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Thursday, 04 January

11:00

Alan Bennett: Diary "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

10 July. It occurs to me, that tedious though Love Island is, it has immensely respectable origins, indeed the best. It is after all Bloomsbury (though whether in the person of G.E. Moore, E.M. Forster or the sainted Virginia herself Im not sure), whose motto was personal relations for ever and ever, which, lolling about on the sun-baked lawns, these gorgeous creatures are indeed subscribing to (and possibly finding wanting). Walberswick was always thought to be Bloomsbury on Sea, but its ultimate location could now claim to be Love Island. (Worlds smallest facility: the Love Island Library.)

Patricia Lockwood: Joan Didions Pointillism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The present literature about her is a hagiography that does not entirely trust itself; there is a vacancy at the centre of it that I call the but surely. But surely if these essays were published now, the hagiography says to itself at three in the morning, they would meet with a different reception? But surely if she wrote today, her ideas about feminism would be more in line with ours? But surely, for all her pointillism, she is failing to draw the conclusions we would most like to see? The hagiography turns the pillow over, looking for a cool spot. How much can we really rely on someone who loved The Doors?

Jackson Lears: #Russiagate "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We can gauge the corrosive impact of the Democrats fixation on Russia by asking what they arent talking about when they talk about Russian hacking. For a start, they arent talking about interference of other sorts in the election, such as the Republican Partys many means of disenfranchising minority voters. Nor are they talking about the trillion dollar defence budget that pre-empts the possibility of single-payer healthcare and other urgently needed social programmes; nor about the modernisation of the American nuclear arsenal, which raises the risk of the ultimate environmental calamity, nuclear war.

Ferdinand Mount: Princess Margaret "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Only the hardest heart would repress a twitch of sympathy. To live on the receiving end of so much gush and so much abuse, to be simultaneously spoilt rotten and hopelessly infantilised, how well would any of us stand up to it? So many functions to go to, so much dysfunction to come back to. When Princess Margaret made a guest appearance at the Borsetshire fashion show in an episode of The Archers, the producer said after the run-through: Thats very good, maam, but do you think you could sound as if you were enjoying yourself a little more? Well, I wouldnt be, would I? the princess replied.

Letters "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 01 (4 January 2018)

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Table of contents from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 01 (4 January 2018)

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Saturday, 23 December

00:58

Ein Mieter hat sich erfolgreich gegen die Installation ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Ein Mieter hat sich erfolgreich gegen die Installation von Funkmessern an seiner Heizung gewehrt.

Nach Aussagen des Interessenverbands Die Datenschtzer Rhein Main, bei dem Schfer selbst aktiv ist, konnte die Richterin bei der mndlichen Verhandlung die Notwendigkeit nicht erkennen, Daten fr eine jhrliche Abrechnung wchentlich zu erheben. Zwar sei der Mieter verpflichtet, die Weitergabe der Daten zur Abrechnung zuzulassen. Aber eben nur im Rahmen des Notwendigen.
Und bevor da ein Grundsatzurteil gegen sie ergeht, hat die Firma lieber die Klage zurckgezogen.

Falls sich jemand von euch gerade ein ISO von Ubuntu ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Falls sich jemand von euch gerade ein ISO von Ubuntu 17.10 runtergeladen, aber noch nicht gebootet hat: Das macht bei diversen UEFI-Gammelsystemen das BIOS kaputt.

Friday, 22 December

22:33

NGOs say Japanese inaction could stop Chinese ivory ban having an effect "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

More NGO  finding of excuses in advance for why bans they campaign for dont actually work. In the absence of a legal, regulated trade supplying demand that is not reducing substantially, criminal syndicates running the poaching and smuggling will always find a way. Traffics figures are most likely right, their research is good and generally reliable.  But the Whole context needs examination. KS 

Guardian

Japans inaction on illegal ivory exports threatens Chinese ban, report says

Monitoring network Traffic says smuggling of undocumented ivory into China could undermine enforcement of imminent ban

Ivory products marked made in Japan on sale at a shop in Tokyos tourist area.
 Ivory products marked made in Japan on sale at a shop in Tokyos tourist area. Photograph: Traffic via AP

22:30

Climate refugees forecast to flood Europe by 2100 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By 2100, asylum-seekers in the European Union will nearly triple over the average of the last 15 years if carbon emissions continue their current path, says new research.

22:29

Navy Pilot Shows UFO Video , 1950 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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22:28

Goodbye to 2017, a Trump-dominated Year "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Human Wrongs Watch

PENANG, Malaysia, Dec 21 2017 (IPS) In 2017, Donald Trump dominated the year by using US clout to change many aspects of global relations, and not for the better.
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President Donald Trump prepares to address the general debate of the Assemblys seventy-second session. Credit: UN Photo/Kim Haughton

President Donald Trump prepares to address the general debate of the Assemblys seventy-second session. Credit: UN Photo/Kim Haughton

What a year it has been!   As 2017 slips away, and 2018 dawns, many wonder if the world will ever be the same.

Credit or blame goes mainly to United States President Donald Trump for this radical change.  This time last year, after he won the presidential elections, it was a toss-up whether Trump would implement his campaign promises or become a more statesmanlike President.

After all, most election candidates are extreme on the campaign trail to win votes,  then become moderate on assuming office.  Not Trump.  For the past year, he has ruled as if he was catering to his extreme right voter base, with its narrow, anti-foreign and anti-internationalist views.

Trumps policies have been in line with implementing his America First inauguration slogan, which really meant the America of his voter base, and with the accompanying sentiment, why should we bother about the rest of the world?  And he reached out directly to his base and the world public via a daily dose of tweets.

The new US leadership threatened NATO, paralysed the G7, pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement, UNESCO and Global Compact on Migration, reduced funding for the United Nations and its agencies, and stopped all funding to the Green Climate Fund.......

22:27

Report: Russia 'dossier' was based on 10-Year-Old Wall Street Journal articles - not Russian sources "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Lee Smith of Tablet magazine has traced the origins of the Russia "dossier" - the Democrat-funded opposition research project that may have laid the foundations for the ongoing Russia investigation - to several Wall Street Journal articles that appeared in print a decade ago. Smith's article, "Did President Obama Read the 'Steele Dossier' in the White House Last August?", suggests that the information compiled by opposition research firm Fusion GPS, with funding from Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee, could have been repackaged as genuine U.S. government intelligence and presented to President Barack Obama on that basis as his administration began investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Smith recounts how the "dossier" likely prompted the surveillance and investigation of aides to Donald Trump by the Obama administration, and efforts to delegitimize the incoming administration.

22:27

Zimbabwe legal elephant skin sales booming "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

National Geographic

The surging trade in elephant hides is stirring controversy amid the poaching crisis.

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Some 30,000 African elephants are killed by poachers for their ivory each year, so it shocks some people to learn that elephant skin leather can be exported and sold around the world legally.
PHOTOGRAPH BY BEVERLY JOUBERT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

If you are looking for the toughest of leathers and the sturdiest of boots, elephant is the hide for you, as nothing compares to the strength of a custom elephant cowboy boot.

So reads the website of the...

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22:26

Did The FBI illegally Try To Stop Trump?, 1949 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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22:25

Angesichts dieser Meldung und der ganzen Symantec-Fuckups ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Angesichts dieser Meldung und der ganzen Symantec-Fuckups in letzter Zeit wirkt es rckblickend wie eine Halluzination aus einem Paralleluniversum, dass die Branche mal sowas wie Respekt fr die hatte.

Also technisch jetzt. Von ihrem Geschftsgebahren und ihren Preisen her waren die schon immer nicht satisfaktionsfhig. Aber immerhin haben sie sich technisch keine solchen Blen gegeben.

22:25

Greece: Powerful Bomb Blast Rocks the Athens Court of Appeals "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

ATHENS

22.12.17: A powerful bomb blast exploded outside the Athens Appeals Court in the early hours of Friday morning causing extensive damage to the building and forcing the courts closure for the day with all cases suspended. Nobody was injured in the bombing.

A warning call to police gave them 40 minutes to evacuate the court and surrounding area which is located right near Athens police headquarters.

A witness reported seeing two people pulling up on on a motorbike and placing a bag containing the bomb outside the court.

The Athens Appeals Court has recently been the focus of protesters trying to stop the court from auctioning off repossesed homes, sometimes for sums of less than 2000 Euros. The attack took place only hours after Parliament voted to crack down on the protesters who regularly gather at the court.

So far no groups or individuals have claimed responsibility for the attack.

(information sourced from various corporate & independent media sources)

 


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22:21

Earthquakes in Tibet Are Behind the Mysterious Darkening of Arunachals Siang River "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The prolonged discolouration of the river, coupled with numerous dead fish, have alarmed people living along the river.

Arunachal chief minister Pema Khandu inspecting the Siang river at Yingklong. Credit: Twitter/@PemaKhanduBJP

For more than a month now, the mysterious discolouration of the Siang river has puzzled the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Testing of the blackened turbid waters indicated that the turbidity levels were exceptionally high for this time of the year and was dominated by clay and silt. The heightened turbidity levels (425 nephelometric turbidity units or NTU against a December normal of 12-15 NTU) made the water progressively unfit for human use and even affected aquatic life with reports of dead fish. Such a phenomenon had never been witnessed by the local people and various theories were put forward to explain this.

Considering the fact that the Siang originates and flows for more than 2,000 km within China, suspicions naturally fell on man-made causes within the country. Reports highlighted Chinese plans to divert the waters of the Tsangpo to irrigate parts of the Taklamakan Desert. The turbidity was thought to have been a consequence of Chinese construction activity, although there was no clear proof to establish this.

Our analysis of this phenomenon indicates that while the causes are complete...

22:18

Why not? Body building Russian priest is training both mind and body "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A head priest at a church in Russia's Belgorod Region has been making headlines, losing his long priestly robes to flaunt his well toned muscles after service. Priest Maksim Pastukhov has been serving at a local church in the Ivanovka village in south-western Russia for several years. Admired by elder church-goers as a kind and wise spiritual guide, the man also courts fans among other audiences. Photographs of Father Maksim recently appeared in Russian media, and nothing but briefs covered the priest's not-so-chaste body. Showcasing his muscles, he took part at a regional bodybuilding championship, gaining third prize. The all-action priest also has a black belt in martial arts.

22:18

Tanzania mixed results from elephant survey but worrying signs of poacher-wildlife ranger collusion "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Numbers poached is down because 60% of the elephants have gone, so even if same percentage of elephant population is being poached, the numbers will be lower because there are fewer elephants. No reason for celebration specially with the evidence of collusion between wildlife rangers and poachers. KS

Tanzania Daily News

Katare Mbashiru,
December 20, 2017

A recent study by the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), has
concluded that elephant poaching in the country has greatly reduced.
Scientists from international institutes and TAWIRI recently published a
paper on patterns in wildlife distribution and elephant carcasses seen in
the Ruaha-Rungwa ecosystem in southern Tanzania.

TAWIRI Director General, Dr Simon Mduma insists that through aerial surveys
and spatial analysis, the team revealed that poachers preferred to operate
in the wet season when swollen rivers mean travel by road is difficult
and tourism was minimal.

The study also revealed that signs of poaching tended to be away from the
main, well equipped ranger posts, where the aerial surveys discovered fewer
carcasses, he said.

However, the TAWIRI boss insisted, three out of fifteen ranger posts showed
increased numbers of carcasses within a radius of up to 10 kilometres,
which could indicate collusion between wildlife officers and poachers.

There were revelations in 2015 that there were elephant decline in the
country, meaning, the recent advanced statistical analysis can be used to
directly target vulnerable areas based on past data. The recent study used
data from three successive aerial surveys during the peak of the poaching
crisis from 2013-elephant carcasses across the region.

Stakeholders had asked TAWIRI to use more advanced methods to analyse map
data, instead of the simple trends normally drawn showing patterns in total
population over time.

According to TAWIRI senior scientist, Dr Edward Kohi who is among the
authors, Tanzania has for 50 years led the way in monitoring of its
protected areas, including national parks and game reserves, creating one
of the worlds biggest databases of wildlife numbers.

We produce regular reports from wildlife censuses, which are used to
monitor populations and are used by management to respond to crises, he
said.

According to him, knowing long-term trends is valuable to wildlife
management authorities including Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA)
and Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA), but....

22:16

FDA announces plans to target "risky" homeopathic remedies "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Alternative remedies like homeopathic treatments have become popular in recent years and now make up a $3 billion industry. But the Food and Drug Administration will begin scrutinizing products that could be dangerous to vulnerable populations. Comment: Critics of homeopathy need to make up their minds - is homeopathy an inert sugar pill that is useless beyond palcebo effect or is it dangerous, meaning it's not inert? Many homeopathic remedies are derived from plants and claim to treat everything from the common cold to serious diseases. But the FDA fears that these products can "bring little to no benefit in combating serious ailments, or worse - may cause significant and even irreparable harm because the products are poorly manufactured, or contain active ingredients that aren't adequately tested or disclosed to patients," according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Comment: So they either have no active ingredients and are useless or they contain dangerous active ingredients. Either way, bad. No black and white thinking here...

22:16

HuffPost blogger Andy Ostroy tweets racist remarks about Sen. Tim Scott; calling him a black 'prop' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Andy Ostroy, a political and pop culture blogger at the left-wing Huffington Post, attacked Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) by calling him a "black ... prop" during Wednesday afternoon's media event surrounding the successful passage of the GOP's tax relief bill. The now-deleted tweet read, "What a shocker... there's ONE black person there and sure enough they have him standing right next to the mic like a manipulated prop. Way to go @SenatorTimScott." In a single tweet, Ostroy, who is a white male, used the color of Scott's skin to demean him as a man, to assume he had done nothing of consequence to earn a spot near the president, and to further assume Scott had allowed himself to be used as a prop, a shield, a token.

22:15

Desperation Is Setting In, The Cabal Is Trapped (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Desperation Is Setting In, The Cabal Is Trapped Video X22 Report The truth continues to come out but the public is being shielded from it by the corporate media. As more info comes out the public will come aware...

The post Desperation Is Setting In, The Cabal Is Trapped (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:15

Ceiling Hanging Chairs for Bedrooms "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Ceiling Hanging Chairs for Bedrooms - If you're going to get a simple chair, there are things you need to keep in mind. At this time, this article will give you a few tips that will allow you to meet with the right chair you are searching for. Thus, just take a look at these tips. As the very first step, you need to determine about the potential size restrictions for your chair you are likely to buy and also the maximum dimensions might be if, for example, you're going to transfer your new chair through a narrow door or whether you're likely to squeeze it into a tiny living space. This is essential particularly if tilted back with recliners, which ought to be pulled away from the walls and might also block the traffic patterns.

The second step would be to consider about the color as the chair will become a part of your decor for several decades. You should select something that you could live with for extended time. Perhaps, you can pick a chair that can be updated with trendy pillow. The step which you have to do is to come across the idea about the sort of upholstery you would like before you start to look at it. Actually, the leather could be perfect for the household with pets and toddlers. Additionally cotton can be fine for adults.

The fourth step is to test the chair. In order to estimate comfort you can attempt to sit at the chair for several minutes. Besides, as you test it you want to consider the feels of this fabric's feel. The scratchy or itchy cloth has to be passed by. The previous step is to check whether this fabric's pattern is matched properly. If it is large print, a stripe, plaid, and so on, the pattern on the rear part of the chair must line up with the pattern on the pillow and also on down to the very front of seats base.

22:14

Spains Rajoy loses Catalan elections "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This 22 December 2017 video from Brussels, Belgium says about itself:

A slap in the face for Madrid: Puigdemont hails Catalonia election win

Catalan pro-independence parties have held their majority in snap regional elections, dealing a severe blow to the Spanish government, which had called the poll in the hope of heading off the secessionist push. Together for Catalonia the party led by the regions deposed president, Carles Puigdemont took 34 seats, the Catalan Republican Left (ERC) 32 and the far-left Popular Unity Candidacy four. Making his victory speech, a jubilant Puigdemont said the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, had been sunk in Catalonia.

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro Lpez:

Catalan nationalists win narrow majority in crisis elections

22 December 2017

Late last night, Catalan nationalist parties were set to win a narrow majority of 70 seats in the 135-seat Catalan parliament, in special elections the Spanish government called amid the crisis unleashed by the October 1 Catalan independence referendum.

Together for Catalonia (JxCat) had won 34 seats, the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) 32, and the Candidatures of Popular Unity (CUP) 4 seats. In the anti-separatist camp, the Citizens party won 36 seats,...

22:14

Ted Cruz's Huge Gift to Homeschoolers, 1948 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This contains copyrighted music for which we have a license. See below for license info. - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still Good morning, Im still reporting on: 1948, Ted Cruz's Huge Gift to Homeschoolers, 1948 Synopsis: Ive been pretty hard on Ted Cruz ever since he tried to steal the Iowa primary away from Donald Trump by hiring some former CIA spooksters to try to run Ben Carson out of the primaries by using every trick in the dirty tricksters book. We documented this in Still Report #539. In retrospect, however, this is nothing compared to what the Democrats have done subsequently with bussing in illegal voters even across state lines to stack elections. Worse than that is voter fraud in general, and worst of all election fraud, where election returns are manipulated electronically. This is clearly illegal, in-your-face blatant, and has been clearly documented by Project Veritas. Worst of all, we can expect this to only continue until a few of the organizers of such illegal activities go to jail. Then there is the entire issue of not requiring positive ID in order to vote. Just remember this, if the Russians tried to tamper with our elections, they were pikers compared to the vote rigging apparatus that continues to get more and more formidable with every passing election that the Dark Art Dems have been perfecting. You only have to look at the brazen footage shot during the Alabama Special Election to see how out of control these folks are at this point. However, Im going to soften up on Ted Cruz quite a bit because he talks about the root of the problems the leftists have with freedom loving Americans, and he spelled it out in about 4 minutes this morning on Fox & Friends. In the end, Cruz was instrumental in giving the homeschooling community a huge gift yesterday. What does this have to do with the domestic coup attempt within the United States? Everything! Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com - Rugged Reserves, home of the solar-powered tactical flashlight with a 100% lifetime guarantee. Call 800-621-7902. Website: https://RuggedReserves.net/billstill...

22:13

Pence makes surprise visit to Afghanistan for war meetings "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Associated Press

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KABUL, Afghanistan Cloaked in secrecy, Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Thursday to meet with Afghan leaders and visit U.S. troops, arriving four months after President Donald Trump outlined a new strategy to break the stalemate in Americas longest war.

Pences surprise pre-Christmas visit was the first to the war-torn country by either Trump or the vice president, and it came as the Trump administration charts a pathway to ending the 16-year war in Afghanistan.

Under heavy security, Pence landed at Bagram Air Base, the largest U.S. base in the country, by military aircraft shortly after sunset and then arrived by helicopter in the capital of Kabul to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He later returned to the base to address U.S. troops and receive briefings from military leaders, including Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

Pences trip was focused on Trumps new strategy, released in August, to fight to win in Afghanistan by attacking enemies, routing al-Qaida and preventing terrorist attacks against Americans. The first-year president has urged the U.S. to shift away from a time-based approach to the protracted conflict by linking U.S. assistance to results and cooperation from the Afghan government, Pakistan and other partners.

The White House has described the new Afghanistan plan as a regional strategy that aims to cultivate cooperation among other South Asian nations, including the overturning of Pakistans harboring of elements of the Taliban.

At least 15,000 U.S. forces are in Afghanistan after Trump decided to send about 3,800 troops to the country this fall to enhance U.S. efforts to advise Afghan forces and conduct counterterrorism missions.

The expected deployment of hundreds more U.S. Army trainers to Afghanistan early next year could increase the total number of American forces there to nearly 16,000, U.S. officials have said.

Top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, met with Afghan leaders in recent months in hopes of stabilizing the country. But in a sign of the delicate security situation, the Taliban unleashed a barrage of rockets at the Kabul international airport in late September that targeted Mattis plane during his trip to the country. The U....

22:12

How to Survive Any False Flag Event-Bob Griswold "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

They say preppers should wear tin foil hats. However, preppers may be the only people that survives what is coming. I recently interviewed Bob Griswold of Readymaderesources.com. about surviving whaat is coming. This is a riveting interview that the readers should help go viral. The following is a riveting interview with Bob Griswold on how to survive any false flag attack.

 

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22:12

Trump Order Blocks Major Human Rights Abusers Tied to Clinton "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

On Thursday, the Trump Administration launched "a new sanctions regime targeting human rights abusers and corrupt actors around the world". President Trump signed an executive order blocking the property of persons in serious human rights abuse or corruption. An Annex to the order listed 13 individuals who would be affected by the sanctions including two individuals with ties to the Clinton's and the Clinton Foundation. Dan Gertler, an international businessman who acquired a fortune through corrupt business deals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was listed in the Annex. Gertler was also exposed in the recent Paradise papers as Glencore secretly donated millions to Gertler to act as a middleman for landing deals with the DRC. Glencore has a long history of corruption, former leader of the firm Marc Rich fled the United States in 1983 after being "indicted on charges of sanctions-busting, fraud and tax evasion, and accused of arms dealing." Rich's family were major donors to Bill Clinton, and Marc Rich was later pardoned by President Clinton in the final hours of his presidency.
Also listed in the Annex to the Order was Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of an Uzbek dictator who allegedly boils his political opponents alive. Karimova organized a Clinton Foundation fundraiser in Monaco, in an attempt to "aquaint herself with Bill Clinton" and "gain favor with Hillary Clinton." Though the Washington Examiner reports she was "placed under sustained house arrest before the effects of her Clinton connection could be known."

Is this Executive Order the start of something bigger?

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22:05

World watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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

22:04

The case for US government sanctions on the apartheid state of Israel "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

United States government diplomatic, economic, and military support has been critical for Israel to maintain its post-1967 occupations of Gaza, East Jerusalem, and West Bank, and to transform these occupations into a permanent apartheid state. The role of the U.S. government in facilitating Israeli apartheid, however, will eventually fade for multiple geopolitical reasons, and that development will create opportunities to turn an apartheid state into as an equitable democratic state or two separate states. The sooner United States government for Israeli apartheid ends, the sooner this transformation could occur. The waning of U.S. government support for Israel may take the form of conditions on military aid or comprehensive government sanctions, even though either development strikes many people as unimaginable. Nevertheless, a December 2016 Brookings public opinion poll reveals that nearly half of the U.S. public supports sanctions on Israel - including a majority of self-identifying Democrats. This increased support for U.S. government sanctions indicates that now is the time for political groups committed to a just resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict to lead public opinion, not follow or ignore it. They need to become advocates for official U.S. government sanctions on Israel, such as an update to the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986. Instead of sanctioning South African apartheid, this updated legislation's new goal should be to end Israeli apartheid.

22:02

Yazidi Sisters in ISIS Captivity Reunite After Three Years "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Yazidi girls Suhayla, 7, and Rosa, 13, who were reunited with their family after being enslaved by ISIS militants, walk at Sharya Camp in Duhuk, Iraq December 18, 2017. Picture taken December 18, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Ari Jalal

Sharya,Iraq: When Rosa, now 14, asked her ISIS captors about her younger sisters Bushra, 12, and Suhayla, seven, she was told they had been killed for misbehaving.

At that point, I didnt care about anything anymore. Even if I died, she said. I never thought Id see them again.

The sisters were finally reunited on Sunday, more than three years after being taken by the militants in an assault on Sinjar, the Yazidi heartland on August 3, 2014.

Just last week, Iraq declared final victory...

22:02

Dispute Over Political Strategy Erupts Inside the White House "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An Oval Office meeting involving President Trump and his top advisers on Wednesday devolved into a heated exchange between his former campaign manager and the White House political director, people briefed on the discussion said.

The meeting centered on the midterm elections and came as Republicans face a daunting landscape next year, particularly after a bruising loss in the Alabama special election this month. It also came as the White House faces an expected string of departures from the West Wing, including that of a deputy chief of staff, Rick Dearborn, on Thursday. Mr. Dearborn, who was close to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump during the transition, had been overseeing a broad cross section of departments, including the political department, which was a source of contention during the meeting.

The meeting prompted the political director, Bill Stepien, to call an official at the main political group supporting Mr. Trump, America First Policies, to say its counsel should be involved at future gatherings.

It also underlined the turf battles and strategic disagreements that have long been characteristic of Mr. Trumps circle, dating to his presidential campaign.

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22:01

December 23 in history "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

484  Huneric died and was succeeded by his nephew Gunthamund, who became king of the Vandals.

558  Chlothar I was crowned.

583 Maya queen Yohl Iknal was crowned ruler of Palenque.

679 King Dagobert II was murdered in a hunting accident.

962  ArabByzantine Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas,Byzantine troops stormed the city of Aleppo.

1572 Theologian Johann Sylvan was executed in Heidelberg for his heretical Antitrinitarian beliefs.

1688 As part of the Glorious Revolution, King James II of England fled England to Paris after being deposed in favor of his nephew, William of Orange and his daughter Mary.

1732 Richard Arkwright, English industrialist and inventor, was born (d. 1792).

1822  Wilhelm Bauer, German engineer, was born  (d. 1875).

1867  Madam C.J. Walker, American philanthropist and tycoon, was born (d. 1919).

1893 The opera Hnsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck was first performed.

1913 The Federal Reserve Act was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve..........

22:01

Khronos Group Releases v1.0 Provisional Specification for the Neural Network Exchange Format "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Khronos Group has released a specification for a format intended to allow the transfer of trained neural networks between different frameworks and hardware. It is expected to be finalized within 3-6 months:

Today the Khronos Group, the industry consortium behind OpenGL and Vulkan, released a v1.0 provisional specification for its Neural Network Exchange Format (NNEF). First announced last year, this provisional stage is aimed at getting industry feedback on real-world use. While its name encapsulates its purpose, more specifically NNEF will act as a compatible format that can transfer trained neural networks between frameworks or to a wide range of inferencing hardware. Khronos is hoping that NNEF will act as a common format for all the myriad frameworks, such as Caffe, TensorFlow, Theano, and Torch, and be as ubiquitous in neural network porting in the same way PDFs are used for documents.

Much of the strength of NNEF comes from its bifurcated file structure, where there is a general and compatible flat level along with a complicated and optimizable compositional level. NNEF has also been designed with the understanding that deep learning is still a young and rapidly advancing field, where certain AI or neural network methods or framework types may become quickly displaced.

NNEF will also complement Khronos' OpenVX, a high-level graph-based API intended for cross-platform use in computer vision, and both working groups have already been collaborating. The upcoming releases of OpenVX will feature a NNEF Import extension, which would provide more flexibility to the format. As a specification, NNEF does not include tools, and Khronos is pursuing an open source strategy, with current projects on an NNEF syntax parser/validator and exporters for specific frameworks.

Khronos site and press release. Github.

EE Times article from May.


Original Submission

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22:00

AMD Open-Source Driver For Vulkan "AMDVLK" Is Now Available "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Last week I reported on AMD finally preparing their open-source Vulkan driver that many Linux enthusiasts have been looking forward to since the Vulkan 1.0 debut nearly two years ago. As of this morning, the source-code to this official AMD Vulkan driver is now publicly available. AMD Linux fans and developers can rejoice this weekend building out this "AMDVLK" Vulkan driver and its new Platform Abstraction Layer (PAL).

22:00

1935 Mercedes-Benz 290 Roadster "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

With the top down, and some reindeer, this red beauty could fill in as Santas sleigh. When you hear the expression, They dont make them like that anymore this is exactly the sort of car they are talking about.   Source: Classic Driver   Source: Classic Driver  

The post 1935 Mercedes-Benz 290 Roadster appeared first on The Big Picture.

22:00

Shooting Death of Los Santos Police Officer Prompts Exhaustive 81-Second Manhunt "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

LOS SANTOS The shooting death of an LSPD officer sent shockwaves through Los Santos as the normally quiet neighborhood of Little Seoul endured an exhaustive 81-second manhunt for the killer.

Officer Albert Ronson was brutally gunned down in broad daylight, and despite nearly two minutes of their best efforts, LSPD spokesman Lee Whitless said the suspect remains at large.

An attack on one us is an attack on us all, Whitless said during a press conference. This isnt some minor, one-star crime like causing catastrophic amounts of property damage with reckless driving or committing a carjacking/homicide in the absence of third-party witnesses. This is serious.

Read More From Hard Drive, The Only Ethical Gaming Journalism Site on The Internet:

Whitless explained that the unidentified suspect approached Officer Ronson and, without provocation, fatally shot him on the corner of Vespucci Blvd and San Andreas Ave. Within seconds, LSPD established road blocks and scoured the area with the aid of a Maverick helicopter. After devoting more than a minute to the search the LSPD failed to apprehend the suspect, however Whitless would not place blame on the department or its policies.

The LSPD stands by its search and response tactics,  said Whitless as he stood alongside the 653,572nd Police Chief in LSPD history Ed Davis. Quick and efficient manhunts are necessary when 89 percent of LSPD officers die violently on the job, nearly double the rate of violent deaths for the average Los Santos resident, and no one on the force, and no one in our departments history has made it to retirement.

The press conference also revealed the results of the autopsy report.

Officer Ronson was shot 32 times at point blank range with an assault shotgun. Soon after, the suspect then used a silenced SMG to trace a penis on the sidewalk using Ronsons blood, inflicting dozens more bullet wounds that proved to be f...

22:00

New projects on Hosted Weblate "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Hosted Weblate provides also free hosting for free software projects. The hosting requests queue has grown too long, so it's time to process it and include new projects. I hope that gives you have good motivation to spend Christmas break by translating free software.

This time, the newly hosted projects include:

There are also some notable additions to existing projects:

If you want to support this effort, please donate to Weblate, especially recurring donations are welcome to make this service alive. You can do that easily on Liberapay or......

21:59

Palm Springs officials say they'll remove 'nasty racist trees' from golf course "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Government officials in Palm Springs, California, announced this week that they will remove what some consider to be "racist" trees from the city-owned Tahquitz Creek Golf Course. What's the history? The trees, which line a golf course and were planted in the early 1960s, are said to have been designed to segregate the golf course from a historically black neighborhood. The tree removal project, which will cost $169,000, is a much-needed project according to some Palm Springs residents who say that the trees are a painful reminder of past misdeeds against minorities.

21:57

Six of Theresa Mays cabinet are paid up members of secret group demanding a total break from the European Union "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The head of the secretive European Research Group wont reveal which senior ministers are members of the hardline anti-EU group. Why not? Because the answer and the reach of the ERG leaves the Prime Minister looking like a Brexit hostage.

 

Suella Fernandes, ERG chair, being interviewed by Channel 4 News - fair use.

Six leading members of Theresa Mays cabinet are paid-up subscribers of the secretive European Research Group, the hard-line anti-EU caucus of Conservative MPs who have serially refused to publish their membership list.

New data collected by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority covering the last year, show that the six cabinet members, along with the chief of staff and special adviser to the Brexit secretary, David Davis have each claimed 2,000 in parliamentary expenses for professional and pooled services from the ERG. Five other subscriptions from former Tory cabinet ministers and whips, plus the current chair of the ERG, means this group alone have claimed more than 32,000 from the public purse.

Michael Gove, the environment secretary, Penny Mordaunt, the newly-promoted defence secretary, David Gauk, the work and pensions secretary, Sajid Javid, the communities and local government secretary, Andrea Leadsom, the Leader of the House of Commons, and Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, have all used official expenses claims to pay for ERG subscriptions over the last 12 months.

Stewart Jackson, who lost his Peterborough seat in Junes general election, and is now chief of staff to David Davis at the Department for Exiting the European Union, also used his official expenses to pay for ERG services during the last years.

Private list

In September this year, during a live television interview from the lobby in Westminster on the back of an...

21:57

Following UN vote, Abbas says US has disqualified itself from peace process "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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French president also said US has 'marginalised itself' in moving embassy

21:54

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-004 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Thursday 21 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-004 was spotted climbing out after completing a missed approach and low overshoot at Rockhampton Airport.  The KC-30 had earlier flown South to Rocky from Darwin via Cairns.





After completing the missed approach, A39-004 was heard to depart to RAAF Base Amberley.  A39-004 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Dragon 23".

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman 

21:54

Boeing Aims to Bulk Up With Embraers Small Jets "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A takeover of the Brazilian company would give the aerospace giant parity with Airbus and a skilled workforce

Boeing 737MAX. Boeing photo

Dec. 22, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

Boeing Co.s pursuit of Embraer SA fits one of the goals Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg has set for the aerospace giant: creating a level playing field in the commercial jetliner business.

Boeing on Thursday confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that it was in talks with Embraer, though factors such as potential objections from the Brazilian government could thwart a tie up. Some analysts said that the chances of a full takeover were slim and that an expansion of the companies existing joint venture was a more likely outcome.

Buying the Brazilian maker of small jetliners, business jets and military aircraft would give Boeing parity with rival Airbus SE, which plans to expand in the market for jets with 100 to 150 seats through a joint venture with Canadas Bombardier Inc. It also would prevent fast-growing Chinese aerospace companies from scooping up the Brazilian company and give Boeing more leverage in its talks with suppliers.

Mr. Muilenburg hadnt previously put small jetliners high on his agenda. In the two and half years since he took charge, he has focused on cutting costs, reducing Boeings reliance on some suppliers and cutting pension liabilities, as well as capitalizing on huge demand for its jetliners.

The company has an order backlog of 6,000 jets valued at $420 billion. Sales are generating substantial cash flow, much of which the company has returned to shareholders through dividends and stock buybacks. Mr. Muilenburg has pledged to more than double the size of Boeings aircraft services businessa more profitable line than its aircraft salesand the company had been expected to pursue a takeover in this area.

A takeover of Embraer would give Boeing jetliners that...

21:53

Confessions of a CIA Black-Ops Insider On Past False Flag Operations "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

The following is a 2 part interview with a former CIA black-ops participant, Cody Snodgris. The following interview clearly establishes, from a first-hand perspective. how many national tragedies are actually false flag operations which almost always follow the same pattern of planning and implementation. Everything from the Oklahoma City Bombing to the JFK assassination, and many more flase flag events are discussed with this previous insider who has decided to go public at great risk to himself.  This is one of the most important interviews ever conducted on The Common Sense Show.

This interview is so very important because it reveals how much of what the American people are told is a lie. It also reveals that the science and implementation of false flag operations is a stand alone industry with an internal hierarchy and organizational stucture.  This interview also reveals that the practice of false flag operations are a subset of the Deep State and that these people will stop at nothing to stop the rising tide of populism being led by the election of Donald Trump. One thing is abundantly clear America, the closer President Trump gets to carrying out his MAGA agenda, the closer the American people get to very decisive false flag operations.

I was once told by an ex-FEMA official before he bugged out five years ago, that the powers-that-be will stop at nothing to smash American populism. This FEMA official was part of counter-intelligence for bioweapons. He was clear on one point, if America does not roll over and capitulate, there is nothing that the deep state will not do to subjugate this country. He felt that a cocktail of severe bioweapons would be unleashed on the American people, which would force the US into martial law and invite the UN into the power structure of this country through the declaration of martial law. Amaingly, these words were shared with me prior to the emergence of President Trump as a candidate.

Please share the following 2 part interview with your social media and email lists. The ave...

21:52

UN approves resolution condemning US recognition... "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

"UN approves resolution condemning US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital"

For those of you who dropped out of the loop for Christmas or other reasons, President Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the US Embassy there.

In the UN, Turkey put forth a resolution to condemn it and this passed today with 128 votes vs. 7 and 35 abstentions. President Trump stated something like "We give billions away in Foreign Aid and to the UN...we will remember those...

UN approves resolution condemning US recognition...

21:52

Where The Temperature Rules The Total Surface Absorption "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Reflecting upon my previous post, Where The Temperature Rules The Sun, I realized that while it was valid, it was just about temperature controlling downwelling solar energy via cloud variations. However, it didnt cover total energy input to the surface. The total energy absorbed by the surface is the sum

21:51

AICL's Best Books of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I'm starting AICL's "Best Books of 2017" today--November 24--and will update it as we read other books published in 2017.

Please share this page with teachers, librarians, parents--anyone, really--who is interested in books about Native peoples. As we come across additional books published in 2017, we will add them to this list. If you know of ones we might want to consider, please let us know!


BY NATIVE WRITERS OR ILLUSTRATORS

Comics and Graphic Novels

  • Nicholson, Hope. (Ed.) (2017). Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection, Volume 2. Alternative History Comics, Canada.
  • Robertson, David. (2017). Will I See? Portage and Main Press. Canada.
  • Storm, Jen. (2017). Fire Starters. Highwater Press. Canada.
Board Books
  • Flett, Julie. (2017). Black Bear, Red Fox: Colours in Cree. Native Explore. Canada.
Picture Books
  • Campbell, Nicola. (2017). A Day with Yayah, illustrated by Julie Flett. Tradewind Books. Canada. 
  • Ortiz, Simon J. (2017). The People Shall Continue, illustrated by Sharol Graves. Lee and Low. U.S.
  • Robertson, Joanne. (2017). The Water WalkerSecond Story Press. Canada.
  • Smith, Monique Gray. (2017). You Hold Me Up, illustrated by Danielle Daniel. Orca. Canada.
  • Vandever, Daniel W. (2017). Fall in Line, Holden! Salina Books. U.S.
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21:49

Greece: Latest Update about the Attack Against Revolutionary Struggle Member Nikos Maziotis "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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22.12.17: The attack against Nikos Maziotis took place in his cell. About 10 prisoners were involved in the attack. Of these, 2 or 3 took a more active role than the others.

Nikos Maziotis was hit mainly on the head, ribs and abdomen. Despite the cowardly attack from about 10 prisoners and the physical strain from his 36-day hunger strike, the comrade put up strong resistance.

The targeted assassination attack against the comrade was not completed because Kurdish and Turkish prisoners intervened and immediately informed the solidarity network outside the prison walls about the attack.

Nikos Maziotis is hospitalized with many injuries at the Korydallos Prison Hospital and we expect more news soon about the state of his health.

(via Athens Indymedia, translated by Insurrection News)

 


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21:49

Thinking of Travelling With Bitcoin? With These Websites You Can "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Bitcoin has grabbed the attention of many this year, and thats hardly surprising given its meteoric rise in price. Despite todays 25% pullback following the Coinbase Bitcoin Cash insider trading debacle, the cryptocurrency has still performed amazingly in 2017. Starting out the year at around $1,000 its price has surged to around a disbelief-inspiring $13,900 at the time of writing. Those new to cryptocurrency might ponder just what use Bitcoin and other digital currencies have for the average person. Obviously, not everyone is interested in circumventing international sanctions, buying illicit goods off darkweb markets, or trading the digital asset for other digital currencies to make profits.

Watching bearish markets like the one crypto investors woke up to today can be a stressful time indeed. One ideal antidote to stress is to book a trip away. Fortunately, even if you went absolutely all-in on Bitcoin this year and think a holiday is completely off the cards, there are plenty of companies wholl relieve you of a few satoshis in exchange for a flight, or accommodation in a foreign land.

Here are just some of the many options available to those wishing to spend some cryptocurrency exploring new lands. The best part of all is, being a truly global currency, you dont need to bother with extortionate bureau de changes either!

 

Airlines

  • Back in 2013, CheapAir.com launched their Bitcoin payments function. They were the first online travel website to do so. They offer flights on all of the planets largest airlines between most airports.
  • Destinia.com are based in Spain. They not only take payment in Bitcoin for flights, theyll also find you a hotel that you can pay for in crypto too.
  • If youre based in Europe, Latvias national airline accept Bitcoin. AirBaltic began taking the revolutionary payment system back in 2014 for flights between the Baltic states and Europe.
  • eGifter allow customers to buy their gift cards using Bitcoin. These can then be used at various airlines around the world.
  • You can even fly to space using Bitcoin! Virgin Galactic plans to launch the first flights into space in 2018 for the average Joe. Ever the Bitcoin bull, Sir Richard Bransons company of course accept crypto payments.

 

Hotels

  • You can book a hotel using the aforementioned CheapAir and Des...

21:45

Why the Cryptocurrency Frenzy Means Good Things for Gold "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Why the Cryptocurrency Frenzy Means Good Things for Gold From Birch Gold Group Cryptocurrencies are all the rage at the moment with investors seeing their stakes in the virtual coins rise more than 1,000% this year. Some even more than 3,000%....

The post Why the Cryptocurrency Frenzy Means Good Things for Gold appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:45

Japan"s Purchase of US Aegis Ashore BMD System May Make It Less Safe "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The planned deployment will be a constant irritant to obstruct cooperation with regional partners in all areas. And it will make Japan a target for a retaliatory strike, making the country much less safe than it is now.

21:43

4th Annual Infrastructure Project Financing "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

marcus evans takes great pride in organising the 4th Annual Infrastructure Project Financing large scale event from 4-6 July 2018 in Singapore.

21:43

SBC: Sexist Bullying Allegations Resurface "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

SBC: Sexist Bullying Allegations Resurface

  • an In My View article by NIGEL WARD, reporting on re-emergent allegations of sexist (in fact, misogynistic) bullying made against SBC Leader Cllr Derek BASTIMAN [Con.] and Chair of the SBC Conservative Group Cllr. Joe PLANT [Con.], who is the Portfolio Holder for Transformation. Both Councillors also serve on North Yorkshire County Council.Councillor accused of sexist bullying threatens female whistle-blower with legal action

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Background

In September 2016, I reported in depth, and with the full and close co-operation of SBC Councillor Michelle DONOHUE-MONCRIEFF [Con. > Ind. > Con.], on the aftermath to Michelle having suffered some sort of a breakdown in a Hunmanby public house.

My report included a formal statement from Councillor DONOHUE-MONCRIEFF describing her immediate recollection of events.

I reproduce it here, for convenience of reference the section which concerns us begins at para.51:

Download the PDF file SBC_CABINET.

Cllr. Joe PLANT Threatens Legal Action (Again)

The Enquirer is one of scores of recipients of a copy of an email from a female member of the Filey public to the Thirsk & Malton constituency MP, Kevin HOLLINRAKE [Con.], calling upon him to request the Scarborough & Whitby Conservative Association and Scarborough Borough Council to take disciplinary action against his fellow Tories, SBC Leader Councillor Derek BASTIMAN [Con.] and Councillor Joe PLANT [Con.], in respect of previously reported allegations of sexist bullying, referencing the events described in paras.51-67 of Councillor DONOHUE-MONCRIEFFs statement (see above).

In substance, these are the same allegations made to me on a number of occasion, in person, with witnesses, by Councillor DONOHUE-MONCRIEFF, in the weeks and months following the Hunmanby incident. The complainant has further alleged that the purported sexist bullying amounted to an act of revenge against Councillor DONOHUE-MONCRIEFF, for her transparency in bringing the matter...

21:43

After Trump's Executive Order The Following Individuals & Entities Have Been Added To OFAC's SDN List "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The President has issued a new Executive Order on December 20, 2017, Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuses and Corruption. OFAC is concurrently releasing new FAQs related to this Executive Order and the office is publishing the following designations.
OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL
Specially Designated Nationals List Update

The following individuals have been added to OFAC's SDN List:  
BADJIE, Yankuba (a.k.a. BADGIE, Yankuba; a.k.a. BADJI, Yankouba), Banjul, The Gambia; DOB 25 Feb 1973; alt. DOB 24 Feb 1973; POB New Jeshwang, Kanifang Municipality, The Gambia; Gender Male (individual) [GLOMAG].
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21:38

$250 Million Ethereum Mining Scam? Korean Prosecutors File Charges "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The post $250 Million Ethereum Mining Scam? Korean Prosecutors File Charges appeared first on CCN

Korean prosecutors have reportedly filed charges against several individuals associated with Mining Max, US-based cryptocurrency mining firm allegedly behind a major cryptocurrency mining scam. According to a report by Korean publication Yonhap, authorities at the Incheon District Prosecutors Office have indicted 21 individuals suspected of being associated with Mining Max LLC, a US-based firm, on charges

The post $250 Million Ethereum Mining Scam? Korean Prosecutors File Charges appeared first on CCN

21:37

Child Size Papasan Chair "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Child Size Papasan Chair - Parsons seats come in so appealing variations that picking the one that is perfect can be a bit daunting. This manual has been assembled to assist you pick parsons chairs to match your house decor design. Whether you're trying to find a group of parsons dining chairs or one or two chairs to use for space dividers, this guide is going to direct you in the ideal direction.

They consider big, formal dining rooms and rooms, when men and women envision a. A skirted upholstered parsons seat does look positively! Traditional parsons chairs could be accommodated for more surroundings too. These designs are elegant and classic, rarely going out of style. Traits of style seats that are standard consist of legs from deep, timeless finishes like cherry, walnut, mahogany and oak. The legs are often in the "s-curved" Queen Anne style-- also called cabriole legs - or in the bolder Chippendale style. The chair backs are generally crescent, scrolled or camel shape. Conventional parsons chairs can be skirted, with triple or box pleats for a look.

When picking upholstery parsons chair, you have extensive alternatives. Choose matches the color scheme and overall mood of this room. One sure-fire idea would be to pair a cloth-- either sound colored or patterned-- with a darker wood. Green , light blue or Ivory are all excellent choices. Designed chairs may stand up to heavier prints and abundant colors, like scrolled patterns, florals greens, burgundies blues and golds. Nailhead trim, braided rings and tassels are timeless upholstery accents.

21:36

Tehran judiciary nixes hopes of swift release for UK-Iranian mother "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested at Tehran airport on 3 April 2016, after visiting relatives with her young daughter

21:35

4th Annual Mixed Use Development "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This 4th Annual Mixed-Use Developments conference provides the perfect platform to plunge into the rising demand of creating complete communities by unlocking the best value out of land.

21:34

4th Annual Roads & Highways "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

4th Annual Roads & Highways will create a one stop shop for all stakeholders to discuss and deliberate on the challenges facing them and brainstorm innovative ideas by generating sustainable practices that are proven in the development of infrastructure.

21:32

Convicted urban guerilla leader Maziotis beaten and stabbed in prison cell "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Convicted leader of urban guerilla group Revolutionary Struggle, Nikos Maziotis, was beaten and stabbed inside his prion cell in Korydallos Prison in Athens. According to a news item uploaded on the website of anti-authoritarian movement, a  group of ten other inmates attacked Maziotis on Thursday night. Three of them were beating him while the rest

The post Convicted urban guerilla leader Maziotis beaten and stabbed in prison cell appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

21:32

Slug video, speeded up "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This 21 December 2017 video is about a slug feeding on an old plant of the celery family.

This took the slug five minutes; but the video has been speeded up to half a minute.

Rik Gielen made this video near Zwolle city in the Netherlands.

21:30

PR: Money Metals Exchange Investors Can Now Buy and Sell Precious Metals Using Various Crypto-Currencies "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Money Metals Exchange

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

Money Metals Exchange Now Transacts in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, and More

National precious metals dealer Money Metals Exchange today announced expanded services for customers engaging in precious metals transactions and wishing to make or receive payment in any of several crypto-currencies.

Money Metals began accepting Bitcoin payments for gold and silver bullion nearly 3 years ago, making it among the very first in the industry to do so. The firms capabilities of dealing in other cryptos such as Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, and Litecoin puts it again at the forefront.

Money Metals believes honest money is core to liberating people and protecting their savings. History is clear as to how the game of unrestrained government borrowing, printing, and spending will end. The holders of the worlds fiat currencies will wind up holding the bag, said Stefan Gleason, president of Money Metals Exchange.

While there can be no doubt that tangible, off-the-grid, gold and silver which feature zero counterparty risk will play a key role in the future, just as they have in the past. However, it may well be that crypto-currencies also have a key role to play, Gleason continued.

Crypto-currencies provide a method of sending payments anywhere in the world, without permission and with little cost. It is possible to do so securely and privately, without relying upon bankers as middlemen.

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21:30

In Christmas Message Aimed at Trump, Abbas Says Palestinians Will Never Accept Any Peace Plan From U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In message to Christians lamenting Trumps recognition of Jerusalem, Abbas says U.S. decision is insulting to Palestinians and to the message of Jesus

By Jack Khoury Dec 22, 2017 12:05 PM
Haaretz

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's Extraordinary Summit in Istanbul, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the Organisation of Islamic Cooperations Extraordinary Summit in Istanbul, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Emrah Yorulmaz/Pool Photo via AP

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas came out against the American peace initiative and said the Palestinians would not accept any plan made by the Americans due to U.S. President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem, a move that was widely rejected by the world in a UN vote Thursday.

In a Christmas letter to Christians, Abbas wrote that the Palestinians will not accept any plan from the U.S. due to the White Houses biased support of Israel and its settlement policy. He also said the American plan is not going to be based on the two-state solution on the 1967 border, nor is it going to be based on international law or UN resolutions.

Abbas letter was sent as he met with French President Emmanuel Macron, at the end of talks he held in Saudi Arabia as part of the international contacts the Palestinians conducted in response to Trumps recognition of Jerusalem.

Sources close to Abbas said that the Christmas letter, that noted local churches objection to the change in American policy, was written in wake of Trumps decision on Jerusalem, which Abbas described as an insult to millions of people worldwide, and also to the city of Bethlehem.

This time every year, the souls of billions of people turn to Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the messenger of love, peace and justice, Abbas wrote in the latter.

A Muslim woman takes a picture of the Christmas manger placed on the Manger Square near the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 21, 2017.
A Muslim woman takes a picture of the Christmas manger placed on the Manger Square near the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 21, 2017. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX
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Bethlehem, the birthplace of hope, continues to be affected by Israeli policies. Regretfully, the U.S. has decided to reward such policies by recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital.....

21:29

Smart Build "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

marcus evans takes great pride in organising the SmartBuild flagship event scheduled from the 19th - 21st of March 2018.

21:28

4th Annual City Development : Smart Growth & Digital Tranformation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

marcus evans takes great pride in organising the 4th Annual City Development Africa: Smart Growth & Digital Transformation flagship event scheduled from the 12 - 14 of March in Cape Town.

21:26

Senior Carbon Project Development Manager- Beijing "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We are looking for a Senior Project Manager with substantial experience in handling cookstove projects under various carbon standards to join our Projects team.

21:26

Senior Carbon Project Development Manager- Delhi "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We are looking for a Senior Project Manager with substantial experience in handling cookstove projects under various carbon standards to join our Projects team.

21:25

Senior Carbon Project Development Manager- Bangkok "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We are looking for a Senior Project Manager with substantial experience in handling cookstove projects under various carbon standards to join our Projects team.

21:24

Intern Sustainable Supply Chains and Forestry "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This position is an unique opportunity to apply and enhance the skills you acquired at university.

21:23

Yi 360 VR vs Ricoh Theta V (360 Cameras) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Its the last video before Christmas and I'm looking at two 360 cameras, the Yi 360 VR and the Ricoh Theta V. 
     
     
Managing Expectations with 360 video
   
I've seen people express disappointment with the video quality of consumer 360 devices but they are usually comparing them against professionally shot 360 footage, which just isn't a fair fight. Because while you could take a standard photo on a consumer DSLR camera that can rival the very best photos taken with the best equipment, when it comes to 360 video it's a very different story.
    
When viewing a 360 video you are zooming in on section of the overall image. So while the resolution of the video file might be 3840x1920 you may just be looking at a 640x360 slice from that. The rest of the video is made up of what's going on over your head, down at your feet and behind you. 
   
Consumer 360 camera manufacturers are at the limit of what can be handled by current imaging chipsets. Even if you could get a 360 camera that recorded 8K video, this would still look softer than a standard flat 1080p video once you'd zoomed in on a section of it. 
   
Professional quality 360 videos use multiple individual cameras (e.g. The GoPro Omni uses 6 Go-Pro cameras) and the video from those six cameras is stitched together using a computer. 
   
So this is where it's at with consumer 360 cameras, they are just a bit of fun and won't be capable of producing the same results as a professional rig, but then again the pro equipment doesn't fit in your jeans pocket. 
   
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21:18

GTK4 Picks Up More OpenGL Renderer Improvements, Glyph Cache "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

GTK4 continues looking good and even better now thanks to nearly 100 commits improving its OpenGL renderer...

21:16

The real Russian collusion "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


EDITOR'S NOTE: Lt. ... Pope Francis in his Vatican enclave has seen what is going on. "Media that spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement," he recently ...

21:15

Health Ranger launching YouTube alternative VIDEO website "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Health Ranger launching YouTube alternative VIDEO website The Health Ranger The Health Ranger reveals his plans for launching a YouTube alternative free speech video site by the Summer of 2018. Click here to sign up for The Daily Coin FREE newsletter covering precious...

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21:15

The RussiaGate Witch-Hunt The Deep State's 'Insurance Policy' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There was a sinister plot to meddle in the 2016 election, after all. But it was not orchestrated from the Kremlin; it was an entirely homegrown affair conducted from the inner sanctums - the White House, DOJ, the Hoover Building and Langley----of the Imperial City.

21:13

Pakistan Closes 27 NGOs in What Activists See as Widening Crackdown "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A policeman stands guard outside the Save the Children charitys office in Islamabad, Pakistan, June 12, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Faisal Mahmood/File photo

Islamabad: Pakistan has ordered 27 international aid groups to shut down for working in unauthorised areas, spurring human rights campaigners to denounce swelling constraints on free speech and humanitarian work.

The Ministry of Interior gave the 27 NGOs 90 days to conclude operations, according to a list seen by Reuters. Among those being expelled are Action Aid, World Vision, Plan International, Trocaire, Pathfinder International, Danish Refugee Council, George Soros Open Society Foundations, Oxfam Novib, and Marie Stopes.

Talal Chaudhry, Pakistans Minister of State for Interior Affairs, told Reuters the reason for shutting down the NGOs was because they were doing work in Pakistan which is beyond their manda...

21:12

forum upgrades Friday morning 12/22/2017 around 0500 EST 0200 PST "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The forum is going down for upgrades Friday morning 12/22/2017 around 0500 EST 0200 PST

Downtime is expected to be under 30 min.

21:09

Chinas creditor imperialism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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 By Brahma Chellaney
Japan Times

This month, Sri Lanka, unable to pay the onerous debt to China it has accumulated, formally handed over its strategically located Hambantota port to the Asian giant. It was a major acquisition for Chinas Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which President Xi Jinping calls the project of the century and proof of just how effective Chinas debt-trap diplomacy can be.

Unlike International Monetary Fund and World Bank lending, Chinese loans are collateralized by strategically important natural assets with high long-term value (even if they lack short-term commercial viability). Hambantota, for example, straddles Indian Ocean trade routes linking Europe, Africa and the Middle East to Asia. In exchange for financing and building the infrastructure that poorer countries need, China demands favorable access to their natural assets, from mineral resources to ports.

Moreover, as Sri Lankas experience starkly illustrates, Chinese financing can shackle its partner countries. Rather than offering grants or concessionary loans, China provides huge project-related loans at market-based rates, without transparency, much less environmental or social impact assessments. As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson put it recently, with the BRI China is aiming to define its own rules and norms.

To strengthen its position further, China has encouraged its companies to bid for outright purchase of strategic ports where possible. The Mediterranean port of Piraeus, which a Chinese firm acquired for $436 million from cash-strapped Greece last year, will serve as the BRIs dragon head in Europe.

By wielding its financial clout in this manner, China seeks to kill two birds with one stone.

First, it wants to address overcapacity at home by boosting exports. Second, it hopes to advance its strategic....

21:07

Mossad looking for new recruits on Facebook "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Intelligence agency's new social media page reaches out to Israelis 'looking for an exciting career change' Israels intelligence agency is seeking fresh recruits on its new Facebook page, launched on Monday.

21:04

Israeli Forces Kidnap 16-Year-Old Ahed Tamimi And Her Entire Family "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Israeli Forces Kidnap 16-Year-Old Ahed Tamimi And Her Entire Family


December 20, 2017
https://www.activistpost.com/2017/12/israeli-forces-kidnap-16-year-old-ahed-tamimi-entire-family.html

By Brandon Turbeville

In yet another example of the horrific nature of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the Israeli government has now brutally arrested 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi for daring to slap an Israeli soldier who was attempting to kidnap her brother.

After the video of Aheds assault on the Israeli soldier was broadcast across Israeli media, a massive social media campaign developed calling for her arrest, demonstrating the sickness that is so pervasive in Israeli society as well as in the Israeli government. Naftali Bennet, Israeli Minister of Education even called for the sixteen year old to face life imprisonment.

As Robert Inlakesh writes for al-Masdar News,

At approximately 3 A.M this morning, Israeli police forces invaded the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, raiding the home of the well known Tamimi family, arresting (16 year old) Ahed Tamimi.

Israeli forces turned the Tamimi household upside down, stealing phones, laptops and other electronic devices, before violently arresting the 16 year old.

Days before, a video that went viral on Facebook was plunged into the Israeli media, making Newspaper front pages and being repeatedly played throughout several TV broadcasting stations (Within Israel).

The video included Ahed Tamimi slapping and kicking at two fully armed Israeli soldiers, who had just attempted to force themselves into her home.

The 16 year old girl was, of course, painted by the Israeli press as the violent antagonist, to...

21:03

Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Slowing Older iPhones "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Following an admission from Apple that it intentionally caps the processing power of older iPhones in order to preserve battery, the company has been hit with a class action lawsuit over the practice, TMZ reported .

21:00

TIDBIT: AN ARTICLE RELATED TO THE MURDERS OF BARRY SHERMAN, CANADIAN ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There has been another strange death, this time, not of a banker nor of a doctor, but of a Canadian pharmaceutical magnate who, given

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21:00

Walls of Silence and Blindness "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Human Heart of How Societies Come Undone

I knew, deep down, that extremism was going to go mainstream not when my little nerdy economic analyses of, well, every indicator you can think of that means anything began to blink red and nosedive, but when something a little more personal happened.

It began to become difficult for me to publish things Id written. Invisibly difficult. Oddly and strangely difficult. Maybe, I thought to myself ruefully for a moment, I just sucked. And then I remembered how Id published many things, in many places, for many years, calling events on the nose, financial crisis, not-quite-recovery, stagnation, check, check, check, so it shouldnt have been a big deal. And yet slowly, over the course of probably about a year or so, an unseen wall went up. The wall wasnt made of negation, but of absence. Not of no, but just of . Somehow, in front of me, a great wall of silence and blindness had risen, as if my friends could not see or hear me anymore. How strange, I thought, laughing to myself, remembering dusty old books about archipelagos and exile and plagues. How strange.

Because the great secret truth that these books taught me was that such walls of silence and blindness can only be made when those constructing them become blind and deaf and mutefor what else are they made of?and so building walls of silence and blindness leaves their very builders senseless. The terrible price of cancelling out any other persons existencewhich is what this troubled age is really aboutis only ever the loss of our very own senses. But I will return to that. Let us first discuss what such walls of silence and blindness mean, which is this thing called trust.

One of the greatest indicators that foretold Americas misfortunes to me was the collapse of trust. Stunning and sweeping, in just a few decades, trust in institutions, the organizing and governing principles of society, collapsed, from government to business to law. Id never seen anything like it, except perhaps preceding Soviet collapseand so I understood quickly that society was standing steps away from a jagged abyss. The sun might be shining, but just ahead lay deep, shining darkness.

But trust is not just an abstraction. Though I wouldnt understand it until much later, my great wall of silence and blindness was only one of many that were beginning to rise, because the distrust that was corroding society from the inside was the same. Walls upon walls, stretching across the meadows, into the sunlit horizon, keeping each little shivering tribe safe from the next. My wall was just a small one. Those who had trusted me, as a thinker, a writer, had somehow come to mistrust menot because Id betrayed or finagled or bamboozled them, but just bec...

21:00

Large Hadron Collider finds car keys "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

also found the lyrics to 'things can only get better' although they were put straight in the binIt cost some 6.2 billion to build, but the Large Hadron Collider may have justified that enormous price tag after it finally located Professor Brian Coxs lost car keys. The keys were lost by Cox in the 1990s while an undergraduate at the University of Manchester and his 1987 Nissan Micra has remained in an NCP car park ever since.

When the car keys disappeared it soon became clear that there was an effect here that had major ramifications for the world of physics, said Cox. The keys had clearly undergone an inter-dimensional shift which had moved them through time, space, or one of the many other dimensions posited to exist, in such a way as to render them invisible to the human eye. Also, the car had been clamped and was clocking up 100 a day in storage charges, so it was vital we found an answer quick.

Professor Stephen Hawking suggested that the Large Hadron Collider was developed to unravel just these sorts of fundamental mysteries about the universe. Brian was banging his head against the wall looking for the elusive car part, said Professor Stephen Hawking. It was doing no good, though, so we decided to bang particles together instead, but at massive speeds until he could recall where the car keys were. We also hoped that the LHC could answer other questions such as Where are my glasses? and Why did I come upstairs?

After years of experiments, the LHC, lying in a 27km tunnel running under the Franco-Swiss border, today finally located the missing keys in a 1.5m ridge running under the cushions on Coxs sofa. It turns out that one of the missing dimensions predicted by string theory is actually down the back of the sofa, explained Cox. This is a major scientific advance, but a further blow to relativity. It seems the space down the back of the sofa is far greater than its outward measurements suggest, and it acts like a black hole sucking in all matter around it. I believe that if we search down the back of the worlds sofas we will find all the ships and aircraft that were believed lost in the Bermuda Triangle.

Cox is now hoping to win the Nobel prize with his discovery in order to help pay off the massive fine that is due to get his car unclamped.

21:00

Buying Bitcoin? Investment Funds Will Be on the Blockchain, Too "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The future of tokenized monies calls for a tokenized investment fund. The road there is being paved, but it's not so cut and dry.

21:00

AMAIRIKUHN EDGYKAYSHUN STRIKES AGAIN: ACADEMIC RIGOR ENDANGERS ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We're well overdue for another rant on Amairikuhn edgykayshun, and I was beginning to wonder when we'd have another one, when Mr. V.T., a

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21:00

2018 Predictions and Prognostications "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


It's time to cast the runes and make predictions for 2018 (and beyond). I wanted to get a jump on people who were predicting closer to the New Year.

2018 Superbowl: Patriots vs Eagles. I like the Steelers, but I'm predicting and trying to keep my personal favoritism out of the prognosticating.

Soccer World Cup: I know for sure that it will be played out in Moscow. I favor Uruguay, but it's still too far off to read the tea leaves effectively.

President Trump: A large infrastructure spending bill will pas through Congress as will an overhaul of the failed ObamaCare disaster. The construction of a big, beautiful, border wall with Mexico will be begin as the president works hard to make America great again. The US military will be rebuilt with an emphasis on sustainability rather than showmanship. Priorities shifted away from the weather as the principal enemy in 2017. Diversity and transgenderism will no longer be a priority though EEO will continue as it has since the 1960's.

President Trump will appoint two new Supreme Court justices in 2018, swinging the high court in a conservative direction for a generation to Make America Great Again.

Congress: The Republicans will continue to control both houses of the legislature.

Hillary Clinton will be indicted and convicted of selected felonies and she'll be remanded to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Dead Pool: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will agree to a tell-all of Hillary Clinton and before he can testify, he will commit suicide with a chainsaw. Rep. Nancy Pelosi will publish her memoirs (damaging to the Clintons) and will commit suicide with Chuck's chainsaw. Joe Biden will be appointed to the US Senate (for NY) and will be asked to step down the next day due to sexual harassment allegations. He will subsequently commit suicide with Chuck's chainsaw.

Disney

21:00

Bitcoins Average Transaction fee Surpasses $50 as Network Issues Remain "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Without sounding like a broken record, the Bitcoin network fees are getting more ridiculous. Although this issue has been present for some time now, things are not improving. In fact, the average transaction fee is now well over $50. This is the highest it has been for quite some time. When and if this solution will be resolved, remains to be determined. Right now, it seems unlikely anything will change soon.

Using Bitcoin is expensive beyond belief. It is not what Satoshi Nakamoto envisioned originally, that much is rather evident. In fact, the goal was to make Bitcoin scale and accommodate more transactions over time. So far, that hasnt happened. This is mainly due to companies struggling to integrate Segregated witness support. In some cases, they are purposely delaying this development as well. Something will have to give before the average transaction fee surpasses $100.

Average Transaction fee Keeps Rising

Although most people stopped caring about these high fees, its still an important issue. After all, if the average transaction fee keeps rising, things will get out of hand very quickly. Right now, its far too expensive to use Bitcoin as a payment method. Nor is it a suitable way to combat high remittance fees. Bitcoin has become too expensive for its own good and people grow tired of it. Unfortunately, paying this average transaction fee is the only solution right now.

Surprisingly, none of this is affecting the number of transactions. With nearly  350,000 processed in the past 24 hours, things are still looking good. Moreover, nearly 11% of the total market cap was transacted in the past day. Those numbers are still positive despite the glaring issues Bitcoin brings to the table. It also seems the average transaction value is on the rise. This may be due to the average transaction fee mounting. Otherwise, it would make little sense for users to even spend BTC.

How all of this will pan out, is a big question. After all, it is evident this average transaction fee has to come down. Enforcing such a change will not be easy whatsoever. In fact, it may require some drastic changes no one is willing to pursue. All of this also makes Bitcoin C...

21:00

Severe Complications for Women During Childbirth Are Skyrocketing and Could Often Be Prevented "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Leah Bahrencus kidneys and liver shut down.

Samantha Blackwell spent a month in a coma.

Cindel Pena suffered heart failure.

Heather Lavender lost her uterus.

Rebecca Derohanian bled into her brain.

Every year in the U.S., nearly 4 million women give birth, the vast majority without anything going amiss for themselves or their babies. But more than 135 expectant and new mothers a day or more than 50,000 a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endure dangerous and even life-threatening complications that often leave them wounded, weakened, traumatized, financially devastated, unable to bear more children or searching in vain for answers about what went wrong.

For the past year, ProPublica and NPR have been examining why the U.S. has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the industrialized world. The 700 to 900 deaths each year related to pregnancy and childbirth, though, overshadow a more pervasive problem that experts call severe maternal morbidity. For every U.S. woman who dies as a consequence of pregnancy or childbirth, up to 70 suffer hemorrhages, organ failure or other significant complications, amounting to more than 1 percent of all births. The annual cost to women, their families, taxpayers and the health care system runs into billions of dollars.

Theres this misconception that these complications are rare, said Kristen Terlizzi, cofounder of the National Accreta Foundation, who had her uterus, appendix and part of her bladder removed in 2014 because of a life-threatening placenta condition, and we [women] get brushed off The risk is not a big deal. But it is.

Better care could have prevented or alleviated many of these complications, experts say. Maternal morbidity encompasses a spectrum of problems, from moderately serious to near-deadly, and proper medical attention can stop treatable conditions from spiraling out of control. In a 2016 study of all women admitted for delivery over 30 months at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, researchers found opportunity for improvement in care in 44 percent of life-threatening complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.

Whats more, according to the CDC, severe maternal morbidity has risen faster than...

Brain Drain At the EPA "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Donald Trump took office, a wave of departures that puts the administration nearly a quarter of the way toward its goal of shrinking the agency to levels last seen during the Reagan administration.

Of the employees who have quit, retired or taken a buyout package since the beginning of the year, more than 200 are scientists. An additional 96 are environmental protection specialists, a broad category that includes scientists as well as others experienced in investigating and analyzing pollution levels. Nine department directors have departed the agency as well as dozens of attorneys and program managers. Most of the employees who have left are not being replaced.

The departures reflect poor morale and a sense of grievance at the agency, which has been criticized by Trump and top Republicans in Congress as bloated and guilty of regulatory overreach. That unease is likely to deepen following revelations that Republican campaign operatives were using the Freedom of Information Act to request copies of emails from EPA officials suspected of opposing Trump and his agenda.

The cuts deepen a downward trend at the agency that began under the Obama administration in response to Republican-led budget constraints that left the agency with about 15,000 employees at the end of his term. The reductions have accelerated under Trump, who campaigned on a promise to dramatically scale back the EPA, leaving only what he called little tidbits in place. Current and former employees say unlike during the Obama years, the agency has no plans to replace workers, and they expect deeper cuts to come.

The reason EPA went down to 15,000 employees under Obama is because of pressure from Republicans. This is the effort of the Republicans under the Obama administration on steroids, said John OGrady, president of American Federation of Government Employees Council 238, a union representing EPA employees.

ProPublica and The New York Times analyzed the comings and goings from the EPA through the end of September, the latest data that has been compiled, obtained under the Freedom of Info...

20:59

Medical Chairs for Patients "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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You might be giving the thought in that you might be on the lookout for something unique and stylish in the design and that the chairs should not be used for your office function. The truth is it isn't feasible for you to go to every shop and each seeking the designer chair depending on your choice. This is mostly due to the restriction imposed from the time without facing any difficulties within their schedules, majority of them are moving on. This might be in turn producing lot of problems wherein should you attempt finding out time the whole schedule may begin down with the passage of time. There are lots of suppliers with enormous kinds of seats and you may surf from one provider to another. You'll have the ability to pick up the chair according to your choice and also by paying quite rate when compared to shops.

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20:59

Friday hip-hop spot "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Long shot but any hip hop or top 40 spots in Cairns on Friday?

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20:59

Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Release Data on Incarcerated Aliens94 Percent of All Confirmed Aliens in DOJ Custody Are Unlawfully Present "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Justice News

Department of Justice

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, December 21, 2017

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/departments-justice-and-homeland-security-release-data-incarcerated-aliens-94-percent-all

Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Release Data on Incarcerated Aliens94 Percent of All Confirmed Aliens in DOJ Custody Are Unlawfully Present

President Trumps Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports on data collection efforts. On Dec. 18, 2017, DOJ and DHS released the FY 2017 4th Quarter Alien Incarceration Report, complying with this order.[1]  The report found that more than one-in-five of all persons in Bureau of Prisons custody were foreign born, and that 94 percent of confirmed aliens in custody were unlawfully present.

 

"The American people deserve a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest," Attorney General Sessions said. "But at the border and in communities across America, our citizens are being victimized by illegal aliens who commit crimes. Nearly 95 percent of confirmed aliens in our federal prisons are here illegally.  We know based on sentencing data that non-citizens commit a substantially disproportionate number of drug-related offenses, which contributes to our national drug abuse crisis. The simple fact is that any offense committed by a criminal alien is ultimately preventable. One victim is too many.  It's time for Congress to enact the President's immigration reform agenda so that we start welcoming the best and brightest while turning away drug dealers, gang members, and other criminals."

 

While the administration is working diligently to remove dangerous criminal aliens from our streets, this report highlights the fact that more must be done, said Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.  We will continue to pursue President Trumps immigration priorities, including securing the border, enhancing interior enforcement...

20:56

Trumps ambassador to Netherlands calls own sayings fake news "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

From DutchNews.nl:

New US ambassador calls his no-go areas in the Netherlands claim fake news

December 22, 2017

The new US ambassador to the Netherlands has denied saying that there are no go areas in the Netherlands and that cars and politicians are being set on fire because of radical Islam.

No politicians are set on fire in the Netherlands. Dutch politicians cars ARE sometimes set on fire. But not by radical Islam. By right-wing xenophobes who think these politicians are too leftist and too pro-refugees. Like happened in Oostknollendam in 2015.

In an interview with current affairs programme Nieuwsuur, Pete Hoekstra told NOS correspondent Wouter Zwart he had never said such things. I didnt say that. That is actually an incorrect statement. We would call it fake news, Hoekstra said.

However, the new ambassador can be seen clearly making the statements in a video recording from 2015. And yes, there are no go areas in the Netherlands, Hoekstra states.

Hoekstra will take up his position in January. He is known to be a supporter of Trumps p...

20:55

US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map December 22, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This is the newst update of the U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups on a weekly basis. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map.

US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map December 22, 2017

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Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier air wing (CVW) of 65 to 70 aircrafts. Its composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, a destroyer squadron of at least two destroyers and/or frigates. A carrier strike group also, on occasion, includes submarines, attached logistics ships and a supply ship. Carrier strike groups comprise a principal element of U.S. power projection over the worlds oceans.

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20:55

Samsung Dealing With Wayland "Zombie Apocalypse" Bug "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Samsung OSG developers have been investigating and dealing with a nasty Wayland bug whereby a Wayland event could be delivered to an incorrect file descriptor. This ends up being due to a shortcoming in the Wayland protocol, but as to not break all existing software out there built against the current Wayland protocol, a workaround has been devised...

20:54

LedgerX: Mystery Investor Has High Hopes for Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

According to digital assets platform LedgerX, an anonymous investor or group of investors has bought substantial options contracts from the company. The Wall Street Journal report that the calls give the buyer the right to purchase Bitcoin next December for $50,000. The contracts were purchased for an impressive $1 million.

This trade represents the first call of its kind on LedgerX. It was placed over a 24 hour period which culminated at 9pm GMT on December 20. LedgerX cannot be sure exactly who the buyer or potential buyers are from their records, and also are unsure whether it was placed as a single trade, or in multiple transactions.

For those whore unfamiliar with options trading, well simplify things. The upshot of the trade is that if Bitcoin is below $50,000 this time next year, the options expire. This will mean the trader or traders loses their $1 million stake. However, if the price is anything above this, theyll make a varying degree of profit on arbitraging the cryptocurrency. This is because the contract gives them the right to buy 275 BTC for $50,000 each. This would cost them $13.8 million, and the digital coins can then be sold at whatever the market rate is at the time.

Despite the plunge in price this week, the outcome the mystery buyer is hoping for from the LedgerX trade still doesnt seem so improbable. Theyre betting on a much smaller rate of growth than that experienced by Bitcoin in 2017. From  todays price of $13,600 at the time of writing, to $50,000 would represent a growth of just over 3.6x. The previous twelve month period has seen the price of Bitcoin rise from $904 to around todays price. With this years total growth being over 15x as perspective, the LedgerX trade seems much less wild.

With much greater mainstream attention, and various other financial products poised to launch next year surrounding the cryptocurrency space, its likely that there will be at least some return to the upside price pressure many thought would last well into 2018. LedgerX themselves have a secretive new project that theyve been working on for some time. According to a blog post on their website, those behind the trading platform are close to launching what they consider to be Bitcoins killer app:

LedgerX has been working the last 2 years on what we think is a fundamentally new use case. There is a reason my wife and I spent so much time thinking about microfinance in college how do we give access to financial services to the poor?...

20:52

Goldman Is Setting Up a Cryptocurrency Trading Desk "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Via: Bloomberg: At least one of Wall Streets biggest firms is growing more comfortable with cryptocurrencies. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is setting up a trading desk to make markets in digital currencies such as bitcoin, according to people with knowledge of the strategy. The bank aims to get the business running by the end of []

20:51

Cybersecurity survey in Japan finds 20,000 fake shopping sites "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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A cybersecurity survey has found that around 20,000 fake shopping sites were in operation in the second half of this year, Japans National Police Agency said Thursday, warning that the sites are designed to swindle money from unsuspecting shoppers.

Most of the websites use a hyperlink with a fake ad to lead victims to a scam site, the NPA said, based on the survey by the Japan Cybercrime Control Center involving information security and online service providers.

Typically, victims are led to the fake sites after using a search engine to look for information about a product they want to buy and then clicking on a hyperlink that includes an enticing phrase, such as brand wristwatch, high quality.

Products featured on malicious sites include not only luxury bags and watches but also general items and sporting goods. The websites tend to be written in unnatural Japanese, according to the center.

In the period from July to earlier this month, 19,834 scam sites had been identified, the survey found.

Police are investigating 122 bank accounts designated by the sites for payment, and confirmed that so far they had received about 240 million ($2.1 million).

Investigators have identified online shopping scams involving 43 people, including those suspected of making their bank accounts available through the websites in violation of a law preventing the transfer of criminal proceeds.

The center submitted the outcome of the survey to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, an international organization with the task of unifying the global response to cybercrime. Steps have been taken to trigger a pop-up alert when computer users are about to connect to a scam site.

We have yet to discover the (scammers) methods, but hyperlinks to fake sites place top (in search results). We want users to always update their computer virus software so as not to be victimized, said an NPA official.

NPA chief Masayoshi Sakaguchi vowed at a news conference Thursday that the police will continue to make efforts to ensure the security of cyberspace.

The center said it has confirmed in the country the existence of 272 websites that are altere...

20:46

Americans Are Only Now Beginning to Learn that They Live in a Dictatorship "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Americans Are Only Now Beginning to Learn that They Live in a Dictatorship Eric ZUESSE The first time when it became clear to me that I live in a dictatorship was in 2014 when reading, prior to its publication, the landmark (and still the only) scientific empirical study to address the question as to whether or not the United States federal Government is, authentically, a democracy []

20:45

Retired Green Beret: Give All Of Washington D.C. and Congress An Enema To Drain The True Polluting Substance From The Swamp "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Retired Green Beret: Give All Of Washington D.C. and Congress An Enema To Drain The True Polluting Substance From The Swamp by Jeremiah Johnson SHTFPlan So, lets cite a few passages from President Trumps National Security Speech: Click here...

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Iraq Redux in the Making? US Rhetoric on Iran Brings Back Memories of 2003 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sometimes you wake up in the morning and its 2003 all over again. That was the year when the United States embarked on its catastrophic course of intervention in Asia.

20:43

Climate change ignites fear and distress - but climate action is empowering "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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20:41

President Trump caught rigging Official Presidential Job Performance Survey "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

(TFC) The President of the United States is apparently so embarrassed by his recent poll numbers that he set out to create a poll of his own and then he rigged it.

If a voter thought theyd be able to express their true feelings through the Official Presidential Job Performance Survey, they would be mistaken. Unless they felt he was doing a great, good, or okay job. Any other feeling would be filed under other. There was no option presented to provide a negative response.

You can access the official survey via DonaldJTrump.com, the Presidents personal website. Has the office of the Presidency fallen so far and is the ego of the leader of the free world so fragile that only positive responses are acceptable? Should we soon expect 99% approval ratings similar to those touted by despots the world over and obtained through a similar sham process?

The President of the United States needs to apologize to the people of the country for such a shameful and transparent attempt at creating the fake news he claims to despise. As per the Presidents norm, the results of this poll are certain to be repeated to his base and anyone else left who hasnt realized they voted for a con man.

 

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20:40

UN Security Council to decide on new North Korea sanctions Tillerson says China and Russias North Korea ties undermine peace efforts "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The new proposed resolution targets oil exports and expatriate workers sent to make money for the regime of Kim Jong Un. The US-authored draft was reportedly negotiated on with China ahead of the vote.

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The United Nations Security Council scheduled a vote for Friday over a new raft of sanctions on North Korea. The US-drafted proposal drastically caps oil exports to the isolated country in a bid to economically cripple Pyongyang into abandoning its missile program.

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The measures in the draft circulated to the Councils 15 member states also included the repatriation of North Koreans....

20:40

NVIDIA To Stop Offering 32-bit Driver Support "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

2017 could go down as the year that marked the descent of x86 32-bit support. Ubuntu 17.10 dropped their 32-bit desktop ISO, Ubuntu Server is now dropping their 32-bit installer, and more. Now NVIDIA Corp is announcing they are ending 32-bit support for their graphics driver...

20:36

Nikki Haley throws another tantrum at the UN "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

US makes large contributions to UN, expects to be respected Haley to UNGA As the biggest contributor to the UN, the United States expects respect for its decisions, US envoy Nikki Haley has said, adding that Washington will remember the day it was singled out for an attack. Haley was speaking ahead of the []

20:36

Port of Thessaloniki privatization agreement finally signed "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The agreement for the sale of 67 percent of Thessaloniki port to South Europe Gateway Thessaloniki (SEGT) Limited was signed at the offices of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) on Thursday afternoon. The agreement was scheduled to be signed last week, however, it was postponed as the Russian bank guarantor Promsvyazbank was nationalized

The post Port of Thessaloniki privatization agreement finally signed appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

20:35

Will Iraqs PM embrace a Trump-inspired Saudi-sponsored drive to curb Iranian influence? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Trump-MBS strategy has not made significant headway. Will they succeed in escalating anti-Shia confrontation against Iran and its allies?

Pool/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images. All rights reserved. U.S. President Donald Trump (R) meets with Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in the Oval Office at the White House, March 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Pool/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images. All rights reserved.With ISIL reeling in the decisive battle to recapture Mosul ISILs biggest urban stronghold , Masoud Barzani president of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) declared, on June 7, that the KRG would hold an independence referendum on September 25. 

Barzanis announcement sent shock waves across the region, and what made it profoundly alarming was his determination to conduct this controversial referendum in Kirkuk, an oil-rich multi-ethnic city, as well as in other disputed areas, which were seized by the Kurdish fighters (Peshmerga) as the Iraqi Army unravelled in the face of ISILs lightening advance in June 2014. 

While Iran swiftly declared its strident opposition to the referendum, Iraqs Prime Minister Haider al Abadis initial response was muted.

Turkeys president Erdogan by contrast, scathingly criticised Brazanis move. This was highly unexpected, since Turkey consistently enabled the KRG to defy the Iraqi Central Government (ICG) by selling oil independently.

Even with Turkey and Iran standing by the ICG, Abadi nevertheless turned to the US to resolve this contentious issue. Washington sought to persuade Barzani to postpone the referendum, arguing that it would deflect attention from fighting ISIL.

However, the...

20:34

Down 22%: Bitcoin Price Drops From $17,000 to $13,300 in a Single Day "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

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Earlier today, on December 22, the bitcoin price fell by more than 22 percent from $17,000 to $13,300. Analysts have attributed the fall to the rapid surge in the price of bitcoin over the past month. Bitcoin Price Still Up 70% on Monthly Basis Since November 22, within the past 30 days, the price of

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20:31

Billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman Remembered As Police Seek Those Responsible for Murders "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Dad was a real-life superhero. Mom was the magnet and the glue that held the family together.

At an emotional, and often raw, memorial Thursday, relatives and friends of Barry and Honey Sherman celebrated the legacy of the billionaire couple who were found dead in their North York mansion late last week.

At the funeral service, there were tears, laughter a bit of profanity and a rare public glimpse into the lives of a family that often guarded its privacy.

There was also roiling anger.

The Shermans were found hanged near the pool in their basement. Police have characterized the deaths as suspicious. Both died of ligature neck compression. Earlier this week, sources told the Star and other media outlets that homicide detectives were pursuing a theory th...

20:30

Theme park and living laboratory: Lisbon and Portos territorial nightmares "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Avalanche examines changes wrought on Portugals twin capitals by elites accelerated and brutal reconstruction of their geographies and how communities can survive and resist amid the rubble. For some years now the issue of gentrification has been at the core of different actions and struggles with the involvement of anarchists around Europe. These changes

20:30

Police appeal after alleged Traralgon CBD assault "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Police have appealed for witnesses after a man was arrested following an alleged assault in Traralgon's CBD yesterday.

20:27

U.S. judge says groups can sue EPA over drinking water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Barbara Grzincic Opponents of fluoridated drinking water can proceed with a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled on Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen denied EPAs motion to dismiss a lawsuit by Food & Water Watch, the Fluoride Action Network and other groups who claim that ingesting fluoride can cause neurological damage. They filed suit in April, after the EPA denied their petition to consider banning fluoridation chemicals from public drinking water.


20:27

Afghanistan Faces Opium Crisis, Response Must Be Urgent, Swift, Decisive UNODC Chief "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

(UNODC)* In recent years attention has shifted away from the threat posed by illicit drugs, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, told the UN Security Council on 21 December 2017.

UNODC Chief: Afghanistan faces opium crisis, response must be urgent, swift, decisive

We must reverse this trend, or risk the further expansion and destabilizing influence of non-state actors, organized criminal groups and violent terrorists, he said.

For the international community to respond, Fedotov set out a number of priority steps, including support for the implementation of the Afghan National Drug Action Plan.

He said operational responses focused on building the capacity of the countrys counter-narcotics efforts and strengthening regional and international cooperation were essential.

Fedotov called for a building up of interdiction capacities of key countries along trafficking routes, with an eye to enhancing long-term effectiveness rather than focusing on immediate seizures.

He emphasized the severing of illicit financial flows, and the need to support effective prosecution, as well as asset confiscation and recovery.

Fedotov said increased prevention and treatment responses were required as Afghanistan was struggling with the health consequences of opiate misuse.

UNODC was ready and willing to support both Afghanistan and the international community in all these areas, he said.

Fedotov was speaking via video-link at the Councils quarterly debate on Afghanistan that considered the Report of the Secretary-General on the situation in the country and its implications for international peace and security. The head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, also briefed the Council .

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20:27

Romanian Hackers Infiltrated 65% of DC Outdoor Surveillance Cameras for Extortion "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The only thing better than total police state camera networks is total police state camera networks that are poorly secured:

Two Romanian hackers infiltrated nearly two-thirds of the outdoor surveillance cameras in Washington, DC, as part of an extortion scheme, according to federal court documents.

In a criminal complaint filed last week in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, the US government alleges that the two Romanian hackers operating outside the United States infiltrated 65% of the outdoor surveillance cameras operated by DC city police that's 123 cameras out of 187 in the city. The alleged hacking occurred during a four-day period in early January.

The hacking suspects, Mihai Alexandru Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru, are also accused of using the computers behind the surveillance cameras to distribute ransomware through spam emails, according to an affidavit by Secret Service agent James Graham in support of the government's criminal complaint. The affidavit alleges the hackers meant to use the malware to lock victims' computers and then extort payments from them to regain access.

DC should ask Bucarest to get Comrade Detective on the case.


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20:24

Gabon ivory seizures "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Durable TV.com
December 19, 2017

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Two individuals were recently arrested with 4 pieces of ivory cut in 10
pieces, or 26.5kg.  KANGALA Lucien of Gabonese nationality and MAHAMAT SALE
of Chadian nationality were arrested in Ovan.

It was as a result of information that a team composed of the officers of
the DGR and Makokou Waters and Forests, accompanied by the members of the
NGO Conservation Justice, went to the department of MVOUNG where the
transaction was to take place. After a long tour in the city, the team
finally spotted the two elements inside a parked vehicle.

Obviously, the two men were in the process of marketing the ivory tusks.
Caught red-handed, the men in question were taken to a building to be
interrogated hot.

The named KANGALA Lucien will soon admit to having killed the two
elephants, before acknowledging that he arrived at Ovan with ivory for the
purpose of selling. As for the name MAHAMAT SALE, he will declare having
played the role of direct seller in this transaction.

The two accused will now be on the premises of the DGR in Makokou to
respond to the facts of detention, transportation and marketing trophies of
a fully protected species.

For having violated the Forest Code, Kangala and his accomplice Sal? risk
up to 6 months in prison and 10 million francs fine.

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20:23

Endless Computer Is Looking Forward To Using AMDGPU DC "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Endless Mobile, the company behind the Linux-based Flatpak-using Endless OS and that has sold several different low-cost computers around the world, is looking forward to AMDGPU DC...

20:22

Zimbabwe Mnangagwa visits Zimparks and stresses fight against poaching "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Mnangagwa positioning himself and his family (daughter joining anti-poaching squad) as the saviour of wildlife having had a less positive role in the past.  Could be ahead of charges against Grace Mugabe for ivory trade invoolvement trying to make a total cotnrast with the evil mugabes. KS
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President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday paid a visit to the Zimbabwe Parks
and Wildlife Management Authority to familiarise himself with the
operations of the organisation.

Addressing journalists after the tour, Zimparks director general Mr Fulton
Mangwanya said they invited the President to appreciate their operations.
We invited him to see what we are doing as national parks, he said. As
you know, the national parks is part of the cog of tourism and as you know
the President is on the drive to make sure that tourism picks up. ?Visitors
come here for the heritage that we have and what we are doing is to push up
tourism so that we benefit as a country.

Mr Mangwanya said they had also introduced the President to Akashinga, an
all-female team of rangers from Nyamakati in Hurungwe. We have these
ladies who are doing a task which was usually done by men and it? so
encouraging because in a lot of communities we actually have a lot of these
ladies who are doing nothing and they actually assist in the conservation
of our wildlife resources and it goes a long way in preserving our
animals, he said.

The women were trained with the assistance of a non-governmental
organisation to carry out community conservation and improve their
livelihoods.

Meanwhile, Mr Mangwanya said investigations into the origins of the ivory
that was intercepted at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport
recently were ongoing. Zimparks intercepted 200kg of Malaysia bound ivory
valued at $1 million.

A number of poachers have been arrested or killed in shoot-outs with
Zimparks rangers in the country?s wildlife reserves. Several elephants have
been killed by poachers through cyanide poisoning, especially in Hwange.

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20:20

Bitcoin Tumbles Below $13,000 as Investors Face Reality Check Unsophisticated investors holding the bag at the top. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Bloomberg

By Richard Frost and Eric Lam

December 21, 2017, 10:49 PM EST Updated on December 22, 2017, 2:53 AM EST

Bitcoin sank as much as 21 percent on Friday, extending its loss from its intraday high this month toward 40 percent, as the crypto-world was swamped by a wave of selling.

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The digital currency dropped to as low as $12,191.80 before trading at $12,975.50 as of 3:47 p.m. in Hong Kong. Bitcoin, which fell as much as 38 percent from its peak of $19,511, is still up more than 1,100 percent this year. Other cryptocurrencies also plunged, with bitcoin cash crashing 38 percent and ethereum losing 26 percent over the past 24 hours, according to coinmarketcap.com.

Investors are having a reality check, said Stephen Innes, head of trading for Asia Pacific at Oanda Corp. At the heart of the matter was a frenzied demand for coins with limited supply has now led to unsophisticated investors holding the bag at the top.

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20:19

Jal el Dib New Bridge Works Halted? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I was reading yesterday that the works for the new Jal el Dib bridge were halted by the Shura council because, and Im quoting LebanonDebate, there were no studies to support building an L2 bridge LOL!

Jal el Dib residents protested a while back but works were already underway and the whole area is a mess now because of the ongoing works not to mention traffic, so Im not really sure what the hell is going on.

Who ordered to start works if there were no studies to support it? And whats the deal with this 2U or 2L? How hard can it be to build a tiny bridge? What a joke!

Update: MTV said that works are still ongoing.

20:19

Yes, America, There Is a Class War, and You Just Lost "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

DEC 20, 2017JUAN COLE

Yes, America, There Is a Class War, and You Just Lost

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20:19

Pink and Gold Chair "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Pink and Gold Chair - You will see that your back or your spine hurt, if you work at a computer on a regular basis then. Simple massages can resolve this and on occasion a fresh office chair can help as long as you purchase the ideal form for your posture. A lot of people suffer from repetitive stress injury and it may be wise to buy. As an instance, a new chair with lumbar support for your spine can work wonders - you may need to consider wrist grips to your keyboard and mouse.

There are a array of choices to be found on the web so that it's a fantastic idea. It's entirely up to you which options you opt to choose. But in regards to purchasing items before you make any big decisions, you'll need to look at doing a bit of research. It's a fantastic idea to scope out the marketplace and discover out before you buy the very first thing which you see what can be found.

Doing a bit of cost comparison is a smart idea because that way you can be confident that you're getting yourself the best bargains on the internet. Just remember to go at your own pace and use paper and a pencil to keep an eye on your progress. Do not hesitate to rush into anything. Purchasing a new office chair is easy but you will need to consider different choices. Doing some research will certainly help you stay current with what is available on the market today and it should help save you quite a little bit of cash.

20:18

Most Palestinian minors complain of abuse in israeli detention: Rights group "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

    &amp;lt;img src=http://217.218.67.233/photo/20171221/b3c93acd-6022-4b17-ab61-11e522ff3954.jpg alt=Israeli forces /&amp;gt; Most Palestinian minors abused in Israeli custody: Group Most of the Palestinian minors arrested in 2017 have testified that they were subjected to violence and physical abuse by Israeli forces while in custody, a rights group says. Military Court Watch, which monitors the treatment of children in Israeli military detention, []

20:18

Tanzania Burundian arrested with tusks "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Citizen

Mussa Mwangoka, December 20, 2017

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The Mpanda District Court in Katavi Region has sentenced Jackison Eijuel,
52, a resident of Katumba Refugee Settlement to 30 years in jail including
paying a Sh99 million fine after he was found guilty of being found with
four tusks and four pieces of elephant tusks.

The government trophies, which are equivalent to three elephants, are
valued at Sh90 million.

The sentence was passed on Wednesday, December 20, by the court?s
Magistrate-in-Charge Chiganga Ntengwa after being satisfied with evidence
given in court by the prosecution, whereby the convict had no witness.

Reading the sentence, the magistrate said the accused, who was once a
Burundi national and recently granted Tanzania citizenship, admitted to
committing the offence contrary to Section 235 of the Criminal Proceedings
Act.

The magistrate said after listening to the defence of the accused the court
had proved beyond any reasonable doubt that the accused was found guilty of
being found with elephant tusks contrary to the country?s laws.

Earlier, a prosecutor, who is a state lawyer, Flaviani Shiyo, alleged in
court that the accused committed the offence on October 25, this year, at
about 20:30pm in Urwila Village, Nsimbo Division in Mpanda District.

Mr Shiyo told the court that the accused was caught by anti-poaching
officers of Ugala Forest after getting information about the accused taking
part in the illegal trade of elephant tusks.

The prosecutor told the court that after the officers got the tip, they set
a trap and managed to arrest the accused with four elephant tusks and four
pieces of elephant tusks, equivalent to three live elephants. The impounded
government trophies weigh 27 kilos and worth Sh99.

In his defence, the accused asked the court to set him free because the
elephant tusks he was found with were not his, but they belonged to someone
he named Hussein Samora, whom he accused of sending him to fetch the tusks
by using his (the accused) motorcycle.

After the defence and before the sentence, the state lawyer, Mr Shiyo,
asked the court to mete out severe punishment to the accused so it could
se......

20:18

How to create a photo sharing app like Instagram: the basics. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

After two centuries of rapid development, photography has come a long way from being a luxury to becoming a huge part of our everyday lives. Nowadays, your cat can have more photos than a royal family could afford just a couple hundreds years ago.

The photography culture (or should we say cult?) is a big part of modern society. To capture a moment with high-quality and beautiful pictures, you dont need to invest in a high-end professional camera anymore. At the end of 2016, the number of pictures taken by smartphone users had reached 2.08 billion. Every smartphone has a camera, so almost everyone today can take pictures and share them via social apps.

This is what Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger took advantage of back in 2010the year when Instagram was first launched. Ever since then, the service has been steadily growing and gaining popularity, reaching unbelievable heights. It is currently the indisputable leader when it comes to sharing pictures, and its well-known all around the world. The official data provided by the service sounds incredible.

Instagram users post more than 80 million pictures daily, they like the photos 3.5 billion times a day, and the monthly auditory reach is more than 400 million users. Its nearly impossible to list all the events that photo-sharing apps could potentially be used on: parties, travel, self-advertising, and much more.

So what does it take to create an Instagram alternative from scratch?

While there is a leader in the market, it doesnt mean that there is absolutely no place for new contenders. If you have a clear vision of what you want to achieve, and what you want to share with the community, nothing is impossible.

So, lets imagine youve decided to create an app that would be similar to Instagram and allow you to share photos. The first thing to pay attention to is the interaction map for Instagram users:

  • Authorization (create a new profile or sign into an already existing one via social networks)
  • Editing the profile (add, edit, or delete your personal data)
  • Posting pictures (upload the photos, mention the people, add the hashtags)
  • Timeline (follow, like, comment)
  • Social features (have the ability to share the post or invite your friends from Facebook)
  • Photo customization (crop it, rotate it, add filters)
  • Location (let the location service get your geo-data via pictures taken in the app)
  • Messenger (text and photo)
  • Notifications, push-notifications......

20:18

Thomas Cox: A Sweet Christmas Gift for a Client in Maine "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Nationally famed foreclosure defense attorney Tom Cox scores a Maine Supreme Court win that saved a client's home right before Christmas.

20:17

Neue Spannungen in der Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

USA und Russland: Neue Spannungen in der Ukraine 

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20:15

2017 Recap Of Precious Metals Gold, Silver, Platinum & Palladium | Golden Rule Radio (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

2017 Recap Of Precious Metals Gold, Silver, Platinum & Palladium | Golden Rule Radio Video McAlvany Financials As 2017 comes to a close Golden Rule Radio looks back at gold, silver, platinum, palladium, and the US Dollar Index...

The post 2017 Recap Of Precious Metals Gold, Silver, Platinum & Palladium | Golden Rule Radio (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:15

Migration Will Drive the Next Wave of World Wars "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Mass migration, on the sustained and massive scale that western Europe continues to experience, creates tensions not only within states but also between them. These tensions will sometimes erupt into open conflict; already a new age of Migration Wars has begun.

20:14

Best Cartoons of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

In 2017, we received 8,086 cartoons in our newsroom. 200 of these we're published on our homepage as a daily cartoon. Of these 200, these are our 10 favorites:

 

1. The Evolution of Peace?

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Many cartoonists satirize the March of Progress, but few so aptly as this cartoon by Mohamed Ajeg where the dove of peace transforms into the Grim Reaper. Published in April 2017.

 

2. Wait...What?!

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Hypocrisy and politics go hand in hand far too often, and sometimes you need a cartoonist to break down the story and show the depravity that unfortunately defines the foreign policy of many countries. Here Skelf points out how UK policy enables ISIS to carry out terrorist attacks in Great Britain. Published in May 217.

 

3. Trump's Policy Agenda

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The first year of the Trump presidency (especially the first half of 2017) summed up by Marian Kamensky. Published in June 2017.

 

4. Fast Fool

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Kingfisher eating fish on video "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This 21 December 2017 video shows a kingfisher eating a fish.

Ronald van Dijk made this video in the Twente region in Overijssel province in the Netherlands.

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Targeting Civilians in a Public Market in Al Atarib "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This article was collaboratively written by the Syrian Archive Team and Bellingcat Investigation Team

  • Location: Atarib (Aleppo governorate, Syria)
  • Claimed targets: Public market and police building
  • Date: 13 November 2017
  • First airstrike: ~14:07 local time (UTC/GMT plus 2)
  • Second airstrike: ~14:12 local time (UTC/GMT plus 2)
  • Attacks: 3 alleged airstrikes, 6 thermometric bombs
  • Reported killed: 69 killed
  • Reported injured: 100 injured
  • Missing: 4 persons
  • Munitions identified: Not available
  • Potentially responsible: Russian or Syrian Air Force

Introduction

On 13 November 2017 between 14:07 and 14:11, the Atarib market and police station were targeted by three airstrikes resulting in the death of 69 civilians, significant damage to several buildings on the Atarib market street, and to the Free Syrian police building. Open source materials indicates this attack was conducted by either the Russian or Syrian airforce.

On November 13, Alexander Ivanov, the spokesman for the Khmeimim airbase used by Russia, denied that Russian aircraft committed a massacre at a civilian site in Atarib. This was also posted on the official Telegram channel of Khmeimim airbase. See below:

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Republic of Congo Imam and pastor-based ivory smuggling network smashed "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Groupe Congo Medias

Evariste LeLousside,
December 20, 2017

See link
<<a href="http://groupecongomedias.com/trafic-divoire-reseau-dimams-demantele/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">http://groupecongomedias.com/trafic-divoire-reseau-dimams-demantele /> for
photo.

The Peripheral Ecosystems Management Project of the Odzala Kokoua National
Park located in the Department of Sangha carries out a fierce fight against
wildlife crime. Regularly, the Eco Guards carry out patrols and searches at
the various checkpoints to get their hands on the potential traffickers of
weapons of war and wildlife protected by law.

This strategy resulted, on Sunday, December 10, 2017, in downtown PK pylon
on the Ouesso-Pokola stretch, to the red-handed arrest of five individuals,
with two elephant ivory tusks cut into four pieces, from the district of
Pokola.

All of Cameroonian nationality, these are Sylla MAMADOU, Tchari MOUMOUN who
is an imam in Ngombe, OUSMAN Sakaria who is a servant in Ngombe, ASSAFFI
Doutoum who is a preacher at the mosque of Ouesso, and ABDOURAMAN YOUSSOUF
who is an imam in Pokola.

They would all be involved in the illegal ivory trade in the Sangha
Department. They each have a specific role in this international criminal
network (supplier of arms and ammunition, carrier, commercial to supply
their customers) while using their faith as cover.

This is a blow for the Muslim community in the North, or even the Republic
of Congo, tarnishing once again the image of religion. Indeed, it is not
the first believing men who have been arrested and sentenced for ivory
trafficking.

In Mossaka in the Department of the Cuvette, during the year 2017, it is
the Protestant Pastor of the locality, BODZENGA BOPAKA Rock and his brother
who were arrested in Brazzaville with thirty kg of ivory or 11 elephant
ivories; the trial is still ongoing.

All the lights are now focused on the authorities of Ouesso and more
particularly the High Court of Ouesso where the first hearing will take
place in January 2018. Firm and exemplary justice is expected to send a
strong message from the beginning of the New Year 2018. These Cameroonian
nationals face imprisonment of more than five years for the detention,
circulation, and attempted commercialization of two elephant ivory tusks.

The elephant is threatened with extinction in many places because of
poaching for its tusks. Tri-national forest Dja-Odzala-Minkebe (TRIDOM) is
particularly af......

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Syrian opposition urges Moscow to push regime over peace settlement Assads future remains an issue "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Therese Z here; As the transcript of this radio program is now available I will provide the third part of the direct transcript today. Before I do I would like to inform my readers, who might not be aware, that in this discussion below Steve is getting advice from Archangel Michael regarding the redistribution of wealth after The Event. Steve Beckow will be one of those people on Gaia who will be deeply involved in the re-distribution of wealth to humanity. Having followed Steve through many of these conversations with Archangel Michael over a period of 5 years now I can calm anyones question marks as to why Steve would be chosen to be one of those people. As Steve has been pondering and questioning the many different aspects of taking on a project like this for some time now he is very pleased and appreciative when in this conversation with Michael he is given a mission statement and handbook for this work ahead. On this subject I TZ would just like to say one thing here to anyone concerned about everyone being provided with what they will need to comfortably live on. The public figures, politicians that you see on the so called news today will NOT BE INVOLVED in this redistribution of wealth. Many of them might believe that they will but the fact of the matter is that new Light leaders will be taking their places. Its going to be a very different kind of world and will come when we least expect it from one day to another. Having listened religiously to these programs for five years I can say that we must be very close to change considering the way that AM is expressing Himself here.

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Chinas ivory ban and the effects on prices and poaching "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Described by WildAid CEO Peter Knights as the greatest single step toward reducing elephant poaching, the ban has already led to an 80% decline in seizures of ivory entering the country, as well as a 65% decline in raw ivory prices.

Poaching in Kenya is down from 390 elephants killed in 2013 to only 46 last year, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service, and by 55% at three main sites in Tanzania in 2016 compared to 2015.

As part of Chinas landmark policy, 172 ivory carving factories and retail outlets are being closed by the end of the month.

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Greece: Imprisoned Revolutionary Struggle Member Nikos Maziotis back in Hospital following Brutal Unprovoked Assault (Eng/Esp) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

NIKOS

21.12.17: Following a telephone conversation we have learned that Nikos Maziotis is in Korydallos Prison Hospital after being assaulted and beaten.

Specifically the prisoner who attacked him said: Are you the Maziotis who plays the hard case? before breaking his ribs and landing serious blows to his head.

Comrade Maziotis was in a weakened state having ended his hunger strike a few days ago and still being in the process of recovery.

The attack was obviously ordered, this is apparent from the fact that the assailant has no personal relationship with Comrade Maziotis and does not even know him.

We will receive further updates when comrades in solidarity speak with Nikos soon via telephone.

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Authors are: Chi Zhang & Mahmoud M. El-Halwagi, Chemical Engineering Progress, December 2017

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