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Tuesday, 16 January

02:27

Google removes 60+ fake game apps displaying porn ads from Google Play "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Google has removed some 60+ game apps from Google Play, as they were found to contain code that either delivered inappropriate and pornographic ads, attempted to trick users into installing fake security apps or into signing up for (paid) premium services. About the apps The offending apps have been first flagged by Check Point researchers, who named the threat AdultSwine. The threat posed as different game apps Drawing Lessons Angry Birds, Temple Crash Jungle More

02:05

The role of trust in security: Building relationships with management and employees "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Massive data breaches have become the new reality, and they confirm that one of the biggest challenges companies face when it comes to security: a companys biggest shortcomings are often not apparent until data breaches or other emergencies occur. As a result, adequately preparing for the worst and getting employees at every level of the company to give security the attention that it needs remain the key priorities for chief security officers. Bridging the gap More

01:00

CISOs are feeling less confident than ever about cyber risk and data security "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Chief Information Security Officers are feeling less confident than ever about cyber-risk and data security this year, according to a survey conducted by Ponemon Institute in late 2017. As todays climate of high-profile data breaches continues, 67% of respondents believe their companies are more likely to fall victim to a cyberattack or data breach in 2018. And, 60% are more concerned about a data breach from a third party, such as a partner or vendor. More

00:42

Belize imposes offshore oil moratorium to protect reefs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The government of Belize halted all exploration for oil in its territorial waters from Dec. 29, becoming one of the first developing countries to turn away from oil in favor of protecting the ocean environment. This is truly The Peoples Law, Janelle Chanona, vice president of the NGO Oceana in Belize, said in a report by teleSUR. Belizeans have remained steadfast in their opposition to offshore oil since they became aware that marine assets were at risk of irreversible damage from the offshore oil industry. That opposition began in earnest when the government shared its plans for oil exploration near the Belize Barrier Reef. At that point, WWF started a campaign during which 450,000 people emailed the government about offshore drilling, according to an article at Quartz. Belize is a small country making a mighty commitment to putting the environment first, Nadia Bood, a WWF reef scientist, said in the Quartz article. A stingray in Belize. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. The Belize Barrier Reef System Reserve has been a UNESCO world heritage site for more than two decades. The 300-kilometer (186-mile) stretch of coral in the Caribbean Sea is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second in size only to Australias Great Barrier Reef. It is home to turtles, crocodiles and manatees among the roughly 1,400 species found in Belizes reefs. Such wildlife is a huge draw for tourists, who contribute about 10 percent of the countrys gross domestic product, according to Quartz. The Guardian reports that 50 percent of Belizes

00:15

On-card biometric for contactless payments tested in first commercial pilots "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Visa has initiated pilots with Mountain America Credit Union and Bank of Cyprus of a new EMV dual-interface (chip- and contactless-enabled) payment card, making these the first commercial pilots to test an on-card biometric for contactless payments. With biometric authentication gaining momentum and the EMV migration well underway, the biometric payment card pilots will test the use of fingerprint recognition as alternatives to PIN or signature to authenticate the cardholder. The world is quickly moving More

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Monday, 15 January

22:30

Violence Against Dalits in Maharashtra Is Not New, but Dalit Reaction to It Is Changing "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While the states approach in dealing with Dalit protest has not changed, the success of Dalits in pitching their issues at the centre stage of the national agenda has created new political and social possibilities

Members of the Dalit community shout slogans as they block a road during a protest in Mumbai, January 3, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Shailesh Andrade

The commemoration of the battle of Bhima-Koregaon and the events that have unfolded since new years eve became national news after the violence on Dalits. The mainstream media did not initially cover the grand celebration that began on new years eve to mark the 200th year of the end of Brahmin Peshwa rule in which the Mahars (Dalits) fought together with the British. It...

22:29

Myanmar Says Temporary Camp Will House 30,000 Rohingya Targeted for Repatriation "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A Rohingya refugee walks next to a pond in the early morning at Balukhali refugee camp near Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh January 10, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Tyrone Siu

Yangon: Myanmar is building a camp to temporarily house 30,000 Rohingya Muslims targeted for repatriation after fleeing violence in Rakhine State, state media reported on Monday, as Myanmar and Bangladesh meet to discuss how to implement a repatriation deal.

More than 650,000 Rohingya have headed across the border to Bangladesh after a sweeping Myan...

22:25

DOJ's IG Report May Explode on Monday, 1979 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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22:25

FBI Baffled by Encryption, 1978 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still Good evening, Im still reporting on: FBI Baffled by Encryption, 1978 Synopsis: New FBI Director Christopher Wray, speaking on Tuesday at a cyber-security conference in New York, said that powerful encryption tools now becoming widely available are frustrating his agency. Surprise, surprise; last year, the FBI was unable to access data from 7800 devices thats over 50% - despite having legal authority to do so i.e. a legitimate warrant from a real judge. Wray warned the audience of cyber-security experts from around the world: This is an urgent public safety issue. [The solution] is not so clear cut. The FBI has been trying to require manufacturers to provide backdoors into their devices for law enforcement who obtain a warrant. However, the public is demanding more security from the government, not less, especially in light of the fact that the latest batch of cyber criminals were a literal cabal within both the FBI and Justice Department to attack the current President and help cover the crimes of his opponent and her husband, a past president. Just a few months ago some wondered if the FBI was not playing a deceitful game by pretending not to be able to break through current encryption techniques. However, it has recently come to light that utilizing the best commercially-available security practices can stop government snooping cold even one level of technology above that level currently available to the FBI. Yes, this is a huge problem for law enforcement, but one that is self-generated. Therefore, this is an impossible time for Mr. Wray to effectively make this case due to his own Bureaus recent and ongoing illegal activities. Wray could, at any moment, throw open the doors of complete transparency to the FBIs involvement with the Clinton Crime Cabal. Instead, he has chosen to continue to use the immense power of the Bureau to stonewall Congressional investigations and obstruct justice at every step of the way. Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 d...

22:21

Letter from Charlottesville to Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David Swanson, January 15, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Nazi rallies in the news in recent years have most prominently been held here in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, and in Ukraine. I want to send thoughts of solidarity to those in Ukraine resisting fascism. And I want to let you know that some of us are urging our government in Washington, D.C., to stop supporting fascism both in the United States and in Ukraine. In addition, we are pointing to the examples being set by so many shithole countries around the world that are 100% free of fascist rallies.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brandenberg v. Ohio in 1969 that advocacy directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action . . . likely to incite or produce such action is not protected by the First Amendment. Sheriff Shithole has said these things: If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them. I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. Maybe he should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing. See, in the good old days this doesnt happen, because they used to treat them very, very rough. And when they protested once, you know, they would not do it again so easily. You know what I hate? Theres a guy, totally disruptive, throwing punches, were not allowed to punch back anymore. I love the old daysyou know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? Theyd be carried out on a stretcher, folks. See the first group, I was nice. Oh, take your time. The second group, I was pretty nice. The third group, Ill be a little more violent. And the fourth group, Ill say get the hell out of here! Id like to punch him in the face, I tell ya. You see, in the good old days, law enforcement acted a lot quicker than this. A lot quicker. In the good old days, theyd rip him out of that seat so fast but today, everybodys politically correct. He was swinging, he was hitting people, and the audience hit back. Thats what we need more of.

Numerous incidents of violence followed these comments. John Franklin McGraw punched a man in the face at a Trump event, and...

22:18

Blockchain Bonds? Struggling German Telco Joins Bandwagon "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

But to no avail for its crushed shares.

Telefonica Deutschland, the struggling German subsidiary of the struggling Spanish telecom giant Telefonica S.A., announced that it issued 200 million of bonds, including a small tranche of undisclosed size, maturing in about one year, with blockchain technology:

For the first time, the transaction will demonstrate the capabilities of the Blockchain technology in combination with a traditional financing process and a larger number of investors. With the innovative use of this digital technology, all participants are promoting the development of more efficient and transparent processes in the German economy.

The company lost 178 million in the first three quarters in 2017 after losing 1.76 billion in 2016. Its shares the portion that is publicly traded  at 4.10, are down 30% since October 2015. The shares of its Spanish parent, Telefonica S.A., at 8.20, are down 40% over the same period.

The company could certainly do with attracting more shareholder interest.

The company enthused that blockchain technology allows for direct and secure financial transactions in real time by blocks of data that are stored and encrypted on multiple servers. It hopes that the new technology will lower servicing costs and diversify its financing strategy.

But if the plan was to levitate the firms shares by adding blockchain to the press release, it hasnt quite worked. Telefonica Deutschlands shares continue to decline, and the Spanish parent saw its shares close on Friday at the same level as three days ago. It cant have helped that on the same morning, Spains second biggest bank, BBVA, reported that it booked a capital loss of 1.12 billion on its 6.7% stake in Telefonica SA for 2017 over 300 million more than the bank had provisioned for. Not exactly good PR

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22:17

New Mirai Okiru Botnet targets devices running widely-used ARC Processors "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The cybersecurity threat landscape has never been more extensive and is most likely to grow exponentially in 2018. Although the original creators of Mirai DDoS botnet have already been arrested and jailed, the variants of the infamous IoT malware are still in the game due to the availability of its source code on the Internet. Security researchers have spotted a new variant of infamous Mirai

22:15

Secure Power without Batteries (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Secure Power without Batteries Video Engineer 775 SMAs Secure Power Supply does something that no other grid-tied solar inverter without added storage can: provide power during a grid outage. Solar professionals have been talking about this amazing feature since...

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22:14

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22:12

MACKAY Ford Mustang theft accused flags guilty pleas "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 15, 2018 at 05:18PM ,

Ford Mustang theft accused flags guilty pleas

January 15, 2018 at 05:18PM ,

Kerri-Ann Connolly, 31, has been charged with four counts of car theft, five counts of fraud, three counts of stealing after a previous conviction and one count of contravening police. When Connolly faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison on Monday, she said she wanted to plead guilty

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MACKAY Dangerous driving charge follows crash, Bakers Creek "IndyWatch Feed National"

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22:11

Samba 4.8 RC1 Released, Samba 4.9 In Development On Git "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The first release candidate of Samba 4.8 is now available for this popular open-source project implementing the SMB/CIFS protocols...

22:10

German state TV series features woman teaching boy how to pray to Allah "IndyWatch Feed War"

When was the last time a German state TV series featured instructions on Christian prayer? My bet is never. Multiculturalism = Islamic supremacism. German state TV is working to prepare the German people for their future. Is this what it looks like? Brutal German state propaganda to encourage children to be muslims?, by Eeyore, Vlad []

22:08

The Iceman Checks Out, Scientifically "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Wim Hof first caught the attention of scientists when he proved he was able to use meditation to stay submerged in ice for 1 hour and 53 minutes without his core body temperature changing. Since then, he's climbed Mount Everest in his shorts, resisted altitude sickness, completed a marathon in the Namib Desert with no water and proven under a laboratory setting that he's able to influence his autonomic nervous system and immune system at will.

Almost everything Wim has done was previously thought to be impossible - but he's not a freak of nature.

To demonstrate that any human can learn his methods, Wim offered to teach Matt Shea and Daisy-May Hudson to climb a freezing cold mountain in their shorts without getting cold.

Buddhist breathing techniques repackaged for westerners? There's an app for that.


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22:05

World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

22:05

Maduro Urges Latin American States to Join Oil and Gold-Backed Cryptocurrency Project "IndyWatch Feed War"

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22:02

How Free Radicals Damage Our Bodies "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Free radicals are costly.


Summary: Heres what researchers have discovered about stopping the destruction caused by free radicals, including DNA damage, macromolecular damage, and damage to mitochondrial DNA. [This article first appeared on the website LongevityFacts.com. Author: Brady Hartman. ]

Scientists widely believe that DNA damage and macromolecular damage caused by free radicals generated by our mitochondria is the principle cause of aging.

However, they may have found a way to stop it.

22:02

Breakthroughs in Diabetes and Prediabetes Treatments (Our Best of 2017) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Summary: A brief review of the top reports in 2017 on prediabetes and type 2 diabetes treatments, including new ones and those in the pipeline. [This article first appeared on the LongevityFacts.com website. Author: Brady Hartman.]

A paper published in the Lancet shocked the public last year when they reported that 40% of Americans walking around today would develop type 2 diabetes. While type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of premature death, the World Health Organization (WHO) upset even more people when they announced that prediabetes the precursor state to diabetes kills far more people.

Heres a look back at the reports in 2017 on the ways to prevent type 2 diabetes and prediabetes and the promising treatments in the pipeline for these two forms of diabetes.

22:02

3 Things You Learned In Elementary School "IndyWatch Feed War"

Illustrative Picture. (Photo: Creative Commons/Johannes Thiel)Illustrative Picture. (Photo: Creative Commons/Johannes Thiel)

Elementary school! Our memories include recess, minimal work and crayons. But there were some vital lessons you learned in that place. Yet, in all the hustle and bustle of adult life, you may have forgotten some of the most important lessons.

Heres a reminder, and what those lessons mean for the struggle against radical Islam.

 

1.No Take-sie Back-sies

This is one of the most important life lessons of all. You cant take anything back. No one can. For better or worse, Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, Osama Bin Laden ordered the terror attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11 and Hillary Clinton failed to reinforce the embassy in Benghazi.

The past cannot be changed just because we dont like something that happened. We have to come to terms with the reality of the world and move forward proactively, not waste time arguing about whether or not the current instability in Pakistan is really the fault of British imperialists who have been dead for nearly a 100 years.

Accepting what has happened is the first step to deciding how you want to react to it.

 

2.Finders Keepers Losers Weepers

One of the more brutal facts of life, this one underscores the unfairness of the world. The Gulf States have the oil and therefore they have the money. They found it and they kept it. The fact they have used that money (in part) to fund extremism worldwide is what they chose to do with it.

The same goes for the current borders of countries. Pretty much every state on the planet has committed war crimes at least once. The breakup of the Ottoman Empire was a complete mess that saw many groups disenfranchised.

But today it doesnt necessarily make sense to alter national borders and radically restructu...

"The Fascinating Psychology of Blowoff Tops" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"The Fascinating Psychology of Blowoff Tops"
by Charles Hugh Smith

"Central banks have guaranteed a bubble collapse is the only possible output of the system they've created. The psychology of blowoff tops in asset bubbles is fascinating: let's start with the first requirement of a move qualifying as a blowoff top, which is the vast majority of participants deny the move is a blowoff top.
Exhibit 1: a chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJ-30):
Is there any other description of this parabolic ascent other than "blowoff top" that isn't absurdly misleading? Can anyone claim this is just a typical Bull market? There is nothing even remotely typical about the record RSI (relative strength index), record Bull-Bear ratio, and so on, especially after a near-record run of 9 years.

The few who do grudgingly acknowledge this parabolic move might be a blowoff top are positive that it has many more months to run. This is the second requirement of qualifying as a blowoff top: the widespread confidence that the Bull advance has years more to run, and if not years, then many months.

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22:02

Chasing Breakthrough Cures for Parkinsons Disease "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Scientists are searching for an effective Parkinsons treatment.


Summary: A disease-modifying drug for Parkinsons disease remains the goal of researchers as they develop promising treatments using gene therapy, autophagy upregulators, and brain mapping. [Author: Brady Hartman. This article first appeared on LongevityFacts.]

Parkinsons, Alzheimers and other forms of dementia are diseases of aging, and the incidence of these conditions rise with each passing year. Doctors expect these disorders to ramp up with increasing life expectancies.

Researchers arent just focusing on treatments for Alzheimers disease. Fortunately, scientists throughout the world are developing promising treatments for Parkinsons disease as well.

22:02

US Anti-Aging Chief Updates Geroscience Research Progress "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Part 1 of a 4 part article titled Geroscience written by the US head of research in aging biology Felipe Sierra.


Introduction to the essay Geroscience by Felipe Sierra, both provides a glimpse into the future of the longevity field which targets aging.

22:02

Turkey vows to 'eliminate any threat' after US announces Syrian 'border force' of 30,000 that includes terrorists and Kurdish militia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ankara has slammed the plan to create a 30,000-strong force from the Kurdish-dominated SDF militias on its border with Syria, accusing its NATO ally of presenting its "unilateral" move as a joint decision of the US-led coalition. The Turkish government perceives the so-called Syrian Border Force, that may be stationed along the Kurdish-controlled parts of the Syrian border with Iraq and Turkey, as well as in the Euphrates River Valley, as a threat to its national security, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in the statement on Sunday. "Turkey is determined to eliminate any threats against it, and has all possibilities to do this," it said, denouncing what it called "the persistence of the United State in this erroneous approach" of cooperating with the Kurdish militias.

22:02

GCC 8.0 Moves On To Only Regression/Documentation Fixes "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The GCC 8 compiler is on to its last stage of development...

22:01

January 16 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

27 BC  The title Augustus was bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate.

1120 The Council of Nablus was held, establishing the earliest surviving written laws of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.

1362 A storm tide in the North Sea destroyed the German city of Rungholt on the island of Strand.

1412 The Medici family was appointed official banker of the Papacy.

1492 The first grammar of the Spanish language, was presented to Queen Isabella I.

1547  Ivan IV of Russia (Ivan the Terrible) became Tsar of Russia.

1556  Philip II became King of Spain.

1581 The English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism.

1605 The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha(Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes was published in Madrid.

1707  The Scottish Parliament ratified the Act of Union, paving the way for the creation of Great Britain.

1853  Andre Michelin, French industrialist, was born (d. 1931).

1853  Gen Sir Ian Hamilton,  British military commander, was born  (d. 1947).

1874  Robert W. Service, Canadian poet, was born (d. 1958).

1883 The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing the United States...

22:00

Poll Results: Should We Give Medical Treatment to Jihadis? "IndyWatch Feed War"

A wounded soldier in Iraq awaits evacuation and treatmentA wounded soldier in Iraq awaits evacuation and treatment (Illustrative photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Recently, we reported on the decision by Austrias interior ministry to refuse entry to a suspected ISIS fighter from Georgia who required emergency surgery. The 19-year-old fighter, who was suspected to be connected to Chechen jihadi kingpin Akmad Chatayev, was shot in the head in a special forces operation and was in a coma.

Citing security concerns as the primary reason, the ministry also said the fighters entrance to Austria would increase the risk of a possible rescue or a blackmail attempt.

We then polled our readers about whether or not they agreed with Austrias decision. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 89.7 percent said, Yes, why should resources go to people who want to kill us?
  • 10.3 percent said, No, refusing treatment poses serious questions about medical ethics and opens the way to a slippery slope of government control over medical treatment.

 

Here is a sample of some of the many comments we received:

Once the terrorist is healed, he will return and continue to kill us. So this is a self defense.

[The terrorists] want to destroy our way of life. They want to destroy other religions. They choose theirr way and then want their enemy to save you. Sorry

If you treat an enemy combatant like this, their way of thinking still remains the same. Why then would I want treat such a person?

The 19-year-old should be treated medially and then put on trial for his crimes. I would in no way defend ISIS, but it is a tough question. As an individual I would want to treat this person as I would like to be treated if I was in his shoes. The only way to change people is by changing their hearts. Love is the greatest force that can overcome evil. This is what this young man needs to experience in order to have his heart chan...

22:00

Egypt: Muslim gunmen shoot and kill Christian in Sinai "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Either al-Sisi cannot stop this ongoing Muslim persecution of Christians, or he will not. If he cannot, then he is a weak and ineffective ruler. If he will not, it may be that he is practicing steam control, as did Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak before him. That is, despite his affirmations of support for the []

21:59

Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, January 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 312

Reading 1 1 SM 16:1-13

The LORD said to Samuel:
How long will you grieve for Saul,
whom I have rejected as king of Israel?
Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.
I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,
for I have chosen my king from among his sons.
But Samuel replied:
How can I go?
Saul will hear of it and kill me.
To this the LORD answered:
Take a heifer along and say,
I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.
Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I myself will tell you what to do;
you are to anoint for me the one I point out to you.

Samuel did as the LORD had commanded him.
When he entered Bethlehem,
the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and inquired,
Is your visit peaceful, O seer?
He replied:
Yes! I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.
So cleanse yourselves and join me today for the banquet.
He also had Jesse and his sons cleanse themselves
and invited them to the sacrifice.
As they came, he looked at Eliab and thought,
Surely the LORDs anointed is here before him.
But the LORD said to Samuel:
Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature,
because I have rejected him.
Not as man sees does God see,
because he sees the appearance
but the LORD looks into the heart.
Then Jesse called Abinadab and presented him before Samuel,
who said, The LORD has not chosen him.
Next Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said,
The LORD has not chosen this one either.
In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel,
but Samuel said to Jesse,
The LORD has not chosen any one of these.
Then Samuel asked Jesse,
Are these all the sons you have?
Jesse replied,
...

21:58

A Forgotten Memorial That Gives Indian Soldiers of Yore Their Due "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

We have an obligation to those whose valour and heroism deserves recognition even if they fought and died as part of a war that was not Indias.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu attend a ceremony at the Teen Murti Memorial in New Delhi to mark the formal renaming of Teen Murti Chowk as Teen Murti Haifa Chowk on January 14, 2018. Credit: PTI

Cavalry officers have always felt that brief surge of extra pride in the month of November, when traffic on Delhis busy Teen Murti roundabout pauses, halts and gapes at them in awe as they pay homage at the famed Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade Memorial in their ceremonial finery.

This memorial commemorates the valour of soldiers of princely armies namely Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers which formed part of the famed 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade. These troops were later co-opted into 61 Cavalry, the only mounted regiment besides the famed Presidents Body Guard (PBG), which is largely officered by 61 Cavalry. Imperial Brigade is known for its exploits in the First World War in Megiddo and most notably for the liberation of Haifa on September 23, 1918. The brigade was part of the British Indian Army fighting the Ottoman Turkish forces in the Middle East.

After independence, and in keeping with the natural desire to discard imperial baggage, the memorial and circle were rechristened Te...

21:57

UN Boss Says US Should Be Celebrating Mass Migration Into the United States "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The United Nations Is positioning for the takeover of the United States. First, they are trying to dilute the culture and the Constitutional rule of law by massive illegal immigration.

 

 

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21:56

PERTH Police probe after hundreds of cannabis plants go missing from Anketell property guarded by officers. "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police probe after hundreds of cannabis plants go missing from Anketell property guarded by officers. .

January 15, 2018 at 06:48PM .

morning and police say persons unknown had breached the scene and removed about 100 plants. The Organised Crime Squad is now investigating how that came to be the case. The people charged over the cannabis cultivation are in custody and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court in January 16

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/crime/police-probe-after-hundreds-of-cannabis-plants-go-missing-from-anketell-house-guarded-by-officers-ng-b88715201z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFxizbUe1GBjJJozq1oG1JjZmEqFw

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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PERTH Speed Camera Operator Threatened With Rock "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Speed Camera Operator Threatened With Rock .

January 15, 2018 at 12:48PM .

A man has been charged after allegedly turning on a speed camera operator after getting flashed in Kewdale. Its alleged a 46 year old man was clocked travelling at 65 kilometres an hour in a 50 zone along Gabriel Street, near Knutsford Avenue. Police say he returned to the scene a short time later and

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.hit.com.au/news/perth/speed-camera-operator-threatened-with-rock&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGeeu2EK71kl62yPgNOW6NewVsQMQ

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PERTH WA police left high and dry as cannabis plants stolen from under their noses "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA police left high and dry as cannabis plants stolen from under their noses .

January 15, 2018 at 07:12PM .

into the property and steal the cannabis plants. The Organised Crime Squad is also investigating the theft of the cannabis plants and a range of serious drug offences linked to the property. The two people charged were remanded in custody and will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/wa-police-left-high-and-dry-as-cannabis-plants-stolen-from-under-their-noses-20180115-h0iq4d.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHThvO070VhkvR-YrCOiArx1Nz62w

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21:55

Military Situation In Syria On January 15, 2018 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a general look at the military situation in Syria on January 15, 2018. The main military developments are taking place in three areas:

  • Syrian government forces are clashing with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the area of the Abu al-Duhur airbase in the province of Idlib.
  • Ahrar al-Sham and other militant groups are still attempting to capture the Armoured Vehicles Base in Eastern Ghouta from the Syrian Army. However, all attempts of the militants have resulted in no result so far.
  • US-backed forces are developing their effort to establish a full control over the easter bank of the Euphrates and to force ISIS members to withdraw from the area.
Military Situation In Syria On January 15, 2018 (Map Update)

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21:55

Catholicism is the One True Faith "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Creation of Adam, as depicted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, by Michelangelo. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)The Creation of Adam, as depicted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, by Michelangelo. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Catholicism is the one true faith. You might think thats a pretty odd thing for a Jew to say. But in a Western context, we treat it as if its true.

Everything in the West is oriented around the Catholic church. Sunday is the day of rest. Even if contemporary corporate culture has largely abandoned the idea of resting as a concept, government offices and banks and other such things are more often than not closed on Sundays. We even use the Catholic calendar, created by a pope and dating the years from the birth of the Catholic savior, Jesus Christ.

The other major western branch of Christianity (in all its myriad fractions) defines itself relationally to the Catholic Church. Its called Protestantism because they were protesting against the papacy.

Catholic terminology and ideas are embedded into our culture.We say talk about things being sinful or pure and mutter Jesus Christ when we swear. The way God is traditionally depicted, as an old, white man sitting on a throne with a long beard comes from Catholic iconography and art.

The history we learn centers the Catholic church, for a long time the most powerful religious institution in Europe, and then later on the planet. We talk about separation of church and state because the historical norm was the opposite (they were fused under Catholic rulers for hundreds of years).

The very way Western culture conceives religion makes Catholicism the default, with other systems defined as how they compare to Catholicism. This has been imprinted over a 2,000-year period of social conditioning. Why else would we talk about the Old Testament or Eastern spirituality? Both of those terms define their...

21:51

Germany: Muslim migrant teens attack couple after wife refuses to show respect "IndyWatch Feed War"

As police announce, Friday, just after 4 PM, a 51-year-old and his 43-year-old wife from Cottbus wanted to visit the Blechen-Carr on Karl-Liebknecht-Strae, when they were attacked by three Syrian youths aged 14, 15 and 17. They demanded precedence, says police spokesman Ines Filohn. They also demanded that the woman should show respect to them. []

21:48

Debt Rattle January 15 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Elliott Erwitt Jack Kerouac 1953   Nearly 40% May Default On Their Student Loans By 2023 (Brookings) 3 Years After Currency Shock, Swiss Central Bank Cant Get Back To Normal (R.) China Vows to Toughen Rules on $38 Trillion Banking Industry Bitcoin Not Even In Top 10 Of Crypto Worlds Best

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Philippines: Chinas acceptance or rejection of South China Sea arbitral ruling irrelevant (Both nations ignore international law) Philippines becomes a victim of Chinas ways. "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. announces during a press briefing at the New Executive Building (NEB) in Malacaang on January 8, 2018. Presidential Photo/Yancy Lim

By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) January 15, 2018 2:25pm

MANILA, Philippines  Whether or not Beijing accepts the July 2012 ruling of a United Nations-back tribunal on the South China Sea is immaterial under international law, Malacaang said Monday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque stressed that the international tribunal had already invalidated Chinas historic claims to the contested waters and that their artificial islands were located within the Philippines exclusive economic zone.

What is material under international law is its there Thats the unique feature of international law. You cannot deny what is there, Roque said in a televised press briefing. The Philippines has declined to press China on the decision, preferring instead to focus on other aspects of ties between the two nations.

Roque made the statement in response to Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, who said that the Philippines should reject Chinas request to conduct marine research in Benham Rise, which is now officially called Philippine Rise.

READ: Alejano: DFA approved Chinese think tank request to study Philippine waters

In a statement sent to CNN Philippines, Carpio said that the Philippines would be dumb to grant Chinas request following its refusal to accept its obligation under the arbitral award.

Dutertes spokesman, on the other hand, said that there is a difference between international law and domestic law.

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21:48

Will It Be an Epidemic or a Pandemic? Alabama Declares a Health Emergency "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Alabama became the first state to declare a health emergency. IS this declaration giong to be considered an epidemic, or a pandemic?

 

 

 

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21:47

Barry McElduff resigns I do not wish to be a barrier to reconciliation and healing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

At ten oclock this morning, Barry McElduff released a statement to announce that he is resigning as MP for West Tyrone.

It is with great sadness that, after more than 30 years as an active Sinn Fin member and public representative I am tendering my resignation as MP for West Tyrone. The reason I am doing so is because of the consequences of the Twitter video which has caused such controversy over the last week.

But the deep and unnecessary hurt this video caused the families of the victims of Kingsmill is my greatest regret. I again offer my profound apology to those families and to the wider victims community. Had I been conscious of the connection to the terrible atrocity at Kingsmill I would certainly not have posted that tweet. I genuinely did not make that connection, not for a second did I make that connection in my mind.

Kingsmill was wrong, unjustifiable and sectarian. It should never have happened. There was no intended reference to Kingsmill in my tweet. But I do accept that there are many people who do not believe this to be the case. I accept also that this view of what happened is deeply damaging to the reconciliation process that is so important to consolidating the peace process and to healing the pain and hurt of the past.

I cannot undo the pain caused but I know that my continuing role as MP for West Tyrone will compound that sense of hurt and impede any reconciliation process. I wish to wholeheartedly thank my family and friends for their steadfast personal support during this difficult time, and the people of West Tyrone whom I have had the privilege to serve as their public representative for over 20 years. I have a deep gra for my native county and its people.

I am an Irish republican and believe whole heartedly in the reunification of our country and an agreed Ireland in which we heal the wounds of the past together. Reconciliation is essential, but that message is not being heard at this time. I do not wish to be a barrier to reconciliation and healing and in that spirit I again offer my sincere apologies to the survivors and families of those murdered at Kingsmill.

Hell have to submit a letter of resignation to the House of Commons Speaker, whereupon he will be appointed to as the Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds, a position which disqualifies the holder from serving as an MP. A by-election will be triggered at some point in the future whenever an MP (from another part...

21:45

El Petro: Beggar Thy Neighbor? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

El Petro: Beggar Thy Neighbor? by Rory The Daily Coin We have been attempting to cover this subject but someone keeps moving the pieces. One day Maduro is announcing El Petro and three weeks later Maduro is releasing El...

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21:45

The US-Assisted Evacuation of IS Militants from Syria a Rerun of Operation ODESSA "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Surprisingly, the fate of the most zealous members of some crippled Islamic State units is reminiscent of what happened at the end of World War II, writes Dmitry Minin.

21:42

Canada: Islamophobia pusher calls Christian evangelicals Bible-thumping ultra-conservatives "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bernie Farber is a self-described social justice advocate and former Executive Director of the Mosaic Institute, an organization that defines its mission as a national platform that amplifies the voices of Canadas diverse communities. A valid question to be asked is: are Christian communities included? In a tirade published by the Toronto Star, Farber refers []

21:42

8 Top Videos On the Future of Medicine (Best of 2017) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

8 top videos of the future of medicine from 2017.


Summary: a review of the eight top videos on the future of medicine reported in 2017. [This article first appeared on the LongevityFacts.com website. Author: Brady Hartman.]

Throughout 2017, a new breed of researchers called geroscientists were working on revolutionary medical advances, including cancer-seeking bacteriobots, lab-grown organs, soft robots that help an ailing heart to beat, weaponized killer T-cells, plans for radical life extension, advancements in CRISPR gene editing, and the emergence of the microbiome in human health.

These videos came from many sources including Kurzsegat, Popular Science, and the journal Nature. Heres a look back at the 8 videos in 2017 that shows us the coming revolutionary advances in healthcare.

21:41

Airbus overtakes Boeing, says could halt A380 programme "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP / by Djallal MALTI | Airbus said that without new orders from Dubai-based airline, Emirates, it will be forced to halt its A380 programme
PARIS (AFP)  European aerospace giant Airbus overtook arch-rival Boeing in terms of aircraft orders last year, but warned that it could cease making its A380 jet if it does not receive any more orders for the supersize plane.Airbus said it booked a total 1,109 aircraft orders and a record 718 deliveries in 2017.

By comparison, US rival Boeing booked 912 orders and 763 deliveries.

Chief operating officer Fabrice Bregier said that overall deliveries could rise to 800 this year, given the increased pace of production of its A320neo aircraft.

The medium-haul A320neo and A321neo jets feature new generation engines that use 15 percent less fuel compared to their peers.

We are going to double the number of A320neos delivered this year, Bregier told a news conference. If we do that, we will be close to 800 deliveries in 2018.

He acknowledged that deliveries of the A320neo had been slowed last year by problems with the engines made by US firm Pratt & Withney and by CFM, the joint venture of General Electric and Safran.

Nevertheless, the problems were gradually being resolved and around 30 aircraft were waiting for their engines, down from 60 at the beginning of the year, he said.

Turning to the A380, sales director, John Leahy, warned that Airbus would have no choice but to halt the programme if Dubais Emirates airline the main customer for the superjumbo launched in 2007 did not place another order.

We are still talking to Emirates, but honestly, they are probably the only one to have the ability right now on the market place to take a minimum of six per year on a period of eight to 10 years, Leahy said.

Quite honestly, if we cant work out a deal with Emirates there is no choice but to shut down the programme, Leahy said.

But Im hopeful that we work out a deal with Emirates, he added.

There have been a total of 317 orders for the A380, the worlds largest passenger airliner, since its launch.

Airbus had been hoping to secure another major order from Emirates, which took delivery of its 100th A380 in 2017, at the Dubai Air Show in November.

But the airline finally picked 40 Boeing 787-10 jets instead.

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21:40

Bloody Sunday, Brexit & The Democratic Process: Public lecture, followed by In conversation with Bernadette McAliskey Derry, 26th January 2018, 7.30pm "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Why Bloody Sunday, Brexit & The Democratic Process ?

Much like many other parts of the world at that time, the North of Ireland was undergoing a process of profound political change in the early 1970s.  By the time January 1972 came around the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) had already been holding peaceful protests and marches for close on 4 years.

From the outset the Northern state had chosen to respond violently to NICRAs modest demands and this eventually led to the British government introducing armed troops onto the streets in August 1969.  This militarised situation was further heightened with the commencement of the IRAs bombing offensive in 1970.

Then in August 71 the state introduced internment without trial and on Sunday, January 30th 1972 NICRA responded by holding an anti-interment march in Derry city, which tragically ended with 28 civilian marchers being shot by the British army, 13 of whom died that day.

Today all across the world we see people continuing to express that desire for democratic change, whether thats through the Arab Spring protests, which erupted in many middle eastern countries several years ago or with Scotlands Independence referendum of 2014 or last year with the UKs Brexit referendum and again more recently with the Catalonian governments declaration of independence from the Spanish state.

Equally and despite the election last year of a racist, sexist, Islamophobe president the American people, by electing Donald Trump, have clearly demonstrated their desire for real and urgent democratic change.

What then does this all mean for global society and more specifically how might these seismic changes effect Ireland and its relationship with our nearest neighbour.

Britains Brexit decision has introduced an air of anxiety and instability into European politics, which in turn has provoked heated debate and soul searching around the question of the border here and for many this instability has brought the imperative of a united Ireland much closer.

However, in response to justified demands for change and accountability, many governments and institutions have chosen different forms of repression or censure, be that with the Spanish governments recent violent response to democratic Catalonian nationalism, the EUs punishing fiscal water-boarding of the Greek economy or through EU Troika diktats delivered to the Southern Irish state.

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21:38

Barry McElduff resigns as an MP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Barry McElduff has resigned as the MP for West Tyrone;

His statement

The reason I am doing so is because of the consequences of the Twitter video which has caused such controversy over the last week.

But the deep and unnecessary hurt this video caused the families of the victims of Kingsmill is my greatest regret.

I again offer my profound apology to those families and to the wider victims community.

Had I been conscious of the connection to the terrible atrocity at Kingsmill I would certainly not have posted that tweet. I genuinely did not make that connection, not for a second did I make that connection in my mind.

Kingsmill was wrong, unjustifiable and sectarian. It should never have happened.

There was no intended reference to Kingsmill in my tweet. But I do accept that there are many people who do not believe this to be the case. I accept also that this view of what happened is deeply damaging to the reconciliation process that is so important to consolidating the peace process and to healing the pain and hurt of the past.

I cannot undo the pain caused but I know that my continuing role as MP for West Tyrone will compound that sense of hurt and impede any reconciliation process.

I wish to wholeheartedly thank my family and friends for their steadfast personal support during this difficult time, and the people of West Tyrone whom I have had the privilege to serve as their public representative for over 20 years. I have a deep gra for my native county and its people.

I am an Irish republican and believe whole heartedly in the reunification of our country and an agreed Ireland in which we heal the wounds of the past together.

Reconciliation is essential, but that message is not being heard at this time.

I do not wish to be a barrier to reconciliation and healing and in that spirit I again offer my sincere apologies to the survivors and families of those murdered at Kingsmill.

21:36

Syria says US-led coalitions plan to create a border force creates traitors Russia-Syria Already Supported by Iran and Turkey "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Kurdish female fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqas iconic Al-Naim square on October 19, 2017, after retaking the city from IS
DAMASCUS (AFP)  Syria on Monday lambasted the US-led coalitions plan to create a 30,000-strong border force in the countrys northeast, saying it would consider its members traitors.The alliance fighting the Islamic State group announced on Sunday that it was working with Arab and Kurdish fighters to establish a Border Security Force (BSF).

The BSF would be responsible for preventing a resurgence of IS in areas where the jihadists had been cleared by the Syrian Democratic Forces.

But an official source in Syrias foreign ministry on Monday denounced the plan.

Syria strongly condemns the US announcement on the creation of militias in the countrys northeast, which represents a blatant attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity and unity of Syria, and a flagrant violation of international law, said the source, cited by state news agency SANA.

Syria considers any Syrian who participates in these militias sponsored by the Americans as a traitor to their people and nation, and will deal with them on this basis.

Backed by the US-led coalitions air strikes, advisers and weapons, the SDF has ousted IS from swathes of territory in the east and north, including IS bastion Raqa.

With the offensive winding down, the coalition and SDF said they were shifting their focus to border security to prevent a jihadist comeback.

A strong Border Security Force will prohibit Daeshs freedom of movement and deny the transportation of illicit materials, the coalition said, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

In a new emailed statement on Monday, it said it aimed to create the 30,000-strong force over the next several years.

About half would be SDF veterans, and another 15,000 would be new recruits.

The Border Security Force will be stationed along the borders of SDF-held areas, to include portions of the Euphrates river valley and international borders to the east and north of SDF-liberated territory, the coalition said.

Turkey reacted sharply to news of the border force on Sunday, saying it would legitimise a terror organisation.

Ankara is fiercely opposed to the SDF, which is dominated by the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) considered by...

21:31

Face Recognition to Now Be Permitted as Additional Means of Aadhaar Authentication "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The move will enable easy authentication for those individuals who face a difficulty in other biometric authentication. Credit: PTI

New Delhi:  The UIDAI today allowed face recognition as additional means of Aadhaar authentication to be used in combination with existing ways such as fingerprint or iris scan.

The move will enable easy authentication for those individuals who face a difficulty in other biometric authentication like fingerprint and iris.

The facility is being allowed only in a fusion mode that is along with other existing means of authentication and will be available by July 1, 2018, an official release said.

This facility is going to help in inclusive authentication of those who are not able to biometrically authenticate due to their worn out fingerprints, old age or hard work conditions, the UIDAI said.

As of now, two modes of biometric authentication, fingerprint authentication and iris authentication, are allowed under Aadhaar.

The face authentication provides additional option for all residents to have inclusive authentication. It shall be allowed only in fusion mode along with one more authentication factor combined with either fingerprint or iris or OTP to be able to successfully authenticate an Aadhaar number holder, UIDAI said.

The new method will also be allowed on need basis.

Todays move comes close on the heels of the biggest overhaul of Aadhaar system by the UIDAI last week when it allowed individuals to create and use a virtual ID to avoid sharing their unique identity numbers, when using government and other services.

Users will, from March 1, have the option of generating a 16-digit virtual identity mapped to their Aadhaar number that can be shared...

21:29

Palestinians meet to respond to Trumps slap of the century "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the meeting of the Palestinian Central Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah January 14, 2018. (Reuters)
RAMALLAH, Palestinian territories: Palestinian leaders met Monday to plan a response to what they see as US President Donald Trumps attack on their long bid for statehood, after Mahmud Abbas denounced White House peace efforts as the slap of the century.
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The rare meeti...

21:26

Trudeaus Government Enabling Female Genital Mutilation? "IndyWatch Feed War"

On this new edition of The Glazov Gang, we are featuring Trudeaus Government Enabling Female Genital Mutilation? a video which presents Canadas Michelle Rempel exposing the Liberal governments heart of darkness. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel. Please donate through our Pay Pal account to help The Glazov Gang keep []

21:22

Teacher coulpe and two children killed in Morobe Province "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Two primary school teachers serving in rural Kabwum district were killed instantly along with their two children and an elderly woman relative, in what is now considered one of the worst road accidents in Morobe province, NBC reports.

With the unofficial and unconfirmed death toll last registered at seven, the Nasupum crash is one of the worst road accident in Morobe province, following the worst national road accident in 2010 where 40 people died after two Route-100 Coaster buses crashed into each other at Ragiampum village near Watarais junction in the Markham valley.

Among the dead, is the Munga family of four, parents Yaing and Brenda Munga both serving primary school teachers and their three-year-son Nathaniel and two-year-old daughter, Justline.

The two teachers of Tauga Primary School in Komba Local Level Government Area in Kabwum district, were travelling from Lae to Nadzab ariport to catch a light aircraft flight to go back to Kabwum with the intention to settle in and resume duties early.

They were accompanied also by an elderly woman relative who was the childrens babysitter, and were travelling in a five-door Toyota Landcruiser vechicle which collided with a 15-seater bus near Nasuapum village, located halfway between Lae and Nadzab.

They were part of the first seven dead bodies rushed down to Lae along with some other occupants of both vehicles, most of whom were in serious conditions.

Michael Gerson, who oversees the districts eduation standards as the Provincial Examinations Cordinator, says the two teachers who were killed in that tragic road accident were part of the team of hardworking and committed teachers serving in Kabwum, whose contribution resulted in the district topping the province academically in 2017.

Relative and colleague teacher, Kevin Panpan, and Mr Gerson described their deaths as unexpected and unnecesary and say it is a big loss to the people of Kabwum and the Education division.

(Pictured are relatives reacting upon seeing the bodies of the two teachers and their children, lying outside the Angau general hospital morgue)

NBC News - Gabriel Lahoc

21:22

US Ambassador To Israel Sent Condolence Letter To Family of Rabbi Killed By Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed War"

BY JPOST.COM STAFF
 JANUARY 15, 2018 12:16

He epitomized the hard working, dedicated individuals who have built and sustained the State of Israel, the letter said.

US Ambassador Friedman sends condolence letter to family of murdered Rabbi

RAZIEL SHEVACH, whom a terrorist murdered on January 9th, 2018, is surrounded by his wife and six children in this recent photograph.. (photo credit: Courtesy)

United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman sent a letter of condolences to the family of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, who was murdered in a drive-by at...

21:19

Qatar accused by UAE of 'intercepting' passenger plane to Bahrain "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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UAE says it will take 'all necessary legal measures' after accusing Qatar of intercepting scheduled service to Bahrain

21:18

Military Situation In Area Of Abu al-Duhur On January 15, 2018 (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Military Situation In Area Of Abu al-Duhur On January 15, 2018 (Map)

Click to see the full-size map

The military situation in the area of the strategic Abu al-Duhur airbase in the Syrian province of Idlib remains tense.

By January 15, government forces had advanced west and northwest of Khansir and established control over al-Hass Mount and a large number of the nearby villages. The distance between government positions southeast of the Abu al-Duhur airbase and west of Khanasir is now about 2 km.

In southern Idlib, the Tiger Forces and their allies engaged militants in the villages of Atshan, Tell Maraq, Umm Khalakhil, Zifr Saqer, Zif Kabir, Suruj, Istablat and Rasm al-Qard that had been a target of counter-attack launched by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies.

Separately, government troops advanced in northeastern Hama and captured the villages of Tafahah and Tal Mutilat as well as attacked the villages of Abu Khaf, Aniq Bajrah and Sukari.

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21:16

La crisis se est haciendo ms profunda, ms txica, ms permanente (The crisis is getting deeper, more toxic, more permanent) El Diario interview, 13/1/2018 (including the original English text of the interview) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Europa es exactamente lo opuesto a democracia, asegura el ex ministro griego de Finanzas y cofundador de DIEM25, que ajusta cuentas con los protagonistas de la crisis del euro en  Comportarse como adultos

El Gobierno espaol actu firmemente en Bruselas contra los intereses de la inmensa mayora de los espaoles

El bitcoin es una esplndida burbuja y nunca podr operar provechosamente como moneda

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Yanis Varufakis (Atenas, 1961) fue ministro de Finanzas griego durante slo siete meses, de enero a julio de 2015, pero su peculiar estilo, cercano al de una estrella del rock, marc una poca en el adusto ambiente del Eurogrupo y de la poltica econmica europea.

Ms all de la ancdota de su negativa a usar corbata, de sus solapas levantadas y de sus cazadoras de cuero que acept cambiar por una bufanda de Burberry en alguna ocasin Varoufakis ocup titulares por sus batallas con la troika. Luch contra la austeridad im......

21:15

Britain: Medical records of thousands of patients handed to US firms connected to tobacco industry by British health officials "IndyWatch Feed War"

The medical records of British cancer victims have been handed to a controversial American firm working for one of the worlds biggest tobacco companies, the Daily Telegraph can reveal.

The data covering almost 180,000 patients every case of lung cancer diagnosed in England over a four year period was given by health officials to a firm which has acted to cigarette giants Philip Morris International for almost three decades.

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It is feared the company could use the anonymised data in legal cases minimising the dangers of smoking, or fighting regulation.

The sensitive information, taken from NHS records, was taken without the consent of any of the cancer sufferers or their families.

An investigation by the Daily Telegraph reveals that Public Health England (PHE) gave the anonymised data, covering 179,040 lung tumours diagnosed between 2009 and 2013, to a commercial firm called William E.

Read the rest (Paywall):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/14/medical-records-thousands-patients-handed-us-firms-connected/

21:15

The Fascinating Psychology of Blowoff Tops "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Fascinating Psychology of Blowoff Tops by Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds Central banks have guaranteed a bubble collapse is the only possible output of the system theyve created. The psychology of blowoff tops in asset bubbles is...

The post The Fascinating Psychology of Blowoff Tops appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:15

Haiti and America"s Historic Debt "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

President Trump says his tough language on immigration, which reportedly included decrying shithole nations, didnt apply to Haiti but he appears to know little of Americas debt to Haiti, which Robert Parry described in 2010.

21:14

EPO Scandals Played a Considerable Role in Sinking the Unified Patent Court (UPC) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Inability to maintain the reputation and perception of justice at the EPO is proving fatal


Dialogue like telling the Appeal Boards to sack their colleague, a judge called Patrick Corcoran?
Original: Presidential candidates set out their vision for the EPO | full article (copy)

Summary: Todays press coverage about the UPC reinforces the idea that the EPO saga, culminating in despicable attacks on Patrick Corcoran (a judge), may doom the UPC once and for all (unless one believes Team UPC)

THE UPC isnt going ahead, no matter what media may be trying to tell us. Some of that media is literally paid for UPC advocacy. It has been promising or heralding the UPC for a number of years, but it was wrong every time. They are trying to sell outcomes, not information.

To get an idea of what patent professionals think, look at comments. Right now, for example, virtually all the comments about it in Kluwer Patent Blog are negative (13 comments so far, with the author trying to contain the damage after his late Friday 'Molotov'). That speaks for itself really. So do the comments (so far) in this mornings coverage from The Register. Good news for UPC advocates, bad news for EPO staff, says the summary. Well, UPC advocates being Team UPC and good news being an odd term because the views of Tilmann at el were so predictable that its not even news (he already expressed these same views in Kluwer Patent Blog, only to be promptly slammed in the comments). The article is noteworthy for the parts which cover EPO scandals and their relevance to the perception of justice. Quoting the author who is very much familiar with these matters:

To date, it appears that there are three main issues: that it was not properly voted on; that Brexit changes things; and that reforms at the...

21:14

Here's a new air conditioner that cools without warming the planet "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

No hot air here: Researchers from the National University of Singapore produce the first prototype of a new, environmentally friendly air conditioner in what could be a quantum leap in the 100-year old technology.

21:10

Germany: Conservatives reject coalition deal amendments "IndyWatch Feed War"

Angela Merkels conservatives rule out amendments to preliminary coalition deal

Angela Merkels conservatives have insisted they wont make any more concessions to the Social Democrats before formal coalition negotiations begin. SPD delegates are set to vote next week on the preliminary agreement.

Abschluss der Sondierungen von Union und SPD (picture-alliance/dpa/M. Gambarini)

Senior figures in Germanys Social Democrats (SPD) called on Sunday for amendments to the partys preliminary coalition agreement with Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative bloc.

SPD lawmakers said they hoped that the parties could still agree on a new social security scheme and firmer employee contracts in the would-be coalitions policy blueprint.

Read more: Critics weigh in on Germanys coalition talks breakthrough

However, Germanys conservative bloc  made up of Merkels Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU)  swiftly dismissed the calls, insisting that the SPD first vote on whether to move on to formal negotiations before demanding more concessions.

The CDU/CSU and the SPD were in serious talks and not singing Ring a Ring o Roses in the playground, CDU lawmaker Thomas Strob told the German media group RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland. What we have agreed upon with each other is valid, he said, adding that anything not discussed during the week of preliminary talks wont become part of a coalition contract.

Meanwhile,...

21:08

Blackwallet hacked, hackers stole $400,000 from users accounts through DNS hijacking "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

BlackWallet.co was victims of a DNS hijacking attack, on January 13 the attackers have stolen over $400,000 from users accounts (roughly 670,000 Lumens).

The spike in cryptocurrency values is attracting cybercriminals, the last victim is the BlackWallet.co a web-based wallet application for the Stellar Lumen cryptocurrency (XLM).

The platform was victims of a DNS hijacking attack, on January 13 the attackers have stolen over $400,000 from users accounts (roughly 670,000 Lumens).

According to Bleeping Computer, the attackers collected 669,920 Lumens, which is about $400,192 at the current XML/USD exchange rate.

Stellar Lumen today is considered as the eight most popular cryptocurrency.

The attackers hijacked the DNS entry of the BlackWallet.co domain and redirected it to a server they operated, as result of the attack, the application suspended its service.

Technically users were logging to the bogus domain entering their credentials, then the attackers used them to access the account and steal the funds.

 

Users on...

21:05

Dementia Villages: A New Way of Caring for The Vulnerable Old "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Netherlands pursues a promising (but costly) experiment

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ANJA, who is in her 80s, says she has lived here for one hour. In fact, it has been almost a year. Like all of her neighbours, she has severe dementia. But if she is feeling particularly perky, she can buy lagers at the local supermarket, get coiffed at the hair salon and play bingo as night falls. She can dip her feet into the local fountain, or even cycle into it. She lives in Hogeweyk, thought to be the worlds first dementia village, near Amsterdam.

Dementia villages are gated communities designed for people who suffer from dementia, a term used to describe a set of symptoms (such as memory loss and confusion) that are caused by a variety of brain diseases. Hogeweyks 150 residents live in six-room houses, each designed around one of four lifestyles. These are selected for patients after tests and interviews alongside their families. Anja (not her real name) and her housemates live in a traditional home. They eat starchy stamppot stews and have a sewing machine that says it is Made in West Germany. You wont find Danish [modern or minimalist] design here, says Eloy van Hal, who founded the village in 2008. The neighbouring house is furnished with pink floral wallpaper and kitschy plastic chandeliers; all part of the urban style.

Hogeweyks allowance of small freedoms gives peace of mind to people who have lost a part of theirs. Grouping residents by lifestyles is meant to establish continuity between their former lives and the nursing facility. The idea is based on reminiscence therapy, which holds that anxiety in dementia patients can be reduced by creating a familiar environment. It is catching on. A dementia home in Rotterdam has built a remembrance museum in its basement where residents can ogle over childhood artefacts. In Dresden, one nursing home has a room set up to recall the former East Germany. A poster of Erich Honecker, a former leader of the East German communist party, looms over communist paraphernalia and bulky cassette tapes playing 1960s hits. Sometimes fakery keeps residents safe. One home in Dsseldorf has a fake bus stop. Residents who decide, in their confusion, that they want to go somewhere else tend to line up patiently there. After they have waited for a bus that will never come, a carer lures them back to their homes.

Hogeweyk received over 1,400 visitors...

21:04

Suicide Bombing in Baghdad Kills at Least 25, Wounds 63, Says Government "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq January 15, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Khalid al Mousily

Baghdad: At least 25 people were killed and 63 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the Iraqi health ministry said on its Facebook page.

The attack targeted Aviation Square, a commercial area of Baghdad, the interior ministry said in a statement. It was carried out by two men who detonated vests packed with explosives, it said.

Iraq declared victory last month over the ISIS group that took control of nearly a third of Iraq three years ago, but the militants continue to carry out attacks and bombings in different parts of the country.

The post Suicide Bombing in Baghdad Kills at Least 25, Wounds 63, Says Government appeared first on The Wire.

21:02

Philippines on high alert as volcano might erupt in weeks or days "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Philippines most active volcano has shown signs of imminent eruption, forcing thousands of people on the main island of Luzon to evacuate.

Authorities upgraded the alert level at the Mayon volcano in the southern part of Luzon to level 3 Sunday after observing steam eruptions and a bright lava glow.

As many as 3,000 villagers fled their homes while the volcano spewed ash, according to CNN affiliate CNN Philippines.

21:02

Bio-inspired robots come closer to reality "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A tissue-based soft robot that mimics the biomechanics of a stingray has been developed, which could lead to advances in bio-inspired robotics, regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics.

The simple body design of stingrays, specifically, a flattened body shape and side fins that start at the head and end at the base of their tail, makes them ideal to model bio-electromechanical systems on.

The 10-millimeter long robot is made up of four layers: tissue composed of live heart cells, two distinct types of specialized biomaterials for structural support, and flexible electrodes. Imitating nature, the robotic stingray is even able to flap its fins when the electrodes contract the heart cells on the biomaterial scaffold.

21:00

IMPLICATIONS OF INTEL PROCESSOR BUG FLAW "IndyWatch Feed War"

Earlier this month a story broke that you may not have seen, but it has some huge implications, which we'll be getting back to,

The post IMPLICATIONS OF INTEL PROCESSOR BUG FLAW appeared first on Giza Death Star.

20:59

Mike Pence Rescues Iraqi Christians, 1977 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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20:58

Wont Challenge Discharge of Officers in Sohrabuddin Case: CBI "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The trial court had in 2016 and last year discharged Rajkumar Pandiyan, DG Vanzara and Dinesh MN.

Sohranuddin Sheikh and Kauser Bi.

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Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told the Bombay high court on Monday (January 15) that it will not challenge the recent discharge of any of the senior IPS officers in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case.

CBI counsel Sandesh Patil and additional solicitor general Anil Singh told the HC that the agency had already challenged the discharge of some junior officers in the case.

However, the CBI had decided not to challenge the trial court order that absolved senior officers, including former deputy inspector general of Gujarat DG Vanzara, Rajasthan IPS officer Dinesh MN and Gujarat IPS officer Rajkumar Pandiyan, in connection with the alleged fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin and his aide Tulsiram Prajapati, they said.

The CBIs submissions came while a single bench of Justice Revati Mohite-Dere was hearing a revision application filed by Sohrabuddins brother Rubabuddin Shaikh, challenging the trial court orders of discharge of these officers.

The trial court had in 2016 and last year discharged Pandiyan, Vanzara and Dinesh MN.

Rubabuddin has filed separate petitions challenging the discharge of the three officers from the case.

However, his counsel advocate Gautam Tiwari told the high court on Monday that while they had been able to serve notices to Dinesh MN and Pandiyan in the case, they had been unable to trace the address or contact details of Vanzara.

The high court had earlier directed the CBI to provide Vanzaras address to the petitioner, but Tiwari said the central agency had provided an incorrect address....

20:56

In Iran, protesters suicides are stirring anger and calls for accountability "IndyWatch Feed National"

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TEHRAN, Iran Two of the detained young men killed themselves, and another was a terrorist who died in a clash with security forces, Irans government officials have declared with finality. But in an extraordinary display of audacity, many Iranians, including a number of lawmakers and a top entertainment star, have assailed such conclusions.

The three young men were among more than two dozen Iranians who died in the wave of anti-government protests that swept the country a few weeks ago, the most serious unrest to confront the Islamic republics political-religious hierarchy in nearly a decade.

The personal stories that have since emerged of the three have struck a nerve among many Iranians, who see glaring contradictions to the official accounts of the facts.

Their push for further investigation, including a parliamentary demand for an inquiry into the prison deaths, suggests that while the protests have largely subsided, the fallout in Iran may be just beginning.

This news of so-called suicides is making people angry; they demand answers, said Farshad Ghorbanpour, an analyst close to the government of President Hassan Rouhani.

It is unclear whether the anger signals a potent new complication for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who as Irans supreme leader was a target of some of the protests, which began over economic grievances and quickly broadened.

But the willingness by members of mainstream Iranian society to publicly repudiate the narrative of the top judicial authorities is unusual in this country of 80 million, where such behavior can be risky and invite retribution.

Irans judicial authorities, in an update on Sunday about the aftermath of the protests and government response, said a total of 25 people had died and nearly 4,000 had been arrested. They also said that hundreds had been released, including 500 in Tehran.

The national prosecutor, Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, told a news conference in Tehran that none of the bullets found in those killed had matched types used by Irans law enforcement officers and military. Those who died in detention, he said, had committed suicide.

Presi...

20:53

Court Overturns Sharia Patrol Acquittal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Members of the 'Sharia Patrol' in Wuppertal, GermanyMembers of the Sharia Patrol in Wuppertal, Germany (Photo: video screenshot)

A German federal court overturned the ruling of a regional court, which acquitted members of a controversial Sharia Patrol operating in Wuppertal.

The case dates back to September 2014 when a group of Salafist Muslims were caught patrolling the streets of Wuppertal in western Germany telling those walking by not to engage in activities forbidden by sharia (Islamic) law.

The group handed out notices to passersby announcing the area was a Sharia Controlled Zone which meant that alcohol, drugs, gambling, music and concerts, pornography and prostitution were prohibited.

Despite the fact that the group was dressed in in bright orange vests labelled Sharia Patrol, the regional court ruled the group had not violated Germanys laws on wearing uniforms that are suggestively militant or intimidating a law originally aimed at squelching any nascent Nazi-like street movements.

In turning over the lower courts ruling, the federal court said that the regional court had been mistaken since the judges failed to consider the impact the mens actions had on the public.

These peoples intention is to provoke and intimidate and force their ideology [upon others], said Peter Jung, the mayor of Wuppertal at the time of the acquittal.

Christian Democrat party whip Volker Kauder added, Under absolutely no circumstances can we tolerate self-styled Sharia police officers patrolling our streets and dictating what people should or should not do.

Sharia law is not tolerated on German soil, stated Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere.

In the UK, a similar case ended differently when three members of a similar patrol were sent to jail for trying to enforce Sharia law on the streets of London....

20:47

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20:46

Keppel bribes belie Singapores clean image "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

State shipbuilder's US$55 million bribes-for-business scandal has raised questions about the city-state's supposed incorruptibility


One of the largest corruption scandals in the history of Singapores corporate sector has come to glaring light, tarnishing the image and credentials of prominent state-backed conglomerate Keppel Corp and raising questions about the city-states supposed incorruptibility.

Its subsidiary, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (KOM), the worlds largest builder of oil rigs, has been implicated in a 13-year-long US$55 million bribery scheme involving Brazilian executives and politicians to win business deals.

KOMs US subsidiary last month pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate anti-bribery laws and agreed to pay US$422 million in criminal fines as part of a deferred prosecution agreement with the US Department of Justice (DoJ), as well as authorities in Brazil and Singapore.

KOM made the bribe payments between 2001 and 2014 through a chain of shell companies that used the US banking system to conceal and disperse kickbacks, according to court documents released by the DoJ. The documents claimed the company knowingly and willfully conspired to win business through bribery.

The illegal payments were made mainly to officials at Brazils state-owned oil giant, Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras), the largest listed company in Latin America.

Read the full story at Asia Times.

Nile Bowie is a writer and journalist with the Asia Time...

20:45

China Petro Yuan About to Launch! Russia Oil Pipelines and Trade Accelerate! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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The post China Petro Yuan About to Launch! Russia Oil Pipelines and Trade Accelerate! (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:45

Qatar emir building palace in Omans mountains as ties strengthen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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The emir is overseeing the construction and often visits the Gulf country, which has helped Qatar overcome the Saudi-UAE siege

Because Mr Trump Your Country Caused These "Shitholes" "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

US President Trumps outrageous remarks on various poor nations calling them shitholes not only reveal a heartless racist. Donald Trump also shows himself to be appallingly ignorant.

20:42

Satori IoT Botnet Exploits Zero-Day to Zombify Huawei Routers "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Although the original creators of the infamous IoT malware Mirai have already been arrested and sent to jail, the variants of the notorious botnet are still in the game due to the availability of its source code on the Internet. Hackers have widely used the infamous IoT malware to quietly amass an army of unsecured internet-of-things devices, including home and office routers, that could be

20:42

UKs special relationship with sh*t hole USA being questioned "IndyWatch Feed War"

Youre NOT that special! Corbyn says relationship with the US is not most important for Britain as close ally Emily Thornberry brands Trump an asteroid of awfulness falling on this world Jeremy Corbyn played down importance of the Special Relationship with the US Said historic tie was not the most important that Britain has []

20:42

Big Bets on A.I. Open a New Frontier for Chip Start-Ups, Too "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Today, at least 45 start-ups are working on chips that can power tasks like speech and self-driving cars, and at least five of them have raised more than $100 million from investors. Venture capitalists invested more than $1.5 billion in chip start-ups last year, nearly doubling the investments made two years ago, according to the research firm CB Insights.


SAN FRANCISCO For years, tech industry financiers showed little interest in start-up companies that made computer chips.

How on earth could a start-up compete with a goliath like Intel, which made the chips that ran more than 80 percent of the worlds personal computers? Even in the areas where Intel didnt dominate, like smartphones and gaming devices, there were companies like Qualcomm and Nvidia that could squash an upstart.

But then came the tech industrys latest big thing artificial intelligence. A.I., it turned out, works better with new kinds of computer chips. Suddenly, venture capitalists forgot all those forbidding roadblocks to success for a young chip company.

20:40

Aussie Government: End the Free Ride for Electric Cars "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Australian Federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher wants a new system of road charging, which ends the free ride enjoyed by electric cars which do not have to pay fuel tax. Electric cars are breaking our roads, heres how And what the future holds for the neighbourhoods that need their

20:35

Experts Link Shadow Brokers and Russia "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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There is increasing evidence linking Russia to the Shadow Brokers leaks, which is "one of the worst security debacles ever to befall American intelligence."

Source: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/experts-link-nsa-leaks-shadow-brokers-russia-kaspersky-144840962.html


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20:25

US Govt Brands Torrent, Streaming & Cyberlocker Sites As Notorious Markets "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In its annual Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has listed a long list of websites said to be involved in online piracy.

The list is compiled with high-level input from various trade groups, including the MPAA and RIAA who both submitted their recommendations (1,2) during early October last year.

With the word allegedly used more than two dozen times in the report, the US government notes that its report does not constitute cast-iron proof of illegal activity. However, it urges the countries from where the so-called notorious markets operate to take action where they can, while putting owners and facilitators on notice that their activities are under the spotlight.

A goal of the List is to motivate appropriate action by owners, operators, and service providers in the private sector of these and similar markets, as well as governments, to reduce piracy and counterfeiting, the report reads.

USTR highlights the following marketplaces because they exemplify global counterfeiting and piracy concerns and because the scale of infringing activity in these marketplaces can cause significant harm to U.S. intellectual property (IP) owners, consumers, legitimate online platforms, and the economy.

The report begins with a page titled Issue Focus: Illicit Streaming Devices. Unsurprisingly, particularly given their place in dozens of headlines last year, the segment focus on the set-top box phenomenon. The piece doesnt list any apps or software tools as such but highlights the general position, claiming a cost to the US entertainment industry of $4-5 billion a year.

Torrent Sites

In common with previous years, the USTR goes on to list several of the worlds top torrent sites but due to changes in circumstances, others have been delisted. ExtraTorrent, which shut down May 2017, is one such example.

As the worlds most famous torrent site, The Pirate Bay gets a prominent mention, with the USTR noting that the site is of symbolic importance as one of the longest-running and most vocal torrent sites. The USTR underlines the sites resilience by noting its hydra-like form while revealing an apparent secret concerning its hosting arrangements.

The Pirate Bay has allegedly had more than a dozen domains hosted in various countries around the world, ap...

20:25

Labour Scarcity and Labour Coercion: Serfdom in Bohemia "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Institutions are widely viewed as a fundamental cause of economic performance. But what are the causes of institutions?

20:18

Im not a racist: Trump says hes willing to make immigration deal, but Democrats killing it "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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20:18

J Nicholas Gross Thinks Professors Stop Being Professors If Theyre Not Patent Extremists Like Him "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Summary: The below-the-belt tactics of patent trolls and their allies show no signs of abatement and their tone reveals growing irritation and frustration (inability to sue and extort companies as easily as they used to)

THE INTERNET is not a pleasant place when it comes to discussions about patents. We may seem confrontational/abrasive at times, but nowhere near as much as trolls and their defenders. They describe people who invalidate patents as killers or death squads. Watchtroll even called them a cartel earlier this month.

J Nicholas GrossThis theme of death or kills isnt too uncommon. Here is one patent maximalist stating: In a Rule 36, Fed. Cir. Affirmed 101/Alice Kill of ZKey Patent Asserted against Facebook (he always, without exception, uses the word kill in such scenarios, otherwise survives i.e. the language of militarism).

These people are habitually attacking CAFC judges, not just PTAB panels and SCOTUS Justices (as well as the EFF, as J Nicholas Gross repeatedly did when he wrote for the Web site of a patent troll last year). According to him, based on this tweet, professors stop being professors when he doesnt agree with them on patents. These are his words: Anti-patent troll Professor (RIGHT!) Lemley reversed today: cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/ CAFC says his serial infringer client loses on 101 bc SOFTWARE-BASED innovations can make non-abstract improvements to computer technology here security profile enabled bette [sic] virus filtering

J Nicholas Gross must be suffering from inferiority complex; hes not a professor like Lemley (heck, he is not even a doctor), so hes attacking Lemleys credentials. Some patent trolls did this to me as well, defaming me as having fabricated my Ph.D. and even resorting to literally below-the-belt insults (like speaking about my genitals in their public podcasts). He appeared to have developed quite a reputation for these things and he is connected online (maybe professionally) to these trolls, too. Here he is, only days ago, attacking PTABs decision: Another typical day at...

20:15

Taking a Stand Against Trump: Merkel Likely to Join Macron at Davos "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Taking a Stand Against Trump: Merkel Likely to Join Macron at Davos from Sputnik News An appearance by the two together would be seen as a global counterbalance to Trumps isolationist America first political rhetoric. Click here to sign up for...

The post Taking a Stand Against Trump: Merkel Likely to Join Macron at Davos appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:15

From Siberia to Crimea: The Revenge of History in US-Russian Relations "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

I was starkly reminded of this fact again during a December 2017 visit to Vladivostok, when quite by chance I came upon a full page article in the December 5 issue of the local newspaper The Competitor under the following headline: Atrocities of the American Invaders in Primorye.

20:11

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent 01/15/18 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This week we have three newcomers in our chart.

The Shape of Water is the most downloaded movie again.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.

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This weeks most downloaded movies are:
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Movie Rank Rank last week Movie name IMDb Rating / Trailer
Most downloaded movies via torrents
1 () The Shape of Water (DVDScr) 8.0 / trailer
2 (4) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (HDTS) 7.3 / trailer
3 (1) Blade Runner 2049 8.9 / trailer
4 (2) Coco (DVDscr) 8.9 /...

20:08

Ahed Tamimi: Australian Outrage Or Indifference ? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has once again remained silent on another Israeli outrage, writes Professor Stuart Rees.

Sixteen-year old Ahed Tamimi has been imprisoned in an Israeli jail. She slapped an Israeli soldier who had invaded her home in the village of Nabi Saleh, where her cousin was shot in the face with a rubber bullet and sustained life-threatening injuries. Her mother Nariman and cousin Noor have also been arrested. A video of the incident was streamed live on Facebook.

In response to Aheds resistance, Israeli education Minister Naftali Bennet said that Tamimi should spend the rest of her life in prison. A prominent Israeli commentator, Ben Caspin said hed like to see the teenager sent to a dungeon to be tortured in such a fashion that no-one should witness it.

 

Aheds Courage

Around the world there is outrage that Ahed has been being shackled and held in detention. Im outraged by Australian political leaders apparent non-response to the thuggery of Bennet and others, politicians whom an Australian government regards as partners in anti-terrorism operations and with whom we like to trade in arms.

I do not want to hear the sitting-on-the-fence response: weve stayed silent because we cant interfere in the affairs of another country. Thats the time-honoured cowards way out. As a newly minted member of the UNs Human Rights Council, the Australian government should not behave as though it believes in human rights but cant afford to offend a friend.

Journalist Ben Ehrenreich records that Ahed first came to the notice of Israeli authorities when she was 11. She was filmed raising her bare, skinny arm to shake her fist in the face of a fully armed Israeli soldier twice her size. Other soldiers had just arrested her brother.

The very courageous Ahed has lived her life under a brutal occupation. Settlers who steal land are protected by the military. Settlers act with impunity but aim to ethnically cleanse the area surrounding Nabi Saleh. Those who resist injustice are charged with being offenders while the perpetrators of injustice are defined as victims. Morality, law, human rights and ethics dont exist. Who...

20:07

The parallels between the black American experience and the Palestinian experience are overwhelming "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Vic Mensas searing piece in Time on Israeli oppression Vic Mensa: What Palestine Taught Me About American Racism http://time.com/5095435/vic-mensa-palestine-israel-jerusalem/    By Vic Mensa January 12, 2018 IDEAS Mensa is a Grammy-nominated rapper from Chicago. Last summer, I traveled to Palestine with a group of African-American artists, scholars and activists organized by Dream Defenders. I am []

Sparrowhawk in garden, video "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 15 January 2017 video is about a sparrowhawk in a garden in Ede in the Veluwe region in the Netherlands.

Also featuring robin, wren, hawfinch, great tit, blue tit and others.

20:05

Costliest Disaster Year Ever 2017 Living on Earth (PRI) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Fires ravaged parts of Southern California in December 2017, unusually late for fire season

2017 The Costliest Disaster Year Ever

HOST: Steve Curwood, Public Radio International, Living on Earth.

DATE: January 12, 2018, WEB-SITE: www.loe.org

CURWOOD: From PRI, and the Stanley Studios at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, this is Living on Earth. Im Steve Curwood.

NOAA the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tells us America suffered a record amount of damage in 2017 from natural disasters, with a tab of more than 306 billion dollars. And to put that 306 billion in perspective, consider that its more than the interest on the US national debt, and twice the federal budget for health, Medicare, and education. Extreme weather hit almost every state this year: wildfires out west, Hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey in the South, and disasters that got less press coverage but still cost of over a billion dollars events like the Minnesota hailstorm and drought in the mid-west. Here to discuss these steep costs and how they relate to climate disruptions is Kendra Pierre-Louis from the New York Times Climate Desk. Welcome to Living on Earth Kendra!

PIERRE-LOUIS: Thanks, Steve. Im so glad to be here.

CURWOOD: So, 2017 was only the third hottest year on record in the US, but at 306 billion dollars, disaster damage broke all records.
PIERRE-LOUIS: When you go back to 1980 when they first started keeping records, there were only 3 natural disasters that topped a billion dollars. This year it was 16. The only other year where there are 16 events that topped a billion dollars was in 2011. So what were seeing is its not just that were having severe weather events, were having more of them.

CURWOOD: So, $306 billion dollars. Just how unprecedented is this figure record-wise compared to previous years?
PIERRE-LOUIS: Yes, its record-breaking. The next closest disaster year was in 2005, and that was the year of Hurricane Katrina and that was $91 billion dollars less.

CURWOOD: Now, of course, were not saying that climate caused all of this, but climate amplifies these disasters.
PIERRE-LOUIS: Right. We can definitely say that climate change amplified these disasters, and that we can see especially when it comes to, like, the western fires or the hurricanes that happen this year, we can definitely see the fingerprints of...

20:00

Qatar Says Second UAE Military Plane Violated its Airspace "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Doha (MEE A second United Arab Emirates military jet has violated Qatars airspace, the Gulf state said on Saturday, prompting Doha to send a new complaint to the United Nations.

The plane was traveling from the UAE to Bahrain on 3 January when it flew over Qatars special economic zone without prior authorization, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

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On Friday Doha said it had lodged a protest at the United Nations about a UAE fighter jet violating its airspace on 21 December, which it said was a flagrant violation of [its] sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In its new complaint, Qatar said: that the repetition of this terrible incident is evidence of the UAE authorities continuing their approach to violating international law, conventions, charters and international norms.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on Friday denied the accusation relating to the first incident and said Abu Dhabi would send an official response.

Related: As Saudi Influence Wanes, UAE Builds Its Regional Value as Tool of US Imperialism

The UAE is one of four Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt that have imposed travel, diplomatic and trade sanctions on Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

Qatar has denied the charges.

Qatar turned to the World Trade Organisation in August, insisting it was the victim of an illegal siege perpetrated by the four countries.

In November,...

Who and What Will AI Serve? US and China Give Very Different Answers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Beijing (MPN Artificial Intelligence is a frighteningly powerful new tool and weapon. Who and what will it serve? In the U.S., tech giants Facebook, Google, and Amazon and their corporate agendas; in China, the needs of the public and the economy. These two models should be thought through now.

Speaking to a group of students in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a bold proclamation. Artificial intelligence is the future, he said, stating that this is a fact not only for Russia but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.

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This single quote from Putin was cast in an ominous light by Western media, even leading SpaceX founder and the most recognizable critic of Artificial Intelligence (AI)  Elon Musk to warn that the race for AI superiority at a national level may be the most likely cause of a potential world war. While the Western media may want their consumers to believe that this was the latest development in the tactics used in Russian aggression and the next logical step from the dreaded ...

20:00

Erdogan Prepares for Incursion into Kurdish Controlled Afrin "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ankara (GPA Turkish President Recep Erdogan announced the likely offensive in Kurdish Controlled Afrin on Saturday.

Trouble continues to brew in Idlib as the Turkish military already creating problems for the Syrian military prepares to open a second front from their positions in Idlib, into the Kurdish controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria.

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The upcoming offensive was outlined by President Erdogan on Saturday at a provincial conference of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Elazig, a majority Kurdish city. In his remarks, Erdogan laid out the plans for an expansion of his militarys operation in Idlib. Erdogan offered the Kurds a final opportunity to surrender but, since this is unlikely, he went on to warn that If the terrorists in Afrin dont surrender we will tear them down.

Erdogan laid out the new operation as the final blow against the Syrian Kurds and a culmination of the last few years of Turkish policy fighting the Kurdish groups like the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Kurdish led coalition the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Related: Turkey Summons Russia and Iran to Protect Syrian Rebels in Idlib

With the Euphrates Shield operation, we cut the terror corridor right in the middle. We hit them one night suddenly. With the dlib opera...

20:00

US Forces to Remain Indefinitely in Syria Illegally "IndyWatch Feed War"

Damascus (GR Russia intervened in Syria at the request of its government to combat US-supported terrorists.

They continue pouring into the country cross-border, replacing others eliminated by Syrian and allied forces, greatly aided by Russian airpower, considerably reduced from its earlier strength.

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Last October, Syrias Defense Ministry reported the seizure of large amounts of weapons and munitions made in America and US-allied countries.

They included rockets, rifles, machine-guns, surface-to-air missiles, man-portable air-defense system MANPADS, TOW anti-tank missiles, tanks and other heavy weapons.

Washington and its allies continue supplying these and other weapons to ISIS and other anti-government terrorists.

The Trump administration intends indefinite occupation of northern and southern Syrian territory it controls illegally, operating from bases it constructed.

Related: US Fighter Jets in Syria Intercept and Fire Warning Flare on Russians

Moscow and Damascus demand US presence in the country ends, ignored by Washington, putting the Trump administration sharply at odds with Russia.

Sophisticated drones used in the thwarted terrorist attack on its Syrian bases almost certainly were supplied by the Pentagon or CIA.

Putin states that he knows when and where these UAVs were supplied to terrorists, indicating knowledge of the supplier.

Who gains by supporting ISIS and other terrorists wage war in Syria for regime change? Washington and Israel most of all. Along with their allies, theyre partnered against Assad.

Separately on Thursday, Russias Foreign Ministr...

20:00

Why Did Sudan Close Their Border with Eritrea? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Khartoum (GPA) Sudan closed their border with Eritrea as long-standing tensions with Egypt begin to flare up. Ongoing disputes over territory and resources, as well as Sudans relations with Turkey, triggered the dispute.

On January 6th Sudan shut their border with Eritrea after fortifying it with thousands of troops. The closure comes off the heels of rising tensions with Egypt. Relations between the two nations have long been heated, but on January 4th Egypt sent hundreds of troops to a UAE base in Eritrea. Though Egypt denies having sent any troops to the base. Two days later, the Sudanese-Eritrean border was closed until further notice.

Sudan shut the border citing national security concerns. On January 11th Sudan officially announced that the deployment of troops along the Eritrean border was a result of military threats from Eritrea and Egypt. The border remains fortified.

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20:00

This Portable Pi May Not Be What You Expect "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In the years since the Raspberry Pi and other similar inexpensive Linux-capable single board computers came to the market, we have shown you a huge variety of projects using them at the heart of portable computers. These normally take the form of a laptop or tablet project, but today we have one that starts from a completely different perspective.

The Kindleberry Pi Zero W from [Ben Yarmis] does not attempt to create an enclosure or form factor for a portable computing solution. Instead its fair to say that it is more of a software hack than a hardware one, as hes created something of an ad-hoc portable Raspberry Pi from other off-the-shelf pieces of consumer hardware.

The Zero W is a particularly useful computer for this application because of its tiny size, lowish power consumption, on-board Bluetooth, and wireless networking. He has taken a W and put it in the official Pi case, with a portable battery pack. No other connections, thats his computer. As an input device he has a Bluetooth keyboard, and his display is a jailbroken Kindle Touch tied to the Pi using his Android phone as a WiFi router. We suspect with a little bit of configuration the Pi could easily serve that function on its own, but the phone also provides an Internet connection.

The result is a minimalist mobile computing platform which probably has a much longer battery life and higher reliability than portable Pi solutions using LCD displays, and certainly takes up less space than many others. Some might complain that theres no hack in wirelessly connecting such devices, but wed argue that spotting the possibility when so many others embark on complex builds has an elegance all of its own. It has the disadvantage for some users of providing only a terminal based interface to Raspbian, but of course were all seasoned shell veterans for whom that should present no problems, right?

Notable portable Pi solutions weve shown you before include this beautiful Psion-inspired project, and this one using the shell of an old laptop.

19:59

Greeks strike over right-to-strike, paralyze public transport air traffic controllers walked off the job "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

Ferries going nowhere

ATHENS (Reuters) Greek bus, subway and city rail services were disrupted on Monday with some flights grounded as public transport workers and air traffic controllers walked off the job to protest a reform bill they fear will restrict their right to strike.

The labor action disrupted the daily commute for thousands of Athenians, causing gridlock on streets leading to the city center.

In sympathy, other civil servants including teachers, judges and public hospital doctors staged work stoppages with their unions set to demonstrate later in the day.

The work stoppage is backed by several unions, including civil servants union ADEDY and GSEE, the largest private-sector one.

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A man looks through the shuttered entrance of a metro station in the Egaleo suburb of Athens during a 24-hour strike, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Greek transport workers, doctors in public hospitals and seamen are in a 24-hour strike against Greeces government new batch of creditor-demanded reforms. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The government is continuing a storm of anti-labor measures that impoverished Greek society, GSEE said. This is the final blow to workers, pensioners and the unemployed as the bill essentially terminates the constitutional right to strike.

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The draft legislation, due for a parliamentary vote later on Monday, makes it harder to call a strike. It is a bitter pill to swallow for Syriza, the dominant party in the ruling coalition, whose roots are in left-wing labor activism.

Unions can now call strikes with the support of one-third of their members; the new law raises that to just over 50 percent. Business owners and Greeces international creditors hope will limit the frequency of strikes and improve productivity, which lags about 20 percent behind the European Union average.

The government says it needs the reforms to receive tranches of bailout aid. The latest bailout, worth up to 86 billion euros ($104 billion), expires in August. So far, Athens has received 40.2 billion euros, and a new tranche is expected to be worth around 4.5 billion euros.

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19:57

German weapons for Egypt (German-Foreign-Policy.com) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

15/01/2018 - CAIRO/BERLIN (Own report) - Last year, the German government authorized a record number of arms exports to Egypt. As the government confirmed, permits, valued at around 428 ...

Venezuelas Mining Arc boom sweeps up Indigenous people and cultures "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An illegal miner carries a traditional gold pan, called a batea in the Las Cristinas mine in Bolvar state. Photo by Jorge Benezra This story is one in a series of Mongabay articles about Venezuelas Arco Minero, produced in partnership with InfoAmazonia which has launched an in-depth multimedia platform called Digging Deeper into the Mining Arc exclusively highlighting Venezuelas mining boom. LAS CLARITAS, Venezuela They gather in the hundreds, or maybe even thousands, in the early morning, their numbers perhaps tenfold the population of the town itself. Groups of miners, carrying pickaxes and gold pans, meet along the chaotic roads to catch rides by any mode of transport possible, headed to the illegal gold mines that lie outside the village. Some of these artisanal miners, maneuvering around honking cars and children hawking contraband fuel, come in desperation from Venezuelas urban centers. But among the dirt-poor miners in their ragged clothes and muddy boots, many indigenous faces also stand out. The nations failed petro-economy, disastrous governmental policies and a nonexistent job market have brought them all to Las Claritas and its surrounding mines to eke out a hardscrabble living and to feed their hungry families. This remote settlement has been transformed by the sudden rush to extract and process minerals. New arrivals find not a quiet rainforest locale, but a criminal underworld with numerous brothels, gang-controlled mines and an ongoing malaria epidemic. Opportunities are few here, and risk to life and limb are many. Men working a clandestine gold mine

19:55

A cruel harvest of the poor: Israeli allegedly behind human organ black market arrested in Cyprus "IndyWatch Feed War"

A cruel harvest of the poor: Israeli allegedly behind human organ black market arrested in Cyprus Israeli national Moshe Harel, seen handcuffed, is led to a courthouse in Pristina, Kosovo, in 2008. (AP) In November 2008, a Turkish man named Yilmaz Altun crashed to the floor of the airport in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. The 23-year-old []

19:54

Work Slow-Down At Franch Prisons As Unions for Guards, Workers Demand More "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jeff Pachoud, AFP | A pile of tyres burns as prison officers demonstrate in front of Villefranche-sur-Saone prison on January 15, 2018.

Text by FRANCE 24 

Latest update : 2018-01-15

Three French unions demanding more secure working conditions have called for a total blockage of the countrys prisons on Monday after three guards were assaulted last week in northern France by an Islamist terrorist inmate.

Its a dead prison operation. Everything will be done at a slowed-down pace. The agents are very determined, Jean-Franois Forget, of the Ufap-Unsa Justice union, told Agence France-Presse.

Thursdays incident saw the German Islamist convict Christian Ganczarski lightly injure three guards with a pair of scissors and a razor blade at the Vendin-le-Vieil prison, 30 kilometres south of Lille. Ganczarski is serving an 18-year sentence in connection with the attack on a synagogue on the Tunisian resort island of Djerba that killed 21 people in April 2002.

In the wake of the assault, more than a third of French correctional facilities were already subject to work stoppages on Friday.

As long as we havent found a path to agreement with the government, we will not back down, said Forget, condemning what he called total impunity in French prisons. The joint call to action by the Ufap-Unsa Justice, CGT Pnitentiaire and FO Pnitentiaire unions is renewable beyond Monday.

Prison guard sources have told Reuters that Ganczarski was informed just days before assaulting the guards of plans to extradite him to the United States in connection with the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington. Footage from 2000 aired at Ganczarskis 2009 trial in France showed him alongside then al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Mohammed Atta, a 9/11 attack leader who was killed when the airliner he had hijacked crashed in to the World Trade Center.

The three-year-old Vendin-le-Vieil prison will also soon take in...

19:52

(Video) April LaJune -- Uranium One Indictment Unsealed, Hawaii False Flag and a Chess Game "IndyWatch Feed World"



Published on Jan 14, 2018

This week, the corruption of the Deep State was revealed even more when one of the crooks involved in Uranium One were unsealed, Dianne Feinstein broke the law, Hawaii experienced a false flag via a large Red Pill and Q, Julian Assange and President Trump continued with their chess game and CHECKMATE!

19:51

The War in Heaven - Remote Viewing Revelation "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

The War in Heaven - Inside Review w/ Dr Courtney Brown, Farsight Institute - Live
How Far and Destructive was the War in Heaven? 
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Trailer for War in Heaven 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBt1N...

19:49

At least 38 dead, 105 wounded in Baghdad twin suicide bomb "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq January 15, 2018. (Reuters)

BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials raised the casualty toll from Baghdads twin suicide bombing to 38 dead, 105 wounded on Monday, the second such attack in the Iraqi capital in three days.

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Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Al-Tayyaran square in central Baghdad, said General Saad Maan, spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, which includes the army and the police. He said there had been 1...

19:45

Serious Question "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ever wonder what the end of the world will look like? The people of Hawai'i can tell you now. They just had a trial run.

Discuss

Casual Observation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I don't particularly care about Melania Trump one way or the other, but I don't like to see her humiliated publicly. I take Trump's infidelity as a given, and I guess the fact that he continues to lie about it should be a mark against him, but the state of his marriage isn't something that interests me or that I think should be used as cudgel against him. On the other hand, the fact that he paid a ransom to keep this affair secret does have relevancy to whether or not he is subject to blackmail and in the habit of giving things of value to people to keep his secrets.

Discuss

19:45

US Urges EU to "Fix" Iran Deal: Brussels Between a Rock and a Hard Place "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Taking well-thought-out foreign policy moves as elements of grand strategy does pay off but the US prefers to act otherwise. By doing so, it risks shooting itself in the foot.

19:43

Russia says zone for US-backed rebels could end up splitting Syria Russia-Syria Already Supported by Iran and Turkey "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gives his annual press conference in Moscow on January 15, 2018. (AFP)

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday the formation of a zone controlled by US-backed rebels could lead to the partition of Syria.

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Russia started to withdraw its forces from Syria last month, but Moscow has said it would keep its Hmeymim air base in Syrias Latakia Province as well as its naval facility at Tartous on a permanent...

19:40

The US Supreme Court Has Just Denied Another Chance to Deal With a Case Similar to Alice (Potentially Impacting 101) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

101 will carry on invaliding abstract patents

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Summary: There is no sign that software patents will be rendered worthwhile any time in the near future, but proponents of software patents dont give up

THE departure from software patenting (more so post-Alice) isnt to be taken for granted. It needs to be guarded. There are many attempts to undermine Alice, e.g. overriding the decision with another (more recent one), changing Section 101 ( 101), and passing new laws in Congress. The USPTO probably couldnt care any less because it profits from patents (academics say it explains low patent quality), but at the same time it needs to respect the law, especially the Supreme Court.

Do not expect the Supreme Court to override (or overturn so to speak) Alice any time soon. As a matter of fact, a case which a patent maximalist claims to an Alice 101 case will remain buried as far as the Justices are concerned.

As a matter of fact, a case which a patent maximalist claims to an Alice 101 case will remain buried as far as the Justices are concerned.Yesterday, the maximalist wrote, the Supreme Court Denied Cert. in RecogniCorp v Nintendoan Alice 101 case. He also said that the Supreme Court Denied Cert. in the UMass Gene Casean Eleventh Amendment State Immunity Case. He then added that the Supreme Court Denied Cert in the Smartflash v Apple case, where &533M verdict was reversed. And finally: The S.Ct. granted cert. today in Western Ge. co LLC v. Ion Geophysical Corp., case number 16-1011. This is a damages case. Patently-O cared enough about that last one to write a blog post about it. The Supreme Court has granted writ of certiorari in the international-patent-damages case WesternGeco LLC (Schlumberger) v. ION Geophysical Corp., Docket No. 16-1011, it said. This has zero relevance to...

19:38

Five demands for climate change justice "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Two years on from the Paris Agreement, what should governments be doing to take climate change seriously?

In the run-up to the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement and in parallel to the UN Climate Convention in Bonn, climate justice campaigners and lawyers from six continents met to co-ordinate five clear legal demands for local, regional and national governments. The five demands are that legislators:

  1. Acknowledge the climate emergency in national constitutions
  2. Recognise that failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions knowing the contribution these gases make to climate change is an act of ecocide
  3. Provide all citizens with the legal tools they need to obtain climate justice
  4. Introduce a legal requirement that greenhouse gas emissions associated with imports also be included in national and regional reduction targets
  5. Better regulate the activities of multinationals in particular by ending subsidies for fossil fuels.

Why these five?

Local, regional and international law still prioritises private financial interests and a narrow definition of unsustainable economic growth over the public interest in minimising climate change. For example, it is estimated that current and planned airport expansion projects are estimated to involve USD1 trillion in investment over the next four decades, yet legal opposition to airport expansions on the ground that these will automatically increase greenhouse gas emissions is held to be an insufficient reason to limit this expansion. Although the climate is one of the natural commons along with air and water, Marie Toussaint of Notre Affaire Tous says:

"What is really surprising and striking is only 100 companies are responsible for over 70% of emissions since 1988 when we already knew [about climate change] and still they are not punished for anything. We cannot prevent, we cannot repair. We cannot punish the people who destroy our planet. For this we really need a crime of ecocide to be recognised. We need this to first prevent them and t...

19:38

The big board game "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


People are speaking out! A host of women in the entertainment industry have come out with a range of complaints about male colleagues, complaints which hark back many years. It has been a cascade of allegations and the sense one gets of the emotions of these women is as a type of catharsis They demand to be treated with respect in the workplace. The "Me Too" campaign has managed to organise and galvanise women in protest against named powerful figures in Hollywood and elsewhere in the entertainment industry in countries like Australia. Impassioned speeches were made at the Golden Globe Awards, notably by television identity Oprah Winfrey. (The media infers from Oprah's short speech that she may now run for President of the United States!) The issue of sexual harassment in the workplace in the entertainment industry has erupted since accusations in 2017 against movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein, and now his name appears to be mud. Craig MCLoughlin in Australia, who played Dr. Blake in a dreary TV series called, The Dr. Blake Mysteries has been suspended in the latest series in the making. He will no longer be playing the main role in the current production of Godspell due to complaints by his female colleagues. There is a righteous indignation and outpouring of emotion from women affected. It's out in the open. The men named all deny wrongdoing. Presumably efforts will be made to get to the truth.


On January 9th the first same sex marriages in Australia not requiring a waiver took place. The LGBTQI community has been victorious in having their relationships given the same status as traditional marriages. They have triumphed over prejudice and the celebrations and the volume of apparently pent up demand for marriage gives a sense of societal progress occurring in quantum leaps, or so it would appear from media reporting.

The space given in the media to members of special designated ethinic communities also creates a sense that the more that complaints and achievements are aired, the more progress is occurring. A recent example is of representatives of the Sudanese community speaking on episodes of crime and the needs of that community, all gives me a sort of illusion of progress, but towards what?

All the while, as we view our cities, our country, our communities on the screen in our living rooms, and see the women, the LGBTQI communities, the members of various im...

19:37

Russia will not support U.S. attempts to change Iran nuclear deal You want our cooperation on North Korea, yes? "IndyWatch Feed War"

MOSCOW (Reuters) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to change the Iran nuclear deal.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. REUTERS Sergei Karpukhin

Lavrov warned that changes to the Iran nuclear deal would be unacceptable for Tehran and the agreements collapse could be detrimental to dialogue with North Korea.

Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Writing by Gabrielle Ttrault-Farber; Editing by Jack Stubbs

19:34

The Creator & his Creation "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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By Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj ji

In ancient Greece it was said that creation is taken by the Creator when it reaches a point of complete degradation and disorder. The creation is then cleansed and released, to move on its own natural course till the full cycle is completed. At the end of this cycle, when there is total decay and disorder, the Creator once again takes the creation, cleanses it and lets it go. This repetitive process of taking, cleansing and letting go was called the eternal rhythm of the universe; a rhythm expressed continuously through repeating cycles of time. In India, in the Bhagwad Gita, it is mentioned that Almighty descends on earth at the time of extreme degradation, when everything is in complete disorder and imbalance. He comes especially to restore and rejuvenate the original order of all things.

Today, the 21st century modern man who lives in his own virtual world dosent cares much to know about his advent in this cosmic cycle, however as a small part of such a big creation, we ought to know how and in what manner have we arrived here. The cycle of human life starts from the Alpha Point, then goes full circle and returns back to the point of Beginning. The End and the Beginning meet in Alpha, and through this eternal point of meeting there is purification and renewal, thus the alpha is the point of departure and the point of return. Alpha, who can be called Creator, Almighty or Supreme, is complete and self-sufficient. So no matter how much of HIS energy is given for the renewal of the earth, it never diminishes in any way as HIS power is unlimited and, in this sense, infinite. The Supreme , being a Point, is not everywhere, however, through HIS thought HE can reach everyone, everywhere, at anytime. He is eternally a Point who radiates to all and is close to all through the power of His love. In many myths and legends, different cultures have spoken of a time of degeneration when the earth falls into complete chaos and then order is restored through divine intervention. The Supreme Being is shown here acting as a harmonizer and sustainer of life. His identity is as unique and indivisible as ours. He is who He is. His identity and role are permanent. A human soul cannot become Supreme, but can become like Supreme. The pure and sweet energy of Almighty can penetrate the soul, enabling the soul to become absorbed in a union of deep bliss. It is this kind of union that awakens and...

19:30

Q&A: How do climate models work? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In the first article of a week-long series focused on climate modelling, Carbon Brief explains in detail how scientists use computers to understand our changing climate

The use of computer models runs right through the heart of climate science.

From helping scientists unravel cycles of ice ages hundreds of thousands of years ago to making projections for this century or the next, models are an essential tool for understanding the Earths climate.

But what is a climate model? What does it look like? What does it actually do? These are all questions that anyone outside the world of climate science might reasonably ask.

Carbon Brief has spoken to a range of climate scientists in order to answer these questions and more. What follows is an in-depth Q&A on climate models and how scientists use them. You can use the links below to navigate to a specific question.

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To get through the rest of these negotiations we need more cooperation, more urgency and more ambition "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

As Matt OToole points out in precisely the right terms the whole Brexit thing is tricky for Northern Ireland, not simply from an economic point of view from a cultural angle too. There, as he says, so many wrong answers and no right ones.

The measured tone of Arlene Fosters speech in Killarney yesterday stands in stark contrast with the exasperation of David Trimble during the week. The idea of dictating what other sovereign nations should do is a tricky territory. It raises hackles and prompts negative tit for tat.

Micheal Martin at the same conference did some straight talking of his own (pointing out that since Brexit began UK costs were rising by an estimated 350 per week), although he was careful to put in the context of a need for continued stable relations between the UK and Ireland.

Significantly, he noted that

the EU has confirmed that it will fully respect the EU citizenship rights which will be retained by residents of Northern Ireland.  This was an issue which we raised in Dublin and London before the negotiations began and it is extremely important.

It is also an acknowledgement that Northern Ireland represents a special situation.

The 1.8 million residents of Northern Ireland, and future residents, have a right to both British and Irish citizenship, and therefore EU citizenship, which is enshrined in British, Irish and European law. And lest there be any question about the legitimacy of this, it was supported by an overwhelming majority of the people in a free referendum.

With regard to some of the hotter-headed rhetoric passing between the Dublin Government and the DUP before Christmas

its important that we put to rest the idea that politicians in the Republic advocating a deal which respects the rights and opinions of Northern Ireland is a constitutional threat. Its actually the exact opposite.

It is a vindication of long-established policy which underpins the core concept that the people of Northern Ireland alone will decide on its constitutional statu...

19:21

Myanmar says temporary camp will house 30,000 Rohingya targeted for repatriation United Nations agencies and human rights watchers have voiced scepticism Camp Genocide "IndyWatch Feed War"

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YANGON (Reuters) Myanmar is building a camp to temporarily house 30,000 Rohingya Muslims targeted for repatriation after fleeing violence in Rakhine State, state media reported on Monday, as Myanmar and Bangladesh meet to discuss how to implement a repatriation deal.

Rohingya refugee children sit as they wait for permission from the Bangladeshi army to continue at a registration center in Teknaf, Bangladesh, on Oct 15, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

More than 650,000 Rohingya have headed across the border to Bangladesh after a sweeping Myanmar army counteroffensive in response to Rohingya militant attacks on Aug. 25, 2017.

The crackdown has been described by the United States and U.N. as ethnic cleansing, which Myanmar repeatedly rejects.

Officials from Myanmar and Bangladesh meet on Monday to discuss a repatriation deal signed on Nov. 23. The meeting in Myanmars capital, Naypyitaw, is the first for a joint working group set up to hammer out the details of the agreement.

The state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said a camp in Hla Po Khaung in northern Rakhine will be a temporary transition camp for people who are to be accepted systematically for repatriation.

The 124-acre Hla Po Khaung will accommodate about 30,000 people in its 625 buildings, the newspaper said, adding that some 100 buildings will be completed by end of January.

Aung Tun Thet, chief coordinator of Myanmars Union Enterprises for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development, told Reuters that the camp in Hla Po Khaung will be a transition place for Rohingya refugees before they are repatriated to their place of origin or the nearest settlement to their place of origin.

We will try to accept all of those who are coming back to Myanmar, he said, adding that...

19:19

Liam Foxs new for old Brexit trade deals should not bypass parliament and democratic scrutiny "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Liam Foxs new for old Brexit trade deals should not bypass parliament and democratic scrutiny

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19:19

Elad Zigler en Volkskrant Hasbara "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hasbara in de Volkskrant 

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Dieven in de nacht. Een nachtelijke inval in Nabi Saleh.
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Het is de zoveelste keer dat ik weer eens een opinie lees in de Volkskrant over iets wat te maken heeft met Palestina, en wat weer zo ongelooflijk de plank misslaat, dat ik eigenlijk niet wilde reageren.
Na een paar dagen van boos zijn over dit artikel, heb ik toch maar besloten om iets te doen. Ik vind dat dit niet...

19:18

Julian Assange, courageous publisher: Ecuador's gain is Australia's loss "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange, the courageous innovative publisher of Wikileaks, who told the world the truth about US army torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib has been found by the united Nations to have been illegally held in indefinite detention since he was granted asylum by Ecuador in August 2012, due to the British and Swedish governments complicity with the United States. Now Australia has lost this citizen of global courage and action in defence of human rights, to Ecuador, which has just recently granted him citizenship. See "Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship to provide 'another layer of protection'".

The whole Assange case could have been resolved years ago, had the Swedish government given Assange a guarantee that he would not be extradited to the United States, should he go to Sweden to face charges (now dropped) of rape. The fact that no such undertaking was made by the Swedish government (supposedly neutral, but in reality an ally of the United States) clearly demonstrates that the charges of rape were no more than a ploy to arrest Assange and deliver him to the United States deep state.

Throughout this long detention and shameful denial of Julian Assange's human rights, Australian parliament has received letters and petitions asking for the government to help Julian Assange, as an Australian citizen and Victorian resident. To our knowledge, only Greens MPs, notably Scott Ludlum, and, at least once, Adam Bandt, have spoken up on the subject, especially in relation to Bills restricting Australian freedoms and expanding state surveillance. Prime Ministers Rudd and Gillard have been passive in their responses to questions about Assange's welfare, with Gillard actually making the public error of saying that Wikileaks was illegal. Basically no Australian government has stood up for Australia, even though they have occasionally protested that he has received the same rights as any Australian citizen. This...

19:17

Floor at Indonesias stock exchange collapses Injured being treated on outside lawn "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP | Map locating the Indonesian stock exchange where a floor has collapsed.

JAKARTA (AFP)  A floor at Indonesias stock exchange collapsed into the buildings lobby on Monday, injuring an unknown number of people, according to media reports.

We are still investigating the cause, but for now our priorities are the casualties, Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono told Metro TV.

Footage aired by TV stations showed several people lying on the ground and being carrying outside the building.

The police spokesman did not say how many were injured but added that there were no reports of deaths so far.

Television news footage showed people panicking and screaming as officials tried to evacuate the area amid piles of debris.

A reporter from Metro TV, who was in the building to cover the stock market, said the incident happened shortly after noon local time (0500 GMT).

There was a lound banging so people who were inside immediately ran outside of the building, said journalist Marlia Zein.

The structure appeared to be an internal balcony or mezzanine floor.

It collapsed on to the ground level of the complex?s second tower, Indonesian Stock Exchange spokesman Rheza Andhika told Bloomberg, adding that it had not been an explosion.

The Indonesia Stock Exchange is located in the centre of Jakarta, and the local office of the World Bank is also housed on the 12th floor of the complex, according to its website.

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JAKARTA, IndonesiaA mezzanine balcony collapsed during lunch hour on Monday in the busy lobby of the Indonesia Stock Exchange, police said, injuring an unknown number of people and forcing the buildings evacuation.

The cause of the collapse wasnt immediately clear. Auth...

19:16

We Dont Know What Will Happen to Bilal Ahead of January 26 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The family of Kashmiri trader Bilal Kawa, recently arrested in New Delhi for his alleged involvement in the Red Fort terror attack, says hes innocent and was framed.

Family of Bilal Ahmed Kawa stage a protest. Credit: PTI

Srinagar: The family members of 34-year-old Bilal Ahmad Kawa, who was arrested on the evening of January 10 from New Delhis Indira Gandhi International Airport for his alleged involvement in the Red Fort terror attack in 2000, claim that Kawa was not absconding and has been illegally arrested and framed. They said he had all along been living in his home in Aali Kadel area of downtown Srinagar with his old mother, wife and two school-going kids enrolled in a city school. They also criticised the Delhi media for branding him a terrorist.

As per his family, Kawa was visiting Delhi for a heart check-up on the advice of his doctor. He was to stay with his brother, Niyaz Ahmad, who has a flat in Delhi and is settled there with his wife and children for about two decades now, they said. His family said Kawa was only a teenager at the time of the Red Fort attack which took place on December 22, 2000, claiming the lives of two soldiers and a civilian.

Since the arrest of Kawa, relatives and neighbours continue to pour in to express the...

19:16

We aren't all feminist drones "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Readers know I am into horses. My last 5 percenter, Everything, did me proud.

My new 5 percenter, Jaktar, is also looking good.

Listening to Radio Trackside's Des Coppins interveiwing another syndicate manager today, I laughed out loud.

One guy has 1 share and another 99 women have the others. The woman 'manager' suggested they call the syndicate Witches of  Westview. The male was hesitant. What if some members took offence at being called "witch"? The woman manager responded, if they take offence, they aren't the sort of women we want in the syndicate.

Me too.


19:14

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19:14

President Trump Awarded Medal of Bravery by Afghan Elders for Standing Up to Pakistan "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Afghan elders from Logar Province awarded President Donald Trump a Medal of Bravery for his recent comments calling out Pakistan for its duplicity in the war on terror.

President Donald J.Trump awarded by Gold medal of bravery and appreciation letter from Well known Tribal Elders in Afghanistan due to his strong and straight engagement with Pakistan about decade long war in Afghanistan.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported:

A community gathering in Afghanistans Logar Province has awarded U.S. President Donald Trump a bravery medal, thanking him for his tough stance against Pakistan.

Said Farhad Akbari, a community leader in the province, told RFE/RLs Radio Free Afghanistan on January 14 that more than 300 people at an informal jirga, or council, of concerned citizens agreed to award the medal to the U.S. president.

This is a handmade medal from available gold, Akbari said.

He said the handwritten message on the award states: This Bravery Medal is from the Afghan people to Donald Trump, president of the United States of America.

Akbari said the cost of the medal was about 45,000 afghanis ($645), considered a large sum for many in the region, about 60 kilometers outside of the capital, Kabul.

He said those supporting the award paid from their own funds and that he personally presented the medal to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on January 13.

Akbari, who said he fought against Taliban extremists in southeastern Logar Province in recent years, now is head of the Saadat tribe in the region and operates a construction company.

Akbari told RFE/RL that members of the community have waited 16 years for someone in the U.S. administration to make comments of the sort that Trump has made in recent weeks concerning Pakistan.

In a Twitter posting on New Years Day, Trump accused Islamabad of taking $33 billion in aid over the past 15 years while offering back nothing but lies & deceit.

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19:11

Treaty tribes stunned as Supreme Court agrees to hear salmon passage case "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a new year surprise to Indian Country by agreeing to resolve a treaty rights dispute.

19:02

NASA Engineers Demonstrate Fully Autonomous X-Ray Navigation in Space "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

NASA Team First to Demonstrate X-ray Navigation in Space

In a technology first, a team of NASA engineers has demonstrated fully autonomous X-ray navigation in space a capability that could revolutionize NASA's ability in the future to pilot robotic spacecraft to the far reaches of the solar system and beyond.

The demonstration, which the team carried out with an experiment called Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology, or SEXTANT, showed that millisecond pulsars could be used to accurately determine the location of an object moving at thousands of miles per hour in space similar to how the Global Positioning System, widely known as GPS, provides positioning, navigation, and timing services to users on Earth with its constellation of 24 operating satellites.

[...] The SEXTANT technology demonstration, which NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate had funded under its Game Changing Program, took advantage of the 52 X-ray telescopes and silicon-drift detectors that make up NASA's Neutron-star Interior Composition Explorer, or NICER. Since its successful deployment as an external attached payload on the International Space Station in June, it has trained its optics on some of the most unusual objects in the universe.

"We're doing very cool science and using the space station as a platform to execute that science, which in turn enables X-ray navigation," said Goddard's Keith Gendreau, the principal investigator for NICER, who presented the findings Thursday, Jan. 11, at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington. "The technology will help humanity navigate and explore the galaxy."

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19:01

Midnight Meme Of The Day! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


-by Noah

Is Seor Trumpanzee not just a pussy grabber? Obviously, Republicans have no problem with what Seor Trumpanzee is known for, but what if he's also a penis grabber? We all know how homophobic and transphobic Republicans are. Could that be the one thing that would make such people start to fall out of love with their big fat orange fascist?

I know it must be Killing Ann Coulter (not a book by Bill O'Reilly) that so many other loons like Steve Bannon, Trumpanzee, and, Stephen Miller have been getting so much extra attention this week. Poor Ann Coulter! It probably takes her back to her school days when all the other kids ran away form her so as not to get a bad case of Coulter Cooties. She longs for the days when she was a Republican hero. So, I guess it was only a matter of time before she played he #MeToo card. The thing is, although some have speculated about which equipment Ann was born with, this news will confuse and conflict the party of her choice.

But Ann, there is a party to whom such details don't matter. Too bad your personality and politics make you such an asshole.

19:01

Mysteries that bothered me from age 23 until the year 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"




Here we have the mass of bronze age evidence in both the Baltic, SE USA and Lake Superior and they are all of the same tradition.  Now i have been saying this for a long time, but this is the conformation needed.


It also powerfully conforms to the placement of the Iliad in the Baltic as argued recently by Da Vinci.  The siege of Troy in Finland took place around 1179 BC, or a mere generation before the end of the Bronze Age itself in 1159 BC..

We also see the the conformation of the use of ox hide copper ingots. These were ideal for the primitive mining of copper.  Copper was ultimately smelted in some form of a bronze urn until the copper was melted.  It was then flooded into a depression in sand formed by pressing an ox hide into sand.

Add in our additional knowledge of the great circle route that brought shipping into the Isle of Lewis from Bimini and ultimately back into the Mediterranean.   Lewis links easily across the North Sea to the Baltic and its manpower or seamen as well. ..
Archeological Mysteries that bothered me from age 23 until the year 2017 with Richard Thornton


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19:00

Judge Loyas Son Under Pressure to Claim No Doubt About Fathers Death, Says Uncle Shrinivas "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Shrinivas Loya also said he wanted an inquiry into the death of the judge.

New Delhi: Just hours after late judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loyas son reiterated his claim that there was no doubt in family that his father had died of natural causes, Loyas paternal uncle Shrinivas Loya contradicted him saying that he wanted an inquiry into the matter and that 21-year-old Anuj Loya was likely under pressure to make those claims.

At a hurriedly-arranged press conference on Sunday evening, Anuj had blamed his earlier suspicions on emotional turmoil, adding that his family was not making allegations against anyone. Upon being asked whether he had ever harboured suspicions over the special CBI judges death, he said: I was in emotional turmoil, right now I am in emotional turmoil.

When reminded about the doubts raised by his family members about the inconsistencies in what they had been told about Loyas death, Anuj claimed yesterday: They had some suspicions because of emotional turmoil at that period. So right now even they are clear with it and even they dont have any issues.

Loyas sister and Anujs aunt Anuradha Biyani, however, when asked whether she agreed with Anujs characterisation of her views,...

19:00

Illuminati Take Down? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"




I am asking this question because it is in the nature of Trump to go for all the marbles.  The level of military engagement is massive, yet secret and the number of sealed indictments at 10,000 is two orders of magnitude greater than anything ever experienced.  

The Illuminati meme has been publicly  with us for literally over two centuries and constitutes a counter movement to the Enlightenment and the loss of any form of royal prerogatives.  The movement has operated through the building of the global banking system.  By the nature of their belief system it is necessary that it be handed down generation by generation.  Otherwise enlightenment education would have inoculated against this whole meme.  Recall how difficult it is to actually believe this meme exists.

In my own experience, i can vouch for the lingering echos of the Jacobites handed down to me by my own mother.  That was then two centuries old and they lost.  Then we have the ongoing tribalism in Ireland that recalls  seventeenth century conflicts as well.  Thus we can certainly understand the sustaining of a well financed meme.


Yet the ambitions of the Illuminati have been on public display throughout this while been essentially an evidence free conspiracy.  The plan is to produce a one world government while eliminating all national governments and all churches.  This movement is credited with launching the Communist movement at least and continues to spend toward its ultimate objective under new names.  

The whole story line appears unbelievable to all except those they own and work through, so you can see why reaction to it has never attracted serious traction.

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19:00

Thoughts Have Done This To An Apple Now Imagine What They Can Do To Your Body "IndyWatch Feed Tech"



This is an ongoing research meme that has limped around over a number of years.  The real take home is to never emote negativity at your living food.  How to apply that to processed food escapes me.

What we all must understand is that our emotive state impacts directly life around us and this can be either good or bad.  The two comparable apples dramatize this meme. 

The article also reminds us of the well known water experiment.

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Thoughts Have Done This To An Apple Now Imagine What They Can Do To Your Body

http://humansarefree.com/2017/12/thoughts-have-done-this-to-apple-now.html#more

Weve heard it before: our thoughts are powerful. Maybe weve even heard that our thoughts are actually creating our reality. But its one thing to hear or learn this concept and a completely other to fully grasp what it means and apply it to our lives. 

Our thoughts create our reality? How so?

This concept was first introduced to me in a documentary,...

19:00

Why Some People Are Incapable of Saying Im Sorry "IndyWatch Feed Tech"


So just why do you need an apology? People do hurtful things but that reflects who they are and rarely says anything about you.  Knowing that allows you to remain dispassionate while they flail about in their efforts to communicate whatever.
It is easier to tell such folk that you expect better of them.
When way too much ego is involved, it is simply better to distance oneself..
Why Some People Are Incapable of Saying Im Sorry

How to cope when we need an apology, but are never going to get one

By Nancy Colier

December 19, 2017 6:18 am Last Updated: December 19, 2017 6:18 am

https://www.theepochtimes.com/why-some-people-are-incapable-of-saying-im-sorry_2380785.html?


Why is it so hard for some people to say theyre sorry? Its remarkable how difficult these two simple words can be to say out loud.

Ive been gifted with my share of never-sorry people over the years. I say gifted because not getting the apology I craved and (I thought I) deserved has forced me to investigate the psychology of apologies, as well as my own relationship with them.

Ive also spent a lot of time wondering why some people refuse to apologize even when they know theyve caused harmand even when the offense is small and does not require taking much responsibility.

Recently, I was confronted with a friend who refused to say she was sorry for having misplaced an object she borrowed from me. It wasnt there when I needed it; so what? A simple Im sorry would have put the whole thing to bed in a few seconds. But those two words were never going to be said, and I, in my less-evolved incarnation, was left exasperated, angry, and demanding an apology for something I didnt really care about....

19:00

YCH: The Further Misadventures of Maureen "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

YCH: The Further Misadventures of Maureen

  • an In My View article by NIGEL WARD, following up on the appalling treatment of a vulnerable single mother by staff at Yorkshire Coast Homes (YCH).

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Background

On Sunday 29th October 2017, I submitted an article to the Enquirer for publication entitled YCH Boss Ducks Safeguarding and H&S Issues then Goes to Ground, describing the plight of Maureen a single mother of three mixed-gender children in a two-bedroom house, forced to sleep on the sofa on the ground-floor (where the lighting-ring was disconnected due to damp and rainwater leaks on the first-floor YCH gave her a torch! and the gas-fire was out of service).

Emails to the Operations Manager were ignored (it later transpired that he had left his position at YCH).

The Past Two Months

Having concluded my above-mentioned article with a mild pop at SBC Portfolio Holder for Housing & Public Health, Councillor Bill CHATT [Ind.], I was pleasantly surprised to receive a message from Bill showing a keen interest in attempting a reasonable resolution.

On Wednesday 1st November 2017, a YCH technician visited Maureen and restored the ground-floor lighting to working order. This was as a direct result of Councillor CHATTs intervention. Maureen was both grateful and encouraged to believe that her circumstances were about to take a turn for the better. She was no longer reliant on the complimentary torch that YCH gave her so she was no longer forced to cook, wash and iron for her family by candlelight.

But the restoration of mains lighting did not begin to address the leaks, the dysfunctional gas-fire or the immediate need for three-bedroom accommodation.

On Thursday 2nd November 2017, my first email to YCH Operations Manager Bill MILLER (26th October 2017) was read-receipted. I have never received a response.

So I decided to email Mr Owen INGRAM, the Interim CEO of YCH (CEO Shaun TYMON having left quite suddenly), seeking a meeting so that Councillor Rob BARNETT [Lab.] and I could plead Maureens special case for re-housing.

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19:00

In lieu of a silver bullet: #metoo in the global workplace "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

When we talk about gender-based violence in the world of work, we need to talk about non-white, non-wealthy women too.

Photo by the International Labor Rights Forum. 

Stories of sexual harassment and violence on movie sets and in newsrooms continue to dominate media cycles. Following a stunning 80 women coming forward to accuse former movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual violence, survivors in entertainment, journalism and even US Congress have begun to share their experiences and the names of industry predators. By now, it follows a familiar pattern: first one person comes forward, followed by a second, then a seemingly endless onslaught of stories come out. Celebrities like Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan have come forward with their own testimonies of rape and harassment. Social media is flooded with accounts from people who had experienced sexual assault or harassment, using the hashtag #metoo.

Heres an indisputable fact: women and other marginalised people face challenges in accessing the right to work free from gender-based violence. This problem is not going away, and, in lieu of a silver bullet solution to dismantle patriarchy in its entirety, its going to take a considerable effort one that includes governments and corporations taking responsibility for protecting workers from gender-based violence in all parts of their supply chains in ways theyve resisted before.

Heres an indisputable fact: women and other marginalised people face challenges in accessing the right to work free from gender-based violence.  

Despite all the attention to the issue, there continues to be international debate around whether it even makes sense to create a binding international standard on gender-based violence, with a number of governments and corporations dragging their feet on lending support. The International Labor Rights Forums new report, Time For Change: Advancing Legal Protections on Gender-Based Violence at Work, explores the ways in which gaps in international norms and national laws allow women and vulnerable populations to fall through the cracks.

Kalpona Akter, Executive Director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, recounts in the report her recent experience convening a series of wo...

18:59

Israel Says It Destroyed Gaza Attack Tunnel Under Egyptian Border "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A Palestinian rides a motorcycle outside Kerem Shalom, the main passage point for goods entering Gaza, after it was shut down by Israel, in the southern Gaza Strip January 14, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A Palestinian rides a motorcycle outside Kerem Shalom, the main passage point for goods entering Gaza, after it was shut down by Israel, in the southern Gaza Strip January 14, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Gaza/JerusalemIsrael said on Sunday it had destroyed a cross-border attack tunnel that ran from...

18:57

Hawaii's ballistic missile false alarm and a user interface failure "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Each and everyone of us goofs up every day - the only difference is that for most of us it doesn't make international headlines.

18:55

Earthquake in Southern Peru Leaves One Dead, Scores Injured "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A man passes the debris of a building after a strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru, in Acari, Arequipa , Peru, January 14, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Diego Ramos

Lima: A strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, killing one person, injuring scores and causing homes and roads to collapse.

The quake hit offshore at 4:18 am local time (0918 GMT) at a depth of around 36 km (22.4 miles), the US Geological Survey said. The epicentre was in the Pacific Ocean 40 km from the town of Acari.

Arequipa governor Yamila Osorio said on Twitter that a 55-year-old man died in the town of Yauca after being crushed by r...

18:54

Wars and wildlife in Africa whats happened to Gorongosa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mongabay

11 January 2018

 

  • Researchers have found that wars and armed conflict have led to severe declines in large mammal populations in Africas protected areas.
  • Even low-grade, infrequent conflicts were enough to reduce large mammal numbers, the study found.
  • Despite devastation, wild animal populations can recover if efforts are made to conserve them, the researchers conclude.

Wars or armed conflict of any kind can have just as devastating an impact on wildlife as on people, a new study published in Nature suggests.

Warfare can have a range of effects on wild animals: hungry soldiers and citizens can hunt animals for meat; weapons used in conflicts can kill animals; and armed groups can finance their military activity by poaching animals like elephants and rhinos for their ivory and horns. On the other hand, conflicts could reduce pressures on wildlife by moving people away from conflict zones; extractive industries like mining might stop. The overall effect of war on wildlife, though, remains unknown, write researchers Joshua Daskin of Yale University and Robert Pringle of Princeton University in the U.S.

To find out what the net effect is, Daskin and Pringle analyzed data collected between 1946 and 2010 on more than 250 populations of 36 species of large herbivorous mammals, such as elephants, antelopes, hippos, rhinos and giraffes, distributed across 126 protected areas in Africa. The researchers found that more than 70 percent of the African parks were affected by armed conflicts during the study period. They also found that the frequency of war and not the intensity of war was the single most important factor explaining the trends in wildlife populations relative to all others they had looked at: As the number of conflicts increased, wildlife populations declined.

In Mozambique, for example, governments and conflict groups used the Gorongosa National Park during conflicts between 1977 and 1992. The researchers found that these wars devastated large mammal populations in the park. Elephant numbers declined by more than...

18:53

USA, from George Washington to Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Theresa May and Donald Trump

This photo shows British Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May and United States Republican President Donald Trump, posing in the White House in Washington with a portrait of George Washington and a sculpture of Winston Churchill, showing inadvertently how much some British and US political leaders have deteriorated compared to earlier times.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Monday, 15 January 2018

Trump fears the masses and huddles in Fortress America

PRESIDENT Trumps racist comments, made while speaking privately to US lawmakers in the Oval Office on Thursday, in fact show a bourgeois leader who is frightened of the masses of the world and actually wants to hide away from them in his Fortress America, complete with its high walls and electronic fences.

Trump wondered why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, referring to some as shithole countries, and suggested America should welcome more people from nations like Norway instead.

In fact, the emergence of Trump with his America First and keep-them-out policies completes the evolution of the US bourgeoise, who at one time welcomed the huddled masses of the planet, before developing into a major imperialist power, and then post-1945 into the self-declared worlds policeman, only to now attempt to retreat into isolation under the banner of America First and keeping the world at bay with batteries of nuclear weapons. Trump is the opposite of the spirit of the American revolution.

For all the appearances of bellic...

18:48

China Absence Looms Over Canada Meeting on How to Pressure North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Flags of China and North Korea are seen outside the closed Ryugyong Korean Restaurant in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China, in this April 12, 2016 file photo. Credit: Reuters/Joseph Campbell/Files

Vancouver: Foreign ministers from around 20 nations gather on Tuesday to discuss how to curb North Koreas nuclear ambitions through diplomatic and financial pressure, but China, seen as a key player in any long-term solution, will be absent.

The Vancouver meeting, co-hosted by Canada and the US, comes amid signs that tensions on the peninsula have eased, at least temporarily. North a...

18:48

Dozens killed in Baghdad twin suicide blast, say officials "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but most such attacks in Iraq are the work of IS

18:47

25 Men Share How to Stay Faithful in the Face of Temptation "IndyWatch Feed World"

Experts estimate that approximately 1 in 5 adults in a monogamous relationship have cheated on their current partner, with that rate coming in even higher among married men. Even more shocking, nearly half of people have admitted to being unfaithful at some point over the course of their lives.

It is not uncommon to have feelings or thoughts of being unfaithful, in fact, it is entirely human for other people to catch your wandering eyes. It is this same thought process and reaction that causes us to have discussions with our friends about the hot actress in the latest Hollywood blockbuster. The problem lies in the moment when that appreciation for another womans appearance takes the next step, crossing the line into stepping outside of your relationship behind your partners back.

Source: Mad Men | AMC

 

25 men share their tips to stay faithful in the face of temptation:

#1 I think the problem with guys who cheat is that they have no imagination. If you can fantasize, you dont need to act on all the horny urges running through your mind. You can envision yourself getting humped by the cute hippie chick seated across from you on the subway instead of bumping uglies in real life. Thats how I manage. Hussain (age 26)

#2 My girlfriend doesnt police me, and I think thats key. She doesnt demand that I check in all the time or call me non-stop when Im out with my buddies. Some guys I know have to call or text their girl every hour, or theyre in trouble. And guess what? That pisses them off and makes them resentful. Theres trust between my girlfriend and me, and I respect our relationship even more because of that. Trust isnt easy to build, and its even harder to rebuild, so I dont plan on compromising it. ...

18:45

2018: A year of many challenges for Putin in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

If Russia fails to meet regional actors' expectations over Syria, Libya or Israel/Palestine, it will ruin its image as a credible partner

18:44

12 Signs That You Are Truly Loved "IndyWatch Feed World"

When you are in a relationship sometimes it can be hard to tell if the person you are dating truly loves you. While we might think we are loved, sometimes we are mistaken.

False love is far more common than we would like to admit. Some of us spend our whole lives with people who just dont really give a shit about us. However, there are lots of things that define a loving relationship. If you and your partner do the following you are in a truly loving relationship.

12 Signs You Are in A Truly Loving in Your Relationship:

1. You accept one another.

You accept each other for who you are, because you know none of your flaws matter. You are able to understand one another on a deeper level; communication is a key part of this.

2. You put each other first.

You put your partners needs on the same level as yours. You want everyone to be satisfied within the relationship. This is not all about me or you.

3. You forgive and forget.

You do not get caught up in petty arguments. When small issues arise you talk things out. Forgiving one another comes easily.

4. You support one another.

You are there for each other in all the best ways. You are your partners best cheerleader. You are always pushing one another to do better.

5. You respect each other.

Respect is key in any relationship. You respect your partner and your partner respects you. No relationship will work if it is lacking respect.

6. You remember important things about one another.

You remember the things that matter to your partner and your partner remembers the things that matter to you. You remember birthdays and anniversaries, and while someones favorite color may seem minuscule, it is important to your significant other.

7. You share the burden.

No one is holding the weight of the world on their shoulders. You share the burden with one another. What your partner is struggling with, you are also struggling with.

8. You push one another to follow dreams and reach goals.

You are there for one another in all ways. You push your partner to follow his or her dreams and they do the same for you. You are both working on yourselves together.

9. You know how to exist without one another.

You can be yourself without issue. You know how to live without your partner. Your partner does not define who you are.

...

18:44

Twenty Dead in California Mudslides "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Rescue workers scour through properties for missing persons after a mudslide in Montecito, California, US, January 12, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Kyle Grillot

Los Angeles:  The death toll from Southern California mudslides that swallowed dozens of homes and forced the closure of a major highway along the picturesque Santa Barbara County coast rose to 20 on Sunday, with four other people still reported missing.

Emergency officials said chances of finding more survivors in the ravaged landscape of hardened muck, boulders and other debris had waned considerably since heavy rains unleashed torrents of mud down hillsides before dawn last Tuesday.

Still, the 20 fatalities confirmed in and around the affluent community of Montecito, 85 miles (137 km) northwest of Los Angeles in the coastal slopes adjacent to Santa Barbara, ranks as the greatest loss of life from a California mudslide in at least 13 years.

The official death toll early on Saturday had stood at 19, with seven people listed as missing. Four remained unaccounted for on Sunday, including the 2-year-old daughter of the latest victim whose remains have been positively identified.

Ten people perished in January 2005 when a hillside saturated by weeks of torre...

18:43

Can Nepali coffee survive impacts of climate change? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Climate change has delivered a double whammy to coffee growers in Nepal, as areas where the crop flourished are turning unsuitable for future plantations, and pests are destroying existing ones.

18:38

Catholic School Association Moves Madhya Pradesh HC, Seeks Protection From ABVP "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

On January 4, hundreds of ABVP activists had created a ruckus outside the St Marys PG College in Vidisha after being denied entry into the premises.

ABVP activists outside St Mary PG College on January 4. Credit: Twitter/ANI

New Delhi: The Madhya Pradesh Catholic Diocesan Schools Association has moved the states high court seeking protection of its educational institutes. The Indian Express reported that the association alleged the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) the student body affiliated to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to incite communal tension.

Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary general of Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) said that the ABVP was increasingly targeting institutions run by Christians. He said ABVP had called upon its members to forcibly enter St Marys PG College in Vidisha and perform the aarti. Their efforts to talk to the ABVP had been in vain, said the secretary general. On January 4, hundreds of ABVP activists had created a ruckus outside the college when they were not al...

18:38

Greeces inflation eases in December, says ELSTAT "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greeces consumer price inflation eased in December after accelerating in the previous month, figures from the Hellenic Statistical Authority showed Friday. Consumer prices climbed 0.7 percent year-over-year in December, slower than the 1.1 percent increase in November. The measure has been rising since January. Transport costs grew 4.9 percent annually in December and prices of

The post Greeces inflation eases in December, says ELSTAT appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

18:36

CES Shows That the Future Will Not Work "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The top consumer tech show in the US was chock full of products that visibly did not work, and no one seemed bothered.

18:34

CPU microcode update code for amd64 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Patrick Wildt (patrick@) recently committed some code that will update the Intel microcode on many Intel CPUs, a diff initially written by Stefan Fritsch (sf@). The microcode of your CPU is basically the firmware that runs on your (Intel) processor, defining its instruction set in terms of so called "microinstructions". The new code depends, of course, on the corresponding firmware package, ported by Patrick which can be installed using a very recent fw_update(1). Of course, this all plays into the recently revealed problems in Intel (and other) CPUs, Meltdown and Spectre.

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18:32

Litigation Roundup: Nintendo, TiVo, Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Philips, UMC "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

And more legal actions are now being filed in China

The fortunes told

Summary: The latest high-profile legal battles, spanning a growing number of nations and increasingly representing a political shift as well

THE effort to keep abreast of litigation, except nuisance litigation from trolls, carries on. Yesterday we found this report about Nintendo using its sometimes notorious patents to sue a small company, Colopl. A popular gaming site wrote about it:

Nintendo is suing Japanese mobile games developer Colopl for allegedly infringing on five of the publishers patents.

This lawsuit could be interesting for indie developers worried about patent issues in their own work as well. As Siliconera reports, one of the patent complaints from Nintendo include the special technology used to operate a joystick over a touch panel which is featured in Colopls mobile title White Cat Project. The patent was supposedly originally filed in 2006 with regard to the Nintendo DS wrist strap.

The most media attention has been given to cases that involve one large company suing another. There were several such examples last week. TiVo is now bullying rivals (not a new thing) using patents; whats noteworthy is that its done via subsidiaries. Averting/reducing risk of counteraction? See Boston-based TiVo subsidiary sues Comcast for patent infringement, TiVo Hits Comcast With More Lawsuits Targeting X1, TiVo Sues Comcast Again, Alleging Operators X1 Infringes Eight Patents and TiVo Sues Comcast Again, Alleging Operators X1...

18:31

Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organisations? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Yes, it would seem.  The subtitle is The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on US Crime, the authors are Evelina Gavrilova, Takuma Kamada, and Floris Zoutman, and the outlet is The Economic Journal.  Here is the abstract:

We show that the introduction of medical marijuana laws (MMLs) leads to a decrease in violent crime in states that border Mexico. The reduction in crime is strongest for counties close to the border (less than 350 kilometres) and for crimes that relate to drug trafficking. In addition, we find that MMLs in inland states lead to a reduction in crime in the nearest border state. Our results are consistent with the theory that decriminalisation of the production and distribution of marijuana leads to a reduction in violent crime in markets that are traditionally controlled by Mexican drug trafficking organisations.

Here is the link to the paper, here are earlier versions.  For the pointer I thank Peter Metrinko.  That said, I learn from Kevin Lewis that the high school graduate rate goes down.

The post Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organisations? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

18:30

Classic TV BBC I, Claudius A Touch of Murder Ep01 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The classic series drawn from Robert Graves novels with an incredibly strong cast

18:30

Soapbox: Its well past time to move on. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

I am almost 69. If I am lucky I may have a few years still to go. Since I was 20 my life has been lived with the spectre of the troubles hovering over me.  The troubles have defined my country, my life and those of my children.

I do not want them to define the lives of my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren.

I have mourned with those who have lost loved ones, I have grieved for their loss. I have condemned each atrocity and hoped it would be the last. I have sat up until the wee small hours to ensure my children got home safely, listening to the hourly news in case another bomb had gone off in town.

I have stood on the Ormeau Road on internment day while the city was erupting around me. Ive lain in bed listening to the sound of gunfire and the sound of petrol bombs hitting their targets. Ive worked in areas of Northern Ireland where it was a relief for my family to know I was home safe at the end of the day.

Ive had enough.  I no longer want to think about it. Im sorry for those who have lost loved ones. I too have lost loved ones, albeit not by a terrorist hand. But loss is loss no matter how it happens.

I remember them but I dont allow their loss to dictate how I live my life. The chances of catching those who committed these horrendous crimes are rapidly diminishing.

Meanwhile, relatives and friends are allowing their lives to be defined waiting for justice. Well, I dont want to grieve anymore, I want to put the troubles behind me.

I want to get on with my life without listening to the rhetoric that has made up our news over the last few days. I would imagine to the younger generation we might as well be referring to the atrocities of the two world wars for all this means to them.

We are not allowing our young people to move on, so instead of moving on they are moving out and crossing the water. Most of them will never return.

Life is very short. You look in the mirror or you look at your grandchild and you think how did I get here so quickly. It seems like yesterday. I would appeal to those involved in politics and those who can influence them to draw a line under the past.

Both sides have been guilty of atrocities. Go back into the assembly. No red lines. Get back in. Sort out our day -to -day problems. Deal with Same-Sex Marriage and ILA when you sort out health, education and compensation for those victims waiting all these years.

Time is short for those on waiting lists who may die while waiting for surgery.

I know some wont agree with my thoughts on this but you know something you get to an age where it doesnt matter what others think.  I have no intention of offending anyone.

I would say to those relatives and friends...

18:30

BCDiploma soon deployed by Avenir Sant Afrique Service to reach out 1 billion Africans "IndyWatch Feed National"

 In order to ensure the quality of training, BCDiploma and Avenir Sant Afrique (ASA) in cooperation with African training institutions, are partnering to set up an innovative certification and authentication tool for diplomas.

From 2018, Avenir Sant Afrique will deploy BCDiploma in Niger and sub-Saharan Africa.

This service will enable Africa to provide a recognized level of education and training to its 2 billion people predicted for 2040. By that date, Africa will represent 1 out of 5 workers on the planet and will be a global growth driver with an average growth rate of 6% per year.

Avenir Sant Afrique was founded by African and French health professionals.
Thanks to digital technology and managerial innovation, ASA facilitates and improves access to healthcare in Africa by establishing:
           Connected health cells of orientation and prevention (CSCOP);
           A personalized medical follow-up thanks to the integrated health record (DSI);
           An interoperable information system;
           A connected network of health professionals and facilities.

Avenir Sant Afrique, an approved player and privileged partner of the public authorities, manufacturers, laboratories and equipment manufacturers in Niger and many sub-Saharan countries, has decided to deploy BCDiploma in the following fields:
           Health professionals certification process (faculties, schools and training institutes);
           Approved data certification.

BCdiploma

Vincent Tossa, CEO of Avenir Sant Afrique: The convergence with BCDiploma will facilitate our recruitment process and ensure the quality of our staff. This will enable us to: show a high-performance level of patient orientation, improve the health system level in African countries and restore confidence in the global health system.

Luc Jarry-Lacombe, CEO of BCDiploma: The synergies between Avenir Sant Afrique and BCDiploma are huge: Avenir Sant Afrique has understood from the outset that BCDiploma answers the question of a certification service with sustainable, large-scale, reliable and cost-controlled deployment. Above all, Avenir Sant Afrique decided to use BCDiploma not only for certifications of medical staff...

18:30

Interview: Former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on the SC Judges Press Conference "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Karan Thapar interviews former Union Minister of Law and Justice Ashwani Kumar about the unprecedented press conference by the four Supreme Court Justices, its implications and repercussions.

The post Interview: Former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on the SC Judges Press Conference appeared first on The Wire.

18:28

SDC 2018 - 6th Annual Sustainable Development Conference "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The 6th Annual Sustainable Development Conference will take place from 11-13 of July 2018 and will provide one of kind learning and networking experience with like-minded, carefully selected delegates, from academic, corporate, governmental and non-profit realms, coming from over 40 countries worldwide!

18:26

Video=> President Trump Speaks to Press in West Palm Beach: Im Not a Racist "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Donald Trump spoke to reporters Sunday evening at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy accompanied Trump for a dinner meeting at the club, but stayed silent as Trump spoke to the press. Trump answered questions about DACA and the Democrats, the alleged s***hole countries remark, the chance of a government shutdown, the Hawaii ballistic missile false warning scare, North Korea, the Wall Street Journal and DACA and the Democrats again.

Many reporters and news outlets posted about this reply by Trump, No No Im not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you.

White House video.

Excerpts of Trumps remarks via the pool reporter were posted to Twitter.

18:23

RDC 2018 - 4th Annual Rural Development Conference "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The 4th Annual Rural Development Conference is now accepting applications. Join us at RDC 2018, a one of a kind international academic conference, offering the unique learning and networking platform with leading experts from academic, corporate, NGO and governmental realms, coming from over 40 countries worldwide.

18:22

What I Mean By Existential Equality "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Or, Why I Think There Are Two Ways to Live

Theres a concept that I use a lot in my recent thinking and writing, existential equality. I havent explained it much, because it is a troublesome notion, at least here and now. So let me try toand let us see, together, if in any way I succeed.

If we think about life, what is it, really? It is something like a tragedy. The very first one of all. We find ourselves here, standing atop a tiny rock, little specks of dust, all alone in an endless sea of stars. We do not know where we came from, we do not know why we are here, and we do not know where we will go. This much is the human condition, and it is made of three things: we are absolutely, inescapably, irrevocably lost, alone, and ignorant. About ourselves, our origin, and our destination.

Can you imagine a harder plight than this, if you really think about it? To be sentenced to wander, lost, alone, and ignorant, all your days long? Then, because one is always seeking shelter, weary, afraid, anxious, and hiding even from the constancy of that fear, life becomes a thing of great suffering, doesnt it?

So we respond as best as we can. We write our myths, and look up at the blind sky, telling our children that we are divine, and we go to heavens made of milk and honey and mercyor we run our experiments, and conclude all is just chemicals and bonds and reactions. Or perhaps we write our books, make our art, solve our equations, and so on.

What we do not see much is that we are all essentially reduced to doing the same thing: trying somehow to work out, all our lives long, whether there is any meaning to our impossible, unforgiving plight, this condition of being utterly lost, absolutely alone, infinitisemally small, and incapable, yet, of understanding how or why we are. We will dieand never even know why we have lived. We are bornwithout a choice or even a chance as to where or how or when in the matter. We liveand there is simply no explanation, reason, or logic as to why. And so we will suffer as sure as the seasons change.

If we are brave enough to try to face our condition, naked, defenselesseven for an instantwe are left with a heartstopping anxiety, a terrible fear, searing, bitter, raw, as vast as an ocean, as deep as winterthe most unbearable place we can go of all. Have you ever felt it? Pascal said once, contemplating death and life, the vast emptiness of these spaces terrifies me.

So. What we fear most is who we truly are. Things who are absolutely, inescapably, lost, alone, and ignorant. But then how are we to live?

Well, there are two waysor at least two poles on a spectrum of attitudes to life. One way is to bury ones head in p...

18:22

Skycorp planning to make space industries "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Dennis Wingo sees metals mining, communication stations and telescopes on the moon. The combination of industries will make moon development viable.

The moon is largely made up of metal oxides that could yield new supplies of platinum perhaps enough to drive prices for the precious metal down to $300 from $1,400 an ounce today. Processing metals on the moon does not require chemicals. Different levels of heat can be used to make different metals. Cheaper platinum will make fuel cells that are so much more effective than combustion engines.

Skycorps mission is to fundamentally transform the spacecraft industry, utilizing orbital assembly process, electric propulsion, and modular construction, to create applications unthinkable before.

18:20

Vietnam's International Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Exhibition - RE & EE Vietnam 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Vietnam - RE & EE Vietnam is positioned as a "one-stop technology and business market-place", showcasing various industrial technologies, innovations, solutions and new products in all segments of renewable energy industry such as Solar, Hydro, Geothermal, Wind, Biomass Energy and energy efficiency industry.RE & EE Vietnam provides a business platform with many tailored activities such as B2B Networking and Technical Seminars for all business partners, investors, industrial players & professionals to exchange knowledge & network with local and international enterprises.This is the most comprehensive energy trade event in Vietnam and belongs to the successful energy series organised by United Business Media (UBM), which includes Renewable Energy Asia (Thailand), Renewable Energy India, Myanmar's Leading Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Exhibition and the Philippine's Leading Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

18:18

THIS IS NOT A DRILL!(?) What Happened in Hawaii? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

So
So with false ballistic missile alerts causing panic and disruption across the state, everyone is left asking "What the hell just happened in Hawaii?" A simple mistake? Secret intercept? Government psyop? Drill gone almost live? Something else entirely? Corbett Report members are encouraged to log in and leave any data or information in the comments below.

18:18

Trumps Latest Scandal Just Got Worse Adult Film Star Says Trump Groped Her AND 2 Friends Addicting Info | The Knowledge You Crave

Things seem to be going from bad to worse lately for Donald Trump. It appears that over the course of the last several days, if he isnt busy putting his foot in his mouth every time he opens it, an adult film star is coming forth and claiming he attempted to stick something else in when she opened her mouth.

Trump has been linked to three porn stars in less than a week, two of whom have resurfaced after they alleged during his campaign that the now President of the United States had extramarital affairs with them back in 2006, the year following his marriage to First Lady Melania Trump and just months after the birth of their son, Barron. First, on the morning of January 12, it was reported that the Trump Organization and family lawyer Michael Cohen had paid Stephanie Clifford, a porn actress who performs under the name of Stormy Daniels, $130,000 in hush money on the eve of the 2016 presidential election to remain silent about a sexual encounter she had with Donald Trump over a decade ago. This claim was backed up later in the day by another porn star, Alana Evans, who says she was invited to join Trump and Clifford in a hotel room for a threesome.

Daniels had privately admitted to friends about her sexual encounter with Trump at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada in 2006, however, she chose not to go public with her claim. Cohen negotiated a non-disclosure agreement in October, 2016, shortly after the release of Trumps notorious Access Hollywood tape that threatened to derail his presidential campaign.

Now, a third porn star, Jessica Drake, claims that Trump made a pass at her at the very same golf tournament where she was working a promotional booth on behalf of the adult film company Wicked Pictures. Drake hired lawyer Gloria Allred and even held a press conference in October, 2016 about the encounter:...

18:18

12 Signs you Come From A Long Line of Witches "IndyWatch Feed World"

Witches are even now not what we would consider to be accepted. While the road to acceptance has come a very long way we still have plenty left to go.

You could be a hereditary witch and not know it, lots of witches even now choose to remain in the dark. Some families reveal their magical aspects to the newer generations where-as others choose to keep it a secret. If your family is doing or has done the following you may come from a long line of witches and not even know it.

12 Signs you Come From A Long Line of Witches:

1. Your family loves to be in nature.

Your family is very nature oriented. You all like to be outdoors and spend a lot of time going on walks and exploring. Witches feel at pease in nature.

2. Your family is always interested in the things you dream about.

Your family knows what your dreams mean and their importance. If you have a nightmare they are right beside you asking what it was about. They reassure you when nothing is wrong and let you know what it is your dream might mean.

3. Your family pays attention to things others do not (for instance, moon phases.)

Lets face it, most families dont keep up with this kind of stuff but your family is like a walking calendar. You were taught from a young age that paying attention to things like the moon was quite important. Most people cant even tell what a full moon really is, they merely lookup and see what they think is the whole moon and go with it.

4. You all have witch marks of some kind.

Do you all have the same birthmark or something of that nature? This could be your witches mark; all witches have a mark of some kind.

5. Your family uses a lot of potions or remedies.

Witches are always working on some kind of potion be it to cure a sickness or even bring good luck. There is a remedy for everything and your family puts them all to good use. This should be a big red flag.

6. Your family loved to tell you fairytales when you were young.

Your family members would get very into the stories they told you. Everything felt as if it had a deeper meaning. They also never asserted that those things were merely stories.

7. You feel that your family is different.

Your family sticks out like a sore thumb sometimes. You know your family is odd but not to the extent. Even when you were younger you felt different from everyone else.

8. The advice your family gives is often not easy to interpret or come across as odd.

...

18:17

Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

This challenging two-day training offered by CSE aims to give you all the latest practical tools and resources required to implement or upscale corporate sustainability in order to drive your initiatives to the next level by generating value and creating effective strategies.

18:07

No BBC News reporting on Hamas-ISIS tensions "IndyWatch Feed War"

The BBCs avoidance of any serious, in-depth reporting on the subject of relations between Hamas and the ISIS franchise based in the Sinai Peninsula has been previously documented on these pages:

Poor BBC reporting on Hamas-ISIS Sinai collaboration highlighted again

When winds began to change on that front last year, the BBC likewise failed to produce any English language coverage.

BBC News continues to ignore the story of Hamas-ISIS Sinai relations

BBC News ignores a Hamas related story that contradicts previous reporting

Gaza explosion: BBC News silent, BBC Arabic promotes knee-jerk speculation

Earlier this month tensions between Hamas and Wilayat Sinai ...

18:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Todays been another scorcher.

Without irrigation North Otago would have been in drought weeks ago.

With it, farms are still able to grow pasture and crops.

Moisture lost through evapotranspiration will be greater than the amount delivered by irrigation on days like this.

But cooler overnight temperatures allow more water to be applied than is lost and Im very grateful for that.

17:54

"When It's All Said And Done..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

So, how do you beat the odds when its one against a billion? Youre just outnumbered. You stand strong, keep pushing yourself against all rational limits, and never give up. But the truth of the matter is despite how hard you try and fight to stay in control, when its all said and done, sometimes youre just outnumbered.
- "Meredith", "Gray's Anatomy"

17:47

Roundup of Patent News From Canada, South America and Australia "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

World Globe

Summary: A few bits and pieces of news from around the world, serving to highlight patent trends in parts of the world where the patent offices havent much international clout/impact

THIS site typically focuses on the EPO, the USPTO and sometimes the patent offices in east Asia (primarily JPO, KIPO, and SIPO) because these are some of the most influential ones, with corresponding buzzwords like IP5. But as an aside, heres a quick update from a few of the rest.

Canada

A few hours ago Managing IP published Canadas eight most important IP cases in 2017, Cases and trends to watch in Canada in 2018, and CIPOs IP Canada report reveals global focus among IP applicants (CIPO was recently mentioned quite a lot in relation to the EPO and PPH).

Last year we wrote about sinking patent quality at the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) and half a decade ago we wrote about the threat of software patents coming to Brazil.We have been covering CIPO for a long time; the matter of fact is, large Canadian companies tend to focus on the USPTO and litigate in the United States.

South America

Managing IP wrote about Argentina the other day, noting that the Argentine government has issued a decree that affects trade marks, patents and designs.

The biggest change is oppositions will need to be settled within three months, Michael Loney added. The Argentinian patent system would most likely be used by locals and rarely by foreign companies. Such is the nature of low-impact patent offices (same for CIPO to some degree). It is to do with the size of the economy.

...

17:46

Why Pretty Much Everything You Know About Depression Is Wrong "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A new book takes issue with the widespread medicalization of depression.

17:45

Are The American People Being Prepared For A Nuclear Pearl Harbor? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Are The American People Being Prepared For A Nuclear Pearl Harbor? Video X22 Report The DOJ unseals indictments to one individual but more are on the way. The Syrian forces have reported that the rebels have used chlorine gas....

The post Are The American People Being Prepared For A Nuclear Pearl Harbor? (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

17:42

The Fly on the Wall - 84,011 breached accounts "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In December 2017, the stock market news website The Fly on the Wall suffered a data breach. The data in the breach included 84k unique email addresses as well as purchase histories and credit card data. Numerous attempts were made to contact Lyrics Mania about the incident, however no responses were received.

17:40

Russia Has Underwater Nuclear Drones, Leaked Pentagon Documents Reveal "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russia is in possession of an underwater nuclear drone capable of carrying a 100-megaton nuclear warhead, a recently leaked draft of the Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review confirmed.

17:39

Exit From The Matrix: The individual and the reality machine "IndyWatch Feed World"

by Jon Rappoport

January 14, 2018

Technocratic mystics believe (or pretend to believe) that hooking up brains to a super-computer Cloud will bring on a miracle:

Humans will have instantaneous access to truth, facts, and bottom lines on any subject under the sun. Read More

17:38

Lornet Turnbull: President Trump again plays to his base with racist comments "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Perhaps President Trump will grind his base down to the smallest nubbin of a demographic. Polls show his numbers are dropping.

17:32

Lyrics Mania - 109,202 breached accounts "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In December 2017, the song lyrics website known as Lyrics Mania suffered a data breach. The data in the breach included 109k usernames, email addresses and plain text passwords. Numerous attempts were made to contact Lyrics Mania about the incident, however no responses were received.

17:30

"Decorated" Cardiac Stem Cells Could Repair Heart Injuries More Effectively "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

"Decorated" Stem Cells Could Offer Targeted Heart Repair

Although cardiac stem cell therapy is a promising treatment for heart attack patients, directing the cells to the site of an injury and getting them to stay there remains challenging. In a new pilot study using an animal model, North Carolina State University researcher Ke Cheng and his team show that "decorating" cardiac stem cells with platelet nanovesicles can increase the stem cells' ability to find and remain at the site of heart attack injury and enhance their effectiveness in treatment.

"Platelets can home in on an injury site and stay there, and even in some cases recruit a body's own naturally occurring stem cells to the site, but they are a double-edged sword," says Cheng, associate professor of veterinary medicine and associate professor in the NC State/UNC Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. "That's because once the platelets arrive at the site of injury, they trigger the coagulation processes that cause clotting. In a heart-attack injury, blood clots are the last thing that you want."

Cheng and his associates wondered if it would be possible to co-opt a platelet's ability to locate and stick to an injury site without inducing clotting. They found that adhesion molecules (a group of glycoproteins) located on the platelet's surface were responsible for its ability to find and bind to an injury. So the team created platelet nanovesicles from these molecules, and then decorated the surface of cardiac stem cells with the nanovesicles.

[...] In a proof-of-concept study involving a rat model of myocardial infarction, twice as many platelet nanovesicle decorated cardiac stem cells, or PNV-CSCs, were retained in the heart than non-decorated cardiac stem cells. The rodents were monitored for four weeks. Overall, the rats in the PNV-CSC group showed nearly 20 percent or higher cardiac function than the control CSC group. A small pilot study in a pig model also demonstrated higher rates of stem cell retention with PNV-CSCs, though the team did not perform functional studies. A future follow-up study is planned.

Targeted repair of heart injury by stem cells fused with platelet nanovesicles (DOI: 10.1038/s41551-017-0182-x) (DX)


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17:29

Gujarat Becomes Fourth BJP-Ruled State to Ban Padmaavat "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The state government said the ban was necessary to maintain law and order.

Activists of different Hindu organisations display placards during a protest against the release of the film

Activists of different Hindu organisations display placards during a protest against the release of the film Padmaavat during a protest outside Delhi chief ministers residence on Sunday. Credit: PTI

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government on Sunday issued a notification banning the screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansalis upcoming period drama Padmaavat across the state, saying the step was necessary to maintain law and order.

Gujarat has become the fourth BJP-ruled state after Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh to have banned the release of the film.

Before the assembly polls in Gujarat in November last year, the state government had banned the movie, which was earlier titled Padmavati. While issuing the notification today, minister of state for home Pradipsinh Jadeja said the ban on the movie was necessary to maintain law and order. As per the notification, the ban was imposed a...

17:21

Delta LG Election: Winning The Ballot Boxes Without Votes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


By Jerome-Mario Utomi.
LAGOS JANUARY 15TH (URHOBOTODAY)-For the first time, I witnessed all the participants in a recently held Delta state Local Council polls ( winners and losers) alike, went home cold in smiles after the results were announced on Sunday 7th January 2018 by the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission(DESIEC). The reason for this odd reaction is simple.
While the losers bemoaned their fate in their sorrows and their hardships, the winners on the other hands, suddenly discovered that they won the ballot boxes and the polling units without winning the votes, consciences or enjoy the support of the majority of Deltans. A development that made a feeling of guilt to descend like a pillar of cloud; adding to their moral burden, dividing their peace, subtracting their inner joy while leaving their worries multiplied, making the orchestrated victory inorganic.
Though the LG election has come and gone, leaving the entire Deltans as causalities, not of a civil war but a deformed democratic process occasioned by the will of man. An outcome that has, in turn, left the proponents of disorder praying in their inner selves for courage and stamina to face Deltans they have wronged.
Coincidentally, while Deltans were mourning this political regression which has become a reality to worry about, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja released the electoral timetable for the 2019 gen...

17:20

Letter from Charlottesville to Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Nazi rallies in the news in recent years have most prominently been held here in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, and in Ukraine. I want to send thoughts of solidarity to those in Ukraine resisting fascism. And I want to let you know that some of us are urging our government in Washington, D.C., to stop supporting fascism both in the United States and in Ukraine. In addition, we are pointing to the examples being set by so many

17:16

House set to approve land 'reaffirmation' bill for Poarch Band of Creek Indians "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Another tribal homelands bill is taking a big step forward in the 115th Congress this week.

17:14

Open CS:GO - 512,311 breached accounts "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In December 2017, the website for purchasing Counter-Strike skins known as Open CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) suffered a data breach (address since redirects to dropgun.com). The 10GB file contained an extensive amount of personal information including email and IP addresses, phone numbers, physical addresses and purchase histories. Numerous attempts were made to contact Open CS:GO about the incident, however no responses were received.

17:12

"That Tiny Light..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Hope is that tiny light that the gods have given us so that we can find our way through our darkest hours. And while we might stub our toes and bruise our knees, if we keep moving forward, even when our progress is slow and painful, we will overcome and be made better by our journey. No misery or bad situation is ever infinite or final until we make a conscious decision for it to be so."
- Sherrilyn Kenyon

17:03

Terror suspect accused of threatening to murder Greyhound passengers had been deported 5 times "IndyWatch Feed World"

Terror suspect accused of threatening to murder Greyhound passengers had been deported 5 times | 14 Jan 2018 | An undocumented immigrant on a Greyhound bus who allegedly threatened to shoot and kill passengers on Friday -- leading police on a chase from Wisconsin to Illinois -- was deported five times, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson told Fox News. The spokesperson said on Sunday that Margarito Vargas-Rosas, 33, who faces terror charges, was in the U.S. illegally and was "removed" from the U.S. the last five times Border Patrol agents encountered him. He also had a previous DUI arrest to his name. A judge in Illinois on Sunday ordered the suspect held without bond.

17:00

Links 15/1/2018: Linux 4.15 RC8, Wine 3.0 RC6 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

GNOME bluefish

Contents

GNU/Linux

  • Desktop

    • Hands on With System76s Beautiful Linux Distro Pop!_OS

      When I saw that System 76 launched their #TryPopOS campaign last month I knew this was the perfect opportunity to really put Pop!_OS through its paces. I am a proud owner of the Galago Pro, which I purchased the day they launched pre-orders this Spring and it has been my primary computer since then. I use it for everything from writing articles, to browsing the internet, to light gaming, and though the machine as its quirks I am beyond happy with it.

      Back when I ordered the laptop Pop!_OS wasnt announced yet so my laptop came with stock Ubuntu, which I promptly replaced with Ubuntu GNOME. Since then I have tried a couple different options including Elementary OS, Manjaro GNOME Edition, and most recently I have settled on KDE Neon.

      Everything I have thrown at it has worked great on it so far, but now it is time to try something different. Here is my experience with System 76s Pop!_OS.

  • Kernel Space

17:00

What Happens When You Use Blockchain to Fix the Food Industry "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trust in companies is currently at an all-time low because of the constant pressure to lower costs in order to increase margins. To combat this, many companies are looking for ways to increase the level of trust their customers have in them. One way theyve thought of doing this is by using technology to document the flow of goods through their supply chain.

Trust as a pain point

As a customer, a constant worry when making any purchase is that the good will be counterfeit, or not up to the standard one expects when making said purchase. Until now, companies had to rely on the strength of their brand to build this trust in their supply chain. When customers buy Armani clothes or Jimmy Choo shoes, they are assuming that the good is representative of what should be expected from the brand.

But what if there were another way to verify the quality of the end product without needing to make your customer blindly trust in your brand? The answer comes from the power of Blockchain technology to identify and track your goods through the entire supply chain. When you have multiple parties participating, such as the manufacturer, distributor, retailer and the consumer, it helps to have a digitized method of building consensus in a supply chain.

Your food is an asset too

Although not as valuable an asset, these ideas can also be applied in the context of food safety. Food safety has long been an issue in China, and this extends around the world. Contamination is a major worry as death or illness can result from improper handling of food. It is not always possible to verify the quality of the original goods and most of the current processes are executed by manpower, which can be tampered with.

For regulators, this makes things much easier to track and measure than any of the previously offered solutions. There would then be a method of tracking the status of each product in the supply chain and transactions could more easily be monitored. Companies will love this because they can measure the upstream and downstream effect of any modifications they make to their supply chain, and consumers will be grateful for a method by which they can establish a trust in the system.

How would this system work?

The general framework of the system would be to have information tracking occur all through the supply chain, which would then result i...

17:00

Imagine A Cluster Of ESP32s "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

When the ESP32 microcontroller first appeared on the market its a fair certainty that somewhere in a long-forgotten corner of the Internet a person said: Imagine a Beowulf cluster of those things!.

Someone had to do it, and it seems that the someone in question was [Kodera2t], who has made a mini-cluster of 4 ESP32 modules on a custom PCB. They might not be the boxed computers that would come to mind from a traditional cluster, but an ESP32 module is a little standalone computer with processing power that wouldnt have looked too bad on your desktop only in the last decade. The WiFi on an ESP32 would impose an unacceptable overhead for communication between processors, and ESP32s are not blessed with wired Ethernet, so instead the board has a parallel bus formed by linking together a group of GPIO lines. There is also a shared SPI SRAM chip with a bus switchable between the four units by one of the ESp32s acting as the controller.

You might ask what the point is of such an exercise, and indeed as it is made clear, there is no point beyond interest and edification. Its unclear what software will run upon this mini-cluster as it has so far only just reached the point of a first hardware implementation, but since ESP32 clusters arent exactly mainstream it will have to be something written especially for the platform.

This cluster may be somewhat unusual, but in the past weve brought you more conventional Beowulf clusters such as this one using the ever-popular Raspberry Pi.

16:56

Trump Denies Report About his Good Relationship With North Koreas Kim "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Donald Trump. Credit: Reuters

Washington: US President Donald Trump today denied having told the leading US daily that he shared a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, asserting that he was falsely quoted in the fake news story.

In an interview on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump had developed a positive relationship with the North Koreas leader despite their differences.

I probably have a very good relationship w...

16:54

Hydration Dynamics and the Loss of Cabal Hegemon "IndyWatch Feed World"

Source: Dinar Chronicles

Who is the cabal anyway? We use the word prolifically in our discussions. And yes it is a handy way to sum up the ruling elite. But what is it precisely. Is it based only in Europe or is it more widespread? Is it a bloodline thing. Or is it a wealth thing. Or is it related to an alien species? How does it relate to ancient civilizations? Or is it a more recent arrival? How does it relate to secret societies such as the Illuminati, the Masonic orders, the Knights Templar, the Guelphs and the Ghibbelines, the Knights of St John, the Vipers of Venice aka the Byzantine Empire money changers and hashish and opium merchants, and the The Group of 300?

I will share this with you now: ALL of the above, and more. But how it morphed from disconnected wealthy families into a worldwide power system is truly frightening. Things have to transition now, before it is too late.

How it all played out is still being sorted and parsed. Suffice it to say, the history you learned in school is not all there is to know. Some would add the Vatican into the mix. But I intentionally left them out..because they reflect an overt religion. In that sense they are not completely secret. However, I feel compelled to add that there is a secret aspect to the Vatican that is not overt. And every single one of the secret societies mentioned above have had to respect, interact with, and sometimes fight them. God only knows the true source and the scope of their power. They certainly talk a good game. With the actions we have seen, how can they be reconciled 100% to Christ. We don't even know if they are malevolent or benevolent. Maybe it depends on which pope is in place. Has the Vatican exerted power within the U.S. government? Here is something we do know. In 2015 John Boehner was a powerful Speaker of the House in Washington, DC, a Republican. In late September 2015, the pope, Pope Francis, visits Washington and then speaks to the U. S. Congress on September 24th. The next day, suddenly, unexpectedly, John Boehner is out and very shortly Paul Ryan is in; with almost instant peer approval. Coincidence? Normally a change at such a high level would have provoked a litany of partisan debate. And yet it was over almost before it began; as if it was pre-arranged and seemingly very necessary. This was a very interesting turn of events. A power shift. A thing that is certain about the Vatican is that, through the centuries, it has been a mainstay force in European politics and has influenced religious and social discourse, philosophy, art and...

16:53

What do Donald Trumps Attacks on Pakistan Mean? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Posted on January 1, 2018, the President of the USA Donald Trumps tweet about the mistake of providing Pakistan with American financial aid (more than 33 billion dollars over the last 15 years), which was rewarded with nothing but lies & deceit, was a significant news event in the world politics of the recently arrived New Year.

Speaking the next day to reporters, the permanent USA representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, clarified that the American president is considering the possibility of ending financial assistance to Pakistan, which gives safe haven to the terrorists the Americans hunt in Afghanistan.

To get an explanation on the meaning of Donald Trumps statement, the American ambassador in Islamabad was summoned to the foreign ministry of Pakistan. The head of the foreign policy department of Pakistan, Khawaja Asif, said that Washington was trying to shift the blame to his country for the failure of its own policy in Afghanistan. Stressing the active participation of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism, he recalled that during the war in Afghanistan, the Americans carried out over 57,800 attacks from bases located in Pakistani territory.

Generally speaking, Donald Trump and Nikki Haley said nothing new or worthwhile. Let us recall that, roughly speaking, the same was also said by Donald Trump on August 21, 2017, when (after a protracted silence) he for the first time ever addressed the exceptionally timely and painful for the USA prospects of the 16 year military adventure in Afghanistan.

It is hypothesized that the current portion of American sharpness towards Pakistan is simply the realization of explicit threats from the very same Nikki Haley towards the countries that on December 18 and 21, 2017 (respectively, in the Security Council and at the UN General Assembly) voted in favor of a resolution denying recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

It appears, though, that...

16:51

Intra-Korean Talks: Who Got Whom To Blink First? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Neither Trump nor Kim backed down in paving the way for the intra-Korean talks, but that both have an interest in making it seem like their rival was the one who did.

The post Intra-Korean Talks: Who Got Whom To Blink First? appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

16:46

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Blames US for North Korea Nuclear Weapons Threat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) blames the United States for North Koreas nuclear weapons program. Speaking in response to the Hawaiian governments bogus ballistic missile warning on Saturday that terrified residents and tourists, Gabbard blamed the U.S. in comments to ABC News on Sunday morning and expounded later on Twitter, saying, Weve got to understand that North Korea is holding onto these nuclear weapons because they think it is their only protection from the United States coming in and doing to them what the United States has done to so many countries throughout history.

In the video clip of her interview on ABC News This Week that Gabbard posted, she cites the U.S. overthrowing the tyrannical dictatorial governments of Iraqs Saddam Hussein and Libyas Moammar Gaddafi as examples of why the North Korean communist Kim dynasty regime has nuclear weapons.

ABC reported her comments, Weve got to understand why Kim Jong Un is saying hes not going to give up his nuclear weapons. Our countrys history of regime-change wars has led countries like North Korea to develop and hold on to these nuclear weapons because they see it as their only deterrent against regime change.

That North Korea has been working on acquiring nuclear weapons for decades before Hussein and Gaddafi were overthrown completely undermines Gabbards blame America first position.

There is also the issue of what Gabbard means by doing to them what the United States has done to so many countries throughout history.

While the results of recent efforts have been drawn-out due to a lack of political will to completely vanquish the enemy, the United States in the past 100 years has liberated Europe twice from Germany and its allies, liberated the Pacific from Japan, contained the spread of communism in Asia to a few countries, liberated Eastern Europe from communism, overthrown dictators in Grenada and Central America (after propping some of them up) liberated Kuwait, overthrew the Taliban...

16:37

Keeping the Faith: Remembering Dr. King in the Days of Trumps Racism "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018
Commentary

Published January 15, 2018

Long before Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a national holiday, I admired the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the tremendous deed of laying down his life for a cause that was bigger than his own and the volumes of writings, sermons and speeches he left behind that are filled with wisdom and inspiration.

As an American Indian his words about how our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race, resonated with me to the core of who I am as a Potawatomi when I first read it.

The passage taken from Dr. Kings 1963 book, Why We Cant Wait continued:

Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shores, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles of racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or to feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it.

At a young age, I discovered Dr. King was man who was a champion beyond the African American community. Ultimately, the Dr. Kings message was too powerful for a racist society; he was murdered on a fateful evening in Memphis in April 1968.

As Dr. King wrote, our nation was born in genocide. It can also be said this nation was conceived in racism that has worked to keep non-whites subjugated throughout American history. Arguably, some progress was made in race relations during the past several decades. Barack Obama, an African American, was even elected president. One year after Obamas election, a Pew Research poll indicated African Americans felt there was progress being made and there was hope for a better fu...

16:36

Restored Republic via a GCR as of Jan. 15, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of Jan. 15 2018

Compiled 12:01 am EDT 15 Jan. 2018 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com; Author, "Twenty Two Faces," www.22faces.com

Source: Dinar Chronicles

Judy Note:

1. Tony & RayRen at TNT maintained that 6 zeros would be taken off the Zim Note and would be likely to be exchanged at around $.12 to $.22 cents.

2. Intel Reports and Bruce maintained that the Sovereign rate of the Zim Bond had no limits and you could negotiate a rate depending on your humanitarian project(s). Be prepared with a short (1-2 page) Business Plan that included how many jobs you could create and how much you needed to fund your humanitarian project(s).

3. Some said that there would be no requirement to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) if you chose the screen rate (value of the currency as it appeared on the bank screen at the time of your exchange).

4. Others maintained that if you did not take the screen rate and negotiated a rate and/or exchanged a Zim Bond, you would be required to sign at least a short NDA.

5. Because there was so much money involved with Contract Rates and Zim Bonds, you would receive your compensation over a 25 year long term payout period (along with interest paid on your monies left at the bank).

6. The bottom line: We won't know anything for sure until we're at our exchange.

A. Jan. 14 2018 7:27 pm EST Situation Report: "Pound of Flesh" - GCR/RV Intel SITREP - Sunday - 1/14/2018 (8)

1. Its a go anytime after midnight EST early Mon. morning Jan. 15. Slowest internet and traffic drive...

16:35

Legislation Granting Federal Recognition to Six Pocahontas Viriginia Tribes Passed by U.S. Senate "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Pocahontas (1595-1617), daughter of Chief Powhatan of Powhatan Indians of Virginia. She is said to have saved the life of Captain John Smith as Powhatan was about to execute him.

Published January 15, 2018

WASHINGTON Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a bill called Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017. The legislation provides federal recognition to six Virginia tribes that previously held state recognition. Similar legislation was passed in May 2017 by the House of Representatives. Now, it awaits the signature of President Donald Trump.

Once signed by the president, the legislation will grant federal recognition to: the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan, and the Nansemond. These tribes include direct descendants of Pocahontas Virginia Powhatan tribe.

 

The bill was introduced by ntroduced by Representative Rob Wittman (R-Viriginia 1st Congressional District). U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner took the lead in the Senate for its passage.

Decades in the making, federal recognition will acknowledge and protect historical and cultural identities of these tribes for the benefit of all Americans, Congressman Wittman said.

Its a fundamental issue of respect, and fairly acknowledging a historical record, and a wonderful story of tribes that are living, thriving and surviving and are a rich part of our heritage. This is a happy day to stand up on their behalf, Senator Kaine said.

Once signed by the President, federal recognition will allow Virginias tribes legal standing and status in direct relationships with the U.S. government.

 

The post Legislation Granting Federal Recognition to Six Pocahontas Viriginia Tribes Passed by U.S. Senate appeared first on Native News Online.

16:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Aaaaand another Trump supporter is born. Oh yeah, thats the spot

The post Daily Roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:30

Senior Advisor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Building and Construction Commission

16:20

January 15th 2018 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #361 "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

16:19

41 Hearts Beating in Guantanamo "IndyWatch Feed War"

January 11, 2018 marked the 16th year that Guantanamo prison has exclusively imprisoned Muslim men, subjecting many of them to torture and arbitrary detention.

Witness Against Torture demonstrators marching to the White House (Credit: Justin Norman)

About thirty people gathered in Washington D.C., convened by Witness Against Torture, (WAT), for a week-long fast intended to close Guantanamo and abolish torture forever. Six days ago, Matt Daloisio arrived from New York City in a van carefully packed with twelve years worth of posters and banners, plus sleeping bags, winter clothing and other essentials for the week.

Matt spent an hour organizing the equipment in the large church hall housing us. He curates it, said one WAT organizer.

Later, Matt reflected that many of the prisoners whose visages and names appear on our banners have been released. In 2007, there were 430 prisoners in Guantanamo. Today, 41 men are imprisoned there. Shaker Aamer has been reunited with the son whom he had never met while imprisoned in Guantanamo. Mohammed Ould Slahi, author of Guantanamo Diary, has finally been released. These encouraging realities dont in the slightest diminish the urgency we feel in seeking the release of the 41 men still imprisoned in Guantanamo.

Not even one of the 41 prisoners now in Guantanamo was captured by the U.S. military on a battlefield. Afghan militias and the Pakistani military were paid cash bounties for selling 86 percent of these prisoners into US custody. Imagine the green light given for other countries to practice buying and selling of human beings.

Aisha Manar, working with the London Campaign to Close Guantanamo, points out that the rights violating practices surrounding Guantanamo are now a model for the detention and incarceration polices of the US and other states.

This chilling reality is reflected in Associated Press reports revealing that the United Arab Emirates operates a network of secret prisons in Souther...

16:18

Tony Abbott offers The Greens 364 days a year to celebrate political correctness "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are 364 other days a year for the Greens to be politically correct. Why cant they just accept that Jan 26 is the best available day to celebrate all thats good about life in Australia. Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) January 15, 2018

16:15

Monday January 15th 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

16:09

Greenhouses Gases Are a Product of Civilization for Thousands of Years "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Do you believe we are going into an ice age?

ANSWER: No. At best we return to a mini-ice age. There are those who argue that a decline in solar activity, which they cannot deny, will not be enough to offset the human created Global Warming. There are so many things wrong with the Global Warming theories it is even hard to figure out where to begin. Long before the Industrial Revolution, the assumption was that our planets atmosphere was still untainted by human-made pollutants for it was somehow pristine. That assumption is dead wrong, but nobody wants to challenge it because if there were periods of human air pollution before, then perhaps their theory that this will destroy the planet and we will all burn to a crisp, as Christine Legard said, is nonsense.

All one has to do is read the contemporary accounts from ancient Rome. The residents of ancient Rome suffered from pollution that was primarily caused by burning wood to cook and stay warm rather than fossil fuels. There was a great smoke cloud they wrote about called gravioris caeli (heavy heaven). Others referred to it as infamis aer (infamous air). Complaints about this infamis aer and its effects can be found in classical writings. No sooner had I left behind the oppressive atmosphere of the city [Rome] and that reek of smoking cookers which pour out, along with clouds of ashes, all the poisonous fumes theyve accumulated in their interiors whenever theyre started up, than I noticed the change in my condition, wrote in 61AD Seneca the Younger (c...

16:09

China Railway International in talks with PNG's New Ireland Province Governments "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

International Builder and Road Construction Company, China Railway International Group has concluded two days of intensive discussions last week Friday, January 12th with the New Ireland Provincial Government represented by the New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan and his Technical Team on the planned development of several major impact projects in the Province.

The high level meetings that began in Port Moresby a week earlier among the technical teams from China Railway and New Ireland Province brought the top technical executives from the company represented by the acting Deputy General Manager, Mr. Tony Mu, Business Manager, Mr. Lance Wang, Project Manager, Mr. David Liu and Chief Engineer, Mr. Xiaoming Lin.

According to the PEC Chairman for Transport and Infrastructure, Sammy Missen said the discussions centered on the Provincial Governments proposed major projects including the New Ireland Government Offices, Kavieng Foreshore development, New Ireland University, Kavieng Sports Stadium and the new Kavieng Market.
The New Ireland Technical Team included the Provincial Administrator, Mr. LamillerPawut, CEO for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Albert Essau and Director, Jamie Philip, were joined by officers from the Department of Works including the Provincial Manager, Mr. Solomon Pela and Civil Engineer, Mr. Collin Dickson.

Governor Sir J said his Government wants to work with serious partners in developing the Province and change the mindset of New Irelanders and Papua New Guineans by the words of the Chinese Proverb, A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step, and this is one of the punchlines that the New Ireland Government is taking to develop a truly autonomous province in Papua New Guinea. By Roderick MANDAU | PNGFM

16:09

Removing Trump Will Require New Activists; The Old Ones Won't Do It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It was convenient for the teaching moment that James Risen just recounted the New York Times' refusal back in 2004 to report on George W. Bush's (secret and criminal) warrantless spying prior to Bush's "re-election" for fear of costing Bush votes, at the same time that a harmoniously bipartisan Congress was just now voting to empower Donald Trump to (openly and legally) spy on everybody without any warrants.

16:09

How Will Interest Rates Double in Europe from Here "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty

 Thanks for all your guidance and help in navigating these markets. You mention rates are going up soon in Europe but how can the ECB achieve this when they are still implementing QE. I work in the European HY market and the technicals are horrible as so much money is flooding in chasing yield driving up leverage and deteriorating lending conditions. If rates do go up soon can we expect a spectacular unwinding of the HY bond market that has ground so tight due to CSPP?

Thanks so much, keep up the amazing work.

NS

ANSWER: Central banks can only control short-term rates for brief periods of time. They cannot control the long-end. The problem the ECB has is by backing off of QE, it will require private buyers to replace them, which will not happen at negative to low rates. The interest rates will be set by the private sector not the ECB. The QE program has degenerated from an economic stimulus to simply life-support for member states. The stimulus never made it past the governments and we have nearly 10 years of QE that has just failed completely. Once the government have to turn back to private buyers, that is when you will see rates rise sharply to try to sell new debt.

16:05

Tic-Tock, Tic-Tock, @Jack: James OKeefe Fires Off Another Ominous Warning At Twitter CEO (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Project Veritas founder James OKeefe issued a second warning to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey this week. The undercover journalist teased footage of the social media executive grabbing coffee at San Francisco hot-spot, Blue Bottle Coffee. OKeefe is set to drop another bomb on Twitter Monday.

Monday morning we are releasing more shocking undercover video from Twitter engineers exposing how they take your private information, share it, exploit it and abuse it, OKeefe said.

Jack Dorsey this message is for you, OKeefe said, taunting the CEO about Mondays release.

A few times you may have interacted with some artists, homeless people or businessmen who may or may not have been some of our undercover journalists, added OKeefe.

Twitter has become Project Veritas latest target, having exposed the social media companys shadow banning and banning Conservative accounts.

As The Gateway Pundits Cristina Laila reported, OKeefes second undercover video shows Twitter employees talking about how they target pro-Trump accounts by banning them or hiding their content.

Below is a bullet point breakdown of Project Veritas Twitter expos.

Steven Pierre, Twitter engineer explains shadow banning, says its going to ban a way of talking

Former Twitter software engineer Abhinav Vadrevu on shadow banning: they just think that no one is engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it

Former Twitter Content Review Agent Mo Norai explains banning process: if it was a pro-Trump thing and Im anti-Trump I banned his whole account its at yo...

16:04

A few simple points about immigration "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

I feel I am repeating myself, but these remain neglected:

1. The good outcomes for African immigrants to the United States mean we could and should take in more such immigrants, to mutual benefit.

2. In part these gains arise from selection, namely that it is not easy to get from Africa to the United States, at least not generally.  So we should not make it too easy, even though we should take in more migrants.  Take in more, keep hard sounds contradictory but it is not.  And if African outcomes decline in quality at the margin, that is a sign that policy is working (more entrants), not that policy is failing.

3. We cannot let everyone in, and so at the margin there will always be cruelties when it comes to those who are denied entry, sent back, and so on.  Right now even Canada may be sending back some Haitians (NYT).  Those cruelties are relevant for assessing an immigration decision, but they are not decisive.  If you cite the cruelties without also outlining a limiting principle for the appropriate margin where immigration ought to stop, you are arguing poorly and most of all fooling yourself.  It is a good recipe for never thinking clearly again about any policy issue.

4. Adopting a cosmopolitan ethic will increase the margin at which immigration should be allowed.  But still we cannot let everyone in, if only because of backlash effects.  And if backlash effects are the binding constraint, the degree of cosmopolitanism in your ethic may not matter much for finding the appropriate rate of immigration.

5. Just to repeat, we really should take in more immigrants.  Not only from Africa, but from many countries that are not major successes on the gdp or education front, India and Iran being two other obvious examples.

6. Will Wilkinson has an excellent NYT piece on making immigration deals with Trump.

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16:03

They Did It Dr. Alan Sabrosky Israels Mossag did 9 11 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There will have to be a point, often referred to as critical mass , when enough people have their eyes opened and their shackles removed, and are able to critically think about what has been done to them over the years. Not until then will things even begin to change. Its a slow process!

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16:02

Brexit, Corbyn and Trade Unions "IndyWatch Feed War"

RMT demonstration at Kings Cross Station in London (RMT Photo)

A broken-down consensus and a resurgence of socialist ideas this is how Steve Hedley describes the current political landscape in the United Kingdom. Hedley is the Senior Assistant General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, the RMT. In this interview he guides us through the aftermath of the Brexit vote, the turmoil in the ruling Conservative government and the leftward steer of the Labour Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. The RMT is also one of the most militant trade unions in the UK, and Hedley tells us about the attacks against trade unions and the recent struggles of the RMT, particularly in the rail sector.

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Ricardo Vaz: How would you describe the current political situation in the UK?

Steve Hedley: Were in a period of transition. For the best part of 30 years we had a Labour Party that was following neoliberal policies and at the minute weve got a leadership of the Labour Party, in Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, that is reverting to left-wing social-democratic policies. And there is a lot of resistance within the Labour Party, because most MPs (Members of Parliament) are wedded to neoliberalism, although they think of themselves as left neoliberals. Corbyn and the Labour Party did much better than expected in the last election, so in order to maintain power the Conservative government has been relying on the votes of 10 Democratic Unionists, which are a far-right party in the North of Ireland.

I think everyone expects Corbyn to be the next prime minister. The country is in turmoil, no one really knows whats happening with Brexit, there seems to be no clear strategy coming from the government. The last estimate was that its going to cost 50 billion pounds to exit the European Union, and the in...

16:02

The Blizzard of 1899 "IndyWatch Feed World"

A lot of people are claiming that the extreme cold is part of Global Warming and human-induced climate change. Well, all we need do is look to the Blizzard of 1899. That is the record cold where it snowed also all the way into the capital of Florida, Tallahassee. It was snowing also in Tallahassee this season.

February 1899 was the coldest winter on record all the way up to 2017. All of these claims are just nonsense that this extreme cold is created by Global Warming or climat6e change caused by humans. We have been there and done that before prior to the invention of automobiles and massive expansion of the Industrial Revolution. Lets see if we break the record come February. It is even 72 degrees in Abu Dhabi.

16:01

Flour Tortillas Praised & Decolonized Diet Delineated "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Recent Mexican immigrants deride them as a gringo quirk. Foodie purists dismiss them as not real Mexican food. But good flour tortillas can be revelatory. Photograph by YinYang / Getty

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16:01

Russian-trained Serb separatists are forming paramilitary group in Bosnia "IndyWatch Feed War"

A group of hardline Bosnian Serbs, some of whom have been trained in military tactics by Russian instructors, are secretly creating a paramilitary group to undermine the territorial integrity of Bosnia, according to reports.

16:00

Giving Back to Your Community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Dr. Kings great work impacted all American lives.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018
Guest Commentary

Published January 15, 2018

By Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker

Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Reciting the many great words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has become a treasured part of the day that commemorates his service to the cause of advancing civil rights. His remarkable gift of the written and spoken word has provided an inspiration to millions of people who share his dream of hope and fairness for all people in America, regardless of race, religion, gender or creed. He was a remarkable advocate for equality for all people of color in America, including Indian Country.

I recently signed an executive order formally recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the third Monday of each January, as a Cherokee Nation national holiday, closing all of the tribes government offices and granting paid administrative leave to employees. However, on that day, I encourage all Cherokee Nation employees to dedicate the day in service to others. By devoting this day to service and care of others, we move closer to Dr. Kings vision of living and working together as one community. Through our deeds, we honor Dr. Kings legacy. Going forward, that commitment to service on the third Monday of January will better unite and strengthen each of us, and the entire Cherokee Nation. A Day On, Not a Day Off can be a day to connect community service to the social justice issues that Dr. King fought for during his lifetime. On that day, and every day, we should all be an advocate for people who face injustices in their lives.

16:00

France Expects UK to Pay up, Take More Refugees to Keep Border "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Migrant walks past the fence which secures the approach to the city from migrants trying to reach Britain, in Calais, France, September 21, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Pascal Rossignol/Files

Paris: France expects Britain to agree to take more asylum seekers and pay more for border security in order to maintain a frontier on the French side of the Channel, a French government official said.

Britains border was extended into France under a 2003 bilateral treaty known as...

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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16:00

Americas Civil War "IndyWatch Feed War"

For nearly twenty-five years I have been writing in this space about war: that is, the wars we have waged against other countries. Ive heard every possible rationalization for these conflicts, from weapons of mass destruction to hes killing his own people to babies being bayoneted in their incubators and on down the line. Now Continue reading "Americas Civil War"

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3 Ways Even Cash-Strapped Startups Can Do More Good In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Your company is in no position to get into philanthropyand thats okay. One entrepreneur recently learned she has more to give than money.

My business will donate more money once Im better off, is something Ive heard over the years from entrepreneurs, and at times, I have said it myself. This past year, Ive learned that there are many more ways to giveand not just in the monetary sense.

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16:00

The Nightmare Scenario "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Envisioned by David Frum it was tempting at first to think of this as satire, but then!!

 

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This Service Is Just For Women Who Want To Be Digital Nomads "IndyWatch Feed World"

Behere offers a cost-effective way for women to work overseas and still feel part of a local community.

Dear Boss, the letter begins. Working remotely isnt like going on vacation, its a way to increase employee morale, creativity, performance, and passion. It also allows for outside the box experiences that provide new market insights.

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16:00

The Sickness Of Coming Out As A Trumpist-- A Gay One No Less "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Not the real Adam Levine, obviously

Mel Levine was an over-achiever. A graduate of Beverly Hills High, he was elected student body president of UC Berkely in 1963 before heading off first to Princeton and then to Harvard. He was elected to the state Assembly in 1983 and ten years later became a congressman. He voted for the Iraq war in 1991 and was defeated in the Democratic Senate primary by Barbara Boxer the following year. Currently (age 74) he's the president of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. He has 3 grown children. One is Adam Levine, a yappy gay Republican, considerably less of an achiever than his dad, who wrote a self-pitying essay for The Federalist last week about how much harder it was to come put as a Trump-supporting Republican than it had been to come out as gay. Many of his friends have abandoned him, not because he's gay but because he joined the Republican Party.

Full of hate and confusion he wrote that he grew up in a liberal Jewish family and "was indoctrinated with all of the correct values and views. He sounds like a very sick, very unhappy self-loathing twit. He also sounds like an incredibly spoiled, dense moron; Trump is perfect for him:
When I was seven, my dad took me on a celebrity-packed camping trip to Death Valley as part of a campaign to protect Californias deserts. Israel took center stage in family discussions. I attended a Quaker elementary school, where I learned the black national anthem before I knew the Star Spangled Banner. In high school art class, I even chose to focus on mans destruction of the environment. I...

16:00

Missile False Alarm in Hawaii: How Wrong Buttons Can Wreak Havoc "IndyWatch Feed War"

On Saturday at 8:05 am, residents of Hawaii were terrified by a text message that said a missile was heading their way, and they should seek shelter immediately. Helpfully, the message also said, this is not a drill. And it wasnt it was merely a stomach-clenching error. Ten minutes after it was sent, it Continue reading "Missile False Alarm in Hawaii: How Wrong Buttons Can Wreak Havoc"

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16:00

What It Was Like Thinking a Ballistic Missile Was Speeding Toward Us in Hawaii "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yesterday morning, while I was drinking coffee and reading and my wife was getting ready for work, we heard an emergency alert sound from our phones. I figured it would be a storm warning, but the weather was clear. My wife looked at her phone and said a missile was coming. She immediately sprang into Continue reading "What It Was Like Thinking a Ballistic Missile Was Speeding Toward Us in Hawaii"

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16:00

Want To Be More Confident? Do This One Thing Every Morning "IndyWatch Feed World"

Dont let yourself get out of bed before doing this simple mental exercise first.

If youre anything like me, mornings can be mentally intractable. You wake up in a dark cloud and feel everything but positivityas though you were an orphan in a Charles Dickens novel with nothing to look forward to but the obliterating comfort of your pillow, almost picturesque in your please-dont-make-me-face-the-day despair. (Okay, maybe its not quite that bad.) And from those first waking moments, you probably think, Welp, there goes the day!

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16:00

Girl Suffers Hallucinations After Taking TAMIFLU "IndyWatch Feed World"

A North Texas family says their daughters side effects from the popular drug Tamiflu were beyond what they ever could have imagined and left them saying never again.

15:59

Lee Lea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Theres been a bit of discussion on the surname Lee. Ive learnt something from it. Its a name often associated with Asia New Zealand golfer Danny Lee was born in South Korea (but it is more common in North Korea).  It is common in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, not so in China (where []

15:55

You Don't Need a Telescope to Find a "Shithole Country" "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Salvadoran officers who oversaw these massacres, and countless others, had been selected and trained in the shithole country's U.S. Army School of the Americas. The war would destroy much of the infrastructure. El Salvador never recovered. Let the blood flow, the leaders of the shithole country said. The blood of brown and black people does not matter. A shithole country depends on your perspective.

15:55

Visa Will Make Signatures Optional for Chipped Credit Cards "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

It's been about a month since American Express and Mastercard decided to stop requiring signatures for EMV chip credit cards. Now Visa is joining their ranks, making signatures optional for chipped transactions in North America.

"Visa is committed to delivering secure, fast and convenient payments at the point of sale," said VIsa's Dan Sanford in a statement. "Our focus is on continually evolving the market towards dynamic authentication methods such as EMV chip, as well as investing in emerging capabilities that leverage advanced analytics and biometrics. We believe making the signature requirement optional for EMV chip-enabled merchants is the responsible next step to enhance security and convenience at the point of sale."

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/12/visa-signatures-optional-credit-cards-emv/


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15:51

Belgium: Analysis of the Wave of Arson Attacks Against the Arms Industry "IndyWatch Feed War"

BELGIUM

In Europe, wars seem to belong to a distant past. The images of trenches, concentration camps, aerial bombardments of European capitals and the landings on the Fench coast come out of the archives from time to time on the occasion of a hypocritical commemoration and everyone thinks that times have been good. Yet our current era is characterized by the omnipresence of warlike logic. Think of the interventions in Iaq and Syria, conflicts that the members of the international coalition are largely responsible for. But the war is also here, very visible by the khaki uniforms that patrol our streets or on the dull and tired and faces of refugees who have been transported to Europe by the shock wave of distant bombing. It is sometimes found in the eruption of a scandal, such as when everybody pretends to notice that the Wallonia Region (in southern Belgium) sells weapons to Saudi Arabia

Less visible, and puposely hidden, it is also present in offices, warehouses and workshops throughout Belgium. Many companies are participating in the current war effort, producing the necessary equipment for the conflicts here and elsewhere, arming cops and soldiers, equipping prisons and aircraft carriers, enabling the surveillance of the streets of Brussels and the devastation of Aleppo. These companies do not make the headlines, they don&#8217...

15:50

Read Newly Unsealed Vegas Massacre Court Documents Containing Some Interesting Details Previously Unknown "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Read Newly Unsealed Vegas Massacre Court Documents Containing Some Interesting Details Previously Unknown By Susan Duclos All News PipeLine Affidavits for warrants and other documents relating to the October 1, 2017 Vegas massacre have been unsealed and released to the...

The post Read Newly Unsealed Vegas Massacre Court Documents Containing Some Interesting Details Previously Unknown appeared first on The Daily Coin.

15:49

'Third Way' No Way To Go: A Reply To Wayne Mapp. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pragmatic Idealists: When it becomes clear to both our new prime minister and her finance minister that the price they are being asked to pay to keep the neoliberal guard-dogs away from their throats is too high for any discernible good that it is doing, then we must hope that they will dig deep into the collective experience of the New Zealand labour movement and find there not only the courage to speak socialist words, but also to rally the New Zealand people behind socialist deeds.

I FEEL SORRY for Dr Wayne Mapp. He has always struck me as one of those National Party types who want to do good in the world but not in a left-wing way. The political paradox in which such politicians are trapped, however, is that it is only under the conditions of a significantly modified capitalism conditions created by the Left that their benevolent aspirations can be fulfilled. Rather than acknowledge this, however, they are forever trying to convince the electorate that the Left only ever succeeds when it moves to the Right.

This is the fundamental thesis of Mapps latest contribution to The Spinoff, Jacinda Ardern Is No Radical, But The 21st-Century Face Of Blairs Third Way. His argument, essentially, is that:

In the latter part of the second decade of the twenty-first century, 22 years since Blair first became prime minister, his spiritual successors, Justine (sic) Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern, seem to have wholly adopted Third Wayism. The basic tenets of the neo-liberal settlement are accepted, but the state employs its power and resources to assist those who the market does not fully provide for.

Putting to one side his transgendering of Canadas prime minister, Justin Trudeau, Mapps fundamental misunderstanding of what Tony Blair represents merely....

15:49

Senators from 12 states seek offshore drilling exemptions like Florida's "IndyWatch Feed World"

Senators from 12 states seek offshore drilling exemptions like Florida's | 11 Jan 2018 | Twenty-two Democratic U.S. senators from 12 states on Thursday joined the chorus of local representatives seeking exemptions from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's newly proposed offshore drilling plan, after his surprise move on Tuesday to shield Florida. Zinke surprised lawmakers, governors, and industry groups on Tuesday night by announcing that Florida would be removed from the Interior Department's proposal to open up over 90 percent of federal waters to oil and gas leasing. Zinke had met in Tallahasee, Florida's capital, with Republican Governor Rick Scott, who told the Interior chief that drilling puts his state's coastal tourism economy at risk. Scott is widely expected to challenge Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, who is up for re-election this year.

15:49

Liberals Outraged to Learn Animal Rights Org Has Trump Supporter Running Social Media "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The goal of the Beagle Freedom Project is to rescue animals from laboratories and find them loving homes after they are no longer being used for research. It is a uniting effort that nearly every American can and should rally around but not according to some on the left.

Some animal rights activists are now trying to get a member of BFP fired for the unspeakable crime of supporting President Donald Trump.

Ryan Moore, BFPs Vice President of Social Media and Social Media Fundraising was a life-long Democrat. Since he was hired at the organization in 2013, he has increased their Facebook followers from 65K to 841K, their Twitter followers from 5K to 41K and their Instagram following from 2K to 97K.

Between his work at BFP and the Animal Rescue Corps, Moore has raised over $2 million in social media donations including a contribution of $500,000 for BFP in a social media voting contest to become a global partner for Microsofts Upgrade Your World initiative.

Moores remarkable accomplishments and clear passion for animal rights should be commended by those with a desire to protect our furry friends but over the past few years he gradually found himself moving towards the right.

I was a lifelong Democrat and I was anti-gun, but my life experiences changed my views on gun rights. Over the last 2-3 years I gradually became a Republican, Moore told the Gateway Pundit of his shift from left to right. The Democratic Party alienated me by being extremely anti-gun and wanting to restrict or take away my ability to defend myself. I am proud American and believe in the US Constitution. I have always been a big supporter of buy American/hire American and of course Im in favor of keeping terrorists out of the United States....

15:48

On Being a Social Justice and Peace Activist "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Browsing the Internet, one can find a deluge of entries on social justice and peace activists, but very little about their own introspections on how they see and feel themselves as activists. Seeking to fill at least partially that void I aim to explore in this article what it is like to be an activist in America for social justice and peace. I will do this in four ways.

15:48

Chet Raymo, The Seat of the Soul "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Seat of the Soul 
by Chet Raymo

"It was not my first visit. I had been there once before to talk with the great man, to the Castle of Cloux, near Amboise, in the valley of the Loire. He had been living there since 1516, at the invitation of Francis I, king of France. He was 67 years old, bundled up in a thick fur wrap by a roaring fire. His face showed age but not infirmity. Long white hair fell about his shoulders. White beard. Thick, downswept brows shaded his eyes like awnings. A strong nose. And of course the mouth, serious yet generous, not unlike the mouth of the Christ he had painted on the wall of the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

The king likes to surround himself with luminaries - artists, poets, philosophers, talented people of all sorts. Leonardo's reputation, of course, is known throughout Europe. It was inevitable that the king would draw him to France. A prize of war? So be it.

The last time I visited we talked about his paintings, only three of which had followed him to France. This time I wanted to hear about his anatomical studies. I had heard he had hundreds of drawings, recording the meticulous dissection of cadavers. "Might I see them?" I asked. Kindly, he aquiesced, and asked his young apprentice and friend, Count Francesco Melzi, to fetch several thick portfolios. As I carefully turned the sheets, I was stunned. Never had I seen such detailed representations of the human frame. Bones, muscles, tissues. Heart, lungs, stomach, liver. "From life?" I asked, forgetting myself. "From death," he replied with a slight smile. "Not so may years ago I had the privilege of working with Marcantonio della Torre, professor of anatomy at the University of Pavia. He gave me access to corpses."

As the thickly-annotated sheets slipped through my fingers I realized I was looking at something marvelous, a marriage of art and science.
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VIDEO=> Frustrated NOLA Saints Fan Tosses 65 Screen Off Balcony after Playoff Loss to Vikings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

New Orleans Saints fans had a rough night on Sunday watching their team lose to the Minnesota Vikings in a failed playoff comeback.

The Vikings won the game 29-24 in Minneapolis.

One outraged Saints fan took his frustration to new levels.

Twitter user Keyledet smashed his 65 TV and tossed if off the balcony.

Kyle said he punched the TV first and caused some bleeding a lot of bleeding.

Kyle wont be watching TV for awhile.

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15:45

Donald Trump Says Im Not a Racist, Keeps Door Open for DACA Deal "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

US President Donald Trump addresses a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/Files

West Palm Beach, Florida: US President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday Im not a racist in response to reports that he had described immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from shithole countries.

Trump also said he was ready, willing and able to reach a deal to protect illegal immigrants brought to the US as chi...

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I'M ON RECORD AS DISLIKING PRESIDENT TRUMP "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

But the furor over his alleged descriptive of certain African failed countries as "Arsehole" states is hardly a hanging offence ... undiplomatic, perhaps, but true nevertheless      What other way would you describe the likes of Somalia, Chad, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Take Somalia where the rule of law simply does not exist; where pirates ply the coast while radical Islamist militias roam the streets of Mogadishu unchecked. 

And if it weren't true why the hundreds of thousands of refugees trying for a better life in anywhere but their native country.

Nah, the snowflake St Jacinda's of this world need to take their heads out of the sand and recognise the reality for what it is instead of pretending it's all a big lie. 



15:40

Tecumseh, "Live Your Life..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Live Your Life..."

"Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about his religion.
Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.
Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting
or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light,
for your life, for your strength.
Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes
wise ones turn to fools and robs their spirit of its vision.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
When your time comes to die, be not like those
whose hearts are filled with fear of death,
so that when their time comes they weep and pray
for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.
Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home."

- Tecumseh, Shawnee

15:35

"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed World"

What is causing the picturesque ripples of supernova remnant SNR 0509-67.5? The ripples, as well as the greater nebula, were imaged in unprecedented detail by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2006 and again late last year. The red color was recoded by a Hubble filter that left only the light emitted by energetic hydrogen. The precise reason for the ripples remains unknown, with two considered origin hypotheses relating them to relatively dense portions of either ejected or impacted gas. 
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The reason for the broader red glowing ring is more clear, with expansion speed and light echos relating it to a classic Type Ia supernova explosion that must have occurred about 400 years earlier. SNR 0509 currently spans about 23 light years and lies about 160,000 light years away toward the constellation of the dolphinfish (Dorado) in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The expanding ring carries with it another great mystery, however: why wasn't this supernova seen 400 years ago when light from the initial blast should have passed the Earth?

15:33

"Too Often..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? 
Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. 
Before they know it, time runs out."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes 

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15:31

When YOUR Bank Fails, Dont Walk Run! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The following article by Brett Redmayne-Titley was originally published at Activist Post.

So. The US economy is just fine. The post-recession 2010 Dodd-Frank legislation has cured all. Banks have lots of cash. Congress is your friend and that certain-to-pass Tax Cut and Jobs bill will finally allow you, your family and America to MAGA.

Really?!

Im sorry, Sir. We are unable to cash this check, were the ominous words delivered to me by a fresh-faced, none-too-friendly, Wells Fargo Bank manager. He had just kept me waiting ten minutes while in consultation about my requested transaction. Returning to his cubicle he sat down quickly, now looking at me intently through narrowed eyes.

Three feet away, between us and in front of him, were three forms of my personal identification face up. However, he gazed down glowering at two personal checks also laying before him, written to me by a client and drawn on his bank. Not being a Wells customer I had expected a shake-down, hence the multiple forms of ID.

These two checks totaled a seemingly paltry sum of almost US$8,000.00. Not expecting this much difficulty I insisted on a reason, to which he now looked up from considering the two checks and replied, Im sorry, but the bank does not have sufficient funds on-hand to cash these checks.

Really?!

Naturally, like the majority of incorrectly indoctrinated US bank depositors I assumed that, as is traditional with banks, this one would have lots and lots of cash.

Au Contraire.

Unapologetically he informed me that he was sorry but he could only cash one of the checks at this time. Both checks were for about the same amount. I inquired if this was a new bank policy and was told that the bank simply did not have enough cash on hand, and, no, I could not come back at the end of the day after the bank had received the days cash deposits. However, if I went to a larger Wells branch they might be able to handle both checks.

This rather un...

15:30

Hawaii Says Lack of Adequate Fail-Safe Measures Led to False Missile Alert "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A combination photograph shows screenshots from a cell phone displaying an alert for a ballistic missile launch and the subsequent false alarm message in Hawaii January 13, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Hugh Gentry

Honolulu: Human error and a lack of adequate fail-safe measures during a civil defense warning drill led to the false missile alert that stirred panic across Hawaii over the weekend, a state emer...

15:30

Despite Record Stock Prices, The Financial System Is In Peril. Heres Why (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Despite Record Stock Prices, The Financial System Is In Peril. Heres Why Video Gregory Mannarino Video Source

The post Despite Record Stock Prices, The Financial System Is In Peril. Heres Why (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

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15:30

Lets Talk "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What would growing up in an ideal family environment look like? Do you think that anyone grew up in an ideal family environment? How has your family shaped your personality and who you turned out to be? Discuss:

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15:28

"Take Care..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Take care to get what you like in life, 
or you will be forced to like what you get."
- George Bernard Shaw

15:26

The Reserve Bank and housing collapses "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Very interesting post highlights some key issues.

croaking cassandra

In early December, the Reserve Bank published a Bulletin article, House price collapses: policy responses and lessons learned.  The article wasnt by a Reserve Bank staffer   it was written by a contractor (ex Treasury and IMF)   but Bulletin articles speak for the Bank itself, they arent disclaimed as just the views of the author.   Given the subject matter, Im sure this one would have had a lot of internal scrutiny.  Or perhaps Ill rephrase, it certainly should have had a lot of scrutiny, but the substance of the article raises considerable doubt as to whether anyone senior thought hard about what they were publishing in the Reserve Banks name.

Ive only just got round to reading the article and was frankly a bit stunned at how weak it was.    Perhaps that helps explain why it appears to have had no material media coverage at

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15:23

"Picked Out a Coffin Yet? Take Ibuprofen and Die" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Picked Out a Coffin Yet? Take Ibuprofen and Die"
by Mike Whitney

"Today we know that the risk of heart attack and stroke may occur early in treatment, even in the first weeks. There is no period of use shown to be without risk," says Judy Racoosin, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director of FDAs Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Addiction Products. - FDA website

In case you missed it: The FDA issued a warning on various prescription and non-prescription drugs that Americans ingest by the boatload. As it happens, these seemingly benign pain relievers can kill you even if you scrupulously follow the recommended dosage. But don't take my word for it. Here's a blurb from the FDA website: "FDA is strengthening an existing warning in prescription drug labels and over-the-counter (OTC) Drug Facts labels to indicate that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke, either of which can lead to death. Those serious side effects can occur as early as the first few weeks of using an NSAID, and the risk might rise the longer people take NSAIDs. (FDA Strengthens Warning of Heart Attack and Stroke Risk for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, FDA website...

15:20

Scaring young people with stories of the Rapture "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

That excellent radio program This American Life devoted its entire hour this week to a single story. It is about how parents hired a private basketball coach AJ for their son Cody who was in third grade and that over time, the boy formed a close bond with the coach who then, over a period of years and unbeknownst to the parents, proceeded to indoctrinate the boy with elaborate stories about the Bible and the Rapture and how there was an evil supercomputer somewhere in Belgium that was going to take over the world and how the Illuminati were planning to implant everyone with RFID chips as a way of controlling them. These chips are the prophesied mark of the beast that any Rapturite will tell you identifies those who worship the anti-Christ.

It is pretty engrossing and also disturbing for any parent. At the end, Cody says that he cannot believe now that he believed all the crazy stuff that AJ told him, a common experience for those who eventually escape from the indoctrinating influence.

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15:16

The Daily "Near You?" "IndyWatch Feed World"

Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. Thanks for stopping by!

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Eritrean President Denies Presence of Egyptian Troops in Sudan
Eritrea's president, Isaias Afwerki, listens as he meets with Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, during an official visit to Khartoum on June 11, 2015. ( Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/ Reuters)

January 14, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki accused interested circles in Sudan and Ethiopia of attempting to create a conflict between Khartoum and Asmara, stressed that there were no Egyptian troops at the Sawa base, which borders the Sudanese border.

On Thursday, Sudan officially announced sending troops and equipment to the border with Eritrea and spoke about security threats after the alleged arrival of Egyptian troops to the Eritrean military base of Sawa, an area bordering the eastern province of Kassala in Sudan.

In an interview with Eritrean television on Sunday evening, Afwerki ridiculed Sudans allegations about the presence of Egyptian troops at the Sawa military base and slammed the Qatari Al-Jazeera TV channel which broadcast the news.

He further said that Asmara has information about an attempt to deploy Ethiopian troops on the Sudanese-Eritrean border to be financed by Sudan.

He added that Khartoum and Addis Ababa seek to push Eritrea to war pointing to the broadcast in the Sudanese media of footages of troops and weapons dispatched to Kassala state.

"The Ethiopian and Sudanese intelligence services are promoting false information. These accusations are an attempt to escape forward."

"Some circles in Sudan and Ethiopia are trying to create a clash between Sudan and Eritrea," he said.

In a joint press conference with his Ethiopian counterpart Sunday, the Sudanese foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour said his government does not accuse a specific country but speak about threats for its security on the eastern border.

"Some opposition forces are in those areas," he said. "There are some people who are trying to harm the security of the country and we will explain this in detail in due course," Ghandour stressed.

Speaking about the Turkish military presence in the Red Sea region, Afwerki said it "is not acceptable".

"I am n...

15:10

"After All..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, 
and life is after all a chain." 
- William James

15:09

Obama Called Libya A SH*T SHOW, Trump Called Haiti A SH*THOLE, But The US Ensured Both ARE TRUE "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

U.S. foreign policy decisions in both Haiti and Libya have been far cruder than the comments made by Presidents Trump and Obama.

The mainstream media is horrified by the idea that President Trump would refer to Haiti as a Shithole countrybut they seem to have forgotten that President Obama referred to Libya as a Shit show, and that the United States has had a hand in ensuring that both countries continue to be plagued with problems.

The media launched a firestorm after a report from the Washington Post claimed that during a meeting with lawmakers in the Oval Office on Thursday, Trump said, Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here? 

The comment was reportedly in reference to a discussion on protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal. Trump became frustrated with the lawmakers in the meeting, and proposed that the U.S. should prioritize immigrants from Norway, over countries such as Haiti, according to the report.

While mainstream media outlets were quick to criticize Trumps comments on Haiti, they were not nearly as offended when reports claimed that Obama referred to the state of affairs in Libya after Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown as a shit show in March 2016.

We actually executed this plan as well as I could have expected: We got a UN mandate, we built a coalition, it cost us $1 billonwhich, when it comes to military operations, is very cheap. We averted large-scale civilian casualties, we prevented what almost surely would have been a prolonged and bloody civil conflict, Obama said. And despite all that, Libya is a mess.

At the time, Obama referred to the 2011 Arab Spring revolt as a successful military intervention to aid rebels, and claimed that it was only because of the inaction of Americas European allies that Libya turned...

15:08

Bertrand Russell, "Three Passions" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Three Passions" 

 "Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of humankind.

Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of people.
I have wished to know why the stars shine.
Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,

But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart,
Of children in famine, of victims tortured,
And of old people left helpless.
I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.
This has been my life; I found it worth living."

- Bertrand Russell

15:08

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

UN Experts Urge Libya, South Sudan to Prevent Weapons Supplying to Darfur Rebels
Sudanese soldiers in North Darfur's Wadi Hawar on Egyptian armoured vehicles used by the Darfur rebels in their attack from Libya on 23 May 2017 (ST Photo)

January 14, 2018 (WASHINGTON) - United Nations experts have urged Sudans neighbours Libya and South Sudan to stop supplying Darfur armed groups with weapons and ammunition in line with UN resolutions on this respect.

In a report to the Security Council released this week, a panel of five experts says that rebel groups from Darfur region "work as mercenaries" with South Sudanese government and the different warring parties in Libya.

Regarding the restive north African country, the report point to the presence in Libya of the Sudan Liberation Movement of Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM), and the SLM-Transitional Council (SLM-TC) led by al-Hadi Idriss Yahia. While the Justice and Equality Movement of Girbil Ibrahim is present in South Sudan.

"The presence and activities of SLA/MM, SLA/TC and JEM in both Libya and South Sudan constitute a violation by those States of the arms embargo, which requires States to take measures to prevent the sale or supply of arms and related material and the provision of assistance to Darfurian rebel groups by their nationals or from their territories," the expert said.

The 97-page report seen by Sudan Tribune is the first UN text with detailed information, official documents and pictures about the presence of the armed groups from Darfur region in Libya.

The report describes the SLM-MM as the biggest Darfurian rebel group in Libya operating with Libyas eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army (LNA).

In a special annexe, the report says the group has "several hundreds of fighters and approximately 150 vehicles", adding that the military leadership of the group present in Libya include SLM-MM chief of staff Juma Haggar, his deputy Jabir Ishag and other commanders.

However, the experts said that the military leadership of the rebel group is now more independent from its exiled leader and they are directly paid by Haftars army.

According to the experts, JEM whic...

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Sudans Ex-army Chief Did Not Set Condition for Talks: Official
January 14, 2018 (JUBA) A member of the Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders has dismissed reports that former army chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan set conditions and demands for President Salva Kiirs government to meet before entering into talks with the Juba regime.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune on Sunday, the co-chair of the Jieng Council of Elders, Joshua Dau said he was unaware of conditions and demands Awan allegedly placed.

Gen Paul Malong was receptive and cooperative in our meeting. He raised the issues which are his concern and they do not amount to preconditions or demands. Who told you this? he asked.

Dau, also a member of upper house of the legislative assembly, said a message assuring Awan about government commitments to protect his properties was delivered by the team that visited him.

President Kiir, according to Dau, assured the countrys former army chief of staff that none of his associates in the army and government at all levels would be targeted because of their connections to him.

The South Sudanese leader also pledged readiness to pay attention the various issues, which Awan raised, the official further stated.

Awan reportedly vowed to abandon rebellion, cease from hostile and negative statements, which can be interpreted by the coalition government to mean threats against the Juba establishment.

But despite denials from Dau, social media was awash with reports that Awan unveiled four demands as a condition for entering talks.

Gordon Buay, a South Sudanese diplomat at its embassy in United States, said Awan demanded that the Director General for internal security services, Akol Koor Kuc be removed from his position and replaced before he can enter into talks with the Juba government.

Also said to be on Awans list of demands, Buay said, regards the conduct of the ruling party (SPLM) elections using secret ballot and the elected chairman must not be interim president of South Sudan.

It, however, remains unclear if the ex-army chief indeed set the demands Buay alleges.

On Friday, it...

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The Poet: Linda Pastan, "What We Want" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"What We Want"
 

"What we want
is never simple.
We move among the things
we thought we wanted:
a face, a room, an open book
and these things bear our names-
now they want us.
But what we want appears
in dreams, wearing disguises.
We fall past,
holding out our arms
and in the morning
our arms ache.
We don't remember the dream,
but the dream remembers us.
It is there all day
as an animal is there
under the table,
as the stars are there
even in full sun."

~ Linda Pastan, "Carnival Evening"

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The Real Bleep-Hole Moment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

You can call it the bleep-hole moment (per the Fox family channel) or the shit-hole moment (per the rest of the MSM), but what you cant call yesterdays contretemps in the White House evidence that sentient adults are in charge of the Imperial City.

And, no, we are not getting down on the Donald for using a swear wordnor are we trying to out race-card Don Lemon as to the obvious implications of the Presidents crude phraseology.

Indeed, even prior to yesterdays outburst it was hard to deny that Trump is a semi-literate bully and that he never got (read) the memo on racial comity and respect. But we actually happen to think that Donalds potty-talk eruption resulted not from some dark place in his mind and heart, but from sheer frustration as the intractability of the immigration issue closes in on him.

What we mean is that neither party has its cards face up on the matter-which goes way beyond the potential deportation of the 800,000 dreamers, chain migration, the diversity lottery and the Wall. Underneath it all there is a brutal, raging political struggle for dominance which is almost existential in import.

To wit, the sundry Dem caucuses want more immigrants, and the browner the better, because its their only route to electoral dominance. By contrast, the hardcore GOP immigrant-thumpers are desperately attempting to hang-on to Red State rule in the face of the forbidding demographic math of the white populationand the fact that not many Norwegians want to come to America anyway.

It would not be too far-fetched to say that the partisan battle for office is morphing into a racial-ethnic war.

Fox host Laura Ingraham is both exceedingly articulate and thoughtful on many issues, but on immigration she is a screecher. So her diatribe with respect to Thursdays doings goes right to the heart of the matter:

Number two, Democrats favor granting citizenship to illegal aliens because they believe it is the absolute key to achieving a super-majority, just like the one they currently have in California. They want that in every key battleground state. So, theres so much more at stake than just the future of the DREAMers. This deal could decide the fate of the country.

We happen to agree with her, but for a vastly different reason. To wit, the immigration issue threatens to destroy the Republican partyeither because it terminally rips it apart or because the nativist immigrant-thumpers completely prevail and thereby marginalize the GOP electorally.

Yes, there is nothing in the constitution or American history that requires a politically healthy GOP or even a Republican party at all. Unfortunately, however, there is nothing in the constitution which requires fiscal rect...

Who or What Is Feeding the Unrest in Iran? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There are two general theories about the protests that are taking place in Iran. One, unfavorable to the Iranian government and establishment, is that the widespread discontent and rioting is over mismanagement of the economy that has particularly hurt poorer Iranians. The other is that we are seeing a contemporary replay of 1953 Iran and the downfall of Mohammad Mossadegh, which was orchestrated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the British MI-6.

The Iranian publics expectation that the nuclear deal would lead to improvements in their lives were wrecked by Donald Trumps decertification of the agreement and expectations that the pact would be wrecked by Americas renewing sanctions on Iran later this month. All of Trumps advisers are hostile to Iran and it has also been reported that tearing up the agreement derived from a personal pledge made by Trump to Israeli/American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who also demanded that the US Embassy be moved to Jerusalem.

The vanishing nuclear deal and struggling economy bore fruit in the 2018 government budget that cut subsidies on food and government services while increasing fuel and commodity prices. Religious institutions controlled by the Supreme Religious Council and the business entities run by the Revolutionary Guards were reportedly spared the cuts, fueling popular anger.

If Donald Trump had really cared about the protesters or democracy, he would have said nothing about the protests. Instead, he appears intent on using the Iranian government suppression of the demonstrations to finally kill the nuclear deal by reinstating sanctions. He has tweeted five times, supporting the Iranian people who are seeking democracy but also giving the Tehran government a club to use against the demonstrators by claiming that they are tools of foreign governments, which is exactly what it is doing.

But given the history of foreign interventions in the Middle East, is the United States or Israel plausibly involved in the demonstrations? The answer to that is both yes and no. There is considerable evidence that the United States and possibly Israel, joined by Saudi Arabia, have set up several...

Liberty vs. the Constitution "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

[Excerpted from chapter 5 of Albert Jay Nocks Jefferson]

The Constitution looked fairly good on paper, but it was not a popular document; people were suspicious of it, and suspicious of the enabling legislation that was being erected upon it. There was some ground for this. The Constitution had been laid down under unacceptable auspices; its history had been that of a coup dtat.

It had been drafted, in the first place, by men representing special economic interests. Four-fifths of them were public creditors, one-third were land speculators, and one-fifth represented interests in shipping, manufacturing, and merchandising. Most of them were lawyers. Not one of them represented the interest of production  Vilescit origine tali.

In the second place, the old Articles of Confederation, to which the states had subscribed in good faith as a working agreement, made all due provision for their own amendment; and now these men had ignored these provisions, simply putting the Articles of Confederation in the wastebasket and bringing forth an entirely new document of their own devising.

Again, when the Constitution was promulgated, similar economic interests in the several states had laid hold of it and pushed it through to ratification in the state conventions as a minority measure, often indeed, in the majority of cases by methods that had obvious intent to defeat the popular will. Moreover, and most disturbing fact of all, the administration of government under the Constitution remained wholly in the hands of the men who had devised the document, or who had been leaders in the movement for ratification in the several states. The new president, Washington, had presided over the Constitutional Convention. All the members of the Supreme Court, the judges of the federal district courts, and the members of the cabinet were men who had been to the fore either in the Philadelphia Convention or in the state ratifying conventions. Eight signers of the Constitution were in the Senate, and as many more in the House. It began now to be manifest, as Madison said later, who was to govern the country; that is to say, in behalf of what economic interests the development of American constitutional government was to be directed.

Mr. Jefferson was slow to apprehend all this. He had hitherto regarded the Constitution as a purely political document, and having that view, he had spoken both for it and against it. He had criticized it severely because it contained no Bill of Rights and did not provide against indefinite tenure of office. With these omissions rectified by amendment, however, he seemed disposed to be...

More on S-hole-Gate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As I write this, it has been nearly 24 hours since the President has denied making his s-hole comment regarding countries with shockingly low quality of life.  Indeed, the only person in a room full of several people who claims to have heard the President make this remark is a Democrat, Dick Durbin, who has a demonstrated track record of lying for political purposes.

Still, lets assume that Trump did in fact make the remark attributed to him.  Would he have been wrong?

Below are ten questions that I posed to those who have spared no occasion over the last two days to showcase their moral outrage over S-hole-gate.  To his credit, one leftist acquaintance of mine, to whom I will refer simply as Chris, tried answering them.  The responses are revealing.

(1)Why do you think legions of people from those s-hole countries risk life and limb to flee their homelands and come to Western countries, like America?

The Presidents critics arent disagreeing with the horrid state of these countries. Their criticism stems from acknowledging this horrid state while questioning his comment: Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.

In other words, insofar as his critics acknowledge the horrid state of the countries under discussion, they agree with the President that Haiti and the other countries to which he referred are, as he said, s-holes.

They agree with the substance of his judgementeven if they disagree with his choice of words.

Of course, this is true.

Now, the reasons for the condition of these countries are debatable. But there is no debating that at least some of the residents of those countries are responsible for the conditions of their homes.  As for Haiti and Haitians specifically, more will be said about this shortly.

(2)Do you think that their actions reveal their agreement or disagreement with the President?

See above.

I think what Chris is saying here is that while those legions of human beings who are risking their lives (and those of their children) to come to America and other Western societies do essentially agree with the Presidents assessment regarding the situation of their native countries, they disagree with the notion that they should be denied entry into the United States.

Well of course they wouldnt agree that they should be denied entrance into the United States!  Self-interest precludes it.

(3)Unless these countries fit Trumps description of them, do you think that immigration enthusiasts and activists in the US (and the rest of the West) would be tirelessly trying to guilt Westerners into letting folks from thes...

The Wave Builds "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Out on the open ocean, a tsunami is almost impossible to see; but as the wave gets closer to shore, it builds and swells and all of a sudden, it becomes extremely obvious. By then, of course, it is too late.

Consider whats happened to Mazda an early warning of whats coming.

It is the first major car company to become a four-cylinder-only car company. All of its 2018 model year cars from the compact Mazda3 to the full-sized CX-9 (reviewed here) are powered by four-cylinder engines no larger than 2.5 liters.

No more sixes even in the Mazda6. Which used to offer one.

This is the wave of the future unless someone (Trump?) rescinds the fatwa issued by the federal government during the last few months of Obamas presidency. This fatwa decrees a near-doubling of the current corporate average fuel economy mandatory minimum from 34.1 to 54.5 miles-per-gallon by the 2025 model year.

There isnt a six-cylinder-powered car on the market that can make that cut which is why Mazda isnt selling them anymore.

Others are following the example.

For instance, Honda. The just-redesigned 2018 Accord which is a mid-sized sedan that weighs close to 3,400 lbs. now comes standard with a 1.5-liter earth dreams four. A turbocharged 2.0 liter four  also earth dreamy is the largest optional engine available.

You used to be able to buy a V6. No dreams necessary.

The Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang have both dropped their formerly standard V6 engines, replacing them with . . . turbocharged fours.

More will follow suit because theres no other option. If they dont meet the CAFE mandatory minimums, they get hit in the head with the equivalent of a sock full of quarters those gas guzzler fines youve probably heard of. These are Uncles vengeful way of countermanding what the buying public wants.

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Drowning in the Money River "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Its a big club and you aint in it.

~ George Carlin

If you suspect society is unfair, that theres a different set of rules the rich live by, youre right.

Ive had ample chance to witness first-hand evidence of this in my time working on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley. Simply put: our highly financialized economy is gamed to enrich those who run it, at the expense of everybody else.

The Money River

A recent experience really drove this home for me.

Having received my MBA from Stanford in the late 90s, I remain on several alumni discussion groups. Recently, a former classmate of mine, who now runs her own asset management firm, circulated her thoughts on how todays graduating students could best access an on-ramp to the money river.

Whats the money river? Good question.

The money river is the huge tsunami of investment capital sloshing around the globe, birthed by the historically-unprecedented money printing conducted by the worlds central banks over the past decade. Since 2008, theyve more than tripled their collective balance sheet:

(Source)

The $13+ trillion in new thin-air money issued to achieve this is truly staggering. Its so large that the human brain really cant wrap around it. (For those who havent seen it, watch our brief video How Much Is A Trillion? to better understand this.)

But suffice it to say, all that money has to go somewhere. And it first goes into the pockets of those with closest access to it, and of those who direct where it flows.

In the context of MBA graduates working in finance, accessing the money river often follows this recipe:

  • Step 1: Get hired by a buy-side fund (asset management firm, hedge fund, etc)
  • Step 2: Make friends at other funds by investing part of your portfolio in their offerings
  • Step 3: Leave to create your own fund, which all your new buddies will invest part of their firms portfolios in
  • Step 4: Collect a fat annual salary of 2% of assets under management (regardless of how your fund performs), plus 20%...

Conspiracy Low and Conspiracy High "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

We need a Critique of Pure Conspiracy

For all things which are reproved are made manifest by light,

for whatever does make manifest is light (Ephesians 5:13)

What is generally called conspiracy theory has undergone a revival of considerable proportions.  Today everyone prides themselves on knowing that all is not what it seems on the surface.    This is obvious from the declining trust in public institutions, science, politics, and education.  Of course, there never was a time when all was just what it seemed on the surface.  Still, there was indeed a time, and not so long ago, when propaganda systems enjoyed something closer to ubiquity due to the monopoly of broadcast technologies.

Now that everybody on your street (or at least your social media network) is a conspiracy theorist, one might reasonably ask why this hasnt automatically translated into a free society.  Part of the answer to this question is that there is a whole lot more to establishing, or regaining, a free society than just the dissemination of information.  If there are elites who secretly control the world, they need to be fought, not just talked about.  In fact, there are indications that they enjoy being talked about, and that it fortifies and celebrates their power.

However, while mere information is not sufficient, it is certainly necessary in both great quantity and reasonable quality.  Today we certainly have the quantity, but much of what gets stuffed into that portmanteau phrase conspiracy theory is just plain bad.   Perhaps thats just the way the conspiratorial cookie crumbles, as the mocking skeptics claim.  Or perhaps there is some sort of improvement in method which would at once validate and improve the quality of conspiracy theories.  As quixotic as it might seem, I would like to explore the latter possibility.

Why cant you Kant?

What if we had a meta-theory of conspiracy theories in general?  It is one thing to support or debunk one or another notion, but are there some generic properties of conspiracy theory that make it vulnerable to skepticism?   Nobody denies that conspiracies, in the dictionary definition of the term, exist.  For example, racketeering is a phenomenon well known to forensic and legal science, and it always involves conspiracies in the most general sense.  Yet in our times Conspiracy Theory (yes, often spelled in caps) has become a stereotype.  It is not just a p...

Birds of Prey Set Wildfires "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

Black Kite (Milvus migrans) one of the species accused of setting fires. By Mayukhghose (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

So much for fire control  JoNova reports that raptors have been photographed congregating on the edge of large Australian bushfires, picking up burning sticks, and deliberately setting new spot fires in advance of the main blaze to flush out small mammals and other prey. This discovery potentially has profound implications for fire management in places like California.

Burn, Baby, Burn: Australian Birds Steal Fire to Smoke Out Prey

By Mindy Weisberger, Senior Writer | January 9, 2018 11:23am ET

Grassland fires that are deadly and devastating events for many kinds of wildlife are a boon to certain types of birds known as fire foragers. These opportunists prey on animals fleeing from a blaze, or scavenge the remains of creatures that succumbed to the flames and the smoke.

But in Australia, some fire-foraging birds are also fire starters.

Three species of raptors predatory birds with sharp beaks and talons, and keen eyesight are widely known not only for lurking on the fringes of fires but also for snatching up smoldering grasses or branches and using them to kindle fresh flames, to smoke out mammal and insect prey.

Scientists recently collected and evaluated reports from Aboriginal and nonindigenous people of these so-called firehawks black kites (Milvus migrans), whistling kites (Haliastur sphenurus) and brown falcons (Falco berigora) to better understand this unusual behavior, and to evaluate its implications for fire management in regions where the birds are active, the researchers wrote in a new study.

Aboriginal people in some parts of northern Australia referenced the fire-spreading actions of firehawks in sacred rituals and noted numerous sightings of the firehawks. In total, the study authors identified 12 Aboriginal groups in which people described firsthand sightings of raptors deliberately setting new fires with smoldering brands salvaged from existing fires...

Death by Physician "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Definition: An iatrogenic disease is an illness that occurs as a result of a therapeutic or diagnostic procedure undertaken on a patient; a healthcare professional-caused disease, usually due to properly-prescribed prescription drugs, vaccines or surgical procedures.
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The following information concerns the serious toxic effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics which include Bayers Cipro, Janssens Levaquin, Bayers Avelox, Mercks Noroxin, Pfizers Trovan and the generic drug Ofloxacin.

The information outlined below is excerpted from three sources that I have only become aware of recently.

1) a 29-page FDA document that discusses fluoroquinolone antibiotic-caused peripheral neuropathy. The document can be found in its entirety here.

This document totally ignores the equally serious poisonous effects of fluoroquinolone drugs such as the antibiotics toxic effects on cellular mitochondria, which is the likely cause of the tendonopathies, neuropsychiatric disorders, chronic fatigue syndromes, muscular disorders, cardiomyopathies, cardiac dysrhythmias, neurodegenerative disorders, etc

2) Some of the information has been excerpted from here.

3) I also attach a relevant abstract from a 2001 British Medical Journal article about Pfizers malfeasance in its testing of ts fluoroquinolone drug (Trovan) during a 1996 Nigerian meningitis epidemic.

I feel that such information about once popular prescription drugs that have been deceptively advertised by Big Pharma as safe is particularly important because I have been among the multitude of healthcare providers that were intentionally deceived by Big Pharma into believing their false claims of safety for any number of now-known to be dangerous vaccines, psych drugs, arthritis drugs, heart drugs, etc.

This article is about one of the classes of antibiotics that have now been revealed to be commonly toxic. Therefore I feel it is my duty to warn readers that there will surely be more heavily propagandized, synthetic drug products from Big Pharma that will be far less safe than will be claimed. It is also important for patients to be aware that the adverse effects they experienced werent psychosomatic or coincidences of nature. Knowing the root causes of illnesses makes for more rational treatments approaches.

I had heard in the past about patients that had occasionally developed Cipro-related periphera...

Horrible With a Chance of Disaster "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The flu epidemic has struck the entire mainland US at the same time and in similar levels for the first time ever as health officials warn the season could get worse.

Influenza activity is now widespread in all states except Hawaii with the deadly virus already claiming the lives of more than 85 adults and 20 children this flu season.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that two strains of influenza viruses are being reported across the country, including H3N2 and H1N1.

This is a bad flu season, said Dr Dan Jernigan, the director of the CDCs influenza branch.

Influenza activity is now widespread in all states except Hawaii with the deadly virus already claiming the lives of more than 85 adults and 20 children this flu season

Influenza activity is now widespread in all states except Hawaii with the deadly virus already claiming the lives of more than 85 adults and 20 children this flu season

Flu is everywhere in the US right now. Theres lots of flu in lots of places.

This is the first year we had the entire continental US be the same color on the graph meaning theres widespread activity in all of the continental US at this point.

While this years epidemic is still shy of the devastating death toll seen in 2014/2015, officials warn the rate of cases is severe, and this season looks set to be the second-worst on record.

The rate of cases for the deadly H3N2 virus is quadruple that of previous years, and hospitalizations have doubled in the last week as the outbreak reaches its peak.

What were seeing is the season has started early and that its probably peaking right about now, Dr Jernigan said.

He said the flu activity looked a lot like the flu epidemic of 2014-2015 where the H3N2 strain was predominant.

(Its) a strain thats, like was mentioned, is going to be associated with more cases and its going to be associated with more hospitalizations, and it is associated with more deaths, he said.

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The Most Reliable Cars in the US "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

These are the top 15 cars that American drivers tend to keep the longest before trading in for a new one.

Toyota models dominated the list taking out the top five spots, according to the new study by iSeeCars.com.

Fourteen of the top cars predicted to last more than 15 years are Japanese models, with the exception of German Volkswagen.

The Toyota Highlander model took out top spot with more than 18 per cent of original owners keeping their car for at least 15 years.

These are the top 15 cars that American drivers tend to keep the longest before trading in for a new one.

Toyota models dominated the list taking out the top five spots, according to the new study by iSeeCars.com.

Fourteen of the top cars predicted to last more than 15 years are Japanese models, with the exception of German Volkswagen.

The Toyota Highlander model took out top spot with more than 18 per cent of original owners keeping their car for at least 15 years.

Japanese automakers are known for setting quality and reliability standards, so it is no surprise that they are the most likely to reach the 15 year milestone.

TOP 15 CARS OWNERS KEEP LONG-TERM

1. Toyota Highlander

2. Toyota Sienna

3. Toyota Tundra

4. Toyota Prius

5. Toyota RAV4

6. Honda Odyssey

7. Toyota Sequoia

8. Toyota Tacoma

9. Honda CR-V

10. Toyota Avalon

11. Acura MDX

12. Toyota Camry

13. Subaru Forester

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15:00

Comedy Corner: Non PC jokes guaranteed to offend "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Oral or anal first? my wife asked with a grin. What do you think? Im thinking anal, she smiled. Okay, I sighed. I suppose Ive got to take both tablets at some point. Ive just had a sex change. Instead of once a month, the wifes changed it to once every two months.  

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14:59

Bakare bombs Buhari "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

says President has failed in security, job creation, anti-corruption Nigerians must instigate real, genuine change     You either restructure the country or get out. Leadership is by hard work and not by wearing babanriga. The current edifice of state has become a deathtrap The Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has upbraided the Muhammadu Buhari administration for retrogressing in its policy thrust: security, job creation, and anti-corruption, saying that the wind of change should blow any non-performing government away. Speaking yesterday in Lagos during his...

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14:59

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Sudan Youth Body Condemns Ceasefire Violations
January 13, 2018 (KAMPALA) A South Sudanese youth entity has condemned what it described as violation of the cessation of hostilities by South Sudan government allegedly with the intention of frustrating efforts to bring everlasting peace to the ordinary citizens.

The International Youth for Africa (IYA), in a statement, said a host of the nations citizens are dying every day and therefore continuing to attack the opposition is utter violation of ongoing peace processes.

IYAs executive director, Ter Manyang Gatwech urged the warring parties to respect the cessation of hostilities signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last year.

Strongly condemning the attack in the strongest term, Gatwech said those responsible for the ceasefire violation should be brought to book.

We have incompetent politicians who cannot think about the suffering and the future of citizens. It will be useless to go to Addis Ababa and warms those seats for no reason. IYA therefore urges the international community, IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development], AU [African Union], UN [United Nations] and the UNSC [United Nations Security Council] to mount pressure on both parties to end the ongoing crisis in the South Sudan, said Gatwech.

He added, The two main warring factions must sort out their differences through a peaceful political dialogue not through guns.

On Friday, the AU, UN and the Troika countries also condemned the continuing violence in South Sudan in clear violation of a cessation of hostilities they worked together with the IGAD to achieve last December.

(ST)

14:57

Confirmed: Chelsea Manning Is Running for US Senate in Maryland "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Yup, were running.

(COMMONDREAMS)  Chelsea Manning confirmed Sunday that she is a candidate for U.S. Senate in the 2018 Maryland Democratic primary.

The 30-year-old Manning filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.

Manning, the transgender former Army private who was convicted of passing sensitive government documents to WikiLeaks, came out as transgender after being sentenced to 35 years in prison. President Barack Obama granted Manning clemency last year after she had served seven years..

Manning is running as a Democrat and will challenge two-term Sen. Ben Cardin in the primary.

Manning is yet to file for the primary with the state elections board, which she must do in person by Feb. 27, according to the boards website.

Senator Cardin is also yet to file. But campaign finance reports show that his campaign had nearly $2 million cash on hand in late September.

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14:57

FG needs N38bn to offset pension arrears "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government would require a total of N38 billion to settle outstanding 33 per cent pension arrears of 238,533 retirees; executive secretary of the Pension Transitional Administration Directorate (PTAD), Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, has disclosed. Ikeazor, who disclosed this in Abuja during the 2017/2018 budget defence with House of Representatives Committee on Pensions, said out of the N38 billion, the police was owed N1.6 billion, while the civil service and parastatals were owed N6.1 billion and N30.1 billion respectively. She said: The quantum of liabilities comprised of the arrears of...

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14:56

IBB to Nigerians: Stop senseless violence, bloodshed now "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida has called on Nigerians to shun every form of discrimination and vices that can trigger senseless violence and bloodshed in the country. Babangida, in a statement made available to New Telegraph yesterday, spoke against the recent killings in the country. The former military Head of State commended the nations gallant fallen heroes as the nation observes this years Armed Forces Remembrance Day. January 15th of every year is set aside to remember Officers and Men of the Nigerian Armed Forces who laid down their...

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14:55

2019: APC afraid of going into election PDP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Abdullahi: There is nothing to fear The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the fear of losing the 2019 general elections was the main reason governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) usually rush to meet President Muhammadu Buhari at presidential villa almost every week. Last Friday, seven APC governors Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abubakar Bello (Niger), Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe) and Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa) visited Buhari at Aso Rock where they adopted the president as APCs candidate in 2019. Bello and...

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14:55

Update "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've been unwell for a few days, up for breakfast today - for the first time since mid-last week - an encouraging sign.

14:54

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Sudans Western Lakes State Militias Agree to Disarm
January 10, 2017 (RUMBEK) - Youth militias in South Sudans Western Lakes have agreed to lay down their weapons, a lawmaker said Wednesday.

Dharuai Mabor, who represents Western Lakes state in the countrys national assembly, the youth militias will disarm in designated areas.

He said the move will ensure the youth and army do not clash in future.

When the army starts to actually announce the disarmament, they will be found in a canton organized so that they can be able to hand over their guns, Mabor was quoted saying.

In December last year, South Sudan President Salva Kiir declared a state of emergency in Western Lakes state after the Rup youths clashed with militias of the Pakam ethnic group, leaving dozens dead.

Kiir also ordered deployment of government troops to restore normalcy in the region and immediate disarmament of the militias. Over 1,000 soldiers have reportedly arrived in the state capital, Rumbek with more expected in coming days.

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14:53

Court sacks 9mobile board over $35m investment "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Stave-off telcos sale, firm warns investors 13 banks to appeal verdict   Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos has nullified the appointment of an interim board for Emerging Markets Telecommunications Service (EMTS), owners of 9mobile (formerly Etisalat), the fourth largest telecommunications service operator in Nigeria. The judge gave the verdict on Friday in a ruling on an application by a firm, Spectrum Wireless Com-munication Ltd, which claimed it invested $35 million in EMTS/Etisalat in 2009.United Capital, which is the umbrella body of all the 13 banks...

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14:52

Australian birds weaponize fire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Raptors, including the whistling kite, are intentionally spreading grass fires in northern Australia, a research paper argues. The reason: to flush out prey and feast Dick Eussen thought he had the fire beat. It was stuck on one side of a highway deep in the Australian outback. But it didn't look set to jump. And then, suddenly, without warning or obvious cause, it did. Eussen, a veteran firefighter in the Northern Territory, set off after the new flames. He found them, put them out, then looked up into the sky.

14:51

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dinka Elders Strike Deal With Ex-army Chief to Not Rebel
President Salva Kiir tours Juba streets accompanied with SPLA chief of Staff Paul Malong, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth and his Spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny on 12 October 2016 (Photo Jok Solomun Anyang)

January 12, 2018 (JUBA) - Prominent personalities and the members of the Jieng (Dinka) Council of elders in South Sudan have reached a deal with the former army chief of staff, Paul Malong not to rebel against the government under the leadership of President Salva Kiir.

The new deal, according to the mediation team, will allow the government to not treat former chief of staff Paul Malong Awan as a rebel as he was declared on Monday. It demands him to cease involving himself in any subversive activities that the government would interpret and equate them to rebellion.

The deal further demands the two sides, the government and Awan, to cease all sorts of hostilities including social media and all forms of the negative media campaign.

The president, in particular, has assured ex-army chief to take into consideration some of his grievances within the shortest time possible. One of the assurances, according to a source privy to mediation, is that none of the properties owned by Awan and his family members either in Juba or elsewhere, including those in the village will be confiscated.

His family members and associates still serving in the army and government will not be persecuted on the basis of connection to him before being removed. They will be treated like any other citizen in the country, regardless of their views and association with him.

The South Sudanese leader also expressed readiness to return Awan to the government provided that it is a not precondition for ceasing negative activities against the government.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune on Friday, Joshua Dau, one of the elders and the co-chair of the Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders described the meeting with former chief of staff as fruitful.

Our mission was fruitful. It was the mission of peace, harmony, unity and stability of the country and General Paul Malong was receptive and showed patriotism, leadership and s...

14:51

Killings: Buhari summons Ortom, Benue leaders to Aso Rock "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari is embarrassed with the recent spate of killings in Benue State. Consequently, the president has summoned an emergency meeting with Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and other leaders of thought from the state at the presidential villa, Abuja today. Over 70 people were slaughtered by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Logo and Guma local governments in the state on New Year Day. Those killed have been given mass burial by the Benue State government last week Thursday. A reliable presidency source confirmed to our correspondent that President Buhari...

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14:51

We lost 1,000 people, 2m cows Herdsmen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Fulani herdsmen, under their umbrella body of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), have cried out over insinuation that they were the aggressors in the violent clashes between them and communities in some parts of the country. The herdsmen alleged that they had been at the receiving end of the violent clashes, which often resulted in the killings of scores, and destruction of property worth billions of naira. To buttress their claim that they had been the victims in the orgy of violence witnessed across communities in Benue, Taraba,...

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14:50

ICT local content devt our major focus in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dr. Isa Pantami is the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). In this interview with KUNLE AZEEZ, he speaks on the key areas the agency is focusing on in 2018 and beyond within the purview of its mandates in order to engender a more robust ICT ecosystem where regulations and laws of the land are respected by all and sundry. Excerpts:   What level of investment do you think we need in the ICT industry this year and over the next few years? As you all...

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14:49

Junk food alters immune system, increases disease risk "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

German Scientists have found that fastfood diets boost inflammation in the body and over time, change genes and the immune system while boosting the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. According to a study published in the journal Cell, the impact of fast food diets are long lasting, such that even switching to a healthy diet afterwards may not fully reverse the damage once initially triggered. The University of Bonn research conducted by scientists from Germany, the Netherlands, the United States (U.S), and Norway, found that the...

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14:45

Hawaii Missile Psyop, US-backed Yemeni Genocide Ignored & Your Continued Loss of Privacy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to brining you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours. While Trumps recent comments are still dominating the MSM discussion, to begin today I would like you to consider a question posed in a recent tweet by Lee []

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14:45

Hillary, DACA and Other Non-sense (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Hillary, DACA and Other Non-sense Video smaulgld Video Source

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14:38

Russia Says It Knows Who Ordered The Mysterious Drone Attack On Their Base . . . And It Wasnt Turkey "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Brandon Turbeville

In the past few weeks the Russian Khmeimim Airbase in Lattakia, Syria has been attacked twice. Once, on New Years Eve, the base was attacked by terrorist infiltration squads armed with mortars. The attacks resulted in the death of two Russian soldiers and the damaging of a number of Russian aircraft. On January 6, the base was attacked again, this time by one of the weirdest operations of the last few years. The base came under fire by 13 armed drones who were either shot down or brought down by electronic warfare means by the Russian forces. Where these drones originated from, who operated them, and from where they were controlled are all mysteries.

While the most likely suspects are terrorist groups on the ground, some have suspected Turkey of either providing the technology while others have pointed directly to the United States. The Russian government has even suggested the United States may have been behind the attacks without actually saying so directly. Russian officials have stated that the drones were not just basic drone technology that is widely available on the market but, instead, a type of technology that requirement a high level of expertise greater than anything any group in Syria is known to possess at this time. The Russian Defense Ministry also pointed out the coincidental presence of the U.S. Poseidon reconnaissance plane was in the skies of the area for four hours during the time which the assault took place.

U.S. corporate press is, of course, floating the most ludicrous conspiracy theories possible, even suggesting that Syria and Iran colluded to attack Russian forces, a ridiculous notion, and the U.S. military is denying any responsibility or involvement in the attack.

However, despite the mystery surrounding the incident, statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin indicate that the Russians are sure of where they came from and who was behind them. As RT reports,

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14:36

Italy: Update on the Repression Against Anarchists in Naples "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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The pacification of political movements has led to the almost total disappearance from our society of any revolutionary aspiration, replaced with a frenetic rush to occupy the warm and comfortable seats that power offers. This has led to a fierce struggle, often without quarter, to follow the current politician, who is raised to rank of political revolutionary in order to guarantee antagonistic politicians an area of political acceptability within the institutions. As a result we witness the voluntary cancellation of any form of opposition in favor of cooperation and often collaboration with a political system that until recently was considered hostile. All these elements represent tangible facts that have negative reprecussions on what remains of the revolutionary or insurrectionary movement, if you prefer.

In a similar context, the last pockets of resistance, those who persist in considering the destruction of this political and economic system as unavoidable, are able to be identified and attacked more easily by the repressive apparatus of the state.

The huge amount of resources that the police and magistracy are able to call upon can be used entirely and with minimal resistance to annihilate a social enemy that now have increasingly reduced spaces to maneuver in.

Specifically, the anarchist movement is the one that is hardest hit by this repressive...

14:35

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

'Reprehensible and Racist:' Trump's Remarks Outrage Africans
BY CARA ANNA
Associated Press
January 12, 2018 01:36 PM
JOHANNESBURG

Africans were shocked on Friday to find President Donald Trump had finally taken an interest in their continent. But it wasn't what people had hoped for.

Using vulgar language, Trump on Thursday questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal. On Friday he denied using that language.

The African Union continental body told The Associated Press it was "frankly alarmed" by Trump's comments.

"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice," AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.

Some African governments found themselves in an awkward position. As top recipients of U.S. aid, some hesitated to jeopardize it by criticizing Trump, especially as his administration has sought to slash foreign assistance.

"Unless it was specifically said about South Sudan, we have nothing to say," South Sudan government spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told the AP.

But Botswana's government called Trump's comment "reprehensible and racist," saying the U.S. ambassador had been summoned to clarify whether the country was regarded so poorly after years of cordial relations. Senegal's President Macky Sall said he was shocked and that "Africa and the black race merit the respect and consideration of all."

Both nations have been praised by the U.S. government as stable democracies in the region.

South Africa's ruling African National Congress called Trump's comments "extremely offensive," while opposition leader Mmusi Maimane said "the hatred of Obama's roots now extends to an entire continent." Uganda's state minister for international relations, Henry Okello Oryem, called the remarks "unfortunate and regrettable" and hoped that heads of state will reply at an African Union summit later this month.

African media outlets and the c...

14:30

Pakistan warns India against any misadventure "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Saturday (January 13) that Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat's remarks about Pakistan amount to "invitation for nuclear encounter".

14:30

John McCormick: Failure of UN resolution not Israels fault "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Post: First published 13/01/18 Hawkes Bay Today In the second year of his first term in office President Clinton, on May 29, 1995, signed into law the Jerusalem Embassy Act. This bipartisan law passed with 15 votes against in the House of Representatives and 95 to 5 against in the Senate. The Embassy was []

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14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Belvedere  a summer house or open-sided gallery, typically at rooftop level, commanding a fine view;  a building, or architectural feature of a building, designed and situated to look out upon a pleasing scene;  roofed structure, especially a small pavilion or tower on top of a building, situated so as to command a wide view.

14:30

Benjamin Fulford: Did The Cabal Attempt To Nuke Hawaii Yesterday? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Benjamin Fulford

M:  The Zimbabwe dollar thing is a scam.  What my sources are telling me is that India, Russia, China, Indonesia, as well as Switzerland and the UK at least are backing a new gold-backed currency.  Trillions of dollars are not going to magically appear out of pieces of paper.

I do not have firsthand knowledge of the Hawaii thing, but an aborted Israeli attempt to make it seem like North Korea attacked Hawaii makes sense.  BF

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January 15, 2018
Hi Ben, I have no idea if this is a real explanation but I thought I would send it.  Its making a lot of people think about whats happening.  The RV is ready to go, starting with Zimbabwe dollars, then other currencies and Super Petchili bonds.  I know more but cant say it because I dont want to jeopardize anything. M.

Did The Cabal Attempt To Nuke Hawaii Yesterday?  RV Says Government Missile Alert Was Real!

People Across Hawaii Get a Government Alert for an Inbound Imminent Missile Attack

SOURCE RV/INTELLIGENCE ALERT January 13, 2018

Yesterday, Jan. 12, an anomaly was detected off the coast of Hawaii which held off the RV release.

Today, Jan. 13, the cabal attempted to nuke the Hawaiian islands and put the blame on North Korea.

(Sources have confirmed that the false alarm today in Hawaii was a cover story.  The attack was real.  The media had their North Korea Attacks the Hawaiian Islands story preemptively ready.  The cabal panicked when the attack failed.  A cover story was shortly made up and the attack was branded as a false alarm.  The Emergency Broadcast System does not lie.  Someone pressi...

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14:30

Each of You Should Examine Your Own Self: Gandhi on the Third Day of His Final Fast "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The discourse delivered by Mahatma Gandhi at the prayer meeting on January 15, 1948, the third day of his final fast.

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Gandhis final fast (January 13-18, 1948): On the 70th anniversary to mark this historic protest, The Wire recalls the politics and ideals Gandhi represented and sacrificed his life for.


Below is the full text of Mahatma Gandhis discourse at the prayer meeting on January 15, 1948, the third day of his final fast. It has been taken from The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi.

Brothers and sisters,

This is a new experience for me. I have never so far had occasion to convey my word thus to the people. I cannot go to the prayer ground and my voice from here cannot reach you. Even so I thought that if you could hear my voice you would feel reassured. I have already dictated what I have to say. I do not know for how long this state will continue.

My request to you is that none of you should think what anothe...

14:27

Tolerance Preachers Fail To See Irony Of Their Own Glaring Intolerance "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

On their mission to purge the world of thoughts and opinions that dont slot neatly into their moral agenda and worldview, the increasingly intolerant tolerance police have done some severe damage along the way. We are frequently bombarded with headlines and hand-wringing over meaningless controversies ignited by people who, Im convinced, wake up in the []

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14:24

Birth Tourism... Lots Of Little Manchurian Candidates? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"



I encouraged Lou Reed to play this song at a state banquet at the White House. I sat next to Orrin Hatch or Richard Lugar-- who remembers?... and whichever it was loved it and swayed to it in his seat.
I travel a lot. All over the world. I started when I was just a kid, hitchhiking first to Montreal and then to Mexico City. I loved it. That was many decades ago and I've been to every continent and to scores of countries. Some countries I go to again and again and some... some once is enough. I just got back from Thailand. I've been there over 20 times. I like Thailand. Others that I can't get enough of and have been to multiple times, sometimes for extended stays, include Morocco, Holland, France, India, Spain, Italy, the U.K., Mexico, Nepal, Turkey... Once is enough countries for me? Hong Kong, Israel, Switzerland, Myanmar, Russia. Why? The people and the food are two easily discernible factors in each group.

Last year I was in Russia for the first time. It has its moments for me for sure but, overall, I wasn't crazy about it. I didn't like the people much, especially not in Moscow, where I found the people cold and suspicious and unfriendly. St. Petersburg was better, at least on the surface. I had an affair there and that was nice, but he was very anti-American. He had been brainwashed in school to hate America, although he was eager to live in Miami and his favorite music was rap and he was very open and attentive to this particular American. I never heard from him again though. Russia's weird. Trump didn't include them in his long list of "shithole countries." He loves Russia.



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14:22

Peter Thiel Makes a Bid for Gawker.com "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Thiel Makes a Bid for Gawker.com, a Site He Helped Bankrupt

Peter Thiel, the technology billionaire, submitted a bid this week to purchase Gawker.com, the remaining unsold property from the Gawker Media gossip empire that was nearly destroyed in 2016 by a lawsuit largely bankrolled by Mr. Thiel.

If approved, the acquisition could be the last step in a yearslong effort by Mr. Thiel to finish an independent journalism outfit that angered him in 2007 when it reported, without his permission, that he is gay, a fact widely known at the time in Silicon Valley.

Gawker.com has received other offers, and it is not clear if Mr. Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, will prevail. A winning bid is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, if representatives of Gawker.com do not take the site off the market.

Previously: Hulk Hogan's Sex Tape and a Tech Billionaire's Revenge on Gawker
Gawker Files for Chapter 11; Won't Pay Hulk Hogan and Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel Wants to Buy Gawker!


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14:20

Agents Text Messages Prove That Comeys FBI Is Behind Russia-Gate "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Agents Text Messages Prove That Comeys FBI Is Behind Russia-Gate by Ray McGovern  Russia-Insider proof that key elements of the U.S. intelligence community were trying to short-circuit the US democratic process. not the Russians trying to rig the...

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14:18

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US Embassy Tries to Calm Africa's Trump Outrage
Jan 12, 2018 - 3:51 PM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's comments on Africa and Haiti (all times local):

10:50 p.m.

The U.S. Embassy in South Africa says the United States "deeply respects the people of Africa" as President Donald Trump's remark about immigrants from Africa causes outrage across the continent.

The U.S. embassy says on Twitter "there has been no change in our dedication to partners and friends across the continent."

African leaders have expressed shock and disgust at Trump's comment.

The chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, calls the remarks "unfortunate" and says he is "all the more dismayed as the USA is a unique example of how migration contributes to nation-building based on values of diversity, tolerance and opportunity."

Botswana's government called Trump's comment "reprehensible and racist" and summoned the U.S. ambassador to explain.
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10 p.m.

The U.N. spokesman says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has repeatedly said that "the dignity, equality and human rights of refugees and migrants has to be respected everywhere."

Stephane Dujarric responded Friday to questions seeking the U.N. chief's reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump's comments questioning why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole" countries in Africa saying Trump has denied making those comments.

Dujarric referred reporters to Guterres' speech Thursday on migration. In that, Guterres urged all countries to focus on the overwhelmingly positive contributions of migrants and use "facts not prejudice." The U.N. chief warned that authorities who erect obstacles "inflict needless economic self-harm" and "unintentionally encourage illegal migration."

The message appeared clearly aimed at European countries, the United States and other nations that restricted migration.
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7:25 p.m.

El Salvador says it has sent a diplomatic protest note to the United States expressing the country's "resounding rejection" o...

14:11

Youths vandalise Ogun police station "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

as SARS shoots man while chasing Yahoo boy   Tension heightened yesterday at the Ojodu-Abiodun in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, after angry youths attacked Ojodu-Abiodun Police Station. The marauding youths allegedly stormed the police station and embarked on wanton destruction. The youth vandalised parked cars and windows of police station building. It was learnt that the youth got angry after policemen, who were intent on arresting a fleeing suspected cyber fraudster otherwise called Yahoo boy, pursued him into a football pitch. Before the chase, some youths were...

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14:09

SISU: Doing Something About Violence "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sisu means extraordinary determination, courage and resilience in the face of adversity. Emelia Lahti Emelia from Finland is here in New Zealand By Roger Childs I was one of hundreds of millions who experience domestic violence at the hands of a domestic partner. That was seven years ago in New York. Her motto now is []

14:05

More Than 100 Are Dead As The Worst Flu Epidemic In Years Sweeps Across The United States "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

This flu season is already off to a record-setting beginning, and many believe that it could ultimately be the worst that we have seen in decades.  In fact, it has been reported that if we stay on this current pace that this could truly be the worst flu season in more than 50 years.  As you will see below, the CDC is reporting widespread flu activity from coast to coast, and the death toll has already crossed 100.  Here in the United States, flu season usually begins in October and ends in May, and so we still have a long way to go before it is over.

Normally the mainstream media tries very hard to keep the public calm about these things, but even the Washington Post admits that we are having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad flu season

The nation is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad flu season.

Flu is widespread in 46 states, according to reports to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nationally, as of mid-December, at least 106 people had died of the infectious disease.

Usually a flu outbreak is centered in one portion of the country, but this one is different.  According to the CDC, this outbreak is affecting the entire nation, and the number of cases climbed another 5.8 percent within the past week

Flu is everywhere in the US right now, said Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the CDCs influenza branch. This is the first year weve had the entire continental US at the same lev...

14:01

A Melt Up is Coming For US Stocks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  • All eyes turn to BHP and RIO this week
  • Why the shorts and sceptics need to get taken out for a blow-off top to happen
  • Plus, a common crypto question answered

US stocks got another big lift after we closed down for the week last Friday. The Dow put on over 200 points.

Thats enough to give Aussie stocks a boost in early trade this morning. The question is whether the rally can keep going.

All eyes will be on BHP and RIO. Their production reports are due this week. Things are looking primed to surprise to the upside.

In December, iron ore, coking coal, copper and oil traded at prices that were way higher than most forecast.

These production reports will guide analysts into their final estimates for dividends and full year profit.

A wildcard or two could come from an unexpected asset sale

A bullish signal for the US market
long term

Still, I cant help but feel the markets run over December has mostly priced in this good news.

However, the Aussie market could keep coasting off the momentum and strength coming out of the US.

Things are indeed looking bullish on that front. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that US investors are abandoning their defensive hedges.

Put options instruments that move into profit when the market goes down are falling away as investors cut the expense and opportunity cost of holding them.

It shows the fear of a big collapse in US stocks is no longer a major one.

You could argue that US stocks could see a sharper selloff if something happens to spook the market because of this.

Maybe in the short term. If youre a long-term investor, its not something to lose sleep over. The dips will be bought up, if you ask me.

If were to get what I expect a final melt up in stocks around the world, the short sellers and sceptics have to get taken out. Markets can only rise into a true major peak when theres no one left to buy.

Thats one reason I dont see the run in bitcoin finishing anytime soon. Theres still a lot of demand that can pour into this market from all over the world.

One of the worlds biggest exchanges is called Binance. Last week, Chief Executive Officer Zhao Changpeng told Bloomberg that Binance is adding a couple of million....

14:01

Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going To Save Us "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

The warlords of history are still kicking our heads in, and no one, not our fathers, not our Gods, is coming to save us. Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled: it will not hear the case of Young v. Borders. Despite the fact that a 26-year-old man was gunned down by police who banged []

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14:00

Pi Weather Lamp Puts Lava Lamps To Shame "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Representing the weather on an LED lamp in a manner thats easy to interpret can be difficult, but [Gosse Adema]s weather/matrix lamp makes it not only obvious what the weather is but also offers a very attractive display. For rain, drops of light move downward, and for wind, sideways. The temperature is shown using a range of colors from red to blue, and since he is situated in the Netherlands he needed snow, which he shows as white. A rainy, windy day has lights moving both down and sideways with temperature information as the background.

Weather matrix lamp

To implement it he mounted LED strips inside a 3D printed cylinder with reflectors for each LED, all of which fitted into a glass cylinder taken from another lamp purchased online. The brains of it is a Raspberry Pi Zero W housed in the bottom along with a fan. Both the LEDs and the fan are controlled by the Pi. He took a lot of care with power management, first calculating the current that the LEDs would draw, and then writing Python code to limit that draw. However upon measurement, the current draw was much lower than expected and so he resized the power supply appropriately. He also took care to correctly size the wires and properly distribute the power with a specially made power distribution board. Overall, we really like the thorough job hes done.

But then again, whats not to like about [Gosse]s projects. In the area of lighting, hes dazzled us with WiFi controlled Christmas tree ornaments, but hes also delighted us with a Prusa i3 based...

14:00

Transgender Women say that Pussy Hats are Offensive "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When the Left start eating each other I find it very amusing. Its like Twitter will be once all the conservative voices have been purged. They will have no one else left to turn on so they will turn on each other. We are told that everything is racist these days and now even if []

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14:00

Soldier Surprises Daughter At School After A Year Away "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

HOMECOMING SURPRISE: Watch the heartwarming moment when a soldier surprises his daughter at school. More, via @WNYT: https://t.co/5hAAVMtoST pic.twitter.com/m5I7YqEaSE NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) January 14, 2018

14:00

Responsible finance: Malaysia leads the way with new guidelines "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Securities Commission Malaysia recently issued its 'Guidelines on Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) Funds' to promote the growth of such funds in Malaysia.

Why Hasnt the World Been Destroyed in a Nuclear War Yet? - Facts So Romantic "IndyWatch Feed Tech"


In broadest terms, the danger facing the world is that the superpowers have institutionalized a major nuclear showdown.Photograph by U.S. Army Photographic Signal Corps / Wikipedia

When opposing nations gained access to nuclear weapons, it fundamentally changed the logic of war. You might say that it made questions about war more cleanly logicalwith nuclear-armed belligerents, there are fewer classic military analyses about morale, materiel, and maneuverings. Hundreds of small-scale tactical decisions dissolve into a few hugely important large-scale strategic ones, like, What happens if one side drops a nuclear bomb on its nuclear-armed opponent?

Using a dangerous weapon like a nuclear bomb can of course provoke dangerous responses. If one country crosses the nuclear line, what will its opponent do? What will its allies, or other nuclear-armed states do? The decision to use a nuclear weapon is practically nothing next to the chain reaction it begins. The act of one nation simply developing a nuclear weapon can provoke a nuclear proliferation cascade, as other nations, concerned about new nuclear-armed rivals, rush to follow suit. This is cited as one reason why its so important to prevent Iran from building its own nuclear weapons.

During the Cold War, the important thinking about using nuclear
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13:57

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Trump's 's--Hole' Controversy Shows No Sign of Easing
BY MALLORY SHELBOURNE
The Hill
01/14/18 02:01 PM EST  2,149

The controversy over President Trumps reported use of the phrase shithole countries to describe several nations showed no sign of easing on Sunday, as lawmakers wrestled over the comment and what it means for immigration negotiations.

While lawmakers from both parties condemned the reported remark, some stopped short of labeling the president a racist, and two Republican senators either denied hearing the comment or said that the president did not utter the words.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that while he did not think the remark was constructive, he also believes it is unfair to label Trump a racist.

You can't have an immigration compromise if everybody's out there calling the president a racist, Paul told NBCs Meet the Press. But both sides now are destroying the setting in which anything meaningful can happen on immigration.

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), meanwhile, would not go so far as to call Trump a racist, but said theres no question that the comment the president allegedly made during a White House meeting with lawmakers last week was racist.

I was raised not to call people racist on the theory that it was hard for them to be rehabilitated once you said that, Bennet said during an interview with NBCs Meet the Press.

But theres no question what he said was racist. Theres no question what he said was un-American and completely unmoored from the facts.

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was not as generous, however, telling ABC that he thinks Trump is a racist and that he will not attend the presidents first State of the Union address.

I don't think there's any way that you can square what the president said with the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and what he said about Dr. King, Lewis said when asked how he could square Trumps comment with the president's speech Friday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

It's just impossible. There's not any way you can do that. It's unreal. It's...

13:55

The One Secret to Thriving in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The One Secret to Thriving in 2018 by Chris Mayer Bonner and Partners Welcome to 2018. Pull up a chair and stay awhile. We all have the same questions: What awaits us in 2018? What dangers lie ahead? What...

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13:53

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Hopes Dim for DACA Deal as Lawmakers Battle Over Trumps Immigration Remarks
By THOMAS KAPLAN and NOAH WEILAND
New York Times
JAN. 14, 2018

Senator David Perdue, Republican of Georgia, left, with Senator Jon Tester, Senator John Cornyn, Representative Martha McSally, Senator Richard J. Durbin and President Trump at the White House on Tuesday. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

WASHINGTON The uproar over President Trumps vulgar remark on immigration took a bitter turn on Sunday as lawmakers attacked one another in unusually personal terms and hopes dimmed for any quick deal to protect young undocumented immigrants and avert a government shutdown.

Mr. Trump declared that the Obama-era program shielding those immigrants from deportation was probably dead, while a Republican senator who attended the Thursday meeting where the president addressed immigration denied that Mr. Trump had used the phrase shithole in describing African nations.

The senator, David Perdue of Georgia, said Mr. Trump did not use that word, and he accused another participant in the White House meeting, Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, of a gross misrepresentation of what the president had said at the session.

He and another Republican senator at the meeting, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, had previously said they did not recall the president saying these comments specifically. But by Sunday, their recollections appeared to have sharpened, and Mr. Cotton joined Mr. Perdue in disputing Mr. Durbins account. The two senators latest assertions also seemed to conflict with the account of another Republican senator who was at the meeting, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Mr. Trump declared on Sunday night that he was not a racist and insisted that the derogatory comment attributed to him did not occur.

Im not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you, Mr. Trump said as he arrived at Trump International Golf Club for dinner with Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the majority leader.

The rift over Mr. Trumps comments, and how they have since been recounted, risked further eroding trust bet...

13:48

Dispatches from the Borderlands: The Lies Ahead "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Dispatches from the Borderlands: The Lies Ahead appeared first on It's Going Down.

Weve entered into a new year.
Forget all your resolutions, besides the resolution to make it to next year.
This will be a year of sheer survival.

For the moment DACA is safe, a federal judge has ordered it kept in place. Yet the calls for a clean DACA act may bring Congress to a grinding halt. Lately weve heard a lot of promises about saving DACA. So what is behind all this pandering to solve the question of DACA status? Well, depressingly, any resolution of DACA is being held hostage to demands for a lot more funding for border militarization and a complete overhaul of the legal immigration system that will make many forms of legal relief a thing of the past.

The Republican bill gives a go-ahead on more border wall construction, it increases the number of Border Patrol agents, it ends green card programs that allow family members to be sponsored by green card holders, it reduces documented immigration by 25 percent, and it requires E-verify to be mandatory so that employers cannot hire undocumented workers. The crack down on employees is notable, for example there were recently ICE raids against 7-Eleven stores nationwide.

Enforcement is continuing to encroach into public institutions that should not be synonymous with checkpoints. Texas Highway Patrol are arresting people during routine traffic stops.  ICE is targeting families in places like hospitals, childcare centers, and youth shelters that have historically been understood to be off limits. Border Patrol arrested parents who had to make the heartbreaking choice to take th...

13:45

A Pakistani Spy and Lord Hanuman Walk Into an Aadhaar Centre. What Does the UIDAI Do? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Do Mehmood Akhtar and a Hindu god really get LPG cylinders delivered to them? Does the government have the institutional capacity to stamp out the problem created by its flawed enrolment ecosystem?

The UIDAI needs to use this opportunity to clarify whether it has the institutional capacity to deal with fakes like Lord Hanuman and a Pakistani spy.

What could Mehmood Akhtar a Pakistani high commission staffer who was expelled from India after he allegedly engaged in espionage   and Lord Hanuman possibly have in common?

Strangely enough, publicly available evidence indicates the following. One, an Aadhaar number. Two, an LPG connection that is linked to their respective Aadhaar numbers. And three, a bank account that is also linked to their Aadhaar numbers.

On October 27, 2016, the Delhi police detained Akhtar for allegedly possessing sensitive defence documents. He however, identified himself as Mehboob Rajput, and produced an Aadhaar card bearing the name and an address in Old Delhis Chandni Chowk.

The address on the Aadhaar card 2350, Gali Near Madari, Rodgran Mohalla, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi 110006 is correct, except that the house is actually on G B Road, Delhis red-light area, nearly a kilometre away. He was promptly declared persona non-grata, and was asked to leave immediately....

13:40

Trump threatens NASA climate satellite missions as budget remains in limbo "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

US President Donald Trumps proposed 2018 budget would cut four NASA Earth Observation missions that are critical to ongoing climate change research, as well as to weather and air pollution forecasting.

13:38

Too many Mailers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The power of the debate as an illustration of gender politics in 1971 is patent, a more than ample foundation on its own, with Mailer looking more of a fool as time goes on in his attempts to rein the women in, belittle their arguments and remain on top. Its fascination for us today lies also in the language and manners, striking in their formality, even in Johnstons experimental prose and radical politics; Greer and Trilling are just as prolix, speaking in paragraphs we no longer hear in these contexts, worn down as we are by decades of festivals, talk fests and technology.

13:37

Moving the Vatican Obelisk, 1585 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In 1585, the "Vatican obelisk" was moved 275 feet (83 m) to the square in front of Saint Peter's Basilica. Architect Domenico Fontana designed a wooden tower that would be constructed around the obelisk, connected to a system of ropes and pulleys. The move, including construction of the tower, took 13 months. Seventy-two horses and more than 900 men worked on the project.


This obelisk was brought to Rome from Egypt in AD 37 by emperor Caligula. It is 85 feet tall (25.5 m) and weighs 330 tons. The Romans stole so many Egyptian obelisks that there are more in Rome (13) than in Egypt. Nobody knows how the ancient Romans or Egyptians moved and erected these huge monuments, but Fontana's drawings show one way it could be done with pre-modern technology. This illustration is from the Getty.

13:36

ZAP/POOFness Report: "Changes on the Way" -- January 14, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

"The Office of Poofness"

Downpressor Man

Bob Marley


Where you gonna run to
Downpressor man
Where you gonna run to
Downpressor man
Where you gonna run to
All along that day

You gonna run to the sea

But the sea will be boiling
When you run to the sea
The sea will be boiling
The sea will be boiling
All along that day

You gonna run to the rocks

The rocks will be melting

When you run to the rocks

The rocks will be melting
The rocks will be melting
All that day

So I said

Downpressor man
Where you gonna run to
Downpressor man
Where you gonna run to
Downpressor man
Where you gonna run to
All along that day

You drink your big champagne and laugh

You drink your big champagne and laugh
You drink your big champagne and laugh
All along that day

I wouldn't like to be a flea

Under your collar man
...

13:30

Posing as Liberators "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

To become true supporters of Muslim women, men in Saudi Arabia, Iran and India need first and foremost to shut up and listen.

In India and in Saudi Arabia and in Iran, men have, as is their habit, installed themselves as the ultimate arbiters of deciding what will or will not free Muslim women from the yoke of the repression that they face. Credit: Reuters

A lot was done in the name of Muslim women in the waning weeks of 2017. Saudi Arabia gave permission for women to enter the previously forbidden sports stadiums and allowed female contestants participating in an international chess tournament in Saudi Arabia to forego the abaya and hijab. In future months, the kingdom benevolently promised, women would be permitted to drive trucks and motorcycles in addition to driving cars.

In Iran, the government announced that the moral police that normally patrols the streets and automatically metes out punishments for bad hijab would now only be counselling women on the virtues of good hijab. Automatic punishments would be a thing of the past.

Then there was India, whose autocratic and notoriously xenophobic leader tried to paint himself as a champion of the countrys Muslim women by supporting the passage of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill, 2017. The Bill, which has until now only been passed by the Lok Sabha, or lower house of parliament, not only makes oral talaq a criminal offence, but goes further and actually imposes a jail term of three years on those found to be using this method of s...

13:30

Basis for Multiple Class-Action Lawsuits? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Basis for Multiple ClassAction Lawsuits? Video Stefan Molynuex If one were to apply these principals to several of the tech giants one may reach the conclusion that class action lawsuits may be in order. Click here to sign up for...

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13:30

Why isnt this on front page of every Arab newspaper? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Palestinians have been stripped of their rights and no one is reporting it. Why isnt this on the front page of every Arab newspaper? Why is the UN silent? Where is the condemnation from all the anti-Israel activists? Why the silence? Maybe it is because the Israelis treat the Palestinians far better than their fellow []

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13:30

Ignore Rural Anger at Your Own Peril "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Gujarat election results are a wake-up call for the key political parties, as they gear up to draw strategies for the ensuing elections to three states.

Whether a state is ruled by one national party or the other, both are no better in tackling poverty and hunger as far as the poorest of poor population in rural areas is concerned. Credit: Reuters

The years 2018 and 2019 are going to be hectic with elections scheduled for some state assemblies and to  parliament. The issues that confront the citizens are many, ranging from financial to livelihood, farm operations to health and education to rural development. The performance of the governments, central and state, on overall governance will be put to rigorous test. The recently concluded assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh added new dimensions to the electoral fight with political parties projecting the problems being faced by the electorate. The lessons to be learnt are many from the results, which reflected the mood of the people across the two states. The much acclaimed development plank in Gujarat has started crumbling, exemplified by the decline in the number of votes, notwithstanding the vote shares. What caused the voters to opt either for the opposition party or to prefer NOTA that embarrassed the incumbent BJP government?

An analysis of the hunger index and malnutrition indicators in Gujarat clearly shows that the...

13:30

Time for Africa to take concrete action in the Congo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The African Union must resume its leadership role in Democratic republic of Congo: taking a back seat to SADC is a recipe for inaction.

13:27

APPARENTLY, MOST AMERICANS AREN'T "REAL AMERICANS" "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There's a new CBS/YOUGov poll with mostly bad news for President Trump:

... three in four Americans say the country is divided, six in 10 don't have much confidence in the U.S. political system and six in 10 say racial tensions have increased. The president's strongest backers believe things are going well, but his opponents -- who have grown increasingly opposed to the president over the year -- say things are not. Overall, the number of Americans who say having Donald Trump as president makes them feel "pessimistic" is higher than it was a year ago.
Here's one noteworthy result from the poll:



The wording of this question seems carefully designed to inspire enthusiastic yes answers from white voters -- but 64% of whites answered no. The same percentage of men also answered no.

Trump voters and current Trump supporters answer yes to this, as do evangelicals, Republicans, and conservatives -- but every other group says no. And what does that tell us?

It tells us either that 69% of Americans aren't "real Americans" or that the real "real Americans" are the people who don't feel that Trump is protecting their "culture and way of life."

If nearly 70% of voters answer no to this question, then the "culture and way of life" Trump is protecting belong to a small minority of Americans. They're not the norm. Those of us in the 69% no group are the norm.

13:26

Ford Plans $11 Billion Investment, 40 Electric Vehicles by 2022 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Via: Reuters: Ford Motor Co will significantly increase its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022 and have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup, Chairman Bill Ford said on Sunday at the Detroit auto show. Of the 40 electrified vehicles Ford plans for its global lineup by []

13:21

Bond Market Smells TroubleYields Heading For Breakout "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

On Thursday it was New York Fed President William Dudley who outlined the two macroeconomic concerns he is worried about: The risk of economic overheating, and that the  markets are blowing off the Fed. In the end, the Fed may have to press harder on the brakes, he said..These doves are worried that the Fed []

13:09

Immigration Agenda: New World Order Tyranny "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Immigration Agenda: New World Order Tyranny

Submitted to Operation Disclosure | By Patrick J. McShay




"While immigration in small numbers may be sensible for specific reasons, bringing countless third- world people to the US with no strategic plan or goal proves foolish and dangerous. Sufficient reasons exist for first world nations to enforce their immigration laws to protect jobs and citizens." - Frosty Wooldridge, Author

"The United Nations has one mission above all others - To break down the borders of independent nations and mix cultures all over the planet, in order to bring all of humanity under a New World Order. A single bureaucratic tyranny." - Teaparty.org

"Whatever Trump's critics say, he has it and then some. He fully exposes how corrupt, venal, and petty the established order is. The genie can't be put back in the bottle. Mass media has been exposed for what it is: A spinning machine for the militaristic oppressive order, a purveyor of fake news." - Vladimir Golstein - Sott.net

Donald Trump has been accused of putting his foot in it again by referring to several African countries as "Shitholes".

Trump rightly questioned why we continue to bring in these low skilled workers with little education in our country when there are currently over 93 million American working-age men and women, not in the workforce. Never Trumpers on both sides of the aisle are chastising the President for his indelicate description of a number of countries whose immigrants we are forced to take in by the tens of thousands every year.

What no one is talking about is the interview Barack Obama gave to the Atlantic just a couple of years back where he called Libya a "Shit Show". I haven't found a single instance of outrage from the media or a single politician from either party. No tears or gnashing of teeth from the likes of Adam Schiff, Dick Durbin, Paul Ryan or Chuck Schumer. This brings up an important question. If Barack Obama says racist, hurtful and insensitive things about a country and the mainstream media doesn't make a big deal out of it, did it real...

13:05

WHO WILL DEFEND THE COUNTRY WITHOUT THE ARMY? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

WHO WILL DEFEND THE COUNTRY WITHOUT THE ARMY? from The Burning Platform Source Link The Burning Platform

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13:05

MK Ultra Trainer Born into the Illuminati Bloodline Reveals End Game "IndyWatch Feed World"

MK Ultra Trainer Reveals End Game!

January 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

Source: Project Nsearch | By Glenn Canady



https://youtu.be/EY1Mmjj2-tc



A Youtuber by the name of "Sage Wanderer" has an amazing and shocking story to tell! About 10 years ago he met a woman who used to be an MK-Ultra trainer and she spilled the beans about everything including the end game of the Illuminati! She had escaped from the Illuminati and had come to know Jesus. About a year after she told her story she disappeared and hasn't been seen again. Either her Illuminati husband found her or she went into hiding.

Here's some of the highlights of the story.

This MK Ultra trainer said she was born into the Illuminati and was direct bloodline of Bavarian Illuminati. She went to private schools and at the age of 13 was taken to the catacombs under Rome. She was taken to a round satanic cathedral with an altar and 13 thrones. The 13th throne was reserved for the Devil. The 12th throne was for the current head of the Illuminati. In the 11 other chairs were the dead bodies of the past leaders of the Illuminati! According to this woman, the last human leader of the Illuminati is in power now! When he dies, the Devil will take the 13th throne and then their little party gets started! The current leader was called "The Master".

She was put on the altar and impregnated by the Master. Her resulting son was always very special to the Illuminati because he was the son of the Master. The followin...

13:04

84th Holistic Doctor Found Murdered Police Appeal For Witnesses "IndyWatch Feed World"

Rhode Island Police have confirmed that another holistic doctor has been found murdered, bringing the total number of dead alternative doctors to 84.  67-year-old chiropractor, Dr. Clive Bridgham, was found murdered in his home on [...]

13:03

Goodbye Google "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Readers will be aware a number of major tech companies e g Google, Facebook, Twitter have moved towards what can only be called political censorship, whereby conservative comments are blocked and conservative sites harassed.

The latest episode concerning Google has prompted a potentially damaging action from an employee who was fired for expressing quite mild views which did not comply with the PC leftist group-think of the corporation.

Adolf is grateful for a commenter at Bloomberg who provided detail of an alternative search engine, duckduckgo.com.

Adolf will not be returning to Google nor does he use Facebook or Twitter.

13:02

This Lone FDA Scientist Could End the Autism Epidemic "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Lone FDA Scientist Could End the Autism Epidemic



by J.B. Handley, Co-Founder, Generation Rescue and Board Member, World Mercury Project

In a brand new published study, the only science vouching for the safety of injected aluminum adjuvant has come under extreme criticism by heavyweight scientists. Dr. Robert J. Mitkusauthor of the misleading aluminum safety study from 2011could change the autism debate forever by telling the truth.

While you were (hopefully) enjoying the winter holidays, a study was published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry (it went online on December 27th) that could change the autism debate permanently.

In fact, this new study placed the burden of proof for the safety of aluminum adjuvants used in vaccines so squarely on the shoulders of a lone FDA scientistDr. Robert J. Mitkusthat he alone could permanently change the outcome of the autism debate. Forever.

Read More:

http://vaccineimpact.com/2018/a-lone-fda-scientist-could-end-the-autism-epidemic/

13:02

11-year-old Muslim girl terrified after man cuts her hijab as she walked to school "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Toronto police are investigating an attack on an 11-year-old girl whose hijab was repeatedly cut on her way to school, heightening pressure on Canadian governments to take further action against attacks on Muslims. An assailant, in two attempts within 10 minutes, cut the girls hijab using scissors while she was walking to school with her brother on Friday, a Toronto police spokeswoman said." "The attack comes as Canada approaches the first anniversary of a deadly shooting in a Quebec City mosque that killed six people at prayer."

13:00

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Seamus Jennings Telegraph, echoing the famous New Yorker cover

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13:00

Good Guys With Guns Thwart Assault At SC Car Dealership "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Police are minutes away. Via The Herald: A pair of customers legally carrying guns held a pipe-wielding attacker at bay at a York County car dealership until police arrived in a December incident where the suspect threatened to kill dealership employees, prosecutors said in court Friday. Alonzo Seegars, upset with service at Stateline car dealership []

13:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The spirit of childhood Hello, Brother (Louis Armstrong)

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12:58

Spielberg "IndyWatch Feed War"

Forget about the destruction of art and creativity in film which Spielberg is responsible for, as Jan-Luc Goddard said years ago.  He donated $1 million to the Israeli state in reward for its war on Lebanon in 2016.  So naturally the Arab League banned Spielberg and put him on the boycott list, although the boycott is not observed by the normalizing potentates of the region.  Can you imagine the US allowing a film directed by someone who donated 1$ million to Bin Laden? I would be the first to protest that director.  But please: be ware that Lebanese journalists who work for Saudi princes are very upset because they believe Lebanon should have the full freedoms enjoyed by people in the Saudi democracy.   Do you know that Spielberg's favorite "artist" is Norman Rockwell? Enough said, as far as I am concerned.

12:58

Government Study: Cannabis Stops HIV From Becoming AIDS "IndyWatch Feed World"

A US government study has found that THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, prevents HIV from becoming AIDS.  According to the study published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS), the consumption [...]

12:56

Chelsea Manning Seeks U.S. Senate Seat for Maryland "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Chelsea Manning eyes U.S. Senate seat for Maryland

Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. Army soldier who served seven years in military prison for leaking classified data, is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate seat from Maryland, according to Federal election filings seen on Saturday.

[...] Democratic Senator Ben Cardin was elected in 2006 to that seat and is expected to run for re-election this year. He is the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Cardin was easily re-elected in 2012, beating his Republican challenger by 30 points in the heavily-Democratic state.

Previously: Chelsea Manning Released from Prison, Remains on Active Duty Pending Appeal
Harvard Dean Rescinds Chelsea Manning's Visiting Fellow Invitation, Calling It a 'Mistake'


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12:55

The Australian economy is not likely to improve in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Last year finished with the Australian economy in a poorer state. It has been in the doldrums for years, marked by depressed economic growth figures, a declining manufacturing sector, rising personal debt, lagging sales, a housing cost crisis and ongoing dependency on fossil fuels and outdated technologies.

The coming year is unlikely to be any better and could even bring worse news. All of the above problems are still with us and there is no prospect of change in the foreseeable future.

Sitting over this has been ongoing government dependency on neoliberalism as the applied economic policy. It focuses on government spending cuts, ongoing privatisation and the redirection of national income upwards, so that the wealthiest receive a higher portion, the poorest less. Even those in the middle are finding that their share is shrinking.

The overall failure of wages to rise over a considerable period and households being forced to maintain the same standard of living by increasing their debt level, is now openly admitted by everyone.

What is not so widely understood is that the underlying profitability of business is taking a hit. This does not mean that businesses, particularly at the top end are not making a profit. Some of them make huge profits. The the banks are a good example. At the same time, many small, medium and even some large businesses are feeling the squeeze. They lack the padding to tide them over difficult times and dont have the access to capital that their bigger and more more powerful competitors enjoy.

This reveals a core problem and this is that the rate of return on investment is too low to guarantee that the largely unregulated market  will induce the right type of investment and secure a healthy economy. The reason why this has come about is complex and not the subject here. At the very least, these problems must be recognised in order to find a solution to the economic problems facing Australia. This solution cannot rely on market forces as the main means.

According to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) report in 2016, the previous year showed that the rate of return for fixed investment income was 1.7 percent and for liquid investments (shares and cash) 3.1 percent, when the international average was 7.3 and 6.2 respectively. At 8 percent, only the residential property market performed well form the investors point of view.

It should also be added that the mining industry is declining overall, in the face of falling commodity prices and changing global demand. This is important, because Australia has been over dependent on mining as a key source...

12:54

(Video) April LaJune -- TDA Accounts: What is it? What is the Tiny Line on your Social Security Card? "IndyWatch Feed World"



Published on Jan 14, 2018

Wondering what a TDA Account is? Why is there a really tiny print on your Social Security card where you sign? What's that tiny print on your checks? Maybe you should take a look at what you're signing and why.

12:54

This in the US--not in Shithole countries "IndyWatch Feed War"

"These shocking viral videos show a woman left at a Baltimore bus stop on a cold night in just a hospital gown after being discharged from hospital and dropped off by four security guards. The videos show the woman, who may have mental health issues, in a state of distress struggling to stand or speak. She was wearing a hospital gown with no underwear, and just socks with no shoes. Her belongings, including a pair of trainers, were dumped in two plastic bags at the bus stop." (thanks Amir)

12:52

Putins New Chief Of Staff Unveils Device That Taps Into Global Consciousness "IndyWatch Feed World"

Vladimir Putins new chief of staff, Anton Vaino, has unveiled a new device he claims is able to tap into the global consciousness. An investigation by the BBC found that Mr. Vaino invented a mysterious [...]

12:50

The headline says: "Iran Violated Yemen Arms Embargo, U.N. Experts Say - The New York Times" "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

And the story includes this sentence in passing: "The United Nations panels report did not say Iran had supplied missiles to the Houthis."  Who cares about evidence really.

12:50

Dear Hillary and arch neocon Bill Kristol: Get a room! "IndyWatch Feed World"

Oh god, get a room already. It was only a matter of time before Hillary Clinton began quoting directly from the Gospel of Bill Kristol. Surely one of the most evil human beings still sullying the face of this planet, Kristol has been an aggressive proponent of every senseless act of military violence the US war machine has inflicted upon our world during his toxic career, and uses his extensive influence in the media and in DC think tanks to help facilitate those agendas. In a hugely significant strategic maneuver that hardly anyone seems to pay much attention to, Bush-era neoconservatives have been working overtime to ingratiate themselves to the Democratic party's progressive base and pivot into full alignment with that party, publicly placing far less emphasis on the GOP. Central to this pivot has been the shrill Russia alarmism which has been infecting the Democratic party more and more pervasively since the 2016 elections, manufacturing support for new cold war escalations in perfect alignment with the anti-detente agenda that has been central to neoconservatism since its inception.

12:48

Before Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

Before Trump the US was widely admired and loved around the world, so argues the Times.

12:48

Chelsea Bond: Victims and Vultures the profitability of problematising the Aborigine "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post As a health researcher I am troubled by the predatory possibilities of the Aboriginal problem. Many a mortgage has been paid off the back of knowing the Aboriginal problem or claiming to solve the Aboriginal problem as advancing new knowledge. Within Indigenous health research, people (and by people, I mean predominantly white people) make money from knowing ...

12:46

Trump: We Have Found Hillarys 33,000 Missing Emails "IndyWatch Feed World"

President Donald Trump has confirmed that the missing 33,000 Hillary Clinton emails have been found as the Department of Justice make progress with their relaunched investigation.   On Sunday the former D.C. bureau chief for Investors [...]

12:45

The Economic Consequences of Racism, Pt II "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

What Progress (Really) Depends On and Why America Never Developed as a Society

In Part I of this essay, I explained how racism causes decline, by depriving a society of public goods, public institutions, safety nets, and constitutional innovationsand so, in a kind of karma, dooms the very racists in it to live in impoverished economies, which are then easy prey for demagogues and authoritarians.

What is the moral of my story? It is not really about economics as American intellectuals understand itiPhones and drone-delivered tacos, high-five me, bro!! We won the future!!! LOL. Economics is about progress towards better lives. Why has that gone into reverse in America? Does Americas decline have anything to do with racism? It has everything to do with racism, bigotry, and xenophobia. Let us understand how together.

How did Europe rise from the smoking ruins of war to the worlds highest standards of living ever, period, full-stopin just a generation or three? Its the closest thing in modern history to a miracle, when you think about it. And yet it happened. Why? Europe focused on universals, at ever greater scale and scope. Universal healthcare, like the NHS. Universal higher education, like Germanys two track vocational-or-academic system. Universal pensions, as in France. Universal income guarantees. Universal media, like the BBC. Universal labour protections. A universal here, a universal there, another hereand soon enough, Europeans enjoyed historys highest qualities of life.

A societys quality of life depends first and foremost on universals. Things that belong to everyone, or no one. A society that is prejudiced can never develop universalsdooming it to a low, dismal, threadbare quality of life. That is the story of American decline. It never developed public goods, public institutions, safety nets, and constitutional innovations, any kind of universals whatsoever, because systemic, structural racism, bigotry and xenophobia made them impossible. So in this part, Ill discuss how racism (or any kind of prejudice, bigotry, misogyny, and so on) deprives a society of growth, maturity, development, and sophistication

Universals allow a society to say: Great! We all enjoy these things as basics now, media, healthcare, transport, an so on. We do not have to worry anxiously about them anymore. Let us then go out and create newer, better, breakthroughs now! In other words, a society with greater and better universals can devote itself to things that then further elevate its quality of lifea virtuous circle arises. It can keep taking risks, growing closer, imagining, rebelling, creating, building. But a society without universals will forever use up its time, energy, and effort t...

12:44

It dumbs you down to respond to Thomas Friedman but... "IndyWatch Feed War"

Regarding this silly column here: 1) he acts like Saudi Arabia was a secular democracy until 1979 and the revolt in the Grand mosque. He times that as the beginning of his stint as a Middle East correspondent.  Unbeknownst to this guy who does not read what he does not witness that Saudi Arabia was leading a reactionary fanatic camp against Arab progressive and communist forces for much of the Cold War.  2) He basically says that the progressive movement in Iran is led by the people while the progressive movement in Saudi Arabia is led by the...Prince.  3) he cites people he talks to among the entourage of the MbS as if modern and reform-minded Saudis necessary share the vision of the Crown Prince.  But then again: this is Thomas Friedman.  

12:44

Trump admin paves the way for release of Julian Assange by closing eight year long grand jury proceedings "IndyWatch Feed World"

The man behind Wikileaks, who gave us lots of important information about Hillary, the DNC and so much more, may be a free man soon, if Donald Trump has anything to say about it. Julian Assange has been confined to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012. It might be nice to get a change of scenery. The New American has the details. In a tweet last week, WikiLeaks pointed out that the U.S. government has "decided to close its eight year long grand jury proceedings against @WikiLeaks (expanded in 2017 to cover our series on the CIA)." The WikiLeaks tweet was a reference to a statement made by State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert during a press conference on January 2. Speaking about Iran, Nauert said, "We support a freedom of the press. When a nation clamps down on social media, we ask the question, 'What are you afraid of?' What are you afraid of? We support the people of Iran, and we support their voices being heard." Even more promising to Assange's plight is the fact that President Trump's lawyers have filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia arguing that Assange's publication of the DNC and John Podesta e-mails was protected by the First Amendment even if the e-mails were stolen.

12:42

Blockchain entrepreneur Sophia Ha Ho joins our New Money Systems Board. "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Blockchain entrepreneur Sophia Ha Ho joins our New Money Systems Board.

12:40

These Companies Will Be the Biggest Winners From Trumps Tax Cuts "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

These Companies Will Be the Biggest Winners From Trumps Tax Cuts by Justin Spittler Casey Research Justins note: Regular readers know that Im always searching for the best moneymaking ideas to capitalize on today. Thats why Im featuring this...

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12:33

US Study Finds Legal Marijuana Drastically Reduces Violent Crimes "IndyWatch Feed World"

A new US study has found that the introduction of medical marijuana has led to a drastic reduction in violent crimes across the United States. According to the study, Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking [...]

12:30

Being an outlier with controversial but popular opinions is more effective than you would think "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Milo Yiannopoulos is an outlier with controversial but popular opinions that resonate with people who are quite different to him. The way the world is supposed to work is that Gay men are supposed to be left wing politically and they are expected to not believe in God yet Milo has broken that mould and []

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12:30

Chelsea Mannings First Video For Senate Run: We Need To Take The Reins Of Power From Them "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Its not an accident that Manning is dressed like Antifa. We live in trying times. Times of Fear of suppression of hate. We dont need moreor better leaders. We need someone willing to fight. We need to stop asking them to give us our rights. They wont support us. They wont compromise. We need to []

12:28

US Border Patrol union president says morale could not have been lower under Obama, but Trump support is helping "IndyWatch Feed World"

A union president for Border Patrol agents based around Del Rio, Texas, testified Tuesday morale could not have been lower among law enforcement personnel prior to President Trump's entering the Oval Office and has risen in his first year in office. "Last year [2016], morale was probably about as low as it could get. So, with the new administration showing the support that they're showing, it's helped, but it can only do so much," Jon Anfinson, president of Local 2366 in the National Border Patrol Council, told House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security Chair Martha McSally, R-Ariz.

12:25

Governor Of New Mexico To Grant Police Immunity If They Kill Suspects "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Governor of New Mexico is introducing new legislation that will protect police officers from lawsuits granting them immunity if they kill or use excessive force on suspects. Governor Susana Martinezs bill would shield officers [...]

12:22

Philippines volcano rumbles back to life, thousands evacuate "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

MANILA, Philippines The Philippines most active volcano rumbled back to life Sunday with lava rising to its crater in a gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology warned a hazardous eruption of Mount Mayon, located in Albay province in the northeastern Philippines, is possible within weeks or even days.

Story continues below.

12:18

U.S. Commanders Instruct Al Qaeda In Syria To Topple Assad "IndyWatch Feed World"

U.S. military commanders have asked their Al Qaeda allies in Syria to help overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. The U.S. military, in collaboration with Turkey, formed an ad-hoc alliance of jihadi rebels in order to launch a counteroffensive [...]

12:16

PERTH Speed camera operator threatened "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Belmont Police attended the scene and the man attempted to flee the area on foot but was arrested nearby. The 46 year old man from Cloverdale has been charged with threats to injure, endanger or harm any person and being armed in a way that may cause fear. Hell front Perth Magistrates Court next

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12:15

The Roundtable Insight: Yra Harris On His 2018 Outlook (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Roundtable Insight: Yra Harris On His 2018 Outlook Video Gordon T Long Video Source

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12:12

Jeremy Corbyn Vows To End Britains Special Relationship With USA "IndyWatch Feed World"

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to cut all ties with the USA if he becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.   Speaking on ITVs Peston on Sunday show, Corbyn suggested the value of Britains [...]

12:12

MACKAY Man charged for spitting blood, saliva in alleged CBD attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 15, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

Man charged for spitting blood, saliva in alleged CBD attack

January 15, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

A 20-YEAR-old Eimeo man has allegedly spat at and assaulted staff at a club, then spat blood and saliva in a police car while being taken to the police station. The man, who will face Mackay Magistrates Court this morning, allegedly spat at a staff member of a licenced venue on Victoria St before

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MACKAY Multiple charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 15, 2018 at 08:18AM ,

Multiple charges, Mackay

January 15, 2018 at 08:18AM ,

A 20-year-old Eimeo man will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court this morning following an alleged incident which occurred at 2:20am on January 13 at the corner of Fifth Lane and Gregory Street, Mackay. Its alleged that the male had been evicted from a licensed venue by security and assisting

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12:08

Week in review: WPA3, Intel AMT vulnerability, Meltdown and Spectre attack detection "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Heres an overview of some of last weeks most interesting news and articles: CBP releases new guidelines on phone, laptop searches at US borders The US Customs and Border Protection agency released an update to its Directive governing Border Searches of Electronic Devices. What the rise of cyber indictments means for 2018 The growing implementation of indictments throughout 2017 was arguably the most impactful government action to counter cyber attacks, and yet received little attention. More

12:02

Why Is Liberal California The Poverty Capital Of America? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Entitlement programs and taxes. Via LA Times: Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor. Thats according to the Census Bureaus Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities and []

12:01

Pine Cone within Holy Spirituality: Earth Mother Replication Hawaii Trigger "IndyWatch Feed World"

I Thank God - Rhema Marvanne

https://youtu.be/jw6j0xp3uJw



Earth is my Home, and I really care about everyone on it, so as a feeling sensitive, just knowing the genocidal motive to kill anyone on Earth is triggering my family of origin continual homicidal terror experiences.

It is so soul shaming to hear what the Deep State just did to bomb Hawaii, and even more toxic to hear they, already had their lies ready to feed us so we would never hear the truth, like 911, Benghazi, Haiti, omniscient Cannibalism, and now Hawaii. My parents did the Sam kind of damage control too, and hey looked so good in our town on the outside, but living in that awful family, like living on Mother Earth still, just about takes the cake(my Mojo)

"CLICK" (12 Years Ago Happening Big Time all over again)

I'm angry, and enraged at my Mother for using me as a sex slave under the threat of annihilation, which terrorizes me to the day. I' in so much pain, not the kind I can localize and put a band aid on, but he bone chilling soul kind of pain, that is cellular all over pain. I have so much shame, I blame myself every day for taking space, and I wish I would disappear because I'm so hideous. All this has turned to more than an occasional cynicism; I can seethe with narcissistic self- loathing, project this hate out onto others, and actually believe others are Evil and coldhearted, like my MOM. I'm a person, a human being, and I have feelings about what happened and these are them: rage, terror, lightening storm pain, and pathetic disgust.

I remember in college reading about "The middle child" and seriously thought that explained my problems; and that was the start of my lifelong inner search for my truth, like my "Journey to the Center of the Earth. On the way to God in the Center, I discovered both my parents were alcoholic narcissists, sociopaths, cold hearted dragons, and my "father" was really my step-father, which made me a bastard second class citizen, where my "Brothers" we're really my half-brothers, and the family secret was I didn't belong. I sobbed and howled in pain when I saw how blacks were treated in our County Inc....

12:00

Map of the day: Which country is the biggest Sh*thole? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Which country has the most open defecation in the world? In other words, which country is the biggest Sh*thole? Using the method described by Friedrich Huebler on his blog, and using estimates of the WHO / UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme on Water Supply and Sanitation, and with advice from my friend Srini, I created an open defecation map of the []

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12:00

New study shows how brain networks are linked to chronic pain "IndyWatch Feed World"

A new study finds that patients with fibromyalgia have brain networks primed for rapid, global responses to minor changes. This abnormal hypersensitivity, called explosive synchronization (ES), can be seen in other network phenomena across nature. Researchers from the University of Michigan and Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea report evidence of ES in the brains of people with fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by widespread, chronic pain. The paper, published in Scientific Reports, details only the second study of ES in human brain data. "For the first time, this research shows that the hypersensitivity experienced by chronic pain patients may result from hypersensitive brain networks," says co-senior author Richard Harris, Ph.D., associate professor of anesthesiology at Michigan Medicine with the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center. "The subjects had conditions similar to other networks that undergo explosive synchronization."

11:57

Sungazing: How An Ancient Technique Can Heal You From Within and Possibly Even Trigger Super-Human Abilities "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sungazing is an ancient art that has been practiced by many different cultures. Even the Ancient Egyptians believed there was a great power within the Sun.

While Sungazing is not considered common practice in current times we could spiritually benefit from it, if we do it correctly. You have to be careful though, as the Sun can damage your eyes if you are not being careful. With the right method and enough practice looking into the sun is not as crazy as it sounds.

The best times to expose ourselves to the Sun is right after/during Sunrise and just before Sunset. Sunlight carries energy and this energy can be absorbed through Sungazing. The Sun is what gives life to just about everything on this planet. Without the Sun we would not survive for long. Through Sungazing, you can relieve stress and stimulate your pineal gland.

Many believe the Sun can be used to heal the body, mind, and spirit. There is only one real method to Sungazing and it is something that can be critiqued to fit the needs of any and everyone. This is the HRM method.

The HMR Method goes as follows:

Begin by spending a maximum of 10 seconds on the first day by looking directly at the Sun during the safe hours. When doing this, it is important that you are standing barefoot on the Earth. This helps you to remain grounded.

While looking at the Sun visualize the Suns energies coming into your body and filling you with their light. Each day increase your time gazing for 10 seconds but if you feel any discomfort at all during this time please remember to STOP. Do this daily over an extended period of time. After you do this each day, take a walk through nature.

Remain centered and grounded while you walk. Really take in the world surrounding you. This will allow you to reap the benefits of the energies you have absorbed. You will notice the benefits quickly.

This is known as the HMR method because it was coined by Hira Ratan Manek who often goes by the title HMR. He has been researching and studying the practice of Sungazing for quite some time. He believes strongly in this method and Sungazes every single day. He claims to live mostly off of Sunlight and that he merely drinks coffee or tea on rare occasions.

His website SolarHealing goes over Sungazing as follows:

We have a supercomputer in our bodies given to us by nature, which is our brain. HRM (Hira Ratan Manek) calls it the brainuator. The brain is more powerful than the most advanced supercomputer. Each and every human being is gifted with innumerable talents, and infinite inherent powers by nature. Individuals should never underestimate themselves. Everyone i...

11:51

Trump effect? Toyota and Mazda to build $1.6B assembly plant in Huntsville, Alabama "IndyWatch Feed World"

Toyota Motor Corp and Mazda Motor Corp said on Wednesday they will build a $1.6 billion joint assembly plant in Alabama that will employ up to 4,000 workers, a boost for President Donald Trump, who wants automakers to expand U.S. production. Toyota President Akio Toyoda and Mazda Chief Executive Officer Masamichi Kogai joined Alabama Governor Kay Ivey in Montgomery at an event to announce the decision. "Welcome to sweet home Alabama," Ivey said to the two executives, after saying the anticipated 4,000 workers at the plant to be built in Huntsville would earn an average of $50,000 a year. The plant will produce 300,000 vehicles a year and should open on a 2,500-acre former cotton field in 2021, about 14 miles from Toyota's engine plant in Huntsville. Trump tweeted Wednesday night that the announcement was "Good news" for the U.S. economy.

11:50

2018: The Weakest Year in the Presidential Election Cycle Has Begun "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

2018: The Weakest Year in the Presidential Election Cycle Has Begun Author Dimitri Speck  Acting-Man The Vote Buying Mirror Our readers are probably aware of the influence the US election cycle has on the stock market. After Donald Trump was elected...

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11:45

CIA Facts vs Hollywood Fiction: American Made Exposed "IndyWatch Feed World"

We Are Change

In this video, Jason Bermas reviews the film American Made and separates fact from fiction regarding Barry Seal, the CIA, George Bush, Bill Clinton and so much more regarding the scandal. Is the Tom Cruise movie worth watching, or is it more Hollywood propaganda?

You can watch this video on DTube here.

Invisible Empire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO24X (Barry Seal Drug Smuggling begins at 55:40)

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11:44

Lawsuit Filed Against UC Berkeley, Police, City and Members of Antifa Over Violent 2017 Riot "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Four victims of the brutal violence committed by Antifa during the riot in Berkeley last February over Milo Yiannopoulos scheduled speaking event have filed a lawsuit against the university, the city, the police, and two of the black clad rioters that they were able to identify.

The lawsuit names UC Berkeley, UCPD, Berkeley PD, the city of Berkeley, two of the assailants that they were able to identify Ian Dabney Miller and Raha Mirabdal, President of the University of California Janet Napolitano and others for violating their constitutional and statutory rights during the riot in February, 2017.

By their failure to intervene or employ reasonable tactical methods to ensure the safety of the Plaintiffs and the public, government actors conducted their official duties with deliberate indifference to the Plaintiffs safety, permitting hordes of violent rioters to swarm the university campus in a violent rage. By their failure, government actors are thus responsible for creating and exposing Plaintiffs to known and obvious danger, the lawsuit states.

During the riot, Antifa caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the MLK Student Union and toppled a mobile light structure, setting its generator on fire. The city estimates that the rioters caused between $400,000 and $500,000 in damage to the area surrounding the university.

One of the victims, John Jennings was brutally attacked by a masked man who struck him in the temple with a stick during the mayhem. His wife, Katrina Redelsheimer, rushed to his aid and they were both attacked by a mob of five of six people who pushed Jennings to the ground and began kicking him. The mob of black-clad rioters then began attacking the couple with pepper spray and sticks, leaving them with severe injuries including concussions, broken ribs and burn welts on the skin from the chemical irritants.

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11:44

The Destruction of Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

SanaaBy Lawrence Reichard, January 14, 2018

From Bricks and Mortars, Belfast (Maine) Republican Journal

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is systematically destroying the country and people of Yemen, an ancient civilization dating back 5,000 years. In its heyday, Yemen was a key crossroads of the Arabian peninsula, the Middle East and East Africa, and it was a welcoming, hospitable home to a wide variety of peoples, including Jews.

But Yemen has fallen on hard times. It is now the Arab Worlds poorest country, and it is being destroyed by neighboring Saudi Arabia, with key, crucial support from the U.S.

Saudi Arabia has the fourth-biggest military budget in the world and $15.8 trillion in oil reserves, and with the assistance of the richest, most powerful country in the world, the Saudis are destroying a country with a per capita income of $2,500 a year. Like shooting fish in a barrel.

The figures are not pleasant. More than two million Yemeni children are suffering from malnutrition. UNICEF is able to help only about a tenth of them, and the Trump administration wants to cut U.S. support for UNICEF by half. The current fate of Yemeni children is reminiscent of the U.S.-led economic embargo of Iraq, which killed an estimated 500,000 children from 1990 to 2003.

More than a thousand children die every week from preventable diseases, and Yemens health care system has been almost completely destroyed by Saudi aerial bombing. The Geneva Conventions prohibit the targeting of civilian infrastructure, but that hasnt stopped the Saudis from destroying almost all of Yemens water and sewage systems, leading to a cholera outbreak that has infected more than 600,000 Yemenis with 5,000 new cases every day. Its the worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world since World War II. And ten thousand Yemeni civilians have been directly killed, and 40,000 wounded, by the two-year war.

In the U.S., that would be like 7.2 million people infected with cholera, with 60,000 new cases every day, and 12,000 children dying every week. And it would be like 120,000 directly killed by the war, with 500,000 wounded.

Two thirds of Yemens...

11:39

Ondo PSN, AMLSN, others kick against oppressive health insurance Bill "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Medical practitioners in Ondo State have proposed an amendment to a bill seeking establishment of contributory health insurance scheme by the state government pending before the State House of Assembly. The medical practitioners including Pharmacists, Medical laboratory Scientists and Nurses had rejected some aspects of the Contributory Health Scheme, describing the bill as oppressive, highly discriminatory and misleading, saying the bill if passed into law would marginalize other professionals in favour of medical doctors. Addressing a press conference at the weekend, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), the Association of...

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11:38

Nuclear Deterrence is a Myth. And a Lethal One at That. "IndyWatch Feed War"

The bomb in Nagasaki on 9 August 1945. Photograph: Handout/Getty Images

By David P. Barash, January 14, 2018

From The Guardian and Aeon

In his classic The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy (1989), Lawrence Freedman, the dean of British military historians and strategists, concluded: The Emperor Deterrence may have no clothes, but he is still Emperor. Despite his nakedness, this emperor continues to strut about, receiving deference he doesnt deserve, while endangering the entire world. Nuclear deterrence is an idea that became a potentially lethal ideology, one that remains influential despite having been increasingly discredited.

Thus, nuclear deterrence was born, a seemingly rational arrangement by which peace and stability were to arise by the threat of mutually assured destruction (MAD, appropriately enough).

Winston Churchill described it in 1955 with characteristic vigour: Safety will be the sturdy child of terror, and survival the twin brother of annihilation.

Importantly, deterrence became not only a purported strategy, but the very grounds on which governments justified nuclear weapons themselves. Every govern...

11:33

Invoking the name of Jesus Christ repels alien abduction "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

According to a 1992 Roper Poll of a representative sample of 6,000 U.S. adults,  with a sampling error of plus (+) or minus (-) 1.4%: 2% of the adult population in the United States (one out of 50 Americans, totaling Continue reading

11:31

The Washington Post's mission statement should read: 'Confessions of a free press killer' "IndyWatch Feed World"

While "Democracy Dies in Darkness" serves as a catchy tagline for the Washington Post, these days the masthead reads more like a threatening mission statement as the paper slogs down a path of propaganda, censorship, and renewed McCarthyism. The Post is perfectly positioned to capture the nation's "paper of record" heavyweight title from the New York Times. Post owner Jeff Bezos has Amazon-sized pockets, and a $500 million computing contract with the CIA that brings unique access to government sources and information. Mix in a Meryl Streep/Tom Hanks Hollywood blockbuster that harkens back to its glory days of journalism, and the Post is sitting pretty. Unfortunately, the paper appears more intent on being a tool of government elites than an independent journalistic enterprise. The Post has been burned repeatedly by parroting claims of anonymous "intelligence" officials, particularly in regard to Russia. In an interesting plot twist, the Post is now leading the way in debunking much of the same Russia nonsense it's been front and center selling us for more than a year. Just after the 2016 election, the Post broke an "exclusive" about a Vermont power company "hacked" by the Russians and the infamous Grizzly Steppe computer virus. And this was right after the Russians were deemed to have used those same evil Bears to hack the DNC, and it all just looked so bad, so everybody reported it, and repeated it, because hey, the Washington Post said so.

11:30

US federal agents raid warehouse seizing crucial electric equipment hoarded by Puerto Rico Power Authority "IndyWatch Feed World"

On Saturday, a day after becoming aware of a massive store of rebuilding materials being held by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the U.S. federal government - the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with their security detail - entered a Palo Seco warehouse owned by the public utility to claim and distribute the equipment, according to a spokesperson for the Corps. Rumors of a tense standoff had been circulating on the island, but the encounter was confirmed to The Intercept in a statement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Asked if the federal officers were armed when they entered the warehouse, USACE spokesperson Luciano Vera said they were indeed accompanied by security detail and quickly began distributing the material after seizing it. Vera declined to say whether there was a confrontation at the entrance, saying only that PREPA officials ultimately toured the warehouse along with the feds: Leadership responsible for restoring the Puerto Rico power grid and their security detail toured the warehouse in cooperation with PREPA. USACE conducted a full inventory and immediately sent out critical materials to contractors at work sites. USACE will continue to distribute critical materials from the site to contractors. The hope is to strengthen the partnership between PREPA and its restoration partners, while increasing visibility of the inventory of all materials on the island. PREPA has invited FEMA and the Corps to visit its warehouses anytime and to distribute material as needed. The federal government "began distributing [supplies] to contractors," Vera said, including hard-to-find full-tension steel sleeves, critical to rebuilding. "We obtained several hundred of these sleeves on Saturday," Vera added.

11:30

End of life choices "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sometimes you read something that perfectly captures a scene or an emotion.  I envy that ability, more so when it is a difficult subject.  This opinion piece was a stand-out for me, it really captures with sensitivity and dignity, the challenges families have when facing end of life choices. I remember the first of many []

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11:30

Medical College Bribery Scam: CBI Tapes Talk of Prasad for Temple in Delhi, Allahabad "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

To get favourable verdict, prasad will be needed. We will give the prasad. We have to give the prasad, say conspirators accused of bribing public functionaries.

Clockwise from top left: Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court; the Prasad Education Trust run medical college; Supreme Court; Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Credit: PTI, pimslko.com, PTI, PTI

New Delhi: Transcripts of phone conversations involving three accused persons in the controversial medical college bribery scam retired Odisha high Court Judge I.M. Qudussi, middleman Vishwanath Agarwala and B.P. Yadav of the Prasad Education Trust show that college officials had indeed planned to bribe senior functionaries of the Supreme Court and Allahabad high court to get favourable orders.

The phone conversations, transcripts of which have been accessed by The Wire, are available with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which is probing the case. The matter assumes great importance in light of the ongoing fight between Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and the four senior-most puisne judges who, in a press conference on January 12, had accused Justice Misra of defying the courts convention by allocating work to judges selectively to the benches of their preference without any rational basis for such ass...

11:28

BATR: Failed EU -- Means an Expanded Dictatorship "IndyWatch Feed World"

Failed EU - Means an Expanded Dictatorship

As the people of the world awaken to the pernicious nature and destructive wreckage of European civilization, the EU technocrats and oligarchs respond with even greater measures of control, repression and intimidation. Yet the prospects that they will be able to maintain their autocratic rule lessons with each populist rebellion against the beasts from Brussels. Induced panic is a tool used to scare the peasants into additional submission. The most obvious method will be a major economic and monetary implosion designed to create fear so that their revered and lauded interdependency necessitates another surrender of national sovereignty.

Events in the last decade foreshadowed the frustration and indignation of Europeans against the artificial federation of independent nations, under the domination of non-elected autocrats. Only a denier of facts and history would dispute that the European Union has been a failed experiment in communal coupling. A common currency is as much a pipedream as achieving equivalent and comparable national economies.

Soon the EU will be at parity with the US Dollar, but do not worry; the Merkel Reich will bail out the banks with all those assets generated from the Marshall Plan. Keep the money all in the family. So With Populist Anger Rising, Italy May Be Next Domino to Fall, the European Banksters have another opportunity to scare the public and put them back in line.

The problem with Italian banks is they are fragile and they are really big, said ngel Talavera, senior eurozone economist at Oxford Economics in London. Banks of that caliber, as soon as you have any noise and rumors, it creates a really bad loop.

This loop is continuous. When Lagarde Says Globalization Needs to Have a More Inclusive Face, she really is saying that the obstinate Brits need to get back in line.

Lagarde said shes increasingly concerned the U.K. is headed for a hard exit from the European Union. All the noises, all the comments, all the little posturing here and there seem to indicate that we are still looking at a hard Brexit, she said.
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11:28

Neuestes NetzDG-Opfer: Die bekannte Street-Art-Knstlerin ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Neuestes NetzDG-Opfer: Die bekannte Street-Art-Knstlerin "Barbara".

In den vergangenen Wochen htten Facebook und Instagram Beitrge von ihr gelscht mit der Begrndung, diese verstieen gegen die Gemeinschaftsstandards, schreibt sie. Sollte sich das wiederholen, habe man ihr gedroht, ihre Profilseiten zu lschen.
Ja, die Standards. Komisch, wenn man seine Leistung und sein Selbstwertgefhl darber definiert, wieviel Postings anderer Leute man weggemacht hat, dann sieht pltzlich immer mehr Kunst entartet aus und muss weg.

Gute Arbeit, Herr Maas! Tolles Land, in dem wir jetzt alle leben!

11:27

GCR/RV Intel SITREP: "Pound of Flesh" -- January 14, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"



Source: Dinar Chronicles

Ribbon cut. Its a go anytime after midnight EST early Monday morning.

Slowest internet and traffic drive time is between 2-4am.

January 15, 2018 (9) - MLK Day in US - official date for RV release globally.

Tax reform and repatriation of overseas funds to explain away sudden surge of money in February.

The Trump psy-ops did its job and cleaned the swamp of violent lizards.

All private exchangers expected to be processed in under 24 hours.

All core intel watchers to be processed in under 6 hours.

There are half a dozen Trump and Netanyahu clones, all pre-programmed and being utilized differently to catch remaining bad Dracos.

Trump and Netanyahu agreed to work with the light years earlier to get his family amnesty, and as a result was acting in normal character to set legal and political traps.

They were both Draco Royalty and long gone, leaving behind clones to finish the job.

Therefore the Israeli BiBi image will be tried and convicted in an international court per Palestinian demands.

The entire Trump Administration will be removed from office due to voter fraud, Russian collusion and money laundering.

Hillary and Bill Clinton will be exposed as corrupt by the Mueller investigation as well.

One Democrat and one Republican President must be taken down as American representatives...

11:25

Health officials ADMIT: The flu jab does NOT work; vaccine in circulation targets wrong strain (as is usually the case) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Health officials ADMIT: The flu jab does NOT work; vaccine in circulation targets wrong strain (as is usually the case) by: Tracey Watson  Natural News Albert Einstein is broadly credited with saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same...

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11:24

Facebook plans major changes to news feed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Facebook is to change how its news feed works, making posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent.
Instead, content that sparks conversations among family and friends who use the site will be emphasised, explained chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg on his page.
Organisations on Facebook may see the popularity of their posts decrease as a result, the firm acknowledged. The changes will take effect over the coming weeks.
Weve got feedback from our community that public content posts from businesses, brands and media is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other, wrote Mr Zuckerberg.
He said that he and his team felt a responsibility to make sure Facebook was good for peoples wellbeing.
If public content is to be promoted, it will now have to be seen to encourage community interaction.
Another example given by Facebook was live video feeds, which tend to generate much discussion.
By making these changes, I expect that the time people spend on Facebook and some measures of engagement will go down, Mr Zuckerberg said.
CEO Zuckerberg had vowed to fix up Facebook in 2018, saying he wanted to ensure that users were protected from abuse and that time spent on the site would be time well spent. ...read more on  : PNG eHow

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11:19

Linux 4.15-rc8 Released As The Last Before Final "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Linus Torvalds has released Linux 4.15-rc8 as the last planned release candidate prior to officially debuting Linux 4.15 next weekend...

11:19

Christian German family flees 'degenerate' Germany For Russia "IndyWatch Feed World"

"The father was put under arrest, fined, and was advised to leave the country." The Martens family was going through severe persecution in the "genderless and infertile West". So they made the best decision that any Christian family could possibly make. The family are part of a wave of Russian ethnic Germans who emigrated to Germany under a program begun in the 1980s. Emigration to Russia! This clip taken from Russian news with transcript below details the warm reception they have received in their new Christian homeland.

11:17

Germanys Biggest Magazine Kicks Trumps Teeth Out With Latest Cover Art This Is GOLD (IMAGE) Addicting Info | The Knowledge You Crave

Trump Der Spiegel

Its no secret that the parts of the world that are more developed than we are really cant stand Donald Trump. Its also no secret that some deliberately make no secret of it. Der Spiegel, one of Germanys largest media outlets, has routinely used their publication to attack Trump, and this latest issue is no exception. Theyve made their new cover art their banner image on Twitter, and its absolutely hilarious. Take a look:

Heres what they say it illustrates, in one single, frighteningly accurate sentence:

Humanity as a whole is being set back just because of one single person.

The cover and its corresponding story deal with Michael Wolffs book, Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House, which already sold out once, and over which Trump has pitched multiple tantrums. Der Spiegels story explores the ways in which Trump is a threat to America and the world, calling him a nuclear-armed fool and saying hes neither mentally nor psychologically suited for the job.

They go on to ask where were supposed to start again if we manage to survive Donald Trump, and add this:

Our cover image is a manifestation of all that exasperation. It was designed by New York artist Edel Rodriguez, who has done most of our past Trump cover images. It illustrates the regression of humanity through Trump. [emphasis mine]

Theyre not wron...

11:16

Top Democrat Promises to Shut Down Government If DACA Illegals Are Not Given Amnesty (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Top Democrat John Lewis (D-GA) told ABCs This Week audience he will not vote for funding the government if DACA illegals are not given amnesty.

This is todays Democrat Party.

Unwilling to help working Americans Only focused on the well-being of illegal aliens.

The poor black constituents in his district will be hurt the most.
But he doesnt care.

Democrats are going to fight for illegals at all costs.
They figure the liberal media will cover for them.

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11:15

Scientists Create Interactive Map That Reveals 170 Million Americans Are Drinking Radioactive Water "IndyWatch Feed World"

The thought of radioactive water is more than enough to leave a sour taste in our mouths, however, it seems that may very well be the case for millions of people. Does over half of the drinking water in the US contain radioactive elements?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently carried out an investigation that revealed to us just how radioactive our drinking water truly is. They found that a quite large portion of the drinking water in all 50 states contains radioactive elements that could actually for those who do not know, increase our risks of cancer. This group took the time to analyze around 50,000 public water systems. Their research showed that water consumed by around 170 million Americans contain radioactive elements on some level.

That being said, while there were many cases where radioactivity was found, they did not exceed the EPAs legal limits. Only 27 states were found to have water supplies with radioactivity levels exceeding the EPAs limit. In 158 public water systems used by over 200,000 Americans, this group found that radium levels were above the legal limits.

The most common radioactive element the EWG found was radium. Radium is something that the EPA categorizes as carcinogenic and sets safety levels for it. This is something that enters groundwater naturally through deposits in the Earths crust. Levels were found to be higher in places where oil/gas drilling was occurring as it disturbs the deposits from rock and soil.

This study was conducted between 2010 and 2015, it also noted that people in California are drinking water that contains levels of radium far above what is considered to be safe. The EPA guidelines are as you most likely would have assumed not as stringent as they could be. The EPAs levels allow for 70 cases per 1 million in regards to cancers this sort of thing causes.

The study states as follows:

The EPA has classified all ionizing radiation as carcinogenic. There is clear evidence that high doses of radiation cause cancer in various organs. The probability of developing cancer decreases with lower doses of radiation, but it does not go away.

The developing fetus is especially sensitive to ionizing radiation. At doses higher than are typically found in drinking water, radiation has been shown to impair fetal growth, cause birth defects and damage brain development. But there is no evidence of a dose threshold below which a fetus would be safe from these effects.

Six radioactive contaminants were included in EWGs Tap Water Database, including radium, radon, and uranium. By far the most widespread are two isotopes of radium known as radium-2...

11:12

Nigeria needs N20bn for cashew export in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government has been urged to ensure provided N20 billion needed to finance exportation of cashew in the 2018 fiscal period. President, National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN), Tola Fasheru, made this known in Abuja shortly after he led a delegation of the association to meet with the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Aisha Abubakar. He said that the fund was needed in order to ensure smooth export of cashew this year, saying that the association was doing everything possible to ensure that cashew exporters...

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11:12

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 746 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: deepin 15.5 - A different desktopNews: openSUSE unveils YaST changes, Ubuntu kernel update causes boot problems, new Ubuntu 17.10 media, Devil-Linux shutting downQuestions and answers: All about Spectre and MeltdownReleased last week: Parted Magic 2018_01_08, Tails 3.4, OSMC 2017.12-1Torrent corner: AUSTRUMI, Bluestar,....

11:11

Post-Midsumma Carnival 2018 Wash-up "IndyWatch Feed National"

There was fun, fun fun.
The weather was perfect, the crowds were many in their multitude, the atmosphere was giggly and humourous, there was much jocularity abounding amidst the rainbowed folks.
I managed to catch up with a couple of gorgeous souls I used to work with at JOY 94.9 FM, and (dare I say it had been at least 14 years) they had NOT aged a soupon.
I managed to party (on the inside) for about 2 hours before my bitch of a back decided that the midnight witching hour was upon us and I was going to turn back into a composted pumpkin should I stay any longer.
The Hubster agreed we should exit stage left asap and on our way to the train thingie we found a pub where a glass of the lager drink made my world a whole lot more bearable ( for the Hubster, too) and I gently snored our way home.
I said GENTLY snored.....we were NOT asked to leave the Charabanc nor did the conductor prod me with her swagger stick after frightening small children.







11:08

Turning King's Dream Into a Nightmare "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The fact that prison and urban ghettos are populated primarily with people of color is not an accident. It is a calculated decision by those who wield economic and political control. For the bottom third of African-Americans, many of whom live in these segregated enclaves of misery and deprivation, little has changed over the past few decades; indeed, life has often gotten worse.

11:07

'Deplorable' NYU prof sues university, colleagues for defamation "IndyWatch Feed World"

'Deplorable' NYU prof sues university, colleagues for defamation | 14 Jan 2018 | A New York University liberal studies professor [and CLG Founder] known for his tweets fighting back against PC culture filed a defamation lawsuit against the school and four colleagues last week over a string of claims he said were false, the New York Post reported. Plaintiff Michael Rectenwald's case named the school, associate professor Jacqueline Bishop, adjunct professor Amber Frost, professor Carley Moore and Theresa Senft, whom the Post described as an ex-assistant professor, as defendants. Rectenwald alleged that a May email thread sent to more than 100 NYU staffers included "malicious" statements -- and that NYU didnt prevent the "nasty screed," the Post reported. The emails reportedly called him an "Adderall-filled bully" and "right-wing misogynist," among other things.

11:05

Effect of attrition on subjacent dentin and pulp "IndyWatch Feed World"

Effect of attrition on subjacent dentin and pulp

11:05

Copper deficiency: a predisposing factor to septicaemia in dromedary calves "IndyWatch Feed World"

Copper deficiency: a predisposing factor to septicaemia in dromedary calves

11:05

Health, Healing, and Well-Being According to the New Testament "IndyWatch Feed World"

Health, Healing, and Well-Being According to the New Testament

11:01

PH Sarawak endorses announcement for Tun M as PM "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak has fully endorsed the announcement for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (Tun M) to be prime minister and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail to be the deputy prime minister if the pact becomes the government after GE14. PH Sarawak will also be supporting the call to seek royal pardon for Datuk []

11:01

PNG PM O'Neill issues warning after second volcano eruption "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prime Minister Peter ONeill has directed that all relevant State resources be made available to support the evacuation of people at risk due to volcanic eruptions on Kadovar Island in East Sepik Province.

Mr ONeill also issued a warning for all coastal communities in the north of the country to be on alert for the risk of tsunami resulting from volcanic activity.

National Government agencies, led by our disciplined services, have been stood-up to respond to volcanic activity on Kadavor Island, the Prime Minister said.

Volcanic activity has been building up and we need to keep our people safe.

I have authorised the additional deployment of personnel and assets to assist in the transfer of any people who are in the broader vicinity of the volcano.

National Government resources are being fully engaged, and are working together with the support of provincial officers, to ensure our people are looked after while there is a risk of eruption.

Flights in the area have also been cancelled and ships and boats warned to stay away unless they are part of the response to the volcanic activity.

Mr ONeill has warned all coastal villages and towns, even those hundreds of kilometres away, to be vigilant to the risk of tsunami.

The terrain around the volcano is very steep, so this increases the risk of a large landslide that could trigger a tsunami, he said.

Tsunamis can travel hundreds and thousands of kilometres across open water, so communities must be ready if there is a landslide.

I call on all media outlets, particularly radio stations, to carry tsunami warnings and help people to be ready in the event of a landslide causing a tsunami.

Tsunami poses a serious threat and all coastal areas in the north of our country must be on alert.

11:01

PH Sarawak all for Dr M to return as PM "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak is fully behind Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad returning to lead the country as prime minister should the coalition take over the government after the 14th general election (GE14). PH Sarawak also fully endorsed having Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as deputy prime minister, and []

11:00

Hackaday Links: The S In CES Stands For Snake Oil "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Remember IRDA? Before we had Bluetooth and WiFi, the cool kids connected their computers and printers together over fancy Infrared connections. Yes, your computer probably still has the drivers, but the hardware is nowhere to be found. For good reason, too: we now have Bluetooth and WiFi. This year, at CES, IRDA is making a comeback. MyLiFi is a product from OLEDCOMM that puts infrared connectivity in a lamp. All you need to do is plug an Ethernet cable into a desk lamp, a proprietary dongle into your computer, and you too can reap the benefits of a wireless connection with a range measured in meters. One of the selling points of this product is that this gives you wireless Internet without radio waves, marketing to the idiots who think RF causes cancer or whatever. Its a stupid product thats a highlight of the entire trade show.

During this years CES, Intel tweeted, With each person on earth soon to be producing ~1.5 GB of #data each day, it is a resource without limits. Two criticisms: First, Earth should be capitalized. Second, data mined from individuals which includes personal data and metadata including where you were, and who you talked to is a resource to be extracted by capitalism. Welcome to the post-privacy society, brought to you by #CES2018.

Oh, crap, were getting into cryptocurrency

Kodak has announced their own blockchain. Is Kodak going to the moon? Yes, but hold on: this might be a good idea. Kodak wants to use a blockchain for image rights management, where photographers can register, archive, and license their work. Its a blockchain, and also a solution to a problem: something you dont see much of these days. Shares of KODK shot up from $3.15 on Monday to somewhere north of $10 this week. Is it a good idea? Who knows, but someone put the word blockchain in a press release and made a buttload of cash.

The guy behind the Maker Movement wants to create a blockchain platform for Makers. Whos this guy behind the Maker Movement? Mark Hatch, former CEO of TechShop and someone who is purportedly on the board of Maker Media (Oh, thats how Make got the scoop on the TechShop closure -ED). Hes creating a Blockchain for Makers. This blockchain will take two forms. The first is to allow easy co...

11:00

Illegals Fleeing To Canada Find Even Liberal Canada Has Limits To Freebies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Take off, eh. Via Breitbart: With renewed pressure brought to bear by President Donald Trump on illegal aliens in the U.S., Canada is warning immigrants here that illegally crossing into Canada is not a free ticket to permanent residency and they can still be deported back to their point of origin if they steal across []

11:00

11:00

As a woman of colour I am so over the EVERYTHING is racist theme "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Everywhere I look I am being told something is raaaaaacist. I am sick to the back teeth of it. It is the latest fad these days to look for racism in the simplest things, point them out and then virtue signal madly about it. These are first world racism problems. No actual coloured people are []

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11:00

HPR2466: ShareX is awesome "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Find it at https://getsharex.com/

10:58

Evaluating 2017: The Ukrainian economy's most dismal year yet "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Ukrainian economy continued to weaken as inflation rose and living standards fell In an article which I wrote about Ukraine on 13th December 2017 and in which I spoke of Ukraine's continuing downward spiral I speculated that the situation might be even worse than it appeared since conditions in Ukraine meant that Ukraine's already dismal statistics could no longer be relied upon. This is of course always assuming that the statistics are being collected and collated properly, which in countries such as Russia was in the 1990s and such as Ukraine is now they never are. That Ukraine's statistics are not reliable has in fact been confirmed by studies of its population statistics, which show massive distortions intended to conceal how bad the country's demographic situation has become. There is no reason to suppose that the same distortions do not affect the economic data.

10:57

BREAKING NEWS- Sources Reveal Imminent False-Flag Terror Attacks in China "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is an urgent news announcement by Newsbud, based on information received from carefully vetted sources both inside and outside the United States.

Radical Cleric Gulens Network, CIAs long-term proxy for Gladio B false flag terror operations, has issued an action order to its top operatives (aka senior lieutenants) in Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Latvia. These operatives are to act as agent provocateurs- to create violence and terror incidents to be blamed on Uyghurs, an ethnic minority in Chinas Xinjiang region, and by doing so, incite the Chinese government to respond with force.

As a leading independent media organization Newsbud is releasing and disseminating this urgent announcement now in an attempt to help prevent further terror incidents and carnage. Please do your share and help us disseminate this information.

10:54

#FusionCollusion Congress Takes 3-Prong Approach To Surround Corrupt Intelligence and Justice Officials "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There is an interesting dynamic unfolding with White Hats and Black Hats amid the story of how political forces within the DOJ and FBI conspired with Clinton allies in the 2016 presidential election, ie. The Trump Operation. [Hi Glenn, Jim, Continue reading

10:52

Hawaiis Confirmed False Alarm Missile Drill Wildly Successful "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

21st Century Wire says

Hundreds of thousands of people living in Hawaii were met in the early morning hours Saturday with an emergency alert that read: BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

The initial text warning to mobile phones was issued by the Hawaii Civil Defense and later retracted and ruled as a false alarm by Hawaii state officials, the White House and U.S. military agencies.

The emergency alert wasnt just some egregious error  it was in fact a drill with White House officials calling it purely a state exercise that went awry. The head of Hawaiis Emergency Management Agency (EMA) said the wrong button was pushed, Fox News reports:

Vern Miyagi, who oversees the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (EMA), said at a news conference late Saturday that the civil defense employee who pushed the wrong button regrets what took place.

This guy feels bad, right. Hes not doing this on purpose it was a mistake on his part and he feels terrible about it, Mr. Miyagi added during a press conference.

Given the hyperaware media coverage of this recent event, along with the ongoing panic and uncertainty about a North Korea threat, the confirmed false alarm missile drill on Saturday appears to have done its job and in a wildly successful manner of continuing to put the public on a constant state of alert. Just look at this media personality, CNNs Jake Tapper, appealing to our sense of fear whilst shilling for more war daily on his newscast:

10:50

President Trump Impromptu Presser During Discussions at Mar-a-Lago "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Earlier tonight President Trump delivered remarks to the traveling press corps from his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida.

10:39

Thus Spake Oprah as the New York Times Spots UFOs Over The Comb Over Empire by Phil Rockstroh "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

by Phil Rockstroh Writer, Dandelion Salad January 14, 2018 I remember my first impression of the Reality Television program American Idol. I cringed at the thought, what if, a young Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, or the members of The Clash had been forced to have their talents appraised by the sort of shallow celebrities, supercilious []

10:35

We Arent Lucky Enough for a Government Shut Down "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

We Arent Lucky Enough for a Government Shut Down from The Daily Bell Oh no! Another looming government shutdown, what are we going to do?! We should be so lucky. People talk about bipartisanship like its a good thing. But...

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10:35

Next Generation 911 Could Lead to Next Generation "Swatting" "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Big Tech Improvements To 911 System Raises The Risk Of More 'Swatting'

Now some big changes for 911 are in the works, new technology that's raised concerns about what it means for swatting. The current system devised 50 years ago hasn't seen much change over the years and is limited. People typically verbally describe emergencies on the phone. The new system, called Next Generation or NG 911, is based on the Internet instead of telephone technology. The change will allow people to send information to emergency call centers as if they are posting to social media.

"It gives us the ability to access 911 using the same voice, video, text and data applications that we're all used to using on smartphones today," says Trey Fogerty of NENA. This is a big deal because a picture of an accident scene might definitely help emergency crews responding to that crisis. A text to the new 911 might also be useful during a home invasion or domestic violence situations.

But, the changes could also go awry. "You could conceivably have a video that is fabricated and is sent into a 911 dispatch center that appears to be one thing when in fact it is something quite different," says Chuck Wexler, the head of the Police Executive Research Forum. In Virginia, Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler says they've worked hard to train dispatchers and police to prevent getting duped by swatting calls and he's concerned the new system could bring more problems. "Unfortunately, there's evil people out there that continue to do this and the more we embrace that technology the more risk we have," he says.

So spotting any red flags will be crucial. Police chiefs say dispatchers will have to become adept at quickly analyzing text and video. Designers are devising a way to mark suspicious video and text messages plus working to create a trustworthy alternative to today's caller ID, according to Fogerty.

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10:33

Stop Population Growth Now: Candidate announcements and call for candidates SA elections March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bob Couch and Michael Roberts will be contesting the Legislative Council on behalf of Stop Population Growth Now at the March election. Their website is at www.stoppopulationgrowthnow.com.


Bob Couch and Michael_Roberts will nominate for the Legislative Council for the March 2018 SA election.

The Stop Population Growth now Party calls on more members to nominate for the next SA election.
Contact Bob Couch, Convenor on 0488 071 799 in the first instance.

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More members are needed to formally register as a federal political party. Please join up, and/or encourage others to join. Membership (Associate) is now free.
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Remember, the existing parties will ignore your wish for stopping population growth until they are not getting your vote.
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10:32

MACKAY Ipswich magistrates court list "IndyWatch Feed National"

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10:31

Remember The Days When The US Used Nuclear Weapons Against Americans? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If you tend to curl up in terror when confronted by the evil that is militarism and nationalism, you may want to skip this post. See also: [stderr]

Richard Rhodes has written a number of really good books on nuclear weapons history, including a fairly optimistic one called The Twilight of The Bombs [amazn]. There is also an excellent documentary (hard to find) by the Long Now Foundation, entitled the same (UPC: 885444842245) It starts off with an art movie by Isao Hashimoto:

There are various test-ban treaties, which the US (and probably Russia) is almost certainly violating, or planning to violate. Meanwhile, the US will scream about North Koreas tiny arsenal, or Irans potential tiny arsenal. One of the clever hacks the US has come up with is declaring that it is not making new nuclear weapons it is just remanufacturing old ones. And, in the process, equipping them with newer detonators that allow them to be targeted much more precisely which means that the US arsenal is capable of destroying more stuff with the same number of warheads (no need to plan for overkill on hard targets) which means that, effectively, the US arsenal just got twice as powerful without getting larger.

Think about that the US is screaming about Iran maybe violating an agreement not to enrich uranium, while simultaneously making it much more likely that it will use nuclear weapons because theyre more accurate and deadly, and violating the spirit, if not the letter, of arms limitation treaties. The US has signed by not ratified the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty so theres a question whether the US is obligated to obey it or not. Got that? The North Koreans properly withdrew from the Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003 before they re-ignited their nuclear weapons program. Test treaties appear to be a whole lot of do as I say not as I do from the nuclear superpowers.

Some idiot once said in my presence, nobody wins a nuclear war. To which I replied, ask a Japanese.

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10:30

Interview: Congressman Ron DeSantis Discusses Request To Ryan For Declassification of Dossier Documents "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Congressman Ron DeSantis appears on Sunday Morning Futures to discuss his request to declassify all documents related to the Steele Dossier.  DeSantis is one of the MAGA allies within a small but powerful congressional team who are executing a strategy Continue reading

10:30

BDS now bullying Israeli singer coming to WOMAD "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Emboldened by their success in bullying lil Ella Yelich-OConnor aka Lorde, the BDS movement is now going after Israeli singers wanting to play in NZ. A Palestinian advocacy group is calling for the withdrawal of an Israeli singer from the WOMAD lineup. Victoria Hanna is scheduled to perform at the New Plymouth festival in March. But []

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10:26

Thus Spake Oprah as the New York Times Spots UFOs Over The Comb-Over Empire "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The aspect of Trump's ascendancy is shunted from the duopolist dynamic and the narrow, acceptable discourse of political and media elites: Trump's pathetic dye job, fake tan, and comb-over mirror the US empire. Its decline and deterioration simply cannot be covered up by the desperate application of cosmetic measures.

10:23

Blender 2.79 Tutorial 2 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

We'll learn how to snap merge vertices, use layers, how tons of modifiers work and more

10:20

Chairman of Americans for Peace Now says Israeli Jews will never accept Palestinians as equals "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jim Klutznick, the chairman of the liberal Zionist group Americans for Peace Now (and a political player in Chicago and an early Obama supporter), yesterday dismissed the idea of a one-state outcome in Israel and Palestine because Israelis will never accept Palestinians as equals. Klutznick responded to Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki, who said during a Peace Now podcast, that the "major driver" for Palestinian youth today is "democracy and equal rights," not what has driven Palestinian politics for the last 50 years, the desire for sovereignty. Shikaki said these young Palestinians see a Palestinian state as a, a delusion, and b, just another "corrupt inefficient authoritarian state," so they dream of equal rights with Jews in one state. Klutznick dismissed the idea: You brought up the word democracy. And I just wanted to make this observation... particularly as it relates to your youth who are interested in civil rights and democracy. It seems to me that democracy is the common thread between either of these two versions. The difference is that you will not get civil rights under one state. And the only answer here is an independent and sovereign state for the Palestinian people where democracy will have a chance to flourish within the context of Palestinian democracy. Because I don't believe it will ever happen in one state, with Israel never allowing there to be civil rights for everybody and an equal vote.

10:19

Austin Mitchell Returns "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Revenge of the Rich The neo-liberal revolution in Britain and New Zealand By Austin Mitchell (Biteback Publishing (UK): Canterbury University press NZ) Reviewed by Jeremy Smith Back in the mid-late 60s, academic Austin Mitchell was busy man- writing books about the New Zealand politics, presenting entertaining lectures at Canterbury University and appearing on our single channel []

10:17

Londons Muslim Mayor Cheers Trumps Decision to Skip Visit "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan cheered President Trumps decision to skip his visit to London for the opening of the new US embassy.

America and Great Britain have historically held a special relationship.

That has started to unravel under Barack Obama and Sadiq Khan.

The Express.co reported:

LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan claims Donald Trump has got the message after the US President cancelled his planned state visit to the UK in February.

Mr Khan who has clashed with the president in the past said a visit by Mr Trump would have been met by mass peaceful protests in the capital.

The US President confirmed on Twitter that he would not visit the UK to cut the ribbon on the new US embassy building in south London.

Mr Trump said he thought the embassys move from Grosvenor Square in Mayfair to Nine Elms, south of the Thames, was a bad deal and the building was in an off location, but is thought that fears of mass protests may have prompted his decision.

The US leader slammed former president Barack Obama for selling the old embassy for peanuts, despite the fact it was sold before his predecessor was elected in 2008.

Mr Khan said: It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our citys values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance.

His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests.

This just reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place.

Lets hope that Donald Trump also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda.

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10:15

Controlling the Weather? Lionel Interviews Dane Wigington "IndyWatch Feed War"

I was not aware that Lionel, most widely known as a regular political commentator on RT, was conscious and aware of the aerial spraying taking place in the skies, but he definitely is and seems to recognize it for what it is. The interview covers a lot of groundfrom the basic nuts and bolts of []

10:12

Is there really such a thing as a "sh**hole country"? "IndyWatch Feed World"

The question should be rephrased to whether there's such a thing as a "shithole" period, and yes, there is, but the stereotypical "Third World" socio-economic and physical conditions that the word often embodies are also widely present in parts of the US. Another day, another Trump controversy, and this time it's the Mainstream Media going bonkers because of the President supposedly referring to some countries as "shitholes" and questioning why the government has allowed so many of their people to immigrate to America. Knowing Trump's personality and speaking style, it's believable that he did in fact say this, though what's less believable is the insincere virtue signaling that's sprung up all over social media ever since.

10:10

The Responsibility to Protect the World from the United States "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Responsibility to Protect the World from the United States by Ajamu Baraka Strategic-Culture One of the most ingenious propaganda weapons ever developed is that the powerful nations of the Westled by the United Stateshave a moral responsibility to...

The post The Responsibility to Protect the World from the United States appeared first on The Daily Coin.

10:08

SUTCRA communiqu on murder of Marcelo Silvera "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_1.jpgThe Union of Freight Transport and Related Branches (SUTCRA) laments to communicate the condemnable and fateful murder of a comrade and leader of SUTCRA, Marcelo Silvera, during a General Strike decreed by our union on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. [https://www.anarkismo.net/article/30774]

10:05

Surprise! Research shows little Calcium in bone broth "IndyWatch Feed World"

Is there as much calcium in a cup of bone broth as in a cup of milk? Many people in the Real Food community seem to think so. The hard truth is that the calcium content of homemade bone broth doesn't even come close. The good news is that broth still lives up to its bone-building reputation, just not for the reason most people have assumed. It makes logical sense that bone broth would be an excellent source of calcium. After all, about fifty percent of bones consist of minerals, with the largest store by far being calcium phosphate, a combination of calcium and phosphorous arranged in a formation called hydroxyapatite. Bone also contains small amounts of magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfur and other trace minerals. Even so, only small amounts of these minerals end up in the broth, even when properly made with vinegar or wine to help pull them from the bones.

10:05

Authoritarian Leftism is an impossible project: Nick Cohen on censorship "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Very interesting piece on intolerance. H/T Jim Rose

Why Evolution Is True

Nick Cohens new piece in the Guardian, Censorship wins no arguments and just helps the right, makes the same point that Steve Pinker did in his remarks at the Spiked discussion at Harvard: by deeming some subjects taboo to discuss, or dismissing them as unworthy of discussion, the Left drives people rightwards. While this claim has been dismissed by some, youll hear from the full Spiked discussion (worth watching!) that its true to at least some extent. Some examples: the attempt to censor or deplatform people (since 2010 mostly from the Left) on college campuses, the attempt to dismiss and demonize people without engaging them by using epithets like alt-right and Nazis, the curt dismissal of arguments about group differences as reflecting either  evolutionary psychology (a supposedly discredited discipline) or sexism, and so on.

Ive argued before that such censorship does the Left no good

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10:05

Examining the "Victim-Blaming" Charge Aimed at Mayim Bialik: A Question of Choice "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The feminist critique of Mayim Bialik's op-ed - crediting her dress and behavior for her escape from the worst of Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood - is well founded, if somewhat simplistic. But the dichotomy of "victim-blaming" vs. "free choice" needs to be re-examined, in the light of societal pressures for women - and girls - to self-sexualize.

10:04

Killing the Iran deal with a thousand cuts "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Much like President Trump is undermining his predecessors other flagship achievement, the Affordable Care Act, the president is attacking the Iran nuclear agreement piecemeal. The result will be tragic.

By Paul Pillar

President Donald Trump (Joyce N. Boghosian/White House photo)

President Donald Trump (Joyce N. Boghosian/White House photo)

Dont be either fooled or relieved by President Trumps waiving, for now, of nuclear sanctions on Iran, and thus his forgoing of an explicit withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement. Trump still is determined to destroy the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), though not necessarily in the way he threatens, or in a way some have feared. He is set on destroying the JCPOA partly because of the same guiding principle, if it can be called that, steering so much of his presidency, which is to tear down any significant accomplishment of his predecessor. His effort to destroy the accord also is motivated by his submission to elements that do not want anyone to reach agreements of any sort with Iransuch elements mainly being the right-wing government of Israel and its backers in the United States.

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Trumps effort is impeded by the fact that the JCPOA is working. It continues, as confirmed by international inspectors, to fulfill its purpose of blocking all possible paths to a possible Iranian nuclear weapon. Iran continues to comply with its obligations under the agreement. As such, the JCPOA continues to serve the interests of the United States and of international security and the cause of nuclear nonproliferation...

10:01

Brother Of American ISIS Fighter Gets 10 Years In Prison After Informants Testimony "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The brothers grew up in Minnesota. Via San Diego Union Tribune: When news spread that former San Diego City College student Douglas McCain had died in battle in Syria making him the first U.S. citizen to be killed fighting for the Islamic State the investigation quickly pivoted close to home. How had he []

10:01

How to Avoid Empathy Burnout When You are Surrounded by Other Peoples Pain "IndyWatch Feed World"

January 15th, 2018 By Josh Richardson Guest writer for Wake Up World It seems there could never be enough empathy and compassion in our world, but we are starting to discover that our capacity for empathy  to share the emotions of others and take their perspective  can come with a bit of a sting if were []

10:00

View From Your Window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo was taken from above the Ohope Village over the surf club to Whale Island. window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From My Window in the subject line.

The post View From Your Window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Cattle categories removed from A&P show   David Loughrey:

This years Otago-Taieri A&P Show will be without cattle categories, as shows across the South take precautions against Mycoplasma bovis.

Kelly Allison said the decision not to have cattle at the January 27 show was made last week in  light of the spread of the bacterial infection, to guard against its transmission.

Mr Allison is on the Otago-Taieri A&P Show committee and on the executive of the Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand.

I think its a very small chance that a cow would transfer it to another cow, he said. . . 

A radical rethink of NZs largest farm is on the table  Emily Heyward & Paula Hulburt:

New Zealands largest farm or massive public park? You decide.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is open to a radical rethink of the historic Molesworth Station, the rolling high-country farm linking Marlborough to North Canterbury.

The farming lease at the 180,000-hectare cattle ranch  about the size of Stewart Island  expires in 2020, and the public could help shape its future. . . 

Third generation dairy farmers turn to hemp Alexander Robertson:

Forget about white gold and our massive dairy industry, green gold could be the new king of the crop.

As the hemp industry opens up in New Zealand, a Rangitikei family is giving hemp a shot as they try get off the herd and diversify their dairy farm in hemp and pumpkin for the first year.

The Welch family have farmed the same land for more than 90 years over three generations.

However, for this family theres many sides to the dairy industry with ethical challenges. . . 

Blueberry season over earlier than usual in warmer weather Jill Galloway:

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10:00

A Pint of Purpose "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Orkney Tourist Board strongly advises not going to Orkney to see the Northern Lights. It admits that yes, you can see the Northern Lights in Orkney, but if youre visiting purely to do so, youll most likely end up disappointed.

So here I am, in Orkney, for no reason other than to see the Northern Lights and yes, Im disappointed. Thanks to the unyielding presence of clouds, the closest thing Ive seen to stars is the local cover band on New Years Eve who, credit where credits due, were phenomenal.

A prominent Scottish lecturer with a particular interest in Orkney described the climate as the most vile under Heaven, and it wasnt for dramatic effect. With this knowledge, youre probably asking, like every other person, why I came to Orkney, and the answer is I couldnt afford Iceland. I cant afford to be in Scotland either, to be perfectly honest, so Im making the most of it, leaving Orkney and heading to the Scottish highlands in a couple of days.

I tell this to Martin, who is staying in the same hostel.

Now let me see, Martin says. Youll arrive Thursday, so thatd be curry night. Youll be there Friday too, and thats fish n chip night and thats even better. Tuesday is steak night, Wednesday is chicken night, and you already know Thursday is curry night. Youll get a pint with your meal too, all for under six quid.

Martin is taking me through the weekly menu at Wetherspoons, a chain of UK pubs known for cheap booze. I last visited one in 2012 and watched a girl vomit in the mens bathroom. I wasnt there specifically to watch a girl vomit; it was just a byproduct of the aforementioned prices. Say what you will about Wetherspoons, theyre surprisingly progressive with their policy on gender-neutral toilets, however unofficial it is.

They call it club night, they do. Now Tuesday, thats steak club. Wednesday is chicken club. Thursday is curry club and then Friday

I cut him off. Fish n chips club?

Aye, it is too, he says, but we call it Fish Friday my favourite.

Martin has visited either 700 or 701 Wetherspoons in his 72 years and plans on having a drink at them all. I Google how many there are, and it turns out that in 2015 a British woman, Mags Thomson, already completed this questionable feat. Shed drunk at 980 establishments by the time shed finished and, statistically speaking, shouldve vomited in at least 452 mens bath...

10:00

Understanding FISA-702(16)(17) And How It Was Used in 2016. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Consider this an addendum break out thread, a reference of sorts, to help prepare people for the upcoming week and discussions about FISA-702. Well break down the term: FISA-702(16)(17) into the elements that will help you make sense Continue reading

10:00

Governana global e hegemonia dos EUA "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

thewarroom750x430.jpgA proposta desse artigo expor uma linha de interpretao bsica, de forma resumida, a respeito dos moldes da governana global no quesito do complexo tecnolgico das telecomunicaes
A proposta desse artigo expor uma linha de interpretao bsica, de forma resumida, a respeito dos moldes da governana global no quesito do complexo tecnolgico das telecomunicaes, bem como o lao geoestratgico da economia poltica internacional. Por conseguinte, como demonstrado no artigo A sonda Voyager1- desmente o dicurso neoliberal do Ministro Meirelles (recomenda-se sua leitura antes deste) os advogados da ortodoxia econmica, ou novo liberalismo encarado por eles como a economia em si mesma, ou, a nica alternativa, com dizia Margareth Thatcher so incapazes de pensar sobre questes relativas ao poder nacional, administrao pblica e governana global, as quais so questes co-determinantes do mundo real. No que esta capacidade interpretativa seja muito distante ou quase inalcanvel em funo da ausncia de erudio propalada por este neoliberalismo vulgar e doutrinrio, mas sim por que todas as tentativas de falsificao das evidncias se transformam em rodopio retrico na busca de modelos metafsicos ridculos em termos cientficos mas perigosssimos para qualquer forma de relao social.

09:58

Kafka 2.0: How Youtubes Political Censorship is Exercised "IndyWatch Feed War"

Five years of archives of resistance to Zionism and imperialism deleted by Google By Sayed Hasan | January 13, 2018 Someone must have been telling tales about Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything wrong, he was arrested. Thus begins The Trial, Franz Kafkas 1925 work, in which Joseph K., ordinary bank employee, []

09:56

PTAB is Being Demeaned, But Only by the Very Entities One Ought to Expect (Because They Hate Patent Justice/Quality) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The natural enemies of a high-quality patent system keep weeping

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Summary: The latest rants/scorn against PTAB leaning on cases such as Wi-Fi One v Broadcom or entities like Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Apple etc. are all coming from firms and people who profit from low-quality patents

THE excellent work of the patent appeal board in the US (at the USPTO its referred to as PTAB, similar but not analogous to BoA at the EPO) has attracted the wrath of patent maximalists. They cannot tolerate the concept of quality control or reassessment of patents they (or more typically their clients) were granted in the past. This is expected. The harder they resist, the more theyve been hurt. And the goal ought to be decimating their role in this system because they tend to contribute nothing but feuds and FUD.

How about this from Adam Mossoff? His attacks on PTAB are a good sign because he is notorious for promoting everything thats wrong in the patent system. Hes just working for a Conservative think tank serving patent trolls and the litigation industry. As this tweet put it, Mossoff says that the @usptos #patent review board is denying basic rights to American innovators.

What basic rights? Patents? Theyre not rights. Drop this myth. They typically try to call patents property (which they're not) and then allude to property rights or whatever. Intellectually-dishonest garbage that Koch-funded academics would say

Lets see who else its moaning about PTAB because thats just pretty revealing. One site of the patent microcosm complained about PTABs inter partes reviews (IPRs) a few days ago. Like many inter partes reviews, it said, a dispute started in district court. Multiple IPRs from the defendants followed: this petition against claim 1 of U.S. Patent No. 8,155,298, from Bright House Networks, WideOpen West Finance, Knology of Florida, and Birch Communications; another by the sam...

09:54

Mirai Okiru botnet targets for first time ever in the history ARC-based IoT devices "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Researcher @unixfreaxjp spotted the first time ever in the history of computer engineering a Linux malware designed to infect ARC CPU, this new Linux ELF malware was dubbed MIRAI OKIRU.

In August 2016 the researcher @ from @ team first spotted the dreaded Mirai botnet, now the same researcher is announcing a new big earthquake in the malware community.

 spotted the first time ever in the history of computer engineering a Linux malware designed to infect ARC CPU, this new Linux ELF malware was dubbed MIRAI OKIRU.

This is the first time that a malware specifically targets ARC-based systems, the Mirai Okiru was undetected by almost all the antivirus engines at the time of its discovery.

Mirai ARC OKIRU

!! Please be noted of this fact, and be ready for the bigger impact on infection Mirai (specially Okiru) to devices that hasnt been infected yet. said 

The Linux IoT threat landscape is rapidly changing, crooks will start targeting IoT devices based on ARC CPU.

From this day, the landscape of #Linux #IoT infection will change. #ARC cpu has produced #IoT dervices more than 1 billion per year. So these devices are what the hackers want to aim to infect #ELF #malware with their #DDoS cannons. Its a serious threat will be. #MalwareMustDie! wrote MMD.

As highlighted by the colleague...

09:53

Oaxaca: Indigenous People Remain Displaced After Expulsion for Not Voting for Ruling Party "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Oaxaca: Indigenous People Remain Displaced After Expulsion for Not Voting for Ruling Party appeared first on It's Going Down.

This January 3 marked six months of exile for 191 indigenous people from Tierra Negra who were violently expelled by an armed group in June 2017 for not voting for the PRI candidate, Macario Eleuterio Jimnez, for mayor in San Juan Mazatln Mixe, Oaxaca. [Note: The PRI Party of the Institutional Revolution is the ruling party in Oaxaca and Mexico.]

According to the indigenous Mixe, individuals associated with Eleuterio Jimnez coerced them by force to leave their homes. Five people were arbitrarily imprisoned at the beginning of the conflict, in addition to 40 families that were locked in their homes without electricity or water by orders of the politician.

We had no choice. We quickly left Tierra Negra, we left everything, our house, livestock and lands and we arrived in this city and are taking refuge in this space where there is no employment, no school for our children, and the food is scarce, said Filiberto Cndido Hilario, one of the displaced who now lives in a community center in the municipality of Matas Romero, Oaxaca.

The indigenous people claimed that no authority has sought them out to move forward with the denunciations of human rights violations, despite being punished for exercising their voting rights freely and being displaced after the defeat of Eleuterio Jimnez, who accused them for being responsible for his loss of the election.

They explained that the candidate for the mayors office carried out a dirty campaign against his opponents and handed out food and other favors to secure votes. Nonetheless, the winner of the contest was talio Feliciano Madrigal.

Weve lost our houses, land plots and belongings, it seems that we are not Oaxacan because were not important to the authorities; we had meetings but no one has resolved the issue, we demand justice because what were going through is maddening, they pointed out.

In the shelter where theyve lived since they were expelled, they claim that there is a shortage of drinking water, food and electricity, and they live in overcrowded conditions.

This situation worries us because we cant continue to live in this shelter under these conditions. There is no school for our children, there is no money, only aban...

09:51

Financial Times Blasts New York Mayor De Blasios Climate Stunts "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Financial Times asks, if De Blasio is so hot on tackling climate change, why does he ride in a SUV every day when he visits the gym? New Yorks easy answers on climate change Fixing infrastructure would be better for the city, and the planet JANUARY 13, 2018 6

09:50

Get FREE threat intelligence on hackers and exploits with the Recorded Future Cyber Daily "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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09:50

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

CHECKING TOOLS OUT IS WHATS ITS ABOUT ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"Honolulu Tool Library - A Visit With Elia Bruno"

Theres actually a place where you can check out tools instead of books? we asked when we first heard about the Honolulu Tool Library. Naturally we had to see it for ourselves and thats how we met HNL Tool Library founder and director Elia Bruno. He showed us the library and explained its based on a simple and yet powerful concept - why buy when you can borrow? Join us in our amazing visit with Elia at the HNL Tool Library and you too will see why the more we share, the more we have - Watch It Here

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09:47

Adventures in Fine Hall "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Every so often I get a copy of Princetons alumni publication in the mail, which I mostly ignore. The latest one however had an entertaining article about the Princeton mathematics department during the 1930s, entitled Adventures in Fine Hall. Various physicists (often misidentified as mathematicians) also make an appearance.

The article is based on an oral history project from the 1980s (Princeton Library website here, archive.org site here). It includes many stories Id never heard before, including one about Hermann Weyl:

When attendance at his lectures shrank to three, Weyl threatened to end the course if it shrank further. One day when the third student got sick, the other two students went out and got one of the janitorial staff to come and sit in the room, so there would be three people in the room and Weyl would give his lecture.

Not quite the same, but this reminds me a bit of a story a Columbia colleague likes to tell about one of Claude Chevalleys calculus classes here at Columbia during the 1950s. Supposedly (accuracy of story not guaranteed) students got together to complain to the chair that they couldnt follow Chevalleys lectures. After someone was dispatched to attend a lecture, and reported back that it was not surprising the students werent following, a deal was made with the students. Someone else would be found to give them lectures in parallel with Chevalleys, at a different time, as long as they agreed to keep going to Chevalleys lectures. Things are different now, hard to get students to go to one set of calculus lectures, much less two

For more Princeton math and physics history, the Institute for Advanced Study has its own oral history project (started by Frank Wilczeks wife, Betsy Devine), website here. I dont know if any of those materials are available without going down to Princeton. The IAS has an extensive archive, with a lot of material available online (see for instance here). Poking around I noticed for instance Hermann Weyls Faculty file (here, here, here and here) and a...

09:45

FBI Baffled by Encryption (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

FBI Baffled by Encryption Video Bill Still New FBI Director Christopher Wray, speaking on Tuesday at a cyber-security conference in New York, said that powerful encryption tools now becoming widely available are frustrating his agency. Surprise, surprise; last year,...

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09:45

Freedreno Gallium3D Lands A5xx Texture Tiling For Better Performance "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Freedreno lead developer Rob Clark has landed initial support for texture tiling with Qualcomm Adreno A5xx graphics hardware...

09:43

Pentagon audit already found $830 mln in "missing" helicopters, $trillions spent on "mysterious" items "IndyWatch Feed World"

After several decades of nation-building and trillions of dollars missing or improperly recorded, the long-awaited audit of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has finally begun. On Wednesday, the Defense Department Comptroller David Norquist told lawmakers in Washington that the DoD's first-ever department wide audit will cost about $367 million in 2018 and an additional $551 million to fix the problems. Norquist, who testified before the House Armed Services Committee, said Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan are in full support of the audit. Back in May 2017, President Trump appointed Norquist to finally put the military's financial house back in order after many years of delays. What is surprising, if only in retrospect, is that according to the World Economic Forum, U.S. Department of Defense has been named the largest employer in the world with some 3.2 million members on its payroll and $2.4 trillion in assets but has never administered a full audit. "This is the first time the department will undergo a full financial statement audit,"he said. "A financial statement audit is comprehensive and occurs annually and it covers more than financial management," Norquist explained to Lawmakers. The purpose of the audit will document military equipment and real property along with condition and location. "It tests the vulnerability of our security systems and it validates the accuracy of personnel records and actions," Norquist said.

09:41

Iraqi PM Abadi to seek re-election in alliance with Iran-backed group "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Abadi's alliance alienates Muqtada al-Sadr, influential Shia cleric with large following among Iraq's urban poor

09:39

Two Modest Proposals for Choosing Better Presidents "IndyWatch Feed World"

(Garrison) In a recent column, I noted that if Oprah Winfrey runs for president in 2020, she will be at least as qualified for the office as the incumbent, Donald Trump, was when he announced his 2016 campaign.

Theyre both billionaires of similar net worth her self-made, him not so much.

Theyre both former television personalities her the long-time host of a top talk show and builder of an attached media empire, him a reality TV shock jock. And so on and so forth.

The feedback Ive received runs from the no way of Trump supporters to the yes way of Trump haters, with a healthy portion of people who consider neither of the two even remotely qualified for the job and wonder if the world is going crazy.

So, lets talk about qualifications for the presidency. The US Constitution lists three: A prospective president must be at least 35 years old, be a natural born citizen of the United States, and have resided within the US for 14 years.

But, of course, many people want more than just those three things in a president, and I guess I cant blame them. Unfortunately, what people at least the people who pick major party presidential nominees usually seem to want is a sitting or former governor or US Senator (or, occasionally, a victorious general). They want political experience.

I disagree. Americas fifty governors and 535 members of Congress seem to constitute the worst possible pool from which to select a president. Their collective record of corruption, incompetence, scandal, etc. is probably an order of magnitude worse than the record of any 585 randomly selected regular Americans. Seldom a day goes by without some politician getting caught with his hand in the till, or texting photos of his junk to random women, while passing monumentally stupid laws and running up $20 trillion in debt.

Secondly, if you think American government is moving in the wrong direction, well, guess whos been moving it that way? These are the people trying to run our lives, and doing a terrible job of it. Political power attracts narcissists, sociopaths and megalomaniacs.

So, why not change the way we pick the president? I have two ideas, either one or both of which would improve the situation.

First, I suggest a constitutional amendment disqualifying any man or woman who has previously held elected office from running for president. A candidate could run for Congress or governor now or for president later, but not both. That should get rid of a lot of the scheming and opportunism associated with a political career ladder leading to the Oval Office.

Secondly and, yes more severely why not select the president by lottery?...

09:38

China becomes worlds second-largest LNG importer "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

https://www.rt.com/business/415263-china-largest-lng-importer/

China has this year become the worlds second-largest LNG importer after Japan, analysis of shipping data from Reuters Eikon has revealed.

Asias number-one economy imported around 38 million tons of liquefied natural gas this year, an over 50-percent annual increase. To compare, Japans LNG imports this year stood at 83.5 million tons, while South Koreas were about 37 million tons.

According to Reuters, this development will give a major spur to Asias spot market because Chinese LNG buyers are much more in favor of short-term contracts than long-term deals, unlike buyers in Japan and South Korea. In fact, Chinas emergence as a large LNG buyer is changing the market in more than one way.

The emergence of a spot market is one of these ways, which undermines the established tradition of long-term contracts for LNG supplies with prices linked to oil benchmarks. The benefits of long-term supply contracts are reduced price volatility and security of suppl...

09:36

World Bank: Global economy set for decade of gloom "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

https://www.rt.com/business/415448-global-economy-decade-gloom/

The growth of the global economy appears to have peaked, according to a new report from the World Bank. The report shows a lack of investments, a slowdown in productivity and tightening monetary policy.

Although the bank has raised its projection for global growth from 2.7 percent to 3 percent, it warned that the acceleration in growth would be temporary unless governments implemented structural reforms to raise long-term growth potential. This is in spite of the fact that it has revised estimates upwards for both 2018 and 2019.

Focus should now turn to the structural policies needed to boost longer-term productivity and living standards, said the report.

The World Banks lead economist Franziska Ohnsorge said: It would be the slowest decade of potential growth since [the World BankR...

09:34

Buffett: I would buy a five-year put on every cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-10/buffett-i-would-buy-five-year-put-every-cryptocurrency

Warren Buffett doubled down on his criticism of bitcoin Wednesday during an interview with CNBC, where he said hes almost certain the cryptocurrency craze will end badly and that the current runup in value will be fleeting.

But paradoxically, he also admitted that he doesnt know anything about digital currencies after saying he would eagerly buy five-year puts on every one of the cryptocurrencies.

In terms of cryptocurrencies, generally, I can say with almost certainty that they will come to a bad ending,said Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

When it happens or how or anything else I dont know, he added in an interview on CNBCs Squawk Box from Omaha, Nebraska.

But I know this: If I could buy a five year put on every one of the crypto...

09:33

The Fascinating Psychology of Blowoff Tops "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Central banks have guaranteed a bubble collapse is the only possible output of the system they've created.
The psychology of blowoff tops in asset bubbles is fascinating: let's start with the first requirement of a move qualifying as a blowoff top, which is the vast majority of participants deny the move is a blowoff top.
Exhibit 1: a chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJ-30):
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09:31

Fire and fury: the psychodrama of a very stable genius "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Donald Trump is portrayed as a narcissist, but what exactly does that mean?

Credit: Max Pixel/Free Great Picture. CC0.

The release of Michael Wolffs book Fire and Fury has heightened concerns about Donald Trumps mental fitness for office. In her review of the book for the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin says that it shows Trump to be an unhinged man-child utterly lacking in the skill needed to be presidentdespite Trumps assertion that in fact hes a very stable genius.

In the Guardian, Jonathan Freedland writes that Wolffs revelations proveyet againwhat a vile, narcissistic and dangerous man we have in the Oval Office. And in the New Yorker, Masha Gessen, warns that Trumps White House is waging a daily assault on the publics sense of sanity, decency, and cohesion. It makes us feel crazy.

Is there any way to get beneath the daily assault on our sanity and try to understand what might be driving the chaos of the Trump Presidency? A good place to start is with the word that many say best sums up the man, which is narcissism.

As Wolff reports, I will tell you the one description that everyone gave, everyone has in common. They all say, He is like a child, and what they mean by that is he has a need for immediate gratification. Its all about him. And Its all about him is a pretty good definition of narcissism.

Psychologists are at pains to stress that it is not narcissistic for a person to value a quality in themselves that they actually possess, or to want to be admired and valued by others. Whats problematic is when someone loves and admires themselves excessively...

09:30

Following up on the truth and how liberals cant handle it "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Columnist Andrew Klavan talks about crudeness and the truth: Nothing scandalizes a leftist like the truth. Point out that women and men are different, that black Americans commit a disproportionate amount of violent crime, that most terrorist acts are committed by Muslims, and the Left leaps to its collective feet in openmouthed shock, like Margaret Dumont []

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09:30

Sakers Jan. 12th interview with Bonnie Faulkner transcript "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

This is Guns and Butter. Andrei Raevsky, The Saker: I think its a person who is an Israel Firster, very, very strong Zionist ideological bent, definitely puts Israel above the

09:25

Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Who Is Kevin McAleenan? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Donald Trumps choice to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been running the agency on an acting basis since day one of his administration. Kevin McAleenan, whose nomination has won bipartisan support, oversees 60,000 employees and manages an annual budget of more than $13 billion. CBP, which is located in the Department of Homeland Security, focuses on regulating the flow of people and goods across U.S. international borders.

 

Trump announced his intention to nominate McAleenan on March 30, 2017, but didnt officially send his nomination to the U.S. Senate until May 22. Then McAleenan had to wait even longer, until October 24, for his confirmation hearing while anonymous allegations against him were investigated and debunked. If confirmed by the Senate, McAleenan would succeed R. Gil Kerlikowske, who served from March 2014 until the end of the Obama administration.

 

Born September 5, 1971, and raised in Hawaii, Kevin Kealoha McAleenan is the child of Michael McAleenan, currently a hearing officer in the L.A. County mental health court system, and Andrea (Hautala) McAleenan, now a special advisor to the president of Azusa Pacific University. When Kevin was a child his father earned a PhD in Sociology at the University of Hawaii and worked with at-risk youths at a Honolulu middle school. Kevin earned a B.A. in Political Science at Amherst College in 1994 and a J.D. at the University of Chicago Law School in 1998.

 

After law school, McAleenan practiced law in California for a few years, first at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter, & Hampton from October 1998 to February 2000, and then at Gunderson Dettmer from February 2000 to October 2001.

 

In the wake of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, McAleenan decided to refocus his career onto national security issues. He first applied to the FBI, but he was soon contacted by Robert Bonner, who had been recently confirmed as the commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service (later renamed CBP). In November 2001, McAleenan moved to Washington DC and set to work establishing the embryonic Office of Antiterrorism in Washington, DC. Two years later, he was promoted to its executive director....

09:20

FALSE ALARM: Missile Warning Panics Hawaiiand It Was a Mistake! "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

FALSE ALARM: Missile Warning Panics Hawaiiand It Was a Mistake! by Daisy Luther The Organic Prepper Residents of Hawaii received an urgent message to their phones to seek immediate shelter due to an inbound missile. The warning states: BALLISTIC...

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09:20

Brett Stokes a reminder about ANSTO and its zeal for the nuclear industry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Brett Burnard Stokes about ANSTO 15 Jan 18 
(a) government backed nuclear corporation ANSTO are spending lots of money to establish a nuclear waste dump in South Australia,

|(b) there are laws in SA against nuclear waste dumps (see http://petition.dyndns.org/ ) including a provision that no public money be spent promoting nuclear waste dump.

(c) in contempt of SA laws, ANSTO has spent millions of dollars of public money on propaganda campaigns in South Australia, targetting various places with three sites active now, two in Kimba and one in the Flinders.

(d) ANSTO have run polling a while back, where the results were pretty marginal and way short of clear local consent to proceed.

(e) ANSTO want to pretend that there is clear local consent so they are lying and also changing the rules,

(f) ANSTO have dodgy expansionary business plans involving huge export earnings from medical isotopes they plan to make at Lucas Heights.
If they do this, it will produce a lot of waste that they do not want to keep at Lucas Heights wh...

09:19

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Chief Beverly Cook Receives Indian Health Service Award "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Acting Director for Indian Health Service Rear Admiral (RADM) Michael D. Weahkee, TribalChief Beverly Cook, IHS Nashville Area Director Martha Ketcher and IHSNashville Area Office Executive Officer Mark Skinner.

Published January 14, 2018

AKWESASNE  Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Chief Beverly Cook received the Directors Award for Excellence from the Indian Health Service Nashville Area Office on Tsiothhrha/December 7, 2017.

Chief Cook was one of six individuals recognized for their years of extraordinary service to the Indian Health Service or a tribal health program. She received the highest level of recognition from the Nashville Area Director for her exploration of innovative health treatment options and her service on multiple health related workgroups representing Nashville Area Tribal Nations.

 

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09:16

2018 to be a bumper year for Americas weapons sales "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

the global deregulation of American firearms which could, in turn, according to critics, put such weaponry ever more easily in the hands of both criminal gangs and extremist groups

As Donald Trump might put it, major weapons contractors like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin cashed in bigly in his first year in office.

This year will undoubtedly be a banner year for arms companies. The only question is: Might it also mark the beginning of a future movement to roll back unconstrained weapons expenditures?

Tomgram: William D. Hartung, 2018 Looks Like an Arms Bonanza OpEd News.com, By Tom Engelhardt  11 Jan 18 This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com.

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09:15

Whaleoil now has a full set of armour: WE DID IT! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Back in November 2016 we launched the Whaleoil Bronze subscription and I set myself a financial goal. I used the idea of a Whaleoil suit of armour to help visualise our progress towards the target of no longer being dependent on advertising revenue for our income and today I am THRILLED to announce that today we []

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09:15

GOP Senator Calls Democrat A Liar Over Shithole Comment He Cant Remember If He Heard (VIDEO) Addicting Info | The Knowledge You Crave

The world is abuzz with the news that Donald Trump called Haiti and countries in Africa shithole countries, while saying that America needs more immigrants from Norway you know, a very, very white country. Of course, this fits Trumps pattern of racist remarks, but that doesnt stop GOPers from trotting out onto the Sunday shows to once again defend the indefensible. Case in point Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK).

On CBSs Face The Nation, when the subject came up, Cotton took a decidedly different route to defend Trumps reprehensible behavior to call Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who has confirmed Trumps racist remarks, a liar. Cotton insists he never heard anything about shithole countries leave Trumps mouth, and therefore Durbin must be lying:

I didnt hear that word. I certainly didnt hear what Sen. Durbin has said repeatedly. Sen. Durbin has a history of misrepresenting what happens in White House meetings so, perhaps, we shouldnt be surprised by that.

Dickerson pressed Cotton further:

You didnt hear the word or it was not said? Because [Sen. Linsey Graham] also told [Sen. Tim Scott], your Republican colleague, that this is what happened. [Sen. Jeff Flake] was in a subsequent meeting where he was told by people in the meeting this happened.

Youre saying it did not happen or you just dont remember?

Cotton then got amnesia that so many Trumpkins tend to get when things get uncomfortable:

I didnt hear it. And I was sitting no further away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was. And I know what Dick Durbin has said about the presidents repeated statements is incorrect.

No, Senator Cotton, you know just what you heard. You just happen to agree with it, but you know it is not politically expedient to say so in the current climate. Youre likely just as racist as Trump is, and you are politically smarter and know how to speak with more finesse. That doesnt change what you are your ilk are, though: Stone cold racists.

What is really troubling is that this man...

09:14

Hawaiis false nuclear alarm a frightening reminder of the real risk "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

False Alarm Adds to Real Alarm About Trumps Nuclear Risk , NYTBy THE EDITORIAL BOARD, JAN. 13, 2018 It was the sort of nightmare that had only ever been real for most peoples parents or grandparents the fear of an impending nuclear attack. Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii, read the emergency alert that residents o...

09:12

Lazy Liberals And "The Trump Effect" "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The dysfunctional over-focus on who's sitting in the White House -- yes, the horrific Boss Tweet right now, maybe Kirsten Gillibrand (or Oprah or Michelle or Andrew Cuomo or Kamala Harris) in 2021 -- is sustained between election spectacles by the cable news talking heads and the late-night comedians, for whom Trump is a gift that keeps on giving.

09:11

Navajo Nation, University of New Mexico Open Doors for Navajo Student Housing "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo President Russell Begaye, left, and Vice President Jonathan Nez celebrate after hanging a framed Navajo flag on the wall of the new Lobo Rainforest residence hall at the University of New Mexico.

Published January 14, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE The Navajo Nation and the University of New Mexico officially announced a partnership Friday to provide a unique housing experience for 118 Navajo students at Lobo Rainforest, UNMs newest residence hall.

The agreement, finalized Jan. 3, grants occupancy rights of the entire fifth and sixth floors of the Lobo Rainforest building to the Navajo Nation through July 31, 2021. The innovative residence hall promises to create a Navajo community at UNM while offering students access to the latest technological and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Lobo Rainforest is a place to learn, a place to live, Navajo President Russell Begaye said during a ceremony Friday at the residence hall. It is the soil to nourish the ideas of our students that will eventually turn the Navajo Nation into a place of invention, innovation and technology.

Located in the innovation district of downtown Albuquerque, the Lobo Rainforest was designed to nurture students entrepreneurial spirits. The first floor of the building includes office space for Air Force Research Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, STC.UNM, Cecchi Venture Lab, UNM Innovation Academy and Nusenda Credit Union. With proximity to innovative organizations, the location will operate as a gateway for students to pursue internships and secure jobs after college.

This is truly a great day for the Navajo Nation because we need a place where our students can relax, study and collaborate with likeminded individuals with the same objectives and goals, President Begaye said.

The agreement, which comes with an initial $1.45 million price tag, represents a united front between the Navajo Nations executive and legislative branches. The Navajo Nation Council in December unanimously approved a bill allocating the necessary funds and signaling a desire to support students both culturally and academically.

We wanted to mimic what a Navaj...

09:11

Renewable energy prices rapidly falling, becoming competitive with traditional fuels "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

City AM , New York, 13th Jan 2018, Renewable energy to be competitive with fossil fuels by 2020 as prices drop. The cost of generating renewable power is falling at an unprecedented rate, and by 2020, all renewable technologies will be price competitive with traditional fossil fuels, a ne...

09:11

Senators Cotton and Perdue: "Trump didn't say shithole" "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Two GOP senators said Friday they "do not recall" President Trump's reference to "shithole countries" during an Oval Office meeting on immigration. Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) issued a joint statement saying they did not recall the president making the exact comments and called out Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) for confirming the comments. "In regards to Senator Durbin's accusation, we do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest," the senators wrote. Trump, in a Thursday meeting that also included Durbin, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) - whom Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said confirmed the remarks to him - and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), reportedly referred to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and certain African nations as coming from "shithole countries." "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump said, according to The Washington Post.

09:10

Mayon volcano alert level raised to 3, lava flow observed, Philippines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Following the first eruption of Mayon volcano since 2014 on Saturday, January 13, 2018, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has raised the volcano's Alert Level to 2 and then to 3 on Sunday, January 14, 2018. This means that Mayon...... Read more

Ist ja geil. Ich wollte hier gerade auf einen Artikel ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Ist ja geil. Ich wollte hier gerade auf einen Artikel in der Zeit linken, aber da kriegt man eine Anmeldeaufforderung auer man kommt von Twitter.

Ja, nee, liebe Zeit. Von Twitter komme ich nicht. Fuck you, dann gibt es halt keine Links mehr von mir.

Dabei versprach das ein interessantes Interview zu sein, mit Mark Lilla ber Identity Politics. Der Einsender lieferte Zitate mit:

"Identittspolitik (ist) nichts anderes als amerikanischer Evangelikalismus, angewendet auf die kulturelle Sphre. () Wenn linke amerikanische Gruppen sich radikalisieren, werden sie zu evangelikalen Sekten. Sie bekmpfen nicht den Staat die wollen deine Seele. Die wollen, dass du niederkniest und deine Snden beichtest. Das ist, was Identittspolitik letztlich will. Nicht eine nderung der Machtverhltnisse." "Die sind gar nicht daran interessiert, irgendwen zu berzeugen. Es geht ihnen nur darum, jemandem "eine Stimme zu geben", "Narrative" zu schaffen und Urteile zu fllen ber andere."
Da htte ich ja gerne den Rest auch noch gelesen. Schade eigentlich.

09:08

Back Into the Chill- Last Extreme Cold Snap Can't be Blamed on Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed War"

Before we get to the main topic of this post,  I'd like to remind everyone that other cold snaps which were sold as being attributed to man made global warming, as they were occurring,  we're later clarified to be not connected to AGW- It's always wash, rinse, repeat for the lies.
March 29/2015:  AGW/Global Warming DOES NOT CAUSE EXTREME WINTERS!

Cold snaps like the ones that hit the eastern United States in the past winters are not a consequence of  (global warming AGW) climate change. Scientists at ETH Zurich and the California Institute of Technology have shown that global warming actually tends to reduce temperature variability
 Repeated cold snaps led to temperatures far below freezing across the eastern (central) United States (and Canada & parts of Europe etc...) in the past two winters.
 Obviously warming cannot equal cooling unless one has cognitive dissonance. In 2015, despite two frigid winters- the carbon cult was initially claiming that warming would cause cooling. But scientists stated very clearly and quite sensibly that warming would reduce temperature variability.
Apparently Mother Earth didn't get the memo!
Presently- We are in the freeze again- For how long? I don't know. Hopefully just a couple of days? We had a very brief thaw. Less then a week
 Friday January 12/17 "Rain has changed to snow and temperatures are expected to plummet behind the front" Tonight - 11 C or 12 F 
Saturday's temps were :  Max: 14.0F / Min:1.8F  Max: -10.0C Min: -16.8C
Lowest  same day temperature in the past ten years occurred in 2015: (2006-2017) -10.3F 2015...

09:07

Teslas South Australian battery project a rapid success "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Inverse Innovation 11th Jan 2018. The results are in: Teslas South Australian project, touted as the
worlds largest lithium-ion battery with enough energy to power 30,000
homes, had an astonishing first month of operation. The 100-megawatt
behemoth, originally conceived by Elon Musk through a bet over Twitter, has
inspired the states of Queensland and Victoria to follow suit with their
own projects.
https://www.inverse.com/article/40117-elon-musk-tesla-south-australia-batter

09:05

The People are Continuing to Demand Freedom, Justice and Democracy by Graham Peebles "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London, England January 14, 2018 Since November 2015 unprecedented protests have been taking place in Ethiopia: angry and frustrated at the widespread abuse of human rights and the centralization of power in the hands of the Tigrayan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) tens of thousands have taken to the streets. []

09:05

One Marianas Summit "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Tano yan tasi
Government representatives from the CNMI and Guam are meeting this week at a One Marianas Summit to discuss free trade, food security, health, tourism, homeland security, and labor. These are important topics for our community, and I am glad that they are being discussed. However, I find it interesting that a conference on a united Marianas doesnt include a mandate to discuss culture and conservation, arguably the two most significant matters connecting our people across the archipelago.

The loss of culture and natural resources are often linked, and the causes of both are rooted in unsustainable development and colonization. Food security and health, both topics being discussed at the summit, depend heavily on a healthy environment. If we have healthy lands and ocean, we will have healthy food and activities, giving us healthy people. Our culture is enriched by the bounty of the land and sea when it is gathered sustainably and when it adheres to the values of our indigenous forebears.

Sadly, marine protection in the CNMI and Guam lags behind the rest of the American Pacific. The Marine Conservation Institute audits marine protected area coverage across the United States and the world. They have found that Hawaii and American Samoa protect 22.7% and 8.8% of their state and territorial waters, respectively, and that the CNMI and Guam only protect 0.22% and 0.14% of our local waters, respectively. No new marine protected areas have been created in the CNMI or Guam in nearly 20 years. In contrast, Governor Ige of Hawaii is committed to increasing Hawaiis coverage to 30%. In fact, much of the world is moving towards protecting 30% of the ocean.

That we are behind the Hawaiians and Samoans should not come as a surprise (We also lag behind the Palauans, Micronesians, and Marshallese). Scientific studies conducted in Guam and the CNMI over the last several years have found that our people have perceived declines in our ocean health. The same studies have shown that our people wan...

09:04

Australian banking giant Macquarie invests in energy storage system "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Business Green 12th Jan 2018, Connected Energy has secured a 3m investment from Australian banking giant Macquarie and French utility ENGIE to support the rollout of its
stationary storage system, it announced yesterday. The E-STOR system
offered by Connected Energy uses second-hand batteries from electric
vehicles (EVs), repurposing them into an energy storage system to help
homes and businesses cut energy costs and manage their power use more
effectively.
https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3024303/connected-energy-banks-gbp3m-investment-from-engie-and-macquarie

09:03

Mitt Romney Privately Confirms Intent To Run For Orrin Hatchs Utah Senate Seat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Mitt, you had your chance, time for some new blood. Via Washington Examiner: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has privately confirmed his intention to run for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, according to a report. Romney friend and business leader Kem Gardner told Utah Gov. Gary Herbert he []

09:03

Bugging Out Equipment List. WHAT & WHY. "IndyWatch Feed National"


I decided to post this because when I read lists of other peoples modern equipment for bugging out I often see items that I cant make sense of. Items that are NOT sustainable & seem of very little use. Some say well I use this until it breaks & then I throw it away. The problem with that is that this equipment has taken up room, added weight to the pack, can leave sign to track you by if you dont dispose of it properly, & meanwhile you could have used this space & weight to either carry a better piece of equipment, or you could have left it out & saved room & weight. If you can afford to throw it away, then you dont need it in the first place.
Anyway, here is my list. Please feel free to comment, different people sometimes see things in a different way & I like to hear other peoples point of view.
My Equipment List. WHAT & WHY.
.62 cal/20 gauge flintlock fusil. 42 inch barrel.
Why?  Large calibre smoothbore has a lot of knock down power with a round ball, very versatile using bird shot, buckshot, or round ball or a combination of any two of these, able to use other projectiles found in nature, only requires a siliceous rock for ignition which can be found in nature, the lock is easy to repair, if the lock breaks & there are no spare parts I can use it as a matchlock or tinderlock & keep using it, I can use the lock to make fire without the use of gunpowder, I can make my own black powder, I can retrieve spent lead from shot game & reuse it, I can mould my own round ball & shot.
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09:03

By accusing Russia of meddling in Mexican elections, US is doing just that "IndyWatch Feed World"

US National Security Advisor McMaster claimed that Russia is meddling in the upcoming Mexican elections. This explosive news was shared by Reuters, which in turn was reporting on a mid-December video of a speech that McMaster gave to the Jamestown Foundation and which was just posted on a Mexican journalist's Twitter account over the weekend. In it, one of the US' most influential security figures says in relation to the unsubstantiated claims of Russian interference in foreign elections that "you've seen, actually, initial signs of it in the Mexican presidential campaign already", but to Reuters' credit they added that he didn't elaborate on this afterwards and even cited an expert who remarked that "so far, it's just speculation". That said, Reuters attempted to propel the paranoia forward by remarking that the leftist populist-nationalist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, commonly known by his abbreviated initials as AMLO, is "seen by some analysts as the Kremlin's favorite, given the positive coverage he has received from government-funded media outlets like Sputnik and Russia Today", thus relying on the conspiracy theory that everything on Russia's publicly funded international media outlets is apparently aired on direct orders of the Kremlin, which isn't true at all. Nor, for that matter, is the inference in the report that Russia is backing AMLO because of its desire to sow problems between the US and Mexico.

09:00

Israel: Muslim becomes more religious, joins the Islamic State "IndyWatch Feed War"

The findings of the investigation indicated that between the years 2014 2015 Yusufs religious convictions have become stronger, as did his support for the Islamic state. What a coincidence! Surely Pope Francis and H.R. McMaster are on their way to Israel now to explain to Hassan Khaled Taher Shih Yusuf how he is misunderstanding []

09:00

09:00

Ambitious Democrats Decide How To Vote On The Republican FISA Bill "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Thanks to Schumer, Arizona won't have a good choice in November

On Thursday, after the FISA vote, we saw how the whole Republican wing of the Democratic Party abandoned the Democrats and voted with Trump and Paul Ryan to expand spying. There had been enough principled Republicans who refused to vote for the bill to have killed it had the Blue Dogs and New Dems not saved it.

Today lets look at it from teh perspective of Democrats itrying to move into other jobs and how they voted. First off wretched New Dem John Delaney (D-MD), a declared-- if ridiculous-- candidate for president. Delaney voted for more FISA spying. And he wants the Democratic nomination for president (of the United States). By the way, his overall Progressive Punch score is "F." Seth Moulton (D-MA) harbors some crazy idea that he's going to be drafted to run on the national ticket. His voting record scored an "F" from Progressive Punch.

Michelle Lujan Grisham was been a mediocre New Mexico congresswoman from a safe Albuquerque seat. (Her Progressive Punch score is also "F.") She's running for governor of New Mexico and she's the frontrunner for the nomination and the likely winner in November. She also wants more spying. The are two House members running for governor of Colorado, Ed Perlmutter (who sports an "F" Progressive Punch rating) and he voted for more spying and Jared Polis (who sports a Progressive Punch "D") and who voted against the Republican FISA bill.
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09:00

Better Things "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

They say this is the best TV show of the year. At least some people do. EW I think it was. Ive got a thing for Pamela Adlon. The way shes so little yet is willing to take up so much space. I noticed her on that old Louis CK Honeymooners style show on HBO,

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08:59

Where to Invade Next Popular Among North Korean Pirates "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Due to the public nature of BitTorrent transfers, its easy to see what a person behind a certain IP-address is downloading.

There are even entire sites dedicated to making this information public. This includes the I Know What You Download service weve covered in the past.

While the data are not complete or perfect, looking at the larger numbers provides some interesting insights. The site recently released its overview of the most downloaded titles in various categories per country, for example.

What stands out is that theres a lot of overlap between countries that seem vastly different.

Game of Thrones is the most downloaded TV show in America, but also in Iran, Mongolia, Uruguay, and Zambia. Other popular TV-shows in 2017, such as The Flash, The Big Bang Theory, and The Walking Dead also appear in the top ten in all these countries.

On the movie side, a similar picture emerges. Titles such as Wonder Woman, The Fate of the Furious, and Logan appear in many of the top tens. In fact, browsing through the result for various countries there are surprisingly little outliers.

The movie Prityazhenie does well in Russia and in India, Dangal is among the most pirated titles, but most titles appear globally. Even in North Korea, where Internet access is extremely limited, Game of Thrones is listed as the most downloaded TV-show.

However, North Korea also shows some odd results, perhaps because there are only a few downloads per day on average.

Browsing through the most downloaded movies we see that there are a lot of kids movies in the top ten, with Despicable Me as the top result, followed by Moana and Minions. The Hobbit trilogy also made it into the top ten.

12 most pirated movies in North Korea (2017)

The most eye-catching result, however, is...

08:59

If Ericsson and Its Patent Trolls (Like Avanci and Unwired Planet) Cannot Make It, the Patent Microcosm Will Perish "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Related: Ericsson Hired From the Worlds Largest Patent Troll and Became a Massive Troll in Europe

Ericsson troll

Summary: The demise of patent-asserting/patent assertion business models (trolling or enforcement by proxy) may see front groups/media supportive of it diminishing as well; this appears to be happening already

THE US Supreme Court did quite a lot in recent years in order to stave off patent maximalism. For that we are grateful. Last year it gave us TC Heartland, which is already having a profoundly positive effect.

Sites like IAM may soon ebb away. Theyre like lobbyists. Some sites like these already struggle (go silent or barely post anything new) because they rely on patent maximalism and trolls (which they promote).

Sites like IAM may soon ebb away.IP Bridge is the latest Japanese patent owner to join Avanci, IAM wrote some days ago, as JPO continues to mull SEP guidelines and here is the corresponding article. What the patent trolls lobby (IAM) failed to say is that Avanci is a troll, headed by a person whom IAM recently crowned personality of 2017 (as gross as that notion may be). Here is what IAM wrote:

I recently caught up with IP Bridge executive vice president and CIPO Duke Ogata and we talked through the funds decision to throw its lot in with Kasim Alfalahis team, and how it fits into their long-term strategy. He was very clear about what signal the decision should send to the market, both inside Japan and outside: IP Bridge has always tried to promote innovation in the Internet of Things. We dont want to be an obstacle to spreading or disseminating IoT technologies. That was our motivation to join.

IoT is just one of these...

08:58

Deadline: FBI has to turn over Comey's "classified" memos this week "IndyWatch Feed World"

A federal judge has ruled the FBI must turn over memos written by former FBI Director James Comey about a meeting with President Trump. The decision comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, which has been seeking the documents for months. The FBI has been ordered to turn over the documents by January 18, which is next week. "The court, in seeking to review the documents, shows it doesn't trust the FBI or Justice Department's representations about the infamous Comey memos. We hope now that Americans are one step closer to knowing the facts about these memos, which were written and leaked for pernicious purposes to target a sitting president with a criminal investigation," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. "It's high time they begin to see the light of day. We're glad the court followed up on our specific suggestion that it review the documents directly." Department of Justice attorneys, who are defending the FBI in the lawsuit, asked the court for the case to be dismissed. That request has been denied and Comey's memos must be turned over for review.

08:55

THE AUSTRALIAN reports on Queenslands long drought (not a mention of climate change) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Farmers in distress as devastating drought enters its sixth year  The Australian, January 15, 2018, RICK MORTON, Social Affairs reporter, Sydney @SquigglyRick

Almost five years after drought was last officially declared in Queensland, two-thirds of the state, or 120 million hectares, is in the grip of a dry so long and grinding that many who can afford to have forgotten it even exists.

At the end of last year, 35 council are...

08:55

The Real Bleep-Hole Moment$40 Trillion And Counting "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Real Bleep-Hole Moment$40 Trillion And Counting by David Stockman Contra Corner You can call it the bleep-hole moment (per the Fox family channel) or the shit-hole moment (per the rest of the MSM), but what you cant call yesterdays contretemps in the White...

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08:50

Flat-Earther gets rocket launch approval from US government and new lift off date "IndyWatch Feed World"

Flat-Earther 'Mad' Mike Hughes has set a new date to launch himself into orbit in a homemade rocket after his previous attempt was thwarted by a US federal agency. The rocket jump is intended to promote Hughes' much more ambitious venture of traveling to the edge of space in a bid to prove the Earth is actually flat. The limousine driver and self described daredevil revealed on his Facebook page that he will carry out the vertical rocket launch on February 3 from the originally intended location of Amboy, California.

08:49

Australias extreme heat here to stay. #ClimateChange #StopAdani #Auspol jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How Australias extreme heat might be here to stay By Adam Morton Hobart A section of highway connecting Sydney and Melbourne started to melt. DRIVERS were being urged to take caution while heading towards Melbourne on the Hume Highway. A stretch of the road began to melt at Broadford in hot weather on Friday afternoon. []

via Australias extreme heat here to stay. #ClimateChange #StopAdani #Auspol jpratt27

08:48

Major Right-Wing Newspaper Makes An Absolute Idiot Of Trump For Calling Them Fake News (VIDEO) Addicting Info | The Knowledge You Crave

Trump Wall Street Journal Fake News

Earlier today, Donald Trump decided to accuse the not-at-all liberal Wall Street Journal of fabricating a quote, even going so far as to call them fake news, because thats the epithet he uses whenever the media makes him look bad:

WSJ, however, decided to defend themselves and delivered a quick, harsh blow to Donald Fake News Trumphole over it. While Trump is busy gloating that they recorded the meeting so that the media couldnt lie, the WSJ was releasing said audio, which proves to be a very stark reminder of just how much the man lies:

08:48

#PoweringPastCoal #StopAdani #auspol #qldpol jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The We Mean Business coalition urges forward-looking companies to sign the declaration of the Powering Past Coal Alliance and back the powerful signal sent by more than 25 countries, states and regions that coals time has passed. At COP23, the UK and Canada, alongside Costa Rica, Fiji, France, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, New Zealand, Oregon, Quebec []

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08:47

Chelsea Manning to run for US Senate "IndyWatch Feed World"

Chelsea Manning, who leaked Army documents and was to 35 years in prison has walked free after her sentence was commuted by former president Barack Obama. (U.S. Army via AP, File)

Chelsea Manning intends to run for the US Senate in Maryland, returning the transgender former soldier to the spotlight after her conviction for leaking classified documents and her early release from military prison.

Manning, 30, filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, listing an apartment in North Bethesda as her address.

She is running as a Democrat and will likely challenge two-term Senator Ben Cardin in the primary.

The states senior senator is an overwhelming favourite to win.Known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest, the former Army intelligence analyst was convicted of leaking more than 700,000 military and State Department documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Shes been hailed as a traitor as well as a courageous hero.

Manning came out as transgender after being sentenced to 35 years in prison.

President Barack Obama granted Manning clemency before leaving office last year.

Manning would not be the first transgender candidate to challenge a sitting member of Congress.

Kristin Beck, a retired Navy SEAL who is transgender, failed to unseat US Congressman. Steny Hoyer in Marylands Democratic Primary in 2016.

Beck got 12 per cent of the vote.

It was too much for me to run for Congress, Beck said in a phone interview Saturday.

I should have run for something lower. She might as well be running for president.

Beck said Manning is pulling a publicity stunt.

I totally, 100 per cent disagree with everything she did, Beck said.

Shes just grabbing headlines. I know what that feels like. Ive been in the headlines. You get a sense that youre worthy and doing something that counts. And when you lose that, you try to do something to grab a headline.

Manning was held at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she attempted suicide twice, according to her lawyers.

Obamas decision to commute Mannings sentence to about seven years drew strong criticism from members...

08:46

Erie in Pennsylvania on pace for snowiest season with 136.5 of snowfall so far this winter "IndyWatch Feed World"

Snow. Something Erie, PA is probably tired of talking about this season. In fact, the city is on pace for the record snowiest season on record. So far this winter season, the city has received 136.5 of snowfall...an incredible 88 more than a normal year. The city was clobbered with more than 60 of snow in a single lake effect snow event in December, prompting a state of emergency for the city. December, by far, was the big player in the seasonal snow, with nearly 121 in that month alone!

08:46

Five Ways Schools Destroy Childrens Freedom (And What To Do About It) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Jennifer Lade

Parenting for Freedom article series: This is the fourth in a series of articles that analyzes how freedom-loving people can align their parenting with their political philosophy, and how doing so will allow ideas about personal liberty to carry on to the next generation.

If youre a freedom-loving parent, youre probably doing all you can to give your children autonomy in their own lives. Youre treating them well in the present. But youre also looking to the long-term goals of raising self-reliant adults who desire freedom for themselves and others. When your kids are with you, you treat them with respect and love.

But what other influence is undermining your message?

The answer: institutionalized schooling.

By their very design, schools restrict the freedoms of individuals to encourage conformity and obedience. Our public school model has its origin in Prussia, the defunct German kingdom that promoted universal schooling beginning in the late 17th century. The goal was not education, but social engineering. Dr. Peter Gray, a research professor of psychology at Boston College, wrote in his book, Free to Learn:

The primary educational concern of leaders in government and industry was not to make people literate, but to gain control over what people read, what they thought, and how they behaved. Secular leaders in education promoted the idea that if the state controlled the schools, and if children were required by law to attend those schools, then the state could shape each new generation of citizens into ideal patriots and workers. (p. 60)

Throughout the 19th century, countries across Europe enacted compulsory education in state-run institutions. In America, it all started in my home state of Massachusetts with Horace Mann. In 1852 he led the charge to require attendance in free community schools for all...

08:45

#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #streetphotography #blackandwhite... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



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08:43

Palestine leader to Trump: Shame on you "IndyWatch Feed World"

Palestines President

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

says US President Donald Trump should be ashamed of himself for his handling of Mideast peace efforts.

In a fiery speech to the Palestinian Central Council, a decision-making body, on Sunday, Abbas criticised Trump and his policies toward the Palestinians, including his recognition last month of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

Abbas said shame on you for Trumps claim that the Palestinians refuse to negotiate. He says the Palestinians remain committed to negotiations, but are ready to reject what they fear will be an unfair proposal from the White House.

The rhetoric reflects the strained relations between the Palestinians and the Trump administration.

The Palestinians view his Jerusalem declaration as having destroyed his credibility as a Mideast peace broker.

Meanwhile the Trump administration is reportedly preparing to withhold tens of millions of dollars from the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, cutting the years first contribution by more than half or perhaps entirely, and making additional donations contingent on major changes to the organisation, according to US officials.

Trump hasnt made a final decision, but appears more likely to send only $US60 million ($A84 million) of the planned $US125 million first instalment to the UN Relief and Works Agency, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Future contributions would require the agency, facing heavy Israeli criticism, to demonstrate significant changes in operations, they said, adding that one suggestion under consideration would require the Palestinians to first re-enter peace talks with Israel.

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08:41

Becoming Your Authentic Self Does Not Involve Finding Happiness "IndyWatch Feed World"

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Albert Camus

Feeling good all the time is great and it would be awesome if we could all he happy all the time. That being said, life doesnt work like that. Happiness is not something to be found, it comes from within.

In life, we all need to be more focused on becoming the best versions of ourselves that we can possibly be. In becoming the best possible versions of ourselves, happiness will come. You cannot become truly happy by being so self-oriented all the time.

There is a lot to be gained through experiencing emotions other than happiness. We need to feel sadness, anger, and other things of the sort. There is a power in the negativity that can be turned into something positive.

When we suppress the bad things that happen in life we are not allowing ourselves to feel the things we need to feel. Sometimes things need to tear us apart to help build us up. Everything happens for a reason, even the bad things.

Rather than focusing on forcing happiness on ourselves, we have to work to transform the negative things into positive things. We have to look for the meaning behind everything to better ourselves. There is so much to learn from pain.

Happiness and the pursuit of happiness are not all that people make it out to be. We should not be pursuing happiness, we should be experiencing all that we can. There is no sense in trying to force yourself to feel a way that you do not feel. Happiness will come when you least expect it.

Once we truly give up the pursuit of happiness we can truly begin becoming who we were meant to be. Let go of any and everything that does not serve you. Free yourself and focus on becoming better. Help others and in doing that, help yourself.

One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.
Shannon L. Alder

08:41

Surfers more likely to carry E.coli in gut "IndyWatch Feed World"

Surfers are three times more likely to have antibiotic resistant E. coli in their guts than non-surfers, a study has revealed.

Surfers swallow 10 times more sea water than sea swimmers, and scientists wanted to find out if that made them more vulnerable to bacteria that pollute seawater, and whether those bacteria are resistant to an antibiotic.

The Beach Bums study saw a team at the University of Exeter ask 300 people, half of whom regularly surf the UKs coastline, to take rectal swabs.

They then compared the faecal samples to assess whether the surfers guts contained E. coli bacteria that were able to grow in the presence of cefotaxime, an antibiotic used to treat a number of bacterial infections.

Cefotaxime has previously been prescribed to kill off these bacteria, but some have acquired genes that enable them to survive this treatment.

The study, published in the journal Environment International, found that 13 of 143 (9 per cent) of surfers were colonised by these resistant bacteria, compared with four out of 130 (3 per cent) of non-surfers swabbed.

That meant that the bacteria would continue to grow even if treated with cefotaxime.Researchers also found that regular surfers were four times as likely to harbour bacteria that contain mobile genes that make bacteria resistant to the antibiotic.

They said this was significant because the genes can be passed between bacteria, potentially spreading the ability to resist antibiotic treatment between bacteria.

Last year the World Health Organisation described antimicrobial resistance as a global health emergency, with health experts warning that resistance to antimicrobial drugs could cause a bigger threat to mankind than cancer.

Despite extensive operations to clean up coastal waters and beaches, bacteria which are potentially harmful to humans still enters the coastal environment through sewage and waste pollution from sources including water run-off from farm crops treated with manure.

The study authors demonstrated the prevalence of cefotaxime-resistant E. coli in UK bathing waters as well as the prevalence of the mobile resistance gene that make bacteria cefotaxime resistant.

They estimated that more than 2.5 million water sports sessions occurred in England and Wales in 2015 which involved ingestion of E. coli bacteria harbouring these mobile resistance genes.

The problem of antimicrobial resistance has largely focused on the prescribing of antibiotics and their use, but they said increasing priority is being placed on the role of the environment in spreading the problem in addition to transmission within hospitals, between people and via food.

The post...

08:39

8 Ways to Shift the Energy in Your Home in the Right Direction "IndyWatch Feed World"

We are surrounded by energies in every area of our lives, impacting our decisions, feelings, emotions, and ability to succeed in all that we do. By controlling the energies that we allow ourselves to be exposed to, we can, ultimately, work to influence our lives on a great scale.

The Law of Attraction states that what we focus on and put out into the world we will receive back in return. When looking at energy, if you embody negative energies, putting negativity out into the world, you will receive negativity in response. Conversely, if you make the effort to ensure that you are surrounding your self in positivity, and sending positivity out into the world, you will be blessed with positive energy in return. The deciding factor is you, and the effort you are willing to put into it.

Source: New Moon Beginnings

 

While we cant always control the energies that others are bringing into our lives, we can decide which energy we will allow to take residence. By actively banishing negative energy from our homes, workspaces as well as from ourselves, we can make room to welcome positivity in its place.

Cleanse your home of negative energies using these 8 techniques:

#1 Crystals

The use of healing crystals is well documented over the years. Each type of stone or crystal carries its own healing ability, allowing the practitioner to heal ailments, banish negativity, attract positivity and protect yourself and your loved ones. Some well-known crystals for banishing negativity include jade, amethyst, quartz, citrine, and amber. These crystals can be worn in the form of jewelry, or placed in the room that you are looking to cleanse.

#2 Rearrange Furniture

If a large item of furniture remains in one place...

08:38

Baby brain does exist: Australian study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Baby brain does indeed exist and particularly affects women during the third trimester of pregnancy, Australian researchers have found.

The study shows baby brain is a significant phenomenon that mainly manifests as minor memory lapses such as forgetting appointments.

Deakin University researchers analysed 20 studies, finding overall cognitive functioning was poorer in pregnant women than in non-pregnant women.

The general cognitive functioning, memory and executive functioning performance of pregnant women is significantly lower than in non-pregnant women, both overall and particularly during the third trimester, they concluded.

The differences primarily develop during the first trimester and are consistent with recent findings of long-term reductions in brain grey matter volume during pregnancy.

The study published in the Medical Journal of Australia found memory performance declined during the early stages of pregnancy, but the decline either slowed or stopped from mid-pregnancy.

The magnitude of changes in overall cognition and memory during the third trimester is not only statistically but also clinically significant, the authors said.

The study authors say more research is needed to determine the impact of baby brain on the quality of life and everyday functioning of pregnant women.

These findings need to be interpreted with caution, particularly as the declines were statistically significant, but performance remained within the normal ranges of general cognitive functioning and memory, Associate Professor Linda Byrne said.

Dr Melissa Hayden said the small reductions in performance across their pregnancy will be noticeable to the women themselves and perhaps those close to them.

She says they mainly manifest as minor memory lapses like forgetting, or failing, to book medical appointments, but that more significant consequences such as reduced job performance or impaired ability to navigate complex tasks, are less likely.

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08:36

And Speaking of Banned and Challenged Books "IndyWatch Feed War"

Posted on January 13, 2018  by Richard Edmondson A few days ago I posted an article about childrens books by Jewish authors, a disproportionately high number of which were found by Andrew Joyce, the writer of the article, to have been included on a list of banned and challenged books that is yearly maintained by the American Library Association []

08:35

Greens to push Australia Day date change "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Greens are pushing to change the date of Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

The Greens are actively throwing their support behind the campaign to change the date of Australia Day.

Greens councillors across the country who launch local campaigns to move the January 26 date have been told they can count on the full support and resources of the national party.

All Australians want a day on which we can come together and to celebrate our wonderfully diverse, open and free society but January 26 is not that day, Greens leader Richard Di Natale told Fairfax Media on Sunday.

Its time that we stop papering over an issue that for 200 years has been so divisive and painful for so many of our citizens.

Indigenous leaders have been pushing for the change in recent years, saying January 26 marks the date the First Fleet landed in Sydney Cove in 1788, marking the beginning of British colonisation.

However, there is a great deal of resistance from different quarters to the move, including from the Turnbull government.

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08:32

China demolishes megachurch for permit violations "IndyWatch Feed World"

Chinese authorities have demolished a well-known Christian megachurch, inflaming long-standing tensions between religious groups and the Communist Party. Witnesses and overseas activists said the paramilitary People's Armed Police used dynamite and excavators to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church, which has a congregation of more than 50,000, in the city of Linfen in Shaanxi province. ChinaAid, a US-based Christian advocacy group, said local authorities planted explosives in an underground worship hall to demolish the building following, constructed with nearly $2.6m (1.9m) in contributions from local worshippers in one of China's poorest regions. The church had faced "repeated persecution" by the Chinese government, said ChinaAid. Hundreds of police and hired thugs smashed the building and seized Bibles in an earlier crackdown in 2009 that ended with the arrest of church leaders. Comment: We assume ChinaAid must have had access to their pay-stubs.

08:30

Book Review Of The Day Cicero trilogy Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

You can help. Send your book review to books@whaleoil.co.nz and we will put it up when it is your turn. The Whaleoil Book Club is a compilation of recommended books from readers This holiday season we are going to review approximately one book per day so that it gives people a chance to do their []

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08:30

Complete 20 For 20 Silver Coin Set: Filling The Case! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Complete 20 For 20 Silver Coin Set: Filling The Case! Video Salivate Metal Video Source

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08:30

Moby Says CIA Agents Asked Him to Spread Word About Trump, Russia. Wait, Moby? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ah yeah, sure. And if it were true, that would mean that the CIA was acting improperly and running rogue to try to harm Trump with information the FBI has said they cannot verify. Via Daily Wire: Mobys in the house. And the house is rocking. The electronic dance music songster also known as []

08:24

UAE says Qatari royal leaves after claim he was being detained "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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UAE says Abdullah left country 'without any obstruction' but provides no details on his destination

08:17

US Plan To Create Kurdish Dominated Border Security Force In Syria "IndyWatch Feed World"

The coalition led by the United States is planning to create a Border Security Force in Syria using up to 30,000 personnel dominated by Kurdish SDF militias. Turkey, which is already angry over Washingtons strong support [...]

08:14