communities cannot live together.

Tiwary said that the government must provide concrete grounds for its decisions. If you dream that something will go wrong, you cannot impose restrictions.

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjees government had said that the restric...

19:50

Young mens minds: Looking beyond mood and feelings "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last week the latest UK suicide statistics reminded us of the grim reality of the depths of teenage despair. Out of every 100,000 boys aged 15 to 19, more than seven took their own lives last year. The equivalent figure for girls was less than half that, at 2.9.

With that in mind, perhaps there should be no surprise that a government-funded study into mental health in teenagers has concluded that

Policy makers should take into account the differences between boys and girls in their experiences of mental ill-health at different ages.

And so say all of us. The only issue is that the very same recommendation continues like this:

Policy makers should take into account the differences between boys and girls in their experiences of mental ill-health at different ages. The report shows that between the ages of 11 and 14 girls are significantly more likely than boys to experience poor mental health.   

The study, from UCL and University of Liverpool and apparently co-sponsored by a charity called the National Childrens Bureau is entitled Mental ill-health among children of the new century.  Here is how it reported in the Guardian today:

One in four girls have depression by the time they hit 14, study reveals.

Before we go any further let me spell out my premise here, indeed, pretty much my entire point:

IT IS NOT A COMPETITION.

I am not for a moment denying or disputing that somewhere up to a quarter of 14-year-old girls have severe depressive symptoms and I am not for a moment minimising the seriousness of that or the necessity for our society to take note of it and hopefully do something about it. I actively applaud all efforts to address these issues and alleviate the suffering it causes.

On the other hand I do have a bloody huge issue with government-funded research which goes out of its way to mimimise and misrepresent the evidence of mental ill-health among boys and which produces policy recommendations which more or less explicitly demand that fewer resources be devoted to boys in need than to girls.

The study concerned uses data from the longitudinal Millenium Cohort study and used something called the Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire. This tool asks subjects to self-report whether they have felt each of 13 sy...

19:49

Delingpole: Climate Alarmists Finally Admit We Were Wrong About Global Warming David Icke latest headlines

Climate alarmists have finally admitted that theyve got it wrong on global warming. This is the inescapable conclusion of a landmark paper, published in Nature Geoscience, which finally admits that the computer models have overstated the impact of carbon dioxide on climate and that the planet is warming more slowly than predicted. The paper titled Emission budgets and pathways consistent with limiting warming to 1.5C concedes that it is now almost impossible that the doomsday predictions made in the last IPCC Assessment Report of 1.5 degrees C warming above pre-industrial levels by 2022 will come true. In order for that to happen, temperatures would have to rise by a massive 0.5 degrees C in five years. Since global mean temperatures rarely rise by even as much as 0.25 degrees C in a decade, that would mean the planet would have to do 20 years worth of extreme warming in the space of the next five years. This, the scientists admit, is next to impossible. Which means their carbon budget the amount of CO2 they say is needed to increase global warming by a certain degree is wrong. This in turn means that the computer models theyve been using to scare the world with tales of man-made climate doom are wrong too. Read more: Delingpole: Climate Alarmists Finally Admit We Were Wrong About Global Warming

19:48

Maria: Puerto Rico residents prepare for long recovery after hurricane that has 'destroyed everything in its path' David Icke latest headlines

The entire island of Puerto Rico had its electricity knocked out and faced major flooding as Hurricane Maria pounded the island having already flattened parts of the Caribbean. Maria, the second major hurricane to roar through the region this month, had sustained winds of up to 155mph (250kph) when it made landfall near Yabucoa on the islands southeast. The storm has already killed nine people across the Caribbean and hundreds of homes were destroyed on Puerto Rico as the high winds battered the island before moving off the coast. When we are able to go outside, we are going to find our island destroyed, Abner Gomez, the director of the islands emergency management agency, known by its Spanish language acronym AEMEAD, said. Its a system that has destroyed everything in its path. Read more: Maria: Puerto Rico residents prepare for long recovery after hurricane that has destroyed everything in its path

19:46

Woman dies from injuries sustained in pit bull terrier attack in Neshoba County, Mississippi "IndyWatch Feed World"

We have some sad news to report out of Neshoba County. A woman attacked by a pit bull in the Beatline community earlier this month has died. Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell tells Newscenter 11 that 61-year old Connie Storey died from her injuries at a local hospital Wednesday morning. Storey was attacked September 8th while she was feeding the dog at a home on County Road 276. Storey had been in the hospital since the day of the attack. The dog, which was owned by Storey's son, was put down. No charges have been filed.

19:46

Extensive list of weather control patents prove the technology exists to augment and control powerful storms David Icke latest headlines

Extreme weather events like Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida seem to be on the upswing, and some people are now asking themselves: is there more to these types of storms than meets the eye? A quick perusal of the governments many patents and trademarks for weather modification and geoengineering suggests that the powers that be, indeed, have covert tools at their disposal that are capable of affecting and perhaps even controlling certain elements of the weather. Compiled by GeoEngineeringWatch.org, the list dates back to 1891 and offers some keen insights as to what the deep state could be up to in terms of creating severe weather events. The earliest known patent, filed on July 16, 1891, is entitled, Method of Producing Rain-fall. It explains how the rapid evaporation and air chilling can be used to create condensation in the atmosphere cloud-seeding, so to speak thus producing more rain. A man by the name of Louis Gathmann of Chicago, Illinois, is credited as being the inventor of this technique. Read more: Extensive list of weather control patents prove the technology exists to augment and control powerful storms

19:45

Spetsnaz Kick US Secret Services Butt, Save 29 Russian Soldiers "IndyWatch Feed World"

Rebel factions linked to Al Qaeda and their US Secret Services handlers had their butts kicked on Wednesday trying to capture 29 Russian soldiers in northern Syria, according to the Russian military. Its a real [...]

19:45

This Fed is on a Mission "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

This Fed is on a Mission by Wolf Richter Wolf Street QE Unwind starts Oct. 1. Rate hike in Dec. Low inflation, no problem. The two-day meeting of the FOMC ended on Wednesday with a momentous announcement that has...

The post This Fed is on a Mission appeared first on The Daily Coin.

19:45

The Revolutionary Poop-le "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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By Gilad Atzmon

Poopootov cocktails (plastic or glass jars filled with a mix of human excrement and water) have become the prime anarchist weapons in the revolutionary struggle toward a utopian diverse universe. In America and other Identitarian battlefronts around the world there have been repeated incidents of social justice heroes hitting their enemies with cocktail missiles made of urine, poop and other juicy ingredients that originate from the human body. Antifa is not alone in its choice, in Venezuela it is actually the anti socialist anarchists led by Henrique Capriles Radonski who are excitedly using poopootov ballistics. 

I wonder, what is it that motivates young revolutionaries to throw their excrement on others? What kind of zeal leads to such a disgusting crude dismissal of otherness? What are the political and ideological roots of this emerging pervasive new ethos?  

 

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In Israel, throwing Used diapers and eggs at political opponents is a common tactic. Orthodox Jews in Israel frequently throw dirty nappies at policemen. And the obses...

19:45

Why Trump Should Study Aung San Suu Kyi"s Speech "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Two speeches by two leaders made headlines this week one by US President Donald Trump, the other by Myanmars head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi.

19:44

Freedom, Constitutional Republic, Totalitarian Government "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Freedom, Constitutional Republic, Totalitarian Government by Rory The Daily Coin Allow me to say that I want out of this current system of financial enslavement as much as anyone else that understands whats actually happening. It seems very clear...

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19:44

Japan earthquake: Magnitude 6.1 tremors hit east coast David Icke latest headlines

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 has been detected off the coast of Japan. The US Geological Survey said that the earthquake struck about 175 miles south east of Kamaishi, and around 200 miles east of Fukushima. It is the third major earthquake to strike around the world in the last 24 hours following one in Mexico that measured a magnitude of 7.1, while another 6.1 magnitude earthquake stuck New Zealand. The depth of the earthquake, which struck at 2.37am local time, was measured at 10km. Details of any damage are yet to emerge, and no tsunami warning has yet been issued. Only 41 people reported feeling the effects of the quake to the US Geological Survey. Read more: Japan earthquake: Magnitude 6.1 tremors hit east coast

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Prayer and Meditation for Friday, September 22, 2017 Those deprived of the truth suppose religion to be a means of gain We brought nothing into the world, and take nothing out "IndyWatch Feed War"

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 447

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Mary Magdalene, 1887, Alfred Stevens

Reading 1 1 TM 6:2C-12

Beloved:
Teach and urge these things.
Whoever teaches something different
and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the religious teaching
is conceited, understanding nothing,
and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes.
From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions,
and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds,
who are deprived of the truth,
supposing religion to be a means of gain.
Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world,
just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.
If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.
Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap
and into many foolish and harmful desires,
which plunge them into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is the root of all evils,
and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith
and have pierced themselves with many pains.

But you, man of God, avoid all this.
Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion,
faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.
Lay hold of eternal life,
to which you were called when you made the noble confession
in the presence of many witnesses.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20

R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
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19:42

UK buckles under pressure to stop training Myanmar troops amid Rohingya ethnic cleansing David Icke latest headlines

The government has caved in to increasing demands and will no longer train the armed forces of Myanmar (Burma), in response to the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya minority group. Prime Minister Theresa May said the Ministry of Defense (MoD) will stop all defence engagement and training of the Burmese military until it ends its security crackdown on the community. Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) spokesman Andrew Smith told RT last week that Britain must stop legitimizing human rights abusers and halt its training of Myanmars soldiers. The decision comes after UN human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein called the military offensive against the Rohingyas a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. Speaking at the United Nations in New York, May told Sky News: We are very concerned about whats happening to the Rohingya people in Burma. The military action against them must stop. Read more: UK buckles under pressure to stop training Myanmar troops amid Rohingya ethnic cleansing

19:40

Greenwald: Terrorism used as pretext for mass data collection David Icke latest headlines

Terrorism is being used as a pretext by governments and intelligence services to indiscriminately collect peoples personal data without making citizens any safer, according to award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald. As home secretary, Theresa May was a strong advocate of bulk data collection. She memorably said at the time: We have to have a haystack to be able to find the needle that we need to keep the public safe. Now that she is Prime Minister, May has implemented the Investigatory Powers Act, dubbed the snoopers charter by its critics, which forces internet companies to retain peoples personal information for up to 12 months. The Act also protects the ability of Britains domestic intelligence agencies, GCHQ and MI5, to bulk-collect communications data and hack into electronic devices. However, speaking at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) in London on Tuesday evening, Greenwald said mass surveillance is actually counter-productive in efforts to pin down terrorists. Read more: Greenwald: Terrorism used as pretext for mass data collection

19:39

The Rohingya Alarm "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The campaign of ethnic cleansing now being carried out against Myanmar's Rohingya confronts the world with one of those moments that seem to arrive unannounced. In fact, we should by now be able to recognize in such episodes the accelerating pulse of genocide.

19:38

Palm oil giant makes debut in global sustainability index "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Golden Agri-Resources has come a long way since allegations of deforestation battered its image less than a decade ago. Now it figures in the worlds most scrupulous sustainability indexgood news for the firm and a vilified sector.

19:37

Biological Health Hazard Fatal Hepatitis A (HAV) Outbreak: Sanctuary State of California (public health emergency) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ongoing Public Health Crisis: HEPATITIS A USA (32): (CALIFORNIA) ************* Published Date: 2017-09-20 09:45:13 Subject: PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A USA (32): (CA) Archive Number: 20170920.5328456 Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017 3:50 PM PDT Source: Los Angeles Times [edited] Los Angeles [LA] County health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak [Tue 19 Sep 2017], days []

19:36

Tourist steals antiquity stone from the Ancient Theater of Larissa "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A tourists could probably not resist the temptation to take a souvenir from the Ancient Theater of Larissa to her home country. Taking advantage of the lack of effective guarding, a tourist grabbed an ancient stone during her visit to the  2,400-year-old antique theater on Tuesday. The stone was in one of the big boxes

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19:36

Moscow wonders what Russian flag has to do with BBC story on jihadist propaganda in UK David Icke latest headlines

The Russian Embassy in the UK was outraged after a BBC story about online jihadist propaganda in the UK featured a Russian flag. Moscow wondered what the tricolor has to do with extremists on British soil. The BBC article dubbed UK biggest audience in Europe for jihadist web content appeared on the website on Tuesday. The report cited a study by the Policy Exchange think tank, saying that online jihadist propaganda attracts more clicks in the UK than any other country in Europe. The think tank doesnt mention Russia at all in its 131-page long report. Nor does the BBC story. However, the cover picture for the story featured vague figures with smartphones against the background of the Russian white-blue-red tricolor. Hey, BBC, what does Russian flag have to do with online jihadist propaganda in UK?? Change your graphic designer or your photobank (sic), the Russian embassy in UK wrote on Twitter. Read more: Moscow wonders what Russian flag has to do with BBC story on jihadist propaganda in UK

19:35

Trump at the United Nations: Derangement and Delusion Reign Supreme "IndyWatch Feed War"

If any further proof were needed that the United States has descended into the realm of magical thinking, there could be no clearer example than Donald Trumps speech to the UN General Assembly on 19 September 2017.

In 40 minutes of what can only be described as a barely coherent and dangerous rant, Trump revealed how the United States has totally lost its grip on reality.  Some brief extracts from the speech illustrate its essential horrors.  Trump argued that:

America does more than speak for the values expressed in the UN Charter..Americas devotion is measured in the battlefields..from the beaches of Europe, to the deserts of the Middle East to the jungles of Asia..it is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerged victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others.

Trump and the neocon clique that dictate American foreign policy probably believe that nonsense.  It is delusional in the extreme.  The US, for example, was a latecomer to World War 2.  What fighting it did in the deserts of the Middle East or the jungles of Asia is unclear. The total western contribution to the war was no greater than 20% of the total, and much less in terms of casualties. The great battles and the vast bulk of the casualties were incurred on the Eastern front between Germany and Russia, and in Asia between Japan and China.

Even the use of the atomic weans that ended the war against Japan were militarily unnecessary, as Japan had been seeking peace since at least late 1944, their only condition being the retention of the emperor, which happened anyway.  The use of nuclear weapons was instead a warning to the Soviet Union.  We now also know that the US and its western allies had three separate plans to continue the war against the Soviet Union, using atomic weapons to annihilate both its populations and industrial capacity.

As far as not seeking to impose its way of life on others, the US has been a regime change exponent and practitioner without parallel.  It has bombed, invaded and overthrown the governments of at least 50 nations since 1945, killing at least 30 million people in the process.  The one route to avoiding this attention has been to subscribe to US dictates without deviation.  The claim by Trump is so at odds with reality that it is beyond even being a sick joke.

As for doing more than speak for the values of the UN charter, Trump also said:

The US has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

The US has been there before.  In the Korean War of...

19:34

Schools to be rated on how transgender-friendly they are: Education guide will compile list of primary and secondaries which have made 'fabulous efforts' with equality David Icke latest headlines

The Good Schools Guide is to examine how transgender-friendly schools are for the first time, it was revealed yesterday. Rising numbers of families are said to be asking for advice on which schools cater best for the needs of transgender children. At least 150 schools across the country have already adopted gender neutral uniform policies, but some are reluctant to accommodate youngsters. They are refusing to allow pupils to use the name they prefer, wear the uniform and use toilet facilities for the gender they identify with and effectively tackle bullying. In some cases, parents are withdrawing their children and moving them to schools where staff are more supportive. The issue has been building up over the last 18 months, with the guides consultancy arm assisting families in finding new schools. Read more: Schools to be rated on how transgender-friendly they are: Education guide will compile list of primary and secondaries which have made fabulous efforts with equality

19:32

Lords claim millions in expenses despite barely speaking in Parliament David Icke latest headlines

Peers who have barely spoken in the House of Lords for an entire year have claimed more than 7m in expenses and allowances, new research reveals. Critics have condemned the something-for-nothing culture in the second chamber after analysis of official figures found that 115 peers around one in seven failed to speak at all in debates during the 2016-17 session, despite claiming more than 1.3m in attendance fees. Analysis by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) found that nearly half of the 798 peers made 10 contributions or fewer in the same year, claiming 7.3m, while some 4m was pocketed by 277 members who spoke five times or fewer. The research prompted calls for a move away from couch-potato peers towards an elected upper House with a smaller number of salaried peers, instead of current rules where members do not receive a salary but can claim up to 300 for sitting days. Read more: Lords claim millions in expenses despite barely speaking in Parliament

19:32

Family hit by lightning strike in Sequoia National Park, California (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed World"

Terrifying footage has emerged showing the moment a family of three were sent 'flying' after they were struck by lightning while on a hike. Chris Lovera was walking with his two kids, Aidan, 12, and Nadia, nine, when it began to pour and they were forced to shelter under a tree in Sequoia National Park, California. Suddenly, they were 'blown up' by a huge lightning bolt that threw them through the air. Chris said: 'One rescuer, Nick Barton, said it looked as if we had been blown up, bodies flying, dirt and debris ejecting from the eight-inch deep furrow made as the lightning exited my right foot and made a direct path through the ground to the lake.' The father was paralyzed for a short time after the bolt had melted his clothes and caused second-degree burns on his back and arm.

19:31

Congress Could Have Done a Lot Better, But We Are Better Than the NDA: Rahul Gandhi "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Young Indians need jobs and the Modi governments record of creating them is worse than ours, said the Congress vice president.

Rahul Gandhi at Princeton University. Credit: Twitter/OfficeOfRG

Rahul Gandhi at Princeton University. Credit: Twitter/OfficeOfRG

Eager for a jolt of energy, the moribund Congress party may have found it in Rahul Gandhis star turn in America. During his two-week US tour, the 47-year-old Congress scion has been able to project himself as a man of ideas, aware of the challenges of a chaotically changing, fitfully modernising India. Most of all, he has succeeded in handling himself with poise, easy confidence and wit in front of some of the USs most hard-boiled politicians, policy wonks and negotiators.

Senior White House officials and Congressmen who interacted with Gandhi described him as warm and personable with an understated style that is almost retro in its appeal. Rahul Gandhi may have a different view, but he doesnt leave a sour taste, said a senior White House official. He had all his facts straight. He is an easy guy to talk to.

Both in Berkeley and New York, Gandhi said intolerance was ruining Indias reputation and invoked the age-old Gandhian doctrine of ahimsa or nonviolence to launch an attack on right-wing politics, which he said is the reason behind increasing hate crimes. The...

19:31

US Secret Services Tried to Nab 29 Russian Troops in Syria and Got Their Butts Kicked Russian Military "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Secret Services Tried to Nab 29 Russian Troops in Syria and Got Their butts kicked   Now this is something you wont see on NBC nightly news. The Russian military spokesman in this briefing, General Sergei Rudskoi, in a matter-of-fact deadpan, explains that US Secret Services, and their Al Qaeda proxies, had a []

19:30

A STRANGE MYSTERY IN COLORADO: VETERANS LOSING THEIR HEARING SUDDENLY "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is one of those articles that I have to share because of its very odd nature. Mr. H.B. found it, and when he

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19:30

TIDBIT: BRAIN HACKING "IndyWatch Feed War"

And while you're pondering today's main blog, consider this article shared by Ms. M.W.:
Is brain hacking possible?

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19:30

These Four VCs Share How They Find Diverse Founders To Invest In "IndyWatch Feed World"

Theres more than one way to identify promising women and LGBTQ founders and founders of color, many of whom are solving problems others arent even thinking about.

2017 isnt even over yet, and its already provided more than enough evidence that the tech world still needs to diversifyfrom the uproar over the so-called Google memo to the shakeup at Uber over the ride-sharing platforms allegedly discriminatory work culture. And thats not to mention the stuff that doesnt always make headlines, like the fact that black women founders still get less than 1% of venture funding, or that tech employees overwhelmingly believe their employers are more diverse than they actually are.

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19:30

The Cloud-Native Architecture: One Stack, Many Options "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

As the chief technology officer of a company specialized in cloud native storage, I have a first hand view of the massive transformation happening right now in enterprise IT. In short, two things are happening in parallel right now that make it radically simpler to build, deploy and run sophisticated applications.

The first is the move to the cloud. This topic has been discussed so much that I wont try to add anything new. We all know its happening, and we all know that its impact is huge.

19:30

With 963 Million Users, WeChat Lures U.S. BrandsAnd Longs For America "IndyWatch Feed World"

Chinese giant Tencent will open up its giant ad platform to U.S. advertisers as it seeks greater understanding abroad.

WeChat, the most popular messaging app in China, which boasts 963 million users, is opening up its service to U.S. advertisers. Today, its parent company Tencent announced a new ads platform designed to attract Western brands and ad agencies to the app, with Zillow and Rebecca Minkoff signing on as launch partners.

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19:30

Baghdad, a fog of threats and nerves ahead of Kurdish referendum "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

Shia politicians talk up 'strategic cards' - one of which is the spectre of military action

19:29

UK could get bad Brexit deal as Philip Hammond only sees the negatives, Theresa Mays former right hand man has warns "IndyWatch Feed War"

BRITAIN could get a bad Brexit deal if Philip Hammond and the Treasury continue with their reluctance to mention the positives of leaving the European Union, Theresa Mays former right hand man has warned.

PUBLISHED: 00:11, Thu, Sep 21, 2017 | UPDATED: 00:46, Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Philip HammondGETTY

Philip Hammonds reluctance to mention Brexit positives could hurt UK, says Nick Timothy Nick Timothy, the  former chief of staff, said the Chancellor was putting negotiations at risk by failing to recognise the opportunities of Brexit.

Mr Timothy also accused Mr  of being on manoeuvres over the Treasurys silence on the potential boost  could provide to the UK economy.

The former chief of staff also hit out at  over his own unauthorised 4,200-word Brexit plan ahead of Mrs Mays crucial speech in Florence on Friday.

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19:27

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19:26

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19:26

California condor chick fed by father "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Dad Returns To Feed Chick, 9/20/2017, Devils Gate Condor Nest

Watch live 24/7, with highlights and news updates, at http://allaboutbirds.org/condors.

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CBA has sold its CommInsure life business to a China-owned group for $3.8 billion. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Commonwealth Bank has sold its troubled insurance business CommInsure Life to a Hong Kong-listed group Chinese-owned for $3.8 billion.

The deal with AIA Group also covers the sale of the CBAs New Zealand life insurance arm Sovereign.

The sale of CommInsure Life follows a scandal where the insurer was accused of using outdated medical definitions to delay or deny payments to policyholders, and pressuring medical assessors to reject claims.

As part of the CommInsure and Sovereign sale, the CBA also announced its head of wealth management Annabel Spring will leave the company in December.

Ms Spring had oversight for the CommInsure business and was under constant criticism as CBA managed the scandal after an investigation by the ABCs Four Corners and Fairfax Media.

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In a statement released to the stock exchange, the CBA confirmed that CommInsure and Sovereign customers will retain current benefits in existing policies.

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19:24

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19:22

Theresa May Brexit speech in Florence Thursday to be open and generous offer to EU "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Boris Johnson and Theresa MayREUTERS photo

Theresa Mays speech on Brexit in Italy on Friday will represent an open and generous offer to the rest of the EU, a cabinet minister has told the BBC.

It is thought that might include a guarantee that no EU country would lose out from changes to the EUs current budget as a result of the UK leaving.

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Mrs May is briefing her cabinet on Thursday morning about the the speech.

The event in Florence is being seen as an attempt to break the deadlock on the negotiations, with the EU unhappy at the lack of progress on agreeing the UKs divorce bill from Brussels.


Analysis

By BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg

We are one of the biggest contributors to the EU pot, so leaving dents the planned financial arrangements if we just go and take our cheque book with us.

If that is the promise that is roughly to the tune of 20bn, although it would be surprising if Theresa May named a figure herself its not her style and any actual numbers will be subject to far-off negotiations.

But in terms of the bill, that could just be the start of it. Plugging the hole in the current budget doesnt deal with what the EU sees as our long-term obligations whether thats diplomats pensions or our share of money thats been loaned to other countries.

Read Lauras full blog


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19:15

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19:14

Catalan Pro-Secession Groups Urge Renewed Street Protests After Crackdown By Spain "IndyWatch Feed War"

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19:13

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Durga puja immersion. Credit: Reuters

Durga puja idol. Credit: Reuters

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A factory

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This video says about itself:

Not another Grenfell in Glasgow

8 August 2017

We cant risk another tragic incident like the fire at Grenfell happening in Scotland. To date, no real fire testing has been conducted on any cladding in high rise flats in Scotland.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

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Thursday 21st September 2017

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South Korean national flags hang on a barbed-wire fence near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, August 14, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korean national flags hang on a barbed-wire fence near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, August 14, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

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WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT THE MEAT INDUSTRY


September 6, 2017


Wes Annac, Contributor

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2017/09/06/care-meat-industry/


You dont have to be a vegetarian or animal activist to be angry with whats happening in the meat industry. Corruption and abuse litter an industry that provides food in inhumane ways for the sake of profit.


In this article, well be discussing things I wish werent happening and am therefore doing my part to help stop. Some parts of this article might be tough to read, but by sharing this difficult information with you, I hope to help you see why you should care.


Vegetarians and meat eaters can work together to effect much-needed change in the industry if we can learn the facts and commit to this common goal. The cause is important for those who want to protect animals and those who want to ensure meat is produced ethically (and is thus safer for consumption).


The first reason you should be concerned is that despite recent changes in regulation, the industry remains the same.


Recent Regulation Ch...

19:05

Militant Attack on Ministers Convoy Kills Two Bystanders in Indias Kashmir "IndyWatch Feed War"

SRINAGAR, India Militants attacked the convoy of a minister in the restive Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, killing at least two bystanders and injuring several others though the minister escaped unhurt, police said.

A grenade hurled at the motorcade of Jammu and Kashmir Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar exploded on the road after hitting a security vehicle, senior state police official Manoj Pandita told Reuters.

Akhtar, who was on his way to inaugurate a project in the town of Tral in south Kashmir, told Reuters he was safe.

The incident occurred despite tightened security in the town, which was home to former militant leader Burhan Wani whose death last year at the hands of Indian forces sparked massive protests that led to dozens more deaths.

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SRINAGAR, India Three civilians were killed and 23 others wounded after suspected rebels Thursday lobbed a grenade at a motorcade of a local government minister in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

Police said the attack occurred as the ministers motorcade passed though the southern Tral town. Three pedestrians, including a woman, were killed and 10 others wounded, said police director-general S.P.Vaid. He said eight paramilitary soldiers, four police and a government engineer were also hurt.

The m...

19:05

Fork-tailed flycatcher usually found in South America turns up in Falmouth, Maine "IndyWatch Feed World"

The opportunity to see a rare bird exerts a powerful call. It's why Inna Smith's trip to a doctor's appointment in New Hampshire on Monday included a stop at Maine Audubon in Falmouth to see a fork-tailed flycatcher from South America. Nevermind that the Springvale woman was pregnant and a day overdue. "I was due yesterday," Smith said while looking at the bird through her camera's telephoto lens. "I may go into labor right here." Smith was one of more than 100 birders who traveled from as far away as Mount Desert Island and New York state to witness the unusual sighting. The bird arrived at the meadows of Gilsland Farm on Saturday. The flycatcher - a black-and-white bird with an extremely long and brilliantly forked tail - should have been emigrating south from Central America to summer in its home range instead of flying north to Maine, said Maine Audubon Naturalist Doug Hitchcox, who spent the day showing the bird to visitors.

19:02

Irma "IndyWatch Feed War"

Im twelve feet away from the northern eyewall of Hurricane Irma.  Seated behind floor to ceiling panes of glass that cant be thick enough. Are they thick enough? I wonder while staring at the murderous velocity of rain and wind that just a few steps away would lift me whole and launch me into the lake, a tree or another house. With death defying, tornadic ferocity the wind drives rain sideways in every direction at once.  I hear tree trunks and limbs snapping like firecrackers off in the distance.

Theres still running water, but the electricity went off hours ago. Theres no internet. Comcast has opened up thousands of free WiFi hotspots for anyone whose service is down.  You can log on for two hours at a time. Two hours at a time in the teeth of an historic maelstrom.  I enter a username and password and hit a fucking pay wall. Comcastic!

The changes in air pressure are making my ears pop as the wind lives up to its clich;  it really does sound like a freight train.  130, 140 miles per hour but still not the Cat-5 death dealer that scoured 100% of Barbudas housing stock down to its concrete foundations.  Not the 185 miles per hour that would take paint off a car, put the car in a hole and blow the hole away.  This isnt that, but its impossible to say exactly how fortunate I am beyond the fact Im still sitting here watching the world get ripped apart.

Im glad I boarded up my house and came to my in-laws ground floor condo 20 minutes northeast.  In a storm 600 miles wide thats a difference without a distinction but this condo is better built and stronger than my tract home constructed in 1976 by contractors on acid.  Ive moved to the kitchen, away from the glass, where Ive paired off a peanut butter and honey sandwich against a muscular Cabernet/Zin/Sarah blend.  Im out of milk.

Suddenly the wind dies down and the rain stops. Were in the eye. I step outside.  Im told theres blue sky in the center of a hurricane, but not in this one. Irmas core is deck plate gray and the driveway is a carpet of leaves, branches and uprooted trunks making the way impassable.  Whats the difference?  Im not going anywhere anyway. The southern half of the eyewall is coming.  I snap some pictures and go back inside.  The wind picks up fast and the rain with it.  My cats have slept through the whole thing.  One in the master bedroom and two others, a mother and her adult spawn spooned into an indistinguishable pile of warm fur on my bed in the guest room.  I wish I could be that cool and follow their lead. The howling begins and once again I hear tree trunks snapping.

If my in-laws home suffered cosmetic damage, my own home was a different matter.  Driving south along main arteries through intersections of cockeyed traffic lights, blacked out and dangling, I finally made it to the badly...

19:02

Senator Achonu: Time to Hold APC Accountable. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Athanasius Achonu has accused the All Progressives Congress of riding roughshod over More

19:01

The International Banking Cartel: Most Secret of Secrets David Icke latest headlines

The function of a Central Bank, regardless of which country, is to launder money to transform it from worthless paper into valuable capital through the labor of the people that borrow money and then repay the amount (principal and interest). Its the act of repaying that breathes life into otherwise empty and valueless currency. The money that is lent out is generated as electronic virtual currency which is created inside computer programs used by the banks to record and account for these funds. Before this virtual currency is lent, it resides inside the banks computer accounting system as ephemeral digits sometimes existing for only a few milliseconds before being transferred into the hands of the borrower. The borrower usually never sees any physical form of payment the borrowed funds are transferred into the borrowers account as electronic digits giving the borrower the credit means to settle a transaction usually a purchase of goods or services. The borrower must then find another source of cash usually through some act of value-producing labor to payback the loan to the bank. But the money that is being returned to the bank now has real value not merely virtual value. Read more: The International Banking Cartel: Most Secret of Secrets

19:00

Elite Syrian forces make massive advance up west Euphrates bank amid major ISIS collapse "IndyWatch Feed War"

  By Andrew Illingworth 20/09/2017 BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:53 P.M.) The elite Tiger Forces of the Syrian Arab Army have made a massive advance against ISIS in northwest Deir Ezoor Governorate and are now on the verge of reaching Syrian troops in southeast Raqqa Governorate. Today, the Tiger Forces kicked off a major operation, assaulting far []

18:57

Francoist Clampdown in Catalonia "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

DQ here: Barcelona is in a heightened state of anxiety right now as the Guardia Civil expands its Operation Anubis, fittingly named after the Egyptian god of death, into just about every nook and cranny of Catalonias government institutions. Im working on a couple of pieces, including one about Catalonia for WS which should be ready by the end of the day, but in the meantime I leave you with part of a piece by former UK ambassador Craig Murray which highlights the Francoist origins of the current Spanish government the same government that a couple of years ago outlawed all forms of protest it doesnt like in the Orwellian-termed Citizens Security law, more popularly known as the Gag Law (Ley Mordaza).

Francoist Clampdown in Catalonia

There is a peculiar reluctance in the British and other European mainstream media to state the truth about the very real Francoist origins of the Spanish government. The current government of Spain are the direct political heirs of Franco and that many of their ministers have personal and family connections to his rule. Rajoy, Spains current Prime Minister, started his political career in 1981 by joining the Peoples Alliance, a party founded in 1979 and led by 7 of Francos ministers to carry on the Francoist legacy. The Peoples Alliance became the major component in the now governing Peoples Party. It is a directly Francoist party.

The fascist instincts of the Madrid government when faced with the entirely legitimate desire for a democratic vote on Catalonian Independence are therefore part of the very political DNA of the ruling party. It is a truth which it is more convenient for the Establishment to avoid, particularly in Britain where it is feared Catalan Independence might encourage Scottish Independence.

The European Commission has shown commendable rectitude in warning both Poland and Hungary in strong terms of the consequences of their right wing lurches away fro democracy. It would be good to see the Commission and European governments warning Spain now, for actions which are a bigger threat to democracy than the Polish or Hungarian right have so far dared. But that would not suit the agenda of the neo-liberal ruling Establishment, so do not hold your breath.


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18:56

Iranian state-backed cyber spies becoming increasingly skilled, says report "IndyWatch Feed War"

A group of cyber spies with close links to the Iranian government is becoming increasingly competent and adept, and could soon bring down entire computer networks, according to a leading cyber security firm.

18:56

Google signs $1.1billion HTC smartphone deal David Icke latest headlines

Alphabets Google has struck a $1.1bn (822m) deal with Taiwans HTC to expand its smartphone business. Google will not take a stake in the firm, but some HTC staff will join the Silicon Valley giant. The Taiwanese company was once a major player in the smartphone market but has struggled to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung. Google expects the deal to close by early 2018, provided it gets the all clear from regulators. Shares in HTC were suspended in Taiwan on Thursday. The deal marks the latest move by Google to boost its hardware capabilities. Its still early days for Googles hardware business, the firms senior vice-president of hardware Rick Osterloh said in a blog post on Googles website. Read more: Google signs $1.1billion HTC smartphone deal

18:54

Thousands Rally in Philippines to Warn of Duterte Dictatorship We are walking a doomed path. "IndyWatch Feed War"

MANILA Left-wing activists and political opponents of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held rallies on Thursday to warn against what they see as the emergence of a dictatorship under the no-nonsense but hugely popular leader.

Politicians, indigenous people, church leaders, businessmen, and leftists marched, staged rallies and attended masses to denounce Duterte, accusing him of abuses and authoritarianism similar to that of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

The events were to mark the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law under Marcos, which lasted nine years and is remembered by many Filipinos as brutal and oppressive.

Vice President Leni Robredo appeared at a mass at the University of the Philippines, traditionally a hotbed of political activism, and was due to appear at a rally of the opposition Liberal Party she leads.

Robredo, who was not Dutertes running mate, said Filipinos born after the Marcos era should not be complacent and should recognize signs of rising tyranny.

If we do not remember the past, we are condemned to repeat it, she said in a statement. Sadly those who are deceived do not even know that they are walking a doomed path.

Marcos declared martial law in 1972, a year ahead of elections in which he was ineligible to run, and held power for 14 years until his removal in a bloodless, army-backed peoples power uprising.

He abolished democratic institutions and was accused of killing, torturing and disappearing thousands of opponents.

Duterte has expressed admiration for Marcos several times and his fiercest critics are alarmed by the former mayors autocratic rhetoric and his disdain for those who oppose him.

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18:53

200,000 Israelis expected in Kurdistan once independence is declared "IndyWatch Feed War"

200,000 Israelis expected in Kurdistan once independence is declared Voltaire Network Sept 20, 2017 According to the magazine Israel-Kurd based in Erbil, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and Massoud Barzani, the self-appointed President of the future independent Kurdistan, have reached a secret agreement. Tel-Aviv is committed to installing 200 000 Israelis of Kurdish []

18:52

Discovery helps engineer more accurate Cas9s for CRISPR editing "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Detailed study of how Cas9 protein domains move when they bind DNA leads to re-engineered Cas9 with fewer off-target effects.

18:52

Is climate change driving you to despair? Read this. "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

To maintain our capacity to address climate change, we need to recognise and address the trauma it creates.

18:45

Tesla caught 'crippling' the battery life of cars, then controlling their discharge capacity from headquarters David Icke latest headlines

Tesla owners in Florida got an early, although temporary, Christmas present, if you can call it that. Those motorists in the Hurricane Irma evacuation zone earlier this month remotely received about 40 additional miles in extended range for their electric cars before they needed a recharge. Tesla vehicles apparently are equipped with the same 75 kWh battery, but software installed in less-expensive models limit capacity to 60 kWh. Gridlock on Florida roads evidently convinced Tesla to unlock all the battery packs for those in the path of the storm so that there would be less likelihood of people running out of juice while stuck in traffic heading north. Read more: Tesla caught crippling the battery life of cars, then controlling their discharge capacity from headquarters

18:45

The Forensicator On Guccifer 2.0s Clinton Foundation Files "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Forensicator On Guccifer 2.0s Clinton Foundation Files by Elizabeth Vos  DisObedient Media Disobedient Media provided the first media coverage of the findings of the independent analyst known as the Forensicator. The Forensicators work and our coverage of their analysis was cited...

The post The Forensicator On Guccifer 2.0s Clinton Foundation Files appeared first on The Daily Coin.

18:45

The 51st State of Housing: The American housing crisis, and what it means for the UK "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Three months after the Grenfell Tower fire, a moving extract from the author's Theres No Place: The American housing crisis and what it means for the UK. 

The following is an extract from the introduction to my book, Theres No Place: The American housing crisis and what if means for the UK. The book was published on 16th June 2017, two days after the Grenfell Tower fire. Three months later, its difficult to overstate the impact of the disaster.The following is an extract from the introduction to my book, Theres No Place: The American housing crisis and what it means for the UK. The book was published on 16th June 2017, two days after the Grenfell Tower fire. Three months later, its difficult to overstate the impact of the disaster. The deaths of at least 80 people (almost certainly more) have exposed not just the historic failures of housing policy, but also deeper fissures in our urban social fabric. Grenfell symbolises the conflict between housing as a private commodity, or a social asset a dichotomy personified by Donald Trump. Before Grenfell, I argued the UK was following in the housing footsteps of the US, with potentially disastrous consequences. After Grenfell, that warning feels even more pertinent.  Ive worked in and campaigned on housing in the UK for many years. During that time, Ive become increasingly conscious of the threads linking and ultimately binding the development of trans-Atlantic housing policy. This cross-fertilisation has, at times, appeared to define the differences between the two nations, with attitudes to housing reflecting wider cultural and political divergence. But it has now reached a critical point of convergence reflected in a common housing crisis. In both countries, plans are well advanced to detach housing, once and for all, from any semblance of public or non-profit provision and in the words of a right-wing UK housing academic, privatise the social rented stock and allow market relations to develop. I argue there are five broad features of this shared US-UK housing experience:

  1. Relentless government attacks on municipally-owned rented housing as part of a wider assault on public services.
  2. The unchecked rise of private landlordism as part of a broader advancement of private sector, profit-seeking interests.
  3. Growing corporate links between US and UK housing in the context of global speculativ...

18:43

US/UK use of depleted uranium in Iraq will be killing people for decades/centuries to come "IndyWatch Feed War"

Depleted Uranium and Radioactive Contamination in Iraq: An Overview By Prof Souad N. Al-Azzawi, The amount of devastation caused by the Depleted Uranium (DU) weaponry used against Iraq during the consecutive US led wars is historically unprecedented in modern warfare. The devastating magnitude of the complications and damage caused as a result of the use []

18:42

Arab Federation for Human Rights Calls For Removal of 2022 World Cup from Qatar Supporting and financing terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Stop supporting and financing terrorism, federations tells Qatar

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Federation called on Qatar to meet the 13 demands from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt, the four Arab nations that cut ties with the country.
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GENEVA: The Arab Federation for Human Rights has called for the withdrawal of the 2022 World Cup from Qatar because of its record in the field of human rights, especially violations of workers rights, and the financing of terrorism.

In a press conference held at the Swiss Press Club in Geneva, the federation called on Qatar to stop supporting and financing terrorism and activities that undermine the stability of the region, to end its policy of providing safe havens for terrorists, and stop providing a platform that helps promote radical ideologies.



Everything you need to know about Qatar Crisis

In its report, the Federation pointed to international and regional treaties signed by Qatar, including those related to anti-terrorism, corruption and human rights and labour agreements.

The report included 26 recommendations, most notably the need for the state of Qatar to stop its support and financing of terrorism and extremism that undermine the stability of the region, stop the policy of the harbouring of terrorists, not provide them with a platform to promote their extremist ideologies.

It also called on Qatar to meet the 13 demands from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt, t...

18:42

Brexit meansprogressive alliances, or corporate absolutism? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

The Leave vote, however manipulated by the media, was not just a rejection of Brussels technocracy but of the political status quo at Westminster. Its time to rewrite the constitutional and political rules from scratch.

Image: Awaiting the Queen's Speech, UK Parliament, Creative Commons license.

The snap election in June tested to the limit the resolve by a progressive alliance of centre left parties to work together to defeat the Conservatives. The damage done to the Green Partys electoral prospects resulted from a simplistic mistranslation of the progressive alliance as a tactical voting exercise; one that played to the benefit of Labour without reciprocal gains for the Greens.

As a Labour supporter, I pushed hard for a local progressive alliance in Cornwall, and I share the dismay felt by many local Greens. In Cornwall, they stood down in three constituencies in the hope that local Labour would follow their example. They did not. What we got was the official line that it is not Labour policy to pursue a progressive alliance.

Yet I remain hopeful. The political bargaining over marginal constituencies to remove the Tories may bear fruit next time round.  Meanwhile there are other possibilities that progressives can explore, which side-step tribal politics; specifically, to turn instead to a 45-degree politics that involve centre-left parties looking outwards not upwards. To develop strong lateral networks with campaign and community groups as a counterbalance to the vertical structures of party control. But to what end?   

Currently in Cornwall and elsewhere, the focus has been on electoral reform and this is starting to gather a head of steam. While we did not break the Tory stranglehold in Cornwall, we have raised a much stronger awareness about our broken and outdated election system and the need to replace it with Proportional Representation.

Yet electoral reform cannot be consi...

18:42

Sea turtle conservation works "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

8 May 2012

In Malaysia there is an island known for more sea turtles than virtually anywhere on Earth. Jonathan visits this amazing ecosystem to learn about the life cycle of sea turtles. He is surprised to discover an amazingly complex and competitive environment.

From the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the USA:

Efforts to save sea turtles are a global conservation success story

September 20, 2017

A new study of the worlds seven sea turtle species provides evidence that their numbers are growing overall (unlike many endangered vertebrates), thanks to years of conservation efforts that have played a key role in sea turtle recovery even for small sea turtle populations. Sea turtles have historically suffered population declines for reasons that include accidental catch and harvesting adults and eggs.

Such decreases have motivated worldwide conservation efforts since the 1950s to employ tactics like strict fishing regulations and beach protection measures. To examine the current global status of sea turtles, Antonios Mazaris and colleagues studied 4,417 annual estimates of sea turtle nesting abundance based on specific time periods of nesting data collection that ranged in length from six to 47 years.

They used estimates from 2010 or later to evaluate the length of time periods required to detect significant trends in abundance within Regional Management Units (which represent discrete groups of nesting sites in certain areas that are distinct from one another based on genetics, distribution, movement, and demography) for each species, finding a majority of population increases (95 significant increases compared to 35 significant decreases).

Despite the encouraging upward population trends, Mazaris et al.s results complement International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN) assessments of sea turtle status, which lists six sea turtle species as endangered.

The authors also found that while longer time...

18:42

Scientists And Physicians Send Appeal About 5G Rollout And Health Dangers To The European Union David Icke latest headlines

On September 13, 2017, more than 180 scientists and doctors sent an 11-page Appeal for a moratorium on the roll out of 5G in the European Union. The reason for the appeal is RF/EMF has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment, but 5G has not been investigated fully for potential health hazards and environmental impact by INDEPENDENT scientists, rather than industry scientists who apparently would rubber stamp 5G similarly as the other generations of telecommunications updates have been. According to the Appeal, 5G is effective only over short distances and is transmitted poorly through solid materials. Because of that inefficiency in transmission, a tremendous number of antennas or cell towers will be needed to implement 5G service. One key paragraph jumped out for me: With the ever more extensive use of wireless technologies, nobody can avoid to be exposed. Because on top of the increased number of 5G-transmitters (even within housing, shops and in hospitals) according to estimates, 10 to 20 billion connections (to refrigerators, washing machines, surveillance cameras, self-driving cars and buses, etc.) will be parts of the Internet of Things. All these together can cause a substantial increase in the total, long term RF-EMF exposure to all EU citizens. Read more: Scientists And Physicians Send Appeal About 5G Rollout And Health Dangers To The European Union The Richie Allen Show on Davidicke.com: Max Igan The Coming 5G Roll-out & AI Will Transform Human Society By 2025

18:38

Macron says Rohingya crisis in Myanmar is genocide "IndyWatch Feed War"

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UN Assembly: Malawis President Arthur Peter Mutharika (from left), French President Emmanuel Macron and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 20, 2017. (AFP/Ludovic Marin)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said attacks on Myanmars Rohingya minority amounted to genocide.

France will work with other members of the UN Security Council for a condemnation of this genocide which is unfolding, this ethnic cleansing, Macron said in an interview with the French TV channel TMC.

Macrons use of the word genocide marks his strongest verbal attack yet on the military drive against the Rohingya.

More than 420,000 members of the Muslim minority have fled Myanmar for the safety of neighbouring Bangladesh.

We must condemn the ethnic purification which is under way and act, Macron said.

Asking for the violence to end, asking for humanitarian access progressively enables an escalation under UN auspices, Macron said.

When the UN issues a condemnation, there are consequences which can provide a framework for intervention under the UN, Macron said.

Rohingya, who are predominantly Muslim, are reviled by many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

The UN human rights chief has described the systematic attacks against the Rohingya minority by the security forces as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.


18:37

Report: New Evidence Of Ongoing Corruption And Scientific Misconduct At CDC David Icke latest headlines

In a new report released today, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his team outlined various criminal acts on the part of employees and consultants for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whose questionable ethics and scientific fraud have resulted in untrustworthy vaccine safety science. Among other information, Kennedy has found additional evidence of criminal activity by the CDC consultant, Poul Thorsen, the author and principal coordinator of multiple CDC studies exonerating the mercury-based preservative thimerosal in the development of autism. The new evidence, recently uncovered by the World Mercury Project, shows that Thorsen and his collaborators did not obtain permission from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to conduct their research, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002 and Pediatrics in 2003. Read more: Report: New Evidence Of Ongoing Corruption And Scientific Misconduct At CDC

18:35

Indias Long-Standing Asylum Practices Contradict Modi Governments Stand on Rohingya "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Rohingya refugees plea offers the Supreme Court an opportunity to bring clarity to the conflict between a statutory vacuum, ad hoc executive policies and binding obligations under international law.

The Supreme Court cannot ignore the history of Indias asylum management practices. Credit: Reuters

India has always adopted a self-contradictory approach towards refugee protection. Thus, while steadfastly refusing to accept any legal obligations, it has allowed persecuted communities to seek asylum, exempting them from the application of domestic laws (like the Foreigners Act and Passports Act).

With the Centre filing its response to the petition challenging the deportation of 40,000 Rohingya, the Supreme Court is now faced with the task of determining the scope of Indias asylum policy, or the rights of refugees and Indias legal obligations towards them. Although the Centre is now citing the lack of a law to justify its deportation order, the Supreme Court cannot ignore Indias asylum management practices that have accorded special humanitarian treatment to refugees as distinguished from other classes of foreigners.

Are the Rohingya illegal immigrants or refugees?

An illegal immigra...

18:34

Global emergency: World running out of antibiotics, warns WHO David Icke latest headlines

The World Health Organization has issued a dire warning that we are running out of antibiotics and not producing new medications quickly enough. The report, released Tuesday, said there is a serious lack of new antibiotics being developed to fight the growing number of infections resistant to existing antibiotics. Moreover, the majority of drugs currently in the clinical pipeline are simply modifications to existing antibiotics and are only short-term solutions. The report found very few potential treatment options for those antibiotic-resistant infections identified by WHO as posing the greatest threat to health, including drug-resistant tuberculosis which kills around 250,000 people each year, read the WHO statement. There is an urgent need for more investment into the research and development of antibiotic-resistant infections such as TB, says the WHOs Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Read more: Global emergency: World running out of antibiotics, warns WHO

18:33

Instead of Protecting the Earth, EPA Agents Now Forced to Serve as Pruitt Bodyguards "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Common Dreams reports

Thanks to a hiring freeze, budget cuts, and the exorbitant travel needs of Trump's cabinet, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agents are being forced to ditch climate crime investigations in order to serve as personal bodyguards for EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, resulting in what one critic called an "evaporation of criminal enforcement".

"The EPA head has traditionally had one of the smallest security details among cabinet members," the Washington Post reported [September 19]. But Pruitt's expansive security team--which cost taxpayers over $830,000 in his first three months as EPA chief--has shattered all precedent.

"This never happened with prior administrators", Michael Hubbard, former head of the EPA Criminal Investigation Division's Boston office.

Pruitt's 24/7, 18-member security detail "demands triple the manpower of his predecessors" and is forcing "officials to rotate in special agents from around the country who otherwise would be investigating environmental crimes", the Post's Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis noted.

These officials "signed on to work on complex environmental cases, not to be an executive protection detail", Hubbard observed. "It's not only not what they want to do, it's not what they were trained and paid to do."

The impact of this transfer of resources can already be seen in the rapidly falling number of new cases opened by the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division. Eilperin and Dennis note that the "current fiscal year is on pace to open just 120 new cases...down sharply from the 170 initiated last year".


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18:32

New Documents Reveal CIA Motives, Tactics in 1953 Iranian Coup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Newly released documents by the United States Department of State provide an inside look at the motivations and tactics used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in orchestrating the 1953 coup in Iran that toppled the democratically elected government of former Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, reinstating the rule of the U.S.-friendly Shah monarchy. In over []

18:32

State Reprisals Targeting Rights Activists at an All Time High: UN "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Delegates arrive for the 34th session of the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse - RTS10K8D

Delegates arrive for the 34th session of the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Geneva: A record 29 states, including China, Iran and Saudi Arabia, have retaliated in the past year against citizens who cooperate with the UN, the UN human rights office said on Wednesday.

People communicating with the rights body have been abducted, detained, held incommunicado, or have disappeared, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour said.

Nine of the states named in the report Burundi, Egypt, Rwanda, Cuba, Venezuela, China, India, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Em...

18:31

The Labour Room Reality TV Show "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Imagine a Television Reality Show that can create direct and indirect employment for over 200 thousand Nigerian youths and stimulate More

18:31

Latest face-reading AI will detect your IQ, sexual orientation and political beliefs David Icke latest headlines

At the recent unveiling of their newest iPhone models, Apple bragged about their use of face-reading artificial intelligence (AI). The phones will use the technology in place of fingerprint readers and numeric passcodes to unlock them, and Apple claims the Face ID system is so smart that it can even identify people when they are wearing masks. However, the approach is drawing a lot of scrutiny from those who feel it infringes too much on their privacy. Some experts are pointing out just how far face-reading AI can go and its a very scary prospect. Stanford University Data Scientist and Psychologist Dr. Michal Kosinski says that such programs will be capable not only of reading your face for authentication purposes but also of determining your sexual orientation. He also believes that algorithms will soon be able to determine whether people have certain personality traits or are predisposed to criminal behavior based on their faces. Read more: Latest face-reading AI will detect your IQ, sexual orientation and political beliefs

18:31

A new hope for a nuclear free world - but where is the UK? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

A new UN treaty could make nuclear sabre-rattling and boasts of a willingness to incinerate cities, as unacceptable as threats to use chemical and biological weapons.

Image: United Nations/Flickr, Creative Commons.

Yesterday the UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres opened the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in New York.  Heads of state and senior officials from over 40 countries lined up to sign the ground-breaking treaty on its first day.  They represent billions of people from across the world, from Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific, including large countries that have given up nuclear weapons programmes, such as Brazil and South Africa.

More are listed to sign in the coming days.  But not the UK at least not yet!

The 2017 Nuclear Prohibition Treaty is the product of years of campaigning by thousands of civil society activists, scientists, doctors, diplomats, parliamentarians, and most of all from the courageous Hibakusha who survived the use and testing of nuclear weapons and have spent their lives raising awareness of the horrors and dangers.

This was not an arms control measure with counting rules, but a disarmament treaty driven by the imperative to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons because they are inhumane, abhorrent and unacceptable.

This treaty is the collective and effective revolt of nuclear have-nots, who overturned diplomatic assumptions and brought it to conclusion despite boycotts and opposition from nine heavily armed nuclear haves. 

With nuclear free governments in the driving seat, this was also a treaty dreamed up and significantly led by women, including  Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the Hiroshima bomb, and Costa Rica's Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez, who steered the negotiations to fruiti...

18:30

Have You Considered That The Punisher Is A Villain? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Netflixs latest Marvel series brings big-screen glory to one of the companys most distasteful properties.

On Wednesday, Netflix released the first trailer for The Punisher. Its the latest addition to Marvels universe of superhero shows on the streaming platform. Or perhaps its Netflixs first series about a supervillain.

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18:30

Pneumatic Origami "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Odds are that if youve been to the beach or gone camping or somewhere in between, you are familiar with inflatable products like air mattresses. Its nothing spectacular to see a rectangle inflate into a thicker, more comfortable rectangle, but what if your air mattress inflated into the shape of a crane?

Weve seen similar ideas in quadcopters and robots using more mechanical means, but this is method uses air instead. To make this possible, the [Tangible Media Group] out of [MITs Media Lab] have developed aeroMorph a program that allows the user to design inflatable constructs from paper, plastic or fabric with careful placement of a few folding joints.

These designs are exported and imprinted onto the medium by a cartesian coordinate robot using a heat-sealing attachment. Different channels allow the medium to fold in multiple directions depending on where the air is flowing, so this is a bit more complicated than, say, a bouncy castle. That, and its not often you see paper folding itself. Check it out!

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18:30

Do This Ritual At The End Of Each Week To Become More Productive "IndyWatch Feed World"

On the surface its about getting your daily work done, but on a deeper level its about re-framing who you are really working for.

Its obvious that some employees perform at higher levels than othersbut why? David Maxfield, vice president of research for the leadership-training firm VitalSmarts, studied 1,594 managers and employees and found that high performers have adopted smart habits, one of which is an important ritual for getting more done: a weekly review.

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18:30

Satya Nadella: The C In CEO Stands For Culture "IndyWatch Feed World"

In this exclusive excerpt from Satya Nadellas book Hit Refresh, he reveals Microsofts mind-set for shifting from a know-it-all to a learn-it-all culture.

In this excerpt from Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsofts Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone, Satya Nadella frankly assesses the culture he inherited when he took over in February 2014, how he set out to fix it, and explores his own mistakes along the way.

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18:29

"Gbekli Tepe- History In the Remaking" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Gbekli Tepe- History In the Remaking"
by Patrick Symmes

"They call it potbelly hill, after the soft, round contour of this final lookout in southeastern Turkey. To the north are forested mountains. East of the hill lies the biblical plain of Harran, and to the south is the Syrian border, visible 20 miles away, pointing toward the ancient lands of Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent, the region that gave rise to human civilization. And under our feet, according to archeologist Klaus Schmidt, are the stones that mark the spot - the exact spot - where humans began that ascent.

Standing on the hill at dawn, overseeing a team of 40 Kurdish diggers, the German-born archeologist waves a hand over his discovery here, a revolution in the story of human origins. Schmidt has uncovered a vast and beautiful temple complex, a structure so ancient that it may be the very first thing human beings ever built. The site isn't just old, it redefines old: the temple was built 11,500 ye...

18:29

USPTO Starts Discriminating Against Poor People, and Does So Even When They Rightly Point Out Errors "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Forget these photo-ops, he doesnt work for the children (patent indoctrination starts early)

USPTO's Leadership
Source: USPTOs Leadership blog

Summary: Even though the burden of proof ought to be on one who grants a monopoly, the legal costs are being offloaded onto those who challenge an erroneously-granted monopoly (even if the court sides with the challenger)

YESTERDAY we wrote about a bogus Google patent making its way through the system. The Polish challenger could not afford legal advice and therefore it seems likely that Google will get its way. Such is the nature of the system today and it seems to have just gotten worse. As one firm put it a few days ago (emphasis below is ours):

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently began making applicants who challenge agency rulings on trademarks and patents in district court pay the attorney fees and expenses of the agency, regardless of the cases outcome. This was supported by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for trademarks in 2015, and more recently by a panel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for patents in Nantkwest, Inc v Matal (June 23 2017). However, the Federal Circuit appears to be having second thoughts, as in August 2017 it vacated the Nantkwest panel decision of its own accord and ordered a rehearing by the full court.

This is really bad. So its going to get a lot harder for anyone other than large corporations to point out errors in examination. In addition to this, theres now a big lobby (led by trolls and parasites) against PTAB, which has made challenges more affordable.

Whose system is this and what is it for? It was supposed to correctly issue patents and revoke/reject applications where triviality/prior art, for instance, could be demonstrated/shown.

The USPTO grants patents which certainly look like parody sometimes. Consider this example of a patent...

18:28

Kenyas Election Board Faces Criticism From Supreme Court on Poll Verdict "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Supporters of Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta carry placards as they demonstrate outside the Supreme Court in protest of the nullification of Kenyattas victory by the Supreme Court Judges in Nairobi, Kenya, September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Supporters of Kenyas President Uhuru Kenyatta carry placards as they demonstrate outside the Supreme Court in protest of the nullification of Kenyattas victory by the Supreme Court Judges in Nairobi, Kenya, September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters

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18:27

Youre Wrong Keith: We Have To Do This NOW. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Let's Do This NOW! Elections are won when the electorates general preference for prosperity and stability is overwhelmed by its desire to turn the page and begin something new. When simply restoring the same old faces to the same old places no longer seems enough. When obtaining justice for past wrongs; and securing for themselves, and for their children, a different and better future; calls forth from the nations voters an unaccustomed measure of courage and daring. (Photo by JOHN MILLER)

KEITH RANKIN IS WRONG about Jacinda needing to lose this election. If thats what happens on Saturday: if National somehow hauls itself back onto the Treasury Benches; then it is the purest folly to suppose that the election of 2020 will be a Labour walkover. If the Centre-Left cannot win in 2017, then the question that begs to be answered is: Can it win at all?

Presumably, Keith is being guided by the historical precedent of the 1969 nearly-but-not-quite election; That was the election which Labour lost by 14,000 votes, only to be swept into office three years later in the Its time! election of 1972. Or, perhaps hes thinking of the Springbok Tour Election of 1981, when National secured a two-seat majority in spite of receiving 4,122 fewer votes than the Labour Party nationwide. As happened in 1969, Labours narrow defeat was followed by a unambiguous victory three years later in the watershed snap-election of 1984.

If these are the precedents that Keith has in mind, then they deserve closer scrutiny. Especially since Keiths reason for identifying the 2017 election as the one Jacinda needs to lose is that, in his opinion: there will be a financial crisis next year [which Labour] is ill-equipped to handle Further, it may take a major financial crisis (with Labour in Opposition) to drag Labour into the present century, just as the 1930s crisis belatedly dragged L...

18:27

The US Has New Red Line in Syria And It Borders on Ridicule "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US Has New Red Line in Syria And It Borders on Ridicule By Darius Shahtahmasebi, In its latest breach of international law, the U.S. is unilaterally attempting to prevent the Syrian government from reclaiming its own territory. From Reuters: U.S.-backed Syrian militias will not let government forces cross the Euphrates River in their bid to []

18:27

Legendary Mole Rescuers Heroes Again on Mexico City Home Turf "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Rescue workers search through the rubble for students at Enrique Rebsamen school after an earthquake in Mexico City, Mexico, September 20, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Rescue workers search through the rubble for students at Enrique Rebsamen school after an earthquake in Mexico City, Mexico, September 20, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Mexico City: After earning fame burrowing into piles of rubble in disasters the world over, including the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, Mexicos mole rescue workers are on tragically familiar ground, pulling people from ruins in their home city.

The moles, Topos in Spanish, formed as a volunteer search and rescue group in the aftermath of the devastating quake that struck Mexico City in 1985, saving lives in the working class neighborhood of Tlatelolco where there had been a poor government response.

They became known as fearless...

18:25

Bombshell study shows that stress hormones caused by the FEAR of a cancer diagnosis interfere with cancer treatments oncologists are killing people David Icke latest headlines

Getting diagnosed with cancer is a highly stressful time in a persons life. Even if their outcome is ultimately a favorable one, its often a long journey full of ups and downs. The stress and uncertainty are often highest in the beginning, when the extent of the illness is still being uncovered and the patient is coming to terms with the realities of the situation by breaking the news to family and friends and trying to decide the best course of treatment. Unfortunately, this very natural reaction can work against cancer patients as studies show that stress hormones shield growing tumors from getting treated by cancer drugs. In an effort to learn more about how stress affects the body when a person undergoes cancer treatment, researchers from Englands University of Brighton looked at a chemotherapy drug that is commonly used to treat patients with breast cancer and how it reacted to stress hormones. They found that when breast cancer cells were exposed to stress hormones like norepinephrine and cortisol, they generated free radicals, which essentially protected the tumors from the effects of the chemotherapy agent paclitaxel. Read more: Bombshell study shows that stress hormones caused by the FEAR of a cancer diagnosis interfere with cancer treatments oncologists are killing people

18:25

California Rewrites the GOPs Climate Playbook "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Some California Republican legislators are breaking ranks and beginning to embrace modest pro-regulatory positions on climate change.

18:25

Greek autumn arrives with rainfalls, thunderstorms, temperature drop "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Autumn begins astronomical on September 22nd, but the Greek Autumn arrives already today with rainfalls, thunderstorms, strong Western and North winds and temperature drop during the day, . According to meteorologists and the National Meteorology Service,the bad weather front will start in Western Greece and move to areas of Central and North mainland as well

The post Greek autumn arrives with rainfalls, thunderstorms, temperature drop appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

18:25

Afghan President Ghani Backs Trumps South Asia Strategy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a panel discussion at Asia Society in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 20, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jeenah Moon

Afghanistans President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a panel discussion at Asia Society in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 20, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jeenah Moon

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that US President Donald Trumps strategy to win the war in Afghanistan will work where his predecessors failed because the Afghan army is stronger and Trump wants a regional approach and a harder line with Pakistan.

Ghani also said that former President Barack Obama did not have a partner in Afghanistan, implicitly criticizing former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who frequently disdained US policy and the US-led international military force.

President Trump is not just an individual (but) a team of partners in Afghanistan, Ghani told the Asia Society in New York, where he is attending the UN General Assembly. The Trump administrations strategy has the uniqueness of immense consultations with us.

At the same time, Ghani said, Obamas decision to maintain some US forces in...

18:24

All Over The Place (Updated) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The last two major polls are not consistent so everything is up in the air.

I'm going to average these two polls and then make a prediction, slightly tinge with wishful thinking.

Poll average:-

Party                  Party Vote                  Seats

ACT                          0.5                      1
Green                        7.5                      9
Labour                     37                      45
Maori                        0.8                      2
National                  46                       57
NZ1st                       6                         7

I reckon ACT will do a bit better than the poll average and might get up to 2.0% which would give them two seats.

So my prediction is for a Nat/Act/Maori coalition by a slim majority.

So, now all that remains is to reserve a fine bottle of Coonawarra Shiraz for Saturday, sit back and watch the results come in.

Update

I meant to ad it's a shame the two major polls do not use a larger sample, say 1500, for their final two polls.





18:23

ANOTHER MEDICAL STUDY LINKS FLUORIDE TO LOWER IQ IN CHILDREN "IndyWatch Feed World"

Fluoridating municipal water supplies is akin to medicating someone without their consent, and is an abuse of human rights. The practice of fluoridation is justified as a necessary public health intervention to combat tooth decay, even though the known dangers of fluoridation far exceed the potential benefit.
The notion that drinking fluoridated water decreases IQ in children is backed up by a number of studies and testimony by people at the highest levels of public health. In 2012, a major Harvard study found that public water fluoridation poses a risk to the developing intelligence of children, essentially lowering the IQ of those in communities with public water fluoridation.
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18:22

Facebook bans dangerous Rohingya militant group Myanmars government not held to account "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Facebook is a key tool in the information war taking place over violence in Myanmars Rakhine state, which has forced hundreds of thousands to flee

YANGON (AFP)  Facebook said it has banned a Rohingya militant group from its site, designating it a dangerous organisation as information on the deepening crisis is muddied by claims, counter-claims and hate speech on social media.The social network is a key tool in the information war taking place over violence in Myanmars Rakhine state, which has driven more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims from the country and sparked UN accusations of military-led ethnic cleansing.

Rohingya activists have used the platform to post alleged scenes of brutality from the conflict zone, where humanitarian and media access is severely restricted, while the army and government deliver near-daily updates on the crisis.

A Facebook spokeswoman told AFP late Wednesday it was not requested by the government to bar the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which remains active on Twitter.

The spokeswoman added that the move was in line with its policy of prohibiting violent groups from its site.

The latest violence in Rahkine erupted after a series of deadly ARSA attacks on military posts in August.

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In a recent video produced on 15th August 2017, Abu Ammar Junoni, who claims to be the Commander of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), addresses the Rohingya diaspora, the World Leaders, United Nations and Human Rights Activists. Photo: video screen grab

The army has been blamed for launching a crackdown in response that has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, along with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Hindus, into neighbouring Bangladesh.

The spokeswoman said Facebook was aware that Rohingya activists were using the site to draw attention to the violence, and that it intended to allow non-graphic content to remain online.

Myanmars de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has played down claims of atrocities and blamed a huge iceberg of misinformation for complicating the conflict.

She has faced mounting criticism from global leaders over what the United Nations has called a textbook example of ethnic cleansin...

18:21

Agent Orange: 17 Chilling Photos of the Vietnam War Crimes the US Got Away With "IndyWatch Feed War"

Agent Orange: 17 Chilling Photos of the Vietnam War Crimes the US Got Away With By Amanda Froelich For ten years during the Vietnam War, the United States used a toxic concoction of two herbicides, labeled Agent Orange, to wipe out large areas of Vietnam which were covered by thick jungle. The aim was to enable easier []

18:20

Internationale Wapenhandel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Wij betalen met ons belastinggeld voor wapens die in Syri dood en verderf zaaien. Deze documentaire doet je mond openvallen

Wij betalen met ons belastinggeld voor wapens die in Syri dood en verderf zaaien. Deze documentaire doet je mond openvallen


18:19

United States cities sue Big Oil over climate change "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 20 September 2017 video from the USA is called San Francisco and Oakland sue top five oil and gas companies over costs of climate change.

From Reuters news agency:

California cities sue big oil firms over climate change

Sept 20 California cities San Francisco and Oakland filed separate lawsuits against five oil companies on Wednesday seeking billions of dollars to protect against rising sea levels they blamed on climate change, according to public documents.

The lawsuits, filed in state courts in San Francisco and Alameda Counties, alleged Chevron Corp, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corp, BP Plc, and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, created a public nuisance and asked for funds to finance infrastructure to deal with rising sea levels.

According to a news release from San Francisco city officials, the lawsuits mirror 1980s-era lawsuits against tobacco companies. They allege the oil giants knowingly and recklessly created an ongoing public nuisance that is causing harm now and in the future risks catastrophic harm to human life and property.

Shell said in statement the issue should be addressed by...

18:17

Philippine lawmakers do human rights backflip after outcry Recent statements made by President Duterte showed incoherence, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions says "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | The initial move to cut the Commission on Human Rightss budget was in response to its criticism of President Rodrigo Dutertes controversial war on drugs, which has claimed thousands of lives

MANILA (AFP)  Philippine President Rodrigo Dutertes congressional allies have restored the budget of the nations human rights commission following an outcry over their vote last week to slash its annual funding to just $20.The initial move to cut the Commission on Human Rightss budget was in response to its criticism of Dutertes controversial war on drugs, which has claimed thousands of lives, with the president also verbally targeting its chairman with abuse.

Opposition lawmakers and other critics of the drug war condemned the vote in the House of Representatives, saying it was part of a campaign by Duterte and his allies to silence dissent and impose authoritarian rule.

House leaders said Wednesday nights decision to restore the commissions funding to 623 million pesos ($12.2 million) was because they had extracted an agreement from the commission to look at issues other than the drug war.

The CHR specifically agreed to look at ALL FORMS of human rights abuses involving civil and political rights, including those allegedly committed by (communists), Abu Sayyaf (militants) and other private armed groups, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas said in a text message to AFP on Thursday.

The commission is one of several independent government bodies set up by the Philippine constitution to check the power of government, including police and military forces.

The body has been investigating some of the deaths of the more than 3,800 people reported killed by police and other drug enforcement agencies in the drug war, as well as thousands of unexplained murders.

The commissions chief, Jose Luis Gascon, confirmed to AFP on Thursday he had met house leaders the previous day to discuss the proposed budget cut.

I clarified that we already have programmes for promoting the rights of all, Gascon told AFP in a text message.

If we were to significantly expand our investigation work beyond violations of state authorities, it will require more funds beyond that currently in (the proposed budget).

Th...

18:16

Republican Governors Have Created a Fake News Site Masquerading as a Legitimate Publication David Icke latest headlines

Never underestimate Republicans willingness to pull out a shovel when it seems theyve hit rock bottom. For proof one need look no further than the Free Telegraph, a website purposely constructed to look like a news publication thats actually a hyperpartisan bit of propaganda launched by the Republican Governors Association. The Associated Press reports the website blares headlines about the virtues of GOP governors, while framing Democrats negatively, and instructs readers on how to receive breaking news alerts. The apparent motive is to fool voters into thinking they are reading a bonafide news outlet, and the site includes no acknowledgement that it was a product of an official party committee whose sole purpose is to get more Republicans elected. Read more: Republican Governors Have Created a Fake News Site Masquerading as a Legitimate Publication

18:16

Democracy in America Is Pure Fantasy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Democracy in America Is Pure Fantasy: Stephen Lendman By Stephen Lendman Ill never live to see 9/11 justice, says Stephen Lendman. The 9/11 attacks have changed the course of humanity, even so for sixteen years have not been minimally clarified but turned the world in a place full of fear and hate as the United States []

18:15

The Congress Still Has a Long Way to Go "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Rahul Gandhis speech at Berkeley has given the Congress a reason to cheer, but theres much to be done if it wants to capitalise on the growing dissatisfaction with the BJP.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi at the University of California, Berkeley. Credit: PTI

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi at the University of California, Berkeley. Credit: PTI

Going by reports coming in from the US, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is making quite an impression there, at least in academic, policy and journalistic circles. There has been none of that glitz and garishness of Prime Minister Narendra Modis 2014 trip, during which he addressed thousands of NRI devotees in Madison Square Garden, but Gandhis low key style, where he has spoken on policy issues, India and China, the social tensions in India and even on why dynasties are endemic in this country, seems to have impressed his audience. He even complimented Modi on his superior communication skills.

Some have said they were surprised at his grasp of issues and his clarity. Why surprised? Because they had been led to believe, by what they had read in the media and heard on the grapevine, that he was a dud and little more than a good-looking scion of a big political family. Gandhi had an explanation for that: his political rivals  the BJP  had a large team of people working full time to create jokes and memes to rubbish hi...

18:15

Is The US Getting Prepared To Leave Syria? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Is The US Getting Prepared To Leave Syria? Video X22 Report Obamacare is in a death spiral and it now costs more than a new car. Spanish police start to arrest those who want the referendum to move ahead...

The post Is The US Getting Prepared To Leave Syria? (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

18:11

More Than 60 Years on, Japans Mercury-Poison Victims Fight to Be Heard "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The sister and brother-in-law of Minamata disease patient Jitsuko Tanaka, 64, take care of her as she lies in bed at their home in Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, September 12, 2017. Credit: Reuters

The sister and brother-in-law of Minamata disease patient Jitsuko Tanaka, 64, take care of her as she lies in bed at their home in Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, September 12, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Minamata, Japan: Shinobu Sakamoto was just 15 when she left her home in the southern Japanese fishing village of Minamata to go to Stockholm and tell the world of the horrors of mercury poisoning.

Forty-five years on, she is travelling again, this time to Geneva, to attend from Sunday a gathering of signatories to the first global pact to rein in mercury pollution.

Sakamoto is one of a shrinking group of survivors from a 1950s industrial disaster in which tens of thousands of people were poisoned after waste water from a chemical plant seeped into the...

18:10

Three Signs That Gentrification Is Inevitably Coming to Your Neighborhood David Icke latest headlines

A news search of gentrification will land you with thousands of perspectives both for and against. Though the debate has emerged most vocally in the past several years, for residents born and raised in major cities, the ongoing loss of home is felt deeply. It is a feeling of powerlessness, says Bie Aweh, who was raised in the Roxbury and Brighton neighborhoods of Boston. Youre already vulnerable because of poverty, and it makes you feel like you have no power because capitalism talks the loudest. While many in support of urban renewal and development cite decreased crime rates and increased revenue as benefits, long-term residents from coast to coast echo concerns about the impact of gentrification on historically poor, predominantly of color neighborhoods. Each of the people I spoke to were raised in historically black, poor communities now experiencing continued or more recent waves of gentrification. Noni Galloway, of Oakland, defines gentrification as, when an environment or culture is taken over or redefined by another culture. Read more: Three Signs That Gentrification Is Inevitably Coming to Your Neighborhood

18:09

Hubristic Clowns, Imbeciles, and Professional Morons "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

But wait theres more Observable facts clearly show that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D,TX) has proven to be a polarizing and divisive figure amongst her constituents with her flamboyant hubris and personality and a penchant for getting in front of any and all cameras to prove her ineptitude. Following are some of the notable []

18:07

Theresa May Set to Make High-Stakes Brexit Speech "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Anti-Brexit protesters wave flags in front of the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, September 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Anti-Brexit protesters wave flags in front of the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, September 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters

London: After months of Brexit talks that have made little progress and deepened rifts in her party, British Prime Minister Theresa May will try this week to put the negotiations on track and reassert her authority.

In a speech in the Italian city of Florence, May will set out on Friday her vision for future ties with the European Union and try to fill an apparent policy vacuum that has left her Brexit team adopting what Brussels regards as wrecking tactics in the talks on unravelling four decades of union.

The 60-year-old leader has deliberately chosen an EU city to deliver the speech so that she can speak directly to the other 27 nations in the bloc, but has her work cut out in seizing back the initiative.

May has been largely quiet on Brexit since her Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority in a June election that she need not have called, saying little beyond...

18:07

Tiahuanaco: Gateway to the Gods "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Gateway to the Gods
by Dan Eden

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"Ask most people who are the oldest civilization or where the oldest civilization lived and you'll hear answers like Mesopotamia (Iraq), Egypt or Iran. While these cultures can be traced back to 4000 B.C., the mysterious ruins of Tiahuanaco, in Bolivia, could be 14,000 years old! If you think the Great Pyramid in Egypt is a technological marvel, wait until you see what artists and engineers were doing in Tiahuanaco. This culture thrived at the breathless, oxygen deprived elevation of 13,000 feet. They managed to somehow move stones weighing up to 200 tons and invented modular building techniques that would even today, be cutting edge.
The most famous icon of the archaeological site at Tiahuanaco is the Sun Gate. This structure has been described as a "calendar" almost as long as the monolithic gateway has been known to exist; thus the Sun Gate has also been called 'the Calendar Gate'. This calendar sculpture, though it undoubtedly depicts a "solar year," cannot however be made to fit into the solar year as we divide it at present. The calendar has only 290 days, divided into 12 "twelfths" of 24 days each, plus 2 intercalary days.

Some researchers have attempted to explain this as being a ritualistic calendar while others have claimed that, 14,000 years ago, the length of a year was somehow different from today. Still others believe that it may represent a year on some another planet. Extraterrestrial connections were first suggested by Eric von Danken and have been perpetuated by discoveries of the apparent advanced knowledge that Tiahuanacan engineers seemed to possess - thousands of years ahead of other cultures....

18:07

A Creepy CIA Location-Tracking Trick "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

New documents released on Wednesday as part of WikiLeaks series of CIA hacking revelations detail a method the agency uses to geolocate computers and the people using them. The agency infects target devices with malware that can then check which public Wi-Fi networks a given computer can connect to at a given moment, as well []

18:06

Agent Orange: 24 Chilling Photos Of The War Crime The US Got Away With David Icke latest headlines

For ten years during the Vietnam War, the United States used a toxic concoction of two herbicides, labeled Agent Orange, to wipe out large areas of Vietnam which were covered by thick jungle. The aim was to enable easier and more effective bombing of enemy bases. The issue was, Agent Orange wasnt just an herbicide it was also a deadly weapon, as it contains large amounts of dioxin. Agent Orange was discovered in the year 1943 by American botanist Arthur Galston. Between the years of 1962 and 1971, the US army showered the deadly chemical over Southern Vietnam as part of the military operation Ranch Hand, or Trail Dust. In total, more than 20 million gallons of Agent Orange was used. Sadly, Agent Orange did more than contribute to the deforestation of vast areas of land. It also contaminated air, water, and food sources. History Rundown reports that in high concentrations, dioxin can trigger severe inflammation of the skin, lungs and mucous tissues. Sometimes, the toxicity can result in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary edema, and even death. The highly effective carcinogen is also known to affect the eyes, liver, and kidneys, and to cause laryngeal and lung cancer. Read more: Agent Orange: 24 Chilling Photos Of The War Crime The US Got Away With

18:05

China says North Korea situation shows importance of Iran nuclear deal: state media "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

BEIJING (Reuters) The recent tensions on the Korean peninsula underlined the importance of the Iranian nuclear deal, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, according to state radio on Thursday.

China supports and safeguards the Iranian nuclear deal, Wang said in a meeting on Wednesday at the United Nations in New York between the foreign ministers of Iran and the six world powers that negotiated the deal, according to China National Radio.


18:05

Lebanese Parliament Finally Votes to Criminalize Torture Practices "IndyWatch Feed World"

Lebanon has finally amended its penal law to criminalize all acts of torture. Even though Lebanon had ratified the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the Convention) in 2000, Article 401 of the Lebanese Penal Code did not cover situations where torture is used other than for obtaining confessions or information and did not criminalize non-physical forms of torture, such as mental or psychological torture.

The new draft law which was submitted by a group of lawmakers headed by Ghassan Moukheiber was finally passed in the parliaments latest session. What remains to be seen is whether this law will be enforced or not, especially when more than 50% of all detainees face torture, and when 72% of Lebanese think torture is justified. More importantly, whos going to be held accountable for the death of prisoners under torture like Fawzi el Rassi? How can we make sure this law is enforced if those who used to torture prisoners and still do arent held accountable for their actions?

The acts of torture documented by Human Rights Watch in Lebanon over the past 10 years are numerous.

18:04

Palestinians Submit Israel War Crime Evidence to ICC "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestinians Submit Israel War Crime Evidence to ICC Four Palestinian groups allege high-level Israeli officials are responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Zena Tahhan20 Sep 2017 14:50 GMT   The report offers evidence on the willful killing and murder of 300 Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces since 2014 [Reuters] Four Palestinian human rights []

18:03

Agreeing with Winston "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I agree with Winston Peters on a couple of things. NZ Herald: Winston Peters confident of winning Northland Thats not one of them. I have no idea what his chances are in the Northland electorate. During a question and answer session, where Peters answered questions on everything from capital gains tax to why Queen St []

18:01

UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Fluoride again will be added to Albuquerques water supply.

Water utility board members voted 5-2 Wednesday to approve a $250,000 appropriation that will allow the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority to buy the equipment needed to resume supplemental drinking-water fluoridation, which the utility halted in 2011.
The decision followed nearly an hour of passionate pleas by both opponents and supporters of fluoridation similar to comments expressed at two earlier public hearings on the issue.
At the end of the day, when theres a question about science, we need to listen to the scientists, board member and Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis said before he voted in favor of resuming fluoridation. Davis withdrew his proposal for an advisory question on the 2018 general election ballot that would have asked Bernalillo County voters whether they support or oppose supplemental fluoridation.
Voting against the appropriation were Albuquerque Councilors Klarissa Pea and Trudy Jones. Joining Davis in support were Bernalillo County Commissioners Debbie OMalley, Wayne Johnson and Maggie Hart Stebbins and Albuquerques Chief Administrative Officer Rob Perry, who represents Mayor Richard Berry on the board..............
Shame the latest research was published after the vote, it may well have changed the decision.

18:00

US NSA Spying On India's Nuclear Weapons, by Shelley Kasli "IndyWatch Feed National"

Several Top Secret documents, sourced from Edward Snowden's files, have recently been published, revealing how the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on India's ballistic missiles systems and nuclear weapons. The NSA did so using its interception programme, Rainfall, via its bases in Australia and Thailand. These Top Secret documents make it more plausible to view two events with suspicion: the death, allegedly accidental, of Homi J. Bhabha, the father of Indian nuclear power, and also, the deaths of 11 scientists, that occurred during Obama's first term in office.

18:00

Earthquake Leaves Mexicos Disaster Response System Struggling to Keep Up "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Although basic public services have been restored, economic, commercial and educational activities have come to a halt.

The September 19, 2017 earthquake toppled nearly 50 buildings in Mexico City, and left many uninhabitable. Fire fighters carry out an inspection the day after in an apartment building that is still standing but will have to be demolished, in a neighbourhood in the centre of Mexico City. Credit: Emilio Godoy/IPS

The September 19, 2017 earthquake toppled nearly 50 buildings in Mexico City, and left many uninhabitable. Fire fighters carry out an inspection the day after in an apartment building that is still standing but will have to be demolished, in a neighbourhood in the centre of Mexico City. Credit: Emilio Godoy/IPS

Mexico City: Central Mexico faced Wednesday the challenge of putting itself back together after the powerful 7.1-magnitude quake that devastated the capital and the neighbouring states of Mexico, Morelos and Puebla the day before.

In Mexico City the air smells of dust, destruction, death, panic and hope, brought by the quake, whose epicentre was in Morelos, 120 km to the south of the capital. So far the official death toll is 230, with hundreds of people injured and 44 collapsed buildings in Mexico City.

Everythin...

18:00

Why Do Dravidian Intellectuals Admire a Man So Prickly as Periyar? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The reason is simple. The national intellectual landscape is verdant. The Dravidian landscape, on the other hand, is an arid desert, and Periyar was the only cactus plant to have bloomed in it.

M. Karunanidhi (front row, third from left) and Periyar (fourth). Source: YouTube

M. Karunanidhi (front row, third from left) and Periyar (fourth). Source: YouTube

P.A. Krishnan is an author in both English and Tamil. He regularly contributes to various journals and magazines.

The Jews are only interested in themselves, and nobody else. They somehow contrive to have the rulers in their pocket, participate in governance and conspire to torture and suck the lives out of other citizens in order that they live (in comfort). These blatantly anti-semitic lines were penned on March 20, 1938, when Hitlers flag was flying high. If you had read them in isolation and if you were familiar with the history of the Nazis, it is likely that you would think they must have been fished out of some sordid pro-Nazi tabloid.

These are the next lines: Are they not comparable to the Brahmins who too have no responsibility but have the rulers in their pocket, have entered the ruling dispensation and been lording over (all of us)? 

This is Periyar E.V. Ramasamy writing in his magazine Kudiyarasu, ...

18:00

EU trade pact with Canada comes into force amid GMO concerns David Icke latest headlines

The European Union has hailed the enactment of a major trade agreement with Canada. Greenpeace has warned the deal can hurt European food standards. This agreement encapsulates what we want our trade policy to be an instrument for growth that benefits European companies and citizens, but also a tool to project our values, harness globalization and shape global trade rules. This trade deal has been subject to an in-depth parliamentary scrutiny which reflects the increased interest of citizens in trade policy, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) provisionally comes into force Thursday. Some aspects like investment protection will not be active until all EU member parliaments endorse them. The deal boasts of saving EU businesses 590 million a year the amount they pay in tariffs on goods exported to Canada. CETA removes duties on 98 percent of products the EU bloc trades with Canada. According to Greenpeace, the CETA trade deal puts EU food and agriculture standards at risk. Read more: EU trade pact with Canada comes into force amid GMO concerns David Icke  The Trojan Treaties Deleting Freedom

17:58

SEC Discloses Edgar Corporate Filing System Was Hacked in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed War"

The SEC disclosed that hackers penetrated its electronic system for storing public-company filings and may have traded illegally on the information.

Breach may have allowed trading that profited from nonpublic information, regulator says

Updated Sept. 20, 2017 11:10 p.m. ET

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WASHINGTONThe top U.S. markets regulator disclosed Wednesday that hackers penetrated its electronic system for storing public-company filings last year and may have traded on the information.

The Securities and Exchange Commissions chairman, Jay Clayton, revealed the breach in an unusual and lengthy statement issued Wednesday evening that didnt provide many details about the intrusion, including the extent of any illegal trading.

The SEC said it was investigating the source of the hack, which exploited a software vulnerability in a part of the agencys Edgar system, a comprehensive database of filings made by thousands of public companies and other financial firms regulated by the SEC.

The commission said the hack was detected in 2016, but that regulators didnt learn about the possibility of related illicit trading until August, when they started an investigation and began cooperating with what the SEC called appropriate authorities.

A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment on the SEC disclosure.

The commissions disclosure follows a major breach of Equifax Inc. that affected 143 million Americans and warnings from executives of the New York Stock Exchange and Bats Global Markets Inc. that a planned data repository of all U.S. equity and options orders could become a juicy target for hackers.

Cybersecurity is critical to the operations of our markets and the risks are significant and, in many cases, systemic, Mr. Clayton said in a written statement. We also must recognizein both the public and private sectors, including the SECthat there will be intrusions, and that a key component of cyber risk management is resilience and recovery....

17:56

Ambrose Chan Enters Document Security Systems (DSS), a Partly Patent Troll Entity "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

De-storying the destructive strategy of destroying ones competitors (by litigation).

Summary: The Board of Directors of DSS enlists a man from Singapore, whose lack of technical background suggests that the company is still more of a bully than an innovator

Serial litigator DSS is at it again, hiring non-technical people as its real business collapses. For background, read this 2012 article about DSS (comparing it to Vringo, a patent troll).

According to this press release and form (8-K), DSS turns to Singapore, which harbours some patent trolls (not just tax evaders, having become one of the top 5 places for people to pursue tax havens in), and hires this man:

While Chan does not appear to have much of a background in technology or intellectual property, his comments when appointed as a board member suggest that his focus is on the operating part of DSSs business.

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Todays incarnation of DSS is the product of the first known merger between an NPE (Lexington Technology Group) and an operating business. Ronaldi, who led the previous standalone patent licensing business, took over as chief of the merged entity in 2013.

Its true that DSS may still have some products, but those are gradually going away as the company turns to serial litigation (NPE is a euphemism for patent troll). Earlier this year it filed lawsuits in the Eastern District of Texas.

Meanwhile, over at IP Kat...

17:55

University in Saudi Arabia announces plan to dismiss dissenting voices David Icke latest headlines

Amid a crackdown by the regime in Riyadh on opposing views, a university in Saudi Arabia has said it will sack employees suspected of dissenting the absolute monarchy in the kingdom. The Al-Imam Mohammed Ibn Saud Islamic University, which is based in Riyadh, made the announcement in a statement posted online on Tuesday, without specifying the number of those employees. Recently, human rights activists said Saudi security forces had arrested about 30 people, including clerics and intellectuals, in a time span of 10 days. Human Rights Watch condemned the arrests as a coordinated crackdown on dissent. Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud reportedly plans to renounce power in favor of his son Crown Prince Mohammed. Read more: University in Saudi Arabia announces plan to dismiss dissenting voices

17:53

California suing Trump administration over border wall David Icke latest headlines

The US state of California has filed a lawsuit that will challenge President Donald Trumps proposal to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, a project the states attorney general has called medieval. The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges that the Trump administration has failed to comply with federal and state environmental laws, relied on federal statutes that do not authorize the proposed projects and violates the US Constitutions separation of powers doctrine. The lawsuit also says the US Department of Homeland Security decided to build the wall without complying with the Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act, hence the 2,000-mile-long (3,218 km) project lacks proper environmental measures. Theyre violating the Tenth Amendment and infringing on a lot of state laws, not just federal laws, that effect our state. At the same time, theyre trying to do something that only Congress can do, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told journalists in Washington in advance of an official announcement he plans to make in San Diego Wednesday. Read more: California suing Trump administration over border wall

17:51

Cities are gaining power in global politics can the UN keep up? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Cities are taking on a more important role in global politics and by so doing are disrupting the established political order.

17:50

Illegal US Airstrikes Killed 433 Civilians in Raqqa in August "IndyWatch Feed War"

Report: US Killed 433 Civilians in Raqqa in August Airwars: US Coalition Strikes Even Heavier Than in Mosul A new report from British NGO Airwars estimates that US airstrikes against the ISIS capital city of Raqqa in August killed at least 433 civilians. They reported 5,775 bombs, shells, and missiles dropped in the city in []

17:50

ADA responds to study suggesting association between lower IQ and fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

ADA responds to study suggesting association between lower IQ and fluoridation

September 20, 2017
By Michelle Manchir
The ADA on Sept. 19 issued a response to a study published online the same day that suggested an association between higher prenatal fluoride exposure and lower IQ scores.

For th...

17:48

Forces to Employ Full Measure to Avoid Collateral Damage, Says Myanmar "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Myanmar Vice President Henry Van Thio addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 20, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Myanmar Vice President Henry Van Thio addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, U.S., September 20, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

UN: Myanmars vice president told the UN on Wednesday that security forces in his countrys Rakhine State, from which hundreds of thousands of people have recently fled, have been instructed to take full measures to avoid collateral damage and harming innocent civilians.

Violence in Rakhine State erupted on August 25th, when Rohingya militants launched deadly attacks on government outposts, provoking a fierce crackdown by the Myanmar military that has been greeted with widespread international condemnation, including at the annual UN General Assembly this week.

Addressing the assembly, Vice President Henry Van Thio said it was not only Rohingya Muslims who had fled, but members of other minority groups too. He said human rights violations would be dealt with in accordance with strict norms of justice.

At least 420,000 Rohingya Muslims have since fled into neighbouring Bangladesh to escape what a seni...

17:48

Malaysia Arrests 7 Filipinos Suspected of Abu Sayyaf Links "IndyWatch Feed War"

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Malaysian police said Thursday they have arrested seven Filipinos believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group, as part of a crackdown on suspected terrorists in the country.

National police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the seven men, aged between 22 and 38, worked as security guards with private companies in Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas. He said a 22-year-old suspect had formerly engaged in battles against Filipino troops and was involved in kidnappings in southern Philippines.

Abu Sayyaf, which is notorious for bombings, ransom kidnappings and beheadings, is supportive of the Islamic State terror group and blacklisted as a terrorist organization by the United States and the Philippines.

Mohamad Fuzi said in a statement that the men sneaked into Malaysia from eastern Sabah state on Borneo island, which is a short boat ride from the southern Philippines, in September 2015 and used false travel documents to fly to Kuala Lumpur.

He said their arrests came from information obtained following the Aug. 30 detention of eight suspected Abu Sayyaf members two Filipinos and six Malaysian. Police have said one of the Filipinos was planning to attack the Aug. 30 closing ceremony of the Southeast Asian Games as well as an Independence Day parade the next day.

Fuzi said Thursday that police had detained 41 foreign terror suspects this year alone. Since 2013, police in Malaysia have detained more than 300 people believed to be linked to the Islamic State group.


17:45

Balance Sheet Reduction Starts October: Like Watching Paint Dry "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Balance Sheet Reduction Starts October: Like Watching Paint Dry by Mike Shedlock MishTalk As expected the Fed will begin balance sheet reduction in October. The Fed penned in one more rate hike in December as its FOMC statement shows...

The post Balance Sheet Reduction Starts October: Like Watching Paint Dry appeared first on The Daily Coin.

17:45

Jims Final Interview Jim Marrs The Illuminati: The Secret Society That Hijacked The World "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One the most famous JFK investigators, author and researcher Jim Marrs died suddenly on August 2nd 2017 at the age of 74.

This was his last interview before his death.

Via Veritas Radio:

17:44

Grim news from the front line of Chinas battle against air pollution "IndyWatch Feed World"

With a choking, sour smell in the air, dozens of children and their parents swarm out of a primary school on bicycles and motorcycles. Most are not wearing masks.

17:44

Toxic air, poverty, obesity: Health warning for Londons most deprived children David Icke latest headlines

Tens of thousands of children from deprived areas of London are exposed to an array of health risks, including pollution and obesity. According to a study investigating the correlation between social deprivation and air quality in the capital, pupils from the most disadvantaged backgrounds are being worst affected by unacceptable levels of air pollution. Londons Polluted Schools: the Social Context found that one in five of the schools most affected by pollution have pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. It also found that nine out of 10 of the schools affected had a higher rate of obesity compared to the average across London. The research found that despite poor children being exposed to the worst pollution, the areas they frequent are the ones contributing the least to Londons pollution. Children from some of Londons most socially deprived areas are not only affected by unacceptable levels of air pollution around their schools, they also face compounding health risks, Saul Billingsley, from the FIA Foundation, an international environmental and road safety charity which carried out the study, said. Read more: Toxic air, poverty, obesity: Health warning for Londons most deprived children

17:43

Night Vision Enabled Security Cameras Secretly Transfer Your Data "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

By Waqas

A team of researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the

This is a post from HackRead.com Read the original post: Night Vision Enabled Security Cameras Secretly Transfer Your Data

17:40

Russian and Belarusian Military Exercises: Zapad 2017, by Valentin Vasilescu "IndyWatch Feed War"

Following the organization of the coup d'tat in Ukraine, the installation of Nazis in Kiev and the independence of Crimea, Nato is feeding the paranoia of its East European members. Not only did Moscow protect the Crimeans from a government that had Nazis among its members, but conquered by force and annexed this territory that historically had belonged to the Russia. It is on account of this narrative that Washington is succeeding to occupy Eastern Europe by force, without its people, now subdued, protesting. In contrast, the people are alarmed about the Russian Belarusian military manoeuvres.

17:39

Israel holding 58 Palestinian women 'under dire conditions' David Icke latest headlines

The Israeli regime is holding at least 58 Palestinian women, including 10 minors, under dire conditions in its jails, the Prisoners and Freed Prisoners Committee says. The committee recently said the female prisoners were being held in HaSharon and Damon jails. It said the Palestinian women suffered physical and emotional abuse by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS). The basic rights of the inmates, the committee said, are violated as they have no access to essential needs such as medical care. Several of the jailed women were under 18 when they were sentenced and they have turned 18 behind Israeli bars. The number of female prisoners in Israeli jails has increased in the past several months. The Palestinian women are serving sentences of eight months to 16 years, and some of them are held without charge or trial under the so-called administrative detention policy. Read more: Israel holding 58 Palestinian women under dire conditions

17:37

Russian Warplanes Kill 850 U.S. Israeli ISIS Terrorists In Idlib Governorate In Syria "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Russian warplanes and Syrian forces have repelled an offensive by jihadists [ISIS] in a de-escalation zone in Idlib governorate in Syria. The forces killed some 850 militants [terrorists] and destroyed 11 tanks and other assets, Russias General Staff reported. The offensive was launched by the militant group formerly called Al-Nusra Front and its allies on []

17:37

Sauropod dinosaur evolution, new research "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

17 September 2015

Saturnalia is an extinct genus of basal sauropodomorph dinosaur known from the Triassic of Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil.

Saturnalia was originally named on the basis of three partial skeletons. The holotype, MCP 3844-PV, a well-preserved semi-articulated postcranial skeleton, was discovered in mid-summer at Sanga da Alemoa, Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, in the geopark of Paleorrota. The two paratypes are MCP 3845-PV, partial skeleton including natural cast of partial mandible with teeth and some postcranial remains, and MCP 3846-PV, partial skeleton including postcranial remains. All specimen were collected in the Wald-Sanga locality from the Alemoa Member of the Santa Maria Formation, dating to the Carnian faunal stage of the early Late Triassic, about 225 million years ago. A partial femur from the Carnian Pebbly Arkose Formation of Zimbabwe was also attributed to the genus. It is one of the oldest true dinosaurs yet found. It probably grew to about 1.5 meters long.

Saturnalia was first named by Max C. Langer, Fernando Abdala, Martha Richter, Michael J. Benton in 1999 and the type species is Saturnalia tupiniquim. The generic name is derived from Saturnalia, Latin for Carnival, in reference to the discovery of the paratypes during the feasting period. The specific name is derived from a Portuguese and Guarani word meaning native.

The primitive nature of Saturnalia, combined with its mixture of sauropodomorph and theropod characteristics, has made it difficult to classify. Paleontologist Max Cardoso Langer and colleagues, in their 1999 description of the genus, assigned it to the...

17:37

US seeks prison time for Anthony Weiner in 'sexting' case David Icke latest headlines

US prosecutors have sought prison sentence for former US Congressman Anthony Weiner who was found guilty in a federal court for sending obscene messages to a minor, leading to a scandal that played a role in last years US presidential election. Federal prosecutors said on Wednesday that Weiner should go to prison for two years for engaging in sexting with a 15-year-old girl. Weiner, a grown man, a father, and a former lawmaker, willfully and knowingly asked a 15-year-old girl to display her body and engage in sexually explicit conduct for him online, prosecutors said in a filing in Manhattan federal court. Such conduct warrants a meaningful sentence of incarceration. Weiner came under FBI investigation following the social media report about his online relationship with a teenager from North Carolina. Read more: US seeks prison time for Anthony Weiner in sexting case

17:35

Military Industrial Complex Hit Highest Stock Prices Ever "IndyWatch Feed War"

Coincidence? Military Industrial Complex Hit Highest Stock Prices Ever As Govt Hypes North Korea War

17:34

Bet on Trump or Challenge Israel? Palestinians Mull Strategy "IndyWatch Feed War"

RAMALLAH, West Bank Palestinians increasingly question their leaders strategy of reaching statehood through negotiations with Israel following over two decades of failed attempts.

Most believe that the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no longer possible, despite pledges by President Donald Trump that he would try to broker a deal and a new round of Mideast meetings on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly this week.

Such skepticism largely stems from continued Israeli settlement in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, which some say has passed the point of no return. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who in the past said he doesnt want to rule the Palestinians, recently declared that Israel cannot give up control over the West Bank.

Three senior Palestinian officials and a leading pollster have explored Palestinian options.

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

Since 2000, there have been two unsuccessful high-level U.S.-led efforts to broker a final deal on borders between Israel and a state of Palestine, roughly comprising the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967.

Each time, the sides were unable to close gaps. Israel accused the Palestinians of turning down generous offers. Palestinians note the territories they seek make up less than a quarter of histor...

17:33

Sad fiery protest on Parliament grounds "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A man is reported to have set himself alight on Parliament grounds. Stuff:  Man sets himself on fire outside Parliament in Wellington A man is in a critical condition after setting himself on fire outside Parliament in Wellington. The incident happened just before 4pm on Thursday. A Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman said the man was taken []

17:33

UN unveils new peace plan for Libya David Icke latest headlines

The United Nations (UN) has launched a new initiative to break a political stalemate and help bring about peace and stability in Libya. Ghassan Salame, the newly-appointed Libyan envoy to the UN, proposed the Action Plan for Libya in a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday. The measure reportedly aims to amend a current political agreement in the North African country and prepare the ground for a constitutional referendum and possibly general elections afterwards. Libyans want a process that they themselves own and lead, Salame said, adding that the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) remains the only framework to end the Libyan crisis. The LPA is necessary but in its current state is not adequate. The first stage of the process is to amend the agreement. Salame said Libyans deserved an end to uncertainty and unpredictability, noting that the proposed plan was in essence, a synthesis of their hopes and goals. Read more: UN unveils new peace plan for Libya

17:32

The US has become the 4th Reich "IndyWatch Feed War"

More Thoughts on Trumps UN Declaration of War Against Iran and North Korea By Paul Craig Roberts The US has become the 4th Reich Information Clearing House  Trumps UN speech makes it clear that Trumps presidency, in terms of his campaign promise to remove Washington from the policeman of the world role, exit the Middle []

17:31

NKorea Minister Calls Thumps Threat Sound of Dog Barking "IndyWatch Feed War"

SEOUL, South Korea North Koreas foreign minister has described as the sound of a dog barking President Donald Trumps threat to destroy his country.

The comments are the Norths first response to Trumps speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, during which he vowed to totally destroy North Korea if provoked. Trump also called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Rocket man.

The Norths Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York late Wednesday that It would be a dogs dream if he intended to scare us with the sound of a dog barking.

South Korean TV footage also shows Ri saying he feels sorry for his aides when he was asked about Trumps Rocket man comments.

North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test this month.


17:31

Midnight Meme Of The Day! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


-by Noah

It's common these days to hear Republicans loudly whining that we're not giving Seor Trumpanzee a fair chance to succeed and that no president has ever been so abused as their boy. Really? This, from people who spent 8 years sending us postcards and emails consisting of pictures of President Obama carrying a watermelon as he walked down the Air Force One ramp, pictures of the White House lawn turned into a huge watermelon patch, pictures of the president with bones in his nose, you name it. Screw these racist morons!

No doubt, Republicans aren't thinking when they complain about the treatment of Trump (the very deserved treatment of Trump). That's not surprising. They either lack the critical thinking gene or are mentally incapable of thinking how they are being lead around by the nose as they repeat the "Trump is the most abused ever" talking point that they got from Rush Limbaugh or some goon on FOX. I even have to wonder if there might be a touch of inbreeding involved when it comes to Republicans. Consider this: Republicans have a natural tendency to stay within their ethnic gene pool when it comes to picking a mate, don't they? Especially in rural America? Is there some other way to explain poor, babbling, lost unfortunates such as Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer, Steve Bannon, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders? I mean, if you want to know how the people of places like rural Michigan can seriously regard Kid Rock to be senatorial material, you need to go to rural Michigan. It'll all make sense, just be sure to leave before nightfall.

Anyway, the next time one of these nihilistic losers complains to you about poor abused Trump, just remind them of the crap President Obama took by showing them this meme. Of course, they will immediately claim that they never saw such things, or the watermelon stuff either. You might also try pointing out to them that, unli...

17:30

Dear Texas, how many times do we have to rebuild the same house? (You're next Florida) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"




















How Precient as Irma barrels in to possibly take out Miami while i write this.

Look ladies, in terms of geologic time and not human time, coastal builds are destroyed consistently and should not be entertained unless necessary and then be built to withstand  a major tsunami at least.  Recall that the entire East Coast was depopulated 1500 years ago deep inland through what appears to be the effect of an asteroid impact in the Atlantic.


We need to anticipate a water line similar to what Houston just experienced and deep set backs from the coast itself preferably filled with healthy woodland several miles deep to break up a storm tide.

Then all builds need to insist on concrete to the top of that water line.  I am getting tired of seeing wet dry wall and moldy studs.

At the same time all subsidy needs to be dropped and a premium insurance scheme for anything built there.

I would also go as far as insisting that beach residences be simply movable as well.  Who needs piles of debris?  Of course pretty soon we can build gravity platforms and then perhaps we can elevate buildings :-).  Or perhaps we simply insist on jack up buildings on piles that climb twenty feet when needed.  Great for a beach and may well become popular..



Dear Texas, how many times do we have to rebuild the same house? (You're next Florida)

Written by Jim Bovard Date: 09-01-2017 
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17:30

Obama's heartfelt post on DACA "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

  



As it should of course.  However, it is also rather clear that this is a hard ball tactic aimed at getting congress to generate a proper immigration act.  The problem is that it is even necessary at all.  

More obviously the original resolution was by executive order and that is also deemed unconstitutional no less by observers.  Thus the situation added to the behavior in simply applying the law by the administration is a tell that we have a war going on that has eliminated rational resolution without serious duress applied.

What Trump has done is put himself in position to blame his opponents for their real failures, rather than wearing it all himself.  This may work to focus their attention as well instead of dreaming up bombs to throw at Trump.

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Obama's heartfelt post on DACA is going viral.

'Its up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. Im heartened by those whove suggested that they should.'




by Parker Molloy 

http://www.upworthy.com/obamas-heartfelt-post-on-daca-is-going-viral?c=upw1

On Tuesday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced plans to wind down former President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Announced in June 2012, DACA was implemented to give undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children some peace of...

17:30

Bionic lens can make vision three times better than 20-20 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"







This is the beginning that essentially eliminates all forms of corrective lenses.  Add in the three fold improvement over normal vision and this becomes a profitable trade off.

Now if we can add in a few extras such an ability to sense a wide range of ultraviolet light as well it would soon be unstoppable.

It should not be too difficult to integrate this with computer tech as well to allow data gathering that is noninterfering.
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Bionic lens can make vision three times better than 20-20


brian wang | September 5, 2017 |


https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/09/bionic-lens-can-make-vision-three-times-better-than-20-20.html

The Bionic Lens is a dynamic lens that replaces the natural lens inside the eye via one of the most common and successful procedures in medicine cataract surgery. Once there, the lens restores clear vision at all distances without any visual quality problems. It can auto-regulate within the eye by connecting to the muscles that change the curvature of our natural lenses, which allows it to focus at different ranges potentially much wider ranges than our natural sight is capable of. In addition, because the Bionic Lens responds with less than 1/100 the amount of energy of the natural lens, you can also focus on something all day without any strain on the eyes.

The Bionic Lens could improve on the 20/20 vision threefold. Imagine that you can see a clocks dial 10 feet away. With the lens you would be able to see the dial in the same detail when it is 30 feet away.



Future Bionic lens could also include projection systems that will give the user capabilities of projecting their phone screen, or integrating NASA technologies to allow for better focusing resolution than anything seen before, or even installing a system that allows for slow drug delivery inside the eye.

Initially the system will cost $3200 per lens...

Madrid urges Catalonia to end disobedience David Icke latest headlines

Spains prime minister has urged Catalonia to end its bid for independence once and for all, as thousands protest in the autonomous Spanish region over the detention of regional officials ahead of a banned independence vote. Stop this escalation of radicalism and disobedience once and for all, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a televised statement on Wednesday night, adding there was still time to avoid bigger problems. Earlier, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont had called for a democratic and pacific response by the Catalans to pressure from Madrid and asked them to massively participate in the referendum planned for October 1. The central government stepped up its operations in Catalonia on Wednesday morning as it ordered the civil guards to raid the ministry buildings of Catalonias regional government and detain 14 pro-independence officials in an attempt to block the referendum, which is deemed illegal by Madrid. Read more: Madrid urges Catalonia to end disobedience

17:30

Violencia de gnero en el sector agrcola centroamericano "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Las trabajadoras del sector agrcola en Centroamrica buscan combatir la discriminacin de gnero a travs de los convenios internacionales. English

Soy Iris Mungua. Vengo de Honduras, estoy en la Secretara de la Mujer de la Federacin de Sindicatos de Trabajadores de la Agroindustria, y tambin estoy coordinando un trabajo a nivel de Latinoamrica en la COLSIBAque es la Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Sindicatos Bananeros y Agroindustrias. En la COLSIBA estamos todos los pases de Centro Amrica, Ecuador y Per. Ah estamos haciendo una articulacin de trabajo con las organizaciones sindicales del sector de la agroindustria.

Penelope Kyritsis (oD): Por qu es la violencia de genero un problema para las mujeres en la industria?

Iris: Nosotras entendemos que en el sector agrcola, al cual nosotras pertenecemos, se viene dando mucha violencia de gnero en trminos de las condiciones sociales, laborales y sindicales de las mujeres en las plantaciones agrcolas. Por ejemplo, existe mucho acto de acoso sexual en las plantaciones. Tambin, hay una diferencia de salarios entre lo que le pueden pagar a un hombre y a una mujer, aun haciendo las mismas labores.

Otra de las cosas que hemos visto en los ltimos aos es que ahora estn empleando menos mujeres en estos sectores. No s si es que estn mirando a la maternidad y la lactancia como un costo a la produccin. Esas son cosas que nos preocupan mucho, y adems cuando las mujeres se quieren organizar en sindicatos tambin son despedidas.

Esos ejemplos los tenemos en nuestros pases, principalmente en las plantaciones de meln, donde no existe organizacin sindical y estamos en una fuerte lucha con las autoridades de nuestros pases porque eso tambin es violencia de genero. Existen los convenios 89, 98 y 111, que hablan de la no discriminacin en el trabajo de las mujeres, pero esas cosas se siguen dando en nuestros pases.

Penelope (oD): Esas mujeres tienen recursos para hablar del problema o reportar este problema?

Iris: Bueno, para las mujeres es bastante difcil hablar de acoso sexual. Porque si a la mujer no se la ha dado una educacin, si no se le ha dado una formacin, difcilmente la mujer va a denunciar. Porque el acoso sexual principalmente es un acto que no se puede comprobar. Es la palabra de la mujer contra la palabra del jefe, y por lo general el jefe est en un grado ms alto que e...

17:27

Producers and consumers of racist ideas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ibram X. Kendi talking: the thesis for the book actually came about through researching for the book, which I think is a good thing. And that was, I ended up entering into this history of racist ideas believing this common idea that, really, the sort of origins, the cradle, of racist ideas is ignoranceare ignorance []

17:26

Descent into barbarism: Trump makes virtue out of war and genocide at the UN "IndyWatch Feed War"

Descent into Barbarism: Trump Makes Virtue Out of War And Genocide at The UN US President Donald Trump Eduardo Munoz / Reuters By Finian Cunningham It cant get more outrageous. US President Donald Trump stood in front of the United Nations and openly threatened unilateral war and genocide. Its a sign of the times []

17:26

Why natural disasters are not natural "IndyWatch Feed World"

Storms do not discriminate, but they make landfall on societies that do.

17:22

Mexico earthquake: Race to find survivors under collapsed school "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mexico earthquake: Race to find survivors under collapsed school  Rescuers are racing against the clock to reach survivors trapped under the rubble of a school in Mexico City which collapsed during Tuesdays earthquake. One of them, a 13-year-old girl, is believed to be sheltering under a table, officials told the BBC. At least 21 children and five adults died when the primary school collapsed and many others are missing. The school was one of dozens of buildings toppled by the quake. So far 230 people are known to have died....

The post Mexico earthquake: Race to find survivors under collapsed school appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

17:22

Only 15 countries have key policies supporting families with young children "IndyWatch Feed World"

Only 15 countrieshave three basic policies that help guarantee the time and resources parents need to support their young childrens healthy brain development, say Unicef.

17:21

Haifa Ammonia Tank Completely Emptied of Hazardous Material "IndyWatch Feed War"

September 20, 2017 The Haifa bay ammonia tank was completely emptied of ammonia, Israeli media reported, adding that a deadline set by the Israeli Supreme Court was just made. The Ministry for Environmental Protection determined the tank unacceptably endangers the surrounding population and forbid its further use. Only nitrogen now remains in the tank, a []

17:18

Boy aged 17 held in sixth arrest over London train bombing "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

Latest arrest comes after a homemade bomb was left on a train at Parsons Green station but failed to detonate properly

17:15

Trump at the United Nations. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all. US president Donald Trumps speech to the United

17:15

Hum Bhi Bharat, Episode 1: Student Politics "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Arfa Khanum Sherwani discusses whether student politics have national implications.

Joining her for this episode are former vice president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University students union Shehla Rashid Shora, Jahnavi Ojha from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and The Wire Hindis reporter Srishti Srivastava.

The post Hum Bhi Bharat, Episode 1: Student Politics appeared first on The Wire.

17:13

G4 Countries Seek Early Reform of UN Security Council "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 26, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, September 26, 2016. Credit: Reuters

UN: Foreign ministers of G4 countries, including India, have called for an early reform of the UN Security Council and expansion of its permanent and non-permanent members.

At a meeting here on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly Sessions of the UN, the ministers of G4 countries Brazil, Germany, India and Japan asserted that such a reform was essential to make the most powerful wing of the UN more representative and effective, reflecting the ground realities of the 21st century.

A joint statement was issued after the meeting attended by external affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Brazilian foreign rel...

17:13

How to find and replace text/IP address with Ansible "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

I need to find an IP address in the sshd_config file and replace with a fresh one for over 100+ VMs. How do I use Ansible to do so? Is it possible to search replace single string or IP address? Yes, you can use the following Ansible modules: replace This module will replace all Continue reading "How to find and replace text/IP address with Ansible"

17:13

Citizen scientists use mobile apps to help green the ocean "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

As the recent annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) brought thousands of volunteers to the coasts, mobile phone applications were used to help volunteers with their widespread efforts to better understand the nature of marine debris.

17:12

Eastern Kurdistan: a silent politics with huge casualties "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

It is surely time that organisations that are internally active should dedicate their efforts to resuming activities that give hope to the people.

lead Screenshot: Leaders from the past: Dr. Qasimlo talks about abjuring terrorism during the Kurdish struggle. Youtube.The situation of the Kurds in a drastically changing Middle East has received little attention in academia and less in the media despite their growing impact on regional and international politics. The biggest stateless people living in the Middle East are on the verge of a new status, not only in Iraqi Kurdistan, where a referendum for independence takes place on September 25, 2017, but also in Syria and Turkey. Then there are the Iranian Kurds. Their stories and the conditions they live in are the least known, not only by the international community but also by fellow-Kurds living in three neighbouring countries, due to an intense isolation. This weeks short series looks at current political struggles of the Kurds in four neighbouring countries or in a country that does not exist on the world map but in the hearts and mind of 40 million people. Mehmet Kurt, series editor.

Inspired by the Kurdish movement in the north and Rojava (in Turkey and Syria), PJAK (the Kurdistan Independent Life Party affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers's Party (PKK) or Iranian branch of the PKK) and recently KODAR (the East Kurdistan Democratic and Independent Party also founded by the PKK, to replace the PJAK) were established to fill the gap of the Kurdish struggle in Iran. Yet, this new attempt has faced several serious obstacles. Can Kurdish politics in Rojhelat, (Rojhelat, literally means East, and refers to the eastern part of Kurdistan which is located within Irans current borders) look for a change of course to take it out of its current stagnation? Or will it continue to waste the time, resources and patience of a disappointed Kurdish people?

The Islamic state of Iran executes at least seven people every day. Tens of thousands of political prisoners a...

17:09

La Liga:Real beaten on Ronaldo return, Atletico win "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Antonio Sanabria struck deep into stoppage time to hand Real Betis a shock 1-0 win away to Real Madrid on Wednesday as the European champions failed to score for the first time in 74 matches. Defeat leaves Real already seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona just five games into their defence of La Liga having failed to win in all three home games so far this season. Even the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo on his return from a five-match domestic ban couldnt break Betis resistance as former Real goalkeeper Antonio...

The post La Liga:Real beaten on Ronaldo return, Atletico win appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

17:08

UPC Threatens to Weaponise Software Patents in Countries That Forbade These "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Cannon

Summary: The reality of software patents in Europe and what a Unified Patent Court (UPC) would mean for these if it ever became a reality

Having to inspect the patent database before writing a single line of code, thats not what I call Happy Programmers Day, Benjamin Henrion wrote the other day, adding that it does not change much to the fact that the EPO and al [sic] still forces you to read their invention garbage.

The EU rejects software patents, but the EPO flagrantly disobeys the rules, instructions, common sense etc.

Henrion took note of this new article from an EPO-friendly site, relaying the words of Francisco Mingorance [who is] executive secretary of IP Europe, a lobby group representing European technology companies and research institutes.

Open standards and Francisco Mingorance do not go well in the same sentence, Henrion wrote. We now await a communication from the European Commission on FRAND licensing this autumn, he added. FRAND is a euphemism for patent traps inside standards.

To say the least, Mingorance is an enemy of programming. He used to work for the Business Software Alliance (BSA), a pro-FRAND, anti-FOSS, pro-software patents lobby (and the whole bundle of Microsoft lobbying).

At the moment, the main concern we have is that Unitary Patent lobbying threatens to bring software patents to more countries, even countries which explicitly disallow software patents. We wrote many articles about that before.

Theres one particular comment in IP Kat which reinforces our views about the UPC. The comment is very long so its author was prevented from posting it...

17:05

Peace writ large: peacebuilding works, but we may need to shout about it more "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

On International Peace Day, a new report showcases the positive cumulative effect of peacebuilding initiatives, even when conflicts worldwide and the people killed or suffering are on the increase.

Philippines - Participants in a discussion on International Alerts research on the illicit gun trade in Mindanao Photo by Ilaria Bianchi - International Alert. All rights reserved.As director of programmes for International Alert over the past 13 years, I have seldom doubted the importance of our work, supporting local efforts to reduce violence and build peace in troubled parts of the world. When I was asked earlier this year to write a report making the economic, moral, and political case for more resources to be applied to peacebuilding, I thought it would be a simple task. After all, I have long been convinced of this case, so what could be simpler than articulating it to others?

But as I did my research, and began to frame the arguments, I started to have doubts. I realised that one of the reasons international agencies spend less than 1% of the economic cost of war on building peace, is that their decision-makers are sceptical that peacebuilding really works so they reach for more familiar tools for international engagement, or walk away from conflicts that remain unresolved. After all, I heard them say in my minds ear, achieving sustainable peace is a massive, well-nigh impossible goal, so why not settle for short term stability, however imperfect, and leave it at that. They generate a critical mass of energy for peace, and... if this continues, it leads to a constantly diminishing risk that violence will return.

But this crisis of confidence did not last. I continued my research, spoke with others, and found the...

17:05

A Half Century of Occupation: Israel, Palestine, and the Worlds Most Intractable Conflict "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It is with trepidation that I read books published under the rubric of the social sciences or humanities finding most of them poorly written, often self-serving, and filled with the jargon of the associated field of study (i.e. political science,

17:00

What is peacebuilding? Ask the public "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

This International Peace Day a striking 84% of people in the UK, US and Germany agree that human beings have the right to live in peace: free from conflict.

lead Political leaders and traders from either side of the Line of Control in Kashmir meet for the first time on the Chakothi Bridge after 60 years of separation, as trading across the Line of Control is established. Muhammad Arif Urfi. All rights reserved.Amidst heightened global insecurity and media criticism of foreign aid spending, one might assume a rise in public sympathy for military solutions to armed conflict. However, a new poll shows there is surprisingly strong public appetite to invest in long-term peacebuilding efforts.

During the UK general election campaign this year, the press reported a split in the Cabinet between defenders of the 0.7% foreign aid budget and those who favoured a cut and redirection to a combined defence and security budget. The purpose of this would be to shore up security in countries which are incubators for terrorism.

But cutting foreign aid to free up money to keep Britain safe is a false dichotomy. Spending more on defence and security in countries where chronic political and governance problems are fuelling conflict and providing fertile ground for radical groups will not resolve those issues or necessarily make Britain safer. Whereas, international aid, when it works with people to address the factors fuelling conflict, can do. 

Peacebuilding is often an invisible sub-sector of international development. There is no one definition of the term, but it is considered by the United Nations and those that work in the field as a process which goes beyond ending violence to establish the conditions for durable peace and prevent the recurrence of violence. For most practitioners, peacebuilding should be owned by people living with conflict, based on an analysis of conflict and peace, and involve strategic interventions to address underlying causes or drivers of conflict. 

Until now it has been unclear...

17:00

In Honor of Scout: Support Rebellion at Georgia Tech "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post In Honor of Scout: Support Rebellion at Georgia Tech appeared first on It's Going Down.

On the night of September 16th, Scout Schultz, a 21 year old queer activist and anti-fascist, was murdered by police on Georgia Tech campus. In their honor, hundreds gathered for a vigil at Georgia Tech before marching to the police headquarters on campus. There, clashes between attendees and campus police broke out. In the midst of these clashes, a police SUV was torched, multiple police officers were injured, and three arrests were made.

The arrestees are now facing trumped up felony charges, some of which carry a minimum of multiple years in prison. This atrocious act by the police and administration is an obvious attack on the self-organization of students and queer partisans in the city: the arrests and charges function as a tool to divide students by spreading fear as well as to purge the outside agitators, i.e. Scouts friends and loved ones, from the movement.

If you want to get involved, heres how:

  • If youre not able to make it to Atlanta, organize in solidarity on your local university campus, a park downtown, or in the privacy of your neighborhood punk house.

The United States is fraying at the seams. Though even as we witness the death of people we care about, between the anti-police struggles of Black Lives Matter, the undocumented struggles against ICE terror, various pipeline struggles all over the country, anti-fascist resistance, and so many other movements, a different conception of life is growing.

16:59

Arrest of Catalan Government Officials; Takeover of Catalan Institutions by Spanish Police Trying To Halt Independence Referendum Francos Ghost Walks? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Catalan president says Madrid is suspending regions autonomy: Police raid Catalan government buildings in Barcelona and arrest 12 senior officials in run-up to banned independence vote https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/20/spain-guardia-civil-raid-catalan-government-hq-referendum-row

The Principality of Catalonia (1608) Map of Catalonia entitled Cataloniae principatus novissima et accurata descriptio printed in Antwerp in 1608 by Jan Baptist Vrients.

2017: Spain crisis: stop this radicalism and disobedience, PM tells C...

16:59

Amid tragedy, an opportunity for smart recovery "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Recent extreme weather events are a wake-up call and opportunity to rebuild our cities to be more resilient, efficient and equitable in an era of changing climate, says WRI's Helen Mountford.

16:58

Video: US-led Coalition Seeks to Stop Syrian Army Advance Near Deir Ezzor "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On September 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) repelled a huge attack of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) on Maan in northern Hama. A fighting was also reported

16:57

Samantha Power - Fakes History, Makes False Claims, Warns Of Fake News "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

While warning of Russian influenced fake news and hacking, Samantha Power, Obama's banshee and ambassador at the UN, spreads fake news about "Russian hacking". Power starts off by retelling fiction as historic fact: Soviet agents were instructed to infiltrate party...

16:56

GCR/RV Intel SITREP: "Eulogy" -- September 21, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"



Source: Dinar Chronicles

The alien hybrid dark overlords of the cabal quit a long time ago. Years not months.

What is left are corrupted frontmen politicians scrambling to salvage their own asses.

At the UN this week, Netanyahu and Trump are the last two minions literally negotiating for their own lives.

They could careless about their country or peoples they "represent." Theirs is an all or nothing game theory playing out based on their getting the utmost out of the deal.

If you cannot see this now, there is no hope you ever will understand the rules geopolitical game of chess let alone how or why the pieces are what they are.

And you cannot by definition create change, because you are far too occupied intellectually wrestling against God just as you have done over the course of your entire RV careers.

Meaning because you refuse to walk across the bridge of wisdom by blind faith, you are by your own decision too emotionally attached to past illusions to connect with the truth of what is... and leading the grace of what will be is not in your life experience capacity.

No amount of bravado can save you. Study time came and went, you chose fear not love. And screaming now like spoiled children only reaffirms your fate as you will be left behind like orphans of history.

Alone. Angry. Bitter. Unfavored.

There's still time to surrender into Yeshua's all loving, all forgiving arms.

But this ghost army of do-gooders you believe follows behind your robes loyally are but shadows of a grandiose and quixotic notion of some tragic yet righteous superhero that you and only you worship.

Know all fighting machines and operators of yesteryear are being instantly decommissioned post RV, just as only vehicles of Esu's love are being allowed to remain and bless the world.

So consider this your earthly eulogy or eternal invitation to re-engage humbly your salvation.

No matter, those are your choices because war is what's ending. For you as for me. Equally. Sobeit.

God is with us

16:55

Australia must abandon racially discriminatory remote work for the dole program UN told "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government is denying access to basic rights to equality, work and income for people in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, through its racially discriminatory remote work for the dole program.

In a joint statement lodged with the UN Human Rights Council, the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT and Human Rights Law Centre urged the Council to abandon its racially discriminatory Community Development Program and replace it with an Aboriginal-led model.

John Paterson, a CEO of the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT, said that the Governments program requires people looking for work in remote communities to work up to 760 hours more per year for the same basic payment as people in non-Indigenous majority urban areas.

The program discriminates on the basis of race, with around 83 per cent of people in the program being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. This is a racially discriminatory program that was imposed on remote communities by the Government and it's having devastating consequences in those communities, said Mr Paterson.

Adrianne Walters, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the program is also denying basic work rights to many people in remote communities.

Some people are required to do work that they should be employed to do. Instead, they receive a basic social security payment that is nearly half of the minimum wage in Australia. People should be paid an award wage and afforded workplace rights and protections to do that work. said Ms Walters.

The statement calls for the Federal Government to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on a model that treats people with respect, protects their human rights and provides opportunities for economic and community development.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities want to take up the reins and drive job creation and community development. Communities need a program that sees people employed on decent pay and conditions, to work on projects the community needs. Its time for Government to work with us, said Mr Paterson.

The Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT has developed an alternative model for fair work and strong communities, called the Remote Development and Employment Scheme, which was launched in Canberra two weeks ago with broad community support.

The new Scheme will see new opportunities for jobs and community development and get rid of pointless administration. Critically, the Scheme provides incentives to encourage people into work, training...

16:55

Iranian cyber spies APT33 target aerospace and energy organizations "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Iran-linked APT33 group has been targeting aerospace and energy organizations in the United States, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea.

According to security firm FireEye, a cyber espionage group linked to the Iranian Government, dubbed APT33, has been targeting aerospace and energy organizations in the United States, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea.

The APT33 group has been around since at least 2013, since mid-2016, the group targeted the aviation industry and energy companies with connections to petrochemical production.

From mid-2016 through early 2017, APT33 compromised a U.S. organization in the aerospace sector and targeted a business conglomerate located in Saudi Arabia with aviation holdings. reads a blog post published by FireEye.

During the same time period, APT33 also targeted a South Korean company involved in oil refining and petrochemicals. More recently, in May 2017, APT33 appeared to target a Saudi organization and a South Korean business conglomerate using a malicious file that attempted to entice victims with job vacancies for a Saudi Arabian petrochemical company.

According to the experts, the APT33 group is gathering information on Saudi Arabias military aviation capabilities to gain insight into rivals in the MiddleEast.

We assess the targeting of multiple companies with aviation-related partnerships to Saudi Arabia indicates that APT33 may possibly be looking to gain insights on Saudi Arabias military aviation capabilities to enhance Irans domestic aviation capabilities or to support Irans military and strategic decision making vis a vis Saudi Arabia, continues FireEye.

We believe the targeting of the Saudi organization may have been an attempt to gain insight into regional rivals, while the targeting of South Korean companies may be due to South Koreas recent partnerships with Irans petrochemical industry as well as South Koreas relationships with Saudi petrochemical companies, 

The cyberspies leverage spear phishing emails sent to employees whose jobs related to the aviation industry.

...

16:54

Study Says Apple Data-Mining Safeguards Don't Protect Privacy Enough "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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During last year's WWDC in June 2016, Apple noted it would be adopting some degree of differential privacy methods to ensure privacy while the company mined user data on iOS and Mac OS. In short, the technique adds noise to data that scrambles it enough to prevent it from becoming identifiable -- though the company made clear at the time that its data collection process was opt-in. Over a year later, a study claims that Apple's methods fall short of the digital privacy community's expectations for how much a user's data is kept private.

As they reveal in their study (PDF), researchers from the University of Southern California, Indiana University and China's Tsinghua University evaluated how Apple injects static into users' identifiable info, from messages to your internet history, to baffle anyone looking at the data, from the government to Apple's own staff. The metric for measuring a setup's differential privacy effectiveness is called a "privacy loss parameter" or, as a variable, "epsilon." In this case, the researchers discovered that Apple's epsilon on MacOS allowed a lot more personal data to be identifiable than digital privacy theorists are comfortable with, and iOS 10 permits even more.

Apple has refuted the study's findings, especially on its alleged ability to link data to particular users.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/15/study-says-apple-data-mining-safeguards-dont-protect-privacy-en/


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16:53

All The News You Didnt Even Know Was Going Down "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post All The News You Didnt Even Know Was Going Down appeared first on It's Going Down.

It hasnt even been a week but already it feels like there needs to be a roundup and collection of news before it slips through our fingers. In the last several days, riots and clashes with the police have kicked off in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech University in the wake of the police killing of student organizer, anarchist, and antifascist Scout Schultz as well as in St. Louis against the police acquittal of Jason Stockley in the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. Meanwhile, more storms are headed directly towards both the Caribbean, Puerto Rico will be without power for months, and in the United States Republicans are pushing for health care reform yet again as Trumps base cracks apart.

As we go forward, both the media and the State are going to ramp up calls for a crack down on left-wing violence, against anarchists, antifa, Black Lives Matter, and the black bloc, and anything else that is autonomous and combative that they can demonize. As with youth and people of color in general or recently with Juggalos, the point will not be to criminalize just one set group, but instead entire broad populations. For the State, the drive is to attack the relationships that people have outside of the framework of power and cripple them through making them illegal. This demonization will not be logical; unless you believe that the State holds the only legitimacy to violence in our society.

We need to use this moment to articulate clearly to as many people who will listen exactly what we are about, what we want, and the kinds of strategies we see at our disposal to get there. As always, IGD remains a resource in that struggle, but we also encourage people to grow and develop their own counter-information and grassroots media infrastructure and platforms. There more of it we have, the better off we will be.

It is also time to articulate that beyond Trump, this entire system is illegitimate, it isnt helping us, and it serves its own interests and those of a set elite class. We can see this in the mass anger directed at the police, who only serve and protect private property and the interests of those in power. We can see this in the governments response to hurricane victims, telling them they are on their own, as they come back to homes that are destroyed with little hope of reb...

16:48

Senate votes down Pauls bid to revoke war authorizations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Senate has rejected a measure from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to sunset two war bills and force a debate on what war powers President Trump should have. Senators voted 61-36 Wednesday to table an amendment from the Kentucky Republican to get rid of the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force []

16:47

Florida Nuclear Plants in Path of Hurricane Shut Down "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Florida Power & Light said Thursday it was shutting down a pair of nuclear power plants ahead of the storm. The twin-reactor Turkey Point plant, which is 20 feet above sea level, lies just south of Miami on the coast, directly in the path of Irmas expected landfall. Further north on Floridas Atlantic coast is []

16:45

About that Tripoli Beauty Parlors Controversy "IndyWatch Feed World"

A picture of a foreign worker holding the Arguile pipe for a customer at a beauty parlor has gone viral in the past couple of days. To be honest, when I shared the picture, I made sure the customer and workers faces are blurred because the point was not to bash them personally, but to show what weve come to in our society, and how Arguile has become a must even in a freaking beauty parlor.

The parlors management was interviewed by Al Jadeed and Annahar and explained that the worker (She called her el Filipiniyye even though shes Ethiopian) was just picking the Arguile pipe after it had dropped, that cameras were not allowed inside the center and that theyre filing a lawsuit against the person who took the picture. Even the worker in question was interviewed and said she was happy to work there and was only helping out a customer.

This being said, can someone explain to me why is an indoor beauty parlor serving Arguile? and why didnt anyone raise the legality of that matter? What is the Health Ministrys stand on that matter? and on the abundance of Arguiles in almost every shop/restaurant/hotel/beauty parlor in Lebanon?

16:42

Risk to Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station From Tropical Storm Jose "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


The population within 50 miles (80 km) of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was 4,737,792 in 2010. Boston is at risk from any accident at this site.

The major risk to the Massachusetts Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station from Tropical Storm Jose seems to be possible loss of offsite power due to winds (LOOP). One of the strangest things about nuclear power stations is their need for offsite power: The availability of ac power to commercial nuclear power plants is essential for safe operations and accident recovery. A loss of offsite power (LOOP) event, therefore, is an important contributor to total risk at nuclear power plants. http://nrcoe.inel.gov/resultsdb/LOSP/

It is apparently this need for offsite power which has given rise to the conspiracy theory that nuclear power stations dont really produce energy. It is also this fact which creates a major...

16:41

Catalan Government Raided by Spanish Police to Halt Banned Referendum "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Protesters carry Esteladas, Catalan separatist flags and Basque flags, during a rally in favour of a referendum on independence from Spain for the autonomous community of Catalonia, in the Basque city of Bilbao, Spain September 9, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Protesters carry Esteladas, Catalan separatist flags and Basque flags, during a rally in favour of a referendum on independence from Spain for the autonomous community of Catalonia, in the Basque city of Bilbao, Spain September 9, 2017. Credit: Reuters

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16:40

Zero Role for India in Afghanistan, Says Pakistan Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

We dont foresee any political or military role for India in Afghanistan. I think it will just complicate the situation and it will not resolve anything.

Pakistan's former Petroleum Minister and Prime Minister designate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrives to attend the National Assembly session in Islamabad, Pakistan August 1, 2017. Credit:Reuters/Faisal Mahmood

Pakistans former Petroleum Minister and Prime Minister designate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrives to attend the National Assembly session in Islamabad, Pakistan August 1, 2017. Credit:Reuters/Faisal Mahmood

New York: Pakistan sees zero political or military role for India in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said today, weeks a...

16:38

Newshub/Reid Research pre-election poll "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The last Newshub/Reid Research poll before the election: National 45.8% (last week 47.3) Labour 37.3% (last week 37.8) NZ First 7.1% (last week 6.0) Greens 7.1% (last week 4.9) TOP 0.9% (last week 1.6) Maori Party 0.4% (last week 1.1) ACT 0.6% (last week 0.6) This is quite similar to last nights Colmar Brunton poll as well as being similar to last []

16:35

Man refuses to obtain Aadhaar for self, family "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Calling it grave injustice, Andheri resident John Abrahim has refused to get an Aadhaar card for himself and his family. The impediments he faced in the absence of the card his sons college admission, treatment in a hospital, his retirement benefits have hardly been a deterrent. Making me do something and making a []

16:34

Aid Shipment to Rohingya in Rakhine State Blocked by Myanmar Protesters "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Rohingya refugees have a dinner at a makeshift shelter near Gundum in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 3, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Rohingya refugees have a dinner at a makeshift shelter near Gundum in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh, September 3, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Sittwe, Myanmar: Hundreds of Buddhists in Myanmar tried to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Rakhine State where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing, with a witness saying protesters threw petrol bombs before police dispersed them by firing into the air.

The protest was testament to rising communal animosity that threatens to complicate the delivery of vital supplies, and came as US President Donald Trump called for a quick end to the violence that has raised concern about Myanmars transition from military rule.

The aid shipment, being organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was...

16:31

CIA Agent Confesses On Deathbed: We Blew Up WTC7 On 9/11 "IndyWatch Feed World"

79-year-old retired CIA agent, Malcom Howard, has made a series of astonishing claims since being released from hospital in New Jersey on Friday and told he has weeks to live. Mr. Howard claims he was involved in the controlled demolition of World Trade Center 7, the third building that was destroyed on 9/11.

Mr. Howard, who worked for the CIA for 36 years as an operative, claims he was tapped by senior CIA agents to work on the project due to his engineering background, and early career in the demolition business.

Trained as a civil engineer, Mr. Howard became an explosives expert after being headhunted by the CIA in early 1980s. Mr. Howard says has extensive experience in planting explosives in items as small as cigarette lighters and as large as 80 floor buildings.

The 79-year-old New Jersey native says he worked on the CIA operation they dubbed New Century between May 1997 and September 2001, during a time he says the CIA was still taking orders from the top. Mr. Howard says he was part of a cell of 4 operatives tasked with ensuring the demolition was successful.

Mr. Howard says the World Trade Center 7 operation is unique among his demolitions, as it is the only demolition that we had to pretend wasnt a demolition job. He claims he had no problem going through with the deception at the time, because when you are a patriot, you dont question the motivation of the CIA or the White House. You assume the bigger purpose is for a greater good. They pick good, loyal people like me, and it breaks my heart to hear the shit talk.

[John Kerry Admits WTC 7 Was Brought Down By Controlled Demolition]

But even he admits that now, looking back, Something wasnt right.

No good has come from this. This isnt the America we envisioned.

Explaining how the building was bought down, Mr. Howard says, It was a classic controlled demolition with explosives. We used super-fine military grade nanothermite composite materials as explosives. The hard part was getting thousands of pounds of explosives, fuses and ignition mechanisms into the building without causing too much concern. But almost every single office in the Building 7 was rented by the CIA, the Secret Service, or the military, which made it easier....

16:30

Machine Learning Helps Small Farmers Identify Plant Pests And Diseases "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A new app aims to help smallholder farmers fight pests and diseases that are killing their crops.

The worlds 500 million smallholder farmers have a new weapon in their never-ending fight against pests and plant diseases: an app called Plantix. By uploading pictures of affected crops to the mobile service, they can quickly diagnose unwanted funguses and insects and get ideas about how to deal with infestations before they get out of control. Three years after launch, the app is being used more than 1 million times a month, particularly in India, Brazil, and North Africa.

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16:30

Why Mexico Suffered Two Earthquakes In Two Weeks, And Why More Are Due "IndyWatch Feed World"

Scientists dont know if the quakes were directly connected, but the region and others are especially vulnerable to quakes like these, and worse.

Two earthquakes just 12 days apart in Mexico have killed hundreds of people, injured thousands, flattened buildings, and highlighted the enormous seismic risk the region continually faces.

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16:30

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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16:28

With Modis Skill India Scheme Faltering, Centre Plans to Make It More District-Centric "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Of the 30.67 lakh candidates who had been trained or were undergoing training across the country in June 2017, only 2.9 lakh received placement offers.

An employee works inside an undergarment factory in Kolkata, India, February 29, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File Photo

An employee works inside an undergarment factory in Kolkata, India, February 29, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File Photo

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi governments much-touted skilling scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), isnt quite achieving the results the Centre had hoped for. According to a report in the Indian Express, data revealed that of the 30.67 lakh candidates who had been trained or were undergoing training across the country in June 2017, only 2.9 lakh had received placement offers. Thats less than a tenth.

In order to address this issue, the newspaper reported, the government is...

16:27

Google has bought HTCs Pixel division for $1.1 billion "IndyWatch Feed World"

The company announced that it purchased a team of HTC talent from HTCs Pixel phone division, which will now move and work in-house at Google helping design mobile phones. The HTC unit developed the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones for the search giant. Rick Osterloh, Googles senior vice president of hardware, made the announcement in

The company announced that it purchased a team of HTC talent from HTCs Pixel phone division, which will now move and work in-house at Google helping design mobile phones. The HTC unit developed the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones for the search giant. Rick Osterloh, Googles senior vice president of hardware, made the announcement in a blog post:

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16:24

The Latest Lies About the Unitary Patent (UPC) and CIPOs Participation in Those "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

They got CETA, but they wont get UPC

UPC truth

Summary: Team UPC continues to overplay its chances, conveniently ignoring simple facts as well as the Rule of Law

THE EPO is quiet. So is SUEPO, the staff union of the EPO, whose Web site has not been updated for a while. On the UPC front, however, spin continues. Left unchallenged, some people out there might even believe it. Team UPC extravagantly lies, exaggerates, and places too much emphasis on perceived positives. Everything else is discarded, ignored, or ridiculed.

As we noted earlier this week, theres UPC propaganda coming to Canada pretty soon. We cant help but wonder, why would anyone actually pay to be lied to by Team Battistelli about the UPC in Montreal (Canada)? Maybe to make contacts/connections? A few days ago CIPO wrote: Only 2 days left to register to the #Montreal roadshow with @EPOorg on Unitary #Patent & Unified Patent Court!

Thats just basically Battistellis right-hand liar. Shell be spreading the usual lies there. They will have the audience believe that the UPC is coming very soon. Bristows is doing the same thing this week, with staff pretty much repeating themselves regarding Scotland (never mind the reality of Brexit).

IAMs chief editor also did his thing earlier this week. The UK-based IAM is perfectly happy that the EPOs declining patent quality (which IAM helps Battistelli deny) brings its beloved patent trolls to Europe. Joff Wild speaks of the UPC again, joined by the term BigTech with the usual whipping boy being Google. Here are some portions:

And that brings me to patents. As everyone in the IP market knows, over recent year Europe has emerged as a much more important part of the equation for patent owners seeking to assert their rights. For multiple reasons including the perceived quality of EPO-granted assets, speed to get a decision, the relatively low cost of li...

16:24

8 Major Reasons Why You Should Never Mess With the Quiet One "IndyWatch Feed World"

The people who do not say much often fall into the background noise. Sometimes we dont even realize they are there.

You see, the quiet person is the one who is filled with great ideas and listens to everything that is going on around them. While there is nothing wrong with being extroverted there are some downsides. Introverts or quiet people who like to stick to themselves are often misunderstood.

We make all kinds of incorrect assumptions about these people, and in many cases cast them off as less intelligent. Tons of people assume that quiet people are weak and submissive, but that is far from the truth. Quiet people are usually strong and creative.

Below you will find a list of reasons why you should never mess with a quiet person. While you may see them as an easy target to bully or mistreat they are not quite what they seem. If you piss off a quiet person you may be in for a world of hurt.

8 Reasons Why The Quiet Person Should Not Be Messed With:

1. Quiet people listen to everything.

They pay attention to everything. When you said you hated spiders last week they were listening. You may not have noticed them at all and yet now they have your fear in their hands. Quiet people listen to everything and think quite deeply. They wait until they have something good to say before speaking unlike the rest of the world.

2. Quiet people observe more than you do.

Quiet people pick up on body language more often than most. They can easily spot when someone is lying and when someone is being sincere. They are not as easy to deceive as you might think.

3. Quiet people are not weaker just because they are not loud.

Just because someone is not obnoxious and loud does not mean they will fall over when you push them. Quiet people can be strong when they need to be. You would be stupid for assuming otherwise.

4. Not all quiet people lack social skills.

Just because someone is quiet doesnt mean they are awkward when they speak. Most quiet people speak just fine and get along well with others. This world is a diverse one, remember that.

5. Quiet people will not tolerate being treated badly.

Just because someone doesnt talk much doesnt mean they are going to let you walk all over them. They will only take so much before fighting back. Besides, if you are treating someone badly jus...

16:20

Strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Vanuatu at 20:09 UTC on September 20, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 200.2 km (125 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 204 km (126 miles). According to the USGS, the...... Read more

Historical nautical maps show coral loss more extensive than previously believed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A team of researchers based in Australia and the United States have used historical nautical maps to determine that coral reef loss in the Florida Keys is much more extensive than previously understood. The British empire began mapping its overseas territories in the 18th century, and coral reefs in particular were quite thoroughly documented given the danger they posed to wooden-hulled ships. In the process, these imperial cartographers unwittingly provided a source of high-resolution spatial data on coastal areas that, as it turns out, can still be useful today in establishing historical baselines for the extent of coral reefs and assessing changes to those reef systems over the ensuing centuries. The degree of biologically relevant information recorded varied by cartographer, but the best of these British maps describes the depth, shape, and color of shallow-water corals and distinguishes them from other hard structures such as rocks, the authors of a study published in the journal Science Advances earlier this month wrote. The researchers used nautical charts dating from the 1770s to help quantify changes in the coral reefs of the Florida Keys over the past 240 years. The maps were essential to expansion of the British Empire, and luckily for us, they also included a lot of useful ecological information, according to Benjamin Neal, a postdoctoral researcher at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine and a co-author of the study. Loren McClenachan, a professor at Colby College in Waterville, Maine who led the study, said that,

Unmasked: Trump Doctrine vows carnage for new axis of evil (Pepe Escobar ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

20/09/2017 - North Korea, Iran, Venezuela are targets in "compassionate" America's war on the "wicked few." It's almost as though Washington felt its hegemony threatened Amorim, Brazil This ...

16:18

Donald Trump is Just Another New World Order Apprentice "IndyWatch Feed Africa"



Source: Covert Geopolitics

Donald Trump is acting and sounding more like Obama than the self he was projecting at the campaign trail last year. This only means that he is double-crossing the nation in favor of the privilege that the White House position could provide to his own enterprise.

Otherwise, a lot of things could have happened already.

No, it's not about what the Deep State will do to him. It's whether he had the vertebra to do it in the first place.

True or False? Fact-Checking Five Key Points of Trump's First UN Address

01:05 20.09.2017(updated 05:02 20.09.2017)

After referring to North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un as "rocket man" in front of the UN General Assembly, US Presidential Donald Trump made a slew of remarks with questionable accuracy.

Trump stepped up his aggressive rhetoric toward Tehran, berated Kim's "suicide mission" in developing nuclear weapons, and spared zero effort touting what he claims are his own economic accomplishments. Were the claims true? Sputnik News has a quick review of key points where the president may not have been fully truthful in his comments before the UN.

"We want harmony and friendship, not conflict and strife."

US foreign policy since the 9/11 terror attacks has been nothing if not violent. US soldiers have occupied Iraq since 2003 after toppling Saddam Hussein's regime. Since 2001, US airstrikes have peppered Yemen to reportedly eliminate al-Qaeda militants, but the UN itself calls the Saudi-led (and US-backed) coalition in Yemen the worst humanitarian crisison earth. US forces are arriving in places like Somalia and...

16:18

The SEC was hacked and its infiltrators could have made millions "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Securities and Exchange Commission has admitted to being hacked in 2016, reports Bloomberg. The hackers were able to break into their Edgar corporate filing system, which contains millions of filings from companies ranging from quarterly earnings to statements on mergers and acquisitions. These filings are uploaded to the Edgar system before being made public,

The Securities and Exchange Commission has admitted to being hacked in 2016, reports Bloomberg. The hackers were able to break into their Edgar corporate filing system, which contains millions of filings from companies ranging from quarterly earnings to statements on mergers and acquisitions. These filings are uploaded to the Edgar system before being made public, which means if hackers were able to breach the system, they could have used the insider information gleaned from the filings to buy or sell stock ahead of time before the market reacted to the information contained in the filings upon their public release. The SEC chairman Jay Clayton said a review of the breach is ongoing and noted that the SEC is coordinating with the appropriate authorities.

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16:15

Deep 5.7 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed World"

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake has hit Indonesia, northwest of Bali, as alert levels rise about the possibility of a volcanic explosion on the island. A STRONG undersea earthquake has struck off the coast of holiday hotspot, Bali. The 5.7 magnitude quake was detected northeast of Kemeduran, which is northwest of Bali, on Thursday, the US Geological Survey has confirmed. With a magnitude of almost 6, the earthquake is classified as moderate to strong. It was measured at a depth of 588km. The news comes after tourists in Bali were warned to avoid the area around Mount Agung in the island's north amid fears it could erupt. Indonesian officials have more than doubled the size of the no-go zone around the Mount Agung volcano and raised its alert level for the second time in less than a week, the Associated Press reported. The volcano, about 72 kilometres from Kuta, is a popular tourist destination and hiking spot.

16:12

7 Definitive Signs Your Third Eye is Opening "IndyWatch Feed World"

Humans are extremely powerful creatures who possess special abilities that no other creature has. We are extremely energetic beings and by taking advantage of the massive energy you can change your entire life.

Humans are receptors for massive amounts of metaphysical energy. We have a primo vascular system in our bodies that transports and receives energy all the time. The most commonly known energy points in the body are the seven chakras.

The seven chakras are energetic receiving points throughout the body, and by taking advantage of them you can completely change your life. The sixth chakra, also known as the third eye chakra, is one of the most commonly referred to chakras. It can be found between the eyebrows and it encompases the pituitary gland. This chakra can lead you to enabling clairvoyance, telepathy, lucid dreaming, expanded imagination, and visualization. But first you have to get it to open.

Once you begin practicing mindfulness and meditation you will begin to open your third eye chakra. This enables you to be highly sensitive to other peoples energy and allows you to be very intuitive. People with an open third eye chakra have a revitalized and pure perception of life itself, and they fully understand the interconnectedness of all things.

Is your third eye chakra open? If it is, youll definitely relate to these 7 signs.

1. Pressure

Someone who is experiencing the opening of the third eye will experience a pressure in the center of the eyebrows or the skull. The sensation might feel like you have a cold or blocked sinuses, yet your nasal passages are clear.

2. Sudden Interest in Spirituality

People with an open third eye will also experience a random interest in spirituality. You suddenly are interested in the power of meditation and youve begun practicing mindfulness. All of this interest came out of nowhere and felt extremely natural.

3. Closed Eye Visuals

Closed eye visuals are seeing something while your eyes are closed. People who have an open third eye might see extraordinary light when their e...

16:06

Convicted Lawmakers Need Not Be Automatically Disqualified From Legislature: Centre Tells SC "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Centre said convicted MPs or MLAs need not be automatically disqualified from parliament or state legislatures since they can appeal convictions.

Supreme Court. Credit: PTI

Supreme Court. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Central government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that convicted lawmakers need not be automatically disqualified from parliament or state legislatures as they have the right to move an appellate court to stay such a verdict.

A number of lawmakers had been asked to vacate their seats after the Supreme Court ruled in the Lily Thomas vs. Union of India case that a convicted lawmaker automatically stood disqualified. The NDA government, despite this ruling, said that a legislator could approach a court to stay a conviction and remain in their post, the Telegraph reported.

Some convicted legislators from Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh have continued in their posts despite convictions, which was brought to the apex courts notice by NGO Lok Prahari,...

16:00

Whale, oil beef hooked, Crusher is going to raise hell about the neglected privately owned pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Just like Chorus (then Telecom) is more than just a private company because it delivers essential infrastructure to the nation, the oil companies have a similar responsibility. If theres one thing Bill English and his team know, its crisis management. Think earthquakes, floods and the global financial crisis. So does the oil crisis play right []

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15:59

FedEx announces $300m in lost business and response costs after NotPetya attack "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

FedEx is the last firm in order of time that disclosed the cost caused by the massive NotPetya, roughly $300m in lost business and response costs.

The malware compromised systems worldwide, most of them in Ukraine, the list of victims is long and includes the US pharmaceutical company Merck, the shipping giant Maersk, the Ukraines central bank, Russian oil giant Rosneft, advertising group WPP, TNT Express and the law firm DLA Piper.

According to the second quarter earnings report published by Maersk, there were expecting losses between $200 million and $300 million due to significant business interruption because the company was forced to temporarily halt critical systems infected with the ransomware.

The situation announced by FedEx is also disconcerting, its systems will only be fully restored only at the end of September, three months after the incident.

The worldwide operations of TNT Express were significantly affected during the first quarter by the June 27 NotPetya cyberattack. Most TNT Express services resumed during the quarter and substantially all TNT Express critical operational systems have been restored. However, TNT Express volume, revenue and profit still remain below previous levels, the company said on Tuesday.

Operating results declined due to an estimated $300 million impact from the cyberattack, which was partially offset by the benefits from revenue growth, lower incentive compensation accruals and ongoing cost management initiatives,

NotPetya

 

During a conference call with financial analysts on Tuesday, FedEx chief information officer Rob Cart...

15:58

The Human Race is Quickly Evolving Into A New Kind of Human "IndyWatch Feed National"

Life is a crazy roller coaster full of ups, downs, and twist and turns. Im sure everyone will agree with me when I say that life is confusing. But its okay because you are rapidly transforming into a new human being. Youre not supposed to understand it all.

We all try our hardest to understand life and make sense of things. There are so many questions to be answered about life like how we got here, what put us here, and what were truly supposed to be doing. However, life wouldnt be life if you understood it. Its weird how nothing makes sense at all, yet it all does at the same time.

Everything is interdependent on each other and if one component of life were to disappear it would bring all of society to a crumble. Its okay that you dont understand everything or anything about life itself. None of us really do, but thats because we are rapidly changing into new human beings. Even more rapidly than youd think.

We are constantly evolving as time goes on. Humans are forever growing and so is our universe. Everything continues and time goes on, and we are rapidly growing, changing, and essentially transforming as it all happens before our very eyes. If you stop to pay attention you would notice how fast everything changes even yourself. Everyday you live you are creating new memories of new experiences and forming new interests and opinions on everything you come into contact with. One memory possessing brain cell dies and another is born. We are constantly in a state of evolution.

Everything about life is a learning experience. None of us are placed on Earth knowing anything. We are informationless fragile creatures who grow everyday. Growing physically and mentally as we create new brain cells, memories, experiences, and feelings. Everyday we grow something is changing. When you wake up in the morning you are essentially a new person by the time you lay your head down at night. Every day is a learning experience and we grow more wisdom as we go throughout life.

You are becoming more aware of your own spir...

15:57

BRICS Potential and Future in an Emerging New World Economy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

1. Global Economy and BRICS

Peter Koenig: Lets put the BRICS in perspective: The BRICS are of course Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Together they make up for almost 50% of the world population and close to one

15:56

Greg Clark visits Australia and finds high rates of status persistence "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The co-authors on this paper (pdf) are Andrew Leigh and Mike Pottenger, here is the abstract:

The paper estimates long run social mobility in Australia 18702017 tracking the status of rare surnames. The status information includes occupations from electoral rolls 19031980, and records of degrees awarded by Melbourne and Sydney universities 18522017. Status persistence was strong throughout, with an intergenerational correlation of 0.70.8, and no change over time. Notwithstanding egalitarian norms, high immigration and a well-targeted social safety net, Australian long-run social mobility rates are low. Despite evidence on conventional measures that Australia has higher rates of social mobility than the UK or USA (Mendolia and Siminski, 2016), status persistence for surnames is as high as that in England or the USA. Mobility rates are also just as low if we look just at mobility within descendants of UK immigrants, so ethnic effects explain none of the immobility.

Social mobility is indeed difficult to pull off.  Hat tip goes to Ben Southwood.

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15:55

Bill Black: Massachusetts First to Sue Equifax Over Massive Hack "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Several government agencies and at least 34 state attorneys general have opened probes into the Equifax data-breach scandal--'the gift that keeps on giving,' says Bill Black.

15:50

Practicing the Law of One "IndyWatch Feed World"



Source: Ascension Glossary

The Law of One is the comprehension that all things are made of intelligent energy and are a part of the All-One.

The Law of One is a Sacred Science of the mechanics of Christ Consciousness and are the Natural Laws governing our Universal Creation.

All-One is the recognition that Eternal Truth is Eternal Love and Eternal Love is the organic consciousness of Infinite Creator, or God.

Eternal Love consciousness embodied in a form is Unity intelligence, and simultaneously recognized as, the Inner Light of Christos.

Unity consciousness is at One with God and Unity consciousness ignites the Inner Light of Christos. The Inner Light of Christos when actualized in form, is the embodiment of an Eternal God Human. Practice Unity Consciousness and One is directly reflecting the image of God's Love, and is eternally protected. Be At One with All, as One is All with God.

Every soul is taking the same journey, but each soul has evolved at a different level. The teachings of the Law of One describe the spiritual laws that govern our spiritual evolution for each dimension. It is a single philosophical system of World Humanism, which merges cosmology, science, Human Rights and spiritualism.

Simply put, the Law of One is the Universal Truth that All Is One. It is the Truth taught by Christ when he proclaimed, "Love your neighbor as you love yourself." We are all direct expressions of the One Source God Source.

...

15:48

Theres a Plan to Make a Synthetic Spinal Cord to End Paralysis "IndyWatch Feed World"



Source: Futurism

Hugh Herr and his colleagues at MIT's Center for Extreme Bionics want to change what it means to be disabled. As part of a $100 million, five-year project, the researchers are working on advanced prosthetics that work like real limbs, a synthetic nervous system, and more.

A Bold Mission

Some say experience is the best teacher, and for Hugh Herr, that has definitely been the case. His experience with disability and subsequent need for prosthetics compelled him to develop what could be the world's most advanced type of bionics.

Now, the researcher and bionics expert is the co-director of the Center for Extreme Bionics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) a unique research lab that began with the idea of taking prosthetics to the next level.

Since its creation in 2014, the center's goal has been to treat a wide spectrum of disabilities through the development of advanced bionics. Now, the center is working on a $100 million, five-year project that focuses on treating paralysis, depression, amputation, epilepsy, and Parkinson's disease through the development of bionic technologies.
Disability-Free World

The projects the researchers are pursuing are nothing short of cutting-edge.

While today's prosthetics are useful and can give amputees a way to regain lost motor functions, Herr and his colleagues think they can improve upon these devices by combining them with advanced neural implants. This gives a person's nerves and muscles a way to talk to a prosthetic, making it easier for the device to be controlled and function like a biological limb.

The MIT team sees neural implants being useful for far more prosthetics, though. The technology could also be used to alter brain functions to treat neurological or mental disorders.

Meanwhile, a digital nervous system (DNS) powered by optogenetics a technique that uses light to control cells could allow the researchers to treat paralysis and Parkinson's disease by essentially replacing the biological nervous system. Eventually, the researchers think they many be able to engineer cells and tissues to grow...

15:47

Researchers Link Human Brain to the Internet for the First Time "IndyWatch Feed Africa"



Source: Futurism

Researchers from Wits University have linked a brain directly to the internet. Data gathered from this project could help fuel the next steps in machine learning and brain-computer interfaces.
Brain Meets IoT

A team of researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa have made a major breakthrough in the field of biomedical engineering. According to a release published on Medical Express, for the first time ever, researchers have devised a way of connecting the human brain to the internet in real time. It's been dubbed the "Brainternet" project, and it essentially turns the brain "into an Internet of Things (IoT) node on the World Wide Web."

The project works by taking brainwave EEG signals gathered by an Emotiv EEG device connected to the user's head. The signals are then transmitted to a low cost Raspberry Pi computer, which live streams the data to an application programming interface and displays the data on an open website where anyone can view the activity. Adam Pantanowitz, a lecturer in the Wits School of Electrical and Information Engineering and the project's supervisor, said:

Brainternet is a new frontier in brain-computer interface systems. There is a lack of easily understood data about how a human brain works and processes information. Brainternet seeks to simplify a person's understanding of their own brain and the brains of others. It does this through continuous monitoring of brain activity as well as enabling some interactivity.

Intellectual Muscle
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15:47

Mexico's Popocatpetl volcano erupts same day as deadly quake "IndyWatch Feed World"

As if the deadly earthquake in Mexico weren't enough, a volcano erupted amid the violent tremors. Popocatepetl - about 45 miles southeast of quake-ravaged Mexico City and some 30 miles from the temblor's epicenter - belched ash and gas as the 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked the country's central region. The county's volcano-monitoring system registered one explosion and 256 "low-intensity exhalations" between Tuesday and Wednesday mornings but said none of the activity can be attributed to the earthquake, according to Mexico's National Center for Prevention of Disasters. A church in Atzitzihuacan at the foot of the mountain collapsed during the quake and eruption, killing 15 worshippers as they celebrated Mass inside. Pope Francis said he was praying for victims in the majority-Catholic country. "In this moment of pain, I want to express my closeness and prayers to all the beloved Mexican people," he said. The 17,700-foot Popocatepetl has been particularly active this summer and also blew its top amid the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

15:46

'It's destroyed everything in its path': Puerto Rico in total darkness after Hurricane Maria knocks out 100% of island's power "IndyWatch Feed World"

'It's destroyed everything in its path': Puerto Rico in total darkness after Hurricane Maria knocks out 100% of the island's power while nearly two feet of rain turns roads into rivers of mud --Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico Wednesday morning as a Cat. 4 hurricane with 155 mph winds --Forecasters say it could regain strength and Maria could again become a major hurricane by Thursday | 20 Sept 2017 | Puerto Rico may be without power for months after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory with powerful winds that downed trees, ripped the roofs off homes and turned roads into rivers with flash flooding. Gov. Ricardo Rossell told CNN late Wednesday night that it may take months to restore power to the entire island. He said that as a result of the powerful Category 4 hurricane, no one on the island has power from utilities since the power grid is 'a little bit old, mishandled and weak'. More than 10,000 remained in shelters Wednesday night as the governor has imposed a curfew on the island from 6pm to 6am beginning Wednesday and ending on Saturday morning.

 

15:46

Innovative Zero-Energy Air Conditioner in New Delhi is Naturally Cooling Households "IndyWatch Feed World"



Source: Truth Theory | by Amanda Froelich

Due to cost constraints and environmental considerations, few families India can afford conventional air conditioning units. Fortunately, there is an aesthetically pleasing and eco-friendly alternative that is working just as well for residents in New Delhi.

Arch Daily reports that New Delhi-based Ant Studio has created a zero-electricity air conditioner that is low-tech, energy efficient and offers an artistic solution to the "problem" of sweltering temperatures. The honeycomb-like installation is made with conical clay tubes that were created using computational technologies and modern calibration techniques. Their purpose is to naturally reduce surrounding temperatures.



The zero-energy air conditioner was developed as part of a larger beautification project for DEKI Electronics. Not only does the unconventional air conditioner cool the interior of buildings, it adds an "artistic flair" to facilities.

How does it work?

When water runs down the structure just enough to wet the cones just once or twice a day, the process of evaporation occurs. This, in turn, lowers the air temperature. Inhabitat reports, "The porous terra-cotta units absorb water that then seeps to the outer surface where it evaporates and turns into cold air. The flow of water empties out into a collection basic and gives the installation a beautiful waterfall effect."

"I believe this experiment worked quite well functionally. Findings from this attempt opened up a lot more possibilities where we can integrate this technique with forms that could redefine the way we look at cooling systems, a necessary yet ignored component of a building's functionality," said Monish Siripurapu, the founder of Ant Studio. "Every installation could be treat...

15:45

Massive 6.2 Magnitude Earthquakes Has Hit Japan Coast Near Fukushima "IndyWatch Feed World"

Planet Earth has been experiencing some devastating natural disasters this year. 2017 will be famous for having multiple once in every 500 years storms. Now that you just thought they were over, we are still experiencing devastation from natural disasters.

When I say natural disasters it is probably a given that this is a chain reaction from the tremendous environmental disturbances weve caused. We have essentially ruined our atmosphere, and it looks like were about to start paying for it. This year south Texas was devastated by Hurricane Harvey, Southern florida and the east coast were destroyed by Hurricane Irma, and we are already awaiting Hurricane Maria. Aside from the three record setting hurricanes weve just endured, Japan has been hit by a detrimental earthquake.

The earthquake occurred on the South East of Kamaishi at about 2:37 AM. It was measured as a 10 KM 6.2 magnitude earthquake. Japan has already been devastated by a horrendous earthquake in 2011. Four people died and dozens were injured due to the landslides, tsunamis, and fires.

While no details have yet been released regarding the damages of the horrendous 6.2 earthquake we know it cant be good. Not to mention the fact that this was the third major earthquake in just a 24 hour period. All we can say right now is keep Japan in your thoughts and prayers and send as many good vibrations as possible.

Our hearts go out to those affected.

image via NBC News.

15:41

MACKAY Man allegedly caught with 1kg of ice facing more charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Man allegedly caught with 1kg of ice facing more charges

September 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

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MACKAY Mega fail: Wanted mans escape plan goes down the drain "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 21, 2017 at 12:03PM ,

Mega fail: Wanted mans escape plan goes down the drain

September 21, 2017 at 12:03PM ,

Callaghan, 22, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday from prison via videolink, where hes locked up due to pending matters.

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15:40

Boosting PNGs transport department "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Source: Loop PNG

21 September 2017

A partnership arrangement has been signed to further boost the effectiveness of the Transport Department.

 

The new Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Westly Nukundj, and Australian High Commission Minister Counsellor, Benedict David, today signed the deal.

 

The two-year partnership arrangement between Papua New Guinea and Australia to November 2019 will support the Department to deliver more effectively on its mandate to improve transport connectivity for all Papua New Guineans. 

 

This partnership with Australia will help the Department to meet the emerging needs of the transport sector, says the Minister.

 

This support is crucial to delivering the goals set out in our corporate plan. This comprehensive program of support will assist us across the maritime, aviation and land transport sectors.

 

A more effective Department will be able to better connect communities and support economic development.

 

The arrangement provides critical support to the development of Papua New Guineas next Medium Term Transport Plan, which will set out how best to ensure sustainable investment in the sector.

 

The arrangement will assist Papua New Guineas preparations for APEC 2018, seek to optimise sectoral funding arrangements and support ongoing institutional reforms, legislative drafting, budget preparation, and reporting and policy development. It will also aim to boost cap...

15:39

Unmasked: Trump Doctrine Vows Carnage for New Axis of Evil "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Featured image: Paul Delaroche, Napolon Fontainebleau, 1840. With other global powers increasingly at odds with US foreign policy under Donald Trump, the nations hegemony on the world stage may soon face its own crisis point. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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15:37

Catalonia Independence Vote October 1st "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Spanish government refuses to listen to anything from Catalonia  and announced it would intervene in Catalonias finances to ensure that not one euro of public money was used to fund the illegal vote. Meanwhile, the Spanish police arrested 13 people in the region of Catalonia and Madrid for their alleged involvement in planning a vote to secede from Spain. This is clearly demonstrating that the Spanish government is reverting to its old fascist ways for it is the boldest move yet by Spanish authorities to stop the separatist movement.

It was 1931 when the nations defaulted on their debts that saw Estat Catal and other parties began to form Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (Republican Left of Catalonia)(ERC). The ERC won a dramatic victory in the municipal elections that year and this is when we must regard the first major step in the separatics movement.

Francesc Maci founded Estat Catal (Catalan State) and proclaimed the Catalan Republic. However, after negotiations with the leaders of the new Spanish Republic, he instead accepted autonomy within the Spanish state. In the Spanish Civil War, General Francisco Franco abolished Catalan autonomy in 1938. Following Francos death in 1975, Catalan political parties concentrated on autonomy rather than independence.

To put this in context, it was 1931 which gave birth to the Second Republic of Spain on April 14th, 1931 after the departure from Spain of King Alfonso XIII, following local and municipal elections where republican candidates won the majority of votes in urban areas. Though Alfonso did not formally abdicate, his departure from the country led to a provisional government under Niceto Alcal Zamora. It was at this time that a constitution was drawn up.

The Second Republic of Spain in 1931 raised the hopes for the Spanish people that the middle and lower classes would be allowed to at last advance. This included at the time women rights and for the curtailment of special privileges for the Church. It was Spains attempt to establish a non-religious basis for national culture and citizenship.

Nonetheless, there was the largest working-class party that was the Socialists. Their principal goal was Marxist-inspired economic and social change, but they strongly favored a republic. The situation changed dra...

15:37

Restored Republic via a GCR as of Sept. 21, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of Sept. 21 2017

Compiled 12:01 am EDT 21 Sept. 2017 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com; Author, "Twenty Two Faces," www.22faces.com

Source: Dinar Chronicles

A. Sept. 20 2017 6:47 pm EDT, Zap: "Release and Stuff" - ZAP Update - The Office of POOFness - 9.20.17

1. Be ready for some major changes.This is the latest information from China: It has been confirmed for our release in two days (Fri. Sept. 22) and we can start the infrastructure.

2. They will try to get the first wire over tomorrow, Thurs. Sept. 21. If there are any glitches, then it will be the following day, Fri. Sept. 22.

3. In two weeks we can begin looking at the project side (or sooner, I hope).

4. I talked to one lawyer who was doing transactions. He has been paid in Zim and Dinar. Nobody is doing Dong right now.

5. After the currency the bonds will go.

B. Sept. 20 2017 TNT Call RayRen98: https://mobile.twitter.com/THE_TNT_TEAM

1. The CBI and Iraqi TV have told citizens that their currency would gain in value in the month of Sept. 2017.

2. Iraqi TV also was urging people to do their banking, plus informing them on what to do when the lower denominations came into play.

3. Late tonight Sept. 20 there was a possibility that the Iraqi ATMs would start dispensing the new lower denominations.

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