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Thursday, 21 September

07:26

Georgias highlanders against hydropower "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

As the Georgian government moves ahead with its plans for increasing the countrys hydropower capacity, local communities are being sidelined in the process of compensation payments.

Locals working on their land to produce their food, Svaneti. (c) Bankwatch. All rights reserved.Earlier this summer, I visited Georgias Svaneti region together with colleagues from Bankwatch. Svaneti, located high in the Caucasian mountains, borders the breakaway territory of Abkhazia, and is home to some of the most pristine rivers in the Caucasus. As a team of civil society members, we travelled there to talk with local people and analyse the quality of consultations over future development projects on their lands.

Together with the surrounding forests, Svanetis Nenskra and Nakra rivers have existed in a symbiotic bond with local communities for centuries. This strong interdependence between people and nature is visible everywhere in Svaneti a constant reminder of the important role that local communities must play in designing infrastructure projects.

Yet in recent years, Svaneti has been transformed into a battleground between communities and the Georgian government with its plans for building large hydro power plants. The threat has united Svan people who are struggling to conserve what is left of their cultural heritage and the biodiversity of the region.

Public funding

The Georgian governments ambition to build dozens of new hydro power plants (HPPs) in the Svaneti region has caught the attention of international financiers. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have all expressed interest in financing the planned 280MW Nenskra HPP, the most advanced project in the governments pipeline. Up to 75% of the project costs could come from international public sources and with the loan approval date coming up on 15 November fo...

05:25

U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste: Who Is Kathleen Fitzpatrick? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick, a career member of the Foreign Service, was nominated July 25, 2017, to be the U.S. ambassador to Timor-Leste, which is located on the eastern half of the island of Timor in Southeast Asia. If shes confirmed, it will be her first such posting.

 

Fitzpatrick is from Hyattsville, Maryland, and attended the University of Dayton, earning a B.A. in 1978. She then went to Georgetown and earned an M.A. in 1980. Fitzpatrick later earned an M.S. from the National War College in 1999. While attending Georgetown, Fitzpatrick joined the Civil Service before transferring to the Foreign Service in 1983.

 

Fitzpatricks early postings included stints at the consulate in Antwerp, Belgium; in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs; in the Office of Maghreb Affairs in Bureau of Near East Affairs; and in the Executive Secretariat Operations Center. In 1993, Fitzpatrick began a tour as political officer in the embassy in Moscow and moved to Brussels in 1995 in a similar capacity.

 

She returned to Washington in 1999 to serve as deputy director in the Office of Regional Security and Arms Transfers in the Bureau of Political Military Affairs. In 2001, Fitzpatrick was named director of the Office of Nordic and Baltic Affairs in the Bureau of European Affairs. She went overseas again in 2003 as political counselor at the embassy in Madrid. Fitzpatrick returned to the United States in 2007 as director of the Office of Southern European Affairs. 

 

Fitzpatrick was named deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in 2010 and in 2012 became chief of staff in the Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights. In 2014, Fitzpatrick was appointed principal deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, a post she held at the time of her nomination as ambassador.

 

Fitzpatrick speaks Spanish, French, Russian, Dutch and Arabic.

-Steve Straehley

 

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05:20

Alabama Candidate Claimed Endorsement of Dead Person "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Daniel Jackson, Courthouse News Service

 

(CN) In Alabamas runoff election for the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat, Luther Strange may have the crowning endorsement of President Donald Trump, but Roy Moore seemed to have support from beyond the grave.

 

On Monday night, Moores campaign deleted an endorsement on its website from Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative activist known for pushing the GOP to the right on social issues.

 

Schlafly presented her organization, the Eagle Forum, as the opposite of the womens liberation movement of the 70s.

 

While the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court thinks highly of Schlafly Moore told the Eagle Forum in a 2015 speech that she was his hero she died last year at the age of 92.

 

Her death came before Trump won the presidency, before he nominated then-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general, and before the need for the primary in Alabama ever arose due to Sessions vacant Senate seat.

 

Its another moment in a race between two candidates that are ideologically close and who have relied on backing and endorsements outside of Alabama to convince Republican voters that they best represent the stylistic direction of the GOP.

 

According to an archived screenshot of Moores website taken on Sunday, the endorsement came from an inference of another Moore endorser: Ed Martin, president of the Phyllis Schlafly Center.

 

Among conservative circles, Martin isnt without controversy.

 

Before she died, Schlafly named Martin as her successor, and he became president of the Eagle Forum. Together, they wrote Schlaflys last book, The Conservative Case for Trump.

 

But on Oct. 20, 2016, a circuit court judge in Madison County, Ill., suspended Martin from his office, finding that he violated his duties to the organization.

 

It was part of a fight over Schlaflys legacy between Martin, Schlaflys family and other members...

05:02

Using security cameras and infrared light to extract data from air-gapped networks "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Researchers have demonstrated that its possible for attackers to covertly exfiltrate data from and send data into an air-gapped network by using the infrared light capabilities of (indoor and outdoor) security cameras connected to it. Infrared (IR) light is invisible to humans, but cameras are optically sensitive to it. They are also equipped with IR LEDs (used for night vision), which can be used to send out data. Infiltration and exfiltration scenarios The researchers have More

02:36

Asteroid 2017 SQ2 flew past Earth at 0.53 LD on September 14, 4 days before discovery "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 SQ2 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.53 LD (~203 520 km / 126 461 miles) on September 14, 2017. The object flew past us 4 days before it was discovered. Asteroid 2017 SQ2 belongs to the Apollo group of...... Read more

Pangolins reduced to small, isolated populations in Bangladesh: new study "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Pangolins, one of the most trafficked mammals in the world, are fast disappearing from earth. Yet, we know very little about these solitary animals. Even basic information such as pangolins populations is severely lacking, scientists say, making it difficult to plan conservation actions to save the animals. Now, with the help of the Mro tribe in Bangladesh, researchers have found that pangolins do persist in many forested areas of the country, but in small, isolated populations. The numbers of these armored mammals have plummeted in Bangladesh largely due to poaching for their scales, concluded the study published in PlosOne. Lead author of the study, Scott Trageser of the Creative Conservation Alliance in Dhaka, Bangladesh, said that they first started looking into pangolins when a local honey collector in Lawachara National Park in northeast Bangladesh told them of a large, scaled fish, bon rui that was lurking in the forest. Lawachara is our main study site in the northeast but we had never seen a pangolin in years of surveying, said Trageser. This was exciting new information for us in 2015 so we began searching for a live individual as virtually nothing was known about them in Bangladesh. When we discovered the presence of several pangolins in Lawachara, we went one step further and decided to research which forested areas country-wide still harbored pangolins. The study found that pangolins occur in small, isolated populations in Lawachara National Park and surrounding areas. Photo by anonymous (public domain). Some of the studys findings

Nominations sought for Kimba Consultative Committee on National Radioactive Waste Dump "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Details on how to apply are at www.radioactivewaste.gov.au.         Media Contact: 0438 619 987

National Radioactive Waste Management Facility:
Nominations sought for Kimba Consultative Committee

Nominations have opened for the Kimba Consultative Committee. The Committee will give the community the opportunity to have their say about a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

The formation of the Kimba Consultative Committee is an important next step in the Phase Two consultation and technical assessment process, which is now underway in the Kimba area.

Most of Australias current and future waste stream is linked to the production of nuclear medicines that, on average, one in two Australians will need in their lifetime.

The waste is stored in more than 100 locations around the country, and after landowners volunteered two sites and the community was found to be supportive, Kimba is being considered as the location for the facility where that waste will be consolidated and managed. Barndioota is the other site currently under consideration.

The Committee will ideally be made up of community members with a variety of views on the project, and include business owners, direct neighbours, local government and other stakeholders.

It will meet regularly during consultation as an information sharing source between the Government and Kimba community, providing a forum for:

  • Advice and input into areas that affect the community in relation to the project;
  • Advice on the suitability of proposed projects under the Community Benefit Package;
  • Consulting on, and being informed of, the outcomes of field and technical investigation work;
  • Advice on engagement activities undertaken with neighbouring landowners, key stakeholders and the general public;
  • Helping to identify the key social and community values to be considered in the evaluation of the sites; and
  • Assisting in communicating and disseminating information to the broader community.

Bruce McCleary, General Manager of the National Radioactive Waste Management Taskforce, confirmed the details today.

This Committee is a key conduit between the community and the Government, and will reflect the successful model already in place at Barndioota, said McCleary.

There are a number of jobs, business opportunities and community benefits that would come alongside the facility, and this Committee will provide advice to help shape those aspects...

02:36

Global Survey HUMILIATES Trump After He Claims World Leaders Loved Everything He Said At United Nations Addicting Info | The Knowledge You Crave

Lets just put it this way, if world leaders really agree with Donald Trump they have a lot of explaining to do in their home countries.

Because a massive global survey found that only TWO nations think Trump is doing a good job.

During his speech to the United Nations General Assembly this week, Trump voiced his disdain for the United Nations, accusing the organization of being a mismanaged bureaucracy and threatened to pull American financial and military support.

Trump also threatened war with North Korea and criticized the Iran nuclear deal while one of his top advisers told climate ministers that Trump is still withdrawing America from the historic Paris climate agreement.

Afterwards, Trump took to Twitter to boast about his speech, and claimed that those in attendance agreed with most or all of what he said.

In fact, Trump received tepid clapping from the General Assembly, not even close to the kind of thunderous applause President Obama received when he spoke before the international peace-keeping body.

And a new study of global surveys reveals that most nations in the world have very little confidence in Trump, which means all the world diplomats who supposedly agree with much or all of what Trump said can expect to be replaced. In fact, the only nations who have a favorable view of Trump are Russia and I...

02:34

Trumps UN Speech May Have Been Terrible, But The Faces Of Other Representatives Were Priceless Addicting Info | The Knowledge You Crave

By now you would be more than aware of President Trumps first address to the United Nations General Assembly, a speech that CNNs senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta referred to as a lot of Trump tweets strung together.

Trump has never been shy in criticizing the UN, but now also needs their help and in his rambling, combative 41-minute speech, allegedly written by Stephen Miller, the President acted like school bully, calling terrorists losers, referring to Kim Jong Un as Rocket Man and threatening to totally destroy North Korea if the US and its allies were forced to defend themselves.

In fact, at times it almost seemed like an unfunny roast of sorts, looking around the room, randomly calling out world leaders and criticizing their leadership, as well as their countries; He called the Iranian government a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos and described Venezuela under President Nicols Maduro as a corrupt regime that has destroyed a prosperous nation by ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried. Strangely enough, Russia wasnt targeted in his act.

President Trump seemed quite happy with his delivery, taking to Twitter to boast about the overwhelmingly positive reaction to his speech:

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01:39

Austin Mann: iPhone 8 camera review The Loop

Austin Mann:

Im writing to you from a small hotel room in India having just experienced a magical adventure in western India orchestrated by friends at Ker & Downey. Ive shot thousands of images and countless portraits with the iPhone 8 Plus and Im excited to share what Ive learned.

While the iPhone 8 Plus looks essentially the same as the phone weve had since the 6 Plus, there are some new features in the 8 Plus which really impact creative pros across the board most notably Portrait Lighting, along with a few other hidden gems.

Im a big fan of Austins photography and his reviews. He knows his craft and does a great job showing off iPhone 8 Plus camera.

Read this on The Loop

01:33

New York Times on iPhone 8: A worthy refinement before the next generation The Loop

Farhad Manjoo:

What does one say about a new iPhone? At this point, a decade after the first one sent the earth spinning in directions both magical and ghastly, it can be difficult to summon any fresh wonder when appraising the familiar little slab of digital horror and delight.

Ima stop you right there. Why does the New York Times do this? Why ghastly? Why digital horror?

But I digress:

The 8s look almost identical to the iPhones 7, 6S and 6, a model first introduced back when Donald Trump was still hosting a reality TV show. To make matters worse, both are overshadowed by the $1,000 all-screen iPhone X, which Apple considers the foundation for the next iteration of the iPhone. That model ships in November, and reviewers have not yet had a chance to use it.

To make matters worse? This prose is jarring, especially when compared to the worthy refinement in the headline. But onward, people:

Most of Apples improvements over the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are minor, but if you have an older model, either of the 8s will feel like a solid upgrade. And if you are considering upgrading from an Android phone, theres one area where the new iPhones still rank head and shoulders above their competition the processor, the engine that runs the entire device, where Apple is so far ahead that it almost feels unfair.

OK, I feel the tone shifting. What follows is a highly positive review, especially when compared to Android phones. For example:

The fastest Android phones, though, are almost painfully behind. With a Geekbench score of around 1,900, Samsungs flagship Galaxy S8 is not just half the speed of the iPhone 8, but its actually slower than last years iPhone 7, and even slower than the iPhone 6S, released in 2015.

Helps when you custom design your own processors.

And my favorite part of the iPhone, the camera:

Most images were astounding, and given the iPhone 8s advantages in size, convenience and usability, I predict that my camera will be spending a lot more time in the drawer. In particular, I fell hard for the 8 Pluss Portrait Lighting feature, which uses data from a depth sensor to mimic the blurred-background bokeh effect you get when taking portrait photos with expensive cameras. That feature made its debut last year on the iPhone 7 Plus, but in the 8 Plus, its been further refined to let you adjust the lighting of each shot, making for breathtaking portraits that youll be surprised came from a mere phone.

Pretty, pretty good.

...

01:20

Setting the standard for a blockchain protocol for IoT "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A wide range of blockchain technology companies and enterprises like Cisco, Gemalto and Bosch have launched the Trusted IoT Alliance, an initiative that aims to bring companies together to develop and set the standard for an open source blockchain protocol to support IoT technology in major industries worldwide. No doubt, the volume of data exchanged between devices will grow dramatically as IoT device deployments continue to expand. We are already seeing the emergence of M2M More

01:12

iOS 11: How Control Center works The Loop

Jason Snell, Macworld:

Control Center in iOS 11 is different. Really different. And when you upgrade from iOS 10, it will take some getting used to. But as someone who has been using it for a few months now, let me declare: Its better. The new Control Center is simultaneously simpler and more powerful. And best of all, you can customize it to do what you want and hide most of what you dont care about.

I agree with Jason. I think the new Control Center does take getting used to. But Jason solves that problem. His walkthrough makes things pretty clear.

Read this on The Loop

01:03

Clever app that generates QR codes, makes it easy to store and retrieve them The Loop

Visual Codes is a bit hard to describe. It basically makes it easy to turn a chunk of data (like a URL) into a QR code, and makes it easy to store and retrieve those codes. You can even use Siri to display your codes on your iPhone screen.

Heres an example that might explain the value here:

You can use Visual Codes to create a QR code that connects to your home WiFi. You could print that QR code (Visual Codes knows how to print, too) and put it on the wall in your house. When someone comes to visit, they point their camera to the QR code poster (iOS knows how to interpret QR codes, knows this particular one is to connect to WiFi) and they are connected.

If you prefer a more private, controlled setting, you could ask Siri to bring up your home WiFi QR code, then have your guest point their camera to the QR code on your iPhone screen. Same result. No password changing hands, and they are in.

Details on the Visual Codes web site.

Read this on The Loop

00:55

The evolving nature of the CISO role "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

As IT security increasingly becomes a priority, CISOs influence within companies is growing. However, security strategy in many organizations is still largely reactive and not yet aligned with business functions. Conducted by the Ponemon Institute, the findings are based on interviews with senior-level IT security professionals at 184 companies in seven countries: The United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, India, and China. Its clear CISOs are making progress in how they drive the More

00:50

AUDIO TRIBUTE: Remembering Syrian Victims of U.S. Coalition Massacre at Deir Ezzor "IndyWatch Feed National"

On September 17, 2016, the US-led Coalition launched a brutal sneak attack which slaughtered some 80 plus Syrian soldiers on the ground who were fighting ISIS near the city of Deir Ezzor.

In one of the biggest diplomatic failures of all-time, a cowardly US US Secretary of State John Kerry rendered no explanation as to the sustained attack by US and Australian aircraft. However, the motive was clear: as it turns out, the US strike helped ISIS advance against the Syrian Army and hold territory for the next 12 months, until the terrorist cohort was finally dislodged by Syria and Russia last week. According Syrian and Russian officials reporting at the time, Straight after the coalitions strikes, IS militants launched an offensive, adding that fierce fighting against the terrorists ensued nearby.

If these strikes were due to an error in the target coordinates, that would be a direct consequence of the US refusal to coordinate with Russia its fight against the terrorist groups in Syria, said the Russian military at the time.

Listen to this moving audio tribute which was broadcast LIVE during Episode #202 of the SUNDAY WIRE radio show. This memorable clip includes testimonials from Syrians as well supporters of note from Lebanon and Europe:

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00:41

Backstory: How DuckDuckGo was born and grew to take on Google The Loop

This is a fascinating read. Theres the story of how Gabriel Weinberg got started. And the story of how he figured out his core mission, that of privacy.

One particular highlight that struck me:

It was 2011 when Gabriel Weinberg started to experiment off-line advertising with a billboard, which said Google tracks you. We dont.

According to Wired, that campaign cost was $7,000 for four weeks, and it started in tech-heavy SOMA district, along the highway dumping cars off the Bay Bridge into San Francisco.

This is not literature, but theres lots of detail, and a terrific underdog story.

Read this on The Loop

00:38

Equal Love 4 All "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres a lot of talk about equality lately, in Australia the same sex marriage postal plebiscite vote survey is causing a lot of discussion hate speech and harm to LGBTIQA+ people.

This really is turning into a survey on acceptance not just marriage. And will having same sex marriage mean all LGBTIQA+ people reap the benefit? We speak to Nick a genderqueer activist from occupied Wurundjeri land, so-called Melbourne. (41mins in)

Also Peter K our ephemeral anarchist commentator gives a talk on a number of current issues which involve equality. (5 mins)

And who are Chumbawamba and what are they all about?

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00:33

Droid Life: Google to roll out $49 Google Home Mini The Loop

Droid Life:

When Google takes the stage on October 4 at a phone-related event in San Francisco, most of us expect there to be non-phone related product announcements too. Weve heard rumors about a Google Home mini possibly being on the way and today we can confirm that it exists, how much it costs, and the colors itll be available in.

The home assistant market is evolving, and all before Apples HomePod has an official release date. Amazons Echo Dot is priced at $49.99 and now it looks like Google is playing in the same space at the same price.

Begs the question: Will Apple roll out a HomePod Mini to compete with the Dot and Home Mini?

The Dot has a speaker, but is not designed to play music. A HomePod Mini could offer remote, always on Siri queries, and fire up music on the HomePod.

That said, is there a need for a HomePod Mini in a home that likely already has iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches? Gonna be interesting to watch this market unfold.

Read this on The Loop

00:00

The three least effective enterprise security measures "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Fifty-nine percent of respondents to a Bitglass survey at Black Hat USA 2017 identified phishing as the best data exfiltration strategy, as human error and ignorance will always be exploitable. Understandably, and in line with recent cyberattacks, malware and ransomware ranked second, at nearly 27 percent. Least effective enterprise security measures Hackers also pointed out the three least effective enterprise security measures: password protection, facial recognition and access controls. Phishing and malware are threats made More

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23:30

Number of lost, stolen or compromised records increased by 164% "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

According to Gemaltos Breach Level Index, 918 data breaches led to 1.9 billion data records being compromised worldwide in the first half of 2017. Compared to the last six months of 2016, the number of lost, stolen or compromised records increased by 164%. A large portion came from the 22 largest data breaches, each involving more than one million compromised records. Of the 918 data breaches more than 500 (59% of all breaches) had an More

23:25

Political divisions among Turkeys Kurds resurface over referendum "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Despite overwhelming popular support among the Kurds in Turkey for the Kurdish referendum, political parties are divided on the matter

23:00

Apple releases iOS 11 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Starting yesterday, iPhone and iPad customers around the world can update their devices to iOS 11. While the list of new features and improvements is huge, here are some that Help Net Security readers might be interested in: The all-new Files app provides a central place to access and organize files no matter where they are located on iPad or in the cloud with built-in support for iCloud Drive as well as providers, such More

22:55

DESIGNATION OF IPOB AS TERRORIST ORGANIZATION AND PROSCRIPTION BY SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS NATIONAL ASSEMBLY REACTS. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senate President Bukola Saraki says the categorisation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation by the More

22:45

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

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22:45

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

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22:40

PUTIN ORDERS TO END TRADE IN US DOLLARS (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

PUTIN ORDERS TO END TRADE IN US DOLLARS Video Junius Maltby Breaking news today as Putin orders to end trade in US Dollars at Russian Seaports. This is a continuation of a theme as we saw last month Russia...

The post PUTIN ORDERS TO END TRADE IN US DOLLARS (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:40

Chrome 62 Beta Released With OpenType Font Variations, DOM Media Capture "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Google has rolled out their public beta of the upcoming Chrome/Chromium 62 web-browser update...

22:39

Noida Police Cremates Manipuri Youth Without Informing Family "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Suspecting foul play, Pravish Chanams family has demanded a thorough CBI investigation into his disappearance, death and cremation.

A vigil in the memory of Pravish Chanam at Delhi University. Credit: Facebook/Manipur Times

A vigil in the memory of Pravish Chanam at Delhi University. Credit: Facebook/Manipur Times

New Delhi: A Manipuri youth, who had been missing since September 8 night from Greater Noida, was found to have been cremated by the local police three days later without informing his family members, even though the family had filed a missing persons report on September 9.

While three policemen have been suspended for failing to inform the control room about the missing persons report filed at the police station, the death 22-year-old Pravish Chanam under mysterious circumstances, followed by the cremation of his body in a hurry, has created huge outrage in the state.

A candle light protest was also held in the arts faculty of Delhi University on September 15 by the Manipur Students Association Delhi and others seeking justice for Pravish.

According to his brother, Ravi Kant Chanam, Pravish came to Delhi from Hyderabad on September 7 and stayed with a friend in Safdarjang Enclave. He went to attend a music concert in Greater Noida on the night of September 8. Ravi said Pravish was accompanied by his friend and two others to the concert. However, around 9:30 pm he went missing from the venue, following which the friend informed Ravi brother about it.

On not finding him till the next morning, a miss...

22:38

The money behind the transgender movement "IndyWatch Feed World"

Image Credit: Illustration of George Soros by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Three years ago, a Supreme Court ruling paved the way for gay marriage.

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22:33

A call for future generationism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Steve Brawner

Are you the type whose beliefs dont always fit neatly into a conservative or liberal label, but moderate sounds too mushy and none of the other isms fit?

Or what if one of those labels does fit, but youre worried about the overall state of American politics, where its all about todays winners and losers? Read the rest

The post A call for future generationism appeared first on independentarkansas.com.

22:33

Kurdistan and the Veil of Lies "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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With the Kurdish referendum vote upcoming, a few things are clear, clear as mud as the saying goes. After all, everyone loves the Kurds, the warmest kindest people on earth. Is this why the Turks are slaughtering them or why Baghdad is in an uproar or why, when we take the clock back a bit, American President George Herbert Walker Bush allowed a defeated Saddam Hussein to gas 30,000 Kurds to death with tacit American approval?

Maybe it isnt the Kurdish people themselves, but something else. We are going to take a look at the upcoming vote and those involved behind the scenes. We begin.

The Kurdish referendum is, perhaps, the single misreported and misrepresented event in recent times. To the fake news consumer, the Kurdish people are looking for a government of their own, no longer under rule by Bagdad. This of course is true, although steeped in alternative facts, spin and conjecture. In reality, the scam of the century is going on.

Lets jump right into it and not waste any time. The new Kurdish nation will be a jack of all trades for the clients who have operated the Kurdish people like hand puppets through their oligarchical leadership. Yes, we are talking huge Swiss bank accounts and many years of affiliations with Israeli, American, Turkish and Saudi intelligence agencies.

The Kurdish people themselves, perhaps among the most decent and forgiving people on earth, hold down some of the most valuable real estate on earth. They sit on or near huge oil and gas reserves, pipeline routes and, perhaps more importantly, could be formed into a snake-like nation stretching from near the Mediterranean in Syria, across that nation, though Iraq and into Iran to the Caspian Sea.

The Kurds, who wish only for their diaspora, spread across the globe, to return home to safety and stability, will find themselves again in the soup. You see, there would have been no ISIS in Iraq without the deal cut between the Saddams former Baathists, the army built by General Petraeus, combined with Saudi cash, CIA training and an army of Israeli advisors.

The hotels of Erbil, and excellent hotels they are, no longer the lonely Erbil International of a decade ago, have now for years played home to the ISR (Intelligence/Reconnaissance and Surveillance) teams that made ISIS a force to recon with.

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22:31

Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Auckland Islands, M5.1 Cook Strait, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Auckland Islands, New Zealand at 01:43 UTC (13:43 local time) on September 20, 2017. The quake hit at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). GFZ Potsdam (GEOFON) is reporting the same magnitude and depth....... Read more

Benutzt hier jemand "iTerm2"?Das kann wohl sein, dass ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Benutzt hier jemand "iTerm2"?

Das kann wohl sein, dass der den Inhalt eures Terminals per DNS ins Internet rausgeleakt hat.

Wer fllt eigentlich auf diese tumben, plumpen Twitter-Bots ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Wer fllt eigentlich auf diese tumben, plumpen Twitter-Bots rein?

Na Donald Trump!

Vielleicht ist das ja das Ziel. Vielleicht geht es gar nicht darum, die Bevlkerung zu berzeugen. Es reicht ja, den Prsidenten zu berzeugen.

Gute Nachrichten aus der PC-Wahl-Ecke:[Info]1=19.09.17: ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Gute Nachrichten aus der PC-Wahl-Ecke:

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Schlagzeile des Tages:Blockchain fr die Gesundheitsbranche ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Schlagzeile des Tages:

Blockchain fr die Gesundheitsbranche soll Austausch medizinischer Daten vereinfachen
BINGO!

Oh und so viel technisches Unverstndnis auf einem Haufen hatten wir schon lange nicht mehr.

22:30

Yoda: Post-Google Internet? Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tip of the Hat to Alert Reader.

An alternative (post-Google) Internet appears to be emerging.  It is called the Recursive InterNetwork Architecture. It is more secure and reliable than the current internet which is based on the TCP/IP protocol suite. Dr. John Day of Boston University discovered/invented it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recursive_InterNetwork_Architecture_(RINA)

http://rina.tssg.org/docs/RINA_poster_A1-v2.pdf

http://csr.bu.edu/rina/

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22:30

Are the glaciers in Glacier National Park growing? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By Roger Roots, J.D., Ph.D., Founder, Lysander Spooner University www.lysanderspooneruniversity.com Glacier National Park (GNP) straddles the continental divide along Montanas border with Canada.  Ever since Al Gores 2006 film, An Inconvenient Truth, the Park has been seen as ground zero in the international battle over manmade global warming.  Almost every major figure promoting apocalyptic-manmade-global-warming-by-CO2 hysteria

22:27

To love and lie in LA: Bahrain, Israel and the ultimate faithwash scam "IndyWatch Feed War"

There was a celebration of Bahraini religious tolerance, co-sponsored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, last week in Los Angeles. What would Bahraini Shias think about that?

22:25

FBI May Have Spied on POTUS Trump, 1794 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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22:23

This Is Where The Next Financial Crisis Will Come From "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Zero Hedge

In an extensive, must-read report published on Monday by Deutsche Banks Jim Reid, the credit strategist unveiled an extensive analysis of the Next Financial Crisis, and specifically what may cause it, when it may happen, and how the world could respond assuming it still has means to counteract the next economic and financial crash.

In our first take on the report yesterday, we showed one key aspect of the crash calculus: between bonds and stocks, global asset prices are the most elevated they have ever been.

With that baseline in mind, what happens next should be obvious: unless one assumes that the laws of economics and finance are irreparably broken, a deep recession and a market crash are inevitable, especially after the third biggest and second longest central bank-sponsored bull market in history.

But what will cause it, and when will it happen?

Needless to say, these are the questions that everyone in capital markets today wants answered. And while nobody can claim to know the right answer, here are some excerpts from what DBs Jim Reid, one of the best strategists on Wall Street, thinks will take place.

Click here to read full story on GoldCore.com

Important Guides

For your perusal, below are our most popular guides in 2017:

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22:22

FG, Sokoto Govt seal pact on use of Federal Doctors "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal and Sokoto State Governments have signed an agreement to deploy health consultants and resident doctors of the Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital Sokoto (UDUTH) to state health facilities so as to expand access to professional personnel to rural areas across the state.   The agreement was signed by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Minister of Health, Professor Isaac F. Adewole, at the Ministers office in Abuja.   A statement issued in Sokoto by Tambuwals spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, said the strategic partnership, the first of its kind Nigeria,...

The post FG, Sokoto Govt seal pact on use of Federal Doctors appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

22:21

NRC Nep Nieuws uit China "IndyWatch Feed War"


NRC stuurt plagirende China-correspondent weg 



NRC stuurt plagirende China-correspondent weg ANP

22:20

Dr. Dave Janda: Our Enemy is Truly Evil Financial Tsunami About to Hit Our Shores "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Dr. Dave Janda: Our Enemy is Truly Evil Financial Tsunami About to Hit Our Shores by Greg Hunter USA Watchdog Radio host, patriot and retired orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dave Janda is an outspoken critic of Obama Care. Dr....

The post Dr. Dave Janda: Our Enemy is Truly Evil Financial Tsunami About to Hit Our Shores appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:16

DSTV In Trouble As TSTV Takes Center Stage On 1st October, Offer Pay-As-Go Subscription. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

No wonder DSTV came up with a pay as you go idea just three or four days ago which havent More

22:15

Berto Jongman: Russia Considers Internet of Energy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berto Jongman

The Russian Center for Strategic Research suggested creating the Internet of Energy to unite energy producers and consumers in different ways.

MOSCOW (Sputnik)  Russias Center for Strategic Research (CSR) proposed in a Wednesday report to create an energy research agency similar to the US Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

22:13

Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

In 2014, Cameroon enacted a broad anti-terror law as part of its effort to counter the extremist group Boko Haram, but authorities are using it to arrest and threaten local journalists who report on the militants or unrest in the countrys English-speaking regions. A presidential decree in August 2017 ended legal proceedings against at least four journalists, but the laws that were used against them are still in place. RFI broadcaster Ahmed Abba remains in jail. With elections due to take place next year, many of Cameroons journalists say they are too scared to cover politics or sensitive issues.

22:12

Donald Trump took aim at North Korea, terrorism, China and Iran in blunt United Nations speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Zoe Daniel  Analysis
ABC News (Australia)

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The United Nations General Assembly has been given a double dose of Donald Trump unfiltered.

Yes, the tone was relatively measured, but the language used was characteristically blunt.

Its something rarely seen in the centre of global diplomacy, and while several people would have helped write the speech theres no doubt it reflected the Presidents core views.

Our Governments first duty is to its people, to our citizens to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values, he said, pushing US sovereignty.

As President of the United States, I will always put America first.

And then he went on the attack.

The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based, Mr Trump told the UN.

First in his sights, North Korea

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea, Mr Trump said.

Kim Jon...

22:09

Cameroon uses anti-terror law to silence critical press "IndyWatch Feed War"

New York, September 20, 2017--Cameroon's broadly worded anti-terror law is being used by authorities to arrest and threaten local journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in a report released today. The report, "Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent," finds that despite a presidential decree ending legal proceedings against at least four journalists, the law that was used against them is still in place as next year's elections approach.

22:08

Journalists Not Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

Recommendations

The Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations:

22:07

Workers at Athens Buses & Trolley Buses on Work Stoppage, Sept 21/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Workers at buses and trolley buses in Athens will launch a work stoppage on Thursday, September 21st 2017. Drivers will walk out between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. They also plan a demonstration at 1 p.m. outside the Transportation Ministry. The work stoppage aims to protest the deterioration of public transport means.

The post Workers at Athens Buses & Trolley Buses on Work Stoppage, Sept 21/2017 appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

22:07

Journalists Not Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AFP

In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent

A light breakfast of an omelet and a cup of black coffee eaten on the trot: Little did Radio France Internationale correspondent Ahmed Abba know it would be his last meal as a free man. Abba had a 10 a.m. assignment on July 30, 2015 - a security briefing in Maroua, the capital of Cameroons Far North region, that the governor had convened in response to attacks by the extremist group Boko Haram.

22:06

Journalists Not Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AFP

About This Report

This report was written and researched by CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal. Jonathan Rozen, CPJs Africa Research Associate contributed research.

22:02

A Song For The Times. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



Its the terror of knowing
What the world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming Let me out 

Under Pressure - David Bowie/Queen


Video courtesy of YouTube


This posting exclusive to Bowalley Road.

22:01

The Morning After: Mexican Earthquake Leaves Over 248 Dead, Millions Without Electricity "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Morning After: Mexican Earthquake Leaves Over 248 Dead, Millions Without Electricity ZeroHedge Across central Mexico, rescue workers including soldiers and volunteers worked late into the night Tuesday to free the living who were still trapped in the rubble...

The post The Morning After: Mexican Earthquake Leaves Over 248 Dead, Millions Without Electricity appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:00

Behind The Scenes, The US, China And North Korea Are Talking (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Behind The Scenes, The US, China And North Korea Are Talking Video X22 Report The US Government is suing people for order public information. Wikileaks release files that Russia has a huge spy apparatus. Trump warns that the US...

The post Behind The Scenes, The US, China And North Korea Are Talking (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:00

Shocker, not: Refugees eyed in British subway terrorist attack "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

From Fox News: Authorities named one of two Middle Eastern refugees believed to be responsible for last weeks London subway bombing, as new details emerged about their troubled time being fostered by a British couple previously honored by Queen Elizabeth Continue reading

22:00

Kenya court blames electoral commission over annulled election "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kenyas Supreme Court has delivered scathing criticism of the election boards conduct during last months botched presidential vote. The opposition claims the poll was manipulated to help President Kenyatta win.

Kenya's Supreme Court judges

The Nairobi court handed down a detailed judgment on Wednesday explaining why it nullified the victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August election.

Reading out the statement, Judge Philomena Mwilu described disturbing, if not startling, revelations about the performance of the countrys Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

President Kenyatta was named winner of the August 8 election, officially winning 54 percent of the vote. The Supreme Court nullified the result earlier this month, citing irregularities, after opposition leader Raila Odinga filed a petition claiming the electoral commissions computers were hacked to skew the outcome.

The court has set a new election date for October 17.

Allegations of hacking

Addressing the court, Judge Mwilu said the electoral body had refused to comply with court orders to open its computer servers, saying this suggested that opposition claims of tampering could be true.

Our order of scrutiny was a golden opportunity for the IEBC to place before the court evidence to debunk the petitioners claim, she said. Failure by the board to do as ordered must be held against it.

She added that the court was left with no choice but to determine that the election commissions system was infiltrated and compromised and the data therein interfered with, or IEBC officials themselves interfered with the data, or it had bungled the transmission system and were unable to verify the data.

Mwilu also said it appeared the board did not have all the necessary tally forms, with thousands unaccounted for, at the time they announced official results. The [board] cannot therefore be said to have verified the results, she noted.

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21:59

Cuba Reacts to Trumps Comments, Voices Strong Protest in UN Assembly "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Havana: Cuba on Tuesday slammed US President Donald Trumps latest comments about the island as disrespectful, unacceptable and meddling, while reiterating it was not involved in the alleged incidents that had harmed US diplomats in Havana.

The sharply worded Foreign Ministry statement came after US and Cuban delegations met in Washington to discuss bilateral relations, the first such high-level meeting between the Cold War foes since Trump took office in January.

Their meeting took place on the sam...

21:55

Qatars Sheikh Tamim takes Gulf crisis to global audience "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Qatars emir appeals to world leaders before meeting US President Trump on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

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Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

United Nations, New York City  Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani used the pulpit of the UN General Assembly to attack the four neighbours that have imposed a blockade against it, accusing them of terrorism-like behaviour.

Sheikh Tamim also met privately US President Donald Trump at the annual diplomatic session in New York on Tuesday as Qatar sought to win international support in its 106-day-old spat with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt.

The emir blasted the unjust blockade as a betrayal from his neighbours that had ultimately failed to bring Qatar to its knees and to capitulate to a total tutelage to be imposed on it.

The blockade aimed to pressure Qataris via foodstuffs, medicine and ripping off consanguineous relations to force them change their political affiliation to destabilise a sovereign country, he said in a 22-minute address from the UNs iconic marble rostrum.

Isnt this one of the definitions of terrorism? Sheikh Tamim asked.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdog...

21:55

Conversations with Alex! "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Heres the second MRUniversity video from India. Its a little different than what we have done before and a bit of an experiment; an interview with Shannon DSouza one of the proprietors of my favorite coffee shop in Mumbai, Koinoina Coffee. We talk about what its like doing business in India.

Enjoy! And if you are in Mumbai do stop by Koinoina Coffee Roasters in Chuim village and tell them Alex sent you.

The post Conversations with Alex! appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

21:55

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serious Question "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Discuss

Black Lives Matter and 9/11 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Lets go into the time machine for a moment, and go back to an incident that occurred shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. If you recall it at all, you probably remember it because it cost Bill Maher his job at ABC:

Barbara Olson, a frequent guest, was traveling to a taping of Politically Incorrect aboard American Airlines Flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon during the September 11 attacks of 2001. To honor Olson, Maher left a panel chair empty for a week afterwards.

In the aftermath of the attacks, U.S. President George W. Bush said that the terrorists responsible were cowards. In a Politically Incorrect episode on September 17, 2001, Mahers guest Dinesh DSouza disputed Bushs label, saying the terrorists were warriors. Maher agreed, and replied: We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. Thats cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, [its] not cowardly.

At the time, Barbara Olson was best known for hounding the Clintons. Her husband, Ted Olson, played a role on the Republican side in the Florida recount after the 2000 presidential election. In more recent years, hes lent his legal mind to the cause of gay marriage. Dinesh DSouza is a convicted felon who makes unhinged right-wing documentaries and achieved a degree of fame by making incendiary accusations about President Obamas patriotism and loyalty to the country. They were perfect guests for a show that wanted to present politically incorrect opinion.

I was working in an integrated circuit manufacturing lab in central New Jersey when the September 11th attacks occurred. One of the planes flew directly over our campus on its way to the World Trade Center. We lost several members of our companys extended family, so memorial services were still ongoing the day the infamous Politically Incorrect episode aired. The anthrax attacks began the next day (exactly sixteen years ago) and caused our local mail sorting station to be closed down for more than a year. It was a crazy, stressful time, and we were impacted more directly than most people outside the New York metropolitan area.

Overall, we were united in our grief and determination, much like the the country at large, but the first indication I had that there were going to be splits came in the reaction I saw in my coworkers to the firing of Bill Maher. Some, like me, focused on the definition of the word coward, and...

21:53

The US Economy Is Dead in the Water "IndyWatch Feed World"

The US Economy Is Dead in the Water
by Bill Bonner

"We are spending a couple of days with friends out on a tiny and charming island in the Atlantic, le dYeu. We took the ferry from the Fromentine harbor, near the city of Nantes, on Sunday. Since then, weve been enjoying the salt-soaked air.
The old castle on le dYeu

The castle you see in the photo was built in the 14th century and attacked many times - by Spaniards, Arabs, and English pirates. But locals claim it was never taken by force. The engineers who built it were either geniuses, lucky, or both.
...

21:49

Map Update: Military Situation In Central Syria As Government Forces Push Against ISIS In Deir Ezzor "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a general look at the military situation in central Syria as government forces are rapidly advancing against ISIS in the province of Deir Ezzor. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have crossed the Euphrates River and are now developing momentum on its eastern bank.

Map Update: Military Situation In Central Syria As Government Forces Push Against ISIS In Deir Ezzor

Click to see the full-size map

The post Map Update: Military Situation In Central Syria As Government Forces Push Against ISIS In Deir Ezzor appeared first on .

21:48

MSM Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed War"

Het AD is wakker en probeert eindelijk de waarheid te vertellen

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De Volkskrant schreef het al: Assad heeft gewonnen, nu komt het AD (Algemeen Dagblad) ook met een verhaal over het jongetje Omran Daqneesh, of het wel echt is allemaal?
Nee het was niet echt, een flagrante leugen van de zogenaamde rebellen, de rebellen die gerecruiteerd, betaald en bewapend zijn door het westen, Arabische bondgenoten en Turkije.
Zoals ik al schreef: (een Demo in Utrecht vorig jaar van de Witte Helmen)
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21:46

Hurricane Maria Has Begun Its Potentially Catastrophic Hit on Puerto Rico Islands strongest landfall since the Great Depression "IndyWatch Feed War"

September 20, 2017

Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, is now making a potentially catastrophic landfall in Puerto Rico, the islands strongest landfall since the Great Depression, while it continues to lash the Virgin Islands.

(MORE: Hurricane Central | Maria Lashes Dominica With Mind-Boggling Devastation)

Happening Now

The eyewall of Maria is now carving through eastern Puerto Rico, including the island of Vieques. In advance of the eyewall, the National Weather Service issued a extreme wind warnings for several eastern Puerto Rico municipalities.

(INTERACTIVE: Latest Virgin Islands/Puerto Rico Radar)


Current Radar, Winds

Here are a sampling of peak wind gusts seen so far in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as of early Wednesday morning:

  • Western St. Croix, Virgin Islands: 137 mph (sustained winds of 106 mph)
  • Yabucoa (WeatherFlow station): 113 mph
  • Gurabo: 103 mph
  • Fajardo: 100 mph
  • San Juan: 91 mph
  • St. Thomas, Virgin Islands: 86 mph

Flash flood warnings have also been issued in much of eastern Puerto Rico. At least a half dozen river gauges reported levels above flood stage already, with more heavy rain moving in.

(MORE: NWS Current P.R. River Flood Status)

The National Weather Service office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, warned of catastrophic damage from Marias winds, as well as life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible devastating impacts in a hurricane local statement issued Wednesday morning.

Maria will be the strongest Puerto Rico landfall since a...

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Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2017 is eighth lowest on record "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Arctic sea ice has dwindled to its summer minimum for 2017, with its smallest extent for the year clocking in at 4.64m square kilometres (sq km) on 13 September.

At 1.58m sq km below the 1981-2010 average, this puts 2017 as the eight lowest summer minimum in the satellite record, according to preliminary figures from the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC). The record low remains 3.39m sq km, which was set in 2012.

Even though it wasnt a record low, an NSIDC scientist tells Carbon Brief that the long-term downwards trend has continued with sea ice extent falling below 5m sq km again this year. This had never happened in the satellite record before 2007.

Pinpointing the minimum

Scientists have been tracking the daily changes in Arctic sea ice cover using satellites in a continuous record that stretches back to 1978-79. Notable events, such as the annual minimum and maximum extents, serve as an indicator of how the Arctic is changing as global temperatures rise.

Back in March, Arctic sea ice hit its lowest winter maximum on record for the third year in a row. Since then, Arctic sea ice has been on its annual decline through the melt season of spring and summer.

At the time of the record low winter peak, Carbon Brief asked some polar scientists to put the much-reported findings in context. You can watch the video of their responses here.

Scientists keep a close eye around the time the low is normally reached usually early-to-mid september then look for signs of ice accumulating again in order to pinpoint exactly when the summer minimum extent is reached.

This year, that minimum point was on 13 September, when Arctic sea ice extent declined to 4.64m sq km.

That means nine of the 10 lowest summer minima in the satellite record have occurred in the last 10 years, says Prof Julienne Stroeve, a professor of polar observation and modelling at University College London and senior research scientist at the NSIDC. She tells Carbon Brief:

Even though we didnt reach a new record low, the extent fell below 5m sq km, something which never...

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13 Questions About The Wiretapping Of Paul Manafort "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mondays CNN exclusive detailing that former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped by the government is a bombshell that raises many questions about the motives and method of such surveillance.

We know that Manafort has reportedly been the focus of Robert Muellers investigation for some time, including details of a dawn raid reported in the New York Times. What is less clear is the exact nature of this wiretap, the time period that it was running on Manafort, the justification by which it was restarted after a reported gap, and the identities of othersincluding potentially the then-president-electcaught up during this surveillance period by the government.

Yesterday, Manaforts spokesman released the following statement:

If true, it is a felony to reveal the existence of a FISA warrant, regardless of the fact that no charges ever emerged. The U.S Department of Justices Inspector General should immediately conduct an investigation into these leaks and to examine the motivations behind a previous Administrations effort to surveil a political opponent. Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ there is nothing there.

Now lets be clear about what this doesnt mean: if the institutional firewalls function as intended, being surveilled by the FBI and being surveilled directly by the Obama administration are different things. This does not confirm a wiretap of Trump as the presidents now-infamous tweet read. But as weve seen with the case of Susan Rices potentially unjustified unmasking of Trump transition officials, thats something where skepticism is certainly warranted.

Here, though, are 13 questions that I have, given the CNN report and others that have emerged about this surveillance of Manafort, in no particular order. I believe these questions deserve to be answered, in front of Congress or in the public square:

1. When, exactly, was Paul Manafort wiretapped by the government?

2. Did the wiretap cease when Manafort became Trumps campaign chairman in March 2016, and did it resume after he ceased to have this role in August 2016, or did it overlap?

3. Was the FBI wiretap steady in the months before March 2016, before he had any official affiliation with the Trump campaign, during which time he was reportedly talking regularly with Trump and living in Trump Tower?

4. Given that Manafort lived there, did the wireta...

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Why The Latest GOP Health Care Plan Is The Best One Yet "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Contrary to much of the media coverage this week, the push by congressional Republicans to do something about Obamacare isnt a desperate last-ditch effort or a health care zombie. On the contrary, it might be the best health-care reform idea GOP leaders have come up with yet.

The bill, authored by senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, would address a woeful imbalance in our health-care system by returning much of the authority for regulating health insurance back to the states, where it belongs. In its current form, the legislation keeps most of Obamacares funding in place (except for the individual mandate tax penalties and medical-device taxes) but states would be able to apply for grants that allow them to more or less pursue whatever health-care policies they want with those funds and waive some key parts of Obamacare like the individual mandate and coverage for preexisting conditions.

In short, Graham-Cassidy represents a kind of health-care federalism, in which states like New York and California would end up with very different systems than states like Texas and Florida. Of course, thats already true to some extent, and it was true even before Obamacare. But where Obamacare sought to make states more uniform according to rules written by bureaucrats in Washington, Graham-Cassidy would allow states to go their own way.

That might not exactly amount to an Obamacare repeal, as Republicans have promised to pass for seven years now, but given that straight repeal is apparently impossible for this Congress, Graham-Cassidy might be the next best thing. Why? Because allowing states to experiment with different health-care policies is the only thing that will drive down the cost of health insurance so more Americans can afford it.

Progressives dont like the idea of health-care federalism in part because they think health care should be treated like a public utility. That is, bringing costs down for consumers is not a high priority, so the potential benefits of health-care federalismlower premiums and out-of-pocket costs for residents of states that adopt smart policies that drive costs downdont much appeal to them. Whats more, having wildly different health-care systems between states makes their goal of creating a European-style single-payer system much more difficult.

Hence, progressives in the medi...

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In What Happened, Hillary Clinton Completely Whiffs On The Lessons Of The Prodigal Son "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Early in What Happened, Hillary Clinton discusses one of her reoccurring public references to the Bible: Christs parable of the prodigal son. Previously Clinton has discussed this parable in the context of how she reacted to Bills infidelity, but in this book its in reference to losing the 2016 presidential election.

For those unfamiliar, the biblical parable shows a younger brother coming to his father and demanding his inheritance before his father dies. He then squanders it all partying. A famine hits, and he goes to work for a pig farmer. When he begins to starve and eyes the pigs food with longing, the prodigal comes to his senses and decides to go home and beg his father to take him back as not a son but a servant.

When his father sees his son coming down the road, he races down to meet the prodigal and falls on him with affection. He treats the sons servant plan as preposterous, and receives him back instead as a son, throwing a big party to celebrate his sons repentance. At the party, the father finds the older brother, who dutifully stayed home to help manage family affairs while his brother wasted his inheritance, out in the back sulking. His father entreats the older son to come join the party, but the older brother replies (from Luke 15):

Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him! And [the father] said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.

After her own recounting, heres Hillarys application in the book, on page 33:

Maybe its because Im the oldest in our family and something of a Girl Scout, but Ive always identified with the older brother in the parable. How grating it must have been to see his wayward sibling welcomed back as if nothing had happened. It must have felt as if all his years of hard work and dutiful care meant nothing at all. But the father says to the older brother, Have I not taken good care of you? Have you not been close to me? Have you not been at my side learning and working? Those things are their own reward.

Its a story about uncond...

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Jennifer Lawrence Has Turned Into A Political Barbie With A String In Her Back "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its sad to see a talented actress go downhill so fast, but thats what happens in the intersection of Hollywood and politicsa big crash.

Case in point: Jennifer Lawrence. She once held America spellbound by her husky voice, sweet smile, unapologetic curves, and authenticity when dealing with the press. Her movies were compelling, and her performances sparkled. Lawrence was a refreshing respite from the fake, self-aggrandizing liberal lemmings of Hollywood.

Now, like so many other actors who arent satisfied with simply being artists and entertainers, Lawrence has become political. Her charm has turned crass, making one wonder if weve been seeing the real Jennifer Lawrence all this time.

It All Began With Kentucky

Lawrences Mr. Hyde side revealed itself to most Americanswho simply knew her as the beloved rebel Katniss in Hunger Gameswhen Lawrence criticized half of America during the Kentucky same-sex marriage controversy. County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue licenses to same-sex couples because of her Christian beliefs regarding traditional marriage, and Lawrence flipped out.

Dont even say her name in this house, she told Vogue. All those people holding their crucifixes, which may as well be pitchforks, thinking theyre fighting the good fight. I grew up in Kentucky. I know how they are.

During the presidential election, Lawrence lashed out again, dramatically saying, If Donald Trump is president of the United States, it will be the end of the world. The world, of course, hasnt ended.

After Trumps election, Lawrence wrote an op-ed, telling women to embrace their anger. This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men, she wrote. Do not let this defeat youlet this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didnt have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a womandont be afraid, be loud!

In a particularly hypocritical moment, she said the country needs to move past its political division and anger, despite her own hostility toward Republicans, Christians, and the president. In an interview with Graham Norton, she said she had attended a concert where Trump was present. I had my full security, I was like, Find Donald Trump, she explained. Because I was adamant on finding him and then making a video of me...

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Ben Shapiro Is Wrong About Prosecuting Women Who Get Abortions "IndyWatch Feed National"

A young, self-identified liberal woman presented this question to Ben Shapiro during the Q&A following his much anticipated speech at the University of California at Berkeley last Thursday: Do you believe women who get abortions even when their lives or the childs life isnt in danger, should be put on trial for murder?

No, I think abortionists should be put on trial, Shapiro replied.

I dont think that women should be put on trial for a couple different reasons. One is, I dont think it is effective in deterring abortion for women to be put on trial for the killing of the unborn. The second reason is because unfortunately I think that we as a society have gotten to such a point that an entire generation have been indoctrinated to believe that a baby is a polyp and so when they remove it, Im not sure theres the necessary mens rea, the criminal intent necessary for prosecution. The typical pro life position is that the women is a victim in abortion nearly as much as the baby is. There is an entire abortion industry that is geared toward teaching women that babies are not babies and that getting a baby aborted is in fact a betterment of their life. So no, I am not in favor of prosecuting women for abortions.

The student pressed the issue, saying that some women do have intent.

Youd really have to show me a case of a woman who went [into the abortion clinic] and said, I know this is a baby, cut its brains out, Shapiro answered. Like, if thats happening, that is infanticide. Shapiro then presented the hypothetical of a mother of a one-day-old infant who asked for it to be killed. Wouldnt you put her on trial? he asked.

Shapiro may have a point that prosecution wouldnt be an effective deterrent, but deterrence is not the main reason we prosecute. We seek justice for the victims, and that should remain the chief goal of the courts. The pursuit of justice is worthwhile in itself, and I would argue, a moral imperative.

Pro-Lifers Cognitive Dissonance

His second reason is also extremely weak, and it gets to the heart of a deep-rooted hypocrisy within the mainstream prolife movement. Shapiro says these women dont have the mens rea (Latin for guilty mind), or intent, that the prosecution must demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt. Is that really the case? Most states use the Model Penal Code to determine mens rea. Its first classification of intent is acting purposely where the defendant had an underlying conscious object to act.

Obviously, if abortion were to be legally categorized as murder, a mother who orders the hit on her preborn child fits this definition of intent. A mino...

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The September 30 Deadline For Obamacare Repeal Is Fake News "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Over the past several days, congressional leaders in both the House and Senate have claimed that a bill by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is our best, last chance to get repeal and replace done. They have made such claims because the press keeps reporting that Republicans power to pass health care legislation through a party-line vote in the Senate expires on September 30.

Dont you believe it. The Senates 52 Republicans have multiple options open to keep the Obamacare repeal process alive after September 30. The only question is whether they have the political will to do so.

Option 1: Set a Senate Precedent

Democrats started the misinformation campaign regarding a supposed September 30 deadline. Politico reported at the start of the month that the Senate parliamentarian has ruled that Republicans face a September 30 deadline to kill or overhaul the law with only 50 votes, Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee said.

That assertion carries one big flaw: The Senate parliamentarian does not rule. The Senate as a body doesand that distinction makes a big difference. The procedural question centers around when, and whether, budget reconciliation instructions expire.

Budget reconciliation provides an expedited process for the Senate to consider matters of a fiscal nature. Reconciliations limits on debate and amendments preclude filibusters, allowing the bill to pass with a simple (i.e., 51-vote) majority rather than the usual 60 votes needed to break a filibuster and halt debate. (For additional background, see my May primer on budget reconciliation here.)

In one of its first acts upon convening in January, Congress passed a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2017, which included instructions for health-related committees in the House and Senate to produce reconciliation legislationlegislation intended to repeal-and-replace Obamacare. But Fiscal Year 2017 ends on September 30, and Congress (thus far at least) hasnt completed work on the reconciliation bill yet. So what happens on September 30? Does a reconciliation measure fail? Or can Congress continue work on the legislation, because the budget resolution set fiscal parameters for ten fi...

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In Masterpiece Cakeshop Case, Two Sets Of First Amendment Precedent Collide "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sundays New York Times print edition ran a piece by Adam Liptak, exploring the people and perspectives behind the soon-to-be argued Supreme Court case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The piece is titled, Cake Is His Art. So Can He Deny One to a Gay Couple?

On one side of the dispute stands Jack Phillipsa Christian baker in Colorado who five years ago refused to craft a wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage. Im being forced to use my creativity, my talent and my art for an eventa significant religious eventthat violates my religious faith, Mr. Phillips said, according to the Times. To Philips, this is more than just a cake.

Opposite Phillips are David Mullin and Charlie Craig, the two men who sought out his services and who later filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. We asked for a cake, they counter. We didnt ask for a piece of art or for him to make a statement for us. He simply turned us away because of who we are. According to the Times, Mr. Craig said the free speech argument was a smoke screen. Its not about the cake, he said. It is about discrimination.

So which is it? Free speech or discrimination?

Its both.

Free Speech Always Involves Discrimination

Free speech always involves discrimination, includingand maybe even especiallyartistic expression. Or as the Supreme Court put it: all speech inherently involves choices of what to say and what to leave unsaid.

When Bruce Springsteen canceled his April 2016 North Carolina concert in protest of the then-recently passed bathroom bill, he was discriminating against the patrons desiring his servicespatrons who had, in fact, already paid to hear his artistry. But Springsteens silence was also speech. As he put it, canceling the concert is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.

Jennifer Holliday discriminated when she denied President Trump and Vice President Pence her services, even though she had previously committed to singing for their inaugural festivities. Holliday back out once she realized that her voice would speak not just the lyrics she sang, but support for views contrary to her deeply-held beliefs. Holliday explained this much to her fans in an apology letter announcing she had withdrawn from the upcoming events planned for the new administration: Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a politica...

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New Initiative Aims To Cut Food Waste In Half By Simplifying Your Food Labels "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When keeping or tossing old food, people seem to fall into two categories: the throw-out-immediately crowd, and the sniff-and-taste crowd. I come from a proud family of sniff-and-tasters, whereas my husband is staunchly pro-disposal. (Probably because hes accidentally swallowed a mouthful of sour milk beforeso who can blame him?)

But research into our use by, best by, and sell by food labels have lent some credence to the sniff-and-tasters position. All these food labels mean different things, and should be approached differently by consumers, as National Geographic explains:

The best before date relates to the quality of the food, says Marsh. Its a gauge of how long an item will remain at its freshest and tastiest, and is appropriate to the vast majority of foodstuffs on the supermarket shelves. In general, she says, it is fine to eat foods after their best before date, except for eggs, as long as they look, smell, and taste OK.

But that guidance can be tough to swallow both for the food industry and for consumers. We are a much more risk-averse society now than a generation ago, says the University of Nottinghams Morgan. Retailers and manufacturers are worried about being sued, and we the public read about health scares, listeria, and E. coli and would just as soon throw anything out rather than take a risk.

Indeed, the use by date has definite safety implications, and it is applied to foods such as meat, fish, and chicken, which are highly perishable from a microbiological point of view. These are dates that should be strictly adhered to, Marsh says, regardless of how a product looks or smells.

Then there is the display until date, which is placed on packaging primarily to help supermarkets better manage their stock rotation and which has no real implications for consumers at all.

How We Contribute to Expensive, Damaging Food Waste

Our understandable confusion regarding the meaning and import of these various returns often results in millions of consumers dumping food into the trash bin, just in case. But not only is such a practice expensive to the individual, over time it is causing a massive food waste problem. Around the world, 1.3 billion tons of foodabout a third of food production every year, worth more than $750 billionis wasted. Just 133 billion pounds are wasted every year in the United States alone.

More than a quarter of the worlds agricultural land is...

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Neocons, Iran Deal Opponents Celebrate Trumps Foreign Policy At Summit "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

NEW YORK CITY As President Trump prepared to give his address at the United Nations on Tuesday morning, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), a decade-old, bipartisan, non-governmental organization, was opening its annual summit just down the road. The line-up for the event at New York Citys Roosevelt Hotel was full of heavy hitters. David Petraeus, Jeb Bush, John Bolton, Bill Richardson, and Joseph Lieberman were just a few of the political celebrities in attendance.

In his opening remarks, Lieberman, UANIs chairman, praised the Trump administrations Iran dispositions, calling it a sea change from the deal-at-any-cost Obama administration. Leiberman called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran deal, a waste of leverage, suggesting Obama had given away the farm for little in return.

Not surprisingly, given UANIs mission to keep Iran from achieving nuclear arms, this would not be the last attack on the JCPOA. Speaker after speaker from both parties, including early and vociferous opponents of President Trump, trashed the deal while urging the president to take a harder line in regard to Iran.

Americas Agenda Shouldnt Put America First

The first panel discussion featured Petraeus and Prince Turki Al Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. Neither man pulled his punches. Petreus and Al Faisal both warned against focusing all of our efforts on anti-terrorism while casting a blind eye to the actions of regional governments, including Iran and Syria.

According to Petraeus, Muslim-nation partners like Saudi Arabia are essential because this is more of a clash within Islam than a clash between Islam and the West. But while a coalition is needed, the retired general also made clear that America with its intelligence and military capabilities was obviously still the essential actor.

Al Faisal warned that Iran is boasting about its ambitions and accomplishments and that the growth of its power in the region, especially in Syria, will blow back on the United States, Russia, and rest of the world. In a telling moment, Petraeus, after insisting he is non-political and doesnt even vote, praised the Trump administrations April missile attack on Syria following the formers use of chemical weapons. He called the action measured and proportional, and it was impossible not to see it as a rebuke of Obamas refusal to back up his own red line on chemical weapons in Syria.

The second panel focused more directly on president Trumps foreign policy regarding Iran and the related threat from North Korea. Former governors Bush and Richardson both expressed the need for international cooperation and skepticism about the presidents America first, rhetoric, which Bush said can operate as a code for isolationism...

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What Do Dems Know About Climate That New York Times Columnists Dont? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While politicians know voters arent buying climate hysteria, The New York Times opinion section disregards its own news section to hype it as a cause of hurricanes.

For many liberal journalists, its something of a puzzle. Handed what they consider a golden opportunity to use hurricanes Harvey and Irma to pound President Trump and conservative Republicans for their views on climate change, as Politico noted this week, most national Democrats decided to pass.

There are a number of possible explanations. One involves the dilemma of the many red-state Democrats up for re-election next year, especially in coal states. Theres also the possibility that some actually agree with leading Republicans that seeking to politicize disasters while people in Texas and Florida are still dealing with the aftermath of the storms is in bad taste and bad politics.

Theres another possibility. Some Democrats may have read The New York Times analysis of the connection between hurricanes and climate change and realized that what scientists know about the subject is a lot less than what they dont know. Although the article strained to obscure what most experts were saying, the bottom line is that former Vice President Al Gores famous predictions of an increase in massive storms due to global warming isnt backed up by the evidence.

Do NYT Columnists Read the NYT?

Yet what is astonishing about the national conversation about climate change after Harvey and Irma is that a definitive article in the flagship of liberal journalism had no affect on articles subsequently published on the subject in the same newspaper. While most congressional Democrats were holding their fire, some of the papers most prominent opinion columnists were not merely ignoring the same lack of evidence their news section had reported but taking it as a given that proof of the connection existed.

I speculated here last month that had a Republican used the same cautious language about the causation of hurricanes used in the Times news report, that would have been enough to get him or her labeled a climate denier by the Times editorial page. But after reading Paul Krugman and Nicholas Kristofs screeds claiming only fools or liars could deny that global warming incontrovertibly caused Harvey and Irma, its possible thats what they think about Times science writer John Schwartz, who was responsible for the papers cautious exploration of the issue.

Krugman speculated that Republicans were reluctant to buy into global warming theories because they are natural consumers for tin-foil hat conspiracy theories and inherently hostile to scienc...

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SpaceX Wants You To Pay For It To Explore Deep Space When It Cant Even Explore Shallow Space "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the aftermath of President Obamas cuts to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and subsequent reliance on Russian space agencies, NASA has invested billions of dollars into private space companies to carry cargo and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station. NASAs private contracts have offered a fixed price for commercial services and required companies to provide their own funding to develop new spacecraft and rockets.

SpaceX, a private space company founded by Canadian-American business magnate Elon Musk, is one of those contractors, along with companies such as Blue Origin and Orbital ATK. Recently, these companies have raised eyebrows with plans to develop large, heavy-lift rockets, which will allow travel beyond low-Earth orbit.

One of these systems is SpaceXs Falcon Heavy booster, a rocket possessing 90 percent of the lift capability to low-Earth orbit of NASAs own Space Launch System. The message is clear: these companies wish to attempt what NASA has not yet achieved. Thus far, NASAs funding of private space companies has been limited to near-Earth endeavors, and NASA wants to keep it that way. During a Q&A session, Charles Bolden, NASAs 2016 administrator, expressed that deep space is traditionally NASAs domain.

If you talk about launch vehicles, we believe our responsibility to the nation is to take care of things that normal people cannot do, or dont want to do, like large launch vehicles, Bolden stated, concluding, Im not a big fan of commercial investment in large launch vehicles just yet.

Well Blow Up Your Money On NASAs Behalf

However, some companies arent content to leave deep space to NASA, and want American taxpayers to foot the bill. During a hearing before the U.S. Senates Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness on July 20, SpaceX called upon the government to sponsor deep space public-private partnerships. Tim Hughes, a SpaceX senior vice-president, testified, The principles applied in past programs for low Earth orbit capability can, and should, be applied to deep space exploration, referring to NASAs Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.

Floating the idea of a funding a COTS-li...

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Self-Righteousness Infects All Sides Of Our Politics, And Makes Us Ridiculous "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An old band joke: How do trumpet players introduce themselves to each other? Hi, Im better than you.

In the world of music, this sort of observation about the personalities drawn to different instruments is mildly funny. Less amusing is that American political discourse is increasingly dominated by the same assertion of superiority. For many, politics is a way of showing oneself to be smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate and more attuned to injustice than others. Political positions are taken and rhetoric is deployed not to persuade, but to declare ones status.

The Internet is awash in this. Whether on Facebook, political Twitter, or (angels and ministers of grace defend us) in the comment section, traffic and content would drop precipitously without those hapless souls turning every issue into a way of screaming Im better than you into the Internet void. Unfortunately, this has become one of the dominant motivations in our politics.

It is being exacerbated by increased secularism. One result of the decline of American Christianity is that political affiliation has become an easy substitute for the sense of spiritual rectitude that religious practice formerly offeredand this secular righteousness carries few of the humbling warnings about pride and sin that religion traditionally provided. For all the excesses and hypocrisy of the Religious Right and all the absurdities of the diminutive Religious Left, Christianity is still a salutary influence on each. Politics is a terrible replacement for religion.

The Sanctimony of Finding Deplorables

The definitive expression of cheap political morality may have been Hillary Clintons declaration that You could put half of Trumps supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic you name itsome of those folks they are irredeemable.

Nearly as telling were her comments about the other half of Trump supporters. Clinton described them as people, who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and theyre just desperate for change. Thus, the Democratic nominee described all those voting for her opponent as either bigoted, irredeemable deplorables, or desperate losers. And her half-hearted apology only admitted to misjudging the proportions between the two categories.

That Trump is a man of low character whose candidacy emboldened some on the ugly fringe of American politics is indisputable, but dismissing all Trump voters as either bigots or dumb losers was self-serving sanctim...

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Overview Of Military Situation In Northern Hama On September 19-20, 2017 (Map, Photo, Video) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Overview Of Military Situation In Northern Hama On September 19-20, 2017 (Map, Photo, Video)

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On September 19, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies launched a large-scale military operation against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) in northern Hama. The main Hayat Tahrir al-Sham(HTS)-led attack took place in Maan. However, fierce clashes also took place near al-Tulaysian.

By September 19 evening, the SAA and the NDF, supported by the Tiger Forces and the Russian Aerospace Forces, had repelled the attack on Maan. However, militants entered Tulaysiyah, Ash Shata, Tel Al-Aswad and Al-Qahira. In total, about 40 militants were killed.

Militants also lost 2 battle tanks, including a Russian-made T-90 battle tank operated by HTS. This tank was seized by government forces during an active phase of the anti-HTS campaign in northern Syria.

Pro-HTS media blamed Russian attack helicopters and warplanes as well as a lack of support from the moderate opposition explaining casualties. According to pro-HTS sources, government forces had lost up to 30 fighters.

On September 20, an intense fighting continued in the villages of Tulaysiyah, Ash Shata, Tel Al-Aswad and Al-Qahira where government forces were attempting to re-gain the initiative.

...

21:39

Reality Check: Dont Buy into the Myth of Tax Reform "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Donald Trump has called on Congress to quickly pass sweeping tax reform legislation this year. While his entire plan remains something of a mystery, one element stands out: Trump has insisted on reducing the corporate tax rate to 15%.

Any debate on tax policy is fraught with confusing terms, doublespeak and a whole lot of obfuscation.

As the GOPs efforts to fundamentally alter the tax code are about to kick into high gear, WhoWhatWhy has prepared this primer to cut through the rhetoric and pull back the curtain on this reform.

Dont Confuse Tax Cuts with Tax Reform

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Our tax code is too complicated and unfair because it was designed by lobbyists for special interests. That is why the groups and individuals with the resources to influence lawmakers end up being the primary beneficiaries of the governments tax policy.

For example, most of the proposed tax cut reforms being proposed will primarily benefit the very rich at the expense of the middle class. Such tax cuts in addition to increasing the record-high income disparity between the top 1% and the rest of America also increase the danger of a major market collapse.

Rather than talking about tax cuts for the rich, we should be talking about cutting the tax subsidies for the rich so that those below the top 1% will have more money to buy goods and increase demand.

To appreciate how such tax cuts for the rich could lead to an economic crash, it is first necessary to understand the technical term, price-to-earnings ratio (PE ratio). Here is an example from investopedia that shows how it works: Suppose that a company is currently trading at $43 a share and its earnings over the last 12 months were $1.95 per share. The P/E ratio for the stock could then be calculated as 43/1.95, or 22.05.

Currently, the overall PE ratio is about 25. This figure will go up even more when corporate tax subsidies are increased. However, this also means that when the current bubble bursts, the fall of the market will be much more severe. One stock market expert said stocks were as much as 40% over-valued. That, in turn, would likely trigger further bailouts that ultimately benefit the rich. Putting aside the question of whether the stock market reflects the real economy, the psychological damage will be significant.

Real reform, according to most economists, would be to cut all tax subsidies or, as economists call...

21:38

Financialization and The Destruction of the Real Economy "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Financialization and The Destruction of the Real Economy by Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds Strip an economy of capital, productive incentives, talent and yes, ethics, and what are we left with? An economy spiraling toward an inevitable collapse....

The post Financialization and The Destruction of the Real Economy appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:35

HOW MANY COINCIDENCES MAKE A CONSPIRACY? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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First there was Harvery, followed by Irma, next is Jose and that will be followed by Maria. And there are more to come. I marvel about how many people do not know about the publicly available information on weather modficiation programs.

Is this the great climate change demiers revenge? Or, simply the economic takedown of the United States?

 

 

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21:34

Talk About Climate Change, Its Here in Spades "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Hurricane Irma eye over Barbuda, 9/6/17

Now Is Exactly the Time to Have That Discussion About Climate Change

From an Article by Susan Glickman, EcoWatch.com, September 15, 2017

As a native Floridian, I chose to ride out Hurricane Irma in my hometown of Tampajust a few miles north of where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play football. Like millions of other Floridians who evacuated low-lying beach communities for higher ground, I had the obvious safety concerns and worries about whether I would even have a home to return to. But as a public interest advocate who has worked on climate and energy issues every day for almost two decades, I also have intense concerns about the growing climate change/hurricane nexus.

So when EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says its insensitive to Floridians and Texans to talk about climate change during hurricane emergencies, I say he missed the boat as to whats truly insensitive.
Whats insensitive is not talking about the links between warmer surface water temperatures and more intense weather events. Whats insensitive is dismantling the Clean Power Plan that was put in place to reduce climate-changing carbon pollution. Whats insensitive is unraveling the environmental protections we all rely on so allies in the oil and gas industry can continue to pollute for free and have consumers pick up the tab.

Plain and simple, we are altering the climate of our planet for all living beings just so that a few people can make money selling, trading and producing fuels and products that emit greenhouse gas emissions. Its not okay and its got to stop.

Increased greenhouse gas emissions are fueling more extreme weather events. Its just that simple. The warmer ocean temperatures in the Atlantic and the gulf are contributing to more intense hurricanes. Climate change is causing sea level rise that adds to the threat of coastal flooding.

We have needed to act to reduce emissions for a long time, but now we are at a true crossroads. The Arctic is melting, and the permafrost is thawing. As goes the Arctic, so goes Florida. We must take serious action now to both adapt to the climate change impacts that are inevitable from carbon pollution already in the pipeline and to reduce our emissions and future impacts by transforming to a low-carbon economy.

Make no mistake, weve known about th...

21:31

Jill Hennessy Pushes Failed & Dangerous Flu Vaccines Onto Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias chief medical officer says there has been a significantly higher number of flu cases than normal in people who have been vaccinated.  Read More

21:30

The Mwahaha Caption Contest "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This is the 159th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest! Heres the pic (h/t maziel): You know the drill: Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the LEAVE A REPLY box), not via email or on Continue reading

21:30

Review: Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular The Loop

When Apple released the Apple Watch Series 3 at its event last week, it added a few really big new features, including cellular capabilities to the device. Ive been testing out a cellular model with an iPhone 8 for about a week. []

21:30

Knitting ALUs (and Flipdots) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

[Irene Posch] is big into knitted circuits. And while most of the textile circuits that weve seen are content with simply conducting enough juice to light an LED, [Irene]s sights are set on knittable arithmetic logic units (ALUs). While we usually think of transistors as the fundamental building-blocks of logic circuits, [Irene] has developed what is essentially a knit relay. Be sure to watch the video after the break to see it in construction and in action.

The basic construction is a coil of conductive thread that forms an electromagnet, and a magnetic bead suspended on an axle so that it can turn in response to the field. To create a relay, a flap of knit conductive thread is attached to the bead, which serves as the pole for whats essentially a fabric-based SPDT switch. If youve been following any of our relay-logic posts, youll know that once youve got a relay, the next step to a functioning computer is a lot of repetition.

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21:30

Secretary Zinke Advises Trump to Leave a Legacy of Broken Promises with Tribes "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Guest Commentary

Published September 20, 2017

Native American communities in San Juan County, Utah, feel shut out of the process they have worked in good faith with now that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has issued an insensitive report recommending reducing Bears Ears National Monument.

In his final report to President Trump, called the National Monuments review, he has silenced the voices of Native Americans in Utah and across the country by dismissing our deep ties to the Bears Ears landscape. Even though Americans emphatically support National Monuments, Secretary Zinke seems to unfairly discount the concerns of NGOs without a basis for doing so. Astoundingly, he ignored the 2.6 million American voices, 98 percent of whom commented in favor of protecting national monuments.

If Secretary Zinke had met with local stakeholders, he would have learned that Navajo and Ute residents (who are the county majority) have been greatly impacted by uranium and oil and gas pollution since the 1930s which is in part why we worked so hard to protect our traditional cultural uses and sacred sites. Even as he recommends exclusions, he does not comment on the future roles of the grazing, timber, fishing and mining industries. Furthermore, by eliminating protections for everything outside any new boundary, Secretary Zinke failed to explain how these important traditional cultural resources and uses can still be preserved.

In fact, five out of seven Utah Navajo Chapter Houses as well as Secretary Zinkes adopted Tribe in Montana, the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, all passed resolutions defending Bears Ears this past month. Among Native American residents living adjacent to Bears Ears, 97 percent of these Chapter members voted in favor of leaving Bears Ears alone, and not a single Tribe in the entire United States has stepped forward to ask the Secretary to shrink or eliminate Bears Ears National Monument. We now understand why this report, which is an insult to Tribes, was held so tightly by this administration.

Any and all recommendations by Secretary Zinke regarding Bears Ears National Monument are fundamentally flawed because the Secretary failed to take the time to meet with and listen to local...

21:29

Can China help fix Venezuela? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

After years of economic mismanagement and political strife, Venezuela finds itself in the midst of a political, economic, and humanitarian crisis, due in part to a loans-for-oil debtor relationship with China. Espaol Portugus

A protestor facing Venezuelas national guard in May 2017. Photo: Efecto Eco. Courtesy Dilogo Chino. All rights reserved.

The Chinese government has said little about the dire situation in Venezuela, while few other outside actors  including nearby Latin American neighbours  have called attention to Chinas role in it.

This oversight is both puzzling and misguided, given Chinas high-profile economic and diplomatic partnership with Venezuela. The lapse is rooted in Chinas foreign policy principle of noninterference in other countries domestic politics, its own undemocratic political system, and its claims of fostering win-win relationships with other developing countries. All of these factors have combined to create a deafening silence regarding Beijings role in addressing what is, in the end, a crisis of democratic governance in Caracas.

It is long past time to ask whether there is more that Beijing can and should do to help set Venezuela on a more sustainable path, both out of principle and Chinas own practical national interest. Ultimately, Chinas involvement in and response to Venezuelas multilayered turmoil underscore a range of broader economic and diplomatic challenges that Beijing faces in its relations with other resource-rich, crisis-wracked developing countries around the world.

A limited regional response

Over the past decade, China has become Venezuelas key overseas financial lifeline.

Venezuelas current crisis is grounded in the polarisation of domes...

21:25

The Largest Israeli Maneuver: The Mission Has Failed! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yehya Dbouk 20-09-2017 | 07:34 Israels claims that it is able to defeat Hezbollah in the next war received a slap from within following a leaked report released by the Knessets Foreign Affairs and [Defense] Committee. The report was described as very dangerous, revealing gaps in the readiness and preparedness of the Israeli army. The []

21:23

Science Magazine Interview With European Southern Observatory Chief "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/09/top-astronomer-challenges-building-world-s-largest-telescope-and-what-s-next

Spanish astronomer Xavier Barcons took over the reins this month of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the world's foremost international astronomy organization. It is currently building the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), destined to be the world's largest when completed in 2024.

In the 1980s Barcons set up the first x-ray astronomy group in Spain at the University of Cantabria. He is a specialist on active galactic nuclei, superbright galactic cores thought to be caused by giant black holes sucking in and heating up quantities of gas and dust. To study them, he's been heavily involved in European x-ray space telescopes such as XMM-Newton and the forthcoming Athena, due for launch in 2028. Barcons has also worked at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, Spain's Council for Scientific Research, and served as chair of ESO's council from 2012 to 2014.

He joins ESO in a period of high activity as the organization embarks on the E-ELT, its biggest project so far. But a shadow hangs over the 1.1 billion facility: Because of a shortfall in funding, the ESO council has only approved a first phase of construction, which will produce a working telescope but with certain desired components delayed until extra funding can be found. Those components include 210 of the 798 segments that make up the 39-meter main mirror, back-up mirror segments, some lasers for the adaptive optics system, and a few instrument components.

Meanwhile, ESO's current main facility, the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at Cerro Paranal in Chile, continues to be the world's most productive ground-based instrument, and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a new radio observatory built jointly with North American and East Asian countries, is opening up this previously little-studied window on the universe.

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21:22

Trumps Tough Talk Opens Door for Macrons Diplomacy at UN "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a meeting on

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a meeting on Housing First in Toulouse, southern France, September 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters

UN: French President Emmanuel Macron cast himself as the antithesis of Donald Trump at the UN on Tuesday, a position that could enable him to play the honest broker in international conflicts.

A few hours after the US president pugnaciously defended his unilateralist America First doctrine and launched scathing verbal attacks on North Korea and Iran, Macron took to the same stage to advance a diametrically opposed stance.

Multilateralism is the most efficient way to face global challenges. It is the realization of a vision of the world that protects us, Macron said in his first address to the UN annual gatherin...

21:21

US Will Totally Destroy North Korea If Threatened, Vows Trump "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) is introduced by Defense Secretary James Mattis (R) during the commissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. on July 22, 2017. Credit: Reuters

US President Donald Trump (L) is introduced by Defense Secretary James Mattis (R) during the commissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, US on July 22, 2017. Credit: Reuters

UN: US President Donald Trump escalated his standoff with North Korea over its nuclear challenge on Tuesday, threatening to totally destroy th...

21:19

Viacom left the keys of its digital kingdom on a publicly exposed AWS S3 bucket "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The security researcher Chris Vickery discovered that Media giant Viacom left sensitive data and secret access key on unsecured Amazon AWS S3 bucket.

Media giant Viacom left sensitive data and secret access key on unsecured Amazon AWS S3 bucket, a gift for hackers. Viacom controls Paramount Pictures, MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.

The huge trove of data store was discovered by the popular security researcher Chris Vickery, director of Cyber Risk Research at security shop UpGuard.

The Amazon AWS S3 bucket contained 72 compressed .tgz files in a folder labeled MCS name which appears to be Viacoms Multiplatform Compute Services division that operates IT systems for the firm.

The cloud storage exposed a gigabytes worth of credentials and configuration files for the backend of dozens of Viacom properties.

While Viacom has not confirmed to UpGuard the purpose of this bucket, the contents of the repository appear to be nothing less than either the primary or backup configuration of Viacoms IT infrastructure. The presence of this data in an S3 bucket bearing MCSs name appears to further corroborate the Viacom groups mission of moving its infrastructure onto Amazon Web Services cloud. states Vichery.

The Amazon AWS S3 contained the passwords and manifests for Viacoms servers, as well as the access key and private key for the corporations AWS account. Some of the data was encrypted using GPG, but the disconcerting news is that the bucket also contained the related decryption keys.

While the exposure has since been closed, following UpGuards notification to Viacom, this incident highlights the potentially enormous cost such data leaks can evince upon even the largest and most sophisticated organizations. Exposed in this incident were nothing less than the master controls needed to harness the power of a digital media empire and turn it towards nefarious aims. added Vickery.

The leaked Viacom data is remarkably potent and of great significance, an important reminder that cloud leaks need not be large in disk size to be devastating; when it comes to data exposures, quality can be as vital as quantity, 

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21:17

Russia to become leading organic food exporter as Europe sees future in GMO "IndyWatch Feed World"

Last week, an EU court ruled Italy cannot ban the cultivation of an EU-approved genetically modified crop, thus publicly supporting GMO. At the same time, Russia has been ramping up production and export of organic food. "Recently the organic food market has definitely expanded in Russia. The organically produced food industry held a market valuation of $178 million in 2015, an increase from 2010's $116 million total," economist Iryna Kobuta at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia told RT. "Euromonitor has also noticed increased spending on pre-packaged organic food and drink in Russia. 2015 saw consumers purchase close to $12 million worth of packaged eco-foods. Russia exports organic buckwheat, millet, alfalfa, flax, and wildly grown products - including wild berries, mushrooms, cedar nuts, and herbs - to a variety of countries. Russia also exports organic wheat to the EU," she added. In 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans to make the country the largest supplier of healthy, ecologically clean and high-quality food which Western producers "have long lost."

21:15

Listening to The Donald at the UN "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Listening to The Donald at the UN by The Saker This article was written for the Unz Review Late this morning, outraged emails started pouring in.  My correspondents reported getting sick and having their heart ache.  The cause of all...

The post Listening to The Donald at the UN appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:15

Somehow, its Always for Peace "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I think that the chart is probably conservative; there are a lot of undeclared conflicts that look a lot like war to the victims but arent because its not convenient to use the W-word.

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21:15

Tanker pumping fuel from Agia Zoni II seized, two arrests for fuel smuggling "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The Port Authorities of Piraeus have seized the tanker Lassaia (Lassea) that was pumping fuel from the sunken tanker Agia Zoni II and arrested the captain and the chief engineer on suspicion of illegal fuel trade on Tuesday afternoon. According to a statement issued by the Greek Coast Guard, the Captain and the Chief Engineer

The post Tanker pumping fuel from Agia Zoni II seized, two arrests for fuel smuggling appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

21:13

Venezuela's Rebellion against the Petrodollar "IndyWatch Feed War"

The U.S.A. is applying increasing pressure on Venezuela, a country that, in accordance with the way the Pentagon has carved up the world, falls within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Southern Command (Southcom). SouthCom encompasses 31 countries and 16 territories that together form Latin America and the Caribbean. It has ground troops, naval and air forces and a marine corps, not to mention special forces and three specific task forces. The same strategy that the U.S.A. and Nato applied in a (...)

21:12

Kenya Supreme Court Says Why It Nixed Poll "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya The Latest on the judgment by Kenyas Supreme Court describing why it annulled the results of the August presidential election. (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

Kenyas police tear gassed opposition and ruling party supporters outside the Supreme Court as it delivered its full judgment Wednesday on why it annulled President Uhuru Kenyattas re-election in August.

The court annulled Kenyattas victory in the August 8 election saying there were irregularities and illegalities. It made the decision in response to opposition leader Raila Odingas petition challenging the official results that Kenyatta won with 54 percent of the vote. The electoral commission has set Oct. 17 as the date for a fresh election.

Opposition supporters and ruling party supporters gathered outside the Supreme Court and started jeering and pushing each other, threatening violence, said a witness. Cyrus Okemwa, who was among the opposition supporters, said a swarm of bees first attacked the demonstrators followed by police tear gas.

There was push between or among the supporters outside the court and all over a sudden bees attacked and tear gas came from police, Okemwa said.

Kenyas Chief Justice David Maraga said Tuesday that since the September 1 judgment nullifying the election results, there have been attempts to intimidate judges. Kenyatta has called the Supreme Court judges crooks and warned of unspecified action against the judiciary if he is re-elected next month. Kenyattas supporters demonstrated outside the Supreme Court Tuesday ahead of the full judgment on Wednesday.

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AP journalist Tom Odula contributed to this report

 


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21:11

US Backed Kurdish Factions Colluding with ISIS on Syrian Battlefield "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

21st Century Wire says

The evidence is mounting, that the US power-multiplied Kurdish factions are colluding with ISIS, as the Syrian Arab Army crosses the Euphrates and threatens to bring an end to international terrorism inside Syria once and for all. It is not the first time that this possibility has been demonstrated by the Kurds military strategy on Syrian soil. 

In June 2017, Sergey Surovikin, the commander of Russias forces in Syria told media:

According to available reliable information, in early June ISIL terrorists entered into collusion with the command of the Kurdish armed units, which are part of the Democratic Forces Union, left the populated localities of Tadia and al-Hamam located 19 kilometers southwest of Raqqa offering no resistance and headed toward Palmyra.

June 2017: Andrew Korybko detailed the ongoing ethnic cleansing operation conducted by the US-backed Kurdish factions:

Reports have come out that the US is supporting the SDF-YPG through the illegal use of white phosphorus, which is a banned chemical weapon. Combined with the heavy and indiscriminate airstrikes being carried out against the city, 160,000 civilians have been forced to become refugees and flee their homes as internally displaced people. This works out to more than half of the citys pre-war population of 220,000, and it confirms what independent journalist and associate editor at 21stcenturywire.com Vanessa Beeley told RT just recently about how the US is making no attempt whatsoever to protect civilians. In fact, it can be cynically suggested, the large-scale population exodus taking place in Raqqa is actually a deliberate ethnic cle...

21:11

Teachers, Students Approach Delhi HC as JNU Disbands Sexual Harassment Watchdog Body "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Jawaharlal Nehru University campus. Credit: PTI

Jawaharlal Nehru University campus. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: A section of JNU teachers and students today approached the Delhi high court challenging the varsity administrations decision on disbanding the Gender Sensitisation Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) and forming the ICC (Internal Complaints Committee) instead.

The administration had in its 269th Executive Council meeting held yesterday ordered for dissolution of the GSCASH, an independent body.

Ever since the administration announced the decision in a circular that was issued a week ago by the registrar, the students and teachers were up in arms against the move.

The circular had also ordered for putting on hold polls for electing student representatives to GSCASH.

However, the petitioners, three teachers and three students professor Madhu Sahni, professor Rajat Dutta, professor Hemant Adlakha, and Ritika Kar, Rituraj Sharma, and Sonam Goyal today approached the Delhi high court by filing a writ petition with the help of a legal team led by Indira Jaising, senior advocate, Supreme Court.

The petitioners have sought quashing of the office orders super seeding the GSCASH by the ICC and the registrars circular putting elections to GSCASH on hold, JNUTA president Ayesha Kidwai said in...

21:11

Pain, torture and alienation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Due to Egypts dire political and economic situation, pain and alienation are bound to be a feature of the lives of many for years to come.

AA/ABACA/Press Association Images. All rights reserved. July 26, 2013. Anti-coup demonstrators at Rabaa Al-Adaweya square. AA/ABACA/Press Association Images. All rights reserved.Human Rights Watch recently published a report exposing the use of systematic torture by Egyptian security forces. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of sexual violence, electric shocks and stress positions. Sadly, the report confirms what is already common knowledge amongst the vast majority of Egyptians.

What is novel in this report is that it affirms the use of torture as a matter of deliberate state policy, and that these wide spread abuses by security forces are condoned by President Sisi. Soon after the report was published, Human Rights Watch joined the list of websites blocked in Egypt, which now exceed 400 sites. 

Prisons in Egypt now host an estimated 60,000 political prisoners. It appears the regime plans to maintain or increase this number, as thirteen new prisons are currently being constructed to host what the NY Times dubbed Generation Jail.

It is not only the number of the political prisoners that is worth attention, but also the harsh conditions in which they are kept. The most notable example is the notorious Scorpion Prison, where a number of harrowing...

21:10

Could a Pest of the Honey Industry Clean up Plastic Waste? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In 12 hours, 100 wax moth caterpillars had reduced a mass of plastic by 92 milligrams, the fastest plastic degradation process known so far.

Wax moth caterpillars in a Petri dish. Credit: Csar Hernndez/CSIC

Wax moth caterpillars in a Petri dish. Credit: Csar Hernndez/CSIC

Update (September 20, 2017): Three scientists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, say the study doesnt show clinching evidence that wax moths digested polyethylene and excreted ethylene glycol. They point out the original study did not have adequate controls to rule out other influencing factors. They followed the same protocol but rubbed egg yolk and ground pork on polyethylene film instead of mashed moth caterpillars. Under the infrared spectrometer, fats and oils from these products clinging to the film gave similar readings as the original study. However, they dont rule out the possibility that the worms may be digesting plastic. Much more rigorous experiments are needed to prove it. This was published in the same journal, Current Biology, on August 7, 2017.

May 1, 2017: Federica Bertocchini, a molecular biologist from the University of Cantabria, Spain, tends bees in her spare time. Several months ago, when she took her honeycomb panels out of storage, they were infested with the caterpillars of the honeyco...

21:00

Map Update: Military Situation In Western Anbar After Liberation Of Rayhannah From ISIS "IndyWatch Feed War"

Map Update: Military Situation In Western Anbar After Liberation Of Rayhannah From ISIS

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The article is provided by Islamic World News exclusively for SouthFront

On Tuesday morning, Iraqi forces launched a military operation to liberate al-Rayhannah, Anah, Rawa and Al-Qaim in the province of Anbar.

So far, the Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Uits (PMU) have liberated al-Rayhannah town and they are now 500 meters away from Anah town.

The both towns are located on the strategic Deir Ezzor-Baghdad highway that is vital for inreasing the cooperation between Syria and Iraq in their joint effort against ISIS.

The post Map Update: Military Situation In Western Anbar After Liberation Of Rayhannah From ISIS appeared first on .

21:00

Electricity Production is Radically Changing "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The age of batteries is just getting started. In the latest episode of our animated series, Sooner Than You Think, Bloombergs Tom Randall does the math on when solar plus batteries might start wiping fossil fuels off the grid.   The Way Humans Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever Source: Financial Times  (hover over

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20:58

In Bihar, Rs 389-Crore Dam Collapses Hours Before Inauguration By CM "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A canal wall broke up after being forcefully hit by the Ganga river waters when the pump was switched on for a trial run yesterday at of the dam.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. Credit: PTI

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. Credit: PTI

Bhagalpur/Patna: In a major embarrassment for the Bihar government, the inauguration of the Rs 389.31 crore Ganga pump canal scheme by the chief minister today was cancelled after a canal wall collapsed and the gushing waters inundated parts of a township.

The wall broke up after being forcefully hit by the Ganga river waters when the pump was switched on for a trial run yesterday at Bateshwarsthan in Bhagalpur district.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was scheduled to inaugurate the canal scheme, which was aimed at providing irrigation facilities in the state and neighbouring Jharkhand.

The water gushed into Kahalgaon and inundated areas in NTPC township as well some civil areas including the residence of the Kahalgaon civil judge and the sub-judge.

The proposed programme of the chief minister at Bhagalpur today has been cancelled due to technical reasons, an official statement said in Patna yesterday.

Advertisements were inserted in newspapers yesterday about the inauguration of the project by the chief minister in the presence of water resources and irrigation minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan and local Congress MLA Sadanand Singh.

RJD workers burnt an effigy of Kumar and Lallan in Bhagalpur, al...

20:55

Stronger Global Relations Require Business Leadership "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bloomberg

The private sector can repair and strengthen ties that public officials have allowed to fray.
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By Michael R. Bloomberg
September 20, 2017, 5:00 AM EDT
Problem-solvers wanted.

 Photograph: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images

As attention focuses on the UN General Assembly in New York, its important to remember that in a global economy, Americas relationship with the world does not depend solely on the state of politics along Pennsylvania Avenue. The ties that bind nations together today are deeply connected to trade and investment. Diplomatic relations are often grounded in economic relations, and while chief executives are not diplomats, they can be voices for cooperation on a wide range of issues in which the private sector can play a constructive role, from security to climate change. That dialogue cannot replace official diplomatic channels, but it can help affirm Americas commitment to our allies in concrete ways. Actions taken by private companies can often carry more weight than words spoken (or tweeted) by public officials.

Since January, the Trump administration has been signaling a retreat from the institutions that have played a central role in preserving world order and advancing economic progress over the past seven decades. The presidents failure to affirm Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty at last springs NATO summit, his decision to pull out of the UNs Paris climate agreement, his proposed cuts to foreign aid, and his snail-paced filling of the highest-ranking State Department positions have left world leaders questioning Americas commitment to global engagement. They have also diminished the ability of the U.S. to exercise soft power.

It is my hope, and the hope of many business leaders in both parties, that the Trump administration will reverse course and recognize that the U.S. is stronger as a nation when it leads...

20:51

Madras High Court Extends Stay on TN Assembly Floor Test "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

File Photo/DMK working president M.K. Stalin addressed the partys MLAs in Chennai on Tuesday, a day before the Madras HC hearing on the partys plea on a floor test in Tamil Nadu assembly. Photo Credit: PTI

File Photo/DMK working president M.K. Stalin addressed the partys MLAs in Chennai on Tuesday, a day before the Madras HC hearing on the partys plea on a floor test in Tamil Nadu assembly. Photo Credit: PTI

Chennai: The Madras high court today extended its stay order on a floor test in the Tamil Nadu assembly till further directions.

Justice M. Duraiswamy gave the order while hearing a batch of petitions challenging the disqualification of 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs belonging to the T.T.V. Dhinakaran camp by the assembly speaker P. Dhanapal on Monday. There was also no stay on the disqualification of the MLAs.

The judge had on September 14 ordered there will be no floor test till today.

The judge also directed that no poll notification be issued for the 18 assembly seats falling vacant due to disqualification of the dissident MLAs.

Eight of the 18 MLAs had moved the court yesterday, challenging the action against them under the anti-defection law.

The dissident MLAs condemned the speakers order as unauthorised and illegal in their individual petitions.

The petitio...

20:49

How to deliver a national mission to decarbonise the British economy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

We need to capitvate the global imagination by putting decarbonisation at the heart of our economic story. 

The arguments for mission-oriented industrial strategy in general, and the focus on a zero carbon mission in particular, have been well made. Historical examples the moon landings provide the usual case prove that it matters who is driving innovation and for what purpose. Public policy can steer the path of socioeconomic development toward solutions to the greatest problems we face, contrary to the prevailing narrative that the private sector is the only engine of innovation. Missions put outcomes first, giving socioeconomic development a more clearly defined purpose. The unprecedented threat of climate change requires global net zero decarbonisation, as recognised by the 2015 Paris Agreement, making it a prime candidate for the first national mission for the UK. So how would a mission-oriented industrial strategy be delivered? This is a question that we at IPPR are currently grappling with, in a project linked to our Commission on Economic Justice, which is developing a new approach to economic policy. Over the last thirty years, the orthodox approach to economic policy has precluded government intervention beyond two broad approaches:

  1. Horizontal policies that attempt to improve the general conditions for private sector investment in general through, for example, the promotion of workforce skills and the building of infrastructure
  2. Vertical policies that target interventions on particular sectors or technologies, such as support for the automotive industry or biotechnology.

As the BEIS select committee has shown, the governments Green Paper on Industrial Strategy  proposes a primary focus on horizontal policies, with some vertical interventions in order to support energy innovation and cultivate world-leading sectors. This approach is inadequate. Horizontal policies focussing on the supply side of the economy do not directly promote demand and therefore are better viewed as traditional economic policy. Industrial strategy requires an explicit focus on stimulating demand as well as improving the conditions in which firms invest. The decarbonisation of the economy cannot happen without this, particularly at a tim...

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Myanmars Hindu Refugees Hope for Shelter in Modis India "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

FILE PHOTO: A Hindu family is seen at a shelter near Maungdaw, Rakhine State, Myanmar September 12, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Stringer/File Photo

A Hindu family is seen at a shelter near Maungdaw, Rakhine State, Myanmar September 12, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Stringer/File Photo

Kutupalong, Bangladesh/New Delhi: Caught in the crossfire between Myanmars military and Rohingya insurgents, hundreds of Hindus who have fled to Bangladesh are placing their hopes on the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in neighbouring India.

Nearly 500 are sheltered in a cleared-out chicken farm in a Hindu hamlet in Bangladeshs southeast, a couple of miles from where most of the 421,000 Rohingya Muslims who have also fled violence in Myanmar since August 25th are living in makeshift camps.

The Hindu refugees say they are scared of going back to their villages in Buddhist-majority Myanmars restive Rakhine State, but also wary of staying in mostly Muslim Bangladesh....

20:46

Philippines: Lawmakers Believe they are Above The Law "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Lawmakers craft laws so they should set the example in obeying the law. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farias has a different idea: he wants to put lawmakers above the law and enjoy immunity from having their vehicles pulled over for traffic violations.

The law in fact provides immunity from arrest for minor infractions such as traffic violations for lawmakers while Congress is in session. As several senators pointed out yesterday, however, the privilege does not extend to lawmakers chauffeurs. How many congressmen drive their own cars?

One of the most popular moves of Benigno Aquino III during his presidency was to ban the use of sirens or wangwang by everyone except police, military and firefighting vehicles, ambulances and similar conveyances. VIPs had to make do with using their security escorts to part traffic by blocking the paths of lesser mortals. Farias and several of his colleagues must be missing the pre-Aquino full VIP treatment

People who spend up to six hours a day stuck in traffic are inevitably outraged. Farias reminder the other day to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority about lawmakers exemption from traffic apprehensions fueled earlier calls to give members of Congress an annual salary of just P1,000 each. Taxpayers are paying for the upkeep of lawmakers vehicle convoys and security escorts, apart from the millions in salaries and perks.

Some congressmen reportedly supported Farias reminder because the doors of the House are now being closed to latecomers during session days an average of three times a week.

If traffic is heavy, lawmakers might want to take public transportation to work. Not Uber or Grab, which lawmakers are trying to eradicate, thanks to a powerful lobby, but jeepneys, buses and the light railway services. They should hope the trains wont suffer a glitch and a fire wont break out under their seats. Riding a jeepney,...

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US Economic Collapse 2008 Was Just a Warning, Survive The Next Financial Crisis (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

US Economic Collapse 2008 Was Just a Warning, Survive The Next Financial Crisis Video Lynette Zang ITM Trading This is an updated overview of the current dangers that could lead to the next financial crisis, how the next...

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Google offers to take food pictures for me "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Denis Churilov, September 20, 2017 You know youre boring when even the NSA doesnt bother collecting data on you. I feel sorry for the large IT-corporations, though.  Unlike government agencies, I give them my personal information voluntarily just by using their services, so they HAVE TO store and analyse it all (regardless of whether they want to) to find patterns for target advertisements (not that there is much variety in the data about my life just saying). Whenever I go to a local restaurant, Google Search app notices it through GPS-tracking and offers me to take pictures and write a review.  So thoughtful of it.  It always knows what Im up to and what Im about to have (pfff, as if Im impressed by it; the staff in all local fast-food stores know me by my name and what Im going to order at any given day of the week too).  Im wondering when will my phone start sending me notifications saying something like What?  Nados?  This place again?  Really?  Denis, have you ever

20:45

Whatever Happened to America? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

When I was born America was a nation. Today it is a diversity country in which various segments divided by race, gender, and sexual preference, preach hate toward other segments. Currently white heterosexual males are losing in the hate game, but once hate is unleashed it can turn on any and every one...

20:44

Rob Kirby: ESF, Gold Suppression and Trillions of UnAccounted Dollars "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Rob Kirby: ESF, Gold Suppression and Trillions of UnAccounted Dollars by Rory The Daily Coin The Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF) was born in 1934 with the funds from the theft of gold from the American people. Executive Order 6102...

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20:43

The persistence of (belief in) socialism "IndyWatch Feed National"

I find the persistence of belief in socialism surprising (an example here), particularly given that Venezuela and North Korea both, in their different ways, display, yet again, the disastrous results in poverty, human misery and tyranny of actually existing socialism: that is, state domination of the economy. The lesson of Venezuela is, if anything, even stronger, as it is an example of the democratic path to socialism.

Now, it is possible that by socialism such folk mean something other than a state-run and dominated economy, but if they do, they need to pick a different term because that is what, socialism, in practice, means. Trying to get it to mean something else this late in its history is not practical. And using socialism as a placeholder term for some unspecified system of common ownership is empty moral self-indulgence parading as political commitment.

Recently, I had drinks with a very well-read friend who grew up in the Soviet Union and so has some lived insights into this. He made two very cogent points:

(1) What other language of justice-inspired of major social change is there? There remain all sorts of reasons to be morally repelled by aspects of contemporary society: what is the alternative political vision for a post-capitalist society? If there isnt any, then socialism wins by default, as it has no effective competitor in the moral marketplace.

(2) For the Left, history is not the past, its the future. For folk like my friend and I, history is what happened in the past, from which we can learn and draw lessons. For the Left, history is what is going to happen, it is what has an arc that bends towards justice while the past is something to be judged, censored and transcended.

(As an aside, it is a nice illustration of a wider tendency for secular appropriation of religious ideas that Barack Obama liked quoting Martin Luther King who was quoting Theodore Parker on the arc of history bending towards justice, but turned what was a kingdom of God religious point into a very different secular claim.)

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20:43

First ever crypto-mining Chrome extension discovered "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

First ever crypto-mining Chrome extension discovered

A Chrome browser extension, with over 140,000 users, is gobbling up the resources of users' computers by secretly mining for virtual cash.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

20:43

PUTNEY DEBATES 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dissent and Debate in the Armed Forces Saturday 28 October 2017 1200-1600 St Marys Church High Street Putney London SW15 1SN This October VFP UK will be hosting the first of a series of debates on the concept of democracy, debate and dissent in the Armed Forces and the impact on our society and history. []

20:43

Big pro-evolution biology demonstration in Turkey "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 3 July 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

Turkey Stops Teaching High School Students Evolution

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Turkey: Teachers fight for secularism

Wednesday 20th September 2017

TRADE unionists in Turkey have called on the public to raise their voice against the removal of the theory of evolution from the school curriculum.

Ahmet Hamdi Camli, an MP from Turkeys ruling Justice and Development Party, created uproar when he said: Its useless to teach maths to students who dont know jihad.

Government officials have called for a vengeful and religious generation, exclusion of the theory of evolution and the inclusion of jihad in the curriculum.

A mass rally for secular education organised by teachers union Egitim-Sen and the Alevi Bektasi Federation was held in Istanbul on Sunday.

MPs from the opposition Republican Peoples Party and Peoples Democratic Party joined the rally to stand against...

20:33

Brexit Denialism: The Customs/Border Problem and the Curious Case of the Pallets "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A case study of how basic, critically important Brexit issues like customs are being ignored by the Government, to the peril of the public.

20:31

Intercepted Podcast: Merican Psycho "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.

 

Donald Trump appeared before the United Nations General Assembly this week and read a belligerent speech written by his vile little political adviser Stephen Miller. This week on Intercepted, Jeremy weighs in on Trumps threats and the massive military budget the Democrats just gave him. Journalist Gary Rivlin takes us deep inside the world of Goldman Sachs and how Trumps top economic adviser helped fuel the subprime mortgage catastrophe that crashed the economy. Poet Aja Monet performs and discusses her ideas of justice, womanhood, and racism. The Intercepts Alice Speri investigates the militarization of police and how Israel is training American cops. Plus, Donald Trump stars in American Psycho.

Transcript coming soon.

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Trumps North Korea talk counterproductive: analysts say "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP / by Kelly MACNAMARA | US President Donald Trump addresses the General Assembly
SEOUL (AFP)  With his threats to totally destroy North Korea, Donald Trump is playing into Pyongyangs hands by offering justification for a nuclear weapons programme it insists is for self-defence, analysts say.The US leader used his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly to deliver a blistering warning to Pyongyang, after it tested its sixth and largest nuclear bomb and responded to new sanctions by launching its longest-ever missile flight over Japan.

Trump said Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.

If the US is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

Far from persuading Kim to give up his drive for nuclear weapons, analysts said Trumps speech could have the opposite effect.

With those words, President Trump handed the Kim regime the soundbite of the century, said Marcus Noland at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

It will play on a continuous loop on North Korean national television as proof that Pyongyang needs an effective deterrent against what it views as American aggression.

Joel Wit, senior fellow at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, said despite the bluster, it was far from clear that Washington was ready to pay the human price for a conflict.

But he added Trump was a wildcard and its hard for anyone to figure out when he is serious and when he isnt.

The US has 28,500 US troops stationed in the South, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War which ended in a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty.

Aside from the burgeoning nuclear threat, North Korean artillery bristles on the tense frontier, putting nearby Seoul and its millions of inhabitants in the crosshairs of conventional and chemical weapons.

Japan and its megacities are also within easy reach of Pyongyangs missiles.

Any US attack would risk massive retaliation with a potentially catastrophic loss of life.

Earlier this year Trumps former chief adviser Steve Bannon told The American Prospect: Theres no military solution, forget it.

Trumps comments probably sound to North Korean ears like empty threats, said Wit....

20:30

How AMD EPYC & Intel Xeon Gold Compare To Various Amazon EC2 Cloud Instances "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Last week we began with our EPYC 7601 Linux benchmarking of this high-end AMD server CPU featuring 32 cores / 64 threads per socket. Earlier this week were also some 10-year old Opteron vs. EPYC benchmarks and power efficiency tests while the latest in our EPYC Linux testing is seeing how the new AMD processor compares to various Amazon EC2 cloud instances.

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Experience Premier Native American Art at the Cherokee Art Market "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Previous Cherokee Art Market

12th annual event returns to Tulsa Oct. 14-15

TULSA  The 12th annual Cherokee Art Market, featuring more than 150 elite Native American artists from across the nation, returns to Tulsa Oct. 14-15 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

The Cherokee Art Market is one of the largest Native American art shows in the state and one of the finest Native American art markets in the country.

More than 50 tribes are represented at the annual event that includes artwork available for purchase. Pieces include beadwork, pottery, painting, basketry, sculptures and textiles.

As part of the two-day event, there will be cultural demonstrations open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Demonstrations include shell jewelry, screen printing, katsina dolls, sculptures, Native fashion, gourd art, painting, storytelling and music.

Artists are competing for their share of $75,000 in prize money awarded across 25 categories.

An opening reception will be held in the Sky Room on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. to welcome artists and award prize money. The public is welcome to attend the reception for $25 per person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Best of Show for the 11th annual Cherokee Art Market was awarded to Glenda McKay, Ingalik-Athabascan, for her seal-skin basket Ingalik Charm Basket (Traditional).

Cherokee Art Market is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sequoyah Convention Center at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Admission is $5 per person. For more information about the Cherokee Art Market, visit www.cherokeeartmarket.com. Media sponsors include Native American Art Magazine and Tulsa People.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is located off Interstate 44 at exit...

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West Papuan liberation movement focussed on UN plans "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Dateline Pacific, 4:03 am on 18 September 2017 The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation says its decolonisation aspirations are focussed on action at the United Nations. The Coalition is one of the key groups within the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, which is pushing for internationally-facilitated negotiation with Indonesia over Papua's political

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20:30

A brief history of menstrual taboos "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The construction of menstruation as an unclean process is an important cornerstone in misogyny, as it provides the sexist asshat a permanently available means of character assassination. Jen Bell gives us a brief review of the taboos presence for the past 100 years or so in advertising.

Modess was a brand created by Johnson & Johnson in 1926, which became a household name thanks to a glamorous advertising campaign they did in the US from the 1940s to the 1970s. The ads featured high fashion models, gorgeous gowns and the text: Modess Because. There was no description of the product or what it was for. Periods were a taboo topic that was not directly spoken about, only alluded to. It took until 1985 for the word period to be said in a TV commercial by none other than Courtney Cox.

In the 1950s Modess promoted the fact that their sanitary napkins came in a plain brown paper box to save embarrassment.

Many brands still use terms like virtually undetectable or advertise that their product has a discreet wrapper to ensure discreet protection. This suggests its important to hide the fact youre menstruating. In 2010, Kotex challenged period shame with their Break the Cycle campaign, showing that its cool to carry your tampons proudly in a transparent handbag.

At first the Softcup ad from 2015 above seems like its breaking taboos about period sex: the viewer can peek through an open door to see a couple in bed, with the text promoting 12-hour leak protection so you can sleep. Or not. But the Softcup is actually designed to hide the fact you have your period, so you can go about your (sex) life without him knowing. Friendly reminder: you can have sex during your periodsome people even prefer it! Theres no need to hide the fact you are menstruating from your partner. Periods shouldnt be a source of embarrassment.

Menstruation is also used in other oppressive constructs (e.g. its presence is sometimes cited as evidence against trans mens manhood, or to undermine any AFAB individual expressing a gender other than woman). This demonstrates some of the previous arguments Ive made about how an attribute can exist...

20:30

Venezuela to End US Dollar-Denominated Oil Deals, Currency Exchanges "IndyWatch Feed War"

Puebla, MX (VNA The Venezuelan government moved this week to phase out the use of US dollars in oil deals and official currency exchanges.

The Venezuelan government moved this week to phase out the use of US dollars in oil deals and official currency exchanges.

President Nicolas Maduros government has ordered oil traders to use other international currencies such as the euro in any crude oil deals, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. According to the report, the government has ordered traders to halt all payments denominated in US dollars, while state oil firm PDVSA has asked joint venture partners to convert existing holdings to euros. The claims were based on interviews with unnamed government officials, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Maduro administration hasnt publicly announced such a decision, though in recent weeks top government officials have argued the country should move away from the dollar.

Related: Venezuela Investigates Opposition Figure Over Crates Of Cash

The market is dominated by transactions with the US dollar, and we must develop other ways to conduct international transactions, Finance Minister Ramon Lobo told state broadcaster VTV over the weekend.

We must resort to other convertible currencies: the euro, the [Chinese] yuan, the pound sterling, he said.

Then on Thursday, Lobo announced the governments foreign currency auctions will start offering buyers currencies such as the euro and Russian rouble.

We are making the technical and technological adjustments so that Dicom, which is our main space for auctioning currencies, develops towards [currencies] other than the dollar, he told teleSUR.

The announcement was made amid reports the governments main currency auction system, Dicom, had abruptly stopped selling dollars. Lobo confirmed the auction house had been closed, but said it will restart operations soon.

Once the technological adjustments are completed and authorized exchange traders are able to exchange in the currencies we are going to work with, we will open the Dicom again but not in dollars, but in other currencies, he said.

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Medias Instinct to Rehabilitate the Powerful Has Not Changed Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

New York (FAIR When Stephen Colbert introduced a surprise guest at the end of his Emmys opening monologue on Sunday night, the audience didnt seem to expect to see former Trump administration press secretary Sean Spicer. The Late Nighthost shocked most of the crowdVeep actress Anna Chlumsky was particularly amazedwith the selection of one of comedys favorite targets of the last year.

Colbert brought on Spicer, complete with the rolling press office podium that Melissa McCarthy made famous in her Saturday Night Live impression, to mock President Donald Trump. From the New York Times transcript:

SPICER: This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in person and around the world.

COLBERT: Wow, that really soothes my fragile ego. I can understand why you would want one of these guys around.

As the night went on, pictures emerged on social media of Spicer enjoying himself backstage and at parties. Spicer was photographed schmoozing with late night hosts Seth Meyers and James Corden (the latter was caught giving Spicer a kiss on the cheek), actor Alec Baldwin (who won an Emmy for his performance on Saturday Night Live mocking Spicers former boss) and other entertainment industry figures. By Monday night, Late Night With Stephen Colbert was using the gag in sponsored posts on Facebook. It was quite the turnaround for Spicer, whose reputation for lying in service of the president included downplaying the Holocaust and defending the administrations Muslim ban.

Related: George W. Bush Now On Right Side Of Press Corpss Nostalgia Machine

Given Spicers recent history representing Trump, reaction to the joke decidedly mixed. On Monday morning, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni (9/18/17) frowned on the whole affair, writing that Colbert abetted...

20:30

Is your state road system broke? Then hit up the Prius drivers! "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Last week, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced they were considering a proposal to raise the plate registration costs on fuel efficient vehicles. To many people, this move might seem, frankly, a little insane, and more than a little regressive. If we subscribe to the basic economic principle that societies should leverage taxes and fees to make things we want to see less of more expensive for people to buy, and things we want to see more of less expensive, whats the logic behind taxing the odd Tesla or Prius or even just a fuel-efficient Toyota?

If what we want are safe roads that we can afford to repair, why on earth would we incentivize drivers to buy gas guzzling vehicleswhich skew towards the heaviest vehicles most capable of causing extensive road damagerather than light, fuel efficient vehicles that might help keep that pavement intact for longer?

The answer, of course, is because Missouri doesnt really want to maintain their roadsor at least, they might say they do, but their actions and policies speak otherwise. What Missouri wants is what most states in America want: endless growth in the form of endless road construction.

For context for those who live outside the state, Missouri has the 7th largest number of highway miles in the nation and the 46th lowest revenue per mile for maintenance, mostly because our largest source of funding depends on a bottom-of-the-barrel gas tax of just 17 cents per mile. Thats an amount, by the way, that hasnt been increased since 1996. Again, context: I am in my thirties now. This is what I was reading in 1996. It was a simpler time.

Last year, Missouris DOT released a Citizens Guide to Transportation Funding to explain all of this to people like you and me. Here...

20:29

SDF Seized Grain Storage From ISIS In Raqqah, Claims 80% Of City Is Liberated (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

SDF Seized Grain Storage From ISIS In Raqqah, Claims 80% Of City Is Liberated (Map)

A look at the Grain Storage in Raqqah. Source: sdf-press.com

On Monday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seized the a grain storage area in the central part of Raqqah from ISIS, according to the SDF media wing. The SDF as well as the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) released photos  of the area confirming this claim.

According to the YPG, clashes are still ongoing in the area amid the continued  advance of the SDF. Despite this advance, parts of Ramelah and Tishrin neighborhoods remain contested.

A pro-opposition media outlet known as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claimed that the ISIS defense fully collapsed in central Raqqah and that the battle will be finished in few days. However, this claim is very questionable.

20:27

200,000 Israelis expected in Kurdistan once independence is declared "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

According to the magazine Israel-Kurd based in Erbil, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and Massoud Barzani, the self-appointed President of the future independent Kurdistan, have reached a secret agreement. Tel-Aviv is committed to installing 200 000 Israelis of Kurdish origin in Kurdistan. The announcement has been widely repeated in the Turkish, Iranian and Arab press. The plan to create a South Sudan and a Kurdistan has been an Israeli military objective following (...)

20:26

SMC Annual Conference 2017: Waste Revival in Manufacturing - Technology, Practice, Impact "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

JOIN US for the SIMTech Sustainable Manufacturing Centre Annual Conference 2017 on Thursday, 2 November 2017 at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability (e2i).

20:24

For H.R. McMaster, Hezbollah is no terrorist "IndyWatch Feed War"

According to Israeli TV's Channel 10, the Israeli delegation's interview with the National Security Adviser, General H.R. McMaster, in August 2017, did not go very well [1]. The General rejected Tel-Aviv's requests to push the Hezbollah and the Iranian forces as far away as possible. During the interview, General H.R. McMaster probably declared that the Hezbollah was not a terrorist organization but a Resistance Network. Israel is imputing to Hezbollah a large number of terrorist acts (...)

20:22

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: Fix or Nix Iran Nuclear Deal Those that threaten us with annihilation put themselves in mortal peril "IndyWatch Feed War"

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BY HERB KEINON, JPOST.COM STAFF
 SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 23:10

In Farsi, tells Iranians: You are Israels friends

PM: Iran risks mortal peril by threatening Israel, fix or nix nuclear deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, September 19, 2017. (photo credit:REUTERS/LUCAS JACKSON)

NEW YORK Fix it or nix it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, telling the world body that Israels policy on the Iranian nuclear deal is simple: Change it or cancel it.

Netanyahus speech began with enumerating Israels diplomatic breakthroughs, and how the country has significantly improved its relations with many countries because of what it has to offer in terms of technology and anti-terrorism expertise, and ended with a warning that it would not tolerate Irans efforts to establish permanent bases on Israels borders or open new terrorist fronts against Israel in Syria.

Those that threaten us with annihilation put themselves in mortal peril, he said. Israel will defend itself with the full force of our arms and the full power of our convictions.

Netanyahu recalled his ardent opposition to the 2015 nuclear deal and...

20:22

The News is a Social Construct. It is Used to Program You. "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If all the "alternative" media ever does is report on "the news" (as decided by the MSM), then aren't they just unwitting participants in the mockingbird media system? Join James for this heady thought for the day as he dissects the idea of "the news" and talks about the real value of an outlet like The Corbett Report.

20:21

When UN Gardens are visited by the olive green, by Jorge Wejebe Cobo "IndyWatch Feed War"

In UN headquarters in New York, there was really not much the Secretary General, Dag Hammarskjold, could say in response to Fidel Castro, Cuba's Prime Minister, as he was setting out to camp in the gardens of the UN building. This was Fidel's response to a hotel in New York City refusing to let him and his country's delegation to the 15th Session of the General Assembly, continue to stay there.

20:18

Response to Haaretz Claims that Syria is Selling Out to Iran "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Suliman Mulhem
Sputnik

Over the past year, Iran has signed several business deals in various sectors of the Syrian economy, including telecommunications, energy, agriculture, and mining. An opinion piece titled Assad is Selling Syria to Iran, Which is Bad for the Rest of the World, was published on Haaretz, an Israeli news site, earlier this month.

The article, written by David Rosenberg, criticized the increased economic cooperation between Iran and Syria, wrongly suggesting that only Iran, particularly the commercial wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), stands to gain from the agreements.

Irans investment has been welcomed by the Syrian government, headed by President Bashar al-Assad, as it will not only directly improve the war-torn nations infrastructure, but will also allow Syria to exploit and monetize its natural resources, including its vast phosphate reserves, providing it with an additional revenue stream to fund nationwide reconstruction.

Tehran regards the contracts as payback for the money, men and materiel it provided that kept Assad in power when his own army couldnt. If Assad resents it, he hasnt said so in public. And theres no reason to think that he does,

..the article reads, suggesting that the contracts are not in Syrias interests, and have only been granted to Iran due to its support of the Syrian government throughout the ongoing crisis.

On the topic of bolstering Syrias infrastructure, Iran recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Arab state, outlining plans for the restoration of Syrias energy grid, and the construction of a 540-megawatt capacity power station in the Latakia governorate.

The coastal province of Latakia provides sanctuary to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced refugees, many of whom are from Aleppo, and neighbouring Idlib. The huge influx of refugees has placed strain on the electricity network; with demand far outstripping supply, electricity from the main grid is only available for a few hours per day.

The additional power station, and restoration of t...

20:17

Return to authoritarianism: An initial autopsy of Tunisia's democratic transition "IndyWatch Feed War"

After a two-year odyssey and despite protests, Tunisia's 'reconciliation law' passed last week, revealing just how faulty the notion of democratic transition in the country always was

20:15

Bill Fleckenstein On Gold, Wednesdays News From The Fed, Rainbows End & More "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Bill Fleckenstein On Gold, Wednesdays News From The Fed, Rainbows End & More Today a legendary short seller covered gold, the dollar and much more, ahead of the Fed news on Wednesday. By Bill Fleckenstein President Of Fleckenstein Capital August...

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20:15

Ban on Kaspersky Software: Hypocrisy of US Internet Agenda "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

On September 18, the US Senate voted to ban the use of products from the Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab by the federal government, citing national security risk. The vote was included as an amendment to an annual defense policy spending bill approved by the Senate on the same day. The measure pushed forward by New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen has strong support in the House of Representatives, which also must vote on a defense spending bill. The legislation bars the use of Kaspersky Lab software in government civilian and military agencies.

20:13

Netanyahu Vows to Curb Iran in U.N. Speech "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly that his country would act to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military presence in Syria, the same day the Israeli military said it shot down an Iranian-made drone.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, September 19, 2017. (photo credit REUTERS-LUCAS JACKSON)

By Rory Jones
The Wall Street Journal

TEL AVIVIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday told the United Nations General Assembly that his country would act to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military presence in Syria, the same day the Israeli military said it shot down an Iranian-made drone.

Echoing a speech by U.S. President Donald Trump, the Israeli leader also lambasted the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, telling the group of nations to fix or nix the agreement.

Those who threaten us with annihilation put themselves in mortal peril, Mr. Netanyahu told the U.N., in a direct message to Iran.

Earlier Tuesday, the Israeli military said it had downed an unmanned aerial vehicle with a Patriot missile-defense system over the Golan Heights after it came near but failed to reach Israeli-controlled airspace.

The drone took off from the Syrian capital of Damascus on a reconnaissance mission for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the military said.

There was no immediate response to Israels claim about the downed drone from Hezbollah or the Syrian regime.

Israeli soldiers maneuver tanks and armored personnel carriers during the last day of military exercises in the northern part of the Golan Heights earlier this month. Israel on Tuesday said it shot down an Iranian-made drone over the Golan Heights.Photo: jalaa marey/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

The incident is the latest point of tension between Israel and the Iran-backed Syrian regime and Hezbollah. It comes as both sides amp up hostile rhetoric and talk of a future war.

In his speech at the U.N., Mr. Netanyahu criticized the Iranian nuclear deal as it sets a time frame for winding do...

20:12

Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Now, some of the worlds largest tech companies are taking a cue from biology as they respond to these growing demands. They are rethinking the very nature of computers and are building machines that look more like the human brain, where a central brain stem oversees the nervous system and offloads particular tasks like hearing and seeing to the surrounding cortex.


New technologies are testing the limits of computer semiconductors. To deal with that, researchers have gone looking for ideas from nature.

20:09

Donald Trump Calls Iran A Murderous Regime During UN Speech "IndyWatch Feed World"

During his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Donald Trump gave a hostile assessment of Iran. Trump called Iran a murderous regime and said that the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by his [...]

20:07

Railways Announces Special Trains, Employee Bonus for Festive Season "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

About 9,500 extra coaches will be added on 306 existing train services for Patna, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Mumbai to accommodate more passengers. Credit: PTI

About 9,500 extra coaches will be added on 306 existing train services for Patna, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Mumbai to accommodate more passengers. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Gearing up for the festive season, the Indian Railways will press close to 4,000 special trains into service for the extra rush during Durga Puja, Deepawali and Chhat festivals.

There will be no sale of platform tickets during the festival period at certain busy stations, in order to regulate rush at platform till October 30.

In addition, about 9,500 extra coaches will be added on 306 existing train services for Patna, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Mumbai to accommodate more passengers.

However, passengers will have to pay about 30% extra for availing these special trains to reach their destinations during the festival.

Last year, the railways had run about 3,800 special trains to facilitate passengers movement during the festival, said a senior railway ministry official.

While some special trains have already been pressed into service since September 15, more such services are being readied and will continue till October 30.

While tickets will be made available online, there will be the option to buy them from counters as well. There will be more ticket counters at railway stations to handle rush.

In order to keep the touts at...

20:03

Fossil discovery in Indonesia reveals lost world of beasts "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As recently as a few thousand years ago, the Indonesian island of Sumba was home to miniature elephants, giant rats and dragons, according to fossil discoveries reported in a scientific journal last month. The expedition marks the first discovery of a Komodo dragon fossil outside the islets off of Flores, an island east of Bali, prompting one scientist to wonder if the creatures might be reintroduced in Sumba. The report, published last month in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, described fossils of dwarf elephants (Stegodon florensis insularis), rodents as big as cats, and the worlds largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the only one of the group that still exists. The island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia. Image by Gunkarta via Wikimedia Commons. Some of these species are estimated to have inhabited Sumba as recently as 12,000 years ago, according to the paper. The expedition took place in 2011 and 2014 when scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) collected fossils from several deposits on Sumba, part of a group of islands tucked between the continental shelves of Asia and Australia. The archipelago, known as Wallacea, was named in honor of the biologist Alfred Russel Wallace, who first identified the borders of species distribution across the region in the 19th century. The region received global attention in 2004 when a group of archaeologists described fossils of an extinct tiny human, dubbed the hobbit, or Homo floresiensis, on Flores, just north of Sumba. The discovery of

20:01

Donald Trump UN speech: Typical rhetoric raises tensions with North Korea and Iran Presidential rhetoric scholars evaluate "IndyWatch Feed National"

In his first UN address, US President Donald Trump has mocked North Koreas leader and threatened to totally destroy his country. He also took aim at Iran, but left one key question open. Michael Knigge reports.

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York (Getty Images/AFP/T.A. Clary)

When President Donald Trump is on the speakers roster, the audience can be pretty sure it will get a solid dose of his famous rhetoric and manner regardless of the location and the nature of the address.

And Trumps much anticipated maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New Yorkdid not disappoint. The president delivered several lines of what can only be described as typical Trumpisms.

The one that will likely be quoted most is calling North Koreas leader rocket man, like he had done previously in one of his Twitter tirades. He further asserted that Kim Jong Un was on a suicide mission. Trump also threatened to totally destroy North Korea if it continued with its nuclear arms development.

In a manner not common for a US president, he went on to tell the assembled global leaders that some parts of the world are going to hell.

I have not heard a president referring to a foreign leader with a phrase like rocket man, said Mary Stuckey, a presidential rhetoric scholar at Pennsylvania State University. This is concerning, she noted, especially since it was said in conjunction with a threat to annihilate North Korea at the main body devoted to international cooperation, the United Nations.

Out of place

It was indecorous on Twitter and it is even more out of place in the UN General Assembly, said Jennifer Mercieca, who studies presidential rhetoric at Texas A&M University.

Whats more, noted Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and a presidential rhetoric exper....

20:00

Eight Decades Later, the Original Mahalaya Still Unites Bengalis in Communion "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Many attempts have been made to modernise the Mahalaya, but Bengalis still retain their love for the first one recorded for Akashvani in 1932.

Durga Puja in Kolkata

Durga Puja in Kolkata

Note: This article was first published October 14, 2015 and is being republished on September 20, 2017.

Remakes of the story of Mahishasura Mardini, or the Mahalaya programme as it is popularly and universally known to all Bengalis, have bombed with the audience and the Bengali remains hungry for the original opera on radio, for age cannot wither nor custom stale its infinite appeal. The men who made it Birendra...

The Literary Magic of Harry Potter "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

This summer, at literary festivals and bookstores around the world, readers celebrated 20 years since the debut of Harry Potter and with good reason. But does the boy wizard have the cross-generational staying power to become a classic?

19:56

The free speech article Spiked Online didnt carry today "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Theresa May announced yesterday that web firms could get just two hours to take down terrorist content or face fines our esteemed editor of poorly-conceived ranting Brandon the Gnoll has the latest hot take. Everyones smashing the internet. From tabloid hotheads sledgehammering ISPs and search engines to plummy MPs at Westminster demanding the removal of []

19:54

Flashback: Trouble in the Senate as Senator Ita Enang, currently SA to Buhari, reveals that Northerners own 80% of oil blocks. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Supporters of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) pushed their case further yesterday at the Senate, with startling facts on the More

19:50

The Future of Work in Tasmania "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Im really excited to be on a panel at the University of Tasmania in a few weeks on The Future of Work in Tasmania! Its a free event, and there are refreshments! Come along! You can learn more, and register, on the UTAS website.

19:50

IBM Simulates Beryllium Hydride Molecule Using a Quantum Computer "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

https://www.hpcwire.com/2017/09/14/ibm-breaks-ground-complex-quantum-chemistry/

IBM [reported] in Nature Communications the use of a novel algorithm to simulate BeH2 (beryllium-hydride) on a quantum computer. This is the largest molecule so far simulated on a quantum computer. The technique, which used six qubits of a seven-qubit system, is an important step forward and may suggest an approach to simulating ever larger molecules.

"Instead of forcing previously known classical computing methods onto quantum hardware, the scientists reversed the approach by building an algorithm suited to the capability of the current available quantum devices. This allows for extracting the maximal quantum computational power to solve problems that grow exponentially more difficult for classical computers," according to the IBM announcement.

[...] Today, simulating even small molecules with the needed accuracy to predict energy states and reactivity is hard. IBM performed the numerical simulation on H2, LiH, and BeH2. "While this model of BeH2 can be simulated on a classical computer, IBM's approach has the potential to scale towards investigating larger molecules that would traditionally be seen to be beyond the scope of classical computational methods, as more powerful quantum systems get built," noted IBM.

Beryllium hydride

Hardware-efficient variational quantum eigensolver for small molecules and quantum magnets (DOI: 10.1038/nature23879) (DX)


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19:49

Kurdish referendum: Turkeys Erdogan demands vote be called off "IndyWatch Feed War"

Speaking at the UN, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Iraqi Kurds to call off an independence referendum. Nearly all countries including the US and Iran oppose the vote though Israel supports the idea.

Kurdish people attend a rally to show their support for the upcoming September 25th independence referendum in Duhuk, Iraq (Reuters/A. Jalal)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that an independence referendum among Iraqi Kurds would have serious consequences, in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

Steps such as demands for independence that can cause new crises and conflicts in the region must be avoided. We hereby call on the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government to abort the initiative they have launched in that direction, Erdogan said in New York.

Ignoring the clear and determined stance of Turkey on this matter may lead to a process that shall deprive the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government of even the opportunities it currently enjoys.

Read more: Iraqi Kurds to hold independence referendum in September

Erdogans defense minister was even more explicit and warned Turkeys sizeable Kurdish minority against taking similar action.

A change that will mean the violation of Iraqs territorial integrity poses a major risk for Turkey, Nurettin Canikli was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency. The disruption of Syria and Iraqs territorial integrity will ignite a bigger, global conflict with an unseen end.

A day earlier, Turkey began military drills with 100 vehicles including tanks on the Iraqi border.

Turkey has campaigned against the independence vote, which is scheduled for September 25. Almost all UN member states oppose the referendum in the oil-rich region, including the US and Iran.

Iraq slams vote

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi railed against the vote on Tuesday, saying he rejected the idea of independence for the northern autonomous region and hinted at military action.

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19:47

Australia: stop being blindly aligned with nuclear weapons nations: sign the treaty! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tomorrow The World Is Going To Try And Ban Nuclear Weapons. Australia Wants To Keep Them. New Matilda, By Rewena Mahesh on September 19, 2017 A global push to save the world from a nuclear armageddon has the backing of more than 120 nations. Australia isnt one of them. Rewena Mahesh explains.

On July 7, a global treaty was adopted at the UN General Assembly to prohibit nuclear weapons. This treaty now sets precedence for a powerful norm that will change the course of history by helping promote disarmament and preventing further proliferation.

This treaty closes a large international law gap, by prohibiting states from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using, or threatening to use nuclear weapons once ratified by 50 states.

That will happen tomorrow, on the 20th of September.

Despite an overwhelming 122 countries endorsing the treaty, strongly and actively supported by hundreds of civic society organizations including the World Medical Association, Medical Association for Prevention of War, the World Federation of Public Health Associations, nine member countries that possess nuclear weapons and most NATO allies boycotted the agreement.

Shamefully, one of those countries absent from negotiations and which played a role in boycotting the treaty is Australia. We fall under the nuclear protection of the USA.

While Australia, possesses no nuclear weapons, it is a major producer and supplier of uranium used in the production of nuclear arsenals for the US and British military and most recently Russia, China and India.

Australia has had a long history with nuclear testing, hosting the British in the 1950s and 60s to conduct 12 major nuclear tests which dispersed radiation across much of the continent. In particular site workers and Aboriginal communities nearby have been suffering the consequences of radiation, seen in high rates of cancer with very little compensation, and a lack of capacity to use traditional land due to contamination.

As a result of Australia hosting the US military and intelligence facilities, such as Pine Gap near Alice Springs, we are offered protection in the face of a nuclear threat, under the extended nuclear deterrence, and thus consider nuclear weapons to be legitimate, useful and necessary despite their devastating and catastrophic effects..

Given the current volatile....

19:47

Women raid Interior Ministry in Athens demanding more public nursery schools "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Women raided the Interior Ministry in Athens demanding more places in nursery schools and scrapping all forms of parents contributions. The women said they forcefully entered the ministry because nobody from the political leadership would meet with them. The women were members of the Association of Greeces Women and the Municipality Workers Union (OTA).  Among

The post Women raid Interior Ministry in Athens demanding more public nursery schools appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

19:45

Who Gets Hit by Mortgage Losses in Harvey and Irma Areas? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Who Gets Hit by Mortgage Losses in Harvey and Irma Areas? by Wolf Richter Wolf Street We need to ask for a policy change because the burden with these losses is too big. Somebody is going to pay for...

The post Who Gets Hit by Mortgage Losses in Harvey and Irma Areas? appeared first on The Daily Coin.

19:45

Western Contempt for China Turns to Panic "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Not since the British garrison at Singapore surrendered to Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita in 1942 has Western opinion of an Asian power changed so fast. When Chinas 2015 stock market bubble popped, prevailing Western opinion held that Chinas economic boom would flame out in a debt crisis comparable to Americas subprime disaster of 2008 or the near collapse of Europes southern tier in 2013.

19:43

Nuclear lobby bringing top USA nuclear spruiker Michael Shellenberger to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Michael Shellenberger  will visit Australia in November to promote a rethink on nuclear at a minerals industry conference.

A radioactive wolf in green clothing: Dissecting the latest pro-nuclear spin https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/a-radioactive-wolf-in-green-clothing-dissecting-the-latest-pro-nuclear-spin,10735

 Noel Wauchope 20 September 2017,  Michael Shellenberger is a nuclear salesman posing as a new generation environmentalist with unsubstantiated energy solutions, writes Noel Wauchope.

LAST WEEK, The Australian excelled itself in uncritically regurgitating nuclear lobby propaganda in the...

19:41

An Australian to be proud of Dr Tilman Ruff "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whats your alternative? CommonSpace talks to anti-nuclear expert Dr Tilman Ruff Ahead of the UN signing of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, CommonSpace discusses disarmament with Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Dr Tilman Ruff

THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS was passed by the United Nations in July after being voted for by 122 countries, making it the first legally-binding international agreement to eliminate nuclear weapons.

This historic development came about amid heavy opposition from the nuclear-armed states and rising tensions between the United States of America and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, who have warned that recent sanctions will only accelerate the North Korean nuclear programme.

On 20 September, the ban treaty will be open for signature at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Once the treaty is ratified by at least 50 countries, it should come into force within 90 days.

One among many of the anti-nuclear activists who brought the treaty to this point was Dr Tilman Ruff, co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which collectively received a Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts towards disarmament in 1985, and founding member of the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

Following his...

19:39

Rural South Australia could end up with the curse of stranded nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Robyn Wood, Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 19 Sept 17

Greg of FLAG has a letter to the editor in todays Advertiser for those who can get around the paywall

On the charge

HEA...

19:39

Saudi Arabia & UK Sign Military Cooperation Deal "IndyWatch Feed World"

Saudi Arabia and Britain have signed a framework deal on military and security cooperation. According to Saudi state media the deal was signed as British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon discussed military cooperation with Crown Prince [...]

19:37

Mexico earthquake "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The extent of damage and the death toll from thodays 7.1 earthquake in Mexico wont become clear for a day or two, but it looks very bad, with widespread damage reported and over 200 deaths recorded so far. With many collapsed buildings it will get worse. Guardian:  At least 217 dead after powerful earthquake hits []

19:37

aIR-Jumper A malware exfiltrates data via security cameras and infrared "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Researchers at the Ben-Gurion University developed a PoC malware dubbed aIR-Jumper that uses security cameras with Infrared capabilities to exfiltrate data.

The team of researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel composed of Mordechai Guri, Dima Bykhovsky, Yuval Elovici developed a PoC malware that leverages security cameras with Infrared capabilities to steal data.

The security cameras are used as a covert channel for data exfiltration and to send commands to the malicious code.

Modern surveillance and security cameras are equipped with infrared LEDs for night vision, experts decided to exploit them because infrared light is imperceptible to the human eye making impossible for users to discover the data transmission through led blinking.

The same research team has devised numerous techniques to exfiltrate data from air-gapped networks across the years, including DiskFiltration, AirHopperBitWhisperLED-it-GoSPEAKE(a)RUSBee, Fansmitter, xLED.

The current research project dubbed aIR-Jumper, leverage on a malicious code that must be installed on the target computers which enables the attackers to control it with security surveillance cameras/software, or on a computer in the same network with the camera.

In this paper, we show how attackers can use surveillance cameras and infrared light to establish bi-directional covert communication between the internal networks of organizations and remote attackers. We present two scenarios: exfiltration (leaking data out of the network) and infiltration (sending data into the network). reads the paper published by the team and titled aIR-Jumper: Covert Air-Gap Exfiltration/Infiltration via Security Cameras & Infrared (IR)

The malicious code is able to steal data from an infected system and then convert it into a s...

19:37

Trumps first United Nations appearance was not well received "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Trumps First U.N. Appearance Was a Clunker, Slate, 19 Sept 17  But why is the United Nations so worried about bureaucracy at a time like this? By Fred Kaplan  President Trump got off to an underwhelming start at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday morning. He sat on a panel flanked by various diplomats, including Ambassador Nikki Haley, who introduced him before he delivered some brief remarks, and it would be charitable to describe the welcoming applause as light.

Then came the clunker. Haley had told the assembled that the new American president sees tremendous potential in the U.N.a cold enough slap at an organization thats been around for 72 years and, for all its flaws, has accomplished quite a bit. But Trump followed that dig with a face-splash of ice water, saying that the real potential he saw was right across the streeta reference to one of his East Side real-estate projectsand noted that the U.N.s presence was what gave it such potential.

ts so typical of Trump to view the rest of the world, even the official assembly of the worlds leaders, as a footnote to the saga of his own wealth.

Trumps remarks, which he read from notes, were brief and inc...

19:36

Australia VERY QUIETLY signs up to help develop new nuclear reactors "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How is it that Dr Adi Paterson of ANSTO signed up to this, in advance of Parliamentary approval, and that the whole thing can be done without any proper public consultation? Australian tax-payers are now to be supporting the development of these new dreams of nuclear power  advanced nuclear reactors that exist now only as blueprints, and will be expensive, require government funding, and will not be commercially operational for many decades, if ever.
Surely it is time for a thorough inquiry into ANSTOs funding and finances. The New Generation nuclear reactors are controversial, to say the least. They are in fact, part of the global nuclear lobbys push to save itself  its future being threatened by its dire economics, and by its connection to the nuclear weapons industry.
The Australian media is regularly used to promote ANSTOs nuclear reactor as having as its purpose medical research  and medical isotopes saving lives despite the fact that non nuclear production of these isotopes can be, and is, being done.  The reality is that ANSTO is part of the global nuclear...

19:35

America at War Since 9/11 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The headlines arrive in my inbox day after day: U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria killed hundreds of civilians, U.N. panel says. Pentagon wants to declare more parts of world as temporary battlefields. The U.S. was supposed to leave Afghanistan by 2017. Now it might take decades. There are so many wars and rumors of war involving []

19:35

BHP supports climate change action is at odds with Minerals Council "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

But dont lets forget that BHP is a big member of the nuclear industry   which claims (incorrectly), that nuclear power is  clean energy, and the solution to climate change

 

BHP considering Minerals Council exit over lobby groups climate policies

Key points:

  • BHP under pressure to quit lobby groups that dont support clean energy target
  • Activist group backed by big investors including ANZ, AMP, Australian Super, Blackrock
  • Board considering move before next months AGM

BHP announced it would review its membership of all industry associations, and publish the findings, by the end of this year.

The review comes hot on the tail of a demand by activist shareholders that the miner sever ties with the council, which successfully advocated for the abolition of the carbon price and is currently lobbying the Federal Government to reject a clean energy target.

We are aware that some civil society and other organisations believe that, where an industry body advocates for a position which does not align with our own, we should cease to be a member of that in...

19:35

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 19-20, 2017 (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 19-20, 2017 (Map)

Click to see the full-size map

On September 19, Syrian government forces consolidated their gains on the eastern bank of the Euphrates securing Sabha, Mazlum and Marat villages, and stormed ISIS positions in Khusham village northeast of Deir Ezzor.

The advancec on Khasham was allegedly spearheaded by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 5th Assault Corps ISIS Hunters.

At the same day, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that 3 Russian soldiers have been killed near Khusham. Amaq released graphic photos aiming to confirm the claims. However, photos allow to suggest that the killed fighters were likely private military contractors (PMCs) supporting the SAA advance.

Russia-linked PMCs are actively participating in the operation in Deir Ezzor province. While Russian military servicemen in general play a role of military advisers, Russia-linked PMCs may be involved in a direct combat against ISIS. Some sources link the successfull crossing of the Euphrates by government forces with a deep involvement of this force in the combat.

On September 20, a fighting continued between the  SAA and ISIS in Khusham. Government troops entered the village, but didnt captured it yet.

If the village is liberated, government forces will be able to expand its control in the both eastern and western directions.

On September 19 and 20, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) further advanced against ISIS in an attempt to reach the Euphrates from the northern direction. Firefights between the SDF and ISIS were reporrted near Husaniyah, Jiyan and Maishiyah.

Meanwhile, US-backed forces started moving a large number of military equipment to Deir Ezzor frontlines. Photos of a...

19:33

Most Britons would not be happy living near mini nuclear power stations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guardian 18th Sept 2017 Most Britons would not be happy living near the mini nuclear power stations that Rolls-Royce and several other international companies want to build in the UK, a survey has found.

The government has promised the developers of small modular reactors a slice of a 250m funding pot in a race to position the UK as the place where the first generation of the power stations should be built.

Polling by YouGov, however, believed to be the first survey of public attitudes towards the plants, found that 62% of people would be unhappy living within five miles of one.

The poll, commissioned by the climate change charity 10:10, found that only 24% would be unhappy living near an onshore windfarm, which the Conservative party has stymied with tougher planning rules. The figure fell to 17% for community-owned windfarms.

Ellie Roberts, a campaigner at 10:10, said:
These results show just how wildly out of step with public opinion UK energy policy has become. Most small modular reactors (SMRs) would generate less than a tenth of the power the projected Hinkley Point C will provide, but are backed by industry as a cheaper option to big nuclear plants and an opportunity for British firms to be first in a new technology. Harry Holt, the president of nuclear at Rolls-Royce, said: With demand for energy set to rise in the near future, in part due to
the growing popularity of electric cars, we believe that a UK SMR programme is a vital addition to our national infrastructure....

19:32

Speaking The Unspeakable: Its time to surgically obliterate all of North Koreas nuclear facilities, submarines and launching sites "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Jerusalem Post

Its time for a joint American-Korean-Japanese-NATO force to surgically obliterate all of North Koreas nuclear facilities, submarines and launching sites. It should have been done in 1994, and its best we do it now as opposed to in 2030 when out military superiority is perhaps not as acute. Such a confrontation is inevitable, and putting it off makes it that much worse when it does happen.

The idea that somehow the North will be coerced into relinquishing its nuclear weapons program is passing strange. They will do no such thing, as theyve seen whats happened in Grenada, Iraq and Libya, to name a few, and believe that a nuclear deterrent will prevent that outcome.


And so far, theyve been right. The US invaded Iraq due in part to a suspicion of Weapons of Mass Destruction, yet we turned out to be incorrect. North Korea has now tested a hydrogen bomb capable of decimating the five boroughs of New York City with one hit, yet were reluctant to act. No intervention has been more necessary, especially considering the links between Iran and North Korea, and by the transitive property Hamas and Hezbollah, two groups that have shown suicidal tendencies.

If we acquiesce in North Korea being a nuclear state, an outcome that we should never stomach, then will do the same in Iran. Unless, of course, Israel acts like it did in 1981 in Operation Babylon, 2007 in Operation Orchard, and just last week in southern Syria. Israel understands that allowing your sworn enemy to develop the ability to push your country into the sea is tantamount to suicide, especially when its not clear that theyre rational actors, and therefore doesnt wait for foreign approval to act in its own national interest. Unfortunately American statesmen have been far more nave.

We ask China and Russia to solve the problem, as if we suffer historical amnesia from world diplomatic history since World War II. We threaten to unleash fire and fury on North Korea, as if words alone will incapacitate their nuclear facilities. And we think that the United Nations has a role in resolving this conflict as if institutions of that stripe werent the very thing that motivated North Korea to develop a nuclear deterrent in order to preserve its own sovereignty.

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19:32

Donald Trump at the UN threatens to totally destroy North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Donald Trump threatens to totally destroy North Korea in UN speech
President castigates a small group of rogue regimes
Iran nuclear deal an embarrassment to the United States, Guardian, 
Julian Borger 20 Sept 17, Donald Trump has threatened to totally destroy North Korea, in a bellicose first address to the United Nations general assembly in which he lashed out at a litany of US adversaries and called on righteous countries to confront them.

The speech was greeted in the UN chamber mostly with silence and occasional outbreaks of disapproving murmurs, as Trump castigated a succession of hostile regimes.

In an address heavy with echoes of George W Bushs Axis of Evil State of the Union address more than 15 years earlier, Trump said: The scourge of our planet today are a small group of rogue regimes.

If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph, the president said.

He first singled out North Korea, recounting its history of kidnapping, oppression, and missile and nuclear tests....

Washington Continues Transforming Afghanistan into Massive Graveyard "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington Continues Transforming Afghanistan into Massive Graveyard   On August 31, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis signed an order to deploy additional US troops in Afghanistan. He noted that this decision was made in accordance with the overall strategy in South Asia that was approved by US President Donald Trump. This means that the []

19:31

Trump Using Campaign, RNC Funds to Pay Legal Bills From Russia Probe: Sources "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

U.S. President Donald Trump at a luncheon hosted by the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Donald Trump at a luncheon hosted by the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

New York:  US President Donald Trump is using money donated to his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the probe of alleged Russian interference in the US election, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Following Reuters exclusive report on Tuesday, CNN reported that the Republican National Committee (RNC) paid in August more than $230,000 to cover some of Trumps legal fees related to the probe.

RNC spokesperson Cassie Smedile confirmed to Reuters t...

19:30

Everything must go "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Everything must go A rash of store closings is a sign that the ground has shifted under bricks-and-mortar merchants, with consequences for the retail sector and district communities PHIL DAVIES Fedgazette, September 19, 2017         The death notice typically goes out several months before the sad event. In a terse press release,

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The post Everything must go appeared first on The Big Picture.

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19:30

KUDDOS AGAIN TO DR. MICHIO KAKU: WEATHER MODIFICATION "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mention the subject of "weather manipulation" to most people, and they will think you're nuts, or, at best, a "conspiracy theorist." It's not a

The post KUDDOS AGAIN TO DR. MICHIO KAKU: WEATHER MODIFICATION appeared first on Giza Death Star.

19:27

MORE MEDIA CRAP "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I see the media are running a shock horror story (stoked along by Professor Jane Kelsey ... surprise, surprise) about the propriety of officials from MFAT attending a scheduled meeting of officials from the eleven countries still keen on developing a regional tree-trade agreement following the withdrawal on the United States from the TPPA.

It may be news to the media but the world doesn't stop for a country having an election and neither it should.    This is a meeting off officials for c*********s.     Their mandate is to develop a pathway forward.     It will be up to the incoming government to decide whether or not they want to travel the road ... remembering of course that Socialist Cindy is on record as saying she fully supports free trade ... cough, cough, snort.

The media is as shallow as a birdbath in much of their reporting.   If they were consistent in their thinking in respect of an election hiatus then they would be arguing that New Zealand should not be signing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) which opens for signature in New York today ... fact is New Zealand was a major player in developing the Treaty and will be one of the first countries to sign up to it ... today ... as it should.


19:25

Meet the guy behind Davido, Yemi Alade, Seyi Shays hit songs "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The name Klem or Ikemefunna  Nwanbonye doesnt ring a bell to the average Nigerian music lover but hit songs like Sade by Davido, Yolo by Seyi Shay, Nackam by Yemi Alade, Applaudise and Gift by Iyanya are well-known songs.  Meet the serial hit songwriter who has been behind some of your favourite Nigerian pop songs. Klem, as hes fondly called in this chat with New Telegraph, talks about songwriting in Nigeria, his gains, trouble and aspiration. Songwriting in the music industry  The song writing thing has not been that easy. The journey...

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19:23

Fuel Price Hikes Hammer South Africas Working Class "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A sharp increase in fuel prices on Wednesday 6 September will hit the working class and poor hardest. The official reasons for the price hike are rising crude oil costs and the weak Rand. Government tax is also rising. Energy Minister Mamoloko Kubayi claims 4.6 cents a litre will go towards salary increases for petrol station workers.

The reality is rising prices get passed directly onto ordinary people by, for example, increases in taxi fares and food prices.

19:23

Proof that Obama's Justice Department placed Trump campaign under surveillance "IndyWatch Feed World"

FISA surveillance of Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort before, during and after Presidential election confirmed. An unintended though unsurprising paradox of the Russiagate investigation is that though it has failed to produce any evidence of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's campaign team - because no such collusion took place - it is increasingly flushing out evidence of disturbing behaviour against the Trump campaign by former officials of the Obama administration. Thus a few days ago we had the admission from Susan Rice that members of Donald Trump's transitional team were placed under surveillance before the inauguration for no other reason supposedly than that they met with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi (a US ally) and that she then circulated ("unmasked") their identities for no very clear reason internally across the US bureaucracy.

19:21

Islamic State faces endgame in Raqqa stronghold, says SDF "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they control vast majority of Syrian city, as IS flees five key districts

19:19

Icelandic Government Collapses After Plot to Pardon Pedophile Rapist Exposed "IndyWatch Feed World"

September 18, 2017 

(ANTIMEDIA Icelands justice system has received praise in recent years for its successful prosecution of multiple bankers who helped bring on the 2008 financial crisis. Though some of those bankers have been released early from prison, the latest controversy in the country stems from an entirely different miscarriage of justice.
...

19:19

Trump Bares Himself at UNGA In a Kind of Neocon Full Monte "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


President Trump speaking at the UNGA. (Photo: Screenshot)

Robert Parry
Consortium News

In discussing President Trump, there is always the soft prejudice of low expectations people praise him for reading from a Teleprompter even if his words make little sense but there is no getting around the reality that his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly must rank as  one of the most embarrassing moments in Americas relations with the global community.

Trump offered a crude patchwork of propaganda and bluster, partly delivered as a campaign speech praising his own leadership boasting about the relatively strong U.S. economy that he mostly inherited from President Obama and partly reflecting his continued subservience to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

However, perhaps most importantly, Trumps speech may have extinguished any flickering hope that his presidency might achieve some valuable course corrections in how the United States deals with the world, i.e., shifting away from the disastrous war/interventionist policies of his two predecessors.

Before the speech, there was at least some thinking that his visceral disdain for the neoconservatives, who mostly opposed his nomination and election, might lead him to a realization that their policies toward Iran, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere were at the core of Americas repeated and costly failures in recent decades.

Instead, apparently after a bracing lecture from Netanyahu on Monday, Trump bared himself in a kind of neocon Full Monte:

He repeated the Israeli/neocon tripe about Iran destabilizing the Middle East when Shiite-ruled Iran actually has helped stabilize Iraq and Syria against Sunni terrorist groups and other militants supported by Saudi Arabia and to a degree Israel;

He again denounced the Iranian nuclear agreement whose main flaw in the eyes of the Israelis and the neocons is that it disrupted their plans to bomb-bomb-bomb Iran, and he called for regime change in Iran, a long beloved dream of the Israelis and the neocons;

He repeated the Israeli/neocon propaganda about Hezb...

19:17

Netanyahu Is Meeting Trump To Push For War With Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

Netanyahu Is Meeting Trump To Push For War With Iran Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Donald Trump at the White House and push the U.S. to withdraw from the nuclear accord with Iran. Netanyahu will present an argument that Trump already has come to accept: Americas adherence to the nuclear deal cannot []

19:15

White House Chief of Staff John Kellys Reaction To President Trumps Threat To Destroy North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, reacts as he and first lady Melania Trump listen to U.S. President Donald Trump speak during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly CREDIT: AP

John Kelly, Donald Trumps chief-of-staff, appeared to go through an existential crisis on Tuesday, social media users joked, as he listened to the presidents address to the UN General Assembly.

Mr Trump used his maiden address to the worlds leaders to escalate his standoff with North Korea over its nuclear challenge, threatening to totally destroy the country of 26 million people and mocking its leader, Kim Jong-un, as a rocket man.

...

19:15

The Truth About The DREAM Act (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Truth About The DREAM Act Video Stefan Molynuex The DREAM Act was originally introduced [and actually passed the House] in 2001 and different versions of the bill have been regularly reintroduced in the Senate and House. This heavily...

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19:15

What to Make of Hillary's "What Happened" Book Tour "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The American Democratic Party Presidential nominee for the 2016 US Presidential Election Hillary Clinton has given her insider account and perspective on the historic 2016 American Presidential Election and her loss as the Democrats candidate against the Republican Party candidate of Donald Trump. Mrs. Clinton was the first and only American woman nominated by a major American political party to stand and run for President of the United States...

19:14

"Freedom Is a Myth: We Are All Prisoners of the Police States Panopticon Village" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Freedom Is a Myth: 
We Are All Prisoners of the Police States Panopticon Village"
by John W. Whitehead

"We're run by the Pentagon, we're run by Madison Avenue, we're run by television, and as long as we accept those things and don't revolt we'll have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche. As long as we go out and buy stuff, we're at their mercy. We all live in a little Village. Your Village may be different from other people's Villages, but we are all prisoners. - Patrick McGoohan

"First broadcast in Great Britain 50 years ago, "The Prisoner"- a dystopian television series described as James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka- confronted societal themes that are still relevant today: the rise of a police state, the freedom of the individual, round-the-clock surveillance, the corruption of government, totalitarianism, weaponization, group think, mass marketing, and the tendency of humankind to meekly accept their lot in life as a prisoner in a prison of their own making.

Perhaps the best visual debate ever on individua...

19:11

Trump Tells UN He Will Totally Destroy North Korea If Need Be "IndyWatch Feed World"

In his debut speech to the UN General Assembly, Donald Trump, president of the most powerful nation on earth, tells the only standing world body responsible for maintaining international peace and order among nations since [...]

19:09

Another Chinese Developer Arrested For Selling VPN Access "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Early 2017, Chinas Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said that due to Internet technologies and services expanding in a disorderly fashion, regulation would be needed to restore order.

Announcing measures to strengthen network information security management, the government said it would begin a nationwide Internet network access services clean-up.

Months later, it became evident that authorities were taking an even more aggressive stance towards Virtual Private Networks, since these allow citizens to evade the so-called Great Firewall of China. The government said that in future, operating such a service without a corresponding telecommunications license would constitute an offense.

Now, according to local news reports, a citizen who apparently failed to heed the governments warnings has fallen foul of the new rules.

The Nanjinger reports that a software developer, named as Mr. Zhao from Nanjing, was arrested August 21 for contravening the new laws on VPN licensing.

Zhao reportedly told authorities hed initially set up the VPN for his own use in order to access content hosted abroad, which presumably involved circumventing Chinas firewall. However, once he recognized there was a demand, the developer decided to let others use the service for a small fee.

The prices he asked were indeed small just $1.50 per month or around $18 for two years service. Based on reported total revenues of just $164 for the entire business, its possible he had around 100 customers, or indeed far fewer.

What will happen to the man isnt clear but hell be keen to avoid the fate of Deng Jiewei, who previously ran a small website through which hed sold around $2,100 worth of VPN software.

Early September it was reported that the 26-year-old had been sentenced to nine months in prison for offering tools that enable people to visit foreign websites that cannot be accessed via a domestic (mainland) IP address.

These cases are part of an emerging pattern in China centered around the supply and sale of VPN products and services. Back in July, Apple began banning VPN applications from its iOS store in China. The company reported that the apps contained content that is illegal locally, thereby violating th...

19:09

Al-Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Al-Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and I$raHell NOVANEWS   Exclusive: Saudi Arabia is under a new cloud after a jailed al-Qaeda operative implicated senior Saudi officials as collaborators with the terror group and the shadow could even darken the political future of Israeli Prime Netanyahu because of his odd-couple alliance with Riyadh, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry The disclosure that convicted []

19:08

"The News" is a Social Construct. It is Used to Program You. "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

If all the "alternative" media ever does is report on "the news" (as decided by the MSM), then aren't they just unwitting participants in the mockingbird media system? Join James for this heady thought for the day as he dissects the idea of "the news" and talks about the real value of an outlet like The Corbett Report.

19:08

Life for women in Syria; Who is Asma Assad? Bashar Assad on chemical weapons [Video] "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Syrian President Bashar Assad, First Lady Asthma Assad and their three children. Image credit: Youtube Screenshot

THREE SHORT VIDEOS ABOUT SYRIA

Video compilation:

Life for women in Syria (Dec. 2016, 18 mins.)

Who is Asma al-Assad? (Oct. 2016, 27 mins.)

Watch Bashar al-Assad talk about the recent alleged chemical attacks (Apr. 2017, 6 mins.)

This footage should be on the mainstream corporate news in the west and it isnt for a reason

Via stpete4peace:

19:07

Did Obama Know about Comeys Surveillance? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The media is less interested in Obama Administration wiretapping than in how Trump described it.

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This week CNN is reporting more details on the Obama Administrations 2016 surveillance of people connected to the presidential campaign of the party out of power. It seems that once President Obamas appointee to run the FBI, James Comey, had secured authorization for wiretapping, the bureau continued its surveillance into 2017. CNN reports:

US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.

The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.

Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence is not conclusive.

This means the wiretapping was authorized more than ten months ago and perhaps more than a year ago.

It was presumably a tough decision for a judge to issue a secret warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, enabling the administration to spy on someone connected with the presidential campaign of its political adversaries.

One would presumably only approve such an order if the request presented by the executive branch was highly compelling and likely to produce evidence that the subject of the wiretap was in fact working with Russia to disrupt U.S. electio...

19:07

Leader of Iraq's Kurdistan suggests independence referendum may be postponed "IndyWatch Feed World"

President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, has suggested that the Kurdish Independence referendum due to be held in six days time could be postponed. Despite making promises that nothing will delay the referendum, Barzani has received immense international pressure from now just neighboring states like Iran and Turkey, but also from the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Nations, to not go ahead with the vote. Barzani stated that if Baghdad was willing to negotiate on the independence issue, then the referendum will be postponed.

19:07

Tillerson says Syria deconfliction zones 'not dead' despite Deir ez-Zor incident "IndyWatch Feed World"

The incident near Deir ez-Zor during which US-backed opposition forces were allegedly injured by a Russian airstrike did not derail the US-Russia deconfliction agreement, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, adding that both countries remain committed to the process. Despite what was presented as a major setback in communication between Moscow and Washington in Syria last week, the US military accused their Russian counterparts of hitting US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in an Islamic State-held area in the eastern part of Deir ez-Zor. However, the deconfliction mechanism has not ceased to exist, Tillerson said at the meeting of the so-called Friends of Syria Group that took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York on Monday. "The Secretary noted to the group we are working closely on deconfliction of operations in Deir ez-Zor and Euphrates valley area. We are confident that the deconfliction process can work and can succeed," US Acting Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield said following the meeting, attended by Tillerson and the foreign ministers of about a dozen western and Arab counties, including France, Great Britain, Germany and Saudi Arabia.

19:01

Ex-CIA official: Jews behind Americas Wars "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ex-CIA official: Jews behind Americas Wars           Every political aware person will tell you that no recent American president, politician, government official or religious leader would dare to say in public that United States is run by the organized Jewry because he would be crucified by the Jewish-controlled mass media Former president John []

19:01

Waiting For The Moment The Demolition of Building 7 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Building 7 Seconds from free-fall

By Dee McLachlan

A Gumshoe reader, Jaz, has sent us what seems to be unreported background audio, from a video that has been viewed over 146,000 times. He was supposed to have a meeting in Manhattan on 9/11, but his work called to changed the venue. He describes the moment the first tower fell, and that he knew the world would never be the same.

The video (below) is noted as the Westside Highway CBS Camera Angle and seems to run continuous...

19:00

Dear Minister: Maybe an Indian Didnt Fly the First Plane but He Definitely Tried "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The point of teaching ancient technology, such as it is, is to inculcate the spirit of perseverance and entrepreneurship instead of fixating on giving the world successes.

Satya Pal Singh. Credit: PTI

Satya Pal Singh. Credit: PTI

Success is a strange thing. It is one moment in a long and arduous journey of enterprise. It is Sachin Tendulkars 100th century alone but not the 99 centuries that came before. It is Thomas Edison & co.s famous incandescent lightbulb and not the 6,000+ attempts that came before in search of the right materials. Success is a brief flaring up of the candle of perseverance before it settles back down and keeps glowing. To put it out after that moment maybe fair to the flare, but its not fair to the candle.

When Satya Pal Singh, the minister of state for human resource development, says that engineers must be taught the story of an Indian who flew an airplane eight years before the Wright brothers feat, he is blowing his nose over that candle. Singh is blinkered by his lust for Indian supremacy so much so that he is fixated on an Indian, a Mumbaikar, flying an airplane in 1895 an event that may not have happened and ignores the en...

18:59

Touching Darkness "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Only the Cracks Are Different

When I talk to people these days, they often say, glumly, the world is going through a bad patch. And if I ask them what they mean, they reply, the bad side of people is coming out.

Ah. The good and the bad, the dark and the light. In our tiny mental model of emotions, of mind, of people, we seem to weigh these things equally. As if people have two hearts, or two sides to a heart, each perfectly balancing the other on the scales of the soul. And yet. Something feels like its missing in that way of thinking, isnt it?

By a dark side, we mean: our anger, fear, shame, guilt. Our impulses to hurt and to harm, others and ourselves. Those emotions that we conveniently call negative, because they imply suffering. Yet there is something very different about the light and the dark in us. The dark is an effect. It is caused. It is always a result of something. Sometimes, its a result of childhood trauma. More often, I think, its the consequence of little hurts and harms, planted like seeds, in the soil of time. Either way, darkness is something given.

Darkness in this sense isnt real. It has no substance, reality, fundament. Because its caused, effected, its unnatural. Our fear and guilt and shame and anger are in this way the falsest parts of us. They are not really human nature at alland that is one of the greatest mistakes that Western philosophy makes.

Now, of course, darkness doesnt feel that way. It feels like the most real thing of all. When you are suffering, when you are wracked by depression, guilt, shame, anger, nothing could be more alive. After all, they feel more alive than you, and their point often seems to to be to kill you.

Ive been there, you know. I talk about economics, changing the world, doing good and noble things. Abstractions, numbers, equations. I built a wall for a long time to keep people out, and those were the bricks. But in every little cave, darkness laughs and blooms. If I think back on my life, the darkness was right there in me, too. It whispered unkind things in a sweet, kind voice: Give up. Youre not good enough. Youre a failure. And so on. Maybe youre surprised to hear it, in some way. Ah, but thats the trick the darkness plays on us, isnt it?

The darkness stops us from seeing. Thats why its there. We need it, more than we think, suppose, know. In that darkness, then we can twist and shape people into whatever we need. Heroes, monsters, scapegoats, villains. I think of all the things Ive been made into. All of those and worse. You can think of all the things that youve been made into. Thats why you and I need the darkness. Because the light is even more painful, sometimes. It shows us...

18:57

Escaping disillusion: The skilled youth quitting Turkey We are losing our most intelligent students to the benefit of the West. "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP / by Luana Sarmini-Buonaccorsi | An increasing number of highly-skilled Turks are leaving the country, raising fears of a potentially damaging brain drain

ANKARA (AFP)  When Dilara left Turkey for Dubai five years ago, her friends said shed made a mistake. The economy was flourishing, the cultural scene was vibrant and relations with the West warm.But now, most of my friends are sending me their CVs because they don?t want to stay in Turkey anymore, especially after the referendum, said Dilara, a pseudonym as she did not want to be identified by her real name.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a landmark referendum in April on expanding his powers, which critics fear will lead to one-man rule in an increasingly polarised nation.

Dilara, a specialist in digital marketing, is one of an increasing number of highly-skilled Turks to leave the country, a trend that has grown in recent years, according to Ulas Sunata, sociologist at the University of Bahcesehir in Istanbul.

Lamenting a lack of data, she said the issue represented a potentially damaging brain drain.

Its a genuine problem for the country, she told AFP.

But its not just the sociocultural aspect, theres the economic aspect, too their departure is a real disadvantage for the country.

A dozen Turkish citizens interviewed by AFP, who have left or areplanning to leave, cited dwindling job prospects for graduates and complained of a rising conservatism under the Islamic-rooted government and an erosion of civil liberties.

The Turkish government insists it is building a strong economy, based on innovation and investment, with the aim of becoming one of the worlds top 10 economies by the 100th anniversary of the modern Republic in 2023.

The economy has remained robust after the July 2016 failed coup, even expanding by 5.1 percent in the second quarter this year. Yet critics point to high unemployment especially the 20.6-percent rate among 15 to 24 year-olds and an uncertain future outlook as reforms stall.

Erdogan claimed in July that a brain drain was taking place throughout the Muslim world. We are losing our most intelligent students to the benefit of the West, he said.

Why should I suffer?

Dilara initially left Turkey temporarily to enrich her CV with experience abroad.

I planned to go back many times in the past few years, but there were things happening...

18:56

Debt Rattle September 20 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Edward Hopper Automat 1927   Australia: A Delusional, Stuffed, Basket Case, Bubble, Third World Economy (MB) With QT On The Way, This Market Is Headed For A Brick Wall (Boockvar) Where Deutsche Bank Thinks The Next Financial Crises Could Happen (CNBC) Just 4% Own Over 95% Of Bitcoin (HowMuch) MPs

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18:54

israels chief stooge at Westminster shames us again "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israels chief stooge at Westminster shames us again   By Stuart Littlewood As prime minister, I am proud to say that I support Israel. And it is absolutely right that we should mark the vital role that Britain played a century ago in helping to create a homeland for the Jewish people.  Thus spoke Theresa []

18:53

Almost $100 Million Dollars in Aid Money Did not Reach Refugee Children in #Lebanon "IndyWatch Feed World"

Hundreds of millions of dollars were given to Lebanon, Turkey & Jordan: the three countries with the largest number of Syrian refugees, but a 55-page report by Human Rights Watch that tracked pledges made at a conference in London in February 2016 showed large discrepancies between the funds given and the reported amounts. As a result, more than half a million Syrian children are still out of school across the region.

Donors agreed to provide about US$250 million for education in Jordan and US$350 million for Lebanon in 2016, and acknowledged that much of the aid should be delivered before the beginning of the school year, to make it possible hire teachers, buy books, and plan education programs. But by early September 2016, Jordan faced a US$171 million shortfall, Lebanon US$181 million. By the end of the calendar year, Jordan still had a US$41 million budget gap, and Lebanon US$97 million.

Wheres all that money going? How can someone be so corrupt to steal aid money and deprive children from their most basic rights?

Full Article [here].

18:51

South Korea says Trumps warning to North Korea firm and specific "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Christine KimKaori Kaneko

18:51

Graphic Video: ISIS Fails "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Sometimes it is good to see the enemy is not quite as organized and well trained as they would have us believe.

We present ISIS fails. Warning: There are graphic scenes in this video.

(Music: Pete Prodoe / FMA)

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18:48

Out of Africa: Why the Migration Wave? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Why are so many risking their lives to flee Africa?

18:45

Silver News: A New Administrator for the LBMA Silver Price Auction; Technological Breakthroughs "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Silver News: A New Administrator for the LBMA Silver Price Auction; Technological Breakthroughs from Schiff Gold The London Bullion Market Association recently chose a new administrator for its silver price auction, and scientists have discovered a variety of rice that...

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18:45

Indias Billionaire Raj Era: Time to Reform Personal Income Tax "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It is puzzling that Indias political parties, which swear by the motto of poverty alleviation, have yet to properly implement any system of progressive personal income taxation.

In India, the maximum marginal rate on personal income tax (statutory rate plus surcharge and cesses) has been steadily declining over the period 1970-2015. Credit: Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee

In India, the maximum marginal rate on personal income tax (statutory rate plus surcharge and cesses) has been steadily declining over the period 1970-2015. Credit: Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee

Thomas Piketty and Lucas Chancel, in their new paper From British Raj to Billionaire Raj? have pointed out that the share of national income accruing to the top 1% income earners is...

18:44

Rohingya Muslims Trapped After Myanmar Violence, Told to Stay Put "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Rohingya refugees are seen in a camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Rohingya refugees are seen in a camp in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh, September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Sittwe, Myanmar: Thousands of Rohingya Muslims trapped by hostile Buddhists in northwestern Myanmar have enough food and will not be granted the safe passage they requested from two remote villages, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

The Rohingya villagers said they wanted to leave but needed government protection from ethnic Rakhine Buddhists who had threatened to kill them.

They also said they were running short of food since August 25, when Rohingya militants launched deadly attacks in Rakhine State, provoking a fierce crackdown by the Myanmar military.

At least 420,000 Rohingya have since fled into neighbouring Bangladesh to escape what a senior UN official has called a textbook example of ethnic cl...

18:42

Trump`s UN speech `belongs in medieval times,` says Irans Zarif "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump`s UN speech `belongs in medieval times,` says Irans Zarif Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he attends the Executive Committee Meeting of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on August 1, 2017 in Istanbul. (Photo by AFP) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that US President Donald Trumps UN address is []

18:40

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF HELPING AUSTRALIA STAY NUCLEAR FREE "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Members from the Western Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA) have returned home this week from a weekend in Adelaide on Kaurna country for the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance annual conference to debrief and strategise for the struggles ahead.
At the core of Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) are Aboriginal people living with nuclear projects on their lands, including uranium mines and the toxic legacy of nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and 60s, and others trying to stop new uranium mines or nuclear waste dumps being imposed on their country.
This year marked the 20th annual conference; reflecting on the (many) wins of the past, the continued impact of nuclear projects past and present, and strategising on the future directions of the movement.
WANFA has come back from Adelaide, stronger, keener and more connected to continue fighting proposed uranium mines on their land.
We will take what we have learnt from ANFA back into our communities so we can keep WA uranium free.
We made a strong commitment over the weekend along with many other people from around this country to;
* recognise that everyone has the same issue when dealing with the nuclear industry and we are committed to supporting traditional owners and communities on country; and
* we are going to keep fighting against uranium mining at Kintyre, Wiluna, Yeelirrie and Mulga Rock until we get a permanent ban on mining uranium in Western Australia.
We have upcoming events organised so please keep in touch.
Call 0401 909 332 for more information.

...

18:39

Video: Inequality is hurting Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

As a society we need to acknowledge that inequality is growing in Australia and this is the first step towards doing something about it.  We need to decide on whether we want an Australia where the gap between the a few at the top and the rest of us is getting bigger, or one that values equality  and go for it.

Video from Australian unions

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Inequality is Hurting Australia

Unions are critical in addressing inequality. Attacking unions makes inequality worse.

Posted by Australian Unions on Monday, September 18, 2017

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18:36

18:35

Mexicans dig through collapsed buildings as quake kills 248 School collapse kills more than 20 children "IndyWatch Feed War"

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN and PETER ORSI

The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) Police, firefighters and ordinary Mexicans dug frantically through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings early Wednesday, looking for survivors of Mexicos deadliest earthquake in decades as the number of confirmed fatalities climbed to 248.

Adding poignancy and a touch of the surreal, Tuesdays magnitude-7.1 quake struck on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that killed thousands. Just hours earlier, people around Mexico had held earthquake drills to mark the date.

One of the most desperate rescue efforts was at a primary and secondary school in southern Mexico City, where a wing of the three-story building collapsed into a massive pancake of concrete slabs. Journalists saw rescuers pull at least two small bodies from the rubble, covered in sheets.

A mix of neighborhood volunteers, police and firefighters used trained dogs and their bare hands to search through the schools rubble. The crowd of anxious parents outside the gates shared reports that two families had received Whatsapp messages from girls trapped inside, but that could not be confirmed. The rescue effort was punctuated by cries of Quiet! so searchers could listen for any faint calls for help.

Mexicos federal Education Department reported late Tuesday night that 25 bodies had been recovered from the wreckage of a school that collapsed during Tuesdays earthquake. Most of the dead are children. Across Mexico, more than 200 are known dead in the earthquake. (Sept. 20)

They have heard voices in there, said President Enrique Pena Nieto, who visited the site Tuesday night.

Rescuers brought in wooden beams to shore up the fallen concrete slabs so they wouldnt collapse further and crush whatever airspaces remained.

18:32

The Boring Story of the 2016 Election "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The most accurate story of why Clinton lost in 2016 is the simplest and most obvious: many people really really didn't like her.

18:30

The Russian that saved the world RIP "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Stanislav Petrov, who averted possible nuclear war, dies at 77 BBC News

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18:30

The Last Hurdle for Ukraines Recovery "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Ukraine has made remarkable progress on reducing its fiscal deficit and public debt, positioning the economy for strong growth. But, as is so often the case in post-Soviet states, old-school clientelism could quickly smother the promise of prosperity.

18:30

Cronk The Gonk Droid "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Gonk droids from the Star Wars universe are easy to overlook, but serve the important function of mobile power generators. Here on Earth, [bithead942]s life-size replica droid fulfills much the same purpose.

Cronk functionally an oversized USB charging hub with a lot of bells and whistles is remotely controlled by a modified Wii Nunchuck very controller similar to the one [bithead942] used to control his R2-D2. With the help of an Adafruit Audio FX Mini, an Adafruit Class D 20W amp, and two four-inch speakers, the droid can rattle off some sound effects as it blows off some steam(really, an inverted CO2 duster). An Arduino Mega acts as Cronks brain while its body is sculpted from cast-able urethane foam for its light weight and rigidity. It also houses a FPV camera, mic, and DVR so it can be operated effectively from afar.

And, it can dance!

Those legs are a robot platform kit with servos that have enough torque to support and move the droids weight. In the face of overwhelming balance issues, [bithead942] attached a set of training wheels which solve the stability problems, improve the battery life, and make it more convention-friendly easily contending with jostling, prodding, and uneven floors.

If one of these droids arent around when your mobile device runs low, hit up a nearby Pokmon Centre.


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18:30

Hurricane Maria Headed for St. Croix, Puerto Rico After Devastating Dominica "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Hurricane Maria which bore down menacingly on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday after devastating the tiny island nation of Dominica and Hurricane Jose (top) are both seen in the Atlantic Ocean in this NOAA's GOES East satellite image taken at 21:45 p.m. EDT on September 19, 2017 (0145 UTC, September 20, 2017). Photo Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project/Handout via Reuters

Hurricane Maria which bore down menacingly on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday after devastating the tiny island nation of Dominica and Hurricane Jose (top) both are seen in the Atlantic Ocean in this NOAAs GOES...

18:30

OAB-RJ entra com ao pedindo que Crivella suspenda convnio com banco de Edir Macedo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A Seo Rio da Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (OAB-RJ) entrou na noite desta tera (19) com uma ao civil pblica na Justia pedindo para que a prefeitura do Rio suspenda um contrato assinado com o Banco A.J. Renner S/A, que permite a realizao de emprstimos consignados com desconto em folha de pagamento de todos os servidores ativos e inativos do municpio.

A ao tem como base uma reportagem publicada por The Intercept Brasil, que revelou que a instituio financeira tem como acionista a B.A Empreendimentos e Participaes, holding do Grupo Record, que tem entre seus scios Edir Macedo, tio de Marcelo Crivella e lder da Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus, da qual o prefeito bispo licenciado.

No restam dvidas de que o ato celebrado constitui evidente violao aos Princpios da Moralidade e da Impessoalidade, caracterizando aqui claro nepotismo, prtica que deve ser totalmente combatida, diz um trecho da ao, assinada pelo presidente da OAB-RJ, Felipe de Santa Cruz, e outros trs membros da entidade.

Confira aqui a ntegra do documento.

A ao pede para que a Justia suspenda imediatamente o convnio, atravs de liminar. Ainda no h prazo definido para que o pedido da OAB-RJ seja analisado.

Outro ponto destacado pelos advogados, tambm revelado por The Intercept Brasil, foi o fato de o convnio ter sido assinado no dia 30 de junho, mas a publicao s ter sido feita em Dirio Oficial no incio de setembro.

O longo tempo entre a assinatura do contrato e a publicao no DO tambm um problema srio, porque viola o Princpio da Publicidade. Mostra que h uma tentativa indireta de esconder da opinio pblica uma contratao ilegal e inconstitucional, afirma a OAB-RJ.

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18:30

Hypersensitivity in Religious Matters Has to Be Discouraged Says Supreme Court "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The bench was hearing an appeal against the ban on Kannada book Basava Vachana Deepthi by scholar, mystic and writer Mate Mahadevi.

Rally demanding a separate religion for Lingayats in Bidar

Supreme Court (left), Rally demanding a separate religion for Lingayats in Bidar, Karnataka (right). Credit: PTI, Twitter/@SUMEETRAO5

New Delhi: In the course of hearing an appeal against the ban on Kannada book, Basava Vachana Deepthi, imposed by the Karnataka government in 1998, the Supreme Court bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and L. Nageswara Rao on Tuesday observed that hypersensitivity in religious matters has to be discouraged.

The bench was responding to an observation by the senior counsel for the All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha an intervener in the case R. Basant. Defending the ban on the book, Basant argued that since India is a multi-plural faith society, the responsibility is on the state to prevent writings that have the potential to outrage religious feelings.

The appellant in the case, who is the author of the banned book, Mate Mahadevi, is a scholar, mystic, writer and the first woman Jagadguru of the Lingayat community installed in 1970. She is the head of Basava Dharma Peetha and has been seeking independent religious status for the Lingayat sect. She began writing vachanas  a form of didactic poetry. Mahadevi maintains that Lingayat is a religion by itself, free from Hindu doctrines.

Among her many books is Basava Tatva Darshana, on the life and teachings of Basava, a 12th century social re...

18:28

Is Greeces crisis over? The Good Signs & the Bad Signs "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Is the Greek economic crisis over? Below some observations by Project Manager/Business Analyst at Zacks Investment Research, Harry Kougias, A Greek expat in US, who spent 4 months in Greece this year. The Good Signs for Greece In July 2017, Greece held its first successful bond sale in 3 years, raising 3 billion euros. 2017

The post Is Greeces crisis over? The Good Signs & the Bad Signs appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

18:26

Strong quake near Mexico City kills at least 226, rescuers dig through collapsed buildings "IndyWatch Feed War"

At leas 248 people including 20 children have been killed after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, toppling buildings across the city and collapsing a school

At leas 248 people including 20 children have been killed after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, toppling buildings across the city and collapsing a school

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 / 2:32 PM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) Rescue crews and ordinary citizens searched through rubble for survivors as night fell on Tuesday on battered cities in central Mexico, including the capital, where the death toll from a major earthquake grew to at least 226.

The magnitude 7.1 quake toppled dozens of buildings, broke gas mains and sparked fires less than two weeks after another powerful quake killed at least 98 people in southern Mexico. It also hit just hours after emergency drills marked the anniversary of a temblor that killed thousands in 1985.

Millions of people fled into the streets, where they weathered the violent shaking and desperately sought word about the welfare of family and friends.

Emergency personnel in Mexico City, a metropolitan region of about 20 million people, searched frantically with picks and shovels for survivors beneath the rubble of what the sprawling citys mayor calculated to be as many as 44 collapsed buildings, including at least one primary school.

Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto said late on Tuesday more than 20 children and two adults had been found dead at the school, Colegio Enrique Rebsamen, in the neighborhood of Coapa. Another 30 children and 12 adults were missing, he said.

Emergency personnel and equipment were being deployed across affected areas so that throughout the night we can continue aiding the population and eventually find people...

18:26

What Happens When a Terrorist Gets Out of Prison? "IndyWatch Feed War"

A successful conviction that sees a terrorist put behind bars is not the end of the story. What happens after someone has served their time and released back into society? Clarion investigates their options.

A radical Islamist's life choices on release from jail.

The post What Happens When a Terrorist Gets Out of Prison? appeared first on Clarion Project.

18:25

Turkey considering sanctions over Iraqi Kurd referendum "IndyWatch Feed War"

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tells UN General Assembly that next week's referendum could spark fresh regional conflicts

18:23

Higher levels of fluoride in urine associated with lower intelligence in children "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

HIGHER LEVELS OF FLUORIDE IN URINE ASSOCIATED WITH LOWER INTELLIGENCE IN CHILDREN

September 19/2017

Prof Howard Hu Fluoride in the urine of pregnant women shows a correlation with lower measures of intelligence in their children, according to University of Toronto researchers who conducted the first study of its kind and size to examine fluoride exposure and multiple states of neurodevelopment.

Our study shows that the growing fetal nervous system may be adversely affected by higher levels of fluoride exposure, said Dr. Howard Hu, the studys principal investigator and Professor of Environmental Health, Epidemiology and Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. It also suggests that the pre-natal nervous system may be more sensitive to fluoride compared to that of school-aged children.

Tap water and dental products have been fluoridated in communities in Canada and the United States (as well as milk and table salt in some other countries) by varying amounts for more than 60 years to prevent cavities and improve bone health. In recent years, fierce debate over the safety of water fluoridation particularly for childrens developing brains has fueled researchers to explore the issue and provide evidence to inform national drinking water standards.

There are some known side effects of fluoride, for example dental defects like mild staining are common among those ingesting recommended levels of fluoride in the United States and Canada. Skeletal fluorosis excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones is much less common and only observed at levels of fluoride in the water that are more than 5 to 10 times higher than those recommended.

Relatively little is known, with confidence, about fluorides impact on neurodevelopment, said Hu, whose research team included experts from the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico, University of Toronto, University of Michigan, McGill University, Indiana University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health.

The study, Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Cognitive Outcomes in Children at 4 and 6-12 Years of Age in Mexico, published today in Environmental Health Perspectives, analyzed data from 287 mother-child pairs in Mexico City that were part of the Early Life Exposures in Mexico to Environmental Toxicants (ELEMENT) project, which recruited pregnant women from 1994 to 2005 and has continued to follow the women and their children ever since.

The research team analyzed urine samples that had been taken from mothers durin...

18:19

PACIFIC NORTHWEST RESIDENT DOCUMENTS METALLIC FIBERS FALLING FROM SKY "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Buck RogersStaff Writer
Waking Times
As the term geoengineering creeps evermore into public consciousness, people are being persuaded that weather modification schemes will play an important role in public safety as a response to climate change. Most people are behind the curve on this issue, though, as independent journalists and private individuals have for years been documenting what is is happening in our skies.
For the last several years, a Washington state resident has been documenting geoengineerinng activity in the skies over the Olympic Peninsula, reporting on unnatural cloud formations, atmospheric spraying, and...

18:17

Lies, historical amnesia, bombast and double standards Trump speaks at the UN "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lies, historical amnesia, bombast and double standards Trump speaks at the UN Jim Miles | Axis of Logic Trumps speech at the UN this morning is one of the best speeches I have heard aimed at an ignorant uninformed audience, essentially his Make America Great Again (MAGA) followers, and his political state handlers.  Staying []

18:17

Butterfly Wing Patterns Altered with CRISPR "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Scientists have used CRISPR to disrupt the genes responsible for forming the patterns on butterfly wings:

The brilliant, intricate patterns on butterfly wings from haunting eye spots to iridescent splashes of blue look as if they were painted on by teams of artists. Researchers thought that a complex collection of genes might be responsible, interacting to build up the final pattern. But two studies now suggest that two genes play an outsize role in determining the wing's lines and colours. Turning off these 'master' genes disrupts the canvas, dulling the colours or turning the insects monochromatic.

The studies published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences challenge the old paradigm of wing-pattern development, says Bob Reed, an evolutionary developmental biologist at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and lead author of one of the papers and a co-author on the other. Understanding how wing patterns are controlled gives scientists greater insight into the evolution of traits that help the insects to avoid predation and attract mates.

"The two different genes are complementary. They are painting genes specialized, in a way, for making patterns," says Arnaud Martin, a developmental biologist at George Washington University in Washington DC, and lead author of one of the studies.

Also at New Atlas, the The New York Times, and BBC (2m video).

Macroevolutionary shifts of WntA function potentiate butterfly wing-pattern diversity (DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1708149114) (DX)

Single master regulatory gene coordinates the evolution and development of butterfly color and iridescence (DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1709058114) (DX)


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18:16

The Trump administration is making it difficult for skilled workers to come to the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed World"

The administration has challenged more H-1B skilled visa applicants at a higher rate than any in the past 8 years, Reuters reports. H-1B visas allow skilled foreign workers to come to the U.S. for a job. Theyre typically granted to workers in the tech, healthcare, and education sectors. But between January 1 and August 31,

The administration has challenged more H-1B skilled visa applicants at a higher rate than any in the past 8 years, Reuters reports. H-1B visas allow skilled foreign workers to come to the U.S. for a job. Theyre typically granted to workers in the tech, healthcare, and education sectors. But between January 1 and August 31, 2017 the current administration has issued 85,000 challenges, or requests for evidence (RFEs), to H-1B applicants. Thats a 45% increase over the same period a year before, even though H-1B applicants only increased 3% during that time.

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18:15

By Far The Greatest Lesson In Investing (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Far The Greatest Lesson In Investing Video Truth Never Told Video Source

The post By Far The Greatest Lesson In Investing (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

18:11

London Grenfell Tower disaster, criminal prosecution? "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from England says about itself:

Joe Delaney, Grenfell Action Group: Attention focused on things that will keep May in Downing Street

29 June 2017

Interview with Joe Delaney from the Grenfell Action Group on judge Sir Martin Moore-Bicks appointment to lead the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry. As local residents have said, if we joined the DUP wed be listened to more because it seems that Theresa Mays attention is only focused on things that will keep Theresa May in Downing Street, she spent 1 and a half billion to keep her home; they were unwilling to spend 5,000 to ensure ours didnt burn down.

Speaking after the meeting with Sir Martin, Joe Delaney, from the Grenfell Action Group, said he seems a genuine guy but seems to want to keep the scope very narrow while we are more looking at why was it started in the first place, why were residents ignored?

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Met Grenfell probe mulls manslaughter

Wednesday 20th September 2017

Coppers consider criminal charges over fire

A...

18:09

Viacom Left Sensitive Data And Secret Access Key On Unsecured Amazon Server "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Viacomthe popular entertainment and media company that owns Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, MTV, and hundreds of other propertieshas exposed the keys to its kingdom on an unsecured Amazon S3 server. A security researcher working for California-based cyber resiliency firm UpGuard has recently discovered a wide-open, public-facing misconfigured Amazon Web Server S3 cloud storage bucket

18:07

U.S. military out of control with Trump at the helm "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Bombing Countries at Record Pace Trumps delegation to commanders means major escalation Trumps Delegation to Commanders Means Major Escalation Since taking office, President Trump has set two specific trends in US military operations across the Afghan and ISIS wars. Hes talked broad escalation, and hes also granted an ever-growing level of autonomy to military []

18:04

What Happened to Americas Wealth? The Rich Hid It "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

If you find yourself traveling this summer, take a closer look at Americas deteriorating infrastructure our crumbling roads, sidewalks, public parks, and train and bus stations. Government officials will tell us theres no money to repair or properly maintain our tired infrastructure. Nor do we want to raise taxes, they say. But what if []

18:04

Persecuted beyond borders: why Italy needs LGBT refugee shelters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

LGBT refugees fleeing torture, violence and discrimination often find persecution has followed them to Europe. Reception centres are beginning to respond to urgent needs.

Amani Zreba (right). Amani Zreba (right). Photo: courtesy of Amani Zreba. All rights reserved.Amani Zreba, 36, was forced to flee Tripoli six years ago because of her sexuality. I had a girlfriend from Egypt, and the whole society was hostile to us. At first I went to Egypt with her. I stayed there for a year, but I had to move even from there, she told me.

Zreba now lives in Milan, and is a volunteer for Immigrazione e Omosessualita, an association supporting LGBT refugees. I came here as asylum seeker," she said. "It was not easy, but after six months I got my status as a political refugee."

Today she wouldn't even consider going back to Libya. I am scared," she explained. "And now the situation in the country is really dangerous.

Her organisation is hoping to open a reception centre specifically for LGBT asylum seekers in Milan, to provide shelter from sometimes vicious homophobic violence, experienced throughout their journeys towards official refugee status.

Isolated and fearful

Libyas 1953 criminal code criminalised homophobia, with penalties of up to five years in prison. The fall of Muammar Gaddafi has not improved things; in 2012 a Libyan official shocked the UN by proclaiming that gay people threaten the future of the human race.

According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, Libya i...

18:00

With the Post-GST Trend of Rising Prices, Has the Government Taken the Public for a Ride? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is awfully complex and has confused not only businesses and the public, but also the government.

Credit: Reuters

Have prices of goods and services risen because the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is faulty or because it was not designed properly? Eighteen percent GST is levied on the food in a restaurant. This has raised the cost of eating out. Is this what was intended in the original design of the GST? One of the benefits of the GST touted by the government was that prices would come down, but the opposite has happened. Prices of most services have also gone up as they are now taxed at 18% while they were charged 15% in the pre-GST regime. Hence, insurance, credit card charges, banking charges and so on have all risen.

Unfortunately, the wholesale price index (WPI) does not capture much of this price rise since services are not a part of this index and constitute 60% of the production in the economy. Consequently, the rise in prices of services is not reflected in the inflation index based on WPI. Since it is the prices of services that have risen the most in the last several years, inflation is being grossly underestimated. Why have the prices of services risen? Because the government has increased the tax on services from 12% to 15% and now to 18%. It is well known that when an indirect tax is raised on any good or service, it is passed on to the consumer by the producer.

Why were prices expected to come down under the GST?

The GST is supposed to eliminate the cascading effect of taxes. Cascading effect signifies the levy of a tax on a tax so that the effective rate of tax becomes higher than the rate of tax levied. For ex...

18:00

Strange Vending Machines That Japanese People Find Surprising "IndyWatch Feed World"

Deserved or not, Japan has long had a reputation for its weird vending machines. What do Japanese people think about vending machines in other countries?

Deserved or not, Japan has long had a reputation for being the home of weird and wacky vending machines. What is not as commonly understood, however, is what Japanese people think about vending machines in other countries.

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18:00

There should have been a sense of urgency to get out of there "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Troubling video filmed in Laos has shown construction workers fleeing for their lives after a dam overflowed upstream. The video uploaded to YouTube this week shows the panic at a construction site as a mass of brown water and trees overwhelm the banks of the Nam Ao River last Monday

The post There should have been a sense of urgency to get out of there appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:59

Sierra Leone schools reopen after mudslide "IndyWatch Feed World"

Some Sierra Leone schools have reopened over a month after a mudslide devastated communities around Freetown. though many are still being used as temporary shelters.

17:59

Green homes for Indonesia's migrant farmers "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The first prize winner of the International Tropical Architecture Design Competition was an 11-storey marvel featuring hydroponics, water harvesting technology and built using recycled building materials, waste plastic and glass bottles.

17:57

Bitcoin instead of Ads "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Scandinavia and the World

If Web Pages are using Bitcoin mining Javascript instead of advertising, it means Adblockers are winning.

Of course it wont work even if it worked, but one can try.

That is, as expected uBO is blocking the SATW miner by default by blacklisting the external JS domain with the mining plugin.

If it didnt, it would still be too inefficient to actually generate profit, because these days you would need dedicated mining rigs for this.

And of course, if that even worked, then you have Bitcoin and not money.

So mostly this is a demonstration about how Ads do not work any more. At all. Ever again.

17:57

Privatising universities places individual corporate interest above societys needs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Ross Gittens article (The Pen 19 September 2017) about the backdoor privatisation of Australian universities has prompted the following comments. To begin with, he is right to suggest that government defunding is causing university administrations to turn towards establishing special relationships with corporations and that this is compromising them as institutions of higher learning.

One can take issue with his favourable comments on the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (which puts students into long-term debt) and the growing shift towards recruiting overseas students. But they are secondary issues to the central one of defunding and turning universities over to corporations.

University education is often thought of as a means, to expand knowledge. After all, individuals attend to gain expertise and those who progress to academia, are supposed to contribute to the expansion of collective knowledge in their chosen field.

A more basic reason for universities to exist, is to train the next generation as the providers of specific forms of labour required by the economy. Australias economy is capitalist and this means, for the most part,  meeting the requirements of privately owned enterprises. From this direction, the push is for a quite narrow set of skills and applied knowledge that is specific to the demand of the corporate world.

To expand knowledge, universities must break new ground and stretch the field of theory, as well as pass knowledge to the new generation. They must go beyond immediate economic application and embrace a whole of society approach. Doing these things does not mesh well with the demands of the current market.

In theory and policy,  neoliberalism is driving the present changes. This comes from the corporate world and filters through government, seeing that whatever doesnt serve the bottom line of the corporate world is a waste of resources that must be eliminated as much as possible. This outlook is closely tied to the mantra of small government, which has become a cover to divert funds to raise corporate subsidies and other related expenses. Removing funds from universities is part of the package.

Neoliberalism is not a new idea. It is applied orthodox economics in times of relative economic downturn. At these times, the rate of return in investment is in decline, even if the absolute return isnt. It provides incentive for the corporations to socialise costs as much as possible. In every-day language this means to transfer costs to the rest of society.

The means to do this is to raid the public purse. Spending on government services goes down, alongside company tax and personal tax on the wealthiest. At the same time as corporate welfare in the forms of grants, contracts and privatisations and o...

17:50

Trump, what an idiot, what an embarrassment he should be to the U.S. and then theres Netanyahu, his Boss "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump Vomits Hatred All Over The United Nations General Assembly Video & Transcript US may have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea Does anyone believe that Trump wrote this speech or any other speech for that matter? Trump is a ventriloquist dummy, delivering words scripted by the military industrial complex. It is difficult []

17:50

APPLE-SA-2017-09-19-1 iOS 11 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Apple Product Security on Sep 20

APPLE-SA-2017-09-19-1 iOS 11

iOS 11 is now available and addresses the following:

Exchange ActiveSync
Available for: iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later,
and iPod touch 6th generation
Impact: An attacker in a privileged network position may be able to
erase a device during Exchange account setup
Description: A validation issue existed in AutoDiscover V1. This
issue was addressed through requiring TLS.
CVE-2017-7088: Ilya Nesterov, Maxim...

17:45

Blockchain Tech: Dont Say You Didnt Know "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Blockchain Tech: Dont Say You Didnt Know by Lior Gantz The AU Report You cant stop things like the blockchain. It will be everywhere, and the world will have to readjust. World governments will have to readjust John...

The post Blockchain Tech: Dont Say You Didnt Know appeared first on The Daily Coin.

17:42

Neocolonial geographies of occupation: portrait of Diyarbakir "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

The terms military zone and death zone trace the colonial dynamics which have compartmentalised the city, in order to unpack further the claim that Kurdistan is a colony.

lead A street in Diyarbakr. Author's photo collection. The situation of the Kurds in a drastically changing Middle East has received little attention in academia and less in the media despite their growing impact on regional and international politics. The biggest stateless people living in the Middle East are on the verge of a new status, not only in Iraqi Kurdistan, where a referendum for independence takes place on September 25, 2017, but also in Syria and Turkey. In Syria, Kurds have fought an organised and effective struggle against the IS. In Turkey, they have suffered a massive destruction of Kurdish cities, displacement of half a million Kurds and eradication of all forms of legal entity by the Turkish state. Then there is Iran. This weeks short series looks at current political struggles of the Kurds in four neighbouring countries. Mehmet Kurt, series editor.

The colonial world is divided into compartments [...] the colonial world is a world cut in two (Fanon, 2001).

In the recent period starting in July 2015, with the sudden end in peace negotiations between the Turkish state and the Kurdish mainstream movement, we have witnessed an intensification of violence in Turkey Kurdistan. Kurdistan unlike the Occupied Palestinian territories does not exist on world maps. However, it does exist in the minds and hearts of its people. In this paper, I examine the new modalities of power emerging in neocolonial geographies more precisely, the spatial configurations of colonialism in Diyarbakr   de facto capital of Turkey Kurdistan. In doing so, I raise the question of whether this is an internal war getting worse day by day? If not, is it a colonial occupation, in the sense that the war is not in this country (in Turkey) but somewhere else (in its colony). Can we approach the Turkish state`s current policies by deploying a neo-colonial narrative?

...

17:42

On Anthony Barnetts Lure of Greatness "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

In the era of Brexit and Trump, if another world is possible, what should it look like? Jeremy Fox finds much to praise in Barnett's timely new study - but also interrogates the book's interpretations of nationalism and neoliberalism.

Image: "Demagogues", Flickr/Philip Hunt. Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Brexit in the UK and the election of Donald Trump in the US are the focus of this elegantly written and insightful analysis about the period of political uncertainty in which the West finds itself. We are living through this period and many of us citizens as well as politicians and the media are struggling to understand both how we got here and what kind of future we might reasonably hope for and expect. Anthony Barnetts book provides an account of the lead-up to the current situation, offers a global perspective especially regarding the role of neoliberalism as the dominant economic paradigm of the age, and suggests some possible ways forward for the UK, of which the most salient and dramatic is that it should cease to exist so that our four constituent nations can go their own independent way.

The book is unashamedly judgemental about some of the key figures on both sides of the Atlantic. Notably enjoyable and apposite   is the authors contempt for Tony Blair and David Cameron, the first of whom he describes as governing with a more than passable imitation of megalomania, and the latter as a frivolous, contemptible liar who treated the country as just another playground for the destructive wantonness of the Bullingdon Club.

Where I part from the author is in his characterisation o...

17:41

UN chief outlines strategy to reshape global finance for sustainable development "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Today's global financial system is not fit for delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and United Nations secretary-general Antnio Guterres is presenting three ways to change that.

17:40

Amazon dam defeats Brazils environment agency (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The term controversial is inadequate to describe the So Manoel Dam. It is located only 700 m from the Kayab Indigenous Land and has already provoked a series of confrontations with the indigenous people (see here, here, here and here). As with other dams, So Manoel can be expected to negatively affect the fish and turtles that are vital food sources for the Kayab, Munduruku and Apiac indigenous groups. It also destroys sacred sites, as well as gravesites and archaeological locations that are revered by the group (see here), among many other impacts (see here and here). So Manoel is on the Teles Pires River in Brazils state of Mato Grosso. It is one of the 43 existing or planned large (> 30 MW installed capacity) dams in the Tapajs Basin (see here). The dam received its operating license on 5 September 2017, signed by the head (president) of IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources), which is the federal agency responsible for environmental licensing. This will allow the reservoir to be filled. The head of IBAMA overrode the formal technical opinion (parecer) of the agencys licensing department, which concluded that The absence of data that have been requested, and the noncompliance with demands made in several technical opinions issued by IBAMA that are identified here, impedes the present analysis from visualizing the true magnitude of the environmental impacts . Therefore, the present technical opinion will not present suggestions for preconditions for the operating license so long

Photos: South Americas adorable Andean bear "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Each Andean bear has distinct facial markings that can be used to identify individual bears. Credit: Julie Larsen Maher WCS There is only one bear species from South America the Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus). Sometimes called the spectacled bear due to its cream-colored facial markings that can look like eyeglasses, these bears are found in parts of southern Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and northern Argentina. Mostly shy and highly intelligent, Andean bears find refuge on the forested slopes of the Andes mountain range from which they get their name, often at 5-8,000 feet above sea level, and occasionally as high as 15,000 feet above sea level. Andean bears resemble the North American black bears in appearance, but are not closely related to them. Their nearest relatives were probably an extinct North American bear species called short-faced bears. Those bears grew to enormous sizes (as big as 12 feet when standing on its hind legs), and may have been among the largest land carnivores of that time. Todays Andean bears are not as big as their ancestors, with adult males weighing up to 400 pounds, and females slightly smaller. They are also less carnivorous than their extinct cousins likely were, subsisting on fruits, flowers, and other vegetation more so than meat. In the tropical forests where they are found, Andean bears spend much of their time in trees, often building nests where they sleep for the night. Andean bears are skilled at climbing trees and building nests in them

17:39

How to open your mind on a quantum level series "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

How to open your mind on a quantum level, Sonia shares information on her upcoming webinar series. "To open ones mind on a quantum level is to open ones mind to a multidimensional understanding of reality. It is quite common for many to become affixed to limited ways in which reality is viewed. While there are multiple paths to take in order to more deeply explore the potentials the mind must be opened more deeply. Why? Because the levels at which we will see and understand reality is contingent on the fluid nature of mind, imagination and perception." This webinar series will begin on October 7, 2017 . To find our more about Sonia or this webinar please visit http://www.therealsoniabarrett.com/ev...

17:38

Sisi urges Palestinians to unite and coexist with Israel "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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In his address to the United Nations, the Egyptian president urged Palestinians to 'be ready to coexist' in peace with Israelis

17:35

Help Dave get his guns back "IndyWatch Feed National"


David Dunstan is a farmer from the NSW town of Bungowannah.

At 3:30am on Thursday 14th September, a man armed with a knife and piece of wood knocked on his back door.

David grabbed his unloaded 22 rifle to confront him - aware that the man had earlier confronted one if his neighbours who scared him off with a hockey stick. Dave managed to convince the man to sit in his car and drive him to the police station, while his wife called the police.

The police met David halfway down his driveway and placed his unwelcome guest under arrest.

The problem is, the police paid David another visit later in the morning to take his guns off him!

We've been working with David to try and see what can be done.  So we're starting this campaign to help him hire a lawyer who specialises in NSW firearms legislation to get his guns back.

We'd like to go further - we reckon he should be compensated for the loss of his firearms, not for his benefit, but to make a stand against this type of treatment by NSW Police.

So please help our campaign to help David get the legal representation he needs - and score a win on behalf of all shooters.
Help spread the word!

17:33

North Korea, Iran Draw Suspicion Over Possible Nuclear Cooperation "IndyWatch Feed War"

But top U.N. watchdog says no basis to rumors of nuke plots

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, in Vienna on Sept. 18.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, in Vienna on Sept. 18. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Sept. 20, 2017 2:11 a.m. ET

President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on the international community to join forces and confront what he called the rogue regimes of North Korea and Iran, in his first address to the annual United Nations General Assembly.

What the two have in common are nuclear and missile programs, although Iran agreed in 2015 to curtail its nuclear activities in exchange for relief from international sanctions. Iran says its nuclear work is for purely civilian purposes, though it has continued conducting ballistic-missile tests.

And earlier this month,...

17:31

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


-by Noah

Republicans still have their daggers out for Hillary Clinton and they always will. Having their guy win the presidency over her just isn't enough to them. Maybe it's the fact that she got over 3 million more votes than Seor Trumpanzee. Maybe it's just because they can't deal with women at all or women of such professional accomplishment and brain power. She may have been a poor campaigner and candidate, but, really, do they want to get into comparisons of Clinton vs. a stark, raving mad fascist with a mind that will keep shrinks talking for the rest of human history?

The build up to the release of Clinton's new book, What Happened has brought out a new flood of deranged bile from every dark corner and crevice of Republican World, including insane accusations that it was Hillary Clinton who was "colluding with Russia" all along, not the assclown that leads their party, and-- you guessed it-- calls for new investigations into Benghazi, and-- wait for it-- Her Emails!!! Two dozen Republican congresscretins called for a special counsel, back in July, to get into this once again and the Senate Republicans want to look at the "possibility" that Ukrainians were helping Hillary.

Clearly, no amount of rehab will ever retrieve the sanity of any Republicans you may have the misfortune to know; not that they ever had any anyway. The only thing that distracts the Republican Party from their demented obsession with Hillary Clinton is their desire to do away with Obamacare and find the best way (to them) to bring about the deaths of as many Americans as possible, but, hey, that's another nutball obsession th...

17:30

Politicians need to be talking about solutions to the housing crisis "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Everyones worried about the young. Not least because, if Junes election is anything to go by, it turns out that they do in fact vote and arent exactly enamoured with what it turns out 21st Century Britain has to offer them. Whatever the reason for this summers youth-angsting, its a very sensible thing to do. Its an even better thing to do if it leads to new ideas generated, taboos binned, and change delivered. Housing should be top of the agenda for those in the generating and delivering business, because the young might like their avocado toast but theyd prefer a decent home of their own.

Low home ownership rates are the poster child for the catastrophe that has been housing policy in Britain over the past half century. Todays millennials are only half as likely to own at the age of 30 as the baby boomers were. Four times more of them are renting privately. Many of them not only grew up living in a home their parents owned, they grew up with the assumption that the same would be on offer to them before they had children of their own. They were wrong. The average age of a first time buyer today is 30, while the average age for having a first child is 29. Thats because house price surges have meant it now takes 19 years for a typical earner to save for a deposit, compared to 3 years in the 1980s. Theres been no similar increase in the time taken to produce a child. For all the nonsense about millennials being flighty, when it comes to the security of home ownership theyd rather be a lot less footloose and fancy free.

Unfortunately it turns out that our housing disaster isnt limited to frustrated home ownership. Its also cost all of us a lot of money. In the 1960s we spent 6 per cent of our income on housing. Today that figure is 18 per cent, a tripling of the share of our income that goes on housing that has acted as a drag on the living standards of all of us baby boomers included. And those figures are averages. Looking at specific generations makes the growing pressure of housing costs even starker. The silent generation (born largely pre-war) saw housing costs of a little below 10 per cent of their income during their thirties. That had risen to almost 20 per cent for the post-war baby boomers. More recent generations are paying an average of over 20 per cent of their income on housing. So its not just the millennials that have lost out badly we just put up with it while people were seeing big wealth gains in exchange for rising housing cost. Now the young have realised theyve inherited the certainty of those sky high housing costs in exchange for the possibility of inheriting some of that wealth, probably long after its much use to them. Understandably they dont think thats a great deal.

And while the prospect of inheritance in the distant future may reassure some, many more are making very real compromises in the here and now livi...

17:30

Bold Conservation Ideas Go From Concept To Reality On This New Collaboration Platform "IndyWatch Feed World"

Conservation X Labs wants to get engineers, economists, product developers, and innovators collaborating on environmental stewardship projects.

The problem with conservation, says Alex Dehgan, is that its only filled with conservationists. Dehgan himself has a background in evolutionary biology and conservation by studying lemur populations, but working in the field, he quickly came to the conclusion that the ability to analyze animal populations would not prevent them from dying out. The field of conservation itself is technophobic and backwards-looking, he says. The most depressing person you could invite to a dinner party is a conservation biologist, because we literally are in a discipline whose job it is to document and lament the passing of a species.

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17:30

Shocking' Holocaust Study Claims Nazis Killed Up To 20 Million People "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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This needed to be done.  The original estimates were hardly the result of any serious scholarship but more an exercise in proxies and back of the envelope calulations. They provided a ball park and a low one at that.  Corrected calculations were always certain to be upwards.

From this it appears that a real number will be toward  the high point of a range of 15 to 20 millions.  Say 18 million +/- 2 million.

These are awful numbers, yet similar in size to the efforts of Stalin as well.  He at least could hide behind a vastly larger population.  Within all that several millions of Jews lost their lives..

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Shocking' Holocaust Study Claims Nazis Killed Up To 20 Million People

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17:30

Mercks Former Doctor Predicts Gardasil to Become the Greatest Medical Scandal of All Time "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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It only gets worse.  Essentially the whole pharmaceutical industry jumped into the vaccine industry as a cash.  None of this is slightly justified and it naturally endangers consumers.  It all compares to bloodletting.

I do not know what can stop this.  The science is completely bought out and largely fabricated.  i no longer think they even err on the side of safety.

It is a very bad scene..
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Mercks Former Doctor Predicts Gardasil to Become the Greatest Medical Scandal of All Time 


 http://realfarmacy.com/gardasil-scandal/

It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical...

17:30

How 37 Banks Became 4 In Just 2 Decades, All In One Astonishing Chart "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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This is impractical nonsense of course and needs to be seriously changed.  We need competitive banking scaled at the State level at least.  We have needed this for a long time.

This happened because the merger of banking with investment banking back in 1999 ending the most important reform out of the Great Depression.

The real problem is the economic ignorance of the political class itself who will buy any sort of nonsense and never listen to those who truly know better and are also truly independent...


How 37 Banks Became 4 In Just 2 Decades, All In One Astonishing Chart

posted by Aaron Jackson May 6, 2014

https://www.exposingtruth.com/37-banks-became-4-just-2-decades-one-astonishing-chart/

If you were wondering how banks got too big to fail, heres a good place to start. This chart shows us how, over the last couple of decades, 37 banks have became just 4 mega-banks. These same 4 mega-banks have, thus far, been immune to the consequences of any and all of their terrible decisions that places the entire world economy in jeopardy.

Click the image below to view the full size image.


17:30

Warri: Two Men Battle For Possession Of Baby Delivered By 18-Year-Old Girl "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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LAGOS SEPTEMBER 20TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Two men, Ajayi Tosin and Kesiena Tito are presently in contention over ownership of a five-month-old baby, Emmanuel Omkhode Ajayi, delivered by an 18-year-old girl in Warri, Delta State.
According to Dailypost, the matter deepened after Ajayi was allegedly arrested over the weekend, following a petition of Threat to Life instituted by Kesiena to the Nigeria Police Area Command.
Tosin Ajayi, a 23-year-old barber, claimed to have cohabited with Blessing Iroroteh since 2015 before she delivered a bouncing boy this year, 2017, in his house.
Ajayi also claimed that his elder sister was responsible for the medical bills after Blessing was delivered of the baby.
He stressed that he has been catering for her and the baby, including his mother-in-law who came to nurse (Omugo) the baby for two months in his house at Nnewi Street, Akah Avenue in Effurun, Uvwie LGA of Delta State.
Ajayi noted that he did the naming as well as dedication ceremony in the presence of his mother-in-law, who later whisked her (Blessing) away to the home of Kesiena Tito as the owner of the baby.
Ajayi alleged that he was forced to say that he was not the father of the baby at the Police Station by Kesienas family, who even forced him to take N100,000 to forfeit the child.
In a contrary view, Kesiena Tito claimed to have dated Blessing, for 5 years, but separated ten months ago. He stated that he has been responsible for the education of Blessing all these years.
On her part, Blessing Iroroteh stated that she left Kesienas house to Ajayis house because she felt he (Kesiena) will not accept the pregnancy and the baby. She also stated that her mother was aware that the child does not belong to Ajayi.
.The Police have now ordered that DNA be carried out to ascertain the true owner of the child.

17:30

Mystery of the slimy brain-like 'alien blobs' found in a Canadian lagoon that appear to be SPREADING "IndyWatch Feed National"

They might look like props from a low-budget horror flick, but these mysterious slimy blobs are actually colonies of hundreds of tiny creatures. The pond-dwelling jellies were recently spotted for the first time in Canada

  
I have seen this before in fossil form in photographs from Australia.  It happens to be just about the oldest possible fossil.  So here we have a life form we know has been with us for almost 500,000,000 years..

It is even nearby to me.  However is do suspect this is far more common than imagined.  After all it likes muddy pond water and likely deep as well.

It is neat to see it though in the living form.

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Mystery of the slimy brain-like 'alien blobs' found in a Canadian lagoon that appear to be SPREADING

The jellies were recently spotted for the first time in a park in Vancouver, Canada 

The creatures, known as bryozoans, have been around for millions of years 

But the species found...

Surviving violence in a Bangladeshi garment factory "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Laws against gender-based violence at work exist in Bangladesh, but their protective power is as thin as the paper they're printed on.

My name is Kalpona Akter, and I'm a labour activist. I organise garment workers back home in Bangladesh.

Penelope: And can you please tell us a little bit about why you think gender-based violence in the workplace is such a prevalent issue in the garment industry?

Kalpona: It's such a prevalent issue because the majority of them are women workers the Bangladeshi garment industry is something like 15% men. It has become common, everyday, because the women do not speak out all the time and they are the majority. Everyone thinks women are weaker, so they can bear all these violences.

Penelope: What recourses do these women have at the moment, for instance to report sexual assault or other violations of their rights?

Everyone thinks women are weaker, so they can bear all these violences.

Kalpona: In the factory, I would say there is no mechanism to address or complain about these violences. Under national law women need to go to the police station. But, they need to go to many medical examinations, they need to go to police stations, where people are not friendly with women. Many times the women are fearful, because the people who do the violences are more powerful than these women. So that system really doesn't work.

Inside the factory, no mechanisms have really developed for women to be free to speak on that, or to complain especially when it comes to gender-based violence. For others, they don't have a platform they can complain to. The law says they can organise unions, and join them, but they're not free to do that. So it is the absence of the freedom to organise and bargain, the absence of the implementation of law. The law is there, but the lack of enforced mechanisms is really preventing them to address all of these issues.

Kalpona Akter at London launch of flagship UN Women Report in 2015. UN Women/Flickr. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Penelope: Does the architecture of supply chains with layers of factories and sub-contractors ...

Hands Off Pants On: time to end gender-based abuse in the hotel industry "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Too many women in Chicagos hospitality industry are experiencing gender-based abuse at work and women are speaking out to change that.

Photo by Noah Dobin-Bernstein, UNITE HERE Local 1.

Hotel housekeepers, bartenders, waitresses and cocktail servers the majority of whom are women of color and immigrants form the backbone of Chicagos booming hospitality and tourism industry. Now these women are speaking out about their experiences of widespread and disturbing sexual harassment from guests. And they are calling for an end to the abuse. They are a part of the Hands Off Pants On campaign, a public awareness and legislative initiative to fight sexual harassment and sexual assault in the hospitality industry.

Led by the Chicago Federation of Labor and UNITE HERE Local 1, the Hands Off Pants On campaign was born out of survey conducted in 2016 by UNITE HERE Local 1 of 487 women working in the Chicagoland hospitality industry. The survey revealed:

  • 58% of hotel workers surveyed had experienced sexual harassment from guests, including incidences of sexual assault;
     
  • 65% of casino cocktail servers surveyed have had a guest grope, pinch or grab them or try to touch them in an unwelcome way;
     
  • 49% of housekeepers surveyed have had guest(s) expose themselves, flash them, or answer the door naked. 

The Chicago Federation of Labor brought together male union leaders to create a video featuring the unrehearsed, unscripted reactions of the men reading real stories of workplace sexual harassment. This powerful video launched a legislative initiative to help protect Chicago hotel workers from sexual harassment and assault. In April 2017, an ordinance was introduced in in Chicago City Council which would ensure that hotels provide a panic button to every hotel worker in Chicago that works alone in a guest room or restroom. Women working in Chicagos hospitality industry are speaking out and calling for the passage of the Hands Off Pants On ordinance. Esthela, who works as a housekeeper in a do...

17:28

Airbus opens first plane-completion centre in China "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP | There was much fanfare as Airbus delivered its first long-haul A330 from the Tianjin completion centre to Tianjin Airlines

TIANJIN (CHINA) (AFP)  Airbus on Wednesday inaugurated its first completion centre for large aircraft in China, a new asset for the European manufacturer in heated competition with American rival Boeing.China is one of the Western manufacturers key battlegrounds, with its travellers taking to the skies in ever-growing numbers.

In Tianjin, a port city 150 kilometres (93 miles) from Beijing, Airbus already has an assembly line for the single-aisle aircraft A319 and A320, the first of its kind outside Europe.

Now the same site hosts a completion centre for long-haul A330 and its first aircraft was delivered to the local company Tianjin Airlines on Wednesday, accompanied by the playing of cymbals and banging of drums.

This is the perfect illustration of mutual trust and our willingness to embark on a new stage in the Franco-Chinese relationship, said French junior finance minister Benjamin Griveaux, the first member of President Emmanuel Macrons government to visit China.

The 200-million-euro ($240 million) facility will receive A330s assembled in France and will prepare the cabins and apply exterior painting. Two aircraft will be delivered every month.

The A330, operated by nine Chinese airlines, is the most popular wide-body aircraft in the country.

The inauguration of our (centre) in Tianjin, together with the first of many deliveries, marks a new milestone for Airbus international footprint, Fabrice Bregier, Airbus chief operating office, said at one of the sites giant halls alongside leaders of the aviation manufacturer Avic, the European firms Chinese partner.

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The majority of Airbus orders in China remain its A320 single-aisle jetliner. But with about 200 A330s in the countrys skies, the aircraft manufacturer also controls 61 percent of the long-haul market.

According to the company, China will need about 6,000 airliners over the next two decades, and its demand for large carriers will be boosted by the explosion of Chinese passenger traffic abroad that is increasing at 14 percent per year, said Eric Chen, president of Airbus China.

Having doubled its market share in the space of a de...

17:27

Heavy Rains Lash Mumbai Again, Air and Road Services Disrupted "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Flights were diverted with the main runway out of use and inter-city trains cancelled, stalling transport services in the commercial capital.

Vehicles wade through a flooded road after heavy rains in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, on Tuesday. Photo Credit: PTI

Vehicles wade through a flooded road after heavy rains in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, on Tuesday. Credit: PTI

Mumbai: Heavy rains pounded the city and suburbs for the second day today, disrupting flight operations at the Mumbai airport and delaying suburban train services in the financial capital.

According to an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporations (BMC) disaster management cell, no untoward incident was reported after the incessant downpour.

Schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region have been instructed to remain closed today in view of heavy rains.

Several parts of the metropolis, including South Mumbai, Borivali, Kandivili, Andheri and Bhandup, received heavy rainfall. However, no untoward incident has been reported so far from any part of the city, he said.

The Mumbai Police has warned of a high tide at 12:03 pm and 6:04 pm today.

From 8:30 am yesterday to 5:30 am today, the Colaba observatory recorded 210 mm rain, while the Santacruz observatory recorded 303.7 mm rain in the period, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

Fishermen have been warned against venturing into the deep sea, an IMD official said.

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17:27

September 23 Just Another Day "IndyWatch Feed World"

September 23 - Just Another Day | Sky-Chart-300x169 | Authors Chem-trails & Geo-Engineering CIA Consciousness Conspiracy Corner Faith False Flags Government Government Control Government Corruption HAARP Insider Exclusive TV Mainstream Media Military Multimedia News And Opinions News Articles Off-Grid & Independent Living Pole Shift Politics Preparedness\Survival Science & Technology Sleuth Journal Society US News Weather Modification Whistle Blowers World News

As you are reading this on an Alternative Media website, then you probably have heard a bit of hype regarding September 23, 2017, as potentially being a day of religious End Times significance. On this day, the position of the stars, as seen from earth, appear in such a way that some believe it is a constellational alignment mentioned in the Bibles book of Revelation, Chapter Twelve, verses One and Two . . .

There appeared a great wonder (or sign) in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars, and she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

The book of Genesis, Chapter One, verse Fourteen says . . .

Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons.

As such, some have interpreted the above Woman to be the constellation Virgo and her crown to be the twelve lights of the constellation Leo, with the moon and sun taking their aforementioned places in the sky. The interesting thing is that while this may ind...

17:26

Amazon pays warehouse workers $233 per month in India "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On June 25, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington DC alongside over a dozen other corporate leaders. After the meeting, Bezos tweeted that the meeting was terrific and that he was energized by optimism and invention in India. He pledged to expand Amazons already $5 billion investment in []

17:24

Under Trump, Number of H-1B Visas Being Challenged Almost Doubles "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In addition to querying applications more often, the Donald Trump administration is targeting entry-level jobs offered to skilled foreigners.

FILE PHOTO: International passengers arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport after the U.S. Supreme Court granted parts of the Trump administration's emergency request to put its travel ban into effect later in the week pending further judicial review, in Dulles, Virginia, U.S., June 26, 2017. Credit: Reuters/James Lawler Duggan/Files

International passengers arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport after the U.S. Supreme Court granted parts of the Trump administrations...

17:23

Elections Review: Highlands Region "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Journalist Freddy Mou witnessed firsthand the volatile situation of elections in the Highlands.

This is his summary of elections in the Highlands.

The campaign period in the Highlands region is always a time to showcase the sort of leaders a tribe has.

This is when pigs, cows and other livestock are slaughtered, with celebrations after celebrations held at various campaign venues by candidates to try and lure voters.

As described by bishops and Diocesan Secretaries of the four Highlands Dioceses in their Annual Regional Secretaries Meeting earlier this year, elections in the region have never been free, fair and transparent.

The people of the region have suffered and many have been routinely denied services.

Only a minority have benefited while the common people struggle to make ends meet.

While elections in the Highlands is known for its fiesta, mandating a leader always involved violence and corrupt dealings, requiring more security.

Security personnel engaged for the elections were mainly focused on the Highlands.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki, in a meeting with government departmental heads before the campaign period, said there were still issues in the Highlands which needed close attention.

He cautioned that for the past five years, provinces such as Southern Highlands witnessed peace but this did not mean there would be no threats or disruptions during the election period.

As reported, no election related violence occurred during the campaign period but a large sum of cash was involved.

Heading into and during polling, a lot of issues were raised by concerned candidates and supporters.

These involved the electoral roll update, polling venues and others.

Bulk voting and underage voting was also witnessed in some parts of the Highlands region.

Even though security personnel were present at the polling venues, nothing was done to stop such practices.

A candidate in the Goroka Open seat posted pictures on social media alleging that people were voting at will, without any control from the polling officials.

However, Provincial Election Manager Steven Kaupa brushed aside the allegations.

Kaupa, when a...

17:23

Bangladesh PM says Myanmar must take back Rohingya "IndyWatch Feed War"

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POOL/AFP/File | Bangladeshs Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a new call for Myanmar to take back the some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in the Buddhist-dominated country

DHAKA (AFP)  Bangladeshs Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a new call for Myanmar to take back the some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in the Buddhist-dominated country.Hasina, speaking to Bangladeshi activists in New York where she is attending the UN General Assembly, also called for greater international pressure on Myanmar over the new crisis which has unfolded in the past three weeks, media reports said.

We have told Myanmar, they are your citizens, you must take them back, keep them safe, give them shelter, there should not be any oppression and torture, she told a meeting late Tuesday in New York.

The prime minister said Bangladesh was making diplomatic efforts to persuade Myanmar to take back the refugees.

But the Myanmar government is not responding to the calls. Rather, Myanmar is laying landmines along the border to stop the return of Rohingyas to their homeland, she said.

Myanmars de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said in a speech hours earlier that the country would take back verified refugees. Myanmar considers the Rohingya illegal migrants from Bangladesh and refuses them citizenship, even though many have lived there for decades.

At a meeting of Islamic nations on the sidelines of the UN assembly, Hasina said Yangon was spearheading a state-sponsored propaganda campaign to call the Rohingya Bengalis, adding that they must be given Myanmar citizenship.

Hasina sought urgent humanitarian assistance from Muslim nations to cope with the influx of Rohingya who have fled what she called ethnic cleansing, the state BSS news agency reported.

It is an unbearable human catastrophe. I have visited them and listened to the stories of their grave sufferings, particularly of women and children, she said.

I would like you all to come to Bangladesh and hear from them about the atrocities in Myanmar, she said.

The majority of of the refugees are women and children.

While Bangladesh has earned international praise for opening its doors to the Rohingyas, aid agencies have warning of a growing humanitarian crisis as authorities struggle to provide even basic facilities for the new arrivals.

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17:22

Its only another poll "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is a good boost for Prime Minister Bill English as he heads into the final leaders debate:


Filed under: politics Tagged: Act, Bill English, Green Party, Jacinda Ardern, Labour Party, Maori Party, NZ First, NZ National Party, One News Colmar Brunton poll, TOP, Winston Peters ...

17:20

Aung San Suu Kyi Denies Going Soft on Military "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi gives a memorial speech for Aung Shwe, former chairman of National League for Democracy (NLD) party, during his funeral in Yangon, Myanmar August 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi gives a memorial speech for Aung Shwe, former chairman of National League for Democracy (NLD) party, during his funeral in Yangon, Myanmar, August 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Yangon: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected a suggestion she is soft on the military, which the United Nations has accused of ethnic cleansing, saying her relationship with the generals was normal and her objective was national reconciliation.

Suu Kyi on Tuesday condemned rights abuses in Rakhine State, where conflict that began last mont...

17:20

Doubt cast on what causes the northern lights "IndyWatch Feed World"

What scientists thought caused certain classes of northern lights is not what causes certain classes of northern lights. In a landmark study that has toppled what scientists know about the night sky, UAlberta physicists Robert Rankin and Dmytro Sydorenko found that the ionospheric feedback instability (IFI)-the mechanism thought to be the cause of certain types of northern lights-not only doesn't cause northern lights, it may not even exist at all. "These findings fly in the face of what is now commonly accepted in the world of space science," said Rankin. "Our research shows that conditions necessary for the ionospheric feedback instability to occur are very unlikely, meaning it cannot be the cause of something as regular as the Aurora Borealis."

17:19

Last debate, Ardern versus English "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The last debate between Bill English and Jacinda Ardern will be on TVNZ 1 at 7 pm tonight. I think that Mike Hosking will be back running it after an illness ruled him out of the second debate. English was rocked by a bad poll result before that debate, but it has swung the other []

17:18

Kirkuk Shaping Up as Flashpoint Ahead of Kurdistan Independence Vote "IndyWatch Feed War"

KIRKUK, Iraq Visitors to Kirkuk in northern Iraq are greeted by an imposing statue of a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter with a gun slung over his shoulder, a reminder of tensions building in the hotly-contested city ahead of a referendum on Kurdish independence.

Erected in July, the statue has come to symbolize how the Kurds want to cement their hold on oil-rich Kirkuk and other parts of the region by holding next Mondays vote. Peshmerga, which means those who confront death, are the military forces of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

The referendum is risky, especially in Kirkuk, a multi-ethnic city also claimed by Arabs since oil was discovered there in the 1930s. The Kurdistan region produces around 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil.

The central government in Baghdad, Iraqs neighbors and Western powers fear the vote could divide the country and spark a wider regional conflict, after Arabs and Kurds cooperated to dislodge Islamic State from its stronghold in Mosul.

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Already at least one Kurd has been killed in pre-referendum clashes, and security checkpoints have been erected across the city to prevent further violence.

But the Kurds say they are determined to go ahead with the vote, which, though non-binding, could trigger the process of separation in a country already divided along sectarian and ethnic lines. Iran, Turkey, the United States and Western allies oppose the vote.

Some non-Kurds fear Baghdad will attempt to regain control of Kirkuk and send in Shiite militias (PMU), also known as the Hashid al-Shaabi, stationed just outside...

17:17

TAXCINDA ... STOP WHINGING "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ok, we know you're  behind in the polls and running scared (and yes I said 5 days is a long time in politics) but Bill English is entirely right in calling you out on your promise to raise taxes and your attempt to label that as fake news just makes you look silly.

Fact ... Labour has promised to repeal National's effective tax cuts due to take effect from 1 April 2018.

Fact ... Those cuts have received legislative approval.   They are part of the law of the land.

Fact ... were Labour to repeal that legislation they would be legislating for tax increases.

Slam dunk.

The delicious irony in all of this is that should Labour win and to repeal the legislation they would be relying on the votes of the Greens and/or Winston First who both voted for the cuts.   Their gymnastic contortions would be a sight to behold ... voting against your own legislation ... mind boggling.

Sorry Socialist Cindy ... your faux outrage doesn't wash and that's why you're 9% behind in the polls, down 7% in the same number of days. 

17:17

Farmers in Chhattisgarh, Punjab Allege Anti-Democratic Police Crackdown on Protests "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Several farmers and union leaders were arrested or detained ahead of a planned farmers protest in Chhattisgarh and Section 144 was imposed in three districts.

Farmers dump potatoes on a road in Mohali on Tuesday during a protest demanding a remunerative price for their crop. Credit: PTI

Farmers dump potatoes on a road in Mohali on Tuesday during a protest demanding a remunerative price for their crop. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Chhattisgarh police on Tuesday took action against farmers who were planning to launch a three-day rally heading towards chief minister Raman Singhs house in Raipur. Several farmers and farmers leaders were arrested or detained, and Section 144 was imposed in Balod, Kabirdham and Rajnandgaon districts.

According to the Indian Express, government officials said they had inputs that the protest would turn into a law and order issue. The protestors, however, have said that democratic rights are being curtailed and demanded the immediate release of those taken to pri...

17:16

CNN Admits Obama Illegally Wiretapped Trump "IndyWatch Feed World"

CNN has been forced to admit that the Obama administration illegally wiretapped Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential election. CNN reported Monday evening that the U.S. intelligence agencies, under direction from then-President Barack Obama, had [...]

17:11

Young Girl Faces Criminal Charges For Luring Pedophile To Rape Her "IndyWatch Feed World"

A 12-year-old girl who exchanged messages with a pedophile is facing criminal charges for luring him to rape her.  A girl who was pressured into sending a topless photo of herself to the online pedophile, has been [...]

17:10

Earthquake of 7.1 Magnitude Near Mexico City Leaves at Least 226 Dead "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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A rescue worker motions for everybody to be quiet as they are searching for people under the rubble of a collapsed building after an earthquake hit Mexico City, Mexico September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Claudia Daut

Mexico City: Rescue crews and citizens searched through rubble for survivors as night fell on Tuesday on battered cities in central Mexico, including the capital, where the death toll from a major earthquake grew to at least 226.

The magnitude 7.1 quake toppled dozens of buildings, broke gas mains and sparked fires less than two weeks after another powerful quake killed at least 98 people in southern Mexico. It also hit just hours after emergency drills marked the anniversary of a temblor that killed thousands in 1985.

Millions of people fled into the streets, where they weathered the violent shaking and desperately sought word about the welfare of family and friends.

Emergency personnel in Mexico City, a metropolitan region of about 20 million people, searched frantically with picks and shovels for survivors beneath the rubble of what the sprawling citys mayor calculated to be as many as 44 collapsed buildings, including at least one primary school.

Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto said late on Tuesday more than 20 children and two adults had been found dead at the school, Colegio Enrique Rebsamen, in the neighborhood of Coapa. Another 30 children and 12 adults were missing, he said...

17:08

Scientists say AI can predict Alzheimers a decade before symptoms show "IndyWatch Feed World"

Researchers from the University of Bari in Italy have created algorithms that can analyze MRI scans to identify structural changes in the brain that signify a person is afflicted with the disease, reports the Times. Unlike human doctors, the AI doesnt need to specifically be told to looks for signs of Alzheimers in brain scans.

Researchers from the University of Bari in Italy have created algorithms that can analyze MRI scans to identify structural changes in the brain that signify a person is afflicted with the disease, reports the Times. Unlike human doctors, the AI doesnt need to specifically be told to looks for signs of Alzheimers in brain scans. Instead, it can automatically notice minute changes that even a well-trained human eye might not seeand recognize those changes years before the disease progresses or symptoms even become noticeable in the patient.

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17:08

China Offers Support for Strife-Torn Venezuela at United Nations "IndyWatch Feed War"

BEIJING China believes that the Venezuelan government and people can resolve their problems within a legal framework and maintain national stability, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Venezuelan counterpart at the United Nations.

At least 125 people have been killed in four months of protests against President Nicols Maduros government, which has resisted calls to bring forward the presidential election and instead set up a pro-Maduro legislative superbody called a Constituent Assembly that has overruled the countrys opposition-led Congress.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres File Photo

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he wanted democracy restored soon in Venezuela and warned that the United States might take additional measures to apply pressure on the oil-producing nation.

China, a good friend of Venezuelas, has brushed off widespread condemnation from the United States, Europe and others about the situation in the country.

Wang told Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza on Tuesday on the sidelines of a U.N. meeting that the two countries have an all-round strategic partnership, Chinese state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday.

China has always upheld the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, and believes Venezuelas government and people have the ability to resolve problems via talks within a legal framework and protect national...

17:06

Entirely New Communication Channels Conducting Light Found in the Brain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over the past Century of scientific study of the brain, it was discovered that mammalian brains produce a type of faint light, known as biophotons.

First observed in rats, the biophotons appear within the visible spectrum very faintly, ranging from near-infrared to the violet end of the spectrum (between 200 and 1,300 nanometers.)

To this day, scientists dont know what they do, and that touches on the reality that science itself is never going to be the one, overarching way of analysis that is going to provide us with the answers to the nature of our existence.

While the scientific method (true science, not the dogma of science), is an essential method of distinguishing reality from illusion, there comes a point in a scientific analysis where it is time to enter the realm of the spiritual, of the potential, while recognizing that the conclusions drawn may not be as 100% tangible as a conclusion reached through the scientific method.

Scientists recently published a paper suggesting that the biophotons produced by the brain may actually be part of another optical communication system. It is unknown what this biophoton communication system would do, or what thoughts, feelings, or things it might communicate.

The paper is titled Are there optical communication channels in the brain?, and you can find it at Cornell University library at this link.

According to Big Think:

The team wanted to know whether or not there existed an infrastructure over which light could travel from one place to another in the brain across the distances required, focusing on myelinated axons. Axons are the fibers that carry a neurons electrical signal outward; myelinated axons are covered in myelin, a fatty substance that electrically insulates the axon.

The scientists modeled axons, calculating how light would react as the fibers lost or gained thickness in the biophoton, or bent. They modeled how they might absorb myelin coating, or how theyd behave when crossing each other.

They concluded that light conduction across the myelinated axons is in fact possible.

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17:04

Surf Artist Battles 28-Ft Tide To Paint Climate Change-Inspired Mural In Bay Of Fundy "IndyWatch Feed World"

How far would you go to share an important message with the world? Artist Sean Yoro is willing to go to some extreme lengths, and recently proved this when he painted a 30-foot x 45-foot mural in the Canadian Bay of Fundy. The mural is of a woman who disappears under water when the 28-foot tide rises. At times, the water level increases by one foot every 15 minutes. This made Yoros latest project quite challenging.

The intrepid artist, who also goes by Hula, usually plasters his work in undisclosed locations due to legal reasons. For this piece, however, he was committed by Discover Saint John to create the mural on Minas Basin, an inlet in the Bay of Fundy.

Though Yoro didnt need to evade authorities for this project, it was still a difficult task due to the fluctuating tide. He told CNN,

It was really challenging to adapt to the tide changes, from the dangerous rip currents to the quick rate of rising and dropping water levels, averaging 1 foot every 15 minutes. I had to use several calculated formulas to know the rate of the tides coming in or out every day, and use this information to know what speed I could paint for that tide change, which helped (me) pace myself in order to get the proper details finished in the figure.

Credit: Sean Yoro

Another challenge was finding a non-toxic paint that would quickly dry in the damp conditions. Yoro had to experiment with a variety of different types, but finally found a combination of paint mixed with sealers that could withstand rising water levels.

...

17:04

Russia And NATO Engage In Largest Ever WW3 War Games "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russia and NATO are currently conducting two separate full-scale WW3 military exercises the scale of which has never been attempted before.  Putin is overseeing the Zapad 2017 exercise to better prepare the Russian military [...]

17:03

7.1 magnitude earthquake hits southern Mexico - Buildings collapse in Mexico City - Quake strikes on anniversary of 1985 'big one' (VIDEOS, IMAGES) - UPDATES "IndyWatch Feed World"

A powerful earthquake has jolted Mexico City - measuring magnitude 7.4 according to the US Geological Survey - causing buildings to sway sickeningly on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that did major damage to the capital. Comment: That is extraordinary timing. The odds are astronomical. The extent of damage or injuries was not immediately clear, but people fled office buildings along the central Reforma Avenue. Mexico's seismological agency estimated its preliminary magnitude at 6.8 and said its centre was east of the city in the state of Puebla. Pictures fell from walls and objects were shaken off of flat surfaces. Some people dove for cover under desks. A video that appear to show the earthquake in action show lights swaying above people crowding into hallways for safety, and then those lights seeming to lose power.

17:03

The Ultimate Way to Cure Anxiety: Why are We All Addicted to Something? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why are we all addicted to something? Why do human beings in our culture have this nagging, constant insatiability? What are we searching for, why do we feel like we are lacking, and why do we seem to be constantly trying to cure ourselves of restlessness, boredom, or anxiety?

I dont know the answer to that question one hundred percent, but I have some theories currently, with the level I am at in understanding this issue myself. This question is the type that you ask yourself over the course of your entire life: the answer is ever-changing, growing as a person personally learns how to be happy in life without seeking so many external things.

As children, we are always searching for some kind of gratification. In children it can be observed that the more entertainment they are given, the more candy, television, toys, ect, the less satisfied they are with what they have. Children want more when they have more, and in places where children dont have many things, they seem to have less insatiability.

However, which child is actually happier or more at peace? A child with almost nothing, or a child with any indulgence they want? Its a complicated question, and the answer probably lies somewhere in-between.

Adults are absolutely no different from children in this respect, and sometimes they are worse: especially the way people live today.

Adults seek long-term, extremely taxing, ambitious pleasures that are often unattainable. When accomplished, these things often dont actually made the adult happy. For example, a person might aspire to make $100,000 a year, have a nice car, a nice house, ect.

But when they get all the material pleasures they want, they meet the grim realization that it doesnt feel any different: and now, theyre probably dependent on spending all their time slaving away for money to maintain that lifestyle that isnt as satisfying as previously thought in the first place.

When I was younger and had to be homeless at the age of 17, I noticed I was just as happy if not happier while not having a home as I was when I did: I called this phenomena the Euphoria Shelf: feeling as happy as I did without a home, as I did with one, despite the discomfort of having to camp outside and struggle to support myself.

Heres another thing: people are suffering from anxiety, depression, and other terms we give to the feelings we have. People rely on substances and pleasures every day to get themselves through doing jobs they dont like for a living, to come home and barely enjoy the small amount of time they have left.

People drink coffee and many are severely dependent on it, using it to work their day jobs and to function in life generally when it is a much more unsafe habit than they ever realize.

Cannabis...

17:00

Investor committed to Sepik Plains Project "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Via Loop PNG

20th September 2017

Israeli investor, Innovative Agro Industry, has assured the Government and the people of East Sepik of its commitment to invest and develop several agriculture and farming projects on the Sepik Plains.

 

Chief executive officer of the Innovative Agro Industry, Lior Crystal, was part of a delegation that flew over to the Sepik Plains on Monday, Sept 18, 2017.

 

Other parties on the aerial inspection were the Australian High Commissioner to PNG, His Excellency Bruce Davis, and the CEO of the PNG Cocoa Board, Kautu Boutua.

 

The delegation was led by the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, and Member for Yangoru-Saussia, Richard Maru.

 

The delegation was given a birds-eye view of the proposed site of the chicken and grain project under the Sepik Economic Zone (SEZ).

Crystal described the Sepik Plains as a beautiful landmass sitting there, waiting for development.

 

I am here on behalf of the LR Group, Innovative Agro Industry, stating that we are committed to the development of this land. We are not only coming to develop, we are coming as an investor. We are putting our money where our mouth is, Crystal said.

 

The Innovative Agro Industry will develop an egg laying farm, broiler meat farm and grain production.

 

The developer will also establish a modern cocoa plantation using Israeli technology that will produce 400 to 500 percent more yield than an average cocoa plantation.

 


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17:00

Maria to Remain Category 5 Hurricane Until Puerto Rico Landfall "IndyWatch Feed War"

(Reuters) The core of Hurricane Maria is expected to reach the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning and is likely to remain a category 5 storm until landfall, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The hurricane is about 85 miles (140 km) southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico packing maximum sustained winds of 165 miles per hour (270 km per hour) at present, the NHC said.

Slow weakening is expected after the hurricane emerges over the Atlantic north of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

(Reporting by Arpan Varghese in Bengaluru, editing by Louise Heavens)


17:00

Sales Executive, ESD "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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16:57

Democrats Caught Organizing Anti-Police Riots In St. Louis "IndyWatch Feed World"

Democratic party officials have been caught supporting and organizing the violent anti-police riots in St. Louis.  Thegatewaypundit.com reports: St. Louis Police arrested 80 protesters on Sunday night in the third day of rioting after the [...]

16:56

The BBC World Services Hamas-Fatah unity binge part two "IndyWatch Feed War"

As was noted in part one of this post, the lead story in the afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio programme Newshour on September 17th was centred around the 106 word long statement put out by Hamas earlier that day.

Following the earlier report on that story which was over twelve and a half minutes long the same programme also aired an additional item on the topic which brought the total time allotted to the subject to over twenty minutes.

Presenter James Coomarsamy introduced the second item (from 45:06 here) thus:

[emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Coomarasamy: Lets return now to our main story t...

16:53

Europe To Cease Trading With US Unless Death Penalty Is Revoked "IndyWatch Feed World"

The European Union has threatened to cease trading with the United States unless America completely bans the death penalty. In an effort to end global trade in torture devices and lethal drugs used in capital [...]

16:53

Doomsday This Saturday (2) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It might be for Winston Peters if the people at Colmar Brunton are right.



It comes after an intense week of campaigning which saw Jacinda Ardern make a U-turn on tax.

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His party vote has plunged to just five percent and he won't hold Northland so there's every chance of a Winstonless gummint come Sunday.

I can't remember when the polls were so 'all over the place' but of course this one is CB not Reid Research and CB has consistently had Labour ahead.  Today they are a whopping nine points behind.

I haven't pushed this poll through the election thingy but it these results are borne out, then National and ACT may well have enough to scrape in on their own.  The Maori Party would be almost a cert to join in to keep Winston away from their precious Maori seats if he did make it.

This is why elections are such marvellous sport.

16:51

Japan (America) fact of the day "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

So consider the amount of standard daily doses of opioids consumed in Japan. And then double it. And then double it again. And then double it again. And then double it again. And then double it a fifth time. That would make Japan No. 2 in the world, behind the United States.

That is from German Lopez at Vox.

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16:48

Police fire tear gas to disperse election protesters in Kenya David Icke latest headlines

Police in Kenya have used tear gas to disperse protesters angry at a Supreme Court ruling which invalidated President Uhuru Kenyattas re-election in August 8 votes. A commotion erupted after police fired teargas at a gathering of protesters outside the court building in Nairobi on Tuesday. Further rounds of teargas was used to disperse the protesters who tried to regroup and continue with their demonstration against the September 1 ruling which nullified the results of the presidential election over irregularities in tallying poll results and ordered a repeat of the vote within two months. I have attended this protest to air my grievances after the Supreme Court annulled my candidates victory, said one protester wearing the bright red of Kenyattas Jubilee party. Read more: Police fire tear gas to disperse election protesters in Kenya

16:48

Florida Bans Use Of Solar Panels In Wake Of Irma "IndyWatch Feed World"

Officials in Florida have banned residents from using solar panels, as 371,000 people are still without electricity following the impact of hurricane Irma.  Many Florida Power and Lights grid customers who are living through dangerous [...]

16:45

Demand Is Set To Explode In An Industry Short On Supply "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Demand Is Set To Explode In An Industry Short On Supply by Ian Jenkins OilPrice.com Canada has a pot problem, as Quartz Media recently warned us, but its a lucrative problem to have. One thing holding back this $8-billion...

The post Demand Is Set To Explode In An Industry Short On Supply appeared first on The Daily Coin.

16:45

Sambhal Police in Uttar Pradesh Invoke NSA Against Three for Cow Slaughter "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The three accused were arrested over the last two weeks following a police raid after a tip-off about alleged cow slaughter.

Men load a cow onto a truck in the Jantar Mantar area of New Delhi (Representational image). Credit: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

New Delhi: Police personnel in Uttar Pradeshs Sambhal invoked the National Security Act (NSA) against three people, currently in Moradabad district jail, accused in a case filed under the Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act.

The three accused, identified as Qasim, Shahadat and Mesar, were arrested over the last two weeks, reported the Indian Express, while two other accused, Babu and Sharafat, who were arrested on August 12, were given bail soon after. The other three surrendered before the court.

After obtaining orders from the district magistrate, NSA was invoked against Qasim, Shahadat and Mesar on Monday, station officer of Baniather police station Praveen Kumar Solanki told the Indian Express. The superintendent of Moradabad district jail, Rizvi, confirmed that the order had been recei...

16:45

From #Charlottesville to #Athens: #Clashes 4 Years after #PavlosFyssas Was Murdered by Fascists "IndyWatch Feed War"

In several Greek cities there were protests and clashes in the past days to commorate Pavlos Fyssas, who was murdered by Golden Dawn fascists on September 18, 2013.

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From Charlottesville to Athens: #Clashes 4 years after Pavlos Fyssaswas murdered by fascists

In several Greek cities there were protests and clashes in the past days to commorate Pavlos Fyssas, who was murdered by Golden Dawn fascists on September 18, 2013.

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16:45

Mexico quake: 20 children killed, 30 missing as death toll rises to over 280 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 284 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City. President Enrique Pea Nieto said more than 20 children died and 30 were missing after a school collapsed. The 7.1 magnitude quake also caused major damage in neighbouring states. The tremor struck while many people took part in an earthquake drill exactly 32 years after a quake killed thousands in Mexico City. The country is prone to earthquakes and earlier this month an 8.1 magnitude tremor in the...

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16:44

Celex - Nanosecond Image Acquisition "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Phys.org and other sites report on a new type of camera that is extremely fast, it looks for the slope of intensity at individual pixels and at the same time requires much less bandwidth than a conventional video camera,
    https://phys.org/news/2017-02-ultrafast-camera-self-driving-vehicles-drones.html
Said to be useful for any type of real time use, in particular self-driving cars.

From the company site, http://www.hillhouse-tech.com/

Each pixel in our sensor can individually monitor the slope of change in light intensity and report an event if a threshold is reached. Row and column arbitration circuits process the pixel events and make sure only one is granted to access the output port at a time in a fairly ordered manner when they receive multiple requests simultaneously. The response time to the pixel event is at nanosecond scale. As such, the sensor can be tuned to capture motion objects with speed faster than a certain threshold. The speed of the sensor is not limited by any traditional concept such as exposure time, frame rate, etc. It can detect fast motion which is traditionally captured by expensive, high speed cameras running at tens of thousands frames per second and at the same time produces 1000x less of data.

Sounds sort of like an eye (human or animal), which has a lot of hardware (wetware?) processing directly behind the retina and only sends a relatively slow data rate to the brain.


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16:42

Better Regulatory Mechanism Needed For Pasca "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Co-operation between all stakeholders to put in place a better fiscal and regulatory mechanism for the the petroleum and mining industry, and the economy as a whole, is needed.

Papua New Guinea Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (PNGEITI) head of national secretariat Lucas Alkan said the countrys first off-shore gas project, the K1 billion Pasca Gas Field in Gulf, is set for first drilling in 2020.

Mr Alkan said changes in technology and the way people do business today are so swift, and the petroleum and mining industry have their own challenges and opportunities.

He said the country is in a very unique position to be a model country to set standards that other miners and explorers around the world can learn from. The Solwara 1 Project in New Ireland and the Pasca projects are case in point, Mr Alkan said.

We are of the view that the industry and the Government are living up to meeting immediate obligations and this must be further be strengthened to see better outcomes, Mr Alkan said.

If there needs to be finer tunning to certain legislations and policies, the timing is now right to make things happen. He said PNGEITI believes that with the offshore gas project in the Gulf province, the Department of Petroleum and Energy is on top of this in terms of policy and legislations to cater for this development.

We hope to see better outcomes from negotiations and discussions around setting up better fiscal and regulatory frameworks to lay solid foundations for similar projects in future.

We have world class technical expertise to make PNG a model mining and petroleum country that strictly upholds global best practices, whether it be in transparency or the overall approach taken in administering and regulating business in the mining and petroleum space.

There is a whole scheme of things we need to harmonize before the economy and the investors alike can enjoy the benefits of PNGs resource.

We at PNGEITI always stand ready to do our bit to promote accountability and transparency in the industry.

 

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16:39

Putin Begins Banning US Dollar In Russia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned trading in US dollars at all Russian seaports as part of an effort to completely eradicate the dollar in Russia. As of 2018, the ruble will become the main [...]

16:39

US Defence Firms Want Control Over Tech in Make In India Plan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Companies do not want to be held liable for defects in products manufactured in collaboration with local partners under the Make in India drive to build a military industrial base.

A U.S. naval F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft takes off from the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier during wargames between navies of India, Japan, Australia and Singapore in the Bay of Bengal September 7, 2007. Credit: Reuters

A US naval F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft takes off from the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier during wargames between navies of India, Japan, Australia and Singapore in the Bay of Bengal, September 7, 2007. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: US defence firms offering to set up production lines in India to win deals worth billions of dollars want stronger assurances they wont have to part with proprietary technology, according to a business lobby groups letter to Indias defence minister....

16:39

Venezuelas Maduro says will shun U.S. dollar in favor of yuan, others "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday his cash-strapped country would seek to free itself from the U.S. dollar next week, using the weakest of two official foreign exchange regimes and a basket of currencies. At the strongest official rate, one dollar buys just 10 bolivars, but on the black market the dollar fetches 20,193 []

16:37

5 Spiritual Facts That Scientists Are Finally Able to Understand "IndyWatch Feed National"

We all try to come up with the best most realistic answers to why reality is the way it is, but sometimes the answers dont have to be so clear. There are some things that can be explained much easier than others and there is nothing wrong with not knowing to an extent.

Of course, we have been learning so much throughout the years that now lots of things we used to consider unreal or even outlandish are normal. Below you will find a list of things in regards to spirituality that have not been understood on such a deep level until now. We can only hope that as time progresses things will become more clear, and all the while we will understand that nothing is ever certain. Some things were not meant to be understood by everyone.

5 Spiritual Truths That We Are Finally Beginning to Understand:

1. We can create a reality for ourselves through thought.

If you know anything about the Law of Attraction then this should be easy to understand, Thought power is the key to making the reality that you want for yourself. This whole world we live in is a reflection of your inner world and thoughts. If you learn to control your thoughts you can make a world that fits you perfectly.

You see, if you are realistic in this and work hard while controlling your thoughts you will be able to attract all of the things you want in life.

2. Ascension does not involve going anywhere.

Ascension is not about leaving the planet or even getting out of bed (of course, I recommend getting out of bed). It is a conscious choice to engage in evolution. You see when we focus on being aware and convert to this state of being we reach a higher vibrational frequency. For a more in-depth explanation of ascension check out the video below.

Video Via. Spirit Science.

3. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

While we do live in these physical bodies they are not who we are. We are energy, life is not what it seems. There is so much more buried away. While we do not have a full scientific explanation for this sort of thing right now this is becoming easier to understand.

4. Our souls never die.

People die all the time and lots of them are either brought back or come back. If you take the time to look over what these people experienced in their time while being...

16:35

League Cup: Foxes stun Reds, Hodgson gets first win "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Islam Slimanis superb strike helped Leicester see off a wasteful Liverpool at the King Power Stadium to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.The Algeria striker fired left-footed into the top corner after substitute Shinji Okazaki had put the Foxes ahead. That came after Liverpool had dominated a first half in which Philippe Coutinho shone before being replaced. Okazakis arrival sparked the Foxes into life and he latched on to Vicente Iborras knock down for the opener. Summer signings Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke both missed good opportunities for...

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16:34

1 News Colmar Brunton pre-election poll "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The last 1 News Colmar Brunton poll before the election: National 46% (last week 40%, previous 39%) Labour 37% (last week 44%, previous 43%) Greens 8% (last week 7%, previous 5%) NZ First 5%  (last week 6%, previous 9%) TOP 2.0% rounded (last week 2.0%, previous 1.9%) Maori Party 1% rounded (last week 1.1%, previous []

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10 Signs You Are A Person Who is Not Easily Manipulated "IndyWatch Feed World"

When you really think about it, most of modern day societies issues are directly correlated to the fact that there is so many of us here. Out of 7 billion people, there are of course, going to be some bad ones and theres more than a few these days.

When you think of a bad person you might automatically envision a murderer, a thief, or a rapist, as most of us do. However these are very good examples of very bad people, they come in many more forms than that. Because society has taken such a gruesome turn towards materialism, we have all forgotten to take each other into consideration. Everyone thinks about themselves and nobody else. We are a generation of narcissists and its only escalating. You have to be extremely careful about the people you let into your life. Many people, if not the most there ever has been, are extreme covert narcissists, compulsive liars, and manipulators. You have to be very cautious of the people you allow in your life, but you might not be an easy victim.

Some people are a lot more prone to being manipulated or abused by a manipulator. People who have experienced childhood trauma are a lot more susceptible to becoming the next victim of a manipulator, but some people are the opposite. Below are the traits of a person who is immune to the tricks and lies of a manipulative person.

1. You Know Your Self Worth

A person who is hard to manipulative is typically aware of their own self worth. They are not begging for anybodys love or attention, and honestly theyre more concerned with other people earning their love. Manipulators thrive on a dependent person who values their opinion and takes them to heart. A person who practices self respect is simply a much harder target for them.

2. You Express Your Own Needs

People who express their own needs are less likely to become manipulated. If you are able to keep your personal needs and desires in mind it allows you to realize how much they dont care about them. A manipulator needs someone who is low maintenance and easy to please.

3. You Never Blame Yourself...

16:30

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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16:30

Switzerland Is Getting A Network Of Medical Delivery Drones "IndyWatch Feed World"

Matternets new system will let hospitals quickly move samples to labs and get extra blood for emergencies. Its the first of its kind operating in a dense, urban environment.

When a hospital needs to rush a delivery from a lab somewhere else in a densely populated cityfor example, when a surgeon needs an urgent biopsy of a tumor in the middle of a surgery to determine how much tissue to remove, or a gunshot victim in the ER needs blood that the hospital doesnt have in stockthat delivery can sometimes get stuck in traffic. Couriers are also expensive. In Switzerland, hospitals and labs will soon begin using drones to make those deliveries instead.

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16:30

Indie R&B Artist Kwaye Wants To Save You From Predictable Music "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Zimbabwe-born British artist combines vocals, visuals, and dance to present a creative vision that he thinks is just what music needs now.

If ever you needed an incentive to actually make conversation with your next Uber driver, keep in mind they may hold the key to the record deal of your dreams.

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Scientist Smacks Down Al Gores Claim That Harvey Brought 500,000 year rains "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From The Daily Caller Michael Bastasch 4:08 PM 09/18/2017 Former President Al Gore said Monday that Hurricane Harvey brought once in 500,000 year rainfall to parts of Texas, only to be questioned by scientists challenging his data. Within the last two weeks we have had two more record-breaking, climate-connected storms, Gore said at an World

16:27

Cairo Ojougboh Defection And How Okowas Aides Goofed (PHOTOS) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dr. Cairo Ojougboh defected with Chief Ogbaburhon, Chief Ogbetuo and their supporters at Agbor, Ika South LGA. The Defectors were received by the Delta State APC leader, Olorogun Otega Emerhor, South South APC Chairman; Ntufam Hilliard Eta, Honourable Minister of Petrolem State; Dr Ibe Kachukwu, Diokpa Engr. Hyacinth Enuha, Olorogun Cyril Ogodo, Hon. Halims Agoda, Chief Fred Oloko, Chief George Okafor.

Dr. Cairo Ojougboh defected with Chief Ogbaburhon, Chief Ogbetuo and their supporters at Agbor, Ika South LGA.
The Defectors were received by the Delta State APC leader, Olorogun Otega Emerhor, South South APC Chairman; Ntufam Hilliard Eta, Honourable Minister of Petrolem State; Dr Ibe Kachukwu, Diokpa Engr. Hyacinth Enuha, Olorogun Cyril Ogodo, Hon. Halims Agoda, Chief Fred Oloko, Chief George Okafor.


LAGOS SEPTEMBER 20TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Last week Saturday, the mother of all defection in Delta State happened as the illegal former Deputy National of the factionalized Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Cairo Ojougboh packed his belongings, both human and intellectual to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
When a source called me on Wednesday of same week that something big will happen in Ika through Cairo, I thought it was just a normal gathering and even when another source squealed to me that he was defecting, I still didnt take it serious, until they began to send me the pictures of the event.
As usual, the PDP and Gov. Ifeanyi Okowas kindergarten Executive Assistant Media aide, Mr Fred Latimore and the infantile PDP publicity Secretary, Ifeanyi Michael Osuoza went ballistic, pretentiously crying on how Cairos defection is a big relief to the state and the party. What a shameless bunch of creatures.
Rather than keep quiet and watch things fizzle away as experience media aides behave in sane clime, Latimore went for the jugular by attacking personality instead of dealing with the reasons posited by Cairo for his leaving the party. Instead of keeping sealed lips and allowing the State PDP Publicity Secretary to issue a response since its a party affair; the overzealous aide who cannot differentiate between a Governors media man, Government Spokesperson and a Party Spokesman decided to fool himself again.
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16:26

Googles AI chief says hes not worried about an AI apocalypse "IndyWatch Feed World"

John Giannandrea, the head of search and AI at Google, is getting sick of people saying AI could destroy humanity, reports TechCrunch. Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Giannandrea said: I think theres a huge amount of hype around AI right now. Theres a lot of people that are unreasonably concerned around the rise of general

John Giannandrea, the head of search and AI at Google, is getting sick of people saying AI could destroy humanity, reports TechCrunch. Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Giannandrea said:

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CBI Arrests BJD MLA Prabhat Biswal in Odisha Chit Fund Scam, Party Cries Foul "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Biswal, who the CBI had quizzed four times in the past, denied the charges levelled against him and said that his arrest was politically motivated.

After Biswal's arrest, the BJD cried foul and accused the Bhartiya Janata Party of using the CBI to intimidate its political opponents. Credit: PTI/Twitter

After Biswals arrest, the BJD cried foul and accused the Bhartiya Janata Party of using the CBI to intimidate its political opponents. Credit: PTI/Twitter

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday arrested ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Prabhat Biswal in connection with an allegedly dubious land deal with the kingpin of a Rs 500-crore chit fund scam in Odisha.

According to a report in the Hindustan Times, officials said Biswal was arrested from his Cuttack residence early Tuesday morning over the land deal with Seashore Group chief Prashant Dash, accused of swindling more than Rs 500 crore from people through a pyramid scheme.

The legislator was remanded in CBI custody for five days by the special chief judicial magistrate, CBI, reported the Telegraph.

Several other MLAs and MPs of the ruling party were arrested earlier for their all...

16:18

Australia rejected CIA request to open embassy in North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia rejected a secret request by the United States Central Intelligence Agency to open an embassy in North Korea, which the Americans hoped to use as a base from where to collect intelligence on the communist state.

16:15

Top Professor: We Need To Kill All White People In The United States "IndyWatch Feed World"

A professor at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has proposed killing all white people in the United States as a way to eliminate vaccine skeptics.  Carol J Baker, an infectious diseases expert, joked [...]

16:13

Designing Eudaimonia "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Art of Creating Better Lives

Every six months or so these days, Americans have to do something remarkable: beg their government not to take away what little healthcare they have. Why is that? What does it teach us about designing human systems that work? How did American gethere?

Jaw-droppingespecially if youre not American, right? Yet theres a logichowever absurdto it. Its a case of income maximization gone extreme. Repealing healthcare will maximize incomes for healthcare providers, Congressmen, lobbyists, pharmaceutical companies. And repealing healthcare will maximize incomes for households, by lowering taxes. Never mind that it shrinks life expectancy, which is to say: never mind the long-term benefits of such investmentsin this paradigm, all that matters is income, right now.

Thus, the overarching paradigmatic goalincreasing GDP , which is the underlying and understated assumption of all the abovewill be accomplished. GDP doesnt care if you dont have healthcarein fact, the more you pay for healthcare, the higher GDP rises. If we all break each others legs, GDP rises, because now we have to pay for healthcareand if theres only one doctor in town, who charges us a for...

16:09

Report: Amazon is working on smart glasses powered by Alexa "IndyWatch Feed World"

Amazons first wearable would tether wirelessly to a smartphone and look like a regular pair of glasses, avoiding the fashion pitfalls of Google Glass, reports the Financial Times. The FT says a bone conduction audio system would allow the wearer to hear spoken commands from Amazons virtual assistant Alexa without the need to wear headphones. Besides

Amazons first wearable would tether wirelessly to a smartphone and look like a regular pair of glasses, avoiding the fashion pitfalls of Google Glass, reports the Financial Times. The FT says a bone conduction audio system would allow the wearer to hear spoken commands from Amazons virtual assistant Alexa without the need to wear headphones. Besides the smart glasses, the FT says Amazon is also working on a new smart home devicean internet-connected home security camera. It says one or both of these products could be out by the end of the year.

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"Beware the Equifax Scams Are Coming" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Beware the Equifax Scams Are Coming"
by Wolf Richter 

"OK, this had to happen. Its not a surprise. Its just a fact of life. We live in a world of scammers, and when there is a crisis, for them, theres opportunity. There are scams and frauds to take advantage of any crisis, its victims, and people trying to do the right thing. The Equifax hack is no exception. And the scams have already started. Dont panic. But be vigilant, suggests Susan Grant, director of consumer protection and privacy at the Consumer Federation of America. With this breach, criminals have everything they need to victimize you.

I normally dont post articles about consumer scams. But the Equifax hack has made 143 million Americans more vulnerable. So here are some of the scams you might encounter and how to deal with them.

Equifax isnt calling. Someone else is. ...

16:00

Labours bring out your dead campaign plan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It seems Labour and their coalition partner the Media party are now playing the sympathy card to bring out votes for Labour: A passionate Labour supporter died less than two weeks before voting opened, but his message has reached thousands. Rangiora community stalwart Peter Allen who suffered from motor neurone disease  died on August 30, []

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Are Uber Drivers in Bali an Endangered Species? "IndyWatch Feed National"

300,000 rupiah, the taxi driver said, claiming that the ride home would be twice as much as what it cost to get there. Scooters whizzed past as we haggled on the side of the road.

300,000 is my final price.

I pulled out my phone and clicked on the Uber app. There were four cars in the area. The taxi driver peered over my shoulder, then took a hasty step back.

You cannot take Uber in this country! he shouted. Uber drivers get decapitated here.

My widened eyes exchanged anxious looks with the people I was travelling with. With shaking hands, and disinterested in watching our Uber driver potentially getting pounded, we began to negotiate a price with the taxi.

On the drive home, we noticed several worn out banners reading, NO UBER.

I later found out that our driver that night wasnt alone in his hatred for ride-hailing services.

In 2016, Balinese man Ida Kadek Anom was ambushed by a group of taxi drivers. Kadek was on his way to pick up his Uber customer when a mob stopped in front of his car and demanded he pay a fine of 375 000IDR ($37.50AUD). Kadek called his boss, who agreed to hand over the money, but as Kadek tried leaving the scene to collect it, he was chased down the road and beaten up until he needed to be hospitalised. His white Toyota minivan was then vandalised with bricks and sticks.

Competition ignited by technology has the market for conventional ride services hard. Ever since ride-hailing services like Uber and Grab became a trend, taxi and private car drivers have found it difficult to make adequate earnings especially in Indonesia. A violent protest occurred in Jakarta, the countrys capital, in March 2016 that saw bus, car and scooter drivers rally against illegitimate driving services, claiming mobile apps like Uber and Grab werent registered as public transport. Their expression of anger rallied thousands of armed police, and in response, Indonesias ministry of transport...

15:56

Why Bodega Failed "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Tiny Steps Towards a Better World

In case you were on Mars last week, a funny thing happened: two guys launched a startup called Bodega, and the world recoiled in disgust.

I think its a tiny but near perfect case study of everything: economics, the future, business, society, and how the old way of it all just isnt working. Sit with me and lets discuss it for a moment.

When we cry, that soulless vending machine cant replace my local bodega!, what do we really mean? We mean that the local bodega is a little source of well-being and real wealth, in a landscape that mostly doesnt offer much. Well come back to that part. First, the real wealth and well-being. You walk into your local bodega, and having a little daily chat makes you happy, connected, alive: short-term emotional well-being. Your bodega covers you for a staple when youre out of cash that week: thats real wealth, aka social capital, more durable and powerful than immediate well-being.

So when we decry trendy hipsterized vending machines, were really saying: we value our well-beingand machines cant really give it to us. Were wiser than we know: well-being is a res humana, a human affair. Only humans can ever really expand our possibility. And yet in a society of Bodegas versus bodegas, everyones potential well-beinghuman possibility itselfgoes up in smoke. Poof. Its just gone.

Now your average economists rejoinder would probably be: well, if people value well-being so much, then pay extra for it. Ah, but. And its a big but. What if we cant? What if, just as Bodega undervalues our well-being, so the well-being that we create on the job is undervalued, too? After all, the average person doesnt often earn anything extra for being a humane, wise, just, good teacher, doctor, lawyer, and so on. And theres a bigger problem. What if we cant buy well-being because its just not there to buy? What if there are deep racial biases, for example? And if people arent incentivized for creating it, then of course it itself will be undersupplied. So you cant go to the mall and buy well-being like a product: its something that needs lasting human involvement to be created. Thus, in vast sectors of the economy, for many groups of people, from food to energy to transport, well-being is undersupplied to the point that its vanished.

So the idea that well-being is a luxury is fatally flawed from the very beginning. It leads us down a slippery slope of more and more socially useless things, or nihilism. Whats really created by Bodega? More efficiency. Thats all that apps really create thes...

15:53

Green meteor fireball spotted over Montgomery, Alabama "IndyWatch Feed World"

Was it a dragon? A sign of the apocalypse? A warning shot from North Korea? No, that bright, green fireball seen streaking over Montgomery early Tuesday morning was just your average piece of celestial space rock burning up in the atmosphere, according to Bill Cooke with the NASA Meteor Environment Office. Cooke said the fireball was a fragment of a comet measuring about 5 to 6 inches in diameter. Igniting as it hurtled into the atmosphere about 54 miles above Highway 84 in Conecuh County, the fireball flew well over the speed limit at approximately 83,000 mph. It was spotted by three NASA cameras located in Georgia and North Carolina at approximately 3 a.m., but perhaps the best footage was captured by one Montgomery resident's doorbell camera. Posted on Facebook Tuesday morning and shared with the Montgomery Advertiser, the video shows the comet briefly and brilliantly blazing by Alabama's capital, obviously late for something.

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MACKAY Man punches kid in face as neighbourhood dispute escalates "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mexico City earthquake: At least 216 people dead after huge 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes capital David Icke latest headlines

The death toll following the devastating Mexico earthquake now stands at 216, according to the countrys civil protection agency. Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong had earlier said the total was at least 226, but this was quickly revised up to 248 on Wednesday morning, before coming back down. Central Mexico was struck by a 7.1 magnitude quake yesterday evening and a citywide recovery operation is currently underway in the capital. Some 86 people are thought to have died in the city itself. Among those killed were at least 20 children in a school where buildings collapsed. A mix of neighborhood volunteers, police and firefighters used trained dogs and their bare hands to search through the schools rubble. Reports swept through the crowd of anxious parents outside the gates that relatives in two families had received Whatsapp messages from girls trapped inside, but that could not be confirmed. Read more:Mexico City earthquake: At least 216 people dead after huge 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes capital

15:44

Senior Engineer, ESD "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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15:39

Utilities meant to hide report on nuclear project - attorney "IndyWatch Feed World"

Utilities meant to hide report on nuclear project - attorney | 19 Sept 2017 | For at least two years before a South Carolina nuclear power construction project was abandoned, its owners had a report that they intended to keep secret showing the reactors couldn't be completed as planned, an attorney for a legislative panel investigating the debacle said Friday. "The report is very, very troubling," said Scott Elliott, hired by the House for the hearings. "It was designed to never see the light of day." ...The utilities abandoned the project July 31 after jointly spending nearly $10 billion, leaving nearly 6,000 people jobless. A[n insane] 2007 state law allows South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) to recoup its debt from customers if state regulators determine money was spent prudently.

15:39

Enlightenment or Just Waking Up? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION:  I have a couple of questions for Martins blog if of any interest;

1. Did the challenges of the justice system in his case over those years contribute towards some kind of enlightenment? What I am asking is have you reached the state of enlightened?

2. Do your models envisage a large uptake of the Socrates service to a point where it actually effects the market? I cant help but feel that only certain people that have been searching will actually be able to accept the concepts, kind of dyslexic qualities. Ive tried to steer loved ones towards some of the concepts but cant even keep them on topic for a few sentences. There is a lot of resistance.

Much appreciated,

JC

ANSWER: I can saw that probably like most, I assumed what was taking place in the legal system was at least ethical. I confess I did not look closely. Once entangled in their web, you suddenly see that those attracted to such a profession are usually the worst bullies you will remember from high school. They are typically angry at the world and view everyones success but theirs is the result of some corruption. So it is always get even for their own short-comings.

They will also NEVER admit a mistake because it would ruin their personal career. There is so much evidence in so many cases that innocent people are knowingly put to death to save the career of a prosecutor. Even the famous trial of the Rosenburgs for being spies, the prosecutors charged his wife knowing she was not involved to put pressure on him. They then lie to juries and withhold evidence so the jury found her guilty, the judge sentenced her to death, and the prosecutor celebrated with a good night out on the town. Those in that trial were as guilty as any murderer.

I would say if you call it enlightenment waking up and viewing just how corrupt the legal process is, then yes it was the completion of my educate. It is now apart of me and I would not change that. As far as being given the strength to stand up, everyone has a different threshold where the breaking point is reached. They would put me into the hole locked down all the time where most suicides take place. Of course they then pronounce the person was guilty and had remorse so that was the reason for the suicide. The typical cover your a...

15:35

'Evacuate or die': US Virgin Islands are lashed by 175mph Hurricane Maria as Puerto Rico declares state of emergency after Category 5 storm caused 'mind-boggling' devastation in Dominica David Icke latest headlines

Puerto Ricos cities were ghost towns as the country braced for Hurricane Marias landfall after the category five storm wreaked mind-boggling devastation on the Dominica. Maria hit the US Virgin Islands early Wednesday as the US National Hurricane Center warned of a potentially catastrophic impact from a storm that has already killed at least two people in the Caribbean. On St John Island, locals reported seeing trees swirling in the wind, with rain pouring sideways as Maria continued on its path of destruction after battering the island of Dominica and other territories in the eastern Caribbean. The storm barreled toward Puerto Rico on Tuesday night after wreaking widespread devastation on Dominica and leaving the small Caribbean island virtually incommunicado. As rains began to lash Puerto Rico, Gov. Ricardo Rossello warned that Maria could hit with a force and violence that we havent seen for several generations. Read more: Evacuate or die: US Virgin Islands are lashed by 175mph Hurricane Maria as Puerto Rico declares state of emergency after Category 5 storm caused mind-boggling devastation in Dominica

15:34

Cycle of Knowledge "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

QUESTION: Hello,

I am a French Astrophysicist and I end up watching with great interest a TV story about Martin Armstrong. As a scientist I am really curious and keen to build new connection between our way of describing the Universe and the bias introduced by our own vision and history. Hence I was wondering if the algorithm that Martin has developed was ever tested on human knowledge discovery or if this is something that could be interesting to do.

Kind Regards,

IA

ANSWER: Absolutely. There is cycle to knowledge that I have also encountered and found fascinating. We reach period of knowledge and then we seem to lose it all and reboot. Society before the Dark Age knew the Earth was round and not flat.  For example, if we look at the ancient Greeks, the knew the Earth was round and not flat. They burned people like Giordano Bruno (15481600) alive at the stake for claiming the world was round and it revolved around the sun instead of the other way around. The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC) argued in his writings that the Earth was spherical, because of the circular shadow it cast on the Moon, during a lunar eclipse. Another reason was that some stars visible from Egypt are not seen further north. Aristotle wrote:

 The evidence of the senses further corroborates this. How else would eclipses of the moon show segments shaped as we see them? As it is, the shapes which the moon itself each month shows are of every kind straight, gibbous, and concave but in eclipses the outline is always curved: and, since it is...

15:33

Dark Age v Renaissance "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

Thank you for everything that you do.  Concerning the post, The Long-Term Cycle of Monetary Crisis, you describe the corruption of power that leads to monetary crisis and the subsequent reform: the thread that repeats throughout history.

I was wondering if you could contrast this with the periods of history where there is a renaissance/age of enlightenment, and the common tread there (is it the people revolting, which is the only way that corruption of power is defeated?).

Many Thanks Again,

Danny

ANSWER: Oh yes. This is part of the Cycle of Civilization but now you are at the 309+ year level where major change begins to appear. The big one comes on the Sixth Wave of the 309.6 Year level. This is the only reason I do what I do. I have written many times that when this wave peaks in 2032, when we come to a crossroads. We either regress contracting into authoritarianism, then break-up into a fragmented feudal type system of local tribes basically, or we can perhaps crash and burn, but then see the light and we make a major technological leap forward.

...

15:30

From Fashion To Film: The Rodarte Sisters On Their Upcoming Film, Woodshock "IndyWatch Feed World"

Rodartes Kate and Laura Mulleavy share how their work as fashion designers translated into their film debut, Woodshock, a psychologically complex movie starring Kirsten Dunst.

Rodartes Kate and Laura Mulleavy share how their work as fashion designers translated into their film debut, Woodshock, a psychologically complex movie starring Kirsten Dunst.

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15:30

Vacancies falter "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Resources recovery

August 2017 was a softer month for job vacancies on the Department of Employment's index.

The trend is now +6.4 per cent higher than a year earlier, and +23.8 per cent below the October 2013. low. 


Despite the weaker month, Queensland and Western Australia still experienced double digit growth from a year earlier, with a decent lift in Victoria. 


The annual figure was down in Tasmania, but that's as likely related to a surge in employment uptake based on other indicators.

The wrap

It's good to see that vacancies in Western Australia are now well off the lows of 2016, at about 12 per cent higher.

But nationally, this was a softer result. 

Perhaps this is an early indicator that the economy is set to underwhelm in 2018.

Westpac's Bill Evans, always worth following closely, sees no rate hikes in 2018 on this basis. 

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15:30

Bird of the Week: Rifleman ~ Titipounamu "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A little code breaker By Cushla  McGaughey Weighing just 6g and only 8cm long, the Rifleman is our smallest bird. It belongs to an ancient family of New Zealand wrens. The larger Bush Wren is the only other surviving species. Riflemen are very active and nimble. Constantly flicking their wings, they can work their way []

15:30

Eating Citrus Fruits Lowers Risk of Dementia by 23 Percent, Study Finds "IndyWatch Feed World"

(NaturalHealth365) New research is indicating that eating more oranges, grapefruits and other citrus fruits could help to offset the effects of age-related cognitive impairment and dementia.

The research was conducted by scientists at Tohuku University in Japan.

Keep in mind (no pun intended), that these benefits of eating citrus fruits were found to be substantial. In fact, there was as much as a 23 percent average risk reduction for getting Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia.

Not bad, when you consider the alternative of eating unhealthy foods, less brain function and the final years of life on all sorts of ineffective pharmaceutical drugs for dementia.


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15:30

Beware the Women of ISIS Part I: Dreamers "IndyWatch Feed War"

A jihadi couple in Syria.A jihadi couple in Syria. (Photo: Reuters)

 

By Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. & Ardian Shajkovci, Ph.D.

When she was just 19, and a convert to Islam, Laura Passoni was abandoned by the father of her young son. Determined to deepen her expression of faith and in hopes of attracting a man who would keep his commitments to marital and family life, Laura responded by putting up a more devout Facebook profile, and very quickly she was contacted by an ISIS recruiter.

He promised her a man who would never leave her, a home in Syria, training as a nurse, and a good school for her toddler. Broken-hearted and wanting to believe, Passoni agreed to embark on a journey to the Islamic State.

To evade detection, she and her toddler and the man she had chosen with the advice of the recruiter traveled by land to Venice and then took a cruise ship to Izmir, Turkey. From there they continued in a taxi to Gaziantep and crossed into to Syria to join ISIS.

Passoni thought of the cruise as a romantic time in which she consummated her marriage to a near stranger.

Her induction into the Islamic State was far from what she had envisioned, however. She ended up staying in a sisters house while her husband went off to receive sharia training and become a fighter. She was invited as well to serve ISIS as an internet seductress or a member of the morality police (hisbah). She declined both offers.

Passoni became deeply disappointed as she found herself confined at home while her husband was away battling for the group. None of the ISIS recruitment promises materializedno nurse training and no riches. She found herself having to let her son play alone unsupervised outside or go with the brothers, other Islamic State fighters to the mosque.

Witnessing how young the boys were that ISIS recruited into the Cubs of the Caliphate, many to go as suicide bombers, she feared her son would suffer a similar fate. She also became pregnant.

Desperate to escape, Passoni took her son in a taxi and headed for the border of ISIS territory, but the fearful driver turned her over to the ISI...

15:30

Nobody pays for water, so why are politicians and Media making you think otherwise? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Making farmers pay for the water they use is unfair, because nobody else pays for the water they use. Federated Farmers is repeating, nobody in New Zealand pays for water. No household, no farm, no hairdresser not even Coca Cola. All we pay for in New Zealand is the right to access the water []

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15:30

Field Expedient Quenches Your Thirst for a Soldering Station "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In the category of first world problems, it seems that these days no one is happy with just a plain old soldering iron. Today, everyone wants a station with bells, whistles, and features. If all you have is the iron, take heart. Grab a soda, drink it, and then duplicate [Kalvin178s] makeshift solder station.

The idea is simple: cut or tear a soda can and press in the sides to make a V-shaped holder for the iron. A smaller part of the can might hold a wet paper towel, a sponge, or some copper scrubbing pads to clean your tip.

We tried to think about using a lollipop stick to hold your solder, but we didnt come up with anything sufficiently clever. Some cheap reading glasses might serve for magnification and a dollar store USB or battery fan could blow fumes.

Weve seen clothes pins used for helping hands. Weve also seen people make quick and dirty iron holders out of stiff wire.

If you really want to make your own big-time station, you can. If thats not hackish enough for you, then you can always strap on a thermocouple.


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15:29

On the Military Activity of the Republic of Korea and its Allies "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

4523423423Against the background of the news on the military activity of the North, the untrained reader may have a misleading impression that the Republic of Korea is like an innocent schoolgirl whose throat is held at the edge of a knife by a North Korean hooligan, and that only an American military presence can save the Republic of Korea from imminent annihilation.

This is certainly not the case. But by how much is this not the case? Below, we shall examine both the modernization programmes of the South Korean armed forces and the number of military exercises undertaken in the spring and summer of 2017 in response to the North Korean provocations, apart from such high-profile ones as the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian or the Foal Eagle.

On March 22, the famous B-1B Lancer bomber took part in the joint South Korean-American military exercise, Foal Eagle. The bomber flew from the United States Andersen Air Force Base to Guam in the morning, and, together with F-15K and KF-16 fighter aircraft from the South Korean Air Force, conducted bombing exercises over the sea.

Later, two B-1B Lancers carried out a similar flight in July 2017 in response to the missile tests by Pyongyang, simulating the destruction of Pyongyangs missile and nuclear facilities. The DPRK immediately labeled the exercise a provocation that is bringing a nuclear war on the brink.

On April 20, the active phase of the regular South Korean-American air exercise, Max Thunder, which has been held since 2009, was put into motion. This event saw the participation of about a hundred aircraft of the Seventh Air Force of the United States and the South Korean Air Force, which included fighters, ground attack planes, bombers, transport aircraft, air reconnaissance aircraft, and others. In the course of the exercise, bombing was carried out using high-precision weapons and antiaircraft defense systems.  

On April 23, a US strike force, led by the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, launched a joint exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force near the Philippines. Earlier, in March, the navies of the two countries also conducted two joint exercises in the East China Sea.

On April 25, the headquarters of the Eighth United States Army began redeploying fr...

15:27

Storm: They Call The Wind Maria; Powerful Hurricane Maria Has Maximum Sustained Winds Of 175 MPH-280 KM/H And A Very Low Minimum Pressure (909 MB) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hurricane Maria has maximum sustained winds of 175 MPH; 280 KM/H with a minimum pressure estimated at 909 mb, which is the tenth lowest minimum pressure recorded in an Atlantic basin hurricane. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCUAT5+shtml/200358.shtml the intensity of a tropical cyclone is determined by either the storms maximum sustained winds or lowest barometric pressure.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Atlantic_hurricane_records#By_pressure. The hurricanes with pressure lower than Maria are Wilma 2005 882 MB; Gilbert 1988- 888 MB; Labor Day 1935- 892 MB; Rita 2005 895 MB; Allen 1980 899 MB; Camille 1969, 900 MB; Katrina 2005 902 MB; Mitch 1998 and Dean 2007 at 905 MB Hurricane. There have been only 7 hurricanes with windspeeds higher than 175 MPH. Irma is one of them. Allen had sustained winds of 190 MPH (310 KM/H). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Atlantic_hurricane_records#By_highest_sustained_winds https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Atlantic_hurricane_records#By_pressure
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15:25

Donald Trump calls Iran a 'murderous regime' in surprisingly hostile UN speech David Icke latest headlines

Donald Trump says that Iran is a murderous regime and that the nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor with the country is an embarrassment. Mr Trump gave the harsh assessment of the Persian nation during his first address to the United Nations General Assembly as President. The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the US has ever entered into, Mr Trump said. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I dont think youve heard the last of it. Believe me. The President characterised Iran as a violent and oppressive regime, and called on the country to release US and other foreign citizens currently held in prisons there. It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Irans government end its pursuit of death and destruction, Mr Trump said. It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained. And above all, Irans government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors. Read more: Donald Trump calls Iran a murderous regime in surprisingly hostile UN speech

15:24

No easy answers for ending forced labour in India "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

India must attend to a long list of issues if it's to achieve 'decent work for all' by the year 2030.

Manipur, India. Jake Guild/Flickr. CC (by)

We, the undersigned activists and academics, work on various forms of extreme exploitation in India. Endorsing the commitment of the Government of India to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 8 on Decent Work and SDG 8.7 on Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, the undersigned hereby submit the following 25 points for consideration.

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We believe that the problems of forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking which are sought to be addressed by SDG 8.7 must be tackled comprehensively. In other words, SDG 8 in general, and SDG 8.7 in particular, can only be achieved by interlinking with efforts to achieve other SDGs, especially SDGs 1 (against poverty), 2 (against hunger), 3 (health and well-being), 5 (gender equality), 10 (reduced inequalities) and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions). Further, a multi-pronged strategy that responds to the needs of all affected constituencies, including bonded labourers, contract workers, domestic workers, intra and inter-state as well as international migrant workers, and sex workers is necessary in order to achieve SDG 8.7.

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We believe that dominant international discourses on modern slavery do not adequately reflect the extreme exploitation and precarious nature of employment in India today. Instead, we believe that an undue emphasis on sensationalist accounts of modern slavery deny the widespread prevalence of economic exploitation even now based on social customs, cultural traditions and hereditary obligations and obfuscate the continuum between extreme and everyday forms of such exploitation.

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We believe that the criminal law, which advocates very stringent punishment of offenders, is neither the best way to address exploitation nor to achieve SDG 8.7......

15:21

Cluster bombs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Laura Boushnak USA, Russia, China producing source ted.com India also funding. Stop banking with them.

15:20

US doesnt seek to impose its way of life on anyone: Eight key quotes from Trumps UN speech David Icke latest headlines

US President Donald Trump urged nations to embrace their sovereignty in his first address at the UN General Assembly in New York, but promised that the US would challenge North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela for behaving in ways the US disapproves of. The United States will forever be a great friend to the world and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return. As long as I hold this office, I will defend Americas interests above all else. In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather, to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign. I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people where it belongs. In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty. Read more: US doesnt seek to impose its way of life on anyone: Eight key quotes from Trumps UN speech

15:15

US aircraft carrier group to be dispatched to Korean Peninsula amid rising tensions David Icke latest headlines

A US carrier group led by the USS Ronald Reagan will join US-South Korean naval drills that will take place near the Korean Peninsula in October, Japanese media report, citing the South Korean Defense Ministry. On Monday, the ministry revealed its plans in a report it submitted to the National Assembly, Japans Asahi Shimbun reports. According to the report, Seoul asked Washington to send the USS Ronald Reagan from the US Navys 7th Fleet, based in the Japanese town of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, to join the exercises scheduled for October. The ministry also planned to conduct joint missile defense exercise together with the US and Japan later in September or in October. The drills are expected to be another demonstration of force by the US and its allies as tensions around the peninsula continue to rise following North Koreas sixth nuclear test on September 3. Following the test, Seoul held massive live-fire naval drills in the Sea of Japan on September 5 and then conducted a separate joint anti-submarine drill with the US just days later. Read more: US aircraft carrier group to be dispatched to Korean Peninsula amid rising tensions

15:15

Trump goes full Bushtard at the UN "IndyWatch Feed War"

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/09/19/trump-falls-in-line-with-interventionism/

By Robert Parry

In discussing President Trump, there is always the soft prejudice of low expectations people praise him for reading from a Teleprompter even if his words make little sense but there is no getting around the reality that his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly must rank as  one of the most embarrassing moments in Americas relations with the global community.

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FARCs step towards peace in Colombia must not be met with another political genocide (Jan Boesten) "IndyWatch Feed World"

20/09/2017 - In his magnus opus 100 Years of Solitude, the late Colombian Nobel laureate, Gabriel Garca Mrquez, warned his compatriots that it is easier to begin a war than to end it ...

15:15

Govt Offers Rebate To Land Catches Onshore "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Government will work closely with the fishing industry to implement new policy initiatives announced by Prime Minister Peter ONeill last week.

Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Patrick Basa held a meeting with representatives from the fishing industry last week to assure them.
The initiatives announced by Mr ONeill included a rebate being offered to fishing companies so that they land their catches onshore to be processed.

The Government forecasts that this would prompt the existing processors to lift their capacity from about 30 percent to about 70 percent. This would create more jobs for Papua New Guineans, and ensure revenue and foreign exchange that is lost to countries like Philippines and Thailand are retained. But the companies say they have not seen the details of the rebates scheme, and are worried that its fast implementation would lead to them make financial losses, resulting in the closure of their business.

Chief among their concerns is the high cost of doing business in PNG, poor infrastructure, lack of adequate and reliable power supply, and high labour cost.
Minister Basa told the representatives that the government appreciates their concerns, and will work closely with them to ensure their concerns are accommodated and addressed. He told them the government was not against the companies, but working towards ensuring a greater return to its people for the harvest of their resource.

Minister Basa instructed the National Fisheries Authority to work with the industry representatives in the nest three months to develop a matrix on the way forward. He directed, among other things, for the NFA to identify the catches by fleets over the last 5 years in PNG and where these fish are landed or exported.

He directed that these data be clear on whether these catches are recorded as catches from Distant Fishing Nations, Locally based foreign flagged vessels, or PNG flagged vessels.

We need to know the exact volume of catches and by fleets. Further to that I want to also know the volume of catches by fleets that is landed in Bangkok and the Philippines, the Minister said.

With four processing plants already operating in Malahang Industrial Centre in Lae, and another two being planned, the government is pushing ahead to build a wharf dedicated to serve fishing companies.

That wharf is to be built in nearby Wagung...

15:13

Harvey Pushed This Texas Wind Farm All the Way to the Max "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Pattern Energy Group Inc.s Gulf Wind farm in Texas remained in operation even as Hurricane Harvey devastated the state with a deluge of rain and winds that reached 130 miles an hour. The 283-megawatt power plant is in Armstrong, about 85 miles (137 kilometers) from Corpus Christi, where the storm crashed into the coast.Too much []

15:12

Starve Them to Death: Wall Street Journals Solution to North Korea David Icke latest headlines

The editors at the Wall Street Journal have settled on a plan for ending the crisis in North Korea. Starve them to death. Im not kidding. In an article titled Options for Removing Kim Jong In the WSJs editorial board suggests that the US use all of its tools to topple the North Korean regime including, of course, vital food imports which keep women and children from facing an agonizing death by starvation. Heres an excerpt from the article: The North is especially vulnerable to pressure this year because a severe drought from April to June reduced the early grain harvest by 30%. If the main harvest is also affected, Pyongyang may need to import more food while sanctions restrict its ability to earn foreign currency. While the regime survived a severe famine in the 1990s, today the political consequences of a failed harvest would be severe. . The army was once the most desirable career path; now soldiers are underpaid and underfed. North Koreans will not simply accept starvation as they did two decades ago. Withholding food aid to bring down a government would normally be unethical, but North Korea is an exceptional case. Past aid proved to be a mistake as it perpetuated one of the most evil regimes in history. The U.N. says some 40% of the population is undernourished, even as the Kims continue to spend huge sums on weapons. Ending the North Korean state as quickly as possible is the most humane course. Read more: Starve Them to Death: Wall Street Journals Solution to North Korea

15:11

Tim Hayward: Finance, war, and the rule of rogue Law "IndyWatch Feed World"

Something like a privatised global constitution governs financial relationships affecting the life prospects of everyone on the planet. Not only does this entrench the pursuit of interests that run counter to social justice, ecological sustainability, and even real economic productivity.[1] It is implicated in a further, fundamental and all-encompassing, problem. War. I want to explore the connection, but, first, why speak of a privatised constitution? As Katharina Pistor shows, the very existence of finance has the form of a set of legal contracts underwritten by legal norms and institutionalized means of enforcing them.[2] A critical problem, for the vast majority of us, is that the people with most power over the financial system are the least bound by any socially or politically mandated norms. A global rule of law relating to finance is determined by a kind of supra-political order that itself has no constitutional oversight. An essentially private constitution, created and imposed by a global elite, circumvents and subverts the politics of states and the will of peoples. Gunther Teubner points out that this neoliberal world order has a stratum of constitutional norms that provide transnational corporations with unlimited latitude for action;[3] Turkuler Isiksel highlights how private corporations' investors' rights can even colonise human rights regimes.[4] With more than three thousand international investment agreements in effect around the world, private corporations can sue signatory states in order to protect their interests in those states' own territories. These disputes are heard in legal venues above the jurisdictional authority of states, mostly under the auspices of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). As the 'investment' dimension of 'trade and investment' agreements comes to involve ever more egregious shifts of power from democratically legitimate authorities to private corporate actors, private rights are even effectively able to trump human rights.[5] From the standpoint of public concern, this looks like the rule of law gone rogue.

Tim Hayward: Finance, war, and the rule of rogue law "IndyWatch Feed World"

Something like a privatised global constitution governs financial relationships affecting the life prospects of everyone on the planet. Not only does this entrench the pursuit of interests that run counter to social justice, ecological sustainability, and even real economic productivity.[1] It is implicated in a further, fundamental and all-encompassing, problem. War. I want to explore the connection, but, first, why speak of a privatised constitution? As Katharina Pistor shows, the very existence of finance has the form of a set of legal contracts underwritten by legal norms and institutionalized means of enforcing them.[2] A critical problem, for the vast majority of us, is that the people with most power over the financial system are the least bound by any socially or politically mandated norms. A global rule of law relating to finance is determined by a kind of supra-political order that itself has no constitutional oversight. An essentially private constitution, created and imposed by a global elite, circumvents and subverts the politics of states and the will of peoples. Gunther Teubner points out that this neoliberal world order has a stratum of constitutional norms that provide transnational corporations with unlimited latitude for action;[3] Turkuler Isiksel highlights how private corporations' investors' rights can even colonise human rights regimes.[4] With more than three thousand international investment agreements in effect around the world, private corporations can sue signatory states in order to protect their interests in those states' own territories. These disputes are heard in legal venues above the jurisdictional authority of states, mostly under the auspices of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). As the 'investment' dimension of 'trade and investment' agreements comes to involve ever more egregious shifts of power from democratically legitimate authorities to private corporate actors, private rights are even effectively able to trump human rights.[5] From the standpoint of public concern, this looks like the rule of law gone rogue.

15:11

Distorted Views of the Enemy and Bushs Axis of Evil "IndyWatch Feed War"

Many years ago, while the war in Vietnam still raged, the psychologist Ralph K. White wrote a book entitled Nobody Wanted War that has resonated deeply with my own thinking about war. Ive long believed that the willingness of our government to kill and bring misery to millions of powerless people in nations like Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, which represent no direct threat to us, cannot be justified alone in terms of a broad strategic conception of national defense. Instead, it must for the most part be rationalized by an appeal to the darker dynamics of human psychology.

Whites book, though it was focused primarily on the Vietnam War, seeks broadly to identify psychological factors common both to that war and to World Wars I and II that can distort our perceptions of an adversarys true motivations and thereby justify making war against him. Today, it seems, those same factors can also shed light on the relentless militancy of Americas foreign policy and, in particular, our continuing war on terrorism. The principal factors White sees in producing distorted views of the enemy can be characterized in capsule form as follows:

  • The moral self-image. Our way is good and honorable and must be preserved. Our part of the world is the Free World, despite its inclusion of a number of nations with self-evidently totalitarian governments. Both Good and God are on our side. By implication, countries not aligned with us reject freedom and godliness. This congratulatory self-image was exemplified by the German World War I slogan: Gott Mit Uns (May God Be with Us)meaning also, by implication, May God Not Be with Our Foe. Osama Bin Laden himself was convinced God was on his side; but, then again, so was President Bush.
  • The virile self-image. In 1914, each of the Great Powers feared losing our position as a Great Power. Analogous cases exist today. Nations are reluctant to retreat lest they be deemed weak or irresolute. This reluctance prevails even when they decide the situation at hand is not worth a fight, or, indeed, that they may even be in the wrong. The image of virility must be preserved at any cost. The essential thing is to seem consistent, strong and firm. Bush told us that we couldnt allow a gang of terrorist thugs to deflect us from our goal of...

15:11

Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant milestone in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel.

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For this JCAP study, researchers engineered a complete system to work at different times of day, not just at a light energy level of 1-sun illumination, which is equivalent to the peak of brightness at high noon on a sunny day. They varied the brightness of the light source to show that the system remained efficient even in low light conditions.

The ethanol-fueled rejoice.


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15:10

Britain and Saudi Arabia sign military cooperation deal David Icke latest headlines

Saudi Arabia and Britain signed a framework deal for military cooperation, Saudi state media said on Tuesday, just two days after Gulf rival Qatar signed a deal to buy jet fighters from the European nation. The agreement came after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed security ties with visiting British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, the Saudi Press Agency said without disclosing details of the agreement. During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations particularly the mechanism joint coordination in the field of defense. They also discussed efforts to combat terrorism, SPA said. The agreement comes as Britain seeks to explore lucrative trade deals outside Europe, including energy-rich Gulf monarchies, after voting to leave the European Union. Read more: Britain and Saudi Arabia sign military cooperation deal

15:08

Shaka Shakur Charged with Attacking Guard at Wabash Valley, Indiana: Calls Needed Now! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Shaka Shakur Charged with Attacking Guard at Wabash Valley, Indiana: Calls Needed Now! appeared first on It's Going Down.

On Aug. 31, Shaka Shakur, political prisoner and inmate of Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, was involved in an altercation with two correctional officers. Jon Sexton, 71, was taken to the hospital following the incident when Shakur allegedly slipped his restraints and attacked Sexton with a sharpened piece of plastic.

The Wabash Valley administration has gone out of its way to cast the incident as an unprovoked attack and to portray Shakur as an unpredictable and violent criminal. The situation inside Wabash Valley lends some much needed context, however.

Officer Sexton is a long-time correctional officer (CO) and is part of a network of closely associated guards and administrators who maintain the prison as a machine of racism, dehumanization and torture. Numerous inmates of Wabash Valley have testified to their treatment by the cabal of good ol boy guards, who take pleasure in humiliating and abusing inmates in their custody. Spitting in food, confiscating mail, making general threats against family and supporters are common practices of this network of officers and administrators.

Several prisons in Indiana have developed this social dynamic, wherein sparsely populated, primarily rural and white communities see maximum security prisons built in their area. The prison becomes the primary, if not the only, economic driver.

In some instances, whole families become employees of the prison, with one member writing disciplinary actions and another approving them. This leaves no outlet for inmate grievances or self-defense to be heard.

Officer Sexton is a long-time correctional officer (CO) and is part of a network of closely associated guards and administrators who maintain the prison as a machine of racism, dehumanization and torture.

The IDOC is taking measures to ensure that its cells are constantly filled for the benefit of private corporations like the GEO Group, Global Tel Link and JPay. In order to prevent the public from discovering this trend, inmates are increasingly prevented from communicating with the outside.

Numerous inmates of Wabash Valley have testified to the...

15:07

Mark of the Beast $$$ "IndyWatch Feed War"

Money and the power it imbues atrophies the living daemon in all who are subjected to capitalist games. It is a manipulator of perception, a truth twister, a divider of people. All who wade into the capitalist pool will be permeated with money values, and those who stay too long in the tides become part of the tide itself. Consumed in the endless blinkered waters.

When capitalist ideals possess a victim their natural will is absconded by selfish desire, and they begin capitulating to the pitchfork wielding devil on their shoulder who is forever whispering Why dont you just take it all for yourself?

The money values eventually take precedent over human values and even a capitalists own happiness will become unimportant when they adopt the idea of saving just a little bit more then, thenThen, they can focus what is truly important, family, friends, and that kinda shit. But the accumulation of money somehow always becomes the central focus, and when the tipping point arrives for a society where money is held in higher regard than human contentment trust erodes, societal collapse becomes inevitable, and a slide into insanity assured.

There is a fine line each individual walks with money. If awareness isnt emphasized one will never recognize the moment equilibrium was lost. Creeping capitalism falsely rewards neurons, misleading conscious thought into slippery pleas to chase the dragon for another hit while wrapped in cozy pragmatic rationalizations. Pragmatism shifts soon after into malicious thoughts of competing with others over trivialities because who the fuck are they to take more than you, and if you dont take more then someone else will, is how the ravenous logic goes.

Money absorbs people without them knowing. Its dark magic. It casts spell. Good people who once stood for decent things start making all kinds of excuses for why things shouldnt change. It warps their worldview, where they once may have been against all unnecessary suffering but now they dont mind so much as long as it maintains their status.

Capitalists sound something like humans, or tryl however, you can hear the warbling insincerity in their inflections. The weak-willed vacillations are pasted through capitalist dialect. Should a capitalist be confronted for their actions theyll perpetually speak to some future time when that thing, like poverty, or war, or homelessness, or man-made environmental apocalypse will be fixed, but be patient because, you know, things cant happen overnight. But theyll promise you at some point in the very near future these fixable problems can be remedied, but just not today. Maybe, just maybe, next election cycle if youre all good little plebeians well get you some nicer prisons. Or for the better treated servants perhaps you can make $15 an hour in eight or so yearsmaybe, but for now, buck up.

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15:05

Nine civilians dead as Saudi warplanes bomb North-West Yemen David Icke latest headlines

At least nine civilians have been killed when Saudi military aircraft carried out an airstrike against a residential area in Yemen as the Saudi regime presses ahead with an atrocious military campaign against its crisis-hit southern neighbor. Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said four women and five children lost their lives on Tuesday, when Saudi fighter jets bombarded a residential building in the Kushar district of the northwestern province of Hajjah, located approximately 130 kilometers northwest of the capital Sanaa, Arabic-language al-Arabi news website reported. The sources identified the victims as members of the same family. Read more: Nine civilians dead as Saudi warplanes bomb North-West Yemen

15:05

Whos complacent? Your teenager? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

teenagers are increasingly delaying activities that had long been seen as rites of passage into adulthood. The study, published Tuesday in the journal Child Development, found that the percentage of adolescents in the U.S. who have a drivers license, who have tried alcohol, who date, and who work for pay has plummeted since 1976, with the most precipitous decreases in the past decade.

The declines appeared across race, geographic, and socioeconomic lines, and in rural, urban, and suburban areas.

Between 1976 and 1979, 86 percent of high school seniors had gone on a date; between 2010 and 2015 only 63 percent had, the study found. During the same period, the portion who had ever earned money from working plunged from 76 to 55 percent. And the portion who had tried alcohol plummeted from 93 percent between 1976 and 1979 to 67 percent between 2010 and 2016.

Teens have also reported a steady decline in sexual activity in recent decades, as the portion of high school students who have had sex fell from 54 percent in 1991 to 41 percent in 2015, according to Centers for Disease Control statistics.

Teens have also reported a steady decline in sexual activity in recent decades, as the portion of high school students who have had sex fell from 54 percent in 1991 to 41 percent in 2015, according to Centers for Disease Control statistics.

Here is the Tarah Barampour WaPo story.  Is it evolutionary psychology pushing us more into a more stable mode of behavior for safe circumstances, or perhaps teens being more aware of the need to build their resumes?  Or something else altogether different?

These developments are mostly positive, both as symptoms and as active causal agents, and yet

Somewhere along the line there is a positive social payoff from risk-taking, including sometimes from teenagers.  How would rock and roll evolved in such a world?   Who is to help undo unjust social structures?  The graybeards?

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15:03

Doomsday This Saturday? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Apparently some group of religious nutters in the United States have been given a preview of NZ's general election result on Saturday.

"If you have plans for Saturday, you may want to move them up a day. You see, several media outlets are reporting numerologist David Meade's prediction that this Saturday, September 23, marks the day that the world will end.......
.........The problem with almost all of the reporting, though, is that the news reports connect David Meade's doomsday predictions with a Biblical prophecy ministry named Unsealed. "

Apparently Winston Peters is some nasty character hiding behind the pseudonym 'Nibiru.'

15:02

Israeli fighter jet bombs positions in occupied Golan Heights David Icke latest headlines

An Israeli fighter jet has targeted positions in Syrias occupied Golan Heights after a Patriot missile allegedly intercepted and shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle purportedly operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement. Beirut-based and English-language Daily Star reported that the aerial assaults targeted a number of areas in Syrias strategic southwestern region of Quneitra near the border with Israeli-controlled Palestinian territories. Earlier, the Israeli media outlets claimed that Israels military forces had struck a reconnaissance drone as soon as it had entered the skies over the occupied Golan Heights. Israeli Military Spokesman Brigadier General Ronen Manelis said the Hezbollah-operated drone took off from Damascus International Airport. Read more: Israeli fighter jet bombs positions in occupied Golan Heights

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Cureckitycoo  to coo like a dove; to flirt and canoodle with someone; one who gives caresses.


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15:00

Dirty Swiss money "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

[] Swiss prosecutors are trying to figure out why someone apparently attempted to flush tens of thousands of euros down the toilet at a Geneva branch of UBS Group AG. The first 500-euro bills were discovered several months ago in a bathroom close to a bank vault containing hundreds of safe deposit boxes, according to []

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15:00

Resistance for Scout: Fighting in Their Memory "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Resistance for Scout: Fighting in Their Memory appeared first on It's Going Down.

But police murder is never justified, and neither are the police as an institution. Simply put: the police serve as an occupying force.

On the night of Saturday, September 16th, the Georgia Tech Police murdered Scout Schultz. Scout was an anarchist, an activist, and the president of the Gerogia Tech Pride Alliance. They fought for police abolition, an end to capitalism, and freedom from state control. Scout (who used they/them pronouns and identified as nonbinary, bisexual and intersex) was a beloved member of their communities, at Georgia Tech and throughout Atlanta. Some may say that Scouts murder was justified, because they were carrying a multi-tool that looked like a knife to GTPD officers, or because they were walking towards the police, or for any number of other reasons.

But police murder is never justified, and neither are the police as an institution. Simply put: the police serve as an occupying force. Modern policing developed from patrols to catch runaway slaves and forces to suppress working class organization. As an institution, the police have never abandoned this social function of maintaining the status quo of oppression and terrorizing marginalized people. On Saturday night when Scout was executed, the Georgia Tech Police Department was doing its job.

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Vigil organizers attempted to cut the event short. They restricted speakers to only those affiliated with their organizations, not allowing any voice for Scouts other mourning friends and comrades.

On the Sunday afternoon...

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One congressional war authorization shouldn't last for decades David Icke latest headlines

Between multiple hurricanes, a surprise debt deal, impending tax reform, and end-of-the-year legislative deadlines, youd be forgiven for not noticing that the Senate kicked off consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week. Another thing you might have overlooked? The United States is still at war. Thats the point Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tried to raise last week with an amendment to the NDAA. By engaging in military conflicts in no fewer than seven countries around the world, America remains at war, and without the authorization of Congress. Following 9/11, President Bush requested and Congress passed an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), which provided legal authority for the president to use force against groups and countries that supported those terrorist attacks. The following year, Congress passed the 2002 AUMF to authorize military action in Iraq. Both AUMFs have been misconstrued as blanket authority for presidents to take military action wherever and whenever they deemed necessary without the consent of Congress. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that both AUMFs are outdated and insufficient to authorize action against most threats the U.S. faces today. Read more: One congressional war authorization shouldnt last for decades

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Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/09/20 Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

2017/09/20 04:30:01Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

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September 20th 2017 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #244 "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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Reminder: Kansas City Meetup This Friday, September 22 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Looking forward to seeing Kansas City readers and perhaps some attendees from the MMT conference at our meetup this Friday!

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Lae Snax Tigers' Charlie Simon named Captain of PMs XIII to play Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Charlie Simon from Lae Snax Tigers will lead as skipper of the newly announced 18 men PMs 13 team that was named this morning in a ceremony witnessed by the Acting Sports Minister Charlie Raminai at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby.
Acting Minister Charlie Raminai at the official team announcement urged the Stanley Tepend coached side "to take pride in the jersey they will wear this weekend against the Kangaroos and perform to their best for the country."
The team was announced by coach Stanley Tepend in front of the PNG Rugby Football League Board and major sponsor National Gaming Control Board (NGCB) Chief Executive Officer Imelda Agon.
PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka said the annual match between Australia and PNG is aimed at driving social messages of Violence against Women and children and strengthens bilateral ties between both countries.
NGCB CEO Imelda Agon said they were happy to support and assist the PNG PMs 13 team host the annual match.

NGCB PNG Prime Ministers XIII team:

1.         Joe Joshua

2.         Brendon Gutono

3.         Stanford Talita

4.         Junior Rau

5.         Karo Kauna Jnr

6.         Jason Missian

7.         Charlie Simon

8.         Junior Rop

9.         Stanley Olo

10.       Dilbert Issac

11.       Tuvi Lepan

12.       Kato Ottio

13.       John Andy

14.       Sailas Gahuna

15.       William Mone

16.       Eddie Daffa

17.       Muka Peter Kulu

18.       Joshua Nani

Coach: Stanley Tepend

Team Management: Steven Nightingale, Roderick Puname, David Westley, Solomon Kulinasi, Leonard Tarum and Tim Rodgers.


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Restored Republic via a GCR as of Sept. 20, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of Sept. 20 2017

Compiled 12:01 am EDT 20 Sept. 2017 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com; Author, "Twenty Two Faces," www.22faces.com

Source: Dinar Chronicles

A. Judy Note: Summary of Intel over the last week:

1. According to the Elders, the RV would happen no later than this Sat. Sept. 23 so the general public could begin exchanging on Oct. 1.

2. USA, Inc. would no longer be able to operate after Sept. 30 and the USD defaulting on Sept. 30 would be a trigger for military action.

3. Military action would begin with an Emergency System Broadcast, followed by Trump resigning, Pence's pardon and then mass arrests.

4. The RV would begin sometime during this event.

5. On Jan. 1 2018 GESARA could be in effect, plus citizens of various nations would be able to collect a new global allowance.

6. At your exchange the banks would honor all Zim notes regardless of series, or year, plus no zeroes would be removed.

7. The Zim was a bond, not a currency, and therefore the majority of a Zim Bond exchange would have to be dedicated to humanitarian needs.

8. Since the Zim was a bond, 80% of your Zim exchange would need to be dedicated to humanitarian charities in Zimbabwe, while 20% would be paid to you.

9. Of what you receive of your Zim proceeds, 95% would remain at HSBC earning interest.

10. You could negotiate your interest rate anywhere from 2% to 8%.

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Our Enemy is Truly Evil Dr. Dave Janda "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com Radio host, patriot and retired orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dave Janda is an outspoken critic of Obama Care. Dr. Janda says, Obama Care is cancerperiod.  You cant tweak cancer.  You have to cut it out.  You have to destroy it, and any plan that does not completely get rid of Obama Care, the []

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Texas Carpet Bombs Its Own Hurricane-Traumatized Victims With Neurological Poisons Sprayed From Military Planes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Natural News| The war on humanity continues unabated in Texas, where over one million acres of land are being carpet-bombed with the aerial spraying of neurotoxic chemicals in an effort to kill mosquitoes. Texas authorities are openly lying to citizens, claiming these poisons are magically not poisons at all when they come into contact with humans. Even more alarmingly, Texas authorities are urging their citizens to use other toxic chemicals on their skin chemicals that are part of a binary weapon systemthat causes Alzheimers and dementia by incurring permanent brain damage (see the science, below).

U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo planes began spraying insecticides over three eastern Texas counties over the weekend and will expand to other areas over the next two weeks, officials from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said, reports Reuters. About 1.85 million acres have been treated as of Tuesday, according to the department.

In effect, the State of Texas is unleashing weapons of mass destruction against its own citizens, generating trillions of dollars in long-term health care costs that financially benefit the drug makers who sell prescription treatments for Alzheimers, dementia, cancer and other diseases caused by chemical exposure. The aerial bombardment of high-density population centers, it turns out, is a revenue generating activity for the for-profit sick care industry that has infiltrated the entire Texas legislature.

DSHS is working with counties that have requested assistance with mosquito control to coordinate spraying by two state contractors and federal support through FEMA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve, reports the official DSHS website. A total of approximately 4.36 million acres has been sprayed across all areas.

Apparently mosquitoes can hurt recovery operations by swarming residents, explains a DSHS spokesperson, somehow imagining that Gulf Coast Texas residents have never encountered mosquitoes before. Perhaps this doesnt qualify as a breaking news alert, but Housto...

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Stress: Are You Sick With Worry? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Stress: Are You Sick With Worry?
by Jordan Lite

You're probably familiar with the insidious effects of stress on your sleep quality and its link to anxiety and depression. Now growing body of evidence suggests that stress can take a physical toll, too, damaging everything from your heart to your immune system. It may even shorten your lifespan. "Chronic emotional stress can affect virtually every organ system in negative ways," says Dean Ornish, M.D., founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, Calif. "But stress is not simply a function of what you do. It's also a function of how you react."
While scientists are just beginning to untangle the hows and whys of stress-related illness, they believe that certain hormones are involved. Three of those brain chemicals - cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine - that are released when we're stressed seem to have damaging effects on the body. "When you're under chronic stress, your body tenses up to prepare for battle in the fight or flight response," Ornish says, describing that hormone rush, "so the same mechanisms that are really protective can themselves become harmful and even lethal when they're chronically activated."

Cortisol seems to "tune down" the immune system and make it less able to fight infection, says Esther Sternberg, M.D., director of the integrative neural immune program at the National Institute of Mental Health. Various studies by Ohio State University (OSU) scientists have found that dementia caregiver...

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BBC again accused of undermining Britain with anti-Brexit coverage David Icke latest headlines

The BBC once again stands accused of bias against Brexit, with Labour MP Kate Hoey suggesting the corporation actually risks undermining Britains negotiating position with its coverage. Vauxhall MP Hoey, who fervently campaigned for Vote Leave, hit out at the BBC and its Newsnight presenter Evan Davis on Tuesday, saying: Does anyone else think that @BBCNewsnight and @EvanHD seem to delight in undermining our country in EU negotiations #embitteredremainers? She found plenty of support for that view on social media, with one user suggesting Remoaners should just accept the democratic vote An independent inquiry by the News-Watch group in May found the BBC was strongly biased against Brexit in its coverage of the triggering of Article 50 under the Lisbon Treaty back in March, the provision officially kickstarting the two-year Brexit process. Read more: BBC again accused of undermining Britain with anti-Brexit coverage

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Google, Facebook and Twitter told to take down terror content within two hours or face fines David Icke latest headlines

Google, Facebook and Twitter are to be hauled in front of world leaders and given a month to take down terrorist websites within two hours or face heavy fines. Theresa May, the Prime Minister, will on Wednesday urge internet firms to go further and faster to stop the spread of terrorist material including the development of new technology to stop it from ever appearing on the web in the first place. Separately the Government is also talking to Amazon and Ebay about the sale of items on their websites could help terrorists launch attacks. Official figures show that 54,000 different websites containing advice on bomb making, and committing attacks using trucks and knives, were posted online by supporters of the so-called Islamic State group between August last year and May this year. Read more: Google, Facebook and Twitter told to take down terror content within two hours or face fines

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Wednesday September 20th 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

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The Empires Hustle: Why Anti-Trumpism Doesnt Include Anti-War "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Libertarian U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) declared from the Senate floor last week in anticipation of the vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2018:

I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared and unconstitutional warWhat we have today is basically unlimited war, anywhere, anytime, any place upon the globe.

With these words, Paul became one of the few voices to oppose the obscenity that is known as U.S. war policy. But only two other senators joined him: Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR).  But there is a wrinkle here: Paul is not concerned with the size of the military budget. Hes pointing his finger at the continuation of the Authorization to Use Military Force Act (AUMF) of 2001, which was the legal basis for the U.S. global war on terror. He wants Congress to re-assess this legislation that has prompted endless wars abroad.

After Pauls amendment to the NDAA was defeated, the Senate went on to approve it with a vote of 89-9 Monday in what the New York Times correctly identified as a bi-partisan effort, to authorize a military budget of $696 billionan increase in the military budget of almost $75 billion  and well over the $54 billion that Pres. Donald Trump had originally proposed.

The very next day, Trump appeared before the United Nations and threatened to destroy North Korea, subvert Venezuela, and undermine the nuclear agreement with Iran, which could lead to military conflict with that nation.

Obscuring the Bi-Partisan Defense of Empire

Nothing rehabilitates an unpopular president in capitalist America like war. In fact, the only sustained negative press that Barack Obama received was when he seemed reluctant to fully immerse the United States in direct efforts to cause regime change in Syria by attacking that nation and committing to significant boots on the ground. For the Neo-cons and liberal interventionists driving U.S. policy, allowing U.S. vassal states to take the lead in waging war in that country was an unnecessary and inefficient burden on those states.

Similarly on the war issue, the only let-up in the constant barrage of negative press that Trump experienced was when he launched an attack on Syria, demonstrating once again that a consensus exists among the oligarchy on what instrument will be used to ensure their continued global dominance.

With the escalating decline in U.S. influence from the Bush administration through Obama and now to Trump, U.S. global dominance increasingly depends on its ability to project military power. Obamas pivot to Asia, the veritable rampage by the United States through West Asia and North Afr...

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Freedom Is a Myth: We Are All Prisoners of the Police States Panopticon Village David Icke latest headlines

First broadcast in Great Britain 50 years ago, The Prisonera dystopian television series described as James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafkaconfronted societal themes that are still relevant today: the rise of a police state, the freedom of the individual, round-the-clock surveillance, the corruption of government, totalitarianism, weaponization, group think, mass marketing, and the tendency of humankind to meekly accept their lot in life as a prisoner in a prison of their own making. Perhaps the best visual debate ever on individuality and freedom, The Prisoner (17 episodes in all) centers around a British secret agent who abruptly resigns only to find himself imprisoned, monitored by militarized drones, and interrogated in a mysterious, self-contained, cosmopolitan, seemingly tranquil retirement community known only as the Village. The Village is a virtual prison disguised as a seaside paradise: its inhabitants have no true freedom, they cannot leave the Village, they are under constant surveillance, their movements are tracked by surveillance drones, and they are stripped of their individuality and identified only by numbers. Read more: Freedom Is a Myth: We Are All Prisoners of the Police States Panopticon Village

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Israel and Palestine: a journey through the Unholy Land "IndyWatch Feed National"

Driving through the West Bank, you get the sense that the hope-turned-disappointment cycles of the failed, successive peace accords have been replaced by grim resignation to the reality of an implacable occupation and settlement project. All the trappings of occupation and land theft have only reinforced the incongruity of the Israeli settlements, not least of which is the prison-like fencing and barbed wire that encircle them.

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Philippe Barbarin: French cardinal to face trial for not reporting child abuse David Icke latest headlines

A senior French cardinal, Philippe Barbarin, is to be tried on charges of not reporting historical child abuse, according to reports. The clergyman, who is also the Archbishop of Lyon, was once tipped as a successor to Pope Francis. But he and six other priests have been ordered to appear in court for allegedly not speaking out against abuse said to be committed by another clergyman, Bernard Preynat, in the 1980s. Mr Preynat was dismissed in 2015 and prosecutors say he has admitted charges of child abuse. His alleged victims have now accused Father Barbarin and others of not reporting the crimes to the authorities. Read more: Philippe Barbarin: French cardinal to face trial for not reporting child abuse

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Senates Last Shot at Repeal and Replace? Indian Health Still Gets Dinged! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski could once again be a deciding vote on the future of health care. (Senate photo)

Guest Commentary

Published September 20, 2017

Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports

You have to wonder why the latest Senate Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act did not get written with one senator in mind, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Yet the bill by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is more conservative than previous approaches. It has lots of wish-list boxes to tick, no money for Planned Parenthood, big tax cuts, and its spends way fewer federal dollars. The bill only needs 50 votes to pass but that must happen before the end of this month.

Mark Trahant

Medicaid would become a block grant program that states could design (and pay for). So it would likely disappear. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that federal funding for health care would be reduced by $299 billion in 2027 alone with cuts impacting all states. And heres a fun fact: Big states that expanded Medicaid would be hit harder. A lot harder.

Why 2027? Thats the year block grants disappear.  Graham and Cassidy argue that only a temporary block grant would be allowed under the rules of debate. So no new thing. Congress would have to meet pay for standards to replace that after 2027; meaning there would be cuts in other federal programs equal to the new spending.

And, like other Republican plans, this one would add significantly to the ranks of the uninsured. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates 32 million would lose coverage. States could also end essential benefits, coverage of pre-existing conditions, and allow companies to ch...

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Two Montana Areas Make National List of Wild Areas at High Risk of Resource Development "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Badge Two Medicine is being threatened. Earth Justice photograph.

New report shines spotlight on important wild lands that must be protected

Published September 20, 2017

BOZEMAN, MONTANA A new report released today by The Wilderness Society raises the alarm about both the Badger-Two Medicine and Paradise Valley, as well as other wild lands across the U.S. threatened by extractive industries eager to exploit the resources on or underneath them, including oil, gas and gold.

Too Wild To Drill identifies 15 unique places found on public lands that are at high risk of drilling, mining and other developmentand the damage and destruction that inevitably follow. These lands provide Americans with important benefits such as clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, sacred sites, and jobs and other socioeconomic benefits.

Jack Gladstone, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe and founder of Blackfeet Headwaters Alliance explains that, the Blackfeet people have lived on this land for thousands upon thousands of years and the Badger-Two Medicine region is our refuge.  It is one of the last geographical strongholds for our ancient culture. We will not stand by and watch the Badger-Two Medicine desecrated by oil and gas interests.

Emigrant Peak from Paradise Valley in Montana. Photo from Flicker

Energy development can damage landscapes, of...

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The Problems of Todays Black Americans "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

That the problems of todays black Americans are a result of a legacy of slavery, racial discrimination and poverty has achieved an axiomatic status, thought to be self-evident and beyond question. This is what academics and the civil rights establishment have taught. But as with so much of whats claimed by leftists, there is little evidence to support it.

The No. 1 problem among blacks is the effects stemming from a very weak family structure. Children from fatherless homes are likelier to drop out of high school, die by suicide, have behavioral disorders, join gangs, commit crimes and end up in prison. They are also likelier to live in poverty-stricken households. But is the weak black family a legacy of slavery? In 1960, just 22 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families. Fifty years later, more than 70 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families. Heres my question: Was the increase in single-parent black families after 1960 a legacy of slavery, or might it be a legacy of the welfare state ushered in by the War on Poverty?

According to the 1938 Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, that year 11 percent of black children were born to unwed mothers. Today about 75 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers. Is that supposed to be a delayed response to the legacy of slavery? The bottom line is that the black family was stronger the first 100 years after slavery than during what will be the second 100 years.

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At one time, almost all black families were poor, regardless of whether one or both parents were present. Today roughly 30 percent of blacks are poor. However, two-parent black families are rarely poor. Only 8 percent of black married-couple families live in poverty. Among black families in which both the husband and wife work full time, the poverty rate is under 5 percent. Poverty in black families headed by single women is 37 percent. The undeniable truth is that neither slavery nor Jim Crow nor the harshest racism has decimated the black family the way the welfare state has.

The black family structure is not the only retrogression suffered by blacks in the age of racial enlightenment. In every census from 1890 to 1954, blacks were either just as active as or more so than whites in the labor market. During that earlier period, black teen unemployment was roughly equal to or less than white teen unemployment. As early as 1900, the duration of black unemployment was 15 percent shorter than that of whites; today its about 30 percent longer. Would anyone suggest that during earlier periods, there was less racial discrimination? What goes a long way toward an explanation of yesteryear and toda...

American Exceptionalism Considered "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Since the crushing, truly humiliating defeat that it suffered with the election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency, neoconservatism, at least temporarily, experienced a dramatic reversal of fortunes.

It isnt, of course, that neoconservatives have gone away; and it certainly isnt the case that they have lost power and influence in any substantiveas opposed to symbolicrespect.  Still, the sort of standard GOP/neocon agitprop that prevailed during the George W. Bush days, and even into the Obama era, has been less audible in the Age of Trump.

We should not, however, be misled by this into thinking that some of the distinguishing ideas of neoconservatism dont continue to inform American domestic and, especially, foreign policy. In fact, there is a real sense in which some of these ideas inform the contemporary cultural consciousness.

Within the ideological solar system that is the neoconservative view, there is one idea specifically that is arguably the sun around which all of the others revolve. This is the idea that America itself is an ideaor what is otherwise known as the doctrine of American Exceptionalism (AE).

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AE Considered

What can it mean to say that America (or anything) is an idea or concept or proposition?  An idea is an intangible or incorporeal sort of thing.  Ideas, in other words, are without bodies, nonphysical.  They are without borders.  In principle, then, any given idea can be discovered and, hence, endorsed by anyone, irrespectively of culture or history.  One may become consciously aware of an idea at a specific juncture and courtesy of culturally and historically-specific circumstances; but the idea itself, considered as an idea, neednt owe anything to the contingencies of space and time.

An idea, inasmuch as it is thought to transcend all civilizational differences, is universal.

That the proponents of AE think of America the Idea in just this way is borne out by their insistence that anyone can become an American. We receive confirmation of this as well whenever the members of Respectable Society, both liberal and conservative, talk about immigration, whether legal or illegal: Although it is only ever recognizable leftists who use the term undocumented to describe illegal immigrants, those on the official right implicitly endorse the idea behind this term when they too speak as if the only meaningful difference between immigrants and American citizens is that the former havent yet satisfied the formal or legal criteria for American citizenship.

To put i...

Support for Secession "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

While division between both political parties has been accepted as a norm for decades, we have witnessed a level of intensity in 2017 that has dwarfed anything remotely similar in recent American history. While it appears to be boiling over, perhaps many are ready to set aside their differences in a way reminiscent of the Declaration of Independence.

Over Labor Day Weekend, a nationwide poll of 800 likely voters, conducted by John Zogby Strategies asked, among other questions, which view is closer to their own on the topic of secession; Statement A: If a majority of residents within a given state prefer to have the final say over their destiny without the control of Washington D.C. then let them have it it is their right.Statement B: If residents within a given state were to take such a drastic measure and secede from the United States, the federal government would be justified in sending in the military to prevent secession from taking place.

While nearly 1/3 of the public (32%) agree that the federal government should intervene to stop any state movement for secession, nearly four in ten (39%) agree that each state has the ultimate say over their destiny and that secession is a right. Just shy of three in ten were not sure (29%).

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Drilling down deeper, those 18-29 years of age are most likely of all age groups to support secession (47%). Support drops with the progression of each age cohort. Those 65+ only find 1 in 3 voters (33%) who agree.

Looking at party, Democrats take a slight lead with 41% in agreeing on the right of secession, followed by 40% of those identifying as Independent or Other party. Republicans have similar a level of intensity as 38% also went with the option supporting the right of a state to break from the federal government.

Finally, a breakdown of region shows high support for secession within the South, Northeast, and out West (48%, 43%, and 43% respectively) while those living in the Central/Great Lakes region show support from one quarter of residents (25%).

In the final analysis, this is a global issue that has gained traction in the last few years. From Scotland and Catalan, to Venice, France, the UK, and now loud calls can even be heard in California and Texas. The ghosts of Lincoln, (I must save the Union) and Jefferson (A rebellion is necessary every generation) appear to be roaming the American landscape as a sizeable portion of the public are sympathetic to the cause of Independence from D.C.

Th...

Cultural Marxism Explained "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This is an excellent short video explaining the source and nature of Cultural Marxist movements like political correctness, modern feminism, pansexualism, multiculturalism, whiteness studies, etc.  For an in-depth critique of the thinkers whose writings shaped Cultural Marxism, see Fools, Frauds and Firebrands:  Thinkers of the New Left by the eminent British philosopher Roger Scruton.  Scruton brilliantly exposes the pretensions, obscurities, and inanities of Sartre, Foucault, Galbraith, Marcuse, Lukacs, Habermas, Adorno, Rawls, Dworkin and others of their ilk. The book is not just a philosophical tract but a work in critical political economy and contains one of the most penetrating discussions of the Marxist labor theory of value that I have ever read.

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Note: The views expressed on Mises.org are not necessarily those of the Mises Institute.

The post Cultural Marxism Explained appeared first on LewRockwell.

Our Free Society "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Barbarian cannot make he can befog and destroy but he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.

Hilaire Bellocs depiction of the barbarian is recalled to mind as the statues honoring the history and heroes of the Republic and of the West continue to be vandalized and smashed.

A week ago, the statue of missionary and Catholic Saint Fr. Junipero Serra was beheaded at the Santa Barbara Mission he founded. A century-old Columbus statue in Central Park was defaced and spray-painted with: Hate will not be tolerated.

Baltimores monument to Francis Scott Key, who observed the bombardment of Fort McHenry on a British warship late in the War of 1812 and was inspired to write The Star-Spangled Banner, was covered in red paint. Racist anthem was written across it.

In Berkeley, home of the Free Speech Movement, the university last week had to spend $600,000 to protect an invited speaker of the college Republicans from being assaulted.

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But St. Louis was where the real action was. Friday, a mob hurled rocks and bottles injuring 11 cops, leaving one with a broken jaw. They smashed windows at the mayors residence and marched miles to the Central West End to berate diners on patios of restaurants with the menacing chant: Off the sidewalk. Into the street.

Saturday, the mob invaded and shut down a suburban mall, and then smashed windows across a nightlife district.

The protesters rationale: rage at a not-guilty verdict in the murder trial of ex-cop Jason Stockley in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011.

Stockleys police van had been struck by Smiths car, who had been nabbed in an alleged drug deal and led police on an 80-mile-an-hour chase, at the end of which Stockley emptied his gun in Smith.

Yet even Attorney General Eric Holder declined to investigate.

On Sunday, Black Lives Matter showed up at the St. Louis police headquarters chanting, Stop killing us! But if the killing of black folks is a legitimate grievance, we need to ask: Who is killing them?

Last year, there were 4,300 victims of shootings in Chicago and 762 deaths. How many of those shootings were by cops?

How many of those shootings, mostly of blacks, were acts of terrorism by White supremacists, White nationalists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, all of whom our ever-heroic Congress demanded that President Trump, in a joint resolution after Charlottesville, denounce.

Nowhere in the resolution wa...

The Absurdities Mount "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As I predicted, the erasing of American history will not be limited to Confederate monuments. Last week a member of the board of trustees of the Dallas, Texas, school district recommended changing the name of James Madison High School. James Madison was the father of the US Constitution, considered by Identity Politics, the political ideology of the Democratic Party and the American liberal/progressive/left, to be a racist document.

From a British reader comes the news that the various segments of a Western society divided into victim groups by Identity Politics have divided very finely and have turned on one another. On September 13, the Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs) and their bitter enemies, Trans Activists, clashed in a fist fight in Londons Hyde Park. 60-year-old Maria MacLachlan, who describes herself as a gender critical feminist, was knocked to the ground.

The presstitutes at the New York Times even use the crossword puzzle to spread their lies and disinformation. This morning one of the clues was like the peninsula seized by Russia in 2014. The NYT is referring to Crimea, for 300 years a Russian province with a Russian population that voted by a 97% majority to rejoin Russia when the US overthrew the Ukrainian government in a coup. The NYT presstitutes treat this exercise in democracy as Russian aggression. As the newspaper of record, clearly the record is falsified.

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My northern acquaintances believe that the South, by definition, is racist even though the cities that were the heart of the Confederacy are ruled by black mayors. The mayor of Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy, Levar Stoney, is black.

The mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, is black.

The Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, Stephen Benjamin, is black.

Because of Identity Politics, these black mayors cannot prevent southern history from being cast down the Memory Hole. Any black mayor who stood up for historical truth would be branded an Uncle Tom.

There is no greater absurdity than moving history off its factual basis and substituting a fictional basis as dictated by Identity Politics.

In the United Statesindeed, in the entirely of the Western worldhistory has become a construction that serves not the truth but...

The End Is Nigh "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Recently, US Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin stated, If China doesnt follow these sanctions [against North Korea], we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the US and international dollar system.

By this, he meant that the US would shut China out of the SWIFT system, through which the great majority of international settlements are facilitated. In stating this, the US government is doing nothing less than threatening economic warfare against China, which would unquestionably prove catastrophic to the global economy.

This is astonishingly shortsighted, as the US can no more do without trade with China than China can do without trade with the US. Further, the US will unquestionably pressure its other trading partners (particularly the EU) to endorse and follow the sanctions. This they will not comply with, as it would serve to cut their own economic throats. The relationships between the US and their partners have been wearing thin in recent years, and the present threat against China is very likely to prove to be the final straw. The net effect would be to place the US out on an economic limb, alone.

There may be those who disagree with this premise, under the assumption that, to cut China out of the SWIFT system would destroy Chinas ability to make international transactions, forcing them to cave to US demands.

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However, China, Russia, and others have seen this day coming and have created their own SWIFT system, world cable network, and world banking system. All thats needed to kick it all into gear is a major international need to bypass SWIFT. The US government has just provided that need with this threat. There would certainly be teething pains in getting the new system running on a massive scale, but the sudden worldwide need would drive the implementation.

This threat by the US at a time when its broke is, in effect, economic suicide.

But, just as the ink is drying on this announcement, the increasingly impetuous US president has cracked a deal with Democrats to permanently abolish the US debt ceiling. As the debt ceiling was the last safeguard in governmental fiscal responsibility, hes effectively chosen to assure that the US will experience economic collapse.

Again, economic suicide.

It could be argued that the insatiable ego of The Donald has driven him to recklessness. Indeed, its been his habit, when opposed on anything he wishes to do, to lash out, often creating far more dangerous deals, and saying, effectively, So, there. I showed you. Ill do as I please, no matter the damage. This would s...

Entire Volume of CIA Files on Lee Harvey Oswald "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed.

All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 to be released on October 26th of 2017. But if history repeats itself, the Central Intelligence Agency may not release an entire volume of documents on Oswald, known as volume 5.

As Sputnik reports, the release in July of 3,810 CIA and FBI documents on the assassination by the Assassination Records Review Board threw up a number of revelations that JFK researchers have hungrily devoured and enthusiastically publicized. For instance, the mayor of Dallas at the time of Kennedys assassination, Earle Cabell, was a CIA asset in the 1950s, and his brother, Charles Cabell, a high-ranking CIA official until 1962.

The release in October has been highly anticipated by those seeking answers. However, thanks to a deliberate fudging or records, or a conveniently timed clerical error, an entire volume may never see the light of day.

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Inside Langley Air Force Bases CIA Headquarters is an office known as the Office of Security. The Office of Security maintains its own top-secret archives known as the Office of Security Archival Holdings and is a separate archive from the agencys more frequently used facility located in Alexandria, VA known as the Agency Archival Record Center.

As late as 1977, the entire 7-volume collection of documents was intact, having been checked out by Russ Holmes in the Office of General Counsel and noted the 7-volume series was all together, not missing any volumes. But when the CIA was asked to turn over the volume of documents on Oswald, the hitman in the assassination, it seems the agency stonewalled a bit, like a shell game according to independent investigator Malcolm Blunt.

Blunt described the stonewalling:

This huge search by CIA did not surface Oswalds security files and the Assassination Records Review Board (AARB) remained uninformed about their existence. Not until 1997 when an ARRB staffer stumbled across evidence that two previous congressional investigations had access to these fi...

The One Electric Car That Makes Some Sense "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Its interesting about the Chevy Volt.

Uniquely, it carries around its own recharger so its not tied to a corded umbilical like other electric cars. So it isnt gimped by a much-abbreviated radius of action, like all other electric cars the best of which can travel maybe 150 or so miles before their batteries conk out and the car must hook up to an electric IV for an extended recharging session.

When the Volts battery packs charge runs down, fresh current is fed into it as you drive without having to stop driving.

This is superficially similar to the way hybrid works but also very different.

Unlike hybrids, the Volt is a true electric car. A motor and batteries provide the primary motive power what makes it go as opposed to back-up power. There is a small (1.5 liter) gas engine, but it serves almost exclusively as a generator. It comes on as needed to make electricity for the batteries, not torque and horsepower to turn the wheels. In the Volt, electric motors do that.

All the time.

The Volts electric motors always propel the car.

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In a hybrid, the electric motor and batteries take over when the vehicle isnt moving  or moving at low speed. Most can only creep along for a couple of miles and no faster than about 30 MPH before the gas engine cuts in and takes over to propel the car, just like any other car.   

The main source of movement in a hybrid car is the gas engine.

A few (the plug-ins, which have more powerful battery packs) can travel for about 10-15 miles and at higher road speeds on battery power alone, but revert to internal combustion for propulsion when the charge depletes. Also, anything less than eggshell-pressure on the throttle causes the hybrid cars gas engine to kick on because the battery pack/motors are too weak to provide adequate acceleration by themselves.

Which makes it difficult to avoid regularly using the gas engine, in other words.

Should the Feds Subsidize Living on the Beach? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I try to spend at least part of every year on the beach. Now that I live in the southwest, my go-to beach vacation spot tends to be in southern California. But while I was living in Florida in the 1980s, Key West was one of my favorites.

One night, when I was sitting in Sloppy Joes bar (a favorite watering hole of Hemingway when he lived in Key West), I met Melanie, a local resident. At the time, she was about 60 years old.

Melanie told me about a nearly-forgotten hurricane that overwhelmed Florida in 1935 when she was a girl. The Labor Day hurricane was the most intense storm to ever hit the US. With sustained winds of 185 mph, it drove a 20-foot storm surge over the low-lying islands. (The highest point on Key West is only 18 feet.)

Melanie survived the storm because her parents fitted her with a life preserver and chained her to an iron post. As the storm rushed in, the life preserver kept her afloat while the chain prevented her from being washed away.

Her parents werent as lucky. They perished in the storm, along with more than 400 others. As well, Melanies home and everything her family owned was washed out to sea.

Thank goodness, she concluded, we now at least have flood insurance.

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Yes we do. And its all courtesy of the American taxpayer.

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Melanie praised came into existence in 1968 after most commercial insurance companies pulled out of the market following record-breaking claims from Hurricane Betsy. The handful of companies that stayed charged such high premiums that few homeowners in flood-prone areas could afford coverage.

To deal with what critics of insurance companies called a market failure, Congress decided that the federal government would be the flood insurer of last resort. The NFIP gave property owners the ability to purchase taxpayer-subsidized flood insurance. Currently, you can buy total coverage up to $350,000 $250,000 for the home itself and $100,000 for personal possessions. About five million Americans now have NFIP-subsidized policies. To keep costs under control, Congress passed a series of amendments to encourage policyholders to build more flood-resistant homes and give states incentives to not build in flood zones.

Unfortunately, it hasnt worked. In 2014, Congress reversed many of its previous reforms because owners in flood-prone areas complained coverage was no longer affordable. Meanwhile, development on floodplains has exploded, especially in coastal areas. Now, after paying out nearly $25 billion to policyholders in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina a...

Ghostly Graveyard of 60 Perfectly Preserved Ancient Shipwrecks "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dozens of perfectly preserved ancient shipwrecks have been found at the bottom of the Black Sea.

A total of 60 wrecks were discovered dating back as far as 2,500 years, including galleys from the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires.

Scientists stumbled upon the graveyard while using underwater robots to survey the effects of climate change along the Bulgarian coast.

Because the Black Sea contains almost no light or oxygen, little life can survive, meaning the wrecks are in excellent condition.

Researchers say their discovery is truly unrivalled. Many of the ships have features that are only known from drawings or written description but never seen until now.

Carvings in the wood of some ships have remained intact for centuries, while well-preserved rope was found aboard one 2,000-year-old Roman vessel.

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The project, known Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (Black Sea MAP), involves an international team led by the University of Southamptons Centre for Maritime Archaeology.

Ed Parker, CEO of Black Sea MAP, said: Some of the ships we discovered had only been seen on murals and mosaics until this moment.

Theres one medieval trading vessel where the towers on the bow and stern are pretty much still there.

Its as if you are looking at a ship in a movie, with ropes still on the deck and carvings in the wood.

When I saw that ship, the excitement really started to mount what we have found is truly unrivalled.

Most of the vessels found are around 1,300 years old, but the oldest dates back to the 4th Century BC.

Many of the wrecks details and locations are being kept secret by the team to ensure they remain undisturbed.

Black Sea water below 150 metres (490 ft) is anoxic, meaning the environment cannot support the organisms that typically feast on organic materials, such as wood and flesh.

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Texas Carpet Bombs Its Own Hurricane-Traumatized Victims "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The war on humanity continues unabated in Texas, where over one million acres of land are being carpet-bombed with the aerial spraying of neurotoxic chemicals in an effort to kill mosquitoes. Texas authorities are openly lying to citizens, claiming these poisons are magically not poisons at all when they come into contact with humans. Even more alarmingly, Texas authorities are urging their citizens to use other toxic chemicals on their skin chemicals that are part of a binary weapon system that causes Alzheimers and dementia by incurring permanent brain damage (see the science, below).

U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo planes began spraying insecticides over three eastern Texas counties over the weekend and will expand to other areas over the next two weeks, officials from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said, reports Reuters. About 1.85 million acres have been treated as of Tuesday, according to the department.

In effect, the State of Texas is unleashing weapons of mass destruction against its own citizens, generating trillions of dollars in long-term health care costs that financially benefit the drug makers who sell prescription treatments for Alzheimers, dementia, cancer and other diseases caused by chemical exposure. The aerial bombardment of high-density population centers, it turns out, is a revenue-generating activity for the for-profit sick care industry that has infiltrated the entire Texas legislature.

DSHS is working with counties that have requested assistance with mosquito control to coordinate spraying by two state contractors and federal support through FEMA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve, reports the official DSHS website. A total of approximately 4.36 million acres has been sprayed across all areas.

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Apparently mosquitoes can hurt recovery operations by swarming residents, explains a DSHS spokesperson, somehow imagining that Gulf Coast Texas residents have never encountered mosquitoes before. Perhaps this doesnt qualify as a breaking news alert, but Houstonians have seen mosquitoes before. The fact that mosquitoes fly around in groups is not exactly cause for panic. Announcing that there are mosquitoes in Texas is sort of like declaring theres snow in Alaska.

Aerial chemtrail spraying and nighttime insecticide fog trucks

The chemtrail spraying of Texas residents is taking place during da...

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How the UN Covers for US Aggression "IndyWatch Feed War"

It was a stolid prelude to what will no doubt be must-see TV when he speaks to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday about North Korea and Iran. And it was a far cry from the way Americas leading America Firster spent the campaign lamenting how unfair the U.N. is to the poor schlemiel we Continue reading "How the UN Covers for US Aggression"

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One Tier Wonderland (and NO Constitution) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Post New Zealand is the only country in the world with no constitution. What we have are a series of imported Acts and locally passed Acts which jointly and severely form a type of constitution. The oldest of which is the U.K. imported Magna Carta which was first passed into law in 1215. We []

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Financialization and The Destruction of the Real Economy "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Strip an economy of capital, productive incentives, talent and yes, ethics, and what are we left with? An economy spiraling toward an inevitable collapse.
Financialization is destroying the real economy, but few in power seem to notice or care. The reason why is painfully obvious: those in power are reaping vast fortunes from the engines of financialization--for example, former President Obama:Obama Goes From White House to Wall Street in Less Than One Year.
This is not to single out President Obama as a special case; politicos across the spectrum depend on the engines of financialization to fund their campaigns and make them multi-millionaires, and corporate managers and financiers have skimmed billions of dollars in gains not from producing new, better and more affordable goods and services but by playing financialization games such as borrowing billions to buy back stocks, leveraged buyouts, and so on--all of which have reaped the insiders gargantuan fortunes while hollowing out the real economy.
Financialization necessarily hollows out the real economy, as Gordon Long and I detai...

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Afghanistan Again? When Will They Ever Learn? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Last year, an internal report commissioned by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the agency that oversees Voice of America and other U.S. government-supported foreign news outlets, examined the perception of U.S. international media in Afghanistan. This study, obtained by TomDispatch via the Freedom of Information Act, concluded that Afghans saw U.S.-backed Continue reading "Afghanistan Again? When Will They Ever Learn?"

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Courting the Global South: Will Israel Become a UN Security Council Member? "IndyWatch Feed War"

There is a great irony in the fact that Israel is seeking a seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Since its establishment atop the ruins of Palestinian cities and villages in 1948, Israel has had the most precarious relationship with the worlds largest international body. It has desperately sought to be legitimized by Continue reading "Courting the Global South: Will Israel Become a UN Security Council Member?"

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Why the Battles Against Liberalism, Globalism and the New World Order Are All Related "IndyWatch Feed National"

Do you love liberty and freedom? If you ask that question to people randomly on the street, you are going to get the same answer over and over again. 

Everyone wants liberty and freedom, but what they dont understand is that there is an inverse relationship between the size of government and the amount of liberty and freedom that we get to enjoy.

Every time a new law, rule or regulation is established, our liberties and our freedoms are restricted in some way. So the bigger government becomes, the less liberty and freedom we actually have.

On the federal level, there are now literally hundreds of thousands of laws, rules and regulations.


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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Take Off Your Swastika: Berkeley Punks Rule-- Gilman Street/Green Day Film Arrives Just In Time For Campus "Free Speech Year" "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Green Day at Gilman, 1992-- photo by Murray Bowles

-by Denise Sullivan

In 1988, the peace punks who congregated at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California, had a choice to make: To meet encroaching skinheads with violence or to fight back with the tactics of non-violence. Choices were made, the inevitable schisms from within ensued, and life went on, as the new documentary, Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, tells. While the story and other tales of punk rock glory illustrate punk's inherent contradictions and what happens when utopian ideals like egalitarianism and rule-by-committee are put to the test, the film is also in perfect synch with the hate speech controversy happening in Berkeley here and now.

The film played in Charlottesville a few weeks back, explained its director, Corbett Redford. Someone from the audience commented, 'This is how allies work. Allies stand up.

The punks of Gilman, far more of them straight, white, and male than queer, people of color, or women, did indeed stand up to the Nazi strain in their midst. And yet, the politics of waging peace and the how music fits into those politics is often more nuanced and complicated than taking up of pitchforks, tiki torches, or baseball bats. The project at Gilman Street, while largely a success and a piece of...

Icelandic Government Collapses After Plot To Pardon Pedophile Rapist Exposed "IndyWatch Feed World"

Icelands justice system has received praise in recent years for its successful prosecution of multiple bankers who helped bring on the 2008 financial crisis. Though some of those bankers have been released early from prison,the latest controversy in the country stems from an entirely different miscarriage of justice.

The Morning After: Mexican Earthquake Leaves Over 248 Dead, Millions Without Electricity "IndyWatch Feed World"

Across central Mexico, rescue workers including soldiers and volunteers worked late into the night Tuesday to free the living who were still trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings following Mexico's deadliest earthquake in more than 30 years.

SECRET Document Reveals Former CIA Directors Plan To Make Reading WikiLeaks A Crime "IndyWatch Feed World"

A SECRET declassified report by then-CIA Director William Casey, titled, Unauthorized Disclosures to the Media proposed creating legislation that would make possession of classified information a criminal offense. At the time that would make anyone reading a New York Times article with classified information, or WikiLeaks in the modern-era, criminally liable and able to be prosecuted by the state.

Happy Birthday CIA: 7 Truly Terrible Things The Agency Has Done In 70 Years "IndyWatch Feed World"

On Monday, President Trump tweeted birthday wishes to the Air Force and the CIA. Both became official organizations 70 years ago on September 18, 1947, with the implementation of the National Security Act of 1947. After spending years as a wartime intelligence agency called the Office of Strategic Services, the agency was solidified as a key player in the federal governments operations with then-President Harry Trumans authorization.

Banning Hate Speech in America Will Only Make It More Popular "IndyWatch Feed World"

A recent survey conducted by the Brookings Institution adds to my already festering concerns about American attitudes when it comes to our most precious civil liberty. Free speech.

Let them eat rabbit: Venezuelan president's response to shortages "IndyWatch Feed World"

VCenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has unveiled an unusual strategy to help ease the chronic food shortage faced by many of his nation's 30 million people Plan Rabbit.

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Now that's an inconvenient truth: Report shows the world isn't as warm as the green doom-mongers warned. So will energy bills come down? Fat chance, says MP Graham Stringer David Icke latest headlines

Al Gore, the U.S. politician and self-appointed champion of the green cause, famously declared that the science is settled on climate change. It was a claim that revealed far more about the intolerance of the environmental movement than the reality of scientific inquiry. Research should be founded on critical analysis of the evidence, not on wishful thinking or enforcement of a political ideology. Now the hollowness of Gores assertion is exposed again by a vital new report that shows how the apocalyptic predictions of the green lobby have been exaggerated. In a study just published by the respected journal Nature Geoscience, a group of British academics reveals that the immediate threat from global warming is lower than previously thought, because the computer models used by climate change experts are flawed. Read more: Now thats an inconvenient truth: Report shows the world isnt as warm as the green doom-mongers warned. So will energy bills come down? Fat chance, says MP Graham Stringer

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Snowdens EthiopiaLeaks: Reading Between the Lines
Edward Snowdens politburo for secret documents has finally begun to
release NSA files on the highly classified (and not so highly
classified) activities of the USA in Ethiopia. In an article in The
Intercept by veteran Horn of Africa journalist Nick Turse we find the
latest chapter of another long awaited expose of the role of Pax
Americana in Ethiopia.

The NSA documents released show the US military was secretly running
an anti-terrorist intelligence gathering operation for many years in
Ethiopia. The lands surveilled include Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.
Conspicuously absent from the documents is any mention of Eritrea,
Ethiopias neighbor and arch enemy.

When you read between the lines you find that  Eritrea is under UN
Security Council Sanctions for allegedly supporting terrorism in
Somalia in the form of Al Shabab. But no mention is made of Eritrea in
the top secret cables of the US Armys Intelligence Division when it
comes to anything to do with terrorism in the Horn of Africa. If the
US Army is not concerned about any link between Eritrea and terrorism
then shouldn't this be a word to the wise on the matter?

This should be the final nail in the coffin of the decade old tall
tale of Eritrea as a supporter of terrorism (as Cuba was so slandered
for decades).

Snowdens EthiopiaLeaks follows in the footsteps of  Wikileaks
Ethiopia File where we find now Acting Assistant Secretary of State
for Africa Donald Yamamoto way back in 2007 saying that Eritreas
involvement in Somalia was insignificant (Wikileaks Exposes UN
Eritrean Sanction Lies).

Later Wikileaks exposed how the UN Security Council Sanctions against
Eritrea passed on Christmas Eve, 2009 were crafted by, amongst others,
the US State Departments Economic Sabotage office aimed as preventing
international funding for Eritreas mining industry start up gold mine
in Bisha and had nothing to do with any alleged support for terrorism
as in Al Shabab in Somalia.

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Can We Survive Technology? The Origin Of SRM Geoengineering And The Modern Theory Of Man-Made Global Warming David Icke latest headlines

In the course of exposing chemtrails, your author has already found and presented quite a bit of evidence linking the theory of man-made global warming to weather modification and thus the New Manhattan Project. Lately, he has stumbled upon what appears to be the earliest published mention of the modern theory of man-made global warming. In addition, this same reference is undoubtedly the earliest significant mention of the Solar Radiation Management (SRM) geoengineering thesis. The article in question is a 1955 Fortune magazine piece written by the famous Manhattan Project scientist John von Neumann (1903-1957) titled Can We Survive Technology? (PDF) This is the most potent evidence yet in support of the assertion that the theory of man-made global warming is a cover story for the biggest scientific effort in history. Read more: Can We Survive Technology? The Origin Of SRM Geoengineering And The Modern Theory Of Man-Made Global Warming

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Washington & Seoul discuss option of 'nuke deployment' to Korean Peninsula "IndyWatch Feed World"

Washington and Seoul have "discussed the option" of putting nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula, according to US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who said there are "many military options" available amid the North Korean crisis. During a Monday press conference, a reporter reminded Mattis that South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo told his parliament following a visit to Washington that the two officials had discussed "the possibility of small tactical nukes." When asked whether it was possible that such nukes might be deployed to the Korean Peninsula, Mattis said the two sides had "discussed the option," but declined to elaborate.

Washington & Seoul discuss option of 'nuke deployment' to Korean Peninsula "IndyWatch Feed World"

Washington and Seoul have "discussed the option" of putting nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula, according to US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who said there are "many military options" available amid the North Korean crisis. During a Monday press conference, a reporter reminded Mattis that South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo told his parliament following a visit to Washington that the two officials had discussed "the possibility of small tactical nukes." When asked whether it was possible that such nukes might be deployed to the Korean Peninsula, Mattis said the two sides had "discussed the option," but declined to elaborate.

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Russian MoD: Why are strongest attacks on Syrian Army originating from US positions? "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Syrian Army liberating the Deir ez-Zor region from terrorists is facing strong resistance and massive fire from areas where armed opposition groups and US forces are stationed, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The Syrian Army continues to liberate the Euphrates valley to the east of Deir ez-Zor with the help of the Russian Air Force, the statement from the ministry says, adding that the government forces have already retaken more than 60 square kilometers on the left bank of the Euphrates from Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL). The Syrian Army, however, faces resistance not only from jihadists, but also apparently from US-backed armed opposition groups, according to the statement

Russian MoD: Why are strongest attacks on Syrian Army originating from US positions? "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Syrian Army liberating the Deir ez-Zor region from terrorists is facing strong resistance and massive fire from areas where armed opposition groups and US forces are stationed, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The Syrian Army continues to liberate the Euphrates valley to the east of Deir ez-Zor with the help of the Russian Air Force, the statement from the ministry says, adding that the government forces have already retaken more than 60 square kilometers on the left bank of the Euphrates from Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL). The Syrian Army, however, faces resistance not only from jihadists, but also apparently from US-backed armed opposition groups, according to the statement

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Trump's UN speech stresses 'national sovereignty' while threatening world with war "IndyWatch Feed World"

Today the President of the United States Donald Trump spoke (rush transcript) to the United Nations General Assembly. The speech's main theme was sovereignty. The word occurs 18(!) times. It emphasized Westphalian principles. [W]e do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties, to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation. All leaders of countries should always put their countries first, he said, and "the nation state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition."

Trump's UN speech stresses 'national sovereignty' while threatening world with war "IndyWatch Feed World"

Today the President of the United States Donald Trump spoke (rush transcript) to the United Nations General Assembly. The speech's main theme was sovereignty. The word occurs 18(!) times. It emphasized Westphalian principles. [W]e do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties, to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation. All leaders of countries should always put their countries first, he said, and "the nation state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition."

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German spy-turned-radical Islamist sentenced to 12 months "IndyWatch Feed World"

Roque M., a German spy agency operative who became a radical Islamist online out of "boredom," has been given a suspended 12-month sentence by a Dusseldorf court for intent to share classified information. "There is no one who regrets all of this more than me," said the 52-year-old Spanish-born man following the sentencing. Roque M. began working for the German BfV security agency in April 2016, and was assigned to monitor radical Salafist groups online, a job he described at his trial as "a lot of fun."

German spy-turned-radical Islamist sentenced to 12 months "IndyWatch Feed World"

Roque M., a German spy agency operative who became a radical Islamist online out of "boredom," has been given a suspended 12-month sentence by a Dusseldorf court for intent to share classified information. "There is no one who regrets all of this more than me," said the 52-year-old Spanish-born man following the sentencing. Roque M. began working for the German BfV security agency in April 2016, and was assigned to monitor radical Salafist groups online, a job he described at his trial as "a lot of fun."

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Chicago deploys more cops as city's death toll hits 500 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Despite a boost in police numbers, Chicago, Illinois has recorded its 500th homicide for the year, with 11 people killed and more than 30 wounded in shooting incidents over the weekend. Among those killed was a pregnant woman, and two people who lived on the same block, according to the Chicago Tribune. Four people were killed in Brighton Park on Friday as they traveled in a car, police said, adding that the latest bloodshed resulted from an ongoing gang war in the Southwest Side neighborhood.

Chicago deploys more cops as city's death toll hits 500 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Despite a boost in police numbers, Chicago, Illinois has recorded its 500th homicide for the year, with 11 people killed and more than 30 wounded in shooting incidents over the weekend. Among those killed was a pregnant woman, and two people who lived on the same block, according to the Chicago Tribune. Four people were killed in Brighton Park on Friday as they traveled in a car, police said, adding that the latest bloodshed resulted from an ongoing gang war in the Southwest Side neighborhood.

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PDP to APC: Youre Nigerias worst enemy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Onyekachi Eze Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) to do a soul searching and correct the anomaly that has been the bane of its over two-year old government. The party said no external enemy was working against the government, but rather the policies of the APC-led Federal Government have been the catalyst of agitations in the country. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, in a statement yesterday, advised the APC to learn to mold itself into a real national party, provide good...

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Luciferian War Upon God And Religion May Guarantee President Trump A 2nd Term "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Luciferian War Upon God And Religion May Guarantee President Trump A 2nd Term by Stefan Stanford All News Pipeline As Massive Red Pilling Among Former PC Liberals Causes Revolt And Mass Awakening Despite the fact that Sunday nights...

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Robots could take four MILLION British jobs in the private sector within the next decade, business leaders warn David Icke latest headlines

Robots may take four million British jobs in the private sector within the next decade, some business leaders believe. Those surveyed for by YouGov for the Royal Society of Arts said 15 per cent of all jobs were under threat. The most vulnerable fields are finance and accounting, transportation and distribution, manufacturing and marketing and public relations, the survey found. But the research was not all doom and gloom, noting that technological advance creates new jobs, partly because increased productivity reduces prices freeing up consumers to spend money elsewhere in the economy. The RSA added that AI and robotics will mostly automate individual tasks rather than replace whole jobs. Read more: Robots could take four MILLION British jobs in the private sector within the next decade, business leaders warn

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Russia's New Oil Geopolitics "IndyWatch Feed World"

Since the 1928 Red Line Agreement between British and French and American oil majors to divide the oil riches of the post-World War I Middle East, petroleum or more precisely, control of petroleum has constituted the thin-red-line of modern geopolitics. During the Soviet time Russian oil exports were largely aimed at maximizing dollar hard currency income in any possible market. Today, with the ludicrous US and EU sanctions on Russia and the Washington-instigated wars in the Middle East, Russia is evolving a strategic new frame for its oil geopolitics.

Russia's New Oil Geopolitics "IndyWatch Feed World"

Since the 1928 Red Line Agreement between British and French and American oil majors to divide the oil riches of the post-World War I Middle East, petroleum or more precisely, control of petroleum has constituted the thin-red-line of modern geopolitics. During the Soviet time Russian oil exports were largely aimed at maximizing dollar hard currency income in any possible market. Today, with the ludicrous US and EU sanctions on Russia and the Washington-instigated wars in the Middle East, Russia is evolving a strategic new frame for its oil geopolitics.

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Asylum seeker frustrated at slow access to cash set bank on fire in alleged arson attack David Icke latest headlines

Graphic CCTV footage shows the spine-chilling moment a man appears to launch an arson attack on a suburban bank in Melbourne, Australia. The footage appears to show asylum seeker Nur Islam pouring a drum of gasoline over the foyer floor of the Springvale branch of Commonwealth Bank in the southeast of the city. As people begin running towards the door, Islam stands in the center of the puddle and ignites the fuel with a cigarette lighter. Appearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court Tuesday, Islam said he bought the fuel from a nearby service station after becoming frustrated at the length of time it was taking to withdraw the balance of his account. Read more: Asylum seeker frustrated at slow access to cash set bank on fire in alleged arson attack

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Trump Threatens to Totally Destroy North Korea in First U.N. Speech "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

[NBC] President Donald Trump, in his first address to the United Nations, derided Kim Jong Un, North Koreas leader, as a rocket man on Tuesday as the president warned that he may be forced to totally destroy the rogue nation.

If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph, Trump said, as he detailed the horrors of what he called the depraved North Korean regime.

Rocket man is on a suicide mission, he said, using a nickname for Kim that refers to the North Korean leaders recent missile tests.

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

The North Korean ambassador to the U.N. walked out before Trumps speech started.

Trumps remarks to the world body come amid sharply escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Both the president and Defense Secretary James Mattis have said all options are on the table for dealing with the threat from North Korea.

While the U.S. could take military action, Trump urged the U.N. to join together in curtailing North Koreas nuclear efforts.

We meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril, Trump said, issuing a call to action that hinged on the responsibility of governments to their citizens.

As president of the United States, I will always put America first, he said in a phrase reminiscent of one of his key presidential campaign slogans.

And Trump urged other leaders to do likewise and always put your countries first.

The president also took on Iran, dismissing the nuclear deal between Tehran and the U.S. and other world powers that lifted sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program. Trump ripped the deal as an embarrassment and vowed that this would not be the last the world hears about it believe me.

Irans future, Trump said, comes down to a choice between continuing on its current road or returning to the nations roots as a center of civilization, culture and wealth.

The speech was a nationalist appeal which had helped fuel Trumps rise to the presidency in 2016 and that his administration has grappled with in its policy making, both foreign and domestic.

Trump said that under his watch the U.S. is a nation that the world would no longer take advantage of, be it diplomatically or on matters of trade.

While the president said he seeks strong trade ties around the world, that trade must be fair and it must be reciprocal.

While...

14:12

Donald Trump: Just Another NWO Apprentice "IndyWatch Feed War"

Donald Trump is acting and sounding more like Obama than the self he was projecting at the campaign trail last year. This only means that he is double-crossing the nation in favor of the privilege that the White House position could provide to his own enterprise. Otherwise, a lot of things could have happened already. Continue reading Donald Trump: Just Another NWO Apprentice

14:11

SYRIAN ARMY FACES ISIS COUTNER-ATTACKS FROM AREA CONTROLLED BY US SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES, SDF RUSSIAN MOD "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Front The Syrian Arab Army 5th Assault Corps ISIS Hunters are in the Deir Ezzor area 19.09.2017 Syrian government forces have faced fierce ISIS counter-attacks from an area controlled by the US Special Operations Forces and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, north of Deir Ezzor city, spokesperson for the []

14:10

Public services will struggle to recruit staff unless Tory pay cap ends, IFS warns David Icke latest headlines

Public services will struggle to recruit and retain the staff they need unless ministers ease the restraint on pay, a leading economic think tank has warned. A report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found average public sector earnings had fallen by 4 per cent in real terms since 2009-10 under the coalition and Conservative governments. While private sector pay was hit even harder in the immediate aftermath of the financial crash of 2008, the gap between public and private had since returned to pre-crisis levels. Continuing pay restraint for public sector workers would, therefore, take their pay to historically low levels compared to their private sector counterparts, the report said. The situation is particularly acute among highly educated professionals and workers in London and the South East where the pay gap with the private sector is greatest. Read more: Public services will struggle to recruit staff unless Tory pay cap ends, IFS warns

14:08

Using Signal Without Giving Your Phone Number "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Encrypted messaging apps like Signal, as well as WhatsApp and Viber, use your phone number as your main username. This means that if I want to chat with someone on these apps, I have to give them my phone number.

But we may have many reasonsboth practical and principlednot to share our number with someone. These digits are personal.

Ideally, apps like Signal would allow us to use something besides our phone number as the main identifier we share with others. For example, a few competing encrypted messengers, such as Wire, allow users to choose a username.

This is a big deal. It means that users dont need to choose between strong encryption, and protecting other personal information.

So lets talk about a workaround.

Getting a Second Number

If you want to withhold your personal phone number, the good news is that you can use a secondary phone number to register for these apps.

For example, on Signal you register a phone number during startup.

You might think you have to use your mobile number, but you can really use any number you have access to.

Heres the catch: You need to have persistent access to the number. If someone else gets access to it, they can use it to re-register Signal, and you will lose access. The new owner of the phone number can quickly become the new owner of your Signal number.

If you use an alternative number, you also need to keep it.

Here are a few options to help you access an additional long-term number:

  • Second SIM. You can register your app with an alternative SIM card, which will give you a new phone number. This second SIM must be kept active with regular account payments, or you will lose the number. To learn more, read this post by Jillian York of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Note: While in many countries this can be reasonably cheap, in the United States, this typically means purchasing a bundled data and phone plan, which can be expensive.
  • Google Voice. If youre in...

14:07

27 years after, CAC set to resolve leadership crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sola Adeyemo Ibadan Final resolution of 27-year-old leadership tussle between the Supreme Council and the General Executive Council of the Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide (CAC), leading to protracted litigation is now very imminent, its President, Pastor Gabriel Lagunju disclosed yesterday. Speaking at the 2017 Annual Pastors Conference of the Church held at the CAC Ile Aanu, Alasepe Prayer Ground, Ikire, Lagunju said that representatives from each of the two councils had met to propose a jointly- acceptable terms of settlement which would eventually be tendered in court to achieve genuine...

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14:05

Now 150 schools introduce gender neutral uniforms so pupils can experience equality by wearing either skirts or trousers David Icke latest headlines

A total of around 150 schools have introduced gender neutral uniforms to enable children to experience equality, it emerged yesterday. Rising numbers of primaries and secondaries are adopting the policy, which includes allowing boys and girls to wear skirts or trousers. Many parents support the move to increase choice, but education experts have argued that youngsters could become confused by politically correct practices. Jamie Barry, headteacher of Parson Street Primary School in Bristol, yesterday said introducing a gender neutral uniform was basic common sense. Girls could already wear plain grey or black trousers, like the boys. However, the new policy introduced a year ago has enabled boys to wear skirts, pinafores and summer dresses if they wish an option none have so far taken up. Read more: Now 150 schools introduce gender neutral uniforms so pupils can experience equality by wearing either skirts or trousers

14:04

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14:04

Ohanaeze to Judiciary: Dont grant frivolous order against IPOB members "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Uchenna Inya ABAKALIKI Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo yesterday warned courts in the country not to allow themselves to be used to undermine democratic process by granting frivolous orders against the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB). In a statement signed by the President General of the group, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Ohanaeze said that it had credible intelligence that the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Alhaji Abubakar Malami had secretly approached courts to obtain an order to designate IPOB as a terrorist group. Ohanaeze said such move was...

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14:02

Unhinged US Liberal Attacks Trump Supporter at Bar in Denmark Now Faces Charges (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

An unhinged American liberal recently attacked a Trump supporter at a bar in Denmark.

The woman wanted to sit at the mans table. The Danish man was wearing a MAGA hat. So this outraged American leftist became visibly angry and started calling the man a racist.

Fortunately, the mans friend recorded the entire episode and after her litany of f-bombs they are pressing charges against the loon for politically motivated assault.

Via Vlad Tepes:

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14:00

Is ANZAC day looking at the wrong battle? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

World War One the Great War is commemorated on ANZAC day together with Australians, and on that day, the Gallipoli campaign is remembered. Perhaps the memories are better than those of the other theatre of war? While the name Gallipoli resonates with many, the huge impact the Western Front and the battle of Passchendaele had []

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14:00

WTF: The Story of the Strangest Star Weve Known "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Theres clearly something mysterious going on. We dont know what it is or how it works and were as close to figuring it out as we were in 2009.

An artist's impression of Tabby's star. Credit: NASA/Wikimedia Commons

An artists impression of Tabbys star. Credit: NASA/Wikimedia Commons

Sandhya Ramesh is a science writer focusing on astronomy and earth science.

In May of 2009, several hundred people around the world noticed a star in a galaxy far, far away. It looked like nothing theyd ever seen before. They thronged to discussion forums on the web for the citizen science project called Planet Hunters and frantically discussed what they were seeing. Theyd all been working on data obtained by the Kepler Space Telescope. The star, later called KIC 8462852, was blinking in a very strange way.

Hunting for planets outside the Solar System is an active field of astronomy today. The first exoplanet was discovered in 1992. Only 25 years later, there are more than 3,500 confirmed planets orbiting stars other than our own. NASAs Kepler Space Telescope alone was responsible for finding over 2,000. It did so by watching the stars in a patch of the sky...

14:00

The Entire Economic Recovery Is One Big Myth (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Entire Economic Recovery Is One Big Myth Video X22 Report Toys R Us files chapter 11, it looks like Best Buy might be next. The entire economy is a myth, the stats, the stock market are all manipulated....

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13:57

Dogara advises against environmental degradation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Philip Nyam Abuja Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, yesterday urged Nigerians to refrain from activities capable of exacerbating the severe consequences of climate change in the country. Dogara made the call while declaring open a two-day public hearing on a bill to amend the National Environmental Standards Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) to provide for and adopt clean air policies. The event was organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Environment and Habitat. Dogara, who was represented by the deputy minority leader of the House, Hon....

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13:57

Polish researcher attempts to read a unique writing from Easter Island | News | Science & Scholarship in Poland "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Polish researcher attempts to read a unique writing from Easter Island | News | Science & Scholarship in Poland: 25 artefacts with rongorongo inscriptions have been preserved to our time. Rongorongo is a system of glyphs known only from Easter Island - none of the other Polynesian peoples have invented writing.



"There is a lot of evidence that Easter Island is one of the few places in the world where writing was invented independently of other recording systems. Why it was created in such an isolated location, remains a mystery" - told PAP Dr. Rafa Wieczorek from the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw.



Deciphering the glyphs is the more difficult that only a few people in the world are working on it, non of them "full time". For all involved it is a side project. "In order to move things forward, it is necessary to set up a research team that would focus on just that" - believes the researcher.



Dr. Wieczorek specialises in astrobiology, but many years ago he joined the international group, whose goal is to attempt to decipher rongorongo. The researcher admits that he devotes more and more time to this passion - he is also the author of several articles on rongorongo published in scientific journals.

13:55

Upgrade To The Next Level Of Now David Icke latest headlines

All things are new. The old systems and paradigms are crumbling before our eyes and minds. Outdated mechanisms of knowledge and understanding have shifted and are passing. For those who are open and ready, its an amazing time for letting go. It can be conceived as timeline or dimensional shifts and bleed-throughs if you like. For those experiencing and tracking these changes you will understand, others may sense something fundamentally different but are having a more difficult time just yet, but all will continue to progress. For those wanting to move with this energetic shift it will come, and more understanding as well as awareness will seep in. It can be subtle, or sometimes one psychic or transdimensional experience can trigger a big leap forward. While we have so much in common we are all on unique paths. Theres no one way but there are commonalities that we all experience. Read more: Upgrade To The Next Level Of Now

13:49

FIRE-EARTH V E Alert: RJV3 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

All Groups FIRE-EARTH V-E Alert: RJV3 [Issued by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.] Details are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Related Link: FIRE-EARTH V-E Alert: PDN3   Advertisements Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, FIRE-EARTH Science, FIRE-EARTH V-E Alert, PDN3, RJV3, V-E Alert

13:48

The Moon Is About To Do Something It Only Does Once Every 28 Years "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

[BC-R] The total solar eclipse that occurred this summer drew incredible excitement from even casual sky gazers, but our moon is about to perform a feat that is much more rare, and you probably havent heard anything about it.

Our only natural satellite is about to block out a trio of planets and a dominant star all over the course of a single day.

The event is known as a lunar occultation, which is really just a fancy way of saying that the moon is going to obscure some stuff in the sky. For observers here on Earth, the moon will appear to swallow up Venus, Mars, and Mercury, as well as the star Regulus, which is one of the brightest in our night sky.

What makes it particularly interesting for astronomers is that its extremely rare for so many celestial bodies to be involved at the same time. Occultations involving a single body or planet are relatively common, but this particular combination only happens once every 28 years or so. By comparison, a total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth every couple of years.

As with the eclipse, certain spots on Earth will have a better vantage point than others. For those hoping to snag a glimpse of the moon engulfing Mars, Hawaii is a great place to be, while locations in the South Pacific have the best shot at spotting Mercury slipping behind the moon later this evening. For the rest of us, searching for cool photos on Instagram and Twitter will probably be our best shot at enjoying the stellar sights.

13:42

US Senate Intel Committee Changes Trump Lawyer Cohen To Open Hearing; Cohen Ukraine-Russia Ties-Allegations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Senate Intel Leaders Statement on the Postponing of Michael Cohens Interview Sep 19 2017 WASHINGTON Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) today made the following announcement on the testimony of Michael Cohen:
We were disappointed that Mr. Cohen decided to pre-empt todays interview by releasing a public statement prior to his engagement with Committee staff, in spite of the Committees requests that he refrain from public comment. As a result, we declined to move forward with todays interview and will reschedule Mr. Cohens appearance before the Committee in open session at a date in the near future. The Committee expects witnesses in this investigation to work in good faith with the Senate.   ### Press Releases Intelligence
Permalink: https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/9/senate-intel-leaders-statement-on-the-postponing-of-michael-cohen-s-interview (Emphasis our own.)

Senate panel cancels interview with Trump lawyer, asks him to open hearing Posted:Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:00:19 -0400 WASHINGTON (Reuters) A U.S. Senate panel probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election abruptly canceled an interview with President Donald Trumps lawyer Michael Cohen on Tuesday after he issued a statement about his testimony in violation of committee policy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/YsAoX_7vDKA/senate-panel-cancels-interview-with-trump-lawyer-asks-him-to-open-hearing-idUSKCN1BU29R

Ukranian businessman with links to Donald Trump and Russia dies in unexplained circumstances Alex Oronov, who had family ties to Presidents lawyer, reportedly organised meeting aimed at helping give Russian President control of Crimea, by Rachel Roberts, Monday 6 March 2017 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/ukranian-businesman-russia-and-donald-trump-dies-michael-cohen-michael-flynn-donald-trump-vladimir-a7612866.html

Oronov was reportedly the father-in-law of Michaels Cohens brother, Bryan.
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13:41

Will you help us get to the truth in The AWU Scandal - and hold those responsible for misleading us to account? "IndyWatch Feed National"

An important anniversary ticked over in June this year but few people noticed it. We did. 24 June 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the incorporation of the Australian Workers' Union - Workplace Reform Association Inc. Here's the handwriting of one of the people who filled out the application to...

13:41

Strong Earthquake Strikes New Zealand Region "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Heba-574M M 6.1 256km W of Auckland Island, New Zealand Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Strikes W of Auckland Island, New Zealand Magnitude: 6.1 mww Location: 50.371S, 162.550E; 256km W of Auckland Island, New Zealand Depth: 10km Time: 2017-09-20 at 01:43:30 UTC Other Earthquakes in NZ: Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Strikes Cook Strait Magnitude: 5.1 Location: 41.48S, []

13:41

US stocks at record high as UN meets "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Major US equity benchmarks padded all-time highs, the dollar fell and treasuries edged lower after Donald Trump gave a speech to the United Nations and as the Federal Reserve began a two-day meeting. The S&P 500 Index edged higher for a third day, though equities remain stuck in one of the tightest ranges in decades. The CBOE Volatility Index slumped below 10. Europes equity benchmark followed many Asian peers lower, while Japanese shares surged after a holiday. According to Bloomberg News, the pound swung before jumping after a report Foreign...

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13:40

U.S. $20 Trillion Debt and Gold "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

U.S. $20 Trillion Debt and Gold by ARKADIUSZ SIERO Sunshine Profits On Friday, the total value of U.S. national debt surpassed $20 trillion. What does it imply for the gold market? As one can see in the chart below,...

The post U.S. $20 Trillion Debt and Gold appeared first on The Daily Coin.

13:40

NRL must expand comp to include Hunters, says Johns "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

September 20, 2017  
Source: The National

RUGBY league personality  Matthew Johns says the NRL is going down the wrong path in terms of expansion and the Papua New Guinea Hunters must be the next team to join the competition.

 
Cities like Perth and Adelaide are frequently touted as possible locations as part of a strategic plan to grow the sport and plans for a second team in Brisbane has been on the agenda for a decade.
But Johns says the games administrators are guilty of tunnel vision in their pursuit of growth and should be targeting the Hunters as the next team to join the NRL.

 
The Hunters have been an instant success since their inaugural season in the Queensland Cup in 2014 and are one win away from being crowned this years premiers.
Johns believes the inclusion of the PNG side will revolutionise the NRL like the West Indies did for cricket in the 1980s.

 

 
I urge the game to think out of the square, go away from their traditional thinking. We look at the game too narrowly and we look at the Australian continent we keep talking that we want Perth, we want Perth and I get that, Johns said on Triple Ms The Grill Team.
(But) The Pacific Islands, thats where the growth is.

 
Weve got a situation this weekend in the Queensland Cup, the Sunshine Coast are playing against the PNG Hunters.
It is the most underestimated story in rugby league that the PNG Hunters are in the Queensland Cup grand final, the second best competition in rugby league outside of the NRL I put it on par with the English Super League, it is that strong of a competition.

 
Last weekend in Port Moresby to get into the game [preliminary final] they were lining up for 24 hours to watch the game.

 
What are we doing? Whens our plan to bring them in?

 
They could be the West Indies. The West Indies revolutionised cricket in the 80s and they could do the same thing for rugby league.

 
Johns played as five-eighth for the Newcastle Knights, playing outside his younger brother Andrew Johns at halfback for nine seasons.

 
Johns was part of the Australian squad that won the 1995 Rugby League World Cup and went on to play eight matches for his country.

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13:36

Putin Orders End To US Dollar Trade At Russian Seaports "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Whether in response to rising scorching tensions with the US, or simply to provide support for the ruble, on Tuesday Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to approve legislation making the ruble the main currency of exchange at all Russian seaports by next year, RT reported citing the Kremlin website. The head of Russian antitrust watchdog FAS []

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13:36

NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINE "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINE

Posted 20 Sep, 2017 3:06:24 UTC

The new edition of Off The Wall from 19/09/2017 has been archived and is now available online.

13:36

Buhari tasks ECOWAS on adequate safety on water routes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday called on member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in charge of water transportation to provide adequate safety measures for passengers plying the water routes. The called was coming on the heels of boat that which capsized three days ago, claiming many lives off Niger Republic. The President made the call during a condolence visit to his Niger Republic counterpart, President Muhammad Yusuf in Niamey, Niger Republic capital, where he stressed the need for the enforcement of safety and life jackets for...

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13:35

Fake News (Updated) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From the BBC, desperadoes who are learning fast from CNN.

Australia's warmest winter 'driven by climate change'


Thus sayeth the headline.

This, just days after (a) the world's climate alarmist industry has admitted their models are a crock full of fictitious shit and , (b) more telling, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has admitted it has been falsifying temperature data, resulting in official readings higher than the actual temperatures.

Funny thing is, people who have lived in Adelaide for sixty years tell me this winter has been the coldest they can remember and I can vouch for the fact it has been the coldest in the six years I've been here.

What the BBC should be reporting about Australia is that as the country dives deeper into debt and as productive industries close because of over-expensive and unreliable electricity supplies, Australia's politicians and media are obsessed with the notion poofters should be allowed to marry each other.

For what reason, nobody can explain.

Oh dear.  Now the ABC is reporting unprecedented heavy frosts in central NSW.

You'd think these bloody pinko media types could co-ordinate their propaganda, wouldn't you?

Update

The confirmation of shenanagans just keeps on keeping on.  Read the story and weep.  Whenever, the data showed a discrepancy between observation and modelling theory, somebody went in and changed the data to remove the discrepancy.  Hide the decline.

Again and again and again.


13:35

Stock market sustains fall with N9bn losses "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigerian equity market yesterday tumbled for the third consecutive trading day as sell pressure was unabated, producing 14 losers against 24 gainers apiece. Key market indicators, the NSE ASI and market capitalisation, each declined by 26.25 per cent as bargain hunters remained on the sideline following low sentiment by investors. Consequently, the All-Share Index dipped 26.25 basis points or 0.07 per cent to close at 34,846.82 as against 34.873.07 recorded the previous day, while the market capitalisation of equities depreciated by N9 billion or 0.07 per cent to close...

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13:33

Cassini Spacecraft Post-Mortem "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn

Telemetry received during the plunge indicates that, as expected, Cassini entered Saturn's atmosphere with its thrusters firing to maintain stability, as it sent back a unique final set of science observations. Loss of contact with the Cassini spacecraft occurred at 7:55 a.m. EDT (4:55 a.m. PDT), with the signal received by NASA's Deep Space Network antenna complex in Canberra, Australia.

[...] As planned, data from eight of Cassini's science instruments was beamed back to Earth. Mission scientists will examine the spacecraft's final observations in the coming weeks for new insights about Saturn, including hints about the planet's formation and evolution, and processes occurring in its atmosphere.

[...] Cassini launched in 1997 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and arrived at Saturn in 2004. NASA extended its mission twice first for two years, and then for seven more. The second mission extension provided dozens of flybys of the planet's icy moons, using the spacecraft's remaining rocket propellant along the way. Cassini finished its tour of the Saturn system with its Grand Finale, capped by Friday's intentional plunge into the planet to ensure Saturn's moons particularly Enceladus, with its subsurface ocean and signs of hydrothermal activity remain pristine for future exploration.

Farewell, Cassini: a 20 year mission to Saturn comes to a life-protecting end

During the Jovian flyby, Cassini performed scientific observations of the planet, showing that Jupiter's cloud belts were areas of "net-rising atmospheric motion."

This observation contradicted previous hypotheses about Jupiter's dark and light belts and served to highlight differences in planetary weather systems.

During the flyby, Cassini was also able to study Jupiter's thin ring system, revealing that Jupiter's rings were composed of irregularly shaped particles that likely originated as ejecta from micrometeorite impacts with the moons Metis and Adrastea.

Cassini: The legen...

13:30

Modi Governments Institutions of Eminence May Increase Inequities in Higher Education "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If broad reforms are not carried out alongside creating institutions of eminence, the governments proposal could reinforce existing structural inequalities in the education system.

Indian higher education

MBA students attend a lecture at the Management Development Institute in Gurgaon on May 2, 2012. Credit: Reuters

As part of a broader set of policy reforms being implemented by Indias Ministry of Human Resource Development, last week, the University Grants Commission (UGC) announced the opening of applications to the proposal of establishing Institutions of Eminence (IoE). The proposal has been the highlight of debates on higher education in the country since finance minister...

13:30

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tuscany Dawn from Bjarke Hvorslev on Vimeo.

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13:30

A Brief Summary of the Rothschild Crime Syndicates Activities in the Middle East and Elsewhere "IndyWatch Feed World"

There has been much that has already been written about the Rothschild crime syndicate.

We acknowledge that for those who are not part of the general global awakening and the truth movement, such discussions could get too confusing and even overwhelming.

As such, it is my intent in this article to unravel and shed light on any still-lingering confusion by speaking to common people and not just my fellow intellectual elites, academicians, and fellow independent researchers.

Before I begin, I want to emphatically state the following:


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13:30

Trump's China-Sanctions Madness Imperils the Dollar "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By: Ryan McMaken
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Last week US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin warned the US will impose new sanctions on China if it doesn't conform to UN sanctions on North Korea:

"If China doesnt follow these sanctions, we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the U.S. and international dollar system, and thats quite meaningful."

In other words, the administration wants to sanction one of the US's biggest trading partners, and the world's second-largest economy.

China is the world's third-largest recipient of Americans exports, behind only Canada and Mexico. China is the world's largest source of imports for Americans, slightly ahead of both Mexico and Canada.

In 2016, Americans exported $169 billion in goods and services to China while importing $478 billion of goods and services. Every year, both consumers and producers benefit from the importation of Chinese electronics, machinery, food, footwear, and more.

Ratcheting up economic warfare with China could serve to cut off these avenues of trade and thus will only cost consumers and small business owners who currently benefit from lower-cost machinery, clothing, and more.

For the mercantilists in the Trump administration, of course, American consumers import "too much" from China anyway, and Americans and ought to be prohibited by the US government from purchasing what they want. The North Korea situation could serve as a convenient excuse for slapping prohibitions on American consumers in the name of "fair trade" while also serving as a foreign policy tool.

The last thing the US consumer needs is a trade war with China.

At this point, however, the US isn't talking about cutting off trade in such a blunt manner.

As Mnuchin notes, the strategy here is to "prevent [the Chinese] from accessing the U.S. and international dollar system." In practice, this would likely mean restricting access to the so-called SWIFT system which facilitates international transactions in dollars.

This idea is highly problematic in its own way. Were the Chinese to be cut off from the dollar, this would only create an enormous incentive for the Chinese to move away from the...

What Is the Correct Amount of Money? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By: Frank Shostak
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Most economists believe that a growing economy requires a growing money stock, on the grounds that growth gives rise to a greater demand for money, which must be accommodated. Failing to do so, it is maintained, will lead to a decline in the prices of goods and services, which in turn will destabilize the economy and lead to an economic recession or, even worse, depression.

Since growth in money supply is of such importance, it is not surprising that economists are continuously searching for the correct or the optimum  growth rate of the money supply.

Some economists who are the followers of Milton Friedman  also known as monetarists  want the central bank to target the money supply growth rate to a fixed percentage. They hold that if this percentage is maintained over a prolonged period of time it will usher in an era of economic stability.

The idea that money must grow in order to sustain economic growth gives the impression that money somehow sustains economic activity. According to Rothbard,

Money, per se, cannot be consumed and cannot be used directly as a producers' good in the productive process. Money per se is therefore unproductive; it is dead stock and produces nothing.1

Money's main job is simply to fulfill the role of the medium of exchange. Money doesn't sustain or fund real economic activity. The means of sustenance, or funding, is provided by saved consumer goods. By fulfilling its role as a medium of exchange, money just facilitates the flow of goods and services between producers and consumers.

Historically, many different goods have been used as the medium of exchange. On this, Mises observed that, over time,

. . . there would be an inevitable tendency for the less marketable of the series of goods used as media of exchange to be one by one rejected until at last only a single commodity remained, which was universally employed as a medium of exchange; in a word, money....

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Gregg Jarrett: Attorney General Sessions Has Been Incompetent Must Do the Right Thing and Resign (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

FOX News contributor and attorney Gregg Jarrett argued tonight on Hannity that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been unproductive and incompetent as AG and must resign.

Gregg Jarrett wrote Monday at FOX News that Attorney Sessions should resign for deceiving the president by concealing his intent to recuse himself form the Russia witch hunt. President Trump was entitled to know the truth, but Sessions actively hid it from him. Since that time, according to Jarrett, Sessions has been incompetent for several reasons most notably he has taken no action to investigate the unmasking of Trump aides during intelligence surveillance by the Obama Administration.

Tonight Gregg Jarrett called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign.

Gregg Jarrett: There are plenty of options here but Sessions needs to do the right thing and resign.

Via Hannity:

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The World Is Creeping Toward De-Dollarization "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The World Is Creeping Toward De-Dollarization by Ronald-Peter Stferle  Mises The issue of when a global reserve currency begins or ends is not an exact science. There are no press releases announcing it, and neither are there big international conferences that...

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Israeli Mossad Agent Arrested in Libya as 'ISIL Commander' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ISIL Commander Arrested by Libyan Authorities Exposed as Israeli Mossad Agent

September 11, 2017



Source: The Event Chronicle

By Jay Syrmopoulos

Benghazi, Libya Lending credence to the theory that ISIS operates as a strategic asset of the Israeli Mossad, Libyan security forces have arrested an ISIS leader in the north-eastern Libyan city of Benghazi who just so happens to be a Mossad agent.

The man arrested, Ephraim Benjamin, was allegedly an Israeli Mossad agent who began his operation following the 2011 toppling of the Libyan government that resulted in the murder of Libyan President Moammar Ghaddafi, according to the Israeli website Inian Merkazi, which translates to Central Issues.

The Mossad agent reportedly held a leading position in ISIS after mingling with Libyans during the fall of Ghaddafi. He then became a prominent imam of a large mosque in Benghazi, Libyas second largest city, before becoming a ISIS leader who commanded a contingent of upwards of 200 terrorists.

Known in Libya as Abu Hafs, the Mossad agent was arrested and accused by Libyan authorities of gathering intelligence information for the Israeli government.

It is believed that Benjamin, aka Hafs, was a Mossad Arabist, which are undercover Israeli spies with Arab features, and who speak fluent Arabic in local dialects, according to the Masr Alarabia website.

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Trumps UN Speech "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

I listened to part of Trumps UN speech this morning. I was so embarrassed for him and for my country that I had to turn it off.

I wonder if whoever wrote the deplorable speech intended to embarrass Trump and inadvertently embarrassed America as well, or whether the speechwriter(s) is so imbued with the neoconservative arrogance and hubris of our time that the speechwriter was simply blind to the extraordinary contradictions that stood out like sore thumbs all through the speech.

I am not going to describe all of them, just a couple of examples.

Trump went on at great length about how America respects the sovereignty of every country and the peoples will of every country, and how the US, despite its overwhelming military power, never tries to impose its will on any country. What was the administration thinking, or can it think? What about Yugoslavia/Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, Crimea, Ukraine, Venezuela, Honduras, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, just to mention countries in the 21st century that have been subjected to US military attacks, government overthrows, and removals of political leaders who did not conform to US interests?

Is it respect for the sovereignty of countries to force them to support US sanctions against Iran, Russia, China, North Korea, Venezuela? Is it respect for the sovereignty of countries to impose sanctions on the countries? If this is not imposing Washingtons will on other countries, what is?

Is it respect for other countries to inform them that unless they do as they are told, we will bomb you into the stone age?

I heard Trump complain that the UN Human Rights commission had as members countries with the worst human rights records of our time, and I wondered if he was talking about the United States. Clearly, Trump, the speechwriter(s), the State Department, the National Security Council, the US Ambassador to the UN, indeed the entire administration, do not think that the endless slaughter, maiming, orphaning, widowing, and dispossessing of millions of peoples in many countries, producing waves of refugees, comprise human rights violations.

The arrogance conveyed by Trumps speech is unprecedented.

After assurances that America respects everyone, Trump then made demand after demand and threat after threat against the sovereignty of Iran and North Korea, demanding that the rest of the world back him up.

Neither country is a threat to the US. Unlike the US and Israel, Korea has not been at war since 1953. Irans last war was in the 1980s when Iran was attacked by Iraq. Yet both North Korea and Iran are subjected to constant threats from the US. At the UN Trump threatened North Korea with destruction, and Washington is telling more lies about Iran in order...

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Preferred Conclusions: The BBC, Syria, and Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed World"

Venezuela has been at the center of a BBC propaganda blitz presenting the Maduro government as a dictatorship destined for regime change. 

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Nigerias commitment to democracy unshaken Buhari "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

says inequality, poverty, responsible for global crisis Anule Emmanuel Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday told world leaders that Nigeria under his leadership remained fully committed to democratic principles within and around the African continent. The President stated this while delivering Nigerias national statement at the General Debate of the 72nd Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72) in New York. Buhari told the world leaders that the commitment to democratic ideals became profound with Nigeria leading the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the effort of the...

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Python Dance: Air Force deploys Alpha jets to SEast "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Emmanuel Onani Abuja The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) yesterday announced the deployment of air assets in support of the ongoing Exercise Egwu Eke II in the South-East. It will be recalled that the Nigerian Army, on September 15, officially launched Operation Python Dance II in the five South-East states. The exercise, the Army had explained, was intended to check the incidents of kidnapping, assassination and other violent crimes plaguing the region. NAF said the deployment of the platforms, including Alpha Jets, was in demonstration of its commitment to enhance national...

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Presidency slams Saraki over IPOBs proscription "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Minister: Weve uncovered agitators foreign sponsors Northern govs lament infrastructural decay in South-East Onwuka Nzeshi Abuja The Presidency yesterday faulted the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, over his statement that the Nigerian military lacked the powers to declare the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organisation. Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla, who responded on behalf of the Federal Government, said the militarys decision was in order and queried the legal right of the Senate president to declare as illegal, any action taken by...

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Loser Hillary Backtracks: I Wont Contest the Legitimacy of the 2016 Election "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Failed Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton appears to be backtracking from her initial statement where she claimed she wouldnt rule out challenging the legitimacy of the 2016 election in an interview with NPR published Monday.

In an interview with Mic, Hillary Clinton said that there is no Constitutional basis for challenging the election results.

That pesky Constitution!

I think no one, including me, is saying we will contest the election. Im in the very large group of people who believe that, you know, theres no legal basis, no constitutional basis for that, Hillary said at a Mic roundtable in their New York office on Tuesday.

I think depending upon what is found in those investigations, it wont be just me, it will be millions of Americans who raise questions about the legitimacy of the election, Hillary continued.

In case you missed it, here is the exchange NPR had with Hillary Clinton on Monday:

NPR asked again, I want to get back to the question, would you completely rule out questioning the legitimacy of this election if we learn that the Russian interference in the election is even deeper than we know now?

Hillary replied, No. I would not. I would say

NPR: Youre not going to rule it out.

No, I wouldnt rule it out, Hillary said.

Hillary got pummeled by the media for this outrageous statement during her blame tour. Her handlers probably forced her to clarify her radical claims. Our Founding Fathers designed the Constitution precisely to stop power hungry lunatics like Hillary Clinton in their tracks.

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Archive reveals totally refreshing more~truthful perspective "IndyWatch Feed World"

Secret government promises big changes

By Benjamin Fulford

The secret government of the US and EU has promised a major overhaul in the wake of the warning it got from the Chinese secret society, according to a senior Japanese public security police officer and Freemason who has been acting as an intermediary with the Chinese secret society. Expect big changes this autumn, he said in comments confirmed by a member of the Japanese royal family. What you will be seeing is the unwinding of George Bush seniors 50-year campaign to turn the U.S. into a fascist regime, the secret police agent says. George Bush senior is now a broken man showing signs of senile dementia, he adds.
If the sources are to be believed, U.S. President George Bushs government will resign, before his term expires, and will be replaced by an interim regime headed by Al Gore. This will start a 2-3 year transition period during which suppressed technology, such as free energy, will be released and a new system for running the planet will be implemented, according to these two sources. They [The illuminati] know their rule is ending but they do not want it to end in an ugly way, the security police source says.
The recent market turmoil, including the Chinese threat to sell dollars, was part of the bargaining towards major changes in the secret balance of power, we are told.
Certainly there are some encouraging signs. The tearful resignation of U.S. presidential brain Karl Rove removes a central lynchpin of Bushs regime. Since it follows six other resignations; it does look like rats abandoning a sinking ship.
In Japan, meanwhile, the victory of the opposition Democratic Party in the recent upper house elections could lead to the end of the Iraq and Afghan wars. Japan Democratic Party leader Ichiro Ozawa has promised to block renewal of an anti-terrorist bill that allows Japans Self-Defense Forces to provide considerable logistical support to the U.S. sponsored wars in the region. Without that support, it is unlikely the U.S. will have enough money or military might to continue the wars.
Since this follows UK Prime Minister Browns vow to remove British troops with or without U.S. approval, it will mean the Bush regime has lost its last big war allies. Brown also publicly rebuked Bush during a recent visit by doing such things as pointedly refusing to take home a souvenir he was given.
There are also signs the Japanese election was manipulated behind the scenes to promote a Democratic Party victory in Japan. Just before the election, the Japanese mainstream media suddenly began reporting heavily about a pension scandal the JDP has been talking -unreported- about for at least 5 years. This was crucial for their victory. We may see a general election as early as this fall, followed by the birth of a JDP government and an end to the post-war Japanese regime...

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Timeline to incorporation of the AWU Workplace Reform Association Inc "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is an important precis of evidence in the case against Ms GILLARD. You'll recall Ms Gillard told the Trade Union Royal Commission that she received this letter from Ray Neal, and that she provided Ralph Blewitt with the legal advice in the memo below. GILLARD's testimony is at odds...

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Radical Islamic Terrorists: The Best Bad Guys Money Can Buy "IndyWatch Feed National"

radical Islamic terrorists

radical Islamic terrorists

Youre told radical Islamic terrorists are the root of all evil in the world. But have you taken the time to peel back the layers? You may be surprised

Radical Islamic Terrorists

are everywhere, it seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria too. They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told. Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told. Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right? Radical Islamic terrorists have scary beards, chant strange incantations and strike on every populated continent, so arent they the real bad guys in the world? Well you may think that, but there is far more than meets the eye here.

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Meet the Hunter S. Thompson of Elementary Particles "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Particles called gluons are responsible for mediating the strong nuclear force, a fundamental force of nature. But one of their properties complicates this picture profusely.

Hunter S. Thompson, pioneer of gonzo journalism, in May 1989. Credit: Rs79/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Hunter S. Thompson, pioneer of gonzo journalism, in May 1989. Credit: Rs79/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

One of the more fascinating bits of high-energy physics is the branch of physics called quantum chromodynamics (QCD). Dont let the big name throw you off: it deals with a bunch of elementary particles that have a property called colour charge. Like electrons have electric charge, particles studied by QCD have a colour charge. It doesnt correspond to a colour of any kind; its just a funky name.

(Richard Feynman...

13:00

The pro-choice case for infanticide. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In 2012 After-Birth Abortion was proposed by two philosophers in the Journal of Medical Ethics. By reopening the ethical debate the pro-choice lobby was put in the difficult position of trying to find arguments to justify why infanticide is medically ethically unacceptable if abortion is medically ethically acceptable. Just when you thought the religious right couldnt []

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How We Can Counter Colonial Myths About The Arrival of Muslims in Sindh "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Just as Sindhs past cannot be reduced to the history of one community, one sect or one faith, so should we aim for an inclusive present for the province.

Battle of Miani, oil on wood. Credit: Dry leaves from young Egypt, Volume I

Battle of Miani, oil on wood. Credit: Dry leaves from young Egypt, Volume I

It is a fact not so easily known, thus rarely acknowledged, that the in India at one moment turned into an excavation of Indias pasts. This excavation was aimed at exploring the arrival of various foreign people, cultures, religions and politics into the Subcontinent. After all, the Indian peninsula had been the site of commercial, political and military incursions by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the Timurids since 1498. Surely, one reason for the excavation was that, as the latest foreigners to arrive in India, the British wanted a justification for their own arrival. The other reason is tied to the way in which the British saw themselves as heirs to the Romans.

Edward Gibbon published the first volume of his book The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in 1776, the year Great Britain lost 13 of its colonies in America. All six volumes of the book came out by 1788 to tremendous acclaim and sales. A central theme in Gibbons work was his quest for historical linkages between Pax Britannica the period of British-dominated world order and Pax Romana.

He provided the foundational stone for a theory that sought to legitimise British colonial enterprise as a successor to a great empire of the past that brought a long era of peace and prosperity for Europe in its wake. Even...

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Q & A with Lynette Zang (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Q & A with Lynette Zang Video ITM Trading ITM Tradings Chief Market Analyst Lynette Zang answers this weeks top questions. Write your questions in the YouTube comment section and we may use them for our next Q &...

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