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Thursday, 21 September

09:30

David Thomson: Eighteen Hours in Vietnam "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Once, every American knew the outline and the stock images of this chronicle. Because of largely unhindered television news coverage and the cameras that soldiers carried with them, this was the most visible war ever fought. Never again would the government allow reporters to go wherever daring took them.

Thomas Meaney: Merkels Kingdom "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Her trick is to avoid the countrys root problems while treating the symptoms more skilfully than any conservative politician before her has ever managed. The media, meanwhile, unwilling to address the difficulties caused by Germanys position as the reluctant hegemon of the Continent, or the growing sense of lurking inconsistencies in the gospel of Atlanticism, prefer endless celebration of the leader: the intellectual, strong, patient, grounded, wry, compassionate, tough, reality-grasping, scientific, opera-loving, Bismarckian wunder-Kanzlerin on whom nothing is lost.

Swati Dhingra and Nikhil Datta: How Not to Do Trade Deals "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

It would be sensible to prioritise a trade deal with the EU. Countries have always traded the most with their biggest, closest neighbours. This is by far the most reliable fact about international trade and holds true no matter which set of countries, time period or sector (goods, services, e-commerce, foreign investments) is looked at. Given that the EU is within swimming distance from the UK, has a population of more than 500 million and a GDP of almost $20 trillion (double that of China), an equivalent replacement is effectively impossible.

Letters "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 18 (21 September 2017)

Table of contents "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Table of contents from London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 18 (21 September 2017)

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Friday, 15 September

05:25

U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti: Who Is Larry Andr, Jr.? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On September 2, 2017. President Donald Trump nominated career diplomat Larry E. Andr, Jr. to serve as ambassador to the East African nation of Djibouti. Andr, who has extensive experience in Africa, has been ambassador to the West African nation of Mauritania since September 2014. After President Barack Obama nominated Andr to be ambassador to Mauritania, it took the Republican-led Senate 321 days to confirm him. If confirmed by the Senate this time around, he would succeed Tom Kelly, who served in Djibouti City from June 2014 to January 2017.

 

Born in 1961 to Kathleen Ann Hoyt and Larry Edward Andr, Sr., Larry Edward Andr, Jr. has a sister, Regina Kathleen Andr, and a half-brother, Jara Hoyt. He earned a BA at Claremont McKenna College in California in Political Science in 1983 and an MBA at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona in 1988.

 

Andrs first experience in Africa came courtesy not of the State Department, but of the Peace Corps, which sent him to work as a volunteer in Senegal from August 1983 to November 1985. After earning his MBA, Andr returned to Africa to work on a refugee resettlement project in Chad from 1988 to 1990.

 

Joining the Foreign Service in 1990, Andr served early career postings at American facilities in Nigeria (1990-1992), Cameroon (1992-1994), and Bangladesh (1994-1998). He served as management officer at the embassy in Conakry, Guinea, from 1998 to 2000; as regional environment officer for East Africa (14 countries) at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 2000 to 2002; and as deputy chief of mission at the embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone, from 2002 to 2004.

 

At the State Department in Washington, DC, Andr served as deputy director of the Office of West African Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs from 2004 to 2006. He also worked briefly in Iraq from July to August 2005.

 

Back in Africa, Andr served two stints in East Africa, as political counselor at the embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, from 2006 to 2008, and as deputy chief of mission at the embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 2008 to 2010, including several months in 2009 when he was charg daffaires ad interim.

 

In Washington, Andr served as deputy executive director for the Bureau of African Affairs from 2010 to 2011, and as acting env...

04:30

User-targeted threats at all-time high despite rising education spend "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The cost of security education for large enterprises at an all-time-high of $290,033 per year per organization, and user education is rocketing up the CIOs priority list. Yet despite those investments, the end user remains the greatest risk to the organizations security from targeted zero-day and nation state threats to common ransomware and phishing attacks, according to a survey conducted by Vanson Bourne. Key findings The research is based on a survey of 500 CIOs More

03:44

Equifax breach happened because of a missed patch "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The attackers who breached Equifax managed to do so by exploiting a vulnerability in its US website, the company has finally confirmed. The vulnerability in question was Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638. A failure to implement available patch CVE-2017-5638 was flagged in March 2017. It was discovered and reported by Chinese developer Nike Zheng. It was quickly patched by the Apache Struts team, but the disclosure was followed by active attacks via two very reliable exploits that More

01:06

Very large sinkhole opens near Apopka middle school in Florida "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very large sinkhole opened up behind Apopka Memorial Middle School in Orange County, Florida on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. The hole is eating up a section of the West Orange Trail. "The hole - located north of Votaw Road and south of McCoy Village Court...... Read more

Benutzt hier jemand Tor?Der BND hat ein System zur ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Benutzt hier jemand Tor?

Der BND hat ein System zur berwachung des Tor-Netzwerks entwickelt und Bundesbehrden gewarnt, dass dessen Anonymisierung unwirksam ist. Das geht aus einer Reihe geheimer Dokumente hervor, die wir verffentlichen. Der Geheimdienst gab einen Prototyp dieser Technik an die NSA, in Erwartung einer Gegenleistung.
Es sieht so aus, als sei der Ansatz eine Traffic-Korrelation. Das ist schon von Anfang an bekannt, dass man damit Tor angreifen kann, und steht auch im Tor-Design-Dokument.

Scharia-Scheidungen sind nach Ansicht des EuGH-Generalanwaltes ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Scharia-Scheidungen sind nach Ansicht des EuGH-Generalanwaltes in Deutschland nicht gltig. Es geht um ein Paar mit syrischer und deutscher Staatsbrgerschaft, und der Ehemann war nach Syrien gefahren und hatte da eine Scheidungsformel aufgesagt und damit war nach Scharia-Recht die Scheidung durch. Das OLG Mnchen fand das so in Ordnung.

Ich denke mal, wenn sie damit durchkommen, dann wrden ein Haufen reiche Mnner in Zukunft schnell eine syrische Staatsbrgerschaft annehmen, um sich kostengnstig scheiden zu lassen.

00:53

Craig Federighi on Conan The Loop

[VIDEO] Surprised to see Craig Federighi fielding questions on Conan yesterday. As always, video embedded in the main Loop post.

00:49

Welcome to the Steve Jobs Theater The Loop

John Gruber:

Five, ten years from now, the Apple Watch Series 3, the iPhone 8, and even the iPhone X are just going to be old products sitting around in drawers. But the public debut of Apple Park, the grand opening of the Steve Jobs Theater, and the companys first public tribute to its founder thats what Ill remember most about yesterday.

It somehow feels appropriate, too, that the most interesting thing revealed in the event that came as a genuine surprise, that hadnt been leaked, was a message from Steve Jobs himself.

Two things:

  1. I was deeply moved by the opening moments of yesterdays Apple Event. As I said here, Todays Apple event opening montage is phenomenal, a real love letter to design and to Steve. I will freely admit that hearing Steves voice got me a little choked up.

  2. This writeup by John Gruber is worth reading stem to stern. This post is about Steve and the theater that bears his name.

Read this on The Loop

00:32

iTunes, App Store removal, and a whole bunch of broken links The Loop

Kirk McElhearn:

As I reported here yesterday, Apple released an update to iTunes. The latest version, 12.7, has some minor changes, but one big revolution: the App Store is no longer available.

And:

If they go to your website, and click on the Download on the App Store button, something strange will happen. They will not be able to go to the App Store, because it no longer exists.

In fact what happens after that click is interesting. The users web browser opens a web page which displays a message, above a spinning gear, that says Opening the iTunes Store. The browser eventually redirects to iTunes, which redirects back to the browser displaying a webpage showing information about the app. However, there is no way to purchase an app from this page. And there arent even any hints as to how one might go about this, such as suggesting that the user copy the URL and email it to him or herself to be able to access the information about this app on the iOS App Store.

To be clear, this is a Mac issue, an effect of the App Store being removed from iTunes. To see this for yourself, go to Safari on the Mac and hunt for an app link. For example, go to TouchArcade and scroll down, click on one of the App Store links.

For example, heres a link to a game called CSR Racing 2.

If you click the link, one of two things will happen. Either youll be flipped back and forth a few times between Safari and iTunes as your Mac tries to follow a protocol that no longer works, or youll end on a Safari page with no way to make a purchase.

Either way, something big is broken here.

Read this on The Loop

00:17

Add a splash of color to your Apple Watch The Loop

Add a colored accent to your Apple Watch to exactly match the color of your Sport band. This came up because the Series 3 Cellular comes with a red dot on the Digital Crown.

This is pure fashion, a thing for people who own and wear different color bands for style. Unfortunately, it will not allow you to make calls on a non-cellular Apple Watch. Heh.

Read this on The Loop

00:10

BGR: T-Mobile just got burned by Apple and the iPhone X The Loop

Chris Mills, BGR:

Apple announced the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus today. Theyre all great phones in many ways, but they have one fatal flaw for T-Mobile and its customers: No support for T-Mobiles new LTE network.

Right now, T-Mobile is in the early stages of rolling out a brand-new 600MHz network nationwide. The first sites are already online, and T-Mobile is expecting to cover a million square miles by the end of 2017. But the 600MHz network uses a brand-new LTE channel, Band 71, and very few devices support it yet. Sadly for T-Mobile, you cant add the iPhone 8 or iPhone X to that list.

And:

The specs page for the iPhone X confirms that it supports all the usual North American LTE bands, but not Band 71. However you frame this, its a blow for T-Mobile. The iPhone X is widely expected to spark an upgrade super-cycle that will see people on the iPhone 6 and 6S spring for the upgrade, since theyre buying a phone that they expect to last for years. That phone expected to last for at least two years wont be compatible with the LTE band that T-Mobile is expecting to be the backbone of its network going forwards.

Heres the iPhone X specs page, look for yourself. Scroll down to the Cellular and Wireless section. No Band 71 mention.

Wondering if this support is something that can be rolled out in the future via an upgrade, or if it has to be baked in. If I was going to order an iPhone X and used T-Mobile, I would definitely want to know about this before I pressed the Buy button.

Any experts disagree with Chriss take? Please do let me know.

Read this on The Loop

00:01

New Apple Watch comes in two flavors, here are the detailed differences The Loop

Serenity Caldwell, writing for iMore, digs into the differences between the Series 3 Apple Watch and the previous Apple Watch models, as well as the differences between the GPS-only and GPS+cellular Series 3 models.

A few points that stand out:

The GPS + Cellular Series 3 has double the storage capacity: 16GB to the GPS-onlys 8GB.

And:

the GPS-only Series 3 is limited to just aluminum Sport and Nike+ casings (silver, gold, or space grey) with their Ion-X glass screen. In contrast, the GPS + Cellular Watch retains the higher-end casings formerly present with the Series 2 in addition to the aluminum Sport and Nike+ casings. This includes options like stainless steel, white and grey ceramic, and Herms steel.

And:

All Series 3 GPS + Cellular watches have a red dot on the Digital Crown.

And the biggest point of all, on battery life while talking via the Apple Watch:

3 hours connected to iPhone, 1 hour w/ Cellular

Three hours connected via my iPhone might as well be infinity. If Ive got my iPhone, Im going to be talking using my iPhone. I talk via my Apple Watch very rarely, and usually for very short calls when I just cant get to my iPhone.

One hour battery life talking on my Apple Watch without my iPhone seems extremely low. If I make a half hour call, presumably thats half my battery gone. Gonna need a recharge.

Perhaps Apples marketing research shows that likely buyers want the freedom to not carry an iPhone (runners, for example), want to stay in touch, but dont anticipate making calls on a regular basis. That would work.

Good, detailed post from Serenity. Check it out if you are thinking about moving up to the Series 3.

Read this on The Loop

00:00

Confusion and lack of preparation in the face of looming GDPR deadline "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

With the GDPR deadline set for 25 May next year, many organisations are ill-prepared due to uncertainty about the criteria for compliance. 37 percent of respondents to a Vanson Bourne survey simply dont know whether their organisation needs to comply with GDPR, while 28 percent believe they dont need to comply at all. According to the GDPR criteria, any company that stores or processes personal information about EU citizens must demonstrate compliance. Of the respondents More

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Thursday, 14 September

23:30

European Commission wants ENISA to introduce EU-wide cybersecurity certification scheme "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Cyber security attacks know no borders and no one is immune, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker noted in his State of the Union Speech on Wednesday. He also said they can be more dangerous to the stability of democracies and economies than guns and tanks. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker With that in mind, the European Union needs a strong cybersecurity agency, and the Commission has submitted a proposal for a regulation aimed at strengthening More

23:21

Greens Senator "I have never been more angry" over laughter at motion to honour climate scientists "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've never been more angry in the Senate than this. The govt openly laughed at my motion praising climate scientists. pic.twitter.com/dNQMwPSeBy Peter Whish-Wilson (@SenatorSurfer) September 14, 2017

23:00

Managing the fragmented cloud world "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Enterprise IT environments are becoming more heterogeneous and complex, with fragmentation permeating cloud infrastructure, tooling and culture. However, enterprises find common ground in the top business drivers for cloud: increasing operational efficiency and innovation, according to IOD Cloud Technologies Research and Cloudify. Cloud business drivers In popularity order, the benefits most sought after are: Increasing operational efficiency (38 percent) Disruption and innovation (28 percent) Standardization (13 percent) Avoiding vendor lock-in (12 percent) Saving money (9 More

22:43

Kristina Bliadze, Business Development Manager at CoinsBank, joins our New Money Systems Board. "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Kristina Bliadze, Business Development Manager at CoinsBank, joins our New Money Systems Board.

22:43

Re: Linux BlueBorne vulnerabilities "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Petr Matousek on Sep 14

Hi,

at https://www.armis.com/blueborne/, "A Coordinated Disclosure"
paragraph you write that:

"Linux - Contacted August 15 and 17, 2017. On September 5, 2017, we
connected and provided the necessary information to the the Linux kernel
security team and to the Linux distributions security contact list and
conversations followed from there. Targeting updates for on or about
September 12, 2017 for coordinated disclosure."

May...

22:43

Is Eric Bolling the Latest Victim?, 1787 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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22:41

Apple phones designed to only last one year "IndyWatch Feed National"


How 'dodgy' is the company Apple?

It manufactures its phones to only last a year so that the herd population can fork out another fist full of dollars ($AU1800).

No multi billion dollar class action lawsuit to teach the fraudsters at Apple a lesson ??? !!! ???

Please note: 
We do not recommend the purchase of Apple phones or other products.

See article from 13 Sep 2017 by thesun.co.uk of the headline:


DIE PHONE

The iPhone is only guaranteed to last for one YEAR, Apple admits in bombshell court documents

Do you remember the good old days were the appliances and gadgets you bought were meant to last a lifetime?


APPLE has revealed that its iPhones are only guaranteed to last for one year.

The tech giant said its warranty only covers iPhones for 12 months of use, meaning that anyone whose device fails outside this window will have to stump up repair costs unless they have paid for an extended warranty.



Smug Samsung, Motorola, HTC and OnePlus fans will be pleased to hear the news about Apple's short life expectancy

Apple prides itself on quality, design and value for money.

But it turns out the exact guaranteed life expectancy of an iPhone is a lot shorter than you'd hope - especially if you're planning on forking out 1,149 for its top range iPhone X.

Apple says that it is only responsible for ensuring the phones last just one year - the default warranty you get upon purchase.

The details were revealed thanks to a class action lawsuit that was launched after several iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones began suffering from "touch disease".

Touchscreens on tens of thousands of the phones stopped working - and three law firms have taken Apple to court over it.

Publically, Apple h...

22:41

Mozambique Pabst on wildlife conservation and the role of hunting income "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This is a few months old, but is worth reading. KS

 

Trophy hunting provides crucial funding for animal conservation projects, leading wildlife conservationist says

PROFITS  from the hunting of big game in Africa are essential for animal conservation projects, a leading authority has said.

German businessman Wilfried Pabst, who owns Mozambiques Sango wildlife conservancy, has told how he depends on cash from hunting.

He said that trophy hunting provides about 60 per cent of the money needed each year to keep Sango operating while 30 per cent comes from his own pockets.

Pabst, who purchased Sango in 1993 and opened its doors 10 years later, said: In remote places and countries with a weak tourism industry and a high unemployment rate, it is very difficult or almost impossible to run a conservancy like Sango without income from sustainable utilisation in other words the use of wildlife for hunting or trophy hunting.

Over the next six years, Pabst will donate 6,000 large mammals from Sango to Zinave national park in Zimbabwe as part of the Peace Park Foundations programme to restore wild animals to a vast tract of land in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier conservation area (TFCA).

He says without the proceeds from trophy hunting such gifts would not be possible.

Pabst say he is not making any revenue from the donation of 6,000 mammals but views it as a part of Sangos commitment to wildlife conservation in Africa.

The funding for transporting the animals, which includes a small army of veterinarians, rangers, ecologist, truck drivers and helicopter pilots, is coming from the Peace Park Foundation.

He insists that Sango couldnt survive without trophy hunting claiming that if it were suddenly outlawed in Zimbabwe as some organisations campaign for his operation would run out of money within months and most of the 200,000 animals will be poached probably within one year.

Sango keeps a close track of its animals.

Depending on the species, Sango allows hunting of approximately between 0.2-1 per cent of an animals total population annually.

Sustainable hunting means it will neither hinder the growth, nor allow any given species to fall below ecologically sustainable numbers, Pabst explained.

This is a highly complex issue and very difficult to understand for a non-conservationist operating in Africa.

In total, Pabst says around 2...

22:40

Laura Ingraham Gets 10pm Slot at Fox, 1786 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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22:36

Climate change is happening now "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

You cant deny it or rather, you can, but you have to ignore all the evidence. Heres a list of seven climate hotspots where the shifts are already obvious: southern Spain, Bangladesh, Malawi, the Svalbards in Norway, Brazil, the Philippines, and so the Americans dont wander off and wonder where those places are, New York. Theyre all depressing, but I found the news about the Amazon to be most discouraging.

Perhaps most ominous is the fact that a positive feedback loop appears to be in play. As the Amazon dries, Nobre says, tropical forest will gradually shift to savanna, releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and further adding to global warming.

When we see a dry season of over four months or deforestation of more than 40 percent then there is no way back. Trees will slowly decay, and in 50 years we would see a degraded savanna. It would take 100200 years to see a fully fledged savanna.

The Amazon then would be unrecognizable, along with much of Earth.

We dont know what all the global consequences of losing the Amazon rain forest would be, but apparently, were going to do the experiment and find out.

Meanwhile, there are still people who believe its not a problem, and that market forces will compensate for our new hot, dry, stormy, flooded reality. The scientific research is 97% in agreement, which is already remarkable, given how much scientists like to argue. And the other 3% is junk science.

But what about those 3% of papers that reach contrary conclusions? Some skeptics have suggested that the authors of studies indicating that climate change is not real, not harmful, or not man-made are bravely standing up for the truth, like maverick thinkers of the past. (Galileo is often invoked, though his fellow scientists mostly agreed with his conclusionsit was church leaders who tried to suppress them.)

Not so, according to a review published in the journal of Theoretical and Applied Climatology. The researchers tried to replicate the results of those 3% of papersa common way to test scientific studiesand found biased, faulty results.

Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University, worked with a team of researchers to look at the 38 papers published in peer-reviewed journals in the last decade that denied anthropogenic global warming.

Every single one of those analyses had an errorin their assumptions, methodology, or analysisthat, when corrected, brought their results into line with the scientific consensus, Hayhoe wrote in a Facebook post...

22:36

Baltimore To Keep, Clean Defaced Francis Scott Key Statue "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Colin Campbell and Sean Welsh for The Baltimore Sun - Mayor Catherine Pugh says she has no plans to remove the Francis Scott Key monument in Bolton Hill that was vandalized before dawn Wednesday and has directed art preservation experts to determine the cost of cleaning it. Exactly 203 years after the Maryland attorney wrote the poem that would later become the national anthem, the city awoke to find the words Racist Anthem spray-painted on the Eutaw Place monument and red paint splashed on it. The third stanza of Keys poem includes a reference accusing the British of encouraging American slaves to join the fight against their masters. City officials said they know of no way to prevent future vandalism, short of catching the person or people responsible. Police dont have any suspects or surveillance footage of the incident. Ultimately, its going to come down to them being caught and charged, police spokesman T.J. Smith said. Officers make periodic checks on city property during their patrols, but the department does not plan to place the Key monument under constant police protection, Smith said. We cant ensure its not going to happen again, Pugh spokesman Anthony McCarthy said. He said, however, the mayor does not plan to take it down and wants to see it restored.

22:36

Col. Ollie North U S Has Special Weapons Never Used Before, 1789 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Good morning, Im still reporting on: Col. Ollie North U.S. Has Special Weapons Never Used Before, 1789 Synopsis: On Sean Hannitys show last night, Col. Oliver North confirmed what we have suspected for several weeks that the U.S. military now has operational either a new rail-gun weapon, or a multi-colored laser weapon that can shoot down a North Korea missile during the ascent phase. In other words at low altitude, low speed when the missile would be the most vulnerable. Col. Norths slip of the tongue came during a discussion with Hannity of what military options President Trump has at his disposal should he decide he has to take pre-emptive action against North Korea to protect the American people or our close allies in South Korea or Japan. [insert 1] Col. North stumbles a bit as he quickly tries to decide just how much he can say without revealing classified weapons information. [insert 2] But then he goes ahead and confirms that we now have the capability of shooting down a N. Korean missile during its ascent phase. [insert 3] Col. North is very knowledgable about the U.S. arsenal of special, cutting-edge weapons because of his long relationship with SOF (Special Operations Forces). He then goes into a very lucid recitation of just what the U.S. would bring to bear in such a situation where the lives of millions of Americans would be at risk with only a 45-minute timeline to seek shelter. Support Our Sponsors: - Life Change Tea: Rid Your Body From Toxins! https://www.GetTheTea.com - Nobel Gold & Silver: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 888-596-7916 - Water Smacker - Makes your water less acidic by ionization. https://www.watersmacker.com - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level cyber protection. https://www.jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Jeevy Computers: Buy/Sell Bitcoin & other Cryptos: 888-844-7806 - Learn How To Generate Passive Income Using Bitcoins At: https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Denas Pain Relief Store: http://denaspainreliefstore.com/denas-pcm-6.html 503.395.4142 Protect Your Information From Big Data - Click Here! https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill Use Promo Code: bill still for 20% OFF Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Even......

22:34

Anti-Fascism Is Self-Defense : A General-Purpose Flier "IndyWatch Feed War"

In response to an epidemic of fascist rallies and recruitment drives around the US, we have prepared this general-purpose flier. You can mass-produce this to distribute at anti-fascist mobilizations and everywhere else it is necessary to explain the importance of confronting fascists.

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Anti-fascism means defending our communities from racists, xenophobes, homophobes, transphobes, and other bigots. Anti-fascist organizing requires no special skills. It isnt limited to any one political identity.

Far-right groups dont actually want dialogue. They aim to spread paranoia to escalate the ongoing violence against marginalized people. Anti-fascists aim to deny them any platform for doing this, even when fascists use code words instead of openly identifying themselves. The issue is not free speechit is whether we stand idly by while they recruit for violent attacks.

We must confront the fascist menace. Organizing against them doesnt make them stronger; fascists have gained momentum precisely because theyve met so little opposition recently. Everyone must be free to decide for himself or herself how to go about resisting fascism. The far right claims that anti-fascists are the same as fascists because they meet force with force. But just as a firefighter is not a fire, an anti-fascist is not a fascist.

Police are part of the problem. They kill a thousand people every year; they imprison and deport millions, disproportionately targeting people of color, tearing apart families and communities. When police coordinate with racist militias to run security at far-right rallies, this is not an aberration, but an example of the normal relationship between police and fascists. The US government is already implementing the fascist agenda more effectively than a group like the KKK ever could.

Dont count on a return to normal. Its not clear yet how far things will go. It wont help to call on the courts for assistance; any power we give the government can end up in the hands of fascists. We need to establish bonds of solidarity across difference, learn to care for each other, and build the infrastructure we need to live and fight as the political crisis deepens.

Anti-fascism means more than fighting in the street. It is an orientation toward life, a practice of collective resistance. It entails rai...

22:30

Low-level radiation exposure less harmful to health than other modern lifestyle risks "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the I thought sure Fukashima was going to kill me department Oxford Martin restatement finds that risks from radiation exposure are extensively studied and small relative to smoking, obesity and air pollution UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD Human populations have always been exposed to ionizing radiation, and more so in modern life due to its use

22:30

Modi Governments Defence of High Fuel Prices Is Flimsy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While international prices have fallen sharply from an annual average of $105 per barrel in 2013-14 to $46 per barrel in 2015-16 and 2016-17, the Centre has hiked excise duties on petrol and diesel over nine times.

it is the central government, and not the state governments, which has been milking the petroleum sector. Credit: Reuters

it is the central government, and not the state governments, which has been milking the petroleum sector. Credit: Reuters

The retail prices of diesel and petrol in September 2017 have either surpassed or nearly touched the levels prevailing in June 2014, when the Narendra Modi government had just been sworn into office.

The table below shows that while the retail price of diesel was Rs 57.28 per litre in Delhi on June 2, 2014 when the international oil price was $106.88 per barrel it has now reached a very similar price of Rs 58.72 per litre even though international oil prices are at $53.06 per barrel.

Table 1: Prices of Petrol and Diesel: International & Domestic

...
International crude oil price (Indian basket)  Domestic retail price of petrol  Domestic retail price of diesel
$ per barrel Delhi Kolkata Mumbai Chennai Delhi Kolkata Mumbai Chennai
2-Jun-14 106.88 71.41 79.26 80 74.6 57.28

22:28

Modi, Abe Lay Foundation Stone for Indias First Bullet Train Project "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The big-ticket project is expected to be showcased by the BJP during campaigning for the upcoming Gujarat election and the 2019 Lok Sabha poll.

Foundation stone for India's first high-speed rail laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Credit: Twitter/@PMOIndia

Foundation stone for Indias first high-speed rail laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Credit: Twitter/@PMOIndia

Sabarmati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced that India first bullet train would be launched in 2022, coinciding with 75 years of independence, and dubbed it as a definite step towards New India.

Advancing the scheduled launch from March 2023, the Modi government will make the high-speed train operational between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in August 2022. The project will be funded by Japan.

Terming the introduction of bullet train in the country as historic, Modi, in the presence of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said that today a new India has taken an important step towards fulfilling a big dream.

He further added that A strong India is good for Japan and a strong Japan is good for India.

The announcement of the ambitious Rs 1.1 lakh crore project ahead of the Gujarat elections this year and in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls in 2019 a...

22:25

Imran Awan Hid Secret Server From Capitol Cops, 1788 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Protect Your Information with a VPN. https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill Use Promo Code: bill still for 20% OFF Good afternoon, Im still reporting on: Imran Awan Hid Secret Server From Capitol Cops, 1788 Synopsis: When the secret history of the last 25 years is written our children will be astonished at the foolishness of their parents that would be us - to have allowed all this to happen. According to investigative reporter Luke Rosiak, writing in the Daily Caller, the ongoing revelations surrounding the investigation of Imran Awan, the IT guy of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former Chair of the Democratic National Committee, have now expanded into a full-blown espionage investigation. Apparently, Awan was dumping every scrap of classified intelligence information that he could get his hands on from the Democrat members of the House Intelligence Committee and elsewhere into an illegal Dropbox account an account that any foreign intelligence service could peruse and purchase from if Awan gave them access. That is why such Dropbox accounts are prohibited in Congressional Offices. To get around this prohibition, Awan set up a secret private server hmmm, where have we heard that term before??? - that was connected directly to the House Democratic Caucus. Via this route, Awan had admin access to all emails and office computers of 45 members of Congress even after Capital Police pulled his credentials and tried to shut off his access. According to the Daily Caller, data was taken from this secret server and transferred to Awans Dropbox account to which investigators may still not have access because it was a private account. In the spring of 2016, House IT administrators discovered that the Awans were allegedly falsifying purchase orders that is, stealing from the government. As the investigators were following the money trail, they discovered the secret server. When they asked for an image of this server to check it out, according to a senior official involved in the investigation who spoke with the Daily Caller: We asked for an image of the server, and they deliberately turned over a fake [image]. They were using the House Democratic Caucus as their central service warehouse  It was a breach. The data was completely out of [the members] possession. Does it mean it was sold to the Russians? I dont know. Support Our Sponsors: - Life Change Tea: Rid Your Body From Toxins! https://www.GetTheTea.com - Nobel Gold & Silver: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 888-596-7916 - Water Smacker - Makes your water less acidic by ionization. https://www.watersmacker.com - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level cyber protection. https://www.jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Jeevy Computers: Buy/Sell Bitcoin & other Cryptos: 888-844-7806 - Learn How To Generate Passive Income Using Bitcoins At: https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Denas Pain Relief Store: http://denaspainreliefstore.com/dena......

22:23

We're Tabling at Three Book Fairs This September : Houston, Baltimore, and the Bay Area "IndyWatch Feed War"

Anarchists have always been passionate about print media.

Over the next two weeks, well be tabling and speaking at events on three different sides of the United States. Come by to pick from a broad selection of the books, posters, and zines weve produced over the past two decades, including all the new materials weve produced in the course of our past year of frenzied activity. Learn more about the ideas that inspired these works and the struggles they illustrate. Connect with others who share your dreams of a better world.

Saturday, September 16: Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair

For the 17th year in a row, we will be tabling at the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair in Oakland, California.

During the book fair, we will also be presenting on our new book, No Wall They Can Build: A Guide to Borders and Migration in North America. Here are the details:

No Wall They Can Build: Resisting the Border

Book fair room #3: East Bay Community Space (507 55th St), Telegraph Room, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Using the new book, No Wall They Can Build: A Guide to Borders and Migration in North America, as a point of departure, we will discuss the criminalization of undocumented families and the internalization of the borderand how these are proceeding under the Trump administration. Well conclude with concrete examples of community responses to border militarization in Arizona.

The inward expansion of the border over the past decade has been accomplished through a shift from civil to criminal law in regards to undocumented populations, and a careful balance of hard and soft controls enacted by police, military, paramilitaries, nonprofits and civilians. Hard controls include imprisonment, deportation, torture, deprivation, assault, and death; soft controls range from information gathering and reporting to state authorities to psychological operations and ideological warfare. Anti-immigrant legislation has extended the reach of enforcement and resulted in record deportations, and this has only worsen under the new regime.

Communities in the Southwest have been dealing with the internalization of the border in several ways: direct aid in the desert, barrio support groups, migra patrol/cop watch, community paralegal clinics, marches, direct action, interfaith organizin...

22:23

Samsung wont partner with Korindo following outrage over forest destruction in Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Samsung will stay away from any joint venture with a Korean-Indonesian conglomerate, Korindo, amid an NGO campaign highlighting Korindos rainforest destruction for palm oil in Indonesias Tanah Papua region. Samsungs announcement that it would partner with Korindo in the logistics sector had been widely reported in the Korean media. The joint venture was not directly related to Korindos palm oil operation, for which it has burned and cleared vast tracts of forestland in Papua and elsewhere to make way for its plantations, NGO Mighty Earth has exposed. Mighty has continued to pressure Korindo, most recently targeting its business partners in other sectors. Mighty and consumer group SumOfUs launched an online petition calling on Samsung to cut ties with Korindo, and it amassed more than 73,000 signatures, including 15,000 from users of Samsung phones. The petition was hand-delivered to Samsungs main office in Seoul, ahead of the companys launch of its new Galaxy Note 8 phone last month. That was part of a week of action surrounding the Galaxy Note 8s launch in which over 2,000 Samsung customers sent emails to the electronics giant from their Samsung devices. Over 10,000 people took action online, and nearly 1 million people viewed online ads about Samsungs connection to rainforest destruction, according to Mighty. I own two of your TVs and recently switched my Galaxy back to Apple because of your Korindo involvement, said one of the many personalized emails to Samsung. As long as you continue to have an environmentally irresponsible ethos I will

Der T-Systems-Chef wirft hin. Oder wird gefeuert? Klingt ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Der T-Systems-Chef wirft hin. Oder wird gefeuert? Klingt ein bisschen wie gefeuert:

Das Geschft der Grokundensparte sei "anhaltend schwierig" und habe in den vergangenen Jahren trotz aller Bemhungen von Clemens immer wieder hohe Verluste erwirtschaftet, hie es aus Branchenkreisen. Deshalb habe der Aufsichtsrat jetzt reagiert.

22:23

WHO: Israel's bureaucracy used as a weapon, Palestinians die as a result "IndyWatch Feed World"

The World Health Organisation's latest report - Health Access for referral patients from the Gaza Strip - provides details of the hardships experienced by Palestinians living in Gaza and in need of medical treatment outside the enclave. With Israel creating labyrinthine exit procedures due to its alleged "security" concerns, Palestinians with chronic and terminal illnesses are fast learning that there is unlikely to be any treatment or respite. Statistically, the violations are obvious. The WHO report states that "two in every five Gaza patients [were] delayed or denied access to health care outside Gaza." Such restrictions have a major impact on patients and their families. For the former, the delays can mean death or, at the very least, a further deterioration of their health. Relatives, on the other hand, are also subjected to inhumane, bureaucratic impediments which place additional stress upon everyone concerned. More precisely, the WHO established that 42.6 per cent of patients in Gaza had their permits to travel for medical reasons denied or delayed. More than half of the individuals accompanying patients also experienced refusals or delays; applications were "still pending by the time of the patient's hospital appointment date."

22:22

HPV Vaccine Documentary: Sacrificial Virgins-Not for the Greater Good "IndyWatch Feed World"

The UK Association of HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters (AHVID) and SaneVax Inc. are pleased to announce the release of a new HPV vaccine documentary produced by Joan Shenton of Meditel Productions and Yellow Entertainment.  Read More

22:20

Sometimes The Poor Make It Big. Usually They Stay Poor "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Jill Richardson for Other Words - We all want to live in a country where all it takes is hard work and some talent for anyone to succeed. We tell ourselves that we do. We even see examples of people who came from nothing and ended up rich and famous. And its true that it sometimes happens. Sometimes a child born into poverty grows up to become the president of the United States, a multi-billionaire, or an Olympic gold medalist. Most of the time, however, they dont. And its not because theyre bad, lazy, stupid, or immoral. Often its because of our system itself. Take our school system for a start. By funding schools with property taxes, we guarantee that the children from the richest neighborhoods go to the wealthiest schools. If we lived in neighborhoods that were economically mixed with families of all incomes, this wouldnt be a big deal. But we dont. Instead we have areas of very wealthy people whose children attend wonderful schools, and areas of concentrated poverty where children attend failing schools.

22:20

The Most Important Chart in the World Is Getting Uglier By the Day "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Most Important Chart in the World Is Getting Uglier By the Day by Graham Summers Gains Pains Capital The $USD continues to drop like a brick, having taken out critical support in the near-term. This is just the...

The post The Most Important Chart in the World Is Getting Uglier By the Day appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:18

CDC-Funded Study Confirms Flu Shots Linked To Spontaneous Abortions "IndyWatch Feed World"

A CDC-funded medical study being published by the medical journal Vaccine has confirmed a shocking link between flu shots and spontaneous abortions in pregnant women. The study was rejected by two previous medical journals beforeVaccine agreed to publish it, further underscoring the tendency for medical journals to censor any science that doesnt agree with their pro-vaccine []

22:16

The progressive priority: a social democratic Britain "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

The belief that the health of the British economy depends on trade policies with Europe or anywhere else comes directly from neoliberal ideology, that openness, globalization of trade and capital flows, bring prosperity.

Theresa May and David Cameron. Source Flickr/Tiocfaidh r l 1916. Some rights reserved.Conservative government policies are the major danger to the welfare of the British population, not Brexit or its likely consequences. No outcome of negotiations between the present or future governments in Westminster and the European Commission would damage the British economy or disrupt British society as much as the last seven years of Tory policies.

Until recently some EU supporters restrained their support for the Labour Party because the party leadership had not clarified its policy on relations with the European Union. With the recent statement of Labour Party Policy, and its endorsement by party leader Jeremy Corbyn, that concern changes from anxiety to excuse. 

Criticism of Corbyns EU policy provided cover for the neoliberal wing of the Labour Party. I stress the word excuse, because to a great extent past criticism of Corbyns EU policy provided cover for the neoliberal wing of the Labour Party. The simple truth is that whatever position a progressive might have on the European Union, that position would be better pursued by the Labour Party under current leadership. 

At no risk of oversimplification, the current progressive task is clear, electing a Labour government committed to creating 21st century social democratic Britain. In pursuit of that goal, arguing over so-called Brexit is a diversion. 

22:16

This Apple fanboy set up camp outside Apple store to be the first one to buy iPhone X "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This man in Australia has been camping outside Apple Store for 10 days, wants to be the first to buy new iPhone X

Apple fanboys have a reputation for being very, very loyal to Apple and iPhone. But do Apple fanboys really just buy anything Apple sells or they just make noise? Do they sing the praise of anything and everything Apple does?

Apparently, the answer to all the above questions is yes. Over the years since Apple introduced its first iPhone, we have had news of Apple fanboys doing amazing things to get their hands on the latest Apple product and 2017 September is no different.

This years Apple iPhone X launch saw one such Apple fanboy, Mazen Kourouche from Australia. Mazen owns a YouTube channel which has videos of various Apple products. This year as Tim Cook was launching iPhone X (pronounced iPhone Ten) in Cupertino, Mazen was doing something absolutely unbelievable. Mazen has been perched outside Sydneys flagship Apple store for a whopping 10 days to lay his hands on the new iPhone when it goes on sale on September 22 in Australia.

Mazens craziness about laying his hands on the new Apple iPhone 8 or iPhone X can be deduced from the fact that he refused $50,000 to give his perch to another Apple fanboy. Yes, Mazen refused $50,000 to give his seat in the line outside Apple Flagship Store in Sydney as he wants to ensure that he is the first customer not only in Sydney but in the world to buy the newly launched iPhone

What is more, Mazen has been live streaming his stay outside the Apple Flagship store on his YouTube channel.  He is also being helped by two of his friends who are making sure that Kourouche doesnt lose his spot as the first customer in line.

Yes, likes of Mazen do exist. Such is their love for Apple products that Samsung built a marketing campaign that portrayed iPhone users as mindless idiots. There is even a phrase Apple sheep used for Apple fanboys by Android users. Even Merriam-Webster got in on the action earlier this year when it used Apple fans as an example to illustrate the definition of the word sheeple.

We wish Mazen the Sheeple best of luck for his endeavor.

The post This Apple fanboy set up camp outside Apple store to be the first one to buy iPhone X appeared first on TechWorm.

22:15

Robert Steele: Healing the Self & Healing the World The Open Source Way (Trump Revolution Book 14) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Amazon Kindle Page

41 pages with 14 graphics and 60 endnotes with links.

As a professional intelligence officer, I approach all challenges from an information-centric perspective. My approach to healing the self and healing the world is rooted in what I know about the corruption the lack of integrity across all information domains. We lack both intelligence and integrity today it is not possible to produce authentic, truthful intelligence if you lack integrity.

Corruption, fake news, false flag events, lies, and misinformation impoverish the 99% while benefiting the 1% that owns and operates the Deep State as a means of control and legalized looting of the commonwealth. Predatory capitalism, virtual colonialism, and unilateral militarism including elective wars, regime change operations, false flag operations, torture & rendition, and drone assassinations all rest on weapons of mass instruction and mass deception.

Individuals are poisoned both mentally and physically the food & drug complex is a deliberately contrived means of profiting by first poisoning people to include the multiplication of cancers as well a...

22:14

SSM: John Howard criticises Malcolm Turnbull over handling of same-sex marriage postal survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard makes a good point in the Same Sex Marriage debate.

The point John Howard makes is that Australians dont know what theyre voting for, because the Australian government hasnt revealed details of what legislation would consist of, if there is a Yes vote.

If in doubt vote No.

All true Christians should vote No to gay marriage because gay marriage is against the teachings of the Holy Bible.

ABC NEWS Australia

Same Sex Marriage: John Howard criticises Malcolm Turnbull over handling of same-sex marriage postal survey

14 September 2017

 

Former prime minister John Howard has criticised the Turnbull Governments handling of the same-sex marriage survey, calling for the details of any bill to be released before the vote.

Key points:

  • PM has said Marriage Act will change before the end of the year if there is a Yes vote
  • Howard says Turnbull needs to spell out the details
  • Urges Government to protect parental rights and religious freedoms

In a statement, he said the Government was washing its hands of any responsibility to protect religious freedoms should the survey come back with a majority Yes vote.

Malcolm Turnbull has repeatedly said the Parliament will change the Marriage Act before the end of the year if there is a Yes vote, but hasnt provided any more details.

Liberal senator Dean Smith and a number of backbenchers have prepared a private members bill, but it is not confirmed whether this is the bill that would be in...

22:13

Oil Rich Venezuela Stops Accepting Dollars "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

  • President Maduro Venezuela will create a basket of currencies to free us from the dollar,
  • Oil traders ordered to stop accepting U.S. dollar in exchange for crude oil
  • Order comes following calls from Russia and China to find alternatives to current reserve system
  • U.S. Dollar accounts for two-thirds of global trade
  • Venezuela has over ten-times more oil than United States
  • Super powers are gradually turning to gold to avoid using worlds main reserve currency
  • Are we seeing the beginning of the end for the U.S. dollar?

Source: The Burning Platform

The oil-rich country of Venezuela has stopped accepting the U.S. Dollar as payment for oil.

Last week President Maduro warned that the country would this week free itself from the US dollar.

Venezuela is going to implement a new system of international payments and will create a basket of currencies to free us from the dollar,

Yesterday Venezuela temporarily suspended the sale of U.S. dollars through its Dicom auction system. This (and other moves) was in response to U.S. sanctions put in place by the Trump administration.

Trump claims the sanctions are there to punish the countrys autocratic leaders. Maduro claims Washingtons move was part of an economic war.

This morning The Wall Street Journal reports that the Venezuela is already telling oil traders not to accept the US currency.

Oil traders who export Venezuelan crude or import oil products into the country have begun converting their invoices to euros.

The state oil company Petrleos de Venezuela SA, known as PdVSA, has told its private joint venture partners to open accounts in euros and to convert existing cash holdings into Europes main currency, said one project partner.

The decision to suspend dollar trading on Diacom and to no longer accept the the U.S. currency for oil is potentially a major blow for the worlds reserve currency.

Venezuelas decision comes at a time when other cou...

22:13

Gay marriage vote removes your rights as a mother or father "IndyWatch Feed National"

If passed through, the rights of 'parents' i.e. a mother (woman) and father (man) WILL be removed, and your son or daughter which at law are an entity called a 'child' will no longer exist.

You will no longer be a mother or father, son or daughter but rather 'people'.

What would be 'interesting' is seeing the writ for the vote.

Anyone care to grab a copy ??? !!! ???

See 'Exposure Draft' for the new (unlawfully enacted) law to be;


and can be downloaded directly from the link:

Exposure Draft - Marriage Amendment

Source Supplied

22:11

DOE Officially Marks SunShots $1 Per Watt Goal For Utility-Scale Solar "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Julia Pyper for GTM - It's official. The solar industry has met the 2020 utility-scale solar cost target set by the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative -- three years early. The DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released new research today that shows the average price of utility-scale solar is now under $1 per watt and below 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Thats higher than the record-breaking project bids weve seen in the U.S. and abroad in recent years. But thats because DOE calculations for levelized cost of energy (LCOE) do not include subsidies -- such as the federal Investment Tax Credit -- and are based on the average climate in Kansas City, Missouri. (Note: GTM documented the sub-$1 per watt milestone earlier this year, but the department is using its own metrics.) Our mission is to make solar affordable for all Americans, and so our goals are defined for average U.S. climates. We use Kansas City as that example, said Becca Jones-Albertus, acting deputy director of the SunShot Initiative. Hitting a 6 cents per kilowatt-hour target for Kansas is a more significant metric than hitting 6 cents in sunnier parts of the country. GTM Research reported that U.S. utility-scale fixed-tilt system pricing fell below $1.00 per watt earlier this year using a different methodology.

22:11

Florida Citizens Who Abandoned Their Pets Could Face Felony Charges "IndyWatch Feed World"

Many Florida residents were unprepared when catastrophic hurricane Irma appeared over the Atlantic. Extensive media coverage and government warnings had many people taking action early, but long term preparedness plans were apparently not in place for families and pets alike. Store shelves were emptied in many places and gas stations ran out of fuel. Pets []

22:07

Brazil Police Raid Agricultural Ministers Home "IndyWatch Feed War"

SAO PAULO Brazils federal police conducted a raid and search operation at the house of Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi in Brasilia, related to an ongoing bribery and graft scandal, TV Globo reported on Thursday.

Image result for Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi i, photos

It said the raid is linked to a plea deal by former Mato Grosso state governor Silval Barbosa, who accuses Maggi of participating in a corruption scheme that lasted between 2007 and 2010. Maggi is also a former governor of Mato Grosso a major producer of soybeans, grains and cattle.

Efforts to contact Maggis press representatives in Brasilia were unsuccessful.

(Reporting by Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Editing by W Simon)

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22:03

UKs May Stressed Importance of Iran Nuclear Deal to Tillerson Trump Seems Ready To Keep Iran Nuclear Deal But After North Korea, Will Iran Have Nuclear Weapons? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May stressed the importance of a 2015 international agreement on Irans nuclear program to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday during a brief meeting at her London office.

Tillerson is visiting Britain to discuss the relief effort following Hurricane Irma, North Koreas nuclear test, and to meet foreign ministers from several different countries about breaking the political deadlock in Libya.

Although not officially on the agenda for the trip, the subject of Iran was raised at the meeting between Tillerson, May and Britains national security adviser.

(They) touched on the Iran nuclear deal, the PM underlining its importance in preventing Iran from procuring nuclear weapons, Mays spokesman told reporters.

U.S. President Donald Trump has previously expressed doubts about the Iran nuclear deal, which is designed to curb Irans nuclear program in return for lifting most Western sanctions.

Trump is weighing a strategy that could allow more aggressive U.S. responses to Irans forces, its Shiite Muslim proxies in Iraq and Syria, and its support for militant groups.

Tillerson has publicly said he disagrees with Trumps views on the nuclear deal, and that it could be used to advance the United States relationship with Iran.

(Tillerson and May) also discussed North Korea and its continuing destabilizing activities, Mays spokesman said. They agreed on the importance of the international community continuing to work together to put pressure on the regime.

North Korea carried out its sixth and largest nuclear test earlier this month.

Tillerson wil...

22:02

After Generations Working In Coal, Young West Virginians Are Finding Jobs In Solar "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Jason Margolis for PRI - Nobody from his graduating class is working in coal, says Swiger. [Theyre] honestly working in fast food, or not working at all. Not Swiger. He has a job installing rooftop solar panels. He says his family is delighted with it. "Theyre excited that Im actually doing something different, says Swiger. A lot of people aint doing this in West Virginia, a lot of people are against it actually. A lot of people want to go back to coal. I aint against it, I love solar. Its way better than coal, I think. Solar panels can save people money on their electricity bills and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, which fuel climate change. With battery storage, found in some home set-ups, solar can also allow people to continue to power their homes off the grid during power outages. Swiger is working as an apprentice with Solar Holler, which was founded four years ago by 32-year-old Dan Conant. Conant doesnt see solar energy and coal at odds with each other. The way I think about it, as a West Virginian, is that West Virginia has always been an energy state, and this is just the next step. Its the next iteration, says Conant. West Virginias economy has long been reliant on coal. Metallurgical coal, which is found in the state, is used in the steel-making process.

22:01

Help Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ZooLab

Were raising 10,000 to help protect the rhino at Mankwe Wildlife Reserve, South Africa

LocationUnited Kingdom
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What is crowdfunding?

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We recently sent an expedition team to Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa. The aim of the trip was to discover the fascinating flora and fauna of Africa, whilst gathering resources and gaining an insight into the conservation issues faced here.

After spending the week with Lynne MacTavish and the rest of her team at Mankwe, hearing their stories and understanding the daily struggles that come with protecting this endangered species from the dangers of poachers, the team all felt compelled to take action and raise awareness of the issues faced which could easily bring both the black and white rhino to extinction.

ZooLab has given itself an ambitious target of 10,000 to be raised within 12 months. This money will go towards a number of things including: food and enrichment for the anti-poaching dogs, petrol for on site patrol vehicles, increased anti-poaching team, improved reserve infrastructure and additional security equipment.

Please check out a blog of our trip available on our website http://www.zoolabuk.com and Facebook page......

Devastating flu vaccine-miscarriage study sparks ridiculous spin "IndyWatch Feed World"

BY J.B. HANDLEY September 13, 2017

The mainstream media is doing their best to minimize a devastating study showing a high correlation (7-fold) between flu vaccines and miscarriages.

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Insider Trading Equifax Data Breach and Disclosure (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Insider Trading Equifax Data Breach and Disclosure Video ITM Trading Lynette Zang Insiders selling stock has escalated this week with those at Industrial companies selling $2,282 for every $1 in buying. Why such extreme selling? Equifax, one of...

The post Insider Trading Equifax Data Breach and Disclosure (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

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Womens health group is funding abortions for Harvey victims "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Speaking of victims I would hope that those who survived a natural disaster might pause and give thanks for being alive as well as their baby. Alas, abortion providers continue their demented goals. Too bad that for those aborted, their Continue reading

21:59

Cassini Will Not Go Gently Into That Good Night "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While Cassini is often celebrated in the popular literature for its stunning photographs of Saturns rings, its more unique contributions have advanced our understanding of the planets moons.

An artist's illustration of Cassini zooming in towards Saturn. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

An artists illustration of Cassini zooming in towards Saturn. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

After 13 years orbiting Saturn, its majestic rings and plethora of moons, the Cassini space probe will make a headlong dive into the gas giant and burn up on September 15. NASA has dubbed the event the Grand Finale.

The probes instruments will be awake during its final mission, transmitting data about Saturns atmosphere to scientists on Earth, until theyre fried to a crisp by the heat and pressure.

For over a decade, the Cassini probe has been humankinds foremost eye in the outer Solar System. It has studied the planet, its rings and its 62 moons in fine detail. Almost everything we know about them is because of the probe, and we know a crazy lot now than we did before Cassini.

Cassini was named for the Italian astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini, who discovered four of Saturns moons in the mid- to late-17th century. It was a joint operation between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency in 1997, and cost $2.1 billion to build and launch. It reached Saturn after seven years. It was expected to complete its primary mission by 2008 (it did), at which point...

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Reminder: Susan Rice Lied About Her Role In The Obama Admin Unmasking Scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

On March 22, Rep. Devin Nunes made his ham-fisted disclosure that the Obama administration had conducted incidental surveillance collection and unmasking of Trump administration officials. It was a revelation that ignited widespread criticism from nearly every corner of Washington

I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored, the House intelligence chairman said at the time. It looks to me like it was all legally collected, but it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing. Nunes went on to claim that the information was spread across a number of agencies and had little or no apparent intelligence value.

Perhaps Nunes reasons were partisan. Perhaps his framing was exaggerated. Well see. But if CNNs reporting is correct, everything Nunes claimed that day was basically true. Which is a lot more than we can say for others.

On the same day, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice was interviewed by PBSs Judy Woodruff and asked to respond to Nunes accusation that she had unmasked those Trump officials in the waning days of the Obama administration. Here is the exchange:

Woodruff: Weve been following a disclosure by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, that in essence, during the final days of the Obama administration, during the transition, after President Trump had been elected, that he and the people around him may have been caught up in surveillance of foreign individuals in that their identities may have been disclosed. Do you know anything about this?

Rice: I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.

As we now know, Rice wasnt surprised. At all. Wednesday, CNN reported that Obamas former national security adviser told House investigators that she had unmasked those senior Trump officials in an effort to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late...

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Yes, Christians Think Hurricanes Are Gods Punishment For Sin "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the wake of hurricane Harvey and Irma, folks have been publicly linking the storms destruction to supernatural judgment. The idea seems to be more accepted when framed in terms from Eastern mysticism (karma) and left-wing politics, and condemned when framed in terms of Christianity.

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Watch This Movie To Debunk The Tech Monopoly Hysteria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The frenzy to regulate big technology firms as monopolies is starting to spread like influenza across the political spectrum. Turning Web search and social media into government-regulated utilities is an idea now endorsed by Josh Marshall on the Left and Steve Bannon on the Right. It also got the surprising support of neoconservative intellectual Bill Kristol as part of a No Labels agenda. So now this idea is coming at us from the left, right, and center.

This is the surest sign that its probably a bad idea.

For anyone tempted to get caught up in this tech monopoly hysteria, you can inoculate yourself by watching just one movie: the 1998 Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan romantic comedy Youve Got Mail.

Why? Well, its a pretty good movie on its own terms. It has a good script, good chemistry between the leads, and it catches Ryan at peak winsomeness. It might also be a good way of compensating if your significant other didnt find that 35th anniversary screening of the directors cut of The Wrath of Khan quite as romantic as you expected. The film also takes place in a very specific business and technology setting that teaches us an indelible lesson about the permanence of so-called monopolies.

Youve Got Mail was conceived as an updated remake of the 1940 film The Shop Around the Corner. In the original, two rival shop clerks clash with each other while falling in love through an anonymous correspondence. The remake just shifted the correspondence, quite naturally, to online chatgroups and e-mail. But it expanded on the business rivalry. Instead of making the protagonists rival clerks in the same store, it made Ryans character the owner of a small independent book shop, while Tom Hanks is CEO of a big discount chain bookstorea fictionalized Barnes and Noblethat is about to put her out of business. This is the big Goliath threatening the retail book industry.

The film was released in 1998. Amazon was founded in 1994 and had its IPO in 1997. It was about to crush big discount bookstoresdoes anyone still remember the other big chain, Borders?and nobody had a clue. There isn&#8217...

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Why Our Obsession With TV Antiheroes Is Destroying Our Souls "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Every year, TV dramas slide deeper into a storytelling rut as deep as it is dark. Just click through the most popular titles on Netflix and the trope is apparent: the antihero. Weve had Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Dexter, How to Get Away with Murder, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Ozark, and those are just off the top of my head. There are plenty of corrupt cop dramas out there, and more comic book antiheroes are coming down the pike.

TVTropes put it well: As the struggling, imperfect protagonist begins to gain more respect and sympathy than the impressive-but-impossible-to-relate-to invincible superhero, anti heroes have come to be admired as a perfectly valid type of hero in their own right.

Yes, Superman and Wonder Woman as characters separated from their plots are terribly boring for being too perfect, too idealistic and therefore unrelatable. But the obsession with angsty antiheroes (I prefer anti-protagonists, but thats a mouthful) is weighing down TV drama. This is especially true since many belonging to the archetype are far more morally corrupt than struggling and imperfect (heck, Frank Underwood is a straight-up villain). I dont say this out of frustration for the lack of stories with happy endings or a more explicit and simplistic morality. Descriptive stories are relatable; they stick with us, as Leslie Loftis has pointed out.

But at some point, TV drama has gone from introducing a few intriguingly dark protagonists that stand apart from the rest of TVs good guys to ubiquitous application of the archetype. Did Western audiences cease to be interested in protagonists that, despite their deep flaws, end up doing the right thing? If were to take this ongoing trend as evidence of consumer bias, millions of viewers are no longer as interested in watching characters take the high road because they find the gutter much more fascinating.

Antiheroes Make Evil More Appealing

Ill grant that antiheroism is a spectrum, ranging from almost-hero to practically villain. But as the name implies, the antihero often leaves much less room for goodness to shine and actually works to dilute its opposite. That may seem redundant, but as Loftis discussed in an interview with Stacy Washington, modern stories often sanitize and sympathetically portray the would-be villain, and in so doing, evil is neutered.

Well, the bad witch isnt so bad, after a...

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Elizabeth Warren Promises To Defend Obamacare While Stumping Sanders Bill Repealing It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Note to PolitiFact: Weve found your Lie of the Year for 2021. Or 2025. Or the next year Democrats take the levers of power in Washington. We submit a claim made Wednesday by one Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.): We will not back down in our protection of the Affordable Care Act. We will defend it at every turn.

She made that statement at a press conference announcing her support for Sen. Bernie Sanders single-payer health care billwhich, if one searches for Affordable Care Act, will uncover the following section:

SEC. 902. SUNSET OF PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE STATE EXCHANGES.

Effective on the date described in section 106, the Federal and State Exchanges established pursuant to title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111148) shall terminate, and any other provision of law that relies upon participation in or enrollment through such an Exchange, including such provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, shall cease to have force or effect.

Oops.

If You Like Your Obamacare, Too Bad

Perhaps Warren should learn a lesson from Barack Obama, who in 2013 was forced to apologize for what PolitiFact then called the Lie of the Year: if you like your plan, you can keep it. Millions of people received cancellation notices that year, because their plans did not comply with Obamacares myriad new mandates and regulations on insurance.

Four years later, many people now on Obamacare cant keep their plansbecause, like me last year, they have seen their plans cancelled. But somemaybe not many, but someObamacare enrollees might actually like their current coverage.

Sanders bill tells each and every one of them, If you like your Obamacare, too bad, even as Warren claims she will defend [the law] at every turn. Somewhere, George Those Who Cannot Remember the Past Are Condemned to Repeat It Santayana is smiling.

Liberals Cant Help Deceiving Pe...

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Texass Abortion Dismemberment Ban Goes To Trial Aimed At Supreme Court "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In a recent turn of events, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and lawyers representing abortion providers pushed for an early November trial in Whole Womans Health v. Paxton. The trial, set to begin on November 2 before federal district court Judge Lee Yeakel, will address the constitutionality of Senate Bill 8s ban on live dismemberment abortions.

In the abortions Texas banned, a doctor uses medical equipment to dismember a live fetus, limb by limb, until the unborn baby dies and all of his body parts have been removed from his mothers uterus. Paxton agreed not to enforce the abortion ban as the suit moves forward, consenting instead to an extension of the temporary restraining order Yeakel entered on August 31.

At trial, the court will consider the abortion providers claim that Texas Senate Bill 8 unconstitutionally bans dilation and evacuation abortions, also known as D&E. A D&E abortion entails a provider dilating a womans cervix to allow the doctor to insert surgical instruments inside. The doctor then grips the fetus with forceps and pulls it toward the cervix and the vagina, removing portions of the fetus, piece by piece, until the entire body has been removed.

As Justice Kennedy explained in one Supreme Court case: The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb. . . . The fetus can be alive at the beginning of the dismemberment process and can survive for a time while its limbs are being torn off.

Banning Human Dismemberment Is Unconstitutional?

According to the plaintiffs lawsuit, D & E abortions are the safest and most common method of abortion used after approximately 15 weeks of pregnancy, and by banning such procedures, Texas imposes an undue burden on women seeking to terminate a pregnancy before viability, in violation of their constitutional right to privacy.

But as Paxton explained to the district court in opposing the restraining order, the Texas law does not ban D&E abortions[t]he terms dilation and evacuation or D&E are not mentioned anywhere in its text, and S.B. 8 does not prevent doctors from performing a second-trimester abortion on any woman who seeks one. Rather, the Texas statute merely requires the abortion doctor to assure fetal demise before the unborn baby is dismembered.

And by prohibiting this brutal, gruesome, and inhumane procedure, the state of Texas both promotes respect for the dignity of the life of the unborn and protects the integrity of the medical profession. Further, as Paxton explained in court documents, to comply with the federal partial-birth abortion bad, many abortion providers already cause feta...

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French Presidents Push For People To Work For A Living Is A Cautionary Tale For America "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

During Emmanuel Macrons presidential campaign earlier this year, he prominently promised to do what no one before him had: revive the floundering French economy. Less than four months into his presidency, Macron is poised to enact some of the reforms necessary for that revival. But hes getting some pretty significant pushback that should stand as a cautionary tale for the United States.

On Tuesday, thousands of French workers took to the streets in dozens of cities across the country, including Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Marseille, and Toulouse, to protest Macrons planned reforms. In Paris, an estimated 60,000 marched, and police used tear gas and water cannons to control demonstrators. These rallies and marches were organized by the countrys labor unions, which have been powerful in France for a century, as well as the political party of self-professed communist and former presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mlenchon.

The proposed overhaul of Frances labor code would include making it easier for employers to fire employees (something prohibitively difficult in France today) and reduce the power of unions in a number of ways, giving employers more room to negotiate with their employees directly. Macrons hope is that these changes would jumpstart the economy and lower the unemployment rate, which now sits at around 10 percent.

The French are known for their love of manifestations, or protests, a pastime that brings them out to the streets by the hundreds and thousands. Nothing gets their feet on the pavement faster than any sign, large or small, that their privileges as workers or students are being reduced. Those have become sacred, thus its little surprise that the upstart kid genius Macron is getting serious pushback against his attempt to overhaul the French code du travail.

Its Unions and a Unionized Culture

Frances labor unions gained significant power in the inter-war period, and played a substantial role in the nearly constant political upheavals of the 1920s and 30s. If any change is made, or even proposed to the labor code, the unions come out in force.

But its not just about the unions. An extreme belief in workers rights has over the years seeped into French culture, such that the two are nearly inseparable. French workers of all socioeconomic levels consider a litany of perks part of their fundamental rights. This includes the 35-hour work week, two-hour lunch breaks, five-week annual vacation time, and virtually guaranteed job security. France has one of the earliest retirement ages in the world for many public-sector jobs and a mandatory retirement age (it was 67 but a 2008 law now gives the option of working until age 70.)

The French believe str...

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First Openly Gay Seattle Mayor Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has resigned effective 5 p.m. Wednesday amid allegations from five men that Murray had sexually abused them as teenagers.

Four of these allegations came to light this spring. While Murray denied there was any truth to the accusations, he decided not to run for a second term. He contended the allegations were an effort to target him for his record as a gay-rights champion, according to the Seattle Times. But apparently the burden of this fifth allegation proved too heavy to carry as mayor.

Murray, 62, has been the mayor of Seattle since 2013, also the year he married Michael Shiosaki, shortly after gay marriage was legalized in Washington state. Murray maintains his innocence but said, It is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our city government to conduct the publics business.

This latest addition to the sexual abuse scandal comes from his cousin, Joseph Dyer, 54. The Seattle Times reports that Dyer was just 13 when Murray came to stay with Dyers family in New York in the mid-1970s. Dyer alleges Murray, then in his early 20s, repeatedly forced him into sex when the two shared a bedroom for the duration of a year. Dyer told the Seattle Times, There would be times when I would fake sleeping because I didnt want him touching me.

Buried Allegations of Abuse from the 1980s

A previous accuser, Jeff Simpson, says Murray abused him as a foster child in Murrays home. Murray took Simpson in after counseling him at a group home for troubled children in Portland, Oregon. The Seattle Times unearthed Department of Human Services documents, previously thought to have been destroyed, that detail the allegations of abuse beginning in 1980, when Simpson was 13, and lasting about three years. Simpson alleges Murray would sometimes pay him in money or drugs for sex.

In a 1984 assessment, CPS caseworker Judy Butler wrote, In the professional judgement of this caseworker who has interviewed numerous children of all ages and of all levels of emotional disturbance regarding sexual abuse, Jeff Simpson has been sexually abused by Edward Murray.

Murray notes the Multnomah County prosecutor never brought charges. But the Seattle Times reports Simpsons troubled personality led to this decision, not any dishonesty from him.

Deputy District Attorney Mary Tomlinson wrote that they could not be sure to meet the high burden of proof of a criminal case, and that Jeffs emotional instability, history of manipulative behavior an...

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President Trump Doesnt Need A Border Wall When He Can Build Better Paper Ones "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Except for the symbolism of his big, beautiful wall, President Trump could save himself billions of dollars and several years by stemming illegal immigration using a tool already at his disposal: the U.S. Tax Code.

With a stroke of his pen, Trump could simply direct the IRS to favor American businesses that hire persons legally permitted to work in the U.S. This policy of Affirmative Wage Deduction (AWD) would cause an instant exodus of undocumented immigrants, potentially recoup billions of dollars in federal tax subsidies, and turn off the employment magnet that now draws thousands of illegal immigrants to breach our borders.

How Trump Could Build A Digital Wall

To do this, Trump should direct the Internal Revenue Services to redefine the terms eligible wage and vendor deductions under the tax code to require verification through an existing online database called the E-Verify System, which is compiled and operated by the Social Security Administration.

E-Verify contains each enrollees birth date, place of birth, address, Social Security Number, and other personal data.

Under the new definition, any employer who wishes to reduce its taxable income by deducting payments to employees or independent contractors would use E-Verify to determine if those payees were Confirmed or Tentatively Non-Confirmed as legally able to work in the U.S.

If the worker is confirmed, then E-Verify System could send an authentication code to the employer and to the IRS. When the IRS receives this code, it would get the green light to allow the deduction claimed by employers.

If the IRS does not, it will automatically erect a virtual wall, to detect non-confirmed labor expenses claimed in the employers tax returns.

The result: Legal workers are let in and illegal workers are kept out of the tax equation, with the employer feeling the difference in its pocketbook. The use of cheap and illegal labor to deprive Americans of entry-level jobs will no longer be unfairly rewarding those employers who are the financial beneficiaries of illegal immigration.

This System Fixes Our Financial Incentives

Of course, this doesnt prohibit companies from hiring undocumented workers and many may still find it cost-effective to do so. As proposed here, this system would not be used as a permission-to-work program or a law enforcement tool by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.

AWD would not affect the gardeners, baby-sitters, and handymen who are paid cash with after-tax earnings by homeowners, who cannot claim these expenditures as business expenses.

AWD is a compelling tax-incentive program for businesses that follow the immigration laws and eliminates the competi...

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Is single-payer health care a feasible evolutionary option? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

I say no, in my latest Bloomberg column.  For some of the arguments here, I am indebted to earlier work by Megan McArdle.

The post Is single-payer health care a feasible evolutionary option? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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Pilot: I Flew Sen. Menendez On His Rich Donors Private Plane "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A man who piloted a wealthy eye doctors private plane testified on Wednesday that Sen. Bob Menendez was a frequent passenger who flew for free. Prosecutors say these free plane rides were how a wealthy benefactor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, who is also on trial, bribed the Democratic senator for favors.

The pilot, Robert Nylund, said Melgen made sure the plane was stocked with Menendezs favorite brand of water, Evian, to make sure he was comfortable  while aboard, CNN reports. Nylund also told the court he once flew Menendez from West Palm Beach to Washington DC, a trip that cost Melgen $8,6036.02. The senator was the only passenger on that 2010 flight. This trip required the plane to be flown with no passengers on the flight to West Palm Beach in order to pick up Menendez. After dropping off the Democratic senator, the plane was flown empty to its hanger in New York.

The wealthy eye doctor flew Menendez on his private plane frequently. Nylund said he flew the senator 16 times while he worked for the ophthalmologist.

Prosecutors say Melgen, who was convicted of Medicaid fraud earlier this year, bribed Menendez with private plane rides, a vacation in Paris, and luxury trips to the Dominican Republic. In exchange, Menendez allegedly lobbied the U.S. State Department to get the married, wealthy eye doctors girlfriends U.S. visas. He also allegedly intervened in a $8.9 million billing dispute in 2011, a year after the pricey private flight paid for by Melgen took place.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could chose a Republican to replace Menendez, if his seat becomes vacant, a move that shift the politics of the U.S. Senate.

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Why Fairness For All Legislation Actually Produces More Discrimination "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In July the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear the case of Jack Phillips, the cake artist in Denver whom the government ordered to re-educate his staff and file quarterly compliance reports for two years after he made a conscience-based decision not to create a custom cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony.

Jacks case and the underlying issuewhether the First Amendment still protects the artistic freedom of creative professionals or is subject to the whims and demands of government officialsare sure to increase the attention paid to controversial Fairness for All legislation.

But first, a prefatory note: Lest your initial reaction to the legislations title be one of rapturous applausefinally, a law that takes everyone into accountremember that such monikers arent crafted to inform the public, but to persuade it. The Affordable Care Act, Restoring Internet Freedom Act, and the USA Patriot Act come to mind.

As Adam Liptak wrote in The New York Times, the old boring names have been replaced by cute names, ones that seem focus-group tested. Why not? As writer Harold Pinter once said, Its so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.

Its cuddly name aside, careful study of Fairness for All legislation reveals that the proposed legislation is poorly conceived, demonstrably unfair, and wholly incapable of achieving its aims.

SOGI Laws Aim to Correct A Nonexistent Problem

To understand this new proposed legislation, we must first understand its ancestry. Such legislation is the immediate descendent of SOGI laws (laws that add the new classifications of sexual orientation and gender identity to existing nondiscrimination laws). I provide a more thorough explanation here, but in short, while SOGI laws purport to combat discrimination, in effect, they threaten every Americans constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. The operative word is purport, because available data reveals that systematic, widespread denial of housing, employment, or services to individuals who identify as LGBT doesnt exist.

So without a significant, unresolved problem to address, these laws have functioned as Trojan horses, empowering governments to personally and professionally destroy individuals who seek to peacefully live and work in a manner consistent with their consciences (but at odds with the governments views). One of the ways these laws operate is to silence thos...

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California Denies Women Choice To Save Babies Through Abortion Pill Reversal "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If there was any doubt about Californias status as the nations standard-bearer for abortion, a letter sent September 5 by the states Board of Registered Nursing should clear that up in a jiffy.

Acting at the behest of abortion activists in the state legislature and online media, the board reversed its decision from just a month prior, sending Heartbeat International a letter to demand that the pro-life pregnancy help network cease and desist offering nurses continuing education units (CEUs) for abortion pill reversal classes.

More than 350 doctors nationally have joined the Abortion Pill Reversal network, while 300 mothers have successfully rescued their children from abortion through the medical intervention (see here and here for examples), which introduces an emergency and ongoing progesterone treatment to counteract the first of two pills in the chemical abortion (RU-486) process.

The boards sudden reversal seems a direct effort to deny a woman access to her own choice during an unexpected pregnancy, Heartbeat International president Jor-El Godsey said Monday.

This is a naked political assault on a procedure that is the very essence of choice, Godsey said. To oppose Abortion Pill Reversal is not only to deny the science and reality that there are children living today because of it, but its to materially keep a woman from even so much as knowing she has the option to potentially stop a chemical abortion once it has begun. This is the abortion lobby taking choices away from women.

Playing Politics with Women, Children, and Nurses

The letter, postmarked September 5 and received September 11, gives Heartbeat International five days from receipt to remove CEU credit from its online courses, offered online through the Heartbeat Academy. It also marks a 180-degree shift from a letter the same board sent Heartbeat International and sister pro-life network, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), approving both organizations status as a continuing education providers.

The original letter, sent July 28, 2017, followed a 17-month period where the board reviewed hundreds of pages of submitted documentation starting in February 2016. No subsequent paperwork or filing of any kind was requested prior to or cited in the most recent letter.

The board had originally questioned Heartbeat Internationals inclusion of abortion pill reversal courses during the audit process, then agreed to reinst...

21:53

Trump to sign resolution condemning White nationalists, Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups "IndyWatch Feed War"

Great idea, right? No sane person supports the Klan and neo-Nazis. But here again we see the palsied hand of the Southern Poverty Law Center. When perfectly legitimate organizations are falsely classified as hate groups and lumped in with the KKK and neo-Nazis by that well-heeled hate and smear machine, against whom will all available []

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Only one Singaporean is fit to be president So who decides in a democracy? Or who cares if it is a democracy? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Or so the government concludes

IT IS very important, Lee Hsien Loong, Singapores prime minister, explained last year, that all Singaporeans feel they have a genuine chance of becoming president. To that end, his government tinkered with the eligibility criteria for candidates. Yet Singaporeans primed for a festival of inclusiveness at this years election must be confused. On September 11th a committee of senior officials declared that only one candidate was eligible to stand, and that the woman in question, Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, was thus deemed to have been elected unopposed. She will be sworn in on September 14th.

Singapores democracy can sometimes seem a little regimented: the ruling Peoples Action Party (PAP) has been in power since before independence in 1965. So when the government decided to amend the constitution in 1991 to allow direct elections for president, ostensibly to deepen popular engagement with politics, observers were suspiciousand rightly so. The criteria for eligibility were set so narrowly that only two of the subsequent five elections have involved more than one candidate. Even so, at the previous election, in 2011, the PAPs preferred candidate came within a whisker of losing.

The government says this close shave had no influence on its decision to narrow the eligibility criteria yet more before this years election. The intention, Mr Lee explained, was to make sure that none of Singapores three main ethnic groupsChinese, Malays and Indianswas excluded from the job for too long. In November the government duly changed the constitution to reserve presidential elections for members of a particular ethnic group if no one from that group has held the job for the previous five terms. On this basis, the presidential election this year was limited to Malays, who make up 13% of the population but have not held the office of president since 1970. Coincidentally, the new rules prevented the candidate who fell just 7,383 votes short last time, Tan Cheng Bock, from running again, as he is one of the 74% of Singaporeans who are Chinese (...

21:46

Advocates of 'global warming' theory increasingly want to punish skeptics - especially after recent hurricanes "IndyWatch Feed World"

Calls to punish global warming skepticism as a criminal offense have surged in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but it hasn't discouraged climate scientists like Judith Curry. A retired Georgia Tech professor, she argued on her Climate Etc. website that Irma, which hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on Saturday, was fueled in large part by "very weak" wind shear and that the hurricane intensified despite Atlantic Ocean temperatures that weren't unusually warm. That is the kind of talk that could get policymakers who heed her research hauled before the justice system, if some of those in the climate change movement have their way. "Climate change denial should be a crime," declared the Sept. 1 headline in the Outline. Mark Hertsgaard argued in a Sept. 7 article in the Nation, titled "Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us," that "murder is murder" and "we should punish it as such."

21:45

New Dot Connector Videocast Format David Icke latest headlines

From this weekend, the David Icke Dot Connector video cast format will change. David will continue to produce his free 30 minute take on the weeks events, and this will be posted on his Youtube channel as normal, every Friday. Premium Subscribers however, will now receive a much more in-depth weekly podcast where Richie Allen will be interviewing David about the weeks events, connecting the dots between seemingly random events. Every week they will cover a series of topics from all over the World. If you would like to sign up as a Premium Subscriber, please click here.

21:43

Re: mp3gain: NULL pointer dereference in sync_buffer (mpglibDBL/interface.c) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Agostino Sarubbo on Sep 14

Hello Thomas,

the suggestion of removal was because of the dead status of the upstream
project.
If there will be people that fix the issues, will be great.

Feel free to update this thread when you have news about.

21:42

5.7million-year-old Fossil Footprints have been stolen from the site in Kasteli, Crete "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Ten out of the forty newly discovered fossil footprints in Kasteli, Chania, have been stolen by  unknown thieves. The unprecedented theft was discovered by a citizen  who visited the site and saw that several fossil footprints had been removed, while the site was damaged. According to Greek media, security cameras has recorded one thief, authorities

The post 5.7million-year-old Fossil Footprints have been stolen from the site in Kasteli, Crete appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

21:41

Sweden Doubles Down on Data Retention Surveillance "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

According to a leaked law proposal, which has been obtained by the Swedish Internet provider Bahnhof, the Swedish government is doubling down on the court-banned and hated data retention surveillance. As a Western first, they're also planning to introduce VPN surveillance, taking a page out of Russia's and China's oppression playbooks, and are mandating that the Internet be built not to optimize speed and throughput, but to optimize governmental surveillance.

takyon: A Privacy International report has found that 21 EU member states (including Sweden) have data retention legislation that may not comply with Court of Justice of the European Union judgments. Also at TechCrunch.


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21:40

And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda ~ John Williamson "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is my favourite rendition of this song, although quite a few country musicians have had a go, even Joan Baez.

Eric Bogle composed it.

I think it sounds best sung by an Australian, given its an Aussie song about Gallipoli our most famous war battle, which we lost to the Turks.

The colonials of Australian, New Zealand and Canada were sent as canon fodder by the British commanders up hill against the Turks 250,000 casualties on either side. Allied forces 46,000 casualties. Turks 65,000 casualties.

In all, some 480,000 Allied forces took part in the Gallipoli Campaign, at a cost of more than 250,000 casualties, including some 46,000 dead. On the Turkish side, the campaign also cost an estimated 250,000 casualties, with 65,000 killed.

A large number of men fighting in a relatively small area. Ive visited Gallipoli sombre and sad place.

 


21:40

Who Rules America? The Power Elite in the Time of Trump "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Who Rules America? The Power Elite in the Time of Trump By Prof. James Petras  Global Research In the last few months, several competing political, economic and military sectors linked to distinct ideological and ethnic groups have clearly emerged...

The post Who Rules America? The Power Elite in the Time of Trump appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:40

Casual Observation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Jonathan Chait is basically correct, but I don't think it's accurate to say that Bernie Sanders has gotten us zero percent closer to a single-payer system for health care. Convincing almost all Democrats who have presidential ambitions to sign on for his bill is a form of progress, even if we can legitimately debate whether it alone moves the needle more or less than a rounding error from zero.

The reason I'm a little more optimistic than that is because Sanders doesn't have to be the details guy who explains how the public is weaned off employer-based health care or convinced to pay the taxes needed to put everyone on Medicare. If he can just get the party to make that a consensus goal, he's surely done better than zero percent.

Discuss

A Socratic Dialogue on Health Care "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, Republicans are now confronting healthcare. Its going something like this:

SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER of TENNESSEE: UmPatty? I didnt want to tell you this, but we broke the television.
SENATOR PATTY MURRAY of WASHINGTON: What the unholy hell?!?? Are you kidding me??!?
LAMAR: Yeah, um, no. No, Im not.
PATTY: Whats wrong with it?
LAMAR: Well, its smashed.
PATTY: Smashed?!?? Why the hell is it smashed?
LAMAR: See, remember when you told us to be sure to pay the cable bill?
PATTY: Yeah.
LAMAR: We didnt do it.
PATTY: Figures. So?
LAMAR: We couldnt watch the ball game.
PATTY: Right.
LAMAR: So, Mitch and Paul and everyone threw bricks at it.
PATTY: You idiots!!
LAMAR: Well, we want to fix it.
PATTY: Yeah, you better.
LAMAR: But we need your help.
PATTY: MY help? Why do you need MY help?
LAMAR: See, we also figured we owed you an apology.
PATTY: Damn straight yall owe me an apology!
LAMAR: But I cant get the guys to help pay for a new set unless I promise they wont have to admit they did anything wrong.
PATTY: Youre kidding, right?
LAMAR: So, what I need is for you to tell them they didnt do anything wrong.
PATTY: Why would I make a foolish concession like that?
LAMAR: Because otherwise, the television is going to stay smashed.

This is whats happening in the committee:

In exchange for funding Obamacares subsidies to insurers that cover care of low-income people with severe health needs, Republicans are demanding that some of the ACAs protections and mandates be waivedand have suggested rolling back the requirement that every insurance plan cover essential health benefits like maternity care and mental health treatment.

Now that the Republicans realize theyre stuck with the Affordable Care Act, they realize they cant just leave it broken. But Republicans also feel like they have to get some kind of concession from the Democrats or they wont agree to fix it.

Without a concession or a win they can point to,...

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Why a Tax Bill Will Be So Hard "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I wrote a piece yesterday entitled Tax Reform and the Politics of Tennessee that highlighted the roles of Sen. Bob Corker and Rep. Diane Black in the next big battle in Washington DC. It was the latest in a series of posts Ive written about the mechanics of passing a big tax bill through Congress using the budget reconciliation process to avoid a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. Not long after we published that article, more news broke about the difficulties the House of Representatives is having passing a budget, which is something they absolutely must do if they want to use the reconciliation process.

In my piece, I highlighted the fact that Rep. Diane Black is both the chairwoman of the House Budget Committee and intent on becoming a candidate for the governorship of Tennessee. I noted that a 2014 rule adopted by the House Republicans states that Black must relinquish her gavel if she officially declares to run for another office. What I didnt know at the time was that she had long planned to step down as the head of the Budget Committee by the end of this month anticipating that her work on the budget would be completed by then. In other words, her stalled budget is about to start interfering with her upcoming campaign sooner than I anticipated. And its making her uneasy:

The House GOPs budget chief Tuesday urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to bring the budget to the floor this month, even though her hard-fought fiscal outline lacks the 218 votes needed for passage.

House Budget Chairman Diane Black, frustrated by her partys divisions, is daring die-hard conservatives to vote no, forcing them to take the fall for choking off the partys chances at tax reform.

Sometimes when you get this close, perhaps you just need to put it on the floor, Black (R-Tenn.) told POLITICO in a 30 minute interview. I have made the case to the leadership, that I think its time.

I am restless. I want to have it done, she said.

She managed to get a budget blueprint passed out of her committee, but the leadership did a whip count last week and discovered that they dont have the votes to pass it on the floor of the House. The problem is a little hard to describe because its partly technical, partly a function of the House Freedom Caucus not fully understanding some of the technical details, and partly a result of Black trying to bullshit and bully the Freedom Caucus. And then thats all backed up by the potential for the leadership to use a fall-back position that would amount to breaking a promise they made to the Freedom Caucus back in January.

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Would Ryan Resign to Get the DREAM Act? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Consistency isnt the Republican Partys strong suit, so I dont want to make too much of this. But theres something I discussed yesterday that could have a big impact on the effort to pass the DREAM Act through Congress. Remember, I discussed the commitments Paul Ryan made to the Freedom Caucus back in 2015 when he was negotiating with them to become the new Speaker of the House. One of the main promises Ryan made was that he would not introduce bills that didnt have the support of a majority of the Republicans in the House. In particular, he said he would not introduce any immigration bill that wasnt supported by more than half of his caucus.

The 45-year-old Wisconsin congressman said he would only push important bills such as immigration that have a majority of support from Republicans abiding by the Hastert Rule.

Lets look at that Hastert Rule again:

Hastert Rule: An informal rule of the House of Representatives first imposed by Speaker Denny Hastert. The rule holds that the Speaker of the House shall bring no bill to a vote that does not have majority support among members of the majority. In other words, under Republican Speaker Hastert, who was elected Speaker by a GOP majority of the House of Representatives, no bill could be brought to the floor for a vote unless a majority of House Republicans supported the bill.

At that point, the conservatives in the House were still worried about the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. You might have forgotten the details, but the comprehensive immigration reform bill passed in the Senate by a filibuster-proof 68-32 margin. The majority of Republicans in the Senate (32 to 14), however, voted against it. If John Boehner had been willing to violate the Hastert Rule and bring the bill to a vote, it most likely would have passed in the House, too, and been signed into law by President Obama. But Boehner had enough problems violating the Hastert Rule to raise the debt ceiling and avoid government shutdowns. He couldnt afford to create a revolt on an issue as charged as immigration.

The Freedom Caucus wanted some assurance that Ryan would be no different, and Ryan provided it.

This presents a problem now that President Trump has demanded that Congress pass the DREAM Act. To be...

Tax Reform and the Politics of Tennessee "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Nancy already wrote about the presidents plan to advance his tax reform effort by inviting Democratic Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota to eat dinner tonight at the White House. I want to focus on a different angle on the same story. After spending much of August writing in frustration about the budget reconciliation process for tax reform because the mainstream media was not reporting that it requires the Republicans to pass a new budget, its comforting to see that they have all now caught on:

Under Washingtons complicated ways, passing a congressional budget blueprint is the only way to set in motion a special process for rewriting the tax code. If Congress can pass a budget, Republicans controlling the Senate dont need to worry about a Democratic filibuster blocking any tax bill.

House action has been held up by a battle between moderates and conservatives over whether to pair spending cuts with the filibuster-proof tax measure. Senate action has been on hold while the House struggles.

One interesting thing here is how the process is being impacted by Tennessee politics and potential retirements by key players. The House Budget Committee chairwoman, Rep. Diane Black (TN-06), is intent on running for governor of the Volunteer State. But a rule adopted by House Republicans in 2014 says that she must give up her gavel if she is seeking another office. Asked about this at the Tennessee State Fair yesterday, she said she wasnt sure if she would serve out her entire term but was intent on at least seeing through the effort to pass a budget.

Im still doing what I promised I would do and thats to try to get the budget across the line, Black said. Its out of my committee, but I feel obligated to con...

21:39

I Was An Exxon-Funded Climate Scientist "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Katharine Hayhoe for Counter Punch - ExxonMobils deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the reality and urgency of climate change and their donations to front groups to disseminate false information about climate change have been public knowledge for a long time, now. Investigative reports in 2015 revealed that Exxon had its own scientists doing its own climate modeling as far back as the 1970s: science and modeling that was not only accurate, but that was being used to plan for the companys future. Now, a peer-reviewed study published August 23 has confirmed that what Exxon was saying internally about climate change was quantitatively very different from their public statements. Specifically, researchers Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes found that at least 80 percent of the internal documents and peer-reviewed publications they studied from between 1977 and 2014 were consistent with the state of the science acknowledging that climate change is real and caused by humans, and identifying reasonable uncertainties that any climate scientist would agree with at the time. Yet over 80 percent of Exxons editorial-style paid advertisements over the same period specifically focused on uncertainty and doubt, the study found.

21:39

#berlin #berlinsummer #rainy #raindrops #weather "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



#berlin #berlinsummer #rainy #raindrops #weather

21:38

KDE Plasma 5.11 Rolls Into Beta With New System Settings, Better Wayland Support "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The beta is now available of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.11. There have been many changes baking for the Plasma 5.11 milestone...

21:38

Surface Owners Rights Given Legal Consideration in Doddridge County WV "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Marcellus Well Pad in Doddridge County, WV

Doddridge case called a boost for surface owners in Marcellus gas region

From an Article by Ken Ward, Jr., Charleston Gazette-Mail, September 9, 2017

Photo: The natural gas well pad, shown during the construction phase, was the subject of the lawsuit in Doddridge County.

Two Doddridge County residents have won a court ruling and a jury verdict that advocates for surface owners rights say provide a boost in the ongoing struggle over the impacts of the Marcellus Shale gas-drilling boom in Northern West Virginia.

Last week, a circuit court jury awarded Beth Crowder and David Wentz a total of $190,000 in damages in a case brought against EQT Production Company over a well pad that EQT constructed on the residents property without their permission in order to drill horizontally underground to reach natural gas supplies located beneath neighboring properties.

David Grubb, a Charleston lawyer who represented Crowder and Wentz, said it is believed to be the first verdict in which plaintiffs were awarded fair and reasonable rental value in a such a case against a natural gas producer.

This is a victory for surface landowners, Grubb said Friday. It represents a recognition that drillers cannot use a surface landowners property to drill horizontally into neighboring tracts without express permission.

Jurors determined that the residents deserved $95,000 for the rental value of the property and another $95,000 for annoyance and inconvenience. The jury declined to award any punitive damages to punish EQT for its behavior.

In the case, Crowder and Wentz were arguing that EQT had trespassed on their property when it built the 20-acre well pad to drill nine horizontal wells, a process that took 16 months and contemplated another three wells would eventually be drilled.

Doddridge Circuit Judge Timothy Sweeney had previously ruled for the residents, saying in a February 2016 order that EQTs right to do what was reasonably necessary to produce gas it owns or leases, that right did not include the authority to drill from the Crowder-Wentz property into mineral tracts that do not underlie that property.

While EQT clearly has the right to do what is ne...

21:38

DEMOCRATS AREN'T VERY INSPIRATIONAL, BUT THEY CAN STILL BEAT TRUMP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Politico's story "Teflon Don Confounds Democrats" is disheartening, but I think it's misleading.

Data from a range of focus groups and internal polls in swing states paint a difficult picture for the Democratic Party heading into the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election. It suggests that Democrats are naive if they believe Trumps historically low approval numbers mean a landslide is coming....

The research [was] conducted by private firms and for Democratic campaign arms....

[Trump] is still viewed as an outsider shaking up the system, which people in the various surveys say they like, and which Democrats dont stack up well against.

... no single Democratic attack on the president is sticking not on his temperament, his lack of accomplishments or the deals hes touted that have turned out to be less than advertised, like the presidents claim that he would keep Carrier from shutting down its Indianapolis plant and moving production to Mexico....

Many of the proposals Democrats are pushing fall flat in focus groups and polling.

The call for free college tuition fosters both resentment at ivory tower elitism and regret from people who have degrees but are now buried under debt. Many voters see free as a lie either theyll end up paying for tuition some other way, or worse, theyll be paying the tuition of someone else wholl be getting a degree for free....

Medicare-for-all tests better, but it, too, generates suspicion. The challenge is that most voters in focus groups believe its a pipe dream they ask who will pay for it and suspect it will lead to a government takeover of health care.
I see that one of the firms that conducted this research is Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, whom I respect. So I take it seriously. But I don't think it means Democratic electoral efforts are doomed.

Pollsters are getting these results, and yet Democrats are winning special elections, at least at the state legislative level:
On Tuesday night, Democrats flipped two Republican-held state legislative seats -- one in Oklahoma, one in New Hampshire -- that Donald Trump carried in the 2016 election.

That makes six turnovers from Republican to Democrat in contested state House and Senate races so far in 2017 -- and 26 out of 35 races (at the state legislative and congressional level) in which the Democratic nominee has overperformed Hillary Clinton's showing last November. (Worth noting: Republicans have yet to flip a Democratic-controlled seat so far this year.)
It's likely that the typical...

21:37

Bombshell Report Catches Pentagon Falsifying Paperwork For Weapons Transfers To Syrian Rebels David Icke latest headlines

A new bombshell joint report issued by two international weapons monitoring groups Tuesday confirms that the Pentagon continues to ship record breaking amounts of weaponry into Syria and that the Department of Defense is scrubbing its own paper trail. On Tuesday the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) produced conclusive evidence that not only is the Pentagon currently involved in shipping up to $2.2 billion worth of weapons from a shady network of private dealers to allied partners in Syria mostly old Soviet weaponry but is actually manipulating paperwork such as end-user certificates, presumably in order to hide US involvement. The OCCRP and BIRN published internal US defense procurement files after an extensive investigation which found that the Pentagon is running a massive weapons trafficking pipeline which originates in the Balkans and Caucuses, and ends in Syria and Iraq. The program is ostensibly part of the US train, equip, and assist campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF, a coalition of YPG/J and Arab FSA groups operating primarily in Syrias east). The arms transfers are massive and the program looks to continue for years. Read more: Bombshell Report Catches Pentagon Falsifying Paperwork For Weapons Transfers To Syrian Rebels

21:35

US strikes kill at least 22 civilians in Syrias Raqqah, Dayr al-Zawr David Icke latest headlines

At least 22 civilians, mainly women and children, have been killed in the latest US airstrikes on the Syrian cities of Raqqah and Dayr al-Zawr. According to Syrias official news agency, SANA, 11 of the civilians were killed as US jets targeted a residential area in Raqqah, while 11 more were killed during a strike on Dayr al-Zawrs al-Shahabat village on Wednesday. The raids also severely damaged private property and civilian infrastructure in the targeted areas. The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate. Read more: US strikes kill at least 22 civilians in Syrias Raqqah, Dayr al-Zawr

21:34

Iraqi MPs vote to sack Kirkuk governor as Kurdish referendum nears "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Baghdad parliament calls for removal of Najmaldin Karim in move increasing pressure on independence vote on 25 September

21:31

Kurdistan independence to lead to breakup of Iraq: Analyst David Icke latest headlines

In less than two weeks, Iraqs semi-autonomous Kurdistan region will go to polls in a vote for independence. Iraqi parliamentarians have rejected the legitimacy of the vote and the central government in Baghdad which is strongly opposed to this move has said it will do everything possible to keep the unity of the country intact. Press TV has talked to Saad al-Muttalibi, member of the State of Law Coalition, as well as Martin Jay, journalist and political commentator, to discuss the issue. Muttalibi believes the independence of Kurdistan will lead to a definite breakup of the Republic of Iraq, emphasizing that the Iraqis will not accept the results of the upcoming referendum under any circumstances. He also noted the leader of Iraqs semi-autonomous region Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani, is pushing for an armed conflict in order to gain control of the Iraqi oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Read more: Kurdistan independence to lead to breakup of Iraq: Analyst

21:30

10 Thursday AM Reads "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

My morning train reads:  Why the West Is Burning: There are 137 large wildfires raging across 7.8 million acres in what might be the worst fire season ever  (Outside) Charts & Thoughts at All-Time Highs (Irrelevant Investor)  Friends of the Court Have Hidden Ties to Big Investors (Bloomberg)  Wall Street titans grow wary of ageing rally in

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The post 10 Thursday AM Reads appeared first on The Big Picture.

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21:30

Bluetooth Vulnerability Affects All Major OS "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Security researchers from Armis Labs recently published a whitepaper unveiling eight critical 0-day Bluetooth-related vulnerabilities, affecting Linux, Windows, Android and iOS operating systems. These vulnerabilities alone or combined can lead to privileged code execution on a target device. The only requirement is: Bluetooth turned on. No user interaction is necessary to successfully exploit the flaws, the attacker does not need to pair with a target device nor the target device must be paired with some other device.

The research paper, dubbed BlueBorne (whats a vulnerability, or a bunch, without a cool name nowadays?), details each vulnerability and how it was exploited. BlueBorne is estimated to affect over five billion devices. Some vendors, like Microsoft, have already issued a patch while others, like Samsung, remain silent. Despite the patches, some devices will never receive a BlueBorne patch since they are outside of their support window. Armis estimates this accounts for around 40% of all Bluetooth enabled devices.

A self-replicating worm that would spread and hop from a device to other nearby devices with Bluetooth turned on was mentioned by the researchers as something that could be done with some more work. That immediately reminds us of the BroadPwn vulnerability, in which the researchers implemented what is most likely the first WiFi only worm. Although it is definitely a fun security exercise to code such worm, its really a bad, bad idea Right?

So whos affected?

It is probably a good idea to check and apply the latest patches available for your favourite devices, especially if they are mobile and you carr...

21:29

Israel becomes first state to back an independent Kurdistan (exactly in line with the long-time Israel agenda for the Balkanisation of the Middle East) David Icke latest headlines

Israel supports the establishment of a Kurdish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, as Kurds in Iraq gear up for a referendum on independence that lawmakers in Baghdad oppose. Israel has maintained discreet military, intelligence and business ties with the Kurds since the 1960s, viewing the minority ethnic group whose indigenous population is split between Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran as a buffer against shared Arab adversaries. Other nations have been reluctant to support Kurdish independence, fearing it will introduce another source of instability into a fragile region. On Tuesday, Iraqs Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani said he would press ahead with the September 25 referendum despite a vote by Iraqs parliament rejecting it. Read more:Israel becomes first state to back an independent Kurdistan (exactly in line with the long-time Israel agenda for the Balkanisation of the Middle East)

21:28

Why natural disasters aren't all that natural "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes result from a combination of natural hazards and social and human vulnerability. Calling them 'natural disasters' artificially naturalises the harms they cause.

A rescue worker and his dog search at the building collapse site after an earthquake hit in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Sept. 9, 2017. Dan Hang/PA Images. All rights reserved.Summer 2017 has been full of stories about (not so) freak weather events. Floods in Japan and Italy and hurricanes in the USA have been extensively covered in news broadcasts (while other disasters in low-income countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal and India have been largely ignored). Disasters and the risks they pose are thus becoming more and more prominent on political and media agendas as the damages caused by these disasters are on the increase.

In May 2017 over 6,000 policy makers, local governments representatives, NGO, community leaders, researchers and academics from around the world gathered together for the UNs Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico. A week of discussion and debate focused on the global agenda to reduce disaster risk.

A number of key messages were presented under the slogan From Commitment to Action. These highlighted the importance of continuing work on the Sendai Framework for Actions priority areas and identified other areas that should be mainstreamed in the implementation of disaster risk reduction. This includes ensuring coherence with the sustainable development and climate change agendas, gender-sensitive and inclusive disaster risk reduction, and international cooperation initiatives for critical infrastructure.

Words alone are not enough to reduce disaster risks. Whats more, some words and phrases may actually have a negative impact....

21:27

Israels Imperial Ambition in the Middle East: Israel Preparing for All-Out War to 'Vanquish' Hezbollah David Icke latest headlines

There are several obstacles preventing Israel s long-term plan to become a regional power including the Palestinians, Syria, Lebanon and the grand prize, Iran. Iran is a major obstacle for Israel, however, in order for Israel to declare war on Iran (with U.S. backing of course), Hezbollah needs to be eliminated. It is an extremely difficult task for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to fight on multiple fronts, especially against a well-armed militia located on its northern borders with Lebanon. In 2006, as the world knows, Hezbollah defeated Israel. During the war, The New York Timesinterviewed an Israeli soldier at the height of the conflict and admitted that Hezbollah fighters as highly qualified: Hezbollah is a militia trained like an army and equipped like a state, and its fighters are nothing like Hamas or the Palestinians, said a soldier who just returned from Lebanon. They are trained and highly qualified, he said, equipped with flak jackets, night-vision goggles, good communications and sometimes Israeli uniforms and ammunition. All of us were kind of surprised Last April, Israel introduced to the world, Davids Sling, a US-Israeli missile interceptor made to counter Hezbollahs arsenal of medium-range missiles. It is a clear sign that Israel is in preparation for the next long war against Hezbollah, who is an ally of Syria and Iran. Read more: Israels Imperial Ambition in the Middle East: Israel Preparing for All-Out War to Vanquish Hezbollah

21:26

Redgum I Was Only 19 (1983) "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is one of Australias most famous anti-war songs 1983.

Written ten years after the end of Vietnam.

My age group of Australian and New Zealander males born after 1955 dodged a bullet.

 

 


21:25

How many drug scripts do doctors write per year? "IndyWatch Feed World"

by Jon Rappoport

September 13, 2017

Medical News Today reports that, in 2011, there was a modest uptick in the number of prescriptions written in the US. Read More

21:23

Israel minister backs plan to assist Palestinian emigration David Icke latest headlines

The National Union faction, which has Members of Knesset in the Jewish Home party, yesterday approved a plan at its national conference to annex the West Bank and assist Palestinian emigration. According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the plan developed by MK Bezalel Smotrich presents a kind of surrender-or-transfer ultimatum to the Palestinians. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a videotaped message of support to delegates. Two alternatives will be offered to the Arabs of the Land of Israel, the plan states: Anyone who is willing and able to relinquish the fulfillment of his national aspirations will be able to stay here and live as an individual in the Jewish state. Anyone who is unwilling or unable to relinquish his national aspirations will receive assistance from us to emigrate to one of the Arab countries. Read more: Israel minister backs plan to assist Palestinian emigration

21:20

Midnight Oil US Forces "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aussie Rock 1985 songthe band disbanded while its lead singer Peter Garrett tried being a Federal politician (badly)Theyve reunited and are currently on a world tour.

 


21:19

Petition To Get the Charity Commission to De-register the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism And Its War Against Freedom of Speech David Icke latest headlines

The so-called Campaign Against Anti-Semitism is a McCarthyite Zionist propaganda organisation whose aim is to smear and libel opponents of Israels apartheid regime. Ever since its formation during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, when over 2,000 Palestinians, including 551 children were murdered by Israeli missile attacks and shelling of civilian areas, it has sought to tarnish supporters of the Palestinians and anti-Zionists with the label anti-Semitism. The fact that the CAA is officially a registered charity is outrageous. It provides no Public Benefit, the test of any charity nor are its activities remotely charitable. It is a nakedly right-wing political Zionist organisation. Read more and sign here

21:18

Re: mp3gain: NULL pointer dereference in sync_buffer (mpglibDBL/interface.c) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Dr. Thomas Orgis on Sep 14

Am Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:51:36 +0200
schrieb Agostino Sarubbo :

I disagree. I am considering cleaning up mp3gain and omitting nearly
all of the vulnerabilities by removing the decoder fork. Reason: rgain
does not do what mp3gain did. Mp3gain can directly modify the MPEG
frames so that the gain is changed also for decoders that do not
support the added metadata (it additionally stores metadata to be able
to revert the...

21:17

UN chief calls for end to 'ethnic cleansing' of Rohingya Muslims as Security Council condemns violence David Icke latest headlines

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that ethnic cleansing is taking place in Burma, leading to a catastrophic humanitarian situation for the Rohingya Muslim minority with nearly 380,000 people forced to flee to Bangladesh. The UN Security Council also condemned the violence, with Britains UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft calling the statement the first the UNs most powerful body has made in nine years on the situation Burma an important first step. The secretary-general has been outspoken about calling for an end to the violence in Burmas Rakhine state, and sent the Security Council an official letter raising his concerns about a crisis the first time a UN chief has done so since 1989. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International had accused the Security Council on Tuesday of ignoring large-scale ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas and demanded that it hold an open meeting and urge an end to the violence. Read more: UN chief calls for end to ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims as Security Council condemns violence

21:17

Re: mp3gain: NULL pointer dereference in sync_buffer (mpglibDBL/interface.c) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Dr. Thomas Orgis on Sep 14

Hi Agostino,

thanks for pointing out that mp3gain is yet another user of an outdated
fork of mpg123 code. But this time with a twist: This again seems to be

I'll have a look if I can rip that mpglib out of mp3gain and provide a
patch that uses an up-to-date libmpg123 for parsing instead. This would
perhaps be a better path forward for distros than to remove the...

21:16

We did it! NHS Professionals stays public "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

A people-powered campaign has defeated "the most foolish NHS privatisation yet" - now it's time to build on our momentum and stop the creeping privatisation elsewhere in the health service.

Image: We Own It campaign officer Ellen Lees celebrating the win.

The government announced last week that they have abandoned their plans to sell of NHS Professionals at the 11th hour. This last-minute victory shows that when campaigners, unions, and politicians work together, we can force the government U-turn, and protect vital public services from privatisation.

NHS Professionals is a publicly owned staff bank which supplies temporary staff to NHS Trusts and hospitals. It saves the NHS 70m per year by charging low commission on staff wages, and investing its profits back into the NHS. It was created to save the NHS from forking out high commission to private staffing agencies. It serves around a quarter of NHS Trusts, and is looking to expand its service to reach more hospitals, and save more money. The government decided to privatise NHS Professionals to inject private capital, and we think, to palm off responsibility for yet another aspect of the national health service.

We Own It ran the campaign to stop the sale, working closely with campaigners from Keep Our NHS Public, Health Campaigns Together, and OurNHS openDemocracy, as well as the health team at Unison, backbenchers and shadow health ministers at Labour, and the Green Partys Caroline Lucas.

The government had planned to sell off a 75% stake in the company, but it will now be kept in public hands. The contract with the new owner was due to begin on 1st September, but was delayed and then abandoned entirely. The government announced their change of heart at 8am on the 7th of September, with as little fanfare as possible.

Our supporters were persistent - writing emails, signing petitions and putting pressure on stakeholders from all angles. Weve proven wha...

21:15

An Economic Lesson for China and Russia "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

An Economic Lesson for China and Russia Paul Craig Roberts Is there anyone in Trumps government who is not an imbecile? After years of endless military threats against Russiaremember CIA deputy director Mike Morell saying on TV (Charlie Rose show)...

The post An Economic Lesson for China and Russia appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:15

Solid Rock by Goanna "IndyWatch Feed National"

80s Aussie Rockplay loud

Song about Australia and its vast Outback as large as US mainland and hardly inhabited cos its too harshand the ancient people who lived in the vast Australian wilderness for 80,000 years undisturbed, living off the landuntil the white sails camewhite men..white lawwhite guns

There were genocides of Aboriginal all over Australia, in a similar fashion to America.

In Tasmanian they were wiped out and relocated to an island off Hobart where most died.

Goanna the bands name is after the monitor lizard called Goanna, an Aboriginal name. They grow to 1.8 metres and are found in Australia and parts of SE Asia.

 


21:15

Russia, US Officials Revive Dialogue on Arms Control: Offering Glimmer of Hope "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The New Start Treaty was in focus of the talks held in Helsinki between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and US Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon on September 11-12. The parties agreed that the treaty should be implemented without exception. It was revealed that expert consultations on the future of the agreement had begun. A meeting of the US-Russian bilateral commission on implementing the New START would take place in the near future so that the two sides could continue their discussion of the technical aspects of implementation.

21:13

Trump blocks $1.3billion sale of US tech company to China for national security reasons David Icke latest headlines

President Donald Trump has blocked one of the largest attempted acquisitions of a US company by a Chinese firm, with the tough policy against China continuing, despite the exiting of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who favored economic nationalism. On Wednesday, Trump issued an executive order through the Defense Production Act of 1950, denying the Chinese-backed private equity firm Canyon Bridge Capital Partners from acquiring US-based chipmaker Lattice Semiconductor Corporation for $1.3 billion. Trump stated that Canyon Bridge shall take all steps necessary to fully and permanently abandon the proposed transaction, within a timeframe of 30 days, according to Reuters. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin released a written statement on Wednesday outlining the reason for blocking the deal. Consistent with the administrations commitment to take all actions necessary to ensure the protection of US national security, the president issued an order prohibiting the acquisition, Mnuchin said, according to the Oregonian. Read more: Trump blocks $1.3billion sale of US tech company to China for national security reasons

21:11

White giraffes seen in Kenya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Young white giraffe, 'normal' giraffe and white giraffe mother. Photo by Hirola Conservation Programme

From the Hirola Conservation Programme blog in Kenya:

Sunday, 06 August 2017 12:58

ANOTHER WHITE (LEUCISTIC) GIRAFFE SIGHTING IN THE HIROLAS RANGE!

Early june this year, reports of a white baby giraffe and its mother were reported to us by the rangers who got the report from one of the villagers adjacent to the Ishaqbini conservancy. We hurriedly headed to the scene as soon as we got the news. And lo! There, right in front of us, was the so hyped white giraffe of Ishaqbini conservancy! They were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence. The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signalling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes a characteristic of most wildlife mothers in the wild to prevent the predation of their young.

While observing the magnificent long-necked animal looking at us, I could not but help see the fading reticulates on their skin! It was evident that the coloration especially on the mother giraffe was not as conspicuous as on the baby. The question that lingered in my mind was if the fading on the skin was something that happened at birth or thereafter in the adult giraffe life? This is because the baby giraffe had very conspicuous reticulates but with a small tinge of the white coloration that seemed to continue fading away leaving the baby white as it approaches adulthood.

White giraffe sightings or leucistic giraffe as they are better known have become more frequent and common nowadays. In fact, the only two known sightings have been made in Kenya and Tanzania. The very first reports of a...

21:11

One dead, three injured in Spokane, Washington high school shooting David Icke latest headlines

One person has been killed, and three injured in a shooting at the Freeman High School in Rockford, south of Spokane, in the US state of Washington. Ambulances and medical helicopters were called to the scene and area schools were put on lockdown. There is one victim, thats a student, that is deceased, Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer told reporters. Initial reports spoke of up to six victims, which was later revised to four. The three hospitalized students are reported to be in stable condition. The suspect is in custody, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reports. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told reporters that the shooter had multiple weapons and that his first gun jammed. At that point, the sheriff said, a student walked up to him, engaged him, and that student was shot. That student did not survive. Read more: One dead, three injured in Spokane, Washington high school shooting

21:11

Tension grips Umuahia as Army shoot 3 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Umuahia, Abia State capital was engulfed with tension with the shooting of three people on Akanu Ibiam Road also known as Bank Road. The incident happened at about 9:30 am this morning. An eye witness said they were shot close to the Diamond Bank near the Abia State Government House gate. He said two of the three died instantly while the third was fatally injured. He said soldiers took the corpse and the injured away in their truck. Those who were shot were said to be wearing black which the army took...

The post Tension grips Umuahia as Army shoot 3 appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

21:10

Berkeley, CA: Police have go-ahead to use pepper spray on individuals at violent protests "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Berkeley City Council on Tuesday gave police permission to use pepper spray to repel demonstrators attacking officers and others during violent protests of the kind that have repeatedly hit the city this year. The 6-3 vote by the council came ahead of another planned speech Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley. The city banned pepper spray in 1997 as a crowd-control weapon, though most law enforcement agencies permit officers to use it to disburse violent crowds, Berkeley police Chief Andrew Greenwood said. Greenwood sought such permission at an emergency council meeting, saying it is preferable to batons and tear gas, which the city is allowed to use but disburses far wider than pepper spray. The council rejected its use for crowd control Tuesday, but agreed to modify its ban and expand police powers to use it. The council said pepper spray "shall not be used as a crowd control technique to disperse a crowd or move a crowd," the motion stated. "Police may use pepper spray upon specific individuals within a crowd who are committing acts of violence upon police or others." Berkeley police carry small canister of pepper spray for use on individual suspects. But the police chief said officers need permission to use bigger canisters if necessary. Officers were preparing for violence as soon as Thursday when conservative political commentator and former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro appears on campus and again later this month when conservative figures have been invited to speak. "It is a request made of urgency," Greenwood said.

21:09

Thank goodness we're leaving! Juncker calls for MORE migration and a super-state with its OWN taxes as he claims UK will regret Brexit David Icke latest headlines

Jean-Claude Juncker last night faced ridicule after he claimed Britain will soon regret Brexit while revealing plans for a massive Brussels power grab and even more migration. The European Commission president insisted the wind is back in Europes sails as he set out his dream for a European super-state with an army, an intelligence agency, the ability to set taxes, and a President of Europe at its helm. Mr Juncker said the EU should be expanded to include more states in the Balkans and increase the number of countries that use the euro and are part of the blocs Schengen border-free travel area. Despite the migration crisis creating havoc across the continent, he said it was a necessity to open up more routes for people wanting to move to Europe. But critics immediately dismissed his blueprint for a United States of Europe, with former Ukip leader Nigel Farage proclaiming: Thank God were leaving! Read more: Thank goodness were leaving! Juncker calls for MORE migration and a super-state with its OWN taxes as he claims UK will regret Brexit

21:08

BATTLE FOR DEIR EZZOR AND RACE FOR OIL IN EASTERN SYRIA ANALYSIS "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Front Click to see the full-size map The military situation is developing rapidly in the province of Deir Ezzor as the ISIS-held area is shrinking under the pressure of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, and the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by the US-led coalition. On September 13, the []

21:07

How Much US Aid Pledged to Syrian Kids Didnt Arrive? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Schoolgirls just outside Damascus, SyriaSchoolgirls just outside Damascus, Syria (Photo: SAMEER AL-DOUMY / AFP / Getty Images)

 

Millions of dollars of aid money bound for Syrian child refugees has vanished, says Human Rights Watch (HRW).

A large chunk of that is likely to be from American taxpayers and others in the West.

The money, pledged in 2016, was bound for schoolchildren living in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, but much of it never arrived, came late or remains untraceable because of poor reporting practices.

What is not clear from HRWs 55-page report is whether the donor states paid out the money in full or whether some of the cash simply disappeared en route.

More than half-a-million children had no schooling last year in large part because there was insufficient money available to pay for their education.

The US Agency for International Development reported that it provided development aid of US$248 million for education in Jordan, but its own aid tracking database only accounted for US$82 million, and a Jordanian government database listed only US$13 million received for education from the US in 2016, the HRW report states.

And that is just one example.

Human Rights Watch suggests much of the money pledged is simply not paid but also points to the lack of cohesive accounting of the entire system, including governments, aid agencies and others.

Despite global concern about Syrian refugee children, it is still impossible to find answers to basic questions about whether their key educational needs are being met, said Simon Rau, Mercator, a fellow at HRW. Donors should fix the transparency deficit that is undercutting their own support for Syrian chil...

21:07

May suffers humiliation as DUP backs Labour on NHS pay and tuition fees David Icke latest headlines

Theresa May has suffered a major embarrassment in the House of Commons after the Democratic Unionist party backed Labour motions in favour of increasing NHS pay and against a rise in tuition fees. Labours motions passed on Wednesday without being pushed to a vote after it became clear the government had no majority to oppose the call for an end to the public sector pay cap for NHS workers nor the 250 a year increase in student fees. It is the first example of the DUP breaking with May since they struck a confidence and supply agreement to vote together on crucial legislation after the general election. The motions fell outside the Tory-DUP deal as they were not binding, but their passage was nevertheless a symbolic victory for Labour and a sign that there is no longer a majority in the House of Commons for many of the austerity policies introduced by the Conservatives. Read more: May suffers humiliation as DUP backs Labour on NHS pay and tuition fees

21:05

Graham Taylor: Former England manager told sexual abuse victim to 'sweep evidence under the carpet' David Icke latest headlines

Former England boss Graham Taylor was told about possible sexual abuse of young players during his time as Aston Villa manager but suggested it should be swept underneath the carpet, a victim has claimed. Ex-Leicester footballer Tony Brien said he was advised to stay silent to avoid obscenities from the terraces. It was claimed in January that Villa sacked scout Ted Langford after learning of the sexual abuse allegations in 1988. Langford, who died in 2012, later admitted sex offences dating from 1976 until he left Villa in 1989. He had joined Villa from Leicester in 1987. He was jailed for three years in 2007 for offences against young footballers. Villa said it took safeguarding and welfare of all players and staff very seriously and considers it to be of paramount importance. Read more: Graham Taylor: Former England manager told sexual abuse victim to sweep evidence under the carpet

21:02

Unseasonal snowfall continues at alpine resorts in Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Traditional springtime weather is yet to reach the snowfields, with snow still falling across alpine resorts. About 30 centimetres of snow was predicted across Thursday, Friday and into Saturday at Falls Creek. The resort received eight centimetres in 24 hours before Thursday, with average snow depths of 190cm. Mount Hotham received 15 cm in the 24 hours before Thursday morning with natural snow depths of 175 cm.

21:02

A Trump Treasury of Tweets, Part 3 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

To Covfefe or Not to Covfefe. That is the question.

Yes, its that time once again. The time when we reflect upon the past months tweets from the communicator-in-chief, and select our favorites. It is a difficult task, truly, for the harvest is plentiful.

Its well established that President Donald Trumps modus operandi for getting straight to the American people is via Twitter often to the consternation of White House advisors and aides.

As the president himself said, The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media over 100 million people! I can go around them.

Of course that figure is exaggerated but there are still millions of people who follow Trump supporters, detractors and Russian bots. If you arent one of them, here is a sampling of what youve been missing or not missing.

Please see here for Part 1 and Part 2.


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20:58

Reduced Working Hours to Be Part of German Wage Talks "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If the unions gambit is successful, economists counting on strong wage rises will be watching to see if there are deflationary effects as domestic consumption overtakes exports.

A worker has a sign on helmet with text 'We are for 5%' as steel workers of Germany's IG Metall union protest for higher wages in Cologne, Germany May 12, 2016. Credit: Reuters

A worker has a sign on helmet with text We are for 5% as steel workers of Germanys IG Metall union protest for higher wages in Cologne, Germany May 12, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Frankfurt/Berlin: The trade union powerhouse that won the 35-hour work week for Germans more than two decades ago is mobilising for a new campaign to reduc...

20:57

The catastrophic echoes of Iraq: 'Weapons of mass destruction' fraud in Syria "IndyWatch Feed World"

Just as the West ignored signs in 2002-03 that anti-government Iraqis were fabricating WMD claims, evidence is being brushed aside that Syrian jihadists have ginned up chemical attacks, reports Robert Parry. The New York Times and other Western media have learned few lessons from the Iraq War, including how the combination of a demonized foreign leader and well-funded "activists" committed to flooding the process with fake data can lead to dangerously false conclusions that perpetuate war. What we have seen in Syria over the past six years parallels what occurred in Iraq in the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion in 2002-03. In both cases, there was evidence that the "system" was being gamed - by the Iraqi National Congress (INC) in pushing for the Iraq War and by pro-rebel "activists" promoting "regime change" in Syria - but those warnings were ignored. Instead, the flood of propagandistic claims overwhelmed what little skepticism there was in the West. Regarding Iraq, the INC generated a surge of "defectors" who claimed to know where Saddam Hussein was concealing his WMD stockpiles and where his nuclear program was hidden. In Syria, we have seen something similar with dubious claims about chemical weapons attacks.

20:54

Prayer and Meditation for Friday, September 15, 2017 Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows I am grateful to him who has strengthened me. Because I live, you also will live. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
Lectionary: 441/639

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Our Lady of Sorrows by Sassoferrato

Reading 1 1 TM 1:1-2, 12-14

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our savior
and of Christ Jesus our hope,
to Timothy, my true child in faith:
grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father
and Christ Jesus our Lord.

I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord,
because he considered me trustworthy
in appointing me to the ministry.
I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man,
but I have been mercifully treated
because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief.
Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant,
along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm PS 16:1B-2A AND 5, 7-8, 11

R. (see 5) You are my inheritance, O Lord.
Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, My Lord are you.
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.

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20:51

Malaysia school fire kills 24 people as students trapped behind barred windows and blocked exit David Icke latest headlines

A fire killed 24 people, mostly teenagers, trapped behind barred windows and a blocked exit in an Islamic school dormitory on the outskirts of Malaysias capital early Thursday, officials said. Firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call at 5.41 a.m. and took an hour to put out the blaze, which started on the top floor of the three-story building, Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh said. He said there were at least 24 charred bodies, 22 of them boys between 13 and 17, and two teachers. Singh said 14 other students and four teachers were rescued, with six of them hospitalized in critical condition. We believe (they died of) suffocationthe bodies were totally burnt, he said. The fire broke out near the door of the boys dormitory, trapping the victims as it was the only entrance and the windows are grilled, fire department senior official Abu Obaidat Mohamad Saithalimat said. Read more: Malaysia school fire kills 24 people as students trapped behind barred windows and blocked exit

20:50

Red Hat Planning Fresh Work On Linux Battery Life, Testers Needed "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Hans de Goede's latest assignment at Red Hat is working to improve Linux laptop battery life...

20:47

Government spends four times more subsidising private housing than building affordable homes David Icke latest headlines

The Government is spending four times as much some 32bn subsidising private housing as it is building affordable homes for low income families, a report has revealed. The study showed 79 per cent of the total housing budget is currently spent on higher-cost homes for sale, including through the controversial Help to Buy scheme, but just 21 per cent, around 8bn, goes to affordable homes for rent. The annual review carried out by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) exposes a significant shift away from programmes that lead to new homes being built. In 2010-11 the Government contributed 2.5bn to the Affordable Homes Programme but by 2015/16 that had fallen to just 285m. Read more: Government spends four times more subsidising private housing than building affordable homes

20:47

British National Action nazis infiltrating army "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

Five serving members of UK army arrested under terrorism act

5 September 2017

The British army has confirmed the arrests of 5 soldiers who were allegedly members of a Neo-Nazi group. 4 were arrested in the UK and 1 in Cyprus.

By Paul Sillett in Britain:

Fascists dispersed but still dangerous

Thursday 14th September 2016

PAUL SILLETT looks at the origins of the banned National Action and the history of far-right terrorism in Britain

THE NEWS that four British soldiers arrested this week on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism are allegedly members of the proscribed nazi group National Action has focused attention on fascism in this country.

Two of the soldiers arrested, along with a civilian, are all allegedly National Action (NA) members and have been charged with terror offences.

One had a copy of a manifesto written by Norwegian fascist terrorist Anders Breivik, who massacred 77 people in Norway in 2011. All were allegedly members of a chat group where racist messages, such as plans for a whites-only Britain and a race war, were exchanged.

Three of the four soldiers are said to serve with the Royal Anglian Regiment and an army fitness instructor was among the arrested. He is based at the Welsh army HQ in Powys and is said to have trained the three soldiers.

This resembles a nazi cell in the army and...

20:45

Pentagon Looking to Georgia to Help Arm Syrian Rebels "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United States negotiated with Georgia to buy weapons for Syrian rebel militias. While both the Pentagon and the Georgian government confirmed the deal, the Georgian government said it was still waiting for formal confirmation on where the weapons would end up before any deal was completed.

That's according to a new investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. The OCCRP identified a network of arms suppliers around the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe who have sold weapons to the US as part of a Pentagon program to arm Syrian rebels. 

Under the Pentagon program an American contracter, Alliant Techsystems Operations arranged a contract for $1,855,251 between the US and Georgia. Documents to that effect were published on the Pentagon's website. Those documents originally identified "Syria and Iraq" as the destination of the weapons. But after OCCRP inquired about the program, portions of the document were redacted to eliminate the references to Syria and Iraq, said Dave Bloss, the Caucasus editor at OCCRP, in an interview with Georgian television station Rustavi 2.

(Rustavi 2 partnered with OCCRP on the investigation, and aired their report in June. OCCRP's full report was released on September 12.)

Georgia's Ministry of Defense responded to OCCRP's queries by saying the deal was not yet complete: "Georgias Ministry of Defense said that an export deal was under negotiation but it had not yet received an end-user certificate from the Pentagon and no contract had been signed," OCCRP reported. 

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20:45

Four creepy things your smartphone is quietly recording about you David Icke latest headlines

Apples new Face ID feature, which will let people unlock the forthcoming iPhone X by simply looking at it, has left some feeling deeply unsettled. The new technology uses a series of sensors and cameras on the front of the phone to map and learn its owners face over time. The company has lauded the new technology is the future of how we unlock iPhones and protect sensitive information. During Apples keynote event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, yesterday, Phil Schiller, the companys Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing , attempted to preempt fears about Face ID by saying only works when a users eyes are open. He also said the facial data the iPhone X collects is only stored on the device and not a server. Yet people were quick to express discomfort about the idea of giving Apple the digital blueprint of their face. Read more: Four creepy things your smartphone is quietly recording about you

20:45

Truth Bomb Just Exploded But Is Anyone Listening (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Truth Bomb Just Exploded But Is Anyone Listening Video X22 Report It seem the Government officials are pushing Universal Healthcare. US threatens to cut off the SWIFT payment system from China. South Korea says it detects xenon gas in...

The post Truth Bomb Just Exploded But Is Anyone Listening (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:45

Reagan Documents Shed Light on U.S. "Meddling" "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Special Report: Secret documents from the Reagan administration show how the U.S. embedded political action, i.e., the manipulation of foreign governments, in ostensibly well-meaning organizations, reports Robert Parry.

20:45

The pathway from Paris starts and ends with the media "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Media need to serve an essential public good, and share the science, human stories and financial aspects of climate change.

20:43

Saudi Commander of Tahrir Al-Sham Assassinated in Idlib "IndyWatch Feed War"

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FARS News

Saudi Commander of Tahrir Al-Sham Assassinated in Idlib
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Saudi commander of Tahrir al-Sham Hayat (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) was assassinated in the Eastern parts of Idlib province.

News websites affiliated to the terrorists reported that Abu Mohammad al-Sharei was killed by unknown assailants in Saraqib city in Eastern Idlib.

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They added that he was formerly a commander of Jund al-Aqsa terrorist group.

Relevant reports said on Tuesday that Abdullah Muhammad al-Muhaysini, the commander and Mufti (religious leader) of Tahrir al-Sham Hayat has left the terrorist group only hours after leaked audio files indicated widening of rifts among the commanders of the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hayat or the Levant Liberation Board), reports said.

Al-Muhaysini together with another mufti of Tahrir al-Sham named Mosleh al-Aliyani in a statement released on social networks on Monday declared their separation from the terrorist alliance, the Arabic-language media reported.

Al-Muhaysini and al-Aliyani mentioned the reason behind their separation as to be recent clashes between Tahrir al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham in Idlib province and also leakage of the audio files and disrespecting the religious leaders (muftis).

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20:43

Hillary Clinton Thinks Orwells 1984 Was About the Need to Trust Authority David Icke latest headlines

Hillary Clintons new book What Happened contains a section where the failed presidential candidate literally tries to assert that George Orwells 1984 a book about the tyranny and abuse of an all powerful authoritarian state is about the need to trust authority. Yes, she really is that delusional. Heres the passage; Attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism. This is what the Soviets did when they erased political dissidents from historical photos. This is what happens in George Orwells classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner sees five fingers as ordered. The goal is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves. It goes without saying that the entire premise of 1984 is centered on how an authoritarian state uses terror, manipulation of information and the destruction of logic and reason to enforce total obedience and trust in leaders and experts. Read more: Hillary Clinton Thinks Orwells 1984 Was About the Need to Trust Authority

20:41

Just a third of Britons want a cashless society after fears contactless cards are open to fraud and theft David Icke latest headlines

Efforts by banks and stores to push customers to stop using real money are failing, with just one in three happy to live in a cashless society. Finance giants want people to switch to tap and go cards or use smartphones to make payments as this is much cheaper for them than handling real money. It also good news for retailers amid evidence people are more likely to spend when using virtual money than real notes and coins. However, new research by retail analysts Mintel suggests that only a tiny fraction of the public are willing to give up on cash. Read more: Just a third of Britons want a cashless society after fears contactless cards are open to fraud and theft

20:41

West Midlands police caught on video telling black man 'you'd be the first person I'd shoot' David Icke latest headlines

Footage has emerged of a West Midlands Police officer telling a black man: You would be the first person I would shoot if I had a gun. The video posted to Facebook also shows the same officer asking the man, Jack Chambers, Youre going to go Black Lives Matter on us, are you? The man can be heard replying, Yeah, as the surrounding officers laugh. The officer is then heard saying: You would be the first one Id shoot if I had a gun, definitely, to which the man replies: Oh f***ing hell. It was unclear why police visited the mans house. A spokesperson for the force said the racial comments were made during a search of a premises in Coventry on 24 August. Hudgell Solicitors, representing Mr Chambers, said he was considering pursuing legal action against the officer, saying he was made to feel intimidated by comments made to him with regards to race, and use of firearms. Read more: West Midlands police caught on video telling black man youd be the first person Id shoot

20:40

Notes from the US: Blackwater bubbles up again "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

In 2007 mercenaries from the notorious Blackwater terrorist company (now Constellis Holdings following its fourth name change) murdered a total of 14 unarmed Iraqis and left another 17 wounded in the Nisour Square massacre in Baghdad. They were sentenced in 2014. But early last month a federal appeals court threw out the lengthy prison sentences of []

20:39

Memphis Imam Linked to Terror Financing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 

Yasir QadhiYasir Qadhi (Photo: video screenshot)

 

A Memphis imam has been reportedly raising money for an Islamic charity in America and worldwide that has been linked to terror funding.

Since 2012, extremist preacher Yasir Qadhi has been active speaking at events for Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) as well as its American branch Islamic Relief-USA (IRUSA).

IRW also received $370,000 in federal funding between 2015 and 2016.

Last week, Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced an amendment to the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Act to block U.S. funding to the organization.

U.S. tax dollars cannot go to groups involved in funding terrorism. Any group tied to Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood should be ineligible for funding.  It is a slap in the face of the American taxpayer to allow such groups to receive federal funding, DeSantis said.

IRW, which operates 16 affiliates and is based in the UK, is the largest Islamic charity in the West and has a long history of links to terrorism.

Three IRW offices have a confirmed relationship with IHH, a Hamas affiliate in Turkey. IRUSA says it delivers aid to Syria through Islamic Relief partner offices in Turkey, indicating the U.S. branch may also work with IHH.

The IRW leadership has numerous Muslim Brotherhood links, including with one official who used to be the minister of religious affairs in Sudan. In 2014, the United Arab Emirates banned IRW as a terrorist organization.

In 2006, Israel arrested the project coordinator of IRWs Gaza office, Iyaz Ali, for funneling money to Hamas. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, The IRWs activities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip are carried out by social welfare organizations controlled and staffed by Hamas operatives. The intensive activities of these associations are designed...

20:39

Parents outraged as pre-school tells them they'll be fined 1 for every MINUTE they're late picking them up David Icke latest headlines

Parents of children at a pre-school have been told they will be fined 1 for every minute they are late picking up their children. Oasis Academy Limeside in Oldham said parents will be billed for leaving staff waiting around and pupils could lose their place if consistently picked up late. Headteacher Helen Arya said the letter was sent out to express how seriously they take punctuality. The letter was issued to parents of youngsters at the learning unit for two-year-olds at the academy, which runs two sessions a day one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Staff said parents late picking up their children from morning sessions leave staff with less time for their lunch and to prepare for the afternoon. Read more: Parents outraged as pre-school tells them theyll be fined 1 for every MINUTE theyre late picking them up

20:39

Growing Mandatory Obedience and Defending Our Inalienable Rights "IndyWatch Feed World"

A growing number of us realise that certain freedoms we have taken for granted for so long are seriously under threat.

Unscrupulous governmental authorities and corporations driven by self-interests are overseeing increasing agendas with intended outcomes designed to make us comply, forcing us into more and more mandatory obedience.

For instance, in recent years, we have seen the push for mandatory vaccinations with threats of barring kids from school, job dismissal and refusal of medical treatment for those not accepting vaccination, regardless of dissenting views.

As well as mandatory vaccinations there are plans to make employees submit their DNA records with threats of dismissal for non-compliance. All done under the guise of health preventative measures for the greater good of the people.


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20:37

Spanish Summons Catalan Mayors on Independence Vote "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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A banner reading Independence Now is carried as thousands of people gather for a rally on Catalonias national day La Diada in Barcelona, Spain, September 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Susana Vera

Madrid: Spains state prosecutor has summoned more than 700 Catalan mayors who have backed an independence referendum, in an escalation of Madrids ef...

20:36

Tunisia Approves Controversial Amnesty Law for Ben Ali-Era Corruption "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A demonstrator shout slogans during a demonstration against a bill that would protect those accused of corruption from prosecution in front of Assembly of the Representatives of the People headquarters in Tunis, Tunisia September 13, 2017. The sign reads:

A demonstrator shout slogans during a demonstration against a bill that would protect those accused of corruption from prosecution in front of Assembly of the Representatives of the People headquarters in Tunis, Tunisia September 13, 2017. The sign reads: No. We will not forgive. Credit: Reuters/Zoubeir Souissi

Tunis: Tunisias parliament on Wednesday approved a controversial law granting amnesty to officials accused of corruption during the rule of autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, triggering angry protests from the opposition and activists outside.

Opposition lawmakers sang the national anthem and shouted slogans before the session was temporarily suspended. Outside, dozens of demonstrators chanted This law will not pass and Whitewash corruption.

The law was approved by 117 deputies. The opposition withdrew from the session in protest against the insistence o...

20:36

Chinas physics-defying EmDrive could allow journey to Mars in weeks David Icke latest headlines

A mysterious propulsion system that defies physics may be close to reality in China, where scientists say they have finished work on the EmDrive. Much sought after by space agencies, the system could potentially allow for travel to Mars in weeks. Scientists in China claim to have developed a working prototype of the EmDrive, according to state TV, with a test due to take place in space in the near future. Developed by scientist Dr Chen Yue at the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), it would put Chinas space agency ahead of NASA. The EmDrive is key to the future of space exploration, eliminating the need for a conventional propellant to produce thrust. For every action there must be an equal and opposite reaction, Newtons Third Law states, emphasising the need for propellant in all modes of travel. Read more: Chinas physics-defying EmDrive could allow journey to Mars in weeks

20:35

Chelsea Manning, Sean Spicer Named Visitors Fellows at Harvard "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Chelsea Manning poses in a photo of herself for the first time since she was released from prison and post to social media on May 18, 2017. Chelsea Manning/CC BY-SA/Handout Credit: Reuters. Outgoing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer smiles as he walks into the White House in Washington, U.S., July 21, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria/Files

Chelsea Manning and Sean Spicer. Credit: Reuters

Boston: Chelsea Manning, the transgender US Army soldier who served seven years in prison for leaking classified data, and former White House spokesman Sean Spicer have been named visiting fellows at Harvard University, the school said Wednesday.

Broadening the range and depth of opportunity for students to hear from and engage with experts, leaders and policy-shapers is a cornerstone of the Institute of Politics, said Bill Delhunt, acting director of the institute at the Harvard Kennedy School. We welcome the breadth of thought-provoking viewpoints on race, gender, politics and the media.

The two are part of a group of a dozen political leaders and journalists who will serve as visiting fellows at the school for the 2017-2018 academic year.

M...

20:34

The 30 Republicans Holding Up Tax Reform "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Freedom Caucus threatens to side with Democrats and block the GOP majority.

By Karl Rove
The Wall Street Journal
Sept. 13, 2017 6:53 p.m. ET

No matter how persuasive President Trump is, its unlikely he can round up enough Democrats to get 60 votes in the Senate for tax reform. That means Republicans will need to use the Senates reconciliation process, which avoids the filibuster, to pass their plan with 51 votes. But first the House and Senate must pass a budget resolutionand soon.

A budget resolution sets spending levels and authorizes congressional committees to prepare bills fulfilling the blueprint. With the reconciliation plan in mind, this years resolution would set the size of the tax reform and then instruct the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee to flesh out the provisions.

Gaining agreement on a budget resolution is always tough. No more than a handful of lawmakers from the opposition party ever vote for the majoritys resolution. It helps that Republicans control both the House and Senate, but the GOP must still resolve its internal philosophical disagreements.

House Republicans tend to insist on resolutions that balance the budget within 10 years. This means resolutions that pledge to slow substantially the growth of entitlement spending. Such promises are rarely fulfilled. But putting them in the budget blueprint fuels Democratic ads claiming Republicans will throw grandma off the cliff and deprive poor children of free school lunches. Knowing this, Senate Republicans tend to want resolutions that reach balance after 10 years. Another GOP tension is between defense hawks, who want increased military spending, and deficit hawks, who want all spending restrained or cut.

Then there are nerdy but important technical arguments, starting with how the resolutions spending baseline is calculated. Beginning with a baseline of current law means assuming that a tax break currently authorized for only a year or two will actually expire instead of being reauthorized. But Congress renews some tax breaks annually and probably will keep doing so through the next decade. To account for this, many in the GOP want to calculate the baseline under current policy.

It sounds technical, but it quickly becomes political. Democrats demand current law because a higher baseline would make tax reform appear to raise the deficit more than it actually would. On the other hand a lower baseline would give tax reform more wiggle room: One GOP budget expert tells me that current policy would provide, on paper, $450 billion that could be used to lower rates and make the tax code simpler and fairer.

Dynamic scoring is another geeky fight. A tax reform that generates economic growth will offset some...

20:34

Coca-Cola Sucks Wells Dry in Chiapas, Forcing Residents to Buy Water David Icke latest headlines

The water is disappearing in San Felipe Ecatepec, an Indigenous town three miles outside of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, in southern Mexico. People sometimes walk two hours a day to get water. Others have to buy their water. In the past four years, our wells have started drying up, says Juan Urbano, who just finished a three-year term this February as the president of the Communal Territory of San Felipe Ecatepec. People sometimes walk two hours a day to get water. Others have to buy their water. Where is all the water going? In between San Felipe and San Cristobal lies a Coca-Cola bottling plant, operated by the Mexican company FEMSA. The plant consumed over 1.08 million liters of water per day in 2016. Read more: Coca-Cola Sucks Wells Dry in Chiapas, Forcing Residents to Buy Water

20:33

What You Cant Say Anymore: In US Govt "IndyWatch Feed War"

Richard HigginsRichard Higgins (Photo: video screenshot)

 

A top official at the National Security Council (NSC) was fired for a memo he wrote warning about the dangers of radical Islam and its alliance with the radical left.

Rich Higgins, who was formerly with the Pentagon, worked as the director of strategic planning for the NSC until his untimely departure.

Part of his lengthy memo stated:

Globalists and Islamists recognize that for their visions to succeed, America, both as an ideal and as a national and political identity, must be destroyedIslamists ally with cultural Marxists[but] Islamists will co-opt the movement in its entirety

Because the left is aligned with Islamist organizations at local, national, and international levels, recognition should be given to the fact that they seamlessly interoperate through coordinated synchronized interactive narratives

These attack narratives are pervasive, full spectrum, and institutionalized at all levels. They operate in social media, television, the 24-hour news cycle in all media and are entrenched at the upper levels of the bureaucracies.

The Atlantic reported Higgins also pushed for declassification of documents having to do with radical Islam and Iran, citing a source close to the White House.

One such document, called the Presidential Study Directive, allegedly warned in 2010 about the upcoming Arab Spring and detailed the Obama Administrations ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations.

Lamenting the lack of education given to government officials about radical Islam, Higgins previously wrote, National Security officials are prohibited from developing a factual understanding of Islamic threat doctrines, preferring instead to depend upon 5th column Muslim Brotherhood cultural advisors.

Higgins firing is consistent with the...

20:32

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 14, 2017 (Maps) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 14, 2017 (Maps)

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On September 14, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Syrian Republican Guard (SRG), supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces,liberated the Jazeera University from ISIS and entered the village of Baghiliyah located on the northwestern flank of Deir Ezzor city.

On September 13, the SAA and the SRG seized the key Rawad mountain that overlooks the vicinity of Baghiliyah. This set a foothold for the further operations in the area.

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 14, 2017 (Maps)

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Government forces also continued operations against ISIS near Deir Ezzor Airport. By September 14, the SAA and the SRG had liberated the 1082th air defense battalion, the Kroum hill and entered the key town of al-Muriiyah located on the southeastern flank of Deir Ezzor city. On Septemer 14, clashes continued in al-Muriiyah with government troops were seeking to secure this area.

20:31

Why culture competitions and 'artwashing' drive urban inequality "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

From Los Angeles to Liverpool to the new London competition, 'creative cities' policies are designed to soften gentrification's hard edges, never asking 'culture for who?'

Image: Sascha Pohflepp/Flickr, Creative Commons.

This summer, London's mayor Sadiq Khan launched the 'London Borough of Culture Competition'. Celebrating London as the 'cultural capital of the world' the 32 boroughs in London now have the chance to compete for 1m of arts funding by showcasing their creativity, originality and character.

Last week the Guardian proclaimed that competitions like Khans creates socially relevant, resilient, sustainable and equitable future-proofed culture.

The narrative of the creative city first coined by Charles Landry and Franco Bianchini for Demos in 1995 simply wont go away. Its been a kernel of urban development discourse, one that uses creativity and culture as tools of economic growth.

But this complete genuflection to creativity and culture as an uncomplicated and neutral form of urban development (read gentrification) obscures one vital question. The question that is never asked by these hyped-up competitions and accompanying obeisant literature, is culture for who?

Critiques (my own included) have argued for decades that the policy has given new clothes to gentrification, inequality, social cleansing and the destruction of peoples livelihoods. Perhaps equally as damaging, it has mobilised the complex notion of culture for purely economic means.

Khans competition has been modelled on the success of the UK City of Culture competition (currently held by Hull), itself inspired by Liverpools 2008 award of the European Capital of Culture title. Both competitions have been designed to foreground how culture can be showcased as a...

20:30

Making the Big Jump Towards Cities That Cycle "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

John Simmerman is a long time Strong Towns member and the founder of Active Towns, a non-profit initiative focussed on profiling the people, places and programs that promote and sustain a "culture of activity."

He is in the process of creating a feature-length documentary following the progress of the growing nationwide movement to dramatically increase the number of people riding bikes over the next three years. It's called Making the Big Jump and it will focus on ten neighborhoods across the country that are part of People for Bikes' "Big Jump" Project, from South Memphis to Austin's Central Core. The initiative aims to double or triple bike ridership in these neighborhoods, and hopes to prove that when cities make smart changes, more people ride bikes, and communities become better places to live, work and play. 

I had the chance to connect with John Simmerman this week to hear about how his project launch is going and what his hopes are for this film.

Rachel: What inspired you to create this documentary?

John: It kind of goes back to this whole concept of wanting to do a better job of story telling and trying to [] deal with the resistance that comes up whenever any sort of change comes about. Early on when I first launched the Active Towns tour and I was traveling all the country, one of the things Chuck Marohn asked me is What are you doing this for? And I said, Im not really sure at this point, but I know theres a story to be told.

John Simmerman

John Simmerman

The early stages of traveling to these places with what I call...

20:28

Shortage of Florida Insurance Adjusters Could Stall Recovery Efforts "IndyWatch Feed War"

Insurers are vying for adjusters after many of them headed to Texas after Hurricane Harvey

After Irma, Florida residents are lacking in many necessities. One of the more frustrating is the paucity of insurance adjusters, which is threatening to anger policyholders and potentially delay the states rebuilding efforts.

Many of the states adjusters are 1,000 miles away, working on claims made after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas.

Insurers are scrambling to get more adjusters to Florida, creating a bidding war for those who are available. Some Florida home insurers have increased fees paid to adjusters by about 30%, insurers and adjusters say.

Citizens Property Insurance Corp., a state-run insurer of last resort, has boosted adjuster compensation by 18% to 20% and said it expects additional increases to keep up with rivals.

While higher fees for adjusters often only modestly impact the cost of a claim, the bigger worry is that damage to buildings will worsen from mold and other problems. In addition, claims that could have been resolved amicably may end up in costly litigation as homeowners get angry waiting.

An insurance claim isnt a bottle of wine, said Randy Maniloff, an insurance-industry defense lawyer at Williams and White LLP.

Adjuster Lee Vorcheimer has been receiving calls from companies seeking to recruit him.
Adjuster Lee Vorcheimer has been receiving calls from companies seeking to recruit him.PHOTO: MATTHEW RIVA/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Insurance companies are vying for the nations independent claims adjusters, who total 57,200 as of July, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Florida also says it is easing the process of appointing insurance adjusters, which may help expand the number.

Our Department has taken steps to make the adjuster-appointment process as simple [as] possi...

20:26

Governments hack your computer through Microsoft's vulnerabilities "IndyWatch Feed National"


Forget Russian children breaking out of kindergartens or hacking election results.

It's your 'friendly' federal governments that (unlawfully) hack into your PC, where they may even get a bit of help from the software manufacturers with the advent of back doors or even exploitable vulnerabilities.

It is only when they are 'busted' that a patch comes out in order to give the masses a sense of privacy, until the next vulnerability is detected (by those Russians?).

See article from 13 Sep 2017 by motherboard.com of the headline:

Researchers Catch Microsoft Zero-Day Used To Install Government Spyware


A cybersecurity firm has discovered yet another unknown vulnerability used to install government spyware. The vulnerability has now been patched.

Government hackers were using a previously-unknown vulnerability in Microsoft's .NET Framework, a development platform for building apps, to hack targets and infect them with spyware, according to security firm FireEye.

The firm revealed the espionage campaign on Tuesday, on the same day Microsoft patched the vulnerability. According to FireEye, the bug, which until today was a zero-day, was being used by a customer of FinFisher, a company that sells surveillance and hacking technologies to governments around the world.

Read more: For 20 Years, This Man Has Survived Entirely by Hacking Online Games

The hackers sent a malicious Word RTF document called ".doc" to a "Russian speaker," according to Ben Read, FireEye's manager of cyber espionage research. Read said FireEye doesn't know who t...

20:26

Jimmy Carter Says US More An Oligarchy Than Democracy "IndyWatch Feed World"

Former US President Jimmy Carter has condemned President Trumps foreign and domestic policies, saying the United States works more like an oligarchy than a democracy. Carter wants Trump to sign a peace treaty with North [...]

20:26

US Bans Kaspersky Lab Over Ties With Russian Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed World"

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has ordered all government departments and agencies to remove Russian brand security software Kaspersky Lab from their computers, citing concerns over cyber espionage activities by Russian intelligence. BBC reports: [...]

20:25

JP Morgan CEO: Bitcoin Is A Fraud Worse Than Tulip Bulbs "IndyWatch Feed World"

Jamie Dimon says bitcoin cryptocurrency is a fraud that will eventually blow up like the famous Tulip market bubble of 1637. You cant have a business where people can invent a currency out of thin [...]

20:24

Tunisian parliament backs amnesty law for Ben Ali-era corruption "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The bill was proposed by President Beji Caid Essebsi, himself a former Ben Ali official

20:23

Jharkhand CM Unable to Curb Hatred, Should Be Ousted: Catholic Bishops Council of India "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The apex body of Roman Catholic Christians today appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to curb the spread of hatred by Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das.

Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Yadav. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: A month after the Jharkhand government passed a Bill restricting religious conversions, the apex body of Roman Catholic Christians today appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to curb the spread of hatred by chief minister Raghubar Das.

Catholic Bishops Council of India (CBCI) secretary-general Theodore Mascarenhas said in his letter that he was compelled to write to Modi as he was disturbed over the politics of hate unleashed in Jharkhand.

According to a report in the Telegraph, Mascarenhas said Modi had personally campaigned before elections in Jharkhand in 2014 on the inclusive plank of sab ka saath, sab ka vikas that made Raghubar Das the chief minister of the state, but Das had begun vitriolic attacks against the Christian community.

He added, If the chief minister is unable to control his ideological hatred, then it is time for him to go.

Last week, an effigy of Ranchi archbishop Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppo was burned by the Hindu Jagran Manch. Follow...

20:23

Update To Hurricane Irma Nuclear Power Mysteries: US NRC Contradicts Itself On Second Turkey Point Nuclear Reactor Shutdown, Defective Parts and More "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

US Nuclear Power Stations reactor status for Tuesday Sept. 12, 2017, showing Turkey Pt. Reactors and St. Lucie 1 at 0% output to grid. Read more Source: Update To Hurricane Irma Nuclear Power Mysteries: US NRC Contradicts Itself On Second Turkey Point Nuclear Reactor Shutdown, Defective Parts and More Reposted from miningawarenessFiled under: Education, []

20:22

Steam Should Now Have Lower CPU Usage In The Background, DPI Scaling "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Valve pushed out a new Steam beta overnight and it's a bit heavier on the feature side...

20:20

Merkel's war on Hungary: German Chancellor threatens to KICK Budapest OUT of EU David Icke latest headlines

Angela Merkel has threatened Hungary with expulsion form the EU over its refusal to adhere to Brussels refugee allocation scheme. The German Chancellor, who has faced criticism over her own open door policy on asylum seekers, said the countrys refusal to comply with a European Court of Justice ruling risked Budapests continued membership of the bloc. Speaking to Berliner Zeitung on Tuesday, Ms Merkel said it was unacceptable of Budapest to reject the ECJs dismissal of its legal challenge against the EU scheme. Hungary and Slovakia had tried to overturn the unions 2015 plan to relocate more than 160,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece across all 28 member states. Read more: Merkels war on Hungary: German Chancellor threatens to KICK Budapest OUT of EU

20:20

OECD report: Greece only country that increased taxes, VAT and social contributions in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greece is defying the prevalent trend among the worlds industrialized nations for reducing tax rates in order to boost investment and competitiveness, a report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has shown. In contrast Greece has increased labor and corporate taxes, Value Added Tax as well as social contributions. The report

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20:18

Federal Government, Concerned About Cyberespionage, Bans Use of Kaspersky Labs Products "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Washington Post is reporting U.S. moves to ban Kaspersky software in federal agencies amid concerns of Russian espionage:

Acting Homeland Security secretary Elaine Duke ordered that Kaspersky Lab software be barred from federal civilian government networks, giving agencies a timeline to get rid of it, according to several officials familiar with the plan who were not authorized to speak publicly about it. Duke ordered the scrub on the grounds that the company has connections to the Russian government and its software poses a security risk.

[...] "The risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates U.S. national security."

[...] The directive comes months after the federal General Services Administration, the agency in charge of government purchasing, removed Kaspersky from its list of approved vendors. In doing so, the GSA suggested a vulnerability exists in Kaspersky that could give the Kremlin backdoor access to the systems the company protects.

Someone that is in a position to know all about it tells me that Kaspersky doesn't detect malware created by the Russian Business Network. My fear is that if I named that someone, the RBN will give that someone a bad hair day.

[Ed. addition follows]

The full text of the DHS notice is available at https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/09/13/dhs-statement-issuance-binding-operational-directive-17-01.

Previously:
FBI Reportedly Advising Companies to Ditch Kaspersky Apps.


Original Submission

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20:17

China Navy Ships Depart for Joint Drills With Russia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

BEIJING Four Chinese navy ships have departed for joint drills with Russia in the latest sign of growing cooperation between the two militaries that could challenge the U.S. armed forces role in the Asia-Pacific.

A destroyer, missile frigate, supply ship and submarine rescue ship departed Wednesday from the port of Qingdao, home to Chinas north sea fleet, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The drills are being held in the Sea of Japan near the Korean Peninsula and the Sea of Okhotsk off the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, Xinhua said.

The exercises are the second stage of an annual joint drill, the first part of which was held July 22-27 in the Baltic Sea the first time the countries had exercised together in the northern European waterbody.

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Chinese and Russian destroyers take part in a previous joint exercise in 2014 / AP

Russia and China are closely aligned on many diplomatic and security issues, with both countries calling for a negotiated settlement of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, preceded by North Korea suspending its nuclear and missile activities in return for the U.S. and South Korea halting their regular large-scale wargames.

Julys joint drills in the Baltic stirred concern among countries in the region, where tensions are already high over increased displays of military force by both Moscow and NATO.

Both Russia and China say the exercises....

20:16

Puerto Rico Is Getting Squeezed, and It Will Cost All of Us "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Puerto Rico illustrates why implementing austerity policies in weak economies backfires.

20:15

Greece, the Chinese Bridgehead in Europe "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Greece, the Chinese Bridgehead in Europe by Dmitry Bokarev Journal-NEO As is well known, the Hellenic Republic is a member of the European Union (EU), but is not among its economic and political leaders. The periodic disagreements between the...

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20:15

Rochelle Reader: Clinton and Sanders clash at Hub 35 UFO Base (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Note:  This article is from the Rochelle Reader, our sister publication in Rochelle, IL.

Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton resumed their attacks against each other during their debate at Hub 35 UFO Base:

My opponent wants a revolution, said Clinton.  You know, when I think of revolutions, I think of Mao, Stalin, Hitler, and Pol Pot!  As the great philosopher John Lennon once said, You can count me out!

Sanders countered: When I think of revolution, I think of George Washington, Gandhi, Emma Goldman, and Martin Luther King, Jr.  Incidentally, I would have marched ahead of Dr. King if there werent so many people blocking my way!

Clinton later said that she accepted responsibility for her Electoral College defeat. Next, she proceeded to blame Russia, James Comey, the media, Saturday Night Live, the Green Party, The Young Turks, Sanders, and the Illuminati.

Since the 1980s, the Illuminati have chosen each major partys nominee; then the New World Order proceeds to influence the general election.  When the Illuminati selected Donald Trump, I thought they were handing me the presidency.  I didnt realize they were actually plotting to overthrow the New World Order and unleash chaos upon the world.

Sanders agreed, then counterattacked: If you had just campaigned in Wisconsin, you could have overpowered the Illuminatis spells, and won.  I supported you in the general election, and you not only let the world down, but you also let the galaxy down.  We were on the verge of being invited to the Galactic Commonwealth, and now Trump is considering closing off all contact with our Interstellar Comrades.

Clinton snapped back: You didnt support me until you forced me to put your imaginary ponies in the Democratic platform.  Before you finally endorsed me, your supporters protested on the floor of the convention and reminded moderates of the 1968 convention.  Then you refused to have me nominated by acclamation.  You cost me the election!

You cost yourself the election when the Democratic National Committee worked with the Illuminati to defeat me.  I should have won the nomination, and I could have stopped the Illuminati uprising.

Clinton laughed.  I won the popular vote in the Democratic primary, and I would have won more states if it werent for the caucus states.  Im sorry, but my supporters dont want to be in a room with men threatening to throw chairs at them.

Winning the popular vote did a lot of good for you.

20:15

Neo-Colonialism and Disaster Relief: an Unholy Duo "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Caribbean colonies of four neo-colonialist powers, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States, have discovered the hard way where they stand with their colonial masters when faced with an extreme natural disaster. In the wake of hurricane Irma, a Category 5 mega-storm, the populations of the island territories of the four colonial powers, as well as Barbuda, a dominion of Queen Elizabeths Commonwealth, were relegated to second- and third-class status when it came to the receipt of urgent assistance in the wake of Irma.

20:14

A Book about the Book "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A must read, must own By Leslie Clague I recently finished reading a book entitled  The Book Actually, the full title is The Book: A Cover to Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of our Time The author is Keith Houston. If you are a lover of books and reading, I think this is []

20:13

Silicon Valleys cryptocurrency boom "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

For the unwary, ICOs represent an even bigger risk, as uncertainty about how they should be regulated means most lack even basic protection of securities laws that governed the dotcom IPOs. As pure digital events, the online fundraisings are also exposed to familiar internet frauds, from phishing scams used to rip off the unwary to the hacking of the underlying software underpinning the new ventures the fate that befell the first prominent ICO last year, for a company called the DAO.


Flood of initial coin offerings is aimed at bypassing Google and Amazon, but sceptics fear a bubble.

20:13

Calls To Imprison 'Climate Change Deniers' Grow In The Wake Of Hurricane Irma David Icke latest headlines

When retired Georgia Tech professor Judith Curry penned a blog post on her Climate Etc. website suggesting that it was scientifically irresponsible to tie the intensity of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma directly to climate change, she probably didnt expect that she might trigger 1,000s of progressives to call for her immediate imprisonment. Unfortunately, for both Curry and society at large, that is exactly what happened. Here is part of Currys post that potentially resulted in this latest mass-triggering event: It is premature to conclude that human activitiesand particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warminghave already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity. That said, human activities may have already caused changes that are not yet detectable due to the small magnitude of the changes or observational limitations, or are not yet confidently modeled (e.g., aerosol effects on regional climate). Read more: Calls To Imprison Climate Change Deniers Grow In The Wake Of Hurricane Irma

20:08

UK banks complicit in Palestinian oppression, rights group claims "IndyWatch Feed War"

UK banks complicit in Palestinian oppression, rights group claims UK high street banks are investing in and arranging loans for firms supplying arms to Israel Palestinian children play amidst the ruins of a building destroyed during the 50-day war Israel waged on Gaza in the summer of 2014 in Gaza City, on April 13, 2014 []

20:02

Charities cant make up for foreign aid cuts, says Gates "IndyWatch Feed World"

Charitable organisations such as the Gates Foundation are absolutely not equipped to compensate for cuts to development aid, says Gates.

20:01

US agencies banned from using Russias Kaspersky software "IndyWatch Feed War"

Federal agencies in the US have 90 days to wipe Kaspersky software from their computers. Officials are concerned about the Russian companys ties to the Kremlin and possible threats to national security.

Headquarters of Internet security giant Kaspersky in Moscow (Getty Images/AFP/K. Kudryavtsev)

The administration of US President Donald Trump has ordered government agencies to remove products made by Russian company Kaspersky Labs from their computers.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said Wednesday it was concerned that the cybersecurity firm was susceptible to pressure from Moscow and thus a potential threat to national security.

Read more: Facebook, Russia and the US elections what you need to know

DHS said in a statement that it was concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, as well as Russian laws that might compel Kaspersky to hand over information to the government.

But the makers of the popular anti-virus software have said no credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organization as the accusations are based on false allegations and inaccurate assumptions.

US tech retailer Best Buy confirmed earlier Wednesday that it would no longer sell Kaspersky products, but has declined to give further details on the decision.

Ties between Kaspersky, Kremlin alarming

Civilian government agencies have 90 days to completely remove Kaspersky software from their computers. The products have already been banned in the Pentagon.

US congressional leaders have applauded the move. Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen said the strong ties between Kaspersky Lab and the Kremlin are alarming and well-documented, and asked the DHS if the companys products were used for any critical infrastructure, such as for voting systems, banks and energy supply.

Although Kaspersky Labs was founded by a KGB-trained entrepreneur, Eugene Kaspersky, and has done work for Russian intelligence, the company has repeatedly denied carryi...

20:01

The Amazing Health Benefits Of Mushrooms David Icke latest headlines

Mushrooms offer a wide variety of benefits and effects. Like calling cards of the forest, mushrooms are unique to their reactions. Some offer mental and stimulatory effects while others cause hallucinations. All containing their own unique form of plant fibers knowns as polysaccharides these fibers are shown to increase gut health while offering starch like energy to your body. One mushroom that is particularly unique in this regard is the Chaga Mushroom. Far from the typical depiction of a mushroom Chaga grows on the outside of birch trees. They pull sap or terpines out of the trunk of the tree for food. These terpenes have been studied and used for treating various forms of cancer tumors. The reactions have huge impacts on the cancer cells switching them into a state of self-destruction known as apoptosis. Read more: The Amazing Health Benefits Of Mushrooms

20:00

Debt Rattle September 14 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Edward Hopper Chop Suey 1929   Top Democrats Announce Deal With Trump To Protect Dreamers (MW) Fed Balance Sheet Reduction Will Reduce Funds Sent To Treasury (BI) You Should Take the Fed at Their Word (WS) Markets Have Always Been Wrong Jamie Dimon (ZH) 10% of Global GDP Is

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20:00

Turkey's Russian missile deal: Part politics, part need, part US apathy "IndyWatch Feed War"

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As relations with the US and the EU sour, is Nato member Ankara turning away from the West and towards Moscow?

19:59

WPI Inflation Hits Four-Month High in August "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Indias wholesale price inflation rose to 3.24% from a year ago, driven by higher prices of food and fuel products.

A vendor speaks to a customer at his stall at a wholesale fruit and vegetable market in Mumbai, India, August 14, 2017. Credit: Reuters

A vendor speaks to a customer at his stall at a wholesale fruit and vegetable market in Mumbai, India, August 14, 2017. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: Indias wholesale price inflation rose to 3.24% from a year ago, its fastest pace in four months, driven by higher prices of food and fuel products, data showed.

The rise compares with a 3.0% increase forecast by economists in a Reuters poll and a provisional 1.88% rise in July.

Wholesale food prices in August rose 4.41% on year, compared with a 2.12% rise a month earlier, government data showed on Thursday.

(Reuters)

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19:59

Blind guides, straining out a gnat but swallowing a camel "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The psychopolitician has the advantage of naming as offensive any attempt on the part of an individual to expose commands. The psychopolitician has his reward in the nearly unlimited control of populaces, in the uninhibited exercise of passion, and the glory of Communist conquest over the stupidity of the enemies of the People. Brainwashing: A []

19:57

Apia confrontation highlights sensitivity over West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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A confrontation between media and Indonesian officials in Samoa last week has highlighted the depth of regional feelings about West Papua.

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A confrontation between media and Indonesian officials in Samoa last week has highlighted the depth of feelings in the region about West Papua.
Pacific Islanders are increasingly speaking out over their concern about reports of human rights abuses in Indonesias Papua region, and the cause of West Papuan self-determination aspirations.
A protest supporting West Papuas independence was staged during the summit outside the Forums venue in Samoas capital Apia, which upset Jakarta.

Following the protest, Indonesia government representatives held a press conference. One of the representatives, Franzalbert Joku, told reporters in a rowdy exchange that the Forum summit was not the place for the Papua issue to be discussed. The sound of raised voices briefly drew local police to the venue of the press conference.
The co-ordinator of the Samoa First union who had organised the protest, Jerome Mika, later said he disagreed with Mr Jokus comments.
"The theme of the whole Pacific Leaders Forum was about looking at leadership and being able to find ways to be able to help and prosper our Pacific region." he said.
"I think its appropriate for us to be dealing with issues of West Papua at the Forum. Samoas independence was in 1962 and West Papuas been colonised since the 1960s.
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19:57

BlueZ 5.47 Released, Working On Bluetooth 5.0 Support & More "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

BlueZ 5.47 has been released as the latest user-space components to the Linux Bluetooth stack...

19:57

Nederland Subsidieert Terreur Organisatie Witte Helmen "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Trump weighing aggressive Iran strategy More than 80 experts urge Trump not to abandon Iran nuclear deal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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WASHINGTON, (Reuters) President Donald Trump is weighing a strategy that could allow more aggressive U.S. responses to Irans forces, its Shiite Muslim proxies in Iraq and Syria, and its support for militant groups, according to six current and former U.S. officials.

The proposal was prepared by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and other top officials, and presented to Trump at a National Security Council meeting on Friday, the sources said.

It could be agreed and made public before the end of September, two of the sources said. All of the sources are familiar with the draft and requested anonymity because Trump has yet to act on it.

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In contrast to detailed instructions handed down by President Barack Obama and some of his predecessors, Trump is expected to set broad strategic objectives and goals for U.S. policy but leave it to U.S. military commanders, diplomats and other U.S. officials to implement the plan, said a senior administration official.

Whatever we end up with, we want to implement with allies to the greatest extent possible, the official added.

The White House declined to comment.

The plan is intended to increase the pressure on Tehran to curb its ballistic missile programs and support for militants, several sources said.

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19:54

Broad coalition escalates campaign against London arms fair "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Andrew Metheven, September 13, 2017, Waging Nonviolence.

A die-in during the preparations for the DSEI arms fair in London. (CAAT/Diana More)

In London, thousands of protesters have been taking direct action to shut down one of the worlds biggest arms fairs. The Defence and Security Equipment International, or DSEI, opened on Sept. 12, but the exhibition center where it is held was repeatedly blockaded during the week before it began, as activists took action to disrupt the preparations for the fair. Over a hundred people have been arrested, amid rumors that the setup of the fair was days behind schedule. This marks a major escalation on actions in previous years.

It appears that the sheer scale of the resistance over the last week overwhelmed the police and organizers of the event, as did the creativity and determination of the myriad of groups who were involved in the protests. Each day was organized by different groups that make up the Stop the Arms Fair coalition to allow them to plan their own actions alongside like-minded people with similar concerns. The various themes included Palestine solidarity, No Faith in War, No to Nuclear and Arms to Renewables, and solidarity beyond borders. There was also an academic conference at the gates, with a Festival of Resistance and War Stops Here seminar over the weekend.

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19:54

JUST IN: Resident Doctors call off strike "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Association of Resident Doctors have called off its national wide strike, after due consideration of efforts made by the Federal Government to address the issues under contention by implementing the contents of the re-negotiated  Memorandum of Settlement. This is coming ten days after the aggrieved doctors down tools over non-payment of salaries, allowance, and other issues In separate SMS forwarded to newsmen by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, and the National President of NARD, Dr. John Onyebueze, on Thursday in Abuja, the doctors noted that they...

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Same company that manufactures 'Smart' TVs that spy on you now rolling out refrigerators that record everything you say David Icke latest headlines

Its official: Privacy in the technology age is officially dead, and its not very likely that genie can be put back into the bottle. You may have noticed that voice recognition technology is all the rage these days, featured in a range of new consumer products that are part of the Internet of things. Devices like Amazons Echo are designed to listen for the sound of your voice and respond to it. Google devices have been recording the sound of your voice for years, as the U.K.s Independent reported in February. Smart TVs are also designed to respond to the sound of your voice, meaning that they like other Internet-connected consumer voice recognition products can be hacked and then used to spy on you. In fact one smart TV maker, Samsung Electronics, even admitted in 2015 that its TVs could be used to spy on you in your home, as we reported: Samsung has issued a warning to owners of its Internet-connected smart TV anything they say while sitting in the vicinity of the device could be overheard. Read more: Same company that manufactures Smart TVs that spy on you now rolling out refrigerators that record everything you say

19:54

israel steals cattle, water tanks in Jordan Valley "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel steals cattle, water tanks in Jordan Valley Jordan Valley is one thirds of total West Bank area and 88 per cent of it was announced military zone in the 1970s. Jordan Valley forms a third of the occupied West Bank, with 88 per cent of its land classified as Area C under full Israeli []

19:52

Military Situation In Syria And Iraq On September 14, 2017 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have broken the ISIS siege on Deir Ezzor city and Deir Ezzor Airport and are now developing momentum against the terrorist group in the countryside of Deir Ezzor.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched own operation against ISIS in Deir Ezzor province and captured an area in the provincial capitals northern countryside. Meanwhile, the SDF is still clashing with ISIS inside Raqqah city.

In Iraq, government forces are preparing for a military operation against ISIS southwest of Kirkuk. However, the operation is delayed with the Kurdistan Regional Governments will to establish an independent state in the northeastern part of Iraq.

Military Situation In Syria And Iraq On September 14, 2017 (Map Update)

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19:49

Thousands Evacuated From Moscow Buildings as Russian Cities Inundated with Bomb Threats "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Over 20 shopping centers, railway stations and universities had to be evacuated in Moscow, following warnings that they had been rigged with explosives. In total, 190 sites have been evacuated across 17 Russian cities after bomb threats, a security source

Los que huyen del Tringulo del Norte encuentran refugio en Mxico "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Cmo Mxico, un pas que durante mucho tiempo estuvo asociado con los crteles de la droga, el crimen organizado y altos niveles de emigracin a los Estados Unidos, se convirti en un pas de refugio? English

Centroamericanos leen la informacin que se les ha dado sobre el proceso de asilo, mientras hacen cola para ducharse en el albergue migrante en Palenque. Foto: Paul Miranda. Algunos derechos reservados.

Tengo miedo. Nunca podr regresar a Honduras, me cuenta Rosario mientras comemos una porcin de donas que ella recin fri en un pequeo departamento donde ahora reside con su esposo y sus tres hijos en Palenque, un pueblo de la selva en el sur de Mxico, alrededor de 140km del cruce fronterizo ms cercano con Guatemala.

Rosario se encuentra entre el nmero cada vez mayor de personas que huyen de sus pases de origen y buscan ayuda en Mxico. Estadsticas de la Comisin Mexicana de Ayuda a Refugiados (COMAR) el rgano estatal que analiza los casos de asilo demuestran que las solicitudes de asilo van en aumento. En 2013, Mxico recibi 1.296 solicitudes. En 2016, el nmero creci a 8.788. La COMAR predice que el nmero total de personas solicitando santuario este ao llegar a casi 20.000.

Cmo es que Mxico, un pas asociado durante muchos aos con crteles de drogas, crimen organizado y altos niveles de emigracin hacia los E.E.U.U., se convirti en un pas de refugio?

La violencia crnica que acosa a Honduras, El Salvador y Guatemala el llamado Tringulo Norte desempea un papel esencial. Con la actual crisis poltica de Venezuela, este ao ha visto un incremento desmedido en el nmero de venezolanos solicitando asilo en Mxico, pero la mayora estn huyendo de la violencia desenfrenada del Tringulo Norte. El ao pasado, 89.65% de las solicitudes de asilo venan de ciudadanos de estos tres pases.

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19:47

After allowing 143 million credit profiles to be stolen by hackers, Equifax now trying to TRICK people into waiving class action lawsuit rights David Icke latest headlines

Equifax seems to be backpedaling on asking consumers to give up their legal rights to sue in court either individually or as part of a group over the massive data breach of consumer personal information such as names, birth dates, and Social Security numbers, as well as drivers license numbers and credit card account number in some instances. Initially, the credit bureau asked consumers to waive, i.e., sign away, their rights to file a lawsuit if they accepted a years worth of free security monitoring. After an outcry, however, Equifax announced that the class-action waiver applies only to the Trusted ID Premier service rather than what it called the cybersecurity incident. On a dedicated website set up to address the privacy hack, Equifax published several clarifications. In response to consumer inquiries, we have made it clear that the arbitration clause and class action waiver included in the Equifax and TrustedID Premier terms of use does not apply to this cybersecurity incident. Read more: After allowing 143 million credit profiles to be stolen by hackers, Equifax now trying to TRICK people into waiving class action lawsuit rights

19:47

Mexico: a country of refuge "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

How did Mexico, a country long-associated with drug cartels, organized crime and high levels of emigration to the US, become a country of refuge? Espaol

Central Americans reading information they have been given about the asylum process while the queue up for a shower in the migrant hostel in Palenque. Paul Miranda. Some rights reserved. I am afraid. I can never go back to Honduras, Rosario tells me over a warm batch of doughnuts she has just fried. She is in the small flat where she now lives with her husband and three children in the jungle town of Palenque, Mexico, about 90 miles from the nearest border crossing with Guatemala.

Rosario is one of many people fleeing their home countries and turning to Mexico for help. Statistics published by the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (COMAR) the state body which analyses asylum cases show that requests for asylum in Mexico are up. In 2013, Mexico received 1,296 requests. In 2016, the number had increased to 8,788. The COMAR predicts that this year the total number of people seeking sanctuary will reach nearly 20,000.

How did Mexico, a country long-associated with drug cartels, organized crime and high levels of emigration to the US, become a country of refuge? 

The chronic violence which plagues the so-called Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala has a large part to play; last year, 89.65% of requests for asylum came from nationals of these three countries. However, with the current political crisis in Venezuela, this year has seen a surge in the number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in Mexico.

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19:45

An Impending Genocide the Unmasking of a Paper Tiger. By Dr. Jude Igwemezie. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A planned genocide is about to be unleashed in South Eastern Nigeria and the Igbo and in particular their leadership More

19:45

Windows 10 to Give More Control Over App-level Permissions "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Microsoft has been gradually changing its privacy settings in Windows 10 with the Fall Creators Update to give its users more controls over their data. In April, Microsoft addressed some initial privacy concerns in the Windows 10 Creators Update with simplified data collection levelsSecurity, Basic, Enhanced, and Fulland eventually revealed its data collection practices. Now, the software

19:45

You Should Take the Fed at Their Word "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

You Should Take the Fed at Their Word by Wolf Richter Wolf Street Flip-flopping killed its credibility. Thats a problem for the markets. Theyre getting more worried about the negative consequences of QE: Fitch Chief Economist The markets have...

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19:45

Why the World Will Have to Live with a Nuclear-Armed North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Its time to face reality. When it comes to a nuclear-armed North Korea, the question is no longer if but when. Denuclearization, the goal underlying UN Security Council sanctions, has become a chimera. Though theres much that we dont know about North Korea, there are some thingsat least fourwe do know for certain. None of them provides any basis for believing that Pyongyang will forgo nuclear weapons because of external political and economic pressure.

19:43

Jimmy Carter Speaks Out Against US Oligarchy and Trumps Diplomatic Failures "IndyWatch Feed War"

Former president bemoans money in politics and says tensions with Pyongyang wont subside until were willing to talk to them and treat them with respect as human beings

by Andrea Germanos, September 13, 2017, Common Dreams, .

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaking Tuesday at the Carter Center in Atlanta. (Photo: Screengrab from cartercenter.org)

Former President Jimmy Carter has once again taken aim at money in the U.S. electoral process, saying Tuesday that it makes the nation function more as an oligarchy than a democracy.

Carter made the comments, which echo criticisms hes made in years past, during the latest Conversation with the Carters at the 35-year-old nonprofit Carter Center in Atlanta.

After Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, spoke to the audience about gains their center has made in its global peace and health initiativesincluding the near eradication of guinea wormthe 92-year-old offered a rebuttal to the approach to North Korea taken by not only President Donald Trump but by fo...

19:43

CDC-funded study confirms flu shots linked to spontaneous abortions vaccine experts rush to explain away the findings David Icke latest headlines

A CDC-funded medical study being published by the medical journal Vaccine has confirmed a shocking link between flu shots and spontaneous abortions in pregnant women. The study was rejected by two previous medical journals before Vaccine agreed to publish it, further underscoring the tendency for medical journals to censor any science that doesnt agree with their pro-vaccine narratives. A study published today in Vaccine suggests a strong association between receiving repeated doses of the seasonal influenza vaccine and miscarriage, writes CIDRAP, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu, reports Medical Xpress, a pro-vaccine news site that promotes vaccine industry interests. Notice that the opening paragraph of their study assumed the study couldnt possibly be true. Its puzzling that mercury in flu shots could cause spontaneous abortions, you see, because these people have no understanding of biochemistry and the laws of cause and effect. Read more: CDC-funded study confirms flu shots linked to spontaneous abortions vaccine experts rush to explain away the findings

19:40

Joe Quinn on Radio Sputnik: The US is Afraid of Losing its Influence to Russia "IndyWatch Feed World"

It was reported that the FBI had questioned former Sputnik employee Andrew Feinberg. The interrogation was part of the investigation of reports that Sputnik allegedly acted as a Russian propaganda agency in violation of the US Foreign Agents Act. Commenting on reports, RT and Sputnik editor-in-chief claimed there were no doubts that Russia would respond to the FBI investigation in the same way. Kremlin spokesperson - Dmitry Peskov - said that the probe into Sputnik indicated serious censorship problems in the United States. Earlier, a bill was submitted to the US House of Representatives to amend requirements for registration of foreign agents under the Foreign Agents Act.

19:40

India Sends Relief Assistance for Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The first tranche of the relief material reached Chittagong in an Indian Air Force plane today.

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New Delhi: An Indian Air Force (IAF) plane reached Chittagong on Thursday with 50 metric tonnes of relief assistance for the lakhs of Rohingya refugees who have fled the violence in Myanmars Rakhine province for Bangladesh.

In response to the humanitarian crisis being faced on account of the large influx of refugees into Bangladesh, government of India has decided to extend assistance to Bangladesh, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a press release, announcing the commencement of Operation Insaniyat.

The relief material consists of items like rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready-to-eat noodles, biscuits and mosquito nets.

In total, 7000 metric tonnes of relief aid will be moved through the operation, as per the Indian high commission in Bangladesh.

19:37

Philippine President Duterte Has a Problem With Women More women turn against Dutertes war on drugs Were running a nation on Viagra, police killings a dreams of a better Marcos "IndyWatch Feed National"

DAVAO, Philippines/MANILA Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has a problem with women, says the woman who has known him longer than perhaps any other: his sister Jocellyn.

Hes a chauvinist, she told Reuters in a recent interview. When he sees a woman who fights him, it really gets his ire.

Then Jocellyn ran through a list of Dutertes female critics that included his vice president, a prominent senator who is now in jail and the head of the Philippines Supreme Court.

All three have sparred with Duterte after denouncing his brutal war on drugs, which has killed thousands of people in the Asian nation since he took office in June 2016.

Duterte has joked about rape, insulted the Pope and baffled friends and foes with often contradictory public statements. Neither this, nor his profanity-laden reactions to women critics, seem to have dented his popularity among Filipinos.

The 72-year-old president is a self-confessed womanizer who once told a large gathering of local officials, I cant imagine life without Viagra.

On the campaign trail last year, he joked about the gang rape of an Australian missionary who was killed in a prison riot. Speaking to Philippine troops in May, he said he would take responsibility for any rape they might commit.

But womens rights advocates also praise him for handing out free contraceptives in his hometown, Davao City, where he was mayor for 22 years, and for championing a reproductive health bill opposed by the countrys influential Catholic Church.

In a recent statement, even Human Rights Watch a fervent critic of the drug war acknowledged Dutertes strong support for legislation aimed at protecting and promoting women.......

19:37

"IndyWatch Feed War"

President Donald Trump has forbidden members of his cabinet from making any reference whatsoever to the alleged Islamist conspirators, during the commemorations of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. At the time of the attacks, President George W. Bush had accused Osama Bin Laden and about 20 of his accomplices of organizing these attacks and thus getting the better of the world's number one army. President Bush proceeded to set up a Commission for a Presidential Inquiry. This Commission validated (...)

19:35

India launches work on first bullet train project "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The groundwork for the joint train project signed in Tokyo and Kobe was set during Abes visit to India in December last year [Xinhua]


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the Indian state of Gujarat Thursday to join in the ceremony to launch the production of Indias first bullet train which will run from the city of Ahmedabad to Mumbai, a 500-km journey.

My good friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a far-sighted leader. He took a decision two years ago to bring high-speed train in India and to create a new India, Abe said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made good on his promise to bring this high-technology transportation.

In November last year, Modi (and Abe) visited the Kawasaki plant in Japan where the train is being manufactured.

He also took a ride aboard the Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to the port city of Kobe.

With speeds reaching 320 kms, the $17-billion bullet train (which is largely funded by a Japanese loan) is expected to greatly enhance rail transportation in India. However, it will not go into operation until 2023.

When it does, it will cut the Ahmedabad-Mumbai trip duration from eight to three hours.

India is trying to upgrade its ailing train transportation infrastructure which has been fraught with deadly derailments and other accidents.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

19:35

What we knowand need to knowabout sustainable fashion "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Want to change clothes? Here's what we'll need to find out first.

19:33

#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #streetphotography #blackandwhite... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #streetphotography #blackandwhite #dailylife

19:33

PDP: THE DANGER OF IMPLIED CRITIQUE By Paschal Obinna Duruaku "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It was the best of times, but is it presently the worst? Had anyone offered any Nigerian 2 years ago More

19:30

DARK MATTER DISPUTE CONTINUES: VERLINDES LATEST PROPOSAL "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mr. T.M. found this article, and I have to talk about it. Dutch theoretical physicist, Erik Verlinde, of the University of Amsterdam, a vocal

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19:30

Down at the Bottom of the Heap "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A Letter to the Editor from SBC Councillor Rob BARNETT [Lab.], commenting on the Social Marketing Foundations verdict on the Borough of Scarborough insofar as it reflects the rose-tinted Leadership of Councillor Derek BASTIMAN [Con.].

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Dear Editor,

Scarborough: The Low Pay Capital of Britain (National Press, 8.9.17)

 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/07/scarborough-shrugs-off-label-of-uk-low-pay-capital-ons

What a disgrace! As an SBC Councillor, it comes as no surprise to me. In my local Whitby ward, I am constantly dealing with housing problems, mental health problems, schooling problems, employment problems I could go on.

The Social Market Foundation finds that average pay in the Borough is 9,000 below the national average. This is demoralising and inhuman. To quote Steve Malloy, a delivery driver on 6 an hour, Scarborough is shit! Who would disagree? Well, maybe the Council Leader and the administration! Cllr Bastiman is reported as saying indignantly;

Why would I want to live anywhere else.I live in the best place in the world

Agreed, but try paying the rent, the bills, getting a doctor, finding a bus. Try doing that on 5-6 an hour! To add insult to injury, our MP Robert Goodwill proudly predicts that the arrival of the Potash mine will have a trickle-down effect;

the sort of money that people who will be working in the mining sector, not just their own salaries but also the trickle-down they are going to be buying new cars from local dealerships, going to the best restaurants and buying new kitchens.

Welcome to the deluded world of SBC and Robert Goodwill!

All this misses the point. Sustained and meaningful regional development depends on creating both infrastructure and connectivity, roads, rail buses, schools, hospitals, housing. These are the day-to-day fabric of everyday life. Given the sorry state of these public services in our area, it is hardly surprising that industry and commerce stay away and that our working population try to look elsewhere.

It is incumbent on the Councils and their Leaders to address the basic infrastructure...

19:30

TIDBIT: NEW RECORD IN QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT "IndyWatch Feed War"

And while you're considering today's main blog, ponder this news which we've reported on before, shared by Mr. V.T.:
Physicists Demonstrate Record Breaking Long-Distance

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19:30

China - Iran Trade Nexus "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As part of its Belt and Road Initiative, China is boosting its economic and transport cooperation with Iran, which will be used as a transport and logistics hub for Chinas trade with Turkey and Europe. This creates new opportunities for Central Asia countries, which would increase the transit of Chinese goods by rail to Iran. 

According to Eurasianet, Iran intends to expand its railway network and align it with other Belt and Road Initiative rail projects in Central Asia.

China is providing $1.5 billion in financing to electrify the Tehran-Mashhad trunk line, and another $1.8 billion to establish a high-speed rail connection linking Tehran, Qom and Isfahan. In return, Iranian authorities are slashing transit tariffs for Chinese goods, according to railway chief Saeed Mohammedzadeh. 

In May, Iran joined Chinese President Xis Belt and Road Initiative in order to upgrade its rail infrastructure. China sees Iran as its switching point for shipping goods west to Europe through Turkey and south to Iranian ports on the Persian Gulf.

The terms of Iranian participation will be important because the Iran initiatives could become a more secure alternative to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Chinas determination to reach the Mediterranean and west Asia means that any Western attempts to reimpose sanctions on Iran will be frustrated. 

The communist mandarins in Beijing are not interested in sectarian conflicts, but in making profits and extracting resources, both of which require stability. Thus, they'll pressure Iran to do things that will promote stability. Whether or not they are successful is something else all together.

19:30

Yemen forces say al-Qaeda driven from president's home district "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Troops loyal to Abd Rabbuh Hadi, backed by the UAE forces, say al-Qaeda militants flee Abyan after lightning offensive

19:26

Ideally the USA should be grateful, The Syrian Anti-terrorism Coalition is Winning "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Syrian Anti-terrorism Coalition is Winning   Today, we talk a lot about terrorism, but we rarely talk about state terrorism.  Bianca Jagger The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advance on Deir Ezzor will go down as a modern example of a combined operations success against ISIS, the best armed and trained proxy terrorist force that []

19:20

Qatar Emir Due in Turkey for First Trip Since Gulf Crisis Signifies New World Order "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ANKARA, Turkey Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is due in Turkey on his first foreign trip since a diplomatic crisis erupted between his small energy-rich nation and other Arab states.

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Qatari Emir Sheikh TamimbinHamad Al Thani

Al Thani is scheduled to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to discuss the three-month-old diplomatic rift.

Turkey has been trying to mediate between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors but has also shown solidarity with Doha in the crisis by delivering food and other supplies and boosting military ties, including sending troops to a Turkish base there.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with Qatar in June over its close ties to Iran and its alleged support for extremists.

Qatar has denied supporting extremism, saying the crisis is politically motivated.

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19:19

Scientists Confirmed: This Is The Worlds #1 Food For Hypertension, Heart Attack, Stroke and Cholesterol! "IndyWatch Feed World"

Scientists Confirmed: This Is The Worlds #1 Food For Hypertension, Heart Attack, Stroke and Cholesterol!:

Dates are ones of the healthiest fruits you can consume, as they are rich in beneficial ingredients that treat various health issues, including hypertension, heart attacks, strokes, and high cholesterol.

They also accelerate the metabolism. Here are 8 of their health benefits:

Dates prevent diarrhea

Dates are high in potassium, which prevents diarrhea by the healthy bacteria and thus relieving the belly flora and the intestines.

Dates regulate cholesterol

Dates cleanse blood vessels and prevent the formation of blood clots, so they effectively regulate the unhealthy cholesterol or LDL.

Dates regulate blood pressure

Dates are high in potassium and contain no sodium, so they are perfect in the case of hypertension. Moreover, 5-6 dates contain 80 mg of magnesium, which boosts the blood flow and is spread through the blood vessels. To reduce blood pressure, you need about 370 mg of magnesium.

Dates for anemia

These fruits are a rich source of iron, so they are extremely useful in the case of anemia, pregnancy, and for children. 100 grams of dates daily will provide 0.9 mg of iron, which is about 11 % of the recommended daily intake of iron.

Iron has a beneficial effect on the red blood cells and hemoglobin and helps the oxygen flow through the blood.

Dates prevent strokes

The high potassium content in these fruits enhances the nervous system and prevents strokes. Hence, the daily intake of 400 mg of potassium successfully prevents strokes.

 Dates for heart health

Soak the dates in water during the night, and in the morning eat them or add them to your smoothie to support heart health.

Dates soothe constipation

Dates are extremely useful in the case of constipation. You should keep them in some water overnight, and then drink the water in the morning to help digestion, and use their mild laxative properties.

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19:18

Smashing Security podcast #042: Equifax, BlueBorne, and the iPhone X "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Equifax's shambolic response to its huge data breach, a scary-sounding Bluetooth exploit, and Apple's iPhone X comes with Face ID.

All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by special guest Javvad Malik.

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Woody OBrienGold Is On The Move Wait Till Bitcoin Crashes! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Woody OBrienGold Is On The Move Wait Till Bitcoin Crashes! Video Financial Survival Network Gold is showing new life. Just wait till the Cryptos crash, especially Bitcoin. Then anything bullion related will zoom higher. Lets see what happens...

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19:15

President Trump"s War in Afghanistan Is Wrong "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

With the recent announcement by the American President Donald J. Trump of the Trump policy and Trump Strategy regarding the 2001 US-NATO invasion of Afghanistan - and subsequent 16 year military campaign in that country and the Pakistan border, within Pakistan and throughout Central & South East Asia - it is a time to reflect on the fact that President Trump has set out a terrible policy which will only lead to more lives, more money and more resources being lost in Afghanistan. The War in Afghanistan launched by President George W. Bush formally in October 2001 and staunchly supported by Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom has been running for 16 years now. Thousands of American and British soldiers have lost there lives, trillions of dollars (and pounds) have been...

19:14

Cassini spacecrafts suicide on Saturn "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

Cassinis Fatal Crash | Mission Saturn

13 September 2017

A three billion dollar spacecraft is hurtling towards destruction but its no accident.

NASAs biggest spacecraft plunges into Saturn in the final act of a 20-year mission showcasing the planet like never before.

19:14

EU Migration Chief Favors Ending Internal Border Checks Refugee emergency is abating Systematic ID checks are banned "IndyWatch Feed War"

BRUSSELS The European Unions top migration official said Thursday that extraordinary border controls inside Europes passport-free travel area should not be extended because the refugee emergency is abating.

The EU has allowed Austria, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and non-EU country Norway to prolong ID checks at their borders. These countries say the checks are needed for security reasons, and the controls have become an issue in the German election campaign.

EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said that while the checks were justified, the reasons for them to be introduced are not there anymore.

He said: I believe it is the moment to go back to the normal function of Schengen, as Europes passport-free travel area is known.

Systematic ID checks are banned in the 26-nation Schengen zone. The countries introduced the measures in 2016 after around a million migrants entered Europe the previous year.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is keen to have the police checks continue, and the issue has become a focus of campaigning ahead of Germanys Sept. 24 elections.

In an interview earlier this month, Merkel said shes confident the EUs executive Commission has an open ear for our arguments to extend the controls beyond their Nov. 11 expiry date.

The controls began in Germany amid an influx of asylum-seekers that critics partly blame on the chancellors welcoming approach to refugees.

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19:12

Freed Hezbollah PoW Ahmad Maatouk gets heros welcome as he returns to his village, Western Seer "IndyWatch Feed War"

  Hezbollah soldier gets heros welcome as he returns to southern Lebanon By Leith Fadel 14/09/2017 BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:25 A.M.) The freed Hezbollah soldier, Ahmad Matouq, arrived in southern Lebanon today after several weeks in the Islamic States (ISIL) captivity. Matouq was greeted by a large crowd in his hometown this morning, as he made []

19:08

Equifax Suffered Data Breach After It Failed to Patch Old Apache Struts Flaw "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The massive Equifax data breach that exposed highly sensitive data of as many as 143 million people was caused by exploiting a flaw in Apache Struts framework, which Apache patched over two months earlier of the security incident, Equifax has confirmed. Credit rating agency Equifax is yet another example of the companies that became victims of massive cyber attacks due to not patching a

19:06

The 10 Biggest Companies That Subject Workers to Drug Testing David Icke latest headlines

For the past 35 or so years, millions of American workers have had to submit to a humiliating, privacy-invading procedure to get or keep a job: the urine sample drug test. As hard as it may be to imagine now, it wasnt always like thatand it isnt like that in the rest of the world. Thank the Gipper. Mass worker drug testing is yet another dark legacy of the Reagan era. The practice began taking off as a drug war adjunct after Reagan required it for federal employees in 1986 and Congress passed the Drug Free Workplace Act the same year. That law required any business receiving federal dollars to implement a drug testing program. According to the American Management Association, 21% of employers required drug tests in 1987, but as the drug war deepened under Reagan and his 1990s successors, that figure jumped to 81% by 1996. Read more: The 10 Biggest Companies That Subject Workers to Drug Testing

19:04

Soaring debt, $20 Trillion & rising, may limit the USAs ability to finance new wars "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Soaring Debt May Hinder Ability to Finance Wars, Fight Recessions The US national debt exceeded $20 trillion for the first time in its history and some experts believe that further growth could hinder ability to finance wars. WASHINGTON (Sputnik)  The US federal governments soaring national debt may hinder efforts to finance wars or prime the []

19:03

For more livable cities, take a leaf out of nature's book "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

To bring nature back into our cities, we should look at the lessons she has to offer us, said speakers at the International Green Building Conference 2017.

19:02

Prepare & Plan NOW for Hurricane Jose to make Landfall on East Coast "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

The Models are consistently showing Hurricane Jose making landfall around the 19th or 20th of September 2017. Though most meteorologists aren't that concerned right now for some reason.
I'd start to plan and prepare now, just in case.

19:00

Cobra: Hurricane Meditation Report "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Portal

The Intelligence Hub for the Victory of Light

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hurricane Meditation Report

As you probably know, we were very successful in dissipating hurricane Irma, especially in the last phase of its journey through Florida:

http://washpost.bloomberg.com/Story?docId=1376-OVXBLBSYF01S01-6I9JF9A49MLG2OSHHU8VHTN83K



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 Keys, Miami and Tampa:

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19:00

Bombshell Report Catches Pentagon Falsifying Paperwork For Weapons Transfers To Syrian Rebels (Terrorists) "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Caught Arming Terrorists Bombshell Report Catches Pentagon Falsifying Paperwork For Weapons Transfers To Syrian Rebels By Tyler Durden Zero Hedge A new bombshell joint report issued by two international weapons monitoring groups Tuesday confirms that the Pentagon continues to ship record breaking amounts of weaponry into Syria and that the Department of Defense is scrubbing its own []

18:59

After Grenfell Tower, more British fire hazards "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 2016 video is called How Do Fire Sprinklers Know Theres A Fire?

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

Just 2% of socially owned tower blocks have sprinklers

Thursday 14th September 2017

JUST ONE in 50 socially owned tower blocks are fully fitted with sprinklers, an investigation published yesterday has revealed.

And seven in 10 blocks have only one staircase for evacuation, according to the shock results of a BBC Breakfast probe covering half of Britains council and housing association-owned towers.

After the disaster at Grenfell Tower, which did not have sprinklers, ministers said they might retrofit sprinklers to blocks depending on the findings of the public inquiry into the fire.

It was made compulsory in England in 2007 for sprinklers to be fitted to all new high rises over 30m tall.

London Fire Brigade commissioner Dany Cotton said: I support retrofitting. For me, where you can save one life, then its worth doing.

The Grenfell inquiry will look at the fires causes, the adequacy of regulations, the buildings refurbishment last year and the actions of the public authorities before and after the incident. The first hearing is being held today and an initial report is due by Easter.

Grenfell survivor Edward Daffarn, who escaped from the 16th floor, criticised the council for its gentrification of the area, saying: North Kensington was like a gold mine, only they didnt ha...

18:58

Jean-Claude Juncker shows the EUs anti-democratic, anti-American bent Master Plan for Europe The elites want to rule the rest of us. "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Nigel Farage
The Telegraph
September 14, 2017

It was the biggest and boldest speech that we have seen from a European leader since the days of Jacques Delors. As the EU Commission President swept aside the issue of Brexit and the pesky Brits to set out his plans for a centralised EU state, I could not help feeling relieved that we had left in the nick of time.

Even the most fanatical of European federalists could not believe their ears as Juncker called for a more active foreign policy that removed the veto rights of every nation.

This is to be backed-up by a full EU defence union by 2025. The European army so easily dismissed by Nick Clegg and others as a fantasy is now becoming a worrying reality.

Junckers claim that all this was supported by Nato is simply a cover for the deep anti-Americanism that is never far from the surface in Brussels.

Read the rest (Paywall):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/13/jean-claude-juncker-has-made-clear-eus-anti-democratic-bent/

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Farage slams Junckers silence on Brexit to protect EU dream

NIGEL Farage has ripped into Jean-Claude Juncker after his much-anticipated State of Union speech this morning to snub Britain by insisting the European Union (EU) will move towards greater integration despite Brexit.

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18:56

Italy moves to ban all Nazi symbols, including souvenirs David Icke latest headlines

Italian lawmakers have approved a bill which bans Nazi propaganda and symbols. Stores which sell fascist-themed calendars, posters, T-shirts and medals, as well as those who call for marches in memory of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, may face prison sentences. The bill bans the propaganda of images or manifestations of the fascist party or Germanys National Socialist German Workers Party [the Nazi party] or its ideologies, even only by means of the production, distribution, dissemination or sale of goods depicting people, images or symbols clearly referring to such parties or ideologies. The bill, introduced in July, sets the punishment as a prison term of between six months and two years. Read more: Italy moves to ban all Nazi symbols, including souvenirs

18:52

Off the wall: WH denies Dem's claim Trump agreed to DACA deal excluding wall funding "IndyWatch Feed World"

Two senior Democratic Party leaders claim President Donald Trump agreed to a deal that would protect young immigrants from deportation without funding for the border wall. However, that deal seems to have already hit a brick wall. On Wednesday, Trump invited Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) to a "working dinner" at the White House. According to Schumer and Pelosi, they had a "very productive meeting," where they discussed crafting legislation that would protect immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. After the meeting, Schumer and Pelosi released a joint statement that said Trump agreed to "enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that's acceptable to both sides. We also urged the President to make permanent the cost-sharing reduction payments, and those discussions will continue," Schumer and Pelosi continued. However, shortly after Democrats issued their statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back, tweeting that "while DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to."

18:51

Spain threatens to nab Catalan separatist mayors David Icke latest headlines

Spains state prosecutor on Wednesday ordered a criminal probe of Catalan mayors who cooperate with an October 1 independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid and threatened to arrest those who do not comply. The prosecutors office ordered the mayors who have agreed to help stage the vote be summoned to court as official suspects and if they do not appear to order their arrest, according to a copy of the ruling obtained by AFP. Catalonias pro-separatist government has asked the wealthy northeastern regions 948 mayors to provide facilities for polling stations for the plebiscite. Read more: Spain threatens to nab Catalan separatist mayors

18:51

Bombshell Report Catches Pentagon Falsifying Paperwork For Weapons Transfers To Syrian Rebels "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

by Tyler Durden

A new bombshell joint report issued by two international weapons monitoring groups Tuesday confirms that the Pentagon continues to ship record breaking amounts of weaponry into Syria and that the Department of Defense is scrubbing its own paper trail. On Tuesday the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) produced conclusive evidence that not only is the Pentagon currently involved in shipping up to $2.2 billion worth of weapons from a shady network of private dealers to allied partners in Syria mostly old Soviet weaponry but is actually manipulating paperwork such as end-user certificates, presumably in order to hide US involvement.

The OCCRP and BIRN published internal US defense procurement files after an extensive investigation which found that the Pentagon is running a massive weapons trafficking pipeline which originates in the Balkans and Caucuses, and ends in Syria and Iraq. The program is ostensibly part of the US train, equip, and assist campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF, a coalition of YPG/J and Arab FSA groups operating primarily in Syrias east). The arms transfers are massive and the program looks to continue for years. According to Foreign Policys (FP) coverage of the report:

The Department of Defense has budgeted $584 million specifically for this Syrian operation for the financial years 2017 and 2018, and has earmarked another $900 million of spending on Soviet-style munitions between now and 2022. The total, $2.2 billion, likely understates the flow of weapons to Syrian rebels in the coming years.

But perhaps more shocking is the following admission that Pentagon suppliers have links with known criminal networks, also from FP:

According to the report, many of the weapons suppliers  primarily in Eastern Europe but also in the former Soviet republics, including Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Ukraine  have...

18:51

Sevan Bomar - "Can You Face Yourself?" "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

Audio Clip From The Keymaker Episode 0 recorded on October 17, 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89S26...

"The enlightened mind is often dulled by the normalities of daily life if they somehow become isolated from others that are uniquely inspired. Let Us shine forever to serve as a beacon for those sailing the seas of time."

"Every now and then something comes along that changes everything

Its all too often we wish to pursue the higher meaning to life, however, the structure of modern society allots very few opportunities to engage in true, vivid esoteria. James Evans Bomar III (more popularly know as Sevan) has spent over a decade in diligent pursuit of the esoteric inner workings - extracting hidden knowledge and innovative methods of application from the worlds most proficient spiritual resources....

18:49

Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian in West Bank David Icke latest headlines

Israeli forces have shot and injured a Palestinian boy for an alleged stabbing attempt east of the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) in the occupied West Bank. Israeli sources said the child was shot in his abdomen near the entrance to Kiryat Arba settlement on the outskirts of al-Khalil on Wednesday. The sources claimed that an Israeli soldier opened fire on the boy while he was allegedly trying to carry out a stabbing attack. Local Palestinian sources identified the injured as 13-year-old Haitham Hassan Isa Jaradat. They said Jaradat sustained a serious injury and had been transported to an Israeli hospital in the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds. Read more: Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian in West Bank

18:47

Destroy or be destroyed: Philippine senator accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of being a corrupt mass murderer "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

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AFP / by Karl MALAKUNAS | Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes had President Rodrigo Dutertes son, Paolo, brought before a Senate inquiry to face allegations he was involved in drug trafficking

MANILA (AFP)  After launching his political career from a jail cell, Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes believes it could end in a grave thanks to a relentless campaign against his hitman president.But the former Navy officer with a history of coup attempts appears to thrive on the pressures that have come with regularly accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of being a corrupt mass murderer.

This man is a sociopath and he has the mindset of a hitman, Trillanes, 46, told AFP in an interview on Wednesday from his senate office, offering a typically incendiary assessment of his rival.

Duterte won last years presidential elections on a brutal law-and-order platform in which he promised an unprecedented campaign to eradicate illegal drugs in society by killing up to 100,000 traffickers and addicts.

He vowed so many bodies would be dumped in Manila Bay that the fish would grow fat from feeding on them, and said he would pardon police if they were found guilty of rights abuses while enacting his drug war.

Since Duterte assumed office in the middle of last year, police have reported killing more than 3,800 people while thousands of others have been murdered in unexplained circumstances.

Many Filipinos looking for quick solutions to crime continue to support Duterte, according to polls, and he enjoys majority backing in both houses of Congress.

Dictatorship fears

However a climate of fear has also emerged, with critics warning the president is determined to silence dissenters and drag the Philippines back into a dictatorship three decades after a People Power revolution ousted Ferdinand Marcos.

Duterte has launched tirades against the Supreme Court chief justice, the Commission on Human Rights, the Catholic Church and critical media outlets. He and his allies have then started campaigns to curb their powers or discredit them.

Senator Leila de Lima, who had been one of the most vocal critics alongside Trillanes, was in February jailed on drug trafficking charges she says were fabricated. Rights groups describe her as a political prisoner.

On the weekend Duterte made Trillane...

18:46

#BDS UN to publish list of companies trading with israels illegal settlements "IndyWatch Feed War"

UNs List of Companies Linked to Settlements to Be Published Despite Israeli, US Pressure Part of BDS campaign to spread awareness of its work aimed at boycotting Israel. (Photo: Courtesy BDS, file) The United Nations Human Rights Council reportedly plans to go ahead with the publication of a list of companies operating in illegal Israeli []

18:45

US wants broad mandate for UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine David Icke latest headlines

Washington supports the idea of placing a UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine to protect OSCE representatives who are monitoring the implementation of Minsk agreement, but only if the Blue Helmets also patrol the Russian-Ukrainian border. We believe the possibility of a UN peacekeeping force for eastern Ukraine is certainly an idea that is worth exploring, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told journalists Wednesday. We consider that a possible means of protecting Ukrainian citizens regardless of their ethnicity, their nationality, Nauert said. We see it potentially as a pathway to restoring Ukrainian sovereignty and also territorial integrity. On September 5, Russia proposed a draft resolution to the UN Security Council on sending UN peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine, after President Vladimir Putin voiced the suggestion during the three-day BRICS summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen. Read more: US wants broad mandate for UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine

18:45

Florida Farmers Say Irmas Damage Is The Worst Theyve Ever Seen "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Florida Farmers Say Irmas Damage Is The Worst Theyve Ever Seen by Mac Slavo SHTFPlan Almost half of Floridas citrus crops were destroyed during the hurricane and when Florida farmers survey the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, and most...

The post Florida Farmers Say Irmas Damage Is The Worst Theyve Ever Seen appeared first on The Daily Coin.

18:45

If America Lost Its Electricity to an Electromagnetic Shock "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

On March 13th, 1989 a surge of energy from the sun, from a "coronal mass ejection", had a startling impact on Canada. Within 92 seconds, the resulting geomagnetic storm took down Quebec's electricity grid for nine hours. It could have been worse. On July 23rd 2012 particles from a much larger solar ejection blew across the orbital path of Earth, missing it by days. Had it hit America, the resulting geomagnetic storm would have destroyed perhaps a quarter of high-voltage transformers, according to Storm Analysis Consultants in Duluth, Minnesota. Future geomagnetic storms are inevitable.

And that is not the only threat to the grid. A transformer-wrecking electromagnetic pulse (EMP) would be produced by a nuclear bomb, designed to maximise its yield of gamma rays, if detonated high up, be it tethered to a big cluster of weather balloons or carried on a satellite or missile.

[...] After the surge, telecom switches and internet routers are dead. Air-traffic control is down. Within a day, some shoppers in supermarkets turn to looting (many, unable to use credit and debit cards, cannot pay even if they wanted to). After two days, market shelves are bare. On the third day, backup diesel generators begin to sputter out. Though fuel cannot be pumped, siphoning from vehicles, authorised by martial law, keeps most prisons, police stations and hospitals running for another week.

Read more of this story at SoylentNews.

18:44

Facebook Promises To Censor All Material That Makes Zuckerberg Sad "IndyWatch Feed World"

Earlier this morning, Facebook Vice President of Media Partnerships shared a new blog post on the company's website detailing precisely how they intend to censor content with which they happen to disagree.  Apparently, all content providers who share "clickbait or sensationalism, or post misinformation and false news" will be deemed ineligible to monetize their efforts over Facebook.
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18:44

WILL TRUMP LET THE MNUCHINS KNOW THIS IS NOT THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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I have to say, I was not expecting anyone from Trumps hand selected administration to act so ugly.  But, I do recall when Trump was campaigning he said he knew some of the best people in finance, and some of them are just nasty people, but, they are good at what they do, and some of them you really wouldnt want to know.

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18:42

Russia launches war games on NATOs eastern flank "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File / by Max DELANY | A soldier fires a portable air defence rocket during international war games Russia hosted in 2015

MOSCOW (AFP)  Russia On Thursday began major joint military exercises with Belarus along the European Unions eastern flank a show of strength that has rattled nervous NATO members.Named Zapad-2017 (West-2017), the manoeuvres, scheduled to last until September 20, are taking place on the territory of Moscows closest ally Belarus, in Russias European exclave of Kaliningrad and in its frontier Pskov and Leningrad regions.

Moscow says the drills will involve 12,700 troops, 70 aircraft, 250 tanks and 10 battleships testing their firepower against an imaginary foe close to borders with Poland and the Baltic States.

In a statement announcing the start of the exercises Russias defence ministry insisted the manoeuvres are of a strictly defensive nature and are not directed against any other state or group of countries.

But NATO claims Russia has kept it in the dark and seems to be massively underreporting the scale of the exercises, which some of the alliances eastern members insist could see more than 100,000 servicemen take part.

The war games come with tensions between Russia and NATO at their highest since the Cold War due to the Kremlins meddling in Ukraine and the US-led alliance bolstering its forces in eastern Europe.

Moscow has dismissed fears over the drills the latest in a series of annual exercises that rotate around the vast country as fuelled by the myth about the so-called Russian threat'.

But for NATO allies, especially jittery members such as Poland and the Baltic States which only broke free from Moscows grip 25 years ago, such reassurances have not dampened suspicion.

This is designed to provoke us, its designed to test our defences and that is why we have to be strong, Britains Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told the BBC last week.

Russia is testing us and testing us now at every opportunity. We see a more aggressive Russia, we have to deal with that.

Skillfully manipulates

Moscow has held a stream of exercises since ties with the West plunged in 2014 over Ukraine, with the military claiming some drills included nearly 100,000 troops.

Minsk has said the games will role play a conflict with a made-up rebel region backed by neighbouring E...

18:42

Ashkenazi Mans Burden "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ashkenazi Mans Burden (Photo: Social Media) By Rima Najjar Its been almost one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration and we are still trying to understand Zionism and Jewish supremacy in Palestine. For a long time, what stood in the way of full understanding is the desire in Jewish intellectual circles on the left to []

18:41

Channel 7 Is Threatening To Sue New Matilda Because We Called Today Tonight Trashy "IndyWatch Feed National"

NOTE TO READERS: Weve launched a fundraising appeal to take on Channel 7 (and then media who target Muslims if Channel 7 doesnt proceed). Details here.

If media outlets were magnets for defamation lawsuits, then New Matilda would be a super conductor.

In less than 12 months, weve had seven defamation threats, including one from a Rabbi who publicly argued that same-sex attracted people should consider killing themselves, rather than engage in sex. He objected to us describing him as homophobic.

You cant make this stuff up.

A few months ago, we had four law firms pursue us over a single story an investigation into a Kazakhstan company that paid a British intelligence firm to spy on anti-asbestos activists around the world, including in Australia. Three of those law firms were from the United Kingdom. One of them was from Australia. Were investigating an official complaint against the latter for bullying more on that later.

And now, Channel 7 is threatening to sue. Yes, Channel 7. You might remember them from such recent headlines as Were seeking legal costs against a woman we tried to gag who had sex with our CEO for a couple years, and snorted a whole pile of cocaine with him.

New Matildas alleged offence? Columnist Michael Brull wrote this article in March, in which he trashed Today Tonight (yes, remarkably, they remain on the air in South Australia and WA) and its reporting around Muslims who are trying to take over the world or at least our small corner of the world.

Long story short its time to draw a line in the sand. Its hard enough running a tiny independent publication, let alone dealing with legal threats from organisations who should know better. And Im not referring to Channel 7 there why would anyone think they would know better?

As is New Matildas stated policy, we publish threats of defamation for our readers to behold. With that in mind, below is the concerns notice sent to us by Channel 7s lawyers. Below that is my reply. Admittedly, I was a little emotional when I wrote it.

As always, well keep you posted.

In the interim, weve launched a...

18:37

Access to NHS Dentists in the House of Commons at 10:42 pm on 12th September 2017. "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Yes, there should be a package, and I will come on to mention one or two of those points. This is as much about self-care as it is about interaction with the dental profession.
To conclude the point I was making, at a regional level in the period to 30 June, the north of England saw the highest percentage of patients seen56.8% of adults and 63% of children. Although these access numbers are encouraging, I know that the hon. Member for Bradford South will not be sitting there thinking, Thats all okay, then. I know that more needs to be done to reduce the remaining inequalities in access, including in areas such as Bradford South, which she represents, and NHS Engla...

18:36

Donald Trump, top Democrats agree on deal to protect Dreamers, but no funding for wall "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Donald Trump, top Democrats agree on deal to protect Dreamers, but no funding for wall

14 September 2017

 

 

US President Donald Trump has struck an immigration deal with opposition Democrats to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation but his much-vaunted border wall will not be part of the equation.

Key points:

  • New deal protects so-called Dreamers immigrants who were brought illegally into the US as children
  • Donald Trump bypassed Republicans to deal with Senate Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer
  • DREAM Act will provide eventual citizenship for young Dreamer immigrants

The agreement, brokered with top Senate Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, protects immigrants brought illegally into the US as children, the so-called Dreamers.

But it specifically does not include Mr Trumps long-sought border wall.

The deal would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants who benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created by former president Barack Obama, which Mr Trump announced he was ending.

The agreement was announced in a joint statement from Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer following a dinner the pair had with Mr Trump at the White House.

It marks the second time in two weeks that Mr Trump has bypassed Republicans to deal with Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer.

Mr Trump had given Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the statuses of Dreamers begin to expire.

We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a pac...

18:30

Mini-Banners for Small Occasions "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Do you often find yourself needing to make small signs? Perhaps youre trying to put a notice on the office fridge, but youre just not in the mood for the usual Comic Sans-on-A4 staple today. A banner of some sort would do the trick, but a small one, right? [Mike Ingle] has the answer making mini-banners on old receipt printers.

[Mike] was a fan of Paint Shop in the 1980s, which among other things, enabled the printing of long banners on the popular dot matrix printers of the era. Realising that receipt printers have a similar ability to print on a long continuous strip of paper, he decided to see if it was possible to create small banners using the hardware.

The hack is simple ImageMagick is used to generate a one-bit black & white bitmap that is then processed with some custom C code to generate something the printer can understand. Its then a simple matter of hacking up the original RS-232 cable to fit a DB-9 (aka DE-9) connector, and spitting out the instructions over serial.

The mini-banners are cool, and we could imagine having some fun with such a project, using it to print out tweets or putting it into service as a stock ticker. Its a great example of cleanly interfacing with existing hardware to create something outside of the original design intentions. Such printers are fertile ground for hacks like this printer that can spit out the US Constitution in 6 seconds flat.


Filed under: peripherals hacks

18:30

After Ericssons Insolvency Petition, RComms Shares, Bonds Weaken "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Swedish telecoms equipment maker is seeking a total of Rs 11.55 billion from the company and two of its subsidiaries.

A man opens the shutter of a shop painted with an advertisement of Reliance Communications in Mumbai, India, November 3, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Shailesh Andrade/File Photo

A man opens the shutter of a shop painted with an advertisement of Reliance Communications in Mumbai, India, November 3, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Shailesh Andrade/File Photo

Mumbai: Shares in Reliance Communications fell as much as 2.3% in early trading on Thursday, a day after the Indian arm of Ericsson filed a petition seeking to drag the debt-laden telecom firm into insolvency due to unpaid dues.

The Swedish telecoms equipment maker, which signed a seven-year deal in 2014 to operate and manage Reliance Communications nationwide network, is seeking a total of Rs 11.55 billion ($180 million) from the company and two of its subsidiaries.

Reliance Communications, widely kno...

18:28

Poisoned chalice, israel Backs Kurds` Aspiration for Independence Netanyahu "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel Backs Kurds` Aspiration for Independence Netanyahu According to Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to achieve their own state while considering the Kurdistan Workers Party a terrorist group. An independence referendum is slated for September 25. TEL AVIV (Sputnik)  Israel is supportive of the Kurds efforts to create their own []

18:27

How to Stay Sane at a Time of Increasing Insanity "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

a5fe1223b33791a3407e44c61de82b1b--george-orwell-journalismby Julian Rose

Im sitting outside a small caf/bakery alongside Viennas Hauptbahnhof, the citys main railway station. Im between trains, on my way to Brussels from Krakow, and observing the scene. Concrete and glass rising-up everywhere in absolute neutered conformity. A Novotel trying to make itself visible amongst the high-rises, but remaining hardly distinguishable from anything else.  A square featureless concrete carbuncle.

Its 8 in the morning and its late August. A man in a dark business suit walks past on the wide pavement, a Coca Cola in one hand and two trim brown sandwich bags in the other. Chemtrails cover the otherwise blue sky. Someone in green shorts and dark glasses is sitting at a nearby table staring at nothing in particular and smoking nervously.

Meanwhile trains glide in and out of the elevated station platforms, their wining turbo-electric motors rising and falling as they come and go. This is the 2017 gateway into classical old Vienna.

In my mind I trace the steps of the good European business-man with his US Coke and standardised EU sandwiches. I see him entering a large office block and taking a lift up to the 5th floor and proceeding to a white plastic cubicle with desk and computer. One of hundreds of identical cubicles. He sits down and turns on the modem, twisting off the cap of his Coca Cola bottle as he does so. The rest, as they say, is history. Its the history of a dying capitalist dream. Of boredom, conformity and stagnation. A mediocrity so complete that it can be confirmed as insanity. Corporate, big brother contrived slavery.

So, I reflected, as I sat at this caf table just outside Viennas Hauptbahnhof main station, I am observing a pastiche, a cameo of what is called normality, but I prefer to call insanity. The seemingly innocuous 9 to 5 office job is where millions devote a great proportion of their (precious) lives.

In reality and tragically they are no longer human beings, but automatons. They take the same train to work each day of the working week; or the same bus, the same car; the same car route. They do the same things each weekend. Meet the same people; watch the same films as their friends; eat at the same restau...

18:26

Fake bomb threats prompt massive evacuations across Russia David Icke latest headlines

Russian authorities have ordered the evacuation of tens of thousands of people after they received fake threats of bomb attacks over phone. Russian media said on Wednesday that authorities had ordered some 30,000 people to leave major buildings in Moscow after unknown telephone callers threatened bomb attacks across the city. The evacuations affected the flagship department store GUM, which faces the Kremlin on Red Square while hoaxers said railway stations, airports, shopping centers, universities, hospitals and hotels in the Russian capital could be targeted. Security sources said evacuation orders had also been made on Monday and Tuesday in dozens of cities across Russia, which affected about 45,000 people. Read more: Fake bomb threats prompt massive evacuations across Russia

18:25

Trump, Democrats Near Agreement on DACA, Border Security "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pelosi, Schumer say in statement that deal doesnt include funding for border wall

A DACA recipient holds a sign during a protest in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides protection from deportation for young immigrants brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents.
A DACA recipient holds a sign during a protest in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides protection from deportation for young immigrants brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents. PHOTO: ROBYN BECK/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Updated Sept. 14, 2017 1:05 a.m. ET

WASHINGTONPresident Donald Trump and congressional Democrats closed in on a deal Wednesday to give legal status to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

The deal, if it materializes, would mark an extraordinary moment for lawmakers who have been unable to agree on any immigration legislation for many years. It would also mark a striking latest step on immigration for Mr. Trump.

...

18:25

Iraqi Kurd independence 'will have consequences' says Turkey "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Turkey, which has the region's largest Kurdish population fears a 'Yes' vote in the 25 September poll could fuel separatism in its southeast

18:23

The Norwegian Oil Fund Reaches Record $1tn "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

1by Soren Dreier

The worlds largest sovereign wealth fund in Norway hit $1 trillion for the first time on Tuesday.

The history making value was seen at 10:34 GMT on the news of rising global stock markets and euro.

The fund was established in 1998 to save oil and gas revenue for future generations. It is now worth 250 percent of Norways GDP, while the forecast had been 130 percent in the 2020s.

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I stumbled over the headline today.
It made me remember this I wrote in 2011.

The Norwegian Oil Fund

If you live in Norway remember: You have plenty of money, you are not in financial crisis as your government tells you, and you should look out for vultures circling the skies.

Theres an explanation for this: its called Oil.   If one studies the Bilderberg list of 2011 one will find that Oil, Finance and Social Media were all well represented. And so are the usual suspects; the Norwegian Crown Prince attends the Bilderberger meetings frequently.

One could use common sense logic, or intuition, and maybe come to the conclusion that part of the agenda was to manipulate oil, develop a strategy for Gadhafi, and tighten the Internet surveillance agenda. Since the meeting, for example, Facebook has come up with new innovative ideas for voluntarily being spied on, Apple launched its iCloud and so on.

And of course theres the additional plan to push the PIIGS over the economic cliff as soon as they are sucked dry of the very last Euro and their middle classes, sending them into economic slavery.

Now, back to the Bilderberger Norway design and Royalty and Oil. A most toxic mix.
Did you know that Norway is one of the strongest economies in the world? P...

18:23

Grobank zahlt 300T fr Pdo-Trans-LGBT-Ausstellung - Rolf aus Brasilien "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

Die Santander-Bank zahlte krzlich eine Groaustellung in Brasilien mit 300.000 Euro. Der Inhalt: fast-pdophile, explizit sexuelle, anti-christliche "Kunst". Rolf aus Rio berichtet.

Rolfs Kanal : https://www.youtube.com/user/rolfmull...

18:23

How Reading Rewires Your Brain for More Intelligence and Empathy "IndyWatch Feed World"

How Reading Rewires Your Brain for More Intelligence and Empathy
 by Derek Beres

"Fitness headlines promise staggering physical results: a firmer butt, ripped abs, bulging biceps. Nutritional breakthroughs are similar clickbait, with attention-grabbing, if often inauthentic-what, really, is a superfood?- means of achieving better health. Strangely, one topic usually escaping discussion has been shown, time and again, to make us healthier, smarter, and more empathic animals: reading. 

Reading, of course, requires patience, diligence, and determination. Scanning headlines and retweeting quips is not going to make much cognitive difference. If anything, such sweet nothings are dangerous, the literary equivalent of sugar addiction. Information gathering in under 140 characters is lazy. The benefits of contemplation through narrative offer another story.

The benefits are plenty, which is especially important in a distracted, smartphone age in which one-quarter of American children dont learn to read. This not only endangers them socially and intellectually, but cognitively handicaps them for life....

18:22

Re: mp3gain: NULL pointer dereference in sync_buffer (mpglibDBL/interface.c) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Agostino Sarubbo on Sep 14

I didn't investigate to the mpg123 bugs, I searched for mp3gain into the CVE
database.
Anwyay I agree with you that is time to drop the packages.

18:22

Erdogan remains defiant as NATO allies criticize S-400 deal with Russia David Icke latest headlines

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed criticism from his NATO allies over his countrys purchase of Russias strategic S-400 missile defense systems, saying Ankara would not wait for the Western military alliance to help Ankara with security affairs. They went crazy because we made the S-400 agreement. What were we supposed to do, wait for you? the Turkish head of state said during a speech in Ankara on Wednesday. We are taking and will take all our measures on the security front. Erdogan said Monday that Turkey had already paid a deposit for two batteries of the advanced missile systems. The deal is said to be worth around $2.5 billion. The S-400 system is an advanced Russian missile system designed to detect, track, and destroy planes, drones, or missiles as far as 402 kilometers away. It has previously been sold only to China and India. Read more: Erdogan remains defiant as NATO allies criticize S-400 deal with Russia

18:20

NSA Spied on Early File-Sharing Networks, Including BitTorrent "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In the early 2000s, when peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing was in its infancy, the majority of users had no idea that their activities could be monitored by outsiders. The reality was very different, however.

As few as they were, all of the major networks were completely open, with most operating a shared folder type system that allowed any network participant to see exactly what another user was sharing. Nevertheless, with little to no oversight, file-sharing at least felt like a somewhat private affair.

As user volumes began to swell, software such as KaZaA (which utilized the FastTrack network) and eDonkey2000 (eD2k network) attracted attention from record labels, who were desperate to stop the unlicensed sharing of copyrighted content. The same held true for the BitTorrent networks that arrived on the scene a couple of years later.

Through the rise of lawsuits against consumers, the general public began to learn that their activities on P2P networks were not secret and they were being watched for some, if not all, of the time by copyright holders. Little did they know, however, that a much bigger player was also keeping a watchful eye.

According to a fascinating document just released by The Intercept as part of the Edward Snowden leaks, the National Security Agency (NSA) showed a keen interest in trying to penetrate early P2P networks.

Initially published by internal NSA news site SIDToday in June 2005, the document lays out the aims of a program called FAVA File-Sharing Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment.

One question that naturally arises after identifying file-sharing traffic is whether or not there is anything of intelligence value in this traffic, the NSA document begins.

By searching our collection databases, it is clear that many targets are using popular file sharing applications; but if they are merely sharing the latest release of their favorite pop star, this traffic is of dubious value (no offense to Britney Spears intended).

Indeed, the vast majority of users of these early networks were only been interested in sharing relatively small music files, which were somewhat easy to manage given the bandwidth limitations of the day. However, the NSA still wanted to know what was happening on a broader scale, so that meant decoding their somewhat limited encryption.

As many of the applications, such as KaZaA for example, encrypt their traffic, we first had to decrypt the traffic before we could begin to parse the messages...

18:20

Investigation links chocolate to destruction of national parks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Much of the cocoa in chocolate produced by major companies was grown illegally in national parks and other protected areas in Ivory Coast and Ghana, says a new report.

18:19

USA, The Superpower That Fought ItselfAnd Lost "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Superpower That Fought ItselfAnd Lost by William J. Astore When it comes to the worlds greatest military, the news has been shocking. Two fast U.S. Navy ships colliding with slow-moving commercial vessels with tragic loss of life.  An Air Force that has been in the air continuously for years and yet doesnt have enough pilots to fly its []

18:19

US bans Kaspersky amid Washington-Moscow tensions David Icke latest headlines

The United States federal agencies are not allowed to use software made by the Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, the US Department of Homeland Security says. In a new binding directive issued on Wednesday, Homeland Secretary Elaine Duke gave federal agencies three months to begin the process of removing the software from their networks, citing an effort to maintain national security. The risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates US national security, the department said in a statement, further expressing concerns about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks. Read more: US bans Kaspersky amid Washington-Moscow tensions

18:15

NO RULES (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

NO RULES Video Stefan Molynuex The societal erosion of rules and consequences has led to trends which will ultimately cause a collapse of civilization. Stefan Molyneux breaks down the dangerous consequences of a responsibility free world where people are...

The post NO RULES (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

18:13

Uncensored Magazine Issue#49 Out Now! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  In This Issue: Peruvian Mummy: Human? Alien? Hoax? Uncensored presents intriguing images and information on this controversial archaeological specimen on Page 64 Sex Robots In Japan: our interaction with robots has gone from science fiction to reality with startling speed, and Uncensored examines the bizarre directions the relationship between man and machine are taking on Page 39 []

The post Uncensored Magazine Issue#49 Out Now! appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.

18:13

Russias large-scale Zapad war games unnerve the West Trojan horse? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Western officials raise concerns Moscow may use drills as a Trojan horse to make incursions into Poland and Baltics.

 
NATO soldiers attend a sniper shooting competition in Rukla, Lithuania on Wednesday [Ints Kalnins/Reuters]

NATO officials say they are closely watching Russias biggest war games since 2013 with many unnerved about what they see as Moscow testing its ability to wage war against the West.

NATO believes the exercises officially starting on Thursday in Belarus, the Baltic Sea, western Russia and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad are already under way. It says they are larger than Moscow has publicised, numbering some 100,000 troops, and involve firing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles.

Codenamed Zapad or West, NATO officials say the drills will simulate a conflict with the US-led alliance intended to show Russias ability to mass large numbers of troops at very short notice in the event of a conflict.

READ MORE: Russia moves nuclear-capable missiles to NATO doorstep

Lithuanias Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis voiced widely felt fears the drills risk triggering an accidental conflict, or could allow Moscow to leave troops in neighbouring Belarus.

We cant be totally calm. There is a large foreign army massed next to Lithuanian territory, he told Reuters news agency.

Some Western officials including head of the US Army in Europe, General Ben Hodges have raised concerns that Russia might use the drills as a Trojan horse to make incursions into Poland and Russian-speaking regions in the Baltics.

The Kremlin firmly rejects any such plans. Russia says some 13,000 troops from Russia and Belarus will be involved in the September 14-20 drills, below an international threshold that requires large numbers of outside observers.

Moscow says it is the West that threatens stabi...

18:09

How do people develop for MacOS at scale? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

So, how do people develop people for MacOS at scale?

Normal people throw compile jobs at their Kubernetes cluster, and fan out a compile across some two racks full of 50 core machines, giving you some 4000 cores to play with for distributed compiles.

Is there a MacOS LLVM docker image that runs the Xcode compiler in Linux containers and that can be plugged into this? Or are people piling Mac mini and Mac pro or other unrackable bullshit with insufficient remote management into racks, creating a nightmare farm of snowflakes?

How does Apple itself do this? Like animals, on the Desktop?

And how do you integrate such a remote compile farm into Xcode?

18:08

"Nothing Pains Some People..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

 "Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. 
There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. 
Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

18:07

The Pentagons $2.2 Billion Soviet Arms Pipeline Flooding Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Pentagons $2.2 Billion Soviet Arms Pipeline Flooding Syria The Pentagon is on a spending spree as it scrabbles to amass vast quantities of Soviet-style weapons and ammunition. But its running into problems sourcing them, and is using misleading legal documents to disguise their final destination: Syria. Ivan Angelovski, Lawrence Marzouk BIRN Washington, Belgrade The []

18:04

Saudi warplane crashes in southern Yemen, pilot killed: Report David Icke latest headlines

A Saudi warplane has crashed in Yemens southern province of Abyan for unknown reasons, killing the pilot onboard. The Typhoon warplane crashed into a mountain in Al Wadea district on Wednesday, Yemens Saba news agency reported. The report identified the pilot as Mahna al-Biz. Last week, a UAE pilot was also killed in another warplane crash in Yemen. Saudi Arabia along with his allies Bahrain, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Sudan has been pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstate the former Yemeni government, a close Riyadh ally. Houthi fighters, backed by the Yemeni army and popular forces, have been defending the country against the all-out aggression. Read more: Saudi warplane crashes in southern Yemen, pilot killed: Report

18:03

Conan OBriens Face ID skit has fake Craig Federighi calling the police on creepy Apple fans "IndyWatch Feed World"

The skit poked fun at many of the concerns people have about circumventing the iPhone Xs new facial ID recognition system.

The skit poked fun at many of the concerns people have about circumventing the iPhone Xs new facial ID recognition system.

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18:02

North Korea Resumes Nuclear Weapons Work New activity at the Punggye-ri underground nuclear test site "IndyWatch Feed War"

By  IDA AKERSTEDT
The Express

The countrys Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released pictures showing scientists leaving Pyongyang after a stay in the capital.In astonishing scenes thousands lined the streets to wave off weapons experts, as they were driven away in a massive convoy of coaches yesterday.

It comes as North Korea reacted with fury over the United Nations Security Council voting unanimously to step up sanctions against the rogue state, imposing a ban on the countrys textile exports and capping imports of crude oil in response to its sixth nuclear test on September 3.

North Korea news latest World War 3 missile nuclear test US Kim Jong un sanctionsGETTY/ APF

North Koreas nuclear weapon developers seen waved off after a stay in Pyongyang

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It was the ninth sanctions resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member council since 2006 over North Koreas ballistic missile and nuclear programs.US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the counci...

18:02

AFARAUKWU SHOW OF FORCE, A SHOW OF SHAME! A piece by Ekpenyong Isaiah. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Until Mazi Nnamdi Kanus bail is revoked, any show of force around him is a show of shame and intimidation. More

18:02

South Africa-based group urges the Nigerian military to be cautious in the S/East. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/south-africa-based-group-urges-military-to-be-cautious-in-s-east-operations.htmlFiled under: Uncategorized

18:01

Freemind : Buhari Unleashes His Army Against The Igbos of Nigerias South East Region. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

http://ezeluchie.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/buhari-unleashes-his-army-against-igbos.html?m=1Filed under: Uncategorized

18:00

Donald Trump Administrations Focus on Trade Deficit With India Is for Real "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The trade deficit and market access question could potentially become a problem between the two countries and start seeping into other better-managed bilateral issues.

President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria

President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria

Washington: India and the US have continued to build their relationship under US President Donald Trump without the anticipated hiccoughs in the upward trajectory except for one sore point the trade deficit.

Even though India is tenth down the list of countries Trump plans to target for the US trade deficit, he seems to berate all in equal measure. Just for comparison US trade deficit...

18:00

NREGA Workers Protest Great Injustice in Budget, Wages and Delayed Payments in Letter to Jaitley "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Coming together under the banner of NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, the workers have been protesting at Jantar Mantar since September 11.

Labourers work on a dried lake to try and revive it under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) at Ibrahimpatnam, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, June 17, 2009. Credit: Reuters/Krishnendu Halder/Files

Labourers work on a dried lake to try and revive it under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act at Ibrahimpatnam, on the outskirts of Hyderabad. Credit: Reuters/Krishnendu Halder/Files

New Delhi: The NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, which began a five-day agitation at Jantar Mantar on September 11 to protest against low budget, poor pay and delays in payment being used as tools to kill the employment scheme, has shot off a letter to Union financ...

17:56

Re: mp3gain: NULL pointer dereference in sync_buffer (mpglibDBL/interface.c) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Simon McVittie on Sep 14

I wouldn't recommend putting effort into fuzzing mp3gain. mpglibDBL
is known to have security vulnerabilities anyway:
https://security-tracker.debian.org/tracker/source-package/mp3gain
(I wonder whether you've rediscovered those, or found new vulnerabilities?)

It probably also suffers from most other historical vulnerabilities
that are listed for mpg123. We removed it from Debian in 2014,
with a recommendation to use the rgain Python...

17:55

Perceptions of Safety and Security among Journalists in the Philippines "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

By EngageMedia

The Philippines is consistently ranked among the top countries unsafe for journalists and media makers. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), for instance, ranked the country as second most unsafe location in the world for journalists [1].

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), seventy-seven journalists have been killed in the Philippines since 1992, seventy-five of whom were murdered and sixty-eight of whom killed with impunity [2]. The Centre for Media Responsibility and Freedoms (CMFR) maintains a database on the killing of journalists in the Philippines since 1986. The database reports 151 work-related killings since 1986 [3] of which sixty-eight work in radio and fifty-eight work in print [4]. 57 percent of the killings happened in the Mindanao region.

The most notable case of impunity in journalist killings in the country is the Ampatuan Massacre (or the Maguindanao Massacre) in which 58 people were killed, 32 of which were journalists, on 23 November 2009. As of 5 January 2016, 113 of the 197 accused of being involved in the massacre have been arrested but the trial is still on-going and fraught with delays [5].

In order to begin exploring this topic, from June to July 2016, interviews were conducted with journalists in the Philippines to explore how they perceive their security and safety as journalists, and their strategies to keep themselves secure.

About the respondents

  • The journalists that were interviewed was a mix of full-time employed and freelance journalists. Ten journalists employed full-time with different news agencies, one TV show host, and three freelance journalists who contribute regularly to both mainstream and independent news agencies.
  • While eleven of the journalists work in online news, and four in radio, most of the journalists have experience in print, broadcast, video and radio newsroom.
  • There is vast journalistic experience among the respondents. Six respondents have been working as journalists for ten to sixteen years, four have over twenty years of experience; while only four have less than ten years of experience.
  • Most of the respondents cover multiple geographical locations within and outside the Philippines. Twelve cover Metro Manila and the National Capital Region; six cover the Central Philippines region The Visayas (Bacolod, Iloilo...

17:52

What Is Coming Is No Longer Coming, It Is Already Here-CSS 9/10 Bob Griswold "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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They say preppers should wear tin foil hats. However, preppers may be the only people that survives what is coming. I recently interviewed Bob Griswold of Readymaderesources.com. about surviving whaat is coming. This is a riveting interview that the readers should help go viral.

They say preppers should wear tin foil hats. However, preppers may be the only people that survives what is coming. I recently interviewed Bob Griswold of Readymaderesources.com. about surviving whaat is coming. This is a riveting interview that the readers should help go viral.

 

 

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17:51

Modi and Abe lay Indian 'bullet train' foundation stone "IndyWatch Feed World"

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe have laid the foundation stone of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.

17:50

Assam Farmers Rights Leader Akhil Gogoi Arrested on Sedition Charges "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Gogoi has been a bitter opponent of various policy decisions announced by the ruling BJP dispensation.

Akhil Gogoi

Farmers rights activist Akhil Gogoi. (Photo credit: Vikramjit Kakati/Wikipedia Commons)

New Delhi: Akhil Gogoi, a prominent farmers rights leader in Assam, has been arrested by the state police on sedition charges for he allegedly instigated people in a public speech to take up arms against the government.

According to local media reports quoting police sources, Gogoi was picked up on September 13 from the Golaghat office of the influential peasants rights organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), of which he is the president.

The arrest, made by a team of Dibrugarh police, was in response to an FIR (number 180/17) lodged at the Moran police station on September 13 morning against a public speech made by Gogoi a day earlier. Referring to the BJP governments amendment to the Citizenship Act to grant Indian nationality to Hindu Bangladeshis, non-implementation of the 1985 Assam Accord by the Central government and dearth of constitutional safeguards to protect the rights of the indigenous people, Gogoi reportedly said that perhaps the time has come to take up AK 47s against the government instead of the hengdang, a traditional Assamese sword used by the Ahom army for defence.

Th...

17:48

UK - Residents urged to get their teeth into The Daily Smile initiative "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Deputy leader of Wigan Council Cllr David Molyneux and Cllr Jenny Bullen, portfolio holder for children and young people, with primary school pupils helping to deliver The Daily Smile messageDeputy leader of Wigan Council Cllr David Molyneux and Cllr Jenny Bullen, portfolio holder for children and young people, with primary school pupils helping to deliver The Daily Smile message

AN initiative to keep the teeth of people of all ages healthy has been launched as part of Wellfest.

The Daily Smile links together the oral hygiene campaigns from Lets Get Brushing and the Healthy Living Dentistry programme to encourage people to take good care of their teeth and is backed by dentists across the borough.

It is launching with a mass brush tomorrow, with people encouraged to post their #DailySmile tooth brushing selfies.

The Wellfest festival aims to inspire people in the borough to look after their health and wellbeing by trying something that will benefit their physical or mental health.

The simple message of The Daily Smile is to look after your teeth every day regardless of your age.

The advice for good oral hygiene will be reiterated in care homes across the borough, with support offered to residents.

Cllr David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council, said: Oral health is so often easily overlooked but with The Daily Smile we want to bring it back into everyones attention.

We already do great work with young people across the borough with our Lets Get Brushing scheme, which is targeted at young children, encouraging them to brush their teeth at school.

We are very lucky to have a great partnership with our dentists through the Healthy Living Dentistry programme too.

With The Daily Smile we want to make good oral hygiene an issue everyone takes into account, which is why we are extending our support out to all communities and working with care homes to encourage good practices which can have many more health benefits than just looking after our teeth.

The Daily Smile encourages everyone to take simple steps to look after their oral health.

This includes restricting sugar to meal time and only having sugar-free snacks and drinks between meals.

Parents are also urged to start brushing their childrens teeth as soon as they appear with a smear of adult fluoride toothpaste until they are old enough to spit out, which is usually at...

17:42

mp3gain: memcpy-param-overlap in set_pointer (mpglibDBL/common.c) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Agostino Sarubbo on Sep 14

Additionally to the previous discovered bugs there a memcpy-param-overlap. Under a non-asan build the crash does not
occur, so there is no CVE, but you may want to have it fixed in your repository.

Description:
mp3gain is a program to analyze and adjust MP3 files to same volume.

called mpglibDBL.
The upstream project seems to...

17:42

Canada - Moncton council to decide on whether to restore water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

MONCTON, N.B. Despite pleas from dentists to restore fluoride to the water supply in Moncton, N.B., at least one city councillor says he'll vote against it when council meets to make a decision next week.

Moncton ended fluoride use in 2011, and local dentist Suzanne Drapeau-McNally says she has seen a dramatic increase in tooth decay among young children ever since.
"Children who previously had no cavities, all of a sudden come in and have a higher number of decays," Drapeau-McNally said.
Moncton city council was supposed to make a decision this spring, but Coun. Shawn Crossman asked that the decision be delayed until Sept. 18 to gather more information.
Crossman said he spent the last seven months reading studies and listening to the public, and hasn't seen any evidence to prove that fluoride prevents tooth decay.
"There's nothing there that says fluoride is stopping tooth decay, absolutely nothing," he said.
"There's a much bigger picture here. Sugar is a factor, what do our diets look like, what is the person's overall health? There are other factors that contribute. Fluoride is not going to solve everybody's problems."

Crossman said in fact he has seen information that fluoride can be harmful to very young children.
Drapeau-McNally said fluoride is a natural element that protects tooth enamel against the acids that cause tooth decay, and she's seen no studies to show negative impact of 0.7 parts per million of fluoride in public water supplies.
"We have public health across the world and none have found evidence that community water fluoridation is harmful to health," Drapeau-McNally said.
"I remain solid that the scientific studies show the results are conclusive it is a win situation to add fluoride to our Moncton water," she said.
Last year, New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health and the New Brunswick Dental Society's board both came out in support of fluoridation.
"The value of water fluoridation should not be underestimated. The studies are clear and unequivocal and the benefits of fluoridation are well documented for all individuals in the community regardless of age, education, or socio-economic status," they wrote in a joint statement.

While federal and provincial governments set guidelines for fluoridation, the decision to use fluoride is left up to municipalities.
Brantford, Ont., became the first Canadian community to add fluoride in 1945, and many others followed. Health Canada reported in 2009, the last time it counted, that about 45 per cent of the population was drinking fluoridated water.
Big cities including Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Halifax and Winnipeg fluoridate. Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver don't, along with Waterloo and Windsor in southern Ontario.
City council in Saint John, N.B., voted against fluoride...

17:41

Obama's 'Power Africa' programme to continue "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Barack Obama's initiative aimed at doubling access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030 is set to continue under the Trump administration, says a US official.

17:40

mp3gain: global buffer overflow in III_i_stereo (mpglibDBL/layer3.c) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Agostino Sarubbo on Sep 14

Description:
mp3gain is a program to analyze and adjust MP3 files to same volume.

called mpglibDBL.
The upstream project seems to be dead, so the issue wasnt communicated to them.

The complete ASan output of the issue:

# aacgain -f $FILE
==20037==ERROR: AddressSanitizer: global-buffer-overflow on address 0x0000010803e0 at...

17:40

Saudi government allegedly funded a 'dry run' for 9/11 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Saudi government allegedly funded a 'dry run' for 9/11 | 09 Aug 2017 | Fresh evidence submitted in a major 9/11 lawsuit moving forward against the Saudi Arabian government reveals its embassy in Washington may have funded a "dry run" for the hijackings carried out by two Saudi employees, further reinforcing the claim that employees and agents of the kingdom directed and aided the 9/11 hijackers and plotters. Two years before the airliner attacks, the Saudi Embassy paid for two Saudi nationals, living undercover in the US as students, to fly from Phoenix to Washington "in a dry run for the 9/11 attacks," alleges the amended complaint filed on behalf of the families of some 1,400 victims who died in the terrorist attacks 16 years ago. The court filing provides new details that paint "a pattern of both financial and operational support" for the 9/11 conspiracy from official Saudi sources, lawyers for the plaintiffs say. In fact, the Saudi government may have been involved in underwriting the attacks from the earliest stages -- including testing cockpit security.

17:39

mp3gain: invalid memory write in copy_mp (mpglibDBL/interface.c) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Agostino Sarubbo on Sep 14

Description:
mp3gain is a program to analyze and adjust MP3 files to same volume.

called mpglibDBL.
The upstream project seems to be dead, so the issue wasnt communicated to them.

The complete ASan output of the issue:

# aacgain -f $FILE
ASAN:DEADLYSIGNAL
=================================================================...

17:38

mp3gain: stack-based buffer overflow in dct36 (mpglibDBL/layer3.c) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Agostino Sarubbo on Sep 14

Description:
mp3gain is a program to analyze and adjust MP3 files to same volume.

called mpglibDBL.
The upstream project seems to be dead, so the issue wasnt communicated to them.

The complete ASan output of the issue:

# aacgain -f $FILE
==13869==ERROR: AddressSanitizer: stack-buffer-overflow on address 0x7fa590d1b958 at...

17:38

Syrian children out of school as international aid goes missing "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Over $1.4bn was pledged by EU, US and other major donors to send out-of-school Syrian children to class at a conference in London 2016

17:36

mp3gain: global buffer overflow in III_dequantize_sample (mpglibDBL/layer3.c) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Agostino Sarubbo on Sep 14

Description:
mp3gain is a program to analyze and adjust MP3 files to same volume.

called mpglibDBL.
The upstream project seems to be dead, so the issue wasnt communicated to them.

The complete ASan output of the issue:

# aacgain -f $FILE
==23791==ERROR: AddressSanitizer: global-buffer-overflow on address 0x00000107ff80 at...

17:35

mp3gain: stack-based buffer overflow in copy_mp (mpglibDBL/interface.c) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Agostino Sarubbo on Sep 14

Description:
mp3gain is a program to analyze and adjust MP3 files to same volume.

called mpglibDBL.
The upstream project seems to be dead, so the issue wasnt communicated to them.

The complete ASan output of the issue:

# aacgain -f $FILE
==17667==ERROR: AddressSanitizer: stack-buffer-overflow on address 0x7f71080af610 at...

17:35

Do You Feel This Energy Shift? All These Natural Disasters Are Happening For A Reason "IndyWatch Feed World"

In case you havent noticed there is a whole lot going on in the world right now. Wildfires, Hurricanes, Earthquakes and so much more, we are really going through a lot in more recent times it seems.

Millions of people have been affected by Mother Nature here lately and all of this happening after the Great American Eclipse. While you could blame global warming or geoengineering if you look at this from a spiritual perspective, you may soon realize that the Earth has not yet had time to process all of the energy it received from the Total Solar Eclipse. There is a very big energy shift going on right now and it is in full force right now.

This intense transformation is going to be frustrating and complicated, to say the least. There is nothing you can do about this but let it go. You need to truly be yourself and allow your life to continue on as it should. Stop trying to expect the unexpected and live for the moment.

During all of these challenges and disasters, we can and will come out better for it all. You are unwinding into the beautiful person you are meant to be. As you may know, our most recent Full Moon was in Pisces, the energy we got from it will be able to help us to open up even more as Mother Earth takes in the energy she gained from this Total Solar Eclipse.

This Full Moon actually was more of a double-edged sword as it was able to help us filter out our background noise, but also increased our emotional sensitivity by a landslide. While this shift, in general, will be quite confusing Mother Nature will have things sorted out with some time. Focus on clearing away the fog from your mind and open up to who you are meant to be.

If you are an empath chances are you have been feeling this shift from the beginning up until now. Be as kind to yourself as you can and remember to help as many people as you can. Open your heart up to those who need it.

Trust in this beautiful timeless wonder that we have been presented with. With all of this death, while it is tragic there will be new life to come. Be grateful that you are still here, because you are here for a reason. In the ways that these Hurricanes are able to change direction you too can.

I know this transition period will be hard, but it will be worth it in the end. All of these things we are noticing are nothing compared to what is going on in the ethereal realm. Pay close attention to all that is to come but remember that you cannot prevent the universe from do...

17:32

New planet discovered: An inferno world with titanium skies "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A team of astronomers led by Elyar Sedaghati, an ESO fellow and recent graduate of TU Berlin, has examined the atmosphere of the exoplanet [WASP-19b] in greater detail than ever before. This remarkable planet has about the same mass as Jupiter, but is so close to its parent star that it completes an orbit in

17:32

I like not this poll, bring me a better one "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


And lo, a better one was brought:

1 NEWS / Colmar Brunton Poll results for tonight, Thursday September 14
Labour Party      44% (last week - 43%)
National Party    40% (last week - 39%)
Green Party        7% (last week - 5%)
NZ First             6% (last week - 9%)
TOP                  2% Steady
Maori Party        1% (last week - 2%)
ACT Party          0.6% 

Ooh, this one has a Labour/Green government not needing any other coalition partners.  I like this poll much better!  Too bad an individual poll isn't worth anything, I guess - this one would be a keeper if they were.

17:32

mp3gain: NULL pointer dereference in sync_buffer (mpglibDBL/interface.c) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Agostino Sarubbo on Sep 14

Description:
mp3gain is a program to analyze and adjust MP3 files to same volume.

called mpglibDBL.
The upstream project seems to be dead, so the issue wasnt communicated to them.

The complete ASan output of the issue:

# aacgain -f $FILE
ASAN:DEADLYSIGNAL...

17:32

The worlds largest floating solar plant starts producing power in china "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

in the city of huainan, china, a mass of solar panels can be found floating on a mass of land that once used to be used mining. the floating solar plant is based in the south anhui province of chinaan area famous for its coal-rich land. sungrowthe global leading PV inverter system producerhas announced that []

17:31

mp3gain: stack-based buffer overflow in filterYule (gain_analysis.c) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Agostino Sarubbo on Sep 14

Description:
mp3gain is a program to analyze and adjust MP3 files to same volume.

The fuzz was done via the aacgain command-line tool which uses mp3gain.
The upstream project seems to be dead, so the issue wasnt communicated to them.

The complete ASan output of the issue:

# aacgain -f $FILE
==18941==ERROR: AddressSanitizer: stack-buffer-overflow on address 0x7f2d1e9cd520 at pc 0x00000088af27 bp
0x7ffc10f47b20 sp 0x7ffc10f47b18
READ of size...

17:31

Midnight Meme Of The Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


-by Noah

The next time a storm of historical proportions hits, remember what is much more important to corporate CEOs and their climate change denying hand puppets.

17:30

Meet the horse that looks like it's been dipped in gold and is called "the world's most beautiful" "IndyWatch Feed Tech"



 These are gorgeous horses.  i wonder if one of my aspects happens to be a horse breeder.  I had never even known of this breed, though i have seen most at one time or another.  So i am also surprised.

That type of coloring is produced by transparent hollow hair.

Let us hope that the breed is seriously expanded.


Meet the horse that looks like it's been dipped in gold and is called "the world's most beautiful"

By Newsner 14 August 2017
http://en.newsner.com/meet-the-horse-that-looks-like-it-s-dipped-in-gold-and-is-called-the-world-s-most-beautiful/about/animals 

Horses are magnificent creations. They are wild, majestic and can surpass almost anything with their outstanding beauty.

...

17:30

A Mysterious Mummy in Cairo: The Surprising True Identity of Joseph with the Coat of Many Colors "IndyWatch Feed Africa"




It is astonishing that we could have his mummy. Yet it looks like it may be true. It is also the one potentially datable piece of early history that the bible provided.  I think that the case is well made here.

It all happened at least two centuries before Moses and his tribesmen fleeing Egypt.  Time enough to save memories and for memories of kings to be lost.  That we know about it at all is more astonishing.


No mention of the Great Pyramid is ever made in the Bible that i am aware of.   Inasmuch as it is plausible that the Moses escaped with the central device and we only hear about the Ark of the Covenant, that silence is hardly surprising considering how useful it was..








A Mysterious Mummy in Cairo: The Surprising True Identity of Joseph with the Coat of Many Colors


26 AUGUST, 2017 - 19:04 AHMED OSMAN
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17:30

3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet rewrites the history of maths "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another take on this important artifact which also confirms my own speculations. What is described is a practical trig for builders in the form of useful ratios.

Recall that the lack of the zero made the use of ratios mandatory.  Thus such a trig table was inevitable.

 all good stuff.  At least it shows us a little of how it was all done.  I haveactually reconstructed much of all this but it is nioce to see confirmation.



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3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet rewrites the history of maths - and shows the Greeks did not develop trigonometry

The tablet is broken and probably had more rows, experts believe Credit: UNSW 

Sarah Knapton, Scie...

17:30

Harvey Destroyed Houstons CarsThis Program Is Giving Away Bikes To Replace Them "IndyWatch Feed World"

Houston Bike Share is offering bikes to people whose cars were destroyed in the flood and whose insurance wont pay for a new one. In the process, it hopes to shift the citys attitudes toward cycling as a mode of transportation.

As flooded roads have reopened in Houston after Harvey, its still hard to get around: The storm, which killed more than 70 people and damaged or destroyed at least 100,000 homes, also totaled hundreds of thousands of cars in a sprawling city where almost everyone drives. A new program will replace some of those cars with bikes.

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17:30

Russia-Turkey-Iran Axis Would Have Been Absurd Fantasy a Year Ago. Now It's Reality "IndyWatch Feed Tech"








 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
US interests in the middle East have always been ephemeral and never existential at all.  If the USA simply walked away it would sort itself out in its own good time.  Exactly that has happened here.  A border commission was always called for to sort out Russia's Southern Front and open an economic corridor to the Persian Gulf.
 
A similar commission needs to address Russias Western flank in order to ensure no issues.
 
This sudden emergence could well lead to a complete stabilization of the Iranian situation as well.. Add in that they are now working to suppress all irregulars as well and we are on the way toward a broadly sorted out Middle East with or without the USA whose vital interest in oil is about to evaporate.
 
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Russia-Turkey-Iran Axis Would Have Been Absurd Fantasy a Year Ago. Now It's Reality
After Russia and Turkey, now Iran and Turkey are smoothing things over as well

M.K. Bhadrakumar

Thu, Aug 24, 2017 | 2207 54

http://r...

17:30

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17:26

Evidence of volcanic eruptions under Antarctic Ice "IndyWatch Feed National"

In August, researchers at Edinburgh University announced that frigid West Antarctica is home to at least 138 volcanoes, all concealed within an ice sheet that's up to two kilometers thick in some places! The finding left Robert Bingham, one of the study's authors, with an urgent question. "The big question is: how active are these volcanoes? That is something we need to determine as quickly as possible," he told The Guardian. "If one of these volcanoes were to erupt it could further destabilise west Antarctica's ice sheets. Anything that causes the melting of ice - which an eruption certainly would - is likely to speed up the flow of ice into the sea." Luckily, Bingham didn't need to wait long for an answer. A team of scientists from New Mexico Tech, Dartmouth College, and Vermont Technical College has uncovered evidence of volcanic eruptions in ice cores taken from the West Antarctic ice sheet (WAIS). A paper describing their findings has just been published in Scientific Reports.

17:25

Joyce v Robertson finance debate tonight "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Stuff are streaming a finance debate from 7:00 pm between Grant Robertson and Steven Joyce. This may be challenging for Robertson in particular after todays tax u-turn. Ok, Im getting sick of it already, same old arguments flying to and fro. Robertson has just interrupted Joyce about five times in a row stopping him from []

17:23

Novo Nordisk to Pay $58 Million to Settle False Claims Charge "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Novo Nordisk will pay $58.65 million to resolve allegations that the company failed to comply with the FDA-mandated Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for its Type II diabetes medication Victoza. Novo Nordisk is a subsidiary of Novo Nordisk U.S. Holdings Inc., which is a subsidiary of Novo Nordisk A/S of Denmark. Federal officials alleged []

17:21

WTF, A New Generation of Cell Towers in California "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

California's SB 649 is called Wireless Telecommunications Facilities, or, for short, WTF. SB 649 provides for a new generation of cell towers, ultra-powerful small cells, that use a different wireless spectrum. This spectrum does not travel long distances, so these cell towers have to be placed close together, on every available space, utility poles, street lamps, and other government-owned structures, or possibly in your front yard. The bill gives the telecom industry carte blanche to install 50,000 of these cell towers throughout residential areas in California. Although called "small cells," they can weigh up to 300 lbs. The aesthetics could be pretty ugly, since in addition to the quasi small cells, they would allow equipment as large as a refrigerator to keep them powered at all times.

17:19

Thank You Readers Your Communication is Delivering Results "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Thank you to everyone who is taking the time to explain the downstream impacts of fuel shortages in citizen led recovery efforts to any public official or agency contact who will listen.  Using every possible communicative tool in your Continue reading

17:18

Central Africas underground ivory trade "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mongabay

  • A series of undercover investigations by the NGO TRAFFIC over several years in five Central African countries has revealed a shift in the region from local markets for ivory to an underground international trade.
  • The resulting report, published Sept. 7, finds that organized crime outfits, aided by high-level corruption, are moving ivory out of Central African to markets abroad, especially in China and other parts of Asia.
  • A 2013 study found that elephant numbers in Central Africas forests dropped by 62 percent between 2002 and 2011.

The ivory trade in Central Africa appears to be diminishing, according to a new report from TRAFFIC, a U.K.-based watchdog NGO. But that finding might be misleading, say the authors, as surging demand for ivory now comes from beyond these countries borders.

The generally positive news contained in this report about the decline of Central African ivory markets needs to be weighed against the fact that, throughout this sub-region, there are still many issues to be addressed and underlying trade dynamics may be shifting beyond local markets, said Sone Nkoke, a wildlife project officer with TRAFFIC and the lead author of the report, in a statement.

In a series of undercover investigations supported by WWF and the U.S. and French governments over several years, TRAFFIC researchers tracked the near-disappearance in five Central African countries of open ivory markets. But the conversations and interactions they had with traders, vendors, and middleme...

17:16

Do You Have a Spiritual Gift? Watch Out for These 7 Signs! "IndyWatch Feed World"

While every one of us possesses the ability to open our souls to the idea of spiritual enlightenment, there are a select number that are blessed with a true spiritual gift just waiting to be discovered. The universe may be sending you signs and messages, attempting to alert you to this higher calling, however, only a very small percentile are actually aware of their gift.

Source: Fountain Facts

 

One belief is that there are three different categories of gifts: Orientations of Spirit which motivate you in your lifes purpose, Operations of Spirit which include miracles and expansions, and Opportunities for Service which call for you to help another being. Each of these gifts is different, distinct and important in their own individual way.

How do you know if you have been blessed with a spiritual gift? Watch for these 7 signs:

1. You Are Highly Intuitive

When you approach a situation or activity, you may find that your body is sending you signals, giving you an idea of what is to come, or how the situation will plan out. This is known as intuition or your gut-feeling. Dont ignore it! Identify these messages your body is sending you and accept them, as the intuition of somebody who is spiritually gifted is rarely wrong.

2. You Regularly Wake Up at 4 AM

There has been a lot of discussions online recently about the different times that one may be waking up throughout the night, and what regularly waking up at that time may mean. Between the hours of 3 AM and 5 AM we enter into our REM state of sleep, a deep sleep that isnt easily broken. It will take a lot to wake you from your REM, more than a need to go to the bathroom or get a glass of water. If you regularly find yourself waking up at these times, you may be experiencing a Higher Power attempting to reach you with a message.

3. You Can see the Truth Behind a Persons Words or Actions

While someone may be skilled at creating a persona or...

17:16

17:13

Whats So Great About Traditional Marriage Anyway? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Monica Campo sits firmly in the Yes camp, but that hasnt stopped her wondering what all the fuss is about marriage in the first place.

The No campaign and most notably ex PM Tony Abbott argue that same sex marriage will change the basis of traditional marriage, which will in turn fundamentally alter the foundations of family and of our society.

Take a closer look at those foundations of marriage and family, however, and there is not much to celebrate.

Marriage (in the West) had nothing to do with love, but was historically a state-based contract to enable men to gain control and rights over women and children, to secure property, create strategic allegiances between powerful families, and to ensure reproduction of workers for the burgeoning capitalist economy. Indeed, early laws against sodomy in Europe were not based on morality or religion, but instead on the economics of reproduction. As Sophie Monk and Joni Pit argue compulsory heterosexuality is one of the techniques of bourgeois power deployed to ensure the proletariat reproduces itself.

Sparkke-Shop-Say-I-Do-New

Second wave feminists were critical of marriage arguing that it was the cornerstone of patriarchy, rendered women reliant on men for their livelihood, and, as Carol Pateman argued, a form of sexual servitude. Until fairly recently, it was legally impossible for a husband to be convicted of raping his wife because marriage was seen as contract that obliged sex to ones spouse. In Australia, rape in marriage was legal until 1994 (in the Northern Territory, though other states criminalised it earlier).

With some notable exceptions, few contemporary feminists remain openly critical of marriage. Meagan Tyler argues that in the current climate of choice feminism, being critical of the institution of marriage is construed as an attack on womens rights to make individual choices. The context of these choices (patriarchal capitalism) is forgotten, ignored or decried as outdated and given over to a view that marriage c...

17:12

South Sudan Triggering Africas Biggest Refugee Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

at South Sudan, where the United Nations warns an ethnic cleansing campaign carried out by the South Sudanese government is threatening to empty the country. The United Nations has accused soldiers with the governments Sudan Peoples Liberation Army, known as the SPLA, of killing, torturing and raping civilians, as well as burning down homes and []

17:12

Chaos as Toshiba Tries to Sell Memory Business "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Some news outlets reported that Western Digital was close to acquiring Toshiba's memory business, but that had not been finalized as of Tuesday:

Toshiba Corp now favors a group led by Bain Capital LP and SK Hynix Inc to buy its prized semiconductor business, as it failed to bridge key gaps with its business partner and rival bidder Western Digital Corp, two people briefed on the matter said on Tuesday.

The dramatic twist in the sale process, beset by legal wrangling and revised bids, comes just a day before Toshiba's latest deadline. The Japanese conglomerate, which needs to sell the chip business to plug a huge hole in its finances, had been trying to seal a deal by Wednesday with the Western Digital group but now hopes to reach agreement with the Bain group by next week, said the sources, who declined to be identified as the talks were private.

A Toshiba spokesman said the firm could not comment on details of the talks. The parties have already missed two deadlines by Toshiba's banks, which want a deal to pump $18 billion or more into the company to pull it out of negative shareholder equity and prevent it from being delisted. Yoshimitsu Kobayashi, an external Toshiba director, told reporters earlier on Tuesday that although the deadline is important, it is also important that negotiations head in a good direction.

Apple, a buyer of Toshiba's NAND chips, reportedly threatened Western Digital with a boycott of its products if it took complete control of Toshiba's memory business. But it did offer $460 million in acquisition financing for a group including WD as long as WD remained a minority investor.

Update: Toshiba says it favors a bid from a group led by Bain Capital, but is still open to better offers.

Toshiba to focus on chip talks with Bain, but doesn't rule out other suitors

Start the Bidding...

17:10

Tectonic plates weaker than previously thought "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Experiments carried out at Oxford University have revealed that tectonic plates are weaker than previously thought. The finding explains an ambiguity in lab work that led scientists to believe these rocks were much stronger than they appeared to be in the natural...... Read more

17:10

Sunshine rose this morning, Peters demands urgent inquiry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Winston Peters doesnt call for inquiries as often as the sun rises but hes almost as predictable. ODT:  Peters calls for inquiry into National MP Speaking in Dunedin today, Mr Peters told about 260 people New Zealand had been caught out and exposed to being a pawn of the Communists in China. The influence of []

17:09

WANTED: Minnesota Man, 20 "IndyWatch Feed War"

ISIS in control of Raqqa, Syria, in 2014.ISIS in control of Raqqa, Syria, in 2014. (Photo: Stringer / Reuters)

 

The FBI is hunting an 20-year-old man from St. Louis Park, Minnesota, believed to have joined Islamic State in Syria.

Two years ago, the Al-Madioum family was vacationing in Morocco when their son Abdelhamid disappeared. For the previous few days hed appeared agitated and was busier than usual on his phone.

Please see our guide on looking for signs of extremism in your children

Al-Madioum booked a flight to Istanbul from where he crossed into Syria to join ISIS.

When FBI agents searched Al-Madioums bedroom they discovered various personal effects that led them to believe he was radicalized. The Star Tribune believes material seized by the FBI suggests Al-Madioum was in electronic contact with ISIS recruiters.

While the FBI is not commenting on the investigation, Al-Madioum reportedly called his family a few days after their return to the States from Morocco. He told them he was working in a hospital in Mosul, Iraq.

There are currently at least five other open cases in Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune.

If you have information on Abdelhamid Al-Madioum or any other people you believe may have joined Islamic State, please contact the FBI here.

 

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17:09

Pumpkin Spice Lattes fund 'white supremacy' in Trump White House - feminist group "IndyWatch Feed World"

SJW insanity reaches tipping point: Pumpkin Spice Lattes fund 'white supremacy' in Trump White House - feminist group | 14 Sept 2017 | "Pumpkin spice just doesn't taste as good when you add a shot of racism," a feminist leader explained as the fall flavor began to pop up in coffee shops around the country. This is a shockingly weird claim, but it shouldn't be surprising. A feminist nonprofit is running a campaign to convince festive imbibers of Pumpkin Spice Lattes they're unknowingly boosting the cause of white supremacy. The co-founder of UltraViolet issued the "shot of racism" statement Sept. 6.

17:07

Facebook Hires 3,000 Staff to Monitor Hate speech "IndyWatch Feed War"

(Photo; Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Social media giant Facebook is increasing its crackdown on what it perceives as hateful content. The company is hiring an additional 3,000 content reviewers to monitor the site, according to the New York Post.

There is absolutely no place on Facebook for hate speech or content that promotes violence or terrorism, Senior Vice-President for Global Marketing Solutions Carolyn Everson said, announcing the decision.

As soon as we determine that content has breached our community standards, we remove it. With a community as large as Facebook, however, zero tolerance cannot mean zero occurrence.

Germany recently passed a new law which would fine social media companies $60 million if they fail to remove hate speech.

Facebook is also overhauling its advertising policy. It will change which companies can advertise on its site and which can make money. The new standards will apply to ads in which content matters.

The new rules and increased vigilance could impact many outlets which discuss Islam in a critical way. They may also see Islamist extremists and those advocating violence against Muslims facing tougher challenges in getting their message out.

 

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Did Facebook Just Agree to Enforce Blasphemy Laws?

Mauro on Fox: Google, Facebook to Stop Spread of Extremism

Defend the Constitution; Protect Freedom of Speech

The post...

17:07

BBC Teach to edit inaccurate educational video "IndyWatch Feed War"

Readers may recall that last month we noted some inaccuracies in BBC produced educational videos. Using BBC Watchs post, Mr Dennis Levene contacted BBC Teach to raise the problematic points.

In the response received, BBC Teachs producer denied that in the video titled J is for Jesus viewers are told that the Jews turned against him [Jesus] and had him executed by the Romans; nailed to a cross.

BBC Teach stated:

We dont [] say that The Jews turned against Jesus and had him executed.  The script says: Eventually, many of the religious teachers and the people turned against [Jesus] and had him executed by the Romans.  This is fair reflection of widely-accepted events.  [emphasis added]

Apparently it is not sufficiently clear to BBC Teach that like Jesus himself those religious teachers and the people were Jews or that the Jews killed Jesus calumny has been at the root of Christian antisemitism for centuries.

The video titled T...

17:04

Nestl Admits to Using Slave Labor In Its Coffee Supply Chain "IndyWatch Feed World"

Nestl and Jacobs Douwe Egberts are two of the biggest coffee companies across the globe right now, and Brazil is the largest exporter of coffee in the world. Sadly, working conditions in Brazil are anything but ethical, is your morning cup of Joe worth it?

According to these two companies, they may be using beans that are coming from slave labor plantations as they do not know the names of all of the plantations that supply them. Personally, I find that to be a bit odd, why wouldnt you have a list of all the names of your suppliers? Regardless of who you buy through you should be able to obtain a complete list. DanWatch report says that workers in Brazil often face things like debt bondage, exposure to deadly pesticides, lack of protective equipment, non-existent work contracts, and accommodation without doors, mattresses, or drinking water.

These companies also buy some of their beans from middlemen and exporters in a supply chain muddle. These companies admit that they cannot rule out slavery like conditions, but because of the way they buy, they can still claim to not buy beans from blacklisted plantations where human rights abuses are known to happen. Jacobs Douwe Egberts told the Guardian that they took the allegations from DanWatch very seriously and claimed to be concerned.

DanWatch spent eight weeks investigating the industry itself, inspecting plantations and tracing beans through a complicated supply chain. Nestl confirmed to DanWatch that it did buy coffee from two plantations where workers were rescued from forced labor by Brazilian authorities just this past summer. That being said they have suspended deliveries pending the investigation into this.

While both of these companies have ethical codes in place that are supposed to help protect the human rights of their workers and ban suppliers who are using child or forced labor things are falling through the cracks. Jacobs Douwe Egberts claims to have notified suppliers to not obtain coffee from known violators.

Nestl had the following to say:

We do not tolerate violations of labor rights and have strongly maintained that forced labor has no place in our supply chain. Unfortunately, forced labor is an epidemic problem in Brazil and no company sourcing coffee and...

17:02

Trumps Five Biggest Moves Yet "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The next six months will be the biggest of Trumps presidency.

He will have to make five decisions that determine the economic future of the global currency system, let alone Americas economy.

Australias wealth is driven by exports priced in dollars and on American markets.

The price of iron ore, coal, agricultural commodities and much more depend as much on the fate of the US dollar as their own supply and demand. Not to mention the profitability of our exporting companies swing with currencies too.

But what are these decisions Trump will make?

Prolific author Jim Rickards, of our own Strategic Intelligence newsletter, explains the situation below.

In short, there is an enormous personnel change coming up at the worlds most powerful institution.

The majority of control is up for grabs.

And Trump decides who gets nominated to what post

Trump Owns the Fed

Jim Rickards

Donald Trump has the opportunity to appoint a higher percentage of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System at one time than any president since Woodrow Wilson.

President Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act during the creation of the Fed in 1913 when it had a vacant board. At that time, the law said the Secretary of the Treasury and the Comptroller of the Currency were automatically on the Feds Board of Governors.

But besides that, President Wilson selected all five of the other participating members.

Now Trump has the opportunity to fill more seats on the Feds Board of Governors than any president since then.

Thats pretty amazing when you think about it.

To review, the Federal Reserves Board of Governors is made up of seven appointees. That means they can make a majority decision with four votes. If youre reading about the Fed, you might also see reference to regional reserve bank presidents. These are roles within the Federal Reserve System, but the real power is found on the seven-member Board of Governors.

Heres the remarkable part:

As of last week, four of the seven Fed board seats are now vacant.

In fact, Im describing a 72-hour span last week as the most momentous three-day period in the...

17:01

Labour lose their nerve on tax "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Theres been a lot already written and commented on todays tax back down from Labour so I wont go over it all, but it looks like they lost their nerve on their tax working group strategy. Labour say they wont implement any new taxes they havent already been announced until after the 2020 election, but []

16:59

Fire Kills 24 at Islamic School in Kuala Lumpur "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

People gather outside the religious school Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah after a fire broke out in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in this handout photo. Credit: Reuters

People gather outside the religious school Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah after a fire broke out in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in this handout photo. Credit: Reuters

Kuala Lumpur:  A fire at an Islamic boarding school for boys killed at least 24 people, most of them students, in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Thursday morning, officials said.

Officials suspected an electrical short circuit caused the blaze that broke out in a top floor dormitory, where most of the students perished.

The fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a tahfiz boarding school where students learn to memorise the Koran, was reported around 5.40 a.m. local time (2140 GMT Wednesday), according to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department.

The blaze began in the sleeping quarters on the top floor of the three-storey school building, the statement said.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh told reporters that 22 students and 2 wardens were killed. All the students were boys aged 13-17, and they probably suffocated due to smoke inhalation.

Theyre still counting the bodies, which were piled on top of each other in a corner, Singh said in...

16:58

Quote of the Day: On impatient reformers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"[I]mpatient reformers, thinking it easier and shorter to get possession of the government than of the intellects and dispositions of the public, are under a constant temptation to stretch the province of government beyond due bounds..."
~ John Stuart Mill

16:58

Trump claims the wall is under construction and says no DACA deal has been reached "IndyWatch Feed World"

Despite reports that Democratic leaders had reached a deal with President Trump over DACA, the president tweeted today that no deal has been reached yet. The reason? Any deal would have to include massive border security improvements to be made, according to Trump. No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would Continue reading Trump claims the wall is under construction and says no DACA deal has been reached

Despite reports that Democratic leaders had reached a deal with President Trump over DACA, the president tweeted today that no deal has been reached yet. The reason? Any deal would have to include massive border security improvements to be made, according to Trump.

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16:54

The Peters-Espiner interview "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guyon Espiner interviewed Winston Peters on RNZ this morning. It was widely regarded as not very flattering of Peters. Perhaps staunch supporters still think hes got what it takes but it raises serious doubts of his capabilities. RNZ link: The Leader Interview Winston Peters A $3 billion costing for New Zealand Firsts policy to []

16:51

Two bright meteor fireballs recorded over Spain on consecutive nights "IndyWatch Feed World"

Two bright meteor fireballs were recorded over Spain on consecutive nights by the SMART Project framework. The first meteor fireball was recorded on the night of 11 September 2017 at 1:26 local time (23:26 universal time on September 10) and began at a height of about 80 km and ended at an altitude of around 30 km. It was recorded by the SMART Project framework from the astronomical observatories of La Hita (Toledo, Spain), Sevilla and Huelva.

16:51

Apple: Face ID didnt fail during the iPhone X demo "IndyWatch Feed World"

The hottest new tech of the iPhone X, Face ID, was also the laughing stock of the events keynote when it apparently failed to work the first time Apple demoed it on stage. The company was mocked relentlessly for this failure on social media and in the pressbut it turns out Face ID worked exactly Continue reading Apple: Face ID didnt fail during the iPhone X demo

The hottest new tech of the iPhone X, Face ID, was also the laughing stock of the events keynote when it apparently failed to work the first time Apple demoed it on stage. The company was mocked relentlessly for this failure on social media and in the pressbut it turns out Face ID worked exactly how it should have, as Yahoos David Pogue reports.

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16:50

Get Ready for Your #UberPITCH "IndyWatch Feed World"

Uber is partnering with Arabnet for the third edition of #UberPITCH where entrepreneurs will get the chance to pitch their business idea to a judge during a seven minutes ride, followed by seven minutes of invaluable feedback. Last year, 12 entrepreneurs across the MENA region were able to take part at the Arabnet Digital Summit after pitching their ideas through the #UberPITCH.

How does it work?
Step1: Submit an application for your startup here before 5pm on September 20th [HERE]

If selected, you will receive a promo code to unlock UberPITCH ride option.

Step2: On Saturday 30th of September between 12pm 4pm, request the UberPITCH option via your app and once connected, you will have 7 minutes to pitch your idea. Rides are free of charge and will start and end at your pickup location.

The candidate with the best idea will be sponsored by Uber at the ArabNet Digital Summit 2018, which will include a one-minute video to pitch their startup, exhibition space, branding and match-up sessions with key industry leaders.

16:48

Hurricane Irma Damaged Half of Patrick Air Force Base "IndyWatch Feed World"

Hurricane Irma damaged almost half of Patrick Air Force Base

by: Jason Kelly, Melonie Holt Updated: Sep 13, 2017 - 1:30 PM

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Kennedy Space Center were evacuated during Hurricane Irma.

On Thursday, the 45th Space Wing launched and landed a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the U.S. Air Force's X-37B.

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, who commands the USAF unit, gave Channel 9 reporter Melonie Holt a tour of the base Wednesday to show her how it weathered the storm.

Monteith said Wednesday that 40 percent of the bases facilities and 97 percent of its housing were damaged.

Despite losing power and water, the base opened its airfield and landed a C-5 plane seven hours after it was deemed weather safe.

Many members of the United States Air Force unit are still making their way back. It is already being redeployed as the 45th Space Wing assess damage at CCAFS.

Two launches that had been scheduled for September were postponed to October, Monteith said.

Source: WFTV

16:47

UK pledges support to Nigeria, neighbours to defeat Boko Haram "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The United Kingdom government has reiterated its support to Nigeria and neighbouring countries to defeat the destructive Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast and the Lake Chad Basin region. The countrys Permanent Representative to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, made the pledge in his statement on Wednesday at the Security Council briefing on the Lake Chad Basin. Rycroft said it was clear that the Security Council members should all redouble their efforts to implement the commitments that they made in resolution 2349 against Boko Haram. The UK will play our...

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16:45

Malaysia school fire kills 25 students, teachers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

    At least 25 students and teachers have died in a fire at a religious school in Malaysias capital, Kuala Lumpur. The fire at the Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah broke out in the early hours of the morning. The number of confirmed dead are 23 students and two wardens, Khirudin Drahman, director of the fire and rescue department, told AFP. I think it is one of the countrys worst fire disasters in the past 20 years, he said. It really does not make sense for so many to die....

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16:43

Eight dead at US nursing home hit by Hurricane Irma "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Eight people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died. Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the nursing home in the city of Hollywood. Five others died in hospital. Ten million people are still without power in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas after Hurricane Irma. The storm which has claimed more than two dozen lives in the...

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16:42

GOP -- Deadbeat Dads of DACA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When Republicans are one of the major causes of a problem -- it's their responsibility to step up and take the action to fix it.

16:40

Women more likely to be turned off sex "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Women are more than twice as likely as men to lack interest in sex when living with a partner, a study of British sexual attitudes suggests. It found that while men and women lost passion with age, women were often left cold by longer relationships. Overall, poor health and a lack of emotional closeness affected both mens and womens desire for sex. The findings are based on the experiences of nearly 5,000 men and 6,700 women, published in BMJ Open. The UK researchers said problems of sexual desire should...

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16:40

1 News/Colmar Brunton poll "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The latest 1 News/Colmar Brunton poll: Labour 44% (last week 43%, previous 43%) National 40% (last week 39%, previous 41%) Greens 7% (last week 5%, previous 5%) NZ First 6%  (last week 9%, previous 8%) TOP 2.0% rounded (last week 1.9%, previous 0.9%) Maori Party 1.1% rounded (last week 2.0%, previous 0.5%) ACT 0.6% (last []

16:39

Homeland Security has banned Kaspersky software over Russian intelligence fears "IndyWatch Feed World"

The department has issued a statement ordering every executive branch agency and department to identify within the next 30 days any Kaspersky products being used, make a plan to discontinue their use within 60 days, and cease using the Kaspersky products by the 90-day mark, reports TechCrunch. The reason? Homeland Security is worried about Kaspersky Continue reading Homeland Security has banned Kaspersky software over Russian intelligence fears

The department has issued a statement ordering every executive branch agency and department to identify within the next 30 days any Kaspersky products being used, make a plan to discontinue their use within 60 days, and cease using the Kaspersky products by the 90-day mark, reports TechCrunch. The reason? Homeland Security is worried about Kaspersky officials and their ties to Russian intelligence agencies. From the Homeland Security statement:

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16:38

NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals. The surveillance project was launched by a joint electronic eavesdropping unit called the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team, which includes spies from each of the countries in the []

16:38

Forensic Analysis Finds Same Gun Used to Kill Gauri Lankesh and M.M. Kalburgi "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The latest forensic findings have been communicated to the Special Investigation Team probing Lankeshs murder.

Gauri Lankesh and M.M. Kalburgi. Credit: Twitter/Facebook

New Delhi: The probe into the killing of Kannda journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead at her residence in Bengaluru on September 5, has found striking similarities with the murder of research scholar M.M. Kalburgi.

According to Indian Express, a preliminary forensic analysis of bullets and empty cartridges found at the scene of Lankeshs murder has revealed that the same 7.65-mm countrymade pistol was used to kill Kalburgi two years ago. According to an official, the finding suggests one common outfit or group is behind the two killings.

It was earlier reported that a weapon of the same kind had been used in the murders of Govind Pansare in February 2015 and Narendra Dabholkar in August 2013 as well.

The link between the killings had been furth...

Gillard's x partner Bruce Wilson linked to murder - .357 Magnum round left on car "keep your mouth shut or you'll get one of these" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bruce Morton WILSON, Julia Gillard's lover and partner for at least 4 years - in action outside the Trade Union Royal Commission. Former union boss linked to murder The Australian 3:16PM September 14, 2017 WA Chief Reporter Perth @AndrewBurrell7 Julia Gillards ex-boyfriend, former union boss Bruce Wilson, has been sensationally...

16:37

UEFA League: Ronaldo fires Real, Reds held "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a brace on his return from suspension for Real Madrid, as Tottenham Hotspur ended their Wembley jinx and Liverpool were held on their Champions League comeback on Wednesday. Real have sorely missed their Portuguese superstar as he serves a five-match domestic ban for pushing a referee. But he wasted no time in making his towering presence felt against Apoel Nicosia, scoring after just 12 minutes from Gareth Bales low cross, and then doubling his tally from the penalty spot before Sergio Ramoss overhead kick rounded off the...

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16:36

Thousands evacuated from Moscow buildings as Russian cities inundated with bomb threats "IndyWatch Feed World"

Thousands evacuated from Moscow buildings as Russian cities inundated with bomb threats | 13 Sept 2017 | Over 20 shopping centers, railway stations and universities had to be evacuated in Moscow, following warnings that they had been rigged with explosives. In total, 190 sites have been evacuated across 17 Russian cities after bomb threats, a security source told RIA news agency. "This appears to be a case of telephone terrorism, but we have to check the credibility of these messages," an emergency service source told Tass news agency, noting that the calls began at the same time, and continued after the evacuations had begun. Tass reported that over 20,000 people had been affected by the evacuation in Moscow alone.

16:36

Will the storms change public opinion? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Highlights

Individuals experiencing extreme weather activity more likely to support climate adaptation policy.

Effect of extreme weather activity on opinion is modest and not consistent across specific adaptation policies.

Effect of extreme weather activity on opinion diminishes over time.

Here is the paper, via the excellent Kevin Lewis.

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16:35

Security fears are hurting these Russian and Chinese companies "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Trump administration on Wednesday blocked a Chinese-backed investor, Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, from buying Lattice Semiconductor, a California maker of highly programmable computer chips, Bloomberg reports. Earlier in the day, officials separately blocked federal agencies from buying software from Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity company, amid concerns about Russian spying. Kaspersky Lab has never helped, Continue reading Security fears are hurting these Russian and Chinese companies

The Trump administration on Wednesday blocked a Chinese-backed investor, Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, from buying Lattice Semiconductor, a California maker of highly programmable computer chips, Bloomberg reports. Earlier in the day, officials separately blocked federal agencies from buying software from Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity company, amid concerns about Russian spying.

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16:35

Suicide Bomb Near Cricket Stadium in Afghan Capital Kills at Least Three "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Afghan security forces inspect at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan August 29, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Afghan security forces inspect at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan August 29, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Kabul: A suicide attack claimed by ISIS near a cricket match in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday killed three people and wounded five.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said two of the dead were police officers and the other a civilian.

The blast outside Kabul International Cricket Stadium took place during a match in Afghanistans Shpageeza Cricket League, a T20 franchise tournament on the lines of the Indian Premier League and similar 20-over tournaments.

A statement on ISISs Amaq news agency claimed responsibility for the incident, the latest in a string of suicide attacks in Kabul mounted by the group.

The Shpageeza tournament, now in its fifth season, is one of a small number of Western-style sports competitions along with Afghan Premie...

16:34

Paris, LA to host 2024 & 2028 Olympics "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Paris and Los Angeles have been named as hosts of the 2024 and 2028 summer Games respectively by the International Olympic Committee. Both cities had wanted to host the 2024 event, before LA agreed to wait an extra four years after the IOC made guarantees on funding. The Paris Games, which had fallen short with bids for 2008 and 2012, will mark 100 years since it was last held in the French capital. Los Angeles hosted it in 1932 and 1984. Paris and Los Angeles had been the only...

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16:33

Group Declares APC House Of Assembly Aspirant Wanted In Ughelli "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Prince Koyoyo Uhrorho

Prince Koyoyo Uhrorho


LAGOS SEPTEMBER 14TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Group under the aegis of Ughelli South Young professionals Forum has declared former President of National Association of Nigeria Students, NANS and All Progressive Congress, APC Delta State House of Assembly hopeful in 2019 general election, Prince Koyoyo Uhrorho wanted as their potential candidate.
The group in a statement made available to Urhobotoday.com said they are declaring Prince koyoyo Uhrorho wanted because they wanted him to contest for the position of member of House of Assembly in Ughelli South constituency under APC in order to salvage the people from shackle of intimidation, oppression and poverty.
Describing Kuyoyo Uhrorho as someone who had visibly occupied the mind of young intellectuals and grassroots mobilizers in Ughelli South, Barr. Prosper Eruvwu Gere led Ughelli South Young professionals Forum pointed out that they are declaring him wanted for leadership in Ughelli South because of his sterling and overwhelming leadership qualities.
Prosper Gere described Prince Koyoyo as one emerging leader with the interest of the people at heart, which he displayed years ago as a student leader, adding that his defection to the Ruling All Progressive Congress(APC) was long overdue.
He noted that the gospel according to Koyoyo was a gospel of equity and fairness, a gospel of respect and responsibility to all irrespective of tribe and political beliefs.
This according to him was proven during his brief stint as Chairman NANS JCC DTS, which gave him the opportunity to live an indelible mark on the lives of many people across the state and indeed Nigeria.
He further stated that it was high time the people of Ughelli South got it right if the poor representation which had been the case for long must be eradicated.
The group consequently gave him six weeks ultimatum to declare his intention to run to save the people from the shambles which is referred to as democratic representation.

16:33

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

First Shipment of Humanitarian Aid from Venezuela Arrives to Cuba
Mattresses, water and canned food formed part of the first shipment of aid from Venezuela, while further donations are being collected

Prensa Latina(PL) | internet@granma.cu
September 13, 2017 10:09:04

Mattresses, water and canned food formed part of the first shipment of aid from Venezuela. Photo: Prensa Latina

HAVANA. Venezuela became the first country to send humanitarian aid to Cuba this Tuesday, September 12, following the impact of Hurricane Irma on the island over 72 hours.

The aircraft 2803, model Y-8, of the Venezuelan Air Force arrived at Havanas Jos Mart International Airport with a message of solidarity on behalf of the people of Venezuela and President Nicols Maduro, in addition to a cargo of 7.3 tons of aid for the victims of Irma.

Mattresses, water and canned food formed part of the first shipment of aid from Venezuela, while further donations from the sister nation are being prepared for shipment, Prensa Latina reported.

As the aircraft arrived, Venezuelan Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Blanca Eekhout, assured that her country is ready to assist Cuba in anyway it can, as an expression of infinite gratitude and solidarity.

Cuba - she stressed - was always with Venezuela in the most difficult times and that is why we are permanently committed to its people and Revolution.

We have also worked in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the rest of the Caribbean, impacted by Irmas powerful winds and heavy rain, she added.

The Venezuelan minister emphasized that these efforts follow the legacy of The Liberator Simn Bolvar, and the late Comandante Hugo Chvez, upheld by President Nicols Maduro.

We know that Cuba will be victorious because of its level of organization and preparation, especially because it is a united people; but they can also count on the solidarity and love of Venezuela, Eekhout concluded.

Meanwhile, Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, Roberto Lpez, highlighted the gesture of solidarity from...

16:31

A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

At EPFL, researchers challenge a fundamental law and discover that more electromagnetic energy can be stored in wave-guiding systems than previously thought. The discovery has implications in telecommunications. Working around the fundamental law, they conceived resonant and wave-guiding systems capable of storing energy over a prolonged period while keeping a broad bandwidth. Their trick was []

16:30

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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16:30

Pakistan Kicks out Medical Charity MSF From Its Tribal Region "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Workers unload emergency medical aid sent by Medecins Sans Frontieres from a plane, April 13, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Files

Workers unload emergency medical aid sent by Medecins Sans Frontieres from a plane, April 13, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Files

Peshawar/Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday told medical charity Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) to stop work and leave its impoverished tribal areas that border Afghanistan, the health organisation said, ending its 14 year stay in the volatile region.

MSF works out of two health facilities in the Kurram district of Pakistans Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) region, which has been plagued by militancy over the past decade and was the location of many US drone strikes targeting commanders from al Qaeda and other militant groups.

Though security has improved in FATA in recent years, sectarian militant attacks, primarily targeting Shiite Muslims, still occur. Twin blasts in the Kurrams most populous town, Parachinar killed more than 75 people in June.

Local officials say MSF provides essential healthcare facilities in FATA, an area with some of Pakistans poorest healthcare and lowest literacy rates.

We have been asked to close our medical activities in Kurram Agency, MSF said in a statement to the media, adding that...

16:30

The Internet Is The Next Frontier In Making The World Accessible To All "IndyWatch Feed National"

As the Trump administration and Congress push to limit the Americans with Disabilities Act, others are pushing to expand the acts provisions to the entire web.

Passed 27 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act mandates equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Title III of the ADA specifically mandates that all public and private institutions and spaces render themselves accessible to those with sensory, cognitive, and physical limitationsthink of Braille on store signs, sound-enabled walk signals, on-ramps carved into sidewalks. But over the past year and a half, a string of lawsuits filed on behalf of people with disabilities against companies indicates that one crucial space has been bypassed in effectively interpreting the purpose of the ADA: the internet.

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16:29

Elon Musk just posted a SpaceX blooper reel and its awesome "IndyWatch Feed World"

The reel is set to Sousas The Liberty Bell (aka the Monty Python theme song) and shows all the crashes, explosions, and just plain tipping overs from years past. Its a funny reminder of just how often SpaceX had to fail to get to where they are today. Long road to reusabity of Falcon 9 Continue reading Elon Musk just posted a SpaceX blooper reel and its awesome

The reel is set to Sousas The Liberty Bell (aka the Monty Python theme song) and shows all the crashes, explosions, and just plain tipping overs from years past. Its a funny reminder of just how often SpaceX had to fail to get to where they are today.

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16:29

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cuba Says Good Health in Bad Weather
Instructions for the National Health Service were clear: ensure the necessary conditions to continue providing medical services across the entire country, and protect material resources in hospitals and healthcare institutions

Lisandra Farias Acosta | lisandra@granma.cu
September 13, 2017 13:09:19

Firefighters working to clear water from the basement area of the Ameijeiras Hospital. Photo: Nuria Barbosa

Its just after 6pm on September 11, and theres an unusual sense of calm at the normally busy Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital.

There are currently no patients at the health center, located only a short distance from Havanas waterfront Malecon.

The Ameijeiras, hard hit by Irma, has been completely evacuated.

Its difficult to picture the reception area empty, except for one staff member at her work station graciously answering every phone call; explaining to the population why the hospital is closed, telling them to call back for updates.

I hope she knows that we have come to report on how one of the countrys principal health institutions is coping after Hurricane Irma. She stops answering calls for a moment to tells us that in the 19 years she has worked at the hospital, she has never experienced a situation like this before, and much less one that has caused the center to close. This is a first.

According to damage reports by the Ministry of Public Health, the basement of the building is flooded with one meter 20 centimeters of contaminated water, too much to pump out and affecting nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, clinical-laboratory, x-ray and out-patient surgery services.

The record level of sea water, caused by storm surges the principal cause of damage, even more than the wind to have penetrated the hospital since it was founded, was one meter 12 centimeters. But Irma surpassed all predictions. According to our most recent estimates, there is currently one meter 50 centimeters of water. The basement area is still completely flooded, and the polyclinics are practically inaccessible, stated Dr. Rigoberto Garca Gmez, deputy director of teaching and research at the Hermanos A...

16:25

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Call to Our Combative Cuban People
We face the recovery with the example of Comandante en Jefe de la Revolucin Cubana, Fidel Castro Ruz, who, with his unwavering confidence in victory and iron will, taught us that nothing is impossible

Ral Castro Ruz | internet@granma.cu
September 11, 2017 10:09:13

Hurricane Irma, with its destructive power, battered our island for 72 hours, beginning the morning of September 8 until this Sunday afternoon. With winds that surpassed 250 kilometers per hour on occasion, it crossed the north of the country from Baracoa - hit hard by another phenomenon of this type almost a year ago - to the outskirts of Crdenas. However, given its immense size, practically no province was spared its effects.

Described by experts as the largest ever to form in the Atlantic, this meteorological phenomenon caused severe damage to the country, which, precisely because of its scope, has yet to be quantified. A preliminary view shows evidence of an impact on housing, the electrical system, and agriculture.

It also struck some of our principal tourist destinations, but damage will be repaired before the beginning of the high season. We have on hand for this the human resources and materials needed, given that this constitutes one of the principal sources of income in the national economy.

These have been difficult days for our people, who, in a few hours time, have seen what was constructed with great effort hit by a devastating hurricane. Images from the last few hours speak for themselves, as does the spirit of resistance and victory of our people that is regenerated with every adversity.

In these difficult circumstances, the unity of Cubans has prevailed, the solidarity among neighbors, discipline in response to instructions issued by the National Civil Defense General Staff and Defense Councils at all levels, the professionalism of specialists at the Institute of Meteorology, the immediacy of our communications media and its journalists, the support of mass organizations, as well as the cohesion of National Defense Council leadership bodies. Special mention for all of our women, including leaders of the Party and government, who with aplomb and maturity provided leadership and confronted t...

16:24

Netflix Partnered With CA Dispensary To Sell Their Own Strains Of Weed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Credit: Netflix

As part of their effort to promote their new weed-centric show Disjointed, Netflix teamed up with a California dispensary to produce and release their own strains of weed. The names of the strains were inspired by strains and characters found in the show and they were sold exclusively from a pop-up shop in West Hollywood the same weekend that the show was released on Netflix.

Disjointed stars Kathy Bates and is about a middle-aged womans journey to opening her own dispensary and hiring her son and other young budtenders to help her. While the concept for the show and the promotional materials sounds great, critics have been less than enthused with the outcome; CNN called the show as stale as an unwashed bong.

Credit: Netflix

Among the strains were Rutherford B. Haze, Eves Bush, and the Omega Strain, all of which were specifically from Disjointed. Netflix also created and sold strains inspired by other original shows on the streaming site, like Orange is the New Black and Bojack Horseman.

Each strain was cultivated with the specific shows in mind, designed to complement each title based on their tone, Netflix said in a release. For example, sillier shows may be more indica dominant, while dramedies will...

16:23

All Sheeple Citizens Who Want to Receive Government Benefits Must Agree to be Microchipped in the Near Future "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

NewsTarget| Late last month, it was reported that a Wisconsin company called Three Square Market was planning on surgically implanting microchipsunderneath the skin of its employees for convenience purposes. Three Square Market CEO Todd Westby told KSTP, the Twin Cities ABCaffiliate station, that the microchip implants are the next big thing thats inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it.

Westby explained that the microchip would be capable of doing a number of different things, from allowing people to purchase food in the break room by simply scanning their hand, to serving as an electronic key to open doors and access computers.

The microchips use Radio Frequency Identification technology (RFID) to function, which also happens to be the technology used when you pay for items using your iPhone or Android device.

We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals, said the Three Square Market CEO in a statement. Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.

But while Todd Westby may be enthusiastic about the use of this microchip technology in everyday life, thousands or even millions of others are no doubt concerned. The idea of implanting microchips underneath the skin in order to store information regarding your health and finances sounds like something straight out of George Orwells famous book 1984. Even if the chips do not have a GPS system and its impossible to track those that have them embedded underneath their skin, the overall concept is still unnerving. Americans are conditioned to embrace individual liberty, and microchip implants force them to embrace the exact opposite of that.

Noelle Chesley, an associate professor of so...

16:22

Centre Cancels FCRA Licences of JNU, DU, IIT Delhi for Alleged Non Compliance "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

According to the home ministry, the institutes have failed to file their annual returns for the last five years.

The IIT Delhi director said he has not been informed about the cancellation. Courtesy: IIT Delhi website

The IIT Delhi director said he has not been informed about the cancellation. Courtesy: IIT Delhi website

New Delhi: The Centre has reportedly cancelled the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) licenses of several well known educational institutions, including Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, IIT Delhi and the Indian Council for Agrarian Research.

According to the Indian Express, the home ministry has taken this decision because the institutes, and several hundred other organisations who have also had their licences revoked, reportedly failed to file their annual returns for the last five years. The Supreme Court Bar Association, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Panjab University, Gargi College (Delhi), Lady Irwin College (Delhi), Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, Gandhi Peace Foundation, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Armed Forces Flag Day Fund, School Of Planning & Architecture (Delhi) and FICCI Socio Economic Development Foundation have also been barred from receiving foreign funds, the newspa...

16:21

Bad News: Almost All Sea Salts Found To Be Contaminated By Plastic "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Credit: The Tao of Dana

Maybe youre surprised at this news or maybe it just confirms what you knew all along: that anything coming from the ocean is bound to be contaminated by what scientists call microplastics. Researchers as of late have warned consumers of the likelihood that their seafood likely consumed plastic before its death, but not everyone eats seafood and certainly most people did not heed that warning.

Contamination of salt is something else altogether. The majority of people around the world consume salt on a daily basis, whether its by directly pouring table salt onto food or through the consumption of other foods that have already been salted.

This year alone, several different groups of researchers confirmed that plastics were mixed in with dozens of different salts found in stores around the world. Among the latest reports are one from August, in which researchers found plastics in all 21 types of salt tested, and a still-unreleased report from the State University of New York at Fredonia, where 12 salts from U.S. grocery stores were tested.

Based on the amount of salt recommended for consumption per day, which is less than an ounce, humans could be consuming up to 660 particles of plastic each year, according to Sherri Mason, the leader of the State University of New York study. Since an estimated 90% of Americans eat more than the recommended amount every day, this number could be even higher.

Not only are plastics pervasive in our society in terms of daily use, but they are pervasive in the environment, said Mason. Plastics are ubiquitous, in the air, water, the seafood we eat, the beer we drink, the salt we use plastics are just everywhere.

Humans dump about 13 million tons of plastic into the ocean each year, so its no wonder that the material is so prevalent in sea salt. The...

16:21

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Irmas Rains Help Fill Cuba Reservoirs
From September 5 to date, the volume of water in the countrys reservoirs has increased by 1.9 billion cubic meters

Orfilio Pelez | orfilio@granma.cu
September 13, 2017 18:09:00
Photo: Vicente Brito

The countrys reservoirs have significantly benefited from the consistent rains caused by Hurricane Irmas wide area of influence, above all those in the central and eastern regions of the island, where the lowest levels were registered before the powerful storm arrived.

According to Yosmary Gil, director of water infrastructure at the National Water Resources Institute (IRNH), speaking to Granma, as of 8:00am on September 12, the 242 reservoirs managed by the organization contained about 5,500,000,000 cubic meters of water representing an increase of 1.9 billion cubic meters (rising from 40 to 61% of their total capacity) since September 5.

The greatest increases were seen in reservoirs in the provinces of Sancti Spritus (815,000,000 mm3), Villa Clara (331,900,000 m3), Camagey (262,340,000 m3), Granma (132,970,000 m3) and Holgun 97,400,000 mm3.

Of particular importance is the recovery of the Zaza reservoir, the countrys largest, where water levels rose from 17 to 81%, for a total of around 825,000,000 cubic meters of water, after it received 666,310,000 m3 of rainfall in just over 72 hours.

Water levels also increased across 189 reservoirs and with maximums exceeded in 41, above all in the provinces of Pinar del Ro (10), Camagey (8) and Sancti Spritus (6).

The reservoirs to receive the highest levels of accumulated rainfall were the Telecorreo de Cabaigun, in Sancti Spritus, with 963.3 mm; the Telecorreo Jibaco Manicaragua (826mm) and Telecorrreo Santa Luca, Cabaigun, (785.2 mm).

While the provinces to receive the most rainfall were Sancti Spritus with 358.8 mm (167% of its monthly average), Villa Clara 211.8 mm (118 %) and Ciego de vila, 184.3 mm (113 %).

16:21

CBSE Orders Psychometric Test of All School Staff Following Gurugram Student Murder "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Psychometric tests are designed to measure a candidates suitability for a role based on the required personality characteristics and aptitude.

Schools affiliated to the CBSE have around ten lakh employees, spread over 26 countries. Credit: PTI

Schools affiliated to the CBSE have around ten lakh employees, spread over 26 countries. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday ordered 19,500 affiliated schools to put all its staff through a psychometric evaluation.

In a reply to a Supreme Court query in the aftermath of the murder of a child in a Gurugram school by a bus conductor, the CBSE announced that the onus of safety of students on campus lies solely with school authorities.

According to a report in the Times of India, the board sent a circular on safety of children to its affiliated schools, giving them two months to complete psychometric evalu...

16:18

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cuba in Recovery
Authorities are working on the restoration of basic services to the population. The National Civil Defense General Staff reported the unfortunate loss of ten lives

Granma International news staff | informacion@granma.cu
September 13, 2017 10:09:58

At the La Sigaraya farm, everything that can still be saved is being harvested, while greenhouses are prepared for seedlings. Photo: Leidys Mara Labrador Herrera Photo: Granma

Following the passage of powerful Irma, with hurricane and tropical storm force winds affecting most of the Cuban archipelago, authorities and the population in general are focused on recovery efforts to restore basic services and repair the material damages.

In this sense, the National Defense Council for Disaster Reduction is prioritizing the restoration of the electrical service, reestablishment of regular water supplies to the population, and the reopening of schools. Cuban authorities have reiterated that no person will be abandoned to their fate.

An Advisory from the National Civil Defense General Staff informed that after the passage of the dangerous atmospheric phenomenon over the country, the unfortunate loss of ten human lives was confirmed, in the provinces of Havana, Matanzas, Camagey and Ciego of vila.

ELECTRICAL UNION WORKERS LABOR TIRELESSLY

The National Electrical Union (UNE) is working hard to restore power across the country, following the impact of Hurricane Irma over more than 72 hours on the island, with the load-generation balance reduced to zero.

Lzaro Guerra, UNE technical director, noted that almost the entire national territory was impacted.

He added that service has already been restored in the provinces of Santiago de Cuba, Guantnamo, Granma, Holgun, Las Tunas and Camagey, thanks to thermoelectric plants (CTE) in Rent, a unit in Nuevitas, and another in Felton.

The engineer explained that these are zones or islands, according to the electrical terminology, functioning with power generation through CTEs. However, he clarified that the service is not yet stable, and efforts are ongoing, including constant analysis and evaluation to ensure there are no setbacks, as...

16:17

North Korea Threatens to Sink Japan and Reduce US to Ashes and Darkness "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps during a celebration for nuclear scientists and engineers who contributed to a hydrogen bomb test, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on September 10, 2017. Credit: Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps during a celebration for nuclear scientis...

16:15

The Only Real Europe is Greece "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Only Real Europe is Greece by Ral Ilargi Meijer  The Automatic Earth European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, famous for his imbibition capacity and uttering -not necessarily in that order- the legendary words when it becomes serious, you have to...

The post The Only Real Europe is Greece appeared first on The Daily Coin.

16:15

NASAs Cassini spacecrafts journey is almost over. Check out this beautiful video about its mission. "IndyWatch Feed World"

After almost two decades of exploring the moons, rings, and body of Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft will come to a violent end as it plunges into Saturns atmosphere. The video below shows just how remarkable and groundbreaking Cassinis mission has been.

After almost two decades of exploring the moons, rings, and body of Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft will come to a violent end as it plunges into Saturns atmosphere. The video below shows just how remarkable and groundbreaking Cassinis mission has been.

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16:13

A Nuke Bomb on New York: 6 million people will perish from radiation and nuclear famine "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

One nuclear weapon dropped on New York, London, Paris, Moscow, Beijing, Mumbai or Karachi would be enough to kill 6 million people. And if this kind of statistic doesnt warrant comparison with Nazism, then nothing does.

The post A Nuke Bomb on New York: 6 million people will perish from radiation and nuclear famine appeared first on DiaNuke.org.

16:13

Record rainfall as typhoon Talim batters southern Japanese islands "IndyWatch Feed World"

A strong typhoon lashed islands in southern Japan Thursday, packing gusts of up to 252 kmph and leaving thousands without power as it headed towards the mainland. Authorities warned of landslides and high waves as Typhoon Talim battered the southern Okinawan island chain, dumping the most rain seen over a 24-hour period in 50 years on the city of Miyako. According to Okinawa Electric Power, more than 18,000 homes were without power in Miyako, a city of around 54,000 people some 1,840 km southwest of Tokyo. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the typhoon was expected to approach the Kyushu island by early Sunday. Local media said it was poised to cross Japan's mainland - which includes Tokyo - on Monday. Big storms regularly strike Japan, with 22 people killed when Typhoon Lionrock pounded the country last September. Last month, Typhoon Noru killed two and injured 51.

16:12

Robots will become smarter than humans by 2029, says HP Chief Technology Officer Shane Wall "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The singularity event that scientists talk about in artificial intelligence (AI) when robots would outsmart human beings in reasoning has just been moved up, according to a top scientist at HP Inc. The progress in AI and machine learning has been so rapid that scientists have upped the estimate for the singularity to happen in 2029 from 2040, shaving off 11 years of development time, says Shane Wall, Chief Technology Officer at HP, who also heads the HP Labs which is at the centre of innovation within the company.

Wall, who was speaking at the HP Reinvent Partner Forum here, said there may be some who watch with fear for that event to happen but taken adequate precautions, this change would bring in much good for everyone be it in manufacturing, health, innovation or elsewhere. He said AI handles huge amount of data and can discern patterns to take decisions. Machine learning uses AI and big data to learn and it can find things that no humans can see, Wall noted.

According to him, already there are massive data farms which are crunching big numbers and there are research labs and companies where machines are taught how to use data to managing things around us. Wall, who joined HP over a decade ago, drives the companys technology vision and its strategy and helms the innovation community within. According to him, machines have become smart enough to predict failures within a system and 3D manufacturing is a massive revolution in the making. Already, 3D printing is handling intricate products and in the future this will bring about a disruptive change, Wall said.

16:08

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Recovery Efforts Begin in Havana
The member of the Party Political Bureau, Vice President of the Council of State and President of the Havana Provincial Defense Council, Mercedes Lpez Acea, called for all means and resources to be employed in recovery efforts in the capital

Lissy Rodrguez Guerrero | informacion@granma.cu
September 11, 2017 10:09:03
Photo: Juvenal Baln

The member of the Party Political Bureau, Vice President of the Council of State and President of the Havana Provincial Civil Defense Council, Mercedes Lpez Acea, called for all means and resources to be employed in recovery efforts, during a working meeting held this Sunday, September 10, to outline the actions underway in the capital.

It was reported that in most of capitals municipalities, work had begun on sanitation, tree pruning, waste and debris collection, the cleaning of basements, among other tasks; involving construction and agriculture enterprises, communal services, hydraulic resources and Revolutionary Armed Forces units.

Lpez, also first Party secretary in Havana, noted the guaranteed human and material resources for these efforts, and explained that the Havana coastline would be the priority area to begin with, as well as roads on which the restoration of the electricity supply depends. Meanwhile, Major General Onelio Aguilera Bermdez, head of the Western Army, referred to the importance of each institution and citizen participating in the clean-up efforts in their workplaces and homes.

Speaking to Granma and the Cuban News Agency, Jess Samn Leyva, director of the Havana Electricity Company, explained that with the improvement of weather conditions, work had begun to determine the state of the electrical grid.

Despite the fact that Irma affected the power supply in the capital - particularly in the municipalities of Habana del Este, Playa, Plaza de la Revolucin, Boyeros and Guanabacoa - 50 of the 302 distribution circuits in the capital are ready to start providing power, following the recovery of thermoelectric plants, where efforts are ongoing to gradually restore the power supply to all municipalities. In addition, Leyva noted that areas which depe...

16:05

Restored Republic via a GCR as of Sept. 14, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of Sept. 14 2017

Compiled 12:05 am EDT 14 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. 13 2017 TNT Call RayRen98: iTeleseminar.com/101444835

1. We hear that rates have been reset in the system and can be seen but not shared.

2. The old rates as we know them are the Dinar $3.71 and Dong $.47.

B. Sept. 13 2017 4:16 pm EDT Intel Alert: Operation Disclosure RV Intel Alert for September 13, 2017 https://operationdisclosure.blogspot.com/

1. The USD defaulting (Sept. 30 2017) would be the trigger for military action.

2. At this point the USA Inc. would no longer be able to operate and military action would be the only solution.

3. Military action would begin with an emergency broadcast, followed by Trump resigning, Pence's pardon, and then mass arrests.

4. The RV would begin during this event. Hence, military personnel at the exchange sites.

C. Sept. 13 2017 7:00 am EDT GCR Intel Situation Report: "Neutrality" - GCR/RV Intel SITREP - Wednesday - September 13, 2017 Human Angel Services

1. I was on a conference call in Asia tonight Sept...

16:04

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cuba Responds to Irma
Storm surges and high waves have caused coastal flooding in Havana, to an extent never before seen in some areas Search and rescue efforts continued throughout the dawn hours this Sunday

Sergio Alejandro Gmez | internet@granma.cu
September 10, 2017 11:09:47
Photo: radiociudadhabana.icrt.cu

Although Irma is gradually moving away from Cuba, its effects are still being felt on the island, with flooding, storm surges and five to eight meter high waves affecting Havana since the afternoon of September 9, just as forecasters had predicted.

So far, one of the worst affected areas has been the municipality of Central Havana, in particular the neighborhood of Cayo Hueso, which has experienced record flooding, with storm surges affecting a greater area than forecast. This is a low-lying zone which floods when it rains, but never like this before, explained Javier Martnez Daz, a member of the Party Municipal Committee Bureau.
Emergency search and rescue teams have been deployed to evacuate those at risk and living at street level, with the support of the fire department, coastguard, Red Cross staff, and comprehensive medical emergency system (SIUM).

This is a joint effort, one group identifies the victims and then a rescue team comes. We all support one another and have now evacuated those affected in different parts, although its still impossible to tell exactly how many people are left, stated Alexei Magn, head of the coastguard detachment.

I was just there (in the affected zone). Most people are trapped in their homes, safe, but unable to get out. The majority of people in houses that are still there have some level of deterioration others were evacuated earlier by the government and Civil Defense Councils. Were here for the dangerous part, as flooding surpassed expected levels, according to first officer Emanuel Gmez.
Meanwhile, Mai-Lin Alberty Arozarena, first secretary of the Young Communist League (UJC) in the province, speaking to Granma, reiterated that storm surges penetrated further than predicted, with Central Havanas Maceo Park completely flooded.

Since we began search and rescue efforts in this area, at about 6pm (yesterday, Septembe...

16:02

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cuban National Electrical Union Working Hard to Restore Power
By means of electrical islands being created in the east, west and center of the country, municipalities which previously didnt have power supplied though microsystems (GEE) will see power gradually restored

Sumaily Prez Carrandi | internet@granma.cu
September 12, 2017 10:09:22

The National Electrical Union (UNE) is working hard to restore power across the country, following the damages left by Hurricane Irma.

Lzaro Guerra, UNE technical director, noted that almost the entire national territory was impacted. He added that service has already been restored in the provinces of Santiago de Cuba, Guantnamo, Granma, Holgun, Las Tunas and Camagey, thanks to thermoelectric plants in Rent, a unit in Nuevitas and another in Felton.

The engineer explained that these are areas or islands, according to the electrical terminology, which are strengthened by power generation through thermoelectric plants. However, he clarified that the service is not yet stable, and efforts are ongoing, including constant analysis and evaluation to ensure there are no setbacks, as any mistake could imply a further 36 hours of work.

Guerra noted that the power supply in the west is the most affected, with only a few plants functioning in the capital. Meanwhile, the central region is awaiting the incorporation to the grid of the Carlos Manuel de Cspedes generating unit in Cienfuegos.

Guerra explained that the damages are not due to impacts on the technology, but to the integrity of the national electrical system.

With some thermo plants having been cut off from the grid, which generate 74% of the countrys power, full coverage of demand currently remains impossible. Without the incorporation of these plants to the grid, there can be no stability in the service. For this reason, efforts are focused on the creation of islands, which will then be interconnected to the national grid and make the service sustainable.

According to the Director General of the Havana Electricity Company, Jess Samn, interviewed on national television, just 24 hours after Hurricane Irma passed, workers have succeeded in partially restoring power to the ca...

16:01

Cities can hack global sustainability goals for their own purposes, report says "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A new report shows that even though the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were designed with national governments in mind, the majority of the targets are relevant to cities.

15:59

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

National Civil Defense Council General Staff Announcement Regarding Deaths Associated With Hurricane Irma
The country mourns the deaths of ten persons as a result of Irma's impact

Author: National Civil Defense General Staff | informacion@granma.cu
September 11, 2017 12:09:19

Following the passage of the dangerous Hurricane Irma over our national territory, reported as of this time is the lamentable loss of ten human lives, in the provinces of La Habana, Matanzas, Camagey and Ciego de vila.

The names of the deceased are:

LA HABANA PROVINCE

Osvaldo Abreu Barroso

71 years of age, with identification card number 45122000406, residing at Calle Valle 171, between Pasaje H. Upman and Basarrate, municipality of Plaza de la Revolucin, La Habana.

Cause: Fall and contact with live wire, while attempting to remove TV antenna.

Alberto Francisco Flores Garca

77 years of age, with identification card number 50012600361, residing at Calle Economa No. 70, between Apodaca and Corrales, municipality of Habana Vieja, La Habana.

Cause: Crossing Egido Street at the corner of Arsenal, he was hit by a utility pole downed by wind.

Mara del Carmen Arregoita Cardona

27 years of age, with identification card number 90082623056, residing at Calle 50, apartment 7, Baracoa military community, municipality of Bauta, Artemisa province.

Cause: Collapse of a fourth floor balcony located on Galeano between Zanja and San Jos, Centro Habana, which fell on the bus in which she was traveling.

Yolendis Castillo Martnez

27 years of age, with identification card number 90013118335, residing at Calle General Camacho No. 25, between Calle 3 and Calle 9, Veguita de Galo in the municipality Santiago de Cuba.

Cause: Collapse of a fourth floor balcony located on Galeano between Zanja and San Jos, Centro Habana, which fell on the bus in which she was traveling.

Roydis Valds Prez

54 years of age, with identification ca...

15:58

While China Endorses Myanmars Crackdown on Rohingya, UN Sees It as Ethnic Cleansing "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A UN commission of experts defined ethnic cleansing as rendering an area ethnically homogeneous by using force or intimidation to remove persons of given groups.

Rohingya refugees get off a boat after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh September 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Rohingya refugees get off a boat after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh September 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Yangon: China has endorsed Myanmars offensive against Rohingya Muslim insurgents, though the UN secretary-general said the operation, which has forced nearly 400,000 people to flee to Bangladesh, was best described as ethnic cleansing.

The Myanmar military offensive in the western state of Rakhine was triggered by a series of guerrilla attac...

15:58

Polls, eh? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For Election 2017.

I think Putins hacked our polls.

Thats *Putin*, you paranoid left wing conspiracy theorists.

Not Hooton.


15:55

Its a Mad, M.A.D. World: North Koreas Potential Arms Exports Reshape East-West Geopolitics "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.) works well against those who do not have covert defences and against those who fear their own destruction. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un certainly wants to assure his own survival, but Kim is willing to engage in a scorched earth policy against South Korea and others if U.S. President Donald J. Trump and the U.S. attack North Korea first.

15:50

Zerodium is offers $1 Million for Tor Browser Exploits "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The company ZERODIUM announced it will pay up to $1 million for fully working zero day exploits for Tor Browser on Tails Linux and Windows OSs.

The zero-day broker Zerodium offers $1 million for Tor Browser exploits with the intent to unmask Tor users. The controversial firm will then resell the zero-day exploit for Tor browser to law enforcement and government agencies, officially to give them a further instrument to de-anonymize Tor users in their investigations.

The company is searching for working exploits for Tor browser running on Windows and the privacy-focused Linux distro Tails OS.

ZERODIUM, the premium zero-day acquisition platform, announces and hosts a Tor Browser Zero-Day Bounty. ZERODIUM will pay a total of one million U.S. dollars ($1,000,000) in rewards to acquire zero-day exploits for Tor Browser on Tails Linux and Windows. reads the announcement published by ZERODIUM. The bounty is open until November 30th, 2017 at 6:00pm EDT, and may be terminated prior to its expiration if the total payout to researchers reaches one million U.S. dollars ($1,000,000).

The Tor Browser bounty will run until November 30, but the company added that it may be closed earlier if the $1 million reward amount is paid out.

The company will pay out the highest rewards for exploits working on Tor browser with high security setting with JavaScript blocked, it also offers rewards for could unmask only users with JavaScript allowed (low security setting).

Today, ZERODIUM sets the bar even higher with a new technical challenge: develop a fully functional zero-day exploit for Tor Browser with JavaScript BLOCKED! Exploits for Tor Browser with JavaScript allowed are also accepted/eligible but have lower payouts (see below). continues the announcement.

Zerodium is requesting exploits that could be used to trick targeted users into visiting a specially crafted web page.

The full price list is reported in the following table:

Zerodium Tor browser exploit

An exploit that works for achieves both remote code execution and local privilege...

15:47

Irma, Now a Tropical Storm, Leaves Six Million Without Power in Florida "IndyWatch Feed World"

Irma, Now a Tropical Storm, Leaves Six Million Without Power in Florida | 11 Sept 2017 | Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday morning after a terrifying weekend where the devastating superstorm battered much of Florida with triple-digit winds and plunged millions of residents into darkness. The extent of the damage after a day of triple-digit winds and raging waters was slow to emerge as morning broke and officials began assessing the damage while first responders began searching for casualties. Florida's largest utility reported that the storm had knocked out power to nearly three-quarters of its customers. More than 6.5 million residents across the state woke up Monday to no electricity.

15:44

Zionism and Human RIghts are Metaphysically Incompatible "IndyWatch Feed World"

Israel Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked: Zionism and Human Rights Are Metaphysically Incompatible

Source: Veterans Today | By Jonas E. Alexis


September 5, 2017

Ayelet Shaked: Zionism should not continue, and I say here, it will not continue to bow down to the system of individual rights interpreted in a universal way that divorces them from the history of the Knesset and the history of legislation that we all know.



Shakeds maxim must be wrong precisely because she cannot wish that everyone else does the same thing.

by Jonas E. Alexis

Israel Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked should be labeled an anti-Semite precisely because she has recently declared what we have been saying for years, that Zionism and human rights are ideologically incompatible.[1]In order for one to exist, the other has to be expunged. Shaked has posited that Zionism and national challenges have become a legal blind spot.[2]

The Jewish majority and not human rights, said Shaked, should be taken into con...

15:43

SOTT FOCUS: Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un Don't Want War, So Why Are They Playing This Dangerous Game? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un is not looking for a war. If we want to understand the motives behind his shocking threats - only surpassed by his US counterparts - we have to look past the headlines of Western media pundits and political figures dismissing him as "a crazy fat kid". Many of the statements of the Western press against the North Korean regime are exaggerations or fabrications with a kernel of truth, as part of the usual propaganda treatment that the Western establishment reserves for the 'objectionables'. As far as we know, Kim Jong-un is a dictator who, following in the steps of his father and grandfather, holds tight control of his country and executed his uncle Jang Song-thaek (and possibly his uncle's family) back in 2013, after accusing him of treason and attempting a military coup. But as ruthless as he may be, there is no reason to think Kim Jong-un would be willing to engage in nuclear war with the United States. Kim Jong-un and his father cannot have missed the way in which the US and their allies destroyed Iraq and Libya, despite Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi's attempts to appease the West, and have learned from those lessons.

15:43

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pirr  a state of agitation or excitement; a fit of anger; a gentle breeze; a light wind.


Filed under: language Tagged: pirr

15:41

The Worlds Problem is still America "IndyWatch Feed War"

There are many things by which we have identified that the problem is still America, although the Americans are blaming their and the worlds problems to the Jewish bankers. But the fact remains that until now, this Khazarian war and money making machinery is still being hosted in the land of milk and honey, therefore Continue reading The Worlds Problem is still America

15:39

World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 [Full Document] "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 (WNISR2017) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction. The WNISR assesses the status of new-build programs in current nuclear countries as well as in potential newcomer countries.

The post World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 [Full Document] appeared first on DiaNuke.org.

15:39

Radar Evidence of Ground Ice Found on Vesta "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Evidence of ground ice has been found on Vesta, the second largest asteroid in the asteroid belt:

Research at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has revealed new evidence for the occurrence of ground ice on the protoplanet Vesta.

[...] The team used a special technique called "bistatic radar" on the Dawn spacecraft to explore the surface texture of Vesta at the scale of a few inches. On some orbits, when the spacecraft was about to travel behind Vesta from Earth's perspective, its radio communications waves bounced off Vesta's surface, and mission personnel on the ground at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) received the signals back on Earth.

Vesta was thought to be a dry body:

Now, thanks to the latest round of results from NASA's Dawn mission, we have learned Asimov was right about Vesta all along. As researchers at the University of Southern California write in Tuesday's Nature Communications [open, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00434-6] [DX], the probe discovered unusually large smooth regions on the otherwise craggy asteroids. The researchers linked these with higher hydrogen concentrations, which in turn strongly suggest the presence of ground ice on Vesta.

"It was believed to be a dry body," NASA researcher Essam Heggy, Ph.D. tells Inverse, saying previous evidence for water on Vesta had, at best, been ambiguous. Dawn's findings erase those ambiguities. It's just the latest of many findings in recent years showing that water and ice are damn near everywhere in the solar system, adding Vesta to a list that already includes Mars, the moons Europa and Enceladus, and its fellow asteroid Ceres. "The more we search, the more we find ice and water in the solar system," says Heggy, "and the more we realize water is not unique to our planet."


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15:38

Neumagen-Dhron, A Roman Hangout "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the Bernkastel-Wittlich district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, one will find a wonderful example of Roman influence in the development of Germany.  The wine making village of Neumagen-Drohn was built by the Romans around 2,000 years ago, to be used as a stop off on the road which runs along the Mosel River. This important road []

15:36

German Hyperinflation & What They Do Not Teach in School "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Dear Marty

Following your blog is a good way to counter the propaganda in our society.

Today you stated:

This was the fate of the hyperinflation in Germany. It was NOT the Quantity of Money theory, it was the fact that there was a 1918 Communist Revolution in Germany where they had even asked the Communist Russians to take over Germany. It was the collapse in CONFIDENCE that led to the hyperinflation.

Living in the UK, with German friends, I do not know any person who is aware of this and they would not believe that Germany nearly became communist if I told them. This is not taught at school anywhere.

Can you point me to some literature or other sources where we can find out more about what happened with the communists in Germany and elsewhere in Europe? I know they are making a resurgence at present (Think the EU!)

Thanks for all you do

SP

Wilheim II (1914) 20 mark

ANSWER: Curious. I know that in Germany they do not really teach the details of the rise of Hitler. But he was the ultimate reaction to the events of the 1920s. There is a good book on the subject, but it is in German ...

15:35

Mens cricket squad gearing up for next years tour of England "IndyWatch Feed National"

AUSTRALIAS most promising Indigenous male cricketers have just completed an exhausting series of matches in Brisbane and the Queensland Sunshine Coast. The national Indigenous mens squad played matches over eight rounds, playing against Queensland, Papua New Guinea, Victoria and the national performance squad. Missing from the Indigenous squad was international Dan Christian. He has been busy overseas, first helping Notts win the NatWest T20 final in England, and then being drafted by the Tinbago Knight Riders, who won the Carribean Premier League (CPL). Christian next year will lead an Indigenous Australian team on a tour of England to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team that became the first sporting team from Australia to tour internationally.

15:33

Hillary Clinton still clueless as to how she lost the election "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

If her newest released book is any indication, there isnt a bus big enough to fit all the people Hillary Clinton wants to throw under it. Clintons book, What Happened, serves as a kind of personal post-mortem of the 2016 election campaign. Indeed, many have joked it would have been more appropriately titled What Happened?

15:33

Canadas Hunt for Taxes Trudeaus Destruction of the Canadian Economy "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is doing his best to send Canada into the Dark Age. He is clearly a Marxist and has targeted small business which creates 70% of all employment. He said I want to be clear, at the Liberal partys recent caucus gathering in Kelowna. People who make $50,000 a year should not pay higher taxes than people who make $250,000 a year.

These people who always seek to run governments have ZERO real world experience and totally fail to understand the economy no less how society functions. They believe that they can just decree some law and everything will function to the desires.

Trudeau has been defending the his outrageous tax increase on small business that will impose double taxation as owners will no longer be able to pay themselves dividends, neither will they be able to sprinkle income among family members, or holding certain investments such as real estate through a corporation.

The Hunt for Taxes in Canada is in full swing. This is only part of the economic decline we see coming into play starting in 2018.

15:31

The Bank that was Small Enough to Jail "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty; there is another documentary on the Abacus Bank and how they were singled out and charged for the 2007-2009 crash. While they said this was a tiny banks for immigrants that was too  Small Enough to Jail, I found this offensive that they said it was the first bank to be indicted since 1991. Not even Matt Taibbi ever would report on your case and your film was blocked in the USA because it opened the door to political intervention into Russia by the banksters. I believe HSBC and Republic Bank were charged criminally in your case so there was another bank charged after 1991 but nobody will report it. Am I correct? Has Steve Jame or Matt Taibbi  ever contacted you?

ANSWER: As far as I am aware, neither Matt Taibbi  nor Steve Jame ever contacted me. You have to look at what and how the government prosecuted the bank in my case. The bank did not plead guilty, it was the holding company that owned the bank Republic New York Corporation. Then they steered the case to the only Federal Judge who was blind Richard Casey (who died shortl...

15:30

This Team Is Saving Sharks And Aging BourbonOn The Same Ship "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ocearch is a company dedicated to tracking and replenishing the great white shark population. Below deck, a third-generation bourbon maker is taking advantage of the ships rocky conditions to produce exclusive batches of his signature brand.

Ocearch is a company dedicated to tracking and replenishing the great white shark population. Below deck, a third-generation bourbon maker is taking advantage of the ships rocky conditions to produce exclusive batches of his signature brand.

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Navajo Nation Leaders Praise Sen. Pete Domenici, Who Passed Away on Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Former U.S. Senator Pete Domenici died on Wednesady.

Published September 14, 2017

WINDOW ROCK   President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez were saddened today to learn of the passing of former U.S. Senator Pete Domenici.

Sen. Domenici died on Wednesday morning in Albuquerque, N.M. He passed away following complications from abdominal surgery. He was 85.

President Russell Begaye recognized Sen. Domenicis early involvement in strengthening the Navajo economy.

Sen. Domenici has been a friend to the Navajo Nation in helping build its economy through early programs like the Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity, he said. Those programs helped catapult the Nation toward having a strong economic base.

The president praised Domenicis advocacy in fostering the Nations involvement in the defense industry by partnering with Raytheon, as well as in bringing companies like General Dynamics onto the Navajo Nation.

He has been involved with many developments on the Navajo Nation, President Begaye said. He was good friend that will be missed.

Vice President Jonathan Nez said that Sen. Domenici was a great leader who championed bipartisanship and advocated for issues on behalf of Indian Country.

Our Nation extends our prayers to his family and the state of New Mexico, he said.

The New Mexico Republican was the longest serving U.S. Senator in New Mexicos history, serving six terms in the Senate. In 2007, Domenici was diagnosed with degenerative brain disease which ultimately led to his retirement at the end of his term in 2009.

Domenici was born in Albuquerque, N.M. in 1932 to Italian immigrant parents. He was 85 years old when he died.

During his term as Senator, he has been a friend not only to Navajo but to many other tribes, President Begaye said. We will miss him and we extend our condolences to his family and to his constituents including the Navajo Nation.

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A bunch of questions we need answers to before election day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There are so many elephants in the room, political parties are hoping their specific one is hidden behind someone elses. WIll Jacinda remain Leader of the Labour party for a full term?  The reason I ask is because former leader Andrew Little was placed as list position three.   That doesnt look like the normal []

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15:30

Brady Chambers joins our blog team "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Brady Chambers joins our blog team with the post "Researchers Discover Key to Brain Aging".

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The Fascinating Link Between the Pyramids & Otherworldly Visitors "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

I have always been fascinated by the Egyptian pyramids. As a kid, I wasnt even aware of the many other types of pyramids that exist on this planet, their significance, or incredible history.

All I knew of were the huge yellowish orange triangular Egyptian pyramids that gave me a sense of wonder and amazement about our past.

Who built them? How did were they built? Why were they built? Could it have been ETs?! It was all so fascinating to me.

As I was doing research for an article I wrote about anomalies with the Great Pyramid that Graham Hancock outlines, I came across a number of interesting aspects to the pyramids that not only lined up with space, but that also suggest there may have been beings in our history that new things far beyond what we humans apparently knew at the time.


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15:30

Africa: young population, old leaders "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As Uganda considers ending limits for presidential candidates, a joke says: Changing Musevenis birth certificate would save money - it doesnt need a constitutional amendment.

A Fully Featured, Fifty Dollar QRP Radio "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

QRP radio operators try to get maximum range out of minimal power. This term comes from the QRP Q-code, which means reduce power. For years, people have built some very low-cost radios for this purpose. Perhaps the best known QRP kit is the Pixie, which can be found for less than $3 on eBay.

The QRX is a new DIY QRP radio kit from QRP Labs. Unlike the Pixie, it has a long list of features. The QRX operates on the 80, 60, 40, 30, 20, or 17 meter bands at up to 5W output power. The display provides tuning information, an S-meter, and a CW decoder. An on-board microswitch functions as a basic Morse key, and external Iambic or straight keys are also supported. An optional GPS can be used as a frequency reference.

The radio is based around the Silicon Labs Si5351A Clock Generator, a PLL chip with three clock outputs ranging from 2.5 kHz to 200 MHz. The system is controlled by an Atmel ATmega328P.

Demand for the kit has been quite high, and unfortunately youll have to wait for one. However, you can put down your $49 and learn Morse code while waiting for it to ship. While the project does not appear to be open source, the assembly instructions [PDF warning] provide a full schematic.


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15:27

The Syrian Anti-terrorism Coalition is Winning "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

312010Today, we talk a lot about terrorism, but we rarely talk about state terrorism.  Bianca Jagger

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advance on Deir Ezzor will go down as a modern example of a combined operations success against ISIS, the best armed and trained proxy terrorist force that we have seen yet. It has put up a tough fight against both Russian and Syrian airpower when it had none itself, other than the occasional favor supplied by the US coalition to bomb SAA forces by mistake, and then supplying the magical helicopters to extract its proxy terror commanders.

All the modern combat tools were needed to keep Syrian casualties as low as possible to maintain morale, which has been critical to sustaining this six plus years long war. Signals intelligence has played a key role in not only identifying commander centers, but also when they would have the most high value targets in them to take out.

When the big push to break the ISIS siege line came, we saw the Russian submarines used to fire Kaliber missiles for the initial overnight strikes where dawn revealed the attacked ISIS positions as abandoned but equipment abandoned. Daylight found that planes and helicopters were brought in to strike all ISIS defensive points prior to their being stormed.

Both surrounded Syrian Army pockets have been relieved, and the Palmyra road fully secured to maintain the supplies needed to feed the hungry hostage population of Deir Ezzor and continue the offensive so that ISIS has no time to regroup.

The SAA strategy appears to be an encirclement one, so that fewer ISIS fighters can retreat to new defensive positions. We have reports of ISIS pulling back, retreating down the Euphrates, where we still do not know if the Iraqis will have the back door closed at Al-Bakumal.

We also have photographs of pontoon bridging at the front for an anticipated Euphrates river crossing with two possible goals  to get into the rear of ISIS on the East side of Deir-Ezzor, and to block the American-backed Kurds from grabbing the rich oil fields on that side. That woule be a stab in the Syrias back if the Kurds have that intention, and something that could bring the SAA and SDF into conflict.

If the US were to provide the Kurdish SDF forces air support in such a conflict, what would the Russians then do to support...

15:24

Why you should consider ordering Exit From The Matrix "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Why you should consider ordering Exit From The Matrix

by Jon Rappoport

September 14, 2017

Two aspects of my research I could write about for years involved: brilliant hypnotherapist Jack True, and the ancient Tibetan magicians.

Out of this research came my collection, Exit From The Matrix. It contains many exercises that increase the power and range of imagination.

Before the priest class moved in and took over in Tibet, there was an entire school of practice that focused on creative power. These hardy practitioners were artists of reality.

They knew, with unshakable certainty, that an individual had the unlimited capacity to invent reality at every level. They assembled their own exercises for that purpose. These Tibetans were unique in the history of the planet.

Jack True and I, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, worked over these exercises and adapted them for the modern student. After Jack passed away in the 1990s, I continued to develop the exercises and eventually included them in Exit From The Matrix.

As my readers know, I write much on the importance of the individual, and his power, in a world whose self-appointed leaders hail the primary status of The Group.

Exit From The Matrix is my ultimate antidote to that trend.


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15:20

Disasters and Price Gouging "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The rational case against profiteering during disasters.

15:17

Are vested interests slowing Malaysias shift to renewables? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Penang is one of Malaysias sunniest states. So why is solar and other forms of renewable energy still such a small part of its energy mix, politicians were asked at the Penang Green Carnival this weekend.

15:11

Kaspersky Lab solutions banned from US government agencies "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The US Department of Homeland security banned government agencies for using software products developed by Kaspersky Lab

Bad news for security firm Kaspersky, the US Department of Homeland security banned government agencies for using software products developed by Kaspersky Labs. The ban was the response to the concerns about possible ties between Kaspersky and Russian intelligence agencies.

According to The Washington Post, which first reported the news, the order applies to all civilian government networks, but not the military ones.

In July, the US General Services Administration announced that the security firm Kaspersky Lab was deleted from lists of approved vendors.

The US government banned Kaspersky solutions amid concerns over Russian state-sponsored hacking.

Now, Homeland Security has issued a Binding Operational Directive that orders agencies to remove products developed by Kaspersky Lab within 90 days.

IT managers have 30 days to assess their infrastructure to check for the presence of Kaspersky software and 60 days to develop a plan to remove it.

The Department is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks, the agency said in a statement.

The risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates U.S. national security.

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A Kaspersky Lab spokesperson said in a statement that the company is disappointed in the DHS decision.

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15:11

Irma Recovery Day #3: Trees and Power Lines "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As I shared yesterday: [] With most hurricane power outages you can find something, usually a tree, that has actually severed the top power line on a neighborhood grid. If the tree is massive, with or without taking down the Continue reading

15:10

Are Journalists Safe in Indonesia? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Internet_Indonesia

By Yerry Borang and Egbert Wits

Earlier in 2017, in collaboration with Citizen Lab, we spoke to journalists from Papua, Aceh, and Central Java in an effort to find out the current situation regarding the safety of journalists there. In total, 16 journalists were interviewed, with a focus on digital security and how journalists (safely) use technology. Besides Indonesia, this research was also conducted in the Philippines.

Although theres a growing number of websites that can help you work more safely, a larger narrative discussing the pros and cons of digital security for journalists and the digital security challenges they face in todays fast-paced, instant deadline world is missing. We hope that sharing the outcomes from our research in Indonesia can help contribute to this discussion. Lets start by looking at journalistic education.

Journalistic Education

10 out of the 16 interviewed journalists have received journalistic education. While physical safety in the field was given ample attention in their curriculum, information on digital security was completely absent. "There was no attention on digital security during my journalistic education" (Jakarta no.2). When looking into journalistic education at several Indonesian universities in Java [1] today, we found that none of the institutions have an introduction to digital safety or security for journalists. On the job training perhaps? That was also not the case. None of our interviewed journalists employers had offered an extra training on security or safety issues. Existing knowledge on digital safety is minimal and comes mostly from peer sharing among journalists. A general rule of thumb we discovered from the Indonesian journalists is that they start learning or searching for information after they felt threatened, abused or were otherwise negatively impacted as a result of their journalistic practice.

The lack of training on online and offline safety is an alarming fact given that the safety of journalists in Indonesia is precarious, to say the least. Human Rights Watch reports [2] that violence against journalists in Indonesia is on the rise. The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), an Indonesian non-governmental union, reported that there were 78 incidents of violent attacks on journalists in 2016 [3], including those by security forces. A stark increase compared with 42 in 2015, and 40 i...

15:03

Brian Houston on Twitter: I will be voting Yes and No in the upcoming Australian postal vote on gay marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

BIG AUSTRALIAN GAY MAN: POPE BRAIN OF HELL$ONGWILL YOU BE VOTING YES OR NO IN THE UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN POSTAL BALLOT ON GAY MARRIAGE

15:00

Teaching at a South Auckland Partnership School "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

South Auckland Middle School is a charter ( partnership) school that enabled its Year 7 & 8 students to shift the National Standards curve up by 18% in 2016. It already has a waiting list of almost 100 students for 2018. Guest Post: On September 6th a Manurewa teacher wrote a rather depressing and society []

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14:50

September 14th 2017 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #238 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for Presidential Politics. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and Continue reading

14:47

First South African Mayor Embraces One Small Town "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

I had a very positive and energetic meeting with the first Mayor of a medium size South African municipality on the 5th of September 2017, after several meetings with South African mayors have been cancelled and postponed. The mayor was very impressed with the ONE SMALL TOWN strategy and immediately saw the benefits for his community. We had a long discussion about the failing corrupt banking

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Thursday September 14th Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those Continue reading

14:45

Unexploded Bombs List Sent to Baghdad; 33 Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

The US revealed to Iraq the locations of dozens of unexploded ordnance.

The post Unexploded Bombs List Sent to Baghdad; 33 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

14:42

Plantation fire sale a short-sighted subsidy for Hodgmans native forest logging "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 11:41am


The sale of publicly-owned plantations to pay down debt and fund the transition of the state logging agency amounts to a desperate and short-sighted fire sale of an important future resource of the industry, simply to prop up loss-making native forest logging, The Wilderness Society said today.

Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars was given to Forestry Tasmania to establish plantations, at great cost to the environment, and the Tasmanian Audit Office reports Forestry Tasmania acquitted its grants using a $3500/ha figure for establishment cost[i]. At this rate, the 29,000 ha plantation estate cost the taxpayer over $100 million to plant. 

"Flogging-off publicly-owned plantations, at a massive loss, to subsidise unviable native forest logging operations is a desperate last-ditch effort to hide the ongoing failures of Premier Hodgmans chaotic approach to forestry," said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for The Wilderness Society.

"Premier Hodgman has just privatised a publicly-owned asset in a fire sale, making a massive loss on taxpayer investment and divesting an important future resource for the timber industry to an unknown multi-national company.

"This is not only short-sighted, but it maintains the Hodgman Governments heavy subsidisation of Forestry Tasmania, coming on the back of a  $30 million equity transfer from TasNetworks in 2015 and recent government absorption of expensive Forestry Tasmania liabilities, like staff superannuation.

"According to the Tasmanian Auditor General, these plantations cost the taxpayer over $100 million to establish. They offer a future resource for the logging industry and yet, Premier Hodgman has offloaded them at a loss, simply to subsidise state-sanctioned native forest logging."


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14:40

Collaboration in Lake Tana "IndyWatch Feed World"

People come up with different strategies to remove as many weeds as they can. One of those is to stand in line and push segments of weeds together. Maheder Haileselassie Tadese/Mongabay

This isnt the first time the subject of water hyacinth has shown up on this site it would be impossible to spend seven years in Kerala without coming into contact with the invasive weed.

Innovative solutions abound to harvest the fast growing plant for the labor intensive creation of consumer goods, or creative farming techniques, but in cases such as Ethiopias Lake Tana, communities...

14:36

State Dept propaganda team in disarray report "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | September 14, 2017 Three members of the US governments messaging arm, which was set up at the State Department to counter narratives from ISIS and Russia, quit last week, leaving the year-old operation in limbo. The Global Engagement Centers chief technology officer, along with two other members of its analytics team, resigned without []

14:33

Dan Klein writes me about The Teaching Company "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Here are the Teaching Company courses that I feel I have benefited most from:

Rufus J. Fears, Famous Greeks

Rufus J. Fears, Famous Romans

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament

Seth Lerer, The History of the English Language

Andrew C. Fix, The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations

Brad S. Gregory, The History of Christianity in the Reformation Era

Robert Bucholz, The History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts

Dale Hoak, The Age of Henry VIII

Peter C. Mancall, Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution

Thomas L. Pangle, The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution

Patrick N. Allitt, The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

Patrick N. Allitt, The Conservative Tradition

Frederick Gregory, The Darwinian Revolution

Which do you all recommend?  Here is a Quora forum on the same issue.

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14:32

While we watched the fake American civil war "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

On September 1st, the scary Antifa groups and the Black Blocs that burned American flags, toppled monuments, screamed and beat other crisis actors with long sticks, all had vanished without

14:31

Jimmy Carter Brands US an Oligarchy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former US President Jimmy Carter said the US works more like an oligarchy than a democracy, while also lambasting Trumps hopeless approach to solving the Israel-Palestine issue, and the increasing tension with North Korea.

The former president was speaking at a Conversation with the Carters event at his Carter Center in Atlanta on Tuesday. He said money in politics is what makes the US more like an oligarchy run by a small group of rich people rather than a democracy, AP reports.

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Carter was referring to the Supreme Courts 2010 Citizens United ruling to allow corporations to give unlimited campaign donations to political candidates, which he has previously said was the most stupid decision the court had made.

North Korea

On escalating tensions between the US and North Korea, Carter said, The first thing I would do is treat the North Koreans with respect.

I know what the North Koreans want, he said. What they want is a firm treaty guaranteeing North Korea that the US will not attack them or hurt them in any way, unless they attack one of their neighbors. Carter said, But the United States has refused to do that.

Carter said he would send his top person to Pyongyang immediately, adding: If I didnt go myself. The former president visited North Korea three times between 1994 and 2011.

Until were willing to talk to them and treat them with respect as human beings, which they are, then I dont think well make any progress, he said.

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14:31

Worse Than Speed Limits "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Even better from a certain point-of-view than a radar trap based on an under-posted speed limit is a radar trap with a changing speed limit. One that can be dumbed-down at random and with no prior notice, at the whim of the same government workers who enforce the limits and profit from that enforcement.

Its called Variable Speed Limits and the Feds through the Department of Transportation are not only encouraging the states to adopt them, they are bribing them to adopt them. Cue Dr. Evil voice one billion dollars mulcted from taxpayers has been earmarked to mulct taxpayers a second time via pilot VSL programs and at least nine states (New Jersey naturally but also Ohio, Wyoming, Oregon, Utah, Florida, Minnesota, Washington and Georgia) are already deploying VSL.

You may have already seen Variable Limits in action. Instead of the usual metal sign with whatever the number chosen at random happened to be at the time the sign was put up silk-screened permanently on it, an electronic sign with a display that can be changed, literally, at the touch of a button.

At 4:30 p.m., the sign reads as an example 75 MPH. But at 4:33 p.m. (and just after you drove past it) the Oz who controls the sign decides the new speed limit shall be 65 MPH. Blink. Just like that, your moment-ago legal rate of travel has become illegal speeding and not only are you subject to a ticket you are more likely to get a ticket because as far as you know you arent speeding and so why worry about that cop up ahead pointing his radar gun at you?

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This gets into interesting turf.

The first is the element of intent, formerly a necessary thing to establish culpability; the idea that a person violated the law on purpose.

But in order for this to be a viable moral concept, the law has to be knowable. A law that is changeable is unknowable. It is effectively no law at all. It is the codified whim of whomever has the power to punish people for violating laws that are fundamentally unintelligible.

Kind of like tax law already is. If they want your money, theyll find some justification to take your money. Its not about the law. Its about...

14:31

Why Does God Permit Natural Disasters? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Like many Americans during the past three weeks, Ive been bombarded by news about the destructive power of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. The stories are of misery, death and destruction.

The misery, death and destruction are acutely difficult to accept because they have been visited upon innocents. I say that knowledgeable of the ancient argument that our personal and collective sinfulness has merited our pain. Yet that raises this question: Does anyone really deserve personal ruination because of personal sin, particularly from a God whose Son said he came to call sinners and not the just?

Stated differently, why does an all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful God permit innocents to suffer in natural disasters?

This question has occupied philosophers for millennia. The natural order of things has revealed that we all have free will, and we know from our experiences that we can easily abuse that free will. The individual will is so free that we can use it to do magnificent things or horrific things.

But a natural disaster is not the handiwork of anyones free will. Could it really be the handiwork of an angry God impatient with the manner in which we have abused free will? This argument is not a logical extension of Christian teaching, unless God is terribly inconsistent with His impatience over human failures and errors and has somehow overlooked and not yet grown impatient with the worlds worst monsters.

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Why the natural disasters? We know from the exercise of our reason that the curvature of the Earth and its continuous movement through space set in motion a series of forces. These forces protect the Earth and its inhabitants from the harmful rays of the sun and permit the intrusion of the beneficial rays. All this comes at a price. The movement of the Earth actually produces friction, and that friction in turn ignites energy, and that energy often is drawn by the Earths gravity and finds an outlet in destructive forces on the planet.

Though these forces the linchpin of which is the Earths gravity can be avoided through the exercise of creative reason (we can build shelters from them), they are often, as with Harvey and Irma, beyond our ability to harness or control. All this is a thumbnail sketch of basic astrophysics, largely acquired through human reason and beyond serious dispute.

But the disputed philosophical questions remain. What force set all this in motion? What caused the big bang in the first place? What caused the Earths gravity? What tipped over the first domino that billions of years later triggered the explosions of energy th...

14:31

A World Without Nation-States "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Im a child of the 1960s and 1970s. I grew up in the era of the war in Vietnam, hippies, LSD, and do your own thing.

My friends and I never understood how the land of the free could round up eighteen-year-old boys and force them to fight in a war that was 8,000 miles away.

More than 50,000 US soldiers died in that war, including a few of my friends and untold millions of Vietnamese people.

My circle of friends thought there had to be a better way. And there is. Its a decentralized world without nation-states, without government coercion, without war, and without the enforced extraction of wealth via taxation.

A world like this isnt just a pipe dream, either. Throughout history, societies have successfully existed this way. One of the best-documented examples was in central Turkey, at a site now occupied by the modern city of Catalhoyuk.

My friend and colleague Paul Rosenberg summed it up when he wrote about Catalhoyuk several years ago:

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[Catalhoyuk was] the first large human settlement after the ice age and also the most concentrated. [It] had no government and no priesthood. And it thrived for 1,400 years. Two thousand families lived in this compact city between 7,400 BC and 6,000 BC, with no master and no overseer. There was no courthouse, no tax collector, no central administration of any kind

The first real human city was an anarchy [a state with no central authority]  it thrived for 1400 years; longer than Rome, Greece, or any of the Sumerian or Egyptian Dynasties.

We know these statements are factual based on overwhelming archeological evidence. Catalhoyuk had no large central square that could have been devoted to political gatherings or religious expression. Skeletons of inhabitants display no telltale bone damage that could only be incurred by blunt-force trauma or blades. Every dwelling had its own food storage bins.

Men and women appear to have been equal. Chemical analysis of the remains of both sexes shows that they ate similar diets and spent the same amount of time in their homes.

Its easy to conclude that Catalhoyuk could never be replicated today. Heres what critics fear would happen if society moved in the direction of a decentralized world order without nation-states in charge. As Rosenberg puts it:

  • The powerful will tell us what to do and well have no choice; their weapons and ours will be grossly unequal. Theyll take our money w...

14:31

Behold a Pale Horse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Two of Americas most populous states, Texas and Florida, are in hurricane ruins, and Washington is fomenting more wars.

The US national debt is now over $20 trillion, and Washington is fomenting more wars.

The entire world is helping Washington foment warsincluding two targeted countries themselvesRussia and Chinaboth of which are helping Washington foment more wars. Believe it or not, both Russia and China voted with Washington on the UN Security Council to impose more and harsher sanctions on North Korea, a country guilty of nothing but a desire to have the means to protect itself from the US and not become yet another Washington victim like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Serbia, and Ukraine overthrown in a US coup and now poverty-stricken.

I once thought that Russia and China were checks on Washingtons unilateralism, but apparently not. Both governments have been knuckled under by Washington and both voted to punish North Korea for striving to be sufficiently armed to protect its sovereignty from Washington.

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Why are Russia and China repeating their same mistake that they made when they supported Washingtons no-fly UN resolution for Libya, a resolution that Washington and NATO stood on its head when they launched air attacks that helped the CIA organized jihadists overthrow Libyas progressive government and murder Gaddafi?

Russia knows that it is surrounded by US nuclear and military bases. So does China. The question is: have Russia and China capitulated out of fear? Or is their cooperation with Washington a ruse while they prepare their own strike on Washington, or are the two misguided governments trying to cooperate with Washington a la sanctions so as to avoid having to confront a US military attack on North Korea?

It requires much competence to confront evil, and there is probably more evil in Washington than there is competence in Russia and China, two countries interested in being rich to an extent that it might cost them their sovereignty and existence.

When you see such potentially powerful countries as Russia and China collapse under Washingtons pressure in the UN Security Council, it makes you wonder if the various analyses of Washingtons many weaknesses are real, and if they are real, if Russia and China are aware of them.

How does one go about explaining why two countries, whose sovereignty is in the way of Washingtons world hegemony, help their known enemy bully yet another small country, especially one in their orbit of influence? How can Russia complain of sanctions against Russia based on nothing but Washi...

14:31

Roger Stone Smeared by Left "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The fate of legalized medicinal marijuana in the United States was in a precarious place last week. Even though every appropriation passed by the House in Congress since 2014 included an amendment that explicitly denied the Department of Justice funding for a crackdown on marijuana in the states where it has been legalized. This amendment has broad bipartisan support in both houses of Congress, essentially a coalition of Liberal Democrats and Libertarians in freedom Caucus minded Republicans.

Suddenly after intense lobbying by Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, the House rules committee said they would not allow the amendment to be attached to the current appropriations. Recall that Sessions had actually formally written a letter to Congress asking them to vacate the previously passed amendment by not attaching the rider.

Fortunately, with the support of President Trump and Senator Schumer, the amendment was attached to the emergency appropriation for Hurricane Harvey. I was in Washington, embedded on Capitol Hill, making calls and meeting with pro marijuana confederates. This has the effect of protecting millions of Americans legal access to cannabis for medicinal purposes at least until December.

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Sessions aggressiveness and his obvious plan to reignite the field war on drugs which has already cost taxpayers billions, destroyed families and lives and had no impact whatsoever on the level of illegal drug activity in the United States. It is clear this is in direct contradiction to the position of candidate and President Donald J Trump who very clearly said he supported states rights when it came to the question of legalizing marijuana particularly for medicinal purposes.

Recently I launched a bipartisan effort the United States Cannabis Coalition -to persuade President Donald Trump to honor this pledge made during the presidential campaign to respect the states rights to legalize marijuana. We want the President to order Attorney General Jeff Sessions to continue to honor the Holder Memo which ordered the feds to stand down on enforcement in the States where cannabis has been legalized under President Obama.

I am not a newcomer to this cause. I have written, spoken, marched and rallied for drug law reform for 20 years. I spoke at a Countdown to Justice rally along with Russell Simmons and Rev. Al Sharpton demanding reform of New Yorks draconian Rockefeller drug laws, among the most racist in the nation. I actively wrote and spoke for reforms to the New York law in 2006 and 2008. I am also a witness in a new lawsuit filed against the Federal government to overturn the feds classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1...

14:31

This is a First: Legislation Would Fully-Fund Indian Health System, Raise Billions "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Sen. Bernie Sanders proposed Medicare for all bill would fully-fund the Indian Health system for the first time in history. (Senate photo)

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This is where the country has got to go, Sanders told The Washington Post. Right now, if we want to move away from a dysfunctional, wasteful, bureaucratic system into a rational health-care system that guarantees coverage to everyone in a cost-effective way, the only way to do it is Medicare for All.

Sanders bill has no chance in a Republican Congress. Yet the Vermont Democrat is adding to the richness of the debate. He is showing a clear alternative to Republican plans (the latest is one by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana.)

But Indian Country should take note. Sanders bill would fully-fund the Indian health system. Lets do the math. The current budget for the Indian Health Service is $6.091 billion dollars. And of that, roughly $1.2 will come from Medicaid, Medicare and other insurance. This serves about 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives in 39 states.

But if Sanders proposal for universal care were enacted every one of those 2.2 million patients would have funding from insurance. The national average for Medicare beneficiary is $10,986. The total: $24.191 billion. A four-fold increase (and this does not include appropriations, just insurance dollars). So if you include both, the total is roughly $30 billion.

This sound like an awful lot of money, right? That big number reflects what other health systems already spend. So actually it...

EPIC! Trump Trolls Crooked Hillary Over Her Book What Happened in Mini Tweetstorm "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Failed Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is full speed ahead on her blame tour as she peddles her new memoir What Happened. Hillary has blamed every entity under the sun for her loss except herself.

Hillary gave a series of interviews and participated in media blitzes this week and all she has done is point the finger at everyone else for her loss, ignoring the fact that America rejected her because shes a corrupt, lying politician.

Hillary even joined the cackling Communists on The View Wednesday to discuss her new book. Like clockwork, they applauded everything she said like trained seals.

Hillary is getting relentlessly trolled over her new book. Conservative media and Trump supporters with large social media followings are hammering her over her absurd claims in her memoir.

Rebel Media reporter Laura Loomer confronted Hillary Clinton at her book signing about her 33,000 emails and Seth Rich before being dragged out by Secret Service.

Donald Trump Jr. jumped in on the fun and trolled Hillary from his Twitter account.

President Trump took a swipe at Hillary Wednesday night in a mini tweetstorm. In Trumps first tweet he said, Crooked Hillary Clinton blames everybody (and every thing) but herself for her election loss. She lost the debates and lost her direction!

 

Trump sent out a second tweet, The deplorables came back to haunt Hillary.They expressed their feelings loud and clear. She spent big money but, in the end, had no game!

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14:31

Dont Care About Commie Values? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

American progressives have finally gone all the way to a totalitarian vision, demanding control over not just your behavior, but your thoughts and beliefs. This as the price of simply living without being attacked.

And hats off to Erick Erickson for naming it first. The former RedState honcho and Never-Trumper called it right, and no, Im not talking about his near-demonic hatred of President Trump.

Last year, Erickson released a book with a title he popularized: You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family, and Your Freedom to Believe. The book is a summation of an argument Erickson has long made. As the sexual left makes progress on its biggest projects same-sex marriage, transgenderism acceptance, pronoun wordplay they are increasingly unwilling to brook resistance.

Do you believe in traditional marriage but dont care that gays marry? Think its OK teenagers take hormonal injections to swap genders but its not right for your kids? Dont really give a hoot about someone who identifies as xe?

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Well, too bad, sucker. The new dispensation doesnt care for your waffling. Going forward, your private beliefs must align with your public stance. No exceptions made or allowed.

In short: You will be made to care

Ericksons warning was just vindicated in a tweet storm by Zack Ford, the flamboyant correspondent for the liberal blog ThinkProgress.

Ford, who is prone to pique-filled tantrums, is the sites LGBTQ editor. His beat consists of sniffing out any hint of pro-heterosexual bias and lambasting it as bigoted, backward, and tyrannical. Hes a proud atheist who doesnt hesitate to cite science when its convenient. But, nota bene, he believes men menstruate and become pregnant.

In response to an...

14:31

Govt and Media Hysteria "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The devastation in the Florida Keys and in the Caribbean Islands has one thing in common. Those houses constructed in wood frames cannot withstand even a Category 3 storm no less a Category 5. To understand the disaster, we have to face the fact that construction standards are critical. Wood houses should be prohibited and all modern construction must be hurricane resistant.

The hype over Irma spun by the various news stations was just so over the top and poses a serious threat to society. Personally, I had every family member and cousins I rarely spoke to, begging me to get out of Florida. Everyone said I would die. The models I ran to decide where to locate in Florida worked well. My home never even lost power and one small old tree fell over in the front yard. That was the extent of the damage and living on the beach did not reflect the danger the TV portrayed since my place was all constructed in concrete not wood.

Comparing those structures in the Caribbean and Key West to the block and concrete buildings in Florida is comparing apples and oranges. Some have shown trailer parks in Key Largo destroyed and then in the same breath say the rich lived in houses with little damage because modern houses more recently constructed must be in block and concrete. Those in trailer parks are always more vulnerable and some of those mobile homes are extremely expensive. This is true in the mid-West in tornado ally as well.

Nevertheless, the real issue is that their forecasting models were all wrong on the direction. It appears that the European model (which includes more data & takes longer to run) was doing a better job, but it too missed the turn inland. Then there were the dire forecasts that we would see a giant surge of a wall of water 15 to 20 feet high they painted would be like a tsunami. That too never materialized. A tsunami is a wave of energy pushing through the water. The storm surge they pictured was water simply rushing back in pushed away by wind. This type of surge may cause some flooding, but it lacks the energy of a tsunami. Depending upon the topography both under the water and the land, then the storm surge of just 3 feet (1 meter) can drown people. But that is totally different from a tsunami. An earthquake can create a tsunami as was the case with the Tokyo 1923 earthquake shown in the newspaper account above.

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14:31

Hillarys Blame List "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

EVERYONE CLINTON HAS BLAMED SINCE SHE LOST 

Hillary Clintons round of TV interviews have added new culprits to those who she says prevented her from reaching the White House.

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So far those include:

  • The FBI 
  • James Comey, then FBI director 
  • The Russians
  • Vladimir Putin 
  • Bernie Sanders 
  • Anti-American forces 
  • Low information voters
  • Everyone who assumed shed win
  • Bad polling numbers 
  • Obama for winning two terms
  • People wanting change 
  • Misogynists
  • Suburban women
  • The New York Times 
  • Television executives
  • Cable news 
  • Netflix 
  • Democrats not making the right documentaries 

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14:31

Want To Become a Math Whiz? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Many people find mathematics daunting. If true, this piece is for you. If not, this piece is still for you.

What do you think of when you think about mathematics? Perhaps you think about xs and ys, intractable fractions, or nonsensical word problems.

The cartoonist Gary Larson once depicted hells library as containing only giant tomes of word problems.

FOUR STEPS TO SOLVE A MATH PROBLEM 

George Plya wrote How to Solve It in 1985.

This book went on to sell over one million copies and was translated into 17 languages.

In it he shows what math really is (problem-solving) and reveals four steps to tackle any math challenge.

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They are:

 1. Make sure you understand the problem.

2.  Make a plan to solve the problem.

3. Carry out the plan.

4.  Check your work to test your answer.

You know, If a train leaves New York

I was trained as a mathematician, and I will let you in on a trade secret: That is not what mathematics is, nor where it lives. Its true that learning mathematics often involves solving problems, but it should focus on the joy of solving puzzles, rather than memorizing rules.

I invite you to see yourself as a problem solver and mathematician.

And Id like to introduce you to the man who once invited me to the study of problem-solving: George Plya.

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14:31

US Caught Arming Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A new bombshell joint report issued by two international weapons monitoring groups Tuesday confirms that the Pentagon continues to ship record breaking amounts of weaponry into Syria and that the Department of Defense is scrubbing its own paper trail. On Tuesday the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) produced conclusive evidence that not only is the Pentagon currently involved in shipping up to $2.2 billion worth of weapons from a shady network of private dealers to allied partners in Syria mostly old Soviet weaponry but is actually manipulating paperwork such as end-user certificates, presumably in order to hide US involvement.

The OCCRP and BIRN published internal US defense procurement files after an extensive investigation which found that the Pentagon is running a massive weapons trafficking pipeline which originates in the Balkans and Caucuses, and ends in Syria and Iraq. The program is ostensibly part of the US train, equip, and assist campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF, a coalition of YPG/J and Arab FSA groups operating primarily in Syrias east). The arms transfers are massive and the program looks to continue for years. According to Foreign Policys (FP) coverage of the report:

The Department of Defense has budgeted $584 million specifically for this Syrian operation for the financial years 2017 and 2018, and has earmarked another $900 million of spending on Soviet-style munitions between now and 2022. The total, $2.2 billion, likely understates the flow of weapons to Syrian rebels in the coming years.

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But perhaps more shocking is the following admission that Pentagon suppliers have links with known criminal networks, also from FP:

According to the report, many of the weapons suppliers  primarily in Eastern Europe but also in the former Soviet republics, including Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Ukraine  have both links to organized crime throug...

The Difference Between Life and Death? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, the Grand Funk were going to be speaking about today is not that of the Grand Funk Railroad, the Band.  Rather it is the funk of sweat, dirt, and grime that all of us experience firsthand throughout our existence.  I am relating it to the bush, or the outdoors/forest/jungle when you are out and about in a survival situation.  There are a few pointers here that would be good to observe, especially considering the world situation and how close we are to a war with China or North Korea.

Hygiene in the field.  So, what?  So, it may be the difference between life and death.  Everyone will recognize and concede the point that hygiene helps protect you from germs and diseases, as well as preventing the body from falling apart.  This is common sense.  But there are other reasons to keep clean that might not be clear.

When you sweat, your body uses apocrine and eccrine glands.  The eccrine secrete primarily water and salt.  The apocrine glands, on the other hand, are mostly found in the hairy areas of the bodyand these throw out (in addition to water and salt), oily secretions that have pheromones in them.  The secretions from the apocrine glands tend to be eaten and metabolized by bacterial flora on the skinand produce a hideous odor.

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Im here to tell youyou can smell a stinky man a long way offseveral hundred feet when the wind is right.  Be advised: in an SHTF/collapse scenario, whether its foreign troops or neighborhood maraudersif you can smell them, they can smell you.  It is very important to clean the heaviest apocrine gland-laden areas of your bodyyour groin, armpits, buttocks.  You should wash them (a sponge bath at the minimum) at least once a day, especially after much work or physical exertion.

Deodorant is finebut not an antiperspirant.  The antiperspirants have Aluminum and Magnesium in them to keep you from perspiring.  This is not good.  You need to perspire, as the sweat removes toxins from your body, as well as cooling you off (thermoregulation).  For this reason, a mild deodorant will work well, one with some alcohol in it to help kill the germs that feed upon your sweat.  For soaps, use a clean, non-fragranced soap in the field.  I always used Ivory when I was in the service.  It is effective and doesnt stick out with a fragrance.

That last part can be detrimental, especially for you guys and gals that like to use cologne or perfume.  That stuff really carries a long way to the human nose, let al...

14:30

Colombias FARC Has Rebranded as a Political Party Now All They Need Is a Leader "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

 The FARC is now hoping to position itself as the party for marginalised voters and to succeed it must develop new organisational capacities, including the ability to process internal dissent and debate.

Supporters listen as FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, speaks during the launching of the new political party Revolutionary Alternative Common Force, at the Plaza de Bolivar in Bogota, Colombia September 1, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jaime Saldarriaga - RC1EDF5FEB70

Supporters listen as FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, speaks during the launching of the new political party Revolutionary Alterna...

14:30

Rand Pauls Comeback "IndyWatch Feed War"

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has learned his lesson, and it is this: its better to be bold. Hes exchanged the mealy-mouthed equivocations of his ill-fated presidential run when he actually met with Bill Kristol, presumably to negotiate getting a break from his neoconservative nemeses with a full-on frontal assault against the War Party. Continue reading "Rand Pauls Comeback"

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14:30

Is The DCCC Trying To Bum Rush Their Candidate Into The Nomination In VA-10 By Getting Rid Of The Primary? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


VA-10 is one of the most flippable congressional districts anywhere. The district's PVI last cycle was R+2. This cycle the PVI is D+1. Obama beat McCain 51-48%, Romney beat Obama 50-49% and then Trump lost to Hillary by ten full points-- 52.2% to 42.2%. The DCCC contested the district last cycle with one of their unelectable garbage candidates, LuAnn Bennett, who was beaten by Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock, 210,791 (52.7%) to 187,712 (46.9%). Comstock spent $5,291,182 to Bennett's $2,821,082. Outside spending was gigantic-- $6,309,347 from the DCCC and Pelosi's SuperPAC and $7,547,250 from the NRCC and Ryan's SuperPAC.

There are at least 9 Democrats vying for the nomination for 2018-- Alison Friedman, Daniel Helmer, Dave Hanson, Deep Sran, Julien Modica, Kimberly Adams, Lindsey Davis Stover, Michael Pomerleano and the DCCC candidate, Jennifer Wexton. This evening, Politico reporter Kevin Robillard broke the story that there may not be a primary to pick the Democratic nominee. Robillard reported tonight that VA-10 "Democratic officials... are considering picking their nominee through a convention rather than a primary, a step opposed by all but one of the leading candidates: Virginia state Sen. Jennifer Wexton." The DCCC is nervous because the progressives in the race, Alison Friedman and Lindsey Davis Stover, plus Daniel Helmer, all outraised their conservative pick, Jennifer Wexton.
The Democratic committee in Virginias 10th District met on Sunday to discuss how to pick their nominee to challenge Comstock in 2018. Politico obtained an audio recording of a lengthy debate between committee members over whether to hold a regular state-run primary, a more limited firehouse primary, a caucus or a convention.

We havent ruled anything out, said Zach Prukowski, the chair of the 10th District Democrats, who said he w......

14:30

Labour switch strategies: forget about taxes, look how much we can GIVE you "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Labour has launched a new online calculator that show how much extra families with kids will get from Labours Families Package, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. Families can go to www.labour.org.nz/calculator and see how much better off they will be with Labour thanks to our Families Package. Labours Families Package calculator allows families []

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14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Oil Rich Venezuela Stops Accepting Dollars "IndyWatch Feed World"

The oil-rich country of Venezuela has stopped accepting the U.S. Dollar as payment for oil. Last week President Maduro warned that the country would this week free itself from the US dollar. Venezuela is going to implement a new system of international payments and will create a basket of currencies to free us from the dollar, Yesterday Venezuela temporarily suspended the sale of U.S. dollars through its Dicom auction system. This (and other moves) was in response to U.S. sanctions put in place by the Trump administration.

The Middle Class Is Being Destroyed: Now Only 25 Percent Of All Americans Have $10,000 Or More In Savings "IndyWatch Feed World"

According to a GOBankingRates survey that was just released, more than half the country has less than $1,000 in savings.  So in the event of a major economic disaster of some kind, over 50 percent of the nation is going to be completely out of cash almost immediately.  For years I have been writing about the steady decline of the middle class in the United States, but I still get astounded by numbers such as these.  According to this new survey, only 25 percent of all Americans have $10,000 or more in savings at this point

Thousands evacuated from Moscow buildings as Russian cities inundated with bomb threats "IndyWatch Feed World"

Over 20 shopping centers, railway stations and universities had to be evacuated in Moscow, following warnings that they had been rigged with explosives. In total, 190 sites have been evacuated across 17 Russian cities after bomb threats, a security source told RIA news agency.  

ADL Campus guide describes how to block events about Palestine "IndyWatch Feed World"

The ADL (Anti-Defamation League) has just launched a new initiative for college students called ADL CAMPUS: Tools for Dealing with Anti-Semitic and Anti-Israel Incidents on Campus. This resource contains much useful information about addressing anti-Semitism, endorses such valuable principles as freedom of speech and non-violence, and recommends that students talk to others who may hold different perspectives.

14:29

NEW 'Off The Hook' ONLINE "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

NEW 'Off The Hook' ONLINE

Posted 14 Sep, 2017 3:59:22 UTC

The new edition of Off The Hook from 13/09/2017 has been archived and is now available online.

14:27

Earthquake NW of Tokyo Rattles Eastern Japan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

KMPH-483W Slowly, but surely [NOTE: The quake occurred within 6 hours of the latest atrocity committed by Japan. Moderator] An earthquake measuring 4.6 magnitude struck about 11km NW of Imperial Palace in Tokyo at a depth of 48.8 km, shaking 10 prefectures in eastern Japan at 11:15am local time, according to Japan monitoring agency. Earthquake []

14:25

CBN to sell treasury bills worth N917.14bn "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) plans to sell N917.14 billion worth of treasury bills between September 14 and November 30, a debt calendar for the fourth quarter issued by the apex bank yesterday, showed. The CBN aims to auction N209.85 billion in 91-day bills, N197.89 billion in 182-day and N509.39 billion in 364-day debt. Meanwhile, the regulator also announced yesterday that it plans to sell N140.9 billion worth of treasury bills at an auction next week. It disclosed that it plans to offer N28.12 billion of three-month debt, N23.68...

The post CBN to sell treasury bills worth N917.14bn appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

14:25

Camerons Titanic & Avatar Hollywood Decoded Ep 4 PREVIEW Jay Dyer / Jay Weidner "IndyWatch Feed World"

Jay Dyer and Jay Weidner draw a connection between The Titanic and Avatar movies by James Cameron, as an unfolding cautionary tale of rampant industrialism. Their examination of the Titanic sets up the establishment of the Federal Reserve and the corporate takeover of the worlds monetary system. Thus, humanity is plunged into the depths of the Kali Yuga and it must reach out, to the stars, to continue fueling its greed induced self-collapse. Which brings us to the lush world of Avatar as the Navi live idyllic lives within their own golden age. As the clash of worlds and ages ensues, we learn of the dangers of technology and we are shown the way out of the collapse of our own civilization. This presentation was originally webcast September 11, 2017.

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14:23

Dear Jamie Dimon: Predict the Crash that Takes Down Your Produces-Nothing, Parasitic Bank and We'll Listen to your Bitcoin "Prediction" "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

This is the begging-for-the-overthrow-of-a-corrupt-status-quo economy we have thanks to the Federal Reserve giving the J.P. Morgans and Jamie Dimons of the world the means to skim and scam the bottom 95%.
Dear Jamie Dimon: quick quiz: which words/phrases are associated with you and your employer, J.P. Morgan? Looting, pillage, rapacious, exploitive, only saved from collapse by massive intervention by the Federal Reserve, the source of rising wealth inequality, crony capitalism, privatized profits-socialized losses, low interest rates = gift from savers to banks, bloviating overpaid C.E.O., propaganda favoring the financial elite, tool of the top .01%, destroyer of democracy, financial fraud goes unpunished, free money for financiers, debt-serfdom, produces nothing of value to society or the bottom 99.5%.
Jamie, if you answered "all of them," you're correct. The only reason you have a soapbox from which you can bloviate is the central bank (Federal Reserve) saved you and your neofeudal looting machine (bank) from well-deserved oblivion in 2008-09, and the unprecedented, co-ordinated campaign by global central banks to buy trillions of dollars of bonds and stocks.
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14:23

Emefiele: CBN committed to curbing inflation, interest rates reduction "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Manufacturers to apex bank: Sustain FX ban on 41 items The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has said the apex bank is committed to taming inflation and will continue to explore possible avenues to ensure that interest rates are supportive of domestic production needs. The CBN Governor, who was represented by the Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, stated this at the 24th Seminar for Finance Correspondents and Business Editors holding in Awka, Anambra State. Mr. Emefiele described the theme of the Seminar: Import...

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14:22

Tentative Talks Begin Between Venezuelan Government and Opposition "IndyWatch Feed World"

Representatives from both sides began preliminary talks Wednesday in the Dominican Republic

14:21

Did Flynn Work from Inside White House to Partner with Russia to Build Nuclear Reactors in the Middle East? More on the Scheme Including Jeff Sessions and VP Pence Tie-ins; China Invited To Participate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Russia and China have started doing joint military exercises. North Korea is and has been a client state of them both.

Rosoboronexport is part of Rostec directly owned by the Russian State. It is a legal successor of the state arms exporters existed in the ex-USSR and present-day Russia. On August 4, 2006, the Bush administration imposed sanctions on Rosoboronexport accusing it of supplying Iran in violation of the United States Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000 [1]

Rostec is connected to US VP Pence via Cummins where his brother is a VP and which is in or near their hometown in Indiana:...

14:20

Russia Collusion Found! "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Russia Collusion Found! by Susan Duclos All News Pipeline The MSM, liberals and Democrats have found their culprit who was colluding with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election, someone to finally blame for the fact that their candidate...

The post Russia Collusion Found! appeared first on The Daily Coin.

14:20

The Fall Offensive: the US, France and Brazil "IndyWatch Feed War"

By James Petras | The Peoples Voice | September 13, 2017 The fall of 2017 will witness the most brutal assault on working and middle class living standards since the end of World War II. Three presidents and their congressional allies will revise labor legislation, progressive income tax laws and regulations and effectively end the []

14:17

New Funding Link For UBUNTU "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

We have created a new quick and easy link for donations while many of our monthly subscriptions have been cancelled by PayPal. Please click this link that will open a page where you can make a donation to help our office and activities function smoothly.  https://www.paypal.me/ubuntuplanet Unfortunately, PayPal still remains the simplest way for UBUNTU to receive donations and subscriptions.

14:15

Ogoni endorse Wike for second term "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Thousands of Ogoni people trooped out to the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday and endorsed Governor Nyesom Wike for a second term in office. They converged on the capital city from all the local government areas in the land from Khana, Gokana, Eleme and Tai Local Government Areas and declared that they were impressed by the excellent performance of the governor, especially his developmental projects in Ogoniland. As they approached the gates of the Government House, the 2,000-capacity Banquet Hall could not accommodate them, making...

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14:15

Jan Dhan Yojana: One Rupee Balance and the Dormancy-Duplication Problem "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Financial inclusion, when executed on a massive and essentially rushed scale, comes with two major issues.

Bank of Baroda and Bank of India have all but admitted that mass Re 1 deposits were done to reduce the number of zero-balance PMJDY accounts. Credit: Reuters

Bank of Baroda and Bank of India have all but admitted that mass Re 1 deposits were done to reduce the number of zero-balance PMJDY accounts. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: Two public-sector banks have confirmed that their officials deposited Re 1 in the accounts of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) users ostensibly to reduce the number of zero-balance bank accounts according to a news report.

The Indian Express on Wednesday reported that the Bank of Baroda and the Bank of India have all but admitted to the department of financial services that mass Re 1 deposits were done to reduce the number of zero-balance accounts opened under the governments flagship financial inclusion scheme.

The report comes on the back of a...

14:12

U.S. Doc Prescribing Anti-Aging Cocktail To Seniors "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Could an experimental anti-aging cocktail of #rapamycin and #metformin and other drugs extend life? A Chicago physician is treating patients with an untested anti-aging drug regimen. This article details which medications the doctor prescribes and why he prescribes them.


A doctor prescribes anti-aging cocktail of rapamycin, metformin, and other drugs. This article explains the components of the cocktail.

14:06

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8-year-old biracial boy was hung from rope by N.H. teenagers because of his race, family says - seattlepi.com "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

8-year-old biracial boy was hung from rope by N.H. teenagers because of his race, family says - seattlepi.com: It was around 5 p.m. on a Monday in late August, and an 8-year-old boy, like so many others that summer evening, was playing in a back yard. The kids he was with had a few years on him - some were as old as 14 - and he had no reason to suspect that the picnic table or tire swing nearby would become tools for what his family alleges was a racially-motivated near-hanging.

That night in Claremont, New Hampshire, took a dark turn, the boy's family claims, when the teens started taunting the boy with racial epithets and throwing sticks and rocks at his legs. Family accounts of the incident reported by the Valley News allege the teens stood on top of the picnic table and grabbed a rope attached to a tire swing.

"The (teenagers) said, 'Look at this,' supposedly putting the rope around their necks," Slattery told the Valley News. "One boy said to (her grandson), 'Let's do this,' and then pushed him off the picnic table and hung him."

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Apple Watch Series 3 Hands-on: LTE Could Be the Watershed Moment "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Apple Watch Series 3 looks, acts, and feels almost exactly the same as the Series 2 with a key differenceLTE wireless connectivity, whether your iPhone is nearby or not. We tested the Series 3 on-site at Apple's unveiling event, including trying just a few of the new features.
...
The Series 3 watch still uses your iPhone's connection when the phone is nearby, but as soon as you move away from the phone, the Series 3 LTE seamlessly kicks in. We weren't able to test this at the event; all the Watches on display were flying solo, sans phones.

You can make calls directly from the Watch by tapping a button on the top-left corner of the watch face. From there, you can browse contacts to reach out to through a few interfaces: favorites, recents, contacts, and the keypad. So it's just like using your phoneor really, like the previous Apple Watch, for the most part. The difference is that you can do it anywhere.

The Watch intelligently picks up your voice, and you do not have to hold it up to your mouthin ideal conditions, anyway.

Dick Tracy fans rejoice.


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14:04

U.S. Air Force Is Spraying 6 Million Acres With DANGEROUS Chemicals in Response to Harvey "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The insecticide Naled kills mosquitoes. It also wipes out honey bees, now undergoing a mass die-off attributed to its use. And it is toxic to humans, particularly newborns. It will now be sprayed on 6 million Texas acres as part of the U.S. governments Harvey recovery plan.

The following article by Whitney Webb was originally published at Mint Press News.

Amid statewide efforts to clean up the aftermath left by the historic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Pentagon announced last week that it had dispatched C-130H Sprayers from the Air Force Reserves 910th Airlift Wing in order to assist with recovery efforts in eastern Texas.

However, these recovery efforts have little to do with rebuilding damaged structures or with the resettlement of evacuees. Instead, they are set to spray chemicals in order to help control pest insect populations, which they allege pose a health risk to rescue workers and residents of Houston.

The Pentagon has requested that the planes treat more than 6 million acres throughout the Houston area. The Air Force noted that the current effort is expected to significantly surpass previous [spraying] missions in scope, specifically the spraying campaigns that followed Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Naleds Toxicity Not Confined to Mosquitoes

While the Pentagon has framed its efforts to assist as seeking to eliminate a potential human health risk, the particular chemical it is using to control insect populations is likely to do more harm than good. According to the Air Force, the mosquito control protocol involves spray...

14:00

Unions like NZEI are the cause, not the solution of teacher shortages "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Unions like NZEI are the cause, not the solution of teacher shortages, ACT Leader David Seymour. Desperate measures like writing off student loans and providing dedicated teacher housing would never be on the table if teacher unions had negotiated salaries in line with other sectors. In recent decades teacher unions have been the problem, not []

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14:00

Seventy Years On, Indias Democracy Is in Need of Urgent Repair "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The corrosion of institutions and mechanisms to create democracy are so decayed that it is perhaps not even possible now for the best-intentioned governments to deliver democracy.

The state has and is continuing to build a legal superstructure which can make it easy to oppress. Credit: Reuters

The state has and is continuing to build a legal superstructure which can make it easy to oppress. Credit: Reuters

The UNs International Day of Democracy, which falls on September 15, is hardly known in India. As it dawns, the UN is so far away and our problems on the ground so unhappily close. The theme this year is inclusion and conflict prevention. Within the international community, India positions itself as a beacon of democracy and so it should. Equality and inclusion is our credo and we have a long and honourable record of this in the annals of history. But due to the scenario of late, we have reason to worry.

Prince Zeid bin Raad Zeid al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, has just recently castigated India for suggesting it will deport the Rohingya refugees back into a geography of death and devastation. Not surprisingly, his cont...

14:00

Voter Registration Websites for 35 States are Vulnerable to Voter ID Theft "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

New research discovers weaknesses that could lead to election day chaos Photo: Randi Klett

To hack a U.S. election, the bad guys dont necessarily need to do anything on election day. They could just tamper with voter registration rolls of likely supporters of an opposition candidate during the weeks and months before the election. That was the finding of a new report that studied how alarmingly simple and inexpensive it could be to unleash a campaign of what its authors call voter identity theft.

The good news is that the one known possible case (the California Republican 2016 presidential primary in the town of Riverside) inspired a statewide response. California took steps to protect itself against voter ID theft, and indeed, the state did not see any evidence of such activity in the general election last November.

But even if California had the model legislative responseand it doesnt, say the researchers who produced the new reportthat would still leave another 49 states whose voter ID theft problem remains unaddressed. This is in addition to countless countries that remain unaware that voter ID theft is even an issue.

In the new report published in the journal Technology Science, researchers from Harvard University share their discovery that 35 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia, had websites that provided all-too-easy access for malicious actors. The infiltrators were free to collect enough identifying information about individual voters to be able to go to the website of the state agency that acts as voting registrar and change specific voters registration information.

Later, when that voter shows up to the polls, he or she might be unable to cast a ballot because the name or address on their ID doesnt match the states records. Or perhaps their address has been changed to a different precinct, at which point some voters just give up and stop trying to cast their vote. Some file provisional ballots, but sometimes those ballots arent counted, says Latanya Sweeney, a co-author of the report and professor of government and technology at Harvard.

As an example of the problem, Sweeney points to Delaware. With Delaware, you have a choice, she says. You can either provide the persons name, date of birth, and zip code; or you can provide the persons driver license number and date of birth. If you were playing the role of the attacker, the question is where could you get a Delaware voters zip code. And the answer is t...

13:59

Support Guinness & Lawrences Legal Expenses "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Last spring quarter The Evergreen State College (TESC) staff and students dealt with gun threats from white supremacists, visits from Patriot Prayer, harassment on campus, and doxxing online as a consequence of Brett Whinesteins dog-whistling on Fox News.

Lawrence and Guinness are known on to speak out against the institutionalized white supremacy, ableism, and transmisogny of the academy. As trans and multiply marginalized organizers, they were targeted and decided to leave TESC after the culmination of alt-right threat and escalation on the campus. Among events that made national news, interactions with students and staff made the campus unsafe for Guinness and Lawrence to live and learn at. Nolan and Andrew, or YouTube tag, ACfiz, two frogboys who are current students at TESC, are now charging Lawrence and Guinness with misdemeanor charges over multiple confrontations.

One confrontation was filmed without our friends knowledge and the video posted on YouTube to be quickly shared through many platforms, 4Chan included. The hate speech in the comments makes it clear the company Andrew and Nolan keep and where their intentions lay. No consequence has fallen on these frogboys shoulders, whereas the school has told our friends they are not allowed on campus.

After moving from Olympia, Guinness and Lawrence are now forced to return for court dates and revisit a traumatic period of time they would rather leave behind. Unfortunately two spoiled kids will not let go, attempting to assert their fragile masculinity and dominate class standing. They cannot lose what they feel outspoken radicalized students take from them. The community has decided to support our friends at this time of needless turmoil.

All donations made here go directly to Lawrence and Guinness to cover:

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13:59

For widows, sex attracts wrath of the gods "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ebonyi: Different rules for different communities It is a taboo when a woman has sex with another man in her husbands house in some communities in Ebonyi State. But it is tolerated and celebrated in many communities when a woman conceives for another man in her husbands house before his burial. UCHENNA INYA reports agonies of women who commit sexual immorality Ebonyi State is a heterogeneous society; it has rich cultural values which distinguish it from every other part of the country. Some of the traditions, though differ, are very...

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13:56

No Deal? Second Trump Official Refutes Democrats Misleading Statement On DACA, Border Wall "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

News of President Trumps alleged deal with the Democrats on DACA and the border wall sent shockwaves throughout the media Wednesday evening. While its being widely reported President Trump and Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer struck a deal, or agreed to work on a deal, the White Houses legislative affairs director Marc Short says not so fast. 

Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus tweeted after the dinner that Short told her the Democrats announcement on a deal with the President is misleading.

WH leg affairs director Marc Short calls Dems DACA statement misleading, says no deal on DACA or border wall $$ was reached tonight, tweeted Ballhaus.

Ballhaus continued, Short says POTUS and Dems did agree to try to address DACA quickly.

And ended with Short says WH is not committed to including border wall $ in DACA legislation if they feel confident it will be included in another bill.

13:55

Update on Googles Secretive Startup Calico Labs "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Update on googles secretive calico labs.

Googles #Calico #Labs startup has been cloaked in secrecy, until recently. Calico Labs is using #AI and #MachineLearning to defeat aging. Using a new AI-based machine, they decoded a human genome from scratch without looking at the official genome map.


Googles biotech startup Calico Labs is hoping to outsmart death and has been cloaked in secrecy, until recently. That is, until this report.

13:55

Researchers Discover Key to Brain Aging "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Researchers announced yesterday that they discovered a #genetic #brain #aging #clock that controls how our brains age. The clock controls brain aging according to a precise timetable. This discovery holds promise that scientists can prevent brain aging by stopping the clock.


Summary: Researchers announced yesterday that they discovered a genetic brain aging clock that controls how our brains age. The clock controls aging in our brains according to a precise timetable. This discovery holds promise that scientists can prevent brain aging by stopping the clock.

Imagine keeping your mind sharp as a teenagers while you grow older, even into your twilight years.

Yesterdays announcement brings us one step closer to realizing that dream, as researchers have discovered a genetic clock that ages our brains due to a predetermined timetable.

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13:40

Americas Fiscal Doomsday Machine "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Americas Fiscal Doomsday Machine by David Stockman Daily Reckoning Maybe the Democrats did win the 2016 election. Or at least the the Deep State and its accomplices among the beltway political class, K-Street lobbies and the media did. Thats...

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13:37

Sparkling sun halo seen over central Queensland "IndyWatch Feed National"

Agnes & 1770 residents were left marveling at a strange weather pattern which formed a "halo" around the sun over the Discovery Coast yesterday. Ruth Geck took these photos and shared them on Facebook, prompting excited reactions from others who had seen the phenomenon. Some blamed it on "geo-engineering" - but meteorologist Annabelle Ford, from the Bureau of Meteorology's Brisbane office, confirmed it was an entirely natural effect. "This is a good example of a 'halo'," Ms Ford told The Observer after seeing the pictures.

13:32

It's Now Time for Medicare for All "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Why is health care so much cheaper in other nations? Partly because their governments negotiate lower rates with health care providers. In France, the average cost of a magnetic resonance imaging exam is $363. In the United States, it's $1,121. There, an appendectomy costs $4,463. Here, it's $13,851. Medicare for all would avoid all these problems and get lower prices and better care.

13:31

Tim Wilson MP wrote to me this morning after I criticised his colouring-in book. Here's my response. "IndyWatch Feed National"

(digital reconstruction from original elements in Tim's book) Tim Wilson MP, Liberal MP for Goldstein wrote to me and some of our readers this morning. DM me your address and I'll send you a copy. I think you'll find they are quite good. pic.twitter.com/QFrIXGrt1A Tim Wilson MP (@timwilsoncomau) September...

13:30

Nepals Flood Recovery Set to Exclude the Most Marginalised "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Government aid for flood reconstruction is going to landowners rather than tenant farmers, who often enter verbal contracts and cannot prove their status.

Villagers in Pipara standing at the site where there home used to be. Credit: Vikash Kumar Shah

Villagers in Pipara standing at the site where there home used to be. Credit: Vikash Kumar Shah

Pipara (Saptari district, Nepal): Floods in mid August in Nepal killed 160 people, destroyed or partially damaged 2,35,000 homes, wiped out roads and bridges, and left farmers across the country struggling to save inundated crops and repair broken irrigation systems. The flooding was spread across the Terai region the plains that span from east to west along Nepals border with India. Initial estimates of the damage are in the tens of billions of rupees, including 5.84 billion Nepali rupees in the agricultural sector, according to the Ministry of Agricultural Development.

In response to the agricultural crisis, the government announced a record-breaking 1.25-billion-Nepali-rupee ($12.2-million) recovery package for farmers. Unfortunately, this aid is unlikely to reach tenant farmers, who make up roughly a...

13:30

What Chinas Belt and Road Initiative is Missing "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Issues like ethnic connectivity, transit rights and the Great Wall of security have until now been neglected in Chinas Belt and Road Initiative discourse.

A 2016 graphic of the One Belt, One Road project as the Belt and Road Initiative was previously known. Credit: Reuters

According to historical analysis and Silk Roadology, the success of the legendary trade route was dependent on three factors. First, the greater security situation in the region due to the presence of strong empires the Han Empire, the Kushanite Empire, the Persian and Greek Empires. Second, there were great cultural and religious exchanges along the old Silk Road, which further eased the ways for travellers and traders. Third, sea routes were yet to be discovered, and trade flowed mostly through land and caravans.

With increased trade through the sea routes, the world became more interconnected, and given the lack of cultural ties in the region, the old Silk Road eventually became history.

Now as regionalism, globalism and a win-win situation in economic regional integration is taking place, many countries have initiated their own Silk Road initiatives. China is not an exception to this it has not only initiated one of the biggest Silk Road revival programmes but its strategy in this regard is also becoming a success story.

Yet, theres much that has been neglected in Chinas Belt and Road Initiative (BRI):

Ethnic connectivity

Culture and ethnic migrations played an important role in initiation of the old Silk Road trade and transit corridor. Nothing can explain this better t...

13:30

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Burning Man 2017 Radical Ritual 4K from Justin Majeczky on Vimeo.

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13:30

Monsantos GMO Harm and Corruption is Abominable "IndyWatch Feed National"

The decision to eat or not eat GMOs is only a small reason behind why I vehemently support the labeling of genetically modified foods and hold deep contempt for the biotech industry as a whole.

Monsanto and the rest of the land rapers have desecrated the islands of Oahu and Molokai so far. I recently spoke with friends on the island of Kauai who have expressed grave concern.

People there are getting sick and many believe that their sickness is being caused by impacts of growing GMOs.

Yet, when asking Monsanto and the like to disclose what chemicals and in what quantities they are spraying, their answers are vague, if at all.


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13:30

The Space Race Is Now "Privatized" But You're Still Paying for It "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By: George Ford Smith
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In the wake of Sputnik Is success on October 4, 1957, in which the USSR could stake claim to having built the first artificial earth satellite, a cosmic shift in perception took hold. Whatever advantages US society might have as measured by individual freedom, it came up short when stacked against Soviet science and technology.

Soviet space superiority was on display 32 days later when Sputnik 2 launched with Laika, a dog found roaming the Moscow streets who died a few days after takeoff. Telemetry data recorded during her orbital flight showed a cabin temperature reaching a high of 109 F. She suffered long before dying, giving Americans another reason to hate the commies.

Not only did Sputnik II carry the dog, which suggested that the Soviets were thinking about putting human beings into space, the final stage of the rocket had remained attached to the satellitewhich meant, incredibly and ominously, that the Soviet rocket had managed to put a six-ton weight into earth orbit. The United States, on the other hand, was working on a grapefruit-sized satellite weighing three and a half pounds.  Apollo, Charles Murray & Catherine Bly Cox, 2004 [my emphasis]

The final humiliation came the following month when Vanguard TV3 blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. According to Murray and Cox, a Soviet delegate to the UN needled the US as to whether it would be interested in receiving aid earmarked for undeveloped countries.

A shocked American public demanded answers. There were no answers, only public schooling, bridge clubs, GM, pizza, Annette and Elvis. The government started subsidizing math and science majors, and formed two bureaucracies, ARPA (later DARPA) and NASA. When the US launched its 30-lb. grapefruit called Explorer 1 on January 31, 1958, the all-out space race between the two countries shifted into high gear.

The winner, as weve read and heard, was the US when three astronauts made a round-trip voyage to the moon in 1969. It was a triumph of a can-do ethic, requiring the sweat and intelligence of some ...

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White House Spox Refutes Pelosi-Schumer Statement Excluding Border Wall Not Agreed To "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump had a working dinner with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Wednesday and they have reportedly struck a deal shielding DACA recipients from deportation.

Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with President Trump Wednesday night in the White House for a dinner meeting.

The two leading Democrats left the White House and released the following statement.
No border wall
And amnesty for DREAMERs

That would break two Trump campaign promises right there.

It looks like Deep State won tonight.


White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent out a tweet after Pelosi and Schumer issued a statement. She said, While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to.

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Steve Bannons Crystal Ball: A Split in the GOP "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rarely does the virus speak so formidably to the condition he is a product of.  The soiling, devastating strategist Steve Bannon, despite exiting the Trump administration, remains within it (symbolically at least), moving about with effect and influence. But it is a legacy of mixed curses that bodes ill for the Republican Party.

The one call he repeats with truncheon carrying persistence is one of division. This is not a man who believes, let alone tolerates, unified fronts.  Disunity is his bread, butter and caviar.  Where a front of consensus appears, his shock methods seek to disrupt it. And nothing, for Bannon, would be more reflective of failure than a united GOP, lips moving in synchronous agreement, all on that one vast page of political thought.  Unless, of course, they agreed with him.

His performance on the 60 Minutes show was nothing short than pure in its protest. In his discussion with Charlie Rose, the familiar terms were deployed with weaponized zeal.  Targets were identified, elites excoriated.  There were those troublesome individuals, the swamp, the establishment.  All were given a generous verbal lashing.

The personal targets were predictable enough: old stalwarts such as Speaker Paul Ryan and the human personification of the detested swamp, that veteran insider Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell. They supply the stifling set, keen to submit Trumpism, or Trumpism envisaged by Bannon, to gradual strangulation.  They do not want Donald Trumps populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented.

The theme of frustrated revolution proves constant in the interview, and here, the revolutionary was speaking as a combatant in exile, gazing over a world that refused to change.  In the 48 hours after we won, theres a fundamental decision that was made We embraced the establishment.

Everything else followed: the stuttering, the plodding, the meandering of the Republicans.  I think their choice, he predicts of the GOP functionaries in response to such instruments as the Affordable Care Act, is going to be youre not going to be able to totally repeal it.  As, indeed, it is proving to be.

For Bannon, purity, despite being in a country of the energetic melting pot, is a genuine concept, the very product of a form of archaic Americanism.   Amnesty for the undocumented, he blustered, was non-negotiable.  Economic nationalism was indispensable to the American character. But the impure are in the ranks, laying out the pillboxes and road blocks. The Republican establishment, he shot at Rose with conspiratorial suggestiveness, is trying to nullify the 2016 election.

Of course, nothing would be Bannon without the crystal ball, the gloomy prediction with its ric...

13:20

83-Year-Old Grandfather Throws Man Off His Roof, After Suspect, Who Was Jumping From Roof To Roof, Refused To Come Down "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

What goes up must come down. Via KABC: An elderly grandfather threw a man off his roof, ending an hours-long standoff in which the agitated suspect jumped from home to home in a La Puente neighborhood on Tuesday. The suspect was on top of homes in the 14000 block of Beckner Street for hours, refusing []

13:20

The Most Important Chart in the World "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Why the Bond King Has Never Been More Bearish

The Most Important Chart in the World by Justin Spittler Casey Research Do you own U.S. stocks? If so, you have to see this The chart below doesnt show a stock, a commodity, or even a high-flying cryptocurrency. Instead,...

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13:19

The best cartoons of the 2017 New Zealand general election (so far) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Scott - Dominion Post 14 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 12 September 2017 Tremain - ODT 12 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 12 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 9 September 2017 Tremain - ODT 7 September 2017 Hubbard - 7 September 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 6 September 2017 Murdoch - The Press 6 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 6 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 6 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 5 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 8 August 2017

13:18

Palm oil giant FGV: We will endeavor to rehabilitate peatlands in Borneo "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Felda Global Ventures violated its own sustainability policy and abandoned its obligation as member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) when it destroyed 1,000 hectares of peat swamp in Borneo last year.

13:17

Babalakin pushes education as catalyst for economic recovery "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), has called for the reformation of the education sector with a view to improving every other sector of the nations economy. Nigeria is at crossroads and I believe very strongly that the emancipation of our great country will be led by the reformation of the education sector. Once we get the education system on the proper footing, it will propel the other sectors of the nation and begin an unstoppable forward movement, he said....

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13:14

Soldiers invasion of Kanus home is illegal Falana "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana has described Tuesdays invasion of the family house of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu as illegal and unconstitutional. He also faulted deployment of armed troops by the government in Aba in Abia State under the guise of dealing with threats by IPOB members to destabi- lize the country. Falana noted that although the president was empowered by virtue of Section 217(2) of the Constitution to deploy the armed forces for the...

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13:14

Agitation for Biafra should not be violent Debe Ojukwu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Chief Debe Odumegwu-Ojukwu, a lawyer and businessman, is the son of the late Biafra leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. He speaks in this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE on calls for restructuring of Nigeria, the National Assembly and agitations by various groups in the South-East, among other issues What is your take on the state of the nation? I think most of the things that led us to the present state we are in Nigeria are due to mismanagement. When you have a patrimony and wealth; the wealth can blossom,...

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MASSOB accuses FG of pushing pro-Biafra agitators to arms struggle "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) yesterday said that the Federal Government was by its actions and inactions pushing pro-Biafra agitators to take up arms in selfdefence as they were being provoked by the militarization of South-East region. MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu made the disclosure while reacting to the ongoing military operation in the South- East, code-named, Operation Python Dance II initiated by the Nigerian Army. He said: Despite the provocation and intimidation of Igbo people by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government apparently intended to...

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13:09

Chinas Gold Backed Oil-Benchmark "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Chinas Gold Backed Oil-Benchmark by Rory The Daily Coin There is a single article that is floating around and causing a big stir within the gold community. This one article, which The Daily Coin has published a couple of...

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13:07

The Atiku fever "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting. Milan Kundera. The great Man of Hippo Saint Augustine was the one who said that our soul will remain restless until it rests in the lord. This is a hard theological fact before us as we struggle for salvation. Drawing from this religious inference to our politics, it does appear that Nigeria democracy will remain restless until Atiku Abubakar leaves the stage or becomes President of Nigeria. The likely reaction to this assertion is why? Is...

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13:05

Tropical Storm "Max" forms, about to hit Mexican state of Guerrero "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Storm "Max" formed near the southwest coast of Mexico on September 13, 2017 as the 12th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Max is expected to make landfall on the southern coast of the Mexican state of Guerrero on September 14 and...... Read more

13:05

Florida rapper sparks outrage with new music video which shows him lynching a young white boy "IndyWatch Feed World"

Florida rapper sparks outrage with new music video which shows him lynching a young white boy  | 13 Sept 2017 | A rapper has been condemned over his latest music video which shows him lynching a young white boy. XXXTentacion's video for Look at Me shows him fitting a noose around the young blond-haired child's neck and raising him off the ground on a stage. The child's feet are seen twitching - a common phenomenon during hanging - before he goes limp. The rapper claims the video decries racial violence across the board and says the lynching scene is a part of that...But critics slammed him for using a child to make his point with such 'disturbing' imagery.

13:04

Barry Crump Collected Stories "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"




Barry Crump was one of New Zealands most popular authors ever, selling over 1 million copies of his 24 books between the publishing of A Good Keen Man in 1960 through to his death in 1996.
Though the reputation he gained in the wake of his turbulent personal life sometimes overshadows his literary career, he remains a superb storyteller, who perfectly captured the lifestyle and laconic humour of the rugged Kiwi outdoors man. His ability to craft a tale that is both moving and funny is superbly illustrated by the huge international success of the movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which is based on his book Wild Pork and Watercress.

Almost all of Barry Crumps books are now out of print. This new volume of Collected Stories remedies that, by presenting five of his great classics in a handsome, hardback edition.

Barry Crump: Collected Stories belongs on the bookshelf of every New Zealand home, an important, highly enjoyable and often hilarious part of our literary heritage.

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BARRY...

13:04

Guber poll: N150m bribery scandal rocks APC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

NWC splits over plot to upturn Nwoyes victory The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been torn apart following the move by some of its members to annul the governorship primaries which produced Dr. Tony Nwoye as the partys flag bearer for the November 18 gubernatorial poll in Anambra State. New Telegraph learnt that the split in the NWC was as a result of its infiltration by some influential politicians who came armed with a bribe of N150 million to upturn Nwoyes candidacy and hand...

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13:04

Biological Health Hazard Hurricane Irma: Disease Risk "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

HURRICANE IRMA: RISK OF DISEASES ********* Published Date: 2017-09-13 19:34:58 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Hurricane Irma: risk of diseases Archive Number: 20170913.5314331 Date: Mon 11 Sep 2017 Source: ECDC Rapid Risk Assessment [edited] Main conclusions and options for response In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the most immediate risks in the affected areas of the Caribbean []

13:03

Wike: Policemen behind Rivers kidnapping, robberies "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has described the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police as the mastermind of most of the kidnappings and armed robberies taking place in the state. Wike, who stated this yesterday when he addressed journalists in Government House, Port Harcourt, noted that while SARS operatives combat crime in other states, they use exhibit vehicles to kidnap people and demand ransom in the state. The governor said that SARS Commander, Mr. Akin Fakorede and his operatives have been indicted by an official police signal,...

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13:03

Nigerias export merchandise hits N5.69trn Q2 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A slight rise in Nigerias export value chain has buoyed its merchandise trade activities, recording an increase of N405.1 billion in trade from N5.29 trillion recorded first quarter to N5.69 trillion second quarter. National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) confirmed the latest figure in a data released yesterday. The bureau attributed the increase in second quarter trade to a rise in export which rose by 3.2 per cent to N3.1 trillion. According to NBS, domestic exports accounted for N3.06 trillion or 98.8 per cent of total exports, while re-export accounted for...

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13:02

Buhari orders probe of JAMB ex-Registrars over remittances "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ex-NIMASA DGs too Ojerinde, Akpobolokemi, Omatseye face panel President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate investigation of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMSA) over suspicious remittances of revenues into the Federal Government accounts. Those to face investigation are former Registrars of JAMB and Director Generals of NIMASA. Some of the former Registrars of JAMB to be probed are Mr. M.S. Angulu (1978-1986); Dr. Mohammed Abdulrahman (1986-1996); Prof. Bello Ahmed Salim (1996 2006); and Prof. Adedibu Ojerinde (2006-2016). The incumbent...

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13:02

Buhari should prove Nigerians wrong with performance Fasehun "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dr. Frederick Fasehun is the founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC). He speaks on the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, the calls for restructuring and the fight against graft. WALE ELEGBEDE reports What is your take on the report by the National Bureau of Statistics that the Nigerian economy has eased past recession? We do not know the basis for this pronouncement. But glowing economic statistics will not put food on the table. The harsh reality is that Nigerians are suffering and the government must put the machinery in place to...

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13:01

How Political Patronage Has Kept the Sanatan Sanstha Afloat in Goa "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Starting out as just a fringe irritant, the shadowy organisation has been emboldened by the Goa governments support

The headquarters of the Sanatan Sanstha in Ponda. Credit: Sneha Vakharia

The headquarters of the Sanatan Sanstha in Ponda. Credit: Sneha Vakharia

 

Panaji: With the needle of forensic findings now pointing to a clear link between the killers of journalist Gauri Lankesh, Kannada scholar M.M. Kalburgi and communist leader Govind Pansare of Kolhapur, the spotlight is once again on the shadowy Goa-based Sanatan Sanstha.

Almost two decades after the hardline Hindutva organisation parked itself in Goa it was registered by a trust deed in the state in March 1999 (a copy of the deed is with The Wire) very little is known of what goes on inside the Sanatan Sansthas ashram in Ramnathi, Ponda, or who actually calls the shots there, as its reclusive founder, Jayant Balaji Athavale, a Mumbai based hypnotherapist who turned 75 this year, stopped making public appearances at the ashram since 2004.

It isnt clear if it was Athavales wifes Goa links, or the fact that he received a wa...

13:00

The Dynamics of Sahucars and Farmers in Maharashtras Villages "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Private moneylenders are a major source of loans across the region, and with the collapse of banking in rural areas, their role has only grown.

Private moneylenders or sahucars often wield enormous power in villages, leading farmers to ruin with crippling interest rates. Credit: Parth M.N.

Baliram Kadpe is critical of the Maharashtra government. Farmers do not get the minimum support price [for their crops, from the state], he says with concern. And it is tedious for them to acquire crop loans.  Kadpe believes if the state ensures that farmers have access to a robust credit system, they would not have to approach sahucars [private moneylenders] and it will automatically check farm suicides.

His logic is sound, but there is one problem: Kadpe is a accused of being a sahucar himself. For 25 years, Kadpe, 42, who lives in Ashti town of Jalna district in Marathwada, is said to have devoured more than 400 acres of land from various farmers who approached him for money.

His transaction with Haribhau Pote, 60, is an example. Pote, a farmer from Raigavan village on the outskirts of Ashti, needed money for his daughters wedding. In 1998, he mortgaged three of his eight acres with Kadpe for Rs 50,000. In the year 2000, I further mortgaged 1.75 acres for Rs 20,000, Pote says. In 2002, I mortgaged another acre against Rs 60,000.

Pote has two sons one is a cop and the other is a farmer and five daughters, for whose weddings he needed the loans. Even after he mortgaged the land to the sahucar against the loan, he continued farming on it, and repaid in kind with the harvest. I c...

13:00

Central Banks Of Central Banks Warns: This Is More Dangerous Than 2007 (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Central Banks Of Central Banks Warns: This Is More Dangerous Than 2007 Video X22 Report It has been revealed that Germany will do what ever it takes to keep the UK in the EU. Jamie Dimon says that Bitcoin...

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13:00

According to Wikipedia white males are the only ones who are angry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Angry white male or angry white man (AWM) or angry white guy (AWG) is a term used to describe a white male holding what is viewed as a typically conservative to reactionary viewpoint in the context of U.S. politics, typically characterized by opposition to liberal anti-discriminatory policies and beliefs. In particular, angry white menstereotypically oppose affirmative action policies and feminism. -Wiki When I did a google search for white male I was []

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13:00

The plight of Arab refugee scientists "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Many refugee scientists fleeing conflict in the Middle East and North Africa have been lost in the diaspora unable to continue their research and unwelcome in the countries of exile.

Can Chinese manufacturers ever be clean, green and profitable? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Wastewater recycling is just one innovation Chinas clothes producers are adopting in a bid to keep pace with buyers and government demands

12:59

BREAKING: Schumer-Pelosi Release Statement After Trump Meeting: Agreement on DACA Amnesty, No Border Wall "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

What the hell is this?
Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with President Trump Wednesday night in the White House for a dinner meeting.

The two leading Democrats left the White House and released the following statement.
No border wall
And amnesty for DREAMERs

That would break two Trump campaign promises right there.

It looks like Deep State won tonight.

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12:59

Science journal backs Nobel winners' plea for Serageldin "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Egypts courts must listen to dozens of Nobel prizewinners who have defended the founder of the Alexandria Library, says a leading international science journal.

12:58

Gun Lake Tribe Mourns Passing of Former Chair, Leah Sprague-Fodor "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

 

Former Tribal Chairperson Leah Fodor, Gun Lake Tribe

Published September 13, 2017

BRADLEY, MICHIGAN The  Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) announced on Wednesdeay the passing of former Chairperson Leah Sprague-Fodor.  She passed away unexpectedly at her home in Dorr on September 10, 2017. She was 48.

Spague-Fodors father is retired tribal chairman D.K. Sprague.

Leah held a special place in the hearts of each and every person who knew her.  She devoted her life to serving the Gun Lake Tribe with an emphasis on caring for the elders and tribal youth.

Prior to her years on Tribal Council, and as chairperson, she was the Member Services Director, and was one of the first two employees hired by the Gun Lake Tribe.  She was a lifelong member of the Bradley Indian Mission Methodist Church where generations of her family worshiped and resided nearby.

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12:56

A NEW, INSIGHTFUL AND ILLUMINATING LOOK AT THE LIFE OF SIR EDMUND HILLARY "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


 A NEW, INSIGHTFUL AND ILLUMINATING LOOK AT THE LIFE OF SIR EDMUND HILLARY, BY A FELLOW MOUNTAINEER WHO WAS A CLOSE FRIEND FOR OVER HALF A CENTURY AUTHOR INFORMATION

 This new and important biography of Sir Edmund Hillary, a truly great New Zealander, breaks new ground among previous accounts of his life. The author, Michael Gill, was a close friend of Edmund Hillarys for over 50 years, accompanying him on many expeditions, and becoming heavily involved in his Himalayan aid work. He was also granted access by Sir Edmunds children to a large archive of private papers and photos that were deposited in the Auckland Museum after his death.

Building on personal experience, and this new unpublished material, Michael Gill has written a wonderfully insightful and illuminating biography. He describes the uncertainties of the first 33 years of Edmund Hillarys life, as well as the always-fascinating stories of the early attempts on Mt Everest, all a prelude to the first ascent which brought him instant world-wide fame. But too, this biography reveals, in part through personal letters, the tender and loving relationship he had with his wife  Louise. Her importance to him during their 22 years of marriage only underlines the horror of her death, along with that of their youngest daughter, in a plane crash in 1975. Sir Edmund eventually pulled out of the subsequent depression to continue his lifes work building schools and hospitals in the Himalayas.

Affectionate, but scrupulously fair, Michael Gill has gone further than anyone before to reveal the humanity of this remarkable man. Edmund Hillarys life was shaped by both triumph and tragedy, and while he became famous through his mountaineering achievements, ultimately it was his humility and great compassion for the people of Nepal that has become his...

12:56

Microsoft, Disney among companies calculating carbon footprints - report "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

These big brands acknowledge that climate change and carbon pricing as a policy are key factors that businesses need to look at.

12:55

BREAKING: Trump Allegedly Makes Deal With Schumer And Pelosi, Includes Amnesty For Dreamers, But Nothing On Wall "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I would reserve thought on this as this is Democratic statement and nothing is written out. And there was no prior indication that the wall would ever be a part of this deal. Paul Ryan said there would be funding for the wall apart from this. So well have to see how it all shakes []

12:53

How To Become Mentally Tough According to a Former Navy Seal "IndyWatch Feed World"

Mental toughness is extremely important no matter how you look at it. That being said, most of us are unaware of how to develop it.

Former Navy Seal instructor Mark Divine says that mental strength is more important than any physical ability we could possibly possess. He claims that mental toughness can actually be improved dramatically with just a few simple habits. We can