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Wednesday, 20 September

05:25

Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy: Who Is Tom Marino? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Thomas Anthony Marino, a four-term congressman from Central Pennsylvania, was nominated September 1, 2017, to be director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, commonly known as the drug czar. The Office of National Drug Control Policy, created in 1988, runs anti-drug programs for the executive branch. Marino was first mentioned as the probable nominee in April, but on May 3 he announced his withdrawal from consideration citing the health of his mother.

 

Marino was born August 13, 1952, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to Vivian and Joseph Marino. His working life began in a bakery, but he went back to school, earning an A.A. degree from Williamsport Area Community College in 1983 and a B.A. in political science and secondary education from Lycoming College in 1985. He continued his schooling and earned a J.D. from Dickinson School of Law in 1988.

 

Marino started in private practice, but by 1992 was the part-time Lycoming County prosecutor. In 1996, he was named district attorney for the county. In this position, he was responsible for cracking down on drug dealersbut was accused of making an exception for a friend, Jay Kilheeney. In 1992, Kilheeney had been convicted of distributing cocaine. Six years later, Marino reportedly went judge shopping. After the judge in charge of the case, Kenneth D. Brown, refused a request to expunge Kilheeneys record, Marino handed an expungement request to a different judge, Dudley N. Anderson. Anderson approved the expungement, but when he subsequently learned of Browns previous refusal, Anderson withdrew his approval.

 

In 2002, Marino was tapped by President George W. Bush to be U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Perhaps his most prominent case came early in his tenure. Marino led the prosecution of executives of Rite-Aid Drugs for criminal fraud in connection with an accounting scheme that was said to have resulted in the largest restatement of corporate earnings to that point. The former president of the company, Martin Grass, eventually pleaded guilty to conspiring to inflate income by $1.6 billion at the drugstore chain and conspiring to obstruct justice and agreed to an eight-year prison term, a $500,000 fine and forfeiture of $3 million in assets.

 

In 2007, Marino was caught up in the Bush Administrations attempt to fire U.S. Attorneys for political reasons. Marino was originally on a list to be fired, and then was removed along with other U.S. Attorneys from battleground states.

 

Nonetheless, Marino wasnt in his job much longer. Later that year, he had to recuse himself from an organized crime in...

04:30

Infosec weakest links: Negligent employees and poor password policies "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

54% of respondents to a Ponemon Institute study that involved more than 1,000 IT professionals said negligent employees were the root cause of a data breach. Password practices The study found that strong passwords and biometrics continue to be an essential part of security defense. However, 59% of respondents say they do not have visibility into their employees password practices, such as the use of unique or strong passwords and secure password sharing. Safe password More

04:14

A clearer picture of the CCleaner backdoor incident "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Monday, Cisco and Piriform the Avast-owned company behind the popular CCleaner utility announced that certain versions of the software have been backdoored by hackers. A blog post by security outfit Morphisec later revealed they were the ones who first notified Avast of the problem. The timeline of the incident and Avasts response to it is as follows: August 15: Malicious CCleaner (v5.33.6162) made available for download from Piriforms servers August 24: Malicious More

01:13

Category 5 Hurricane "Maria" hits Dominica, Puerto Rico bracing for catastrophic impact "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The eye of Category 5 Hurricane "Maria" was raging across Dominica for more than 2 hours on September 19, 2017, as the strongest storm to hit Dominica ever. It hit the country's southeast regions about 01:00 UTC (21:00 local time) with maximum...... Read more

First orangutan birth in Aceh reserve gives hope for survival of species "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The first baby orangutan was born at the Pinus Jantho Nature Reserve in Sumatra, a sign that the species might survive the global extinction crisis now underway. Jantho serves as one of two release sites for the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), a nonprofit that rehabilitates the apes kept as pets or driven into conflict with humans. Previously devoid of orangutans, the reserve now holds an entirely new population of the critically endangered primates. During a patrol, SOCP staff and government officials spotted an adult female orangutan carrying the newborn. We really werent expecting to see this little guy when we went to Jantho the other day, it was a real surprise, and a real treat! Sapto Aji Prabowo, head of the Natural Resources Conservation Agencys (BKSDA) branch in Aceh province, said in a statement. The infant, a boy, was subsequently named Masen after the Ulu Masen Ecosystem, where Jantho is located. Marconi, a female adult Sumatran orangutan, and her newborn son, Masen, at the Jantho reserve in Sumatra. Photo courtesy of the SOCP. Masens birth marks the start of what may grow into a new population of orangutans unfamiliar with the trauma of captivity. After several years of hard work, by the whole team in Jantho, we are finally seeing the results, Mukhlisin, manager of the Jantho site, said in a statement. [Masen] gives all of us new hope that we really can prevent the extinction of these amazing creatures. Farther south, Bukit Tigapuluh National Park holds Sumatras other

Alert level for Agung volcano raised to 3 (of 4), Bali, Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Alert Level for Agung volcano in Karangasem district of the Indonesian province of Bali was raised from 2 to 3 (of 4) on September 18, 2017, following a sharp increase in volcanic earthquakes on September 17. Authorities raised the alert to 2 on September 14,...... Read more

Old and busted: Es riecht nach "frischer Landluft".New ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Old and busted: Es riecht nach "frischer Landluft".

New hotness: Es riecht nach Salzsure nach einem kleineren Industrieunfall im nahegelegenen Hafendock!

Trump hat ja vor einer Weile angesagt, er glaube, er ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Trump hat ja vor einer Weile angesagt, er glaube, er sei unter Obama abgehrt worden. Die Behrden haben dann alle dementiert.

Aber jetzt stellt sich raus: Das FBI hat Trumps Wahlkampfmanager Manafort abgehrt, sowohl vor als auch nach der Wahl.

Jewish Agency pulls funding from Israel experience program over West Bank activism (Judy Maltz ' ) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

19/09/2017 - Following Jewish young adults' visiting an anti-occupation protest camp that is sometimes a flashpoint for violence, the Jewish Agency dumps the program runners The Jewish Agency will cut funding to ...

01:00

KGI Analyst: Apple Watch Series 3 demand higher than expected, iPhone X anticipation cannibalizes iPhone 8 pre-orders "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

Demand for Apples high-end flagship iPhone X is very likely to cannibalize iPhone 8 pre-orders, predicts KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a note sent out to investors this morning.

iPhone pre-orders traditionally sell out in September due to high demand, but this year, many models of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus were available for launch day delivery through the weekend, and continue to remain readily available for launch day pickup in Apple retail stores.

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Both are believable. The iPhone X is compelling, no matter how you feel about the notch.

And the low premium over non-LTE Apple Watch models is a small price to pay for the future-proofing it offers. Pay an extra $70, youll be able to turn LTE on if you decide you have the need. If I had the chance to pay $70 and get a WiFi+cellular iPad instead of WiFi-only, Id make that choice every time.

Read this on The Loop

00:53

Sprint follows AT&T with free iPhone 8 trade-in offer "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Reuters:

Sprint Corp said on Monday it will offer Apple Incs new iPhone 8 for free with a qualifying phone trade-in, following AT&T Incs buy one, get one free promotion on Friday for DirecTV and U-verse TV customers.

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Both new and existing customers who enroll in the Sprint Flex leasing program will get a free 64GB iPhone 8 if they trade in newer iPhone and Samsung models, Sprint said on Monday.

AT&Ts video customers could buy a new iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, add a line and receive a $699 credit for a second device beginning with pre-orders on Friday.

Carrier wars. Competition that is good for consumers.

Read this on The Loop

00:46

How Apples pricey new iPhone X tests economic theory "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Wall Street Journal:

Thorstein Veblen was a cranky economist of Norwegian descent who coined the phrase conspicuous consumption and theorized that certain products could defy the economic laws of gravity by stoking more demand with superhigh prices.

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Typically, raising the price of a good lowers demand for it. If beef becomes too expensive, people will buy more chicken.

Mr. Veblens theory posits that some consumers want a product even more when the price rises because the expense broadcasts status, taste and wealth.

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By unveiling the new iPhone X last week with a price of $1,000, Apple Inc. is pushing the envelope even further than Samsung Electronics Co., which unveiled the $950 Note 8 phone this year. Rather than trying to attract consumers with cheaper prices, the companies are fighting for customers with expensive price tags.

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The biggest spikes came for iPhones that were the most visibly distinct, such as 2014s iPhone 6, the model in which Apple changed the shape, enlarged the device and raised prices by $100.

Big lesson learned for Apple with the iPhone 6. I hear a ton of discussion of the pros and cons of the iPhone X, with many opinions on the notch and its distinctive look. Cant help but think of this as a bit of a badge for Apple, another play towards uniqueness that will mark the iPhone X as the new must-have shiny.

Read this on The Loop

00:25

Major update to the Macs excellent Keyboard Maestro "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I have a very short list of absolutely essential 3rd party Mac software. Tops on that list? Keyboard Maestro.

If you use a Mac and are not familiar with Keyboard Maestro, go here and watch the video, read through the list of things it can do. I use it every single day. My highest recommend.

Read this on The Loop

00:00

Digital future: Are we ready for whats next? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Internet Society (ISOC), a global non-profit dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet, released Paths to our Digital Future, a report aimed at exploring the future of the Internet. AI and IoT alter lives but could result in a surveillance society Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things hold huge potential to simplify and enhance peoples lives but only if ethical considerations steer technology development and guide its More

Tuesday, 19 September

23:30

A further note on Avi Yeminis fascist and neo-Nazi friends "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Yeah well anyway, I thought I might just note in passing some of Avi Yeminis fanbase among the extreme-right. To begin with, unhappy with the media reportage of his hate rally on Sunday, Avi instead recommends everybody read the report Continue reading

23:30

Addressing security concerns around connected ecosystems "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The convergence of IoT applications with emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, Big Data, and context-aware computing could help address current security concerns around connected ecosystems. Pervasive security through context-aware access control is one of the future areas currently being explored by developers. Key technology development areas within cybersecurity Leveraging the converged technology capabilities could help developers accurately analyse user data at every node of the network, thereby delivering an all-in-one packaged security solution that More

23:25

What we are fighting for "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The relationship between Iraq and the United States is intimate, toxic, and enduring. It is a relationship whose violence is generally dismissed as inevitable.

Oil-well fires burn near the town of Qayyarah, Iraq, 2016. Photo: Planet Labs.This essay was originally published in e-flux journal no. 84 (September 2017) under the title What We Are Fighting For

On the campaign trail in 2015, Trump stood triumphantly at the podium in Fort Dodge, Iowa, describing how he would deal with ISIS in Iraq:

I would bomb the shit out of em! I would just bomb those suckers. And thats right, Id blow up the pipes, Id blow up the refineries, Id blow up every single inch, thered be nothing left. And you know what? You get Exxon to come in there and in two monthsyou ever see these guys, how good they are, the great oil companies? Theyll rebuild that sucker brand new, itll be beautiful. And Id ring it, and Id get the oil. [1]

The crowd erupts into applause, shocked and delighted by such an unapologetic and direct plan of action.

Trump speaks excitedly, as though he is the first person to think of bombing the shit out of Iraq. He speaks about the beauty of the burning oil fields remade in Exxons image. A year later, Trumps words proved prescient. In the summer of 2016, oil fields across northern Iraq burned, with credit due not to Trump, but ISIS. Civilians in northern Iraq lived under a thick layer of toxic soot for eight months until the fires were finally put out in February 2017. Time will tell what damage, generational and in this lifetime, was caused to humans and the environment alike. Meanwhile, Trump also proposed a 10 percent increasefifty-four billion dollarsin the US military budget, because we are going to win. What you cant take by being a nice guy, you take by force. Beautiful women, oil fields, whatever.

The relationship between Iraq and the United States is intimate, toxic, and enduring. It....

23:25

DavidShurter.com "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If My Stepmother IS In Fact Dead- That Means My Dads Hospice Records are Accessible

Because my 1/2 sister- which she really isnt- doesnt have the AUTHORITY to keep me from them. Interesting piece of info they let go of last night.

Oh- and being part of being left out of the will- if you look at Nebraska law- I could have EASILY sued and won- as the FIRST FAMILY has a greater claim to their parents money than the SECOND (or in this case- THIRD- although my dad didnt have any children in his first marriage). So if I had WANTED to sue- I could easily have. But who wants BLOOD MONEY?

23:00

Worldwide security appliance revenue increased to $3 billion "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

According to IDC, the total security appliance market saw positive growth in both vendor revenue and unit shipments for the second quarter of 2017 (2Q17). Worldwide vendor revenues in the second quarter increased 9.2% year over year to $3 billion and shipments grew 7.0% year over year to 706,186 units. The trend for growth in the worldwide market driven by the Unified Threat Management (UTM) sub-market continues, with UTM reaching record-high revenues of $1.6 billion More

22:49

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

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22:41

Review: Common People by Tony Birch "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Share this Post Tony Birchs latest collection of stories is full of hard lives lived along side-tracks, on back-roads, in cobbled bluestone allies and laneways. The scenarios will be familiar to anybody who has endured life beyond a Boundary street. Birchs characters are outsiders, misfits, the crooked and routinely outcast, the too regularly disregarded and vulnerable. There is no wankery, ...

22:40

Ladakhi Woman Writes Rebuttal to Those Fuelling Communal Passions in Her Name "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Nobody asked me my view as if I dont matter in this game of misogyny played in my name.

A lunar new year celebration organised by the Ladakh Buddhist Organisation in 2014. Credit: Twitter/Richen Tundup

A lunar new year celebration organised by the Ladakh Buddhist Organisation in 2014. Credit: Twitter/Richen Tundup

While communal passions were fuelled against the entire Muslim community, which had nothing to do with my personal decision, no one wanted to check the facts. Nobody asked me my view as if I dont matter in this game of misogyny played in my name. I have also watched with a lot of anguish and pain how the media has been selectively highlighting the issue through the prism of their own bias, without caring for my opinion, she writes.

Describing itself as a welfare group, the LBA maintains that it works towards safeguarding the interests of a...

22:38

Indonesia abuzz over possible finding of extinct tiger "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

JAKARTA Based on a photographic evidence, park officials in Indonesia reported the possible sighting of the Javan tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica) some 14 years after the animal was officially declared extinct. In the middle of doing a field survey on Aug. 25, a ranger from Ujung Kulon National Park in West Java photographed a big cat that officials failed to immediately identify. It subsequently sparked a speculation that the beast could be the Javan tiger which was last sighted in the island in 1976. An unidentified big cat was photographed last month by a ranger from Ujung Kulon National Park. Officials claim the animal could be the Extinct Javan tiger. Photo courtesy of Ujung Kulon National Park. This used to be the habitat of Javan tiger, Mamat Rahmat, chief of the park, told local news media last Wednesday. We hope that they still exist. The report, which went viral across the internet, has prompted Indonesias Ministry of Environment and Forestry and NGO World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to deploy a team to investigate and set up more camera traps to gather more information and samples. The stripes [on the cat] appear to be similar like that of Javan tiger, but its posture is questionable, Wiratno, the director general of natural resources conservation, told local news media. This is among the things that we want to confirm. Meanwhile, the report has received skepticism from some experts who suggested that the creature resembled more the Critically Endangered Javan leopard (Panthera pardus melas).

Andere Lnder, andere Probleme: Genfer Toiletten verstopft ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Andere Lnder, andere Probleme: Genfer Toiletten verstopft mit Geldscheinen.

Tja, ab einer gewissen Geldmenge wei man halt nicht mehr, wohin damit!1!!

NPR dazu.

Das W3C hat eine SPD gepullt, ist komplett umgefallen ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Das W3C hat eine SPD gepullt, ist komplett umgefallen und hat ihrer Basis verraten.

In July, the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium overruled dozens of members' objections to publishing a DRM standard without a compromise to protect accessibility, security research, archiving, and competition.

EFF appealed the decision, the first-ever appeal in W3C history, which concluded last week with a deeply divided membership. 58.4% of the group voted to go on with publication, and the W3C did so today, an unprecedented move in a body that has always operated on consensus and compromise. In their public statements about the standard, the W3C executive repeatedly said that they didn't think the DRM advocates would be willing to compromise, and in the absence of such willingness, the exec have given them everything they demanded.

Damit haben sie die Fluttore geffnet. Wenn man Bullys nicht entgegentritt, dann ist das eine Einladung fr alle anderen Bullys.

Die EFF ist daraufhin ausgetreten.

22:35

Argentina: Family of disappeared anarchist furious as police raid Mapuche "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The brother of Santiago Maldonado publicly denounced the federal government yesterday after more than 300 troops from the Special Group of Federal Operations (GEOF) were sent into the countryside around Cushamen to look for him 47 days after the solidarity activist went missing during a police raid. The heavily-armed GEOF, which specialises in counter-terror []

22:35

Syrian War Report September 19, 2017: Syrian Army Develops Advance On Eastern Bank Of Euphrates "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

from SouthFront On September 18th, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Syrian Republcian Guard (SRG) officially crossed the Euphrates River using a pontoon bridge and amphibious vehicles. They then engaged ISIS terrorists on the eastern bank. The SAA and the SRG advanced on ISIS positions in the Saqr Island and captured a major part []

22:35

Backed by Civil Rights Genius Dr. Cornel West, Tribes Defy Storm, Bureaucracy & Deliver Name Change Declaration to Yellowstone "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Tribal leaders enter Yellowstone Park

Published September 19, 2017

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK  I stand in strong solidarity with you and my indigenous brothers and sisters in your demands to change the names in Yellowstone from war criminals to humane and freedom-loving people! Dr. Cornel West informed Chief Stan Grier, a message sent for tribal leaders on the eve of their unity protest in Yellowstone. That Harvard professor Dr. West, once described by President Obama as a genius, a public intellectual, a preacher, an oracle and the most exciting black American scholar ever by critics, has publicly supported Tribal Nations efforts to change the names of proponents and exponents of indigenous genocide in Yellowstone, suggests the traction and profile the issue is gaining.

Despite a winter storm warning, three of Yellowstones five entrances being closed due to snow, and a last-minute change to an indoor from outdoor venue, before tribal leaders presentations could begin in Gardiner, Montana on Saturday, additional chairs had to be provided for attendees. Of the sixteen tribal leaders present, Grier, Chief of the Piikani Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy, was first to speak. Grier used the Blackfoot Confederacys rights from the 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty and 1855 Lame Bull Treaty to reemphasize the Piikanis standing in Yellowstone.

Chairman Sazue, Chief Grier and Supt. Kinney at the declaration presentation.

Our ancestors knew this area intimately. We used to collect our red and black paints here. We...

22:34

Soros Has Created the Battleground for Americas Second Civil War- Exclusive Report "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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This is a breaking and exclusive story that has not even made its way into Independent Media. Californias seismic activity centered around the San Andreas fault is no match for the tremendous upheaval that is going on inside the state. What is going on in California is a breeding ground and a presecription for violent revolution. And as you would expect, at the center of it all, is George Soros.

A State with No Cohesion

California is a state which is going through tremedous upheaval. There are competing forces which are fighting for the control of the 8th largest economy in the world. The political interests of California could not be more diverse. Economically, California is home to the greatest poverty in the nation as well as the greatest level of affluence. Californias political interests could not be more diverse. The political interests of the State Legislature would make Hitler and Mussolini blush with envy at the extreme liberalism and lack of personal libertiess. However, some of the most ardent conservatives live in one of Americas most affluent counties (Orange County). For 10 million of Californias diverse population, English is not the first language spoken. In short, the interests in California are so diverse that it is hard to believe that a violent revolution does not lie in the states future.

The State of Jefferson

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The people in No. California have received no help and protection from their state government emanating from the ravages perpetrated upon the residents by the BLM and the EPA. Water compact and historical land use agreements have been frequently been violated by the Fed...

22:33

The courage of Gwyneth Paltrow "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I can hardly believe how brave she is. Would you believe she actually sells psychic vampire repellent?

If it were me, Id be afraid to stock something that would repel or destroy me, and I sure wouldnt be selling it to people, not even for an outrageous $30 for 100ml, who might spritz me with it. Especially not when its been infused with such dangerous things as moonlight and reiki.

The psychic vampire repellent may not be FDA evaluated, but who cares when it has sonically tuned water, moonlight, love, reiki, and gem elixirs which is totally not left over water from a rock polisher. It must be very potent as there is a double dose of reiki. Im not sure how they get all that reiki in the bottle because reiki isnt an object but no conversation needed here because ancient gem elixir physics, duh! One should spray it around ones face to safeguard ones aura and banish bad vibes (and shield you from the people who may be causing them). I mean thats some potent, women empowering health shit right there, you know? Just dont empower it into your lungs.

Im assuming that Psychic Vampires are real, because no way would Gwyneth sell a fake remedy to a fake problem. That would be, like, a double-fake. Which confuses me, because wouldnt a double-fake mean its real?

Also, its obvious that Gwyneth herself is a psychic vampire. Shes leeching the minds out of people.

22:32

CNN finally admits Trumps campaign chairman was wiretapped "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A day late and a buck short: CNN finally admits Donald Trump was right when he said his team was wiretapped

(INTELLIHUB) In what can only be described as a total flip-flop, CNN has now admitted that U.S. investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election.

The report says that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was, in fact, wiretapped as part of an investigation which spanned from 2016 into 2017.

According to the report: 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.

The investigation was discontinued for a lack of evidence.

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22:30

Paradise Lost: Hurricane Maria Devastates Dominica "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Paradise Lost: Hurricane Maria Devastates Dominica from Sputnik News Hurricane Maria ripped through the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, tearing roofs from homes and striking fear into the hearts of inhabitants. Sputnik collected the most shocking eye-witness accounts of the...

The post Paradise Lost: Hurricane Maria Devastates Dominica appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:30

Worth a Look: Secret Relationship Between Blacks & Zionists "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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An accurate accounting of the history of Blacks and Jews from the Columbian era to the Civil War, including the extensive record of Jewish slave trading in the western hemisphere. 334 pages 1,275 footnotes More than 3,000 sources Jewish journals, encyclopedias, newspapers & other publications Jewish scholars & rabbis Court records Shipping records Jewish wills Runaway slave notices Auction notices Published sermons Census data Slave bills of sale Tax records Full Index Bibliography.

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22:30

Iowa farmer increases profits by growing non-GMO beans "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I am not mainstream, I am more in the process of growing food, said Mike Lewis, who farms southeast of Osage. All my stuff is non-GMO.

OSAGE, Iowa Lewis, an Osage High School and a 1980 Iowa State University with a degree in farm operations, recognizes he has to deal with problems GMO farmers dont have, but he also acknowledges the production of his food-grade soybeans brings a premium price, which overshadows some of the challenges he faces.

Thirty years ago, Lewis began a limited planting of the food-grade soybeans. Ten years later, he turned to full production of the soybeans.

GMO crops came into existence when agronomist began to genetically modify plants so they could tolerate new herbicides, which could provide better weed control. Along with the GMO science came an ongoing conversation as to GMO crops and health-related issues. These conversations have led some countries and some food processors to only purchase non-GMO food stocks.

I grow food grade beans, which yield about 90 to 95 percent of what regular soybeans yield, and I have to deal with more of a weed problem, because I am limited with solutions for my weed problems, Lewis said, so that is where cover crops come in. The premiums I get for my beans offset the yields.

The Helium Soybeans I raise are a very large soybean and are void of the familiar black spots that are seen on regular soybeans. They are a high protein beans, which are grown for the production of tofu, Lewis said. Right now I just truck my beans to Nora Springs. They clean the beans there and ship them out. They go to California or overseas.

One of the innovations Lewis uses in his fields is planting twin rows that are seven inches apart, next to an open space of 23 inches, and then another set of seven inch rows. Basically, it is the same set up as 30 inch rows, except the twin, seven inch rows spread the bean seeds over a larger area.

The non-GMO seed is not hard to get, Lewis said. Actually non-GMO seed production is increasing. I grow a variety of soybeans that my buyer wants me to grow.

Lewis said most seed companies handle both non-GMO and GMO seed.

Lewis, who has been invested in farming for 45 years, said one of the major elements in his bean production is the use of cover crops. Five years ago when it was so wet and we had preventive planting, I used a cover crop, he said. I saw a lot better weed control t...

22:30

Climate change not as threatening to planet as previously thought, new research suggests "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Henry Bodkin 18 September 2017 7:15pm From The Telegraph Climate change poses less of an immediate threat to the planet than previously thought because scientists got their modelling wrong, a new study has found. New research by British scientists reveals the world is being polluted and warming up less quickly than 10-year-old forecasts

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Climate change not as threatening to planet as previously thought, new research suggests "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Guest post by David Middleton Eureka!  Gorebal Warming is now not worse than previously thought By Henry Bodkin 18 SEPTEMBER 2017 7:15PM Climate change poses less of an immediate threat to the planet than previously thought because scientists got their modelling wrong, a new study has found. New research by British scientists reveals the

22:28

N. Korean Nuke Tests Could Trigger Supervolcano, 1792 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

- Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level cyber protection. https://www.jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ Good evening, Im still reporting on: N. Korean Nuke Tests Could Trigger Supervolcano, 1792 Synopsis: The last North Korean underground nuke test inside Mt. Mantap, set off worrisome deep-earth tremors that may signal the reawakening of nearby Mt. Paektu, historys most devastating supervolcano. Mt. Paektu last exploded in the year 946. Despite blowing off the top of the mountain and creating a huge lake Lake Chon 8 miles wide in its caldera, it still stands as North Koreas highest mountain at 9,000 feet, only about 30 miles to the northwest of the nuclear test site inside Mount Mantap. Despite North Koreas distrust of foreigners, especially scientists, an international committee has been allowed to take a look at the situation. According to one of the researchers, Dr. James Hammond, of the Univ. of London, the last eruption was the most devastating in history. Ashes showered much of Japan, 500 miles away. According to another member of this team, Dr. Stephen Grant, a seismologist at the Univ. of Austin says: The risk of a destructive eruption is very real. The team concluded that the 946 eruption of Mr. Paektu could have released more sulphur into the atmosphere than the 1815 eruption of Mt. Tambora in 1815 in Indonesia. That eruption caused what was known as the year without a summer because so much ash was hurtled into the upper atmosphere that global temperatures plummeted worldwide causing crop failures and famines worldwide. Even in the northern hemisphere, a high-altitude reddish fog reddened and dimmed the sunlight so that sunspots were visible to the naked eye. Such detailed records are not available from the last eruption of Mt. Peaktu a thousand years ago, but at least it was the second only to Mt. Tambora. Scientists have now created a Volcanic Explosivity Index, or VEI. Mt. Paektu and Mt. Tambora are the only two volcanic eruptions which merit a VEI of 7. To provide some scale, a more recent explosive volcano was also in the islands that today make up Indonesia Krakatoa in 1883 68 years after Mt. Tambora. It is now designated as a VEI-6 volcanic eruption, but lets look at the consequences. Support Our Sponsors: - Life Change Tea: Rid Your Body From Toxins! https://www.GetTheTea.com - Nobel Gold & Silver: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 888-596-7916 - Water Smacker - Makes your water less acidic by ionization. https://www.watersmacker.com - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level cyber protection. https://www.jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Jeevy Computers: Buy/Sell Bitcoin & other Cryptos: 888-844-7806 - Learn How To Generate Passive Income Using Bitcoins At: https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Denas Pain Relief Store: http://denaspainreliefstore.com/denas-pcm-6.html 503.395.4142 Protect Your Information From Big Data - Click Here! https://www.virtualshield.com.........

22:26

UK: Muslims threaten boycott as Council votes on banning halal meat in school "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Thousands of Muslim students in Lancashire may boycott meals in local schools if halal meat is banned in those schools. The Councils concern about halal comes from the cruelty with it mandates that animals be slaughtered. British experts have stated that halal-slaughtered animals are dying in agony. Lancashire Councilor leader Geoff Driver stated: In my []

22:22

Reactions to speech by Myanmars Suu Kyi on violence in Rakhine State "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech to the nation over Rakhine and Rohingya situation, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar September 19, 2017. REUTERS Soe Zeya Tun

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday gave her first address to the nation since attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on Aug. 25 sparked a military response that has forced more than 410,000 Rohingya into neighboring Bangladesh.

Suu Kyi condemned human rights violations and said anyone responsible would face the law but she did not address U.N. accusations that the military campaign in Rakhine state was textbook ethnic cleansing.

Here are some reactions to her speech from diplomats, aid agency officials, human rights groups and others:

JAMES GOMEZ, Amnesty International regional director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Aung San Suu Kyi today demonstrated that she and her government are still burying their heads in the sand over the horrors unfolding in Rakhine State.

PHIL ROBERTSON, Human Rights Watch deputy director, Asia Division.

In response to Suu Kyis statement that army clearance operations have ceased since Sept. 5 If that is true, then who is burning all the villages weve seen in the past two weeks?

TIN MAUNG SWE, secretary of the Rakhine State government

He praised Suu Kyi for her transparency but was not optimistic about her pledge to promote harmony between Muslims and the largely Buddhist ethnic Rakhine communities in the state.

The situation is ready to explode. It just needs a single spark.

SEIN WIN, Myanmar defense minister

We will protect the ones who are in line with the law There are still many Muslim villages. We are taking good care of them, he said, as he arrived for Suu Kyis speech.

PAUL EDWARDS, UNICEF deputy representative in Myanmar

We have to take at face value what she said about there being no further military operation since Sept 5. But of course none of us really know whats happening there if were not there.

MARZUKI DARUSMAN, chair of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar

Two main issues emerge the categorical readiness of the government of Myanmar to receive back returnees at any time on the basis of a procedure that will have to be discussed at some point. And secondly, the readiness of the government to undertake to be globally scrutinized by the international community. T...

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The rest of the story "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Everywhere I turn the last day or two, someone is posting that spectacular video of a Nazi getting punched in Seattle and really getting walloped, ending up flattened and unmoving on the sidewalk. The puncher knew what he was doing.

I approve of Nazi-punching. I know, its violent action, but when youre dealing with people advocating for genocide, a little ramping up of the response is appropriate and necessary. Not whip-out-a-gun-&-shoot escalation, not run-em-over-with-a-car execution, which is what they have done, but we cant avoid a sock-em-in-the-jaw response to fighting words and extreme provocation. And yes, I think its fair to regard parading about in Nazi gear is extreme provocation.

The Stranger also has more background on the incident.

  • Obviously, the man is wearing an armband with a Nazi swastika on it, on public transportation,
    in Ballard and center city. Hes spoiling for a confrontation.

  • He harassed a black man on the bus.

  • He was wandering around, yelling at random people it was characterized as Alex Jones style yelling.

  • Other people were alarmed enough that they called the police.

  • He threw a banana at someone and called them an ape.

  • When the police arrived, nothing was done because the Nazi would not press charges, nor would anyone else complain.

Its fair to say he was trying to provoke a reaction. He got one. Im actually a little more troubled by this than I am by the punching:

When the man in the armband began to recover, he rolled over onto his hands and knees and reached up to someone for help, but nobody wanted to help him, Duff said. Soon, police officers patrolling the area arrived to the scene and the crowd dispersed.

Everyone was so joyous, Duff said. It was like a bonding for the community.

No. Dont be joyous. Punching Nazis is an unpleasant, necessary action, not something to celebrate and bond over. Lets take this seriously: we have a genuine problem with a subset of the citizenry advocating for racism and normalizing deportation and mass murder, and we have to take a range of actions, most of them political and social, against themand sometimes that may involve physically subduing them. Lets not do it because its fun. Do it because we want to suppress violence......

22:15

John Robb: Trump Insurgency is Dead, Trump Captured "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

John Robb

The OODA loop of Trumps Insurgency has been Smashed

That insurgency is now over.  Its OODA loop is smashed.

Worried that Trump would end existing US spending/policies (largely, still geared to cold war priorities), the senior military staff running the Trump administration launched a counter-insurgency against the insurgency. They have been successful (if only they were half as good fighting against real world insurgencies).  Heres how:

  • Former generals took control of key staff positions.
  • They purged staff members that were part of the insurgency and tightly limited access to Trump.
  • Finally, and most importantly, they took control of Trumps information flow.

That final step changed everything.

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22:15

Police detention center in Rhodes turned into hot spot for 120 souls incl children (video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

One hundred twenty people, many women, young children and babies. Refugees and migrants. One hundred twenty souls live in a place with capacity for forty people. They spend their days and nights in the detention center of the Police Headquarters of the island of Rhodes, next to the prison. An unofficial hot spot where migrants

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22:14

Israel destroys Hezbollah drone threatening Golan airspace "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Military says UAV flew from Damascus, infiltrated Israeli territory and was destroyed by Patriot missile

22:13

Vier Tage lang Musik und Kunst auf dem Reeperbahn Festival (Tickets gewinnen) "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Diese Woche startet das Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg und lst fr vier Tage das Standard-Programm auf der Reeperbahn durch Konzerte an ungewhnlichen Orten und Kunst ab. Wir haben fnf Kunstempfehlungen fr das Wochenende und schicken euch mit etwas Glck mit Gewinnspiel-Tickets zum Festival. Es ist wieder soweit. Das Reeperbahn Festival steht vor der Tr und unterbricht das Tagesgeschft rund um die Reeperbahn ab Mittwoch fr vier Tage mit vielen guten Konzerten, interessanten Konferenzen, spannenden Ausstellungen und Kunst im ffentlichen Raum. Konzert in der St. Pauli Kirche (2016) Foto: Reeperbahn Festival / Florian Trykowski Vom 20. bis 23. treffen sich Musikfans, Musiker und die internationale Musikbranche in St. Pauli und das Gebiet rund um die Reeperbahn wird zur zentralen Anlaufstelle fr Musik, Kunst und Popkultur. Schon seit ein paar Jahren hat sich das Reeperbahn Festival so zu Deutschlands grtem Clubfestival und wichtigstes Branchentreff gemausert. Das Festival ist aber vor allem immer wieder ein guter Anlass, sich tolle Konzerte in kleinen und ungewhnlichen Locations anzugucken, bevor die gleichen Bands dann ein Jahr spter in den groen und langweiligen Konzerthallen spielen. Kunst-Performance Cooper Copter (2016) Foto: Reeperbahn Festival / Josczok Das Reeperbahn Festival steht aber nicht nur fr Musik, sondern hat sich mit den Jahren auch zu einem interessanten Spielfeld fr bildende Kunst und Kunst im ffentlichen Raum entwickelt. ...

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22:13

Global Debt Bubble Understated By $13 Trillion Warn BIS "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Global debt bubble may be understated by $13 trillion: BIS
Central banks central bank warns enormous liabilities have accrued in FX swaps, currency swaps & forwards
Risk of new liquidity crunch and global debt crisis
 The debt remains obscured from view warn BIS

Global debt may be under-reported by around $13 trillion because traditional accounting practices exclude foreign exchange derivatives used to hedge international trade and foreign currency bonds, the BIS said on Sunday.

Bank for International Settlements researchers said it was hard to assess the risk this missing debt poses, but that the main worry was a liquidity crunch like the one that seized FX swap and forwards markets during the financial crisis.

The $13 trillion unaccounted-for exposure exceeds the on-balance-sheet debt of $10.7 trillion that data shows was owed by firms and governments outside the United States at end-March.

The fact these FX derivatives do not appear on financial and non-financial institutions balance sheets under current accounting rules means little is known about where the debt lies.

The debt remains obscured from view, Claudio Borio, head of the BISs monetary and economic department, and two colleagues, Robert McCauley and Patrick McGuire, said in its latest quarterly report.

Accounting conventions leave it mostly off-balance sheet, as a derivative, even though it is in effect a secured loan with principal to be repaid in full at maturity, BIS said.

Explaining the risk they added: In particular, the short maturity of most FX swaps and forwards can create big maturity mismatches and hence generate large liquidity demands, especially during times of stress.

When buying a foreign asset, a domestic investor has three choices: buy a currency forward, undertake an FX swap or do a repurchase transaction.

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20 Tweets People Who Shop In Aldi Will Truly Understand "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

Aldi are a global low budget supermarket with 10,366 stores across 17 countries. Buzzfeed recently curated a list of 20 tweets that show their incredible consistency across the globe starting with their superhuman speed cashier scanning:

1. First of all, can we talk about how fast the cashiers scan groceries?

2. H o n e s t l y.

3. Dont bother trying to bag at the register.

4. Unless youre *that* good.

5. Sometimes Aldis selection is limited.

22:10

Only in Arizona: How Smart Contract Clarity Is Winning Over Startups "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Arizona legislators are turning the state into a blockchain hub by making smart contracts legally binding, and startups are taking the bait.

22:05

Fed Minutes More Show Than Substance (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Fed Minutes More Show Than Substance Video Peter Schiff Video Source

The post Fed Minutes More Show Than Substance (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:03

Misleading headlines about Equifax's *earlier* hack "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Misleading headlines about Equifax's *earlier* hack

Woah! Calm down media. Equifax *did* go public about the earlier incident, and it was reported in the security press.

22:03

Satoshis Best Kept Secret: Why is There a 1 MB Limit to Bitcoin Block Size "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Origins of Bitcoins Scaling Crisis Lie in Unforeseen Consequences of Past Decisions.

22:02

Let. Gen. Amunggut Tabi: Penghalang Utama dan Pertama Papua Merdeka ialah Ego Aktivis Papua Merdeka "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Dari Markas Pusat Pertahanan (MPP) Tentara Revolusi West Papua (TRWP). Lieutenant-General Amunggut Tabi menjawab pertanyaan Papua Merdeka News (PMNews) terkait pesan singkat yang disampaikan ke redaksi PMNews beberapa waktu lalu terkait ULMWP, pejuang Papua Merrdeka, dan tokoh ULMWP. PMNews menanyakan "Mengapa Gen. Wenda fokus kepada ego dan mematikan ego dalam kaitannya dengan Papua Merdeka daam

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Israel Says Shoots Down Drone Over Golan Heights Frontier With Syria Patriot Missiles Takes Down Hezbollah Pilotless Aircraft "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

JERUSALEM Israel shot down a pilotless aircraft that tried to enter its airspace at its Golan Heights frontier with Syria on Tuesday, the Israeli military said.

Israeli media said a Patriot interceptor missile was used in the incident.

(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Jeffrey Heller)

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The military said that this was not the first time Hezbollah uses intelligence-gathering drones against Israel, but added that this time the drone was unusually close to the Israeli border.
The drone was downed over the border Syrian town of Quneitra.

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Israel will not allow Iran, Hezbollah or other forces to infiltrate or get near its territory in the Golan Heights, the IDF Spokespersons Unite said in a statement.

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Earlier this month, foreign media reports claimed that Israeli warplanes struck a chemical arms plant in Syria from Lebanese airspace. The Syrian army general command confirmed in a statement the attack on what they called a military facility, and said that two people were killed and extensive damage was caused. Israel refused to comment on the reports.

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Last year, the Israeli military unsucessfully tried to intercept an unmanned aerial vehicle that breached its airspace. The drone entered 4 kilometers deep into Israeli territory before returning to Syria. The Israel Defense Forces tried to shoot down the drone three times first with two Patriot missiles, and then with a fighter jet, which fired an air-to- air missile at it. But as far as the army can tell, the drone escaped unscathed.

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In March, the Air Force said an Arrow mi...

22:00

Berto Jongman: Russias New Theory of Information Warfare "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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RT, Sputnik and Russias New Theory of War

How the Kremlin built one of the most powerful information weapons of the 21st century and why it may be impossible to stop.

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22:00

Suck it Hollyweird: 2017 Emmy ratings reach new low "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

From Yahoo: Praise, wee CBS broadcast of the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards delivered all-time lows. The Stephen Colbert-hosted ceremony drew 9.6 million total viewers (others are reporting the final number was 11.4 million) and a 2.2 rating in the Continue reading

21:58

China Detains Man for Selling Service to Evade Internet Firewall "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Chinese authorities have detained a software developer for selling computer services that allow internet users to evade China's "Great Firewall," which blocks access to thousands of websites, from Facebook to Twitter to some news outlets, a media report said Monday.

The software developer, who is from the coastal province of Jiangsu, near Shanghai, was arrested in late August and held for three days for building a small business to sell virtual private networks, the Global Times newspaper reported, citing the official Xinhua news agency. VPNs create encrypted links between computers and allow Chinese web users to see blocked sites by hiding the address from government filters.

Subscribers paid 10 yuan, or about $1.50, for one month of the developer's service. Authorities also seized the developer's earnings, which totaled 1,080 yuan, or about $165.

Some internet businessmen have faced far harsher punishments: Earlier this year, a 26-year-old entrepreneur who sold VPN services in Dongguan, near Hong Kong, was sentenced to nine months in prison.

How far away from having this happen in the West are we, really?


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21:56

Bobbie Houston Instagram: HAPPY (AUSSIE) BIRTHDAY to my/our gorgeous son @joelhouston those eyes tell it all. Love you darling. Mum!! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

QUEEN BOOBIE OF HELL$ONG: HAPPY (AUSSIE) BIRTHDAY to my/our gorgeous son @joelhouston those eyes tell it all. Love you darling. Mum!! ...

21:55

The Color of Law "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Richard Rothsteins The Color of Law is a good history of government discrimination against African-Americans in the housing market. Most notably, the FHA and the VA refused to guarantee mortgage loans or loans to builders unless the neighborhood was segregated. Indeed, the FHA wouldnt loan money if there were too many African Americans living nearby.

In 1940, for example, a Detroit builder was denied FHA insurance for a project that was near an African American neighborhood. He then constructed a half-mile concrete wall, six feed high and a foot thick, separating the two neighborhoods, and the FHA then approved the loan.

Rothstein is no libertarian but to his credit he does acknowledge that one of the few anti-segregation forces in the early twentieth century was the Lochner influenced reasoning of the Supreme Court. In Louisville, Kentucky, wealthy blacks began to buy houses in previously white neighborhoods. In response, the city passed an ordinance making it illegal for blacks to move into majority-white neighborhoods and vice-versa. The NAACP organized a test case. Warley, an African American, agreed to buy a house from Buchanan, if not prevented by law from doing so. Buchanan then argued that the law reduced the value of his house because he could not sell to Warley or other African-Americans. Thus, the ordinance was a taking which violated the 14th Amendment right not to be deprived of property without due process of law.

The State of Kentucky responded with a brief arguing that segregation was divinely ordained and that negroes carry a blight with them ...

21:55

Happy Birthday CIA: 7 Truly Terrible Things the Agency Has Done in 70 Years "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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(ANTIMEDIA)  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.
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21:53

After Self-Reflection, Journalists Discover Theyve Been Too Critical Of Democrats "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Journalism is in crisis. After some much-needed self-examination, however, reporters are finally beginning to figure out why many Americans are souring on their industry: Theyve been too critical of the Democratic Party.

The trend was evident in 2016, when media outlets decided to focus on Hillary Clintons corruption, favor trading, and subsequent cover-up attempts. As any journalism professor could tell you, the purpose of reporting is to answer basic questions, like Who? What? When? Where? Why? And does this story help bolster the chances of the Democratic Partys candidate or not?

So sayeth self-styled journalism ethicist Jay Rosen, and other theorists of the trade like Jay Jarvis. There was too much reporting going on, they argue. Democracy dies in excessive transparency, apparently. Who is at fault for the election of Donald Trump, they ask, as if Clinton had been predestined to wear her crown. And did journalists do enough to propel history in the proper direction?

There is plenty of data available on this question. Its difficult to believe this now, but at one point a number of top media outlets considered the first-ever FBI investigation of a major presidential candidate in the history of the republic to be somewhat newsworthy. So they proceeded to cover the candidates many lies, her purging of somewhere around 30,000 pieces of evidence, and the FBIs shes-so-freaking-guilty-but-not-guilty verdict. And when authorities uncovered a computer that should have been in the possession of the FBI but was instead accessible to the sex-addicted husband of a top Hillary aide, they reported that, as well. This should have all been ignored.

On numerous occasions during her book tour, Clinton argued that the press didnt do its job which is to say, help her get elected. Considering the sycophantic coverage afforded her and her for...

21:53

After My Husbands Death, Im Learning To Steward The Light He Left Behind "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When you lose someone, you go through a lot of metaphors. Our vocabulary falters in the face of death.

Today is the two-year anniversary of the death of my husband, Jake. It took me about a year to come up with something that felt like it made sense of what I was feeling.

In the weeks after Jake died, letters and cards flooded in from friends and strangers alike. With each cards arrival, Id edge open the envelope in a stunned sort of sadness. I sat over the rough-hewn, wooden dining room table wed picked out together just months before he died, cross-legged and pregnant, poring over sometimes dozens of notes a day.

And with every envelope, Id have a glimmer of hope, that somehow, someway, this one would have an answer inside. I knew at the time it was irrational, but I couldnt stop. The hope was too tantalizing. Maybe this was the onethis card would explain everything! This letter would give me the reason our lives had been so utterly shattered in an instant. But the fact is those words, no matter how well-meaning and wise, couldnt tell me that. Even Scripture could only reassure, not really explain in the way humans want but cant have.

The reasons for Jakes death are not apparent. Luckily, the reasons for continuing to live are. But I searched for a way to say what I was feeling.

I love the idea of the divine spark. It crosses a lot of cultures and religions, the idea that you carry a bit of the Creator inside you, that it animates your life.

Jakes life always brings to mind a spark and then some. Jakes soul, to me, was a bonfire. He was here and he was in your face and he was warm and bright. He roared with enthusiasm at the beginning, even the hope of something new, sometimes a little too much. His glow was infectious, throwing sparks into the night air, silhouetted against a dark sky before they landed on everyone in his vicinity. He mellowed to embers as the night wore on, usually over a glass of bourbon or a beer.

I lived seven years of my life looking into a bonfire. I warmed my hands and found comfort in its flame. There were times when I damn near burnt myself or got a giant waft of smoke at exactly the wrong time.  Because thats life. And thats fire. Its not all smores and sweetness.

Everyone whos loved someone knows that light and warmth. Everyone whos lost someone knows the feeling when it goes dark and cold one day.

When that happens at any time, its jarring. When it happens without warning, even more.

The light went out. This fire Id stood next to for seven years just went out, like a flood light on a switch. Boom. Imagine staring into a fire, and then suddenly turning 180 degrees to survey the woods behind you. I couldnt see. I was standing in what otherwise was my life, and I...

21:53

If It Were Honest, Hollywood Would Have Given Trump An Emmy Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

First of all, I didnt watch the Emmy Awards. I think award shows are silly and, judging by the rock-bottom ratings, so does the rest of America. Theyre irrelevant to everyone but the blogosphere and Hollywood. Its basically showbiz rewarding itself for finally being woke, and I find the level of smug, self-satisfaction nauseating.

From what I can tell, this year the Emmys were all about putting politics over content (even more than usual), which is fine. I get itHollywood needed to make itself feel better after its very public and crushing defeat. Many Hollywood personalities are still licking their wounds after parading around and threatening to move to Canada if Trump won. Yet here they are, embracing Sean Spicer and patting themselves on the back at an award show.

There is no better example of Hollywoods ability to put entertainment above anything elsemorals, values, the person they have been raging against for the past yearthan Spicers appearance on last nights show. For all the post-election hysteria about how we cant normalize President Trump literally Hitler and the hullabaloo they made over Trump appearing on Jimmy Fallon or hosting Saturday Night Live, Spicy practically got a standing ovation last night when he rolled out on stage. He was the belle of the ball. For all of its self-righteous acceptance speeches about smashing the patriarchy and diversity, when Hollywood has a moment to entertain you, theyll seize it. When the chips are down and they needed a viral moment, they didnt hesitate to turn to Trumps ex-press secretary to get it.

Lets Be Real About Sean Spicer

I have no problem with Spicy doing the talk show circuit and rehabbing his image; he was made a laughingstock and deserves to have a little fun, too. What I do take issue with is todays host of journos and bloggers clutching their pearls about how damaging it is to have Spicer appear on the Emmys. To those people, I ask: have you been alive for the past, well, forever?

All politicians lie. All of them. Thats what makes them politicians. Maybe they dont lie as blatantly or overtly about stuff that is easily disproven, but they all lie and use Hollywood to shill for their agenda. Remember when President Obama appeared on Between Two Ferns to sell millennials on Obamacare? Remember Bill Clinton playing the sax on The Arsenio Hall Show? I do. And they all use their press secretaries to make sure their administration stays on brand.

Its all spin. Why is anyone acting like Spicy did anything other than exactly what his job description required? Its the press secretarys job to lie to the American public. We can dress it up however we want, but thats essentially what theyre doing.

In America, at any given time, approximately half the population believes the lie and the other half....

21:53

What American Schools Should And Should Not Learn From China "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We Americans have tried many things to improve U.S. education outcomes, including out-spending many nations. Yet, according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which ranks global education systems by assessing 15-year-old students reading, mathematics, and science literacy every three years, American students end up in the middle of the pack with little improvement year after year.

Students from East Asia, such as Singapore, mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong dominate the top 10 in all three subjects, especially on math and science (theres an ongoing debate whether the PISA result is rigged). Since the East Asia region is dominated by people with Chinese-style education systems, does this mean Chinese schools are superior to American schools?

Some people think so. Since Amy Chua published her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, many Americans look to Chinese culture for answers to save American education. Lenora Chu, an American who lived in China with two children, took it a step further. In her recent book and an accompanying essay that appeared recently in The Wall Street Journal, she argues that what American students need are Chinese schools.

Heres What Chinese Schools Have Done Well

When I went through the K-12 education system in China, teachers always expected each one of us to give our best effort. They never talked about learning being fun. Instead, they emphasized the merit of hard work. Thus, they do not dumb down the content to ensure that kids at the bottom of the class understand. Instead, they did everything they could to ensure the content was challenging even for the best in the class. They instill the belief in every student that anyone who works hard and devotes enough time will eventually get it.

Chinese teachers set high expectations for their students partly because a teachers compensation is closely tied to his or her students academic performance. While in America teachers unions have repeatedly repelled or undermined efforts to implement performance-based compensation for teachers, Chinese teachers accept such a compensation structure as a no-brainer. Good Chinese teachers receive handsome performance bonuses and special allowances. They are also highly sought-after by private tutoring companies, which offer to double or triple teachers incomes outside their regular school hours.

Chinese parents also set high expectations for students. My parents ma...

21:52

How Segregating Kids By Age Led To Youth Culture And Fueled Family Disintegration "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Youth culture is a benign phrase for the post-World War II phenomenon of age segregation. In truth it is a radioactive element in our society, one conveniently co-opted by the wealthy and powerful to ensure a more manageable, less rooted populace.

The post-war era witnessed the culmination of efforts to standardize mass compulsive state education, a movement initiated in eighteenth-century Prussia. Propaganda not only insisted professionals would do a better job of educating, but also proclaimed a moral duty to hand children over for socialization. The American faith in the new bureaucratic class, which they saw as having rescued them from the Great Depression and Hitler, was so strong that they succumbed without protest.

One-room schoolhouses where older children cared for the smaller were a thing of the past. Instead, children of vastly different abilities were shuttled into factory-sized buildings and sorted by one category alone: age. They were isolated from extended families and from the aged who were increasingly sentenced to nursing homes and elderly communities. Classroom sizes steadily ballooned, assuring children received even less of the adult attention they need and crave.

Although the effects of stratification harmed learning ability, no one questioned this brave new system. Lacking guidance, herded like cattle, and treated as indistinguishable units, children craved ways to distinguish themselves from one another. Thus the catastrophe of youth culture came upon the world, facilitated by the explosion of cheap goods in the post-war boom.

Cut Off From Adult Influence

Age may recognize wisdom and the value of the unprofitable. The youth, though, were cut off and left to their undeveloped resources to craft identities, and were thus unguarded and ripe for advertisers. A unique identity required novelty, fashion, and stimulation, a recipe for endless demand which capitalism absorbed with glee. Trend followed trend, making the conspicuous consumption of the 1920s appear quaint and restrained. Thus youth culture and capitalism made a toxic marriage, one the youth often claimed to disdain as they aged, though they remained addicted to endless novelty.

Beauty, goodness, truth, slowness, wisdom: these are not profitable commodities one can update by the season; neither are dictionaries. This was how a culture shaped by peer pressure, impulse, and the frenzy of constantly stimulated emotion decided love is love.

Any responsible caregiver worth her salt knows love is love is tautological nonsense. Love is love translates as dont judge. But to love a child means endlessly guiding, shaping, disciplining, and explaining, all of which requires judgment, discernment, and picking some things over others....

21:52

How To Address Irans Aggressive Contributions To Middle East Turmoil "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

For years, Irans nuclear program has been in the international spotlight, leading to a highly controversial and flawed global pact aimed at curbing Tehrans nuclear ambitions.

That pact, known as The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, hasnt reined in Irans belligerence. Instead, Irans ballistic missile program and dangerous collaboration with North Korea have become new sources of concern for the global community, while its proxies and influence in the quagmires of Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria pose troubling threats.

New Reports Suggest Iran Has Missile Factories In Syria

Irans Syria campaign has already caused unprecedented mayhem in the Levant, driving more than half a million to their deaths, displacing above 12 million, and leaving a country in ruins. Tehran-blessed Shiite militias are on the march in pursuit of implementing and fanning the regimes interests. Most recently, reports indicate Iran has established missile factories in Syria, as well as in Lebanon.

Syria is building missile factories with Iranian inspiration, ImageSat International reports. Satellite imagery show detailed views of a valley packed with buildings east of Baniyas, in an area named Wadi Jahannamtranslated Hell Valley. The complex, which takes up several kilometers, contains buildings that resemble factories designed to manufacture surface-to-surface missiles.

Other important military sites include the Port of Tartus, where Russia continues to maintain a highly valued warm water naval presence, and the Khmeimim Air Base near the city of Latakia in western Syria.

The Majlis, Irans parliament, has just approved a $260 million budget increase for the regimes ballistic missile program. Given Irans broad scope of domestic missile sites, as well as its international efforts in Lebanon, Syria, and North Korea, researching the destination of these millions of dollars is worthwhile.

These new actions by Tehran are considered in line with the spawned missile buildup seen earlier in Lebanon. Iran has used its relations with its offspring, the Hezbollah, considered a linchpin in Irans efforts, to launch underground missile production factories in the southern parts of this already troubled country.

These sensitive and highly controversial facilities, buried more than 50 meters underground to enjoy protection from aerial attacks, allow Hezbollah to procure high-tech missiles equipped with state-of-the-art guidance systems and ranging up to 500 kilometers.

Extending Its Grasp Beyond the Middle East

But Iran has far broader ambitions. The Hezbollah and Syria factories are only a chapter in its book of strategies. Reports by the Washington Free Beacon, amongst others, indicate that Iran is eyeing the Atlantic Ocean in its l...

21:52

Long-Distance Psych Evaluations Of Trump Are Just Political Correctness By Another Name "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Interest in the Goldwater Rule, a rule prohibiting certain mental-health professionals from tele-diagnosing public figures and publishing their results, has arisen in the wake of a rare bull market in psychiatric opinions. This precipitous rise in demand in an industry reduced to chasing shrinking insurance dollars is fueled by the medias appetite for anti-Trump psycho-spin.

Theres a civil war in the mental-health establishment between rogue professionals who cant resist grabbing their 15 minutes of fame and the umbrella associations they belong to, which impose the kind of prudence and impulse control you might expect of those who pronounce on everybody elses behavioral health. At its core, this in-fighting reflects the Lefts need to recruit the appearance of scientific truth to undo the trauma of its political dethronement.

I Must Break the Rules to Proclaim My Virtue

Mental-health associations regulate practitioners in the same way bar associations regulate lawyers. They set standards. They control outliers in order to save the integrity and reputation (and no doubt economic viability) of the groups they oversee. On their discipline rests the credibility of the science underlying and justifying each groups practices.

Recently, the major associations have affirmed or tightened their respective versions of the Goldwater Rule. They have determined that the scientific premises of their practices would be compromised by preening practitioners left to their own devices. If you want to be generous, you could also say they were mindful of the crimes psychiatry and psychoanalysis have colluded in committing throughout the twentieth century when they allowed themselves to become politicized and the mouthpieces of powerful interests.

In opposition to their self-restraint and due care, a number of journalists and mental-health professionals have advocated for rescinding the rule. Their arguments portray the rule as a holdover from a famous 1969 Barry Goldwater libel case and in violation of the First Amendment. Muzzling the individual practitioner, they claim, interferes with his or her duty to warn the rest of us of the clear and present danger (both pseudo-authoritative takeovers of legal terms) of the presidents mental state.

Those who defy their associations are depicted as heroically braving censure for the sake of contributing their clinical brilliance to the public conversation. Apparently, we desperately need this to exercise our own political judgment.

The position statements of t...

21:52

To Save Itself, The GOP Needs To Figure Out How To Deliver For Trump "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

While one can accurately question the chess moves made by President Donald Trump, often referred to as Captain Chaos, the strategic abilities of Washingtons Republican leadership are even more questionable.

President Trumps budget deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, over the objections of surprised Republican congressional leaders, is just one such blunder. While Republican leaders wanted a long-term deal, Trump adopted terms offered by the Democrat leadership that kicks the can down the road until December, setting up a wild and difficult holiday season for GOP leaders on Capitol Hill.

Most news reports consider spite to be the Presidents motivation for accepting the Democrats deal. We all know putting the screws to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan is a far pettier pursuit than moving forward a meaningful policy proposal, but nobody should be surprised at this occurrence. It was an inevitable consequence of the way Republican leadership has approached the new president from day one, and it was a completely avoidable mistake. Granted, you could say that about most things involving Republican leaders over the past decade.

Wisdom From Sun Tzu For Todays GOP

A must-read for anyone involved in strategy, particularly military and political, is the fifth century Chinese military treatise The Art of War, by Sun Tzu. A widely-quoted lesson therein advises victorious strategists to seek battle only when the war has already been won: Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.

Since Trumps inauguration, the defeated warriors of the Republican establishment, who never dreamed the words president and Trump would ever be used together, have stupidly battled against the president, essentially blocking any of his policy goals since he came into office.

What did GOP leaders think would happen? Did they think Trump would suddenly agree to support their plans instead of his own? Or that telling the president he doesnt understand how things operate on Capitol Hill would work?

As a Gen X-er who has had the pleasure of working for and with Baby Boomers for most of my career, Ive lived this situation and I know how it plays out. When an organization gets a new leader who is not the first choice of executive management, you have two choices. (Yes, in this scenario Republican leadership in Congress are managers within the organization.)

Giving Ground Is Key To Winning Victory

The first option is to try and thwart the new leaders ideas and plans at every chance. But despite your efforts, the new leader will eventually find someone else who will pursue their plans (for instance, by cu...

21:51

UFO books by Australian authors "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I was asked recently for a listing of UFO books by Australian authors. So, here it is. If any blog readers know of others, I would appreciate an email to keithbasterfield@yahoo.com.au in order that I may amend this list. Images are courtesy of Amazon Books, unless otherwise credited.

1965. "Flying Saucers Over Australia." James Holledge.



1967. "Flying Saucers Where Do They Come From?" Richard Tambling.



1969. "UFOs over the Southern Hemisphere." Michael Hervey.



1976. "UFOs: The American Scene." Michael Hervey.
1978. "UFOs: A Scientific Enigma." David Seargent.



1981. "UFOs: The Image Hypothesis." Keith Basterfield.

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21:51

More Great Photos of the United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy 87-0030 Departing Rockhampton Airport Monday "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As we posted below, on Monday 18 September, the visiting United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (L-500) 87-0030 was loaded with one of two United States Navy SEAL's Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) Mk 1 Stealth Boats - truck and trailer included - along with some pallets and containers - before it departed to Hickam Air Force Base (Hickam Field) in Hawaii as "Reach 468".





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21:50

Feminism, Not Angela Merkel, Is The Reason German Women Dont Like Feminism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Despite Angela Merkels 12-year tenure as Germanys chancellor, German feminists and the feminists at the New York Times are unimpressed. Correspondent Katrin Bennhold wrote this week, Merkel embodies what feminists the world over have hoped to accomplish, but the rest of Germany has largely not caught up.

Bennholds articlenot so subtly titled, In Angela Merkel, German Women Find Symbol, but Not Saviormistakenly directs disappointment towards Merkel when the fault really lies in feminism. Bennhold details how Merkel has not succeeded in promoting women into the workplace. While 70 percent of women in Germany are employed, just 12 percent of women with children aged three and under have full-time employment. Ninety-three percent of the executive board members of publicly traded German companies are men. German lawmakers recently passed a law requiring large companies to replace departing members of their boards with women until women comprise 30 percent.

Just as Obama did not end structural racism in America, Merkel has not ended structural sexism in Germany, feminist writer Anne Wizorek complained to the Times. Bennhold even dings Merkel for shunn[ing] the word feminist, although at the very end of the article she then reports that so do young German women she interviewed, since they view it as too radical.

Scapegoating the Stay-at-Home Mom

The subjugation feminism envisions is what keeps women out of the workplace to spend their days on domestic duties. Feminists continue to be baffled and frustrated with the stay-at-home mom. While feminists are trying to save women from the oppression they suffer as victims in a patriarchal world, stay-at-home moms are telling people that there is nothing theyd rather do than care for their families full-time.

Feminism elevates the woman who goes to work caring for children every day at a center, but decries the woman who does so vocationally for her own children without pay. The Times article even goes so far as to reference how Nazis awarded medals to mothers of many children. A female German executive unwittingly underlined the catch-22 German women now face due to feminisms saturation of their culture:

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21:50

4 Health Care Reforms That Will Cut Costs Without Repealing Obamacare "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

While Democrats champion the Affordable Care Act, some moderate Republicans are too worried to fully repeal the bill fearing that some individuals will lose coverage.

The ACA did, in total, increase the number of insured Americans, but at an unnecessary cost. People lost plans they wanted. Many saw their premiums increase. Taxes and fees went up. Regulations held back competition. Nearly two-thirds of doctors said Obamacare decreased health-care quality. The country, already with a doctor shortage, increased demand for doctors with no increased supply, which often leads to rationing and denying care. This is precisely what has happened in the United Kingdom.

Access could have been increased without these side effects. We could have increased access, improved quality, and decreased costs with four reforms: medical licensing, prescription drug regulation, Food and Drug Administration approval streamlining, and better patent law.

If politicians want to pass real affordable care, instead of sucking up to insurance companies, they would tackle these reforms to help the middle and lower class.

1. Reform Medical Licensing

In most states, only licensed doctors are permitted to autonomously care for patients. However, in a growing number of states, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) have been granted full-practice authority in their specialized area.

According to a Duke University study, the influx of nurse competition resulted in comparable, and sometimes superior, care. A RAND Corporation report studying the effects of expanding practice to APRNs in Ohio showed an increase in health care access and use. It also showed that costs will decrease for services that nurses and doctors both provide. Permitting APRNs to practice autonomously in other states should yield similar results. This would fulfill many outcomes politicians are seeking without any negatives.

Unfortunately, doctors lobbies call the change dangerous despite its widespread success, in order to protect themselves from competition. Nobel-Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman explained that licensing laws harm...

21:50

Your Refusal To Date Conservatives Is One Reason We Have Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The popular dating website OkCupid announced Wednesday that it would make the online dating scene a little easier for progressives who cant risk interacting with someone with whom they disagree (imagine the horror!). They announced a partnership with Planned Parenthood that allows site users to put a badge on their profile signifying support for the nations largest abortion provider, much the way Facebook becomes saturated with similar kinds of profile pictures during the newest disaster.

Its hard to not see this as a reaction to the rise of President Trump, as Planned Parenthood has long been a political football tossed back and forth between left and right, although dating sites have never made such an overt venture into politics. But, in our current bizarre world of politics, this represents a widening chasm between those who are most politically active, causing people to see an opposing viewpoint as an all-out assault on their personhood. The irony is that the type of assortative mating OkCupid is encouraging is one factor that allowed for the rise of a candidate like Trump.

The Effects of Assortative Mating

Assortative mating is when someone partners and starts a family with someone of a similar background. It can be based on innate characteristics, such as race and ethnicity, or socioeconomic backgrounds. People have always engaged in assortative mating of some kind or another, but as social scientist Charles Murray explains in his book Coming Apart: The State of White America, 19602010, there was a shift to a particular type of mating in the 60s which continues through the present day.

As cognitive ability became the most valued aspect of human capitaland the biggest predictive indicator for professional successpeople began marrying others with similar intellect. Ivy League graduates marry other Ivy League graduates, and their kids do the same, and so on and so forth, causing severe economic stratification between what Murray calls the New Upper Class and New Lower Class.

This is all developing at a time of increasing polarization in politics. In 2014, the Pew Research Center conducted a study on this issue and found 43 percent of Republicans had a very unfavorable view of Democrats, up from 17 percent in 1994. Thirty-eight percent of Democrats shared the same feeling about Republicansin 1994 it was 16 percent.

Polarization is a result of the emotional reactions that politics naturally bring out in people. The most politically active are the most extreme of each groupthe most likely to surround themselves with only the likeminded, and the least likely to give an inch to an opposing viewpoint.

These groups also vote heavily in primaries, which pushes candidates further left and right. And, as represented by the ascendance of the Tea Party, they deman...

21:49

Toys R Us bankruptcy means parents will have to take their kids somewhere else to cry when they dont get what they want "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Parents across the US and Canada may been left without a place to take their children to have tantrums after Toys R Us has filed for bankruptcy.

The company, which has nearly 1,600 stores in North America has struggled against larger rivals such as Amazon.

The online experience simply isnt the same, said one worried parent.

Having my kids throw a shitfit in front of a laptop when I refuse to buy them things off Amazon I cant afford just isnt the same as watching them have a complete meltdown in giant shed full of expensive toys that I cant afford.

The generous acoustics of the average branch of Toys R Us lend their hysterical shrieking an almost cathedral-like quality.

Other parents were able to relate to the companys financial problems.

Being saddled with enormous long-term debt is exactly what happens to me when I visit Toys R Us at Christmas.

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21:47

A Psychedelic Adventure Into The Illusion Of Time "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

A loud and powerful high pitched singing bowl intensely rang throughout my ears, I had just been violently sick and the room was spinning in a dark blue intense swirl of colours. Then silence. It was beautiful- I mean the music was beautiful too, but after 3 hours of intensity I was okay with a little quite. Then the drumming started- it was shamanic drumming. A quick double beat which perked me up and switched the visions to a bright carrot orange medley of geometric patterns. The beat picked up and started with some heavy chants and throat singing- Id had enough of sound and decided to turn the music off.

I now realise how far I had climbed into the depth of psychedelic lala land. It was a mid sized (2 grams) dose of magic mushrooms I had taken, but I have the ability to venture pretty deep with mid to small doses. A few years back I purged during a substanceless meditation and since then simply hitting a djembe drum or singing can send me into trance. Once psychedelics enter my system i go to a far far away land.

I gathered my thoughts, and reminded myself that I am at least part human and embraced the silent space that the intense music had left behind.

Ticktock..ticktock- went the clock in an overwhelmingly strong sound that matched the intensity of the shamanic drumming. I jumped up, looked above the mirror in a place just too high for me to be able to reach and not quite high enough for me not to try. After a moment of stupidly nearly breaking my legs to grab the clock I managed to pull it down and remove the batteries. It was silence real silence and it was beautiful.

I started to laugh, and a thought hit me like a ton of bricks- that clock ticks constantly- morning-night-24/7, in a never ending reminder that we are governed by time. What is even worse is the clock is generally placed up higher than everything in the room, like a shrine to the constant reminder of the tick tock machine. I started to think that we do...

21:47

Pedophile hunters in United Kingdom are doing what police can't - or won't do "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

New figures obtained by the BBC show officers are becoming increasingly reliant on evidence provided by pedophile hunters. More than 44 percent (114 out of 259) of cases in which an offender meets a child following sexual grooming used "vigilante" evidence in 2016, compared with 20 out of 176 cases in 2014 (11.3 percent). That means police have needed pedophile hunters' help in almost half of child sexual grooming cases put forward for prosecution. Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the national lead for child protection at the National Police Chiefs' Council, told the BBC that although such groups are putting "the lives of children at risk" and "compromising our operations," police would consider working with them. "I'm not going to condone these groups and I would encourage them all to stop, but I recognize that I am not winning that conversation."

21:45

What you need to know about Human Energy and the Power of the Mind "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Do our minds control the Universe? Is our reality created with our thoughts? What did ancient civilizations know about the mind?

21:45

Black Lives Matter and 9/11 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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....

Mapping the Effort to Do Tax Reform "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Even a good faith bipartisan tax reform effort would run into the problem that federal taxation policy has an impact on state and local tax policy, and making changes in deductions will hurt some states while benefitting others. The home mortgage deduction and the deduction for state and local taxes benefit states with high taxes and high home values. Those tend to be traditionally blue states, especially in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country. Its true that the primary beneficiaries tend to be wealthy. They make enough money to make it worth their while to itemize their tax returns, they own real property, and their state and local taxes are more than a pittance. But not every one who pays a mortgage is a fat cat, obviously, and the SALT deduction makes it less painful for state and local legislators to impose taxes, raise revenue, and provide services that lower income people need.

It can be argued that the Mid-Atlantic states (as well as states like Illinois, California and Texas) get a sweet deal on these deductions, and it effectively amounts to lower-tax, lower property value states subsidizing their taxes. On the merits, it might not be wrong to eliminate or cap the home mortgage and SALT deductions. But, as a political matter, its not something too many New York or Pennsylvania or New Jersey Republicans will vote for. Heres just two examples:

I intend to fight it with everything I know how, said Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), who represents a district where 43 percent of tax filers claim SALT deductions and signed a bipartisan letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urging him to preserve the break. Its a big deal for states like ours.

Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), who represents a middle-class Long Island district, said he could never vote for a tax bill that eliminated the deduction, especially for property taxes.

These people have 60-by-100 [foot] plots, theyre paying about $15,000 a year in property taxes, high state income taxes, not into Wall Street, not into stocks and bonds, he said. It would be devastating. These are Trump voters. They didnt vote for him to take away the deduction on their main asset.

Paul Ryan has discussed some possible ways to lesson the blow, perhaps by doubling the standard deduction, for example, but Im not really concerned about what constitutes fair or sensible tax policy in this piece. Im focused on what is politically possible.

There are a bunch of constraints facing the effort to do tax reform. The Republicans want....

21:40

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Moving Scenes at Rockhampton Airport as RSAF KC-135R '752' Takes Deceased Singapore Armed Force's Soldier Home "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There were moving scenes at Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 19 September as a 'Guard of Honour' was formed by members of the Singapore Armed Forces to honour one of their fallen comrades before the visiting Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker '752' transported his body home to Singapore.


As reported below on the CQ Plane Spotting Blog, the KC-135R Stratotanker '752' touched down at Rockhampton Airport late on Monday 18 September as 'SAF8750' / "Singa 8750" direct from Singapore.




21:40

What Is Real Wealth? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

What Is Real Wealth? by Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds As for acquiring capitalthe most important types of capital dont require much money. What is real wealth? Money, right? Currency, gold, quatloos, you name it.Money is real wealth...

The post What Is Real Wealth? appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:39

Sisi and Netanhayu discuss Palestine in first public meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Egypt president and Israel's prime minister meet on sidelines of UN General Assembly

21:34

The Largest Glaciers in the Rocky Mountains are Melting Faster "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Research on top of the Dinwoody Glacier

SCIENCE The Rockies largest glaciers are melting with little fanfare

From an Article by Benjamin Storrow, E & E News, September 13, 2017

WIND RIVER RANGE, Wyo. Here at the roof of the Continental Divide, one of the Rocky Mountains largest glaciers is in retreat.

A new world is emerging in the wake of the receding ice. In a vast, glacially carved basin, where towering spires of granite dominate the skyline, a small colony of stunted Engelmann spruce has taken up residence in a pile of rocky debris, some 500 feet above the tree line. Bees flit among the yellow mountain asters dotting the boulder field at the glaciers base. Grass grows along a stream where there was, until recently, only snow and ice.

Its a different place today, Darran Wells, an outdoor education professor at Central Wyoming College, observed from a research camp near the base of the Dinwoody Glacier on a recent evening. A regular visitor to the glacier over the last two decades, Wells offered a succinct take on its evolution over his nightly meal, a dehydrated serving of shepards potato stew with beef.

Every year, more grass, less snow, he said.

The largest concentration of glaciers in the American Rocky Mountains are melting, unseen, in this remote corner of Wyoming. More than 100 glaciers cover about 10,000 acres in the Wind River Range, according to a recent study by researchers at Portland State University. No American mountain range outside Alaska and Washington is covered in more ice.

The Wind River glaciers remain some of the least understood ice sheets in North America. Researchers dont have a firm grasp on the amount of water locked away in the alpine ice, and estimates of how much they contribute to local streams vary widely.

Answering those questions requires penetrating a rugged wilderness nearly the size of Rhode Island and climbing to elevations between 11,000 feet and 13,800 feet, where the glaciers hug the crest of the Continental Divide.

Today, a growing number of scientists are pushing into the backcountry to understand these icy reservoirs. Their concern: The Wind River glaciers are retreating just when Wyoming needs them most.

If you havent had proximity to these glaciers,....

21:31

Review: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Apple introduced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus during a special event at its new Apple Park campus last week. While many people were focused on the launch of the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 is an incredible piece of hardware that features many improvements over its predecessor. Ive been testing both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus for about a week.

21:30

Laurie Anderson Introduces Her Virtual Reality Installation That Lets You Fly Magically Through Stories "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

While the sci-fi dreams of virtual and augmented reality are now within the grasp of artists and game designers, the technology of the adult human brain remains rooted in the stone agewe still need a good story to accompany the flickering shadows on the cave wall. An artist as wise as Laurie Anderson understands this, butgiven that its Laurie Andersonshe isnt going to retread familiar narrative paths, especially when working in the vehicle of VR, as she has in her new piece Chalkroom, created in a collaboration with Taiwanese artist Hsin-Chien Huang.

The piece allows viewers the opportunity to travel not only into the space of imagination a story creates, but into the very architecture of story itselfto walk, or rather float, through its passageways as words and letters drift by like tufts of dandelion, stars, or, as Anderson puts it, like snow. Theyre there to define the space and to show you a little bit about what it is, says the artist in the interview above, But theyre actually fractured languages, so its kind of exploded things. She explains the chalkroom concept as resisting the perfect, slick and shiny aesthetic that characterizes most computer-generated images. It has a certain tactility and made-by-hand kind of thing this is gritty and drippy and filled with dust and dirt.




Chalkroom, she says, "is a library of stories, and no one will ever find them all. It sounds to me, at least, more intriguing than the premise of most video games, but the audience for this piece will be limited, not only to those willing to give it a chance, but to those who can experience the piece firsthand, as it were, by visiting the physical space of one of Andersons exhibitions and strapping on the VR goggles. Once they do, she says, they will be able to fly, a disorienting experience that sends some people falling out of their chair. Last spring, Chalkroom became part of an ongoing exhibit at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, a Laurie Anderson pilgrimage, as...

21:30

Wayne Rooney Sentenced to 100 Hours of Playing Up Front for Everton "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

 

In a harsh sentence handed down today for drink-driving, Wayne Rooney was ordered to help those less fortunate in society and received 100 hours of community service to be served playing up front for Everton. Its a big come-down for the former England skipper, although he will be relieved he has been allowed to keep his b*llocks by wife Coleen.

Rooney expressed his remorse at being caught drink-driving and promised that next time he did it, he would try his very best not to get caught.

Prosecutors had been pushing for a harsher punishment to send out a strong signal and asked the Judge to transfer him to Crystal Palace, but the Judge declined feeling that would amount to cruel and unusual punishment. He felt nearly two seasons of playing for the Toffees was harsh enough as it was. Passing sentence, the Judge noted: 90 minutes of solitary confinement up front every Saturday for Everton, forced to live off modest scraps, will give him plenty of time to reflect on what he has lost.

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21:30

Ethereum's Next Hard Fork Is Now Officially Being Tested "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The testing of a forthcoming ethereum upgrade is now underway, with the process expected to last up to three weeks.

21:30

London Calling: The Hackaday UK Unconference Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A trip to London, for provincial Brits, is something of an undertaking from which you invariably emerge tired and slightly grimy following your encounter with the cramped mobile sauna of the Central Line, its meandering international sightseers, and stampede of besuited commuters heading for the City. Often your fatigue after such an expedition will be that following the completion of a Herculean labour, but just sometimes it will instead be the contented tiredness of a fulfilling and busy time well spent.

Such will be the state of the happy band of the Hackaday community who made it to London this weekend for our UK unconference held in association with our sponsor, DesignSpark. A Friday night bring-a-hack social in a comfortable Bloomsbury pub, followed by Saturday in an auditorium next to one of the former Surrey Commercial Docks for a day of back-to-back seven-minute talks laying out the varied and interesting work our readers are involved in.

Varied and interesting does not even begin to cover the breadth of projects, and expertise covered by you, our readers. It is a constant surprise and delight as a Hackaday editor to see new and interesting fields covered through Hackaday.io projects, and that diversity carried through into this event, with a continuous flow of speakers covering everything from digital privacy through laser-enhanced Nintendo zappers and robotic telepresence devices to stem cell research. We love our community!

The trouble is, with so many attendees and so many high-quality talks, where do we start in trying to describe them? It is probably best then to present an overview from a personal viewpoint, those talks that most stuck in my mind, and to present my apologies to those others who I simply dont have the space in which to mention.

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21:30

Why Many Deaf Prisoners Cant Call Home "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Faulty and outdated technology is pervasive, and upgrades are slow in coming.

21:26

How to read Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Flames raised in Charlottesville reignite not only histories of nativist violence in America and Europe, but the bonfires that erupted on the "first 9/11" Chile in 1973 with the CIA-supported coup which overthrew Salvador Allende.

Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists take part in a protest the night before the 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, VA. NurPhoto/PA Images. All rights reserved.The organizers of the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville last month knew just what they were doing when they decided to carry torches on their nocturnal march to protest the dethroning of a statue of Robert E. Lee. That brandishing of fire in the night was meant to evoke memories of terror, of past parades of hate and aggression by the Ku Klux Klan in the United States and Adolf Hitlers Freikorps in Germany.

The organizers wanted to issue a warning to those watching: that past violence, perpetrated in defense of the blood and soil of the white race, would once again be harnessed and deployed in Donald Trumps America. Indeed, the very next day, that fatal August 12th, those nationalist fanatics unleashed an orgy of brutality that led to the deaths of three people and the injuring of many more.

Millions around America and the world were horrified and revolted by that parade of torches. In my case, however, they also brought to mind deeply personal memories of other fires that had burned darkly so many decades before, far from the United States or Nazi Europe. As I watched footage of that rally, I couldnt help remembering the bonfires that lit up my own country, Chile, in the aftermath of General Augusto Pinochets September 11th coup in 1973 that first 9/11, which, with the active support of Washington....

21:26

VOTE YES "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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YES!!! - Dont forget to vote!

Greetings Newlanders,

To all of you, a gentle reminder to make sure you post your vote for marriage equality now or as soon as you receive the ballot. 

Please dont leave it to the last minute. Speaking as a well-practised master in the art of procrastination (hmmm!!), I know how easy it is to put off things like this and suddenly the last minute becomes a day too late (especially given AusPosts flexible' delivery times!!).

Phil
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21:22

Handcrafted Japanese Shop Signs Perfected the Art of Advertising "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

A 19th-century kattamen kanban for a sake brewer

Its a centuries-old art form that is little known today: the handmade street signs of Japan that once lined commercial streets, long before the era of the neon sign. Known as kanban, these ancient advertisements were highly specific, not only in terms of the goods they marketed, but also in terms of their designs and messages. Shop owners often commissioned professional artisans known as kanban-shi to craft them, at times splurging more on a calligraphy specialist to spell out their businesses names in beautiful characters. The signs promoted everything from sake to wigs to laxative pills for a healthy stomach.

Late-19th-century sage kanban for pipe shop

About 60 examples of kanban are currently on view at San Diegos Mingei International Museum in an exhibition curated by Alan Scott Pate. Produced largely during the Edo and Meiji eras, at the time these signs were regarded less as artworks than as functional placards, but collectors began preserving them as early as the late 19th century, and many are now in museum collections.

There were once kanban to represent almost every trade, carefully crafted before the arrival of modern materials like the shiny metals and neon that gradually r...

21:21

Glazov Gang: Anni Cyrus Unveils the Dire Danger of Canadas Anti-Islamophobia Motion "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On this new special edition of The Glazov Gang, we are running a stirring speech that our very own Anni Cyrus recently delivered in Toronto, Canada. Anni unveiled The Dire Danger of M103 and cast a terrifying light on how treacherous forces are willfully bringing Sharia and Jihad to your neighborhood. Dont miss it! Subscribe []

21:20

Too Big To Fail Banks: The Robotics Are Coming! Really? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

More and more bank CEOs tout robotics as the answer for the industry's precarious cost position. But will it promise more than it delivers?

21:20

China Stands With Myanmar: We Understand the Problems (China has experience with Muslims) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Myanmars State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a televised speech to the nation at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 12:31 AM
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (AP) The Latest on the violence in Myanmars Rakhine state and the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh (all times local):11:50 a.m.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says that Beijing understands and supports Myanmars efforts to maintain national stability.

Wangs comments, made in New York during a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, came amid a surge in violence in Myanmar, with hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingyas fleeing their villages for safety in Bangladesh. Myanmars government conducted what it called clearance operations after deadly insurgent attacks last month, but the refugees have said security forces and mobs carried out indiscriminate killings and arsons that burned out Rohingya enclaves in the predominantly Buddhist nation.

The comments were released Tuesday by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Wang also said that China looks forward to the war falling silent as soon as possible, when innocents will no longer be hurt, adding that China would be providing emergency humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh to deal with the flood of refugees from Myanmar.

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Myanmars State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a televised speech to the nation at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

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Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar are rejecting leader Aung San Suu Kyis claims that many members of their minority group are safe.

Suu Kyi said Tuesday that most Rohingya villages werent hit by violence. She invited foreign diplomats gathered in the capital for her speech to visit villages that were unaffected.

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21:20

Foster Pool Needs You! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire wants feedback from the Foster community by Monday October 2 so they can develop a Master Plan for the Foster Pool. Pool President, Ian Lyon, said that []

The post Foster Pool Needs You! appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:20

The Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar and the liberal-powered disengagement from objectivity "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The article should be entitled: The Rakine State refugee crisis or the Burmese/Bengali refugee crisis. But readers will be more familiar with headings such as Rohingya refugee crisis or Rohingya genocide. Why is that? On the 25th of August a Saudi-backed terrorist group Arakanese Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA formerly Harakah Al Rakin) attacked thirty police stations in Myanmar's Rakhine State, murdering 12 security forces and two civilians . The Burmese government responded with a full-scale military counter-insurgency operation. 59 insurgents were killed. Burmese authorities leaked information which proves that ARSA leader Ullah Ata had planned the attack with help from outside agents in Pakistani intelligence and ISIS terrorists in Iraq. Supporters of ARSA and the Rohingya cause accuse the Burmese military (Tatmadaw) of burning down Rohingya (Eastern Bengali) villages. The Tatmadaw say the villages have been burned by the terrorists, embedded among the illegal Bengali immigrant communities. Thousands of Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus have fled the violence. Many Buddhist eye witnesses and victims have described massacres committed by Bengali terrorists to local journalists in Myanmar. The stories have not made international headlines.

21:20

Knstler verwandelt Billboards in der Stadt in bunte Popsicles "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Der Street Artist Vlady, auch bekannt unter dem Namen VladyArt, hat sich in der finnischen Stadt Turku die Werbeplakate im ffentlichen Raumvorgenommen. Fr die Intervention JCDecaux Ice Lolly hat der italienische Knstler Billboards in der Stadt in bunte Popsicles (Eis am Stil) transformiert. Stoffberzge, die genau auf die Gre der Billboards angepasst wurden, verdecken die Werbeflchen und verwandeln sie so in Installationen in Form von bunten Eis am Stil. Die JCDecaux Group ist einer der grten Outdoormedien-Werbefirmen und betreibt Billboards in vielen Stdten der Welt. Mit der Aktion JCDecaux Ice Lolly mchte der Knstler Vlady auf die Omniprsenz von Werbung und visuelle Monopolstellungen groer Firmen im ffentlichen Raum aufmerksam machen. Die cleveren und friedliche Intervention nutzt dafr die vorhandene Werbe-Infrastruktur in der Stadt und verwandelt Werbeflchen in Kunst. All Pictures by courtesy of the artist Um auf dem Laufenden ber die Arbeit von Vlady zu bleiben, folgt ihm auf Facebook oder besucht die Website des Knstlers.

Der Beitrag Knstler verwandelt Billboards in der Stadt in bunte Popsicles erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.

21:18

Is the ConCon a Con? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Nov. 7 voters in New York State will have an opportunity to gamble. Every two decades the option to call a statewide constitutional convention, or ConCon, appears on ballots. It is a chance to enshrine into law new progressive provisions lawmakers are unwilling or unable to enact campaign finance reforms, term limits on the state legislature and enhanced worker rights and environmental protections. 

Lawmakers in Albany can enact constitutional changes that are subject to voter approval, but a ConCon is the only mechanism in New York that bypasses the legislatures gatekeeping power, said J.H. Snider, who runs the New York State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse. He sees this years vote on a potential ConCon as a much-needed opportunity to clean up the states foundational text.

The constitution needs to be modernized, Snider said of the 43-page document. Its a cesspool. Nobody reads it. Its way too long. Its full of obsolete laws. The ConCon provides a unique democratic function in New York. People may decide they want to exercise that right or not, but they should understand that right.

If voters give the ConCon the go-ahead this November, the following year they will have the ability to elect delegates, three for each of New Yorks 63 Senate districts and 15 statewide. On April 2, 2019 the ConCon would convene in Albany. Any changes to the existing constitution, which dates back to 1894 and was last altered in 1938, will be up to voters to ratify. Delegates can either elect to submit their constitutional alterations on ballots as an entirely new constitution or as a series of amendments to be approved or struck down individually.

We know that our democracy is broken here in New York, said Dick Dadey of the government watchdog Citizen Union, which supports the ConCon. Corruption is rampant. Voter turnout is low. Money is determining the outcome of too many of our political battles, be they legislative fights or elections. The machinery of our democracy is so old, its rusted out. We need to bring it into the 21st century with a new constitution that will value every New Yorker and engage every voice.

Early voting, statewide public financing of elections, term limits on members of the State Assembly and Senate and caps on campaign donations are among the reforms Citizens Union wants the ConCon to institute. Some environmental groups, pointing to the Flint-like water crisis in Hoosick Falls, New York, would like to see the right to clean water and, hell, why not, clean air, written into the constitution as well.

But Co...

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