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Saturday, 18 November

01:57

[VIDEO] Jeff Benjamin walks through 15+ iPhone X tips The Loop

[VIDEO] Im a fan of Jeff Benjamins 9to5Mac videos. This one (embedded in the main Loop post) walks through a series of iPhone X tips, all worth knowing.

If nothing else, just knowing how to set up reachability and the ways you can customize the virtual home button make this worth watching.

01:51

A new phone comes out. Yours slows down. A conspiracy? No. The Loop

Brian X. Chen, New York Times:

It happens every year: Apple releases new iPhones, and then hordes of people groan about their older iPhones slowing to a crawl.

And:

The phenomenon of perceived slowdowns is so widespread that many believe tech companies intentionally cripple smartphones and computers to ensure that people buy new ones every few years. Conspiracy theorists call it planned obsolescence.

Thats a myth. While slowdowns happen, they take place for a far less nefarious reason. That reason is a software upgrade.

And:

Tech companies make it simple to upgrade to a new operating system by pressing an update button, which seamlessly migrates all your apps and data over. While thats convenient, it isnt the best way to ensure that things will continue running smoothly.

A better practice is backing up all your data and purging everything from the device before installing the new operating system. This clean install works more reliably because the engineers developing operating systems were able to test this condition more easily, Mr. Raiz said.

Read the article, see if you agree. Is there any truth to this recommendation? Is a clean install going to yield enough of a speedier phone to be worth the effort?

Anecdotal, but Ive run lots of betas, all via the update mechanism, have never (ok, maybe once or twice in ten years) felt the need to do a clean install.

Interesting article, looking forward to reading the comments.

Read this on The Loop

01:38

Interview with Apples chip chief, Johny Srouji The Loop

From the Calcalist interview:

Silicon is unforgiving, Mr. Srouji said. My team is already working on the chips youre going to see in 2020. You make bets. We have the system and the software. We have better knowledge versus external chipmakers about where things are going to end up. Since we own the silicon, we own the software, the operating system and everything else, we deliver, always. We deliver for the exact specification of iOS and nothing else. We dont have to worry about other operating systems.

And:

In 2013, Apple acquired PrimeSense, an Israeli company developing hardware for 3D sensing, and many industry observers speculated about the Apple reasoning for the investment. Mr. Srouji said the team from PrimeSense was involved in the development of Face ID as well as other new features for Apple devices.

The team in Israel is a key part of the overall engineering team in the U.S. and other areas of the world wherever we have our R&D, he said. The things they do are key to any device we ship, to all devices.

I found every bit of this interview fascinating, especially the insight into incorporating the work being done in Israel with the main body of R&D being done in Cupertino.

Read this on The Loop

01:29

Apple Design Chief Jonathan Ive on the iPhone X: We Had to Solve Extraordinarily Complex Problems The Loop

Two quotes from this Time interview:

Apple executives say the iPhone X is about charting a course for where Apples products are headed. This phone really sets us up well for the next 10 years, says Dan Riccio, Apples senior vice president of hardware engineering.

And:

Talking to Ive, its clear where this obsession with detail comes from. He says he not only considers the elements that users will immediately notice, such as the iPhone Xs Face ID, but also the ones that they wont. There are certain things that youre very conscious of as a user, and other things that youre aware of but subconsciously, says Ive. Perhaps the subconscious example is just the nature of the way the iPhone Xs display is integrated into the stainless steel and glass body.

A good read, relatively short but interesting.

Read this on The Loop

01:20

Apple starts pushing High Sierra on unsuspecting Mac users The Loop

Adam Engst, TidBITS:

If youre running macOS 10.12 Sierra or earlier, and do not want to upgrade to 10.13 High Sierra right now, be careful because Apple has started pushing High Sierra to older Macs and making it all too easy to upgrade inadvertently. In short, if you get a macOS notification asking you to install High Sierra, click the Details button to launch the App Store app, and then quit it.

I am not a fan of the TidBITS headline here, but I do get the point. Though the update notification does call out an upgrade to macOS High Sierra, it does look like most other updates. And as many users do when they are confronted with a license agreement or privacy policy, it is very easy to click Install without reading the details.

This is good to know, worth passing along to folks in your community running older Macs.

Read this on The Loop

01:16

A year later, AirPods remain basically unrivaled as the best truly-wireless earbuds The Loop

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9to5Mac, makes a solid case for the AirPods being the best truly wireless earbuds you can buy.

I love mine, love the sound, love the design, love the convenience. One of my all-time favorite Apple products.

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Friday, 17 November

23:50

"I'd like to hear an example of a country where Corbyn and McDonnell's ideas have worked" "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"


The bald man in the BBC Question Time audience demanded answers from the Labour shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, but he wasn't remotely interested in what she had to say, because he'd already diligently rote learned his political opinions from the right-wing media.

When he said "I'd like to hear an example of a country where Corbyn and McDonnell's ideas have worked" you might have imagined that he was interested in listening to the answer, but when Thornberry replied "most of central Europe" and when pressed to name specific countries she said "Germany" and "Sweden" he sneered derisively as if she was the delusional one.

Thornberry's response elicited cackling and sneering from the Tory tribailists in the BBC audience, but that just goes to show how these people have been led like sheep into believing that Jeremy Corbyn is some kind of terrifying left-wing extremist, rather than a centre-left democratic socialist who is proposing economic policies that are perfectly normal across Europe and the rest of the developed world.

Of course there is no country on Earth where a government has come to power and enacted absolutely everything in the Labour Party manifesto, but significant elements of Labour's economic policies are absolutely commonplace across the developed world.

One of Jeremy Corbyn's most prominent headline policies is the abolition of  tuition fees (which should more accurately be described as Aspiration Taxes) and making university education free. University education is free (or very low cost) across most of Europe, including Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and let's not forget Scotland either. If Ger...

23:48

Judge Moores Letter to Sean Hannity, 1890 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still Good evening, Im still reporting on: Judge Moores Letter to Sean Hannity, 1890 Synopsis:As the recent accusations against Judge Roy Moore begin to fall apart, Moore published an open letter to Fox show host Sean Hannity late yesterday. Although I did not see this letter until today, it comports with the tone of my report of last night, #1889 as far as we cannot allow voters to be driven by a carefully-constructed media attack of totally false allegations based on flimsy and in this case, bogus here-say evidence to disqualify a political candidate a few weeks before an election. This coordinated media attack, specifically designed to create a lynch-mob mentality, was tried in spades on candidate Trump and it eventually failed miserably though it took days to weeks to run its course. In the case of Judge Moore there is no credible evidence backing any of the allegations only one obviously-forged document and a growing number of recanted and non-trustworthy allegations amidst evidence of bribery for which criminal prosecutions may yet result. Moores letter to Hannity is crisp and to the point. I cannot understand why Hannity did not read his letter in full on his show last night. Dear Sean: I am suffering the same treatment other Republicans have had to endure. A month prior to the general election for U.S. Senate in Alabama, I have been attacked by the Washington Post and other liberal media in a desperate attempt to smear my character and defeat my campaign. Over the last 40 years I have held several public offices, including deputy district attorney, circuit judge, and chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. In addition to running five state wide and three County campaigns for public office, I have been involved in major controversies that attracted national attention, one about the 10 Commandments and the other the sanctity of marriage. The Alabama judicial inquiry commission, cou rts of the Judiciary, and Atty. Gen. have investigated, scrutinized, examined, and vetted me, not to mention every opposing candidate against whom I have run. Ive been married for almost 33 years to my wife Kayla. We have four children and five granddaughters. Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill -......

23:43

January 20, 2018: Build the Base, Take the Initiative : A Call to Expand Our Capacity "IndyWatch Feed War"

On January 20, 2018, we invite you to join us in organizing events and gatherings in autonomous spaces, building capacity and community to sustain our movements and prepare for the year ahead.

This call is endorsed by the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network, subMedia, Its Going Down, and CrimethInc.. If you want to endorse this call, pass it on to others, organize something for January 20, 2018, and email us at rollingthunder@crimethinc.com to have your name added here.


Last year, thousands gathered in Washington, DC and elsewhere around the US to start the Trump regime off with an inspiring display of defiance. Since that historic mobilization, many of us have been in action almost continuously, responding to one threat after another from the regime and its supporters.

Weve participated in airport blockades opposing the Muslim Ban, mass mobilizations against the Alt-Right and other racists, weeks of action in solidarity with J20 defendants and Standing Rock arrestees, ongoing anti-colonial action against pipelines, and broad disaster relief efforts in the South and Puerto Rico. As a new year opens up before us, lets come together to think about where we want to go from here.

We live in dynamic and dangerous times. The state is ramping up repression just as fewer and fewer people perceive the government to be legitimate. Many comrades are facing decades in prison, but many more are looking to get involved.

For this reason, were calling for people to gather in anarchist and autonomous spaces on the week of January 20, 2018 in order to reconnect to the roots from which our movements draw strength, discuss the path ahead, and gather resources for prisoners, relief efforts, and ongoing struggles.

Expand Networks, Strengthen Spaces

We propose to use the week of J20 2018 to reconnect with our networks, revitalize our spaces, organize new projects, hold special events, and bring people together to build our movements.

Autonomous spaces include infoshops, community centers, and bookstores. But an autonomous space can also be a public place you make a habit of gathering in or a territory you share and defend. Open spaces offer a way for people who are freshly curious about our movements to plug in, pick up literature, and begin fostering relationships.

Towards this end, we are encouraging people to organize on the week of J20:

  • Community events involving putting in work at autonomous spaces. This could mean fixing the bathro...

23:41

FCC Plans December Vote To Kill Net Neutrality Rules "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Todd Shields for Bloomberg - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission next month is planning a vote to kill Obama-era rules demanding fair treatment of web traffic and may decide to vacate the regulations altogether, according to people familiar with the plans. The move would reignite a years-long debate that has seen Republicans and broadband providers seeking to eliminate the rules, while Democrats and technology companies support them. The regulations passed in 2015 bar broadband providers such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. from interfering with web traffic sent by Google, Facebook Inc.and others. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, chosen by President Donald Trump, in April proposed gutting the rules and asked for public reaction. The agency has taken in more than 22 million comments on the matter. Pai plans to seek a vote in December, said two people who asked not to be identified because the matter hasnt been made public. As the head of a Republican majority, he is likely to win a vote on whatever he proposes. One of the people said Pai may call for vacating the rules except for portions that mandate internet service providers inform customers about their practices -- one of the more severe options that would please broadband providers. They argue the FCCs rules arent needed and discourage investment, in part because they subject companies to complex and unpredictable regulations. Democrats and technology companies say the rules are needed to make sure telecommunications providers dont favor business partners or harm rivals.

23:40

Cop snaps, drags man from car, beats him for no reason, and fellow officer tries to cover it up (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed World"

Dashcam video of a senselessly violent assault by a cop on a then 21-year-old Laotian American was released earlier this year and quickly became the subject of an ACLU report and subsequent lawsuit. The video shows Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Agent Joe Joswiak stop Anthony Promvongsa in Worthington, Minnesota and immediately begin a violent attack. This week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed an excessive force lawsuit against the Worthington Police Department, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force and the City of Worthington along with a number of individual officers on behalf of their client, Anthony Promvongsa a local Worthington resident. Promvongsa was assaulted by Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Officer Joe Joswiak in Worthington in 2016. The beating was captured on another officer's dashcam who is caught disabling the audio to cover up Joswiak's insanely violent fury.

23:39

Twitter: Our Blue Check Marks Arent Just About Verification "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Both mrpg and realDonaldTrump write in with stories about an update to Twitter's verification system.

A Twitter rules update rolled out on Wednesday to address the site's "verification" system, and it attached a new set of standards to any user whose account receives a "blue check mark."

Twitter's "verification" system is used to confirm accounts of celebrities and other accounts of "public interest." However, the feature has long straddled a blurry line between identity confirmation and "elite" user status, especially since verified accounts receive heightened visibility and perks such as content filters. That issue returned to the headlines last week when Twitter gave a blue check mark to white nationalist Jason Kessler. Kessler is best known as an organizer of the Unite The Right white-supremacist rally, but before then, he had racked up a significant record of online hate propagation, particularly with anti-Semitic rhetoric about "cultural Marxism."

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/11/twitter-our-blue-check-marks-arent-just-about-verification/

"Twitter on Wednesday removed the 'verification' checkmarks from the accounts of a number of white nationalists and far-right activists -- in a move that critics say could have a chilling effect on free speech." http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/11/16/twitter-targets-white-nationalists-and-far-right-activists-in-de-verification-purge.html


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23:38

Moore Accuser Removes Anti Moore, Anti Trump FB Rants, 1889 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Virtual Shield VPN - Black Friday SPECIAL. IDENTISAFE Turns off camera & mic on Windows. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill Good morning, Im still reporting on: Moore Accuser Removes Anti Moore, Anti Trump FB Rants, 1889 Synopsis:Why is Judge Roy Moore important? Because he would be the swing vote in the U.S. Senate on a host of conservative, Pro-Trump issues essentially nullifying turncoat Sen. John McCains vote. But there is a deeper reason. This is what they tried on Donald Trump exact same gig and it nearly worked. They nearly drove him out of the Presidential contest. Thirty days out from the election is the perfect time for salacious gossip to be repeated, but not investigated by the MSM. People tend to hear the oft repeated initial lies and not the later correction that the lie was actually a deliberate untruth devised by the Deep State Ministry of Propaganda. If the DSMOP wins this time with this tactic - and Judge Moore either withdraws or is somehow defeated at the polls, this will change the way all political races will be run in the future. Why? Heres the macroeconomic argument. Senate races keep getting more and more expensive every year. The current record holder is the race was the 2016 Senate race between Pennsylvania Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey and his challenger, Democrat Katie McGinty which clocked in at over $162 million. The recent special election Congressional race in Georgia cost over $50 million. But what a bargain it would be if you could swing a Senate election 20, 30 or 40 points if, in the last 30 days before the election, you spent $25-$50,000 to mount a robo-call targeting Democrat women in the state in question, offering to pay any woman $5,000 who would agree to swear on a stack of bibles that the Republican candidate had had sex with when she was 16. Only the first 10 women with the best evidence will be chosen. Hurry, hurry, hurry! Oh, and dont worry about proving it. We wont investigate or vet your story, and youll have the full powers of the DSMOP to create an alternate reality for you should any nosy members of the MSM actually try to investigate. Oh, one more thing, you are guaranteed to get your 15 minutes of fame probably a lot more. Do you think you would have any trouble getting 10 volunteers? No way! Do you think we are making this up? Check this courtesy of Mobile, Alabama TV station WKRG, Channel 5: [insert] Support Our Sponsors: - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.......

23:38

McCain makes stupid comment, RT Editor-in-Chief Simonyan responds "IndyWatch Feed World"

RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan has commented on US Senator John McCain's criticism of Russia's draft amendment of a bill allowing to add foreign media outlets to the list of foreign agents. "McCain has not read [George] Orwell or heard about 'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.' And if he has, he has not understood anything, of course," RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said on Twitter referring to Orwell's allegorical novella "Animal Farm." McCain said on Wednesday that it was important to distinguish between RT and such networks as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, adding that these and some other outlets worked to "seek the truth, debunk lies, and hold governments accountable," while accusing the Russian broadcaster of spreading propaganda. The Russian Justice Ministry confirmed in the day that it had sent nine notification letters to media outlets, including Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Voice of America (VOA), warning them about possible recognition as foreign agents.

23:36

Poor security habits are the ideal recipe for a breach "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A Preempt survey of more than 200 employees (management level or above) from enterprise companies of 1000 or more people, found that businesses are left exposed by employees who have more access to sensitive resources than they should and who follow poor security habits. Have you ever bent the rules or found a security workaround in order to get something done at work? Results from the survey concluded that employees have more access than they More

23:35

New infosec products of the week: November 17, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Yoti launches digital identity app The free app is available for Apple and Android phones and takes less than five minutes to set up. People take a selfie and scan a passport or driving licence with their smartphone, which is transformed into a digital identity. For consumers, their digital identity will always be free to use and lets them prove their identity in seconds. It also slashes the time and cost required for businesses to More

23:32

Are Red States Tax Takers And Blue States Tax Makers? "IndyWatch Feed National"

With every debate on taxing and spending in Washington comes inevitable references to which states send more in taxes to the federal treasury than they receive in benefits for their citizens. The figures thrown around are sourced differently and vary widely, but the point of it all is for Democrats to point at poor, Republican states and call them hypocrites for doing exactly what Democrats say they should: taking money from richer places.

But how much of it is true? An op-ed in The New York Times this week accuses Republicans of favoring red states over blues ones in their plans, while repeating the old lie that small states equal representation in the Senate favors Republicans (the ten smallest states are currently represented there by nine Republicans, nine Democrats, and two independents who caucus with the Democrats; the ten largest states are represented by nine Republicans and eleven Democrats).

What kind of spending are they talking about? And what is behind these claims, which pit one part of the population against the other?

Who Pays More Taxes?

Lets start with the taxes paid. In fiscal year 2016, the Internal Revenue Service collected a record $3.3 trillion in taxes nationwide. That money came from a total population of 312,471,695, according to the most recent census (for this article, the figures will only include the 50 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico). That gives us a national average of $10,622 in taxes for each American.

Even that figure is a little misleading, because the taxes collected include estate taxes, unemployment taxes, business taxes, and excises, which cannot be accurately attributed to one person. If we want to talk about individual income taxes only, the figure is a slightly lower $9,216 per person.

So do blue states pay more than red ones? Again, defining terms is important in answering the question. For this article, well call states that voted for the Democratic candidate for president in 2008, 2012, and 2016 blue states. Those that voted Republican all three years are red, and those that shifted in different elections are purple.

The result: Democrats are correct on this fact. The blue states did pay more per capita in federal taxes than the red did. The $12,648 per capita taxation there is 118 percent of the national average. The purple states fell in between the two, slightly below the national average.

...

23:32

5 Reforms To Gun Laws That Would Actually Make A Difference "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Following another egregious shooting, media, politicians, and celebrities are demanding that we again discuss gun control. They allege that conservatives consistently avoid the issue by saying Now is not the time as we actively bury the fallen.

If progressives are so insistent on talking, lets talk, but first they must understand the existing realities of the highly regulated industry and the government incompetence that has failed to prevent tragedy. Then they should review five areas of reform that would thwart criminals while protecting gun owners.

Before getting to the reforms, we must look at the laws already on the books and define some terms. Almost every proposal coming across social media or cable news reveals a grave misunderstanding of the issue. All licensed dealers, importers, or manufacturers conduct background checkssome 273 million since 1998that stop many prohibited groups from purchasing firearms, including domestic abusers, felons, illegal aliens, and many others.

Automatic weapons are already restricted for civilians or shielded by prohibitive costs and regulations. The majority of guns purchased in America are semi-automatic, meaning one trigger pull fires one bullet. This applies to both handguns and hunting rifles. Assault rifle merely describes a guns aesthetic and features, not its mechanisms. Suppressors do not silence a gun, nor even meaningfully suppress the sound for bystanders. They merely reduce the volume to protect shooters hearing.

The loudest voices usually touch on one of the above topics, either attempting to write overlapping laws or misapplying terms. Energy would be better spent on reforming and improving the systems we already have, including 1) updating the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS); 2) prosecuting prohibited buyers for falsifying information; 3) cross-referencing with other databases; 4) increasing investigation times for flagged background checks; and 5) expanding the user base for NICS.

Unlike proposals from the Left that would not have prevented recent shootings, each of these reforms would actually make a meaningful difference.

1. Clarify Which Records Must Be Submitted to NICS

T...

23:32

Tom Coburn Has A Plan To Fight Washington And Save America "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

People say a lot of things about politicians. One of those things is never, I miss that person and I wish he were still in Washington. Well, we may have to make an exception for former Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn. For Republicans concerned about exorbitant federal spending and congressional abuses of authority, the affection is obvious. Even liberals have to concede that Coburn was that rare creature, a swamp-dwelling unicorn who stuck to his principles and and cared more about getting things done and fixing problems above all else.

Coburns latest book, Smashing the DC Monopoly: Using Article v to Restore Freedom and Stop Runaway Government, is also rarity in and of itself: a book written by a politician thats worth reading. Thats because Coburn pulls no punches in spelling out exactly whats wrong with Washington. In fact, after Coburns 2003 book Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders, The New York Times reported that the book had ruffled feathers on Capitol Hill because he had the gall to actually criticize Republican leaders, whom he singles out by name, [for being] more concerned with being re-elected than with spending tax dollars wisely.

Accordingly, in Smashing the DC Monopoly Coburn recounts subsequent episodes from his Senate career where Coburns insistence that Congress act transparently and responsibly infuriated his colleagues, earning the M.D. the nickname Dr. No.

Alaska Senator Ted Stevens once said he would be taken out of here on a stretcher if Coburn succeeded in denying him an egregious $450 million earmark for his home state. Coburns amendment to deny Stevens the earmark that day failed, because of course it did. Nonetheless, Coburn lost the battle but won the war. His leadership in opposing earmarks made them an issue with Tea Party voters, and years later Congress abandoned the practice.

Money Is the Root of All Federal Evils

Coburns book does plenty of dishing on dysfunction in the cloakrooms, but thats not really what its about. The book really serves two purposes. The first is to convince ordinary Americans that the problems in Washington are so dire they require dramatic action that elected politicians are unwilling to take. The second is to explain how ordinary voters and state politicians have the power to exploit an obscure constitutional proces...

23:31

Zimbabwes Robert Mugabe Sidelined By Military Coup "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Bruce A. Dixon for Black Agenda Report - Amid some brief gunfire and few explosions military spokespeople in Zimbabwe declared Wednesday that President Robert Mugabe and his wife were safely in custody while, they said, a layer of criminals around the president were hunted down and apprehended. They found $10 million US dollars stashed in the home of the countrys finance minister, a political ally of the presidents wife. Military authorities were obliged to insist that despite appearances this was not a coup, lest diplomatic and economic sanctions be thrown upon Zimbabwe. Robert Mugabe had been Zimbabwes leader, either as prime minister or president since the fall of Rhodesia s regime in 1980. A teacher before he became a politician, Robert Mugabe founded ZANU, the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union to struggle against British colonial rule. He served a decade in prison for his political activities before escaping. ZANU under his leadership was one of the major players in the chimurenga , the peoples war against Rhodesias apartheid government. Mugabe came out of the bush to sign the Lancaster Agreement which laid down the conditions under which the white minority government was dissolved and became prime minister when ZANU-PF won the 1980 election. In a Facebook exchange with BAR contributor Ann Garrison yesterday David Van Wyk, a South African who lived more than a decade in Zimbabwe described Mugabe as having swing from left to right and back and forth over almost 40 years.

How To Enjoy Art In An Age Of Selfies "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By now youve probably seen this well-researched article by Arielle Pardes in Wired, discussing the rise of the experiential, selfie-oriented exhibition in the contemporary art world. Pardes article asks some good questions about how social media sharing is affecting art, and questions whether blurring lines between artist and viewer is creating a new form of art in itself.

At the same time, many art institutions are torn between the potential advantages of digital mass media, and the lurking dangers its use poses to both their collections and to art appreciation overall. Trapped somewhere in the middle are those of us who just want to go see a work of art without being blocked by someone else wobbling about with his mobile in front of it.

The concept of art patrons directly interacting with art, in which the viewer temporarily becomes part of the piece itself, is not exactly new: Claes Oldenburgs Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks (1969) at Yale comes to mind. Social media takes that interactivity to a different level, however, so that all art is capable of becoming part of our own online persona and self-marketing.

In fact, there are many current examples of art specifically designed to end up on Instagram as part of a selfie, such as the immersive, Instagram-oriented experience of The Museum of Ice Creams New York show Pardes references, flavors of which have since been offered in Los Angeles, Miami, and San Francisco.

The increasing popularity and acceptability of the selfie-oriented art show may have something to do with shifting opinions on the value of our cult...

23:31

After Iran-Iraq earthquake, seismologists work to fill in fault map of the region "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

With a magnitude of 7.3, the November 12, 2017 earthquake that shook the border region between Iran and Iraq is among the largest ever recorded in this area. Seismologists know it resulted from the pressure built up between the colliding Arabian and Eurasian plates...... Read more

Diese elektronischen Fufesseln sind schon ein echtes ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Diese elektronischen Fufesseln sind schon ein echtes Erfolgsmodell. Ein Exportschlager!!1!

Ein mit elektronischer Fufessel berwachter islamistischer Gefhrder ist ber den Hamburger Flughafen ins Ausland verschwunden. Seine Ausreise soll er sogar vorher angekndigt haben.

Infrastrukturapokalypse: Die Keystone-Pipeline leckt ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Infrastrukturapokalypse: Die Keystone-Pipeline leckt ein bisschen.

Das ist in South Dakota, also nicht von "TransCanada" verwirren lassen.

Das war die Pipeline, gegen die es die sehr beeindruckenden Proteste der rtlichen Indianerstmme gab damals.

Stellt euch mal einen Polizisten vor, der den Hitlergru ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Stellt euch mal einen Polizisten vor, der den Hitlergru zeigt, das Noten des Horst-Wessel-Lieds und Runen ttowiert hat, an einer Nazi-CD mitgewirkt haben soll, und Nazi-Devotionalien in seiner Wohnung aufbewahrt.

Die gute Nachricht: Der ist jetzt aus dem Beamtenverhltnis entlassen worden.

Die schlechte Nachricht: Es hat 10 Jahre Klageweg gedauert, und auf dem Weg hat der die ganze Zeit von den Gerichten Recht gekriegt. WTF!?

Da war wohl der Zensor pinkeln: Das Pentagon, der Hauptsitz ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Da war wohl der Zensor pinkeln:

Das Pentagon, der Hauptsitz des US-Verteidigungsministeriums, verbreitete eine Twitter-Nachricht weiter, in der der US-Prsident zum Rcktritt aufgefordert wird. Ein Sprecher des Verteidigungsministeriums erklrte am Donnerstag, dies sei versehentlich passiert.

Mit einer kleinen Vernderung im Steuerrecht holen ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Mit einer kleinen Vernderung im Steuerrecht holen die Republikaner zu einem Vernichtungsschlag gegen Forschung an der Uni aus. Vielleicht ging es ihnen darum, diese nervigen Klimaforscher wegzukriegen. Vielleicht wollen sie nicht immer von Leuten korrigiert werden, die gebildeter sind als sie selbst. Vielleicht waren sie einfach nur doof. Aber fr einen typischen Jung-Forscher an der Uni sind jetzt $10.000 mehr Steuern zu zahlen pro Jahr.

Erinnert ihr euch an den Fall des schwarzen Asylbewerbers ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Erinnert ihr euch an den Fall des schwarzen Asylbewerbers Oury Jalloh 2005, der verbrannt in seiner Zelle aufgefunden wurde?

Wo die Staatsanwaltschaft das Verfahren einstellte?

Nun, da ist jetzt Bewegung reingekommen. Mehrere Sachverstndige haben sich das angeguckt und kamen zu dem Schluss, dass er gettet wurde.

Gut, da drngen sich jetzt ein paar gehssige Bemerkungen auf, wieso sie dazu Sachverstndige gebraucht haben. Aber das ist nicht der Punkt. Das sind keine neue Gutachten. Das sind Gutachten von damals. Und die Staatsanwaltschaft kannte sie, als sie das Verfahren einstellte.

Angesichts der Meldungen ber einen Verdacht auf Ttung oder gar Ermordung des Asylbewerbers im Jahr 2005 weist die ermittelnde Staatsanwaltschaft in Halle darauf hin, dass es zum Tod des damals in einer Arrestzelle verbrannten Mannes fr sie keine neue Erkenntnisse gebe. Alles, was von Sachverstndigen und an Gutachten vorliege, sei aktenkundig gewesen, als man das Verfahren eingestellt habe, sagte Oberstaatsanwltin Heike Geyer.
Ja, h, wollt ihr vielleicht noch ein paar letzte Worte sagen, bevor ihr wegen Strafvereitelung im Amt in den Bau geht?

Unfassbar!

23:31

Reports Of Small-Town Americas Death Are Greatly Exaggerated "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a recent article for Politico Magazine, Michael Kruse takes readers on a ghastly tour of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, past the neighborhoods marked X for demolition, to the house where a baby starved to death, and onward into the living room of a woman whose son overdosed last year. The place emerges as a gray hellscape soaked in fentanyl and the fumes of closed mines, where hollow-eyed retirees shuffle past shuttered diners in a trance of bitter grief.

The retort from Johnstowns city leaders is crisp, devastating, and will sadly never have the readership of Kruses original narrative. Simply put, they write, Johnstown was just the convenient backdrop Politico needed to validate its storyline.

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Or Silent Hill?

Kruses article is bad journalism, factually and spiritually, but it is simply the latest and sloppiest entry in a growing genre: the new American Gothic. The scene is buzzing with activity. Mark Zuckerberg has just returned from Trumps America and he cannot hide his tears. J.D. Vance is serenading the lecture circuit with his hillbilly elegy.

Charles Murray and Robert Putnam have delivered door-stoppers on the unravelling American fabric, and The Economist recently revisited its cheery 2012 meditation, The sadness of Scranton, with an essay on globalizations losers that begins, Even before the disaster, Scranton had been having a poor century.

Separately, these are all outstanding analyses by serious people, and there are many other fine writings in this vein. But taken in their totality, one could be forgiven for thinking that (1) most of America is hurtling towards sodden annihilation, with northeast Pennsylvania at the helm, or (2) that writing an unsparing (read: brutal) profile of an American town or city is a rite of passage for participation in the public sphere. At the very least, one would conclude that the news-reading public has an insatiable appetite for images of wet mobile homes and disused barns.

These Reports Are Greatly Exaggerated

Singular as these times we live in may be, it is worth pausing to ask why these gloomy narratives are having such a moment in the sun. A thirst t...

23:31

The Link Between Roy Moore, George W. Bush and Voter Suppression "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Worried about Russian hackers or other outsiders meddling in US elections? Arguably, the greatest threat to our democratic system comes not from the outside but from forces within our own two-party system that are trying, and often succeeding, to prevent American citizens from voting.

In this weeks WhoWhatWhy podcast, Jeff Schechtman talks to journalist Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, about caging and crosscheck two species of dirty tricks that are being used ever more frequently to suppress votes. While the primary practitioners have been Republicans, encouraged for years by Karl Rove, Palast explains that Democrats are using similar tricks to gain advantages in primary elections.

In caging, letters are sent out to voters who must spend time away from their primary addresses, such as minority soldiers stationed abroad or students during summer recess. When the letters come back as undeliverable, the senders can use this as a reason to get those voters taken off the rolls.

Over the years, caging has led to millions of eligible voters being purged from voting rolls, Palast says. He adds that this and other stratagems are very much in use today by operatives like Brett Doster, a onetime Rove operative who is now running Roy Moores senatorial campaign in Alabama.

The story that Palast tells is truly one of birds of a feather getting together to undermine whats left of our electoral democracy.  

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How Public Shaming For Sexual Sinners Exposes The Worlds Need For Salvation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

For reasons that are beyond my understanding, as long as there have been celebrities there has been a market for celebrity gossip. As the old television advertisements for National Enquirer used to remind us, Enquiring minds want to know.

From that publication and others like it to old-guard television programs such as Entertainment Tonight and relatively new ones like TMZ, celebrity gossip has never failed to find a sizeable audience. There is within human nature a prurient curiosity about others, especially when those others are famous.

It is obvious that social media has made this appetite easier to feed. What is evidently not obvious enough is that this craving is unhealthy. We learn from Martin Luthers catechism that the divine injunction against bearing false witness includes the duty to protect our neighbors good name. To say it another way, we are to avoid being involved in any communication that unnecessarily hurts anyone elses reputation.

There are myriad reasons for that, but for the purposes of this article I will state that the court of public opinion almost never affords a fair trial to the accused, for good or for ill. The ease with which dirt is exposed, reported, and spread leaves those who consume it wanting more. Indeed, scripture and experience teach us that the best way to make a devious craving stronger is to give it what it wants. Ask any drug addict, alcoholic, overeater, or serial porn-watcher how many times this time has been the last time.

So the more dirt we consume, the more of other peoples sin we gorge ourselves on, the more we want. The more we want, the more we seek. The more we seek the more we find, and so on and so forth ad nauseam. The more this goes on, the more clearly I see that the world does not actually have a solution for sin, guilt, and shame. The world has many false gospels. The world has the moral law to a degree. But it does not have the gospel.

Our Responsibilities Differ Based on Our Station in Life

There is a right time and place to deal with those who harass, abuse, and rape other human beings. Anyone accused of any of that ought to be tried, and if convicted, ought to receive the appropriate legal punition. All of that is a matter of civil righteousness, without which a society cannot survive. So government can deal with civil crimes, and dole out the appropriate retribution or restitution.

How, then, do we deal with moral, rather than civil guilt? Given the amount of moral guilt laid bare before us daily, this is a vital question for the church to keep in mind.

The worlds response to exposed sin is to gather around the sinner, stones firmly in hand, and start warming up their throwing arms. Outrage is an understandable response to the terrible behavior that has come to light out...

23:31

Netflixs Geralds Game: Great Acting, Unsuitable Ending "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This review includes no spoilers past whats revealed in the trailer.

The latest adaptation of Stephen Kings work is a Netflix original entitled Geralds Game. I would award it an 11/10 if it werent for the last ten minutes. With the ending, I can only do about 8/10. I will describe the perfection of the first 90 minutes, then get to the controversial misstep gathering ardent defenders.

Baring a freakishly spectacular performance from another actress before 2017 ends, Carla Gugino deserves to win best actress in every single award committee. A strong case could also be made for her winning best supporting actress across the board, since she portrays two versions of the main character who actually dialogue with each other vis a vis hallucinations.

Bruce Greenwood likewise should be nominated and win at least a Screen Actors Guild Award in the supporting actor category. Neither have been A-list stars, but both have consistently put out excellent work in small parts for decades, and I have long thought Gugino deserves a much wider audience.

The cast is very small, and the majority of screen time taken up by the dysfunctional duo of Gugino and Greenwood, who incarnate the opposite of chemistry. They portray a wealthy older married couple vacationing in their stately but isolated cabin in the woods. Greenwoods eponymous Gerald brings some handcuffs to spice things up, and we learn quickly that their marriage has been dry for a while.

Guginos Jessie is obviously trying to get involved in his game but quickly becomes terrified. This leads to a tense fight, culminating in Gerald having a heart attack before he can uncuff his wife. Then he falls off the bed and dies. All of this happens in the first 20 minutes. The rest of the film is essentially Jessies fight for survival and her struggle with emotional demons she has refused to confront since childhood. She is trapped to the headboard by the handcuffs and everything that could help her is infuriatingly inches out of reach.

Stunning Direction, Writing Wanting

Mike Flanagans direction is again stunning. Unless James Wan starts to make more creative films, Flanagan will eventually be seen as the great horror auteur of the early twenty-first century. Thats not a slight. Flanagan is not simply an amazing horror filmmaker but an amazing filmmaker. And this film probably represents the height of his powers so far. Sadly, the writing is where he falters.

The film adapts a widely celebrated but infamously unfilmable King story. Everyone seems agreed that the code was cracked. The unfilmable turned out to be powerfully filmable in the right hands. One of the main reasons it works so well Mikes direction. This film could be easily adapted into a stage play, since the principal cast is two p...

23:31

The Philippines President Spurns The U.S. To Flirt With China "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Trump administration needs to start asking an important question: What should it do with the Philippines? One of Americas oldest Asia-Pacific allies, as well as its former colony, the Philippines seems to be daily drifting toward China. This was abundantly clear this week as the ASEAN and APEC summits came to a close and President Trump headed home after his 12-day trip to Asia.

On Tuesday, the day Trump left town, the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, raved about Chinas willingness to begin talks on establishing a code of conduct for the South China Sea, going so far as to call the Chinese gracious.

Gracious, indeed. China has already run roughshod over the half-dozen countries that have claims in the strategically significant waters of the South China Sea, where China has laid claim to an expanded maritime border along its notorious nine-dash line. In recent years, Beijing has been constructing man-made islands in the South China Sea and expanding islands that already exist, equipping them with strategic military bases that include radar sites, aircraft hangers, and runways. Not only would these islands allow China to control some of the worlds busiest international shipping lanes, it would also give Beijing a huge strategic advantage should the United States and China ever go to war.

Beijings South China Sea shenanigans are all part and parcel of Chinas goal of becoming a regional military powerhouse, ruling over a Chinese sphere of influence that stretches from Japan to Australia. Duterte, in paying homage to the new king in town, is hoping he can somehow appease his way into relative peace with Beijing.

Making Overtures to China

The Philippine leader has made it clear since first running for president that, if elected, he wouldnt challenge China like his predecessor did, despite a 2016 United Nations tribunal ruling in the Philippines favor in a dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea. Now, this code of conduct agreement has emerged as a way for Duterte to get a little piece of the pie while letting China take pretty much everything it wantsthat is, if China even agrees to any such code, which is unlikely.

Trump offered his deal-making skills to help resolve the simmering conflict over the South China Sea, but it seems dubious whether China and the Philippines will take him up on that offer. America is being squeez...

23:30

Veterans Today: Is Trump A Russian Mafia Bitch? "IndyWatch Feed War"

How Trump became the Russian Mafias bitch

The story essentially starts in 1983 as mob boss and attorney Roy Cohn and his protege underboss Donnie Kiddie Hands Trump were using mob money, mob concrete and mob labour to build a headquarters for the global criminal organisation Cohn has spent 20 years building.

Trump Tower was equipped with brothels, opium dens, gambling rooms and plush accommodation, it populated itself with professional gamblers, thugs and fraudsters while becoming home to a menagerie of wealthy crime figures. Trump Tower became Ground Zero for a worldwide criminal enterprise that included Jeffrey Epsteins child sex trafficking ring and Donald Trumps property developing that was largely a front for laundering mob money.

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23:30

Mnangagwa and the Military May Mean More Bad News for Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The coup in Zimbabwes means that Mugabes long and disastrous presidency is finally over. The questions that remain are the precise details and mechanics of the deal which secures his departure.

Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo 

The military has taken control of the national broadcaster, troops are in the streets and the president is being held in a secure environment. All military leave is cancelled and a senior general has addressed the nation. Yet the Zimbabwean military continues with the pretence that this is not a coup detat.

The obvious response to this is: if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then the chances are its a duck. And the sole reason the Zimbabwean military is not acknowledging this as a coup detat is to avoid triggering the countrys automatic suspension from the African Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Both bodies frown on coups.

A perfect storm formed ahead of these events and made military action predictable. The country had once again entered a steep economic decline (not that its recovery had been anything of note). A clear and reckless bid for power was being made by the so-called Generation 40 (G40) faction around Grace Mugabe in direct opposition to the Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the standard bearer for the so-called Lacoste faction.

This culminated in Mnangagwas dismissal by President Mugabe: a clear indication that Grace Mugabe was now calling the shots. It also served as a follow up to the 2015 Grace-engineered dismissal of another Vice President and rival, Joice Mujuru.

The coup means that Mugabes long and disastrous presidency is finally over. The only questions that remain are the precise details and mechanics of the deal which secures his departure.

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23:30

Illegal alien raped/impregnated 14-year-old stepdaughter for anchor baby "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It gets worse: The mother of the stepdaughter knew about the sexual assaults and DID NOTHING. From Illegal Alien Crime Report: MILWAUKEE, WI (The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) As an undocumented immigrant illegal alien, Horacio Alvarado thought if he could show Continue reading

23:30

Christians Against Masturbation Spokeswoman In Old Louis C.K. Video Now Seems Surprisingly Insightful "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Louis C.K. has been dominating the sexual harassment news for the past week, after five women came forward in a New York Times story accusing the comedian of sexual harassment and misconduct. According to the accounts, Louis C.K.s misbehavior came in the form of asking to, or simply proceeding to, masturbate in front of women who often were less prominent colleagues.

Since the story broke, TV and film execs have halted all of Louis C.K.s works in progress, of which there were many. C.K.s agent Dave Becky, who is thought to have helped cover up accusations, has been under fire; and C.K. himself has admitted these accusations are true, offering a public apology, which has continued to receive scrutiny.

The majority of the news coverage seems to agree: Louis C.K.s behavior was inexcusable and abhorrent. Never mind that his jokes about masturbation and irrepressible male sexual urges received laughs from many of these same folks not long before the scandal. As many outlets have noted since the scandal broke, Louis C.K. employed the topic of masturbation frequently in his comedy.

Nevertheless, the entertainment industry, now aware of his misconduct, has all but blacklisted the comedian. Now is not the time for him to make television shows, FX wrote in a statement, upon severing all ties with C.K.

Its Like Telling People Not to Breathe. Maybe You

This week, I skimmed the archives of some of Louis C.K.s past comedy bits on masturbation, partly out of curiosity, partly to prepare to never watch his comedy again, because Im too repulsed. Along the way, I found a video that struck me as possibly having more longevity than anything else C.K. may have produced. It was a satirical TV segment the comedian included in a 2011 episode of FXs show Louie, that happens to strike some insightful chords on the very topic of the scandal.

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23:30

Daniel Greenfield: Every Democrat presidential candidate in 25 years had pedophile ties "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Clintons, Obama, Kerry and their pedophile pals. It was the cackle that cost her an election. The time was the 80s and the First Lady of Arkansas was chatting with Roy Reed. Reed was a New York Times bigwig, a civil rights hero and is currently a speaker for the Clinton School of Public Service. Back then, Reed was working on a profile of the Clintons for Esquire. The profile was never published. The tapes of the interviews were stowed at the University of Arkansas until they were dug up in '14. And there's Hillary Clinton laughing on tape about how she saved a 12-year-old girl's rapist. Kathy Shelton had been raped and beaten into a coma when she was twelve years old. Her rapist wanted a "woman lawyer." Hillary Clinton took his case as a favor and used every dirty trick to get him off. Even though she admits on the tape that she knew her client was guilty, she accused his victim of being "emotionally unstable" and fantasizing about older men. And she used the little girl's bloody underwear as the pivot of a blatant lie that got her client off with less than a year in prison.

23:30

Why Amazon Is Buying Up All Those Cryptocurrency URLs "IndyWatch Feed National"

People really want Amazon to get into cryptocurrency. Amazon-watchers have shivered with anticipation as the company bought web domains like amazonbitcoin.com, even though the site has never done more than redirect to Amazons main page. But a new wave of purchases has observers keyed up all over again. This time the acquired URLs are amazonethereum.com, amazoncryptocurrency.com, and amazoncryptocurrencies.com. Whats going on?

The easy answer is brand protection. Anyone whos worked on a political campaign knows the virtue of over-hoarding web addresses that could be used in any conceivable way to tarnish, mock, or otherwise weaken the candidate and his or her public image. Amazon can certainly afford to collect as many potentially brand-diluting or revenue-reducing domains as seems reasonable. With cryptocurrency now penetrating the consciousness of ordinary people, now is a decent time as any to scoop up a few more destinations would-be customers might go.

The sexier answer is Amazon wants to be ready to jump with a moments notice into accepting Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, you name it. Now that cryptocurrencies have made a pretty good claim to durabilityeven if their prices might fluctuate speculativelythe next big economic question is which institutions are going to muscle in first, if any.

Cryptocurrency Isnt a Good Platform for Commerce

Wall Street is too divided on the wisdom of crypto. Sovereign wealth hasnt shown enough interest. As far as we can tell, the financial powers that be are not going to transform the status and usefulness of Bitcoin and company anytime soon.

That leaves the playing field open for significant private entrants. Here you have your ideological benefactors, heavyweight speculators, bitcoin miners, and your international renegades, building up sudden, significant wealth they want to keep relatively free from global or national regulatory systems.

But there are limits to what cryptocurrency can do for the people poised to wield the most outsized control over it. Bitcoin, for instance, is a kludgy way to pay for most goods and services. Its much better and more conveniently used as a place to park wealth (assuming those exchange rates stay high). Its also a stupid way to try to participate in off the grid commerce. Thanks to the blockchain, you do not want to try paying for that suitcase full of heroin you bought on the dark web using Bitcoin.

So even though cryptocurrency is destined to remain an above-board commercial platform, its not a very good platform for commerce as currently structured. That means its not terribly attractive to a heavyweight company like Amazon that could freely wade into the status quo crypto space. So, again, whats going on?

Or Maybe Theyre Serious

Cryptocurre...

23:30

Why You Shouldnt Buy Star Wars Battlefront II Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Star Wars Battlefront IIs release today may provide gamers the last chance to stop the loot box creep from completely overtaking games. I dont need to rehash what Sarah Dezelin said earlier this week. EAs microtransaction plan for Star Wars Battlefront II is a cynical, calculated mess that will likely work. Turning a $60 game into something resembling a freemium mobile game will probably only succeed because it has Star Wars in the title. Casual gamers, parents, and grandparents who do little research beforehand will unwittingly prove that consumers are okay with this setup for games.

Encouragingly, the non-gaming media has picked up on Battlefront fan frustrations in a way Ive never seen. CNN, Fortune, and the BBC have all reported on the backlash and not in a condescending manner. Theres even a (likely ill-fated) push to categorize loot boxes as gambling, a paradigm-shifting change that would certainly affect what games parents buy for their kids. EA and DICEs responses so far have mostly been Were sorry youre sad about it and Well work on ways to make you complain less. Late last night, EA announced they would turn off all in-game purchases for now. Its a start, though a cynic might consider this a disingenuous tactic to keep week one sales high. They have not earned the benefit of the doubt.

I really enjoyed 2015s Battlefront, despite its many flaws. It captured the essence of the Star Wars universe beautifully. I poured a lot of time into the game. I was looking forward to Battlefront 2. EA/DICE listened to fans and did plenty to fix the major issues from the first one. The game itself has earned good, if not great, reviews.

Yet most of these reviews feature a flashing marred by loot boxes and the progression system caveat. I cant bring myself to buy it. Its basically the only time in my life I have specifically boycotted a piece of media simply to protest the system itself. I may buy it pre-owned eventually, though I will never spend another dime on it beyond that. Should they shift their revenue focus to cosmetics, such as emotes and skins, I will probably spend a few extra dollars simply out of gratitude. Surely, Im not alo...

23:30

Problematic Women Episode 20: Thanksgiving, Gal Gadot, And Taylor Swift "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In this weeks episode of #ProblematicWomen, Kelsey Harkness of The Daily Signal and Bre Payton, a staff writer at The Federalist, chat with Lisa DePasquale about her new book, I Wish I Might, and how to survive Thanksgiving dinner with all the social justice warriors in ones family.

The two also talk about Gal Gadot sticking up for herself and for her fellow co-stars by getting Brett Ratner, who had been accused of sexual assault, kicked off the set of a Wonder Woman sequel. They also discuss the Glamour Woman of the Year awards, which included no conservatives despite rampant recognition of political activism.

You can get a copy of Lisas I Wish I Might here and check out The Social Justice Warrior Handbook here. 

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Safeguard mobile devices: VPNs and personal firewalls are vital "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

As mobile devices have permeated every aspect of private and professional lives, users have become increasingly dependent on connecting to public hotspots especially when traveling. While the majority of Internet users consider the benefits and accessibility of utilizing free Wi-Fi, they rarely consider the security threats that can compromise sensitive data. Surprisingly, while many users have taken basic security measures to protect their desktop computers at the office and at home, the same security More

23:30

Judge Moores Letter to Sean Hannity (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Judge Moores Letter to Sean Hannity Video Bill Still s the recent accusations against Judge Roy Moore begin to fall apart, Moore published an open letter to Fox show host Sean Hannity late yesterday. Although I did not see...

The post Judge Moores Letter to Sean Hannity (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:30

Kosmos: Liminal Leadership "IndyWatch Feed War"

Liminal Leadership

Nora Bateson

KOSMOS, Fall / Winter 2017

Leadership models come in many flavors. Strategic leadership, leadership from behind, organizational, innovative, creative leadership, collective leadership, transformational leadership, cross-cultural leadership, team leadershipthe list goes on. But the kind of leadership that I want to explore may not be identifiable as leadership at all. I am interested in a kind of mutually alert care and attention to the wellbeing of all people and ecological systems. This kind of leadership cannot be found in individuals; rather, it is found between them. It cannot be found in organizations, nations, religions, or institutions; rather, it is found between them. I have called it Liminal Leadership to highlight these relational characteristics.

23:29

A Tale of Two Doctors and Indias History of Hiding Its Diseases "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A Bengal doctor has been suspended after he wrote a Facebook post on the dengue crisis. The case is similar to another doctor in Mumbai who was raided for identifying totally-drug-resistant TB cases.

There have been reports of doctors not mentioning dengue on death certificates, even if that was what happened. Credit: StockSnap/pixabay

There have been reports of doctors not mentioning dengue on death certificates, even if that was what happened. Credit: StockSnap/pixabay

Sohini C. is a freelance journalist.

Dr Arunachal Dutta Choudhury, a doctor of general medicine at the Barasat District Hospital in West Bengal, likes to write in verse. His Facebook wall is filled with his Bengali poems. His favourite form is the end rhymes, and until last week, his poetry had an admiring but smallish following.

On November 8, however, the situation in the in-patient ward in his hospital moved him to write in prose. He published a long post in Bengali at 10:46 pm. The response was viral: the post was shared 925 times in a week. On 11:40 am on November 10, he received a letter from the West Bengal Health and Family Department, suspending him until further notice. The grounds mentioned on the letter, Dr Choudhury says over the phone, are misinterpretation to the public as well as derogatory [remarks] to the hospital administration as well as general health administration (sic).

Whatever I say is the truth, or else entirely a carnival, Choudhury wrote in...

23:26

Russian Embassy slams 'unfounded accusations' they interfered in Brexit, next day PM Theresa May rewords statement "IndyWatch Feed World"

The UK prime minister has accused Moscow of alleged meddling in other states' affairs but later said that her accusations were not related to Britain. Comment: It's probably no wonder Theresa May retracted her fallacious accusation since it has been shown that only 400 out of over 22 million tweets sent about the Brexit vote could be traced back to Russia, and many were tweeted after the vote had been declared: Researcher finds 'infinitesimal' 400 tweets from Russia which UK government claimed 'influenced' entire country's vote on Brexit "Unfortunately, the British press almost always refers to unpublished documents and other closed sources. Since the latest of them, concerning Russian-British relations, are making false accusations against us, we asked relevant universities - Edinburgh and Swansea in the UK and Berkeley in the US - to send us the source materials," the Russian Embassy's in the UK spokesperson has stated. According to the Russian embassy, "in view of the anti-Russia campaign that emerged after the speech of UK Prime Minister Theresa May," it has a lot of questions to such documents. Comment: The hysteria was stoked in the US and has now infected delusional UK politicians: UK govt demands Facebook help blame Russia for election & Brexit outcomes Britain now under the grips of Russiagate hysteria

23:26

Teen model auctions off her virginity for $2.9 million, claims it's emancipation "IndyWatch Feed World"

A 19-year-old model who has identified herself simply as Giselle announced Thursday that she has sold her virginity for 2.5 million euros, which translates to roughly $2.9 million, to a businessman from Abu Dhabi. "I would never have dreamed that the bid would rise so high and we would have reached 2.5 million euros," Giselle told the Mirror. "This is a dream come true." The teen later told the outlet that she put her virginity for sale on the German website, Cinderella Escorts, in order to earn money to pay for school tuition fees and to go traveling.

23:25

Medical destruction: Its not just opioids "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Medical destruction: Its not just opioids

By Jon Rappoport

Some people are just waking up to medical destruction, by way of news on the opioid epidemic.

Theyre late to the party, but thats all right. They can catch up.

Here are a few horrific catch-up quotes. Ill discuss the source afterwards:

appropriately prescribed prescription drugs are the fourth leading cause of deathAbout 330,000 patients die each year from prescription drugs in the US and Europe.

They [the drugs] cause an epidemic of about 20 times more [6.6 million per year] hospitalizations, as well as falls, road accidents, and about 80 million [per year] medically minor problems such as pains, discomforts, and dysfunctions that hobble productivity or the ability to care for others.

Deaths from overmedication, errors, and self-medication would increase these figures.

In other words, the 330,000 deaths per year, the 6.6 million hospitalizations per year, and the 80 million medically minor problems per yearall of this stems from CORRECTLY PRESCRIBED medicines.

The quotes come from the ASA [American Sociological Association] publication called Footnotes, in its November 2014 issue. The article is The Epidemic of Sickness and Death from Prescription Drugs. The author of the article is Donald W Light.

Donald W Light is a professor of medical and economic sociology. He is a founding fellow of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, he was a fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard. He is a Lokey Visiting Professor at Stanford University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Its been my policy to quote medical analysts who have mainstream credentials, when it comes to adding up the results of medical-drug destruction.

I do this to show that, in refusing to fix the holocaust, the federal government, medical schools, and pharmaceutical companies cant claim their critics and detractors are fringe researchers.

Believe me, the officials who should have been fixing the enormous tragedy for at least the past 15 years are intent on hiding it.

When you stop and think about the meaning of these medical numbers, one of the things you realize is: this massive destruction of life envelops whole countries.

It not only maims and kills, it brings emotional turmoil and loss to the families, friends, co-workers, and colleagues of those who are killed and maimed: the 330,000 who are killed and the 6.6 million who are hospitalized and the 80 million whose productivity is hobbled or whose ability to care for others is significantly diminished.

If you consciously se...

23:25

Fukushima Type Scenarios At 39 US Nuclear Power Plants "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Josh Cunnings for Enviro News - Well, there you have it. These risks are there and they are all too real. The question is: how many catastrophic nuclear disasters does humanity need to get the point? And how severe do these catastrophes need to be for humans to understand? Its important to remember that because Mikhail Gorbachev made the incredibly difficult decision to throw about 600,000 men directly at Chernobyls ground zero and due to the incredibly heroic and deadly work performed by those brave young men and soldiers, only about four percent of what could have been released from Chernobyl, was actually released and even that wreaked untold devastation. How many nuclear disasters must the world undergo, and what must the severity be, in order for humanity to change its ways? Extremely unsafe situations like reactors downhill from dams, represent only one example of the myriad threats facing nuclear power plants. Nevertheless, old Mark 1s, and many other dangerously located reactors, remain in operation today despite countless safety concerns. One thing thats almost certain is if you play with fire long enough you will get burned. Sadly, humans often suffer a form of collective amnesia regarding the severity of these disasters. Hopefully, over time, and with more good reporting and educational programming, that will change.

Injustice under the specter of Title IX "IndyWatch Feed World"

A specter is haunting American colleges and universities, the specter of Title IX. Originally the portion of the Civil Rights Act concerned with gender equity on campus, the previously laudable Title IX was twisted beyond recognition by the infamous 2011 "Dear Colleague" Letter and the new regime of federal compliance it created. The Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights issued the DCL with the intent of reducing sexual harassment and assault, but instead it ushered in ivory tower McCarthyism. Last year, I endured a Title IX investigation (detailed in a previous article for Quillette) over trumped-up allegations made by a colleague seeking to settle a decades-old score. I was acquitted, but the ensuing investigation led to an entirely new set of administrative charges originating from a different office on my campus, the University of Utah. This article tells the story of how a Title IX case metastasized into a protracted and expensive ordeal. So, how did the Dear Colleague Letter turn universities into star chambers? It lowered the burden of proof for a guilty finding in sex cases, and stripped the accused of due process. Perhaps more importantly, it established a system of perverse incentives that fueled the witch hunt. Colleges deemed insufficiently vigorous in ferreting out sexual misbehavior could now be shamed by their inclusion in a federal registry. Furthermore, they were threatened with compliance reviews that could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to complete. Colleges now had a strong incentive to pursue every case brought to their attention, no matter how frivolous. Despite the recent retraction of the Dear Colleague and new federal guidelines, the Title IX machine continues to hum along, perhaps motivated by higher education's broad hostility to the Trump administration.

23:25

EXCLUSIVE: Saudi torture victims include former crown prince "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Sources confirm Prince Miteb, son of late King Abdullah, is among six princes who needed hospital treatment following arrest in Saudi purge

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Stanford officials stonewalling on their role in disruption of Robert Spencer event "IndyWatch Feed War"

Campus Reform reached out to Stanford for a comment on the matter, and is currently awaiting a response. Youre going to have a long wait, my friends. What do they have to hide? Apparently, plenty. Stanford stands down as students disrupt conservative speech, by Anthony Gockowski, Campus Reform, November 16, 2017: Protesters staged a []

23:20

Aerial Archaeology in the Saudi Desert "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The deserts of the Middle East are dotted with archaeological sites. Because the spaces are so vast and the sites so widely dispersed, little was known about the history of these areas until quite recently. In the 1920s pilots flying over the desert began to report vast stone shapes, and archaeologists even poked into a few in Syria and Jordan.


The shapes includes these "kites," which are thought to be corrals for hunting antelope.

But real progress in surveying the desert was only made after satellite imagery became available starting in 1995. It is now estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of these structures in the deserts of Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Saudia Arabia.

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23:19

Even With Beijing Pushing Hard, Electric Cars Prove Hard to Start "IndyWatch Feed War"

Electric vehicles arent yet living up to the hype, auto makers in China are finding, as they churn out more EVs than they can selleven with generous government subsidiesto satisfy Beijings directives.

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By Trefor Moss
The Wall Street Journal
Nov. 17, 2017 6:14 a.m. ET

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GUANGZHOUElectric vehicles arent yet living up to the hype, auto makers in China are finding, as they churn out more EVs than they can sell to satisfy government directives.

At the Guangzhou Auto Show, companies are reckoning with the challenge of attracting buyersand generating profitswhile meeting Beijings requirement that electric vehicles account for roughly 3% to 4% of their total output in 2019.

Volkswagen AG aims to build 400,000 EVs by 2020 to meet the green-car targets, but it is unrealistic to expect consumers alone to buy that many, said Jochem Heizmann, the companys chief executive in China. The company, he said, is studying options like car-sharing services to soak up the excess.

EV supply already exceeds demand: Auto makers made 424,000 in the first nine months of the year, but sold only 398,000, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. And analysts think individual consumers account for as little as a quarter of the total, the rest bought by state-run taxi companies or other public-service fleets.

Customers are hesitant to pay a lot more money for an electric vehicle, said Hubertus Troska, China head for Daimler AG, parent of Mercedes-Benz. And that cost gap is with generous EV subsidies in place. The government is set to end them in 2020.

Still car makers pile on. Last week, Ford Motor Co. became the latest foreign maker to commit to make EVs in China, announcing plans for a new $756 million plant. Tesla Inc. aims to build an EV factory in Shanghai.

Government policy does assure a certain level of demand: In congested cities like Guangzhou new license plates for gasoline cars are severely restricted, making EVs more appealing. And for now there are the generous subsidies. Consumers pay only $5,400 for the Baojun E100 electric car, for example, but its makera joint venture between General Motors Co. and SAIC Motor Co.gets an extra $8,760 from the government.

Even given falling costs for batteries and other EV technologies, the end of subsidies will make it impossible for many makers to profit on EVs, said Jing Yang, an associate director at Fitch Ratings. They will have to sacrif...

23:18

Senate Clinton probe's secret witness is ex-lobbyist for Russian firm "IndyWatch Feed World"

Senate Republicans say their investigation of Hillary Clinton's role in approving a deal to sell U.S. uranium mines to a Russian company hinges in part on the testimony of a secret informant in a bribery and extortion scheme inside the same company. The Senate committee searching for Clinton's alleged wrongdoing is keeping their witness's name cloaked. However, William D. Campbell, a lobbyist, confirmed to Reuters he is the informant who will testify and provide documents to Congress about the Obama Administration's 2010 approval of the sale of Uranium One, a Canadian company with uranium mines in the United States, to Russia's Rosatom. At the time of the sale, Campbell was a confidential source for the FBI in a Maryland bribery and kickback investigation of the head of a U.S. unit of Rosatom, the Russian state-owned nuclear power company. Campbell was identified as an FBI informant by prosecutors in open court and by himself in a publicly available lawsuit he filed last year.

23:18

WATCH: Cops Use K9 to Take Down Unarmed Man for Dancing on the Highway "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

k9After a pursuit, police had their suspect walk backward toward the carbut he started dancingso they sicced their K9 on him.

23:16

Avaliao automtica de imigrantes nos EUA discriminao camuflada de objetividade "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The interior of the new Red Hat computing and executive center in Fort Point in Boston on Jun. 27, 2017.

23:15

Airliners And F-15s Involved In Bizarre Encounter With Mystery Aircraft Over Oregon "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Via: The Drive: Something quite out of the ordinary occurred in the skies over Oregon on October 25th, 2017. A mystery aircraft was flying in daylight hours among the steady stream of airliners that traverse from south to north, between locales in California and Nevada and cities like Portland and Seattle and beyond. The incident []

23:15

A third of US businesses do not feel prepared for GDPR deadline "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

New research by Censuswide captures the preparedness levels of organizations in Europe and the United States for the May 2018 GDPR compliance deadline, as well as their perceptions on the new regulations business impact. GDPR preparedness Intended to improve personal data protection and increase accountability for data breaches, GDPR is a comprehensive data privacy standard to date. However, the regulation presents a significant challenge for organizations that process the personal data of EU citizens, regardless More

23:14

Critical flaw in Cisco collaboration products plugged "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A critical vulnerability in a dozen Cisco collaboration products based on the Cisco Voice Operating System (VOS) could allow unauthenticated, remote attackers to gain access to an affected device. An attacker who can access an affected device over SFTP while it is in a vulnerable state could gain root access to the device. This access could allow the attacker to compromise the affected system completely, the company warned. Among the affected products are the call More

23:10

Imran Awan Alleged to Have Used His Position to Influence the Pakistani Government "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Imran Awan Alleged to Have Used His Position to Influence the Pakistani Government by Kenneth Whittle  DisObedient Media According to a report by the Daily Caller, former Democratic IT aide, Imran Awan, used his position as a congressional IT aide to...

The post Imran Awan Alleged to Have Used His Position to Influence the Pakistani Government appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:09

Greece scores bottom in EU Social Justice Index 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Social Justice in the European Union Index 2017: a survey conducted by the German Bertelsmann Stiftung. Greece managed to get scores in five out of six indicators and topped the bottom. Whats the correct word? Social justwhat?

The post Greece scores bottom in EU Social Justice Index 2017 appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

23:08

Germany: Muslim refugee arrested for raping pony at childrens zoo "IndyWatch Feed War"

[Editors note: From the Ayatollah Khomeinis Resaleh Towzih al-Masael, translated into English by J. Borujerdi as A Clarification Of Questions: #2631. It is loathsome to eat the meat of horse and mule and donkey and if somebody makes coitus with them, that is an intercourse, they become unlawful and they must be taken out of []

23:06

Zimbabwe coup: Chinas influence under scrutiny "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Zimbabwes military takeover has caught the attention of the world but could China have known about the coup? Beijing has long been a close ally, and Zimbabwes top brass recently paid a visit to leaders in Beijing.

Tanks on the road of Harare (Reuters/P. Bulawayo)

Theyve been friends for a long time China and Zimbabwe. At the height of the Cold War in the 1960s and 70s, Zimbabwes independence movement enjoyed Chinese support. As with so many other African liberation struggles, China provided arms, training and its Maoist ideology to Robert Mugabe and his Zimbabwe African National Union, todays ZANU-PF.

At the start of the new millennium, when Mugabes party reclaimed and invaded white-owned farms prompting the EU and US to impose sanctions, China was one of the few countries that stuck with Zimbabwe. Since the early 2000s, trade between the two nations has flourished.

In 2015, China became Zimbabwes largest trading partner. That same year, Harare adopted the Chinese yuan as one of its currencies in a bid to cancel a $40 million debt. Zimbabwe, however, also uses the US dollar, South African rand and the British pound as legal tenders. China also invested heavily in Zimbabwe and was involved in the construction of a thermal power plant and military facilities, as well as in plans for a new parliament building.

Xi Jinping in Harare, 2015 (picture-alliance/Photoshot/Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Xi Jinping and Mugabe during a state visit to Harare in 2015

Mugabe too shaky for China?

In recent times, the question of who will succeed the 93-year-old Mugabe and whether the succession battle could destabilize the southern African nation, has become more immediate for Beijing. According to the online paper, the Zimbabwe Independent, former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa  who was sacked and fled the country a......

23:05

UK: Three 'Asian' men who sexually abused 13 yr old girl get jail "IndyWatch Feed World"

Trio plied girl with alcohol and 'passed her around' for sex in Yorkshire townVictim, who suffered eating disorders and depression, came forward in 2014Three men have been convicted of 15 counts of indecent assault after a trialTwo of the three got seven-and-a-half-year terms. Other got nearly seven years Three Asian men have been jailed for more than 20 years for indecently assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Rotherham in the 1990s. Sajid Ali, 38, Zaheer Iqbal, 40, and Riaz Makhmood, 39, befriended the teenager in the South Yorkshire town before plying her with alcohol and having sex with her. Sheffield Crown Court heard the victim was passed around by the three defendants during meetings in a car park, a graveyard and the stairwell of a block of flats. Judge David Dixon told the three they had 'groomed, coerced and intimidated' their victim and treated her 'like a thing', as he passed sentence today. The victim believed Ali, Iqbal and Makhmood were her friends and that Ali was her boyfriend, but instead was passed around each defendant and abused.

23:05

The Spider-man raccoon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A female raccoon somehow scaled up an apartment building to the balcony of the 10th floor where she proceeded to build a nest. Watch what happens when Animal Control came to remove her. Raccoons are native to North America, but Continue reading

23:04

Taxpayers have been footing bill for sexual assault cases in Congress since 1995 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Since when are members of Congress and their staffs accused of sexual harassment allowed to hush up and pay off their accusers from a secret "shush" fund full of taxpayer dollars? Since 1995, it turns out. Congress, we all know, chooses to exempt itself from many of the same laws it foists on the rest of us. It's a grievance I hear regularly during my travels around the country, as grassroots activists complain about this law or that regulation. "If only Congress had to live under the same laws we do, they'd get it, and they'd change it" is a common refrain. For years, for instance, I've been speaking out about the illegal special exemption of Congress from ObamaCare, which allows members and staff to avoid the financial burdens they imposed on us when they passed that terrible law. If only they had to live under the law the same way the rest of us do, without benefit of taxpayer dollars to subsidize their premiums purchased fraudulently on the D.C. small business exchange, they might be more incentivized to repeal that law. But until recently, I did not know about the "shush fund" of Congress, a fund managed by the "Office of Compliance," which itself was created following the 1995 enactment of the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA), the first law enacted by the first Republican House in four decades. Ironically, the CAA was a serious attempt to bring Congress under many labor laws from which it had previously exempted itself. In fact, under the CAA, Congress applied 12 different labor laws to itself for the first time, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Federal Service Labor Management Relations Statute, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, among others.

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The Complicated Situation Around Lebanon "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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It seems that Tehran has realized the threat of a conflict with the coalition, the instigators of which are Saudi Arabia and Israel, and decided to reduce the tension. The Islamic Republic of Iran has back-pedaled. At the briefing on November 13, a representative of Irans Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bahram Gasemi, announced that Tehran had always respected the independence of Lebanon and had never interfered with the internal policy of this country. We have never interfered with the internal affairs of other countries, and the situation with Hariri is an affair of the people of Lebanon, the Tasnim agency quotes him.   This formal statement was made in response to the resignation of Lebanons Prime Minister Hariri, which is said to result from his confrontation with Hezbollah following Irans actions and the threat to his life. In fact, the statement by Irans Foreign Affairs Ministry sounded like a response to Paris where the French stated that Irans non-intervention into the internal affairs of Lebanon would be the guarantee of stability in this country. As a matter of fact, they have put the blame for the crisis on Iran.

The Lebanese crisis is developing and there is no sign of its rapid regulation. An attack on the pro-Iranian group in al-Assads team, as a result of which the Presidents brother Maher, who is well-known for his focus on Tehran, has been suspended from command of the Syrian Republican Guard, also adds problems to Iran and runs alongside the actions of the West and Saudi Arabia. The Middle East analysts are actively analysing the possible scenarios for the crisis, and currently, they have six versions from direct military involvement to a diplomatic resolution of the conflict. However, they are sceptical about the purely diplomatic scenario. According to them, the solution including the military is possible but only with the complete support of Israel, which Tel Aviv still treat coldly. The USA did not give the go-ahead when Russia returned to the idea of the Geneva talks in a joint statement on Syria in Da Nang, thereby pushing Astana into the background.

In this situation, this is a matter of price for Tel Aviv: if the Arabian countries recognize Israel and its right to the Golan Heights in exchange for its formal progress on the Palestinian issue (which is non-committal for the Israelis but necessary for preserving the face of the Arabs), then everything is possible. A limited operation against Hezbollah in South Lebanon may disrupt the entire system created by Iran in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. In fact, first they need to carry out such an operation and b...

23:00

Half of organizations do not audit SSH entitlements "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Cybercriminals, such as malicious insiders, use SSH keys to access systems from remote locations, evade security tools and escalate privileges, according to a study conducted by Dimensional Research. According to Venafis research from October, even though SSH keys provide the highest levels of administrative access they are routinely untracked, unmanaged and poorly secured. Auditing SSH entitlements as part of Privileged Access Management (PAM) policies can help organizations understand how well they control access to sensitive More

23:00

Saudi-Iran dispute unlikely to take Israel to war: analysts "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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An Israeli soldier stands guard in a tank in the town of Metula along Israel's border with Lebanon on November 16, 2017

An Israeli soldier stands guard in a tank in the town of Metula along Israels border with Lebanon on November 16, 2017

A rare interview given by a top Israeli general to a Saudi-owned news site has raised speculation of joint military action against Iran and its allies, but analysts say it appears unlikely.

Though Saudi Arabia and Israel have no official diplomatic ties, they share a common enemy in Tehran, with both seeking to limit the Islamic republics expanding influence in the Middle East.

Tensions between the Saudis and Iran have intensified in recent weeks, with Riyadh-backed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri stepping down over what he called Irans grip on his country.

Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which is dominant in Lebanon, is also a great enemy of Israel with which it fought a war in 2006.

Hezbollah and Iran have accused Saudi Arabia of pressing Israel to launch attacks against Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia has also accused Iran of meddling in Yemen by supporting Huthi rebels against the Riyadh-backed government.

Iranian-backed Hezbollah is an arch-foe of Israel, with which it fought a war in 2006

Iranian-backed Hezbollah is an arch-foe of Israel, with which it fought a war in 2006

In this context, comments by Israels military chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot to Elaph, a British-based news website founded by a Saudi businessman, caused a stir on Thursday.

Eisenkot said Israel and Saudi were in total agreement that Iran was the greatest threat to the Middle East, adding that the Jewish state was ready to exchange experience with the moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence information to face Iran.

Eisenkot pointed out that while Saudi Arabia and Israel had no formal relations, the two states had never directly been to war.

Quiet could shat...

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Fans too-high expectations mean Jeff Long gone "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jeff Long, War MemorialThe natives were restless. Someones head had to be chopped off. And Jeff Longs was the nearest one.

Long, as you no doubt already know, was fired as University of Arkansas Athletic Director Wednesday. Thanks to his contract, hell be paid up to $4.625 million, all from private funds and by the Athletic Department. Read the rest

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Journalism Made Possible Because of the Freedom of Information Act "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If the Freedom of Information Act were a person, who would it be? Thats a real question I asked our newsroom this week, because thats the kind of thing I randomly think about.

Really, though, I asked this of our newsroom because I genuinely want you to care about FOIA. And I thought that if I could get inside our reporters heads to understand what they envision when that acronym comes up, be it Dwight from The Office or whoever I could help you put a metaphorical face on a law that is not only fundamental to the work we do as investigative journalists but is also essential to our democracy. Plus, if you have a face to associate with FOIA, maybe that would help it stick in your brain.

If youre unfamiliar, the Freedom of Information Act is a law that allows anyone yes, including you to request records and documents from the government. This could mean, for example, a homeowner filing a request for records of government spending in their town, a lawyer filing for environmental assessments of a property or a journalist filing for records of incident reports in a prison. Although filing a FOIA request seems pretty straightforward technically, all you need to do is send a letter or email to the FOIA officer detailing your request we can vouch for the fact that, sometimes, the process can be anything but.

We at ProPublica Illinois are interested in exploring how FOIA plays out here in Illinois, and were particularly interested in hearing from non-journalists about how theyve used FOIA. So, if youve got something to tell us, email me at logan.jaffe@propublica.org.

So, let me tell you about some of the work we would not have been able to accomplish in the last month if not for FOIA. And then youll hear about some of the bizarre characters that come to mind for the reporters of those stories when they hear the word FOIA.

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Is Intels Management Engine Broken yet? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Our own [Brian Benchoff] asked this same question just six months ago in a similar headline. At that time, the answer was no. Or kind of no. Some exploits existed but with some preconditions that limited the impact of the bugs found in Intel Management Engine (IME). But 2017 is an unforgiving year for the blue teams, as lot of serious bugs have been found throughout the year in virtually every fields of computing. Researchers from Positive Technologies report that they found a flaw that allows them to execute unsigned code on computers running the IME. The cherry on top of the cake is that they are able to do it via a USB port acting as a JTAG port. Does this mean the zombie apocalypse is coming?

Before the Skylake CPU line, released in 2015, the JTAG interface was only accessible by connecting a special device to the ITP-XDP port found on the motherboard, inside a computers chassis. Starting with the Skylake CPU, Intel replaced the ITP-XDP interface and allowed developers and engineers to access the debugging utility via common USB 3.0 ports, accessible from the devices exterior, through a new a new technology called Direct Connect Interface (DCI). Basically the DCI provides access to CPU/PCH JTAG via USB 3.0. So the researchers manage to debug the IME processor itself via USB DCI, which is pretty awesome, but USB DCI is turned off by default, like one of the researchers states, which is pretty good news for the ordinary user. So dont worry too much just yet.

We recommend [Benchoff]s excellent article about IME in case you have questions about what it is. In a nutshell, IME is a completely independent processor that can control networking and hardware as long as the power cable is connected, even if the computer is turned off. Although independent, it is baked into the main processor chip (Intel inside Intel inside?) so there is no way to remove it, but there is a way to disable it, at least in some processors. Since IME is executing code on a different CPU, apparently running MINIX, its network operations bypass any OS installed and are completely invisible to the host, among other cool features. This is so cool that the EFF actually accused IME of being a backdoor.

In other news, Betteridges Law of H...

22:59

It takes money to try to hold Big Pharma accountable: Chuck Norris sues 11 drug companies for poisoning his wife "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(Natural News) Most of us are familiar with the actor Chuck Norris, hero of action shows and movies like Walker Texas Ranger and Martial Law. Norris is famous for taking on the baddies and always winning. Now, he may have taken on the biggest fight of his life.

The Daily Mail recently reported that Norris and his wife Gena are suing 11 pharmaceutical giants, claiming that she has been fighting exhaustion, pain and weakness since undergoing three MRI scans to assess her rheumatoid arthritis five years ago. The Norris family believes Gena is suffering from Gadolinium Deposition Disease, a condition triggered by the gadolinium dye used in MRI scans.

Gadolinium is the dye that provides a contrast when a patient undergoes an MRI scan. While its manufacturers claim that the metal is quickly flushed out of the body, independent studies have found that it can linger in the skin, brain and bones for far longer than that. (Stay up-to-date with the latest news and developments in healthcare at Medicine.news.)

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), American College of Radiology and other organizations insist that MRIs are safe and provide crucial, life-saving information, an increasing number of people are insisting that MRIs have caused serious...

22:57

BREAKING: We have been starved for 3 days Evans yells at prison officials "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The alleged billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, has told an Ikeja High Court, Lagos that the prison authorities, where he is currently been detained, has refused him food and has starved him for three days in a row. Evans raised the alarm during an unfriendly argument between him and prison officers immediately he was led into the courtroom in handcuffs. Evans was arraigned alongside five other suspected members of his gang, identified as: Uche Amadi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Chukwunonso Aduba and a woman,...

The post BREAKING: We have been starved for 3 days Evans yells at prison officials appeared first on Newtelegraph.

22:56

The Truth About Why Saudi Arabia and Israel Are Really Working Together "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By Darius Shahtahmasebi of The Anti-Media.org

Despite Saudi Arabias tough rhetoric and brutal assault against its neighbor, Yemen (the poorest country in the region), the unfortunate reality is that Saudi Arabia is not the strongman it has hopelessly painted itself to be. This isnt conjecture or an attempt to needlessly bolster and promote regional rivals such as Iran, as has become the trend among anti-imperialist commentators.

Yes, Saudi Arabia is an oil-rich country who uses its money to great effect on the international level. Saudi Arabias relationships with nuclear powers Russia and China have also been intensifying. However, what the media wont tell you is that theres actually a hidden reason why Russia offered to sell Saudi Arabia its advanced S-400 missile defense system while spending years flirting with selling Iran a the lesser S-300 system. According to Asia Times:

Russias carefully-calibrated weapons sales to the opposing Persian Gulf powers follows a pattern established by China over the past decade. China sells missiles to Iran as well as to the KSA, but it sells more advanced missiles to the Saudis, because the Saudis are the weaker of the two adversaries, and China wants to maintain the balance of power. Russia has been called a spoiler in the Middle East so often that the term clings like a Homeric epithet. In recent weeks, Russian policy has shifted to classic balance-of-power politics.[emphasis added]

China knows this, Russia knows this, and most importantly, Saudi Arabia knows this, too.

That is why on multiple occasions, Saudi Arabia has expressed its desire to have the battle in Iran rather than in Saudi Arabia.

And when the Kingdom says it wants to have the battle in Iran, it doesnt appear to mean that Saudi Arabia is in any way close to launching a strike or invasion anywhere close to Iran. Rather,...

22:55

Glazov Moment: Mattels Hijab-Wearing Enslaved Barbie "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this new Jamie Glazov Moment, Jamie discusses Mattels Hijab-Wearing Enslaved Barbie, unveiling how Americas toy company is normalizing vicious savagery against women and girls. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel. Please donate through our Pay Pal account to help The Glazov Gang keep going. Thank you!

22:55

Obama Warned Us This Would Happen "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A year ago today, The New Republic published Brian Beutlers piece: Obama Is Warning America About Trumps Presidency. Are You Listening?. The occasion was a press conference President Obama gave two days prior, on November 14th.  Its worth revisiting both Beutlers article and Obamas warnings.

As Beutler pointed out, President Obama was outwardly upbeat but the subtext of what he was saying was terrifying. While Obama promised to be as helpful as possible and noted repeatedly that Trump would not face the same kind of instant calamities that he had faced at the beginning of his presidency, he clearly did not think Trump was temperamentally fit to be president and did not predict success.

One concern was proper staffing.

The most important point I made, Obama told reporters at the White House, referring to his conversation last week with Trump, was that how you staffparticularly your chief of staff, your national security adviser, your White House counsel, how you set up a process and a system to surface information, generate options for a president, understanding that ultimately the president is going to be the final decision maker, that thats something thats going to have to be attended to right away.

Thats seem prescient in retrospect, considering that Trumps first National Security Adviser lasted only a few weeks and his first chief of staff only a little over half a year. We can do down the list from there, to include Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, and several other important members of his initial team.

Another concern was Trumps lack of respect for the truth.

I think there will be certain elements of his temperament that will not serve him well unless he recognizes them and corrects them, Obama added, because when youre a candidate and you say something that is inaccurate or controversial, it has less impact than it does when youre president of the United States. Everybody around the world is paying attention, markets moves. National security issues require a level of precision in order to make sure you dont make mistakes. I think he recognizes that this is different.

Trump has blundered on foreign policy matters from the outset, including famously his treatment of Taiwan and his refusal to commit to NATOs Article Five mutual defense provision. But its his bombast and imprecision on North Korea policy that had the Senate Foreign Relations Committee exploring ways to limit his ability to...

Don't Freak Out If House Passes Tax Bill "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Back on November 3rd, Eric Levitz of New York magazine took a look at what some Republican senators had already said on the record and concluded that its hard to see how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ever becomes law. His focus at that time was on Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine, and John McCain of Arizona. He didnt mention Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin who has since come out strongly against the bill.

Each of these senators have expressed slightly different concerns. John McCain is reluctant to support the process that is being used since it doesnt follow regular order. This basically means that the bill is being negotiated behind closed doors without expert testimony and open hearings. The opportunity to offer amendments will be limited, as will be the time to debate the bill on the Senate floor. For McCain, this isnt how Congress should operate and it was the primary objection he had to the effort to repeal Obamacare.

Sen. Corker is more concerned about adding to our national debt, and hes promised not to vote for a bill that hurts the nations bottom line. Unless he goes back on this promise, hes going to be a no vote.

Sen. Collins doesnt like the repeal of Obamacares individual mandate that has been added to the bill and has said that she doesnt support it. She also objects to a repeal of the Estate Tax.

Sen. Johnson complains that the bill is imbalanced in favor of large corporations. Like McCain, he also has big problems with the process.

So far, only Johnson has definitively stated that he wont vote for the bill, but the objections of the others have either not been addressed or addressed halfheartedly.

On the House side, the omens look...

Are the Trump Tax Cuts Bad Politics or Not? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Paul Waldman makes a compelling argument that the Republicans tax bill will be bad politics if it passes. Its the kind of bad policy that leaves a lot of victims who will know the cause of their distress and who will easily be able to assign responsibility for their plight.

I suspect Waldman may be a bit optimistic about those latter points, if for no other reason than that the Mighty Right-Wing Wurlitzer seems to still have a powerful ability to deflect blame and throw sand in peoples eyes. But the real question for Republicans is that theyre terrified of the alternative to passing this legislation. No matter how bad it looks, they keep asking themselves compared to what?

Its a fair point. Doing nothing will be bad politics, too, and so the real question for the GOP is which lousy option is worse.

Theres definitely some benefit to being able to accomplish something, even if its terrible. They can say they did something to harm Obamacare. They can tell their donors that they delivered the truckloads of cash. They can get Trump off their backs and off their case, if only for a little while. For everyone else, theres two sides to every story, and they can muddy the waters.

The way I see their dilemma, this is a live-to-fight-another-day strategy, and there are two ways it can be wrong. The first is if it is unnecessary and they can live to fight another day without it. The second is if it wont make a damn bit of difference in the end and itll just add to their long-term woes.

The surprising victory of Donald Trump proved that the Republicans are capable of misjudging their short-term chances and thinking theyre in a much worse spot than theyre really in. So, maybe theyre panicking without enough justification.

On the other hand, perhaps they think this will keep them from drowning but it actually wont buy them anything in terms of political victories next fall. In that case, it will almost definitely weaken them further.

I think the decisive thing is the donors. The typical large investor in the GOP wants a financial return on investment. If they dont get it, theyre not going to make more large investments.

The GOP thinks, probably correctly, that they may get wiped out next fall largely due to their idiot president. But as long as the donors feel like they were made whole, they can always make a comeback.

And so their decision to impose really bad policy on the nation is most likely the sanest of two miserable choices.

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Is Ted Cruz Texan Enough for Texas Republicans? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hey, do yall remember James Robison? No? Well, then let me have Mike Huckabee reintroduce him to you.

Despite Huckabees inclination toward a forgiving Christianity, Robisons passion drew him in. He dropped out of seminary after one year to take a job as Robisons director of communications.

The way the Moral Majority movement was actually started was there was a rally that James Robison did in 1979 that I helped cordinate, Huckabee said. It was all because of the local television station in Dallas throwing him off the air, because, in a sermon that he preached on television, Robison said homosexuality is a sin. Think: 1979, it wasnt really an outrageous statement. Anyway, they got some complaints and they told him he couldnt be on television. Well, Texas? Are you kidding me? More than ten thousand Christians came to a Freedom Rally at the Reunion Arena, in Dallas, to protest Robisons expulsion. There was this amazing energy coming up from these evangelical Christians, Huckabee said. I remember almost being frightened by it. If someone had gotten to the microphone and said, Lets go four blocks from here and take Channel 8 apart, that audience wouldve taken the last brick off the building.

Did that refresh your recollection?

Good.

It looks like James Robison isnt thrilled with Senator Ted Cruzs performance in office because the vice president and executive producer of Robisons television program Life Today is going to challenge Cruz in a primary.

Christian television executive Bruce Jacobson, who has discussed the possibility of taking on the Texas Republican in a primary, has a now live campaign website, brucefortexas.com, and Twitter handle, @brucefortexas

[Jacobson] worked in the U.S. Department of Transportation under President Ronald Reagan, and served as a deputy regional representative for the Department of Labor under President George H. W. Bush. He also served as a director of a Regional Emergency Management Team during the Bush administration.

I have a couple of other interesting tidbits to note.

A Fort Worth-based super PAC has been raising money to help a potential Jacobson campaign. The group, Texans for Texas, has raised about $25,000. It has p...

22:51

House Republicans pass historic tax reform; stock market jumps 215+ points; zero Democrat votes "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Republican House passed historic tax reform today. The final vote was 227 to 205 no votes. Every democrat voted against tax cuts for working Americans!

22:49

Syria Shows Warehouses Full of US/Western Weapons Seized From Daesh In Deir ez-Zor "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Warehouses Full of US-Made Lethal Weapons Found by Syrian Army (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

The Syrian Army has liberated new quarters of Deir ez-Zor from Daesh terrorists. During the operation the army found large warehouses with a huge number of lethal weapons. The Syrian military source told Sputnik Arabic what exactly these warehouses were storing.

According to the Syrian military source there were a lot of US-made weapons and military equipment of Western European and Israeli production. Apart from M-16 automatic rifles there were TOW anti-tank missile systems and 155 mm US field guns.

There were also Hummers, which were either used to transport people or were stuffed with bombs inside ready to explode. Israeli intelligence reconnaissance aircraft and a modern Israeli protecti...

22:48

Turkey withdraws troops from NATO drill saying Erdogans name was used in enemy chart "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Turkey has withdrawn its troops from a NATO military drill in Norway after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that his name and the picture of Turkish Republics founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were used in an enemy chart. There was an incident in Norway, Erdogan told ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party members in capital

The post Turkey withdraws troops from NATO drill saying Erdogans name was used in enemy chart appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

22:45

The Last Time These 3 Ominous Signals Appeared Simultaneously Was Just Before The Last Financial Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Last Time These 3 Ominous Signals Appeared Simultaneously Was Just Before The Last Financial Crisis by Michael Snyder The Economic Collapse Blog We have not seen a leadership reversal, a Hindenburg Omen and a Titanic Syndrome signal all...

The post The Last Time These 3 Ominous Signals Appeared Simultaneously Was Just Before The Last Financial Crisis appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:44

Gold Has Been on A Tear All Year "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Gold Has Been on A Tear All Year by Rory The Daily Coin The way gold has been moving the past few weeks its easy to overlook the 11% growth it is enjoying during 2017. As we move towards...

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22:41

The battle for existence among Sudan's journalists "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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22:36

Russian Tu-160 strategic bomber upgraded and ready for debut flight 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russia's upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M2 strategic bomber will perform its first test flight in February 2018, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin reported to President Vladimir Putin during a working meeting on Thursday. "We plan that the aircraft will be built already in 2019. Serial deliveries should begin in 2023 while we plan to carry out the first flight of the Tu-160M2, which has been rolled out of the workshop today, in February next year," the vice-premier said. "Everything is fine, just perfect. I congratulate the aircraft builders and I think we will deliver good news to the Defense Ministry [it was the Russian Defense Ministry that insisted on resuming the production of the upgraded Tu-160 aircraft, which had proven its worth as a supersonic bomber]," the Russian president said. As the vice-premier said, it was Russian President Putin who made a decision to strengthen the Russian nuclear triad, including its airborne component, by way of resuming the production of the Tu-160 strategic bomber on a new technical and technological basis. "I am reporting to you that today, these days when the Kazan Aircraft Enterprise is celebrating its 90th anniversary, the Tu-160M2 aircraft has been rolled out of the enterprise's workshop," Rogozin said.

22:35

After Slamming Bitcoin As A Money Laundering Tool, JPMorgan Busted For Money Laundering "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

After Slamming Bitcoin As A Money Laundering Tool, JPMorgan Busted For Money Laundering from ZeroHedge TDC Note Did they overlook the funding of terrorist? Still no arrest, no indictment, no further investigation, no prison time. We need some rope...

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22:34

Part of property tax deduction restored in revised tax plan, Paul Ryan "IndyWatch Feed World"

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday the House added back part of the property tax deduction in its revised tax bill. "We actually added back a $10,000 property tax deduction, in addition to the tax cuts that are in the bill that everybody gets," Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said on Fox News.

22:27

Mass Migration Forces Sweden Police to Install Hundreds of No Go Zone Microphones to Detect Crime "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Stockholm police announced a plan to place hundreds of microphones in the Jrva area of Stockholm in order to automatically alert authorities to crimes in progress as they can identify screams and other sounds.

The project is the first of its kind in Sweden and will see hundreds of microphones placed in Jrva, a heavily migrant-populated suburb of Stockholm considered to be a no-go zone by many.

The microphones will be able to automatically differentiate various sounds and when they hear particular sounds, like a woman screaming gunshots or explosions, the microphones should automatically alert police in the area through text or email Sveriges Radio reports.

Police expect that the system will be fully operational at some point in 2018 and claim that the new project could reduce their response time by an average of two minutes.

Authorities also made a note to mention that the system would not be used to record private conservations of individuals and that all the recordings would not be saved.

The Jrva police force has been plagued with problems in recent months due to a lack of personnel. A report from 2016 found up to 80 percent of Swedish police had considered switching careers and that as many as three officers quit the force every day.

22:27

France: Protests attacked by police as lacklustre unions face criticism "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Protests in Paris were attacked by police yesterday, with marchers under the CGT banner being tear-gassed as they rallied against labour laws being introduced by the Macron government stripping away labour rights. The new laws (Loi Travail) have been hugely controversial across France, sparking protests and anger across the labour movement though the countrys

22:25

ASEAN countries must act together to confront climate change "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Asean faces common challenges as a result of climate change, including sea level rise, mass migration, humanitarian crises, and international conflict. Here's how the region can work together to address these climate risks.

22:22

Putin comments on Russia's cooperation with World Health Organization "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russia's further close cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) will benefit both citizens of Russia and the United Nations member-states, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. "In 2009, our country signed an agreement on cooperating with the WHO and currently the strategy for cooperation up to 2020 is being implemented," Putin said at the meeting with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and First Deputy UN Secretary-General Amina Mohammed during the WHO global conference for ending tuberculosis.

22:21

Enough is Enough: We Need Your Support to Continue "IndyWatch Feed War"

Some of the Enough is Enough team are in Barcelona at the moment to continue our work on a documentary about the situation in Catalonia. On December 17 we will travel to Lesvos (Greece) and later to Athens to produce on the ground reports about the situation of refugees in Greece. But we need your support to be able to do that.

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We want to stay independent and want to expand our work with on the ground reporting across Europe and even beyond. Therefore we need your support. Help maintain our site and continue our work. Your donations make our work possible.

A few people of the Enough is Enough team are in Catalonia again to continue their work on a documentary about the current situation there. On December 17 we will travel to Lesvos...

22:21

Bringing up a child in toxic air "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

London, Los Angeles and Mexico city reduced once crippling levels of air pollution. Can Delhi do it too - and protect families?

22:20

Gulf oil minister: Saudi Arabia's Aramco will go public in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saudi Aramco's plan to take a portion of its business public next year will go ahead as scheduled in 2018, Oman's oil minister told CNBC Monday. At an energy industry conference in Abu Dhabi, Oman's Mohammed bin Hamad al-Rumhi was pressed for a definitive answer regarding his expectations over Saudi Aramco's potential IPO next year. He replied: "If CNBC says yes, then I say yes." The initial public offering (IPO) for the world's largest energy company is expected to take place in the second half of 2018. However, recent reports have suggested Saudi Aramco could move to delay its IPO into 2019 or even shelve the exercise altogether in favor of selling private shares to sovereign wealth funds.

22:20

Syrian terrorists now 'at war' over Israeli aid packages "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted dissident-affiliated websites as saying that a number of the FSA militants started infighting over how to distribute aid as they were receiving three Israeli vehicles with a cargo of flour bags from Commander of Tajamo al-Ahrar Abu Yazan al-Jabileh and Commander of Tajamo Abu Hamza al-Na'eimi Abu Tariq al-Qadir at gates of al-Dareeyat region. It added that the Israeli missile units shelled the road connecting the villages of al-Ma'alaqa and al-Rafid in Southern Quneitra following the escalation among the FSA terrorists. The road was cut off due to the heavy fire of Israeli forces, al-Watan added.

22:19

Oracle issues emergency patches for JOLTANDBLEED flaws "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

JoltandBleed Oracle issued an emergency patch for vulnerabilities affecting several of its products that rely on the proprietary Jolt protocol.

Oracle issued an emergency patch for vulnerabilities affecting several of its products that rely on the proprietary Jolt protocol.

The vulnerabilities were reported by experts at ERPScan who named the set of five vulnerabilities JoltandBleed.

The most critical flaw was rated with the highest CVSS base score of 9.9 and even 10.0, according to the experts it may be exploited over a network without the need for a valid username and password.

The JoltandBleed issues affect the Jolt server within Oracle Tuxedo that is used by numerous Oracles products, including Oracle PeopleSoft. An attacker can exploit the vulnerabilities to gain full access to all data stored in the following ERP systems:

  • Oracle PeopleSoft Campus Solutions
  • Oracle PeopleSoft Human Capital Management
  • Oracle PeopleSoft Financial Management
  • Oracle PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management, etc.

Below the complete list of the JoltandBleed vulnerabilities discovered by the expert:

  1. CVE-2017-10272 is a vulnerability of memory disclosure; its exploitation gives an attacker a chance to remotely read the memory of the server.
  2. CVE-2017-10267 is a vulneralility of stack overflows.
  3. CVE-2017-10278 is a vulneralility of heap overflows.
  4. CVE-2017-10266 is a vulnerability that makes it possible for a malicious actor to bruteforce passwords of DomainPWD which is used for the Jolt Protocol authentication.
  5. CVE-2017-10269 is a vulnerability affecting the Jolt Protocol; it enables an attacker to compromise the whole PeopleSoft system.

The flaw ties the way Jolt Handler (JSH) processes a command with opcode 0x32

This error is originated with that how Jolt Handler processes a command with opcode 0x32. If the package structure is incorrect, a programmer has to provide a Jolt client with a certain Jolt response indicating there is an error in the communication process, continues ERPScan.

Oracle made the patches available Tuesday for Oracle Fusion Middleware, which address all vulnerabilities.

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22:19

Govt secures 5million in emergency fund for floods victims, Greece to ask for EU aid "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greeces Economy Ministry announced on Friday announced that it has secured five million euros in emergency funding from Greeces Public Investments Programme. The money will be allocated to  cover the immediate needs of flood and natural disaster victims in West Attica and elsewhere in Greece. It is not clear, how and when this funds will

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22:18

Iran says biased French policy stoking Mideast crises "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rejecting criticism of its hegemonic regional ambitions, Tehran accuses Paris of turning potential crises into real ones

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi (YouTube screenshot)

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi (YouTube screenshot)

TEHRAN Iran said on Friday that biased French policy was stoking crises in the Middle East after Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accused it of hegemonic ambitions in the region.

Unfortunately it seems that France has a biased and partisan approach to the crises in the region and this approach, whether intentionally or not, is even contributing to turning potential crises into real ones, foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said.

Le Drian made his comments in Irans arch rival Saudi Arabia on Thursday during a visit aimed at resolving a crisis sparked by the shock resignation earlier this month of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a staunch critic of Iran.

Hariris resignation, which has not been accepted by President Michel Aoun, was widely seen as the latest salvo in an intensifying proxy war between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran, which back opposing sides in regional conflicts in countries including Syria and Yemen.

The concerns you express fly in the face of regional realities and are addressed to the wrong side, Ghassemi said in response to Le Drians comments.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, left, addresses a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir in the Saudi capital Riyadh, November 16, 2017.
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Ignoring regional realities and echoing baseless concerns that have been pulled out of....

22:17

Why Japan's knocking down its houses after 30 years "IndyWatch Feed World"

In the suburban neighbourhood of Midorigaoka, about an hour by train outside Kobe, Japan, all the houses were built by the same company in the same factory. Steel frames fitted out with panel walls and ceilings, these homes were clustered by the hundreds into what was once a brand new commuter town. But they weren't built to last. Daiwa House, one of the biggest prefabricated housing manufacturers in Japan, built this town in the 60s during a postwar housing boom. It's not unlike the suburban subdivisions of the western world, with porches, balconies and rooflines that shift and repeat up and down blocks of gently curving roads. Most of those houses built in the 60s are no longer standing, having long since been replaced by newer models, finished with fake brick ceramic siding in beiges, pinks and browns. In the end, most of these prefabricated houses - and indeed most houses in Japan - have a lifespan of only about 30 years. Unlike in other countries, Japanese homes gradually depreciate over time, becoming completely valueless within 20 or 30 years. When someone moves out of a home or dies, the house, unlike the land it sits on, has no resale value and is typically demolished. This scrap-and-build approach is a quirk of the Japanese housing market that can be explained variously by low-quality construction to quickly meet demand after the second world war, repeated building code revisions to improve earthquake resilience and a cycle of poor maintenance due to the lack of any incentive to make homes marketable for resale.

22:10

EU countries pledge to accept 34,000 refugees after UN rebuke "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sixteen EU member states say they are ready to accept 34,000 refugees from North Africa and the Middle East after the UN accused Brussels of helping Libyan authorities intercept Europe-bound refugees, Press TV reported. The offer to admit more refugees meets the European Commission's stated goal of letting in at least 50,000 refugees over the next two years in a bid to discourage them from making the risky Mediterranean crossing.

22:07

Fake News: Fox's Shep Smith's 'debunking' of Uranium One story full of holes "IndyWatch Feed World"

Fox News' Shepard Smith drew applause from liberal media outlets Tuesday in a "fact check" marred with mispronunciations and misrepresentations. Smith, one of Fox's top liberals and who frequently opposes the network's narratives, spoke at length on his show Shepard Smith Reports after Attorney General Jeff Sessions floated the idea of a special counsel to investigate recent revelations surrounding the 2010 partial sale of Canadian firm Uranium One to Russian energy giant Rosatom. The sale was approved by the Obama administration as it included the sale of 20 percent of U.S. uranium to the Russian giant.

22:06

Apple Planning on Adding Rear-Facing 3D Sensors to Future iPhones for Augmented Reality Capabilities "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In a bid to make the iPhone an augmented reality device, Apple reportedly plans to add a rear-facing 3D sensor to the iPhone in the coming years, using a different technology than that used in the front-facing Face ID sensor:

Apple Inc. is working on a rear-facing 3-D sensor system for the iPhone in 2019, another step toward turning the handset into a leading augmented-reality device, according to people familiar with the plan.

Apple is evaluating a different technology from the one it currently uses in the TrueDepth sensor system on the front of the iPhone X, the people said. The existing system relies on a structured-light technique that projects a pattern of 30,000 laser dots onto a user's face and measures the distortion to generate an accurate 3-D image for authentication. The planned rear-facing sensor would instead use a time-of-flight approach that calculates the time it takes for a laser to bounce off surrounding objects to create a three-dimensional picture of the environment.


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22:05

The future of DfID "IndyWatch Feed World"

A controversy forces Britain's aid minister out of office, and a new one takes her place. What does it mean for the Department for International Development?

22:05

World watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

22:04

Very succesful XX Birthday Festival "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

We celebrated our 20th. anniversary of the ADM from Thursday, October 12th. through Saturday. October 14th. with the biggest festival we've ever organized and on top of that with also a symposium on Cultural Free Spaces.

There were two main stages: The Mohawk stage, a giant mobile stage of Konvooi Exceptioneel that came from Groningen

22:03

Keystone Pipeline Shut down After Leaking 210,000 Gallons of Oil "IndyWatch Feed World"

(ANTIMEDIA)  The contentious Keystone Pipeline has been temporarily shut down after a 210,000-gallon oil leak was discovered in South Dakota.
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22:02

Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this piece for Nautilus, Veronique Greenwood discusses the legacy of Julian Jaynes, a psychologist best known for theorizing that consciousness was a cultural development resulting from the existence of language.

Its a remarkable thesis that doesnt fit well with contemporary thought about how consciousness works. The idea that the ancient Greeks were not self-aware raises quite a few eyebrows. By giving consciousness a cultural origin, says Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Jaynes disavows consciousness as a biological phenomenon.'

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Iraqi forces take last IS-held town in the country "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Fall of Rawa leaves Islamic State with no territory left in Iraq

22:01

Frances Macron Gambles on Jobless Benefits for Those Who Quit "IndyWatch Feed War"

Extending countrys already indebted unemployment insurance will foster growth, leader says, but unions and businesses are skeptical

French President Emmanuel Macron arriving last month for a meeting with a labor-union leader at the lyse Palace in Paris. Photo: ETIENNE LAURENT/EPA/Shutterstock

Nov. 17, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

PARISShould freelancers and workers who quit their jobs receive unemployment checks? President Emmanuel Macron of France thinks so.

The 39-year-old former investment banker is negotiating with labor unions and businesses to smooth the way for his plan to extend unemployment paymentsuntil now mainly reserved for fired or laid-off workersto people who voluntarily leave their jobs. That includes people shaking up their careers to start their own businesses or take up on-demand work like driving for Uber.

Such a change would be a groundbreakingand riskyinnovation for an economy as big as Frances, and a considerable gamble for Mr. Macron, who swept into leadership earlier this year under the banner of a host of more traditional changes to Frances labor policies.

The president says he wants France to be at the vanguard of countries experimenting with ways to manage the global shift from traditional salaried employment to a more fluid job market defined by startups and the gig economy. His plancoupled with an overhaul of state-financed trainingaims to backstop workers so they can take the kinds of professional risks that Mr. Macron sees as fueling economic growth.

Society is changing. Im not proposing to protect you against society or this change; I am proposing to arm you to find a place in this society, Mr. Macron said in a television interview last month.

His proposal is a st...

22:01

November 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

326  Old St. Peters Basilica was consecrated.

1105 Maginulf elected the Antipope Sylvester the IV.

1210 Pope Innocent III excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV.

1302 Pope Boniface VIII issued the Papal bull Unam sanctam (One Faith).

1307  William Tell shot an apple off of his sons head.

1421 A seawall at the Zuiderzee dike broke, flooding 72 villages and killing about 10,000 people.

1477  William Caxton produced Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres, the first book printed on a printing press in England.

1493  Christopher Columbus first sighted Puerto Rico.

1626  St. Peters Basilica was consecrated.

1686  Charles Francois Felix operated on King Louis XIVs anal fistula after practicing the surgery on several peasants.

1730  Frederick II (Frederick the Great), King of Prussia, was granted a royal pardon and released from confinement.

1785 David Wilkie, British artist, was born (d. 1841).

1793 The Louvre was officially opened.

1803 The Battle of Vertires, the last major battle of the Haitian Revolution, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti, the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere.

1809 In a naval action during the Napoleonic Wars, French frigates defeated British East Indiamen in the Bay of Bengal.
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22:00

Ethical analysis of racialized sexual fetishes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There are a lot of people who would rather their sexual habits and porn consumption be infinitely separated from ethical analysis, but we are unfortunately products of our time and place. Cico Three has an excellent, if somewhat technical analysis on interracial porn, examining the historical themes and consequences of white/black pairings depicted in pornography:

Skin Diamond notes that, Interracial is only interracial if it involves a Black man and a white girl. Sexton concurs writing, to be considered interracial, especially in the U.S. context, [a relationship] must involve a Black person. This is not always the case, of course, and there are myriad historical examples of hysteria prompted by the prospect of sexual encounter between whites and nonblack people of color. What I sense, however, is that within the racist imagination, relationships with blacks, whether the other is white or a nonblack person of color, constitute interracial relationships par excellence.

Diamond continues, Technically, most of my porn is interracial but because Im a Black chick, it doesnt count. People only wanna see the taboo of a Black man with a white girl. Diamonds analysis of her scenes with white or other non-Black men not counting speaks again to the inviolability of Black women and has two meanings. It doesnt count in both marketing and accounting. This plays out in different earning potential for white and Black women performers.

The higher earning potential happens in two ways. White women performers, especially successful ones, often follow a progression of roles. Lexington Steeledescribes it, There are situations where it could be the industry, whether its her boyfriend, her husband or management that suggests she either doesnt do [interracial] at all, or waits until a certain time when her rates can appreciate over time. Where its: girl-girl to boy-girl to anal to DP [double penetration] to, and then the ultimate she can charge her most is when she finally does interracial. This is career path is unavailable to Black women performers whose scenes are always already racial but never inter from an earning perspective, even when explicitly pointed out as such. For example Nyomi Banxxx recalled about a scene with a white male performer, I had this conversation with my agent. I had this conversation with a director, because we were arguing about rate. I said, I need to get paid for an interracial rate, IR. No thats not IR. This is one reason why Misty Stone says, Black performers do the same amount of work...

22:00

Watch: The Story of Binota Gayen, First Woman E-Rickshaw Driver in Govindpuri "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

When Binota Gayen bought her rickshaw in May last year, she became the first woman e-rickshaw driver in Govindpuri, Delhi.

She has been mocked by neighbours and also braved aggression from her male peers, but none of that has stopped Gayen from becoming a proud, self-employed woman fearlessly driving around the roads of South Delhi.

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22:00

1948 Talbot Lago T26 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

French automobile producer Talbot produced spectacular cars. The earlier Talbot Lagos were outrageous, gorgeous, and unique. This 1948 is understated in its elegance, a uniquely beautiful car. The design cues are a harbinger of things to come from other marquees such as Ferrari. Example such as this one regularly fetch 7 figures at auction.     Source: Classic

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22:00

Is Behavior Economics Good Economics? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By: Frank Shostak
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Recently, a relatively new economics called Behavioral Economics (BE) has started to gain popularity. Its practitioners such as Daniel Kahneman, Vernon Smith and Richard Thaler were awarded Nobel prizes for their contribution in the field of BE.

The BE framework emerged on account of dissatisfaction with the neo-classical theory regarding consumer choices. A major problem with the neo-classical theory that people presented as if a scale of preferences is hard-wired in their heads. Regardless of anything else, this scale remains the same all the time.

The practitioners of BE hold that this is a very unrealistic case. Hence, to make the mainstream framework more realistic they suggested introducing psychology into economics.

It is held that peoples emotional state is going to influence their decision-making process. Thus, if consumers are becoming more optimistic regarding the future then this is going to be an important message to businesses regarding their investment decisions.

According to BE researchers whether consumers are generally patient or impatient determines whether or not they are inclined to spend or save today. If they are more patient and save more, then this can generate funds for entrepreneurs new investment projects.

Behavioral economists emphasize the importance of personality. An emphatic person is regarded more likely to make altruistic choices. Impulsive people are more likely to be impatient and not so good at saving up for their retirement. Venturesome people are more likely to take risks  they will be more likely to gamble (see Michelle Baddeley's Behavioural Economics. A Very Short Introduction).

While the BE criticism of mainstream economics is valid, the question arises whether BE solves the issue of unchanged consumer preferences and presents consumers as real people and not as human machines.

The key here is the definition of what human beings are all about. According to BE, people are not rational in a sense that they are using reason in various decisions. According to BE practitioners, the key driver for consumer choices are emotions. For instance, the Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith holds,

People like to believe that good decision making is a consequence of the use of reason, and that any influence that the emotions might have is antithetical to good decisions. What is not appreciated by Mises and others who simila...

Running Bitcoin node and ElectrumX server "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

I've been tempted to run own ElectrumX server for quite some. First attempt was to run this on Turris Omnia router, however that turned out to be impossible due to memory requirements both Bitcoind and ElectrumX have.

This time I've dedicated host for this and it runs fine:

Electrum connecting to btc.cihar.com

The server runs Debian sid (probably it would be doable on stretch as well, but I didn't try much) and the setup was pretty simple.

First we need to install some things - Bitcoin daemon and ElectrumX dependencies:

# Bitcoin daemon, not available in stretch
apt install bitcoind

# We will checkout ElectrumX from git
apt install git

# ElectrumX deps
apt install python3-aiohttp

# Build environment for ElectrumX deps
apt install build-essentials python3-pip libleveldb-dev

# ElectrumX deps not packaged in Debian
pip3 install plyvel pylru

# Download ElectrumX sources
su - electrumx -c 'git clone https://github.com/kyuupichan/electrumx.git'

Create users which will run the services:

adduser bitcoind
adduser electrumx

Now it's time to prepare configuration for the services. For Bitcoin it's quite simple - we need to configure RPC interface and enable transaction index in /home/bitcoind/.bitcoin/bitcoin.conf:

txindex=1
listen=1
rpcuser=bitcoin
rpcpassword=somerandompassword

The ElectrumX configuration is quite simple as well and it's pretty well documented. I've decided to place it in /etc/electrumx.conf:

COIN=BitcoinSegwit
DB_DIRECTORY=/home/electrumx/.electrumx
DAEMON_URL=http://bitcoin:somerandompassword@localhost:8332/
TCP_PORT=50001
SSL_PORT=50002
HOST=::

DONATION_ADDRESS=3KPccmPtejpMczeog7dcFdqX4oTebYZ3tF

SSL_CERTFILE=/etc/letsencrypt/live/btc.cihar.com/fullchain.pem
SSL_KEYFILE=/etc/letsencrypt/live/btc.cihar.com/privkey.pem

REPORT_HOST=btc.cihar.com
BANNER_FILE=banner

I've decided to control both services using systemd, so it's matter of creating pretty simple units for that. Actually the Bitcoin one closely matches the one I've used on Turris Omnia and the ElectrumX the one they ship, but there are some...

21:59

Malaysia Airlines recovery shadowed by politics "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Buffeted by two of global aviation's recent worst disasters, the renationalized carrier's foreign-led restructuring has been hit by alleged political meddling


Buffeted by two of global aviations worst disasters in recent history, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plans for a turnaround were never going to be easy. Alleged political meddling in the state-held airline is complicating matters, with the recent resignation of two foreign chief executives raising even wider questions.

In August 2014, Khazanah Nasional, Berhad a Malaysian state investment fund that previously owned 69% of the carrier, became its sole stakeholder in a US$430 million bailout.

Earlier that year, MAS lost two aircraft, the still unresolved disappearance of Flight MH370 and the shooting down of Flight MH17 over Ukraine, sending its finances into a downward spiral.

The national carrier was delisted from the countrys stock market, effectively renationalizing the carrier, and aggressively restructured. Khazanah unveiled a five-year recovery plan, dubbed as rebuilding a national icon, to reverse massive losses and return to profitability in three years. The plan set a target date of March 2019 for a new initial public offering.

Two foreign chief executives were hired in short succession to professionalize management and in hope that international expertise could restore its fortunes. MAS has cut 6,000 jobs since Khazanahs takeover while various unprofitable long-haul routes to North and South America have been discontinued.

Read the full story at the Asia Times.
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21:56

A Youthful Remedy for Africas Youth Unemployment "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

To create enough jobs for its young people, African countries will need to improve education, expand access to financial services, and encourage civic participation, among other measures. But the biggest impact will come when young people are fully empowered to pursue entrepreneurship.

21:55

Sylvester Stallone Denies Claims He Sexually Assaulted Teenage Fan In 1986 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Actor Sylvester Stallone has vehemently denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in a Las Vegas hotel room. According to a police report, the teenager claimed Stallone, who was 40 at the time, [...]

21:55

The Chemweb With Robert Deutsch "IndyWatch Feed World"

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21:55

Electronic Ban lifted onboard MEAs flights bound to London "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Middle East Airlines just announced today to all its passengers that the ban on the carriage of larger phones, laptops and tablets in the cabin on-board MEA flights to London was finally lifted. Seven months ago, the UK issued a flight ban on anything electronic larger than a normal smartphone for direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

The carriers affected are Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Egyptair. Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air and Saudia.

21:46

Consultant Climate Policy and Finance "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

South Pole's climate experts provide advice to corporations, governments, development banks and cities on the design, implementation and monitoring of policies, programs, projects and green financing solutions, as well as the use of existing and upcoming market-based instruments, to tackle the challenge of climate change mitigation.

21:45

New York Fed: Underlying Inflation Hits 11-Year High "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

New York Fed: Underlying Inflation Hits 11-Year High by Wolf Richter Wolf Street Something is moving beneath the surface. Today is inflation day. After the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Consumer Price Index for October this morning, several...

The post New York Fed: Underlying Inflation Hits 11-Year High appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:43

Moodys raises India rating, citing reforms "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP | Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept to power three years ago on a promise to reform Indias economy and create jobs for the growing youth population

NEW DELHI (AFP)  Moodys on Friday upgraded Indias credit rating for the first time in more than a decade, citing economic reforms introduced under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The move comes almost two months after the Moodys and Standard & Poors lowered their ratings on regional rival China citing the countrys ballooning debt burden.

Moodys raised its rating on India to Baa2 from Baa3, the first such move since January 2004, saying recent reforms would enhance productivity, stimulate foreign and domestic investment and foster strong and sustainable growth.

These include a new national goods and services tax and a controversial 2016 ban on high-value bank notes aimed at tackling widespread tax evasion.

Continued progress on economic and institutional reforms will, over time, enhance Indias high growth potential, the agency said.

Modi swept to power in 2014 on a promise to reform Indias economy and create jobs for a burgeoning youth population.

But critics point out that joblessness remains high and the reforms have not come without pain.

They have acted as a drag on growth, which hit a three year low of 5.7 percent in the first quarter of the current financial year.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley called the upgrade a belated recognition of all the positive steps which have been taken in India in the last few years.

Its extremely encouraging that theres an international recognition and it merely furthers our determination to follow the track which we have embarked upon, Jaitley told reporters.

The move boosted Indian stocks more than one percent, while the rupee strengthened to 64.86 against the dollar, from Thursdays 65.29.


21:41

Why the Elite Are Dumping the Dollar and Running to Cryptocurrency: The Life Boat Project "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

Why are worlds elite running from the US dollar? What is taking its place?

21:40

AMDGPU DC Pull Request Submitted For Linux 4.15 Kernel - 132,395 Lines Of Code "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

One day after submitting the main DRM feature pull request for Linux 4.15, David Airlie of Red Hat has submitted the secondary pull request that would feature the long-awaited introduction of AMDGPU DC into the mainline kernel...

21:37

UK pushes for trade talks to solve Northern Ireland border issue Theres a sense of jumping into the dark here. Johnson and Coveney publicly disagree on a series of issues during early morning press conference "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

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Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney and UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson

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DUBLIN (AFP)  British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Friday called on Brussels to move on to post-Brexit trade talks to solve the Irish border issue, despite a warning from the EU that London still had work to do.

The issues of the Northern Irish border and how it works are intellectually, intimately bound up with the questions of the customs union, the single market, Britains relationship with those.

Those questions have been reserved by the (European) Commission for study in stage two of the negotiations. I think logically now is the time to proceed to stage two, Johnson said at a Dublin press conference with his Irish counterpart Simon Coveney.

Deciding the future of Britains only land border with the European Union has been a top priority for Brussels, with all sides determined to avoid a return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

We need to get on with this, but our view is that you can only really crack the problem in the context of a wider understanding of how the new customs arrangements are going to work, said Johnson.

May under pressure?

The foreign ministers comments followed a warning from European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, who on Friday said Britain must do more work before moving onto trade talks.

The clock is ticking. I hope that we will be able to come to an agreement as far as the divorce is concerned at the December council (summit) but work has still to be done, Juncker told reporters as he arrived at an EU summit in Gothenburg, Sweden.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and her Brexit minister, David Davis, are also in Gothenburg for the ?European Social Summit.

After London failed to convince Brussels last month that sufficient progress had been made in divorce talks to move onto negotiating a future trade deal, Davis on Friday called on the EU to compromise.

Surprise, surprise: nothing comes for nothing in this world, he told the BBC in Gothenburg.

Various EU countries can see there are big, big benefits in the future deal that were talking about, he added.

Arriving at the summit, May said she hoped the EU would respond positively to British proposals so that negotiators could move on to discuss future ties.

...

21:35

Intel Coffee Lake & Cannonlake Thermal Support In Linux 4.15 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

While Intel Coffee Lake hardware is shipping already, a few bits of tardy kernel code for these "8th Gen Core" CPUs is only hitting the Linux 4.15 kernel. The Intel DRM driver is most notably enabling Coffee Lake graphics by default in 4.15, but there's also some thermal code now landing among other changes now happening...

21:35

Capitalism Collapsing from Inequality... Blame Russia! "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

No one who is promoting the Russiagate allegations is trying to debate William Binneys allegations. Instead, all of the newsmedia are plastered with allegations of Russias meddling in American democracy.

21:33

Dissolution of Cambodia's main opposition party condemned "IndyWatch Feed World"

An interntional legal organisations has joined in condemnations of Cambodia's Supreme Court decision to dissolve the main opposition political party.

21:33

The Clash of Civilizations for Dummies: Judeas War Between Christianity and Islam. "IndyWatch Feed War"

The clash of Civilizations for Dummies: Judeas War Between Christianity and Islam   By Sabba, 16NOV17 INTRODUCTION In this day and age where the Jews DO control the media and thus maintain 110% control of the discourse, most people have heard the phrase of clash of civilizations, a paradigm whereby the world of Islam []

21:30

Top 5 Top Veterans Stories in Todays News Nov. 17, 2017 - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We encourage you to browse our list so that you can take what you want and keep what you need.

21:28

Brexit: Davis says the UK has compromised in talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

BBC News

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David Davis: Nothing comes for nothing in negotiationsVideo:http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42023765

David Davis says he has been offering some creative compromises and not always got them back in Brexit talks.

He told the BBCs Laura Kuenssberg many EU countries do want to move on in the negotiations because they can see it is very important to their economies.

But it was, he added, a 27 country decision.

The EU says negotiations cannot move on to trade until questions about the UK divorce bill, citizens rights and Northern Ireland are resolved.

The Brexit secretary said the UK had made concessions on the right of EU citizens to vote in local elections in the UK among other things.

In a speech in Berlin on Thursday, he warned against putting politics above prosperity in Britains post-Brexit relationship with the EU.

He outlined his hopes for a deal that allows for the freest possible trade in goods and services and said he thought it incredibly unlikely there would be no deal.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said Mr Daviss speech was delivered politely but implied pretty significant frustrations on the UK side with the EUs attitude.

The Brexit Secretary, she added, had not offered anything specific including on what the EU regards as the vital issue of money in his speech to move things on.

Creative compromises

Asked whether it was Germany and France that were most reluctant to open the next phase of talks, Mr Davis said they cle...

21:26

Red Scares, Then and Now "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Russias interference in American and European elections constitutes a serious offense. But by treating Russian President Vladimir Putin and his cronies as an existential threat, Western leaders are playing directly into the Kremlins hands, and validating its false narrative about Russias place in the world.

21:25

Brexit has caused Europeans to doubt what sort of country Britain is, David Davis says "IndyWatch Feed War"

Brexit Secretary insists to German audience that UK is the same country it was before the vote

By Jon Stone Europe Correspondent
The Independent

Brexit has caused Europeans to doubt what sort of country Britain is, David Davis admits

Britains vote to leave the EU has left many Europeans with doubts about what kind of country we are following last years vote to leave the bloc, the Brexit Secretary says.

Speaking to an audience in Berlin, David Davis insisted that the UK did not want to isolate itself after withdrawal and that the UK was the same country that weve always been as he spelled out his vision for a bespoke, comprehensive trade deal between Britain and the EU covering services as well as goods.

The minister also insisted that the decision to leave the single market and customs union was not an ideological one and that the UK had decided to quit the economic bloc out of respect for the indivisibility of the EUs four freedoms.

I recognise that, since the referendum last year, some in the European Union have had their doubts about what kind of country we are, or indeed what we stand for, he said, speaking at the Sddeutsche Zeitung economic conference.

Now if you want to know the mind of a nation all one must do is read its press, so with that in mind I looked through some copies of Suddeutsche Zeitung. I read that Britain wants to isolate itself, that we are  short-sighted islanders, or Inselbewohner.

Well Im afraid I have to disagree. We are the same country we have always been, with the same valu...

21:20

Holistic Doctors Are the Most Endangered Species In America "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

Holistic doctors are the most endangered species in America. At least 77 holistic doctors have been murdered in the past 2 years.

 

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21:16

Unblock my $5.8 million, N3.5 billion, Patience Jonathan urges court "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, on Thursday asked the Federal High Court, Abuja, to set aside an order which froze her bank accounts containing $5.8 million and N3.5 billion. Mrs. Jonathan asked the court to set aside the order it made on May 30 on the grounds that it had expired. The former first lady told the court, through her counsel, Mike Ozekhome, that the order of interim forfeiture, including the one issued on October 10 had been spent and could not be extended. According to her,...

The post Unblock my $5.8 million, N3.5 billion, Patience Jonathan urges court appeared first on Newtelegraph.

21:15

Are The Globalists Moving Forward With Their One Currency Agenda? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Are The Globalists Moving Forward With Their One Currency Agenda? Video X22 Report The report is out the Obamacare signups are those who already had Obamacare they are renewing, the new signups are nonexistent. Al Franken is caught groping...

The post Are The Globalists Moving Forward With Their One Currency Agenda? (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:15

2018 Budget: Buhari, Osinbajo to spend N11.545 billion "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Details of the 2018 budget have revealed that the State House which comprises the president and vice presidents offices, and state house administration will spend N11.545 billion in 2018.   The President and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo will also spend N1.001 billion on travels in 2018.   The amount breaks down to N751.3 million for international travels, and N250.02 million for local travels.   Another N907 million would be spent on a phased acquisition of new vehicles and spare parts in the presidential fleet during the year.   N83. 77 million will...

The post 2018 Budget: Buhari, Osinbajo to spend N11.545 billion appeared first on Newtelegraph.

21:15

Eastern Europe's Dark past Could Hinder Its Future "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Doing this is crucial for the health of the democracy of these countries, and it is also crucial for us. If the events of this past weekend are any indication, one day the American public may wake up to an Eastern Europe whose governments overwhelmingly draw inspiration and legitimacy from heroes with dark nationalist pasts, including Nazi collaboration. By the time that happens, it may very well be too late to change anything.

21:13

Climate Clown Macron Taunts Trump, Demands Green Trade Tariffs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall French President Climate Clown Emmanuel Macron has demanded green trade tariffs be raised against countries which do no share the EUs climate goals. Emmanuel Macron vows to replace every dollar Donald Trump withdraws from climate change efforts French President says France will step in to maintain funding for major international

21:13

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21:12

US Military and CIA Leaders May Be Investigated for War Crimes "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Military and CIA Leaders May Be Investigated for War Crimes

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21:12

Palestinian torture survivors hunt ghosts of their past "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestinian torture survivors hunt ghosts of their past   Jesse Rubin The Electronic Intifada 14 November 2017 A scene from Raed Andonis Ghost Hunting. Somewhere in Ramallah, footsteps echo against the concrete of an empty warehouse basement. Raed Andoni guides a handcuffed and hooded man into a cavernous, gray room, his hand on the mans []

21:08

Libya: damned if we do and damned if we dont "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Given the complex attitudes towards foreign interventions in Libya, we need a clear strategy that stands up to local, regional, and international scrutiny.

Soldiers of the Libyan UN-backed government forces gather on a street in Aziziya, Warshaffana, Libya, on Nov. 10, 2017 hours after taking control of the largest military camp in the area. Picture by Hamza Turkia/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images. All rights reserved.Frustrated by the lack of media time given to local Libyan reactions to international actions, I have just finished a project funded by the Remote Control Project to interview a wide range of local stakeholders (including civil society activists, businessmen, officials, Islamist leaders, former ministers and former fighters) to elicit views on the less-well known but ongoing international military intervention in the Libyan conflict since the NATO campaign to topple Gadhafi ended in 2011.

The responses highlighted the damned if you do, damned if you dont dilemma faced by governments currently seeking to contain the spread of violent extremist groups in the country and protect their own security. On the one hand, foreign intervention has generally elicited a negative response in Libya, where pride in national sovereignty and mistrust of international intentions run deep. Then, on the other, there is a keen sense of abandonment following the ousting of Gaddafi when the international community left the country vulnerable to meddling by a wide range of local and regional actors.

How to resolve the conflict in Libya remains one of the most difficult and important questions facing policy-makers today. The country has been mired in crisis ever since the toppling of the former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gadhafi in 2011. Beyond the humanitarian costs of the ongoing turmoil, the boost in available weapons has fuelled conflicts across the continent. Libyas proximity to...

21:07

EU Army, Biden Gaga, Digital Pills New World Next Week "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

This week on the New World Next Week: the EU superstate gets its army; Biden and Gaga team up for sexual assault trauma centers; and the digital pill comes to a schizophrenic near you.

21:06

Nationalism needs the inspiration so desperately needed in these early days of that better nation. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Aaron Murray, political researcher working in London. He is also on Twitter @aaronmurray87

Engraved on the Canongate wall of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood is a phrase Alasdair Gray described as inspiring but not boastful. Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation it reads. Widely attributed to Gray, it is the creation of Canadian poet Dennis Lee from his exploration of citizenship, Civil Eligies. In recent years it became a credo of the Scottish nationalist movement in advance of 2014s independence referendum.

The call encapsulates what inspired so many in the movement for an independent Scotland. Often branded as narrow-nationalists, the Yes movement was not without fault, but in its ranks were those who sought not just a different state, but a better nation. Even the most hardened unionist would find it difficult to critique the work which went into imagining a new Scotland. The case for independence was often branded idealistic and naive, but only because those behind the movement refused to limit their vision to a new passport and a more powerful parliament.

In Ireland the constitutional question is back in a way few could have foreseen even a decade ago. The hedgerow border, so irrelevant over the last two decades, is threatening to make a return and on a weekly basis we hear personal stories of how it could divide hinterlands, halt economic cooperation and ruin some lovely gardening if erected in its former guise.

High time, you would imagine, for the endeavour needed in the early days of that better nation. But nationalism in the north, where any debate on unity will ultimately be held, seems high on confidence, but bereft of ideas, filled with outrage but short on solutions and where flexibility and new coalitions are required, it tends to its old guard and die-hard believers.

At Augusts File an Phobail in Belfast Deputy Leader of Sinn Fein Mary Lou Mc Donald delivered a talk titled A United Ireland is inevitable. Inevitability is the descriptor of choice in nationalist circles. Content with organising the victory parade before securing qualification, proponents of unity are using language which is at best premature, at worst exclusionary and arrogant. What does talk of inevitability say to loyalist communities who fear the imposition of a united Ireland? It says little of a shared journey to a new Ireland which would protect all persuasions and cultures. It fails to recognise the body of work required to put flesh on the bones of the nebulous concept of Irish unity. And, ultimately, it sends a tacit message to believers to sit back and wait for the promised land without moderating their own views.

Within nationalism there are sporadic takes on persuading the majority of the citizens of the north who look sceptically at unity. Sinn Feins Matt Carthy wrot...

21:06

Video: Fighting to show the truth in Gaza "IndyWatch Feed War"

Video: Fighting to show the truth in Gaza   I want to change my perspective, go and see different places in the world, says Ezz Zanoun, a Palestinian photographer in Gaza. In 2006, Ezz witnessed his brother Mohammad, a photographer, get hit by an Israeli missile that exploded 10 meters from him. Mohammad was severely []

21:05

Kaspersky provided further details on NSA Incident. Other APTs targeted the same PC "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Kaspersky Lab publishes a full technical report related to hack of its antivirus software to steal NSA hacking code.

In October, anonymous source claimed that in 2015 the Russian intelligence stole NSA cyber weapons from the PC of one of its employees that was running the Kaspersky antivirus.

Kaspersky denies any direct involvement and provided further details about the hack, but it wasnt a good period for the firm.

In September, the US Government banned the Russian security firm from all federal government systems.

The PC was hacked after the NSA employee installed a backdoored key generator for a pirated copy of Microsoft Office.

Kaspersky Lab, published in October a detailed report on the case that explains how cyber spies could have easily stolen the software exploits from the NSA employees Windows PC.

In October many media accused Kaspersky of helping the Russian intelligence for the detection of the US cyber-weapons on the PC via its security solutions, but according to the security firm the situation is quite different.

According to the telemetry logs collected by the Russian firm, the staffer temporary switched off the antivirus protection on the PC, and infected his personal computer with a spyware from a product key generator while trying to use a pirated copy of Office.

On September 11, 2014, Kaspersky antivirus detected the Win32.GrayFish.gen trojan on the NSA employees PC, some time later the employee disabled the Kaspersky software to execute the activation-key generator

Then the antivirus was reactivated on October 4, it removed the backdoored key-gen tool from the NSA employees PC and uploaded it to Kasperskys cloud for further analysis.

Kaspersky offered to hand over the source code of its solution to the US experts, to prove it wasnt up involved in any cyber espionage operation.

Back to the present, Kaspersky published a new report that sheds the light on the investigation conducted by the firm on the NSA-linked Equation Group APT.

Kaspersky began running searches in its databases since June 2014, 6 months prior to the year the alleged hack of its antivirus, for all alerts triggered containing wildcards such as HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Equestre.*. The experts...

21:04

London Grenfell disaster victims named "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 16 November 2017 video from London, England is called Grenfell fire: Police Reveal Final Death Toll Five Months After Tragedy.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Police name last Grenfell victims

Friday 17th November 2017

Labour calls for sprinkler cash as final death toll hits 71

LABOUR again called on the government to find the cash to install sprinklers in high-rises yesterday after the final two victims of the Grenfell Tower fire were identified.

Mother and daughter Victoria King, 71, and Alexandra Atala, 40, were said by family members to have died side by side.

The total number who died is 71, including a baby who was stillborn in hospital after his parents escaped the tower.

Shadow housing minister John Healey said: Now the agonising wait is over and it has finally been confirmed that 71 people died in the devastating Grenfell Tower fire, we again send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones.

The government must now step up its work to help the survivors of the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower, most of whom are still in hotels more than five months after the fire.

Ministers must also use the forthcoming Budget to urgently act to make the homes of high-rise re...

21:03

Scotland On Track For Record Renewable Energy Year; Why Are Scottish BiFab Wind Energy Jobs In Danger? #BattleforBiFab "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Is it just a weird coincidence that this happened during the Climate Conference? Or is it a backdoor attempt to make Scotland depend on coal, oil and gas, especially if Germanys RWE (called Npower in the UK) and the UKs SSE merge? SSE owns 40% of the Beatrice Offshore Wind Ltd (BOWL) project, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) owns 35%, and Chinas Red Rock Power owns 25%, according to the SSE web site. BiFab is a (sub)contractor on the BOWL project to Dutch SHL. RWE operates the largest open pit coal mine in Europe.

Even as Scotland is on track for a record year of renewable electricity generation, with output in the first half of 2017 17% greater than the same period in 2016., and renewables delivered the equivalent of 54% of Scotlands gross electricity consumption in 2016, Scottish wind energy jobs are endangered due to a contract dispute. Approximately 1400 jobs are in jeopardy in Scotland because a Scottish subcontractor (BiFab) to Dutch (SHL) the (main) contractor, working for British utility SSE, hasnt been paid for work done. Reportedly over 2/3rds of the work has been completed by BiFab but theyve been paid for less than 40% by SHL. (On SSE see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSE_plc )

2 1/2 minute video on BiFab and the work-in: http:...

21:01

Dramatic family rescue as torrential rains flood Central Greece (videos, picts) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

With boats and paddles rescue teams of the Greek fire brigades try to bring a family of four  into safety. They are trapped in the floods in Variko by Litochoro in Central Greece. Tons of water fell in the Prefecture of Pieria in Central Greece in the last twelve hours flooding large parts of agricultural

The post Dramatic family rescue as torrential rains flood Central Greece (videos, picts) appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

21:00

CRYPTO-CORRUPTION "IndyWatch Feed War"

The more I hear about crypto-currencies, the more I don't like them. In fact, I tend to get very cautious when it becomes more

The post CRYPTO-CORRUPTION appeared first on Giza Death Star.

21:00

Explainer: As Congress Rakes Up Rafale Fighter Jet Purchase, Modi Government Needs to Come Up With Answers "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Breaking down the details of the defence contract and key political debates around it.

A Dassault Aviation logo is pictured on the company booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse/Files

A Dassault Aviation logo is pictured on the company booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse/Files

New Delhi: Listen, all of you keep asking me so many questions and I happily answer them. I want to ask why dont you question the prime minister over the...

20:59

Debate: Rejecting Commonalities Between Ambedkar and Periyar Is Equivalent to Denying Facts "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Ambedkars position on Brahmins and on post-independent India was quite similar to Periyars.

B.R. Ambedkar (left), Periyar. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

I am puzzled by P.A. Krishnans response to my piece in The Wire. To reiterate, I wrote that piece to essentially show that both anti-caste crusaders Babasaheb Ambedkar and Periyar had a lot in common, worked in tandem on several issues and believed that Brahamanical Hinduism was fundamental to the perpetuation of the caste system. I also tried to show that by talking about Brahmins, both Ambedkar and Periyar referred to a governing class that wielded power along multiple realms, their power emanating from caste ideology sanctioned by Brahmanical Hinduism. I wanted to point out that Ambedkars position on Brahmins, and on post-independent India, was quite similar to Periyars, contrary to what Krishnan wants us to believe.

If Periyar can be read as a Brahmin-hater, so can Ambedkar. If Periyar can be read as an anti-national, so can Ambedkar. What I therefore tried to show was that both of them read the Brahmins as a governing class and the nationalist movement as one dominated by a Brahmin-Baniya elite seeking to reinforce their power in the guise of nationalism. Merely upholding Nehru and Gandhi as ones teachers does not constitute a...

20:57

You Will Know a Liberal By Their Lies- Roy Moore "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

It is the simplest detective work I have done. How to tell that Roy Moores detractors are lying.

 

 

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20:55

Improved ability to predict strength and duration of droughts caused by La Nia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Two new studies from The University of Texas at Austin have significantly improved scientists' ability to predict the strength and duration of droughts caused by La Nia - a recurrent cooling pattern in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Their findings, which...... Read more

20:50

Debt Rattle November 17 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Arthur Rothstein Night view, downtown section. Dallas, Texas 1942   Americas Racial Wealth Gap Is Staggering And Government-Created (BI) Australias Private Debt Juggernaut Rolls On (LFE) John Malone says Amazon is a Death Star (CNBC) Einhorn Says Issues That Caused the Crisis Are Not Solved (BBG) Corporate Zombies Are

The post Debt Rattle November 17 2017 appeared first on The Automatic Earth.

20:50

Todays EPO and Team UPC Do Not Work for Europe But Actively Work Against Europe "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Their goal is to have more European companies sued (lawyers profit from it)

The day that the software sector forms a clear front against software patents, as pharma does for a unitary patent system will be the day our cause comes close to winning. Pieter Hintjens (he died last year)

Summary: The tough reality that some Europeans actively work to undermine science and technology in Europe because they personally profit from it and how this relates to the Unitary Patent (UPC), which is still aggressively lobbied for, sometimes by bribing/manipulating the media, academia, and public servants

WE HAVE often shown that EPO benefits US interests more than European interests because large multinational corporations take precedence/priority over local European companies. Moreover, the EPO often contracts US-based companies, e.g. for PR/reputation laundering. What is even the point calling it EPO? The only European thing about it is the staff. We said that years ago.

What is even the point calling it EPO? The only European thing about it is the staff.Yesterday, the EPO published (warning: epo.org link) this news [sic] that reinforces the view regarding detachment from science and technology. The EPO listens not to industry or actual engineers; it does not even listen to European ones. It often feels like the EPO is working for US lobbies (IPO and AIPLA, which are aggressively in favour software patents [1, 2]) and in the EPOs own words:

The EPO and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO a US association of patent attorneys mainly in industry) have a long standing relationship. IPO is, together with the AIPLA, the American counterpart for Trilateral and IP5 industry meetings.

What an inappropriate meeting. Longtime readers of ours probably know the true nature of IPO and AIPLA; they are not friends/allies but foes/enemies of science and technology. They only serve themselves. What motivates the EPO to meet t...

20:49

Iran says Frances biased stance threatens regional stability "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Frances Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attends a joint news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

November 17, 2017

ANKARA (Reuters) Iran accused France of fuelling tension in the Middle East by taking a biased stance on Tehrans regional policy, state TV reported on Friday.

It seems that France has a biased view towards the ongoing crises and humanitarian catastrophes in the Middle East this view fuels regional conflicts, whether intentionally or unintentionally, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday that France was worried about Irans involvement in the Middle East crisis and the countrys disputed ballistic missile program.

Iran has repeatedly rejected Frances call for talks on its missile program, saying it was defensive and unrelated to a nuclear agreement with world powers in 2015.

Paris suggested that new European Union sanctions against Iran may be discussed over its missile tests. But EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini seemed to dismiss that idea on Tuesday, keen to avoid risks to the hard-won deal that curbed Irans nuclear activity.

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi, editing by Larry King)

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20:46

Saudi Coup Signals War And The New World Order Reset "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The following article by Brandon Smith was originally published at Alt-Market.com.

For years now, I have been warning about the relationship of interdependency between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and how this relationship, if ended, would mean disaster for the petrodollar system and by extension the dollars world reserve status.

In my recent articles Lies And Distractions Surrounding The Diminishing Petrodollar and The Economic End Game Continues,  I point out that the death of the dollar as the premier petrocurrency is actually a primary goal for establishment globalists. Why? Because in an effort to achieve what they sometimes call the global economic reset, or the new world order, a more publicly accepted centralized global economy and monetary framework is paramount. And, this means the eventual implementation of a single world currency and a single global economic and political authority above and beyond the dollar system.

But, it is not enough to simply initiate such socially and fiscally painful changes in a vacuum. The banking powers are not interested in taking any blame for the suffering that would be dealt to the masses during the inevitable upheaval (or blame for the suffering that has already been caused). Therefore, a believable narrative must be crafted. A narrative in which political intrigue and geopolitical crisis make the new world order a NECESSITY; one that the general public would accept or even demand as a solution to existing instability and disaster.

That is to say, the globalists must fashion a propaganda story to be used in the future, in which selfish nation-states abused their sovereignty and created conditions for calamity, and the only solution was to end that sovereignty and place all power into the hands of a select few wise and benevolent men for the greater good of the world...

20:45

New Pension Legislation Doomed to Fail "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

New Pension Legislation Doomed to Fail From Birch Gold Group The pension crisis has been news for some time now, but its finally gotten so bad that U.S. politicians are now proposing legislation to solve the problems facing private pensions. But...

The post New Pension Legislation Doomed to Fail appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:45

How America"s Deep State Operates to Control the Message "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It is not possible to overstate the power of certain constituencies and corporate lobbies in the United States. These pressure groups, joined by powerful government agencies, many of which have secret agendas that focus on national security, constitute what is increasingly being recognized as Deep State America.

20:42

China builds worlds fastest wind tunnel to test weapons that could strike US within 14 minutes "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Other countries including Russia, India and Australia have also tested some early prototypes of the aircraft, which could be used to deliver missiles including nuclear weapons.


Researchers want new facility to be up and running by 2020 as race to develop hypersonic technology intensifies.

20:41

Russian Troll Turns Out To Be Glasgow Security Guard "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian Troll Turns Out To Be Glasgow Security Guard A Twitter handle alleged to be a prime example of a Russian troll account was actually run from Glasgow by a Scottish security guard. Asked about his tweets, the Scotsman said he is just anti-crony capitalism. On Monday, crowdfunded journalism outlet Byline published an article detailing []

20:40

Researcher finds 'infinitesimal' 400 tweets from Russia which UK government claimed 'influenced' entire country's vote on Brexit "IndyWatch Feed World"

The claims around alleged Russian meddling in British politics has been stirred by allegations that fake Twitter accounts attempted to influence the Brexit vote. But while the mere suggestion was enough to make mainstream headlines, little was said about the "infinitesimal" quantity of tweets involved. According to Sky News, fake Twitter accounts created by an outlet known as the Russian Internet Research Agency have been accused of carrying out a "determined, coordinated attempt to interfere during the EU referendum." The findings came out of analysis carried out by Yin Yin Lu, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, who revealed she found just 400 tweets sent out before, during and after the 2016 EU referendum by Russia based usernames.

20:40

US Joins EU calls on Cambodia to undo opposition party ban "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | The US joins a chorus of condemnation from the European Union and activists after the ruling that effectively allows Hun Sens party to run in next years polls uncontested

WASHINGTON (AFP)  The United States Thursday demanded Cambodia reverse its ban on the countrys main opposition, warning the dissolution of the party would strip 2018 elections of legitimacy.Washington hit out after Cambodias Supreme Court, effectively controlled by strongman premier Hun Sen, outlawed the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and banned more than 100 of its politicians, accusing the party of plotting to overthrow the government.

The US joined a chorus of condemnation from the European Union and activists following the ruling that essentially allows Hun Sens party to run uncontested in next years polls.

The verdict is the culmination of a strangling of dissent in Cambodia, with CNRP president Kem Sokha jailed for treason in September as part of a crackdown that has also seen media outlets shuttered, journalists jailed and activists harassed.

The United States blasted Thursdays ruling as a setback for democracy in Cambodia, calling for the government to undo its recent actions against the CNRP (and) release imprisoned CNRP leader Kem Sokha.

In a statement, the White House said leaders must also allow opposition parties, civil society and the media to maintain their legitimate activities.

On current course, next years election will not be legitimate, free, or fair, the statement said, adding the US would pull support for Cambodias National Election Committee.

The US has previously rejected Cambodias allegations of American involvement in plotting to oust the government as baseless.

Although US President Donald Trump met with Hun Sen at a regional summit last week, the US leader did not comment on the brewing political crisis.

EU rebuke

Washingtons condemnation came after the European Union said next years elections have been stripped of credibility with the CNRP pulled from the race.

A situation in which all parties, including the CNRP, their leaders and their supporters are able to carry out freely their legitimate functions, must be swiftly restored, an EU spokesperson said in a statement.

It warned that respect of fundamental human rights is a prerequisite of Ca...

20:36

Syria: Russia blocks extension of chemical attacks probe "IndyWatch Feed War"

BBC News

Men receive treatment after a gas attack in the Syrian town of Khan SheikhounImage captionA nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April killed more than 80 people. Reuters photo

Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

It is the 10th time Moscow has used its veto powers at the UN in support of its ally since the conflict began.

US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, accused Russia of undermining the organisations ability to deter future chemical attacks.

The Russian ambassador dismissed the criticism.

The Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) was set up in 2015 to identify perpetrators of chemical attacks. It is the only official mission investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Moscow strongly criticised the inquiry when it blamed the Syrian government for a deadly nerve agent attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April. Syria denies using banned chemical weapons.

Mrs Haley described the latest Russian veto as a deep blow.

Russia has killed the investigative mechanism which has overwhelming support of this council, she said.

By eliminating our ability to identify the attackers, Russia has undermined our ability to deter future attacks.


What is the Joint Investigative Mechanism?

  • Created in 2015 with unanimous backing from the UN Security Council and renewed in 2016 for another year
  • Involves the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • Has previously concluded tha...

20:34

Wild sheep flock "IndyWatch Feed World"

This September 2017 video shows a mouflon wild sheep flock in Hoge Veluwe national park in the Netherlands.

Gr Pape made this video.


20:32

Google Says Broader Right to Be Forgotten is 'Serious Assault' On Freedom "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Internet never forgets.

Google's general counsel has signalled the company intends to fight, hard, against broad interpretations of the European Union's right to be forgotten.

Kent Walker, the company's general counsel and senior veep, put his name to a strongly-worded post on Wednesday, US time. Titled "Defending access to lawful information at Europe's highest court", the post argued that forthcoming cases in the European Court of Justice "represent a serious assault on the public's right to access lawful information."

Walker wrote that French courts' request for a European Court of Justice ruling on personal data collection effectively seeks a regime under which "all mentions of criminality or political affiliation should automatically be purged from search results, without any consideration of public interest."


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20:30

Hundreds of youths clash with police in downtown Brussels "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Clashes erupted between police and a group of people on Place de la Monnaie in Brussels, Wednesday. Those gathered had arrived at the spot after rapper Vargasss 92 urged his fans to meet him at the square, where he allegedly planned to shoot an unauthorised video.

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20:29

German spy chief warns against Russias military ambitions "IndyWatch Feed War"

Germanys top spy, Bruno Kahl, has delivered a dramatic warning about Russias military ambitions in the European Union. But some analysts think that such alarmism only plays into the Kremlins hands.

Zapad exercises

The president of Germanys foreign intelligence agency, the BND, has delivered his starkest warning yet about Russias growing power. Speaking at the Hanns Seidel political foundation in Munich on Monday, Bruno Kahl outlined Russias growing ambitions and questioned whether the European Unions defense capabilities are adequate.


The headquarters of Germanys Federal Intelligence Service, or BND, in Pullach in August 2013. (Stephan Jansen/DPA/AFP/Getty Images)

Kahl said the BND had observed unsettling modernization and troop distribution on the part of Russias army during the recent Zapad training exercises along the borders of the Baltic EU member countries. In the entire military region in the west, but also in the south and the north, the scope of the armed forces has reached new heights, he said.

He also said the Kremlin was aiming to take a leading role on the European continent again. Part of that is weakening the EU and pushing the US back and especially driving a wedge between the two, Kahl said. To say it clearly: Instead of a partner for European security we have in Russia a potential danger. The world political actor Russia is back and it will be an uncomfortable neighbor.

Bruno Kahl BND Chief

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Bruno Kahl says Russ...

20:25

How We Can Be Certain That Mueller Wont Prove Trump-Russia Collusion "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Caitlyn Johnstone | Medium | November 12, 2107 A while back I figured out a trick for using Twitter as a tool to find out what sorts of things establishment loyalists really dont want me saying. Once I discover a really hot button, I write an article that bangs on that button as hard []

20:24

AWAKE AND AWARE VERSUS IGNORANTLY BLISS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Written by John Miranda

That is not the polite way to describe todays society, it is the correct way to describe it. While MSM 24/7 continues to tell us we are a country equally divided with continuous hints of a civil war November 4th ANTIFAs National Day of Resistance was a complete flop, nobody showed up. That we are equally divided and plagued with violence everywhere is a MSM MYTH. The problematic areas of violence are essentially restricted to Democratic Party controlled Sanctuary Cities, where illegal alien criminals are not under the laws of our land.

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20:23

Mugabes Defiance of Generals Leaves Zimbabwe in Political Limbo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Bloomberg

By Mike Cohen, Brian Latham and Godfrey Marawanyika

November 17, 2017, 1:52 AM EST
  • Military says its still in discussions with the president
  • Mugabes refusal to quit hinders transitional government plan
General Constantino Chiwenga on Nov. 13.

Photographer: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP via Getty Images

Zimbabwe entered a third day of political limbo as talks dragged on between President Robert Mugabe and military generals who took power and want him to end his 37-year rule.

While the military said Friday at a briefing in Harare, the capital, that its in discussions with the president and has made significant progress in what it says is an operation to remove criminals surrounding Mugabe, it gave no indication of whats likely to happen to him or who will lead the southern African nation.

The state-owned Herald newspaper published photographs on Thursday showing Mugabe, 93, meeting with armed forces commander Constantino Chiwenga at State House. Father Fidelis Mukonori, a prominent Catholic priest, is mediating the talks, which have included officials from neighboring South Africa.

This military intervention may linger on a few days more, but the outcome will remain that this is the final endgame for Zimbabwe, said Theo Venter, a political analyst at North-West Universitys business school in Potchefstroom, west of Johannesburg. The risk with all well-intended military interventions in politics is that the generals will eventually default to their normal state of command and control. In that case, this will then be a fully fledged coup detat.

The new rulers plan to set up a transitional administration until elections can be held to restore stability, according to two people familiar with the situation. But f...

20:23

From Field to Fuel, There is an Easy Solution to Indias Air Pollution Problem "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Gasification of rice straws can solve the problem of air pollution, and with it many others, if only the government was willing to employ it.

Security personnel stand guard in front of the India Gate amidst the heavy smog in New Delhi. Credit: Reuters

Security personnel stand guard in front of the India Gate amidst the heavy smog in New Delhi. Credit: Reuters

Delhis air pollution has reached a level of severity where alarm has turned into panic. Every morning its citizens wake up with dread in their hearts, to a dark grey sky. These are not clouds: take a flight to Mumbai, or anywhere for that matter, and at 3,000 feet you will burst forth into a crystal blue sky. Below, on the ground, visibility is down to between 100 and 200 metres; the air sp...

20:22

Photos: Self Driving Vehicle Crashes on First Day of Use in Las Vegas "IndyWatch Feed World"

On the first day of an AAA insurance sponsored driverless shuttle in downtown Las Vegas, the vehicle crashed in a minor collision. It was the first test of the driverless vehicle, a failure of the big presentation that the Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman attended.

A representative with the City of Las Vegas said:

The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown. The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that its sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident. Unfortunately, the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle. Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided. Testing of the shuttle will continue during the 12-month pilot in the downtown Innovation District.

Las Vegas is the first city in the US to have a self-driving shuttle fully functioning, driving with the rest of the cars.

In the very first hour however, the shuttle crashed into a delivery truck quite softly. The trucks driver was cited by the LVPD.

The vehicle is set to immediately hit the brakes if something crosses its path, and it did this time: but a truck still crashed into it and it could have been much worse.

According to a local 3 News article:

The shuttle is set to run in a continuous loop downtown. Those checking out the shuttle system wont see anything else like it across the entire country. The goal is to get at least a quarter-million people locals and visitors, alike onboard, trying out the driverless technology, first hand.

As of now, the rides are free. The shuttle can be boarded at any of the three stops located on Fremont and Carson Streets between Las Vegas Boulevard and 8th Street.

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20:21

Weekly report on israels terrorism against the State of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (09 15 November 2017) A house belonging to the family of Nemer al-Jamal was blown up in Beit Sorik village Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) (09 15 November 2017)   Israeli forces continued to apply the collective []

20:15

Ireland not ready to let Brexit talks move to stage 2 Boris Johnson says UK Committed To Early Settlement "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

DUBLIN (Reuters) Ireland is not ready to allow talks on Britains withdrawal from the European Union to move to the second phase next month, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday.

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Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Ireland Simon Coveney speaks on stage during the Fine Gael national party conference in Ballyconnell, Ireland November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Yes we all want to move onto phase two of the Brexit negotiations but we are not in a place right now that allows us to do that. We have very serious issues, particularly around the (UK-Irish) border, that need more clarity, Coveney told a news conference before a meeting with his British counterpart Boris Johnson.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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Britains Johnson says work to be done to solve Irish border issue

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20:15

Silver and Gold: If You Dont Hold It, You Dont Own It (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Silver and Gold: If You Dont Hold It, You Dont Own It Video Silver fortune Make no mistake, we live in a paper and digital paradigm. Though it may last for sometime, it is all the more reason to choose...

The post Silver and Gold: If You Dont Hold It, You Dont Own It (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:15

Through Night Vision Goggles, Afghan Conflict Becoming a Proxy War "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Reports say that in devastating attacks on security personnel in Kandahar and Farah provinces on successive nights on Monday and Tuesday, Taliban used night vision technology and laser weapons. Unofficial accounts put Afghan casualties at over 70 security personnel.

20:14

The Weekend Quiz November 18-19, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Larger fiscal deficits as a percentage of GDP typically mean that there are less real resources available for other productive uses.



2. For a nation running a current account deficit, national income adjustments will ensure government fiscal balance is in deficit if the private domestic sector seeks to increase its saving overall as a percentage of GDP.



3. If the central bank pays a positive interest rate on overnight reserves then it no longer would have to conduct open market operations to ensure its policy rate is sustained (ignore any reserve requirements).


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20:13

Tumhari Sulu Reminds Us That Stories of Muted Desires Are Also Worth Telling "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Vidya Balan-starrer is about reinventing lives and giving ourselves a second chance despite discouragement.

Vidya Balan in Tumhari Sulu.

Vidya Balan in Tumhari Sulu.

Quite early in Tumhari Sulu, the films lead, Sulochana, or Sulu (Vidya Balan), opens the door of her house and sees two air hostesses entering the opposite flat. She smiles, tries to initiate a conversation, and fails. They have nothing in common. Afterwards she goes to her bedroom, puts a handbag on her shoulder, and imitating the poise of those women, considers herself in the mirror. Sulu who is in the house all day, cooking, cleaning and waiting has not stopped dreaming.

Her desires are not grand: wanting to open a business, to do anything she can truly own. She participates in a local egg-and-spoon race, and other competitions that lend identities to those who long for them: Fastest Vegetable Cutter, Best Singer of Lata Mangeshkar Sad Song. Sulu wins these awards, and shes proud of them. The nameplate of her house reads Mr and Mrs Ashok. Sulu doesnt mind being Mrs Ashok but, deep down, she wants to be more.

Its a story so common that most of us dont see it as one. At the movies, most stories feature hopefuls, strivers and achievers. But what about those left to applaud from the sidelines? Countless films have been made on ambitious young adults, most of them men, battling adversity. But the muted desire of a housewife whiling away the time listening to the radio, daydreaming about what her life could have been is still desire.

Tumhari S...

20:13

Syrian Military Uses Ballistic Missile Against ISIS In Al-Bukamal As Its Troops Advance In City (Video, Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian Military Uses Ballistic Missile Against ISIS In Al-Bukamal As Its Troops Advance In City (Video, Map)

A screenshot from the video

On November 17, a fierce fighting continued between pro-government forces and ISIS in the Syrian city of al-Bukamal, near the border with Iraq.

Earlier this week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Hezbollah and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) once again entered the city. The advance was supported by massive artillery and air strikes on ISIS positions there. The Syrian military even used a Soviet Tochka-U ballistic missile against the ISIS positions.

Since then, the fighting has been ongoing.

The ballistic missile launch can be found at 0:40:

On November 16, the SAA and its allies stablished a full control over Tal Salasse, the silos, the village of Hamdan and the airstrip near al-Bukamal.

Syrian Military Uses Ballistic Missile Against ISIS In Al-Bukamal As Its Troops Advance In City (Video, Map)

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The post...

20:10

Tajikistan: Russia Shows Off Jeweler-Like Accuracy of Iskander-M Missile "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Ten-day military exercises in Tajikistan by a Moscow-led security alliance have seen the renewed deployment of a short-range ballistic missile system recently introduced to the region.

TASS news agency cited Yaroslav Roschupkin, a spokesman for Russias Central Military District, as saying on November 17 that an Iskander-M complex fired rockets from the Lyaur military range, just south of Dushanbe, over a range of 130 kilometers at a dummy terrorist training camp. The target was at a location in the Harbmaidon training ground, close to the border with Afghanistan.

Roschupkin said the Iskander-M had struck its target to within a 10-meter degree of accuracy and that the test had confirmed the systems invisibility to detection equipment.

The deployment of the missile system is part of the closing chapter of the three-stage Combat Brotherhood 2017 exercise bringing together troops from member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The stated aim of the drill, which concludes on November 20, was to destroy a terrorist camp in the mountains. More than 5,000 military personnel, 60 planes and helicopters, and 1,500 items of weaponry and other equipment have been deployed over the course of the exercise.

The use of the Iskander-M in this theater raises some perplexing questions, however.

The system was initially brought to Tajikistan in May for use at anti-terror exercises by armed forces from the Commonwealth of Independent States, another post-Soviet bloc. That marked the first ever use outside Russia of the Iskander-M, which is capable of delivering nuclear payloads and is designated by NATO as the SS-26 Stone.

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20:09

The Holylands: a manifesto for urban renewal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Emmet McDonough-Brown is an Alliance Party Councillor for Botanic.

Since my election in 2014, Ive devoted a fair bit of time and effort to the challenges faced by the Holylands and its community of settled residents. I wont rehearse the full and inglorious history of how we arrived here but the experiences that residents have endured are just awful.

I consider myself an optimist though (which is why I joined Alliance!) and it has always been my view that the issues are fixable. Heres my quick-fire set of proposals which, I feel, would improve the area and help restore it to an area of residential character:

1. Reduce the number of Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

2. Re-introduce wardens

3. Make those responsible for anti-social behaviour fully accountable

4. Encourage Housing Associations to acquire homes and make them available for family use

5. Enforce bye-laws prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in public places

6. Police the area and implement fixed penalties for urination, disorderly behaviour, breach of the peace, etc.

7. Consider additional legislation to force the closure of pubs and off-sales to maintain public order

8. Support the residential core both financially and technically to re-assert its primacy

9. Use Landlord Registration to drive improvements in the quality of housing stock

10. Require universities and colleges to make on-site accommodation available

11. Invest strategically. Support projects which will build community and cohesion

This is not an exhaustive list and isnt presented in any particular order. The organisations and agencies which can assist (Belfast City Council, PSNI, QUB/UU/BMet, Housing Executive) have been too flat footed for too long. A step change is urgently needed.

Legislation and policy change doesnt happen overnight, I accept, but many of the issues relate to day to day decision making by statutory agencies. Police could target enforcement action tomorrow; the Council could support residents with resource tomorrow; and universities could part-fund a warden scheme tomorrow. Why dont they?

Landlords are often (fairly) singled out not only for contributing to the decline of the area but of extracting profit while doing so. Where is their sense of civic duty; if their tenants cause harm in the community, do they really think they can shirk responsibility? Some of the larger ones seek to actively frustrate efforts to improve the area. That cannot be right.

Its taken a long time to get this bad and will take time to improve. Im committed to playing my part. Can everyone else say the same?...

20:05

Julie Bishop is a dangerous, lying, neglectful crook who has put Australia at risk through her knowing support for Islamists "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've just been sent this clip from 7 news. You think I'm a bit angry? It's apparently now "news" that Australian aid went to terrorists. 18 months ago I wrote both personally to BISHOP and to her department. Home Archives Profile Subscribe Search Request for comment from DFAT on new...

20:04

German coalition talks to resume, may take several days "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP and AP

Odd Andersen, AFP | Prime Minister of the Baden-Wurtemberg state and Green Party politician Winfried Kretschmann (left) leave as talks in Berlin to form a new government were broken off

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-11-17

Talks on forming a new German government were set to resume Friday after negotiators haggled deep into the previous night without resolving their differences. Participants suggested that they may need several more days.

Germanys Sept. 24 election left Chancellor Angela Merkels two-party conservative bloc seeking a previously untried coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats and the traditionally left-leaning Greens. After four weeks of exploratory talks, their immediate aim now is to establish enough common ground to embark on formal coalition negotiations.

The parties aimed to wrap up the talks on Thursday night but, after haggling for about 15 hours, agreed to adjourn until Friday. So far, they have struggled to overcome major longstanding differences, particularly on immigration and climate change-related issues, but also on financial questions.

We decided jointly that we should use the coming days to overcome the differences that still exist, said the Free Democrats leader, Christian Lindner.

Failure could lead to new elections as the center-left Social Democrats, Merkels partners in the outgoing government, are adamant they will go into opposition after a disastrous result in September. Polls so far suggest that a new vote would produce a very similar parliament to the current one, making efforts to form a new government similarly difficult.

A decision to open coalition negotiations, which would likely last several more weeks, would require approval by a Greens congress later this month.

We will use this weekend to achieve a good solution, Merkels chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, told ARD television. He wouldnt specify when exactly the talks might conclude.

I think the problems can be solved, he said. I think we have a responsibility to our country, and I am convinced that m...

20:04

PERTH Balga murder: Third man charged over Dejan Dimitrovski death "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Balga murder: Third man charged over Dejan Dimitrovski death .

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A 30-year-old man from Carlisle has been charged with murder and will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. Earlier this year, Amirali

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20:04

USA - Arguments made for both sides at public hearing on water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


BY TA NYA TERRY 810-452-2645  tterry@mihomepaper.com
BURTON  People voiced strong opinions both for and against the fluoridation of water at a recent public hearing held at the Genesee County Drain Commissioners office (GCDC) Nov. 8. Drinking water at GCDCs newly built treatment plant connected to the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) pipeline has been test-treated, and GCDC plans to begin distribution of water to clients in the next several weeks. In order to cease the addition of fluoride in the water, there must be either a vote by the Genesee County Board of Commissioners or the passage of a referendum ballot question instructing GCDC to do so.
John OBrien, director of the water and waste division at the GCDC office, who was facilitator of the public hearing, said this would affect the communities which receive water from the water supply district: Flushing Township, the city of Flushing, Richfield Township, Flint Township, Burton, Davison Township, Swartz Creek and Grand Blanc Township, as well as 11 other municipalities.
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20:04

Russia vetoes 'unbalanced' US resolution on Syrian chemical weapons "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Russian resolution on the international inquiry into chemical attacks in Syria has been rejected by the UN Security Council, shortly after Russia vetoed a rival proposal by the US, calling it flawed and unbalanced. The US and Russia both put forward their respective resolutions to the UN Security Council on how the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) should proceed with investigating alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria, including the April incident in Khan Shaykhun. Washington pinned the blame for that attack on the Assad government without waiting for any solid evidence, and JIM inspectors never actually went on the ground to investigate. The vetoed US resolution on extending the JIM mandate was supported by 11 members of the Security Council. Apart from Russia, Bolivia opposed the resolution, while China and Egypt abstained.

20:04

The strange journey of Lebanon's Saad Hariri "IndyWatch Feed World"

In early November, Lebanese PM Saad Hariri shocked the world by unexpectedly flying to Saudi Arabia and announcing his retirement. The Lebanese people suspected foul play on the part of Riyadh. Now they may finally have a chance to hear the full story. In the latest twist in this incredible tale, Saad Hariri is expected to leave Saudi Arabia for France in several days before traveling to Beirut where he will reportedly formally resign as prime minister. To say Hariri's return will be a momentous event would be a great understatement. Naturally, speculation is rife among Lebanese citizens that Hariri, a Sunni Muslim politician with strong bonds to Saudi Arabia, was coerced to quit. Lebanese President Michel Aoun said Thursday that he looked forward to Hariri's return following the latter's acceptance of the French invitation. "I await the return of PM Hariri to Beirut so we can decide on the situation of the government - if he wants to resign or rescind his resignation," Aoun said, according to presidential sources quoted by Reuters.

20:04

US House of Representatives approves 'Tax Cuts and Jobs Act' "IndyWatch Feed World"

The House of Representatives has approved a game-changing rewrite of the US tax code proposed by President Donald Trump. No Democrats voted for the bill. Tax reform now faces an uphill battle in the divided Senate. On Thursday, the Republican majority voted to approve HR1, or "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." The final vote was 227 in favor and 205 against. All of the Democrats opposed the bill, and over a dozen Republicans joined them. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and his top staffers have worked to bring a few holdouts over to his side. Trump himself met with the House Republican leadership earlier in the day.

20:04

Diplomatic Lavrov: No evidence US works with ISIS, despite acting 'suspiciously' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Originally at Breakingnews.sy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that Moscow has no evidence of US coordination with the terrorist group ISIS, though it does consider Washington's actions to be negatively impacting counter-terrorism operations in Syria. At a joint press conference held with his Argentine counterpart Jorge Faurie in Moscow on Thursday, Lavrov stressed that there is no evidence that the US-led international "anti-ISIS" coalition has been coordinating with the terrorist group ISIS. When asked by journalists on the withdrawal of the remaining ISIS elements from the Syrian city of Raqqah, Lavrov said there is no evidence that the withdrawal was executed in coordination with the US-led forces, however, the whole thing nevertheless remains suspicious, which is why Moscow asked Washington to provide details on the events there.

20:02

Command line fun: Insult the user when typing wrong bash command "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

You can configure sudo command to insult user when they type the wrong password. Now, it is possible to abuse insult the user when they enter the wrong command at the shell prompt.

20:02

How desperate Bahrain is trying to please the Emiratis and the Saudis "IndyWatch Feed War"

The recent 'spying' charges against Ali Salman are a sign of the vindictive nature of a regime and a ruling family that has systematically constructed a police state in Bahrain

20:01

Armidale, Australia : Shopping Center Intervention in Solidarity with Refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

November 13th: People in So-Called Armidale, NSW, staged interventions in the towns commercial hubs during peak afternoon shopping hours, using a megaphone to project statements and extracts of articles from Iranian refugee, Behrouz Boochani, who has been detained on Manus Island since 2014.

While hundreds of men are facing starvation, thirst and threats of violence on Manus Island, the interventions disrupted the everyday monotony and insulation of our daily routines. These actions aimed to amplify the voices of refugees that are silenced, distorted and disregarded in our society.

In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.

In German

20:00

US Received No Permission from the UN to Intervene in Syria Despite Their False Claim. Russian Foreign Ministry "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Received No Permission from the UN to Intervene in Syria Despite Their False Claim. Russian Foreign Ministry By Paul Antonopoulos The United States received no permission from the United Nations to intervene in Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. We were surprised to hear a statement made by US Defense []

20:00

Climate change and nuclear threats are twins "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Climate change and nuclear threats feed off each other and should be treated in unison, an influential US think-tank says.

Cheap Flamethrower Is Predictably Worrying "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Wed never criticize somebody for coming up with a creative way to save a few bucks. In truth, pickings would be pretty slim around here if we deleted every project or hack where cost savings was a prime motivator. That being said, theres still some things you should probably spend a few extra dollars on. You know, the essential things in life that you need to know will be safe and reliable, like your car andyour flamethrower.

While we dont have any information about what kind of car [Steve Hernandez] is driving, but over on Hackaday.io, hes posted some info about his 3D printed wrist-mounted flamethrower. The final result does look pretty impressive, but given the subject matter and the lack of any safety gear, we would firmly plant it in the Dont try this at home category.

At the heart of this flamethrower is a solenoid valve recovered from a Glade air freshener. Rather than spraying out the smell of lilacs, this valve has found a new purpose in life by squirting out butane from a pressurized can. The butane is then ignited by a spark gap made up two nails connected to a 300 kV boost coil.

[Steve] designed the frame of this creation in OpenSCAD, and printed it out in a single piece. It holds the butane can and solenoid in positi...

19:59

[security bulletin] HPESBMU03794 rev.1 - HPE Insight Control, Multiple Remote Vulnerabilities "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by security-alert on Nov 17 https://h20564.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-hpesbmu03794en_us

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Version: 1

HPESBMU03794 rev.1 - HPE Insight Control, Multiple Remote Vulnerabilities

NOTICE: The information in this Security Bulletin should be acted upon as
soon as possible.

Release Date: 2017-11-15
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19:58

Israel May Demand Iran Leave Southern Syria, but Russia Sets the Rules of the Game "IndyWatch Feed National"

For Moscow, the presence of Iranian troops is legitimate Assad himself invited them

Amos Harel Nov 17, 2017 8:13 AM
Haaretz

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Russian President Vladimir Putin greets his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad upon his arrival at the Kremlin in Moscow, October 21, 2015. AFP

A single brief statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday cleared up the strategic picture in southern Syria and the entire region. Three days after the signing of the agreement between Russia, the United States and Jordan about the cease-fire arrangements there, Lavrov disavowed the section of the accord that says foreign forces will be kept out of Syrian territory. Irans presence in Syria is legitimate, he said, and therefore Russia did not promise to compel the Iranians to withdraw their forces from the country.

This claim by Moscow, which also applies to the Russian forces there, rests on Iran and Russia having been invited into Syria by the Assad regime. This invitation by the Syrian sovereign ostensibly bestows legitimacy on the presence of these countries military forces in Syria, even with Russia conveniently ignoring the ongoing atrocities the Assad regime has been committing against its own citizens for the past six and a half years.

The only thing the Russians agreed to was a stipulation that the Iranians and the Shiite militias that answer to them would be kept five kilometers from the lines of contact with the rebels. For Israel, this means that the Iranians will be on the Golan Heights, just five to 10 kilometers from the border, depending on what areas are held by the rebels. This is the reason for Israels disappointment with the agreement, a feeling that has only intensified in the wake of Lavrovs statement.

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The Russian foreign ministers statement contained another hidden message: Moscow will be the one that decides what happens in Syria. The total lack of an American response to Lavrovs comments, so soon after State Department officials boasted at a press briefing about the section of the agreement regarding the withdrawal of foreign forces, proves yet again whos really running the show in Syria.

The reason for Russian support of Iran, despite Russias generally close and positive ties with Israel, is simple: The Iranians, and especially their Hezbollah proxies, are providing the Russians and the Assad regime with the ground forces upon which the regimes survival hinges. Keeping the current regime in power is mission number one for the Russians, because that way they can maintain all the advantages an image of....

19:57

Coal pollution continues to spread in Latin America "IndyWatch Feed World"

Despite growing global pressure to reduce the use of coal to generate electricity, several Latin American and Caribbean countries still have coal projects underway.

19:57

BREAKING: Charles C. Johnson Matches @Cernovich Offer For Congressional Harassment Settlement Details, Reward For Info Now At $20,000 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

GotNews Editor-in-Chief Charles C. Johnson has matched journalist Mike Cernovichs $10,000 offer for details of the Congressional Office of Compliances sexual harassment settlements, taking the reward for information to a whopping $20,000. Johnson announced Thursday night that he will also pay $10,000 to anyone who can provide him with verifiable proof of any sitting United []

The post BREAKING: Charles C. Johnson Matches @Cernovich Offer For Congressional Harassment Settlement Details, Reward For Info Now At $20,000 appeared first on GotNews.

19:55

Don Quijones: The Next Italian Bank Threatens to Topple "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Health of Italian banks remains fragile, with several teettering; resolution or taxpayer-funded bailout appears increasingly likely.

19:53

[security bulletin] HPESBMU03795 rev.1 - HPE Matrix Operating Environment, Multiple Remote Vulnerabilities "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by security-alert on Nov 17 https://h20564.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-hpesbmu03795en_us

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HPESBMU03795 rev.1 - HPE Matrix Operating Environment, Multiple Remote
Vulnerabilities

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soon as possible.

Release Date: 2017-11-15...

19:52

New Accuser Confirms She Got Roy Moore Banned From The Mall (VIDEOS) Addicting Info | The Knowledge You Crave

Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore (R- Of Course) has a mounting list of women who say that he sexually harassed or assaulted them when they were teenagers. Another piece of that story is the rumor that Moore was so creepy with the girls that he was banned from local mall in his hometown of Gadsden, Alabama. That rumor had been unsubstantiated until now.

Becky Gray was working at the Gadsden Mall when she encountered Roy Moore, then an assistant district attorney. She was in her early 20s, and he was in his 30s. She said that Moore had taken a creepy liking to her, and constantly visited her at the mall. According to Gray, Moore hung out at the mall on Friday and Saturday nights like teenagers do. She says of the situation:

I mean, youve got to understand when youre that age, somebody in their 30s might as well have been 40 or 50 to me anyway. Hed come back through [the department store] and if I was working, he would stop by and chit chat and that sort of thing, and it just kind of got creepy to me. Every Friday and Saturday night, he was down at the mall. Nobody his age is at the mall! You know, parents are dropping off their 12 year olds and 13 year olds, 14 year olds. I mean, come on, I just thought that was really creepy even way back then.

Roy Moore repeatedly harassed Becky Gray at work, and she went to her manager about his behavior:

I went to my manager and talked to him about it and asked him, basically, what could be done. Later on, hecame back through my department and told me that [Moore] had been banned from the mall.

In addition to Becky Grays account, there is an account that Moore was banned from the mall by a man named Gary Tuchman who also worked there at the time. Here is video of his confirmation:

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19:52

Is Fluoride Harmful For Health? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



One of the substances that hold a high esteem in the public health organizations for its effects on the dental health but is controversial at the same time is fluoride which is not only found in the water of many countries but many products such as toothpaste as well.
Fluoride was added to the public water supplies in most of the parts of the United States as well as many other countries after popular studies done on its benefits for oral hygiene were conducted and released in the 1960s.
Ever since fluoride has held a constantly changing status and whether or not it should be added to the public water supplies as a dental health product or additive is frequently debated among the people and researchers.
One of the side of the debates claims fluoride to be a fundamental need for the better oral health of the local people.
Many of the public health organizations support this view and argue its addition should be encouraged and continued.
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19:50

Reverse Midas Touch: 2015 German intelligence memo forecast Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince's reckless actions "IndyWatch Feed World"

Kudos to Germany's spooks. Back in December 2015, the German foreign intelligence agency, BND, distributed a one-and-a-half-page memo to various media outlets titled: "Saudi Arabia - Sunni regional power torn between foreign policy paradigm change and domestic policy consolidation." The document was pretty astonishing, both in its undiplomatic bluntness and remarkable prescience. "The current cautious diplomatic stance of senior members of the Saudi royal family will be replaced by an impulsive intervention policy," the memo warned, focusing on the role of Mohammed bin Salman, who had been appointed as deputy crown prince and defense minister at the age of 30 earlier that year. Both MBS, as he has come to be known, and his elderly father King Salman, the BND analysts wrote, want Saudi Arabia to be seen as "the leader of the Arab world" with a foreign policy built on "a strong military component." Yet the memo also pointed out that the consolidation of so much power in a single young prince's hands "harbors a latent risk that in seeking to establish himself in the line of succession in his father's lifetime, he may overreach," adding: "Relations with friendly and above all allied countries in the region could be overstretched."

19:48

NZ - Council defends use of fluoride in water supplies "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


19:47

Trauma must not become your injurious oppressor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our days on this earth are not many and what we do with our days matters, not only for us but for those around us and for those whom we leave behind. Trauma is a part of life, few are unscarred. However for far too many, trauma overwhelms them and subsumes their personality. Trauma becomes []

19:47

10 Compelling Reasons Why the Vegas Shooting Has Disappeared from Headlines "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following article by Jay Syrmopoulos was originally published at The Free Thought Project

Las Vegas, NV With the 24/7 news cycle constantly in full swing, important stories at times get lost in the constant onslaught of non-stop information. The mainstream media gatekeepers essentially dictate what social and cultural memes are injected into the public consciousness, what topics are discussed, and which cases are given publicity and thoroughly investigated with journalistic rigor.

With such oligarchical control of the mass media the media gatekeepers of information decide what stories stay in the glare of the public spotlight, and which ones are allowed to fade from the headlines.

Without question, one would reasonably expect the most deadly mass shooting in recent American history, which took place in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, to maintain a strong presence in the headlines especially given the lack of answers surrounding the case.

The scant information released by investigators indicates that Stephen Paddock, 64, who by all accounts was independently wealthy and a Vegas high-roller, opened fire on a music festival from a 32nd-floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Casino.

The massacre left 58 dead and 546 injured, yet one and a half months later and there are still few answers even to the most basic of questions.

Now, a month and a half later, there are few answers to the most deadly mass shooting in recent U.S. history and perhaps even more strange the case has been jettisoned from the 24/7 mainstream media cycle, despite the fact that the most basic of questions have yet to be answered.

One would assume that such a high-profile case would garner widespread interest from investigative teams across the spectrum of major broadcast mass media and cable news, and yet, there are no penetrating journalistic investigations delving into the many unanswered questions.

In fact, coverage and investigation into the highly dubious shooting are virtually non-existent outside of online alternative news media.

Here are the few facts that we know thus far, and they seem to raise more questions than answers:

1. The official timeline of the mass shooting has been...

19:46

US Killing Far More Civilians in ISIS War Than Admitted "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Killing Far More Civilians in ISIS War Than Admitted by Azmat Khan & Anand Gopal Late on the evening of Sept. 20, 2015, Basim Razzo sat in the study of his home on the eastern side of Mosul, his face lit up by a computer screen. His wife, Mayada, was already upstairs in bed, []

19:45

More Hillary Chronicles "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

More Hillary Chronicles By Andrew P. Napolitano  Lew Rockwell The Department of Justice will soon commence an investigation to determine whether there should be an investigation (you read that nonsense correctly) of a scandal involving the Clinton Foundation and a...

The post More Hillary Chronicles appeared first on The Daily Coin.

19:45

Secretary Mattis Is Off Base: US Military Presence in Syria Has No Legal Grounds "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Although the US has many times stated that its target is IS only, it appears that its intentions may go beyond the stated objective. In fact, Washington is seeking to retain post-conflict zones of influence within the country, where the American presence is illegal.

19:41

WHO WOULD WIN? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Who would win? One big curly brace or one hundred tiny semicolons?
WHO WOULD WIN? ONE BIG CURLY BRACE OR 100 TINY SEMICOLONS?

19:41

[SECURITY] [DSA 4037-1] jackson-databind security update "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Sebastien Delafond on Nov 17

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Package : jackson-databind
CVE ID : CVE-2017-15095

It was...

19:40

ATTENTION ALL RABBIT HOLE INVESTIGATORS AND SEEKERS OF TRUTH "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Well meaning and well trained sheep for years have shouted, You cant believe whats on the internet.then they used the internet shills like Snopes to prove what they do not want to hear is indeed not worthy of hearing. All the while they have no clue they are being led to the slaughter. The ones that have mocked the real rabbit hole investigators and tried to pull them down and stomped on them with their fat boots should be on their knees kissing the tips of their toes for not stopping because they shouted stupid barbs at them all! ONWARD ALL YOU TRUTH SEEKERS!

That being said it is time to join those who are exposing the TRUTH!  Get on board and as FEMA used to tells us WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING SUSPICIOUS REPORT IT!

Report it to who needs to hear it and that is the people!  Share what you see, what you hear, your thoughts on it and your ideas of what it sounds like to you!  Do not be afraid of being called crazy, tin foil hat, or any of the politically correct belittling  words. Those do not exist anymore in this war.  This is a war between truth and lies- good versus evil!

SPEAK OUT YOU HAVE THE MICROPHONE TODAY!  SOCIAL MEDIA GIVES YOU A VOICE!

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19:40

Workers repair hydrogen leak at Cooper Nuclear power plant "IndyWatch Feed World"

Workers repair hydrogen leak at Cooper Nuclear power plant | 15 Nov 2017 | A coolant leak in one of Cooper nuclear power plant's turbines in southeast Nebraska has been repaired. Nebraska Public Power District spokesman Mark Becker said the hydrogen leak was repaired before 6 p.m. Tuesday. The leak was discovered earlier that day by maintenance workers. The plant near Brownville, Nebraska, continued operating after the leak was found Tuesday morning.

19:39

Two Meetings "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

11/11/17

DURING THE last few days, I met with two old friends: Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin.

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Uri Avnery

Well, the term friends may not quite be appropriate. Certainly, Arafat called me my friend in a recorded message for my 70th birthday, but Rabin called nobody friend. That was not his character.

I am glad that I knew both from close up. Without them, my life would have been poorer.

I DONT think I ever met two more different people than these two.

Arafat was a warm person. An emotional person. His embraces and kisses were ceremonial, but they also expressed real sentiment. I brought many Israelis to meetings with him, and they all recounted that after ten minutes in his company they felt as if they had known him for years.

Rabin was the exact opposite. Like me, he abhorred...

19:38

GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. Thorny problems await in the Senate, though.

The House passage of the bill Thursday on a mostly party-line 227-205 vote also brought nearer the biggest revamp of the U.S. tax system in three decades.

But in the Senate, a similar measure received a politically awkward verdict from nonpartisan congressional analysts showing it would eventually produce higher taxes for low- and middle-income earners but deliver deep reductions for those better off.

The Senate bill was approved late Thursday by the Finance Committee and sent to the full Senate on a party-line 14-12 vote. Like the House measure, it would slash the corporate tax rate and reduce personal income tax rates for many.

But it adds a key feature not in the House version: repeal of the Affordable Care Acts requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance. Elimination of the so-called individual mandate under the Obama health care law would add an estimated $338 billion in revenue over 10 years that the Senate tax-writers used for additional tax cuts.

U.S. President Donald Trump has emerged from a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill, telling reporters on his way out, the tax is going very well. (Nov. 16)

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has projected that repeal of the mandate would result in 13 million more uninsured people by 2027, making it a political risk for some lawmakers.

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19:35

Kenya Supreme court election ruling due Monday "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kenya's Supreme Court has concluded the hearing of presidential petitions challenging the validity of the 26 October presidential election.

19:33

Saudi Arabia Wants to Fight Iran to the Last American "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi Arabia Wants to Fight Iran to the Last American By Trita Parsi Both Tel Aviv and Riyadh viewed Washingtons reorientation towards Asia with concern. They feared it would weaken Washingtons commitment to their security while also potentially making the United States more inclined to reach an accommodation with Iran. Those fears rose dramatically as []

19:31

Pants on fire: Five months on, London police remove two more bodies from Grenfell Tower "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Grenfell Tower fire took the lives of 71 people, police have said, after recovering what they believe to be the last of the bodies. Comment: They have only just done so?? Officers investigating the disaster said on Thursday they had identified the final two people who died as 71-year-old Victoria King and her 40-year-old daughter, Alexandra Atala. "We were devastated to hear of our sister Vicky's fate and that of her daughter, Alexandra, in the Grenfell Tower tragedy," their relatives said in a statement. "Some comfort can come from the knowledge that she and Alexandra were devoted to one another and spent so many mutually supportive years together. They died at each other's side and now they can rest together in peace. We will remember them always."

19:31

Pentagon Moves to Develop Banned Intermediate Missile "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington is raising pressure on Russia, saying it is violating an arms control treaty

Updated Nov. 16, 2017 6:30 p.m. ET

The U.S. is laying the groundwork to build a type of missile banned by a Cold War-era pact unless Russia abandons its own pursuit of the weapons, U.S. officials said.

The U.S. militarys preliminary research and development, previously undisclosed, is aimed at potentially reviving an arsenal of prohibited ground-based, intermediate-range missiles if Moscow continues violating the pact, the officials said.

American officials say they dont want to end the Cold War-era accord, known as the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or the INF, but rather bring Russia back into compliance. Washington hopes to show Moscow the kinds of new American weapons Russias armed forces would face if they dont stop violating the INF, U.S. officials say.

The U.S. told Russia of its research project in recent weeks, according to U.S. officials, but said was ready to abandon it if Russia returns to compliance, the officials said.

The idea here is we need to send a message to the Russians that they will pay a military price for violation of this treaty, one U.S. official said. We are posturing ourselves to live in a post-INF worldif that is the world the Russians want.

A Russian official said Thursday that the U.S., not Moscow, has been violating the treaty through its missile-defense installations in Europe. The U.S. denies that claim. The official added that Russian President Vladimir Putin has said a U.S. treaty withdrawal would bring an immediate and reciprocal Russian response.

In m...

19:31

From Bangladesh: Bearing Witness to My Countrys Genocide and Meeting the Survivors "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dr. Maung Zarni*

13 November 2017 TRANSCEND Media Service  We just got home in UK last night.  This is my little reflection on what we witnessed.  I came home with a long list of To-Dos.

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19:29

War on ISIS Whose Side Are The USA Really On? "IndyWatch Feed War"

War on ISIS Whose Side Are We Really On? By Ron Paul & Daniel McAdams On Sunday, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a press conference that the US military would remain in Syria for the long haul, as long as there are ISIS who want to fight he said. He falsely claimed that []

19:28

UN Slams Stupid Saudi War on Yemen: Save the Children "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Local Editor 17-11-2017 | 08:42 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is very much disappointed that the Saudi-led coalition is refusing to lift its blockade of Yemen and has written directly to Riyadhs representative, his spokesman said Thursday. After repeated appeals by UN officials were ignored, Guterres wrote to the Saudi ambassador on Thursday to ask for []

19:26

[SECURITY] [DSA 4039-1] opensaml2 security update "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Salvatore Bonaccorso on Nov 17

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Package : opensaml2
CVE ID : CVE-2017-16853
Debian Bug :...

19:25

State of the Nation: The California Cesspool of Judicial Corruption is Inconceivable "IndyWatch Feed World"

#PEDOGATE: The California Cesspool of Judicial Corruption is Inconceivable

Posted on November 14, 2017 by State of the Nation



CHILD TRAFFICKING AT THE INTERSECTION OF BRIBED CALIFORNIA JUDGES, CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

David Samuels
An Exclusive SOTN Investigative Report

We are all too familiar with how Child Protective Services has been implicated as a major source of Child Trafficking, but what we are not aware of is how the bribed State Judges and the Department of Health and Human Services make it all possible. Lets take the California Superior Court System as an example. What you are about to hear should chill you to the bone. It is a story of Judicial Treachery on a scale unprecedented in US history and is 100% true.

To understand how this all works, we must understand the landscape and how it almost came to an end in California.

Associate Justice Patricia Benke wrote in her 37-page opinion of Sturgeon v. County of Los Angeles (2008) 167 Cal.App.4th 630 (Sturgeon I), The duty to prescribe judicial compensation is not delegable. Thus the practice of the County of Los Angeles (the county) providing Los Angeles County superior court judges with employment benefits, in addition to the compensation prescribed by the Legislature, is not permissible. This affirmed the principle that judicial compensation is a state, not a county, responsibility. The Appeals court found that by providing substantial employment benefits to its superior court judges, defendant County of Los Angeles (the county) violated article VI, section 19 of our Constitution, which requires that compensation for judges be prescribed by the Legislature. https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/cali...

19:23

Holy Spirituality with Conipinikins: Well Ill Be a Monkeys Auntie "IndyWatch Feed World"

As a Forgiveness-prayer disciplined disciple of Atonement-devotion, and a Mystic Monk Sannyasini in continual meditation, after taking my car to a mechanic for an inspection, the garage took advantage my helpless gender navet, and added things to the bill, like Needs expensive muffler bearings. Ridiculous Usury-labor for these illusory installations seemed like Blackmail, even more than being treated like a sex-object in the Satanic money-system, meant only for, more male advantages, that kept me from being able to sleep in the New Peace of my night-time meditation/sleep pattern gift.

What is on the mechanics mind to lose sight of, my gender vulnerability, and how do I speak about our failure together, if the garage is, already consciously intending to give me a hard time? I dont want to be a naive victim, and say the obvious, while they are doing these things to hurt me on purpose, but I do have the power to say NO to them to become more effective tomorrow if I want to go somewhere else to face similar abuse.

Only a half hour of prayer, and all my many Spiritual insights provide me with relief now. I have unconscious guilt, rage, and Toxic shame from being raped, and murdered by Satanic-elite Patriarchs, and Yes that means I dont, even know about more of it. I seem normal, and the, almost new car is in tip top shape, just like the mechanic seems normal, and the garage is in tip top shape too.

I have PTSD, on top of current traumatic stress disorder from the Satanic Earth Paradigm here in mirror-double Karmic Hell, so of course I have unconscious guilt enough to Co-create a car inspection-fail. Last lifetime I raped, and murdered a daughter, who never left Home until I died as her awful woman-hating Father, and that was, already enough Toxic shame to, actually Co-create this lifetime as a Daughter to, directly experience the harm I did before as that Karmic Father past-lifetime.

I have that old Karmic divisive-gender role-reversal lifetime rage/shame, along with this lifetime as an owned Daughter, raped and murdered by two Patriarchs, that both experiences Co-create enough unconscious guilt, and hidden Toxic shame to, still Co-create all the failure anomalies in this important-to-me Car-inspection deal gone bad, already. Welcome to my Sex Abuse Holiday-anniversary World, where for 40 years after my Step-father, and Mother beat me to death, what happens in my Christmas orgasms, is ten times body-betrayal worse than any Satanic-elite Halloween cannibal-boast.

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19:19

ON PARLIAMENT AND OTHER THINGS "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Been an interesting week and I was fortunate enough to be in Parliament for a number of maiden speeches and the after-match hospitality.     It is my experience that you get to see new members at their best in making their maiden speeches ... before they get ground down by the very institution of Parliament and the caucus machine.

There were good speeches from across the political spectrum and I'm loathe to single out any particular one (or two) but I will ... the speeches from Denise Lee (National, Maungakiekie) and Paul Eagle (Labour, Rongotai) where they laid bare personal tragedies in their lives were particularly moving.   I commend them for their courage in sharing those moments with us.     I wish them and every new MP well ... Parliament is a fishbowl and not for the fainthearted.   Some will leave the House having made a name for themselves; others will leave disappointed.

We're now seeing the result of National's bluff when, on the first sitting day of Parliament, Labour folded and agreed to increase the number of seats on Select Committees to 108.    Of the thirteen Committees constituted National has parity of numbers on eight of them.

For the record those Committees comprise Economic Development, Science and Innovation (10 members - Nat 5, Lab 3, NZF 1, G 1);  Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 3, G 1); Governance & Administration (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Health (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Justice (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Maori Affairs (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 2, NZF 1, G 1); Primary Production (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 3, NZF 1) and Regulations Review (six members - Nat 3, Lab 3).   That's going to make it 'interesting' ... especially for the Government Whips.

I wear my political bias on my sleeve and so here are a couple of messages for those who would argue that the Government ain't legitimate ... get over it; it is.   It's a product of MMP and, while MMP is a bastard system, its our system and it ain't gonna change anytime soon.    National should treat the next 2 years, ten months as a gift to renew and reinvigorate.    When you're the Opposition the grass roots membership can have a huge say in policy development ... it's much easier to advocate new ideas outside government rather than when you oc...

19:15

Why We Should Be FREAKED OUT About Amazon, Al Franken Investigates Self (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Why We Should Be FREAKED OUT About Amazon, Al Franken Investigates Self Video We Are Change In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on the Al Franken KABC anchor scandal, Amazon along with...

The post Why We Should Be FREAKED OUT About Amazon, Al Franken Investigates Self (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

19:12

South African economy resurgent on consumer demand, exports "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South African bulk exports surged by 30.7 per cent y/y in October to a new record

Is the South African economy finally turning a corner? [Xinhua]


The recent data point to a resurgent South African economy after it exited a technical recession in the second quarter. Bulk exports surged by 30.7 per cent year-on-year (y/y) to a new record of 16.7 million metric tonnes (Mt) in October after a 5.1 per cent y/y gain in the first nine months of this year and a 2.8 per cent drop in 2016.

The October 2017 tonnage eclipsed the previous record of 16.4 Mt set in January 2015 and was set despite a severe storm that disrupted port operations in the main port of Durban.

Inventory replenishment and surging net exports were supposed to be the drivers of economic growth this year, but it now seems as if domestic households, which account for some 60 per cent of economic activity, are joining the party as well.

In both August and September, real retail sales grew by 5.4 per cent y/y, which was the highest y/y increase since May 2013. This brought the increase for the third quarter to 4.1 per cent y/y, almost double the 2.2 per cent y/y rise seen in the second quarter. The recovery in consumer demand was not confined to retail sales as new vehicle sales have shown a y/y increase from June to October.

In September, the second quarter 2017 gross domestic product (GDP) data released by Statistics South Africa exceeded the consensus forecast of 2.1 per cent as it came in at a 2.5 per cent growth rate at a seasonally adjusted annualised (saa) pace. The first quarter contraction was revised to show a 0.6 per cent drop rather than a 0.7 per cent fall.

On a year ago basis growth accelerated to 1.1 per cent in the second quarter from 1.0 per cent in the first quarter and 0.7 per cent in the fourth quarter.

Agriculture, mining hold strong


In terms of detail, the production measure of GDP showed that the weakness in the first quarter was broad-based with only the agriculture and mining sectors expanding out of the ten production sectors, while...

19:10

Ares Kodi Project Calls it Quits After Hollywood Cease & Desist "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This week has been particularly bad for those involved in the Kodi addon scene. Following cease-and-desist notices from the MPA-led anti-piracy coalition Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, several addon developers and repositories shut down.

With Columbia, Disney, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, Warner, Netflix, Amazon and Sky TV all lined up for war, the third-party developers had little choice but to quit. One of those affected was the leader of the hugely popular Ares Project, which quietly disappeared mid-week.

The Ares Wizard was an extremely popular and important piece of software which allowed people to switch Kodi builds, install third-party addons, install popular repositories, change system settings, and carry out backups. Its installed on huge numbers of machines worldwide but it will soon fall into disrepair.

The mighty Ares Wizard in action

[This week] I was subject to a hand-delivered notice to cease-and-desist from MPA & ACE, Ares Project leader Tekto informs TorrentFreak.

Given the notice, we obviously shut down the repo and wizard as requested.

The news that Ares Project is done and never coming back will be a huge blow to the community. The project just celebrated its second birthday and has grown exponentially since it first arrived on the scene.

Ares Project started in Oct 2015. Originally it was to be a tool to setup up the video cache on Kodi correctly. However, many ideas were thrown into the pot and it became a wee bit more; such as a wizard to install community provided builds, common addons and few other tweaks and options, Tekto says.

For my own part I started blogging earlier that year as part of a longer-term goal to be self-funding. I always disliked seeing begging bowls out to support server costs, many of which were cheap 5-10 per month servers that were used to gain 100s in donations.

The blog, via affiliate links and ads, could and would provide the funds to cover our hosting costs without resorting to begging for money every weekend.

Intrigued by this first wave of actions by ACE in Europe, TorrentFreak asked for a copy of the MPA/ACE cease-and-desist notice but unfortunately, Tekto flat-out refused. All he would...

19:09

Save elephants from Trump, petition "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Donald Trump Jr. - Elephant hunter

From Avaaz.org:

This is Donald Trumps son with the tail of an elephant he killed. Trump just gave him a sick gift, changing the law to let bloodthirsty American hunters murder elephants and bring their heads home as trophies. Lets build a massive global campaign to shame the US into dropping this disgusting plan Avaaz will work with African countries to deliver our call at a major wildlife protection meeting in days.

Trump Jr. shot and mutilated an elephant and now his dad is rewarding him by making it so anyone can join the slaughter and bring home elephant body parts as souvenirs, even as ivory poaching threatens to wipe these amazing creatures out.

Save the elephants, drop this disgusting plan!

To President Trump, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and conservation authorities around the world:

Elephants are facing extinction and this is no time to strip them of protection. Trophy hunting drives the slaughter of elephants, increases demand for their body parts, and projects a double standard that makes it harder to tackle ivory poaching. We call on you to do all you can to reverse the US decision to allow the import of elephant trophies, before it is too late.

Save the elephants, drop this disgusting plan!

The Trump administration says it will only lift the ban on trophy imports from Zambia and Zimbabwe, countries it says have sustainable, well-managed elepha...

19:07

Good to Know (Perhaps) That Food Is Being Nuclearised "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Nov 16 2017 (IPS) It might sound strange, very strange, but the news is that scientists and experts have been assuring, over and again, that using nuclear applications in agriculture and thus in food productionare giving a major boost to food security. So how does this work?

Using nuclear sciences to feed the world. Credit: FAO

To start with, nuclear applications in agriculture rely on the use of isotopes and radiation techniques to combat pests and diseases, increase crop production, protect land and water resources, and ensure food safety and authenticity, as well as increase livestock production.

This is how the UN food and agriculture organisation and the UN atomic energy agency explain this technique, highlighting that some of the most innovative ways being used to improve agricultural practices involve nuclear technology.

Both the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have been expanding knowledge and enhancing capacity in this area for over 50 years.

Climate Change

One reason is that the global climate is changing, altering the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and seriously impacting food security.

Rising sea levels, ecosystem stress, glacier melt and altering river systems exacerbate the vulnerability of particular social groups and economic sectors, FAO reports, adding that it is also altering the distribution,...

19:02

Credibility, Independence and Moral Authority of Supreme Court Have Been Dented: Former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The recent standoff between members of the judicial fraternity in the Supreme Court could have been avoided, says Kumar.

Ashwani Kumar. Credit: Norbert Schiller, CC BY-SA 2.0

The recent standoff between members of the legal and judicial fraternity in the Supreme Court over moving of two related petitions  one by the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR), represented by senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, on November 8, and another by senior advocate Kamini Jaiswal on November 9 which dealt with the issue of a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into a medical college case and a conspiracy to bribe judges of the Supreme Court, could have been avoided, according to senior advocate and former Union law minister Ashwani Kumar.

Speaking to The Wire, he talked about a range of issues, starting from the filing of the PI...

19:01

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


-by Noah

The scandal of Republican Senate Candidate Judge Roy Moore didn't happen in a vacuum. Politicians of all stripes have all too often felt entitled when it comes to depravity. But, one party, the Republican Party, has perfected it. That Moore has openly acted as he has for decades and been continually rewarded with the backing of his party is no mistake. Nothing about Moore slipped through the cracks. That, sooner or later, a high profile Republican would implode in a scandal of sexual deviance before our eyes was inevitable. The general Republican attitude towards rape provided the environmental conditions that gave us Judge Roy Moore. Call it what it is: Republican Rape Culture. When Republicans say "If True," that's their new "Thoughts & Prayers,"  "Fake News," and "Legitimate Rape;" all of which are tools of avoidance used by depraved sleazebags and cowards as cover.

As today's meme points out, there is no shortage when it comes to Republican apologists for rape. Just as Alabama's Republicans today are loudly defending their candidate, and today's Republican National Committee supports him with on the ground operatives and money, national Republicans had no problem with rape during the Iraq war. No, I'm not talking about soldiers raping women; I'm talking about what happened when employees of Dick Cheney's Halliburton/KBR gang raped a fellow female employee and then locked her in a shipping container to cover up their crime and, probably, in hopes that she would just die. The reaction to the news of this was swift. Decent Americans wanted justice for the victim. The problem was that she had no rights when it came to filing charges against her assailants and her employer. The perps needn't have worried about the consequences of their heinous actions. Why? Because a republican president, George W. Bush had signed an order prohibiting such charges being filed against war contractors like Halliburton/KBR. I'll let you wonder just whose idea that might have been b...

19:00

This Barbaric Form of Medieval Justice Actually Worked "IndyWatch Feed Tech"


  

 
Of course the history books do not understand just how deliberate the whole process was and how psychologically clever.  It was all really meant to force the guilty to confess through extreme presentation.

obviously the priest would soon be pretty sure that the prisoner was innocent or not in this process and he had ample opportunity to fake the final test.  This would generally work well enough in the small communities to which it was applied.


 Just as obviously even this could go wrong, but then so does what we do as well.  I cannot say that we are less blood thirsty.
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This Barbaric Form of Medieval Justice Actually Worked
 
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Today, we might not approve of their methods but the result back then was improved criminal justice.

by Peter T. Leeson
 
https://fee.org/articles/this-barbaric-form-of-medieval-justice-actually-worked/

The quest for criminal justice is fraught with uncertainty. Did the defendant commit the crime, or is he a victim of incriminating circumstances? Is he guilty as charged, or has he been charged guilty by an overzealous prosecutor? Unsure about the truth, we o
 

The only ones who know for sure whether a defendant is guilty or innocent are the defendant himself and God above. Asking the defendant to tell us the truth of the matter is usually useless: spontaneous confessions by the guilty are rare. But what if we could ask God to tell us instead? And what if we did? And what if it worked?
 

For more than 400 years, between the ninth and the...

19:00

Retired FBI Special Agent Blows the Whistle on the Real Robert Mueller "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

 

The jury is still out on Robert Mueller and i now expect to be surprised positively.  Recall though that all must cooperate with their political masters and that if those masters are bent, then that cooperation can become unpleasant.  Standing in often is merely a better choice that all alternatives and protects against a future opportunity to establish redress.

Now he has a free hand to do the right thing in terms of the Russian investigation.  He has understood that the house cleaning must inevitably land on the Clinton doorstep and thus he stuffed his ranks with paid up Democrats.  Everything else is window dressing to shroud the thrust of the core investigation.

It is noticeable that the investigated have become deathly silent. 

We already know enough to understand that the whole Russian interaction with the Clintons is at least bizarre and obviously reckless as well.  I actually suspect that the whole uranium tale was about laundering money and the uranium was a front to justify State Department involvement.  something made it happen and certainly not the fine judgement of Hillary.

This report confirms that the path forward was politicization for the head of the FBI..

Retired FBI Special Agent Blows the Whistle on the Real Robert Mueller

19:00

10 of the Most Life-Changing Principles in a Spiritual Awakening "IndyWatch Feed World"

Spiritual awakening is not a state, experience or goal to reach in the future. As the Buddha taught, it is not a superhuman achievement or attainment. You dont have to travel to India to find it. It is not a special state of perfection reserved for enlightened beings, the lucky or the privileged few.

It is not an out-of-body experience, and it does not involve living in a cave, detaching yourself from the realities of this world. It cannot be transmitted to you by a fancy guru, nor can it be taken away or lost. You do not have to become anyones disciple or follower.

It is a constant and ancient invitation throughout every moment of your life to embrace yourself exactly as you are, in all your glorious imperfections.

It is about being present, coming out of the epic story of past and future (the story of my life) and showing up for this precious moment, knowing that even your feelings of non-acceptance are accepted here.


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19:00

The Staggering Toll of the Russian Revolution 100 Years on "IndyWatch Feed Tech"




That our culture still accepts the doctrines supporting Marxism at all tells us more of the perniciousness of our Academia where brainwashed professors who cannot think in any other manner continue to teach the rubbish they were themselves taught.


Thus we were foisted with the likes of one Barack Obama who could not help but be who he was made into.   I am truly more impressed by how resilient the political system is than by anything he was.  That it has then thrown up the most powerful counter revolution in history is astonishing to watch.


Perhaps now we can have a true intellect revolution as well.

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The Staggering Toll of the Russian Revolution

Never has there been such an insidious and deadly ideology as Marxism-Leninism. 
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19:00

Kapiti Coast Strawberry Festival "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The proceeds from our Strawberry Festivals go towards paying for all the services our patients need doctors, nurses, pain-relieving medication, counselling, home visits and much, much more. Saturday 18 November 9am-3pm This year its all happening in the grounds of Kapiti School on Rimu Road, opposite the Council Buildings and the Library. As well []

19:00

Decimated: Germanys birds disappear as insect abundance plummets 76 percent "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Drastic bird reduction in bird populations in Germany, 1998 and 2009. Graphic: NABU

 

Do we really have to have a 70% collapse in  food production brought about by excessive use of insecticides before the whole industry comes to its senses?  We are certainly trying hard enough.

Perhaps it is time to charge back all costs until we prove it is true.

We do know better.  Reporters dancing around the obvious is becoming tiresome. .

Decimated: Germanys birds disappear as insect abundance plummets 76 percent

By Morgan Erickson-Davis
27 October 2017

 http://www.desdemonadespair.net/2017/10/decimated-germanys-birds-disappear-as.html?m=1
(Mongabay) A new study in PLOS ONE reveals a 76 percent reduction in Germanys flying insect biomass over the past 27 years while another reports the countrys bird abundance has declined 15 percent in just over a decade.

While the causes behind the insect decline havent yet been conclusively studied, the PLO...

19:00

ON FIRE! TRUMPS BACK FROM HISTORIC ASIA TRIP AND EVERYONE NOTICED THIS ONE GAME CHANGING THING "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sub for more: nnn.is/the_new_media | Cillian Zeal for the Conservative Tribune reports, In a bold speech last week at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, President Donald Trump made waves by giving a speech in which he pledged to put America first. And, by the time he had left, we had seen the first fruits of that attitude.

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Working for former masters in Madagascar: a win-win game for former slaves? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Workers and landowners in the Malagasy highlands see sharecropping as an arrangement where both benefit, but that only holds as long as the former masters benefit most.

Rice fields in Madagascar. Georgia Popplewell/flickr. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Despite being formally illegal since the 1970s, sharecropping is one of the more common working agreements between landowners and their labourers in the highlands of Madagascar. Sharecropping agreements are often represented as a sort of win-win game by both landowners and tenants, particularly for rice cultivation, the main agricultural sector of the island. They have allowed otherwise landless families to install themselves in fertile regions for anywhere from a few years to several generations while keeping two-thirds of the production for themselves. At the same time, landowners, without moving a finger, obtain rice to satisfy domestic consumption or to resell, prevent others from illegally occupying their land, and maintain a strong emotional and economic link to the land of their ancestors (tanindrazana) and their family tombs, a crucial benefit if they have moved to urban areas.

Tenants must maintain the fields and provide their own fertiliser. They may occupy the local house of the landowners at no cost, and in the intercropping period plant crops other than rice. These help the land to regain its fertility and can provide sustenance or additional income for the family. In regions where labour is scarce and the landowners have other, more important sources of revenue such as a position in the government or a flourishing trade activity tenants furthermore can be relatively confident that they will not being evicted in the long run and that the landowners will look the other way if they keep slightly more than their share of the harvest.

Despite their benefits, sharecropping arrangements conceal a number of practices and representations that reinforce power structures and economic inequalities. This is particularly important in a post-slavery context such as that found in the Malagasy highlands, where slave ancestry is strongly stigmatised and the descendants of slaves continue...

18:57

Possible Anti-Aging Mutation Discovered in Indiana Amish Community "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Amish Mutation Protects Against Diabetes and May Extend Life

Amish people living in a rural part of Indiana have a rare genetic mutation that protects them from Type 2 diabetes and appears to significantly extend their life spans, according to a new study.

The findings, published on Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, shed light on the processes underlying cellular aging and could lead to new therapies for chronic diseases, some experts say. The researchers are planning at least one follow-up trial that will recreate the effects of the mutation so they can study its impact on obese people with insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.

The mutation described in the new paper affects a mysterious protein called plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, or PAI-1, that is known primarily for its role in promoting blood clotting. The mutation was first identified in 1991 in a secluded Amish farming community in Berne, Ind. An estimated 5 percent of the community carries the mutation, which causes them to produce unusually low levels of PAI-1.

Scientists have long suspected that PAI-1 has other functions outside of clotting that relate to aging. Dr. Douglas Vaughan, a cardiologist at Northwestern medical school, noticed, for example, that mice that had been genetically engineered to produce high levels of the protein age fairly quickly, going bald and dying of heart attacks at young ages. People who have higher levels of the protein in their bloodstreams also tend to have higher rates of diabetes and other metabolic problems and to die earlier of cardiovascular disease.

Also at Science Magazine, which notes a possible downside to the mutation:

The girl, who lived in an Indiana Amish community, nearly bled to death during what should have been routine scalp surgery. Now, more than 20 years later, scientists studying her and other Amish have discovered that the mutation that nearly killed her could have a good side. She harbors two mutant copies of a gene, and therefore lacks a protein that manages blood clotting, but researchers found that people with one inactivated gene copy outlive their peers by a decade and gain protection against diabetes.

A null mutation in SERPINE1 protects against biological a...

18:53

20 Million Google Home and Amazon Echo devices are affected by the Blueborne flaws "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Millions of AI-based voice-activated personal assistants, including Google Home and Amazon Echo, are affected by the Blueborne flaws.

A series of recently disclosed critical Bluetooth flaws that affect billions of Android, iOS, Windows and Linux devices have now been discovered in
Millions of AI-based voice-activated personal assistants, including Google Home and Amazon Echo, are affected by the recently discovered Blueborne vulnerabilities.
The recently discovered BlueBorne attack technique was devised by experts with Armis Labs. Researchers discovered a total of eight vulnerabilities in the Bluetooth design that expose devices to cyber attacks.
Billions of mobile, desktop and IoT devices that use Bluetooth may be exposed to a new remote attack, even without any user interaction and pairing. The unique condition for BlueBorne attacks is that targeted devices must have Bluetooth enabled.

Once an attacker compromises a Bluetooth-enabled device, he can infect any other device on the same network.

The IoT security firm Armis now reported that an estimated 15 million Amazon Echo and 5 million Google Home devices are vulnerable to BlueBorne attack.

Following the disclosure of the BlueBorne attack vector this past September, Armis discovered that critical Bluetooth vulnerabilities impact the Amazon Echo and Google Home. These new IoT voice-activated Personal Assistants join the extensive list of affected devices. reads the blog post published by Armis.

Personal Assistants are rapidly expanding thro...

18:50

UN Urges Immediate Lifting of Humanitarian Blockade in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human Wrongs Watch

With much of Yemens air, sea and land entry points closed, heads of three United Nations agencies on 16 November 2017 called for immediate lifting of such blockade in the conflict-ravaged southern Arabian country so that lifesaving humanitarian supplies can pass.

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The Al Hudaydah port is a major lifeline for Yemen, bringing in food and humanitarian assistance. These cranes have been out of service since mid-2015, with little hope of repair anytime soon. Photo: Giles Clarke/OCHA

 

While the Saudi-led military coalition has partially lifted the recent blockade of Yemen, closure of much of the countrys air, sea and land ports is making an already catastrophic situation far worse, said a joint statement issued by World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley, UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake, and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The space and access we need to deliver humanitarian assistance is being choked off, threatening the lives of millions of vulnerable children and families, the statement added.

Since 2015, Yemen has been in a conflict between forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement.

The UN agency chiefs jointly appealed for the coalition to permit entry of lifesaving supplies to Yemen, de...

18:46

Greg Hunter, Weekly News Wrap-Up 11/17/2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Weekly News Wrap-Up 11/17/2017
By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com

The saga of Roy Moore continues with twists and turns and dirty tricks by the Deep State. Its been revealed that a so-called robocall campaign to try and find dirt on Senate candidate Roy Moore happened after he won the GOP primary. Now, the only piece of evidence in multiple accusations that Roy Moore committed sexual misconduct has been called into question. Moore and his attorney are charging a yearbook inscription from the 1970s, that proves contact with one of the alleged victims, is a forgery and a fraud. Moore denies any and all wrongdoing and is going to sue two women with the most damaging claims.

President Donald Trump is back from Asia and, by all accounts, it went very well. Trump got agreements of nearly $300 billion in new business for America, and Trump says, The future has never been brighter.

The recent purchase of a rare Da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ just went for $450 million at auction. Is this crazy, or is it a sign that the rich are trying to protect their money from inflation by compressing it into a rare work of art? Some say this is just a sign of the beginning...

18:46

The Three Things Everyone Really Wants "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

And You Do, Too

One of the strangest things about life is that, deep down, whether or not we admit it, we hunger for the same things, no matter who we are, or where were from, or what we do. Not material things, of course. But nor what were taught to desire: money, sex, fame, and power, all of which are just easy ways to pretend we dont really want something deeper, truer, more meaningful and lasting and significant and worthy from this life. Pretending all that, which is living a lie, leads to great inner pain which, if its not tended to, only grows. Ill come back to that.

To be seen, to be held, and to be known. Theyre the three things everyone wants. I can prove it to you with a sentence: imagine you had all the material stuff in the world you ever wanted, all the money, sex, power, and so on, now double it, now double it again, but no onenot a single soulever really saw you, held you, or knew you. Id bet youd be depressed, hollow, and broken in just a year or two, because every bit of pleasure would only hurt that much more.

The strange truth is this. Though these are the three things everyone really wants, almost no one knows how to give them (except maybe babies and puppies), and so the world spins in pain, anger, shame, and rage. Lets consider it for a moment. How often do people really see you? Hold you? Know you? What happens when they dont? You feel a little ashamed, angry, afraid, or guilt, dont you? And so, in every single interaction that we have, from the smallest to the biggest, to most trivial to the most significant, arent these three things all that were really looking for? So as a result, those tiny few that can give us these three magical things we immediately gush over, adore, and celebrate, saying theyre full of charisma or warmth or energy, and so on.

The trickthats a terrible shorthand, so let us say instead the giftin life therefore is to give them generously, freely, with abandon. If you can see people, hold people, and know people, quite simply, people will love you. You will be able to relate to people, as the pop-psycho lingo goes, but its better to say that youll feel more alive, overflowing with a sense of really being here, now, this, you. Not because you are seen, held, or known back. You often wont be, and you dont need to be: its not some kind of trade. Something subtler and greater happens. The gift is itself the reward. That doesnt make any sense yet, I know. It will, after I discuss each one briefly.

To see someone, really see someone. Its the hardest thing of all. Why is that? Because seeing another person asks us to be naked, too. To see clearly, we must drop our own veils. We cannot see anyone if we are only idealizing, romanticizing, or the...

18:45

An Insignificant Man Recalls the Heady Early Days of Aam Aadmi Party "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The documentary dives into the inner workings of AAP but doesnt lose sight of the human drama.

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A still from the documentary An Insignificant Man

This article was originally published on October 27, 2016 is being republished on November 17, 2017 in light of the films release.

In early 2013, in a small office in Ghaziabad, Arvind Kejriwal was seated at a table, talking to a few people, explaining to them the importance of volunteers. He asked them to spread the word about the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP); it was recently formed, and he could do with some additional manpower. At that instant, someone present in the room couldnt control his excitement, and said that hed like to volunteer full-time. Kejriwal was surprised. What do you do? He asked. Im a manager at Barclays, the man replied, but for you Im ready to quit my job. Another man said, Sir, Im a huge admirer of you.

This small scene from An Insignificant Mana documentary on AAP, recently screened at the Mumbai...

18:45

Golden Catalysts "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Golden Catalysts by Jim Rickards Daily Reckoning The physical fundamentals are stronger than ever for gold. Russia and China continue to be huge buyers. China bans export of its 450 tons per year of physical production. Gold refiners are...

The post Golden Catalysts appeared first on The Daily Coin.

18:45

Special Counsel Mueller Issued Subpoena for Russia-Related Documents From Trump Campaign Officials "IndyWatch Feed World"

Special Counsel Mueller Issued Subpoena for Russia-Related Documents From Trump Campaign Officials | 16 Nov 2017 | Special counsel Robert Mueller's team in mid-October issued a subpoena to President Donald Trump's campaign requesting Russia-related documents from more than a dozen top officials, according to a person familiar with the matter. The subpoena, which requested documents and emails from the listed campaign officials that reference a set of Russia-related keywords [LOL!], marked Mr. Mueller's first official order for information from the campaign, according to the person. The subpoena didn't compel any officials to testify before Mr. Mueller's grand jury, the person said.

18:44

GeForce GTX 900 Series Re-Clocking Patches Updated By Karol Herbst "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Frequent Nouveau open-source NVIDIA driver contributor Karol Herbst has posted his latest patch series in working towards GeForce GTX 900 "Maxwell 2" graphics processor re-clocking...

18:44

Bullets and Burns: Portraits of Injured Rohingya Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Rohingya refugee Kalabarow, 50, poses for a photograph at Leda refugee camp, in Bangladesh, October 15, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jorge Silva

Rohingya refugee Kalabarow, 50, poses for a photograph at Leda refugee camp, in Bangladesh, October 15, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jorge Silva

Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh: The two Rohingya Muslim brothers, six-year-old Mohamed Heron and four-year-old Akhter, held each other as they showed burns on their arms and torsos that their uncle says resulted from Myanmars armed forces firing rockets at their village.

Two of their siblings, one seven years old and the other a 10 month old infant, died in the attack, according to their uncle, Mohamed Inus. Their father was held by the military and has not been heard of since.

These two children survived when our village was fired on with rockets, Inus told Reuters at Kutupalong refugee camp, near Coxs Bazar in Bangladesh.

They were among a number of Rohingya who showed their wounds to a Reuters photographer who visited Kutupalong a...

18:40

MACKAY Special delivery: Mackay woman caught posting drugs to ex "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Special delivery: Mackay woman caught posting drugs to ex

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MACKAY Alleged: Mackay man accessed 1000s of child porn images "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Alleged: Mackay man accessed 1000s of child porn images

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Terrence Bell, 68, remains on bail after fronting Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, unrepresented by a lawyer. Hes been charged with

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MACKAY Burglar, car thief didnt feel safe in home after break-in "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Burglar, car thief didnt feel safe in home after break-in

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Mitchell Francis Callaghan, 22, from Mackay faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to two counts of car theft, stealing and

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18:37

ECHR rules against Greece over Tsalikidis mysterious death in wiretap scandal "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Greece to pay damages to relatives of  Vodafone executive Costas Tsalikidis who was found dead on the eve of the governments discovery of a major illegal wiretapping operation that had targeted the countrys political and military leadership. In a statement, the ECHR said judges ordered Greece to

The post ECHR rules against Greece over Tsalikidis mysterious death in wiretap scandal appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

18:34

If Were All Paying our Municipalities, Where Does our Money go? "IndyWatch Feed World"

If you want to buy or rent a house, start a business, use your mobile phone or landline, consume electricity or water, you are paying municipalities. Municipalities benefit from almost every service out there in a way or another yet we rarely know how this money is spent, even though its our right to do so as per Article 45 of the Municipal Act.

I recommend you check out the below campaign by NAHNOO NGO and this website Municipalities Under the Spotlight to know more about your rights and how to obtain copies of the municipal councils decision, municipal Budget statements, and financial reports.

Unfortunately, the real problem in most municipalities in Lebanon is that those who were born there are favored over those who live there since their votes dont count and theres nothing much you can do to ask for reforms or transparency if you werent born or cant vote there.

18:32

Frozen In Time: 63-Year-Old Mom And Her Middle Aged Daughters Stun The World With Their Youthful Looks "IndyWatch Feed World"

Sure, most already praise those of Asian descent for having a youthful look for far longer than most, but this Taiwanese family takes the cake. They are proof that if you take care of yourself you can look young forever.

This family has recently taken the internet by storm as photos of them have gone viral. The family consists of Lure (41), Fayfay (40), Sharon (36), and their mother who is as the title suggested 63 years of age. However, the mother looks as if she is not a day over 30, and the daughters all look like teenagers. No, really they look like teenagers!

These sisters say they actually were lucky enough to inherit their youthful looks from their mother, but, of course, there is more to it than that. These lovely ladies have beauty secrets for days. Before we get into that though, take a look at the images of them below.

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18:31

V-Tight Gel (unverified) - 2,013,164 breached accounts "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In approximately February 2016, data surfaced which was allegedly obtained from V-Tight Gel (vaginal tightening gel). Whilst the data set was titled V-Tight, within there were 50 other (predominantly wellness-related) domain names, most owned by the same entity. Multiple HIBP subscribers confirmed that although they couldn't recall providing data specifically to V-Tight, their personal information including name, phone and physical address was accurate. V-Tight Gel did not reply to multiple requests for comment.

18:30

Russia Casts 10th Veto of UN Action on Syria "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Representatives of Russia and Bolivia vote in the United Nations (UN) Security Council on a bid to renew an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York, US, November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Representatives of Russia and Bolivia vote in the United Nations (UN) Security Council on a bid to renew an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria during a meeting at the UN...

18:30

Editorial: Rajasthan Government Must Ensure Padmavati Is Released, Not Pander to Mobs "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Politicians and Senas threatening violence need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

It is now becoming a regular occurrence. In advance of a films release, someone or the other claims it is offensive to their community and demands it be banned. Often, the aggrieved party hasnt even seen the film, but why should that matter perception is enough. They threaten to protest and, depending on the volume of the noise they can create and if there is a vote bank involved, politicians respond, coming down on the side of the protestors.

We have seen this often enough and the latest edition is the outrage of a section of the Rajput community against Sanjay Leela Bhansalis film Padmavati. Members of the Shree Rajput Karni Sena dont want the film to be released because they say it defames the Rajput queen. The film itself is based on a tale that was popularised by the 16th-century sufi poet Malik Muhammed Jayasi.

They have heard that the film shows her consorting with the invader Allauddin Khalji and that, for them, is intolerable. Have they seen the film, or even read the script? No, but why should that matter. In our post-truth times, facts dont matter and if WhatsApp says something, it must be true. In January, they had vandalised the sets of the film, forcing Bhansali to shift the venue of the...

18:29

A Legacy of Environmental Racism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Joseph Gaines was sitting on his porch in the Charlton-Pollard section of Beaumont, Texas, on a recent evening in June, sipping beer and chatting with some of his neighbors about the NBA playoffs, when a loud boom cut through the night and a stream of fire lit up the sky. A few minutes later, a []

18:28

Revisiting a five year-old BBC story "IndyWatch Feed War"

Five years ago this week the BBC was very busy promoting a story about the tragic death of the son of one of its employees in the Gaza Strip.

As readers may recall:

On the evening of November 14th 2012, soon after the incident had happened, BBC Arabic in Gaza broke the story when it interviewed Jihad Masharawi as he held his sons body. That film footage was used the next day in a report by Jon Donnison which appeared on BBC television news and can be seen here

On the same evening, BBC employees began Tweeting about the event, including for example the BBCs correspondent in Washington who sent the following Tweet retweeted by others 3,441 times:

On the day after the incident November 15th  the [then] head of the BBC Jerusalem Bureau and chair of the Foreign Press Association, Paul Danahar, arrived in the Gaza Strip and visited the Masharawi house from where he began sending a series o...

18:27

German Coalition Talks Miss Deadline as Parties Remain At Odds "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A picture shows the Reichstag building, seat of the German lower house of parliament (Bundestag) during exploratory talks about forming a new coalition government in Berlin, Germany, November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

A picture shows the Reichstag building, seat of the German lower house of parliament (Bundestag) during exploratory talks about forming a new coalition government in Berlin, Germany, November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

Berlin: Chancellor Angela Merkels efforts to forge a three-way ruling coalition could stretc...

18:27

Genetic study: Ashkenazi Jews are substantially of Western European origin "IndyWatch Feed World"

The origin of the Ashkenazi Jews, who come most recently from Europe, has largely been shrouded in mystery. But a new study suggests that at least their maternal lineage may derive largely from Europe. Though the finding may seem intuitive, it contradicts the notion that European Jews mostly descend from people who left Israel and the Middle East around 2,000 years ago. Instead, a substantial proportion of the population originates from local Europeans who converted to Judaism, said study co-author Martin Richards, an archaeogeneticist at the University of Huddersfield in England. Tangled legacy Little is known about the history of Ashkenazi Jews before they were expelled from the Mediterranean and settled in what is now Poland around the 12th century. On average, all Ashkenazi Jews are genetically as closely related to each other as fourth or fifth cousins, said Dr. Harry Ostrer, a pathology, pediatrics and genetics professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and the author of Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People (Oxford University Press, 2012).

18:25

Alabama Will Vote for Moore, Trump Asia Trip, Plan on Inflation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com (WNW 310 11.17.17) The saga of Roy Moore continues with twists and turns and dirty tricks by the Deep State. Its been revealed that a so-called robocall campaign to try and find dirt on Senate candidate Roy Moore happened after he won the GOP primary.  Now, the only piece of evidence in []

18:21

Salt pond in Antarctica, among the saltiest waters on Earth, is fed from beneath "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At the base of the Transantarctic Mountains lies a geological oddity. Don Juan Pond is one of the saltiest bodies of water on the planet, filled with a dense, syrupy brine rich in calcium chloride that can remain liquid to minus 50 C (122 F), far below the...... Read more

Can agroforestry propel climate commitments? Interview with Peter Minang "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Paris Agreement, reached at COP21 in December 2015, aims to keep global temperature rise this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are the main tool for defining countries contributions to the Agreement, and most developing country NDCs identified agroforestry as a key part of their climate strategy. The International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) is attending the COP23 climate summit in Bonn, Germany, and just released a policy brief on agroforestrys central role in governmental efforts to achieve their NDCs. Report coauthor Peter A. Minang took some time to explain how agroforestrys contribution could be enhanced.   AN INTERVIEW WITH PETER MINANG   Giovanni Ortolani for Mongabay: How is agroforestry represented in current NDC ambitions? Peter Minang: Agroforestry is largely represented as an integral part of climate smart agriculture and landscape restoration. More than 90% of countries cite agriculture as a key part of their NDCs. Moreover, tropical forest countries also cite agroforestry as integral to their strategies for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, as well as for sustainable intensification and ecological agriculture in areas adjacent to forests. Mongabay: What is the emission reduction potential of agroforestry? Peter Minang: Agroforestry currently covers about one billion hectares globally. We estimate that agroforestry is currently holding the equivalent of up to 20 years of emissions from deforestation (i.e. up to 34 petagrams of carbon or Pg C). This is perhaps the highest potential for carbon neutrality within the agricultural sector.

An early warning system for locating forest loss "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A satellite-based alert system can now detect fine-scale deforestation in near-real time, enabling managers or rangers in tropical forests to respond to early stages of deforestation. Anyone can now register to receive free weekly alerts of tree cover loss, created by the Global Land Analysis & Discovery (GLAD) lab at the University of Maryland, through Global Forest Watch (GFW), the online forest change monitoring platform. The GLAD alerts identify areas of likely recent tree cover loss within pixels of 30 meters on each side. Western Amazon rainforest in Madre de Dios, Peru with small clearings that typically begin near rivers. Photo credit: Sue Palminteri Advance warnings at this scale could facilitate more timely, and therefore more effective and efficient, interventions to activities such as illegal tree cutting along roads or existing clearings. They would likely help the manager of a forestry concession, ecotourism lodge, or state park quickly locate and verify a report that forest has been cut down illegally inside the area, without having to hire a plane or continuously send out patrols across the area. Near-real-time forest loss alerts can also facilitate forest monitoring by providing agency officials or NGOs with up-to-date information about patterns of deforestation for their species range, protected area, region, or country. For example, the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) uses GLAD alerts as a first step in identifying deforestation hotspots in the Peruvian Amazon. The MAAP team uses new alerts of tree cover loss to investigate deforestation events. They follow up on

18:21

Government hospitals on sale! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

How do governments push for privatisation of public property? The theory goes that first they neglect and starve the system of funds. When failing services spoil public perception, they accuse the institution of not working properly. The solution they suggest is to give the institution to private players. Here is a classic example of this []

18:18

Kazakhstan: Editor's Parole Release Ordered in Surprise Ruling "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A court in Kazakhstan has ordered the release on parole of a prominent journalist who was sentenced last October to serve six years in prison on fraud charges.

Lawyers filing the parole appeal for Seitkazy Matayev, 63, said their client had exhibited exemplary behavior while in prison and that he was suffering from circulation trouble, Tengri News reported on November 16.

Many were shocked by the trial against Matayev, a largely establishment figure who headed Kazakh Journalists Union. In the early 1990s, he worked as President Nursultan Nazarbayevs first post-independence press secretary.

Matayev and his son, Aset, who was sentenced to five years in prison, were arrested in February 2016 on suspicion of tax evasion and misappropriating money granted to their KazTAG news agency as part of a much-criticized state media subsidy program. Prosecutors put the amount of funds supposedly defrauded funds at around $1 million.

Matayev vehemently denied the charges, insisting he was the victim of a politically orchestrated campaign. In his final appeal to court he accused the chairman of the lower house of parliament, Nurlan Nigmatullin, of engineering his downfall. Nigmatullin had taken over as speaker in June after leaving his previous post as head of the presidential administration.

In spring, Matayevs sentence was commuted by amnesty to two years and eight months.

Prosecutors have a 15-day window in which to appeal the release ordered by the court in Kapchagay, a town in the Almaty region. That likelihood is not to be excluded. The prosecution argued in the November 16 hearings that the court should reject the parole appeal as Matayev had failed to provide sufficient compensation for the financial damages he is accused of causing.

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18:17

1973: On this Day in History, Nixon insists that he is not a crook - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, Im not a crook. Ive earned everything Ive got.

18:15

Action for Manus Island refugees Sunday 19 November, 1pm @ Aotea Square "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacinda Ardern announced today that it could take up to 5 months to come to a deal with Australia to take 150 of the 600 men stranded on Manus whilst the Australian government has effectively abandoned them, demolishing parts of the detention center and cutting off water, power and food supplies in a situation the UNHCR describes as "desperate".

We demand that our new government negotiates directly with the Papua New Guinea government to BRING THEM HERE.

Please join us on Sunday @ 1pm at Aotea Square & lets lift our voices for peace & justice. Please share the Facebook event with your friends & family.

Cant make it on Sunday?

There is plenty you can do. Here are four ways you can take action on this urgent issue:

1: Sign & share the petition demanding the NZ Government #BringThemHere on Facebook or Twitter, and forward this email to a friend.

2: Tweet at our PM @jacindaardern and/or Immigration Minister @IainLG and/or @TurnbullMalcolm here are a couple of suggested tweets:

Hundreds of refugees on Manus in desperate situation. @TurnbullMalcolm needs to evacuate now. We need to bring them here @jacindaardern @iainLG

Refugees on Manus Island in danger as detention centre shuts. We need to urgently #BringThemHere! #RefugeesWelcome @jacindaardern @IainLG @TurnbullMalcolm

3: Call or email your MP, Jacinda Ardern and Iain Lees-Galloway directly: jacinda.ardern / 04 817 9370 & iain.lees-galloway / 04 817 6967

4: Send a message of solidarity directly to refugees on Manus & let them know we stand with them and want them here. Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani is being held on Manus & is reporting the situation there tweet at him @BehrouzBoochani or use #BringThemHere

Thanks for taking action today!

Auckland Peace Action


18:12

Protest for Manus: Dutton blusters as Manus defies the siege "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Refugee Action Coalition Media Release Media Release Emergency rally: still no safe settlement as Manus defies the siege Despite constant claims from the Prime Minister and Immigration Minister that new relocation areas are safe and ready, photos from West Lorengau on Manus Island show that the area is still a construction site. Duttons claim that

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18:11

8 Signs You Have An Intense Personality That Can Be Intimidating To Others "IndyWatch Feed World"

Sometimes in life, we are just far too real for the rest of the world to handle. There are deep personalities that just operate on a level other people cannot understand.

If you are someone who spends a lot of time working to understand everything you possibly can on a more intense level you most likely have a deep personality. This is a good thing; people with deep personalities have all of the following traits.

8 Things People Who Have Deep Personalities Do:

1. You dont NEED the attention of others.

You are not a people pleaser and dont need other people to feel validated. You know well that you only need the attention of yourself to be truly happy. Wasting your time worrying about what other people think is not going to help anyone.

2. You cannot stand ignorance.

Ignorance gets under your skin more than anything else. You work hard to educate others and ensure that you are educated as well. When someone denies something that is fact, you get very worked up. With that being said, you know how to keep your composure in most situations, and no not let ignorant people get the best of you.

3. You dont like small talk.

You like conversation with meaning. Meaningless conversation bores you because you see how truly unnecessary it is. Sure, those who shallowly ask how your day is have good intentions but you know theyd rather not speak at all.

4. You know all too well that actions speak louder than words.

You dont look for people to say they will do something you focus on whether or not they actually do what they say. People all too often say one thing and do another. You are generally the first to call them out as well as the first to notice.

5. You are a great listener.

You are able to listen to other peoples problems from a nonbiased perspective. People often come to you for advice, because your opinion is valued.

6. You speak your mind.

You dont care what others think when something needs to be said you say it. You know where you stand, and you are not afraid of anyone. Speaking your mind comes naturally.

7. You are happy with who you are as a person.

You know who you are and are okay with it. You arent constantly searching for you...

18:04

What if new Google management decided that a search should cost $20, take eight hours, and be deliberately unreliable? (Bitcoin.) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Bitcoin:Toy with the following idea: with people used to Google searches having been free, instant and reliable for years, a new Google management decides that a price market should develop for searches, with Google prices suddenly costing upwards of 20 dollars, taking hours to complete, and being notoriously unreliable. Does this sound like a good scenario? Does this sound like a recipe for winning? Its what has happened to Bitcoin the old bitcoin under the new management of Blockstream (who keep insisting, against all evidence to the contrary, that theyre not in charge of bitcoin).

Nobody I know shows off bitcoin (Bitcoin Legacy) to their friends anymore. Its painfully embarrassing. Nobody I know uses bitcoin for anything anymore, for the reason that transactions take hours to complete, cost upward of $20 (my last two transactions cost $30 and $70, respectively), and have been made unreliable by design, through something called RBF.

When I got into bitcoin in 2011, transactions were free, reliable, and instant. Not free as in very cheap, but actually free. The vast majority of transactions did not pay a transaction fee, and this was also Satoshi Nakamotos original intention, according to email archives. It makes sense: you want to be able to write code that optimizes your money across addresses and databases without paying a lot of transaction fees in the process just for moving your own data around. It was extremely useful, it was amazingly cool to show off

Around 2014, a couple of people hijacked Bitcoin, for all intents and purposes, stripped the original known coder (Gavin Andresen) of his coding access privileges, and set out in a new direction. Bitcoin transactions should cost money, they decided, a lot of money, because the network wasnt sustainable otherwise (nevermind that it worked just fine with subcent optional transactions had worked just fine up until that point). The company was called Blockstream, and they were met with such fierce opposition from the community, they literally had to start deleting every post off the bitcoin forums (bitcointalk, Reddits /r/bitcoin, and the mailing list) that challenged the narrative that it was utterly moronic to deliberately congest the network to make it slow, unreliable, and expensive.

Yes, it just so happened that the people who formed this Blockstre...

17:59

And All the Men and Women Merely Soldiers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been fighting a war on terror. Real soldiers have been deployed to distant lands; real cluster bombs and white phosphorus have been used; real cruise missiles have been launched; the first MOAB, the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal, has been dropped; and real cities have []

17:52

Two prominent Minnesota Democrats call on Al Franken to resign "IndyWatch Feed World"

Two prominent Minnesota Democrats call on Al Franken to resign | 16 Nov 2017 | Two prominent members of Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party are calling on Sen. Al Franken to resign his Senate seat following allegations of sexual misconduct. Although many other Democrats have called the former comedian's actions disturbing, state auditor Rebecca Otto and Megan Thomas, president of the party's official Feminist Caucus, say he should leave office.

17:51

Confederate monuments are and always have been monuments to white supremacy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

At a Tuesday afternoon press appearance, President Trump defended the alt-right protest on the campus of the University of Virginia Friday night at which demonstrators carrying tiki torches gave Nazi salutes and chanted slogans including, Jews will not replace us! as being about a defense of Southern heritage. The rally-goers, the president says, []

17:47

Global monetary policy, big banks & geo-politics in the Trump era "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The following is the transcript from my speech: Shifting US-Japan Geo-Politics, Banking Landscape and Financial Regulations in the Trump Era. It was given on July 11, 2017 at the Canon Institute for Global Studies in Tokyo, Japan: President Trump has talked a lot about America First. Over the last 6 months, we have seen that []

17:45

Zimbabwe: Mugabes Fate Hangs in the Balance Amid Coup Confusion "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Soldiers are seen on the armoured vehicle outside the parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Soldiers are seen on the armoured vehicle outside the parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Harare: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabes fate hung in the balance on Friday as he apparently resisted efforts to make him step down following a seizure of power by the army, until this week a key pillar of his 37-year-rule.

The military said on national television it was holding talks with Mugabe on the way forward and that it would advise the nation on their outcome as soon as possible.

The US, a longtime critic of Mugabe over allegations of human rights abuses and election rigging, is seeking a new era for Zimbabwe, the State Departments top official for Africa said, an implicit call for the non...

17:44

Gang-Rape by Multiple Soldiers, Forced Public Nudity and Sexual Slavery in Military Captivity against (Muslim) Rohingya Women and Girls "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

16 November 2017 Following a visit to Bangladeshs Coxs Bazar, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have settled in makeshift camps, a UN envoy has called for enhanced measures to protect and assist victims of sexual violence among the displaced population.

UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten at a government health post in Konapara, Bangladesh, during a visit that also included Coxs Bazar. Photo: Office of the Special Representative

My observations point to a pattern of widespread atrocities, including rape, gang-rape by multiple soldiers, forced public nudity and humiliation, and sexual slavery in military captivity directed against Rohingya women and girls, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten said.

The humanitarian crisis caused by escalating violence in Myanmars Rakhine state is causing catastrophic suffering.

Over 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled across the border to Bangladesh since 25 August. The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates Bangladesh now hosts more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees.

Pattans visit, mainly to Bangladeshs capital, Dhaka, and to Coxs Bazar, from 5 to 13 November, was to better understand the nature, patterns and trends of sexual violence related to the con...

17:41

Poland: Pozna United Against Nationalism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Received on 17.11.17:

On November 15th Poznan Against Nationalism coalition organized a demonstration in the center of Poznan, Poland. The people of Poznan have proven they will not be threatened by fascists and the fake news they spread their strategy based on creating fear and tension did not succeed.

The antifascist demonstration was around 700-people strong. The anti-nationalist demonstration was organized as a reaction to a meeting with deputy Robert Winnicki, a neofascist who spreads hate and xenophobia. He is a member of Mlodziez Wszechpolska (MW). The presence of that important guest was an attempt to legitimize the vicious attacks of nationalists.

Winnicki, who is known for an attempted attack against a Roma settlement in Wroclaw, became the face of the fascist far-right in Poland. He came to Poznan to meet with the local nationalists at a bar in the centre of the city.

After the antifascist demonstration was announced, nationalists were trying to spread fake news about the so-called Antifa planning to vandalize the city of Poznan with the help of their militant comrades from France, the rumours were widely spread by the right-wing media. Neo-nazis also announced a counter-demonstration against the left.

The anti-nationalist demonstration was also a reaction to various neo-nazi attacks in Poznan. Last March, right after a nationalist rally, a group of 30 masked men attacked an anarchist bookshop Zemsta, which was full of guests at the time. The previous attack took place two weeks before, another one happened last month. They have attacked various demonstrations, for example the Gay Pride march, they also attacked a LGBT organizations office and have taken down rainbow flags.

Anti-racists from different organizations (anti-hate groups, pro-refugee NGOs, LGBTQ community, left-wing and democratic parties) then decided to form a united front against nationalism and mobilized for the demonstration. They wanted to show that the symmetry between anti-fascism and nationalism as two opposing ideologies cannot be drawn.

It is also important to mention that last Saturday, on November 11th neo-nazis once again marched through Warsaw in the so-called Independence March, which has been called the largest neo-fascist gathering in Europe. They were chanting white power slogans, held banners that read Europe should be either white or deserted, some of them were seen seig-heiling, which is illegal in Poland. The spokesperson of MW in Warsaw said that his organization does not represent racism but racial separatism and he added that a black person could not be Polish.

The de...

17:38

Thousands witness the Sun Blinking, turning Black and Red, Holographic Moon and Sun "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

October 2017: Some natural phenomenon do involve reddish sun, but when it starts blinking, turning black and even changing its shape it seems this is something else

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17:32

Mexico Enacts Law to Help Find Thousands Missing in Gang Violence "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Relatives of missing people hold a protest, outside Los Pinos presidential residence, for the strengthening of the new general law on disappearance, in Mexico City, Mexico November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Jasso

Relatives of missing people hold a protest, outside Los Pinos presidential residence, for the strengthening of the new general law on disappearance, in Mexico City, Mexico November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Jasso

Mexico City: Mexico on Thursday undertook to focus more resources on the search for missing people, the number of which has grown dramatically in rece...

17:31

Climatic Change, Global Economy and Conflicts Drive Food Insecurity and Undernourishment in Sub-Saharan Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human Wrongs Watch

Adverse climatic conditions, a sluggish global economy and conflicts are key factors driving food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations agriculture agency on 16 November said.

Woman on her way to collect water in drought stricken Chikwawa district, Malawi Photo: OCHA/Tamara van Vliet

According to the Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO) 2017 Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition report, chronic undernourishment appears to have risen from 20.8 to 22.7 per cent between 2015 and 2016 pointing to the need to build affected communities resilience and find peaceful solutions that strengthen food security.

The number of undernourished people rose from 200 to 224 million, accounting for 25 per cent of the 815 million people undernourished in the world in 2016, said Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General of and Regional Representative for Africa.

Under the theme The Food Security and Nutrition Conflict Nexus: Building Resilience for Food Security, Nutrition and Peace, this years report was launched at the joint FAO/WHO [World Health Organization] Africa Regional Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition,  in Abidjan, 16 to 17 November 2017.

Major factors have caused this surge in hunger: the proportion of the population that has experienced severe food insecurity because of their inability to access food has risen in the region; as well, adverse climatic conditions and conflict,...

17:30

Woman Says George H.W. Bush Groped Her When She Was 16: 'I Was a Child' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Roslyn Corrigan was sixteen years old when she got a chance to meet George H.W. Bush, excited to be introduced to a former president having grown up dreaming of going into politics.

But Corrigan was crushed by her encounter: Bush, then 79 years old, groped her buttocks at a November 2003 event in The Woodlands, Texas, office of the Central Intelligence Agency where Corrigans father gathered with fellow intelligence officers and family members to meet Bush, Corrigan said.

Corrigan is the sixth woman since Oct. 24 to accuse Bush publicly of grabbing her buttocks without consent.

My initial reaction was absolute horror. I was really, really confused, Corrigan told TIME, speaking publicly for the first time about the encounter.

The first thing I did was look at my mom and, while he was still standing there, I didnt say anything. What does a teenager say to the ex-president of the United States? Like, Hey dude, you shouldnt have touched me like that?


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17:25

After Banning Opposition, Cambodia Faces International Action "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Police officers block a street near the Supreme Court during a hearing to decide whether to dissolve the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Samrang Pring

Police officers block a street near the Supreme Court during a hearing to decide whether to dissolve the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Samrang Pring

Phnom Penh: The US promised concrete steps against Cambodia and the European Union raised a threat to vital trade preferences after the main opposition party was banned ahead of elections.

The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was dissolved by the Su...

17:25

Presumed Leonardo da Vinci Painting Sold for $450 Million "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

'Leonardo da Vinci artwork' sells for record $450m

A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold in New York for a record $450m (341m). The painting is known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World).

It is the highest auction price for any work of art and brought cheers and applause at the packed Christie's auction room.

Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519 and there are fewer than 20 of his paintings in existence. Salvator Mundi, believed to have been painted sometime after 1505, is the only work thought to be in private hands.

Bidding began at $100m and the final bid for the work was $400m, with fees bringing the full price up to $450.3m. The unidentified buyer was involved in a bidding contest, via telephone, that lasted nearly 20 minutes.

Related: The Picture Under the "Mona Lisa"
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17:24

IT IS TIME TO SPEAK OF A PECULIAR THING "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

alice-wonderland-2-details

Welcome to the rabbit hole its time to speak of wonderful topics over tea.  Glad to see so many came, now let me speak my mind.  Have a biscuit while you listen.  The rabbit will pour the tea.

Today lets speak of a peculiar thing, like Corporate Elites who can drill for oil but oh dear, they can never drill a well for water.  At least they found an answer to the problem for the citizens in Africa while they suck all the oil from their ground and strip the minerals like diamonds and gold from their veinsthe ones that run deep in the ground.  Their fleshly veins get vaccines, diseases, and new plagues to spread around.  But fear not for they have found a way to quench their thirst, miraculous in nature and so different from all Ive seen it is called a filter.  Yes, a water filter that villagers can take with them to the stream and suck up toxic water and hope it will end up clean!

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17:24

Let them sell the Norman Rockwells "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Berkshire Museum, yes.  They were going to sell 40 paintings at Sothebys, including two very special Norman Rockwells, but at the last minute a court decision halted the sale, claiming (with only thin justification) that the sale would violate the museums trusts.  That is the setting of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one bit:

The sad truth is that the people running the Berkshire Museum just dont care that much about American art any more, at least not from an institutional point of view. Given that reality, its actually better if they are not entrusted with important artworks.

The courts decision now means it will be hard to pull off the sale with fully clear rights to the titles, although the courts judgment will be re-examined in December. Both the uncertainty and the surrounding negative publicity will scare off buyers and may spoil the market for a long time to come.

There is much more at the link.  The argument against selling, of course, is that in a world of frequent sales all museums will find it hard to make credibly binding commitments to their donors, who often do not want their donated works recycled in the marketplace.  But the equilibrium of zero selling is one that will destroy a great deal of value in the art world.  Note that this problem will become increasingly relevant as the clock ticks and the number and inappropriateness of past museum commitments piles up.  If nothing else, sooner or later insolvency sets in.  Rust never sleeps.  And so on.

Should churches really own all that land in the downturns of major American cities?

The post Let them sell the Norman Rockwells appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

17:17

Bogus Trademark Claim Blocks Band From Using Name They Had For 20yrs "IndyWatch Feed World"

Intellectual Property is often sold as a legal measure to protect artists from scammers who may attempt to replicate their brand, but more often than not these types of legal avenues are taken advantage of by opportunists and exploited by publishers to the detriment of truly creative people. This situation plays out on a regular basis, I experienced this firsthand when getting my first book published, and noticed a similar situation in the news this week when rock band Skitzo Calypso had the majority of their releases pulled from multiple distributors because an artist in an entirely different genre, with a somewhat similar name, trademarked their name and as a result was able to have any artist with a related name to be taken off the market. One of the bands caught up in the crossfire was Skitzo Calypso of Baltimore, who I have been following for most of their 20+ year career.

This week, I saw the band announce through their Facebook page that the bulk of their back catalog was going to disappear from Spotify, Amazon, Itunes and all of their distributors partners. I reached out to Skitzo Calypso front man Brad Cox for the details and was shocked to learn just how easy it is for opportunists to knock their perceived competition off the map using bogus IP claims. Not only was the artist in question 7 years-old at the time of the bands first official release, but their name is even spelled differently, although many of the letters are the same. Brad did not want to put the other artists name to the public because he is hoping to handle this behind the scenes diplomatically, but early efforts have not been fruitful. He also said that it is only one word in the name that is being disputed, which makes the claim even more ridiculous.

Its like saying there cant be a Lil Wayne, Lil John, and Lil Kim because of Lil or a Guns N Roses and LA Guns because of Guns, Brad said in an interview with The Mind Unleashed.

Brad went on to say that he has spent the past several days stuck in a customer service nightmare, where none of the legal departments will even respond to him and are just diverting the claim to the legal system, basically forcing him into court.

The legal departments literally wont talk to you or adhere to basic logicthey award the complainant control for frivolous disputes. Im not asking for a lawyer from the company to defend me, but I am asking for a certain level of common sense he attributed to these types of situations, he said. To add insult to injury, the band has not toured or played live since the recent passing of one of their long-time members, so for the foreseeable future, streaming their music was the only way for fans like myself to relive 20 years of memories, but now that lifeline is threatened and the band intends to fight back....

17:16

Vegas Tourism In a Tailspin Since the Massacre "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Since the Vegas false flag event, the people are voting with their feet. Tourism is down dramatically and there is no end in sight.

 

 

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17:12

Pruitt's (polluter) priorities "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

EPA Scott Pruitt

We saw this coming with Scott Pruitt. Long before he became Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), his allegiances to industry were clear. And with new policies at the agency, he's paving the way for even more corporate sway over how our air, soil, water and communities are protected (or not).

In his latest move, Pruitt recently announced that scientists receiving EPA funding for their research will no longer be allowed to advise the agency's rulemaking. While conflict of interest rules have long been on the books, this change in policy is, he says, to "ensure independence."

But Pruitt has made no such decrees about corporate-backed researchers.

And as many national outlets report, he is anticipated to stack EPA advisory bodies including the Scientific Advisory Panel, Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and Board of Scientific Counselors with representatives from the very industries whose products and practices are being reviewed. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) put it this way:

Pruitt is purging expert scientists from his science boards and replacing them with mouthpieces for big polluters."

Welcome, foxes, to the hen house.

"Goodbye science, hello industry"

In hi...

17:10

R600 Gallium3D Shader Image Support Lands, Other R600g Patches Pending "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

As a follow-up to OpenGL 4.2 Support Could Soon Land For AMD Cayman GPUs On R600g, the patches have landed in Mesa 17.4-dev Git! Plus other R600g patches are on the mailing list for review...

17:08

Satellite Images Suggest Aggressive Work on Ballistic Missile Submarine in North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A passenger walks past a TV screen at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, broadcasting a news report on North Korea's submarine-launched ballistic missile fired from North Korea's east coast port of Sinpo July 9, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji/Files

A passenger walks past a TV screen at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, broadcasting a news report on North Koreas submarine-launched ballistic...

17:07

My favorite or most influential Spanish-language works "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Greg Irving emails me:

Hello Prof. Cowen,

I wonder if you might be tempted to create a blog post, at your convenience, of Spanish language works, ideally read in the original, that have most impacted either a) your appreciation for some till then unknown nuance or beauty in the language or b) your knowledge of/appreciation for some aspect of life in general. Might you?

Quizs obviamente, soy alguien que va aprendiendo el idioma poco a poco slo de inters y no de necesidad. Si usted se digna a crear una respuesta por este correo electrnico, o en su blog, me alegrara mucho. Gracias por todo el conocimiento que nos da en sus escritos y por leer mi nota.

1. Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones.  This was super-slow going, but it is one of my favorite books of all time, philosophical and conceptual and in Spanish deeply hilarious.  OK in English, but this book alone is almost reason enough to study Spanish.

3. Julio Cortzar, Rayuela [Hopscotch].  One of my very favorite 20th century novels, again unsatisfying to me in English, I would not recommend that you try at all.  Also try his short stories, most of all Bestiario.

4. Jose Donoso, El obsceno pjaro de la noche [The Obscene Bird of Night].  A masterpiece, quite neglected in the U.S., I found this one so hard I often had to juxtapose it with the English-language text to read it at all.

5. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Noticia de un Secuestro [Notice of a Kidnapping], and Vivir para contarla [Living in Order to Tell It].  Oddly, I think his greatest works are the non-fiction.  But these are at least pretty good in English too, unlike what is listed above.

6. Pablo Neruda.  Non-Spanish readers certainly have heard of him, or maybe like him, but dont really have a sense of how he is one of the very greatest poets of all time.  It is Canto General, a book-length narrative poem retelling of the story of the New World, that influenced me most, but I love all the classic Neruda poems.

I dont find it so profitable to read 17th century Cervantes in Spanish, though the defect...

17:02

Vote for Us or Face Difficulties, Uttar Pradesh BJP Leader Warns Muslims "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If you vote for us, you will be better off. If you dont vote for us, the difficulties will become obvious to you.

File photo of a BJP rally. Credit: PTI

File photo of a BJP rally. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: BJP leader Ranjeet Kumar Srivastava, while campaigning for his wife in Uttar Pradeshs Nawabganj area on November 13, warned Muslims that if they did not vote for her they would face kasht (difficulties). Two ministers in the Adityanath-led state government Dara Singh Chauhan and Ramapati Shastri were on the stage with him while he made these remarks.

Samajwadi ki sarkar nahi hai. Yahan par tum jaa kar ke DM, SP se apna kaam nahi kara sakte ho. Yahan par tumhara koi neta tumhari koi madad nahi kar sakta hai. Sadak, khadanja, naali nagar palika ka kaam hai. Doosri bhi kuch museebatein tumhare upar aa sakti hain. Aaj tumhara koi pairokar BJP ke andar nahi hai. Agar hamare sabhasadon ko tumne bagair bhedbhao ke chunav nahin jitaya Agar Ranjeet Sahab ki patni ko tumne vote de kar ke chunav nahi jitaya To yeh doori jo tum banane ja rahe ho, ab agar yeh doori banegi to tumko Samajwadi Party bachane nahi aayegi. BJP ka shashankaal hai. Jo kasht tumko nahi jhelne pade the, woh kasht tumko uthane pad sakte hain (This is not a Samajwadi Party government. You cannot go to the DM, SP to get your work done. None of your leaders can help you. Roads, lanes, drains are the work of the municipal board. You may face some other difficulties as well. Today, you dont have any advocates insi...

17:02

Seven Months Prove to Be Not Enough Time for DU to File Rejoinder in Modi Degree Case "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While the universitys lawyer claimed that all parties had agreed to an adjournment, the petitioners lawyer denied this.

BJP leaders Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley display copies of Narendra Modis degree certificate at a press conference. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Delhi University tried every trick in its bag to get the hearing in what has come to be known as the Narendra Modi degree case adjourned in the Delhi high court on Thursday (November 16) as the matter came up for hearing after a gap of nearly seven months. The university, which was in April 2017 asked to file a rejoinder to a reply by the petitioner Neeraj within four weeks, first tried to get another extension by claiming that the no objection certificate had been signed by the petitioners lawyer. It then pleaded that it could not find time to file a 20-page rejoinder. In Neerajs plea, the Central Information Commission had in December 2016 directed the university to disclose the results of all the students who had completed the Bachelor of Arts programme in 1978.

The developments left Justice Vibhu Bakhru visibly perturbed and after the court assembled at 10:30 am, he kept insisting that the Delhi University lawyer move ahead with the hearing. The court assembled twice after that, first at 12:30 pm and then at 2:30 pm, but each time in the absence of its senior counsel.

Talking to The Wire,...

17:00

This New Probiotic Makes Cow Burps Less Damaging To The Climate "IndyWatch Feed World"

Mootral is tackling one of the biggest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions: livestock flatulence.

In 2016, the California legislature introduced the the Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Act, which was designed to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030, and methane levels by 40% by the same year. Among the many requirements, the bill mandates that dairies and beef farms reduce cow-derived methane emissionsin the form of belching, flatulence, and manureby 75% by 2030.

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17:00

Mega Game & Watch: True Multiplayer Game "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Today were used to handheld game consoles like the Nintendo Switch, that let you roam around in 3D worlds which include not only 3D players but more terrain than many people walk around in real life in a week. But back in the early 1980s Nintendos handheld offering was the Game & Watch, which used a segmented LCD display. An entire segment could be used to represent the player, with player segments spread throughout the display. To move the player, the previous player segment would be turned off while another adjacent one would be on. That also meant that a console could play only one game. Despite these limitations they were very popular for their time.

[Thomas Tilley] decided to improve on the old Game & Watch in a different way, by making it bigger, much bigger. So big in fact that even many teenage players cant reach both the button to move left and the button to move right in time, turning it into a highly co-operative two-player game. Judging by the video below, that made playing it double the fun. The game he chose to tackle is the Game & Watch Octopus, or Mysteries of the Sea and Mysteries of the Deep in the UK.

The screen hes using is still an LCD one, but a modern 46 LCD TV with far smaller, pixel-sized segments. This sits behind sheets of plywood. Rather than paint the plywood, [Thomas] opted to cover it in gold curtains supplied by his mother-in-law. That meant getting some custom made iron-on transfers for the letters, numbers, and various lines on the front of the console. Most of these he could apply using an iron, but there were some places the iron couldnt fit. For those areas he stuck an IKEA hex key into his soldering iron and used the hot hex key to apply the heat to the transfer. The buttons are also plywood, mounted with springs so that they can be pushed in. When pushed, they activate long-armed micro switches. These in turn are wired to a hacked gamepad that connects to the laptop via USB.

If youre looking for a more manageable handheld Game & Watch hack then check out this one by [Andrew] thats around the same size as the original, but has its own distinct look.


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16:58

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

World Reacts to Zimbabwe Defense Forces Intervention
Guinea President Alpha Conde is current African Union Chair.
November 17, 2017
Felex Share Senior Reporter
Herald

UNITED Nations Secretary-General Mr Antnio Guterres yesterday called for calm and preservation of human rights following the political and socio-economic stabilisation intervention by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces on Wednesday.

This comes as the Sadc Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation met in Botswana yesterday and called for the settling of differences in a peaceful manner.Sadc also called for the convening of an urgent Extraordinary Summit, a development observers said was akin to jumping the gun given that the ZDF was intervening in an internal party not State matter. Zanu-PF is not party to Sadc.

The ZDF took corrective measures early Wednesday morning as they sought to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in the country which, if left unchecked, would have resulted in violent conflict.

The process was executed in a peaceful manner. Business has continued normally around the country with shops, banks, transport operators and other service providers operating normally. There were no reports of violence. Civil servants are also reporting for duty without hindrance. Mr Guterres deputy spokesperson, Mr Farhan Haq, said they were gathering information on the developments.

The Secretary-General has been monitoring the evolving situation in Zimbabwe. He appeals for calm, non-violence and restraint. Preservation of fundamental rights including freedom of speech and assembly is of vital importance, he said. Mr Haq added: The Secretary-General stresses the importance of resolving political differences through peaceful means and dialogue and in line with the countrys Constitution.

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16:57

Earliest cave drawings of dogs found by archaeologists "IndyWatch Feed World"

Carved into a sandstone cliff on the edge of a bygone river in the Arabian Desert, a hunter draws his bow for the kill. He is accompanied by 13 dogs, each with its own coat markings; two animals have lines running from their necks to the man's waist. The engravings likely date back more than 8000 years, making them the earliest depictions of dogs, a new study reveals. And those lines are probably leashes, suggesting that humans mastered the art of training and controlling dogs thousands of years earlier than previously thought. "It's truly astounding stuff," says Melinda Zeder, an archaeozoologist at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. "It's the only real demonstration we have of humans using early dogs to hunt." But she cautions that more work will be needed to confirm both the age and meaning of the depictions. The hunting scene comes from Shuwaymis, a hilly region of northwestern Saudi Arabia where seasonal rains once formed rivers and supported pockets of dense vegetation. For the past 3 years, Maria Guagnin, an archaeologist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany-in partnership with the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage-has helped catalog more than 1400 rock art panels containing nearly 7000 animals and humans at Shuwaymis and Jubbah, a more open vista about 200 kilometers north that was once dotted with lakes.

16:53

16:53

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President  Mugabe, General Chiwenga Meet
November 17, 2017
Herald Reporter

PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday met Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander General Constantino Guveya Chiwenga at State House in Harare. The meeting, that was also attended by South African envoys comprising Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and State Security Minister Bongani Bongo, was also attended by Roman Catholic cleric Father Fidelis Mukonori, Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi, State Security Minister Kembo Mohadi, Air Vice Marshal Elson Moyo, Permanent Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services George Charamba, among others.

Details of the meeting were not available at the time of publishing as the parties remained tight-lipped.

The ZDF on Wednesday announced they had taken action to pacify the degenerating political, social and economic situation in the country which they said if left unchecked would have resulted in violent conflict as they emphasised that their action was not a military takeover as they wanted to flush out reactionary and criminal elements around the President.

16:47

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ZANU-PF Talks: We Have Made Progress: ZDF
November 17, 2017
Herald Reporter

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces say significant progress has been made in their operation to weed out criminals around President Mugabe adding that they had accounted for some of the criminals in order to bring them to justice though others were still at large. No names were given. The criminals, the ZDF said in a statement this morning, were committing crimes that were causing social and economic suffering in Zimbabwe.

They said they were currently engaging with the Commander-in-Chief President Robert Mugabe on the way forward and will advise the nation of the outcome as soon as possible. Defence attaches accredited to Zimbabwe have been briefed to appraise their principals on the obtaining situation in the country, the ZDF said.

Bureaucrats had also been advised to brief their co-operating partners.  The ZDF implored other security services to continue operating and carrying out their duties without any form of impediment to their operation.

While we appreciate the enthusiasm by certain individuals and groups within society, we want to make it clear that they should not purport to be speaking on our behalf, they added.

We will periodically make press releases to keep the public informed of developments in the country. The ZDF commended the nation for remaining patient and peaceful as they carry out the operation.

16:45

CVE-2017-16845 Qemu: ps2: information leakage via post_load routine "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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16:44

Russia: Sochi Is The Scene Of A Terrible Crime Against The Circassian People "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

From The Conversation:

Sochi is the scene of a terrible crime against Circassian people

Vtrsnqth 1392216591.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1 Protests are banned in Russia, but have been held by the Circassian diaspora. No Sochi 2014

By Sufian Zhemukhov, George Washington University and Robert Orrtung, George Washington University

The Sochi Olympics shines a spotlight on the forgotten history of the Caucasus, but one group of people has not made news headlines in the same way as neighbouring Chechnya or Dagestan. The Circassian people are natives of Sochi and the surrounding area that has been transformed for the Winter Games. Their world has evolved through a series of tragic events, including genocide, exile and territorial division.

The Circassians suffered defeat at the hands of the Imperial Russian military 150 years ago. Many were killed and even more deported. Then, during Soviet times their land was divided during Stalins experiment with nationalities and Circassians were grouped together with other ethnic groups not related to them. Today, less than 10% of the Circassian population remains on its native soil in the Caucasus.

The Circassian question

The Sochi Olympics touch a nerve among Circassians for several reasons. By an irony of history, the 2014 Olympic Games will mark the 150th anniversary of the Circassian defeat at the hands of Russia. After more than a century of ghting, hundreds of thousands of Circassians were killed by imperial forces. The memory of this defeat is kept keenly alive in the Circassian community. Every year on 21 May, Circassians around the world light 101 candles and observe a minute of silence in memory of the 101-year war.

Sochi itself was the site of the wars last battles and its port was the place from which the Circassians were deported to the Ottoman Empire. Krasnaya Polyana, the area that will be the centre of the 2014 Olympic Games skiing events, marked the spot on 21 May 1864 where a parade of Russian troops celebrated the end of the war. Sochi itself was named after the Circassian ethnic group Shache, which lived there until 1864. It was also the last capital of independent Circassia.

More critical Circassian activists demand that the Sochi Olympics be completely cance...

16:43

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

EDITORIAL COMMENT: Peace-loving Zimbabwe, ZDF Should Be Commended
November 17, 2017
Opinion & Analysis
Zimbabwe Herald

As events in Zimbabwe continue to unfold, with the situation remaining calm as people across different sectors of life go about their business normally, we should commend the Zimbabwe Defence Forces for sticking to the statement that they issued on November 15, that their action was not a military takeover, but that they intended to address the human security threats in (the) country. They assured the nation that President Mugabe, together with his family were safe and sound, and their security guaranteed.

ZDF spokesperson Major-General Sibusiso Busi Moyo, who read out the statement on the public broadcaster, said the military was only targeting criminals around him (President Mugabe), who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.

The ZDF also assured the nation that as soon as they accomplish their mission, they expected the situation to return to normalcy. As the nation awaits the peaceful conclusion of the matter, we would also like to point out that it is quite normal for members of the international community to interpret events of November 15 in the best way they see them because Zimbabwe has hogged the limelight for decades.

However, we feel that some of the remarks we have been reading go against the spirit of peace that prevails in Zimbabwe. The ongoing normalcy cannot be ignored, because worldwide, when the military intervenes in civilian affairs, there is bloodshed, humanitarian crisis and they take over the levers of power the Executive, Parliament, the Judiciary and the Fourth Estate. This is not what happened in Zimbabwe.

The ZDF also assured members of the international community, including regional and continental bodies Sadc and the African Union that their action was not a military take-over of Government. They explained that what they were doing was to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country, which if not addressed may result in violent conflict.

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16:42

Restored Republic via a GCR as of Nov. 17, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of Nov. 17 2017

Compiled 12:01 am EDT 17 Nov. 2017 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com; Author, "Twenty Two Faces," www.22faces.com

Source: Dinar Chronicles


A. Summary of GCR/GESARA Events From Early Sun Nov. 12 to Early Fri. Nov. 17Restored Republic via a GCR Summary Update as of Nov. 16, 2017

1. Yosef: The new Eastern Financial System was released in Dubai without restraint as of 2am EST Sun. Nov. 12. It was released in Hong Kong 8pm EST Sun. night Nov. 12.

2. Liz Crokin: Trump and Mueller Sting on Clinton: How Trump and Mueller are Pulling the Biggest Sting in History

3. Operation Disclosure, Dinar Chronicles: The US Treasury, Chinese Treasury and US Pentagon confirmed that the RV funds were officially live as of 9:30 pm EST Nov. 14. Payout would begin on Nov. 15, though it might take a day or two to transfer funds.

4. StormWatcher: Mass Arrests Update as of Nov. 15 2017 6:11 pm ESTMass Arrests Update: 1,183 Sealed Indictments Found in 36 Districts

5. Operation Disclosure, Dinar Chronicles: High Alert as of Wed. night Nov. 15.

6. Fulford Report: Nov. 16 2017 12:21 am EST Khazarian Mob Takedown: "Khazarian Mob Takedown" - Fulford Report - 11.13.17 The great purge of Khazarian mobsters continued as hundreds of arrests of Saudi princes...

16:35

Worlds first floating wind farm starts generating electricity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Five giant turbines have been tethered to the seabed about 15 miles from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. The wind farm has been officially opened by Nicola Sturgeon. The first minister said the project, which will generate enough power for about 20,000 homes, was testament to Scotlands international reputation for renewable energy. Norwegian energy firm Statoil has []

16:31

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zanu-PF Needs Candid Inter-generational Talk
November 17, 2017
Lovemore Ranga Mataire  Senior Writer
Zimbabwe Herald

At any critical juncture of a countrys trajectory, the truth is always the first casualty. Out of uncertainty and genuine fear, many journalists fail to objectively assess the impact of certain developments on ordinary people especially if such issues involve the military. The dream that the information age would provide greater space for critical discourse is rendered a mirage as journalists stampede to be the first to get to know the first turn of events, but remain lethargic in giving a balanced analysis based on the countrys national interests.

Yet the role of the Fourth Estate is not just to inform, educate and entertain, but also to put everything in perspective and proffer alternative realities of existence. Reporting on what has happened or is happening is the basic task of the Press, but there is also a need for a more incisive, impartial analysis of what is at stake.

The dramatic intervention of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces led by General Constantino Guveya Chiwenga into the political spectrum must be viewed and interpreted in the context of serious disharmonious developments in the governing party which, if they had been allowed to fester, had the effect of degenerating into open conflict.

What is conveniently ignored by most journalists and pseudo-political analysts is the incontestable fact that the bulk of the current top leadership in the defence forces are products of the countrys protracted liberation struggle. In essence, before they were professional soldiers or even trained guerilla fighters, they were first and foremost political players, schooled and oriented by ZANU and ZAPU the two liberation movements that fought in the countrys war of independence.

It is this historical fact that makes Zimbabwe a uniquely structured country inasfar as its defence forces are concerned. When General Chiwenga stated that the army is a major stockholder in respect to the gains of the liberation, he is not bluffing. What he simply means is that the governing party is the custodian of the revolutionary ethos and values that sustained and liberated Zimbabwe from co...

16:30

Kundalini & Spiritual Emergency: What Doctors, Psychologists, and YOU Need to Know "IndyWatch Feed World"

Before January 2014, I had never heard of the term kundalini other than vague references to kundalini yoga, which I associated with people wearing white turbans and breathing hard.

But on my daughters 8th birthday, I experienced something that my medical knowledge never prepared me to understand.

I was with my new friend Dennis, an agnostic scientist who was drawn to me after we met at a holiday party at the Institute of Noetic Sciences because of our shared curiosity in energy healing. We werent doing anything particularly interesting at the time.

We werent meditating or doing yoga or having sex or doing breathwork or using any mind-altering substances or otherwise seeking out any sort of mystical experience. We were just sitting upstairs on the floor of my bedroom with my roommate April, when something very curious happened.


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16:29

I can see for miles in China What do you see? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

I can see for miles in China. What do you see from your vantage point? Moscow-Beijing Express on The Saker by Jeff J. Brown for the Saker blog Crosslinked with:

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The EU and Central Asian States "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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It was previously stated that, as the focus of global development has drifted towards the Asian Pacific Region; the geopolitical importance of Central Asia in the Eurasian continent has been noticeably increasing. Apart from China and the USA, the European Union has recently showed an increased interest in the region of Central Asia. The EU is not only interested in its energy resources and wealth of minerals, but also in available transportation routes, which can notably boost trade and along with it, the EUs economy. This confirms the thesis that all leading world powers have been recently competing for leadership in the region, which is one of their main goals (or maybe their primary goal) in Central Asia.

As to how the regions residents perceive a certain external player seeking leadership there, it should be pointed out that it is, on the whole, associated with sympathy towards Russia. It is preconditioned not only by a decades-long joint history and Soviet industrialisation there, but also by the scope of the current financial support from Russia, who is still the main economic and political ally of the Central Asian countries. The claims of the Western propaganda about Russias influence by asserting the existence of Russias aggression based on the example of Ukraine, are being actively disseminated through mass media and civil societies, yet are not shared by the local public. However, when it comes to the subject of external actors, it should be acknowledged that the extent of sinophobia in the region is still high enough, which is equally true of the negative attitude towards the United States due to the well-known reasons of Washingtons imperialistic behavior throughout the world. In this context, the attitude towards the EU is generally positive or at least, no intolerance in it.

The EU focused its attention on the Central Asian region for the first time some 15 years ago, when it adopted in 2003 its Security Strategy, which envisioned signing agreements between the EU and Central Asian states. Although the EU titled its policy as the Central Asian Strategy, it was, nonetheless, aimed at establishing cooperation only with the five post-Soviet countries, i.e. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

In 2007, the EU confirmed its intentions towards this region by adopting the following document The EU and Central Asia: Strategy for New Partnership, which set out the targets for promot...

16:26

Lalmani Verma // UP ministers watching, BJP leader warns Muslims: vote for us or elseface difficulties | The Indian Express "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

UP ministers watching, BJP leader warns Muslims: vote for us or elseface difficulties | The Indian Express: A video of his speech is doing the rounds of social media. Samajwadi ki sarkar nahi hai. Yahan par tum jaa kar ke DM, SP se apna kaam nahi kara sakte ho. Yahan par tumhara koi neta tumhari koi madad nahi kar sakta hai. Sadak, khadanja, naali nagar palika ka kaam hai. Doosri bhi kuch museebatein tumhare upar aa sakti hain. Aaj tumhara koi pairokar BJP ke andar nahi hai. Agar hamare sabhasadon ko tumne bagair bhedbhao ke chunav nahin jitaya Agar Ranjeet Sahab ki patni ko tumne vote de kar ke chunav nahi jitaya To yeh doori jo tum banane ja rahe ho, ab agar yeh doori banegi to tumko Samajwadi Party bachane nahi aayegi. BJP ka shashankaal hai. Jo kasht tumko nahi jhelne pade the, woh kasht tumko uthane pad sakte hain, said Srivastava. (This is not a Samajwadi Party government. You cannot go to the DM, SP to get your work done. None of your leaders can help you. Roads, lanes, drains are the work of the municipal board. You may face some other difficulties as well. Today, you dont have any advocates inside the BJP. If you do not, without any discrimination, get our corporators elected If you do not vote for Ranjeet Sahabs wife and get her elected then you will distance yourselves and Samajwadi Party wont come to your rescue. This is the BJPs reign. You may have to face the difficulties which you did not have to undergo earlier).

16:25

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chipanga a Creature of Habit
November 17, 2017
Rodney Dangarembizi, Correspondent
Zimbabwe Herald

Yesterday, the leader of the Zanu-PF Youth League Kudzanai Chipanga issued an apology to the Defence Forces. Instead of owning up to his gross and grievous error in judgment he chose to implicate me and insinuate I was the author of the misconceived statement. I would like, from the outset, to categorically and unreservedly deny any involvement with the said statement and any association with the Press statement in any manner. This is not the first time Chipanga has issued abusive statements aimed at national leaders and this was not the first invective-fuelled Press statement he has issued and certainly not the last.

He is a man given to hysterical and imposing dreams not centred on reality. As such, the Press statement he issued is consistent with his abrasive nature and he should not impute blameworthiness on innocent souls like me. I am a private individual and businessman who has no inclination or propensity to abuse or scorn others as that does not improve my business or associations with other people.

Accordingly, I regret the day I met Chipanga and entertained him, not knowing that he was merely looking for a scapegoat whom he would blackmail and pin his acts upon. A demonstration of my detachment from these issues is that Mr Chipanga came to my house in the company of Jonathan Moyo and Minister Kasukuwere, urging me to attack Vice President Mnangagwa in retribution for an article that had appeared in the Independent newspaper.

In the article I was alleged to have promised General Trust Mugoba a role as General in return for him joining the G40. A ready-made statement was handed to me and I was supposed to sign it. I refused to sign it or associate myself with G40 and its destructive politics.

The person who writes such statements is well known in Zimbabwes political circles and was the one agitating for me to sign the document. That persons hand is evident in the infamous Press statement and the language, diction and style is familiar to most Zimbabwean readers.

He is the one who wrote the statement not me. I am reliably informed that there is a WhatsApp sc...

16:20

November 17th 2017 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #302 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for Presidential Politics. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and Continue reading

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Imaginings "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In a society dominated by the production and consumption of images, no part of life can long  remain immune from the invasion of spectacle.  Christopher Lasch The minds of the potentially free individual has been infiltrated. Image generatiing devices are commonplace and now flood the mind with psychic levels of consumerism and propaganda of every []

Comcast and Verizon are interested in buying some 21st Century Fox assets "IndyWatch Feed World"

The telecommunications giant has expressed interest in acquiring many of Rupert Murdochs 21st Century Fox assets, sources told Reuters. The assets Comcast is interested in include the Fox movie and TV studios, the FX and National Geographic television channels, and the Star television network in India, and the Sky television network in Europe. The move

The telecommunications giant has expressed interest in acquiring many of Rupert Murdochs 21st Century Fox assets, sources told Reuters. The assets Comcast is interested in include the Fox movie and TV studios, the FX and National Geographic television channels, and the Star television network in India, and the Sky television network in Europe. The move would give Comcast a media portfolio to match Disney, which has also expressed interest in snapping up Foxs movie assets. And thats not to mention Verizon, which Reuters says has also expressed interest in buying Fox assets. Verizon has said it will launch a new streaming service in the futureand grabbing Foxs assets would sure give it a lot of content to offer subscribers.

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16:17

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chipanga Under Bus, Dangarembizi Sings
November 17, 2017
Zanu-PF Secretary for Youth Cde Kudzi Chipanga
Herald Reporter

RODNEY Dangarembizi, the man Zanu-PF Youth Affairs Secretary Cde Kudzanai Chipanga accused of originating the statement that denigrated Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Chiwenga and the ZDF hierarchy, yesterday categorically denied involvement in the invective-filled statement as he dismissed the embattled youth leader as a creature of habit given to hysterical and abusive rants.

Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo as the author of the statement. Cde Chipanga on Wednesday apologised profusely to Gen Chiwenga and the ZDF for his derogatory remarks on Tuesday. He said the statement he read was given to him by Mr Dangarembizi. Mr Dangarembizi yesterday said Cde Chipanga should own up to his mistakes without trying to soil innocent people.

The leader of the Zanu-PF Youth League Kudzanai Chipanga issued an apology to the Defence Forces. Instead of owning up to his gross and grievous error in judgment he chose to implicate me and insinuate I was the author of the misconceived statement. I would like from the outset to categorically and unreservedly deny any involvement with the said statement and any association with the press statement in any manner, Mr Dangarembizi said.

This is not the first time Chipanga has issued abusive statements aimed at national leaders and this was not the first invective fuelled press statement he has issued and certainly not the last. He is a man given to hysterical and imposing dreams not centred on reality. As such, the press statement he issued is consistent with his abrasive nature and he should not impute blameworthiness on innocent souls like me.

Mr Dangarembizi then spilled the beans. A demonstration of my detachment from these issues is that Mr Chipanga came to my house in the company of Jonathan Moyo and Minister Kasukuwere urging me to attack Vice President Mnangagwa in retribution for an article that had appeared in the Independent newspaper. In the article I was alleged to have promised General Trust Mugoba a role as General in return...

16:17

NDDC Sets To Create Jobs, Partners SMEDAN,BHIIP On Nigeria Pioneer Enterprise Hub "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FROM RIGHT, MR. NSIMA EKERE, MD, NDDC, DR. DIKKO RADDA (MIDDLE) BARR. NATASHA AKPOTE, CEO, BHIIP


LAGOS NOVEMBER 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN, and Builders Hub Impact Investment Programme, BHIIP, for the establishment of Nigerias first and grandest enterprise innovation and growth hub.
According to Press statement released in Port Harcourt,on Thursday by NDDCS Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Ibitoye Abosede, the tripartite agreement, which kick-starts the investment hub project, was signed yesterday during a meeting at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt between the NDDC, SMEDAN and BHIIP. The engagement with BHIIP will facilitate the establishment of Nigerias first enterprise innovation and incubation hub.
The NDDC Managing Director, Mr. Nsima Ekere, said that the meeting was a follow up to a previous engagement with Director-General of SMEDAN, Dr Dikko Radda, at his office in Abuja.
Ekere said that the partnership with SMEDAN was one way of proving to Nigerians that inter-agency collaboration and synergy could work. He said: We have different kinds of agencies and initiatives in this country with different and specified core mandates and I believe that if all of them can c...

16:15

A ZioWahabi attack on Hezbollah and Iran? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Israel, Saudi Arabia Setting Preconditions For War With Hezbollah a critical analysis This article was written for the Unz Review SouthFront has just released a very interesting video analysis

16:15

Friday November 17th Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those Continue reading

16:12

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Water Crisis Hits Chiredzi
November 17, 2017
Tawanda Mangoma in Chiredzi
Zimbabwe Herald

Chiredzi town has been hit by a crippling water shortage after water conveyancing pipes at the treatment plant burst. The shortages have resulted in the emergence of a black market. It now costs $1 to buy five buckets of water in some areas. Most suburbs have been without running water since Monday and council attributed the problem to burst pipes.

Town engineer Mr Wesly Kauma yesterday said all the towns storage tanks had been emptied to allow the damaged pipes to be repaired.

We have been busy trying to reconnect the water conveyancing pipes for the greater part of this week and we ended up draining all the water from the storage tanks because it was impossible to fix the pipes with water inside the tanks, he said.

Once the burst pipes have been repaired we expect the water supply situation to improve, the problem is at the pipes that draw water from the treatment plant. Mr Kauma said Chiredzi was perennially blighted by water shortages caused by leakages, which required the town to overhaul the water conveyancing systems to curb loses.

Our team is working flat out to address this problem. We really understand how critical water is to the residents and that is why we are frantically trying to fix the fault, he said. Chiredzi Residents and Rate Payers Association chairperson Mr Jonathan Muusha rapped council for failing to update residents on the water situation.

He said council should have dispatched water bowsers to the towns suburbs to mitigate the crisis. Residents are unhappy because only a few suburbs are getting water supplies.

The dire water situation is forcing desperate residents to buy water on the black market being sold by those from the few areas that have running taps. Desperate residents are buying five buckets of water for a dollar, said Mr Muusha.

Residents fear that if the water woes persist, Chiredzi might be hit by an outbreak of diseases such as typhoid and cholera. Chiredzi has since signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDB...

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Council defends use of fluoride in water supplies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The South Taranaki District Council has a duty to fluoridate its water supply, as residents in the area have poor oral hygiene and a high level of tooth decay, the Supreme Court has been told.

A group opposed to fluoridation, New Health New Zealand, has taken legal action against the Council which has now reached the countrys highest Court.

Earlier the Court of Appeal and High Court threw out legal challenges by the group, rejecting its suggestion that fluoridation of the water breached the right to refuse medical treatment.

However South Taranaki District Councils lawyer, Duncan Laing, told the Supreme Court today that health legislation places a duty on local authorities to improve and promote health in their areas.

He said a doctor had suggested that fluoridating the water supply was a much better way of improving oral health in the area, than other possible methods targeting dental hygiene.

In Patea it was a doctors opinion that if the toothbrush and toothpaste were free there was no reason to believe they would be used.

He said the doctor suggested other measures such as banning sugary snacks in schools would not be as effective as fluoridation even if they could be introduced.

Mr Laing said the Local Government Act also empowered the council to fluoridate the water supply and regarding its safety, he said the Ministry of Health had reviewed scientific papers on fluoridation and also commissioned its own studies on the issue.

He said the merits of fluoridation had also been considered by other bodies over many years.

As far back as 1957 a commission of enquiry [was held] and also [later] the New Zealand Human Rights Commission [considered fluoridation], so its interesting its come up again at this time.

It was put to bed by the Royal Commission in the 1950s and by Privy Council case but now its reared its head again.

Mr Laing said local councils had three separate duties relating to water supplies, including ensuring an area had an adequate supply of water.

[And] to take all practicable steps to ensure water supply meets with the standards and to take all reasonable steps to ensure the water supply is wholesome.

Duncan Laing said nothing in that was contrary to fluoridating a local water supply.

He also rejected the appellants claim that the fluoride used in water supplies could contain a whole range of nasty chemicals.

The drinking water standards are a very comprehensive set of standards as to what can be put into drinking water and its simply not credi...

16:07

Police firing on cane farmers: We have never seen such violence in Aurangabad, say villagers | The Indian Express "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Police firing on cane farmers: We have never seen such violence in Aurangabad, say villagers | The Indian Express: A bullet hit Mapari on the chest, while another brushed Dukales hand. Four policemen, including deputy Superintendent of Police Sudarshan Munde and police inspector Suresh Sapkale, were injured in stone-pelting. Located near the catchment area of the Jaikwadi dam, cane for Telwadi and other nearby villages is the only source of sustainable income. While villagers do go for crops like cotton and onions, it is cane which gives them an assured income. Both the injured farmers have around 4 acres of cane, which is ready for harvest. However, growers in the area are unhappy with the functioning of the mills. Bhagwant said his brother, being the eldest of three, was concerned over lack of payment by the mills. He participated in the strike so that we get a fair price for our hard work, he said.

16:07

Gymnasts, watch out! Robots are coming for your jobs, too "IndyWatch Feed World"

As insane as this sounds, robots can now do backflips. As you can see in the video below, Boston Dynamics has shown off that its monstrous Atlas bipedal robot can now not only walk and leap with ease, but it can do backflips better than Batman. Chances are youll either find this fascinating or terrifying.

As insane as this sounds, robots can now do backflips. As you can see in the video below, Boston Dynamics has shown off that its monstrous Atlas bipedal robot can now not only walk and leap with ease, but it can do backflips better than Batman. Chances are youll either find this fascinating or terrifying. Either way, I think that robot deserves a gold medal.

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Remaining EU Member will have to pay 15% More upon BREXIT "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; All the news here in Britain is always how bad it will be if we leave the extortion ring in Brussels. You have mentioned that we are the biggest market for German cars. What will Brexit do to the EU?

Thanks

GD

ANSWER: Once the British exit from the EU extortion ring as you call it, the remaining nations will have to pay more than an additional 10 billion euros to keep Brussels floating in jobs and exorbitant pension. Besides the German auto-industry being clipped for political reasons as the EU punishes Britain to act as a deterrent to prevent others from leaving, Germanys proportion of making up the shortfall from BREXIT will be almost 4 billion. With BREXIT, everyone will have to contribute an additional 15% so they can do nothing but make more miserable in Europeans.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani calls for a doubling of the budget of the European Union. We need twice as much money as today, so 280 billion euros instead of 140 billion euros per year, said Tajani the spark newspapers. The doubled EU budget should not be financed by additional transfers from the Member States, but by the introduction of taxes.

This will require new EU own resources, such as a financial transaction tax on stock exchanges, Tajani said. The President of the European Parliament justified his initiative with the costs of dealing with the refugee crisis and the fight against terrorism, as well as the increased need for investment. Europeans must invest more in energy and digitalization of the economy in the future, the Italian said. Only in this way could the EU compete with the US, China, India or Russia in global competition.

The EU Parliament is currently negotiating with the finance ministers of the EU governments for the Community budget for the year 2018. The EU parliament demands funds of 146.7 billion euros for the coming year 2.3 billion euros more than the finance ministers want to make available.

Almost 80 percent of the EU budget is covered by the contributions of the member countries, the r...

16:04

Is the Dollar Really a Petrodollar anymore? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I want to thank you so much for shedding light on what can only be deranged forecasts on the dollar and gold and never change regardless of how much money they lose people year after year. I received this email with the headline How Much Longer Can the Petrodollar Survive? They claim that now adversarial nations like China, Russia and Iran are threatening the petrodollar hegemony by establishing their own trading and banking infrastructure that excludes dollars for trade. Suddenly Iran is now a world power and as you said at the conference, the dollar support is not trade or oil, but where big money parks.

My question is, just how can these people sleep at night putting out false information all the time? Isnt that what the investment banks pled guilty to putting out false forecasts to support their own positions during the Dotcom bubble?

ANSWER: Yes, you are correct. It is one thing to put out analysis that is unbiased and it is raw corruption to put out forecasts that support your own investments creating a conflict of interest. It would not be a criminal act as long as they disclose what their portfolio is. Only the government gets a free get out of jail card for fake forecasts.

The decline in commodities was was due to a number of factors, including an economic slowdown in China, a severe recession in Brazil, with falling prices for oil and other commodities, and exchange rate volatility that saw the dollar rise. Despite positive growth in trade volume terms, the current dollar value of world merchandise exports declined by 14% in 2015, to US$ 16.0 trillion, as export prices fell by 15%. Even the dollar value of world commercial services exports also fell 6% in 2015 to US$ 4.7 trillion, although the decline was less s...

16:04

Ethereum Cryptocurrency Almost $400 Million Vanishes "IndyWatch Feed World"

Thanks to a string of screw-ups and bugs, an unsuspecting developer recently took possession of an estimated $US390 million worth of the Ethereum cryptocurrency by accident. In an attempt to give back the money, however, the guy ended up locking up the funds permanently. Essentially, the money has just evaporated.

It turns out that hackers started the trouble getting into the cryptocurrency wallet service stealing about $42 million. To then patch the vulnerability to their block-chain technology, they introduced a bug that affected multi-signature wallets. These are wallets which require several people to enter keys before funds get transferred. This was intended to be top security for Ether which is the second largest cryptocurrency. Somehow, a guy called devops199 triggered the bug and took control of all multi-sig wallets unintendedly. Then devops199 attempted to reverse the process to give back the money which then triggered they bug. The result was the destruction all of the funds. The bug caused a chain reaction of events that locked all multi-signature wallets that cannot now be unlocked.

Welcome to the world of Cryptocurrency.

16:03

The National Congress of American Indians & the Native American Finance Officers Association Oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in Congress "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 17, 2017

WASHINGTON  The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Actboth the House bill and the Senate Finance Committee bill.

NCAI and NAFOA view it as deeply regrettable that neither the House nor the Senate bill takes seriously Indian Countrys priorities for tax reform. With respect to tribal nations, unless tribal provisions are included, the current tax reform legislation amounts to little more than a $1.5 trillion increase in the federal deficit over the next ten years. This deficit increase will inevitably create pressure to cut federal programs and services that are extremely important to tribal communities. Deficit-financed tax cuts that lead to austerity budget cuts would affect all Americans, but would disproportionately impact American Indians and Alaska Natives who rely on federal funding of the trust responsibility as well as social programs.

Accordingly, NCAI and NAFOA oppose the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. NCAI and NAFOA call on tribal governments to oppose these bills as well and contact their Congressional delegations to urge them to vote NO on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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16:02

Cherokee Nation to Receive Prestigious Award for Outstanding Stewardship of Historic Sites in Oklahoma "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Cherokee National Prison Museum. The Cherokee National Prison was the only penitentiary building in the entire Indian Territory from 1875 to 1901.

Published November 16, 2017

Tribe recognized for excellent historic and cultural preservation work and promotion 

CHICAGO  The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present the Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites to Cherokee Nation. The tribe is one of eight award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2017 PastForward National Preservation Conference this week in Chicago.

Cherokee Nation is being recognized for their careful stewardship of several properties vital to their history and culture as well as for their contributions to the preservation of state-owned resources within the Nation. For example, the 1844 building that housed their National Supreme Court, the 1875 National Prison and the 1869 National Capitol were all in need of repair and restoration.  Today, Cherokee Nation has completed or is in the process of completing repair work that returns each of these historic properties to their period of historical significance and opens them to the public.

When state budget cuts in 2010 threatened the Oklahoma Historical Societys (OHS) ability to care for state-owned historic resources, Cherokee Nation stepped forward with a $50,000 annual contribution to maintain operations at three OHS historic sites within the boundaries of the Nation and arranged to bring tour groups there for special programming opportunities. When the perilous budget situation persisted, Cherokee Nation worked with leadership at OHS to secure...

Broadcom Hurricane 2 & Allwinner R40 Supported By Linux 4.15 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

More ARM platform upstreaming has taken place for the Linux 4.15 kernel development cycle among other ARM hardware improvements...

16:01

Pechanga Resort & Casino Hosts Active Shooter Training with First-responders "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

First responders train for active-shooter scenario at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California

Published November 17, 2017

PECHANGA INDIAN RESERVATION   On Wednesday, Pechanga hosted more than 100 police, fire, paramedics, and Pechanga first responders to conduct a major tactical response to a simulated active shooter incident. The November 15thtraining exercise was the first of its kind held in Riverside County following all CalFire engines being outfitted with tactical response equipment and firefighters going through a rigorous classroom-based training.

Planned for more than five months in advance, the incident response exercise was performed to provide police, fire, paramedics and hospitals the chance to better coordinate and streamline response efforts in the event of an actual violent incident. Agencies taking part in the drill included Pechanga Fire, CalFire, Riverside City Fire, Hemet and Corona Fire Departments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Riverside County Sheriffs, Temecula Police, Murrieta Police, Corona Police, regional ambulance services, Pechanga Department of Public Safety and Pechanga Tribal Rangers, and Temecula Valley Hospital.

The Pechanga Fire Department participated in the training.

What this means is that the county, the Riverside County Fire Chiefs Association, developed one standard for tactical response for active shooters, said John Hawkins, Riverside County Fire Chief. Then we play according to that same playbook. It would be like all NFL teams using the same playbook. They could all play the same way.

According to Pechanga...

16:01

New Zealand, Invasive Species & Gene Editing "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1920

Thanks to Ed Yong and his editors at The Atlantic for this story on one countrys approach to rats:

New Zealands War on Rats Could Change the World

The nation wants to eradicate all invasive mammal predators by 2050. Gene-editing technology could helpor it could trigger an ecological disaster of global proportions.

The first thing that hit me about Zealandia was the noise.

I was a 15-minute drive from the center of Wellington, New Zealands capital city, but instead of the honks of horns or the bustle of passersby, all I could hear was birdsong. It came in every flavorresonant coos, high-pitched cheeps, and alien notes that seemed to come from otherworldly instruments.

Much of New Zealand, including national parks that supposedly epitomize the concept of wilderness, has been so denuded of birds that their melodies feel like a rare gifta fleeting thing to make note of before it disappears. But Zealandia is a unique 225-hect...

16:00

Is America Up for a Second Cold War? "IndyWatch Feed War"

After the 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party in October, one may discern Premier Xi Jinpings vision of the emerging New World Order. By 2049, the centennial of the triumph of Communist Revolution, China shall have become the first power on earth. Her occupation and humiliation by the West and Japan in the Continue reading "Is America Up for a Second Cold War?"

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16:00

Americas Renegade Warfare "IndyWatch Feed War"

Seventy-seven million people in North and South Korea find themselves directly in the line of fire from the threat of a Second Korean War. The rest of the world is recoiling in horror from the scale of civilian casualties such a war would cause and the unthinkable prospect that either side might actually use nuclear Continue reading "Americas Renegade Warfare"

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16:00

Phil Pringle Head Pastor of C3 Church. False prophet of the Prosperity Gospel. Part one. Meeting Phil Pringle for the first time in 1982 "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Dr Phil Pringle of C3 Church Eric Clapton hair cut or is it a topaz? And 70s glasses dont believe a word Doctor Phil Pringle says Like Brian Houston of Hillsong, its all spin and con

 

The first time I met Doctor Phil Pringle was in 1982.

I was a builder working at Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia CLC Darlo for short. CLC Darlinghurst was the second location and second name for Hillsong Global Church.

The lifelong secret pedophile and child rapist Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of  Hillsong Global Church was showing Phil Pringle my handiwork. This is before he acquired his doctorate from an unknown theological college overseas in the early 1990s and announced to his C3 staff and the world, Call me Dr Phil Pringle from now on.

I still remember the day very clearly when I first met Phil.

The party of pastors arrived with a young Phil Pringle boasting to his spiritual father, the lifelong secret pedophile and child rapist Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong Global Church, about his amazing vision for the lost of Sydney and how he was going to build a mighty church in Sydneys Northern Beaches with a massive Bible College etc etc.

I was watching and listening and thought this guy is full of himself.

 

...

16:00

Rich Cordray Leaving The CFPB Isn't Good-- But I Hope He'll Make A Good Ohio Governor "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Governor John Kasich (R-OH) is term-limited and cannot seek re-election. Former Senator and current Attorney General Mike DeWine, current Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, current Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and multimillionaire backbencher Rep. Jim Renacci are all competing in a fiery Republican primary. Kasich is backing his Lt. Governor but virtually every poll shows her in third place behind DeWine and Husted. (Renacci is a non-factor, never even getting into double digits. The most recent poll (August) has DeWine at 36%m Husted at 20%, Taylor at 17% and Renacci at 8%.

The Democrats also have a crowded field-- State Supreme Court Judge Bill O'Neill, former state Rep. Connie Pillich, current state Senator Joe Schiavoni (once Senate Minority Leader), former Rep. Betty Sutton, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and, as of yesterday, CFPB Director (and former state Attorney General) Rich Cordray.

All the never-right professional prognosticators have announced the race "leans Republican." None of them seems to understand what a giant anti-Trump/anti-GOP wave means.

Yesterday Cordray sent his staff at the CFPB an e-mail telling them he's stepping down as director by the end of the month.
As I have said many times, but feel just as much today as I ever have, it has been a joy of my life to have the opportunity to serve our country as the first director of the Consumer Bureau by working alongside all of you here, he wrote.

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Eckart, a Cleveland Democrat, said several pro...

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
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15:59

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Africa Buys Into Nuclear Dream
November 17, 2017
Opinion & Analysis
Lynley Donnelly  Correspondent

While questions swirl around the progress of South Africas nuclear plans, Russias state nuclear agency Rosatom is losing no time in selling the atomic dream to other African countries. Last week the company signed project-development agreements with the Nigerian government for the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant and research centre housing a multi-purpose research reactor.

Nigeria has extensive oil and gas reserves, but suffers from chronic electricity shortages. Media reports suggest the deal could cost about $20 billion, but Rosatom said the costs have yet to be determined. The agreements were signed in order to adopt the appropriate approach and establish the projects implementation details, a Rosatum official said.

Cost estimations and project specifications will be evaluated in accordance to this agreement, the official said. In Egypt, plans for the construction of a nuclear plant at El Dabaa are at an advanced stage. The government has reportedly signed a $25 billion loan with Rosatom, which has yet to begin construction. South Africas nuclear ambitions have raised questions about affordability and the need for added nuclear power, given poor economic growth and low electricity demand. It remains to be seen whether there are similar misgivings in Nigerias case. The countrys fiscal balances are very susceptible to oil price and production shocks so affordability might be a major concern, according to Cobus de Hart, Nigerian analyst at NKC African Economics.

On Wednesday, credit ratings agency Moodys downgraded Nigerias sovereign credit rating further. It was already junk, or sub-investment grade, and its rating was cut from B1 to B2, in part because of the governments unsuccessful attempts to address the structural weaknesses that leave it exposed to oil-price shocks. Whether Nigeria could afford a nuclear deal would ultimately depend on the terms of the agreement and other factors such as repayment time frames, De Hart said. Nigerias current power plants are operating below capacity, maintenance is poor and there are frequent disruptions to gas flow, he said, and a proposed n......

15:53

Journalist, Turkish Soldiers Among 34 Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

A journalist was killed during fighting near Qaim, while Turkish soldiers were killed in battles in northern Iraq.

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15:52

The Hurricane Season, as Shown by Salt, Smoke, and Dust "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Smoke from fires in the Pacific Northwest gets caught in a weather pattern and pulled all the way across the US and over to Europe. Hurricanes form off the coast of Africa and travel across the Atlantic to make landfall in the United States. Dust from the Sahara is blown into the Gulf of Mexico.

In this cool video created by NASA you visualize how dust, sand and other particulate matter moves with the wind from one continent to another. The video includes footage of 2017 hurricanes including Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Ophelia. (You too can create cool looking videos like this if you had the supercomputing resources like NASA.)

Brief story accompanying the video on NPR.


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15:51

Yosef Intel Report: "Zimbabwe Love Story" -- November 16, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"



Source: Dinar Chronicles

There are decades when nothing happens; and there are days when decades happen - Vladimir Lenin

What youre experiencing now, with the two day coup in Zimbabwe, are decades happening in days.

The Zimbabwe Military has effectively transitioned leaderswith Chinas blessingin just 48 hours.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/15/zimbabwe-general-visited-beijing-just-days-executing-coup/

Twitter - Thursday - 5:00AM EDT
Zimbabwe Government @GovZimbabwe

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE PRESIDENT IS IN GOOD HEALTH. COMRADE R.G MUGABE WILL RESIGN FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY. THE INSTALLATION OF HIS EXCELLENCY, EMMERSON MNANGAGWA AS INTERIM PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE WILL OCCUR ON FRIDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 2017.

#ZIMBABWE - Nov 15, 2017

This means only that China got the guy who who was always chosen by them to lead Zimbabwe after Mugabe. Thats all.

Mugabe has been forced to speak today to announce his resignation after 37 years of service as President and subsequent appointment of Mnangagwa, who he fired earlier in the week.

That escalated quickly.

Several Mugabe cabinet ministers were also arrested, some body guards were shot dead and millions in cash was recovered. Otherwise it w...

15:50

U.S. Military CAUGHT Spraying Chemicals on Americans "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While everyone is concerned about the chemical drill planned for Oklahoma, the military industrial complex have been and will continue to spray us with whatever they want, whenever they want and no longer need to hide it.

Chemical Drill Planned for Oklahoma to Simulate a Biological Terror Attack 

11/15/17: USAF NOT ON RADAR; Dumping Chemicals Over Worland, Wyoming:

Share this video please since YouTube will censor it. Its time for people to be held accountable for these crimes from the local level all the way up to the Military Industrial Complex.

Via Mike Decker:

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15:50

Number Of Mysteriously Dead Scientists, Microbiologists And Holistic Health Practitioners Suggest Something Extremely Nefarious Is Going On! "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Number Of Mysteriously Dead Scientists, Microbiologists And Holistic Health Practitioners Suggest Something Extremely Nefarious Is Going On! by Stefan Stanford All News Pipeline Back on November 5th, we published a story on ANP titled There Is Something Dark And...

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15:48

Daily Inspiration --- Sincere Appreciation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When does appreciation turn to flattery? Wise men may differ...

15:43

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

How Africa Can Negotiate an Effective Continental FTA Pact
November 17, 2017

Only 15 percent of the goods traded in Africa are produced locally, leading to an annual food import bill of over US$35 billion

Calestous Juma Correspondent

African countries are forging ahead to complete negotiations for a continental free trade area between 55 countries by early next year. The idea, adopted by the African Union in 2012, is to create a single market which includes the free movement of goods, services and people. The integrated African market covers 1,2 billion people and a combined GDP of over USD$3,5 trillion. Large markets are job-creating as they support more trade in goods, services and assets. It is expected that a well designed agreement would help Africa boost industrial development, promote economic transformation and create new wealth. The benefits wont be automatic but will require continuous national, regional and continental efforts.

Large regional markets are also essential for industrialisation. This is because they attract investment into firms that can diversify their product lines and stimulate the creation of related industries. This includes the supply of spare parts, distribution of goods and provision of advisory services. Some of these may start as their supplies but they may also grow into independent enterprises. Viewed against the odds of success in getting 55 countries to foster meaningful regional integration, Africa has made commendable progress in crafting its own creative approach. But reports from recent talks and a slowdown of regional integration efforts suggest a disturbing trend.

Some government delegates are likely to seek to include protection for existing products and industries. This would be detrimental to the process if these lists ended up shaping the final agreement given the 2018 signing deadline. Such a retreat would run counter to recent advances in Africas trade integration efforts. In 2015, for example, three regional trading blocs, covering 650 million people in 26 countries, signed the landmark Tripartite Free Trade Area with a combined GDP of over USD$1,5 trillion.

Agreement challenges

The trade agreement nevertheless needs to be carefully thought out, particularly given that Africa i...

15:43

India again threatens military action to take Pakistan administered Kashmir "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Indian Minister of state for home affairs Hansraj Ahir Thursday (Nov 16) said no one can stop India if it wanted to wrest to what he called "Pakistan-occupied" Kashmir from Pakistan, stressing that the territory was a part of India.

15:38

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

African Governments Urged to Invest in Land
November 16, 2017
 Abdalla Hamdok - pic from  Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Ruth Butaumocho in Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA

AFRICAN governments should seize the opportunity to invest in its land, through strategies and interventions that focuses on women and youth.

Speaking at the official opening of the land policy in Africa conference here on Tuesday, the United Nations Economic for Commission for Africa, (Uneca), deputy executive secretary Mr Abdalla Hamdok said African nations should use land as a major resource to enhance food production, peace and security, while ensuring environmental protection.

Equitable access and land utilisation and its resources is vital for sustainable economic growth, increased agricultural productivity and the development of a robust agribusiness on the continent.

Land forms the basis for agriculture, forestry, mining, industry, tourism and urban development. But to maximise on the benefits of land and its resources, inclusion of land users in decision making, on how land is governed and managed is crucial, he said adding that access to land by the women and youth would transform into economic empowerment.

A youth and women representative from Kenya, Ms Rachel Mwakali said women and youth on the continent needed to secure lands rights in their respective countries to ensure that they contribute to economic growth.

She however noted with concern that women and youth were failing to access land because of inheritance and customary practices, which regarded them as minors with no direct access to claim land.

The majority of women in Africa were the most affected, and often failed to acquire land in the event of the death of their spouses, she said.

Why would you put extra effort to develop land that is not and that you wont be able to pass on to your children? More than 70 percent of African population is made up of the youth, but sadly only a negligible percent own land,she said.

Running under the theme The Africa we want;Achieving socioeconomic transformation through inclusive and equitable access to land by the youth, the conference comes at...

15:38

The Lifeboat Foundation is looking to hire an HQ Supervisor. This individual will be trained by our president in Reno, Nevada USA and will be in charge of everything from financial paperwork to keeping our HQ (headquarters) clean. "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Lifeboat Foundation is looking to hire an HQ Supervisor. This individual will be trained by our president in Reno, Nevada USA and will be in charge of everything from financial paperwork to keeping our HQ (headquarters) clean. The two main qualities that are being looked for are: 1) follow through 2) and a strong interest in 'Safeguarding Humanity'. Learn more!

15:37

Plague spreads to dozens of health workers amid fears Madagascar can't contain black death "IndyWatch Feed World"

Plague spreads to dozens of health workers amid fears Madagascar can't contain black death | 16 Nov 2017 | The plague outbreak in Madagascar has spread to health workers, with dozens struck down by the black death. A staggering 82 health workers have been struck down by the disease -- about around four per cent of the total number of cases -- according to latest figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO)...There are also fears the disease could develop a resistance to the antibiotics being used to treat victims, which would likely see the number of cases surge. At least 2,119 cases of the plague have been reported and the death toll is continuing to rise with the disease having now claimed 171 lives, according to latest WHO figures.

15:35

Famine Eminent As Oil Spill Ravages Urhobo Community "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


By Amos Okioma
LAGOS NOVEMBER 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Famine is eminent in Uwheru Community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State as a result of recent oil spill which occurred in Egbo Quaters of Uwheru Clan.
If something is not done urgently, the livelihood of the indigenes which has to do with farming and fishing may be in jeopardy.

Consequently, the people of Uwheru community have appealed to Heritage Operational Services Limited to quickly intervene by stopping the oil spill in its facilities at Evwreni well 8 and 9 that occurred since the 20th of October 2017.
The Head of Egbo quarters, Odion Andrew Umukoro told Urhobotoday. Com that they woke up to their consternation and worry to discover that a section of the pipelines that connects the well head was gushing out crude oil and they had to alert Heritage Operational Services Limited .
According to him, the facility was formerly owned by SPDC which recently sold it to Heritage Operational Services Limited.
He said the spill may have occurred due to equipment failure and the operators responded with assurance that they were coming to do the needful.
He lamented that ever since then, they have not showed up and the spill is gradually spreading to the adjourning environment, farmlands and crops .
Conducting Urhobotoday.com correspondent round the oil spill, another community leader, Boggie Ogbe affirmed that they have reported the spill to Heritage Operational Se...

15:34

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FAO Strengthens Southern African Countries to Fight Crop Pest Outbreak
November 15, 2017

LUSAKA. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Tuesday that it has managed to build capacity in southern Africa and elsewhere to combat possible armyworm outbreaks in the fall.

The crop-munching pests broke out in the region during the 2016-2017 farming season, destroying large swathes of planted crops. Reports in Zambia have indicated a possible outbreak in the 2017 farming season.

George Okech, the FAO representative in Zambia, said capacity-building programs, especially on early warning systems, have been conducted to prepare the countries against the pests.

We are currently collaborating with the (Zambian) Ministry of Agriculture and agriculture research institutions in order to build capacity in them. We have provided expert and technical programs to detect and prevent the pests, Okech told Xinhua. Pheromone traps and lures have been placed in strategic areas to trap the moth. Other innovative technologies such as drones and remote sensing were being considered, he said. According to Okech, FAO has distributed 2,600 traps to the countries. 

Xinhua

15:34

Legislation and Lobbyists "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There are many people taking notice of modern politics for the first time in their lives. There is also some confusion noticed between two groups who talk above and around each other. Two groups communicating from two entirely different sets Continue reading

15:33

(Video) SGTReport -- Putin and Trump Could Save the World "IndyWatch Feed World"



Published on Nov 16, 2017

Do you think Vladimir Putin has forgotten the Bolshevik revolution or the Rothschild hand that was behind it? Under his rule, Christianity has spread throughout Russia like wild fire. What we are now facing is a war that's spiritual in nature. In a recent speech Putin noted, "Without the moral values that are rooted in Christianity... people will inevitably lose their human dignity." He may have been referring to the global issue of pedophilia, a problem he went on to speak about. Vladimir Putin has not forgotten Russian history. If he and President Trump both stood together against the Zionist agenda for World War 3, Putin and Trump could save the world.

15:30

Dj Vu, We Are Seeing The Same Signs Now As We Saw Back In 2008 (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Dj Vu, We Are Seeing The Same Signs Now As We Saw Back In 2008 Video X22 Report Initial jobless claims surge, this is what happened in the past right before a recession. Consumers are both confident and broke...

The post Dj Vu, We Are Seeing The Same Signs Now As We Saw Back In 2008 (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

15:30

Blasphemy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sunfed chicken-free chicken was launched in July and now the company was planning to release two new products: Sunfed beef and Sunfed bacon. While the chicken is made from yellow peas imported from Canada, Lee would not divulge the key ingredient in the beef and bacon products. She said there was no other product like []

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15:30

Overcoming neoliberalism: Sally McManus tries to 'Change the Rules' "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Overcoming neoliberalism: Sally McManus tries to 'Change the Rules'With the ACTU's new 'Change the Rules' campaign, Sally McManus is playing the long game, says Jay Goodall. read now...

15:27

Scathing police report from alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl by Sylvester Stallone and his bodyguard has just surfaced "IndyWatch Feed World"

Shocking revelations have just come out detailing a police report filed on Sylvester Stallone for the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl. Unlike previous instances of he said, she said, this case was documented-as soon as it allegedly happened-to the police. The incident reportedly took place in Las Vegas with then 40-year-old Stallone was filming the hit movie Over the Top in the late 1980s. As the report from Daily Mail notes: Sylvester Stallone was accused of sexual assault by a 16-year-old girl while he was filming a movie in Las Vegas in the late 1980s, according to a bombshell police report obtained by DailyMail.com. The Rocky actor was 40 years old when an unnamed teenager disclosed to Las Vegas police that she had been 'intimidated' into having sex with him and his bodyguard Michael 'Mike' De Luca at the former Las Vegas Hilton hotel in July 1986. The 16-year-old claimed she had sex with Stallone and he encouraged De Luca to join them. At that point she became 'very uncomfortable' with the encounter but felt she had 'no choice'. De Luca then forced the teenager to perform oral sex on him before penetrating her, while Stallone made her give him oral sex, according to the police report.

15:26

African Activist Slams Trump for Reversing Ban on Elephant Trophies from Hunts in Zimbabwe & Zambia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By DemocracyNow.org:
African Activist Slams Trump for Reversing Ban on Elephant Trophies from Hunts in Zimbabwe & Zambia, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

link: http://youtu.be/kFc0Rv3M6CE
GUESTS- Nnimmo Bassey
Nigerian environmental activist and director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation.

The Trump administration will allow American trophy hunters to import the bodies of elephants they kill in Zimbabwe and Zambia, reversing a ban put in place by President Obama. The Interior Departments rule change comes even though African elephants are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The policy could affect President Trumps two adult sons, Eric and Donald Jr., who are longtime trophy hunters who have repeatedly posed for photos with dead animals they killed in Africa.

A 2012 picture of Donald Trump Jr. in Zimbabwe shows him standing in front of the corpse of an African elephant, holding a knife in one hand and a severed tail in the other. We speak with Nnimmo Bassey, Nigerian environmental activist and director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation.

Transcript
This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.
AMY GOODMAN: But, Nnimmo, before you go, we wanted to touch on a few issues. And I dont know if you can talk about this, but its an issue that the Trump administration has been dealing with around Zimbabwe. The Trump administration has reversed an Obama-era rule, allowing American trophy hunters to import the bodies of elephants they kill in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The Interior Departments rule change comes even though African elephants are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The policy would affect President Trumps both adult sons, Eric and Donald Jr., who are longtime trophy hunters, who have repeatedly posed for photos with dead animals in Africa. A 2012 picture of Donald Trump Jr. in Zimbabwe shows him standing in front of the corpse of an African elephant, holding a knife in one hand and a severed tail in another. As an environmental activist on the continent, your thoughts?

NNIMMO BASSEY: Well, also from the political level, I think, I cant imagine what else will come out of the White House of the United States that will horrify us any more than what weve seen already. But this is actually a very low point, to have the president of the United States reverse such a ban, and as the wildlife in Africa have been decimated by trophy hunters. And right now, we also have the problems of local people being targeted in the process of protecting...

15:22

Lucas Heights is the obvious place for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Gary See Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, November 15  

ANSTO at Lucas Heights are supposedly short of space to keep radioactive waste, but they are literally next door to a landfill site that is near to being closed. Anyone know if theyve ever considered building a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility  there?
It would seem a logical place for it.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/344452605899556/

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15:22

Impeachment Theater, 2017 Edition "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If past performance is an indicator of future results, then -- political theater -- is really all we can expect here. Two past presidents -- Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton -- have been impeached. Neither was convicted. A third, Richard Nixon, might have been, but he resigned before the House could vote on impeachment.

15:19

Get your $5,000 dream project funded by the Lifeboat Foundation. Deadline for submissions is the end of the year. "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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15:12

WOW! Book Ties Fusion GPS, John McCain & Mainstream Media to Trump Dossier As New Details Emerge "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In yet another twist to the Trump dossier, saga, we now learn that Fusion GPS Co-founder Glenn Simpson personally gave Senator John McCain (R-AZ) a copy of the now discredited dossier. Earlier reports suggested that McCain was made aware of the dossier from British associates, but was never in possession of the documents final draft. 

A new book out by Guardian journalist Luke Harding [Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win,] provides previously unknown details about the Trump dossier and its author, former British spy Christopher Steele, writes the Daily Callers Chuck Ross.

Daily Caller reports:

It has been previously reported that McCain was aware of the dossier before it was published by BuzzFeed on Jan. 10. He was told of its existence in Nov. 2016 by Sir Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador and associate of Steeles. It was also known that a copy was passed to McCain and his associate, David Kramer.

What was not known was that McCain was provided a final copy of the dossier directly by Simpson, the former Wall Street Journal reporter who started Fusion GPS.

Les than twenty-four hours later, Kramer returned to Washington. Next, Simpson shared a copy of the dossier confidentially with McCain.

McCains spokeswoman did not respond to The Daily Callers request for comment.

In a section of Ross piece subtitled Reporters at competing outlets cooperated on anti-Trump efforts, its reveals that mainstream media reports, fiercely competitive over scoops and exclusives, colluded together in an effort to push Trump-Russia hysteria.

Daily Caller has more:

In the book, Harding describes how reporters at competing outlets rallied together as part of an effort to expose Trumps alleged Russia ties.

There was healthy competition still, but reporters on different titles began working together on some s...

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8 Traits That Can Be Used to Identify All Personality Disorders "IndyWatch Feed World"

The study of human personality and personality disorders has dated back decades. One of the first examples recorded was when Tyrtamus divided the people of Athens into 30 different personality types during the 4th century BC, using labels such as irony, arrogance and boastfulness. This laid the groundwork for the extensive research that would follow, working towards the development of the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

The DSM-5 lists a total of 10 different personality disorders, sorted into three different groups, or clusters.

Cluster A: Odd, Bizarre, Eccentric

  • Paranoid Personality Disorder
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Cluster B: Dramatic, Erratic

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Cluster C: Anxious, Fearful

  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

One of the biggest challenges regarding the understanding of personality is the diagnosis of personality disorders. Throughout history there have been many different techniques explored and applied to these efforts, working to distinguish the unique characteristics of each personality type while better understanding how they do or do not, related to psychological conditions that are considered to be treatable diseases.

Psychologist Sylvia Wilson out of the University of Minnesota and her colleagues revisited an old approach, looking at understanding the individual interpersonal styles that were associated with each of the disorders. These styles look at how you behave, your attitude towards relationships, the way that you interpret the behavior of others, and the relationship goals that you set among other personal characteristics.

Source: UnDepress

 

Wilson and her colleagues focused their research on 127 different studies conducted over a 20-year period...

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6 Things That Will Happen To Your Body One Month Before A Heart Attack "IndyWatch Feed World"

Heart attacks are a lot more common in current times than they should be and are a growing issue. However, thanks to science there are quite a few warning signs we can look for that could save us if we notice them in time.

In case you werent aware heart disease is actually the leading cause of death here in the United States according to the CDC. This meaning the whole I dont think it will happen to me argument is mute. Heart disease takes more lives than cancer, let that sink in.

Now, heart disease comes in the form of a range of conditions all of which affect your heart. These conditions include things like congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease and so forth. Paying attention to your heart health from an early age is EXTREMELY important.

A heart attack is something that happens when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle becomes blocked. Because of this lack of oxygen, the heart itself begins to die if blood is not restored as quickly as possible and help is not sought out almost immediately the person will die. Heart attacks are not a joke, they are terrifying.

A study carried out earlier this year actually found that in the UK early signs were overlooked in one out of six heart attack deaths there. My point for mentioning this is to stress how important it is to know the warning signs so that you can help yourself as well as your loved ones when signs are being overlooked. This study was published in the Lancet Public Health, and for this researchers actually examined records of all 446,744 NHS hospital stays in England between 2006 and 2010. They also examined data from the hospitalization history of all 135,950 heart attack deaths. Records actually included things like whether or not the people who had passed from heart attacks had been admitted in the previous four weeks or not and if signs were recorded as their cause of admission and so forth.

Half of those mentioned above who passed away due to heart attacks were hospitalized at some point during the four weeks prior to their deaths. This leaving the other half with symptoms/signs going unnoticed. People often overlook the signs of a possible oncoming heart attack. These are signs that present themselves oftentimes months in advance.

6 Things That Will Happen To Your Body One Month Before A Heart Attack:

1. Fatigue

While fatigue is perfectly normal after a stressful day or even a lot of intense physical activity constant or ch...

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Supreme Court tackles medication angle of fluoridation case "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Supreme Court looks set to tackle the issue of whether adding fluoride to water supplies amounts to medicating the consumer to reduce tooth decay.

The court has reserved its decision on an appeal by a group that opposes fluoridation of water supplies, New Health New Zealand.

New Health appealed against a decision that South Taranaki District Council should be allowed to put fluoride in the water supplies of Waverley and P?tea, two areas with poor oral hygiene.

One of the planks of New Healths appeal was the Bill of Rights Act guarantee that anyone had the right to refuse to undergo medical treatment.

Fluoridated water supplies delivered medication for a therapeutic purpose, New Healths lawyer, Mary Scholtens, QC, said.

The right to refuse medical treatment was subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as could be justified in a free and democratic society.

For the minister of health, Crown lawyer Austin Powell argued fluoridated water was a public health measure, not medical treatment.

But there was point at which treatment and dietary additions came close to diverging, he said.

If the court found that adding fluoride was authorised, reading several provisions together, then it would be prescribed by law and the real issue would become whether it was justified, Powell said.

The council has defended the science behind fluoridation and said fluoridated water was not medication, its lawyer Duncan Laing said.

Fluoridating water was not delivering medical treatment, but even if it was medical treatment, it was legally allowed and was a minimal intrusion, he argued.

The Ministry of Health encouraged local authorities to fluoridate, after evaluating the scientific evidence and commissioning its own studies. It had been looked at on human rights grounds, and by a commission of inquiry.

There is a substantial body of evidence that fluoridation is a safe and effective way of reducing widespread disease, Laing said.

New Health has said that fluoride added to the water is not the same as medical-grade fluoride found in fluoride tablets and toothpaste.

New Health said the water additive was a product of the fertiliser industry, but Laing said that was not always the case.

Additives to drinking water had to comply with comprehensive water standards and it was not credible to say it added dangerous or inappropriate elements from the fluoride. New Health said contaminants such as mercury and arsenic came from the fluoride added.

Until 2002, l...

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Another Step Forward for Sound Money: Location Picked for Texas Gold Depository "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Another Step Forward for Sound Money: Location Picked for Texas Gold Depository from Tenth Amendment Center The Texas Bullion Depository took a step closer becoming operational earlier this month when officials announced the location of the new facility. The creation...

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My, How Times Have Changed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Libertarian Forum, edited by Murray N. Rothbard; May 1, 1969.

All through the land, this wondrous month of April, the student revolution has spread to campus after campus, even to the most conservative and most apathetic.

the student rebellion has reached a crescendo this spring which few of us have ever dreamed could be possible.

In this edition, Rothbard focusses on the campus protests of the time.  Before considering further his observations, lets pause to review the concerns of todays college students:

Ann Coulter, Charles Murray, Heather MacDonald, Corey Lewandowski, Betsy DeVos, and Milo Yiannopoulos they might say something that hurts the feelings of these poor delicate snowflakes.  Comfort rooms, cupcakes hot chocolate, and teddy bears are offered for those who melt.

A nice list from Forbes:

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  • Cornell Students Hold A Post-election Cry in
  • UT Austin Students Organize Cocks Not Glocks Protest
  • UMass Students Hold A Shit-in
  • UC Merced Students Seek To Disarm Campus Police
  • Gettysburg College Students Sit Down Against Hate
  • Smith College Students Host Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving
  • U Chicago Students Block Michigan Avenue Traffic For Free Tuition Protest
  • Oberlin Students Demand Low Grades Be Abolished
  • Hampshire College Students Lowered And Burned The American Flag
  • Faculty And Students Try To Silence UVA Founder Thomas Jefferson

Some really earth-shattering stuff.

And for the pice de rsistancea view that takes these present-day campus protests far too seriously; the issues at hand:

campus rape, structural racism, gender-based wage discrimination, and skyrocketing expenses over student housing

To clarify the viewpoint of the author and publisher:

To look at the situation differently, it might help to think...

Mencken Club Address "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It is with considerable pleasure that I observe this turnout for the tenth annual gathering of the H.L. Mencken Club. Our organization has survived both its troubled beginnings (which I wont bother to recount on this happy occasion) and its growing pains to become a focal point for the independent Right. This has come to pass because of your kind participation, generous donations, and the persistent work of those who serve on our board. Unlike those who work for the Beltway conservative movement, the H.L. Mencken Club depends entirely on voluntary efforts; and these have come from dedicated people who feel strongly about our mission. And let me acknowledge at the outset the work of our board, all of whose members serve tirelessly without compensation. Despite her protests, I must also give special mention to my wife Mary. This great person, to adopt the rhetoric of President Trump, labors every day to make sure the Club is solvent, dues are dutifully recorded and arrangements are made with hotels so that we can hold our conferences in a pleasant environment. She has even contributed her own pennies in past years to make sure our yearly expenses are met. My wife has made these sacrifices for a club, whose political mission she only vaguely shares, although in last years presidential campaign she proudly identified herself as a Deplorable.

A question that some of us may ask ourselves in our darker moments is why bother to maintain an organization like ours. Many of our members are nearing seventy, some even eighty. The Village Voice and other vehicles of establishment opinion depict us as geriatric babblers who are too doddering to be dangerous. The gargantuan media enterprise that Peter Brimelow styles conservatism, inc. runs away from us like bearers of the Black Plague. The employees of this multibillion dollar enterprise avoid mentioning our names, except to deny they had met us. Until recently, being involved in the H.L. Mencken Club carried a heavy price, at least for those who crave the company of successful professional conservatives.

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Allow me to begin my remarks with this question. Have those who mock our mostly older members made note recently of all the graying Fox-news-viewers and aging subscribers to National Review? The average age of the first (according to information gleaned from the British Daily Mail) is 68; while the average age of a National Review reader is 66. Viewers of MSNBC and CNN range on average between 62 and 64.  But there is more disheartening news for media conservatism. Although Fox-news desperately showcases blacks in order to acquire a more politically correct audience, these efforts have yielded meager results. Less than...

I Never Watched House of Cards "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This caught my eye.

The problem with House of Cards is it paints everyone in Washington with the same poison brush. I suspected it would bad for our brand from the start, but tuned in for the first season out of curiosity. I turned off the first episode after Frank Underwood killed a dog with his bare hands. After a year of persuading, friends talked me out of my boycott. I gritted my teeth through three more episodes, until Frank Underwood was in bed with a 20-something female reporter 30 years his junior, who was calling her dad to wish him a happy Fathers Day while the Congressman was ripping her clothes off. We have two twenty-something daughters. I was done.

This was exactly the place where I switched away from Netflix. I realized that this Congressman was a psychopath, and that he was not representative of anything I saw on Capitol Hill. I was there only six months, and I was isolated in an office on the other side of the main office, but what I saw there was the normal run-of-the-mill bureaucracy that is the inevitable result of over-funding by the federal government.

If the money were not so gigantic, most of what goes on in Washingtons political circles would be penny-ante stuff. Its mostly about raising enough money to get re-elected. There are undoubtedly lots of payoffs, but the main one is the promise of employment as a lobbyist after someone has finished his term in Congress. Thats when he makes the big bucks. Its basically multibillion-dollar chiseling. Its not social pathology. Its what governments have done from day one. The difference is simply that the numbers are so big today.

Government is about four things: money, power, sex, and booze. Rare is the politician who is not affected by any of these four. Undoubtedly, some politicians get addicted to one or more of them. But that doesnt mean that he strangles dogs on the street.

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I find it remarkable that Kevin Spacey is something of a psychopath. He played the part to the hilt. He did the same in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Also in The Usual Suspects. Also in American Beauty. I thought he was a great method actor. I was wrong.

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I dont like unrealistic dramas. I dont even like unrealistic comedies. I turned off Alpha House after five minutes for the same reason that I turned off House of Cards. It just was not r...

Big Conservative Media? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In the era of Trump, Deplorables would be well served to rethink the high esteem in which they have held Big Conservative media, or The Big Con.

There are two kinds of Big Con pundits:

On the one hand, we have those who, after decades of insisting to the GOP base that the election of Democrats is tantamount to national suicide, not only failed to rally behind the GOP presidential nominee when his name was Donald J. Trump, but actively sought to sabotage Trumps prospects both as candidate and as President.

These Big Con-men and women are now known as NeverTrumpers.  They have names like Bill Kristol; Charles Krauthammer; George Will; Peggy Noonan; Michael Medved; Glenn Beck; Ben Shapiro; Erik Erickson; Jonah Goldberg; and Rich Lowry.  They are nationally syndicated columnists, radio hosts, Fox News talking heads, and writers for such conservative publications as Commentary, National Review, The Blaze, and Red State.

On the other hand, there are those Big Con chatterboxes and scribblers who support Trump, but who, nevertheless, spent their careers using their influence to run cover for Republican politicians who betrayed their base at every turn, politicians who talked the talk of limited government, conservatism, freedom, and the rest during campaign season, while walking the walk of ever larger government and cultural leftism when in office.

In fact, these politiciansthe Bushes, McCains, Kasichs, Romneys, Cheneys, Grahams, Rubios, and Ryans of our political worldare some of the very same Republicans who refused to endorse Trump after he received their partys presidential nomination, and who continue to collude, even if by stealth, with Democrats, leftists, and Deep State bureaucrats to undermine Trumps presidency.

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Lets take a stroll down memory lane with respect to both divisions of The Big Con.

The BIG CON: NeverTrump

These pundits have been wildly, epically wrong on virtually every subject to which theyve spoken over the years. Whether it is the so-called War on Terror, the war in Iraq, amnesty, or Donald Trumps political prospects, the track record of these conservative sages is quite literally incredible for just how blemished it is.

Due to space constraints, lets look at what some of their most prominent voices were saying regarding the likelihood of Trumps becoming the 45th President of the United States.

In May of 2012, after Mitt Romney embraced Trump when the latter endorsed him, George Will couldnt imagi...

Trumps Anti-Peace Asia Trip "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trumps 5-country Asia tour has nothing to do with seeking peace anywhere, it has not even to do with diplomacy it is entirely a warmongering business trip for the Military Industrial Complex. It is amazing that the world doesnt catch on.

We know about Obamas several years of pivoting to Asia. It resulted largely in the TPP, the Transpacific Partnership, a trade agreement between 12 countries including the US. The first thing Trump did when he came on board is canceling it, claiming that it would only harm the US. Canceling it, in fact, was a good thing, since contrary to what Trump understands, or claims to understand, of US-made international trade, the Asian partners would have suffered, not the US. There is not one single trade agreement the US has instigated, bilateral or multilateral, where the US came out as a loser, or even as an equal, always a winner. The original meaning of trade is not winning or losing, but it is an exchange of equals with equal benefits for all partners. ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America) is perhaps one of the few living examples.

Trump doesnt like multilateral trade agreements, because even though he is in control he may not be in total control. He wants to call the shots, every shot. Literally. This is what this 8-day pivot to Asia is all about. It is about selling weapons, the best, the most accurate, the deadliest the world has ever produced. Trumps words almost. And repeated over-and-over-and-over again.

At a press conference in Tokyo, with Japans PM Shinzo Abe, Trump said literally, when pointing at Prime Minister Abe,

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[He] will shoot [North Koreas] missiles out of the sky when he completes the purchase of lots of equipment from the United States. One very important thing is that Prime Minister Abe is going to be purchasing massive amounts of [US-made] military equipment, as he should. We make the best by far its a lot of jobs for us, and a lot of safety for Japan (The Guardian, 6/11/2017).

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Mexico, As It Is and Wasnt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

For Americans concerned about  Mexico and Mexicans, and what sort of wights they be, a little history may help. We seem to know almost nothing about a bordering nation of 130 million. It is not what most of us think it is. It is certainly not what the Loon Right would have us believe.

For many years, until 1910, Mexico was run by Europeans, lastly under Porfirio Diaz, for the benefit of Europeans. Literacy was extremely with economic conditions to match. The country was indeed, to borrow a favorite phrase of those hostile to Latin Americans, a Third-World hellhole. Many nations then were, to include China.

In 1910 the Revolution broke out. It was godawful, as civil wars usually are. It ended in 1921, followed shortly by the Cristero religious war until 1929. This had the usual hideousness favored by religious wars.

It left the country devastated. It hadnt been much to start with, but now it was a wreck. Aldous Huxley, writing in 1934, saw no improvement. (Beyond the Mexique Bay) At least until 1940 much of Mexico was barely civilized, unlettered, lawless, and poor. Things were not all that swell in 1970.

Today, seventy-six years later (says the CIA Factbook), literacy is at 95%; the economy at $2.2 trillion, 12th  in the world in PPP; median age, 28; population growth rate, 1.12%; mothers mean age at first birth, 21.3; total fertility, 2.24 children per woman; life expectancy at birth, 76 years.

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Mexico today has a large number of universities (the Technolgico of Monterrey, a premier engineering school, has some thirty campuses in as many cities: Is that one university or thirty?) Mexico graduates  well over 100,000 engineers a year, including 13,000 in software, and has a rapidly growing high-tech industry  with centers in Guadalajara and Mexico City. Major American firms, to include IBM, Oracle, and Intel, come here to hire them.

And of course internet, airlines, computerized everything, and teenagers pecking at smartphones.

This is a lot of change in less than a mans lifetime. Those hostile to Latin Americans do not want to know this, and usually manage not to.

In many ways Mexico remains a mess, mostly because of organized crime and corruption. Distribution of wealth is badly unequal, being now what the US is becoming. Books could be written about what is wrong with the country. Finland it isnt. But neither is ti remotely a Third-World hell hole despite the squalling of such authorities as Ann...

The National Republican Party "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

After Judge Roy Moore won the Alabama Republican senatorial primary election a few weeks ago, I wrote this:

You can bet that the establishment is not finished trying to destroy Roy Moorenot by any stretch of the imagination. When Trump stumped for Luther Strange last week, he said that Judge Moore would have a hard time winning the general election. He said that because he knows that not only will Roy Moore have to defeat the Democrat establishment, he will have to again defeat the Republican establishment. So, Roys fight is far from over.

Boy, were those words an understatement! After forty years in public office; after being investigated more times than probably any man in America; after being removed from office twice for not caving in to unconstitutional judicial rulings; after taking on the President of the United States Donald Trump, the Vice President of the United States Mike Pence, the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the entire media and political establishments in New York and Washington, D.C.; and after having over $30 million spent against him by the Republican establishment AND WINNINGand just four weeks away from the most important senatorial election in modern American historysuddenly several women come out of nowhere to accuse Roy Moore of sexual improprieties from some forty years ago.

Writing for SonsOfLiberty.com, Tim Brown writes, It seems that Bezos CIA-ties Washington Post has decided to run a hit piece on Moore in which allegations by a woman who was then 14-years-old claims that Moore touched her sexually, and that three other teen girls at the time he was in his early thirties dated him and they hugged and kissed.

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The first thing that makes these accusations almost unbelievable is that Moore has been in Alabama politics as a judge for years.  Hes not been in some closet somewhere.

Why are these allegations of things that allegedly took place four decades ago just now coming out?  My guess is its because the establishment knows Roy Moore is the real deal.

Brown also notes that the so-called Washington Post reporter who broke this hit piece against Judge Moore has a rap sheet of her own. She was ch...

Russia? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The anti-Russia hysteria that has raged in the US for just over a year now appeared poised to spread to the UK last week after British media learned that three past or present Foreign Office ministers including Boris Johnson had been targeted by FBI agents in their investigations into George Papadopoulos and Carter Page.

The reports aroused suspicions that the Leave campaign may have taken money indirectly from the Russian government. Of course, the idea that Russian efforts part of a three-dimensional Russian plot to diminish the UKs international influence managed to sway the vote in favor of Brexit is just as ludicrous as the notion that $100,000 in Facebook promoted posts managed to throw the election to Trump.

And as if to underscore this point, Nigel Farage delivered a speech at the European Parliament where he represents South East England pointing out that George Soros Open Society Foundation has far more influence on elections across the Europe and the US. And if investigators are looking for evidence of foreign influence, they should start there. After all, George Soros recently signed over most of his assets some $18 billion worth to his OSF, which oversees a network of dozens of organizations across Europe.

And what is this money used for? Soros nonprofits have one mission: To promote a globalist agenda of open borders, free trade and liberal democratic values.

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Speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Farage told fellow MEPs he believes that when it comes to international collusion, we are looking in the wrong place. He says Soros influence in Brussels is truly extraordinary,adding: I fear we could be looking at the biggest level of international, political collusion in history, according to Russia Today.

Farage, the leader of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament, belie......

Surviving Winter Weather "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Here in the upper Midwest, winter weather can be absolutely brutal. Were talking frigid temperatures, freezing rain, feet of snow, and just a whole lot of no fun when youre trying to go about your daily life.

Sure, if you enjoy snowmobiling, ice fishing, and skiing, the winter months are like paradise, but for those who are just trying to get to and from work each day, though, things can get dicey.

Fortunately, winter weather rarely hits without some advance warning. While we all like to poke fun at the weather forecasters, when it comes to blizzards and such, they get it right far more often than they miss the boat. So, the first line of defense is to pay attention to your favorite weather forecast.

It is exceedingly rare that a winter storm pops up out of nowhere. There is almost always several hours, if not a day or two, of warning.

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Traveling in severe winter weather

If at all possible, limit any planned travel during a predicted winter storm. I know, thats often easier said than done. Bosses tend to get a little irritated when employees dont show up. If you have a vacation or sick day you can afford to burn, use it on a day when the roads are going to be sketchy at best. If you can work from home, do so.

Always have emergency supplies and gear in your vehicle. These include jumper cablesa blanket (wool is the best), extra hat and gloves, flashlight with extra batteries, food, water, and a first aid kit. Bonus points for chemical hand warmersglow sticks, and a cell phone charger you can plug into the cigarette lighter in your vehicle.

If you get stranded for some reason, stay put unless you absolutely have to leave your vehicle due to safety reasons. A car o...

Robot Apocalypse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Have you noticed all of the news lately about artificial intelligence and robotics, including some things that sound like absolutely terrible ideas? Its like scientists are deliberately trying to bring on a robot apocalypse. They clearly dont watch the same movies that I do.

People are getting more and more onboard with this type of technology. From Alexa to Siri, humans are interacting with artificial intelligence on a regular basis. Siri makes jokes, making the voice from your phone seem more human. It all seems so non-threatening until you look a little deeper.

Robot exoskeletons

With robotic exoskeletons, scientists are handing over superior strength, agility, and endurance to human beings.

For example, Ford has been rolling out robotic exoskeletons for their workers in an attempt to battle human weakness. The wearable technology is called the EksoVest and it increases upper body strength, supports the arms, decreases fatigue, and reduces the chance of injury.

Its related to technology created by DARPA, which has been trying to create supersoldiers with robotic technology for decades.

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Over the years, DARPA has invested billions into exoskeleton suits for ground troops. This wearable robotic system gives soldiers the ability to carry heavier objects, run faster, and even leap over large obstacles. (source) Imagine trying to take on an enemy (or rogue soldier) who basically has superpowers.

Gosh, what could possibly go wrong with this?

Artificial intelligence with mental illness

Then we have a computer scientist who is deliberately creating AI with mental illness.

This tortured artist of an AI is called DABUS, short for device for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified Sentience. It was created by computer scientist Stephen Thaler, who used a technique called generative adversarial networks to mimic the extreme fluctuations in thought and emotion experienced by humans who suffer from mental illness

Their process triggers unhappy associations and fluctuations in rhythm. The result is an AI interface with symptoms of insanity....

10 Award-Winning Optical Illusions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

When the new book Champions of Illusion: The Science Behind Mind-Boggling Images and Mystifying Brain Puzzles arrived at the Mental Floss offices, we couldnt flip through itand flip our brains outfast enough.

Created by Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik, professors of ophthalmology, neurology, physiology, and pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, the book is a fascinating compilation of award-winning images from the Best Illusion of the Year contest, which Martinez-Conde and Macknik first created for a neuroscience conference in 2005. Since then, the contest has produced some truly mind-bending mind tricks that challenge our sense of perception of the world around us. As the authors write:

Your brain creates a simulation of the world that may or may not match the real thing. The reality you experience is the result of your exclusive interaction with that simulation. We define illusions as the phenomena in which your perception differs from physical reality in a way that is readily evident. You may see something that is not there, or fail to see something that is there, or see something in a way that does not reflect its physical properties.

Just as a painter creates the illusion of depth on a flat canvas, our brain creates the illusion of depth based on information arriving from our essentially two-dimensional retinas. Illusions show us that depth, color, brightness, and shape are not absolute terms but are subjective, relative experiences created actively by our brains circuits. This is true not only of visual experiences but of any and all sensory perceptions, and even of how we ponder our emotions, thoughts, and memories. Whether we are experiencing the feeling of redness, the appearance of squareness, or emotions such as love and hate, these are the result of the activity of neurons in our brain.

Yes, there is a real world out there, and you perceive events that occur around you, however incorrectly or incompletely. But you have never actually lived in the real world, in the sense that your experience never matches physical reality perfectly. Your brain instead gathers pieces of data from your sensory systemssome of which are quite imprecise or, frankly, wrong.

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Thank Goodness They Were Armed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Originally published by AmmoLand.com.

Louisiana  Here is some news you wont find in the mainstream media. Again this week, responsible gun owners defend themselves and the people they love.

Self-defense instructor Elizabeth Hautman joined the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at three new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they trained and prepared?   What can we learn from their experience? Listen and find out. (19 minute podcast)

All three victims survived lethal attacks because they had a gun.

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First story-  Are you armed when youre walking downtown at night?

Youre walking back to your car. It is late at night. A man comes up to you and says, Give me your wallet. You almost dont believe it. Youre about to ask him to say it again when you notice the gun in his hand. Youre being robbed. You start to back up, and the robber raises his gun. You put your wallet in your left hand. Then you reach for your handgun with your right hand. You have a concealed carry permit, and your armed. You shoot your attacker. Hes startled, and you take that moment to run away.

Then you call police.

Second Story-  Are you armed at home?

Youre in your room at your familys home. It is 2am, and you hear yelling from the front door. A large group of men have broken into your home. They have guns pointed at everyone. You are still in the back hallway and you hear the robbers beating and threatening your family. You go back to your room. You grab your gun and move toward the front of the house. You start shooting as you round the corner. The robbers run.

Police report that eight men broke into your home.  The took two small safes as they ran.

Third story- Are you armed when you walk down the street?

It is early in the morning when you finally arrive home. You park your car on the street. You walk up to your front door when a young man steps up behind you and points a gun at you. He demands your wallet, your phone, and your keys. You have you...

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Political History tales: Having the PM for dinner "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Which country was it that found a politician good enough to eat and how long ago did it happen? It looked just like a funny facebook meme but it piqued my interest so I went looking for articles to back up the story and discovered that the tale was based on fact. In 1672 []

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Vomit Inducing Crap 1 Z Energy Faux Greens "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There are many things that make Adam want to vomit. Suspect it comes with getting older. However, some are more offensive than others.

Looked for a video to exemplify my dislike, but could not find one.

My pick today is Z Energy, their sanctimonious faux Green ads really piss Adam off.


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Now Just FIVE Men Own Almost as Much Wealth as Half the Worlds Population "IndyWatch Feed World"

Last year it was 8 men, then down to 6, and now its probably just 5.

The super-rich are absconding with our wealth, and the plague of inequality continues to grow. An analysis of 2016 data found that the poorest five deciles of the world population own about $410 billion in total wealth.

As of June 2017, the worlds richest five men owned over $400 billion in wealth. Thus, on average, each man owns nearly as much as 750 million people.

Why Do We Let a Few People Shift Great Portions of the Worlds Wealth to Themselves?

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14:53

California man killed & buried his wife before going on fatal shooting spree throughout a small community "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Northern California man who killed four people in a shooting rampage did so one day after killing his wife and burying her under the floor of their home. The man went on to wreak havoc, death and panic throughout a small community. Janson Neal, 43, killed his wife Monday night and buried her under the floor in their home, Tehama County assistant sheriff Phil Johnston said Wednesday, according to KPIX. Neal was eventually killed Tuesday in a gunbattle with police after shooting several people in various locations. The total death count, including Neal and his wife, is six. Neal's wife's body was found on Tuesday night "concealed" under the floorboards of the man's home, Johnston said. The assistant sheriff added that deputies believe Neal killed his wife, buried her under the floor and "literally covered her up."

14:50

Your Computer Isnt the Only Thing at Risk "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Your Computer Isnt the Only Thing at Risk By Jason Hanson  LFB.org Dear Black Bag Confidential Reader, Many years ago, when wireless keyboards were first introduced, large numbers of computer users followed the untethered trend into blissful, cordless ignorance. But what...

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14:44

Purchased Politicians, Mostly Republicans in House and Senate, Write Letters Opposing Trump on NAFTA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Multinational corporations and foreign governments spend hundreds of millions in Washington DC lobbying House and Senate politicians to retain trade positions.  Its generally a legal bribery business where congressional representatives get rich by selling their votes to corporations and foreign Continue reading

14:43

Foresight's Vision Weekend is coming up on December 23 in San Francisco. Get a 50% discount on your ticket using the code "Lifeboat". "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Foresight's Vision Weekend is coming up on December 2-3 in San Francisco. Get a 50% discount on your ticket using the code 'Lifeboat'. The Vision Weekend is a gathering dedicated to taking stock of the most compelling ideas of today, turn them into coherent visions for a better future, and get to work on them. Learn more!

14:30

The Danger of Emerging Market US Dollar Denominated Debt (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Danger of Emerging Market US Dollar Denominated Debt Video ITM Trading In 2007 the US dollar hit an all-time lows establishing a new lower trading range. As the 2008 crisis unfolded interest rates were also pushed to all-time...

The post The Danger of Emerging Market US Dollar Denominated Debt (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

14:30

The Making of the Russian Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The story of the October Revolution of 1917 is as much one of the masses of Russia taking their future in their own hands as it is of Lenin who had to fight against tremendous odds and the Bolsheviks.

The chequered character of the tumultuous years 1917-21 in Russia and her neighbourhood demand a different reading. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

What is remarkable about the making of the revolution is that Lenin was not himself an army commander but could perceive the mood of the peasants (who wanted land), workers (who wanted bread) and sailors and soldiers (who wanted peace). Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A hundred years ago, the Russian Revolution changed economic and political configurations across the world. Through a series of articles, The Wire revisits the making of The Soviet Century

The world of man has been transformed by two bourgeois revolutions the one in England in the 1640s (also called the Civil War) and the French Revolution in 1789 and by four socialist revolutions in the 20th century the first in Russia in 1917, the second in China in 1949, the third in Vietnam starting in 1945 and the fourth in Cuba in 1959. One principal difference between these revolutions is that while in the first two there was no single guiding leader, in the case of the socialist revolutions, there were.

In the case of Russia it was Vladimir Lenin, in the case of China it was Mao Zedong, in...

14:30

Whaleoil History Channel: Posts from the Vault "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Headline: ACT: Davids Dilemma [UPDATED] The post from the vault today is only a year old but knowing what you now know you can read Cams words with new eyes. This morning, I ran a story suggesting ACTs performance through David Seymour this year is noticeably less impressive than last year. A number of Whaleoil []

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14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nescience lack of knowledge or awareness; ignorance; agnosticism.


Filed under: language Tagged: nescience

14:29

More Gold Flowing East "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

More Gold Flowing East by Rory The Daily Coin The Turkish central bank has added some 3.8 million ounces of gold to their reserves during 2017 after offloading more than 3 million ounces in the second half of 2016....

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14:28

Heres what the OAIC had to say about *THAT* video "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remember that video, the one Twiggy Forrest commissioned via his charity, Minderoo to tout his policy of cashless welfare? Featuring CCTV footage taken from remote Indigenous communities in WA, the video was bandied about the media and taken to Canberra to guilt-trip MPs into ignoring the human rights implications (and rise in violent crime) that came out of the initial trials of blanket income quarantining.

In order to inform evidence in my submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Cashless Debit Card Bill (which closed on Monday), I was curious to know if the evidence being touted by Twiggy Forrest (from the CCTV video) was from the period before or after introduction of the cashless welfare card as this would seem to bear on the effectiveness of the card to stop violence if, in fact, the incident occurred during the trial itself.

But how could I determine when the imagery was recorded? I needed to know who owned the CCTV camera which recorded it- which brought up a whole host of new questions about their right to share it with Andrew Forrest or any of his many minions in the first place?

I wondered if the camera was owned by the local council or private interests and I wondered what is permitted to be done with such footage and whether the use of it in lobbying and the media is permitted under the Privacy Act?

I shot off a quick email -included at the foot of this post- to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (which administers the Privacy Act).

After what the OAIC admits is an extended delay, I received a response this week. Interestingly, the OAIC does not address whether it is legal for Minderoo to have obtained the footage in the first place under the Privacy Act in order to create the video to feed to the media, but has limited their response to the power of the Privacy Act over media organisations- which is interesting enough in itself.

According to information filed by Minderoo with the ACNC, Minderoo is listed as a small charity with a revenue of $250k. Whether their turnover is above or below the $3million required for it to be...

14:26

BOOM! POTUS Trump Wins the Internet Today With Al Franken Kill Shot "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump came out swinging on Twitter Thursday evening and absolutely destroyed Al Franken.

Trump first tweeted, The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? .. OUCH!

Then Trump hits Franken with a kill shot.

.And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?

Democrat Senator Al Franken is under siege after model and radio host Leeann Tweeden accused him of sexual assault. Tweeden also provided photo evidence of the assault.

A second woman came forward and accused Franken of harassing and stalking her.

Conservatives set Twitter ablaze calling for Frankens resignation using the hashtag #ResignAl.

Prominent Minnesota Democrats are also calling for Franken to step down.

The post BOOM! POTUS Trump Wins the Internet Today With Al Franken Kill Shot appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

14:24

At least 210,000-gallon oil leak causes Keystone Pipeline closure in S. Dakota "IndyWatch Feed World"

A leak in the Keystone Pipeline released at least 210,000 gallons of oil, and the pipeline has since been shut off. The leak is now covered, according to TransCanada, the sole owner of the pipeline. The leak occurred on Thursday morning in an agricultural area in Marshall County, South Dakota. The oil has not entered any waterways or water systems, KSFY reported. Crews are now working to clean up the leak, and an emergency response plan has been activated to get more staff and contractors to the site. The Marshall County Emergency Management Director and some firefighters were at the scene of the leak on Thursday evening, according to KSFY reporter Kayleigh Schmidt, who said they told her there was "not much to see" at the site of the leak.

Another major oil leak hits Keystone Pipeline, forcing its closure in S. Dakota "IndyWatch Feed World"

A leak in the Keystone Pipeline released at least 210,000 gallons of oil, and the pipeline has since been shut off. The leak is now covered, according to TransCanada, the sole owner of the pipeline. The leak occurred on Thursday morning in an agricultural area in Marshall County, South Dakota. The oil has not entered any waterways or water systems, KSFY reported. Crews are now working to clean up the leak, and an emergency response plan has been activated to get more staff and contractors to the site. The Marshall County Emergency Management Director and some firefighters were at the scene of the leak on Thursday evening, according to KSFY reporter Kayleigh Schmidt, who said they told her there was "not much to see" at the site of the leak.

14:23

Place Where Complaints Go To Die: Capitol Hill Insider Admits Senate Ethics Probe Into Al Franken Is Complete Sham (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

According to POLITICO reporter and Capitol Hill insider Josh Gerstein, the Senate Ethics probe into sexual harassment reports against Democrat Al Franken is a sham.  

Its really a place where complaints about senators go to die, admits Gerstein.

When Franken called on the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate him, what he was really doing was smartly moving to have the claims burred.

Both Republicans and Democrats are calling for an ethics probe.

...

14:23

Saudi-led coalition 'frees' French journalists in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Houthi sources say two French journalists were placed in hotel after travelling in combat areas

14:22

Solidaritas Untuk Papua (Barat) Merdeka (Salatiga) / Salatiga, Indonesia: Demo in Solidarity with West Papua Struggle "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

INDONESIA

*Scroll down for English translation*

15 November 2017, Salatiga (Jawa Tengah)

Solidaritas antar berbagai aliansi termasuk diantaranya Federasi Mahasiswa Libertarian (FML), Aliansi Mahasiswa Papua (AMP) terjadi di kota kecil Salatiga, tepatnya di Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana. Solidaritas ini merupakan seruan dari KNPB (Komite Nasional Papua Barat) dalam skala nasional untuk menekan pemerintah Indonesia agar memberikan hak untuk menentukan pilihan bangsa Papua Barat. Dalam hal ini, kaum anarkis dan libertarian, membatasi solidaritasnya dalam bentuk otonomi bangsa Papua Barat dan bukannya disintergrasi yang akan menciptakan negara baru lagi.

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Solidarity between various alliances including Libertarian Student Federation (FML), Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) in the small town of Salatiga, at the Satya Wacana Christian University. This solidarity is a nationwide call from the KNPB (National Committee of West Papua) in order to give pressure to the Indonesian government to give rights to West Papuan independence and autonomy. In this case, anarchists and libertarians limited their solidarity for the full autonomy and freedom of West Papua from Indonesian state and not supporting the creation of West Papua as a nation-state.

Anarkis/FML

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14:19

Astronomers discover new type of cosmic explosion "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An international team of astronomers, including a University of Southampton expert, has discovered a new type of explosion in a distant galaxy. The explosion, called PS1-10adi, seems to prefer active galaxies that house supermassive black holes consuming the gas and...... Read more

Forests can beat humans at restoration, new study finds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When it comes to restoring deforested landscapes, letting them regenerate naturally through passive means is generally cheaper than human-driven, so-called active, restoration techniques like re-planting. But a new study finds it can actually also be more effective in tropical ecosystems. The authors say that letting tropical forests regenerate by themselves could help further large-scale restoration goals while at the same time saving money that could help scale-up forest restoration worldwide. The study, published recently in Science Advances, analyzed the findings from 133 other studies conducted across 115 landscapes to compare natural and active regeneration of tropical forests. Its results indicate natural restoration techniques were more successful than active restoration at restoring the biodiversity levels of birds, plants, and invertebrates, as well as vegetation structure. Specifically, the study found biodiversity in naturally regenerated landscapes was 34 percent to 56 percent higher and vegetation structure 19 percent to 56 percent higher than in areas that had been actively restored. These findings suggest that lower cost approaches to restoring biodiversity and vegetation structure in tropical forests can actually be more effective than active restoration, study lead author Renato Crouzeilles, an associate researcher at the International Institute for Sustainability, said in a statement. Letting this razed peat forest grow back by itself may be better than actively re-planting it, according to the results of the Science Advances study. But it authors caution against a one-size-fits-all approach. Crouzeilles clarified that the success of natural regeneration over active restoration only became apparent when certain factors were

Alliance of the Bear: Native groups stymie Trump, tar sands pipelines "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon of the Kanesatake Mohawk addresses a crowd in Montreal. Photo courtesy of the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands On July 4, 2017, while the rest of America celebrated Independence Day with cookouts and fireworks, Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon of the Kanesatake Mohawk stood before a gathering of North American tribal leaders, vibrating with anger. Simon, a powerfully built man with long, thick, graying hair cascading down his back, has spent years fighting for a pan-Indian alliance to challenge the expansion of pipelines across the continent. Now he quivered with controlled rage. Relatives, he said, Lets be realistic. If France did to Great Britain what the U.S. and Canada do to us, it would be an act of war. Well, why isnt it war now? I keep peace in one hand, but dammit. Im getting frustrated. Simon was speaking out from an unlikely venue: inside a Rapid City, South Dakota, Holiday Inn conference room, addressing tribal leaders from the Western U.S. and all across Canada, who had gathered to sign their names to the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion (TAATSE), a still-growing mutual-defense pact between tribal nations he has built over the last two years. It was a poignant place and time for the meeting; Rapid City is known as the City of Presidents, where, wandering downtown, one may bump into bronze casts of Lincoln or Reagan, amid shops built atop ground that the Lakota firmly consider to be their sovereign, unceded territory

14:19

Retail Chain Forever 21 Warns of Data Breach "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This week, the clothing retailer Forever 21 disclosed to customers that it was hacked earlier in 2017. While the company has not yet offered many details about the intrusion, we know that it is looking into a portion of credit card transactions between March 2017 and October 2017 that were conducted over machines that appear to have been insecure.

[...] We have reached out to Forever 21 for more information about the unencrypted transactions, where the affected stores were located and the security firm it is working with to investigate the incident. The company has set up a customer portal about the incident that provides a contact number for anyone concerned that their credit card information may have been compromised.

The hack appears to have only impacted certain terminals which were not using encryption or tokenization on card numbers.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/15/forever-21-hack/

Also at ZDNet, USAToday, and the WSJ.


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14:15

New Study: "Natural Gas" Has No Climate Benefit, Will Make Things Worse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Your methane bridge to nowhere (source)

by Gaius Publius

I've seen this report referenced several times, but none of those mentions is getting traction. So time to repeat. The idea that methane, so-called "clean natural gas" or "clean energy," is a bridge fuel that can make our climate problem better is a lie.

Not only that, it's an obvious lie. If you want to eliminate dust and grit, say, from blowing through an open window into your home, you don't half-close the window that lets it in. You close it all the way. If you want to eliminate all carbon emissions from burning fossil fuel, you don't start burning a different fossil fuel. You stop burning all fossil fuels, including methane.

That's just common sense. It makes even more sense when you consider that the Big Oil barons who own the oil companies also own many of the methane companies. Of the ten top drillers of fracked gas in the U.S., the largest by far is:
1. Exxon Mobil

The biggest natural gas producer is also the country's biggest oil company and one of the most profitable corporations in the world. Exxon has operations in every continent but Antarctica. Its oil and gas operations range across several states, from Pennsylvania to Colorado, and it also has wells in the Gulf of Mexico and off the California coast.

With the purchase of XTO, Exxon produces nearly 50 percent more gas than its closest competitor. Earlier this year, Exxon began running ads touting natural gas as a safe, clean source of domestic energy. About two-thirds of the company's domestic reserves are now in natural gas, with the rest in oil.
Others on the top ten list include BP, ConocoPhillips and Chevron. So call the promotion of "clean natural gas" a profit protection plan for Big Oil as well.

Do we want Big Oil companies to be profitable? Only if they abandon carbon fuel extraction and go into an entirely d...

14:15

Breaking: FBI Informant in Clinton Uranium One Bribery Case has Video of Briefcases Full of Money! (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Jeff Sessions DOJ leaked the name of the FBI informant in the Clinton Uranium One bribery case.

The Sessions DOJ told Reuters the mans name is William D. Campbell and he worked as a lobbyist for a Russian firm. According to reporter John Solomon the informant is a consultant and his evidence will show Russian agents with suitcases of cash to bribe the Clintons for US uranium.

Investigative reporter John Solomon told Sean Hannity on Thursday the consultant has video of briefcases full of money in the bribery of case on Hillary Clinton.

Solomon says the Reuters report today downplaying the informant is completely inaccurate.

The informant says he is in fear for his life since he was outed by the Sessions DOJ.
Campbell will reportedly testify on Monday.

The informant will testify next week before Congress.

Via Hannity:

The post Breaking: FBI Informant in Clinton Uranium One Bribery Case has Video of Briefcases Full of Money! (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

14:10

James Turk Central Planners About To Have A Moment Of Crisis In The Gold & Silver Markets "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

James Turk Central Planners About To Have A Moment Of Crisis In The Gold & Silver Markets from King World News Today James Turk answered the question everyone is focused on in the gold and silver universe and he...

The post James Turk Central Planners About To Have A Moment Of Crisis In The Gold & Silver Markets appeared first on The Daily Coin.

14:08

Venezuela, Russia Agree to Restructure Debt as China Voices Confidence in Caracas "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russia and Venezuela finalized an important deal to restructure Caracas debt repayments to Moscow Wednesday. 

14:06

Hollywood Actress Brutally Raped At Golden Globes, Found Dead "IndyWatch Feed World"

Actress Misty Upham was found dead in Seattle shortly after she provided DNA evidence proving that she was raped by an elite Hollywood executive at the Golden Globe Awards.  The 32-year-old Django Unchained stars body [...]

14:05

First humans on Mars will have nuclear-powered electricity (and not much else) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NASA reveals nuclear engine that could provide power to the first humans on Mars

  •  NASA plans to test the Kilopower engines on Earth this year
  • Will use a uranium rector the size of a toilet roll to create heat
  • ...

14:05

Massachusetts High School Students Give Final Farewell For Homeless Veteran With No Family "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via WBZTV: It was a final sendoff for a hero from young people who never knew him. The homeless veteran who died on the streets, known only as John, had no living family members or friends. When students at Catholic Memorial High School learned that John, an Army veteran, would be buried with no one []

14:03

Saudi Arabia huffs, puffs, and demands Hezbollah disarm "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lebanon's Hezbollah movement must disarm and become a regular political party for the situation in Lebanon to stabilize, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said. He added that Riyadh's policy is a reaction to Iran's "aggression." In an interview with Reuters, the minister called the Shiite Hezbollah party and militant group a "subsidiary" of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, and said that Saudi Arabia is currently consulting with its allies to decide what leverage it can use to force the Lebanese movement to comply with its demands. He added that Riyadh would make a decision "in time." Jubeir went on to say that his country decided to take action in response to what it called the increasingly aggressive behavior of Iran in the region, particularly in Yemen and Lebanon. "Any way you look at it, they (the Iranians) are the ones who are acting in an aggressive manner. We are reacting to that aggression and saying enough is enough," he said. Comment: Jubeir deserves his own stand-up routine! It's amazing how much of a fool one is willing to make of themselves with such blatant and wild hypocrisy. Just because you insist the opposite of truth is reality, doesn't make it so.

14:03

Marriage Equality: the victory and the aftermath "IndyWatch Feed National"

At my sisters twenty-first a few weeks ago, right in the middle of the postal survey, my cousin sat beside me and asked, Have you voted yet? He must have known where I stood on the question: Ive spent this year travelling to different university campuses around the country launching the yes campaign, running enrolment stalls, and building on-campus demonstrations.

14:00

Political pundits have enjoyed delivering easy to digest soundbites disguised as analysis "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The road transport industry is realising that the Greens are now in charge, and it has given them the willies. Political pundits have enjoyed delivering easy to digest soundbites disguised as analysis during coverage of the recent election and the formation of a new Government, but to declare it to be a victory for road []

The post Political pundits have enjoyed delivering easy to digest soundbites disguised as analysis appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

Sensing Soil Moisture: Youre Doing it Wrong! "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

If you compulsively search online for inexpensive microcontroller add-ons, you will see soil moisture measurement kits. [aka] built a greenhouse with a host of hacked hardware including lights and automatic watering. What caught our attention among all these was Step 5 in their instructions where [aka] explains why the cheap soil sensing probes arent worth their weight in potting soil. Even worse, they may leave vacationers with a mistaken sense of security over their unattended plants.

The sensing stakes, which come with a small amplifier, work splendidly out of the box, but if you recall, passing current through electrodes via moisture is the recipe for electrolysis and that has a pretty profound effect on metal. [Aka] shows us the effects of electrolysis on these probes and mentions that damaged probes will cease to give useful information which could lead to overworked pumps and flooded helpless plants.

There is an easy solution. Graphite probes are inexpensive to make yourself. Simply harvest them from pencils or buy woodless pencils from the art store. Add some wires and hold them with shrink tube, and you have probes which wont fail you or your plants.

Heres some garden automation if this only whet your whistle, and heres a robotic friend who takes care of the weeds for you.


Filed under: green hacks

14:00

Prisoner to Violence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After a bloody fight in the yard, an inmate reflects on his behavior.

How to Give Mars an Atmosphere, Maybe - Facts So Romantic "IndyWatch Feed Tech"


The plan for an artificial Martian magnetosphere may sound fanciful, but researchers say that emerging research is starting to show that a miniature magnetosphere can be used to protect humans and spacecraft.NASA

Earth is most fortunate to have vast webs of magnetic fields surrounding it. Without them, much of our atmosphere would have been gradually torn away by powerful solar winds long ago, making it unlikely that anything like us would be here.

Scientists know that Mars once supported prominent magnetic fields as well, most likely in the early period of its history when the planet was consequently warmer and much wetter. Very little of them is left, and the planet is frigid and desiccated. These understandings lead to an interesting question: If Mars had a functioning magnetosphere to protect it from those solar winds, could it once again develop a thicker atmosphere, warmer climate, and liquid surface water?

James Green, director of NASAs Planetary Science Division, thinks it could. And perhaps with our help, such changes could occur within a human, rather than an astronomical, time frame.

In a talk at the NASA Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop at the agencys headquarters, Green presented simulations, models, and early thinking about how a Martian
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13:59

How the nuclear industry controls what the public do and dont hear about nuclear radiation "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Paul Waldon November 15    Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA

Denial aint just a river in Egypt (Mark Twain). The egregious runaway nuclear train fueled by 75 years of radioactive waste, reducing a green environment to a worthless parcel of real estate, with government bodies citing fabricated factoids of a industry we know to be plagued with a odious history of death to all life and the environment, and when they cant control such a industry they try to control the Media.

New York Academy of Science reported that the World Health Organization is not allowed to comment on issues of human health impacted by radioactive events unless granted permission from the NRC.

The Japanese government has re...

13:58

Government Caught Spraying Synthetic DNA To Mutate Humans "IndyWatch Feed World"

Geoengineering researchers claim that synthetic DNA is being sprayed in our skies as part of a plot to mutate the DNA in humans and animals.  Scientist have already detected dangerous chemicals such as aluminium and [...]

13:57

Clone of End Incarceration for Unpaid Fines "IndyWatch Feed National"

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13:55

3 Proven Things Schools Can Do to Curb the ADHD Epidemic Without Prescribing Drugs to Kids "IndyWatch Feed World"

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Waking Times

We really just dont know what the long-term, generational effects of such widespread use of ADHD medications will be on our society and the individuals whove been taking these meds their whole lives. There have never been long-term studies because the medications have not been around for very long, yet the FDA and Big Pharma are perfectly comfortable pushing these pills onto the public.

The truth is that they do not want people to be healthy and free of dependency on pharmaceuticals, they want customers and cash flow and dont care if children as young as one year old are being put on these drugs.

If these institutions actually cared for our well-being and welfare, they would undoubtedly strive to put as few people as possible on these meds. They would especially refuse to give these  to children without thoroughly examining all options and possibilities before introducing prescription speed to alter the behavior of kids who dont seem to adapt well to the modern schooling environment.

If they really cared for our welfare, they would demand that before any child is given these medications they were given the opportunity to try out and explore natural, non-chemical alternatives. We have plenty of evidence suggesting that common sense alternatives work well to positively influence the behavior of school children, and here are three that we know work well.

1.  Increase Recess and Play Time

The most common sense, natural solution to inattentive behavior in school children may be the basic idea of giving children more time to free play and to engage their bodies in physical activity. Its...

13:52

UBUNTU Conscious Music Festival LIVE STREAM "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

From the Uptown Theater Kansas City - 3&4 December 2017 If you cannot be there in person, please sign up now to watch two full days of the Music Festival remotely from wherever you are.  Click the link: http://portaltoascension.org/product/conscious-music-livestream/

13:51

Venezuelas ANC Approves Six Legal Articles to Tackle Economic Crisis, President Launches Sugar Production Plan "IndyWatch Feed World"

The bill is reportedly aimed at extending a hand to the private sector that wants to advance in national production and development and deterring a minority of businesses that are waging an economic war against the people.

13:50

5 Steps To Retiring Rich (Step 2) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

5 Steps To Retiring Rich (Step 2) by Nilus Mative Daily Reckoning Click Here for Part 1 Dear Rich Lifer, About a year ago, my wife and I were invited to a neighborhood barbecue. The various meats, prepared by...

The post 5 Steps To Retiring Rich (Step 2) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

13:50

Owner of Truck with F**K Trump Sticker Arrested in Texas "IndyWatch Feed War"

The owner of the truck with a Fuck Trump and fuck you for voting for him sticker has been arrested.

PINAC broke the story yesterday yesterday after Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls posted a message to Facebook, along with a photo of the truck, saying he was looking for the driver of the truck sporting the profane message on a sticker in the rear window.

I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359. If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you. Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it, the post read before Sheriff Nehls decided to delete it, claiming he received threats to his family.

It turns out, the owner of the truck, Karen Fonseca, worked for the sheriff in the past at the county jail.

Now, Fonseca has been arrested for an outstanding warrant from August.

Karen Fonseca was arrested after Sheriff Troy E. Nehls posted to Facebook, saying a Fort Bend County Prosecutor agreed to accept disorderly conduct charges against her for a Fuck Trump sticker posted to the back of her truck.

A spokeswoman for the Fort Bend County Sheriffs Office said they received a tip about the warrant, according to ABC13.

Mike Fonseca, Karens husband, says she was arrested at their Stafford home in front of her 6-year-old daughter.

He questions the timing.

I think its the sticker, he said during an interview outside the Fort Bend County Jail.

Earlier today Fort Bend County Sheriffs spokeswoman Caitlin Espinosa said Sheriff Nehls was no longer c...

13:49

Among 56 countries studied Australia is close to worst on climate change action "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ringing alarm bells: Australia near the bottom of the heap for climate action http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/ringing-alarm-bells-australia-near-the-bottom-of-the-heap-for-climate-action-20171115-gzm063.html Peter Hannam

Australia ranks as one of the worlds worst performing nations when it comes to climate action, with only South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia faring worse among 56 countries scrutinised by 300 international analysts.

The annual Climate Change Performance Index, led by Germanwatch and other groups, listed Australia as very low-performing for its greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and climate policy. It scored a low rating for renewable energy.

The results were released as talks in Bonn, Germany, aimed at shoring up support for the 2015 Paris climate accord enter their final few days.

As in the past three years, Australia has foundered near the bottom of the major tables, prompting the commentators to call on the Turnbull government to sufficiently implement credible policies to meet its Paris targets....

13:46

Flu Vaccines Are Killing Senior Citizens, Study Warns "IndyWatch Feed World"

A JAMA study has found that the flu vaccine, taken by 60% of people over 65-years-old, may be killing a significant number of senior citizens. Sharyl Attkisson, a former investigative journalist for CBS, says the [...]

13:46

Russia and China are creating a new geo-economic world while the US spends trillions on war "IndyWatch Feed World"

On November 8 Russia's large mining group Norilsk Nickel announced it had begun operations at a new state-of-the-art Bystrinsky mining and processing plant outside of China in Russia's Zabaykalsky Krai. Notable about the project is the participation of China, as well as the fact that four years ago the huge copper, gold and magnetite reserves of Bystrinsky were inaccessible to any market and completely undeveloped. It's one example of the transformation of the entire economic geography of Eurasia that's growing as a result of the close cooperation of Russia with China and especially with China's Belt Road Initiative, earlier known as the New Economic Silk Road. The Bystrinsky mining and processing complex is a $1.5 billion project with total ore reserves estimated at 343 million tons. The huge project is jointly owned by Norilsk Nickel, the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium and one of the largest producers of platinum and copper, along with CIS Natural Resources Fund, a Russian natural resources fund established by Vladimir Potanin, and by China's Highland Fund. The new mine complex is some 400 kilometers by rail from the China border in Russia's Siberian Far East.

13:45

SEAN HANNITY: Unhinged Al Franken Harassed Me Security Was Forced To Step In (AUDIO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sean Hannity says embattled Democrat Senator Al Franken screamed endlessly at the Fox News host until security officers stepped in.  

Heres what Hannity told his listeners on Thursday:

You know, I have an experience, look, obviously its not like what you guys went through. One day I went down to the green room at the Fox News channel and Barry Farber, who you know is one of the great radio pioneers and I went to see him. It was in the Hannity and Colmes days. Im trying to have a conversation with Barry Farber and Al Franken is in there screaming at me and Im like alright I dont want to talk to you, Im here to see my friend. Finally it gets to the point that I cant even have it and I said alright Barry good to see you my friend, God bless you, give him a hug and walked out. [Franken] is screaming at me, following me and the halls of Fox are filled with security guys and literally he would not stop. They called the code and then security literally surrounded this guy.

Franken is being accused of sexually harassing not one, but two women. Los Angeles anchor Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of kissing and groping her without consent when they were traveling on a USO tour in 2006.

According to Tweeden, He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said OK so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.

The second accuser is Melanie Morgan of Media Equalizer.

Yes, its true. I was stalked and harassed by Al Franken. I will have details ...

13:45

New research shows that climate change impacts are already locked in, but worst can be avoided "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Climate Change Impacts Already Locked In But The Worst Can Still Be Avoided  http://www.enn.com/pollution/article/53180    From: University of Exeter 
November 16,  
Some impacts of global warming such as sea level rise and coastal flooding are already locked in and unavoidable, according to a major research project.

Global temperatures have already risen by around 1C, and a further 0.5C warming is expected. The full impacts of current warming have not yet been seen, since ice sheets and oceans take many decades to fully react to higher temperatures.

But more severe impacts can still be avoided if global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

More than 50 scientists from 16 institutions in 13 countries have worked on the HELIX project (High-End Climate Impacts and Extremes), which has just finished after four years. The project examined the possible effects of warming of 1.5C, 2C, 4C and 6C compared to pre-industrial levels.

Read more at University of Exeter


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13:44

Infosys Prizes Announced for Three Women but That Is Not Enough "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Is it meaningful to be proud that the prize was awarded to as many women as men this year when the jury could not purposefully acknowledge that the gender gap is bad for us all?

N.R. Narayana Murthy, trustee of the Infosys Science Foundation. Credit: ISF

N.R. Narayana Murthy, trustee of the Infosys Science Foundation. Credit: ISF

Aashima Dogra is a science journalist and cofounder of The Life of Science initiative.

Bengaluru: Six researchers were about to be honoured with Rs 65 lakh each at the ninth edition of the Infosys Prize, and this author had been invited to participate in the subsequent panel on popularising science. The path to the venue was against a heavy flow of oncoming Indian software engineers, all making their way to their respective cubicles at the Infosys campus in Bengaluru.

First, Narayana Murthy took to the stage to thank the bejewelled jury chairs who led the selection of this years winners. Including the Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, the jury chairs are all men and all of them Indian-American professors in US institutions. K. Dinesh, the president of the Infosys Science Foundation (ISF), the trust that awards the prize, said that the foundation was set up with a vision to restore the romance of research.

The audience was saturated with local school children in uniforms taking in the enormity of the occasion. In the afterglow of a lecture on gravitational waves, they were being addressed by Murthy, sometimes called Indias father of IT at one of the biggest and successful companies of the country. There was a considerable media presence and projectors, screens and microphones were running smoothly. There was also word around the room that this is the wannabe Indian Nobel Priz...

13:44

CORPORATISM: Washingtons 2018 NDAA Includes $53 BILLION Deal With Amazon "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As Amazon continues to entrench itself as the nations commissary, huge government supply deals like the $53 billion Pentagon-Amazon procurement deal Congress is set to authorize leave little room for competitors and raise the specter of government-coddled monopoly.

(MPN) The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018, in addition to including passages involving regime change in Venezuela and exorbitant expenditures on the maintenance and expansion of American empire, continues to surprise: its latest draft includes a measure that will cement a multi-billion dollar deal between the Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. mega-corporation Amazon, run by the worlds richest man, Jeff Bezos.

If the NDAA is approved in its current form, which is highly likely according to experts, Bezos Amazon sets to gain $53 billion in revenue by becoming the chief supplier of an array of goods to the Department of Defense.

The deal is laid out in a section titled Procurement Through Commercial E-Commerce Portals, in which the DOD would be required to purchase commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products such as office supplies from e-commerce portals dominated by Amazon.

Though congressmen including the NDAAs author, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) have asserted that there will be healthy competition among such portals, Amazons massive advantages in these market...

13:44

How Google Is Revolutionising Research "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Googles omnipresence in the lives of people has led to a wealth of information on what people think, want and desire. Such data is being used by researchers to understand human behaviours and psyche.

Credit: Digitalpfade/pixabay

Credit: Digitalpfade/pixabay

Aneree Parekh is a research assistant at the department of psychology, Monk Prayogshala, Mumbai.

The Internet was started as a haven a place where people could connect across nations, where they could get answers at the click of a button. And in 2017, the Internet has become life itself and Google the preferred navigator for most people in the world. A little more than a decade ago, Google was created to organise the worlds data and its success is well documented, not in the least by the fact that google has now become a common verb in many languages. Looking for a place to eat nearby? Google it. Whats the weather going to be like today? Google it. Show timings for a new movie? Google it. Is that weird mole on your back cancerous? Oh my god, google it!

The ubiquitous use of Google to find answers to questions big and small has provided unique and unprecedented knowledge about human behaviour patterns and psyche. Like a trail of breadcrumbs, the trails of internet searches we leave behind reveal our deepest fears, desires and secrets, and researchers are beginning to follow them.

Most people in the developed world, and an increasing number of people in the developing world, turn to Google for information on consumer products like cars and mobile phones, health, politics, entertainment and even love. This creates a wealth of information about what people want. The availability of s...

13:43

Indonesia unveils plan to roll out 1,000 eco-mosques by 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The initiative is to help mosques establish better water supplies and storage facilities in the world's largest Muslim-majority country.

13:42

[security bulletin] HPESBHF03705 rev.4 - HPE Integrated Lights-Out 4, 3, 2 and Moonshot Remote Console Administrator (iLO 4 and MRCA) Remote Disclosure of Information "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by security-alert on Nov 16 https://h20564.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-HPESBHF03705en_us

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HPESBHF03705 rev.4 - HPE Integrated Lights-Out 4, 3, 2 and Moonshot Remote
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NOTICE: The information in this Security Bulletin should be...

13:42

The Adani Carmichael Coal Mine: Introduction To A Special Five-Part Series "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Kristen LyonsMorgan Brigg & John Quiggin , New Matilda, on November 16, 2017  newmatilda.com/2017/11/16/adani-carmichael-coal-mine-introduction-special-five-part-series/

Per head of population, Australia is already one of the worlds worst carbon polluters.

Despite this, our two major political parties Labor and the Liberal-Nationals are pushing ahead
with the approval of a coal mine in Queensland that will exponentially increase our carbon emissions.

The Carmichael mine, proposed by Indian mining giant Adani, will be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and annually produce  more carbon emissions than a small country.

In this special five-part New Matilda series,  researchers from the University of Queensland,
along with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council,  and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights  look at the who, what, when, where and why of the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine,
its impact on Traditional Owners,  the terrible economics that surround it, and our inexplicable march towards climate oblivion.

This first introductory piece the first in our series
is written by University of Queensland researchers Kristen Lyons,...

13:40

Chronic undernourishment in Africa on the increase "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The number of undernourished people in sub-Saharan Africa has increased mainly due to the impact of conflict and climate change, warns the FAO.

13:38

Gov. Releases Millions Of Man-Made Mosquitoes Which Cause Male Infertility "IndyWatch Feed World"

Millions of man-made GM mosquitoes being released across the U.S. are likely to cause infertility in men, according to scientists.  Fears have grown that the lab-grown mosquitoes not only target disease-carrying insects but may also be [...]

13:36

FreeBSD Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-17:10.kldstat "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by FreeBSD Security Advisories on Nov 16

=============================================================================
FreeBSD-SA-17:10.kldstat Security Advisory
The FreeBSD Project

Topic: Information leak in kldstat(2)

Category: core
Module: kernel
Announced: 2017-11-15
Credits: TJ Corley
Affects: All supported versions of FreeBSD.
Corrected:...

13:35

Nations pledge climate action, but scientists fear that it is not enough "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As Climate Negotiators Debate Nations Pledges, Scientists Worry Its Not Enough https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/16/564384950/as-climate-negotiators-debate-nations-pledges-scientists-worry-it-s-not-enough

Governments are wrapping up a meeting in Bonn, Germany, to figure out how to implement a global climate agreement.

The conference has focused on the pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which nations made two years ago in Paris. But even as negotiators debate the details, scientists are warning that carbon dioxide levels are again on the rise, and the efforts in Paris may not be enough.

President Trump has vowed that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris deal. The final withdrawal will take a few years, and the government sent a small delegation to Bonn. It made one presentation on the value of clean coal that was disrupted by protesters.

U.S. cities and states sent their own delegations as well. California Gov. Jerry Brown attended to talk about his states commitment to climate change.

In the United States, he explained, we have a federal system, and states have real power, as do cities. And when cities and states combine together and then join with powerful corporations, thats how stuff gets done.

At that point protesters shouted over him, telling him to keep fossil fuels in the ground. But Browns message that states and cities have agreed to meet the Paris targets for reducing emi...

13:33

Australian government helps business lobbies, while punishing charities "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Business lobbies get free rein, while govt delivers charities a legal body-slam https://www.crikey.com.au/2017/11/15/business-lobbies-get-free-rein-while-govt-delivers-charities-a-legal-body-slam/  Michael West, 15 Nov 17 

The government is crunching charities for foreign donations and tax breaks. Why, then, are the Minerals Council and other corporate lobby groups allowed tax breaks on their foreign funding?

SLAPP: a strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defence until they abandon their criticism or opposition. Such lawsuits have been made illegal in many jurisdictions on the grounds that they impede freedom of speech. 

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Its all happening to charities: Australian Tax Office (ATO) audits, investigations by the charity regulator and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), and new laws slated for early next month to stymie tax deductibility, contain advocacy and ban or restrict foreign donations. Many in the not-for-profit sector are scared to speak out for fear of reprisal.

Left-wing activist group GetUp went before the Senate inquiry into political donations last week and pulled out a report detailing the vast amount of money that is spent buying influence in Australian politics.

I should declare an interest here: yours truly did the resea...

13:32

George Soros Admits Trump Is Winning "IndyWatch Feed World"

George Soros has been forced to abandon his threat to crash the American economy following President Trumps unexpected success.  The billionaire globalist had originally placed bets on Trump failing, the US stock market crashing and [...]

13:31

Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides may act as a tumor suppressor with applications in the treatment of prostate cancer. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Mol Med Rep. 2017 Oct 26. Epub 2017 Oct 26. PMID: 29115463 Abstract Title:  Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide inhibits prostate cancer cell migration via the protein arginine methyltransferase 6 signaling pathway. Abstract:  Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of malignant tumor of men worldwide and the incidence and mortality rate is gradually increasing. At present, the molecular mechanisms of growth and migration in human prostate cancer have not been completely elucidated. Studies have demonstrated that Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides (GLP) can inhibit cancer. Therefore the present study investigated the effect and molecular mechanism of GLP on cell growth and migration of LNCaP human prostate cancer cells. LNCaP cells were transfected with either a protein arginine methyltransferase 6 (PRMT6) overexpression plasmid or PRMT6 small interfering (si)RNA. The cell growth and migration, and the expression of PRMT6 signalingassociated proteins, were investigated following treatment with 5 and 20 g/ml GLP. The results demonstrated that GLP inhibited cell growth, induced cell cycle arrest, decreasedPRMT6, cyclindependent kinase 2 (CDK2), focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and steroid receptor coactivator, (SRC) expression, and increased p21 expression in LNCaP cells, as determined by using a Coulter counter, flow cytometry, and reverse transcriptionquantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting, respectively. Furthermore, GLP significantly inhibited cell migration, as determined by Transwell migration and scratch assays, and altered CDK2, FAK, SRC and p21 expression in LNCaP cells transfected with the PRMT6 overexpression plasmid. By contrast, PRMT6 knockdown by siRNA reduced the effect of GLP on cell migration. These results indicate that GLP was effective in inhibiting cell growth, the cell cycle and cell migration, and the suppressive effect of GLP on cell migration may occur via the PRMT6 signaling pathway. Therefore, it is suggested that GLP may act as a tumor suppressor with applications in the treatment of prostate cancer. The results of the present study provide both the preliminary theoretical and experimental basis for the investigation of GLP as a therapeutic agent.

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13:31

FreeBSD Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-17:09.shm "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by FreeBSD Security Advisories on Nov 16

=============================================================================
FreeBSD-SA-17:09.shm Security Advisory
The FreeBSD Project

Topic: POSIX shm allows jails to access global namespace

Category: core
Module: shm
Announced: 2017-11-15
Credits: Whitewinterwolf
Affects: FreeBSD 10.x
Corrected:...

13:30

How Distressed Rural Migrants Shelter in Cities "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Flood and drought often drive the rural poor to cities. Those who are landless often stay on. Risking lives under the open sky, they hope a citys many work opportunities will help them survive somehow.

In a roadside ghetto, Akila Bibi and others after a days hard work, separating white paper shreds from the colored ones for recycling. Earning Rs 3 a kg, they manage 30 kg to 50 kg a day. Credit: Manipadma Jena

As street lights flicker on at dusk, they reveal a tiny signboard tucked among the branches of a mango tree that points to a shelter for homeless women. Inside the dimly lit hall, Gauri Rout sits on a plastic floor mat, staring at the wall, while a young woman stands guard at the door. The women appear to be alone.

As the darkness falls with a nip in the air warning of the winter cold, a few more women, most of them pavement dwellers, walk into the hall with their teenage daughters. They will be safe here in the night time, they said.

We plaster our daughters faces black with oil and soot when sleeping on the footpath lest drunken men eye them and carry them away in the night, Akila Bibi told VillageSquare.in. The 45-year-old has since moved to a canal-side ghetto in north-central Kolkata, eastern Indias megacity. She married off her daughter the month she reached puberty.

Verbal violence is an everyday occurrence for girls and women and, in the open, worse things can happen, said Sudeshna Das of Calcutta Samaritans, an organisation that works with women street dwellers.

In August last year, the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl abducted from a central Kolkata pavement made headlines when it was revealed that she had also been gangraped in a m...

13:30

The Plane Truth ~ with Jim Willie (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Plane Truth ~ with Jim Willie Video Time Monk Radio The Plane Truth The Global Money War Speeds Up: Gold, Trading Notes, and Cracks in the Dollar Wall with Jim Willie Video Source

The post The Plane Truth ~ with Jim Willie (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

13:30

After the apology, theyll want cold hard cash "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Children taken from their parents by the New Zealand Government during the 1950-1980 period want their lives examined and the current Government to apologise. The first-person accounts of abuse were chillingly similar to those survivors whod shared their stories with me bashings, stompings and sexual abuse were woven through them all. Many had never []

The post After the apology, theyll want cold hard cash appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:30

As Dependency on the Digital Universe Grows, Its Also Becoming More Unequal "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If things continue as they are, the internet will soon become the staging ground for a new kind of class war.

The current business model for many websites thus offers free content in exchange for personal data. Credit: Reuters

The current business model for many websites thus offers free content in exchange for personal data. Credit: Reuters

The vulnerability of information and technology infrastructures is becoming more visible and alarming by the day. Earlier this year, two separate malware outbreaks WannaCry and Petya  affected hundreds of thousands of people and organisations around the world. WannaCry crippled over 230,000 computers across 150 countries, with the UKs National Health Service, Spains phone giant Telefnica and Germanys state railways among those hardest hit. Thousands of machines running on Windows, including ATMs, ticketing machines, hospitals and numerous industrial control systems across the globe were also compromised. First reported in Ukraine, Petya affected government services, banks and power utilities, along with Kievs airport and metro system. The radiation monitoring system at Chernobyl was even taken offline for fear of an attack. Petya also affected operations at Indias largest container port JNPT, in Mumbai; data put out by Symantec suggests that India was the worst affected country in Asia.

Researchers initially blamed the shutdown on ransom-ware which seeks to make money by holding data hostage unless the victim pays a hefty...

13:30

Campaigners urge UK to back UN call for an end to Yemen blockade "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The UK must call for an end to Saudi Arabia's "immoral" blockade of Yemen and stop arms sales to Riyadh, say campaigners.

13:29

17 November More REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  • Australia fails again in climate rankings, but states get honourable mention
    Australias unambitious, uninspired climate policyagain puts it near bottom of global rankings. States get a mention for taking independent action.

13:29

Turkey arrests over 100 suspected Gulen followers for role in 2016 failed coup "IndyWatch Feed World"

Turkish security forces arrested 107 suspected followers of US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Ankara of masterminding the 2016 coup attempt, in nation-wide operations on Thursday, local media reported citing a security source. According to the Anadolu news agency, 55 former soldiers were among those arrested during the Thursday operations. The suspects are reportedly accused of using the ByLock encrypted messenger which the Turkish government believes the Gulen followers had used to plot the failed coup.

13:28

At Bonn Climate Summit 19 nations pledge to phase out coal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Political watershed as 19 countries pledge to phase out coal
New alliance launched at Bonn climate talks hopes to signal the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that kills 800,000 people a year with air pollution,
Guardian, Damian Carrington 16 Nov 17  A new alliance of 19 nations committed to quickly phasing out coal has been launched at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany. It was greeted as a political watershed, signalling the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that currently provides 40% of global electricity.

New pledges were made on Thursday by Mexico, New Zealand, Denmark and Angola for the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which...

13:26

Buddha Did Not Ascend: Cremated Remains Unearthed In China "IndyWatch Feed World"

Scientists have discovered the cremated remains of the Buddha inside a ceramic box in Jingchuan County, China. According to archeologists, an inscription says the remains were buried on June 22, 1013, and belong to the Buddha, [...]

13:25

FreeBSD Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-17:08.ptrace "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by FreeBSD Security Advisories on Nov 16

=============================================================================
FreeBSD-SA-17:08.ptrace Security Advisory
The FreeBSD Project

Topic: Kernel data leak via ptrace(PT_LWPINFO)

Category: core
Module: ptrace
Announced: 2017-11-15
Credits: John Baldwin
Affects: All supported versions of FreeBSD....

13:24

Behind every successful man "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The atmosphere was electrifying. People were trooping in and out of the event centre and one thing they shared in common was the joy on their faces. It was the 60th Induction ceremony of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) 2017, which held recently. It was easy to identify the inductees all dressed in suits, the rest obviously were family, friends and well wishers who had come to grace the occasion, some in Asoebis, some couples in and co, babies were also present to share in the joy...

The post Behind every successful man appeared first on Newtelegraph.

13:22

NASA Confirms Earth Has A Second Moon "IndyWatch Feed World"

NASA has confirmed that Earth has a second moon that has been orbiting our planet for just over a century.  According to a new report from the space agency, there is a quasi-moon orbiting around [...]

13:21

Westall, the Department of Supply and Mr 'X' - a short part two "IndyWatch Feed National"

Background

In a previous post I discussed what we know of a tantilising story from the son and daughter of a high official in the former Australian Department of Supply, in relation to his knowledge of the 6 April 1966 Westall incident.

New material

Over my years of searching government archive material held by such agencies as the National Archives of Australia (NAA) and the National Library of Australia (NLA) I have learnt that these organisations are constantly making new material available. I thought it would be worth my while, spending some time, doing yet another search for any further material on Mr 'X.' This search proved to be very fruitful.

I now have found new material which:

1. Provides his University results from the years 1930-1934, when he attended University in Sydney and completed both a Bachelor's degree in Engineering (1st class honours) and a Bachelor of Science degree (2nd class honours.)

2. Gives a photograph of him in 1935. I have used a number of web based reverse image sites to check if it is possible to determine the source of this image and thus reveal his identity. I was unable to find Mr X's real name from this image, and this is why I provide the photograph here. If you use "copy image address" you will only get "Capture_Photo_1935.JPG."



3. Advises that he was appointed as an Engineer in the Postmaster General's Department in 1937.

4. Shows that he moved to the Department of Civil Aviation in 1946, and became a Senior Airways Engineer.

All of this is consistent with the account of his career as conveyed in 2010 by his daughter.

5. I have also found some leads concerning positions within the general area of what became the Aircraft, Guided Weapons and Electronics area of the Department of Supply in 1967. In 1963 it appears to have been titled Aircraft and Guided Weapons Supply Branch, Department of Supply. Unfortunately, the archive material for this era, is currently not yet available. I have submitted a request to be advised when this material becomes publicly available. Hopefully, this will conf...

13:21

210,000 Gallons of Oil Leak from Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 16, 2017

MARSHALL COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA The Keystone pipeline was shut down on Thursday, November 16, 2917, because an oil spill in Marshall, South Dakota. State of South Dakota officials indicated some 210,000 gallons of oil spilled onto agricultural land. The officials claim the pipeline leak did not contaminate any drinking water systems or surface bodies of water.

The Keystone pipeline is owned by TransCanada Corp., which is the process of gaining approval for the Keystone XL pipeline.

President Donald Trump issued a federal permit for the expansion project in March even though it had been rejected by the Obama administration. The Keystone XL project would move crude oil from Alberta, Canada, across Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines feeding refineries along the Gulf Coast.

Discovery of the leak comes just days before Nebraska regulators are scheduled to announce their decision Monday whether to approve the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, an expansion that would boost the amount of oil TransCanada is now shipping through the existing line, which is known simply as Keystone. The expansion has faced fierce opposition from environmental groups, American Indian tribes and some landowners.

 

 

 

The post 210,000 Gallons of Oil Leak from Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota appeared first on Native News Online.

13:20

Freedom and free markets are threatened by the beast of Amazon "IndyWatch Feed World"

It wasn't until earlier this year that I became really concerned about Amazon. Sure, I had warned people previously of the dangers of an oligarch like Jeff Bezos owning a major national newspaper like The Washington Post, and I'd also highlighted Amazon's creepy $600 million contract with the CIA, but I didn't truly grasp the bigger picture until recently. It seems I'd been too focused on the financial system and other predatory industries to see the gigantic threat metastasizing in the room. If that happened to me, I'm sure many of you aren't paying close enough attention to the risks to freedom and free markets posed by Amazon and its oligarch CEO. That's why I decided to write this post. This piece will be presented in two parts. First, I will highlight several recent articles that do a great job describing how dangerous Amazon, and its richest man in the world (net worth of $95 billion) CEO Jeff Bezos, is. Second, I'll discuss my personal mission of redirecting more our family's money away from this corporate behemoth.

13:20

When principles are limited to the girl-child "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It is generally believed that female children are to be raised in a principled environment under strict parentage. This might be linked to the vulnerability of the girl-child to human predators. Media reports of sub-human treatment such as rape, violence against women flood our societies daily. Thus, parents have made it an obligation to ensure the protection of their female children by laying rigid rules and principles backed by threat of sanction if flawed. Asides the parental efforts towards protecting the female children, several organisations also organize educative programmes for...

The post When principles are limited to the girl-child appeared first on Newtelegraph.

13:19

Huge opinion survey, over 13 countries, finds overwhelming support for solar power in UK "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Solar Power Portal 15th Nov 2017, The majority of UK respondents to the largest survey of attitudes towards green energy ever conducted would like to see more solar power used compared to other generation technologies. The rsted Green Energy Barometer, which surveyed more than 26,000 people across 13 countries, asked just over 2,000 people in the UK where they would like to see more of their energy come from.

The results showed that the most common answer wassolar, with over three quarters (77%) preferring the technology to its closest competitors, tidal power (71%) and offshore wind (70%). Natural gas
and nuclear, the two technologies being pursued most vigorously by the UK government, languished in bottom place with 34% and 31% respectively, while the survey did not even ask UK respondents for their views on coal, which is to be phased out by 2025.

UK (2,020 respondents) International average (26,401 respondents)
Solar power 77% 80%
Tidal power 71% 58%
Offshore wind 70% 67%
Onshore wind 61% 64%
Sustainably sourced biomass 53% 51%
Natural gas 34% 37%
Nuclear 31% 26%

https://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/new_evidence_of_overwhelming_public_support_for_so...

13:19

[SECURITY] [DSA 4036-1] mediawiki security update "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Moritz Muehlenhoff on Nov 16

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Debian Security Advisory DSA-4036-1 security () debian org
https://www.debian.org/security/ Moritz Muehlenhoff
November 15, 2017 https://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package : mediawiki
CVE ID : CVE-2017-8808 CVE-2017-8809...

13:17

(Video) You Won't Believe All that is Being Exposed Now "IndyWatch Feed World"



Published on Nov 14, 2017

You won't believe all that is being exposed NOW. Luke chapter 8 verse 17 reads "For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open." And that's exactly what we are seeing now. What control will these monstrous actors have when they can no longer practice their wicked deeds in secrecy? If you don't want to hear the GOOD news, don't watch this video.

13:15

VIDEO=> Model Leeann Tweeden Breaks Down Crying Talking About Al Frankens Sexual Assault "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Model and actress Leeann Tweeden accused Democrat Senator Al Franken of sexual assault (pictured above Franken groping Tweeden while she is asleep).

Tweeden made the allegations on her radio show this week.

Tweeden said Franken kissed and groped her without her consent when they were traveling on a USO tour in 2006.

This afternoon Leeann Tweeden broke down crying describing the sexual assault by Al Franken.

Via Hannity:

And here is the video from CNN

Two prominent Minnesota Democrats are calling for Al Franken to resign after model and radio host Leeann Tweeden came forward accusing the Senator of sexual assault.

The post VIDEO=> Model Leeann Tweeden Breaks Down Crying Talking About Al Frankens Sexual Assault appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

13:14

Why women stay in abusive relationship "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Domestic violence has been a mainstay in millions of homes and relationships in Africa with victims finding it hard to leave such partnership or union. Women often find themselves at the receiving end of abusive relationships. TIMOTHY ODUTOLU spoke to relationship experts who gave insights on the social menace In Africa, women are seen as weak species that need men to succeed or be acknowledged in the society. Women are emotional beings and because they want to be seen as responsible women who are culturally conscious, respectful and aim to...

The post Why women stay in abusive relationship appeared first on Newtelegraph.

13:13

Some People "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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13:13

Chilean prisons: Concerning the juridical situation of our comrade Marcelo Villaroelor how the revenge of the State is perpetuated in silence "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Last September, at the 4th Military Prosecutors Office in Santiago, the refusal of the petition to prescribe the sentences made by our comrade Marcelo, several months ago was notified.

Immediately, Marcelo appealed to this refusal, leaving the resolution of the appeal in the hands of the Martial Court, where it was reaffirmed in the first days of October.

These condemnations correspond to some causes originated by actions framed in his old militancy at the Mapu-lautaro, organization in which our comrade was an active fighter since a very young age and of which, while imprisoned, in 1995, he was expelled because of anarchist deviations.

Marcelo served his sentence without interruption for 11 years, two months and fifteen days from October 13, 1992 until December 28, 2003, remaining only his night prison until March 2005, when he granted the so-called probation, which obliges him to sign a document every week until completing 20 years of penitentiary control.

The first days of November 2007 for Marcelo are marked for him by his participation on the Bank Security robbery, along with other other comrades, action in which a cop died and that caused an answer from the State without precedents. Marcelo decides to assume clandestinity, and in February 2008, in his absence, he has his probation revoked.

In March 2008, he is detained in Argentina and in September 2014, he is sentenced to 14 years for 2 bank robberies.

In that same period, as penalties related to old causes emanated from the always sinister Military Justice were revised, the condemnation remained as it follows:

Illicit terrorist association: 10 years and 1 day.

Damage to a cop car with serious injuries to carabineers: 3 years + 541 days.

Co-author murder qualified as terrorist: 15 years and 1 day.

Theft with intimidation, Law 18.314: 10 years and 1 day.

Explosive attack against the embassy of spain: 8 years.

In total, these old convictions compute 46 years, establishing its end on February, 2056.

There are a number of irregularities in this math, and although the legal issue is not our focus it never was, we believe that it becomes urgent and necessary to face this situation that at all lights represents a clear revenge against a comrade who holds high subversive autonomous and libertarian convictions, a comrade who has never abandoned the direct confrontation for total liberation, nor has it ever reno...

13:12

[SECURITY] [DSA 4035-1] firefox-esr security update "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Moritz Muehlenhoff on Nov 16

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Debian Security Advisory DSA-4035-1 security () debian org
https://www.debian.org/security/ Moritz Muehlenhoff
November 15, 2017 https://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package : firefox-esr
CVE ID : CVE-2017-7826 CVE-2017-7828...

13:11

15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Warn Humanity of Environmental Catastrophe "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

More than 15,000 scientists have signed a chilling article titled World Scientists Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice, urging global leaders to save the planet from environmental catastrophe.

via 15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Warn Humanity of Environmental Catastrophe GarryRogers Nature Conservation


13:10

Ogbeh to open agro-allied WAfrica expo in Lagos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerian and international agricultural policymakers, agribusiness leaders, farmers, technologists and investors are expected to gather to discuss at this years fourth edition of the Agra Innovate West Africa expo. The event, according to a statement, is scheduled to hold at the Landmark Centre in Lagos, from 21 22 November 2017. It is expected to showcase the latest in agriculture in Nigeria and the whole of West Africa, according to the organisers. After the success of last years Agra Innovate in Nigeria, we are ensuring that the upcoming exhibition will...

The post Ogbeh to open agro-allied WAfrica expo in Lagos appeared first on Newtelegraph.

13:10

Will macro-economists ever learn? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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Will macro-economists ever learn? By Alasdair Macleod GoldMoney As we lurch through successive credit crises, central bankers and economists believe they learn valuable lessons every time, and that the ultimate prize, the suppression of business cycles through monetary policy,...

The post Will macro-economists ever learn? appeared first on The Daily Coin.

13:09

"IndyWatch Feed War"

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13:08

Bana Alabed and Dear WorldA Book Review By a Conscientious Objector "IndyWatch Feed War"

[ Ed. note The book Dear World was published last month by Simon and Schusteror Simon and Shyster as the author of the review below refers to thempurporting to tell the story of a courageous young girl and her heartrending tweets from war-torn Syria. The girl in question is Bana Alabed, who apparently doesnt []

13:08

Keystone Oil Pipeline Leaks in South Dakota "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Via: Reuters: TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO) shut part of its Keystone oil pipeline system after a 5,000-barrel leak in South Dakota, the company said on Thursday, four days before neighboring Nebraska was set to decide on the companys long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. Opponents of TransCanadas proposed Keystone XL pipeline seized on the spill, saying it highlighted []

13:07

Apple Design Chief Jonathan Ive on the iPhone X: We had to solve extraordinarily complex problems The Loop

I havent always agreed with Apples (and therefore, Ives) design decision but I always enjoy hearing from Ive and parsing out how his sometimes veiled explanations of his design philosophy informs Apples products.

Read this on The Loop

13:06

Boston, MA: Resist Marxism Organizer Attended Unite the Right; Part of Neo-Nazi Group Discussing Bombings Online "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Boston, MA: Resist Marxism Organizer Attended Unite the Right; Part of Neo-Nazi Group Discussing Bombings Online appeared first on It's Going Down.

North Shore Antifa follows up on their reporting about the far-Right rally taking places in Boston, MA this week which will bring together militia, Patriot, Proud Boys, and even neo-Nazi groups for a demonstration to Resist Marxism. As North Shore Antifa shows, one of the main rally organizers, Gabriel Brown, not only attended the neo-Nazi Unite the Right rally, but is also a member of Anti-Communist Action, or AntiCom. AntiCom in recent weeks has been shown to be planning and sharing information about how to carry out bombings, murder, and other acts of violence against antiracist and antifascist protesters, as documented by their own online discussions on Discord

As the weekend approaches, Resist Marxism is planning to hold their Rally For The Republic Saturday on the Boston Common (11/18/17) without a permit from the city. R4TR.org  the main organizing site for the Boston rally and a mirror site of ResistMarxism.org  touts itself as an umbrella organization consisting of affiliated groups who work together to defend free speech from government suppression and violent mobs.

But Resist Marxism is nothing more than a front organization for Kyle Chapman (Based Stickman). A simple WHOIS lookup for ResistMarxism.org reveals that the site is owned and exclusively controlled by Chapman.

Chapman, a Texas native who lives in California, has been described as the celebrity leader of a nascent paramilitary wing of the alt-right. Chapman runs the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights, [whos members often attend neo-Nazi demonstrations such as Unite the Right], described as an...

13:05

Call for papers - WorldCIST'18 - Naples, Italy - Extended deadline: November 26 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Maria Lemos on Nov 16

* Proceedings by Springer

** Extended versions of best selected papers will be published in JCR/SCI/SSCI journals

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WorldCist'18 - 6th World Conference on Information Systems and Technologies
Naples, Italy, 27 - 29 March 2018
http://www.worldcist.org/...