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Saturday, 18 November

02:13

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

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

01:57

[VIDEO] Jeff Benjamin walks through 15+ iPhone X tips "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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

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

01:51

A new phone comes out. Yours slows down. A conspiracy? No. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Brian X. Chen, New York Times:

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

And:

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

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

And:

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

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

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

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

Interesting article, looking forward to reading the comments.

Read this on The Loop

01:38

Interview with Apples chip chief, Johny Srouji "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

From the Calcalist interview:

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

And:

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

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

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

Read this on The Loop

01:29

Apple Design Chief Jonathan Ive on the iPhone X: We Had to Solve Extraordinarily Complex Problems "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Two quotes from this Time interview:

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

And:

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

A good read, relatively short but interesting.

Read this on The Loop

01:20

Apple starts pushing High Sierra on unsuspecting Mac users "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Adam Engst, TidBITS:

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

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

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

Read this on The Loop

01:16

A year later, AirPods remain basically unrivaled as the best truly-wireless earbuds "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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

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

Read this on The Loop

00:54

Weekend reads - must read articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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00:35

Heads up "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Inward bound

As the economy and especially hiring have picked up, so too has immigration, with long term arrivals into Australia hitting a record high 777,440 over the year to September, for a year-on-year increase of +5.5 per cent. 


Lots of Aussies head overseas too, of course, though ABS research has found that long term departees commonly end up back in Australia pretty quickly. 

Short-term arrivals also hit a record high of 8.72 million over the year to September.

Although the pace of growth here appears to be slowing, the Aussie dollar is now declining again after a brief interlude, which should spur tourism faster, higher, and stronger in 2018.


Oh, and there's the Commonwealth Games boost to come next year too.

Uni corn

Drilling deeper into the short-term arrival figures, unsurprisingly education arrivals are at an all-time high.

The next big international student intake won't show up until the February 2018 figures, but 2017 has been a record year for enrolments, and no doubt a lucrative one.

If you've felt that the inner city centres have become busier in recent years, then you'd be right, with the international student phenomenon being largely an urban trend. 

Friday, 17 November

23:50

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


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

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

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

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

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

23:48

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

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

23:43

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Expand Networks, Strengthen Spaces

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

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

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

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

23:41

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

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

23:40

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

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

23:39

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

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

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

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

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

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


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23:38

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

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

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

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

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

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

Infrastrukturapokalypse: Die Keystone-Pipeline leckt ein bisschen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Da war wohl der Zensor pinkeln:

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

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

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

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

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

Wo die Staatsanwaltschaft das Verfahren einstellte?

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

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

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

Unfassbar!

23:38

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

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

23:38

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

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

23:36

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

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

23:35

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

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

23:32

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

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

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

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

Who Pays More Taxes?

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

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

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

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

...

23:32

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Clarify Which Records Must Be Submitted to NICS

T...

23:32

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

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

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

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

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

Money Is the Root of All Federal Evils

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Or Silent Hill?

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

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

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

These Reports Are Greatly Exaggerated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Responsibilities Differ Based on Our Station in Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stunning Direction, Writing Wanting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Making Overtures to China

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

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

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

How Trump became the Russian Mafias bitch

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

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

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

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

Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Its Like Telling People Not to Breathe. Maybe You

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cryptocurrency Isnt a Good Platform for Commerce

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

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

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

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

Or Maybe Theyre Serious

Cryptocurre...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kosmos: Liminal Leadership "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Liminal Leadership

Nora Bateson

KOSMOS, Fall / Winter 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Sohini C. is a freelance journalist.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medical destruction: Its not just opioids

By Jon Rappoport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you consciously se...

23:25

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

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

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

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

23:25

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

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

23:24

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

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

23:20

Aerial Archaeology in the Saudi Desert "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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


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

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

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23:19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23:18

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

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

23:18

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

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

23:16

Avaliao automtica de imigrantes nos EUA discriminao camuflada de objetividade "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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

23:15

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

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

23:15

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

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

23:14

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

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

23:10

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

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

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

23:09

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

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

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

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

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

23:06

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mugabe too shaky for China?

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

23:05

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

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

23:05

The Spider-man raccoon "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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

23:04

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

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

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The Complicated Situation Around Lebanon "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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

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

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

23:01

Rare 1915 Film Shows Claude Monet at Work in His Famous Garden at Giverny "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Long ago, we showed you some startling footage of an elderly, arthritic Pierre-Auguste Renoir, painting with horribly deformed hands. Today we offer a more idyllic image of a French Impressionist painter in his golden years: Claude Monet on a sunny day in his beautiful garden at Giverny.

Once again, the footage was produced by Sacha Guitry for his project Ceux de Chez Nous, or "Those of Our Land." It was shot in the summer of 1915, when Monet was 74 years old. It was not the best time in Monet's life. His second wife and eldest son had both died in the previous few years, and his eyesight was getting progressively worse due to cataracts. But despite the emotional and physical setbacks, Monet would soon rebound, making the last decade of his life (he died in 1926 at the age of 86) an extremely productive period in which he painted many of his most famous studies of water lilies.

At the beginning of the film clip we see Guitry and Monet talking with each other. Then Monet paints on a large canvas beside a lily pond. It's a shame the camera doesn't show the painting Monet is working on, but it's fascinating to see the great artist all clad in white, a cigarette dangling from his lips, painting in his lovely garden.

Note: This beautiful clip and post originally appeared on our site in 2012.

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23:00

Art Movements "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (c.1500), oil on panel, 25 7/8 x 18 in.(65.7 x 45.7 cm) (courtesy Christies)

Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world. Subscribe to receive these posts as a weekly newsletter.

Salvator Mundi (c. 1500) sold at Christies for $450,312,500 (inc. buyers premium) after just under 20 minutes of bidding, becoming the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. Christies hired an outside PR firm for the first time in order to conduct its marketing campaign branded The last da Vinci which included a video of viewers stunned in awe before the painting. The record price was set despite concerns regarding the precise attribution of the work from figures like Michael Daley, Frank Zllner, and Jerry Saltz. A Guardian article published last month regarding Walter Isaacsons new biography of Leonardo was later revised with an editors note explaining that the piece is the subject of a legal complaint made on behalf of Christies International Plc. Isaacson subsequently took to ...

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

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

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Mrs May safe and sound under house arrest by Zimbabwean Generals "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Britains chaotic government needs order restored to it, which is why, now we have the Mugabe situation under control, we are taking over the British government. So said Major General Sibusiso Moyo after landing scores of Zimbabwean tanks in Dover in the early hours of yesterday morning, before heading to Whitehall, despite roadworks on the A2.

We have to save Mrs May from the criminals around her, continued Major General Moyo.  Especially the fat albino one and the oily squeaky one with glasses.  Many others in her government face legal proceedings or have fled, so regard this as a gentle offer of international aid, not a military coup.  Mrs May is safe and sound in No 10 Downing Street although we understand her husband Mr Philip Hammond may have fled to somewhere called The Isle of Wight.

In a joint broadcast with the A to ZBC Major General Sibusiso Moyo said to listeners in the UK and Africa:  It is my honour to save Britain from itself.  It is a land where sex greed and corruption have long run rampant, with a failing leader whose garish clothes and weak image in public tells the story of a dangerously vulnerable government about to enter into a catastrophic phase with its neighbours.  Meanwhile ordinary citizens are burned out of tower blocks and face unprecedented food shortages after migrant workers are being told they can no longer work on white-owned farms.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quiet could shat...

23:00

Fuel Problems (BR Podcast 56) "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Engine problems, and fuel problems in particular, are soooo frustrating to try to figure out. Tips and tricks that we've learned.

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Reflections on Life with PANDAS at Thanksgiving "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

November 17, 2017 Just returned from Orlando where I endured four days at Disney World, including one MASSIVE breakdown at Epcot (him, not me), a flaring hip, a room that reeked of Glade Plug-in disgustingness, and then a kid with Continue reading

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GDAX Will Support the Limited SegWit2x Hard Fork After all "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The SegWit2x hard fork has been very contentious, to say the very least. Initial support started dwindling pretty quickly. Moreover, the developers informed the world this plan was canceled not too long ago. It seems that situation has come to change as well. A few community members will still attempt to go ahead with this fork in a few hours. As a result, GDAX will disable Bitcoin transactions and make funds available to users. An interesting development, to say the very least.

It is uncanny how the SegWit2x debacle is still not over. A lot of people were relieved when the developers scrapped their initial plans. A few hours later, someone mentioned the community would still go ahead with this fork. There are still a few miners supporting it. How all of this will play out over the next 48 hours, remains to be determined. There is a lot of confusion regarding this development, which is only understandable.

GDAX Doubts SegWit2x Will Survive

GDAX has announced their stance regarding this fork. First of all, Bitcoin deposits and withdrawals will be disabled 6 hours before the fork. This event is scheduled to take place later today at around 2 AM. Preventing users from sending funds to the wrong chain is the companys main priority. It is unknown what type of replay protection SegWit2x will offer in its current iteration. Trading on GDAX will not be affected by this change, though.

Assuming the chain is valid, the company will support the B2X tokens as well. There is no reason to believe this will become the majority chain later today, but one never knows. A lot of strange things have happened in the Bitcoin world as of late. This new fork will create even more tension among Bitcoin supporters. Do keep in mind trading of B2X will not be supported by the company right away, if ever. It certainly creates an incentive for people to buy Bitcoin right now.

Should the chain be unusable, there is no plan for B2X support whatsoever. GDAX wont even allow withdrawals of the currency either in that case. It is still possible they would allow trading later on, depending on whether or not the chain survives. Rest assured a lot of people will keep an eye on the SegWit2x chain in the coming hours. It....

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Recommended: Francesco Chiapperinis InSight Paradigm Shift "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

  Paradigm Shift is the pattern of sharp images melting into alien shapes, and then reuniting again as something no less vivid, no less stunning than before, and also still vaguely familiar.  Guitarist Simone Lobina drives the scorched earth melody of France Mon Amour, etching it onto the face of the tune, and even after he []

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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22:56

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

By Darius Shahtahmasebi of The Anti-Media.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

22:55

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

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

22:55

Obama Warned Us This Would Happen "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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

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

One concern was proper staffing.

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

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

Another concern was Trumps lack of respect for the truth.

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

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

Don't Freak Out If House Passes Tax Bill "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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

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

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

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

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

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

On the House side, the omens look...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Is Ted Cruz Texan Enough for Texas Republicans? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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

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

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

Did that refresh your recollection?

Good.

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

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

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

I have a couple of other interesting tidbits to note.

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

22:52

My Week in Hobart "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ten years ago, or even five years ago, Im sure I could have been tempted to top off the evening Continue Reading My Week in Hobart

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

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

22:51

JPMorgan Guilty of Money Laundering, Tried To Hide Swiss Regulator Judgement "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The worlds largest investment bank is guilty of money laundering, despite calling Bitcoin a fraud.

22:49

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

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

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

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

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

22:48

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

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

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22:47

Doncaster council asks public to name its gritters and its todays best thing "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Undeterred by all that Boaty McBoatface palaver, someone at Doncaster council thought it would be a good idea to do this. And youll be very glad they did.

Heres how the semi-finals went. Theres four of them, but, well, anyway.

22:45

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

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

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

22:44

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

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

The post Gold Has Been on A Tear All Year appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:44

WATCH: Cop Snaps in a Fit of Road Rage, Drags Man from Car, Beats Him to a Pulp for No Reason "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"


WATCH: Cop Snaps in a Fit of Road Rage, Drags Man from Car, Beats Him to a Pulp for No Reason

Disturbing dashcam footage showing a cop senseless beat a young man for no reason has become the subject of an ACLU report and subsequent lawsuit.


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St. Paul, MN Dashcam video of a senselessly violent assault by a cop on a then 21-year-old Laotian American was released earlier this year and quickly became the subject of an ACLU report and subsequent lawsuit. The video shows Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Agent Joe Joswiak stop Anthony Promvongsa in Worthington, Minnesota and immediately begin a violent attack.

This week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed an excessive force lawsuit against the Worthington Police Department, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force and the City of Worthington along with a number of individual officers on behalf of their client, Anthony Promvongsa a local Worthington resident. Promvongsa was assaulted by Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Officer Joe Joswiak in Worthington in 2016.

The beating was captured on another officers dashcam who is caught disabling the audio to cover up Joswiaks insanely violent fury.


According to polic...

22:41

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

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The country already ranks 174 out of 180 on the World Press Freedom Index

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

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

22:35

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

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

The post After Slamming Bitcoin As A Money Laundering Tool, JPMorgan Busted For Money Laundering appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:34

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

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

22:33

Backfire: plebiscite shows appetite for action "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

JUST as the postal plebiscite has blown up in the faces of the conservatives who promoted it, let us hope that any subsequent rearguard sabotage attempt under the guise of freedom of religion does the same thing.

For more than two decades (since Howard was elected Prime Minister) politicians have been utterly risk averse, fearfully imagining that some silent, conservative, Christian majority lurks out there ready to punish them at the slightest hint of social progress on human rights or fairness to the marginalised LGBTIQ, unemployed, refugees, homeless.

Wednesdays result should put paid to that.

But if we are going to turn over some rocks in a debate on religious freedom we might see a greater need for freedom FROM religion, not freedom OF religion.

For a start, religions get a free kick under the Marriage Act. If you are a minister of religion of a recognised denomination you are automatically entitled to be registered as a marriage celebrant.

Civil celebrants, on the other hand, have to meet other requirements, such as knowledge of marriage law, an ability to advise couples of relationship services, and be of good character and standing.

With respect to marriage, surely, we should have the same rules for everyone. Wasnt that demonstrated on Wednesday?

Perhaps we should start a campaign to take religion out of marriage laws altogether. At law, everyone should marry before a competent civil official. If religious people feel that that would not be a real marriage they can go off afterwards and do a religious ceremony.

Further, why does the parliamentary session at which these questions are debated begin with a Christian prayer? If parliamentarians mirror the community, about a quarter would be atheists and most of the rest would not be observant Christians.

Theres more. Why should religions get tax-free status for money raised and spent for proselytising their religion and for raising money through commercial enterprises even if there are grounds for tax breaks on charitable work?

And on the charitable, medical and educational side, why should religious institutions escape ordinary anti-discrimination employment laws, especially when they get very large amounts of public money for this and are significant employers?

And why have we wasted $300 million over the past half decade on the schools chaplaincy program under which educationally untrained religious operatives spout uneducational, unscientifi...

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This guy has read Michael Flatleys autobiography so you dont have to and heres the funniest bits "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Enjoy this epic 45 tweet thread from @demarionunn who has done all this hard work of digesting Michael Flatleys terrible autobiography into digestible morsels just for you.

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22:30

RepuX Announces Upcoming Token Generation Event for its Blockchain-Backed, Data Sharing and Rewards Platform "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Krakw, Poland; November 17th, 2017 RepuX released its white paper today outlining its Ethereum-backed platform for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to earn rewards for sharing data on a decentralized network. Developers can use the data provided by SMEs to build Decentralized Applications (Dapps) that can then be sold back to SMEs to grow their businesses. This system of exchange and rewards enabled by the RepuX protocol forms the foundation for a new, peer-to-peer, data-sharing ecosystem.

In todays digital economy, data is gold. Software developers need access to data in order to build better applications for businesses. RepuX incentivizes SMEs to share data through the tokenization enabled by blockchain technology. Because trust is a consequence of blockchain technology, RepuX can overcome the lack of trust between anonymous actors in peer-to-peer networks. In the current data ecosystem, businesses are beholden to third parties for data set verification, which is both inefficient and costly. RepuX addresses this issue with participant-provided reputation values assigned to data sets. Reputation incentivizes data sellers to be honest and provide the highest quality data sets.

Eliminating the need for trust between actors on the network could significantly reduce fraud while simultaneously enable a spectrum of potential advancements in areas such as insurance, international trade, and micro loans. RepuX returns value to user data and bridges the digital divide between those who have easy access to machine learning data-sets and those who dont. Industries and businesses that stand to benefit from applications integrated with the RepuX protocol include, medical records, Electronic Point of Sale EPOS, Credit Scoring, Ecommerce and International Trade, Advertising and Online content, Big Data, and Archival Databases, amongst others.

RepuX intends to launch a Token Generation Event (TGE) in early 2018. 300 million RepuX tokens will be offered for sale by RepuX Limited through a pre-sale and the RepuX Foundation during the public ICO. The RepuX Token is an ERC23 token, which will be the only method to pay for and sell services on the RepuX platform. RepuX tokens can be purchased during the ICO with a transfer of ETH or BTC as well as via wire transfer for the pre-sale.

To schedule an interview, please contact Nikki Brown at Melrose PR; nikki(at)melrosepr(dot)com or call (310) 260-7901.

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RepuX is a blockchain-backed protocol and platform for SMEs to earn rewards for sharing data on a secure, decentralized network. The RepuX platform anonymizes data and maintains quality through reputation scores determined by purchasers. Industries that sta...

22:29

Panasonic G9 | Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f:2.8 | Autofocus Speed Demo "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Panasonic Preorder links: Panasonic G9 at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. FocusCamera. Wex UK. Leica 200mm lens at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. FocusCamera. Amazon DE. Amazon UK. Amazon IT.

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22:27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22:27

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

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

22:26

The Refashioners 2017 And the winner is. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

So here we are! At the end of another series and about to announce the winner of The Refashioners 2017. Yet again its been jaw droppingly brilliant. So many great refashions. So much creativity and skill on display. So many suits given a new lease of life and hopefully.many more people discovering the rewards that

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22:25

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

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

22:22

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

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

22:21

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

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

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Our equipment suffered a lot from traveling around Europe for our independent on the ground reports. We need new microphones for better audio on our video reports, a new laptop (the last one crashed in Catalonia) and have a lot of expenses for our on the ground reporting. 

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

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

22:21

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

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

22:20

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

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

22:20

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

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

22:19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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22:19

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

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

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22:19

YouTube cartoon videos programming toddlers for trauma and destruction "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

YouTube cartoon videos programming toddlers for trauma and destruction


Play very close attention to this one. Its boggling.

A reader recently sent me a note which alerted me to a form of programming Id never heard of. The links he sent introduced me to what is a very widespread phenomenon on YouTube. The technology involved is beyond my limited understanding. Some of you will be able to clarify the situation.

While Google and YouTube are engaging in censorship of political content, they are allowing a packaging of cartoons for very small children. While Momma works around the house, her toddlers can sit, mesmerized, and watch long-form collections of cartoons.

But in these cartoons, there is disturbing content, to say the least. Ugliness, violence. All presented in a repetitive cheery tone.

Supposedly, some of this content is created by random algorithms. From what Ive seen so far, I find that hard to believe.

Here is the readers note. Read, follow the links, and see what you think:

The article about Googles Youtube Kids program is entitled Something is wrong on the internet. (note: Lots of good stuff in the article but then the author makes the conclusion that it is all capitalisms fault.)

Example video: (Look at the number of views on this one video alone. They are making money off of the ads that Google inserts into the video. It could also be that not that many humans (children) watched the video. It could also be bots watching the video, too.)

Giant Lollipop Ice Cream Candy Johny Johny Yes Papa Nursery Rhymes Songs for Kids Children Toddlers

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22:18

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

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

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi (YouTube screenshot)

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi (YouTube screenshot)

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

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

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

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

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

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, left, addresses a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir in the Saudi capital Riyadh, November 16, 2017.
(AFP/Fayez Nureldine)

Ignoring regional realities and echoing baseless concerns that have been pulled out of....

22:17

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

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

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