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Wednesday, 21 September


For First Time in U.S., Electrical Power Produced by Ocean’s Waves Feeds a Power Grid "IndyWatch Feed"

By Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press


KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — Off the coast of Hawaii, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity.


The current travels through an undersea cable for a mile to a military base, where it feeds into Oahu's power grid — the first wave-produced electricity to go online in the U.S.


By some estimates, the ocean's endless motion packs enough power to meet a quarter of America's energy needs and dramatically reduce the nation's reliance on oil, gas and coal. But wave energy technology lags well behind wind and solar power, with important technical hurdles still to be overcome.


To that end, the Navy has established a test site in Hawaii, with hopes the technology can someday be used to produce clean, renewable power for offshore fueling stations for the fleet and provide electricity to coastal communities in fuel-starved places around the world.


"More power from more places translates to a more agile, more flexible, more capable force," Joseph Bryan, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy, said during an event at the site. "So we're always looking for new ways to power the mission."


Hawaii would seem a natural site for such technology. As any surfer can tell you, it is blessed with powerful waves. The island state also has the nation's highest electricity costs — largely because of its heavy reliance on oil delivered by sea — and has a legislative mandate to get 100 percent of its energy from renewables by 2045.


Still, it could be five to 10 years before wave energy technology can provide an affordable alternative to fossil fuels, experts say.


For one thing, developers are still working to come up with the best design. Some buoys capture the up-and-down motion of the waves, while others exploit the side-to-side movement. Industry experts say a machine that uses all the ocean's movements is most likely to succeed.


Also, the machinery has to be able to withstand powerful storms, the constant pounding of the seas and the corrosive effects of saltwater.


"You've got to design something that can stay in the water for a long time but be able to survive," said Patrick Cross, specialist at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, which helps run the test site.


The U.S. has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions by one-third from 2005 levels by 2030, and many states are seeking to develop more renewable energy in the coming decades.


Jose Zayas, a director of the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office at the U.S. Energy Department, which helps fund the Hawaii site, said the United States could get 20 to 28 percent of its energy needs from waves without encroaching on sensitive waters such as marine preserves.


"When you think about all of the states that have water along their coasts ... there's quite a bit of wave energy potential," he said.


Wave energy technology is at about the same stage as the solar and wind industries were in the 1980s. Both received substantial government investment and tax credits that helped them become energy sources cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels.


But while the U.S. government and military have put...


Public Disclosure of Medical Treatment Trial Results Now Ensured by New Federal Rules "IndyWatch Feed"

By Associated Press


The Obama administration is publishing new rules (pdf) that promise to help doctors and patients learn if clinical trials of treatments worked or not.


At issue is how to help people find medical studies that may be appropriate for them — and then to make the results public so that successes can reach patients more quickly and what fails isn't duplicated.


Many clinical trials make news as they're published in scientific journals, and federal law requires reporting the results of certain studies on a government website, But too often, that reporting doesn't happen, especially the failures. In June, Vice President Joe Biden cited concern that such secrecy was stifling cancer progress.


One analysis of 400 studies involving a variety of diseases found 30 percent hadn't disclosed results within four years of completion.


"That's clearly unacceptable," said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.


On Friday, federal health officials released updated rules making clear exactly what kinds of studies must be listed on the website so potential participants can consider enrolling, and which ones must post the results by certain deadlines.


"It does in fact have some teeth," Collins added. Researchers that don't meet the requirements for reporting results may face fines or lose taxpayer grants.


The long-awaited rules change takes effect Jan. 18.


To Learn More:

Clinical Trials Registration and Results Information Submission: Final Rule (National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services) (pdf)

Drug Companies Push Bill to Deemphasize Random Trials in Approving New Drugs (by Noel Brinkerhoff and Steve Straehley, AllGov)

Doctors Accuse Pharma Firm of Withholding Data on Drug Said to Increase Heart Attack Risk (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

A Third of All U.S. Clinical Drug Trial Results Remain Unpublished after 5 Years (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

FDA Warns that Testing Company Falsified Data for 5 Years (by David Wallechinsky, AllGov)


UK: Financial fraud soars "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

More than 1 million incidents of financial fraud – payment card, remote banking and cheque fraud – occurred in the first six months of 2016, according to official figures released by Financial Fraud Action UK. To compare, in the first six months of 2015 there were a little over 660,000 cases. “Banks and other financial service providers work hard to protect their customers, using highly sophisticated security systems. Last year, banks stopped £7 in £10 … More


858 Immigrants with Pending Deportation Orders Accidentally Granted U.S. Citizenship "IndyWatch Feed"

By Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday.


The Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren't caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.


DHS said in an emailed statement that an initial review of these cases suggest that some of the individuals may have ultimately qualified for citizenship, and that the lack of digital fingerprint records does not necessarily mean they committed fraud.


The report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but Inspector General John Roth's auditors said they were all from "special interest countries" — those that present a national security concern for the United States — or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. The report did not identify those countries.


DHS said the findings reflect what has long been a problem for immigration officials — old paper-based records containing fingerprint information that can't be searched electronically. DHS says immigration officials are in the process of uploading these files and that officials will review "every file" identified as a case of possible fraud.


Roth's report said fingerprints are missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not reviewed about 148,000 of those immigrants' files to add fingerprints to the digital record.


The gap was created because older, paper records were never added to fingerprint databases created by both the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service and the FBI in the 1990s. ICE, the DHS agency responsible for finding and deporting immigrants living in the country illegally, didn't consistently add digital fingerprint records of immigrants whom agents encountered until 2010.


The government has known about the information gap and its impact on naturalization decisions since at least 2008 when a Customs and Border Protection official identified 206 immigrants who used a different name or other biographical information to gain citizenship or other immigration benefits, though few cases have been investigated.


Roth's report said federal prosecutors have accepted two criminal cases that led to the immigrants being stripped of their citizenship. But prosecutors declined another 26 cases. ICE is investigating 32 other cases after closing 90 investigations.


ICE officials told auditors that the agency hadn't pursued many of these cases in the past because federal prosecutors "generally did not accept immigration benefits fra...


U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Combat Lucrative Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Trade "IndyWatch Feed"

By Matthew Daly, Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a bill to boost efforts to combat illegal wildlife poaching and trafficking, a growing problem worldwide with an estimated cost of up to $10 billion a year.


The measure is aimed at protecting a variety of animals, from lions, elephants and rhinos to exotic birds and sharks. It supports ongoing work of a presidential task force on wildlife trafficking and directs U.S. agencies to work with countries affected by wildlife crime, such as the 2015 killing of Cecil the lion by an American during an illegal hunt in Zimbabwe. It also gives prosecutors more tools to go after individuals involved in trophy hunting and other crimes.


The measure, sponsored by Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., was approved unanimously late Thursday. The senators have traveled together to several African countries and have pushed for the bill since last year.


Coons said he was disturbed by news reports that African elephant population has shrunk by 30 percent since 2007, primarily due to poaching.


"Not only are iconic wildlife species in grave danger of disappearing, but wildlife trafficking also fuels well-organized criminal networks, threatening global security," Coons said.


"Imperiled animals are slaughtered for no reason other than money, and innocent human lives are lost in the process. We cannot wait any longer to use every tool at our disposal to curb this global crisis," he said.


Flake, chairman of a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa, called the fight against wildlife poaching and trafficking "something on which we can all agree." He urged the House to approve the bill and send it to President Barack Obama for his signature.


Ginette Hemley, senior vice president of wildlife conservation for the World Wildlife Fund, called the bill "a timely signal to international leaders that the U.S. continues to be serious about cracking down on wildlife crime."


The bill helps ensure a unified approach by the U.S. government as it works with countries around the word to combat wildlife crime, she said.


To Learn More:

U.S. Wildlife Officials Burn $1 Million Worth of Rhino Horns in Symbolic Ceremony against Poaching (by Sean Duffy, Courthouse News Service)

U.S. Hasn’t Been Able to Stop Animal Smuggling Trade (by Elizabeth Warmerdam, Courthouse News Service)



Missouri Lawmakers Loosen Gun Laws, Back Voter ID Rules "IndyWatch Feed"

By Summer Ballentine and David A. Lieb, Associated Press


JEFFERON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature used its supermajority Wednesday to significantly loosen the state's gun laws and potentially tighten its voting requirements as lawmakers overrode numerous vetoes of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.


The sweeping guns legislation would allow most adults to carry concealed weapons without needing a permit while also expanding people's right to defend themselves both in public and private places. The elections law change would require people to show a government-issued photo ID at the polls starting in 2017, if voters also approve a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot.


Both measures passed with more than the required two-thirds majority in each chamber as Republicans shut off Democratic discussion and enacted the laws on largely party-line votes.


Lawmakers overrode 13 vetoes Wednesday while adding to Nixon's record as the most overridden governor in Missouri history, a distinction made possible by an era of extreme political division in the Capitol. Heading into Wednesday, lawmakers had successfully overridden Nixon on 83 bills and budget expenditures over his two terms in office — nearly four times more overrides than the combined total for all other governors dating back to 1820 when Missouri was still a territory.


Nixon vetoed about two dozen measures this year, including ones already overridden this spring blocking pay raises for home-care workers and changing the state's school funding requirements.


Among the additional bills overridden Wednesday is one charging fees ranging from $5 to $20 to Medicaid patients who repeatedly miss doctors' appointments. But it's uncertain whether that law actually can take effect, because a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says federal regulations don't allow such fees.


The votes occurred as many lawmakers are campaigning for re-election in November.


"I think a lot of the things that we've done today will resonate in the election in a very positive way," House Speaker Todd Richardson said.


The guns legislation prompted some of the most intense debate Wednesday.


Democrats asserted it could put racial minorities at a greater risk of being fatally shot.


"The targets in our area are black boys, not pheasants," said Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who represents Ferguson, where sometimes violent protests broke out after the fatal police shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014. The white officer was cleared of wrongdoing by state and federal investigations.


"What I don't want to get to is the point where there is a trigger-happy police officer or bad Samaritan like Zimmerman who says, 'Black boy in the hood. Skittles. Let's shoot,'" Chappelle-Nadal said, a reference to Trayvon Martin, a black 17-year-old who was walking back from a Florida convenience store after buying ice tea and Skittles when he was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012.


Republican said such fears of greater gun violence are misguided.


"The basis of this whole bill is that it a...


HDDCryptor ransomware uses open source tools to thoroughly own systems "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

HDDCryptor (aka Mamba) is a particularly destructive piece of ransomware that encrypts files in mounted drives and network shares, locks the computers’ hard disk, and overwrites their boot disk MBR. This last action leaves the systems unable to boot up, and makes the ransom note appear: The malware uses Netpass, a legitimate tool for recovering all network passwords stored on the system for the current logged-on user, to connect to networked folders and encrypt their … More


Voluntary certification standards have far to go, say experts "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]n expert assessment of a globally popular alternative to regulation - voluntary certification standards systems - has found that results are not always effective. Of the increasing number of voluntary certification standards (VCS) for materials in forestry, palm oil, and fisheries, many are proving ineffective at achieving comprehensive protection and conservation of biodiversity. Scientists with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) explored why the effectiveness of VCS systems are getting such mixed reviews. In a collected publication of 10 peer-reviewed papers, “Policy Matters: Certification and biodiversity – How voluntary certification standards impact biodiversity and human livelihoods”, the scientists investigated the impact of VCS in protecting biodiversity and people dependent on nature. Compiled from authors with expertise in the certification field, Policy Matters was released on Sept. 4 during the IUCN World Conservation Congress. The congress is held once every four years. “After decades of developing certification schemes to protect the environment and ensure better conditions for producers, these standards still lack a comprehensive framework that takes account of biodiversity and the cultural diversity of the people who most depend on these resources,” said Diana Shand, co-coordinator of the Policy Matters editorial team in a statement. Shand also chairs the IUCN’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)’s Theme on Social and Accountability of the Private Sector. The study was led by Pavel Castka, a CEESP member from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and Danna Leaman, a member of the Plant Conservation Sub-Committee of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and…


∞ Making a guitar The Loop

This is absolutely fascinating.


An “Update” for the Order "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a child- I was designed to be a shell. So that when the day came when I was needed- I could house what was to inhabit me. But Shamanism showed me how to transform myself from a shell into a DOORWAY. And I have opened that which can never be shut. How do you fight someone who can go on the other side- seek out your victims- and enlist them to completely fuck you? Because THAT is EXACTLY what I have done. And since the doorway is ALWAYS open and NEVER shut- they are able to come and go at will- with the one provision that they are too inflict as much pain and humiliation upon you as possible. Let me remind all of you that what you are fighting are PRINCIPALITIES- and this just happens to involve ALL OF HEAVEN. You are all completely fucked- and the most humorous aspect in all this for me is that YOU ALL KNOW IT! Mean- manipulative- overbearing- with no idea how fucking stupid sons of bitches you all really are. Deny what you taught me all you want- it will not change the truth. And it CERTAINLY won’t change the fact that I am going to completely fuck you in more ways than you could ever imagine- AND HAVE ALREADY.


∞ Apple’s jet black iPhone 7 Plus perfect storm The Loop

In yesterday’s Barrons blog:

The most bullish note today is from John Donovan and Steve Mullane of BlueFin Research Partners, who had written on the topic a week ago.

The authors today write that Apple is “frantically asking component suppliers to pull in deliveries in a mad rush to deliver incremental iPhone 7 units by year end,” citing higher-than-expected for the new device.

From the referenced BlueFin report:

Demand for the jet black model has been red hot, with speculators in China paying as much as $2,300 according to our checks. Last week we mentioned an almost TMZ-like reporting environment surrounding the Samsung Note 7 saga. The videos of autombiles catching fire while airports and TSA posting warnings about the Galaxy Note 7 will not fade from consumers memory anytime soon, in our view. AAPL is primed to swoop in and take full advantage and is pressuring the entire component base in an effort to ensure product is at the ready.

Samsung’s stumble, the double camera, and a hot new jet black finish created a perfect storm for Apple.


CNET’s ultimate Apple iPhone quiz The Loop

Ultimate? No. But interesting? Yes. I found a few of these questions to be challenging. And one of the answers was just plain wrong. See if you can spot the error. It’s me being picky, but I think you’ll agree the proffered answer is technically wrong.

Update: There are actually two errors. One was obvious and current, and one goes back a ways. Head over to the comments for the reveal.

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Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus pre-orders shipping sooner than expected The Loop

Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors:

Many customers who pre-ordered a Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus received shipping estimates ranging into October and November, but it appears Apple is working hard to overcome supply constraints and get shipments out earlier than expected.

Starting this morning, MacRumors began hearing reports from customers who originally had deliveries scheduled for a month or two out but will now be receiving their devices over the course of the next few days.

No early delivery love for my iPhone 7 Plus, at least not yet. Holding out hope, though. Glad to see this bit of news.

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Find your missing Apple Watch The Loop

Andrew Leavitt, writing for 17 Orbits:

Starting in 2010 Mobile Me enabled you to hunt down your missing iPhone (or iPad) with the Find My iPhone app. In 2011 OSX Lion added ‘Find My Mac’ to the mix. Beginning this week watchOs 3 enables iCloud to locate your misplaced Apple Watch.


Until now real-time geolocation was only possible if your missing Apple Watch and iPhone were in Bluetooth range or on the same WiFi network. Since the watch does not have its own cellular signal that would seem to limit location tracking to within 10 meters or your home WiFi. Once out of range, however, iCloud now kicks in and reports the watch’s present location by GPS or WiFi triangulation. If the watch is turned off the last known location is reported. Accuracy is enhanced because the Apple Watch can still connect to previously known WiFi on its own (even when phone is physically far away).

Read the post and give it a try. You can track your Apple Watch (along with all your other Apple devices) and play a never ending (until you tap Dismiss) sound on your Apple Watch. Great for finding it when it slid between the couch cushions or when you are challenged, unwillingly, to a morning game of find your gear.

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How millions of trees brought a broken landscape back to life "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The Doctor Behind Autism MMR Vaccine Controversy Speaks Out "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 21st, 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World Dr. Andrew Wakefield is largely known for the firestorm created by his 1998 Lancet paper, which found evidence of a possible association between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, inflammatory bowel disease and autism. Critics of Dr. Wakefield are quick to point out ...Continue Reading - The Doctor Behind Autism MMR Vaccine Controversy Speaks Out


Get Started Writing Web Apps with Node.js: Using the All Powerful NPM "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Get Started Writing Web Apps with Node.js: Using the All Powerful NPM


Why a Healthy Gut is Essential to Your Wellbeing – and How to Restore It! "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 21st, 2016 By Katrin Geist Contributing writer for Wake Up World Shit Happens, Easily ⏠Or Does It? It may come as a surprise: your intestines play a vital role in your good health. If somethingâŹ"s amiss there, youâŹ"ll know it. Sometimes malfunction expresses as mere inconvenience, other times it points to severe imbalance ...Continue Reading - Why a Healthy Gut is Essential to Your Wellbeing ⏠and How to Restore It!


Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 21st, 2016 By Sayer Ji Contributing writer for Wake Up World According to the FDAâŹ"s legal definition, a drug is anything that âŹSdiagnoses, cures, mitigates, treats, or prevents a disease.âŹÂ The problem with this definition is that there are numerous substances, as readily available and benign as found on our spice racks, which have been ...Continue Reading - Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances

Tuesday, 20 September


∞ Before you install macOS Sierra The Loop

Theoretically, sometime later today, Apple will officially release macOS Sierra. One way to tell is to fire up the Mac App Store. I suspect Apple will make it big and obvious, with macOS Sierra presence right there on the front page. You can also type macOS Sierra in the search field or tap on the Updates tab to see what’s new.

[Read the main post for thoughts on getting ready…]


Review: Boxcryptor "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Storing your data in the cloud comes with both positive and negative aspects. Boxcryptor is a solution that helps with this by encrypting your data on your device before it gets synchronized to the cloud storage provider of your choice. Zero-knowledge encryption Boxcryptor is a zero-knowledge service provider, as all the private and sensitive information is always stored in an encrypted form and protected by the user’s password, which is never sent to the company … More


What’s new in the Maps app for iOS 10 The Loop

Serenity Caldwell digs into the iOS 10 Maps app, focusing on the new look, search improvements, directions, and finding your parked car. Definitely worth a read.

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Identity and personal data theft account for 64% of all data breaches "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Data breaches increased 15% in the first six months of 2016 compared to the last six months of 2015, according to Gemalto. Worldwide, there were 974 reported data breaches and more than 554 million compromised data records in the first half of 2016, compared to 844 data breaches and 424 million compromised data records in the previous six months. In addition, 52% percent of the data breaches in the first half of this year did … More


Jean-Louis Gassée: Apple’s debt to bloggers The Loop

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note:

For months, tech bloggers declared that the upcoming iPhone 7 would be boring, lacking creativity, a flop waiting to happen. “So unless something crazy happens in the next few months, the iPhone 7 will look and feel a lot like the 6s.”

Steve Kovach, The iPhone 7 is going to be boring, Tech Insider


Unprayed for but a godsend nonetheless, the months of deprecation lowered expectations for the unborn iPhone 7. One could say that the pundits did for Apple what the company should have done on its own: Underpromise as an easy path to overdelivery.

With this response to Steve Kovach:

Yes, something crazy did happen, and it was right under your nose: The widely rumored dual camera. Apple did underpromise and overdeliver, after all…

Great piece by Jean-Louis, covering Steve Jobs’ rollout of the original iPhone, the resulting devastation of the camera market, and other musings.

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Syria Solidarity Movement Statement on the US Attack against the Syrian Army at Deir ez-Zour "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Syria Solidarity Movement unequivocally condemns and denounces the vicious US bombing attack on the Syrian army defending Deir ez-Zour, and we wish to make the following observations.

The attack killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded more than 100. This is larger than the number of casualties inflicted in any US bombing on any terrorist target in Syria since the US announced its "war on ISIS".

The bombing inflicted no known casualties on ISIS, which the US says was its intended target.

The US has produced no evidence that it notified its Russian counterparts, as required by agreement. In fact, joint action against ISIS was not expected for another two days. This leads to suspicions that the US attack was intended to preempt the provisions of the agreement.

Syrian soldiers report seeing reconnaissance drones the previous day.

ISIS fighters were poised to begin fighting the Syrian army units as soon as the US bombing raids ended. How did they know what constituted the end of the bombing?

Although the Russian military presence in Syria is legal because it came at the invitation of the sovereign Syrian state, the US presence is illegal and was never approved, either by the Syrian government or by the United Nations. All US military actions in Syria therefore constitute an illegal invasion of Syrian territory, and must end now.

We find the US explanation of "unintended" targets, and especially the belligerent performance of Ambassador Samantha Power at the United Nations Security Council, to be false, disingenuous and counterproductive. The only credible explanation is that the US attack on Deir ez-Zour was intentional. The US has never seriously tried to fight ISIS other than to defend Kurdish fighters, with rare and largely ineffectual attacks against ISIS fighters in their strongholds, and none during the ISIS campaign against Palmyra, when they were very vulnerable by air.

We believe that the US intention is to dismember the sovereign Syrian state, and that the Syrian army base at Deir ez-Zour constitutes an obstacle to this plan, and is therefore a US target. In accordance with this plan, the US does not mind if ISIS continues to occupy a large portion of the Syrian Euphrates valley, and in fact prefers to maintain ISIS as a destructive force that weakens Syria and is available as a proxy fighting force for other US regional designs, in partnership with their Israeli allies.

We are doubtful that the US intends to honor its agreement with Russia, and implicitly with Syria. US strategists are seeking to weaken and threaten Russia and not to form cooperative and mutually beneficial agreements. Accordingly, the only option may unfortunately be to make the cost to the US too high to be acceptable, and thereby to force a change in its priorities.

There is another and more constructive alternative, as follows.

The US should immediately issue a formal apology to the government of Syria and offer restitution for damages, both to the Syrian government and to the families of the dead and wounded.

The US should withdraw completely from all Syrian territory and end its support for all fighting forces there.

The US should enforce its end user agreements on the use of its arms supplied to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and other countries, to prevent their use in non-defensive roles outside their territories, and in particular to prevent supplying them to subversive forces in Syria.

The US should use its influence in international banking and commerce to prevent the transfer of funds to ter...


Energy sector IT pros overconfident in data breach detection skills "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A new study by Dimensional Research evaluated the confidence of IT professionals regarding the efficacy of seven key security controls, which must be in place to quickly detect a cyber attack in progress. Study respondents included 763 IT professionals from various industries, including 100 participants from the energy sector. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the energy sector faces more cyber attacks than any other industry. Despite the frequency in attacks, energy IT professionals … More


Syria: Did U.S. Airstrike intend to help Daesh? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 18 September US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes killed 80 or more Syrian Arab Army soldiers who were attempting to combat ISIS from a Syrian military base. There seems little doubt that this was a war-crime, but it has already been displaced by media-saturation cover of a single act of terrorism in Manhattan where 29 people were injured. Well, the western media may believe it can hide the truth, but Eastern media and the alternative media cannot let this go. Inside this article there are two video debates on the motives and consequences of the US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes that killed 80 Syrian Arab Army soldiers two days ago. In the first video, "U.S. Bonus for Terrorists," Press TV conducts an interview with Brian Becker, with the ANSWER Coalition from Washington, and Frederick Peterson, a US congressional defense policy advisor from New York, to discuss these US airstrikes in Syria. This debate was originally published by Iranian Press TV at on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

In the second video debate, "Tenuous Truce" [see video below] there was another debate on the same matter conducted with Scott Bennett, a military expert and former US army psychological warfare officer from San Francisco, and Michael Lane, the founder of American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington, to discuss the failed ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia in Syria. This was originally published at

How does the international community handle a rogue-state U.S.A.?

What can we do when the United States keeps on pulling more and more shocking stunts in the Middle East. It seems to be proving that it is the maddest and the baddest, and that anyone trying to stop it would risk a nuclear war. And Australia and other countries are stupidly being sucked in. Scott Bennett in the second debate, suggests that the world needs to demand a UN inquiry into the US airstrike as a war-crime and that the alternative media and the non-western media - like Rt and Press TV - have to try to raise the profile of that demand to get through the block of fizz that issues from the mainstream western media, which simply puts any challenge to US warmongering to one side:

SCOTT BENNETT: "Secretary Kerry and Obama and the political powers right now, I think, [...] they're off the chain. I think the military is doing its own thing in its own time in order to create fires that the next administration will have to put out. They're seeding their own future job applications. But the facts are - if you're arguing this in court - if you were arguing this to the United Nations Criminal Court - you simply could say, 'The United States engaged in targeting operations and the Russian intelligence forces will provide the appropriate electronic surveillance that will prove that the United States was engaged in chatter and conversations in targeting that resulted in the murder of 80 Syrian military personnel. In order to roll back the Assad military that was attempting t...


Ransomware families and volume of attacks continue to rise "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Both the number of variants of ransomware and volume of malware attacks were on the rise in August, according to Check Point. During August, the number of active ransomware families grew by 12 percent while the number of detected attempted ransomware attacks increased by 30 percent. Two-thirds of all recognized ransomware families climbed the rankings in August, most of them by at least 100 positions. Check Point believes that the growth in ransomware is a … More


IT asset managers must be proactive with up-front risk mitigation strategies "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Recent Iron Mountain research reveals the risks associated with licensing critical software applications, and why procurement professionals and IT asset managers must take protections to safeguard the software that is at the heart of their business operations. Key findings Fifty-five percent of IT decision makers report having licensed critical software applications from a vendor that did not meet expectations. When enterprises select vendors that ultimately do not meet expectations, it wastes valuable resources and increases … More


With Concerns About Jacob Wetterling and My Father- Jacob’s Abductor… "IndyWatch Feed National"

You know- it JUST occurred to me that, although they may have “solved” the Jacob Wetterling abduction- the Ricky Chadek old case abduction and murder has YET to be answered for- and since that is MUCH CLOSER TO HOME- and it would be WAY OBVIOUS if I began speaking about this case and IT TOO got solved immediately after- I have realized that THIS CASE needs to be my new focus.

Esp. considering when I went to Det. John Pankonin who worked at the Nebraska State Patrol in the cold case department and demanded that he take my DNA and compare to the DNA that was left in Ricky’s murdered corpse- he sent his sister Tru Pankonin into BOTH mine and my sister’s lives. Interesting- isn’t it- that after going after this case- SUDDENLY the detective in charge’s SISTER would befriend my family?

Guess the ball is in MY COURT NOW.


Shatter Boys UK on and "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shatter Boys UK is a group of men who have come together because they have had enough of being silenced by taboos that exist in society myths that exist and the universal misconception that this doesn’t happen to boys and men.

We came together because we knew we would be stronger together as Survivors and unity was key a collective voice needed to smash this thing apart.

We knew from our own experiences that there is a distinct lack of support services for adult male Survivors of Childhood sexual and adult male rape.

This had to change as people are dying out there. People we knew, our peers , have taken over doses and committed suicide because they had no where to go.

We realized that mutual aid was the key what worked for us was one Survivor helping another.

We decided to plant Peer support groups across the UK so support would be available for free and accessible to men.

We are all about supporting men to empower them selves to move forward with there lives and have a voice.

We understand unity is the answer we aim to plant Peer support groups across the UK in areas where there is no support of which there are many.


Russia denies it attacked UN aid convoy in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"


Defence ministry claims only rebels had information on location of convoy destroyed on Monday with loss of at least 21 lives


Syria Solidarity Movement Statement on the US Attack against the Syrian Army at Deir ez-Zour "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Syria Solidarity Movement | Dissident Voice | September 19, 2016 The Syria Solidarity Movement unequivocally condemns and denounces the vicious US bombing attack on the Syrian army defending Deir ez-Zour, and we wish to make the following observations. The attack killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded more than 100. This is larger […]


Gang Members Implicate U.S. Gov’t in Dumping Crates of Guns in Chicago "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


By Isaac Davis via Waking Times There is a well-documented history of the U.S. government supplying weapons and arms to both friends and foe for […]

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World Money and Hyperinflation "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

image/youtube screen grabThis world money has existed for some time, but it’s about to become a lot more important. In 1944, John Maynard Keynes proposed a form of world money, which he called the “bancor,” at the Bretton Woods international monetary conference. In 1961, Nobel Prize winner Robert Mundell said, “the optimum currency area is the world,” laying the…


Still Report #1198 – Donald Trump Widens Lead Over Hillary Clinton in Daybreak Poll "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Visit our website now: - Considered by Informed Insiders as THE Ultimate Resource for Surviving Economic or Financial Collapse/Crash and attaining the Unvarnished Truth about Washington and Today’s United States Political Climate. Good morning, I’m still reporting on Donald Trump Widens Lead Over Crooked Hillary Clinton in Daybreak Poll 08:57 – Sept. 18, 2016 - Washington - Donald Trump has Surged again in the USC Daybreak Poll to his biggest national lead over Hillary Clinton, 47.7 for Trump to 41.0 for Clinton. And notice that both candidates are closing in on the edge of the gray band which the USC pollsters call their “95% confidence interval”. “Figures lying outside the gray band mean that we are at least 95% confident that the candidate with the highest percentage will win the popular vote.” In other words, if Trump were to hit the 50% mark – as of today – the USC pollsters would think he had a 95% chance of winning the election. This general trend in polling for Trump is likely not going to change direction. Why? Number 1: the continuous drumbeat of scandal after scandal that is finally catching up with the Clintons. That story yesterday SR #1195 – about Clinton cheating her smallest donors is just the final straw. If she’ll defraud her smallest contributors, she’ll steal anything that isn’t nailed down. But in addition, there is the contrast in the general appearance of both candidates. Trump just has more energy than Clinton. An example from last night. Clinton was asked for a comment late last night on the pipe bomb in the Chelsey section of New York city. She came out to speak to the press on her plane and no comment is necessary: [insert] Here is a brief clip of Trump from last night: [insert] In other polling news, as we showed in our last report, Michigan now has become Clinton’s “coffin corner”. If Trump wins there, it is over. Well, here’s the latest startling headline from the Detroit Free Press: “New Poll Shows Clinton and Trump nearly tied in Michigan”. Trump has pulled to within 3 points of Clinton, meaning Clinton has blown an 11-point lead from only one month ago in the now-devastated Michigan – the home of the “motor city” - Detroit. And as long as we are on auto production, Ford announced last week that in the next two years they will move all small-car production to Mexico. “I can’t believe the brazenness,” said Trump on “Fox & Friends” – Fox News’ morning show on Thursday. “You know, I have a way of stopping them very, very easily.” That’s the sort of talk that Detroit likes to hear. And remember, there is a new political battleground developing. If Trump can win either Colorado and Nevada – in both of which he now has a slim lead - or any one of the following states: Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin or Minnesota – all of which he is within 5 points of leading - he will become the next President of the United States. I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the “Still Report”, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Please be sure to LIKE and COMMENT. Connect with Bill Still: Consider becoming a cherished sponsor:


Billions in Taxpayer Money to Israel: How the NYT Hides Unsavory Facts from View "IndyWatch Feed War"

September 18, 2016 by Richard Edmondson TimesWarp Thanks to American taxpayers, Israel has been receiving $3.1 billion in direct military aid each year, and under a new agreement signed this week that amount is set to rise to $3.8 annually. This is a hefty package and major news, but The New York Times has been […]


Still Report #1199 – Donald Trump Hits 95% Confidence Interval in Daybreak Poll "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Visit our website now: - Considered by informed insiders as THE ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about Washington and today’s United States political climate. Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on Donald Trump. Donald Trump Scores 95% Confidence Interval in USC Daybreak Poll Researchers at the University of Southern California – the ones responsible for the unique Dornsife Institute of Politics Daybreak poll - have readjusted their 95% confidence interval – the gray are on the graph. “Figures lying outside the gray band mean that we are at least 95% confident that the candidate with the highest percentage will win the popular vote.” In yesterday’s edition of the poll, the gray area was shown to be at the 50% mark, but today the entire 95% area has been recalculated to even show that Trump has been over that gray area for several days now, and even had exceeded it at his previous peak on July 27th – one week after the Republican Convention, and right in the middle of the Democratic Convention. One has to wonder what’s going on here. Could it be that the USC pollsters were trying to hide Trump’s inevitability at that point nearly two months ago? It would not surprise us. We look forward to speaking with the folks at the Dornsife Institute on this matter. On other polls, the news is equally encouraging. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Trump leading in New Mexico by 5 points now. In our electoral college assessment yesterday in SR 1198, we still had New Mexico in the Clinton camp. So here is latest Still Report electoral college map, which shows Trump now with a 20-point lead when New Mexico’s 5 electoral votes are flipped into the Trump camp. The now-desperate Hillary Clinton camp realized that the momentum of the Trump Train was building weeks ago. With the first debate only one week from today, Clinton’s schedule has been cleared so she rest and continue in her intensive debate practice sessions, because forcing Trump into some sort of terrible debate gaff is her only chance at winning the presidency at this point. In several polls in recent days, Trump is now polling in the mid-20s with blacks. A year ago, initial estimates by former primary candidate Ben Carson were that Republicans could win the presidency with the support of only 18% of black voters. And the weekend spate of terror attacks by people with Muslim-sounding names only highlights American’s growing anxiety over President Obama’s ever-increasing levels of Muslim immigration. We’re not stupid – the sleeping giant - the freedom-loving American ever-day voters - are finally seeing through the main-stream media’s wall-to-wall propaganda machine that has delayed their awakening before this. American history has shown that once awakened, and the herd turns, nothing – and I mean NOTHING can stop it. This is our last chance to save this country. Battle stations! [make battle stations noise] I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the “Still Report”, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: Consider becoming a cherished sponsor:


Keeping It All in the Family: George H. W. Bush Just Endorsed “Daughter-in-Law” Hillary Clinton "IndyWatch Feed World"


In case you hadn’t heard, George H. W. Bush just announced he is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, supposedly in an “unprecedented” snub of Republican candidate Donald Trump.

However, that’s just a BS excuse. Considering how close knit the Bushes and Clintons are (they’ve been ruling us for over 30 years now as America’s unofficial dynasty families after all), this really shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. Bill loves H. W.; he has also referred to George W. as his “brother from another mother”.

For many, the fact that Hillary is being officially endorsed by George H. W. Bush is not a surprise, but it is yet another reason they will be voting for Donald Trump.

Yes. Yes they are.


Facebook Flaws Are Being Highlighted But Mark Zuckerberg Remains Silent "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Facebook has had its powerful position in the global media landscape debated from time to time. However, whenever such discussions are held, one important party is always missing – Mark Zuckerberg himself. Why is Mark Zuckerberg, an individual who is now more powerful than most state leaders, always silent in such matters? In one of

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Powerful Typhoon "Malakas" hits Kyushu with record-breaking rain, heading toward Tokyo "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Powerful Typhoon "Malakas" has made landfall over Kyushu, Japan on September 19, 2016, dumping record-breaking rain and causing widespread disruption. Heavy flooding was reported and dozens of flights were canceled. Around 7 000 homes have already suffered...... Read more »

G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm conditions observed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

During the past 24 hours, solar wind parameters transitioned from near background conditions to an enhanced state, causing G1 - Minor geomagnetic storming on Earth. This was most likely caused by the onset of co-rotating interaction region (CIR) ahead of a negative...... Read more »

Leonardo diCaprio launches global campaign to protect sharks and rays "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On September 15, Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo diCaprio launched a new campaign for sharks and rays at the third annual Our Ocean conference in Washington, D.C. The Global Partnership for Sharks and Rays (GPSR) is collaborative effort supported by the Leonardo diCaprio Foundation, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and Oceans 5. The partnership, formed early this year, aims to “halt the global overexploitation of sharks and rays, prevent species extinction, and restore shark and ray populations worldwide.” “We join together to develop a global strategy to stop the slaughter of sharks and rays and to ramp up resources to change the tide for these incredible and important species,” diCaprio said at the launch.   Researchers have estimated that between 63 to 273 million sharks are killed every year for their fin, liver oil, cartilage, leather, meat, and ray gill plates. Such aggressive overfishing is causing the rapid decline of several species of sharks and rays. In fact, one in four sharks and rays are threatened with extinction, a study found in 2014. Populations of the oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus), for example, have declined by 98 percent in some areas over the last 30 years. Similarly, the once-abundant common skate or blue skate (Dipturus batis) is now listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. To protect the world’s sharks and rays, the GPSR fund plans to focus on regions which have the highest shark and ray…


Syrian Ceasefire Officially Ends Violently After US ‘Accidentally’ Hit Assad’s Forces "IndyWatch Feed World"

Editor’s Note: And this would be what the terror attacks here are meant to draw America’s attention away from…?


Aleppo — Plagued by problems from the start, the latest ceasefire between the U.S.-backed rebels and the pro-Assad Syrian military in Aleppo is officially over, Reuters reported Monday.

Writes the news agency:

“Air raids hit aid trucks near the city of Aleppo on Monday, a monitoring group reported, as the Syrian military declared that a week-long ceasefire was over.”

Only hours before, the news agency had reported that the ceasefire was on the verge of collapse, writing that the deal “brokered by the United States and Russia was in deep trouble on Monday as a rebel official said it had practically failed and signaled insurgents were preparing for a full resumption of fighting.”

This assessment would be shared by Secretary of State John Kerry, who said in New York that “the basic ceasefire is holding but fragile” and that he and his people are “waiting to get the full download from our team that is meeting now with the Russians in Geneva.”

The official end to the ceasefire comes two days after a U.S.-led coalition airstrike killed 62 Syrian soldiers, marking the first known instance of American forces directly attacking Assad’s military. The Obama administration expressed “regret” following the strike, saying U.S. forces thought the targeted base was controlled by ISIS.

Ironically, the U.S. military’s error brought about that very thing. Following the airstrike, ISIS forces overran andsecured the facility.

Over the weekend, United States Central Command (CENTCOM) stated via press release that “U.S. Central Command said the strike was immediately halted ‘when coalition officials were informed by Russian officials that it was possible the personnel and vehicles targeted were part of the Syrian military.’”

A spokesman for the Syrian military, while speaking at a press briefing on Sunday, called the strike a “serious and blatant attack on Syria and its military” and “firm proof of the U.S. support of Daesh.” Daesh is the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Russia called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council following the attack. Prior to that meeting, which took place Saturday evening, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry was...


Modern Education Is Pavlovian Conditioning "IndyWatch Feed World"


Assessing the problems in American public education and academia elicits standard responses that are generally trite and multitude.  “Lack of funding,”, or “adequately trained teachers,” often round out the usual replies, yet system-generated solutions to the perceived problems are always external in nature (especially given the problems are themselves system-generated).  The diagnosis of the causes are also consistently  external, leading to endless debates over appropriation and methodology, ever and always overlooking the actual problem, that academia as an institution no longer functions the way most perceive it.  The very presupposition of the modern debates over education are precisely concerned with how to fix a “broken system,” yet I propose the system is functioning perfectly as it was intended: The goal of public education and academia is not education, but socialization and Pavlovian social engineering.  

From its inception, the architects of the American public education system, and its corollary system of “higher education” in the college and university system, were established explicitly for the purpose of reorienting classical modes of pedagogy for “democratic,” “socialistic,” “utopian,” and “egalitarian” techniques of state conditioning that would confer “personhood” on the individual pupil through integration into the collective, allowing for a smoother transition into the Comtean civic religion of scientistic naturalism, paying obeisance to the gods of state, as life would be lived out in the “New Jerusalem” of the public-private cubicle.  These claims are precisely the words of the key founders of American Education, including: John Dewey, J.B. Watson, Horace Mann, James G. Carter, William James, and many others, all intent on inculcating their own religious philosophy of Darwinian scientism, pragmatism and collectivist socialism under the banner of progressive, democratic, secular humanism. It could more properly be titled Americanist Education, where the goal of indoctrination centers around the installment of the decrepit final end of its Enlightenment origins.  As I wrote previously:

The path to Enlightenment skepticism, deism. rationalism and scientism is directly from the empirical theology that even preceded Aquinas in thinkers like Abelard, and was contemporary with Aquinas in people like Ockham.  Though Thomas was not a nominalist, he accepted the same epistemic starting point of the nominalists, namely, empiricism, and empirical based theology, that, again, derives from the analogia entis.  Nominalism is absurd, and certainly worse than Aquinas in many respects, but insofar as they shared the same empirical starting point as Aquinas, they were more consistent.  If God is banished from being directly present in the world through His immanent energies, all that is left is a material world of causation with an unknown deity locked within itself.  That position is deism, and deism quickly leads to atheism.  If sense-data is the only source of human knowledge, and sense-data is therefore the source of knowledge of God,. none of these created causal effects amounts to real knowledge of the divine itself.  The divine is never accessed or experienced at all, just a series of created causes. And that, my readers, is the view of David Hume – that is how Thomism leads to Enlightenment atheism.



California Seed Sharing Bill Signed into Law "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Seed sharing in California took a major step forward on Friday when Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Seed Exchange Democracy Act, an amendment to the California Seed Law. It’s the latest victory in a global movement to support and protect seed sharing and saving.


State Department and Establishment Media Silent on Israel’s 200 Nukes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Not only has the State Department ignored Colin Powell’s revelation Israel has two hundred nukes, so has the establishment media.

After DCLeak posted a tranche of Powell emails hacked from the former secretary of state’s personal Gmail account, RT’s Caleb Maupin asked the State Department for comment on Powell’s mention of Israel’s nukes. He was ignored.

Meanwhile, the story has been virtually ignored by the media. The Sun in Britain reported on it, as did The Times of Israel and Haaretz in Israel, but The New York Times and The Washington Post have remained silent.

The March 3, 2015, email to Powell business associate and Democrat donor Jeffrey Leads also questions if North Korea is, in fact, testing nuclear weapons.

“Anyway, Iranians can’t use one if they finally make one. The boys in Tehran know Israel has 200, all targeted on Tehran, and we have thousands. As [Iranian President Mahmoudin Ahmedinejad said], ‘What would we do with one, polish it?’ I have spoken publicly about both [North Korea] and Iran. We’ll blow up the only thing they care about—regime survival. Where, how would they even test one?”

The release of the email followed a March visit to the United States by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He addressed a joint session of Congress on the supposed nuclear threat posed by Iran. Netanyahu was invited to speak by Republicans who did not consult with the White House.

“Let me be frank. The speech by Netanyahu was the speech of a demagogue. And from the outset he spoke of Persians attacking Jews millennia ago. This is a sort of a religious fanaticism that is a parallel with the religious fanaticism of Islamic fundamentalists who engage in terrorism. In fact Israel has bombed many neighbors in the Middle East,” Norman Solomon, the Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, told RT on March 4.

Not only has Israel bombed its neighbors, it has also used its nuclear arsenal to blackmail the United States.

In 1991 the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh published The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal an American Foreign Policy. The book reveals how a nuclear warhead was developed in an underground facility in the Negev Desert in the 1960s with technology acquired from France. During the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Israel blackmailed Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon. It threatened to use a nuclear weapon against Egypt and Syria during the war if the United States did not ship ammunition and spare parts.

“It was nuclear blackmail, but it worked,” writes Daniel Goldstein. “President Richard Nixon was enraged by the Israeli atomic ultimatum, and at Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s strategy, described by then–U.S. Defense Secretary James Schlesinger as allowing Israel to come out ahead but making sure it bled. ‘By the evening of October 9th,’ Kissinger wrote in his memoir, ‘Israel had been assured [by the U.S.] that its war losses would be made up. Relying on this assurance, it stepped up its consumption of war materiel,’ as dozens of U.S. C-5 and C-141 cargo planes began roaring into Tel Aviv’s airport with replacement tanks, missiles and spares.”

Israel has routinely betrayed the United States. The Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, the FBI and the National Counterintelligence Directorate held classified briefings that...


Reporter Asks Clinton if She Thinks Recent Terror Attacks Are a Russian Plot to Help Trump "IndyWatch Feed World"

Editor’s Note: The amount of overly obvious bias is enough to make our heads explode.


America’s worthless media caught once again asking Hillary Clinton all the really important questions.

Such as…(from Mediaite):

Bloomberg Politics reporter Jennifer Epstein asked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a press conference Monday whether she believed the previous weekend’s terrorist attacks in New York and Jersey were a plot– possibly carried out by the Russians— to get her Republican opponent Donald Trump more votes.

“Are you concerned that this weekend’s attacks or potential incidents in the coming weeks might be an attempt by ISIS or ISIS sympathizers, or really any other group, maybe the Russians, to influence the presidential race in some way and presumably try to drive votes to Donald Trump, who is, as you’ve said before, widely seen as perhaps being somebody who they would be more willing to– or see as an easier person to be against?” she asked.

Watch the video clip for yourself here:

And you wonder why everyone despises mainstream media. As we learned in last week’s post, Americans’ Trust in Mass Media Plunges to Record Low in Gallup Poll:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year.



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BellaNaija Weddings presents Zara and Faisal’s Spectacular Northern 5-Part Wedding | George Okoro Weddings "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zara and Faisal got married at the end of July in Abuja and it was truly spectacular! We featured the beautiful couple’s pre-wedding portrait session and their love story – click here if you missed it. Faisal is from Gombe while his bride Zara is from Sokoto – a fusion of Northeast and Northwest Nigeria. Their […]


Snowden has ‘a lot of guts,’ Oliver Stone tells RT as Washington Post turns on whistleblower "IndyWatch Feed"

Edward Snowden showed “a lot of guts” to speak out about the NSA surveillance program, director Oliver Stone told RT. His comments come as a Washington Post editorial said the whistleblower shouldn’t get a presidential pardon for leaking sensitive data. Stone, an Academy Award-winning director, who recently released his film ‘Snowden’, was speaking exclusively to […]


UK spy agencies will be used to combat modern slavery "IndyWatch Feed"

British intelligence agencies are set to join the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking for the first time, Theresa May announced at the UN General Assembly in New York as she urged world leaders to band together to “rid the world of this evil.”
The heads of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ are setting up […]


50 percent of US guns owned by 3 percent of Americans "IndyWatch Feed"

Americans own an estimated 265 million guns, which amounts to more than one gun for every adult in the country. But not everyone owns a gun, of course: According to the first comprehensive study of owners in more than 20 years, just 3 percent of Americans own half of the guns in the United States….


Too soon to know if the captured NYC bombing suspect was ‘inspired by anyone’ "IndyWatch Feed"

Police in New Jersey arrested a man on Monday after a shootout, which left the suspect and a police officer with gunshot wounds. The man — identified as 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami — was wanted by police in connection with four bomb incidents in New York and New Jersey over the weekend. One of…


Obama’s Legacy But Clinton’s Judgment "IndyWatch Feed"

Exclusive: President Obama calls on blacks to vote for Hillary Clinton to protect the first black president’s legacy, but there are questions about Clinton’s judgment and Obama’s legacy that deserve answers, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Speaking at… Read more → Read more


Science shows beer may make you happier and more sexually open "IndyWatch Feed"

Beer can make a good time even better, but recently researchers from the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology investigated just how alcohol adjusts our perception, and revealed that it affects our ability to recognize other people’s emotions, and also has an effect on our attitude…



Eye Roll: Little Girl’s Lemonade Stand Shut Down for Not Getting a $3,500 Permit "IndyWatch Feed World"

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by Justin Gardner

Orange County, CA – Annabelle Lockwood makes the best homemade lemonade around Fountain Valley. Using her grandma’s recipe, a homemade stand built by her father and a lot of passion, she serves the gourmet refreshments – classic or pink lemonade, and flavors like peach, blueberry ginger and watermelon – to eager customers and charitable events.

But her passion is being tested by the regulatory hand of the State. Orange County authorities shut down Annabelle’s “small business” and gave her 30 days to get the proper permit and license.

The permit will cost around $200, but in order to secure the permit Annabelle will have to meet a bevy of government requirements – costing $3,500 – just to serve fresh-squeezed fruit juices to thirsty passersby.

According to the GoFundMe account set up by the Lockwood’s to help meet this financial burden levied by the State:

1. She needs to upgrade her cart to get it up to commercial standards, in order to pass the inspection.

2. She needs to make the lemonade in a licensed facility. Licensed kitchens require: Liability insurance, a business license, a deposit and an hourly or monthly fee for use.

3. She needs commercial grade dispensers and bottles.

The family has received enormous support after media began telling Annabelle’s story, but in the meantime she has had to “turn down a wedding, corporate events, movies in the park and church events,” according to local KTLA 5.

Annabelle had previously set up her stand to help charities such as children’s cancer research and homeless services, but that was put on hold pending government permitting.

“This isn’t just another business venture… it’s becoming a life lesson for a young ambitious entrepreneur. She will be able to do so much more in the community as well as at charity and school events to help others. She’s extremely passionate about her business, and we are so proud of her for creating something that so many others can enjoy!”

It’s turning out to be a hard and fast lesson in how government requirements on business – many of which play no role in protecting people or the environment – put a heavy, unnecessary burden on aspiring entrepreneurs. Revenue collection is often the only driver of government permits and licenses.

Bearing down on the age-old tradition of youngsters setting up lemonade stands demonstrates how obsessed the State has become in “regulating” small business.

It appears that Annabelle made it through the gauntlet, with the help of many who donated to her GoFundMe account after reading her story. Others are not so fortunate, though.

In Portland, Ore. an 11-year-old girl wanted to sell mistletoe from their farm at a holiday market to help her dad pay for her braces, which cost $5,000. But the Parks Bureau refused to let her set up without a permit, lease or concession agreement. She was told she could beg instead.

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Oliver Stone Interview: ‘Snowden’ Movie, Cyberwarfare & Govt Secrets (Oh My) "IndyWatch Feed World"


Despite Edward Snowden’s notoriety, rarely mentioned is how he became one of the biggest whistleblowers in US history. “Snowden” director Oliver Stone offers insight into who the former NSA contractor is, as well as what to expect in the age of cyberwarfare.

The Academy Award-winning director researched his film “Snowden” by meeting with the best source: Snowden himself.

I had the opportunity to visit Snowden in Moscow, I was invited by his lawyer and I got to know him,” Stone told RT in an exclusive interview.

Over the course of nine different trips and two years, my co-writer and I got a lot of inside information as to what happened,” he said. “Which makes it a very compelling story, and at the same time an exciting one, because it’s going on, in a sense, right now in this world.

Indeed, the debate over Snowden continues to rage in Congress, where the House Intelligence Committee recently wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him not to pardon the exiled whistleblower. Meanwhile, numerous human rights groups have joined in a campaign to put pressure on the Obama administration in favor of pardoning Snowden.

One of the most surprising things is his relationship, his human relationship to his girlfriend,” Stone said, “which was never mentioned really by the press. It was marginalized by them in a tough way.

Understanding what Snowden gave up is necessary to seeing how grave the issue was to him, according to Stone.

It’s important to realize that he had a love in his life and he had a relationship to somebody who mattered to him,” Stone said. “Keeping that relationship was crucial but he had to sacrifice it for this story that he wanted to get out to the world.

Certainly it shows why he did it, his motivation,” Stone said.

He’s one of the few people who spoke up. There’s only three, four, five people have spoken up about the NSA. They’ve all gotten into some degree of trouble, so this is a very secret government issue.

He’s had a lot of guts,” Stone said of Snowden. “One can never predict the outcome of revealing secrets.

The problems facing the US are not limited to the surveillance state that Snowden exposed in the NSA leak, however. According to Stone, “It’s also the cyberwarfare state.

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Berto Jongman: Free / Open Source Tools for Investigative Journalism and Research "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Investigative journalism tools

Free software and open-source tools for journalists, journalistic research, discovery, investigative reporting, privacy, data visualization, data driven journalism and datajournalism

Robert David Steele

Robert David Steele

ROBERT STEELE: Most of this stuff is not worth the time it takes to find it, install it, learn to use it and worst of all, feed it — we collect at best 20% of the relevant information, and we spill 99% of that in not processing it. We are still retarded across the board, despite spending $1.2 trillion dollars on “intelligence” since Diane Webb and others designed Computer-Aided Tools for the Analysis of Science & Technology (CATALYST) because there is no one in the USA that I know of who actually cares about producing decision-support at every level across all domains. An open source all-source analytic tool-kit, and an open source secure but not secret cloud where information can be shared in all languages and all mediums, tagged to geospatial locations with precision, is fundamental. No one has this.  Spare me the nonsense from NGA, they cannot even provide updated 1:50,000 combat charts for African villages showing new (and destroyed) cultural artifacts at the same time that no one has access to real human beings, in part because of CIA’s totally inappropriate prohibition of Active OSINT.

See Especially:

2015 Robert Steele – Foreword to Stephen E. Arnold’s CyberOSINT: Next Generation Information Access

Reflections: Philosophy of Intelligence

Robert Steele: Open Source (Technologies) Agency

Review: The Big Disconnect – Why the Internet Hasn’t Transformed Politics (Yet)

See Also:

Graphic: Analytic Tool-Kit in the Cloud (CATALYST...


Man saves kitten from busy Russian highway "IndyWatch Feed"

Your heart will stop, many times, as you watch cars and trucks driving past and over a tiny, teeny kitten on a busy highway in Kaliningrad, Russia.

Just know that there is a happy ending!

God bless this kind-hearted man.

I hope the kitten found a good home.



New York Bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami Was a Trump Hater "IndyWatch Feed War"

Posted anti-Trump memes on social media Suspected New York/New Jersey bombmaker Ahmad Khan Rahami was a Donald Trump hater who posted anti-Trump memes on social media, it has been revealed. “The “supernatural”-loving student posted several anti-Donald Trump memes and videos … Continue reading


How to stage a bioterror attack "IndyWatch Feed World"

How to stage a bioterror attack


By Jon Rappoport


“Dr. Hognose Detrick of the US Biological Warfare Group waddled into a meeting room, where a collection of Army, CIA, NSA, and CDC representatives sat quietly in their chairs. He said: ‘So I understand you boys want to put on a little domestic bioterror show. Well, the first thing you need to know is, germs don’t obey orders. Forget all that sci-fi nonsense. Germs work and they don’t work. It’s a crapshoot. You could have a big fat dud on your hands. I can tell you how to make it work, though, if you give up on your fancy high-tech wet dreams…” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)


First of all, there is an ongoing operation that resembles the subject of this article.  It’s called Zika,


It’s a virus that causes nothing, and the correlation between its presence and the birth defect called microcephaly is so weak it’s absurd.  But the powers-that-be at the CDC and the World Health Organization are using Zika to conceal a quite real chemical threat, in the form of Naled, a pesticide which is being sprayed in Miami to kill mosquitoes that “carry Zika.”


Naled can cause birth defects.


Likewise, the apparent temporary spike in microcephaly in Brazil is being blamed on Zika.  But the real agents are far more likely to be the TDaP vaccine, which was recommended for all pregnant women in Brazil in 2014, and various pesticides.


The germ is the cover story for chemical destruction.


In general, the primary fact is: no matter what kind of germ you’re talking about or where it came from, releasing it intentionally does not guarantee predictable results. Far from it.


For instance, people whose immune systems are at different levels of strength are going to react differently.


The perpetrators may find that less than 1% of people exposed get sick.


But there is another strategy that should be understood:


Again: the use of a germ as a cover story for a chemical.


In other words, there is no germ attack. It’s called a germ attack, but that’s a lie. The perps bring in researchers to the affected area, who go on to claim they have isolated a germ that is the cause of death and illness. It’s a sham. What really happened was the spread of a toxic chemical that can’t be detected, unless you’re looking for it.


The chemical has severe, deadly, and predictable effects for a week or two. Then it disperses and loses potency and the “epidemic” is done.


In some town, a fairly isolated community, or even in a city, the word goes out that people are suddenly falling ill and dying. The CDC and the Army are called in to cordon off the area and quarantine all citizens. A peremptory announcement is made, early on, that this is a biowar attack.


Major media are allowed outside the periphery. Network news anchors set up on-location and do their wall to wall broadcasts “from the scene.”


The entire nation, the entire world is riveted on the event, 24/7.


People inside the cordon fall ill and die. Reports emerge from the town:


The networks state that “heroic doctors are taking samples of blood and the blood is being analyzed to find the germ that is causing the epidemic.” The DoD confirms over and over that this is, indeed, a biowar attack.


Human interest stories pile up. This family lost three members, that family lost everybody. Tragedy, horror, and the desired empathic response from “the world community.”


It’s a soap opera, except real people are dying.


The medical cartel promotes fear of the germ.


All controllin...


Pharma-Hackers Show How To Make EpiPen And Other Life Saving Drugs for Pennies on the Dollar "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Pharmaceutical company Mylan has made news recently by raising the price of a popular and important drug. Mylan acquired a product by the name of EpiPen in 2007. At the time, the price of the product was approximately $100 per unit. And, thanks to their government-granted monopoly, the price quickly


Playing Algorithm’n Blues "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By Pepe Escobar and cross-posted from

We all live in the Age of the Algorithm.

Here’s a story that not only encapsulates the age, but dwells on how the algorithm obsession can go horribly wrong.

It all started when Facebook censored the iconic photo of «napalm girl» Kim Phuch, which became a symbol of the Vietnam War recognized all over the world. The photo was featured in a Facebook post by Norwegian writer Tom Egeland, who wanted to start a debate on «seven photographs that changed the history of war».

Not only was his post erased; Egeland was also suspended from Facebook.

Aftenposten, the number one Norwegian daily, owned by Scandinavian media group Schibsted, duly relayed the news, alongside the photo.

Facebook then asked the paper to erase the photo – or to render it unrecognizable in its online edition. Yet even before the paper responded, Facebook censored the article as well as the photo in Aftenposten’s Facebook page.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg protested it all on her Facebook page. She was also censored.

Aftenposten then slapped the whole story on its front page, alongside an open letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg signed by the newspaper director, Espen Egil Hansen, accusing Facebook of abuse of power.

It took a long 24 hours for the Palo Alto colossus to back off and «unblock» the publishing.

An opinion wrapped up in code

Facebook had to be engaged in much post-fact damage control. That does not change the fact the «napalm girl» imbroglio is a classic algorithm drama, as in the application of artificial intelligence to evaluate content.

Facebook, just like other Data Economy giants, happens to delocalize filtering to an army of moderators working in companies from the Middle East to South Asia, as Facebook’s Monika Bickert confirmed.

These moderators may have a hand on establishing what should be expunged from the social network, according to what customers may signal. But the information is then compared to an algorithm, which comes up with the final decision.

It doesn’t take a PhD to note these moderators may not exactly excel in cultural competence, or are capable of analyzing context. Not to mention algorithms – which are incapable of «understanding» cultural context and are certainly not programmed to interpret irony, sarcasm or cultural metaphors.

Algorithms are literal. In a nutshell; algorithm is an opinion wrapped up in code.

And yet we are now reaching a stage where a machine decides what is news. Facebook for instance now relies solely on an algorithm to establish which stories to position in its Trending Topics section.

And that will bring us to even murkier territory; the very concept of «extremism» itself. And the effects on all of us of self-censorship systems based on algorithmic logic

Continue reading the article



NY Suspect’s Mosque Linked to Subversive Islamist Group "IndyWatch Feed War"

If we want to learn where Rahami got his seditious Islamist ideology, a good place to start is his mosque that is linked to ICNA, a seditious Islamist group. Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, Sept. 20, 2016: A family friend … Continue reading


U.S. Government Will Release Policy on Autonomous Vehicles Today "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Via: Cnet: On Tuesday, the government will issue federal policy, comprising a four-section package to help facilitate the “responsible” testing and deployment of self-driving vehicles. The policy will include a 15-point “Safety Assessment,” which the government has asked automakers to sign and submit when an autonomous car is believed to be ready for public roads. […]


Who Runs America’s Military, Surely Not Obama "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

opium-field war poppyAs numbers climb from the quite intentional bombing of Syrian Army positions near the Der Ezzor airport and families bury their dead from the not so accidental attack on a Kurdish refugee convoy north of Manjib, questions arise. Who actually runs the US military? We know this, the US knows how to bomb. American planes…


NYP: Appeal re Fugitive Convicted Burglar Scott Stephen Watson "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

NYP: Appeal re Fugitive Convicted Burglar Scott Stephen Watson
North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of fugitive convicted burglar Scott Stephen Watson. The 27-year-old was released under licence in March 2016. Watson is believed to have connections in Eastfield (near Scarborough) and Middlesbrough.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Scott Stephen Watson should call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room.

 Members of the public wishing to remain anonymous should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Drones, surveillance, population control: How our cities became a battleground "IndyWatch Feed"

A new kind of warfare: how urban spaces are becoming the new battlefield, where the distinction between intelligence and military, and war and peace is becoming more and more problematic.

Drones. Gregor Hartl/Flickr. Some rights reserved.

In the late 18th century the institutional building of the so called panopticon, was designed by British Jeremy Bentham. The aim was to obtain “power of mind over mind”.[1] Since its design the panopticon has served as an inspiration for the construction of prisons since it allows for people to be observed without their knowing whether or not they are being observed. The constant uncertainty of being under surveillance serves as a behaviour changer.

Cities are becoming the new battleground of our increasingly urban world

The panoptic gaze is not limited to prisons. It is present in all sorts of public places from factories to shops, particularly settings in which people are put into groups, counted, checked and normalised.[2] While the panopticon concerns surveillance of the individual, the panspectron was designed to observe whole populations, where everyone and everything is under surveillance at all time. [3]

Such disciplinary techniques are used by governments to strengthen their sovereignty. In a world of increasing urbanisation, these projects show the interest of national states to employ military ideas of high-tech omniscience into urban civil societies. By the end of the 20th century, 10% of the world’s population lived in cities. Most of them lived in the metropolis of the global north. Today the urban population amounts to almost 50% of the world’s population, living mostly in mega cities of the global south.[4]

This rapid urbanisation matters profoundly; how cities in developed and developing countries are going to organise themselves is critical for humanity.[5] While western cities are focusing on improving their security, cities in developing countries are facing increased violence and crime rates and intensified militarisation.[6] Therefore, maintaining control and surveillance over populations and people’s movement allows state authorities to better prepare for violence and war. In the globalisation of western societies, mobility has increased significance to power and development.......


Oh No, Not Again!! Another Nigerian Commits Suicide, He Was 52 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Residents of Salvation Avenue in the Ajegunle, Ikorodu area of Lagos State, have found the corpse of a man by the riverside.

It was learnt that the deceased, Bolaji Waheed, was found around 1.30pm at the bank of the Itowolo River with a bottle containing a substance suspected to be poison.

It was gathered that, 52-year-old Waheed had been declared missing on Saturday after his family members could not find him. It was learnt that Waheed's dead body was found by the riverside on Monday, which caused confusion in the area.

A Police source said Waheed was believed to have taken the poison and plunged into the river. The matter was said to have been reported at the Owode Police Division, which took the corpse to a morgue.

A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told a Punch correspondent that a Pastor in the area saw the corpse by the riverside and alerted others.

She said, ''Pastor Ajiboye, who has a Church in our area, was the one who reported the matter at the Police Station.

   ''The deceased had been missing for two days. He left home on Saturday and failed to return, which caused apprehension in his household. His family members searched the whole area to no avail.

   ''The man did not leave any note behind. So, the family members thought he was picked up by unknown persons and they reported to the Police. But we were shocked that it turned out that the man committed suicide. He was found at the bank of the river on Monday. He was foaming in the mouth.''

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident.

She said, ''We are investigating a case of suicide. The man was found with a substance suspected to be poison Investigation is ongoing.''


Kuwait royal jailed for three years for 'insulting' ruler "IndyWatch Feed War"


A Kuwaiti royal was ordered to pay $16,500 in compensation after being convicted of insulting the emir and several other royal family members


US Supplies Saudi Arabia With White Phosphorus, Provided Bombs Used In Strike On MSF Hospital "IndyWatch Feed World"

Three years ago, the great democracies of the west used a specially produced media campaign in which they paraded a doctored YouTube clip showing a chemical attack allegedly perpetrated by the Assad regime against his own people, to unleash the first military intervention in Syria, with the intention of removing the country's president; a military campaign that has not only gone nowhere, but has led to the deterioration of a bloody and relentless civil war whose refugees may soon cost Angela Merkel her political legacy, led to the advent of the Islamic State one year later, and the intervention of not only Russia one year ago but - most recently - China, also on the side of the Saudi regime.
Much less has been said about a the deadly military campaign waged by US ally, and generous Clinton Foundation donor, Saudi Arabia, which on March 26, 2015 began carrying out airstrikes in Yemen and imposing an aerial and naval blockade on the country, allegedly in response to requests for assistance from the contested government of president Manusur Hadi, who asked for help to quell an uprising by Houthi forces loyal to former president Ali Saleh, who had been deposed in the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.
The reason why this particular campaign, which continues to this day with thousands of innocent civilian casualties, has been largely swept under the rug is because of the direct and indirect involvement of US support which according to a new report, may include the highly controversial compound, white phosphorus.
According to WaPo, Saudi Arabia appears to be using U.S.-supplied white phosphorous munitions in its war in Yemen, based on images and videos posted to social media, raising concerns among human rights groups that the highly incendiary material could be used against civilians, something which is banned by the Geneva convention. Under U.S. regulations, white phosphorous sold to other countries is to be used only for signaling to o...


Police use TEN different types of checkpoints, with more on the way "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

 image credit: Dayton DUI
Police and the Border Patrol are using 'general crime control checkpoints' to harass and detain motorists across the country. Below, is a list of nine different checkpoints police use, to ticket and arrest citizens.
Last year, I warned everyone that multiple law enforcement partners, conducted drug checkpoints focused on vehicles and pedestrians!

Drug testing checkpoints are a lie...

“If they say drug check lane ahead, it’s false,” says Wichita attorney Dan Monnat. “Because the courts have ruled on this being a violation of the 4th amendment.” (for more info. read City of Indianapolis v Edmond)

And recently, I warned everyone that DHS is paying police departments to set up DUI checkpoints across the country.

To learn how police, will soon add a tenth checkpoint to the list, please read on.

Why are police using illegal checkpoints?

Sixteen years ago, the Supreme Court held that checkpoints established for general crime control purposes are unconstitutional.(City of Indianapolis v. Edmond, 531 U.S. 44 (2000).

So why are police and the Border Patrol stopping innocent motorists?

DHS admits DUI checkpoints are REALLY about checking a person's immigration status.



Reuters polls show huge electoral shift to Trump despite Hillary outspending Trump on campaign ads by a whopping 3300% "IndyWatch Feed War"

As reported by ZeroHedge, whereas on August 26, 2016 Reuters had predicted a landslide victory for Hillary: 18 days later, Reuters’ polls of September 13 show a big surge in Electoral College votes for Trump, from 171 to 243, and … Continue reading


T-80U Main Battle Tank (Infographics) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia may regain T-80U main battle tanks and BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles supplied to South Korea in the 1990s and in the 2000s towards state debt payments, the Russian daily Izvestia reported on September 5, citing an anonymous defense source. The proposal was reportedly to the South Korean government on September 3.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) arms transfers database, Moscow supplied 43 T-80U main battle tanks and 67 BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles to South Korea in 1995-2006.

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Dr. Chris Ngige, Winifred Oyo-Ita, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah & More to Speak at the CIPM 48th Annual National Conference in Abuja | October 18th – 20th "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) invites you to its 48th Annual National Conference taking place at the Abuja International Conference Centre, Abuja Nigeria, from Tuesday, October 18th – Thursday, October 20th 2016. The theme of this year’s conference is “People | Potentials | Possibilities”. The 2016 Annual National Conference offers HR professionals, business […]


Claim: George H.W. Bush Voting For Hillary Clinton "IndyWatch Feed"

Former First Lady Barbara Bush and former President George H.W. Bush March 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
Members of the George H.W. Bush family are not fans of Republican party nominee presidential nominee Donald Trump, particularly after he easily defeated Jeb Bush in the presidential primary.


Your real power "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Your real power

By Jon Rappoport

In deciding what you truly want to do in this life, your best answer should arouse a sense of your own power.

Not power over others, which is a counterfeit version, but a power that wells up inside you.

Which is a good and marvelous thing.

—Of course, we know that propagandists and their minions have been busy trying to defame individual power, but their mission is a dead mechanical operation. Leave them in the dust.

There are several roads here. One, you give up the whole idea of having power. That’s a dud from the get-go. It speaks of a profound misunderstanding.

Three, you opt for power over others, the counterfeit, which is destructive to all concerned.

And four, you experience the power which comes from knowing where you want to go with great passion and imagination—and you go there.

Then you understand the innate power you have, and you lay claim to it. You increase it.

You authentically grasp what you can do, not as part of a sacrifice, but as you.

Down through the centuries, figures of learning have written and spoken about power in every which way—most of them suggesting that it is a thing to be avoided at all costs, or a substitute for something wonderful if people would only see it.

They miss the mark, over and over. There is a straight line between discovering what you truly want to do and experiencing your own power—and it is this line that reveals what great energy is all about.

Here is a brief excerpt from my introduction to my collection, Exit From The Matrix:

“Imagination rises above the smoke and illusion of the life half-lived. Imagination makes it clear that something new can be created.

“And because it is your imagination, you are one the one who can create it.

“Society may supply reasons why you should stick to the tried and true and familiar, but that is all about living in the past.

“Beyond the mask of society is the secret: there is no end of open space, and that space is the future.”

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Boko Haram Terrorists Ambush Nigerian Military Escort, Kills Six Civilians, Injures Three Soldiers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigerian Army yesterday said suspected Boko Haram terrorists foraging for food, ambushed troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole escorting commercial vehicles from Damboa to Maiduguri at Sanda general area, Borno State.

A statement from Nigerian Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said :

   ''Unfortunately, five civilians lost their lives at the incident and another died on the way to hospital. Three Soldiers also sustained injuries.''

He said the wounded were evacuated to Maiduguri. He said consequently, another patrol team was despatched to reinforce the troops, clear the general area and pursue the militants.

He noted that the Army would not allow the isolated incident to thwart the peace and security commuters enjoy along the route and all other opened routes in the North-east.

He said troops were on the heels of the attackers and would not relent till they are apprehended or killed. He said additional security measures had also been placed to avert reoccurrence.

He said: ''The Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, wishes to clarify that what happened was that two persons were murdered at Kwamjilari village, (which is over 30 kilometres from Chibok, and very close to Sambisa forest) by suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists looking for food.

   ''We wish to reiterate that they weren't killed outside or near a church as being bandied around.''

He added that people from the said village were all at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Chibok. He said those who went back to the village without authorization were moved back to Chibok two weeks ago.

   ''Those killed went back on their own contrary to security advice. Nevertheless, a patrol team was sent from Chibok went to the village this morning.'' He said.

Usman said adequate measures would be taken to ensure that no one go back to the village for now.


Oregon: Nedsbar Timber Sale in the Applegate Valley Has Been Tree Spiked "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from It’s Going Down

IMG_20160908_134510“The Nedsbar timber sale in the southern Oregon Applegate Valley has been tree spiked.

The BLM’s decision to go forward with this project is unacceptable, any company who bids on the logging of these trees should also consider itself a possible target of sabotage.

For those opposed to the Nedsbar timber sale we would like to remind you that known green scare snitch Suzanne Savoie and her almost equally untrustworthy partner Luke Ruediger are active in groups opposing nedsbar, anyone serious about challenging the current state of ecological devastation would be wise to exclude them from their lives and especially environmental organizing.

Rather than begging for concessions from, or trying to use the institutions that perpetuate the current state of affairs how about working in small leaderless groups and taking direct action in anyway you see fit?

some Anarchists


Gold ‘Bugs’ Rejoice – Central Banks Think You’re On To Something "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Central Banks Gold Diversification Ongoing – “Sensible Precaution”

by John Stepek, Editor of Money Week

Central banks have got the economy and markets covered.

They know what they’re doing. Their theories are backed up by decades of academic research and expert advice.

160920-gold-vaults-b-1024x576Queen Elizabeth inspecting gold bars in Bank of England. Source: Money Week

Expert advice, as we all know, is completely apolitical, changes rarely, and never, ever does a complete U-turn, like – I don’t know – telling us all to start eating butter after years of telling us not to, or something crazy like that.

So why worry? I mean, what kind of deluded neurotic doom-monger would keep hanging onto gold (as insurance, of all things!) in their portfolio with people of this calibre in charge?

Well, I hate to break this to you, but…

Guess who’s buying lots of gold?

Central banks are piling into gold. They have been ever since the financial crisis blew up in 2008.

In fact, says a new report from the OMFIF (Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum) research group, central banks have been buying gold at a rate of 350 tonnes a year for the last eight years. That takes us back to the sorts of levels we saw in the pre-1970 era.

OMFIF has looked at central bank behaviour and gold buying going back over more than a century (back to 1871, in fact). It’s broken it down into seven “ages of gold’. There’s some interesting stuff in there, but I’ll only go back as far as post-World War II this morning, as that’s the most relevant to today’s topic.

So the fourth age of gold – 1945 to 1973 – covers the Bretton Woods era, during which gold reserves were rising, notes David Marsh of OMFIF, “with European countries and Japan amassing sizeable new post-war holdings as central banks exchanged surplus dollars for gold from the US Treasury”.

Indeed, between 1950 and 1965, central banks and treasuries bought up more than 7,000 tonnes of gold. Read full story…


Hillary Clinton IT Worker asked on Reddit how to Tamper with Email Record "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

We had submissions from two different Soylentils on this story about an IT worker for the company which managed Hillary Clinton's email server apparently looking for help on how to wipe email addresses.

Clinton's IT contractor sought help removing or replacing to/from addresses on archived emails

The Gateway Pundit reports:

An employee with Platte River Networks, the company in charge of Hillary Clinton's home server, who was granted immunity from Obama's Department of Justice in their investigation of Clinton, reportedly asked for assistance in July 2014 from Reddit users on how to purge emails and how to strip VIP's email address from "a bunch of archived emails":

"Hello all- I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP's (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email that I have both in a live Exchange mailbox, as well as a PST file. Basically, they don't want the VIP's email address exposed to anyone, and want to be able to either strip out or replace the email address in the to/from fields in all of the emails we want to send out. I am not sure if something like this is possible with PowerShell, or exporting all of the emails to MSG and doing find/replaces with a batch processing program of some sort. Does anyone have experience with something like this, and/or suggestions on how this might be accomplished?"

Hillary Clinton IT worker asked Reddit how to tamper with email record

Paul Combetta, the IT guy who used BleachBit to wipe email servers for Hillary Clinton, went on Reddit in July 2014 and asked this question:

Remove or replace to/from address on archived emails?

Hello all- I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP's (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email that I have both in a live Exchange mailbox, as well as a PST file. Basically, they don't want the VIP's email address exposed to anyone, and want to be able to either strip out or replace the email address in the to/from fields in all of the emails we want to send out.

Paul Combatta was given immunity by the Justice Department.

If you check the timeline you find that in July 2014 there were outstanding FOIA requests but Congress had not yet subpoenaed the email server.

One of the commenters on the Reddit thread said: "If there was a feature in Exchange that allowed this, it could result in major legal issues."

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Egalitarianism versus Online Education "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Department of Justice has sent a letter to UC Berkeley threatening a lawsuit unless the university modifies all of its free online educational materials to meet conditions of accessibility. In response the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education writes:

…we have attempted to maximize the accessibility of free, online content that we have made available to the public. Nevertheless, the Department of Justice has recently asserted that the University is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act because, in its view, not all of the free course and lecture content UC Berkeley makes available on certain online platforms is fully accessible to individuals with hearing, visual or manual disabilities.

…We look forward to continued dialog with the Department of Justice regarding the requirements of the ADA and options for compliance. Yet we do so with the realization that, due to our current financial constraints, we might not be able to continue to provide free public content under the conditions laid out by the Department of Justice to the extent we have in the past.

In many cases the requirements proposed by the department would require the university to implement extremely expensive measures to continue to make these resources available to the public for free. We believe that in a time of substantial budget deficits and shrinking state financial support, our first obligation is to use our limited resources to support our enrolled students. Therefore, we must strongly consider the unenviable option of whether to remove content from public access.

In short, the DOJ is saying that unless all have access, none can and UC Berkeley is replying that none will. I sympathize with UC Berkeley’s position. The cost of making materials accessible can be high and the cost is extremely high per disabled student. It would likely be much cheaper to help each disabled student on an individual basis than requiring all the material to be rewritten, re-formatted and reprogrammed (ala one famous example).

An even greater absurdity is that online materials are typically much easier to access than classroom materials even when they do not fully meet accessibility rules. How many teachers, for example, come with captions? (And in multiple languages?) How about volume control? How easy is it for the blind to get to campus? In theory, in-class materials are also subject to the ADA but in practice everyone knows that that is basically unworkable. I guarantee, for example, that professors throughout the UC-system routinely show videos or use powerpoints that do not meet accessibility guidelines. Thus, by raising the costs of online education, the most accessible educational format, the ADA may have the unintended consequence of slowing access. Put simply, raising the costs of online education makes it more difficult for anyone to access educational materials including the disabled.

Addendum: By the way, if you are wondering, all of MRU’s videos for our Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics courses are captioned in English and most are also professionally captioned in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese.

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The Bank For International Settlements Warns That A Major Debt Meltdown In China Is Imminent "IndyWatch Feed War"

The pinnacle of the global financial system is warning that conditions are right for a “full-blown banking crisis” in China.  Since the last financial crisis, there has been a credit boom in China that is really unprecedented in world history.  … Continue reading


Trump Jr’s ‘Skittles’ tweet is based on two different white supremacist memes "IndyWatch Feed"

Donald Trump Jr. drew widespread condemnation for comparing Syrian refugees to poisoned candy — but his analogy isn’t a new one, and it’s based on two separate white supremacist memes. Trump — the Republican presidential candidate’s eldest son and a top campaign…



OMG! 24Years Old Female Student Found Dismembered, Burned After Date At A Bar With A 30Yrs Old Man (Pics) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Police have identified the burned and dismembered body of a female student that was found in a Texas park this week.

Jacqueline Vandagriff, 24, of Frisco, was identified after an autopsy by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner following the grim discovery on Wednesday.

Grapevine Police said they have arrested Charles Dean Bryant, 30, near his house in Haslet on Sunday. He is charged with capital murder and is being held on a $1million bond.

In a statement, Police said that firefighters in Grapevine had responded to a fire in Acorn Woods Park at around 6.30am on September 14 and discovered the body.

After officers worked around-the-clock to investigate the case in several cities in North Texas, they arrested Bryant at around 2.30pm on Sunday.

Grapevine Police Sgt. Robery Eberling, said Vandagriff was last seen leaving a bar in Denton with Bryant at around 11pm on Tuesday. Her body was found the following morning.

   ''We have video of them at a bar together.'' Eberling said, according to CBS DFW.

   ''And we were able to talk to employees of that bar and they have us a name of a suspect and we just followed the trail from there.''


Why India Needs a National Framework for Responding to Stranded Marine Animals "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Marine life strandings are episodic events – but climbing pressures from human activities like fisheries can potentially increase their frequency.

The body of a stranded pilot whale at Kallamozhi. Credit: Saravanakumar

The body of a stranded pilot whale at Kallamozhi, Tamil Nadu. Credit: Saravanakumar

Conservation challenges cannot be solved by stop-gap measures. When whales and dolphins wash ashore our coasts, the instinctive reaction is to address the symptom and not the underlying problem. Reactionary measures provide temporary respite from fleeting media and public scrutiny. Eventually, things return to business as usual until the next stranding episode.

When whales, dolphins or sea turtles strand, they leave an indelible mark in people’s minds. For marine biologists, however, strandings in India and elsewhere are not a new phenomenon. Marine life strandings are episodic and generally rare events. But intense and increasing pressures from human activities (e.g., fisheries or coastal development) can potentially increase their frequency.

Responding to a stranded dolphin or whale, whether alive or dead, is not an easy task for the untrained. Despite good intentions, an untrained person trying to rescue a distressed animal is putting herself and the animal at risk. Even a dead animal poses a risk to human health because of the potential for disease transmission from animal to humans (zoonosis). Additionally, responding to a stranded animal is a team job that requires organisation and clear delegation of roles and responsibilities.

Responding to strandings

The objective of a rescue is not simply to return an animal to sea – disregarding why the animal stranded in the first place or whether the animal is in a state to be released. Critically, a stranded animal, especially one that’s dead, is a warehouse of information speaking volumes about its health, condition, life history, and possibly, the cause of death. Moreover, a live animal returned to sea does not necessarily mean it survived. In all likelihood, it perished at sea or became stranded elsewhere.

So, while it can be very fulfilling to see an animal swim back to sea, these euphoric moments maybe short-lived without documentation of post-release survival. Releasing or returning to sea is still undoubtedly the best option but a live stranded animal has to be provided supportive care and evaluated before a ‘release’ determination is made.

Rehabilitation of a marine mammal in captivity is incredibly expensive and risky – and not a viable long-term option, especially in India, where funds tend to be spent on more urgent conservation priorities. But if an animal is deemed ‘unreleasable’ by experts, the most humane option may be to euthanise the animal by trained professionals. This is particularly true for dolphins but not so much for whales, which require expert help and where outcomes can often be unpredictable. And there may be little recourse but to return the whale to sea or burying the animal post-mortality.

Mass strandings calls for additional considerat...


Anica of The League of Light: 'Fearlessness of the Demonic' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Dear ones, this is Anica speaking with you today. I come from far away in time and space to meet with you now. Wherever we are, together in this moment, we are meeting.

In this moment, I have one thing to bring to your attention, as the days are grinding into a new form in which time will take less of a battering from the activity in your world and will become more of a conduit through which you will pass from chaos into a new world, one that is without the structures and limitations, the clouds and the darkness that have overshadowed with greater increasing presence on your psyche in the past lifetimes, as you have known it.

Where are you going now, people of Earth? 

You are on your way already, and you have made decisions that have employed various methods of expression, physical, quite audible whispers from your soul into a night that seems empty but for some bit of an ear to hear you… your wishes. Know that you are heard, even in your silence.

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Biggest Counterfeiting Operation In History – Mike Maloney (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

image/youtube screen grabMike Maloney shows the incredible amounts of QE happening around the world right now. Combined with negative interest rates, it is clear that central banks are out of ammo YT Comment steven padilla who is to say governments wont make owning metals unlawful again. if its illegal than they can set the price too to…


Fire Burns through Greek Refugee Camp as Tensions Rise "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A burned shoe is seen on the ground, after a fire that ripped through tents and destroyed containers during violence among residents, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, September 20, 2016. Credit: Reuters/ Giorgos Moutafis

A burned shoe is seen on the ground, after a fire that ripped through tents and destroyed containers during violence among residents, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, September 20, 2016. Credit: Reuters/ Giorgos Moutafis

Athens: Thousands of people fled a migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday night after fire ripped through tents and destroyed containers during violence among residents, police said.

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, said the fire was linked in part to poor living conditions and a prevailing sense of uncertainty among many. A police official in Athens said two riot police squads were being deployed to the island.

“Last night’s fires… symbolise the shortcomings of the European response to the refugee crisis,” said Panos Navrozidis, the International Rescue Committee’s Greece director.

It was not clear what caused the blaze, but Greek media said clashes had erupted following a rumour that hundreds of people would be deported.

A police official on Lesbos said nearly 60% of the Moria camp was destroyed in the fire.

Tensions have boiled over at overcrowded camps on Greece’s islands as the slow processing of asylum requests add to frustration over difficult living conditions there.

On Lesbos, tents and containers used for housing and social provision had burned down. Nearly everyone, including unaccompanied children, had evacuated the site, the police official said on condition of anonymity. Many later returned.

Roland Schoenbauer, a spokesman in Greece for the UNHCR, said people were “sick of waiting” in the camps.

“They don’t know when their asylum claims will be processed, some people feel they don’t have enough information,” he said.


Navrozidis, of the International Rescue Committee, said the camp had been operating at over-capacity for months, with people crammed into the facility with limited access to water, and in conditions that do not meet humanitarian standards.

Navrozidis criticised the system to process claims as “opaque and inconsistent” and said preferential treatment based on nationality led to tensions within the community.

More than 5,700 refugees and migrants are on Lesbos, stranded there by a European Union deal with Turkey preventing them going beyond the island...


New Video: Dice Ailes feat. Lil Kesh – Miracle "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chocolate City Music is proud to present “Miracle” – the highly anticipated single from Dice Ailes featuring the former YBNL signee, Lil Kesh. The song was produced by the newly signed Chocolate City Artiste-Producer, CKay with the visuals directed by the awarding-winning music video director, Mex. Watch below.


Scientists: How the New Focus on 1.5C is Reshaping Climate Research "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C has long been the goal of developing countries and those most at risk from climate change. Since becoming enshrined in the Paris Agreement last December, the 1.5C goal has come under increased scrutiny and examination.


Nigeria Is Now A Safe Place For Investors, Says, President Buhari To Potential Investors In New York "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in New York assured existing and potential investors in Nigeria of adequate protection of their lives, investments and property.

According to a statement issued in Abuja, Buhari gave the assurance at a bilateral meeting with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The statement was signed by Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

Buhari said in the statement that the security situation in Nigeria was now much better and conducive for socio-economic activities. He noted that the advances being made against Boko Haram insurgents had gone beyond degradation through just force of arms.

Buhari said that the de-radicalisation process was also ongoing, adding that some measure of success was already being achieved.

   ''Even suicide bombing is becoming rare as the local people are themselves rejecting indoctrination by the insurgents.''

He stated that Nigeria was working hard to diversify the economy and expressed willingness to collaborate with South African businessmen, especially in the areas of mining and agriculture, for the mutual benefit of the two countries.


Iran Does Not Want to Negotiate Regional Conflicts with the US "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this picture released by the office of Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the country's diplomats in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Khamenei warned against importing consumer goods from the United States as the Islamic republic prepares for the lifting of sanctions under a landmark nuclear deal. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

In this picture released by the office of Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the country’s diplomats in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Originally appeared at DWN, translated by John T. Sumner exclusively for SouthFront

Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has rejected negotiations with the US on the settlement of regional conflicts. He advocates the “instillation of fear in the enemy” in order to safeguard against threats.

“The Americans insist on negotiating regional issues with us, in particular Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen,” Khamenei said on Sunday before officers of the Revolutionary Guards. The sole aim of such talks would only be “to obstruct the presence of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the region.”

Threats by foreign powers could only be countered with military strength, Khamenei said in the speech, which was published on his website. Among the audience were the top commander of the Revolutionary Guard, Major General Mohammed Ali Jafari, and the commander of its special unit for foreign combat missions, Kassem Soleimani. Only by “instillation of fear in the enemy” threats could be eliminated, Khamenei said.

For the first time in years, the Iranian government had held direct talks with the US government in the wake of negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program, although both countries still do not maintain diplomatic relations. Khamenei has repeatedly stressed that the agreement on the nuclear issue does not imply a rapprochement towards the US. In the Syrian conflict, the two countries support different sides, however, in Iraq both are backing the government in Baghdad.

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WIPP nuclear waste accident will cost US taxpayers $2 billion "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The clean-up after the February 2014 explosion at the world's only deep underground repository for nuclear waste in New Mexico, USA, is massively over budget, writes Jim Green - and full operations won't resume until at least 2021. The fundamental cause of the problems: high level radioactive waste, poor regulation, rigid deadlines and corporate profit make a dangerous mix.


From Bridgegate to the Trump Campaign "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

During his opening remarks this morning in the Bridgegate trial of Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni, prosecutor Vikas Khanna insisted that Gov. Chris Christie knew about the closing of multiple lanes on the George Washington Bridge while it was ongoing. Not only that, but he said he has evidence that Baroni and another Christie thug, David Wildstein, had bragged to Christie about their scheme to mess with the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey in retaliation for his refusal to endorse Christie's reelection effort.

Now, Brother Benen says that a lot of Republicans are relieved that Trump didn't pick Christie as his running mate as it now turns out that he was lying all along and could easily be impeached as a result.

What I think is interesting though is that other people on the periphery of this story have benefitted from Christie's decision to endorse Trump.

For example, even though Bill Stepien (who twice served as Christie's campaign manager and as deputy chief of staff) was let go as part of Christie's effort at damage control of the scandal, he was nevertheless hired by Trump as his national field director.

Another former Christie aide, Matt Mowers, who was the point man in trying to secure the endorsement of Fort Lee's mayor, Mark Sokolich, is likewise working for Trump’s presidential campaign.

If you're a loyal lieutenant, you never really get fired. Although, it seems like Christie did sell Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni down the river. The only way he might have saved them is to admit his role in the lane closings, but he asked them to fall on their swords for him. In any case, he couldn't even attempt to save them without taking responsibility for their actions.

Maybe they'll get lucky like G. Gordon Liddy or Ollie North and find jobs waiting for them at Trump's new alt-right news channel. There's always a place for your Mark Fuhrmans and Charles 'Tex' Colsons. And look at Roger Stone. He struts around like he's never committed a crime in his life.

Still, gridlocking the George Washington Bridge for days just to punish a mayor of the other party for not endorsing you is a dirty trick even Stone wouldn't have contemplated.

Anyone involved in that scheme should be toxic, but Trump is happy to hire them since he likes how they operate.

Over the years there have been Democrats who resigned in disgrace or went to prison. Somehow, they didn't wind up with radio and television programs or employed by Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Why is that?


You Break It, You Own It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

You might want to take out the tiniest violin in the world to play for the sad, sad Trump-supporting Washington staffers and consultants who are getting shunned by their peers.

Take this guy:

A senior House Republican staffer who works for a committee chairman doesn’t tell his colleagues that he likes Trump or that he has informally advised the campaign.

“Basically nobody knows what I’ve done,” said the staffer, who asked for anonymity for fear of the impact his views could have on his career. “It's not something I talk about openly at work, because there are a lot of strong feelings, still, among the staff. People talk openly against the guy.”

He worries it might harm his reputation if colleagues discover he's a major fan of Trump.

This whole article from The Hill is constructed around similar stories of Trump lovers hiding their enthusiasm for Trump or lamenting that they've been treated as pariahs for being open about it.

And the story is always the same:

Another Trump loyalist to feel that divide is Jeffrey Lord, a veteran of the Reagan administration and a Trump campaign surrogate on CNN.

Home in Pennsylvania, people who’ve seen Lord on TV stop him in the grocery store and say nice things about Trump.

When Lord attended the glitzy White House Correspondents’ Dinner, however, he got a different reception.

A Republican from a prominent think tank — Lord won’t say who — attacked Lord, telling him he’d “betrayed conservatism and Ronald Reagan” by supporting Trump.

Sen. David Perdue, a freshman Trump supporter, says "the positive reactions he gets in his home state of Georgia are unrecognizable from what he hears inside the Beltway."

As I wrote this weekend in a piece on why Trump always seems to win his pissing matches, people inside the Beltway do not understand that virtually Trump's entire appeal is based on their lack of credibility. And they don't realize that they earned this lack of trust and deference.

That's why everyone keeps blaming either the people or the media.

However, that doesn't mean Trump is the remedy, nor does it mean it's wrong to look askew at Trump supporting staffers and consultants who surely should know better.

You shouldn't have empathy for anyone who feels ostracized at DC cocktail parties because they express an opinion that Trump would be an acceptable president.

It's just that if you undermine our government with disastrous wars of choice based on lies and then grind the legislative process to a halt with obstruction and fear-mongering ridiculousness, and you don't even issue your promises in good faith before you break them, then people will stop caring what you think or deferring to your good judgment or wanting to see you continue on in your job.

Trump might not be the right or appropriate middle finger, but a middle finger is what a lot of people want delivered right now.

So, yeah, travel outside the Beltway, and suddenly it's not a sign of mental deficiency and apostasy to support Trump.


The 'Objective Press' and Liars "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I think there's some irrational exuberance in Peter Beinart's latest piece in The Atlantic. Certainly the headline (The Death of 'He Said, She Said' Journalism) goes too far. It's nice that the New York Times reported on Donald Trump's abandonment of Birtherism by calling it the abandonment of a "lie" and noting that he offered no apology. It's nice that they did this on the "front page, top right—the most precious space in American print journalism." But, this is still an aberration. It's not the "death" of "he said, she said" journalism.

Beinart uses a pretty good example to illustrate the problem created when political actors brazenly lie.

For an example of such a story, consider the way the Times covered George W. Bush’s claim, during his campaign against John Kerry, that Saddam Hussein had worked closely with Al Qaeda. “Bush and Cheney Talk Strongly of Qaeda Links With Hussein,” noted a Times headline on June 18, 2004. Why were Bush and Cheney raising the subject? Because the day before, the 9/11 Commission had reported that Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda did not have a “collaborative relationship.” Nonetheless, the Times reported Bush’s claims and Kerry’s response as equally valid. Bush himself had helped create the Commission to provide an authoritative, nonpartisan account of the events leading up to 9/11. Yet the Times refused to grant its view any more weight than Bush’s own. It refused to render any judgment about what was true.

It's true that the press struggled mightily to report on the Bush administration's propensity to tell Big Lies with no shame, and certainly Vice-President Dick Cheney and his minions were the most guilty in this regard. They were also masters of trading access for at least neutral reporting of their falsehoods. An outfit like the New York Times wanted the Veep's office to answer the phone when their reporters called. They wanted to get scoops and leaks from the Naval Observatory. As a result, they regurgitated whatever nonsense about Al- Qaeda or Iraq that Cheney's team churned out, often with no more skepticism than noting what they were printing couldn't be independently confirmed. If you followed the Valerie Plame affair and the trial of Scooter Libby, you saw how this worked very clearly.

VICE PRES. CHENEY: Specifically aluminum tubes. There’s a story in The New York Times this morning- this is-I don’t-and I want to attribute The Times. I don’t want to talk about, obviously, specific intelligence sources, but it’s now public that, in fact, he has been seeking to acquire, and we have been able to intercept and prevent him from acquiring through this particular channel, the kinds of tubes that are necessary to build a centrifuge.

The Times was taken for a ride, but they valued Judith Miller's ability to get access to people like Scoote...

Why Trump Wins the Pissing Matches "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I'm not a fan of Robert Gates and I could write a pretty savage piece on his record going back to the Reagan administration. But, when he was nominated to replace Donald Rumsfeld, I stuck up for him against that kind of criticism because he was about the best we were going to get from the Bush administration. And he did a pretty decent job of cleaning up Rumsfeld's mess, to the degree that it could be cleaned up. The truth is, invading and occupying Iraq with no reality-based plan was so irresponsible (evil, basically) that no human can fix the problems it created.

Gates agreed to stay on for a while in the Obama administration. I didn't much like the fact that he was invited to do so, but I also saw the benefits for a new president in having some bipartisan cover for his decision to pull us out of Iraq and make other about-faces in foreign and military policy.

Gates was a major skeptic about our decision to get involved in Libya, and I'm grateful to him for doing what he could to help us avoid that quagmire.

He's also said things since he left the Defense Department that incensed me, but I never expected him to be the kind of person I could actually admire. He's a smart, competent, soldier in the Realist mold of American imperial foreign policy. Most of what you'd be justified in criticizing him for is really a critique of the entire bipartisan class of foreign policy/intelligence bigwigs in this country. In other words, 95% of the problem with Robert Gates is also the problem with Leon Panetta and Ashton Carter.

But, as I've been saying, the record of our foreign policy elites is so bad that people don't make a distinction between the Panettas and Scowcrofts and the Cheneys and Wolfowitzes. None of them are much trusted at the moment, which is why Trump can attack Gates with impunity and get the better of the argument.

I understood this when Trump attacked McCain, but it's taking people who live within the power structure of Washington a long time to realize that they have lost their credibility and that this is the precise reason why Trump has rolled over them for over a year now.



Dozens killed, police officer 'burned alive' during violent protests in Congo "IndyWatch Feed World"


Between 17 and 50 people have been killed in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, after thousands-strong protests against President Joseph Kabila turned violent.


James Turk – The World Is Headed For A Crisis Far Worse Than 2008 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

image/youtube screen grabAs the world awaits this week’s Fed decision, today James Turk warned King World News that the world is headed for a crisis far worse than 2008. James Turk:  “The Federal Reserve’s 2-day monetary policy meeting this week should be an interesting one, Eric, but not because they are going to raise interest rates. Rather, it will be…


Popular Former Boko Haram Spokesman Undergoing Psychiatric Test (Pic) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Borno Police Command said on Monday that it had placed the former spokesman for the Boko Haram sect, Ali Konduga, under psychiatric investigation.

This, the police said, followed Konduga's display of abnormal behaviour since his arrest last week.

According to the spokesperson of the Command, Victor Isuku, who said this in a statement he issued in Maiduguri, Konduga was arrested after a complaint by one Muhammadu Kala. Read the Command's full statement below:

   ''On September 14, one Muhammadu Kala lodged a complaint at the GRA Police Station, Maiduguri, that Mallam Ali Konduga of Gwange ward had trespassed on the premises of the house of Senator Muhammed Ndume.

   ''The DPO led a team of Policemen to arrest the trespasser, where he had gone to receive treatment for injuries he sustained as a result of a mob action.'' Isuku said.

The Police spokesman said that investigation, however, revealed that the suspect was of unsound mind.

   ''On investigation, he was behaving abnormally and was not responding rationally to questions put to him, a situation that suggests that he is of unsound mind.

   ''Hence, he was taken to the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Centre, Maidguri, to ascertain his sanity.

   ''Meanwhile, the suspect is still under observation at the hospital.'' He said.

Isuku, who said the suspect was sentenced to three years imprisonment for complicity in Boko Haram activities, added that the Police had commenced investigations into his case and would take necessary action once he was discharged.

*That man is VERY normal, he's just 'acting up'. He is dangerous to the society and therefore, y'all should do the needful mbok.*


No One Seems To Know Why There Are So Many Mumps Outbreaks Happening "IndyWatch Feed War"

There’s a new mumps outbreak in Northern Arkansas, and closely behind it, people who believe in forced vaccination are crying out for more the heads of the unvaccinated…but this time around, 90% of the kids affected are fully vaccinated. Mumps … Continue reading


A Sneak Peek at the Planning of a 1996 Massacre (Satire) "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB How did Australia get to where she is today?  I’ll play-act three scenes here of some 1990s “planning meetings.” The setting for this is a foreign land. I’ll pretend I am the boss, giving out assignments for an event to take place in Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1996. […]


US Media’s Anti-Russian Numbers Game "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

324234123123123On Sept. 14th, US Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois was invited on CNN’s “The Lead” as an expert on Russia. Without so much as a pause, he stated the following: “Donald Trump says we have to work with Russians in some of the toughest places of the world, but frankly, like in Syria, Russia has responsibility for killing almost half a million people, they are tearing apart Ukraine and Georgia.”

The words “In Syria, Russia has responsibility for killing half a million people” are indefensibly false. The total war dead for the entire conflict, which began in 2011, is estimated at around 470,000, though some estimates are slightly higher or lower.

For Russia to be responsible for anything near 500,000 (half a million) people, Russia would have to be to blamed for nearly every single death in the entire conflict. Though Russia has aligned with the internationally recognized Syrian Arab Republic, Russia’s direct military involvement did not even begin until September 30th, 2015, over 4 years after the war began.

Even if one were to indirectly blame Russia for every death at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army, there is still no way the number could be so high. Kinzinger’s assesses the Syrian conflict as if it has only one side.

Were any Syrians killed by the Al-Nusra front, which has been funded by Saudi Arabia? Were any Syrians killed by ISIS, some of whose members received training within the United States? Were any Syrians killed by the “moderate rebels” being directly supported by the United States?

According to Kinzinger, the CIA’s training camps in Jordan, the constant inflow of foreign fighters, are all somehow irrelevant. In his bizarre fantasy world, the only party that is responsible for any deaths is Russia.

Despite this statement being wildly inaccurate, CNN’s Jake Tapper did not even question it. He simply proceeded with the interview. One must ask, what would Tapper’s response have been if a similar allegation had been made against Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton? Would a wild, extreme allegation against US leaders be simply allowed to pass?

The Numbers Game & Soviet History

Interestingly, numbers and statistics are the basis for a great deal of Anti-Russian propaganda in the United States. For example, the phrase “Stalin was worse than Hitler” was often repeated on American television during the onset of the Ukraine crisis. The phrase served as a passive apology for the US alliance with pro-Hitler elements in the Right Sector and Azov Battalion.

Even if every allegation against Stalin is accepted as absolute fact, the statement has obvious historical flaws.

Hitler is universally known to have rounded up people on the basis of their race or ethnicity, put them on to trains, and transported them to death camps where they were exterminated in homicidal gas chambers. Even Stalin’s harshest critics have neve...


A special gift from UK to Nigeria: promoting human rights or secrecy? "IndyWatch Feed"

At Lagos Airport, Nigerians deported from Britain are processed out of sight in a ‘reception centre’ given by Britain.

Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos

One July day the British High Commissioner to Nigeria met with the country’s minister of interior to express “delight” at a special gift from one friendly country to another.

The gift, hidden away behind a locked fence in the cargo section of Lagos’s Murtala Mohammed International Airport, is a newly built “reception centre” for processing people forcibly returned to Nigeria by the UK immigration authorities.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony on 13 July 2016, High Commissioner Paul Arkwright said: “Nigeria is a valued partner to the UK and we have made real progress on issues that are important to both our countries.”

He called the new centre “our gift to the Nigeria Immigration Service” and claimed it would “improve the returns process for you on the ground, but more importantly, allow a dignified return of Nigerians repatriated from the UK, which is important to both our countries.”

According to the Commissioner’s press release, the centre would provide a “safe, secure and weatherproof environment for processing returns, away from the public eye”.

That’s the official version.

Leaving families behind

We’ve gained access to the new centre and elicited confidential comment from Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) employees that tells a different story.

“The property is used to keep deportees from the public eye,” one senior immigration officer told us. “I think is an attempt by the British government to keep shut the mouth of the Nigerian immigration and maintain the relationship of having people deported from the UK to Nigeria.”

There were deeper problems that a new reception centre could not address, the officer said. “There have been recent incidents where distressed Nigerians deported have caused disruption to the runway and tried to stop other planes from leaving to attract attention. Many Nigerian people are suicidal and do not want to be returned or speak to immigration. They are upset for leaving behind their families and life in the United Kingdom.”

“People that have been in the UK for a long time, that have established private life there and have family in the UK, they should not be deported.”

Another long-serving immigration officer told us: “People are deported with bad mental health. I have spoken to many people on charter who should be in hospital in the United Kingdom not on a charter and taken to Nigeria. I have seen some women very distressed when the charter lands here. It is not safe for them here. Away from their families in the United Kingdom.”



Stephen Colbert hilariously shreds Trump’s birther lies: ‘We’re not crazy — we were there’ "IndyWatch Feed"

It’s been less than a week since the belated admission from Donald Trump that he believes President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Yet, despite Trump’s birther defeat being five years in the making, the victory was more bizarre than triumphant. On Monday night’s…


Motorists wasted billions on premium gasoline last year: AAA "IndyWatch Feed"

U.S. consumers wasted billions of dollars last year filling their cars with costly premium-grade gasoline for no tangible benefit, according to a study by the country’s leading motorist advocacy group. The report by Heathrow, Florida-based AAA comes as low pump prices and a growing economy…


Russia responsible for attack on UN aid convoy in Syria: US "IndyWatch Feed"

The United States has blamed Russia for an airstrike that targeted a UN aid convoy near Syria’s Aleppo province on Monday, shortly after the Syrian military ended a ceasefire due to recurrent breaches by terrorist groups. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that at least 18 of 31 Syrian Red Crescent trucks carrying UN-provided food were […]



Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective  by Susan Dirgham, July 2015 PART ONE Introduction Australians have had a connection with the people of Syria since the First World War, when…

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Tension In Abia As Policemen Allegedly Beat 70-Year Old Hunter To Death "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There has been tension in Amaekpu Ohafia community in the Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State, following a clash between youths of the community and Policemen attached to the area over the killing of a 70-year-old hunter, Chief Kalu Okowu, aka Crossca.

It was gathered that some Policemen had beaten the victim to death while trying to arrest him for allegedly injuring a fellow hunter during a hunting expedition.

A source described Okowu as a jovial, caring and peace-loving man, who was not known for trouble in the community.

He added that some months back, Crossca, who was the Chairman of Ohafia Hunters Association, a registered group with the Ohafia council, went on a hunting expedition with some of his colleagues when the incident occurred.

The source said, ''Some pellets hit one of his colleagues, Agwu Oba, alias Aliko, in the leg. He was taken to Ebem Hospital, where he was treated and later discharged.''

Aliko was alleged to have reported the case to the Police, which led to the arrest of the hunters who were with him when the shooting incident happened.

   ''They broke into Okowu's house and allegedly hit him with guns. In the process, he collapsed. Efforts by doctors to revive him failed and he was taken to another hospital where he was confirmed dead on arrival by a medical team at the hospital.

   ''Okowu's death angered some youths, who descended on Policemen in the area. But some Soldiers were alerted and they intervened.'' The source explained.

The traditional ruler of Amaekpu Ohafia, Prof. Emea Arua, called for calm in the community, assuring that the perpetrators of the dastardly act would be prosecuted according to the law.

But the widow of the deceased, Kalu Nnoke, urged the government to ensure that justice was served on those found culpable as a way of assuaging the spirit of her late husband.



Absolute 3D Tracking With EM Fields "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

[Chris Gunawardena] is still holding his breath on Valve and Facebook surprising everyone by open sourcing their top secret VR prototypes. They have some really clever ways to track the exact location and orientation of the big black box they want people to strap to their faces. Until then, though, he decided to take his own stab at the 3D tracking problems they had to solve. 

While they used light to perform the localization, he wanted to experiment with using electromagnetic fields to perform the same function. Every phone these days has a magnetometer built in. It’s used to figure out which way is up, but it can also measure the local strength of magnetic fields.

Unfortunately to get really good range on a magnetic field there’s a pesky problem involving inverse square laws. Some 9V batteries in series solved the high current DC voltage source problem and left him with magnetic field powerful enough to be detected almost ten centimeters away by his iPhone’s magnetometer.

As small as this range seems, it ended up being enough for his purposes. Using the existing math and a small iOS app he was able to perform rudimentary localization using EM fields. Pretty cool. He’s not done yet and hopes that a more sensitive magnetometer and a higher voltage power supply with let him achieve greater distances and accuracy in a future iteration.

Filed under: Virtual Reality, wearable hacks


Footage: Test-Fire of Sukhoi PAK FA (T-50) Fifth-Generation Stealth Fighter "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Russian United Aircraft Corporation has released a video of test-fire of a rapid-firing autocannon designed for the Sukhoi PAK FA (T-50) fifth-generation fighter jet.

The video was filed at a testing ground for aircraft systems outside the Russian capital, Moscow.

The video shows an alleged 9-А1-4071K gun mounted on a fixed stand simulating the front part of the Sukhoi PAK FA jet.

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Millennials Could Doom Trump — and GOP "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After watching Barack Obama win the support of a large share of young Americans in back-to-back presidential elections, Republican party officials launched an effort to court these voters. But Donald Trump it taking a wrecking ball to these plans — and that could be a big problem for the GOP way beyond November 8.

“I think what Trump is doing is a disaster for Republicans trying to court millennials,” Dr. Jonathan Weiler, a University of North Carolina political scientist and co-author of Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics, told WhoWhatWhy.

Recent studies back him up. A Quinnipiac University poll found that only 26% of millennials would vote for him. This response trails behind the roughly 40% of youth voters who supported the Republican candidate in the past three presidential elections.

The GOP is acutely aware of the problem, if not its causes. They began to court millennials in 2013 after surveys confirmed their dwindling appeal among that generation. The GOP’s “Growth & Opportunity Project” highlighted young leaders like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who was soundly thrashed by Trump in the primaries.

Millennials — Too Diverse for Trump?


Now, the GOP’s youth drive is seriously off the rails. Geoffrey Skelley, an analyst with the University of Virginia Center for Politics, thinks Trump is the reason.

“Trump’s nostalgia-driven slogan ‘Make America Great Again’ partly encompasses the way Trump exacerbates Republicans’ problems with young voters: this more diverse block of voters doesn’t necessarily think America was better before the current era,” Skelley told WhoWhatWhy.

Skelley noted that the youth population has a greater proportion of non-whites than the 65 and older population. No wonder millennials don’t look back fondly to the days when non-whites had to sit in the back of the bus.

“Non-white voters are more likely to support government intervention in the economy, more liberal and inclusive social policies, and other tenets that more closely match those of the Democratic Party than the Republican Party,” he said.

Benjamin Rasmussen, a former member of the Yale College Republicans, painted a grim picture of the GOP’s future if Trump solidifies his hold on the party.

“Standard Republicans have certainly tainted their perception in the eyes of myself and many millennials by endorsing Trump, and will only become less popular should they continue endorsing candidates as hateful and unqualified as Trump in future elections,” he told WhoWhatWhy.

“Trump has made the Republican Party a bastion of nationalism and xenophobia. Since most millennials like myself find such views morally reprehensible, the GOP will certainly lose support among moderate college students.”

That, of course, is music to the ears of Democratic Party activists like Michael DeLuca, president of the College Democrats at New York University.

“When Trump threatens basic tenets like the freedom of the press or a woman’s right to reproductive health care, those who might not usually participate or volunteer start playing an important role. They start to see how dangerous Trump could be,” he said.


Man Shouts “Hillary For Prison” And Clinton Responds With “Let’s Make It Happen!” "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"



You’d think we’re making up the follow incident involving Hillary Clinton, but luckily, just like her recent medical emergency, it was all caught on video.

Paul Joseph Watson explains:

Hillary Clinton was caught in an embarrassing moment when someone at her rally yelled “Hillary for prison!”, to which the presidential candidate responded, “Let’s make it happen!”

The cringeworthy moment was captured on film.

Given her now notorious propensity for being constantly “confused,” Hillary probably thought the man was saying “Hillary for president!,” but nothing could be further from the truth.

And the video:

Via Youtube:

Yes, America, let’s make it happen!

Article reposted with permission from SHTF Plan

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Oil prices drop ahead of producer’s meeting "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Prices at the pump have fallen in many countries [Xinhua]

Prices at the pump have fallen in many countries [Xinhua]

Oil prices edged lower on Tuesday on fears of saturation in US crude oil stocks despite market hopes for an agreement between OPEC and non-OPEC countries on capping output.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.46 per cent to $43.10 at press time, while international benchmark Brent crude fell 0.54 per cent to $45.70.

Oil prices were also dragged down by statements from Venezuelan Oil Minister Eulogio Del Pino who said that oil markets were oversupplied by about 10 per cent.

Late on Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that OPEC and non-OPEC countries had almost reached a deal to stabilize oil markets and prices, adding that he expected the deal to be announced before the end of the month.

Maduro’s comments came at the end of the Non-Aligned Movement summit held in Venezuela on Sunday.

He said: “We had a long bilateral meeting with [Iranian President Hassan] Rouhani. We’re close to a deal between OPEC producer countries and non-OPEC.”

Meanwhile, according to the Iranian oil ministry news agency, SHANA, Rouhani said that Tehran would support any move to stabilize the global oil market and raise prices.

OPEC members are meeting in Algiers this month amid speculation that a deal to curb output could be reached.

Algeria’s state news agency cited government sources who said that if they manage to reach a consensus at that gathering, they may call an extraordinary meeting to discuss oil prices.

Algerian Energy Minister Noureddine Bouterfa expressed optimism in an interview with Reuters Tuesday that some kind of deal could be worked out next week.

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said it was time for major oil producers – such as Russia and OPEC – to agree to an output cap.

This is the first time the Russian president weighs in publicly on what has become a farce among oil investors and analysts as repeated year-long efforts to reach consensus among major producers have collapsed.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies


Why the Food Movement is Unstoppable "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

In the simplest terms possible, the opposite of neoliberal ideology is not communism or socialism, it is the food movement.


WATCH: Cops Steal Man’s Phone, Accidentally Record Themselves Conspiring to Falsely Charge Him "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Hartford, CT — On September 11, 2015, journalist and police accountability activist, Michael Picard was illegally detained for lawfully open carrying and filming police on public property. During the illegal detainment, Connecticut state troopers confiscated his gun and his camera. However, the troo


Unigine Is Working On Perhaps The Most Beautiful GPU Benchmark, Coming Later This Year "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Following the Unigine 2.3.1 engine update I was able to get confirmation from Unigine Corp they do have a new technology demo / benchmark coming out!..


Pic: Young Man Steals Native Doctor's Wallet And It Turns Into A Deadly Cobra, Which Is Stuck To His Hand "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A strange story has emerged in Ghana where a thief who stole a wallet from a native doctor was shocked when the item turned into a dangerous snake in his hands. The thief who tried to extricate the reptile from his hand to no avail reportedly went to the owner of the wallet and confessed what he did.

The incident left people baffled after they watched as a wallet turned into a deadly cobra in the hands of the thief as a result of black magic.

It was gathered that the 27-year-old thief identified only as Mdu, had snatched the wallet from the owner, not knowing that he was playing with fire as the owner is a known witch doctor and when he tried to open it to see what he got for his efforts, the wallet turned into a cobra that wrapped itself around his hand.

An eyewitness revealed that the terrified thief tracked the native doctor who was about to board a taxi and confessed that he stole his wallet and wanted to return it.

   ''He stole a wallet from an old man, people around are just saying the old man is a Sangoma (native doctor), but no one knows the man around. When he snatched the wallet he went behind a billboard; that’s when the wallet turned into a snake.

   ''Now he tracked the man and found him but the problem is the old fellow is denying his wallet. He even produced a pouch like a wallet as proof to show that the snake wallet wasn’t his.

   ''The snake is not biting him but it's stuck in his hands as he failed to throw it way; this is first-grade black magic.

   "The police just came after the commotion but they ignored the case. I am not sure what he is thinking right now but if the owner denies the wallet, they will have to visit a popular local sangoma to cast out the spell.'' The witness said.

Source: AdomOnline


Trump’s Youth Fail/Driverless Cars by 2021?/And More "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Backers Start Petition for Health Care “Public Option” (Russ)

Backed by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and others, it seeks to make a public health insurance option central to the fall campaign — and to get it at the center of the candidates’ discourse.

How Merkel Could Win (Inez)

A negative narrative focusing on her Refugee policy and low polling could spell disaster for the German leader. Or it could be a misrepresentation of support.

West Africa Embraces Cellphone Surveillance of Police Misconduct (Dan)

US is not the only place where police have been caught abusing power.

Police Frame-Up Accidentally Recorded (Russ)

Connecticut State Police seized a protester’s camera, and not knowing it was still on, proceeded to plot how to set him up. Now, ACLU is suing.

Lyft Founder: Almost Entire Fleet Self-Driving by 2021 (Trevin)

The same week that Uber began using self-driving test cars in Pittsburgh, Lyft’s co-founder and President John Zimmer laid down a vision for the future including an end to urban car ownership by 2025.

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Countries are Getting Ready to Ban Cash "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

dollar economyPablo & Rusty’s is a successful, Sydney based coffee roaster. They have recently opened a new location in Brisbane where they are trialling something different: they do not take cash. The only accepted payment methods are credit cards, phones or smart coffee cups —yes, those colourful cups with a chip that are springing at coffee…


2016/7 NI Party Conference dates "IndyWatch Feed"

PARTY CONFERENCE SCHEDULE – a list of the 2016/17 party conferences and gatherings most relevant to followers of NI politics. It’ll be updated with information as and when the parties decide and share their plans, and updated with links to Slugger’s conference coverage after each event.


Crazed Cop Shooter, 2 “Explosions” – Has the Engineered End of America Begun? "IndyWatch Feed War"

With about six weeks remaining before the highly volatile US presidential election it appears the ruling elite could be officially going for it all. That is, in terms of destroying America. (Editor’s Note: Originally posted 9-18-2016) With ISIS stories apparently … Continue reading


An Unorthodox Solution To The World’s Economic Problems "IndyWatch Feed World"

Authored by Frank Hollenbeck via,

We currently face a monumental dilemma. How do we extract ourselves from all this excessive debt without crashing the world economy? There is a solution which is totally counterintuitive: print even more money. In other words, to get out of the deep, deep hole we are in, dig even deeper.

It is called the Chicago plan. With a stroke of a pen, money would be substituted for debt, without the negative consequences of printing money. Banking would be restructured so that it never again leads to boom and bust cycles, and most debt, public and private, could be cancelled.  It’s basically a “one time” get out of jail card for the world economy.

Back then, economists realized that it was the rapid expansion and contraction of credit, not driven by fundamentals of the real economy, which created most booms and busts. This is because banks can make a loan and then finance it out of thin air, through the fractional reserve banking system- something no other business can do. Of course, central banks adding unnecessary liquidity aggravated the problem and made the boom and bust cycles worse.

An essential feature of all the different Chicago plans is that it would require banks to hold 100% reserves against deposits.

Currently, banks in the U.S. normally are required to hold between 0 and 10 percent reserves against deposits. According to the Chicago plan, banks would be required to exchange their assets for enough money to bring their reserves up to 100%. It is basically an asset swap, with the government exchanging cash for almost all the banks private and public debt. This new money in the banking system just sits there since banks have a new 100% reserve requirement, so there are no inflationary consequences of all this new printing.  An IMF paper on the Chicago plan estimates that government could cancel the entire government debt held by banks and over $15 trillion of private debt!

Irvin Fisher, a Yale economist whom Milton Friedman called America’s greatest economist, said that the plan would greatly reduce the severity of business cycles, probably eliminating booms and busts. Bank runs would be impossible, making deposit insurance unnecessary, and it would greatly reduce the amount of public and private debt.

The IMF paper using state of the art economic modeling concluded that Dr. Fisher was right, and that the plan would be even more beneficial. Real GDP growth would initially surge by 10% resulting from the elimination of many distortions.

Many Austrians would normally cringe at such a plan since it implies massive government intervention and the strengthening, although temporarily, of government influence on the economy. This, however, can be viewed as one of the few legitimate roles for governments: enforcing property rights. Fractional reserve banking is fraud (see here and here) since it generates multiple claims to the same real resources or goods and services. The Chicago plan would simply be taking ill-gotten gains away from the counterfeiters.



Saudis Dominate Among Suicide-Bombers "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Numerous studies show that one nation dominates above all others as a steady source of jihadists: Saudi Arabia...


As CETA Advances, Reports Warn Deal Will Ruin Economies, Cement Corporate Power "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Germany’s minority Social Democratic Party backs trade agreement despite 300,000-strong protest on Saturday

As the pro-corporate Canada-Europe trade deal notched another victory on Monday, a pair of new studies underscored how the health, rights, and livelihoods of people on both sides of the Atlantic will suffer under the pending deal.

Germany’s minority Social Democratic Party (SPD) voted in favor of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), making it increasingly likely the trade deal will be approved by the country’s Parliament. The backing came despite the fact that on Saturday over 300,000 people across Germany marched in opposition to the deal and its “toxic” sister agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

As Deutsche Welle noted, CETA “is scheduled to be signed by Ottawa and Brussels next month. However, each [European Union] member state would then need to fully ratify the agreement for it to come into force.”

Critics say that the agreement will only increase corporate power and that its provisions will “water down or abolish environmental, health, and consumer protection regulations.”

To that end, European campaigners Global Justice Now, Corporate Europe, and the Transnational Institute released a new report (pdf) on Monday underscoring how the deal’s investor protections, including the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system, “could dangerously thwart government efforts to protect citizens and the environment.”...


Now you can Tweet More! Twitter is set to stop Counting Photos, Videos & Quotes against the 140 character Limit "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Now you can say more with your 140 characters on Twitter. The social media app has announced that quoting tweets, using GIFs, creating polls, adding photos or videos to tweets will have no impact on the 140 characters-limit per tweet. Photo Credit: Twitter


Pandora Stock: Pandora Media Inc Needs a Revamp "IndyWatch Feed World"

By George Leong, B.Comm.

A Model Change Required for Pandora Stock
Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P) has staged a nice rally from its 52-week low of $7.10, but Pandora stock will continue to have to play the catch-up game in the ultra-competitive music streaming business, in which Spotify AB and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) are tops.

My prior thinking was that Pandora stock would fare better if it would be acquired but so far, despite the rumors, there is no evidence that P stock will be acquired.

For investors in Pandora Media,.

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How the State Cracks Down on Self-Sufficiency and Calls It Theft "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"



I wrote about relative paucity and poverty in this country, describing how the Census data does not take into account the generous welfare system in their poverty formulation, but strictly considers the annual income ceiling of a family of four. 

Yet many “poor” in this country know how to milk the system, own a home, TVs, cell phones, cars, electronics, air conditioning, have cable, refrigerators, microwaves, food, and other amenities that make life comfortable and worth living.

Most importantly, quite a few of the “poor,” are members of the generational welfare class. When compared to most countries, they are well off, do not work by choice, are not ashamed that they are kept by taxes from those who do work, and seldom assume personal responsibility for their poor choices in life.

The following story is a poignant case of real poverty. A sad video crossed my desk recently from the old country.  Two Romanian local policemen were accusing a tiny 84-year old lady of fiscal evasion because she was selling herbs and vegetables from her own garden to survive while corrupt politicians steal millions of other people’s money, with scant consequences.

Mamaia Niculina touched my heart and the heart of an entire nation with her humble resilience.  She survives proudly from day to day on a small pension and from the toil of her own hands. Gardening is back-breaking hard work for anybody but especially for an octogenarian. She travels 30 km twice a week to the capital Bucharest with two large bags, to sell parsley, squash, peppers, garlic, and other vegetables for one leu per bunch of parsley or one squash, about 25 cents.

Sitting on the sidewalk in a shabby chair, hunched over her precious bundles of parsley, a few peppers, garlic, and squash she grew herself, she smiles with pride when a buyer comes by and admires her harvest, crumpling one banknote in her wrinkled hands with fingernails caked with dirt. Every little bundle she sells buys her a loaf of bread, helping her survive from day to day, literally her daily bread. “You are just eating plain bread? Yes, plain bread. What can I do,” she answers with a clear voice.

The reporter shows Mamaia Niculina’s dilapidated home. She does not own much, her possessions and wealth can fit into a large shopping bag.  But she is proud that she can support herself through her hard work....


Vaccine manufacturers paying out millions to victims while still claiming they’re ‘safe’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vaccine injury


(NaturalNews) Think about it: If vaccines are perfectly safe, then why does a federalVaccine Injury Compensation Program exist, and why are pharmaceutical companies paying out millions of dollars to vaccine victims?

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Why should we care that Exxon is lobbying the UK Government on electric vehicles? "IndyWatch Feed"

We shouldn't ignore the oil giant lobbying to stop the electric car revolution in Britain.

An electric car charging in Detroit, 1919. Cress-Dale Photo Co., Seattle, public domain due to age.

Behind the scenes lobbying to slow the rise of electric vehicles is growing. And in the UK, ExxonMobil is leading the charge.

Newly released documents show the US oil giant repeatedly lobbying the British government against policies for greener transport.

“Switching transportation from petroleum to renewable or alternative fuels is not the most cost-effective way to reduce GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions” reads one slide of a presentation delivered to the Department for Transport (DfT).

Another reads: “In the near term other sectors are likely to provide more direct cost effective CO2 abatement solutions than the transport sector.”

This is the message that Exxon has delivered to the DfT in three separate presentations since the Paris climate deal was agreed last December, the documents obtained by DeSmog UK reveal.

And what’s more, Exxon appears to be the only major fossil fuel company currently heavily lobbying the British government against decarbonising our transport system.

So why is this such a big deal?

In the most basic terms, it goes something like this: governments should be acting in the public’s interest. Allowing corporate lobbying to influence a government’s policy making process threatens our democracy because it is effectively saying that the corporation’s interests are more important than the public’s. One year on, govt has done little about VW scandal, but found time to listen to Exxon lobbying against electric car.

And when it comes to issues related to tackling climate change – of which electric vehicles are one piece of a larger puzzle – it’s not just a question of what’s best for the public now but it’s about what’s best for our future and for future generations.

Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to a clean economy is what’s in the public’s best interest. In fact, it’s also in the interest of companies too, many are now arguing.

But that’s not how Exxon sees it. And it’s not what we’re seeing our government doing.

The document release comes as the government’s environmental audit committee warned the UK is “falling behind” on its electric vehicle targets. The committee criticised ministers for failing to im...


What The Media Is Not Telling You About The Captured Afghan Terrorist And Where He Learned His Terror Trade "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"



“There is no link at this time at this preliminary stage to international terrorism,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. Liar. This ‘coverup’ for Islamic terrorism is completely debunked. We now know that the Chelsea bombing and other bombings suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami was trained in Afghanistan and slipped the eye of the intelligence. Investigators first identified Rahami Sunday afternoon by identifying him through a fingerprint. The cell phone on the pressure cooker device was also found.

A man who described himself as a childhood friend of Rahami told the Herald the suspect had made a life-changing trip to Afghanistan two years ago.

“At one point he left to go to Afghanistan, and two years ago he came back, popped up out of nowhere and he was real religious,” friend Flee Jones, 27, said of suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami. “And it was shocking. I’m trying to understand what’s going on. I’ve never seen him like this.”

So he was trained overseas to become a lone wolf inside the U.S.

Ahmad Khan Rahami ran a restaurant, First American Fried Chicken; so by using “First American,” I guess he was a patriot, and his father “Khan” is next to be present at Hillary’s rally (Muslim middle name is always the father). Of course, with an American Constitution in hand and Shariah booklet in his back pocket. Why does the U.S. government and the media always covers up the reality of things Muslim?

They were on their way to be deported; over 800 slipped, but Hillary needed their vote and they were allowed to remain.

The separate weekend explosions in New York and New Jersey are making it clear that lone wolf attacks will become the norm. The first explosion went off Saturday morning before a Marine Corps charity run in Seaside Park, New Jersey, followed by a blast later Saturday in Manhattan.



UN urged to guarantee aid for all Syrians after UN halts convoys "IndyWatch Feed World"

Following the UN suspension of all aid convoys to Syria, world powers meeting in New York are urged to immediately guarantee access to all civilians in need.


Blogger Recognition Award, thank you Cosmic Explorer! "IndyWatch Feed World"

Blogger Recognition Award

My dear blogging friend Cosmic Explorer has nominated Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Blogger Recognition Award for the second time.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

For all the nominees for this award, here are the rules, if you choose to accept:

Write a post to show your award.
Give a brief story of how your blog started.
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.

My blog started in January 2005, then still at ModBlog. At first, my blog posts were text only. Gradually I learned to insert pictures. Still later, to embed videos.

My advice for new bloggers is:

1. Add images or videos to your blog posts to make them more attractive.

2. Use Zemanta to find more hyperlinks and/or images for your blog posts.

My nominees are:

1. World of wings

2. Azyre Daily

3. Sableyes

4. Where Monica goes

5. Spicy Road

6. A.J. Sefton

7. Recipe in a Bottle

8. Aspiring Thoughts

9. Eye-Dancers

10. Dragos Calinescu

11. Animalcouriers

12. nightwithdeer

13. Kintal

14. Micheline’s Blog

15. Maria Luisa Marcelino


Donald Trump promises 'loyal friendship' with Egypt's president "IndyWatch Feed War"


In New York meeting, Donald Trump tells Abdel Fatah al-Sisi US would be 'not simply an ally' if he wins presidential election


Sorry David Attenborough, We Didn’t Evolve from ‘Aquatic Apes’ – Here’s Why "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It’s a shame the BBC indulged this implausible theory as it distracts from the emerging story of human evolution that is both more complex and interesting.

An aquatic ape. Credit: Michael Rosskothen/shutterstock

An aquatic ape. Credit: Michael Rosskothen/shutterstock

Occasionally in science there are theories that refuse to die despite the overwhelming evidence against them. The “aquatic ape hypothesis” is one of these, now championed by Sir David Attenborough in his recent BBC Radio 4 series The Waterside Ape.

The hypothesis suggests that everything from walking upright to our lack of hair, from holding our breath to eating shellfish could be because an aquatic phase in our ancestry. Since the theory was first suggested more than 55 years ago, huge advances have been made in the study of human evolution and our story is much more interesting and complicated than suggested by the catch-all aquatic ape hypothesis.

In 1960, marine biologist Alister Hardy published an article in New Scientist, titled: Was man more aquatic in the past? He re-told the familiar tale of the evolution of land animals from ancient fish, and then considered the return of various groups of reptiles, birds and mammals to an aquatic existence: ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, crocodiles, sea-snakes, penguins, whales, dolphins and porpoises, manatees and dugongs, and seals – as well as polar bears, otters and water voles, who hunt in water. Then he suggested that many of the unique characteristics of humans and their ancestors, marking them out as different from the other apes, could be explained as adaptations to spending time in water.

Hardy put forward all sorts of features which could be explained as “aquatic adaptations”: our swimming ability – and our enjoyment of it; loss of body hair, as well as an arrangement of body hair that he supposed may have reduced resistance in the water; curvy bodies; and the layer of fat under our skin. He even suggested that our ability to walk upright may have developed through wading, with the water helping to support body weight.

For Hardy, this aquatic phase would have occupied the gap in the fossil record that then existed – between around 4m and 7m years ago. He sensibly concluded his paper saying that this was all only speculation – a “hypothesis to be discussed and tested against further lines of evidence”.

In the 50-odd years since the presentation of this hypothesis, it has enjoyed a certain fame – or perhaps notoriety. The writer Elaine Morgan championed it in her book The Aquatic Ape, and developed the hypothesis further, marshalling a seemingly impressive range of characteristics to support it, including breath control and diet. It seems such a tantalising and romantic idea – but a closer look at the evidence reveals it to be little more than that.

Pouring cold water on it...


Arizona Parents Beware: Court Says Changing Diapers Equals Sexual Molestation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Alice Salles | ANTIMEDIA If you’ve never had a good reason to condemn a governmental body for its brash policies, both the Supreme Court of Arizona and the state’s legislature may have just come to the rescue. In a decision that … Continue reading


Dublin protest to force the government to back down and scrap water charges sees 1000s on streets "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

watercharge17srpt2016crowd.jpgThe Irish government's attempt to introduce domestic water charges in Ireland is not going well. In fact, for them it's been a disaster because it's sparked off a huge upsurge in working class self organisation and direct action. Saturday saw thousands of anti-water charges campaigners flooding the streets of Dublin o to again voice their opposition to Irish Water & water charges and as a show of strength for the movement.


The Left Still Cannot Say Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"



Terrorism is terrorism, regardless of the source, and two American cities felt the sting of it over the weekend. Is it really that hard to say? Apparently. And if someone on the left does summon up the word, it must always be supplemented with a descriptor.

One of two terrorist attacks, a bombing, occurred this weekend in Manhattan, N.Y. “No-one has come forward to admit to planting the device, which exploded in a dumpster,” Cuomo said, but citizens should make no mistake: “a bomb exploding in New York is an act of terrorism.”

Got that. At the time, he stated (Sunday morning) that no one, or group, had claimed responsibility. Yet, he was quick to insist it was not the work of ISIS or any specific group.

However, he also added that, “We're not going to let them win. They want to make you afraid. We're not going to let them instill fear.”

Okay – so Cuomo admitted he/we don’t know who the bomber is, yet he knows for a fact it is definitely not ISIS, but we can’t let THEM win. If he/we don’t know who the bomber is – may I ask who THEM is?

Knowing that, even in the face of tragedy, democrats consider everything through a political lens - is the definitely “not ISIS” exclamation by Governor Cuomo a veiled attempt not to tie Obama’s mass immigration of Muslims to the U.S.? I don’t know, but I wouldn’t doubt it.

The Manhattan bomber may not be the work of an Islamist, but the attack at a Minnesota mall on Saturday certainly was. As I stated, regardless of the source, the two acts were terrorism, nonetheless.

It is not hard to say - terrorism - unless you’re NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, who, like many apologists on the left, just couldn’t bring himself to utter the word. When pressed, he merely stated: "It was intentional, it was a violent act, it was a bomb. That's what we know.”

The bomb detonated around 8.30pm on Saturday night, injuring 29 people. Shortly after, another identical device was discovered before it detonated in the same vicinity.

Interestingly, both IEDs were pressure cooker bombs – the same type as were used by the Boston bombers, so it would not be much of a stretch to conclude it may be the work of Islamists.

The vicious knife attack that also happened Saturday night at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud was more cut and dry. The attacker, according to an ISIS statement, was “a soldier of the Islamic State.” “The executor of the stabbing attacks in Minnesota yesterday was a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to calls to target the citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition,” stated ISIS.

The attacker referenced Allah and actually asked on...


Strong Secular Prospects for Emerging Markets "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Very interesting chart showing growth in various countries — the chart makes it clear that the EM is where the growth is. Fidelity expects that “over the next 20 years, EM countries will grow faster than developed markets (see chart, below), in large part due to faster labor force growth. In addition, several EMs with youthful…

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Project Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Photo from Wikimedia. Click for attribution.

Photo from Wikimedia. Click for attribution.

About a decade ago, I was sitting in a project meeting with a bunch of city and county officials. We had been going over the project for months, holding public conversations, trying to find a way through what was a rather contentious set of issues. On that day, one of the project team was arriving with a handout that was going to be used in Washington DC and at the state capitol to advocate for funding. None of us had seen the handout and there was some apprehension as we waited.

When the moment arrived, we were all stunned. In huge font on the front of the handout was the statement "8:1 Benefit to Cost Ratio." This project -- which was really expensive as well as somewhat ludicrous, most of us understood -- was going to create eight times the benefits than it cost? A good friend of mine at the meeting -- someone who supported the project -- made a statement along the lines of, I'm not sure where this number came from, but I'll take it.

Last month I provided some context to a Paul Krugman article calling on the federal government to borrow money for a big investment in infrastructure (What clearly makes us richer). There was a subtle nuance in Krugman's words that I want to unfold today. Here's what he wrote in his column Time to Borrow:

So investing more in infrastructure would clearly make us richer. Meanwhile, the federal government can borrow at incredibly low interest rates: 10-year, inflation-protected bonds yielded just 0.09 percent on Friday.
Put these two facts together — big needs for public investment, and very low interest rates — and it suggests not just that we should be borrowing to invest, but that this investment might well pay for itself even in purely fiscal terms.

Focus on the modifier in that last sentence. ....even in purely fiscal terms. Let me rephrase his sentence to highlight the nuance. suggests not just that we should be borrowing to invest, but that this type of investment, which would normally have a social payback but not a fiscal payback, is so good that it might actually be a lucrative financial investment too.

Of course, in that August post I demonstrated that -- even using Krugman's numbers -- there would be no positive fiscal payback to his strategy. Still, what is the difference between a social payback and a fiscal payback? I covered this in a video I put together back in 2013.

When that 8:1 benefit to cost ratio was presented for the ludicrous project I was working on, that was eight dollars of social value for every one dollar of real money spent. In a world where there is no cons...


Green Energy Revolution Folly "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"



President Obama recently set a goal to double renewable power generation in the U.S. by 2020. At the same time, he suggested ending oil company tax breaks and using them, instead, to bolster solar and wind industries. The U.S. government is investing more than $1 trillion in green energy, the so-called "clean" energy alternative, while choking off coal and natural gas production with increasingly onerous regulations.

In their book, Fueling Freedom:  Exposing the Mad War on Energy, authors Stephen Moore and Kathleen Hartnett White argue against the shift to renewables.  Using energy-production statistics and the historic contributions of fossil fuels, they explode the myths promulgated by renewables cheerleaders.  They expose the extensive misinformation on clean energy resources to effectively argue against what they believe would be a disastrous, energy production shift that would have serious lifestyle and geopolitical consequences for Americans.

Promoters of renewable energy sources -- the supposed “low environmental impact” alternative to fossil fuels -- are putting forth a false narrative, Moore and White assert.

Rather than worrying that carbon energy resources are destroying the planet and looking to renewable energy as an alternative, the authors suggest we should celebrate the vast contributions fossil fuels made during the past century, advancing mankind and making our lives safer, more productive and economically and politically secure.  The U.S. has more recoverable energy supplies than any nation on earth, the authors posit.  With fairly recent shale oil and natural gas discoveries and newer technologies of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking, we are in no danger of running out any time soon.  It should be welcome news, they urge, that the U.S. can be energy independent within the next few years and be the world's dominant energy producer.  Freedom from OPEC manipulations and the potential for millions of jobs that would substantially add to our gross domestic product, benefits our national security and would be a welcome boon to our relatively stagnant economy.


Car Hacking – Chinese hacker team remotely hacked Tesla Model S "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A group of security researchers from the Chinese firm Tencent have found a series of flaws that can be exploited to remotely hack a Tesla Model S.

Security experts at the Keen Lab at Chinese firm Tencent have found a series of vulnerabilities that can be exploited by a remote attacker to hack an unmodified Tesla Model S.

The researchers demonstrated that it is possible to hack the Tesla Model S while it is parked or if it is on the move.

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The team published a Video PoC of the hack that shows how to take the control of the sunroof, of the position of the seats, of the turn signals, and the door locking system.

The most scaring part of the hack is when the car is on the move, the hackers were able to activate the brakes from 12 miles, activate the windshield wipers, fold the side view mirrors, and open the trunk.

“With several months of in-depth research on Tesla Cars, we have discovered multiple security vulnerabilities and successfully implemented remote, aka none physical contact, control on Tesla Model S in both Parking and Driving Mode. It is worth to note that we used an unmodified car with latest firmware to demonstrate the attack.” the researchers explained in a blog post.

The researchers are the first team of hackers that is able to compromise CAN Bus to remote control Tesla cars by exploiting a series of flaws.

“As far as we know, this is the first case of remote attack which compromises CAN Bus to achieve remote controls on Tesla cars,” the researchers said. “We have verified the attack vector on multiple varieties of Tesla Model S. It is reasonable to assume that other Tesla models are affected.” continues the post.

“As far as we know, this is the first case of remote attack which compromises CAN Bus to achieve remote controls on Tesla cars. We have verified the attack vector on multiple varieties of Tesla Model S. It is reasonable to assume that other Tesla models are affected. Keen Security Lab would like to send out this reminder to all Tesla car owners:”

The experts were able to identify a specific Tesla Model S and hack it while the owner is searching for nearby charging stations.

The team reported the issues to Tesla Motors that in turn awarded $10,000 them under the Bugcrowd-hosted bug bounty program.

Tesla has verified the presence of the vulnerabilities and is currently working to fix them. The company will not recall any Tesla Model S because it is able to push out firmware updates over-the-air.

Car hacking is a scaring reality, when deal with this specific kind of attacks we cannot avoid mentioning the hack demonstrated by the popular hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, who have managed to control remotely a Fiat Chrysler connected car.

Almost every car maker is  currently working to make its connected car secure by adding specific countermeasures.


3D Systems Corporation: DDD Stock has HUGE Upside "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Patrick Brik BAS

DDD Stock: Countdown to Launch
There is little to refute that the best time to buy an investment is as it transitions from a bearish trend to a bullish one. It is almost impossible to catch the exact bottom, but if I use my systematic approach to investing, I can try to catch the trend as my signals confirm the direction of the trend. 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) stock is a great example to help illustrate my systematic approach to investing.

In order for me to generate a trading bias, a market signal needs to suggest a bias, and at.

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Minister Of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, Collapses At The IDP Camp In Adamawa State "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Alhassan, aka, Mama Taraba, collapsed on monday at the Internally Displaced Persons' (IDPs) camp in Fufore Local Government Area of Adamawa State, while addressing vulnerable IDP women inside a store in the camp.

Alhassan, who was in crutches when she arrived the camp and after addressing the IDPs, entered the store to discuss with some of the said vulnerable women. While discussing with the women, she collapsed, but was quickly assisted to a chair and given a bottle of Coke to drink, which revived her.

According to some of her aides, she had been diagnosed with low sugar, a problem that creates serious weakness of the body.

But despite her state of health, she managed to explain to journalists at the camp that her fact-finding mission to Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States tend to confirm the foreign NGOs’ allegation on violation of some girls and women at the IDPs' camps in the North-East.

The minister had earlier said that she was at the camp to give a message from President Muhammadu Buhari to the displaced persons, who wanted them to cheer up despite the hardship because everything was being done to ensure that they go back to their homes.

She told the IDPs that the president was touched by their sufferings and that was why he sent her to come and donate relief materials and felicitate with them.



The Perils of Humanitarian Wars "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In Perilous Interventions, Hardeep Singh Puri, an astute observer of the limits of the ‘responsibility to protect’ doctrine, explores the failure of the UNSC on several accounts, especially its decision to intervene in Libya militarily.

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File photo of a woman with the Arabic words for “I love Libya” written on her hands in Benghazi, March 23, 2011. Credit: Reuters

In the spring of 2012, I visited the Indian Ambassador to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri, at his New York residence that overlooked the 18 acres of the UN. The view from the south-facing windows is spectacular – the buildings of the UN in the foreground, as the East River flows by with a stately dignity. I had come to interview Puri about something less charming – the wars in Libya and Syria, and the role of the UN Security Council in authorising the former and not the latter. We spent several hours over cups of tea talking about the UN, and the unraveling of humanity in West Asia and North Africa.

Former Indian Ambassador to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri. Credit: PTI

Former Indian Ambassador to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri. Credit: PTI

I went to see Puri because he had already established himself as an astute observer of the limits of the doctrine of Responsibility to Protect (R2P). The illegal US war on Iraq – unauthorised by the UN – had dented the pretension of Western humanitarian intervention. The motives of Western interventions seemed less elevated than the rhetoric from the Western capitals suggested. It seemed as if between the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 and the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, the idea of intervention had become suspect. It was to refurbish the politics of intervention that the West pushed through the doctrine of R2P in the UN in 2005. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who had called the US invasion of Iraq ‘illegal’, nonetheless oversaw the construction of the R2P doctrine.

Just a few years after the doctrine had become part of UN architecture, Puri addressed the UN General Assembly to warn about the slide from responsibility to protect civilians to armed action to overthrow governments. “We need to be cognizant,” he said, “that creation of new norms...


Patience Jonathan’s Lawyers demand a Public Apology from EFCC & give Ultimatum of 14 Days for the Frozen Accounts to be Released "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The solicitors to former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, have given the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) 14 days with effect from September 18 to unfreeze her accounts and tender a public apology to her. In an open letter to the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, Senior Partner of First Law Associates, Timipa Okponipere stated that if […]


How US Tries to Accuse Russia of Humanitarian Operation’s Wrecking in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Further cooperation on the settlement of Syrian crisis between Russia and the United States is going to be revised by the US side in connection with an alleged air strike on UN humanitarian convoy in Aleppo province.


The US is going to revise a further cooperation with Russia on the settlement of Syrian crisis in connection with an alleged air strike on the UN humanitarian convoy in Aleppo province, spokesman for the US Department of State said.

On September 19, a convoy of dozens of vehicles, which were sent to the province of Aleppo by the UN, came under fire in the area of Urum al-Kubra in the north-west of Aleppo. The Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN accused the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) of firing the humanitarian convoy. Meanwhile, the Western media blamed the Russian Aerospace Forces for bombing the convy.

At the same time, head of the Operational Command of the Russia’s General Staff, Lieutenant General Sergei Rudskoy, said during a briefing that there were not checkpoints at the area of the Castello Highway, though militants, controlled by the US, should be responsible for this. He also stressed that the West is trying to create a pretext for accusing Damascus and Moscow in disrupting of the humanitarian operation.

As an expert of the Narodnaya Diplomatiya (People’s Diplomacy) fund and a representative of the Budushcheye Segodnya (Future Today) expert-analytical club, Sergey Prostakov noted, the statement of the US Department of State was made after the US Air Force had carried out airstrikes on the Syrian Army’s units, confronting the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Deir ez-Zor, and before the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham has started its offensive in the area of Aleppo.

“In both cases, the government forces, defending the legitimate power that the US is still trying to overthrow, have suffered. For this reason, now, Lavrov’s and Kerry’s agreement on a temporary truce in Syria looks like a tactical ploy, which gave terrorist groups an opportunity to bounce back from the defeat near Aleppo,” Prostakov told the FAN news agency. “Actions of the US diplomatic department were initially focused on deception of the Russian side, and aimed to providing a respite for illegal armed groups. In this case, we cannot speak about any fight against international terrorism by the US, but should speak about a direct support for the terrorism,” the expert noted.

According to Prostakov, another reason of the failed armistice agreement could be internal contradictions in Washington. Then, actions of the US military, which bombed the Syrian Army, could be explained by the fact that the militarist wing of the US elite aspired to thwart the agreement, reached by the diplomats, using any way, even the most defiant one. In this case, any agreements with the US administration, at least during Obama’s presidency, lose any sense because of inability of the US government to control its compliance.

“The war in Syria has become convenient and profitable for many, and the US side is one of the main, if not the most important, reasons for its continuation. A stubborn desire to redraw the borders in the Middle East in interests of the US leads to a continuing spread of violence throughout the region and international terrorism on a global scale,” Prostakov noted. “Once again, the US has shown that it is not a reliable partner, and agr...


What's in a name? To control China's wildlife trade, law must keep up with science "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

With the conference of the CITES convention limiting international trade in endangered species taking place in South Africa this weekend, Chris Newman & Zhaomin Zhou highlight China's problem of out-of-date species names in its national laws. If they are not updated, it's only a matter of time before illegal wildlife traders escape conviction under under this legal loophole.


IBM Stock: International Business Machines Corp. Next Move is AMAZING "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Gaurav S. Iyer, IFC

What’s Next for IBM Stock
Some of our younger readers may not remember this, but International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) was a pioneer of artificial intelligence (AI). Now the company is redoubling its efforts in that area, and in doing so, has opened up IBM stock to gains unseen for at least two decades.

The man heading up the AI initiative is IBM’s new chief digital officer, Bob Lord. (Source: “IBM’s chief digital officer Bob Lord says the company is.

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The Universal Consciousness "IndyWatch Feed World"

In the Eskimo/Inuit language of cold, wintry Alaska there are dozens of words for “snow” - Dozens of words with intricacies and connotations well-known and understood by them, but typically unnoticed and misunderstood by others.

Similarly, in the Sanskrit language of ancient, spiritual India there are approximately a dozen different words for “consciousness” – a dozen clearly delineated words with subtle nuances which in English we can only loosely, clumsily call “consciousness.”

“For every psychological term in English there are four in Greek and forty in Sanskrit.” - A. K. Coomaraswamy

So what exactly is consciousness? When western doctors say someone is conscious or unconscious they really just mean “awake” or “asleep.” The patient is called unconscious under anesthetics and conscious when awakened.

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As Terror Attacks Hit Home, U.S. Caught “Bombing Syria to Aid ISIS” "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"



Terrorism has again gripped the homeland, and there is circular causality in all of it.

Are we so distracted by what happens with the right hand, that we cannot see what the left hand is doing?

The nation is in a state of shock after one of the largest terror attacks ever conducted on American soil.

The bombing in Chelsea, and another bomb that was found but didn’t go off, once again brings terrorism to the fore in America, and just ahead of the elections.


Kurds are paying the price of Turkey's post-coup crackdown "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkey’s state of emergency has left the relationship between the state and the Kurds more unbalanced than ever


Firefox 49.0 Is Now Available "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

While being delayed one week due to last-minute bugs, Firefox 49.0 is now available this morning...


10 Ways to Accelerate the Peer-to-Peer and Commons Economy "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Let’s engage in a way to produce goods and create value that is free, fair, and sustainable! What is peer production and commons economics? More importantly, how can they help bring about a thriving economy that work for people and planet?


Jim Sinclair, Bill Holter and Ann Barnhardt (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Jim-Sinclair-discussionBill and Jim interviewed Ann Barnhardt, topics include the complete loss of the rule of law, virtual markets that do not discover price, the upcoming election which Ann calls the equivalent of “pro wrestling”, and her take on Islam as a political system rather than a religion. Don’t miss this one! YT Comment David Hardy…


Ben & Jerry’s Exploits Climate Alarm to Sell Over Priced Ice Cream "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"



Now I do not want to be misunderstood, the ice cream made by Ben & Jerry’s is of a high quality. The flavor is good. But, there is the problem of their own perception. They think that they make gourmet ice cream. It is overpriced.

This might be one of the reasons that they have taken to using the Left’s scare tactics to sell their product.

Breitbart reports:

Ben & Jerry’s, the notoriously left-wing ice cream vendors, have found a way to take advantage of climate change panic to sell more ice cream, by creating a list of “Endangered Pints”—flavors that risk extinction due to global warming.

Ice cream lovers will have to rush to purchase endangered flavors like Cherry Garcia, Phish Food, Chunky Monkey, and Chubby Hubby before they wind up like the saber-toothed tiger or the woolly mammoth.

The impact of global warming is “headed straight for your freezer,” the company warns.

This is no real surprise, considering that the owners of Ben & Jerry are hippy, left wing nuts. They support higher taxes, larger government, and homosexual unions. That means that this fits well with their foolish worldview.

But, will people buy into this foolishness?

Breitbart continues:

“Pretty soon you could be seeing shortages of your favorite foods, including – gasp! – Ben & Jerry’s,” the company’s website reads.



The briefcase war: How Gulen group worked from the inside to seize power "IndyWatch Feed War"

The extent to which Gulenists have infiltrated and spied on Turkish state institutions is unprecedented in the region


Aadhaar Moves Forward As Ministries Navigate SC Order and Public Backlash "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The government is banking on mainstream acceptance of the biometric authentication system before the next court hearing.

Biometric data collection for Aadhaar cards. Credit: Biswarup Ganguly/Wikimedia Commons

Biometric data collection for Aadhaar cards. Credit: Biswarup Ganguly/Wikimedia Commons

New Delhi: The Modi government is pushing ahead with mainstream integration of the Aadhaar identification system, despite a lack of clarity amongst ministry officials over which government services need to comply with the Supreme Court’s interim order on keeping Aadhaar enrolment voluntary.

Officials of three major ministries – home affairs, human resource development and railways – are currently evaluating and reassessing the manner in which they will implement the Aadhaar identification system in flagship programmes, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.

One problem, railways and education ministry officials claim, is that on one hand finance ministry and UID officials are aggressively pushing for Aadhaar integration. On the other, there are lingering concerns over the mandatory nature of Aadhaar and UIDAI-imposed costs that could be incurred in making sure no citizens are denied a particular service.

What is also dividing government officials is to what extent the notification of the Aadhaar Act negates the court’s interim order. The Supreme Court last year allowed the use of the Aadhaar number for a number of central government programmes while declaring that enrollment could not be deemed mandatory. However, the court is still hearing several, clubbed-together pleas on possible privacy violations resulting from the UIDAI system.

The majority of experts and bureaucrats The Wire spoke with indicated that the Supreme Court’s ongoing hearing would be limited to privacy concerns only and not tackle the question of the voluntary/mandatory nature of the Aadhaar programme.

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While the home ministry is looking to make the unique identification system an integral part of the country’s criminal justice system, which ironically includes the functioning of the Supreme Court, other departments plan or have started...


Fears over Egyptian ruling's impact on human rights work "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Some of Egypt’s most prominent human rights organisations could cease to exist in the wake of a court order freezing their assets and those of their directors and founders.


British soldier volunteers for war crimes trial over Iraqi's death "IndyWatch Feed War"


Army officer says he would get a fairer trial at ICC, after UK reopened case into death of teenager for which he has already been cleared


Why Are We Sending $38 Billion to Rich and Powerful Israel? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"



Last week’s announcement of a record-breaking US aid package for Israel underscores how dangerously foolish and out-of-touch is our interventionist foreign policy. Over the next ten years, the US taxpayer will be forced to give Israel some $38 billion dollars in military aid. It is money we cannot afford going to a country that needs no assistance to maintain its status as the most powerful military in the Middle East.

All US foreign aid is immoral and counterproductive. As I have often said, it is money taken from poor people in the US and sent to rich people overseas. That is because US assistance money goes to foreign governments to hand out as they see fit. Often that assistance is stolen outright or it goes to the politically connected in the recipient country.

Just as bad is the fact that much of what we call “foreign aid” is actually welfare for the wealthy here at home. The aid package to Israel is a very good example. According to the agreement, this $38 billion will all go to US weapons manufacturers. So the real beneficiaries are not the American people, and not even Israeli citizens. The real beneficiaries are the US military-industrial complex. Perhaps the money won’t even leave Washington – it may simply go across town, from the Fed to the Beltway bomb-makers.

While even US government aid to desperately poor countries should be opposed on moral and practical grounds, it is even harder to understand US aid to relatively rich countries. At a nominal per capita GDP of over $35,000, Israel is richer than Japan, Italy, and South Korea. Not long ago Business Insider published a report by the Institute for the Study of War showing that the Israel is the most powerful military force in the Middle East. We know they have hundreds of nuclear weapons, a sophisticated air force, drones, and even nuclear weapons-equipped submarines.

So why is the US giving a rich and incredibly well-armed country a record amount of military aid? Part of it is that the US government believes it can coerce Israel to do Washington’s bidding in the Middle East. History shows that this is a foolish pipe dream. If anything, US aid subsidizes Israeli human rights abuses in Gaza and elsewhere.

Another reason is a very powerful lobby in Washington, AIPAC, that pressures Members of Congress to focus on Israel’s interests instead of US interests. Members of Congress should look at our economy, with effectively zero interest rates, an anemic non-recovery from the 2008 crash, historically low participation in the work force, and inflation eroding the value of the dollar and conclude that this might not be the best time to start handing out billions of dollars in foreign aid. Unfortunately most Members of Congress find it impossible to say no to special interest groups like AIPAC.



Banky W’s New Video “Gidi Love” is Dedicated to Single People all over the World | Watch "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Inspired by Femi Odugbemi’s movie “Gidi Blues”, Banky W has released this amazing music video for “Gidi Love”, in support of single people all over the world under pressure to get married asap. In the clip, we see Banky playing multiple characters – prisoner and prosecutor – as he goes on trial for not settling […]


New Video: Becca feat. Bisa Kdei – Beshiwo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Becca presents the stunning new visuals for ‘Beshiwo’ featuring Bisa Kdei. The video was directed by Xbills Ebenezer. Watch it here:


The Fall of the Holocaust Lie and the Rise of Truth and Reason "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Only with truth can we achieve peace. Only by confronting the lies can we bring down the monstrosity of deceptions which bring us endless wars and endless destruction and endless turmoil.


“MultiCulturalism is Failing”: Violent Riots Erupt Throughout Stockholm for Days [video] "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"



Hundreds of angry masked migrant youth burned cars, smashed windows and hurled stones at police officers. They rioted in Stockholm for two days, claiming “they are protesting against police brutality and inequality.”
According to the Local, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said:

“We have groups of young men who think that that they can and should change society with violence. Let’s be clear: This is not okay. We cannot be ruled by violence.

“Everyone, including parents and adults,” he urged should play a part in stopping the violence.

But Sweden’s National Democrat Party Chairman, Marc Abramsson, argues, Sweden’s and all of Western Europe’s “multiculturalism” attempts are “not working.” He told RT:

“This is a clear consequence of this multiculturalism politics that Sweden adopted around ‘80s and increased in the ‘90s… And this is not a unique one single occasion… we have had these ethnic-based riots against Swedish authorities. We have seen this in Western Europe, that is very sad, and I think we will see more of this, if we don’t change the politics.”

Overall, he argues, there is a common denominator among migrant populations, a “problem beneath,” he says that conflicts with western values:

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Obama’s Approach to Ending Terrrorism Like That in New York? Destroying Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Juan Cole / Informed Comment By Juan Cole

President Obama met Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi and discussed the coming campaign to take the northern Iraqi city of Mosul away from Islamic State, entirely destroying the terrorist organization’s territorial power in Iraq.

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TWTR Stock: Why Shares of Twitter Inc Are Shattering All Expectations "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Gaurav S. Iyer, IFC

Twitter Stock Bounces Back
If there’s one thing America loves, it’s football. So by extension, America now loves Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), which is the new home of Thursday-night National Football League (NFL) action. A day after the first game was live-streamed, Twitter stock (TWTR) jumped 4.4%.

The event was widely celebrated as a success, but I’m not sure that Twitter stock bears are too happy about it. They kept saying TWTR stock had nowhere to go but down, yet this recent success suggests exactly the opposite.

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THE WAR ON REALITY "IndyWatch Feed National"

War on reality

(NaturalNews) Dear fans, supporters and citizens of the world: It’s time to reclaim your mind from the globalist social engineers who are filling your skull with false narratives rooted in the failed philosophies of Big Government and social obedience.

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Carolina Herrera Launches Herrera Confidential in Lagos – See Photos of Betty Irabor, Godson Ukaegbu, Onah Nwachukwu & many others "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Enormous 'jellyfish' sprite photographed over the Caribbean Sea "IndyWatch Feed World"

On September 18, 2016, Frankie Lucena of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, photographed an enormous 'A-bomb' sprite over the Caribbean Sea. These rank as the largest type of sprite in both horizontal and vertical dimensions. And for a split-second, the sky lit up like this: This type of sprite is often called 'jellyfish' or 'A-bomb,' and ranks as the largest type of sprite in both horizontal and vertical dimensions. It consists of a bright halo approximately 85 km above Earth's surface surrounding sprite elements with long tendrils reaching down as low as ~30 km above ground level. This kind of sprite tends to be triggered by a very impulsive positive cloud-to-ground flash. But curiously, Lucena did not observe an instigating lightning bolt, but, Instead, just before the sprite appeared, he recorded a bright point-like flash of light. Was it a cosmic ray hitting the camera?.


Web Security Firm Sitelock Uses DMCA to Censor Critics "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

copyright-bloodThe takedown provisions of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act are most closely associated with alleged infringement in the file-sharing space. As a result, millions of notices are sent to a wide range of websites, not least Google’s search.

As a recent case involving Warner illustrated, erroneous notices can prove controversial, but perhaps the most egregious examples involve efforts to silence critics under the guise of protecting copyrights. One such situation appears to be underway between two players in the website security sector.

In the blue corner stands SiteLock, the self-professed “Global Leader in business website security solutions.” With more than 8,000,000 customers worldwide, it’s more than likely that its logo (shown bottom right in the image below) is familiar to readers.


Sitelock’s product range is impressive but no matter what it does, the company cannot seem to impress White Fir Design, its rival in the blue corner.

For the past few years, web design and security company White Fir has been publishing articles critical of SiteLock. In 2014, for example, the company published a piece declaring that Sitelock was poor at protecting its clients.

This was followed by several others continuing on the same theme, including a May 2016 piece declaring that Sitelock was scamming its customers. Clearly, things were beginning to heat up.

It’s not clear whether Sitelock disagrees with any of White Fir’s critique but the company has certainly noticed the articles published web outfit. That became evident this week when Sitelock filed DMCA notices against two pieces published by White Fir.

“We have seen a lot of ridiculous stuff from SiteLock recently, but this has to take the cake,” White Fir said in a statement.

“They have now filed a DMCA takedown notice against our website for including a screenshot of their homepage in one [of] our posts.”

The screenshot posted by White Fir originally appeared in an article which claimed how Sitelock had placed their seal of approval on a site, despite it being dangerous for visitors. The screenshot has now been removed but a copy can be seen below.

The allegedly-infringing screenshot


The resulting DMCA notice from SiteLock claims that White Fir’s use of the screenshot is infringing.

“My name is Logan Kipp, I am contacting you on behalf of my company SiteLock, LLC. A website that your company hosts at IP * (WHITEFIRDESIGN.COM) is infringing on at least one copyright owned by SiteLock, LLC,” the complaint to White Fir’s hosting comp...


Why Won’t Obama Call It Terrorism? "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Oracle Stock: Can Oracle Corporation Take Down, Inc.? "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Gaurav S. Iyer, IFC

Looking Ahead for ORCL Stock
In recent years, Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) co-founder Larry Ellison has seemed more concerned with a playboy lifestyle than his company, but now his attention is back on Oracle stock (ORCL). He’s even taking shots at, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).

“Amazon’s lead is over. Amazon is going to have serious competition going forward,” said Ellison said during his Sunday-night keynote speech at Oracle’s annual conference for developers, partners, and customers. “We now have a tech.

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Kerry Cries “Foul” For Failed Ceasefire, After US Fighter/Bombers Destroy It "IndyWatch Feed War"

[ Syria war ceasefire: Assad army declares peace deal over with no promise of renewal ]

[After pretending that the American murder of 80 Syrian soldiers did not happen, or did not matter, Kerry is now howling that Russia must hold up its end of the Syrian peacemaking and enforce a non-existent ceasefire.  He is making a big stink over attacks upon an aid convoy to Aleppo, blaming Russian and Syrian airstrikes, even though it is his Free Syrian Army terrorists who are attacking the convoy and blocking it on the highway (Rebels send more fighters to block humanitarian aid to Aleppo).]

United States Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the Summit for Refugees and Migrants at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

US says Russia must step up if Syria truce is to be salvaged


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NEW YORK (AP) — The United States is demanding that Russia live up to its commitments in Syria’s fractured week-old truce. This comes after the Syrian military announced it was over amid numerous violations, including an attack on an aid convoy, and apparent Russian unwillingness to press Damascus on the point.

The latest developments placed added importance on a meeting Tuesday of the International Syria Support Group, or ISSG. The group is comprised of countries with a stake in the conflict and endorsed the truce, and is led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Kerry called the convoy attack an “egregious violation” of the cease-fire and said the U.S. “will reassess the future prospects for cooperation with Russia.”


3 surfers recovering after shark attacks all within 3 hours at New Smyrna Beach, Florida "IndyWatch Feed World"

Three surfers were attacked by sharks on New Smyrna Beach during a two-hour period, Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue said. Of the three bitten Sunday, one person had to undergo surgery, officials said. The first attack happened at about 10:45 a.m. when a 43-year-old Longwood man was bitten on his lower leg near the ankle, Senior Capt. Tamra Marris said. He was surfing just south of a jetty, she said. The next attack was reported at about 11 a.m., when a 36-year-old Miami man was bitten on both hands while surfing in the same area, Marris said.


SpaceX's Mars Colonial Transporter Becomes the "Interplanetary Transport System" "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk has been talking about the Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) since around 2012, and has said that SpaceX will not hold an initial public offering until the MCT is flying regularly. The MCT was said to be able to deliver 100 tons of cargo to the surface of Mars, fly using upgraded "Raptor" rocket engines fueled by liquid oxygen (LOX) and liquid methane, and achieve full reusability on all stages.

Now, ahead of a session at the International Astronautical Congress on Sept. 27th, Musk has decided to change the name of the Mars Colonial Transporter to reflect broader and more ambitious planned capabilities:

For most of its 14 year existence, SpaceX has focused on designing and developing the hardware that will lead to its ultimate goal: colonizing Mars. These plans have remained largely secret from the general public, as company founder Elon Musk has dropped only the barest of hints. But that is expected to change on Sept. 27, during a session at the International Astronautical Congress, when Musk details some of these plans for the first time in a public forum.

However, on the eve of the meeting, Musk dropped a surprise on Twitter. The workhorse spacecraft that will carry approximately 100 tons of cargo or 100 people to the surface of Mars, which until now has been popularly known as the Mars Colonial Transporter, can't be called that, Musk said. "Turns out MCT can go well beyond Mars, so will need a new name..." he tweeted on Friday evening. By Saturday evening he had a new name dubbing the spacecraft the "Interplanetary Transport System," or ITS.

Mars, it turns out, isn't the solar system's only marginally habitable world for would-be new world colonists. The Moon, Venus, the asteroid Ceres, and outer Solar System moons Titan and Callisto all have some advantages that could allow for colonies to subsist. However, Mars has generally been the preferred destination—due to its relative proximity to Earth, a thin atmosphere, and sources of water ice. Musk now seems to be suggesting that some of these more distant destinations, especially moons around Jupiter and Saturn, might be reachable with the Interplanetary Transport System.

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Book Review and Competition: 'Born on Third Base' by Chuck Collins "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

“Wealthy friends and neighbours”, he writes, “it is time to come home”, and “to come out of your gated communities and gated hearts”.


libav: NULL pointer dereference in ff_put_pixels8_xy2_mmx (rnd_template.c) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Agostino Sarubbo on Sep 20

If it is suitable for a CVE please assign one.

Libav is an open source set of tools for audio and video processing.

A fuzzing with an mp3 file as input discovered a null pointer access in

The complete ASan output:

# avconv -i $FILE -f null -
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Leopard-mongoose hide-and-seek in South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

Leopard Chases Mongoose in a Game of Cat and Mouse

13 September 2016

Amazing and hilarious video of a leopard and slender mongoose having a game of cat and mouse, almost like Tom and Jerry.

Taken in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Video by: Kevin van der Linde


Alien Abduction Phenomenon is Kept Secret Because It’s Part of a Secret Program "IndyWatch Feed World"

People who have been abducted by aliens may not remember what happened to them. Tells the American historian and retired professor from Temple University Dr. David Jacobs to Earth Mystery News.

Jacobs has beside his interest in American history and culture, a great fascination for alien abductions. He wrote several books on the phenomenon.

In 1973 he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He wrote his thesis on unidentified flying objects in America.

The work, entitled The UFO Controversy in America was published two years later by Indiana University Press and was quickly sold out, which is very unusual for a thesis.

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SC Grants Six More Months to Conclude Trial in Gujarat Riots Case "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Supreme Court of India. Credit: PTI

Supreme Court of India. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court yesterday granted six more months to a lower court in Gujarat to conclude trial in the 2002 Naroda Gam riots case, one of the nine post-Godhra riots matters probed by the apex court-appointed SIT pertaining to the killing of eleven members of a community.

“The City Civil & Sessions Court (at Ahmedabad in Gujarat) is granted six months more time to conclude trial and pronounce the judgement (in the Naroda Gam case),” a bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar said.

The court considered the submission of amicus curiae and senior advocate Harish Salve and special investigation team (SIT) chief R.K. Raghavan, who is a former CBI chief, that the trial court should be granted more time as it has to examine nearly 300 witnesses.

“So far as other eight cases are concerned, investigations have been completed. The chargesheets have been filed and the trial courts have pronounced the judgements and now the cases are at stage of appeal in the High Court,” Salve said.

He said a time limit can be fixed for the lower court to conclude the trial.

Eleven people belonging to the minority community were killed at Naroda Gam in 2002 riots during a bandh called in protest of the Godhra train burning incident. A total of 82 persons are facing trial in the case.

In June, a special court had convicted 24 persons in the Gulberg society riots case in which 68 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, were killed.

The apex court-appointed SIT has been probing nine major riots cases including the Gulberg society riots case and the Naroda Gam matter.

The apex court, on February 22 this year, had paved the way for pronouncement of judgement by Ahmedabad trial court in various cases including the Gulberg Society massacre case.

It had said there was no restraint on the trial judge to pronounce the verdict and granted him three months for it.

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Video Shows Oklahoma Police Shoot & Kill Unarmed Black Man "IndyWatch Feed World"

Last week an unarmed black man was fatally shot by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after finding himself stranded in the middle of a road with a stalled car. On Monday, the Tulsa Police Department released footage of the fatal shooting of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher. Sputnik reports: A pastor who watched the video the day before it was released asserted that the man’s “hands were in the air,” prior to the footage being made public on Monday afternoon. Terence Crutcher, 40, was black and shot by a white police officer on Friday, after an officer stopped to investigate his stalled vehicle in the road. Police claim that Crutcher approached the police vehicle, but that he ignored police orders to put up his hands. He was unarmed. TPD Chief Jordan says #TerenceCrutcher didnt have gun in car or on him. Says TPD will do its part in finding justice — Franque Thompson (@FranqueThompson) September 19, 2016 Crutcher was reportedly shot by Officer Betty Shelby as Officer Tyler Turnbough tased him. The incident was caught on dashcams from each officer as well as the police department’s helicopter camera. UPDATE: @TulsaPolice-Officer Betty Shelby is officer who discharged weapon during fatal shooting #TerenceCrutcher [...]

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Saudi-led coalition bombs historic Old City in Yemen's capital "IndyWatch Feed War"


Attack on National Security Bureau leaves historic buildings damaged and at least one civilian killed in UNESCO-listed area of Sanaa


DHS Admits at Least 858 High-Risk Immigrants “Mistakenly” Granted Citizenship – 1 Became a Law Enforcement Officer "IndyWatch Feed War"

According to Homeland Security’s Inspector General, at least 858 immigrants from foreign countries that pose national security risks, as well as those from countries with high immigration fraud (who had orders to have them deported) were “mistakenly” granted citizenship. An … Continue reading


Amazon Algorithm Makes Decision about WOLF STREET, Hilarity Ensues "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

technology computerIf the broader ramifications weren’t so serious! This just happened to me this morning. It would be purely and immensely hilarious, if its broader ramifications that impact our lives every day weren’t so serious. It has to do with algorithms – software programs designed to replace human brains everywhere human brains used to make decisions.…


A Kerry Cherry Day! WATCH Newlyweds Tomide & Dede on a New Episode of “This is It” "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means? Time for another episode of  LowladeeTV’s This is is It!  The honeymoon is over and things get more real. Dede is worried about her jobless status as Tee (Tomide) resumes office to join Sam. She heads to see Kerry with the hope of discussing starting a small business […]


Iraqi Forces Launch Full-Scale Offensive against ISIS near Mosul "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Iraqi army and volunteer forces have launched a full-scale offensive against ISIS near the terrorist group’s last major stronghold, Mosul.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the operation in a televised address on September 20 in New York. Al-Abadi said the Iraqi forces have launched operations to liberate Shirqat 100 km south of Mosul in the province of Nineveh and two other areas in the province of Anbar.

“We announce the start of operations to liberate al-Shirqat, Jazirat al-Ramadi and Jazirat Heet, with the efforts of our brave forces,” the Iraqi prime minister wrote in Twitter.

Shirqat is the town located near the road from Baghdad to Mosul. Jazirat Ramadi and Jazirat Heet are located along the Euphrates River.

The Iraqi forces have already seized a number of villages sine the start of the advance.

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Media attacks on Corbyn show he’s a threat, not an irrelevance "IndyWatch Feed"

Recent Panorama and Dispatches episodes confirm: the media has never been so biased against a Labour leader.

Daily Mail headline from Wilson's election as Labour leader

It was hardly a night of vintage investigative journalism in the tradition of Bob Woodward, Seymour Hersh, Nick Davies or Heather Brooke. Both the BBC’s Panorama on the impending ‘death’ of the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and Channel 4’s Dispatches investigating Momentum, an organisation so shadowy that they hold huge public meetings and have the nerve to ask Labour members to vote for their preferred candidates, chose to attack Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters in the lead-up to the result of Labour’s leadership election.

The programmes contained no political earthquakes and no actual evidence of inflammatory behaviour or illegal activities though there was a lot of Neil Kinnock who has suddenly become a sage with respect to Labour’s electoral fortunes.

What was outrageous about the programmes was not that they weren’t formally impartial – indeed Panorama, in particular, included both supporters and opponents of Corbyn – but that their overall agendas could have come straight from a PLP meeting. ‘Is the party over?’ asked Panorama about an organisation that now has the biggest party membership in Europe. Dispatches, on the other hand, focused on a tiny handful of Trotskyists prepared to ‘battle for the Labour party’, a starting point that conveniently allowed them not to investigate the policies that have so energised the hundreds of thousands who have rallied behind Corbyn. The language in both programmes was consistently skewed: ‘moderate’ Labour MPs (ie those who have forced a hugely divisive leadership election) are tearing their hair out because of ‘entryists’ from the ‘hard left’ whose commitment to democracy is so threadbare that they are standing in freely contested elections for positions in the party and running phone banks in support of Corbyn.

Daily Mail front page when Jim Callaghan was elected Labour leader

Given the paltry amount of high quality current affairs output on free to air TV, it’s more than a little depressing that so many resources could have been committed to programmes that achieved so little in the interests of so few.

The two programmes are, however, only the l...


Microsoft Corporation: Sky is the Limit for MSFT stock "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Patrick Brik BAS

MSFT Stock: Picture Perfect
I am bullish on Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock, and the sole reasoning behind my bias is the beautiful and bullish MSFT stock chart. It might be difficult for some to grasp the notion that any type of information can be ascertained from a price chart of a stock. In some cases, that notion is correct, because not all price charts are constructive, but this does not apply to the Microsoft stock chart.

I look for certain patterns and signals in a price chart, and only when my criteria is met can I apply my.

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African dictator is a cannibal; eats opponents’ testicles & brain "IndyWatch Feed War"

We are in the 21st century, but the president of Equatorial Guinea is a cannibal. John Shammas reports for the UK Mirror, Sept. 11, 2016, that Teodoro Obiang Nguema, 74, has ruled over Equatorial Guinea since 1979. Nguema came to … Continue reading


Video: Nader: Trump is a Freeloading, Pontificating Empty Suit Who Has Cheated on Everything He’s Done "IndyWatch Feed" – As The New York Times reports Donald Trump received at least $885 million in New York City tax breaks for his real estate projects … Via Youtube


Bayer raises sales targets for top-selling drugs after Monsanto deal "IndyWatch Feed"

German drugmaker Bayer said its two best-selling drugs had a higher annual peak sales potential than previously targeted, after the agreed $66 billion takeover of Monsanto stirred criticism it might neglect its pharmaceuticals business. Bayer now expects annual peak sales of more than 5 billion…


Skeptical of Russia, Clinton seen going toe-to-toe with Putin "IndyWatch Feed"

When Hillary Clinton attended her first major White House meeting on Russia in February 2009, the new secretary of state insisted that she wanted to play a leading role in President Barack Obama’s effort to “reset” U.S. relations with Moscow. But while Clinton became…


Former ISIS slave calls on UN to save refugees: ‘You decide whether it is to be war or peace’ "IndyWatch Feed"

A Yazidi who the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) held captive and raped in Iraq has made an impassioned plea to the international community on Monday to act to end conflicts and save millions of refugees. Nadia Murad, 23, who was joined by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, her advocate and wife…


EXCLUSIVE: ‘Aleppo Media Centre’ Funded By French Foreign Office, EU and US "IndyWatch Feed"

Vanessa Beeley21st Century Wire
The headline read: “Little boy pulled alive from the rubble”. The Aleppo Media Centre video and photograph of Omran Daqneesh, aka the ‘Dusty Boy” of Aleppo, allegedly rescued by the notorious White Helmets in terrorist-held East Aleppo, went viral almost immediately, rocketed into the propaganda stratosphere by the western mainstream media.
Almost every mainstream media outlet worldwide showcased this video and the now infamous still photograph of “Dusty Boy” Omran. The dusty and bloodied child was placed upon a chair in what seems to be a pristine condition ambulance, despite being in an alleged war zone, while



The Most Mysterious Island On The Planet Is Home to People Untouched by Modern Civilization "IndyWatch Feed World"

North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal near India is about as different as the Island of Manhattan as possible, though it is approximately the same size. While the inhabitants of Manhattan’s most densely populated city, New York, scurry from a taxi cab to their jobs as office clerks, janitors, secretaries, cashiers, and nannies for the financial elite, a mysterious tribe of Sentinalese people live within a 3-mile exclusion zone to prevent anyone from getting close enough to see how they live.


While New York City is crawling with people, it is thought that a tsunami wiped out most of the Sentinalese, and that there are a mere 50-400 people of this secretive tribe remaining. The inhabitants of North Sentinel are so protective of their way of life, that any attempt to study or contact them is met with fierce violence. They refuse to be integrated into the modern way of life.

One of the earliest accounts of outside contact with the island, in 1896, reveals that an Indian convict escaped prison and washed up on the island’s shores. He was found just a few weeks later with his throat cut and arrows protruding through his head.

In the 1980s a shipwreck occurred on the island. The Sentinalese tried to invade the ship to take its cargo, and many were killed by the men aboard.

Most recently, two people were killed when they were illegally fishing for crabs, and their boat drifted onto the island overnight. When a helicopter attempted to retrieve the bodies of the fishermen, the helicopter was shot down with arrows.

Only one Indian anthropologist has been able to contact them and reportedly spent 24 years trying to gain their trust with bribes of coconuts and iron bits in order to learn how they live. All he was able to discern is that they are likely not cannabilstic, as previously assumed, with few other details filling in the gaps.

It was discovered, that they know how to use fire, but hide it jealously, because they don’t know how to make it. Their arrows are forged from iron taken from shipwrecks, and they are consummate marksmen.

They smear their deep ebony-toned skin with white or ochre as a form of art. It is also thought that their songs contain only two notes and that they can only count to two. Anything above this number they simply call, “many.”

They have no community structure, with no ‘chiefs,’ and no ‘witch doctors.’

Because the Sentinalese have shot arrows and thrown rocks at almost any plane that tries to land there, even if delivering food or other ‘aid,’ the government has banned travel and allows the tribe to live as they see fit.

It is estimated that the Sentinalese tribe lives as people did more than 15,000 years ago – well before the infiltration of human life with artificial intelligence, the nanny state, endless technologically gizmos, dysfunctional social structures, and more ‘stuff’ ‘than any of......


City begin League Cup defence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Manchester City launch their League Cup defence at Swansea City this week with manager Pep Guardiola desperate to keep a lid on expectations after their supreme start to the season. City have won their eight games in all competitions – a club record – and preserved their two-point advantage at the Premier League summit […]

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Heralding the Launch of N20 & N50 recharge cards! Here’s my experience "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

So this is about the new N20 and N50 recharge cards, my discovery last week, while taking a walk through my neighbourhood. Strolls every Saturday morning, turns out to be a delight for me these days as humour lies in every street corner, there never seems to be a dull moment on the Lagos streets. […]


United States sports people’s anti-racism protests, not just Kaepernick "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Megan Rapinoe Hindered in Bid for Second National Anthem Protest

8 September 2016

The Washington Spirit prevented Seattle midfielder Megan Rapinoe from kneeling again during the national anthem by altering its pregame ceremonies.

By Alan Gilman in the USA:

NFL football players spread protests over police violence, racism

20 September 2016

Following San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protests of racial oppression and inequality by refusing to stand at attention during the national anthem, many other National Football League (NFL) players have joined in similar protests during the first two weeks of the regular season.

Kaepernick, who is biracial and was adopted and raised by his white parents, began his protest in August during preseason games. He explained his actions by stating, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

There were widespread denunciations by police organizations and right-wing politicians and media pundits, denouncing his actions as unpatriotic, if not treasonous. There were a few cases of supposed “fans” burning his jersey. These efforts failed to stifle the display of political and social opposition, as support for Kaepernick among NFL players, other athletes, and the public has instead increased.

Many players throughout the NFL’s first two weeks of the season have engaged in similar protests and Kaepernick’s jersey has now become the NFL’s number one seller, even though this season Kaepernick, a starting Super Bowl quarterback in 2012, is a back-up this year.

In the regular season’s first two games Kaepernick has continued to kneel during the anthem and has been joined by teammate Eric Reid, while teammates Antoine Bethea, Rashard Robinson, Eli Harold and...


On Antimicrobial Resistance, It’s Now or Never "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The human and economic toll of rising antimicrobial resistance is set to spiral out of control: left unchecked, drug-resistant infections could claim ten million lives each year by 2050, and cost global GDP a cumulative $100 trillion. We can avert this bleak future only if we launch an effective response immediately.


Dark Ages royal palace discovered in Cornwall "IndyWatch Feed World"

The mysterious origins of the British archaeological site most often associated with the legend of King Arthur have just become even more mysterious. Archaeologists have discovered the impressive remains of a probable Dark Age royal palace at Tintagel in Cornwall. It is likely that the one-metre thick walls being unearthed are those of the main residence of the 6th century rulers of an ancient south-west British kingdom, known as Dumnonia.


EXCLUSIVE: ‘Aleppo Media Centre’ Funded By French Foreign Office, EU and US "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Vanessa-BeeleyVanessa Beeley
21st Century Wire

The headline read: “Little boy pulled alive from the rubble”. The Aleppo Media Centre video and photograph of Omran Daqneesh, aka the ‘Dusty Boy” of Aleppo, allegedly rescued by the notorious White Helmets in terrorist-held East Aleppo, went viral almost immediately, rocketed into the propaganda stratosphere by the western mainstream media.

Almost every mainstream media outlet worldwide showcased this video and the now infamous still photograph of “Dusty Boy” Omran. The dusty and bloodied child was placed upon a chair in what seems to be a pristine condition ambulance, despite being in an alleged war zone, while being photographed by a number of cameras and mobile phones, while nobody actually attended to him medically – it was as if this was a staged photo-shoot. No one attended to his supposed wounds, or put him in neck brace, or on a stretcher presuming he might have had spinal injuries (standard first aid procedure) having just been rescued from ‘under the rubble’ of a bombed building which AMC claimed was from “Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes.”

PROPAGANDA HUB: The Aleppo Media Center supplies US, UK, NATO members states, Qatar’s Al Jazeera and many more, with pro-regime change images, providing PR backing for listed terrorist organizations operating in Syria. 

This Aleppo Media Centre pulled off a propaganda coup – one that generated calls for a No-Fly-Zone and associated western intervention policies all focused on salvaging the US failed road map of “regime change” in Syria. However, a number of independent international journalists, media analysts, and peace activists began to question the imagery and its source, which revealed some extremely disturbing details – not only about the picture itself, but mor...

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Aleppo Media Centre’ Funded By French Foreign Office, EU and US "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Vanessa Beeley


Vanessa Beeley
21st Century Wire

The headline read: “Little boy pulled alive from the rubble”. The Aleppo Media Centre video and photograph of Omran Daqneesh, aka the ‘Dusty Boy” of Aleppo, allegedly rescued by the notorious White Helmets in terrorist-held East Aleppo, went viral almost immediately, rocketed into the propaganda stratosphere by the western mainstream media.

Almost every mainstream media outlet worldwide showcased this video and the now infamous still photograph of “Dusty Boy” Omran. The dusty and bloodied child was placed upon a chair in what seems to be a pristine condition ambulance, despite being in an alleged war zone, while being photographed by a number of cameras and mobile phones, while nobody actually attended to him medically – it was as if this was a staged photo-shoot. No one attended to his supposed wounds, or put him in neck brace, or on a stretcher presuming he might have had spinal injuries (standard first aid procedure) having just been rescued from ‘under the rubble’ of a bombed building which AMC claimed was from “Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes.”

PROPAGANDA HUB: The Aleppo Media Center supplies US, UK, NATO members states, Qatar’s Al Jazeera and many more, with pro-regime change images, providing PR backing for listed terrorist organizations operating in Syria.

This Aleppo Media Centre pulled off a propaganda coup – one that generated calls for a No-Fly-Zone and associated western intervention policies all focused on salvaging the US failed road map of “regime change” in Syria. However, a number of independent international journalists, media analysts, and peace activists began to question the imagery and its source, which revealed some extremely disturbing details – not only about the picture itself, but more importantly about the organization who supplied it to an eager western media.

“Recently, a compelling photo of a bleeding and seemingly confused young Syrian boy seated in an ambulance in Aleppo was widely distributed and commented upon in domestic and international news media. In response, some journalists have called for the Obama Administration to “take action,” including bombing government military targets in Syria.” ~ Veterans for Peace Statement

For further insights into the “dusty boy” propaganda go to 21WIRE’s video report: .....


China's Heavenly Palace to fall to Earth late 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

After about six years in space, China's first prototype space station -- Tiangong-1 -- is expected to fall into the Earth's atmosphere in the latter half of 2017, Chinese officials said at a press conference last week. Tiangong-1 (Chinese for "Heavenly...... Read more »


Kim Kardashian gets Political, takes a full Page Advert in The New York Times to Call for the Recognition of the Armenian Genocide "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kim Kardashian took out a full-page advert in Saturday’s New York Times attacking those who denied the Armenian genocide, an event that claimed the lives of more than a million Armenians. This comes nearly six months after The Wall Street Journal published an ad in support of the Armenian genocide denial. Kim wrote in the […]


Lightning strikes kill 10 across Bangladesh "IndyWatch Feed World"

At least 10 people including a woman and at least three children have been killed and two more injured in lightning strikes during thunderstorms in three districts. Rain and thunderstorms took place in capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the country on Tuesday morning. The casualties occurred in Sunamganj, Tangail and Kishoreganj between the early hours and afternoon. On Monday, seven more people, including three in Kishoreganj, had died from lightning strikes in three districts. Reports from district correspondents:


Report Reveals 7,100 Politicians Paid Off to Keep America Addicted to Pain Killers "IndyWatch Feed World"

Starting with a meager $50,000 donation to a politician’s campaign, the pharmaceutical industry’s lobbyists make sure we keep getting those pain pill prescriptions filled at the pharmacy. This type of coercion is nothing new, but a report has just revealed that more than 7,100 politicians were paid off with various cash donations, all to make sure that America’s painkiller epidemic continues.

The report details how Purdue Big Pharma lobbyist, Burt Rosen has paid more than 7000 politicians who are legislative gatekeepers for pain drug approvals. With the industry’s influence, we’re kept doped up and paying out, almost endlessly.

Opiod drugs have gotten so popular in the US, often selling for 200 times the price they might in other countries, that many will seek them out before Cocaine or Heroine. Opiod drugs are the second largest drug class globally, but Americans consume almost all of them. Last year 300 million pain pill prescriptions were written in America.

Most people only need opiods during acute illnesses, through childbirth, severe trauma, burns, or during a terminal illness. Thanks to the decisions of politicians swayed by Big Pharma’s money, we use them in the US like breath mints.

And then there’s the massive lobbying campaign aimed directly against a single substance which would likely end opiod abuse forever. Though the US government has claimed that marijuana has no medicinal value, it helps control seizures, stops pain, and has even been shown to dissolve cancerous tumors. No wonder then, that Chandler Pharmaceuticals was one of the biggest donors to Arizona’s anti-marijuana campaign.  The company gave $500,000 to oppose the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, making it the largest funder to defeat Proposition 205 in the state.

The journal, Clinical Neurology News reports that marijuana users are less likely to adhere to opiod therapies – simply because they don’t need them.

As the Times Free Press articulates:

“For more than a decade, members of a little-known group called the Pain Care Forum have blanketed Washington with messages about prescription painkillers’ vital role in the lives of millions of Americans, creating an echo chamber that has quietly derailed efforts to curb U.S. consumption of drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet.”

The annual sales for these few drugs amounts to billions with the OxyContin clan being welcomed to Forbes list of richest families for their efforts.

Though researchers...


Square, Inc.: 3 Things Keeping Down Square Stock "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Tony Termini, BS, MIM

Square Inc (NYSE: SQ) stock will celebrate its one year anniversary as a public company on November 19. Investors lucky enough to get an allocation of Square stock on the IPO have about a 28% gain. Those who missed getting an allocation and bought on the opening have a small loss that I’m going to call a wash. SQ stock was priced at $9.00 and opened at $11.20 on its first day of trading (Source: “Square Inc,” Google Finance, last accessed September 19,.

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France First Country to Ban Plastic Forks, Spoons, Knives, Plates, Cups to Save The Environment "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

garbage-patch-copyPlastic? It’s not so fantastic. In fact, the same chemical building blocks that make this product so versatile are the very same ones that make plastics stick around for centuries after we’ve used them, often only one time. The entire planet has become littered with plastic – from medical IV bags, to plastic spoons, forks and to-go containers, to cell phone cases and plastic shopping bags. We’ve simply gone overboard with the use of this environmentally damaging and health harming substance. Fortunately – France is doing something about it. They are now the first county to ban all plastic forks, spoons, knives, cups, and plates.

If you want to eat in France now, you’d better be ready to bring your own reusable utensils, or dine at an establishment that uses biodegradable, non plastic items.  A controversial new law implemented in the country bans all plastic cutlery, plastic plates, and plastic cups. Though producers have until the year 2020 to phase out these plastic products and replace them with more eco-friendly, biodegradable ones, many retailers and restaurants have already done the right thing and ditched the plastic.

Pack2Go Europe Secretary General Eamonn Bates told The Associated Press the company is urging the European Union to take legal action against France for violating the European Union’s rules on free movement of goods, but that hasn’t stopped the government from going forward with the ban.

This follows France’s ban on single-use plastic shopping bags that went into effect in March of this year.

More countries need to follow France’s lead. We already have a plastic ‘garbage patch’ growing in our oceans that is said to be larger than the state of Texas. This collection of marine debris is also known as the Pacific trash vortex, and it spans waters from the West Coast of North America to Japan. The ‘great’ garbage patch is actually the collected debris from the Western Garbage Patch, located near Japan, and the Eastern Garbage Patch, located between the U.S. states of Hawaii and California. The plastics in these great accumulations of trash do not break down, they simply become smaller and smaller, eventually finding their way into even the tiniest sea creatures.

Many countries have already made great strides toward reducing the plastic trash that ends up in our oceans.

  • Denmark already offers major tax incentives to retailers who hand out reusable bags. This saves approximately 66 percent of single use paper and plastic bags.
  • Scotland, Ireland and Wales have begun taxing consumers who still use plastic bags.
  • Italy has banned plastic bags that don’t come from biodegradable sources (like hemp.)
  • All stores in Germany have to pay a recycling tax if they provide plastic bags to consumers.
  • In the US 98 cities already have plastic bag bans in place, or are working on...
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Pangolins, elephants and crime syndicates on wildlife treaty radar "IndyWatch Feed World"

Pangolins, the most illegally traded mammals in the world, are among the animals and plants on the agenda of a meeting of members of the world’s most important wildlife treaty.


BN Style: Get the Details on Media Personality & Style Blogger Efe Tommy’s Stylish Looks at NYFW Spring Summer ’17 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Media personality and Style Blogger Efe Tommy of was in New York for New York Fashion Week 2016 as the city played host to fashion’s Spring/Summer 2017 presentations and social media fashion and style pages including Claire Sulmers‘s Fashionbombdaily didn’t stop buzzing with his day to day look for the daily shows. From his […]


Israeli settlements, explained "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The maps that explain the settlers




‘Pedophile playground’: Sexual predators targeting increasing number of children online "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Gordon

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The internet is increasingly a “playground” for predatory pedophiles, a charity warns, allowing them to groom children, view pictures, and even direct live sexual abuse online.

Social networks and online gaming communities are leaving an increasing number of children and teens vulnerable to grooming and other forms of online harassment and abuse, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said.

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ChildLine, the NSPCC’s telephone counseling service, conducted more than 3,700, counseling sessions with children and teens worried about online abuse in 2015-2016 — a 24 percent uptick from the previous year.

“Most of us talk to people online and it’s a great way to stay connected and make new friends,” said NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless.

“But it can be a playground for pedophiles, exposing young people to groomers who trawl social networks and online game forums exploiting any vulnerabilities they may find.”

Figures released by the charity reveal that most of the children who contact the counseling helpline are between the ages of 12 and 15, and more than half of them are girls.

The figures for grooming increased 21 percent in the year to March 2016, with one in eight counseling sessions now related to this practice.

ChildLine is launching a new campaign aimed at helping children recognize the signs of grooming and unhealthy relationships both online and offline.

Read how #Childline‘s helping young people spot the signs of online abuse and grooming

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“We hope that by putting this in the spotlight we can help young people to feel able to speak up if they feel worried or scared about a situation or relationship,” Wanless said.

In March, the NSPCC found that cases of recorded child sexual abuse had increased by 30 percent in the previous year, with police chiefs attributing the spike to predators’ increasing use of the internet.




How to Heal Your ‘Gut Reaction’ "IndyWatch Feed World"

da-vinci-gut-copyAllopathic medicine has only begun to understand the importance of the gut – brain connection. Our intestines were only just recently named the ‘second brain’ when it comes to keeping the body healthy, but ancient Ayurvedic practitioners have known of this connection for at least 5,000 years. When we are stressed and under pressure, the brain actually sends messages to the intestinal cells, and vice versa – communicating in ways that are surprising, and if we don’t take care of our ‘gut feelings,’ or that ‘sinking feeling in our stomachs,’ then we usually suffer the consequences.

A Scientific American article sums it up quite well,

“Our brain and gut are connected by an extensive network of neurons and a highway of chemicals and hormones that constantly provide feedback about how hungry we are, whether or not we’re experiencing stress, or if we’ve ingested a disease-causing microbe.”

As Heribert Watzke further explains in a Ted talk:

“. . . our gut is [also] connected to our emotional limbic system, they [the brain and guts] do speak with each other and make decisions.”

Aside from eating a meal that is too large, eating food that is simply not prepared properly or that is just down-right unhealthy, the gut responds metabolically to what we eat. The gut also responds to emotions, though.

The entire gastrointestinal tract responds to emotions – fear, excitement, pain, sadness, passion, and more. Since there is two-way communication going on between the brain in our heads and the ‘brain’ in our guts, we can feel a stomach upset when we aren’t feeling happy, just as easily as if we were to eat a meal at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that didn’t exactly reward our sense of adventure.

What’s more, hundreds of millions of neurons connect the brain to the enteric nervous system, a part of the nervous system that is in constant communication with the the gastrointestinal system.

Believe it or not, there are just as many neuronal cells in our guts as there are in our spinal column. Those neurons in our guts are paying very close attention to the trillions of microbes living in our guts.

Like its own ecosystem – the gut thrives when the healthy bacteria, and microbes within it are thriving, and suffer when the bullies, or bad microorganisms take over.

The chemical reactions governed by the gut-brain axis are so important, that they can even control how much serotonin is released – a neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy –  so if our guts aren’t happy, we aren’t happy. That’s where the use of ancient Ayurvedic remedies become important to our overall health. Here are five of them:

  1. Drink warm water with lemon or lime first thing in the morning. This practice has been done for thousands of years. You can think of it like clearing the pipes of an old house. By drinking warm lemon or lime water first thing in the morning it hits the stomach after it has had a chance to rest for several hours, making the effects of cleansing and nourishing even more potent.
  2. Reduce inflamma......


Was This Prominent Black Leader Murdered Because He Spoke Out Against Geoge Soros’ Black Lives Matter? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last week, a prominent 29-year-old anti-police state Ferguson activist named Darren Seals was found murdered. He had been shot and left in a burning car in St. Louis in the middle of the night. Further details have not been released … Continue reading


Hopes high for global climate deal’s early entry into force "IndyWatch Feed World"

Hopes for early application of the Paris Agreement on climate will be boosted with a UN meeting on 21 September where 20 countries are expected to announce ratification.


Hopes high for global climate deal’s early entry into force "IndyWatch Feed World"

Hopes for early application of the Paris Agreement on climate will be boosted with a UN meeting on 21 September where 20 countries are expected to announce ratification.


Israel to ‘Spy on the Middle East, Russia and China’ With US-Funded Satellite "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Gordon

On Tuesday, Israel launched into orbit its seventh spy satellite, Ofek 11, which is set to provide the Israeli military with surveillance imagery of the developments in the Middle East; however experts tell Sputnik that the Israeli space program, which is financed by the US, is also aimed at Russia and even China.
On September 13, Israel’s Ministry of defense and Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) manufacturer launched Shavit2 rocket from the facility at Palmachim airbase, south of Tel Aviv.
This is the seventh spy satellite launched by Israel and it will allow the country to conduct unlimited surveillance of developments throughout the Middle East, according to reports of the local media.
“Ofek 11 joins Ofek 9 and 10 in space. Ofek 9, which was launched in June 2010, is an imaging and intelligence gathering satellite developed by IAI and costing $300 million. Ofek 9 and 10 have sent back exceptional quality images and it is able to identify objects just dozens of centimeters in size. This is technology possessed by very few countries around the world,” Israeli news website Globes reported shortly after the launch.
Meanwhile Iranian political analyst, expert in the Middle East and former editor-in-chief of Iranian agency MehrNews Hassan Hanizadeh told Sputnik Persian that this program of the country’s Defense Ministry, which is being financed by the US, is not only aimed at the Middle East.

“Throughout many years Israel has been using the advanced and high technology surveillance satellite systems for espionage on the territories of the Middle East and Central Asia,” Hanizadeh told Sputnik.

“It has previously launched ten modifications of the Ofek series. With these provocative actions Israel wanted to thoroughly monitor and collect the secret data, analyze and control developments not only the Middle Eastern countries, such as Iran, Syria and Iraq, but also in countries farther afield, such as Russia and China,” he said.
The expert noted that such actions contradict international laws and norms which specify that the use of the satellites should be purely for peaceful purposes.

“Israel is using these satellites for espionage and provocative military actions in Middle Eastern states. Israel’s actions put the national security of the whole region under threat,” the political analyst said.

The expert added that these satellites were constructed and launched with the participation of the US, which supplies Israel with the advanced equipment for the construction of these telecommunication spies.
There are no doubts that Iran and other countries of the region are within direct sight of these spy satellites.
The political analyst noted that there are no restrictions for the Israeli espionage and surveillance activities, all of which are supported by the US.
Hence, he said, Iran and other countries are within their rights to react to these spy activities.
Seyed Mohammad Marandi, professor of North American Studies and dean of the Faculty of World Studies at the University of Tehran, told Sputnik that the recent lau...


The Bank For International Settlements Warns That A Major Debt Meltdown In China Is Imminent "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

economy clock war city public-domain-460x325TDC Note – As we provided two different reports yesterday, this is smoke and mirrors as a distraction to the coming M-SDR bond and yuan being added to the IMF SDR basket of currencies. Click here/read and here/video to get our take on the situation. #### The pinnacle of the global financial system is warning…


Nearly 28,000 Teachers Expelled in Turkey Over Terrorism Links "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Riot policemen detain a demonstrator during a protest against the suspension of teachers from classrooms over purported links with Kurdish militants, in Diyarbakir, Turkey, September 19, 2016. Credit: Reuters/ Sertac Kayar

Riot policemen detain a demonstrator during a protest against the suspension of teachers from classrooms over purported links with Kurdish militants, in Diyarbakir, Turkey, September 19, 2016.
Credit: Reuters/ Sertac Kayar

Istanbul: Turkish authorities have dismissed nearly 28,000 teachers and suspended almost 9,500 others over alleged links to terrorism, a deputy prime minister said on Monday, pursuing a security crackdown followed a failed coup in July.

Turkey has sacked or suspended some 100,000 civil servants including judges, prosecutors, police officers and teachers since a group of rogue soldiers tried to topple the government. At least 40,000 people have been detained for suspected links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the plot.

Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed US exile since 1999, has denied the accusations and condemned the coup. The scope of the crackdown has raised concern from human rights groups and Turkey‘s Western allies, who fear President Tayyip Erdogan is using the abortive coup as a pretext to curtail dissent.

Teachers in the largely Kurdish southeast of Turkey have been targeted in recent weeks, with authorities citing their alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said nearly 28,000 teachers had been expelled from the profession. Investigations of almost 9,500 suspended teachers were continuing, he said.

“As part of our fight against terrorism, necessary measures have been carried out on teachers along with other civil servants assessed to be linked with terrorist organisations,” Canikli said.

He added that 455 teachers who had previously been removed from duty had been reinstated after inquiries were completed.

His comments coincided with the start of a new school term on Monday, following the end of the summer holidays.

Immediately after the July 15 coup, authorities shut 15 universities and around 1,000 secondary schools linked to Gulen. The closures left some 200,000 students in academic limbo, wondering if they could continue their studies and worried about the black mark of a Gulen school on their college record.

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WATCH Jidenna’s Nostalgic Visit to his Childhood Home in Enugu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

After having an absolutely amazing time in Lagos, Jidenna visited his childhood home of Enugu in Nigeria and reconnected with the people there. Watch below.


The same day Theresa May defends UK illegal airstrikes in Syria she also says States have a right to control their own borders "IndyWatch Feed War"

May defends UK airstrikes in Syria UK Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain’s involvement in US-led attacks against Syrian forces was “unintentional” and her country is only seeking to fight the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in the Arab country. Speaking at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday, the British premier told reporters […]


Debt Rattle September 20 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

DPC Main Street, Buffalo, NY 1900 • The Bank of Japan May Overshadow the Fed on Super Wednesday (CNBC) • Italy PM Renzi Tells Bundesbank To Solve German Banks’ Derivatives Problem (R.) • Housing Crisis Is Driving A “Geographic Wedge” Between Generations (Ind.) • Global Regulators See Risks in European Banks (WSJ) • Shore Up

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Nigeria’s First Lady Aisha Buhari attends Michelle Obama’s United Nations General Assembly at Broadway’s Jacobs Theater "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari as well as other First Ladies like Chantal Biya of Cameroon, wife of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Yoo Soon-taek and more attended Michelle Obama‘s “Global Girls Empowerment” event held at Broadway’s Jacobs Theater on September 19, 2016 in New York City. The U.S First Lady spoke to fellow […]


Clooneys VS ISIS: Amal Clooney fights back tears speaking about risking her life to take on ISIS and how George feels about her dangerous new case "IndyWatch Feed World"

  An emotional Amal Clooney spoke about her latest high-profile case during an interview on Today Monday morning, revealing that she is preparing to take ISIS to court. The human rights lawyer appeared on the program alongside her newest client Nadia Murad, who was captured by the terrorist group when she was just 19 and became a sex slave. Clooney spoke about how Nadia was at times raped by two men at a time until she 'fell unconscious.' Nadia said that ISIS members killed six of her eight brothers and her mother when they stormed her town in the northern Iraq two years ago during the Yazidi genocide.     'I can't imagine anything worse being done by one human to another,' said Clooney. As for her motivation for taking on such a risky case, Clooney simply said: 'This is my job.' The interview also featured parts of Clooney's speech to the United Nations last week, where she launched her campaign to try ISIS on crimes against humanity alongside Nadia. 'I wish I could say that I was proud to be here, but I'm not,' said Clooney as she appeared in front of the general assembly. 'I'm ashamed as a human being that we ignore their cries for help.'     She said during the interview that the risks that come with taking on the brutal terrorist group are far outweighed by the urgency to combat their unconscionable treatment of people, specifically women. 'I did feel a sense of outrage,' explained Clooney of learning about Nadia's story, and those of other young women and girls. 'It's been harrowing to hear the testimony of girls as young as 11 and 12, what's happened to them. And still we haven't done anything about them.' Nadia, her two sisters and some of her teenage female cousins and nieces were transported to the ISIS stronghold of Mosul after the 2014 attack on her village along with more than 150 other girls before being subjected to horrific sexual abuse. She said she would 'take herself off to another world' while being brutally raped during her speech in front of the United Nations, who named her a Goodwill Ambassador. ISIS members began to rape the girls while they were being transported to Mosul. Nadia told the United Nations Security Council in December: ‘Along the way, they humiliated us. They touched us and violated us.     ‘They took us to Mosul with more than 150 other Yazidi families. In a building, there were thousands of Yazidi families and children who were exchanged as gifts. ‘One of these people came up to me. He wanted to take me. I looked down at the floor. I was absolutely petrified. When I looked up, I saw a huge man. He looked like a monster.’ Nadia was eventually able to escape some three months later, fleeing to the safety of a refugee camp before finding asylum in Germany. Her two sisters also managed to survive their horrifying ordeal and make their escape from the group. One is with her in Germany, while her other sister is in a refugee camp in Iraq with her two surviving brothers. Clooney said that after hearing the unfathomable situation Nadia went through, she knew that she had to take on the group in court, saying that just bombing the group is 'not enough.' 'You can't kill an idea that way,' said Clooney. 'I think one of the ways to take action against that is to expose their brutality and their corruption . And part of the way to do that is through trial.'     She also said that many of those who have been victims of ISIS see Nadia as 'the future' and their 'only hope.' That is why she said both she and Nadia are risking their lives. 'Yes I put my own life at risk, but i don't have a life without giving hop to other victims,' said Nadia. Clooney, who said she spoke with her husband George before taking on the case, added: 'I don't think anybody can feel that they're being courageous compared to what Nadia's doing. It's no...


My Coffee With a Trump Supporter "IndyWatch Feed World"

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I finally found a Trump supporter – Monday morning when I went to buy coffee. (I noticed a Trump bumper sticker on his car.)

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Dissonant markets? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Dissonant markets? BIS 18 September 2016       Central banks reasserted their sway over financial markets in recent months, after two quarters punctuated by bouts of sharp volatility. Markets proved resilient to a number of potentially disruptive political developments. Nevertheless, questions lingered as to whether the configuration of asset prices accurately reflected the underlying…

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“His Eye is on the Sparrow” Discovery for Women holds the Last Rally for 2016 | September 25th "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Come and experience a total turn around and recovery at the last Discovery for Women Rally in 2016. Join thousands of other women from across the country in this spirited move of faith, as we birth transitions and new beginnings in God’s presence. There will be special Music Ministration by Pastor Aity Dennis hosted by Pastors Taiwo and […]


Hidden Britain – SAME private production company behind both BBC and CH4 anti-Corbyn programmes "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Even cynical old me is a bit shocked by this.

Last year, BBC Panorama made an anti-Corbyn programme – Jeremy Corbyn Labour’s Earthquake –  about the rise of Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity in what was called a hatchet job by Corbyn’s team.

But the programme was not actually made by the BBC. It was made by a private production company called Films of Record whose managing director and executive producer is a man called Neil Grant.

Another anti-Corbyn programme is aired this week on a different channel – Channel 4’s Dispatches. The programme – Battle for the Labour Party – is so anti-Corbyn, it prompted a written complaint to the producer about the programme’s “innaccuracies” and “slurs”.

But the programme was not made by Channel 4. It was also made by exactly the same private production company – Films of Record – whose managing director and executive producer is still someone called Neil Grant.

OK. So unknown to viewers, the same private production company is turning out supposedly impartial investigative anti-Corbyn documentaries for both the BBC and Channel 4.

But perhaps Films of Record – despite being a private company – really is run by professional investigative journalists and is completely impartial and unbiased?

Let’s see. Who is the managing director and executive producer, Neil Grant*?

Erm … just a former Brent East Labour Party chair who has had a 20-year political falling out with Ken Livingstone.

So no axe to grind there then.

It’s annoying stories like this which have prompted the idea for a new investigative organisation – TORCHLIGHT UK – which will be shining a light into the dark corners of the UK establishment, revealing hidden connections between UK politicians, the media and big business. Keep an eye out in the next few weeks on how you can help. We will be naming names.panorama-corbyn





Hidden Britain – SAME private production company behind both BBC and CH4 anti-Corbyn programmes "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Even cynical old me is a bit shocked by this.

Last year, BBC Panorama made an anti-Corbyn programme – Jeremy Corbyn Labour’s Earthquake – about the rise of Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity in what was called a hatchet job by Corbyn’s team.

But the programme was not actually made by the BBC. It was made by a private production company called Films of Record whose managing director and executive producer is a man called Neil Grant.

Another anti-Corbyn programme is aired this week on a different channel – Channel 4’s Dispatches. The programme – Battle for the Labour Party – is so anti-Corbyn, it prompted a written complaint to the producer about the programme’s “innaccuracies” and “slurs”.

But the programme was not made by Channel 4. It was also made by exactly the same private production company – Films of Record – whose managing director and executive producer is still someone called Neil Grant.

OK. So unknown to viewers, the same private production company is turning out supposedly impartial investigative anti-Corbyn documentaries for both the BBC and Channel 4.

But perhaps Films of Record – despite being a private company – really is run by professional investigative journalists and is completely impartial and unbiased?

Let’s see. Who is the managing director and executive producer, Neil Grant*?

Erm … just a former Brent East Labour Party chair who has had a 20-year political falling out with Ken Livingstone.

So no axe to grind there then.

It’s annoying stories like this which have prompted the idea for a new investigative organisation – TORCHLIGHT UK – which will be shining a light into the dark corners of the UK establishment, revealing hidden connections between UK politicians, the media and big business. Keep an eye out in the next few weeks on how you can help. We will be naming names.




I wonder when I hear US politicians or State Dept. people talk, do they know they are lying or is it what they really believe? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova invites US UN Envoy Samantha Power to Syria to see the misery US has created Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova responds to American UN envoy Samantha Power, advising her to go to Syria to see what Washington has done to the country. While it would be something surreal to […]


South West May Pull Out Of APC As Buhari, Tinubu Face Off Deepens "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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LAGOS SEPTEMBER 20TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The lingering effects resulting from the failed agreement reached between the then All Progressive Congress [APC] presidential aspirant, Mohammadu Buhari and the then godfather of APC, Bola Tinubu during the buildup to the 2015 Presidential elections threatens to be the undoing of the ruling party, if the information available to is correct.
According to the information, the relationship between the godfather of modern politics in the south west, Tinubu and the President of the federation, Buhari has continued on a steady nose dive since the swearing-in of the president as the President of the federation.

The recent refusal of the President to make joint political appearances with Bola Tinubu at the various gubernatorial campaigns across the country is reported by our source as symptomatic of the deep divide between the two gentlemen. The recent rejection of Tinubu’s candidate in Ondo State is considered by the Tinubu group to be the direct workings of the President to truncate the powers and influence of Bola Tinubu in the south west region.
In Ondo State gubernatorial race, two of APC senators from the south west region jointly worked against the appointed aspirant of the Tinubu group – to defeat him in an embarrassing manner. Another aspirant emerged against the wishes of the ‘jagaban of south west politics’.
The incident comes on the heels of the Kogi State debacle for the Tinubu group who had expected for their candidate to become the governor of Kogi State following the death of Audu – who was the gubernatorial candidate under APC. Tinubu had expected for his ‘boy’ [James Abiodun Faleke] to have taken over after the death of Audu. Tinubu’s boy was the running mate to Audu. The events turned out to not favor Tinubu as he had anticipated. Our source indicated that he ran to the President for assistance with the situation in Kogi – but the President was clear in his wanting not to influence the outcome of the Kogi elections and decisions of the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC]. Tinubu was not pleased.
The President’s refusal to come to the aide of Tinubu did not come as surprising to the Tinubu folks who already saw the President make an about-turn over agreements reached before the APC presidential primaries – which Tinubu ensured was skewed favorable for a Buhari victory.
According to our source, Buhari reneged on the agreements reached with Tinubu as the precondition to victory at the presidential primaries. Buhari was to allocate six [6] ministerial positions to Tinubu, the senate president and speaker of the house of representatives, and the vice presidential slot. Buhari accented to the vice presidential slot. But the President turned away from the remainder items. Our source indicates that Tinubu believes that Buhari utilized Atiku to ensure the agreement was breached at the Senate and at the House of representatives. On the ministerial slots, the President was reported to select for Tinubu to fill the six slots reserved for him. He made the choice for Tinubu. When Tinubu discovered that Buhari had virtually picked his ache enemies, he protested vehemently but Buhari indicated it was too late.
The relationship continued to nosedive. Already Buhari had opted for former President Obasanjo as his thorough breed horse in the south west to replace Tinubu. Our source states that “he is more at home with Obasanjo than with Tinubu. He defers to Obasanjo on matters relating to the so...


Glass ceilings and Cinderella slippers: why the centre cannot hold "IndyWatch Feed"

The AWID Forum in Brazil this year provided a model for rejecting the journey from the margin to the mainstream. Instead it explored a feminist future based on the ‘politics of friendship’.

Black Feminisms Forum make their statement to AWID's International Forum.

This article is part of 50.50's in-depth coverage of the 2016 AWID Forum held on 8th -11th September 2016 in Bahia, Brazil.

This year, the year the United States of America may elect its first female president, we will hear more about glass ceilings than perhaps any other time. But at the 13th AWID International Forum, with so much emphasis on shared movements and the ‘politics of friendship’, our focus was not on the barriers a woman breaks in her ascent to the ‘top’ of society, but on how we feminists reorganise society together. 

It is no wonder that the viable candidate to become the first female President of the United States is white. Or that the first Black President was a man. When the United States has had its first woman President, the glass ceiling will have shattered; but how long will it take for a Black woman to be elected to that office? And if the dual barriers will have been broken, then why will Black women be left sweeping shards from the floor – be they shards of metaphorical ceiling or the very real destruction which results from poverty or war? It is what Kimberlé Crenshaw might call an ‘intersectional failure’. 

Within the field of management studies, Karen Ashcraft refers not to glass ceilings but to glass slippers. This is the ‘fit’ of certain identities to certain occupations, which influence and are influenced by social norms (for example, ‘Mr. President’). The person who fits the glass slipper may look a particular way but may also have less visible attributes like cultural capital. In this vein, we might think less about individuals breaking through the glass ceiling, and more about us collectively smashing the glass slipper which encourages conformity to normative ideas and ideals.

The margins and the centre

Sometimes we talk about ‘marginalised’ identities, or people who are disadvantaged by normative power structures. By implication, there is a ‘centre’, a location of power, which those on the outskirts desire to reach. The trajectory follows ‘margin’ to ‘centre’, disadvantage to advantage; this suggests that there is something inherently wrong with being outside of the norm.

Linguistic trends betray this line of thinking. In the United Kingdo...


The Bank For International Settlements Warns That A Major Debt Meltdown In China Is Imminent "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Gordon

By Michael Snyder, on September 19th, 2016

The pinnacle of the global financial system is warning that conditions are right for a “full-blown banking crisis” in China. Since the last financial crisis, there has been a credit boom in China that is really unprecedented in world history. At this point the total value of all outstanding loans in China has hit a grand total of more than 28 trillion dollars. That is essentially equivalent to the commercial banking systems of the United States and Japan combined. While it is true that government debt is under control in China, corporate debt is now 171 percent of GDP, and it is only a matter of time before that debt bubble horribly bursts. The situation in China has already grown so dire that the Bank for International Settlements is sounding the alarm

A key gauge of credit vulnerability is now three times over the danger threshold and has continued to deteriorate, despite pledges by Chinese premier Li Keqiang to wean the economy off debt-driven growth before it is too late.

The Bank for International Settlements warned in its quarterly report that China’s “credit to GDP gap” has reached 30.1, the highest to date and in a different league altogether from any other major country tracked by the institution. It is also significantly higher than the scores in East Asia’s speculative boom on 1997 or in the US subprime bubble before the Lehman crisis.

Studies of earlier banking crises around the world over the last sixty years suggest that any score above ten requires careful monitoring.

If you are not familiar with the Bank for International Settlements, just think of it as the capstone of the worldwide financial pyramid. It wields enormous global power, and yet it is accountable to nobody. The following is a summary of how the Bank for International Settlements works that comes from one of my previous articles entitled “Who Controls The Money? An Unelected, Unaccountable Central Bank Of The World Secretly Does“…

An immensely powerful international organization that most people have never even heard of secretly controls the money supply of the entire globe. It is called the Bank for International Settlements, and it is the central bank of central banks. It is located in Basel, Switzerland, but it also has branches in Hong Kong and Mexico City. It is essentially an unelected, unaccountable central bank of the world that has complete immunity from taxation and from national laws. Even Wikipedia admits that “it is not accountable to any single national government.” The Bank for International Settlements was used to laun...


It’s Official: Israeli Military Cooperates with Al-Qaeda Terrorists in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Druze Representative in Israel Knesset


By Fort Russ

An Israeli representative in the Knesset directly denounced the Israeli military: the IDF cooperates with the terrorist organization Al-Nusra Front in Syria. The Chief of the Israeli army Gadi Eisenko said it was not true that the Israeli army (IDF) is associated with the terrorist organization Al-Nusra Front, after that was proclaimed by the member of the Israeli parliament.

But, Eisenko added that it is no secret that the Israeli army maintains contacts with the “Syrian militias” in order to ensure peace on the Israeli-Syrian border.

What is this all about? In particular, Israeli representative Akram Hasson openly accused the Israeli army of collaborating with terrorists in Syria. “It is no secret that the IDF cooperates with Al-Nusra Front. We were told earlier that Nusra coordinate actions with IDF”, said Hasson in an interview for Israel’s Channel 2 and was written by Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post.

He gave the statement at a moment when Al-Nusra Front is trying to take the town Khader in the area of Golan Heights. It is a city of about 25,000 Druze, and Hasson himself belongs to Druza ethnic group.

“We received information from various parties and from the people inside who confirmed to us that Al-Nusra Front is unprecedentedly supported by the IDF . Their fighters take up positions where IDF first bombards the Syrian Army”, said Hasson.




It’s Official: Israeli Military Cooperates with Al-Qaeda Terrorists in Syria "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Druze Representative in Israel Knesset

An Israeli representative in the Knesset directly denounced the Israeli military: the IDF cooperates with the terrorist organization Al-Nusra Front in Syria. The Chief of the Israeli army Gadi Eisenko said it was not true that the Israeli army (IDF) is associated with the terrorist organization Al-Nusra Front, after that was proclaimed by the member of the Israeli parliament.

But, Eisenko added that it is no secret that the Israeli army maintains contacts with the “Syrian militias” in order to ensure peace on the Israeli-Syrian border.

What is this all about? In particular, Israeli representative Akram Hasson openly accused the Israeli army of collaborating with terrorists in Syria. “It is no secret that the IDF cooperates with Al-Nusra Front. We were told earlier that Nusra coordinate actions with IDF”, said Hasson in an interview for Israel’s Channel 2 and was written by Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post.

He gave the statement at a moment when Al-Nusra Front is trying to take the town Khader in the area of Golan Heights. It is a city of about 25,000 Druze, and Hasson himself belongs to Druza ethnic group.

“We received information from various parties and from the people inside who confirmed to us that Al-Nusra Front is unprecedentedly supported by the IDF . Their fighters take up positions where IDF first bombards the Syrian Army”, said Hasson.




Witless Tory MP campaigns against local NHS closures he voted for himself "IndyWatch Feed"

Hardline Thatcherite Tory MP for Shrewsbury Daniel Kawczynski is up in arms about plans for his local NHS A&E to close:


Bit cheeky. Because block-headed Kawczynski has consistently voted for the very NHS reforms which are leading to the A&E closure he’s now complaining about:


A word of advice to Shrewsbury voters who are also up in arms about the closures.

You get what you vote for …


Russia: Vladimir Putin Firms Control With Big Win "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the United Russia party's campaign headquarters following a parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia, September 18, 2016. Credit: Rueters

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the United Russia party’s campaign headquarters following a parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia, September 18, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Moscow: Vladimir Putin cemented his supremacy over Russia’s political system when his ruling United Russia party took three quarters of the seats in parliament in a weekend election, paving the way for him to run for a fourth term as president.

Opposition activists and European observers questioned how free and fair the vote had been, however, although there were no immediate signs the result might spark street protests of the kind which erupted after the last such election in 2011.

With most votes counted, United Russia, founded by Putin almost 16 years ago after he first became president, was on track on Monday to win 76% of the seats in Russia’s Duma, the lower house of parliament, up from just over half in 2011.

That would be its biggest ever majority. Putin‘s spokesman called it “an impressive vote of confidence” in the Russian leader and dismissed critics who noted a sharp fall in turnout.

Around 4 million fewer Russians voted for United Russia compared to 2011, data from the Central Election Commission showed, while overall turnout fell to 48% from 60%, exposing growing apathy about a political system and elite which critics say tolerates no genuine opposition.

Liberal opposition parties failed to win a single seat. Dmitry Gudkov, the only liberal opposition politician to hold a seat before, said he had been beaten by a United Russia candidate whose chances he said had been lifted by poor turnout.

“The question now is… how to live with a one-party parliament,” Gudkov said.

European election monitors said the vote was marred by numerous procedural irregularities and restrictions on basic rights. Russian officials said there was no evidence of widespread fraud.

Near complete results showed especially low turnout in Moscow and St. Petersburg, where protests against Putin erupted after the last parliamentary election in 2011. Putin and his allies have since tightened protest laws and made life difficult for civil society groups which take money from outside Russia, branding them “foreign agents.”

Vote for stability

Presiding over a government meeting at the Kremlin on Monday, Putin hailed the election result, saying it showed voters still trusted the country’s leader...


The Neo-Con Threat: What Prevents The East From Taking Action? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

jeff nielsonThe great, geopolitical Game goes on and on, yet most people cannot even correctly identify the players. The West’s so-called “sovereign” governments are not Kings in this game, they are Pawns – the Pawns of the oligarch trillionaires (based in the West) who created this Game. Similarly, the brainwashed masses in Western nations have been increasingly programmed…


Climate Change Catch 22: It"s Official–the U.S. Military Poses a Significant Threat to the U.S. Military "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

This week, the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Climate and Security announced the release of a series of “bipartisan” statements and reports under the banner, “Military and National Security Leaders Urge Robust New Course on Climate Change.” The most comprehensive of the newly released documents focuses on the threat that rising sea levels and catastrophic storms pose to U.S. military bases globally.


Why US Had to Kill the Syrian Ceasefire "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

There are several sound reasons for concluding that the US-led air strike on the Syrian army base near Deir Ezzor last weekend was a deliberate act of murderous sabotage...


Day #2 – Hillary’s I.T. Guy Paul Combetta, aka: “stonetear” – The Reddit and The Timeline… "IndyWatch Feed"

When Paul Combetta aka “stonetear” woke up yesterday morning, it’s doubtful he would have suspected a two year old archive written under his Reddit pseudonym would have been on his mind.   Full Day One Discovery Thread HERE However, someone must … Continue reading


Syria: No “Dusty Boy” Outrage for Seven Year Old Haider Shot by the USA’s Moderate Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syria: No “Dusty Boy” Outrage for Seven Year Old Haider, Sniped by NATO Terrorists in Idlib Village of FouaBy Vanessa Beeley On the 15th September, 7 year old Haider Ammar Al Hamoud, was shot through the stomach by an Ahrar Al Sham sniper, the US backed terrorist group besieging the Idlib villages of Kafarya and Foua. Haider […]


Syrian Army Kills 40 Terrorists near Aleppo "IndyWatch Feed War"

Forty terrorists have been killed, and four infantry combat vehicles and seven pickup trucks with machine guns have been destroyed by the Syrian Army near Aleppo.


The Syrian Arab Army has killed about 40 terrorists, as well as has destroyed four infantry combat vehicles and seven pickup trucks with machine guns in Aleppo, the Russian centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria reported.

According to the center, dozens of terrorists have been killed, while four infantry combat vehicles and seven pickup trucks, equipped with heavy machine guns, have been destroyed by the Syrian Army during a battle with terrorist groups near Aleppo.

Earlier, 12 people were killed during shelling of a humanitarian convoy near Aleppo. On September 19, terrorists of the Jabhat al-Nusra group began a large-scale offensive against positions of the Syrian Army. At the same day, the Syrian Army announced termination of the armistice regime and accused terrorists of this.

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Bolanle Olukanni Looked Stunning on the Last MTN Project Fame Season 9 Show in a ‘Jane Michael Collection’ Number "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For Sunday’s taping of MTN Project Fame West Africa, co-host Bolanle Olukanni came on stage in a lovely Jane Michael Collection dress. The dress showed off her lovely shoulders and legs with a thigh high slit. Styled by Jane Michael for the taping, she accessorized with gold drop earrings and a black ankle strap clutch. […]


Congo: Police Clash with Anti-Government Protesters, 17 Killed "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Congolese opposition supporters chant slogans as they destroy the billboard of President Joseph Kabila during a march to press the President to step down in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa, September 19, 2016. Credit: Reuters/ Kenny Katombe

Congolese opposition supporters chant slogans as they destroy the billboard of President Joseph Kabila during a march to press the President to step down in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa, September 19, 2016. Credit: Reuters/ Kenny Katombe

Kinshasa: Congolese police on Monday clashed with protesters marching against what they claim is a bid by President Joseph Kabila to extend his mandate, killing at least 17 people and prompting a threat of further sanctions from the US.

The protest, attended by thousands, came at a time of growing local and international pressure on Kabila to step down when his term of office legally ends in December.

The opposition accuses him of plotting to extend his tenure in the central African copper producer by delaying elections that were supposed to be held in November until at least next year. His supporters deny this.

“The sad and painful death toll from these barbaric and extremely savage acts is as follows: 17 dead of which three were policemen,” said interior minister Evariste Boshab, condemning “the use of violence to incite disorder and chaos”.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirmed the death toll and urged Congolese national security forces to exercise restraint.

The president of opposition party Reformist Forces for Union and Solidarity (FONUS) Joseph Olenga Nkoy said 53 people were killed in the clashes while a local rights official said 25 protesters were shot.

Earlier on Monday, a Reuters witness saw a crowd burning the body of a police officer in the Kinshasa suburb of Limete in an apparent act of retaliation for police gunfire.

Angry crowds torched the offices of politicians loyal to Kabila and tore down giant posters of the president, chanting in French: “It’s over for you” and “We don’t want you”.

Rights groups reported dozens of arrests of protesters and journalists in the capital as well as in Goma and Kisangani, where anti-government marches also took place.

A government spokesman confirmed the detention of opposition leader Martin Fayulu, who suffered a head injury during the march.

By mid-afternoon, most protesters had been dispersed and the streets in the normally bustling city centre were quiet.

But in a sign that further unrest could be ahead, oppositi...


Video: Ralph Nader: Bernie Sanders’ Opposition to Third Parties is Why His Movement is in Disarray "IndyWatch Feed" – When longtime independent Senator Bernie Sanders lost his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, he concluded his … Via Youtube



Re: CVE-2016-0634 -- bash prompt expanding $HOSTNAME "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by John Haxby on Sep 20

Thanks. CVE-2016-0634 can stand then.

[The internal process we follow for acquiring CVEs is heavily oriented towards closed source so my apologies for not
bringing this forward sooner.]



Hundreds protested in Berlin for feminism and against a... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hundreds protested in Berlin for feminism and against a Christian fundamentalist “march for life” against abortions and conservative family values. The mostly left wing people rallied and chanted for women’s rights and against homophobia. 09/17/2016.


In Fighting in APC Splits Party into Four Factions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS SEPTEMBER 20TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Ahead of the 2019 elections, major forces in the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, are currently in a suppressed war, which has split the party into four major factions.
The only difference now between APC and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is that in the former, it is a suppressed war, while in the latter, the party is divided along Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu Sheriff factions with cases on the leadership in various courts.

According to New Telegraph, there are three major tendencies in the party: Bola Tinubu, Abuja group and Buhari loyalists.
The Tinubu tendency, which has Chief Bisi Akande, former governor of Osun State and ex-Interim National Chairman of the APC with a few APC governors aligned, has been the subject of attacks from forces in the party. The tendency played a major role in the merger of the legacies party that coalesced to form APC.
The second group is the Abuja group with Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Babatunde Fashola (Minister of Power, Works and Housing), Rotimi Amaechi (Minister of Transportation), and some other ministers as members.
The third tendency within the party is the core loyalists of President Muhammadu Buhari. Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara and some state governors are spread across the three tendencies.
The fourth tendency is the party leadership, especially the national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, and national legal adviser, Muiz Banire. The party leadership is more aligned to the Abuja group. All the groups are working at cross-purposes.
While the Tinubu-Akande tendency is today strategizing on how to hold on to the South- West front, the Abuja group, led by el-Rufai, is working with the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led South-West block to take control of the party structures in the zone from Tinubu. It was learnt that major forces in the party see Tinubu as a common enemy ahead of 2019.



U.S. Government Finally Admits Marijuana Really Does Kill Cancer Cells "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Gordon


By: Jeremiah Jones via

The idea that cannabis kills cancer cells seems to no longer be a conspiracy theory in the United States. With this information, can any state legitimately say no to medicinal marijuana?

Or could it even be considered a preventative herb to avoid getting cancer?

Amy Willis with Metro says that the US government has added a page on the use of cannabis and cannabinoids to their official cancer advice website.

Willis advises, “The National Cancer Institute, part of the US Department of Health, now advises that ‘cannabinoids may be useful in treating the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment’ by smoking, eating it in baked products, drinking herbal teas or even spraying it under the tongue.”

The official government site has a long list of medicinal uses of cannabis, including: Anti-inflammatory activity, pain relief, anti-anxiety, stress relief, anti-tumor, antiviral activity and relieving muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, and many many more.

The site goes on to talk about how cannabis has been proven to destroy cancer cells in lab experiments.

Willis continues, “Several scientific studies have suggested this in the past, and in April this year the US government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse revised their publications to suggest cannabis could shrink brain tumors by killing off cancer cells.”

If the United States government is finally willing to admit these benefits and that cannabis has been proven to kill cancer cells, then will other western nations follow suit?

If good health and decreasing cancer rates is important to you, then contact your government and tell them about the great benefits of cannabis – a natural herb that has a long list of benefits without the side effects of man-made cancer treatments.





It’s Official: israel’s Military Cooperates with Al-Qaeda Terrorists in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

It’s Official: Israeli Military Cooperates with Al-Qaeda Terrorists in SyriaBy Fort Russ, Druze Representative in Israel Knesset An Israeli representative in the Knesset directly denounced the Israeli military: the IDF cooperates with the terrorist organization Al-Nusra Front in Syria. The Chief of the Israeli army Gadi Eisenko said it was not true that the Israeli […]


The right place for the Left: the World Social Forum in Montreal "IndyWatch Feed"

In August 2016, the World Social Forum brought global justice activists to Montreal, the first time it was ever held in the global North. But this reorientation of the movement fell far short of its goals

Since its inception in 2001, the World Social Forum has tried to bridge the North-South divide to transform the global economic system. Positioning itself as counterweight to the neoliberalism of the World Economic Forum, the “anti-Davos” has been the crossroads for myriad global social movements—for fairer trade rules, for worker rights, for stronger environmental protections, for sovereignty of indigenous peoples, etc. The idea for the WSF originated among Brazilian and French activists who rejected the idea that “there is no alternative” (TINA) to neoliberal capitalism. For the WSF and its supporters, “another world is possible.”   

Meeting in Montreal, however, was a controversial decision. Until now, the WSF has held all its major gatherings in cities throughout the global South like Porto Alegre, Dakar, Tunis, and Mumbai. According to one member of the WSF’s governing body, the International Council, “Montreal doesn’t meet any of the criteria for the usual location for the WSF.” Yet the Montreal collective argued for the WSF to shift its perspective on global resistance, moving to “the heart of the Empire” to achieve social transformation.  If the altermondialistes were to be effective, they argued, Northerners needed to be drawn into the fight.

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A demonstrator at the 2009 World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil. What are the consequences of moving the WSF out of the global South?

Granted, Montreal isn’t really the “belly” of the neoliberal beast. Though described by its mayor as the place where “Europe and North America converge,” its cultural strengths aren’t matched by political prominence. A meeting in Ottawa, Washington, or New York would have provided more symbolic and substantive resistance to powerful Northern actors.

Another rationale to hosting in a Northern city is to better reach the general public, whose votes, voice, and money could help support the fight for global justice. For example, Alvaro Garcia Linera, Bolivia’s vice-president, highlighted the “need to change the mindset of people with more power.” Chico Whitaker, a founder of the WSF from Brazil, said “we must call in people who never thought about changing the world.” It isn’t clear, however, whether the 2016 WSF did more than preach to the converted.  On the first day of workshops, two international NGOs, Caritas and Secours Catholique, hosted a discussion on popular mobilization strategies, but almost all the attendees were staff from those two groups. Moreover, an overall low attendance number—organizers boasted a high estimate of 35,000 attendees, but just...


Interview with Translink CEO Chris Conway "IndyWatch Feed"

Thursday afternoon in the Europa Buscentre, and knowing I’ve been scooped by the Business Telegraph (the price of blogging), I meet with Chris Conway in the conference room.  We’ve met before, as I happened to be at Stormont for an Autism event on the day Translink launched Train and Bus week, but this chat has more...


Russia: the tinderbox in the struggle for a safe climate "IndyWatch Feed"

Bio 2.JPGRussia is at the forefront of the global climate change struggle. We ignore it at our peril.


Russia may be home to some of the world's harshest living environments, but it's yet to wake up to the reality of climate change. (c) Sergey Dolya / AP / Press Association Images. All rights reserved.The Russian region of Yamal rarely makes global headlines. Despite being larger than France, its remote location bordering the Arctic Circle holds it far from the gaze of relevance. But in July this year, news of an outbreak of anthrax in the province shook the world. Seventy-two nomadic herders, including 41 children, were hospitalised after infection. One 12-year-old boy, and his grandmother, could not be saved.

The epidemic emerged from an unprecedented heatwave, after Siberia experienced temperatures nearing 35°C. Old spores of anthrax previously locked in the permafrost were unfrozen and exposed to grazing animals. Researchers have long warned that the melting of Siberian permafrost, triggered by climate change, could awaken dormant diseases trapped in preserved animal carcasses.

For a brief moment, the world’s environmental attention turned to Russia, a country largely overlooked in the discussion of climate impacts. 

Over decades, under the radar of salient news, climate change has taken its methodical toll on Russia

As a part-Russian environmental campaigner and journalist working in Europe, I’m often intrigued by the absent role that Russia plays in mainstream environmental coverage. Like many other countries, Russia only seems to enter the picture on the back of extreme events. At other moments, the country is an “environmental basketcase”, a rogue state so distant from achieving any progress that we should just ignore it. Or it’s a country of such immense proportions that it defies comprehension or interest.

But over decades, under the radar of salient news, climate change has taken its methodical toll on Russia. This impact has been expressed primarily through the increased frequency of extreme weather. In 2012, the country made it into the higher reaches of the Climate Risk Index as the ninth country most affected by climate change that year.

Forest fires are becoming increasingly recurrent and destructive. Over the past two years, fires across Siberia and the Far East have wrought tremendous human and financial damage. In the summer of 2010, the concoction of a h...


Multi-billion Dollar Weapons Deals: Why the USA Backs israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Multi-billion Dollar Weapons Deals: Why the US Backs Israel A new US military package will shower billions of dollars on Israel. But not because it supports democracy. By Ryan McNamara If multibillion-dollar weapons deals are any measure, Israel and the US have never been closer. This past week, despite a reported personal rift between President […]


‘War or Peace?’ Asks Former ISIS Captive at UN Refugee Summit "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Nadia Murad Basee Taha, an Iraqi woman of the Yazidi faith who was abducted and held by the ISIS for three months, meets with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Athens, Greece, December 30, 2015. Credit: Reuters/ Alkis Konstantinidis/Files

Nadia Murad Basee Taha, an Iraqi woman of the Yazidi faith who was abducted and held by the ISIS for three months, meets with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Athens, Greece, December 30, 2015. Credit: Reuters/ Alkis Konstantinidis/Files

United Nations: A young Yazidi woman held captive and raped by ISIS militants appealed to world leaders at the UN on Monday to end war and improve the lives of millions of refugees as they agreed a voluntary framework to respond to the global crisis.

Nadia Murad Basee Taha, 23, recently appointed a goodwill ambassador for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, told leaders at a UN refugee and migrants summit ahead of the 71st General Assembly: “You decide whether it is to be war or peace.”

“We have to address the causes of immigration, not just the immigration itself… We have to end wars and put humanity first,” said Taha, who was held by ISIS in Iraq for several months in 2014. “I wished that the rapes I endured by 12 terrorists were 12 bullets in my flesh.”

With a record 21.3 million refugees globally, the 193-member general assembly adopted a political declaration in which they also agreed to spend the next two years negotiating global compacts on refugees and safe, orderly and regular migration.

But the declaration, which is not legally binding, does not include a call by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for 10% of refugees to be resettled annually and has been dismissed by human rights and aid groups as insufficient.

“Let’s not be fooled,” Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai, 19 – a Pakistani education activist who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman on her school bus in 2012 – said in a statement. She has been raising money to educate Syrian refugee children.

“The declaration does not include any new, substantive commitments for refugees,” Yousafzai said. “Away from the cameras, in refugee camps and roadways, in boats and out of school around the globe, the world‘s refugee children were hoping for more. They deserve more.”

The secretar-general and UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, urged states to implement commitments in the declaration, which the former said could allow more child...


21-Year-Old Delhi Girl Dies After Succumbing to Over 20 Stabbing Wounds [Updated] "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

NDTV reported on Tuesday morning, Sept. 20, 2016, at 13:36 p.m. IST, about another horrific incident of a crime against women in the Indian capital of New Delhi. The victim, a 21-year-old girl, named Karuna was repeatedly stabbed, more than 20 times in broad daylight. She was on her way to  a private school in […]

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Clinton, Trump Battle For International Leaders’ Attention "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attends a bilateral meeting with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (R) at a hotel in New York, US September 19, 2016. Credit: Reuters/ Carlos Barria

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attends a bilateral meeting with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (R) at a hotel in New York, US September 19, 2016. Credit: Reuters/ Carlos Barria

New York: With national security again a major US election issue after bombings in New York and New Jersey, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sought to burnish their foreign-policy credentials on Monday by meeting world leaders at the UN.

For Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, it was a return to a role she knows well after she served as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state for four years.

Trump, the Republican nominee, is a newcomer to the global stage who is hurriedly trying to play catch-up.

In rapid succession, Clinton met briefly with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and then Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Trump also met Sisi minutes after the Egyptian leader spoke with Clinton in the same Manhattan hotel.

The meetings came on a day that started with Clinton suggesting Trump’s harsh rhetoric toward Muslims aids the ISIS militant group’s recruiting efforts. Trump pushed back, arguing the US was less safe as a result of Obama and Clinton’s policies.

Security questions arose in each of Monday’s bilateral sessions, which took place as world leaders gathered for the UN General Assembly, with Clinton and Abe discussing concerns over North Korea and maritime issues involving China.

Clinton and Trump both spoke with Sisi about working more closely with Egypt to combat the ISIS threat.

Trump’s campaign released a statement saying that Trump “highlighted how Egypt and the US share a common enemy and the importance of working together in defeating radical Islamic terrorism.”

With Clinton, Sisi also discussed his goal of moving Egypt toward “a new civil society, a new modern country that upholds the rule of law and respects human rights and liberties.”

Clinton and Poroshenko addressed Russian incursions into Ukrainian territory. Clinton...


Obama is Protecting the Terrorists, USA to the Rescue of ISIS-ISIL-Daesh "IndyWatch Feed War"

Obama is Protecting the Terrorists, America to the Rescue of ISIS-ISIL-Daesh. Testimonies of Syrian Soldiers Who Witnessed the US AirstrikesBy Prof Michel Chossudovsky, These testimonies by Syrian soldiers who are fighting the Islamic State rebels (ISIS-Daesh) confirm what we already know. The United States of America is not fighting the terrorists in Syria. The Obama […]


The Case for Wooden Skyscrapers "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

An article in The Economist makes the case for "wooden" skyscrapers:

New techniques mean that wood can now be used for much taller buildings. A handful are already going up in cities around the world. The 14-storey Treet block of flats in Bergen, Norway, is currently the tallest. But Brock Commons, an 18-storey wooden dormitory at the University of British Columbia in Canada, is due to be completed in 2017. That is when construction is expected to begin on the 21-storey Haut building in Amsterdam. Arup, a firm of engineering consultants working on the project, says it will be built using sustainable European pine. Some architects have even started designing wooden skyscrapers, like the proposed Tratoppen ("the treetop" illustrated above), a 40-floor residential tower on the drawing-board in Stockholm.

Wood has many attractions as a construction material, apart from its aesthetic qualities. A wooden building is about a quarter of the weight of an equivalent reinforced-concrete structure, which means foundations can be smaller. Timber is a sustainable material and a natural "sink" for CO2, as trees lock in carbon from the atmosphere. Tall steel-and-concrete buildings tend to have a large carbon footprint, in part because of the amount of material required to support them. Using wood could reduce their carbon footprint by 60-75%, according to some studies.

There are two main concerns about using wood to build high. The first is whether wood is strong enough. In recent years there have been big advances in "engineered" wood, such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) made from layers of timber sections glued together with their grains at right angles to one another. In much the same way that aligning carbon-fibre composites creates stronger racing cars, aircraft and golf clubs, CLT imparts greater rigidity and strength to wooden structures. A recent experiment by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, a firm of architects, and Oregon State University, shows how strong engineered wood can be. The researchers used CLT in a hybrid form known as concrete-jointed timber. This featured an 11-metre wide CLT floor section with a thin layer of reinforced concrete spread across the surface. Thicker sections of concrete were added where the floor was supported by pillars. It was put into a giant test rig where a powerful hydraulic press pushed with increasing force onto the surface. The researchers wanted to see how the structure moved under load, but kept pressing in order to find its limits. The floor finally began to crack when the load reached a massive 82,000 pounds (37,200kg), around eight times what it was designed to support.

If you want to know what the second main concern is, you'll have to read the article. 😉

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Is The US Gov Preparing To Declare A National Emergency To Postpone The Elections? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

war russia s400 public domainSouth Koreans are giving up their citizenship so they do not have to go into the military. NATO deploying 4000 troops to the Baltic’s. US sending more troops to Mosul for a large offensive. US spy plane shot down over Syria. Libya’s unity government tries to take back some of the oil ports. Leaked document…


The Most Explosive Place in the East – What Is Happening in the South China Sea? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Written by Nikolay Nikolaev; Originally appeared at A-specto, translated by Borislav exclusively for SouthFront

The policy of containing China and “the pivot to Asia” which is supposed to provide the “Pacific century of the US” (in the words of Hillary Clinton) threatens peace on the planet.

What is happening in the South China Sea? This question is asked by anyone who observes the increased tensions between Beijing and Washington. It is gradually threatening to cross the border of the rhetoric war. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China warned the US military not to exacerbate tensions in the South China Sea by sending military vessels or aircraft in the vicinity of the Chinese islands. The Pentagon countered that US ships and aircraft can travel on all routes under international law at all times, and declared to their regional allies that they will soon conduct patrols near the Chinese positions. The situation is complicated and the Chinese defense minister warned of a possible naval warfare, urging the military, police and citizens to be ready to defend the country’s territorial integrity. What actually caused the conflict between the US and China, and how does it differ from the announced desire for free naval travel? To orient ourselves we need the help of history and geography.

The island archipelagos – the South China Crimea and the Persian Gulf simultaneously

The islands in the South China Sea consist of more than 250 atolls, islands, shoals and reefs divided into several groups, among which are the Paracel (known in China as the islands Sisha, southeast of Hainan) Dongsha (among them is the largest island in the south China Sea, located 340 kilometers south of Hong Kong) Dzhongsha (located southwest of the islands Sisha) Huanyan (200 kilometers west of the Philippines) and Spratly (Nansha, the southernmost islands located between China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines). With the exception of a few larger islands, most of them are below sea level at high tide, while others are completely submerged. The rich fishing resources and potentially huge deposits of oil and gas, estimated at 11 billion barrels of oil and 5.4 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, are the main assets of the islands. But they also have another very important asset – their geographical location. You could say that location is the most important strategic asset. Through the maritime routes around the archipelagos, passes around two-thirds of the global trade of oil and half of the maritime trade in the world. The islands play the same role in the South China Sea as Crimea does on the Black Sea – they are an unsinkable aircraft carrier from which can be controlled the shipping routes and achieved military superiority in the region. The South China Islands are the link between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and the eastern part of the Eurasian continent. Securing control over the regulation of trade can also mean access to vital resources and ensure economic prosperity. For example, the powerful analytical agency “Stratfor” notes that “by controlling the seas, the United States is able to ensure safe movement of their goods and deploy military force in the world”. Dominance in the South China Sea allows the controlling party to plan their strength on the coastal areas of present-day Ch...


Has the Flint, Michigan, water crisis hit a nerve in the fluoride debate? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

flint water crisisWhen the water source of a small community in Michigan was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River due to financial issues, the devastating long-term effects of this decision took the nation by storm. During the nearly two years that the city of Flint was using the toxic water source, its citizens cried out for help. But by the time the city reacted, the damage was irreversible in many ways. According to an article from NPR on April 20, 2016, a resident of Flint had her water tested for lead at 104,000 parts per billion in 2015. The Environmental Protection Agency’s limit for drinking water is 15,000 parts per billion.
Much of the nation was enraged at the crisis in Flint, Michigan. After seeing the devastating effects of lead poisoning appear in countless news articles, headlines and social media posts, the nation became rightfully afraid of this happening to their own communities and loved ones. According to Lead Action News, there are 63 unique listed health effects and symptoms from lead poisoning in children and perinatal development and 76 in adults, including cognitive function deficits, miscarriages, sterility and mental health issues. Lead poisoning also affects dentition and oral health.  Lead Action News states that exposure to lead can cause “teeth with blue-black lines near the gum base,” which oral health providers can relate to gum recession and possible periodontal disease.
Historically, the dental community has tried to combat oral health diseases not only by educating the public on key issues, but by adding fluoride into drinking water. Fluoride acts by slowing the breakdown of enamel and helping assist in the remineralization process of our dentition. According to the CDC in 2014, roughly 74 percent of the U.S. population served by the community water system received fluoridated water. Some states, however, like Hawaii and Idaho, drop well below this line at 12 and 31 percent respectively. The necessity of fluoride in water is not a recent debate, but the Flint, Michigan, water crisis seemed to elevate it to a new high.
There are many groups that disagree with the addition of fluoride to water. ...


An ESP8266 in Every Light Switch and Outlet "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

[Hristo Borisov] shows us his clever home automation project, a nicely packaged WiFi switchable wall socket. The ESP8266 has continuously proven itself to be a home automation panacea. Since the ESP8266 is practically a given at this point, the bragging rights have switched over to the skill with which the solution is implemented. By that metric, [Hristo]’s solution is pretty dang nice.

esp8266-smart-lightswitchIt’s all based around a simple board. An encapsulated power supply converts the 220V offered by the Bulgarian power authorities into two rails of 3.3V and 5V respectively. The 3.3V is used for an ESP8266 whose primary concern is the control of a triac and an RGB LED. The 5V is optional if the user decides to add a shield that needs it. That’s right, your light switches will now have their own shields that decide the complexity of the device.

The core module seen to the right contains the actual board. All it needs is AC on one side and something to switch or control on the other The enclosure is not shown (only the lid with the shield connectors is seen) but can be printed in a form factor that includes a cord to plug into an outlet, or with a metal flange to attach to an electrical box in the wall. The modules that mate with the core are also nicely packaged in a 3D printed shield. For example, to convert a lamp to wireless control, you use a shield with a power socket on it. To convert a light switch, use the control module that has a box flange and then any number of custom switch and display shields can be hot swapped on it.

It’s all controllable from command line, webpage, and even an iOS app; all of it is available on his GitHub. We’d love to hear your take on safety, modularity, and overall system design. We think [Hristo] has built a better light switch!

Filed under: home hacks


Why Are We Sending $38 Billion to Rich and Powerful Israel? "IndyWatch Feed"

Last week’s announcement of a record-breaking US aid package for Israel
underscores how dangerously foolish and out-of-touch is our interventionist
foreign policy. Over the next ten years, the US taxpayer will be forced to give
Israel some $38 billion dollars in military aid. It is money we cannot afford
going to […]


Thousands of refugee lifejackets in eerie London ‘graveyard’ display "IndyWatch Feed"

Londoners were greeted with the sight of 2,500 lifejackets used by refugees to cross the Mediterranean in London’s Parliament Square Monday morning.
The lifejackets, representing refugees who have died at sea, have been laid out in lines on the grass, with Big Ben providing a backdrop to the striking and unsettling scene. The lifejacket display […]


Clinton falls behind Trump in new national poll "IndyWatch Feed"

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has opened up a narrow lead over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, a new poll shows, signaling the end of the former secretary of state’s months-long dominance in terms national support The survey, released by right-leaning Red Oak Strategic on Monday, revealed that the New York businessman had managed […]



How an insecure messaging app led to fall of a terrorist organization in Turkey? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

MIT (Turkish Intelligence Agency) has hacked one-single server of a messaging app in Lithuania in order to identify members of an Islamic terrorist group.

Within the harshness of political controversies turned up in Turkey with the recent coup attempt at July of 15th [1], it seems that a cyberwar between MIT [2] (Turkish National Intelligence Agency) and FETO [3] ended up revealing all key member names to the government authorities.

It all started with the release of a mobile messaging app called ByLock which seemed as a simple, ordinary messaging solution with offline mail and online voice calling capabilities developed by a guy named David Keynes from Oregon.  But later on, it is understood that there is no one named as mentioned and it was a work of an illegal organization to move its whole daily communication to the underground.

Despite the “next generation of secure communication” slogan on the homepage of ByLock -which is still live at after months of the release of the application it took attention of MIT due to popularity among FETO members and it was easily decompiled into the pieces and pointed out to a server in Lithuania that all messages, passwords and ip addresses stored in plaintext.

messaging app hacked by MIT

After the hack of a server in Lithuania, security experts downloaded nearly 3.5 million messages revealing ~53000 thousand people relating to the illegal organization. It was a breach which gave a big advantage to the Turkish authorities in the mid of 2015 and after the failed coup attempt.

But this is not the end of the story. Recently, the head of “Ministry of Science, Technology and Industry”, Faruk Ozlu has revealed that there were suspicions that ByLock was the product of the secret members of FETO who were working in TUBITAK [4] (The Scientific And Technological Research Council Of Turkey). “Our investigations are still ongoing in TUBITAK and we are categorizing suspected people in 5 categories. We have taken out their jobs whom are found within 4. and 5. Category by others in 3 categories are getting checked out for evidences.” said Ozlu in September 9 to AA (Anatolian News Agency).

These news with TUBITAK are revealed footprints about another struggle which has been resulted with the wiretaps leaked in 2013 containing Tayyip Erdogan’s conversations [5] on crypto-phones developed by TUBITAK which later denied and called ‘fake’ by the authorities.







Abour the Author Harun Esur



Pres. Buhari Advises Nollywood Filmmakers, Says, 'Stop Promoting Violence And Sex In Your Movies' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has advised Nigerian filmmakers against promoting violence and sex scenes in their movies.

The president also urged movie practitioners to endeavour to always project the country in a positive light.

Buhari sent the message to the movie industry in a foreword written in a brochure on the film industry.

The brochure was titled, ''Nigerian Film Industry at a Glance'' and it was published by the Africa Film Academy.

Buhari was quoted to have said:

   ''The Nigerian film industry that is now called Nollywood, in the fashion of the American's Hollywood and Indian's Bollywood, started as the effort of a group of enterprising young men and women who traded on their talents and sheer determination without anyone paying attention.
   ''It has now metamorphosed into a big industry employing thousands of people, contributing to the national Gross Domestic Product and empowering a new generation of creative entrepreneurs.

   ''Our government will continue to support the creative sectors of its economy so as to encourage our teeming youths while we enjoin our filmmakers to continue to project the image of Nigeria and the continent of Africa in a positive way through their story lines. Filmmakers should not make films for art sake. Films should be functional and socially relevant.

   ''Filmmakers, whether local or those who come here to use our facilities, must however be sensitive to our cultures and religions. They must not glamourise violence or sexual vulgarity in all their forms. They must not promote racism or ethnic superiority or demonise any religion or culture.

   ''I want to see more films that celebrate our diversity, films that celebrate the achievements of our people, films that promote social causes of right to education, films that tells us the evil of domestic violence against men and women, films that inspire hope and faith in our country and humanity in general. I am confident that Nollywood would go from strength to strength.''


Uri a Reminder that India Needs Better Intelligence and Security Outside Vital Locations, Say Experts "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Experts are divided on whether India should retaliate with surgical strikes against Pakistan or employ a diplomatic-economic-social offensive instead.

A soldier guards the army base in Uri which was attacked by militants on September 18. Credit: PTI

A soldier guards the army base in Uri which was attacked by militants on September 18. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: While the September 18 militant attack on an army camp in Uri has raised the political temperature between India and Pakistan, defence experts also think that the Centre and the defence ministry took too casual an approach to intelligence reports describing the threat to the camp and also did not take action to properly fortify the camp despite the heightened alert. The current toll from the attack stands at 18 soldiers killed and the army has instituted an inquiry into one of the bloodiest attacks the army has seen in recent history.

Defence experts The Wire spoke to  insist that the army should shed its defensive mindset and actively patrol areas beyond its key installations in order to prevent future attacks. They also demand that the Technical Response Division, which was started when General Deepak Kapoor was the army chief, be revived to improve human intelligence gathering in Jammu and Kashmir as well as New Delhi.

Most defence experts also believe that there is a need to provide some level of protection to J&K state police personnel too since they’ve had to abandon their excellent intelligence network after militants started targeting officers and their families.

Ajai Sahni, an expert on counter-terrorism and executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management, believes that the casualties India suffered at Uri were largely the government’s fault. “The finance department had for years and years not sanctioned money for building a wall around this Uri campus. You just had a barbed wire fence around and that was also in a state of decay. Also, you also had completely exposed tented accommodation for troops in movement,” he alleged.

Questioning the logic behind India going for advanced equipment when it cannot even provide rudimentary facilities for its troops, Sahni said anecdotal findings have revealed that there are a large number of military, para-military and police camps that need to be relocated.

“Those considerations have clearly not gone into identification of these locations. Just like Uri, a BSF [Border Security Forces] camp which was located at the base of hills and was completely exposed was attacked a few years ago. The location of this Uri unit of the headquarters was also not the most desirable. Such an establishment should be located in a position which...


Election pantomime: Are US Presidential Debates Worthless — or Less? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Are US Presidential Debates Worthless — or Less? The U.S. news networks are building up the suspense for the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but odds are it will be another hyped-up TV disgrace, say Bill Moyers and Michael Winship. By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship Let’s call the whole thing […]


Zurich: Explosive attack against war profiteers Lafarge Holcim in solidarity with the Rojava revolution "IndyWatch Feed War"


Action against Lafarge Holcim

We visited Lafarge Holcim on Hagenholzstrasse in Zurich during the night of 19.09 and 20.09.2016 and surprised them with an explosive device!
Between Spring 2013 and Autumn 2014, the company Lafarge Holcim payed taxes to the so-called ‘Islamic State’ so that one of its cement plants in Jalabiya, near Manbij in Syria, could continue to operate.

The fact that the bourgeoisie made a pact with the most reactionary forces, in this case religious fundamentalists, in order to continue producing profitably comes as no surprise. It demonstrates their ruthlessness in the struggle for profit.

This action was only a side-show for the Schmidheiny family as the Holcim Group is just one of the many companies they own. However it is worth noting that the Schmidheinys have already demonstrated their brutality in the pursuit of profit during the production of asbestos in Italy. Workers became sick and died from working with absestos without the necessary protection because the work had to be done. A continuation of the ruthlessness the Schmidheiny family had already demonstrated in South Africa.

“The most advanced companies in the construction sector” was the pronouncement made during the announcement of the merger of Lafarge and Holcim in April, 2014. The hypocrisy shows when we now know that at this time they were funding IS in Syria. Of course once news of this support was published they claimed it was to secure the safety of their staff. This is only because if employees were killed by IS, no more profit could be generated. It should be clear that this was not about an evacuation of staff when you consider that these payments dragged on for over a year.

Only recently IS have been pushed back in this area by the military structures of the SDF. The comrades were often attacked by suicide bombers using converted vans and small trucks. How many of these ‘mobile bombs’ were ultimately financed by the Lafarge-Holcim group is unclear. We have carried out this small, symbolic explosive attack against their Zurich headquarters in return.

To support the Rojava perspective also means to support the fight against capital, especially the companies located here that directly support the reactionary forces over there.

The liberated and partially destroyed areas need to be rebuilt, political and economic structures must be created. Therefore the SDF are not just content with driving out the fundamentalists, but are also building new structures in the liberated areas. Military structures that arm and train the population , as well as political structures such as local and women’s councils that will need to be protected. IS needs to be defeated militarily but the reactionary ideology that it tries to spread in the territories it occupies by force must be combated as well. Academies need to be established where political education will play an important role.

In Rojava an important development in the revolutionary perspective is taking place. Let’s support them.

For a revolutionary perspective!

(via Linksunten Indymedia, translated by Insurrection News)


Cisco finds new Zero-Day Exploit linked to NSA Hackers "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Network equipment vendor Cisco is finally warning its customers of another zero-day vulnerability the company discovered in the trove of NSA's hacking exploits and implants leaked by the group calling itself "The Shadow Brokers." Last month, the Shadow Brokers published firewall exploits, implants, and hacking tools allegedly stolen from the NSA's Equation Group, which was designed to target


America Treats Most Academic Faculty Like Peons, and the Results Are Not Pretty "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Roslyn Fuller / AlterNet

The growth of insecure faculty in American higher education has consequences that reach far outside of the classroom and far beyond the lives of poorly paid teachers.

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Premature Baby Girl Survives After Her Pregnant Teen Mum Was Shot & Killed In Chicago, Illinois (Pics) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Doctors have delivered a premature baby after a mum was killed in a drive-by shooting while six months pregnant.

Parashay Beard, 19, was in a car with her boyfriend when it was sprayed with bullets on Sunday night.
The teenager was rushed to hospital but tragically died as a result of a gunshot wound to her neck.

Medics were able to deliver her baby daughter who remains in a critical condition.

Miss Beard's 26-year-old boyfriend was shot in the neck and chest and he is also in a critically condition.
Police have said they believe the shooting in Chicago, Illinois, was gang-related, NBC reports.

Miss Beard's family have named her daughter, who was due in December, 'Miracle'. Parashay was also mother to a four-year-old girl.

Source - MirrorUK


NZ - Lone Waikato DHB board member says no to fluoride "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The Waikato District Health Board supports fluoride in the region's tap water supply.A health board member has broken ranks to accuse his colleagues of pushing through what he calls a "rubber-stamp" statement supporting water fluoridation.

Andrew Buckley unsuccessfully opposed the re-adoption of the Waikato District Health Board's position statement on fluoridation, dubbing it "flawed decision-making", but chairman Bob Simcock said the board was simply following the science and Buckley was a lone voice.

Local councils, not the health board, decide whether or not to put fluoride in the water. But many, including Hamilton City Council, have been the subject of campaigns to remove it and have looked to the DHB for a stance on it when making their decision.....................


Skittles responds to Trump analogy comparing sweet to Syrian refugees "IndyWatch Feed War"


The owner of popular sweet Skittles said it was not an 'appropriate analogy' to compare their product to Syrian refugees


US Accuse Russia Of ‘War Crimes’ In UN Aid Convoy Attack "IndyWatch Feed World"

A UN aid convoy of 31 trucks was hit by an airstrike on Monday, killing 12 people, and sparking ‘outrage’ from the US State Department who blame Russia for the attacks.  US State Department spokesman John Kirby immediately pointed the finger at Moscow for the attacks, saying that “the destination of this convoy was known to the Syrian regime and the Russian Federation and yet these aid workers were killed in their attempt to provide relief to the Syrian people.” Scene where humanitarian aid convoy struck by Russian/Syrian airstrike in #Aleppo countryside @Conflicts — ًWard Alyafe (@ward_alyafe) September 19, 2016 A Russian sourced video taken by a drone aircraft shows the convoy shortly before the airstrike. The video is below. The drone camera begins following the U.N. trucks at the 57 minute mark. The Guardian reports: Stephen O’Brien, the UN’s emergency relief coordinator, said that the convoy had been clearly marked and its route had been provided to all parties to the conflict. “Let me be clear: if this callous attack is found to be a deliberate targeting of humanitarians, it would amount to a war crime,” O’Brien said. “I call for an immediate, impartial and independent investigation into this deadly incident. [...]

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BN Prose: How the Future Came Knocking by Roseline Nya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cluck, cluck, cluck…Asari moved across the sitting room, taking in its lacklustre condition. Her polished nude stiletto managed a glow in the semi-darkness. The space smelled of aged air and desolation. She marched to the window and unlocked it, sliding it open against a resistant creak. Hot rays, from a Lagos sun in March, streaked […]


israel must be getting genocide withdrawal symptoms, It’s Almost Palestinian Hunting Season, Again "IndyWatch Feed War"

It’s Almost Palestinian Hunting Season, Again By Yoav Litvin Mint Press News   A Palestinian barefoot boy stands next to remains of a destroyed house in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra) May 2017 will mark fifty years of Israeli occupation of Gaza and the […]


President Buhari's Wife, Aisha Buhari, Meets Michelle Obama And Other First Ladies (Pics) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Wife of the President of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Buhari, met with the US First Lady, Mrs Michelle Obama, who hosted a concert for wives of Heads of States around the world at her Broadway event.
The event is aimed at Global Girls Empowerment to help push for 'The Girl Child Education' around the world. See more pics below...


The pretence of peace , by Thierry Meyssan "IndyWatch Feed War"

While the cease-fire in Syria, drawn up by the US Secretary of State and his Russian counterpart, seemed to be holding – apart from the Israëli violations on the first day - the Pentagon attacked the Syrian Arab Army for the second time. Washington claimed it was a mistake, but the reaction of the US ambassador to the UNO, on the contrary, made it seem more like the execution of a plan. What game is Washington playing?


How Sanusi, Soludo Created Foreign Exchange Crisis-CBN Governor "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sanusi and Soludo

Sanusi and Soludo

LAGOS SEPTEMBER 20TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Mr. Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has blamed Lamido Sanusi and Professor Chukwuma Soludo- his predecessors for the current foreign exchange crisis in the country.
Emefiele said the current forex crisis would have been averted if Soludo and Sanusi had not adopted measures that resulted in the depletion of the country’s foreign reserves, according to a report in National Mirror.

Soludo was CBN governor between 2004 and 2009 when Sanusi succeeded him.
According to Emefiele, when both men were at the helm of affairs at the apex bank, the price of oil was consistently well above $110 per barrel and the country had healthy reserves that would have allowed it to invest in critical infrastructure that would boost productivity and diversify the economy.
He said: “In September 2008, Nigeria’s FX reserve stood at $62 billion, what did we do with $62 billion? At a time when crude oil price was at about N120 per barrel, what did the country do? What we could have done is save the money. If we couldn’t save the money, invest it in infrastructure, invest in industry; invest them in infrastructure and industry that would grow productivity and the wealth of our people.
But what did we do? “I’ll give you an example. The Central Bank of Nigeria of that time went about licensing class ‘A’, class ‘B’, class ‘C’ bureaux de- change. “For class ‘A’ bureaux de- change, Central Bank was allocating $1 million per week; for class ‘B’ bureaux de- change, Central Bank was allocating $750,000 bureaux de- change to the extent that between 2005 when the bank started selling dollar cash and 2016 January when we stopped it, the CBN had sold dollar cash of up to $66 billion to BDCs.
“In 11 years, CBN allocated $66 billion, averaging $6 billion per year. If this didn’t happen, we would comfortably be having well over $90 billion in our reserve account today and we will not be struggling to pay our bills today. If we had thought of other ways to utilise our reserves in 2008 when it was as high as $62 billion, perhaps certainly we would not be where we are.”
He revealed that when he was CEO of Zenith Bank, he was queried by a Deputy Governor of the CBN for not selling dollars to BDCs. “I was called to be queried that some people in Kano, some people in Port Harcourt and in Lagos were calling to say Zenith Bank was not selling dollar cash to bureaux-de change, but of course the bank didn’t see any serious need to disburse dollar cash to bureaux-de-change at that time.
That was what we did with part of our $62 billion,” he stated. Besides, he said in the wake of the global financial crisis, all forms of capital control were removed to encourage the flow of capital into Nigeria with the result that between 2009 and 2014, the country recorded $23 billion in capital flows.
However, according to him, although CBN’s policies at the time encouraged Nigerians to buy shares/securities abroad, there was no record that the dividends and proceeds of sale of the shares were repatriated through the apex bank.
He said: “Between 2009 or 2010 and 2014, when we had the crisis, America pumped a lot of money to stimulate the economy, and as a result of pumping that money, some of those funds flowed into emerging markets, including Nigeria.
At that time again, Nigeria removed all forms of capital control to encourage the flow of capital into Nigeria. So what happened during that time? In five straight years, we saw crude pric...


No Evidence for Fluoridated Water to Result in Less Cavities "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By Dr. Mercola
Two-thirds of Americans drink tap water that has added fluoride. Unlike other chemicals added to water, which are intended to treat the water itself, fluoride is intended to treat the people who drink the water, whether they want the treatment or not.
As the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) puts it, “Fluoridating water supplies can thus fairly be described as a form of mass medication, which is why most European countries have rejected the practice.”1
In the U.S., many people assume the fluoride in drinking water is beneficial for their teeth, an assumption that has been widely spread by public health agencies.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has partnered with the American Dental Association (ADA) in saying fluoridation is “nature’s way to prevent tooth decay”...


Ghenghen! Nigeria's Ex-First Lady, Patience Jonathan, Gives EFCC 14 Days To Defreeze Her Accounts And Apologise "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Solicitor to former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Ibifaka Goodluck Jonathan, First Law Associates, has given the Economic and Financial Commission, EFCC, 14 days with effect from September 18 to defreeze her accounts and tender a public apology to her.

Senior Partner, First Law Associates, Timipa Okponipere Esq. in an open letter to EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, urges the Commission to leave Mrs. Jonathan alone, warned that it refused to conform:

   ''We shall file an action at the African Commission on Human Rights at Gambia demanding N5 billion in exemplary and punitive damages.''

The solicitor observed: ''There is no established legal or political precedent for what the EFCC is currently doing to our client. How many former First Ladies in Nigeria have received the Patience Goodluck Jonathan Treatment (PGJT) to have warranted the EFCC to engage in the effrontery to freeze our client’s accounts and subject her to public opprobrium, ridicule and disgrace? This nonsense must stop forthwith.''

He said: ''Our client is a respected senior citizen of international repute, a retired Permanent Secretary and the immediate past First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

   ''Our Client is a law-abiding citizen who has never or at all been the subject of any criminal and/or financial investigation, whether at home or abroad. Accordingly, she has not been found guilty of any criminal conduct throughout a sparkling public service career spanning over 35 years.

   ''During the 5 years our client served as First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between May, 2010 and May, 2015; she was the Initiator/Founder of the A. ARUERA WOMEN FOUNDATION as well as the WOMEN FOR CHANGE INITIATIVE; both of which Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) substantially contributed to the 35 per cent affirmative action for women in the country.

   ''Our Client is the recipient of numerous local and international awards in recognition of her untiring commitment towards uplifting the living standard of women, children and the aged in Nigeria.

   ''Sir, it is against this sterling and meritorious background of our client that we most respectfully, write to draw your attention to the numerous breaches of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2004 committed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in cause of the Commission’s illegal and unlawful investigation of our client for alleged money laundering.

   ''These investigations have reportedly led to the freeze of our client’s accounts and led to untold consequences to our client’s health and wellbeing.'' The solicitor asserted.

He added: ''The EFCC must realize that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004 is inferior in content and quality to both the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As amended) and the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, 2004.''

We are not in Syria to hit government forces: May "IndyWatch Feed"

UK Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain’s involvement in US-led attacks against Syrian forces was “unintentional” and her country is only seeking to fight the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in the Arab country. Speaking at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday, the British premier told reporters that Britain would “fully” contribute to […]



Brzezinski: 'It’s Easier to Kill than Control a Million People' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Obama’s handler Zbigniew Brzezinski, a big-time New World Order globalist insider, put the matter rather bluntly by asserting that it was now harder to control, but easier to kill, a million people. 

Specifically, he said that “new and old powers face” an unprecedented situation; the “lethality of their power is greater than ever”, but, sadly for the NWO globalists, their “capacity to impose control over the politically awakened masses of the world is at a historical low.”

Humanity’s consciousness is rising.

People are starting to get wise to the deception. The masses are resisting, not complying and fighting back, and this is exactly the kind of behavior that will make it difficult for the Controllers to implement their NWO agenda of a One World Government, backed by a one world currency and army, with a fully microchipped population.

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Besides USA, UK ,Denmark & Australia involved in the illegal airstrike which killed 60+ Syrian soldiers "IndyWatch Feed National"

US-Led Strike on Syrian Army Included British, Danish, Australian Jets British, Danish and Australian warplanes took part in the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrike Saturday that reportedly killed more than 60 Syrian government troops and threatened to unravel the “cessation of hostilities,” military officials said MondayFiled under: Al Qaeda, Australia, Denmark, ISIL, Syria, UK, US Congress, US […]


From "wear what you want" to reclaiming freedom, equality and solidarity "IndyWatch Feed"

City activists across Europe have thrown beach parties against France’s burkini ban and the abuse of laïcité as a justification for the crackdown.

A scene from the beach party in Berlin. Photo by Armin Langer. All rights reserved.There is much more than meets the eye in the apparently basic claim that we should all be free to wear what we want.

The weather was almost Mediterranean on the last Thursday of August in Berlin, so lounging in a sundress in front of Brandenburger Tor – and the French embassy – didn't feel all too weird. As in London and Vienna, the 'burkini' ban ordered by 30 mayors of French coastal towns also inspired Germany-based activists to organise protests.

In Berlin, the 'Beach Party Against Racism' was the result of a call launched on Facebook by the Salaam-Schalom initiative after it was reported that policemen had forced a woman wearing long sleeves and a headscarf to take off her shirt. The accompanying picture instantly went viral on social media.

Within 24 hours over a thousand people had expressed interest on the Facebook event page, and other beach parties were announced in Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Düsseldorf. About 60 people actually came for the action on Thursday evening, making the temporary beach neither too full to lay down a towel nor too empty to be anything but a protest.

Participants appeared in 'burkinis', bikinis, bathing suits, shorts, summer dresses and hats, issuing a clear and direct challenge to the ban’s paranoid and authoritarian take on beachwear: ‘look at us not giving a damn what the person sitting next to us has on! now lay off and let us wear what we want!’ On the megaphone, a black, Muslim, headscarved woman asks a shirtless man in pink bathing shorts to stand up next to her. “you're half-naked and I wear a hijab”, she tells him, “and we are one!” It is that simple.

But, of course, it isn't just that simple, as everyone who saw the above picture already suspects. The young woman who came to the beach party armed with a sign demanding the end to the colonisation of her body certainly knows.


Just a day later, the highest French administrative court, the state council (Conseil d'Etat), suspended one town’s ban in response to a challenge from the Committee Against Islamophobia in France and the French Human Rights League. "Victory!" posted one of the beach party organisers on Facebook when the verdict – which described the ban as "seriously, notoriously, and illegally damaging to fundamental freedoms including freedom of movement, freedom of conscience and religion, and personal freedom".

Based on that first verdict, local administrative courts ruled against bans in cities such as Fréjus, Cannes, Nice and Menton – where mayors maintained bans despite the unequivocal state council dec...


Turkey-Backed Rebels (Terrorists) Could Push Further South in Syria, Erdogan Says "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkey-Backed Rebels Could Push Further South in Syria, Erdogan Says By Orhan Coskun and Seda Sezer | ANKARA/ISTANBUL ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkey-backed rebels may extend their zone of control in northern Syria by pushing south and are now targeting the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Turkey’s “safety zone” in the […]


BuzzConf Technology Festival Showcase – talks from the festival’s presenters "IndyWatch Feed Tech"


Join us on 20th September for a very special BuzzConf Night…

The Annual BuzzConf Technology Festival is just weeks away, so we’ll be bringing you a sneak preview of some of the amazing sessions to expect over the festival weekend. For the full festival lineup and more information check

Held in The Savoy Tavern in Melbourne, there will be plenty of options to eat and drink late into the night!



6pm – Drinks and socialising
7pm to 8:00pm – Technical presentations and demos
8:00pm until late – Music, drinks, and party


Previews of the following sessions…

No More Free – a future of paid content enabled by blockchain – Nic Hodges

Could blockchain technology enable a new model of media that shifts revenue from platforms to creators?

The Future of Space Exploration: The next 400 years – Paul Fenwick

Despite numerous technological advances, space exploration is often viewed as an academic endeavour. Not any more! Paul Fenwick will lead a discussion on the future of not just space exploration, but also industry and habitation.

Preparing to be makers in a consumer-focussed world – Matthew Cengia

In a world where everything is happening online, how do we facilitate our youth to take control of their technology and become hackers

Biomedicine highlights of 2016 – Jacinta Richardson

This talk will give you a walk through of some of the fascinating things that have come out of medicine in 2016.

3D modelling, sculpting, and printing – Adam Purdie

3D modelling using Blender, then you’ll have the opportunity to print your model!

… and more to be announced soon …


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Monday Saw Four Palestinian Terror Attacks in Israel in One Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Israeli soldiers clear rocks placed by settlers, in an attempt to block the road, next to the site of an attack by a Palestinian, who attempted to stab an Israeli but was shot dead by soldiers at the Hawara checkpoint, south of the city of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank on November 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP / JAAFAR ASHTIYEH (Photo credit should read JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images)
There were four terror attacks carried out throughout Israel on Monday.


For the First Time Ever, Cannabis Oil Will Be Used in a Hospital – To Save a 2-Month Old Baby Girl "IndyWatch Feed World"

Imagine bringing your newborn baby girl home, only to have her experience a terrifying seizure after just one day at home. This is exactly what happened to the Nunez family from New Mexico last December when they brought their baby daughter, Amylea, back home.

Without medication, their newborn baby experiences over a dozen seizures a day. Amylea’s mother told KRQU News that, “She has a rare form of epilepsy. They don’t know exactly the type.”

For the past couple of months, the Nunez family has been desperately trying to treat their daughter’s condition. Doctors in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the family is from, were unable to find a cause and treatment form Amylea. So, the family has fled to Colorado.

At the Children’s Hospital in Aurora, doctors continued a heavy drug cocktail in an attempt to stop the horrible seizures, but these medications are not without side-effects.

“The medication she’s on is hard for her liver, and so we’re trying to do something different that’s not so bad on her body,” Ernie said, explaining why the couple has decided to use cannabis oil.

The exact strain is called Charlotte’s Web, named after a young girl who used the strain to treat her epilepsy; the use of the oil saved her life. She went from having 300 grand mal seizures to having only 2-3 per month.

“I sat for a good three weeks fighting with the doctors and trying to talk them into giving me the okay,” Nicole said. “I’ve been working with the case study team and the neurology team here at children’s and I’m hopeful this will work.”

This week, doctors finally agreed to let the cannabis oil into the hospital to treat Amylea. “For us to get the approval for us to administer it while she in the NICU while she’s a patient…it’s kind of like a miracle,” Nicole said. “Because they were completely against it saying, ‘No you can’t do it, you have to wait until she’s an out-patient.”

The doctors gave the approval, but they have not agreed to administer it to her, so the family has started giving it to her themselves. Although she has only received a handful of doses, doctors and nurses have said that they are already beginning to see a positive change.


Afghan Government Approves Reservation for Sikhs/Hindus in Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani invited members of the Sikh community to the palace for Eid celebrations last week. Credit: ARG - ارگ/ Facebook

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani invited members of the Sikh community to the palace for Eid celebrations last week. Credit: ARG – ارگ/ Facebook

Kabul: After years of iteration, Afghanistan’s National Unity Government (NUG) approved the reservation of a seat for Sikhs and Hindus in the Afghan parliament, late on Sunday evening.

The Wire has received confirmation from officials close to President Ashraf Ghani that such a bill has indeed been approved by the cabinet and assented to by the president, allowing Afghanistan’s prominent minority group to find representation in the nation’s parliament. “We can confirm that the bill has indeed been approved, but are yet to publish the official gazette,’ said Haroon Chakhansuri, spokesperson to the president.

This comes at a crucial time when the minority group is finding its interests underrepresented in the Afghan development process. While Afghan Sikhs do have a representative nominated to the upper house, there are no elected representatives in the lower house of the parliament.

Members of the Afghan Sikh community at the presidential palace for Eid celebrations. Credit: ARG - ارگ/ Facebook

Members of the Afghan Sikh community at the presidential palace for Eid celebrations. Credit: ARG – ارگ/ Facebook

The Afghan Sikhs, however, are not holding out a lot of hope. “Similar initiatives and decrees were undertaken in the past as well, but once they reached the parliament they were not endorsed by the elected representatives,” says Afghan Sikh activist Raoul Singh, referring to a similar attempt by former president Hamid Karzai that was shot down by the parliament in 2013. The legislative committee’s decree failed to secure the required endorsement in the parliament, slowing down the process of including minority representation in the government.

A constitutional clause, however, prevents the parliament from affecting such amendments and bills in their last few months. “We hope that’s this time it sticks, otherwise t...


Palestinian shot dead after alleged attack on Israeli troops "IndyWatch Feed War"


Tuesday's alleged attempted stabbing by a Palestinian on Israeli soldiers was the ninth attack in five days ending a period of relative calm


US Admits Supplying Saudis With White Phosphorus Arms For Use in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Admits Supplying Saudis With White Phosphorus Arms Saudis Using Munitions in Yemen War Admit new evidence that Saudi Arabia has begun to use white phosphorus munitions in their war in Yemen, US officials are admitting that the weapons were provided by the United States “in the past.” They declined to say when, or how […]


*Update* Tonight Donald Trump Meets With Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi… "IndyWatch Feed"

The Last Refuge

update-1NEW YORK, NY – Donald J. Trump met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in New York today during his visit to the UN General Assembly. Mr. Trump and President el-Sisi discussed the strategic bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Egypt focusing on political, military and economic cooperation between the two countries. The meeting also included Mr. Trump’s senior advisors, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (Ret.).


Mr. Trump thanked President el-Sisi and the Egyptian people for what they have done in defense of their country and for the betterment of the world over the last few years. He expressed great respect for Egypt’s history and the important leadership role it has played in the Middle East.

Mr. Trump expressed to President el-Sisi his strong support for Egypt’s war on terrorism, and how under a Trump Administration, the United States of America will be a loyal friend…

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North Korea’s Kim Calls For Satellite Launch; Mentors New Rocket Engine Test "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Sohae Satellite Launching Station is seen in Sohae, North Korea, in this satellite image taken September 17, 2016 released by 38 North. Credit: 38 North/ Handout via Reuters

Sohae Satellite Launching Station is seen in Sohae, North Korea, in this satellite image taken September 17, 2016 released by 38 North. Credit: 38 North/ Handout via Reuters

Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a ground test of a new rocket engine to launch satellites, the North‘s state media reported on Tuesday, the latest in a rapid succession of missile-related tests this year by the isolated state.

Kim asked the scientists and engineers to make “preparations for launching the satellite as soon as possible on the basis of the successful test,” the official KCNA news agency said, indicating the North may soon launch another long-range rocket.

The test was conducted amid global condemnation of the North‘s fifth nuclear test earlier this month and a call by the US, Japan and South Korea this week for greater pressure on Pyongyang over its disregard for UN resolutions banning missile and nuclear programmes.

North Korea has been testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles at an unprecedented rate this year under Kim‘s direction, including the launch of a satellite in February that was widely seen as a test of long-range ballistic missile technology.

The North‘s Rodong Sinmun newspaper carried photographs of Kim on a podium overlooking the vertical test stand that housed a rocket engine which blasted a column of flame.

A spokesman for South Korea’s military, Jeon Ha-gyu, said the test was likely of the performance of a new engine that can be used for a long-range missile.

A satellite image dated September 17 provided to Reuters by the Washington-based 38 North showed preparations for an...


Goodnews: Naira Appreciates against Dollar at Interbank Market, Stabilizes at Parallel Market "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS SEPTEMBER 20TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Naira on Monday appreciated against the dollar at the interbank market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The currency gained 1.4 points to exchange at N307.25 to the dollar, from N308.69 it exchanged on Friday, representing an appreciation of 0.5 per cent.

It, however, stabilized at the parallel market, exchanging at N425 to the dollar, a figure it had maintained for three days, while it traded against the Pound Sterling and Euro at N550 and N470, respectively.
Trading at the Bureau De Change (BDC) segment of the market also showed the naira stabilising against the dollar, closing at N422 while it settled at N549 and N470 against Pound Sterling and Euro, respectively.
Currency traders attributed the relative stability of the naira to the anticipation of a likely policy change by the MPC meeting that is underway at the CBN.
They expressed the hope that the apex bank would reconsider its foreign exchange policy with a view to coming up with the best option that would rescue the nation’s currency.


If You Happen To Be In The Boston Area "IndyWatch Feed World"


Saint Barbara, attributed to the “Ghent Associates” of the Master of Mary of Burgundy, from a book of hours-missal, c. 1485-1490. Courtesy of Houghton Library/Harvard University

We check in from time to time at magazines published by universities where we have recruited. This article, which we appreciate topically because of the conservation of cultural heritage described, makes us wish we could visit the venues described in “Illuminations.”  Lily Scherlis provides a good example of why we keep coming back to this magazine–crisp, clear writing and a compelling argument in favor of looking back into history for an enriching perspective on crowdsourcing versus individual authorship (read to the end of the quoted section):

…These works were born into a world where literacy was scarce and almost universally affiliated with religion: the exhibition description refers to monasticism as, at its heart, a “cult of the book.” I imagine how compelling written religious text would have been to early readers: the words echo off the page, as if read by an invisible voice heard only by you, but are available to other readers as well.The original words had been passed down, as ancient-seeming to the scribes as to us today, infused with the voice of God. In an age when human geniuses were understood as divine conduits, God was the source of all true creation. Today’s individual authors, revered as the sole sources of their works, were unthinkable then. Instead, responsibility for the creation of these manuscripts was diffused among anonymous scribes with many assistants. (Credit is also arguably due to whoever slaughtered the calves and prepared the vellum for the pages.) Manifold individuals took part in the collective creation—the most recent physical instantiation—of a text much larger and more ancient than themselves.

Before the widespread use of movable type in the fifteenth century, “the concept of copyright, let alone plagiarism, made no sense,” writes Hamburger in his essay, “Authors & Readers,” in the exhibition catalog, and book theft was prevented with chains; now we have digital-rights management and lawsuits. A display of several volumes chained and shut, shielding their contents, greets visitors at the door. For Stoneman, the chains represent the value the works’ makers assigned to them: a reminder that each is unique, laboriously produced, held close, and dear. But other chains are invisible: even today, one of the manuscripts on display—the ornately bordered Book of Hours from the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Collection—cannot leave its home library. To include it, the curators had to negotiate to lengthen its testamentary tethers: Houghton was designated an extension of Widener, allowing the manuscript to be moved barely a hundred yards east. Literal and figurative chains have a paradoxical function: they safeguard these scarce volumes from wandering fingers, and that security makes access possible.

But the book in a glass case poses a challenge. The rigors of proper conservation do not allow us the privilege of leafing through fragile pages. Intricate artworks are shut up in the pages we cannot see. Those on display, even when chosen with nuance and care, leave the viewer with only a small cross-section of the manuscripts’ contents. Stoneman—for whom the cha...


US to ‘revise’ cooperation with Russia after UN-Red Crescent aid convoy attacked near Aleppo David Icke latest headlines

‘With no party yet found responsible for the alleged airstrike on the humanitarian aid convoy west of Aleppo, which killed several Syrian Red Crescent volunteers, the US State Department was quick to vent its outrage, blaming Damascus and Moscow for the attack. A joint UN and Syrian Red Crescent (SARC) 31-truck humanitarian convoy delivering aid was bombed in five alleged airstrikes while offloading supplies in the Syrian town of Urm al-Kubra. At least 18 vehicles were hit, according to the UN. As result of the attack, the mission’s chief and several other workers suffered severe injuries, a witness told Reuters. The convoy was carrying humanitarian cargo to some 78,000 civilians stranded in the war-stricken town.’ Read more: US to ‘revise’ cooperation with Russia after UN-Red Crescent aid convoy attacked near Aleppo


Syria ceasefire failed because USA’s terrorist allies refused to take part. Now watch USA try to blame Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syria Ceasefire Collapses in Wake of US Airstrikes Syria, Russia Scramble to Retake Territory Lost to ISIS The Syrian ceasefire formally ended today, with the Syrian military announcing it was no longer sustainable amid growing rebel strikes. This was seen as all but inevitable since Saturday, when a botched US airstrike killed 83 Syrian soldiers […]


‘We regret strike on Syrian Army, but Assad still bombs indiscriminately’ – Kerry David Icke latest headlines

‘US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Washington “acknowledges and regrets” the fatal airstrike on Syrian government troops by coalition jets, but blamed Syrian President Assad for “bombing people indiscriminately” and blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid. In an interview with CNN, Kerry urged Russia to pressure Syrian leader Assad, whom he called “a spoiler [who] doesn’t want a ceasefire.” “The biggest judgment they [Russia] need to make is to stop Assad from bombing people indiscriminately, which he continues to do,” the US secretary of state said.’ Read more: ‘We regret strike on Syrian Army, but Assad still bombs indiscriminately’ – Kerry


Supreme Cover-Up: How Wisconsin Failed to Investigate Scott Walker's Connections With Dark Money "IndyWatch Feed"

Recent elections have turned the Wisconsin Supreme Court from “one of the nation’s most respected state tribunals into a disgraceful mess,” wrote noted author on the courts Lincoln Caplan in 2015. The dysfunction is on full display in the documents revealed by the Guardian last week in its expose on the “John Doe” investigation into potentially illegal coordination […]


Clinton is more dangerous than Trump: Green Party nominee "IndyWatch Feed"

US Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein says Republican nominee Donald Trump is a moron who would be neutralized by his own party if elected, but Democratic ticket Hillary Clinton poses a greater threat to America and the world. “Donald Trump, I think, will have a lot of trouble moving things through Congress,” Stein […]


Video: Ralph Nader: Calling a Third-Party Candidate a “Spoiler” is a “Politically Bigoted Word” "IndyWatch Feed" – In an extended discussion of the exclusion of third-party candidates from the first presidential election of 2016, four-time presidential … Via Youtube



Kashmir: Death Toll Rises to 82 As Clashes Continue "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Locals, army and fire fighters try to douse the major fire at Hanafia High School in the Anantnag district of south Kashmir on Monday. Credit: PTI

Locals, army and fire fighters try to douse the major fire at Hanafia High School in the Anantnag district of south Kashmir on Monday. Credit: PTI

A 19-year-old woman died of cardiac arrest in the Shopian district during security force action against stone-pelting protestors on Monday, taking the toll in the ongoing unrest in the Valley to 82. Meanwhile, a school building caught fire under mysterious circumstances in nearby Anantnag district.

Khushboo, daughter of Mohammad Hussain, collapsed during the clashes between protestors and security forces at Vehil, Shopian, a police official said.

He said the girl was taken to Shopian district hospital where doctors declared her “brought dead”. The preliminary cause of death was stated to be cardiac arrest, police said.

“People from Gadafpora and other villages came out of their houses since early morning to proceed towards Vehil village to participate in a proposed freedom rally-cum-unity conference of various sects, there. However, the forces on way stopped them, triggering clashes. In the afternoon, announcements were made from mosque loudspeakers in Kachdoora and Chatwatan, asking people from adjoining villages to reach there as forces had injured many people and also set ablaze houses and a school,” Khusboo’s family told Greater Kashmir.

They added that Khusboo’s father and brother had also joined the protest, and she was worried and went out to look for them. “While she was about to reach Chatwatan where violent clashes were going on, she along with other people ran for safety after hearing loud bangs of teargas and sound shells,” her cousin Nisar Ahmad Bhat told Greater Kashmir. She then collapsed, he added, and others rushed her to the hospital.

With this death, the toll in the ongoing unrest in Kashmir since Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8 has risen to 82.

Meanwhile, the Hanafia High School building in the Lal Chowk area of Anantnag was damaged in a fire incident, police said. They said the cause of the fire was not known yet. No casualty has been reported in the incident, police said.

(With PTI inputs)

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Washington is Now Willing to Pay for the ‘Acceptable Collateral Damage’ "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

global-hawk-drone3In recent days, we‘ve witnessed a chain of truly important international events related to the United States and its victims in different parts of the world.

First of the all, the US House of Representatives approved the bill allowing families of those deceased in 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for “sponsoring terrorism“, which will have somewhat far-reaching consequences.

As it has been previously admitted by the White House spokesman Josh Ernest, this bill may put the US at “significant risk” since now other countries can adopt a similar law. And even now it’s safe to assume that there’s going to be a long line of those craving for retributions, if we are to remember that in the last decade Washington has invaded a handful of sovereign states, killing civilians left and right under the pretext of carrying out a “War on Terror” that was proclaimed by the White House in the aftermath of 9/11 attacks.

Another truly important development that must be mentioned here is the fact that Washington will pay the compensation to the family of an Italian human rights activist that fell victim to US drone attacks while his was kept prisoner of the Al-Qaeda on the Afghan-Pakistan border. The 37-year-old Giovanni Lo Porto who was an employee of a human right organization that was captured in Pakistan in 2012 and then forced to live in captivity for three years until the very moment a US bomb claimed his life.

Last year, President Obama personally informed the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi about the incident, while admitting the US guilt and describing the death of the human right activist as a “tragic mistake.”

And here’s the cherry on the pie. By setting a precedent and by introducing a correspondent bill in the US domestic legal system, allowing the families of civilian victims to demand compensation for the deaths of their loved ones during the so-called “fight against terror”, Washington has de facto acknowledged its obligation to pay compensations for those who used to be considered “collateral damage” of the US military actions.

In fact, the United States has been regularly admitting that it is responsible for hundreds of civilians deaths, although every time Washington tried to downplay the actual number of those killed.

The Pentagon claims that even though it has launched more than 11 thousand air strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria in 2014, the civilian death toll in that period hardly reached 60 individuals. However, if the Amnesty International and numerous international experts are to be believed, those claims are just false. According to the Norwegian ABC Nyheter, the small civilian casualties numbers goes in sharp contrast to the claims that at least 45 thousand ISIS militants were killed by the US Air Force in the Middle East during...


Landmark Study Shows Half of Cancer Patients Are Killed by Chemo — NOT Cancer "IndyWatch Feed Tech"


This has been a reasonable testable conjecture for a long time.  Now it is getting legs and the whole practice is been properly questioned.  Understand that if any patients actually die prematurely from chemo rather than the cancer itself, then the actual statistics supporting Chemo's use are likely cooked. 

The reason i say all that is that reducing early members of a cohort throws the final averages way off when meant to be part of a five year program and would make a positive finding almost impossible unless real cures took place.  

The solution for researchers would be to discard data from early deaths as an outlier.  In mining it is the nugget effect.  Thus we have a protocol that likely kills of the weak sisters allowing the remaining healthier cohort to live longer on average.  This provides positive results to support the phantom protocol.

Landmark Study Shows Half of Cancer Patients Are Killed by Chemo — NOT Cancer

No matter how much doctors push the treatment, chemotherapy might not be the best option in the fight against cancer, as a new study shows up to 50 percent of patients are killed by the drugs — not the disease, itself.

Researchers from Public Health England and Cancer Research UK performed a groundbreaking study examining for the first time the numbers of cancer patients who died within 30 days of beginning chemotherapy — indicating the treatment, not the cancer, was the cause of death.

Looking at those death rates in hospitals across the U.K., researchers found an alarming mortality rate associated with...


What if Star Trek Had Never Existed? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In  time science fiction would have gone mainstream.  The fans existed before Star Trek and the explosion of STEM graduates only began right then.  Curiously i really was on the ground floor of all that in 1967.  We all were science fiction fans and the Star Trek quality existed in the literature then  otherwise they could never have written it.

Star Trek actually jumped the gun but all this was coming and coming fast.  Recall that i used a slide rule until a decade after 1967.  What a miserable device that happens to be. 

In the end they created human a future interacting with the universe outside Earth and did it logically.  This sped it all up while their audience literally exploded and took over the industry who ultimately came to their senses and followed the money.....

What if Star Trek Had Never Existed?

The original Star Trek was a failure.

CBS passed on the show during the pitch process. NBC saw the first pilot, an episode called “The Cage” starring Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike, and rejected it. The network asked for another pilot, but creator Gene Roddenberry was already working on other projects, including a cop show called Police Story. And even though NBC asked for a second pilot, the show’s studio, Desilu Productions, didn’t want to pony up any cash to make it. Star Trek, it seemed, would never make it to air.

But it did. Lucille Ball, who co-founded Desilu with her then-husband Desi Arnaz, agreed to help finance a new pilot over the objections of her own board of directors. A new episode—”Where No Man Has Gone Before,” starring William Shatner as James T. Kirk—was filmed, NBC picked up the show, and Star Trek eventually hit American living rooms on Sept. 8, 1966.


Merck Faked Mumps Vaccine Efficacy Results for Over a Decade "IndyWatch Feed Tech"


What i do know for sure is that when i was twelve years old, in the middle of a mumps outbreak, i was vaccinated for mumps.  That was in 1960 or 56 years ago.  I immediately came down with not just mumps but double pneumonia and survived by the skin of my teeth and a three month loss of school time.

What passed then for vaccine was clearly unsatisfactory and this has actually held true ever since.  There is even serious doubt that it works at all and actually public fear and responsive parents likely does the most to suppress the disease.

Mumps is a nasty lung based bacterial infection that is difficult to flush out of your system.  I had an encounter decades later that took about a month to eliminate.  However, given time and good care, your immune system will clean it up.  Do not ever combine with smoking and dusty environments.

Lawsuit: Merck Faked Mumps Vaccine Efficacy Results for Over a Decade

According to two Merck scientists who filed a False Claims Act complaint in 2010 — a complaint which has just now been unsealed — vaccine manufacturer Merck knowingly falsified its mumps vaccine test data, spiked blood samples with animal antibodies, sold a vaccine that actually promoted mumps and measles outbreaks, and ripped off governments and consumers who bought the vaccine thinking it was "95% effective."

See that False Claims Act document here.

According to Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, both former Merck virologists, the Merck company engaged in all the following behavior:

• Merck knowingly falsified its mumps vaccine test results to fabricate a "95% efficacy rate."



Microdosed: An Everyperson’s Guide to Hallucinogenic Therapy "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Read this carefully.  The idea of cutting back dosage to a level where serious impairment is impossible should have been studied a long time ago. The immediate take home is that shrooms are likely the safest product available and are strongly indicated for brain workers in particular.  They are contraindicated for physical labor unless one has carefully trained oneself in their application.

As posted earlier, cannabis juice is likely the best way to use marijuana.  Again small doses and careful monitoring is the way to go.

I also think all such protocols need to be combined with sufficient meditation practice to be able to observe your thoughts without reacting to them.

Quite rightly the active ingredients in the natural products are also the active ingredients in the artificial chemical forms.  Avoiding the refined forms is good practice while they remain illegal as they are prone to cutting..

Microdosed: An Everyperson’s Guide to Hallucinogenic Therapy

By Tommy Smith August 29, 2016

Like any drug fad, microdosing—ingesting small amounts of hallucinogens over a long period of time to gain insights into creativity and psychic identity—comes surrounded by lots of lore.

Rolling Stone recently pegged the typical microdoser as an über-smart twentysomething curious to see whether it “will help him or her work through technical problems and become more innovative.” However, the article was notably lacking in first-person descriptions of self-administration—while dosers reported feeling “great” and “productive,” the semiweekly experience of drugging oneself with substances associated with outdoor concerts or communing with nature was left to the reader’s imagination.

Whereas Silicon Valley programmers now use microdosing to boost their output—much like video-game power-ups—the practice has yet to influence other cultural subsets. Research suggests that hallucinogens can provide a useful alternative to harmful pharmaceutical medications, delivering more positive results and literally no physical aftereffects. But the legalities of studying hallucinogens leave medical science unresolved on the issue.

Looking for guidance, I discovered that the federal government recommends conducting a 14-day preliminary study on “two different animal species (one rodent and one nonrodent)” to determine acute toxicity levels. Having used hallucinogens several dozen times already, I decided to eschew this preliminary research and conduct the experiment on myself.

Marijuana legalization proves that illegal drug therapies can only gain widespread acceptance if they take root in mainstream cultures. My goal here is to establish a rough guideline for regular people who wish to microdose. Since I’m a freelance writer, I spend my days much like coders—typing away in front of a screen—so my lifestyle is a suitable comparison to those who have pioneered this growing trend.


Cars Will Make Up 98% of Mobile-to-Mobile Traffic by 2021 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Internet radio and information services will generate approximately 6,000 petabytes of data a year. In just five years, ever more sophisticated in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems that stream music and offer real-time navigation will generate up to 98% of mobile-to-mobile (M2M) data traffic, according to a new report.


New data visualization explores city fragility around the world "IndyWatch Feed"

One of the world´s most comprehensive city mapping platforms was launched in the Hague and Stockholm last week

Quito. Cotopaxi, 2015. Flickr/Bob. Some rights reserved.Cities, not nation states, are defining the shape and character of security and development in the twenty first century. Decisions being made in fast-growing cities in Africa, Asia and the Americas are determining the future trajectories of everything from climate change to migration. Although many commentators are mesmerized by the power and potential of 100 or so global cities, virtually nothing is known about thousands of cities that are much less prepared to cope with tomorrow´s crises.

The good news is that some cities are stepping-up to solve major global challenges. Mayors are forging networks within and across international boundaries to address shared problems. Part of the reason they are doing this is because multilateral institutions and nation states are increasingly unable to solve many of the world´s most intractable issues. The United Nations Security Council and General Assembly are not much help, focused as they are on member states rather than cities.

Though a handful of cities are booming and rewiring international affairs, many more are falling behind. In some cases, the social contract that binds urban authorities and citizens is coming unstuck. When a disequilibrium of expectations occurs between municipal leaders and residents, cities become fragile. An index of fragility is the extent of local service provision – whether public security, health, transportation, or basic utilities.

In order to alert national and federal governments, business and civil society to the dimensions of city fragility, the Igarapé Institute, United Nations University, World Economic Forum and 100 Resilient Cities developed a data visualization platform - . Seed funding was provided by the Canada´s Global Affairs and other partners. It is one of the largest publicly available repositories of data on cities in the world.

The platform includes information on over 2,100 cities with populations of 250,000 or more. Cities were graded across eleven variables and given a score between 1-4. Variables range from city population growth, unemployment and inequality to pollution, climate risks, homicide and exposure to terrorism. The data visualization allows users to explore the data and better understanding the types of risks facing fast growing cities.

The data visualization platform shows that fragility is much more widely distributed than assumed. 14% of all 2,100 cities can be considered very fragile (scoring 3-4) including Kabul, Aden and Juba. Another 67% of the cities report average levels of fragility (with an index score of 2-3) ranging from St Louis to Valencia. And just 16% of all cities report low fragility (0-1) including Canberra, Sarasota, and Sakai. Roughly 4% of all cities had insufficient data to register a score at all.

The regions registering the lowest city fragility include Western Europe, East Asia and North America. Interestingly, there are...


CEOs Can Now Be Prosecuted Like War Criminals at the Hague David Icke latest headlines

‘The International Criminal Court announced Thursday it will now hold corporate executives and governments legally responsible for environmental crimes. The Hague court made explicit references to widening its approach to include land grabbing, which has allowed private corporations, with the help of governments, to take over large areas of foreign land to exploit natural resources. It will also prosecute for environmental destruction. “Chasing communities off their land and trashing the environment has become an accepted way of doing business in many resource-rich yet cash-poor countries,” said Gillian Caldwell, executive director at Global Witness. “Company bosses and politicians complicit in violently seizing land, razing tropical forests or poisoning water sources could soon find themselves standing trial in the Hague alongside war criminals and dictators. The ICC’s interest could help improve the lives of millions of people and protect critical ecosystems.”’ Read more: CEOs Can Now Be Prosecuted Like War Criminals at the Hague


Also dieser New-York-Bombenfall setzt echt Maßstäbe. ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Also dieser New-York-Bombenfall setzt echt Maßstäbe. Der Grund, wieso die eine Bombe nicht hochgegangen ist (die, von der sie dann die Fingerabdrücke und SIM-Karte entnehmen konnten), ist, dass Diebe den Koffer mit der Bombe fanden — und den Koffer klauten. Die Bombe haben sie liegen gelassen. Und beim Ausräumen haben sie den Zünder beschädigt. Money Quote:

"Who in this world finds a pressure cooker with a phone and just takes the bag?" a law enforcement source said.
Das klingt wie so einer dieser Running Gags in einem Hollywoodfilm aus den 80ern. Jedesmal, wenn sich der Detektiv umdreht, hat jemand die Reifen von seinem aktuellen Auto geklaut.

Old and busted: Reichtum ist ungerecht verteilt.New ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Old and busted: Reichtum ist ungerecht verteilt.

New hotness: Schusswaffen sind ungerecht verteilt!

New survey, part of most definitive portrait of gun ownership in decades, shows just 3% of American adults own half of guns in the US
Innerhalb dieser 3% besitzt jeder durchschnittlich 17 Wummen.

Beeindrucked: Gabriel ist mit soviel Wucht umgefallen, ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Beeindrucked: Gabriel ist mit soviel Wucht umgefallen, dass er gleich 2/3 der Delegierten mit in den Abgrund hat. Die haben anscheinend nicht mitgekriegt, dass ihre verbliebenen Wähler Protestwähler sind, die die Linken ärgern wollen.

Record new U.S. military aid deal for Israel to be signed in days: sources "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The United States and Israel have reached final agreement on a record new package of at least $38 billion in U.S. military aid and the 10-year pact is expected to be signed this week. The deal will represent the biggest pledge of U.S. military assistance made to any country but also involves major concessions granted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to officials on both sides. Those include Israel’s agreement not to seek additional funds from Congress beyond what will be guaranteed annually in the new package, and also to phase out a special arrangement that has allowed Israel to spend part of its U.S. aid on its own defense industry instead of on American-made weapons, the officials said. Nearly 10 months of drawn-out aid negotiations have underscored continuing friction between U.S. President Barack Obama and Netanyahu over last year's U.S.-led nuclear deal with Iran, Israel's arch-foe. The United States and Israel have also been at odds over the Palestinians. But the right-wing Israeli leader decided it would be best to forge a new arrangement with Obama. A deal now allows him to avoid uncertainties surrounding the next president ... and to give Israel’s defense establishment the ability to plan ahead. The new package for the first time will incorporate money for Israeli missile defense, which until now has been funded ad hoc by Congress. U.S. lawmakers have in recent years given Israel up to $600 million in annual discretionary funds for this purpose.

Note: If you divide this package of $38 billion by Israel's population of 8.5 million, you will discover that US taxes are providing the equivalent of nearly $5,000 to each citizen of Israel over the next 10 years. That is one huge perk! And note that no major media have pointed out this fact or even reported on this latest package except Reuters. A recent lawsuit claims that this aid package violates the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Why is this not being widely reported and discussed? government corruption news articles from reliable major media sources.


It’s Official: Israeli Military Cooperates with Al-Qaeda Terrorists in Syria David Icke latest headlines

‘An Israeli representative in the Knesset directly denounced the Israeli military: the IDF cooperates with the terrorist organization Al-Nusra Front in Syria. The Chief of the Israeli army Gadi Eisenko said it was not true that the Israeli army (IDF) is associated with the terrorist organization Al-Nusra Front, after that was proclaimed by the member of the Israeli parliament. But, Eisenko added that it is no secret that the Israeli army maintains contacts with the “Syrian militias” in order to ensure peace on the Israeli-Syrian border. What is this all about? In particular, Israeli representative Akram Hasson openly accused the Israeli army of collaborating with terrorists in Syria. “It is no secret that the IDF cooperates with Al-Nusra Front. We were told earlier that Nusra coordinate actions with IDF”, said Hasson in an interview for Israel’s Channel 2 and was written by Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post.’ Read more: It’s Official: Israeli Military Cooperates with Al-Qaeda Terrorists in Syria


BDS ‘new face of terrorism’ - Israeli minister David Icke latest headlines

‘Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked called the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement “the new face of terrorism” in New York on Sunday. Speaking at the Jewish National Fund (JNF) in New York, Shaked said, “The BDS is illegitimate. I define it thus: BDS is another branch of terrorism in the modern age.”’ Read more: BDS ‘new face of terrorism’ – Israeli minister


Don’t Lecture Me From London About What’s Happening In Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Don’t Lecture Me From London About What’s Happening In Syria Must Watch – Video Bouthaina Shaaban is a Syrian politician and is currently the political and media adviser to the President of Syria. “My people are being massacred by Western forces in support of terrorists.” Filed under: Al Qaeda, Britain, ISIL, UK, US Congress, USA, […]


UN outraged at 'callous attack' on aid convoy, as Syria ceasefire collapses "IndyWatch Feed War"


Red Crescent suspends operations in after deadly attack on an aid convoy, which the UN said could amount to a war crime


Actor, Jim Carrey, sued over ex-partner’s death "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Hollywood actor Jim Carrey has been sued for allegedly obtaining drugs under a false name for his ex-girlfriend, who died of an overdose last year, court documents show. Mark Burton, the estranged husband of Carrey’s former partner Cathriona White, said the actor used his “immense wealth and celebrity status” to illegally obtain prescription drugs. […]

The post Actor, Jim Carrey, sued over ex-partner’s death appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.


Israel has right to exist, but so do boycotts against it - Labour leader Corbyn David Icke latest headlines

‘Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn told Labour supporters that although he agrees Israel has a right to exist, “reasonable” boycotts of goods manufactured in illegal settlements should be encouraged. In the final Labour leadership hustings on Sunday at a Jewish community center in north London, Corbyn also confirmed tougher rules on anti-Semitism would soon be voted on by the party during its annual conference. “It is right that consumers can send a message to a government saying your products that are produced in the settlements, which are illegal, should not be sold in the open market,” Corbyn told the audience.’ Read more: Israel has right to exist, but so do boycotts against it – Labour leader Corbyn


Hidden Britain – SAME private production company behind both BBC and CH4 anti-Corbyn programmes David Icke latest headlines

‘Last year, BBC Panorama made an anti-Corbyn programme – Jeremy Corbyn Labour’s Earthquake – about the rise of Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity in what was called a hatchet job by Corbyn’s team. But the programme was not actually made by the BBC. It was made by a private production company called Films of Record whose managing director and executive producer is a man called Neil Grant. Another anti-Corbyn programme is aired this week on a different channel – Channel 4’s Dispatches. The programme – Battle for the Labour Party – is so anti-Corbyn, it prompted a written complaint to the producer about the programme’s “innaccuracies” and “slurs”. But the programme was not made by Channel 4. It was also made by exactly the same private production company – Films of Record – whose managing director and executive producer is still someone called Neil Grant.’ Read more: Hidden Britain – SAME private production company behind both BBC and CH4 anti-Corbyn programmes


Police descend on London park after brawl breaks out between 100 schoolchildren David Icke latest headlines

Two people have been taken to hospital after a mass brawl broke out between up to 100 schoolchildren. The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to “a large fight” between youngsters in Northumberland Heath in Bexley, south-east London, at around 5.40pm on Monday. Reports on social media suggested around 100 youths were involved, some wearing school uniform. Read more: Police descend on London park after brawl breaks out between 100 schoolchildren


Why Are There So Many Cancers Now? David Icke latest headlines

‘C-A-N-C-E-R is the word that strikes horror in the hearts and minds of every human alive. However, that always was not the case. I’m old enough to remember when cancer was a rather ‘rare’ disease or condition. Furthermore, I know medical doctors a little older than my ‘vintage’ who say that when they were in medical school, they were not taught very much about cancer, so much so, that when a cancer patient was in one of the wards in a teaching hospital, the entire class of physicians-in-training was trotted in to see that patient. How interesting? Personally, I’m of the belief that there is not very much new under the sun EXCEPT what’s being designed and created by genetic modification and geoengineering. Cancer, undoubtedly, has been around in some form probably since very ancient times. However, the current ‘plague of cancers’, even though not an anomaly since just about everyone and his or her brother has or had it, became ‘profitable’ during the latter half of the twentieth century.’ Read more: Why Are There So Many Cancers Now?


BACK TO BASICS, PT 1: How to Drop a Banner in Solidarity with the Sacred Stone and Red Warrior Camps "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Submitted to It’s Going Down 

Though there were certainly many inspiring actions carried out in solidarity with the Red Warrior and Sacred Stone Camp’s call to action, it soon became clear that the vast majority of the hundreds of thousands of people who were otherwise vocally supportive of the #NoDAPL struggle weren’t able take action the state and corporate actors behind the pipeline. Though there are surely many complex explanations for this that we won’t get into, we want to focus on one in particular that feels easily addressable:  Many people don’t know where to start, or who to act with. Often when these calls-to-action are made, it is assumed that the intended audiences are already self-organized and ready to take action, but for many this is unfortunately not the case. Without a clear place to start, many people often retreat back to the comfortable world of internet “clicktivism” and our enemies all around us are left unscathed once more.

To begin to remedy this,  we would like to present a two-part series on tactics that you can easily do with just one or two close friends in a single evening. Our hope is that this will allow people to take the critical step from the keyboard to the street and begin to think more strategically about the world around them and where they can meaningfully act in the future. We also hope that this will allow people to build trust and form different sorts of relationships with the people already in their lives so that they can take bolder actions when the next call for solidarity action comes.

Part 1: How to Drop a Banner in Solidarity with the Sacred Stone and Red Warrior Camps

You will need:
  • Fabric—You can use painters’ drop cloth, a bed sheet, or visit the laundry bin of a disagreeable institution one night to collect their tablecloths. If you know any billboard businesses, you can also ask them nicely for their old “billboard tarps,” which are typically massive and blank on one side.
  • Paint—Preferably water-based, as oil paint takes a long time to dry; house paint works well enough for banners that need not be exceptionally detailed, and is cheapest. Many paint stores will give you free “mis-tinted” house paint if you ask nicely.
  • Paintbrushes
  • Rope or chain
  • Plastic water bottles or similar weights
  • Optional: Extra-strong upholstery sewing thread or dental floss
  • Optional: Gallon jugs filled with sand for weights, if there is nowhere to tie the banner up
  • Optional: Padlocks (no key necessary, if you come upon them unlocked), or metal clips
  • Optional: sewing machine, automobile

Optimal deployment locations:

  • Parking garages
  • Highway overpasses before the morning commute (be sure the banner isn’t too long and won’t get caught on passing semi-trucks)
  • Buildings’ roofs
  • The balcony level of a church, movie theater, coliseum, auditorium…



The EU is Threatening to Sue Britain for Millions if it Negotiates Trade Deals Before Brexit David Icke latest headlines

‘Britain could be sued for up to millions of pounds if Brexit negotiators begin discussing trade deals with other countries before the country formally leaves the European Union. There is a “high risk” of the EU taking Theresa May’s government to court if it begins negotiating trade deals with countries the 28-nation bloc is already negotiating with, according to documents leaked to the Times newspaper. Liam Fox, the Tory minister who oversees the Secretary of State for International Trade, has been advised to delay negotiations with countries like the US as pressing ahead while Britain remains an EU member state risks a huge confrontation with Brussels, which could result in whopping multi-million-pound fines.’ Read more: The EU is Threatening to Sue Britain for Millions if it Negotiates Trade Deals Before Brexit


Britain has right to protect its borders, May to tell UN David Icke latest headlines

‘Britain has “the right” to control its own borders, Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to tell world leaders at a major UN summit in New York, as she dismisses calls to provide more legal migration routes into the country. May will urge world leaders to do more to distinguish economic migrants from refugees fleeing war and persecution. Making it easier for economic migrants to reach Western countries could worsen suffering, she will argue. The summit marks the beginning of two years of negotiations on a new global policy for migration and refugees. As part of this process, leaders are set to sign a declaration this week committing them to the protection of migrant and refugee rights.’ Read more: Britain has right to protect its borders, May to tell UN


South Africa – Max du Preez on post-Zuma country "IndyWatch Feed War"


2016-09-20 07:30

Max du Preez

There is no guarantee that South Africa will be in a healthier state this time next year, but one thing is certain: the breathtaking pace of the political fraying and unscrambling we’re experiencing right now will result in a totally different political environment by then.

We ordinary citizens are like spectators at a ferocious ping pong match, our eyes darting from left to right. Who’s playing? Who’s winning? Who’s cheating? What’s the score? What’s at stake?

If I have to put lipstick on the pig, I would say that at least the situation isn’t static; at least we’re not stuck in a rut like some other societies in distress. And I would add that there has never been such a broad, popular surge against corruption in South Africa.

The great unravelling started to pick up pace after the results of the local elections in August.

The ANC’s support declined, they lost control of three big metros and the two main opposition parties grew.

There was consensus that Zuma was mostly to blame, and this weakened his position considerably, even more than after the Constitutional Court found that he had violated the Constitution.

Jumping ship

Zuma’s behaviour, like his parading as a victim in Parliament last week, showed that he knew this.

His opponents suddenly became much bolder and his supporters much more on the defensive.

Some Zuma sycophants, like former chief whip Mathole Motshekga, started jumping ship. The SACP and several Cosatu unions openly switched their loyalty to Cyril Ramaphosa.

Virtually every ANC veteran worth his/her salt publicly demanded that Zuma stood down.

South Africans of all colours and persuasions expressed themselves loudly against the Zuma cabal’s dangerous war against finance minister Pravin Gordhan and the national treasury. #HandsOffPravin was trending on Twitter.

Just about the only positive political excitement since August was the promise that the new DA mayors of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay would start governing differently and efficiently, and quickly eradicating corruption and wastage.

Zuma the Survivor’s strategy that had worked for so many years was in tatters. He couldn’t reinvent himself, because he has to rely on the rotten half of the ANC: the corrupt, the rent seekers, the tenderpreneurs and the rural barons.

These elements know very well that without Zuma in power, they face certain political and financial ruin. And they haven’t finished eating.

As fate would have it, other strands also started coming together recently that further weakened Zuma.

Several of his strategically placed lieutenants on whom his survival depends, came under extreme pressure or were swept aside. The dominoes started falling, thanks mostly to a new wave of whistleblowers, the media and to our independent and functioning judiciary.

Tom Moyane, Zuma’s man at SARS, was caught putting pressure on the Hawks to prosecute Gordhan and his former colleagues on highly dubious charges, but ignoring, for many months, the suspected corruption of his own sidekick, Jonas Makwakwa.

The real Tom Moyane was exposed. He will never regain credibility.

Zuma’s trusted pawns at the national prosecuting authority (NPA) that had walked through fire for him and his friends several times, Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mwrebi, were struck off the roll of advocates and can thus not continue at the NPA.



Armed police deployed in Kent at Bluewater, Dover Port and Canterbury Cathedral David Icke latest headlines

The number of armed police on the streets of Kent will be increased from today. Extra officers carrying firearms and tasers will be deployed at key locations including the Port of Dover, Bluewater Shopping Centre and Canterbury Cathedral. Kent Police said the increase isn’t in response to any direct threat, but follows recent international terror attacks and a rise in national threat levels. Read more: Armed police deployed in Kent at Bluewater, Dover Port and Canterbury Cathedral


'There's No Turning Back!' Swedish TV Ad Says Swedes Must Accept Multiculturalism David Icke latest headlines

‘Swedes need to give up their identity and they must integrate with migrants because “being Swedish needs to be about more than skin color and place of birth.” In this new TV advert from Swedish charity organization “IM,” Swedes are called on to create “Det Nya Landet,” or “The New Country,” which appears to just be Africa with some Muslims and one Asian dude.’ Read more: ‘There’s No Turning Back!’ Swedish TV Ad Says Swedes Must Accept Multiculturalism


DEF CON 24 - Chris Rock - How to Overthrow a Government "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Direct from the mind of the guy who bought you the "I will kill you" presentation at DEF CON 23, is another mind bending, entertaining talk. This time it's bigger and badder than before.

Are you sick and tired of your government? Can't wait another 4 years for an election? Or do you want to be like the CIA and overthrow a government overseas for profit or fun? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions than[sic] this talk is for you! Why not create your own cyber mercenary unit and invoke a regime change to get the government you want installed? After all, if you want the job done right, sometimes you have to do it yourself.

Find out how over the last 60 years, governments and resource companies have been directly involved in architecting regime changes around world using clandestine mercenaries to ensure deniability. This has been achieved by destabilizing the ruling government, providing military equipment, assassinations, financing, training rebel groups and using government agencies like the CIA, Mossad and MI-5 or using foreign private mercenaries such as Executive Order and Sandline. Working with Simon Mann an elite ex SAS soldier turned coup architect who overthrew governments in Africa, Chris Rock will show you how mercenary coup tactics directly applied to digital mercenaries to cause regime changes as the next generation of "Cyber Dogs of War".

The YouTube video promises to teach you, among other things:

  • How to gather intelligence to analyze a government's systemic weaknesses on financial, societal values and political climates that is leader- or country-specific to structure your attack.
  • How to identify and prioritize government resources, infrastructure and commercial companies and how to use these compromised assets to stage the coup.

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Carbon-Calculated Menu Planning "IndyWatch Feed World"


The menu from Studio Olafur Eliasson’s dinner for the Climate Museum’s Miranda Massie. Image courtesy of the artist’s Instagram

From the folks at Phaidon, news of a top artist’s contribution to the climate change conversation, in a manner we can kind of relate to:

Olafur Eliasson puts carbon on the menu

When Eliasson’s studio cooked a meal for NYC’s Climate Museum director it listed one additional ingredient.

The artist Olafur Eliasson is on the board of the Climate Museum, a US institution which endeavours to use the sciences, art, and design to inspire dialogue and innovation that address the challenges of climate change. The museum hasn’t been built, yet Eliasson has submitted a few concept sketches, picturing a globular structure that should, someday soon hopefully stand in New York City.


One of Olafur Eliasson’s concept sketches for the Climate Museum

Alas, a little CO2 will have to be expended in creating this new museum. Obviously Olafur and co want to keep this to an absolute minimum. So, when the putative museum’s director, Miranda Massie, visited the artist over in Berlin, his studio kitchen prepared as climate friendly a dinner as possible. Cutting out all meat and minimizing its use of dairy products, the studio kitchen – which also prepares healthy, daily meals for Olafur and all his staff – cooked a delicious meal from local vegetables most of which were grown on site…

Read the whole article here.


No Education For Millions of Refugee Children "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A UNHCR report says only half of refugee children have access to primary education and the gap widens with higher education.

Children from the Central African Republic in the 2014 photo at Primary School 1 in UNHCR Mole Refugee Camp, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Credit: UNHCR/ Sebastian Rich

Children from the Central African Republic in the 2014 photo at Primary School 1 in UNHCR Mole Refugee Camp, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Credit: UNHCR/ Sebastian Rich

New York: Refugee education is in crisis, the UN refugee agency has warned, stressing that more than some six million school-age children under mandate of the UN refugee agency have no school to go and refugees are five times more likely to be out of school than the world average.

“This represents a crisis for millions of refugee children,” UN high commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi said in a news release issued by his office.

“Refugee education is sorely neglected, when it is one of the few opportunities we have to transform and build the next generation so they can change the fortunes of the tens of millions of forcibly displaced people globally,” he added.

According to the agency’s new report, ‘Missing Out: Refugee Education in Crisis‘, only half of refugee children have access to primary education, compared with a global average of more than 90%. And as these children become older, the gap further widens: only 22% of refugee adolescents attend secondary school compared to a global average of 84%.

At the higher education level, just 1% of refugees attend university, compared to a global average of 34%.

These findings are particularly pertinent on September 19, heads of government and state and other senior officials will be gathering in New York for two major relevant meetings: the UN General Assembly’s Summit for Refugees and Migrants and the very next day for a Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis, hosted by US President Barack Obama.

In the release on September 15, UNHCR said that at both summits, it will call on governments, donors, humanitarian agencies and development partners, as well as private-sector partners, to strengthen their commitment to ensuring that every child receives a quality education.

“Underlining the discussions will be the target of Sustainable Development Goal 4, (to) ‘ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning,’ an aim that will not be realised by 2030 without meeting the education needs of vulnerable populations, including refugees and other forcibly displaced people,” the UN agency stressed.

The report also reveal...


FBI Seeks Motive For New York, New Jersey Attacks Following Arrest of Suspect "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A New York Police Department (NYPD) robot retrieves an unexploded pressure cooker bomb on 27th Street, hours after an explosion nearby in New York City, New York, US. September 18, 2016. Credit: Reuters/ Lucien Harriot

A New York Police Department (NYPD) robot retrieves an unexploded pressure cooker bomb on 27th Street, hours after an explosion nearby in New York City, New York, US. September 18, 2016. Credit: Reuters/ Lucien Harriot

Linder, New Jersey: Investigators were searching on Tuesday for clues to the motive behind the bombings and attempted bombings in New York and New Jersey over the weekend and to determine whether the Afghanistan-born suspect had accomplices or was radicalised overseas.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was arrested on Monday in Linden, New Jersey following a dramatic gun battle with police after they were summoned by a neighbourhood bar owner who thought the bearded man sleeping against his closed tavern’s front door in the pouring rain resembled the bombing suspect.

Rahami and two police officers were wounded in the exchange of gunfire.

Authorities did not offer any immediate information on the possible motives of Rahami, who was charged by Union County prosecutors with five counts of attempted murder in the first degree and two second-degree weapons charges.

More charges were expected to be brought against Rahami in federal court. New York’s mayor called the bombing that injured 29 people in the bustling Chelsea district “an act of terror.”

Rahami, who lived with his family above the First American Fried Chicken restaurant in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is also suspected of planting a bomb that exploded on the New Jersey shore on Saturday, a device found near the New York blast, and up to six more devices found near the Elizabeth train station on Sunday night. The bombings and subsequent manhunt prompted even greater security in America’s biggest city, already on high alert for a gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York for the annual General Assembly this week. An additional 1,000 officers were deployed.

While officials did not give much information about Rahami, CNN, citing unnamed law enforcement sources, reported that Rahami travelled multiple times to Afghanistan and Pakistan in recent years, including a year-long stay in Pakistan until March 2014. Police were looking into whether he was radicalised overseas, CNN said.

The New York Times reported that no evidence had yet been found that Rahami had received military training overseas but said FBI agents were trying to determine if his actions had been guided by ISIS militants or any other terrorist organisation.

US security sources have confirmed that the suspect underwent secondary screening after returning from for...


The who, what and why of the Commission’s Ad hoc Ethical Committee David Icke latest headlines

‘In a belated response to the mounting tide of critical public and political opinion, the Juncker Commission last week informed the European Ombudsman that it would refer Barroso’s appointment as chairman of Goldman Sachs to its Ad hoc Ethical Committee. But what is the Ad hoc Ethical Committee, who sits on it and what is it likely to say?’ Read more: The who, what and why of the Commission’s Ad hoc Ethical Committee


Section 144 Imposed in Bengaluru Ahead of Supreme Court Hearing on Cauvery Issue "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Security has been beefed up around the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border to prevent disturbances. Credit: PTI

Security has been beefed up around the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border to prevent disturbances. Credit: PTI

The Supreme Court will hear pleas by both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on the Cauvery water dispute today, as a consequence of which, Section 144 – which restricts the assembly of five or more people – has been imposed in Bengaluru to prevent disturbances. Section 144 has also been enforced in Mandya’s Sanjay Circle. Restrictions were imposed following Karnataka home minister, G.Parameshwara’s guidelines to the police, asking them to take precautionary measures and keep fire engines and emergency services ready in anticipation of violence, ANI reported. An appeal to maintain peace was also issued to pro-Kannada activists and farmers’ associations.

According to the Times of India, security in Bengaluru has been tightened with additional forces deployed to sensitive areas. Police forces have been on the alert since Monday.

“A total of 40 platoons of the Karnataka state reserve police, 30 city armed reserve platoons, six rapid action force squads, three companies of the Seema Suraksha Dal, three Border Security Force platoons and one company each of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Indo-Tibetan border police will guard the city. Besides, 15,000 civil police including senior police officers and 2,000 home guards will take position at 6am. Two Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) vehicles, 250 Hoysalas and 400 Cheetah bikes will patrol the city,” police sources told the Times of India.

The measures were taken in the wake of the Cauvery water dispute, when Karnataka and Tamil Nadu saw massive protests last week. The Supreme Court had initially ordered Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for 10 days, on September 5, but later changed it to 12,000 cusecs to be released till September 20, on September 12. The Karnataka government filed a plea to modify the order on September 17, in response to which the court asked both states “to behave.”

Restrictions were similarly imposed in Mysuru, where the protests reportedly began last week when an angry mob burned a Tamil Nadu registered vehicle.

(with ANI inputs)

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New Jersey woman uses couponing to feed 30,000 people in need David Icke latest headlines

‘When she first learned about couponing, her eyes lit up. Not because of the potential deals on her groceries. For 29-year-old Lauren Puryear, she realized that couponing was the tool she’d been looking for to bring thousands of meals to people in need. She has set a goal of delivering 30,000 meals to people who are food insecure by her 30th birthday. Puryear, a Woodbridge resident who is a mental health clinician, has been spending years of her time helping to feed the hungry.’ Read more: New Jersey woman uses couponing to feed 30,000 people in need


Vladimir Putin’s party wins landslide victory in Duma elections David Icke latest headlines

‘The winner-takes-all nature of the first past the post system being used in the single member constituencies which make up half the total of seats in the Duma meanwhile means that with 53% of the vote United Russia is sweeping the great majority of these constituencies. The result is that United Russia is heading for a lopsided 70% majority in the Duma, giving Putin and the party what in Russia is called a ‘constitutional majority’ – one which would enable them to change the constitution without needing the support of other parties – though there is no talk of any constitutional amendments being proposed at the moment.’ Read more: Vladimir Putin’s party wins landslide victory in Duma elections


OpenSSL will patch this week high severity vulnerability "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The OpenSSL Project announced early this week that it will release as soon as possible updates to that patch multiple vulnerabilities.

One of the flaws that affect the popular toolkit has a “high” severity.

The Project plans to release OpenSSL versions 1.1.0a, 1.0.2i and 1.0.1u next Thursday. The OpenSSL Project confirmed that the security updates that will be released on September 22 will fix a flaw having a high severity, one having a moderate severity, meanwhile, the remaining ones have all low severity.

The time to fix a flaw depends on its severity, usually high severity issues are fixed within a month by experts at the OpenSSL Project, meanwhile, critical issues are fixed as soon as possible to avoid exploitation in the wild.

The OpenSSL Project has already issued three security patches this year that addressed a total of 16 vulnerabilities.

In May, the OpenSSL project fixed the CVE-2016-2107 flaw that affected the open-source cryptographic library and could be exploited to launch a man-in-the-middle attack leveraging on the ‘Padding Oracle Attack’ that can decrypt HTTPS traffic if the connection uses AES-CBC cipher and the server supports AES-NI.

According to the experts, the flaw was affecting the OpenSSL cryptographic library since 2013, when maintainers of the project fixed another Padding Oracle flaw called Lucky 13.

“A MITM attacker can use a padding oracle attack to decrypt traffic when the connection uses an AES CBC cipher and the server support AES-NI.” states the advisory issued by the OpenSSL. “This issue was introduced as part of the fix for Lucky 13 padding attack (CVE-2013-0169). The padding check was rewritten to be in constant time by making sure that always the same  bytes are read and compared against either the MAC or padding bytes. But it no longer checked that there was enough data to have both the MAC and padding bytes.”

According to the security firm High-Tech Bridge, on May 31th many of the Alexa Top 10,000 websites were still vulnerable to the OpenSSL flaw CVE-2016-2107 despite the OpensSSL Project issued the fix on May 1st.

CVE-2016-2107 OpenSSL Flaw

Another round of security updates released in March fixed vulnerabilities, including the DROWN flaw that could be exploited by attackers to access users’ sensitive data over secure HTTPS communications. In March, security experts estimated that the DROWN vulnerabilities affected a quarter of the top one million HTTPS domains and one-third of all HTTPS websites a...


Preying on Our Paychecks "IndyWatch Feed World"

United States (OW) – Payroll cards can cost low-wage workers an hour’s pay per week.

Labor Day weekend should be a time for Americans to celebrate the economic achievements of workers with barbecues and beach trips. But with U.S. corporations routinely taking advantage of their low-wage employees, we might as well rename it Labor Exploitation Day.

The truth is, our workers have suffered mightily in the last few years. The $7.25 minimum wage hasn’t been raised since 2009. And thanks to the latest corporate cheap trick, even that paltry sum has been further eroded.

Big-name chains like McDonald’s, Walmart, and Darden Restaurants (of Olive Garden and Longhorn Steak House fame) are now issuing ATM-style “payroll cards” instead of regular paychecks.

Companies claim that it’s a real convenience to employees. But I wouldn’t call a $1.75 charge every time I withdraw money convenient. And that’s on top of the regular ATM fee. Then there’s $2.25 for an out-of-network machine, 50 cents for a statement, another half dollar for balance inquiry, and even a $10 fee to close your account.

These fees can quickly add up to at least an hour’s pay every week. And if you don’t use the card in a given month? That’ll be seven bucks, thank you.

Advocates for the card claim that it helps employees who don’t have bank accounts avoid high fees charged by check-cashing outfits. But doing away with actual paychecks saves a lot more money for the employer. Visa even encourages employees to sell their bosses on the cards to save their company money.

They calculated that mega-companies like Mickey D’s could save at least $780k annually. Gee, that’s enough to pay for 107,586 more hours of poverty wages.

And of course there’s another big advantage — for the banks. Payroll cards are generally exempt from regulations that govern debit and credit cards, like limits on overdraft fees. So those are tacked on at $25 dollars a pop, under the euphemistic label “balance protection.”

Some might claim this is no big deal, considering most minimum wage workers are teenagers working for gas money. But the truth is, the majority of low-wage workers are adult women, many with two low-paying jobs. In fact, McDonald’s and Visa teamed up to advise employees to get a second job in order to make ends meet.



Five-Year Prison Sentence for Dual National Casts Shadow Over Iran’s Opening to World "IndyWatch Feed World"

Iran (ICHRI) – The five-year prison sentence for Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, a dual citizen of Iran and the UK who has been inside Iranian prisons for the past five months, lacks any legal justification, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in a statement today. The Campaign asked the Iranian government to immediately release Ms. Zaghari, as well as the other dual citizens imprisoned in similarly politicized cases.

According to a statement released on Friday, September 9, by Nazanin Zaghari’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, the five-year prison sentenced was issued by Judge Abolqasem Salavati in the presence of Ms. Zaghari and her lawyer. Mr. Ratcliffe added the charges that led to this sentence are unknown to Ms. Zaghari’s family. The family has appealed the decision, but no dates have been set for the appeals court.

“The five-year prison sentence against Ms. Zaghari, has been issued without even a pretense of a fair judicial process,” said Hadi Ghaemi, the Campaign’s executive director.

“Her prosecution shows that people are imprisoned in Iran not on the basis of the rule of law but rather the whim of hardline officials with political motives—which in this case are to intimidate dual nationals and undermine the opening up of the country,” Ghaemi added.

Zaghari was sentenced by Judge Salavati, a judge whose harsh sentences in politicized cases are notorious. His sentencing pattern shows he has routinely followed recommendations from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Intelligence Organization.

In interviews with the Campaign, several lawyers have criticized Judge Salavati for ignoring arguments by the defense in court and bowing to the demands of the prosecution, especially in cases in which the arresting authority was the Guards’ Intelligence Organization.

Judge Salavati has presided over many cases against dual nationals, including Amir Hekmati, Reza Abedini, and Jason Rezaian, who were released in January 2016 in a prisoner swap with the US. He is also the presiding judge in current cases against Iranian-Canadian scholar Homa Hoodfar, and Iranian-American business consultant Siamak Namazi and his father Bagher Namazi. In all these cases, the victims have been held without due process and under unclear or unannounced charges, and denied full and proper legal representation.

“A sentence with secret charges still seems crazy. Literally it is a punishment without a crime,” her husband Richard Ratcliffe said in the family’s statement.

On Friday September 9, Nazanin was allowed to call her husband.  When asked what her charges were, she asked the Guard next to her by the phone who clarified that they were “national security charges.”

Over the phone, Nazanin said: “Five years is ridiculous. For what? We will appeal. But I don’t know how long it will take, how long it will last. Months? They said that sometimes you can settle cases on appeal through payment – but not often cases like mine. So I don’t know how long it will go on taking.”

Richard Ratcliffe said: “It remains extraordinary that Nazanin’s interrogators clarify the sentence but not the crime. Because there is none.”

Zaghari’s employer in London, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, issued a statement condemning the five-year prison sentence:

“Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe was detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard while on holiday visiting her parents in Tehran with her young daughter and has been in prison since early April. She has now been charge......


Questions Remain Over Photos Of US Troops In Syria, Rebels Force Them From Town "IndyWatch Feed World"

Somewhere In Syria (TFC) – Months have passed since the first pictures of US special forces operatives surfaced from inside Syria. Their disclosure via an unidentified photographer, who happened to be in the right place at the right time, was followed by disciplinary action by US officials. Questions still persist; not only about what they show, but also how numerous others depicting the same unit arrived on the web. The images themselves challenge the official narrative of how the originals were captured, and from where.

It was originally reported that a photographer encountered the shady squad with Kurdish rebels nearby. Some of those fighters appear in photos taken by the journalist, reputedly employed with “Agency-France Presse”. Officials say the fighters were pushing against Islamic State positions near their de facto capital of Raqqa. The findings surprised some, as Syria was supposed to be largely void of western media.



One of the original pictures circulated by various outlets.

No statement directly from the photographer themself, nor their employer has surfaced. It was reported that the Americans wouldn’t speak to the journalist, walking past as if they weren’t there.

None wore proper name tags, one instead sporting a label reading “hate”. Their unit is unknown, and both Kurdish and American flags–but no division markers–adorned their fatigues. Their clothing didn’t even indicate rank. A Pentagon colonel first called the patches symbolic of solidarity, and then “unauthorized” days later. Those men were reputedly ordered to remove the patches, but no confirmation has surfaced.


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US ‘outraged’ over Syria aid attack "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The US government has expressed “outrage” over an attack on an aid convoy near the Syrian city of Aleppo that, a war monitor says, left 12 dead. The UN has confirmed that the convoy was hit near the town of Urm al-Kubra, without giving details. But activists say an air strike hit the trucks […]

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Trump questions NY suspect’s medical care "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Donald Trump has lamented that New York bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami will receive medical treatment and legal representation after his arrest. The Afghan-born 28-year-old was charged with five counts of attempted murder after a police shootout. The Republican nominee said it was a “sad situation” and underscores the country’s weak national security. Meanwhile, […]

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British activist found guilty in Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  A British activist who campaigned for the rights of migrant workers in Thailand’s fruit industry has been given a three-year suspended jail term. Andy Hall, from Lincolnshire, had contributed to a report by a Finnish watchdog in 2013 alleging the Natural Fruit Company mistreated its workers. The company sued Hall for criminal defamation. He […]

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Florida mosque arsonist shared extreme pro-Israel propaganda David Icke latest headlines

‘The man accused of setting fire to the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce in Florida a week ago is an ardent supporter of Israel who labeled all forms of Islam as “radical.” Joseph Michael Schreiber, a 32-year-old messianic Jew, was arrested at his home in St. Lucie, Florida, on Wednesday and charged with arson and a hate crime. Police say he confessed after his arrest. His attack is part of a spate of anti-Muslim hate crimes since the start of the current US election season.’ Read more: Florida mosque arsonist shared extreme pro-Israel propaganda


Am I addicted to terrorism? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Imagine a world where people live in peace and prosperity, now forget it, it is not in the plans of the shit heads running your life down the toilette. Hillary was digging her claws into the terrorists must be stopped, without participating herself. She got her sheep to carry that dead horse for her through the deception of 911.

Then her supporter Trump agreed to play the part of her worthy adversary, prompting the ignorant rah rah voters of the other stupid party to stay violent and hate victims of US business aggression carried out by the Military using every dirty trick and misdirection their team of experts in congress could find.

Here we sit in 2016 awaiting the opportunity to get Obama out and change the smell of shit in the oval office and the public laps it up like its a tasty treat fit for a debt slave.

Is this the best we can do as a collective?


CNN’s Jake Tapper Edits out Hillary Clinton’s ‘Bombings’ Remark David Icke latest headlines

‘CNN’s Jake Tapper asked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on State of the Union on Sunday morning about the supposed contrast between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in their responses to the explosions Saturday in New York, editing out Clinton’s reference to “bombings” to create a false distinction. Tapper cited Trump referring to a “bomb” in New York, then played a clip of Clinton criticizing him for saying that — leaving out Clinton’s reference, seconds before, to what she called “bombings.”’ Read more: CNN’s Jake Tapper Edits out Hillary Clinton’s ‘Bombings’ Remark


Many dead in Congo anti-Kabila protests "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  At least 17 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo during protests calling for President Joseph Kabila to step down. Three of them were police officers, one of whom was burnt alive, according to the Interior Minister, Evariste Boshab. But opposition groups said 50 people died, with one witness saying police fired […]

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Obama's Legacy But Clinton's Judgment "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Obama calls on blacks to vote for Hillary Clinton to protect the first black president's legacy, but there are questions about Clinton's judgment and Obama's legacy that deserve answers, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.


Bombardeo de EEUU contra ejército sirio revela su doble moral en lucha antiterrorista "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

El presidente Evo Morales afirmó que el bombardeo de Estados Unidos ejecutado el sábado contra el Ejército de Siria revela


Schumacher ‘cannot walk’, court hears "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  A lawyer for Michael Schumacher has told a court in Germany that the former Formula 1 world champion “cannot walk” following his skiing injury. Felix Damm was detailing the extent of Schumacher’s injuries in a lawsuit against German magazine, ‘Bunte’. The magazine had reported last Christmas that the seven-time world champion could walk again. […]

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Cover-Up: That Sinkhole In Florida Is Far Worse Than Officials Are Admitting David Icke latest headlines

‘By now, you may have heard some murmurs about another sinkhole in Florida, and that it might be leaking radioactive particles into some body of water or another. The information out there is vague. Sinkholes are not an uncommon phenomenon in Florida. It doesn’t seem like a huge deal, the way the media is brushing it off. “Oh, just another sinkhole.” The sinkhole is enormous and it has leaked 215,000 gallons of radioactive, contaminated water into the state’s main drinking water supply. What’s more, they’ve known this has been occurring since early August, and much like every other freakin’ crisis they are supposedly “managing,” the EPA has kept mum on this, as has the Florida Department of Environmental Protection(DEP).’ Read more: Cover-Up: That Sinkhole In Florida Is Far Worse Than Officials Are Admitting


Turquía en el tablero geoestratégico del imperialismo "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

La situación geográfica de Turquía ha sido, estratégicamente, un factor que, a lo largo de la Historia, ha deparado una





Since 2012 International Animal Rescue Foundation Africa’s (Cyber and Environmental Crimes Team) have been investigating Viet Nam’s illicit and illegal wildlife trade more closely than we’ve ever done. Back in January 2015 I Dr Jose C. Depre the (CEO) ordered a meeting with both units from the Environmental Cyber Crimes Team and External Affairs Unit); both focusing on the ground and online trade of illegal wildlife contraband. My aim was to increase both online and ground team investigations to begin breaking the back of these ruthless criminals throughout Asia and Africa.

International Animal Rescue Foundation Africa since founded have conducted 1,033 investigative surveys relating to all areas Viet Nam’s illegal wildlife trade (online and ground trade). However it wasn’t until January 2015 after uncovering a colossal rhino horn trafficking ring within Thailand and Viet Nam that we eventually decided Viet Nam had to be investigated more in-depth – all of which has resulted in a number of arrests and confiscation orders this year alone. The ongoing investigation was ordered due to a suspicion that the illicit ivory trade was increasing in Viet Nam too. Furthermore various organisations, media and press had stated that Viet Nam’s wildlife trade was actually decreasing, neither of which was true!.

I.A.R.F.A’s investigations aren’t just focused on Viet Nam. Specialist teams locate traffickers, suppliers and even poachers. These highly trained investigative officers move from one country to the next discretely monitoring and following various traffickers and kingpins (not forgetting befriending others too – which in many cases can be quite dangerous). While most of our investigations have focused primarily on Viet Nam, China, Thailand, Laos, Japan and Malaysia. Investigative officers have also been working within Uganda, Angola, South Africa, Namibia, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Niger, Nigeria and Burkina Faso (among many other countries).

In four days time South Africa will be hosting the next Conference of Parties (CoP17). The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), that now hosts some 184 CITES signatories which will be debating numerous issues relating to both flora (plants) and (fauna) animals. The meeting will take place from the 24th September to the 5th October (2016). Back in 2011 Interpol estimated the extent of the illegal wildlife trade between $10 billion and $20 billion per year. This figure has gradually increased since 2014.

The illegal wildlife trade isn’t confined to just one country. Many countries around the world host wildlife trafficking and dealing routes extending to every continent. Conservationists say the problem is most acute in Southeast Asia. There, trade linkages to key markets in China, the United States, and the European Union; lax law enforcement; weak border controls; and the perception of high profit and low risk contribute to large-scale commercial wildlife trafficking. The ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development and external funders, is one response to the region’s illegal wildlife trade networks.

Figures from 2014-2015 have shown a startling increase relating to the funds generated from the illegal wildlife trade. Today illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth US$50-150 billion per year. The global illegal fisheries catch is valued...


Sacked BBC journalist who refused to prioritize Prince George’s birth wins £51k in court "IndyWatch Feed"

A BBC journalist who was allegedly fired for prioritizing a report on Sri Lankan violence anniversary over the birth of Prince George has received £51,428 in compensation after suing the news outlet for unfair dismissal. Chandana Keerthi Bandara, 57, was in charge of overseeing the publishing of stories on July 23, 2013 – the day […]


Russia warned not to meddle in US presidential election: Kerry "IndyWatch Feed"

Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia has been warned not to interfere in the US presidential election, claiming that Moscow is trying but does not have the ability. “We have made it crystal clear to Russia to what the consequences might be,” Kerry told CNN in an interview that was aired on Monday. “The president, […]


Video: 50 Years After Vehicle Safety Victory, Ralph Nader Talks “Silent Violence” by Corporations "IndyWatch Feed" – Our guest is longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader, author of the groundbreaking 1965 book, “Unsafe at Any Speed,” which … Via Youtube



Merkel’s Party Slumps in Berlin Election, But Don’t Count Her Out For 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Past research suggests governing parties often take a hit in mid-term regional votes before recovering in national contests.

Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and CDU top candidate David McAllister attend an election rally in Berlin May 14, 2014. Credit: Reuters

Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and CDU top candidate David McAllister attend an election rally in Berlin May 14, 2014. Credit: Reuters

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) is having a tough time of late. The latest blow came via the Berlin state parliament election, where the party managed to cling on to second place, but was dumped out of the city’s government.

This was the CDU’s worst ever performance in an election in the German capital. It took a meagre 18% of the vote (down from 23.3% in 2011).

The Social Democrats (SPD) also lost votes (down from 28.3% to around 22%), as did the Greens (from just over 17% to around 15.5%). The one consolation for the SPD and Greens is that they are likely to be key players in the next Berlin government – even if as part of a rather broad and unwieldy left-wing coalition alongside the Left Party.

The main winners, as had been widely predicted, were the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD). The AfD was nowhere in sight in 2011, but took around 13% of the vote this time round. A heavily anti-immigration (and particularly anti-refugee) rhetoric has chimed with parts of the electorate beyond Berlin, and the party now sits in 10 of Germany’s 16 regional parliaments. It is almost certain to add Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein, Northrhine-Westphalia and the federal parliament to this list in 2017.

Punishment effect

Given the doom and gloom surrounding Merkel, it is easy to assume that the CDU has very little chance of holding on to power after the next federal election, which is less than a year away. However, there are good reasons to believe the CDU will bounce back. Research on voter behaviour suggests most ruling parties take a kicking in mid-term regional elections without losing power nationally.

Over a decade ago Charlie Jeffery and I analysed how parties in the German federal government perform in regional elections. We looked at all German regional elections between 1949 and 1998 – 129 cases in total. We also looked at how opposition parties performed, and how smaller parties (grouped together) tended to fare.

We did this by measuring parties’ performance in a regional election against their performances in the national elections that preceded and followed it. If a party managed 40% in national election A, and 44% in national election B, the “expected vote” in the regional election in between those contests would be 42%. We were simply interested in whether parties did better or worse than expected.

The results should give Merkel plenty of encouragement. We found that up until unification it was almost a cast iron ru...


81% of Americans Oppose $38 Billion Pledge to Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

A solid majority of Americans would redirect $38 billion the Obama Administration pledged to Israel toward other priorities. The Obama administration last week signed an executive agreement with Israel pledging $38 billion ($3.8 billion per year) in foreign aid for fiscal years 2019- 2028. The majority of the proposed spending is for Foreign Military Financing […]

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Wie Deutschland seinen Strom erzeugt "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Deutschlands Energiewende ruft einerseits Bilder von sonnendurchfluteten, blühenden Landschaften hervor, gespickt mit Windrädern und Solaranlagen. Doch die Erfolgsgeschichte hat auch eine Schattenseite: An der Abhängigkeit von Kohle hat sich bislang nichts geändert, das Land ist nach wie vor ein Kohleland.

Carbon Brief hat die aktuellen Daten zur deutschen Stromerzeugung in einer interaktiven Karte aufbereitet. Zusammen mit einer Reihe weiterer interaktiver Grafiken wird deutlich, dass Deutschlands Kohleproblem die größte Herausforderung für eine Dekarbonisierung darstellt. Auch die Bereiche Wärme, Verkehr und Industrie hinken hinterher.

Mit einer ebenfalls interaktiven Zeitleiste zeichnet Carbon Brief zudem die Geschichte der Energiewende seit ihren Anfängen zu Beginn der 1970er Jahre nach – und beschreibt, wie die deutsche Politik mit dem Thema umgeht.

Energie in Deutschland im Jahr 2016

Wie in vielen anderen reichen Ländern sinkt auch in Deutschland der Energieverbrauch – und das bei wachsender Wirtschaft. Zwar gibt es Schwankungen: Im ersten Halbjahr 2016 beispielsweise war ein Anstieg um knapp zwei Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahreszeitraum zu verzeichnen. Das ändert aber nichts an der langfristigen Tendenz.

Deutschlands gesamter Energieverbrauch – also bei Strom, Wärme, Verkehr, usw. – belief sich 2015 auf 320 Millionen Tonnen Öl-Äquivalent. Das ist genauso viel wie 1975. In anderen Ländern ist der Rückgang noch deutlicher. Großbritanniens Verbrauch etwa liegt nun auf dem Niveau der 1960er Jahre.

Bis Anfang der 1970er Jahre war Kohle Deutschlands wichtigster Brennstoff, bevor Öl zur Nummer Eins aufstieg. Heute deckt Öl ein gutes Drittel des Gesamtverbrauchs. Der Verbrauch von Kohle halbierte sich zwischen 1965 und 2000. Doch seitdem ist es zu keiner weiteren Reduktion mehr gekommen. Deutschland bezieht nach wie vor mehr Energie aus Kohle als aus allen klimafreundlichen Energien – Erneuerbare plus Atomenergie – zusammen.

Oben: Deutschlands Primärenergie-Verbrauch, nach Energieträgern aufgeschlüsselt, in Millionen Tonnen Öl-Äquivalent, von 1965 bis 2015. Unten: Anteile am deutschen Energieverbrauch in Prozent. Quelle: BP Statistical Review of World Energy.  Die Grafiken sind mit Highcharts erstellt. Mit einem Klick auf die Legende können die einzelnen Energieträger ausgewählt werden. Wenn Sie den Cursor über die Grafik bewegen, erhalten Sie weitere Informationen, etwa zur Entwicklung der Emissionen im Vergleich zu 2005 sowie zur Höhe der Anteile.

Deutschland deckte seinen Energiebedarf 1965 zu 99 Prozent mit fossilen Energien. Bis 1990 sank ihr Anteil auf 89 Prozent – Atomkraftwerke kamen für die Differenz auf. Inzwischen ist der Beitrag der Fossilen auf ein Rekordtief gefallen: 2015 lag er bei 79,7 Prozent. Von den restlichen 20,3 Prozent kommen inzwischen nur noch 6,5 Prozentpunkte von der Atomenergie, während die Erneuerbaren mit 13,8 Prozentpunkten mehr als doppelt so viel beitragen.

Bei der Strome...


Study Indicates Pigeons Can ‘Read’ "IndyWatch Feed World"

A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that pigeons can be taught to understand and are able to distinguish words from non-words. Gizmodo reports: Scientists trained the four smartest pigeons they could find to tell the difference between four-letter words and nonwords, and identify when a word’s letters were transposed (like “very” vs. “vrey”). The authors of the study measured the pigeons’ performance against both baboons and humans, finding that their ability to differentiate between anagrams “is actually more comparable to that of literate humans than the baboons’ performance.” The method scientists use to determine whether the pigeon could differentiate between words and nonwords is pretty basic. They first trained the birds to eat from a hopper bird feeder. “After hopper training, an autoshaping procedure was used until subjects were consistently pecking stimuli presented in any of the three apertures,” the authors write. Below is a video from a 2007 study that demonstrates an autoshaping procedure, which is a commonly used Pavlovian conditioning technique. After the pigeons were conditioned with the autoshaping procedure, the scientists began to present word and nonword stimuli through the aperture of the hopper. “When a word was presented in the center [...]

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Why Are We Sending $38 Billion to Rich and Powerful Israel? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last week’s announcement of a record-breaking US aid package for Israel underscores how dangerously foolish and out-of-touch is our interventionist foreign policy. Over the next ten years, the US taxpayer will be forced to give Israel some $38 billion dollars in military aid. It is money we cannot afford going to a country that needs […]

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Mapped: How Germany generates its electricity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Germany’s “Energiewende”, which translates as energy transition, conjures up images of bright, sunlit fields scattered with wind turbines and solar panels. But to its critics, it is a story of continued reliance on coal.

Both stories are illustrated in Carbon Brief’s new interactive map of Germany’s electricity generating capacity. Our series of charts show how the coal problem reveals the challenge of decarbonising heat, transport and industry – issues that have remained largely hidden in countries such as the UK.

Tomorrow, Carbon Brief will also be publishing a timeline tracking the history of the Energiewende and the German government’s attempts to secure its future.

German energy in 2016

In common with many other rich nations, Germany’s energy use is in decline, even as its economy grows. (There have been ups and downs: the first half of 2016 saw energy use increase by nearly 2% year-on-year).

Germany used 320 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2015, the same amount as in 1975. UK energy use has fallen even further, and is now at 1960s levels. (To clarify, this is referring to all energy used by the countries, not just electricity.)

Oil overtook coal as Germany’s number one fuel in the early 1970s and today accounts for more than a third of the total. Coal use roughly halved between 1965 and 2000. Yet it has remained relatively flat since then and still supplies more energy than all low-carbon sources combined.

Top: German primary energy use by source, millions of tonnes of oil equivalent, 1965-2015. Bottom: Shares of Germany energy use, %. Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy. Charts by Carbon Brief using Highcharts. Select sources by clicking on the legend. Hover over the chart for more information, including change in emissions compared to 2005 and shares of that year’s total.

Fossil fuels supplied 99% of German energy in 1965 and 89% in 1990, with nuclear making up the difference. By 2015, the 79.7% fossil share was the lowest in at least half a century, as nuclear’s decline to 6.5% was outweighed by a record-high 13.8% contribution from renewables.

Renewables supplied around a third of German electricity in 2015 (see chart, below). However, only around 13% of heat came from renewable energy and 5% for transport. The country has an EU target to source 18% of its energy from renewa...

French blogger lashes out at YouTube for trying to ‘censor’ her interview with Juncker David Icke latest headlines

‘A French video blogger who interviewed European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker has exposed a video in which a YouTube representative tries to censor her “super tough” questions. The embarrassing scene was caught on hidden camera. “You don’t want to get on the wrong side of YouTube and the European Commission, or of the people who trust you. Except if you don’t care about having a long career on YouTube,” a YouTube employee tells Birbes, adding that he would have to discuss potential “red-flag” questions with Juncker’s spokesperson, Natasha Bertaud. “At the beginning, I realized that YouTube was trying to gently influence me,” Birbes said in her video statement on Facebook. “Then eventually it got more serious, and at some point I felt threatened.”’ Read more: French blogger lashes out at YouTube for trying to ‘censor’ her interview with Juncker


Scientists: How the new focus on 1.5C is reshaping climate research "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C has long been the goal of developing countries and those most at risk from climate change. Since becoming enshrined in the Paris Agreement last December, the 1.5C goal has come under increased scrutiny and examination.

How do climate impacts at 1.5C and 2C compare? How fast would the global economy need to decarbonise? Is the amount of “negative emissions” required for either limit feasible? Expectation is heavy that a special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), due in 2018 at the behest of the United Nations, will answer all these questions.

So is the scientific community rising to the challenge or feeling the pressure?

Ahead of a major conference in Oxford this week, Carbon Brief has been talking to climate scientists, economists and public health experts about how the spotlight on 1.5C has changed the way they work.

Degrees of separation

Back in August, the chair of the IPCC, Dr Hoesung Lee, told scientists at a meeting in Geneva that they bore a “great responsibility” in making sure the special report on 1.5C meets the expectations of the international climate community.

Dr Rachel James, a research fellow at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, explains how this has been interpreted by scientists. She tells Carbon Brief:

“Part of it is about how we get to 1.5C and part of it is about impacts at 1.5C, and really balancing those. Is it possible to get to 1.5C? And are the impacts at 1.5C and 2C different enough that it’s worth pushing for 1.5C?”

The comparison with 2C is not technically what the Paris Agreement called for, even though that’s how it has been perceived, says Prof Myles Allen, professor of geosystem science at the Environmental Change Institute and a convenor of this week’s conference. He tells Carbon Brief:

“The Paris Agreement was very clear…[parties] are interested in the impacts of 1.5C of warming. They didn’t say ‘versus 2C’, or anything else in particular. But, obviously, because the focus was on 2C up until then, a lot of people have interpreted this as what’s the relative impact of 1.5C versus 2C.”

Comparing impacts for crop production, extreme weather and sea level rise, for example, at different global temperatures means flipping on their head the way climate projections are traditionally constructed. Picking a “tolerable” temperature limit first and investigating impacts and pathways later isn’t how scientists have always done things, says Prof Jonathan Gregory, professor of meteorology in the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading. H...


Poder popular para derrocar la austeridad, salir del euro y la UE "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Un año después del victorioso referéndum del pueblo griego contra las políticas de austeridad (el 5 de Julio del 2015)


The US Desperately Pumps ‘Humanitarian’ Smokescreen for FAILING Syria Ceasefire "IndyWatch Feed World"

Washington’s lie about seeking a genuine ceasefire in Syria is in danger of being exposed for the world to see. So, hilariously, a charade is being hurriedly orchestrated in order to hide this ignominy. As usual, the Syrian government is being scapegoated for the real cause of violence in the country. That real cause is Washington’s state-sponsored terrorist-fueled war for regime change. After four days of continuing deadly breaches by US-backed «rebels» since the Kerry-Lavrov ceasefire deal was implemented last Monday, Washington and the dutiful Western mainstream media are preparing the inevitable excuses.


Corporate incest: The revolving door between the CDC, Emory University and the vaccine industry David Icke latest headlines

‘Harrowed by a growing and unstoppable public awakening about the dangers and futility of vaccines, the vaccine industry has taken to social media and the blogging world with a desperate new propaganda campaign known as “Voices for Vaccines,” which claims to be a “non-profit organization run by volunteer parents” in support of vaccines. But a closer look into who actually runs this latest pro-vaccine scam reveals that it is the work of none other than the vaccine industry itself, with the help of its buddies in the federal government and academia. Investigative journalist Jeffry John Aufderheide from recently published a groundbreaking report uncovering this shameless attempt at mass indoctrination, exposing the “man behind the curtain,” so to speak, pulling the strings over at Voices for Vaccines.’ Read more: Corporate incest: The revolving door between the CDC, Emory University and the vaccine industry


How to Focus A Wandering Mind "IndyWatch Feed War"

We’ve all been there. You’re slouched in a meeting or a classroom, supposedly paying attention, but your mind has long since wandered off, churning out lists of all the things you need to do — or that you could be doing if only you weren’t stuck here…

Suddenly you realize everyone is looking your way expectantly, waiting for an answer. But you’re staring blankly, grasping at straws to make a semi-coherent response. The curse of the wandering mind!

But don’t worry — you’re not alone. In fact, a recent study by Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert sampled over 2,000 adults during their day-to-day activities and found that 47 percent of the time, their minds were not focused on what they were currently doing. Even more striking, when people’s minds were wandering, they reported being less happy.

This suggests it might be good to find ways to reduce these mental distractions and improve our ability to focus. Ironically, mind-wandering itself can help strengthen our ability to focus, if leveraged properly. This can be achieved using an age-old skill: meditation. Indeed, a new wave of research reveals what happens in our brains when our minds wander — and sheds light on the host of cognitive and emotional benefits that come with increased focus.

What happens in the wandering mind?

For something that happens so often, what do we really know about this process of mind-wandering?

For thousands of years, contemplative practices such as meditation have provided a means to look inward and investigate our mental processes. It may seem surprising, but mind-wandering is actually a central element of focused attention (FA) meditation. In this foundational style of meditation, the practitioner is instructed to keep her attention on a single object, often the physical sensations of breathing.

Sounds simple enough, but it’s much easier said than done. Try it for a few minutes and see what happens.

If you’re like most people, before long your attention will wander away into rumination, fantasy, analyzing, planning. At some point, you might realize that your mind is no longer focused on the breath. With this awareness, you proceed to disengage from the thought that had drawn your mind away, and steer your attention back to your breath. A few moments later, the cycle will likely repeat.

At first it might seem like the tendency toward mind-wandering would be a problem for the practice of FA meditation, continually derailing your attention from the “goal” of keeping your mind on the breath.

However, the practice is really meant to highlight this natural trajectory of the mind, and in doing so, it trains your attention systems to become more aware of the mental landscape at any given moment, and more adept at navigating it. With repeated practice, it doesn’t take so long to notice that you’ve slipped into some kind of rumination or daydream. It also becomes easier to drop your current train...


Florida Fertilizer Plant Sinkhole Reportedly Leaks 215 Million Gallons of Radioactive Water Into Aquifer "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Source: Yahoo News A massive sinkhole at a fertilizer plant in Mulberry, Florida, has caused about 215 million gallons of radioactive water to drain down into the Floridian aquifer system, according to ABC affiliate WFTS. The aquifer system supplies drinking … Continue reading


Scientists were paid to downplay link between sugar and heart disease, told to blame saturated fats instead David Icke latest headlines

‘The sugar industry launched a campaign in the 1960s to downplay evidence linking sugar consumption to America’s rising cardiovascular disease rates, and blame saturated fats instead, according to a new report released earlier this month. A researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, recently discovered internal documents from the sugar industry and correspondence letters between the leaders of a trade group called the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) – known today as the Sugar Association – and heart disease researchers. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that the sugar industry paid prestigious Harvard scientists to publish research blaming dietary fat, not sugar, to be the main culprit of coronary heart disease.’ Read more: Scientists were paid to downplay link between sugar and heart disease, told to blame saturated fats instead


Frau Petry Leader of German AfD Party Had Her Car Bombed-German Jewish Politician Gregor Gysi Calls Extinction of Germans Fortunate "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

  I am live and let live type of guy but when those with unlimited funds begin calling for the physical extinction of everyone who looks anything like me, I take notice. More far-left violence in Berlin as … Continue reading


People Hunt Endangered Animals, So This Woman Hunts Poachers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Poaching is not something that should be taken lightly. According to the African Wildlife Foundation, rhinos, elephants, and other types of African wildlife may go extinct in our lifetime if drastic measures are not taken.

It seems like everyday people like Giraffe Hunter Rebecca Francis are boasting of their latest kill all over social media, and the sad part is, they think it perfectly fine.

This is where Kinessa Johnson comes in, Johnson is a U.S. Army Veteran who served for 4 years in Afghanistan. However, now she is taking on a new kind of enemy, poachers. In 2015, she and her team arrived in Africa to take on the mission; According to her, “We’re going over there to do some anti-poaching, kill some bad guys, and do some good.”


Johnson and her team of fellow Vets arrived in Tanzania, quickly getting down to business. She has already noticed a decrease in poaching activity in her team’s immediate area because their presence is known. If you take a minute to look at the build and confidence just Johnson exudes from years in dangerous territory, you likely can understand why. Her team’s primary focus at the moment will be to train park rangers and patrol with them to provide support.

The African park rangers are in serious need of assistance, as she mentions, “they lost about 187 guys last year over trying to save rhinos and elephants.”


Johnson joined VETPAW because she loves animals and protecting endangered species is close to her heart. Africa has the largest populations of rhinos and elephants in the world, making it the frontline for defending these endangered species that are top targets for poachers. Additionally, revenue from the sale of products from poached animals is often used to fund war and terrorism in Africa.

Johnson is helping to raise money and awareness for the cause. She now has over 90,000 followers on Facebook and Instagram. If you take time to check out her profiles, you will discover some amazing things.

To Support Johnson and her team you can donate to VETPAW, and soon you will be able to watch Johnson and her team on their new show, as their efforts are being captured by the Discovery Channel!


German Resident Hit In The Head With A Bottle-Riot Breaks Out And Building Burned "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Eastern German town of Bautzen witnesses clashes between locals and refugees 20 mass migrants and some 80 locals were involved in a melee in Bautzen Germany. The local Polezei came to break things up and were in turn rocked with … Continue reading


Eid al-Ghadeer Mubarak To The Suffering But Steadfast Syrian Shi’a Of Al-Foua’a And Kefraya "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

by Jonathan Azaziah

Eid al-Ghadeer Mubarak to all the lovers of Ahlul Bayt (A.S.), no matter if you are Shi’a, Sunnis, any other Islamic school of thought, or even non-Muslims who simply have a heartfelt adoration for Imam Ali (A.S.) and his grace, intelligence, wisdom, eloquence, military genius, strength, poetic prowess, diplomatic skill, knowledge, lionheartedness and all-around lofty aura. And a special Eid al-Ghadeer Mubarak goes out to the suffering Syrian Shi’a of Al-Foua’a and Kefraya, two villages in Idleb’s outskirts that have been barbarically besieged by the Takfiri terrorist maniacs–chiefly Jabhat al-Nusra and “moderate” Ahrar al-Sham–since March 2015. These people, whose dauntlessness is of an unparalleled status, are enduring starvation, malnourishment, the rapid spread of too many infectious diseases to count, medicine shortages and near-daily shellings with all sorts of Western-provided weaponry. All of which is happening with ZERO mainstream media coverage and very little alternative press reportage either.

The martyr count is in the hundreds since the blockade began and the wounded count is in the thousands. Children, including infants, are among the dead and the injured. And if it wasn’t for the Hizbullah-trained NDF fighters from among the people and the handful of moujahideen from Iraq’s Harakat Hizbullah al-Nujaba defending the twin towns, the Takfiris would have already descended upon them and, in their rabid anti-Shi’a bloodthirstiness, carried out a genocide. Imam Ali (A.S.) once said “Anyone who loves we Ahlul Bayt must be ready to face a life of hardship.” Our Mawla (master) must have been talking about Al-Foua’a and Kefraya because their struggle embodies this saying to a frightening letter.

The 8th Imam of Shi’a Islam, Ali Ibn Moussa ar-Reza (A.S.), famously said, “The Day of Ghadeer is more well-known in the heavens than it is on Earth.” The implication of course is that “The Ummah” has failed miserably to grant this sanctified day, in which the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.) declared that anyone he is the Mawla of, then Imam Ali (A.S.) is their Mawla too. This is all the more true today as Dönmeh Al-Saud pumps petrodollars in mosques worldwide and attempts to wipe out positive references to Imam Ali (A.S.)–and other members of Ahlul Bayt (A.S.)–in Sunni books of Hadith to deepen schisms in the Islamic world on the Zionist entity’s behalf.

With that said, the following observation needs to be highlighted: Whenever pro-Syria, pro-Mouqawamah activists have had to discuss the suffering of civilians in terrorist-occupied areas such as Al-Zabadani, Madaya, Homs City and parts of Aleppo, there has been no disregard for the humanitarian disasters by any means. We have simply brought the truth to light that it is not the Syrian government and its allies doing the besieging, aid-blocking, civilian-tormenting and looting but the Wahhabi scourge. The “Syrian opposition” on the other hand, with all their talk of “peace”, “democracy” and “human rights”, don’t even acknowledge that Al-Foua’a and Kefraya exist, let alone that these areas are crying, screaming and hurting immeasurably; a fact which betrays the blanket of liberalism that they drape themselves in and exposes their true, hateful, sectarian nature.

Just like Eid al-Ghadeer, “The Ummah” has forgotten Al-Foua’a and Kefraya. And just like Eid al-Ghadeer, Al-Foua’a and Kefraya are also more well-known in the heavens, among the Prophets, Imams, Righteous Companions, Saints and Angels, than here on this Saudi-infected, Z...


Elections to the Russian Duma in 2016: Relevant or a Waste of Time and Money? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Early results of the Russian State Duma election in single-member constituencies on information screens at the Russian Central Election Commission. © Kirill Kallinikov / Sputnik

Early results of the Russian State Duma election in single-member constituencies on information screens at the Russian Central Election Commission. © Kirill Kallinikov / Sputnik

Written by TheSaker; Originally appeared at TheUnzReview

Judging by the reactions in the western corporate media, the 2016 elections to the Russian Duma are basically a non-event: evil Putin kept his “grip on power”, all the parties in the Duma are basically under his control and no real opposition was allowed to emerge. Even in Russia, there are some who agree, but for different reasons. They say that everybody knew that United Russia (the party of Putin and Medvedev) would win no matter what and that the entire election was therefore a rather boring event. Actually, there is some truth in all of the above, but this also completely misses the point.

Problem number one: Russia ain’t Switzerland

The single most important thing to understand about Russia is that she is not a western or European country. If the Ukie nationalists like to say that “the Ukraine is Europe”, then I would paraphrase them and say that “Russia is Asia” (the Ukies agree with that, by the way). This is not quite true, in reality Russia is Russia, but it is much closer to the truth than most observers care to admit. In the case of elections, for example, Russia is much more like Japan: she has that mandatory external veneer of democracy, but in reality, the Russian people’s attitude to authority and power is much more similar to the attitude of the Japanese: they understand that the real power and authority in Russia (or Japan) does not really depend on election results and that the real centers of power in these countries are either vested in individuals (such as Putin or the Emperor), or in informal groups of people (state security and business people in Russia, old families and industrialists in Japan).

That does not make elections irrelevant, however, far from it. They are, in fact, a key way to get a sense of what the public opinion and, depending on the outcome, they can send a very powerful message to those who “have ears to hear”.

Problem number two: the real opposition in Russia is not in the Duma, it is in the Kremlin

There is a lot of truth to the accusation that the Duma is just a rubber-stamping club and that all of the parties which made it into the Duma (United Russia, Communists, Liberal Democrats and Fair Russia) are pro-Putin. They are! But that misses the point. The real point is that while United Russia is generally pro-Putin and pro-Medvedev, the other three are very strongly anti-Medvedev, anti-Russian government and, especially, anti-the economic-financial ministers of the Medvedev government. The truth is, the real opposition to Putin is precisely that, the economic-financial ministers of the Medvedev government and all the factions which they represent: bankers, IMF-drones, corrupt businessmen from the 1990s who hate Putin because he does not allow them to steal like in the past, all the ex-Nomenklatura and their kids who made a killing in the 1990s and whose heart is in the West, the Atlantic Integrationists à la Kudrin who are basically “Washington consensus types” and who hate the Russian people for voting for Putin. That is the real opposition and that opposition is far more dangerous than the US an...


Finally Well Deserved Recognition for Deplorables "IndyWatch Feed World"

When the criminal Clinton cabal announces that their infamous foe and now world renowned ‘basket of deplorables‘ are threats to their power establishment, you are really hearing an admission that they are losing the war of ideas. It has long been a well established fact that psychopaths on the loony left are existing in a parallel […]


How Homeschooling Is Changing in America David Icke latest headlines

‘As children head back to school, an increasing number of their homeschooled peers will be starting their academic year as well. Homeschooling in the United States is growing at a strong pace. Recent statistics indicate that 1.5 million children were homeschooled in the United States in 2007. This is up significantly from 1.1 million children in 2003 and 850,000 children in 1999. The homeschooling movement first emerged in earnest during the 1980s. Back then it was largely led by evangelical Christians. But as the movement has grown, it has also changed. Today’s homeschooling families may increasingly welcome cooperation with their local public school districts. In my own research, I have seen how diverse homeschoolers now are. This diversity challenges any simplistic understanding of what homeschooling is and what impact it will have on the public school system.’ Read more: How Homeschooling Is Changing in America


Ilargi: China Relies On Property Bubbles To Prop Up GDP "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

More concerned tea-leaf reading in the wake of a BIS report that sounded alarms about China's debt growth.


What is Resilience? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"
by the Resilience Research Centre:

Most commonly, the term resilience has come to mean an individual's ability to overcome adversity and continue his or her normal development.

However, the RRC uses a more ecological and culturally sensitive definition. Dr. Michael Ungar, Co-Director of the RRC, has suggested that resilience is better understood as follows: 

“In the context of exposure to significant adversity, resilience is both the capacity of individuals to navigate their way to the psychological, social, cultural, and physical resources that sustain their well-being, and their capacity individually and collectively to negotiate for these resources to be provided in culturally meaningful ways” (see also Ungar, 2008 and Ungar, 2011).

This definition shifts our understanding of resilience from an individual concept, popular with western-trained researchers and human services providers, to a more relational understanding of well-being embedded in a social-ecological framework.

Understood this way, resilience requires individuals have the capacity to find resources that bolster well-being, while also emphasizing that it’s up to families, communities and governments to provide these resources in ways individuals value. In this sense, resilience is the result of both successful navigation to resources and negotiation for resources to be provided in meaningful ways. You can read more about resilience from this perspective in publications by the Centre’s members.

To explore resilience as both a process and outcome across many different cultures and contexts, the Resilience Research Centre coordinates a number of different research projects. Click here for a list of the projects currently underway.


UK runner Mo Farah, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal among names on new WADA hack release David Icke latest headlines

‘The hacker group known as ‘Fancy Bears’ has released its latest list of WADA drug test results of well-known athletes, including those from Great Britain, Denmark, Australia, Spain and Germany. The most high-profile names on the list are Great Britain’s ‘double-double’ Olympic champion Mo Farah and Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal. They appear on a 26-name list alongside athletes from Argentina, Belgium, Burundi, Canada, Denmark, France, Hungary and the USA. The country that features the most athletes is Great Britain with eight, including Farah and Rio 2016 golf gold medalist Justin Rose.’ Read more: UK runner Mo Farah, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal among names on new WADA hack release


Three ‘Algerians’ arrested after naked teenager found bound’ gagged and gang-raped underneath the Eiffel Tower having been lured on Facebook ‘to eat strawberries with a 15-year-old’ "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Suspected rapists were arrested this week in a hotel in the French capital  One of the three is accused of arranging a date with her on social media The French woman was raped in the Champs-de-Mars garden in Paris All … Continue reading


In Europe, oppression is never really called by its true ugly name. It is constantly concealed by lofty slogans such as culture, even tolerance. Repression, discrimination and harassment are administered in order for the ‘entire society to be free’. Or so at least the official narrative goes. In France, recent and ugly row over so-called […]


Map Update: Military Situation in Northern Aleppo, Syria on September 20 "IndyWatch Feed War"

The map below depicts the military situation in northern Aleppo, Syria on September 20

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war nwoby Piper McGowin Last week, a prominent 29-year-old anti-police state Ferguson activist named Darren Seals was found murdered. He had been shot and left in a burning car in St. Louis in the middle of the night. Further details have not been released by police who cite their ongoing investigation. But what hasn’t been brought…


Reino Unido participó en el bombardeo contra soldados sirios "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

El Ministerio de Defensa de Reino Unido confirmó este lunes que participó en el ataque aéreo que lanzó la coalición


Establishment Dilemma: Pardon Edward Snowden or Hang Him "IndyWatch Feed"

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2015 file photo, Edward Snowden appears on a live video feed broadcast from Moscow at an event sponsored by ACLU Hawaii in Honolulu. The former National Security Agency worker, who leaked classified documents about government surveillance, started tweeting Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)


Selling Australia’s Security and Refugee agenda. Prime Minister Turnbull as Fantasist David Icke latest headlines

‘Island mentalities do not travel well. When their sellers hawk the agenda before world forums, these start looking ludicrous. Coming close to this ludicrous display is Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who has done what other Australian prime ministers have in previous years: sell the great discovery, the great hit of life on how best to protect borders in the face of threats. No greater hits in the Australian record of cruelty and mania come close than the approach of outsourcing refugee obligations and the conjectures of global terrorism. The former stance assumes that refugees are disposable on arrival, repellent jumpers of a fictional human queue who can be shifted and trafficked to global outposts that have little bearing to the recipient country.’ Read more: Selling Australia’s Security and Refugee agenda. Prime Minister Turnbull as Fantasist


The 'So-Called China Threat': Japan’s Attempts to Instigate Conflict and Undermine Regional Stability David Icke latest headlines

‘During a recent visit to Washington DC, Japan’s Defense Minister Tomomi Inada once again described China as a “rule-breaker” on the issues of the East China Sea and South China Sea. Inada proposed that Japan hold more joint patrols and military exercises with the US and countries in the region with the aim to enhance its involvement in the contested South China Sea. These statements from a senior Japanese official not only run contrary to fact, but also have the potential to undermine regional stability by instigating conflict.’ Read more: The ‘So-Called China Threat’: Japan’s Attempts to Instigate Conflict and Undermine Regional Stability


Tokyo accelerates self-driving cars for 2020 Olympics "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Tokyo-based Dynamic Map Planning will outfit Tokyo with digital infrastructure that would relay critical information, such as traffic lights, sharp turns and roadworks, to autonomous vehicles.


Who Runs America’s Military, Surely Not Obama "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

234234234234As numbers climb from the quite intentional bombing of Syrian Army positions near the Der Ezzor airport and families bury their dead from the not so accidental attack on a Kurdish refugee convoy north of Manjib, questions arise. Who actually runs the US military?

We know this, the US knows how to bomb. American planes like the F16 are continually upgraded with millions spent on each plane, new bombing systems and the US only uses GPS bombs, there are no unguided US munitions used. There are no excuses.

Then again the pilots, best paid and most experienced in the world, some with 15 years of bombing experience, weddings, funerals, villages around the world, many with individual kill counts of civilians in the hundreds. What am I getting at?

I see two issues here, one where the US military, the Pentagon, answers, by our estimation, to extremist elements who use the American military as a mercenary force in support of a hidden agenda formulated in the Tel Aviv “chaos theory academy.” The outpost of this “academy” in the US is the Institute for the Study of War, an Israeli run think tank that simply passes orders on to the Pentagon, quite often as it seems, to sabotage American foreign policy and most certainly in support of ISIS, al Nusra and other terror groups.

Increasingly it is appearing to us that these groups are controlled by the US and Israel and include units of the Turkish Army disguised as jihadists. Most of the rest are Saudi paid mercenaries. There is no ISIS and the majority of the other groups, and there are now over 200, are tied to military contracting firms who use NGO’s and other charity fronts to funnel jihadists and even chemical weapons through Turkey and Jordan.

There is another issue. That issue is what kind of people make up the US military and the massive private force of thugs and murderers, numbering nearly 150,000, that the US has inserted into the Middle East and South Asia? After Vietnam, tens of thousands of Veterans joined the anti-war movement. Dissidents in numbers alone made up a massive force. Even current US Secretary of State John Kerry, a Vietnam combat veteran, openly spoke of atrocities committed by the US military, atrocities strangely identical to those that have happened “accidentally” on his watch over and over and over.

Today there is no voice in or out of the military against the war, only Chelsea Manning rotting in a prison cell and Pat Tillman, rotting in his grave. Fifteen years of war and only two? What does this tell us? From personal experience, when VT editor Colonel Jim Hanke and I meet with today’s military, we are flabbergasted. These are idiots, many no more than common criminals. They openly admit to torture, drug running and are invariably behind kissing toadies who eat lies like candy.

I joined the anti-war movement in 1970 and remained active until the US withdrawal. For some of us, the war was a two-edged sword. Vietnam had become a home to us, for some the only home we had ever known. We really felt the war was going to go on forever and it was made clear to us that we could always return to Vietnam in some capacity, military or CIA, and get out of the United States. None of us liked it here, we still don’t.

Thus when the war ended, we felt a sadness as Vietnam represented an escape from the drudgery of life in the moral and intellectual vacuum that had become the United States. Despite the fact......


AFL-CIO to Planet Earth: Drop Dead. Labour Federation Supports Dakota Access Pipeline David Icke latest headlines

‘At a meeting with the deputy political director of the AFL-CIO during my campaign for Congress, she looked across her desk and told me that I could get major union support by coming out in favor of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. That was five years ago. Since then, the nation’s biggest labor federation has continued to serve the fossil fuel industry. Call it union leadership for a dead planet. Last week, the AFL-CIO put out a statement from its president, Richard Trumka, under the headline “Dakota Access Pipeline Provides High-Quality Jobs.” The rhetoric was standard flackery for energy conglomerates, declaring “it is fundamentally unfair to hold union members’ livelihoods and their families’ financial security hostage to endless delay.”’ Read more: AFL-CIO to Planet Earth: Drop Dead. Labour Federation Supports Dakota Access Pipeline


Game Of Thrones causes serious Wahala at the 2016 Emmy Awards & Kanye West joins Instagram! Catch up on ‘Accelerate News’ with Akah Nnani "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It’s another episode of Accelerate News with Akah Nnani.  ‘Game of Thrones’ dominated the Emmy with new world record wins, Rami Malek emerged best Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and more of your favorite shows bagged Emmys. Kanye West also joined Instagram and Akah had a quick rundown of some of these topics. Watch it […]


Taste the rainbow: Donald Trump, Jr. compares refugees to poison Skittles, Twitter reacts "IndyWatch Feed"

Published time: 20 Sep, 2016 03:27Edited time: 20 Sep, 2016 03:27 A tweet from Donald Trump, Jr. reads, “If I had a bowl of skittles [sic] and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.” This earned strong reactions from all political sides on Twitter. […]



Why the Science Students of JNU Voted For ABVP "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Hindutva ideology propagated by the organisation represents a unitary vision of politics and development, which can be more easily aligned with the scientific rather than humanistic mode of thinking.


ABVP candidates in JNU elections. Credit: ABVP JNU/Facebook

The recently concluded polls in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have brought to light an interesting phenomenon: The victorious Left alliance dominated the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in the social science and language schools, but the trend was reversed when it came to the science school.

Social media reacted to this trend with a righteousness of sorts. The idea seemed to be that the political disposition of science students is more valid by virtue of being more scientific and therefore correct. At the same time, another set of reactions on social media questioned the curious affinity of the science school with an ideology that is anything but scientific. Why did the science students of JNU vote for an ideology that propagates myths in defiance of modern science?

The answer to this question is not simple, as it rests on the complex relationship of academic disciplines with broader social and political milieus.

The scientific enterprise is typically understood as a value-free and neutral inquiry to uncover truths about the world we inhabit. The knowledge derived from such scientific inquiry is deemed universal. Yet, its relationship with the human civilisation has not been free of contradictions.

On one hand, the advancement of science in the western world went hand-in-hand with the industrial revolution, secularism and democracy. On the other hand, the universality of science became the justification for colonialism. What began as a search for new markets gradually gave way to the white man’s civilising mission across the rest of the world. One of the most influential thinkers in the liberal tradition, John Stuart Mill, has been guilty of justifying colonialism on these lines.

The social sciences identified with the scientific enterprise as they set out to understand patterns of human behaviour which would aid efficient administration. However, by the middle of the 20th century, many such disciplines were spurred by black and feminist movements in the West, and anti-imperialist movements in Asia and Africa.

The notion of universal truth that was directly linked with the victory of science over religion came to be challenged in this new political context. As hitherto unheard voices highlighted their distinctive experiences, humanistic disciplines became more and more amenable to the idea of multiple or subjective truths. It became important to distinguish the domain of the physical sciences from the realm of human experience. A single objective truth could not account for human conditions shaped by oppression, indignity, exploitation and servitude. Empathy and understanding were deemed far more potent in the pursuit of such knowledge.

In the context of Indian politics, the Hindutva ideology propagated by the Sangh parivar represents a unitary vision of the country. Even a benign interpretation of Hindutva suggests that a unifying Hindu identity supersedes differences based on religion, sect, caste, region or language. Such a unitary vision is consistent wi...


Uri and After: India Must Pause Before It Leaps "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

From advocating sending suicide bombers across the border to taking ‘a whole jaw for a tooth’, Indian politicians and analysts have let fly. Pakistan would have been vanquished by now if only such political grand standing was enough.


Cry havoc on TV! And let slip the dogs of war. Credit: YouTube screengrab of a recent Times Now show

An imminent cross border terrorist attack should have been anticipated by our counter-terrorist agencies if the September 17 statement of Vikash Chandra – inspector general of the Border Security Force, Kashmir frontier – to PTI was correct. He said that around 200 militants from across the border were trying to infiltrate. He added that some had already sneaked in.

No doubt he had made this statement – which came before the Uri attack on September 18 – to support the Modi government’s allegation that Pakistan was influencing the Valley unrest. But anybody who knows Pakistan’s activities would have realised that there was no need for it to physically send terrorists across the border merely to throw stones; if 200 men were coming, then this was for something much more sinister.

Another news report on September 19 is more disconcerting. This would indicate that the entire intelligence process had broken down in the valley. The Indian Express quoted a “senior police officer” saying that the multi-agency centre (MAC) in Srinagar which is meant to “fuse” counter-terror intelligence from different agencies has not met since protests began in the Valley, i.e. from the second week of July. It cited another “top police officer” that no reliable figures on successful infiltration attempts could be collated since “the protests have caused a breakdown in our information network”.

Let’s play with suicide too

Of course, this sobering reality makes for less compelling television than the raucous statements which have filled our airwaves and social media networks after the dastardly attack on an unprepared army camp at Uri. It is said that this is the second most serious attack on the army in Kashmir after the 2002 Kaluchak cantonment strike. A former Indian army chief, General (retd.) Shankar Roy Choudhary, told a TV channel that India should raise “our own fidayeens”, or suicide bombers. An important political leader from the ruling party...


Native Americans Document Hundreds of Pipeline Leaks and Oil Spills Kept Secret by North Dakota Government David Icke latest headlines

‘North Dakota’s oil frenzy is leaking like a sieve. You most likely have not heard about it because frackingcompanies, pipeline owners, and state officials have been keeping information about hundreds of oil spills secret for years. According to Natives News, After a huge spill of more than 20,000 barrels on a wheat farm was hushed up for 11 days, the Associated press discovered the extent of the years-long cover up: Records obtained by the AP show that so far this year, North Dakota has recorded 139 pipeline leaks that spilled a total of 735 barrels of oil. In 2012, there were 153 pipeline leaks that spilled 495 barrels of oil, data shows.’ Read more: Native Americans Document Hundreds of Pipeline Leaks and Oil Spills Kept Secret by North Dakota Government


Las FARC buscan nombre para su formación política "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Los guerrilleros de las FARC, decididos a entregar las armas y convertirse en un movimiento político, buscan un nuevo nombre


Air Strikes Hit Aid Convoy as Syria Ceasefire Ends "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks were carried out by either a Syrian or Russian aircraft, adding that there had been 35 strikes in and around Aleppo since the truce ended.

A man walks near a hole in the ground after an airstrike on Sunday in the rebel-held town of Dael, in Deraa Governorate, Syria September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir

A man walks near a hole in the ground after an airstrike on Sunday in the rebel-held town of Dael, in Deraa Governorate, Syria September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir

Beirut: Syrian or Russian aircraft struck an aid convoy near Aleppo on Monday and killed 12 people, according to a war monitor, as the Syrian military declared a one-week truce brokered by the United States and Russia over.

The UN confirmed the convoy was hit but gave no details on who carried out the attack or how many died as world leaders converged on New York for their annual UN gathering under the shadow of fresh violence in the Syrian civil war.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the attacks were carried out by either Syrian or Russian aircraft, adding that there had been 35 strikes in and around Aleppo since the truce ended.

A humanitarian aid group said the death toll was higher. Fourteen Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers were killed, Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told a UN summit.

At least 18 of 31 trucks in a UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy were hit along with an SARC warehouse, said U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric. The convoy was delivering aid for 78,000 people in the hard-to-reach town of Urm al-Kubra in Aleppo Governorate, he said.

UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien said initial reports indicated many people had been killed or seriously wounded, including SARC volunteers, and that if the “callous attack” was found to be deliberate it amount to a war crime.

“Notification of the convoy … had been provided to all parties to the conflict and the convoy was clearly marked as humanitarian,” he said in a statement, calling for an immediate, independent investigation.

The attack appeared to signal the imminent collapse of the latest effort by the United States and Russia to halt Syria’s 5-1/2-year-old civil war.

“We don’t know if it can be salvaged,” said a senior Obama administration official of the effort by the United States and Russia, which back opposite sides in the conflict.

“At this point the Russians have to demonstrate very quickly their seriousness of purpose because otherwise there will be nothing to extend and nothing to salvage,” the official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, added.

Moscow supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with its air force. The Syrian military could not immediately be reached for comment on the attack. But Syria’s army said the seven-day truce...


La OTAN moviliza a 4.000 soldados en la región del Mar Báltico "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

La Organización del Tratado del Atlántico del Norte (OTAN) planea desplegar unos 4.000 soldados en la región del mar Báltico,


Turkey’s Erdogan plans to expand Syrian military op, wants ‘safe zones’ David Icke latest headlines

‘Ankara may continue its operation against Islamic State deeper into Syria – to within just 50km of Aleppo, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the Turkish military plans to create a 5,000-sq-km safe zone within the country. Erdogan says Turkey’s operation in Syria, Euphrates Shield, which started on August 24, has cleared border regions from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). “As part of the Euphrates Shield operation, an area of 900 sq km has been cleared of terror so far. This area is pushing south,” Erdogan said, as cited by Reuters.’ Read more: Turkey’s Erdogan plans to expand Syrian military op, wants ‘safe zones’


Credit where it’s due: How distributed energy could save $1bn on grid costs "IndyWatch Feed National"

The introduction of regulatory measures to reward local energy generators for their contributions to the grid could unlock savings of more than $1 billion in avoided network costs, a major Australian study has found.

The study – which was led by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and funded by ARENA – found that paying ‘local network credits’ to local generators for their role in reducing overall investment in the electricity network could reduce network expansion costs by 59 per cent, representing an overall positive economic benefit of approximately $1.2 billion by 2050.

The findings are based on the results of five virtual trials conducted by the ISF in five different locations around Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, which modelled the benefits of local network credits and local energy trading (also known as virtual net metering).


As we reported in May, early results from the modelling found that the current National Energy Market structure not only offered little financial incentive to export distributed energy generation, but created a strong incentive for customers and product developers to keep generation “behind the meter”, and a “perverse” incentive for networks to duplicate infrastructure.

The final findings, published on Tuesday, tell much the same story: “Results of four out of five virtual trials of Local Network Charges and Local Electricity Trading completed to date indicate there is potential for distributed generation to meet local consumption, which is unlikely to be realised under current market conditions,” the ISF says.


The Willoughby trial results, in particular, said the ISF, “demonstrate that even a relatively low Local Network Charge can send a meaningful signal to operate dispatchable generation when the network is most likely to need support.”

The report finds that offering a Local Network Charge for the cases investigated would keep solar and other distributed generation on the grid, “in an era of increasingly locally derived supply.”

Such an incentive would also maintain the network charges paid by the proponent, the report notes, “relative to a significant increase in behind the meter consumption using a private wire approach, even taking into account payment of the Local Network Charge itself.”

The result, it says, leaves the proponent and other customers better off, due to the fact that money is not wasted on more and more poles and wires.



US spy plane hit over Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr province David Icke latest headlines

‘Syrian government forces say they have targeted a US air force reconnaissance drone over the war-torn country’s eastern regions. The spy craft was hit on Sunday in the country’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, where a US-led coalition attack killed dozens of Syrian soldiers a day earlier. Syrian troops also managed to wrest control over most of Daesh positions on the mountainous Jabal Therdeh area on Sunday after the US airstrikes near Dayr al-Zawr airbase gave the extremists the chance to overrun the areas.’ Read more: US spy plane hit over Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr province


Chaderton: Estados Unidos crea situaciones para intervenir Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

El experimentado político declaró que el presidente venezolano Nicolás Maduro, pese a que no ha sido el único líder que


US public attitudes towards Jewish immigrants fleeing Hitler’s Germany in 1938… "IndyWatch Feed"

One of the earliest examples of a major opinion poll, I’m just putting this here for historical context… It’s a long way from there to the more generous wartime nostrums of Casablanca. (Direct democracy advocates, take note?)


Saudi Arabia used US-made bomb to destroy Yemen hospital: Amnesty David Icke latest headlines

‘Amnesty International says Saudi military aircraft pounded a hospital in Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah with a US-built bomb last month, calling on the United States and Britain to stop selling munitions to Riyadh and its allies in the war against conflict-ridden Yemen. According to the London-based rights watchdog, a “US-made precision-guided Paveway-series aerial bomb” was used in the deadly August 15 attack against the Abs hospital, which was supported by the international medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders. The MSF says the assault left 19 people, including one of its staff members, dead and several others injured. According to MSF, there were 23 patients in surgery, 25 in maternity ward, as well as 13 newborns and 12 patients in pediatrics wards at the time of the bombing.’ Read more: Saudi Arabia used US-made bomb to destroy Yemen hospital: Amnesty


China, Mongolia, Russia to build economic corridor "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The trilateral economic agreement will focus on expanding land, air and sea connections, energy and mineral resources, high tech, manufacturing, agriculture and forestry while strengthening environmental protection.


Minister Bruton’s Eduprenairship "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

hindenburg_disaster_1937Last week the government launched a plan. An education plan. Like all plans, it should be taken with enough salt to preserve a whale, but plans are needed if only to know what we should be doing.  But plans should be coherent. A close examination of the plan suggests some worrying trends. We are creating an eduprenairship – full of ministerial hot air, conflating ideals that should not be conflated, slow to move, outdated, a hybrid nobody asked for which is hard to control and direct and prone to crashing. But it looks good and has a lovely dining trough, sorry car.

If you wordsearch the plan entrepreneurs are mentioned 15 times, Entrepreneurship 14 times while entrepreneurial is mentioned 4 times and  while disadvantaged gets but 8 mentions. This tells us a lot about the mindset prevailing in the Department of Education and it is not cheerful.  It is a mindset that sees education primarily through the lens of training and training for and in a particular manner.  It is education to support the cult of the entrepreneur. All that it is short of is a series of inspirational quotes at the head of each chapter.

Education is vital. But the problem with education is that the effect of it is hard to measure and in any case it takes decades to ascertain. Recent research suggests that it may take up to 40 years . This positive effect of education is across the spectrum.  For example, a very large scale study on universities suggests that doubling the number of higher education places per capita results, in the long term, in a 4% increase in wealth per capita. At the early childhood level , the other end of the spectrum,  the effect can be nearly as large as that of primary school or parental education and this beneficial effect is concentrated in disadvantaged children.

Ireland ranks amongst the lowest of all OECD countries for enrolment in early childhood education.  At age 3 only 46% of Irish children are in such whereas the OECD average is 70%. Nearly 40% of those scoring poorly on mathematical tests had attended a year or less of pre primary schooling. And yet, the education plan is rather mute on this, while laudatory on the ECCE (not really) free (not really a ) preschool initiative.  While Irish families pay amongst the highest fees in the world for childcare there is little suggestion in the plan that this will be addressed.  Rather than the plan containing a commitment to roll out a nationwide, full year, state provided Montessori or related system for 2-4 year olds there are in stead plans to increase the inspectorate for crèches and to introduce more reports and more linkage of reports between ECCE and schools.  The ECCE costs a little over €200m per annum, and a proper national year round system at full market costs would probably be around €600m.

Rather than a discussion on the merits and challenges of this we have a report that lauds entrepreneurship. So much is it lauded that we are going to have entrepreneurship taught in both primary and secondary schools.  There is a bald statement that the crisis dealt a “severe blow” to entrepreneurship, and thus what follows. This is not the case. A moments evaluation in the online data analysis section of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor , a vast annual global survey of entrepreneurial attitudes and action, this shows...


Incompetent American Doofuses try to start WW3 in Syria? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Are mind-kontrolled, misled USG Officials being used to provoke a nuclear WW3?

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