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Friday, 25 August


Good quality monitoring surveys key to wildlife conservation: new study "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

A biodiversity crisis is looming upon us. We are now in the middle of a sixth great extinction of animal species, scientists warn, with loss of species about 1,000 times higher than it would have been without human impact. Several countries have committed to reducing the rate of loss of biodiversity under the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) 2010 and 2020 biodiversity targets. One of the first steps to achieving this is to understand the changes in animal and plant populations in the wild over time. However, population monitoring surveys are often poorly designed, scientists report in a new study published in Biological Conservation. And this could pose a serious challenge to halting species loss, they warn. To understand the changes in biodiversity and develop conservation programs that will be suitable to mitigate or reverse the losses, it is critical to have good quality surveys that satisfy criteria to produce reliable trends in biodiversity, Stephen Buckland of the Centre for Research into Ecological Environmental Modelling at the University of St Andrews, U.K., said in a statement. Asian small clawed otter. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. Well-designed surveys should satisfy five criteria, Buckland and Alison Johnston of Cornell Lab of Ornithology, New York, write in the paper. First, monitoring programs must choose sample locations that are representative of the region that the researchers are interested in and not biased towards particular habitats or locations. Second, conservation practitioners must sample a sufficiently large number of sites. Sampling too few sites can lead


Offline only "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Follow the link. Then go into airplane mode. The page should automatically detect that the connection dropped and reload with an explanation.

An interesting experiment.

Read this on The Loop


Apple lays out the details behind Siris speech generation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Register:

At an academic speech tech conference today (Thursday), Apple researchers will present some of the classic building blocks behind the voice generation of the Siri assistant.

The conference is this weeks Interspeech 2017, in Stockholm.

From the paper Apple presented:

There are two mainstream techniques for industry production development, namely waveform concatenation (i.e. unit selection) and statistical parametric speech synthesis (SPSS). Given a sequence of text input, unit selection directly assembles waveform segments to produce synthetic speech, while SPSS predicts synthetic speech from trained acoustic models. Unit selection typically produces more natural-sounding speech than SPSS, provided the database used has sufficient high quality audio material.

This is a bit jargony, but think of unit selection is having access to a bunch of pre-recorded speech components, and assembling them to make syllables and, from those, words.

On Apples approach with Siri:

Most recently, much work has centered on using a statistical model to predict acoustic and prosodic parameters for synthesis and then using these predictions to set the costs in a unit selection system this is known as hybrid unit selection.

Again, a bit jargony, but Apples approach (as I read it, no expert me) is the above mentioned unit selection approach, but backed by a learning system that helps make smart decisions about the underlying sounds to use in constructing specific voicings.

Couple things here. First, this is fascinating stuff. I studied voice synthesis in college and have always wanted to know more about how Siri really works. Ive watched Siri change voicings in the move from iOS 10 to iOS 11 and wondered why Apple moved from what sounded like a specific person (Susan Bennett) to a more generic, generated voice. I love all the detail in this paper. I can only imagine that the folks at Samsung are poring over the paper right now, competitive juices flowing.

The second thing is Apples decision to publicly open up about such critical technology.

Richmond said Apples paper is not breaking new ground and there are no big surprises but its strategy of releasing a modest number of papers could work as advertising for talent by hinting at higher quality research and collaboration happening behind closed doors.

Sounds about right. The details in this paper m...


How Bangladesh sold its future to the Gulf states "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

James Montague, in an extract from his book The Billionaires Club (Bloomsbury), explains why millions of migrants pay a heavy price to keep some Arab nations afloat


The problem with abandoned apps "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Marc Zeedar, TidBITS:

While the App Store may be a senior citizen in Internet time, as a marketplace, its barely out of diapers. But weve now reached a point where I believe the App Store will either morph into something genuinely useful or fade away as a fad.

I dont mean that the App Store itself will go away it wont but it could disappear as a business opportunity for most developers. In this dystopian future, the only profitable apps left will be a handful of entertainment apps by huge companies and business essential apps, such as those made by banks or news organizations for their customers.

The looming threat that I see is abandoned apps.

Key here is Apples plans to deprecate 32-bit apps in iOS 11. If youve invested in an app that the developer has no plans to update, that investment may fall to zero. If its a 32-bit game youve spent a lot of time with, youll no longer have access to the game (it wont load anymore) and your progress is lost to the ages (unless you stop updating your device).

More importantly, if youve embraced iOS as your main OS, any data youve created using a 32-bit app will no longer be accessible.

In iOS, the situation is different. Because Apple exercises total control over which apps are allowed to run and how you get and install them, there is no way to get abandoned apps to work (short of jailbreaking, which introduces its own set of non-trivial problems).

I cant imagine Apple isnt working this problem internally. Theyve certainly given plenty of warning. But the stark difference between the impact of major changes in macOS and iOS are worth thinking about.

Read the rest of Marcs TidBITS post. Thoughtful stuff.

Read this on The Loop

Thursday, 24 August


Living in an Assume Breach world "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Some security professionals claim their networks are secure from hacking. They may say this to justify a recent large purchase of security equipment. But many times, they say this because executive leadership or customers dont want to hear the bad news that all systems can be breached. As the poet Cross Jami said, When a man is penalized for honesty he learns to lie. Anyone with any experience in security knows better: a hack-proof security More


Global DMARC adoption still slow, its open season for phishers "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

92 percent of U.S. Fortune 500 companies have left their customers, partners and brand names vulnerable to domain name spoofing, one of the most common digital deception attack vectors, according to Agari. It is unconscionable that only eight percent of the Fortune 500, and even fewer government organizations, are protecting the public against domain name spoofing, said Patrick Peterson, founder and executive chairman, Agari. Phishing and other forms of digital deception are preventable, and the More


ANALYSIS: Turkey seeks Iran 'alliance' against Kurds as US pull wanes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Turkey has announced a new alliance with Iran to counter Kurd ambitions. But cooperation is short term and could change, say analysts


Psychedelic Medicine Is The Topic For Discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

There is a growing body of evidence that some psychedelic drugs can be used to treat a variety of conditions. The potential, the people and the politics are all up for discussion.


Malnutrition kills 160 children in Zamfara within six Month "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

No fewer than 160 malnourished children were reported to have died as a result of severe acute malnutrition within the past six Month in Zamfara. This was announced today by the State Nutrition Officer, Samaila Bakwai Umar, at the opening ceremony of five days meeting on the development of five years nutrition strategic plan for []

The post Malnutrition kills 160 children in Zamfara within six Month appeared first on New Telegraph Online.


The 12 Signs Your Vibrations Are Getting Lower "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Life Coach Code

Vibration is the energy that we emanate through space. It is a life force that flows through our entire body and dictates the flow of our life. It determines the events and people that we attract in our lives.

This vibration fluctuates in the way we handle ourselves and life experiences. One day its higher, the next its lower. It is through this normalcy that we handle the rhythm of our lives.

But when our vibration lowers for an extended period of time, we must become wary. Sometimes we might need to make an effort to raise our vibrations if we sense that they are low much longer than usual.

However, awareness of your vibrations is hard because they dictate the way you perceive things.

The effects of lower vibration would make us tired, physically ill, and we tend to lose touch with our soul and heart wisdom, leading to chaos and misalignment with our life purpose.

Thats why we will give you 12 signs you can look out for that tell your vibes are getting denser.

As Eckhart Tolle said:

The primary cause of happiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

12 Signs of Lower Vibrations

As todays lifestyle supports lower vibration, we must be consciously aware when it comes.

Many things may cause us to lower our vibrations. The following are the most prevalent:

1. Dwelling on regrets

If we put everything into perspective, we come to realize that we are not the ideal person we thought we could be. There are certain aspects in us that need attention for growth and improvement.

Every flaw we have is there for a specific purpose. Thus, its important that we embrace our darkness because from there our creativity flows.

Regrets define you based on what youve done or didnt do in the past. Instead of locking your potential with regrets, get back to the now where you have the power to make a change. Higher vibration enables you to grow in the present and become a better person.

2. Having others to blame for our problems

Every person that comes to us and every circumstance that happens is there to give us lessons. They are there to help us advance to our higher purpose.

When we cant perceive things this way, we tend to blame others. Instead of accepting full responsibility for our...


CNN Panel Agrees With Trump, 1765 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Has the devaluation of the humanities contributed to the election of Trump? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Humanities help people to see from other points of view but denigrating these subjects has resulted in reduced demand. What is being lost? 

Lecture hall. Image: Kai Schreiber, CC BY-SA 2.0. Some rights reserved.According to Martha Nussbaum, an American philosopher, the effects of the devaluation of and growing disinterest in the humanities could jeopardise democracy itself. This a general tendency which can be observed in the academic context of several countries and particularly in the United States since the early 1980s. This raises the question: to what extent has such a shift served as a favourable factor to Trumps election? 

Recent evidence (collected between 2000 and 2012 in a group of thirty countries) shows that the number of students who get degrees in the humanities area (graduates and PhDs) does not correlate with the increase of higher education attendance in general. The negligence of these fields was more pronounced at the doctoral level, with some countries registering a double loss: a decrease both in relative and absolute terms.

In the line with the German sociologist Norbert Elias thinking, the complexity underlying the issue of adherence to higher education by scientific fields has been kept in mind throughout this research. The question is double-edged: on the one hand, which courses and vacancies are available and, on the other, what are the choices made by students? Thus, greater or less adherence to the humanities results from a set of choices, determined by a large number of individuals with a wide range of interdependent interests and, therefore, under constant possibility to influence and be influenced.

In short, the humanities are held hostage to economic validation, inconsistent with the kind of knowledge they develop. 

In other words, it is possible to observe an incomprehension of the usefulness of humanities both in society and particularly in those by whom it is governed. Even humanities academics have difficulty convincing others of its relevance, and, when in com...


Who Will Save Social Security When the GOP Tries to Break It? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The 2017 Social Security Trustees Report, published on July 13, contains 250 pages of statistics and text so dense that only policy wonks will plow through. Yet one brief footnote reveals how Social Security bashers could finally break a system that has supported retired Americans for nearly 80 years. The mainstream media missed the clue. But Stephen C. Goss caught it.

Steve Goss has been the Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration (SSA) for 16 years. His team of some 50 actuaries, demographers and economists maintains the financial strength of a retirement system that today covers over 230 million Americans. They do so by forecasting dozens of economic and demographic factors, like wages, inflation, birth and death rates, employment, etc.

The favorite lie of Social Security bashers has long been that Social Security and Medicare are alike in being government entitlements.

Their forecasts are incorporated into annual reports on the financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The reports are published by the Treasury Department, which handles the actual flow of employment taxes and benefit payments into and out of the Trust Funds. The ex officio Managing Trustee of the Funds is the incumbent Treasury Secretary, and in that capacity he is responsible for writing the reports. But SSAs chief actuary has the last word, in a Statement of Actuarial Opinion that closes each report.

For most of his years as chief actuary, Gosss statements were brief and gave unqualified approval to the reports. Beginning in 2014, however, his statements included an important caveat, prompted by a single, small-print footnote in that years report.

This footnote (which has been repeated in each report since then) is a curious add-on, to say the least because it has nothing to do with Social Security. Instead, it refers the reader to the Medicare Trustees Report, where, in an appendix (See appendix F of the 2017 Medicare Trustees Report, the footnote reads) there is a discussion of the interrelationship between the Medicare and Social Security trust funds and the overall federal budget. To include a discussion of Social Security in an appendix to the Medicare Report seems, at first glance, inexplicable.

Goss understood what was going on, however. The footnote in the Social Security Report was intended to link the program with Medicare in the minds of lawmakers, policymakers and ordinary citizens. The favorite lie of Social Security bashers has long been that Social Security and Medicare are alike in being government entitlements. In popular parlance, the word entitlements refers to programs that require money to be transferred to them from the governments general f...


Vulkan Debug Report Extension For Intel's ANV Driver "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Intel's open-source developer crew is now working on VK_EXT_debug_report as the latest Vulkan extension for their "ANV" Linux driver...


US To Hand Raqqa Over to ISIS Affiliates After "Defeating" ISIS "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

August 24, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - US policymakers have recently announced plans to hand over control of the Syrian city of Raqqa to former Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated officials, Newsweek would report.

In its article, "Syria: Arab Tribes Who Once Supported ISIS Turn to U.S. As Endgame Being In Raqqa," Newsweek reports:
A top U.S. diplomat in the fight against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has praised recent talks with Syrian tribal leaders slated to play a large role in governing Raqqa once the jihadis are expelled. 

But the plan to create a careful balance of local power on the ground in Raqqa that will likely see former ISIS-affiliated officials ultimately in charge could cause a split between the U.S. and its Kurdish allies.
What appears to be ill-conceived policy is in fact the United States providing direct military protection to the remnants of terrorist organizations operating in Syria it has supported, including fighters of the so-called "Islamic State."

With other foreign-backed terrorist organizations facing collapse in strongholds including Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria - fighters funded, armed, and operating on behalf of foreign interests, including Al Qaeda, its affiliates, and even the Islamic State itself - will either need to flee the country back behind the borders of  their state sponsors - Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey - or find a safe haven in Syrian territory illegally occupied by the United States and its allies.

The northern city of Idlib is another admittedly Al Qaeda-controlled city the...


The Thanks of a Grateful World Go with Steve Bannon "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

My friend Steve Bannon did the world an inestimable favor in his final dictum from the West Wing of the White House by telling The American Prospect that there is no military solution to North Koreas nuclear provocations. In an Aug. 17 interview, Bannon stated: Theres no military solution [to North Koreas nuclear threats], forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul dont die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I dont know what youre talking about, theres no military solution here, they got us.


Yemens Saleh Rallies Followers in Sanaa Amid Houthi Rift Cholera situation in Yemen not improving The Worlds Worst Humanitarian Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


AUG. 24, 2017, 5:30 A.M. E.D.T.

DUBAI Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh rallied thousands of supporters in the capital Sanaa on Thursday in a show of force amid an unusual public rift within the alliance fighting a Saudi-led coalition for control of the country.

Image result for Ali Abdullah Saleh, photos

Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh

Fighters loyal to the armed Houthi movement, which runs northern Yemen together with Saleh, decried him as evil a day earlier and condemned his description of them as a militia.

The Houthi leadership recommended the announcement of a state of emergency and suspension of all party activity, telling Salehs supporters any mass gatherings should be made on battlefronts, not in public squares.

Thursdays gathering went ahead, regardless.

We are ready to fill the fronts with thousands of fighters and they are ready to go, said Saleh, wearing a dark suit and speaking from behind protective glass as armed men in fatigues stood guard.

The tactical alliance between Saleh and the Houthis has often appeared fragile, with both groups suspicious of each others ultimate motives and sharing little ideological ground.

The two factions have traded barbs on responsibility for challenges such as unemployment and mounting hunger after 2-1/2 years of fighting the internationally recognized government, based in the south and backed by the Saudi-led coalition.

The coalition intervened in the civil war in 2015 to restore the government to power in the capital Sanaa. But the conflict, which has killed at least 10,000 people, is in stalemate.

Big switches of loyalty are a feature of Yemens byzantine political landscape, particularly since 2011 Arab Spring unrest which led to Salehs fall in 2012.

Demonstrators, gathered since the early morning in Sabeen Square in central Sanaa to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the formation of Salehs General Peoples Congress (GPC), waved flags, signs and pictures of the man who remains one of Yemens most powerful politicians and military figures.

With our spirit and our blood, we sacrifice for you oh Yemen! they cheered, television footage showed.

Saleh promptly left the square after speaking and shortly after heavy gunfire rang out nearby, but his supporters said it was celebratory and denied reports of clashes with Houthi fighters.

(Reporting by Stephen Kalin and Mohammed Ghobari, Editing by William Maclean and Alison Williams)



How Africans Get into Spain Great Russian TV Investigative Report (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

How Africans Get into Spain Great Russian TV Investigative Report Video Russia-Insider Video Source

The post How Africans Get into Spain Great Russian TV Investigative Report (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Freedreno MSM Driver Updates Submitted For Linux 4.14 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Adding to the DRM changes for Linux 4.14 is a late pull request for adding the Freedreno MSM DRM driver changes for Qualcomm hardware...


Right to Privacy Is a Natural Right: Justice A.M. Sapre "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Full text of the judgment by Justice A.M. Sapre declaring privacy to be a fundamental right.

Justice A.M. Sapre. Courtesy: Gauhati high court

Justice A.M. Sapre. Courtesy: Gauhati high court

New Delhi: A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court has ruled that Indians enjoy a fundamental right to privacy, that it is intrinsic to life and liberty and thus comes under Article 21 of the Indian constitution.

The judgment includes within it five separate judgments from different judges, though the conclusion is unanimous. The Wire is reproducing here full text of the judgment by Justice A.M. Sapre.

Justice Sapres judgment by The Wire on Scribd

The post...


Netanyahu To Putin: Iran Must Leave Syria Or "We Will Act" "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

For Netanyahu and other Israeli officials, the chief concern was never the black clad death cult which filmed itself beheading Americans and burning people alive.  "Let the Sunni evil prevail," they say.
Israel is threatening to escalate military action in Syria against perceived Iranian interests.This week Netanyahu declared"we will act when necessary according to our red lines" while hinting he prefers ISIS presence in Syria as opposed to Iran aligned fighters at his border. This comes as ISIS is now crumbling, and at a time...


US data scientist claims leading Brexiter tweeting from Moscow! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This is interesting.

David Jones (@DavidJo52951945)  who claims to be British and to live in Southampton is one of a massive network of 63,909 linked accounts, all with 8 figures after a name:

brexit moscow 1

Jones has been tweeting since 2013, and posted many pro-Putin tweets just before and during the 2014 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In the last few years, Jones and his massive network of linked accounts has tweeted a huge amount in support for Trump, but mainly UKIP and especially Brexit.

A US data scientist claims Jones who has 120,000 followers always tweets between 8 and 8 Moscow time. Almost as if it were a job:



Iraq Bans US from Using Territory to Launch War Against Iran "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Baghdad (TeleSUR Iraq is not a starting point for attacking other countries, Al-Abadi said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi has said that if the United States intends to carry out an aggression against the Iranian government, Iraq will not allow the U.S. to use its territory for its aggression.

Iraq is not a starting point for attacking other countries. If there are clashes between Iran and the United States, then we will not allow the U.S. to take advantage of us, he said.

Iraq has its own interests and is an independent country and we call on all countries to respect the independence of Iraq, Al-Abadi reiterated.

Related: Iraqi VP: Saudis Responsible For Terrorism, Iran Is True Ally

The minister went on to state that it was the continued aggressions between the U.S. and other Middle Eastern nations which created spaces and opportunities for extremist groups like the Islamic State group to grow.

The Iraqi head of state said he supports the process of peaceful dialogue to resolve regional conflicts.

Meanwhile, in Syria, as reports mount of heavy civilian deaths at the hands of the U.S.-led coalition in Raqqa, the United Nations has expressed deep concern over the reports and has said it condemns any attack directed against civilians or civilian infrastructure.

Iraq PM Haider Al-Abadi
Image: Wikimedia Commons

According to reports by the Syrian Arab News Agency Tuesday, at least 78 civilians have died in the last 24 hours in Raqqa due to U.S.-coalition led airstrike assaults.

The U.S. has been conducting airstrikes in Syria since September 2014, claiming to be targeting Islamic State group, despite its lack of authorization from the Syrian government or the United Nations to carry out such attacks.

U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq have been subject to widespread cr...


Another White House council quits on Trump "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Members of a White House advisory council on infrastructure have handed in their resignation letters over President Donald Trumps lackluster response to the recent outburst of racial tensions in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Posters go up as DSEi arms fair nears "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As the September 4th start date of DSEI, the worlds biggest arms fair, edges closer, early actions to draw attention to protests against the annual gathering of the merchants of death have begun to filter in. Posters have been put up around London by activists using the increasingly popular method of hijacked bus hoardings this []


NYP: Appeal re Teenage Girl Sexually Assaulted in Scarborough Town Centre "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

NYP: Appeal re Teenage Girl Sexually Assaulted in Scarborough Town Centre

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about a sexual assault that occurred on York Place, outside the Brunswick Centre in Scarborough, at around 4.20pm on Tuesday 22 August 2017.

The victim, a 17-year-old girl, reported that she had been touched on her body by a man who walked past.

The suspect is described as black, aged in his 20s, about 5ft 9in tall, short black hair with a large/broad build.

We are conducting enquiries and are requesting the publics help to establish full circumstances surrounding the incident.

In particular, we are appealing for information from anyone who observed the incident or recalls seeing the man.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for David Hinchliffe. You can also email

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12170149734

Contact details:

David Hinchliffe #0336 | 30336

Incident reference:


UK Immigration Falls as EU Nationals Leave After Brexit Vote "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

LONDON Official figures say net migration to Britain has fallen to a three-year low as European Union nationals leave the country following Britains 2016 vote to quit the bloc.

The Office for National Statistics says net migration the difference between arrivals and departures was 246,000 in the year to March 31, a fall of 81,000 on a year earlier.

The statistics office said Thursday that 122,000 EU citizens left Britain in the year to March, up 31,000 from the year before.

EU citizens have the right to live and work in any member state, and more than 3 million nationals of other EU countries live in Britain.

Britains vote to leave the bloc and end free movement from the EU has left many uncertain about their future.


Supermassive Black Holes Feed on Cosmic Jellyfish "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Submitted via IRC for Bytram

Observations of "Jellyfish galaxies" with ESO's Very Large Telescope have revealed a previously unknown way to fuel supermassive black holes. It seems the mechanism that produces the tentacles of gas and newborn stars that give these galaxies their nickname also makes it possible for the gas to reach the central regions of the galaxies, feeding the black hole that lurks in each of them and causing it to shine brilliantly. The results appeared today in the journal Nature.

An Italian-led team of astronomers used the MUSE (Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) instrument on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile to study how gas can be stripped from galaxies. They focused on extreme examples of jellyfish galaxies in nearby galaxy clusters, named after the remarkable long "tentacles" of material that extend for tens of thousands of light-years beyond their galactic discs [1][2].

The tentacles of jellyfish galaxies are produced in galaxy clusters by a process called ram pressure stripping. Their mutual gravitational attraction causes galaxies to fall at high speed into galaxy clusters, where they encounter a hot, dense gas which acts like a powerful wind, forcing tails of gas out of the galaxy's disc and triggering starbursts within it.

Six out of the seven jellyfish galaxies in the study were found to host a supermassive black hole at the centre, feeding on the surrounding gas [3]. This fraction is unexpectedly high among galaxies in general the fraction is less than one in ten.


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What Dallas, Houston, Louisville & Rochester can teach us about widening freeways: Dont! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The following essay by Portland-based Strong Towns member Joe Cortright is republished from his site, City Observatory, with permission.

Once upon a time, Portland held itself out as a national example of how to build cities that didnt revolve (so much) around the private automobile. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, it recognized that building more freeways just generated more traffic, and it tore out one downtown freeway, and cancelled another, and instead took the bold step of investing in transit and encouraging greater urban density.

But now the region is confronted with proposals to spend upwards of a billion dollars on three freeway widening projects. The idea that widening freeways will reduce congestion has been thoroughly debunked. Economists now talk about the Fundamental Law of Road Congestioneach incremental increase in highway capacity generates a proportionate increase in traffic, with the effect that congestion quickly rebounds to previous levelsaccompanied by more suburbanization, longer trips and increased pollution. As it contemplates spending upwards of a billion dollars on three proposed freeway-widening projects, Portland might want to spend a little time looking at whats been learned in other cities around the country.  The experiences of four cities confirm the lessons that Portland thought it learned four decades ago.


Lesson #1: Add as many lanes as you like, youll just get more traffic and congestion.

Adding lanes doesnt end congestion. Perhaps nothing makes this point better than the Kate Freeway in Houston. (Source: Aliciak3yz)

Adding lanes doesnt end congestion. Perhaps nothing makes this point better than the Kate Freeway in Houston. (Source: Aliciak3yz)

Americas largest freeway is Houstons 23-lane Katy Freeway. Its been widened many times, always, ostensibly with the idea of eliminating congestion. But no matter how wide it gets, added capacity just...


Privacy Is the Key to Freedom of Thought: Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Full text of the judgment by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul declaring privacy to be a fundamental right.

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul. Credit: Youtube

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul. Credit: Youtube

New Delhi: A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court has ruled that Indians enjoy a fundamental right to privacy, that it is intrinsic to life and liberty and thus comes under Article 21 of the Indian constitution.

The judgment includes within it five separate judgments from different judges, though the conclusion is unanimous. The Wire is reproducing here full text of the judgment by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul.

Justice Kauls judgment by The Wire on Scribd



North Korea Will See Mushroom Clouds -Worst News Possible for Kim "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"



The North Korean dictator jus received the worse news psssible.

With Trumps announced committment to winning the war in Afghanistan, the United States does not have the power to maintaina two front war. North Korea just received their death sentence. Here is the complete story:rth Ko



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Russian ambassador to Sudan found dead at Khartoum residence "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Russian ambassador to Sudan, Mirgayas Shirinsky, has been found dead at his residence in the capital Khartoum, foreign ministries from both countries have confirmed.


Pessimism as Kushner set for Israeli-Palestinian talks No deal in sight this year. Trumps leverage has declined considerably. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


AFP/File / by Mike Smith | File picture taken on August 11, 2017 shows White House adviser Jared Kushner listening as US President Donald Trump speaks to the press on at his Bedminster National Golf Club in New Jersey

JERUSALEM (AFP)  White House aide Jared Kushner meets Israeli and Palestinian leaders Thursday with the aim of restarting long-stalled peace talks, but pessimism is high over President Donald Trumps pledge to reach the ultimate deal.The visit comes with both Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not in position to make major concessions, some analysts say, and no details have emerged of how Trumps team would overcome that.

Trump also faces a range of crises in addition to controversies at home that may make it difficult for him to focus on the complexities of a major Israeli-Palestinian peace push.

Jared Kushner and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo on Wednesday. Just a day earlier, the United States cut or delayed nearly $300 million in aid to Egypt. Credit Egyptian Presidency

President Trump has made it clear that it is a top priority for him to work toward achieving a comprehensive and lasting peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, a US official said.

He remains optimistic that progress toward a deal can be achieved.

The visit is part of a regional tour by Kushner, who is also Trumps son-in-law, Trump aide Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell.

They have also held talks with Egyptian, Saudi, Emirati, Qatari and Jordanian officials.

I think (Israeli-Palestinian conflict) clearly remains important, important enough that senior officials continue to engage on it, including Jared Kushner, Dan Shapiro, US ambassador to Israel under Barack Obama, told journalists this week.

But given the very poor prospects of a significant political breakthrough, Id be surprised it if warrants a major investment by the president.

Palestinian leaders have grown frustrated with the White House after initially holding out hop...


Claim: Severity of North Pacific storms at highest point in over 1,200 years "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

From DARTMOUTH COLLEGE Warmer tropical waters impact weather from Alaska to Florida The intensification of winter storm activity in Alaska and Northwestern Canada started close to 300 years ago and is unprecedented in magnitude and duration over the past millennium, according to a new study from Dartmouth College. The research, an analysis of sea salt sodium


US Tillerson issues stern warning to Pakistan "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

'If I were the Pakistan government I would have growing concerns about the strength of the Taliban,' top diplomat says


Yorkshire Soldier Buried in Unmarked Grave Identified "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A Letter to the Editor from contributor TIM HICKS, who writes to appeal for relatives of Lance Corporal William Ginger Loney of the Parachute Regiment to come forward.


Dear Sir,

Yorkshire Soldier Buried in Unmarked Grave Identified

I was very moved by the story of the death of Lance Corporal William Ginger Loney of the Parachute Regiment from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. Briefly, Lance Corporal Loney was a soldier in the parachute Regiment who fought in North Africa, Sicily and at Arnhem. Sadly he was killed in action in heavy street fighting in September 1944 during the disastrous Battle_of_Arnhem aged 26. His body was not identified at the time and he was buried as Unknown in the main Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Arnhem.

L/Cpl Loneys name was also engraved on the memorial wall of the cemetery in nearby Groesbeek and at his home town of Dewsbury.

There is still a strong respect in the Netherlands for the courage and sacrifice of the allied soldiers that liberated them from the Germans in 1944 45. Dutch historian Marcel Anker painstakingly investigated the case of Lance Corporal Loney and was able to identify the unknown soldiers resting place. He is to receive a new headstone bearing his name in a ceremony in September.

Lance Corporal Loney served in the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment and was killed by machinegun fire while trying to enter Arnhem at night on the 17th of September 1944. He was the son of William Loney and Mary Ellen Loney (ne Oates) of Dewsbury. His entry on the list of missing from Arnhem is here.

Full BBC report here. To quote the article:

British historian, Peter Bennett, is leading the search for living relatives, which has so far been fruitless.

He believes a final appeal may lead to someone coming forward.

My hope is that descendants of the Oates family on Williams mothers side might come forward as there are quite a number of people with this surname in the local phone directory, he said.

I know this is not the sort of article you normally run, but I also know the NYE has a wide readership throughout Yorkshire. I would like to try and help with the appeal to find this Yorkshiremans relatives in tim...


Rhetorical History in the White House "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

One of major research interests is how companies use history rhetorically to persuade people. Theres been a great deal of coverage of President Trumps decision to reverse his stance and to authorize a surge in US troop levels in Afghanistan.  (Trump had previously vowed to cut the USs losses and withdraw from Afghanistan)  Trumps many critics have seized on the fact that the PowerPoint presentation that persuaded Trump to change his mind included a historical photo, a picture from 1972 of women in Kabul wearing mini-skirts.


Image from Amnesty International Via Quartz

This image had been included by the US generals who were attempting to persuade Trump that Afghanistan was not a lost cause and was not irredemiably and unalterably committed to Islamic fundamentalism.  This rhetorical use of history seems to have been effective.

Now the nature of the historical image that was shown to Trump (women showing their legs) has, of course, resulted in a field day for Trumps many enemies (see...


Survival chain saw "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

After a quick search I didn't see any posts on the subject.
If you don't have any trees or wood power line poles around you may not need a chain saw.

The first thing you need to know about chain saws is they are dangerous. Way more dangerous than a gun and will kill you the first chance they get.

Chainsawing through minor disasters up and down the east coast from 2006 to 2014 from thunderstorms and hurricanes when I was at Langley to ice storms in Maine I have discovered a few things about...

Survival chain saw


Man Is Not a Creature of the State: Justice J. Chelameswar "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Full text of the judgment by Justice J. Chelameswar declaring privacy to be a fundamental right.

Justice J. Chelameswar. Credit: Youtube

Justice J. Chelameswar. Credit: Youtube

New Delhi: A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court has ruled that Indians enjoy a fundamental right to privacy, that it is intrinsic to life and liberty and thus comes under Article 21 of the Indian constitution.

The judgment includes within it five separate judgments from different judges, though the conclusion is unanimous. The Wire is reproducing here full text of the judgment by Justice J. Chelameswar.

Justice Chelameswars judgment by The Wire on Scribd

The post...


British Conservative anti-Roma racism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This video says about itself:

Hidden Sorrows Persecution of Romanian Gypsies during the Holocaust

18 June 2014

A documentary about Romanian Roma (Gypsies) featuring survivors describing their experiences during the Holocaust. The film also shows the lives of Roma today and current issues such as poverty and discrimination, traditions such as those displayed at weddings and funerals.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Tory MP slammed for racism

Thursday 24th August 2017

TORY MP Douglas Ross was compared to US President Donald Trump yesterday after he attacked the travelling community in an online interview.

When asked what he would do if he was prime minister for the day, Mr Ross responded that he would impose tougher enforcement against gypsy travellers.

Scottish Greens justice spokesman John Finnie hit back at the bigoted remarks.

Douglas Ross was given an open goal, be PM and sort anything you want, the MSP said.

He didnt choose improving health, education or housing, he didnt seek to eradicate poverty, work for a better planet or...



Tournament organisers expect tickets for the three Rugby League World Cup 2017 games in Papua New Guinea to be snapped up quickly when they go on general sale at 10.00am (local), this Thursday 24 August 2017.
Due to this high demand, RLWC2017 CEO Andrew Hill is urging fans to purchase their tickets when they go on general sale to avoid disappointment.
This years tournament is the most anticipated sporting event Papua New Guinea has ever hosted and we know there is huge demand for tickets from fans wanting to be part of history. With a capped crowd capacity of 15,000 for each game, we expect tickets to sell quickly when they go on general sale, said Hill.
As hosting partner of the RLWC2017, PNG will stage the PNG Kumuls three pool games:
*PNG Kumuls vs Wales, Saturday 28 October 2017 at 3.00pm
*PNG Kumuls vs Ireland, Sunday 5 November 2017 at 4.00pm
*PNG Kumuls vs USA, Sunday 12 November 2017 at 3.00pm
(Times local to Port Moresby)
Individual ticket prices for each game:
* 30 PGK for seats in the North and South Grandstands
* 50 PGK for seats in the Eastern Grandstand
* 80 PGK for seats in the Wings of the Western Grandstand; and
* 120 PGK for seats in the covered Western Grandstand
Tickets will go on general sale at 10.00am (local) this Thursday 24 August 2017 via the tournaments official website: or from one of eight Tiket Mastas Outlets in Port Moresby;
-Brian Bell Plaza, Turumu Street, Boroko, NCD (Mon-Sun, 8.00am 5.00pm)
-Brian Bell Home Centre Gordons, Kennedy Road, Gordons (Mon-Sun, 8.00am 5.00pm)
-Brian Bell Vision City, Waigani Drive, NCD (Mon-Sun, 9.00am 9.00pm)
-Stop n Shop Rainbow, Goro - Kaega Road, Rainbow (Mon-Sun, 7.30am 7.30pm)
-Stop n Shop Waigani, North Waigani, Pipit Street (Mon-Sun, 8.00am 8.00pm)
-Big Rooster Erima, Along Hubert Murray Highway, Erima (Mon-Sun, 8.00am 8.00pm)
-Big Rooster Koki (Mon-Sun, 10.00am 8.00pm)
-Cool Stuff Waterfront Harbour City (Mon-Sun, 9.00am 8.00pm)
The RLWC2017 will be contested from 27 October to 2 December and features 14 nations playing 28 matches in 13 cities across Australia, New Zealand and in PNG.
For tournament information and ticket details,
Rugby League World Cup 2017 | Media Release


Explainer: Marriage Equality Postal Plebiscite High Court Challenge "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Human Rights Law Centre has taken urgent legal action in the High Court on behalf of Australian Marriage Equality and Senator Janet Rice against the Australian Government to stop the marriage equality postal plebiscite.

We want marriage equality

All Australians should have the same opportunities for love, commitment and happiness. All Australians should be able to marry the person they love. We have been working closely with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) community for years to achieve marriage equality.

In 2014, we represented Australian Marriage Equality in a High Court case on ACTs marriage laws, and helped to convince the court to rule that the Australian Parliament has the power to pass laws to achieve marriage equality.

This is how marriage equality can be achieved in Australia with a simple vote right now by our elected Members of Parliament. The majority of the nation backs this straightforward reform. But the Coalition Government refuses to allow this vote to happen without a plebiscite first

We dont need a marriage equality plebiscite

A plebiscite is a vote by the public to decide a particular issue. Legally, we dont need a plebiscite to achieve marriage equality. But the Coalition Government decided that it wants to run a plebiscite on marriage equality. The decision to push for a plebiscite was a tactic by MPs opposed to marriage equality.

Parliament doesnt want a plebiscite

The Government twice asked the Parliament to approve laws to allow the plebiscite to happen. Twice the Parliament rejected these laws in August last year and again in August this year.

So whats the postal plebiscite?

Because Parliament refused to approve laws for a plebiscite, the Government has tried to sidestep Parliament by asking the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to run what the Government has called a postal plebiscite.

Postal plebiscite is unnecessary, divisive and harmful


The Goldman Sachs Regency "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Goldman Sachs Regency by David Stockman Daily Reckoning Theres not many tears being shed over Steve Bannons departure. His ethno-nationalist and protectionist worldview are opposite to true notions of liberty, free markets and a minimalist state. While Bannonism...

The post The Goldman Sachs Regency appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Trump"s New Strategy for Afghanistan Is Neither New, nor a Strategy, nor Trump"s "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

For some time it has been clear that the White House of President Donald Trump was convulsed with a struggle among various court factions vying for the Emperors ear. Crudely oversimplified, these are variously described as...


#Rome: Cops Evict Refugee Squatters From Palazzo Curtatone & Square "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Saturday about 500 riot cops evicted around 800 refugees from the Palazzo Curtatone refugee squat in Rome, Italy. A part of the evicted people were relocated, others became homeless and occupied a square. This morning riot cops also evicted the square.


Image: Cops used water canons and batons to evict Independence square earlier today. Image by Twitter account @captblicero


Submitted to Enough is Enough.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Read all  our No Border reports; here.

Rome: Cops Evict Refugee Squatters From Palazzo Curtatone & Square

On Saturday about 500 riot cops evicted around 800 refugees from the Palazzo Curtatone refugee squat in Rome, Italy. A part of...


Privacy Can Be Located in Every Constitutional Freedom: Justice S.A. Bobde "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Full text of the judgment by Justice S.A. Bobde declaring privacy to be a fundamental right.

Justice S.A. Bobde. Credit: UN/Twitter

Justice S.A. Bobde. Credit: UN/Twitter

New Delhi: A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court has ruled that Indians enjoy a fundamental right to privacy, that it is intrinsic to life and liberty and thus comes under Article 21 of the Indian constitution.

The judgment includes within it five separate judgments from different judges, though the conclusion is unanimous. The Wire is reproducing here full text of the judgment by Justice S.A. Bobde.

Justice Bobdes judgment by The Wire on Scribd

The post...


"Deep State First" "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

"Deep State First"
by Bill Bonner

"Bannon is gone. And Priebus. And Spicer. And Scaramucci. And Donald J Trump? Reckless, vain, juvenile, untutored, swinish - he was refreshingly blockheaded. And now, he may be gone, tootamed by the adults in the room.

More war, more debt: Yes, the thrill is gone, the spontaneity, the honest lies, and the irrelevant surprises. Mr Trump has been broken. Kelly, Mattis, McMaster, Cohn and Mnuchin are in charge. But these Pentagon bureaucrats and Wall Street hustlers may be worse than a loose-cannon president. More dangerous. More sinister. More grasping and ruthless. And not the least bit amusing. Now we know where this administration is going - more war, more debt, more regulation, more old-fashioned corruption and claptrap. Direction unchanged, in other words. And we know what that means, at least for the economy. 



Netanyahu to Putin: Iran must withdraw from Syria or Israel will defend itself "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel is prepared to intervene in Syria to counteract the Iranian influence in the conflict. Moscow, which views Iran as key to resolving the crisis, said it will note Israeli interests. When the two leaders met in Sochi on Wednesday, Netanyahu told Putin that any peace deal in Syria must entail the full withdrawal of any Iranian forces from the area. Iran is already well on its way to controlling Iraq, Yemen and to a large extent is already in practice in control of Lebanon, Reuters quoted Netanyahu as saying. We cannot forget for a single minute that Iran threatens every day to annihilate Israel. Israel opposes Irans continued entrenchment in Syria. We will be sure to defend ourselves with all means against this and any threat. Read more: Netanyahu to Putin: Iran must withdraw from Syria or Israel will defend itself


Right to Privacy Judgment Lays Ground for Decriminalising Homosexuality Once and For All "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Extracts from the judgement that impact Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises homosexuality.

Section 377

Protesters shout slogans in a demonstration during the Global Day of Rage which is held to mark the battle for gay rights (left), Supreme Court of India (right). Credit: PTI

New Delhi: A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court today ruled that the right to privacy is a fundamental right, that it is intrinsic to life and liberty and comes under Article 21 of the constitution.

While the judgment will have far reaching implications on a range of government policies and actions, it will also impact the status of existing laws to the extent to which they violate a citizens right to privacy a fundamental right as per the courts landmark ruling. Chief among these laws is Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises homosexuality.

Though the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the section, its December 2013 ruling is being challenged once again. And Thursdays judgment on the right to privacy will strengthen the arguments of those who say the criminalisation of private acts of intimacy by consenting adults is a violation of their fundamental rights.

At least three of the five separate but concurring...



South Front Pro-government forces have closed the second ISIS pocket in central Syria following the liberation of the Dahiq Mount and are now clearing the remaining ISIS-held area.   Click to see the full-size map Related News HEZBOLLAH AND SYRIAN ARMY CAPTURE 70% OF MIRA CROSSING AREA AT SYRIAN-LEBANESE BORDER ISIS And Moderate Rebels Unite Efforts Against Syrian []


Israel seeks to legalize 3,500 outposts on private Palestinian lands: Report "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There are 3,455 residential and public buildings built on private Palestinian lands in the West Bank, according to Civil Administration data. These illegal structures could be legalized under the expropriation law, whose validity is now being determined by the High Court of Justice in response to Palestinian petitions against the law. Extensive details on the scope of illegal structures on private Palestinian land were revealed in an appendix to the states response to the petitions. The law allows the state to expropriate Palestinian lands on which settlements or outposts were built in good faith or at the states instruction, and deny its owners the right to use those lands until there is a diplomatic resolution of the status of the territories. The measure provides a mechanism for compensating Palestinians whose lands are seized. Read more: Israel seeks to legalize 3,500 outposts on private Palestinian lands: Report


Apostle Suleman receives highest Georgian award, Doctorate degree in US "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman has received the key to the city of Stonecrest in Atlanta, Georgia, confirming him a recipient of the highest honour to be given by the state. The key to the city was presented by the Mayor, Hon Jason Lary at a colourful ceremony at []

The post Apostle Suleman receives highest Georgian award, Doctorate degree in US appeared first on New Telegraph Online.


Egypt slams US over decision to cut aid, warns of 'repercussions' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Egypt has censured Washingtons decision to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the country over its human rights record amid a visit to Cairo by an American delegation, including Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner, as part of a tour of the Middle East. The delegation, which is in Cairo for meetings on the so-called peace process regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, met Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday, his spokesman Alaa Youssef said. The meeting had been initially removed from Shoukrys schedule with no explanation, which was interpreted as a response to the aid cut. The delegation also met with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, said the spokesman. Washington on Tuesday cut $96 million in aid and delayed $195 million in military funding. The US State Department said the decision followed a lack of progress on human rights and the passing of a new law regulating the work of non-governmental organizations, which was seen as restricting their activities. Sisi ratified the law in May. Read more: Egypt slams US over decision to cut aid, warns of repercussions


Philippines current climate undermines the countrys deterrent and defense capability A pawn between the U.S. and China could find life difficult. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes Admiral Harry Harris Jr., commander of the United States Pacific Command, to Malacaan Palace as the latter paid a courtesy call on the President on August 23. Also in the photo is US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim. Presidential Photo/King Rodriguez

MANILA, Philippines  President Rodrigo Dutertes public pronouncements on the Philippines decades-old Mutual Defense Treaty with the United States undermines the countrys deterrent capability, an analyst said.

Earlier this week, the president said that he will not invoke the defense treaty with the US if the Philippines confronts China in its violations in the South China Sea, and if the latter chooses the aggressive path.

I will not call on America. I have lost trust in the Americans, Duterte said, known for his personal stance against the US.

The president made the statement after dismissing the warning of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio that Chinese are operating on a sandbar near Philippines-controlled Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Seathe part of the South China Sea the Philippines claims as under its jurisdiction.

READ: Duterte: Why defend disputed sandbar?

Everyone knows that President Duterte doesnt like or trust the United States, and perhaps this was always his position on the MDT, but why say it pub...


Zionist extremists in hate speech against David Icke a self-obsessed mob registered with the CHARITY Commission who work to secure censorship and the total destruction of freedom of expression while gutlessly refusing every opportunity to debate their lies in public "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

After all the nearly 30 years that I have been speaking and writing this video is ALL they can come up with. They are professional censors with a deeply sinister agenda and any lie will do to secure that end. If you are looking for racism best look in the mirror, chaps See here


Alleged 'Antifa manual' found - whatever its background it reveals Antifa's deeply sinister agenda "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This copy of the Antifa Manual, that is used by the George Soros funded, violent, anti-American, anti free-speech radical group, was allegedly found on the Evergreen College campus. The content of this manual is disturbing and should be read by every American, so we understand what we are up against. It helps to explain why these groups call our President and his supporters Hitler or racists or homophobes. Its not that Trump or his supporters are any of these things, its just part of a campaign to humiliate and shut down any opposition to radicals whose ultimate goal is a one world order and the destruction of capitalism in America. Read more: Alleged Antifa manual found whatever its background it reveals Antifas deeply sinister agenda


Free Speech is Violence? 'Progressive' idiocy and arrogant censorship in all its nonsensical 'glory' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Free Speech is Violence? 'Progressive' idiocy and arrogant censorship in all its nonsensical 'glory'


'Islam Cannot Be Criticised!' - Tucker Carlson Exposes Clooney-supported Southern Poverty Law Center "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

'Islam Cannot Be Criticised!' - Tucker Carlson Exposes Clooney-supported Southern Poverty Law Center


Read: Privacy Is the Constitutional Core of Human Dignity "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Full text of the judgment by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justices R.K. Agrawal, D.Y. Chandrachud and S. Abdul Nazeer declaring privacy to be a fundamental right.

Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar. Credit: PTI

Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court has ruled that Indians enjoy a fundamental right to privacy, that it is intrinsic to life and liberty and thus comes under Article 21 of the Indian constitution.

The Wire is reproducing here the full text of the lead judgment, authored by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and co-signed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justices A. Abdul Nazeer and R.K. Agrawal. Four other judges produced independent judgments, all in concurrence.



American Society isnt a Zoo and White People Arent Monkeys "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Gilad Atzmon How to make well-meaning Americans into antisemites? Make sure they read Peter Beinarts Forward article, The One Thing Jews Should Be Doing To Combat White Supremacy. Beinart, a light Zionist intellectual has kindly revealed how American Jews reacted when they heard the neo-Nazis chant, Jews will not replace us. Some were fearful, but, Beinart asserts, many others were somehow amused by it. Replace you? Where, behind the counter at Wendys? Were successful, industrious, upper-middle class. Youre the dregs of society. Replace you? Dont kid yourselves. When it comes to Americas class hierarchy, we replaced you and your kind long ago. One might advise Beinart that looking down on Goyim and calling them neo Nazis and supremacists while simultaneously engaging in his own tribal self-love, supremacist exercise is a very dangerous game. Read more: American Society isnt a Zoo and White People Arent Monkeys


Right-Wing Israelis Stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Jerusalem (MEMO)  135 right-wing Israelis stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound this morning under a heavy police presence, while ultra nationalist parliament member Yehuda Glick performed prayers outside the holy sites gates.

Firas al-Dibs, spokesman for the Islamic Waqf Department, which controls Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, told Maan that some 135 Israeli settlers entered the compound in the morning, during visitation periods when non-Muslims are permitted to enter the site.
Far-right member of the Knesset, Israels parliament, Yehuda Glick performed prayers outside Al-Aqsas Cotton Merchants gate, under the protection of Israeli police.

Related: UN Rights Expert Israel Cannot Make Unilateral Decisions About Al-Aqsa Mosque

Glick, who is not permitted to enter the compound, had also visited it last week in order to protest the ban preventing Knesset members from accessing the compound for the past year and a half.

While non-Muslims are permitted to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque compound during specific times during the day, non-Muslim worship is strictly prohibited at the site as per an international agreement between Jordan and Israel following Israels takeover of the territory in 1967.  However, Israeli visits to the compound, which

Al-Aqsa Mosque
Image: Wikimedia Commons

However, Israeli visits to the compound, which often times include Israelis performing prayers in violation of the longstanding agreement, can cause tensions with Palestinian worshippers, as the Israeli presence is seen as a threat to the status quo at the site.  Many Palestinians and rights groups fear that right-wing groups calling for the destruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque to make way for a third Jewish temple are gaining growing influence in Netanyahus right-wing government.

This post was originally written for and published by...


Tillerson says US wont win 'battlefield victory' in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has undermined President Donald Trumps promise to win the Afghan war and defeating the Taliban, saying Washington might not succeed in the war. I think the president was clear this entire effort was intended to put pressure on the Taliban, to have the Taliban understand that you will not win a battlefield victory, Tillerson said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon. We may not win one, but neither will you. His remarks came one day after Trump said he would prolong the military intervention in the South Asian country, which he once described as a complete waste. Tillerson also stepped up pressure on the neighboring Pakistan over its perceived support for the Taliban in Afghanistan. He pointed to the fact that the US is a key ally of Pakistan and that Islamabad enjoys a special status as a non-NATO partner which receives billions of dollars in aid. Read more: Tillerson says US wont win battlefield victory in Afghanistan Trumps Pivot That Will Bring On End Of U.S Empire


Young hooded merganser ducks in Florida, USA "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

2 August 2017

Juvenile Hooded Merganser ducks diving for food give just a hint of the wildly colorful head dress and crests that come with adulthood. They are usually just winter visitors to Florida. These ducks are in captivity, but totally oblivious to humans and having a grand time.

Hooded Mergansers are fairly common on small ponds and rivers, where they dive for fish, crayfish, and other food, seizing it in their thin, serrated bills. They nest in tree cavities; the ducklings depart with a bold leap to the forest floor when only one day old.

Hooded Mergansers dive to catch aquatic insects, crayfish, and small fish. Males court females by expanding their white, sail-like crests and making very low, gravelly, groaning calls. Hooded Mergansers fly distinctively, with shallow, very rapid wingbeats.


Electric Universe -- Cookie-cutter world-building Robert Yeahright -- increased gravity during Saturn-Sun transition.... "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

in 2000, Neal Adams came out with this Expanding Earth claim, and I loved it. With its regions of mid-Atlantic crustal expansion, it gave (me) convincing evidence that 'the Earth got too heavy to support Dinosaurs' and that's why they went extinct.

However, there's a problem - TIME. It would take 'too long' for Adams-like i.e. millennia-long non-source, Earth expansion to have an effect. And we all know the Dinosaurs often died out in-situ i.e. where they stood. At the 03:00 mark of Adams' video, he shows how 'young rock' at the centre of the mid-Atlantic ridge allowed the 'tectonic plates' either side to slip away from each other. There's no source for this MASSIVE influx of young-molten matter (unless the Earth is auto-emptying itself of its magmatic core) but let's ignore that for now...

But, what iff...

What iff, the adjacent striations of teh mid-Atlantic ridge aren't evidence of expansion but evidence of North-south ELECTRICAL EXCAVATION? You see this on metal-cathode discharges in the lab; a central discharge line with adjacent feathery lines. Just like in the centre of the Atlantic...

Further exploration of this Electrical Carving of Planets idea over a few brief moments of time, here's this guy, Robert Yeahright, who's been at it for years and who many may consider a crazy-person but who might have just discovered THE SHIFT IN AMPERAGE induced in Earth to form continental features of SIMILAR ELECTRICAL INFLUENCE or area. These generated locations and features match, across the globe. Like you wouldn't believe.Like some great hand's going around spiralling these features into solid rock, transduced from above, or even induced from within.

Is this the still-cooling blueprint of how Earth shifted from a proto-Saturnian member to a Solar System member? Are these the physical marks in the geology?

I also mention this 'former N-S pole of Earth' (mentioned above @ 03:00) in a recent post concerning the Crustal Depth of Mars' surface.


Philippines: Korean firms leave for Vietnam Will the drug war start to impact the Philippine economy? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Korean Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines president Ho Ik Lee said many Korean firms have been complaining about the higher cost of doing business as well as lack of incentives in the country. As a result, they have started closing down their Philippine offices and operations to transfer to Vietnam. File

MANILA, Philippines Korean manufacturing companies in the Philippines are packing up and leaving the country for Vietnam where they see lower costs and an easier way of doing business.

Korean Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines president Ho Ik Lee said many Korean firms have been complaining about the higher cost of doing business as well as lack of incentives in the country. As a result, they have started closing down their Philippine offices and operations to transfer to Vietnam.

We like to invest here in the manufacturing side but unfortunately, many of the Korean companies located here (are) leaving Philippines and moving to Vietnam, Lee said.

When I asked them why they are leaving the Philippines, (they said its because) the cost is too high. Its almost three times higher than Vietnams. This higher cost is killing manufacturing and that is why the Korean companies are leaving and moving to Vietnam, he said.

Lee said the Korean companies, which are mostly in the garments and electronics sectors, hav...


Trumps South Asia Strategy: An Insiders View "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Pakistanis in Lahore protest against the terror that has wracked the city.Pakistanis in Lahore protest against the terror that has wracked the city. (Photo: ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)


President Trumps speech on South Asia comes at a very important time for the area and the people. However, many listeners may have missed the nuances and the urgency, because the speech must be understood in context of the history of South Asia.

Being from Pakistan, I could relate to much of what Trump said, and here is how I understood what the president was saying:

  • Since 1947 (when Pakistan was created) until today, it has not made up its mind whether it wants a Benazir Bhutto-style democracy or a Zia ul Haq style military-mullah alliance
  • The result of this indecision is rampant corruption and failed institutions. For example, even today there is lack of electricity in Pakistan as well as a huge water shortage
  • Being a nuclear power puts Pakistan in a sensitive geo-political position
  • There is no doubt from the common man to the peasant to a general or the ruling elite that Pakistan supports terrorist organizations through its intelligence agency the ISI
  • President Trump named 12 of these terror groups but in fact there might be more. Since 9/11 it has become obvious that Pakistan is playing a double game. Some experts call Pakistan a frenemy a friendly enemy.

Let us understand what the reality on the ground really is:

  • China is expanding its tremendous financial and physical presence in Pakistan by buying out its ports so they will have strategic access in both commerce and the military
  • To make matters worse, this is being done in Baluchistan (the largest province area-wise) which has a separatist movement underway
  • Meanwhile, Pakistan has soured its relationship with three of its four neighbours Iran, Afghanistan and India
  • To maintain a global strategic balance, it is imperative for the US to win the war in Afghanistan whi...


Imam suspected of organizing Spain attacks avoided deportation, was labeled no threat reports "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Moroccan man who allegedly instigated the attacks in and around Barcelona last week escaped expulsion from Spain in 2015 after serving a sentence for drug trafficking, local media report. The imam posed no real threat, the judge ruled back then. Albdelbaki Es Satty, one of the deceased members of the Islamist cell which is said to have carried out the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, was ordered to leave Spain in 2014 at the end of his jail term for drug trafficking, according to El Mundo, which obtained access to judicial documents. Two members of that cell called Es Satty the key organizer of the plot, as the four surviving suspects gave statements at the high court in Madrid on Tuesday. Although Es Sattys role is yet to be defined, Catalan police chief Joseph Lluis Trapero indicated that investigators are working on a hypothesis that the imam radicalized the groups members, La voz de Galicia reports. Earlier, however, a police spokesperson said they cant compromise evidence or leads, or give unreliable information concerning Es Satty. Read more: Imam suspected of organizing Spain attacks avoided deportation, was labeled no threat reports


The solar step: Our community is ours to change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

From renewables procrastination and fear to action, and even a guitar and beer

Guest in the sustainable studio on 23 August 2017 is Suzie Brown from Ocean Grove who is one of the founders of Reenergise Geelong and speaker at an exciting community renewable energy forum coming up on Sunday 27 August in Barwon Heads.

Prerecorded audio clips with Danish renewables mobiliser Sren Hermansen, who speaks about his experience with turning Sams into a carbon-free island community, and professor Mark Diesendorf from University of New South Wales who talks about how South Australia can reach 100 per cent renewables in the electricity grid.

Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 183 on 94.7 The Pulse:



Saudi-led airstrikes kill up to 41 people, including 30 civilians in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Up to 41 people have been killed, including 30 civilians, and scores injured after a small hotel near a Houthi rebel checkpoint collapsed Wednesday following an overnight Saudi-led aerial bombardment, reports the AP, citing Yemeni officials. The coalition carried out multiple airstrikes in Yemen overnight killing both Shiite Houthi rebels and civilians, according to unnamed Yemeni officials, cited by the AP. At least 30 of the casualties were civilians, according to local news source Al Masirah. Pictures from the scene in the aftermath of the bombing show two bodies hanging from the top story of the ruined hotel in the Arhab area, some 20km (13 miles) north of the capital Sanaa. Read more: Saudi-led airstrikes kill up to 41 people, including 30 civilians in Yemen


"Trump Is Slow Playing His Cards In This Game Of Deep State Poker" "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

"Trump Is Slow Playing His Cards In This Game Of Deep State Poker"
by Lord Feverstone

"It's time for a pep talk. I know that morale amongst my fellow Deplorables is at an all-time low, right alongside President Trump's approval ratings in the rigged polls. We've witnessed a week in which the mainstream media has gone into a full-court press of hysteria over Charlottesville; Nolan Richardson would be impressed by the Deep State's Forty Minutes of Hell. We've seen the President's Council on Manufacturing fold tent amidst much hypocritical corporate virtue-signaling. We've seen Steve Bannon, the driving force behind Trump's populist uprising, resign his position in the White House.

Between these events, the constant leaks, and the revolving door in the Administration, I don't blame you one bit for feeling discouraged. If you took everything at face value, you'd think President Trump was perhaps the most incompetent man to ever hold the office. But what if I were to tell you that the Donald is, in actuality, the most capable man to lead this country since at least Eisenhower? ...


European Cities Add Barriers to Thwart Vehicle Attacks "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Even before the attacks last week in Spain, European cities were installing barriers to protect pedestrians after a series of attacks using cars, vans and trucks. A key inspiration for the current wave of attacks is the Islamic State propagandist Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, who is believed to have been killed last year in Syria. Smash his head with a rock, he urged the groups adherents in a 2014 speech, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car. Several terrorists have done just that. Heres how countries across Europe are taking steps to increase safety. Some cities including Madrid, Mlaga, Palma and Zaragoza erected barriers after a pair of attacks, in Tunisia in 2015 and in Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils last week. The cities placed the squat posts known as bollards, planters and cement barriers along busy pedestrian streets and squares to restrict access and improve security. Read more: European Cities Add Barriers to Thwart Vehicle Attacks


Birth, Bodies, Bharat "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

A Bondo woman enacting a birth situation in Southern Orissa. She is grabbing a curtain which simulates a rope--helping her to bear down and birth.

Disaris or Healers among the Bonda Tribals of Southern Odishaan interview I did with women of that tribe about 10 years ago.

How People Become Disaris

J - Is there a relationship between the jungle and the disari?

M The person who becomes a disari will be taken by the deptha (a spirit) into the jungle. He will roam in the jungle with the deptha.  He will be fed by the deptha in the jungle and taught by the deptha.  They will say that it was because he was roaming with the deptha, that none of the wild animals harmed him. 

Also, he will be safe from thorns and stones and any accidents.  Even though he will not have returned for 2 or 3 days, he will come back hungry.  After going to the jungle, he would sing a song not in the Bonda language but in dida, kondo or languages of other tribal groups.  When the disarisings songs in this other language the people believe he/she is disari. 

M Yes, they will go searching for the person....


Spanish tip-off sparks Dutch terror alert: Rotterdam police cancel rock gig and arrest one man as van filled with Gas Canisters is found near concert venue "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A rock gig in Rotterdam has been canceled after a tip-off from Spanish police about a potential terror attack. Armed officers swooped on the Maassilo concert venue around 7pm and found a van with Spanish licence plates filled with gas canisters outside. The driver of the vehicle has been arrested, though Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutalebsaid it isnt yet clear whether the threat and the van were connected. It comes just under a week after terrorists in Spain killed 15 in two vehicle attacks after an attempt to create bombs using gas canisters failed. A judicial source in Spain said the alert given to Dutch authorities is not directly connected to the Spain attacks. The source said the tip resulted from an investigation that has been under way for some time and had no direct relation to the two vehicle attacks in Catalonia. The venue was cordoned off as a bomb squad was brought in to search the van. Read more: Spanish tip-off sparks Dutch terror alert: Rotterdam police cancel rock gig and arrest one man as van filled with Gas Canisters is found near concert venue


The Pirate Bay founders ordered to pay damages of $477,000 to music labels "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Founders of The Pirate Bay asked to pay $477,000 to music companies

A court in Finland has held two founder members of the most popular torrent site, The Pirate Bay, liable for ongoing copyright breaches on the site, reports TorrentFreak.

For those unaware, The Pirate Bay is a pirated website that distributes copyrighted material such as movies, music and games. Originally founded in Sweden, The Pirate Bay is still one of the worlds most popular pirated sites in the world.

The decision is the result of a case that was filed by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in November 2011 against The Pirate Bay with support from Finnish anti-piracy group Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Center (CIAPC) at the Helsinki court. IFPI, which represents several of the worlds major record companies, demanded that the sites operators stop aiding illegal distribution of music and pay compensation to IFPI and CIAPC-affiliated rightsholders for the damages caused through their website.

The Helsinki District Court has ordered Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm to stop and end the illegal operations of The Pirate Bay and jointly pay compensation to IFPI record labels to the tune of 405,000 euros ($477,000). Since the court could not be in contact with the duo, Neij (aka TiAMO) or Svartholm (aka Anakata) in connection with the case, the case was heard in their absence and they were sentenced by default.

Last year, Peter Sunde, another co-founder of The Pirate Bay, was sentenced by the Helsinki District Court in a similar case to pay a compensation of 350,000 euros ($412,000) in damages and 55,000 euros ($65,000) in costs. The case was brought to the court by Sony Music Entertainment Finland, Universal Music, Warner Music and EMI Finland that sued Sunde for illegally sharing the music of 60 of their artists through The Pirate Bay.

Sunde later said that he did not hear about the case and read it only in the media that he had lost. He later announced plans to sue the labels for defamation because he has not been active for The Pirate Bay for years.

Im a public person in Finland and theyre calling me a criminal when they KNOW Im not involved in what theyre suing me for, Sunde told TorrentFreak at the time. Its defamation.

The trio, Neij, Svartholm, and Sunde are currently entitled to pay rightholders large sums of money dating back at least eight years following the ruling of The Pirate Bay and the activities that have taken place on the site. However, no damages have been paid so far.

Source: TorrentFreak

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US nuclear arms should be removed from Germany chancellor candidate "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

German Social Democrat candidate for chancellor Martin Schulz says he will push for US nuclear weapons to be removed from Germany, calling for an end to the armament spiral pushed by US President Donald Trump. As German Chancellor I will champion for the withdrawal of the nuclear weapons stationed in Germany, the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) said in Trier, addressing a campaign rally on Tuesday. About 20 US nuclear warheads are currently stationed at a military base in Buechel, Germany, DPA news agency reported, citing unofficial estimates. The SPD leader also made it clear that, unlike Angela Merkel, he is strongly opposed to President Trumps demands for NATO members to increase their defense spending. Trump wants nuclear armament. We reject it, Schulz said, adding that his position also applies to the North Korea crisis. Read more: US nuclear arms should be removed from Germany chancellor candidate


Since 2001, US has renormalized the bombing of civilian areas "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Human Wrongs Watch


**YPG and YPJ fighters reload a machine gun during the Raqqa offensive. | Author: Kurdishstruggle | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

The UN...


John Embry Mnuchin Was Just Being CleverAll The Gold Is Not Safe In Fort Knox "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

John Embry Mnuchin Was Just Being CleverAll The Gold Is Not Safe In Fort Knox from King World News On the heels of some rather cryptic communications from US Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, after his visit to Fort Knox, today John...

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London Islamophobic attack survivors still in hospital "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This video from London, England says about itself:

Imam praised for protecting attacker

19 June 2017

Imam Mohamed Mahmoud has been praised for protecting the Finsbury Park attacker from harm, saying We extinguished flames of anger or mob rule that would have taken charge.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Finsbury Park Mosque: Victims of van attack still in hospital

Thursday 24th August 2017

TWO victims of the Finsbury Park mosque terror attack remain in hospital two months after a van drove into worshippers leaving Ramadan night prayers.

One has lost vision in one eye while another victim has suffered serious head injuries, according to the chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque Mohammed Kozbar.

Makram Ali died at the scene from multiple injuries and seven others were hospitalised.

The driver of the van, Darren Osborne, was charged with murder and attempted murder in June and will appear again at the Old Bailey in November.

Mr Kozbar said the Muslim community is still recovering from the attack which happened in the early hours of June 19, outside the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road.

He said: Everybody in Islington has responded very well with a show of solidarity, and some have offered help.

We managed to raise 38,000 for the victims and weve distributed all the money.



Venezuelan Bonds Fall as U.S. Trading Sanctions Loom "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Some moves under consideration by Trump administration could have unpredictable consequences

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Aug. 23, 2017 7:03 p.m. ET

Venezuelan bond prices tumbled Wednesday as traders grappled with the prospect that U.S. sanctions could restrict trading in the troubled South American nations securities.

The Trump administration is considering banning trading by U.S. banks of new debt issued by Venezuela or its state-owned entities, and possibly some existing debt, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The move is aimed at weakening a government that Washington says has moved toward dictatorship, according to a senior administration official.

The U.S. Treasury has targeted foreign financial markets before. In 2014, it barred U.S. financial institutions from participating in new bond sales by Russia meant to raise money for the government, a move that had the effect of reducing the availability of dollar funding for the country.

But some moves under consideration are seen as extremely rare and could have unpredictable consequences. Investors couldnt recall a time when the Treasury prevented financial firms from trading debt among themselves in the so-called secondary market, a move the Journal reported the administration is considering.

That move would aim to hurt the government of President Nicols Maduro and his associates who hold these bonds, but could also harm U.S. and other private investors who own Venezuelan debt, analysts said a factor officials have considered in the past when deciding which sanctions to implement.

This would be a new step for Treasury and there would undoubtedly be collateral damage for U.S. institutional investors, said Tim Ash, senior sovereign bond analyst at BlueBay Asset Management, a U.K. investment firm......


EU chief attacks nationalists as 'unpatriotic' and compares them to alcoholics "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A top EU official has launched a passionate attack on nationalists and nationalism arguing that the ideology makes societies weak and is unpatriotic. Frans Timmermans, the first vice president of the European Commission, compared nationalism to alcoholism arguing that it created a short period of exaltation followed by a long period of headaches. Jean-Claude Junkers deputy argued that protectionism, the Siamese twin of nationalism, could destroy the internal market and disrupt international trade though a Commission spokesperson later denied that he was making a veiled reference to Brexit. He was speaking in a video recorded to commemorate Black Ribbon Day, which is observed across Europe on 23 August each year to commemorate the victims of totalitarianism. Read more: EU chief attacks nationalists as unpatriotic and compares them to alcoholics


Landmark talks on uncontacted tribe fail to stop logging "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There have been confrontations between the Ayoreo and the Paraguayan authorities in recent years, as the tribe have protested against the theft and destruction of their land.
GAT/ Survival

Landmark talks between the Paraguayan government and a recently contacted tribe have yet to reach an agreement, allowing rampant deforestation to continue. Some members of the tribe are uncontacted, and live in a rapidly shrinking island of forest.

The talks began six months ago after a petition from the Ayoreo tribe to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an influential body which holds governments in the Americas to account on human rights issues. The Ayoreo have been claiming the right to their ancestral land since 1993.

Halfway through the year-long process, however, and little concrete action has been taken, leading to fears for the tribes long-term survival. A technical study is due to be carried out to assess the feasibility of securing the land.

The government has also failed to stop the rapid logging of land owned by the Ayoreo, despite a 2016 emergency order from the Inter-American Commission to protect the uncontacted Indians and halt deforestation.

Aerial photograph showing the devastation that logging has brought to Ayoreo land.



New video refutes God gave the land to israel "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

New video refutes God gave the land to Israel   More Americans believe than do not believe Israel was given to the Jewish people by God. But does the Bible support this belief? The claim that God promised the land to the Jews has been a major factor in the establishment of todays state of Israel, []


Debt Rattle August 24 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Egon Schiele Meadow, Church and Houses 1912   Wall Street Banks Warn Downturn Is Coming (BBG) Big US Banks Could See Profit Jump 20% With Deregulation (BBG) ECB Chief Draghi: QE Has Made Economies More Resilient (BBC) Yellens Coming Speech Could Mark The End Of An Era (BI) Heres Why

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US and Canadian diplomats suffering from brain damage after suspected 'sonic device' incident in Cuba "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A doctor who evaluated American and Canadian diplomats working in Cuba diagnosed them with conditions as serious as mild traumatic brain injury and damage to the central nervous system, CBS News said on Wednesday, citing medical records it reviewed. The diplomats had complained of symptoms including hearing loss, nausea, headaches and balance disorders after what were described as incidents that began affecting them in Havana beginning in late 2016. Officials are investigating whether the diplomats were targets of some form of sonic attack directed at their homes. Incidents had continued to occur on the island and some US diplomats had cut short their assignments. The state department did not immediately respond to requests for a comment on the CBS News report. Read more: US and Canadian diplomats suffering from brain damage after suspected sonic device incident in Cuba


A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Yourself through Writing. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

In our response to the questions below, we realize that we, indeed, are all artists.


Never Feel Instagram FOMO Again4 Ways that actually Helped Me (& my Business). "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

I found myself wanting to know who their phantom photographer was and how they managed to post three new outfits each day. My life and my account seemed boring and unattractive in comparison.


Trump gives the Pentagon guidance on transgender service people Car plows through trans lives matter protest after an incident in St. Louis "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Trump gives the Pentagon six months to kick THOUSANDS of transgender service people out of the military if they are deemed non-deployable

  • In July Trump announced on Twitter a ban on transgender service members
  • Only now has a memo been sent explaining how that ban is to be implemented
  • It says Defense Sec. Jim Mattis must expel non-deployable service members
  • And being transgender makes them non-deployable, the guidelines say
  • Opponents say nothing in ongoing transgender treatment affects deployment
  • And surgery could happen on base, just like a gall bladder operation, they said
  • The ban is opposed by nearly 60 per cent of Americans, a poll revealed in July
  • Estimates put the cost of transgender service members at $2.4m-$8.4m per year
  • The military spends $84m on Viagra per year and $6.27billion in total

A month after he announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military via Twitter, Donald Trump has issued a memo on how the decision is to be implemented.

The two-and-a-half-page note says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis must consider a service members deployability when deciding whether to eject them from the military.

That means that if they are unable to serve in a war zone, take part in training or serve on a ship for months, they must go, the Wall Street Journal reported.

It has not been spelled out exactly how the criter...


US Airstrikes Kill at Least 100 Syrian Civilians in 48 Hours, Including At Least 19 Children "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

US Airstrikes Kill at Least 100 Syrian Civilians in Raqqa in 48 Hours 170 civilians killed in past week, many children. (ANTIWAR.COM)  Escalating US airstrikes are taking a growing toll on the population of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS which is presently being invaded by US-backed forces. Reports out of []


Virgin release CCTV proving Jeremy Corbyn told the truth about Traingate "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Newly released footage appears to prove Jeremy Corbyn did not lie about having to join seatless commuters on the floor during a three-hour train journey last year in a scandal known as Traingate. The Labour leader was filmed by freelancer Yannis Mendez from the floor of a train, where he chose to sit instead of upgrading to first class, on his way to Newcastle from London last August. Corbyn discussed the state of Britains privatized rail system, adding that the train was ram-packed and that the reality is there are not enough trains. After CCTV footage was released by Virgin boss Richard Branson, appearing to show Corbyn and his team walking past empty seats on the train, he was accused of staging the scene to make a political point. Read more: Virgin release CCTV proving Jeremy Corbyn told the truth about Traingate


Tough new GCSE exams risk pupils' mental health, warn school leaders "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Tough new GCSE exams brought in for the first time this year are taking a toll on pupils mental health, experts have warned. Young people taking a typical set of new reformed GCSEs will sit about eight hours more of exams than under the old system, analysis by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has found. As thousands of teenagers wait to receive their exam results on Thursday, pupils in England are the first to receive grades under the new assessment structure scheduled to roll out across all subjects by 2020. So far only maths, English language and English literature are affected by the reforms, which include a move towards more end-of-year exams rather than regular coursework assessments. The changes come as part of a government drive to counter grade inflation and bring UK pupils up to a world-class standard, but school leaders say they are already seeing increased levels of stress and anxiety in pupils. Read more: Tough new GCSE exams risk pupils mental health, warn school leaders


British Freedom of Speech? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

UK to jail pro-Palestinian protesters


Watch your tongue, Presidency tells opinion leaders "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Presidency has advised Nigerian opinion leaders to exercise restraint in their choice of words to avoid heating up the polity and causing acrimony across the country. Defending President Muhammadu Buharis speech on Monday on his return from a medical vacation, the presidency said it is a matter of great satisfaction that a majority of []

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Become an Avant Gardener: 5 Reasons to Grow your Own Veggies. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Not a green thumb? Start with some non-fussy perennials such as raspberries. Grow a potato, they are hardy and can tolerate your learning curve.


'Don't take the Bible literally' says scholar who brought to light earliest Latin analysis of the Gospels "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The earliest Latin interpretation of the Gospels has been brought to light by a British academic and it suggests that readers should not take the Bible literally. Lost for 1,500 years, the fourth-century commentary by African-born Italian bishop Fortunatianus of Aquileia interprets the Gospels as a series of allegories instead of a literal history. Dr Hugh Houghton, of the University of Birmingham, who translated the work, said it was an approach which modern Christians could learn from. The find adds weight to the idea that many early biblical scholars did not see the Bible as a history, but instead a series of coded messages which represented key elements of Christianity, he said. Theres been an assumption that its a literal record of truth a lot of the early scholars got very worried about inconsistencies between Matthew and Luke, for example. But for people teaching the Bible in the fourth century, its not the literal meaning which is important, its how its read allegorically. Read more: Dont take the Bible literally says scholar who brought to light earliest Latin analysis of the Gospels


Sizing Up Systemic Risk "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sizing Up Systemic Risk Joseph G. Haubrich, Charlotte DeKoning Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland       Regulators now use a framework for identifying systemically important banking institutions that is based on five broad measures of bank structure. Though size is only one of these equally weighted measures, it seems to be the focus of most

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Segwit2x Developers Label Controversial Bitcoin Code 'Production Release' "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The controversial code underlying bitcoin scaling proposal Segwit2x is moving toward production, according to project leaders.


Commission calls on Myanmar to end Rohingya restrictions, crimes against humanity "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

AFP/File | Muslim children playing in a refugee camp in Rakhine

YANGON (AFP)  Myanmar must scrap restrictions on movement and citizenship for its Rohingya minority if it wants to avoid fuelling extremism and bring peace to Rakhine state, a commission led by former UN chief Kofi Annan said Thursday.Rights groups hailed the report as a milestone for the persecuted Rohingya community because the government of Aung San Suu Kyi has previously vowed to abide by its findings.

The western state, one of the countrys poorest, has long been a sectarian tinderbox and mainly Buddhist Myanmar has faced growing international condemnation for its treatment of the Muslim Rohingya there.

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 Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi, left, in Myanmar, May 2016. Credit Hein Htet European Pressphoto Agency

Annan was appointed by Suu Kyi to head a year-long commission tasked with healing long-simmering divisions between the Rohingya and local Buddhists.

On Thursday it released a landmark report, warning that failure to implement its recommendations could lead to more extremism and violence.

Unless current challenges are addressed promptly, further radicalisation within both communities is a real risk, the report said, describing the Rohingya as the single biggest stateless community in the world.

If the legitimate grievances of local populations are ignored, they will become more vulnerable to recruitment by extremists.

Among the key recommendations was ending all restrictions on movement imposed on the Rohingya and other communities in Rakhine, and shutting down refugee camps which hold more than hold more than 120,000 people in often miserable conditions.

It also called on Myanmar to review a controversial 1982 law that effectively bars some one million Rohingya from becoming citizens, to invest heavily in the region and to allow the media unfettered access there.

The commissions task became increasingly urgent after the army launched a bloody crackdown in the north of Rakhine following deadly October attacks on police border posts by a previously unknown Rohingya militant group.

More than 87,000 Rohingya have since fled to Bangladesh br...


A Weapons Expo in New Zealand?! What can I do? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Some places to start in supporting our campaign against the Arms Trade

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How to Run a Cheap Foreign Labor Economic Model "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An illustration of how the debate on globalization too often, mistakenly, fixates on labor costs as a driver of "competitiveness".


The Guardian Advocates Censorship Internet "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Shame: London Guardian editorial advocates for Internet censorship



DAPL protesters sued for being eco-terrorists by company behind pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Energy Transfer Partners, the corporation behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, has sued Greenpeace and other environmental groups for eco-terrorism over their protests against the controversial pipeline. According to the Dakota Access Pipeline company, environmental groups launched an eco-terrorism campaign against the pipeline, and engaged in acts of terrorism, including soliciting donations and interfering with construction, damaging its critical business and financial relationships, Reuters reports. In a 231-page lawsuit filed Tuesday, the group claims the protests and negative publicity for the pipeline cost the company millions of dollars. It is seeking treble damages which could come to $1 billion, the Grand Fork Herald reports, along with further punitive damages. The lawsuit also seeks a court order to prevent the groups from conducting more protests. The firm representing the Texas-based ETP is Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, whose founding partner, Marc Kasowitz, is President Donald Trumps personal lawyer. Trump was an ETP shareholder before selling his stake in December 2016. Read more: DAPL protesters sued for being eco-terrorists by company behind pipeline


UN Rights Experts Criticise US Failure to Unequivocally Reject Racist Violent Events "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Human Wrongs Watch

23 August 2017 The United Nations body monitoring implementation of the global convention on prohibiting racial discrimination has called on high-level politicians and public officials of the United States to unequivocally and unconditionally reject and condemn racist hate speech and crimes in Charlottesville and throughout the country.

Wide view of the Human Rights Council. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferr

We are alarmed by the racist demonstrations, with overtly racist slogans, chants and salutes by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, promoting white supremacy and inciting racial discrimination and hatred, said Anastasia Crickley, Chairperson of UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), in a news release.

In a decision issued under its early warning and urgent action procedure, the Committee, which monitors implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, stated there should be no place in the world for racist white supremacist ideas or any similar ideologies that reject the core human rights principles of human dignity and equality.

The United States ratified the Convention in 1994.

In addition to the criminal investigation of the individual who ploughed his car into a crowd of peaceful protestors killing a woman, the U....


Two ex-BBC executives who worked on Doctor Who were given a 4 million loan in taxpayers' cash to set up a new TV company before paying themselves 1.3m despite making a loss "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Two former BBC executives, who worked on worked on Doctor Who, were given a 4million loan in taxpayers cash to set up a new TV company before paying themselves 1.3m despite making a loss. Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner started their own company called Bad Wolf with the public cash from the Labour-run Welsh Government. Tranter, 54, and Gardner, 48, were given a loan of 4m from the Welsh Government to set up a studio in Cardiff for high-end TV and film for the global television market. But after Bad Wolfs first year, the firms accounts revealed Tranter was paid 855,417 and Gardner received 519,301. Over the same period, between July 2015 to December 2016, the organisation reported a loss before tax of 2.8m. Read more: Two ex-BBC executives who worked on Doctor Who were given a 4 million loan in taxpayers cash to set up a new TV company before paying themselves 1.3m despite making a loss


US targets civilians in Syria (VIDEO) and uses chemical weapons "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

US targets civilians in Syria (VIDEO) RT has interviewed Syrians who told of the full brutality of the illegal US military operations in the country. RT has interviewed families who have escaped the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria where civilians stated that the US and its allies directly and seemingly deliberately targeted known civilian []


RBI to Introduce Rs 200 Currency Notes From Tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The new denomination has a motif of Sanchi Stupa on the reverse, with bright yellow being the base colour of the note, RBI said in a statement.

The design for the new Rs 200 note was released by the Reserve Bank of India today. Credit:

New Delhi: The new Rs 200 currency note will be introduced in the market tomorrow, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said today.

The new denomination has a motif of Sanchi Stupa on the reverse, with bright yellow being the base colour of the note, RBI said in a statement.

The Reserve Bank of India will issue on August 25, 2017, Rs 200 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (new) series, bearing the signature of Urjit R. Patel, governor of the RBI from select RBI offices, and some banks, it said.

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Right to Privacy a Fundamental Right, Says Supreme Court in Unanimous Verdict "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The judgment overrules the 1961 Kharak Singh verdict.

The Supreme Court is expected to pronounce its verdict on the right to privacy case tomorrow. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court has ruled that Indians enjoy a fundamental right to privacy, that it is intrinsic to life and liberty and thus comes under Article 21 of the Indian constitution.

On Thursday, the bench, led by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar, pronounced a unanimous judgement even if the judges   had slightly different arguments as to how privacy is intrinsic to right to life and liberty.

The bench comprised Chief Justice Khehar and Justices J. Chelameswar, S.A. Bobde, R.K. Agrawal, Rohinton Nariman, A.M. Sapre, D.Y. Chandrachud, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and S. Abdul Nazeer.

In its 547-page judgment that declares privacy to be a fundamental right, the Supreme Court has overruled verdicts given in the M.P. Sharma case in 1958 and the Kharak Singh case in 1961, both of which said that the right to privacy is not protected under the Indian constitution.

The judgment includes within it six separate judgments from different judges, though the conclusion is unanimous. The Wire has broken the main judgment into its constituent parts to make it easier to see what the different judges said. (see below)

The judgment also included a two-page final order, which states that MP Sharma and Kharak Singh are overruled, and the right to privacy is fundamental.

The lead...


As Rape Case Verdict Looms, Will BJP Come to the Rescue of Messenger of God? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The BJP came to power in Haryana with some help from the Dera Sacha Sauda. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and his followers clearly feel it is payback time.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh (left), devotees gathered in his support in Punjab and Haryana. Credit: PTI

Chandigarh: Back in 2002, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh head of the now formidable Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS), whose followers have brought Punjab and Haryana to a standstill ahead of the August 25 judgement by a CBI court into rape charges was a small time spiritual guru, with an appreciable following who presided over a spiritual outfit in Sirsa in Haryana. He has since become Indias Rockstar Baba, having starred in at least two films produced by himself, has several music albums to his credit and is a big attraction for politicians of all hues during elections because of the sheer size of his following.

Soon after he was booked by the CBI in 2002 and 2003, on two counts of murder and alleged molestation of sadhvis in his dera, Singh employed a twin-pronged strategy to deal with the predicament he found himself in. He launched massive public welfare programmes to counter the image of a lecherous godman preying on hapless female devotees and simultaneously began an unabashed political leveraging of his immense following among the Dalit and downtrodden masses in Punjab, Haryana and other places. Some estimates say he has a following close to 50 million.

The DSS stepped up its public welfare activities by holding mammoth blood donation camps. One such camp was on December...


Rogue Police Force Operated Illegally At Norfolk Naval Shipyard For 12 Years "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

For at least 12 years an off-the-books private police force operated at Norfolk, Virginia, Naval Shipyard according to findings by the Naval Sea Systems Commands inspector general, spending an estimated $21 million in taxpayers funds, Federal News Radio reported. The allegations stem from the year 2001 up until 2013, with more serious concerns among the investigators in 2009 when the base hired a new deputy security director. Thats the time where you start to see abuse of authority and preferential treatment, Lintner said. Thats when the big hiring glut started, but he wasnt hiring security specialists. They were hiring friends from church, family friends, family members. None of the folks had a security specialist background, but there were a lot of folks with backgrounds as auxiliary police and auxiliary sheriffs, because he was trying to build up a police department. But unfortunately, theres a big difference between what security specialists do and what police do. Read more: Rogue Police Force Operated Illegally At Norfolk Naval Shipyard For 12 Years


Urban Survivors: A Post-SHTF Water Supply "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, were going to cover some quick, down-and-dirty techniques for throwing a water supply together before the SHTF for our urban-dwelling readers.  Too often urbanites are ignored, and there are surely many more of you as readers than the comments reveal.

Many of you may be wondering about this, as Ive written extensively about a rain-catchment system for your home, underground cisterns, methods of water storage in the home, and the like.  I have also written on how to locate water from unlikely sources.  So why this?

Because were a hairs breadth away from a war and/or an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) Strike against the U.S., and many have not initiated any of these plans for water storage.

On another note, naysayers and trolls have been posting without hiatus.  Their methods are simple: Deny, Discredit, and Denounce.  Do not pay any attention to these nonproductive comments, in which everything written is attacked without any viable solution being proposed.  The information presented here is not as perfect as the credentials of the trolls, however, if you take the initiativeresearch it yourself and then act upon itthe information gives you both options and ideas to enable you to succeed.

If youre in an urban environment, especially living in an apartment or condo, your options regarding water storage are going to be severely limited.  Tell you what.  If youre not thinking outside of the box, nobody will do so for you when the time is needed.  My advice is if you have a storage unit in the building or complex?  See if you can rent an extra one.  If not, then allocate the one that you have for storing emergency supplies, one of them being water.

You can store 5-gallon containers with water in that storage unit.  A good idea for you would be two 5-gallon co...


Eine Stadt bittet um einen Besuch von Banksy, um die Nachbarschaft aufzuwerten "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Street Art ist schon lange nicht mehr nur Vandalismus, sondern auch optische und monetre Aufwertung von Immobilien und Nachbarschaften zumindest manche und natrlich nur die schne und fr jeden zugngliche. Und somit wnschen sich ganz sicher ziemlich viele Stdte auf der Welt einen kleinen Tourismus-Push durch einen Original Banksy auf ihren Straen. Vielen Dank an Frankie Roche fr das Foto. So wnscht sich auch die Hafenstadt Ferrol im Nordwesten Spaniens einen Besuch von Banksy und ldt den Briten mit einem Plakat ein vorbeizuschauen, um die Nachbarschaft zu verschnern. Aus Stadtmarketing-Sicht ein sehr guter Schachzug. Aus Sicht der Street Art ein gutes Beispiel, was verdeutlicht, wie absurd zwischen Kunst und Vandalismus unterschieden wird. Ob die Verantwortlichen wohl auch  mit Tags und klassischen Graffiti genau so einverstanden wren?

Der Beitrag Eine Stadt bittet um einen Besuch von Banksy, um die Nachbarschaft aufzuwerten erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Gold "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong, looking at the analysis of Socrates on gold we see that the Momentum is bullish, trend is bullish, cycle trend is bullish, but Long term is bearish, how does that square with your call that Gold is going up to $5,000.00 when the long term is bearish.

Thank you.

ANSWER: Looking very long-term is different from the relevant time frame. Gold has not broken out and I have given the number where that becomes a possibility. We are not yet there. Events on the horizon are the critical issue. The world is not ready yet and the stock market also reflects this pending threshold. Socrates comment is thus concerned with the immediate outlook and until gold gets through key points, there is no breakout. The extreme target is not due on this cycle but the next.


Dwarf dolphin fossil discovery "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This video says about itself:

23 August 2017

Researchers have uncovered a fossil of an extinct dolphin species along the South Carolina coast. The toothless dolphin, which lived 28-30 million years ago, used suction-feeding and preyed on fish and squid.

From the New York Institute of Technology in the USA:

Dolphin that existed along South Carolina coast long ago

August 23, 2017

Continuing to uncover fossil evidence along the coast of South Carolina, researchers, led by a faculty member at College of Charleston, have discovered a species of extinct dolphin. The toothless dolphin, which lived about 28-30 million years ago, provides new evidence of the evolution of feeding behavior in whales (which includes dolphins).

The species, named Inermorostrum xenops, lived during the same period as Coronodon havensteini, a species of ancient whale announced recently by investigators at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Charleston in Current Biology.

The skull of Inermorostrum was discovered by a diver in the Wando River in Charleston, just miles from the location where Coronodons remains were found, and presents the first clear evidence of suction feeding in echolocating sea mammals. The researchers estimate that the dolphin grew to be only four feet long, smaller than its closest relatives, and significantly smaller than todays bottlenose dolphins, which measure seven to twelve feet in length.

The study has been released...


Appalling non-apology from Hosking, TVNZ "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Seven Sharp last night Mike Hosking upset the Mori Party with a comment on voting. He said to co-presenter Toni Street: You cant vote for the Mori Party because youre not enrolled on the Maori electorate. That appears to be incorrect, or at least misleading, because you can party vote for any party, including the Mori Party. []


Chinas Misguided Exchange-Rate Machinations "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In August 2015, the Peoples Bank of China established that central parity of the renminbi's exchange rate against the US dollar would be set with reference to the previous trading days closing price. But that much-needed step toward a more flexible, market-driven exchange rate was quickly and wrongly abandoned.


I have never expected to agree with Dershowitz "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

August 22, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon By Gilad Atzmon In this video, Alan Dershowitz, the ethnic cleansing enthusiast, speaks against  Antifa and AltLefts hooliganism. His argument is, indeed valid! It is worth watching.   However,  let us not forget that Dershowitz is far from being a supporter of freedom of speech or the 1st amendment. Dershowitz []


Cant hack it: US court orders hackers to leave Microsoft computers & trademarks alone "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An alleged Russian hacking group has been permanently banned from hacking Microsoft computers or using their trademarks, after Microsoft won a major US court victory. Now the tech giant is legally entitled to command and control the hackers domains. On Tuesday, US District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee ruled in favor of Microsoft in a lawsuit against the hacking group known as Fancy Bears, also referred to as APT28 and Strontium. In the ruling, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia permanently enjoined Fancy Bears from sending malicious software or code to infect Microsoft or Microsofts customers without authorization. The court also enjoined the hackers from intentionally attacking Microsoft computers or its customers computers, stealing information from Microsoft or its customers, and configuring, deploying, operating or otherwise participating in or facilitating a command and control infrastructure. Read more: Cant hack it: US court orders hackers to leave Microsoft computers & trademarks alone


Qatar Restores Full Diplomatic Ties With Iran in Stark Message to Saudi Arabia, Gulf States Is the Boycott a Complete Failure? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Qatar returns its envoy to Iran for first time since 2016; Qatar maintained oil ties with Iran throughout three-month diplomatic crisis with Gulf states over the formers support of groups such as Hamas

The Associated Press Aug 24, 2017 8:33 AM

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File photo: Corniche Bay of Doha, Qatar on Jan 6, 2011. Saurabh Das/AP

Qatar has restored full diplomatic relations with Iran, ignoring the demands of Arab nations now trying to isolate the energy-rich country to downgrade its ties.

Qatars Foreign Ministry announced early Thursday that the countrys ambassador would return to Tehran. Qatar pulled its ambassador in early 2016 after Saudi Arabias execution of a prominent Shiite cleric sparked attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in Iran.

In announcing its decision, Qatar did not mention the diplomatic crisis roiling Gulf Arab nations since June, when Qatar found its land, sea and air routes cut off by its neighbors over Dohas policies across the Mideast.

Qatar said in a statement that the move to reestablish ties with Iran expressed its aspiration to strengthen bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all fields. Iranian state media acknowledged the development, without elaborating.

There was no immediate reaction from the Arab nations boycotting Qatar. On Wednesday, the Central African nation of Chad announced it would close its embassy in Doha, accusing Qatar of trying to destabilize it from neighboring Libya.


Qatar and Iran share a massive offshore natural gas field that requires communication between the two countries. Since the diplomatic dispute with Arab nations began in June, the two countries have maintained their valuable commercial ties, and Iran has sent food shipments to Qatar. Shiite power Iran also has incorporated the crisis into its regular criticism of the Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, part of the two Mideast powers long-running proxy war.

However, the move comes just days after Saudi Arabia began promoting a Qatari royal family member whose branch of the family was ousted in a palace coup in 1972.

Qatar has shown it is going to go in a different direction, said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a research fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University who lives in Seattle. It could very well be calculated toward reinforcing the point that Qatar will not bow to this regional pressure placed upon it.



WAG THE DOG Louis Cammarosano (video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

WAG THE DOG Louis Cammarosano Video SGTReport Louis Cammarosano from Smaulgld joins me to break down the divide and conquer strategies being used against the people of the United States, and against the President himself. From the contrived...

The post WAG THE DOG Louis Cammarosano (video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.


The super rich are injecting blood from teenagers to gain immortality "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If youre a millennial, you might have felt for a while now that older generations are out to suck us dry. To their Ying of affordable housing, secure jobs and actual pensions, we seem to have the Yang of six-figure car garages for homes, gigs for jobs, and a retirement age that like a mirage on the horizon, seems to get further away the closer you get to it. Avocados on toast aside, its pretty clear that Yang is not doing well in this relationship. But the bloodsucking appears to have become a whole lot more literal. Because the super-wealthy are now pumping themselves with the blood of young people in an attempt to prevent themselves from ageing. Over 100 people have participated in a clinical trial at a San Francisco start-up offering blood transfusions for older patients. Each procedure costs $8,000 (6,200) and sees the patient injected with two and a half litres of plasma the liquid element of blood that remains after other cells have been removed taken from young people. Read more: The super rich are injecting blood from teenagers to gain immortality


Lebanon Joins Jordan and Tunisia in Fight Against Rapists Impunity "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Aug 23 2017 (IPS) The top United Nations human rights official hailed the repeal of laws in Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan that used to allow rapists to avoid criminal prosecution by marrying their victims.


Lebanon Joins Jordan and Tunisia in Fight against Rapists Impunity

Credit: OHCHR


To punish a rape victim by making her marry the perpetrator of a horrible crime against her there is no place in todays world for such hideous laws, on 22 August said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad Al Hussein.

He welcomed the stand that lawmakers in Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan have taken towards eliminating violence against women and ensuring that perpetrators of such violence are held to account.

According to the UN High Commissioners Office (OHCHR), on 16 August, Lebanon voted to repeal article 522 of its penal code, a law that exempted from criminal prosecution a person accused of rape who agreed to marry the victim.

To punish a rape victim by making her marry the perpetrator of a horrible crime against her there is no place in todays world for such hideous laws, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad Al Hussein.

Two weeks earlier, Jordanian lawmakers also voted to abolish a similar provision article 308 of its penal code.

In Tunisia, on 26 July, the Parliament adopted a law on eliminating violence against women and eliminating impunity for perpetrators, recognising that violence against women includes economic, sexual, political and psychological violence.

The Tunisian law will co...


Trump Won't Stop Until He Is Blocked "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The following is not new. Its from an essay written by Rebecca Solnit and published back on May 30th: The Loneliness of Donald Trump: On the Corrosive Privilege of the Most Mocked Man in the World. Its an erudite piece filled with some pretty keen psychological insights. Its also a revenge piece, written, I suspect, in an effort at self-therapy.  If the Trump phenomenon is an unending insult that produces psychic and physical wounds, sometimes its healthy (or, at least it seems necessary) to punch back and be mean in return.  The value of the piece doesnt lie in the satisfaction of that impulse. You should read it not for your sanity but because between all the counterpunching, there are opportunities to learn things of value.

The rich kids I met in college were flailing as though they wanted to find walls around them, leapt as though they wanted there to be gravity and to hit ground, even bottom, but parents and privilege kept throwing out safety nets and buffers, kept padding the walls and picking up the pieces, so that all their acts were meaningless, literally inconsequential. They floated like astronauts in outer space.

Equality keeps us honest. Our peers tell us who we are and how we are doing, providing that service in personal life that a free press does in a functioning society. Inequality creates liars and delusion. The powerless need to dissemblethats how slaves, servants, and women got the reputation of being liarsand the powerful grow stupid on the lies they require from their subordinates and on the lack of need to know about others who are nobody, who dont count, whove been silenced or trained to please. This is why I always pair privilege with obliviousness; obliviousness is privileges form of deprivation.

You can be a successful and powerful person and fall into this kind of trap quite easily, and it doesnt require that youre a raging narcissist. If legitimate competition or simple paranoia causes you to lead with caprice and fear, your subordinates will cease being honest with you. If youre a child of privilege who has always been shielded from the natural consequences of your excesses, mistakes, and failures, you may not realize that your floor is not sturdy. Your opinion of your capabilities and the defensibility of your position may be dangerously inflated without you needing to have any kind of clinical psychological disorder. Even a child who rose to the top strictly on hard work and merit, like Bill Clinton, can run aground when given too much power and too much deference.

Our current president, however, suffers from than more than the deprivation of sycophancy. He actually requires it.

There is a difference between succumbing to the trappings of power a...

Trump Wants to Lead a Race War "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The president committed to pardoning former Sheriff Joe Arpaio last night during his campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona. It wasnt the only news he made, but it was the thing that stuck out most for me. Theres a substantive case to make about why Arpaio doesnt deserve a pardon. The ACLU points out that in addition to defying a court order to stop racially profiling Latinos and placing himself in contempt of court, Arpaio has a record of abusing his public office, coddling sexual predators, and creating inhumane conditions for his prisoners and doing harm to their health. In truth, even the briefest glance as his Wikipedia page should convince you that the man is a scoundrel and a charlatan in addition to being one of the most brutal racists to hold public office in the last four decades.

On July 31, 2017, Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court by District Judge Susan Bolton. Bolton explained that Arpaio had failed to ensure his subordinates compliance with court directives by directing them to continue to detain persons for whom no criminal charges could be filed. Therefore, the Judge found, Arpaio had willfully violated an order of the court.  She set his sentencing hearing for October.

The president claimed last night that Arpaio is guilty of nothing more serious than doing his job.

Trump and Arpaio are connected for one thing by the fact they are the most and second-most famous Birthers in the country.  It seems to have created a bond between them.

[Arpaio] said in an interview on Tuesday night that he did not know Mr. Trump was going to mention his name at the rally and reiterated that he had not talked to the president since last fall. But Mr. Arpaio said he wasnt really surprised to hear he would likely be pardoned.

I just know him, Mr. Arpaio said of the president. And even though everybody said hes not going to talk about it deep in my heart, I knew he was goin...

What is Less Credible Than Trump? Everything "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I think Steve Kornacki is on the right track. Hes looking at the polling numbers for Trump and acknowledging that they look bad, but hes noting that theyll also looked bad as election day drew near last year. In fact, the numbers then and now dont really look much different. We all still want to know how Trump managed to win when most people thought he was unfit for the office. But we also need to ask whether hes as strong today as he was last November when he was elected the president of the United States of America.

Kornacki speculates that one explanation for Trumps success and the surprise associated with it is that Hillary Clinton was almost equally unpopular. Kornacki also wonders whether the media is so hated that their relentless moral condemnations of Trump only served to make him more popular. And, likewise, maybe the near unanimity with which our celebrity culture condemned Trump and the contemptuous way they talked about him and his supporters made him look good by comparison. Kornacki doesnt mention it, but its also true that Congress it almost unimaginably unpopular, which makes anyone who picks a fight with them the likely winner.

I suspect all of this played a part and can help us understand our political culture a little better. People are simply underestimating how much the American people dislike our politicians, our media, and the Democrats message and messengers, which makes us wrongly conclude that these groups have more credibility and appeal than they do.

We look at Trump and see all his flaws clearly, but we tend to blame the people instead of ourselves when were confronted with our own unpopularity. The result is that were constantly startled to realize that when Trump does something awful it doesnt accrue to anyone elses benefit. In our country, right now, it could be that an approval rating in the mid-30s is miraculously high rather than perilously low.

Relatedly, since no one is really any more popular than Trump, no one has the kind of credibility needed to make perceptions about Trump change for the worse and stick. Paul Ryan isnt going to win a pissing match with the president, but neither apparently are the reporters at the Washington Post or the National Review. Susan Sarandon isnt changing any minds, and neither is George Clooney. No matter how much people worry about the president, that doesnt make them want to rush into the warm embrace of Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi.

If this theory is correct, Donald Trump remains unpopular but more popular than pretty much anyone or anything else.

Personally, I like this theory and think it has a lot of explanatory potential. But, if it is right, it means that our institutions have fal........

Will Trumps Purge Work Out Better Than FDRs? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Considering how far left the political pendulum had swung during the elections of 1932, 1934 and 1936, the midterm elections of 1938 were probably never going to bring good news for the Democratic Party. Some degree of backlash was inevitable and with the GOP down to 88 members of the House and 18 senators, its hard to see how the Democrats could have possibly picked up more net seats in the midterms. It certainly didnt help that there was rather extreme labor strife (involving both strikes and violence) during the summer of 38, which was blamed by many on Roosevelts 1935 National Labor Relations Act. It also was problematic that the Depression economy dipped into recession that year and the unemployment rate went back up to twenty percent. However, Roosevelt had a more immediate and direct role in undermining his partys chances. In March 1937, frustrated with rulings from a still conservative Supreme Court, he attempted to expand its membership so he could make additional appointments and win cases he had been losing. His effort failed, largely because of congressional opposition from his own party, but also because the plan was unpopular with the public. The failure hurt Roosevelts image, but his response had more far-reaching consequences.

In the summer of 1938, FDR intervened in certain Democratic primary elections, seeking to help engineer victory for liberal Democrats challenging conservative incumbents. His targets included senators Walter George of Georgia, Cotton Ed Smith of South Carolina, Millard Tydings of Maryland, Guy Gillette of Iowa, and U.S. representative John OConnor of New York. These politicians had angered Roosevelt by opposing the addition of new justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, by refusing to go along with executive-branch reorganization, or because they said no to both. In each case, except for that of OConnor, FDRs opponent won. For President Roosevelt, the failure of the purge was a major setback. His attempt to establish a truly liberal Democratic Party, which would rescue the New Deal and propel it to greater heights, proved an embarrassment and a personal humiliation.

Several factors led to such a disappointing result. The White House elimination committee, composed of such stalwarts as Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes and Works Progress Administration head Harry Hopkins, performed its job poorly. The committee never devised a coherent program for defeating Democratic enemies of the New Deal. Roosevelt himself was animated by personal dislike of Senator Tydings and perhaps some others, temporarily losing...


The electioneering has started. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Choose BVG. No matter the outcome for your party, we have more seats. BVG (BVG is Berlin Public Transport)

More seats? Try the U2 in the morning! There are mainly overhang mandates. Julia Hesse


Brexit will be a severe loss for Britain, Angela Merkels Chief of Staff says "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Peter Altmaier has been described as the most powerful man in Berlin

By Ben Chu Lindau

The Independent  merkel.gifIt will be a win-win situation for the lawyers of course, but certainly not for the family concerned Reuters

Angela Merkels powerful chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, has warned that Brexit will be a severe loss for Britain and stressed that the best the UK can hope for from the negotiations with the European Union is to limit the negative impact of departure.

Speaking to the Lindau Nobel Laureates meeting in Germany, Mr Altmaier, emphasised his personal affection for the UK and even said he would have chosen Britain to claim asylum if he had to.

But he also pointed to the apparent chaos on the British side since the general election failed to deliver a majority for the Conservatives.

When we see the preparations for the Brexit talks in Brussels and we see how difficult it is for our friends in the UK to establish their national interest and their national negotiation papers then we can see this will mean a severe loss, not only for the UK but also for the EU, he said.

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